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Monday, June 26. 2017
Pronghorn were almost perfectly fitted to the West Texas landscape. And then people started building fences.
Pronghorns don't jump
Life Before the Internet
Administrators at diversity conference: Require implicit bias training on campus
White women are the worst
People Are Starting To Catch On To The "100% Renewable Energy" Scam
Aussie Government Broadcaster Gives Climate Skeptics Airtime
Is This Uber's "Theranos Moment"?
Detroit Council Dunks on Taxpayers, Will Use School Funds for Basketball Arena - This is why Detroit can't have nice things.
Bread and circuses for the masses
Without illegals, who will clean our toilets?
Faith Leader Urges Trump to ‘Guarantee’ Rights of Refugees to Enter U.S.
Woman Totally Loses Her Mind Over Confederate Flag-Adorned Dukes Of Hazzard Car
Tactics of Cultural Marxism’s Brownshirts
Black Trump Supporter Goes Nuclear on Maxine Waters ‘You Have Destroyed the Black Community With Illegal Immigration!’
The Unbearable Smugness Of Being…A Democrat
It's the presumption of moral superiority
For The NYT, only one party "seizes control"
Blinded by bias
Similarly, WaPo: The terrifying and terrible prospect of Justice Kennedy retiring
The Republican Health-Care Mistake
President Trump Calls For Enforcement Of Immigration Laws Restricting Welfare For Immigrants
Same as Australia
Simon: Trump Derangement Syndrome Has Become the New Plague
President Trump Has Now Signed 40 Pieces Of Legislation As He Moves To Enact His Agenda
Obama knew about Russian tricks, did nothing
Shadowy Firm Behind the 'Trump Dossier' Refuses to Cooperate With Congress
Biggest news today: DEMOCRATS, FBI COLLABORATED ON TRUMP SMEARS
EUROPE IS STILL AILING - A glimpse into the dark malaise behind the EU project.
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The Unbearable Smugness Of Being…A Democrat
It's the presumption of moral superiority similar to the people stewed in the 'we are oh so special because we live in NYC' sauce
Re: Woman Totally Loses Her Mind Over Confederate Flag-Adorned Dukes Of Hazzard Car
If this woman was seriously outraged, she lost her mind long before this and should be strongly cautioned about visiting any sort of civil rights museum where she might see things much more disturbing than a Confederate flag. But given her immediate instinct to post her reaction to her facebook page, I'm going with faux-outrage, the cry-bully tactic of the SJW. It's just sensitivity theater, an ongoing contest to see who can pretend to be the most outraged over the most silly thing. The proper reaction to the display is laughter and ridicule, not serious discussion. Taking such public displays of bed-wetting seriously only encourages more such displays.
Quite right Jerryskids.
I would only add that she is obviously an attention hog looking for the approval of her peers.
Would of been great if he just started it up, and popped a wheelie over her pie hole on the way out of the lot.
If you really want her to suffer a meltdown, inform her that Canada (as part of Britain) supported the Confederacy during the Civil War, and allowed the Confederacy to use Canadian soil to stage raids on the Union.
Canada didn't exist during the Civil War; it was only formed as a self-governing dominion in 1867 (on 1 July, making it our 150th birthday next Saturday).
Feelings about the Confederacy were mixed in the various colonies of British North America but most were more sympathetic to the North because that was the portion of the US with which they had the most in common. Large numbers of Canadians served in the Union Army, but very few with the Confederates.
Confederates operated out of Canada clandestinely; the worst incident was the St Albans Raid of 1864. British authorities did not approve of such activities nor did they condone them.
It was distaste for the institution of slavery which ultimately put paid to any British/Canadian sympathy for the South.
"The Republican Health-Care Mistake"
Obama and the Democrats created a poison pill with the ACA. It was going to self destruct and Hillary was supposed to be in office and congress would replace it with a single payer plan. But Trump won. The ACA is still self destructing. the rent seekers are still seeking free stuff and the Republicans are too afraid and/or too stupid to do the only thing that can "fix" this mess.
There are essentially three options:
1. Reverse the ACA back to the way it was before Obama placed the poison pill in our health care system.
2. Do nothing. let the ACA self destruct and when finally enough damage is done by it that both sides are willing to fix it then it can be fixed.
3. Repair and replace with a Republican version of the ACA which by it's very nature will also contain a poison pill. This will absolve Obama and the Democrats of their evil intent and place that burden on the Republicans.
Knowing the Republicans (the stupid party) which choice do you think they will make?
The Founding Fathers were sufficiently intelligent to know one's health is a personal issue, so they did NOT include healthcare (not to mention healthcare insurance) in the list of rights. Forget politicians ever corralling this topic for their constituencies. Let's just start over with everybody paying cash for incidentals and holding a catastrophic policy for just that…catastrophes. And every one can figure out what compromises a "catastrophe" for their lifestyle. I don't know how docs got takes into this disaster.
Further, some ideas to permanently fix health care for all:
There is a simple one-line fix for this situation:
"The Affordable Health Care Act is hereby repealed in its entirety."
The Supreme Court held that Congress did not have power to pass it in the first place, but even though they could not compel people to comply, they could "tax" them if they didn't. Pure crap. Just take the Supreme Court at its word and repeal the whole thing to confirm the federal government did not have power to do it in the first place.
The alternative would be to just let it collapse. But it has already done massive damage to the healthcare system, and it is getting worse every day.
"Detroit Council Dunks on Taxpayers, Will Use School Funds for Basketball Arena - This is why Detroit can't have nice things.
Bread and circuses for the masses"
So, tell me one district in the country where dumping money on "education" has resulted in better outcomes? Some districts with the highest expenditure per student are among the worst in the country---DC, NYC! While lower PS expenditure districts excel--as in Utah.
I won't even mention those home-schooled kids, who generally excel.
"Goldberg: In a weird way, Washington is actually starting to work"
Goldberg is a smug idiot spewing his usual #NeverTrump BS. Lost all respect for this plantation conservative doing the minstrel show column for his establishment masters.
Gosh! I wonder if he wears "blackface make-up" and continually murmurs "Yessum, Massa," while writing this crap?
Tell me how the guy that wrote Liberal Fascism, could lose his mind over Trump? I gave up on National Review when they lost their collective minds over Harriet Meyers.
Without illegals, who will clean our toilets?
Let me fix that:
"Without illegals, we might have to pay decent, fair wages to the people who do the menial tasks in our homes that we do not want to do ourselves."
What's stopping you from doing that right now?
Well, we know it won't be the liberal arts graduates. They may learn crap, be full of crap and spew sewage, but they still end up with no useful skills like knowing how to clean a toilet.
J.S. Bach bio
Spent his teen years tuning keyboard instruments: "Geez - if only there was something that would keep me from having to retune these things every time they wanted to play a piece in a different key" - out comes The Well Tempered Clavier
And as a copyist: "Oh, so that's how this part here works with that part over there"
Kids, learn your fundamentals.
I would credit Bush as well for the Trump phenomenon. I was very very displeased with Bush. He had control of Congress and did nothing useful with it. He promised things that he never intended to follow through with: tax reform, social security reform, etc. He had the ability to do much of what Trump is doing now, and didn't even try. Then, much to my chagrin, he added an additional department to the government bureaucracy: DHS. Now, you can argue that DHS has a good basis for being created. However, I disagree. All Bush needed to do was create a new department in the FBI to handle such cases, and we would've been fine. Instead, he added to gov't instead of reducing gov't. Obama used the DHS for all sorts of things BUT homeland security, BTW. The last straw for me was the bailing out of banks in 2008...well, before Obama showed up. So, no, it's not all on Obama that Trump arrived....it is also the lies and lack of results on Bush's part - and I liked Bush at the time!
I can't argue with your points although I like Bush and didn't think he was even 1% as bad as Obama was for America.
But just for the record the "bailout" may have started in 2008 but the Democrat congress actually stopped it and held the money until Obama took office.
IMHO the bailout was a mistake. Don't get me wrong the world would have turned upside down without it but we would have then gone through the process of dumping bad investments and failing banks and we would have been in a correction after a year or two. We never corrected all we did was hide the problem. If we had fixed it the fed wouldn't have kept interest rates at about 0% for the 8 years of Obama. That bailout/non-fix is a ticking time bomb that is still out there. Our current good economy (since Trump took office) is not real it is the very definition of a bubble and it will burst.
BUT the bailout wasn't Bush's "fault" because every wiseman in the country was advising to do it and if they did not we would go over the economic cliff. If Bush or any president choose to not listen to all the advisors and crashed the economy they would derelict in their duty. The bailout was the fault of the FED and the experts.
The Unbearable Smugness
I am very weary of repeating "It isn't about Trump, it never was about Trump."
It is about the Political-Media Complex, it's lack of empathy for, sometimes outright malice toward, the Middle. While they actively work against the well being and future of regular everyday Americans, they still expect them to roll over and whizz in the air. DJT was the only one who was in a position to push back against Financialist-Globalist Interests.
THE THALESIAN AND THE ARISTOTELIAN Now some philosophy. As we saw with the exposition of the Black Swan problem earlier in Chapter 8, the decision maker focuses on the payoff, the consequence of the actions (hence includes asymmetries and nonlinear effects). The Aristotelian focuses on being right and wrong— in other words, raw logic. They intersect less often than you think.
Aristotle made the mistake of thinking that knowledge about the event (future crop, or price of the rent for oil presses, what we showed on the horizontal axis) and making profits out of it (vertical) are the same thing And here, because of asymmetry, the two are not, as is obvious in the graph. As Fat Tony will assert in Chapter 14, “they are not the same thing” (pronounced “ting”).
Taleb, Nassim Nicholas (2012-11-27). Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
What we have here is those who love to hear themselves chatter on about some thing making themselves appear "smart" while the problems fester contrasted with a man who speaks more bluntly while making the "problem" go away by doing.
The Deplorable Phontom:
"Finally, the damage to the nation was so great that people got up off their butts and did something. They voted for the rodeo clown, because anybody else would have been More Of The Same."
What is funny about Bach is that his genius took a while to be recognized and when he died his sons were considered better composers. Bach was an incredibly prolific composer.
And don't forget PDQ Bach.
If you've an ear for classical music, his music will twist it right off...
Schickele ... has performed a variety of P. D. Q. Bach shows over the years. The Village Voice mentions the juxtaposition of collage, bitonality, musical satire, and orchestral surrealism in a "bizarre melodic stream of consciousness". "...P.D.Q. Bach ... has single-handedly mapped a musical universe that everyone knew was there and no one else had the guts (not simply the bad taste) to explore."
The überklavier or super piano, with a 15 octave keyboard ranging from sounds which only dogs can hear down to sounds which only whales can make, was invented in 1797 by Klarck Känt, a Munich pianomaker who demonstrated the instrument for P.D.Q. A sample of a piece written for the überklavier, The Trance and Dental Etudes appeared in P.D.Q.'s unauthorized autobiography, published in 1976.:153 P.D.Q's Pervertimento for Bagpipes, Bicycle and Balloons (1965) demonstrated the inherent musical qualities of everyday objects in ways not equally agreeable to all who listen to them.:177
Remember - being great doesn't necessarily make something fashionable.
RE Life Before the Internet
Since al-Bore invented the internet, the narrator's story in Rod Stewart's You Wear It Well isn't poignant.
You want to see something really scary? Watch competitive drones racing through stadiums.
If they can chase each other like that, they can just as easily chase YOU. No wonder our armed forced are now concerned about ISIS and drones armed with explosives.
I miss life before technology.
It is especially scary for our military and our national defense. If we don't keep up with technology we will be like the polish army trying to fight the German tanks with a cavalry charge. I can only hope we are trying to stay ahead of the curve.
Excuse me, but when it comes to military drone technology, your country leads the pack.
There are drones and there are drones. I am not talking about the plane sized drones or non-ballisitic drones/missiles that our military uses. Your point emphasizes the issue of the unknown unknowns. I am talking about using very small drones with very small explosive charges or other lethal devices that can be sent by the thousands to attack a enemy. Something we haven't seen yet but is in fact a real possibility in the future. This kind of technology could be a game changer. Combine a drone, an explosive, and a intelligent controller that could independently hunt down and destroy human targets and it would be a formidable weapon. Imagine thousands or even tens of thousands of these drones being unleashed against a military force or even a civilian population. That is the kind of high tech use of drones that I am concerned with.