Thursday, August 31, 2017
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Paris public park opens experimental nudist zone
I wouldn't go. Target for Muslims. Not that anyone wants to see me nude. ~Bob
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Boycott the NFL
No Time Out in Battle Over Football
Nicely done. I have no patience anymore with these pampered jerks and their disrespect. Stay back in the dugout if you want, but don't come out and display your childish stupidity and arrogance and disrespect for the customers who came to see you play a sport, not make dumb gestures that in effect have little to no meaning other than to offend. --Del
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New Details in Senator Menendez’s Corruption Case
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Assessing the North Korean Crisis. By Jose V. Ciprut
Excerpt: The DPRK is neither a “democracy” nor a “republic,” and it is surely not a “people’s” democratic republic. It is a closed tyrannical system, the Stalinist fruit of a ceasefire that froze the 1950-53 Korean conflict. To date no amount of cajoling, bribing, warning, or punishing has succeeded in deterring the DPRK from pursuing its military nuclearization, though the country would stand to benefit if it did abandon that pursuit. A glance at the geographic disposition of its nuclear wherewithal prompts suspicions as to whether the DPRK is riding this suicidal rollercoaster on its own or in coordination with China. The DPRK is politically, economically, socially, and otherwise dependent on China, and its sovereignty is insufficient to convince that its defiance stems entirely from its own audacity. (For obvious reasons, Israeli security think tanks watch U.S. strategy and actions vis a vis other superpowers and their clients. Yours truly, Larry Greenberg)
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VIDEO: THE PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI CONFLICT: ALL ABOUT THE FACTS
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Linguistic McCarthyism by Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Most Americans recoil from the statue-smashers and name-changers. ‘The Bard,” William Shakespeare, had a healthy distrust of the sort of mob hysteria typified by our current epidemics of statue-busting and name-changing. In Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar — a story adopted from Plutarch’s Parallel Lives — a frenzied Roman mob, in furor over the assassination of Julius Caesar, encounters on the street a poet named Cinna. The innocent poet was not the conspiratorial assassin Cinna, but unfortunately shared a name with the killer. The terrified poet points out to the mob this case of mistaken identity: “I am Cinna the poet.” The mob answers: “Tear him for his bad verses, tear him for his bad verses! . . . It is no matter, his name’s Cinna!”
SCAM: Linda Sarsour Fundraising For 'Harvey Hurricane Relief Fund' Goes To Left-Wing Activist Group
There are perfectily fine American Muslims, but.... this woman is not one of them. Total BS, shameless deception, nasty attacks on anyone who says anything, these are her stocks in trade. She's caught redhanded in this one, and her only answer is that it's awful Islamophobic White men trying to smear a "woman of color". (That last part is funny, her skin is a half shade darker than a blonde Swede, but it's part of the game.) No hesitation to use the tragedy to direct funds to her own cause.... but that's consistent. --Del
Human Rights Watch Leader Equates Zionism with White Supremacy
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Sheriff Clark Quits
Milwaukee's conservative firebrand Sheriff David Clarke resigns
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You Probably Should Not Use the Red Cross to Help Texas
Excerpt: The Red Cross has, in the past number of years, increasingly looked like a giant ponzi scheme and there is more and more evidence it is failing to help people while helping itself. For example, as ProPublica has noted, the Red Cross will not reveal how much it spent to help people after Hurricane Sandy, calling it a “trade secret.” But publicly there is not a great deal of evidence that it did much good.
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Salon: National Anthem ‘Neo-Confederate’ Despite Authorship 50 Years Before Civil War
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Racial Lies and Racism. By Walter E. Williams
Excerpt: Earlier this month, The New York Times ran an article titled “U.S. Rights Unit Shifts to Study Antiwhite Bias” on its front page. The article says that President Donald Trump’s Justice Department’s civil rights division is going to investigate and sue universities whose affirmative action admissions policies discriminate against white applicants. This is an out-and-out lie. The truth is that the U.S. departments of Justice and Education plan to investigate racial bias in admissions at Harvard and other elite institutions where Asian-Americans are held to far higher standards than other applicants. This type of practice was used during the first half of the 20th century to limit the number of Jews at Harvard and other Ivy League schools. Drs. Thomas Espenshade and Alexandria Radford documented discrimination against Asians in their 2009 award-winning book, “No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admission and Campus Life.” Their research demonstrated that, when controlling for other variables, Asian students faced considerable odds against their admission. To be admitted to elite colleges, Asians needed SAT scores 140 points higher than whites, 270 points higher than Hispanics and 450 points higher than blacks.
Monuments to Racist Democrats Should Enrage Leftist Mobs
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Want to fight slavery? Start here.
Defying international pressure, Islamic Republic of Mauritania refuses to free slaves
US warned Mauritania’s ‘total failure’ on slavery should rule out trade benefits
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Satire: Texas National Guard halts hurricane recovery efforts to catch up on diversity training
Too close the true today to be funny. ~Bob
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How's Socialism Doing in Venezuela?
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Analysis: Is North Korea winning deterrence war with US?
Excerpt: Conventional wisdom says that if North Korea were ever to use its nuclear weapons, it would be an act of suicide. But brace yourself for what deterrence experts call the “theory of victory.” To many who have studied how nuclear strategies actually work, it’s conceivable North Korea could escalate to a nuclear war and still survive. Tuesday’s missile test suggests once again it may be racing to prepare itself to do just that — but only if forced into a corner. ... “The whole reason they developed the ICBM was to deter American nuclear retaliation because if you can hold an American city or cities at risk the American calculation always changes,” said Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a nuclear strategy specialist. “Are we really willing to risk Los Angeles or Chicago in retaliation for an attack on a U.S. military base in the region?” he asks. “Probably not.” That, right there, is Kim’s big wager.
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Monday, August 28, 2017
Newsletter Distributed on College Campus Calls for Banning Veterans
Excerpt: "A four-year, traditional university is supposed to be a place of learning, of understanding, of safety and security. However, there is an element among us who may be frustrating those goals: Veterans. UCCS is known for its number of veterans who are full and part-time students. But these veterans of much of the school prides themselves on may be hurting the university. First off, many veterans openly mock the ideas of diversity and safe spaces for vulnerable members of society. This is directly in contradiction to the mission of UCCS. Many veterans utter the mantra that they, "do not see color". But the problem lies in their socialization into the military culture that is that of a white supremacist organization. They have been permanently tainted, and are no long fit for a four-year university. Second, many students are frightened by the presence of veterans in their classrooms. Veterans usually have an overwhelming presence in the classroom, which can distract other students. This is usually true for vulnerable individual such as LGBTQQI2SAA, who have been known to be the butt of insensitive jokes made by veterans. Finally, veterans usually are associated with extremists right-wing groups such as the tea party and the NRA. In order to provide a safe place for all students, extremist right-wing groups must be suppressed on campus. This would include their followers: veterans. That is not to say that veterans should not be allowed an education. Veterans should be allowed to attend trade schools, or maybe even community college. But, in order to protect our academic institutions we must ban veterans from four-year universities." (Good heavens, they allow veterans on campus? We can't have that! Why they're older, motivated, study harder, mess up the grading curve, and a lot of them have OPINIONS THAT AREN'T PC!!! Many of them are just terribly, shamefully insensitive to the needs and rights of everyone else, and have the nerve to actually express those opinions and (OMG!) make fun of others. Clearly this must be stopped, who do these people think they are? I love it....Del)
Scouts at War
Girls Scouts Accuse Boy Scouts of Poaching Girls
Excerpt: The Girl Scouts of the USA has written a letter to the Boy Scouts of America calling out the organization’s “covert campaign” to recruit girls to boost membership, Buzzfeed News. In the letter, Girl Scouts President Kathy Hopkinah Hannan accused the Boy Scouts of testing a girls’ program among millennial parents, per Buzzfeed. The letter did not explain what activities such a program would include. Boy Scouts spokesperson Effie Delimarkos told The Washington Post that the organization is considering including girls not to increase membership, but as a response to requests from families who want their daughters and sons to be in the same program. She said no final decision has been made. (Interesting. Let’s add some background. Within the past year, the Boy Scout organization and the Girl Scout organization held talks about either combining or coordinating their activities and membership at the request of the BSA leadership. The Girl Scout leadership said no. There’s no point in speculating on why the interest wasn’t mutual, but it probably had something to do with their relative financial strengths. Over the past decades, we’ve seen innumerable lawsuits brought against the BSA, Little League baseball groups, Pop Warner football leagues, and nearly anything else that was once an exclusively single sex (male) social or athletic activity. In many of those cases, the “girls” won, either by prevailing in court or by negotiated settlements. Virtually all schools are required to include female players in formerly all-male sports. About the only place girls still don’t go is male shower rooms, and in professional sports, female “sportscasters” are routinely admitted even there. I admit I know of no such corresponding activity by males trying to play or report on the girls’ sports or social organizations, and I have to wonder why not. I can’t help wondering how many of those suits and complaints were just “a stick in the other guy’s eye.” How many 8 or 9 year olds do you suppose went to their parents saying “Mom, Dad, I think we should spend THOUSANDS of dollars suing those rotten bastards who wouldn’t let me play with them.” It was almost certainly the parents who “had to prove their point,” not the kids. Kids simply don’t have that long an attention span; they’d lose interest in a few weeks at most. So, why hasn’t anyone been suing for the boys to play on the GIRLS’ teams and have access to THEIR shower rooms? Why shouldn’t mothers of daughters have the same angst as fathers of boys? Do we really mean “equal in all ways” or not? Why SHOULDN’T a boy be allowed membership in the GSA or a girl in the BSA?
Perhaps an even simpler solution would be to found “American Scouts” that would admit all comers. There are many useful and valuable things I could’ve learned that were taught in Girl Scouting. There are probably some worth-while skills taught in Boy Scouting that girls could use. Wouldn’t it be advantageous for everybody to have responsible adults teaching ALL the kids useful skills? They couldn’t average out any worse than public school teachers, and like current Troop Leaders/Scout Masters, they would be unpaid volunteers doing it for the joy of teaching/leading children. Could that work? Or, would the emancipated non-human primates then try to find representation to sue for admittance? Link may not be live; if not, copy and paste in your browser. --Ron P.
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Boko Haram has used 83 children as suicide bombers in 2017 – UNICEF
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Bail set at $50,000 for suspect who urinated on Northeast Philly synagogue's front door
Excerpt: The man suspected of urinating on the front door of a Northeast Philadelphia synagogue and giving the finger to a security camera recording the act was arraigned on a host of charges Wednesday, including ethnic intimidation and indecent exposure. Police said bail for Sheidali Dzhalilov was set at $50,000, but it was unclear Wednesday night whether he was still in custody. ... In an interview Wednesday night, Rabbi Solomon Isaacson, founder of Beth Solomon, said he was relieved that a suspect was in custody. Beth Solomon has been vandalized two other times within the last 12 months. In September, a menorah was taken from outside the building, and in January, someone spray-painted graffiti on the wall of a nearby shopping center where the synagogue’s ritual bath is housed. “This was definitely a hate crime,” Isaacson said. “I hope they prosecute this as a hate crime and not as some misdemeanor.”
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How wars are won
Wars are not won by military genius or decisive battles by Cathal J. Nolan
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio is no conservative and no hero, no matter what President Trump says
Excerpt: During one three-year period, his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office didn’t properly investigate more than 400 alleged sex crimes, many of them involving child molestation. In all, the department improperly cleared as many as 75% of cases without arrest or investigation, a fact outlined in a scathing report by the conservative Goldwater Institute. When local journalists delved into Arpaio’s dealings, he had them arrested, a move that ultimately cost taxpayers $3.75 million. We paid $3.5 million more after the sheriff wrongfully arrested a county supervisor who had been critical of him. About the same time, Arpaio sought charges against another supervisor, a county board member, the school superintendent, four Superior Court Judges and several county employees. All of these were cleared by the courts and also resulted in hefty taxpayer-funded settlements for his targets. As a U.S. District Court judge presided over a civil contempt hearing, Arpaio’s attorney hired a private detective to investigate the judge’s wife. On the pretext of going after an alleged cache of illegal weapons, a Maricopa SWAT team burned down an upscale suburban Phoenix home and killed the occupants’ 10-month-old dog. There were no illegal arms, so they arrested the resident on traffic citations.
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In the WaPo?
Washingon Post: Black-clad antifa members attack peaceful right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley
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See the difference?
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Cross Stays--for now
College reverses course, won’t remove cross atop 60-year-old chapel after complaint—at least not yet
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Sunday, August 27, 2017
The Double Standard in the Progressive War against the Dead. by Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Few probably wish to see a statue in a public park honoring Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest, one of the founding members of the Ku Klux Klan, or Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney, who wrote the majority opinion in the racist Dred Scott decision that set the stage for the Civil War four years later. But cleansing the past is a dangerous business. The wide liberal search for more enemies of the past may soon take progressives down hypocritical pathways they would prefer not to walk. But cleansing the past is a dangerous business. The wide liberal search for more enemies of the past may soon take progressives down hypocritical pathways they would prefer not to walk. White House claims Trump is not feuding with GOP leaders 00:38 00:54 Powered by In the present climate of auditing the past, it is inevitable that Margaret Sanger’s Planned Parenthood will have to be disassociated from its founder. Sanger was an unapologetic racist and eugenicist who pushed abortion to reduce the nonwhite population.
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Saturday, August 26, 2017
PC & Islam
John Cleese: Political Correctness and Islam
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Black Democrat Marine
Wasserman Schultz’s ‘Islamophobia’ Claim Prompts Angered Marine To Go Public On Awans
Excerpt: “It pisses me off,” said Taggart, a black Marine who says he votes Democrat. He believes Wasserman Schultz is crying wolf and devaluing the meaning of genuine discrimination, while also exposing herself and the nation to risks.
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If you don't know...
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The Progressive's Guide to Political Correctness.
Too funny. ~Bob
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Friday, August 25, 2017
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Millennials Apparently Prefer Starvation, Food Lines to Income Inequality
Muslim Slave Trader
Izadi Girl Helps Iraqi Forces Arrest ISIS Slave Traderhttp://ifpnews.com/exclusive/izadi-girl-arrest-isis-slave-trader/
if it was a statue of a slave trader in the US from 150 years ago, it would be news. But it's not PC to criticize Muslim slave traders.
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Intel Vets Challenge ‘Russia Hack’ Evidence
here was no hack of DNC emails, and the documents that turned up in Wikileaks hands just before the Democratic National Convention last summer were “synthetically tainted” to look like they came from Russian sources. Those are the shock findings of several credentialed investigators you aren’t hearing about in most media. More surprising is that the two outlets now looking into this are Salon and The Nation, a liberal magazine. And making it harder to see why other media are ignoring this: The group undoing the Russian hack scenario—an alleged breach that’s brought U.S.-Russia relations to the brink while spilling a lot of figurative ink—is the same crack (and cranky) group of forensic investigators and former NSA officials who in 2003 debunked faulty intelligence leading up to the Iraq War. --Mindy Belz, Globe Trot
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I love this article. The Mayor of Venice, where there have been some jihadist attempts to blow up bridges, etc, has made it simple. Scream "Allahu Akbar" in public and a sniper will blow you away promptly. Simple, effective, easy to understand policies have always seemed like good ideas, and this one fits nicely. Now if the idea will just spread across Europe.....Del
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North Korea fired three short-range missiles, but two of them 'failed in flight' while the third blew up shortly after launching, the U.S. military said Friday.
Might be the reason they cancelled the previous launch towards Guam, rather than trump's threats. They knew it wouldn't fly. ~Bob
It’s like Hollywood lefties who crap on America, the only society in the world that could have ever made them incredibly wealthy for making movies about fart jokes. The universities infested by entitled little Jacobins are Western institutions, but every day the rabble take sledgehammers to the soapboxes they stand on. They take for granted their rights and privileges that derive entirely from the tradition they denounce. They think they are heroes in the real world, never realizing they are playing a game only made possible by the tradition they ignorantly claim to hate. And if they took the goals of the game and successfully applied them to the real world, they’d be the first to whine about how backward, unfair, and hard the world they created was. They have no real tradition to draw upon save the one they claim is oppressive and cruel. They literally speak its language, use its laws, and benefit from its institutions, while claiming to be part of something more authentic. --Jonah Goldberg
The Old Western Disease by Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: Monument removal is a symptom of the perverse Western desire to blame itself for everything. The virus seems to be approaching its breakout phase. We could be looking at a full-scale epidemic here. Zika? Ebola? Flu? Nope. We don’t have a great word for this sickness yet. “Iconoclasm” — i.e., the destruction of images and monuments that offend this mob or that — comes close, but the toppling of statues is just one acute symptom of the fever. Indeed, the fight over Confederate statues is just a discrete and more understandable eruption of the larger trend. This stuff has been happening for decades. One of the first outbreaks involved the word “crusader.” The term hurt the feelings of people who didn’t know what they didn’t know. Left-wing historians (and the Islamists who love them) convinced themselves that the Crusades were a trial run of Western imperialism and colonialism. They were, in fact, largely defensive wars intended to beat back the aggression of Muslim colonizers. Even the organization Campus Crusade for Christ changed its name to “Cru” lest people get the wrong impression.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Trump puppet of the Jews?
American boy in ISIS video warns Trump “puppet of the Jews”
Drowning in debt, Connecticut faces budget crunch
My old home state, standing out from the crowd...... but not in a good way. Decades of mismanagement of the state in several ways have driven out industry and taxpayers, while giving in to union demands for wonderful retirements, and building up massive debt as the infrastructure deteriorates. It's amazing how long you can get away with being realy stupid and irresponsible, but eventually reality does catch up with you. And now it's happening. They've dug this hole pretty deep over many years, I really wonder how they can even start to climb out of it. (And yes, the governor made them a "sanctuary state".) --Del
The Unbearable Lightness of Confederate-Statue Removal
Excerpt: Banning them will do bupkis for blacks. To update an old joke, removing Confederate statues is a bit like wetting one’s self in a dark suit: It offers a warm feeling but little of lasting value. The erasist frenzy to tear down Confederate monuments is accelerating at the speed of mob rule. What began in April with New Orleans’s planned-if-ill-advised banishment of statues of Confederate president Jefferson Davis and generals P. G. T Beauregard and Robert E. Lee has devolved into vandalism. (Ah, what about military posts named for Confederate generals, like Fort Bragg, Fort Hood, etc.? ~Bob)
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Then and now
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
More on Robert Lee
Broadcaster is named Robert Lee. He won’t be working in Charlottesville for ESPN
I wondered if there were any limits to the PC stupidity....
Inbox...But there aren't. We have in fact fallen down the rabbit hole, and the Queen of Hearts is on a continuous "Take off their heads" scream. Any head, any time, anywhere, that even comes within a country mile of possibly offending some hyperdelicate flower. Sure, the bosses say that this man is "comfortable" with not working that game. Absolutely he is, when the boss says "you ain't going but you still have a job". What tripe. This is even beyond my wildest expectations. Heaven help us. --Del
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ESPN removes Asian for politically incorrect name "Lee."
ESPN: Endlessly Stupid Progressive Nitpickers. By jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Where is someone within corporate America who is willing to say “enough” when the most asinine forms of political correctness attempt to enforce their will? In the wake of the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va., ESPN has pulled announcer Robert Lee from broadcasting University of Virginia football games because he shares a name with the famous Confederate general Robert E. Lee, according to Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis. ESPN reportedly provided Outkick the Coverage with the following statement: “We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name. In that moment it felt right to all parties. It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play by play for a football game has become an issue.” I don’t care if it “felt right” to all parties. Robert Lee the sportscaster has nothing to do with Robert E. Lee the Confederate general. What, did they think viewers at home would see an Asian man saying, “Hi, I’m Robert Lee, and welcome to ESPN’s coverage of University of Virginia Cavalier football!” and somehow interpret that as an endorsement of the Confederacy or slavery? You cannot insulate yourself from someone else’s stupidity. We can only imagine what’s going through the mind of sportscaster Robert Lee; a corporate statement that it “felt right to all parties” and that he didn’t object doesn’t mean much. ESPN just went through a brutal round of layoffs. How much does any given employee at the network want to make a stink about any decision from above? David French: “Parents, if your last names are Grant, Meade, or Sherman, might I suggest Ulysses, George, or Bill as boy’s names? They’ll have an inside track at ESPN.”
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E(specially) S(tupid) P(eople) N(etwork)
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Kenyan Christians killed for refusing to recite Islamic Shahadahttps://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2017/08/kenyan-christians-killed-refusing-recite-islamic-shahada/
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Guns in Oregon
Oregon Governor Signs Gun Confiscation Law
Haven't verified. ~Bob
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Ret. Marine Col. Jeffery Powers wrote to the NFL commissioners
Ret. Marine Col. Jeffery Powers wrote to the NFL commissioners the following
Worth Reading. ~Bob
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The Mindless Iconoclasm of Our Age. Fr. George W. Rutler
Excerpt: Galla Placida, the regent for her young son, the emperor Theodosius III, was shocked when Saint Augustine died in 430 on August 28, three months into the siege of his city Hippo by the Vandals. He may have died of malnutrition, if not stress, because the wheat crop had not been harvested. As destroyers go, the Vandals were not as bad as some of the other sackers of Roman civilization, and when they burned Hippo they preserved Augustine’s cathedral and library, but they certainly were energetic: in a short space they had made their way from home in southern Scandinavia all the way to North Africa. Physically, they fascinated the sultrier races and, a bit like Pope Gregory who called the fair Angles angels, the sixth century Byzantine chronicler Procopius said that the Vandals “all have white bodies and fair hair, and are tall and handsome to look upon.” Vandalism has come to be an unflattering sobriquet, much like the customs of the Thugs of India and the Buggers of Bulgaria. The three of them combined would resemble the platform of some contemporary progressives. As the Vandals had a conflicted social history, not to mention their heretical Arianism, they were amenable to contracts and concessions. That is a roundabout way of saying that nobody is totally perfect, and even if no one seems to have been inspired to erect monuments to the Vandals whose eccentric perfection was their skill at toppling statues, it would be hard to think of any historical figures who did not warrant criticism one way or another. Even George Washington’s greatest admirers, who justifiably were and remain legion, snickered when Horatio Greenough exhibited his colossal statue of the Father of our Country bare-chested in the toga and pose of Zeus. Charles Bullfinch, the third architect of the Capitol said: “I fear that this statue will give the idea of Washington’s entering or leaving a bath.” It stood in the Capitol Rotunda from 1841 to 1843 and then was removed to the East Lawn of the Capitol, eventually all twelve tons of it ending up in the National Museum of American History. In an hour of ill-advised passion after a public reading of the Declaration of Independence, a mob from New York stormed down to Bowling Green and destroyed the statue of King George III, which the people of the city themselves had erected in gratitude for the monarch’s tax concessions. This infuriated George Washington who, fully clad, berated them for such an indignity.
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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The Inconvenient Truth About Al Gore And The Climate 'Experts'
Excerpt: "Sooner or later," Gore tweeted, "climate deniers in the GOP will have to confront their willful blindness to the climate crisis." But skeptics of climate alarmism have their eyes wide open and don't like what they see. Donald Trump won the popular vote among people 45 years and older. Many in these ranks have followed grass roots environmentalism since it began, following publication of Rachel Carson's book, "Silent Spring," in 1962. Over time they've learned that celebrated environmental experts make false and wildly exaggerated predictions. A prime example is Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich, a longtime environmental icon and author of the 1968 book "The Population Bomb." "Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make," Ehrlich confidently predicted in a 1970 issue of Mademoiselle. "The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next 10 years." He assured readers of The Progressive in 1970 that between 1980 and 1989, 4 billion people, including 65 million Americans, would perish in the "Great Die-Off." In a 1969 essay titled "Eco-Catastrophe!" Ehrlich said "most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born." Undeterred, the celebrity doomsayer and his cohorts now offer a new theory, claiming in a July 2017 issue of "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" that human civilization stands in peril from an ongoing mass extinction on Earth: "Dwindling population sizes and range shrinkages (of vertebrates) amount to a massive anthropogenic erosion of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services essential to civilization. This 'biological annihilation' underlines the seriousness for humanity of Earth's ongoing sixth mass extinction event." And so on. (In real Science, only hard facts, solid data, are used objectively to investigate the complexities of reality. In psuedoscience, people start off with concepts and conclusions, usually based on feelings and perceptions, and then try to use everything from actual data to carefully "sorted" data to myths, exagerration, invalid extrapolation, and just false information, to support the conclusion they started with. Sometimes this can be done so it sounds really convincing. Most people doing this are not actual, rigorous scientists, but some do have degrees in Science, and qualifications too in the subject at hand. Yet even advanced degrees in Science do not make individuals immune to their own biases and emotional drives. The messages in the "Climategate" e-mails provided shocking evidence of how totally biased and willing to manipulate data some degreed climatologists could be. Real science is the most powerful thing humanity has ever come up with to help make progress in understanding the universe, and to give us tools to work in that reality to give ourselves much better lives. But it's difficult at times for nonscientists to listen to various presentations that are supposed to be about science and figure out which are valid and which are not. The experience of seeing how often some kind of thinking has been proven wrong is the best tool people have to figure things out. --Del)
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