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Illegal Immigration Hits Home Almost

 

MrsCheese (Miss Daisy) asked if I would drive her to the drugstore. Since I had cleared my calendar years earlier I agreed. We made our way the eight or so miles to a bridge that crosses 26 and we noticed that the road was backed up for miles going west. After crossing the bridge there was traffic everywhere trying to detour the backup. We were going to make a left turn several hundred yards ahead into a turning lane; on our right was a feeder road with a stop sign. As we approached, a bobtail tractor ignored the stop sign and bullied its way into the intersection just as I got into the turning lane, forcing me to slam on my brakes as it went in front of me illegally.

I looked in my mirror to make sure I wasn’t about to be rear-ended. There was a white truck van in the lane to the right. I stopped because traffic was coming towards me. As the tractor without a trailer pulled through the intersection, it was followed by a dark family van. It was t-boned by the white van, which had the right of way. We were just far enough away that the flying parts missed us, as did the van’s.

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To the Moon! 50th Anniversary Year Starts

 

This is the 50th anniversary of Americans reaching the Moon, fulfilling President Kennedy’s challenge, to reach the Moon and safely return, before the end of the 1960s. The first man set foot on the Moon, 20 July 1969. This week marks the beginning of the methodical series of Apollo missions that led up to Apollo 11.

On 11 October 1968, Apollo 7 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, carrying a full crew, to simulate the crew going to the moon. The lunar module was not yet ready for live testing, so that component was not included. The three-man crew was Walter M. Schirra, Jr., commander, Donn F. Eisele, command module pilot, and Walter Cunningham, lunar module pilot.

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Benefits of Socialism That Are Often Overlooked

 

Socialism’s main benefit is supplying a huge number of jobs. Quite often, these jobs are done by people formerly considered unemployable.

Remember how in East Germany, before that nation crumbled away, 25 percent of all East Germans worked for the Stasi? This type of job allowed those East Germans to spend their time reporting on their neighbors and others. They could often work from home. And all the job required was the ability to patiently listen in to the neighbor’s conversation. Such were the wonders of East Germany’s electronic surveillance equipment. Later rather than sooner, the neighbor might tell a joke or two mocking some government official and then it was curtains for that neighbor.

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Hillary’s Two-Faced Lament

 

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The Khashoggi Case Demands Context

 

I found this interesting:

In high school, Jamal Khashoggi had a good friend. His name was Osama bin Laden.

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Jewish Zeal

 

It has been widely acknowledged that the three people who had the most profound cultural and political influence over the last hundred years were Jews: Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and Albert Einstein.

The zeal of Marx was centered around his theory that the ultimate motivation of human beings was economics (money!). The zeal of Freud derived from his theory that the all-encompassing driving force behind human behavior was the desire for pleasure. These self-centered theories were disproved by Victor Frankl, a Jewish psychologist who survived imprisonment in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. In “Man’s Search for Meaning,” Frankl reported that those who survived the camps were typically the ones who would share their last crust of bread with another starving prisoner. Frankl said it was a search for meaning, not pleasure or materialistic concerns, that was the ultimate motivator of human behavior. (Check out this amazing video from 1972.)

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TV History Thursday: Getting In on the Ground Floor Cheaply, 70 Years Ago

 

It’s 1948. After the war, it seemed like everyone was impatient for television to reach them, but incredible as it seems now, radio station owners had a hard time deciding whether or not going into television was worth the financial risk. There were two competing, less expensive prewar experiments ready to be big time postwar realities: FM and facsimile. FM got shafted almost immediately, when the FM frequency bands were abruptly shifted upwards, making every existing prewar FM radio in the country useless. It would take until the mid-to-late Sixties before the superior quality of FM gave it most of the music audience, by then a rock audience. AM went from being “radio,” period, to something you listened to in your car.

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The Old Man with the Cane

 

The swirl of media around the meeting of Kanye West and President Trump spent most of its energy on personality images of the those two men and not the real issues represented concerning minorities and their actual benefit in a growing economy operating more and more on our intended liberty and less and less on the centralized power of the state. That was to be expected from a media committed to the defense of an expanding “progressive” state.

Those issues involving all American citizens, not just those considered minorities, should be the final focus of that meeting. But it was impossible for me not to look more toward the third man in the meeting. To some, he has always been a hard one to assign to any single box. In many ways, his presence there was what added the most credibility to the meeting.

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End Affirmative Action Now

 

It is tearing our country apart. Affirmative Action causes whatever it is that binds US citizens together to break down. For whatever reason I no longer feel any bind to places such as Portland and San Francisco. Key West was heading in that direction last time I visited but was a blast and I want to keep it (for now).

I worked for a black dentist whose father had been a dentist and one of my jobs was to bid on “minority medical supply contracts” for one of his companies.

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Finding Identity in My DNA

 

This just in: I am 0.00% Cherokee! According to Ancestry.com DNA I am 96% Irish and Scottish, 4% English, Welsh and NW European.

My Irish last name originates from a Norman guy who fought in the battle of Hastings in 1066 and was awarded lands somewhere in Devonshire, England. Three or four generations later, one of his descendants (probably a second or third son with no shot at inheriting the family estate) joined the Norman invasion of Ireland around 1170 and secured land for himself somewhere in County Tipperary after which my Norman invader ancestor went native.

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Stacking the Deck: How Ballot Access Laws Are Written to Disadvantage Minor Parties

 

If the 2016 election was good for anything, it reminded us that controlled markets produce garbage products. In 2016, we saw the two most disliked presidential candidates in American history go head to head. That might explain why nearly nine million people voted for third-party candidates and another 5 million (or more) stayed home.

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Sam Harris Didn’t Understand Ford/Kavanaugh Either

 

Sam Harris has been a high priest of leftist culture for a while now. But I think he’s solidified his position with his recent “analysis” of the Ford/Kavanaugh debacle. He essentially he broke it down like this:

1. Kavanaugh lied about stuff under oath. Harris’ evidence for this was that he knows what “boof” meant in the ’80s. Unfortunately “boof” has at least four meanings and one of them is the one Kavanaugh used. In other words, Harris’ claim is unconvincing.

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Elizabeth Warren Highlights the Danger of Racial Identity

 

She was mocked as “Fauxcahontas” long before President Trump began referring to her as “Pocahontas,” and frankly, Sen. Elizabeth Warren invited the ridicule. She is a poster child for the pitfalls of basing identity on race and reminds us of the many furies such self-definition unleashes.

What people choose to call themselves shouldn’t matter to outsiders. If I want to call myself a post-Jerseyite dog lover, no one will care, unless there is affirmative action for former Jersey residents who can’t skip dog videos on Twitter.

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ACF Critic Series #8: Teachout, In a Lonely Place

 

Back to noir: Terry Teachout and I talk about In A Lonely Place, Bogart’s most amazing performance, Nicholas Ray’s most elegant film, and a rare romance between adults who know their minds and speak them–the lovely Gloria Grahame is at her best playing opposite Bogie. The film feels as modern as it gets because of that, but also because it’s tragic–it suggests your choices aren’t the most important things in your life and, if the movie grabs you, it’s because you know that to be partly true.

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Khashoggi and the Saudi Flag

 

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Zealots of Masada

 

In 66 AD, a group of 960 Jewish Zealots decided they would prefer to commit suicide rather than yield to Roman conquest at Masada:

Masada (‘Metsada’ in Hebrew) is the name of the mountain on which the Masada fortress was built. It is more like a plateau or a table mountain, and quite isolated from its surroundings, as there is only one narrow, winding pathway leading up, fittingly called “the Snake.” According to Josephus Flavius, an ancient historian and the only one to record what happened on Masada, Masada was first built by the Hasmoneans, a Jewish dynasty who ruled Judaea in the years between 140-37 BC. Then, between 37-31 BC, King Herod the Great built two palaces there and further fortified the place as a refuge for himself in case of a revolt. However, it proved to be a refuge for Jewish rebels about 90 years later.

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Retired Marine Sergeant Major John Canley: Our Latest Medal of Honor Recipient

 

Wednesday afternoon, retired Sergeant Major John Canley became the 300th Marine to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. President Trump presented the award to the 80-year-old Marine, who is still straight of back and clear-voiced, standing tall in his sharp dress uniform. Sergeant Major Canley was belatedly recognized for one especially noteworthy episode in a long career.

Canley, who spent 28 years in the service, left El Dorado, Arkansas, at the age of 15 to join the Marines. [He used his brother’s documents to enlist two years below the youngest recruiting age!]

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On Castles and Storms

 

This morning I had a conversation with a 15-year-old boy and heroin user who told me that inpatient treatment really wasn’t necessary, or, that he didn’t really want to do it, at any rate. Heroin and various opiate derivatives; old football injury, of course. “Old” being a somewhat relative term when you’re a decade out from the quarter-century mark. It wasn’t really an explanation, it was more of an example, an example of the sort of mindset that can only be trained.

Well, Bud, I said, Here’s the thing about that…

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Searching … for Truth

 

It is not an original thought to view man’s time on earth as a constant journey in search of something; meaning, understanding, justice … truth. I suspect that this was the case well even before man had the means to write about it. I suspect that we all spend some part of our lives internally wandering in search of our definition of those things, often in the mental darkness. I am not sure if there was ever the truly honest (mortal) man that Diogenes wandered the world searching for. But I do believe there is truth. And I believe that there is a path to it. I also believe that we might not ever completely know it in this world but that the honest search of it is vital to the human race.

There are a number of observations that can be drawn from the circus that was the Kavanaugh hearings. Only one of them is that so many people are not interested in even taking the most basic steps necessary to have the most fundamental information needed to decide guilt or innocence, the truth of a matter.

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