Did You Know That John Hinckley was Mostly Out of the Loony Bin? Do You Even Know Who John Hinckley Is?
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Reagan shooter finds rejection, indifference in future home

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community.

He takes long walks along tree-lined paths, plays guitar and paints, grabs fast food at Wendy’s. He drives around town in a silver Toyota Avalon, a car that wouldn’t attract a second glance. Often, as if to avoid detection, he puts on a hat or visor before going out.

These days, John Hinckley Jr. lives much of the year like any average Joe: shopping, eating out, watching movies at a local Regal Cinemas.

Hinckley was just 25 when he shot President Ronald Reagan and three others in 1981, and when jurors found him not guilty by reason of insanity they said he needed treatment, not a lifetime in confinement. The verdict left open the possibility that he would one day live outside a mental hospital.

For the past year, under a judge’s order, Hinckley has spent 17 days a month at his mother’s home in Williamsburg, a small southeastern Virginia city known for its colonial roots. Freedom has come in stages and with strict requirements: meeting regularly while in town with both a psychiatrist and a therapist, getting a volunteer job. It has all been part of a lengthy process meant to reintegrate Hinckley, now nearing 60, back into society.

If he’d shot a Democrat, he’d have died behind bars.

Double Self Defense Jeopardy
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Police shoot Alabama woman who shot intruder in home invasion | Daily Mail Online

Officers from Huntsville police arrived on scene and heard gunshots ring out and saw Mrs Skinner in the garage holding the shotgun.

They demanded that she drop her weapon but when she turned toward them with the gun in her hand, at least one officer fired at her, wounding, but not killing her.

Mrs Skinner was struck by the police gunfire and both she and her husband were taken to Huntsville Hospital.

Even if you shoot somebody in self defense, you have to understand that the cops will try to shoot you dead when they show up if you’re still holding the weapon you used in self defense.

Lynched
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Corker: Lynch vote coming in 2-3 days – CNN.com

Lynch would be the country’s first African-American woman to hold the post. Her nomination has stalled longer than any attorney general pick since the Reagan administration.

So…whose pick was stalled?  Reagan’s, right?

And who stalled it?  Oh, right.  The Democrats, the same people who are whining now.

And what happened back then?  The Dems stalled Ed Meese’s nomination for thirteen months.  I’d like to see the Senate GOP break that record, but hey.

It’s the Senate GOP.

So never mind.

 

 

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The Real Question: Did Weiner Text Hillary Pics of His Dick?
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Wait, Anthony Weiner’s a Political Media Analyst Now? | Mediaite

Anthony Weiner — yes, that Anthony Weiner — talked to Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter Sunday morning about Hillary Clinton’s road trip to Iowa in the now infamous Scooby van, which he said bespoke of the unexpected in comparison GOP’s candidate’s staged events, and said the media was focusing on arcane or frivolous details that mattered only to the insider types, not to voters.

If you’re thinking, “Wait, Anthony Weiner’s a media critic now?” you’re not alone. You may also be thinking: isn’t Huma Abedin, Weiner’s long-suffering wife, also Hillary Clinton’s long-suffering aide, and wasn’t she actually in said Scooby van during the trip?

The answer to both is yes. Weiner swore that he and Abedin pointedly did not discuss the campaign, and that she might not even know he was on CNN talking about it. (Why was he on CNN talking about it?)

The rehabilitation of a scumbag pervert continues apace.  Because Democrat.

Unicorns: Better Tasting Than Reality
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Fundamental Concepts – Value [Weirddave]

Here’s a perfect example of what I’m talking about:

Big: ”Without minimum wage laws, employers would pay their employees the minimum they could get away with!”

Me: “The minimum they can get away with is exactly what they are worth!”

*Big and I stare at each other with perfect mutual filial loathing * (metaphorically speaking, this was via text)

Hmmmm. Jonah Goldberg’s couch just phoned me and told me two thing. #1, shame on me for stealing his bit, and #2, wrap it up, I’m meandering.

Look, it really is as simple as I said way back at the beginning. Anything: good, labor, service, all it’s worth is what someone else will pay for it. If you want your good, labor or service to be worth more, then it’s up to you to make it worth more. That’s a fact of human existence as immutable as gravity is in the physical world.

Any philosophy, political or sociological, that denies that simple truth is destined to fail, utterly and catastrophically.

I’d suggest using that as a yardstick. You can do what you want, but as for me, my minimum requirement for decision making is reality. Cold, hard, uncompromising reality. It doesn’t make me “feel” good very often, but dealing with what IS rather than what my feels say should be in a rainbows and unicorns world has paid great dividends IRL.

I just wish I could get Big to realize this.

How are you going to do that, when 47% of all Americans believe what he does is the gospel truth?

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Neither Bush Nor Obama Ever Tried to Destroy the Muslim Terror Threat Against America
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Obama’s No Good, Stupid Assumptions Underlying His Iran Deal

We tried to reorder the Mideast through regime and society change in Iraq. That didn’t work. So yes, we needed to take another swing at it but Obama, either through incompetence or evil intent has stumbled upon the worst possible option.

Which should never have been the goal in the first place.

The only good reason to send troops to the ME was to eliminate the threat of Muslim terrorism against our country and our allies.

Obviously we have not done that, primarily because we never seriously tried to do so.

But if you want to destroy ISIS, the indispensable Angelo Codevilla is more than happy to tell you precisely how to go about it:

If You Want To Stop ISIS, Here Is What It Will Take

Day after day after day, hundreds of Saudi (and Jordanian) fighters, directed by American AWACS radar planes, could systematically destroy the Islamic State—literally anything of value to military or even to civil life. It is essential to keep in mind that the Islamic State exists in a desert region which offers no place to hide and where clear skies permit constant, pitiless bombing and strafing. These militaries do not have the excessive aversions to collateral damage that Americans have imposed upon themselves.

Destruction from the air, of course, is never enough. Once the Shia death squads see their enemy disarmed and hungry, the United States probably would not have to do anything for the main engine of massive killing to descend on the Islamic State and finish it off. U.S. special forces would serve primarily to hunt down and kill whatever jihadists seemed to be escaping the general disaster of their kind.

That would be war—a war waged by a people with whom nobody would want to mess. Many readers are likely to comment: “but we’re not going to do anything like that.” They may be correct. In which case, the consequences are all too predictable.

Keep in mind that ISIS itself is a creation of Saddam Hussein’s military, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey.  If they hadn’t created, armed, financed, trained, sheltered, and used it, it would not be the problem it is today.

Method to Their Madness
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New Hampshire could be make-or-break for Jeb Bush – The Washington Post

Unlike in the first contest in Iowa, which are caucuses likely to be dominated by social conservatives hostile to Bush, New Hampshire’s primary electorate will include independents. In fact, there will probably be more of them voting in the Republican primary than usual, if the Democratic race remains as uncompetitive, as it now appears.

The Gentry GOP permits this adulteration of their primaries because they think it will work to freeze conservative voters and candidates out of the process.

To Hell With Bipartisanship. Let’s Get It On!
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This is How Ted Cruz Says He’ll Win the Middle By Running Right – NationalJournal.com

We’ve decided to print Cruz’s answer in full because, in it, he describes in detail the unusual intellectual underpinning of his campaign and his strategy:

“Let’s talk about how you win an election generally,” Cruz began. “You know, what is maddening about politics is there is this group of consultants who keep running national campaigns. They keep losing. And then they keep coming back to Republicans saying, Support us while we go make the exact same mistakes all over again. …

“If you compare 2004, the last race Republicans won, to ’08 and ’12, by far the biggest difference are the millions of conservatives who showed up in ’04, who stayed home in ’08, and stayed home in even bigger numbers in 2012. So how do you win? How do you win? I think the key question is: How do we bring back those millions of conservatives?

“Now, here’s what I called the Washington fallacy, which is what the consultants believe. They look at voters on a spectrum from right to left. And their view is if your opponent is here [he holds one hand up], you want to be infinitesimally to the right [he squeezes his other hand next to the first]. So you capture every marginal voter up until where they are. Now, I understand that theory in the abstract. It’s not a crazy theory in the abstract. The problem is we keep trying. And we keep losing. Because every time you do that, millions and millions of people over here [moves his Republican hand to the right] say, To heck with this thing.

“The way you win is you draw a line in the sand. You make a clear meaningful distinction why this election matters to you, and two things happen. Number one, you turn out millions of [conservative] voters. But number two, and this goes right to your question, it’s also how you earn crossover votes.

“You think about it, in the last 50 years, there’s one Republican who has a group of Democrats named after him: Reagan Democrats. If the Washington theory were right, you’d have Gerald Ford Democrats [crowd laughs] or Bob Dole Democrats [crowd laughs louder]. They don’t exist.

“You think about 1980—and understand why. In 1980, Ronald Reagan didn’t say, I’m exactly like Jimmy Carter, except imperceptibly to the right. Reagan drew a line in the sand. He said, There is a fundamental difference between me and Jimmy Carter. …

“Let’s say you’re a Michigan auto worker. You’ve been a Democrat your whole life, your parents were Democrats your whole life, if you go in to vote, and the two candidates are neck-and-neck, they’re indistinguishable, what are you going to do? You vote Democrat. That’s your team, that’s your side. Why would you switch?

“But what happened in 1980 was there was a sharp difference between the two, and millions of FDR Democrats—blue-collar, union members, working-class, gun owners, pro-life, strong national defense—millions of them said, Hey, those are my values. And even though for generations their families had been Democrats, they crossed over.

“So I’ll tell you the answer and look, when you talk about Massachusetts, you’ve got a lot of working-class men and women, a lot Irish and Italian—and I’m half Irish and Italian—working men and women. This election in 2016 needs to be a populist campaign on behalf of hard-working men and women of this country against the corruption of Washington.”

National Journal is naturally leery of this, but it does underline my own thesis:  In the new political world, there is a deep hunger to see a face-off between left and right, rather than the phony and failed bipartisanship of the Ruling Class Monolithic State.

Cruz understands that the more clear-cut he can make the choice – between himself and his GOP opponents, and then between himself and his Dem opponent, the better he is likely to do.

People are choosing up sides because the want to choose up sides.  Cruz intends to give them a side to choose.  And that’s why I support him, too.

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It’s the Rolex Of Laptops! Uh, So…?
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HP Spectre x360 Review – Thurrott.com

HP’s stunning new Spectre x360 is a near-perfect transforming Ultrabook, blending premium materials and solid build quality with a far more thoughtful approach to the software preload than we typically see with Windows PCs. Yes, it’s a bit thicker and heavier than less versatile PCs, but Spectre also manages to cost less than other premium PCs, making it a particularly good value.

I’ve never understood the geek fascination with jewel-like Rolex build quality in machines that will be mostly obsolete in a couple of years.  You buy a Rolex and wear it for the rest of your life, then hand it on to your kid.  It had better be well built.

You’re not going to do that with your computers.  If anything, in two or three years, you’re going to hand it on to the nearest trash can.

This is not to say that I think shoddy build quality is desirable.  I do enjoy the massive machine quality of my Surface Pro 3.  But I also find the plasticky case of my Sony Vaio Pro equally acceptable for daily use, and that’s all I want.

I don’t buy computers because I’m looking for eventual heirlooms.  I buy them to perform well at what I need them to do, and to then depart my life with no pangs on my part when something better comes along.

The Old War Becomes the New War
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In a comment about a report of what confusingly appears to be support for attacks on Hillary Clinton coming from Democrat Party mainstays like WaPo and NYT, I posted the following:

Most don’t seem to have a clue about what is really going on here.

The beliefs at the heart of the GOP are free market, individual liberty conservatism. Those at the heart of the Democrats are statist, collectivist Marxism.

Both philosophies are currently making strong plays to permanently take over their respective parties and their political and financial apparats. Both are backed and, to some extent, controlled by massively rich entities.

Politicians like Jeb Bush and Billary Clinton have much more in common with each other than they do with the emerging powers in their own parties. And each is regarded as an enemy by those emerging powers.

These attacks on Billary are coming from the emerging Marxist majority among Democrats, just as equally debilitating assaults on Jeb will be launched by the emerging conservative majority in the GOP.

Just as with angry and frustrated conservatives, similar leftists would rather nominate and lose with somebody they actually support and wish to vote for, somebody who holds their own principles, than win with another crash test dummy who hates them, just because they happen to share a meaningless party label.

It’s going to be an interesting election.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a Cruz versus Warren election. That’s what the bases of both parties would really like to see.

I’ve given it a bit more thought, and a certain framework is becoming visible to me.  Over the past fifty years or so, as the dominant Boomers first rose, then more or less took over the culture, they managed to morph both parties into an agreement about the basic desirability of big government solutions to a host of problems and issue.

This resulted in two parties whose leaderships essentially represented an identical demographic, and as a result, those party members who didn’t reflect this agreement in principle were gradually frozen out.  But that doesn’t mean that the issues over which those members selected either the GOP or the Dems went away.  It’s just that the “bipartisan center” marginalized them.

This center then attempted to cement their power and control my mandating that the highest political value should not be the basic disagreements which animated their parties for a century, but instead should be party cooperation to work together and accomplish the goals they deemed proper.  In effect, bipartisanship is a celebration of a monolithic state “getting things done.”  It doesn’t matter what those things might be, just that the state is monolithic and those who oppose it are pushed to the sidelines.

This worked while the Boomers were the massive cultural, political, and economic force they became.  But the Boomers are fading now, and the old walls are fading with them.  And those sorts of people who originally set up two political parties because they held very different views on major issues are coming to the fore again.

Jeb Bush and Billary represent the stumbling last gasp of the Boomer “bipartisan state” model.  Barack Obama represented the first push of the new generations of cultural and political warriors now emerging.

Billary has far more in common with the Bushes than they do with Barack Obama.  But Obama is a much more pure representation of the animating leftist, statist, Marxist principles that animated the Democrats than they are.

Just as leaders like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are much more representative of the small government, strong defense, individual liberty, capitalist free marked beliefs that animated the GOP.

There are, of course, many other forces at work as well.  Generational cycles, economic cycles both medium and long term, and the ever-growing pressure of new, destabilizing technologies.  Change is afoot, and in the political arena, old warriors are separating themselves into cohesive but opposing forces, the better to wage war over the issues that have always concerned them.  Right versus left is about to actually mean something again.

In short, both the GOP and the Dems are remaking themselves in much older images.  Between them, they will grind the Bushes and the Billarys to dust.

Do You Think He’ll Masturbate Under His Desk When the Tingle Hits His Thigh?
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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to Interview Obama Tuesday | Mediaite

MSNBC announced Sunday morning that Hardball host Chris Matthews would interview President Barack Obama Tuesday, focusing on “free trade and news of the day,” per the company’s statement.

Matthews last interviewed Obama in December of 2013, for which he was criticized by Fox hosts for appearing like a “fanboy.” (Mathews returned the compliment last month.)

The only thing I can’t figure out is how Chris is going to ask questions with his mouth full of…Obama.

But Hey: TRUST MARCO RUBIO
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Marco Rubio Says He Believes Obama’s Amnesty ‘Is Important’ | The Daily Caller

Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio offered a measure of support for President Obama’s first executive amnesty program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, during a recent interview he conducted in Spanish this week with Univision’s Jorge Ramos.

Rubio’s comments mark a reversal of sorts from criticism he offered of DACA last year, and they also put him at odds with the conservative Republican base, which he will need in his corner if he hopes to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

“But DACA, I think it’s important not to cancel it from one moment to the next because you already have people benefiting from it.” Rubio told Ramos in the interview, which was posted online and translated by Grabien.

Rubio did say that he believes DACA, which Obama announced in 2012 and granted amnesty to so-called DREAMers, should end, but only after immigration reform is passed.

We need to be sure that every Spanish-language interview, speech, or other message he delivers gets translated and publicized.

Because I don’t trust the lying, treacherous sucker worth a damn.

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According to Mark Rippetoe, real men weigh at least 200 pounds. Could be….  At any rate, tough clothes here for big, tough men.

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Jazz Shaw: Do You Want to Live to Be a 1000? Me: Not If I Have to Listen to Jazz Shaw The Whole Time
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So if you could choose to live to be 1,000… would you? « Hot Air

If you read through the article, the doctor is talking about a process where you would live to the age of roughly sixty, then have yourself “rejuvenated” so that you’d be younger and more vigorous until you were 90. By then they would have refined the process so you could again be rejuvenated to be fairly youthful and vibrant until 120 or 150. And so on and so on and so on. You could wind up lasting for ten centuries or more. It’s all very reminiscent of Methuselah’s Children and Time Enough for Love by Heinlein. There was no need for cloning or time travel… they simply kept on going to a spa every lifetime or so and stretching out their lives until they became tired of living.

But would you really want to do it? I don’t know if any of us really want to die, but how long could you keep going? Wouldn’t it all become too tedious and pointless after a while?

Who knows, Jizz?  I don’t, and you sure as hell don’t, either.  How about we give it a try for seven or eight hundred years.  By then, we won’t be spouting answers out of our ass.

As half the commenters on your post are doing right now.

Are You Really Black? Or Is This Affirmative Action?
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Don Surber: Mark Dean: “There may be obstacles, but there are no limits.”

He was a smart young man and hard worker, so much so that a white friend in sixth grade once asked him if he were really black.

“That was the problem — the assumption about what blacks could do was tilted,” Dean said years later, after he earned his doctorate.

I’m sure the Affirmative Action programs rampant at the time had nothing to do with tilting those assumptions.

Even Better
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Overnight Open Thread (4-19-2015)

Clowns brawled with animal rights protesters under a circus big top in San Bernardino Friday night, witnesses say.

And I’d pay some good money just to see this part alone.

I’d pay even better money to see the PETA creeps eaten by lions.

Rubio: Scamnesty, Si!
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Marco Rubio Says He Believes Obama’s Amnesty ‘Is Important’ | The Daily Caller

“Well, at some point it is going to have to end, that is to say, it can’t continue being the permanent policy of the United States,” said Rubio, who conducted two interviews with Ramos: one in Spanish and the other in English. Ramos did not ask Rubio about DACA or immigration for the English-language discussion.

“I believe, if I become President, it is going to be possible to achieve immigration reform,” Rubio told Ramos in Spanish.

That rationale is similar to what Obama has used to defend his implementation of DACA and his more recent executive amnesty program, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. Obama has repeatedly said that he acted unilaterally because Congress failed “to put a bill on my desk.”

Critics of Obama’s two amnesty pushes argue that his actions were illegal and unconstitutional.

Rubio has different speeches, depending on whether he’s talking to a Latino or non-Latino audience.  Guess which one tells what he really believes?

 

Anti-White Bigotry Against School Kids In South Bend, Indiana
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White Students Excluded From College Trips | The Daily Caller

Public school officials in South Bend, Ind. are segregating elementary schools students by race and ferrying black students — and only black students — on visits to local colleges.

The students facing racial segregation in America in the year 2015 are third graders at seven elementary schools, reports local ABC affiliate WBND.

School district officials say they do not intend for the taxpayer-funded reenactment of Jim Crow-era race segregation to be discriminatory. Instead, they say, the intent is to inform black students about college because low numbers of black students attend college.

“I want these third graders to have the opportunity to think of themselves as college students,” G. David Moss, director of African-American student and parent services, told WBND.

South Bend has always been kind of weird.  I think it’s the presence of Notre Dame that is the primary cause.

What A Mystery
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‘American Pie’ and the History of Mysterious Rock Lyrics – WSJ

Earlier this month, one of the greatest mysteries in rock ’n’ roll was finally solved. The unnamed “king” and “jester on the sidelines” in Don McLean’s iconic 1971 song “American Pie” were revealed to be Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan, respectively.

Duh.

Rubio: Chasing the Unicorn
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Rubio’s Univision problem | WashingtonExaminer.com

This alleged “feud” between the senator and Univision, which dates back to Rubio’s first days as a member of Congress, has not gone unnoticed by politicos. Many question whether the network’s apparent anti-Rubio position will kneecap his attempts to court one of the fastest-growing voting blocs in the country.

Bloomberg News this week described the relationship between the Cuban-American senator and the network as a “tumultuous.”

The American Thinker said, “Extreme bias against Senator Marco Rubio by members of the news division of Univision could torpedo [the Republican lawmaker’s] national political ambitions.”

The Gentry GOP’s notion that their party can somehow “woo” Latinos has always been the worst sort of suicidal self-delusion.

If they have to chase votes on the basis of race, they should really be going after white turnout.  That way, they actually have a chance at achieving victory.

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Here are several links that feature the equivalent of the Amazon Digital Dime Store (for you geezers old enough to remember what a dime store was….).

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Ted Cruz: Best of GOP on Scamnesty
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Blog: Which Republican presidential candidates support amnesty?

Which Republican presidential candidates support amnesty?  I have analyzed all the major Republican presidential candidates (except Ben Carson and Rick Santorum, who are long shots, and Donald Trump, who has undocumented hair).  I have found that all the major presidential candidates support amnesty for illegal aliens, except for one.  Can you guess which one?

Ted Cruz: Ted Cruz is the only major candidate who has never supported or endorsed amnesty.

  • End Obama’s illegal amnesty via Congress’ checks & balances. (Nov 2014)
  • Defund amnesty, and refuse any nominees until rescinded. (Nov 2014)
  • No path to citizenship for 1.65 million illegals in Texas. (Oct 2012)
  • Give police more power to ask about immigration status. (Jun 2012)
  • Boots on the ground, plus a wall. (Apr 2012)
  • Triple the size of the Border Patrol. (Mar 2012)
  • Strengthen border security and increase enforcement. (Jul 2011)

He’s resolute, he’s firm, he’s good on most of the other issues, and he has Spanishy good looks.  What more could you want?

He’ll do for me.

Scandal Is Billary’s Middle Name. And First. And Last.
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Rand Paul Keeps Saying that a Secret Scandal Will Wreck Hillary Clinton “Soon” – Bloomberg Politics

“You ever hear ‘em ask Hillary Clinton, this money she’s getting, whether it influences her decisions?” said Paul, referring to media questions about donors to the Clinton family’s charitable organizations. “There’s going to be stuff coming out about the Clinton Foundation and their donations from different companies that get special approval from the Secretary of State. Coming out in the next couple of weeks.”

I doubt it will “wreck” her.  Taking bribes from various backers has been the Clinton MO for decades now, and the only thing that’s happened to them is they’ve all gotten filthy rich.

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Ketosis As a Way of Life
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The Distant Past: A Setting for Science Fiction by Michael Z. Williamson – Baen Books

However, it’s obvious from the evidence that vegetarianism is just a modern ideal. No matter how many believers bleat about it being “natural,” it not only wasn’t natural then, it was a complete myth. There just aren’t plants in the temperate or boreal latitudes that you can gather for enough protein, fat and calories to stay alive. Even if you could, you won’t find them in December. This is a world nothing like our own. No domesticated grains, no herded animals. Even modern “wild” berries are usually contaminated, and sweeter, because of cross-pollination with domestic breeds. I’ve had vegetarians insist we were mostly vegetarian at the time, but they’re unable to name the plant species we allegedly derived our calories from, especially fat. I’ll save you time: There are almost none. Gathering non-fruit comestibles is a net calorie loss and a waste of time.

Most of the Paleo diet people won’t be happy either. There was a lot of meat, but most of it was stringy and lean. Humans need fat for brain development and to maintain the skin, among other organs. When you can’t get gorged, winter-ready animals with a layer of fat to eat, you wind up eating brains, livers and kidneys. They also provide salt, minerals and flavor. Hunter gatherers cherish the organ meats for nutrition. You’ll want a lot of fatty fish, too.

After a week of this diet, I was ready to kill someone for some french fries or a peanut butter sandwich.

Neither of which existed back then, so the stringy meat-eaters of the time wouldn’t have pined for them.

What’s actually quite likely is that for much of the year hunter gatherers were unable to obtain enough carbohydrates to keep their bodies out of ketosis, which would have then been their “normal” mode of metabolism for them.

So…a lifestyle on a more or less permanent Atkins diet is really the way we were evolved to live?

Send In John Kerry
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Iranian ship convoy moves toward Yemen, alarming US officials | TheHill

U.S. military officials are concerned that Iran’s support for Houthi rebels in Yemen could spark a confrontation with Saudi Arabia and plunge the region into sectarian war. 

Iran is sending an armada of seven to nine ships — some with weapons — toward Yemen in a potential attempt to resupply the Shia Houthi rebels, according to two U.S. defense officials. 

Officials fear the move could lead to a showdown with the U.S. or other members of a Saudi-led coalition, which is enforcing a naval blockade of Yemen and is conducting its fourth week of airstrikes against the Houthis. 

Iran sent a destroyer and another vessel to waters near Yemen last week but said it was part of a routine counter-piracy mission. 

What’s unusual about the new deployment, which set out this week, is that the Iranians are not trying to conceal it, officials said. Instead, they appear to be trying to “communicate it” to the U.S. and its allies in the Gulf. 

Let’s give Iran nukes right away.  Maybe that will help.

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Mason principal cancels Muslim event, apologizes

Scroll through the article to read the emails sent by Mason City School officials to parents regarding the “Covered Girl Challenge” event organized by Mason High School’s Muslim Student Association. The event has been canceled. At the bottom of this story, vote in our poll to tell us if you agree with the school’s decision.

MASON It was pitched as an event that would “celebrate diversity” – students would wear a headscarf for a day to get a taste of Islamic culture.

It backfired.

Mason High School canceled “A Covered Girl Challenge,” and principal Mindy McCarty-Stewart sent an apology Thursday to district families.

The event was meant to combat stereotypes students may face when wearing head coverings, McCarty-Stewart wrote, but “as the event spread beyond our school community, however, we received many strong messages that made me reconsider the event’s ability to meet its objectives.

“I now realize that as adults we should have given our students better guidance. After much consideration and after talking with the student event organizers, we have canceled the event.”

Educrats live in a bubble where it never occurs to them that there might be some problems with a travesty like this.  That’s why we constantly keep on seeing stories like this one.

It doesn’t help that statist dogma does everything it can to convince them that their students aren’t their students, but their slaves.

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The Corker Bill Isnt a Victory — Its a Constitutional Perversion

A nuclear Iran would be a threat that is similarly transformative. To know that, we need only listen to the White House tut-tutting about how “unrealistic” it would be to expect the mullahs to renounce their support for terrorism in exchange for sanctions relief. In Washington, you see, insisting that Iran act like a normal country is nutter stuff, but trusting Iran to enrich uranium only for peaceful purposes is totally logical.

This would seem illogical only if you weren’t actually acting as an enemy of your own country, as the people proposing this notion are doing.

A Pretty Good Summary Of George W. Bush’s Botched Iraq Fiasco
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America’s 5 Worst Wartime Presidents | The National Interest

George W. Bush and Iraq:

Bush encountered just about every trap in the path of presidents who take their country to war. First, he embraced a preventive-war doctrine, which heightened all the other dangers since such a war is more difficult to justify in philosophical terms. Dwight Eisenhower summarily rejected the concept of preventive war and said he would kick out of his office anybody who suggested such a thing.

Next, Bush crafted a war rationale—Saddam Hussein’s supposed weapons of mass destruction and ties to terrorist groups—that didn’t hold up once it became possible to test the thesis. This gave war critics at home stores of rhetorical ammunition with which to attack his policies. Additionally, like Wilson, he offered a picture of what his war would accomplish that also proved wispy and chimerical. He sold the war as an initiative to establish a democratic beachhead in the heartland of Islam, thus paving the way for an era of progress and stability in the region. With the possible exception of Woodrow Wilson, no president ever encased his war effort in a cocoon of idealism as frivolous as that.

Eventually, he did manage to bring about a modicum of stability with the so-called Surge, but that consisted in negotiating accommodations with Sunni forces far more than in any serious military success. In the end, he simply announced a timetable for withdrawal with the hope that things would remain relatively stable in the land he had totally upended. Of course, they didn’t. More than that, his destabilization of Iraq proved contagious in the region, and Bush’s war contributed to the rise of passions and conflicts that have unleashed further sectarian turmoil and fostered the rise of the kind of Islamist radicalism that was the true U.S. enemy after 9/11. Like Wilson and Johnson, Bush’s failure devastated his party in subsequent elections as the American people expressed their anger at his folly.

But…but…but…  It’s all Obama’s fault.  GOP Bushbots told me so!

Twice As Hard
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Flag fracas at Valdosta State – Valdosta Daily Times: Local News

VALDOSTA — A military veteran was detained but not charged by Valdosta State University police after she approached a group of protesters on campus who were walking on an American flag and took it from them.

Michelle Manhart, an Air Force veteran, said she was not planning to take the flag from the group, but she had heard about the group’s recent campus demonstrations and wanted to take action.

“I did not want anything like this, but I got a call from a student who told me that the flag was on the ground, and they were walking on it,” said Manhart. “I was just going over there to pick up the flag off the ground. I don’t know what their cause is, but I went to pick it up because it doesn’t deserve to be on the ground.”

Manhart said she was taken into custody by VSU police officers who then returned the flag to the demonstrators. She admitted to The Valdosta Daily Times that she resisted arrest after seeing the flag being returned.

The group reportedly declined to press charges against Manhart. The officers attempting to detain her also declined to press charges for resisting.

The protesters are within their First Amendment rights.  Apparently the “fighting words” exception doesn’t apply to them.  I think I’d be too, if I published their photos, names, addresses, telephone numbers, emails, and so on on the Internet.  After all, public actions deserve public responses, right?

 

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The Promise at Technology’s Powerful Heart – WSJ

As Moore’s Law turns 50, the revolution in computing it foretold is on the cusp of even more-radical progress.

Yep.

The Internet – The Next 25 Years

In other words, a computer now is around 130 000 times more powerful than in
1988.

We call this an exponential function.

We call this the looming Singularity.  Most people really aren’t capable of grasping the sort of changes that are in store for us.  If you told them in 1990 what the next 25 years would be like, they wouldn’t have believed that, either.

What almost everybody misses is that this graph isn’t just about computers or processing power.  Every area of real science is now inextricably entwined and enabled by available processing power.  That graph describes medicine, biotech, physics, cosmology, life extension, and just about any other field of intellectual endeavor you can think of.

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As Moore’s Law turns 50, the revolution in computing it foretold is on the cusp of even more-radical progress.

We Are So Boned
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Critics: NLRB May Gut ‘Right to Work’ Laws | Washington Free Beacon

The federal government’s top labor arbiter may use its regulatory power to force non-union employees in right to work states pay union dues.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) put out a call for legal briefs on Wednesday asking labor law scholars to weigh in on whether unions should have the ability to extract dues payments from non-members. The announcement drew immediate criticism from right to work activists.

It’s just naked tyranny now.

What do you thing the GOP will do about this?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA!

Bend over, suckers.

It’s Probably Nothing. Go Back To Sleep.
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Hazardous Radioactive Materials Stolen in Mexico | Washington Free Beacon

The U.S. government is offering to help Mexican authorities locate and recover hazardous radioactive materials that were stolen on Monday from a southern municipality in Mexico, a State Department official confirmed on Friday.

Mexican thieves are reported to have stolen extremely hazardous iridium-192 from a municipality in southern Mexico, leading the country’s government to issue several alerts and warnings to citizens about the theft.

The radioactive material poses a health hazard and could poison anyone exposed to the substance.

Mexican authorities quickly contacted the United States following the theft, a State Department official told the Washington Free Beacon on Friday.

Well, good thing there aren’t any possible Muslim terrorists south of the border who might be involved in something like this.

Oh, wait

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U.S. Central Command: Islamic State’s capabilities dwindling | WashingtonExaminer.com

The Islamic State’s attacks to take the Iraqi town of Ramadi and the oil refinery at Beiji were likely surges to coincide with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s trip to the United States and don’t reflect the Islamic State’s dwindling capability, U.S. Central Command said Friday.

The near continuous airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since Operation Inherent Resolve began last year has made it nearly impossible for the Islamic State to reconstitute itself with the same type of fighting force it had last summer, and its capabilities should further dwindle in the coming months, Centcom said.

Sure.

Pull the other one.