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The Left, in a Nutshell

 

I had to comment on this before I exploded. From a Washington Post article:

The regulation actually would have cost relatively few mining jobs and would have created nearly as many new jobs on the regulatory side, according to a government report — an example of the frequent distance between Trump’s rhetoric, which many of his supporters wholeheartedly believe, and verifiable facts.

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Bring Back the Cherry Tree

 

Today is President’s Day. In the wake of November’s election, the nation’s capital is busting apart at the seams as both parties strive for dominance and relevance. Each party wants to show that it has heard the will of the people.

If Congress wants to do something really important, it could do worse than bring back Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthdays as national holidays.

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You Probably Would’ve Been a Nazi

 
Prof. Jordan Peterson.

Professor Jordan Peterson teaches a class at the University of Toronto called maps of meaning on the history of atrocity. It focuses on Soviet and Nazi atrocity mostly. The course as described by Peterson does that necessary job of humanizing the behavior. Humanizing is obviously by no means justifying but this is so lost on today’s understanding of people and the history of the world. “I teach my students that had they been in Nazi Germany during the 1930s they would have been Nazis.”

We throw the term “Nazi” around so loosely these days with absolutely zero relevance for the historical meaning. How a man that is so vocally pro-Israel as Trump could be a Nazi is absolutely beyond me. This penchant for hyperbole is quite dangerous.

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How to Lose a Friend

 

Today I got a text from a neighbor and friend. His text was in reference to an upcoming Home Owners Association meeting. His first text was innocuous as was my reply. We have not really talked politics but I know he is a Democrat and he knows I am not. He has no idea for whom I voted. He then baited me and I took the bait. The following is the conversation exactly as it appears on my phone.

Friend: Just spoke to Caroline at Sweetgrass. Still — no hour for the meeting on the 28th, but tried to assure me it wasn’t a daytime event.

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Sun Tzu and Big Table Envy

 

I come from a rather large Italian family. On my mother’s side alone, I am one of 28 first cousins. When I was a kid, family gatherings were crammed into a relation’s house and often spilled out onto their yard. One generation later, our family gatherings are now held in a rented hall or park. To an outsider, it must appear as utter chaos — I know it does to my wife, the only child of only children. But let me assure you, one thing has remained absolutely constant throughout all these years: neither I, nor any of my siblings or cousins, have ever moved from the Kids’ Table to the Big Table — and I am now 51 years old. Of course, I now understand that family tables are separated by generation. But as a kid, believe me, what I understood was Big Table envy.

The Big Table was where all of the cool and important stuff was going on. And to have a seat at the Big Table signified that you were also cool and important. And what kid wouldn’t want that: to be in on what the adults were discussing, to be included? And surely my opinions were needed: each was epic and bound to dazzle them all. But of course, every youthful assumption that I had was utter nonsense: there was almost never anything cool or important going on at the Big Table. And even if there was, then I certainly didn’t have the information or the experience required to participate intelligently. But, such is youth and such is Big Table envy.

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Some Perspective on WH Contempt for the Press

 

Jon Gabriel wrote a thought provoking post earlier today about the schizophrenic response to President Trump’s Thursday press conference. This post, similar to the schizophrenia inducing event itself, turned into a heated debate about the president, his temperament, and his reputed contempt for the press.

While it’s undeniable that President Trump is contemptuous of the press, I would just like to provide a little perspective on what contempt for the press actually is. No, I’m not comparing our fearless leader favorably to Adolph Hitler or any other odious autocrat from history. I would just like you to view a few minutes (or as much as you can stand) of the following White House press briefing led by Jay Carney three days after the Benghazi attacks.

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