GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Slower than driving? Slower than flying? Why are the Taxpayers subsidizing this?

https://www.cato.org/blog/horrible-way-be-right

DECEMBER 18, 2017 3:50PM
A Horrible Way to Be Right
By RANDAL O’TOOLE

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No matter what speed, intercity passenger trains are obsolete and have been at least since the advent of jet airliner service. Even after hundreds of millions spent on improvements, this particular train would have been slower than driving from Seattle to Portland, but even the fastest high-speed trains are slower than flying.

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I really am tired of politicians and bureaucrats deciding how to waste Taxpayer money on feel good projects!

At some point in time, “We, The Sheeple” need to say “enuf’s enuf”.

There’s no need for these boondoggles and at least 6 people paid the ultimate price for this stupidity.

Argh!

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TINFOILHAT: Las Vegas Massacre Questions

New Video: Three Las Vegas Massacre Witnesses Come Forth And Spill The Beans
http://www.thedailysheeple.com/new-video-three-las-vegas-massacre-witnesses-come-forth-and-spill-the-beans_122017

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Additionally, the man confirmed that the FBI was “erasing” evidence from peoples phones and even pointed out that he thinks Stephen Paddock is likely a patsy.

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So if there’s nothing to hide, why are the phones being erased?

Argh!

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INTERESTING: Peak NFL?

http://www.oftwominds.com/blogdec17/peak-NFL12-17.html

Have We Reached Peak NFL?
December 15, 2017

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To summarize:

1. The NFL has saturated the potential audience to the point of exhaustion.

2. The potential audience is shrinking as student-loan-burdened Millennials have collectively little interest in spending the money or time required to be a rabid fan of pro football.

3. The cost of attending an NFL game is increasingly out of reach of the bottom 95% of households.

4. TV viewership is declining across the entire demographic spectrum.

5. The wages/income of the vast majority of the TV audience has stagnated, and 95% of the populace has less disposable income than a generation ago.

6. The top 5% with the majority of the disposable income are not big pro sports fans, mostly due to the many demands on their time and the diversity of other pursuits available to them.

How will the owners and managers of the multi-billion-dollar NFL empire handle the league’s decline phase? Managing the decline phase is less fun than reveling in the expansion phase. 

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Was it the interjection of politics or perhaps finding out that the taxpayers were paying for the NFL’s patriotism?

Perhaps, it’s just its time has past.

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TINFOILHAT: FBI LOST the fingerprints taken from rifle that killed JFK

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5190201/How-FBI-LOST-fingerprints-JFK-assassins-rifle.html

How the FBI LOST the fingerprints taken from rifle that killed JFK fifteen years after the president was assassinated, new files reveal

  • Latest files show scramble to find original fingerprint lifts on JFK assassin’s gun
  • FBI unit chief says tracking down the lifts would be a ‘mammoth research effort’
  • Dallas Police took the prints, but say they never received them back from FBI
  • The gun was found on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository
  • The date for the release of the sealed files was decided in October 1992

By Amanda Cashmore For Mailonline
PUBLISHED: 04:57 EST, 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 06:11 EST, 18 December 2017

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The FBI lost fingerprints taken from the rifle agents found in the Texas School Book Depository after the president was assassinated in Dallas, new files have revealed.

At the time of the investigation in 1963, agents and outside experts concluded that a palm print taken from the barrel off the rifle belonged to Lee Harvey Oswald.  

But 15 years later in July 1978, the agency revealed that the fingerprints had gone missing in their vast archives. 

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All very convenient.

“Move along, people. Nothing to see here. Go home, you looky-loos.” Officer Barbrady’s Catch Phrase South Park

Sorry but the FBI is either corrupt or complicit.

Either way time for it to go.

Argh!

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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5190201/How-FBI-LOST-fingerprints-JFK-assassins-rifle.html#ixzz51dXeHm7k Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

POLITICAL: A stunning assertion, which if true ,needs some exposure

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5190451/Obama-administration-SABOTAGED-operation-stop-Hezbollah.html

The Obama administration ‘SABOTAGED a DEA operation to stop Hezbollah smuggling drugs into the US and helped the militant group grow into a global threat so the Iran nuke deal would go ahead’

  • Ex-President’s officials accused of opening a door for traffickers and launderers
  • DEA led a complex operation called Project Cassandra to bring down militants
  • Claimed Obama’s people threw down a number of roadblocks, hindering agents
  • As the Iran nuclear deal neared its agreement, the harder it became for the DEA 
  • By Gareth Davies For Mailonline
  • PUBLISHED: 05:54 EST, 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:21 EST, 18 December 2017
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TECHNOLOGY: ICOs are probably not deserving of SEC regulation; caveat emptor

https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/17/ico-lateral-damage/

ICO-lateral damage
Posted 5 hours ago by Jon Evans (@rezendi), Columnist

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The ICO regulators are here, and they’re carrying big sticks.

“Coins or other digital assets issued on a blockchain may be securities under the federal securities laws… tokens were securities as defined by Section 2(a)(1) of the Securities Act because they were investment contracts … An investment contract is an investment of money in a common enterprise with a reasonable expectation of profits to be derived from the entrepreneurial or managerial efforts of others.”

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Laissez-faire is an economic system in which transactions between private parties are free from intrusive government restrictions, tariffs, and subsidies, with only enough regulations to protect property rights.

We don’t need the Gooferment to “protect” us.

Their only interest is to protect their established interests.

Crypto-currencies do represent a huge threat to the fiat currencies that enable the Federal Reserve System — —  The Federal Reserve Bank is a misnomer. IT ain’t “federal”. It reserves nothing. And, it ain’t a “bank”. It is a private cartel of the elite banks run for their benefit and that of the entrenched politicians. — — to fund the welfare / warfare state.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Why we need “our” “female Human Resources”

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/12/20/quiet-hero-its-wonderful-life-hint-its-not-jimmy-stewart.html

The quiet hero of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (Hint: It’s NOT Jimmy Stewart)
By Paul J. Batura| Fox News

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As we approach the 71st anniversary of Frank Capra’s perennial Christmas classic “It’s A Wonderful Life,” I think it’s time to reexamine the film’s heroes. The result might surprise you.

As a child, I assumed the hero was Jimmy Stewart’s wholesome hometown character, George Bailey. The American Film Institute agreed, listing George as the ninth greatest screen hero of all time. After all, the whole point of the movie is to show us what life in Bedford Falls would be like without George.

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Here’s a lesson about why we need “our” “female Human Resources”. (And, we should thank all the countries of the world who keep “their” females barefoot, pregnant, and uneducated.)

While my personal “Christmas hero” is pre-transformation old Ebenezer — who gets a bum rap imho, I can certainly make room for a heroine as #2.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Why can’t the USA be more like Estonia?

http://www.impactlab.net/2017/12/17/estonia-the-digital-republic/

December 17th, 2017 at 11:54 am
Estonia, the digital republic

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Its government is virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure. Has this tiny post-Soviet nation found the way of the future?

The Estonian government is so eager to take on big problems that many ambitious techies leave the private sector to join it.

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I asked Kaevats what he saw when he looked at the U.S. Two things, he said. First, a technical mess. Data architecture was too centralized. Citizens didn’t control their own data; it was sold, instead, by brokers. Basic security was lax. “For example, I can tell you my I.D. number—I don’t fucking care,” he said. “You have a Social Security number, which is, like, a big secret.” He laughed. “This does not work!” The U.S. had backward notions of protection, he said, and the result was a bigger problem: a systemic loss of community and trust. “Snowden things and whatnot have done a lot of damage. But they have also proved that these fears are justified.

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There’s a plethora of great ideas in this story. So many that it’s hard to absorb them in one sitting.

I love the citizen is in control of their data. 

In the USA would be IMPOSSIBLE without the (unconstitutional) Social Security “number”.

Why can’t “we” have all these benefits here?

Simple Crony Capitalism. What would all the “info protection”, credit reporting, Gooferment “suppliers”  and consultants to the Gooferment do? All those lost “campaign contributions”! 

And, imagine all the waste, fraud, and abuse that would be found.

If DJT45 wants to drain the swamp, then here’s how to do it.

Argh!

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TINFOILHAT: Bundy Ranch case whistleblower exposes Gooferment malfeasance

http://www.thedailysheeple.com/lead-blm-investigator-blows-whistle-exposes-government-conspiracy-against-the-bundy-family_122017

LEAD BLM INVESTIGATOR BLOWS WHISTLE, EXPOSES GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE BUNDY FAMILY
DECEMBER 16, 2017 | JAY SYRMOPOULOS | THEFREETHOUGHTPROJECT.COM 

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The lead BLM investigator in the Bundy Ranch case has blown the whistle exposing “far-reaching misconduct, recklessness and unrestrained antipathy toward the family.”

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Only two days later Wooten was removed from the investigation by his supervisor. Another BLM agent confiscated files relating to his investigation from his office; including computer hard drives, collected emails, text messages, case notes and “lessons learned,” Wooten wrote.

“These items were taken because they contained significant evidence of misconduct and items that would potentially embarrass BLM Law Enforcement Supervision,” Wooten’s memo noted. “I am convinced that I was removed to prevent the ethical and proper further disclosure of the severe misconduct.”

According to Wooten, he was told by his supervisor that Myhre “furiously demanded” his removal from the case – and said something regarding the BLM’s failure to hand over critical evidence to his office.
Myhre “adopted an attitude of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell” or “preferred ignorance” in regards to information from the BLM that could be helpful to the Bundy defense, according to Wooten.

Additionally, he noted the extremely inaccurate talking points used by prosecutors, particularly failing to disclose the fact that BLM sniper teams took up positions around the Bundy Ranch before the standoff on April 12, 2014.

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How much Gooferment abuse of citizens will “We, The Sheeple” tolerate?

If DJT45 wants to “drain the swamp”, how about shutting down the BLM.

And, why should the BLM have “sniper teams” at all?

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LIBERTY: Did this just screw up the whole Mueller effort?

https://lawandcrime.com/legal-analysis/legal-analysis-heres-why-muellers-seizure-of-transition-emails-likely-violated-the-law/

LEGAL ANALYSIS: Why Mueller’s Seizure of Transition Emails Likely Violated the Law
by Robert Barnes | 5:38 pm, December 18th, 2017

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First, whether the government or company maintains a policy banning personal use.

Second, whether the government or employer monitors the use of the email.

Third, whether third parties have a right of access to the emails beyond technical audits and maintenance.

Fourth, whether the government or employer notifies the individual of the limits on privacy in the emails, whether the individual was aware of those policies, the use of those policies, and the monitoring of those policies. It boils down to whether a person in the individual’s shoes would have had no reasonable expectation of privacy in their email communications.

A fifth factor is relevant in the Fourth Amendment context: whether the government gave an individual notice and the individual had knowledge of the right to refuse to give consent to the future search of their emails.

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Sounds like a lawyer, who should have known better, exceeded his authority.

Does that throw throw the whole result in the rubbish bin?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Finally someone walks the walk

FROM BEHIND THE WSJ PAYWALL

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Anonymous Email to Visa CEO Led to Top Executive’s Firing

This fall, Visa Chief Executive Alfred Kelly received a troubling, anonymous email: Jim McCarthy, one of his most senior and high-profile executives, had been involved in romantic relationships with women at the card giant, according to people familiar with the email’s content.

The email proved a test for Mr. Kelly. He had been in the CEO’s post for less than a year and had made a point from the get-go of stressing the importance of company culture and how executives manage staff.
Weeks after Mr. Kelly received the email tip, Visa fired Mr. McCarthy on Dec. 1.

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Let the chips fall where they may.

I never played the grab ass games common on Wall Street and large corporations. 

I’m sure that hurt me politically. But I could always put me head down in peace.

Hope there is more “justice”.

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RANT: Impanel a grand jury?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5198925/Rosie-offered-2m-Flake-Collins-vote-no-taxes.html

Rosie O’Donnell ILLEGALLY offered $2million each to Senators Flake and Collins if they would vote no on Trump’s tax bill

  • Rosie O’Donnell offered Senators Flake and Collins $2m each to vote no on taxes 
  • She offered the money over Twitter late Tuesday night just before it was passed
  • Neither senator listened to her though, as both voted ‘Yes’ early Wednesday
  • Vote was along strict party lines; Only GOP Sen. John McCain was absent
  • It is a felony to offer money to a politician to influence acts like voting on a billBy Abigail Miller For Dailymail.com

PUBLISHED: 11:27 EST, 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:46 EST, 20 December 2017

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INOVATION: Like checklists, anything to make it safer

http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/rabblerousing-surgical-staff-wear-their-names-on-their-caps-to-stop-mixups-and-improve-patient-safety-20171211-h02o1c.html

Rabble-rousing surgical staff wear their names on their caps to stop mix-ups and improve patient safety
Kate Aubusson

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Dr Rob Hackett was met with smirks and confused, occasionally derisive, looks when he started turning up to surgeries with his name and profession emblazoned in bold black typeface across his scrub cap.

“Rob … Anaesthetist”, his forehead announced to colleagues and patients alike.

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When I first read about the effect of using to checklist in preventing surgical agents, I thought that was a great breakthrough.

This can rank right up there.

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INOVATION: The rates of traffic flow on different kinds of 4-way intersections

This is an animation of traffic flows simulated on 30 different kinds of four-way junctions, from two roads intersecting with no traffic lights or signs to complex stacked interchanges that feature very few interactions between individual cars.

Source: The rates of traffic flow on different kinds of 4-way intersections

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Clearly, someone spent a lot of time thinking about this. How much does progress cost?

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RANT: Who’s a druid?

https://lifehacker.com/why-real-christmas-trees-are-better-than-fake-ones-1821354742

Why Real Christmas Trees Are Better Than Fake Ones
Jaime Green Today 3:00pm

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Choosing between real and artificial Christmas trees largely comes down to personal preference: do you want that cozy pine smell and hellacious clean-up, or built-in lights with no personal touch but nary a needle on the floor? Personal preference aside, though, there’s someone else who probably cares: Mother Earth.

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More than anything, why don’t all us “modern Druids” forget about the whole concept of trees.

Didn’t the early Christians steal the concept of a Christmas from the pagans to get them in their movement?

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FUN: Little kids think birthday parties actually make you get older

I agree!!!

 

Science Adorable munchkins fundamentally misunderstand how times passes. Children as old as four and five think that the actual purpose of a birthday party is to increase your age . It’s not a celebration—it’s a ritual.

Source: Little kids think birthday parties actually make you get older

Categories FUN

TINFOILHAT: 9/11 — No Longer A “Conspiracy Theory”

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/12/no_author/16-facts-16-years-later-about-9-11-that-are-no-longer-a-conspiracy-theory/

16 Facts, 16 Years Later About 9/11 That Are No Longer A “Conspiracy Theory”
By Arjun Walia Collective Evolution
December 16, 2017

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Did you know that BBC correspondent Jane Standley reported the collapse of WTC 7 (Soloman Brothers building) 20 minutes before it happened? You can watch that broadcast here.

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https://youtu.be/ltP2t9nq9fI

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Published on Feb 26, 2007

An astounding video uncovered from the archives today shows the BBC reporting on the collapse of WTC Building 7 over twenty minutes before it fell at 5:20pm on the afternoon of more 9/11. The incredible footage shows BBC reporter Jane Standley talking about the collapse of the Salomon Brothers Building while it remains standing in the live shot behind her head. How did the BBC know that it was going to collapse? And why did they report the collapse when it is clearly standing in the background?

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Is there ANY explanation for this?

And if there is NOT, doesn’t that throw the whole “official story” out on the proverbial rubbish pile?

Argh!

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INTERESTING: The Deadliest Natural Disaster In U.S. History Was A … … …?

https://www.howtogeek.com/trivia/the-deadliest-natural-disaster-in-us-history-was-a/

Forest Fire, Earthquake, Hurricane, Volcanic Explosion?

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But whatever it was it was caused by “global warming”. Right, California Governor Jerry Brown?

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Marginal Rates Could Top 100% for Some?

FROM BEHIND THE WSJ PAYWALL

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-taxman-cometh-senate-bills-marginal-rates-could-top-100-for-some-1512942118

POLITICS
The Taxman Cometh: Senate Bill’s Marginal Rates Could Top 100% for Some
Certain high-income business owners would face backwards incentives; lawmakers work to bridge gap
By Richard RubinUpdated Dec. 10, 2017 6:46 p.m. ET

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WASHINGTON—Some high-income business owners could face marginal tax rates exceeding 100% under the Senate’s tax bill, far beyond the listed rates in the Republican plan.

That means a business owner’s next $100 in earnings, under certain circumstances, would require paying more than $100 in additional federal and state taxes.

As lawmakers rush to write the final tax bill over the next week, they already are looking at changes to prevent this from happening. Broadly, House and Senate Republicans are trying to reconcile their bills, looking for ways to pay for eliminating the most contentious proposals. The formal House-Senate conference committee will meet on Wednesday, and GOP lawmakers may unveil an agreement by week’s end.

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Would anyone like them to be required to READ what they are voting on?

DNF Democrat Nancy Pelosi’s “Have to pass the bill so you can see what’s in it”?

Argh!

https://downsizedc.org/rtba/

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If ignorance of the law is no excuse for me, neither can it be permitted to you.

Congress keeps voting on healthcare bills that no member has even seen, let alone read. This must end. But I can’t expect Congressional leaders to end the practice because they benefit from it. That means I have to rely on YOU, my supposed representative.

I can see no good reason why you would NOT introduce RTBA. I want you to immediately contact Downsize DC and work with them to introduce this bill.

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Seems simple enough!

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POLITICAL: Charles Barkley doesn’t understand the impact of Gooferment “help”

http://www.breitbart.com/sports/2017/12/13/charles-barkley-says-doug-jones-win-proves-democrats-get-off-asses-help-black-people/

Charles Barkley Says Doug Jones Win Proves Democrats to ‘Get Off Their Asses and Help Black People
by WARNER TODD HUSTON13 Dec 201771

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NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley, says that Tuesday’s Democrat victory in Alabama proves that if Democrats started doing more for Black Americans, they could win more elections.After Democrat Doug Jones won a shocking victory in deep red Alabama, Barkley, an Alabama native, said how thrilled he was with the victory.

“I’m so proud of my state. I love my state. We got some amazing people here. Yeah, we got a bunch of rednecks and a bunch of ignorant people, but we got some amazing people here and they rose up today,” Barkley said on CNN according to The Hill.

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Make no mistake I like Charles Barkley even though I never met him. 


On TV over the years, he always came across as an honest fellow.


Unfortunately, here I think he’s made a bad mistake. The D’s, like the R’s, are only interested in —  remember the three “laws” of political motivation —  (1) rewarding your friends; (2) punishing your enemies; and (3) feathering your own nest. 


Ever election cycle, the D’s count on the “black vote” (their terminology; not mine). Just as the R’s count on their “base” to show up. Sprinkle in a few Greens and Libertarians to subtract from the appropriate totals and that the “election calculus”.


I’d prefer that Charles talk to Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams. who attribute most, if not all of, the problems that “blacks” have to Gooferment “help”.


Best thing that could happen is if the Gooferment left us all alone. Second best, if the Gooferment can’t stop meddling, would be repeal the minimum wage laws. They hurt everyone!


Argh!

 

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POLITICAL: Thinking about the Moore election

2017-Dec-14

FROM A PRIVATE MESSAGE EXCHANGE

FJohn: Doug Jones Defeats Roy Moore in U.S. Senate Race according to the AP

XXXXXXXXXXX: Yaaasss

Reinke FJohn: Be careful what you wish for. I think that he was “smeared”. And, it shifts the balance in the 2018 back to the R’s as it puts the “sexual harassment” issue back on the D’s. (Note I think both parties suck. Just that the D’s are slightly worse fiscally.)

XXXXXXXXXXX: Can’t argue. Just thought he was a “dolt”. 

Reinke FJohn:Not sure of that after all he was an Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Judge and at least one of the accuser admitted forged “evidence”. So, I just don’t know. He may be or not.

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FROM A FACEBOOK FRIEND

God is watching over us 

ABOUT

Once a Long Shot, Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate RaceDoug Jones, a former prosecutor, defeated scandal-scarred Roy S. Moore for the Senate seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.NYTIMES.COM

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MY REPLY:

I’d say the media, politicians, and bureaucrats manipulated “We, The Sheeple” with fake news. Where were all the accusers before the final weeks of the election? And DNF gloria alderedge and the altered yearbook. You know I don’t like EITHER “Party” but this all sounds just too convenient to me. If he was innocent, then he has been irreparably slandered. Who knows what the truth is?

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The D’s, and their lapdog media, made “predator” Moore an issue. Of course, they threw some of their own under the bus to highlight the issue. Unfortunately, they are clearly transparent since they never criticize Bill Clinton. 

Argh!

“We, The Sheeple” are so easily manipulated.

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VETERANS: I wonder how much “Agent Orange” damaged vets

SERVICE REFLECTIONSOF AN AIR FORCE VETERAN DEC 2017 TSgt Samuel McGowan, Jr.

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What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? 
 
After obtaining my private pilot’s license, I enrolled in Advanced Flying Training using my GI bill benefits. By the time I up for my third reenlistment, I had my commercial pilot’s licenses with instrument and multi-engine ratings and my flight instructor certificate. I was unhappy with the way the military was changing after we withdrew from Vietnam so I decided not to reenlist even though I had 12 years in service.

I went into aviation, first as a flight instructor and charter pilot then was hired as a corporate pilot by a major corporation (Ashland Oil.) I flew corporate from 1984 to 2000 then flew as contract pilot until 2010 when I was placed on medication for nerve pain caused by Type II diabetes that the FAA does not approve.

Since I quit flying, I have spent my time writing. I’ve authored several books, some of which are Air Force related. They can be seen at http://www.sammcgowan.com/books.html. I had intended to finish out my 20 years in the Reserves or guard but when I went for my physical, I learned I was just over the enlistment weight. I never joined either the Reserves or Guard.

I am currently rated 60% disabled due to Type II diabetes and complications caused by exposure to Agent Orange.

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Special place in hell for the person who decided to use that “weapon”.

As well as for all the politicians and bureaucrats that sent us to an unwinable war.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POLITICAL: Did Trump blunder on the Jerusalem decision?

https://overcast.fm/+Hjbr8LISM

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/12-6-17-mark-perry-moving-u-s-embassy-jerusalem-mistake/

December 9, 2017

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Mark Perry returns to the show to discuss his latest article for the American Conservative, “Tillerson, Mattis Warned Trump Against Embassy Move.” Perry doubts that Trump understands the true effect of his decision and explains why Jerusalem is integral to the Arab world and to Palestine in particular. Scott asks if, now that the two-state solution is clearly over, peace can be found in a single state—assuming apartheid conditions are lifted. Perry believes that the silver lining is that the Jerusalem decision creates division in what has become an ever-cozier relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Scott then turns to Perry’s new book, “The Pentagon’s Wars: The Military’s Undeclared Wars Against America’s Presidents.” Mark Perry is the author of Talking to Terrorists: Why America Must Engage with its Enemies and The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur. His most recent book, The Pentagon’s Wars was released in October. 

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(1) It may have been or not. We’ll probably never know. Did Trump see the Israel and Saudi Arabia “alignment” as a threat to the American dominated world?

(2) The best point of the show imho is the recognition that the warfare state is killing our military with constant deployments. At some point, the troops are going to say “no”. We’ll have to watch reenlistment rate to see it. Remember the fall of Rome after the Legions were no longer composed of Roman citizens. 

(3) Interesting that the guest and host seem to feel that the foreign policy of the USA is controlled by zionists. And the influence of their lobbyists and donors is waning because of an awakening by voters, politicians, and bureaucrats that this is not in the USA’s best interest.

I personally think there will be no peace in the Middle East until Israel’s right to exist is accepted. Until them it’s just a ongoing war. Considering that Israel has / will defend itself and done it very well everytime tested, I don’t this is going to be settled at a conference table. 

Dona Nobis Pacem

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INNOVATION: Evaluating generals! How about CEOs?

https://towardsdatascience.com/napoleon-was-the-best-general-ever-and-the-math-proves-it-86efed303eeb

Ethan Arsht @ethanarsht. ethanarsht [at] gmail.com.
Dec 4

Napoleon was the Best General Ever, and the Math Proves it.

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Inspired by baseball sabermetrics, I opted to use a system of Wins Above Replacement (WAR). WAR is often used as an estimate of a baseball player’s contributions to his team. It calculates the total wins added (or subtracted) by the player compared to a replacement-level player. For example, a baseball player with 5 WAR contributed 5 additional wins to his team, compared to the average contributions of a high-level minor league player. WAR is far from perfect, but provides a way to compare players based on one statistic.

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Wonder if you could use this in CEOs, Managers, or even Individual Contributors in an enterprise?

Might make the process fairer and better.

Closest I’ve ever seen and been part of was “ratings and rankings” tried at AT&T and CSFB.

That broke down when you as a supervisor had a really good team. You’d be forced to pick winners and losers. Argh!

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