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Tuesday, May 30. 2017
It Was ‘No Picnic,’ but All Nine Bond Brothers Signed Up for World War II. Russell Bond gorged on carrots so he could qualify for Army Air Corps
GREEN WEENIE OF THE WEEK: ORGANIC DIETS
Market Disrupted: How Piggly Wiggly Revolutionized Grocery Shopping
When Buying Life Insurance Was Deemed Immoral
Gender wars and the bizarre new puritanism
Yale Gave Special Award for “Exemplary Leadership in Enhancing Race and/or Ethnic Relations” to Two of the Leaders of Crowd that Abused Nicholas Christakis
Charles Blow Has Utter Meltdown For Memorial Day
Fake news: Portland killer was actually a Lefty
The Democrats are following the lead of the progressive media — together, they now form the anti-Trump brigade.
President Trump Has A Great Opportunity To Cut The "Poverty" Rate
Inside Trump's war on regulations - The push to block, rewrite and delay scores of Obama-era rules may be the administration's biggest untold success.
Byron York: While other controversies rage, work on border wall moves forward
Sweden: 48 of 50 ‘Child’ Migrants from Morocco Found to be Adults
About 23,000 jihadis — potential terrorists — are living in Great Britain today, British intelligence recently revealed.
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Just saw on CNN where they're reporting on the latest leaks about Russian "derogatory" info on Trump and they're careful to admit this might be Russian disinformation without going into the implications of it - if the "Russian influence on the election" story is just a Russian disinformation campaign then it's not Trump who's acting as a Putin stooge, it's CNN. Not that CNN needs Russian influence to delegitimize Trump or any Republican president, but it makes a handy plausible excuse to do their best to sow discord and strife.
And I still don't understand why nobody's asking the obvious question of why, if Putin could so easily install a puppet regime in the US, why the Obama Administration was so inept and incompetent - possibly treasonous - that they did nothing at all to resist it.
The home of the Piggly Wiggly founder has been turned into a museum. The Pink Palace displays the original store inside the museum as well as a theater and lots of historical displays going back through time. If you are a history buff its well worth the time to visit. And while you are in Memphis dont forget the KING!
When I was a kid we shopped at a Piggly Wiggly in Mundelein, IL.
Once when Grandad & Grandma came to visit they went with us and Grandad remarked that there was a Piggly Wiggly store in the town near where he grew up (pre-1920) but they were long gone from Nebraska by the 1960s.
As for Graceland, Mrs. feeblemind has been there. She is a HUGE Elvis fan.
PW is alive and well in a lot of places. Sixty or so stores in AL, scattered all over the state. Hard to pull into a city or town worth the name and there not be a PW there.
Loved the PW story. My 2nd paycheck job was working in the local supermarket. I had no idea that PW changed the market so much 100 years ago.
Lovely wife and I went to Memphis about 20 years ago and missed the PW museum. We did go to Graceland, though. She is a BIG fan of Elvis.
Both my children got their first birthday cakes free from Piggly Wiggly.
"The crowd that abused Nicholas Christakis"
"Portland killer was actually a lefty"
If you look at what the Portland killer was doing and compare it with the crowd at Yale what was the difference? It was racism and intimidation. But what was the difference?
The difference is that you are allowed and even encouraged to be racist against whites but not against any of the "protected" groups. That lefty made a mistake. He didn't get the memo. Worse, his rhetoric was not even close to being as bad as the group at Yale.
I want to start a pool on whether CNN, WaPo, NYT, or MSNBC is the first to run the story "Unnamed sources in the State Department reveal Trump administration doesn't trust them to keep information confidential"
"About 23,000 jihadis — potential terrorists — are living in Great Britain today, British intelligence recently revealed."
And the British government support that to the point of giving them public monies to live on.
The left and the press are so obsessed with the fake Russia story and made-up 'leaks' that they are missing the real news going on in the Trump Administration....which will have longer lasting effects for YEARS into the future than their fake news will have.
What a big mistake.
Instead of empowering their base with knowledge about the changes to our regulations that they may not like, the NYT and WaPo are covering their pages with breathless accounts of leaks that get debunked in less than 24 hours.
I've read that the biggest problem is newspapers lost so much money that they had to cut loose their best and most seasoned reporters - or they took early retirement when it was offered. They've replaced them with millennial no-nothings who were raised on a steady diet of click bait. So these youngsters have no idea how to do real reporting at all.
This is how the leftist press will die.
Green Weenie of the Week: Organic Diets
One of the great frauds of our time is the promiscuous use of “organic” as another form of virtue-signalling, and also of out-of-control marketing. I doubt there is any serious evidence of health differences between people who eat a diet rich in “organic” produce versus people who consume equal amounts of supposedly “non-organic” produce.
"Promiscuous"? One of the "great frauds"? Right up there with casino markets and HFT "investment banking" and corporate lobbying and corporatist whores writing legislation, right dimwit(s)?
Of course Hayward is a shrieking codependent lifestyle-signalling rightist jackass who deals in fallacies. Wonder no more how the merely ostensible "right" inspected its own poo for decades and consequently lost a nation while perfecting the Harley and gas station hog jerky.
Powerline leads that brigade of partisan losers. Let me guess: The comments there are packed with morons championing their joint idiocy. Yeah, thought so.
So NY Times' Charles Blow is upset because a Montana Congressman decked a Guardian reporter. According to Blow, "Assault is not a game."
You guys remember when he came out and condemned the guy who punched out neo-Nazi Charles Spencer, using similar reasoning?
Yeah, me neither.
Assault can be a game. Guys occasionally come to blows.
I had my first boxing lesson on Monday.
It depends. The congressman should have pushed him away first. The reporter did by his actions "assault" the congressman (at least by redneck rules). But a reasonable response was to show him you were serious by pushing him away and not escalating it. But some people take offense easily and you push them around at your own risk. The reporter may be accustomed to DC or New York rules but things are different outside of the big city. If this came before an unbiased jury in Montana I believe the jury would agree that the reporter was the antagonist.
On the other hand the congressman is not on his ranch or at the local watering hole anymore and he needs to develop a thicker skin.
"Russell Bond gorged on carrots" - my father tried to join the RCAF in the summer of 1941, but his eyesight wasn't good enough. As he used to say, "My eyesight improved a lot after Pearl Harbour." The RCAF asccepted him, and he served until the war's end.