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Wednesday, March 08th, 2017 | Author:

A great quote from a man with real-world experience:

“Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.”

– Henry Kissinger

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Unintended Consequences
Tuesday, March 07th, 2017 | Author:

As usual, great commentary from Victor Davis Hanson:

Were NBC anchor Brian Williams’s fantasies fake news? Were Dan Rather’s “fake but accurate” Rathergate memos? How about the party line circulated in JournoList or the Washington and New York reporters who colluded to massage the news to favor the Clinton campaign, as revealed in the Podesta WikiLeaks trove? Was jailing a video maker part of an Obama-administration fake-news attempt to blame Benghazi deaths on a spontaneous riot? Was the Iran Deal’s “echo chamber,” about which Ben Rhodes later bragged, the epitome of fake news?

Thank the Left, because suddenly the term “fake news” is becoming a common description of the media’s effort to suggest that Trump once went to Moscow to frolic with prostitutes, that his lawyer met Russians in Prague, that he removed Martin Luther King’s bust from the Oval Office, that he was going to employ “100,000” guardsmen to enforce immigration law, or that he wished to invade Mexico.

The once liberal invention of the term “fake news” now mostly refers to media efforts by leftists to warp the Trump presidency; to progressive media celebrities who have been caught lying, colluding, or plagiarizing; and to the cohort of unapologetically left-wing journalists who, in the words of Obama White House operative Ben Rhodes, “know nothing” and thus are easily manipulated by their progressive political puppeteers.

Source: Democrats’ Unintended Consequences: Media Collusion, Partisan Overreach

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Can You Trust Snopes?
Sunday, March 05th, 2017 | Author:

I used to consider the Snopes web site a reputable source…  it appears that they also have succumbed to a political agenda:

Snopes got the facts wrong despite deploying not one but two fact-checkers to the case.  The first, Kim LaCapria, is a known leftist who has a history of struggling with the facts. The second was David Mikkelson, Snopes’ co-founder.

This is hardly the first time Snopes has struggled with the facts while “fact-checking.”

Last December, Snopes published a fact-check defending John Kerry’s State Department that was riddled with factual errors and omissions.

Source: Snopes Caught Playing Defense For Democrats 

What Do the Trump-Haters Want?
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 | Author:

A logical analysis from the Diplomad:

So they hate Trump but what are these protesters and their media enablers for?

As far as I can tell they are for children but also for killing unborn ones with no restriction, no apology, and no need for a fee. They are for LBGT and women’s “rights,” but ally themselves with Muslims who practice FGM, oppose abortion, treat women like cattle, and promote and engage in honor killings, and advocate death for LBGT people. They are for women’s rights, but want men who think they are women to use women’s washrooms. They are for free speech, but shut down anybody who disagrees with them, and, of course, ally themselves with Muslims who oppose freedom of speech and thought as part of their core dogma. They are against racism but try to stir up old racial animosities and conflicts that had long been resolved, buried, and forgotten. They are for poor working people, but oppose the tax and the regulatory structures that create jobs. They are for poor working people but favor unrestricted immigration that drives down wages, crowds out jobs, and absorbs the funds of public welfare schemes. They want free education for all, but oppose letting poor and middle class people have the right to choose their schools, unlike the rich people who do. They shout “Love Trumps Hate!” as they bash opponents with bricks and poles. They have spent decades denouncing the military, the CIA, the NSA, and the FBI as oppressors of the people, but now want those agencies to sabotage an elected president. The wealthy ones denounce gun ownership and walls but live behind protective shields of men with guns and walls around their exclusive properties…

Facts don’t matter. Logic is absent and even abhorred and shouted down. The emotion is the thing. The posturing is the thing. The slogan is the thing.

Source: The DiploMad 2.0: Madness and Chaos: the Left in the Time of Trump

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CNN Loses Court Case About False Reporting
Sunday, February 19th, 2017 | Author:

Interesting set of events:

Those who accuse CNN and other mainstream media outlets of “fake news” will probably revel in a recent decision by a federal judge in Atlanta, Georgia. While Judge Orinda Evans didn’t all out declare that CNN was peddling in falsehoods, she did take aim at the network in an initial judgment in favor of a former hospital CEO who sued CNN accusing them of purposely skewing statistics to reflect poorly on a West Palm Beach hospital.

Source: Hospital CEO Wins Major Court Victory After Accusing CNN of False Reporting

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CNN and Reasonable People
Saturday, February 18th, 2017 | Author:

I was in the Atlanta airport during a recent business trip so it was difficult to avoid hearing the CNN broadcast.  It’s interesting that the 20 minutes of Wolf Blitzer was primarily complaints about the fact that Trump chose to respond to questions from conservative media.

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More Government Control of Your Life
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 | Author:

It’s not a crazy proposition of what’s likely to happen:

The time will come when you won’t be able to buy a cup of coffee without being traced, warns investment guru Jim Rogers. To control people, governments will increasingly seek to hunt down cash spending, he adds.

When it’s done, the governments are going to be very, very happy they are going to say they’re doing it for our own good, this is not them, this is for our good. That they’re doing this, but it’s coming, and it’s going to be a whole different world in which we live. Probably we are not going to have as many freedoms as we have now even though we are already losing our freedoms at a significant pace…

Source: Big Brother is watching you: Jim Rogers prophesizes death of cash & total govt control of spending

Playing Ice Hockey Again
Monday, February 13th, 2017 | Author:

Update

I actually went out and purchased 2016 CCM Tacks… a photo below that compares the 1981 version against the 2016 version.  It appears that all skates adopted the Lange style boot — i.e., hard shell that is baked at 200F and theoretically formed to your foot.   I’ll let you know in subsequent updates how the new skates work out.

 

December 23, 2016

After 35 years, it’s time to get back playing the sport of my first passion:  Ice hockey.

I found my CCM Super Tacks from my playing days (see attached photo).  They’re not in bad shape for being 35 years old…  Unfortunately I was 5’11”, 180lbs when I last used these (versus 6’3”, 240lbs).   Stated another way: You typically wear skates a size smaller than your shoes.  However, these skates are size 8. I now wear a size 11… Ouch.

The heavens have raised the stakes for me to get back on the ice – I’ll have to invest in new skates.

I see that CCM still uses the Tacks brand name, but there are all types of variations.  $900 for Super Tacks!??  The Tacks 2092 for $75?   WTF!

I recall when I first started playing at age 9 and my dad was yelling at my mom about the cost of the equipment she was buying for me (including my $20 Canadian Flyer hockey skates).  The cost of equipment for this sport is still crazy.

I’m overwhelmed by the number of brands, variations, etc.   It used to be one or two pro quality options from CCM, Bauer, and Cooper.  And where are the black blade holders on the current skates?  You can only get white?   I always favored black tape on my stick and black tuuks for my skates – the better to hide the black puck.

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Useful Expressions from the Southern States
Sunday, February 12th, 2017 | Author:

“Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit.”

“This’ll jar your preserves.”

“If things get any better, I may have to hire someone to help me enjoy it.”

“It’s so dry, the trees are bribing the dogs.”

“He fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.”

“The wheels still turning, but the hamsters dead”

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Who Believes in Individual Liberty?
Saturday, February 11th, 2017 | Author:

For the classical liberal:

There is far, far more true liberalism on the American Right, in this 21st century, than inhabits the American Left. I’ll say it again: there is far more real, actual, tangible liberalism, on the American Right, at this point in time, than on the American Left. By a significant margin.

This is not my opinion based on Fox News, Limbaugh, or Breitbart. I don’t watch Fox News, nor do I listen to Limbaugh, nor do I follow Breitbart. This is my opinion based on a quarter century of cumulative experience and analysis. I have reached this point, having felt the spectrum of American political discourse being dragged beneath my feet, such that many of the old-style liberal heroes of yore would be called dangerously extreme Republicans today.

Source: How the ctrl-Left drove me away from American liberalism

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