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Random: It would have been cool if the "sharpshooting plumber" had really been shooting a Sharps.... http://nypost.com/2017/11/06/sharpsh...church-gunman/

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I notice a sharp uptick in violence perpetrated by lefties, particularly Atheists and Bernie supporters.

And now the the attorney/spokes weasel for the man that attacked Randal Paul claims there was no political motivation.....
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Huh. You hear a new term everyday. Today's new term is "Progressive Stack". It became popular on campus after the Occupy Movements - and in many instances means that White Male students will be called on only as a last resort....

https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/38636/

Controversy erupted recently after tweets from an Ivy League teaching assistant showed her admitting she only calls on white male students as a last resort.


“I will always call on my black women students first. Other [people of color] get second tier priority. [White women] come next. And, if I have to, white men,” University of Pennsylvania teaching assistant Stephanie McKellop tweeted in October.


McKellop’s tweets spotlight a method known as the “progressive stack” in which speaking priority is given to minority voices while those deemed as having privilege must wait their turn.
This is the the current face of Higher Education? Perhaps people should seek new majors, or voluntarily reduce the glut of college students, or tell admissions to bugger off.

That worked for Son #2, who faced a placement stack, which lasted as long as it took him to tell admissions that if he didn't get into his core classes this year as promised, then he would be gone and attend a college that would accommodate him.....
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Old 11-09-2017, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Mohican View Post
Huh. You hear a new term everyday. Today's new term is "Progressive Stack". It became popular on campus after the Occupy Movements - and in many instances means that White Male students will be called on only as a last resort....

https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/38636/



This is the the current face of Higher Education? Perhaps people should seek new majors, or voluntarily reduce the glut of college students, or tell admissions to bugger off.

That worked for Son #2, who faced a placement stack, which lasted as long as it took him to tell admissions that if he didn't get into his core classes this year as promised, then he would be gone and attend a college that would accommodate him.....

Yes, this appears to be the face of higher education in many places these days.

I recommend the hard sciences as a major. Most of the other stuff these days will likely get you smothered in post-modernist cheese-wiz. And as much as I enjoy cheese-wiz on a steak sandwich or some Ritz crackers, I try not to think too deeply about it.

In a way, just as the Trump election has brought to public light the trouble with electing someone who is not qualified for the office, this bad liberal behavior on steroids will hopefully convince people that putting the Ďchildrení (of any age) in charge of anything larger than the school bake sale is/was a mistake.

Iím optimistic. Letís let all the fringes speak publicly as much as they want. You know... give Ďem enough rope.


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Old 11-12-2017, 04:56 PM
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Many people thought Hillary was unqualified for office. Her actions as SOS led to "setting the Middle East on fire" not being hyperbole.

It's my opinion that President Obama was unqualified for office.

I think that tRUMP was unprepared for the office, and in spite of probably having even more chaos on his hands he should never have had the establishment camel have get it's nose in his tent.

My biggest disappointment with tRUMP was having his Daughter and Son IN Law as advisors.
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I read an article recently that said that prior to WWII, University Deans and Presidents typically came from Engineering or science backgrounds.

There was a movement starting after WWII to get (non departmental) deans and University presidents from the humanities/liberal arts/"soft sciences".
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Originally Posted by Mohican View Post
Many people thought Hillary was unqualified for office.
That anyone is qualified for office is a myth. No one knows how to run a country it's absurd. IMHO the people who think that they can run a country, ie: are qualified for office, are generally insane. See most leaders in history for details.

Is there anyone here who genuinely thinks they could run a country? -- know what to do with its military, its foreign policy, its medical budgets, its current/capital account, its education policy/funding, in the event of invasion, in the event of a financial crash, in the event of some violent domestic clashes or epidemic viral outbreak or natural disaster? Who really has the knowhow? Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump? I barely know what to have for breakfast most mornings. Man the whole proposal is just beyond absurd to me but there we go it's a crazy world.
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Old 11-13-2017, 05:33 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnConstantine View Post
That anyone is qualified for office is a myth. No one knows how to run a country it's absurd. IMHO the people who think that they can run a country, ie: are qualified for office, are generally insane. See most leaders in history for details.
Narcissism, grandiosity, sociopathic tendencies for sure.

With Trump you have all those things turned up to 11, plus a stunning lack of self-awareness and social skills of any kind. (Mistaken for just saying what "everybody" is thinking.)

So it really is a matter of degrees -- and the hope that you can elect someone who is somewhat less crazy than the other guy.
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Old 11-13-2017, 05:47 AM
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I recommend the hard sciences as a major.
Not everyone is suited for hard sciences. Generally, math is involved both in the discipline and as prerequisites. Otherwise, I think the people with the aptitude and interest will go that direction anyway. I can barely add and subtract, so I couldn't have gone into the sciences or engineering etc. if my life had depended on it.

It's tougher for everyone else to get a piece of paper that means something in the job market. I know plenty of people who have done well with liberal arts degrees -- but that's getting harder these days.

I was lucky -- I was a graphic design major -- so I graduated with a demonstrable skill. On interviews, I just showed my portfolio and not once did anyone ask me about grades and they wouldn't have cared if I hadn't even graduated, as long as I made it through the design program.

I could have gone to a two year school, but I got a lottery scholarship and went for a 4 year degree instead. I'd say that outside of the required art classes and classes for my major, the rest was useless and a colossal waste of time. I got a whole lot of partying done though.
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Originally Posted by Mohican View Post

My biggest disappointment with tRUMP was having his Daughter and Son IN Law as advisors.

Thatís probably your scots-Irish heritage speaking. I think theyíve probably contributed to his moderation. Otherwise we may have descended down a rabbit hole that even general Kelly couldnít have recovered from.

We need both sides to foster our future. Both sides left unchecked would be our ruin.



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Many people thought Hillary was unqualified for office. Her actions as SOS led to "setting the Middle East on fire" not being hyperbole.
Right. Nothing to do with that little dust-up in Iraq then...
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Old 11-19-2017, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnConstantine View Post
That anyone is qualified for office is a myth
The Office of POTUS has unique requirements.

That said, IMO governors and generals (like Ike) often have an easier path than Senators or businessmen.
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Right. Nothing to do with that little dust-up in Iraq then...
I'm not excusing Bush II.

Removing Mubarek led to the Muslim Brotherhood taking over Egypt - and then the Military having to restore order.

Removing Quadaffi let to the debacle at Benghazi.

Both to me are disqualifiers,
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My point was, it's kind of silly to say that Hillary's actions led to the "firestorm" in the middle east without bothering to even acknowledge the most recent antecedent -- so yeah -- it's hyperbole.
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My point was, it's kind of silly to say that Hillary's actions led to the "firestorm" in the middle east without bothering to even acknowledge the most recent antecedent -- so yeah -- it's hyperbole.
If fires were set in the mid east after her actions, then it's not hyperbole.

A lot of shit caught on fire post the ousters of Mubarek and Quadaffi. Hence, not hyperbole
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The executive orders of one president can be reversed or undone by the next president

http://realnewsrightnow.com/2017/01/...ardoned-obama/
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("...once long ago, there was a time in medieval europe where just knowing latin meant that you were a man of letters and thus entitled to the justice by the church rather than that brutal justice of the state, simply there were two justice systems, one for those with wealth, learning, and connections, and another one for everyone else who had no such advantages..." started the goblin then adding "...and thus today too we note how there is two justice systems once more, a common justice meted out to the average american, and an impunity to be had by swamp creatures only, along with mild fines to be had by bankers, and secrecy to be had by the rich now...", in fact, the goblin knew that it wasn't his fight as he wasn't an american, but he suspected that at some point some token gesture form the swamp would have to be forthcoming if only to keep the americans from taking things into their own hands as they had once done, then asking "...am I the only one who thinks things can't go on like this...")

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If fires were set in the mid east after her actions, then it's not hyperbole.

A lot of shit caught on fire post the ousters of Mubarek and Quadaffi. Hence, not hyperbole
Yeah, the hyperbole is about connecting the events to a single person who supposedly caused them. The middle east and the general shit storm is bigger than Egypt and Libya. Just a continuation of the usual policies that involve misreading the situation, backing the wrong horse and all the unintended consequences.

So I would ask, would things have been substantially different or better under a McCain or a Romney administration? I kind of doubt it.

Otherwise, great 20/20 hindsight. It all goes way back, obviously. I'm no expert, but it's funny to me how Americans look at the history of the middle east in four and eight year increments.

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Sometimes the decisions of singular people have far reaching consequences. Attaching white hats and black hats to parties and rank partisanship also lead to a rank refusal to see things as they are.

That's not to say that she didn't have others behind her on these stupid decisions. But she fronted them, and to the clear thinking she owns them.
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Sometimes the decisions of singular people have far reaching consequences. Attaching white hats and black hats to parties and rank partisanship also lead to a rank refusal to see things as they are.
Just what you were doing though.

Pretty weird to point the finger at Hillary for the firestorm in the middle east without even mentioning she came in in on the heels of what was arguably biggest foreign policy and military blunder in the history of the United States.

And I can't stand her Hillary, so I'm not absolving her or defending her in any way...-

And happy Thanksgiving -- if you're around.

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(the goblin days off continued, he had to rotate bistros though lest they thought him unemployed heaven forbid, relating "...yes funny how one thinks of how folks are thinking of one where if they're anything like me now then there not thinking of others at all, instead they're letting be and playing invisible at best...", in fact, that wasn't true neither as the goblin often tried to figure folks out, just people watching as it were, something he extended to the news too, he restarted "...I imagine that this is a bit before your time Mohican, but herod the great took over judea through killing off those who opposed him, the religious oligarchy there, and all at the behest of the roman empire whose ceasar at the time was herod's close friend, and although this is not exactly the same thing I know, an odd parallel can be drawn seeing the oligarchy in saudi is now being displaced by a new leader amongst them too, where desperate times do call for desperate measures, where these are clearly acts of desperation when one compares them with what would normally happen in saudi now...", in fact, the goblin was following american politics too, but the goings'on of the little swamp creatures hardly mattered anymore, nor north korea neither, ah no, this was only show in town now, or was just an evil circus that had ominously sprung up its tent overnight like in that book, the goblin was strangely drawn to that circus now, or was circus coming to him in its way)

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("...once long ago, there was a time in medieval europe where just knowing latin meant that you were a man of letters and thus entitled to the justice by the church rather than that brutal justice of the state, simply there were two justice systems, one for those with wealth, learning, and connections, and another one for everyone else who had no such advantages..." started the goblin then adding "...and thus today too we note how there is two justice systems once more, a common justice meted out to the average american, and an impunity to be had by swamp creatures only, along with mild fines to be had by bankers, and secrecy to be had by the rich now...", in fact, the goblin knew that it wasn't his fight as he wasn't an american, but he suspected that at some point some token gesture form the swamp would have to be forthcoming if only to keep the americans from taking things into their own hands as they had once done, then asking "...am I the only one who thinks things can't go on like this...")
I would say there is more than one justice system, or perhaps more accurately multiple standards as are applied to various groups. Congress openly excludes itself from laws such as insider trading laws. And then to find out that Congress has had a secret slush fund to pay off sexual harassment claims (in the hundreds of millions?). I know some fairly apolitical former military vets that say yes indeedy, military personnel that were much less sloppy with info got drummed out or trips to Leavenworth, vs Comey's public scolding off Hillary. Hopefully we completely clean house in our Justice Department and prosecute Hillary. An maybe Bill.

Circling back around to the sudden exposure of sexual sins of elected officials and their media pimps, I have this to offer -

We watch the normalization of smut with the debasement of of our culture via our mass entertainment and then act giddily shocked when our "leaders" turn out to be sociopathic sexual predators. - Mohican
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On a lighter note:

When I'm out hunting, and not seeing deer, sometimes my mind goes sideways. earlier this wee I was playing Injun games. How far could I walk with a mouth full of water without swallowing?

About two hundred yards. In some rough terrain.
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A Portrait of Hope?

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A Portrait of Hope?



I donít think so. Looks like a painting by an artist with flights of fancy wrt apocalyptic proclivities. Itís modernist fiction. And good fiction is compelling. I see why YOU like it.




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A Portrait of Hope?

If it's called a portrait of hope then this is just the desire for society to crumble -- and the dream that somehow it'll be nice and peaceful when that happens. We can just chill in the jungle and whatnot
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That's a little naive.

For most of history, women, minors etc, had absolutely no recourse if they were the victims of sexual abuse -- no one to tell, no consequences for the predators, especially if they were powerful.

I kind of doubt it's anything new.
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A Portrait of Hope?

That's right before the guy in the beard says, ďTake your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty apes!Ē
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That's a little naive.

For most of history, women, minors etc, had absolutely no recourse if they were the victims of sexual abuse -- no one to tell, no consequences for the predators, especially if they were powerful.

I kind of doubt it's anything new.
I think you go out of you way to take side swipes.

Nothing naive, and wasn't inferring that women, minors etc having recourse when they didn't.

But I'll accept that your comprehension is lacking and you have no clue what I was referring to and move from there.
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If it's called a portrait of hope then this is just the desire for society to crumble -- and the dream that somehow it'll be nice and peaceful when that happens. We can just chill in the jungle and whatnot
Would society crumble - or the 'Murrican society as we know it crumble if Sodom on the Potomac were to return to it's natural swampish vegetative state?

And if it were to crumble it would probably not be peaceful or easy.

A man I used to work for and I would have the discussion - collapse, or the continued slow slide, where the middle all but disappears and you have two stratified classes - and perhaps the upper class living even further apart, with more gated and guarded communities?

One of the things I'd like to see is the department headquarters for the Federal Government to be spread around the country- that might be a slight check and might slow down the rapid expansion of our capital.
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