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Census citizenship…

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Should states that harbor masses of illegal aliens be rewarded with your tax dollars?   I bet you don’t even realize that they are,  though if you live in California,  you may be beginning to suspect  that your vote does not receive full value,  even if the illegal immigrants do not cast a ballot.

Let’s face it, the  dilution of   a vote is just as grave as a vote illegally cast.  Please let Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross know that you demand the citizenship question on the 2020 Census,  and that you view the complaints from politicians from the worst devaluers of votes  — think New York,  Massachusetts,  California,  and Connecticut.   Your hard-earned tax dollars should not be awarded on the basis of warm bodies located within a state —  or in the case of  Chicago,  probably cold ones as well.  Defend your vote!   Commerce Department link is   here.

 

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February 28, 2018 at 2:41 pm

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High fashion drones…

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One of the world’s most prestigious fashion brands  used drones  to carry its new line of handbags down the runway at the ‘Secrets & Diamonds’ eveningwear event on Saturday night.    You might be aware that our First Lady wears a lot of Dolce & Gabbana fashions,  and looks gorgeous in them.

I am no clothes horse or fashionista, being most comfortable in jeans and T-shirts,  but the drones strike me as the perfect way to show off the purses.   You don’t have to coach models how to present them or worry about the models’ clothing providing a less-than-optimum backdrop for the merchandise.   And hey, let’s face it — the use of this technology is very cool!

 

 

 

 

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February 27, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Linking photons for light…

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Scientists do some perfectly amazing things.   Even if you don’t know what the heck photons are,  you can appreciate that a group of physicists coaxed individual photons to cozy up to each other and link,  thereby producing a  new form  of light.  For me,  the most appealing aspect is that they don’t know exactly why it works.

 

 

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February 26, 2018 at 3:22 pm

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When is public not public?

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The 11th Circuit court generally displays some judicial restraint and common sense,  unlike the lunatics on the 9th Circuit,  but three of the justices appear to have misplaced their tiny little brains by declaring that public streets  and sidewalks are not public spaces sometimes.

 

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February 25, 2018 at 2:05 pm

Art wins…

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A federal judge has  suspended enforcement  of Mount Dora, Florida’s fines against the owners of a home painted with Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” theme,  ruling that such punishment would cause “immediate and irreparable injury” to the owners.

The city has gone from saying it didn’t care how the owners painted the wall on their property, to saying the house had to match, to levying large fines.   Constitutionally stupid,  and very bad publicity for a town which prides itself on its artsy features.

 

 

 

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February 24, 2018 at 2:54 pm

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Ham sandwich indictments…

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Robert Mueller can now say he has accomplished something.   It helps his career,  but as the saying goes, you can indict a ham sandwich with sufficient effort,  so it is a big pile of meaningless nothing.   None of the Russian mice will ever go to trial,  so no one will ever know whether Mueller had a good case or a lousy one.   None of the Russians will ever return to the U.S. using their own name so they will never be arrested.

Why would anyone think Putin actually cared who won the election?  He only needed  to cause chaos  and dissent,  which he did to some extent,  and which he continues to do because of the stupidity of the Democrats and their desperate efforts to protect His Oneness and Queen Hillary.

 

 

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February 23, 2018 at 3:19 pm

Billy Graham, R.I.P.

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If any man on earth  deserves to  rest in peace,  it is Reverend Billy Graham,  who spent most of his life preaching the Gospel.  He made the most of the technological advancements as they became available during his long career to enable him to reach  a huge global  audience,  and he went to most of the world to promote Christianity.   Like the rest of mankind,  he had his flaws,  and did some things for which he apologized,  but he never satisfied the progressive churches who wanted him to espouse their social justice causes and politics.

He will always be despised by liberals  — just witness the WaPo’s attack,  characterized  here.   MLK’s niece,  Alveda King,  has  a much  different view,  as do  many others  who actually knew Graham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 22, 2018 at 2:34 pm

A velvet hammer…

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There is a reason Nikki Haley stands out at the United Nations.   She is graceful but ferocious in her representation of American interests and Western values.   She has become Pres. Trump’s  velvet hammer  there,  and a remarkably effective one,  and in the manner of the late Jeane Kirkpatrick and  John Bolton, has not hesitated to ignore the cumbersome customs of diplomacy when it suits her.

She is in the business of  speaking the truth,  something seldom heard at that corrupt cesspool,  where most nation’s representatives either flee the chamber of slouch down in their seats as if trying to be invisible.  Haley tolerates no anti-Semitism from any of them,  and she publicly calls them out.  You will not see her pulling a Samantha Power and refusing to defend Israel.  Nor will you see her backing down.   The more she upsets the regular order,  the more pleased I am!

 

 

 

 

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February 21, 2018 at 6:39 am

Parking assist…

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If you’re lousy at parallel parking,  you need whatever  this car  has,  don’t you?

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton  needed something similar in order to prevent her from totally screwing up  an easy  parking job a couple of years ago.    On second thought,  she is beyond hopeless  —  a driver is the only thing which will fix such incompetence.

 

 

 

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February 20, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Olympic schadenfreude…

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Most of the Olympic hopefuls who chose to spend their time airing their hatred of  all things Trump,  usually while displaying their complete ignorance of all else,  seem to have jinxed themselves for their competitions.    Perhaps they will return stateside with an understanding of the phrase,  “Karma’s a bitch.”

 

 

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February 19, 2018 at 2:49 pm