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Monday, March 19. 2018
James Levine - In the maestro’s thrall
“Shocked, dismayed and angry”: faculty members at Wisconsin Stevens Point react to a plan to cut 13 majors, including English, history, political science and sociology, and expand more job-oriented programs.
Farewell to Toys R US
A Guide For The Gender-Perplexed
MASS EXODUS In Women’s March Membership, Pussy Hats Dry Up Over Ties To Known Anti-Semite
Edward Snowden: Facebook Is A Surveillance Company Rebranded As "Social Media"
Gore travels to Dubai, warns: ‘Global warming’ triggering ‘flying rivers, rain bombs’
The Renewable Fuel Standard isn't good for farmers, either
WATCH: Teen stabbing of children in Florida ‘part of Jihad generation’
Jerry Brown’s half-fast ‘bullet train’ front man admits Californians deserve another vote on the project
New York state SOP: Crush an industry, then subsidize it
Samantha Power Regrets
If You Are a Fed Official, Perjury Is 'Lacking Candor'
Wasn’t GOP Or Trump Who Recommended McCabe Be Fired, It Was His Own Fellow Agents
WATCH: Nixon’s son-in-law discusses late president’s relationship with Israel
Pompeo – great news for Israel, bad news for Iran
Humanitarian Aid & Civil Defense Fund for South Africans Being Killed by Their Own Government
Australia Welcomes African Refugees
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What could we possibly have produced except jihad generation? Children are being raised without fathers, without nurturing and comprehensive education, without God, without connections to the shared past that forms our culture. God help us in 25 years.
Re: the crackup in higher education, my first clue was when UConn had two Anthropology Departments, one scientific and the other ideological, back in the mid-'70s. As I understand it, the latter crowd prevailed.
My second clue was when my Constitutional Law midterm was knocked off a full grade "for material outside class lectures," which I got from my father, a JAG officer and Department Head (read "Dean" in civilian terms) of the Nautical Science and Law at one of the Academies. He was not amused by this, and filed a formal objection.
My third clue was about a decade later, in a conversation with a colleague and dear friend whose father was a prominent professor at a Hartford area college. Even then, corporations were beginning to complain about the lack professional training in newer graduates, and about the cost of having to [re]train them.
The process has taken longer than I'd have predicted, but I am finally becoming hopefully, if only for the sakes of those few professors who strive for excellence. I've had the benefit of a few.
"South Africans are being killed by their own government"
There is an interesting back story. The history of whites in South Africa goes back to 1652. Very few blacks lived there then. Almost all of the black Africans living there today are illegal aliens or children of illegal aliens from other parts of Africa. Today they are the majority and intend to have a genocide of the whites. This should be a lesson to the open borders advocates. But there is a part of me that believes this is the end game of the open borders agenda.
"Almost all of the black Africans living there today are illegal aliens or children of illegal aliens from other parts of Africa."
Er, no. You can't retroactively apply a modern term like "illegal alien" to the past migrations of peoples into a country that had yet to exist. The Xhosa were well into what is now South Africa when the ancestors of the Afrikaners arrived. They squeezed out local black tribes and were later squeezed themselves by the Zulus in the 19th Century.
This much is for sure: the Afrikaners have as much right as black South Africans to be in the region and call themselves Africans. And all these groups have been jostling for territory there for a few centuries now.
There are large numbers of what you could call "illegal aliens" in South Africa; depending on how you measure the numbers, estimates range from 150,000 to a million, mostly people who have fled Zimbabwe. But as over 40 million South Africans are blacks, this hardly constitutes "almost all of the black Africans living there today" as you put it.
" Very few blacks lived there then."
Very few and almost no one who lives there now are related to the indigenous people who were there prior to 1652.
" Almost all of the black Africans living there today are illegal aliens or children of illegal aliens from other parts of Africa."
Absolutely true. Most are from Angola, Zimbawbe, Botswana and Mozambique. Most of them arrived in South Africa in the last century. They came to South Africa for one of two reasons: 1. because of war in their own country. 2. Because of a booming economy in South Africa.
They came their illegally as defined by the law in South Africa and good common sense. Just as if I sneak up to Canada and start living off the working Canadians they would most likely charge me with a crime of illegal entry into their country.
"You can't retroactively apply a modern term like "illegal alien""
Well before it was a common term it was simply a statement of fact. And that is how I used it. They were citizens of a country other than South Africa and they decided to move to South Africa to improve their lives. If North America had been on their border they would have moved there. That is by definition what illegal aliens do.
The point I am making is that most people would ASSUME that because they are black they most be the "natives" there. But life is turned upside down and the whites are the natives there and most of the blacks came from somewhere else and almost 100% of them in the last 100 years or so. I would be willing to bet that if you polled most people in North America that they do not know this and the reason they do not know this is because the MSM and the ruling elite do not want it to be known.
"But as over 40 million South Africans are blacks, this hardly constitutes "almost all of the black Africans living there today" as you put it."
Yes indeed almost all of them are illegally immigrants or children/grandchildren of illegal immigrants. SEE! My point is true, most people don't know this...
"Just as if I sneak up to Canada and start living off the working Canadians they would most likely charge me with a crime of illegal entry into their country"
Probably, unless you're something other than white.
Re Mueller’s Investigation Flouts Justice Department Standards.
Mueller's warrant doesn't state any crime to be investigated. I always thought that general warrants were unconstitutional.
That's what bothers me about this. There's a general search for 'collusion', and the less that's actually found it seems the wider they're casting the net.
I've heard they're looking at business records from 20 years ago... which seems a bit strange unless you think Trump's either been 'groomed' by the Russians that long in the hopes he'd actually run for President at some point or he's some sort of Manchurian Candidate who was always going to run for President when the conditions were right.
Either way, more and more it seems there's no 'There' there...
High-Speed Cali Train: They don't call him Gov. Moonbeam for no reason.
The whole purpose of the high speed train was to transfer massive amounts of money into the hands of unions and other cronies in return for political support. This is more or less working, even the promise of billions is doing the job. It is the Democrat way. It is why they control California and in spite of a great economy and oppressive and massive taxation they are nearing bankruptcy.
If you're non-federal "Law Enforcement", perjury is "testilying":
Best estimate I've seen is that 25-50% of evidence and testimony presented in court by "Law Enforcement" is not even remotely "...the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you god..."
Ireland, We took our honeymoon there, back in the 90's, 2 weeks, flew into Dublin, rented a car and took off for Galway. The whole 2 weeks was magical. In Oct. the B+B's are still open, but most of the tourists are gone. wonderful people, reminded my of the way people were in the US back in the 50's, before lawyers and Big everything made people afraid of each other. As far as I know, I don't have any Irish in me, but I find myself getting home sick for the place now and then. Beautiful.
They just need to offer free spuds,& I'm in.Seriously a great price,get out and see some of the world.
Is it difficult to drive there? My husband says no way, but I bet we can do it!
It is difficult at first. We landed in Dublin and had to drive thru the city, pretty hair raising. Who ever wasn't driving was scared to death. Got use to it and had a wonderful time. Adds to the adventure. Do it, you won't be sorry.
You have to have a driver and a co-pilot. The driver job is to drive carefully, and the co-pilot's job is to shout, "Left side! Left side!" every time the driver makes a turn at an intersection, and to shout, "Clockwise! Clockwise!" every time you approach a roundabout. Because the driver's instincts are going to be 100% backwards on how to align the car on turning.
You say most of the B&B's are open in October. Did you still have to plan and reserve them ahead of time or did you take a chance and get in the same day?
We had no plans whatsoever. We just drove into a town and picked the B+B we liked best. There are lots of them. first night we stayed in the Ballynahinch Castle. When I told the proprietor that it was our honeymoon, he said you must stay in the Maharajah Room. The castle was at one time owned by an Indian Rah, his suite is where we stayed, with a floor to ceiling life sized oil painting of the Rah, himself. Our trip generated lots of stories like that. this was 23 years ago, so double check all I am telling you, things change.
Won't miss Toys 'R' Us in the least. Last time the Mrs and I went shopping for a boisterous nephew, all we could find was fragile plastic crap derived from those toy commercials disguised as motion pictures. Had already seen the older nephews demolish this junk in a matter of hours, and felt no need to repeat the experience. Toys 'R' Us has been dead to me for several years; apparently I'm avant garde in that respect.