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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 45 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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What's Up with Journalism? [t.co]
timon_phocas comments on Jul 26, 2020:
Forty years ago the New York Times was a liberal newspaper with decent fact checking and journalistic standards. I trusted their international reporting. They have descended into a propaganda rag. If I read them I have to analyse them like I would Pravda or Tass. So many news outlets have gone down that path. It's hard to find reliable news now.
Why do many Leftists fervently believe Trump is a reincarnation of Hitler?
timon_phocas comments on Jul 26, 2020:
The Left has been very 'liberal' about bestowing fascist accusations on their opponents. The ashes of WWII were barely cool when Harry Truman called Dewey and Republicans "front men for fascists." Eisenhower escaped this accusation. He was, after all, the leader of the armies that crushed fascism. Every other Republican president has been excoriated as a racist, fascist warmonger, and (inevitably) Hitler-like. There was a peak of vituperation with Nixon (Vietnam War and Watergate). There was another with George W. Bush (Iraq War) and today's raging creshendo with Trump.
The mainstream medias have been lying about what's been going on in Portland OR.
timon_phocas comments on Jul 26, 2020:
I am finding RedState's coverage to be most insightful.
Seattle Police Chief: The City Council took all our non-lethal weapons away as of Sunday.
timon_phocas comments on Jul 25, 2020:
Update! A Federal Judge set aside that resolution of the Seattle City Council. I guess the police are back in business?
You no longer have any legal rights. [nytimes.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jul 25, 2020:
The local Court House is a stately old building done in Greek revival. A temple of justice, as it were. I would be arrested and imprisoned if I attempted to burn it down or throw incindiaries at it. Why should those actions be considered a civil right in Portland?
Is it fair to call AOC a "Fucking Bitch"?
timon_phocas comments on Jul 24, 2020:
Is this a continuation of your previous question? If males are lust-driven Neanderthals, why would MS Ocasio-Cortez expect any other behavior?
What has been the long-term impact of the MeToo movement?
timon_phocas comments on Jul 23, 2020:
The #MeToo is kind of paradoxical. On one hand they utterly reject codes of gentlemanly manhood as a hopelessly outdated form of male domination. On the other hand they demand gentlemanly restraint from every man they encounter. At the bottom of this paradox is a rejection of traditional assumptions about human nature and the contradictions this inevitably brings.
Three companies studying “Orbital Outpost” space station concepts for Defense Departmentc ...
timon_phocas comments on Jul 22, 2020:
Space industry is getting more important and more innovative. Something a little larger than the X-37 with similar capabilities could lift something like a KH-11 and add a lot of mobility.
You should watch this. [youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jul 22, 2020:
Psychiatry has what it calls, "the terrible law of thirds." , One third of patients will recover One third of patients will get worse One third of patients will stay the same. What makes it terrible is those statistics stay the same for both those under psychiatric care and for those not being treated.
Some rare and welcome news from the business world.
timon_phocas comments on Jul 22, 2020:
Howdy @pbuck0145, Absolutely right. The job of Redbull employees is selling us more Redbull, not telling us we're intrinsically racist.
Which slogans, if any, would you suggest NBA players wear in the coming season?
timon_phocas comments on Jul 21, 2020:
Up your's whitey!
SpaceX Catches Both Fairing Halves For the First Time Post-Launch [interestingengineering.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jul 21, 2020:
Interesting. The US Air Force and Army have been experimenting with maneuvering parachutes to accurately deliver supplies to remote outposts. The article says the fairing parachutes are unguided. I wonder if this has been investigated by SpaceX?
This is Going a Lot Too Far as far as I am concerned .
timon_phocas comments on Jul 21, 2020:
County public health commissions are drunk with newfound power. Are they going to dispatch public health officers to peek into everyone's rooms? Or will they recruit voyeurs? I'd love to see that ad in the classifieds...
Hello all, got a question: If I believe marijuana with thc shouldn't be legal & to concomitantly ...
timon_phocas comments on Jul 21, 2020:
Howdy @zeitgeist, We tried that with alcoholic beverages about a century ago. It was a triumph for public health. It was an utter diaster for law enforcement. Marijuana is, if anything, more dangerous for kids. Especially the modern varieties. It rewires brains and transforms bright, energetic youngsters into lethargic sluggards. It looks like society has decided this particular prohibition cost too much, however. Not to mention it's a cheap and very profitable crop.
First 'Non-Cuttable' Material in the World: Proteus Could Upgrade Bike Locks, Armor ...
timon_phocas comments on Jul 20, 2020:
Gosh, is that what armors Nancy Pelosi's skull so no logic will penetrate?
The real worse year ever [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Jul 19, 2020:
Not only that, but the Raiders took the Superbowl that year...
Protestantism’s troubling history with white supremacy in the US [theconversation.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jul 19, 2020:
The Southern Baptists split from the American Baptists in 1840 over slavery. Joseph Smith was racist and so the Mormans carried that forward into 1970s. But those are the only things I remember that were truly racist from a denomination. The writer paints an overly broad brush when he accuses all of American Protestantism. Many denominations were Abolitionists. Many were very liberal. The writer also conflates cultural assumptions and biases with religious affiliation. People acting on their biases would not be following the teachings of their denominations. And certainly not the teaching from the Bible.
How can you call yourself a nationalist when you use the world wide web?
timon_phocas comments on Jul 19, 2020:
Howdy @WilyRickWiles, You seem to be conflating prohibiting international communications with policies conducive to national wealth and stability.
[facebook.
timon_phocas comments on Jul 19, 2020:
Hope they take 'em to the cleaners
So, if I'm white, I'm automatically a white racist.
timon_phocas comments on Jul 18, 2020:
And you thought it was hard to succeed. Look at that, we're already supreme at something. We're so supreme we're supremacists. Without even trying.
Why are businesses falling over themselves to support the Marxist BLM and embracing speech codes as ...
timon_phocas comments on Jul 18, 2020:
Howdy @Altablue Look at sports franchise owners. The majority of their players are Black. The players are educated in American universities, which means they've been indoctrinated in the same ideology as BLM. The owners depend on the goodwill of city politicians, who are leftists. The owners also depend on sports media like ESPN; again, hard leftists. So they go with the flow.
What’s the difference? I’ll wait.
timon_phocas comments on Jul 18, 2020:
The answer is that business owners have free agency to make decisions about how to run their businesses. Wear masks or not. Make an artistic confection about a same-sex marriage or not. It's their choice.
Is "whiteness" required for a healthy modern society?
timon_phocas comments on Jul 18, 2020:
Those definitions of "whiteness" weren't defined by whites. You can see them on Egyptian tombs, you can read them in cuneiform, or in the teachings of Confucius. They are basic, universal values taught across human civilization.
Atlanta Mayor Bottoms Blames City’s Violent Surge On Guns, Open Carry [dailycaller.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jul 17, 2020:
Wow. Weren't all those guns out on the street last year and the year before? Didn't crime actually go down during the Great Depression and even the Great Recession? Does the COVID virus rewire the central nervous system to make people shoot each other? In that case, the only thing that changed was how the city and county used their police forces.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Being Treated For Liver Cancer [nypost.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jul 17, 2020:
Liver cancer is pretty aggressive.
Hello my conservative friends.
timon_phocas comments on Jul 15, 2020:
Howdy @CvBannister, That's my opinion, too. I'm afraid of the vote by mail. It converted Colorado from a balance between the parties to a deep blue state. Sophisticated targeted social media advertising paired with vote harvesting sway elections to the Dems.
The Hagia Sophia & Islamist Deception) [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Jul 15, 2020:
It was one of the most important churches in the world for 900 years. Its conquest was the greatest triumph of the Ottomon caliphate. As an Islamist, Erdogon will never allow this monument to Muslim conquest to be anything other a mosque.
Bari Weiss leaving NY Times Op Ed Ms.
timon_phocas comments on Jul 15, 2020:
Wow. You transform liberal journalism into a howling attack mob and now you're uncomfortable there. Excuse me if my sympathy is muted.
When you live by the sword....But you are a libtard... [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Jul 13, 2020:
Just for grins and giggles, "Willamette" is pronounced wool-AM-it in Oregon.
A long time agon, about four years, I was discussing my belief in God with this one guy who claimed ...
timon_phocas comments on Jul 12, 2020:
King David is not only the stripling who killed a giant with a sling and a rock. He's also the king who had a faithful captain murdered to cover up his own adultery with the captain's wife. So yes, God does forgive murderers who accept their guilt, change their behavior and trust in Him.
The intellectual dark web... [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Jul 12, 2020:
This quality of discourse is why I joined the IDW. Thank you.
When is inequality just and fair?
timon_phocas comments on Jul 11, 2020:
Back when I went to college I was a friendly acquaintance to Anthony Davis, at that time USC's tailback superstar. We were both five foot ten. That's where the similarities ended. He had muscles everywhere and he did awesome things with them. Anybody who has multiple four-touchdown games against Notre Dame does awesome things. Heck, there are whole football programs that don't have that. We were not equal. For good reason. I was a mediocre swimmer, he was a stellar football player. Anthony Davis went on to the CFL and then NFL. Today he's a successful businessman in Southern California. My swimming was really useful in Recon work in the Corps. Different strengths led to different ends. Not equal but equally satisfying.
I want to put my mask on, then take off all of the rest of my clothes and go outside as a protest.
timon_phocas comments on Jul 11, 2020:
Well, if I did that infertility would rise by 25% ...
I'm all for term limits.
timon_phocas comments on Jul 11, 2020:
Term limits were voted into law in Colorado in 1990. It hasn't helped. A former state representative says it stripped the legislature of its institutional memory. Legislators used to stay long enough to learn about state bureaucracies and in doing so learned to control them. Now the bureaucracies have no masters and follow their own priorities. In California, term limits moved Willie Brown from Speaker of the House for-life to San Francisco mayor-for-life. Same machine, different position. It's the machine that counts, and the machine lives on regardless.
So this is circulating
timon_phocas comments on Jul 10, 2020:
Gosh, I didn't know Tucker was Jewish...
Hmm.. . Flat spending for NASA bill proposed [spacenews.]
timon_phocas comments on Jul 9, 2020:
A few observations. The US House of Representatives is controlled by Nancy Pelosi, a fervent "Orange Man Bad" proponent. If Trump wants more space exploration, then she's vociferously against it. It could also reflect anger at the agonizingly slow progress of NASA's SLS project. It took about $40 billion and 8 years to land on the moon. The SLS has taken $30 billion and 15 years and has yet to launch a single rocket. It's a risk averse welfare program for Boeing. I don't like "Orange Man Bad," but (as far as the SLS goes) "Orange Rocket Bad" is starting to sound pretty good.
From comments by Michael Holding recently.
timon_phocas comments on Jul 8, 2020:
I don't care whether my Lord is black, brown, yellow or red. He is the Son of God. it matters who he is, not what what color he is.
Get this, in the 1800's it was the democrats that fought the republicans from keeping the slaves ...
timon_phocas comments on Jul 8, 2020:
It's the embarrassing truth everyone ignores.
My friend and I were talking about this last night, and wanted to get y'all's opinion: as much as I ...
timon_phocas comments on Jul 8, 2020:
I do not think the hard-left driving the Democrats want peace. They believe demonstrations, even riots, are as valid a part of democracy as elections or legislatures. More valid, really. Like the Jacobins or Mao's Red Guards, they want a tumult that will demoralize opposition. I think that's what Obama meant by "transformation", Biden promises transformation as well.
VDH writes chilling article on Year Zero [nationalreview.com] the start of a revolution.
timon_phocas comments on Jul 8, 2020:
I am in agreement with VDH's division into thirds. ...Are there now three Americas? One of white guilt and penance, one of black anger and victimization, and another seething in silence as they see their 244 years of history written off as something worse than the pasts of Somalia, Peru, Iran, or Serbia... Remember, however, that as the French revolutionaries became more and more radical they roused more and more counterrevolutionaries. In America that includes over half of the people.
[facebook.com] A LOT of Very Powerful People Are Sweating Tonight...
timon_phocas comments on Jul 8, 2020:
I don't know. Epstein was supposedly in one of the most secure prisons in the US, under 24-7 surveillance and guarded to boot. Will MS Maxwell be just as well protected as Epstein was?
So, now that the Wuhan flu's much ballyhooed second wave is slowly beginning to ebb (slowly, a ...
timon_phocas comments on Jul 7, 2020:
Howdy @MaskedRiderChris, Whoa there, you might end up on AOC's right-wing conspiracy theorist lists. But you're right, it would fit the pattern. Holy moly, now I'm on a list...
Ofek 16: Israel launches new spy satellite [aljazeera.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jul 7, 2020:
Most countries launch satellites to the east to take advantage of the Earth's spin. That however, would drop boosters on Syria, Jordan, Iraq or Iran. So Israel launches to the west, over the Mediterranean.
If you are proud to be white (no hate here) then follow the True Nordic Religion.
timon_phocas comments on Jul 6, 2020:
Desert God he may be, but I can only confess him like the most famous doubter in history, "my Lord and my God." And if that makes me traitor, then all I can say is, "let's drink more treason!"
(liberals, democrats, leftists ) will NEVER read or watch anything that doesn’t perpetuate the ...
timon_phocas comments on Jul 3, 2020:
Howdy @David42, Martin Luther is said that if he knew the Apocalypse (the end of history) would happen within a year, he would still plant an apple tree this week.
Adam Schiff Says ‘We May All Be Moving To Canada Soon’
timon_phocas comments on Jul 2, 2020:
Judging by his actions Adam Schiff already lives on another planet. How much further away does he need to get? And don't our neighbors to the north have enough crazies of their own?
New laws proposed for South Africa – including rules around the messages you can send ...
timon_phocas comments on Jul 2, 2020:
Howdy @JennaGardner, Thank you for posting these. We don't get much news about South Africa in the US unless it's spectacular, mostly spectacularly bad.
Federalist: The NYT and intelligence leaks.
timon_phocas comments on Jul 2, 2020:
Even if Russia WAS paying Taliban groups to kill US soldiers, what exactly could we do about it? Park the Goodyear Blimp over the Russian embassy with a running light display that says, "Shame On You!"? In December of 1979 the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. The US began organizing, training, equipping Afghan guerilla groups to fight Soviet forces. We were paying Afghans to kill Russians, and we did it for 9 years. The mujihadeen killed over 14 thousand Soviet troops. Don't you think the Russians remember that? Why was it OK for us to pay Afghans to kill Russians and heinous for Russians to pay Afghans to kill Americans? Seventeen US soldiers died in Afghanistan in 2019. Nine US soldiers have died so far this year. The fighting season isn't over yet, but these don't even add up to a single weekend in Chicago. And if the Russians are paying bounties for US deaths, they're not getting much for their money.
"After Robert The Bruce's Statue Was Vandalized By BLM, The National Trust For Scotland Apologized ...
timon_phocas comments on Jul 1, 2020:
Ahistorical twaddle, and the National Trust backs down.
One important lesson learned over the past 4 years is that city police are simply paid goons in the ...
timon_phocas comments on Jul 1, 2020:
They only get upset with radical lawbreakers when they are personally threatened. Just like the couple in the gated St Louis community. He is a criminal defense trial lawyer. Very liberal, supports leftist causes. But when it's his house, he gets out front with an AR-15.
"Investigation: Two military helicopters roared over demonstrators in Washington protesting after ...
timon_phocas comments on Jul 1, 2020:
OMG, helicopters hovering over Marxist revolutionary snowflakes in the streets. Oh, the humanity! They might have gotten dust in their eyes while looting! Such a tragedy.
The SJW Commies are attacking Dr Peterson again.
timon_phocas comments on Jul 1, 2020:
OK, so Jordan Peterson has a cursory reading of history and sloppy conclusions about it. History is not his claim to fame.
Right on Cue! Thanks Joe, couldn't find a sauna big enough for the rally?
timon_phocas comments on Jun 30, 2020:
Because phone booths disappeared since cell phones became common. .
Why do White people like climbing mountains?
timon_phocas comments on Jun 30, 2020:
Ask Tenzing Norgay if it's a "white thing"
Eighty companies pull FakeBook advertising. Has Zucker been Suckered? [globalnews.ca]
timon_phocas comments on Jun 28, 2020:
It sounds like advertisers are demanding more rigorous censorship by social media giants.
[foxnews.
timon_phocas comments on Jun 28, 2020:
The manufactured issue about the GRU posting bounties on US troops is inane. There are no public actions that can be taken in response. Even Trump won't publicly announce it If he sends teams to snuff offending GRU agents. That slso gets touchy when the GRU retaliates. Cyber attacks? Blanking Russian satellites? Drop Putin from Trump's Christmas card list?
I'm still a very new member,and haven't been able to tear into Slug like I normally do,something I'm...
timon_phocas comments on Jun 28, 2020:
Howdy @Barefoot1, Welcome to the conversation. Come on in, the water's fine.
So, there's gonna be a new Robocop. Any predictions how this will turn out?
timon_phocas comments on Jun 28, 2020:
Can you sue it? Will it participate in blue flu work slowdowns? Can it be bribed? "Hey officer, I got some top of the line synthetic lubricants you might be interested in..."
White Privilege, what about Jew Privilege?
timon_phocas comments on Jun 26, 2020:
The wall Israel errected to separate Palestinians from Israelis in 2002 already extends around the settlements they want to formally annex. They are already connected to Israel by utilities, transportation and telecom nets. The annexation is already de facto, just not de jure. And it's been that way for decades. This is not a change in actual conditions.
Another Facebook Insider Details Political Censorship; Current HR Exec 'No One Has White Man’s ...
timon_phocas comments on Jun 26, 2020:
The best investigative reporting in the US. God bless them.
Rioters In California Tear Down Statue Of Ulysses S.
timon_phocas comments on Jun 20, 2020:
For leftists who know some history it's just as important to destroy evidence that the US waged war to end slavery as it is to destroy monuments to slave owners. For the rest of the leftists, it's just an atavistic rage against history and culture. The rage of barbarians.
Gaza Islamic Scholar Ahmad Khadoura: Virgins Of Paradise Will Have No Menstruation, Saliva, Mucus, ...
timon_phocas comments on Jun 19, 2020:
Great, an afterlife equal to High Hefner's mortal life.
More on the India-China dispute. [indianpunchline.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jun 18, 2020:
Thank you. Very informative.
What is your mental image when you hear the term "Transwoman"?
timon_phocas comments on Jun 18, 2020:
Trans women make me think of mental illness. You can pretend you are another sex. You can dress like another sex. You can flood your body with hormones of the opposite sex. You can even have surgery to alter secondary sexual characteristics. Do all these things and every hair, every nail clipping, every flake of dandruff will still proclaim your genetic gender. The body's genetic gender is imprinted into every cell with a nucleus. It's wired into brain structure. It's a controlling factor in the endocrine system. It controls development of the musculoskeletal systems. You can alter some of this complex, suble physiology by flooding the body with estrogen, but the body will reassert its genetic gender whenever the flood stops.
What is your mental image when you hear the term "Transwoman"?
timon_phocas comments on Jun 18, 2020:
Trans women make me think of mental illness. You can pretend you are another sex. You can dress like another sex. You can flood your body with hormones of the opposite sex. You can even have surgery to alter secondary sexual characteristics. Do all these things and every hair, every nail clipping, every flake of dandruff will still proclaim your genetic gender. The body's genetic gender is imprinted into every cell with a nucleus. It's wired into brain structure. It's a controlling factor in the endocrine system. It controls development of the musculoskeletal systems. You can alter some of this complex, suble physiology by flooding the body with estrogen, but the body will reassert its genetic gender whenever the food stops.
NASA’s next giant leaps [spacenews.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jun 17, 2020:
"History never repeats itself, but it often rhymes." Mark Twain said that a long time ago and it seems to be playing out in the space race. I'm reading "Pacific Air," which is about the Pacific naval air war in WWII. It starts out with a story about a scrappy start up (Grumman) beating Boeing for a contract for a naval fighter in the early 1930s. Gosh, doesn't that sound familiar?
San Antonio Spurs head coach says the US flag is "irrelevant" and people who are supporters of the ...
timon_phocas comments on Jun 16, 2020:
From the time of Circus Maximus to twenry-first century America, games have been a mix of athleticism and patriotism. They were always a reaffirmation of audience and culture. The NFL suffered significant losses when they allowed the protest culture to invade their programs. They recovered their audience when protests went away. Now the sports leagues are enthusiastically endorsing the protest culture. Losses will follow. Maybe athletic contracts should renegotiated to reflect audience share. When athletic entertainers realize radical outbursts hurt them financially, perhaps they'll restrain themselves. As Michael Jordan famously said, "White people buy shoes, too."
What would you do, if anything, to change the criminal justice system?
timon_phocas comments on Jun 15, 2020:
Police and prosecutor's seem to be more interested in scalps than justice. My son was arrested as suspect. It was an out of the blue event for my son, he was on his way to a medical appointment. The arresting officer was a contract with Teller County Sheriff's Department. He had a background with other agencies that included many sketchy arrests and tampered evidence. By the time it came to court the arresting officer was gone. Fortunately my son married an attorney and Teller County Sheriff's Department was not prepared for her vigorous defense. The fact that he was a medically retired combat veteran, in nursing school, and innocent to boot made for bad optics. They dropped the case.
What do you think will be the result of last week's mass apologies and genuflecting to Black Lives ...
timon_phocas comments on Jun 15, 2020:
Conservatives and mainstream people will be offended and walk away. Leftists and liberals will use these people like toilet paper and flush them at the first opportunity.
If all fails Blame the NAZI. LOL So predictable [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Jun 15, 2020:
Laxitive poisoning by Nazis? Far more likely they're having a rash of diarrhea because nobody is washing when they're preparing food. Add in no toilet discipline and you have a recipe for mass diarrhea.
The Holy See is the largest non-government provider of education and health care in the world.
timon_phocas comments on Jun 15, 2020:
A lot of weird, convoluted history behind the papacy. One of the odd little quirks is the smallest country in the world, the Knights of Malta, whose sovereign territory consists of one house in Rome.
Personal Observation: The Problem with Re-Writing or Even Erasing History is, It Doesn’t Mean It ...
timon_phocas comments on Jun 14, 2020:
There are billions of books they'll never be able to set their matches to. Once the Jacobins are finished purging each other the pendulum can start swinging the other way.
FT: China's mix of pride and paranoia. [ft.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jun 14, 2020:
What is China up to? From Hong Kong to Taiwan and from the South China Sea to the Indian border, the Chinese government, led by President Xi Jinping, is pursuing more aggressive policies. There is growing concern about Beijing’s behaviour, not just in Washington but in Delhi, London, Tokyo and Canberra. The Chinese government may feel that coronavirus makes this a good time to act, while the world is looking away. The turmoil on the streets of America has further divided and distracted the west. But democracies cannot afford to lose focus on east Asia. A new global crisis could easily break out there, with even graver long-term consequences than the pandemic. Beijing’s growing assertiveness reflects both pride and paranoia. After 40 years of rapid economic growth, China is now — by some measures — the world’s largest economy. Its navy has more warships and submarines than that of the US. Its internet bubbles with nationalistic chatter about the inexorable rise of the nation. The biggest grossing film in Chinese history is Wolf Warrior 2 — a Rambo-style action movie, released in 2017, that features heroic Chinese soldiers battling against mercenaries, led by a racist American. A promotional poster for the film featured the slogan, “Anyone who insults China — no matter how remote — must be exterminated”. When Chinese diplomats respond to criticism of Beijing with threats and insults, they are often said to be practising “wolf-warrior diplomacy." But, alongside the pride, there are plenty of reasons for paranoia at the top levels of government in Beijing. The past 12 months have presented Mr Xi with an unprecedented range of threats and challenges. The pandemic has seen China widely accused of responsibility for a global calamity. A regime that used to believe it needed 8 per cent growth a year to maintain social stability now has to deal with a deep economic contraction — compounded by a trade war with the US. Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have continued for more than a year and represent a severe challenge to Communist party authority. And in January, Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, won a crushing re-election victory — a humiliation for Beijing, which had worked hard to undermine her. All of this seems to be creating a siege mentality in government. In response, Beijing has intensified its appeal to nationalism. The propaganda goal is to rally the people against external threats and deflect anger about Covid-19 outwards, to the world beyond China Beijing’s external and internal policies are increasingly bold and aggressive. A new national security law is to be imposed on Hong Kong, which threatens to inflict mainland-style censorship on a free city. Military exercises and rhetoric aimed at...
IS IT TIME TO THINK THE UNTHINKABLE?
timon_phocas comments on Jun 14, 2020:
Jefferson's ideal of a yeomen's republic is entrancing, but it would also be bankrupt. So would our country without the coastal corridors. I think large swathes of leftist territory may be having a "Giuliani Moment." They've not only read about the results of leftist policies, they've seen them up close and personal. We'll see.
There is a television series on the History Channel (actually “H2”, a subsidiary) called Roman ...
timon_phocas comments on Jun 14, 2020:
I would also add that the Greek/Roman pantheon offered little to ordinary people. At best it was a business arrangement, quid pro quo. It can also be described as continually paying off a spiritual mafia. A personal relationship with a God who loved you, who sent his son to die for you, that was unthinkable in Greek/Roman spiritual worldview.
Police Arrest Chinese Military Officer at Airport Allegedly Stealing U.
timon_phocas comments on Jun 14, 2020:
This was stupid on the part of the Chinese. Major Wang was at UC San Francisco learning laboratory techniques. They could have gotten that information from internet searches. Yet they expose personnel to lengthly imprisonment. Curious.
In an era of inclusively, is it time for the Pride parade to ALSO celebrate heterosexuality?
timon_phocas comments on Jun 13, 2020:
On one hand, the LGBT Pride campaigns never had inclusivity as a goal. Their purpose was to deny that there was such a thing as "normal." To use Kurt Schlichter's term, they will never include "normals" in their movement. OTOH, I think the libertarian streak in the Conservative movement has great appeal to to anyone who wants what they do between their sheets to be a matter of indifference to the wider society.
HOLY CRAP!!! This article is LONG!!! The CCP Virus (COVID-19) The information in it is ...
timon_phocas comments on Jun 13, 2020:
Nice information. Thank you
While I consider PEW to usually be a very good source, I think that their having Polled this ...
timon_phocas comments on Jun 13, 2020:
Polls like this are used to mold public opinions instead of measure them. They are calulated parts of a public relations campaign.
How ‘Jakarta’ Became the Codeword for US-Backed Mass Killing [nybooks.
timon_phocas comments on Jun 13, 2020:
Howdy @WilyRickWiles, Military juntas used "Jakarta" as a codeword for their coups fifty years ago. It's a meaningless term now.
Do you think Covid-19 and the BLM movement are both Leftist propaganda being used to promote ...
timon_phocas comments on Jun 13, 2020:
I think the reaction to COVID by government agencies is a mix of factors. The first is conciousness of the Spanish Flu and its terrible cost. With 28% of the population infected and about 1% of the population killed. About a million out a population of 105 million. President Ford's administration saw the swine flu as a possible Spanish Flu-like pandemic. They rushed a vaccine program that flopped because of inadequate testing. That left quarantine as the only public health response, just like 1918. But a quarantine that allows food, transportation, retail, broadcast and public utility industries to continue is a contradiction in terms. Mix that with an adversarial 24-7 news cycle with a constant demand for dramatic government solutions. And of course everything has to be a crisis with an evil villan to blame. That's what drives the new clickbait model of advertising.
The HighWire with Del Bigtree: COVID NURSE EXPOSES TRUTH WITH HIDDEN CAMERA! Registered nurse, ...
timon_phocas comments on Jun 12, 2020:
This is deeply disconcerting. Now all the statistics about the epidemic are called into question. New York hospitals are, in effect, acting like Typhoid Mary. They are disease vectors, not bastions of public health. And they have arranged it so they not only get paid regardless of outcome, but they have no criminal or civil liabilities. New York's terrible toll from this epidemic is from incompetent care? All the pious posturing was to hide malfeasance? How despicable
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timon_phocas comments on Jun 12, 2020:
I love that the truth is being told, not the squalid facts of present day Cuba. Just sayin'
Shit floats to the top, why the Washington A-holes kiss Israels ass.........[youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Jun 11, 2020:
An alternate explanation for America's support of Israel is broad grassroots support by swaths of the American public. Harry Truman is an example. He grew up in a church that believed in the Jewish return to their Promised Land. Hitler's program of genocide only increased that support. Truman recognized Israel against the united opposition of his diplomatic and military advisors. But he was not alone in his support for Israel.
Politicians spend 75% of our time raising money and campaigning and all that $ goes to media, which ...
timon_phocas comments on Jun 10, 2020:
When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near... Luke 22:28
Georgia Democratic Rep To Introduce Bill Classifying Attacks On Trump Supporters As A Hate Crime | ...
timon_phocas comments on Jun 10, 2020:
Hate crimes are an irrational category of law. What criminals assault someone because because they love the victim? How do you establish what thoughts were in criminals' minds? If someone was assaulted because they were Trump supporters, charge the criminal with assault.
Do you feel guilt and shame due to the color of your skin?
timon_phocas comments on Jun 10, 2020:
Guilty about being white? This is something I have no control over. It's like feeling guilty about being a biped, or guilty about being an omnivore. I remember something that happened when I was in the Corps. I pulled a weekend night watch as NCO over a barracks building. There was an incident that emptied the barracks, I traced it down to a black guy who pulled the barracks fire alarm to get revenge on a white guy and a Hispanic guy who exchanged ethnic slurs in a drunken fight. He wasn't part of the fight and he didn't even witness it. I asked him why he pulled the alarm. "It was racial," he said,"what would you do if someone called you a honkey?" I told him I'd laugh, and he looked at me with incomprehension. It was almost forty years ago and we probably still don't understand each other.
Does it feel as if the US is experiencing some sort of political coup?
timon_phocas comments on Jun 9, 2020:
We've been in a rolling coup attempt for the last four years. This is just the latest phase.
The Lincoln Memorial now. It’s a sad day. Part of his skull is missing. This is just evil.
timon_phocas comments on Jun 6, 2020:
I have not been able to find any other images of this damage. I believe if the Lincoln Memorial had been damaged this severely the web would be flooded with these images. It would be impossible to entirely censor. I will continue to search.
Heather Mac Donald On How The Delusion of Diversity Destroys Our Common Humanity [youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jun 6, 2020:
I would post one demurral to this discussion. Harvard, Yale, Princeton. They were all founded as collegiate-level training for Christian pastors and preachers. Therefore they had philosophical anchors to the concept of absolute truth. As each became more secularly prestigious and less anchored to truth, new colleges were founded to maintain theological standards and their anchors to truth. Hillsdale and Grove City are not the only colleges anchored to truth. There are many colleges that do so. I agree with MS MacDonald that they aren't as prestigious, but they do have chachet to those want real educations.
Heather Mac Donald On How The Delusion of Diversity Destroys Our Common Humanity [youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jun 6, 2020:
Great interview. Worth a second listen. Thanks for posting this.
Do you see the tragic killing of Floyd George more an act of pure evil or pure incompetence?
timon_phocas comments on Jun 4, 2020:
There are so many threads to George Floyd's story. I read at stories he was a gentle man, that he helped out at his church, that he urged young men to avoid violence. I've also read he had a long, violent police record and that he was arrested after passing counterfeit money. Maybe the positives are like the myths about Michael Brown (the "Gentle Giant" of Ferguson, Missouri) who was at least a part time teenage thug. Maybe the truth about George Floyd is a blend of the good and bad stories. If there is truth to the bad stories, the police would believe themselves to be responding to a violent criminal who had to be dominated. This is not an excuse for ignoring regulations, but it is a possible explantation of their behavior.
Would you report your neighbor to the federal government for terrorism if you knew they were ...
timon_phocas comments on Jun 3, 2020:
I already know they were illegal immigrants and have spent the time and money to become citizens. They're good neighbors and friendly. If they were all those things plus antifa I would have no reason to report them to anyone.
What advice would you give to people who are stressed out over the recent protests and riots?
timon_phocas comments on Jun 3, 2020:
We've been through this before and then moved on. 1968 was a terrible year; political upheavals, military defeats, assassinations, the National Guard was repeatedly called in to control riots, communist student oganizations morphed into terrorists. And it wasn't just the US. In the spring French students raised barricades in the streets and revolted. In Czechoslovakia Alexander Dubcek's popular movement for "socialism with a human face" was crushed by Soviet tanks. The whole world seemed to totter. We took those losses and learned from them. We reformed and renewed. We grew. In 1969 we landed on the Moon. Today private companies are doing what only superpowers could do in 1969. People are walking around with more computing power in their pockets than the president of the US could command in 1969. Lifespans have increased. Extreme poverty has been reduced by over eighty percent worldwide. 1968 was not the end of the US. It was another beginning. And so is 2020.
I Cannot Remain Silent Our fellow citizens are not the enemy, and must never become so.
timon_phocas comments on Jun 2, 2020:
This has happened before. In 1969 a hundred thousand antiwar protestors demonstrated on the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall. Troops from the 82nd Airborne were staged in the basement complex of the White House. I think they were stationed at the Pentagon and other sites as well. Late that night, President Nixon went to the Lincoln Memorial and conversed with the the demonstrators there. It was an impulsive, even quixotic move and it went surprisingly well. Not remembered by many.
Biden Faces Backlash For Telling Police: 'shoot 'em in the leg instead of the heart' - Sara A.
timon_phocas comments on Jun 2, 2020:
I thought this inane statement came from when Slo Joe was in the National Guard (I think they still used muskets back then). But then I found out he never served at all. So I guess his inane (yet vacuous) statements about firearms spring directly from his own sputtering brain.
America's return to space proves the success of privatization- [thefederalist.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jun 1, 2020:
British colonies on the East Coast were settled by government encouraged private joint stock companies. It looks like it may work that way in space exploration as well. Government bureaus can achieve miracles. Werner von Braun made it happen at the Redstone Arsenal and NASA. He gave them a sense of mission. Large corporations can achieve miracles. Kelly Johnson made it happen with his Skunk Works at Lockheed. The space program has lost its sense of mission. It's a culture of postponements and price hikes. It's changed from an adventure to a welfare program for aerospace giants. It takes a leader and Elon Musk is that kind of leader. He's recruited a lot of talent from aerospace giants. People who want to get back in the adventure business. People who want to make miracles happen. It was deeply satisfying to see the launch go so smoothly. It made all our dreams seem a bit more tangible.
Do you really choose what you eat – or do your gut microbes decide for you?
timon_phocas comments on Jun 1, 2020:
It's a conspiracy of little alien creatures inside us. Warrant Officer Ridley was right!
If ANTIFA is designated a terrorist group, there are alot of possible charges coming- ...
timon_phocas comments on Jun 1, 2020:
Law enforcement and intel agencies have been granted frightening powers since the Patriot Act passed. It would be satisfying to see them used against legitimate targets instead of political opponents.
Anyone else have the impression that Derek Chauvin was a department bully with a king-size chip on ...
timon_phocas comments on May 31, 2020:
A few years back the police chief in Greeley reviewed all the records of officers with repeated instances of violent encounters with civilians. Those who didn't pass the sniff test were invited to seek other employment. If Greeley (population 120,000) can do that, why can't larger police departments?

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