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  • Murder rate drops as concealed carry permits rise, study claims

    07/09/2014 2:07:16 PM PDT · 16 of 23
    docbnj to PoloSec

    I get annoyed whenever these articles state that all 50 state now issue carry permits. There are several “may issue” states which in practice do not issue permits: NJ is notorious, and MD is about the same. MA has been getting more restrictive, and NY apparently depends on which county one lives in.

    NJ has a pretense of issuing permits, but in practice does NOT.

    CT is also a “may issue” state, but they actually DO issue permits, though the procedure is somewhat complicated and time consuming, and requires three checks to different agencies. But if one persists, and has no criminal record, the permit finally comes through.

  • Chelsea Clinton paid $75,000 a speech,more than Colin Powell,but all goes to the Clinton Foundation

    07/09/2014 1:43:39 PM PDT · 30 of 64
    docbnj to COUNTrecount

    This is a scheme to funnel funds into a foundation which then supports causes the Clintons like, and they then will get return favors. Right now it is a parking place for Clinton loyalists. Why else do they have their own foundation, instead of just contributing to charity? They are gaming the system, which has big loopholes like this which favor the wealthy and the brazen. Most of the things they support are of course directed at more government control.
    It is difficult to have a foundation like this with political aims if your aim is actually to limit government.
    I am getting more and more radical in my thinking about scams like this. The root of the problem is making the tax distinction between profit and non-profit organizations. Why? It assumes that a profit-making organization is somehow less worthy than a non-profit, even though they work just the same. Having worked in a non-profit for most of my career, I can testify that people are no better in motive there than in most any other occupation.
    We pay for these non-profits by our own taxes, and yet have nothing to say about their operations. I cannot use Clinton Foundation funds for my favorite causes.
    The whole thing is a scam, mistakenly legal under our tax laws.

  • Bosnian Serbs unveil statue honoring Archduke Ferdunand's assassin

    06/28/2014 7:29:24 AM PDT · 19 of 59
    docbnj to GOPsterinMA



    Think about it. We did not “win” WWI: just tipped the balance a bit at the very end. And when one considers the result, we surely did not attain our stated goal: a “world safe for democracy.” Instead, out of WWI came the Soviet Union, and eventually Hitler. Some victory!

    We clearly lost WWII. The winner was Stalin, who conquered Eastern Europe, and just a few years later the communists took over China, the largest country in the world. We may have fought well, but we certainly did not “win” that war.

    The United States has not won a major war since the Spanish-American War, which was probably totally unnecessary, anyway. We did win the mini-war in Antigua under Reagan, which was short enough that we could hold out for the victory.

    It may come as a shock, but we are not a war-winning country. Certainly not now!!

    The clearest victory we ever had was in the war with Mexico. Then we were out-numbered in every single battle, and yet did not lose a single one. But in today’s comparison, we cannot even get the Mexicans to release a lone American soldier from jail. We let them overfly our border, and they “invade” by the millions. We are not even alert enough to stop large busses of illegal immigrants from calmly driving across the boarder full of whole families of illegal aliens. We don’t even have any effective military presence, and not even effective border agents.

    And our rulers are mostly jerks.

    So please spare me the rah-rah stuff.

  • Bosnian Serbs unveil statue honoring Archduke Ferdunand's assassin

    06/28/2014 7:12:10 AM PDT · 18 of 59
    docbnj to allendale

    No. Attila the Hun was really far preferable to this assassin. Atilla has been given a bad rap by historians.

  • President's reach over Chipotle's sneeze guard sparks discussion

    06/24/2014 4:00:25 PM PDT · 20 of 39
    docbnj to NCjim

    I wouldn’t want to catch whatever he has.

  • Jihad by sex (72 VIRGINS in Heaven is so 2001)

    06/23/2014 5:33:10 AM PDT · 9 of 38
    docbnj to winoneforthegipper

    1. This could be a fraud, a forgery. It comes out of Pakistan. Why Pakistan (which is some distance away)? At the least, one should look for evidence from some more reliable source.
    2. If it is true, the ISIS will surely loose ultimately, for there is no possible way to engender hatred than this sort of policy. Check the survival manuals for the US armed forces: a number one rule when among local people is leave their women alone.

  • Arizona's public school chief admits he anonymously blogged racist rants

    06/22/2014 6:45:11 AM PDT · 2 of 12
    docbnj to TigerClaws

    What is “racist” about these comments?
    They are somewhat extreme, but a ref mild compared to many postings on websites. They don’t attack any particular race.

  • Regulators to Force the Metric System on Natural Gas Fuel Customers

    06/18/2014 10:30:43 AM PDT · 8 of 39
    docbnj to DoughtyOne

    ”Exactly! I believe they sell gas by the liter in Europe.

    That way you can raise the price and it still seems low.

    $1.50 per liter sounds cheap. Then you realize that’s about $6.00 per gallon.”

    You mean that is enough to fool you? I can tell you that whatever system you use, most people can tell when the price goes up. It takes about a day to get use to fuel prices in liters, even if they are in Euros.

  • Regulators to Force the Metric System on Natural Gas Fuel Customers

    06/18/2014 10:27:08 AM PDT · 7 of 39
    docbnj to alloysteel

    BTU is not a metric unit, but a clumsy engineer’s archaicism. Nor is a kilocalorie a true metric unit, but a metric-derived unit which has the additional disadvantage that there is nomenclatural confusing over the term.

    The metric unit of energy is the Joule. To use the Joule in commerce would be a problem, because all the mechanisms for dispensing the fuel would have to sense the energy content, which surely is impractical. It is better simply to adjust the price according to the energy content of the fuel, just as we have different prices for Regular and High Test gasoline.

  • Regulators to Force the Metric System on Natural Gas Fuel Customers

    06/18/2014 10:15:58 AM PDT · 6 of 39
    docbnj to shove_it

    Why should this be a problem? The metric system is used everywhere in the world except the US and few obscure, economically unimportant backwaters. The time to begin most easily is before natural-gas cars are common.

    There is nothing sacred about the old customary units. The important thing about a unit-system is, are the units standardized, and do they help with communication. Obviously, the metric system is the best for international communication, and it is the standard worldwide in science.

    As far as the difficulty of learning it, anyone who has trouble understanding the metric system might as well give up on education at the start. But just to make things even easier, here is a short tip.

    For temperature: don’t go memorizing conversion formulas. Just remember that 0°C is freezing, and 20°C is room temperature. If you wish, you can also add 37°C is normal human body temperature. If you know those three, whenever you hear any weather-temperature in Celsius, simply relate it to those three: 0, 20, 37.

    A kilogram is about 2.2 pounds. But it is better to just get a kilogram weight, heft it, and use that as your standard. Nobody sees a kg (or a cu ft) of gas anyway, because it is in a tank or a pipe. The mass of gas (kg) is more important than its volume. You really pay for it by mass, so why state the quantity in cu. ft. (which must be specified at temperature and pressure, which changes the volume of a gas)?

    Measuring gas by mass (in kg) would be the way chemists would most often do things.

  • Ukraine minister under fire for swearing about Putin

    06/15/2014 6:51:30 AM PDT · 10 of 25
    docbnj to McGruff

    Calling Putin a “dickhead” is wrong, so wrong.

    He is a sly, conniving, narcissistic, murderous, dangerous, lying psychopath. After all, the KGB never recruited humanitarians.

  • Climate Change Induced Corn-mageddon? (Another stupid environmental wacko theory)

    06/14/2014 6:16:25 AM PDT · 13 of 58
    docbnj to Kackikat

    It’s spelled Khrushchev.

    At any rate, about 40% of the US corn crop is now used to make ethanol in order to dilute your gasoline (which gives you higher gasoline prices, lower mileage, and more engine wear). (By comparison, 45% of US corn is used to feed livestock, half of what it used to be, which is why meat prices are rising.) It would be difficult for a minor climatic change to produce a worse result than that!


    The moral is that socialism is a much more dangerous threat than minor climate change. Further, the damage from socialism is a certainty, whereas the future of the climate is uncertain.

    Would you want the same people who run our government messing with the Earth’s thermostat, even if they really could? These are people who cannot balance a budget.

  • World's largest water reservoir found deep in earth

    06/13/2014 5:53:48 AM PDT · 19 of 31
    docbnj to rjbemsha

    The article is totally misleading. There is no way to get at this water, and it has never been directly sampled.
    In fact, it is not even water, but just OH, which is part of water and could be made to recombine to produce hydrogen and water — however, all this is far beneath the surface of the Earth, in the middle part
    of the mantle, hundreds of km down. By comparison, humans have never even drilled through the mantle of the earth, which is as thin as 5 km in ocean basins.
    It is as even more impossible and impractical to get at this water directly as it would be to ship minerals here from the moon, which is another nutty idea one occasional sees featured in journalism of the grocery-store check-out-line level.
    The mineral ringwoodite (mentioned in the article) is stable at pressures around 20 GPa. By comparison, the atmospheric pressure at the Earth’s surface is 100 kPa. So ringhwoodite exists at pressures about 20 million times that of the surface (if I have my zeros right).

    But perhaps it would be fun to start a movement against fracking for ringwoodite-water, just to divert those who fear fracking in the crust of the Earth, or those afraid of genetically modified organisms.

  • Court upholds Walgreens’ firing of pharmacist using handgun

    06/12/2014 12:53:52 PM PDT · 6 of 11
    docbnj to aimhigh

    So Walgreens has a ‘non-escalation policy,’ and self-defense is considered escalation? This is what happens when committees or lawyers make policy. It has little connection with reality: in this situation, who is to say what is escalation? If the police arrive, would you say that they are escalating the conflict? If a woman resists rape, is she escalating violence?

  • McCain Calls for Obama's National Security Team to Resign Over Iraq

    06/12/2014 12:47:41 PM PDT · 12 of 50
    docbnj to don-o

    McCain is right. The trouble is, there will be no resignations.

    It also has been reported that our intelligence services saw this Sunni attack coming many moths ago. It is the whole 0bama crew which is responsible, and we are pretty much stuck with them for three more years.

    What will the world look like then?

  • US VP Biden: Germany is 'xenophobic'

    06/12/2014 5:44:44 AM PDT · 18 of 29
    docbnj to markomalley

    How chauvinistic is this: to call everyone else xenophobic!

    Biden is such a big ass, but he serves a function for the administration. He is worse even than Obama, so if Obama is removed from office, Biden takes over.

    Either way, America is screwed.

  • 7 Reasons You Should Be Troubled by the FDA’s Cheese-Aging Regulations

    06/11/2014 7:25:25 PM PDT · 32 of 46
    docbnj to nickcarraway

    Cheese is a great discovery, and a sure sign of civilization, like the discovery of wine and beer, or the growing of rice.

    It is controlled spoilage which acts a method of preserving food. The principle is that good, selected microbes keep out the others, and help prevent the total degradation of the food. Korean fermented kim-chi uses the same principle, and enabled the ancient Koreans to have a preserved source of Vitamin C all through the winter.

    Good, smelly cheese is a delight. Artificial “processed” cheese (which I am ashamed to say is sometimes called American cheese), especially that coming in separately wrapped slices, is simply not the real thing.

    Try Liederkranz from Wisconsin. Let it age for about four to six weeks after you buy it, until it starts softening and turning yellow. It is one of life’s great pleasures.

  • Study Finds Women Don’t Belong in Combat

    06/11/2014 7:05:26 PM PDT · 5 of 54
    docbnj to ansel12


  • Rep. Peter King fears Ted Cruz, Rand Paul stronger

    06/11/2014 7:01:28 PM PDT · 28 of 76
    docbnj to lilyramone

    King has been great on some issues, but has a disgraceful past as an admirer of the IRA (which was/is basically a semi-domesticated terrorist organization).

    A strong-minded individual, King has the weakness of not listening to the wisdom of others. He is very unreliable.

    But anyone replacing him would be worse. After all, he is from New York State, in an area where Republicans are rare.

  • Study Finds Women Don’t Belong in Combat

    06/11/2014 6:55:16 PM PDT · 1 of 54
    The author thinks it strange that those advising the army on the use of women in combat are basically anti-military radicals. This is an interesting Israeli view, because the experience of Israel is often cited as evidence by those pushing for a feminized military in the United States.
  • Chris Matthews: "Looking Down Our Noses At The Tea Party Has Got To Stop"

    06/11/2014 6:17:22 PM PDT · 51 of 151
    docbnj to Third Person

    Quite a good statement, considering the source.

    His assessment of the attitude of the Eastern Europeans which brought about the collapse of the communist regimens is partly true, but there was much more to it. I will never forget the interview by a Western reporter on the streets of Moscow, in which he asked a young Russian woman in her 20s why people had turned against the regime. Her answer was very simple, and psychologically profound — and even applicable today. The main thing, she said, is that “they treated us like children.”

    When I watch in amazement the progressive infantilization of the US populace, I wonder when our people will finally rise up and demand that they not be treated “like children.” That is bad enough, but to be treated as children by leaders who are themselves narcissists in arrested development, is the worse of all. And it is dangerous, as we see daily in the news.

    Narcissistic leaders are deluded, and they combine this with a fundamental dishonesty. Their grip on reality is slippery at best. We are seeing the results every day.

  • Check Out What’s Flying Over Our Embassy in Israel

    06/11/2014 8:20:56 AM PDT · 58 of 73
    docbnj to Envisioning

    “I used to be of the mindset to ‘live and let live’ with homosexuals. You don’t bother me and I won’t bother you.
    But you know what? “THEY KEEP BOTHERING ME!”.

    Two options:

    1. You keep it to yourselves and we leave you alone.

    2. We make you leave us alone. “

    Yes, and please don’t make me watch!

  • Check Out What’s Flying Over Our Embassy in Israel

    06/11/2014 8:20:04 AM PDT · 57 of 73
    docbnj to Blood of Tyrants

    According to best practice, the National flag should should never share its staff with ANY other flag: not a state flag, not a MiA flag — nothing.

  • New federal ruling may outlaw Parmesan and more

    06/10/2014 3:37:11 PM PDT · 30 of 50
    docbnj to Oldeconomybuyer

    Sure there is a way to sterilize wood without harming the wood or causing any health threats. It could be sterilized by gamma irradiation,. It would be expensive, but safe — but it would not be the old way, and would terrify the superstitious and scientifically illiterate.

  • Wisconsin gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

    06/10/2014 10:54:01 AM PDT · 112 of 114
    docbnj to demshateGod

    “I just really doubt we’re going to put up with this much longer. Let them have their fun.”

    Just don’t make me watch!

  • The 10 Dumbest States in America

    06/07/2014 5:57:04 AM PDT · 58 of 101
    docbnj to ilovesarah2012

    This study is so full of statistical faults as to be worthless.
    It is odd that people who say that IQ does not mean anything, and that SAT tests are “biassed”, will gladly accept trashy articles like this, if they seem to confirm their own prejudices.

    There are different kinds of intelligence, which does not vitiate the observation that there is also such a thing as measurable general intelligence.

    It is also true that natural talent is not the same as performance. We all know very talented people who makes messes of their lives, and do not harness their brains when making critical decisions.

    It is very common for brilliant people to do (or believe) nutty things: this is particularly true if they are segregated into a culture removed from life experience, such as a university, or a seminary. The editors of Reason magazine are unquestionably very intelligent people, and yet most of them actually voted for Obama! In other words, they flunked an easy test.

    I know some very simple, modest people, who occasionally come out with quite profound observations. It is a great experience to have this happen.

  • The Voice of a Prophet: Solzhenitsyn on the Ukraine Crisis

    06/06/2014 6:00:18 AM PDT · 14 of 54
    docbnj to McGruff

    The blue and tan map is very misleading. For one thing, (assuming that it is in the least accurate), it only shows majorities. Then it assumes that everyone goes with their linguistic affinities.
    The fact is that Russian and Ukrainian languages are very similar, and there is a long joint history. The Rus dynasty of Kiev is looked upon as the beginning of Russia.
    A professor from one of the Siberian universities wrote that there is no reason why Russia and Ukraine should not live in peace on the friendliest of terms. They are in many ways as close as English-speaking Canadians and Americans. The violence is manipulated. The professor promptly lost his position, and will have to find other work.
    Nowhere is anyone mentioning the religious differences among the population of Ukraine. Yet Ukrainians ghet along. There is even considerable intermarriage. It is clear that the problems are stirred up from the outside. The motive is also clear: Putin wanted Crimea for its naval access, and now he wants more direct access to Crimea. He also fears any prosperity in Uraine, or anything which might compare well with Russia. He also wants a greater Russia.
    Dictators who can make it at home (with low productivity and discontent) ofttimes turn to foreign aggression. Putin likes to look tough. We can speculate, for what personal failings is he compensating? But what we see for sure is than he is cunning, brutal,m and aggressive. He is not a nice guy.

  • The Voice of a Prophet: Solzhenitsyn on the Ukraine Crisis

    06/06/2014 5:40:08 AM PDT · 10 of 54
    docbnj to Rashputin

    This is an example of the principle that people learn nothing from the obvious lessons of history. For at least 200 years, since the rise of nationalism after the French Revolution, political movements have persisted in the belief that each ethnic group needs its own country. This is in spite of the fact that (in eastern Europe especially) ethnicities were scattered like spots on a Jackson Pollock painting. Every national movement sought its historic or ethnic boundaries, which almost always were more than they occupied at the present. Never once has a serious leader announced the following: “I discover that out nation of Ruritania really is bigger than the territory settled by our folk, and so beginning tomorrow we intend to trim off 30% off our territorial holdings, so as to contract our territory to our central core geography. We expect to have friendly relations, and especially free trade with all our neighbors.”

    That is a fantasy. Leaders always want more, and as is often the case, they frame aggression as defense. Even Hitler did this: what a nice fellow, always so concerned to protect German minorities in other countries (though not so nice about his treatment of minorities under his own control).

    Putin is following the Hitler tactic, except that he is much more cautious and cunning. Also, another difference is that Putin is less romantic than Hitler, and more pragmatic. Nonetheless, the two are closely similar in numerous ways, and even in some small details.

    But who is noticing? Surely not the leaders in the West. Merkel is functionally a Russophile, having dismantled German nuclear-energy, creating a great dependence on Russian fossil fuels, while cluttering the landscape with subsidized windmills and solar panels which simply do not do the job.

    Just think: France has a more rational energy policy than Germany! Who would have imagined this?

  • Gene Complexity Eludes a Simple Definition

    06/05/2014 11:00:20 AM PDT · 11 of 31
    docbnj to fishtank

    So if something is more complicated than you at first thought, it means that creationism is true?

    Come on. Usually the first work in a field is simple, and approximate. Then (hopefully) there are improvements.

    The whole creationist movement is a big embarrassment. It is also not particularly pious. It pretends to know what is unknowable, and totally distorts the meaning of the Bible.

    The Bible is not a book about geology; it is not a treatise on biology. Is that not clear? It is about other things, on which one’s mind should be focused.

    Hey, give us all a break.

  • Hurricane Death Tolls Linked To Sexism

    06/05/2014 10:46:58 AM PDT · 9 of 15
    docbnj to chessplayer

    Hurricanes were earlier named as females, but the weather people were “persuaded” to go with an alternating sexual (“gender”) identity in order to undercut the supposed implication that females were temperamental and possibly fearsome. Very well. Now they are complaining that the female-named hurricanes are being perceived as more docile, and it is really the ones with male names that scare people. So which is it?

    These are the same people who think that they should be in charge of the thermostat for the planet.

  • Watch Obama smile as soon as Robert Bergdahl praises Allah

    06/05/2014 4:13:39 AM PDT · 20 of 25
    docbnj to grundle

    The senior Mr. Bergdahl (with the beard) is inserting the islamic phrase twice in parallel with the English, “I am your father, Bo.” That is to make it sound like a simple translation to someone who does not recognize the Arabic. The father is also a Taliban sympathizer. He is sending a signal to his son. The excuse is that his son might not remember his English. How ridiculous!

    As for Obama, his smile is forced, and somewhat uncertain. Whether he knew the phrase or not, he does not look happy about it. The cat is out of the bag!

    Look at the Taliban propaganda videos of Bergdahl in captivity. I am convinced that Bergdahl is acting, particularly to try to look frightened and downcast. It is all an act.

    So people with a conspiratorial frame of mind will say that Obama is a secret muslim. Otherwise, though, he is certainly the dumbest president ever, and has surrounded himself with a bunch of leftist idiots. After all, Kerry was much like Bergdahl. The media in the 1970s glorified such disloyalty. So what’s new?

    Maybe they will give Bergdahl some medals, like those they gave Kerry, who (after all) came very close to being elected President. I am sure that somewhere along the line Bergdahl got a scratch: that is worth a purple heart, by Kerry standards. Or they will say that he has post-traumatic stress syndrome, poor chap.

  • Czech President Milos Zeman Gives Amazing Speech about Islam, Israel and Anti-Semitism

    06/04/2014 12:17:03 PM PDT · 6 of 12
    docbnj to MeganC

    Yes, you did miss something if you have not heard of the Brussels attack. Better find a better news source!

    Here is a summary from BBC;

  • NJ Primary US Senate

    06/03/2014 8:28:40 PM PDT · 1 of 4
    Bell is an extremely intelligent guy, and ran without much big-name support. People remember him as the young fellow who defeated Sen Clifford Case in a primary in 1978. Case, although nominally a Republican, was the only US Senator to participate in fund-raising for the Socialist Party in the 1960s. Bell will have an uphill fight in November, but he is very much worth working for. In a debate, he could beat any Democrat around.
  • U.S. Senate | Republican Primaries [Mississippi]

    06/03/2014 7:52:46 PM PDT · 9 of 66
    docbnj to caww

    McDaniel now with 50.2%, 85% complete returns.

  • U.S. Senate | Republican Primaries [Mississippi]

    06/03/2014 7:46:26 PM PDT · 3 of 66
    docbnj to PaulCruz2016

    McDaniel 121,294 50.1%
    Cochran 117,262 48.4
    Carey 3,779 1.6

    Sorry, I don’t know how to do what you suggest. Please feel free to help out if you know a better way.

  • U.S. Senate | Republican Primaries [Mississippi]

    06/03/2014 7:43:07 PM PDT · 1 of 66
    This may be too close to avoid a run-off.
  • East Ukraine militia down fighter plane, helicopter gunship, 4 APCs

    06/03/2014 7:35:29 PM PDT · 18 of 74
    docbnj to dynachrome

    This source is Putinist-Russian propaganda, mostly contrived and false.

  • Argentina Plans to Hijack British Oil Rigs in Falklands

    06/03/2014 8:51:51 AM PDT · 28 of 45
    docbnj to BlueStateRightist

    And our head Marxist would side with...?

    It depends. Obama does not have a good geographic sense, and once confused the Malvinas (Argentinian name for the Falklands) with the Maldives. The later is in the Indian Ocean, and is an islamic country which punishes practice of any other religion, including even Buddhism, which their own ancestors practiced. Most of the non-Islamic art work in the national museum has been destroyed. The Maldives have an average elevation of only 1.5 m above sea level, which is one of the best arguments in favor of global climate change and consequent rise in sea level, which would clean up the place nicely.

    Anyway, Argentina has no valid claim to the Falklands. They also have no nuclear weapons, so they should not mess with whatever is left of the UK.

  • Obama is Not a Socialist

    06/02/2014 8:46:38 AM PDT · 44 of 62
    docbnj to docbnj

    And what is our system? It is becoming more state-controlled, and farther from the distinctively American free system. Yet it isa not ideologically pure communism; nor is it strongly nationalistic. I would call it, in view of recent acts by the current administration, “idiotic socialism.” I know that this sounds unfriendly and confrontational, but how else can one out it?

  • Obama is Not a Socialist

    06/02/2014 8:39:43 AM PDT · 39 of 62
    docbnj to ConservingFreedom

    Yes, this was Hitler’s economic system. Ludwig von Mises called it Zwangswirtschaft, which in German means “forced economy.” In other words, it is economy run by command from the rulers. It is not a market economy. It is not “capitalism.”

    Hitler sidelined his more conservative economist, Hjalmar Schacht, who (though a party member) opposed the anti-Jewish propaganda (and actually gave an open speech against it), opposed the rearmament policy, and favored a more market-based economy.

    Contrary to what many accounts still assume, the Nazi economy from then on was not a success. The leaders were worried that they were likely to become much less popular as a result, which was one of their motivations for choosing guns over butter.

    The name of the Nazi party is National Socialist; their flag was red (the socialist color, with the swastika added); they promised welfare for the poor; they ran (themed-approved) vacations for workers; they even planned mass housing projects (copying the plan of the “Red Vienna” neighborhood) and a worker’s car (the KdF “Strength through Joy” car, later known as the Volkswagen “people‘s car.”). Some of the Nazi songs were even reworked from old socialist anthems. Many of their members came originally from other socialist parties, who converted by preference, or when they sensed which way the wind was blowing.

    So why do people call the Nazis “right”? There are essentially two reasons. First, when they began to win seats in the Reichstag, the authorities were uncertain where to put them, and rather arbitrarily placed them on the right side in seating because of their obvious nationalistic leanings. The Nazis did not mind, because it set them apart from other socialists. Second, the communists have always tried to make themselves look different, or even opposite to the Nazis: they don’t like people noticing the similarity. They always propagandize how they (the communists) were “anti-fascists.” It was a rivalry of socialist brands. Obviously, in general a nationalist dictator-leader is preferred by most populations to a distant international dictator (like Stalin). It takes a lot of ideological therapy to become an international socialist; it is much easier to become a populist nationalistic socialist. That is why various forms of nationalistic socialism are predominant in the world even today.

  • Fox News Guest Diagnoses UCSB Shooter with ‘Homosexual Impulses’

    05/27/2014 6:02:47 PM PDT · 21 of 90
    docbnj to Impala64ssa

    It is striking that Elliot desires women, and is jealous of the other males for having female attention — but never seems to have done anything ative to try to attract women. Did he ever ask a girl for a date? Most boys learn this, and will not be put off by inial lack of success: they will try repeatedly. Elliot gives up, and assumes that life is treating him unfairly by not providing for his emotional needs.

    His behavior is clearly infantile. He has desires, but will do nothing practical to attain what he wants, much less to consider and purposeful action to make himself attractive to others. Wlliot was an infantile personality, seeking for his needs to be provided. He is a perfect representative of many 21st Century Americans. Someone else must provide: that is an infant’s world-view.

    The first formative crisis in his life was his parent’s divorce. This cannot be underestimated. It took away his psychic support, and left him stuck in an infantile stage, with the infant‘s attitude: “Take care of me!”

    The anger he demonstrated is also typically infantile. It is characteristic, for small children are not sweet and cuddly all the time. It is normal for even babies to show rage, but fortunately they are too weak to act fully on their emotions.

    Of course, bear in mind that I am not a psychiatrist, and don’t even the play the part on TV.

  • VFW Torches Burr in Spat Over VA Scandal, Shinseki (Burr: VSOs more upset at letter than VA)

    05/25/2014 12:05:27 PM PDT · 4 of 11
    docbnj to kristinn

    The American Legion was originally a conservative organization. This so annoyed FDR, that his supporters designed the VFW as an alternative more politically palatable to the New Deal. In time, the flavors rather blended — but it is interesting to see that there seem still to be political differences.

    In my area, the Tea Party meets often in the local VFW hall, which I also have thought is somewhat anomalous.

  • Far-Right National Front Wins EU Vote in France: exit polls

    05/25/2014 11:57:25 AM PDT · 6 of 98
    docbnj to Noamie

    Its neither a line nor a circle.

    The fact is, the Nazis were National Socialists (which is what their name means). There was nothing conservative about them. For example, their party anthem, “Die Fahne hoch!“ mentions martyrs killed by the Red front and the Reaction (conservatives). The most enthusiastic segment of the population supporting the Nazis were teachers, roughly those at the equivalent of our high-school level. Think of our own unionized teachers for comparison.

    Hitler is dead, but I often think that national socialism is probably the commonest form of government in the world today. Naturally, its practitioners would rather not admit the connection.

  • Far-Right National Front Wins EU Vote in France: exit polls

    05/25/2014 11:36:22 AM PDT · 1 of 98
    Based on exit polls. National Front is called far-right in the media, at the same time they note that it is essentially socialist in policy.
  • Election Results: European Parliament Elections In Uk (Ukip In First Place?)

    05/25/2014 11:08:29 AM PDT · 21 of 58
    docbnj to sinsofsolarempirefan

    If you don’t vote, you ARE lazy — but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Edison once commented that laziness was a major motive for invention. Edison was himself a hard worker; but the point is, you don’t want to waste your time.

    Actually, voting almost never makes sense. Whether you supported the winner or the loser, the margin almost always is more than your one vote. Your effort in getting to the poles was wasted. This is simple cost-benefit analysis.

    The trouble is, if you are a logical person and follow this analysis, all the elections will be totally controlled by illogical people who cannot understand anything, and most of them will be looking for handouts, or else will be socialists wanting to control things by giving out stuff. And where will they get this stuff to give away? Well, probably from you and people like you.

    The answer is that you should vote in any case, if only for the psychological kick it gives you to stick it to the dummies. If you don’t get a bit of evil fun from annoying socialists, get some therapy, and start enjoying life.

  • Ted Cruz invokes 19th century French economist Bastiat in Obamacare tweet

    05/25/2014 10:38:49 AM PDT · 7 of 20
    docbnj to lee martell

    The Law is not an “obscure pamphlet.” It makes me wonder how this reporter does background for his stories.

  • Where The War On Pot Will Go To Die

    05/24/2014 4:25:52 PM PDT · 24 of 115
    docbnj to Wolfie

    Just when evidence is accumulating of the permanent brain damage from pot, and just when new, more potent varieties are available, legalizing and mainstreaming cannabis is thought to be a great idea. How stupid can people be?
    One thing is inescapable: legalized drugs and the welfare state cannot exist long forever. Normal people will not stand for supporting brain-damaged druggies, and such a society will fall prey to external barbarians.

  • Where The War On Pot Will Go To Die

    05/24/2014 4:23:20 PM PDT · 23 of 115
    docbnj to Wolfie

    Just when evidence is accumulating of the permanent brain damage from pot, and just when new, more potent varieties are available, legalizing and mainstreaming cannabis is thought to be a great idea. How stupid can people be?
    One thing is inescapable: legalized drugs and the welfare state cannot exist long forever. Normal people will not stand for supporting brain-damaged druggies, and such a society will fall prey to external barbarians.

  • Book: Castro Traveled With Personal Blood Donors

    05/24/2014 2:13:25 PM PDT · 10 of 23
    docbnj to Enterprise

    The book was published in France, and is not listed on the US Amazon site.

  • Planned Parenthood Tells Women God Is Fine With Having An Abortion

    05/24/2014 3:13:35 AM PDT · 11 of 32
    docbnj to kingattax

    I bet that these same clergy almost all oppose capital punishment. In other words, they are against punishing the guilty, but all in favor of killing the innocent.