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Tuesday links

  • The real election surprise, sez Dem. pollster Pat Caddell is the uprising of the American people. (H/T ML for a terrific article with some stunning stats.)
  • Meet the new (big) media; just like the old (big) media: censoring views it doesn’t want heard.
  • An artist inserts pop culture into thrift-store paintings.
  • Okay, we already know that everything not mandatory is forbidden. But c’mon, people. Underground agents provocateurs tricking people into illegal cooking??? Even for California, that’s going a hair too far. (Tip o’ hat to PT)
  • The Obamacare stories just get worse and worse. But remember! The program is a success and just needs a little more tweaking!
  • Hillary was planning a fireworks display over NYC to go with her victory party. Canceled; no explanation. Hm.
  • Aaaaaand a second Washington state elector sez he might refuse to v*te for Hillary. Yep, there are blue states and there are blue states and Washington is a Bernie shade of blue for sure. Hillary is losing the left — though perhaps to late for us to lose Hillary.
  • It’s truly becoming difficult to tell real articles about government boondoggles from Onion satires.
  • So does anybody — anybody??? — like all this business of fiddling our clocks around twice a year? Just put everything to DST and leave it there, for heaven’s sake. This whole business of trying to control time is just more government grandiosity.
  • And to help you survive election day, here’s today’s dose of cute-dog therapy.


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  1. Pat
    Pat November 8, 2016 2:29 am

    Just set the clocks backward or forward 1/2 hour (depending on when the change is made), and leave it there all year — halfway between current Standard Time and DST. What difference will 30 minutes make to the sun, or to people getting up or going to bed?

    The Caddell story is very hopeful — almost too hopeful. If changes were made and America got itself back on track again, would the people continue to distrust the elites or would they gradually fall back into a pattern of believing what they’re told and wanting the “pork barrel” favors for themselves? Would representatives continue to represent the people or would they build up a new wave of elitism over time? People only seem to get upset when they’re pushed to the limit.

  2. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty November 8, 2016 4:26 am

    Unfortunately, Pat, there is no way that anyone, however motivated or how pure, can actually “represent” people in general. A lawyer, a real estate agent, or many others can represent specific clients who agree to it (and pay for it), but a politician can’t begin to represent the hundreds or thousands (millions?) of people with very different needs, wants and agendas… even if they actually voted for that representative.

    It is good that a lot of people seem to be learning that electoral politics won’t get them the sort of “representation” they were taught to expect. Unfortunately, not enough of them seem ready to accept individual ownership and responsibility for themselves… and continue to think they will “fix” the system if they tinker with it long enough.

    When some people are given power (bogus authority) over others against their will – tyranny is the inevitable result.

  3. Claire
    Claire November 8, 2016 7:32 am

    Indeed, Bob, hard to say. Yet even if she had already offered the food for sale, the whole business remains crazy and typical of the screwed-up “justice” system that expects people to incriminate themselves. She’s first offered a less favorable plea bargain apparently because she’s making noise on social media. Then when she exerts her right to a trial, they pile on extra charges.

    Sick. The whole business.

  4. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal November 8, 2016 8:13 am

    I feel very ineffective, since none of my stuff has ever been censored on social media. The closest I have come is that Youtube refuses to let me monetize some of my truthful videos about cops.

    I have always loved those improved thrift store paintings. I love the one with Planet Express Ship over the ocean. I’ve seen one with Serenity, too.

    I hate changing the clocks, but I would choose to stick with standard time- it’s closer to solar time. On DST here, the sun sometimes doesn’t reach noon until around 2PM, and that’s just ridiculous. And since the sun is the closest thing to a “real time”, it’s the one I’d go with.

  5. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty November 8, 2016 8:22 am

    Yes indeed, standard time… for what it is worth. My aunt and uncle milked a large dairy herd in rural Michigan for more than 40 years. He ignored the time change when it began, saying, “you can’t change the clock in a cow.” They milked at 4AM and 4PM, year round. The creamery truck arrived when it arrived, made no difference.

  6. Joel
    Joel November 8, 2016 8:42 am

    One of the things that attracted me about the state where I live now is no semi-annual time change. Just pick one, for god’s sake. I’ve heard the arguments in favor, but I’ve never been nearly persuaded that any marginal benefit is worth the hassle.

  7. Bob
    Bob November 8, 2016 8:49 am

    “screwed-up “justice” system that expects people to incriminate themselves”

    I was once offered a choice between a felony trial with the chance of 10 years, and a plea to a misdemeanor with a year probation. Really pi**ed me off, but it didn’t take me long to decide. Yer right – sick.

  8. rochester_veteran
    rochester_veteran November 8, 2016 10:21 am

    I thought the Pat Caddell article was good as well and posted it to my FB page.

  9. Pat
    Pat November 8, 2016 2:06 pm

    I remember thinking when I first saw that photo, that was no decent way to support her going up the steps. I wonder if she was pushing them away, or were they not wanting to get too close to her.

  10. Desertrat
    Desertrat November 8, 2016 4:47 pm

    Pat, her right hand appears to be clutching, as in needing help.

  11. Desertrat
    Desertrat November 8, 2016 4:56 pm

    The Zumwalt’s ammo probably had an expensive R&D cost. So, fewer to be delivered makes the unit price much higher than if the original full number were taken.

    If our foreign policy were one of minding our own business, we wouldn’t need this sort of go-bang.

  12. Pat
    Pat November 8, 2016 5:43 pm

    “Pat, her right hand appears to be clutching, as in needing help.”

    I know, but they should have been holding her, not her hanging on to them. If she had slipped, they could not have held her up before she hit the ground. That;s not the proper way to support a person.

  13. John
    John November 8, 2016 6:22 pm

    “That;s not the proper way to support a person.”

    I hear rumor ’tis actually a witch. Perhaps “proper way” adjustments are justified?

  14. Desertrat
    Desertrat November 8, 2016 9:16 pm

    ” If she had slipped, they could not have held her up before she hit the ground.”

    Aha! Now we know why!

    Have you ever heard of any of the Secret Service guys having any love and affection for the Ultimate Gorgon?

  15. LBS
    LBS November 10, 2016 2:12 pm

    By all means leave the clocks on standard time all year long.

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