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Friday, November 17, 2017

As Canada prepares for legal pot, ex-cops get into the business

TORONTO (Reuters) - A former Canadian police chief and several colleagues who fought against making marijuana use legal have switched sides and embraced the looming legalization of cannabis with a leap into business.

via www.reuters.com

From my position in the strato- blogosphere, I have made no secret of my support for the legalization of pot. This is chiefly because I like the idea of being able to buy a joint at my local tobacconist and I too lazy to violate the law. But as the date approaches, I experience a certain chilliness in my pedal regions. Maybe it's not such a great idea after all. But heck, no one listens to me anyway, so I guess we'll just have to find out.

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Donald Trump is the most pro-life president in American history | Opinion | LifeSite

Even “Never Trumpers,” like Susan B. Anthony List’s Marjorie Dannenfelser, have come around after the fearless chief executive’s repeated --almost incessant, to the consternation of pro-abortionists-- pro-life appointments, constitutionalist nominations, and religious freedom executive orders.  

“When it comes down to actually getting concrete policy done, you couldn’t ask for a better White House,” Dannenfelser told the Hill.  “It’s far more solidly committed to the life issue than any other White House has been.”

via www.lifesitenews.com

A prominent pro-life law professor and lobbyist told me that pro-abortion lobbyists in our nation's capitol are totally into pro-life women, presumably because they tend to be womanly, attractive and just give out that vibe I guess. I thought this was pretty funny.

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Early Education Is a Game Changer: New Report Shows That Reaching Infants and Toddlers Reduces Special Education Placement, Leads to Soaring Graduation Rates | The 74

Access to early-childhood education significantly reduces students’ chances of being placed in special education or held back in school and increases their prospects of graduating high school, according to new research published by the American Educational Research Association. The report synthesizes evidence of the lasting, long-term benefits of high-quality preschool programs, which have often been dismissed as transient.

via www.the74million.org

Interesting, if not rent-seeking baloney.

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Pornography Is Worse than Feminism | Samuel D. James | First Things

I don’t believe that abortion, impotence, and homosexual pornography is what Domenech means when he lauds Hefner’s “appreciation of the beautiful.” If the Playboy legacy is one that embarrasses or frustrates feminists, fine. But I submit that we cannot celebrate it, because porn is even worse than feminism.

via www.firstthings.com

This is a weird little post. But it makes me wonder. Maybe there is a fundamental opposition between the traditional "bourgeois" worldview and what we are clearly slouching towards. No liberal middle ground. Gosh, I hope that's not true.

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Is Pope Francis a Liberal Protestant? | Gerald McDermott | First Things

As an outsider, I can’t help but wonder whether the pope and the USCCB were particularly provoked by Weinandy’s suggestion that Jesus had allowed this controversy in order “to manifest just how weak is the faith of many within the Church, even among too many of her bishops.” Catholics will have to make up their own minds—but I’ll admit I have questions about the faith of Pope Francis, which seems, if not weak, at least different from that of the Catholic tradition.

via www.firstthings.com

Oh dear. Hadn't thought of this.

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Five Additions to Supreme Court List | whitehouse.gov

One year ago, President Donald J. Trump was elected to restore the rule of law and to Make the Judiciary Great Again. Following the successful confirmation of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States and the nomination of more than seventy Federal judges—including five individuals from his Supreme Court list—President Trump today announced that he is refreshing his Supreme Court list with five additional judges. President Trump will choose a nominee for a future Supreme Court vacancy, should one arise, from this updated list of 25 individuals. The President remains deeply committed to identifying and selecting outstanding jurists in the mold of Justice Gorsuch. These additions, like those on the original list released more than a year ago, were selected with input from respected conservative leaders.

via www.whitehouse.gov

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If you could read Gordon Lightfoot’s mind, this is the tale his thoughts could tell By Don McLeese

We learn that the smooth surface of his signature sound belies the turbulence that has inspired some of his most memorable material, such as the enigmatic “Sundown” (an obsessive jealousy corrodes the soul) and even “If You Could Read My Mind” (a beguiling melody that finds a marriage on the rocks). In Lightfoot’s songcraft, still waters run deep, or at least deeper than you’d expect for someone who became branded an easy-listening artist.

Yes. I was a Gordon Lightfoot fan. Those were good years.

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Adopting a dog could lengthen your life, study says - CBS News

The researchers reported that dog owners who lived alone were 11 percent less likely to die of heart disease and a third less likely to die from any cause, compared with those who lived alone and didn't have a dog.

via www.cbsnews.com

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Dem candidate boasts of 'hayloft' romp, sex with 50 women in bid to preempt oppo | Fox News

In a textbook example of why Facebook users should pause for a moment of reflection before they post, a Democratic candidate for Ohio governor sought Friday to get ahead of any potential sex scandals by announcing the details of his relationships with 50 women. 

The sexcapade diary was in response to the Al Franken scandal, and included a hayloft romp with a "gorgeous blonde" and a fling with a "red head from Cleveland." 

via www.foxnews.com

I don't think pausing before posting would have helped this guy.

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Male Students No Longer Need to Prove Gender Identity to Play Girls' Sports in New Jersey

The athletic association that governs most of New Jersey's high school sports has updated its policy to allow biological male students to play on girls sports teams and vice versa without having to provide proof or some sort of documentation of their gender dysphoria.

On Wednesday, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association executive committee approved a policy that allows transgender students to simply notify their school administration if they desire to change genders without required medical consultation.

"A transgender student, defined as a student whose gender identity differs from the student's sex assigned at birth, shall be eligible to participate in accordance with either their birth sex or in accordance with their gender identity, but not both," the policy explains.

via www.christianpost.com

This should lead to a lot of new records being set anyway.

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Princeton issues guidelines for ‘Consent on the Dance Floor’

“Going to OBB this Friday? Planning to have a great time tearing up the dance floor with your friends?” the post asks. “Great! Check out some tips about what consent on the dance floor looks like!! #OBB #RespectMatters #ConsentIsCool #DoYouWannaDance?”

The post indicates that “Do you wanna dance?” is an appropriate opening, and that responses such as “Absolutely!,” “Yeah! Let’s do it!,” and “I’d love to!” are all ways of consenting to the question.

Beyond simply “asking & waiting for an answer,” the post also asserts that “frequently checking in with your dance partner” is required in order to maintain consent until the music stops, suggesting that the person who extended the invite periodically ask “Hey, are you still into this?” and volunteer that “We can stop if you aren’t.”

via www.campusreform.org

Well, presumably this only applies to Princeton women.

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Princeton issues guidelines for ‘Consent on the Dance Floor’

“Going to OBB this Friday? Planning to have a great time tearing up the dance floor with your friends?” the post asks. “Great! Check out some tips about what consent on the dance floor looks like!! #OBB #RespectMatters #ConsentIsCool #DoYouWannaDance?”

The post indicates that “Do you wanna dance?” is an appropriate opening, and that responses such as “Absolutely!,” “Yeah! Let’s do it!,” and “I’d love to!” are all ways of consenting to the question.

Beyond simply “asking & waiting for an answer,” the post also asserts that “frequently checking in with your dance partner” is required in order to maintain consent until the music stops, suggesting that the person who extended the invite periodically ask “Hey, are you still into this?” and volunteer that “We can stop if you aren’t.”

via www.campusreform.org

Well, presumably this only applies to Princeton women.

November 17, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Princeton issues guidelines for ‘Consent on the Dance Floor’

“Going to OBB this Friday? Planning to have a great time tearing up the dance floor with your friends?” the post asks. “Great! Check out some tips about what consent on the dance floor looks like!! #OBB #RespectMatters #ConsentIsCool #DoYouWannaDance?”

The post indicates that “Do you wanna dance?” is an appropriate opening, and that responses such as “Absolutely!,” “Yeah! Let’s do it!,” and “I’d love to!” are all ways of consenting to the question.

Beyond simply “asking & waiting for an answer,” the post also asserts that “frequently checking in with your dance partner” is required in order to maintain consent until the music stops, suggesting that the person who extended the invite periodically ask “Hey, are you still into this?” and volunteer that “We can stop if you aren’t.”

via www.campusreform.org

Well, presumably this only applies to Princeton women.

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Ohio supreme court justice: Leave Al Franken alone because, just fyi, I've probably boinked 50 chicks myself - Hot Air Hot Air

Yeah, neither Franken nor Moore has been criticized for chasing women per se. Franken’s been rapped for allegedly kissing Leeann Tweeden without her consent, then pretending to grope her while she slept. Moore’s been accused of pursuing teenaged girls, some under the age of consent, while he was in his 30s and of assaulting one of them. O’Neill’s post is a total non sequitur, suggesting either that he doesn’t understand the problem with what Franken and Moore are accused of — again, this is a state supreme court justice — or that he’s using the scandals as a pretext to tell everyone how often he scored in his prime. Either way, this is probably the closest we’ve come to a prominent politician posting a dick pic since Anthony Weiner.

via hotair.com

I don't know what to say about this. Some things defy parody. Seemingly more of them all the time.

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Why the World is Giving Up on Genders | Acumen | OZY

It’s been more than 30 years since Prince first sang, “I’m not a woman / I’m not a man / I am something that you’ll never understand.” Today, teens increasingly view gender on a spectrum and don’t see themselves or their peers as absolutely male or female.

via www.ozy.com

This is what people in my generation would call a mistake.

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Who created Game of Life? Court aims to find out - San Francisco Chronicle

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Who will win The Game of Life?

Testimony is scheduled to begin Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles in a lawsuit over who owns the rights to one of the most popular board games of all time.

via www.sfchronicle.com

Judge brother of famous blogger presiding!

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Chinese officials pay poor to swap religious images for portraits of Xi | CNS top stories

HONG KONG (CNS) — Officials in China’s eastern Jiangxi province have replaced religious images displayed by Christian families with portraits of the country’s leader, Xi Jinping.

Ucanews.com reported that, on Nov. 12, pictures were uploaded to the popular social messaging service WeChat account of Huangjinbu town government, showing officials removing images of the cross and other religious subjects in Yugan County.

The message from officials said the Christians involved had “recognized their mistakes and decided not to entrust to Jesus but to the (Communist) Party” claiming the Christians voluntarily removed 624 religious images and posted 453 portraits of Xi.

via cnstopstories.com

Those darn Reds.

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Drinking Alone Leads to Divorce—In Rodents

According to a study published November 17 in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, in fact, prairie vole couples have similar problems as humans when one mate hits the bottle a little too hard.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

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Navy Admits Its Aircraft Drew Lewd Images in Sky | Military.com

Okanogan residents told The Spokesman-Review that they saw the male genitalia deliberately being drawn in the skies above their town by a jet around noon Thursday.

via www.military.com

Fighter pilots will be fighter pilots.

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When someone you has odor problems -- The Right Coast

Some seven years ago now I defied my lovely wife Jeanne's ("LWJ's") pleas and purchased a chocolate Labrador puppy to keep my yellow lab company.  No one should have to go through life alone, as anyone who owns a doggy companion knows.  After reading books on buying puppies I did a diligent search on the web, and found a kennel in Nevada that seemed to represent the best in breeding standards and all of that.  I bought the largest male in a litter produced by two long lines of American and British show champions, and drove up to a distinctly odd neighborhood somewhere in Los Angeles to collect my purchase.

The house was easy to find.  The lawn was covered with gnomes, little fake deer, flamingos, and everything else you can imagine putting on a little lawn.  The inside of the house was crowded with a dozen chihuahuas, and did not smell great.  But inside a crate was a brown fur covered basketball shaped creature with four little legs that could only be my new dog.  I named him Denali in Alpenglow as his official AKC name, Denali for short, after a memorable camping trip where LWJ and I watched the great Alaskan mountain for many hours straight over a preternaturally clear solstice one summer in Alaska.  One the way home, little Denali produced copious liquid poops that made the car smell for months afterwards.  It was a sign of things to come.  I loved him deeply.

via rightcoast.typepad.com

LWJ and I were reminiscing about Denali this morning. He was such a good dog.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

New Gun Bill Urges Everyone to Obey the Other Gun Bills - Hit & Run : Reason.com

A new bipartisan bill aimed at fixing the holes in the federal background check system was introduced today. Sponsored by an unlikely collection of senators that includes Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), the "Fix NICS Act" promises to "enforce current law regarding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System" (NICS) by giving money to states that do a good job of getting records into the system, and by penalizing federal agencies that do a bad job of it.

via reason.com

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Everybody Knew About Al Franken | The Rush Limbaugh Show

Franken is throwing himself on the fire. What will the Democrats do? I think what they’re gonna do is try to pretend this isn’t happening. The smart thing for them to do would be to get rid of Franken, have the governor in Minnesota appoint a Democrat to replace him. You don’t miss or lose a seat this way. And in so doing you make yourself bulletproof in your effort to get rid of Roy Moore. You make yourself bulletproof in your effort to get rid of Trump.

But if they go in the other direction and try to protect and harbor a man accused of sexual harassment with a photo to prove it, if they try to save that guy, if they try to harbor him, keep him there by running out the clock or by relying on the media to not report it, which I think they might do, I think they might have full confidence that the media will ignore this, stay focused on Moore, say stay focused on Trump, say focused on anything and just ignore the Franken circumstance.

via www.rushlimbaugh.com

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As judiciary nominees come quick, Democrats cry foul - CNNPolitics

With more drama than the typical judiciary confirmation hearing, the session before the Senate judiciary committee spotlighted the strategy of Trump and his partners in the majority party to seat nominees at a faster clip than previous administrations and had Democrats crying foul.

via www.cnn.com

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Trump offers North Korea a nuclear deal - Nikkei Asian Review

SEOUL -- During his first visit to South Korea, President Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday that North Korea enter into talks over scrapping its nuclear and missile programs, apparently keeping the door open for dialogue with Pyongyang after months of tough talk on both sides. 

via asia.nikkei.com

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Grassley Prepares to Bypass Franken to Move Trump Appeals Court Nominee

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley is ready to move forward with President Donald Trump’s appellate judicial nominees, even when home-state senators have formal objections.

Grassley is going to move ahead with confirmation hearings for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to be a judge on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Politico reported ahead of a formal announcement by the chairman.

“The Democrats seriously regret that they abolished the filibuster, as I warned them they would,” Grassley said on the Senate floor Thursday. “But they can’t expect to use the blue slip courtesy in its place.”

via www.rollcall.com

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Best of the Web Today

The Affordable Care Act required Medicare to penalize hospitals with high numbers of heart failure patients who returned for treatment shortly after discharge. New research shows that penalty was associated with fewer readmissions, but also higher rates of death among that patient group.

The researchers said the study results, being published in JAMA Cardiology, can’t show cause and effect, but “support the possibility that the [penalty] has had the unintended consequence of increased mortality in patients hospitalized with heart failure.”

via tk.wsjemail.com

November 16, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Will The Senate Become The Burial Chamber For Tax Reform?

After the House Ways and Means Committee passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill, Republicans in the U.S. Senate released their own tax reform proposal last week. Some of the Senate proposals are improvements, but some are worse than the House version.

Several GOP senators have already threatened not to support either the Senate or the House version. Since the GOP has a very thin majority in the Senate, people can’t help but wonder whether the Senate will become the burial chamber for GOP tax reform like it was for the Obamacare repeal.

via thefederalist.com

This is precisely my fear. But you're going to be dead in just a speck of time in the history of the universe, so don't sweat it.

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Little House, Small Government | New Republic

What the people in the covered wagons did not grasp was that to a large extent they were pawns in the hands of political and business interests—especially those of the railroads—that needed to see ground broken across the entire continent. The pioneers never understood the hucksterism behind the “go west, young man” rhetoric that urged them to go where none had gone before, with no hard knowledge of what actually lay before them. All the pioneers knew—in their fantasies, that is—was that just over the horizon lay adventure, opportunity, possible wealth, and certain freedom.

via newrepublic.com

Oh, geez, bite me, New Republic.

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GOP leaders weigh drastic plan to save Alabama Senate seat - POLITICO

Republican leaders are exploring a dramatic remedy to salvage the Alabama Senate seat as fresh polling shows Roy Moore's prospects fading fast.

via www.politico.com

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The individual mandate belongs in the trash heap

The individual mandate – the requirement that virtually all Americans obtain government-approved health insurance or pay a penalty — has long been the least popular part of the Affordable Care Act. Narrowly surviving a Supreme Court challenge in 2012, the mandate’s associated penalty has since technically been a “tax,” as it was only by the taxing power that the provision was found constitutional.

It would only be appropriate now for congressional leaders to repeal this mandate, or at least reduce the "tax" amount to $0, via tax reform legislation.

This would have several positive effects. First, the obvious: the approximately 6.5 million people who paid the penalty last year would not have to pay it this year.

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

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Tarantula Hawk Wasp Parasitizes Spider in Video From Arizona

A very astute child watched a tarantula hawk wasp attack a tarantula—and narrated the science behind the encounter beautifully for his family, who was watching it unfold live with him.

The wasp, which is parasitic, was attacking the tarantula in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. The insect’s goal was to try to paralyze the spider, as the child suspected. Karen and Matthew Perry from Tucson, Arizona, captured the footage with their children, Cash and Cadence, while on their way to go hiking.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

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Senator Al Franken Kissed and Groped Me Without My Consent, And There’s Nothing Funny About It | KABC-AM

Senator Franken, you wrote the script. But there’s nothing funny about sexual assault.

via www.kabc.com

It's funny that Franken is getting his comeuppance however. But sadly it won't matter.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Leonid Meteor Shower Will Streak Through Skies This Weekend | Smart News | Smithsonian

The Leonids take place when the Earth passes through the dust and debris trailing behind by the comet Tempel-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 33 years. When our planet crosses its path of particulate, some bits of debris enter Earth’s atmosphere, igniting in sparkling streaks of light in the sky. This year promises good views thanks to the absence of moonlight during the shower’s peak. The meteors are expected to fall at a rate of 10 to 25 per hour.

via www.smithsonianmag.com

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California Is First State to Approve LGBT-Inclusive History Books for K-8 Schools | Advocate.com

On Thursday, the California state board of education approved 10 LGBT-inclusive history textbooks for K-8 classrooms, becoming the first state in the U.S. to do so.

The state board of education also rejected two books that did not include LGBT history, as this exclusion violates California's 2011 Fair Education Act.

via www.advocate.com

Many, many gay persons have made historical contributions. Trans people, not so much. Just sayin'.

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Man says he was victimized by Colorado State Rep. Paul Rosenthal | Colorado Springs Gazette, News

Thomas Cavaness, a campaign organizer in 2012, says he was a young, recently out gay man when now State Rep. Paul Rosenthal, D-Denver, grabbed his inner thigh during a campaign event hosted by LGBT and community allies.

Rosenthal denies the allegations, telling The Denver Post, "He's lying."

via gazette.com

It's regular sexual harassment fandango.

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Oregon State Senator Calls For Public Investigation, Says 15 Other Women Inappropriately Touched By Kruse . News | OPB

In her first detailed account of alleged harassment at the Oregon Capitol, state Sen. Sara Gelser says a fellow legislator touched her breasts and placed his hand on her thigh under a dais. And she says as many as 15 other women have also accused Sen. Jeff Kruse of unwanted touching. 

via www.opb.org

I think it's very insensitive to refer to these persons as pervs. Maybe they're just challenged with respect to conventional sexual norms.

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Grace Mugabe's Fast Rise Rubbed Zimbabwe the Wrong Way

For 37 years, Robert Mugabe withstood challenges to his rule from former allies, from sanctions, from the opposition that nearly toppled him in the 2008 election. Today, it appears he has finally lost his grip on power, undone in part by the actions of his wife, first lady Grace Mugabe.

via www.voanews.com

This is just so sexist.

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Robert Mugabe: A Legacy Of Tyrannical Rule, Economic Ruin And International Isolation : Parallels : NPR

Mugabe then encouraged the violent seizure of thousands of flourishing, white-owned industrial farms. The government handed a lot of those farms to political allies who knew little about farming, and production plummeted.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas reported in a 2016 study of the Zimbabwean economy that the production of tobacco, Zimbabwe's major cash crop, dropped by 64 percent between 2000 and 2008. That was followed by drought and profligate government spending. Zimbabwe's economy collapsed.

The symbol of runaway inflation became the $100 trillion note, printed in early 2009.

But Mugabe stayed in power, even after he lost the first round of a 2008 election. He used violence to muzzle the opposition and rewarded his inner circle with plum jobs that led to riches.

via www.npr.org

That darn Mugabe.

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Congress has a pervert problem

She then proceeded to explain why putting up posters full of legalese written in tiny print is the surest way of making it absolutely clear to Rep. BlueBlazer McEntrepreneurship that he should not under any circumstances be showing his penis to members of his staff or his fellow representatives. Adults, especially those with college degrees, proud service in our nation's Armed Forces, decades of experience getting things done in the private sector, and the other sorts of things that you generally find on the CVs of congressmen, learn these things from posters when they are 40 or 50 years old. Who would know otherwise?

via theweek.com

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ABA and Dems Smear Court Picks | RealClearPolitics

Democrats and the liberal media are slamming President Trump for packing federal courts with "unfit" judges. Nonsense. Trump's nominees have impressive credentials. What's the left's real gripe? These judges will decide cases based on what the U.S. Constitution says, instead of rewriting law to suit a progressive agenda.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

Dog bites man.

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Please, Democrats, no more op-eds about how terribly Bill Clinton behaved 20 years after it mattered - Hot Air Hot Air

But the stench of opportunism is so thick, it’s suffocating. Only now, 20 years later, with the Clintons at the nadir of their political influence and a storm of sexual misconduct allegations in the media raging against left- and right-wingers alike to provide cover — only now is it safe to say, “Yeah, in hindsight, that wasn’t very woke of us”? Democrats had an opportunity just 18 months ago to reckon with Bill’s behavior and Hillary’s enabling of it by denying her their party’s nomination and they punted again. There’s not a right-winger from coast to coast who believes this sudden moment of candor about Bill’s scumbaggery would be nearly as candid if he and Hillary were in the White House today, assuming the moment came at all. Despite proudly proclaiming themselves the party of feminism, most Democrats would have approached it the same way most Republican voters approached the sexual assault allegations against Trump and the same way most Alabama Republican voters will approach the allegations against Roy Moore — the party simply has too much invested in this particular person to believe the accusations against him, no matter how credible. The women are lying because they have to be lying. Our hold on power depends upon it.

via hotair.com

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Patrick Leahy grills federal judge nominee over bacon tweet - Business Insider

In Wednesday's confirmation hearing, Leahy suggested that the bacon tweet showed Willett's disdain for the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriages.

via www.businessinsider.com

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What was this strange light over Phoenix last night?

There is a more logical and scientific explanation for the Phoenix light. Arizona's 12 News reports that the "Leonid meteor shower is active in November, and it is expected to peak later this week." The city government, too, tagged its video with the hashtag #Meteor.

via theweek.com

Arizona has all the fun.

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Roy Moore's Christianity is Built on Fear | National Review

More importantly, this is where faith has to trump fear and uncertainty. We have to understand that there is no way around dependence on God. There is no formula for child-rearing. There is no foolproof guide to a happy marriage. No man can tell you how to secure your health or lead you to wealth. There is no community anyone can build that can protect its members from sin or temptation, and the utopian impulse itself can crack open the door to hell.

via www.nationalreview.com

I think this column is pretty awful, but it's a great headline.

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EDITORIAL: Group of wealthy progressives wants to pay more taxes – Las Vegas Review-Journal

The well-to-do members of a group called Responsible Wealth have a message for the Republican Congress: Please raise our taxes!

The group, which has about 700 members, made a splash in the East Coast media by announcing it will send a letter to Congress this week opposing tax cuts and tax reform. These Thurston Howell types, the Washington Post reports, “say the GOP is making a mistake by reducing taxes on the richest families at a time when the nation’s debt is high and inequality is back to its worst level since the 1920s.”

via www.reviewjournal.com

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Kennedy, Clinton, and Weinstein Sexual Assaults: Accountability Conveniently Timed | National Review

Right now, we are indeed having a reckoning about a longtime blind eye to powerful men abusing women, but it’s occurring on the most convenient terms for the Democratic party — when Kennedy is dead, Bill Clinton is retired and fading into memory, Hillary’s prospects are done, and her closest network of supporters now largely live on the ash heap of American political history. Funny how all of this worked out so conveniently for the party.

via www.nationalreview.com

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Philip Larkin - Annus Mirabilis

Annus Mirabilis

Sexual intercourse began
In nineteen sixty-three
(which was rather late for me) -
Between the end of the "Chatterley" ban
And the Beatles' first LP.

Up to then there'd only been
A sort of bargaining,
A wrangle for the ring,
A shame that started at sixteen
And spread to everything.

Then all at once the quarrel sank:
Everyone felt the same,
And every life became
A brilliant breaking of the bank,
A quite unlosable game.

So life was never better than
In nineteen sixty-three
(Though just too late for me) -
Between the end of the "Chatterley" ban
And the Beatles' first LP.

via www.wussu.com

A great poem. H/t dearime.

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Socialism's obsession with race - CapX

Peoples stuck in feudalism, like the Slavs, “as well as Basques, Bretons and Scottish Highlanders”, could not progress straight from feudalism to communism. They would have to be exterminated – so as not to keep everyone else back! Watson noted, “They were racial trash, as Engels called them, and fit only for the dung-heap of history.”

How, then, are we to think of socialism and race, and does the answer to that question have any bearing on the distinction that has been drawn between the Nazi and communist atrocities?

via capx.co

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Jeff Sessions And Paul Ryan Say Roy Moore Accusations Are Credible : NPR

"He's totally well-known and extremely popular in Alabama," McConnell said during the interview. Though, McConnell acknowledged how difficult such an effort would be. It's too late to take Moore's name off the ballot, and he is rallying his supporters against McConnell's pressure to quit the race in the face of allegations from a number of women who say he pursued them romantically or sexually assaulted them as teenagers.

via www.npr.org

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Lawmakers call out colleagues, accuse them of sexual harassment | Fox News

At least two sitting members of Congress - one from each party - have been the subjects of rampant sexual harassment complaints, one lawmaker testified Tuesday in a House hearing about overhauling the current system on Capitol Hill that some argue stacks the deck against the accuser.

Without naming names, California Rep. Jackie Speier said she’d heard stories of victims having their “private parts grabbed on the House floor.”

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We will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

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