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What is milk?

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The reason  this question  has arisen is that there are dozens of different food items called “milk” which are made from soybeans or almonds or other things and contain no dairy whatsoever.   If this sounds utterly ridiculous,  consider that most children have no clue where food come from,  public education doesn’t teach them anything beyond meat-is-bad,  and few of them have ever seen a working farm or a garden.  They know so little of science and have scant training in logic and common sense that they are unable to figure out that milk by customary definition comes from mammals,  not plants and nuts.

 

 

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Written by timeforthorns

April 30, 2018 at 2:50 pm

Parallel NYT universe…

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P. J. O’Rourke delves into  the inability  of the New York Times to deal with reality.   The piece is amusing,  as one expects from O’Rourke, but it is also frightening to realize how dangerous the mindset of a much-vaunted publication is.   Even worse,  the MSM by and large suffers from the same problem.

 

 

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April 29, 2018 at 3:41 pm

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Spider invasion…

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The  tarantula invasion  was nearly three years ago,  but I still would not care to visit Maningrida,  Australia.  I had relatively little damage after being bitten by a brown recluse spider,  but that was enough to last a lifetime,  thank you!

 

 

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April 28, 2018 at 2:59 pm

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Cry closet?

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If you must have access to a  cry closet  during final exams,  you are not only a pathetic college student,  but also a rather pitiful human being.    How on earth can a sobbing student function in the real world,  competing against people made of far sturdier stuff?

Does the University of Utah want these poor creatures to fail when they graduate,  or  is it unconcerned with whether they fail even sooner?

 

 

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April 27, 2018 at 3:41 pm

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Black caucus barking…

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Once again the Congressional Black Caucus is  thumping  its chest and engaging in its customary puffery about how strong it is and how important it is to Democrats,  and how many leadership positions it will be owed when Democrats control the house again.

Has any member of the caucus stopped to consider what a lousy job it has done for blacks and the country?   Of course not,  because the only thing they’re interested in is acquiring and protecting political power.

 

 

 

Written by timeforthorns

April 26, 2018 at 3:37 pm

Pardon triggers liberal…

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Jack Johnson was America’s first black heavyweight boxing champion, and he was sentenced to ten months in prison in 1912 on a charge that was filed only because he was a black man.   Actor Sylvester Stallone brought Jackson to Pres. Trump’s attention and urged a full pardon.   The Nation’s sports editor Dave Zirin went nuts at the very thought of racist Trump being the  one to pardon   Jackson,  especially since Obama had failed to do so.

Jackson was treated badly and confined under Jim Crow laws,  which, if you don’t know,  was a Democratic scheme, not a Republican one.  How can it matter who pardons the deceased boxer, and how does Dave Zirin image his virtue signaling will be seen as anything other than pathetic?

 

Written by timeforthorns

April 25, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Earth Day 2018…

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The man who still proclaims himself the founder of Earth Day is a convicted murderer currently  serving a life sentence.   Most activists credit Wisconsin Sen.  Gaylord Nelson  instead.   It is no accident that April 22nd,  Vladimir Lenin’s date of birth,  was selected for Earth Day.   His s  communism is more indicative of the eco-Nazis  tactics and views than that of naturalist  John Muir,  whose birthday only one day earlier would seem a better fit for people proclaiming their love of the earth and nature.

President trump is quite correct when he  says that  the environment and the economy go hand in hand.  Steven Hayward powerfully expands the argument here.   Reality requires both recognition and the application of some common sense,  both dangerously lacking in the environmental movement.  For example,  you have seen a thousand stories about President Trump pulling out of the Paris Agreement,  an Obama disaster which did nothing more than transfer a lot of our tax  money to the rest of the world.  You have seen only a handful pointing out that the US leads the world in  decreasing carbon  emissions,  and it has done so largely without government mandates,  and certainly without the hectoring of Obama and his cronies who happily took taxpayer funds for their companies,  which went bankrupt.

Creativity in the energy industry will always produce more meaningful results than New York’s efforts  to ban  single-use plastic bags,  which will expose many more people to  bacteria from  reusable shopping bags.

Tim Worstall  explains why  you should be a capitalist free-marketeer if you care about the planet enough to want to actually do something for it instead of merely running your mouth and trying to persuade the government into forcing idiotic policies onto the populace.   Do you know any environmentalists?   Have any of them ever managed a plot of land larger than a flower pot?   Probably not,  but that never stops them from telling everyone how to manage the entire earth.

Let’s end with a contribution from  Twitchy,  the social-media monitoring site,  giving us the 10  dumbest tweets  of the day.

 

 

Written by timeforthorns

April 24, 2018 at 3:38 pm