January 24, 2020

The Glass Brain

Timothy Birdnow

When Mt. Vesuvius erupted and destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D. it also destroyed the seaside resort of Herculaneum. Well, some guy got his brains turned to glass, or at least a similar material, inside his skull.

He was identified as the custodian of the College of the Augustales, so he was an egghead before Vesuvius made him a glass head.

I bet he'd be a Democrat today.

I've heard of a glass eye, but a glass brain?

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Another Day, Another Bernie Sanders Genocidal Maniac

Timothy Birdnow

Another "Bern-er" calls for re-education camps, "guillotine the rich" campaign.

From the article by James O'Keefe:

(Charleston, SC) In last week’s videos, Project Veritas Action Fund exposed the shocking comments of an Iowa Field Organizer for the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign, Kyle Jurek. In today’s new video, a South Carolina Field Organizer for the Sanders Campaign, Martin Weissgerber, is secretly recorded praising the Soviet Union, admitting his fantasies about forcing a violent overthrow of the United States federal government, and speaking favorably about forcing Americans into "Re-Education Camps.” He even speaks of decapitating people once his socialist revolution succeeds. Weissgerber, who also describes himself as a Communist, reveals that he has been radicalized from a very young age by both of his parents. The recordings of Weissgerber combined with the recordings released last week of Kyle Jurek, give insight into the mindset of many Sanders staffers and what they truly believe

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Indian Chief Justice Calls Excessive Taxation Social Injustice

Timothy Birdnow

The Chief Justice of India's Supreme Court has called excessive taxation a "social injustice".

From The Millenium Post:

In his address at at an event held to mark the 79th Foundation ceremony of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Chief Justice Bobde said imposition of excessive tax is also a kind of social injustice on the people.

"While tax evasion is a social injustice to fellow citizens, arbitrary or excessive tax also results in social injustice by a government."

He clearly isn't running for President of the United States as a Democrat.

AOC, Sanders, and the Injun could learn from our brother of color from the subcontinent.

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January 23, 2020

Mike Huckabee: Trump and religious liberty -- Militant atheists have met their match with our president

Dana Mathewson

Here's one reason I like Mike Huckabee -- articles like this one, and the thinking behind it. A few years ago he ran for the presidency. I'm rather glad he didn't get it, because he wouldn't be available to write articles like these.

Few politicians in Washington, even Republicans, have ever defended our Christian heritage on the national stage as fiercely as President Trump. His executive order affirming the religious liberty of public school students is just the latest example.

For the first time in nearly two decades, the order updates federal guidance to better protect students’ rights to engage in prayer and other forms of religious expression. Under the new rules, schools must certify every year that they do not have policies that restrict constitutionally-protected religious rights, such as the freedom to pray or read religious texts on school grounds. Schools that maintain non-compliant policies would lose their federal funding.

This is a big win for religious freedom advocates, who have found their rights and beliefs under increasingly withering assault from the left for decades. In the 1990s, when the campaign against public religiosity began to spiral out of control, both the federal government and more than 20 states passed Religious Freedom Restoration Acts to restore strict constitutional scrutiny for policies that restrict citizens’ exercise of religion. With those laws continually weakened and challenged in the courts, Trump’s executive order provides a new and effective remedy to the excesses of the secular left.

But it’s also a big win for everyone who cherishes the freedoms laid out in the U.S. Constitution because imposing any restrictions on those freedoms, whether in a broad or targeted fashion, endangers every right enjoyed by every American citizen. And the efforts to restrict religious liberty in public schools have clearly gotten out of hand, as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently pointed out.

Just last year, for instance, a Utah teacher made a 9-year-old Catholic student remove the ashes from his forehead on Ash Wednesday. In Kentucky, a school made a student take down a "prayer locker” she had set up so that classmates could submit anonymous prayer requests. In Washington, a high school football coach was suspended for praying — silently and by himself — after games.

None of these behaviors even came close to infringing on the rights of others, yet overzealous teachers and administrators punished them anyway. It’s the predictable result of a sustained campaign to drive religion from the public square, led by militant atheists who have spent decades convincing parents and teachers that any form of religious expression in any public place is a violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty.

As the president's executive order explains, that’s exactly the opposite of what the Founders intended. The First Amendment is very explicit about the government’s responsibility to respect individual rights, which is why it prohibits Congress from making laws that would restrict free expression, such as establishing a state religion. What the "freedom from religion” crowd wants, however, amounts to the establishment of atheism as America’s official religion, with all the restrictions on free expression that entails.


This country was founded by pilgrims who sought to escape religious persecution and that heritage is an essential aspect of our character as a nation. Thanks to President Trump’s efforts, we will be able to pass that heritage on to another generation.

Or so we can hope, if we work hard enough to keep Trump and his successors in the White House! Here's the entire article: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/trump-religious-liberty-atheists-mike-huckabee

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The Total Myth of Ocean Acidification

Dana Mathewson

I generally let our site proprietor, Timothy Birdnow, have the fun of writing about Global Warming Climate Change, and engaging with the zealots who support it on Fakebunk and other platforms. But I encountered the following article today and couldn't resist sharing.

Guest myth-busting by David Middleton

From the American Association of Science of America [1]…

Ocean acidification could boost shell growth in snails and sea urchins

By Katie Camero Jul. 23, 2019 , 2:00 PM

The world’s oceans are acidifying rapidly as they soak up massive amounts of the carbon dioxide (CO2) released from burning fossil fuels. That’s bad news for tiny marine critters like coral and sea urchins that make up the base of the ocean food chain: Acidic water not only destroys their shells, but it also makes it harder for them to build new ones. Now, scientists studying sea snails have discovered an unexpected side effect of this acid brew—it can help some of them build thicker, stronger shells by making their food more nutritious.

Often called climate change’s "evil twin,” acidification happens when the ocean absorbs atmospheric CO2. As CO2 dissolves, the process releases hydrogen ions, lowering the water’s pH and increasing its acidity. That acidic water…


To find out what is happening in the wild, Sean Connell, an ecologist at the University of Adelaide in Australia, and colleagues traveled to underwater CO2 vents off the coast of New Zealand’s White Island (Whakaari). Water near the vents is about as acidic as most of the ocean is predicted to be by the end of the century. The researchers collected five sea snails (Eatoniella mortoni), along with five samples of turf algae, a staple of the sea snails’ diet.

Well, yes, but no. Middleton points out that
The phrase "ocean acidification” was literally invented out of thin air in 2003 by Ken Caldiera to enable liberal arts majors to sound sciencey when scaring the bejesus out of the scientifically illiterate masses. The geochemical process has been well-understood for about 100 years… But didn’t get a crisis-monger nickname until 2003.


Why do you think the Science! journalist is a Liberal Arts major?

Well… There’s this…

Katie Camero
Katie Camero is a Diverse Voices in Science Journalism intern for the News section ofScience in Washington, D.C.

Science! As in, "she blinded me with…”[2]
A journalist? Things are becoming clearer now.

Then there are the things she wrote in this article…

Note: Most of my rebuttals are from these two WUWT posts:

  1. The Total Myth of Ocean Acidification
  2. The Total Myth of Ocean Acidification, Part Deux: The Scientific Basis

The world’s oceans are acidifying rapidly…

Katie Camero, Liberal Arts major

Horst schist!


Good fracking grief! Seawater can’t become acidic, at least not under real world conditions. A study of seawater pH near active volcanic CO2vents in the Mediterranean (Kerrison et al., 2011) found that the pH immediately adjacent to the vent was still alkaline, despite being subjected to the equivalent of nearly 5,600 ppm CO2.

There's a lot more, with charts and other real honest-to-goodness science in it, found here https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/07/25/the-total-myth-of-ocean-acidification-science-edition/ and I hope you'll take time to check it out! It will introduce you to the Watts Up With That site, which is NOT fake stuff. It helps to have a background in chemistry (I do not) but don't let that scare you away. I guarantee that the True Believers do not either.

What, you thought that St. Greta of Thunberg does? Ha!

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Goodbye Yellow Brit Road

Timothy Birdnow

Don't let the door hit Brussels on the way out...

Queen Gives Approval to Brexit as Bill Officially Becomes Law

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Scoldilocks: "Time to Panic"

This from Willis Eschenbach:

Why do I think Greta is a clueless idiot? At Davos she said "We are still telling you to panic!"

Yes, panicking is such a brilliant response, especially to an "emergency" that you can't even see unless you have a PhD.

Seriously, what problem was EVER made better by panicking? I know of none.

Greta, you can panic if you wish. But unlike your parents, we DO love our children. That's the reason we don't want them to panic.


PS—Don't bother trying to rag on me for commenting on her idiocy because she's only 17. Either Greta is entitled to a full adult voice and a seat at Davos as she's insisted on and gotten, along with all the opportunity for abuse that adult status entails, or she's an innocent child who should go back to school and we shouldn't diss her in any way.

She doesn't get to be both. If you want to run with the big dogs, you gotta get off the porch.

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Virginia Gun Grab

Timothy Birdnow

Well, they went and did it.

Yes, the Virginia Senate has passed a bill to take guns away from people they think shouldn't have them. 

This will definitely go to court.  It may cost the Democrats at the ballot box come November.

Yes, Virginia is about to pass a "red flag" gun grab law.

From American Military:

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Trump to Attend Pro-Life Rally

Timothy Birdnow

Trump is going to attend the pro-life rally in Washington, D.C. He will be the first President to do so.

I think the end is nigh for unrestricted abortions, at least if we keep on this track.

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January 22, 2020

State AGs urge Senate to reject impeachment in stinging letter: 'A dangerous historical precedent'

Dana Mathewson

This is some of the most important writing you'll see on the Impeachment Boogie. These State AGs have some very important things to say!

EXCLUSIVE: The attorneys general of 21 states have come forward with a blistering rebuke of the impeachment of President Trump, asserting that it "establishes a dangerous historical precedent."

The Republican attorneys general, in a letter submitted to the Senate Wednesday morning and obtained by Fox News, urged the chamber conducting Trump's trial to "reject" the impeachment articles.

"If not expressly repudiated by the Senate, the theories animating both Articles will set a precedent that is entirely contrary to the Framers' design and ruinous to the most important governmental structure protections contained in our Constitution: the separation of powers," they wrote.

The letter accuses House Democrats of impeaching Trump as a politically motivated response to the 2016 election and warned that it poses a threat to the 2020 election as well.

"Even an unsuccessful effort to impeach the President undermines the integrity of the 2020 presidential election because it weaponizes a process that should only be initiated in exceedingly rare circumstances and should never be used for partisan purposes," the letter continued.

Then the entire letter is available on Scribd. This grinds underfoot the nauseating political posturing of the Democrat House members who, it seems, want only their 15 minutes -- nay, hours -- of fame. The article is here https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ags-urge-senate-to-reject-impeachment-in-stinging-letter-a-dangerous-historical-precedent and you owe it to yourself to read it! Any Democrat who read this should really have his sense of shame triggered up to HIGH.

But if he had any sense of shame, he wouldn't be a Democrat, would he?

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UN calls for investigation into alleged Saudi crown prince involvement in Bezos phone hack

Dana Mathewson

Dear Readers, I am well aware, as are you, that international cybercrime is on the rise these days, and that nobody is safe from it. But somehow, the mental picture of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman sitting around on a pile of cushions hacking into other peoples' cell phones just slams me on my funny bone. If the Crown Prince were some spoiled teen-ager who had no goal in life other than causing mischief, well, OK. And yes, the Saudis may not be model citizens, though they are certainly a few cuts about, say, the Iranians.

And if you forced me at gunpoint to say it, I'd have to admit that Jeff Bezos isn't on my list of guys I send gift baskets to at Christmastime either.

I can't copy-and-paste from this CNBC article, so I hope you'll go here https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/22/bezos-phone-hacking-un-calls-for-immediate-investigation.html to read the whole thing. I believe the subject matter is really important even though I began with levity.

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Virginia Becoming a Fascist State

Timothy Birdnow

Virginia Democrats are running hog wild, showing just what they will do to the rights of citizens.

VA  Bill to Ban Faith Based Counseling Vote Coming Very Soon

From the article:

SB 245, a bill that would prevent parents from seeking counselling for their children who may struggle with their sexual identity or experience unwanted same-sex attractions, passed a senate committee Thursday morning and will go to the senate floor for a vote any day now.Hereis a bulletin with additional details from the Virginia Family Foundation. (Note that it was written prior to the committee vote Thursday.)

So the State knows best and can override parents in raising children. And they can stop parents from working to normalize their children, thus ultimately making more Democratic voters.

Guess that's why they have to take the citizens' guns away.

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Will Atheism Remain as America's Default Religion?

Timothy Birdnow

America's support for atheism in the schools is up for review and may be overturned.

the Federalist article:

Today the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case that could determine whether parents and taxpayers have any choices about the kind of religion American children are taught with taxpayer funds. Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenueconcerns whether private donations may support schools that make their religious beliefs explicit. It could also undo a century of U.S. court and legislative decisions that used animus between Protestants and Catholics to attack the faith of both kinds of Christians’ children over the last century.

Five years ago, Montana’s legislature enacted a tiny school choice program that allows residents to deduct up to $150 on state taxes for their donations to private school scholarships. Eighteen states offersimilar charitable opportunities, which fund private schools using private money. Montana’s taxation agency, however, banned religious schools from accessing these private donations, on the grounds that would violate the state constitution’s ban on using public funds for "sectarian” schools.

Since these school choice programs employ private funds, instead of direct taxpayer support such as through vouchers, they have been less successfully challenged in courts on the grounds Montana’s bureaucracy employed. Thirty-seven states includesome variation of this prohibition in their constitutions, and several run programs similar to Montana’s, often with courts’ approval. Now the Supreme Court will deal with the discrepancy.

It is expected to use the occasion to consider anti-religious constitutional provisions like Montana’s, known as Blaine amendments, after the 19th century politician James Blaine. During Blaine’s crusade to enact these policies, the word "sectarian” was understood to mean specifically "Roman Catholic.”

High time. Our schools and educational system has promoted secular humanism and atheism at the expense of the majority of religious beliefs of our society. That includes Catholic and Protestant Christians, but also Jews.

The article makes that case quite plain:

During the height of Catholic immigration to the United States, however, many Protestants didn’t want to allow Catholics equal access to local public funding for the schools their churches ran. They thus created barriers to public support for religious schooling, such as Blaine Amendments, that at first affected only Catholics, but eventually also turned on Protestants.

These barriers and others lawmakers and courts added ultimately drove Christianity from publicly supported U.S. K-12 education. They helped lay the legal and cultural groundwork for eventually substituting atheism for Christianity as the religion of U.S. schooling. It’s a sneaky move, because atheism and secularism are easier to falsely view as "neutral,” when they are in fact a competing religious understanding of the ultimate questions every faith seeks to answer.

The truth is that there is no neutrality about religion. To not believe in God is a religous belief, just as believing in God is a religious belief. To include the Bible in curricula is a religious decision, just like not including the Bible in curricula is a religious decision.

To pray or not to pray: both are religious questions. Both teach something about the importance, existence, and nature of religion, as does every other decision about a school’s instruction, teaching methods, and priorities. Instruction techniques must change based on whether one holds the religious view that humans are by nature sinful or the competing religious view that humans are born perfect and corrupted by institutions.

Yet for a century or more, we’ve accepted the dangerous fiction that it is possible for law and public institutions to be neutral on religious questions. This has had the effect of making secular atheism the dominant religion of American public life, all while pretending it wasn’t happening.

On that basis, in 1962 the Supreme Court heldthat the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” required U.S. public schools to ban prayer. In 1962, the court banned public schools from Bible readings as part of instruction. In 1971, it banned states from funding nonreligious instruction in private religious schools. In 1985, it banned schools from allowing one minute for silent prayer or meditation, and in 2000 banned students from voluntarily leading prayers at football games.

While the Supreme Court repeatedly took a sledgehammer to American Christians’ ability to pass on their faith using their own tax dollars and supposedly locally controlled institutions, our politicians have refused to redress the bigotry against religion this entails. For if it is bigotry for Protestants to have banned Roman Catholics from equal access to public education funds solely on account of their religion, it is also bigotry for atheists to have effectively banned Protestants and Catholics from equal access to public education funds solely on account of their religion.

And so SCOTUS is taking this up. Goes to show how important the balance of power has been on the Court.

Now, it is not the job of secular public schools to promote religion or religious belief, but it is supposed to support the efforts of the parents to educate their children AS THEY SEE FIT. As of now it is educating them in opposition to the wishes of the parents. It has, in fact, become a tool of propaganda for the State.

Anyone wonder why so many Millenials are so big on Socialism? They have no other religion. Man is a religious animal; we need to believe in something larger than ourselves. We know we are flawed and seek some sort of redemption. The modern school system is supplying a diabolical answer to our religious vacuum; socialism and world government.

Socialism expunges our sins. It says Man IS flawed, and by his choice of a selfish capitalistic system. Socialism is the way we buy out our sins. Support collectivism and you are a moral being again.

Environmentalism is much the same. You can buy indulgences via carbon credits, for instance. And there is a doomsday prophecy, and a slim chance at salvation.

Young people buy into Global Warming almost as to a man.

That's because the schools have taught them this. These are religious views. Our young people are riddled with guilt at being born into a rich society, and living well. They feel they are evil for not being poor and barbaric. They seek a naturalistic paradise that can only be attained if they eliminate most people on Earth and end industrial civilization. These are all religious beliefs, not intellectual concepts.

This is the triumph of irrationalism.

Until we change this int he schools we will see our society continue to slide into the toilet. more...

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Terry Jones RIP

Timothy Birdnow

Monty Python animator and star Terry Jones has passed away.
  And now for something completly different.

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Why Are Bernie Bros So Violent?

Dana Mathewson

Why, indeed? And why are they so enamored of the gulags?

I'm going to break my long-established rule and include the entire Power Line article here -- hope we don't run into trouble for doing so.

I am starting to get the feeling that James Hodgkinson wasn’t a one-off. James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has been conducting an undercover investigation of the Bernie Sanders campaign. We wrote here and here about a Project Veritas investigator’s conversations with one of Sanders’ "top tier organizers” in Iowa. The Bernie Bro expressed admiration for the Soviet Gulags, said billionaires should be sentenced to breaking rocks, and suggested that anyone who opposes Sanders’ revolutionary policies would be shot.

It turns out there are more pro-violence Bernie Bros where Hodgkinson and the first organizer came from. O’Keefe has now released another video, this time of a South Carolina field organizer. It’s weird: I had no idea that there are at least two admirers of Russian Gulags in the U.S.:

[You'll have to go to the source article for the Tweet that appears here]

Re-education camps for Republicans! Bring back the guillotine! Let’s have a revolution!

How many pro-violence Bernie Bros are out there? I don’t know, but I have a feeling we are going to hear from a few more.

Coincidentally, Hillary Clinton’s attack on Sanders is in the news today, as Steve noted earlier:

It’s his online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women. And I really hope people are paying attention to that because it should be worrisome that he has permitted this culture — not only permitted, [he] seems to really be very much supporting it.

Hillary, of course, is concerned about attacks on liberal women, not Republicans, police officers or the City of Milwaukee (which will burn, one of the Sanders organizers says, if Bernie doesn’t win the nomination). Still, she raises a serious question: does the unhinged, anti-democratic, pro-violence craziness that we see among the Bernie Bros start at the top? Maybe, for once, Hillary has a point.

Good Heavens! Did you ever think you'd be agreeing with The Hag? I admit she has a point indeed.

Go here https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/01/why-are-bernie-bros-so-violent.php for the entire article in order to extract the Tweet and the video included with it.

I'd like to mention that these folks who want to send their "enemies" (read: political opponents) to prison, or the gulag, or whatever, never stop to think what would happen if the jackboot were on the other foot. That is, if the other side were in power (as it is now) and were as merciless as they want to be. I always say "Be careful what you wish for." And you might want to mention that if you are in a political discussion with someone on "the other side" and he starts to get "worked up."

Remember the eight Obama years, how uncompromising the Right was, how many liberals were slaughtered or went to prison on trumped-up (no pun intended) charges, how many homes were torched because their occupants were merely suspected of being Obama supporters, how many black people were lynched, etc.? Yeah, me neither.

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Thunberg by Proxy

This from Willis Eschenbach:

People think I'm down on Scoldilocks, but the truth is, I feel sorry for her. She's the poster girl for Climate Munchausen By Proxy, and her parents are the irresponsible parties stealing her childhood.

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Trump at Davos

Judson Phillips:

Don Surber is brilliant. You must read this and it isn't long.

Trump's Remarkable Remarks at Davos

A note from Tim:

I wish Trump would not have gone to speak there. Davos is the epitome' of the worldwide Swamp. It is the citadel of all things that oppose Make America Great Again.  Speaking to these jerks is like the Pope speaking to a convention of Satanists. It is worse than useless, for it conveys to the world that the American President is subordinate to them. It's an acceptance of the divine right to rule of the intelligentsia and world government.

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The Flaws of Star Trek

Timothy Birdnow

Star Trek - particularly the ones starting with Next Generation - are politically correct and often ridiculously so.  Warner Todd Houston made this observation on Facebook:

Has anyone noticed that in a future where everyone has supposedly gotten past race and ethnic differences, the Star Trek crew sure find a lot of planets that are strictly segregated with one ethnicity and the times they DON'T find that, the whole planet is usually in a race war?

I replied:

And the matter of money. They SAY all material problems have been solved and humans don't even use money, but there are traders in deep space hustling for "latinum" (Ferengui money) and the like. Funny how their socialism seems to fail to meet so many needs.

Nobody goes into deep space and busts their tail if they aren't going to profit from it.

Another commenter left the following remark:

They lost me when they started talking about enslaving animals for food production. That was early on in next generation.

Well, all those cattle have been waiting for a William Wallace or George Washington to organize their rebellion, I guess.

I loved Star Trek, but it sure stunk as a morality play.  Even the old Trek was dripping with liberal ideas and silly, soft-headed notions. But the newer ones were just dreadful in this regard.

I've always wished I were able to create my own series. There would be no aliens, or if there were they would be ALIEN, not people with putty on their noses. I would respect science, meaning no artificial gravity or warp drive. I would respect the dangers of space and the drive that leads people to go there - such as a need to acquire wealth (asteroid miners, say) or a sense of interplanetary manifest destiny or religion or whatnot.

Sort of like what they were trying to go for with Firefly, only I'd avoid some of the pitfalls of that show.

This solar system is quite enough to make terrific science fiction stories.

Be that as it may, I enjoy Star Trek but there are parts of it I have always had a hard time stomaching. For example, the ability of alien species to interbreed. Come on!  A human would have more luck breeding with a lizard than Spock's mother with his Vulcan father; the Lizard at least comes with the same DNA strands.

Frankly, inter species sex is an act of sodomy according to Church and Common Law and any rational society would consider it unacceptable.

That's why aliens would be aliens; multiple limbs, or two heads, or whatnot. (I'm thinking of the Pierson's Puppeteers in Niven's "Known Space" stories here.) Better yet do without, as Asimov did.

Speaking of Asimov, why hasn't anyone done HIS universe?  I LOVED all of his work, and he had no aliens and tried to largely respect the laws of science (well, when not using artificial gravity or hyperdrive). Someone really ought to do a series about Elijah Bailey.

At any rate, that is my rant for the morning.

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January 21, 2020

AOC: 'No one ever makes a billion dollars. You take a billion dollars'

Dana Mathewson

When I was a kid, we were always told "Never hit a girl." By extension, never fight with a girl. No leeway was provided for sheer stupidity of things the girl was saying, or anything like that.

But I don't remember anybody like AOC when I was a kid. I do remember some terminally stupid guys, but by and large, the girls were smarter. This bim... excuse me, female person just keeps coming up with more and more stupidity. Or, as an old college buddy would have said if he'd lived long enough to have encountered her, "She opens her mouth and all the dumb runs out."

She keeps proving she knows nothing about economics, particularly about the creation of wealth. She obviously believes there is a finite amount of money out there (unlike The Bern and Cherokee Lizzie, who believe they'll be able to fund social programs that cost trillions of dollars merely by getting the rich to pay "their fair share." But that's an argument for another day.).

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said that "no one ever makes a billion dollars. You take a billion dollars" during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day discussion with author Ta-Nehisi Coates on Monday.

"No one ever makes a billion dollars. You take a billion dollars," Ocasio-Cortez said, receiving applause."I'm not here to villainize and to say billionaires are inherently morally corrupt. ...It's to say that this system that we live in, life in capitalism always ends in billionaires."

Ocasio-Cortez said billionaires make their money "off the backs" of "undocumented people," "black and brown people being paid under a living wage" and "single mothers."

She addressed a hypothetical "widget" billionaire in her remarks.

"You didn't make those widgets, did you? Because you employed thousands of people and paid them less than a living wage to make those widgets for you," Ocasio-Cortez said."You didn't make those widgets. You sat on a couch while thousands of people were paid modern-day slave wages, and in some cases real modern-day slavery."

Who knew that the widget business was so terrible? Much worse than the automobile manufacturing business, apparently, where there are still lots of would-be workers striving to get in and get jobs. I guess to some people, modern-day slavery looks pretty good.

Am I cruel to want to see her lose her cushy House job and be forced to toil again as a bartender, obliged to hustle drinks for tips in bars where she isn't even paid a minimum wage, or wasn't back in the day?

Meanwhile, catch the rest of this article, found here: https://www.foxbusiness.com/money/aoc-billionaires-ta-nehisi-coates-interview if you have the stomach for it, that is.

I wonder if she dares talk to her boss Nancy Pelosi this way? Nan and her husband make tons of money off their Dole businesses, and I have the suspicion they don't pay their "undocumented people," "black and brown people" . . . and "single mothers" luxurious wages. No proof, but it's a hunch I have.

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Continuing problems at the VA

Timothy Birdnow

And the troubles continue at the VA.

From the article:

The inspector general's report based its conclusions on the region of VA hospitals that includes 1.6 million veterans across Florida, south Georgia, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. VA officials in that region referred more than 206,500 requests in 2018 for community care at clinics outside the VA network, with veterans facing a 56-day wait on average before receiving care, according to the report.

The problem is essentially that the VA is trying to put lipstick on a pig. When governments run things like health care they do a very poor job of it.

Our vets deserve better.

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