Never mind the will of the people – just change the meaning of the words

It seems that unelected bureaucrat regulators are at it again. In a quietly released statement issued late on a Friday afternoon, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, an agency of the state government, announced a proposal to effectively redefine the word “sex” in the state’s discrimination law to also include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” or “SOGI” for short. This proposal wouldn’t change the law—only the commission’s “guidance” on the matter. But this new “guidance” would mean the law would be enforced as if it had changed. This guidance comes on the heels of repeated failures to accomplish the same outcome

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The economy is still precariously balanced

I’ve written many articles about the economy in recent years.  I’m not going to recapitulate everything I’ve said there, but I do want to repeat my warning that a ‘trigger event’ anywhere in the world might rebound on the US economy too, precipitating a major local recession. The Hill warned yesterday that US exposure to Chinese debt, indirect as well as direct, might be more dangerous than it looks on the surface – a classic ‘trigger event’.  Here’s an excerpt. Banks in the U.S. have limited credit exposure in Hong Kong at only $67 billion. What should give us pause

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Don’t buy these flowers for your loved ones!

Courtesy of Wirecutter, I came across this video clip. I’ve seen plant-based poisons in action.  The San people, commonly known as Bushmen, of the Kalahari Desert and points surrounding, use them to hunt game – and, on occasion, people too.  In the colonial era, the Bushmen had it very hard, with both whites and blacks regarding them as vermin, and shooting them for casual sport.  The white population ‘grew up’ and learned better, but for many black people in Africa, a Bushman is still sub-human, of no value as a human being.  The Bushmen in northern Namibia ran into that

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“The last hot battle of the Cold War”

That’s how one author referred to the 1987-88 battles between Cuban and South African forces (with support from, respectively, Angolan and UNITA troops).  I was there, and remember it well. Fred Bridgland wrote a book shortly after the fighting, titled ‘The War for Africa:  Twelve Months that Transformed a Continent‘. I bought it as soon as it was published, and enjoyed it very much.  He was accurate in his facts, incisive in his analysis, and brought together many threads (some of which, as in most wars, many of us ‘on the ground’ had been unaware) to produce a cohesive account

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Doofus Of The Day #959

Today’s award goes to a particularly idiotic WW2 souvenir hunter in Germany. A neighbourhood in Germany had to be evacuated after World War Two-era grenades bought by a collector at a car boot sale began exploding in the early summer heat. Authorities were called after an explosion on Monday afternoon in the town of Hennef, east of Bonn, police said on Tuesday. They arrived to find a garage in flames, and more explosions followed after munitions bought at a flea market ignited in the warming temperatures. They cleared a wide area around the home, shutting a stretch of railway and

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Cdr Salamander brings the smackdown to the American Kennel Club

Milblogger Cdr Salamander responded to a Congressman who objected to the USA importing its military working dogs.  Here’s an excerpt. Here is the executive summary Congressman; we foreign source our dogs because on balance American breeders in general, and the AKC specifically, are the worst thing to happen to dogs since the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Our problem is twofold, vanity and greed. Let me give you an example. The worse national election of the last year was not Clinton-v-Trump, it was the German Shepard Dog winning the Westminster Kennel Club following the equally horrid disgrace at Crufts last year

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Memorial Day

PRAYER FOR PEACE, MEMORIAL DAY, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Memorial Day is our Nation’s solemn reminder that freedom is never free.  It is a moment of collective reflection on the noble sacrifices of those who gave the last measure of devotion in service of our ideals and in the defense of our Nation.  On this ceremonious day, we remember the fallen, we pray for a lasting peace among nations, and we honor these guardians of our inalienable rights. This year, we commemorate the centennial anniversary

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Fred on journalists

The iconoclastic Fred Reed lays it out. Do you wonder why the legacy media are such puzzled otherworldly twits? Why, for example, they had no idea what was happening in the recent election? Why they seem to know so very little about America or much of anything else? Some thoughts from a guy who spent a career in the racket: Ask journalists when they were last in a truck stop on an Interstate, last in Boone, North Carolina or Barstow, California or any of thousands of such towns across the country. Ask whether they were in the military, whether they

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