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Random Thoughts

RocketDan Wrote: Oct 29, 2014 5:20 AM
I agree with your comments about Scott Walker. He has proven himself to be a man of substance who has been very good for the state of WI. He has been the constant target of Progressives and especially the labor unions who are losing millions of dollars of forced dues thanks to Walker's reforms. It is sad that the Republican party doesn't seem to recognize the importance of his election. The Democrats certainly do. Even while the nation is focused on the Senate, the Democrats recognize the opportunity to remove a rising Republican conservative leader and potential 2016 Presidential candidate, as well as restoring the control of unions in the state which assures them of huge donations for years to come. This lack of vision on the part of Republican leaders, which could be seen as yet another lack of enthusiastic support for conservatives no matter how successful they have been, is one reason my support for the party has waned. If WI defeats Walker they deserve what they will get. Their schools will go back to overpaying for teachers' healthcare while spending less on actual education. WI will no longer be seen as a place for businesses to go for a pro-business environment. Job growth will be reduced until WI again begins to look like IL, a total failure of a state.
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Multiculturalism Is a Failure

RocketDan Wrote: Sep 17, 2014 8:53 AM
Six years ago, Mark Steyn released his book "America Alone" which showed the effects of multiculturalism in Europe and the growing threat in America. He states that America was the last country with a hope of avoiding cultural changes due to the PC push of multiculturalism. He was of course criticized by the left and ignored by way too many. Now that the dirty secret of the destructive effects of imported cultures is out in the open and people are more receptive to it, I think that anyone who hasn't read "America Alone" should read it now. Sadly it describes the situation in the US as of six years ago and things have surely gotten worse in that time. Most readers would be shocked at how far Islamist thought and rule had already penetrated American cities.
Crist does jettison positions as soon as polling doesn't support them. In his years as Governor of FL he staged big Climate Change conferences along with CA Gov. Schwarzenegger and pushed the state to new energy programs that were more expensive. In his final year pols showed no one really cared about climate change and it wasn't among anyone's top priorities. He found an excuse to cancel the next conference and then was mute on the subject as if it never happened. I'll bet that as a Democrat we could expect Crist to make Climate Change a top priority of his now that Obama is pushing it. This would be bring FL's progress in attracting business to a rapid stop.
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Uninstall Firefox

RocketDan Wrote: Apr 08, 2014 9:00 AM
I switched to Pale Moon for Windows. It has a lot of the look and feel of Firefox and, by using a special tool program, the Firefox profile and bookmarks all imported very smoothly into Pale Moon. I used the 64 bit version, but they warn against using it if your computer isn't up to it. Both the processor and OS need to be fully 64 bit capable. I'm using Win 8.1 with an Intel i3-3120 processor. No problems. They do have 32 bit versions also. One note of caution. Make sure to download and install your new browser before deleting your old Firefox so you can easily transfer all bookmarks, etc.
I don't know the funding arrangements in NYC, but at first glance it looks like next year the school will have just as many students as the regular and charter school had together (minus those few wealthy enough to move to a private school) attending in the same building as last year. So financially the city isn't better off. The students are way worse off. Only de Blasio is better off, having secured donations from the union for his next campaign. But, let's not forget he did free the horses in Central Park! Oh, and he is going to provide free pre-K. Even if this program is effective (which isn't a given) the kids will then be dumped into these same bad schools and any early benefit will disappear quickly. Did the people of NYC really give this guy over 70% of the vote?
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Concealing Evil

RocketDan Wrote: Feb 19, 2014 6:55 PM
Did you perhaps miss Dr. Williams point that having a majority supporting your position doesn't make an immoral position any less immoral?
Obama "said he wants to expose young men of color to career options that could pay as much as $35 an hour." Wow! He's going to expose them to being UAW auto assembly techs? What a bold move. How does he justify this type of action? Does he believe that there is built in discrimination in society and that is why he needs to help black men more than others? If that is his justification how about a program for young white men, who don't do as well as young Asian men. Obviously discrimination? No?
I object to the ongoing slander of rocket scientists! ;) I have known many of them in my lifetime and, since they are generally driven by logic, they are almost all Conservatives or Libertarians. Please replace future references to the "short-sighted, narrow-vision camp" with "Liberal academics" or some other appropriate identity. (Yes, said with big grin on face.)
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Christmas Books

RocketDan Wrote: Dec 10, 2013 7:34 AM
I heartily second Dr. Sowell's recommendation of "Unintimidated." We all saw the headlines about the struggles to implement reform in WI, but we never got to see behind the scenes to understand the degree of threats and intimidation used to try to block any reduction in union power. Also, besides the motivation to reduce WI debt, we get a glimpse of why this was important to Gov. Walker and the values he embraced which helped him through this incredibly difficult time. I was interested to see the impact that a discussion with Gov. Mitch Daniels had on Walker's planning since Daniels was my Presidential pick for 2012 - and Walker is my choice for 2016.
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Guns In Bars

RocketDan Wrote: Nov 25, 2013 8:44 AM
In the '70s, I used to go to a club in Scottsdale, AZ (The West's Most Western Town.) late at night. I was from the no-gun east and admired the display of guns and holsters behind the bar....right up until someone came up and claimed his rig. I gasped to the bartender "those are real? Doesn't that bother you since the club has a lot of drunks and fights every night or two?" He replied these didn't bother him, but he did worry a bit about the 50% of the crowd who didn't check their guns. There had never been a shooting there because he said everyone understood that if they ever pulled a gun six people would shoot them. His only concern was some tourist from NY who would think it was cool to flash a gun who would learn this lesson the hard way. I don't favor banning guns in bars. I do favor educating people about guns and encouraging concealed...or open...carry. It can have a generally moderating effect.
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