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Tuesday, March 27. 2018
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Scary indeed. Pusillanimous too.
The Stupidity of the 'March For Our Lives'
NY Times Unintentionally Exposes The Astroturfing Of The March For Taking People’s Guns Away
Sultan: Who Runs March for Our Lives?
Planned Parenthood Issues The Most Morally Blind Tweet Regarding 'March For Our Lives' - "Everyone has the right to lead a life that is healthy & free from violence."
Israeli Technology Able to Make Water From Thin Air
Food snobs and Olive Garden
4 Things Every Man Should Look for in a Wife
Why artists should have day jobs
Deep in the crater of a volcano sits a new memorial to Pacific Theater chaplains - At the 'Punchbowl Cemetery,' a 1,600-pound black granite stone commemorates those who put their lives on the line to bring God into the lives of others
Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis An Increasing Public Health Concern
Brown promises ‘tuition-free’ Master's for DACA students
Students call Thomas Jefferson 'icon' of white supremacists
A Bit Of Insanity: Government Spending On Flood Insurance
Flood insurance should be market-priced
“If you’re homeless in LA, it’s the end of the line.”
Why Tesla Agreed to Pay Elon Musk So Much
6 Americans Produce Services for Every Worker Producing Physical Products. Far more American workers produce services rather than goods, so why do we ignore them when it comes to trade policy?
President Trump signs law declaring National Vietnam War Veterans Day
CNN In Full Meltdown Over Zinke Allegedly Favoring ‘Excellence’ Over ‘Diversity’
New York and New Jersey officials need to find cheaper, better ways to build crucial projects instead of expecting Washington to pay whatever price they ask.
Reynolds: Silicon Valley has gone from liberating to creepy. Next stop, government regulation.
I see no need for much regulation. In these businesses, the user is the product being sold. Users know that.
By cloning or by screwing around?
Trump administration to add citizenship question to 2020 census
This Texas Law Is The Perfect Antidote To California's Sanctuary Insanity
More than a dozen states backing Trump in California sanctuary lawsuit
SURVIVED THE HOLOCAUST, MURDERED IN PARIS
Informant provided FBI evidence Russia aided Iran nuclear program during Obama years
China talks concessions after Trump’s tough trade moves
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4 Things Every Man Should Look for in a Wife
What's the fourth?
#5 Another man's child - always be on the look out for another man's child in a wife you are considering.
My sister needed some dental work shortly after getting married. My brother in law quipped, to always check their teeth.
What to look for in a wife. Love!
I would advise anyone, man or woman to have a long engagement, perhaps a year. After marriage to put off having children for two years. Give yourselves a chance to know each other before taking on the responsibilities of a family.
While there is no perfect recipe, I'd push against a long engagement, that's just temptation and putting off benefits while dealing with stress, strife and competing agendas.
As an alternative, I'd propose looking for someone you've known for at least a year. Even better, someone you grew up with. Then you have shared experiences, and you know who they, how they act, what their real goals are without the rose-colored glasses of dating, infatuation and romantic love.
Didn't know each other that long before became engaged; short engagement as in small company town and wanted to be together. We're coming up 50 years married in a few months. So something worked.
Re: Expect the public to demand government scrutiny and regulation.
Back in the initial "Progressive Era" it was not Teddy Roosevelt that led the push to "rein in the monopolies", it was the combines and corporations. Competition was killing them and they felt only the government could provide a level playing field. Ol' Zuck has expressed the thought that maybe "some regulation might be in order". You can bet he's not looking out for you and me.
About laws to fix “sanctuary city” protection of criminal aliens:
A simple federal law like RICO, making cities, elected officials or police officers who warn illegal aliens about federal enforcement efforts or instruct employees to refuse to notify federal officials or release illegal aliens to federal officers, liable in civil suits for subsequent property loss or damage and death or injury to others. For multiple offenses, the damages would be trebled.
"Editorials accuse Trump of reneging on a federal deal brokered by the Obama administration to pick up half the project’s costs—thus denying money for a project that some describe as vital not just to the region but also to the national economy. “I don’t think anyone should play politics with a project like this, plain and simple,” Schumer said." Schumer's playing politics with it. Turn about, fair play, etc.
Planned Parenthood's demonstration reminds me of the schoolgirl wearing a "Spartans" hoody with "MOLON LABE" printed on it with a Ban Guns poster in her hand.
I cry my eyes out for I have no Olive Garden within a two-hour drive. Well, no, NO I don't. Got a right nice Italian place in the little town I live in.
Everyone should be reminded of how corrupted and overpriced the Boston big dig became as it careened out of control and not a single politician or contractor went to jail. When these corrupted politicians can't glimpse any reality in Russia, Russia, Russia, they sure won't have a sense of reality with our money, money, money being destroyed by at least 17 corrupted political establishments.
My favorite example of bloated government spending on roads is the inter county connector in Maryland. The $2.56 billion project was financed from several sources, including the Feds. This is a 6 lane road less than 18 miles long and cost over 100 million a mile. The tolls are so high people avoid the road.
I wasn't suggesting that you put off any benefits. In fact just the opposite. While not everyone will agree I think it would be insane to marry someone you had not been intimate with and I certainly do mean one time. If you have a sexual relationship for a year before marriage you will find the answer to 90% of the questions and unknowns in your relationship. Wouldn't you rather know this before taking vows?
Why artists should have day jobs
My cousin and her husband in NYC, who are artists without day jobs, tell me that a lot of the artists in NYC have trust funds to support themselves. Not my cousin and her husband, though.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
US diplomat & politician (1735 - 1826)
Left out is that his great grandchildren must at least study mathematics, commerce, engineering, etc. in order to recover the wealth frittered away by their artist parents. And that is only if those Liberal Artistes haven't gotten socialism instituted, then the great grandkids must study war and politics to recover the freedom lost.
Uber's AV problems are getting bigger. Intel apparently has taken the strangely darkened low-quality footage released and found that their chipset that is used in the stock Volvo collision avoidance system would have detected the pedestrian at least a second earlier. Apparently, Uber disconnected that system for the obviously far less capable system.
Many others have shown the roadway using cell phone cameras to be much better lit than the Uber released video.
All that might be true but it has nothing to do with the accident. The accident was 100% the fault of the pedestrian not the car or the driver. If you or I had been driving a car there under those condition and a pedestrian stepped out in front of us like that we would have hit them.
I do wonder why, since it was the pedestrian's fault, why we here very little about her. Was she drunk, drugged, crazy, homeless... Why was she there at that time of night acting so reckless. Is this information being intentionally kept from us to make sure we all blame this on the DV? They are prejudicing the jury, why do they need to prejudice the jury???