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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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I thought there was such thing as "freedom of religion".
timon_phocas comments on Oct 8, 2019:
Leftists are assiduously redefining tradional freedoms out of existence. It's a combination of Orwell's Doublethink and Newspeak concepts. The idea is to threaten small businesses with bankruptcy to strongarm them into obedience. A number of legal foundations, mostly faith based, offer free legal representation to those singled out for retribution. It's a very long, very expensive process. These principles are worth the struggle.
9 Things You Need To Know About Turkey, Simon Constable - Contributor Turkey is in a mess.
timon_phocas comments on Oct 7, 2019:
Howdy @JimbobNE, Substantive and informative, thank you
Facebook verification of posts?? Apparently I spread fake news... thanks Facebook ...
timon_phocas comments on Oct 7, 2019:
A badge of honor
2791, Hong Kong Protest Anthem is Christian Song, 2791 [youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on Oct 7, 2019:
This is music to my ears, but it is not reassuring to Beijing because of Chinese history. I think they see this (and Christianity in general) as roots of another potential Taiping Rebellion.
ForeignPolicy: the rise and fall of the Wagner Group [foreignpolicy.com]
timon_phocas comments on Oct 7, 2019:
One of the advantages of mercenary groups is you can disavow them when they embarrass you. What this article describes happening to the Wagner Group also happened to Blackwater. It's much harder to disavow your national army.
[reut.
timon_phocas comments on Oct 6, 2019:
The King James translates Genesis 1:2 with the earth as formless and void. In Latin it comes out as, inane et vacua. Empty and vacuous. And that's what every hyperventilating accusation against Trump has amounted to, empty and vacuous. So let's wait a few days and see if this accusation actually takes form.
Why I Believe Jesus - Ravi Zacharias [youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on Oct 6, 2019:
Thank you. These words are a blessing
Washington’s ‘Freedom Promoting’ Think Tanks That Ignore Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder - The ...
timon_phocas comments on Oct 5, 2019:
Jamal Kashoggi was murdered by secret operatives of a police state headed by a monarchy. He was a persistent, long time critic of the Saudis. He was murdered in the territory of another police state headed by a president-for-life. Everything done to Kashoggi has been done to Turkish journalists by Erdogan's police state. The only reason we know of Kashoggi's murder is because Turkish intelligence comprehensively bugged the Saudi consulate, released the recordings, and publicized the murder. Considering Erdogan's human rights record, it reminds me of Hitler's publicizing the Soviets' Kaytyn Massacre. The US tolerates police states because it is necessary to do so. We tolerated Franco's Spain because access to the Mediterranean is critical. We tolerate Saudi Arabia because of their critical place in the energy economy. We tolerate Erdogan's Turkey because of its strategic position and our basing rights. It's not ideological, it's utilitarian.
Is this true, American folks?
timon_phocas comments on Oct 5, 2019:
I think this law will be challenged in Federal courts as an infringement of 1st Amendment rights. It will take 5 to 7 years to get to the Supreme Court. It might be blocked in the meantime by a judicial ruling while it's being appealed.
IRS: Sorry, but It’s Just Easier and Cheaper to Audit the Poor — ProPublica
timon_phocas comments on Oct 3, 2019:
We have friends who were financially ruined by the IRS. They had a successful business (a car repair shop) and owned their home outright. One day they found their business and home padlocked and their bank accounts seized. The IRS said they had been cheating on their taxes. Nobody would hire them because they were "IRS tax cheats." And, of course, other businesses were afraid of attracting the IRS's ire. They moved into a friend's garage. He turned wrenches for friends under the table. Friends and relatives sent care packages and gift certificates. After two years the IRS admitted there was not any cheating. In the meantime, however, their house and business had been sold for pennies on the dollar. They were told by the IRS that if they persisted in asking for damages, the IRS would hound them for the rest of their lives. I am not sorry the Republicans reduced funding for the IRS. The difference between the IRS and the Mafia is that the Mafia has scruples.
IRS: Sorry, but It’s Just Easier and Cheaper to Audit the Poor — ProPublica
timon_phocas comments on Oct 2, 2019:
Par for the course. Just like the Justice Department, they are judged on win/loss records. It's a whole lot easier to win against people who can't afford to hire good accountants to defend themselves.
Maybe I’m just getting old and can’t find things, but I seem to recall something about a ...
timon_phocas comments on Oct 2, 2019:
Once they found out they couldn't use it to smear Trump, it wasn't news anymore.
New Kibbutz in South Africa ... Bathurst region - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Oct 1, 2019:
Huzzah!
Things seldom go well when people play God. Hornless cows?
timon_phocas comments on Oct 1, 2019:
It looks like Junior's Basement Genome Kit isn't as harmless as it was advertised.
StrategyPage: More problems with the KC-46 [strategypage.com]
timon_phocas comments on Sep 29, 2019:
I remember when the first replacement for the KC-135 was an Airbus offering. Then a hue and cry was raised for a American manufacturer, Boeing (of course). It took longer to buy and build and Boeing continues making costly mistakes.
Epstein With Whitney Webb! Let's Go DEEP! kroikye 56 minutes ago Lets get even Deeper : The FBI ...
timon_phocas comments on Sep 25, 2019:
Just for grins and giggles, nobody can be a Knight of Malta unless they are already a member of European nobility and are Catholic. William F Buckely was only allowed honorary membership. As for the founder of the CIA, I don't know about Admiral Hillenkoetter's faith, but I know Harry Truman was not Catholic.
In my opinion, The problem with education today is; 1.
timon_phocas comments on Sep 25, 2019:
I think a large dose of competition has to be injected into the educational system. Let parents choose what kind of education their children will receive. The government should test for outcomes, publish results and then let parents decide which schools to send their kids to. After all, they and their children are the ones who will have bear the consequences. Right now teachers' unions control the schools, the administrations and the university teacher education. Students are a tertiary priority behind pay and benefits.
‘Way too extreme’: Some Democrats warn against moving left [apnews.com]
timon_phocas comments on Sep 25, 2019:
This reminds me of the Nixon years. In 1968 the hard left challenged the Democratic Party leadership. In 1972 the hard left took over the Democratic Party leadership. In each of the elections Nixon ran against the hard left. He won narrowly in 68 against Hubert Humphrey. He won in a landslide in 72 against a hard left opponent.
Alarmism is not helpful.
timon_phocas comments on Sep 25, 2019:
Thanks, put this on my FB feed.
MSN: Protests Against Food Stamp Reductions [msn.com]
timon_phocas comments on Sep 24, 2019:
When I worked at Sam's Club, EBT (Food Stamp card) purchases varied between 19 to 22 percent of daily sales. EBT card accounts are "loaded" on the the first of the month, so EBT sales were higher then. The Food Stamp program is a subsidy to food retailers and only secondarily to poor families. That's why it is so pervasive.
How dare you Greta Thunberg?
timon_phocas comments on Sep 24, 2019:
Greta Thunberg is obviously being manipulated and exploited. She will be discarded when her "useful idiot" act is no longer useful.
Marionette Strings Clearly Visible During Greta Thunberg Testimony ‪ [babylonbee.com]‬
timon_phocas comments on Sep 24, 2019:
I feel so sorry for that girl. She is so clearly being manipulated and exploited.
Citizen reporters
timon_phocas comments on Sep 23, 2019:
I think that's a viewpoint rooted in another age. Back when only newspapers had printing machines that might have been true. Back when only radio or television stations could broadcast that might have been true. The Soviets knew better. Any means of reproducing and distributing information made everybody a potential reporter. That's why each photocopier was attended by an armed guard. I keep coming back to the incident with the Covington kids. The 'officially credited' reporters got it all wrong. The unofficial reporters with cellphone cameras proved the 'officially credited' reporters to be liars. And not only liars, but lazy liars.
The “Magic Trick” behind the “Climate Science” Hoax.
timon_phocas comments on Sep 22, 2019:
Thanks, I've copied the URL over the the FB feed. No doubt I'll be branded as an infidel, but heck, I'm already a deplorable..
Seven Years of the SpaceX Super Heavy Starship Future With Hundreds in Space and the Moon ...
timon_phocas comments on Sep 22, 2019:
Once again, revolutionizing human society.
Starlink to fill lion’s share of SpaceX near-term launch manifest [spaceflightnow.com]
timon_phocas comments on Sep 22, 2019:
For the first time in history, every place in the world will be equally connected. Botswana, Tebet and Amazonia will be as connected as Silicon Valley. Fascinating change.
CNN Reports on Dems Mass Defecting to Trump in Ilhan Omar's Minnesota [westernjournal.com]
timon_phocas comments on Sep 22, 2019:
I've read other reports about Minnesota trending Republican. Minnesota has something like a social contract called "Minnesota Nice" and strident rhetoric about white privilege, Jewish conspiracies, etc just doesn't fit.
Foreigners in the Land
timon_phocas comments on Sep 21, 2019:
From Moses' Judgements of God message before Israel went into the Promised Land. What happens when you ignore God. Blood curdling consequences.
Jihad-Rep Ilhan Omar Tells Congressional Black Caucus Crowd God ‘Expects’ Them To Vote a Certain...
timon_phocas comments on Sep 21, 2019:
Well, at least her positions are consistent with her stated faith. The Koran and Sharia hate democracy, hate Jews and Christians, hate equality and toleration. I don't like it, but she's consistent. Buttigeig contorts the Bible to invent divine support for his positions.
When will the Brits get from underneath the yoke of the EU?
timon_phocas comments on Sep 21, 2019:
Howdy @EdNason, The royal family has been environmentally active since Queen Elizabeth and her consort were young. All their children were educated in Oxford and Cambridge. I think their grandkids were as well. So they picked up their environmentalism from family and education.
Mark Zuckerberg Finally Admits [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Sep 20, 2019:
Zuckerberg is struggling all right. He's struggling to devise a way to censor conservatives without being penalized. I feel for him, I truly do.
SpaceX Starship Updates - Blue Origin Building Launch Pad For New Glenn Launch [youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on Sep 20, 2019:
Blue Origin has been more deliberate in its development than SpaceX. It's exciting to see it's efforts coming to fruition.
The Question No Bernie Supporter Will Answer Tom Woods If there's one thing Bernie Sanders ...
timon_phocas comments on Sep 19, 2019:
Not only that, but every person here lives a better life than the Emperor Hadrian. Better food, real medicine, better variety of entertainment, orders of magnitude more information resources.
Teen Climate Activist Tells Congress Climate Crisis Is Linked to ‘Colonialism’
timon_phocas comments on Sep 19, 2019:
This is not 1212, and I'm not going to trot off in the footsteps of a Children's Crusade. Back in Midieval times the Saracens were supposed to see the pure faith of the children and turn over Jerusalem to them. Those that actually made it to Muslim lands were promptly raped and then sold as slaves. Today we're supposed to see the pure idealism of Greta Thunberg and turn off industrial civilization. I am neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I do know she's going to be just as successful as her 13th century predecessors. Oh, and BTW, industrial civilization is what made slavery obsolete and then extinct.
Problems making babies in space? [massivesci.com]
timon_phocas comments on Sep 18, 2019:
A fertilized egg depends on gravity to let it drift down and attatch to the uterine wall. Or so I've read
FinancialTimes: Rentier Capitalism What do you all think? [ft.com]
timon_phocas comments on Sep 18, 2019:
FT's analysis lacks historical perspective. John Jacob Astor used the North American fur trade to build a fortune. He left an estate valued at twenty million dollars.It was astronomical for the times. At his death many prominent Americans questioned why anybody would need that much money. They even questioned whether anyone should be allowed to accumulate so much. Barrak Obama was not the first to ask those questions. Cornelius Vanderbilt ammased his fortune in railroads and dwarfed the Astor fuetune. John D. Rockefeller built his fortune in oil and dwarfed the Vanderbilt fortune. Each of these fortunes was unprecedentedly large. Each of the tycoons had similar pretensions to today's tech moguls. Each tycoon influenced government to further his own fortune. Each brobignation pile of wealth and influence was considered permanent. But they weren't. It's just one point in the FT's analysis. But it's a telling point.
Here is Sharia for Dummies
timon_phocas comments on Sep 17, 2019:
Well, on the bright side, you won't have to pay many prison guards
I just figured out something.
timon_phocas comments on Sep 17, 2019:
Howdy @kresica, I really enjoyed your comments. I like this group within IDW because it is apolitical and hopeful. This is an age of unparalleled exploration and discovery. Not only that, but the internet makes it seem like we are peering over Columbus' or Vasco de Gama's shoulder as they make their discoveries. This group lets us celebrate that.
On 9/11 CNN decides to focus on right wing 'terrorists'.
timon_phocas comments on Sep 14, 2019:
I've been seeing that meme a lot. HighQ frequently indulges in it.
I don’t know if it’s comedy or comic tragedy but .
timon_phocas comments on Sep 14, 2019:
All this vitriol, vacuous promises, and the hateful news reports are why I spend so much time researching the Oregon Trail. I can hardly wait for this election to be over. Over a year to go...
This one time at band camp.....
timon_phocas comments on Sep 14, 2019:
percussionists, what can you say! Low minds with sticks...
Yeah ... Who didn’t see THIS coming?
timon_phocas comments on Sep 14, 2019:
There are multiple layers of Chinese trade barriers. They can abate the tariffs, but if they don't tell the buyers to purchase from American suppliers the effect will be the same as a tariff.
The old history of Planned Parenthood [babylonbee.com]
timon_phocas comments on Sep 12, 2019:
Well, since it was pre-columbian native culture that did it, then it would be racist and white privileged to criticize them
Warren Direct Descendant of Militia 'Indian Fighter' Who Fought Seminoles
timon_phocas comments on Sep 12, 2019:
So 'Pocahontas' has almost no Native American ancestry, but she IS directly descended from a leader of the ethnic cleansing of Native Americans. Wonder if THAT'S where she got her Pow Wow Chow Cherokee clam chowder recipe? Oops, it seems that was copied word for word from a famous French Chef's cookbook. Everything about that woman seems to be counterfeit...
..you'd need one bad-ass fork-lift for that.. [thevintagenews.com]
timon_phocas comments on Sep 11, 2019:
I think it would make a nice lawn ornament, but it my wife said it wouldn't match the plastic pink flamingos she put out...
Trump: Taliban talks are ‘dead’ [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Sep 9, 2019:
Bryan Suits diacussed this last Saturday on his program, "Dark Secret Place." https://www.spreaker.com/user/kfiam640/suits090719-3-hours-only
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timon_phocas comments on Sep 9, 2019:
Bryan Suits discussed this on his program, "Dark Secret Place" last Saturday https://www.spreaker.com/user/kfiam640/suits090719-3-hours-only
An education is a tragic thing to waste on a moron. [breitbart.com]
timon_phocas comments on Sep 7, 2019:
Nothing worse for a flaming idiot than just quoting them. There goes the last of Harvard's reputation.
WALSH: Bernie Sanders Wants To Exterminate The Surplus Human Population.
timon_phocas comments on Sep 5, 2019:
The surplus population, environmentally speaking, would be those who comsume the most rwsources. Limosine leftists go first.
This is how a militant minority of radical islamists control the majority of muslims who want to ...
timon_phocas comments on Sep 5, 2019:
This reminds me of what happened in US POW csmps in WWII. Hard core Nazis extorted obedience from other German prisoners. I think the Nazi ideologues were eventually segregated into separate camps.
Hong Kong Protests SOFMAG has an article by Michael Yon.
timon_phocas comments on Sep 3, 2019:
I find it intriguing that protestors are moving from server based social networks (twitter, FB, etc) to peer to peer social networks like mesh. Server based networks can be shut down by central authorities, peer to peer networks, like mesh or GNU chat, cannot. Very clever
Ohhhhhhhhh the Estrogen team...I can't wait...To not go see that movie. [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Aug 30, 2019:
Movies are ending rhe worst box office summer in a decade. So what do they do? They fundementally alter beloved characters and story lines to be more Politically Correct and less enjoyable.
"New Reversible Bumper Sticker Can Switch Between ‘COEXIST’ And ‘RESIST’ Depending On Who ...
timon_phocas comments on Aug 29, 2019:
"Mndatory Tolerance"? I like it!
Just finished reading "FlyBoys" by James Bradley.
timon_phocas comments on Aug 28, 2019:
History is complex and multifaceted and it's often best told in novels. I think it's been that since Homer.
Comedians are snapping back [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Aug 28, 2019:
In support of this thesis, another article: https://www.mrctv.org/blog/vma-host-triggers-leftists-making-fun-safe-spaces-and-participation-trophies
It's Time to Disavow and Replace The NRA - The Liberalists
timon_phocas comments on Aug 27, 2019:
Howdy @Naomi, The article is idealist libertarian drivel. No, I really don't want to buy a tank. They cost millions, get wretched fuel mileage, and are a pain in the butt to maintain. Ever replace a thrown track? Another grotesque pain in the butt. No, the fantasy of a volunteer militia swarming out of the suburbs with machine guns, tanks, APCs and artillery is ridiculous. Simply having a machine gun (or automatic rifle) is impractical. With an M-16 you can empty a 30-round clip in less than 5 seconds. Even if I get the ammo at $0.50 a round, that means it's costing me $15 every 10 seconds, $60 a minute. Sorry folks, too rich for my budget. The chief of the Imperial Japanese Army said he never even considered invading the US. He said the idea of being a hostile army in the middle of a country where every family had rifles and knew how to use them was too frightening. This vision of a volunteer militia is valid. As for the NRA. I think it's stuck in the last century. I started reading its magazine about forty years ago, and then joined when my father-in-law died. It hasn't changed, and, by and large, neither has the NRA. They need to figure out how to market themselves to a new generation; how to make new friends.
South Africa Seizes Tanzanian Airbus Amid Land Expropriation Compensation Case.
timon_phocas comments on Aug 26, 2019:
So South African Courts will seek redress for a Tanzanian expropriation, but approves of South African expropriations? Or is it because South African expropriations haven't made their way up through the courts?
Russia Probe Twist: A Billion Dollar CEO, A Convicted Russian Agent And The FBI [saraacarter.com]
timon_phocas comments on Aug 26, 2019:
"Curiouser and Curiouser." When will we ever get to the bottom of this can of worms?
Do you think greed is actually good for economy?
timon_phocas comments on Aug 26, 2019:
Proverbs 16:11 Honest scales and balances belong to the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making. ... Timothy 2:6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. I quoted these to illustrate that real capitalism has a moral, even religious, basis. Since these quotes are thousands of years old, it illustrates these moral expectations are millenia old. Levitical passages stretch these moral expectations back to Pharonic times. And the Bible is not alone in its exhortations about moral business practices. We have learned in the last forty years that the most prosperous countries are the least corrupt and the most poverty stricken are heavily corrupt. In other words, businesses are most prosperous where business operates within a moral framework. Look at Hong Kong. It has 0.6% of China's population, yet 2.5% of China's GDP. The difference? A British legal system and a largely Catholic educational system. So greed, or ambition (whatever you wish to call it) is important to capitalism. But it must be balanced by morals, an equitable framework, for it to succeed.
I guess I need to apologize for posting that video about the horse and his rubber chicken, since it ...
timon_phocas comments on Aug 25, 2019:
Howdy @DuranDuran, No apologies needed. Funny things lighten the mood.
SteynPost 9 - Steyn on Sweden - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Aug 24, 2019:
Love hearing Steyn. He has both hilarious rifs and thoughtful insights.
Just Saying
timon_phocas comments on Aug 24, 2019:
Although only an Italian would think of doing it nude...
Opinion: The U.
timon_phocas comments on Aug 24, 2019:
wow, markets work! Somebody tell Adam Smith! Better yet, tell the Democrats!
Rainbow Nation, eh? [m.facebook.com]
timon_phocas comments on Aug 23, 2019:
You know, Henry Ford had a joke about the Model T, "you can have any color you want, as long as it's black." It looks like that's the national policy of the ANC.
Speaking to reporters in advance of the G-7 conference in Biarritz, French President Emmanuel Macron...
timon_phocas comments on Aug 23, 2019:
Leftists/Progressives look at academia, entertainment and the MSM and assume they are the overwhelming majority. Conservatives look at enduring principles and then remember the old saying about the fish rotting from the head first. The "yellow vest" movement in France is a populist movement. Populist parties all across Europe are surging. The leftists/progressives feel their world order is crumbling. It might be.
South African Rustenburg High-School Choir. Stunning. [m.facebook.com]
timon_phocas comments on Aug 23, 2019:
Beautiful rendition.
Epstein Strangled? An ER Doctor Weighs In - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Aug 22, 2019:
Thank you. Real information about a subject everybody seems ro be throwing dust about.
Gun control and the politics of fear- [bearingarms.com]
timon_phocas comments on Aug 21, 2019:
I've read the 'American Rifleman' magazine for about 40 years. I've never seen anything incendiary. No calls for violence. No calls for vengence. Just a steady stream of articles saying the goal "common sense gun control" is to confiscate common guns. It's a pretty innocuous group. It spends less on politics in any given election cycle than Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg or George Soros. And yet it is the favorite boogyman of leftist politicians.
Why isn't anyone talking about Abraham (Ibrahim) and Islam?
timon_phocas comments on Aug 21, 2019:
Islam claims the Patriarchs and Prophets of the Old Testament were all Muslims. Islam claims the Jesus, His Apostles and the New Testament writers were all Muslims. Islam claims the Biblical accounts have been hopelessly altered by apostates and are therefore unreliable. So they are free to make up their own versions of Patriarchs, Prophets and Jesus more or less out of whole cloth.
Earth's inner core is doing something weird
timon_phocas comments on Aug 20, 2019:
Howdy @Naomi, Thanks for the interesting article.
Tlaib & Omar “Story about being Banned” is CRAP!!! OANN Kills their narrative in Less than 3 ...
timon_phocas comments on Aug 20, 2019:
Rashida Tlaib's grandmother is really suffering. Why she can barely put on her suicide vest in the morning...
[gellerreport.com] Palestinian authorities are LGBTQ haters
timon_phocas comments on Aug 19, 2019:
Even though Yassir Arafat was as queer as a three dollar bill and died of AIDS...
Violence is surging in Republican-run cities
timon_phocas comments on Aug 19, 2019:
I think the graph actually has more to do with the opioid epidemic. America recorded 70,759 opioid overdose deaths In 2018. That was a reduction of about 2,000 from 2017. My mother died of a heroin overdose in March of 1962. Her habit cost her $50 a day. The average family income in the early 60s was $5,000. That meant she was burning through an annual income every 100 days. I guess crime pays (for drug lords). I've read that today's heroin costs $5 dollars a hit and $20 to $30 a day. My wife and I spend $20 - $25 going to Carls Jr for 1 meal. Today's heroin is actually cheaper than food. So every year we suffer more opioid overdose deaths than we lost soldiers in the whole Vietnam War.
Clinton Foundation behind the NHI in South Africa. [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Aug 18, 2019:
And they're propably being paid for all kinds of consulting services. The Clinton Foundation is, despite its non-profit legal status, is a vehixle for shoveling cash to the Clintons and their close associates. They collected about a billion dollars for Haitian disaster relief and delivered miniscule relief to actual Haitians.
Beijing was “Caught by Surprise”?
timon_phocas comments on Aug 18, 2019:
I've not read about this perspective. Interesting. Thank you.
Her father was murdered at a Kroger. Now she wants the grocery chain to ban guns- [bearingarms.com]
timon_phocas comments on Aug 17, 2019:
My mother died of a heroin overdose in San Francisco. Should I sue to outlaw syringes or sue to outlaw San Francisco?
What's the point of allowing trolls?
timon_phocas comments on Aug 17, 2019:
Howdy @chuckpo, I know there are people here who delight in insult and aspersions. Fortunately there aren't many. If they're willing to engage in real discussions, then I find it worthwhile to engage with them. If they will not actually discuss anything, then I file them under "casting pearls before swine" and ignore them.
Summary of African history [youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on Aug 17, 2019:
Not bad. He does not mention the slave economies of Morocco or Timbuktu in his argument that African slavery was far less pernicious than European/American slavery.
‘The green movement has become hysterical’ -- Brendan O'Neill on Greta Thunberg - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Aug 16, 2019:
wow, every time you make a point they go into a fugue sequence. It's like listening to Captain Queeg explain how he can mathematically prove his strawberries were stolen (Caine Mutiny reference).
Go big or go home! The New Space Race is heating up fast.
timon_phocas comments on Aug 16, 2019:
Howdy @Judah80, Thanks, good summary. You explained just how radically SpaceX is gambling and the other companies are more conservative. It going to be a fascinating series of test flights.
tlaib and omar are huge anti-semites and wonder why they are barred from Israel.
timon_phocas comments on Aug 15, 2019:
"They cannot be this stupid?" Why deny the evidence of your eyes and ears?
California's Largest Recycling Business Shuttering Hundreds Of Centers - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Aug 15, 2019:
Another progressive fairy tale crumbles when it hits reality.
So, Greta Thunberg is coming to you, American folks.
timon_phocas comments on Aug 15, 2019:
Is she coming on a sailboat? Will she wander through America like Johnny Appleseed; barefoot, wearing rags and a pot on her head? Will birds and small animals gather round when she sings? Will she part the Mississippi with a wave of her staff, and will barge traffic be really pissed off when they're stranded on the bottom of the Big Muddy? I can hardly wait! Yawn...
EPSTEIN UPDATES! - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Aug 14, 2019:
I heard Epstein cremated himself while the medical examiner was away on a coffee break...
Not the Jesus I know!
timon_phocas comments on Aug 14, 2019:
It's even worse than that. The only human sexuality Jesus approves of is heterosexual monogamy. Everything else? A terrible mistake at best. That includes me putting the moves on some girl back in high school. Or looking at something purient. The point is not just what points of conduct you have transgressed. It is what you can become when you allow yourself to be transformed by faith in Jesus and the Holy Spirit. As John Newton wrote, "I am a great sinner, Jesus is a great savior." And that is the Jesus I know.
Bill Gertz: Nuke accident and Russia's nuke powered cruise missile [freebeacon.com]
timon_phocas comments on Aug 14, 2019:
There have been a number articles about isotope power generators in spacecraft. Apparently they're not just for space. I rhink an isotope generator would have to be very hot to generate thrust like a conventional jet engine. Almost like a fission bomb fizzle. Tricky engineering.
Get a coffee quick....Fredo...IS BACK. [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Aug 14, 2019:
Chris Cuomo has all but tattooed "Fredo" on his forehead. What a dufus.
Fredo Cuomo That's gold. [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Aug 13, 2019:
Reacting as he did made the 'Fredo' nickname universal. He could have laughed it off and that would have been the end of it. Instead, he shot himself in the foot. He'll be limping a long time from this self inflicted wound.
God, Family, And Community gave us life and meaning. Now they're all but gone. What happens next?
timon_phocas comments on Aug 13, 2019:
First I would say that God and His purposes exist whether we choose to believe in them or not. And so, as Twain said, reports of his death are greatly exaggerated. Jesus compared the church to leaven and to salt; both invisible and both affecting the whole loaf. That's how it's working today and that's how it has worked through history. Emperors marched their armies and built their arches while the church worked invisibly, transforming the whole empire. His church is still working today. Not because we believe in Him, but through His power and for His purposes.
China has apparently decided they don’t “Need to Follow No Stinkin’ Agreement” about Hong ...
timon_phocas comments on Aug 12, 2019:
This looks like an escalation of Hong Kong riot police tactics, but not an invasion by mainland PLA.
If anyone's following the pro-democracy protests, social media is saying the Chinese Army is massing...
timon_phocas comments on Aug 12, 2019:
Bryan Suits (A Dark Secret Place) says the PLA will flood Hong Kong streets with nine thousand troops trained as riot police within two weeks. They hope this overwhelming strength will make for a "soft takeover " There are 7 million people in Hong Kong, or about 0.2% of China's population. But Hong Kong produces 2.6% of China's GDP. Central authorities are well aware this is a "goose that lays golden eggs." Anything other than a soft takeover with a swift return to status quo could increase capital flight in an already slowing economy. OTOH Xi Jinping is in the middle of a China-wide crackdown on dissent of any kind. He has to view democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong with a very jaundiced eye. I am afraid Hong Kong is in the position of a mouse on a hippo's back.
CityJournal: Epstein's Death is very Strange [city-journal.org]
timon_phocas comments on Aug 12, 2019:
Oh boy! The FBI and the Justice Dept IG will be investigating! We can expect their reports to be released on Labor Day of 2070...
So, this meme landed on me with a comment: "Well, Tescos (a UK supermarket chain) are sacking 4300 ...
timon_phocas comments on Aug 12, 2019:
Back in the early 1960s Walter Reuther (head of the United Auto Workers union) and Henry Ford III were watching a new Ford plant being built. Reuther pointed out that the excavating machines were doing the work of a hundred men with picks and shovels. Mr Ford replied, "Why stop there? Why not hire a thousand men with spoons?"
Chinese Persecution of Christian Churches [mnnonline.org]
timon_phocas comments on Aug 12, 2019:
This reminds me of Nazi pressure on Jewish families. "If you tell the trurh about us, we will be harder on your family left in Germany..." I suppose all totalitarians act alike.
Trump raises over $12 million at Hampton fundraisers despite unhinged leftist mob.
timon_phocas comments on Aug 12, 2019:
I remember when Obama's peregrinations landed him on every billionaire's front porch with a tin cup in his hand. The sycophant press said nothing about "the rich" corrupting politics with their "dark money." How times change...
'Switzerland is in a key position to play a revolutionary role in changing how global banking ...
timon_phocas comments on Aug 12, 2019:
There's an old saying that if you owe the bank $150,000 and can't pay, then you have a problem. If you owe the bank $150 billion and can't pay, then the BANK has a problem. I think the world's financial structure is stuck in the latter half of that saying. I think they're frantically juggling, trying to keep as many balls in the air as possible.
I would like to feel sorry for Jeffrey Epstein but I have teenage daughters and he is a dirt bag ...
timon_phocas comments on Aug 11, 2019:
I tried to remember what I really knew about sex back when I was fourteen and it was all pretty vague. I was a child morphing into an adult body. Earning a hundred dollars would have seemed like the keys to the US mint. To subvert someone like that into prostitution for what amounts to chump change is deeply evil. To do it again and again, to use it as a business model, is appallingly evil. I think about my daughters and granddaughters and I don't feel sorry for him at all.
NRO: losing the Afghan War [nationalreview.com]
timon_phocas comments on Aug 10, 2019:
Here are some logistical constraints to fighting a war in Afghanistan. Everything has to be shipped over 10,000 miles to Karachi, Pakistan. Last time I looked, there were no direct rail links to the Afghan border, and no freeways. So every container has to be unloaded onto trucks and trucked over wretched roads to the Khyber Pass. There it has to be approved by thoroughly corrupt federal and then tribal authorities. Lots of bribery going on. Lots of pilfering. Or you can ship containers to Russia and use their railroads. They are only too happy to charge premium prices for the traffic Not quite as much bribery or pilferage. For either route, there are no rail lines once the containers get to Afghanistan. For weapons and ammunition, everything is shipped to Diego Garcia and then flown directly to Afghanistan in cargo planes. If Walmart had these kind of shipping expenses, your average candy bar would cost fifty bucks. We've been doing this for almost twenty years and we still don't have an idea of just what "victory" is supposed to look like. Maybe it's time to give this festering, septic mess to China and let them have at it.
The Hunt cancelled
timon_phocas comments on Aug 10, 2019:
I think this stems from people living within their own subcultural bubbles. They assume they are the overwhelming majority since that's how their bubble is populated.
[youtu.be] The U.N is a Failing Institution | Prof Anne Bayefsky | 7 of 8
timon_phocas comments on Aug 10, 2019:
The United Nothing is kleptocrat's club

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