I'm not in favor of this being law, but I also recognize that if a cell phone ban doesn't have the force of law, passengers will be dialing up even if the airlines themselves have a ban. Notice how many airplane passengers turn on their phones as soon as the wheels hit the tarmac, ignoring the instructions that cell phones are to remain off until the plane is at the gate. Unless flight attendants are built like bouncers, there will be no way to stop that class of person who will see an airline ban as an optional request, and anyone who has ridden a crowded city bus knows it just takes one person having a loud cell phone conversation to drive dozens of nearby passengers mad.
The worst offenders would probably business travelers - I know executives I work with who go nuts not being able to talk on the phone while in the air - so I would support banning cell phone use in coach only. Business travelers would have more reason to buy the expensive seats, and this influx of income could help reduce the cost of flying for the people stuck in cell phone-free coach.
You want a pro-life message? Watch the first two seasons of FX's American Horror Story. The first two seasons basically centered on anti-abortion themes.
In the first season, the reason why the "Murder House" becomes haunted to begin with is because [SPOILER ALERT] the doctor who built it paid for their lavish lifestyles by performing illegal abortions in the basement. The abortions led the disgruntled father of one of the aborted babies to kidnap and murder the family's infant child, and that sets in ghost. But the reason for all of the original family's bad fortune and for the house's being cursed is because of the "things they did" to those babies - i.e., the abortions.
In season two, American Horror Story: Asylum, [SPOILER ALERT], a woman aborts the baby of her rapist herself, to which this serial killer necrophiliac who makes furniture and housewares from his victims replies that she is a far worse murderer than he ever was (!). When her coat hanger abortion fails, she goes for a secret aboriton (this is the 1960s), but cannot bring herself to follow through. "No more death," she says. "No more death."
Let's say we do buy into the whole "the government invented that" line about the internet and GPS and space shuttles and so forth. Here's the way I see it:
Almost all of the ballyhooed "government" inventions were made during the Cold War, and their purpose was always either to get around the Soviets or to show up the Soviets - in other words, to compete with the Soviets. The U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. competed as if they were businesses, with geopolitics being the market, and each new "government" invention would give the competitor an edge in the market. The end of the Cold War basically meant one competitor went out of business - America was Macy's, the Soviet Union was Gimbel's - and the pipeline of wonderful, glorious "government" inventions suddenly dried up. After all, why keep innovating when there is no more competition? The U.S. basically established a geopolitical monopoly, so it saw no need to create more internets or GPSes.
So even if these inventions are credited to the government, they still prove that the competitive market really is best.
Sheilah Johnson is quoted as saying "We do not need a slave owner, and I am not a slave." And yet I'll wager she has voted in every election for the last half-century for the political party that promises increased taxation, increased regulation, and increased control over every aspect of every citizen's life.
Ms. Johnson, if you voted for Barack Obama, you have asked for a slave owner. If you voted for Barack Obama, you have stated that are indeed a slave.
Republicans are always labeled as the party that's interfering in what goes on in the privacy of people's bedrooms. But now that the Democrats how got the government into the business of providing everyone's health care, the government will know if someone gets an STD, if someone gets an abortion, if someone is on the pill, if someone has a low sperm count, if it burns when someone pees. The government has the right ask how many partners someone has had, if those partners are of the same sex, when someone lost their virginity. And remember - it's not just limited to the turn-your-head-and-cough type of doctors; the government's going to know all the things you tell the shrink, too.
So when the government is paying for all the STDs and abortions and pelvic exams and hours on the couch, the government suddenly might just feel like it has a say in what someone does in what used to be the privacy of people's bedrooms.
Nick Stuart: He will buy an estate in Hawaii where he will have 24x7 security paid for by the taxpayers, as will be his pension and diamond-encrusted solid gold healthcare and other retirement benefits.
From thence he shall come to play golf and disrupt traffic generally.
Every so often he'll go on a speaking tour to pull the money lever.
But basically he's too lazy to do much of anything else. · November 9, 2013 at 1:59pm
There will be no Habitat for Humanity, no Bush Center, no Clinton Development Initiative. There might be an Obama branded line of housewares at Target or something, but that's as close at it will get. He won't bother with the UN; to start with, world leaders all despise Obama. No, he'll try scoring an invitation to the Golden Globes or courtside seats to the Lakers. He'll get a house in L.A. near the movie stars he sees as his true equals. Eventually even they'll get sick of the Obamas, and they'll fade into obscurity in Hawaii, occasionally popping up on MSNBC to grouse about Republicans for a few minutes of attention.
The San Antonio Missions and the other current nominees on UNESCO's tentative list were all nominated by the Department of Interior on the same day - January 30, 2008. As much as I love to single out Democrats and their toadying ways regarding the U.N., this appears to be the work of the Bush administration.
Again, I'm not too upset about this. UNESCO World Heritage status has actually saved a lot of the world's historical treasures from being irreparably damaged, and it's just about the one good thing the U.N. has given the world. In fact, I wish the much more critically endangered California Missions would get such a nomination.
Umm, I don't think this is the big deal it's being made out to be. UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States include:
The blue flag of the UN hasn't been raised over Independence Hall or Lady Liberty, so I don't think there's much worry that the Alamo will become the host for any Durban I-style UN conferences.
Besides, all five missions would be part of UNESCO inclusion, not just the Alamo.
Here's a very enlightening anecdote from Peter Bart's 1998 book The Gross: The Hits, the Flops, the Summer That Ate Hollywood. Bart is having dinner with Warren Beatty, who had just made Bulworth, and Beatty has taken umbrage with a column of Bart's in Variety that argued inflated star salaries were dooming Hollywood. Beatty claimed Bart was wrong and that stars were completely worth their $20 million fees:
"Aren't you uncomfortable taking this position?" [Bart] queried. "After all, one of the major points you make in Bulworth revolves around the unfair apportionment of income in this country. A tiny minority makes the big bucks, and the rest of the nation isn't doing any better than they did one or two generations ago - that's your thesis, right?"Beatty did not even blink. "Stars are different," he intoned. "We're talking about movie stars." And having made this important distinction, he picked up the menu and started ordering. (The Gross, p. 191)
"Aren't you uncomfortable taking this position?" [Bart] queried. "After all, one of the major points you make in Bulworth revolves around the unfair apportionment of income in this country. A tiny minority makes the big bucks, and the rest of the nation isn't doing any better than they did one or two generations ago - that's your thesis, right?"
Beatty did not even blink. "Stars are different," he intoned. "We're talking about movie stars." And having made this important distinction, he picked up the menu and started ordering. (The Gross, p. 191)
So that's why it's okay for stars to live luxurious, rarefied lifestyles while preaching forced wealth redistribution for everyone else: They would be exempt. Because stars are different.
SSM is Ricochet's Godwin's Law · 13 minutes ago
Ha! Sorry if it seemed to turn things around to something else. It was about actors and their simplistic thinking. This has happened with this guy and others so many, many times: They say something very simple(-minded) like "I just think that in a country this wealthy, everyone should have free health care," and then I rattle off my "Well, here are the three dozen things you're not thinking about" list. The look on their faces is very similar to a fritzed-out Fembot in an Austin Powers movie. Since they can't and/or won't deal with all those awful, unpleasant facts, they go back to thinking (and voting for) what makes them feel good.
With the big celebrities like Brand et al, they made it into the Promised Land with relative ease, so they don't have the life experience to understand how everyone else can't stumble into a life of perpetual comfort. (I've witnessed firsthand how Brand is professionally coddled when the smart business move would send him packing.) They just have no idea how the real world works.
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He cannot give details of how it would come about...
They never can. They are motivated by emotion. These are not intelligent people. Reason, rationality, logic. These are all alien to them. · 5 hours ago
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I have friends who are actors, and many of them are morons.
One tried earlier this year to convince me to be pro-gay marriage. His watertight argument? "Marriage is about love...," he began. "Marriage has nothing to do with love. You're an idiot," I blurted out, launching into a lecture on the notion of a love-based marriage as a bourgeois concept not even two centuries old. After reminding him the Left wants to destroy the bourgeoisie, I noted that across history and civilizations, marriage has been about preserving social order, passing wealth, and continuing humanity through reproduction - something gay couples cannot do - and not love. "If anything, love has been, and continues to be in most of the world, a fortunate by-product of marriage." He was thunderstruck. He felt marriage was just invented for when two people love, but never thought about what the institution really means.
This is 99.9% of actors in Hollywood.
Tran has said his operation is located where it is (in Southern California) to be as close to the pepper crop as possible, ensuring he will have the freshest peppers available to process into his product. He is likely unable to move to another location with as many fresh red jalapeño peppers available in steady supply that can be delivered and processed within 24 hours, which is why he's located where he's at. If California insists on regulating him to death, Huy Fong could just close up shop. If not, the product would likely be much harder to find due to more limited supply of ingredients and/or changed in quality.
Of course, there are lots of peppers in Mexico (something McIlhenny Foods - producer of Tabasco - has also discovered). Instead of moving to another state, Tran would almost certainly find it easier (not to mention cheaper) just to take his operation out of the country entirely.
I heard some vexillologist on some program say that the problem with most of the states' flag designs is that they aren't really true flags but banners, by which I think he meant banners of arms. The best state flags - among them Texas (which most vexillologists agree is not only the best U.S. state flag but also one of the best flags in the world), California, Maryland, Alaska - don't follow the simplistic "state seal in the center of a rectangle" model that the majority of states have adopted.
Pretty much the entire population of San Francisco.
I think the worst thing that can be said for iOS7 - the thing that really has Steve Jobs spinning in his grave - is that it looks common. Ordinary. My first reaction when my phone booted up from the upload was that it looked like the Metro platform for Windows 8. The unique look of the iPhone is gone, and iOS now looks a lot more like Android and Windows Phone than it did yesterday.
A more effective ending would have been to have had the doctor perform the invasive-but-necessary portion of the examination - tastefully presented in carefully edited shots - at which point the patient lets out a little sigh of relief, thinking the worst part is finished. But then the the IRS auditor comes by to perform the same exam. And the ObamaCare "navigator." And the IPAB administrator. And the clerk who processes the sensitive paperwork for the government who sees all her medical history - and so on, and so forth. That would very graphically make clear that every American's personal, allegedly private personal medical history is now open knowledge to dozens, maybe hundreds, maybe thousands of unaccountable government bureaucrats. Heck, if a Bradley Manning or an Edward Snowden throws a temper tantrum, the personal medical histories of any or all Americans could be disseminated to the entire world for viewing.
What they have instead is something more reminiscent of the creepy Burger King ads of a few years back:
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