We are still at war with North Korea.
Just a reminder.
Peace on Earth. Goodwill towards Men. Crush and destroy Republicans wherever you find them. Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Death to Conservatives! Fight the Power (ignoring of course the fact that the so-called "progressives" ARE "The Power".)
Here's an idea. For one day--for one hour--for one minute, give it a *censored* rest, okay?
"I'm still stunned because he never had any problems. He was a good kid," relative Brian Joshua, 45 said, as other family members sobbed. "It's like somebody just hit us with a brick."
DeAndre Joshua graduated from high school and worked at Walmart, he said.
Walmart said Joshua had worked at Walmart as a stocker for more than a year.
"We are deeply saddened to learn the news that one of our Walmart family members tragically lost his life," Dacona Smith, senior vice president for operations at Walmart, said.
For instance, take Mister Obama. I donít deny that he has the outward appearance of a minority that was very mistreated historically. However, in his particular case, he is not the descendent of slaves but the descendant of slave dealers on his fatherís side, and slave owners on his motherís. Furthermore, for all the clamoring about his coming from nothing, he was raised in privileged circumstances, first in Indonesia, by his motherís businessman second husband and then in comfort by his grandparents in Hawaii where he attended an exclusive private school and from where, despite his lackluster academic performance, he was wafted to the best schools in the land, likely through the means of connection and influence.
This is in fact the usual result of governmental spending on "social" issues: monumental costs, little to no real results.
To the "progressive," the good achieved by governmental spending is the governmental spending itself. The power to extract wealth from some people and give it to other people is good, in and of itself. It is the wielding of this power which gives the already monumental self-image of the "progressive" that little extra something which allows her (or him) to utterly ignore the actual results of their actions.
They like to call themselves "the reality-based community." A commenter on Ace of Spades HQ recently offered a more accurate description of "progressives": "the community-based reality." The reality of a "progressive" is not an objective one. They don't actually give a damn about helping people. They just want to feel like they're helping people. Results don't matter to them, only the feeling.
In the end, other people don't really matter to "progressives," only their engorged, inflamed, holier-than-thou egos.
You may get the impression that I, in my weaker moments, have less than a full respect for people who parade around demanding that other people do this, that, and the other thing "for the children" or "for the middle class" or whatever emotional lever they think will work that particular moment to grab just a little more power for themselves, for the tawdry and venal purpose of making their own empty lives feel like they're worth something.
You may be correct in that impression.
As an old Democrat, I am sympathetic to the concerns. But itís dubious the deep blue cities have found a solution. Letís start with the gap between rich and poor. For the most part the regions and states with the widest gap between the classes are overwhelmingly dominated by modern progressivism.
The capital of blue America, New York City, has easily the worst levels of inequality in the country, with an income distribution that approaches that of South Africa under apartheid, notes demographer Wendell Cox.
But New York is hardly the only progressive stronghold with searing inequality. A recent Brookings report found that of the regions with the greatest income disparity only one, Atlanta, is located in a red-leaning state. These include San Francisco, Miami, Boston, Washington, D.C., New York, Oakland, Chicago and Los Angeles. The lowest degree of inequality was found generally historically more conservative cities like Ft. Worth, Texas; Oklahoma City; Raleigh, N.C.; and Mesa, Ariz. Income inequality has risen most rapidly in the probably the most left-leaning big American city of luxury progressivism, San Francisco, where the wages of the poorest 20% of all households have actually declined amid the dot-com billions.
In 1971, I stepped on a land mine in Vietnam and lost both legs above the knee.
For the past two years, I have been waiting to receive a new wheelchair from the Veterans Administration. In addition, I have been told that I am not entitled to a spare wheelchair.
On the evening of July 7, my wheelchair fell apart again, while shopping at Lowe's Home Improvement Center in on Forest Avenue in Mariners Harbor.
An MIT linguistics professor was lecturing his class the other day. "In English," he said, "a double negative forms a positive. However, in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative remains a negative. But there isn't a single language, not one, in which a double positive can express a negative."
A voice from the back of the room piped up, "Yeah, right."