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Thursday, November 19. 2015
We used to be rather better at this cloak and dagger stuff.
Perhaps it was because we were all sure we were on the same team back in the day. Kennedy was a bit of a dolt compared to Eisenhower, but he wasn't any kind of friend to the commies. The Bay of Pigs was about as dumb an attempt at exercising American power as you could come up with, but he didn't mess it up on purpose because he was secretly hoping the other side would win. I'm not sure you can count on that brand of My mother, drunk or sober patriotism anymore.
Not too many years earlier, Eisenhower was able to go on national television and admit he was the one that sent Francis Gary Powers to spy on the Soviet Union from the edge of space. He knew that everyone on the other side of the aisle wouldn't impeach him over it. It was, after all, in the United States' best interest. Well, if it worked it was.
While terrorists are raging all over the landscape, our intelligence experts are busy in nondescript buildings in Virginia rifling through Tea Party tax returns. Anyone that understands opportunity cost knows that when some tasks get done to the last jot and tittle, others get the back burner. The Rumford Meteor japed that the massacre in Paris had an effect: France Finally Uses the List of Terrorists They’ve Been Keeping at the Bottom of a Locked Filing Cabinet Stuck in a Disused Lavatory With a Sign on the Door Saying Beware of the Leopard
If that's funny, it's because it's true. France had a list of 168 locations they had identified as possible terrorist hideouts. They used the list to conduct raids the day after the bloodbath. What exactly was a more important use of their time the day before the massacre? Putting someone in the clink for working 36 hours a week?
Even the entertainment about dealing with an implacable enemy used to be better. I'm sick of rogue CIA agents. I long for the good old days of CIA agents who were rogues. Not the same thing, is it?
On to today's news:
C'mon, admit it. Public School is obsolete. It serves only as an academy for depravity at this point.
Yeah, and the burglars are 100 percent less likely to shoot your dog.
Once a week? Maybe. I'll reserve judgment until they clarify whether that means at least two people are in the room.
You're not allowed to drink alcohol when taking this drug. No one's getting any action under those circumstances.
You mean Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun aren't nursing homes?
There's always plenty of weather in bodice rippers. Otherwise Fabio's pectorals wouldn't glisten with sweat as his hands slowly made their way up inside her chemise, the faint aroma of the sodden garden surrounding them like the perfume of Aphrodite, and all that sh*t.
In his defense, he did say, "No sprinkles."
I'm fairly certain the first and only taco I ate at Taco Bell hasn't moved an inch since I swallowed it.
No one should ever go to jail for copyright infringement, which is a civil violation, or should be. Same goes for tax evasion. If you can't collect the money upfront, willingly, you're not entitled to it. Jailing people for owing money is medieval.
"The Spy Who Came In From the Cold" with Richard Burton and Claire Bloom is the best spy movie ever made. Discuss.
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The reactions to the attacks are potentially very dangerous. We will undoubtedly have photo op show raids of foolish teenagers who got played by an informer to say the wrong thing.
'Suspected terrorists' who never met the criteria for an actual raid will be suddenly fair game under 'national emergency' rules. And you can be sure a lot of people will be swept up in that process (cattle ranchers?)
"Potentially" and perhaps.
Or you could say, "A lack of planning on your part doesn't justify an emergency now to me."
These murders, while horrific, do not threaten the (their) nation. It is a shame and a scandal if their security forces had the names and locations that launched the attacks and did nothing but the law shouldn't be used as a blunt instrument (who said that?).
However, if the 'trigger point' for Muslim troubles is when the percentage of the population gets over 8%, then by closing the borders to illegals and exclusion of those who entered their country illegally with their entire families, get that magic number below 8%. That should be legal. Then let matters shake out. Pray.
It will be a lot like lancing an infection. Islam is a lot like pus. Poison within the body politic.
Re: Police Civil Asset Forfeitures Exceed All Burglaries in 2014
This is misleading! Police civil asset forfeitures should not be a separate category. It's all theft. So are taxes collected to pay any subsidy.
In the U.S. illegal aliens kill as many people every year as the 9/11 attacks did. Certainly not all of them are murders, many are simply drunk driving or a bar fight. But the people are just as dead. Who should be responsible? When a politicians or bureaucrat forgets their most important responsibility is to the citizens and begins to think their job is to benefit their party or trade favors with other power brokers they should pay a price. Maybe they should be fired/impeached, perhaps jailed or fined, some should be prosecuted and imprisoned. When a judge lets a rapist or murderer go free because a different judge in a different time declared that the 't' must be crossed before the 'i' is dotted than the felon wins the lottery and gets to go free to rape and kill again, then I think the judge should pay. When a bureaucrat tells the border patrol to stand down and not send illegal alien border crosser's back to their home then I think the bureaucrat should pay a price. Until that happens we the people are the only one's paying a price for our political and bureaucratic leadership failures. If this all gets terribly worse someday and the "legal" immigrants we are forced to accept decide to kill 100, 1000 or 10,000 of us I sincerely hope we don't just hold a candle vigil. At the least bring back the guillotine and tar and feathers.
re "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold" with Richard Burton and Claire Bloom is the best spy movie ever made.
Perhaps so. I would argue the "Reilly, Ace of Spies" miniseries was quite good as well.
Education is not a one-size-fits-all thing. Some children are incredibly good at learning on their own. They are enthusiastic and interested learners. Some kids are not. Some kids need structure and constant refocusing in order to learn.
I had one kid who was interested in learning with my help; one who was not. The one who was not, would have done well with the OCW programs. In fact, he taught himself division when he was in elementary school b/c he had access to a computer room where they let kids learn at their own pace. He was curious and had finished his work, so he went on to harder stuff.
I also have 2 nephews. 1 is a super-driven kid who likes to challenge himself. No one has to push him. He takes all the hard classes and is very studious in his own free time. The other nephew is smart, but normal. He doesn't have the inner fire to learn that his brother does.
Anyway, my point is, not every kid would do well in front of a computer learning on his own. Just as not every kid does well in a classroom with structure and a schedule. I say 'public school' should be geared toward learning styles. One school could be group classes, another school could be self-directed learning at your own pace. Kids/parents could decide what is best for their child, maybe though personality tests or just a questionnaire about your kid's likes and dislikes.
I just know that my kids would've HATED to be homeschooled by their mother.
How can you say that? No Special Effects!
Equally the best horror movie was the (original) The Haunting. Just acting and sound, perfectly paced.
Re: Homeschooled with MIT courses at 5, accepted to MIT at 15
Thank goodness he didn't waste his time going to public schools!
After your first paragraphs, the inclusion of the le Carre link is rather ironic. The moral ambiguity of the spy world was one of his favored themes. He comes down lightly on the side that we are still, mostly, the good guys - but it could change quickly.
I seldom go to movies; le Carre's Smiley's People is the best of spy novels.
Speaking of John le Carré, the 2011 film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is another good one. It stars Gary Oldman.
You do have to pay attention though, which might be difficult for those who prefer action heroes.
The cop who attacked the Dunkin' employee should be banned from every donut shop in town! WHAT was he thinking?
Valeant Pharma is so stupid they didn't know there was already a female aphrodisiac. It's called money.