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Tuesday, July 30. 2019
“He Immediately Went To A Bar ’Cause He Was Like, ‘I Got Bit By A Shark'”
Free beers for that guy
Muslim Okay, Christian Forbidden as Google Keyword
Lust for Outrage - A Manhattan philanthropist and Whitney Museum trustee becomes a casualty to the social-justice mob.
Equal pay? U.S. Soccer says women making more than men
When ‘Ethics Review’ Becomes Ideological Review: The Case of Peter Boghossian
What’s Exceptional About American Exceptionalism? The nation was founded on natural law and natural right, not myth or tribal legend.
McConnell Denounces Dangerous Rise of "Modern-Day McCarthyism"
Heritage Action Poll: Illegal Immigration Is Voters' Top Concern
Ann Coulter: How we became the world's suckers on immigration
Yep. When everybody in Baltimore has a job, then reconsider immigration
Bernie Sanders did NOT like Trump quoting what he said about Baltimore
Limbaugh: Trump Speaking ‘Absolute Truth’ That's ‘Not Supposed To Be Said’ About Democrat-Run Cities
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My life had been mercifully free of Rob Reiner for the last few years and I had forgotten about him. Thanks a bunch, BD. I didn't click through, but could already feel my blood pressure rising.
Women's soccer makes about 1/1000 of what men's soccer makes. This tends to be true of women's sports in general. I don't know why but I suspect it is about overall ability. That is while watching a women's basketball game I nearly fell asleep because it is so slow and so unexciting. It didn't help that some on the women's soccer team took a very public and vocal anti-American political position. What they are asking for is a gift, free stuff, special treatment for women athletes. They don't want to earn it they want it simply because they are a female.
But their entitled to it because of patriarchal hegemonic oppression. You're just wanting to keep them from getting what they deserve because of the millenia of hard times their gender/sex/whatever as a whole has been subjected to. (Don't say anything about the fact that they're all getting paid to play a game).
The Washington Post is a bigger Russian asset than McConnell but he is a bit too cozy with the Chinese along with Biden and Kerry.
Chicago teachers union...who is really surprised, public education is a propaganda mill instituted by socialists and maintained by government for government.
Bet dollars to donughts the teachers hid some toilet paper in their luggage——-
You have to bet doughnuts to dollars now for the metaphor to still hold.
You are right about the TP, though.
At this point in time i'm starting to have flashbacks to lampoons squirrel scenario every time someone mentions the russians. Lampoon was way more entertaining.
In 2018 16 billion federal dollars was sent to Baltimore. The money was intended to make the city safer and to help the poor residents who live there. But there is no success, no results to trumpet, in fact things have gotten worse. where did the money go??? We could ask Rep Cummings but he is in Italy with other Democrats staying in 5 star hotels, eating in 5 star restaurants and spending our money on entertainment. I think we need to investigate Baltimore. Create a team of forensic accountants and prosecutors and turn them lose on Baltimore. If you really want to see the rats in Baltimore investigate what happened to that federal money. I am betting Cummings is into the corruption up to his bald head.
When ‘Ethics Review’ Becomes Ideological Review: The Case of Peter Boghossian: PSU is Portland State University, and as all should know, Portland has gone full-Leftist. NATURALLY, PSU must delve into his background to find out if he's EVER gone off the reservation.
Viva Maduro! The Chicago Teachers Union’s Solidarity Trip To Venezuela They WON'T learn from this.
Viva Maduro! The Chicago Teachers Union’s Solidarity Trip To Venezuela.
What a surprise [NOT] that such nonsense comes out of Chicago. Consider what Bill Ayers, best known as a lefty terrorist who in his second life was an Ed School professor at University of Illinois at Chicago, had to say about Chavista Venezuela back in 2006. Bill Ayers speaks at World Education Forum,Centro Interncional [sic] Miranda, Caracas, Venezuela
President Hugo Chavez, Vice-President Vicente Rangel, Ministers Moncada and Isturiz, invited guests,comrades. I’m honored and humbled to be here with you this morning. I bring greetings and support from your brothers and sisters throughout Northamerica. Welcome to the World Education Forum! Amamos la revolucion Bolivariana!
This is my fourth visit to Venezuela......
I also thank my youngest son, Chesa Boudin, who is interpreting my talk this morning and whose book on the Bolivarian revolution has played an important part in countering the barrage of lies spread by the U.S. State Department and the corrupted Northamerican media.
On my last trip to Caracas I spoke of traveling to a literacy class—Mission Robinson—....
Despite being under constant attack from within and from abroad, the Bolivarian revolution has made astonishing strides in a brief period: from the Mission Simoncito to the Mission Robinson...
While Bill Ayers claimed that Chavista Venezuela was a victim of a "barrage of lies spread by the U.S. State Department and the corrupted Northamerican media, it would appear this is a case of projection, as Chavista Venezuela was and is quite capable of lying.
For example, the Chavista government claimed that through its Mission Robinson's work on literacy, that UNESCO had declared Venezuela an "illiteracy free terrotory." Turned out- surprise of surprises- this was an outright lie..UNESCO denies Venezuela literacy claim.
London 06.07.06 | This was just too good to let it pass... On 22 June this year Maria Pilar Hernandez, Vice Minister of External Relations for North America and Multilateral Affairs, gave a speech in Geneva before the UN's Human Rights Council in which she stated, amongst other pearls of wisdom, the following "just to cite some important examples, our country had the honour in 2005 of having been declared officially by UNESCO as an illiteracy-free territory..." Knowing the deceitful nature of chavistas I decided to call UNESCO to check whether or not there was any true to that allegation since the data contained in UNESCO's Institute for Statistics does not correspond to Ms. Hernandez declaration. I spoke to Sue Williams, UNESCO's Chief of Section of Bureau of Public Information in Paris, and this is what she had to say in that respect: "UNESCO has not endorsed or made any statement to the effect that Venezuela is free of illiteracy."So much for Billy Boy's claim about "astonishing strides in a brief period" from Mission Robinson and others.
You didn't need to wait for the 2014 fall in the price of oil to realize that Chavismo's accomplishments were basically smoke and mirrors. That was apparent even back in 2006. While Chavismo was quite adept at acquiring and maintaining power, about the only thing that Chavismo accomplished with that power was to perpetuate itself in power.
For a more detailed look at Mission Robinson, which Bill Ayers claimed was in effect the greatest thing since sliced bread, here is Freed from Illiteracy? A Closer Look at Venezuela's Robinson Literacy Campaign. Basically, the improvements in literacy in Chavista Venezuela were the consequences of elderly illiterates dying off combined with high rates of literacy among younger segments of the population. And Bill Ayers wanted to inform us this constituted "astonishing strides in a brief period." As they say in Venezuela, tell me another cowboy tale. [fish story here in the US.]
Thank you for this. This is what actual journalists are supposed to be doing to keep the American public informed. Very simple : Who, what, when, where, why? Not easy, but simple.
This is why our educated classes are in fact the least knowledgeable. What they know isn't true, and it takes time and character to unlearn it. Mere ignorance does not have that problem.
"A federal judge in California ruled last week that banning semi-automatic rifles is not a violation of the right to bear arms as afforded by the Second Amendment."
How is that possible? Of course I understand how it is possible for anyone to put their agenda first before their duties. But what I'm asking is how is it possible for a judge, learned in the law and the constitution and who has taken an oath to uphold both, to make such a ruling. I would be embarrassed and ashamed to be a lawyer or judge and rule that the 2nd amendment does not mean what it says. The judge should be impeached.