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It’s a war, stupid!

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Leave it to chess master turned activist Garry Kasparov to  simply and bluntly  explain Russia.   Does anyon e in the West have both the intelligence and the balls to heed his warning and take his advice?   His Oneness certainly does not.

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August 31, 2014 at 11:56 pm

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Supercomputers discoveries…

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Because they can process such a vast quantity of information in a fraction of the time a human would require,  supercomputers can dig their way through thousands of pages of research and  connect dots  humans might never find.   They are already proving useful tools in the medical field,  so who knows what may be next?

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August 31, 2014 at 10:10 am

Dunedin lemonade stand defended…

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Dunedin,  FL has no problem with a youngster’s lemonade stand,  despite the repeated complaints of his crotchety old man neighbor.   Do read about the neighbor’s  list of  complaints.

In a marvelously ironic turn,  a tipster has helped karma land in the complainer’s front yard.   It seems that he has been running a business  out of his own home,  thus avoiding the $45 business tax license and related paperwork.   Here’s hoping the tip is accurate and that the city comes down on him like a ton of bricks!

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August 30, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Tom Durkin retiring…

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If you’ve watched the Triple Crown or other famous horse races,  you have no doubt  heard Tom  Durkin making the calls,  just as he has been doing for four decades.   I hope he’s hanging it up at 63 because he wants to,  not because he has any health or other problems.   He has made horse racing a pleasure to listen to.

 

 

 

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August 30, 2014 at 10:19 am

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Excited about driverless cars?

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Don’t be,  because there are  many limitations  and more than a few problems to be sorted out.

 

 

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August 29, 2014 at 11:54 pm

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Political correctness allowed child sexual abuse…

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This is where political correctness and fear of being accused of racism has led Great Britain.   The horrifying details are not properly conveyed by the bland phrase “sexual exploitation.”   Try  rape,  murder,  sodomy,  assault,  torture,  and any other horror you care to add.   This is what happens when you  tolerate intolerance.

The police dismissed the victims brave enough to come forward.   Why?   Because Rotherham’s local authorities were craven cowards and should all be in jail,  until such time as they roast in Hell.   Many of the victim’s families refuse to speak, knowing the police will not help them,  and well aware that the mostly Islamic males from Pakistan who committed the crimes against them have almost literally been caught with their pants down and suffered no inconvenience as a result. It isn’t as if the British  weren’t warned.   Multiculturalism can be a deadly disease.

You think this could never happen here?   Consider how many teachers and religious figures have been convicted of child abuse.   Ponder how few of them came from a culture where women and children are considered chattel at best.   Yes,  there are many Muslims who find such abuse abhorrent and unthinkable,  but there are many who find nothing morally reprehensible about using power to abuse others.   The world is regrettably full of such examples,  like this.   There are many  more in  Europe.   We have plenty of people in this nation who feel the same way,  and too many of them are collected in Washington, D.C.

The U.K. committed a grievous offense when it disarmed its citizens,  because it left the people with no means of defending themselves against predators and contemptible politicians.   Democrats have spent decades trying to do the same thing to Americans.   Liberals and progressives know perfectly well that they can not do as they really wish so long as We the People are armed.   In the history of the earth,  no government which has instituted a gun registry has failed to attempt to confiscate the weapons registered.    Put more simply,  the gun-grabbers know they plan to do things for which they should be shot,  so they must disarm you before doing them.

In the interests of full disclosure,  I belong to a several gun rights groups,  but the one I find most effective is the National Association for Gun Rights  (http://www.nationalgunrights.org/).   It is non-partisan,  and looks at politicians only through the lens of Second Amendment protection,  advocating for grassroots education and advocacy.   I can tell you that it is always enjoyable to melt down a politician’s phone lines and overwhelm his email account.

UPDATE:  As he so often does,  Daniel Hannan offers a  slightly different  take on the Rotherham mess,  pinpointing anti-racism.    These two sentences tell you all you need to know about multiculturalism,   political correctness and fear:  “If you take a group of people,  not all of them terribly bright, and encourage them to be more concerned with following procedure than with doing the right thing;  if you elevate compliance over conscience;  if you teach your staff them that everything – everything – should be seen through the prism of race,  you will end up with much injustice and an occasional atrocity. Islington,  Haringey,  Rotherham  –  the scale of the horror varies,  but the underlying cause doesn’t.”

 

 

 

 

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August 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

A tear in the earth…

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Now northwest Mexico has some angry earth,  with  a crack  roughly 26 feet deep and 16 feet wide,  and almost three-fourths of a mile long.   As with the odd craters in Russia,  geologists have a number of theories about the cause,  but no answer.  Fortunately the event is in a rural area rather than a heavily populated one like Mexico City,  but I would have preferred the fissure open up beneath Putin or the Iranian ayatollahs,  or the leaders of ISIS.

 

 

 

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August 28, 2014 at 11:54 pm

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