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Cruz Aims at His Own Side -- Again

RLB-In-Texas Wrote: Feb 21, 2014 10:43 AM
Dear Mona: You've inadvertently highlighted a BIG part of the problem. You observe - " by firing at his own side, he may be doing more damage to the Republican Party than any Democrat." When have you made a similar observation about establishment Republicans doing everything possible to demonize the Tea Party? Are the establishment Republicans and the Tea Party not on the same side? How do you rationalize continued attacks against the Tea Party by other Republicans, but when a Tea Party supported Senator bucks GPO conventional wisdom, he's worse than a Democrat. I recall a time when one unnamed [now looney tune] Senator from Arizona was considered a "maverick" for bucking the party line. I challenge you to identify anything Cruz said in his 21 hour ACA filibuster that was not correct. And by the way, the Republican leadership previously promised to fight to get some concessions in connection with the debt ceiling. I guess that assurance carried about as much weight as the Democrats' assurances that they would (i) secure the border following Reagan's amnesty or (ii) reduce spending in exchange for Bush 41's tax increase. The GOP's unwillingness to embrace the Tea Party is going to lead to a third-party whose numbers will make the Perot effort look like a joke.
If you can't mention race as a descriptor, then your should also eliminate gender, ergo . . . "be on the lookout for someone of some description" . . . which you can just as easily boil down to its essentials . . . "be on the lookout for someone."
If you can't mention race as a descriptor, then your should also eliminate gender, ergo . . . "be on the lookout for someone of some description" . . . which you can just as easily boil down to its essentials . . . "be on the lookout for someone."
If you can't mention race as a descriptor, then your should also eliminate gender, ergo . . . "be on the lookout for someone of some description" . . . which you can just as easily boil down to its essentials . . . "be on the lookout for someone."
If you can't mention race as a descriptor, then your should also eliminate gender, ergo . . . "be on the lookout for someone of some description" . . . which you can just as easily boil down to its essentials . . . "be on the lookout for someone."
Some legislators in California have already floated the idea of an "exit tax" on ordinary citizens who seek to relocate from the Golden State.
While your analysis may correctly identify part of the motivation, there is a more pragmatic component. "Zero Tolerance" means that school officials are not required to exercise common sense or their own judgment in dealing with students. As long as they follow the school district's "No Tolerance" policy, they are largely immune from poor decision making, thereby insulating themselves from criticism, discipline, lawsuits, etc. Admittedly, this begs the question that enforcement of a "No Tolerance" policy is in and of itself an exercise in poor decision making and leads to its own criticism, but that is an unintended consequence of the policy. The original goal was to get educators off the hook.
Amy: Exactly how tall do you think those windmills are?
It goes one step further. Your tax dollars are subsidizing the operation of the wind farms that are killing the birds. Without the taxpayer subsidy, the windmill business would go belly up in no time.
I live in Houston and there is a factory nearby that produces the gigantic blades that go on the windmills. We frequently see convoys of eighteen wheelers hauling them north (one blade per truck) and on occasion, freight trains full of them (the trains seem to carry even larger blades that take up two flat-bed rail cars and hang in slings). Recently, however, I saw three of the loaded trucks heading south. Same deal as above, one blade per truck, but these blades had an added accessory. The edge of each blade for about the outer one-third of its length was covered by a piece of shiny metal that very closely resembled the teeth on a saw blade. I wonder what those accessories are for? More efficient bird slicing, perhaps?
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Obama's Never Run a Lemonade Stand

RLB-In-Texas Wrote: Dec 06, 2013 5:18 PM
Great article. President Obama and his acolytes would also do well to keep the following in mind. Big corporations employ big numbers of citizens who are typically paid big compensation for their big skills. Those citizens buy many of the goods and services that employ other, non-corporate citizens. Also, those big corporate profits are distributed to (i) institutional investors (whose efforts ultimately benefit countless non-corporate individual citizens - think 401k) and (ii) private investors (i.e., individual citizens). Corporate money does not circulate in some void in outer space. Ultimately, it all affects individual citizens.
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