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.
He cannot give details of how it would come about...
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:
As I'm understanding it, Labour and the dissenting Conservatives and Lib Dems weren't necessarily against joining military action against Syria were it deemed warranted, but they weren't willing to be stampeded into action by the Obama administration via its surrogate David Cameron without having fully verified proof of the actions in Syria. The specter of what many claim was false evidence of WMDs in Iraq hung heavy over this whole affair, and it seems there was a feeling that Cameron was being led by the nose into war by Obama in the same subservient manner that many Britons feel - rightly or wrongly - Blair was led into Iraq.
What many of the MPs who lost the vote for Cameron wanted was more time to see the evidence for themselves. It may seem strange after the last five years, but unlike the Democrat Party, the Labour Party still hasn't resigned itself to letting Barack Obama make all the world's decisions by himself in between his tee time and meet-and-greets with the 1969 New York Jets.
Look familiar ? Miley could be Mick Jagger's grand-daughter . Way past novel. Morality is just a speedbump to an entertainer. · 3 minutes ago
Thanks for the perspective.
When genius artists like The Rolling Stones go for the sleaze, it's something truly fearsome to behold - far beyond the puerile antics of Miley Cyrus and her foam finger. The Rolling Stones' 42-year-old "Brown Sugar" is a brilliant case in point: The lyrics still make me cringe - and grin with delight at their nastiness. Mick Jagger has admitted he'd never be able to write something like that today. That is some out-and-out send-you-to-Hell immorality right there. Mediocre Miley is just cheating at hopscotch in comparison...
I wouldn't be too concerned about having Miley Cyrus around to poison the minds of America's youth too much longer. What she did over the weekend was nothing new; the whole "rebellious young skank" routine has a long history in pop music, and it will continue to do so - but most of the women who have burst onto the scene with this sort of superslutty persona have never lasted long. Anyone remember...?
Yeah, I thought not.
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