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Thursday, December 19. 2019
Photo of holly on ice. We had a nice minor ice storm the other day
‘Christmas With Your Jewish Boyfriend’: A Jewish jazz guitarist recorded a dozen famous Christmas songs written by Jews
The Highest-Paid YouTube Stars of 2019: The Kids Are Killing It
NYU students say ‘Join Us if You Hate NYU’
Holy Cross dean defends protestors who disrupted Heather Mac Donald lecture
I guess he didn't want to hear what Heather had to say either
Louis Meyers: Bending the cost curve on higher education
Northeastern States Look To Implement Transportation Climate Initiative
We like horses
How Marxists Invented “Hispanics”
Black Nationalist Hate Group Praised by Media Shot Up Kosher Market
Establishment Journalists Call For Big Tech To Censor Everyone Else
Facing a 2020 drubbing, the left begins lining up its excuses
Not "failures" - moral and maybe legal lapses
Trump approval rating on impeachment day hits highest point since March 2017
Re the Russia hoax: WE NOW KNOW: THE CASE OF JANE MAYER
Dershowitz on Impeachment
Disheveled California Democrat Rep. Admits Impeachment is About Smearing Trump – ‘Impeachment Will Be a Stain on His Record Forever’
The Empire Strikes Back - What the effort to impeach President Trump is really about.
Bartiromo on FISA abuse: The lies are real, people will be prosecuted…
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Happily New England will have to “improve transportation” and “save the planet” without taxes from NH. good work Gov. Sununu. NH says no thanks!
The entire climate scam is such a transparent attempt to extort money from productive people. It is nothing more than that. No one believes it will either affect the climate or reduce pollution. It is a money and power grab and nothing more.
If the left really believed in cutting fossil fuel use they would end all air traffic. Air traffic uses extraordinary amounts of fuel mostly for pleasure travel. End it all, 100%. Second end all ocean shipping. The big ocean ships also use extraordinary amounts of fossil fuel. Third, require that ALL public/government entities pay the fuel taxes that they are no exempted from. After all you cannot simultaneously argue that taxing fuel will reduce pollution and then exempt large users of fuel.
Ocean-going ships are hands down the most fuel efficient way to move cargo. By far.
I agree with your sentiment that the left is unserious; and I also agree that most of what they pretend to be interested in is really just a sham to cover up their desire to micromanage other people's lives. But you are wrong about shipping.
90,000 cargo ships facilitate global shipping. A single Maersk container ship emits 50,000,000 times more pollution than a car does annually. Multiply that by 90,000 and you see the problem. The point is NOT that moving cargo by ship is efficient or not. The point IS that if you actually believed pollution from fossil fuel was the problem THEN you would go after the biggest polluters first. But they do not because they do NOT believe that the pollution is the problem they believe that the easily generated hysteria about pollution is exploitable to their benefit. They have ZERO intent to fix this non-problem they merely want to benefit from it.
P.S. Every ship on the ocean could tomorrow cut their pollution in half be simply reducing their speed by 50%. Everyone who has run a motor boat knows this from experience. My boat could travel 12 miles at 2 knots on one gallon of gas but it would travel about 1.5 miles at 12 knots on a gallon of gas.
But cutting speed in half means twice as many ships to move the same amount of cargo in the same time.
Fighting global warming is worth it if you actually believe it. The right thing to do is end all shipping, wouldn't you agree? Seriously, they want to put a tax on energy is though that will solve the problem. We all know they would put a tax on their grandparents just to get their money. This is not about stopping fossil fuel use or stopping global warming. And that is my point. If this was really about pollution and global warming they would attack the problem and not raise taxes.
I would actually be OK with ending all plane flights and all shipping. We can grow or make anything we need we don't need shipping. But I can guarantee you the elite have no intention of giving up their private jets or lucrative trade.
I found this story to be really, really comical: https://www.wbur.org/earthwhile/2019/12/17/new-hampshire-coal-train-protest-climate-change
A group of protestors occupies the train tracks to stop a coal train, and are shocked - shocked - when their calls to the railroad's Emergency Hotline were disregarded and they actually had to move off the tracks from the oncoming train.
…” Activists stationed about a mile and half-mile away tried to warn the driver with flags, but the train gave no indication of slowing down.
With the train about 50 feet away, the group ran off the track.
"If we were locked to the tracks, they wouldn't have had time to slow down by the time they saw us," one of the protesters said. "They went through two sets of flaggers."”
Oh, the outrage. Rodney Dangerfield had no comment.
One wonders if their next tactic will be to derail the train?
It is not unusual in a suit for the defense to ask the judge for a directed verdict when there is the reasonable supposition that a reasonable jury could not rule any other way.
The Democrats' impeachment proceedings denied due process to Republicans and the president. The articles themselves are vacuous but even if they weren't, they are not supported by the facts (even the Senate Democrats admit that the House Democrats have not made their case since they want to call their own witnesses), and the public does not support impeachment in recent polls and other circumstantial evidence. Indeed, the polling for the president has improved since the Houuse's impeachment hearings began. Lastly, the chance of a conviction in the Senate is essentially zero.
Can the president petition the Chief Justice for a directed verdict?
Impeachment: In my opinion, which is not unique to me, the danger is that so many Americans do not grasp how an Impeachment, without a bipartisan super majority, undermines a government of three separate and coequal branches. Especially, in a case, when Impeachment is used as a tool for frivolous and narrow partisan ends, based on convoluted charges and half-baked evidence, lacking a crime. By subverting the executive function to the Legislature, it derails the impact of the Electoral College which, as you know, is meant to ensure the president has a wide base of support, geographically and demographically. Compare and contrast that to the Speaker of the House, who is only accountable to the narrow interests of one district. Using Pelosi, as an example, she represents 300K voters in one of the country's wealthiest urban districts, not very representative of the country as a whole. If these people prefer a parliamentary form of government, that's fine, but if they are going to change the social contract, in a sneaky, underhanded way, without our consent, we aren't obliged to go along with it.
Bue...but...but...Ms. Nancy says the House is superior to the Senate, Executive and Judiciary because it makes the laws. Doncha know yer Constitution? Oh yeh, Lawrence Tribe rewrote that part in the middle of the night. Social Justice ya know.
Re: Jewish Christmas music
It's not just composing. Plenty of Jewish artists have recorded Christmas Albums. In a twofer, Barbra Streisand's "Ave Maria" is one of my Midwestern, Protestant mother's favorite Christmas songs.
Realizing I am a guest here and not wanting to spam the thread, I nevertheless want to mention that if you're a FoM (Friend of Maggie's) you might be familiar with Stilton Jarlesberg (http://stiltonsplace.blogspot.com/) where there is a bit of a Christmas exchange going on with the new Johnny Optimism book - a free e-book download or matching donations on the $5.99 (Cheap!) paperback price in exchange for a request for a friendly Amazon review. If you're not familiar with SJ or Johnny, you should be, I think the site is cited here often enough.
(Note: Jarlsberg noted Gahan Wilson's passing recently in an appreciation of his dark sense of humor so the Johnny book might not be to your taste in humor if you've ever uttered the words "That's not funny, that's sick!" without realizing that's an actual book title.)
Remember "Don't normalize Trump?"
Nancy should have normalized Trump when she had the chance. Now they've gone and normalized impeachment.
RE: Bending The Cost Curve for Higher Education
The suggestion to end football programs is not on solid footing. For power 5 schools TV contracts, product endorsements, ticket sales, etc. More than pay for facilities and often fund the non profitable Title IX sports.
The title IX sports are generally speaking not even sports. Perhaps it would be the easiest and best thing for the college to rid themselves of the title IX dead weight if they eliminated all sports.
Your kind of missing the point. If the football programs are self-sustaining (and would they continue to be with out the tax exemptions and non-profit statuses afforded by their university affiliations) then let them sustain themselves outside the university.
Secondly, it may be that many if not most of the power-5 schools are operationally profitable, but this same argument can't be made for the mid-major, Championship division, and below programs that are subsidized by the universities, either operationally, or at the very least through capital funding for facilities. Back when I lived in Madison, there was a lot of speculation that the Wisconsin Badgers were losing money on their then appearance in the Pinstripe Bowl, when the meager stipend from the ticket sales and network broadcast rights didn't pay for the cost of transporting the entire (not just travelling) team out to New York City along with the band and a number of administrators who suddenly found it necessary to travel with the team. (One of whom when interviewed couldn't answer the question of which end of a football was pointy)
Debbie Dingell is outraged that Trump joked that her dead husband may be looking up at them and not down. What a terrible thing to say she complains. But in context Trumps point was right on. Debbie was really nice and polite when she wanted a favor from Trump but once the impeachment train left the station Debbie said terrible and untrue things about Trump. And yet a simple harmless remark that John Dingell might be looking up rather than looking down on them can be played as terrible. I might add that given our political system and the fact that congressmen, all of them, do trade their power for money and other things of value I doubt any of them would qualify to get into heaven.
Louis Meyers: Bending the cost curve on higher education.
1) Stop building gargantuan new football stadiums and arenas, with varsity locker rooms and training facilities more opulent than an exclusive country club. Wealthy alumni donors should be encouraged to donate instead to academic buildings, research programs, or academic scholarships.While this is a good suggestion, NONE of his suggestions make any mention of the increase of administrators being much greater than the increase in students. That should be number one on reducing the cost of college.
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