Stupid Thoughts on the Passing Scene – and a Poll

 

Current administration got you down? Cheer up. Kamala Harris is Vice President.

On January 19, 1989, his last full day in office, President Reagan warned the nation: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” Nine months later, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born.

California has frequent wildfires due to bad forest management. Then you have the looting and burning in Democrat cities. Why do things managed by Democrats frequently catch on fire? Why aren’t they embarrassed by that?

If you want to see more of what the Democrats have to offer, look at the sidewalks in San Francisco.

Jeb! and Chris Christie are thinking of running for president in 2024. We’re saved!!!

The only thing better would be John Kasich and Jon Huntsman.

Ever notice when it comes to self-righteous cluelessness, Kasich and Jimmy Carter are a lot alike?

I don’t know what happened to Jeb. As governor of Florida, he was more conservative than his brother, who was more conservative than his father. But sometime before 2015, Jeb became his father – without the backbone and charisma.

In 2020, I thought Trump and his offspring were too corrupt, so I voted for Hunter Biden’s father. In 2016, I thought Trump was too corrupt and unlikeable, so I voted for Hillary Clinton. In the primary, I thought Trump was too fat, so I voted for Chris Christie.

You knew I was joking, right?

Some people are “anti-racist,” unlike all those people that are in favor of racism.  As for me, I’m “anti-anthrax,” unlike the rest of you who are for it.

Every now and then someone will stroke his chin, put on a thoughtful look, and say, “America is seriously divided on the issue of race.” What the he** does that mean!!?  What are the two sides?  To settle the issue, I offer an unscientific poll.  Here’s the polling question:  “Race:  Are you for it or against it?”  Please provide your answers in the comments.

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  1. Nohaaj Coolidge
    Nohaaj
    @Nohaaj

    I am very competitive. Race?  You’re on, Ready, Set, —too late you already lost. Ha. 

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  2. BastiatJunior Member
    BastiatJunior
    @BastiatJunior

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    I am very competitive. Race? You’re on, Ready, Set, —too late you already lost. Ha.

    Best answer yet.

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  3. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator
    @TheReticulator

    BastiatJunior: Here’s the polling question:  “Race:  Are you for it or against it?”  Please provide your answers in the comments. 

    When I do a ride with Rouvy and my smart trainer, I have the option of doing it in race mode or doing it in training mode. So far this year I’ve done them all in training mode, because I tend to get too carried away in race mode and ride hard enough that I regret it the next day. Rouvy still keeps all of my stats in training mode; I just don’t get any of those e-mails saying, “Congratulations. You are in first place.”  (Because I was the only one to ride that route in race mode so far.) 

    So I’m against it for now.  

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  4. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
    Gossamer Cat
    @GossamerCat

    I’m against race.  Your proposition may be good, but let’s have one thing understood:  whatever it is, I’m against it. And even when you’ve changed it or condensed it, I’m against it. 

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  5. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Thought experiment:

    If someone invented a machine that could change one’s race:

    1. What percentage of people would do so, and
    2.  What races would change into what other race (again, by percent)?

    Another thought experiment:

    If everyone was forced to convert into the same race using the machine, would that solve any problems?

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  6. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator
    @TheReticulator

    Stad (View Comment):

    Thought experiment:

    If someone invented a machine that could change one’s race:

    1. What percentage of people would do so, and
    2. What races would change into what other race (again, by percent)?

    Another thought experiment:

    If everyone was forced to convert into the same race using the machine, would that solve any problems?

    You mean someone would force us all to join the human race?   What next? Are they going to force us to get vaccinated, too? 

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  7. Chris Oler Coolidge
    Chris Oler
    @ChrisO

    Personally, I’m pro-Thrace because those Greeks were pretty arrogant back in the day. Call it Thracism, I guess.

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  8. Old Bathos Moderator
    Old Bathos
    @OldBathos

    Anybody can detect real racism.  Systemic racism is like modern art.  You need an expert to tell you what you are supposed to see.  RINOs will decry racism but won’t defund the race “experts.” 

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  9. BastiatJunior Member
    BastiatJunior
    @BastiatJunior

    The Reticulator (View Comment):
    When I do a ride with Rouvy and my smart trainer,

    What’s a Rouvy?

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  10. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator
    @TheReticulator

    BastiatJunior (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):
    When I do a ride with Rouvy and my smart trainer,

    What’s a Rouvy?

    It’s a service that provides mostly user-contributed video routes from around the world, to use with a smart trainer, such that the resistance on the trainer changes when you go up and down hill.  There are competing services whose features overlap with Rouvy’s; Rouvy seems to fit my needs best.  I don’t emphasize the competitive aspects or even the difficult climbs. I just want to stay in condition for bicycle travel, and and to see a bit of the real world through others’ videos.  A couple days ago I rode 18 miles from Kilumny to Kinsale, Ireland. I’ve never been to either place in real life, but it was interesting to compare spring in West Cork to that here in southwest Michigan (it was a video posted very recently) and to cross a bridge that we had crossed by car in real life a couple of years ago.  

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  11. BastiatJunior Member
    BastiatJunior
    @BastiatJunior

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    BastiatJunior (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):
    When I do a ride with Rouvy and my smart trainer,

    What’s a Rouvy?

    It’s a service that provides mostly user-contributed video routes from around the world, to use with a smart trainer, such that the resistance on the trainer changes when you go up and down hill. There are competing services whose features overlap with Rouvy’s; Rouvy seems to fit my needs best. I don’t emphasize the competitive aspects or even the difficult climbs. I just want to stay in condition for bicycle travel, and and to see a bit of the real world through others’ videos. A couple days ago I rode 18 miles from Kilumny to Kinsale, Ireland. I’ve never been to either place in real life, but it was interesting to compare spring in West Cork to that here in southwest Michigan (it was a video posted very recently) and to cross a bridge that we had crossed by car in real life a couple of years ago.

    Wow!  It doesn’t get much cooler than that!

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  12. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    Race is like sports; teams focus on colors and try to score points off of each other while getting other people to cheer for them. 

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  13. BastiatJunior Member
    BastiatJunior
    @BastiatJunior

    Stad (View Comment):
    If everyone was forced to convert into the same race using the machine, would that solve any problems?

    It would force the left to change tactics.  They would have to find another way to enhance the sense of grievance and entitlement upon which their power depends.

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  14. Roderic Reagan
    Roderic
    @rhfabian

    BastiatJunior: Here’s the polling question:  “Race:  Are you for it or against it?”  Please provide your answers in the comments.

    Race?  Yes on NASCAR.  No on Formula One.

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  15. cdor Member
    cdor
    @cdor

    I’m just sick of it! But reading all the other answers has lit up my day. Funny post, Junior.

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  16. Flicker Member
    Flicker
    @Flicker

    Stad (View Comment):

    Thought experiment:

    If someone invented a machine that could change one’s race:

    1. What percentage of people would do so, and
    2. What races would change into what other race (again, by percent)?

    Another thought experiment:

    If everyone was forced to convert into the same race using the machine, would that solve any problems?

    Would records be kept?  Because there’s no point in passing if there’s a paper trail.

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  17. BastiatJunior Member
    BastiatJunior
    @BastiatJunior

    Roderic (View Comment):

    BastiatJunior: Here’s the polling question: “Race: Are you for it or against it?” Please provide your answers in the comments.

    Race? Yes on NASCAR. No on Formula One.

    Racist.

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  18. Chris Oler Coolidge
    Chris Oler
    @ChrisO

    Roderic (View Comment):

    BastiatJunior: Here’s the polling question: “Race: Are you for it or against it?” Please provide your answers in the comments.

    Race? Yes on NASCAR IndyCar. No on Formula One.

    FIFY. Not that I have any problem with NASCAR. Well, I might have one or two contrary opinion items.

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  19. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    Chris Oler (View Comment):

    Roderic (View Comment):

    BastiatJunior: Here’s the polling question: “Race: Are you for it or against it?” Please provide your answers in the comments.

    Race? Yes on NASCAR IndyCar. No on Formula One.

    FIFY. Not that I have any problem with NASCAR. Well, I might have one or two contrary opinion items.

    I’m not a fan of either, but my enemies hate both so I am positively disposed towards them. 

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  20. Chuck Thatcher
    Chuck
    @Chuckles

    I thought the science was settled, that “race” is nothing more than a social construct. So how can I be against something that doesn’t exist in reality.

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  21. Alan Aronoff Member
    Alan Aronoff
    @Alan Aronoff

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Thought experiment:

    If someone invented a machine that could change one’s race:

    1. What percentage of people would do so, and
    2. What races would change into what other race (again, by percent)?

     

    The answer to question 2 would show the number of people suffering from race dysphoria. Which would also raise the question – at what age would it be acceptable for people suffering from race dysphoria to use the machine as mentioned in the thought experiment.

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  22. KCVolunteer Lincoln
    KCVolunteer
    @KCVolunteer

    Chuck (View Comment):

    I thought the science was settled, that “race” is nothing more than a social construct. So how can I be against something that doesn’t exist in reality.

    That’s correct. Those that focus race choose poorly. Those that don’t choose wisely.

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