Archive for ◊ October, 2017 ◊

Ohio State Football
Sunday, October 29th, 2017 | Author:

We went to the Ohio State (#6) vs Penn State (#2) game yesterday in Columbus and saw a doozy of a football match-up.  Due to the fact that the Buckeyes had to overcome all sorts of adversity (much of it self-induced, such as 100 yards worth of penalties), the come-back victory was more momentous than just winning a game.  It was a great teaching opportunity to show what can happen if you don’t quit, even when nothing appears to be going your way.  Even when the OSU team was down 21-3, they continued to claw-back… with success at the end of the long journey (another 4-hour college football game).

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European Vacation
Friday, October 27th, 2017 | Author:

We just returned from a great vacation to central Europe… We took a Danube river cruise on Amawaterways and visited numerous cities and countries, including Budapest, Hungary, Bratislava, Slovakia, Vienna, Austria, Regensburg, Germany, and Prague, Czechia.


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The Most Popular Postings on this Site
Friday, October 27th, 2017 | Author:

These are some of the most visited and popular postings on this web site:

Is Greece the “Canary” for Economic Decline?

Republicans Without Principles

Do US Tech Companies Have Too Much Influence?

Does AI Mean “Augmented Intelligence”?

American Jewry & Israel

Aircraft Bone Yard in Tucson

Real Politics – Tyranny versus Anarchy

What is Chanukah?

Gardening Experiment with Cucumbers

How to Know if You’re a 21st Century Liberal

Cracked Bicycle Rims

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The Leftist Brand of Morality
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 | Author:

As usual, some great comments from Mark Steyn:

Once upon a time, the elites chafed under middle-class morality, and found sly workarounds for their darker appetites. Then came liberation. And in the ruins of bourgeois society a new moral hierarchy arose: Dreamers trump citizens, sexual identity trumps religious faith, female empowerment trumps the manly virtues

And yet, as the case of Harvey Weinstein suggests, in the end nothing much has changed: As the old elite declined to be constrained by middle-class morality, the new elite decline to be constrained by their own purported morality. In the end, it’s still about who has power, and who is disposable. As Lee Smith points out, the truth about Weinstein is only in the papers because Hillary lost. Were President Rodham in the Oval Office, this story could not run – because the First Gentleman has done everything and more that their longtime donor has done.

Source: Contradictions and Condescension

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Football and Honor
Sunday, October 08th, 2017 | Author:

There have been more interesting comments about the NFL than you can shake a stick at, such as here, here, and here… It doesn’t surprise me that the most cogent observations come courtesy of Victor Davis Hanson:

Meanwhile, the NFL has successfully lobbied for exemption from federal antitrust regulations. NFL owners are crony capitalists who want the state both to subsidize them and leave them alone.

Racial politics in the NFL have become increasingly problematic. The mega-wealthy franchise owners are almost all white businesspeople. Their multimillionaire players are about 70 percent African-American. So there is little diversity among the players, but even less among the owners.

Politically correct orthodoxy dictates that even quasi-public entities like the NFL should “look like America.” But instead, the NFL apparently sees itself as an old-fashioned meritocracy where athletic skills and corporate success alone determine who plays and who owns.

The progressive notions of “proportional representation” and “disparate impact” that sometimes govern universities and government mysteriously do not apply to the NFL, where few Latinos or Asians are included.

But most importantly, the league has entirely forgotten the fundamental rule of business: Never ignore, insult or talk down to the loyal consumers who provide the leagues’ support and income.


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Are They Starting to See the Light?
Monday, October 02nd, 2017 | Author:

An interesting article in an Australian Newspaper about some people waking up to realities in the world:

Upon meeting a Jewish person, says Dean, you should “reach out, shake their hand and say, I’m sorry for a long list of shortcomings: Failing to mourn the Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Olympic Games, dismissing Palestinian terrorist attacks, blaming the lack of Middle East peace solely on Israel, ignoring the BDS movement, and refusing to see the connection between radical Islamic terrorism against Israel and its attacks on the rest of the world.”

Today, however, things are beginning to change:

The other day, Norway’s Minister for Migration and Integration, Sylvi Listhaug – one of that country’s most popular politicians – linked terror in Europe to what Israel endures.

Speaking to an Israeli media outlet, she said: “We are experiencing now the fear that you have experienced for decades. Many people now understand the situation you live in. We see what is happening in Sweden, in Britain and in France.”

Ms Listhaug added that Europeans “need to understand the situation in Israel better.” This may sound like common sense, but it is completely at odds with the one-sided approach most European politicians and other nations instinctively take against Israel.

Source: Australian Columnist: We Should Apologize to the Jews 

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Kasich is Planning to Join the Democrats
Sunday, October 01st, 2017 | Author:

These rumors are ironic…  Kasich already left the Republican party years ago.

Kasich has been one of President Trump’s most vocal opponents within the party, and some point to him as a likely primary challenger in 2020. But Kasich seems to be toying with the idea of leaving the GOP entirely

Source: Kasich: If GOP “can’t be fixed,” I can’t support it

I’m certainly no fan of the Republicans, but Kasich never took the more principled position of a classical liberal.  Instead, he used the duplicitous Democrat playbook in Ohio for many years.  Namely, he embraced Obamacare and he kicked the economic-can-down-the-road.  In standard political fashion, we’ll discover after he leaves office that his decisions were not in the best interests of Ohio citizens.

Instead of being a primary challenger, I can foresee Kasich joining the Democrats to run for President as a Democrat (challenging Oprah for the position of ultimate leftist)… Once you become an egotistical politician, the sky is the limit.

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