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Friday, December 18. 2020
Friday morning links
Pic from a friend skiing in A-Basin (Arapahoe Basin) this week. Wish I were there.
John le Carré didn’t just invent the characters in the foreground of the spy world. He designed the entire set.
Beside the Pointe - Diversity and bias obsessions come for Swan Lake.
U. Oregon Students Want College Republicans Removed From Campus for Attending ‘Stop the Steal’ Rally
New Yorkers Actually Sat Outside During A Blizzard And Ate Dinner In The Snow. Rather Than Insist On Indoor Dining…
New Yorkers can be rugged critters
Determined To Kill Businesses That Survived Lockdowns, New York Plans Minimum Wage Hike Later This Month
NY Times: Say, You Know That Big Snowstorm Is Totally Climate Change, Right?
Trump Administration Moves To Make American Showerheads Great Again
Paris Is Fined For Hiring Too Many Women
VDH: Where Did the New Mad Left Come From?
Powerline: WHY THE FUTURE IS TRUMPIST
It’s time for the ‘Deplorables’ to become the Unconquerables
HUNTER BIDEN SENT ‘BEST WISHES FROM THE ENTIRE BIDEN FAMILY’ TO CHINESE ENERGY FIRM, ASKED FOR $10M.
Media Blockades Cuomo Sexual Harassment Story
Scrutiny of her doctoral dissertation will make 'Dr. Jill Biden' wish she had stuck with 'Mrs. Biden'
Boko Haram Growing in Influence After Kidnapping 330 Boys
China Engaged in ‘Mass Surveillance’ on Americans’ Mobile Phones, Report Finds
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Re: Swan Lake
If a white person is dismissed, not hired, or not promoted, it is assumed to be for cause. If a black person suffers a negative employment outcome, the only reason must be racism.
I'll tell you something funny. About ten years ago I interviewed for a job with a tutoring company. The company provides after-school private lessons. But the interview was designed to make the hiring process "mystical" so that the company wouldn't have to hire any blacks. You see, if parents come to the classroom and see black tutors, they'll never come back.
Parents don't want black teachers. And that's the issue. Is it the responsibility of the employer to hire blacks? Blacks claim that affirmative-action laws don't cost anything. But in reality, they cost a fortune.
Only the manager of a company is qualified to judge the clientele. To be profitable, the manager will hire employees who please the customers. Blacks don't. They're stupid, poorly groomed, and resentful. The exact opposite of what employers want. So hiring them upsets the customers, and threatens the success of the company. All civil rights and affirmative action laws take decision-making away from small business, and place it in the hands of an invisible bureaucracy. Those people don't care if a company goes bankrupt. The truth is that most Americans are not happy to see a rude, nappy-headed jerk when they go into a store. So they go somewhere else. Blacks are awful, and they repel customers. White people aren't racist; they just don't like lazy, irresponsible complainers, who have no manners. Forcing blacks onto employers is actually an additional twenty percent income tax.
Much the same argument can be made for surly dough-faced overweight salespeople with bad hygiene and a surplus of visible tatoos and fishing tackle stuck in their faces. It's a class thing, not a race thing.
You've said before that you're a retired teacher, and I for one give thanks.
Yeah! For me it's nose rings, piercings and excessive or disgusting tattoos. Oh yeah don't forget pink and blue hair.
I am against affirmative action laws, so on that we may agree but I agree with Aggie that I’m glad you’re no longer a teacher. Your view of blacks is toxic!
re It’s time for the ‘Deplorables’ to become the Unconquerables
Wishful thinking from Glenn H. Reynolds.
Lawyer Lin Wood Tweets:
I have long had questions about “the John Roberts” on Jeffrey Epstein private jet flight logs. I suspected it was our Chief Justice. MSM has shown no interest in investigating issue to find TRUTH. America is now entitled to know the answer. Every lie will be revealed.
If true, this would explain a lot of Roberts' rulings. They have the dirt on him.
I can't quote chapter and verse but I've seen this debunked a number of different times: Different John Roberts.
That is really too bad. I was getting hopeful that it might be used to get him out.
Thanks Aggie. One reason I posted it was to see if anyone would call "bullshit" on it.
OTOH, why would a someone like Wood, put their credibility on the line for 15 seconds of additional notoriety?
Also, were the people that debunked this item credible?
My guess is that you are probably right. If true I don't see how the dems and their ratings craving media allies could have resisted detonating this little bomb long ago.
It's all so murky.
The ambiguity of the information out there coupled with our cognitive bias makes it really tough to see through information haze.
I think you should consider digging a little more about Lin Wood. For example, on his momentary participation on the Kyle Rittenhouse case, in particular, its funding.
I lost faith in both him and Sydney Powell for their distracting conspiracy theory antics on the 2020 elections - it was an enormous distraction to what should have been a focused attack on violations of procedure - these would have almost certainly been more effective.
I got that sinking feeling when I heard Sydney say, on Fox, "I'm going to release the Kraken", and again when I saw Wood in his red hat, trying to imitate Trump's rally-speak for a supporting crowd. I've lost all confidence in both; although I think Sydney was duped and out of her depth, Wood is just a hustler. My opinion of course.
All lawyers are hustlers. I don't mean all lawyers are dishonest but they all use their "power" to grossly enrich themselves. First let me say that they have power because they organize and have demanded and succeeded in limiting what they do to a small cadre of people. If YOU try to take on those tasks/actions that are limited to them YOU will go to jail. They have self made power over you and everyone else who is not a lawyer.
Having said that I don't think throwing out the baby with the bath water is a good strategy. If you make a list of all the people who are actively and effectively working to save the Republic and/or correct the terrible injustice of this stolen election you will see that the list is not long and we cannot afford to throw away any of these people simply because you would have done it different or used nicer language.
My fear is that we will devolve into something close to outright violent resistance against the federal government. At this point I put 90% of the blame on SCOTUS. They were the right venue at the right time to take up those constitutional issues and they balked, out of fear I believe. Not good. Now many people, myself included, believe that we have two choices: Submit and accept our new rulers, or open resistance certainly leading to violence and possibly leading to civil war.
I hope Congress, the last peaceful and constitutional option left to us once SCOTUS kicked the can, will act. Experience and logic tells me they will not. January 6th 2021 may become the new April 19th 1775, or at least the impetus for it. All the politicians (Mitch McConnell) care about is getting past this bump in the road to business as usual at the trough. But there are 70 million or so American voters who want this fixed and do not want to be ruled over. And THAT is the problem and THAT will not go away. It may go underground, it may go full Guerrilla warfare, or it may go somewhere in-between. But I can tell you that right now there are literally millions (not hundreds, not thousands...) of people who are planning to resist or worse. This will not be as pretty as the DNC leadership imagined it would be.
#18.104.22.168.1 Anon on 2020-12-18 14:18 (Reply)
I despise, detest, and totally distrust the WaPoo, but I did read the le Carre story.
Paris is fined for hiring too many women: The HORROR!! The horror... I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooo not bummed. Turn about=fair play, doncha know?
Where Did the New Mad Left Come From? From the OLD mad Left, silly!
It’s time for the ‘Deplorables’ to become the Unconquerables:
Media Blockades Cuomo Sexual Harassment Story: Is anyone surprised? Mueller????
Scrutiny of her doctoral dissertation will make 'Dr. Jill Biden' wish she had stuck with 'Mrs. Biden': Couldna happen to a nicer person, and I suspect...she isn't.
True. I downloaded and read it. Very little depth and numerous gramatical/typographical errors. And boring!
Love the A-Basin pic. One of the Colorado originals. Not for the faint-of-heart though.
Loved skiing A Basin years ago. The kids skied the mogul field while we skied the easy clear parts. Loved it.
An excellent read
The Fork In the Road
History teaches us that the decline of a society and the demise of a government comes with the institutionalization of corruption and a wanton disregard for the written law. Such is our situation today, wherein the states have become puppets of an all-powerful federal government that confiscates more and more private property while exerting increasing control over every aspect of our lives.
A-Basin was my favorite part of skiing in CO.
Vibe reminded me of Mad River and Tuckerman's.
Merry Christmas, Maggie's Farmers.
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