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Friday, February 24. 2017
New York has always been home to young men like James Hazen Hyde.
Remembering economist Kenneth Arrow
The Spread of “New Civics” Is Cause for Alarm
The Bow-Tied Bard of Populism - Tucker Carlson’s latest reinvention is guided by a simple principle—a staunch aversion to whatever his right-minded neighbors believe.
With Sales Depressed by Soda Tax, Philly Grocers Look to Cut Jobs as Mayor Blames 'Greedy' Soda Industry
Soros-Linked Former Clinton Staffer Behind 'Organized' Townhall Protests
Hundreds of scientists urge Trump to withdraw from U.N. climate-change agency
Funding for Public Broadcasting Is Just 0.01 Percent of the Federal Budget. It Should Still Be Eliminated.
Man Who Illegally Fundraised For Clintons Made Tell-All Video Because He Feared Assassination
WHY IS DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR OUTRAGED THAT TRUMP CEDED POWER TO STATES?
Dear Congress: Please Take My ObamaCare Coverage, Because It’s Horrible
Chris Cuomo: If a 12-Year-Old Girl Doesn't Want to See a Penis In the Locker Room, That's Either Because of Her "Overprotective Dad" or Her Own Lack of "Tolerance"
If you want deranged men in sundresses in your daughter's bathroom, raise your hand. And while we're on the topic, Mr. Cuomo, do your daughters want to see your penis in your bathroom? Maybe they do...I don't know. Girls are curious critters.
An uproar? Really? I don't live in DC, but I definitely didn't hear an uproar.
UMich Students Demand 'No-Whites-Allowed' Safe-Space To Plot "Social Justice" Activism
Chris Matthews and SPLC Fall for Hoax Even the NYT Says Is a Lie...Again
Illegal immigrant butter must be banned
"Fuming, Defiant" Mexican Politicians Meet With US Officials Over "Hostile" Immigration Policies
Internal Secession and the Road to Ruin: Two Countries
President Trump Rewrites the Media Playbook
STEVE BANNON Reveals Trump Administration's Plans:
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"Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, said there was no way Mexico would accept the new rules, which among other things seek to deport non-Mexicans to Mexico."
Am I thick here? Am I missing something?
I checked your constitution a number of times but nowhere does it state foreign states have a veto on US laws and regulations.
Is Mexico going to refuse its own citizens entry if they're deported from the US?
I don't get it.
"Is Mexico going to refuse its own citizens entry if they're deported from the US?"
Oops. Strike that line; I'm still only half-awake I guess.
Yes, the Mexicans are right to object to the deportation of non-Mexicans to Mexico. Why would such persons not be deported to their own countries?
My understanding is that Mexican law prohibits the kind of the movement of those people through Mexico. If that's true, there is ample evidence that they acquiesced to it and so they are partly responsible for those people being in the US.
Mex border control will not let them off the plane or bus.
But maybe the US could hire the same coyotes who smuggled illegals in to return deported vermin?
There is a magic number; $60 billion. That is America's trade deficit with Mexico. So if they do not take back those illegals who trekked all the way through Mexico to invade our country then close the border. Do it for a week. And if they still are sticking their middle finger in the air at us do it for a month and then a year. Frankly I would much rather see those jobs brought back to the U.S. so reverse that big sucking sound and close the Mexican border. It isn't safe there anyway and I quit going to Mexico years ago.
Mexico very much lets through migrants from Central America.
If those folks try to stay in Mexico they get arrested and thrown in jail, but as long as they stay on the train or bus then Mexico allows them passage to the US - which is illegal.
By saying that Mexico will have to take all the illegals who cross the US border, the Trump administration is calling their bluff.
what part of "Mex Immigration Service won't let non-Mex illegals off the plane or bus from the USA" is unclear?
Mexico did not stop them coming through Mexico to the US so it is Mexico's problem.
They came from Mexico and were aided and abetted by them; they can go back to Mexico even if we have to forcibly dump them back across the line. If Mexico doesn't like it we can cut off all relations with them. I have no problem with a full boycott of Mexico after everything they have done to damage our country, from drugs to gangs to taking away American jobs.
The antifa post brought a smile to my face. But there is so much more that could be done. Someone, some groups organized and funded these riots and all the rioting we see around the country. Each of these 200+ people know who enlisted them in this battle. This is the opportunity to drill into this massive left wing anti-government machine and get to it's core. Expose the underbelly of the Borg and let the chips fall where they may.
Hundreds of scientists urge Trump to withdraw from U.N. climate-change agency
How many are named Steve?
like it or not, your weather fetish is over in the U.S.
Remember when the climate scientist said this California drought would go on for years?
they don't even remember the Ice Age that hit us back in the '70s.
Sam L: Remember when the climate scientist said this California drought would go on for years?
The science indicates that La Niña conditions tend to increase precipitation. Climate change will also tend to exaggerate the cycles between hot and cold, wet and dry.
"It will undoubtedly get wet again within a few years. Anybody who tells the public that this drought is 'the new normal' without qualifying that statement is unwisely suggesting that California is going to forever remain as dry as it is now. People who believe this are primed to feel resentment when the rains return, potentially causing them to stop supporting some much-needed policy changes that are needed to enhance California's resilience to drought." — Park Williams. See Williams et al., Contribution of anthropogenic warming to California drought during 2012–2014, Geophysical Research Letters 2015.
DrTorch: How many science degrees do you have?
Our name's not Steve. Nor are we the one making the appeal to authority.
By the way, where is the text of the letter and the list of signatories?
for someone who rarely, if ever, cites authorities and always argues by ipse dixit assertions, what degrees in anything do you claim to have?
and don't lie.
An Eastern Gray Squirrell: for someone who rarely, if ever, cites authorities
We often cite scientific or scholarly evidence, and never rely on personal authority. For instance, on this thread, we cited Williams et al., Contribution of anthropogenic warming to California drought during 2012–2014, Geophysical Research Letters 2015. They find evidence that "anthropogenic warming is estimated to have accounted for 8–27% of the observed drought anomaly in 2012–2014." They also note that overall precipitation in California is projected to actually increase.
no you don't. you piss down out backs and tell us its raining. cite some real science sometime instead of your comic book weather reports.
and who cares about anthropogenic warming? we want to know about squirrelpogenic warming.
Thank you. It seems you have silenced the irritating troll for a little while.
it'll be back.
you'd think zhe comes here to debate or troll. that's wrong. zhe's here to be humiliated.
just like the hunter in the bear joke
Another Eastern Gray Squirrel: no you don't.
We cited a research paper from the Geophysical Research Letters, as published by the American Geophysical Union. If you think the paper is in error, then you should point to the errors. Indeed, if it is in error, you might write the publisher. That you ignore the paper is a problem on your end.
RE Chris Cuomo: If a 12-Year-Old Girl Doesn't Want to See a Penis In the Locker Room, That's Either Because of Her "Overprotective Dad" or Her Own Lack of "Tolerance"
if Chris Cuomo tries to follow my daughter into a locker room, I will find a mop handle and show him what tolerance means before he gets to the door.
Libtards, feel free to disagree.
All but one of my five daughters, all AARP-eligible, would probably laugh at Cuomo's. The one exception, a flaming liberal, would probably ask for his autograph.
still.. I think dad's should go into kill mode to protect daughters of any age.
I think dads should protect their sons, just as vigorously.
Agree Vic. I was being facetious. Probably shouldn't have been.
oh no problem. I just can't get inside the brain stem of people like that.
RE Funding for Public Broadcasting
I remember the day NPRadio lost me. I used to listen for the jazz content, but that day a suitably espanglish-accented young brochacho reporter was documenting the plight of exploited mariachi musicians living in Los Angeles, how they were holed up in a particular barrio, forced to perform beyond contracted-hours for free at weddings, cheated by agents and managers; sad huarache musica as diegetic background, etc. I suddenly found myself wanting a nature documentary on Eastern Gray Squirrels.
Even at .01% that's $445 million. And that's waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much.
For me it was 1991. They were doing a segment on the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Instead of talking about that, they focused on how Hawaii was forcibly "stolen" by the United States from the Native Hawaiians. Intimating that Pearl Harbor would have never happened but for the actions of the U.S. in the 19th century. Click.
The Wisconsin butter lobby has a long and mildly colored history. As late as the 1950s it was illegal to sell margarine in the state, with local legends and tall tales springing up around making late-night oleo runs to Illinois. After the outright ban was overturned as a restraint of interstate trade, a "consumer protection" law was proposed such that, to avoid confusion, non-dairy spreads would need to be dyed black. The law was passed to outlaw the sale of any dyed margarine at all. Somewhat cooler heads ultimately prevailed, and the first pink, then eventually yellow color capsules began to be sold with undyed margarine, to be kneaded into the mix at time of use.
To this day restaurants can be cited for fraud if they use margarine on items that are listed as "buttered" on the menu, such as toast or pancakes.
Watch for this:
Took a look at the tv program titled Elementary. It was first aired on February 14, 2017. The prostitute/madam/saavy businesswoman spoke with an eastern European accent (Russian, or Ukranian). She was made up to look exactly like Melania. The dialogue went something like this: "only way to get out of abusive relationship--hoping for the big guy with big bucks, sneak into US, might get a job modeling, etc.,etc."
Anyone here want to bet on how many more tv shows will come up with characters who look and sound like something negative, but closely resembling Melania? How many more times will the dirty boys of Hollywood play this sick card? I suppose next one up on the weekly crime show will be the 10 year old little boy, or maybe the dress designing daughter. There are so many people in Trump's family and the dirty buggers of Hollywood will abuse each one of them any way they can--watch for it !
I assume that liberals are so outraged about the bathroom policy being a states rights issue, is because it won't be as easy to strong arm forced acceptance of the LGBT agenda at the state level.
I don't believe this should be a problem in K-12. First of all any child who feels that they are the opposite gender would be embarrassed and call attention to themselves by using the wrong restroom. Why would a 13 year old boy even want to use the girls restroom? It appears this is pushed on to the children by the adults and not something a child would spontaneously think of themselves.
As this affects transgender why would children under the age of 18 be getting medical treatment for changing their gender. This is child abuse. At least allow them to become an adult before making this kind of decision.
There just is no logical reason for children to need to use the wrong restroom. I can't help but conclude that what this is really about is adults pushing the LGBT agenda by using the children.
Government funding of public broadcasting goes far beyond the CPB and NPR. There are parallel state agencies; Minnesota Public Radio comes to mind.
Besides direct appropriations the broadcast material has often been funded by the NEA or NEH. And the stations themselves are usually at universities receiving state appropriations.
Whether this is all good or all bad or somewhere in between I can't answer. I doubt if the full scope of government funding can even be assessed.
Ten Great Economic Myths
Hear, hear. Problem is rightists don't care, and if by some happy occurrence they do, one in ten can enumerate those points.
That list is also incomplete. Where it really matters it is really incomplete.
RE Illegal immigrant butter must be banned
are there no Sanctuary Dairies?
Ken Arrow, Nobelist, economist, changed his name from Horowitz in the 1950's because Jews had trouble getting jobs in economics at the Ivies. For this reason, Samuelson went to MIT (not Harvard) and built a world-class economics department there.
Arrow and Samuelson did fairly well despite the anti-Semitism of the prestigious universities at the time.
And these two did well for us all.
These late nights (3.00am Mars DST) suggest a weak analogy to daybreak following the carnage of the nighttime naval battles off Guadalcanal: strewn over the Farm are the smoking wreckage of libtarded policies; progressive talking points still on fire and sinking; angst-covered bodies of demoncraptic spokes-whores wash ashore whilst the wakes of escaping liberals disappear over the horizon.
But they'll be back.