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Could you pass?

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Could  you pass  the U.S. citizenship test?  I could,  having missed only one question.   From what I’ve seen,  99% of U.S. students would flunk miserably.   I suspect a horrifying number of Congress critters would fail as well.

 

 

 

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November 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

Veterans Day 2016…

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The Wall Street Journal offers a  nice collection  of this Veterans weekend from across the nation.   Here are  some pix  from across the country.   My observation is that small towns and rural areas still tend to have special events and celebrations organized by residents,  while metropolitan areas now have government-run events.   I prefer the homespun variety myself,  partly because there are actual veterans involved and they know what it means to serve.

Action star Chuck Norris is a vet himself and  understands it  well.   Bill Federer grasps why there are  no atheists  in foxholes.   More photos  here.

For me,  Veterans’ Day is special,  because every generation of my family has seen military service.   Some of them died because of it,  all of them suffered to some extent,  yet none of them regretted it.   Most people in my family regard it as the only honorable service possible to have in government.   Those who don’t,  basically whine and complain,  but don’t serve anywhere.

 

 

 

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November 13, 2016 at 11:54 pm

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What we were saved from…

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What we as a nation have narrowly avoided by defeating Queen Hillary is losing our right to resist.  The Left,  because it employs belief rather than logic and reason,  can tolerate no dissent.   How can you contemplate an argument if you know that you can not defend your position?   You can not,  so you try to stifle dissent,  silence any opposing voices.

This is what the Left has been doing for decades,  what His Oneness was continuing,  and without question what Queen Hillary would have accelerated with  a vengeance.   But make no mistake  —  progressives and leftists have embedded themselves,  by design,  into all of our country[‘s institutions and government agencies,  and they will fight like hell to maintain the status quo.   There may not be an open insurrection,  but it will more likely be what the bureaucrats will employ  — stalling,  stonewalling,  slow-walking,  failure to act.   The time for vigilance is far from over.

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November 10, 2016 at 11:51 pm

Calorie counts don’t work…

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The Obama Administration will enforce their use anyway,  but common sense tells you  calorie counts  don’t work.   If there anyone in the nation who is too stupid to figure out that if you eat big burgers,  fries and a big soft drink and you gain weight,  you should stop eating that meal daily?  Well,  there are probably some Obama and Hillary supporters who may be,  but no one else has an excuse.

Even the few people who actually read calorie counts appear to have little actual understanding of their meaning.   They don’t even know how many calories an average person should consume during a day.   I am sick to death of the ever-present nanny state trying to tell us what to eat, when to eat it,  where to buy it.   If I ate as the government’s food pyramid instructs,  I’d weigh 300 pounds and be deathly ill.   My body doesn’t happen to process simple carbohydrates very well,  so I eat precious few of them.   I weigh what I should and I don’t feel deprived because I don’t feel bad.   Is it too much to ask people to be individually responsible for themselves in some small way?

 

 

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October 22, 2016 at 10:03 am

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Stupid feds…

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Thanks to Sen. Rand Paul for pointing out that the federal government spent $700,000  paying university researchers to determine whether Neil Armstrong’s remarks on the moon landing were accurately transcribed.   They learned nothing conclusive.

To add insult to injury,  the two grants were meant for studies on how to improve communication for people with autism or Parkinson’s disease, neither of which Armstrong had any association with.

 

 

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October 10, 2016 at 11:36 pm

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So very Chicago…

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When Chicago teachers, who are among the most handsomely paid in the country,  want to strike  rather than take a pretty nice deal which includes a pay raise,  it’s just emblematic of teachers’ unions in general,  and the corrupt Chicago machine in particular.   The teachers are furious because they will be required to contribute to their own pension funds.

Considering that Chicago is even more broke than the nation,  one might think the teachers might realize that their wholesale robbery of taxpayer money from the city treasury can’t continue.   One would apparently be wrong,  because this is Chicago.

 

 

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October 6, 2016 at 10:06 am

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Convention of states…

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If you’re interested in the first Convention of States,  it’s being held beginning today in Colonial Williamsburg.    Citizens for Self Governance is sponsoring the project,  with a view towards stopping the runaway power of the federal government and keeping power in the states.

You can watch  live coverage  of the event on the Facebook page of National Review,  beginning this morning, and continuing through the 23rd.    I plan on checking in on what may well be a fascinating event.

 

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September 22, 2016 at 1:44 am