Posts by iacovatx

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  • NBC News’ Boss Faces Challenge Fixing MSNBC

    03/29/2015 1:03:19 PM PDT · 34 of 68
    iacovatx to Olog-hai

    Sadly, Republican consultants decided to become more like MSNBC in recent years. It is truly amazing to see them seek to be more liberal when examples like MSNBC’s collapse are right in front of them to observe and cheaply save them from foolish choices.

    But no...instead we get Jeb Bush who can raise lots of dough and appeal to 30% of voters—that is the ticket to success. That is, if 30% of the votes is your goal, I guess it is success. However, the winning Dem will get near 60% of the votes and it will be four years of taxes, face palms, and mayhem.

  • Levin: Netanyahu Shows Standing On Principles Works

    03/18/2015 6:33:47 AM PDT · 9 of 9
    iacovatx to Biggirl

    There are important implications of the Netanyahu/Likud election results for the US R party. The R party operates under at least three misperceptions. First, conservatives are Neanderthal whites from a 1950s sitcom. Second, conservatives are the enemy and priority is to attack them. Third, if removing the conservatives from the R party results in a couple of lost elections, that is ok because the future is not conservative and the R party is going to be looking to the future voters.

    All three misperceptions are gravely wrong. First, conservativism is that beautiful mix of freedom and responsibility that makes possible a great quality of life for each American. Conservatism is in the heart of everyone and has been for all time. It is the desire to control one’s own life; to be free—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

    Second, conservatives are peaceful, productive Americans. They take on great responsibility and make the country prosperous and safe. They will never go away because they are a way of life and nearly everyone who looks carefully at their own beliefs and way of life will have to admit they are basically conservative. Conservatism is the norm. It is the center. It is the healthy sustainable way to live and think.

    Third, losing a couple of elections just makes it harder to win future elections. The opposition party doesn’t just wait for you to catch up. The opposition party stacks the rules, courts, laws, and appointees until it is impossible to have a say even at the local level. Lose a couple of elections and the hurdles to regaining seats will be insurmountable.

    What has this to do with the Netanyahu election? Conservatism, normalcy, and sensibility won that election despite intense socialist opposition. The US President’s influence couldn’t defeat conservatism. The R party can either grow up about conservatism and realize it isn’t fading or the R party can go into permanent failure. All the donations from all the corporate powers cannot overcome that failure.

  • Gun industry’s helping hand triggers a surge in college shooting clubs

    03/14/2015 7:35:12 PM PDT · 7 of 23
    iacovatx to Steely Tom

    There was still one at MIT in 1999 when I visited it and the man in charge was, if I recall correctly, former US Marine.

  • Mathews: I Don't Know If Criminals Actually Buy Guns At The Store

    03/13/2015 6:38:56 AM PDT · 15 of 23
    iacovatx to Biggirl

    This is a little window into a socialist’s mind. For decades, CM has been anti-gun because his herd is anti-gun—it is part of his herd’s political goals. Then, one day, he pauses and ponders whether it is a rational goal and whether it is consistent with reality. But, he quickly moves on and doesn’t get beyond very briefly pondering the issue’s rationality. He never actually explores or logically thinks through the question because there is no purpose to doing so and the implications of the answer quickly make him uncomfortable. It would also be wasted effort to consider the question further because CM is not going to go against his herd. The mere act of asking the question is stressful and so he quickly goes back to blindly following his herd’s agenda. That is how a socialist thinks.

  • Bill would index health subsidies to costs

    03/08/2015 7:30:32 PM PDT · 3 of 5
    iacovatx to Iron Munro

    You are correct. It is a called a positive feedback loop and it is a surefire way to induce cost inflation.

  • The Nazis’ Handgun (Lugar P08)

    03/07/2015 8:14:03 AM PST · 17 of 39
    iacovatx to Chainmail

    “It screams “bad-boy gun” because of its Nazi past, and rarer Lugers such as the ones chambered for the 7.65-millimeter round sometimes sell in excess of $1,200.”

    The 7.65 chambered lugers are quite common and tend to be valued a little less than the military 9mm copies. The rarer lugers in decent condition can sell for well over $2000 but a common 7.65 in very nice condition (which they often are because they didn’t get hard use in the military) will sell for about $1100 at this point in time. Lugers are rather common collectibles because there might have been 3 million of them made before 1945. There are a great many variations on the basic theme, though, and the values vary accordingly. Luger values have not been especially strong recently compared with 2-5 years ago.

    Most lugers I see are considerably altered or worn since their manufacture and it is that small percentage that are in original and nice condition that get the high values. Lugers, by the way, are not a subject for inexperienced collectors—they are very challenging to value.

  • Poll: Scott Walker Pulls Even with Jeb Bush in Florida

    03/04/2015 6:24:11 AM PST · 40 of 61
    iacovatx to Cincinatus' Wife

    Those Jeb donors in 2017 will have to pay for lobbyists who beg the moonbats that get elected to save them from becoming state-run corporations. Can anyone say “Tractor Factor 17”?

  • Poll: Scott Walker Pulls Even with Jeb Bush in Florida

    03/04/2015 6:22:04 AM PST · 37 of 61
    iacovatx to Cincinatus' Wife

    We’ll see how all those big-money Bush donors feel when all that cash they laid on Jeb doesn’t produce the guaranteed Republican nominee they thought they paid for.

  • Liberals Mugged by Obamanet [liberals complain about net neutrality]

    03/02/2015 7:48:29 PM PST · 4 of 23
    iacovatx to grundle

    We work to pay for the socialists to get a free public education then we have to pay the price of them not learning and leading all of us into these oppressive regulatory disasters. How long do we have to keep paying to educate these fools?

  • Dearth of jobs a barrier to post-bankruptcy Detroit’s growth (but “recovery”?)

    03/02/2015 8:29:57 AM PST · 10 of 13
    iacovatx to glorgau

    “> For many city residents with limited skills and education,

    And who’s fault is that?”

    Well said. I often wonder what the authors of these articles know about the American system of government. We, the working taxpayers, provide free education to every child. Free education brought right to their neighborhood and delivered by teachers with college degrees and in facilities paid for by the working taxpayers. Even transportation and food is provided, free or subsidized, by the American working taxpayers.

    Limited skills and education—not very limited in terms of opportunity to get all the skills and education a person could want.

  • President Walker Primer: 4 things you should know about Scott Walker before it’s too late

    02/17/2015 5:02:46 AM PST · 40 of 108
    iacovatx to Hetty_Fauxvert

    This article is interesting in that it gives you a quick overview of Democrat party strategy. The accusations are largely the SOP of their party.

    If only some of this were true—Walker would look like he learned how to fight against the anti-American socialists. Perhaps this article should be reviewed to identify tactics to use and anticipate in fighting the Dem Socialists.

  • Doctors and Guns

    02/08/2015 8:31:41 AM PST · 24 of 55
    iacovatx to rktman

    This “doctor” claims 80 percent of wellness is due to environmental conditions. He doesn’t mention genetics, which is a major determinant. He is not a serious scientific professional, just an activist.

  • Doctors and Guns

    02/08/2015 8:27:56 AM PST · 23 of 55
    iacovatx to Dick Vomer

    I have a conversation with an urban pediatrician—he is happy about all the incentives that Obama has given his physician group and they are so thrilled they are building a new facility. I asked him what will happen to that money in the future? No idea. He wanted to discuss benefit plans—why?—to reduce his taxes.

    I frequently get information from another pediatrician about the wonderfulness of Obama, leftist policies like min wage increases, other craziness. The pediatricians seem to be the worst when it comes to leftist idiocy. Even more galling is that both these physicians are immigrants from an impoverished third-world socialist country. To them, it is the government being generous and helping people. They see no connection between this kind of idiocy and the poverty that dominates much of the world.

  • Iconic Les Paul 'Black Beauty' guitar to hit auction block

    01/31/2015 10:39:23 AM PST · 33 of 54
    iacovatx to tet68

    It seems that being booed at Newport was a good sign for future career success. After Newport, Dylan recorded many more albums and had broad success. Even if you are relatively unknown, after being booed at Newport, SR Vaughan went on to amazing, if brief, career success.

  • Iconic Les Paul 'Black Beauty' guitar to hit auction block

    01/31/2015 9:59:00 AM PST · 27 of 54
    iacovatx to jcon40

    “I’ve always wondered why more guitar players didn’t play Les Pauls.”

    You ask a great question. I love the Les Paul Custom’s I have played and it if was for occasional playing, that would be my first choice. In practical terms, though, the Les Paul suffers from higher price—most guitar players are young and not wealthy so go for lower priced models. It is relatively heavy so for regular players, it might seem a burden during a 3 hour set—but I have doubts this is a problem for most players. It is somewhat dark sounding, and it doesn’t pierce through a noisy room like a strat can—that is a reason I have heard from other players and it plays a role in my personal experience. I also find the strat is just more comfortable and always sounds ok whereas the LP can take some adjustment to get it to sound the way you want depending on the room. I play a 335 mostly—it isn’t for everybody, either, but it has some unique qualities.

  • (Virginia General Assembly) Article V Con Con Legislation Up TOMORROW! (Today, January 27th)

    01/27/2015 11:17:11 AM PST · 29 of 41
    iacovatx to Jacquerie

    “... or has a stake in preserving the existing corrupt system.”

    Exactly. There is no proposal for a “con con” so anyone raising that specter is misstating the proposed actions. There are many people who stand to lose some power if the states and citizens regain some of their power. Mark Levin initiated this effort and is the defining authority on the subject.

  • Convention of States Movement Gains More Momentum

    01/22/2015 3:21:14 PM PST · 25 of 41
    iacovatx to bkepley

    “Actions taken by Obama, with almost nary an organized opposition don’t give me much comfort.”

    Obama is a national politician with some connections to Illinois. He doesn’t have great power in any other state. Even Dems in those states are out for their own power and only have interest in national Dems to the degree they can enhance their local power, as in DNC funding support, for example. We have to evaluate this at the state level. One particular weakness of the Dems is their voter base is concentrated in urban centers, mostly on the coasts. Even in states like NY, they are a minority in much of the state and it isn’t odd that Dems haven’t controlled state legislators in some states you think are all-Dem.

  • Convention of States Movement Gains More Momentum

    01/22/2015 1:48:24 PM PST · 21 of 41
    iacovatx to bkepley

    The left is far too weak in the states to do any damage in a Convention of the States. They do not have any hope in such a matter. They can vilify the convention through their propaganda system and national politicians, but they can’t control these state-led activities. The states, even leftist states, see a lot of appeal in bringing back power to the state legislatures. It would be an effort that the national politicians would feel weak in the face of.

  • De Blasio: Sheldon Silver is a ‘man of integrity’

    01/22/2015 1:17:59 PM PST · 17 of 42
    iacovatx to GrandJediMasterYoda

    When you have sold your soul to be a Dem Socialist and have lived your whole life in a corrupt political state, notions of integrity can become very different from what Freepers and honorable Americans consider to be integrity. For NY Dems, like Argentinian, Tanzanian, or Zimbabwean gov’t officials, bribery and graft are considered normal compensation. It is the reason these people aspire to political careers.

    Citizens are to be used. They are merely a resource. You abuse their rights creatively (NY Safe Act) then you seek to run for President. You charge them big dollar fees (Silver) for political access because you are the big cheese in state gov’t. You send big dollar grants and fees to political supporters by hiring them for projects (all of them) or skew laws specifically for your buddies and supporters (all of them) while lots of NY’ers scrounge for work and pay record high taxes. The typical NY’er shrugs and ignores it if in NYC because they get huge salaries. The NY’ers outside NYC live in an economy resembling that of Eastern Europe before the wall came down.

  • Bryant Gumbel: I 'Hate' the NRA, They're 'Pigs' That 'Don't Care About Human Life,'..

    01/21/2015 12:05:21 PM PST · 28 of 76
    iacovatx to Impala64ssa

    It is articles like this that, eventually, get through to people outside the liberal elites that the liberal elites are seething with hatred for people who aren’t like them. The NRA has helped protect freedom and promote safety and security for Americans since 1871—it is a most noble organization of individuals who donate their time, money, and efforts to doing the right thing. You can disagree with NRA opinions and actions, as many good Americans do, but if you HATE the NRA you hate millions of good Americans and you hate good. Liberalism is incompatible with good.

  • FULL TEXT: Joni Ernst’s Republican Party response to the 2015 State of the Union

    01/20/2015 10:00:02 PM PST · 70 of 111
    iacovatx to mplsconservative

    “I did not know she was from Red Oak. I produced an industrial promotion video for that fine town many eons ago.
    Great little town and friendly people”

    Did your promotional video mention the old calendar factory? Did it mention the beautiful Victorians on the hill? Nice town and used to have an AM radio station in the late 60s-early 70s that was great to listen to.

  • Local leaders weigh in on "Labinal" closing (Leaving Maryland, headed to Denton, Texas)

    01/20/2015 1:22:41 PM PST · 13 of 23
    iacovatx to rstrahan

    I used to live in Dallas proper when Denton was still fairly small. The resources and cost of living/business costs are making it hard NOT to set up business in Texas. Maybe its time to go back. If the labor pool for software tech workers and the availability of health care jobs are strong, I would have few arguments against it.

  • Local leaders weigh in on "Labinal" closing (Leaving Maryland, headed to Denton, Texas)

    01/20/2015 1:10:17 PM PST · 7 of 23
    iacovatx to robowombat

    “This part of Maryland votes Republican now as does the rest of the state except, and it is a big exception, PG, Montgomery, Baltimore Counties (and maybe Howard County?) and the City of Baltimore. The state is like many (Pennsylvania for instance) with the metro core being Dem and the rest Republican.”

    You can add NYS to the list. A lot of people don’t realize that much of NY is Republican and greatly unlike NYC and the urban spots like Rochester and Albany. A lot of NYS is rural, small town, and quite scenic. However, people continue to move out of state leaving a higher percentage of socialists and takers in NYS as a whole.

  • Obama Invites Illegal To Be His Guest of Honor At State Of The Union

    01/20/2015 1:03:45 PM PST · 21 of 126
    iacovatx to yoe

    It is a profound insult to all hard-working citizens, all law-abiding Americans who pay their taxes, and to all immigrants who have followed the rules, taken the many years, and paid the heavy expenses to become American citizens. A President who flaunts his disrespect for the laws of the United States—and is encouraged by the lack of respect shown by others in government for Americans and the American culture and system.

    But come April 15, you and all other citizens will be forced to follow every tax law, rule, and regulation to ensure those gov’t employees get their loot.

    This is a low point in our nation’s history.

  • Let's Pay for 'Free' Community College by Taxing College Savings!

    01/19/2015 1:20:50 PM PST · 44 of 50
    iacovatx to reaganaut1

    The purpose of the free community college program is to enlist legions of new Dem voters. Young people have been drifting away from the Dem party and this will buy them back—with your money, of course. The immigration EO’s have the same goal. BO intends his last two years to be a reliving of LBJ’s short Presidency—buy Dem’s by the millions with welfare, welfare, and more welfare. And, that is what BO is doing—with your money, of course.

    The socialists under BO are not what many people think they are—they are not idealogues and they don’t believe a lot of what they publically say, for example, about racism. They are simply looting the richest nation in history. There is little more to it than that. The rest is posturing and making excuses for the looting. But, it is all about looting.

  • Taking Over the Republican Party

    01/09/2015 9:20:27 AM PST · 16 of 20
    iacovatx to 2ndDivisionVet

    This is a well-intended and passionate article. I think we all agree that a govt that is more respectful of the rule of law and our hard-won individual rights, freedoms, and responsibilities (what we call a Constitutional govt) is what we want and, in fact, actually deserve. Our freedom is the only “entitlement” that is a legitimate govt purpose in the US. We all recognize that our federal gov’t and many state gov’ts have developed into a system antagonistic to gov’ts legitimate purposes.

    To repair that, two things must happen, and those things will be fought hard but do not take 70 years to accomplish. First, the rewards for gov’t must align with the legitimate purposes of gov’t. Politicians’ power must be greatly restricted. Perhaps increase the number of reps and senators so the represented people are less dilute. Second, those who fund campaigns and politicians through personal favors, including job offers after service, should be solicited to donate to those who support legitimate gov’t. Go after the sources of money. Get money and publically pressure those who pour money into politics for personal gain.

  • Common Core & the GOP

    01/09/2015 8:23:00 AM PST · 12 of 21
    iacovatx to tanknetter

    I have discussed Common Core math assignments with an MIT grad, engineering and business educator. He could identify at least two ways to solve some of the problems so it was impossible to know what was expected of the student. The goals of an assignment were unclear. The attempt at practicing a method of thinking raised the question why that method was of any value to learn. There were horribly ambiguous questions asking the student to explain or describe how he or she solved a problem. Solving the problem was a mathematical exercise that did not need a qualitative explanation, otherwise, why would we do it mathematically—math is supposed to be a method for doing things that aren’t achievable using other skills such as language skills. It really is confusing and of unknown long-term effect. If your child is an abstract thinker and gets some guidance from his or her teacher about the intended approach to solving each problem, then that student might be able to complete assignments “correctly”—but the question would remain, “Why do it this way?”

  • In Greek tragedy, entrepreneurs triumph

    01/09/2015 8:12:57 AM PST · 17 of 17
    iacovatx to Old Teufel Hunden

    “...a lot of their creditors are probably Greek citizens who hold governmental bonds or who have pensions tied up in bonds.”

    In a sane world, you wisdom would be widely acknowledged and understood.

    Although I don’t know the ownership structure for Greek debt, it would certainly be the case in the US that US citizens hold a large portion of gov’t debt. However, the numbers in Greece suggest that an additional default on debt obligations is highly probable and not long in coming. For the general population in Greece (and increasingly in the US), the burden of debt is being framed as caused by the lender, and demonizing the lender is a view fueled by public servants and a large swath of the citizenry. I doubt most Greeks, people in the US, or people in Argentina, think that reneging on debt obligations does anything but hurt evil banks, the 1%, etc. If bondholders haven’t factored this into their investment, then those bonds are overpriced.

  • In Greek tragedy, entrepreneurs triumph

    01/06/2015 6:27:00 AM PST · 7 of 17
    iacovatx to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    Ms Vomva, the entrepreneur, is hoping for a future that is not going to come. Her concern that Greek women will not be able to afford her expensive handbags reveals her misconception. Greek women haven’t been able to afford her handbags for years—it is German and US women who, through bailouts and financing, have been putting money into Greek womens’ purses.

    The Greeks have this odd delusion that the upcoming Jan 25 election is about “austerity”. You cannot vote away austerity. If you have no money, you cannot vote your situation away. Voting for a socialist who promises to stop austerity is no more possible than voting to add hours to the day. If Greece leaves the EU and starts printing money to pour onto the population, the money will simply be worth little. There is no escaping the Greek economic reality. The only short-term act that is possible is to renege on debt obligations to foreign creditors — and that is what a vote for hard-left socialists means. It is a version of the Argentinian economic model. Spend-inflate-collapse-Repeat.

  • Journalism Educator “Hates” Republicans and Loves Marxism

    12/23/2014 9:56:54 AM PST · 53 of 80
    iacovatx to Academiadotorg

    ]quote]She insists in the article that a “series of studies has found that political conservatives tend toward certain psychological characteristics,” such as “Dogmatism, rigidity and intolerance of ambiguity; a need to avoid uncertainty; support for authoritarianism; a heightened sense of threat from others; and a personal need for structure.” [end quote]

    This is from the early 1950s and was an attempt to link fascism/nazism to cognitive and mental ills. It is often trotted-out by communists as support for their hatred of normal conservative people. The research doesn’t meet standards of scientific objectivity or theoretical integrity. It was research designed to give legitimacy to communist and hard left ideology. Adorno and Frenkel-Brunswik were early figures in this. A good critique of this was made in the late-80s by JJ Ray but the bottom line is it is unsound in theory and in study.

  • Earth crumbling beneath the feet of Hillary's presidential campaign

    12/22/2014 10:17:27 AM PST · 44 of 59
    iacovatx to PROCON

    What you are seeing happen to Clinton (and what will happen to Bush3) should be entertaining for most freepers. Big donors who believed the “inevitability” of Clinton’s 2016 presidential win are going to find they wasted a fortune bulking-up her bank account only to find that she can’t get enough votes to win. The only way she can win is if two big gifts are given her—the first is there are no opposition candidates in her own party that appeal to the wacko base. She won’t get that gift—Warren is one opponent she will have a very hard time beating for votes regardless of the money and power she controls. The second gift is an R party candidate that is so lame he or she can’t generate R enthusiasm—Clinton looks like she will get that gift early by the R party nominating someone who can get some big donations but can’t get large numbers of votes, like a Bush or a Romney. Heck, Dole is still around, the R party might as well run him on a ticket with McCain as his running mate. That would enable Clinton to win in a total voter turnout of a few million, nationwide.

    However, if Clinton wins, even her gender and her control of the big propaganda machine of the NYT, the networks, the W Post, etc., won’t protect her from constant criticism of her inevitably horrible decision making.

  • Editorial Should non-citizens in the U.S. vote?

    12/21/2014 12:58:02 PM PST · 55 of 64
    iacovatx to PROCON

    Most people think this is about voting and making the Dem party the sole party in the US. That is only the intermediate step—it isn’t the end goal. The end goal is looting the piggybank of the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. That is the end goal. It is nothing more than greed and if you follow the path of the Dem party since the early 60s, you can see it focusing on entitlements and other goodies like monthly paychecks for just breathing. It is all about looting the nation.

  • Too good to check: New York Magazine’s teen-genius trader turns out to be a hoax

    12/16/2014 6:47:31 AM PST · 6 of 25
    iacovatx to SeekAndFind

    You need at least a couple of elements to make a hoax like this into a media sensation. First, you need media people who don’t know much of anything about finance—the outlets mentioned are most likely staffed with people who have little knowledge of basic business, trading, or economics. I doubt any of them know how a trade is made.
    Second, you need a culture of sensationalism—this is a core element of most media outlets.

    Voila! You have a HS student who trades his way to $72M. Nobody with basic knowledge of investments and trading would have been fooled by this story. It takes a special degree of ignorance.

  • NY Times: 'There Can Never Be A Justification For Any Lethal Assault On An Unarmed Man'

    12/05/2014 6:14:32 AM PST · 26 of 81
    iacovatx to governsleastgovernsbest

    If you ever needed an example of why NYT thinking is incompatible with reality, this is it. Ignoring simple, obvious facts of life and the whole of the history of living things, this NYT writer suggests that we return to a state where the physically strong dominate the weak. Physical strength was the deciding factor in all interpersonal conflicts before the introduction of firearms, especially handguns.

    Without handguns, gangs win and the elderly, weak, and children lose. Women become subordinate to physically stronger males in all matters.

    The NYT writer and all fellow travelers are dragging people toward a societal vision that looks a lot like the brutal oppression of the dark ages.

  • State joins call for Convention to amend US Constitution

    12/04/2014 1:28:25 AM PST · 33 of 66
    iacovatx to Hostage

    “Why is it that people go crazy with hysterical fears about an Article V conference of state lawmakers to propose amendments to the US Constitution?”

    Only two groups of people object to the Article V convention of the states. The first group doesn’t understand Article V and how a convention of the states works. The second group is vehemently opposed to decentralization of federal power to the states. If you look closely, you may find that the second group is the spurring the first group.

    One amendment likely to emerge from the Article V process is restoration of state representation at the federal level. That would get the support of state legislatures regardless of political orientation. However, the fed gov’t stands to lose influence over states if that happens and many online posts are likely to be made by people with a vested interest in the feds having centralized influence. Consider the unfunded mandates that come out of Wash DC and how many special interests like that kind of power over the states.

  • Sheriff: WH's Divisive Politics 'Fanning the Flames of Racial Discord'

    12/03/2014 6:27:49 AM PST · 6 of 17
    iacovatx to GrandJediMasterYoda

    The Dem party, when in power, does not represent all Americans. That should be clear to everyone now. When the R party is in power, they tend to try to represent everybody, but not the Dems. For the Dems, it is us-vs-them and they will appoint the most divisive haters possible and individuals who specifically intend to violate their oath of office and attack other Americans.

  • Mitch McConnell 'perplexed' by President Obama

    12/03/2014 6:22:19 AM PST · 56 of 91
    iacovatx to rktman

    The repeated statement that the Republicans just won a big election ignores an important fact. This is not 1814 when there were three branches of government—this is 2014 when there are five branches of government, the legislative, judicial, executive, regulatory, and media branches. The Dem socialists control four of the five and are strongly in control of the federal government. The states were reduced in power when their representation in the US Senate was removed and they were further subordinated through decades of budgetary centralization in the federal government.

    The Dems are well in control. The Republicans are far less influential and the citizenry, of course, is virtually without a voice, needed only to pay taxes and therefore fund the Dem gov’t.

  • Check Your Political Compass:

    11/30/2014 12:57:17 PM PST · 43 of 43
    iacovatx to nomad

    This is the Adorno

    Adorno, T. W., Frenkel-Brunswik, E., Levinson, D. J., & Sanford, R. N. (1950). The authoritarian personality.

    JJ Ray did some very entertaining scholarly critiques of the authoritarian lit.

    Ray, J. J. (1988). Cognitive style as a predictor of authoritarianism, conservatism, and racism: A fantasy in many movements. Political Psychology, 303-308.

  • Check Your Political Compass:

    11/29/2014 7:39:01 PM PST · 24 of 43
    iacovatx to Vinylly

    Design of a questionairre of this type is not for amateurs—and this one is based on the ideas of Adorno who helped create the idea that having conservative ideas was fascist, authoritarian, and psychologically unhealthy. His work was done in the early 50s along with other far left academics. Read some of the critiques offered by Ray. The questions are a giveaway—they are very similar to the theoretical foundations presented by Adorno and colleagues. Those foundations have caused a lot of damage as they are among the origins of the movement that took over academics and replaced good scientific ideas and practices with ideologically-driven scholarship. The quality of Adorno’s work has not stood up to rigorous scientific inquiry but that work still hangs over academia. We are living with the consequences of Adorno and colleagues’ works.

    This questionnaire is not to be taken seriously.

  • CEOs Could Be Getting Ready To Revolt Against Obamacare

    11/29/2014 12:37:11 PM PST · 40 of 47
    iacovatx to Oshkalaboomboom

    The use of gov’t regulation as a strategic competitive weapon has long been popular but has become especially popular in recent years. Make donations to the candidate or party—get indirect help when a regulation appears that hurts your competition.

  • CEOs Could Be Getting Ready To Revolt Against Obamacare

    11/29/2014 11:48:45 AM PST · 33 of 47
    iacovatx to iacovatx

    During the 20s through the 40s, Hitler looked to the industrialists for allies. He needed their industrial capabilities and support. However, he sought power and military might. He was never a cheerleader for business, he simply needed them to achieve his ends. The industrialists were only treated respectfully if and while they were of use to him. He was always the supreme power and that always placed Porsche, BMW, Walther, Blohm & Voss, Opel, and all the rest under his watchful eye and control.

  • CEOs Could Be Getting Ready To Revolt Against Obamacare

    11/29/2014 11:40:56 AM PST · 30 of 47
    iacovatx to SeekAndFind

    This is so “Neville Chamberlain” of those CEO’s. They, the large company CEO’s, were attracted to the ACA because it gave them a way to shove health care costs off their income statements and onto the general public. They are just coming to realize that the Fed Gov has many ways of making them pay and never intended to live up to its promises and suggestions. The CEO’s thought they were insiders in this scam, now they are starting to realize that was never the case.

  • Winning Thanksgiving Arguments: Don't Bother (Barf and language warning)

    11/26/2014 10:58:53 AM PST · 28 of 29
    iacovatx to getitright

    “galactic dunce”—you made my day by adding a new and useful term to my vocabulary.

    There are some generic questions, that be there intellectual and broad nature, tend to suck leftists into contradicting themselves. A couple examples are, “What makes government good?” “More specifically, good enough to be given broad control over life?” “Is it smart to be vulnerable?” or “Is it smart to cower?” These latter questions might come in handy in the popular leftist attack on gun owners and the NRA. The Sandy Hook incident is the gold-standard among leftists for arguing for disarming the population. I don’t respond with the standard arguments about self-defense because the left is absorbed with illogical, emotional arguments that are impossibly disconnected from reality.

    If I am being tough, and a point about children is made, I correct them with the term “wanted children”. To the left, there are two kinds of children, wanted or planned and those they deign as unwanted lesser beings.

    If a point about differing opinions is being made, I correct them with, “unoffensive speech” and see if they will argue otherwise. Gradually work toward “acceptable speech”. There are lots of examples of suppression of what the left considers unacceptable speech and opinions. They will get into pretzel logic trying to avoid this term.

    If a point is being made about schools, I correct them with the term “public schools”, then gradually work them toward “government schools”, which is more correct because they do not acknowledge religious or home schools. If they reject this term, their argument has to include the other types of schools—which it won’t. This makes them more self-conscious about their comments and produces pretzel logic again.

    I find it useful to insert leftist terms into their own arguments because they sound ridiculous but expose their silly thinking.

    Not every approach will work but apply 3-4 techniques and you will tie them into knots.

  • Winning Thanksgiving Arguments: Don't Bother (Barf and language warning)

    11/26/2014 9:47:21 AM PST · 22 of 29
    iacovatx to 2ndDivisionVet

    I don’t find arguing with a leftist worth much effort but if it happens, I have a fairly easy time with it provided I don’t get emotionally involved at the inevitable end of the conversation. First, never introduce politics. Leftists will usually do that as they can’t keep their heads under control. Once they open their mouth, they nearly always make a snide “insiders comment” that is pure insult and not substantive. That is the opening to drag them through an endless list of challenges that will exhaust their shallow arguments and induce an emotional explosion. If they open with an insult of the Tea Party, just ask them questions like, Who are the Tea Partiers?, What are their positions? (you can explain the acronym), Is there an example? Why call them that (teabaggers)? Why would you refer to people who want responsible tax policy with that term—why does you refer to sexual perversion? Where did you learn this so I can learn more? Do you think the government should allow people to have opinions? What opinions should be legal?

    I wear them down—doesn’t take very long, then they blow up and look like raging loon, which they are. I don’t react. I just exhaust them. Sometimes they raise some bizarre issue or event that is probably apocryphal (remember, they get made-up information from propaganda sources like CNN or MSNBC)so I just ask where I can learn more—if they cite a source I ask more questions like, didn’t that source publish a fake or deliberately wrong story? (you will always be correct because all leftist sources publish slanted and completely made up stories, for example, about a child heroin addict—NYT).

    These are not stable people and I like to have fun with them. Let them open their mouths first then grab their discussion and drag them through heck with their own embarassing lack of sense.

  • Defense Secretary pick will be a challenge for Obama

    11/26/2014 9:21:57 AM PST · 8 of 22
    iacovatx to servo1969

    I have a suggestion, hire some high-profile Democrat/media favorite, like Colin Powell or John McCain. They can defend hard-left Dems from conservatives. Considering the Dem admin doesn’t represent all Americans, only the hard-left, those two anti-conservatives with Republican registrations can protect their constituents from the two real threats to hard-left Democrats, that is, normal Americans and IQ’s.

  • A Navy Vet's Case For Gun Control

    11/23/2014 9:52:52 AM PST · 80 of 106
    iacovatx to Second Amendment First

    Who is funding this propagandist? Many of the statements he makes are nothing but pure propaganda and in many cases factually wrong. There is no “fringe” gun lobby just regular Americans. X hours of training? Just how does “hours” of training rather than knowledge, regardless of training, influence threat? And why does gun ownership need to be public? Could it be to harass, threaten, and intimidate those who don’t want to knuckle under to others? Where does public knowledge make people safe? This is disgusting propaganda.

    Despite Americans becoming increasingly aware and educated regarding the threats to personal safety and health that are posed by the socialists, the socialists are simply increasing the push to oppress.

  • The Tech Skills and Courses Google Recommends for Software Engineers

    11/22/2014 2:31:00 PM PST · 26 of 40
    iacovatx to minnesota_bound

    “Do you need all this to create an app and become a millionaire?”

    Great question. I think the best answer to this question is found in the Leah Busque description of how TaskRabbit came to be. Go to ecorner.stanford.edu and watch it—well worth the time and a video I discuss with many people when the subject of becoming a millionaire seems appropriate to discuss.

  • Jeb Bush: Time For Gop Congress To Pass Amnesty Bill

    11/21/2014 7:03:46 AM PST · 74 of 107
    iacovatx to jimbo123

    This kind of offensive behavior from Bush is concrete evidence he will run for President—this is a fundraising announcement so he can collect donations from the big businesses who want that third world labor cost without having to run operations in the far East.

    That is all this is—early fundraising.

    However, it won’t garner many votes come 2016.

  • The Vindication of John Roberts

    11/19/2014 6:00:31 AM PST · 30 of 66
    iacovatx to Kozak

    “If in fact it’s a tax, and the bill originated in the Senate, then it’s unconstitutional.”

    This is the black-and-white correct conclusion and at the time of the USSC decision I could not understand why this wasn’t offered as the straightforward reason why the bill had no legitimacy. It should simply have been erased just as if I had created my own bill raising my salary by 500 percent with annual cost-of-living increases of 100 percent. The ACA originated outside of Constitutionally-prescribed location just as does the “iacovatx pay fairness” bill.

  • The Thing That Scares Me Most About the Supreme Court

    11/14/2014 5:57:27 AM PST · 13 of 49
    iacovatx to Petrosius

    “a majority of the justices are very conservative.”

    The definition of conservative is to uphold and defend the Constitution of the USA. It is also the oath of office for a great many government employees. It is the central purpose of a USSC justice. However, in the mind of this author, it is appalling that a slight majority of the justices actually uphold their oath of office and do their job. She longs for a time when the majority of justices lie when taking the oath and then proceed to affirm socialist whims. If that is “ideologically aggressive”, then the US Constitutional government is not compatible with her desired way of life.