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Tuesday, April 30. 2019
Teen Who Refused Cancer Treatments While Pregnant To Save Baby Passes Away - "She faced the greatest fear of all, death, and smiled back with a grin only God can instill."
Your Big Carbon Footprint Is To Blame For April Snow In Chicago
Oxford Professor: Aliens are Interbreeding with Humans Because of Climate Change
Global Warming Going the way of Russia Collusion
What economic lessons about health care costs can we learn from the competitive market for cosmetic procedures?
Who Are You Calling Privileged?
I’ve noticed a trend: The more that white people apologize, the more they get mocked.
COMBAT VET WHO STOPPED THE SYNAGOGUE SHOOTER: ‘I SCARED THE HELL OUT OF HIM’
There Are Two Little Problems With "Taxing The Rich" To Pay For "Free Everything"
No One Is Coming to Rescue You—Especially Not a Presidential Candidate
Byron York: When did Mueller know there was no collusion?
Democrat Darling Pete Buttigieg Accused of Sexual Assault by 21-Year-Old from Michigan
Update - just another political hoax. How much of "news" consists of political smears and hoaxes?
Scarborough to Trump: Spilled Blood Is 'on Your Hands'
Bartiromo's Interview With Border Patrol Agents Was Interrupted... By Illegal Aliens Crossing The Border
Thousands of Illegal Aliens from Terrorist Nations Live in U.S. after Being “Deported”
Sense And Nonsense In Dealing With Russia
The Mexico Tragedy - America’s southern neighbor confronts metastasizing violence and institutional corruption that threaten its future.
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Who knew the banjo playing kid from “Deliverance” would end up with his own Morning T.V. show?
Democrat Darling Pete Buttigieg Accused of Sexual Assault by 21-Year-Old from Michigan
It's a hoax
Misleading headline. The brain tumor was inoperable and fast-growing - she’d been given 15- 18 months max to live.
The headline did try to overstate her heroism, but a lot of young women in her position would have been strongly tempted, and pushed very hard by her family and doctors, to abort the pregnancy and undergo a last-ditch fairly hopeless cancer treatment just in case it might prolong her life a bit. Instead this young mother faced her fate with open eyes.
I have a friend whose mom developed ovarian cancer while pregnant with her. Mom was pressured to abort, but waited to start treatment until after she delivered. It turned out well: the delayed treatment was so successful that she lived out a normal lifespan and died of something unrelated, but at the time it must have seemed a desperate gamble. Now that's heroism.
I had a patient who developed recurrent melanoma while pregnant. It spread rapidly and she refused abortion but we did two amnios and did a C section once the LS ratio indicated lung maturity. After the baby was delivered, the metastatic melanoma faded away. She was the second case like that I've seen. Almost nothing in the literature about it. I tell the stories of the two cases in my second book.
re Global Warming Going the way of Russia Collusion
Wishful thinking in my view. Religions aren't given up so easily and this is a religion.
Definitely it's acquired the traits of a religion.
Ask a believer if they'd be upset to find out that AGW wasn't real.
They'll do everything but call you a heretic (and maybe that too...) - the idea of it NOT being true is decidedly not reassuring to them...
I desperately hope that the climate change zealots never get power over me. I know that most reasonable people say "easy there, Dean. They are just poor, misguided morons". The same could be argued for zealots all over the world...until they abuse their power.
This scares me: https://theoutline.com/post/2202/climate-change-denial-should-be-a-crime?zd=1&zi=t2lkavoz
This, I expected, but it is still scary:
Disagree with "science" about climate change? You, sir, are a criminal.
A baby is a parasite like cancer, but a UCSD prof deserves a raise and a better social safety net.
Those terrorist may have been deported, but they weren't "deported"-deported.
You mean, departed-deported instead of still-a-dependent-deported?
Chicago Snow: Is there NOTHING "climate change and carbon" CAN'T do?
Who are you calling Privileged? Well, it IS the new swear word.
Apologize? Don't. Won't help. Puts you in a weaker condition.
Scarborough's an idiot Leftist.
Dealing with Russia: A, don't believe anything they say.
Where's the Gang of Z?? I have na seen a sign of them for a while.
Funding probably got pulled when the Collusion Illusion was busted.
Of course, "white privilege" is starting to be supplanted with "white fragility" or some such. Either way, it's really dopey.
Related to "white privilege" is the issue of reparations for slaves. I'm not sure I'm against it if it is done properly. Here are a few proposals.
1. The people responsible for slavery - or at least the continuation of it - should pay the reparations. There were lots of white people who wanted nothing to do with slavery but there was a group that went so far as to go to war to preserve slavery. That group is called Democrats.
Since those who went to war to preserve slavery are no longer with us, we'll have to be content with a representative sample. So I'd be happy for Democrats to pay reparations to those descended from slaves.
2. Or we may want to be more direct. There are still politicians who supported Jim Crow laws. There are lots of white people who wanted nothing to do with Jim Crow so those politicians who are still around who supported Jim Crow laws, did not support civil rights legislation can pay reparations to blacks.
3. Or the most direct route is for all those who owned slaves and fought to preserve slavery can pay reparations directly to those who were enslaved.
Here's an interesting fact. Did you know that when slavery was outlawed in England, the government paid the slave owners for the loss of their property they could no longer legally own (sort of like gun buy backs)?
Given the past performance of the paragons of virtue that are leading this reparations movement, I would bet that they intend to take a lot of government money from all of us to pay people they think might be descendants of slaves. Or they might just target those of us who look white and take some of our money to give to their constituents.
I have a problem with both of those.
I am white but my German ancestors on both sides came to the US in the 1870s. NONE of my ancestors owned slaves (or fought for it as you mentioned) and thus none of us were responsible for slavery. In fact, up until my parents 60 years ago, it was us who picked cotton in the Texas sun for pitiful wages. So none of my money should go to pay for slavery today.
Nobody who was freed in 1865 is still alive, and thus nobody has been a slave here in 150 years (though I know that their is still sexual slavery in some places disguised as prostitution, but that isn't the issue we're discussing). If affirmative action, hiring quotas, college entrance quotas and welfare aren't enough to pay back people whose ancestors were slaves, how will reparations be enough?
I agree with you. My post was somewhat tongue-in-cheek. I think the reparations idea is ridiculous. Just as ridiculous as the idea that blacks are suffering from past slavery. Many of the data they site as evidence for the continued effects of slavery were getting better until the "War on Poverty" started.
I think the whole idea is to get whitey and buy votes. The details of such a thing are unworkable. As a case in point, when the Department of Agriculture agreed to pay black farmers for past discrimination, a "black farmer" ended up being any black who planted a plant. Reparations would be an even bigger boondoggle by a couple of orders of magnitude. Separating prospective recipients of reparations from blacks who have no connection to slavery would be worse than a nightmare. Separating whites who owned slaves from those who have no connection to slavery let alone those with a connection to those who have a connection to fighting to end slavery. I don't see a practical way to carry out payments of reparations and comport with any form of justice.
I also do not think that even if you could get past the previous paragraph and locate actual descendants of slaves and actual descendants of slave owners (and maybe supporters of slavery), there is no sane judicial tenant where the son or daughter should pay for the sins for his father. So the only real solution would be for actual slave owners to pay reparations to actual slaves - none of which are living so the whole idea is a moot point.
Of course because there is no way to find who should "legitimately" pay and who should "legitimately" receive, the proponents of reparations will end up being a tax on "white privilege".
Whew (I finally get to the point of my post!)! The point of my post is to look at it from an angle that you can be sure will not be discussed if the reparations issue ever gets that far, and even though the logic is admittedly strained a bit, I think it makes valid points that will not likely be made. The people promoting this loopy idea are members of the only group who is directly responsible for the situation they say needs to be rectified. That being the case, they should pay to rectify it. The Democrat party has never apologized for slavery and in fact, to this day the Democrat Party brags:
For more than 200 years, our party has led the fight for civil rights... (from https://democrats.org/about/our-history/
Any organization that is this brazenly dishonest deserves to pay for that dishonesty.
Snowed in Denver yesterday and there are a few flakes falling right now...it's April and that is the way it has always been. Don't escape in May either--Mother's Day is always a good day for a snowstorm here. Still skiing as well...I'll be at Arapahoe Basin on Memorial Day...but the big snow year this year says we will be skiing well into June. So there.
I didn't go, but a couple of my friends did. One loved it, the other hated it and left early.
It was enough to wonder how these peace and love folks who were going to change the world could run the country or even feed themselves.