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Friday, December 14 2018 @ 01:22 PM CST

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Friday Night Links

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3 Ways You Know BuzzFeed Is Taking Your Stuff

Missouri Lawmakers Override Veto to Enact Good Samaritan Law -- Yes, out-of-state doctors can now legally provide medical services to Missouri poor and inner-city people. No, they could not have done so before. Yes, the Democrat Governor of Missouri vetoed the bill to allow doctors to be doctors in Missouri. Yes, the Republican legislature of Missouri overrode the veto. Tell me again which party cares more about the poor?

And Now We Dither . . . -- Incompetence combined with a tragically mistaken worldview has its consequences.

The Death of Gun Control

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel apologizes for decades of police torture -- Hmm. What political party has been so dominant in Chicago that it's commonly referred to as a "machine?" Do you suppose maybe that's not a real good idea?

This Depressing Economy: It's far closer to the dreadful 1930s than you might think.

Chicago Ends Gun Registration Requirement -- Not voluntarily, mind you . . . forced to recognize citizen's rights by Federal courts. Hmm. Which party dominated Southern slave-holding states before the Civil War? Hint: Not the Republicans. That other party is all too willing to ignore large swaths of the Constitution when they find them inconvenient. Do you suppose maybe that's not a real good idea?

Gallup: Number of Americans Who Trust Government To Fix Country’s Problems At All-Time Low…

American Ineffectualism: Every American ally is cringing with embarrassment at the amateurishness of the last month.

Rush Limbaugh Producer: Mainstream Media Want to Take Down Champions of Conservatism -- That producer, who's had the job for many years now, is black, by the way.

Legendary Rock Star Eviscerates Media in Powerful Defense of Tim Tebow: ‘They’re A**holes’

Democrats block resolution to create joint select committee to investigate Benghazi

Yeah. That's enough. For a LONG time.

I'll be back when I can stomach some more of this . . .
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Truth, redux

Oh, my.

Ace. Of Ace of Spades HQ fame.

Ace comments:
I never doubt the equality of the sexes until I read Feminists.

Yeah. I'm there. I'm totally down with the equality of the sexes thing, until I get a snootful of doctrinaire, activist "feminist" rhetoric, which is nothing but tiresome, warmed over politics-of-envy and Marxist dogma (but I repeat myself).

See, that's why Ace is firmly ensconced in the second or third tier of big-time bloggers, and I'm . . . well . . . I post stuff, every once in a while. He's able to pound out a thousand-word-plus post inspired by this nonsense, and I am--significantly more taciturn. Sometimes I think I have an insufficiently disdainful view of my fellow men. And women.

OK, I often think my view of mankind in general is insufficiently disdainful. Hey, what can I say? I'm an optimist . . .
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Watch this.


And watch this too.

You are being lied to. Constantly. Repeatedly. By people who have no honor or shame, and who believe totally that "the ends justify the means."

And the ends they seek are nothing less than re-instituting a sort of 12th-Century feudalism--with themselves as the feudal lords, and you, the "middle class" as the serfs. Of course, this is all for your own good, or so they say.

Slavery is always a good idea if you're the one holding the whip and the end of the chain. Those who wear the shackles and feel the whip on their backs may, at some point, come to have a differing and politically incorrect, non-MSNBC/DNC-approved opinion, however.
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Obamacare: Bottom Line

Item 1: My personal health care insurance premium will be 20.79% more expensive next policy year (starting September 1, 2013) than it was this past year. And since it is an individual policy (I'm retired and not a member of a group) it was already plenty expensive.

Item 2: The official name of the Obamacare legislation is "The Affordable Care Act." Raising insurance rates by over 20% is an exotic and novel application of the word "affordable" that I myself would not have thought of. That's probably why I'm not a politician. I can't lie smoothly enough.

Item 3: My personal physician a dedicated health professional who started as a nurse before getting a medical degree and becoming a general practitioner, is abandoning general practice of medicine to go into the specialty of bariatrics. She had previously been an independent physician but that independence was impossible to financially sustain and had to seek affiliation with a physician's network. That network--in no small part because of the requirements of the Affordable Care Act--is now in the unenviable position of essentially requiring its member physicians to abandon general practice and go into specialties.

It's every bit the disaster I thought it would be. No politician who voted for this monstrosity should ever be considered for public office again (and should probably be investigated by appropriate grand juries or special prosecutors--but you can say that for most every politician, regardless of their view on Obamacare, can't you?)
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Q: How much ruin is there in a country?

Adam Smith, the 18th century natural philosopher, once said "there is a lot of ruin in a nation."

Today, we know the answer to the natural follow-up question: How much ruin is there, then, in a nation?

The answer can be seen in Detroit, Michigan.

Detroit is what inevitably happens when "equality" becomes the primary goal of a society, trumping other values such as "the rule of law," "self-improvement," "personal responsibility," and other values less amenable to demagoguery. Exactly the same policies and behaviors of so-called "equality" which bankrupted and shattered the Soviet Union have bankrupted and shattered Detroit.







Wise fools like Paul Krugman and Barack Obama continue to cling to those disastrous policies and behaviors with near-religious fervor. They are after all members of that self-appointed elite who live high on the plunder of the masses while telling you that they're working tirelessly--tirelessly, mind you (between vacations and golf games, that is) on YOUR behalf, so shut up, keep your head down, and pay your "fair share," serf. It's for your own good, and if you were only as smart as we are, you would understand.

My contempt for them, and for those who despite all evidence continue to support them, is almost boundless.
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"Sharknado!" Are you ready?

It's here! Well, not here here, but it's tonight! On the commie-bastard-neofascist-corporatist-rentseeking-scumsucking-Comcast-owned NBCUniversal SyFy channel (however the heck they spell it nowadays).

Yes . . . Sharknado.

More stupid than Snakes on a Plane. More unrealistic than zombie movies. It's . . .


Tonight, 9 pm ET, Sigh-Fie (however the heck they spell it nowadays).

A movie born to be Mystery Science Theater 3000 fodder. Bring Back MST3K! Come back, Joel and the Bots, the nation needs you more now than ever!
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Repeal the Bill of Rights? "Yeah, sure!"

Ho. Lee. Shit.

One guy. One guy said he wouldn't sign a petition to repeal the Bill of Rights.

This apathy, ignorance, and mindless yay-our-team-boo-their-team partisan loyalty is how fascist parties like the Democrats get elected, and how they stay in office until they can ensure that free and fair elections are "no longer needed."

Oh. Oh! Upset that I'm calling the Democratic Party 'fascist'? Well, go look here at the 1920 platform of the National-Socialist German Workers' Party. Pay special attention to points 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, which differentiate (to a distressingly small degree) the Democrats from Republicans.

"Public Interest before Private Interest."

Hail the Führer!
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The Content Of Our Character

San Jose Police To Record Race Of Every Person They Stop, Question.

I don't think this is exactly what Martin Luther King had in mind. We have lost our way.

In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.
. . . I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!
, , , And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

IRS? NSA? Routine, nearly daily police department violations of Constitiutionally-guaranteed rights--by militarized police departments, no less? Confiscation and punishment masquerading as "charity" and "compassion"? Routine intimidation, up to and including mysterious burglaries of political opponents and whistleblowers of the most corrupt Presidential Administration in American history? Rampant yet mysteriously poorly reported incidents voter fraud all across the nation--while those who benefit from the fraud cloak their corruption in rhetoric defending the right to vote? (Free hint: not everyone actually has the right to vote--and perhaps more importantly--those that do have the right to vote only once per person.)

We are not, none of us, free in the United States of America in the year 2013. We have become drastically less free in the past five, let alone the past thirteen years. This is not a partisan issue. This is a human rights issue.

The only solution to the problem of making some people more free is NOT to make all people less free. That is the method of dictators and tyrants. And, not incidentally, it is the method of those in power in this country right now.
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Oh noes! Gays can legally get hitched!

There seems to be some sturm und drang in some quarters regarding today's Supreme Court decision shooting down the Clinton "Defense of Marriage Act."

I am not among the particularly peeved.

My attitude is much more aligned with Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds' view that the country he wants to live in is one where same-sex couples are secure in their Second Amendment rights.

Now, I do think it's a legitimate concern that some of the critics of today's USSC decision have, regarding the general erosion of the stability and desirability of traditional, heterosexual, child-producing families in the USA. In this process of erosion, governmental action has not been helpful, but as in most things, government policy is the result, not the cause, of a more general dysfunction in society at large.

You can call that dysfunction by many names, but at its core lies the most pernicious and destructive of humanity's many pernicious and destructive urges. Urges that have names like Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride.

Everybody experiences them. All of human history is written with these vices as primary motivators of human behavior. In stories, those that let these urges dominate them usually come to bad ends. Unfortunately, we've all also seen, in history and in our own lives, people who use these urges to grab, hold, and wield power over others.

The fundamental, corrosive dysfunction in today's Western Civilization is the systematic conversion of these human urges from vices into virtues. But even worse is the use of these vices to entice people in democratic countries to cede their rights and powers to the privileged few who seize the reins of power, and are loathe to ever drop those reins.

You can watch that sordid process going on daily in Washington, D.C., in State capitals, and in most major urban City Halls.

This will not end well. It never has before, and people haven't really changed since the ancient Iraqis invented irrigation.