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Wi-Fi vagrants…

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New York City seems surprised that  free Wi Fi  attracts sometimes less-than-desirable homesteaders…

 

 

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August 31, 2016 at 11:54 pm

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Good riddance to Grayson…

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If Alan Grayson  loses his bid  for re-election,   I can’t imagine many people being regretful.   He is such an awful creature that even Sen. Harry Reid and former Congressman Anthony Weiner,  both rather awful critters  themselves,  want nothing to do with him.

 

 

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August 31, 2016 at 10:06 am

Judicial Watch questions to Hillary…

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Judicial Watch has submitted  its questions  to Queen Hillary,  to which she must respond in writing,  under oath,  by September 29th.   I’ve perused them,  and  found them quite good.   I see a virtual minefield for her,  because if she were to answer truthfully,  she will admit that she lied on other occasions when she was not under oath.

I am certain she and her lawyers will attempt to not answer most of the questions with the standard Clinton evasions,  pretense of ignorance,  and so forth,  but  such efforts will be a hard sell,  both to the judge and Judicial Watch.

 

 

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August 30, 2016 at 11:58 pm

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Gene Wilder, R.I.P.

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Even if you’re the only person on the planet who didn’t see “Blazing Saddles”,  you’ve probably  seen Gene  Wilder in other hit movies.   His comedic hysteria played well on the large screen,  and he certainly made the most  of it.

 

 

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August 30, 2016 at 10:07 am

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University of Chicago letter…

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These days it’s rare to find a college which refuses to treat its students as delicate little snowflakes,  liable to melt at the slightest bit of upset.   I would never have guessed that the University of Chicago,  despite its long history of freedom of expression,  surrounded as it is by the massively corrupt Chicago political machine and its far-reaching tentacles,  would be the one to  warn freshmen  that they were to be educated,  not protected from the real world.

Jay Nordlinger has a podcast with Charles Lipson,  a professor of political science at this private university,  and a fine writer,  here.

UPDATE:  Could the University of Chicago done an even better job?   Ken White  thinks so.

 

 

Written by timeforthorns

August 29, 2016 at 11:54 pm

Safety not guaranteed…

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Jonathan Last has written a  marvelous article  about taking his young son to Yellowstone National Park.   Every parent should be required to read it, but especially the helicopter parents.   You all know some,  ever present,  ever ready to interfere if their little darlings are at risk of getting a boo-boo.

I grew up on a farm,  and was taught early and often that actions have consequences and that you are responsible for keeping your brain in gear and reacting appropriately to your circumstances.   I was taught how to behave around horses and cattle and farm equipment.   I learned which snakes were poisonous,  how to recognize rabid animals,  and what the proper courses of action were when confronted by them.   My parents kept an eye on me,  but generally with such subtlety that I was unaware.   Of course,  my father thought that at age eight I was perfectly capable of riding several miles of fence line on my very large horse with only my faithful dog accompanying us.   He was correct,  but some government ninny would probably try to charge him with child endangerment or neglect in this day and age.

The lessons I learned about the natural world as a child carried over into adulthood,  and have kept me safe all over the world,  including Yellowstone itself.   ear spray wasn’t available when I visited,  but I did have a stout oak hiking staff which would have proved as useful in fending off bears as it did an annoyed rattler the group ahead of me on the trail had stupidly messed with.

Take all your children to Yellowstone for the beauty and the education.  Or take them to one of the nation’s many national parks and forests.  Or just to a local park,  if it still allows swings and has a little pond to muddy your feet with.  Humans are basically advanced chimpanzees,  so if your children learn to navigate the natural world they’ll have a good start on finding their path through the pitfalls of the human world.

 

 

 

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August 29, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Bye-bye, Barb…

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If only  Streisand and  all  the rest  would really leave…

 

 

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August 29, 2016 at 10:06 am

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