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Taj Mahal damaged….

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Abnormally high  winds apparently  toppled two minarets at one of India’s (and the world’s)  most beautiful sites.   They were at entrances,  not any of those surrounding the main building.

 

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April 13, 2018 at 3:13 pm

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Rights wars….

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The Supreme Court of Colombia  has decreed  that the Amazon River is now  a rights-bearing entity.   It joins the Ganges River and a list of glaciers and other geographical features touted by the Rights of Nature movement,  which is interested in thwarting any development and use  of the land carrying the features.  I think it’s fair to say this group is an offshoot of the environmentalists,  and that their goal is the same:  to prevent human use of any resource.   Such groups may be less violent than the Nazis,  but they are equally as unyielding and authoritarian.  Don’t wait until pond scum and mosquitoes are declared to enjoy the same rights as you do.

Now, I  agree with  Jonah Goldberg that animals should not have human rights,  but I also think that people who mistreat animals should be punished harshly.  One,  granting an animal rights has never prevented  ill-treatment,  and two,  humans should act responsibly and be shamed when they fail to.   I must confess I sometimes wonder if it is even still theoretically possible for progressives and liberals to feel any shame whatsoever.

Wesley Smith expands his original piece in response to Jonah’s,  here.

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April 12, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Liberals help blacks…

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…to fail.   Mychal Massie expertly delivers an old-fashioned whopping to the practitioners of skin-color identity politics,  who are all either very liberal or hopelessly progressive.  Massey ran across a 2015 article by  by  Latonia Westerfield,  entitled: “Why Black People Don’t Need Jason L. Riley’s Help.”

Riley’s book, titled “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed,”  was superbly done and placed a large bull’s eye on his back for the infuriated black grievance brigade.  He and Massie have repeatedly made the point that i Westerfield and those like her had valid complaints, they wouldn’t always find it necessary to base their arguments on a practice that ended in America nearly 150 years ago.

Former pro basketball player Charles Barkley was correct in saying: ” The only thing liberals have done for black people is to give them an inferiority complex.”   Do read Massie’s piece, then go buy Riley’s book.

The latest identify grievance  is here,  and it’s a truly nasty one.

UPDATE:  Have another  racialized incident,  where the Dems’ eat their own…

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April 4, 2018 at 3:08 pm

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Stormy fizzles…

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As I watched this  boring episode  of 60 Minutes,  I was reminded of Geraldo Rivera’s embarrassing discovery of Al Capone’s vault — lots of dust and dirt,  nothing of substance.   And then I got curious.   Didn’t Stormy Daniels signa couple of statements saying she had not had any dealings with Trump?  When do we believe her?   Then?  Now?  How about never?  Why were her pupils dilated?

Now I’m just bored and somewhat amused that the  same media  who told us repeatedly that Lewinsky,  Juanita Broaddrick ,  and Jones were irrelevant to Bill Clinton now scream that a prostitute with scant credibility must be regarded as a paragon of truth so we must acknowledge the utter wickedness of Donald J. Trump.  Has Trump committed adultery?  Yeah,  but it only counts because he’s a Republican.  What about JFK,  LBJ and Bill Clinton,  who were all horndogs of the first water?   Do I wish Trump behaved better?     Of course,  but he is mostly trying to keep his campaign promises.  I’d be happier if the squishes who swing on the Congressional teat would develop a bit of backbone and help.

But now we see what Stormy  is really  after…

 

 

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March 30, 2018 at 3:22 pm

Zell Miller, R.I.P.

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Zell Miller  wanted to  be a minor league shortstop,  but his baseball dreams turned into  the governorship of Georgia and a Senator from Georgia.   He was also a Marine,  a college professor and even wrote some songs.   He was the only politician I can think of who was a keynote speaker at both the Democratic and the Republican National Conventions.

Miller was about the last of the old-fashioned Democrats,  who by the radicalized standards of today’s Democratic party would be quite conservative,  but he was above all a man who not only actually had principles,  but didn’t waver from them.  And he was a civil man who nonetheless didn’t suffer from an excess of political correctness.

Having been in failing health in recent years,  Miller had been out of the spotlight,  and I have missed his pungent,  reality-based commentary.   He will be sorely missed.

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March 24, 2018 at 5:52 pm

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Would you marry…

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…a girl who had your diamond engagement stone embedded in her ring finger instead of wearing it in a ring?  I would be more inclined to recommend mental health counseling instead of wedding services, but this type of “piercing” is apparently  becoming popular  amongst millennials.

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March 19, 2018 at 2:54 pm

Does Joy…

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…Behar not know that the Mafia contributed millions to churches and charities?  Or could that be why she infers that giving to the church makes her a Christian?   Whatever the case,  her apology is obviously forced by ABC,  and even  more obviously  insincere.

She respects no religion,  and no  belief system which does not match hers.   If you think otherwise,  you haven’t been paying attention.   Listen,  I  know it’s a real drag to have to pay attention to these people,  but you need to know what your opponents are up to,  what they are thinking,  and what they are planning.

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March 14, 2018 at 2:31 pm