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A velvet hammer…

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There is a reason Nikki Haley stands out at the United Nations.   She is graceful but ferocious in her representation of American interests and Western values.   She has become Pres. Trump’s  velvet hammer  there,  and a remarkably effective one,  and in the manner of the late Jeane Kirkpatrick and  John Bolton, has not hesitated to ignore the cumbersome customs of diplomacy when it suits her.

She is in the business of  speaking the truth,  something seldom heard at that corrupt cesspool,  where most nation’s representatives either flee the chamber of slouch down in their seats as if trying to be invisible.  Haley tolerates no anti-Semitism from any of them,  and she publicly calls them out.  You will not see her pulling a Samantha Power and refusing to defend Israel.  Nor will you see her backing down.   The more she upsets the regular order,  the more pleased I am!

 

 

 

 

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Written by timeforthorns

February 21, 2018 at 6:39 am

Parking assist…

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If you’re lousy at parallel parking,  you need whatever  this car  has,  don’t you?

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton  needed something similar in order to prevent her from totally screwing up  an easy  parking job a couple of years ago.    On second thought,  she is beyond hopeless  —  a driver is the only thing which will fix such incompetence.

 

 

 

Written by timeforthorns

February 20, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Olympic schadenfreude…

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Most of the Olympic hopefuls who chose to spend their time airing their hatred of  all things Trump,  usually while displaying their complete ignorance of all else,  seem to have jinxed themselves for their competitions.    Perhaps they will return stateside with an understanding of the phrase,  “Karma’s a bitch.”

 

 

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February 19, 2018 at 2:49 pm

Chinese snow festival…

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Snow sculptures are beautiful to look at,  but likely brutal to execute.   This festival  in China attract millions of visitors despite temperatures near zero.

 

Written by timeforthorns

February 18, 2018 at 2:53 pm

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Feeling smart?

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That may change after you take this  challenging quiz  according to its creator,  but I managed to score 100%.  Of course,  I started my formal education when public education was not so corrupted that it was impossible to get some actual education out of it.   I’m not even surprised that only 3 of the 100 American college students who took the test made the 80% required to pass it.

 

 

Written by timeforthorns

February 17, 2018 at 3:49 pm

Flu vaccine fail…

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I don’t take flu shots,  for the simple reason that I haven’t had flu or a cold in many decades.   Apparently the same mechanism which causes the allergies that make me so miserable also provide protection against flu and colds.  I suppose it’s a fair trade-off,  since allergies aren’t contagious,  but I feel sorry for people who like good sheeple got the shots this year thinking they were safe.

Now they are learning that this year’s  concoction is  only about 36% effective against flu serious enough to prompt medical attention.   That means that older,  frail patients,  and the very young or those with compromised immune systems have scant protection against this year’s  crop of nasty bugs.   Do bear in mind that the vaccine is a government creation…

Written by timeforthorns

February 16, 2018 at 2:43 pm

Vic Damone, R.I.P.

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You know you’re good when Frank Sinatra says you have the best voice around,  and that’s what he said of Vic Damone,  who spent  half a century in a career which included concerts,  recordings,  movies and tv spots.

I never heard him sing live and in person,  but his pleasant baritone was easy to listen to and to sing along with.   It certainly didn’t hurt that he was equally easy on the eyes and had a charming demeanor.  I’m going to get out the CD I made from my father’s old 78 recordings and play it in Mr. Damone’s honor.

 

 

 

 

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February 15, 2018 at 3:11 pm

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