2015-08-28

Quebec Assaults The Livelihoods Of Its Citizens: Maple Syrup Bootlegging Is A Product Of Bull Shit Price And Supply Fixing Schemes

Notice the 'it's a small band of renegades who won't bow to the all-knowing Federation' attitude of Simon Trepanier - Executive Director of Quebec Federation of Maple Syrup Producers.

So. Let's get this straight. The government of Quebec forcibly stole a producers equipment and directly threatened his family's livelihood because of the racket they set up?

There's but one thing to say. Trepanier and his asshole commies should be fed to a woodchipper.

Look. You want to form a federation to protect your product? Go ahead. But the second that federation uses the force of the government to destroy another producer then to me you're nothing more than a legalized mafia.

If you can't operate in a FREE MARKET you're a useless parasite who relies on state coercion to destroy lives who don't bend to you schemes. Permits, licenses, federations etc. - all rackets that assault private individuals.

Man, this story pisses me off. Alas, this is par for the course in Quebec and North America in general. Government agencies have the power to shut down and destroy family businesses.

But they get to keep their pensions though for doing so.

I'm gonna buy my syrup outside of Quebec from now on.

Evil pricks.

If this report from the New York Times doesn't make your blood boil you have no understanding of what justice is and how free markets are supposed to operate.

2015-08-23

(Not So) Daily Derp

I'm baaaaccckkk! Phew. I'm tired.

Intermission!

Already?

/slurps lemonade. 

Why not?

The Go Wows:



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How do you define irrational?

Lemme help you out:

"...Although experts estimate that only 1 percent of Americans - about 3 million people - actually suffer from celiac disease, 18 percent of adults now buy gluten-free foods."

Not enough?


Alrighty then:


"Subjects would be provided with every single meal for the duration of the trial. Any and all potential dietary triggers for gastrointestinal symptoms would be removed, including lactose (from milk products), certain preservatives like benzoates, propionate, sulfites, and nitrites, and fermentable, poorly absorbed short-chain carbohydrates, also known as FODMAPs. And last, but not least, nine days worth of urine and faecal matter would be collected. With this new study, Gibson wasn’t messing around.

The subjects cycled through high-gluten, low-gluten, and no-gluten (placebo) diets, without knowing which diet plan they were on at any given time. In the end, all of the treatment diets - even the placebo diet - caused pain, bloating, nausea, and gas to a similar degree. It didn’t matter if the diet contained gluten. (Read more about the study.)"

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"Students at Santa Clara University are supposed call to report any and all “bias incidents” to 911.
“If the bias incident is in progress or just occurred: ALWAYS CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY,” the university website states."

"Hello? 911? Someone has a different opinion than the one I hold! Can you arrest them because they hurt my feelings and I can't stand to live next to such barbarians!"

Idiots.

All courtesy of the enlightened progressive left.

"...The EthicsPoint report form for Student Bias Instances at Santa Clara allows students to report bias incidents even if they weren’t directly involved in the alleged bias; students can report bias incidents that they overheard. Not only can students use EthicsPoint to anonymously turn in the perpetrator of the alleged bias incident but they can also turn in “any persons who have attempted to conceal” the bias incident.


The Santa Clara Police Department referred Campus Reform to the university's Student Life department for comment. 


Campus Reform spoke with Lester Deanes, the Assistant Dean for Student Life, who said that microaggressions are covered under the bias incident policy. Deanes emphasized, however, that the bias incident policy isn’t exclusively limited to microaggressions and that the university intentionally left the definition broad so as to encourage students to come forward with whatever they felt needed to be brought to the university’s attention."

This is so insane and creepy that at some point, all this will balance itself out.

It has to.

People can't be this shallow, sensitive and stupid.

I refuse to believe they are.

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Trump is leading because he's ball busting. And quite frankly, people are tired of spineless politicians who 'apologize' the second reactionaries that inhibit the SJW ranks go berserk.

Yes, some of his policy ideas are, well, insane, but he's just saying what people say in private all the time.

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Are illegal immigrants committing crime higher than the average American?

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Good discussion about Caitlyn Jenner on Joe Rogan's radio show.



I think it's bang on.

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Obama foreign policy logic at work with Iran:

"Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press."

Iran loves to play the fiddle with America present.

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Welcome back Rhinoceros Party!

The party that wanted to repeal the Law of Gravity now wants to nationaize Tim Hortons. 

God I love these guys.

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Thinking of investing in gold and silver and other precious metals?

Here's a guide.

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The end of religious freedom.

"...Yet instead of exhibiting a basic level of tolerance (or dignity), two priggish bullies decided to call the authorities when Phillips refused to bake them a cake. And the cultural commissars at the Colorado Civil Rights Commission soon ruled that he had discriminated against the couple."

That's exactly what these two dopes are: Intolerant bullies. Sociopaths who want us to follow their pain.

Those two had a choice to just shut up and take their business elsewhere but nooooo. They wanted to make a "point" and destroy a business and a family. Stated another way, I don't believe because someone refuses to bake a cake should lead to him or her being coerced into doing so. And that the courts side with them is equally disturbing.

I don't give a shit about their precious little feelings. No one has a damn right to a fucken cake.

I care about ALL RIGHTS. And in this case they were free to turn the other cheek and move on with their lives and not make an issue of it.

Stuff like this doesn't win them brownie points.

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Tell you what. If cops keep getting away with some of the obscene actions we've seen over the last little, it will just further erode the public trust in the police force.

In the end, it's what the people think that matters. Not the police chief. If cops choose to make this a 'us v them' issue then this is unfortunate. 

I don't know if it's the training or the kind of people the job attracts but the statistics show being a police officer is not as dangerous as they claim.

From Simple Justice:

"Yes, if police can’t possibly be sufficiently well-trained, sufficiently smart, sufficiently brave to make good choices, Patterico’s trade-offs will happen.  But the innocent non-cop didn’t have a choice in the matter.  She didn’t ask to be wrongfully stopped. She didn’t ask to have a cop misinterpret her innocent movement, her exercise of constitutional rights, her skin color, to feed into a cop’s bad choice.  She didn’t ask to die, and she wants to get home for dinner just as much as the cop does.
 
If there have to be trade-offs, then there is no question who prevails. There is no “officer safety” exception to the Constitution, and along with the authority to use a gun comes the responsibility of making smart choices. The people win."

That's the problem. Stupid laws and stupid policies like the war on drugs, leads to cops enforcing those stupid laws and more often than not, people are incarcerated or killed for...meth and marijuana.

I don't know but to me it's not a good trade-off.

At all.

From comments:

"While it is terrible for the cop who got pistol-whipped by a member of the public, I feel as a member of the public that I should assure the police that this was just an isolated incident involving one bad apple and we shall see to it that this gentleman is given a severe written reprimand and a couple of weeks of paid leave followed by a six-hour refresher course on the policies and procedures followed here in the general public. Now let us put this tragic incident behind us and hear no more about it."

And that in a nutshell summarizes my point above.

Bad cops should be fired. End of story.

Or else, confidence and trust erodes.

Simple math.

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I still think I have one of the better blogs out there.

Like I mean. Where can you find this sorta shit?




Man, those guys musta been high when they shot this.

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Break time!

I always relax with a nice cup of Wilkins coffee:



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Can Hillary really survive this email scandal? If she doesn't, will she blame Bush?

The FBI opens a criminal probe over the scandal.



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Loathsome SJW of the moment: Sara Parker-Toulson.

"Feminist Sara Parker-Toulson, who has already backed a violent threat against Roosh, supported a Facebook post by fellow SJW Christian Caouette, one which expressed a vehement desire for our proprietor’s future daughter to be raped. Clearly enamored by the biased attention she and other delusional SJWs have received from the negligent Montreal and other Canadian media, she now thinks “hate” can be stopped by wishing rape on unborn children."

Nice people.

Intellectualism is in good hands.

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Franz Reichelt plummets to his death in 1912:



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Still can't believe Alberta voted for the NDP.

Unbelievable.

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Next up for progressives: Emasculating men by asking them (through coercive policy naturally) not to work.

Da fuck is wrong with these people? The other day I read an article by one of these metrosexual males babbling about how grilling is a barbaric make ritual.

/flashes 'L' on forehead.

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Ladies and gentleman, the President of the United States in all his relativist vapidity:

"During a speech Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Barack Obama leavened his condemnation of the Islamic State's recent atrocities with a word of warning to his fellow Christians who wish to conflate the militant group's actions with Islam as a whole.

"Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ," the president said. "In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ."

Murderous extremism, he continued, "is not unique to one group or one religion. There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith.”

/face palm.

Er, no. At the moment, Islam is the only one acted with extreme barbarity.

This guy.

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Minimum wage as eugenics:

From The Freeman:

"In his “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Martin Luther King Jr. identifies the government as the enemy of the rights and dignity of blacks. He was locked up for marching without a permit. King cites the injustices of the police and courts in particular. And he inspired a movement to raise public consciousness against state brutality, especially as it involved fire hoses, billy clubs, and jail cells.
Less obvious, however, had been the role of a more covert means of subjugation — forms of state coercion deeply embedded in the law and history of the United States. And they were offered as policies grounded in science and the scientific management of society.

Consider the minimum wage. How much does racism have to do with it? Far more than most people realize. A careful look at its history shows that the minimum wage was originally conceived as part of a eugenics strategy — an attempt to engineer a master race through public policy designed to cleanse the citizenry of undesirables. To that end, the state would have to bring about the isolation, sterilization, and extermination of nonprivileged populations."

"...Leonard documents an alarming series of academic articles and books appearing between the 1890s and the 1920s that were remarkably explicit about a variety of legislative attempts to squeeze people out of the work force. These articles were not written by marginal figures or radicals but by the leaders of the profession, the authors of the great textbooks, and the opinion leaders who shaped public policy.

“...Progressive economists, like their neoclassical critics,” Leonard explains, “believed that binding minimum wages would cause job losses. However, the progressive economists also believed that the job loss induced by minimum wages was a social benefit, as it performed the eugenic service ridding the labor force of the ‘unemployable.’”

"....At least the eugenicists, for all their pseudo-scientific blathering, were not na├»ve about the effects of wage floors. These days, you can count on media talking heads and countless politicians to proclaim how wonderful the minimum wage is for the poor. Wage floors will improve the standard of living, they say. But back in 1912, they knew better — minimum wages exclude workers — and they favored them precisely because such wage floors drive people out of the job market. People without jobs cannot prosper and are thereby discouraged from reproducing. Minimum wages were designed specifically to purify the demographic landscape of racial inferiors and to keep women at the margins of society."

"...But the minimum wage is in a special category because, these days, its effects are so little understood. One hundred years ago, legislating a price floor on wages was a policy deliberately conceived to impoverish the lower classes and the undesirables, and thereby to disincentivize their reproduction. A polite gulag.

As time went on, the blood lust of the eugenics movement died down, but the persistence of its minimum wage policies did not. A national minimum wage passed in 1931 with the Davis-Bacon Act. It required that firms receiving federal contracts pay prevailing wages, which meant union wages, a principle that later became a national minimum wage."

And now, despite its ugly origins,  it's accepted as 'rational economic justice' in the progressive ranks. It's rather creepy how this became an accepted part of our economic psyche when you think of it. It never was a good thing yet we've come to believe it is.

So why do they cling on to, if not repeat, ideas rooted in suspect premises?

Eh. Human nature. We're prone to such nonsense. My best advice is don't listen to what they say (by looking out for the vapid, blanket statements like 'gender inequality' and 'fair share' and 'economic justice' and so on). Rather, watch what they do and monitor the results.

They were a blithe on human progress back then and they still wreak havoc today.

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This is as close as you'll come to real life imitating super heroes in comic books.


"The brave British marksman saved the terrified eight-year-old and his father after taking out the crazed jihadi with a head shot from 1,000 metres away. 

The special forces crack shot then killed two other members of the hated terror group, who were also taking part in the sick planned execution. 

ISIS militants had decreed that the little boy and his father must die after branding them "infidels" because they refused to denounce their faith. 

They were just seconds from death when the hero sniper intervened to stop the barbaric killing in the Syrian desert. The pair were part of the minority Shia sect of Islam which ISIS considers to be heretical."


I just wish it would happen with much more frequency.

But Obama warns us not to generalize because Crusades.

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Meet the Feebles:



Yes. That's the same Peter Jackson who brought you Lord of the Rings.

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Dorothy Ashby makes the harp sound so bad ass:



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Man, this Brady and the Patriots thing has jumped the shark and is bigger than it's worth.

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In an interview at her West Hill church, Rev. Gretta Vosper said congregants support her view that how you live is more important than what you believe in.

Honey, seriously?

Man, people really are into themselves waaaayyyy too much.

Move on lady.

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Is deep dish really pizza?

My take? Yeah, it's pizza and it's tasty (had some at Lou Malnati's in Chicago). But it doesn't fit the classic definition of what constitutes pizza.

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Oh look at the President go all 'appeal to emotions'.

"In an attempt to appeal to American Jewish leaders, President Obama warned of the consequences Israel would face should Congress reject the Iran nuclear deal.

"I can assure that Israel will bear the brunt of the asymmetrical response that Iran will have to a military strike on its nuclear facilities," Obama told roughly 20 American Jewish leaders during a two hour meeting at the White House Tuesday night.

Is he for real?

/looks down on pad.

Yes. Yes he is.

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Cecil the Lion brought out the salty tears and downright weirdos.

Call it Outrage Imperialism.


Comments from first link (NYT):

"Carol Brooklyn 2 hours ago

Lions, like humans, are creations and should not be murdered for sport. In the US people are hunted and killed for sport just like Cecil. They are generally people of color whose lives are not considered to be worth much just like Cecil's life was considered to be sport for billionaire Americans. If people are attacked by lions and other wild animals, the people should be protected by staying away from these animals. Why should the world be deprived of seeing such magnificent creatures because humans lack the common sense to stay away from them.

Tom J. Berwyn, IL 6 hours ago
I think the issue at hand is disgust that yet another wealthy guy did as he pleased with no concern about the consequences. In this case, to a renowned lion. In other cases, to the middle class worker, or to our financial system, stock market, real estate market, the list goes on. It is a national resentment that is building. The lion is a metaphor.

Ah. A metaphor.

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Quote from the Internet:

"Progressives are so unaware of their own totalitarian tendencies. I once heard a very similar comment from an 80+ year old retired Ivy League professor.

What we really need are fewer people. Say what you want about the Chinese government, but they had the single child policy absolutely correct. Fewer people would be the biggest solution to unemployment and global warming."

They totally believe this.


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History lesson time!

Great Zimbabwe.

And.

School of Salamanca.

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Is the FDA retarded?

"Pizza makers could face fines and prison time under a new Food and Drug Administration rule for failing to provide calorie counts for their billions of combinations of pizza orders.

Under FDA regulations, chain restaurants, retail stores with 20 or more locations, movie theaters, and vending machines are required to provide calorie information for every menu item. Pizza parlors will be hit hardest because of the unfathomable combinations of pizza that customers can order."

/looks down on pad. Dons sun glasses.

Yes. Yes they are.

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Gotta love the irony in the EPA fiascoes. 

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Has Obama's tenure weakened the Democrat brand?

"...The first signs of the slowly unfolding debacle that has meant the decimation of the Democratic Party nationally began early—with the special election of Scott Brown to Ted Kennedy’s empty Senate seat in Massachusetts. That early loss, even though the seat was won back eventually by Elizabeth Warren, presaged the 2010 midterms, which saw the loss of 63 House and six Senate seats. It was disaster that came as no surprise to the White House, but also proved a signal of what was to come."

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"Why would they do that? Well the answer is in the next sentence, when they tell ministers that the parliamentary questions were "an attempt to undermine the general recognition by the scientific community that the rise in global surface temperatures over the last century is significant". So while the statistics showed that the warming was not significant, there was a "general recognition" among scientists that it was. And they must have been telling ministers this in the full knowledge that the "simple linear model" is recognised by statisticians on all sides as being wholly inadequate therefore seems wholly culpable. This is astonishingly culpable.

I think we can see that DECC officials were unconcerned about the science. What actually concerned them was that an honest response might give "ammunition to the sceptics" (as someone once said). Seen in this light, what Greenpeace has revealed is as damning an indictment of the integrity of DECC officials as you could ever hope to find."

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Game. Over.
Sounds a lot like Quebec, eh? 
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No shit:
"Climatologists estimate that the administration’s climate regulations will avert less than two hundredths of a degree Celsius by 2100."
"...In fact, all the plan will do is bring about higher energy bills, lost income, fewer jobs and a weaker economy – with little to no impact on the Earth’s temperature.
The role of the federal government should be not to promote or restrict any energy source or technology, but instead to enforce free-market policies that generate innovation and provide competitive prices.

In fact, the federal government has done much more to restrict the development of these energy sources than promote them, with Obama’s climate regulations being the latest blow."

"...This will likely spell the end of new coal-fired power plants since no credible basis exists to state that CCS is adequately demonstrated today.

CCS faces questions about technical scalability, regulatory challenges, long-term liability of storing the captured CO2 and above all, cost that make it a non-option.

And that CCS yields no environmental benefit makes the requirement farcical.
The new regulations would drop that to 27 percent by 2030, forcing states to switch to more expensive, less reliable renewable power.

But “the war on coal,” as many are dubbing the regulations, is truly a war on American families and businesses."

The cumulative economic impact of higher energy prices will be hundreds of thousands of jobs lost and more than $2.5 trillion in lost economic growth."

Obama has led America through some questionable paths but, to me, none is more dubious than the one he's taken on the environment.




2015-08-15

Be Back Shortly

I should have mentioned this before I left for a two week vacation in Delaware's Rehoboth Beach.

But I've been hard at *work* collecting and stashing some links to share which I will post perhaps as soon as tomorrow.

2015-07-30

More Thursday Music


Thursday Afternoon Music




Quote Of The Day

"Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the 'new, wonderful, good society' which shall now be Rome's, interpreted to mean: more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious." --

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Alberta's Human Rights Commission Is Run By Crazy Tyrants

"...The Law Society of Alberta has issued citations against lawyer and media personality Ezra Levant relating to remarks he made about the province's human rights commission.

CBC News has obtained a copy of the citations which allege Levant's comments were "inappropriate and unbecoming" of a lawyer."

Unbecoming? UNFUCKENBECOMING? Are these losers for real?

Yes. Yes, they are. And you think your free. So naive. So, so naive.

Arman Chak (whoever this guy is) and his ilk are a bunch of parasitical and dangerous sleaze buckets who contribute absolutely fuck all to Canada.

See my hand? Absolute fuck all except to be a giant douche bag with nothing to do but harass citizens with their bull shit.

People who attack people on the grounds of muzzling free speech are extremists and should be chastised for it.

This is what Levant wrote:

"But with human rights commissions, when you think you've hit rock bottom, you haven't," wrote Levant in his article. "The crazy keeps going down. You gotta get out your shovel and dig to get to the crazy that's underneath the crazy."

Now the full force of a lousy and useless commission will go after him. While the free speech witch hunting commission lacks any real teeth, process, of course, will be the punishment likely to Levant money, time and stress.

It's what these (unelected but appointed) thin-skinned assholes do. For Canada. For the children.

/quietly turns woodchipper on while licking ice-cream cone.

2015-07-28

Daily Derp: Extra Derpextra!

RCMP motto: Strong, proud, free.

I don't get the free part.

How are they free?

I ask the hard questions.

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Source Guy Benson.

Biden orders staff to look tirelessly for speech to plagiarize.

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Instead of triggering a 'national conversation' (after all, progs love to defend their controversial positions under the guise of 'national conversation' because they're presumptuous that way) the Planned Parenthood fiasco has made lefties angry.

Kamala Harris puts her cape on.

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Just who are the nut-crazies?

Digging up Confederate Generals graves is incredibly disgusting not to mention illegal. Hope these people are brought to justice.

It's funny just how illiterate and ignorant people can be. They're acting like the same 'red neck hicks' they so loathe. Prior to Dylan Roof few gave a shit about the Confederate flag. Then this one nut goes off and everyone loses their fricken minds.

This is exactly how mob rules functions and it's not good.

They're entering the stage of posthumously looking to execute people they don't like. Think Oliver Cromwell's Head.

Bunch of degenerate derelicts.

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Let's not talk about the crisis illegal aliens are committing in the United States.

Nope.

Let's just conflate the issue by accusing those who dare attempt to discuss it as 'anti-immigration' while shouting 'we're all immigrants'! And if you're even more dilapidated in your thoughts, white privilege something, something.

"...The murder of Kathryn Steinle on the Embarcadero in San Francisco by an illegal alien is the most familiar example of a crime committed by an alien.  But an unreleased internal report by the Texas Department of Public Safety reveals that aliens have been involved in thousands of crimes in Texas alone, including nearly 3,000 homicides.
 
PJ Media obtained a never-before-released copy of a Texas DPS report on human smuggling containing the numbers of crimes committed by aliens in Texas.   According to the analysis conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety, foreign aliens committed 611,234 unique crimes in Texas from 2008 to 2014, including thousands of homicides and sexual assaults.

The Texas DPS report says well over 100,000 individual criminal aliens have been booked into Texas jails:

From October 2008 to April 2014, Texas identified a total 177,588 unique criminal alien defendants booked into Texas county jails. These individuals have been identified through the Secure Communities initiative, in which Texas has participated since October 2008."
This, I think, strikes me as a serious issue.

But hey. Look over there, there's Jeannie with her new boyfriend and his Confederate flag!

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Coke, Ford and Xerox ask their names be removed as donors of Planned Parenthood.

Crunch!

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Well, what people defending PP may be overlooking is the overall tone of what was revealed in the videos. Not to mention the references to wanting a Lamborghini, obliviously chomping down on salads and sipping wine, and discussing less crunchy methods of removing tissue and organs.

Just bad optics and I can see why even sober and sensible people are taken aback if not astonished and still others mortified.

If these are just a 'collection of cells' then why are the organs so important?

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Comments from the internet:

"Recently I read that in some US city abortions outpaced births. This makes abortion services a huge industry. If the demand for fetal tissue is significant, PP could make several hundred dollars--maybe even a thousand--in revenue per abortion. It's beginning to look like there is a business reason for late-term abortions and that Planned Parenthood's business model depends on it."
 

"Further proof that Proggies come from the Bizarro World. Rachel Carson is directly responsible for millions of deaths (mostly in impoverished countries) and she's a hero. But Norman Borlaug literally saved millions (mostly in impoverished countries) from starvation and he's a monster. Facts don't matter with them; it's all knee-jerk reactions based on what they've been told."

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When protectionism, subsidies and supply-side management becomes 'shrewd' economic theory.

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Age of Ignorance:

"...Two years ago, Waterloo-based high-tech entrepreneur Dave Caputo and retired local high school principal Jim Rodger sought a way to bring greater attention to Canada’s past in Southwestern Ontario. Using privately raised funds, they planned life-sized statues for each of Canada’s 22 prime ministers along the meandering paths of downtown Kitchener’s sprawling Victoria Park.


But when the city solicited public input, it met a blisteringly negative response. Nearly 80 per cent of the more 2,400 respondents opposed the idea, with the bulk of the comments expressing revulsion at celebrating the “corrupt dead white men” who (mostly) comprise our country’s past leadership. Kitchener city council meekly abandoned the concept. When the project’s first statue – Sir John A. Macdonald, naturally enough – was completed as scheduled earlier this year, it had to be unveiled at a local hockey game..."

To me, if you're incapable of not imposing contemporary views on history then you're an unfit student. You will forever wallow in your own smug ignorance. 

Sadly it's a trend that will continue. 

Wonder if the NAACP will drop the Democrat party. You know, because...never mind.

Also. I wonder, given how Democrats have been pretty much the party of slavery and racists, can escape keeping their name. Historical genocide.

Next up, George Washington. Because slaves.

What these degenerates fail to understand or deliberately overlook is the Founding Fathers had a nuanced view on slavery and did not approve of it.

But for an ideological group that tends to move in a group think flock, that would be too hard. You can't build narratives around human complexity.

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Put. The. Stats. Down. You're liable to get hurt.

As of 2013, there are 1,141 licensed gun dealers in Louisiana, 2.3 times the number of post offices"

Oooo. Scary.

Notice the way they compare two completely different issues. It's a non-starting non-sequitir designed to appeal to emotions.

Obama weeps.

Hey. Why not do the same for say, smokers or drug dealers and compare them to how many museums there are?

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10 facts about Montreal.

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Lobster fight in Machias Sea Island!

"Canadians are like Vikings. They’ll rape and pillage and not give a s–t, because they can still go home [after their short season],” says Drouin."

Oh my this is getting nasty. 

Sometimes big wars start with the most innocuous of things. 

Now why am I reminded of Kramer lobster fishing?

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Quote of the fucken week. No, decade:

"The kids who always talk about being fair and sharing,’ I recall him saying, ‘mostly just want you to be fair to them and share with them.’"

Read to see who said it.

Cheeseburger Ethics:

"...To my surprise, few professional ethicists seem to have given the question much thought. They’ll toss out responses that strike me as flip or are easily rebutted, and then they’ll have little to add when asked to clarify. They’ll say that academic ethics is all about abstract problems and bizarre puzzle cases, with no bearing on day-to-day life – a claim easily shown to be false by a few examples: 

Aristotle on virtue, Kant on lying, Singer on charitable donation. They’ll say: ‘What, do you expect epistemologists to have more knowledge? Do you expect doctors to be less likely to smoke?’ I’ll reply that the empirical evidence does suggest that doctors are less likely to smoke than non-doctors of similar social and economic background. Maybe epistemologists don’t have more knowledge, but I’d hope that specialists in feminism would exhibit less sexist behaviour – and if they didn’t, that would be an interesting finding. I’ll suggest that relationships between professional specialisation and personal life might play out differently for different cases."

Aaaaand, I may add. Wealthy politicians that act like populist parasites who want to raise taxes using bull shit, vapid terms like 'fair share' who then turn around and find every damn loop hole in the book to avoid paying said taxes.

In other words, they're assholes. Spade a spade man. If you're gonna demand the guy next to you do something shouldn't you lead by example? So when Elizabeth Warren scream she wants you to pay more taxes she's free to pay more herself. Ah, but there's the Memphis rub! She ain't gonna do it anymore George Soros or Warren Buffett will. Liberals love being generous with someone's shirt.

Same with fricken climate change. If Al Gore is so damn concerned, why does he fly everywhere when he can conference call? Same with David Suzuki.

At some point you just have to come to the realization they do it to make a buck off your fears.

Simple as that.

But the article goes on to explain this better:

"...In a series of empirical studies – mostly in collaboration with the philosopher Joshua Rust of Stetson University – I have empirically explored the moral behaviour of ethics professors. As far as I’m aware, Josh and I are the only people ever to have done so in a systematic way.
Here are the measures we looked at: voting in public elections, calling one’s mother, eating the meat of mammals, donating to charity, littering, disruptive chatting and door-slamming during philosophy presentations, responding to student emails, attending conferences without paying registration fees, organ donation, blood donation, theft of library books, overall moral evaluation by one’s departmental peers based on personal impressions, honesty in responding to survey questions, and joining the Nazi party in 1930s Germany."

"...An ethics professor teaches Peter Singer’s arguments for vegetarianism to her undergraduates. She says she finds those arguments sound and that in her view it is morally wrong to eat meat. Class ends, and she goes to the cafeteria for a cheeseburger. A student approaches her and expresses surprise at her eating meat. (If you don’t like vegetarianism as an issue, another example could serve: marital fidelity, charitable donation, fiscal honesty, courage in defence of the weak.)
‘Why are you surprised?’ asks our ethicist. ‘Yes, it is morally wrong for me to enjoy this delicious cheeseburger. However, I don’t aspire to be a saint. I aspire only to be about as morally good as others around me. Look around this cafeteria. Almost everyone else is eating meat. Why should I sacrifice this pleasure, wrong though it is, while others do not? Indeed, it would be unfair to hold me to higher standards just because I’m an ethicist. I am paid to teach, research and write, like every other professor. I am paid to apply my scholarly talents to evaluating intellectual arguments about the good and bad, the right and wrong. If you want me also to live as a role model, you ought to pay me extra!
 
‘Furthermore,’ she continues, ‘if we demand that ethicists live according to the norms they espouse, that will put major distortive pressures on the field. An ethicist who feels obligated to live as she teaches will be motivated to avoid highly self-sacrificial conclusions, such as that the wealthy should give most of their money to charity or that we should eat only a restricted subset of foods. Disconnecting professional ethicists’ academic enquiries from their personal choices allows them to consider the arguments in a more even-handed way. If no one expects us to act in accord with our scholarly opinions, we are more likely to arrive at the moral truth.’
 
‘In that case,’ replies the student, ‘is it morally okay for me to order a cheeseburger too?’

That in a nutshell is how you determine who is full of shit and who is not. To T.C., preachy people be it Al Gore or ethicists, can go fuck themselves because they're good at telling what we ought to do while constructing bull shit arguments shielding them from behaving in similar fashion. They take me for an idiot. T.C. doesn't like being made a fool of.

In Gore's case, he took it a step further he figured out a way to make a bundle of dough off it - to which I don't begrudge him. If people are stupid enough to follow him, then why shouldn't he make money off their ignorance, no?

It's not entirely unlike the rationalization about athlete or celebrities making millions. If someone is offering it, why wouldn't or shouldn't they take it, right? If the market is willing to give a baseball player $2 million a year then he'd be insane to refuse it saying something like 'Sorry. I don't deserve it. Not with all those teachers struggling and fast food workers not earning a living wage. I only hit .239 last year'! His agent would slap him, justifiably, off the side of the head.

"...‘No! Weren’t you listening? It would be wrong. It’s wrong for me, also, as I just admitted. I recommend the avocado and sprouts. I hope that Singer’s and my arguments help create a culture permanently free of the harms to animals and the environment that are caused by meat-eating.’
‘This reminds me of Thomas Jefferson’s attitude toward slave ownership,’ I imagine the student replying. Maybe the student is black.
 
‘Perhaps so. Jefferson was a great man. He had the courage to recognise that his own lifestyle was morally odious. He acknowledged his mediocrity and resisted the temptation to try to paper over things with shoddy arguments. Here, have a fry.’

Let’s call this view cheeseburger ethics."

Oh dear. Doesn't the author know Jefferson is public left-wing enemy #1 because slavery?

One last thing about ethicists. They seemingly like to find ways to justify murder.

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Speaking of ethics, heard the President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards repeat the video that put her organization on the defensive is 'highly edited' from a group of activists.

What's interesting about that strategy is she herself is an activist. Aren't all these types of organizations a form of activism? Lord, the United States is run by an activist President - and he acts like it.

Yeah. Not sure about that since, you know, they did say what they said. But it's funny how no one seemed to mind that disingenuous loud mouth'd shnook Michael Moore's 'highly edited' films passing off as documentaries.

Right.

He was speaking 'truth to power.'

Anyway. That PP apologized for the tone of the doctors in the video, it should be fair to argue, is not an admission of guilt.

PP has nothing to worry about. The mainstream press will protect it.

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Countries that fly the Confederate flag.

Interesting.

Interesting how history spins and is interpreted. They can try and scrub it but they'll lose in the long-run.

At least I hope so.

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I noticed the Starbucks in the Jean-Talon market in Montreal was pretty full the other day.

Remember how that organization tried stop them from opening? Yeah, the free market is a bitch ain't it?

Meanwhile, Presse Cafe (a cafe chain they didn't seem to have a problem with for some reason) was not as busy.

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Just when you thought Venezuela couldn't get any shittier they manage to out do themselves. 

Farmers have to hand over their produce to the government.

Socialism.

It works.

You just need the right people.

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"Presidential contender Hillary Clinton announced a proposal Friday afternoon to raise capital gains taxes for assets that are held for less than six years by top-bracket payers as a way to try and encourage long-term investing, and grow the economy. (Tweet This)

The irony here is just how short-sighted this idea is.

They can't even tell you what constitutes a 'fair' short-term investment anyway. That's how vacuous such a thought is.

If you invest, say, in stocks in companies that are growing rapidly or happen to catch fire because of a new technology or whatever, aggressive investors (including day traders) tend to flip those stocks around collecting 'short term' profits a bit at a time until they amass the amounts they're looking for. Over taxing or demonizing this is retarded. It's just another way for the parasitical class to claim money that does not remotely belong to them; especially since most of us invest with after-tax dollars. Taxing investors on the risk they took is just another form of mob tactic racketeering.

Over the long term, that can only be good, no? How is that bad in any way? Never mind that short-term tax rates are already at the level of regular income (around 30-40% in the USA). All she's trying to do is take a larger cut by inventing a whole new category of 'short' or 'medium' term. Sorta like how the mobster increases his protection rates on some phony excuse.

The idea that 'driving capital gains taxes up in the short-term to encourage long-term activity' is nonsense and will not lead to desired outcomes. She can't possibly purport to know 'the entropy of economics.'

People have their own conceptualization of what 'short, medium or long-term' are. Sure, investment specialists generally break it along the lines where short-term is under 1 year, medium 2 to 5 and long-term 6 and above, that may not necessarily fit every single investor.

But hey, it's the government. One. Size. Fits. ALL.

And why are they discriminating against 'medium term' investing, eh?

At what about fund managers who manage the mutual funds of millions of working Americans the Democrats claim to help?

They spend decades trying to manage a complex array of assets for an optimal tax-adjusted return. Because of Hillary's garbage idea, they suddenly are going to have every single assumption eradicated because there's no longer any clear definition of "long/short" cap-gains, but rather some muddy sliding scale over a number of years between 1-and-6.  Have fund figuring out the tax liability in this new 'paradigm of nuttiness'.

You're an idiot if you think this is a good idea.

 In any event, like a conniving, dishonest wench like Hillary looks to pay her 'fair share' anyway. They'll find every loop hole in the book to avoid paying.

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The result of socialist economic policy is....fly burgers!

Who needs meat burgers when you can have flies because it's not fair you get meat, right?

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Oldie but a goodie from Al Gore: Polar ice may disappear in five years.

Posted: Updated:









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Ezra Levant is right about one thing. The defense of free speech has not ideology. If you support the suppression of speech for one person, you may be find yourself in a similar predicament. Especially when the idea of 'rights' extends to 'right to not be offended' by idiots. If so be, then everyone is pretty much fair game.

You have but ONE choice. Either you support and defend speech for all or you don't. There's no such thing as 'balance'. Stop deluding yourself with such horse shit. It all leads to unelected kangaroo courts in the hands of people who are (often I reckon) neither judges or lawyers but appointed activists. Like, I don't know, provincial Human Rights Commissions?

I feel safe already.

They can financially ruin you for committing the horrible crimes of being 'disrespectful' and 'discourteous.'

I have but one thing to say.

/pulls pants down and moons the HRC.

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Alex Rocco (aka Moe Greene in The Godfather) died on July 18.

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Boston's finest wants to 'blow a head' into a person's head.

He was having a bad (off) day!

In any event, check out the slide show. That's an awful lot of Democrats (actually they're all Democrats) who have been in trouble with the law.

It's okay. Just toe the climate change, fair wage, gun-control (and whatever left-wing cause du jour) line and you'll do fine.

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Still more climatology. This time with Steyn.

Say, just who are the loons here?

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On a transgender attacking and threatening Ben Shapiro. 

I fucken love Adam Carolla. In a, you know, straight white guy sorta way. Which is why I kicked in a few dollars on his Kickstarter campaign for his movie 'Road Hard'.

"...Hold on a second Drew, I want to make this point clear. Jews, like Ben Shapiro, used to be on the endangered species list. Now, they’re doing so well, even though they’re a minority, and even though they’re routinely killed across the world, they’re not on the endangered species list anymore. So a transgendered person can put their hands on a Jewish person and there are no big repercussions in terms of society, in terms of working in Los Angeles. But if a straight Jewish guy put his hands on a transgendered person and said some words that could have been threatening, that person would be unemployable in this town. That’s not a two-way street, that’s a one-way street."

Dr. Drew. Hello. Earth to Drew! I can't believe there are people out there who actually think there isn't a double (heck triple) standard. Had it been the other way around...well let's just say Oh. My. God. Fin du monde! The media would have already lynched Shapiro; and extra hummus because he's a Jew.

Carolla nails it.

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This falls under 'highly edited video by activists' right?

RIGHT?

Ha, ha. Kidding. Of course not! Now I'm just being a teabagging, bitter clingin', climate denier extremist.

Scrubbing Rather's little 'Memogate' scam on CBS.

It's what the left loves to do when they're not murdering, or creating toilet paper shortages or dressing poory or building gulags. They like to scrub.

A lot.

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Most transparently arrogant and narcissistic President evah!

“I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” he said. “I think if I ran, I could win. I can’t.”

I guess it's all perception. To me, Obama is more like Potsie from Happy Days but what's important is how he perceives himself.

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Will American Jews turn on the Israeli flag?

If they do, it would be a most unfortunate turn of events.

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Responding to progressive tropes is difficult but someone has to do it as this professor has in a book.

One snippet:

“A minimum wage of $15 an hour says to workers ‘If you can’t find a job that pays at least $15 an hour, you are not allowed to work.’ It is a direct assault on freedom of contract and for opportunities for people with low skills and those just starting out in the job market.”

The sad thing is Lawrence W. Reed is seen as a heretic for these basic thoughts.

The times we live in...

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Shirley Steinberg University of Calgary discusses 'white privilege' and the film 'White Reign' on Montreal radio.
 
Couple of things that caught my ear.

One was her assertion that every man like basketball and football. No they don't. My brother in law probably wouldn't know the difference between the 76ers and Eagles.

Okay, moving on.

She came off sounding a tad elitist when she replied to a text questioning her position by charging rhe person wasn't 'culturated'. Whatever that meant.

I'm pretty damn 'culturated' and not buying much of this 'white privilege' angle.

I didn't understand why she was surprised by the angry texts coming in. I'm not sure if she was autistic or just didn't get the idea that some people take offense to being made the bad guy. In this case, white men. Like me I guess?

And she finally dropped her mask when she said something along the lines of  'most of the world's problems is 'white'. John Cameron wants to blow up the middle east with the Americans.'

Wow. She just spent a whole segment carefully laying out her case as academics do and when challenged she just said, 'Fuck it. Of course white privilege is about white people fucking up everything!'

Sure. Let's take ONE tiny example from one small country about blowing up the middle-east as an example of whites being the problem.

Never mind that the Middle-East has been bashing its brains out well before the arrival of 20th century Western imperialism.

It's the 'Indian people were peaceful before the white people' thought process.

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More quotes. I'm not sure where I grabbed these. I really need to stop furiously copy/pasting and waiting so long to post. I lose track and my memory ain't what it used to be. So if you spot (I highly doubt it) your own quote feel free to raise your hand:

"Nobody, and I mean nobody, raped the environment like the Soviets did...except perhaps the Chinese under Mao. You think mountaintop removal mining and Glen Canyon Dam are bad? Take a look at photos of Norilsk sometime, or the denuded hillsides that choked the reservoirs behind Yangtze-basin dams meant to prevent flooding that instead just pushed the problem further upstream, with bigger body counts."

"White supremacy played zip, zero, zilch role in the Communist superpowers’ industrialization, unless you’re going to try to argue that they were doing so to protect themselves against imperialist Western and Western-influenced states—never mind that imperialism existed thousands of years before the invention of whiteness, and will exist for thousands of years thereafter."

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About Obama's misguided interference in the housing market.

It's funny how the most racist places tend to be, you know, the most liberal ones.

"Based on this, the most racist major (more than a million people) urban area in America is San Francisco-Oakland. Though that region’s population grew by 285,000 people between 2000 and 2010, or 9.5 percent, the region’s black population actually shrank by nearly 49,000, or 14.2 percent, for a difference in growth rates of minus 23.7 percent.


That decline was entirely due to strict land-use policies that prevent development outside of the 17 percent of the region that has already been urbanized, making the Bay Area one of the least affordable housing markets in the nation. Moreover, a recent planto improve affordability by following HUD’s prescription of building more high-density housing was found to actually reduce affordability."

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The Age of Intolerance.

 

Valcartier Cadets: 40 Years Of Canadian Shame

40 years.

40 long, ridiculous years it took for the Federal government of Canada - the over seers of all that is good and protectors of people - to be told they should have compensated cadets who were victims of an explosion.

40.

Mostly because, I reckon, the Feds actually ignored or even fought this in court.

A complete farce and national disgrace.

When a worker gets a little boo-boo labour groups like worker's compensation rush in to give them money.

Yet, when it comes to soldiers we treat them, well, inhumanely not just in Canada but the United States as well. They can go kill for the flag for national prestige but when they come back there's no glory but for the politicians.

Outrageous.

You know.

Even when the government wants to save money or cut spending, they fuck that up. If you ask Canadians, I don't think this is how they want their government to behave to save a few pennies. Especially considering how irresponsible we are with the coin from bail outs to green programs that go nowhere.

Alas, his has pretty much been the theme in the post-war era, with both parties playing their part. Here's a nice Harper v. Pierre Trudeau summation.

Harper in particular, despite his military rhetoric, has done precious little to help our soldiers.






2015-07-24

Daily Derp: Extra Chipderpotle

Let's kick things off with a joke from the Far Side:



"OK, we have a motive and a murder weapon. Now all we need is the time of death."














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Ah:

"Week by week, as he gets closer to the finish line, it’s becoming clearer that Barack Obama is more of the president I hoped he could be back when I was blindly in love with him. This has felt especially true as he’s been taking on violence in many forms, countering a lame duck narrative by battling for peace, from Iran to incarceration to the intimate violence of rape.

The year before I became a professional journalist, I was so hard up for him that I spent the autumn of 2008 living in dinky Doylestown, Pennsylvania and volunteering on his campaign. In wanting to do everything I could to ensure Obama was our first black president, and because of the Electoral College, living among that town’s 8,337 swing residents was more important than being among New York City’s millions of reliably democratic votes."


That's solid intellectual journalism right there.

The Guardian's Steven Thrasher is my new crush. How can he not be with gems like 'blindly in love with him' (no, not a cult at all) and "In wanting to do everything I could to ensure Obama was our first black president (no, not racial at all).

This guy exudes rational and objective journalism so much it punches you in the face.

Jesus these people are pathetic.

I'm watching you Steve. Keep 'em coming. Especially those vapid and envious, left-wing screeds against the rich.

I love those.

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Whenever I see stories like these where someone idiotically squanders their money only to blame others for their mistakes (in this case a student blows 90k and blames her parents, this is the sort of profile the government considers whenever it talks about student debt.

I would love to know what the percentage of people railing against debt are like this economically and financially illiterate, self-entitled dolt.

Here are a couple of (remarkable) quotes from the article:

Maybe [my parents] should have taught me to budget or something. They never sat me down and had a real serious talk about it.”

Yes. Parents should do this but I wonder if she feels the same way about, say, sex?

My point is exercising financial prudence is something that can be self-taught. She knew damn well she was a spendthrift or else she wouldn't have tried to justify to herself he trip to Europe with money meant to go to her education. At 22 years-old, if you need mom and dad to tell you it's wrong, then you're a brat who lacks common sense.

When I started working at 14 in hard ware store and then construction, I opened a bank account and immediately understood the importance of saving. 

“[My parents] said there was nothing they could do for me. They’re not being honest with me saying they don't have [money] because my dad has worked for like a million years and they have a retirement account.” 

Wow. Like, she's in university, like, for real? She's, like, actually basically saying this,  um, for real in public?

Soooo, she messes up and expects her father to bail her out?

I lost 25k in the stock markets and never thought to demand my father pay for it. It's a hole I dug (and still digging out of. I still haven't found China).

"...Eventually, it does seem as if Kim starts to get the message. Her parents refused to cosign a loan to cover her tuition shortfall unless she got a job. She called the show on Thursday to give her fourth and final update: She has come to grips with the fact that she will, indeed, have to get a job. We almost felt a bit sorry for her when she started explaining how difficult it has been to find a place that will hire her because she has no job history.

“I feel like I’m back at square one,” she said. “I’m hustling to do this and to make this work.”

The parents are parenting responsibly. They absolutely did the right thing not co-signing for her. The only time you should consider co-signing for someone is A) when the person you're backing up is solid and responsible and B) you have the coin to pay up should something go wrong.

Kids today.

/shakes head.

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Poor Greece. The punchline to jokes these days.

Random austerity generator.

I might have mentioned this about austerity but I'll say it again.

The problem with the way people view austerity is that it's not really austerity. It's more of an adjustment; a reckoning if you will.

The average Greek was getting about $2500 euros a month on benefits in one of the poorest countries in Europe. No one pays taxes while corruption is high.

On what planet and in what galaxy with a functional economic system (there are aliens out there but that's for another time) do people think a country with high unemployment, little or no growth or industry can generate enough cash flow to offer such luxuriousness?

And they couldn't indeed afford that's why they borrowed and over extended their means.

Now, so I read, they get about $600 after the austerity measures. But this probably reflects what they realistically could afford since the $2500 should never have been given in the first place.

Hence, an adjustment. Painful I know for people but next time don't vote for free shit and then expect someone else to pay for it.

That goes for the entire West.

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The SJW will over play their hand and jump the shark. The hysteria they bring can't possibly have staying power lest we truly hasten the race to the bottom:





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The U.S. is not the only one with a victimless crime epidemic where people are thrown in prison despite not being convicted or posing any real threat or harm to others.

"On any given day in Canada, there are more innocent people in prison than guilty ones.
By “innocent people,” we mean those who have been accused of a crime and are being held on remand, awaiting a bail hearing or a trial. Across the country, 55 per cent of prisoners in provincial and territorial jails are not behind bars because of a conviction."

"...In most cases, the accused are minor offenders: drug users, people with mental health issues accused of non-violent crimes, first-time offenders. Twenty years ago, they would have automatically gotten bail. Today, “low-risk individuals charged with minor offences have their bail matters put over numerous times on account of the increasing reliance on sureties as a condition of release, along with other delays,” says the John Howard Society of Ontario’s 2013 report.

The result? “Less people are being released on bail, less quickly, and with more conditions, during a time of historically low and still-declining crime rates.”

"...Is there a politician in Canada with the courage to take up the cause? Someone who won’t pander to fears whipped up by the tough-on-crime crowd, but will instead build a better system based on evidence, enlightened self-interest and a genuine respect for the right to liberty? Or will we continue to be a country where two out of three people behind bars haven’t been convicted of anything?"

Not at the moment in my opinion. I don't expect the conservatives to make any meaningful changes given they want to appear 'tough on crime'. Problem is, all parties want to be tough except for the NDP. Unfortunately, a move into the proper direction may have to come from them.

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In any event, mass incarceration has led to more crime in the USA.

They not only needlessly turn people into criminals for petty crimes, they make career criminals out of people who would otherwise be productive members of society.

"...Would-be criminals respond to incentives like everyone else. If they sense the cost and risk associated with crime has increased in a meaningful way, they are more likely to obey the law. That’s why an effective deterrent is increasing the perceived probability of being arrested."

I would add introducing legislation increasing minimum wage also hurts such people. No one will pay them $15 an hour. Which only goes to show the state doesn't think things through beyond their little 'one size fits all' belief system.

Remember this whenever you talk to some 'tough on crime' dipshit.

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Wind turbines can negatively hurt the brain?


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About the Iran deal. Much has been made, with justification, about the U.S. not asking for the return of four U.S. prisoners held in Iran. It's usually the first thing nations negotiate whenever looking to improve relations. It's seen as a good will jester. Americans shouldn't expect a forthright explanation why they didn't but they can expect plenty of smug and defensive quips from Obama as we saw with journalist Major Garrett who had the temerity to question Black Potsie about it and his outrageously arrogant assertion with Jon Stewart about how Americans don't understand how tough his job is.

Poor him. It's not necessarily about how difficult it is in as much as how you deal with the public in the face of such stress. In my view, he's the worst President - shoot I'll expand it to include  Prime Ministers-  on record when it comes to dealing with such things. Every time he's met with a chance to act like a statesman he fails. But that's just me.

What happened to bringing our boys home 'full stop' anyway?

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There's a clause in the deal that got my attention. It goes something along the lines that Iran would be given a 24 day heads up regarding inspections. I don't know. Maybe I'm old fashioned but aren't the best inspections the ones that are unannounced? I mean, I have to deal with this in fricken daycare and so do restaurant owners so why are the Americans giving so much rope to the Iranians? Which I should remind is still a fanatical theocracy.

In any event, I highly doubt Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan will tolerate a nuclear armed Iran. They are not going to abide by Obama's legacy piece of paper when their national security is at stake.

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Even Slate understands GMO's are not dangerous.

But it won't stop Chipotle from banning them.

It doesn't bother me a private company takes the decisions they do. They probably know their customer base (and who knows maybe they too believe in the quackery) believes in pseudo-science and look to capitalize on it. It's good business for their model.

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A view from Iran on the U.S.-Iran deal:

"...In reality, Iran and the United States have overcome the most important reason for tensions in their relations by clinching the nuclear agreement on July 14, 2015. The two countries have different viewpoints on other issues such as the human rights, the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, the fate of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, and regional conflicts in Syria and Yemen, and their differences are severe. However, they have common interests in the restoration of security to Iraq and Afghanistan, and also in fighting extremism, establishing security in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden – by fighting against pirates – and also in scientific and academic fields, taking into account that the United States accounts for 50 percent of science generation in the world. In the world of politics, rivalry and differences are normal. The experience of the nuclear agreement may have caused the two countries to reach the conclusion that sitting at the negotiating table and engaging in serious negotiations is better than exchange of messages or posing threats through intermediaries."

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Intermezzo!

Quick quote:

"That last point is well taken: the Keystone pipeline has been subjected to a more rigorous inspections regime than the Iranian nuclear program. Because what matters to Obama is preventing Canada getting a pipeline, not Iran getting a bomb."

Mark Steyn

Pipelines are a bigger threat than Iran!

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Apu knows The Civil War:



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Think Obama is fixing the VA?

Think again.

Truly pathetic, embarrassing and inhumane. Cocksuckers operating in a governmental Byzantium hell hole.

And it's no damn better in Canada when it comes to mistreating veterans.

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Economic illiterate quote of the day belongs to Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania:

"...But Wolf’s explanation of his decision was audaciously counterintuitive. “During consideration of this legislation,” he said, “it became abundantly clear that this plan would result in higher prices for consumers. In the most recent case of another state that pursued the outright privatization of liquor sales, consumers saw higher prices and less selection.”

What kind of Marxist gibberish bull shit is that?

And lies I might add.

Since when has government monopolies A) ever served a market better than a private entity and B) offered better prices? Shit, the mere fact they have to pay benefits blows that nonsense right of the water.

Who are these jackasses that think this way? How disconnected from reality does one have to be to believe such crap?

More here at Reason.

Warning: Wolf has a punchable face.

And here at Forbes.

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Reduction of solar activity expected.

Climate change we can believe in!

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Eugenics and progressives.

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Did you know there's an International Pasta Organization? Of course you did! Because pasta is the best.

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Canada has a bad habit of taking on big projects before setting a proper course on the domestic front when it comes sports.

Take soccer. We want to host tournaments. Problem is, our program is simply not good enough to participate in such endeavors. It would seem to me, before you put in such a request you at least build your soccer program to make you competitive so as to avoid falling on your face.

The 'Montreal And Calgary Olympics' fiasco syndrome if you will. We bid and got two Olympics only to come up with 0 gold medals before the world.

The men's soccer program is so backwards, it will take a Herculean effort just to make us reasonably competitive on the world stage. Look at it this way. In the 1980s, Canada and the USA were pretty much on par. Today one is ranked 110th and never really went better than 73rd while the other has cracked the top 10, is considered a competitive side and has generally been a top 20 team despite its recent 34rd ranking. The point is Canada's program basically went the way of a person being thrown off a treadmill while the USA has meticulously designed and implemented a system that's slowly showing results. It took them about 26 years to achieve this. Which means Canada is essentially 26 years behind just to catch the United States!

Which is unfortunate because we have incredible talent and resources here.

I'm not interested in pitting blame (I still can't believe there is no real coordination between the CSA and our big three soccer provinces in B.C., Ontario and Quebec. It's an embarrassing joke. One in which, I feel, we should rectify before going out promiscuously making bids), but one thing is for sure, we need better coaching, scouting, development and coordination. And none of that matters if you don't have passion and determination.

Canada has no #9 or #10; that is creative players. And none in the pipelines as far as I can see. We still have horrifically hilarious wrong headed notions about creative players often seen as 'selfish' here. Which is why you often see dumbass parents and coaches alike conspire to suppress the development of such players.

Never mind about how naive our tactics are.

I'll stop here because it's the same broken record over and over and over.



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Can't put my finger on it (yet) but True Detective is not grabbing me like the previous season.

Last season's was visceral and intense. This year just feels forced and disjointed. Never mind everyone seems to talk too low and the plot too difficult to follow.

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The whitest privilege: 

"...In this the so-called progressives are joined, as they traditionally have been, by brutish white supremacists and knuckle-dragging anti-Semites, who believe that they discern within the Nordic peoples the last remnant of white European purity and who frequently adopt Nordic icons and myths, incorporating them into an oddball cult of whiteness. American progressivism is a cult of whiteness, too: It imagines re-creating Danish society in Los Angeles, which is not full of Danish people, ascribing to Scandinavian social policies certain mystical tendencies that render them universal in their applicability."

Oh dear, quoted for truth. Quebec is delusional in its obsession with the Nordic model.

I don't see what the fascination is - aside from the fact the left always cites Scandinavia as proof that 'balanced socialism' works often, naturally, conveniently overlooking stats and factors proving to the contrary. Never mind these are homogeneous places with tiny populations making it much easier to turn people into boring sheep.

But that's changing with immigration. And not for the better as they're learning.

We don't need to copy Scandinavia.

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Hero of the day.

Hint: Not a cop.

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Former CNN anchor tells gun control activists to fuck off.

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Behold the commie casinos of Canada.

"...Ludwig von Mises pointed out the flaws of government-run non-profit organizations by saying, "In the absence of profit and loss the entrepreneurs would not know what the most urgent needs of the consumers are. If some entrepreneurs were to guess it, they would lack the means to adjust production accordingly."

This is so 'duh' it's remarkable it needs to be stated. 

Peter Wolf Disagrees.

Of course.

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Found on Hillary's email server.

Sparkling political masters.

These people make and take serious decisions.


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De Blasio is a socialist parasite who is fighting a losing battle against Uber.

I mean, it was mentioned in Bojack Horseman! If that's not proof of its importance I don't know what is.

If jurisdictions coerce Uber out of business they only serve to hurt business growth and innovation.

A left-wing specialty as it were.

They just can't stand when the market likes things they disapprove of.

Like I said, parasites.

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It's my belief companies need to take a stronger stance against politicians who look to shake them down or SJW's who harass them for not toeing the SJW line.

What's the best way to deal with bullies?

That's right. Stand up to them. Sometimes you need to punch them too.

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Steyn's take on Trump's questioning McCain's (aka Cotton Hill) heroism. 

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Yeah. About that Iran deal.

Iranian douchebag Imam calls for 'Death to America'.

Not in 1979. Not under Bush.

This was on July 18, 2015.

I'm gonna have to go ahead and admit I have little or not confidence in the tag team duo of John Kerry and Barack Obama. They exude so little confidence it's bizarre.

The High Energy of diplomacy!

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21 straight years of no global warming.

STUPID IDIOTS. IT'S CLIMATE CHANGE!

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But global warming created the deranged ISIS!

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"If Donald Trump ever wants to build a hotel in Boston, he’ll need to apologize for his comments about Mexican immigrants first, the Hub's mayor said.

“I just don’t agree with him at all,” Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh told the Herald yesterday. “I think his comments are inappropriate. And if he wanted to build a hotel here, he’d have to make some apologies to people in this country.”

Oh shut up and get out of the ECONOMIC way you self-righteous wind bag.

God, the nerve of these people and their demands for apologies.

Yet, in a recent poll Trump was leading by a significant margin.

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White House lowers flags...after criticism.

None of the victims looked like Obama's son I guess.

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Know what? Stephen A. Smith deserves a ton of credit for speaking eloquently and like a man over the bizarre fall out of O'Malley's 'all lives matter' comment.

Good for him.

As for people who booed and hissed at O'Malley, there's some seriously wrong with their moral compass.

Where are we at when we can but wonder what parallel universe we've entered where a prominent progressive candidate makes a humanistic statement only to be met with such vitriol?

Progressives eat their own as we know.

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Not to say anything but anyone who works for something creepily called 'White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault' is not exactly expected to think straight or critically but to toe the narrative.

The sort of person who takes such a job wants to believe and her or his or its boss demands you believe.

Seriously. There's such a task force.