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  • Spellbound? Leading anti-war progressives have begun speaking favorably of Trump

    06/25/2016 5:35:50 PM PDT · 5 of 22
    exDemMom to nightlight7

    I’ve seen a few articles like this.

    If you are a logical thinker, you realize that beefing up the military is not, in itself, an action that is likely to lead to war. On the contrary, a strong military is a deterrent to attack, which decreases the likelihood of war. Especially if our enemies know that we are slow to attack, but deadly and effective when we do—they will not risk attacking us.

    The Democrat way, which is to weaken the military so that it cannot act effectively, while finding all kinds of excuses for military action, is exactly the recipe for war. It is that kind of misuse of the military that emboldens enemies and encourages them to become increasingly aggressive and belligerent. This is why the Middle East is so unstable, and we have so many attacks and attempted attacks in the US. They don’t think we’re strong enough to stop them.

    Perhaps some of the “pacifists” are beginning to understand the real meaning of “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

  • Google searches Clinton crimes are scared away from visiting FR -vanity

    06/25/2016 5:17:21 PM PDT · 29 of 51
    exDemMom to Future Useless Eater

    I had to type in the exact same search terms you did in order to see the warnings, and the warnings do not appear on every entry.

    Wherever the warnings appear, copying and pasting the link gives a result like this:

    I cannot copy and paste what actually shows up when I mouse over the link.

    But when there is no warning, mousing over the title shows something similar to this:

    and when I try to copy/paste that same link, it pastes like this:

    It looks like the difference is that the warnings appear whenever a second website appears after the first website (which is FreeRepublic). I use Google Chrome, and it simply will not allow me to go to the site at all when there is a warning. Maybe those links actually do go somewhere that is not FR?

  • Trump shifts immigration plan: No 'mass deportations'

    06/25/2016 4:33:01 PM PDT · 79 of 133
    exDemMom to ozarkgirl

    There is one other action that needs to be taken, and that is to stop the human trafficking, aka slavery. The illegals who are working under the table for employers who get hit with huge fines will go back once they no longer can work. But victims of human trafficking are captives; I don’t see how fines are going to help them.

  • Vanity.. OUT OF SYNC

    06/25/2016 12:03:17 PM PDT · 27 of 40
    exDemMom to COUNTrecount

    Oh, my, there is so much wrong with that article. And I am not certain that we can even excerpt NYT articles. So I will have to content myself with only deconstructing a couple of points.

    Hillary claims that Americans should value “stability”, while Trump represents “chaos.” Translated into the real world, that means that Hillary wants complete autocratic control—i.e., stability. Trump supports freedom, which is inherently a chaotic system, as each person makes decisions for him or herself.

    The article also says that Hillary is counting on Trump’s history of “racist and sexist” remarks to boost her campaign. Good luck with that—Trump’s racist and sexist remarks are as plentiful as Hillary’s foreign policy successes when she was heading the State Department. In other words, they don’t exist.

    It is probably best just to stay away from the NYT. It exists for the sole purpose of shaping the socialist narrative, and it will tolerate no dissenting opinion, no fact-finding.

  • U.S. Set to Lift Ban on Openly Transgender Troops (July 1)

    06/25/2016 11:05:28 AM PDT · 101 of 115
    exDemMom to Mariner
    About the ONLY thing Bill Clinton got right was Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

    The don't ask, don't tell (DADT) policy was devised for the express purpose of allowing gays to openly join the military.

    Prior to DADT, the military did ask, and responded by discharging the homosexuals. Bill Clinton wanted to lift the ban outright, but met with considerable opposition. So he instituted DADT, to allow gays to join as long as they kept quiet (they could still be discharged if it was learned they were gay).

    When Obama was elected, the media went into full propaganda mode. They characterized Obama's ditching of the DADT policy as a "reversal" of DADT, when it never was. A reversal would have meant that the military would have gone back to the previous policy of asking, and not allowing homosexuals to join, or else discharging them if it turned out they had lied initially. What Obama did was an expansion of Clinton's policy--where Clinton had made it possible to join as long as gays kept quiet about it, Obama has made it so that gays can openly flaunt their homosexuality.

    You have to be careful with the leftist narrative. They misrepresent the past in order to fabricate a narrative that advances their agenda.

  • Obama names Stonewall national monument; 1st for gay rights

    06/25/2016 9:02:52 AM PDT · 7 of 62
    exDemMom to traumer

    You have to wonder why Obama is so obsessed with sexual deviancy.

  • Washpost: America Can't Declare Economic Independence Because Not Enought Whites

    06/25/2016 9:01:29 AM PDT · 29 of 63
    exDemMom to Biggirl

    Just thought of something else. How do we declare economic independence when we are not dependent on any other country to shore up our economic shortfalls?

    What we need to do is force economic independence on every country that is dependent on us. Everyone will be better off for it.

  • Washpost: America Can't Declare Economic Independence Because Not Enought Whites

    06/25/2016 8:58:38 AM PDT · 28 of 63
    exDemMom to Biggirl

    The liberal narrative has always been designed to get people to vote as mindless drones, based on their ethnic background. It also is designed to shame and ostracize those who step out of the crowd and dare to be independent.

    It is mind-bogglingly racist to assume that because a person is not white, that person has no appreciation or need for freedom and prosperity. Freedom is non-discriminatory; everyone benefits from participating in capitalism.

  • The Luxury Yacht Charter Experience - I Want THIS!!!

    06/25/2016 8:47:38 AM PDT · 18 of 48
    exDemMom to mountn man

    Holy cow! (Excuse my language.)

    Those yachts cost more per week than my house is worth.

    Not to mention way more than my annual income.


  • The Luxury Yacht Charter Experience - I Want THIS!!!

    06/25/2016 8:04:15 AM PDT · 6 of 48
    exDemMom to truthnomatterwhat

    I notice that there is not a single price listed anywhere. I guess it’s one of those “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” deals.

  • Hate isn’t the way make Britain – or America – great again

    06/25/2016 7:52:52 AM PDT · 38 of 59
    exDemMom to artichokegrower

    Dismissing non-liberal positions as “hate”, “stupidity”, etc., is a ploy used to avoid any kind of intellectual discussion of the issue. If the liberals had an intellectual basis for their beliefs, they would not be afraid to argue the point—but they don’t. Hence, the ad hominem attacks.

  • Man and Identity... Mark Steyn

    06/25/2016 6:25:33 AM PDT · 5 of 18
    exDemMom to Rummyfan
    Concerned by the narrow time frame – to those of a non-creationist bent - between the cooling of the earth and the rapid emergence of the planet's first life forms, Crick determined to provide another explanation for the origin of life.

    Or, as Dr. James Watson put it, Crick became a little crazy when he started to realize that the discovery of the structure of DNA does not explain the origin of life at all.

    I've had the fortune of seeing Dr. Watson speak twice. He is, IMHO, a better scientist than Crick, because when they won the Nobel prize, he continued his career of solid research. Crick, OTOH, went off on a bizarre tangent in which he was hypothesizing about life starting somewhere else and then being seeded here--which, even if true, would not answer the question of the origin of life.

  • Paul Krugman’s Democratic Party

    06/25/2016 5:23:17 AM PDT · 14 of 18
    exDemMom to vette6387
    When the USA was a “melting pot” of Northern Europeans, we had immigrants who shared our values and our believed in our Constitution.

    When I was a child, there were considerable Chinese and Japanese communities in our area. I don't recall that they ever caused problems. In fact, they seemed to assimilate into American culture fairly well, while keeping certain aspects of their Asian cultures. For instance, they were Buddhists... members of a genuinely peaceful religion.

    I should note that this was almost 50 years ago, and the Chinese were pre-PRC immigrants and their descendants.

  • Tony Robbins asked them to overcome fear and storm across hot coals. Dozens were injured

    06/25/2016 5:12:15 AM PDT · 55 of 60
    exDemMom to elcid1970
    One year Fijian soldiers were deployed to the Middle East as part of a U.N. peacekeeping force. The terrorists were scared to death of them as the Fijians did not discourage rumors that captured terrorists would be killed and eaten.

    Oh, that is funny.

    My son likes to go around and talk to people when we visit places. One of the people he talked to was a veteran who had been a part of one of those international forces. The Fijian armed forces are very small, but they like to participate in world matters. Fiji is such a poor country that that is the only opportunity many of them will ever have to see another country.

  • Taking a (Le)Page from the Democrats

    06/25/2016 5:05:09 AM PDT · 25 of 64
    exDemMom to Kaslin

    This is not the same as trying to regulate what independent people eat and drink, à la New York City. On the contrary, this is telling those who use our money to buy their food that they cannot use it for junk food or luxury food. There is nothing wrong with that. If they use their own money to buy food, then they can buy whatever they want.

    This is no different than telling welfare recipients they must be clean on drug tests in order to collect our money.

    As far as I’m concerned, people who select to depend on the government for survival really have no right to use taxpayer money frivolously, whether it is for drugs or junk food.

    In every other situation, the government puts strict controls on how money is spent. A scientist who applies for a grant based on plans to study the molecular profile of stage 3 melanoma cells had better be ready to show how he spent that grant money studying stage 3 melanoma cells. A construction company that wins a bid to build a road between Baltimore and Philadelphia had better use the money to build that road. Etc. The government can and should tie strings to government money—it is, after all, our money and we have a right to see it used wisely.

  • Paul Krugman’s Democratic Party

    06/25/2016 4:41:09 AM PDT · 8 of 18
    exDemMom to Kaslin

    It strikes me that the name “socialist” for the leftist method of government is exactly opposite of what the word implies. Inasmuch as societies consist of people who agree to live by certain rules in order to create harmony, Socialism destroys societies. Where the socialist ideal is “What do I get out of it? How much can I soak other people for?”, the capitalist ideal is, “Let’s try to get everyone to be self-sufficient so that no one is a burden on other people; let everyone interact as equals.”

    The selfishness of socialism destroys societies. We’ve seen this happen over and over—Venezuela is just the latest in a long line of socialist failures.

  • Tony Robbins asked them to overcome fear and storm across hot coals. Dozens were injured

    06/25/2016 4:23:49 AM PDT · 52 of 60
    exDemMom to elcid1970
    When I was a child, I read about Rev. Thomas Baker. The cannibalistic Fijians of that time believed that in order to assimilate a person's qualities of bravery, strength, and so forth, they had to eat the whole person. However, they could not eat his leather boots. They boiled the boots for four days, and still could not eat them. I remember the story vividly; the whole story--the incident and location--seemed so exotic that it could not possibly exist.

    Fast forward a few decades, when we went to Fiji. The resort had those ubiquitous tour pamphlets, and we used those to plan a couple of tours. The tour representative at the resort calls the tour guides and makes the arrangements for them to come pick you up for your own personal tour. So we arranged to go on the Sigatoka (pronounced "singa tonka") River Safari, featuring a visit to a lovely village complete with kava ceremony, and then a tour of the nearby "cannibal cave." Within the cave, our guide told us the story of the last act of cannibalism in Fiji--that of Rev. Baker. Baker had insulted the village chief by yanking the decorative pick out of his 'fro, and the angry chief killed him for it. Of course, I immediately recognized the story; it was one of those surreal moments, when that unbelievable story from childhood suddenly became quite real.

    Now, for the rest of the story, another part of the cave is a holy cave. The village priest had accompanied us into the cave, and in the holy cave, he went to the section of cave where only the priest is allowed to go, and blew into a conch shell and blessed us (but in Fijian, so we don't know what he actually said). People can get married in the holy cave; the villagers will be happy to help with the ceremony.

    After the cave tour, we went back to the village where the locals, these descendants of cannibals who now are Methodists ("thank God!" as one of our young guides said), barbecued lamb sausages for lunch. Absolutely delicious.

    One last thing: Rev. Baker's boots are on display at the national museum in Suva. We do plan to go back to Fiji, and when we do, we will go to Suva and visit that museum. Suva is quite a distance from the tourist areas in Nadi (pronounced nandee), so that will have to be an overnight trip.

    I highly recommend visiting Fiji.

  • Abraham Lincoln Predicted Brexit and Trump’s Rise. Hillary Should Pay Attention

    06/25/2016 3:56:49 AM PDT · 4 of 9
    exDemMom to 2ndDivisionVet
    Here we are, wondering how Trump gained millions of supporters or why the pro-Brexit politicians won, since in both cases their arguments don’t make sense and there is a battery of logical reasons, facts and examples that clearly contradict them? Well, again, it’s not rational, it’s emotional.

    There are many logical reasons to support Trump, and none to support Hillary.

    Statements such as this made by leftists who reflexively base every decision on emotion just confirm my suspicion about leftists. That is, that their brains are miswired and the logic circuits are crossed. So that the more logical something is, the more it befuddles them. For example, they would feel that the simple statement that 2+2=4 is bewildering but the assertion that 2+2 is a sign of white privilege is completely factual.

  • Tony Robbins asked them to overcome fear and storm across hot coals. Dozens were injured

    06/24/2016 10:07:52 PM PDT · 45 of 60
    exDemMom to elcid1970

    They do. They sell everything that they once used for cannibalism. The woodwork is beautiful, and you would not mind displaying one of those objects in your home if you were unaware of its use.

    I chose not to get one of those. Instead, I got a small tanoa, a replica of the bowl used for preparation of kava, a mild narcotic. I have placed it on my desk at work, and I love to tell people about it.

  • Tony Robbins asked them to overcome fear and storm across hot coals. Dozens were injured

    06/24/2016 8:23:02 PM PDT · 24 of 60
    exDemMom to NRx

    I once watched Fijian warriors walk across a burning coal pit. They went quite quickly, and none of them were burned.

    Honestly, I was more concerned about them earlier in the day, when they were showing how they hack coconuts open with machetes. I was sure I would see fingers flying... didn’t happen.

    I highly recommend visiting Fiji, and taking a little day trip to Robinson Crusoe Island during the visit.

  • Clinton Email Scandal: Latest Batch Exposes Two Big New Problems For Hillary

    06/24/2016 8:05:42 PM PDT · 29 of 61
    exDemMom to Art in Idaho
    I honestly thought that was a definite possibility back then, given their history of selling missile secrets to China. How come nothing ever came of that?

    If you remember, the news about Monica Lewinsky hit right after the news about Bill selling missile technology to China. Bill Clinton could have come right out and said that he was "doing" Monica Lewinsky, and everyone would have forgotten the whole incident within a week or so. But he didn't. He chose to draw it out and lie and obfuscate about it. He chose to escalate his affair to the point where he got impeached over it. I remember thinking at the time, with that particular sequence of events, that the media had dropped the important story in favor of the Lewinsky story. I have always been convinced that the Monica issue was a ploy to distract us from the fact that he was selling missile technology to China and nuclear technology to North Korea.

  • Clinton Email Scandal: Latest Batch Exposes Two Big New Problems For Hillary

    06/24/2016 7:30:30 PM PDT · 20 of 61
    exDemMom to hsmomx3
    She’s been amazingly quiet recently.

    That's because she breaks into uncontrollable coughing every time she speaks.

  • New Hampshire Woman Drops Defamation Suit Against Bill Cosby

    06/24/2016 6:58:41 PM PDT · 7 of 12
    exDemMom to SkyDancer
    And what was a fifteen year old doing in the Playboy mansion in the first place?

    That is an *excellent* question.

  • 'This Is Not My Party': George Will Goes from GOP to Unaffiliated

    06/24/2016 6:54:40 PM PDT · 14 of 197
    exDemMom to bkopto

    That’s okay, George. You have made it clear that you are no real conservative.

    BTW, another four years of socialism will kill the country. If the country wasn’t so bad off already, Trump’s message would not resonate the way it has.

  • New Hampshire Woman Drops Defamation Suit Against Bill Cosby

    06/24/2016 6:52:17 PM PDT · 4 of 12
    exDemMom to SkyDancer

    You have to keep in mind that Cosby is a hugely successful black man who has never been on the plantation. He may be a liberal, but he has very often spoken up for values like personal responsibility.

    In other words, for the left and its victimhood politics, Bill Cosby is the kind of man who must be taken down at all cost. And drumming up sexual assault allegations of dubious veracity is a good way to do it, especially against a black man.

    I have always been skeptical of the claims.

  • POLITICO delegate survey: Dump Trump lacks the votes (Anti-Trumpers Outnumbered Big)

    06/24/2016 6:44:14 PM PDT · 3 of 47
    exDemMom to Red Steel
    Meanwhile, the Trump campaign has enjoyed the full backing of the RNC since Cruz left the race. It’s had access for weeks to lists of convention delegates and has begun building a team of more than 150 staff members and volunteers intended to work the convention floor, as well as the rules committee.


    Is this true, or is this just the RNC trying to throw some red meat to Trump supporters?

    Whatever, I will donate to Trump, and not the RNC until I see signs that the RNC has once again decided to become the party of freedom loving people.

  • Ellie Goulding, Cher, Bastille, Others React To #Brexit

    06/24/2016 6:26:57 PM PDT · 9 of 28
    exDemMom to Extremely Extreme Extremist
    I'm surprised:

    Cher ✔ @cher Glued 2Brexit results with Frnds‼️
    “Leaves”Have Won.Frnds say Immigration played part in Vote.
    🙏🏻It’s Best Decision 4 All UK PPL💖👏🏻 😘💋

    Cher so rarely shows support for the rational side, I think this is a first!

  • Obama does UNTHINKABLE at Guantanamo Bay

    06/24/2016 5:12:26 PM PDT · 12 of 49
    exDemMom to

    In the future, please refrain from posting or linking to ANY documents that have apparent classification markings. Posting or reposting such documents on the internet is a national security violation.

  • Why Americans Should Celebrate The Brexit Vote

    06/24/2016 4:09:10 AM PDT · 10 of 42
    exDemMom to milton23

    It’s a great excuse for a party!

    Next up, the US has a chance to vote for freedom—may we use it wisely.

  • Man Gets Entire Plane To Himself After Fellow Travelers Catch Other Flights

    06/24/2016 4:07:03 AM PDT · 24 of 75
    exDemMom to Covenantor
    Should have treated it as a gracious gift, as all costs to carrier were fixed regardless of where you sat. The surprise benefits would have been mutual.

    That may be true. However, the incident for me represents more of a quirk of human nature than anything else. Neither we nor the other passengers had paid for first class; therefore, none of us deserved to receive it.

    I did, one time, fly first class. That was because I had arrived for an overbooked flight, and I was traveling on orders. I had to wait until the last minute for the flight crew to find me a seat, and that seat just happened to be an aisle seat in first class. To compound the situation, the woman in the window seat asked if I would mind trading, since her husband was in the aisle seat in the next row up. Oh, break my heart--first class AND a seat with a view, all for the price of coach! (I like sitting next to the window; it distracts me from the fact that I'm in a small, crowded, enclosed space.)

  • Brit Exit for a Dummy

    06/24/2016 3:59:56 AM PDT · 26 of 57
    exDemMom to COBOL2Java

    I have a hypothesis as to why there is such a disconnect between city and rural voters.

    City dwellers are far more likely to support socialism—the suppression of individuals in favor of the massive non-feeling, non-thinking “entity” that is society. They are much like bees in a hive that are not individuals, but only exist for the survival of the hive, because they are confronted with hordes of nameless, faceless people every time they step out of their cramped dwelling. They simply do not see people as individuals.

    Rural people are much more likely to value individuality and freedom. In small towns, people are more likely to see others as individuals, since it is likely that you will see people you know any time you step out of your abode. Even the areas where you find mass gatherings, they are smaller, and the people are more obviously individuals rather than bees in a hive.

    This distinction between seeing people as masses or as groups of individuals translates into political preferences.

  • Brit Exit for a Dummy

    06/24/2016 3:37:33 AM PDT · 16 of 57
    exDemMom to ronnie raygun


  • Brit Exit for a Dummy

    06/24/2016 3:33:27 AM PDT · 14 of 57
    exDemMom to Mad Dawgg

    Some have complained about the overbearing nature of the EU for quite some time now.

    Funny, I went to google an article I had read about that in a college course in the 1990s, and found... my own post.

    There has to be a point, eventually, when even many of those who initially cheer at authoritarian decrees on the basis that people don’t know what’s best for themselves realize that the resulting loss of freedom affects them, too.

  • MARKET MELTDOWN £100billion wiped off FTSE 100 as within minutes as world markets go into freefall

    06/24/2016 3:26:05 AM PDT · 19 of 74
    exDemMom to SkyPilot

    Soros... Sauron. Nice graphic.

  • Man Gets Entire Plane To Himself After Fellow Travelers Catch Other Flights

    06/24/2016 3:24:52 AM PDT · 7 of 75
    exDemMom to SMGFan

    I’ve been in a similar situation twice.

    The first time happened right after I joined the Navy and was going to Orlando for boot camp. The plane was a DC-10, and there were three other passengers: all girls recruited by the same recruiter, heading out to boot camp. When we arrived at recruit training command, we were separated into two different companies, and I never saw the two who ended up in the other company again.

    The second time happened when my husband and I were returning from Spain after spending three years stationed at Rota. For a number of reasons, we were delayed in arriving at the airport in Madrid and missed our flight. Anyway, long story short, we ended up on a flight on a DC-10 with three other people. The service was amazing. What I thought was interesting was that the crew offered to move us to first class, and we declined the offer. So did the other passengers. None of us had paid for first class...

  • Obama: ‘Enforcement Priorities Developed by My Administration Are Not Affected’ by SCOTUS Ruling

    06/24/2016 3:15:57 AM PDT · 24 of 37
    exDemMom to Mr. Mojo

    I’m pretty certain that the oath of office contains something about faithfully executing the laws of the United States.

    Refusing to uphold the law is not exactly an “enforcement priority.”

    I can’t wait until this traitor is out of office. I pray that he is not replaced by Hillary [or any of that ilk, should Hillary drop out of the picture for some reason]. Our country cannot afford another four years of socialist “leadership.”

  • Brexit: Britain votes to leave EU in historic divorce [Trump connection noted]

    06/24/2016 3:10:52 AM PDT · 17 of 34
    exDemMom to fortheDeclaration
    Yes, it also fooled the Brexit people who thought they had lost!

    Well, it was looking pretty gloomy when I went to bed last night. When I had checked the polls early on, Brexit had a substantial lead. But that lead kept shrinking throughout the evening, until Brexit was only four or five thousand (~1% of the total counted vote) ahead.

    I had to remind myself that early election returns can turn out to be wildly inaccurate. I am glad that they turned out correct, in this case! I hope that other freedom-philes in Europe follow the lead.

    Negotiating trade agreements for the benefit of everyone is one thing. Banding together and creating a massive overbearing government accountable to no one is another.

  • She Has Down Syndrome But She Just Graduated From High School With a 3.7 GPA

    06/24/2016 3:02:45 AM PDT · 9 of 20
    exDemMom to kathsua

    This girl probably had a minimal amount of trisomy.

    Trisomy 21 can be cause by anything from a full duplication of chromosome 21 to a duplication of part of the chromosome, which is seen as an extra-long chromosome or as an extra bit of 21 stuck in another chromosome.

    The level of disability is related to how much extra chromosome 21 there is, as well as the specific part being duplicated.

    The girl in this story probably had a duplicated region that did not include the gene(s) most involved with intellectual development.

    All of this said, I do not advocate the abortion of a child even if its particular trisomy would indicate profoundly impaired intellectual development.

  • Clinton's State Dept. calendar missing scores of entries

    06/24/2016 2:27:48 AM PDT · 11 of 26
    exDemMom to John Robinson

    Oh, my. I hope Trump and his staff are examining this quite closely.

    The fact that details of so many meetings were “omitted”, and that all of those big business CEOs that she met with were heavily lobbying the State Department during her tenure just reeks of crony capitalist corruption.

    While a case can be made for the agency in charge of diplomatic relations to meet with representatives of US companies to get their perspective on international matters—it looks a lot like Hillary was meeting in order to peddle influence.

    Under US law, corporations are legally US persons. As such, no corporation should have any more or less voice than any ordinary citizen.

  • With Brexit locked in, here are other EU countries that poll high to 'exit'

    06/24/2016 2:02:46 AM PDT · 3 of 66
    exDemMom to Leaning Right

    Maybe they will be energized now.

    The problem with a big, big government is that it has no connection with the common people. And it forgets that it is supposed to serve the people, not the other way around.

  • Sarah Palin: Happy Brexit prevails!

    06/24/2016 1:54:01 AM PDT · 42 of 72
    exDemMom to 1lawlady
    Wish I knew a way to get through to Trump and his campaign generals, but I have to trust they are all over this.

    Maybe you can Twitter him about it. He has a Twitter account.

    Any election where there is no paper trail cannot truly be verified.

  • Sarah Palin: Happy Brexit prevails!

    06/24/2016 1:50:07 AM PDT · 39 of 72
    exDemMom to Eurotwit
    I still have no idea what “A certain slant of light” really was about.

    It is about feeling seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a kind of depression that people get in the winter when days are short. The "slant of light" is the direction that the light shines on winter afternoons, just before the sun slips below the horizon on an all-too-short winter day.

    I don't know if you'll find that interpretation in a discussion of poetry, but I am certain that anyone afflicted by SAD would recognize what Dickinson was writing about.

  • AR-15 Speaks!

    06/23/2016 5:00:48 PM PDT · 9 of 23
    exDemMom to Kaslin

    It resembles an M16. But I want the real thing—M16a2.

  • New Obamacare Rule Prohibits ‘Sexual Stereotyping’

    06/23/2016 3:06:31 PM PDT · 39 of 48
    exDemMom to Petrosius
    Wow, talk about moving backwards. Modern medicine has been extensively criticized for "one size fits all" medical care, for neglecting women who get certain diseases, or men who get certain other diseases. In the research world, often researchers choose to test only one gender of animal because of factors that have nothing to do with the effects of a disease on one gender or the other (for example, female hamsters have bad tempers so researchers would rather use male hamsters). In response to the criticisms of not doing research on both genders, researchers have expanded their research to include both genders. Indeed, it turns out that interventions that are effective in men do not work as well in women and vice versa.

    Thus, this rule is putting the practice of medicine back by decades. And that isn't even addressing the issue of the inappropriateness of trying to schedule a man for a Pap, or a woman for a prostate exam.


  • Trump's Anti-Interventionism - Neocons Hate It As Anti-War Left Comes Around

    06/23/2016 4:17:03 AM PDT · 28 of 45
    exDemMom to vannrox

    Well, I hope this means that we’ll see an end to the meme being spread around that Trump will usher in WWIII.

    Wise and proper use of the military for its intended purpose is not an invitation to widespread war. On the contrary, military use should be the last resort.

  • Trump's Anti-Interventionism - Neocons Hate It As Anti-War Left Comes Around

    06/23/2016 4:12:27 AM PDT · 27 of 45
    exDemMom to PGR88
    - show her connections to Wall Street. They are deep and expensive. There is nothing American progressive hate more.

    Socialists always seek power to enrich themselves, while telling their peons that they are looking out for the interests of the "common" people. Well, I suppose there are exceptions--Bernie strikes me as more of a true believer, who thinks that he actually can achieve a socialist utopia (without ever explaining how). But Hillary (like most leftists in power) is cut from the same cloth as Castro, Kim Jong-eun, Stalin, Chavez, etc., meaning that she is all about living as an emperor while everyone else is impoverished to support her.

  • Donald Trump Could Be the Military-Industrial Complex’s Worst Nightmare

    06/23/2016 3:26:36 AM PDT · 10 of 21
    exDemMom to vannrox
    This week, while people everywhere were fretting over his violent talk...

    What is the author talking about here? When and where has Trump ever spoken "violently"?

    As for the author of this article: he should probably look long and hard at which party gets us embroiled in more questionable military actions. Leftists willfully misunderstand the purpose of the military; they think it is nothing more than a tool for showing off one's muscle. Thus, we have leftist presidents who love to send troops off here and there, with no clear rationale for doing so. And when real problems come up, they don't recognize them--because they've never learned that the military exists to solve very specific problems. Thus, we had the situation where Bill Clinton ordered military attacks on Kosovo and other places for no discernible reason, while he (knowingly) allowed Bin Laden to build up a terrorist network which directly led to 9-11. And we currently have the situation where Obama is using the military to bring down [relatively] stable countries in the middle east--again, for no discernible reason. Leftists only want to do things "differently", with no real rationale other than to avoid real problem-solving since thinking about rational solutions never leads to perfect solutions.

  • Video: 'USA" chant triggers and offends anti-Trump protesters at Portland State University

    06/22/2016 8:02:35 PM PDT · 5 of 35
    exDemMom to GuavaCheesePuff

    Here are a couple more offensive phrases to throw at them:

    “Get a job!”
    “Think for yourself!”

    I’m sure there are others. Those little brownshirts will no doubt find a way to be offended by anything that suggests they won’t be able to mooch off their parents or society forever.

  • Doctors issue warning about LED streetlights

    06/22/2016 7:57:36 PM PDT · 26 of 47
    exDemMom to WildHighlander57

    Their light is unnatural.

    My office has a west facing window across one entire wall. Except for very early in the morning or late in the evening, the office is very well lit. Yet those lights go on whenever the sensor detects movement.

    I can tell when they go on, even in the afternoon when the sun is shining directly in the window.

    There is something about those unnatural lights that makes them particularly unpleasant.

  • Doctors issue warning about LED streetlights

    06/22/2016 7:53:51 PM PDT · 24 of 47
    exDemMom to Chickensoup

    That is a good site, thanks for the link.

    Many years ago, I acquired two 25 watt bulbs. I have been using one of them daily for the past 29 years. If it ever burns out, I will be heartbroken. Sure, it’s only a light bulb, but I’ve grown fond of it.

    When I pack to move, I treat that bulb like fine china. Actually, I’m more careful with it than the china.

    I know the bulbs were made in South Korea, but that’s all I know about them.