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Saturday, November 21. 2015
It's common for humans to personalize things that don't have anything to do with us in particular. For instance, many people looked at today's news and espied a massacre at the Radisson Hotel in Mali. It was perpetrated by Al Qaeda, or Alcoa, or Al Kaline, or Boko Loko, or Procul Harem, or whatever those pesky Mohammedans are printing on their bowling shirts these days. Some observers immediately wondered what it meant to them.
Be honest. It's possible your first reaction to seeing the mayhem in Mali was, "I've been in worse Radissons than that! That one in Naperville didn't even have USA Todays in the lobby, and I couldn't tell the difference between the continental breakfast and the wet nap." That's hardly commendable, but it's understandable. It's no less sensible than rending your garments over it before changing the channel to The True Game of Downton Boardwalk Thrones. Bad things happen all day, every day. You're not the king of the world, as far as I know.
Tragedy is when I stub my toe; comedy is when you fall into an open manhole and die. It's not as heartless as it sounds. Our reactions to the things we encounter in the news must be tempered by proportionality. We are all charged to look after our selves, our family, our friends, our community, our country, and then mankind -- in that order. Making gigantic, pointless, histrionic demonstrations of how much you care about people so far away they might as well be an abstraction isn't of any use to anyone. I've also noticed that people that make a big deal out of loving humanity in general usually leave a 5 percent tip after a four-hour meal, then go home and beat their wives. Or start the Soviet Union. Talk is cheap.
The level of moral preening abroad in the land grows daily. College students are demanding that Woodrow Wilson get airbrushed out of their textbooks to signal they're ready for three minutes hate. That way they can accuse anyone who stops after two minutes of being a kulak reactionary Goldstein fan.
It puts me in mind of King Charles II. After he was restored to the British throne, he dug up the corpse of Oliver Cromwell, the man who had beheaded his father, and had Cromwell's festering corpse drawn, hung, and beheaded. His father must have looked down from heaven, or more likely up from the other place, and thought to himself, "That's swell and all, but it would have been handier nine years ago."
On to the news:
Christ, bring back the Borgias. What an invertebrate sits on that chair now.
I wouldn't worry too much about that. The Baltic is no big deal. Put all your hotels on Mediterranean.
By ignoring everything but precious metals, Spain ended up with runaway inflation. Digging metal out of the ground to increase the money supply is no different than printing greenbacks.
Unlike all the little SJW twerps going to Ivy League, I have known lots of real, live Syrians. They're Christian. They came here years ago to get away from the murderous psychos you're inviting over now. But keep on caring deeply about Syrians to earn a sanctimony merit badge on your diploma, kids.
I used to live in a parallel universe where scientists could produce results twice in a row before they'd claim they'd outdone Newton.
I'm often surprised by what surprises people. Chicks dug Rudolph Valentino, too -- until he opened his mouth.
The iPhone economy is 99 percent Ponzi. A half dozen companies make money, everybody else borrows over and over again to cover their losses. LivingSocial lost $1.4 billion in 4 years. They simply convinced investors that the electronic equivalent of a flyer that falls out of the newspaper was General Motors.
It's like the sun rising in the east, isn't it? If a Clinton offers to go halfsies on a gold mine, they'll get the gold, you'll get the shaft.
Would you like to find out more? Vote Sanders!
My aunt, Carlotta Tendant, feels your pain, dude.
Maggie's Farm readers are our friends. We care about our friends. Stay out of the Radisson!
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Re: Phuc Dat Bich
Maybe I should introduce him to a summer camp counselor I knew when I was a kid: Theodore Baer.
"It's common for humans to personalize things that don't have anything to do with us in particular."
I'm sure the good folks of Bamako will have a merry little chuckle of their own when the Holiday Inn in Backwoods Center, West Virginia or Eldercare City, Florida is subjected to a similar Islamist outrage.
Had a perfect Manhattan at the Campbell Apartment above Grand Central Station last night. I've been a New Yorker my entire life and never knew this place existed until i read about it in this blog. Thanks. pricy but what a cool spot to have a cocktail.
Remember Click and Clack? With their studio nurse, Pika Boo, who worked in the ICU, and their Russian limo drive, Pikov Andropov.
Perhaps the thing to do is to drown your sorrows at the Al Lahuak Bar...
There are numerous Asian names that read embarassingly in English.
Wang Mi Dong
Lee Bum Suk
the list goes on.
Ahhhhh! Chicks dig ISIS!
Yet one more confirmation of the open, unbridled hypergamy mating strategy of women, if they are left unchecked by the patriarchy!
All you beta men take note. This nothing but a riff on the well-known: Chicks dig jerks, bad-boyz and criminals!
RE Christ, bring back the Borgias. What an invertebrate sits on that chair now.
this place is as bigoted as any leftard website.
"sanctimony merit badge"
Thanks for that.
I find it interesting that a country that pushes the Black Lives Matter hoax also ignores the slaughter that goes on daily in Chicago, Baltimore and many other cities. Because rampant and increasing black-on-black violence doesn't fit the meme, it doesn't exist.
A country? What country is that? What "country" is pushing Black Lives matter? What "country" is ignoring black crime in Chicago? Did you mean to say political party where you said country because then the answer is easy? That would be the political party which has ruled Chicago for the last 75 years.
Ranga-Ram Chary's professional claim seems to be a bit more restrained than the media hype, but even so I haven't yet heard anybody take it seriously. More along the lines of "interesting, but we don't know how dark matter effects the CMB.."
For Sunday's Read
Another couple of liberated 'leadership trained', limited experience, limited education, "it's my turn" female/nazis. Boy, I bet these gals were wonderful to work for--read it and weep.
There was much adolescent snickering in Navy Secret Briefings during the 80s every time the Commandant of the North Korean Navy was mentioned. His name was, Long Dong.