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Archive for February, 2018

Murder: Some Numbers

18th February 2018

Henry Racette puts things in perspective.

I find ironic the fact that we lose at least twice as many lives in traffic accidents each year as we do to guns, yet nobody is calling for ‘car control’, much less ‘sensible car control’. Nor are candlelight vigils being held, politicians bloviating in public, and the chatterati wringing hands and clutching pearls.

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Today in Trump Derangement Syndrome

18th February 2018

Dem Congressman Calls Trump ‘A Psychopath’ Over School Shooting Remarks  More psychic psychiatrist illusion.

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Thought for the Day

18th February 2018

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Inside Vancouver’s Brock Commons, World’s Tallest Mass Timber Building

18th February 2018

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Building tall stuff with wood seems to be all the rage.

Eventually perhaps we will be able to persuade buildings to grow themselves.

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In the Face of Uncertainty, Buy Options.

18th February 2018

Eric S. Raymond gives us some good advice.

A useful way to sort the decision challenges we face is into situations of high uncertainty versus low uncertainty. These call for vary different adaptations. In a situation of low uncertainty there is a single optimal choice; your effort should go into determining what it is and then executing it as hard and fast as possible. Unless uncertainty rises during execution (for example because you discover you made a serious mistake in your problem analysis), deviation from plan is most likely to be a mistake. Buying options is wasteful.

In a situation of high uncertainty you don’t know what your best choice is up front; there’s a broad range of possible ones that might be optimal, and there may be choices you can’t yet see. In this situation, what you need to do is enable yourself to collect on as many of the options as you can identify and afford to buy. Your hope is to be able to narrow the range of conditions you need to cope with as you learn more.

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Tokyo to Build 350m Tower Made of Wood

18th February 2018

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Well. Let’s see whether it works.

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The Headline You Will Never See

18th February 2018

‘Hispanic Gunman Cruz Conducts School Massacre in Florida’

For purposes of White Oppression, Hispanics apparently count as white, especially in Florida — until they don’t.

Of course, if you want actual facts, go read Guns & Violence, Again…, where JayMan runs the numbers.

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ISLAMOCOPIA FRIDAY: What’s New in the Religion of Peace

18th February 2018

UNRWA: the Greatest Obstacle to Peace

Saudi Diplomat: Muslims Are Losing The Digital War Against ISIS, And No One Seems To Care

Indonesia bans Valentine’s Day celebrations as police detain couples and raid schools

Shin Bet Investigation Exposes Depth of Turkey’s Hamas Support

Hungary’s right-wing government plans law allowing it to ban organisations that help immigrants

Taliban urges Americans to pressure Trump and Congress to pull troops from Afghanistan

Chelsea bomber Ahmad Rahami sentenced to life in prison

NIGERIA: Disarm, Disperse And Hide

Turkey Stokes Unrest Over Jerusalem Recognition

Bomber Sentenced to 2 Life Terms for Manhattan Attack

‘Proud’ ISIS Terrorist Sentenced To Life In Prison For New York Bombings

Iraqi Militia Turns ISIS Suicide Bomber To Dust In Fiery Explosion

The West Embraces the Hijab as Muslim Women Risk Their Lives for the Right to Choose  Can’t wait to see Nancy Pelosi in a hijab. I doubt that you’ll ever get one on Beyoncé, though.

Instead of winding down, why is Syria’s war getting worse?  Perhaps because Syria is full of Muslims.

Ahed Tamimi: Israeli court to try Palestinian protest icon who slapped soldiers

Saudi Arabia Tries Distancing From Terroristic Islam By Giving Up Control Of Largest Mosque In Belgium

ISIS Bro BACK In Prison For 10 years After Breaking Parole Right Away

Islamic London: “Run, Hide, Tell”

This Extraordinary, Courageous Young Woman Stood Tall In The Face Of Iran’s Brutal Theocracy

Swordsman Attacks Catholic Church In Indonesia

Immigrant Gang Attacks in Sweden Escalate

US-Backed Syrian Kurds Capture Last Of British ISIS Fighters Known For Gruesome Killings

The Islamic State Strikes in Melbourne

GOP Senator Calls For Sanctions Against Turkey Over Jailed Americans

Hundreds of foreign women who joined Isis captured by Kurdish forces in Syria

Turkey Assails US Over Ties With Syrian Kurdish Militia

Islamists Endorse Deadly Turkish Assault on Kurds

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City Farmers Are Learning to Grow Food Without Soil or Sunlight

17th February 2018

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Except that, like ‘renewable energy’, it can’t match the price of doing things the old way.

So it’s just a pipe dream at present.

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Anti-Gun News Outlets Push False Claim That Florida Shooter Was ‘Trained’ by the NRA

17th February 2018

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The only thing the NRA trains people in is gun safety.

They WANT it to be true, therefore in their minds it IS true.

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Today in Trump Derangement Syndrome

17th February 2018

Can’t Let It Go: CNN Hung Up on Collusion Despite Mueller Indictments

Trump Skipping Golf To Honor Victims Of Florida Shooting  Not that he’ll get any credit for it.

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Women’s March Staging Nationwide ‘School Walkout’ To Protest School Shootings

17th February 2018

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Well, if the kids aren’t in school, then there won’t be any ‘school massacres’.

Maybe that’s God giving us a hint.

I’m SURE future school shooters will be swayed by this protest. Just SURE. (Unfortunately, that’s all they know how to do.)

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Eureka! California-Grown Coffee Is Becoming the State’s Next Gold Mine

17th February 2018

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When Mark Gaskell moved to California after working in coffee-growing regions in Central America, he noticed coffee plants growing in gardens and wondered if large-scale production was an option.

In 2001, Gaskell, farm advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension, established transplants and discovered that the sub-tropical plants could thrive in the Golden State. He recruited Jay Ruskey of Good Land Organics to help with trials, hoping coffee could be a valuable niche crop to help sustain small farms.

Ruskey started growing coffee in 2002 on his Santa Barbara, Calif., farm and quickly became a passionate coffee farmer.

“We learned that we had the ability to grow very good coffee with a very unique flavor,” Ruskey explains. “There is a misconception that you can’t grow coffee outside the Tropic of Cancer.”

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Scientists Discover Painting Hidden Behind Picasso Masterpiece

17th February 2018

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There’s a conundrum.

I’d be tempted to clean off the Picasso and recover the original work, but that’s because I think Picasso is crap.

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Don’t Feed President Troll

17th February 2018

Matt Welch at tReason mag understands the dialectic.

Trump, an outsider con man who hustled his way into the most prestigious insider job in America by mastering the art of the troll, has not to date found his social media equal among the hydra-headed opposition. The president pecks out impotent bluster designed to inflame the haters, and Democrats, journalists, and establishmentarian Republicans take the bait every time.

Journalists are experts at giving the impression that they could do anything you can do better, if they only they put their minds to it.

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Thought for the Day: Welcome to My World

17th February 2018

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Californian Democrat Congressman: Bitcoin Needs a Carbon Tax

17th February 2018

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If the Democrats have a motto other than ‘white people suck’, it’s ‘if it moves, tax it’.

Democrat politicians ought to be banned from speaking in public on the grounds that all of their hot air contributes to Global Warming.

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Ketamine Blocks Bursting in the Lateral Habenula to Rapidly Relieve Depression

17th February 2018

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If. of course, that’s what you want to do.

The N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) antagonist ketamine has attracted enormous interest in mental health research owing to its rapid antidepressant actions, but its mechanism of action has remained elusive. Here we show that blockade of NMDAR-dependent bursting activity in the ‘anti-reward center’, the lateral habenula (LHb), mediates the rapid antidepressant actions of ketamine in rat and mouse models of depression. LHb neurons show a significant increase in burst activity and theta-band synchronization in depressive-like animals, which is reversed by ketamine. Burst-evoking photostimulation of LHb drives behavioural despair and anhedonia. Pharmacology and modelling experiments reveal that LHb bursting requires both NMDARs and low-voltage-sensitive T-type calcium channels (T-VSCCs). Furthermore, local blockade of NMDAR or T-VSCCs in the LHb is sufficient to induce rapid antidepressant effects. Our results suggest a simple model whereby ketamine quickly elevates mood by blocking NMDAR-dependent bursting activity of LHb neurons to disinhibit downstream monoaminergic reward centres, and provide a framework for developing new rapid-acting antidepressants.

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In Defense of Mediocrity

17th February 2018

Theodore Dalrymple peeks behind the curtain.

The son of a friend of mine applied for a place at medical school and was turned down on the grounds that his personal statement was inadequate. I don’t know what was wrong with it; perhaps he employed incorrect old clichés rather than the correct new ones. Having the means to do so, my friend sent his son to a tutor who specialized in personal statements (every bureaucratic requirement is an economic opportunity for an ex-bureaucrat wanting to strike out for himself). No doubt the tutor in personal statements advised him to put in more about his passion for social justice and equality. At any rate, it worked and he was accepted.

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White Supremacist Mass Murderer? Oops, Never Mind

17th February 2018

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When some goofy member of a white supremacist group–by the way, if you ever encounter a white supremacist, please hang on to him and give me a call, I’ve never met one–told news outlets that mass murderer Nikolas Cruz was a member of his organization, Democratic Party media jumped all over it. It was reported as fact, even thought there was no confirmation whatsoever that it was true.

The Associated Press was one Democratic Party organization that hurried to associate Cruz with “white supremacists,” in furtherance of its agenda. Now the AP has recanted:

A white nationalist appears to have lied to The Associated Press and other news organizations when he claimed that Florida school-shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member of his obscure group.

Law enforcement officials have said they didn’t have any evidence to support the claim that Republic of Florida leader Jordan Jereb made in interviews with several news organizations.

“Too good to check” is the central principle of Democratic Party journalism. It would be hard to read a newspaper today, without absorbing false articles that liberal reporters preferred not to verify.

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Scientists Create a New Form of Light by Linking Photons

17th February 2018

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Light is made up of photons—speedy, tiny packets of energy. Typically, photons do not interact with each other at all, which is why when using flashlights “you don’t see the light beams bounce off each other, you see them go through each other,” explains Sergio Cantu, a Ph.D. candidate in atomic physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In new experiments, however, the physicists coaxed individual photons to cozy up to each other and link, similar to the way individual atoms stick together in molecules.

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Today in Trump Derangement Syndrome

16th February 2018

Projection isn’t just done in movie theaters: “Trump Wants to Make America White Again”

Whoopi Goldberg compares Vice President Mike Pence to Nazi in LGBT+ rights row  Whoope Goldberg channels Goebbels.

Freeform Teen Comedy: Trump ‘Trolled His Way Into the White House’  Progs only like democracy when their side wins. When their side doesn’t win, it’s because the other side somehow cheated, although they can never come up with a legitimate reason.

Winter Olympics 2018: Gay skier celebrates breaking thumb as he won’t have to shake Mike Pence’s hand  I’m sure this comes as a great relief to Mike Pence — no gay skier cooties to contend with.

Florida shooting: Jimmy Kimmel gets emotional during monologue, calls on Donald Trump to ‘do something’  Do what? These clowns always insist that somebody ‘do something’ but never have any idea what ‘something’ they want to be done. This isn’t a Disney movie; you can’t just Wish Real Hard and have reality bend to your will.

Scarborough Compares Trump To Pontius Pilate  Except that Pilate never got a majority in the Electoral College. Come to think of it, neither did Joe Scarborough.

MSNBC’s Deutsch: If I Was A Parent, ‘I Would Take It As An Insult’ If Trump Visited  Lucky for him, Trump hasn’t given it a second’s thought.

Donny Deutsch Offers To ‘Forgive’ Trump For Russia if He Enacts Gun Control  I guess it’s true; you can’t fix stupid.

ESPN Commentator Attacks Trump For Signaling To The ‘White Mainstream’ That It’s Okay To Be Racist  More proglodyte delusion.

Mueller Indicts 13 Russian Nationals Involved In Election Interference  And not one of them was Trump! How did that happen?

Anti-Trumpers Savage Father Of Parkland Victim – Simply Because He Was Wearing A Trump 2020 Shirt  Anti-Trumpers bring the hate.

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The Big Government Policies of the Democrat Party Have Been Disastrous for Native Peoples

16th February 2018

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But you knew that.

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Nicolle Wallace: ‘Let’s Be Honest’ Only Talking About Shooting Because Victims Were ‘White’

16th February 2018

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Correction: We’re only talking about this shooting because the SHOOTER was white.

This many young blacks get gunned down every week in Chicago and other Democrat-run cities … but it’s by other young blacks, so nobody dares mention it lest they be charged with the ThoughtCrime of Noticing.

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Ted Cruz Did a 15 Minute Interview With CNN – They Aired None of It, Then Attacked Him for Not Coming On-Air

16th February 2018

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My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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30-Person Brawl That Broke Out on Carnival Cruise Liner Captured on Video

16th February 2018

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Huh. Perhaps cruise liners aren’t as boring as I had always thought.

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CNN’s Primetime Ratings Drop 30 Percent From Same Time Last Year

16th February 2018

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Gee, I wonder why.

Maybe it’s all the lies?

Naw, that can’t be it.

Is puzzle.

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Jimmy Kimmel Blames Trump, GOP After School Shooting: ‘You’re Obviously Mentally Ill’

16th February 2018

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Who knew that Kimmel was a licenses psychiatrist? Oh, wait, he isn’t.

Well, then, he must have studied psychology. Oh, wait, he didn’t.

Must be another instance of what Scott Adams calls the ‘psychic psychiatrist illusion.’

He’s supposedly a comedian, but I have yet to see it reported that he’s said something funny.

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The Young Turks Insists the NRA, Conservatives ‘Hate’ Cops

16th February 2018

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That would certainly explain why so many cops belong to the NRA, and why ‘conservatives’ are so eager to defend cops against slander by, say, Black Lives Matter.

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Concerning Comment Leads to Ledyard Student’s Arrest

16th February 2018

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A 17-year-old Ledyard student was arrested after making a comment on Thursday that caused concern.

In a letter, Ledyard High School Principal Amanda Fagan said a student was heard saying “I could buy an AR-15” during class on Thursday morning.

“In an abundance of caution, despite the fact that this student is a minor who cannot, in fact, legally purchase such a weapon, we made the decision to consult with the Ledyard Police, who made the decision to take the student into custody. The offense is akin to joking about a bomb in the airport. One simply doesn’t do it,” Fagan wrote.

The problem with witch-hunts is getting the false nose to stay on.

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Thought for the Day

16th February 2018

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Mother Sparks Outrage After Labelling Hyphenated Names ‘Lower-Class’

16th February 2018

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Must have really hit a nerve with that one.

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Florida School Shooting: Students Emerge as Powerful New Voice Calling Adults to Account on Gun Control

16th February 2018

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Actually, no, they don’t. They’re still preaching from the same old proglodyte playbook.

What is being celebrated here is the passing of the ideological baton to a younger generation of brain-laundry graduates. The article is for the purpose of reassuring the Chattering Class that they’re on the ‘right side of history’.

The ‘adults’ being ‘called to account’ aren’t the people pushing gun control — in what region of The Press is that message not dominant? — but rather the ‘adults’ opposing ‘gun control’ … although the pro-gun-control people never seem to get around to telling us why somebody might possibly think it reasonable to oppose ‘gun control’; they’re just Heretics and Sinners who must be burned at the stake.

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Inclusionary Zoning Flops in Portland

16th February 2018

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As the price of housing continues to rise in many cities, one popular progressive policy idea to address it is inclusionary zoning. Inclusionary zoning requires that a certain percentage of units in a building be priced at below market, targeted at people who earn some fraction of the area median income. Often this set aside is required in exchange for density bonuses or other things the developer might want.

Portland passed one of these, and according to a report in the Portland Mercury, construction fell off a cliff.

Markets work the way markets work even when you don’t want them to.

Whenever government interferes with the action of a market, participants in that market take action that seems best in their own self-interest: either working around the government restrictions (a ‘black market’) if they can do so profitably, or deserting the market if they can’t work around the constraints. (Organized crime depends on such market constraints for their profits; their business model is working around government constraints on markets, and they are pretty good at it.)

Politicians never seem to learn that they can’t just pass a law and have everyone do what the politicians want them to do in the way that politicians want them to do it.

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Will Density Make Housing Affordable?

16th February 2018

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California left-wingers who want to densify cities to make them affordable are getting some push-back from other left-wingers who think density will push low-income people out of neighborhoods. A proposed bill to eliminate zoning in transit-rich areas in order to allow developers to build high-density housing would, say opponents, displace low-income families from neighborhoods with high rental rates in favor of high-income whites who can afford to pay for high-rise housing.

The opponents aren’t wrong. On one hand, increasing housing supply would seem to make housing more affordable. But affordable for whom? With housing prices in some California cities averaging more than $1,000 per square foot, building high-density housing that costs $400 to $500 a square foot would allow people who can afford that to find a place to live. But hardly anyone can afford that.

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JROTC Students Saved Peers by Building a Shield Out of Kevlar Curtains

16th February 2018

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Zackary Walls and Colton Haab, two Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps members, saved countless lives with quick thinking and a little bit of kevlar during Wednesday’s horrific attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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No Conflict Without Ideology

16th February 2018

Severian peeks behind the curtain.

One of the job requirements for being a Commie dictator is: Squaring your policy with the Scriptures.  Even minor-league nobodies like Enver Hoxha and Nicolae Ceausescu have Collected Works in the double digits; Kim Il Sung’s complete works run 100 volumes.  Behind the Iron Curtain, being an “intellectual” meant nothing more than justifying any and every policy shift as the quintessence of Communism, and the despot du jour as Marx’s one true dharma heir.

It’s the only way to keep your society on a constant war footing.  Which is why Game of Thrones fails, and will be forgotten five minutes after HBO’s tits-and-Brits rape spectacular goes off the air.  (Bet you didn’t see that coming!)

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Those who never noticed the past are condemned to repeat it.

16th February 2018

Steve Sailer is not afraid to ask the obvious questions.

From the Associated Press:

Kept out: How banks block people of color from homeownership
AARON GLANTZ

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Fifty years after the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in lending, African Americans and Latinos continue to be routinely denied conventional mortgage loans at rates far higher than their white counterparts.

By the way, if blacks and browns are People of Color, but whites and Asians are not, then what color are Asians?

Invisible color?

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6 Common Media Myths About Gun Control

15th February 2018

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Putting it all together in one place.

1. There Have Already Been 18 Mass Shootings in 2018

2. Trump Signed a Bill That Makes It Easier for Mentally Ill People to Get Guns

3. More Guns Means More Crime

4. It’s Easy to Buy a Gun

5. Gun Control Works in Other Countries

6. The Second Amendment Is Obsolete and Doesn’t Apply Today

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Washington Post Thrashes Media for Pushing ‘Flat Wrong’ Shooting Stat

15th February 2018

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Pretty bad when even  a major Voice of the Crust thinks you got it wrong.

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Not ‘Staying Silent’: CBS Cheers Gay Olympian ‘Pioneer’ Slamming Trump Administration

15th February 2018

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Nothing could be more pedestrian than a gay person, Olympian or otherwise, ‘slamming’ the Trump administration. This is not being a ‘pioneer’, but being a tag-along. Proglodytes have gone from ‘speaking truth to power’ to ‘speaking clichés to the whipping boy’. The witch-hunt for Heretics and Sinners must ever be stoked by moral preening and posing.

You will notice that the focus is on Mike Pence, and the reason for that is that they know as well as we do that Trump doesn’t give a shit whether a person is gay or not. Every attempt to portray Trump as ‘anti-gay’ falls to the ground in the face of the total lack of any evidence; you might as well say that Santa Claus is anti-broccholi.

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Today in Trump Derangement Syndrome

15th February 2018

Mueller Investigation Is Pressuring Trump Toward ‘Pushing The Nuclear Button,’ Mental Health Expert Says  Another case of psychic psychiatry, in which a person who has never met or talked to Trump feels free to engage in medical diagnosis.

Florida shooting: Parkland school student calls Donald Trump a ‘piece of s***’ over tweet of condolence  There’s no pleasing some people.

CNN Trashes Trump Response to Shooting: ‘That’s a Dumb Thing He Just Put Out’

Pot, Meet Kettle: NPR Talks Up ‘Epidemic’ of Team Trump Sexual Assault  Trying to distract attention from Harvey Weinstein and his Democrat running mates.

Media Push Discredited Myth That Trump Urged Execution of Innocent Teens  Of course! He MUST have! Because Trump!

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White House Kneecaps Lindsey Graham for Acting Like ‘Chair of Democratic Conference’

15th February 2018

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And about time, too.

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Utility Poles

15th February 2018

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Yup, we still have ’em. The Great Forest of Electrons.

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Half the DNA on the NYC Subway Matches No Known Organism

15th February 2018

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Doesn’t surprise me a bit.

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Tech Salaries in Austin, Texas Are Effectively $66,000 Higher Than in NYC Thanks to the Cost of Living

15th February 2018

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You still have to deal with the same yuppie hipster SWPL attitudes, but at least the state isn’t trying to confiscate all your money.

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MSNBC Touts Pro-Abortion Dem Declaring: ‘Our Babies Are Being Slaughtered’

15th February 2018

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It’s For the Children — but only after they’re actually born.

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Angry Celebs Tweet Blame at the NRA, Conservatives for Florida HS Shooting

15th February 2018

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As Trey Goudy said, ‘Show me the law that will be guaranteed to stop this sort of thing, and I’ll push it.’ But there is no such law.

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Toddler Dies After Drunk Driving Illegal Immigrant Smashes Into Ambulance

15th February 2018

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How many such tragedies will it take to bring about sensible immigrant-control laws?

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Sen. Nelson Incorrectly Claims Florida High School Shooter Used Automatic Weapon

15th February 2018

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Perhaps there ought to be a qualifying test for public office.

Maybe an IQ test as well, although that would bar most members of the Congressional Racist Caucus.

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