Went back to bed and slept a couple more hours; still feel like dog's breakfast but at least I can form words now. I may punch in about 6:30-ish and work the remainder of the shift. We'll see how I feel in an hour.
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I am having trouble understanding this, at least when I apply the official narrative to it.
The official narrative is that the "migrant caravan" is composed of economic refugees from middle and south America, who are fleeing want and oppression, are tired and poor, and who we are required to admit to the country due to the words on the base of the Statue of Liberty.
...so why are there Africans in it? (By that, I mean "people who are native to the continent of Africa", by the way.) There is no way for someone to walk or drive to Mexico from the Congo. These people either took a ship or a plane from Africa to get to somewhere in the Americas, where they joined the "caravan" and headed north.
The entire "migrant caravan" thing has been manufactured by international leftist organisations, financed by people like George Soros. WTF.
Well; those who get in, send 'em to the "sanctuary cities" and be done with it.
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Ebola is a disease against which you vaccinate, no ifs ands or buts. The vaccine is supposedly 97.5% effective, which is great news.
I am not anti-vaccination; I am anti-unecessary-vaccination. I am also anti-overvaccination. Giving people unneeded vaccinations, or too many at once, is what causes the issues we've seen. But there are certain diseases for which the risk of harm from the vaccine is far outweighed by the consequences of contracting the disease. Being vaccinated against ebola is a hands-down no-brainer when you apply that calculus. Polio, measels, rubella, mumps, even the chicken pox--it makes sense to vaccinate against them.
But not all at once.
The push to vaccinate children against pneumonia and the flu every year--usually at the same time they get other vaccinations--that's bad. One vaccine at a time and there should be at least two weeks (a month is better) between shots.
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The community is "shocked". Well, why shouldn't they be? After all, he was banned from entering the mall, right?
Almost as if someone going to the mall specifically to commit murder didn't care about lesser transgressions.
Chicago wasn't shocked and let the creep walk after he pulled a knife on someone in 2014. Aggravated assault, 18 months' probation. No jail.
Five years later, he walks up to a woman, grabs her child, and tosses him off the balcony, because he felt like killing someone. He picked his victim with care, making sure to select someone who couldn't defend himself, with another person who also could not defend him.
Absolutely no mention of race in the story--none whatsoever. Let's suppose that a skinhead had done this to a black child. Think that would be the case?
When it comes down to it, this guy decided to kill a white kid because being rejected by women "made him aggressive". What a fucking loser.
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Perhaps this disaster is the inspiration for the tales of the expulsion from Eden. Stories about events change and shift as they are retold. You never know.
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Notre Dame is not a complete loss. The light still shines in the darkness.
The Rose Windows--all three of them--survived, as well.
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I should like to have this, very much. I am especially interested in the FLIR option (though of course FLIR is expensive and I probably couldn't afford it).
The "early bird" option, which is a basic HUD, is $150. Probably the retail price of this thing would hover somewhere near $200, which would not be all that bad.
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Well, they lost the second Falcon Heavy core booster. They couldn't secure it and it went overboard in heavy seas. In all liklihood, this will be fixed before the next one.
Even so--that flight was still a big win.
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Nancy Pelosi's hold on her position is tenuous. Apparently her appearance on 60 Minutes highlighted that because of the softball questions.
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Monty Python's Flying Circus would not be allowed today. It's true.
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Look: every time there has been a hate crime, it's turned out to be a hoax. Just about every time. At least, when it's a hate crime against a minority, you're safest assuming that it's a hoax until proven otherwise. WTF, the instant the Jussie Smollett thing came to light I went right to "hoax" and I wasn't wrong.
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Meanwhile, the rules don't apply to minorities. The mistake those cops made was enforcing the rules equally. It's perfectly fine to deny white people entrance without their IDs. But with a black man? You're racist for assuming they're not on the up-and-up!
Oh, and by the way, if that black man had gone in there and trashed the place, or committed some other crime(s), and it was found that you'd let him in without ID? You'd be in trouble for that, too.
Let's just say for the sake of argument that the cops let him go into the library without his ID--only he'd tried chatting up the girls and they'd all rejected him, and that "made him aggressive", so he went in there intent on killing someone, and put someone in the hospital. Just imagine how much trouble the cops would be in then.
So, yeah--damned if you do, damned if you don't, guys. These are leftist ivory tower types you're dealing with, after all.
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People who talk about the pendulum swinging "back to the left" don't seem to understand amplitude and frequency very well. The pendulum has swung left for a rather long time. Since the 1960s it has been moving towards permissiveness at varying speeds; the 1980s represented a time of slower leftward movement rather than a swing back to the right.
It is entirely possible that Trump may represent a halting of this leftward movement; on the other hand he may be just another speed bump like Reagan was. But if it is indeed time for that pendelum to swing the other way, leftward is not the way it will move.
The first comment to that post started thus:
From about 1985 until 2001, it was the Tom Clancy Era. People really believed the government was seriously competent. You saw it in films like Independence Day or shows like the X-Files. Good or bad, the government was competent at what it did.Nearly without exception, all those things were products of the 1990s. The movie Hunt For Red October came out in 1990; the book--prior to that--was the darling of the military/spy fiction crowd. Clancy kind-of mainstreamed that genre, but that was because he wrote such good and true-to-life stories.
No, Independence Day and X Files were products of the 1990s after Bill Clinton was elected. Prior to that--but after about 1974--in movies, Presidents were always depicted as bad guys or--at best--feckless idiots. Air Force One came out during the latter days of the Clinton years. The "competent government" meme didn't start until 1992 at the earliest, and the "evil government" stories got toned down, soft-pedaled, or eliminated entirely. (In fact, since 1992, they've been "bad guys in the government"--rogue actors, don't you know--rather than the government itself.)
It wasn't until George W. Bush was elected that this trend changed. Astronaut Farmer, for example, showed the government being overweening in its defense against "terrorism".
Someone remind me. Was there one major film during the Obama years which showed the government being a bad guy? I don't remember, but then I don't devote a lot of thought to movies any longer.
Time will tell which way the pendulum is moving--but it cannot move left forever.
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Students standing up for biological fact.
It would be ironic if this was the "bridge too far" that caused things to start going the other way. But if it's not transgenderism, it'll be the attempt to normalize pedophilia (already underway) that will do it.
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That's because Theodore Roosevelt was a progressive. Theodore Roosevelt, admirable as he was, "...championed his 'Square Deal' domestic policies, promising the average citizen fairness, breaking of trusts, regulation of railroads, and pure food and drugs."
That's why the press loved him; he was on their side. Even so, the press has never had respect for any Republican President since. And that's a fact.
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Amen, brother. It is time for the United States to stop being the world's policeman.
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Mice in microgravity:
Hilarious. Especially when they start running around the cage, using the walls as floors.
It's interesting how quickly animals can adapt to unusual conditions.