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Tuesday, May 9. 2017
I got rid of the fake image. New one is real
The Days of Big Berkshire Gains Seem Like They're Over
Ontario man given three tickets by ‘the smoke police’ for having a cigarette alone in his SUV
The speed limit really is just a number on a sign, and it has very little influence on how fast people drive
Her (now-private) Facebook post reads like an Onion parody of political correctness.
Even After Colorado’s Teacher Evaluation ‘Revolution,’ Fewer Than One in 1,000 Rated Ineffective
Isle of Indebtedness - Washington provided Puerto Rico with all the wrong incentives; disaster ensued.
One of the remarkable aspects of the managerial class is they don’t seem to learn much from their errors.
Adam Gopnick says Trump makes him wonder about the American Revolution
Trump, Jackson, and the Civil War
Hysterics over Healthcare Bill, Just Like Everything Else
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"The speed limit really is just a number on a sign...".
Kinda like the debt ceiling.
the average Democratic voter is plain stupid and easy to manipulate
The word "stupid" does not appear in Rewriting History.
I generally refrain from calling people stupid, but you leftists have a very special sort of ignorance and arrogance. You continue to believe in socialists policies that bankrupt, both morally and economically, and enslave people to big government. The results always end up like Venezuela. The end is: The powerful become more powerful and rich, along with the hangers on, and butt kissers. The rest are chattel to be manipulated with all their dignity and wealth stolen from them at the point of a gun.
Good points, Hammer. I am reading this biography of Herbert Hoover right now: https://www.amazon.com/Herbert-Hoover-Life-Glen-Jeansonne/dp/1101991003
Most of the world remembers Hoover for the president who "caused" the Depression. That is an argument for another time. The relevant part to your comments above is that Hoover is generally forgotten for his HUGE accomplishments in humanitarian aid during WWI and to Bolshevik Russia in the 1920s. The Bolsheviks, in their enlightened wisdom, seized land from the successful Russian farmers after the revolution and then needed help feeding their own people when the new farm scheme fell flat. Instead of letting the Bolsheviks reaped what they had sown in their cruel and misguided policies, Hoover wanted to save as many Russians as possible from this Bolshevik disaster.
Zach will be along soon to say that the famine was either: A) made up as a straw man by those who were pro-Hoover B) not the fault of the Bolsheviks or C) the byproduct of American imperialism in our aborted intervention in the Russian Revolution. None of that is true. And even if it was, how could Zach explain away that Mao starved his own people with his policies in China? Or that Venezuela is now facing the end game in all socialist paradises?
Dangerous Dean: Most of the world remembers Hoover for the president who "caused" the Depression.
Hoover is generally remembered for his feckless response to the onset of the Great Depression, not for causing it.
Dangerous Dean: The relevant part to your comments above is that Hoover is generally forgotten for his HUGE accomplishments in humanitarian aid during WWI and to Bolshevik Russia in the 1920s.
Indeed, Hoover was a great humanitarian.
Dangerous Dean: Zach will be along soon to say that the famine was either: A) made up as a straw man by those who were pro-Hoover
No. The famine was very real, and led to the death of millions.
Dangerous Dean: B) not the fault of the Bolsheviks
The famine was a direct result of actions taken by the Bolsheviks. The primary purpose was to eliminate rival power centers, such as the Kulaks.
Dangerous Dean: C) the byproduct of American imperialism in our aborted intervention in the Russian Revolution.
Counterrevolutionary activities certainly aggravated the paranoia of the communists, however, they were intent on crushing opposition no matter the cost.
Z: The attribution in question doesn't appear correct. Here is the evidence to support this contention.
BH: You're stupid.
1) On rating teachers in Colorado...if some of the score was based on 'teacher observations,' I'm assuming that is part of the problem. What teacher, knowing that his or her job depended on the score that day for 'observation,' wouldn't be on his/her best behavior and bring his/her 'A' game? Why not have students rate their teachers? Parents rate the teachers? and maybe set up a hidden camera to truly understand what goes on day-to-day in the classroom. Another good idea would be to have substitutes rate the classrooms they sub in. I have a relative who regularly substitutes in her school district...it is pretty easy for her to see which teacher is a 'good' one and which one is 'bad' based on what she hears from the kids, the notes left behind, and sometimes even the interaction she has with the teacher beforehand.
2) The healthcare bill is going to change in the Senate. I'm fine with that. I am not one who will go into hysterics b/c I trust that Trump knows what he is doing. All he really needs is an end to the mandate and taxes, the rest is not that big a deal. Why? Because Trump has often talked of Steps 2 and 3. Step 2 being HHS regs and Step 3 being things like HSA accounts, selling policies across state lines, etc. This fixing of healthcare is going to have many pieces/parts and will not be wrapped up in one big healthcare bill. Trump just needs the mandate gone, and suddenly the markets are much freer...you will see. No freak outs necessary.
I was a substitute in Colorado and I can tell you exactly what the teacher thinks is important by how students act in the class and the notes left behind. Most teachers are a liberal mess.
My relative told me of one teacher who called a misbehaving 2nd grader a 'little s***.' She was appalled a teacher would say such terrible things about a 7-year-old. She has also seen awful treatment of special needs kids with boring assignments that have no impact on such children. Or sometimes she has really left-wing stories she is forced to read to kindergarteners or just bad books in general...boring and poorly written, as if the teacher took no time to think about the books she chooses.
If Trump ends the Obamacare taxes the mandate will go away as the SCOTUS decision said that it was constitutional only because it was a tax. If the tax goes away then the mandate for healthcare also goes away. Remember, this was a tax and not healthcare.
As someone who is on Obamacare I agree completely. Anything is better than what we currently have.
Re the smoke police.
If the public health officials are so concerned about our health why haven't they banned homosexuality? The homosexual lifestyle is very unhealthy and the homosexual life expectancy is about 20 years less than the heterosexual life expectancy.
Because. Shut Up!
Seriously, I've often thought the same thing. I'm surprised you are even allowed to have such thoughts in Canada. Not to mention posting it on a public forum.