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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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