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I am old, fat and arthritic, and I laugh about it. I am a Christian. Patty and I have been married 44 years, and boy did I luck out there. We have 3 children and 10 grandchildren. I served in the Corps (there is no Corps but the United States Marine Corps and Chesty Puller was its prophet). I worked as a computer programmer and database administrator.

I read a lot of history. I like to kayak. I like to draw.

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Identity Politics: Christianity Without Christ
timon_phocas comments on Jan 2, 2020:
The Jewish system of 613 commandments covers every aspect of life. But it is leavened by the prophetic voice of God urging mercy. He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God Micah 6:8 Every system of orthoprax doctrine without the leavening of God's mercy devolves into accusation for the sake of power. Think of communism and it's purges. Think of Hitler's purge of the SA. Think of progressives and their nonstop internecine condemnations. Think of Islamist mullahs and their fatwahs against each other. In all these, there is no voice of God's mercy. It's all about power.
This Is What Is Causing The Antisemitism In NYC - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Jan 2, 2020:
Nice to know Farrakhan and his minions haven't changed.
[pjmedia.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 1, 2020:
It was possible to both own slaves and hate slavery. Slaves were capital assets, often the majority of assets on the books of a plantation. Manumitting slaves would bankrupt plantations which were heavily financed. That was the financial trap Jefferson found himself in. We think of slave ownership as absolute power, but there were thickets of laws around their ownership and employment. If you inherited slaves, many came with entailments forbidding manumission. If families married, slaves from the wife's family came with similar entailments or would revert to the wife's family upon her death. It was not a simple thing to free a slave. That did not make slavery less evil, but it made it a more complex problem.
Perhaps the New York Times is butt hurt since they don't control the agenda anymore.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 1, 2020:
This is hilarious. Obama surveiled, arrested and prosecuted journalists. He rewarded sycophants by giving them juicy "inside" stories, making them propaganda outlets. He used and abused them like $20 ho's and they loved him for it.
so i was encouraging my dad to audit some college classes since he is retired and has a little free ...
timon_phocas comments on Dec 30, 2019:
I audited a US history course (Post Civil War to WWII) in September of 2008 at the University of Northern Colorado In one lecture the professor spent the entire period excoriating George W. Bush as the worst war criminal in the history of mankind. Finally, a student asked him about the day's reading assignments. He replied that he didn't care. This lecture was not unique, just a bit more vehement. UNC supposedly has a respected history department. I was dismayed.
People .
timon_phocas comments on Dec 30, 2019:
People outsourcing their IT departments are surrendering their company's information to third and fourth hand strangers. Anything can happen.
And this how even "conservative" Americans are talked into giving up their liberty.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 30, 2019:
We're wrestling with the fallout from Colorado's "red flag" law. It's all about confiscating firearms, and nothing about owners' rights. Most county sheriffs say they won't enforce it. It will trigger avalanches of lawsuits.
[pjmedia.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 28, 2019:
I don't know. The German Attack of 1942 was competently executed, caught the Soviets totally off balance and made brilliant gains before it collapsed. The Democrats have been inept and incompetent; totally surprised when truth emerged despite their strenuous efforts. It does remind me of military operations however. I spoke with Marines who returned from an observer mission watching the Iran-Iraq War in the early 1980s. The money quote was, "It's like watching two blind men throw rocks at each other." Another example is from the 1920s. The Army General Staff planned a hypothetical campaign to invade Canada. People who read it said it proposed "gigantic pincers converging on nothing." And that's what this impeachment reminds me of.
I have seen quite a bit posted about the events transpiring in Virginia where the governor is ...
timon_phocas comments on Dec 28, 2019:
If the governor activates the Virginia National Guard to confiscate guns, this administration will Federalized the National Guard units and change their orders. Then the governor will have his law and no way to enforce it.
Supporting President Trump is the moral thing to do! It is not political, it's moral.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 28, 2019:
I have dear Christian friends and relatives who strongly dislike Trump. I have dear Christian friends and relatives who strongly approve of Trump. Believing Christ is your king does not automatically make you either progressive or conservative. It does make you my sister or brother in Christ.
"China Will Rewrite the Bible and Koran To Reflect Socialist Values." [twitter.com]
timon_phocas comments on Dec 27, 2019:
It's not the first time someone has tried to edit away to the Bible. Mao and Stalin tried to outlaw it. So did Roman emerors. They all failed. As the Marshall of France told Napoleon, the Church is an anvil that has worn out many hammers.
Victor Davis Hanson: Former intelligence chiefs fit perfectly into media advocacy culture ...
timon_phocas comments on Dec 20, 2019:
This is an existential crisis for our republic. We have instilled respect for civilian authority into the he military. What that really means is the elected authorities. The civilian bureaucrats have not shared in the military's Republican principles.
Ben Shapiro. "The Poop Hits the Sidewalk." [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Dec 17, 2019:
One of the questions raised was, what do you enjoy about being a man?". It may be unanswerable. I like climbing. I like kayaking. I like drawing. I like reading. Are any of those activities intrinsic to being a man? And how could I tell if they were? Do I like them only because I'm a man? OTOH, I know women who like those things. It's like asking someone if they would prefer living on Titan. What frame of reference would you have to answer that?
Quillette.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 17, 2019:
It's not all fun and games for single guys. Single guys die sooner. They're more prone to substance abuse and other risky behaviors. Sociological studies on single guys moving from girlfriend to girlfriend find they end in socially sterile old age; without the networks of friends and families that sustain married men. In Genesis God said "It is not good for man to be alone." It would seem He was right.
As a mental health nurse, people don't realise I'm more soldier than nurse | Public Leaders Network ...
timon_phocas comments on Dec 17, 2019:
Howdy @Naomi, In the US nurses are paid more highly. I was one and my son is one. So I guess that's a positive. In 1960, mental hospitals had 500,000 beds in a nation of 160 million. Today, with a 320 million population, there are approximately 50,000. The patients they previously served spilled into the streets. Getting someone into a mental health hold for more than 72 hours is very difficult. People with long term mental health issues are diagnosed, given drugs and released. They are expected to self administer the drugs. Instead, they self medicate with more pleasurable drugs.
Breitbart: Teen caught with large bomb says he thought it was drugs [breitbart.com]
timon_phocas comments on Dec 17, 2019:
And the court bought his line!?! What saps...
UK.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 17, 2019:
Huzzah!!
Paul Joseph Watson.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 17, 2019:
I don't know. They have a lot of built-in resiliency. Big tech, news and entertainment media, academia and government bureaucracy are all solidly leftist. Those are pretty big power bases. Back in 2009, with the election of Obama and a veto proof majority in Congress, opinion leaders were saying Republicans were on the brink of extinction. Two years later Republicans gained a majority in the House and significant increase in the Senate. It seems reports of their death were premature. So let's see what the Conservatives do with their majority and how Labour adapts.
[pjmedia.com] Trump Attacks Presidential Debate Commission, Hints at Something New
timon_phocas comments on Dec 16, 2019:
So called moderators spent most of their time attacking Trump in 2016. The fact that they came away with bloody rhetorical noses is beside the point. The news media are gnawing the bones of their journalistic reputations. They are raw partisan hacks and Trump would be justified in ditching them.
I think the wave is cresting, but work to be done. [youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on Dec 16, 2019:
Back in the Kennedy administration, Governor Wallace of Alabama mobilized the National Guard to prevent black students from enrolling in the University of Alabama. The federal government promptly federalized the Guard, changing its orders to ensure black students enrolling. George Wallace was stymied. I'm sure this administration is aware of this history and will do the same if Virginia mobilized its Guard to enforce new gun laws.
The Race to Mars: Are we running in the wrong direction? [issuu.com]
timon_phocas comments on Dec 16, 2019:
The article's assertion that Americans aren't interested in space exploration is false. American explorers and adventureers like Jim Bridger or Charles Lindbergh had avid press coverage. A NASA dedicated to weather monitoring, however, generates no enthusiasm. It hasn't had a sense of national mission since Werner von Braun. It's a whole lot more CYA than "boldly go..." It should be noted that while Jim Bridger had his personal motives for wandering in the American frontiers, he trapped and sold pelts to the American Fur Company. Likewise, Lindbergh pioneered South American air routes for Juan Trippe and his Panamerican Airways. Exploration has always worked best with government favoring it, but private companies risking their own capital. Lastly, the article ignores China's space program, which is arguably the largest in the world.
[foxnews.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 14, 2019:
Will PETA sue meth dealers for endangering 'gator health?
[foxnews.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 14, 2019:
Darwin Award! Yes, we have a winner!
VDH firing on all eight! Oh my! [youtube.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 13, 2019:
Imagine that; a calm, reasoned, insightful conversation about the issues of the day. In the midst of the hyperbolic, apocalyptic rhetoric of out times. I love it
Johnson in, Corbyn out. For better or worse, time to move on.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 12, 2019:
Interesting. Let's see what kind of Brexit he can get you.
Uh-oh.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 12, 2019:
I've been hearing that AG Barr is being scheduled for the Kavanaugh treatment. He's threatening to uncover too many squirmy things
Paul Joseph Watson.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 11, 2019:
It is standard operating procedure to double tap anybody with a suicide vest. The terrorist was shouting that he had a vest. The police obliged his death wish.
"VentureStar was a single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) reusable launch system proposed by Lockheed Martin ...
timon_phocas comments on Dec 11, 2019:
Aerospike engines are the technology of the future, and probably always will be.
[pjmedia.com] No surprise here ...
timon_phocas comments on Dec 10, 2019:
Why are we not surprised?
Reading the Horowitz report, you almost have to feel a little sorry for the choice Comey faces.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 10, 2019:
I read his article today. It was a gloss of the IG summary; airy, pious and self justifying. Horowitz said there was a low bar for counter intelligence, essentially any articulable cause. And since that was all that was necessary to justify an intelligence investigation, the probe was justified. And Comey beat that drum long and loud. The rest of the article was, "mistakes were made." Punctuation and spelling errors; that kind of thing. No personal responsibility. No personal failures. No lax supervision. We'll see what tune he sings when AG Barr and Durham start dealing with him.
NYTimes: Go big in articles of impeachment.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 10, 2019:
I really think the "go big" exhortation is a tacit admission the hearings didn't produce evidence of anything specific. Since they can't charge Trump with any specific crimes, they charged him with vague, general offenses. They followed the "go big" path.
Bouahhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahaha.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 10, 2019:
A Dem convention deadlock might be engineered by the party establishment to turn to Hillary as an 'emergency' option.
Hoover Institution. Uncommon Knowledge. "Is Advanced Placement Good For Everyone?
timon_phocas comments on Dec 10, 2019:
Personal notes: 1. My daughter took advanced placement courses in high school and passed the tests. Then she spent a year as a foreign exchange student. When she got back, she went to college, and graduated just one semester later than if she'd gone directly to college, because of the AP courses 2. I took chemistry and physics in high school. When I got to college I found the introductory chemistry and physics courses were teaching exactly the same information in exactly the same sequence as the high school courses. Why not use high school courses more productively?
How Cute.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 10, 2019:
Marvelous. A political ad that's fun to watch. A guy who thinks out of the box.
[memri.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 9, 2019:
Gratitude like that is just overwhelming.
NHK China The Great Dragon - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Dec 9, 2019:
China is experiencing a labor shortage. This is slowing growth (among other things). So China is trying to free up more labor for industrial production. And it has the power of a police state to enforce population migration.
Paul Joseph Watson.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 9, 2019:
And the grafitto was NOT considered art?
'OK Boomer!' A Planted Tool By Neo-Bolsheviks To Demonize Elders Harkening Back To Communist ...
timon_phocas comments on Dec 9, 2019:
So what. Young hippies derided the WWII generation as "squares." There are writings from ancient Egypt saying the young generation is disobedient and sarcastic. It's a problem as old as humanity.
Quillette. Heather Heying. "Should We Stop Equating Science With Truth?" [twitter.com]
timon_phocas comments on Dec 9, 2019:
Is science truth? What science are we talking about? The science of phlogiston? The science of Lysenkoism? I'm old enough to have seen a few generations of science. Each generation said it had arrived at THE definitive understanding of the universe. Previous generations' explanations were nonsense. .
To the dumbasses saying we need to 'ban pornography' because 'think of the children,' yall are ...
timon_phocas comments on Dec 9, 2019:
Howdy @Coyuga, I am a Christian believer. I live in a culturally diverse country. Whether it's for better or worse, that's the way it's always been. As a Christian, I would love it if everybody believed in my Lord. But that belief would be meaningless if it was coerced. Pornography has been a constant throughout history. It's impossible to eradicate. I would just like to make easier to separate it from children. You're right about parental responsibility, but it's also a societal responsibility.
VDH: Trumps Foreign Policy Maximum Pressure [nationalreview.com]. Stay the course.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 8, 2019:
For the first time since Reagan, I see a President actually using our country's advantages. VDH summarizes this well.
[youtu.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 8, 2019:
Look, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is designed to pander to guys' purient interests. It's soft core porn. In other issues it featured biologically male/trans women as "female athlete of the year." They descended into incoherence long ago. It's no wonder that they're featuring "burkini" swimsuits.
Open letter: Call for a managed return of ISIS foreign fighters | European Council on Foreign ...
timon_phocas comments on Dec 8, 2019:
Maybe they can use the UK's prisoner deradicalization parole program, or Gitmo's. They've obviously worked wonders...
[pjmedia.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 7, 2019:
I think they know "green" energy can never compete so they impute all sorts of aftermarket costs to equalize the price. It's such a shame we discovered tuburculosis before we started using fossil fuels. But that's ok, climate hysterics will say every case is caused by them.
Something to Pay Attention to .
timon_phocas comments on Dec 7, 2019:
Very interesting, thank you.
South Africa moves step closer to land expropriation without payments [af.reuters.com]
timon_phocas comments on Dec 6, 2019:
Rhodesia was the called the breadbasket of Africa. Zimbabwe is a basket case. Land expropriation was the cause.
Paul Joseph Watson. "Bloomberg Unveils New Gun Control Plan." [twitter.com]
timon_phocas comments on Dec 6, 2019:
All of those have been tried and all of them have failed. He's acting like Captain Queeg obsessing over his strawberries.
Paul Joseph Watson.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 6, 2019:
Civilization threatened? Well that's wonderful! The left says we have to abandon industrial civilization to save the world and Donald Trump will destroy civilization for them. Sounds like a win win proposition to me!
Noted Washington Post hack Margaret Sullivan flared briefly on the radar screen a few days ago with ...
timon_phocas comments on Dec 6, 2019:
Howdy @Edgework, I remember a book, I think it was by Elanor Dulles (sister of John and Allen), where she recounts a conversation with a National Socialist. She said a worldwide conspiracy of communists and international bankers was impossible. Communists and bankers hated each other. They were natural enemies.The man's reply was that it just proved how fiendishly clever the Jews were. From their point of view, the left lives in a perfectly consistent world. They were taught leftist worldviews all the way through graduate schools. Their entertainment echoes their views. The newspapers of record explicitly state them, as does the rest of the news. They live in a bubble, buts it's a very big bubble. They never have to encounter a dissenting voice. And then along comes Trump; this loud, crass man and his low class followers. Barbarians at the gates
Trump hikes fees nearly 5X on immigration records in USCIS Genealogy Program.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 5, 2019:
Dang! Between Trump and the Mormans, how will I ever be able prove I'm a direct descendant of Prester John?!?
Madrid.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 5, 2019:
Interesting. She sees the pattern of connecting ideologies and goals across the spectrum of left wing movements.
I believe the situation in Hong Kong to be critical in the sense that we need to keep it in the ...
timon_phocas comments on Dec 5, 2019:
Howdy @RCGibb, Thank you , it's important. It may be the Munich crisis of our times You'll find a number of members posting on the Hong Kong here. I try to do my part. The news cycle is consumed the "Orange Man Bad!" frenzy. It's good to remind people that real news is happening.
The following are from a site PubChem they show the composition of both Thimerosal and Merbromin ...
timon_phocas comments on Dec 5, 2019:
I get flu vaccines every year. They haven't adversely affect my health. BTW, the second head I grew agrees with this statement 🙃🙂
Merry Christmas! Hundreds of Thousands Are Losing Access to Food Stamps
timon_phocas comments on Dec 5, 2019:
I worked as a cashier at a big box membership store. 19 to 22 percent of any day's business was SNAP sales. So from my personal perspective it's really a subsidy to supermarket chains and that's why it's survived for fifty years. The real objection to reducing SNAP expenditures will be from WalMart and Kroger's, not the 'huddled masses yearning to eat free.' I was always intrigued by the SNAP customers who used their monthly allotments to buy supplies for their burrito businesses. Burritos are pretty cheap, but if the government is paying for all the ingredients? Heck of a business opportunity.
SOCIETY How America’s Elites Lost Their Grip [time.com]
timon_phocas comments on Dec 5, 2019:
Interesting to see how progressives string disparate facts together to form narratives. It's like watching bad students work through an equation until they prove two equals three. Painfully bemusing. The author calls our system 'hyper capitalism.' It's anything but. A system where elites bend government to guarantee their own profits is cronyism, not capitalism.
Ben Shapiro and Sam Harris.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 3, 2019:
Sam Harris asserts that the Bible endorses slavery. As Jesus said, "...You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God." Matt 22:29. Mosaic laws sought to outlaw what was irredeemably evil and regulate inevitable evils. Regulation is not the same as endorsement. First, Sam Harris does not understand the history and culture of the times. The Hebrews had no prison system. If you stole something and could not repay, you would be enslaved to that person for a given period so you could work it off. The same punishment was applied to most smaller criminal offenses.This was not the same as the massive slave populations of surrounding cultures. Secondly, if slavery is endorsed in the Bible, then why was kidnapping punished by death? Exodus 21:16 “Kidnappers must be put to death, whether they are caught in possession of their victims or have already sold them as slaves." Southern slave owners made the same self-jusitfying arguments about the Bible and slavery. They were just as wrong. The rest of Sam Harris's assertions about the Bible were of a similar nature. They were based on scant knowledge and biased assumptions.
[youtu.be] Sadiq Khan again blames everything but the terrorist. For acts of terror.
timon_phocas comments on Dec 2, 2019:
Not a "Prince Andrew Moment," but a lot of deflection
Paul Joseph Watson. "China s Terrifying Social Credit Scores." [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Dec 2, 2019:
In a way, it looks like a high-tech extension of Confucianist social codes
Paul Joseph Watson.
timon_phocas comments on Nov 30, 2019:
The only restriction on putting down rabid dogs is not damaging the brain (used to confirm rabies). Fortunately, we don't have to worry about that with terrorists
FreeBeacon: Broken China model.
timon_phocas comments on Nov 30, 2019:
I don't necessarily agree with the article, but I felt it was useful to start discussions with. I don't think the author takes Chinese history into account. The Opium Wars ushered in a century of weakness, rebellions, nominal national governments and warlordism. Not to mention disastrous wars. I think this makes Beijing especially sensitive of any nascent regionalism. Mix that with their totalitarian heritage and their approach is predictable.
[nypost.com] Queen Elizabeth may soon retire.....
timon_phocas comments on Nov 30, 2019:
She has been a hard working, conscientious monarch. She has interacted with virtually every world leader since World War Two. I would love to hear her observations of them (and never will, of course). God bless her.
London Bridge killer, 28, was jailed for eight years in 2012 for plotting to BOMB the London Stock ...
timon_phocas comments on Nov 29, 2019:
Who would'a thunk it. A total surprise...
HUMOR .
timon_phocas comments on Nov 28, 2019:
I'd be SO thrilled to see Indy 500 times measured in calender days again....
Like it or not, China is rising: US Debt to China: How Much, Reasons, What Could Happen
timon_phocas comments on Nov 28, 2019:
Howdy @Naomi, The Chinese could indeed do a "Samson" and pull down our financial temple. But in doing this they would destroy their own economy, since they depend on exports far more than the US. It's kind of like the doctrine of mutually assured destruction.
Food for thought.
timon_phocas comments on Nov 28, 2019:
This is nothing new. The Obama campaign pioneered in this kind of media granularity. When Obama was president, Google was joined at the hip with his administration. This became state of the art political practice. Cambridge Analytica was just another practioner. The book and interview are just complaining that Republicans use it too.
My Beginnings calm daylight evening grass Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.
timon_phocas comments on Nov 26, 2019:
Howdy @12ab, Welcome to the conversation!
What's going on, American folks? Did you know anything about this? Sounds very serious.
timon_phocas comments on Nov 26, 2019:
I've seen a couple of posts about this today. So it's just surfacing in our alternative news sources.
JonMyers: serving field-grade officer explains why disobeying the commander-in-chief is sedition...
timon_phocas comments on Nov 26, 2019:
I served under Presidents Carter, Reagan and George H.W. Bush. I disliked Carter. I felt Reagan's mission in Lebanon was potentially disastrous. The extent of actual disaster appalled me. I liked Bush's handling of the military best. But whoever the President, he was Commander In Chief. We obeyed his orders, exerted our best to achieve the missions, and kept our mouths shut. That's what the military is supposed to do in our republic.
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timon_phocas comments on Nov 24, 2019:
Well, Old Testament Prophets, New Testament Apostles and my Savior Himself made predictions about the End Times. They have not all been accomplished yet. And yet believers are told to persevere. I am just saying that this particular argument is used against Christianity, not just Islam. II Peter 3:3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, "Where is the promise of his coming? For since the father's fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation"
Iranian Muslim Leader found Lord Jesus Christ.
timon_phocas comments on Nov 23, 2019:
Thank you.
Off key humor...
timon_phocas comments on Nov 23, 2019:
Whaddya mean, we're just "ok?" Them's fightin' words!
Voices From Hong Kong: the US Bill is Our Hope to Fight Against Authoritarianism
timon_phocas comments on Nov 23, 2019:
Thank You, Father God, that we summoned the unanimous support for Hong Kong.
chuckle Ok let that generation die. no problem ! [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Nov 23, 2019:
Well, if they're volunteering to thin out the shallow end of the gene pool, then more power to 'em!
New Data Show “Gender-Affirming” Surgery Doesn’t Really Improve Mental Health.
timon_phocas comments on Nov 21, 2019:
It's pure money for hospitals.
New Data Show “Gender-Affirming” Surgery Doesn’t Really Improve Mental Health.
timon_phocas comments on Nov 21, 2019:
Yes, but insurance companies will pay for it and so it's profitable
TRUMP WAS RIGHT: Head of Burisma Holdings Arrested in Ukraine! Claims Hunter Biden and Partners Paid...
timon_phocas comments on Nov 21, 2019:
Russia Collusion accusations were to cover up Intel Community crimes Ukrainian Corruption accusations are to cover up similar crimes. Same play book, same hatred, same sense of entitlement
CBS DUMPS THE “impeachment” hearings to go back to it’s regularly scheduled programming—soap...
timon_phocas comments on Nov 20, 2019:
High drama without a plot. I like that.
Sounds Like Reign: I Need Thee Every Hour // Her Heart Sings [youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on Nov 19, 2019:
Balm for the soul in tumultuous times. Thank you
RealClearScience: problems with "WalMart" insulin [realclearscience.com]
timon_phocas comments on Nov 19, 2019:
Drug companies have close relationships with politicians. Politicians have close relationships with drug regulators. Profitable drugs are kept under patent protection rather than released for cheaper generics. Drug companies maximize profits. Patients either pay for better drug treatments or are forced into older, less effective drugs. Everybody gets paid off. Drug companies maximize profits. Politicians get campaign donations, politician's families become lobbiests or board members, regulators get juicy consulting gigs once they retire. Everybody profits except the patients.
The never peaceful Middle East is still at it. [openyoureyespeoplebreakingnews.com]
timon_phocas comments on Nov 17, 2019:
The people in Palestine are born, raised, educated, preached to, and entertained with hatred. There will be no peace for the foreseeable future.
A Man Was Set on Fire During Hong Kong Protests - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Nov 16, 2019:
I think it's a product of rage and dispair. Hong Kong residents know in twenty-odd years they'll be living in a totalitarian, total surveillance state. "1984" meets "Brave New World" with Confucian overtones. They tried massive peaceful protests and were met by vicious retaliation from Beijing directed police forces. People are being shot. People are being beaten to death. People are being "disappeared." Beijing's heavy handed response created a revolutionary climate. Beijing needs Hong Kong as a gateway for foreign capital. The rest of China is not trusted because it's laws don't enforce equity or property rights. As a matter of fact, it's not illegal to steal from foreigners. Hong Kong has laws and courts that do enforce equity and property rights. That's why foreign capital will stay in a place like Hong Kong.
"Others said Democrats are not going about the inquiry “the right way,” asserting that the ...
timon_phocas comments on Nov 16, 2019:
It occurs to me the "resistance at all costs" crowd may be victims of their cheerleader press. Whatever they do is fervently applauded. People like Schiff bask in their warm approval. They have no guage on how their actions are received outside their own bubble. I remember reading, back in the seventies, that one of the most secret parts of the old KGB was a public opinion polling unit. Kremlin bosses absolutely controlled all mass media, so their story was the only one being published. But that also meant the media didn't reflect public opinion. Hence the polling unit was the only way they could find out what people really thought. I think Democrats have the same kind of problem today. America's mainstream media are monolithicly anti-Trump. They refuse to listen to alternative media because they are ostensibly bigoted. So the mainstream media worldview is their only source of feedback. They are caught in the same trap the CPSU bosses were.
Powerful sculpture.
timon_phocas comments on Nov 15, 2019:
Heartbreakingly beautiful.
I don't think I can put this right, but I'm gonna try, anyway.
timon_phocas comments on Nov 14, 2019:
Do we have any way to judge how ideas are used or measure their effects? Marx and Nieztche both branched off of Hegel. Nazis said they were following Nieztche's philosophy. How do we apportion culpability?
SpaceX Starship Updates – Starlink v1-1 Aftermath – Starship Reusability [youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on Nov 14, 2019:
I remember reading articles touting the Space Shuttle as the C-47 of space, making space exponentially more affordable. It failed that goal exponentially. But 40 years on, Elon Musk seems to be achieving just that.
I hope Schiffless gets to concurent life sentences plus 100 years! Demonrats trot out new charge as...
timon_phocas comments on Nov 14, 2019:
Howdy @warminster, Andrew McCarthy is authoritative and insightful. I'm beginning to pick up more indications that this "official impeachment inquiry" (the House still hasn't risked voting on it) is just another public relations ploy. There are another flurry of accusations and no real substance. They just hope that the word "impeachment" will have more emotional impact on voters.
A year or two back there was a lot of talk about holding a Convention of States to modify the ...
timon_phocas comments on Nov 14, 2019:
Well I respect Mark Levine a lot, but I have reservations about an Article V convention of states. The Constitutional Convention was ostensibly called to revise the Articles of Confederation not entirely replace it. But that's exactly what it did. An Article V Convention could do the same. The Constitutional Convention was chaired by George Washington. He had universal esteem as the leader and victor of the Revolution. Nobody today has his kind of approval or moral authority. The rest of the Convention was a brilliant supporting cast. Those with college educations represented the intellectual consensus of the day. Where are their like today? The current cadres coming from universities don't believe in freedom of speech, much less the other freedoms enumerated in the Bill of Rights. Many don't even believe in objective truth. Our Constitution was the result of a confuence of great ideas, great people and the right circumstances. The same convention held today could easily go off the rails and give us something hideous.
BREAKING! Ruth Bader Ginsburg TOO SICK to Attend Supreme Court!!! Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s days on ...
timon_phocas comments on Nov 13, 2019:
I wonder if the Dems want to tie up the Senate in months of impeachment so a replacement for Ginsberg won't be voted on until 2021?
Female gun owners seem to prefer AR-15 for home defense- [bearingarms.com]
timon_phocas comments on Nov 13, 2019:
It's pretty light and has very manageable recoil. What's not to like?
Just a few of the “many, many, many” people pressuring Hillary to get into the 2020 race.
timon_phocas comments on Nov 13, 2019:
Hillary Clinton is as reluctant to be the Democratic nominee as a great white shark is to eat tuna.
Philip Cross, a Wikipedia "Narrative" Editor - I always thought Wikipedia was a bad idea...
timon_phocas comments on Nov 13, 2019:
I keep an old set of encyclopedias, and hundreds of other books for just that reason.
BOMBSHELL: Another Whistleblower Comes Forward, Files Complaint Against Ukraine Whistleblower For ...
timon_phocas comments on Nov 13, 2019:
A federal intelligence officer being paid almost a quarter-million dollars by anonymous donors. Sounds like corruption to me.
My Great Grandfather's letter to the returning Soldiers from WW1 - 26th February 1919 In a ...
timon_phocas comments on Nov 11, 2019:
Canadians were the best paid, best trained, and most effective of the British Empire's troops on the Western Front. They also had the highest STD rate. Some people debate whether that was due to their higher pay or a natural superiority in their studliness. There's no question in my mind that the former merely provided the latter its wherewithal. General Sir Arthur Currie was, in my opinion, the best Allied General on the Western Front. With that combination of manpower and leadership, Canada punched way above it's weight class in WWI. It's a proud heritage.
Guardian: Houston pot smokers see caged tiger, weren't hallucinating... [theguardian.com]
timon_phocas comments on Nov 11, 2019:
In Texas, it would seem, you not only have a right to keep and bear arms, you also have a right to keep and arm bears...
The Berlin Wall came down today 30 years ago: 'Germany was first re-united on the dancefloor' - BBC ...
timon_phocas comments on Nov 9, 2019:
I remember watching the Berlin Wall go up on news broadcasts as a child. I thought it, and the odious tyranny it represented, were permanent fixtures. I was astonished when the Wall went down. I never imagined the Soviets would let go of East Germany. As the Warsaw Pact dissolved like a soaked sand castle, we hosted a wonderful young lady from the old East Germany. Simone was a vibrant, bubbly young woman. Amazed at our life in the States. Her joy at finally being able to travel was infectious. She's a nurse now in Berlin. I never thought it would happen. I was wrong. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were right. Thank You, Father God.
[youtu.be] Boot Camp For Marine Corps Recruits.
timon_phocas comments on Nov 9, 2019:
The gas chamber was the one part of boot camp that buffalo'd me. I climbed mountains. I bicycled 15 miles to and from work. The work was stacking wet lumber and I was crazy enough to run during the lunch hour. So the physical parts of boot camp were a snap. But the gas chamber... that was pure ugly. My eyes hurt, my throat hurt, my sinuses hurt, the pores of my skin hurt. We formed up outside after going through the gas chamber. The DI asked if we wanted to do it again. The rest of the platoon yelled out, "Sir, Yes Sir!" I yelled out, "F**k No!"
The next generation is starting to push back, [youtube.com] [lifesitenews.com]
timon_phocas comments on Nov 7, 2019:
I was mediocre competitive swimmer in high school and college. I never won medals or went to nationals. I won points for my team and I learned that success is defined by how much pain you're willing to push towards to achieve it. The mediocre males transitioning to female athletes are going for cheap gratification. They're also robbing the girl athletes who've paid the real price in pain for those medals.
Is all fair in love and war?
timon_phocas comments on Nov 7, 2019:
It's not necessarily a matter of morals, but rather of your hierarchy of moral principles. I am a believer in the Biblical accounts. There are many moral absolutes in the Bible. But many of those absolutes have remarkably fuzzy edges. In the Decalogue lying is absolutely forbidden. But in 1st Samuel Michal, David's wife, is implicitly praised for lying to protect David from Saul's jealous rage. She was lying to save a life. Again, implicitly praised. There are many examples of these kinds of moral hierarchies in operation in Bible accounts. Are Prager U videos false? Are they racist hate speech? If they are, are they egregious enough to be banned? If they aren't, are they dangerous enough to be lied about? Based on what hierarchy of values?
A classic arguement which needs to be looked at carefully. Should the U.S. upgrade it's tank fleet?
timon_phocas comments on Nov 5, 2019:
The Abram's was a revolution when it was introduced. It was absolutely dominant. So were the other elements of the 1980s military buildup. But they were all designed in the 1970s. The state of play in the 70s was that no main battle tank could survive fire from a another MBT. They fired from prepared positions and switched positions often. The 73 Israeli war showed this balance and their defense of the Golan was the basis of American armor doctrine for the next 30 years. The M-1 was invulnerable when it was introduced, but it is no longer. It looks like we're are back to the 70s state of play.
Babylon Bee: Texas luring Cali businesses with promises of electricity [babylonbee.com]
timon_phocas comments on Nov 4, 2019:
This is a case of satire being surpassed by reality. A nephew owns a machine shop down in Southern California. His largest customer, CMC, is shutting down it's rebar melt shop and moving it to another state. CMC cited Cali's regulatory environment, but Cali also has the highest electricity rates in the US. https://www.argusmedia.com/en/news/1995837-cmc-shuts-california-rebar-melt-shop-cites-regulations

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