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Saturday, July 25. 2020
How Costco Convinces Brands to Cannibalize Themselves - An unlikely marriage where both sides win
We Are About To Find Out What An Economy Looks Like When You Throw Tens Of Millions Into Unemployment Overnight
Andrew Cuomo to Chicken Wings: You're Not Real Food
COVID deaths per 100,00, by state
Two Florida Mayors Urge Residents To Wear Masks At Home
The Models Were Wildly Wrong about Reopening Too
Polls Show Americans' Mood Deteriorating Over Virus, Economy
The Wall Street Journal's Conservative-Leaning Opinion Editors Respond to Demands by the Left-Leaning "Reporters" That Their Lefty Reporters Get Veto Power Over Opinion: We're Not the New York Times and We Don't Give In to Woke Retards.
The Harper’s ‘Letter,’ cancel culture and the summer that drove a lot of smart people mad
Democratic National Committee platform mentions ‘whites’ 15 times, all damning
Why? Black Americans do not dislike other Americans in my experience. Nobody dislikes Black Americans either
Americans Say Blacks More Racist Than Whites, Hispanics, Asians
Why You Need to Stay Out of Seattle This Weekend
Portland Cult Sing ‘Hands Up, Please Don’t Shoot Me’
Nonsense. They would love another Kent State and look as if they are trying to provoke it
What, exactly, is the message when mostly white Leftists are involved with vandalism, graffiti, property damage, assault, and arson, among others? What does it have to do with black lives matter?
Chicago Mayor Agrees to Allow Deployment of Federal Police to Chicago after Call with Trump
With No Deal to Curb Drug Costs, Trump Tries His Own Changes
Schiff Runs Interference For Chinese Gov’t, Calls Stopping Chinese Spying A U.S. “Escalation”…
The Democrats' Pro-Iran, Anti-Israel 2020 Platform
Palestinians: Victims of Arab Racism
Arabs have always hated the Palis. I do not know why
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I got nothing against Costco or their supply chain efficiencies, but I'd like to know where the bulk of their non-food products originate. Cynical, as I am, I just assumed Costco, like most of America's big box stores, is a distribution node for the CCP.
Yeah, blacks really are more racist than whites. If you don't believe that you do not know many black people or only know them superficially. Today black violence against whites far exceeds anything that the KKK ever managed to do. And in all cases of black on white violence the blacks express a belief that they were justified because their victims where white. Part of the reason Americans don't realize the extent of this problem is because the media actively and aggressively covers it up.
In complete agreement, some sort of Stockholm syndrome at play here, to spend time around them is an eye opener.
Spot on. An easy way to find gullible/stupid people is to discover who disagrees.
Re: The Democrats' Pro-Iran, Anti-Israel 2020 Platform
THAT is a Newsweek column?! That was totally unexpected!
My mood is deteriorating due to the lack of meaningful action by our government, Republicans and Democrats alike, to punish the coup plotters/participants.
We should focus on the head of the snake.
re What, exactly, is the message when mostly white Leftists are involved with vandalism, graffiti, property damage, assault, and arson, among others? What does it have to do with black lives matter?
It shows that they, "are down for the struggle" and gives them status on the Left. Also makes them feel good about themselves. Morally superior and all that.
What does this have to do with the idea of black lives matter? Not much.
What does it have to do with the organization Black Lives Matter? A great deal. They condone it, and why not? Look at the money that is pouring into their coffers in the wake of the violence.
re Andrew Cuomo to Chicken Wings: You're Not Real Food
This is all about pushing people around who don't want to follow his arbitrary and capricious diktats. There is no science involved in making his decisions. He just wants to show who is boss and is outraged when they don't follow his decrees to the letter. Makes him look impotent and we can't have that.
If a sandwich is to be the minimum standard for 'food', the bar owners ought to cut sandwiches into one inch squares and sell 'em that way.
This is exactly the same problem with masks too. Not only are masks ineffective in preventing the transmission of a virus but they are likely to make the risks of transmission greater. Ironically you are more likely to get the virus through contact with your unprotected eyes than through your unprotected mouth/nose. It would actually make more sense and be supported by science to requires goggles than masks.
If the masks work, why the six feet?
If the six feet work, why the masks?
If they both work, why the lockdown?
In California you can intentionally infect another person with aids and there is no punishment. But if you do not wear a mask you will be fined or jailed.
My understanding is that while the authorities can require a sick person to quarantine or take specific measures to protect others but that they cannot require the same thing of a healthy person. Something about the constitution I think...
Oh, the Palis. I have to wonder why they have antagonized so many others. My guess is they've complained and complained and complained, and never done anything to help themselves.
Re: CDC Sides With Trump, Says Students Need To Go Back To School
So does the American Association of Pediatrics:
teachers? Not so much. Couldn't be Teachers Unions who oppose President Trump, could it?
Nah. No way. Not a chance.
1. The rest of the Arab world knows that "Palestinian" is a ficticious identity. The Arab world still tracks tribal/religious identity in parallel with post WWI "national" fictions.... and the Palis are made of up Egyptian, Syrian, and Iraqi groups smooshed together under a new identity... they even speak different Arabic dialects.
2. The rest of the Arab world hates the Palis because they repeatedly tried to destabilize other Arab countries - Jordan, Syria, and Egypt all had their troubles with Pali thugs, and had to expel them.
3. The rest of the Arab worlds hates the Palis because they knew that Arafat was a slimy pedophile. The cringey look on various Arab leaders' faces as Yassir came in for a cheek-bump and hug told it all.
I suspect that #2 is the biggest reason. Black September didn't give Jordan's King Hussein the warm fuzzies for the Palis. I am reminded of Oriana Fallaci getting Yasir Arafat to admit that Arabs had killed more Palis than Israelis had. Bet Black September had something to do with that. Pali support for Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait got the Palis booted out of Kuwait- though 3 decades later are Palis still persona non grata there?
Back in the day I knew various members of a Pali Christian family. High achievers, many with advanced STEM degrees. Their father, who worked for Jordanian civil service in the West Bank, told his children to get out, as Muslims would get promotion preference over Christians, he told his children. This was before the 1967 War.
Which reminds me of one of his grandsons, who threw away a professional career in the US for Pali activism, and later moved back to the West Bank. Naturally, his activism in the US complained about Israel. Turns out that the grandson had a cousin on the other side of his family who had been quite vocal in the West Bank about Muslim discrimination against Christians. Did the grandson who was quite vocal against the Israelis ever support his cousin re Muslim discrimination against Christians? Crickets.
Americans Say Blacks More - If your main source is TV and Main Stream News it would be easy to see why people think this. The only group that can be openly insulted, ridiculed and maligned are whites. Can you imagine if the 'Karen' meme was an obnoxious, angry, entitled, racist woman of color? We are being manipulated. We don't have to fall for it.
Black people I know don't say these things because they know how it feel like to be on the receiving end.
Stay out of Seattle this weekend? Try every day for the last, geez, 10 years.
I live an hour south and I'll never, ever set foot in that cesspool again. Let it burn.
"The rest of the Arab world knows that 'Palestinian' is a ficticious identity."
Except it's not. It's no more fictitious than American, Canadian, Nigerian or, for that matter, Israeli. It could be easily argued that the creation of the Israeli identity went hand-in-hand with the creation of the Palestinian one. Under the Mandate you had Jewish Palestinians and Arab Palestinians. In 1948, the Jewish Palestinians became Israelis overnight, leaving the remaining Arabs as Palestinians.
As to the statement that Palestinians "are made of up Egyptian, Syrian, and Iraqi groups smooshed together under a new identity", much the same could be said of Israelis.
I should state I'm no fan of the Palestinians (Abba Eban had their number when he stated that the "Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity") but that doesn't mean there isn't a Palestinian identity.
You might be missing the point. Prior to the 20th century there were few "Arabs" living in the country now known as Israel. There were non-Jewish wandering tribespeople and a few other assorted people living there. But in the early 1900's Arabs began moving into that area and by the 1920's and 30's they became belligerent towards the Jews many of whom had family history of living there going back thousands of years. It soon became open warfare against the Jews. This is all preceded the 1948 decision to establish a Jewish homeland in the place where they had in fact lived for thousands of years. The 'Palestinians' were the interlopers and the trouble makers in all of this.
I have not missed any point.
I merely state the obvious: that the Palestinians are Palestinians, just as the Israelis are Israelis, even though there were no Israelis before 14 May 1948.
Re: Palestinians, Victims of Racism
"If and when the Palestinians are ever deported from Lebanon, they can point the finger of blame not only at Lebanese politicians, but also at the international community -- which makes a habit of ignoring Arab racism and oppression against them."
In many ways, the palestinians are like blacks. Both groups want free money, high population growth, and protected status as "victims". In real life, however, things don't work that way. If a group of people are assholes, then people won't like them. Blacks and palestinians just can't seem to make that connection. The palestinians are horrible complainers and law breakers. Oh wait. The blacks are horrible complainers and law breakers, too. So anyway, Lebanon and Egypt said to the palestinians: "You guys are worthless scum. Get the hell out of here, and never come back." There aren't any blacks in Lebanon, because they'd be on train to Africa the next day.
Nothing can ever be done for the palestinians, because they are so full of malice. And nothing can ever be done for blacks, for the same reason. The only solution is to reduce the numbers of these two groups to a manageable level.
I read the comments here as much as the stories. Mr. Liebermann is outdoing himself today. That comment post made me literally laugh out loud. A little early morning belly laugh. Tell us how you really feel, Dr. Stangelove..
The article on COSTCO was strange. They were talking about how low the prices were giving an example of two dozen eggs for $6.50. I can buy 5 dozen eggs at Walmart for less than that. I sometimes shop Costco but rarely buy anything because their prices are too high.
We only go a couple of times a year, but it's never less than around $800 or so. The place is an adult candy store with crack on every aisle.
The story about Kirkland branding completely ignores the fact that the brand names are also coining money making better Kirkland products. They get extra capacity for their production lines, making the same stuff to a higher industrial standard. It's an efficiency enhancer. Sears used to do the very same thing with their Kenmore appliance line, which was mostly Maytag.
Re: DNC Complaints about White People
"It takes a typical Black woman 19 months to earn what a typical white man earns in 12 months — and for typical Latinas and Native American women, it takes almost two years."
There are obvious reasons for these disparities. First of all, most white men have a significantly higher I.Q. than black women. Also, black women have terrible social skills. The ability to get along with other people is an important part of success; but black women are very rude. The only thing they're really good at is arguing. Then you have the fact that black women refuse to get married. They have a bunch of illegitimate children, and then they demand free child care, while they go to work. And free everything. Then there's the fact that drug use among black women is much higher than among white men. And black women are famous for suing their employers for discrimination. Who needs all that hassle? I would never hire a black woman.
Latinas are just about the same. They are full of hatred, and they speak Spanish at work so that other people won't know what they're talking about. That's their way of "putting one over" on the white man. Hispanics hate America. Right now they're just biding their time, until they can vote their own people into office. And the Red Indian girls are hardly even worth discussing. Indians hate to work. When Europeans came to America, they tried a hundred different ways to motivate the Indians; but no luck. The Indians will not work. Period. But they love to watch T.V.
Complaining about others is rarely the route to success. If Black or Mexican or Indian women want more money, then they will have to make huge changes in the way that they treat other people.