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Incompetence rewarded…

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Government is the only employer where incompetence and malfeasance doesn’t get you fired.  You can be the most awful S.O.B in Hollywood,  but as long as you produce success,  few people care.   Government makes no such demands.   Dr. Brenda Snipes should have been in jail years ago for previous crimes instead of remaining free to try to screw with another election.  She certainly should  not be  getting such a grand pension in her retirement .               .

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November 30, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Another promise not kept…

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Six years ago His Oneness  promised he  would buy as Chevy Volt when he wasn’t president any more.  He failed to do as promised,  once again, and now he won’t have to since General Motors announced Monday that it would cease production of the hybrid electric plug-in and its gas-powered sister car,  the Cruze.  Don’t worry — Barry won’t lose any sleep over any of it…..

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November 28, 2018 at 2:07 pm

That toddlin town…

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Ain’t doing much right now,  but it’s  Chicago as  it should be — over seven inches of snow,  no flights,  no power — and probably fewer shootings than normal.   What a city…

 

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November 27, 2018 at 2:45 pm

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Mars lander touchdown today…

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They have been  planning this for quite a while.   NASA even knows the landing site.   If you will be at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center today from 1 to 5 p.m.,  you can  join them  to celebrate.

Of course,  getting  the Insight Lander to the red planet is the easy part.  Landing is a tricky business we have failed at before, but we have also had some smashing successes.  i’m keep my fingers crossed on this one!

Below are some links for live feeds:

https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/timeline/launch/watch-online/

https://www.livescience.com/64148-how-to-watch-mars-insight-landing.html

https://www.wired.com/story/watch-live-as-nasas-insight-lander-descends-to-mars/

https://www.wired.com/story/how-and-where-to-watch-nasas-insight-finally-land-on-mars/

 

 

 

 

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November 26, 2018 at 11:21 am

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Iran’s new jet isn’t…

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The just unveiled Kowsar fighter appears to be a two-seater Northrop F-5F Tiger II, meaning it’s “indigenous”  only if Iran has become America’s 51st state  (58th, if you use  Obama’s numbers).   It belongs to Iran only because Iran purchased it from the USA.

For once,  CNBC actually gets a story mostly correct,  even acknowledging that Iran may still have a few dozen F-5s.   Whether any of them still fly is another question.

What Iran apparently  does have  is a Lamborghini,  allegedly reverse-engineered from the ground up.   The real Murcielago was produced between 2001 and 2010.   No word on whether the copy actually runs…

 

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November 25, 2018 at 2:18 pm

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Cal fires…

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The fires are truly devastating,  and yes,  they are worse because of decades of incredibly stupid forest mismanagement by the State of California,  but notice that only one of the heroes  highlighted here  was sent by the government.

 

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November 24, 2018 at 2:08 pm

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More turkey…

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I ate too much good food on Thanksgiving, had way too much fun with family and friends,  and will do penance by working in the yard today, while it’s rather chilly and a bit damp.

Pres. Trump  trolled liberals  on gas prices,  the Left criticized  every aspect of  his calls to overseas military,  and Rush Limbaugh  gives thanks  for Trump,  as  does Bruce  Bawer.

Has anyone on the Left ever read the  original Thanksgiving  Day proclamations?  Would they comprehend them if  they read  them today?  I very much doubt it.   John Hayward does,  which is why is he grateful for the scraps of  free speech  which remain to us.   Thomas Lifson is grateful to the oil companies which are  now free  to produce energy.   We should all be grateful to the  farmers who  grow the yummy things we consume year-round.

Some of the American Indians in New England  mourned  the day of celebration.  Most of the rest simply welcomed family and friends and feasted like the rest of us.

We can be grateful there are a  few conservatives  in Hollywood who have the courage to speak out.   We would benefit from developing  an attitude of gratitude.  A few  prayers  would not hurt either,  except for the atheists,  who will just have to suffer.

 

 

 

 

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November 23, 2018 at 10:49 pm

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Thanksgiving 2018…

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I’ve got bread baking,  and that is all I have to do except bring ice to Thanksgiving lunch,  and fortunately one of the service stations I have to pass by sells ice and is open today.   What you  eat today  is largely dependent on where you eat and family tradition.

Peas and Carrots  met the  President and First Lady this week,  and  while he  was pardoning  the two turkeys,  also managed  to troll  the Democrats.

A lot of folks who view themselves as enlightened will renew their annual whine that Thanksgiving should  be abolished,  and  when we all ignore them again,  may fall into the black pit  of despair  they find comfortable during seasonal celebrations.

And a special slice of pie to Debby Witt of The Corner,  for her usual roundup of  Turkey Day stuff from far and wide!   I especially enjoyed the historical parts.

 

 

 

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November 22, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Leadership…

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Leadership is not merely a matter of style.   There is also substance.   This video shows  that Gov. Brown and Gov.-elect Newsome are initially absent from the fire briefing,  and when they do show up,  they have absolutely no clue.   Pres. Trump seems more aware and more interested than either of them do.

Contrast that with the Gov. Scott during Florida’s hurricanes.  Democrats look for somebody else to blame for their failures.  Republicans roll up their sleeves,  invite others to help,  and get the job done.

 

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November 21, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Snipes resigning…

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This would  be the best news of the week,  except it’s Broward County,  the decades-long home of Democratic election theft,  so you know the voters will elect someone just as sleazy as Snipes.   There’s almost no chance that whoever is selected by the Governor to replace her will be retained by the voters,  should they run for the office.   The public seems to have forgotten the Clintons’ favorite ploy,  which was to lie, deny until caught,  then plead incompetence.

By the way, she is a “doctor” by virtue of having a doctorate in education leadership from Nova Southeastern University.   Apparently education leadership means you get to live off the taxpayers for most of your life and end with a job paying about $180,000 after proving yourself both incompetent and corrupt.

I’m afraid Broward County will learn nothing from this except to elect a better quality lawbreaker next time.

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November 20, 2018 at 2:26 pm