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Thursday, March 16. 2017
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“ATTENTION PARENTS: Kids Under 12 Cannot Walk or Ride to School on Their Own”
Cooling to absolute zero mathematically outlawed after a century
Solar Road Update -- The Stupid Continues
When a Man’s Unemployed, His Wife Bears the Emotional Costs
Why stores are going out of business
How Common Core Damages Students’ College Readiness
Bias Response Teams Chill Free Speech and Miseducate Students
UChicago student leaders slam their president for his commitment to free speech
Why are climate-change models so flawed? Because climate science is so incomplete
Number of sanctuary cities nears 500
ANOTHER AMERICAN CITY DESTROYED BY THE DEMOCRATS - The tragic story of Minneapolis.
Medicaid Is Free. So Why Does It Require a Mandate?
No One Will Build Police Station in Islamic Colony of Rinkeby, Sweden
Conservative vs. Liberal Logic: A Comparison
AMERICAN THINKER: TOP TEN REASONS I AM NO LONGER A LEFTIST
TILLERSON REFUSES TO LEAVE ISRAEL-BASHING UN "HUMAN RIGHTS" COUNCIL. BUYS INTO "REFORM" OF THE UNREFORMABLE'
Trump to Sign Executive Order Removing "Climate Change" As Factor Government Agencies Regulate
Trump Launches Downsizing Effort
MIT profs call Trump 'significant step' toward 'fascism'
What the heck? Seems like the opposite to me.
Trump Orders Massive UN Budget Cuts
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“ATTENTION PARENTS: Kids Under 12 Cannot Walk or Ride to School on Their Own”
Helicopter parenting to the nth. I started walking 2 miles to school in the 3rd grade when I dressed and fed myself by 7:30 and didn't want to wait an hour for the school bus. By the end of 1st grade I had figured out how to walk a quarter mile through the woods to the post office.
I had about a half-mile, across a busy street, in first grade.
I look at things like this and just go "WTF?"
When a Man’s Unemployed, His Wife Bears the Emotional Costs
World ends, Women, Children most affected.
AM: Top Ten
#10 Never mind that there is an elevator that would take you up when there is stairs or an escalator. My dad is in an assisted living facility. There are 2 elevators, one large, one small, but only one call button. Moving him floor to floor, we need the large one. I would have thought the ADA would have already addressed that need with 2 call buttons. I guess Just Wait....
#8 Had a personal acquaintance that did the peace corps. What she had to show for it was a baby, and being on social assistance.
#5 Objective Truth. A farmer self reported that he had a manure spill, but he cleaned it up before it reached the ditch. Testing showed a 7 million count coming onto his property, and 1 million leaving his property. He still got a fine because it was TOO HIGH.
"ANOTHER AMERICAN CITY DESTROYED BY THE DEMOCRATS"
About 1960 the Democrat party made a choice to move from the party of KKK to the party of 'free stuff'. What we see today with 50 million on food stamps and 90% of black children born out of wedlock and 1/3rd of the people in these large cities living in free or subsidized housing. You could lsit the 'free stuff' for pages and pages and this is what creates the problem and why the problem cannot and will not just go away. The Detroits and Minneapolis's of America are cancers that need to be cut out or the patient will die. They are and have been for decades the warning that we are dying, we are going the way of Rome right before our eyes. It is the reason we have $20 trillion in debt which we cannot pay and will never pay. It is the reason inner city schools are failing. It is the reason we needed to create a socialized health care system and make all the productive class pay for it. It is metastasizing across the nation at an accelerating rate. It is the reason that people leave California or Massachusetts. It is the reason that most of the working people in NY City live outside of NY City. But the Democrats cannot give this up or reform it, their entire party is based on creating poverty and using poverty to stay in power. The only choices I can see to this is that the patient (our democratic republic) will die or the people will rise up and revolt. I don't see a peaceful end to this problem. Cities like Minneapolis are the long ignored cancers that are going to destroy us.
My wife and I lived in Los Angeles. Occasionally, depending upon other factors, we might walk miles to events.
Walking a few miles home after a movie was safe. And on the way you could drop into a bar for a drink and live music.
Clearly I had been damaged by walking alone to kindergarten. BTW: She had grown up in central Minneapolis.
On Facebook, the Democrats are today doing a full on assault on how Trump is going to cut Meals on Wheels and how the elderly will starve to death. All my lefty "friends" are reposting this stuff.
I am strongly tempted to comment by saying, "Obama put us $20 trillion in debt and we are bankrupt. It is going to get a lot worse than this for everyone thanks to the Democrats, not anything Trump is doing. He's just trying to slow the bleeding." But I have a rule that I pretty much don't post anything or comment on Facebook, so I'll leave that to someone else.
I like meals on wheels and it is probably one of the rare government "welfare" programs that isn't riddled with fraud, waste and abuse. But it should not be funded by the federal government. The states are free to fund it. Churches and civic organizations should fund it. Perhaps even Hillary's great charity could fund it. The federal government has no business doing it.
Unfortunately, GWTW, our Congress Critters haven't read the Constitution which limits the power of the Federal government. I'll vote for you if you'll run. I might even move to your state. Evidence from the last hundred elections in Illinois suggest you don't have to live here or be a citizen to vote here, but your state might be different.
I used to do trade shows in downtown Minneapolis and late at night when we would be loading out there were always a few gun shots. It looked like different foreign countries in the area. It is pretty obvious the "immigrants" had no intention of assimilating into American culture.
Re: TOP TEN REASONS I AM NO LONGER A LEFTIST
Danusha touches on a theme I've notice for a long time - the destructiveness of the hatred on the left. My favorite example is the Boy Scouts. The left hates the Boy Scouts so they want to destroy them and turn them into something they are not. They could start their on scout-like organization that espoused their own principles, but what's the fun in that? Why do something positive (in the sense that building anything is more positive than tearing down something for the sake of tearing it down) when can destroy something? Apparently destruction is much more fun for them.
Re: ANOTHER AMERICAN CITY DESTROYED BY THE DEMOCRATS
More evidence that the left is destructive.
" Why are climate-change models so flawed?"
Because the so called climate scientists are so ignorant. Remember the hole in the ozone? Freon was banned based on computer models. Well, the hole in the ozone ignored the computer models and continued doing whatever it wanted to do. A hole in the ozone even opened up in the northern hemisphere and the computer models didn't predict that happening.
And now we pay $12.75 per pound for Freon replacement. I think it used to be about $5. and it's less effective.
Nothing like dying from your broken CFL bulbs mercury.
Don't we feel good?
Yes, lightbulbs are another classic. In my state it's illegal to sell or buy incandescent bulbs, unless they are "special purpose" bulbs. You must buy CFL bulbs. But then, another law says it is illegal to dispose of CFL bulbs because they have mercury in them.
And on top of that, all the CFL bulbs are made in China. And on top of the claims to the contrary, they give poor light, are notoriously unreliable (e.g., only certain types work in certain sockets, with no rhyme or reason), and burn out just as fast as incandescent bulbs did.
I know there are now developing options like LED (which by the way, are often incompatible with existing wiring, but they don't tell you that), but this is yet another area where you have to ask, why the hell is government involved in this?
I'ved used dimmable LEDs on old circuits - they seem to work fine wherever I've put them.
Frankly, they're a whole lot better than CFLs. I've got probably 20 of them in various fixtures around the house, and the only trouble I've had is one CREE that flickered a bit in one fixture - but I swapped it with another in the same fixture and it worked fine.
One thing I've noticed by its absence - I haven't had to change a bulb in over two years. YMMV, but I count that as a win.
I'm happy if people choose to buy LEDs, CFLs, or whatever. The operative word is "choose."
We've had more than one CFL either catch fire or threaten to. We've had a lot better luck with LEDs. They're cheaper, they give good light, they are easy to ship, they seem to last a long time, and they aren't hot so they don't promote dry rotting the interior of a lampshade.
I don't call him simple, I'd call his position childish, except I know he knows he's pimping an asshat-grade idea to the simple which makes him a lying fraud.
"ol' reamus" has no respect for the Constitution, he promotes his personal idea of a fantasy that encourages a total disrespect for constitutional processes that have been in place since early in the Republic.
ProTip 1: no constitutional right is absolute. none of them. how a private constitutional right like the second amendment is balanced against public interest a matter that appears to be well above ol' reamus's mental paygrade, but it exists.
ProTip 2: if you know how this balancing process works, you can explain, as a sane adult, why gun laws barring private ownership of a 30mm chain gun are constitutional while a $1 tax on every .22 cartridge are not; i.e., you can participate in persuasive debate and not sound like ol' jackass.
I can see a theoretical public interest in the banning of some weapons. I have yet to see that any of them actually result in a reduction in violence. When someone tries something that actually works to reduce violence, I'd be willing to listen. But most claims based on the "well it just stands to reason" method of determining safety don't seem to drag results along behind them.
here are basic examples of how public interest vs private rights work.
first look at how important is the right being regulated. start with bag limits for California condors. condor hunting is not a constitutionally identified right, its more of an economic issue. so a law that regulates hunting of condors will be constitutional if there's a reasonable connection between the law and the public interest, which is saving condors.
on the other hand, consider a law that bans ownership of 25mm autocannons. since the right to bear arms is an extremely important private right, the public interest has to be extremely strong. so line up the reasons for and against.
pro: they're cool and who doesn't like to blow up pumpkins in the desert? there are probably other reasons why individuals should own one, but I can't think of any.
con: the public interest is public safety. autocannons are extremely destructive, have only military uses, could and probably would be widely used by bank robbers and terrorists if easily available. they're not analogous to muskets in the same way that constitutionally protected AR-15s are.
so the law meets a compelling state interest (public safety) that only minimally affects the overall second amendment right to bear arms. even though the balance is heavily weighted towards the second amendment, the public interest is weighty enough to tip the scales. note that you can still own full auto Browning Machine Rifles, even auto versions of the AR-15. this law would be constitutional.
how about a dollar tax on .22 LRs? the proposed law falls the balancing test, because "reasonable" isn't enough. in fact, you should point out that a law that, under the guise of trying to regulate, actually has the effect of eradicating the constitutional right is itself unconstitutional. demoncraps did this to potential Black voters by imposing poll taxes, property requirements and literacy tests in the 20th century, these were not constitutional under civil rights law.
Imagine a dollar tax on praying or speaking out. What part of "shall not be infringed" does the left not get? Imagine if the 1st amendment and the 2nd amendment had used exactly the same wording to protect an inalienable right. The wording was not the exact same but the meaning was. Your free speech and religion is protected as is your right to keep and bear arms exactly the same. No more no less. But our government and legal organizations choose to parse the words and the meaning to imply that they are not. All 10,000 of the federal laws regulating guns are arguably unconstitutional.
Love the freakouts online today about the budget cuts. Trump won't get it all, but he will get a lot of it. Then he goes back next year to chop some more, etc. until his 8 years is up.
I agree with EVERY cut he proposes. About time.
Long overdue! Unfortunately, we won't get as much of it as we should. There are too many wimps and RINOs.
The giant part of the federal budget comes from entitlement spending. Trump hasn't done anything about that.
The fast way to cut the budget is to include something the Democrats really want and let them shut the government down. When the Dems realize that Trump won't allow backpay for the time it is shut down then they may become serious about cuts.
When Trump gets around to cutting off federal funding for sanctuary cities, universities, etc., that is going to save a lot of money and help bring the deficit down significantly.
Children also prefer to look at printed photos in an album instead of a digital image on a device.