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  1. I know not what point others may make, but as for...

    I know not what point others may make, but as for me, I'll take yours.

    A kitten is different than a cat, clearly so at the extremes; but exactly when one becomes the other is indefinite.


    No...
  2. Exactly so. I feel the AL-type laws are...

    Exactly so.

    I feel the AL-type laws are reactions to the NY-type laws, and/or NY-type laws are reactions to AL-type laws. In truth both camps were likely working on this well before headlines...
  3. No. Not that I'm denying some high school...

    No. Not that I'm denying some high school students would be capable, but not enough to warrant such a plan. Adolescents have enough problems without imagining they are armed security guards for their...
  4. The evil Koch Brothers were Before Trump. Now...

    The evil Koch Brothers were Before Trump. Now everything bad is Trump.

    He kills children:


    http://youtu.be/qfPuTeY7jqc

    (She also blames Trump for causing the Democrats to chase after...
  5. I wonder how the politics will shake out. I don't...

    I wonder how the politics will shake out. I don't expect gay men to volunteer for extinction.

    The first response from the all-abortion front would likely be to call for "education," like "common...
  6. So it's just, "WE will control the language, not...

    So it's just, "WE will control the language, not THEM."

    And of course it's not just "pro-abortion," but "pro-abortion rights," that NPR is objecting to, but which is certainly true of progressive...
  7. I believe male homosexuality is genetic. I agree...

    I believe male homosexuality is genetic. I agree with Mayor Pete that if I had a problem with it, I'd in fact be having a problem with God.

    But if we discover how to detect a fetus that will be...
  8. Chinese leadership, in a photo at Drudge. ...

    Chinese leadership, in a photo at Drudge.


    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7QuK54U8AA6WKF.png

    You can forgive the lack of diversity in their ranks, for two reasons. First, they're leftists, and...
  9. Presuming this is directed at me, I call your...

    Presuming this is directed at me, I call your attention to section dividers, here questions in boldface, as well as the summary statement at the end, also in bold.
  10. Let's talk. The language is often tortured and...

    Let's talk.

    The language is often tortured and long-winded (the latter once anathema to news types), in NPR's avowed effort at dispassionate impartiality. It's hard because neutrality is hard to...
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    Another climate change switchback

    Pointed out in Powerline by John Hinderaker:
    Hinderaker cites instances around 2013 when global warming was drying up the Great Lakes. (The National Geographic link is defunct.) Here's the Nat'l...
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    Maybe we need some Victim Impact Statements here....

    Maybe we need some Victim Impact Statements here. ;)
  13. I was shocked to hear that one again this...

    I was shocked to hear that one again this week-end, from a "reasonable" liberal, and old friend and wonderful person. As she put it, without abortion we'd have a flood of poor people, or words close...
  14. I've never had a woman share with me that her own...

    I've never had a woman share with me that her own abortion was a lasting source of such regret, not that I as a guy would be a likely confessor. But in the whoops and applause as accompanied the...
  15. Mostly that, I think, plus the concerted effort...

    Mostly that, I think, plus the concerted effort for a long time now to remove any stigma from "unwed motherhood." When was the last time you heard a woman called an unwed mother?

    Apparently the...
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    Evidence. ...

    Evidence.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y8Sx4B2Sk
  17. I heard a radio discussion of this today, the...

    I heard a radio discussion of this today, the take away from which was that the number of babies carried to term and then given up for adoption is becoming negligible.
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    Michael Avenatti charged with stealing almost...

    Michael Avenatti charged with stealing almost $300K from Stormy Daniels
    Maybe I'll see a survey of how much coverage this gets by the media outlets featured in the tweet.
  19. NY firefighters will be so proud of him, when he...

    NY firefighters will be so proud of him, when he takes a break from his afternoon campaign schedule and says he has their back. He’s against bad stuff.

    🤣😂🤣😂
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    We DO track kids, from “bluebirds” and “robins”...

    We DO track kids, from “bluebirds” and “robins” reading groups to honors, AP or IB classes in High school.

    But it’s often well masked, because of disparate impact problems, called Racism, of...
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    I'm not sure that's at all true. "How's that...

    I'm not sure that's at all true.

    "How's that working for you," you might ask. Like lottery winners, the darlings of these activist groups seldom benefit in the long run. What's required is...
  22. This will give the pro-impeachment Democrats the...

    This will give the pro-impeachment Democrats the word "bipartisan" to support their cause, and make it a bit harder for anti-impeachment Dems like Pelosi to resist. I see in the Senate even Mitt...
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    Well, there certainly has been a rise in...

    Well, there certainly has been a rise in left-wing frauds and hoaxes.

    I should archive them in a "Jussie" folder. :rolleyes:
  24. Michigan GOP congressman says Trump’s conduct impeachable

    That would be Justin Amash, in this Politico report:
    As veteran broadcaster Warner Wolf might say, were he not preoccupied, "Let's go to the tweets!"

    1129831615952236546

    Amash writes,...
  25. Thread: Funnies

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    My lifetime arrangement with my wife was, "I know...

    My lifetime arrangement with my wife was, "I know everything; she's always right." :)
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    I don't get a link from your post. I assume you...

    I don't get a link from your post. I assume you meant this one:

    Facebook Suspends Candace Owens For Saying Liberal Policies Incentivize Fatherless Homes

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    When you consider that the...
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    I deeply distrust this move. But I'd add a...

    I deeply distrust this move. But I'd add a different argument than the "fairness" debate.

    The SA stands for Scholastic Aptitude. The test isn't an IQ test, or a predictor of professional success....
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    Fixed. :bolt:

    Fixed.

    :bolt:
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    I like the way the pro-Trump/anti-DeBlasio...

    I like the way the pro-Trump/anti-DeBlasio posters are printed to look like hand-written signs. More or less oversize xeroxes, but one tiny step more sophisticated than the usual mass printed posters...
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    Stupid, spoiled and self-righteous. That's all.

    Stupid, spoiled and self-righteous. That's all.
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    "Worst Mayor Ever"

    De Blasio to announce 2020 bid on ‘Good Morning America’

    Fresh off his most recent grandstanding appearance inside Trump Tower:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMSP3N0aCiA

    It's an...
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    This isn't the UNC coed who flailed away in an...

    This isn't the UNC coed who flailed away in an earlier video, and was arrested, too:



    http://youtu.be/6PF0IksDNLc
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    I like the Dukakis reference. It sounds about...

    I like the Dukakis reference. It sounds about right.

    But Beto isn't the only one cratering. Maybe later there should be a thread of turning points, Waterloos, or something.

    For Elizabeth...
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    I thought I saw that she said business was much...

    I thought I saw that she said business was much improved by virtue of the publicity, that it had been a boon to her restaurant
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    They learn from the lack of consequences, such as...

    They learn from the lack of consequences, such as Jussie Smollett, or such as the Portland ruffians.

    I've been following the Oberlin trial, in which a persecuted business, a bakery, is suing the...
  36. I also supported NAFTA and zero tariffs...

    I also supported NAFTA and zero tariffs generally.

    There's a middle ground, and different situations call for different tools.

    Buchanan's not in the middle on many things. ;)
  37. Posted by BJ: It wasn't the point of my posting...

    Posted by BJ:
    It wasn't the point of my posting that column, but you're right the wording is wrong. It likely should be:


    Retaliatory Chinese tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods are hurting...
  38. Well, China is imposing retaliatory tariffs which...

    Well, China is imposing retaliatory tariffs which will be, literally, accounts filled with their currency.

    But that's relatively trivial.

    If we are going to change our trade habits with the...
  39. Norm and BJ are selective literalists. They...

    Norm and BJ are selective literalists. They reject metaphors like "paying the price" because the Chinese aren't literally writing a check for the tax.

    I don't know where they get this crap. Maybe...
  40. Here's an example of consumers not absorbing a...

    Here's an example of consumers not absorbing a new tax:

    Philadelphia soda sales plunge after taxing sugary drinks

    Turns out consumers are fairly nimble. The Chinese are looking at the same sort...
  41. OK. The part above is somewhat true, and Norm's...

    OK. The part above is somewhat true, and Norm's statement you were riffing on is completely true:

    Tariffs are merely a tax. China can "absorb" tariffs by subsidizing exports, as I mentioned.
    ...
  42. Get back under your bridge, Norm.

    You are incredibly dense.[/QUOTE]
    It's time they stopped, but we don't need them to fold.[/QUOTE]

    Get back under your bridge, Norm.
  43. Another alternative: We impose a 50% tariff on...

    Another alternative: We impose a 50% tariff on Chinese goods. China may choose to subsidize their producers such that their cost to us would be 50% less, and so would appear unchanged even with the...
  44. Oh for chrissakes. Did you get an economics...

    Oh for chrissakes. Did you get an economics degree from Boston University or something?

    Tariffs hurt the exporter and protect (subsidize) local producers.

    Tariffs are imposed and raise the...
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    Another fader is heroine, I think. I remember...

    Another fader is heroine, I think.

    I remember one night a school function intended to celebrate student achievers had a program emblazoned with the title, Hero and Heroin Night.

    :blush:
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    In fact that one (actress) seems to be fading,...

    In fact that one (actress) seems to be fading, too.

    Some old words are trickier. I don't know a "male" equivalent for seamstress, for example. Seamster?


    Before the operation?
    ;)

    I know...
  47. I agree, but insisting on the first part, it's...

    I agree, but insisting on the first part, it's time they stopped, is meeting resistance, and making a number of US media people anxious to rain defeatist criticisms on our case. (OK, it's really just...
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    PC mindful writing, 2019

    Politically Correct syntax has been around a long time now, and it remains controversial, at least at the edges. I'm curious about some of older changes, what has stuck, what is still evolving, for...
  49. It's embarrassing to see the excuses people make...

    It's embarrassing to see the excuses people make to skimp on tipping. And I really HATE having a chintzy companion pay the bill and leave an inadequate tip. I blamed age for the bad habits of certain...
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    "Click and share if you're old enough to know...

    "Click and share if you're old enough to know what the hell Scott is talking about."

    :laugh:
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    Maybe. I think it's fizzling at the fringes. ...

    Maybe. I think it's fizzling at the fringes.

    Its grip, such as it is, comes from its positive roots. There's nothing wrong with being more sensitive to language, and to inadvertent slights and...
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    Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat and red...

    Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat and red state winner, announces presidential run


    In the old days* such a person would be a "favorite son" candidate, whose main job was to negotiate on...
  53. I pretty much skipped to the end, but that I...

    I pretty much skipped to the end, but that I agree with.

    Schools are very much stomping on assertive individuality, turning thumbs down on such values as individual achievement, initiative, hard...
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    I think the PC left is largely a victim of its...

    I think the PC left is largely a victim of its own success.

    People have often observed the increasing velocity of medical advances or technology developments. It makes it hard for professionals...
  55. :laugh: The advice stands, and will.

    :laugh:

    The advice stands, and will.
  56. We had a good example of that on the baseball...

    We had a good example of that on the baseball diamond when Scalise was shot. The two officers charged the shooter across an open field, according to training (I learned on this forum) and acting with...
  57. And probably the sooner we put our foot down the...

    And probably the sooner we put our foot down the better. We have the decided advantage, unless you factor in our pusillanimous press (as opposed to their no press) and our tendency to panic at every...
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    I merely refer to your reference to consent:

    I merely refer to your reference to consent:
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    I don't think a despot much cares how he holds on...

    I don't think a despot much cares how he holds on to power. And besides, for all the terror he inflicts, he'll always be surrounded by a claque of desperately enthusiastic supporters, all of whom...
  60. Thread: Tweets

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    1127657406761189376 :laugh: Ms Warren should...

    1127657406761189376

    :laugh: Ms Warren should get her a beer.

    She'll need one.
  61. To an extent, yes. Child abuse was first...

    To an extent, yes.

    Child abuse was first prosecuted in the US by applying animal abuse statutes, if I recall correctly. You no doubt know that story better than I.

    But things do change. Lord...
  62. I don't think that source is reliable, Mark. ...

    I don't think that source is reliable, Mark.

    They suggest that 40 million people per year are forced into human trafficking, mostly underage children, and over 90 percent are U.S. citizens...
  63. The advice I remember is, If you're planning to...

    The advice I remember is, If you're planning to depend on condoms, you're planning to start a family.

    That's where "the aggregate" matters, while "your results may vary."
  64. :table: I have to say, though, just now...

    :table:

    I have to say, though, just now reading things about "Brexit," that this Breitbart piece uses its eliminationist headline aptly:

    Delingpole: Viva Brexit! Nigel Farage Totally Destroys...
  65. :lmao: Does she really have a boyfriend? or...

    :lmao:

    Does she really have a boyfriend? or parents? friends or anything?

    I suspect she has several pets, cats maybe, and a therapist.
  66. Yeah, I get tired of the "eliminationist"...

    Yeah, I get tired of the "eliminationist" hyperbole. It's not just Shapiro. No one says "pwnd" anymore, or whatever that was, so all these dramatic words are dragged in and puffed up with all caps,...
  67. It's unstable. And actually that's an...

    It's unstable.

    And actually that's an important aspect of it going in, although it's expressed as, "no strings attached."

    There are a very few exceptions that make for interesting anecdotes,...
  68. I think the driving force behind what you...

    I think the driving force behind what you describe is the demand that women, like men (as the fantasy goes) are entitled to "free love," unencumbered by guilt or consequences.

    "Free love" is a...
  69. Thread: Joe Biden

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    Joe Biden

    Joe has been crushing the Democrats competing for the nomination since he finally jumped into the race:

    Biden takes 32-point lead over Sanders in new 2020 poll

    He seems to have shucked off...
  70. More details exposed in the last few days, from...

    More details exposed in the last few days, from which I infer some on the inside are getting mighty frustrated.

    Leaked Documents: NRA Racked Up $24 Million in Legal Bills
    Daily Beast.

    Stephen...
  71. To agree to a lie? To be Winston counting fingers...

    To agree to a lie? To be Winston counting fingers in 1984?

    The left has promulgated a number of lies, such as "Hands up! Don't shoot!"

    They are way past their expiration date.

    I think an...
  72. "Otherwise, we're going to have to dress all our...

    "Otherwise, we're going to have to dress all our kids in Kevlar vests."

    I think that qualifies as a reductio ad absurdum argument, if it isn't simply a lame joke. Its humor has been sapped away...
  73. If it requires legislation we may as well chat...

    If it requires legislation we may as well chat about radioactive spiders and superpowers between now and November 2020.

    I had a different idea, but its essence is the same: Hey! What you charge...
  74. Thread: Trump v China

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    Trump v China

    The "collapse" of trade talks between China and the U.S., and the imposition of significant tariffs on Chinese goods, sparked considerable anxieties in the markets this past week. I'm confident that...
  75. I'd also be curious about what experiences molded...

    I'd also be curious about what experiences molded him into the sort of person he became.
  76. For much the same reason Climate change is a...

    For much the same reason Climate change is a racist crisis, mass shootings are, too.

    A cheap, illegal handgun on the street goes for a little as $50, maybe $200 to $300 on average, per an ABC...
  77. In the 1960s I didn't know noting about birthing...

    In the 1960s I didn't know noting about birthing no babies, but I thought the idea around that time was to have the child away from home, give it up for adoption, and return to proper society with...
  78. This I want to respond to: Color is very...

    This I want to respond to:



    Color is very often more important than policies, of course, as concerns voter appeal. Yet race consciousness surely isn't the same as racist, any more than rooting...
  79. Thread: Kamala Harris

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    You sure called that one. 2257 :laugh: ...

    You sure called that one.

    2257

    :laugh:

    Gillibrand's sort of a Barbie doll without the brains, Spartacus is a stand-up comic without a sense of humor, and Horizontal Harris is, well,
  80. I heard that. Frankly I'd guess that reality will...

    I heard that. Frankly I'd guess that reality will be much more complicated. But the principle is exactly right: regulations will be tailored and exploited, and the results will have unintended (" and...
  81. I find the words AOC and Sanders use to describe...

    I find the words AOC and Sanders use to describe the evil money changers applies more than perfectly to themselves.
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    The French have vachement mauvais as I recall. ...

    The French have vachement mauvais as I recall.

    I've often heard foreign speakers flip into English for curse words.
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    Reading about another serial abuser, Brian Sims...

    Reading about another serial abuser, Brian Sims,


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQRSo9ckJQo&feature=youtu.be

    I came across this account of Margaret Sanger and her opinions:



    Usually...
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    If this proto-fascist pugilist supports abortion,...

    If this proto-fascist pugilist supports abortion, why should she care what images are displayed? Aborted fetuses (if that's what they were—I haven't seen them) aren't unborn humans, in her view....
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    Is the war on drugs over?

    A column in Reason, spinning off news from Denver:

    Will Decriminalizing Psilocybin Hasten the End of the War on Drugs?

    The concluding paragraphs:


    Emphasis added.

    Is there any dangerous...
  86. Yes. And a clear statement that your concern...

    Yes.

    And a clear statement that your concern is irrelevant.
  87. Drug companies give away plenty of drugs to...

    Drug companies give away plenty of drugs to impoverished people all over the world. I don't care; actually it sounds like the right thing to do.

    It's certainly "below cost."

    Just label it....
  88. Drug and Gas prices: ignoring the obvious

    Different boneheaded situations, which a seizure of common sense could clear up:

    Gasoline prices in California:

    Democrats drive up gas prices, then demand investigation into high gas prices ...
  89. House Democrats aim -- and train -- for more air time on Fox News

    As reported by CNN:

    The irony of this being a CNN report is rich.

    CNN sees ratings swoon in April
    The Hill.

    Ratings-challenged CNN sheds staff as network moves into lavish new digs
    FOX...
  90. Another one

    What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Young Boys


    One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked...
  91. This is a loungeful discussion, Ginger. We're on...

    This is a loungeful discussion, Ginger. We're on a first name basis. (You can call me New ;) )

    Per Celeste's mention of a reserve price, I did wonder about that. The story implies that by failing...
  92. I remember it from decades ago, from a Reader's...

    I remember it from decades ago, from a Reader's Digest short entry. It was supposed to be true.

    It may have been apocryphal; I hope not.

    This article is presented as a report, and I take it as...
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    https://media1.giphy.com/media/3ohzdVYByZbXiKleiQ/...

    https://media1.giphy.com/media/3ohzdVYByZbXiKleiQ/source.gif

    :tiphat:
  94. In fact, given her words, I suspect that's...

    In fact, given her words,
    I suspect that's precisely and only what she means.

    This kerfuffle reminds me of the man in DC who was canned for using the word "niggardly." He used it correctly, but...
  95. How in the world can you think that in the face...

    How in the world can you think that in the face of the rampant identity politics was see today?

    OK, are you simply floating some sarcasm over my head?
  96. We are witnessing the collision of morality and...

    We are witnessing the collision of morality and technology explicitly articulated in the Roe v Wade decision.

    I believe the only solution is to reverse Roe and allow states to address the issue...
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    How far can you reach? How about this: it's a...

    How far can you reach?

    How about this: it's a tenet of responsible governance in this republic to see to "the general welfare," which includes providing so far as is reasonable a safe environment,...
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    I think you have it precisely backward. The...

    I think you have it precisely backward. The victim is being trivialized in furtherance of a political agenda which allowing dangerous environments to develop.

    'We caught this rapist' is not an...
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    Like the old gospel songs says, almost, ...

    Like the old gospel songs says, almost,


    Steal away...
    steal away...
    steal away to Facebook....

    :)
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    It's ironic that the Democrats, the erstwhile...

    It's ironic that the Democrats, the erstwhile champions of the lowest paid workers, etc., are the ones keeping the borders open to millions of competitors who will suppress the wages of those very...
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