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Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Tuesday, February 11. 2020
Well, she can simply show him if she wants to. She knows what works.
The importance of family structure — was the nuclear family a mistake?
The Mormon Church Amassed $100 Billion. It Was the Best-Kept Secret in the Investment World. A look inside the vast but little-known fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: ‘We’ve tried to be somewhat anonymous.’
Duncing About Architecture - The ignorance and racism behind the right-wing push for “classical” federal buildings.
From TNR of course. Do they prefer Brutalist? I want no federal buildings of any style, but that's me. Put them in vacant shopping centers and spread them around the country. As it is, DC feels like an Imperial City.
How Rush Limbaugh Made Millennials Like Me Conservative
Helped me too, and I am no millennial. Opened my mind.
VDH: The Once and Future Scandal - Soon the worm may turn. The real scandal is back on the horizon, and at last, we may learn that no one is above the law—most certainly not a group of smug and mediocre apparatchiks who assumed they had the moral right to destroy a presidential candidate and later an elected president.
Hey Nancy, Actions Have Consequences!
Bigger than Vindman: Trump scrubs 70 Obama holdovers from NSC
The Week When Trump Was Reelected
Democrats Just Look Ridiculous Pretending The Economy Is Falling Apart
CBS News’ Jamal Simmons Warns Dems: Trump Has “A Whole List Of” Accomplishments Helping Blacks…
Biden Talks About Using Hellfire Missiles Against American Gun Owners
Go Away Lady: Liz Warren Stops By New Hampshire Diner and Nobody Wants to Talk with Her
Not a pleasant person, really. Klobuchar is better, more real.
Bernie Sanders Confused By New Hampshire State Motto 'Live Free Or Die' — 'Both Of Those Options Sound Horrible'
Democrats in disarray in New Hampshire as Sanders surges and Trump provokes
President Donald Trump successfully trolled Democrats once again Monday — hosting a packed rally the night before their New Hampshire primary election and successfully directing attention and energy away from Democratic campaigners desperate to interest voters.
Best troller ever
Buttigieg: Decriminalize Heroin and Meth
There is an argument for that
Iranian Regime Cracks Down on ‘Indecently Dressed’ Mannequins in Shops
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The "racism" charge is getting old. Especially when it is only/mostly the left that is actually racist. CNN may be the most obvious example of this. Many of the CNN reporters are openly racist. But in an upside down Orwellian political environment the irony of a racist reporter spewing racists statements calling our president racist is lost.
The McMansion Hell writer is the racist here—she regularly mocks lavish, multi-generational houses owned by Persian, Korean and Chinese immigrants.
I didn't get very far in this article. The author is sometimes quite funny in her denouement of the really gauche and tacky world of McMansions, with all of their architectural shortcomings.
But now she's trying to extract defects from the classical underpinning of architecture itself, the Greeks and Romans that drive it, and worse, classify them as racist. I'm no architecture expert myself, but I love the gravitas of classically-inspired public buildings. Think: Grand Central Station or some of the Presidential monuments. Very few modern buildings measure up in their grandeur and completeness of vision. And it takes grand surroundings to inspire grand thinking. Instead we often get glass & concrete rectangles with cubes farms within. Her logical math doesn't add up, but maybe she doesn't care about those inconvenient things; Trump wants it, therefore it must be racist and gauche. QED: quod erat demonstrandum or should I say [i]ut ostensum est quid insanius.
well to be honest, a hell of a lot of the "federal" buildings built in the last 40+ years are butt ugly, Just look at "presidential libraries, You have Husein's wigwam on steroids, to the "Clintoon library and massage parlor (two house trailers stacked on top of each other at right angles. Not mention soviet style brutalist offices, designed to suck the life and hope from all who enter. Even mid century modern has a lot going for it, not everything has to be classical, so much of the concrete crap built today is just an ego trip for architects who are on an ego trip (look at what i talked those suckers into)
give me classical or mid century modern lines anytime
It's straight up reducto ad Hitlerum argument: because bad people liked it, it must be bad.
I agree, I didn't get far either. What a load of codswallop. If we are going to pay for it we ought to get a building that doesn't look like a Soviet prison.
Re Push for Classical Buildings: Brutalism 'works' from an efficiency standpoint. Used to be buildings needed windows for ventilation - but with HVAC systems not so much, so... if energy efficiency is what you're looking for - big cubes are the way to go. Or build underground, but since DC is built on swampy ground that might be a bit difficult. But I'm for decentralizing a lot of the DC administration at this point, so distribution to shopping malls works for me.
Re Nuclear Family: Societies change and evolve. I was raised in a nuclear family environment, cut off from a lot of relatives, and my lovely bride wasn't. Son got a mix of both. People are adaptable, they'll form the families that suit them. There ain't no one 'right' way to family.
Re Nancy Pelosi - she's a nasty piece of work, a bottle of vile and vitriol who looks out at the President and believes she could do a better job. Definitely a poster girl for term limits.
Re Holdovers in NSC and Pentagon - I think Trump's let them hang themselves. They all serve at his pleasure, he's displeased, therefore - boot 'em, Dano. Long overdue to clean out that mess.
The failed coup: The distressing thing to me is that all these people are going "We must do this to save our Republic! To save the Constitution!" where anyone with half a brain can see it's to save THEIR stature, perks and privileges because they've been effectively incompetent the last decade or two. You can tell me all you want about how OBama and Clinton were tremendously effective administrators, and I'll just laugh at you. Media luuve at the press conference does not a good politician make - they may get applause and fluffing for a few minutes when they announce the Latest Greatest Thing, but they're always mysteriously absent with the analysis whenever the excrement hit the air impeller and things 'unexpectedly' went wrong. Bad performance is bad performance, no matter how much you shine it up.
Re Trump's re-election - I'm going to vote for him because he's done a good job for the last 4 years. RESULTS MATTER. And the rhetoric from the D side has me convinced that they really hate anyone who doesn't automatically sign onto their ideology. They aren't even trying to be convincing for the uncommitted - they're playing to their radical base, telling everyone that things haven't been worse so they need to elect Dems to fix things, and we must immediately implement the Green New Deal or the planet will DIE. (Which there's really not much evidence for.) So... there's no way I'm going to vote to impoverish the US by electing apocalyptic doom-mongers who haven't a clue about how to fix things, but just INSIST they're the only ones who can.
David Brooks writing on family structure recites a conventional wisdom and enjoys scolding American society that extended families were generally better than nuclear ones. Children did better in those networks, he tells us.
The main difficulty with his premise is that his data is inaccurate. Northwest Europeans, at least, have tended toward nuclear families for several centuries. The increasing fragmentation of New World Colonization and American settlement, and the acceleration of that after WWII may indeed create problems. Some families remain in place, some move. Brooks is treating this like a mostly new phenomenon. He may have a point, but he (or his new wife, who writes for him) should do his homework first.
Finding the G-spot is exciting for men too. I find the most comfortable and successful position is 69 where I can please the G-spot and the clitoris at the same time. My wife rewards me deeply when I get it right.
Don't forget to get her to hit the ol P-Spot. That's something else.
Re: The Once and Future Scandal
Schiff was given a great gift with a quick Senate acquittal. If he had been called as a fact witness, he either would have had to lie under oath to refute his earlier myths, or continue them and compound his falsities.
That's not the only gift Schiff received. Imagine what would likely have happened if the transcript of the call with Zelinsky had been released after Schiff called the "whistleblower" as a witness in his "investigation." The "whistleblower" would be exposed publicly as a liar generating significant interest in exactly what the purpose of his lies was and maybe if this was some sort of pattern for him. There would likely be more interest in meetings between Schiff and the "whistleblower." In short, the entire narrative would have unraveled long before Schiff could pass that bag of crap to Nadler.
WHO was that idiot who said our government will use nukes on we gun owners?????
"Democrats in disarray...": HEH. HEH. HEH!
Worse than that - you wouldn't use an F-15 for the mission anyway. Sure the F-15E is a strike variant, but that's intended for deep interdiction against point targets. For the kind of thing he's talking about you'd use an attack helicopter, maybe an A-10. While the Kiowa Warrior, Zulu Cobra, and Apache can all launch Hellfires, you'd probably stick to Hydra rockets or just the cannon for area effects against the soft targets he's talking about.
But the larger point stands. This is the latest example of the dems wanting to confiscate guns . . . or else!
I'm for moving the US capitol to the center of the USA. Like the Brazilians did when they moved their capitol to Brasilia.
Once upon a time the idea was put forth to move the US Capital to Kearney Nebraska to give it a more geographical central location.
No thank you.
I prefer the loons stay 1200 miles away.
That was my grandfather's theory, that we got rid of all the people we didn't want around here by sending them to Washington. I get the point, but I don't think that worked either. I'd be in favor of spreading it out. Send the judiciary to Salt Lake City, Defense to Texas, the houses of congress to any two cities that are at least two hours apart. Make that four. They ignore traffic rules and might move to near suburbs and thwart us at "two" hours.
Cairo, Illinois might work.
But personally I'm in favor of sending them all to Guam.
Selma Alabama. The city was saved from itself in the 60's. Everyone should visit it and see how that all worked out.
This is crazy:
What is going on in Canada???