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Thursday, September 5. 2019
Photo: Mile 8 of Gwynnie's 11 mile driveway in the Sierras this week
Opioid Ruling Bodes Trouble for All Businesses
Vermonters Strive to Preserve Their Culture against False Charges of Racism
CA Bill Would Bar Schools From Suspending Students For Defying Teachers
THE ENVIRONMENTAL FIASCO OF WIND ENERGY
Trump administration rolls back Obama-era lightbulb rules
Government should get out of the flood insurance business
Emory U. professor claims recent hurricanes are ‘man-made’
Big 2020 Problem For Democrats: Shrinking Labor Unions
New York Times Blames Sexism For Failure Of 2020 Dem Gillibrand
Kamala Harris Wants To Ban Plastic Straws…
Elizabeth Warren comes out against nuclear power
Elizabeth Warren Resurrects Her ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Speech in New Hampshire
CAN AMERICANS STILL CO-EXIST?
Max Boot displays TDS, a bad case of it
Trump punches up:
Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill - Tomorrow’s wars will be faster, more high-tech, and less human than ever before. Welcome to a new era of machine-driven warfare.
DECEIVING THE SKY - Inside Communist China’s Drive for Global Supremacy
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The opioid ruling is exactly as she says - a dire warning for the oil companies, car companies, fast food, alcohol, sugar, and everybody else. You got money, the government wants it, they're going to take it. And they're going to find some twisted legal rationale for it, because the rule of law is meaningless when the law can mean whatever you decide to say it means. And that's the real problem - the rules don't matter any more and it's a every-man-for-himself free-for-all power grab at this point. Time to pick your warlord.
When one anonymous phone call can cause police to descend on your house, seize your firearms, and shoot you if you resist, then you no longer live in a nation of laws. Red Flag Laws will eventually be perfected to efficiently seize your guns permanently.
And another Democratic candidate found to be too good for the voters.
Man-made hurricanes, drinking straws, NoNukes, sexism, racism, the New Blacklisting: For all of these in - your - face-isms, similar to the Yippies of the 60's, the success of the effort depends on the forbearance and instinctual non-confrontational politeness of the chosen victims. For all their posturing, these phonies cannot stomach the sight of their own blood. Conservatives are starting to figure out that the best fighters are counter-punchers.
They needed a successful example. Trump, for his faults and virtues, hasn't shied away from pointing out the foolishness of our 'betters'. He's shown they've only got the power WE give to them.
And if we don't give it, they're powerless.
Will a reduction in the number of humans needed to fight a war, and so casualties, increase the likelihood and frequency of these conflicts?
re CAN AMERICANS STILL CO-EXIST?
The Powerline post is spot on, in their criticism of SF declaring the NRA a "Terrorist Organization".
Their larger point has been made many times before. Ideological viewpoints are so diametrically opposed that debate is now impossible. Where it leads is anybody's guess.
School suspensions: according to the article, which admittedly is picking and choosing from its source, school administrators are being encouraged to explore "research-based" alternatives. I'll bet not, and the giveaway is the last line, assuring us that we know suspensions don't work. Compared to what? It is easy to show that suspensions don't fix everything, for the school, the teacher, or the student, but that is not the real question. Does allowing suspensions for defiance reduce defiance, or show some other benefit such as improved outcomes for the other students?
If ya got something better that has been shown to work, we're all ears. Thus far, I believe it is all just speculating on what should work, and moaning about disparate impact.
It's all about disparate impact in todays politics. Race, gender, sex attraction, IQ, weight, looks, or name your poison. Identity groups rule the day....and you had better find one for your own protection.
My daughter's early education was abroad in a parochial school - Dominican nuns. It was classically structured, the 3-R's with a 4th one too (religion) When we came to the US and she entered high school, she was profoundly appalled at the atmosphere of disrespect and bad behavior, cussing the teacher, fighting in the classroom, etc. The misbehavior was rife and mostly un-rebuked as a matter of policy. And this was in a good part of town. One kid in her junior class who sat a few feet away, casually murdered an old guy in his garage and sliced up his wife, just because he was curious to see what killing was like.
There is always a small set of miscreants in any population who are emotionally unstable or damaged from their experiences, who are willing to act out violently. Whoever decides to allow them to proceed with comfort as a matter of policy has made a crucial mistake. As a result the behavior of these few sets the tone for all, rather than being an aberration that is quickly defused by whatever means are appropriate.
How about bringing back prayer and God to the schools?
In Korea they hit you with a stick if you are disrespectful to a teacher. I would be ok with that too.
It's like complaining that prison doesn't improve prisoners. The point is, it improves the street for the rest of us.
New York Times Blames Sexism For Failure Of 2020 Dem Gillibrand: Perfectly OK; it's DEMOCRAT sexism.
CA Bill Would Bar Schools From Suspending Students For Defying Teachers: Would paddling be an acceptable option?
Trump administration rolls back Obama-era lightbulb rules: Obama hated America.
The moral hazard that is flood insurance is ridiculous: we allow people to build in flood zones and when they get flooded out we make them whole and allow them to build again. At best, at best, it should be build once and that's it - if you get flooded out here's your insurance check and go build somewhere else.
The democrats seem to have another union problem because the union bosses are convinced the rank and file is going to vote for Trump again. Note to union bosses: the rank and file like bringing home more on their checks, they like have jobs, and they like their insurance; maybe it's time to hop and board and do what's best for the members instead of what's best for leadership.
re Trump punches up:
There is also this, he is also getting very little help from his own side:
Fox Business host Lou Dobbs fumed about there being “no lions” in Congress and slammed “impotent” Republicans who risk losing the White House because of their lack of support for President Trump.
Dobbs unloaded on “Republican In Name Only” lawmakers who are not doing enough to back Trump in the face of Democrats’ “venom and vigor” as he spoke with GOP strategist Ed Rollins on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” Wednesday.
“This is all about party politics,” Dobbs said. “And the Republicans are playing the part of the naive and passive patsies while the left is filled with venom and vigor and viciousness.”
Rollins noted that while Democrats see politics as a “lifelong occupation,” Republicans see it as “sort of a hobby.”
“At which they’re not very damn good,” Dobbs shot back.
He went on to blast the “milquetoast” voices of Republicans in Congress who refuse to offer the president more staunch and vocal support, especially on the recent issue of trade with China. Dobbs also pointed to the many GOP lawmakers who have announced they will not be seeking re-election after their term ends, putting the party at risk for losing the Senate and the White House.
“The words just sort of lay there as they talked about leveling the playing field,” he said. “We’re talking about an existential threat, as the president stated, to the United States.”
“We can’t even get from the Republican Party in the House or the Republicans in the Senate vigorous support for this president in advance of an election that is now within the next year and a half,” the Fox Business host fumed.
Dobbs also confronted Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel on spineless “RINOs” who “roll over like puppies” rather than aggressively support the president.
Once you realize that the folks inside the Beltway see themselves as 'better', it's not hard to understand.
Trump is a businessman who got into politics. As such, he's an interloper, someone they see trying to jump the fence to get into their elite world.
And that can't be allowed. He's results oriented, where they dwell in a land of ideas and promises and figuring out what sounds good to get elected. He thinks it's important that ideas work for the majority of the country - they believe that the approval of their peers is more important than any actual results.
Why SHOULD they cooperate with him? He's pretty much the opposite of everything they are... and they're just trying to run the clock out on him so they can get back to business as usual.
These people do not have to live within the beltway to be better than you. The beltway influence has engulfed Maryland, all of Northern Virginia, West Virginia, PA, NJ. They are better than you and they know it.
Bill Nye the Science Retard has a great idea - let's replace NASCAR with all electric stock cars! Hey, who wouldn't want to watch Priuses and Volts go round and round making that "whizzzzz" sound?
Re: THE ENVIRONMENTAL FIASCO OF WIND ENERGY
I doubt that many “green” energy advocates have thought seriously about the environmental problems associated with decommissioning wind farms.
They haven't thought about the environmental, or any other problem associated with batteries either. Consider the mining of the materials to make them, the cost of them, how we're going to recycle them... ad nauseum.
These brilliant people bleating on about 'sustainable energy' have no idea what they are talking about or the impact of their fear mongering.
As long as the idea sounds good TO THEM, they don't care one bit about whether it's even possible.
Oh no! The opioid lawsuits are just another scam by the lawyers? You mean like the Round Up lawsuits, the Vioxx lawsuits, the asbestos lawsuits, etc? Surely the judges wouldn't countenance fraud by the lawyers. Oh, wait, the judges are lawyers too.