Bolsheviks, they Ain’t

The Democratic Socialists of America held their 2019 convention in Atlanta, Georgia between August 2nd and 4th, 2019.  Here is a 90 minute recording of a session from the second day of the convention.  Embedding of the video has been disabled by those who posted it; click the link below to watch in a separate tab/window. (The actual session starts around eight minutes in; I have set the video to start at that point.)

Democratic Socialists of America 2019 Convention Day 2, Session 1... [Read More]

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Puzzle: Numbers in the U.S. Constitution

U.S. Constitution, top of documentThe U.S. Constitution contains all kinds of numbers: cardinal and ordinal numbers, absolute dates, measures of duration, quantities of money, fractions, and areas.  There are, as best I can determine, no irrational, transcendental, complex, or transfinite numbers in the document (although the latter may eventually be required if an amendment is adopted regarding the public debt).

You can probably guess the function of many of these numbers, but there are some curious ones lurking in there whose significance may be less than obvious.  Without looking at the document or performing a Web search, can you recall (or guess) in what context(s) the following numbers are used?  For the purposes of this puzzle, I use the text of the Constitution and the 27 adopted amendments as published by the U.S. National Archives.... [Read More]

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Peter Thiel: “The Star Trek Computer Is Not Enough”

On 2019-07-14 Peter Thiel gave the keynote address at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington.  Video of this speech and of some of the others from the conference is now available.

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Madison Rising

While listening to The David Webb Show on SiriusXM yesterday morning, a clip from this version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was played, performed by a band named Madison Rising:

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The excrement meets the impeller…

Ratburger Boys and Girls, science fiction is becoming science fact!

be afraid, be very afraid……

Continue reading “The excrement meets the impeller…”

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Draining the agricultural swamp

Employees from two Department of Agriculture research agencies stood and turned their backs to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue at an all-hands meeting Thursday to silently protest a decision to relocate the agencies halfway across the country.

Perdue announced earlier Thursday morning that the Economic Research Service, which provides research and statistical analysis for lawmakers, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which allocates federal research funding, will be relocated to Kansas City from Washington, DC, the final announcement in a process that began last year.
Swamp dwellers are unhappy.   They are going to have to go to flyover country if they want to keep their jobs.   This will make it more difficult to work the system, and make it more difficult to collude with their pals in the activist community.
This is exactly the sort of remedy that I have been hoping for.
But outside observers, current employees and members of Congress have pushed back against the plan since it was first announced last year.
Kevin Hunt, acting vice president of the ERS Union, condemned the move as “cold-hearted” and that it “highlights his disregard for the rights and well-being of employees.”
The relocation plan has drawn opposition from House Democrats, who included language in their budget banning USDA from using funds allocated by Congress to relocate either agency outside the capital. A group of Democratic senators have also introduced legislation that would bar USDA from moving the research agencies.

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Book Review: The Case for Trump

“The case for Trump” by Victor Davis HansonThe election of Donald Trump as U.S. president in November 2016 was a singular event in the history of the country. Never before had anybody been elected to that office without any prior experience in either public office or the military. Trump, although running as a Republican, had no long-term affiliation with the party and had cultivated no support within its establishment, elected officials, or the traditional donors who support its candidates. He turned his back on the insider consultants and “experts” who had advised GOP candidate after candidate in their “defeat with dignity” at the hands of a ruthless Democrat party willing to burn any bridge to win. From well before he declared his candidacy he established a direct channel to a mass audience, bypassing media gatekeepers via Twitter and frequent appearances in all forms of media, who found him a reliable boost to their audience and clicks. He was willing to jettison the mumbling points of the cultured Beltway club and grab “third rail” issues of which they dared not speak such as mass immigration, predatory trade practices, futile foreign wars, and the exporting of jobs from the U.S. heartland to low-wage sweatshops overseas.

He entered a free-for-all primary campaign as one of seventeen major candidates, including present and former governors, senators, and other well-spoken and distinguished rivals and, one by one, knocked them out, despite resolute and sometimes dishonest bias by the media hosting debates, often through “verbal kill shots” which made his opponents the target of mockery and pinned sobriquets on them (“low energy Jeb”, “little Marco”, “lyin’ Ted”) they couldn’t shake. His campaign organisation, if one can dignify it with the term, was completely chaotic and his fund raising nothing like the finely-honed machines of establishment favourites like Jeb Bush, and yet his antics resulted in his getting billions of dollars worth of free media coverage even on outlets who detested and mocked him.... [Read More]

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Dearborn Al-Quds Day Rally

Iranian Shiites held a rally to celebrate Al-Quds Day.

“Many people from across the community and across the Muslim world at large have been swept away by the tide of American patriotism. They are proud of America, its freedom, its democracy, free speech, freedom of religion… At the same time, they look down upon the Islamic countries from the high horse of American exceptionalism. How these countries are backwards, corrupt, unorganized, and you have heard more… For that I would like to call the attention of those individuals – however they might hear this – that the amenities and luxuries that they are enjoying in this country are attained at the expense of the rest of the world.... [Read More]

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