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Friday, August 10. 2018
Painting by John Grillo. We have met him on many occasions and have some of his pictures. Always wanted one of his big oils but too much $. No wall space anyway.Yes, Wellfleet had a secret ocean nude beach for the free-love bohemians, artists, architects, and Harvard intellectuals. Not easy to find. Not much nude there now.
What Is War Good for? Ask a Chimpanzee. What apes and monkeys can teach us about the roots of human aggression.
Now another poet gets in trouble with the Red Guard
Nobody ever expects the Spanish Inquisition. Where are the grown-ups?
The troubled 29-year-old helped to die by Dutch doctors
Canada To Chronically Ill Man: How About A Little Euthanasia Instead Of Home Care?
Apple Vows iPhones Do Not Listen In On Users... But Its Apps Are Another Story
Ethanol Is Destroying the Environment
We had corn on the cob with steak last nite. Corn is good food. And ethanol is for cocktails.
Steyn: MS-13 are nice kids
Why California Cities Are Becoming Unlivable. California has the highest poverty rate in the U.S. and is rated dead last in quality of life.
A tale of 3 ctiies: In 1960, Detroit had the US's highest average income
Sarah Jeong Is a Boring, Typical Product of the American Academy
She is predictable: Hates the US, hates whites including Jews, loves Palis. illegals, and loves all self-anointed victims, hates the New York Times (yeah). I doubt she ever met a roofer or a hunt dog trainer.
Twitter Explodes After Ocasio-Cortez Attacks Shapiro In Response To Debate Offer
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy: Big Tech ‘Must Do More Than Take Down’ InfoWars
Who next? Is Maggie on his little list? We feel he is a deplorable punk.
Court denies preliminary injunction in U. Michigan Bias Response Team lawsuit
The Red Guards win one
Watch Ivy League Students Try To Explain First Amendment
Berkeley: In addition to higher wages, the union workers are demanding that the school guarantee them free tuition and childcare, subsidize their housing costs, disarm the campus police, and provide financial support to illegal immigrants.
No free lollipops?
With the possible exception of Baltimore, there is no city where the consequences of leftist policies in terms of law and order are more dire than Chicago.
Democratic Socialism Threatens Minorities. Nothing better protects victims of bigotry than a system where they can pursue their needs and wants outside the realm of popular control.
NAACP's own poll reveals surge in black support for Trump – and they react badly
Blacks' approval of Trump reaches a high of 21% and NAACP charges 'racism'
Here We Go… Far Left Actress Alyssa Milano Blames Russia for Republican Win in Ohio Special Election
I blame climate change
Dianne Feinstein was an easy mark for China’s spy
Byron York: What Was Hillary Clinton's Cut-Out Christopher Steele Doing Pallin' Around With a Putin-Linked Russian Oligarch Who Wasn't Allowed in the United States But Really Wanted that Prohibition Lifted?
Is there any doubt about a spy-FBI- Russia-Clinton nexus?
"The Outlook Has Become Grim": Trump Trade War Causing "Rare Cracks" Within China's Communist Party
Why the EU Won't Comply with Trump
There has never been free speech in China
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The Dutch seemed to have lost their collective souls. Euthanasia is used so often in people inconvenienced by chronically ill children it has even shocked the government officials that passed the law allowing euthanasia of children. I understand it is very difficult to care for very sick people but it seems that some ethics should be used when deciding who can die. The Dutch are allowing people to end their lives for all sorts of reasons, including mental illness in this young woman, and perhaps they will eventually come up with street corner vending machines to help an unhappy person end it. I can understand very ill people not wanting to prolong their suffering, but jeez Louise please seek all possible ways to help before allowing assisted suicide.
The term assisted suicide is an oxymoronic euphemism of course.
If you can't kill yourself without someone else's help, that's not suicide.
A person might well believe they have the "right" to die; they have no right to force others to enable that death though.
By the way, regarding those Dutch doctors: shame, shame on them all.
"Canada To Chronically Ill Man: How About A Little Euthanasia Instead Of Home Care?"
At the risk of being pedantic, but just to be precise - and this does not in any way diminish how shocking this headline is - medical and hospital care services in Canada are a provincial responsibility, not a Federal one i.e., 10 provinces = 10 separate medical care systems.
So strictly speaking, this outrage was committed by Ontario, not Canada.
To give you folks a better perspective, it's akin to saying the US offered the man euthanasia when it was the state of Oklahoma.
See also, the elimination of Down's Syndrome in NW Europe.
JJM, Ontario may want to save more money than the other 9 Provinces. Here in the US, we would never have obama-clinton Death Panels deciding older folks should die.
Death of cities to Democratic governing - Akron, Detroit...
And now Chicago, long notorious as corrupt, and long-predicted as on the verge of financial collapse and safety breakdown, a slow-motion train wreck. I seem to recall that one of our recent presidents was trained in that school.
There has never been free speech in China
There has never been free speech in any nation except the United States. No other nations has anything like the First Amendment in their laws or Constitution.
They say they have free speech. But- except for criticizing religion. Or hate speech. Or...., well so many exceptions that it's obvious they don't have free speech.
In my long experience with government policy decisions, I have learn to remember this: never say "never".
I tried to read the LeBron article. Does “The Federalist” employ editors?
JJM, my comment should have had a /sarc label.
Our Fake News Media pilloried John McCain's vice president candidate for referring to "Death Panels", when that is exactly what we have via the democrats, and what was effectively recommended by Rahm Emmanuel's MD brother (much-reduced allowable medical care for old people who the government would prefer to die off). When Hillary first started to work on taking over health care in the US, as unelected socialist "expert" in Bill "slick willie zipper" clinton's cabinet, there were something like 40 criminal penalties for doctors treating their patients, if not authorized by the government.
For a number of years I had saved on my computer (lost it when the hard drive died) a visual bell curve by Tom Daschel I think showing how the very young and then old would be treated if allowed by the government. For the life of me I can't find it on the internet as somehow they must have scrubbed it when they figured out what the public might think about it. The only ones they would treat were the ones that would be productive for the "greater good". What a utopian society they planned for us all. I think Emanuel's brother thought we should all be willing to check out at age 75. You first, you bastard!
JC, you can find the "Grim Reaper Curve" in this Wall Street Journal article, "Obama's Health Rationer-in-Chief"
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, health adviser to President Barack Obama... has written extensively about who should get medical care, who should decide, and whose life is worth saving...Dr. Emanuel concedes that his plan appears to discriminate against older people.
VI, Chicago (and Illinois') plan is to hold on until there is a Democrat Congress and President, then have the Federal Government take on unfunded pension and other liabilities of Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and California,
Then taxpayer's children in other states can suffer the consequences of enormous inflation and/or financial collapse.
An alternative of course would be for Illinois citizens to change their State Constitution to limit pension payments to one (longest-term) pension based on average wages over the employment term.
The Politically-Connected in Illinois can now get multiple pensions. The "politically-Connected" can get a "big raise and big promotion" right at the end of their political "service" which boosts their take-out way beyond any contributions. Scam payments such as those made because a political employee has to live in the community, are added to salary at the end of term to boost payout, while minimizing prior payin to the pension fund.
With a State Constitution change, pension payments could be made conditional on living in Illinois. Pensions would be limited to paid-in funding, not political-bboosting. It could be made criminal not to fund pension funds. Lots of possibilities for balancing fairness to both taxpayers and people who actually worked in a useful way, while cutting back on the "politically-Connected" scams. But Illinois is crooked so it can't happen.
Re: Far Left Actress Alyssa Milano Blames Russia for Republican Win in Ohio Special Election
I don't know about Russians meddling in Ohio's elections, but there sure were a lot of New Yorkers and Californians meddling in Ohio's elections. If Kasich wanted to appoint a special prosecutor to look into this issue, it wouldn't take much looking since all these outsiders trying to influence an election that was none of their business weren't even trying to hide their meddling, in fact, seemed downright proud of their interference.
Holy Toledo! A Z-free day! I'm in such shock, I have nothing to say. Cheers!
I'm pleased to see that Michael Moore disapproves of at least half of Obama's platform (Hope and Change).
We had better get far more serious serious about the culture wars. The Red Guards are committed and seemingly indefatigable. They cannot be defeated on the pages of poetry magazines, they must be crushed in the courts and elsewhere. I'll tell you this: Conservatives are not winning.