So much for tolerance, civility and balance

It’s been obvious to all of us for some time that people on the extremes of US politics, both left and right, are growing more and more intolerant of anyone who disagrees with their warped, twisted, monomaniacal perspectives.  Please note that I blame both sides equally.  You can’t point a finger at a right-wing screed without finding one just as bad, if not worse, on the left, and vice versa. That said, this diatribe by a far-left-wing commentator is so over-the-top as to be nauseating. When I write that CNN politics writer Chris Cillizza is the rankest ***brain in the

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Doofus Of The Day #1,008

I’m obliged to reader Snoggeramus for sending me a copy of this image (origin unknown): Sometimes the jokes just write themselves, don’t they?  Let’s see, now: What can we take away from this? The misspelling subtracts something from the message. Errors are multiplied, it seems. Opinions about the effectiveness of the advertisement are divided. Math is clearly more tricky than meth. Please feel free to add your own in Comments! Peter

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When false advertising becomes “Fake News”

Last week, it was revealed that an alleged “authority” on student loans, and what students do with them, was not only fake:  “he” was also steering students who approached “him” for advice towards a student loan refinancing service operated by “his” creators.  As far as I’m concerned, that’s not only false advertising, but fraud by any other name. Drew Cloud is everywhere. The self-described journalist who specializes in student-loan debt has been quoted in major news outlets, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and CNBC, and is a fixture in the smaller, specialized blogosphere of student debt. . .

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California’s “War on Ammo” is lost before it’s even begun

I was struck by a comment from an anti-gun spokesperson over the NRA’s lawsuit against California over its new restrictions on ammunition.  The relevant bit is in bold, underlined text. The lawsuit challenges specific restrictions like a requirement that ammunition sales be conducted face to face, and a mandatory background checks for those purchases – a component that many still don’t know how the state would implement. . . . In the lawsuit the NRA claims the ammunition sale restrictions violate the second amendment and the commerce clause of The Constitution. Butchko, though an NRA member, has yet to make

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Losers by any other name . . . are still losers

I must have lived a sheltered existence.  I had no idea that the so-called ‘incel subculture‘ was a thing, until this week’s terror attack in Toronto, and this article. Hours before Alek Minassian drove a rented van onto a crowd in Toronto and killed 10 people, police say, a Facebook account linked to him announced, “The Incel Rebellion has already begun!” It praised “Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger,” a 22-year-old who killed six people in a stabbing-and-shooting spree in 2014. “Incel,” or “involuntarily celibate,” isn’t so much a movement as a label used by a group of people drawn together by

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Our police had a wild time yesterday

As I was filling our vehicle with gas before we left for our road trip yesterday, Miss D. and I witnessed an absolute flood of police vehicles charging through surface streets in our area, all ending up on Highway 287 heading east.  I personally counted no less than 15 cars and SUV’s, all with lights and sirens, from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Wichita County Sheriff, a couple of local police departments, and a few unmarked units for good measure, all tearing up the tarmac. Turns out they were involved in a very nasty incident involving a man and

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Yes, our civilization can fall, too

Borepatch embedded a very short, but very interesting analysis by Kenneth Clark on why Rome fell.  It’s only two and a half minutes long, and well worth that much of your time to watch it. Our modern civilization can fall, too, and in a surprisingly short time.  It’s happened right before our eyes multiple times over the past half-century.  Think of the Soviet Union in the late 1980’s, or Venezuela over the past five years.  It could happen even to the USA or Western Europe, if enough of the storm clouds gathering over either economy were to let loose.  (Think

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Back from the road

Miss D. and I headed down to Fort Worth today for a little official business, plus some “us”-time.  It’s two-plus hours from here to there, so it’s no trouble to go down and back in a day. The official business didn’t take long, so we looked for something interesting to see when we were done.  We ended up at the Texas Civil War Museum.  It has a large number of exhibits about the lives and equipment of regular soldiers on both sides, with emphasis on the (named) individuals who owned many of the items on display, including a surprising number

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Road trip

Miss D. and I will be making a quick road trip today, so blogging will be sparse.  It’s kinda hard to juggle the steering wheel and a smartphone when writing blog posts – or, as a passenger, writing posts while using the phone’s navigation function! Please enjoy the bloggers listed in the sidebar.  They write good stuff too!  I may put up an article later this afternoon or this evening, if we get back in time.  Otherwise, blogging will resume tomorrow. Peter

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America as naval superpower – are we putting our eggs in the wrong baskets?

I read an article in the National Interest with some skepticism. It’s titled ‘How to Make the U.S. Navy Great Again‘, and harks back to the attitudes of the Cold War, IMHO.  Here’s an excerpt. The United States has critical national interests in eighteen maritime zones identified by warfighting commanders. These maritime regions range in size from the small Gulf of Guinea to the vast northern Pacific and from the northern Arctic Sea to the Indian Ocean. Each zone requires a naval presence to uphold American interests. Some of these zones, like the Baltic Sea, require only a single American

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