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…after the sheriff’s department in Faulkner County, Arkansas, used nearly $12,000 in asset forfeiture funds to purchase a .50-caliber gun, they had the good sense to decide they shouldn’t use it. “It shoots through buildings,” Sheriff Karl Byrd told a local newspaper. “There is absolutely no legitimate law enforcement use of this rifle.”
It’s Bad In The USA, Very Bad
In fact it’s a shambles. So much is wrong — and so little is being done to correct any of it — that this newsletter is hard put to find evidence of good faith and reason. Perhaps the best way to begin, then, is to recall predictions made here two years ago. Had they come true, the situation today might be more tolerable. In any event, revisiting those slipshod prognostications might provide some insight into mistakes made.
How, then, to proceed with commentary on the current debacle? In summary form, surely.
What the electorate thinks
The hated George W. did what he could to give Iraqis a chance to form a viable state, and both he and the Iraqis failed. The next few months might see Iraq ripped into three distinct nations, one Sunni, one Shia, and one Kurdish. Do see The Tramp’s Dispatches for trenchant and informed commentary. The goal: somehow keeping Iran at arm’s length and bereft of nuclear weaponry. Probability of success: zero, absent a devastating blow to the weapon shops.
The idiot-savant was right…sort of. Biden’s notion was never an option any Iraqis (other than the Kurds) considered acceptable. All the non-Kurdish factions wanted to dominate the entire country, if not literally exterminate their rivals.
Months ago, this newsletter was convinced Joe was an alcoholic; his buffoonery made him look wet-brained. That he turned out to be right about Iraq — at least in a narrow sense — should surprise no one. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Ignore him.
Obama is another matter. He’s trying to cope with a horribly complex and dangerous situation. Whether he is capable of doing the right thing for his nation can be debated. If you believe his background, education, ideological commitments, experience, manifest wisdom, plans for the future of US society, and ethics make him the man for the task, one can only hope you are correct.
Some partisans are claiming that, as a result of a secretive lunch with Obama, Hillary was able to have the Islamofascist who plotted the attack nabbed. There was no need to search for him, it is claimed (this newsletter can neither confirm nor debunk any contentions), but now that the villain is in custody, Hillary will be under far less pressure. Her run for the presidency will be facilitated, according to this conspiracist view. Who knows the truth? Which politician or political faction can you believe? Only this much is clear: the losers are the citizens of the USA. This entire affair has been and remains a disgrace, root and branch.
Beginning with the wretched issue of how Washington allowed the Benghazi disaster to occur, the item linked here moves at once to questions about the Muslim challenge to the West, sharia, and how the media portray critics of US policy. Read the revelatory text, and then do watch the video (in which nobody says anything stupid). Highly recommended.
Vile plans and cynical lies
Schumer and Reid, two bad men who tragically are also federal senators, are at work again. Their evil goal should infuriate every decent person, but of course the biased news media do not make much of the fascistic plot.
A government bureau in the president’s service
Next there is the case of the lickspittle tax agency, the IRS, that tried to cripple “wingnut” opponents of The One, and got caught — more or less. Lerner quit, and now it is claimed that her internal messages are not available to investigators. “Lost in a computer crash”? That’s a transparent and damnable lie. And here is how the repair job is going.
Overwhelming skepticism about “lost” (as opposed to “deliberately destroyed”) e-mail has evoked a response, of course; Politico, a soft-collectivist internet news service, whines that the IRS is so incompetent and stupid that of course Lerner’s messages were lost under normal circumstances. That could be true, but if it is, the tax agency is in desperate need of reform. After all, if you claim that mistakes like the loss of those politically explosive messages happen all the time, then you are saying that tax professionals work in a system that is institutionally incapable of standard practice. Moreover, those professionals somehow carry on without howling? They accept placidly the broken status of the agency? That suggests a great deal more than was originally mentioned, does it not?
Face facts. Bitter experience indicates clearly that Holder and his boss will do virtually anything to abort exposure and punishment of Obamoid skulduggery. Will justice prevail? Hell, no.
Why Cantor lost and what it tells you about the news media
Here’s informed and clear-headed commentary.
Next you have this newsletter’s view: the congressman got too close to the hidebound, go-along-to-get-along GOP establishment, and the electorate noted all the money being spent to distort the electoral process; accordingly, the voters went to the polls in unusually large numbers (for a primary) and tossed Cantor out. One very important reason was the revelation that Holder, using his delinquent Department of Justice, intended to start meddling in state elections. Immigration, while an issue, was secondary or tertiary. In any event, the voters smelled rats, and one of them was Washington itself.
Note as well that Cantor and NSA had a significant relationship; could many voters who did know of Cantor’s position on domestic surveillance have supported his re-election?
The media, overwhelmingly attendant to “progressive” cant, report that The Tea Party targeted Cantor and put Brat into the runoff election. That claim is not true. The editors and “reporters” are trying to smear the Tea Partiers as saboteurs whose enemies include the Republican Party; the idea is to get most moderate Republicans to drive the “extremists” and “radicals” and “crazies” in the Tea Party into the wilderness. It’s deceit crafted by worried collectivists in the press, and it might be effective.
In response, the Tea Partiers could emphasize that they want to re-establish true constitutional governance, not destroy the Republican Party. Unfortunately Tea Party strategists are responding slowly to the challenge.
It’s appropriate to end this commentary with the observations of the insightful and rational Victor Hanson.
The stupidly named “war on terror”
Here’s a quick overview: the disaster that is US policy in the Muddle East.
It’s not a war, so this ignorant commentary is very wide of the mark. Obama has not settled or won anything in Afghanistan; instead, he has simply declared that the USA is through fighting. That’s what losers do.
The One will someday be recalled as the man who ignored the fact that jihadis thrive in failed states; after all, that’s why the USA went into Afghanistan in the first place, and the strategy was effective. To abandon it at this point is madness, and very dangerous; a firmly-entrenched enemy in a mockery of a nation will focus intently on murdering as many people in the USA as possible. Expect attacks; if they do not come, do not credit Obama with having prevented them, for from now on, all decisions are up to the West’s blood enemy.
The traditional military axiom is that the defense determines where the battle will be fought, while the offense determines when. By ending all offensive action, Obama has deprived the West of a choice of battlefield.
Releasing Al Qaeda “generals” — who should have been tried by a military tribunal and shot long ago — set a terrible precedent. Exchanging prisoners of war was also a blunder. Little has been said about the US military’s great fear that its warriors might be captured by jihadis, but now the threat has expanded exponentially.
Related: have a dose of heresy. It’s bitter commentary, so Obamites are advised to steer clear.
At some point, the US electorate might have to decide just how idiotic and feckless the current administration has been.
Immigration and Obamoid tinkering with the electorate: Cloward-Piven?
Obamoid thinking counts every illegal immigrant as a future “progressive” voter (whether legally registered to vote or not). The transformation of US society has always been the collectivist aim, and breaking down the standard regulation of immigration is one way to advance the Utopian cause. What is presently a tangled problem could become a genuine crisis that originates in The One’s bitter anti-colonialist fantasies — and makes them horrifyingly real. There has been virtually no notice of Obama’s mindset, which is why no one has remarked on his grim determination to destroy the West’s distinctiveness in favor of the victims of British, French, Belgian, German, Dutch, and US colonialism.
Things are going to get very messy, and that simple observation begs the question of whether that’s exactly what Obama wants. Realize, therefore, that Cloward-Piven asserts that the deliberate creation of chaos can serve as a turning point that redirects political and social aspirations. Though the Cloward-Piven strategy is chillingly cynical, it is ethically compatible with radical collectivist policy. Some “wingnuts” believe Obamacare is an instance of it: according to this scenario, Obama knew the initial attempt to insure everyone would fail, opening the way to “single-payer” (usually called “socialized medicine”).
Hillary the inevitable
The “wingnuts” delude themselves that the female is making a fool of herself (well, this is an exception). She can do virtually anything and get away with it, for there simply is no leader in the “progressive” ranks who has the fame and symbolic value of the empty pantsuit that is Hillary. As bad as she was and is — and that can be pretty obnoxious, as “Kentucky Fried Hillary” demonstrates — she will lead the attack on the “vast right-wing conspiracy” and the knuckle-draggers in Flyover Country. It will be very hard to prevent her from becoming president, in spite of her dismal performance in high office. The possibilities that she will galvanize “wingnuts” and that the solidarity of the black voters will crumble offer some hope, but at the moment, she seems to be more of a Teflon icon than Reagan ever was. O tempora o mores.
That TV interview conducted by Diane Sawyer immediately forces one to ask whether the media have adopted a new approach, and if so, whether Hillary is the first victim of it. It’s astounding! Even more surprising was an article that somehow appeared in, of all print organs, the Washington Post. It’s downright contrary to the paper’s actual standards and practices.
Ah, here’s the explanation! The Post‘s commentary was not published in the paper; it appeared in a weblog maintained by a staffer. That gently places the heresy several steps away from many readers, and pins it onto a single individual who becomes a poster boy for “diversity” or maybe even “freedom of expression”.
Still, the weblogger’s sentiments are alien to his environment.
And why did ABC let Sawyer press Hillary so tenaciously? That was a stunning innovation.
The suspicion immediately arises that everyone at ABC knows this revealing TV interview will be long forgotten when the network gets around to reporting on the presidential campaign. Yet the media’s defenders will be able to cite it as evidence of impartiality. What’s that called? Preparing the battlefield? Crafting an alibi in advance? Rigging the evidence?
Then again, perhaps Sawyer’s grilling was intended as a tutorial, or dress rehearsal preparing Hillary for prime time.
Yes, this newsletter is guilty of some stubbornly profound cynicism regarding what appears to be ethical journalism. The history has been too long and too laden with instances of bias; it cannot be banished by a single instance of even-handedness.
Well. As noted above, Hillary seems to have complained to Obama, who might just have ordered that jihadi picked up in order to distract attention from her. That scenario is supported by the “I don’t believe in coincidences” response; after all, the arrest did come at a very convenient time.
Here’s a “wingnut” view of Hillary and the media.
Cops or soldiers? Obama’s “security” force
Do your local cops need one of these?
Dispatches From A Tramp Abroad
So the government organized the stealthy movement of illegal aliens? A question comes to my mind regarding all these “behind-the-scenes” activities that are attributed to BHO. Does he really have the time to dream up all of this? Or does he have such a large staff of apostles who take his basic ideas and transform them into concrete actions? In this specific case, to pull off such a stunt, the military and a lot of civilian government employees would have to be accomplices to these actions. Are all of them sworn to secrecy or do they just do as they are told? Could all of this be just so much hogwash?
The sky is not falling: I don’t understand why private, piston-driven aircraft cannot operate on lead-free fuel. It seems to me that the pilots’ arguments are similar to those we heard in the 1970s when lead-free gasoline was introduced to the automobile market. These hobby pilots believe they have a right to pollute the skies with their planes, but they accept that they may not do it with their cars. IIRC, for old-timey cars, there are (non-lead-based) additives for the newer fuels so that the old infernal combustion engines are not harmed. Surely the hobby pilots could use similar additives.
In light of the recent ISIS take over of large parts of Iraq, I have seen an upswing in the number of comments in social media warning Americans to get ready for war with radical jihadist Moslem warriors in America. There are supposedly several dozen Muslim enclaves scattered throughout the USA (here’s one), where they are training for war and planning attacks against non-Moslems. — Just how real and threatening are these groups in the USA? Are the FBI, CIA, NSA actually keeping tabs on them? Neither the US State Department nor the EU have designated this Jamaat-ul-Fuqra group a terrorist organization. Could it be because they spend most of their time, money and effort attacking rival groups? Perhaps the logic is that, as long as they don’t attack non-Muslims, just let them engage in a war of attrition?
This is for you connoisseurs of rare automobiles.
Turkey — a very important nation about which most folks in the US know very little
The Joint Candidate for the Turkish Presidency, Eklemeddin İhsanoğlu, is a good choice. “… he is a scholar, diplomat and gentleman of the finest degree. He is fluent in English, Arabic and French, and is always a mild, balanced, level-headed speaker. If Erdoğan can be seen as the synthesis of the Muslim identity with confrontationalism, then İhsanoğlu would be the synthesis of the same identity with erudition and moderation.” – Mustafa Akyol
Be careful with your jihads: the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs has called on Sunnis and Shiites to “mend their differences.” More, and yet more. Unfortunately, these words of peace are certain to fall on deaf ears.
RTE’s revenge: the prime minister is going to do everything in his power to rid the Turkish Army of any generals/admirals whom he has not personally appointed, even if it means sending 90-year-old retired generals to prison.
Prostitution in the Ottoman Empire – Istanbul. It’s interesting that the Ottomans were relatively tolerant in those days.
The beginning of the end is here and the end is coming soon. So much for the lenient Turkish state….
Self-critical and introspective Muslim voices coming from within Turkey, even from the President, Abdullah Gül.
Comment from NTG staffer to The Tramp:
I have not….looked at the latest Dispatch that deals with Turkish Muslim views. I read an article in the WSJ about Kurds in Iraq and the role of Turkey in what appears to be the partition of Iraq. The Sunni fanatics scared away the Iraqi army by hollering “BOO!” and then the Kurds drove the Sunnis away by killing some of them. The Kurds in Iraq are thinking of their own nation in the NW of Iraq. Nothing new about that. Everyone seems to have agreed long ago that this was the only part of Iraq that ever made any sense. While driving the Sunnis off, the Kurds in Iraq have been saying that the fuss with Turkey is something that can be worked out, and they do not want to make life hard for the Turks. Prospects for a cooling-off between Turks and Kurds?
The Tramp responds:
Yes, the Kurds in Iraq, once they create their own state in what is now NW Iraq a.k.a. KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government), will really no longer have any reason to fight with the Turks. BTW, did you know that “Apo” (Abdullah Öcalan), who led/founded the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), is an ethnic Turk who is not even of Kurdish origin? (Editor’s note: For a useful biography of this important man, use a good search engine — Google’s is fine — and enter the search terms wiki english bio abdullah ocalan. The first item on the list that comes up will be what you want.) I don’t think the Kurds in northern Iraq ever really had an issue with the Turks. It was Öcalan who fomented the animosity based on the repressive actions of the Turks against the Kurds who were in Turkey at that time. The PKK rebels were from Turkey, but would hide out in the mountains and valleys of northern Iraq, run into Turkey to launch attacks and then escape back into Iraq and Syria. Now things are much more relaxed. Kurds in Turkey can openly speak Kurdish, play Kurdish music, publish in Kurdish, open Kurdish language schools; hell, there is now even a Turkish state-run TV station that broadcasts 100% in Kurdish, 24 hours per day. (Source.) Yes, Iraq is going to hell in a hand basket and rapidly.
CEOs of Top 50 Turkish companies Just click on the red > next to the numbers to progress through the pictures (some pics are missing). IMHO, females are over-represented in Turkish corporations with multi-million and multi-billion turnover. And there are too damn many good looking women as well. You will notice that women are heading many banks, pharmaceutical companies, IT and computer companies, textile companies, but even energy and telecommunication companies too. About the only sector I don’t see them in is automotive – unless I missed someone. Genel Müdürü = General Manager / CEO of ….. Ciro = turnover Milyon = million (currently $1.00 = 2.12 ₺).
RTE’s counter candidate for the Turkish Presidency is a man of letters with an impeccable background.
For the first time in the history of the Turkish Republic, on 10 August 2014 the President will be elected by popular vote. The only two real candidates will be Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Mr. Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu. Given the average IQ of the collective Turkish electorate, RTE will probably win hands down — but if common sense prevails perhaps this prediction will not prove accurate. Information here and then here.
Here’s a novel way to help clean up the oceans (more here). It has not yet been built, but it is a worthy idea. One must wonder: unless the power that it generates is only to operate the on-board machinery, how is energy transported to other users?
More on the Benghazi cover-up. It’s strange, though, that the attackers used State Department cell phones to communicate. One would think that they would have plenty of their own “throw-away” units. I predict that before the upcoming election, the spin doctoring will totally unravel. Without a doubt, this will kill off any chance Hillary might have to win, if not even to run.
One down but a million (well, maybe only a few thousand) to go! Who’s next?
These creatures are an absolute waste of space on this earth and of the air we breathe. If they are ever caught, they must be subjected to the most hideous death imaginable.
Origins of the Sunni – Shia split.
Doing the right thing: ethics and other cautions
It’s inspiring that there are still kids and their parents who “get it“, in spite of being unable to live in the best of circumstances.
Not encouraging immigrants and, moreover, citizens of the USA to read, write and speak enough English to function in our society is going to result in extra costs that perhaps we are not willing or able to pay. I wonder how the Founding Fathers saw it? Besides immigrants from the UK, there were Germans and French, then Italians, Poles, Danes, Chinese and many others. How were court cases handled in the 18th and 19th centuries? Were court interpreters employed? Or did this come only after the Civil Rights Act? This reminds me (perhaps I already told you this): Maybe twenty years ago when I first noticed that the State of California allowed residents to take written driving license tests in Spanish and other languages, I asked them if my foreign-born wife could take it in her native western European language. Of course they replied “No.” IIRC, they said that Europeans can speak English well enough so it is not considered necessary to provide materials in their language(s). Harummmmph….
This is for those who are preparing for the Apocalypse or maybe just WW III.
3D printing and politics. No wonder the US government is buying up all the ammunition. They figure that if they buy it all and store it, it cannot get into the hands of people who are printing their own weapons. But what happens when people start “printing” ammunition? The world is going to be a very different place in another ten years.
Arrest-proof yourself! Interesting and probably worthwhile to spend 20 minutes listening. The first two minutes are a bit nutty, but rewind it if you wish to listen to the whole thing. I don’t particularly like the style of reporting and interviewing, but the interviewee gives some good tips.
Ooooops, we lost the e-mails! Actually, most competent IT departments make daily backups of mail servers, just for cases such as this.
German language practice I
Nina Sedano aus Frankfurt ist die Ländersammlerin!
“Wie ich in der Ferne mein Zuhause fand.” Die meistgereiste Frau Deutschlands berichtet.
Mit 13 Jahren wurde Nina Sedano bei einem Sprachaufenthalt in England vom Reisefieber gepackt. Vor zehn Jahren kündigte die Frankfurterin ihre Anstellung bei einem Kreditkarteninstitut und widmete dem Reisen von da an einen Großteil ihrer Zeit. In den letzten 23 Jahren hat “die Ländersammlerin” 193 Staaten bereist. Ihr Buch: 2014, 1. Aufl., 307 Seiten, Maße: 13 x 19 cm, Kartoniert (TB), Deutsch.
Das Unwetter in NRW: North Rhine Westphalia was pounded by a storm with gale-force winds on Pentecost Monday, 9 June 2014.
German Language Practice II
A Note On The Crisis In Thailand
You are not permitted to know how this was obtained, and no, the text below is not what was received here (you will be reading a heavily edited version). This newsletter considers its source credible.
Question: was Thailand close to civil war before the army staged its coup?
Oh, yes — much closer than perhaps either side knew. The army has confiscated large caches of arms from both Thaksin supporters and the Yellow Shirts.
Q: The former PM, Thaksin’s sister, promoted a scheme to pay the farmers artificially high prices for their rice and sell the rice on the international market. Instead of succeeding, she priced Thai rice out of the market, and Thailand was ignored by rice buyers. How is that working out?
All I can tell you at the moment is that Yingluck (Thaksin’s sister) did not pay the farmers for their rice, but received it from them and warehoused it. The army has paid the farmers for the rice, and that was a great relief in the North and Northeast of Thailand. If you have rice stored in a warehouse, you will find access denied. Meanwhile the stockpiles of rice are being inspected, graded for quality, and so on.
Q: What else is the army doing?
If you have lots of money in the bank and you can’t explain how you got it, you are in the army’s crosshairs. Loan sharks are in trouble — those parasites have been bleeding the poor for centuries, and they are running and hiding now. In general, if it’s dubious and involves money, especially a lot of money, the army is trying to find out about it.
Q: What about public works? The popular wisdom used to be that at least twenty percent of each project was a bribe.
Some huge projects have been canceled. Others will continue — the railroad and the public highways are still being worked on.
Q: Is there any information about the role of the king and the royal family?
Only rumor, I’m afraid. I have nothing for you about the king, but some people are saying that the crown prince is in England, and that he has been told he’s not to return to Thailand now. I have heard no mention of whether the army has told him how long he will have to wait before returning to Thailand, or whether he has been told not to leave England (or wherever he is). We also hear claims that the army has said that in the event the king is unable to continue in his role, a regent will be named. If that’s what the army has mandated, well, that’s a precedent-shattering statement. It would be amazing.
Q: Will all this come as good news to many Thais?
Yes, I suspect so. A great many folks on both sides will be breathing a sigh of relief that a civil war was prevented. My personal feeling is the army is doing things that badly needed doing. So far, so good.
The Anthropogenic Global Warming Follies
That embarrassing commencement speech
Obama, speaking at a branch of the University of California in June of 2014: “The eighteen warmest years on record have all happened since you graduates were born”. Video. The man is either misinformed by a liar, or is himself a liar.
Graphs are helpful, aren’t they? They allow you to see changes, and evaluate their nature. To complete the perspective that debunks Obama’s fraudulent claim, refer back to Numbers 340 and 274 of this newsletter; each includes a dandy graph that indicates clearly that The One misled his audience. Those graphs tell the full story.
The facts are central, of course, but without this commentary on Obama’s speech to the graduates, you might misinterpret his remarks as rational and significant. In fact, the president’s words were intended to entertain, not inform, and he crafted them into a childish taunt. The result was blatant disrespect for his audience, but Obama’s sensibility to such gaffes is blunted by his hubris.
If you are interested in the science and pseudoscience involved in “climate change” or “global warming”, you will want to read a very enlightening paper by a Delaware climatologist who knows whereof he speaks. Do realize before you begin that the document is lengthy and disturbing; it provides blow-by-blow details of the struggle to maintain the ethics of science.
The fuss over claims such as “recent temperatures are the warmest ever” can be complex, and if anything is to be learned from a careful study of the arguments back and forth, it is that the fundamental facts are diverse and numerous enough to lend various degrees of credibility to any number of possible generalizations. Read all of this, including the comments.
Ooops! It’s been discovered that a major shortcoming of those amazing technicolor climate models (that warmers love to rely on to support their dire warnings and authoritarian demands) has, er, produced bad results. It has to do with clouds. And it really, really matters. Details. Notice, by the way, who is reporting this glitch.
Then there is the coming ice age. Obama smirked about the fact that some unnamed moron claimed a cooling of the earth is under way. The One’s sarcasm might dissuade some from looking into the matter, but if Obama has his way, mankind will be unprepared for a grim instance of true climate change. Begin by looking at the overlap of the Maunder Minimum with the Little Ice Age (from which the world rather recently emerged). It’s not an insignificant coincidence; it is a causal relationship. (The dates for the Little Ice Age are roughly 1375 to 1900, with its greatest intensity from 1550 to 1799 — see Montford, The Hockey Stick Illusion, page 23; this newsletter reviewed the book here.) Recent observed reductions in solar activity are highly suggestive — because that solar activity is cyclical. There’s a very relevant recent contribution to the science to be found here.
Parenthetically, here’s hard science that indicates some global cooling has resulted from human activity.
Galactic cosmic rays have an impact on weather, as the linked video notes. That’s an un-fact, according to the Gore-Hansen Cult.
This brief video deals with the antarctic ice; if you are hungry for more details, look at this transcription of a recent lecture. It demonstrates, among many other things, that warmers have an insanely narrow view of climate and trends in weather. Conclude with this file.
Yes, most of these linked papers are hard for the layman to understand, but that’s what you get when you rely on and refer to science, rather than peddle ideological slogans.
Would you rather this newsletter wax sarcastic and simple-minded, ignoring the perspectives and the full truth? Would that be ethical?
Anthropogenic global warming is a matter of ethics.
You know it’s true: if you are hammered with slogans rather than challenged by current science and solid facts, you are being treated with contempt. AGW cultists abuse both science and you. Reflect, for example, on people like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye; they have no excuses for promoting obsolete, incomplete, and just plain bad science — because they could, presumably, keep up with developments.
Political activity in the USA
Botkin tells Congress the truth about the myth. Obama missed that testimony.
Dictatorship works best. Here’s the plan, and isn’t the USA lucky to have a president who is the ideal dictator?
Doubts in Australia: as far as this newsletter knows, this is the first national society of scientists to fail to endorse the hoax. Yes, that’s big news, and it could be a signal that the claimed consensus cannot hold. In all probability no one is happier about that than Jo Nova — she’s down under, so should be proud of the fact that the “deniers” there have managed to present an effective defense against the ideological fables of the warmers.
The Gospel According To Saint Al The Huckster
Here’s the latest from Cult Central: “Aha! At long last, you deniers are outgunned! There is proof that the antarctic ice is melting due to anthropogenic global warming, and, like, the water level is rising, and we are all gonna be in lotsa trouble. Check it out here!” — Yes, by all means, do click on the hyperlink and read the report.
No confidence in Holder: there is no way to tell how ethically this new “anti-terror” group will be used. Would you be surprised if it began operations against a club composed of folks who shoot holes in paper targets, a Tea Party affiliate, or some Civil War re-enactors?
Hoover, FDR, and the Great Depression: it’s likely you don’t know the real story, so watch this brief video.
Pity the poor devil who is on this guy’s list!
Some statistics that seem to support firearms control/confiscation turn out to be wrong. It probably wasn’t totally deliberate — one scoundrel cooks up some fake data which are then used by gullible gun-grabbers.
Race: a new book brings the interested reader up to date on genetics and culture. This book has to be added to NTG’s library.
Health: can you tune up your immune system in three days? Maybe. There will probably be more information on this in a couple of years. It’s a cheap fix — free, in fact — so you might want to give it a try. By the way, don’t forget the vitamin D, without which your T-cells can’t do anything!
Anonymous presents an informative video that you should see — even if you are not in the USA. Unfortunately it’s rather long, and the background music is irritating (well, you might find the silly noise to be an enhancement). Do consider watching the entire video, for it’s highly recommended by this newsletter.
Thailand superbly explained (the link might not work for readers in Thailand). The long-term problem, simply stated as a question: what government, however democratically elected, can function properly in a political/economic environment that includes pervasive, endemic, culturally-endorsed corruption? (Recalled from an extended stay there: the words of a Thai citizen who insisted, “Everbody steals. Everybody! I don’t care. Everybody steals, and I DON’T CARE!!”. That was not anger speaking. It was a determination not to be upset by reality.)
NSA versus the electorate: spooks destroy evidence. Sure. People who are experts at eavesdropping and reading other people’s mail will also be good at disposing of incriminating documents. Moreover, those people are twice as effective when they have the help of rascals who pose as champions of justice.
Is Snowden being totally truthful when he explains why he stole those records and left the country? It appears not.
This is brief, factual, and will provoke apoplexy in collectivists.
It could be that the careful publication of material Snowden stole from NSA is no longer under tight control. Accordingly, one might expect forthright responses from more than one government.
Here’s an article for those interested in the history of English. It focuses on gender and pronouns and possessive adjectives. It explains a lot, though it omits the words mine, yours, hers, ours, and theirs, and ignores the massive Norwegian contribution to modern English. Then too, the author of this article defends they as a singular, as in, “Whenever I meet a man on the road, they are always polite and helpful”. That usage is properly disputed, surely. By the way: it’s not true that “the word for girl in German is neuter”. It is true that two common words for girl in German are neuter, while a less common word is feminine, taking that gender from the person referred to, just as the words for mother and sister do. The neuter words for girl get their gender from diminutive suffixes that must, according to the altogether arbitrary rules of the language, make the new word neuter. No, it’s not logical, but it is consistent.
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