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Tuesday, June 25. 2019
RIP, Steve Dunleavy: The heart of the modern New York Post
Instapundit's new underwater Nikon
New research into black holes has accelerated in recent years, producing some outlandish - though mind boggling - ideas
Why Costco only charges $4.99 for a rotisserie chicken
A Loss Leader, and a good one
Dalrymple on PC enforcment: The bland leading the bland
UCSC folds, will remove ‘deeply painful’ bell from campus
Richard Epstein: Race Madness at Oberlin College
Pelosi On Enforcing Immigration Laws: “What’s The Point?”…
Surprise? After Trump Delays Deportations Operation Pelosi Calls For Amnesty For Illegal Aliens
New High in U.S. Say Immigration Most Important Problem
Warmist hysteria over purportedly ‘catastrophic’ ice melting in Greenland busted
70 Arrested as Climate Activists Protest Against the New York Times
Pope Francis: Muslims Are Our “Partners For Co-Existence”…
Are they on board with that?
“With the exception of the Registered Apprenticeship program, government job training programs appear to be largely ineffective and fail to produce sufficient benefits for workers to justify the costs.”
DEMOCRATS’ LEFTIST BIDDING WAR ACCELERATES
Elizabeth Warren Celebrated Her 70th Birthday At A Planned Parenthood Forum
That's not from Babylon Bee
Devin Nunes Notes: “Two Parallel Tracks” Used To Target Donald Trump…
It's called Crossfire
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Rotisserie Chickens: I don't know how they do it; I can't buy an uncooked chicken for what they sell the cooked ones for...and I sure as hell can't raise one myself for $4.99. Back in my hippie days we used to raise chickens until we figured out how much it was costing us for feed and fencing. Each month we were spending more on chicken food than food for ourselves. The article is right, though: When I buy a rotisserie chicken at the supermarket, I always purchase some potato salad or cole slaw to go with it. Those cost as much (or more) than the chicken.
Re: Black Holes
A major issue I'm starting to have with a lot of modern physics is that the demarcation between "is" and "can be modeled as" is eroding to the point where the equations are taking on an untestable reality of their own.
the whole idea that the definitions of "closed universe" and "black Hole" tended to merge for small universes and large black holes has bee around at least since I first learned it in the late 1980s.
I’ve watched a number of How the Universe Works thinking, I am ridiculed for believing in God? Some of the ideas presented have quite the imagination behind them.
I have a similar difficulty with using the word "research" interchangeably with wild-blue-say speculation. Not that I object to the speculation, it's fascinating stuff that may open profitable avenues for investigation and thought, but it gets harder and harder to keep track of what parts of the speculation are tethered in any way to observation.
Being a cosmologist has to be a great gig. You can say anything outrageous about the universe you like and typically no one can say with certainty that you're wrong.
Rather like AGW.
"My models show that in a hundred years most of Florida will be underwater, and there will be palm trees growing in the Antarctic!"
"But what if you're wrong?"
"Dig me up and tell me that!"
" Op-Ed By Trump Pal Published In WSJ Calls On Trump To Ditch Pence For Haley". They can't stand Pence because he is an openly Christian man. If I remember correctly wasn't Haley kind of never Trumper? She did a good job in her last position, but I don't want her to replace Pence.
Yes JC, I believe you are right about Pence and Haley being a never Trumper.
IIRC when Haley was governor of SC, she had the CSA flag pulled from the Capitol grounds within 24 hours of the demand made by the Left.
I believe that capitulation to be a revealing insight on her character.
Anyone caving to leftist demands that quickly shouldn't be in a position of power in the GOP in my view.
I'm not certain that Haley is eligible as I can't find proof that her parents were U.S. citizens before she was born. If we give up the "natural-born citizen" requirement, we are in big trouble given the number of immigrants, refugees and illegal aliens leaking over our borders as they do not necessarily bring the devotion to the U.S. Constitution required for America to remain that exceptional home to rule of law and individual rights that is being trampled by totalitarians.
Haley did OK at the U.N., but she definitely was a never-Trumper and stomped on the history of her state while governor at the whim of every progressive trying to rewrite that history for political purposes. Facts are facts. Just because one can burn books and remove statues doesn't mean the events and memories never happened.
Elizabeth Warren is one weird woman.
Poor Peggy Noonan. Lost all respect for her many years ago.
I for one, don’t believe Trump will ever deport illegals in mass numbers. An amnesty deal will be coming in his second term. If Trump doesn’t win, amnesty will be coming. Hope I am wrong, but that is what it feels like to me.
Trump better deport the illegals because the freebies lined up by the progressives at state, local and federal levels are breaking the back of our economy. We have veterans and mentally-ill citizens going without care while food, medical, housing, clothing and cash stipends are distributed to those breaking over our borders.
Note that the summer breakfast/lunch programs for youth 18 and younger have started up again as the PTB believe parents cannot be responsible for feeding their children despite food stamps augmented by the food depositories, church pantries, restaurant donations, USDA silos, and, now, the post office collecting staples for distribution. "The Plantation Mentality" will never die, but be expanded with new slaves grown by Pelosi's Progressives lax immigration laws.
My siblings and I were completely satisfied with PB&J sandwiches and a glass of milk throughout the years...and after age five, we made those lunches ourselves.
Give them garden seeds. Make them grow their own food.
I just finished reading a book (fiction) but based on the SC
Eugenics program utilized by social workers on some of the welfare cases.
I don't mention that because I agree with it, but feel we've gone too far the other way.
welfare for everyone!
Plantation mentality - maybe.
I think if it more as "Pathological Altruism". "We CAN help them, so we SHOULD help them, whether they NEED it or not."
re B Hammer
I agree with you. I don't think Trump will ever deport illegals in large numbers.
Trump got my attention early in the primaries when he said he would deport, "all of them." While I doubted that claim I thought he would stem the flow to a trickle. Instead it has only become worse under Trump. He got ZERO help from the GOP leadership and has been able to do next to nothing on his own. The Army even flipped him off when he wanted to move troops to the border.
The whole dynamic is now morbidly fascinating. A tidal wave of illegals coming over the border. Meanwhile, even lefties are becoming concerned and yet no real effort is being made to enforce the law and stem the flow.
Nothing like watching your country disappear under the approving gaze of the Ruling Class.
Bill Nye the Science Fraud: "The world is on f@#ing fire! Grow the f@#k up, motherf@#$ers!! Climate change is a disaster!"
(Flies to Cape Canaveral to watch Falcon Heavy rocket spew 365 tons of carbon in the air.)
So now that UC Santa Cruz has agreed to take down the mission bell, everybody is happy and we shall hear no more about this, right? Surely now that their grievances have been addressed the professional grievance-mongers won't just come up with new demands, will they? It's not like they're Danes seeking the Dane-geld or anything. I'm sure everything will work out just fine.
Dump Pence for Haley is the most shallow and craven idea, blatantly playing the " woman " card. That is 180 from Trump's appeal. Stop with the PC crap. Haley is a reluctant neverTrumper turned weak go-along to further her ambitions, IMO. Not gonna win in 2024 with that.
re UCSC folds, will remove ‘deeply painful’ bell from campus
Because there is always one more artifact to ban.
Where will it all end?
Getting rid of all the murals of George Washington?
Check out Communist China. They pretty much destroyed their entire culture. We're on the same trajectory.
I am deeply pained, and hurt by the presence of UCSC and think it should be removed, expunged, nay extirpated from the earth.