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Website down…

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On what was supposed to be the final day for signing up for ObamaCare,  healthcare.gov was  down for 7 hours,  and when it finally wobbled back up,  it didn’t work.   Despite the happy face  the Washington  Post and others tried to put on this flashback to disaster,  and the White House’s   lies and  extensions,  delays and changes,  the fact remains that ObamaCare has cost more people their health insurance than have gotten coverage.   And the very expensive website remains uncompleted and still doesn’t work properly.   Other than that,  it’s working well.

 

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March 31, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Tribesmen shaking spears…

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…at the plane flying overhead,  unaware that it  was checking  to make sure their territory in the Amazon hadn’t been encroached upon.  It’s hard to believe that in this age there are still groups of people who have had no contact with the outside world.

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March 31, 2014 at 10:15 am

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Advice for a happy life…

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One could do much worse than take life advice from Charles Murray.   He offers  some here,  with his customary blend of wisdom and humor.

 

 

 

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March 30, 2014 at 11:56 pm

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Wonderful political ad…

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If you haven’t seen this smashing campaign ad from Iowa candidate for U.S. Senate Joni Ernst,   watch here.   Bennie Quigley of The Hill views Ernst as  second-generation  Sarah Palin,  and in a sense he is correct.   Mrs. Ernst is a wife,  mother, a Lt. Colonel in the Army National Guard,  and a confident conservative.   It is no accident that she has been endorsed by Palin.   The candidate has already driven FOX’s Gerarldo Rivera to hysteria with just her “Squeal” ad.   I sent her some money.  I hope you will as well.   I look forward to seeing her demolish the Senate’s meanest men,  Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid.

 

 

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March 30, 2014 at 10:16 am

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College student fail…

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American University is supposed to be a  “good” college.   It is located n the District of Columbia.   But when MRCTV’s Dan Joseph went there and  asked students  to name a SINGLE U.S. senator,  they blanked.   Very few knew that each state has two senators,  with some guessing as many as thirteen.   Even worse,  some of the students were majoring in political science. Almost everyone could name the Academy Award winner for Best Original Song: “Let It Go” from the movie “Frozen.”

In America today,  it is possible to have graduated from high school without knowing that every state has two senators, a fact I learned in grammar school.   If you don’t understand why every state has the same number of senators,  how can you understand how Congress is set up?   You can’t,  of course,  which is why college students routinely belong to the no-information,  high stupidity classes,  voting for whoever looks cool and sounds good and seems likely to make them feel good about themselves.   That is why they voted in such numbers for His Oneness,  the cool,  slick guy.  More than a few of them now regret their choice,  their eagerness to be fooled.   The best thing you can do for you young kith and kin is to show them the truth and to make them think.   They won’t like it.   They will whine and complain and chafe like ponies with ill-fitting saddles,  but eventually those who referred to you as the mean aunt will thank you.   I know because this has happened to me.   Those who haven’t won’t discuss politics with me because they always lose,  having an abundance of emotion on their side,  but few facts and a dearth of logic.

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March 29, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Earth Hour 2014…

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Darkness  does not  enlighten.   Much better to leave the lights on and  celebrate human  achievement.   The usual suspects will  be celebrating  Earth Hour and feeling good about themselves,  but I agree with Bjorn Lomberg that it’s just  a means   of self-praise,  and   time wasted  for the world

How much better if people like  this 14-year old  stayed awake and in the light to think creatively.   Perhaps next he can design a damper system to solve the problems created by so many people acting stupidly.

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March 29, 2014 at 10:15 am

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Congratulations, India…

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Only five years ago,  India had nearly half of the global polio cases,  and was considered one of the most technically difficult places to eradicate the disease because of sanitation challenges and high-density populations.  After going three years without an endemic case of polio,  the country has now been  certified polio-free  by the World Health Organization.   One cannot underestimate the enormous effort required for this achievement,  primarily in terms of personal contacts.

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March 28, 2014 at 11:53 pm

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