Hey ya’ll. I have but a few minutes to talk but did want to throw some things at you. I have to get ready for a work-related outing with one of my favorite professional contacts who has also become a pretty good friend. I absolutely adore when that happens. He’s only sporadically in town so when he makes it up this way and wants to catch up, I miss dance class to do it. Also, we’re going to the Gibson and I’ve never been so looking forward to all that. And the chance to talk about work with someone who knows what I do and which way I’m heading. So, want to make sure the day’s tasks are complete to I can be free to be chipper and chatty, hence the limited time. But here’s some stuff:
First, my sister sent something along re: the deal we just cut with Iran that appears to do absolutely nothing EXCEPT allow Iran a little nicey-nicey cover to continue along with their nuclear ambitions. I’m not sure what card Rouhani threatened to use but why did we agree to this again? This guy thinks it’s just to put a little Mid-East negotiating feather in a few caps. God help us when an administration’s tendency to endanger our national security interests to play politics is actually preferable to any other goal they may have in mind cutting a deal like this one. Because if there is a goal here besides politics, it’s only bad. In short, all we really did was ease some economic pressure on Iran without asking them to really do, well, anything as regards their nuclear ambition. Just a lot of half-formed requests for promises they won’t do anything bad or dangerous with no real outlines for following up to ensure they’re in compliance. And here’s the problem with freeing them economically according to Mark Dubowitz of FDD:
The Geneva deal, however, promises Iran potential sanctions relief of much more than $7 billion. Members of Congress, the Israeli government and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies have valued the potential sanctions relief over a six-month period at up to $20 billion. These calculations factor in how Iran could fully exploit the loopholes opened by the Geneva deal, and how an environment of sanctions relief and de-escalating sanctions could change the market psychology from fear to greed.
An economically empowered and greedy Iran sounds like a nightmare to me.
This was simply fascinating. I get that the lady is uncomfortable that the knockout game is being played by black kids and that it sucks beyond the telling of it that the cop’s advice to cross the street when you see a group of young black kids approaching you is GOOD advice. But lady, perhaps that’s a situation that the black youth of America playing this ridiculous game are foisting upon upstanding black youth who are being profiled because of it. In other words, be pissed about it. Can’t blame you for that. It sucks. But the cop and society at large who are trying to stay safe ARE NOT DESERVING OF YOUR DISMAY AND DISCOMFORT. You know who is? The dumbass kids that are making it suck for the rest of us, all colors, all ages, both genders, etc and et al. You want to be pissed about profiling? Be pissed at them. Also on this subject, Mark Steyn has one of the best pieces I’ve read and, as is his way he loops it into talk of the Senate rule change. Genius.
I love that the standard now is to depict dinosaurs with feathers. Because 1) it is a reminder that we really don’t know much and our science is forever evolving (heh); and 2) it makes me look at birds differently.
Speaking of natural selection:
Also speaking of natural selection, this fox is amazing. Totally honing in on magnetic fields people, which I think we are more prone to than we realize as humans. I hate that we’ve gotten so far away from instinct…I seriously make it a point every day to consciously pay attention to my instincts. It really does make one feel more alive.
It was heartbreaking. I can’t even talk about it. But it does remind me why calling for people to sweep the leg (yes, I know it’s a Karate Kid reference. Indulge me.) while watching football because your team is losing is horrible.
I agree, despite the best efforts of a great many left-leaning writers of late to deny that it’s happening. Progressivism, at least as it’s been tried over the years, doesn’t work very well because it fails to acknowledge that collectivism runs counter to human nature at it’s most granular level. Sure, we can be persuaded to move as a group in some ways. But when you get down to the smallest ways humans relate to each other — families, lovers, parents and children — individualism rules. It’s innate. You cannot breed it out of us. So knock it off already.
I’ve never had a Chicago dog but it looks REALLY good. A slaw dog, on the other hand, I’ve had 8 million times. And I can confirm it is REALLY good.
One of the reasons I don’t carry my bad ass Nikon around is because of how big it is. I’m salivating…
**mine was humour