Lion of the Blogosphere

Looks bad for France

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There’s no way that Marine Le Pen can win the runoff election next month. She didn’t even beat Macron in the first round, and now all the forces of French propaganda are telling people they must vote against against Le Pen. Every losing candidate, no matter how much they hate Macron, are loudly saying to vote for him.

So France is going to get a President fully committed to open borders and who praises Angela Merkel’s policy of unlimited immigration of Muslim refugees.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 24, 2017 at 7:28 am

Posted in International

Emmanuel Macron’s wife 25 years older than him

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Weird stuff. She was his school teacher when he was 15 years old.

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April 23, 2017 at 7:25 pm

Posted in International

Marine Le Pen

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Too close to call if Marie Le Pen will have more votes than Macron, but both will be in run-off election. Need more time to digest.

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April 23, 2017 at 7:02 pm

Posted in International

Erin Moran’s sad end

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Erin Moran, aka Richie Cunningham’s little sister Joannie, died from a heroin overdose, at age 56, while living in a trailer park in Indiana.

What a sad end. From famous teen actress to heroin-addict trailer-park trash.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 23, 2017 at 10:37 am

Posted in Television

Bill O’Reilly

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I never understood the appeal. He’s an obnoxious interviewer. He doesn’t actually interview anyone, he just lectures his guests and doesn’t let them say anything. Why even bother to have guests? He could just do a monologue.

Some on the right may be inclined to think that there’s nothing to the charges against him. Since he’s on the right and not a liberal, he must be a good guy, and good guys don’t bad stuff. Sorry, that’s not the way the world works. There’s way too much smoke going on here for there not to be any fire. It looks like Bill O’Reilly is just a really obnoxious individual. He knew the way to properly behave in a white-collar work environment, but he used his status as the biggest star at Fox to do whatever the hell he wanted. If some regular schmuck working in a cubicle did that stuff, he would have been fired the first time anyone reported a problem.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 22, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Posted in News

Ross Douthat NYT op-ed on Girls

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Excellent read.

(Thank you David Pinsen for the link.)

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April 20, 2017 at 7:49 pm

Posted in Television

Girls final episode “Latching”

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This was very disappointing. Really, last week’s episode was the final episode, as it wrapped up all of the storylines that weren’t wrapped up in the episode before that.

In this episode, it’s five months later, and Hannah is living in the country in upstate New York, probably in or near the town of Red Hook. Marnie is living with her. It’s like they are an old married couple. Hannah is a real asshole to her. And she’s a real asshole to her mom who comes because Marnie calls her.

Hannah comes to her senses after encountering a high school girl who ran away from home, crying, because her mom asked her to do her homework.

The baby looks very brown, browner than I would expect for a half-Pakistani baby, especially considering that Hannah has very pale skin.

There’s a lot of misinformation about the benefits of breast feeding. This is a topic I’ve written about before. The only reason there’s a correlation between breast feeding and good outcomes is because formula is primarily used by a lower class of women; but it’s really a low-class mother that causes the bad outcomes and not the formula. Women in Hannah’s situation, where breast feeding is causing problems, should use formula without guilt.

And there’s a scene in which Marnie has video-phone sex.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 16, 2017 at 10:54 pm

Posted in Television

I broke down and paid for the NY Times

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So I could read the liberal rag more easily on my iPhone and iPad using their app. Even though you can read it for free by using a private/incognito window in a web browser.

But… I took advantage of this special student offer.

Not a student you say? Well, their web page didn’t care, as long as I had a .edu email address, which I do, and I suspect most alumni also have one.

Also, it’s free for four weeks, so if I decide it’s not worth a dollar a week, I can always cancel before the billing starts.

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April 16, 2017 at 6:50 pm

Posted in News, Technology

Is Obama a natural-born citizen?

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It makes absolutely no sense that Obama’s mother would travel to a third-world country to have a baby, and then fly right back to attend college in Washington State. So of course Obama was born in the United States.

There’s a legal debate about whether one’s a “natural-born citizen” if one’s father is not a citizen, even though the birth took place in the United States and the mother is a natural-born citizen herself. But it’s a debate in which the side arguing against Obama has thoroughly lost. Unlike global warming, which may not actually be happening even though there’s a consensus, consensus does solve legal debates.

Obama has a stronger claim to natural-born citizenship than Ted Cruz who was possibly born in Canada.

It’s kind of stupid that we are still talking about Obama’s citizenship in 2017.

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And while we are talking about things that make no sense, Pizzagate conspiracy nuts believe that an older woman would bring her pre-adolescent nieces and nephews to a pool party so that Hillary Clinton’s coterie could sexually abuse them. That makes absolutely no sense.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 16, 2017 at 6:05 pm

Posted in Law

Why isn’t Trump releasing his tax returns?

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Three possible reasons:

1. He thinks that what’s in there is politically damaging.
2. He’s afraid that if thousands of people who hate him go over his returns with a fine tooth comb, they’ll find wrongdoing in there that has previously been overlooked by IRS auditors.
3. The same reasons why Obama never released his birth certificate for years.

A reminder about #3:

For years and years, Obama-hating people believed that Obama must be hiding something very damaging. Why else wouldn’t he release his birth certificate? Obama made up a bunch of stupid and not-believable excuses for why he couldn’t release it. But then, it was finally released (proving that the excuses were fake) and there was nothing worth seeing.

Trump could be doing the same head-fake as Obama.

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“Two in the Bush” says:

No, the reason he won’t release is because he’s hiding a bribe made in unmarked roubles he took directly from Vladimir Putin that he declared on his 1040. – NY Times Comment Section

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April 16, 2017 at 11:37 am

Posted in Politics

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