All in all, not a bad weekend.
***************I don't know about you, but I really like Mike Rowe. If nothing else he gets right to the point, is not pretentious, and actually knows how to work hard and get dirty.
So when he responds to MSLSD's Melissa Harris-Perry's contention that the phrase “hard work” is a racist term that in some way equates to slavery, it is something to behold.
As Ed Driscoll writes, “...the average plumber is also likely much more respected than the average journalist these days — and for good reason: plumbers by and large seem much more competent and trustworthy when it comes to their jobs compared to the average Democrat operative with a byline.”
***************The real reason the last gun shop in San Francisco closed it's doors: The city has mandated that gun shops hand over information about its customers to the cops.
The owner wasn't about to do that because there was absolutely no legal reason (city ordinances not withstanding) for doing so.
For a city that prides itself on being tolerant of all kinds of beliefs and perversions, San Francisco is one of the least tolerant cities I've ever visited.
***************Since the New England Patriots were off this weekend after their 36-7 win over Miami this past Thursday, I decided to catch the Detroit Lions/Kansas City Chiefs game from London.
I've seen the popularity of American football growing in the UK over the years, evidenced by the increasing number of games being played in London. (I believe this one was the fourth of the season.)
I believe it's only a matter of time before London gets its own NFL team, whether it is an expansion team or a US team moving to the UK.
***************With two states having passed “Yes means Yes” legislation (California and New York), I expect the number of sexual assault cases on college campuses to skyrocket. I also expect the number of lawsuits against colleges in those states to also skyrocket as more students will be convicted by the kangaroo courts run by those same institutions of higher learning.
One of the big problems with the legislation is that very few, if any college students really understand what it means or entails. They're confused, and rightfully so, because the laws in both states are so ambiguous that they are open to abuse.
Writes Greg Lukianoff about one student's response to the law in New York:
As one student said, “That’s what scares the sh*t out of me. Because if anything happens, if someone says I did anything or something is misconstrued, I’m automatically the villain, I’m automatically the bad guy, and it’s up to me to prove that I’m not—which is interesting, because in America it’s supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.”And even if found innocent, they're still guilty and any reputation they may have had will be gone, never to return.
The only ones that will be profiting from these laws are the tort lawyers, and rightfully so.
***************What's the real reason Obama has sent Special Forces into Syria? Allan West knows, and it ain't pretty.
Writes Col. West:
This is just a band-aid on a sucking chest wound and the LAST thing I EVER want to see are our combat warriors being used like pawns in a very dangerous game by inept and incompetent folks. History is sadly repeating itself.Indeed.
(H/T Pirate's Cove)
***************Of all of the GOP candidates for president, it appears the one the liberals are having a tough time coming to grips with is Ben Carson.
How strange it must be for people who comfort themselves with the slander that the GOP is a cult of organized racial hatred that the most popular politician among conservatives is a black man. Better to ignore the elephant in the room than account for such an inconvenient fact. The race card is just too valuable politically and psychologically for liberals who need to believe that their political opponents are evil.The only racism that is allowed is the soft-racism as practiced by the Left. Without that their constituency will fade away because they won't need the Left any more.
***************The Daily Gator wonders why the members of Cult of Gun Control are so violent?
Could it be they don't want any competition or that they want free rein to commit acts of violence without the fear of being stopped by armed citizens?
***************Listening to the promises being made by Bernie Sanders at his campaign stop brings up memories of other politicians here and abroad bringing up the very same promises over the past six decades. He is offering nothing new. The only thing that's changed are the numbers. He never offers to anyone how we're supposed to pay for everything he's promising, nor does he really seem to care.
The big problem: all of those previous politicians who kept their promises to create the socialist paradise being put forth by Sanders have instead destroyed their economies, weakened civil rights, and in many cases , turned into tyrannies rivaling those or previous eras.
If this is what Bernie is offering then my answer must be “Hell, no!”
***************Here's a list of 10 shambling technologies that refuse to die.
I'm not sure about including USB 2.0 on the list because, quite frankly, there are numerous devices out there that neither need nor can support USB 3.0 or 3.1. They are overkill for the purpose of transferring small amounts of data from a device to a PC or network. Some of the instruments made by the company where I've worked the past 18 years don't need anything beyond USB 2.0. Heck, some don't need anything beyond USB 1.1!
***************While Vladimir Putin gives me the willies seeing as it appears he's trying to restart the Cold War, the one thing I agree with him on is Anthropogenic Global Warming: It's a fraud.
***************Skip of Granite Grok offers us a lesson in economics, one that has be be learned again and again:
When government stops supporting winners, they oft become losers.
In this case Skip is talking about electric cars and what happened to sales in one state – Georgia - once it stopped subsidizing their purchase: sales dropped by 88.9 percent.
So endith the lesson.