Monthly Archives: September 2015

Complete Classic Movie: The Replacements (2000)

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton. During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players.

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Duck Dynasty – Opening

“The magic is as wide as a smile and as narrow as a wink, loud as laughter and quiet as a tear, tall as a tale and deep as emotion. So strong, it can lift the spirit. So gentle, it can touch the heart. It is the magic that begins the happily ever after.” – Unknown

Complete Classic Movie: A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

Stars: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch. John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.

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San Diego State May Expel Students for U.S. Flag (Video)

San Diego State University may expel two students for flying a U.S. flag, along with military flags, from their dormitory balcony.

Cameron Box, a sophomore who is also an active duty Coast Guard member, and Connor Fenwick, a junior who hopes to become an officer in the U.S. Army, claim that they are exercising their First Amendment rights, but the school claims that the array of flags has become a safety issue for the building.

According to local ABC News affiliate 10 News, the students are accused of violating a San Diego State University housing agreement that stipulates: “No items, except patio furniture designed for outdoor use, may be placed on balconies and patios. Hangings, partitions, or curtains of any type may not be used on balconies or patios.”


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Trump: Saving the GOP from itself

Ian Fletcher says Donald’s ‘protectionism is a form of economic nationalism’

I’m neither endorsing nor condemning Donald Trump, but I do think he’s trying to save the Republican Party from itself in a very rational way. The last thing he is is a clown or dilettante.

Why? Because the Republican Party has essentially exhausted the two ideological themes it has ridden on since about 1980 – free markets and social conservatism – and needs new ones to survive.

Any ideologues out there, I’m sorry: American history makes quite clear that partisan ideological themes don’t last forever, in either party. They’re good for a few decades, then they evolve or get dumped.

(Permanent matters of national principle may last forever, but they’re a different issue, and they’re not the ideological possessions of either party, so no party can win competitive leverage in elections by appealing to them.)

First, consider the exhaustion of free-market ideology. This doesn’t mean that free markets per se, which obviously have enormous validity, are dead as an idea. But it does mean that pushing even further in the direction of free markets is dead as an idea.

Why? Most obviously, the 2008 financial crisis, whose effects we’re still dealing with, was an effect of markets allowed to run amok, not of markets being insufficiently free. (Yes, I know you can blame it all on the government, but that’s a tendentious “reality is the opposite of what you see” argument.)


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Welfare State: The Cult of Victims by John Stossel

John Stossel diagnoses ‘government-handout-omatic pain’ among too many Americans.

The world has enough real problems without declaring everyone a “victim.”

Bill Clinton says Hillary is a victim of a right-wing conspiracy.

Lindsay Lohan, when jailed for driving drunk and breaking parole, says she’s a victim of cruel and unusual punishment.

Michael Sam says his NFL career would have gone better had he not come out as gay.

A Philadelphia dentist caught groping his patients’ breasts said he is a victim of frotteurism, a disease that compels you to fondle breasts. Really.

People benefit by playing the victim.

Activists look for people they can declare victims, to bring attention to their causes.

The New York Times once called the Super Bowl the “Abuse Bowl,” claiming that during the game many more women are abused than usual because their men get crazed watching violence. CBS called Super Bowl Sunday a “day of dread.” The Boston Globe claimed a study showed calls to anti-violence emergency lines go up 40 percent during the game.

Then Ken Ringle of the Washington Post tried to trace those claims.


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University Bans ‘Racist’ Sombreros

University officials have ordered a local “Tex-Mex” restaurant to stop handing out ‘racist’ sombreros to students during fresher’s week, as they violate the Student Union’s policy on “cultural appropriation.”

Pedro’s Tex-Mex Cantina, a Norwich restaurant, had set up a stall at the University of East Anglia (UEA) fresher’s fair and was distributing the hats as a fun way of drumming up some business.

However, the Student Union (SU) puritans were not impressed. They took the oversized floppy hats off of students they racial profiled as not being Mexican, because they considered non-Mexicans “appropriating” Mexican culture as being offensive to genuine Mexicans.

The SU claimed that the headwear breached an advertising policy, which they had sent to stallholders. The policy reads: “Discriminatory or stereotypical language or imagery aimed towards to [sic] any group or individual based on characteristics will not be permitted as part of our advertising.”

The policy goes on to detail 15 types of perceived discrimination – relating to gender, religion, race, ethnic origin and nationality – which the SU claims it will outlaw.

Campaigns and Democracy officer Chris Jarvis told The Tab: “At the SU we want all members feel safe and accepted, so at all events we try to ensure that there is no behaviour, language or imagery which could be considered racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic or ableist.”


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Danger Ahead: A Message from Carl Icahn (Video)

Carl’s views on markets, stocks and politics.

After Professing Disgust for Trump, These Hillary Supporters Learn They Just Endorsed His Tax Plan (Video)

“Well, I support Donald Trump then,” one added.

A group of Hillary Clinton supporters unknowingly endorsed Donald Trump’s newly released tax plan, just moments after professing their strong disapproval for the Republican presidential candidate.

Late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel sent a producer to find Clinton supporters on the streets of Los Angeles. Each supporter blasted Trump in some way, with one woman professing her “hate” for him.

The producer then read aspects of the billionaire’s tax plan to them under the guise that it was Clinton’s. Each of the supporters expressed support.

“I think that’s a good idea,” one said.

“Yes, I do support that,” another echoed.

“I would support that,” one more added.

Then the interviewer turned the tables on the Clinton supporters.


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Chaffetz Hits Planned Parenthood Chief Over Millions Wasted on Travel, Parties (Videos)

$40 Million on chocolate champagne parties, travel, & exorbitant salaries, including nearly $600,000 for its President Cecile Richards. Last year, PP reported $127 million in revenue over expenses & blows millions on politics. Why are they getting taxpayer dollars?!

Tuesday at a hearing of the House Oversight Committee, chairmen Rep. Jason Chaffetz questioned Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards over her organization spending over $40 million in federal dollars on travel, parties and excessive salaries.

Chaffetz said, “Does Planned Parenthood really need federal subsidy? Does it need federal dollars? Every time we spend a federal dollar, what we’re doing is pulling money out of somebody’s pocket and we’re giving it to somebody else. What I don’t like, what I don’t want to tolerate, what I don’t want to become numb to is wasting those taxpayer dollars. And as best I can tell, we’re going to have a hearing here, this is an organization that doesn’t need federal subsidy. For the year ended June 14th — June of 2014, I should say, Planned Parenthood reported $127 million in revenue over expense expenses. They had $127 million more in revenue than they had in expenses. Yet between 2005 and 2013, in large part under Ms. Richards’ leadership, there was a 53% reduction in cancer screenings. 42% reduction in breast exams and breast care. I don’t understand why. I don’t understand why.”


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