POLITICAL: Big Sugar takes on the WHO with Gooferment help


Big Sugar Flexes its Muscles
Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on July 25th, 2017

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All of these industries fear regulation and protect themselves by using the same tactics…front groups, lobbies, promises of self-regulation, lawsuits, and industry-funded research that confuses the evidence and keeps the public in doubt.”

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If the Republic has ANY hope we have to break the back of Big Gooferment, Crony Capitalism, and the UN. 

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, in this case, WHO is correct about the problem.

Imagine if we all just stopped supporting the Big Crony Capitalists?

No Gooferment required.

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GUNS: A “smart gun” is “dumb”


Firing a Locked Smart Gun

The Armatix IP1 “smart gun” can only be fired by someone who is wearing a special watch. Unfortunately, this security measure is easily hackable.


Stupid to think that a “computer in a gun” can be secured.

Common sense is better than idle technology.





RANT: And the airlines wonder why


Please Be Seated

If you buy an assigned seat at a theater, sports arena or concert venue, you get the seat you picked. But an assigned seat on an airline is radically different: Every so often, you don’t get it, even when you pay extra for it. Premium-seating fees guarantee nothing. It’s happened to families who see their children reassigned rows away from their parents. It’s happened to single travelers when airline computers automatically shuffle seats on full flights. It’s happened to political commentator Ann Coulter. But why? Airlines started placing price tags on particular seats in about 2010. But they didn’t really change their procedures at airport gates to match the marketing. We look at why passengers’ expectations often don’t match up with reality.

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That Airline Seat You Paid for Isn’t Yours
Frustrated fliers discover that paying for a preferred seat on a flight guarantees them nothing
By Scott McCartney
Updated July 26, 2017 1:37 p.m. ET

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If you buy an assigned seat at a theater, sports or concert venue, you get the seat you picked. But an assigned seat on an airline is radically different: Every so often, you don’t get it, even when you pay extra for it. Premium-seating fees guarantee nothing.

It’s happened to families who see their children reassigned rows away from their parents. It’s happened to single travelers when airline computers automatically shuffle seats on full flights. And it famously happened to political commentator Ann Coulter, who erupted in a Twitter tirade earlier in July after Delta moved her from a preferred aisle seat to a window seat in the same extra-legroom row. Delta roared back, calling her out for attacking employees and the airline over what was at best a minor inconvenience.

Airlines started placing price tags on particular seats—letting fliers pay an ancillary fee for a preferred seat, often with extra legroom—in about 2010. But they didn’t really change their procedures at airport gates to match the marketing. That means passengers’ expectations often don’t match up with reality.

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Sorry but this is all “barbara streisand”!

Nothing but pure “bait and switch”. Maybe if the Big Airlines weren’t “in bed” with Big Gooferment, the traveler would get a fair shake.

Sounds like an “unfair and unequal” contract. Doesn’t Judy Judy say that isn’t allowed. Much like the shrink-wrap, “license disclosure after purchase”, and “terms & conditions” in 3 point red font on red background in retail cars! 

Sorry, that’s why flying is when you just have NO OTHER CHOICE. Bring on the self-driving cars.


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JOBFINDING: Maybe you want to join the NutritionFacts.org team?

New Job Openings

Are you interested in joining the NutritionFacts.org team? I need someone (or even better someones—plural) to help research and write future video scripts.

If you have a knack for finding, reading, and analyzing academic journal articles and are a skilled writer, consider applying here.

Please note, though, the application process involves intensive days-long skills testing, so please carefully check the requirements to make sure you might be a good fit.

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INTERESTING: Would seem that “The West” is superior!


Western Values Are Superior
By Walter E. Williams
July 26, 2017

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Here’s part of President Donald Trump’s speech in Poland: “The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?”

After this speech, which was warmly received by Poles, the president encountered predictable criticism. Most of the criticism reflected gross ignorance and dishonesty.

One example of that ignorance was penned in the Atlantic magazine by Peter Beinart, a contributing editor and associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York. Beinart said, “Donald Trump referred 10 times to ‘the West’ and five times to ‘our civilization.’ His white nationalist supporters will understand exactly what he means.” He added, “The West is a racial and religious term. To be considered Western, a country must be largely Christian (preferably Protestant or Catholic) and largely white.”

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By the way, one need not be a Westerner to hold Western values. One just has to accept the sanctity of the individual above all else.

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From the barbarism and the treatment of women certainly illustrates how correct this is.

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INTERESTING: The Giant Stone Balls of Costa Rica — another example of how little we know


6 Insane Discoveries That Science Can’t Explain

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The Giant Stone Balls of Costa Rica

The Mystery:

Costa Rica and a few surrounding areas are scattered with giant stone balls. They are smooth and perfectly spherical, or nearly so. Some of them are quite small, a few inches in diameter, but some of them are as large as eight feet in diameter weighing several tons.

They have been chiseled to perfection by persons unknown, despite the fact that Costa Rica is still not scheduled to enter the Bronze Age until 2013. The are balls everywhere and serve no apparent purpose, like a swing club on Gentlemen’s Night.

And God said, “It’s nice, but could use some more purposeless balls.”

Some of the balls have been blasted apart by locals hoping to find gold, coffee beans, or even babies. Some have been rolled around, but some are too heavy to move even with a bulldozer. Not that they have bulldozers in Costa Rica.

Why Can’t They Solve It?

About the most useful information anyone has gotten is that there are not, under any circumstance, any quarries anywhere near the balls. This information is actually useless considering the balls are carved from volcanic rock.

Our Guess:

In 1,000 years the eggs of the stone men will hatch, and their offspring will emerge to rule the Earth.

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It’s amazing how little we know.

I wonder how many more “mysteries” there are. Probably need a Snopes-like site to catalog them.


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INSPIRATIONAL: Tending a baby … …

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For the past few days / weeks / eons, I’ve been getting a taste of “parenthood 101”.

I now understand why I was never “blessed” with my own.

They are too much work. 


My blogging has been disrupted. I’ll try to do better in the future.


(Like anyone really cares.)

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GUNS: “We know we are violating numerous constitutional rights here”


Judge Tells Marine to Choose Between 2A Rights And Fostering Grandson
Posted at 9:51 am on July 19, 2017 by Beth Baumann

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The Johnsons were going to take custody of their grandson to keep him from going into foster care. When they went to pick up their grandson, William, a retired, disabled Marine with a Concealed Pistol License (CPL), was searched for a firearm. He was not carrying a firearm at the time. At that point, agency officials told the Johnsons that they would be required to provide all firearms’ serial numbers to the agency as part of a registry. When Johnson questioned agency workers, he was given a surprising response.

“If you want to care for your grandson you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights,” a MDHHS worker retorted.

When the Johnsons appeared before a Gogebic County Court judge, the judge reiterated the agency worker’s statement.

“We know we are violating numerous constitutional rights here, but if you do not comply, we will remove the boy from your home,” the judge said.

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I would hope that every Michigan patriot will demand that this judge be immediately impeached.

This is unconscionable.


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FUN: Stick pens — love them or leave them?


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Since then, very little about the pen has changed—not even the faded blue plastic casing. “When people see this pen, they know exactly what it is,” says Brad Dowdy of The Pen Addict. “That Paper Mate keeps making it is a testament to it being a good enough pen.” Good enough, it turns out, to sell 90 million of these pens last year. Most of them are bought in bulk by schools and businesses who think they’re getting something cheap and semi-reliable. What they don’t realize is that they’re actually getting a classic pen, for the price of a few pennies.

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I like the line: “I love my stick pens, but I don’t exactly value them.”

TDBANK gives pens away so freely that I see them at competing banks. Something humorous about that!

If a competing bank uses TD pens, I wonder how good a bank they are. In the case of Wells Fargo, there is no doubt.

Guess where I bank?

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POLITICAL: Was the DJT JR meeting illegal?


625: Trump in Trouble. A smoking gun has appeared.

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Naturally, he’s going to come out clean. That’s what presidents do. But it proves the claims that some Trump campaign officials DID seek to sway the election with the help of the Russians.

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More interestingly, Jason asks the question, that no one in the media is answering, “Was this illegal?”. If so, what law was broken?

Just as you don’t want to see sausage being made, “politics” is a dirty business. If the media was doing its “job” (i.e., muckraking), then the American People would be a lot better informed.


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INTERESTING: Self-driving car displaces the regional airplane?


Dear United: Autonomous cars will pull you out of your seat
Posted 4 hours ago by Cyrus Radfar (@cyrusradfar)

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The Golden Triangle: Faster, Cheaper, and Better

In general, terrestrial short haul may be as fast or slightly slower than airlines, today. Nevertheless, it’s likely to be much more consistent on both price and time to the destination.

It’s hard to believe that the experience wouldn’t be more comfortable door to door and it will, likely, be much more affordable, especially for business group travel.

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According to some estimates, the price of cabs sans driver could come down as much as three-quarters. If the journey between LA and SF with one passenger may be twice the cost of the best price and with more passengers, autonomous travel would become the cheaper option.

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Interesting is the cost savings. ¾ price advantage, no security, and a comfortable ride — sounds like the poor man’s “private jet”.

Where do I sign up?

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GOLD: Why should gold be money? No bureaucrats required!


From (the brilliant) Alasdair Macleod: “Understanding Money and Prices”

“Gold matters, because, excepting silver, it is the only form of money that has survived since individuals discovered the convenience of money over barter. It is beyond the control of governments, as they cannot issue it without acquiring it first. It is subject to the constraints of its quality, so that as a medium of credit it cannot be debauched, only defaulted upon. Its relative inflexibility and its soundness are the primary reason governments do not like monetary gold, and force their preferred alternative on their citizenry. The vested interest of government is therefore to discourage, or even ban the use of gold as competing money.”

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Imagine the world without any “central banks”?

Imagine the world without bureaucrats “setting” interest rates?

Imagine the world without politicians borrowing “money” to spend to buy votes?

Sounds like a pretty good world to me.

You could save for your retirement and know that Gooferment “inflation” couldn’t steal your wealth from you.

If a politician wants to start a war, then they have to pay for it.

If a bureaucrat wants to increase his staff, then they have to pay for it.

If the “community organizer” wants to get “free” stuff, then they have to pay for it.

Go ahead “raise taxes” and see how that worshippers out for you.


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LOCAL: SBTWP bills for school


Franklin Dad Must Pay $35K For Sending Kids To South Brunswick SchoolsThe South Brunswick school system actually did surveillance, observing his Monmouth Junction rental property 27 times and finding it vacant.
By Carly Baldwin (Patch Staff) – Updated July 11, 2017 8:45 pm ET

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It was actually South Brunswick school system that launched the investigation. The district conducted surveillance at his Monmouth Junction rental. For 27 visits, there was no activity at the apartment, the district said. But on 28 occasions, the investigator saw the man’s cars parked outside his Franklin home. Those same cars would then drop his kids off at school the next day.

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So why is the Gooferment in the “school business”?

We don’t care where the man buys his food or his gas. Why should it matter where his children get their education?

In 1984, I proposed to Hands Across New Jersey a forty year plan to privatize the school system. The first twenty were about giving parents free choice with vouchers; the second twenty were about reducing the amount of the vouchers by 5% every year. 

If anyone was really interest in SOLVING the problem then, it’d been SOLVED three years ago. Argh!

If anyone was really interest in SOLVING the problem NOW, they could have it done by 2057.

It took the USA about 100 years to get into this mess and “ride” it to its breaking point. 

“When in a hole, stop digging!” — old Wall Street maxim

Let’s stop digging!


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PEACE: Good men and women in harm’s way

The Hornet’s Nest (2014)

The Hornet’s Nest is a groundbreaking and immersive feature film, using unprecedented real footage to tell the story of an elite group of U. S. troops sent on a dangerous mission deep inside one of Afghanistan’s most hostile valleys. What was planned as a single day strike turned into nine intense days of combat against an invisible, hostile enemy in terrain where troops had never dared go before.

Starring: Mike Boettcher, Carlos Boettcher

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Let’s bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! We have so many politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!

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How the equals sign changed the world
500 years ago, tragic Welsh genius Robert Recorde wanted to teach math to ordinary people.
ESTHER INGLIS-ARKELL – 7/9/2017, 9:00 AM

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Recorde found it irritating to have to state over and over that one side of an equation was equal to the other side. He wrote, with obvious annoyance and whimsical spelling, “And to avoide the tedious repetition of these woordes, is equalle to, I will sette as I doe often in woorke use, a paire of paralleles.” Instead of using a phrase to convey meaning, he would convey the same meaning with a symbol. What symbol could be more appropriate than a pair of equal-length lines? Nothing, Recorde explained, “noe 2 thyngs, can be moare equalle.”

Recorde’s symbol didn’t catch on at first. The language of Latin still held sway during the 16th century. Latin had a word for the concept, “aequalis,” and if more concision was necessary, people could shorten it to “ae” or “oe.” But aiding the popularity of the equals sign was Recorde’s introduction, to English-speakers, of the German symbols “+” and “-“. In combination, these signs allowed people to express, quickly and with a minimum of wasted ink, a mathematical equation in symbols. Instead of writing, “A factore added to a quantitie of thryeye is equalle to a dyffyrynte factore frome whyche is takene awaye a quantitie of foure,” a mathematician could write: “x + 3 = y – 4”.

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Sadly, Recorde wasn’t lauded as a hero of rationality and math education in his lifetime. Brilliant as he was, he forgot one of the basic rules of his day: the aristocracy always wins. 

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I particularly like the observation that he brought “quantification” to the general population.

Sad that he wound up being “unequal”.


Imagine if the human race cherished genius instead of celebrity, status, or “royalty”. 


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LIBERTARIAN: Elections suck


Commentary on US Election Security
Bruce Schneier 

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Good commentaries from Ed Felten and Matt Blaze.

Both make a point that I have also been saying: hacks can undermine the legitimacy of an election, even if there is no actual voter or vote manipulation.

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I’ve always been of the opinion that “we” have too many elections and elected offices.

It would seem the logic of Dead Old White Guys was to keep elections as local as possible (i.e., the House of Representatives; the Senate selected but the State Legislatures). 

My suggestion is that each residence (i.e., house or apartment) would get one “vote” per person. Then, each street or apartment house would vote for their representative. That rep would vote for a neighborhood rep casting the number of proxies they hold. And so forth and so on, until we eventually got mayors. Mayors would vote for county execs. County execs for governor. All based on those underlying proxies. The Fifty governors would then elect a President. 

Fraud would be virtually impossible. Yes it’d take some effort , but look at the results.

Mad at any politician? Take it up with the “elected rep” closest to you. Real easy!

Totally responsive to the electorate. 

Go ahead and try and  hack that!

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INTERESTING: I got pulled over?

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Interesting morning. 

I was driving the Caddie and pulled out of 7-11 when there was big gap in the traffic. Someone jumped into my gap and I was forced to stay on the shoulder for three or four cars. Finally a cop let me in. I waved thanks and toodled along. 

Two lights later, he lit me up and pulled me over. Argh!

So I sat quietly until he walked up to the car. On his way to the driver’s side window, he touched the driver’s side rear light. That struck me as strange.

“Registration and insurance card”. I responded: “It’s in the glove box.” “Ok, you can get it now and thanks for telling me.” I got them out and the contents of the box rolled out. I took them out of the evelope and passed them to him. 

“License.” “In my wallet”. “OK”. So extracted the wallet and pulled it out and handed it to him.

He said: “I pulled you over because your license came back as suspended. Did you turn your NJ license when you got a NH one?” “yes. The car is based in NJ so it’s registered and insursed here.” “OK.”

He went back to the police car. And spent a few minutes. On the way back, he touched the taillight again. Struck me as strange.

“Do you still have the address in Kendall Park?” “Yes.” “OK. No problem.”

And I went on my way.

I’m still wondering why he touched the car?

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HEALTHCARE: Did Obamacare Really Save Lives? NO!


Did Obamacare Really Save Lives?
By Robert P. Murphy
July 1, 2017

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Although I personally do not yet have a theory on the specific mechanism that may be responsible, I am confident in saying that the actual data do not support the breathless claims that rolling back ObamaCare will literally kill many thousands of Americans. Fans of the Austrian school should not be shocked, though, to discover that having the federal government get more heavily involved in the health sector has apparently made things worse.

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I put this in the class of “District of Corruption speak” — like Brave New World’s Newspeak. You know where: “draconian cuts” don’t reduce the baseline spending, “The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick”, and “Does that mean that someone’s 13-year old daughter could walk into a sex clinic, have a pregnancy test done, be taken away to the local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, have their abortion, be back, and go home on the school bus that night? Mom and dad are never the wiser.”

So overtime any of the politicians and bureaucrats — or their flunkies in the media — make ANY claim, I dismiss it out of hand. If they were to claim “the sun will come up tomorrow”, I’d wait and confirm it.

That goes for their predictions on everything.

When listening to “pitches”, ask who’s getting paid off and what’s the pitcher’s track record.

Why believe any to them?


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INTERESTING: Bermuda Triangle’s new “island”


Mystery of Bermuda Triangle deepens as ‘dangerous’ mile-long island suddenly forms in middle of Atlantic Ocean
Experts have warned visitors to stay away as the rip tide is ‘incredibly strong’ and the waters are infested with 5ft long sharks
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A mystery island that has been branded ‘dangerous’ has suddenly formed in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle.

The crescent-shaped mile-long island off the tip of Cape Point in Buxton, North Carolina, began rising from the sea in Spring.

Surrounding the waters of the so-called Devil’s Triangle, the sandbank has been dubbed Shelly Island by locals because of the vast quantities of shells which litter the shore, Virginian Pilot reported .

The new island measures around one-mile long and more than 400 feet wide.

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Not sure what the definition of an “island” is, but this is “something”.

The “triangle” is an interesting phenomenon that we don’t seem to understand?

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VOCABULARY: Fiancé vs. Fiancée?


Fiancé vs. Fiancée
June 24, 2015 by: Dictionary.com

Much debate and change surrounds the terms fiancé and fiancée in the recent past. English speakers borrowed these gendered terms from the French in the mid-19th century, importing both the masculine (fiancé) and feminine (fiancée). This term ultimately derives from Latin, fidare literally meaning “to trust,” combined with the suffix -ance, which is used to form nouns from existing verbs.

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I became aware of this “controversy” when I tried to put “fiancée” in the “accented words” folder of my TextExpander utility. It wouldn’t even let me make my own. Hence I investigate this “error”.

So I am a “fiancé” and AMH is my “fiancée”.


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VOCABULARY: “doublethink”

Dictionary.com Word of the Day  JUNE 25, 2017 

doublethink [duhb-uh l-thingk] 1. the acceptance of two contradictory ideas or beliefs at the same time.


Doublethink lies at the very heart of Ingsoc, since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty. To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies …

— George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-four, 1949


Doublesthink comes from George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-four (also 1984), published in 1949. It appears alongside Orwell’s other neologisms thoughtcrime and duckspeak. Doublethink, has a more sinister meaning than the relatively innocuous doubletalk, which appeared in the late 1930s and referred at first to the kind of speech that Casey Stengel (1891–1975) was famous for, and later to jargon or pompous language. Doublethink entered English in the second half of the 20th century.

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Hard to imagine that this is possible but we see it today in both “politics” and the “media”.

Current example is the D’s complaining to the TV about the R’s “secret healthcare plan”, while “conveniently forgetting” that they did the same thing to pass Obamacare!


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RANT: The road to hell — entitlements!


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John P. Donchess of Ohio weighed in: “The Senate health-care bill will pass, be reconciled with the House bill and be signed into law by President Trump. Anything less is political suicide for the Republicans. This entitlement is here to stay, despite what conservatives (including myself) would prefer. This bill advances the ball in the right direction and allows for further improvements to be made in the future.”

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Once an “entitlement” is “given”, it’s HARD to claw it back.

“Conservatives” should have fought harder to prevent it in the first place. Medicare, Medicaid, and “welfare” are classic examples.

The road to hell is paved with entitlements! 

The USA is broke; its bankruptcy will be the ultimate “claw back”.


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OBSERVATION: People can be clueless


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“We warned them, we told them this oil can catch fire any second but a lot of people still came.”

Imran Shah, a highway police spokesman, on the explosion of a fuel truck in Pakistan that killed at least 138 people and injured nearly 150 others. Traffic officials closed the highway on either side of the overturned truck, but a large crowd, including residents of nearby villages, gathered to try to scoop up the fuel.

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Wonder if they were just so poor that it was worth the risk?

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LIBERTy: Independence Day + local self-government, secession, and strict construction




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Independence Day is coming up, and I wonder how many people really get why it matters.

In school, we were told this: “No taxation without representation.”


The real principles were more like the following.

(1) No legislation without representation.
The colonists insisted that they could be governed only by the colonial legislatures. This is the principle of self-government.

This is why a Supreme Court ordering localities around is anti-American in the truest sense. It operates according to the opposite principle from the one the American colonists stood for.

(2) Contrary to the modern Western view of the state that it must be considered one and indivisible, the colonists believed that a smaller unit may withdraw from a larger one.

(3) The colonists’ view of the (unwritten) British constitution was that Parliament could legislate only in those areas that had traditionally been within the purview of the British government. Customary practice was the test of constitutionality. The Parliament’s view, on the other hand, was in effect that the will and act of Parliament sufficed to make its measures constitutional.

So the colonists insisted on strict construction, if you will, while the British held to more of a “living, breathing” view of the Constitution. Sound familiar?

So let’s recap: local self-government, secession, and strict construction. Not exactly the themes you learned in school.

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VOCABULARY: “Stray Dog Attacks”


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The Lone Wolf and the Stray Dog 

Two botched attacks in Europe in recent days signal that Islamist terror has entered a new phase, security officials say, one that is more disorganized and less sophisticated but risks spawning more attackers determined to kill using any means at their disposal. Because of a lack of direct training and know-how, many of this new breed of assailant fail. Still, the absence of a connection to terror networks makes it difficult for intelligence services to track these individuals, and their often unsophisticated weapons—such as knives or cars—are easy to obtain. So authorities fear the attacks will increase. “We may be entering an era not of lone wolf, but stray dog attacks,” said one Western security official. The changing nature of the attacks also reflects improved security in Europe, but officials warn it would be reckless to underestimate the continuing threat of extremist groups.

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An armed citizenry is need to defeat this particular type of attack.

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” – George Washington quotes from BrainyQuote.com

The USA, in the Red States, is more likely to be secure.

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