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Rowe on gaps…

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If you aren’t familiar with Mike Rowe,  you ought to be.  Yeah,  he’s a TV star,  but he is one of the most sensible people around.   he has done just about every job you can think of,  and a huge number you don’t even know exist.  he has no problem getting his hands — and the rest of himself — dirty and smelly.  He is funny,  sly and wise,  and a keen observer of humanity in general and American society in particular.

Watch him here talking with Ben Shapiro about  the gap  between elites and normal Americans.

 

 

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October 13, 2018 at 2:01 pm

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Meet the new Democrats…

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An attractive  young woman  has won a Democratic primary,  beating a ten-term Congressman,  despite campaigning with a known  anti-Semitic and racist.  This matters because Joe Crowley was expected to become the next Speaker of the House if the Democrats took it over.    The former speaker,  Nancy Pelosi,  doesn’t like  being compared  with the newcomer.   Sen. Bernie Sanders is over the moon with happiness because she is an avowed Democratic Socialist,  just like he is,  she is calling for Pres. Trump’s impeachment,  she thinks it requires “political courage” to raise taxes,  and claims ICE is running family-separation black sites at the border.

In other words,  just like Bernie,  she has no grasp of economics,  opposes the Constitution,  imagines the Bill of Rights protects only her and the like-minded,  and imagines We the People will meekly accept being ruled by her.   Yes,  she’s a bit of a lunatic,  but she truly does  represent the new face of the Democratic Party which has certainly been losing its collective mind ever since Trump was elected.

UPDATE:  I found  the platform  she ran on.   Heaven help us…

 

 

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June 28, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Of course it is…

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No conservative is surprised to discover that Trump country is far  more tolerant  than progressive enclaves anywhere.  They are supposedly knuckle-draggers,  Bible-thumpers,  white supremacists,   little Hitlers or just hopeless stupid and biased.   But in truth,  Trump supporters are largely regular joes,  ordinary American citizens who treat even awful people with courtesy and respect.   We don’t refuse to serve them food,  and we certainly don’t chase them across the street to protest.   I wonder if we have been too nice for far too long.

If you think back to the Bush/Gore election, Republican staffers dressed in slacks and button-down shirts supposedly inspired terror in Democratic operatives.   Apparently our conservative thoughts are enough to cause extreme fear in liberals.   I’m in favor of providing even more cause for their panic.   Arm yourself with logic,  reason,  and actual facts,  and laugh out loud at them when they revert to emotional thinking and start attacking you personally.    That is a clue that you are winning.

 

 

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June 27, 2018 at 3:33 pm

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Lesson from the heartland…

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Salena Zito developed a course with Harvard’s Institute of Politics,  called the Main Street Project,  where students  are immersed  in small-town America.

I think it’s wonderful that 20 students from an Ivy League college learned that small-town people are not stupid,  lazy,  or uneducated.  I find it difficult to believe that Harvard will actually allow another 20 to be exposed to the real world and a hefty dose of truth.   Of course,  with about 22,000 students,  including  graduate and professional students,  it will take quite a while to enlighten students who get no credit for one of the most important courses they will ever encounter.

 

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June 20, 2018 at 2:58 pm

Poor policy…

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The trouble with Democratic gay candidates is that they display no class.  If the only way you can think of to piss off Donald Trump is to kiss your partner in your  campaign ad,  you are are low on intelligence,  information,  creativity,  and class.

I suspect most Democratic voters won’t find it a winning display either.

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June 8, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Starbucks fail…

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I don’t like Starbucks — or rather,  I don’t like Starbucks coffee.  Yes, I am a bit of a coffee snob, and I enjoy my Costa Rican estate coffee beans so much that one sip of the popular brew convinced me not to waste money on one latte when the same money would deliver a pound of freshly roasted beans to my doorstep.

That said, I have visited Starbucks and purchased coffee for others or lemonade for myself.  I remember seeing signs in two of the locations that made the point of non-buyers not being purchasers.  That strikes me as reasonable, given that most Starbucks are rather small places.   In fact, most chain restaurants have the same policies against loitering.

Having caved to the mau-mauing of black activists, the coffee company shut it’s corporate-owned locations for a day of anti-bias training.  Except the baristas themselves are complaining that it was  actually anti-cop propaganda.   Two black  employees said  the training made racial tensions worse.

As Clarice Feldman  points out,  Starbucks was not the only company to display how to drive away customers while engaged in absurd CEO virtue signaling.

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June 4, 2018 at 2:53 pm

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Aztec death whistle…

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This is not the scariest sound I’ve ever heard,  but this odd screech is very strange, and yeah, a bit spooky.   A  death whistle  seems perfectly in keeping with the Aztecs,  don’t you think?

 

 

 

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May 22, 2018 at 3:22 pm

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