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  • CNBC's August Poll Not Reflective of Likely Voters? Here is the Data--You Decide

    The media continues to publish polls that assume a turnout completely different from 2020. The latest CNBC poll, which has Biden up by 6 points, is no different. Highlights - significant oversampling of younger voters, undersampling of older voters. The CNBC poll oversampled 18-49 year olds by 20%, compared to 2016 turnout.The CNBC poll undersampled 50+ year olds by 15%, compared to 2016 turnout.The CNBC poll undersampled Republicans by 8%, compared to 2016 turnout. SEE THE DATA...
  • 1856: Elizabeth Martha Brown, Tess of the D’Urbervilles inspiration

    08/08/2020 7:30:04 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 5 replies ^ | August 9, 2020 | Headsman
    On a drizzly morning this date in 1856, Elizabeth Martha Brown (or Browne) was hanged for murder as a young and fascinated Thomas Hardy looked on.Brown was born Clark(e), but she took the name of a husband 20 years younger than she, which is how she got into this mess. Said John Brown was rumored to have made the match for money, though his older wife sure seems to have held her own in the looks department. (More on that in a bit.) In due time, John afflicted their already-tempestuous wedded life with an affair — courtesy of one Mary...
  • Is this the most important American presidential election for freedom since 1964? How highly does POTUS 45 rank among the icons of American freedom?

    08/07/2020 3:32:25 PM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 25 replies ^ | 8th August, 2020, Australian time | Ozguy1945
    Freedom is amazing because, unless you are God, it is impossible to know exactly what it is and where it will take you. (See the micro-movie in the link for how this has happened to me today: from street art to Whitman to Virgil to God knows what next.) Is this the most important American presidential election for freedom since 1964? Nobody knew then that the presidential careers of two two-term presidents (Nixon - debatable as a two-termer? - and Reagan) would have a re-beginning in Nixon's case and a beginning in Reagan's case. As I see it, this happened...
  • A San Diego conservative's Prose Sonnet poeticised in Australia: AMERICA (marking Satchmo's birthday)

    08/03/2020 7:20:31 PM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 1 replies ^ | 4th August 2020 Australian time. | Ozguy1945
    I am locked down very, very badly in a police state. On the weekend, China-loving Premier Daniel Andrews declared his own state a disaster because of Coronavirus figures that, while bad by Australian standards, would be the envy of most of the rest of the world. This is the Aussie equivalent of the type of treacherous stupidity that Pat Buchanan condemned in Houston in 1992 when he spoke of “politicians who only know how to build themselves up by tearing America down” Dictator Dan’s stage four lockdown fining people found more than 5 km from home $AUD 1652 ($US1,170) and...
  • The Nonconformist: Over a lifetime of scholarship and public engagement, economist Thomas Sowell has illuminated controversial topics such as race, poverty, and culture.

    08/03/2020 8:46:20 AM PDT · by karpov · 14 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2020 | Coleman Hughes
    Measured by his contributions to economics, political theory, and intellectual history, Thomas Sowell ranks among the towering intellects of our time. Yet, rare among such thinkers, Sowell manages never to provoke, in the reader, the feeling of being towered over. As Kevin Williamson observed, Sowell is “that rarest of things among serious academics: plainspoken.” From 1991 until 2016, his nationally syndicated column set the bar for clear writing, though the topics he covered were often complex. “Too many academics write as if plain English is beneath their dignity,” Sowell once said, “and some seem to regard logic as an unconstitutional...
  • Don't be a laggard. Buy and read this from a great FReeper.

    07/25/2020 8:20:34 AM PDT · by old-ager · 15 replies
    Matt Bracken ^ | 2011-07-04 | Matt Bracken
    If you work this right, you will get an inscribed copy from the author. Required reading or get the funk out. Ranya Lives!
  • Absolved

    07/25/2020 8:14:31 AM PDT · by old-ager · 3 replies
    Mike Vanderboegh via Bill St Clair ^ | 2008-07-23 | Mike Vanderboegh
    [ Mr. St Clair has posted a useful muzzuzzle vel. chart as well ] Absolved Chapter Links [Note, 10/23/2016: My reformatted copy of the entire available Absolved book is at] The following is the list of intended chapters for Mike Vanderboegh's novel Absolved. The title numbering and names were listed at Mike' site here. Links are mostly from David Codrea's Examiner site, now only available at The asterisk ("*") links at the end of each line are to my local copy of each chapter. Chater 32 (in three parts) was not in Codrea's index. Thank you to
  • Higher Ed Is Stoking the Flames of the War on History

    07/24/2020 8:50:34 AM PDT · by karpov · 7 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | July 24, 2020 | Sumantra Maitra
    On July 4 at Mt. Rushmore, President Trump praised Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, and Louis Armstrong; it was a significant political and cultural speech, comparable to Trump’s speech extolling Western civilization at Warsaw in 2017. Trump also ordered a federal project called the Garden of National Heroes, mandating the artwork to be classical and “not abstract or modernist.” On the same day, The Washington Post published an article by a professor urging Americans to consider the global legacy of 1776 as furthering “white supremacy.” The Post wasn’t the only one. While major news outlets focused on the evils of America,...

    07/23/2020 5:00:34 PM PDT · by windhover · 20 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 6/12/2020 | Soeren Kern
    There is a poem written many years ago by Irish poet William Butler Yeats that I reread recently and it made my hair stand on end. This poem named "The Second Coming" caught the spirit of our human condition which never fails to repeat itself when culture,virtues,national values founded upon Eternal values fade away.
  • 1934: Not Walter Lett, To Kill a Mockingbird inspiration

    07/19/2020 8:55:19 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 4 replies ^ | July 20, 2015 | Headsman
    July 20, 1934 was the third and last of Walter Lett’s scheduled execution dates for raping a white woman in Monroeville, Alabama. A thirty-something ex-convict, Lett’s protestations of innocence stood little chance against the word of a white woman named Naomi Lowery, herself a penniless drifter. Lett was almost lynched but despite his certain condemnation there was something wrong about this case — something discomfiting even for Monroeville’s worthies. We have seen elsewhere in these pages that a rape accusation was a powerful weapon on the ambiguous fringes of the color line. Just three years before this story, nine black...
  • Book Review: Victor Davis Hanson's "The Second World Wars"

    07/19/2020 6:34:40 PM PDT · by LS · 69 replies
    self | 7/19/2020 | LS
    Victor Davis Hanson is, I think, now regarded as one of the two or three most important military historians alive. This is largely because of his incredible book "Carnage and Culture," but also his books on generals and battles "Soul of Battle," "Ripples of Battle," and his numerous columns during the Iraq War. I'll never forget one of his best columns was "I'd hate to be fighting us." His latest foray, however, isn't up to the same quality, despite a massive 529 pages of densely packed text. Its strengths: *It is well researched with extensive notes and bibliography. That said,...
  • A Dystopian Novel That Foreshadowed Our Present Moment

    07/18/2020 5:16:52 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | July 18, 2020 | Michael Washburn
    Men and women wearing masks shuffle wearily through the desolate ruins of a failed country. It’s not healthy or safe to be out, and public places are barren. Storefronts are boarded up. Encounters of any length with other human beings are few and far between, and often revolve around the transactional or coerced provision of food or sex....The government, or what’s left of it, is an aloof, hostile presence. Citizens have been conditioned to hate their heritage and culture, or what little remains; they’ve come to hate themselves. Believing in the value of what past generations have done, built, and...
  • John Wesley and Being Human

    07/17/2020 2:59:39 PM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 2 replies ^ | 17th July 2020 | Ozguy1945
    We need each other. That is being forgotten. PC fear is dominating discourse and too many people are forgetting to be kind. Hiding in a basement to win more votes? Some people remember to connect.
  • The Dehumanizing Condescension of White Fragility: The popular book aims to combat racism but talks down to Black people.

    07/16/2020 3:33:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 15, 2020 | John McWhorter
    I must admit that I had not gotten around to actually reading Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility until recently. But it was time to jump in. DiAngelo is an education professor and—most prominently today—a diversity consultant who argues that whites in America must face the racist bias implanted in them by a racist society. Their resistance to acknowledging this, she maintains, constitutes a “white fragility” that they must overcome in order for meaningful progress on both interpersonal and societal racism to happen. White Fragility was published in 2018 but jumped to the top of the New York Times best-seller list amid...
  • Collapse of Cancel Culture as Even Liberals are Denouncing Leftist Censorship

    07/10/2020 5:36:19 AM PDT · by poconopundit · 42 replies
    YouTube Video 13:25 minutes ^ | July 8, 2020 | Dr. Steve Turley
    Weird things are happening — moderate Lefties are being attacked by the Anarchists and Occasional Cortex's. Now, the moderates are suddenly recognizing the value of FREE SPEECH! A short letter was sent to Harper's Magazine and signed by scores of prominent Liberal/Leftist writers/journalists/pundits such as J. K. Rowling and Noam Chomsky. I summarize the key points of the letter below. YouTube Commentator, Dr. Steve Turley, tells the story and analyzes the political fallout of Leftists battling each other on this issue. FR's V K Lee turned me on to Dr. Steve a few days ago and I've been enjoying his...
  • The Breakdown of American Education and the Hopes for Change

    07/08/2020 8:18:41 AM PDT · by karpov · 6 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | July 8, 2020 | Jenna A. Robinson
    America’s system of education has failed in one of its most important goals: forming future generations of American citizens. This is particularly true in higher education, where students are encouraged to become “global citizens” instead of Americans. At many of our institutions of higher learning, character education has been replaced by moral relativism at the same time that rigorous academic standards have given way to a mentality of “college for all.” We are seeing the results of our education deficit now, as rioters tear down statues that commemorate not only the former Confederacy, but America’s founding fathers, abolitionists, and former...
  • VANITY: Maryland - need help writing letter to school system board to reopen Fall 2020 (Real Facts)

    07/08/2020 3:25:41 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 13 replies
    Self ^ | 7/8/20 | Self
    The State of Maryland, and most specifically my county, Charles County (in Southern Maryland) is still deciding if they will fully reopen in the Fall, and the county's Board of Education will be meeting this upcoming Tuesday, 7/14/20, to discuss. There is talk that about 7 out of the 9 board members will vote to NOT reopen and there is one member who seems to lean towards fully reopening. They are accepting comments from the public and I need help in drafting my comments and include many facts since the 'COVID death trend' is going down dramatically, despite the mainstream...
  • God sets down laws via nature.

    07/04/2020 8:30:05 AM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 6 replies ^ | 4th July 2020 | Ozguy1945
    The creator of the world has laid down His laws for us in how the world works best. We have an immune system which works best when exposed to the germs that threaten us. We have minds that need to see the world to understand it. The price of the gift of Life is dying to make way for those that follow.
  • Upcoming YA Novel 'Ember Days' Canceled by Author [Cultural Appropriation]

    06/29/2020 2:03:16 PM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Publishers Weekly ^ | June 25, 2020 | Sara Grochowski
    Alexandra Duncan has canceled her young adult novel Ember Days mere days after its cover reveal on BookPage. An hour after Duncan posted the cover reveal for the book, which was slated for a March 2021 release from Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, to her Twitter feed, an author questioned the representation within the novel, which was noted in the book’s description: “Naomi is the granddaughter of a powerful Gullah conjure woman, sent to Charleston to combat an evil force circling the city and hiding in plain sight as Deidre’s protégé.” Duncan acknowledged the concern, responding, “I definitely struggled...
  • 1948: Tessie Hutchinson, Lottery winner

    06/27/2020 1:54:44 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 10 replies ^ | June 27, 2015 | Headsman
    June 27 — of 1948, implicitly — was the setting for Shirley Jackson‘s classic short story “The Lottery”. Less an “execution” than a human sacrifice — the village old feller’s folksy “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon,” evokes a primal flash of blood trickling off the maize-god’s altar — the titular event is an annual tradition for a tiny American town. Though unnamed, the town and some of its denizens were patterned on North Bennington, Vermont, where Jackson was living as the wife of a professor at Bennington College. The setting was entirely contemporary to the story’s publication, right...