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Why Ezra Klein is an Idiot

Mudslinger Wrote: Sep 15, 2014 9:21 AM
I like the way you utilized the dictionary to advance the narrative. I've been trying to work the term "meme" into my posts but it's not in my dictionary, which I consider to be a scandal. I've come up with a cutting-edge name for this scandal: Wordergate. If it catches on I could have my fifteen minutes of fame and will be considered hip and clever by my friends.
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Stop Criminalizing Parenting

Mudslinger Wrote: Sep 14, 2014 12:50 PM
I feel sorry for kids today. I grew up in the fifties and sixties in a family of eight children. We weren't poor but we always seemed to be broke. My parents didn't have "good parenting skills" because that concept hadn't been invented yet. They raised their kids, for the most using a system of benign neglect. We had responsibilities and rules but aside from doing our chores, respecting our parents (and all adults) and staying out of trouble, we had tremendous freedom. We played baseball, built forts and organized money-making enterprises--all without any adult supervision. In the summer, my brothers and I went native and roamed free. Sometimes, horror of horrors, we'd get into fights with other boys. A lot of times, these guys would end up being our friends. We took care of bullies without adult intervention--just like Opie did on one episode of the Andy Griffith show.
I have walked out of a Subway because rap music was being played on the sound system. Apparently, it didn't occur to the manager, a young black male, that this "music" might turn customers away. It was both unpleasant and disrespectful to this middle aged white man. But his staff seemed to be having a good time.
"In the past the underclass black thugs were fearful of attacking whites." Not true in my world. In Washington, DC in the 1950s and 1960s, white kids were routinely jumped by black gangs. In the 1961 city high school football championship game, played between the Catholic school champion and the public school champion, there was a bloody riot in which scores of white people were hospitalized. The Catholic school champion, St. John's HS, was all white; the public school champion, Eastern HS, was all black. St. John's won the game and, as soon as the game ended, thousands of blacks swarmed across the field and started indiscriminately beating whites, who were outnumbered by about 4 to 1. My brother, an eighth grader, was there. This ended the long tradition of Washington, DC high school championship games.
In 1999, I read an article in the Atlantic Monthly called "What is the Koran". It can be found here: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1999/01/what-is-the-koran/304024/ Published two years before the 9-11 attack, it encapsulates the fundamental problem with Islam: namely, a rigid adherence to the Koran, without any room for interpretation.
As a young man in college (in the early 70s), I procured employment by walking onto a construction site and offering to shingle the roof. They hired me immediately and paid $3 per square (a "square" is 100 square ft.). At first, I didn't even have a ladder; I made one out of 2 x 4's. Before long, I had a ladder, which I transported on a cheap ladder rack attached to my '63 Plymouth Valiant. I worked my way through college installing acres of shingles--all hand-nailed. I created my own job; did good, honorable work and was free and productive. As a young man in his twenties, it was all very gratifying. Sadly, it would not be possible today--thanks to the do-gooders who want to protect the workers.
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The Hollow Men

Mudslinger Wrote: Sep 10, 2014 9:26 PM
The foreign policy of Obama (and most Democrats) : make nice and hope the problem goes away. Surprise, surprise! It didn't work. Next move: let's carpet bomb them with COEXIST bumper stickers.
I've been building and repairing houses for over forty years and now, at the age of 65, I find myself breaking the law almost every day. If it's not OSHA, with their ridiculous fall arrest requirements, it's the EPA, with their obsession with lead paint. To avoid the expensive busybodies at the municipal level, I often work without a permit. I have acquired a wealth of knowledge about building but I can't afford the expense or liability of hiring anyone; thus, I'm not passing along my hard-won skills to a younger man. When I entered this line of work, the freedom was the most appealing part of the job. Now I have to break the *&^%# law to do things he way I want to. I'm glad my career is almost over.
Clearly, everyone who has a pulse has a right to world-class medicine. And everyone who has a pulse has a right to safe, decent housing. And everyone who has a pulse has a right to immigrate to the US. And everyone has a right to vote, whether they have a pulse or not.
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To Defeat the Islamic State

Mudslinger Wrote: Aug 26, 2014 8:43 AM
I propose that the US Air Force drops about one million COEXIST bumper stickers on the areas controlled by ISIS. Simultaneously, we could fill the air waves with Jackie De Shannon's song "What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love."
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