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(From my new blog for Gen X moms — tell the Gen X mom in your life about it!) They call Generation X the “forgotten generation” because we find ourselves sandwiched between the behemoths known as Baby Boomers and Millennials. I disagree. We’re not forgotten, not at all. We just can’t be bothered to be […]

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File:Federal Hall 2011 New York City.jpg“He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient;” — U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 3

President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address to Congress on 8 January 1790. Congress was then meeting in Federal Hall, in New York City. Our first president addressed themes that we will hear President Donald Trump address, on 5 February 2019, the new date Speaker Pelosi invites him to take the floor of the House:

National Defense:

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Me and my Uncle were discussing the borderwall and Daca and whatnot. He mentioned that we should help the economy of Honduras and Nicaragua. I responded that we cannot develop the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan and we invaded them. Apparently, he believes that cooperating with said countries would be more effective. I do not […]

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“I couldn’t get through it,” said the would-be anthropologist, nodding to a two-page extract from Locke’s Second Treatise. “It’s all like, ‘God made ye betwixt thee and thine’ and stuff. I looked at SparkNotes instead.” She then opened her laptop to a 25-page article about the “imbricated spacialities of class, race, and gender,” which she had […]

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Friday Food and Drink Post: Calling All Coffee Snobs prompted lively comments and cued a memory. It turns out that @she uses a moka pot, by Bialetti. This simple, rugged design serves up a strong cup of coffee with some froth on top. The action is similar to a percolator, but more vigorous, giving you a froth on top similar to expresso. The device was invented by an Italian in the 1930s and is mostly popular in Europe and Latin America.

Seeing a photograph of @she’s coffee maker reminded me of my first college roommate. He was a naturalized U.S. citizen who got out of Cuba with his parents via Spain. He was also overly ambitious about numbers of classes and activities, so he would get way behind, and suddenly try to buckle down and get assignments, papers, and study done.

You see, we were at the University of Chicago, where, at the time, they had to throw students out of the main library Saturday evening so we would have some social life. More precisely, we were being nudged to have a social life beyond the snack shop in the basement of the library, with everyone seeing if you were slacking or getting a quick snack before diving back into the carrels. So, the university and the student body were all on board for academic rigor and excellence, no slack cut.

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The indispensable Babylon Bee has a wonderful satire article up which discussed the latest trend of unborn babies in New York identifying as convicted criminals so that they cannot be executed. The article is only a few paragraphs long – please go read the whole thing. Somebody at the Babylon Bee must have a wonderful […]

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As President Trump crafts his strategy to continue his “promises made, promises kept” grand political strategy, he likely will advance an urban renewal initiative, aimed at key communities the Democratic Party relies upon for electoral success. In addition to assessing such an initiative on its political and moral worth, we should also be very careful about its bias toward bureaucrats or citizens. In Drug Dealing: Not a Victimless Crime, a story of a murder and a car driven into a Subway restaurant, I raised the issue of unintended consequences of urban planning. The would-be masters of the metropolis tell us that light rail makes, encourages development, makes people movement better, and improves communities. Yet, they do not talk about the government induced destruction of businesses, movement of vagrants and drug addicts, and associated harm to communities. I have seen both sides in the Valley of the Sun, prompting cautionary contemplation.

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For many decades, members of an allegedly pro-science elite have pounced on the fact that the United States is one of few nations to still use customary units. These customary units (derived from the imperial system), detractors claim, are irrational: Why are there 5,280 feet in a mile? Would it not be much better if […]

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Remember not so long ago when companies, with their advertisements and television commercials, just wanted to sell you some laundry detergent, or some aspirin, or a car, or any of a multitude of various and sundry products which most Americans needed or simply wanted? Oftentimes they would employ humor or even (gasp!) pretty girls to […]

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A few suggestions on preparing for the Kamala Harris/Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Era of “Social Democracy.”  – In the future, you will have less money, so buy stuff now. As the quasi-socialist and extreme environment agendas are implemented, taxes and energy costs are necessarily going to skyrocket as they have in European Social Democracies. As a result, […]

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“A political philosophy supporting the rights and power of the people in their struggle against the privileged elite.” This is what the online dictionary says when the word “populism” is looked up. Pretty nebulous, right? Shouldn’t a political philosophy have some tools in its quiver as to how to actually handle the issues that inevitably […]

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We could end this silly probe with the testimony of one key witness. Actually, I think Putin would lie and say he did plot with Trump to get him elected. After all, the US Democrat Party is Russia’s best friend and ally, so getting rid of Trump would boost the Dems’ chances in 2020 and […]

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Political thoughts are unprovocative, but then they pretty much have to be, if anything political is to be accomplished. You can’t have ideas that hardly anybody has had, you must have ideas that quite a lot of people have had, and agree with. I hardly ever do. Thus it was a gratifying surprise to find […]

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