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Wednesday, September 28. 2016
Pic is from Mrs. BD. She is doing a project there this week, in Mwaukee. Interesting to me that she would never take photos, ever. Felt they interfered with direct experience. Since her iPhone, she takes snaps all the time.
Irena Sendler: Remember this lady?
Why Do We Think We Can Create the Perfect Kid?
Research Finds Thrilling Cure for Kidney Stones: Roller Coasters
I love it, put it on everything
New Home Sales Biggest Monthly Decline In History——A Warning Shot
UW Student Files Report Claiming Harry Potter Mural Is Transphobic and ‘Represents White Power’
The meaning of the cross is both deeply disturbing and deeply hopeful. I am not sure how it could be construed as offensive, tho, since my religion holds that Christ died on that thing as a human sacrifice to redeem humanity from its sins.
Clock Boy’s Family Sues Irving City and School for $15 Million
Did the Famous Sailor Sexually Assault the Famous Nurse?
Trooper offers to drive grieving man 100 miles after traffic stop
Barack Obama has always regretted, I think, that he doesn’t have a country that is worthy of him.
To hell with them: The Lasting Damage of the Left’s ‘Favors’ to Blacks
Dems have 2 approaches to their necessary black votes: Buy em and scare em.
How the Left turned its back on the working class: The Construct of the White Working-Class Zombies
Obama´s Colossal Email Lie Final Test for Tarnished MSM
Donald Trump has a point about NATO
Trump-Hillary Tied Up …IN MINNESOTA!
Rush on the Dem approach:
MacDonald: Hillary’s Debate Lies - With her comments about crime, policing, and race, the candidate helps push a false—and dangerous—narrative.
Hillary Clinton Is Outraising Trump 20-to-1 Among Billionaires
2003 clip backs up Trump on Iraq War opposition
Trump is not a neocon. Hillary is more of one. If you like Middle East chaos, she's your gal.
Shimon Peres’s Reflections on War, Peace and Life
Heartbreaking. That young lady is not ugly, and seems sweet
Also heartbreaking: South Asia's 'disposable women'
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Not sure how the cross is offensive?
Even the Bible notes that the cross is offensive (Gal 5) and explains more clearly in 1 Cor 1.
"The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
They are offended by our faith and any reminder of it.
"To those wracked by economic anxiety, politicians keep offering income redistribution. But we’re living beyond our means at virtually any income level. Far more beneficial than spreading the wealth would be teaching financial literacy as early as high school, so young adults can hang on to that wealth."
That's what I see, too. Poverty isn't about having less money, it's about an inability to live within whatever means are available. If you can't defer gratification, you can't grow up, and you certainly can't become financially stable. My friends and family who are in permanent, lifelong financial crisis all have this trait in common. They all blame it on others, too: a mean boss, an ex-husband who won't pay the child support on time, cold-hearted rich people who won't share, inadequate government programs, whatever. They all go on vacation more often than I do, and buy new cars more often. Crazy.
A personal peeve: (my son is gone) My ex-daughter-in-law is gone to Cabo for her 1st anniversary. I paid 3K dollars 2 years ago to get my 9yo granddaughter's teeth back to good shape with the agreement that she would then keep up dental visits. Of course, not one visit since except the cleaning I paid for. I had been feeling guilty that I had not continued to pay for the dentist, now this trip. And I find out on her facebook page that she bought Jimmy Choo shoes to take along!
Yeah. If you can't get by on a middle class income, you're probably just choosing to live beyond your means.
People think luxuries are necessities. They think normal frugality is unbearable. My dad did OK, but there were times when we ate spam and stewed tomatoes for dinner.
People used to think you had to sacrifice what you had to in order to raise a family. Now they think you have to sacrifice what you have to in order to go to Cabo and have nice things.
There was a time when I was a young mother with 2 little kids. My ex and I tried living on one salary, but couldn't do it. We had a very small house that was built in the 30s and a car payment. We just could not do it. The money seemed to disappear. We weren't making any headway. Then, we had our basement flood, our hot water heater needing to be replaced, a hurricane roll through and knock over 2 big trees that needed to be removed...
Anyway, as you can see, there wasn't enough $ to go around. So, we both had to go to work. That helped, but then we had child care, which cost us $15K per year. We managed to save some for the kids' college and for our retirement, but we never went on vacation except for maybe a one-night getaway.
So, I have some sympathy for middle class families with small children. It is an expensive time. Most I knew were not jetting off to Cabo or buying pricey clothes. Most were just trying to keep up on the bills and stash away some money for a rainy day.
Not all middle class people are spending like sailors.
When I was poor, I lived poor. I didn't live middle class. I was 30 years old before we moved out of our cheap ramshackle rooming house, where the rent was negligible because a bunch of us pooled the rent and did our own repairs. And yes, we had floods, and hurricanes, and emergencies, and all that. No debt, though. I think that's key: if there's no debt, then one way or another you have to live within your means.
Even later, when I finally started making money, we lived on half or less what my peers did. People have such odd notions of what's necessary, in the face of incontrovertible evidence of what people in other places and times can and do get by on. Things seem necessary because other people have them, not because life can't go on without them.
Yeah, basically, more and more people are running out to the end of their chain and then barking their heads off. Many times they'll flip their food and water bowls when they do this and then blame the world.
Not specifically on today's topics, but I just saw this and thought it would be of interest
this paper by Arye Hillman & Niklas Potrafke:
Simple correlations show that Protestantism is associated with economic freedom, Islam is not, with Catholicism in between. The Protestant ethic requires economic freedom. Our empirical estimates, which include religiosity, political institutions, and other explanatory variables, confirm that Protestantism is most conducive to economic freedom.
Obama´s Colossal Email Lie Final Test for Tarnished MSM
What was the lie?
The Obama lie that I've seen most recently identified was his previous statement that he learned of Hillary's homebrew email server through news reports. The latest document dump from the FBI investigation (last Friday, I believe) indicates that Obama was communicating to Hillary as early as 2012 on her clintonemail.com address for official purposes, using an undisclosed pseudonym to disguise his identity.
Christopher B: The Obama lie that I've seen most recently identified was his previous statement that he learned of Hillary's homebrew email server through news reports. The latest document dump from the FBI investigation (last Friday, I believe) indicates that Obama was communicating to Hillary as early as 2012 on her clintonemail.com address for official purposes, using an undisclosed pseudonym to disguise his identity.
Using a pseudonym doesn't imply that Obama knew anything about Clinton's server. Even secure email isn't considered very secure, and emails can be easily forwarded, so using a pseudonym makes sense.
That's why they have classified email systems...so email can't be forwarded to just anyone.
But the facts about the case are uncomfortable for you, so you keep deflecting and arguing semantics to avoid the actual issue.
It's amusing to see you do this since you criticize others for that very thing. It's also amusing b/c you're not very good at it.
DrTorch: That's why they have classified email systems...so email can't be forwarded to just anyone.
As the use of email over the last few years has shown (Clinton, Powell, Rice), the use of standard email for day-to-day correspondence is essential to the workings of government. One doesn't always have immediate access to a secure room in a secure building, or the time for a special courier to carry messages back and forth, which is what is required for the most secure communications. Sometimes the President just wants to say "Congratulations!" to the Secretary.
This just shows that technology is far outpacing government procedures to handle information.
It shows nothing of the sort. That is a binary logical fallacy, that there are only two ways to do things: archaic or illegal.
You clearly know nothing about the classified information and the protocols and technology to handle it.
Once again you display your ignorance on the subject you write about.
DrTorch: That is a binary logical fallacy, that there are only two ways to do things: archaic or illegal.
No. In fact, it shows exactly the opposite; people trying to do their jobs when the protocols are not designed for modern communications and challenges. Keep in mind that Colin Powell used AOL for email, that most of it was not archived, and that some of it included classified information.
DrTorch: Once again you display your ignorance on the subject you write about.
Handwaving. You could try a substantive response instead.
Handwaving? You must have looked at a list of fallacies and just picked one at random. Even if you don't agree w/ my points, I did anything but hand wave.
Thousands in the IC do their jobs every day w/ the technology available to them. It is not impossible to do. HRC broke the law b/c she chose to, for her convenicne or arrogance.
And only her dihonest loyalists compare what Powell did to her work. Powell notes HRC didn't do what he recommended, she did her own thing. So you've failed again.
Yes, an attempt to avoid a substantive discussion by rapid movement of the hands.
DrTorch: HRC broke the law b/c she chose to, for her convenicne or arrogance.
Apparently, so did Powell, and so did aids to Condoleezza Rice. In any case, the FBI determined that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.
Your first assertion is correct. The clickers & pointers™ mistakenly think, and proclaim loudly that sending an email to clinton.com implies knowledge of her server. clinton. com email could be on either a standalone server, or a domain hosted by one of the myriad domain hosters on the internet, which likely would be a little bit more secure than a home-brew server. Google GoDaddy.
The White House originally said quite specifically that Obama knew Hillary's email address before he backed away from that
Playing devil's advocate here, but I have some normally extremely intelligent colleagues who use Outlook or email on their iPhones, and have absolutely no idea what email address they are sending to. When they type a name or nickname into the "to" field, it brings up a full name, and obscures the actual email address. I have several times had to help people remove obsolete email addresses from their contacts file, because of irate clients or colleagues finally getting them to take action after telling them multiple times to-use or to not-use a particular email address.
In the past 10 years I've had 3 government jobs or contracts where people had my personal email address from the recruiting process or from previous acquaintance, and said people kept sending stuff subject-to-FOIA to my personal address.
I've given up fighting, I just set up filters so that any email with the institutional domain in any "to", "from", "cc" "subject", or "body" gets autoforwarded to my institutional email account.
To hell with them: The Lasting Damage of the Left’s ‘Favors’ to Blacks
Pretty bad admission. A certain Ivy League university professor had an opportunity to make a difference, and blew it off for his own convenience.
When you come to the fork in the road, take it! — Yogi Berra
Bird Dog: Trump is not a neocon. Hillary is more of one.
We largely agree. However, Trump claims to have been four-square against the war in Iraq, which is simply not the case.
Concerning Clinton, let's hope she has learned something from her experience. As for Trump, he doesn't have a clue. He'd start a war with Iran over a hand gesture.
You have evidence that Trump would start a war over a perceived slight?
DrTorch: You have evidence that Trump would start a war over a perceived slight?
Trump"And, by the way, with Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats, and they make gestures at our people, that they shouldn't be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water," Trump said to thunderous applause. Soon the crowd began to chant: "USA! USA! USA!"
Sinking another nation's warships is a prima facie act of war.
Circling a ship with hostile forces is also an act of piracy/war.
Study much maritime law? Of course not, or you'd have quoted it to prove your point.
So you failed twice in that example. That's the only thing you're competent at.
DrTorch: Circling a ship with hostile forces is also an act of piracy/war.
There's a difference between a provocation, and starting a war. Sinking an Iranian vessel could very well provoke open warfare, which could result in the death of thousands. It would fracture the international community. And it would almost certainly mean Iran would move to build a nuclear capability as a deterrent against an American invasion.
Pfft. Another straw man. You use a lot of words as if that makes it harder to see your incessent fallacies.
Sinking a ship could cause a war, but provocation by definition is provoking, that is initiating, a war. So in your own scenario, Iran provokes a war and you'd blame Trump for responding to protect American lives and assets. That's immoral and if that's HRC's position, she's unqualified for the job.
DrTorch: Sinking a ship could cause a war, but provocation by definition is provoking, that is initiating, a war.
It's dangerous and unwise for Iran to provoke the Americans. It would be extremely dangerous and unwise for the Americans to attack an Iranian warship because they made a rude gesture.
In any case, we answered your question, "You have evidence that Trump would start a war over a perceived slight?"
Make sure Mrs. BD gets to Kopps for some frozen custard before leaving.
MacDonald: Hillary’s Debate Lies: Blacks are “more likely [than whites] to be arrested, charged, convicted and incarcerated” for “doing the same thing.”
Black use marijuana at about the same rate as whites, but are incarcerated more than three times as often. An arrest record then follows these people forever.
Blacks are more likely to be stopped by police, and much more likely to be searched, with no greater likelihood of contraband being found.
I think there is a greater stop rate for stop-and-frisk for blacks. As their rate of violent crime is 6-8 times higher, I don't think that is surprising.
As for the marijuana, my personal experience in bad neighborhoods is that blacks are more likely to be open and defiant about use, as a measure of courage and display. I'm not sure how anyone would prove or disprove that, and it may be different in other parts of the country. But it is at least a caution not to jump to conclusions about why the disparity exists. Also, incarceration may be a factor of not having private lawyers, which is not necessarily racism.
Incomplete analysis, per usual, collective Zach.
When Guiliani was mayor stop an frisk, yielded not contraband, but tons of illegally obtained weapons and hundreds of those who were wanted on arrest warrants.
But then, the facts never stopped one of your posts before.
According to NYPD’s 2012 statistics:
• The likelihood a stop of an African American New Yorker yielded a weapon was half that of white New Yorkers stopped. The NYPD uncovered a weapon in one out every 49 stops of white New Yorkers. By contrast, it took the Department 71 stops of Latinos and 93 stops of African Americans to find a weapon.
• The likelihood a stop of an African American New Yorker yielded contraband was one-third less than that of white New Yorkers stopped. The NYPD uncovered contraband in one out every 43 stops of white New Yorkers. By contrast, it took the Department 57 stops of Latinos and 61 stops of African Americans to find contraband.
Marijuana use is not the same as possession. This is a false equivalency fallacy.
DrTorch: Marijuana use is not the same as possession. This is a false equivalency fallacy.
Are you saying that blacks don't possess the marijuana they use? Or what?
Of course not. If you only smoke it inside your home, then it's very unlikely that you'll be charged with possession when you get searched in public.
Jack Walter: If you only smoke it inside your home, then it's very unlikely that you'll be charged with possession when you get searched in public.
So you're saying that blacks smoke marijuana in public more often than whites?
Billionaire Capital Turns Into Ghost Town: "Home Contracts Down 80%", Trophy-Cars Pile Up In Showrooms
As recently pointed out by Bloomberg, Greenwich has long been one of the most prosperous communities in America with one out of every $10 in hedge funds in the country being managed there by the most elite funds like Viking Global, AQR and Steven Cohen's Point72.
But these days, as hedge fund returns have suffered and banking bonuses have remained stagnant for years, the trophy items like expensive jewelry and exotic cars are just piling up in luxurious Greenwich showrooms.
Of course, new Connecticut tax hikes are part of the problem as several hedge funds have shut down shop in Greenwich and moved to Florida where they can take advantage of better weather and cheaper real estate...oh, and a 0% state income rate doesn't hurt either.
I Can remember as a young girl growing up in Kansas going with my three siblings and my parents on Friday evenings into town. We would walk the sidewalks in front of the stores and go what was commonly referred at the time as "window shopping". Which meant you couldn't afford to buy but you could always dream or save for something that you really wanted. The big treat of the evening was a nickel cone from dairy queen! A great memory given to me by my parents and a valuable lesson in economics.
MY children make fun of me because I use the same spatula that I have had for 30 years, who cares if the top of the handle is broken off. Hey my husband and I love the simple life happy and debt free.
More people should learn to go "window shopping".