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Tuesday, April 25. 2017
ISIS fighters killed by wild boars
The whole story of the Desert One debacle
Politically Correct Wusses Fail To Ban Dodgeball In Louisiana Public Schools…
What the heck is wrong with dodgeball?
America’s manliest industries are all competing for women
Ayn Rand's counter-revolution
Why cultivating passion on campus is at odds with cultivating the mind
THEY TOLD ME IF DONALD TRUMP WERE ELECTED WE’D SEE OPEN RACISM ON CAMPUS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT!
AT WOMEN’S COLLEGE, A STUDENT STRIKE FOR MORE MONEY AND FREE THERAPY SUCCEEDS
It's official: Berkeley hit with lawsuit over Coulter lecture
Hate speech is free speech, Gov. Dean: Glenn Reynolds
Sorry, College Kids, There’s No Such Thing As Hate Speech
The Russians Hacked Democrats’ Plans to Cheat in the General Election
Obama To Receive $400,000 Speaking Fee At Cantor Fitzgerald Conference
In 2017, Americans Spending More on Taxes Than Food, Clothing, and Housing Combined
Not serfdom, but similar
Horowitz: Democrats 'Consumed by Their Hatred'
Judd Gregg: Trump gets his sea legs
UN secretary-general: Denial of Israel’s right to exist is ‘modern form of anti-Semitism’
Terrorist accused of killing a British student will be paid £800 a month by the Palestinian government which receives £25m-a-year UK foreign aid
End the US taxpayer subsidy for Palestinian terror
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I read the article about the UN Sec.-Gen., first confirming it wasn't from The Onion and second that its dateline was not April 1. What's going on?
A shift in attitude.
I think as long as we had traditional pols who fully 'believed' in the UN as being a Good Thing to continually support, we weren't going to see any difference in the usual rhetoric.
However, Trump's a budget cutter and looking hard at expenses vs benefit. And the UN is pretty darn expensive for the 'good' we're getting from it.
So in order to preserve funding, they're changing their tune.
The article from Heterodox Academy is an example of what professors are supposed to be for. It is thoughtful, timely, and well-expressed.
I'm sure there are plenty out there who do well, who do their jobs with honor and devotion, though we do not read about them. It is encouraging to read about them when we can.
"Obama To Receive $400,000 Speaking Fee At Cantor Fitzgerald Conference"
Anyone surprised??? It will be interesting to see if anyone can figure out how to trace the money back to Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood, etc.
He's also set up his phony foundation to launder money just like Hillary did.
“Lastly, human target games (e.g. dodge ball) and drills that promote aggressive behaviors by attacking and overpowering other humans are not to be permitted,” read the proposed rule prohibiting dodgeball in every nook and cranny of Louisiana’s public schools.
Wouldn't that outlaw football and wrestling as well? Heck, soccer goalies get hit with a ball - does that mean that soccer would be outlawed?
Dodge ball has been banned in our grandchildren's schools in both Missouri and Wisconsin. I can tell you, that as a child I hated dodge ball........being lined up against the playground fence was to me like being put before a firing squad. Most people didn't have a problem with it and I still played, scared to death. But, I don't think it should be banned, like tag and all other fun things children have done in recess in the past. No swing, slides , jungle gyms, or merry-go-rounds. Just what are they to do besides get into trouble harassing each other.
I will never forget our jock, 20-something coaches laughing when nerd kids took direct hits to the face in dodgeball back when I was a kid in Texas public schools in the 1970s.
I didn't understand it at the time, but those loser jerks knew even then that the nerds among us would be making more than them very soon.
I can see scenarios when dodgeball would be abused by coaches with the wrong attitude or by students who didn't obey the rules and had no supervision from adults (which is a whole issue). But you can't make playgrounds safe for every little snowflake. Trying to do so just leads to more problems than it solves.
The problem is not dodge ball per se. It is that it is a vehicle of mandatory participation in abuse by sociopaths whose lives peaked in their high school, sometimes college, sports "careers."
The cost of the Trump Canadian lumber tariff.
The Trump administration announced Monday plans to impose duties of up to 24% on most Canadian lumber, charging that lumber companies there are subsidized by the government. Canadian lumber makes up about 30% of the U.S. market.
The tax is expected to hike the price of lumber used in home building by an average of 6%, according to the National Association of Home Builders, the trade group for the U.S. industry.
"For builders, it'll increase the cost of construction by about $3,000 on the average home, which unfortunately will be passed on to consumers,"
we have plenty of wild boar out here in the Wild West Bank.
Pork eating christian pilgrims are welcome!
These animals can stop - and damage - most compact cars and sedans.
Manhattan circa 1900. "The Bowery, New York." The tracks of the Third Avenue El passing the Bowery Savings Bank.
I just listened to the story of another time when wild boar had a significant impact on history. It was in the Viking "winter in Paris" in 885. The story is in the latest episode of The British History Podcast: 240 – Viking Roadshow: Rollo edition
So they sent a demand to King Charles the Fat. They wanted tribute, or they would lay waste to Frankia.
The franks balked because they had only recently paid the army 12,000 pounds of silver to leave the country in peace. The Danes replied that their agreement was to leave the King in peace…and the King had just died. And this is where all those boar safety tips from few episodes back start to make a lot more sense, because the king Sigfred and Sinric made the agreement with was the same one who tangled with a boar and lost (Carloman II, nephew of Judith.. That Judith).
King Carloman II was dead after his pursuit of a pork chop ended in tragedy… and as far as the Danes were concerned, so was the agreement, because they had no such agreement with King Charles the Fat.
But the two Viking leaders weren’t completely unreasonable. They went to Charles the Fat and offered him the same deal they cut with Carloman. Hand over 12,000 lbs of silver, and they would leave him in peace.
And Charles basically said “you can kiss my fat ass.” And the Danes didn’t appreciate that one bit. So they took their fleet and sailed up the Seine.