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Things Heard: e307v1n2n3

So, after midnight last night, power was restored (Monday my hometown had tornadoes which didn’t touch down pass over … much tree damage and power outages resulted). Now the Hurricane Sandy/Katrina survivors are not impressed by 30 hours (but with fresh water and gas) as something to note, and it wasn’t that bad, but … it is nice to have power again nevertheless.

Links?

  1. Something liberal school administrators (and politicians) have trouble understanding.
  2. Case in point.
  3. A weak defense of Ms Clinton’s rape defense case.
  4. Weather.
  5. Two lists, one with everything not that is not a empty hard vacuum and the other list has everything else. Not very useful, eh?
  6. And then … I met Mr Clinton.
  7. So, I’m going to not remark overmuch on the Hobby Lobby decision which brought a big explosion of stupid from the left (e.g., “this mean if I have a religious call to kill this decision allows that” (Chicago Tribune columnist … hint: no it doesn’t) or Gosh why do companies like Hobby Lobby not object to viagra (Pheminist Filosophers … hint: a closely held company could … but consider what you’re asking about … d’ya think you can find a real religion worshiped in this country by any plurality that doesn’t favor fertility and family over killing children and fetus? Theology and life vs death, very little theology prefers the latter. Not actually so very hard to imagine.) This post, is the closest to an intelligent response from the left, but strikes out on point 5, in which he somehow forgets the reasoning that was allowed sort of in point 2 … that is the court found that the burdening of beliefs was not tenable (for closely held corps) when non-burdened alternatives exist, which they did as it was allowed already for others. Or in other words, see the first itemized point in this post.
  8. Here’s someone who believes the IRS “lost” all those emails by 6 independent computers all “happened” to be eaten by their respective dogs. The point is moot, as the most reasonable response is to allow that the matters which these emails where to have “cleared up” is, on failure to produce the requested data, that it means the accusation is deemed to have been found true.
  9. So, if true, the IRS under Obama has been totally corrupted by partisan bias. Welcome to the new world, in which the left has decided a partisan IRS is a good thing. Wonder if they’ll still feel that way the next time we have President from the right. After all, everyone does agree that turnabout is fair play … that’s axiomatic, right?
  10. statistic.
  11. This point might also be recalled during homosexuality is sin discussions.
  12. On the poverty and Ms Clinton affair. I also read Mr Clinton has offered that “we were 7 million in debt” … ahem. Mr Clinton, I’m pretty sure your debts were all covered (off the books, IRS-wise) by selling pardons in your last week or so in office.
  13. I disagree with this SCOTUS ruling. I’d offer that no union should be able to collect “dues” from any non-members. Ever. Under any conditions. Not one penny. That’s just wrong.
  14. My interest has waxed … we’re getting closer to the finals. For what it’s worth, I’m rooting for the Netherlands (mostly because they skated so well in the winter Olympics).
  15. A fellow blogger under duress.
  16. It can order. It cannot compel.
  17. If this is news for you. I’ve got more … kindergarten is over. Grow up.
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    Things Heard: e306v4

    Thor’s Day?

    1. Why those of us with less talent drift to the slow twitch sports where discipline and good training can put us at least in the pack.
    2. foreign view.
    3. biting remark (hint: what threat … or else we will taunt you a second time?)
    4. Beauty in the eye of beauty specialists from other countries.
    5. There’s an explanation for the IRS email problem.
    6. Nanny state curtailed.
    7. A cop not honoring his responsibilities.
    8. A point which the green movement finds somewhat perplexing.
    9. Apparently by making a “extreme” (ridiculous? incompetent?) argument Obama and his admin intentionally worked for a 9-0 ruling against themselves. Believe that and you’re one of the few who believe the IRS accidentally lost those emails.
    10. Now there’s a dumb idea. Here’s a better one, to disambiguate “hot” (use spicy, thermy and hot for the three common meanings. As in habanero peppers are spicy. Coffee out of the machine is thermy, and that girl over there is hot).
    11. But, you know, she’s not running … hah!
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      Things Heard: e306v3

      Woo. Tomorrow US/Germany FIFA, eh?

      1. Getting close to Japanese bushido (goal in life is a good death) or Christian thoughts (that you will not perfect your life without (a) God’s intervention and (b) not in this life). Well, that’s how I saw that quote.
      2. Saurovka.
      3. Yet thousands and thousands of 500 foot tall windmills taking terawatts out of wind energy out of the atmosphere will have no climate effects.
      4. In part because the security industries continued existence depends on them actually not solving the problem.
      5. Back when fossil fuel burning industrialized Woolly Mammoth society endangered the planet.
      6. Fire them all.
      7. Resistance to antibiotics.
      8. A little cuteness.
      9. Except the man was stupid enough to not notice while finding his gate, boarding and talking to fellow passengers.
      10. Actually it’s not criminal. However a Volokh poster the other day did point out the actual consequences, which are interesting to consider (but I’m not finding the link). The upshot was that in a court of law if you fail to produce expected evidence like this with no excuse the ruling is that the expected evidence is held found to be against you. Which in this case means the IRS emails should be viewed in the absence of their production, as indicating both White House involvement and intentional political motivations. Glad they settled that so firmly, eh?
      11. One of the world’s demographic time bombs.
      12. Just one election.
      13. One of the two Benghazi scandals involving Ms Clinton. The other being her claim that she had no involvement in the security arrangements, which is either a lie or evidence of law breaking (by statute the Sec of State must sign off on all embassy security details).
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        Things Heard: e306v1

        G’day.

        1. Missing the point, badly. Not a few prophets were willing to tell “the Jews” they were going the wrong way (hint: Jesus was yet another Jew). Odd that. Mr Schraub (a Jew) isn’t afraid to tell Christians when he thinks they were wrong. Perhaps he thinks turnabout is not fair play. It might be observed however, the point in question (that Jesus criticized fellow Jews might be better served to point that we should not fail to criticize other Christians when they stray … hmmm to what might that be applied?).
        2.  Markets everywhere, and everywhere markets appear the state tries to rear its ugly head, apparently.
        3. Liberal elite and their cargo cultic magic, noted.
        4. Our mainstream media acting cliquish and stupid. Idiots abound.
        5. “Cheese, Grommit!” says Wallace.
        6. Biden, “I’m not rich” (just really dumb). No investments at all. Dependent forever on the kindness of, well, the public till.
        7. For the past 25 years, in a continuous trend, gun violence has been trending downward (while gun ownership has risen). However, facts and trends don’t matter to the real gun nuts. Guns and firearms give you the heeby-jeebies isn’t an argument for the curtailment of other peoples liberties. More people die on motor cycles than by gunshot, should those be banned?
        8. Apparently Roman Catholics don’t exchange a kiss of peace during their services.
        9. Forgetting the Civil War. Woops.
        10. Yeah. And Swiss cheese can’t be from Wisconsin. Oh, wait.
        11. Failing to give consent during a drunken encounter … compared to what the rest of the world calls rape.
        12. Speaking of rape, this has been making the rounds.
        13. And this too is not unrelated. That brings the old colonial British anecdote to mind, in which a British fellow was ordering the arrest of the people who had burned a widow on the death of her husband. He was informed this was an ancient custom of their people. He replied that it was an ancient custom of his people to hang people who burn women.
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          Things Heard: e305v3n4

          Well the Midwest has been having a spate of T-storms. Last night’s flight suffered a few delays, but eventually I got home.

          1. Entropy is the clue, I’d think.
          2. Heroism.
          3. Echoes of that seminal Ratzinger/Habermas debate (the debate text can be purchased as a book, btw).
          4. Professional students, literally.
          5. If you intentionally misunderstand and then pretend insult … that’s a form of lying.
          6. Liberal academics on employment push the “do what I say, not what I do” tactic it seems.
          7. Much of this post might be right, but it ends with an absolute falsehood, “The widespread availability of high-powered military-grade weaponry does not keep us secure from tyranny ” … uhm. Hello? high powered military grade weaponry is illegal, scarce, and anything but widespread and available. Sorry. Fantasy doesn’t help you make your point.
          8. The actual trademarks you can freely use now.
          9. Cyber-warfare, electoral variety.
          10. against 55.
          11. He probably regretted both.

           

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            Things Heard: e305v2

            Woo, going home tomorrow night. 14 hours ahead of schedule.

            1. A self-referential (somewhat hilarious) remark by Ms Clinton. Seriously though she’s right, the left elite should not terrorize the rest of us.
            2. Higher education and some more self-referential remarks by another left elitist.
            3. Somewhat in the same vein, an employee becomes an actual loyal employee, when apparently he figures he’s doing something else. Color me confused.
            4. Who in their right mind thinks it was accidental (or actually lost) … but setting that aside, that brings up the other side of the coin, i.e., those document saving standards they’d like us to keep … well? If y’all can’t do what you force us to do, well … (hack spit) words fail!
            5. On that same topic, at the end points 1-6 … well only 2 seems right. Five an indictment of the current President. Regarding #4 … there should be lots and lots of copies of those “missing” emails on different, uhm, tapes and servers.
            6. Dog. Wagged. Just like with Mr bin Laden.
            7. story. (HT) 21st century Tinkerbell.
            8. Some FIFA stats.
            9. Well, as for the last two panels, the guys you realize are talking about guns, sports, or beer … the girls about, well, people they know. There is a difference (viva la and all that)
            10. Not mentioned in this list is how many the Ukraine gave up when Clinton assured them the US had their back. Bet you they regret giving them up now, eh?
            11. In which “they are paid” apparently doesn’t mean “have a job” which it normally would I’d think.
            12. Germs.
            13. What is learned from studying history.
            14. Snowflakes chance you know where of that.
            15. Dismal indeed.
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              Things Heard: e305n1

              Well, back in Georgia. Probably still very busy. Go-Live tomorrow morning.

              1. Getting cooperation in foreign affairs, a tale of two Presidents.
              2. On that topic, here’s a rumination on a possible theme, Bush made a mistake in Iraq (and highlights the error) compounded and made worse by Mr Obama.
              3. But don’t lose this point.
              4. When goverment forgets what rights mean and who’s working for whom.
              5. Why identity isn’t substance or property, but ontology and relationship.
              6. Missing repentance in a list.
              7. Recent Lerner lie lost the left. Probably only the loons remain on that fence-post.
              8. Some meta-linking but that billboard (and response) is a hoot.
              9. Anyone surprised?
              10. Explody stuff.
              11. One way to explain the popularity of climate alarmism.
              12. What is ISIS?
              13. On not quitting.
              14. scholastic experiment.

               

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                Things Heard: e304v4

                Yo. Without much ado … links?

                1. Family matters and geography.
                2. ’cause doing that sort of thing what politicians like she do all the time, you’re just supposed to pretend it’s not so.
                3. A policy and the effect as predicted.
                4. The part that claims to be “friendly to women” isn’t. If one suspects the primary reason that party claims the other party is unfriendly to women is to provide cover for their own sins … you’d be right (oh, the other reason is that they, to paraphrase Mr Obama figure little girls grow up dreaming they will kill their babies and that sort of thing is women-friendly).
                5. My #1 daughter bought some ghost-pepper salsa. I’m not a fan. But, it makes for interesting viewing.
                6. I had a joke in mind when I saved this link. But I forgot it. You can roll your own.
                7. That probably goes the other way too.
                8. Dubious claims noted.
                9. In the “say something positive even if it makes no sense” mode, the President claims the GOP electoral results likely to stiffen House Republican’s willingness to compromise means they will be more willing to compromise. Riiiight. One wonders if he even read the statement before he made it.
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                  Things Heard: e304v3

                  And another day done.

                  1. Go. My one intuition from playing a little Go in high school is that it teaches you recognize a  non-winning position and abandon that before losses mount. Looking at Japan in WWII, playing the game doesn’t translate that skill to real life.
                  2. It was a liberal tenet that fighting terrorism was a legal not military matter. To bad that presumption is both wrong and one held by an administration for almost a decade. (stupid or evil, eh)
                  3. Why the left large brained administrators like euthanasia. Solves the GOMER problem.
                  4. For the carbon entranced.
                  5. Piketty problems.
                  6. Taiwan and Tiananmen (HT)
                  7. Color me unsurprised.
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                    Things Heard: e304v1

                    Well, links?

                    1. Stupid scholastic tricks.
                    2. In a barely comprehensible move, an openly sexist site bemoans sexism.
                    3. This is not unrelated, i.e., sexism noted.
                    4. Obamacare continues to be a disaster.
                    5. Just think some publisher paid her money to write that tripe. As for myself, it would take a great deal of money to convince me read even a little bit of it. I suspect that is true of a lot of people. Which makes it confusing why a publisher would want to publish such things. She is however, quite color blind when it comes to money.
                    6. This book however, looks interesting.
                    7. Speaking of books, this is what happens when two administrations in a row ignore David Petraeus’s book on counter-insurgency. Particularly the importance of other governmental agencies and specialties be engaged in rebuilding and enriching the country in question.
                    8. Ice sheets melting, CO2 not implicated, oops.
                    9. So I missed this when I sojourned in the wilderness. Did you?
                    10. Medical ethics.
                    11. Stupid liberal reactions noted.
                    12. Two speeches.
                    13. Screw the nanny state. Just stop it now!
                    14. Why not “and”?
                    15. Awesome illustrations.
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                      Things Heard: e303v3-5

                      Ho.

                      1. Economic considerations for net neutrality.
                      2. So … yuck or not?
                      3. Crystalline structure and permanence.
                      4. Government leads to wickedness. Why the left wants more of it, is the mystery.
                      5. Well, he hasn’t … but the reason isn’t laziness. There’s no constituency at risk … that is the impact on the midterms is minimal if it doesn’t become a scandal. So, ergo, it doesn’t matter.
                      6. How supporters of aff action and other less good ideas (reparations) justify racial barriers against Asians.
                      7. Bang bang she said.
                      8. Huh?
                      9. The Crimean prize.
                      10. Fair play.
                      11. Choices and life.
                      12. Journalists being dumb, noted.
                      13. I’m pretty sure they all knew what was going on. I keep hearing “I thought they were looking out for me.” This is a lie. You, they, and everybody else around were focused on getting you back in the game. It’s what you wanted. It’s what they wanted. It’s what you got.
                      14. Inflation.
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                        Things Heard: e303v1n2

                        G’day

                        1. Ms Palin makes a point, highlighting those on both sides of the aisle as hypocrites (those on the left who went after Ms Palin but find this abhorrent when aimed at Ms Clinton and the reverse on the right).
                        2. “Deep concern”.
                        3. Uhuh.
                        4. Let ‘em run free, get hurt and all that.
                        5. Drones.
                        6. Top speed vs cornering, … recall the Zero in WWII, eh?
                        7. The elderly.
                        8. demographic prediction charted.
                        9. India, anointing and international elite opinion.
                        10. Bad science.
                        11. Smash, bang, hack.
                        12. On Piketty.
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                          Things Heard: e302v2n3

                          Wooh. Light at the end of the tunnel … one more day of silly hours (then travel and work Saturday). Ain’t life grand?

                          1. Unemployment measured before the thought police got put in charge of the government. Kinda like how the census just “happened” to change how it measured important Obamacare metrics so the next data set will not be comparable with past ones for judging the effectiveness of the program (or should that be programme).
                          2. Speaking on Obamacare, here’s how it’s bending that cost curve. First of many would be my prediction.
                          3. Other news on that front here.
                          4. Two on the Sterling kerfuffle, here and here.
                          5. Wonder why bike racing is awesome? Go no further and just watch.
                          6. Oy vey! The mountains are moving because of global warming  (Yikes! Catastrophic! Skary!)…. uhm wait. A 6000 foot mountain has a measureable .. 1-3 millimeter height variation (out of a seasonal 2cm shift) and that’s something that is …. well, move on. Nothing to see here (literally). (and by the by, the “human” cause of that  … just unsubstantiated rubbish).
                          7. More climate news here.
                          8. Country or not-country?
                          9. Yikes.
                          10. Drug tests.
                          11. “Russia had serfs long after everyone else had abandoned serfdom” … uhm, Russia freed the serfs concurrent with the start of the Civil War. I mean, there are lots regrettable things that you can pin on Russia in her history (see 20th century) but the mock serf thing at a time when you had slaves? That makes no sense.
                          12. Well, to be honest, physicists have been returning (absent evidence) to super-symmetry for 50 years so far … not because of new evidence but because it is (a) cool and (b) solves a lot of vexing problems.
                          13. Hmm. I thought the saying was “out of the mouths of babes … come all manner of things.”
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                            Things Heard: e302v1

                            So. I’m East of Atlanta … alas I think I won’t have time for anything but work.

                            1. So, I’m thinking that the missing prelude to Brave New World is how did they get to a seemingly benign completely autocratic regime … seems our rulers figure if you toss a frog in boiling water it will object (jump out) but if you slowly heat the same water …. (case in point) (and yet one more)
                            2. Yikes.
                            3. A truly weird portrait .. oh, and they ride bikes.
                            4. Da science is settled, just hold that thought, even if causes dissonance. Oh, and one more on climate.
                            5. Embarrassing for the science educator establishment. Akin to a Natural History museum putting cavemen and T-Rex in the same diorama.
                            6. From the loony left.
                            7. Calling them!? Call a spade a spade doesn’t make it a spade. It was a spade before it was called out.
                            8. Speech police continue. Don’t worry about actions. Just the speech.
                            9. This is not unrelated.
                            10. Corrosion resistance put to the test.
                            11. Leadership and culture (compare to our President and his failed ‘teaching’ moments)
                            12. question asked.
                            13. And some of us voted for him. Who is he? Well, he (and she) is in the beltway and there are hundreds of them.
                            14. My #1 daughter would strenuously disagree with the message on this sign. Her sister might concur however.
                            15. Added to my reading inbox.
                            16. The end of (your) days and … a homily for those around those at the end of their life.
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                              Things Heard: e301v2

                              Hmm. Feels like Wednesday already. Yikes. Must have been a long day.

                              1. Ms Clinton on guns. So, what does one of these liberal chuckleheads say when asked, “So, over the last 20 years gun ownership has steadily risen and gun violence has steadily fallen. What is this thing you think you need to fix?” Seriously. Why do they push this nonsense?
                              2. The beltway gets the press it deserves.
                              3. For the dirty deed’s done dirt cheap as a long term job opportunity.
                              4. But here’s how not to do it.
                              5. Exactly. Actually the PC speech thing is an interesting paradox. Those PC speakers typically despise the Victorian and the Victorian ethos. Yet they have appropriated their methods. A primary thesis behind the Victorian emphasis on manners (and if you don’t see a parallel between manners and PC speech rules you aren’t watching) was that correct the manners and the thoughts and interior ethics will follow the habits so engendered. How many PC speech enthusiasts like those applauding the Eich/Sterling/&c kerfuffles also reject that same Victorian thesis.
                              6. picture perfect illustration why “education” on contraception isn’t the fix it is pretends to be.
                              7. Moving on up, err, out.
                              8. Oh, please. Get real.
                              9. Freedom of speech is not (not not not not) a “collective” right.
                              10. Which is why laws like this likely will not stand.
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