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Friday, February 17. 2017
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South Carolina Boeing workers reject unionization bid
Obama Stimulus Funds Went to California Dam in ‘Good Shape,’ But Not Oroville
A Climate Scientist Is Smeared for Blowing the Whistle on ‘Corrected’ Data
FAKE SCIENCE GETS SMOKED—AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE
Race and Rising Violent Crime
Illegal aliens too terrified to apply for welfare
Nearly 2 million non-citizen Hispanics illegally registered to vote - Survey bolsters analysis by professors
Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad Joins the Hate Hoax List
And yet another: Another Fake Hate Crime Exposed
60% of Refugee Arrivals Since Judge Halted Trump’s Order Come From 5 Terror-Prone Countries
U.S. Economy Hits All-Time Low in Freedom Index
Trump's new strategy: Hulk smash
Trump’s in trouble. Is it Christie time already?
Welcome Back to the Medical Underwriting Circle of Hell
The Media Bulls Have Met Their Matador in Trump
In Fiery, "Surreal" Press Conference, Trump Launches War On The Media
They declared war on him months ago
A Renaissance for Small Aircraft Carriers?
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"Trump’s in trouble. Is it Christie time already?"
Yeah, yeah, yeah! WTF....
Isn't that a "fake news" headline from August, September OR October 2016??? Or all of 2016, really!
They surely have him this time, right, BD?
If Mr Trump had a wider vocabulary to go with his thinking, those "reporters" would be standing (or sitting) cinders in the room. Maybe the next move in the Press Room: no chairs?
"60% of Refugee Arrivals Since Judge Halted Trump’s Order came from five terror-prone countries"
So once again Trump is right the MSM and the elite are wrong. Trump put the EO into place quickly to prevent a rush on our borders from these terrorist countries and the media criticized him for rushing. The Alt Democrats brought in their mobs to the airports (too bad they can't show up to show appreciation for our returning soldiers who protect us) to create havoc and the MSM, as though on queue, criticized Trump for the havoc. Then the venue shopped judge coincidently from the 9th circuit temporarily stopped the order because there was no evidence a temporary halt would harm the country or result in a rush of terrorists on our border. Hmmmm.
By the way, was anyone else surprised by the speed and effectiveness of the mobs at airports around the country? These purely spontaneous protestors certainly must have cost Soros a lotta bucks. How do you get that gig? Do they advertise for a rent-a-mob on Craigslist? IMHO this is a warning that the alt left are going to destroy a lot of infrastructure in the coming months. These rent-a-mobs are getting more violent with each demonstration. My question is where are the police when a mob gets violent?
I understand bills allowing motorists to run them over when they try to obstruct roadways are advancing in a number of states. That should help reduce their numbers in the future.
The Trump. Yesterday's press conference proved we have a very entertaining three years and whatever months ahead. Educational, too. After 50 years in journalism and PR, I couldn't think of a bigger thwack on the side of the head that was mostly off the cuff..
Maybe Dirksen when he was in good form.
Great Dirksen quotes. Thanks!
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Everett Dirksen Quotes.
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Thanks, mudbug and Gringo. I kept getting booted when I tried the direct URL. You are great back-ups.
Dirksen was a character! :)
As Gringo showed us, the "tips" link below the edit box is your friend! :-)
Here he is "singing" Wild Thing (OK, an impersonator):
OK, this isn't it. However, here's Senator Bobby:
It's a better impression.
"Race and Rising Violent Crime"
The detrimental effect that single parent households headed by women have on the children is well documented. The children are involved early and often with social services, the police and the juvenile legal system. Interestingly enough, the crime statistics for rural blacks and whites are practically the same. The high black crime rate is a city problem.
I don't think that is so. Remember, the men who leave their children behind (and the women who leave men, or mate with such) contribute 50% (and the other 50%) of that kid's genetics as well. That is almost never accounted for in the studies, which assume that only environmental factors could possibly cause behavior. We are finding that the opposite is true, and genetics causes most of everything, while environment is definitely supporting cast.
As for poverty being the real factor in black-white crime difference, that is emphatically not so. The African-American violent crime rate is 4-16x higher in every county in America. AA's in families that make $80k/year have the same crime rate as whites in families under $20k year.
There is sort of good news, however. There seems to be two genetic packages in play - one very rare one not found in whites and in only a few blacks, which seems to be activated ridiculously easily and results in significant violence; a second that is more common in blacks but found in whites, hispanics, and natives, that is activated only under significant childhood violence. I have no idea what the hell we do about the former. All solutions are horrible. The second is also problematic, as it would suggest a lot of government intervention (and nothing ever goes wrong with that, we know), but it would at least suggest non-race-based solutions.
Also, it means that the great number of African-Americans who don't have those genetic predispositions aren't actually different in their levels of violence from any other race.
"the men who leave their children behind"
A friend of mine grew up without his father. He and his two brothers were raised by their mother and from what I could see she did a fine job. He said they never heard from their dad although they did know he paid child support. When he was in his late 20's his dad died and one of the things he left his children was a box with letters, cards and gifts that his dad had sent to the three boys but had been refused or sent back by their mother. He read every card and opened his gifts. He said he was overcome with sadness and anger and it ruined the relationship he had with his mother for the rest of her life.
My brother-in-law married and had two boys and later was divorced and remarried. He really tried to spend time with his children but his ex put restraining orders against him and her new boy friend would pick a fight with him when he went to visit. He would get stopped for a simple traffic violation and be hauled off to jail for failure to pay child support when in fact it was paid and up to date. He finally had to stop visitation just to prevent one more excuse for her to file a complaint.
Some 30 years ago I used to shoot pool at a local bar. One of the regulars was a women who would often come in with her husband. She decided to divorce him and her lawyer insisted that she get a RO, change the locks and wanted her to accuse him of abuse of her and the children. Coincidently another regular was a divorce lawyer sitting at the next bar stool who volunteered that was standard practice for all his contested divorces especially if there was a retirement or assets involved.
When my son's marriage began falling apart his wife was staying out and cheating on him. Not surprisingly this created a "situation" at home. She dealt with it by calling 911 and accusing him of hitting her. She would even scratch herself or rip her blouse to provide "evidence" of abuse. My son would leave the apartment and wait outside for the police (it's a big mistake to leave because then they never here your side) and tell them what happened. He was never arrested for this so apparently the police saw through the charade. I had to tell him to leave and not go back. Yes, I know, I was sticking my nose where it doesn't belong. But I simply pointed out that it was over and sooner or later he would go to jail and that she was "broken" and he couldn't fix her (she was bi-polar).
There are millions of men with similar stories. Things aren't always as they appear.
A Renaissance for Small Aircraft Carriers?
CVLs were built on cruiser hulls and were not downsized CVs. they were a stopgap measure while Essex-class CVs were being built.
defensive and offensive superiority cycle in naval affairs, as they do on land. if the defensive capability of the carrier task force(s) was weak, carriers would disperse (1942), if it were strong, they would mass ('45). that the navy thinks it might be a good idea to distribute aircraft among several smaller carriers rather than developing better counter measures suggests that the multi billion dollar supercarriers are even more dangerously vulnerable to emerging offensive technologies than the Navy is willing to admit. a bad sign considering the cost of any carrier, large or small.
An aircraft carrier is the world's largest military target. This is why they are only deployed with half a dozen other ships to support and defend them. Not saying they are defenseless but that they are such a important target that they need all the defense they can get. Small carriers would need the same defense but not provide the same capabilities as the larger carrier. Probably we could make use of a couple smaller carriers but that has yet to be proven.
Trump's speaking style is a little rambling and imprecise, which annoys me, but I can put up with it because I think he's trying to make real points, and eventually succeeds. He's not trying to make soothing noises without committing himself to anything. Also, almost anything is worth the entertaining spectacle of the pompous butthurt press.
Here's what Ann Althouse wishes the President had said: "Freedom of speech and the press is only a freedom to speak and to publish things, not an entitlement to be deferred to or shown respect. We all have freedom of speech, and if I criticize you — which I should do to defend myself, especially when you are distorting things — I’m exercising my freedom of speech. And I am speaking or writing to the people just as you are speaking and writing to the people, and the idea of the First Amendment is that the people get to hear and read it all, and they get to think for themselves and talk and write to each other, and we’re all involved in figuring out what is true and what is right. You see, you in the professional mainstream press want to filter it all and serve the people what you say is the truth, all pre-digested and gooey. But the people don’t want that sickly fast-food truth anymore. You can keep serving it, or you can figure out how to serve up something better, but you don’t dominate the truth market anymore, and you shouldn’t. And your effort to invoke law — the First Amendment?! Are you kidding?!! — to force all the other speakers and writers to stand down and let you have your old monopoly back? That’s just plain ludicrous, and I’m embarrassed for you that you would try to palm off an interpretation of constitutional law that’s so blatantly bankrupt."
Douglas A. Smith and G. Roger Jarjoura, "Social Structure and Criminal Victimization," Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 25 [Feb., l988], 27-52; "Criminologists have long used race and poverty as key variables for explaining crime rates. However, researchers at the University of Maryland find that when differences in family structure are taken into account, crime rates run much the same in rich and poor neighborhoods and among black, white, and Hispanic populations. In their study of over ll,000 urban residents of Florida, upstate New York, and Missouri, Professors Douglas A. Smith and G. Roger Jarjoura found that 'the percentage of single-parent households with children between the ages of 12 and 20 is significantly associated with rates of violent crime and burglary.' The UM team points out that 'many studies that find a significant association between racial composition and crime rates have failed to control for community family structure and may mistakenly attribute to racial composition an effect that is actually due to the association between race and family structure.' Drs. Smith and Jarjoura likewise criticize theories that attribute crime to poverty since when family structure is taken into account, 'the effect of poverty on burglary rates becomes insignificant and slightly negative.'
"This new study should dispel illusions about curing the social effects of casual divorce and rampant illegitimacy through government programs that merely alleviate poverty or reduce racial prejudice."
"Report to the President from the White House Working Group on the Family," February, l988: "A study by Stanford University's Center of the Study of Youth Development in l985 indicated that children in single-parent families headed by mothers have higher arrest rates, more disciplinary problems in school, and a greater tendency to smoke and run away from home than do their peers who live with both natural parents--no matter what their income, race, or ethnicity."