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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.

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April 22, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Posted in News

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

CNN this morning

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I was watching CNN this morning. There was nothing about the Russian Conspiracy. It was all about Syria and the MOAB we dropped in Afghanistan. The tone on CNN was like “wow, how did Trump suddenly turn into such a good president?” It was actually pretty surreal.

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Some alt-right people have been worried that the strike on Syria would damage Assad and cause him to collapse, thrusting Syria into the same kind of anarchy as Libya.

Well don’t worry. Assad himself says in an interview, “Our firepower, our ability to attack the terrorists hasn’t been affected by this strike.”

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I highly recommend reading the Politico article about Stephen Miller.

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April 14, 2017 at 9:44 am

Posted in News

Attack on Syria!

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The MSM was complaining that Trump wasn’t doing anything about Syria.

How can they complain now that Trump launched 50-60 cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase? (And such a course of action is exactly what Hillary Clinton said that Trump should do.)

Yet the talking heads on Trump-hating CNN don’t seem especially happy.

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My own personal opinion is that the correct way to punish Bashar al-Assad is to personally attack him with chemical weapons so that he dies the same horrible death he inflicted on others. Now that would send a strong message to other world leaders and scare the sh** out of any who are thinking about using banned chemical weapons.

Blowing up stuff at an airbase kills a lot of schmucks who are just grunts stuck in military service because they’re not allowed to quit, and who didn’t have any part in making the decision to use chemical weapons.

It should also be pointed out that the military personnel are disproportionately the more secular types of Syrians, while the target of Assad’s chemical weapons attack was most likely Tahrir al-Sham, formerly known as the Al-Nusra Front, who are a branch of Al-Queda.

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April 6, 2017 at 9:43 pm

Posted in News

No more Wall Street Journal articles

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Even though I canceled my electronic subscription a long time ago, for some reason I kept being able to read articles for free on the iPad app. But today, it suddenly stopped working. What a bummer. But no way am I going to pay $198/year for electronic access when there’s so much news I can still read for free. Furthermore, the WSJ has recently been littering the iPad app with more and more obnoxious in-your-face advertising.

Also, the WSJ is one of those unethical companies that allow you to subscribe online but not cancel online.

The NY Times has a nice tablet-optimized website, that you can read for free if you open it in a “private” window, and has no adverstising if you use the Purify adblocker for iOS. The only downside is that it doesn’t pre-download like the app which you can read on the bus or subway where you don’t have wifi.

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April 4, 2017 at 1:36 pm

Posted in News

Tucker Carlson

I rarely watch Fox News, and his new 9:00 PM show has been on for a long time before I finally watched. Based on only a small sampling, I think it’s the best news show on Fox.

Carlson is tough on his guests and doesn’t let them get away with stuff, but unlike his cohort Bill O’Reilly who never shuts up, he doesn’t make the show about himself, he gives his guests ample time to talk.

No wonder why ratings are up in that time slot since that bimbo Megyn Kelly left. I think this speaks well for news viewers. It turns out that they prefer a smart guy who conducts good interviews over a sexy blonde who was clearly chosen for her looks and not for her acumen.

The only negative I see is the weird quizzical expression on his face while his guest talks. He needs to do something about that.

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March 7, 2017 at 11:26 am

Posted in News

Washington Post admits that immigrants lower wages

You know how the MSM has been telling us for years that immigrants don’t lower wages?

In fact, just three days ago in an article criticizing Trump’s speech to Congress, The Washington Post repeated that immigrants have “little to no negative effects on overall wages and employment of native-born workers in the longer term.”

But today, in an article about the problems of immigrants returning to Mexico after being deported, the Post matter-of-factly states:

More returnees means lower wages for everybody in blue-collar industries such as construction and automobile manufacturing, where competition for jobs is likely to increase, economists say.

Funny how the normal laws of economics work in Mexico (more people competing for jobs means lower wages), but the same laws don’t work in the United States. Because of magic American exceptionalist soil or something?

(The idea for this post came from commenter “Curle,” thank you.)

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March 4, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Posted in Economics, Immigration, News

What REALLY happened at the Oscars

There’s a Managing Partner from PwC on each side of the stage with a briefcase of envelopes. The purpose of this duplication is so that regardless of which side of the stage the presenter enters, there’s a Managing Partner there to give him or her an envelope.

If there had been only one Managing Partner with one set of envelopes, then the envelopes could be arranged in the order that the awards are presented, and the Managing Partner would just have to take the top envelope off the stack.

With two Managing Partners and two sets of envelopes, this requires each Managing Partner to pay attention to what’s happening and select the correct envelope for the situation. However, Managing Partner Brian Cullinan, instead of paying attention, was busy taking pictures with his cell phone and posting them on Twitter.

Cullinan then attempted to delete the evidence of his malfeasance before anyone found out. But stuff you post on social media has a permanency, in situations like this, that exceeds the power of the delete button.

Perhaps in the future, PwC will assign envelope holders who are more junior members of the firm but are more capable of keeping track of a stack of envelopes. As you know, people get promoted to Managing Partner because they are good at politicking, schmoozing, rainmaking and sucking up to their bosses, and not because they are good at doing real work like keeping track of a stack of envelopes.

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February 27, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Posted in Movies, News

Milo Yiannopoulos vs. Roman Polanski

Milo Yiannopoulos, who was a victim of statutory rape but never an adult perpetrator, is now persona non grata, but Roman Polanski, who pled guilty to statutory rape and was charged with worse, is still lauded by the mainstream media which distributes and promotes his movies and was even given an Academy Award in absentia.

Double standard applies to Trump supporters?

(Credit to Dystopic for bringing this comparison to my attention.)

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February 22, 2017 at 10:53 am

Posted in Crime, News

Milo Yiannopoulos video

The video is found on this page [link has been fixed].

For more context, here’s a link to an older YouTube video where Milo pretty much says the same thing (so his views were already out there).

This is the first time I’ve ever watched this guy speak. I have no idea where he came from all of a sudden or how he became a famous alt-righter (now called the new right because the MSM declared that alt-right=racist) without me being aware of who he is.

I think that Milo is telling us that among gay men, relations between adult men and teenage boys is a lot more commonplace than the gays normally let straight people know about. Milo has also stated the opinion that such relationships are often beneficial for the boys involved, because they benefit from an older gay teaching them the gay ropes and helping them feel good about their gayness. If it’s true that gay men commonly believe this, than Milo is doing us a service by pointing this out, and shooting the messenger won’t change that fact. It’s a message that won’t come from the liberal mainstream media which will never publish anything about gays that straight people would find icky.

Milo also has an opinion, and it’s an opinion that has been expressed here in the comments of my blog, that people become sexually mature before they turn 18 or some other arbitrary age-of-consent, and it’s not “pedophilia” if you are sexually attracted to sexually mature teenagers, whether you are attracted to male or female teenagers.

Milo is personally expressing an opinion. How can laws ever get changed for the better if people aren’t allowed to say they disagree with them the way they are? Milo has not admitted to violating any statutory rape laws as an adult.

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February 21, 2017 at 10:35 am

Posted in Law, News

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