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Saturday, February 9. 2008
Photo: the famous Mark 1 Vickers took a licking and kept on ticking
Dick Cavett remembers Bobby Fischer
Spinning a failure tale in Afghanistan. It's the elections, stupid.
Obama's church. I once quit a UCC church something like that one.
Did you make some money? Go away. But what if I made it on Powerball?
Speaking of which, why is CEO pay sometimes astronomical? Megan McArdle. Personally, I do not care what they make, although there is a touch of envy for Michael Eisner's income...and also for Roger Clemens' and Bill Clinton's and for that matter, Barack Obama's.
Our government is buying carbon offsets with our money. How wrong is that?
Neil Young: "Music can't change the world." A slow learner.
Biofuels are worse polluters than gasoline. Who cares?
How does West Point build a class of cadets?
And how does Berkeley build a world of moonbats?
Hating America: Still trendy. My feeling is that it's so yesterday.
Larry Kudlow makes the case for McCain
Re environmental problems, the authors of a new book state (h/t, Insty):
Of course not. Experts don't even like power, do they? I cannot believe American citizens said that seriously.
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"Question: How do you spell racist? Answer: O-B-A-M-A" - twolaneflash
The rules have become very clear:
1. If Hillary calls attention to the fact that Obama is black, then that's the serious crime of "playing the race card."
2. But if Obama uses the word "black" in every other sentence, that's perfectly okay.
3. You may not vote on who the candidates actually are:
A. If you don't feel a woman, raised in the South, attending a radical school like the UC at Berkeley, would adequately represent you, a male from the Midwest, then that's the heinous crime of "sexism."
B. If you don't feel a black man, raised in a culture where he's been hearing about being "oppressed by Whitey" since birth, would adequately represent you, Mr. Whitey, then that's the unforgivable crime of "racism".
4. The two Democratic candidates don't need to have specific platforms because racism and sexism are much more interesting to talk about.
I think that pretty much sums it up.
NJ: Cavett's article on Fischer was one of the most interesting things I've read in a while. His comment, "No one should achieve fame before 30" was certainly perceptive, and here Fischer achieved national fame at age 13. It's no wonder the guy got kind of flippy, although I'd feel somewhat paranoid, too, if all I did was play a simple game of Chess with someone in a foreign country and, the next thing I know, the American Government wants to arrest me. For playing a game of Chess?
"Biofuels are worse polluters than gasoline. Who cares?"
Somebody burn your breakfast? :)
Well, with global cooling just around the corner, I suggest you start caring! Fire up those smudge pots, baby! Haul out those old bottles of fluorohydrocarbons and pop 'em open! Did you know bottles of Halon make a terrific bang when shot with a rifle?
Federal gasoline credits for SUV owners who let their cars idle overnight? The federally-mandated removal of all factory smog restrictions as mankind makes a last-ditch stab at forestalling the impending ice age? Real estate prices in equatorial regions skyrocket? Equador and Gabon become the new world superpowers?
John Kerry, Al Gore and Arnold Schwarzenegger are found guilty of "crimes against humanity" in the International Criminal Court in Hague and are publicly executed?
Wait -- this just in:
FREEPORT, ME (AP)
Financial news was made today as L. L. Bean surpassed Google, Inc, in total net worth with assets topping $2.3B. "We couldn't have done it without global cooling," said Mike McCrombie, CEO. "What they did to John, Al and Arnie was simply reprehensible. Without their exhaustive efforts, we wouldn't be where we are today."
Of course, you know what the proper response to the recent wave of "global cooling" articles is, don't you?
"We've been telling you that for 30 years!!!"
Discrimination Against Blacks Linked to Dehumanization, Study Finds
Science Daily, February 8, 2008
Crude historical depictions of African Americans as ape-like may have disappeared from mainstream U.S. culture, but research presented in a new paper by psychologists at Stanford, Pennsylvania State University and the University of California-Berkeley reveals that many Americans subconsciously associate blacks with apes.
Is a Multiracial Nation Possible?
Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, February 1992
Of all the ways in which a nation defines itself, few are more important than what it teaches its children about itself. In the history classes of its public schools, a nation retells its own story and instills a national identity in the minds of young citizens. In today’s America, where competing racial, cultural, and linguistic claims now make it nearly impossible even to speak of national identity, questions about history have become a struggle for the possession of America’s past.
Great essay on Fischer -- Cavett was good there. Poor ole Bobby -- too bad he never found his way to a normal middle life.
Someone in the Cavett comments called his life a 'Shakespearian' tragedy. How true.
But -- before he became tragic, he had made himself into the very opposite (whatever that would be).
illegals Costing US Taxpayers
More Than Iraq War
1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year.
2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English
5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare and Social Services by the American taxpayers.
9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.
10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two-and-a-half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US.
11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the Southern border. Homeland Security Report.
12 The National Policy Institute, "estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period."
13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin.
14. "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States".
Total cost is a whooping... $338.3 BILLION A YEAR!!!
February 09, 2008
Cheney breaks with Bush on 2nd Amendment
Acting in his role of President of the United States Senate, not as Vice President, Dick Cheney his signed an amicus brief from Congress urging the Supreme Court to strike down Washington, DC's firearms ban as an unconstitutional breach of the Second Amendment. Robert Barnes reports in the Washington Post:
Cheney joined 55 senators and 250 House members in asking the court to find that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess firearms and to uphold a lower court's ruling that the D.C. ban violates that right. That position is at odds with the one put forward by the administration, which angered gun rights advocates when it suggested that the justices return the case to lower courts for further review.
First off, Wired is, advertantly, or inadvertantly, misrepresenting the gist of the reports. The one report DID NOT SAY that biofuels would double GHGs for the earth, only that they could cause a doubling in a very small sub-set of the total GHGs.
Second: Who in their right mind would plant switchgrass (it grows well in the South) on good corn land (we're talking North, here.)
As for Malaysia, and deforestation, here's what's happening in the real world. 2008, not 1998:
Oh boy, oh boy. Today in WA state is primary + Caucus day! Some kind of morphodite "collaboration" between those who thought it best to the primary system and those who liked the personal (democratic block party chairs) of the caucus system. Yours truly once registered on that side of the aisle, and as such was chosen to represent the neigbhorhood in their democratic caucus--WHAT A FARCE!
The power brokers came into the caucus (almost all union workers) they told us how it was going to play out and at the end of a day of their threatening, bullying, lying and manipulating it "worked out their way". I have never been one since. But, then years later the same group stole the Governor's mansion (current governor). So, why am I not surprised? The big wonderful question is this: will every white male in academia, or in a union job at Boeing, in the Fire Dept, the Police dept., etc. Will they do in the privacy of their ballot what they have been longing to do in their workplace for years--punch the bitch out!!
Save yourself You know all true Americans don't care damn about the facts, if they get the facts at all.
Those that get them know something.
Those that get them but don't care 78.345% of population
Illegals Costing US Taxpayers
More Than Iraq War
Total cost is a whooping... $338.3 BILLION A YEAR
The National Policy Institute, "estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period ."
DEPORT THE ILLEGALS, NOW
Fearsome weapon, the Vickers.
Soundly praised in Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson, in the scene where Bobby Shaftoe and the rest of Detachment 2702 are busting through a WWII roadblock in Italy. "sawing through their frames[trucks]" "cut down half a dozen or so roadside trees . . . then mowed about half an acre of grass" "engine blocks shattered like glass"
Ok, Ok. IF: if "Latinos and African/Americans are natrual allies" what the h___ am I?