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  • ‘Shocking Note’ Apparently Penned by Justina Pelletier to Her Parents

    04/16/2014 12:54:00 PM PDT · 52 of 75
    maryz to soycd; Ouchthatonehurt
    This piece from LifeSite is the most concise account I've seen: Justina Pelletier’s Parents File Emergency Petition With Supreme Court to Regain Custody

    In MA, it's actually "the Supreme Judicial Court."

  • Conservatives Want to Make Divorce Harder, Extend Government Power

    04/16/2014 12:35:49 PM PDT · 35 of 35
    maryz to Mariner
    I remember "Divorce Court" being on, but I think more of those old 30s and 40s movies, with one or the other spouse hissing, "I'll never give you a divorce!" LOL! From some of the comments on this thread, that kind of thing might be incomprehensible to the younger generation.

    In any case, AFAIK divorce is still expensive. Just because the divorce itself is a moot issue once one party files, there's still all the squabbling over assets and custody.

  • ‘Shocking Note’ Apparently Penned by Justina Pelletier to Her Parents

    04/16/2014 10:58:22 AM PDT · 47 of 75
    maryz to driftdiver
    but now involves a bureaucracy which refuses to admit it was wrong

    Just before this story became public, the MA DCF was already taking a lot of heat because a 5-year-old boy in DCF custody disappeared; it was 2 or 3 months before anyone knew, and then it came out only because his sister told her teacher at school. I believe the social worker who was supposed to be checking on him and her supervisor were fired.

    Then it became public that DCF revised its guidelines on who could be a foster parent, saying that a felony conviction (even for violent crime or soliciting sex from minors) should not be an automatic disqualifier. (A decision which Deval defended publicly, saying if someone had a police record from years ago for stealing a candy bar -- yes, that was the example he used -- it shouldn't be held against him.)

    Then there was talk of the -- IIRC -- 100 children who died in DCF custody over the past 3 years. And another 100 or so missing children in DCF custody, but DCF kind of dismissed those, saying most of them had attained their teens and were considered runaways.

    Deval has steadfastly refused to fire the head of DCF. She says she submitted her resignation, but he refused to accept it.

  • Conservatives Want to Make Divorce Harder, Extend Government Power

    04/16/2014 8:17:16 AM PDT · 10 of 35
    maryz to Responsibility2nd
    More than a dozen states have introduced bills that required longer waiting periods for divorce, counseling courses for adults and have limited the number of reasons that people can file for divorce.
    While this may seem like a fringe idea, . . .

    Isn't this more or less the way it was everywhere before no-fault divorce became the way to go, in the late 60s IIRC?

  • Johnny, Get Your Gun-Free Zone (Mark Steyn)

    04/03/2014 12:45:46 PM PDT · 15 of 23
    maryz to neverdem
    No liberals other than Alan Dershowitz have a thing to say about the D'Souza outrage.

    Dershowitz right again! He's always been right on Israel, and he's offered his help to the Pelletiers.

    Finally a "strange new respect" for our side! ;-)

  • Alan Dershowitz offers to help #FreeJustina, says law is CLEAR and on the side of the parents

    03/30/2014 9:53:28 AM PDT · 30 of 33
    maryz to bboop
    He’s getting downright CommonSensical these days.

    Dershowitz has always been on the right side re Israel! And didn't he say not long ago that Ted Cruz was one of the most brilliant students he ever taught?

    I would love to see him get involved in this on the side of the parents!

  • 24 Veterans Awarded the Medal of Honor

    03/19/2014 7:16:37 AM PDT · 26 of 29
    maryz to goodn'mad
    These men deserved the Medal of Honor but didn’t get it because of their skin color. I’m not buying it.

    I'm not buying it either, being as it's this administration. I heard on the news that these guys had at the time of their service received the Distinguished Service award. I'd want to know if any (and how many) minorities had earlier been awarded the Medal of Honor. And how many and under what circumstances whites received the Distinguished Service award instead of the Medal of Honor. Remember how the DOJ had to search to find a black killed by a white who went unpunished -- and came up with Zimmerman?

  • Dem Senator on MSNBC: Russia’s “Weak” Invasion Proof of Obama’s “Strength”

    03/19/2014 6:13:25 AM PDT · 3 of 36
    maryz to tje
    If Russia invades Alaska, just think how weak Putin will look then.


  • Bar boycotts Sam Adams after pullout

    03/15/2014 10:15:49 AM PDT · 119 of 163
    maryz to Kenny Bunk
    Menino? Silent on this?

    Menino didn't run again (he'll be teaching gov't or something at BU). The current mayor, Marty Walsh, is the one I suspect of being behind this -- at least, according to local news reports, he's been in the forefront of trying to get the gays into the parade (after almost 20 years since the SCOTUS decision). He has announced (as if anyone cared) that he will not march if the gays aren't allowed to. Menino never marched, and no one missed him -- he did march every year, though, in the Gay Pride paraded (though one year, there was one . . . float? exhibit? whatever that was so shocking he was apparently angry, but he didn't know about it until the parade was over.

  • Bar boycotts Sam Adams after pullout

    03/15/2014 10:10:23 AM PDT · 115 of 163
    maryz to HartleyMBaldwin
    What’s the parade organizers’ policy concerning Irish political issues, though?

    Years ago, maybe in the 70s(?), I did see an "England out of Ireland" float in the parade, but in recent decades, the policy has been no political statements.

    Until some time in the 60s or early 70s, the parade wasn't as big a thing, since it was held on March 17, not the nearest Sunday, so attendees were basically school children and Suffolk County (Boston) employees (it's a holiday for public county and city employees.

  • Sam Adams Pulls Its Sponsorship of St Patrick's Day Parade Over Gay Rights

    03/15/2014 5:10:39 AM PDT · 75 of 99
    maryz to Steelfish
    that would have allowed gay veterans

    This whole thing is so weird! And The Guardian is covering what should be merely a local Boston story? BTW, the LGBT (or "Giblets," as someone called them) petitioned for a group of 20 gay veterans to march. Turns out, there was only one veteran (purported veteran?) in the group; the other 19 were "gay activists," who wanted to march with rainbow flags and who knows what else. The Allied War Veterns took offense at being lied to, and broke off negotiations.

    I don't know why this is all started up again. In the early 90s, there was a big, long battle over this, and the gays sued, and continually won in Massachusetts courts ('nuff said). I believe it was the year the MA Supreme Judicial Court (doesn't that sound like something out of 1984?) found in favor of the gays that the parade organizers cancelled the parade rather than give in. They carried it to the Supreme Court, and in 1995 won a 9-0 opinion (yes, even Bader and Breyer, etc.) that the organizers had the right to decide who would be invited/allowed to march.

    Why it's coming up again after almost 20 years, I don't really know. I'm wondering if it's at the urging of Boston's new mayor, Marty Walsh, who hasn't been in long, but who's already making even "Mumbles" Menino (Boston's mayor for 20 years) look almost sane. Menino never marched in the parade (and did march in the June "Gay Pride" parade). Nobody misse him. Why Marty Walsh thinks anyone cares if he doesn't march is, well, just one of life's litte mysteries!

    One can only conclude that gay groups make a lot of political contributions . . .

  • Buildings Collapse After Explosion, Fire In East Harlem

    03/12/2014 11:32:11 AM PDT · 39 of 44
    maryz to Kartographer; sodpoodle; Black Agnes
    Even if it was a gas explosion, well, this story was in today's The Jewish Press:

    The police and Israeli security services have captured the alleged terrorist who tried to blow up three buildings in Armon HaNatziv in Jerusalem, in a mega attack in March.

    It’s now been revealed that he had tried to blow up a total of eight buildings in an attempted terror attack just 2 days before.

    The man was identified as Aziz Musa Salam Awisat, age 49 and father of 6. Awisat holds Jerusalem Resident status. He lives in Jabal Mukaber.

    Awisat admitted to police that after hearing of the gas explosion in Gilo that killed a family and destroyed a building, he was inspired to commit a terror attack that would do the same.

    Awisat allegedly cut the gas pipes inside a total of eight buildings on February 28 and March 2, and lit a flame next to them, hoping it would set off a massive explosion, blowing up the buildings and everyone inside.

    The gas leak was detected and the Jerusalem fire department evacuated the buildings in time.

  • Study: Racism Causes Obesity in Black Women

    03/12/2014 9:03:18 AM PDT · 40 of 76
    maryz to ButThreeLeftsDo

    It’s a conservative magazine, founded by David Horowitz years ago. Read the article — the posted excerpt is actually from a “study” that the article itself totally discredits.

  • Young Republicans Find Fault With Elders on List of Social Issues

    03/11/2014 10:58:33 AM PDT · 30 of 38
    maryz to C19fan
    Will there ever be a point in the future where the GOP will decide keeping SoCons is not worth losing these type of Millenial voters?

    You mean like the Massachusetts GOP has been doing for decades? If a social conservative declares, the state GOP will actually recruit a social liberal to run against him in the primary. It's working really great electorally -- the GOP holds 10% to 12% of the state legislature, zero statewide offices, and zero representation in the congressional delegation!

  • Democrats hold all-night 'talkathon' on climate change on Senate floor [Not unemployment rate]

    03/11/2014 5:35:57 AM PDT · 30 of 44
    maryz to SoFloFreeper

    I can’t help wondering if they perceive (through polling?) that Ted Cruz’s marathon speech really boosted him, and they’re trying to imitate it. This feeling was reinforced when I heard a sound bite on the local (Boston) news station of Ed Markey (D-MA) taking part by reciting a sort of take-off of Dr. Seuss . . .

  • Boston St. Pat’s Parade rescinds invite to gay group, says application was a ‘ploy’

    03/07/2014 6:00:22 AM PST · 29 of 44
    maryz to NYer
    parade organizer John Hurley,

    He's known locally as "Wacko" Hurley (not an insult, probably his nickname since high school!). He's pretty old and walks with a cane, but he's at 7:00 a.m. Mass every day (he goes to my church).

  • Buffalo’s New Bishop Confronts Politician’s Duplicity on Abortion

    03/04/2014 2:21:17 PM PST · 3 of 18
    maryz to NYer
    Until 2012, Buffalo was led by Bishop Edward U. Kmiec

    Didn't Kmiec have one of the most outrageous records in the (homosexual)sex abuse scandal?

  • Shutdown cost national parks at least $414M

    03/04/2014 8:57:23 AM PST · 6 of 32
    maryz to ColdOne
    As I recall it, they seemed to have more Park Rangers on duty than usual -- precisely to block visitors!
  • New York and Boston mayors plan to boycott St Patrick’s Day parades over ban on gay marchers

    02/13/2014 1:17:16 PM PST · 33 of 47
    maryz to NoKoolAidforMe
    Just to clarify, the AOH (the NY parade organizers) do not ban homosexuals from marching in the parade. They are prohibited from carrying a banner denoting their homosexuality in the parade.

    Exactly the same in Boston! It was in Boston a few years ago that a gay group sued the parade organizers to be allowed in the parade as gays. It went to the Supreme Court, and the organizers won in a unanimous decision that only the organizers had the right to determine what fit the parade's theme.

  • Israel at a Point of No Return – In the Right Direction

    02/13/2014 9:38:28 AM PST · 8 of 11
    maryz to Mrs. Don-o
    Wonderful news if he's right . . . but I recalled seeing articles posted on FR about the Israeli government's recent decision to pay for abortions for women 20-33! The LifeSite article is here. reported that the nation's Health Basket Committee, which determines what medical procedures are paid for by the Israeli government, voted to give “free” abortion coverage to women between 20 and 33 years of age, and authorized $4.5 million to pay for the expected 6,300 extra abortions. . . .

    Some have asked what role America's annual $3 billion foreign aid package plays in subsidizing abortions in Israel.

    She [Sandy Shoshani, national director of Be’ad Chaim (which means "Pro Life" in Hebrew] said that Be'ad Chaim "sent letters to every Knesset member we could think of, and even to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu," but lamented that while "we received a few letters back saying they (the Knesset members) agree with us, no one is actually doing anything."

    I devoutly hope and pray Goldman is right!

  • Pope Francis nominates (2) New York bishops

    02/11/2014 7:20:03 AM PST · 6 of 30
    maryz to NYer

    It’s morning in Albany! When does he take over?

  • Vatican strikes back at UN report demanding approval of abortion and sex for children

    02/06/2014 11:12:48 AM PST · 6 of 7
    maryz to Morgana

    I think it was in the 70s that Bill Buckley called the UN “the world’s most expensive insane asylum” — and he didn’t live to see this!

  • O'Reilly Tells Obama He Didn't Need Student Loans: 'That's Who I Am'

    02/06/2014 7:45:16 AM PST · 50 of 62
    maryz to gusty
    Her other choice was Boston University, tuition $60,000.

    I have a cousin who went to BU in the 60s (approximately when BO'R was in college, I think) -- tuition was $1,600 a hear. Boston College at the time was $1,000 a year. I think the state colleges were about $400 IIRC. Granted, salaries were lower then too (I think $15,000 was considered pretty good), but these still weren't amounts you had to start saving for at the child's birth. It was possible to earn those tuitions at a good summer job, and at least a good chunk of them at a mediocre summer job. Didn't Ron Paul say he worked his way through college and medical school?

    Of course, that was (slightly) before the gov't got into the business of making college available for all and poured money into them -- enough for them to hire vastly more administrators, build dorms and stadiums, hire professors like -- oh, for example, Elizabeth Warren -- at $400,000 a year to teach one course. College professors then didn't make much -- I've read that the classic professorial jacket with patches on the elbows really came about in the days when profs had to scrounge!

  • Let Us Pray: A Call for More Orthodoxy, and Latin Mass, for the Troubled Church

    01/15/2014 2:57:01 AM PST · 107 of 127
    maryz to mlizzy

    LOL! Thanks — we could use it! ;-)

  • Let Us Pray: A Call for More Orthodoxy, and Latin Mass, for the Troubled Church

    01/14/2014 2:54:53 PM PST · 105 of 127
    maryz to mlizzy

    Thanks for the link . . . now if you could just do something about our Archbishop . . . :(

  • Documents reveal anger, chaos in Christie bridge scandal

    01/11/2014 9:28:32 AM PST · 41 of 81
    maryz to ZULU
    FURTHER, it was a DUMB STUNT!!!

    My thoughts exactly! I could be wrong, but as I understand it, the bridge is under state jurisdiction (that's how the Port Authority could block the lanes), so the state would be blamed anyway, not the city. What were they thinking???

  • To Attract Millennials, GOP Must Dial Back the Social Conservatism

    12/13/2013 10:04:53 AM PST · 26 of 156
    maryz to kobald
    Specifically, the conservative positions on social and cultural issues that have come to be dominant in the Republican Party in recent years run precisely against the grain of this new generation that is maturing politically.

    Ah, basically he's recommending the "Massachusetts model" for the national party! The MA GOP has -- for at least the last 30 years -- been liberal on social issues, to the extent that if a social conservative decides to run, they'll scrounge up a liberal to primary him, and party support goes to the liberal. Their stated position is silence on social issues; their actions speak otherwise.

    And look at the electoral success of this method: the GOP currently holds 10%-12% of the legislature, no statewide offices, and no members of the congressional delegation. Way to go!

  • Issa Charges Sebelius with Criminal Obstruction of Investigation

    12/12/2013 5:02:59 AM PST · 13 of 20
    maryz to grania
    Issa’s committee....that’s where issues are sent to die.

    What can Issa do alone? Unless I'm missing something, he doesn't even have the backing of the GOP leadership. The DOJ (and the whole Administration) is utterly corrupt and political. At least Issa seems to be keeping some of these things in the news a bit (in spite of an unsympathetic media). Should he try to raise a private army? AFAIK, that kind of thing hasn't been done for the past several hundred years . . . and wouldn't stand a chance.

  • Ted Cruz sees legal landmines ahead for Obamacare

    12/09/2013 10:25:55 AM PST · 34 of 62
    maryz to xzins
    when the cancellation letters go out by the millions when employer policies are declared unacceptable

    Jeff Kuhner is the morning talk show host on WRKO in Boston; he also writes for The Washington Times, through which he has his medical coverage (I'm trying to remember when usage switched from "medical insurance" and "medical care" to "health insurance" and "health care" -- was it around when HMOs came in?). He and all other staffers received a mass email a couple of days ago saying the paper was switching insurers to mitigate the financial hit of ObamaCare. I think he said his own premium was going up by $200/mo, and he probably can't keep his doctor. Hasn't examined the coverage yet, and if he said what the deductible would be, I missed it.

    So maybe other employers are planning ahead too -- and will shortly be sending out those letters!

  • DOJ Warns Anti-Muslim Comments on Social Media Can Be Considered Felony

    12/05/2013 4:05:35 AM PST · 19 of 103
    maryz to RaceBannon
    What ever happened to general acceptance of the philosophy of "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"?

    No wonder the regime wants to hasten the end of people old enough to remember what it was like to live in a free counry.

  • Those Who Can't, Govern [Mark Steyn]

    12/05/2013 3:26:22 AM PST · 10 of 32
    maryz to pepsionice
    All of this leads me back to Harvard, and the general lack of any capable leader that they’ve ever produced.

    A year or two ago, a local (Boston) radio host made the off-hand remark that "It seems like every problem we have has its roots in Harvard." Hard to argue against that!

  • New study from China helps to prove the Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

    12/04/2013 8:07:06 AM PST · 17 of 17
    maryz to Mrs. Don-o

    Wow! Thanks for the link!

  • New study from China helps to prove the Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

    12/04/2013 4:52:32 AM PST · 15 of 17
    maryz to Mrs. Don-o
    The current research is raising huge questions about the massive hormonal jiggery-pokery foisted upon millions of women, whether via the hormonal contraceptives --- pill, patch, injection or implant --- or via HRT, or environmental contamination with endocrine disruptors in the water (a lot of which got there through the effluent of millions of contraceptive users.)

    During the Sandra Fluke dog-and-pony show, I vaguely recalled reading about possible environmental damage from birth control pills. So I googled it -- there's not a lot of studies (at least not that my rather casual search found, but I would think gov't money is hard to come by for such a subject), but there's at least one attributing hermaphroditic fish to synthetic hormones from birth control pills. I couldn't help wondering if synthetic hormones (which break down more slowly than natural hormones) in the water supply might account for or at least contribute to the current explosion in "gender identity" (or whatever they call it) problems. And maybe the "metrosexual" phenomenon too -- though maybe they were always here and just came into style.

    I also found that municipal water supplies only test for things like industrial pollutants and bacteria, though some are thinking of testing also for the common blood pressure and cholesterol drugs.

  • Who was standing behind Obama today? White House won't say

    12/04/2013 4:26:39 AM PST · 44 of 63
    maryz to Tennessee Nana
    so how did Monica have ObamaCare years before there was an ObamaCare ???

    That's kind of what I've been wondering -- where does he dig up these purported success stories when any policy issued under ObamaCare (assuming the success stories managed to get through the website and the insurer got the information, though the payment mechanism isn't in place yet as I understand it) when it doesn't seem possible any ObamaCare policies are actually in effect yet?

    Of course, haven't there been numerous times in the past when he's passed off long-time Dem operatives as "ordinary Americans" who are really really pleased with some former crack-brained plan of his?

  • Obama to Defend Health Law as Economic Benefit

    12/04/2013 3:20:10 AM PST · 9 of 38
    maryz to SoFloFreeper
    socialized medicine is a REPUBLICAN idea.

    Remember RomneyCare? The prime reason Romney was the most awful choice possible for the GOP nominee. Even during the campaign, he never favored repeal -- he would "tweak" it and adjust it, and have 50 (57?) RomneyCares, one in each state.

    BTW, Romney's still enamored of RomneyCare, which has given MA the highest premiums in the nation, in spite of the federal money that poured in because of it. He thinks it's terribly wrong to force the nation into a one-size-fits-all deal, but apparently thinks it's perfectly fine to force each state into a one-size-fits-all deal!

  • Obama Gives Medal To Radical Feminist (Says her medal to be dedicated to Margaret Sanger)

    11/21/2013 4:08:58 PM PST · 15 of 28
    maryz to TheThirdRuffian
    Isn’t Sanger the nut who wanted to kill black babies because they were inferior race?

    I've read that part of her planned strategy was to recruit light-skinned black ministers to get them to persuade their congregations to abort. Don't know if she had any success with it . . .

  • Obamacare-Speak Fails to Mask an Evolving Fiasco

    11/21/2013 5:18:35 AM PST · 15 of 30
    maryz to DJ Taylor
    Every single Marxist is an Ends-Justify-The-Means Liar.

    I recently re-read the Nero Wolfe books. In one, an American Communist Party group figured. Archie Goodwin pointed out to Nero Wolfe that one of them lied when he questioned him. Wolfe said, "Of course he lied; he's a Communist." That book was written in 1946 IIRC.

  • Brian Kilmeade just blamed the Te Party candidate for Cuccinelli's loss.(Vanity)

    11/06/2013 5:15:16 AM PST · 30 of 59
    maryz to McGruff
    Apparently the RATs paid for the Libertarian to steal votes from the Republican.

    Makes you wonder how many of those other races over the last several years where a Libertarian ("Libertarian"?) provided a winning margin to the Dems depended on leftist money to the Libertarian/"Libertarian" . . .

  • Albany Diocese Bishop Hubbard reflects on his long tenure

    10/31/2013 4:41:27 PM PDT · 7 of 15
    maryz to NYer
    Thanks for the detailed answer!

    Didn't Bernardin work hand-in-glove with Jadot in the selection of American bishops? I don't remember whether he himself was picked by Jadot . . .

  • Albany Diocese Bishop Hubbard reflects on his long tenure

    10/31/2013 3:19:32 PM PDT · 4 of 15
    maryz to NYer
    The Saratogan certainly gives him a sympathetic hearing! Can I conclude from this that the good bishop has never said a word that might discomfit a Democrat politician? That's how it works in Boston anyway . . .:(
  • Catholic Ping List (Vanity)

    10/28/2013 3:55:14 PM PDT · 26 of 40
    maryz to Salvation

    Put me back on, please! :)

  • Kasich Repeats Refuted Obamacare Talking Points at Cleveland Clinic

    10/19/2013 1:00:50 PM PDT · 25 of 39
    maryz to ConjunctionJunction
    What has happened to Kasich?

    Blackmail? Details never came out (that I recall), but didn't it come out during the Chandra Levy thing that Kasich hung -- socially -- with Gary Condit and with a pretty dodgy bunch. There were rumblings of rumors, but then the 9/11 attacks came, and everything else pretty much dropped off the radar.

  • Graham + The Machine (Lindsey Graham is no longer the "lesser of two evils"

    10/19/2013 8:14:17 AM PDT · 46 of 46
    maryz to Paine in the Neck

    That’s reassuring — thanks!

  • Graham + The Machine (Lindsey Graham is no longer the "lesser of two evils"

    10/19/2013 7:35:59 AM PDT · 40 of 46
    maryz to Paine in the Neck
    Lee Bright to oust Lindsey Graham in SC

    Are the other two challengers genuine conservative candidates? I only ask because, here in Massachusetts, I suspect that on the rare occasions a real conservative announces, the MA GOP recruits a liberal to run in the primary and perhaps a self-styled "conservative" with no political record to split the conservative vote. I don't know whether the SC GOP is quite that devious!

  • Vitter calls for ethics probe of Reid, Boxer, claims 'bribery'

    09/13/2013 5:03:35 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    maryz to goat granny
    They didn’t bribe him, its worse than that...they blackmailed him, probably throw in extortion also.

    Do you think this could provide an opening to more? I've been wishing (on the assumption that the Dems have been using some sort of blackmail on various and sundry persons, notably Roberts) that one of the victims would emulate Wellington's "Publish and be damned!" -- and file charges or whatever against them for blackmail. Which is still illegal, as far as I know . . .

  • My Maxwell has died. (15 yo dachshund)

    09/13/2013 4:15:36 PM PDT · 17 of 123
    maryz to Toespi

    My condolences . . . it’s something I’ve been through too many times. Just remember that God loves him even more than you do.


    09/12/2013 4:10:55 PM PDT · 690 of 4,836
    maryz to Veggie Todd

    Thanks for the picture of the “beeber-like device” — always wondered what one looked like! ;-)

  • Obama: "I understand" American people aren't with me on Syria strike [Doesn't care, like Obamacare]

    09/10/2013 5:32:32 AM PDT · 15 of 49
    maryz to tacticalogic

    I can’t help wondering if his real objective was to bomb Syria tomorrow — September 11 — as “reparations” to Al Qaida . . .

  • Muslim Brotherhood Claim: We've Got 'Goods on Obama' -- Have Evidence to Put Him 'In Prison'

    08/19/2013 9:06:07 AM PDT · 73 of 114
    maryz to Uncle Chip
    So they are trying to blackmail the best friend they ever had in the White Hut.

    Maybe the blackmail was how they got that "best friend" in the first place? I recall reading on FR that among the very first visitors to the Obama White House was . . . the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • Social Engineering by Private Sector Liberals

    08/19/2013 8:59:13 AM PDT · 3 of 3
    maryz to Edmunds mom
    Excellent article! But I think I'm going to have to come back and read it again -- it's just that full of food for thought.

    I did enjoy and appreciate the author's summing up by example the two different approaches:

    . . . . For expertise “based on local knowledge and experience,” imagine a wizened grandmother who didn’t finish high school but who has for decades helped neighbors in her struggling neighborhood with her own money and advice on everything from childrearing to drug abuse to job training. For expertise “based on broader study and more systematic analysis of data,” imagine a twentysomething, unmarried young man fresh out of grad school with multiple graduate degrees paid for by the affluent parents who have provided him a life of ease. He’s crunched social science numbers from all over the world but just yesterday stepped foot for the first time in the grandmother’s neighborhood.

    Is Schambra’s inclination to favor the grandmother’s wisdom over the young man’s social science “merely” a matter of taste, like a preference for barbecue over sushi?

    And I was disheartened by the author's reference to "the appalling support by numerous large foundations for eugenics." I guess eugenics is like the hydra, the many-headed monster. As I understand it, eugenics was very big among the ruling class (to target the "country class," of course) in the 1920s and 1930s -- until Hitler "gave it a bad name." I didn't realize it was making a powerful come-back!