Tag: Winning.

Quote of the Day: Winning and Losing

 

“Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” – Vince Lombardi

With a new election coming up we can see plenty of illustrations of this principle – with both parties.

All the Democrats have to do to beat Trump is not be crazy. If they could manage that, they would probably win in a landslide. But, they cannot. Instead, Trump drives them deeper into crazy. Does anyone seriously think a candidate can beat Trump running on a platform of we are going to take away your guns, your cars, your meat, and your jobs? Yet it seems the Democrats are out to prove they can win on that platform. It is habit. Let’s not talk about how the latest Kavanaugh “improved” their chances of taking the Senate. It’s habit.

Technology Defeats Climate Change

 

I’ve written about the scientific basis for why I’m skeptical about catastrophic anthropogenic climate change before — have fun reading that one! — but if you didn’t find my rationale convincing, the reasons to ignore catastrophists are really piling up. If it’s true that “tomorrow’s technologies will solve today’s problems,” we live in an age of wonders.

Why is that? Harvard scientists have announced the invention of an energy-efficient means of carbon capture:

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In a bizarre twist of fate, that unholy targeting of religious adherents for banishment in entering the US has been upheld in its entirety with 2 dissentions. Looks like the courtcontinues to support the Presidents constitutional duty to control immigration, including preventing people of any class to enter our country. Preview Open

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My internet reading goes all over the place when I read articles, because I am never happy to just be told something; I have to get to the source. I drive my friends and family crazy, because when they tell me something they heard, I always demand a source and they usually don’t know. So […]

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Trump Orders More Winning — Off We Go!

 

This story came out of nowhere, and I knew immediately that the good people of Ricochet would be happy to hear it: Court-Ordered Deportations Surge After Trump Ends Obama-era Delay Tactics

Government data shows the Trump administration has already shifted the “culture” of immigration attorneys, who used to have more tools under the Obama administration to delay court decisions on whether to remove illegal immigrants, but are now being forced to push for a final verdict more quickly. Under Obama, immigration attorneys were more likely to leave cases for illegal immigrants in limbo, thus preventing them from ever ruling on whether they needed to be removed from the U.S. An official from the Executive Office for Immigration Review explained to the Washington Examiner that attorneys would push for an administrative closure, or a pause in the proceedings before an administrative judge.

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Last year, after the Clinton Machine was dismantled by a newcomer, the airwaves were filled with the discussion “Democrats look for leadership after stunning loss” – it was a non-stop conversation. It caused me to think about it a lot, and the conclusion that came to me in the end was this: On a national […]

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Last night, the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 thus ending the Indians win streak at 22 games. Those 22 straight wins are the highest total in American League history and the second highest total in major league history. In fact, this Indian win streak is one of only four in the history […]

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The MSM must have been busy a couple days ago and missed this story. I think General Flynn had Russian dressing on his salad, and there is no way they can let a story like that go by. So, I forgive them for missing this. Celebrating a win for Business is an important part of […]

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Perspective

 

I haven’t won many things throughout my life. I’ve always guessed the wrong number of jelly beans, responded too late to the giveaway, been just one box away on Bingo, or one scratch box away on a lotto ticket. I used to think this lack of winning was due to me having the worst luck in the world.

I was wrong.

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Winning, as has been established, isn’t everything. Sometimes it isn’t anything. (Here, were I a shameless self-promoter, I would insert a link to my 5/14 post.) Even when it can be said to actually exist, it may not. I shall explain with a bit of narrative history. THE HORSE Preview Open

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Winning through Ricochet – and Knowing What You’ve Lost

 

Ah, collagen. The most abundant protein in animals. Great for cooking into rich sauces – and glue (hence the name). It gives structure to mammals’ extracellular space. Your skin, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, mucous membranes, cartilage, bones, and teeth all depend on collagen for strength. When our collagen lets us down, we can expect trouble.

Several diseases, from rheumatoid arthritis to scurvy, are connective-tissue diseases. Several attack our abundant collagen specifically. Sometimes, though, collagen weakens not because it’s under attack, but because it never formed right to begin with. Several genes have been identified as causing Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), congenitally weakened cartilage, and several genes remain to be discovered. The worst types of EDS are super-weird, and super-scary. Your silly-putty skin could be so loose and stretchy that it’s obvious from birth you’d be a freak-show star, pulling your neck skin over your face for strangers’ amusement. Or maybe your joints dislocate so easily you’d join the circus as a contortionist, disarticulating yourself for cold, hard cash. Or maybe EDS causes your organs to explode, far less marketable but still super-scary. Many of us, if we’ve heard of EDS at all, have more reason to think “circus freak” than “subtle.”

Jury Duty: 12 Cranky People

 

(Note: Most of my stories here tend towards the light and fluffy. This one isn’t, so be forewarned that some of this is ugly. Even though this is all a matter of public record, I’m going to limit my use of names to the principals, and then only those I remember; it’s been almost 15 years. These are the events to the best of my recollection, some of which I learned in the trial, and the rest that I found online after it was all over. I’ll try to demarcate the two.)


Late on the night of Nov. 14, 1997, Elhadji Gaye pulled up in his green Lexus sedan in front of an apartment building in East Harlem, NYC. A driver for a livery company, he had received a call for a pickup at that address from his dispatcher. It was late, but Gaye, a recent immigrant from Guyana, was happy to work the long hours, as it allowed him to send more money back home; not only to his wife and children, but to his entire extended family.

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“Winners win!” I shouted. The only reaction was a chuckle from one of the assembled young men. The group varied in age from fourteen to eighteen. They represented four or five different nationalities. There was some real talent, but they simply did not know how to win. More precisely: they did not know what it […]

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Winning Through Losing

 

As a kid, I was a loser. I don’t mean in a dorky, picked on, unliked sense — though I was that too — but rather that if there was a way to lose, I found it. My parents used to laugh and try to console me with singing “if it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all”; imagine a life where when Rosencrantz from Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” flips a coin and gets heads 92 times in a row, you called tails every time. That was me in every game of chance throughout childhood.

My win record didn’t improve much as I got older, though at least I could blame my own foolishness instead of Lady Luck. I bought into both the housing bubble and the legal education bubble. I passed up on valuable networking relationships and barely skated through my classes. I nearly destroyed my marriage, ignored friends, and alienated family members. In short, I managed to be a walking sign of what not to do.