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OnStar voice…

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If you have a GM vehicle with an in-car emergency button,  you may not have talked with Letisha Ghanbari,  but you’ve talked to one of her colleagues,  who are skilled at medical emergencies,  roadside assistance,  and general customer service.  Ms. Ghanbari’s interview provides you with a  peek into  what most would consider a high-stress job.

 

 

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April 30, 2016 at 11:56 pm

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Riot vs. protest…

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Remember the Occupy Wall Street movement,  how sweet and peaceful all the protests were?  Actually,  they were never very peaceful,  but the liberal media ignored the rapes and  property destruction  until other media outlets began reporting the truth.

Now the media is trying to  whitewash  the violence of the assorted anti-Trump  forces  by calling  a riot  a protest,  while blaming Trump himself for being the cause of the protests.   Few reporters mentioned all the Mexican flags being waved,  and even fewer had interviews such  as this one.   The White House  is leading  the way,  so big media will continue to do this, and if Trump is the eventual Republican presidential nominee,  it will get worse.

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April 30, 2016 at 10:11 am

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Beat your wife the Islamic way…

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A Saudi family therapist has thoughtfully provided  a video  in which he instructs men on the proper way to discipline their wives under Islamic rules.   The next time some American woman starts whining about how she is treated,  make her watch and tell her to shut up.

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April 29, 2016 at 11:50 pm

As I’d expect…

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Minnesota’s two senators offered  a resolution  lauding the late Prince, since the musician was born there and maintained a home there throughout his career.   What puzzles me is why other senators also took to the floor to sing the entertainer’s praises.   I mean, it’s not as if they have other more pressing matters to attend to…

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April 29, 2016 at 10:07 am

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The snail economy…

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If you are not a contributor to the  Mercatus Center  at George Mason University,  you should be.   It is a non-profit,  free-market-oriented education,  research and outreach organization which bridges the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems.   Mercatus can tell you how fiscally responsible your state is,  just for starters.   The researchers deal in facts and figures  — reality,  not high theory,  demonstrated in plain English instead of academic babble-speak.

With His Oneness assuring us that tepid economic growth must be regarded as the new “normal”,  Mercatus decided to examine the problem and discover  —  ts causes.   What it found was that if government regulations had been capped in 1980,  our GDP  would be  25% larger.   Put another way,  if the economic growth lost to regulation in the U.S. were its own country,  it would be the world’s fourth largest economy.

Read the IBD article I linked to above — the charts included make it quite easy to grasp —  then show it to everyone you know who believes in big government.   It should open their eyes to the dangers of big government and the over-regulation which unfailingly accompanies it.

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April 28, 2016 at 11:51 pm

Bernie’s plan in action…

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The socialist government of Venezuela  has followed  all the policy prescriptions Bernie Sanders touts,  and the government has forcefully carried out its central planning duties.   Between that and some natural disasters,  a country which used to have a thriving middle class,  a nation which should be rich in fact,  now lacks reliable electricity, potable water, and often toilet paper as well.

This is just one more modern example of how socialism actually works.,  or rather,  how it fails.    It sounds so attractive,  making other people pay for what you yourself want,  but as Dame Margaret Thatcher so memorably said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”   The only people who thrive under socialism are those in charge.   Hugo Chavez lived very well indeed while he was president of Venezuela,  as does his successor,  Nicolas Maduro. Ordinary citizens are at the mercy of criminal gangs as well as their incompetent government,  which is in danger of being unable to print sufficient currency.

Capitalism is a stern taskmaster,  and can be a cruel mistress,  but it remains the most efficient means of allocating labor and capital.   Those who provide people with the goods and services they desire deserve to be rewarded.   Governments which interfere with those transactions should be sent packing.    Venezuelans have finally realized this and voted accordingly,  but Maduro will undoubtedly have to be ousted with force.  Pity Venezuela,  but learn from it

 

 

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April 28, 2016 at 10:05 am

Sailor cat…

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Cats typically dislike water,  though I’ve known a number who lived happily at lakes and beaches.   This one is sailing around the world with his mistress,  and appears to be  enjoying  helping her fulfill her childhood dream.

 

 

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April 27, 2016 at 11:56 pm

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.Smart on Crime isn’t…

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The Justice Department,  as part of its pathetically misnamed Smart on Crime program,  is issuing directives to the states to  make it  easier for convicted felons to obtain state-issued identification after they get out of prison.   The claim is that the program is aimed at helping those drug offenders too harshly sentenced,  but you may be sure that no felon will be left behind.   Every time I see the name,  I think it should be Soft on Crime instead.

It may be instructive to be aware that the name of the program comes from the title of a book by Kamala Harris,   currently California’s Attorney General and also a candidate for the U.S. Senate.   More importantly,  she just lost a lawsuit seeking to force the Americans for Prosperity Foundation to turn over its list of major donors or stop soliciting contributions in California.   The presiding judge called her demand of the prominent free-market nonprofit unconstitutional,  and issued a permanent injunction against her  order.

If you read about DoJ’s program  here,  you won’t need to read the book on which it is based.   You will need to stock up on beer and aspirin, because it names an actual problem,  then ignores the two-thirds recidivism rate and offers no real solutions beyond the usual Leftist drivel which allows one to be seen as caring and morally superior.   In line with that is the new term for young thugs,  formerly known as juvenile delinquents,  but henceforth referred to as  “justice-involved youth.”

In 2014,  Ms. Harris,  a gun control organization and two police lobbying groups appealed a court’s ruling that any responsible,  law-abiding citizen is entitled under the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment to possess a concealed firearm in public for self-defense.   They lost,  but will surely try again.

When Eric Holder quit,  I warned you that Loretta Lynch was him in a skirt,  and so she has proven to be by making a push for this initiative.   I have not bothered to search out her speeches,  but the few I have stumbled across are pretty much the same as her predecessor’s,  just with less invective and more preaching.   She is no less arrogant,  and no less progressive.  So many in the Obama Administration appear to think that criminals deserve more support and encouragement than Americans who have never been incarcerated.

 

The final vote will come when the FBI recommends indictment and prosecution of Queen Hillary,  which,  based on just the information already out in the public,  it should push for.

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April 27, 2016 at 10:09 am

Laundry packet parenting…

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Yes,  it’s tragic that children are  being poisoned  by the new laundry detergent pods,  but my questions are for their parents.   Why are you leaving detergent where your children can access it?   What other dangerous substances are you storing within their reach?

 

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April 26, 2016 at 11:54 pm

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Target blow-back…

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Target’s politically correct genuflection to the LGBT activists in letting customers self-select their restroom choices based on how they feel at the time has angered over 350,000 people sufficiently to make them sign a petition against  the company’s new policy.   It’s nice to know that many citizens recognize that issuing an invitation to pedophiles,  peeping toms, stupid boys and perverted people is not a good idea if you want women and children to be safe in semi-public restrooms.

Now it’s  up to  more than half a million.

UPDATE:  David French has the  most sensible  reaction to Target’s ill-advised decision that I’ve come across.

UPDATE:  Now nearly  a million  people have signed the pledge to boycott Target because of its insane policy.

UPDATE:   Target must be so proud of itself for losing an estimated $2.5 billion by putting women and children at the mercy of perverts in its restrooms.   I wonder what Target shareholders think of its policy of inclusion.

UPDATE:  Over 1.2 million people  have now  signed the petition.   Target has dug its heels in to defend its stance,  and is brushing off its infuriated now-former customers.

UPDATE:   Even more people have signed the petition,  and Target’s market cap has since declined 12%,  or  more than  $6 billion since it announced its new policy.

 

 

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April 26, 2016 at 10:08 am