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Saturday, June 16. 2018
Lots of good links at Lucianne this morning
A good week of toons at Powerline
Supermarket Scotch Named Best in the World
Georgia woman strangles, kills rabid bobcat after it attacks her: 'It came for my face'
These men didn’t want a cake, they wanted to find a Christian and ruin him
Left Calls for Boycott of Chick-fil-A over Marriage Stance
"Harvard consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower than any other race on personal traits like 'positive personality,' likability, courage, kindness and being 'widely respected'..."
Harvard Hospital Taking Down Portraits of White Men - Portraits of medical legends moved because they 'reinforce white men are in charge'
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION HARM, Coming to a university mathematics department near you.
University of California, Santa Barbara Website Advocates Small Children Watching Porn, Having Sex
US economy on track for 4% GDP growth?
The IG Report Shows That The Fix Was In From Start Of The Clinton Email Investigation
IG Report: FBI Agents Found Huma Abedin Deleting Classified/Hillary Emails From Yahoo Account But Failed to Subpoena Her Devices
Clearly, There Is No Bias Problem At The FBI
FBI Employee to FBI Attorney for Russia Investigation: ‘YOU PROMISED’ Trump Would Never Get Elected
These people have a frightening amount of power
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Islay Storm and other Aldi/Trader Joe’s single malts (speysides and highlands)are very acceptable daily drinkers. Unfortunately I got hooked on Macallan’s 12 long ago and now am relegated to eating popcorn one week a month to afford that ridiculously expensive habit! I feel like a broke college student again.
Shouldn’t Harvard then also remove all other vestiges of white male achievement, including the share of their endowment, adjusted for inflation, attributable to white male largesse?
Harvard discriminates against Asians, big time. Aren't Asians "people of color"?
Shouldn't Harvard lose its tax exempt status for blatant discrimination?
The subjective scoring categories of "personality, kindness, respected" are how children of the "connected" get admitted. Everyone knows big donors are kind, and politicians' kids have good personalities, while Asians have bad personalities, lack courage, and are disrespected (by Harvard).
What Harvard needs to lose is its reputation. People place way to much stock in the long ago reputations of these places. It is pure BS.
As Thomas Sowell said in an Uncommon Knowledge interview (words to these effect)
"The primary benefit of having graduated from Harvard is not being impressed by people who have attended Harvard."
Either you're with Chik-Fil-A or you're not, but one thing's for sure: If you want chicken, you need a hen and a rooster.
This Chik-fil-A boycott sucks. You can't get near a Chik-fil-A these days as they are busy all day.
Re: Human Rights Professor Says Venezuelans "Better Off" Under Socialism
It takes a college professor to write something as stupid as that.
I am beginning to wonder if liberalism could possibly be a genetic disease, perhaps born with an extra gene, the stupid gene. If you watch the TV talk shows and see the liberals smiling and happy as they make up lies about Trump and sincere and sober as they shuck and jive around the crimes of Hillary and the FBI, you have to wonder if they are normal. It is one thing to be a congenital liar but quite another to have an entire political party of congenital liars.
An alternative theory is that someone is sitting at home with their loved ones holding a gun to their head while watching what is said on TV. Stray from the agenda and they shoot your spouse and children.
Even my Senator, Ron Wyden (who lives in New York with his family) by all measures a good and honest man and not a radical, will on cue spout the same far left radical pap that the more crazy far left senators spout all the time even in their sleep. I can't explain Wyden (our senator from New York) who at town hall meetings can almost sound conservative and reasonable (he does fly back to Oregon to meet with the voters sometimes).
Ain't a bit of telling... I suppose part of it (political behavior) could be crowd or rather mob behavior. But it's probably more likely that they are just playing to their audience and playing political games to curry favor.
College professors seem to be another breed. They rarely seem to be tethered by reality and in fact, they seem to even be proud of their unhingedness. I wonder if they are in an unconscious - or maybe it's conscious - competition to come up with new "realities" so they can say they discovered it first or maybe to stake their claim that they are smarter than everyone else. After all, they're the college professors and if doesn't make sense to you, you're obviously dumber than they are.
From the article:
Prior to the Venezuelan presidential election on May 20 — an election which included an opposition candidate, Henri Falcon, from the business community...
Wikipedia informs us that on the contrary,Falcón is a politician who used to be a Chavista. Henri Falcón .
Henri Falcón Fuentes (born 17 June 1961) is a Venezuelan politician. He was mayor for two consecutive terms of Barquisimeto, Iribarren Municipality (2000–2008) and governor of Lara State (2008–2017). He was a candidate in the Venezuelan presidential election, 2018.....Falcón was elected governor of Lara State in 2008, as a candidate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV)[Chavista party], with 73.15% of the votes....Also from the article:
In 2007, Movimiento V República (MVR, "Fifth Republic Movement"), of which Falcón was a member, was transformed into the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). On 21 February 2010 Governor Falcón gave a letter to President Hugo Chávez declaring his resignation from the PSUV to join the more independent pro-government party Patria Para Todos (PPT, "Fatherland for All"), and to become a member of the latter party's national directorate...
In June 2012, Falcón announced the creation of a new political party, Progressive Advance, that was aligned with the opposition coalition (known as MUD), and thus supported the candidacy of Henrique Capriles against incumbent President Hugo Chávez in the 2012 Venezuelan presidential election.
I just returned from observing my fourth election in Venezuela in less than a year. Jimmy Carter has called Venezuela’s electoral system “the best in the world,” and what I witnessed was an inspiring process that guarantees one person, one vote, and includes multiple auditing procedures to ensure a free and fair election.
From the NYT (Aug 2,2017): Venezuela Reported False Election Turnout, Voting Company Says
BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The Venezuelan government reported false turnout figures for its contentious election over the weekend, announcing a tally that had been altered by at least one million votes, a software company involved in setting up voting systems for the country said on Wednesday."Free and fair" elections with at least a million fraudulent votes. Tell me another one.
“We know, without any doubt, that the turnout of the recent election for a National Constituent Assembly was manipulated,” the company, Smartmatic, said in a statement.
But what can you expect from a professor of "international human rights" whose most recent book is "The Plot to Attack Iran." Which is an interesting way for a professor of "international human rights" to approach Iran, an egregious violator of human rights.
Is this professor a knave or a fool? Is he an ignoramus or a deliberate liar?
One more lie from the article:
Chavez even started a world-class music program which has now provided 1 million underprivileged children with music education.
From Wikipedia: El Sistema.
El Sistema is a publicly financed voluntary sector music education program in Venezuela, founded in 1975 by Venezuelan educator, musician and activist José Antonio Abreu which later adopted the motto "Music for Social Change". El Sistema-inspired programs provide "free classical music education that promotes human opportunity and development for impoverished children," as quoted from the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. By 2015, according to official figures, El Sistema consisted of over 400 music centers and 700,000 young musicians.El Sistema had been in operation nearly a quarter century before Hugo Chávez took office in 1999.
This professor is pathetic: either a pathetic ignoramus or a pathetic liar.
It's just too bad that supermarkets in NC are forbidden to sell liquor. We have to buy our booze at ABC stores which slap 30% taxes on liquor. It's for the children...
That prof should take a sabbatical and go live in Venezuela for a year.
RE: Sex website on campus
Both the Santa Barbara and the Santa Cruz campuses of the California system are well know, and always have been, to be "easy" schools. That is to say here is where you put the sons and daughters of some prestige--you know, those who don't really want to learn because they have grown up in a household that taught them they already know everything! These two campuses have been considered "wash outs" for at least forty years that I know. They have always been what Harvard and the University of Illinois now want to become.
interesting that you mention university of illinois. used to be top-flight physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, mathematics, computer science. now under destructive attack by "diverstity", intersectional math, whatever....
sad to see death of excellence by diversity.
even used to have great basketball and football teams.
Everybody knows that socialism would be a great success if only the right person were in charge. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and Chavez were just not the right people. Next time they will get the right person and everybody will live happily ever after, just like in the fairy tales.
Someone finally noticed the real purpose of the wedding cake debacle--just find a white male Christian and "do him". Yeah baby! I hope to live long enough to see more white males stand up for what used to be democracy. This lawsuit was just looking for a way and a place to happen. The liberals do it everywhere. The bring in outsiders of some sort and give them housing and some kind of job. There real job is to attack some local business, or some local school, or some local republican, or some local. . .
Ask your daughters who have been through leadership training programs. The democrats also bring in thousands of out of staters to a big election. They bring them in the summer before and house them until after the election. Then by magic they disappear---move on to their next "job".