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Photo of Hylan Boulevard

hylan_blvd

There was recently a request to show some photos of seldom-seen prole areas of New York City. This is a view of Hylan Boulevard, a major north-south thoroughfare on Staten Island. Normally there’s a lot more traffic.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Prole pizza in Staten Island

Had an excellent dinner in Staten Island at a place called Goodfella’s [original misspelling fixed], The staff was very friendly, especially the waitress, a girl in her 20s with a thick Staten Island accent. A pleasant change from gay Manhattan waiters who act like they are doing you a favor by condescending to serve you, even though they make at least twice as much money as waiters at cheap prole places.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 15, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

Personality analysis of Facebook posts

This sounds pretty interesting. This program can allegedly analyze Facebook postings and tell you how you rate on the five personality factors of Extraversion, Neuroticism, Openness, Agreeableness and Conscientiousness.

Unfortunately I never post anything on Facebook so I won’t be able to get an analysis of my posts.

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All of my readers have low Extraversion and low Agreeableness. Extraverted people are too busy doing stuff with other people to “waste” time on solitary activities like reading blogs (this is not to say that all of my readers are extreme shut-ins or hermits, just below average). And people with above-average Agreeableness would never read a politically incorrect blog like mine.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Posted in Psychology, Technology

Will ISIS take over Baghdad this weekend?

From the New York Times :

President Obama said Friday that he would make a decision “in the days ahead” about whether to use American military power to help the besieged Iraqi government stave off collapse at the hands of Islamist insurgents, but he ruled out using ground forces.

Obama never does anything quickly or decisively when it comes to foreign policy. While Obama is sitting around the White House for “days” deciding stuff, ISIS may be able to take over Baghdad. Given the performance of the Iraqi “army” during the previous few days, this seems like a realistic possibility. It depends on how quickly non-Iraqi-army military units can be brought into Baghdad (Shi’ite militias and the Iranian Republican Guard).

I’m sort of rooting for ISIS even though they would behead me if I lived there. It serves the government of Iraq right for being a puppet to Shi’ite interests and fielding such a crappy army. And if ISIS fights against Iran and Syria, I don’t see how it really hurts U.S. interests. It’s not like Iran and Syria are great U.S. allies.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 13, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Posted in International

When it costs too much to work

This is the headline of a Businessweek article. When It Costs Too Much to Work.

In a traditional economy with economic scarcity, poor people work so they can afford to live.

In a post-scarcity economy, poor people don’t work because work is a luxury that only the rich can afford.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 12, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Posted in Economics

ISIS, the new al-Qaeda

ISIS is accomplishing what al-Qaeda has only talked about, re-establishing an Islamic Caliphate governed by strict sharia law. ISIS is far more powerful than al-Qaeda. They control revenue producing oil wells and have possibly tens of thousands of fighters. Their success this week in Iraq will no doubt attract large numbers of new fighters who want to join in jihad.

ISIS is marching on Baghdad. Will they be able to take over the capital of Iraq from the Iraqi “army”? This is pretty exciting stuff. Although it sucks for any non-Muslims who still live there openly, because they believe in executing non-believers.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Posted in International, Religion

Mainstream media ignoring the real issue

The spin by the mainstream media is that Eric Cantor was done in my some malevolent “extremist” force known as the “Tea Party.”

But that ignores the reality that David Brat had a very simple message that resonated with voters:

With 50 million Americans in their working years unemployed, the last thing we should do is provide amnesty or any form of work authorization to illegal immigrants. Yet, Eric Cantor believes that we need to import more low-wage foreign workers at the expense of lower wages and fewer jobs for Virginia families. Cantor also favors the Dream Act and Enlist Act principles. A vote for Eric Cantor is a vote for open borders and corporate handouts.

Indeed, why do we need more immigrants when there are so many Americans who are unemployed or underemployed? This is a question the mainstream media just ignores, or only answers with platitudes such as “immigrants create jobs and businesses,” platitudes with no basis in common sense or evidence, but platitudes repeated so often that everyone in the mainstream media probably believes them.

If more politicians would go out there with David Brat’s basic message about immigration, they would win votes. It’s my opinion that David Brat won the election despite his other hard-core conservative positions. Besides the immigration issue, Cantor was solidly conservative on all of the other issues. The people voted against unfettered immigration.

In contrast, Lindsey Graham won his primary because there were many opponents and their criticism of his positions were all over the map. The fact that he was pro-amnesty got lost among all the other non-conservative positions he was accused of. If he had faced a single opponent who only talked about immigration, I bet the outcome would have been a lot different.

In 1992, James Carville coined the phrase “it’s the economy, stupid,” which was advice for Clinton to keep his message focused on the single most important issue, the issue that mattered with voters. In 2014, it’s immigration, stupid.

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His ratings at RateMyProfessor.com are pretty interesting. The theme seems to be that he’s very smart, funny, and female students think he’s good looking, but he’s also disorganized as a teacher and has trouble sticking to a syllabus and being clear about assignments. “not a great teacher. great guy, but almost too smart to teach.”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Posted in Immigration, Politics

Big military victory for ISIS

ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), an al-Qaeda aligned Sunni Islamist militia, has taken over a large area of northern Iraq, including Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. And because the Iraqi “army” surrendered, ISIS has also captured a large amount of military gear that the United States gave to the Iraqis. They have also freed thousands of top-level jihadists who were in Iraqi prisons. And now control about a fifth of Iraq’s oil production.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 11, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Posted in International

Eric Cantor loses primary

From the NY Times:

With just over $200,000, David Brat — a professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. — toppled Mr. Cantor, repeatedly criticizing him for being soft on immigration and contending that he supported what critics call amnesty for immigrants in the country illegally. The Associated Press declared Mr. Brat the winner.

Going into the elections, most Republicans had been watching for how broad Mr. Cantor’s victory would be, with almost no one predicting that he would lose.

Mr. Cantor’s defeat — the most unexpected of a congressional leader in recent memory — will reverberate in the capital and could have major implications for an immigration overhaul.

While it’s unfortunate to see the Republican Party become less Jewish, it serves him right for being on the wrong side of immigration, and this may be really good news if the end result is a reversal by top Republicans of their pro-immigration pro-amnesty positions.

The lesson here is that if Republicans actually talk about opposing immigration, the voters will respond to the message.

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destructure writes:

Having a high-profile Jewish congressman makes it easier for Jews to support the GOP. I’m glad anytime an amnesty supporter gets handed their walking papers. And this was a great victory at a critical time for immigration. But I wish it hadn’t been a Jew that just got the boot.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 10, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Posted in Immigration, Politics

How to get black people to vote Republican

Steve Sailer wrote a blog post about this.

Republicans don’t understand that blacks don’t really care that much about issues. Blacks vote Democratic because that’s how other blacks vote. So instead of telling blacks they should vote Republican because Republicans represent them better on certain issues, which blacks don’t care about anyway, Republicans would do much better by running ads in which famous black people explain that they are voting Republican. There doesn’t have to be any policy message at all. The purpose of the ads are only to show that voting Republican is an authentically black thing to do. Therefore, the celebrities in these ads have to be successful in authentically black activities like sports, especially basketball, and rap music. An ad featuring a famous black physicist who is also a Republican won’t do any good. He would just be written off as an “Uncle Tom” and a reason not to vote Republican.

To the limited extent that blacks care about issues, they only care about whether the issue is good for blacks and not about abstract moral principles. Thus Republicans won’t win any black voters by explaining they will prevent the “murder” of unborn white babies. How is that good for blacks? What’s good for blacks is affirmative action, Medicaid, food stamps, free cell phones, all stuff that Republicans are against. Democrats can also learn from this post, because blacks also don’t care about Democratic positions such as climate change or gay marriage.

The best Republican policy position to win black voters would be immigration. Republicans can explain that immigrants are taking away jobs from blacks. (Even better if a famous black rap artist raps about it.) But Republican would rather talk about stuff that blacks don’t care about such as abortion.

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I forgot to mention black churches. Black churches are very important to winning support of blacks, but the black religious leaders are probably Democrats.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 10, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Posted in Politics

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