Letting the camel’s nose into the [moral] tent

There’s an old Arab proverb that warns, “Never let the camel get its nose under the tent, because the rest of the body will follow“.  It’s a variation on the Western proverb that “if you give someone an inch, they’ll take a mile“.  I daresay the concept is common among almost all cultures.  In politics, they call it “moving the Overton window“;  starting with discussion within a socially accepted range, then moving the discussion to gradually include more and more extreme elements, getting people accustomed to the new concepts.  In due course, society will accept as common or normative things that

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It depends how you look at life

I was somewhat taken aback by a British survey claiming that four out of ten people were unhappy about life choices they’d made. According to a survey of 2,000 British adults commissioned by UK charity consortium Remember A Charity, four out of ten people regret how they have lived their lives so far. Spending too much time at work and not traveling enough were among respondents’ biggest regrets. Other common regrets among those surveyed included neglecting their health and not spending enough time with their family. Many wished they had been a better parent to their children. All of that regret seems

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Lies, damned lies and politics

I see the old Trojan Horse candidate ploy is still going strong in New York City politics.  It seems a “former” (?) supporter of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be running “against” (?) her as a Democrat in Republican clothing. The launch of a “republican” political challenger in NY-14 to challenge Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sherie Murray, follows a very familiar political ploy…. A fake candidate intended to protect AOC in 2020.   In June of 2018 Sherie Murray was an avid AOC supporter. In the last 36 hours you may have seen “republican” candidate Sherie Murray promoted, seemingly out of nowhere, by a variety of media platforms

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Not quite Biblical

Stephan Pastis nails it again!  Click the image to be taken to a larger version at the comic’s Web site. It may not be Biblical, but there’ve been times in my life when I’ve been sorely tempted (and may even have given in to the temptation) to follow Rat’s credo instead of the more orthodox version . . . Peter

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Leaving out the critical element

I was saddened to read about the deaths by drowning of Oscar Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria as they attempted to gain illegal entry into the USA.  The tragedy shows very clearly the need to prevent such illegal crossings, and thereby avoid more such tragedies in future. However, the forces opposed to law and order lost no time in obfuscating the issue.  In particular, Senator Schumer (D – NY) put on his usual display of nauseating hypocrisy and misleading half-truths. “How could president Trump look at this picture and not understand these are human beings, fleeing violence and persecution, willing to

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A self-centered, narcissistic, “I’m entitled!” whiner

Kim du Toit refers to some things as “RCOB moments”, meaning “Red Curtain of Blood”.  Something is so egregiously wrong, or stupid, or ridiculous, that one experiences a red curtain of blood over one’s vision as one instantly loses one’s temper.  Comprehensively. I had such a moment – several of them, in fact – while reading this article. I have $235,000 of student debt. The first $120,000 came with a bachelor’s degree from my state school. Another $70,000 or so came with my master’s degree. The remainder is accrued interest. . . . I would have to begin devoting half of my

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“Forget Bribery. The Real Scam Is Pretending That Degrees Have Value.”

That’s the title of an article in Bloomberg by Elaine Ou.  She makes some good points. … none of the parents involved in the recent college admissions bribery scandal tried to get their kids into Caltech or MIT, the sort of universities where students are generally expected to acquire skills relevant to a productive career. As it turns out, parents pay obscene sums to marshal their offspring into elite schools not for the sake of education, but to secure their offspring’s socioeconomic status. Successful parents in the upper middle class can leave money to their children, but that doesn’t guarantee entrée into the social elite. The more

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Doofus Of The Day #1,044

Today’s award goes to the Crown Prosecution Service in England. A multi-million-pound diamond scam case collapsed after it emerged that the prosecution’s star witness was a fantasist with no qualifications. Between May 2011 and February 2015, more than 70 victims – mainly vulnerable pensioners – were conned into investing into one of five companies which invested in the diamond and carbon credit industries. In total, they lost £3.5million [about US $4.4 million] and today at Southwark Crown Court eight defendants walked free from court after a judge was forced to deliver not guilty verdicts on multiple fraud charges. The case collapsed following “chaotic”

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It’s about time funeral homes got shaken up

In my years as a pastor, I became very cynical and negative about the funeral home “industry”.  I saw far too many grieving families, particularly older bereaved partners, conned into spending far more money than necessary on funeral arrangements.  The funeral home directors and employees were experts at playing on emotions, tugging at heartstrings, and using the natural grief and lack of concentration of the bereaved to persuade them to buy unnecessarily elaborate coffins, flower arrangements and other impedimenta, pay for unnecessary funeral home and graveside services, and generally open their wallets to being outrageously abused. To my fury, I

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This is a VERY important video

Last month, Kimberley Strassel discussed the Deep State conspiracy against President Trump in great detail, with emphasis on the FBI’s abuse of power. I think this is a VERY important presentation – one that all Americans, on both sides of the political aisle, need to see.  Please publicize it on your own blogs and in social media, if you will.  Let’s spread the word! Thank you, Ms. Strassel, for a masterful analysis. Peter

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