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Let’s Review 134: While America Takes Its Intelligence Test

Very advanced, very tuned-in people learn about, and learn how to use, new Apple features by watching them being demonstrated onstage during Apple keynote events. Then there’€™s everybody else.

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This is what the Scholastics predicted when they considered the arguments for democracy: that while it looked plausible enough on paper, it could only lead to gang warfare, pulling apart each nation where it flourished. They could not, however, imagine the contribution of mass media. They were more concerned with the effects of politicization on the individual human soul, thus instinctively defended Church and Crown (or Republic, so long as it was not democratic). Unlike us, they cared about freedom; but about “equality,” not at all.

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In 1963, a man in the Nevşehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room. The man continued digging and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient Derinkuyu underground city, part of the Cappadocia region in central Anatolia, Turkey.

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The first step in the process required the warrior to remove the scalp, which was done by making an incision across the back of the neck and up the back of the head, parallel to the ears.

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Although I love a castle as much as the next guy, we sort of prefer a village on a cliff in Spain where there’s a family that makes pottery – and have been doing it, passing the tradition from father to son since Jesus walked the earth. Except their kids don’t want to make pottery in poverty anymore.

Much more challenging is when I am already deep into a conversation with someone on the Left, and we come to realize that we fundamentally disagree about who’s running things. Often times, I have had conversations come to an uncomfortable pause when I flatly say something like, “Well, there is no evidence that corporations are conservative, and even less evidence to suggest that Baptists have cultural influence.”

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  • jwm November 6, 2018, 10:45 AM

    The video got me all misty. Maybe it was the Mozart…
    But holy cow, was that a treat. Thank you for this.

    JWM

  • jwm November 6, 2018, 10:48 AM

    …and on a less serious note. I am without peer in my fondness for the bean. But I ain’t drinkin’ cat shit for love or money.

    JWM

  • Jewel November 6, 2018, 2:51 PM

    Oh dear! I misread the click to continue link as lick to continue…dann left eye.

  • GoneWithTheWInd November 6, 2018, 4:48 PM

    Re: Democracy leading to gang warfare. That is what the constitution was supposed to prevent. The constitution was supposed to take certain things off the table that the “democracy” could not vote for. Our founding fathers gave power to two watchdogs to assure we would not devolve into a gang warfare situation because we voted one side power over the other. The free press was intended to tattle on anyone in government who stepped outside the constitution and the all powerful Supreme Court had the authority to reverse any unconstitutional decisions. These two things were supposed to keep the “Schutzstaffel” from ever happening. But the left took over the judiciary and the free press failed in their job to be unbiased in their reporting. Not by accident your country was stolen from you years ago. The left is winning and Trump is just a speed bump in their master plan. Liberal left wing judges sold you out years ago and the MSM is our et tu brute.

  • ghostsniper November 6, 2018, 5:48 PM

    Nevermind your ASSumption about the presses “intended” responsibility, but the “Liberal left wing judges” wouldn’t have did what you say if the other side had been doing their job. Checks and balances. ‘member?

    This rotten assed gov’t lasted the first hundred years or so because it was mostly small and unintrusive and the herd was left to it’s own devices. As the newness of the 20th century started wearing off this rotten assed gov’t started expanding as fast as it could and with that expansion it’s criminal activities expanded to. This was accomplished by larger and larger distractions to the herd.

    Big wars, big depressions, dabbling in the affairs of other sovereign nations all around the world, exploitation, takeovers, empire!, conquest!, and general bullying worldwide. It was more than a herd could keep up with, while trying to satisfy the overwhelming financial hunger of the leviathan and maintaining all the usual herd stuff.

    The biggest tool in the criminals toolbox was the takeover of the education system that has caused about 80% of the herd to be programmed in favor of the criminals existence. The herd happily engages in the RAG’s very existence and expansion. The criminals throw a few crumbs and the herd jumps for joy, just as planned. As the herd snoozed the RAG did what it was bred to do but even larger.

    By the end of the 20th century it didn’t matter whether the herd payed attention or not, the criminals had thrown the whole planet under the bus and about half the planet was in favor of that.

    So there ya go. About half the occupants of the planet, because they are genetically flawed, want to kill the other half and the other half wants to kill the first half to prevent their own selves from being killed and because the first half is genetically flawed. But in all of it most of the occupants do not have any balls left to start what needs to be done. Everybody has been mentally neutered.

    But.
    Something else is working behind the scenes, but right out in the open – the herd is aware but are unable to grasp the magnitude – the key that underscores all of it and without which nothing else matters, and it is teetering on the edge of demise.

    When that happens there will be no good and bad for all of it will be beyond belief, and it is this far || from happening.

    In fact, it could happen as soon as tomorrow.

  • Casey Klahn November 6, 2018, 10:11 PM

    Looks like Washington state just went for gun registration, de facto, and at least to buy (soon it will be to own) a firearm you need the approval of the sheriff or the chief of police. That’s right, bitches: state determines your gun ownership rights. Add to that the already existent red flag laws.

    Damn if I didn’t lose every last one of my firearms in a boating accident. So, no skin off my back. Including that cute little .22 semi-auto rifle I used to have: now an assault rifle, by legal fiat. Good riddance to that sumbich; I was afraid it would be used by a citizen, or a civilian, or something. To kill a squirrel. Glad it’s gone.

  • John Venlet November 7, 2018, 3:38 AM

    Let’s Review 134: While America Takes Its Intelligence Test

    It appears America failed.

  • Ten November 7, 2018, 4:00 AM

    Nevermind your ASSumption about the presses “intended” responsibility, but the “Liberal left wing judges” wouldn’t have did what you say if the other side had been doing their job. Checks and balances. ‘member?

    Exactly. Associated weasel words: supposed, intended, the left, and took over.

    Everybody has been mentally neutered.

    Not least of which being the right, the merely ostensible, almost completely codependent, small-r reactionary, culturally nearly obsolete flopsweat whose only remaining talent is heckling the progressive left, generally over the dumbest crap it can find in any one news cycle.

    Original structuralism? What’s that?

    Windy just likes to hear himself bloviate. Ask him about the exclusive conservative zero-tax plan for corporatists.

  • Ten November 7, 2018, 4:09 AM

    Just noticed Windy’s most risible analysis: “Liberal left wing judges sold you out years ago and the MSM is our et tu brute.”

    I’m sorry, what? Get this: The left sold you out and the MSM betrayed you.

    No. You fucked up just accepting bald-faced dysfunction as a co-equal partner for well over a hundred years.

    This is the right being not only ostensible and not only stone-ignorant, but defying reality itself.

  • GoneWithTheWind November 7, 2018, 8:17 AM

    I am in favor of zero tax on American corporations. All business taxes are simply passed on to the consumer. AND they give a corporation incentive to spend money on things that only make sense because they reduce their tax liability. I would also be in favor of ending income taxes entirely and replace it with a sales/consumption tax. The problem with income taxes is most voters pay zero (or close to zero) income taxes and thus have no skin in the game when lawmakers want to increase spending. No worries, neither of these have a chance to ever become law.

  • ghostsniper November 7, 2018, 8:30 AM

    fuk taxes
    user fees

  • Ten November 7, 2018, 8:34 AM

    Your ideas on taxes are deeply important, Windy, but structurally they’re still wrong-headed at least two major ways before we get to their ancillary fallacies. Other than the fair tax bit, you’re like a progressive who mated a libertarian and produced a zero sum.

  • GoneWithTheWind November 7, 2018, 4:01 PM

    I missed you Ten. I missed reading sentences and paragraphs full of multisyllabic words all of which is unintelligible. I’m certain you said something important but we will never know…

  • Rob De Witt November 7, 2018, 5:04 PM

    A little historical perspective on midterms, from Curt Swanson of dailytimewaster. Don’t be gettin your Lollipops in a knot like a little Democrat, it ain’t over yet.

    Year President Party House Senate Total
    1934 Franklin D. Roosevelt D +9 +9 +18
    1938 Franklin D. Roosevelt D -71 -6 -77
    1942 Franklin D. Roosevelt D -55 -9 -64
    1946 Harry S. Truman D -45 -12 -57
    1950 Harry S. Truman D -29 -6 -35
    1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower R -18 -1 -19
    1958 Dwight D. Eisenhower R -48 -13 -61
    1962 John F. Kennedy D -4 +3 -1
    1966 Lyndon B. Johnson D -47 -4 -51
    1970 Richard Nixon R -12 +2 -10
    1974 Gerald R. Ford R -48 -5 -63
    1978 Jimmy Carter D -15 -3 -18
    1982 Ronald Reagan R -26 +1 -25
    1986 Ronald Reagan R -5 -8 -13
    1990 George Bush R -8 -1 -9
    1994 William J. Clinton D -52 -8 -60
    1998 William J. Clinton D +5 0 +5
    2002 George W. Bush R +8 +2 +10
    2006 George W. Bush R -30 -6 -36
    2010 Barack Obama D -63 -6 -69
    2014 Barack Obama D -13 -9 -21

  • Nine point Five November 7, 2018, 5:36 PM

    You stoopied conservatives, impugning my verasity while acquiescing to ancient fantasies tied to Old Testament principles of free range gardening. Maybe Bill wiped his weenkey off on the White House curtains, but Trumpisms spewing from the Oval Office like a vomiting volcano of plural nouns makes Elvis spin in his grave. Mouth breathing, knuckle dragging thumpers of the comic book bible thinking that Lieutenant General Motors will bring back Saturn from the ashes like a Phoenix to save our souls from the corporate fires of Gehenna is no more than mental masturbation. Why do I EVEN try to enlighten you so Stoopid?

  • ghostsniper November 7, 2018, 6:40 PM

    When I was a little kid all my sisters dolly’s had at least one missing arm.

  • Ten November 8, 2018, 3:17 AM

    And then flat out they prove it for you…

    How’s your conservative revival going, boys? Identify any structuralism? Retake any institutions? Having given the whole place away, has heckling the left restored anything yet?

  • Casey Klahn November 8, 2018, 7:23 AM

    Rob speaks truth to power. FDR and W are the grand winners, and Blithe Clinton is also a winner, in the midterm “how many did you bring to the senate for your party?” contest. Now, we’ll be adding Trump to the list of winners in that rarest of categories.

    Looks like all the previous winners revisited or presaged their senate gains with losses; will Trump best them in his second term?

    In other news: Acosta. Don’t let the screen door hit you in the ass on your way out. When the president’s aide wants your mic, you give up the fukking mic! Super asshat, and he represents his station well. Democrats are completely wasted on their own fumes when they don’t defend the woman in this altercation. This is ammo now against the whole MeToo bullshit movement. Who scuffles with a young lady like that? What a freak, and a pussy. He looks like gawdamm Eddie Haskel on a soy diet.

    Gunman shoots up a country music venue (bar). Pattern. Uses good skills and weaponry. Pattern. Probably not related but a good investigator overlooks nothing.

    Finally: Trump Train rolls! Ten, how old are you, anyway? Shit, I’ve held farts longer than that. With age and wisdom, one can see the flow chart of politics, and Pres. Trump is a force vector line knocking the top off the chart. Get some!

  • Anon November 8, 2018, 8:26 AM

    Well Ten, all we can really do is heckle the left. We can’t stop the crazy socialist left from destroying the country. Ted Kennedy and his cohorts set a plan in action in the 60’s when he opened up legal and illegal immigration so that they could bring in left leaning replacement voters to stop conservatives from using the constitution to save the country. It is working and soon there will be a majority of anti-constitution/anti-American voters. It is the fall of Rome all over again. How will it end? With a bang or with a whimper? Who knows, too soon to tell.

    By the way your use of nine-point-five as an alter ego didn’t fool anyone.

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