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I guess that I am a neocon, but, still, we’ve heard this song so many times before. Make a “deal” with the Taliban (withdraw all US troops in exchange for tissue paper promises to be nice), the favorite move of the State Department since whenever. Michael Rubin explains why Khalilzad is personally compromised (spelled “O-I-L […]

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The Democrats are going for it. 2020 will be the year they put forth their two Holy Grails of policy: Unrestricted abortions and socialized medicine. Add a third, though with less of a chance to get through, the confiscation of guns. The stakes are high my friends. Great quote from Scott Baio, of all people, the […]

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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bd/CBS_Eyemark.svg/768px-CBS_Eyemark.svg.pngIn the midst of college students and Democratic politicians behaving badly, might there be signs of second thoughts by more responsible, more moderate leaders? Cop shows have been used to make progressive political points for years. Episodes on two CBS shows this January featured messages that seemed quite out of synch with the dominant narrative. Are these green shoots in the cultural wasteland?

A recent Blue Bloods (CBS) episode, “Disrupted,” had Tom Selleck, as Frank Reagan, delivering a speech from the head of the family dinner table against the transmission of campus behavior into general society; he called it destructive. I was astonished to hear this full-throated defense of civil society on a major broadcast network.

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You might remember from my 1st MAIN FEED post what prompted it. Well, not 15 minutes ago, the city cops were stopping traffic and making people turn around—on the overpass. I’m glad I was driving my 200S, and not the Ram 1500! Just imagine what a semi driver would have to do. The more I’m […]

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Ah, the wonders of Democratic-Socialism. While the common people of Venezuela were reduced to eating their housepets, their socialist overlords amassed nearly a billion dollars in gold, which is apparently being sent out of the country.  About 20 tons of gold from Venezuela’s central bank was ready to be hauled away Tuesday on a Russian airline’s Boeing […]

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“Learn to code.”

Familiar with the phrase? It’s a rather insensitive shorthand way of suggesting that someone enhance his commercial opportunities by acquiring new skills. That can be sincere advice; Walter Brooke encouraging a young Dustin Hoffman to pursue a future in “plastics.” It can be a practical career choice, as demonstrated by a handful of out-of-work Kentucky coal miners who successfully made the transition from working bituminous mines to agile coding techniques.

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The National Debt is in the news again (after being conspicuously absent from the news during the period 2009-2017, when it doubled). Possible-but-unlikely presidential candidate Howard Shultz thinks that the debt is the biggest threat to national security and prosperity the USA faces. He is right about this, and it doesn’t matter. Here’s what every […]

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“The power to tax is the the power to destroy” is an aphorism applied by Chief Justice John Marshall in 1819. That aphorism has been applied to protect the tax exemption of religious groups. In a different formulation it has also been used to protect the press from the ordinary consequences of libel. For most […]

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Here‘s a song that’s so catchy, even if you don’t listen to it you will sing it. The lyrics go: “Snake farm/It just sounds nasty/Snake farm/It pretty much is/Snake farm/It’s a reptile house/Snake farm/Ughhhh!” Well, you may have to listen to get that final interjection right. But if you don’t…I still bet everything that comes […]

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Andy Murray, a two-time winner of Wimbledon and a winner of the U.S. Open, underwent a hip surgery this week that may allow him to continue playing professional tennis, according to the Wall Street Journal. Murray had announced his retirement from tennis three weeks ago. There are a couple of interesting things about this whole […]

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David French has an excellent piece in National Review on the new push for gun control within the Democratic Party.

As a doctor, I feel I have a duty to inform the public of what I have learned as I have observed these wounds and cared for these patients. It’s clear to me that AR-15 and other high-velocity weapons, especially when outfitted with a high-capacity magazine, have no place in a civilian’s gun cabinet.

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Welcome to the second installment on a discussion about the penis. I am a nurse with almost ten years of experience, now. I have probably seen over 3,000 penises during my career and have a decent idea of what is normal and abnormal due to my exposure. While many men may fret and concern themselves […]

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UPDATE: It seems her potassium was very, very low . . . Happily they are now remedying it. Good night , dear people :) UPDATE :) Her EKG is fine . . . so things are looking brighter. Thank you dear friends for your loving caring and prayers. More

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It was only days ago that Democrats were lambasting the Trump administration for its perceived indifference to the plight of 800,000 federal workers temporarily going without pay. Yet there seems to be little concern about the long-term fate of the more than half-million Americans who work in the health insurance industry from Democrats who support “Medicare for All.”

During a CNN interview Monday, anchor Jake Tapper asked presidential candidate Kamala Harris whether people would be able to keep their private insurance, if they preferred, under her MfA plan. Harris breezily responded “Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on.” Now maybe some of these folks would end up working for the government helping to administer the expanded Medicare program. Others, seeing the writing on the wall, might start transitioning to other work before such a plan was ever implemented. The rest? Well, that’s the way the labor market churns, I guess. Millions of American gain and lose jobs every month, as it should be in a dynamic economy.

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The nation is in a severe deep freeze. They are warning in some states – don’t breathe. Those liberals refuse to believe that hell could possibly freeze over, and choose to light up New York buildings in pink, and now….I’m sorry….Good jackets. Ok – It’s cold here in Florida. It’s so cold I let all […]

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I used to be a terrible punster. I still have friends who are punsters, but I have spent many decades reforming myself. I don’t think I have originated or cracked a pun in at least a decade. Unfortunately, I do not seem to be fully reformed, since I just woke up from this dream:

A companion and I were walking around the outside of the White House. (I’m not sure who my companion was, just that I knew him in the dream.) Somehow, we had gotten quite close. In fact, at one point, we walked by a window and I saw a very Simpsons-like tableau with the current President and First Lady in bed. The President was thoroughly asleep and catching flies as he snored. (Of course, it was an inaccurate dream, since they wouldn’t sleep in a room on the ground floor.)

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One of the most pompous, elitist concoctions ever produced is now available at The Lancet titled “The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change: The Lancet Commission Report.” Instances of not enough food, too much food, or the wrong food combined with climate change means that we must surrender almost every consumption choice to the planners lest we all die. Highly credentialed dung beetles have rolled it all into a single giant threat ball.

All eating habits and choices, the production and distribution of all food items, all energy use, and any other product or choice related to such must henceforth spring from the foreheads of our betters. The very existence of market choices of unhealthy foodstuffs, market-driven decisions regarding food production, and energy-consuming vehicles used for unapproved economic purchases must be banned.

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