#7 so true. Industrialized world at this time. So you import a young lady from say Malaysia. In a year she becomes Americanized. With child and divorced from you and then child support. Women teach each other the game well. I tell people my age and they can't believe me. I say its because I am single. I look 10-15 years younger. Jokingly I say to women I think I should become a sugar daddy. They light up. That's what they really want. Go on a date and 1- do you own your home. 2- Where do you work. How much do you make. On first date.
[NPR] In a case with potentially profound implications, the U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed ready to invalidate a provision of the Montana state constitution that bars aid to religious schools. A decision like that would work a sea change in constitutional law, significantly removing the longstanding high wall of separation between church and state.
The focal point of Wednesday's argument was a ruling by the Montana Supreme Court that struck down a tax subsidy for both religious and nonreligious private schools. The Montana court said that the subsidy violated a state constitutional provision barring any state aid to religious schools, whether direct or indirect.
On the steps of the Supreme Court Wednesday, Kendra Espinoza, a divorced mother of two, explained why she is challenging that ruling.
"We are a Christian family and I want those values taught at school," she said. "Our morals as a society come from the Bible. I feel we are being excluded simply because we are people of religious background."
[AP via Mil.com] KABUL, Afghanistan ‐ Nearly half of all Afghans want U.S. and NATO troops to leave Afghanistan once a peace deal to end the country's 18-year war is signed with the Taliban, according to a survey released Thursday.
The American Institute of War and Peace Studies also found that an overwhelming 80% of Afghans surveyed said a political solution was the only way to bring about an end to fighting, Twenty percent said a military solution was possible.
The survey found that 46% of Afghans want U.S. and NATO troops out of the country once a deal is struck, while 33% would have them stay.
The survey polled 5,038 Afghans in 34 provinces. It was conducted between Nov. 23-Dec. 20 and has a 5% margin of error. Sixty-one percent of participants answered online with the remaining 39% were interviewed in person.
While 57% of those surveyed wanted the Taliban to evict the foreign fighters among them. Many of those foreigners are believed to have links to al-Qaida and other militant organizations.
Herb is a resource here. He keeps us honest. I'd actually like to have a beer with Herb.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
01/24/2020 8:17 Comments ||
I don't disagree with Herb on all issues btw. We shouldn't be in the Nation-Building mission where the locals are too tribal and/or primitive to make it work. Go in when you have to, break things and people, and leave
Posted by: Frank G ||
01/24/2020 8:23 Comments ||
Yes but would you have some 'erb wif' your beer? You may talk of gin and beer...
That’s a country that wants a lot of hunter-killer teams. The problem is that there is a cultural propensity to produce jihadis, and many of them will happily go from battleground to battleground like the Turkmen, etc that Turkey is currently moving from Syria to Libya. If we don’t want them to flow elsewhere, we need to keep Afghanistan from once again becoming a safe haven for them.
Enough is enough. Either we stay, depopulate the place of people who annoy us and take what we want, or we leave. The only reason to be there should be our interest. I vote leave and spray the poppy fields with persistent nerve agents on the way out.
[Babylon Bee] WASHINGTON, D.C.‐In his opening statement at Trump's impeachment trial, Rep. Adam Schiff reminded the Senate of their solemn duty and the gravity of just what it is they will be discussing at the trial.
Schiff warned that if Trump is not impeached, the American people may have a chance to tamper with the next election.
"If President Trump is not impeached, the American people might get a say in who is president," Schiff said gravely. "We simply can't allow that to happen. We must diligently defend our electoral process against electoral outcomes we do not like. If that means seizing power through a sham impeachment trial, so be it."
"When the Founders wrote that founding document thing, they never imagined there would be electoral outcomes that Democrats did not agree with."
Democrats also said they even have hard evidence that the 2016 election was compromised by Republicans voting for Trump.
"We know this horrible outcome could happen, because it's already happened once before."
[HudsonInstitute] A quotation often misattributed to Albert Einstein defines insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results". The Pakistani establishment's assumption that control over all levers of power and a single national narrative can rid Pakistan of its myriad problems definitely matches that definition.
Pakistan's generals see themselves as the solution to Pakistan's problems instead of realising their own contribution to the country's long-standing issues.
Pakistan's praetorian establishment has run the country since its inception in 1947 on the basis of a narrow state ideology. There have been modifications, but the official worldview has shifted only within the narrow space between an Islamic nationalism and complete Islamisation. At the heart of Pakistan's state ideology is a constant sense of insecurity, the fear that external and internal forces are out to undo Pakistan.
The country has been caught in a vicious circle. The large army inherited from the British Raj must keep this sense of insecurity alive to justify the allocation of a significant portion of the country's resources for the military. That leaves little money for social or human development, which in turn constrains economic growth.
Economic difficulties make Pakistan dependent on assistance from outside powers, which have their own expectations and demands. These demands become fodder for conspiracy theories, which further feed the national sense of insecurity. The insecurity strengthens the military's hand and limits debate about what really ails Pakistan. A lesson for any country whose deep state threatens to take it over. Like America. They will happily run the country into the ground and keep it there.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
01/24/2020 00:00 ||
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[StudyFinds] WUHAN, China ‐ The emergence of a new coronavirus strain in Wuhan, China last month has put the entire world on alert. Following the recent revelation that the virus can in fact be spread via human-to-human transmission, Chinese authorities have halted flights and trains departing the city and inhabitants have been advised not to travel. Meanwhile researchers have been working tirelessly to understand this new health risk, both its origins and nature, in order to formulate the best way to stop a full blown epidemic. Now, researchers appear to have zeroed in on how the virus, officially named 2019-nCoV by the World Health Organization, first spread to humans: exposure to snakes at a wholesale market.
The study concludes that the first human diagnosed with this strain of coronavirus had, in all likelihood, visited a market in Wuhan where a large assortment of wildlife were available for purchase, including snakes, bats, farm animals, poultry, and seafood.
A detailed genetic analysis of the virus was performed, in which it was compared to any available genetic information on other viruses from across the world and the animal kingdom. This work resulted in the conclusion that this new virus first formed due to the combination of a coronavirus strain usually found in bats with another coronavirus strain of largely "unknown origin." The product of this combination was a new virus that featured a mix, or "recombination," of a viral protein that recognizes and binds to host cell receptors. This ability to recognize and bind to host cells is effectively what allows viruses to enter new hosts, leading to infection and disease.
So, while the very beginnings of 2019-nCoV appear to be linked to bats, researchers also found evidence that the coronavirus at some point made its way into snakes before ultimately reaching human patient zero. It was this aforementioned ability to recombine within the viral receptor-binding protein that likely facilitated the virus’ cross-species transmission from snakes to humans.
'I've eaten many strange and scrumptious dishes in my time,
Like jellied gnats and dandyprats and earwigs cooked in slime,
And mice with rice - they're really nice
When roasted in their prime.
(But don't forget to sprinkle them with just a pinch of grime.)
'I often eat boiled slobbages. They're grand when served beside
Minced doodlebugs and curried slugs. And have you ever tried
Mosquitoes' toes and wampfish roes
Most delicately fried?
(The only trouble is they disagree with my inside.)
'For dinner on my birthday shall I tell you what I chose:
Hot noodles made from poodles on a slice of garden hose -
And a rather smelly jelly
Made of armadillo's toes.
(The jelly is delicious, but you have to hold your nose.)
[NYP] Doctors have warned horny young men to refrain from using banana peels to masturbate ‐ the latest bizarre sex trend circulating on social media.
"It’s the closet thing to a blowjob," wrote one randy Redditor, who claims "he’s been doing it for years."
However, Dr. Diana Gill of prescription service Doctor-4-U cautions against the perverse practice. "You could develop a rash and sores on the penis which can be painful and might lead to infection," Gill told the Sun. Not only that, but she claims a person with a fruit or latex allergy could be more susceptible to a reaction from a banana skin.
"A person with a banana allergy is more likely to be allergic to other substances such as latex or other fruits and vegetables," she said. "So if you’re allergic to latex condoms you may also be allergic to banana skins."
Gill’s not the only naysayer. One Reddit user recounted a harrowing, cautionary tale where he used a banana skin to masturbate and allegedly ended up "falling in the mess I made, hit my head on the toilet and barely lived to tell the tale."
However, supporters of the organic orgasm inducer feel it’s too good to pass up. Subscribers to JackInWorld, the self-proclaimed "Ultimate Male Masturbation Resource," gave the "banana man" 4.5 out of 5 stars with 359 votes cast so far. The site also provides a tutorial on how to perform the act and even advised warming the peel for added effect.
Opinion: Time is running out for Lebanon. Sovereign debt has risen to 160 percent of GDP, with a projected debt service of $10 billion, equivalent to 22 percent of GDP, writes former minister @Nasser_Saidi.https://t.co/zA4YbzGjf2
Opinion: Hezbollah had a heavy hand in creating Lebanon’s new government, and that will have implications for receiving much-needed international aid, writes expert @makramrabah.https://t.co/MsTNcVrzwo
American Greatness via Instapundit
Even as Donald Trump continues to frustrate #TheResistance after three years of ceaseless fabrication and hysteria, conservatives must not forget just how close they are to the edge. We have a defender in the White House, but the social ideas of the Left prevail in nearly every other elite and cultural space in the United States.
The election of November 2016, the elevation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the Mueller report debacle, the Iran turnaround, and other wins for conservatives may be satisfying, but they have not shaken the leftist lock on our institutions one bit. The simmering stew of LGBT rights, toxic masculinity, white privilege, disparate impact calculations, and Millennial social justice campaigns has become dogma in corporate America, media, higher education, K-12 public schools (and many private schools, too), Silicon Valley, Hollywood, Broadway, the art world, museums, libraries . . .Even as Donald Trump continues to frustrate #TheResistance after three years of ceaseless fabrication and hysteria, conservatives must not forget just how close they are to the edge. We have a defender in the White House, but the social ideas of the Left prevail in nearly every other elite and cultural space in the United States.
Successful conservatives find the idea of gummint service appalling, and rightly so. Unfortunately, that leaves the field open for people who attend the "John Kennedy School of Government" at Harvard and we wind up with a professional governing class. Only hard term limits and anti-dynasty laws can moderate this problem.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
01/24/2020 6:28 Comments ||
Bauerlein nails it. The model here is not Lenin but Stalin, who saw early on that the HR position was by far the most important in the Bolshevik hierarchy.
This is exactly right: One thing I saw in more than 30 years in academia was that while leftists on the faculty were not always the brightest bulbs in the room, they often managed to populate university and department committees where policies were created and passed. While we were teaching and researching, they were reshaping the institution. We were getting on with our work, pushing our individual careers, getting our names in print, and believing we were advancing the field and the school. They were taking over
The left wants to win and rule, the (professional) right want to score debating points and show how smart they are.
This is due to the fact that many professional "conservatives" have internalized the left's assessment of them as being stupid, and have a desperate need to prove otherwise.
So they publish loads of white papers and cram for debates, while the leftist takeover chugs merrily along, and shuts down anyone on the right who actually proves effective and/or popular -- often with help of "conservatives".
Just look at the attacks on the Covington kids by creeps like Rod Dreher and Ben Shapiro.
I have a feeling that if the right eventually attains the power and status that the left currently holds, it won't be due to the efforts of "conservatives", but to the work of more proactive, not to say much nastier rightists.
And the "conservatives" can thank themselves for that outcome.
Conservatives had better learn how to "do power", before someone more sinister does it for them
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.