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Tuesday, July 23. 2019
Lead Ammo, the Top Threat to Condors, Is Now Outlawed in California
The “Blood” In The Impossible Burger Is A Horror Show
The Yaniv scandal is the end-product of trans activism - Does inclusivity mean the Canadian state should compel women to handle a penis?
" She’s expending mental energy on grocery lists. Someone bring medals, big ones."
Returning Due Process to Campus - The latest federal court decision in a campus sexual assault case is a reminder that accused students deserve a fair hearing.
Turning the tide against campus kangaroo ‘rape’ courts
Wealthy New Yorkers are ditching city’s high taxes for Miami
David Warren: I have no objection to anyone who would send astronauts to distant orbs, so long as his recruits know what they’re doing, and the entrepreneur has the means to pay.
Sen. Warren: ‘These Are Hard Times for Our Country’ At Peak Of Booming Economy
"Me telling you to 'Go back where you came from. Did I say that? Is it on video?.... I called you a lazy b-i-t-c-h. That's the worst thing I said."
Is Erica Thomas a Hate Crime Hoaxer?
Um, obviously. I feel sorry for that Cuban immigrant
Democrat Presidential Candidates Push Erica Thomas 'Hate Hoax'
Congo Invades Buffalo
The Democrats are The Party Of The Wealthy!
Did the Brits Collude on Trump-Russia?
The Right’s Demographic Challenge Is Real - The future is being written today.
'You could attribute a Mother Teresa quote' to Trump and students would say it's hateful
Ivanka Trump Buys Daughter A White Dog, Internet Calls Her Racist
And if a black dog, she'd be a slave-owner
Cory Booker: Donald Trump Is ‘Worse Than A Racist’…
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From where I sit here in Canada, I'm getting an impression that the Jessica/Jonathan Yaniv nonsense may well be backfiring on the transgender types and their "cause".
I'm not hearing many words of support for Yaniv, even from the usual "progressive" suspects.
But wait - it gets better. Now Yanviv wants to have LGBT pool parties for 12-year olds.
Maybe this will be the step too far that causes a reset in people's thinking...
Homosexuality and Transsexuality have been normalized...now the pervert class needs to normalize pedophilia. No real surprise.
Worse than a racist. Nonsense. We all know there is nothing worse than a racist.
True enough AVI.
Though I would speculate that "worse than racist" is a sin so terrible that it hasn't been defined yet, because we don't know what it is. But when they can figure out what 'worse than racist' is, it will be truly awful.
Sigh . . .
'Worse than racist' is a remark that reflects childish immaturity.
For the Left, hurling the word 'racist' at opponents just isn't satisfying enough anymore.
They are searching for the next nuclear insult.
The Right’s Demographic Challenge Is Real - The future is being written today.
Even after the projected occurrence of a non-white majority, whites will still be the largest single racial group in the US, and thus a valuable part of any electoral coalition. The expectation that we will not coalesce into a racially aware identity group appears to be misplaced. The Democrat party clearly suspects this will happen and is doing everything they can to prevent it.
I've been hearing my hunting friends and relatives complain for years about using bird shot that bounces off, and getting tickets for inadvertently packing old lead shot. I gather that's a federal prohibition and limited to migratory coastal wildfowl. Texas has no state-specific lead-ammunition laws. People who want to blow extra money here buy bismuth ammunition, which doesn't bounce off.
Re: Northerners moving south
In my neighborhood there is a family that moved here (Georgia) from Connecticut.
They told me that the reason they moved was the high taxes, high costs for terrible services like garbage collection, electricity etc. Political corruption and high crime.
And, to this day, they have Bernie signs and Hillary signs they put up after she won the nomination.
And this seems ubiquitous. I think it's happening throughout the RED States.
We are all going to be like the failed and failing States and Cities if this continues.
Well, my top three reasons for moving from the North to Florida were December, January, and February. Any tax advantage was merely frosting on the cake.
As a previous Minnesota resident you can throw in November and March as well. I'm as Trumpian as anyone around here and no longer fit the Minnesota political scene since it was captured by the Humphrey, Mondale political system.
It is mind boggling. How can they be so oblivious to the situation from which they are fleeing, the root cause of the situation, which is democrat policies?
Wouldn't you agree that one would have to be pretty oblivious already to vote this crap in, in the first place? Rinse & Repeat requires even less awareness.
I would agree with being naive to vote socialism in in the first place, all of us are susceptible to a con, but it takes a special kind of ignorance to move to a red state from a blue, and continue to vote for the stupidity. Economics is supposed to be a science, right? The democrat party is the party of science, right?
..."but that wasn't real Socialism we had in California"....yes, the Party of Science, and you can tell this by the way their ideas are framed without cheap rhetorical ploys or emotive arguments. I'm not poking fun at you. Texas' urban areas are getting bluer and bigger by the day and I note the subtle cultural tectonic drift every time I visit one..
1000 Africans at our Southern border. In context with the numerous 5000 people caravans of illegals from Central and South America it is clear that there are international forces behind our border crisis. Why? IMHO it is intended to destroy us. This is a 1000 times worse than anything the Russians may have done in the 2016 election. This is working and it is massive. Because of inexplicable parts of our immigration laws OR more commonly inexplicable interpretations of our immigration law we are helpless to stop this invasion unless congress acts to legislatively stop it. But many of our congressmen/women have been bought by big business and foreign entities. The bottom line is America has been sold off to the highest bidders.
Bill Nye the Science Fraud be like: "Yeah, the moon landing was cool and all, but you know what's even cooler? Carbon neutrality! That's what!"
Catcher In The Rye: I dropped the ball... Well, in truth, I refused to catch it.
So far, I've never eaten at a place that served veggieburgers. Don't plan to, either.
Yaniv: A hot wax job might encourage him to skip any more of them.
Immigrant New Yorkers will soon be lining up to be a "Florida man".
Disability Culture: Gaming/Scamming the system.
Democrat Presidential Candidates Push Erica Thomas 'Hate Hoax': WHAT? I'd NEVER have guessed THAT!!!
Ivanka Trump Buys Daughter A White Dog, Internet Trolls Call Her Racist: Rally??? I'd NEVER have guessed THAT!!!!
"Is Erica Thomas a Hate Crime Hoaxer?
Um, obviously. I feel sorry for that Cuban immigrant "
Really, though, they both need to go back.
The first time I read Catcher in the Rye I thought it was hilarious. Decades later, reading it again, I thought it was tragic. Readers used to the usual plots of the usual books published these days will, of course, not experience anything that occupies their attention. And, for some it is perhaps a little too close to home??
Condors eating lead ammo = BS.
They seem to be "eating" a few blades from the wind generators...I'm sure they won't be banned.
I think the Trump dog is cool. It wouldn't matter what Ivanka got for her kid - the morons would vilify her. What was the example from a recent story? If Trump cured cancer, the headline would be "Trump Ignores Those Suffering from Diabetes!" Sad and pathetic, these folks. And, there are lots of them. We must choose carefully....and resist.
I feel sorry for that Cuban immigrant
I don't. He's a Democrat and acted like one. He admitted that there were two other lanes not being used and she did not hold him up. In fact, he had time to go through another line, leave the store, return and talk to an employee, and then confront her. In other words, he had no personal stake in shaming her behavior, but Democrats believe they have the right and even the duty to tell others how to behave.
I agree. Anyone defending the Jihad Squad, deserves ridicule, not sympathy.
I also found that the Catcher in the Rye much overrated but really enjoyed some of Salinger's other works, for example, Franny and Zooey or Nine Stories.
I agree. I tried to read "Catcher in the Rye" when I was a pretentiously artsy teenager, precisely the kind of person that usually adores the book. I hated it, to the point I couldn't finish it, not even halfway. Never had the least desire to give it a second chance.
But I did like "Franny and Zooey," "Nine Stories," and particularly "Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters."
"Lead Ammo, the Top Threat to Condors, Is Now Outlawed in California"
And the banquet at the Wind Turbine Manufacturers Assn. is featuring Chopped Condor Salad.
I read "Catcher in the Rye" when I was about 14 or 15. I had neither wealth, or privilege (aside from my 'white privilege'), although some would say I did have both, since my father was a plastic surgeon and of some means. Problem is, he left my mom and I lived with her and her husband and 5 other kids. And my dad was paying the minimum in support. So maybe I was, maybe I wasn't wealthy and privileged.
What I know I was had more to do with being a teenager and wanting to push back against something or anything. I guess it was hormones, but maybe it's just my personality since I've never been someone to run with the crowd.
My father suggested reading Salinger, so I did. I connected with all of his stuff. I wouldn't say it "spoke" to me. But I understood it.
Today, I understand why I was able to associate with it, but I also no longer do. I find Holden to be a whiny brat. With age comes some level of context. Maybe my father was telling me I was a brat. Or maybe he recognized that teenagers need people they can relate to.
I'm going with the latter. I didn't 'fit in' so it was nice to see there was someone out there who 'understood' my POV. Lord knows adults didn't...except for Salinger.
But maybe Salinger was just saying American teens were whiny brats.
In the end, many of us go through that rebellious stage, and usually we don't know what we're rebelling against. Some of us (usually Democrats) never grow out of it. It was nice to have something to relate to when I was at that point...but also nice to know I don't have to hang on to that relationship forever.
I too tried to read CITW as a teen, and failed miserably. That is to say I failed and the experience was miserable. I found Holden to be whiny, entitled, pretentious and most of all unwise, or rather anti-wise. he dismissed all the achievements of others as "phony" while never having achieved anything himself. Nothing that came before him had value, yet he was unwilling to add value to anything himself. He seemed to be placing a demand on the universe that it change to his whim, and then change again as his whims changed. He comes off more as a crabby four-year-old in a teenager's body than a rebellious teen himself.
The only redeeming value I can think of is that the book tried to define wisdom by demonstrating what it was not.
I never read The Catcher in the Rye, but I loved Kevin Costner in that baseball movie based on the book?
RE: Catcher in the Rye. Read it, thought Holden Caulfield was a whiny wuss. No idea how it came to be considered a classic