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Thursday, September 14. 2017
See Inside David Rockefeller's Westchester Country House - Known as Hudson Pines, the 75-acre estate is on the market for $22 million.
It is relatively modest. Rockefellers aren't showy.
Proof that red wine IS good for you - Expert says it can improve memory, decrease your chance of stroke and reduce risk of heart disease
Watch This Burger Flipping Robot Do Everything But Demand A Minimum Wage Hike
Laura Ingraham set for 10 pm slot as Fox News Channel moves to secure ratings dominance
Mrs. BD thinks I am in love with Laura
California’s poverty rate remains nation’s highest
Protesters Cover Statue Of Jefferson At UVA, Label Him ‘A Racist And A Rapist’
UC Berkeley Professor Cancels Class After Students Complain About 'Militarized Campus' For Shapiro Speech
MILO To Bring Navy SEAL Squad To Berkeley “Free Speech Week” As Security Fears Mount
HAVE COLLEGES COMPLETELY LOST THEIR MINDS?
Not enough Americans know what their government is for to make sensible demands of it.
Has The NYT Gone Collectively Mad?
Hillary Clinton's Alternative Take On What "1984" Was All About
Clinton State Department silenced them on Benghazi security lapses, contractors say
Politico: Teflon Don confounds Democrats - Democrats have attacked the president every which way, but polling and focus groups show none of it's working.
‘A new strategy’ for Trump? Democrats cautious but encouraged by fresh outreach.
Is Trump getting rolled?
New book by Chesler: Islamic Gender Apartheid: Exposing a Veiled War Against Women
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"HAVE COLLEGES COMPLETELY LOST THEIR MINDS?"
"Not enough Americans know what their government is for to make sensible demands of it. "
"Has The NYT Gone Collectively Mad?"
Psalms 111: 10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
Prov 1:7, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
"MILO To Bring Navy SEAL Squad To Berkeley “Free Speech Week” As Security Fears Mount"
Milo should compound this by having a "Bikers for Trump" contingent show up for additional help. That would be real fun!
Geez! That WOULD bring fun back into university politics. Nobody on campus has a sense of humor any more, most of all the students who have sacrificed very little for the freedom to protest and do harm.
I made 5342.26 last month working at home for Putin. I write bad tweets about Hillary.
It's not "Has", but "How long ago did", and my guess is at least the '30s and Walter Duranty.
In the chaotic days following that attack, the Obama White House blamed the attacks on an anti-Islam video and demonstration which was not accurate. As a former Green Beret, Torres was stunned: "Coming from a military background, I would expect the administration to tell the truth. So I bought into it for a minute. But I didn't believe it in the back of my mind.”
Jerry Torres remains haunted by the fact that specific bureaucrats and policies remain in the State Department after the Benghazi attack despite the change in administrations. "A U.S. ambassador is dead and nobody is held accountable for it. And three guys … all died trying to defend him," said Torres, the company’s CEO and a former Green Beret.
And State is still refusing release of the relevant documents regarding Hillary.
An interesting sign, surely. A lot of the groups that the Dems have been 'helping' for decades are realizing that 'help' didn't do them any good - and they're tired of being lied to.
The Repubs aren't much better - they're so afraid of not being liked by the Dems or being called pandering racists that they're reluctant to even try to approach those Dem-owned groups.
I think what the uniparty fears most is getting pushed out of the government trough. There seems to be very few financially struggling federal politicians. They tend to depart the beltway as multimillionaires.
Here's what I've been demanding of my local government in the aftermath of Harvey in Texas: I want the county commissioners to find a way to accept the help of a disaster-relief expert company. It's a for-profit company, but sophisticated in the ways of getting approval for public funds. The county government is paralyzed by the fear of spending money and/or violating contracts with providers who are too damaged to provide services. What I want from my state government is to issue whatever guarantees and waivers are necessary to keep the county commissioners from being afraid of their own shadows.
Frustrating to know the extra manpower and expertise are available to us, but the commissioners are too vapor-locked to take advantage of it. It's raining soup here, and they can't hold out a bowl.
In contrast, our very local community organization is robust and doing its job. Our electric company also has won my undying admiration and gratitude, the first time I can remember ever feeling this way about a monopoly. They lived up to the highest standards of professionalism and duty attendant on a monopoly's peculiar status and privileges.
I kind of get it.
You're young and maybe even smart and you're out on your own for the first time. You're being exposed to a world of ideas that seem new and exciting. People are treating you like a grown-up for the first time, and even sometimes taking what you say seriously.
You've never worked full time in a job you hated just to pay the bills. You haven't been turned down for a job you wanted and know would have been great for you. You haven't bought a house, sold a house, gotten a mortgage, looked at that paperwork and thought "God, 30 years?" You haven't lost a good friend for a stupid reason and lost a stupid friend for a good reason. You haven't watched someone grow up; you haven't watched someone die. You haven't had to bake a decision that could not be revoked. You've not been asked by a doctor "here are the options, none is particularly good, what are we going to do?" or had someone look you in the eyes when that question was asked of them. You haven't humped a ruck through a valley or a swamp in a land where half the people thought you were a hero and the other half thought you were a demon, or if you have, thank you, and you could probably give this speech as well as me. You haven't lived long enough to see that you are both a tiny piece of a huge world and a huge piece of a tiny life.
You nay have done some of these things, but certainly not all of them. You're 18, 19, maybe even 25 years old. You haven't lived long enough to have the experience to run your own life particularly well, aren't qualified to run a college campus.
And you certainly don't have the right to run the world, or in particular, my life. The world does not have the duty to conform to your expectations, I do not have the duty to participate in your delusions of grandeur.
You have the opportunity for the next few years of exclusively taking time to learn, a commodity which will become in short supply before you realize it. Take advantage of this.
--Another Guy named Dan's address to the incoming freshmen class of the university they won't let me near.
We'll probably never know, but 'rapist' may be too strong a term. This may have been a partly or fully consensual relationship .. Sally Heming stayed his partner through 6 children.
When he went on diplomatic mission to Paris, he brought her with, it's not like there was no pussy (to use current political jargon ;) ) available in Paris.
Ingraham will probably make Fox a lot of money, but she's terrible at convincing a person that conservative thought is the best path. She's a parrot preaching her bullet points to the choir with little to no original thoughts or insight.
I know she's smart and educated. But she's also a nag and mean spirited. Her radio show consists mostly of her reading an outline with her sidekicks kissing butt. The rest is having poorly-prepared liberals speak for 5 seconds and then she jumps ugly with the hen pecking.
She's the only radio host that will make me turn to Sean Hannity as an alternative. He's worse, but his voice doesn't hurt my ears as much.