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Tuesday, January 29. 2019
Oral Vit D: Seems not very useful
People do need some sunshine, tho
Vanderleun on Disposable Friends:
It’s Official: Traditional Masculinity Is Sick, Sick, Sick
"If I am unlucky enough to get Alzheimer's, and lucky enough to have my wife take care of me, feed me, clothe me, and clean me, I'm going to go ahead right now and..."
MIT continues progress toward practical fusion energy
Don't hold your breath
Vox Decides To Fat Shame To Push ‘Climate Change’
Not even architecture is immune from ire of Social Justice Warriors
In Birmingham, England, Muslim Moms Protesting a School's Pro-Homosexuality Indoctrination
Muddling their victim hierarchies
A City That Opened Its Doors To Asylum Seekers Has Come To Regret It
Migrant Caravan Swells to 12,000 at Mexico’s Southern Border
Check Out The New Benefits Available To Illegal Aliens In New York
"Why Trump Won," former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper explores the trends that led to the unexpected outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Greenfield: How the Wall Became America's Dividing Line
HAITI 2.0-> Clintons Travel to Puerto Rico to ‘Assist’ with Hurricane Recovery Efforts – Accuse Trump of Blocking Funds
Message: We care
Footage of Shirtless Bernie Sanders in the USSR Drunkenly Singing with Communists in 1988 Surfaces
CNN On The Crisis In Venezuela
Europe's no-defense policy
Contrarian's report from Cambodia
Good. Trump will get the US out of pointless hostilities
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You get more of what you subsidize. Portland was willing to throw a lot of money into those subsidies, in the name of 'compassion'.
Did they expect there'd be an upper limit to those taking advantage of it?
Similar to NY except that NY is targeting illegal aliens against Federal law. I am for voluntary secession.
Traditional masculinity is sick, sick, sick. As is being white and also being male. This what the various special interest groups in the Democrat party wanted. Meanwhile legal and illegal immigration adds about 2.5 million people to our welfare roles every year. Now the Democrats running for president want to give us "Super" Obama care that would cost about $3.5 trillion a year and all the illegals will be eligible. But wait! But wait! Anyone coming here would be eligible for the free care. This could solve Canada's health care crisis, they can just drive down here for their health care that Canafa has denied them because of the cost.
What could possibly go qwrong? Oh yeah, ignore that story about Portland maine...
re Check Out The New Benefits Available To Illegal Aliens In New York
the obvious question this legislation introduces was raised by Republican state senator James Seward. He asked how he was supposed to tell families in his district that adequate state aid to help afford college isn’t available for them, but is available for people who are in the country illegally.
So isn't that discriminatory and therefore unconstitutional?
Alas, in our modern age there is a vast gulf between interpreting the law and choosing whether or not to enforce it. The social pressure must be brought to bear on the motives for selection.
The left is gearing up for some version real or political genocide.
"Every previous genocide in modern times was preceded by a similar pattern of public demonization of state designated scapegoats."
But can you have genocide against a group who own guns? I think that is a problem. How will the left solve that problem so they can have their genocide???
Indeed. Targeted groups are persecuted and dehumanized before the elimination phase is implemented.
I fear the value of the gun ownership issue is vastly overestimated. The technological gap between The State and the individual is so wide that the targeted group could be rounded up with absolutely minimal gun play.
It is very difficult to get most people to kill another human being. It is considerably easier to convince them that what they are killing is not truly human.
You are 100% correct if you are talking about a few hundred fools who wear distinguishable clothing AND the police and military back the government. You are 100% wrong if a substantial portion of gunowners, say 4-5 million, rebel AND the police and military have a substantial portion of their ranks in that group.
But the situation I was talking about was a general breakdown in government and society where almost everyone is suffering from hunger and necessities over a period of time, kinda like Venezuelans, Something brought on by the far left socialist agenda espoused by all of the leading Democrat presidential candidates. We are already deep in debt and one economic crisis away from national bankruptcy and the Democrats want to increase taxes by about $3,5 trillion. Imagine the economy after that reality takes place.
We are always 9 meals away from anarchy.
Congressman Steve King gets removed from committees after a reporter spins/misquotes his comments about Western civilization and the attacks on thought crimes. Meanwhile Rep. Rashida Tlaib gets a pass on her radical anti-Semitism and finds herself appointed to powerful congressional committees. Why? Is this simply some accident or mistake? Somehow I doubt it. I suspect that Rep Steve King hasn't been toeing the PC line and was targeted AND that Rep. Rashida Tlaib's anti-Semitism is not outside of what the Democrats stand for.
I don't know if Steve King can save his reputation now that he has been slurred by the press. But my advice to all conservatives is do not trust the press. If you choose to give an interview make sure that YOU tape it because you cannot trust the left wing press. But even better advice would be do not talk to the press. They aren't your friend. They will edit what you say to make it seem like you mean something else. The left is desperate to regain power in 2020 and the press is part of the cabal to make that happen. I think that Steve King understand this now.
I think the removal of Steve King from his committees also proves not only you can't trust the press, but you also cannot trust your party to stand behind you if you are falsely accused. This almost seems a way for the leadership to get rid of someone that may not have thought along "their line of thinking".
Isn't it ironic that Solzhenitsyn lived in Vermont at the same time that Bernie Sanders was singing shirtless with the Commies?
This quote seems apropos:
"Oh, Western freedom-loving “left-wing” thinkers! Oh, left-wing laborists! Oh, American, German and French progressive students! All of this is still not enough for you. The whole book has been useless for you. You will understand everything immediately, when you yourself — "hands behind the back"—toddle into our Archipelago."
- A. Solzhenitsyn
Great quote from Al Sol. He had to experience that disfunction...the progs/socialists can't imagine that experience.
Perhaps vitamin D isn't THAT useful - but I've noticed since I started taking 2300 units/day of D3 the two to four colds per year I'd have pretty much vanished. Correlation =/=causation? Don't know, maybe not - but I'll keep taking it. It's cheap enough.
I've taken vitamins off and on in my life, but recently started taking them again after probably 20 years of not doing so. D/Calcium, C, and Men's 50+, all chewable gummies that I take, splitting the daily 2x dosage into 1 in the morning, 1 at night (makes it kind of a candy treat). Oddly enough, even though multi-vitamin gummies don't get high marks for consistency, I do feel noticeably better - I was surprised. I'm also changing up diet too, and am shedding a few extra pounds. Diet or Placebo effect? Maybe, probably likely..... but the generic gummy look-alikes at CVX/Walgreens are point-for-point nutritional matches of the One-a-Day or Centrum brands and they regularly go on sale and are a good value. I'll keep taking them as long as I keep feeling better.
Instapundit recently linked to a report which indicated that Vitamin D supplements may not always be effective for some conditions because sun exposure itself causes specific bio-chemical reactions. More of a warning that supplements may not help than that they are harmful.
"Is another human being supposed to put all life on hold while that happens?"
If your spouse is dreadfully sick, is the right question to ask really whether you're supposed to put your life on hold? There may be difficult answers to the question of whether it's OK to take a new lover when your spouse is too mentally absent to notice any more, but the hard part to grapple with is the effect your spouse, not on you. And it's more than slightly problematic how oblivious your mentally tortured spouse really is to the fact that you've completely moved on already.
There are many ways to break that sacred bond between a man and woman who marry. Some of those ways are accepted by our society and some are not. But either way it does not change the bond/promise to love, honor and obey. So while we can nitpick about this or that indiscretion or failure it really comes down to the individual. Marriage is a pact but not a suicide pact. The very fact that we have greater than 50% divorce rate shows that these relationships do indeed break down and more importantly that there is free will. I choose to love, honor and obey my spouse but I would not simply sit back and accept it if she did not do the same. Free choice and the freedom to live your life as you wish is a good thing.
Freedom is about as important to me as it is to anyone I've ever met, but it doesn't answer all questions. It's always in tension with duty and intimacy. No life worth living consists solely of questions about whether I can be asked to live up to an obligation when it becomes burdensome. That's something to consider, certainly, but it's not everything.
I think you miss my point. Let me say it a different way. Our divorce stats show that pretty much everyone feels that a marriage is only viable if both people are committed and that we do indeed have free choice to leave it for cause and we, each of us, get to decide what constitutes "cause". AND since none of us, outside of the marriage know what happened in the marriage we don't know if there was cause and even though it appears that one of the two partners is acting inappropriately in fact they may be acting exactly as we ourselves would in the same circumstance. I am only responsible for my decisions and even though I am totally committed to my spouse I can assure you that there are things she could do which would change my mind. And I bet that you would say the same.
Did Puerto Rico just have a hurricane this week and need people to come in and help out? I missed that.
Oh, there's money to be moved around. Got it. Never mind.
Attack of the Techno-Lynch Mob
The Covington Lie offered the perfect occasion for the electronic mob to pounce
What, then, must we relearn from the latest progressive fantasy?
Media truth is relative. Low truth is bound to bothersome facts that are irrelevant. Higher truth is fact free and deals with cosmic justice: people of color confronting whites. End of story. The reason so many lynchers did not apologize is because their targets were guilty of who they were, not what they did.
Rhetoric not action matters. Professing outrage and virtue signaling count more than actual acts of generosity and charity or the life one lives. Guilt is assuaged not through real contrition or reparatory acts, but virtually through clever social media posting. A man in a Mercedes who makes $1 million a year in Beverly Hills can become just as hip and marginalized a victim, as a college kid shouting in the face of his instructor or a Black Lives Matter protester at Starbucks. And he can keep his money and his lawn man and maid, and enjoy them without guilt—as long as he tells the world that Catholic punk kids need to be mechanically ground up.
The progressive cause feels it is close to victory. Big money is now hard left, whether defined as Michael Bloomberg or Warren Buffett high finance or Silicon Valley’s Apple, Facebook, and Google. Universities, the media, Hollywood, professional sports—they are all now progressive. The 2016 election is seen as an aberration, a road bump on the path to utopia. From now on the Left feels it has the material resources and informational clout to construct any reality it wishes. We can see that clear enough, from Phillips’ apologists who never backed down, but instead insisted that the kids’ faces and “attitude” nonetheless exuded privilege and thus culpability. Eventually these Reigns of Terror come to an end when a few finally scream that the emperor is naked and push back—but usually only after thousands of lives are ruined. And we are not even close yet to making Internet lynching an unprofitable venture.
I fear the last paragraph is spot on. The sun has set on the America I grew up in and the afterglow is dying in the west.
NOT as long as there is a 2ND Amendment and its notorious equalizers, semi-auto, suppressed, with good optics, practice and training! Proggies still think firearms are "icky"!
Got some "LIBERTY TREES", what needs some proggy waterin'.....
I see Vanderleun's problem. He admitted that the only talents he ever had were reading and writing. How sad that he's never actually built anything tangible that he can point to and say, "I built that". Without that, the only way a man can obtain self-esteem is though the eyes of others. That's why he's lonely.