Sunday, August 19, 2018

On the Passing of Kofi Annan

God forgive me, but on hearing about the passing of Kofi Annan all I could think of was my favorite breakfast:

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Black Covfefe and Kouign Amman. That’s how my brain works before covfefe.

In case you’re not familiar with this hard to pronounce (kween-a-mon) pastry it’s a Belgian “cake” comprised of nothing more than buttery pastry layered with sugar that caramelizes to a lacquer coating in the oven. Often described as a cross between a croissant and brioche,

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I’d say it’s more like a puffy version of a palmier.

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Eat the first KA at your own peril as they are addictive – don’t say I didn’t warn you. I had my first at Les Madeleine’s in Salt Lake. Next thing I knew, I was making weekly trips down the mountain from Park City to satiate my craving. Then Whole Foods came to town, and if I got up early enough I could snag a fix right down the street. Alas, they are much harder to come by now that I’m back in Motown; I even ventured to a local Whole Foods – not a place I gladly shop - looking for them only to discover they don’t make them in these parts. So I went through withdrawal cold turkey. It was not pretty but at least I lost a few pounds.

But in researching this post look what I discovered: they’re available at Trader Joes – oh Noes! Now the whole ugly cycle is likely to begin again. Although on closer inspection I see the post on TJ’s KAs is from 2014. Odds are better than even that they no longer carry them because every. single. item. I’ve ever discovered and come to love from Trader Joe’s has subsequently been discontinued. Pray that’s the case with their do-it-yourself KAs as well, otherwise I’ll be a junkie again as fast as you can say “black coffee and a Kouign Amann please.”

So have a good day, I have to run as my local Trader Joe’s opens at 8:00 am. Thanks a lot, Kofi Annan.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

“For some reason, when there’s a garbage can on a corner, it attracts litter.”

These week’s example of Leftist Logic. From Ed Driscoll, highlights mine:

New York City Removes Trash Cans on the Upper West Side:

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What happened to the baskets? Did they get removed in anticipation of some windy weather? Surely the Department of Sanitation [DSNY] would soon restore the baskets – thereby easing the overflow trash – she thought.

A neighbor who shared her concerns called 311 and was told that the baskets had been removed because people leaving Riverside Park were putting their trash in them. “You can’t make this up,” says Melissa.

Nope.

Counterintuitive as it may seem, DSNY says having fewer trash baskets increases area cleanliness. “For some reason, when there’s a garbage can on a corner, it attracts litter,” DSNY Community Liaison Nick Circharo told West Side Rag. “The corner without a basket is the cleanest corner. If you take away the baskets, people will take their garbage elsewhere.”

I guess the concept is to send the trash home rather than have it overflow the existing facilities. Following that logic I would think that sanctuary cities like New York would be on board with sending the illegal aliens packing.

And cities like San Diego…

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and San Francisco…

san fran homeless3Homeless encampment, San Francisco

might want to find a home for all the itinerants wandering around leaving their human garbage all over the streets instead of hiring “poop patrols.”

san fran poop map interactiveSan Francisco’s interactive “poop map”

The left seems comprised of certifiable idiots who, rather than raising the downtrodden up, seem committed to dragging the rest of us down into their muck.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Divas Always Wear Mink

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Beyond the music itself, the moment everyone talked about after Franklin’s performance at the Kennedy Center was the way, just before the final chorus, as she was reaching the all-out crescendo, she stripped off her mink and let it fall to the floor. Whoosh! Dropping the fur—it’s an old gospel move, a gesture of emotional abandon, of letting loose.Soul Survivor

Ah, such sweet sadness; the lights in Detroit - which only recently began to glow a bit again - will be a bit dimmer tonight as the curtain comes down on one of Motown’s great ones. Aretha’s unbridled talent put all the autotuned, sexualized, humping female contortionists that pose as singers today to shame. The kind of talent Franklin had couldn’t be created by packaging and promotion departments like they are these days. She was the real deal, the once-in-a-century phenomenon that people will listen to, study and emulate for another 100 years. She could sing anything: gospel, soul, pop and jazz standards – like this from  a very young Aretha:

And this from the Sam Cooke songbook speaks to anyone who has fought through life’s struggles – black or white.

And yes, Aretha even tackled opera, not just because she could but because she loved it. Although not a “trained” opera singer she worked with a voice coach in order to do a stand-in performance of Nessun Dorma for Pavarotti at the 1998 Grammys. She performed the aria several times subsequently. While the earlier renditions were certainly more powerful, as both age and cancer eventually took their toll in range and stamina, I find this restrained 2015 version far more moving. It will make you weep, if you have a soul; and if you are a fan of Miss Franklin you most certainly do.

Rest in peace dear lady. Surely in time someone will be sent to take your place, for God is generous that way, but there will never, ever, be another Queen of Soul. For they say when Aretha arrived at the pearly gates she did not join the chorus of angels - they were her back up singers. I believe.

Take it home, soul sister.

In the stillness of the midnight
Echoes from the past I hear
Old-time singing, gladness bringing
From that lovely land somewhere.

As I travel on life's pathway
Know not what the years may hold
As I ponder, hope grows fonder
Precious memories flood my soul.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Poster Boy/Girl For Public Education

Yes, there is something worse than socialists winning elections in America: socialists so uneducated/stupid they don’t even know they’re socialists.

Christine Hallquist, after winning Vermont governor primary: “I’m Not Sure I Even Know What Socialism Is.”

“So I just don't have the background to answer that question.”

I don’t blame Christine – who’s running on a socialist platform of universal health care and free public college – for not knowing he’s a socialist, heck, he doesn’t even know what gender he is.

But come on, people of Vermont, you can still tell the difference, right?

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Christine: poster boy/girl for universal public education. Let’s have more of that.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Trump Train Is Still Hauling

Omarosa be damned, the Trump Train is still rolling.

Train enters the canyon

Still hauling candidates to victory. Oh, and the Dems picked a Transgender to run for governor of Vermont. 

christine lChristine Hallquist, D- candidate for governor from Vermont

Republicans have Trump, Democrats have diversity and identity politics. Stay tuned, still too close to call in a bifurcated nation. But keep you eye on that Blue Wave™ 

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…it might not be what you think it is.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

“Two drifters, off to see the world, there’s such a lot of world to see…”

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On August 7, the New York Times ran a story by Rukmini Callimachi about Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, a young American couple, both graduates of Georgetown University, who decided to quit their humdrum office jobs and go on an epic bike ride and camping trip that would take them all over the world. “I’ve grown tired of spending the best hours of my day in front of a glowing rectangle, of coloring the best years of my life in swaths of grey and beige,” Austin wrote. “I’ve missed too many sunsets while my back was turned.” - PJMedia

Thus wrote Jay Austin who, along with his girlfriend Lauren Geoghegan, quit their jobs in July of 2017 and set out on a round-the-world bicycle trip. They had many adventures across Africa, Europe, Turkey, Greece and Kazakhstan before landing in Tajikistan. Austin kept a blog along their route that reads like a social justice warriors guidebook.

“You read the papers and you’re led to believe that the world is a big, scary place,” Mr. Austin wrote. “People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil.

“I don’t buy it. Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own … By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind.” - PJMedia

There, on day 369 of their trip their were run down and stabbed along with 2 other cyclists by  5 men in a car who swore allegiance to ISIS and promised to kill all “disbelievers.” I suppose you could say that they were myopic and self-interested but clearly they held values and beliefs and perspective different from the group of western cyclists they mowed down. That’s the point, Evil is real. It cannot be reasoned with or wished away. Ignore it at your great peril. As stated in the PJMedia article: “Their naivete is nothing less than breathtaking.” Austin’s worldview was summed up in his blog:

“with...vulnerability comes immense generosity: good folks who will recognize your helplessness and recognize that you need assistance in one form or another and offer it in spades.”

The moral of the story? From the article (read the whole thing):

In the last analysis, it's a story about two young people who, like many other privileged members of their generation of Americans, went to a supposedly top-notch university only to come away poorly educated but heavily propagandized – imbued with a fashionable postmodern contempt for Western civilization and a readiness to idealize and sentimentalize “the other” (especially when the latter is decidedly uncivilized). This, ultimately, was their tragedy: taking for granted American freedom, prosperity, and security, they dismissed these extraordinary blessings as boring, banal, and (in Austin's word) “beige,” and set off, with the starry-eyed and suicidal naivete of children who never entirely grew up, on a child's fairy-tale adventure into the most perilous parts of the planet. Far from being inspirational, theirs is a profoundly cautionary – and distinctly timely – tale that every American, parents especially, should take to heart.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Without Identity Politics the Left’s Got Nothing

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In the event you haven’t seen this yet I highly recommend Caitlin Flanagan’s article in The Atlantic, an otherwise deplorable publication: Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson.

A tease:

These are people who aren’t looking for an ideology; they are looking for ideas. And many of them are getting much better at discerning the good from the bad. The Democratic Party reviles them at its peril; the Republican Party takes them for granted in folly.

If you’re “looking for ideas” the Left’s got nuthin’ to offer these days.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Dog Days of August

It’s August, and that means we will have  ☆*¨`*☆StArrY, StArrY NiGhƮs☆*¨`*☆

So grab your dog and your camera…

dog days

and head out to capture some magnificent images under the night sky. The Perseids Meteor shower is at its peak tonight.

meteor shower

Photo by Andrew Rhodes

Enjoy it while you can.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Quote of the Week

This week’s quote comes from Rush Limbaugh. After listening to Neo-Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s effusive, if incomprehensible, position on Pelosi’s leadership -

He opined:

“This babe’s giving bartenders a bad name.”

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To quote the most interesting man in the world, “stay thirsty my friend,” and hungry as well; it will be good training for socialism.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

#FLOTUSFriday: You’ve Come a Long Way Baby!

Here’s the deal: My 8 month old computer has been shipped off to the black hole to be “fixed.” It had developed a “ghost screen,” diagnosed by HP computer geeks after hours-long dialog with Raj, my own personal computer geek. No fix available, needs it’s screen replaced.

So here I am, working on a 7 year old computer, which is about 1096 in human terms, that responds so slowly that I could create diamonds waiting for it. My ADD brain does not deal well with this so until further notice, I really will be on sabbatical with quick links/pics/or re-runs.

Here’s today’s #FLOTUSFriday drive-by: Melania at a business dinner with the President at his Bedminster, NJ golf resort on August 7.  She is the first FLOTUS universally despised by the Left - based not on her own personality, accomplishments, characteristics or beliefs, but on her husband’s.

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I’m so old that I remember when that sort of thing was considered sexist. Way to go Lefty-feminists; you’ve really come a long way baby!

Remind me again why they call themselves “progressives.”

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Socialists: 0 Capitalist Pigs: 5

When the final scores were posted it didn’t look so good for the Bernie Bros and the Ocasio Sista’s: Socialists 0 - Capitalist Pigs 5.

Socialism fails. Every. Time. It’s tried.

So, it looks like the Big Blue Wave might actually be…a big blue undertow.

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I’m thinking if all the Democrats form a human chain and wade into the sea they may be able to save their brethren swept out to sea. 

human chain

And if that doesn’t work, and they all get swept away, well, what the heck? Good try, Democratic Socialists of America!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Michigan: Draining the Swamp, Eliminating Blood Sucking Insects

Here’s all you need to know about Michigan primary results: the two candidates endorsed by President Trump won.

It’s not his fault that Attorney General Bill Schuette - who launched his political career 34 years ago with election to the U.S. House – is a RINO. His only viable rival in the race, Brian Calley, was an even bigger RINO. I loved Patrick Colbeck, my state senator, rocket scientist and certifiable conservative who was also running for governor, but he had no money, no campaign and sadly no talent for politics (something all RINOs have). So with Schuette as our candidate I’d say odds are better than good that the Democrats will re-take the governorship in November with their candidate Gretchen Whitmer – who is just a brunette version of Jennifer Granholm, for anyone who remembers that Michigan disaster:

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Better news, John James won his primary and will be the Republican candidate running against the hated Debbie Stabenow (D) in the fall. JJ has a better chance of unseating this old Hag than anyone else. As Biden once said about his famous-for-being-famous running mate:

“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man.”

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Except that, unlike Obama, James really is all that; and he has the accomplishments to prove it:

A husband, father, combat veteran, and businessman, John James is a conservative Republican. The former Army Captain and West Point graduate is President of James Group International, a supply-chain logistics company in Detroit.

So maybe, just maybe, Michigan can do it’s bit in November to drain the swamp.

And speaking of swamps and bloodsucking insects:  I see that the BBC blames global warming for the death of…mosquitoes: Summer heat kills off Finland's mosquitoes. Only two problems: 1) it’s not true; if it were malaria and dengue fever probably wouldn’t be a problem in sub-tropic Africa, and 2) even if it was, what’s the downside? I mean, they’re sort of like ISIS in that respect.

isis mosquito

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Only In America…

You could use this tagline everyday of the week, but I’ll confine it to Tuesdays.

Only in America

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could a predominantly white Antifa mob get away with chanting “F**k White Supremacy!” at a black, conservative, woman.

“To be clear: ANTIFA, an all-white fascist organization, just grew violent and attacked an all-black and Hispanic police force,” Ms. Owens tweeted. “Because I, a BLACK woman, was eating breakfast.”

Others in the crowd shouted “fascist piece of s—t! F— you,” and “f— white supremacy!” - Washington Times

And I’ll bet that all those little white anti-fascists who don’t know the meaning of either “anarchy” or “fascism” were all either college grads or students. No wonder they are all Bernie Bros, totally good with socialism: they don’t know what that word means either.

And it’s primary day in Michigan, so I’m off!

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Monday, August 6, 2018

“Speaking Words of Wisdom. Let them Pee.”

The media is abuzz (again) about Donald Jr’s meeting with Russians at Trump Tower to get dirt on Hillary.

Trump’s critics immediately pounced on the new story, the latest of several versions of events about a meeting for which emails were discovered between the president’s eldest son and an intermediary from the Russian government offering damaging information about Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton. - AP

Doesn’t matter that the meeting was truncated early on and nothing pursued. Still, in the mind of the media it’s way worse than having a paid agent of the Clinton campaign approaching Russian officials for damaging material on Trump.

By contrast, the Clinton campaign proactively sought dirt on Trump from Russian government sources…In April 2016, Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias retained opposition research firm Fusion GPS to compile incriminating information on Trump. Fusion GPS in turn hired Christopher Steele, a former British MI6 operative with sources among Russian government officials. The result was the salacious dossier, whose sources included “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure” and “a former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.” Steele’s work was paid for by Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. That means a paid agent of the Clinton campaign approached .

And now I understand the New York Times ran an editorial bemoaning the presence of children at President Trump’s rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, calling it “heartbreaking.” 

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Well you certainly wouldn’t want children participating in political events they couldn’t possibly know anything about,kids for hillary

or making political statements about things they couldn’t possibly comprehend. That would be child abuse.

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Then again, when progressives want to take a pee they feel free to do it wherever they wish.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

How Many Times Do the Pączkis Have To Save Western Civilization?

HPSurf sent this clip of Polish MP Dominik Tarczynski schooling a BBC bimbo on Muslim immigration in Poland. He also mentioned he was thinking of moving there. All I can say is dlaczego nie?

First Poland saved Europe from the Ottomans (single-handedly), then from the Kaiser (an assist) followed by the Commies (a major assist) and now again from the modern-incarnation of the Ottomans - which aren’t much different from the ones some 400 years ago. Just how many times does Poland have to save Western Civilization anyway?

I think we should help them this time by adopting Dominik Tarczynski’s platform - “we will not receive even one Muslim” – until such time as they can produce convincing evidence that demonstrates they’ve reformed their religion and are no longer required to lie to, subjugate and kill all infidels. Since we deplorables are already called “populists, nationalists, racists,” haters,  etc., there’s very little else they pile on anyway.

The freedom loving and fighting Poles are exceptional warriors and I can think of no good reason why we shouldn’t support them 100%. Granted, their language is a bit difficult, with all those complex consonant clusters that are are totally unpronounceable, but it’s nothing that buying a few vowels couldn’t fix.  Mind you, I’m talking about normal vowels, not the weird ones with squiggly tails tacked on, called ogoneks, that they just slap into a word all willy-nilly.

But that’s just a nit; I’ll forgive them for all the spelling and grammar hijinks if they agree to save Western Civilization from itself just one more time.

I swear, I won’t even complain about how they choose to pronounce pączki.

paczki_z_róza_1(For the record, it’s “pone-chkey”  not the Americanized version “poonch-key ”)

Pray for the Poles, they may well be our last line of defense.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

It Is Our Responsibility To Eliminate These Bothersome Invaders

Where are the animal rights activists when you need them?

h/t SmallDeadAnimals

Honestly, I think zoning laws should make these wasp zapping contraptions mandatory for all new builds, but then I’m deathly allergic to wasps so I’ll allow as how my position may be considered extreme. Still, nothing - not even ants - can ruin a good picnic the way wasps can.

It does occur to me that if you can take out that many wasps with just a modified string trimmer the carnage caused by their much larger mechanical relatives must be biblical.

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I call for a pox on all of them – and I know who can make that happen.

shoebillI will bend your arms of steel with my powerful talons and send them pummeling to earth

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Just to be clear though, I’m totally down with the wasp zapper.

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Because the only good wasp is a dead wasp. In my humble opinion.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

#FLOTUSFriday–Squirrel Boy Edition

Imagine if you will a world in which “independent conservative” Mark Roberts tweeted this about a black FLOTUS:

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The blowback would have spread the California wildfire all the way to Oregon by now.

In fact, I believe Imus got fired for a similarly tasteless and offensive remark about black women - and that was long before #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo turned the country into a bunch of hyper-sensitive racist/sexist hypochondriacs.

Mind you, Roberts isn’t really any kind of conservative, independent or otherwise. But somehow this creepy guy is what is imagined as a conservative in certain parts of Oregon. I understand he’s a third tier wannabe without a chance of winning his race for the House but with a high need to be noticed.  Duly noted, Marky.

And by the way, eat your heart out, squirrel boy.

melania smileI’m Melania Trump, and I approve this message.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Mexican Nationals In America Get Caught Doing the Jobs Americans Won’t

We’re told they enter the  country illegally because they want a better life. This is one way to get a “better life,” Seven illegal immigrants from Mexico have been charged with trying to rob a jewelry store in a Texas mall on Saturday

7 mexican nationals aka illegals

The men are Zepeda Abner Posos, 24; Alberto Rafael Barrera, 32; Brayan Oliver Melchor, 23; and Javier Leobardo Olvera-Ramirez, 22, Jorge Angel Rodriguez Mejia, 28; Miguel Quintanilla-Cardenas, 26; and Raul Alberto Rangel-Rivera, 43. According to police, all are undocumented Mexican nationals (illegal aliens).

But don’t worry boys, you’ll be out of jail soon enough and free to rob again in the sanctuary city of your choice as ICE won’t be allowed to deport you and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided yesterday that the Trump administration cannot withhold federal funds from California’s immigrant-friendly “sanctuary” cities and counties.

So I guess we’ll see you again in (Supreme) Court. Hopefully Justice Kavanaugh will be seated by then.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

There’s A Whole Lot Of AI Going On Around Here

If left to their own devices Progressives will always tell you definitively who they are and what they believe;  then they will follow their irrational beliefs to their illogical conclusions.

Exhibit A (via Victory Girls):

Trump, however, has it exactly backwards: The solution to America’s immigration problems is open borders, under which the United States imposes no immigration restrictions at all. If the U.S. adopts this policy, the benefits will far outweigh the costs.

Legalize ALL immigration
Illegal immigration will disappear, by definition. Much commentary on immigration — Trump and fellow travelers aside — suggests that legal immigration is good and that illegal immigration is bad. So, legalize all immigration.

Government will then have no need to define or interpret rules about asylum, economic hardship, family reunification, family separation, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and so on. When all immigration is legal, these issues are irrelevant.

The question of fairness about who enters first — those who waited in line or those who entered illegally — disappears. Amnesty for existing illegal immigrants also becomes a non-issue. Or an open borders policy could require anyone who entered illegally to exit the country — for exactly five minutes — and then re-enter legally.

Think about the money we could save and make
Expenditure on immigration enforcement would shrink to nothing, because open borders means no walls, fences, screening at airports, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), deportations, detention centers or immigration courts. A 2013 report estimated that immigration enforcement cost more than $18 billion annually, and standard indicators suggest costs have grown further since then.

They will send their best
The government’s fiscal balance could actually improve with more legal immigrants earning income and paying taxes in America. And under open borders, any added immigration will plausibly come from those with even higher skills and incomes, who faced weaker incentives to immigrate when faced with the burden of current restrictions.

Expenditure on the welfare state will contract because even if immigrants vote for welfare spending, existing residents will vote for less generous benefits when they believe these accrue to recent immigrants.

Ay yi yi!

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There’s lots more for after you’ve had your covfefe. For now allow me to point out that this drivel was written by Jeffery Miron, Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University, as well as Director of Economics Studies at the Cato Institute. ECONOMICS for crying out loud! At first I thought Mr. Miron was writing satire along the lines of Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal but alas, he’s serious.

Clearly the esteem that is bequeathed to academics is misguided. Do you know who else (besides Nobel Prize in economics winner, Paul Krugman) is an economist? Little Ms. SJW and Democratic Socialist of-the-moment Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez:

Ocasio-Cortez graduated from Boston University, majoring in economics and international relations, and later worked for Senator Ted Kennedy's office where she focused on immigration issues.

After graduation, she returned home and became a community organizer. However, with the recession taking hold, along with the financial issues her family faced after her father's death in 2008 from cancer, Ocasio-Cortez took multiple low-wage restaurant jobs to help keep them afloat.

Note that “took multiple low-wage restaurant jobs” to keep her family afloat is political spin for “she couldn’t even hack it as a community organizer so she went back to tending bar for tips.”

If after reading this you still don’t think there’s an education bubble you are either not really trying or you are a Progressive.

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There’s a whole lot of AI going on around here.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

More Science Deniers

File  under “child abuse” 

Course disputes idea that heterosexual sex is 'natural'

  • Eugene Lang College is offering a "Queer Ecologies" course this fall devoted to countering “heterosexist” explanations of animals and nature.
  • According to the instructor, common scientific practices like using the terms "male" and "female" when describing reproduction among plants and animals contributes to the perception that "queerness" is "unnatural."
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    And do you know what else is unnatural? – post normal science (PNS).

    Once there was modern science, which was hard work; now we have postmodern science, where the quest for real, absolute truth is outdated, and "science" is a wax nose that can be twisted in any direction to underpin the latest lying narrative in the pursuit of power. Except they didn't call it ‘postmodern' science because then we might smell a rat. They called it PNS (post-normal science) and hoped we wouldn't notice…

    Science has succumbed to the same virus that beset literature, art, economics, and the rest of the social sciences: postmodernism. Postmodernism is a progressive virus that negates reason, objectivity, and truth -- replacing them with relativism, subjectivism, and pragmatism. Having colonized every other branch of academics decades ago, postmodernism has now come for science. DFD

    "Queer Ecologies" could well be a foundation course in PNS:

    According to the course description, students will be taught to “reimagine evolutionary processes, ecological interactions, and environmental politics in light of queer theory…”

    Davis explained that queer ecologies is an “interdisciplinary field that examines the relationship between sexuality and nature, thinking beyond the boundaries of assuming that heterosexuality is the norm or standard.”

    The field “inquires into the sexual lives of animals, plants, and bacteria—lives that are often much more strange, adaptable, and queer than anything humans do,” she elaborated. “It also seeks to critique how heterosexuality is presumed as natural.”

    I  find it a bit odd that “Queer Ecology” is offered in the Media and Culture department rather than the Science department but I put that down to the fact that they are science deniers.

    science deniers dilbert

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    Monday, July 30, 2018

    Choose Wisely Weedhopper

    Michigan’s primary is August 7 and last weekend the Progressive People’s Heroine from the Republic of New York came to my state to promote her equally progressive choice for Michigan’s governor. Why anyone should care who a socialist bartender from the Bronx thinks should be governor of our state is beyond me, but here she is, in her F-Me boots, promoting fellow socialist, Abdul El-Sayed.

    Related Bernie Sanders endorses Abdul El-Sayed for Michigan governorYeah, let’s elect more of that.

    If you’re keeping track, El-Sayed was likewise endorsed by Bernie Sanders last week so it looks like he’s pretty much got the Progressive Democrats United votes locked up. And he’s got the Bernie-bro platform to keep them:

    He has pledged universal healthcare to all Michiganders if it fails on the federal level, says he will push to legalize marijuana and says he will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and make Michigan a “sanctuary state”: as a spokesman puts it, he is “unwilling to waste state taxpayer money to enforce federal law that would rob small businesses of hardworking employees and tear apart families.”

    Sure, there are still a lot of people holding irrational fears about nominating another guy with a funny sounding name. But here’s a hard-hitting interview that should allay the fears of all of you prejudiced Islamophobes:

    The rumors surrounding El-Sayed’s faith are small but persistent, spread by a handful of far-right websites preying on the uninformed and fearful.

    One morning, I asked him about them over breakfast.

    “Are you the spear tip of a vast Muslim conspiracy to bring Sharia law to the US?”

    “No,” he said.

    “Are you a front for the Muslim brotherhood to pervert American politics towards terrorism?”

    “No.”

    “Were you handpicked by George Soros to lead a vast liberal takeover of the government?”

    “No. I’ve never met George Soros.” - Guardian

    So there you have it: the man is not in favor of Sharia Law, he’s just a progressive socialist. I leave it you you to determine which is worse.

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    Remind me and tomorrow I’ll tell you about my problems with my less-than-a-year-old-top-of-the-line-computer - assuming it’s still functioning at all.

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    Sunday, July 29, 2018

    Priorities

    Wishing you a peaceful Sunday.

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    Politics will continue to corrupt even as the corn continues to grow. My advice: just for today try to ignore the former and give thanks for the later.

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    corn-on-the-cob-lg Priorities, people, priorities.

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    Saturday, July 28, 2018

    And That Reminds me Of A Song…

    Twitter just got caught suppressing the accounts of U.S. lawmakers they don’t agree with, i.e. Republicans.

    What’s the big deal? Democrats have been doing everything in their power (and a few things beyond their powers) to suppress the policies of a politician they don’t agree with, with complete impunity.

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    Apparently Twitter changed their definition of “shadow banning” in order to be able to deny that they did it. Unlike Democrats who proudly continue with their obstructionism, some of which is beginning to look deranged if not illegal.maxine waters

    But that’s okay, if the Dems keep pushing their neo-socialist platform President Trump’s observation from 2016 will be even more true in 2020:

    “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters."1

    And that reminds me of a song:

    But I shot a man in Reno, Just to watch him die

    1For the benefit of Democrats and others with no sense of humor, he was JOKING.

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    Friday, July 27, 2018

    #FLOTUSFriday - “Prepare to be amazed. After all, that is what I do.”

    FLOTUS in Nashville:

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    She was visiting a children’s hospital that treats babies born with Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) - a group of conditions caused when a baby withdraws from opioids they were exposed to in the womb – i.e. mom was a drug addict.

    Of course the haters immediately unloaded on Melania because, you know, her husband is TEARING CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS ARMS!

    Meantime her husband, VSGDJT, just continues to MAGA, renegotiating trade deals around the world that will put the U.S. back on what the Left likes to call a “level playing field.” All while managing to keep the great economic engine that is America roaring along. June numbers out due out in an hour and by all accounts you should prepare to be amazed! Beyond all expectations. And unlike Obama, who did it with mirrors, President Trump does it the old fashioned way.

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    “Prepare to be amazed. After all, that is what I do.”

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