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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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.

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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.”

via www.foxnews.com

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

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The Richest 1% Now Own More Than 50% of the World’s Wealth | Fortune

The richest 1% now owns more than half of all the world’s household wealth, according to analysts at Credit Suisse. And they say inequality is only going to get worse over the coming years, with millennials having a particularly tough time.

via fortune.com

Of course they do.

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Zimbabwe’s generals tell Mugabe to stop purge or face coup | The Times & The Sunday Times

President Mugabe has been warned by Zimbabwe’s generals that if he does not stop his purge of senior figures in the ruling party he risks a coup.

In an unprecedented rebuke that will deepen the country’s growing political crisis, General Constantine Chiwenga, head of the armed forces, yesterday condemned the “gossiping, backbiting and public chastisement” that he said has split the ruling Zanu-PF party and could degenerate into serious conflict, which the military could not tolerate.

via www.thetimes.co.uk

I remember Sir Edgar Williams, The Warden of Rhodes House, telling me how excited he was about Robert Mugabe when he was a fresh young general. Now Mugabe approaches his end after his long, long, corrupt reign. If it's not already over that is, and he's just a puppet for his wife.

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Shooting near California elementary school leaves several dead, children wounded | Fox News

Four people were shot and killed Tuesday morning when a gunman opened fire at multiple "random" locations in Northern California — including near an elementary school, authorities said.

via www.foxnews.com

It's going to be harder to get guns in California I bet.

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