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Monday, December 20. 2021
Sexual Assault Is Already Happening in Meta’s Virtual Reality World
Former Harvard Chemistry Chair Admits to Taking Tens of Thousands of Dollars From China
Elon Musk's taxes
Which Country Or U.S. State Will Be The First To Hit The Renewable Energy Wall?
CJ: Two Statues of Jefferson - The New York city council has evicted Thomas Jefferson from its chamber. Should Paris now follow suit?
Covid is no excuse to dress like a slob. Time to get rid of the ‘athleisure’ wear and start caring about our appearances again
Nick Sandmann reaches settlement with NBC
China and American business
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I have much I approved of about Mr. Trump, but his lack of loyalty and lack of gratitude always sat poorly with me. Politics is rough, and not for the easily offended.
I hope Jared Kushner runs someday. But I don't think his skills go to campaigning. Next Republican elected should bring him in, though.
Trump just loves to fight people in public. It's a flaw. But I hear that, in person, he is warm and engaging.
I am shocked that some never Trumper wrote an article chastising Trump. The truth is Mitch should go. He facilitates the Democrats. The example given in the article essentially boils down to Mitch let the Democrats pass this terrible bill while convincing 20 people or so that it was all a big plan to stop the next bill. Hello! Manchin stopped the bill!
Manchin can stop the Biden Budget Buster in part because he can point to the previous bipartisan legislation that passed. The Cocaine Turtle outsmarted both Pelosi and Schumer.
And we really shouldn't be falling for the "1 Senator is stopping this" line. Without 50 Republicans organized by McConnell to oppose this then Manchin's stance would be irrelevant.
They are going to bully Manchin into voting for it. They will change some wording and claim that they caved to Joe and cut the costs and some of the graft from the bill but it will essentially be the same bad bill. Then Joe Manchin will vote for it. When that happens that pretty much proves that it was indeed Manchin and no one else stopping the bill.
You really didn't understand the previous comment, did you? You take the total of 50 Republicans for granted, when those defections have been exactly the problem for 30 years. They go native when the hit DC, and a few years later we don't recognise them.
We'll see how your prediction on Manchin holds up. He has held firm a couple of times already under plenty of pressure. You seem very, very confident.
I expect an apology if it turns out not to be so. Let's see if you've got it in you.
I will certainly admit I was wrong but there will be no apology for having an opinion. I think Manchin is going to be bought. Perhaps something really beneficial for WVa or it might be a little something for his retirement but either way we may never know.
"You really didn't understand the previous comment"
You say that kind of thing about people often. I think it is you who doesn't understand. It is not unusual to be presented with conflicting data and to never the less make a decision or form an opinion. YOU may think then that the person didn't understand that wonderful point you made or that you agree with, when in fact it may simply be that your opponent has a lot of information on which they are basing their decision. My opinion about Mitch goes back over many years. To put it simply I DON'T think he wants to Make America Great Again. He merely wants to enjoy the benefits, legal and under the table, of his position and could care less about Americans. You may believe he is a stellar example of the American patriot, I do not.
When that is the case you make a brief acknowledgement of the justice of your opponent's position and why you reject it. I have yet to see you do that.
You speak in extremes, that McConnell must either be a die-hard Trump supporter or he is just in it for his own glory. I didn't make you say that, you said it on your own. It is very bad either-or thinking, similar to your claim that vaccines don't work because they aren't 100%. Real life isn't like that.
That is your impression but not necessarily true. I do believe that if you are going to state your case that you believe in it and that you state it like you believe in it. It isn't up to me to also include the reasons that might not support my case. I don't see these things in shades of gray. We, the United States, is in a world of shit and that should be obvious to anyone. Our best hope was Trump and they (the left/communist/Democrats) did everything they could for four years to prevent him from being effective and they stole the election. Even if you hate Trump why would anyone embrace the communists stealing the election?
Trump IMHO was the best president in our history. George Washington was certainly the best for his time but Trump trumped him. Lincoln was certainly an important president but he presided over a civil war and terrible death and destruction. FDR was a Marxist jerk who mishandled the depression and the war. When it comes to accomplishments and love of country and honest government there is no president who can compare with Trump. And THAT is why they had to get rid of him and now they intended to use our corrupt courts to destroy him. There is nothing "gray" about any of that. The left intends to destroy us and I honestly think that they will succeed because most of the Republicans are like Mitch and are worthless when the SHTF.
I think one of the reasons that Trump is so disliked by the DC Club is that he's perfectly willing to publicly degrade the very people he has to interact with, if he can use it to elevate his own popularity. In other words, he's willing to do to them, cynically, what they've been doing to the rest of us for years.
I think a lot of the DC insiders have come to believe that they are mostly exempted from public shaming from within the circle, just as they're exempted by privileged from many of the heartaches normal people have to weather every day. They've come to view their lifestyle as normal, and object to having well-informed opportunities for 'reset' pointed out to the rubes.
McConnell is an accomplished politician, and he's done quite a bit for the Party, but is he transparent? Are there reasons to believe in his capacity for treachery? Are there reasons to believe in his integrity? Or is he just another insider that sets himself apart?
We were dressing like slobs before Covid, I have no expectation that will change.
What amazes me is that it costs no more to wear durable, presentable garments than it does to wear ripped up jeans or shapeless hoodies and t-shirts that appear to have been washed together in hot water with little soap.
And apparently no one remembers Miss Manners' advice: Well pressed is well dressed.
I dress for success, always have. When I worked I wore a suit and tie and cared about how I look. Now I am retired and I spend a lot of time in the great outdoors and I want clothing that will protect me from the elements and carry things I might need.
I was caught in a blizzard in my late teens. I had to walk 18 miles home in a sports jacket and shoes at midnight. I got home a 7 AM and had not seen a single car on the road in the entire 18 miles from the big city to my little home town. I never forgot that and I always dress for the weather now. Surviving bad weather in the middle of no where is my idea of "success".
The first two years of Trumps administration was micromanaged by McConnell and Ryan. McConnell always kept the Senate in session as to prevent Trump from appointing any people to positions in which McConnell did not approve. McConnell was no friend of the Tea Party. McConnell always preferred the Uniparty in which anything conservative was never conserved.
There is about zero transparency in financial transactions with Chinese companies. Nike, Apple, and the NBA are focused only on the money and will be replaced at the convenience and timing of the Chinese government. They are already bending to Chinese mandates. Investments in Chinese companies is as risky as investing in Enron and Evergrande is but the tip of that spear.
re the Rockwell picture.
I draw your attention to the tree. Note how thin it is with spindly branches.
If you look at old pictures, 1960s and prior, this type of tree was normal and not the exception.
They are nothing like the farmed trees that we get today that are darn near perfect.
I prefer the farmed trees. One of the things that has changed for the better over the years.
The big problem with renewable energy that I see and that not many people are talking about is that fossil fuels are an on-demand energy source and renewables require a storage system. There aren't any big warehouses full of spare electricity sitting around waiting to be used as needed, the electricity is produced as it's needed. Building a storage grid is going to cost trillions of dollars and yet that is not being factored into the cost of renewables.
One of the most common ways of producing a storage system is building a dam to store water and releasing it as necessary to run turbines. Where are we going to get dams in places where there's no water but plenty of environmentalists? It's probably easier to get a nuclear power plant built than it is to get a dam built.
"Science:" Francis Collins, Anthony Fauci Organized a Political Smear Campaign Against Scientists Opposed to General Lockdowns
In an October 8 email from Collins to Fauci, the head of the NIH calls the GBD the work of 'three fringe epidemiologists' that 'seems to be getting a lot of attention'
Collins adds that 'there needs to be a quick and devastating published takedown of its premises. I don't see anything like that online yet - is it underway?'
Fauci later sends Collins multiple op-eds trashing the GBD in Wired and The Nation Magazine
Which Country Or U.S. State Will Be The First To Hit The Renewable Energy Wall?
It might be said that Texas was the first. Before the big and long freeze from Feb 9-19 (more or less), about 22% of Texas's electrical energy came from wind. The big and long freeze, when Texas was minutes away from a long shutdown, had 2 phases. In the first 4-5 days (Wed- Sun), increased electricity production from gas and coal offset reduced wind energy production. Then the freeze ramped up(down?) with a snow storm and the coldest weather in decades for most of Texas. Freezing weather cut down wind, coal and gas electrical production.
In contrast with California, NY, and western Europe, Texas doesn't abjure fossil fuel use.
"Stop dressing like a slob"
When I got the chance I started coming to the office every day. People have seen me on zoom, or even in the office and wonder why I am wearing standard business attire.
My response ha been "I prefer to dress like an adult."
This is the truth https://welovetrump.com/2021/12/19/italian-archbishop-vigano-a-global-coup-has-been-carried-out-all-over-the-world/?utm_source=newsletter_vm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=vm This is war.