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Germany is crazy…

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You probably didn’t grow up on a farm as I did,  but would you place a fox in charge of the hen house?   I very much doubt it.   Germany wants to train migrants  to be pool lifeguards to protect swimmers from sex attacks committed by…wait for it…migrants.

Gee,  how could this possibly go wrong?   Has the entire West lost its collective mind and all semblance of self-respect?

 

 

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July 22, 2016 at 11:17 pm

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Want to live in a lawless society?

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You already do,  as Joseph Farah points  out here.   And if you think it’s bad now,  let Hillary Clinton become the president and see how much worse it gets.    I don’t like Trump,  but I view Mike Pence as solid,  so I’m satisfied with his choice for Vice President.   If Trump surrounds himself with quality people and listens to them,  unlike His Oneness who listens only to the voices in his own head,  he will do all right.   In any event,  he could hardly do worse than Barack Obama has done for the past seven years,  or than Hillary Clinton would do.

 

 

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July 22, 2016 at 10:06 am

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Michael Moore’s warning…

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The Hollywood lefty was no doubt in a sour mood because his latest documentary “Where to Invade Next” is a box office flop with an opening location average of less than $3,000.   Compare that to Dinesh D’Souza’s current “Hillary’s America:  The Secret History of the Democratic Party”, which had an opening average of over $26,000.

Or perhaps Moore is feeling the panic after feeling the Bern.   At any rate,  he told Bill Maher yesterday that  he thinks  Trump will win this November.   Given the  latest polls,  I suspect more than a few of his pals share that nightmare.

 

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July 21, 2016 at 11:03 pm

Protesters at Cleveland…

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Some  Communist protesters  managed to burn the flag yesterday,  after announcing their intention to do so,  but a police officer quickly extinguished it.   The other draw was an anti-Trump “wall.”   Despite the great attention paid to this incident and others,  the protesters have  failed to  show up in the numbers forecast, and the confrontations have been limited and efficiently dealt with in a professional manner.

Whoever designed the security plan for Cleveland deserves praise,  and seems to have planned for every contingency so that the necessary assets are available,  but not deployed until needed.   Twenty-two arrests so far is a very small number.   The obvious state of readiness may be one reason that the protesters are no-shows.   I was also struck by the white ponytails and paunches of the Commies,  who were apparently bused in from Chicago.   I hope they are secret Bernie supporters who also plan to attend the Democrats’ convention next week. I would also note that the Bikers for Trump group was polite and orderly and even handed out bottled water to the various law enforcement officers enforcing the dispersal order.

UPDATE:  The flag burner managed to  set himself  on fire along with the flag.   It’s so hard to find a competent anarchist these days…

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July 21, 2016 at 10:09 am

Math whiz…

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A Chinese man who works for a package delivery company has devised a better method to verify Carmichael numbers than the traditional proof long in use.   This article  explains the numbers,  but suffice it to say they are important in computing and information security,  meaning that the creation is very useful and quite valuable.

Sometimes a creative mind combined with the ability to think outside the box is worth more than a whole stack of traditional diplomas.

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July 20, 2016 at 11:58 pm

Risk scores….

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Would you be comfortable with a computer calculating the likelihood of your continuing to break the law?   Richard Berk,  a career statistician who is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, thinks you should be. In his view,  if you feed enough data in,  a properly written algorithm can calculate whether a person will engage in criminal behavior.

Starting this fall,  the state of Pennsylvania plans to run a pilot program using Berk’s system in sentencing decisions.

This is a bit much for me,  because a programmer’s biases can worm their way into an algorithm.   It makes me think of  “The Adjustment Bureau”, a movie in which shadowy forces control people’s lives.   Yes,  I do realize that past behavior is often predictive of future behavior,  but I still find it rather creepy.   On the other hand,  since the legal system seems to be falling apart along with everything else,  perhaps we would be smarter to take our chances with the computer…

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July 20, 2016 at 10:08 am

First night speeches…

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Easily the most  emotional speech  of the night was given by Pat Smith,  mother of Sean Smith, who was killed at Benghazi,  and to whom Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama lied about why her son died.

Melania Trump  was the star,  and she  acquitted herself  admirably,  even without considering that English is her second language.   MSM is in full panic mode,  accusing her of plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech from a few years ago,  because Our Lady of Perpetual Dissatisfaction must own outright the very common phrases Mrs. Trump used,  despite her having lifted the same phrases from Saul Alinsky .   The real difference between the current First Lady and the perhaps future one is not the color of their skins,  but that Mrs. Trump displays the fierce determination of the type of immigrants America needs,  and she  was sincere  when she said becoming an American citizen was “the greatest privilege  on planet Earth.”  Remember that Mrs. Obama wasn’t proud of her country until she became First Lady.

Rick Perry did a first class job in his remarks to introduce former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell,  who abandoned the teleprompter to speak from the heart and  called on  us all to step up and engage in the fight which has been brought to our doorsteps.

Sheriff David Clarke’s theme was  “blue lives matter”,  and his law and order unity remarks were extremely well received.   He is a very impressive individual.

The  stem-winder speech  of the night was from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani,  who got waves of applause from the crowd.   Of coursed the ladies of The View  trashed it,  accusing him of making New York unsafe for people of color,  when in fact he put police in the most troubled areas and saved many more black and brown lives than any other politician in the city’s recent history.

Sen. Tom Cotton is a former Army Ranger,  and his natural style is more low-key,  but I found it effective.   Here’s  a transcript.   The earlier kerfuffles of the evening pushed Sen. Joni Ernst beyond her prime-time speaking slot,  but she  did a  good job.   She really is a strong woman,  unlike Hillary,  who barks like a chihuahua while she’s gnawing on your ankles.

 

 

 

 

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July 19, 2016 at 11:04 pm

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