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  A Solution to Illinois
Posted by: BornAgainAmerican - 25 minutes ago - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

Normally when we talk about failed states, we mean nations, like socialist Venezuela or the Islam-torn hellholes of the Middle East. But sometimes the reference is to a state in the Union, namely Illinois. John Kass summarizes the mess liberal rule has created:

Quote:Illinois hasn’t had a state budget for years. The state continues to spend money it doesn’t have, and the state’s credit ratings have dropped, increasing the cost of borrowing more money we don’t have to keep the rotten shebang going.

Bills pile up; Moody’s Investor Service says taxpayers are on the hook for $251 billion in unfunded public union pension liabilities.

Boss Mike Madigan, king of the Democrats who control things, wants tax increases but no real structural reform to bring stability to The Venezuela of the Midwest.

And the whispers of bankruptcy won’t help the average (remaining) taxpaying chumbolones like you and me who don’t want to leave our homes but who’ll get stuck with the bills.

Fortunately, Kass has a solution. Voting Democrats out of office and replacing them with fiscally responsible adults is not an option due to the massive gravity of Chicago, which pulls the entire state into moonbattery. So Kass proposes the next best thing: dissolve the state, dividing the territory between its neighbors.

However, the source of the state’s problems would remain. Kass suggests giving Chicago to Wisconsin and renaming it “South Milwaukee,” but why would Wisconsin take it? He then gets down to more serious proposals:


Quote:I propose carving out 40 acres around the mayor’s home so [Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel] might be prince of his own country:

Rahmonia.

For Cook County Board President Toni “Taxwinkle” Preckwinkle,

Quote:A grant of land as large as a case of the soda pop she taxes, so that she might stand on it and proclaim herself Queen of Taxwinkletopia.

As for the rest of Chicago,

Quote:If there are portions of Illinois that the other states don’t want, they may be left as federal territory, a wilderness where only the strong survive and peasants and friendly propagandists kneel and beg for crumbs. You already know the name of this wasteland:

Madiganistan.

The sovereign of Madiganistan would presumably be Michael Madigan, speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and longest-serving leader of any state legislature. He has been called the Real Governor of Illinois.

The Windy City moonbattery that is pulling a whole state into insolvency would be divided among three tiny nations where the damage might be easier to contain. Since they would be totally dysfunctional, the United Nations could make itself useful for once by stepping in to administer them.

Until a cure for moonbattery is discovered, it would be hard to imagine a better solution.


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  The Slants Survive; Will Chief Wahoo?
Posted by: BornAgainAmerican - 1 hour ago - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (1)

If a leftist ever said one sincere thing, it was the Students for a Democratic Society radical who admitted, “The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.” In this context, revolution means “authoritarian control by leftists.” That’s why Phoenix’s moonbat mayor Greg Stanton wants expanded power so that he can arbitrarily change street names he regards as noncompliant with leftist sensibilities, such as Squaw Peak Drive and Robert E. Lee Street, against the adamant wishes of the people who live on these streets. It isn’t about street names; it is about achieving the power to remake our world to their liking. It is also why it was a major victory when the Supreme Court ruled that musicians have a right to call their band “the Slants” even if liberals bark that it makes them guilty of racism against themselves. Daniel Henninger gets it:

Quote:It is not possible to overstate the importance of the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision this week to confer free-speech protection on the Slants, an Asian-American rock band. That is because it is also hard to overstate the progressive left’s determination to establish, in practice if not in law, limits on America’s free-speech traditions.


Ruling against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s determination that the name Slants had violated its “disparagement clause,” Justice Samuel Alito’s decision for the court was written with the rare clarity of a declarative sentence in the active voice: “This provision violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.”


Being offended, usually on behalf of others, is the primary cudgel with which liberal authoritarians beat their victims into submission.

Encouragingly, the Matal v. Tam decision holding that the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act violates the First Amendment’s free speech clause went 8-0 in favor of freedom. This means the Slants can be the Slants, and the Washington Redskins will not be stripped of their trademark protection, as liberals have wanted to do. However…


Quote:That won’t stop the political coercion cops, who are still deploying intimidation and shaming tactics beyond the reach of the courts and Constitution. All the informal silencing elements are in play to extinguish Chief Wahoo, who after nearly 70 years is pretty much the symbolic representation of the entire city of Cleveland.


Even infuriatingly P.C. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell resisted pressure to pressure the Redskins. Unfortunately, MLB may have worse leadership.

Quote:Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is leaning on Indians owner Paul Dolan to drop the logo. Last month, “Saturday Night Live”—which notably bills itself as “from New York”—described Chief Wahoo as “racist.” Naturally, an ESPN commentator in April did a number on Chief Wahoo. Editorial pages in Ohio routinely call for a ban…


Last year, the Washington Post actually did a poll of Native Americans’ feelings about the Redskins logo. The percentage who were offended was . . . 9%. The rest checked off “doesn’t bother me.” A Cleveland friend who’s been going to Arizona for years says she has met plenty of Navajos who love Chief Wahoo.


This is after liberals have been striving for years to convince Indians that naming sports teams after them is somehow insulting.


This mode of attack is related to the “cultural appropriation” campaign, which has actually resulted in artwork being ceremonially burned.


Manfred is probably more a coward than an authoritarian leftist, but that is a distinction without a difference.

Quote:People like MLB’s Rob Manfred think they are making a reasonable accommodation. But you can’t. The exterminating left will pocket any concession and roll forward toward the next target. Agree to delete Chief Wahoo or burn one uncomprehending artist’s sculpture as cultural misappropriation, and centuries of Western art will be heading to the furnaces or basements, with complicit museum directors holding the door open.


That’s why Chief Wahoo is a hill worth dying on.


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  I guess you could say she got... 'creamed'
Posted by: Agnostick2 - 1 hour ago - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

Fitness Blogger Reportedly Dies in Whipped Cream Explosion


Quote:French authorities are investigating the death of a fitness blogger reportedly hit by an exploding whipped cream canister that was withdrawn from the market in 2013, officials and the company that makes the product said Thursday.

The prosecutor's office in the eastern city of Mulhouse said an investigation is underway into Sunday's death of Rebecca Burger and whether a faulty siphon on a high-pressure canister used to make and dispense whipped cream was at fault. The prosecutor would not comment pending further investigation.

[French] Consumer magazine "60 Million Consumers" reported that the exploding canister hit Burger violently in the chest, causing her to suffer a heart attack. The magazine said it had been warning for years of such risks after dozens of incidents, but this was apparently the first death reported.

Sad

If there's any kind of silver lining to this, it's that she might be eligible for a Darwin Award.

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  Audio project update
Posted by: jafs3 - 6 hours ago - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

So I spent a lot of time a couple of weekends ago working on my you tube to cd project, and learned a lot. It's kind of amazing how many little nuances there are, even with a fairly simple project.

Here's my final system, which sounds very good to me:

Using 4K YouTube to MP3, copy/paste you tube videos as m4a at the "original" setting.
Batch convert those files with NCH WavePad - correcting dc offset and normalizing the average volume levels to -25db, exporting the files as .wav files.
Burn a cd.

Apparently there are different quality levels of you tube videos, but you tube converts them to about 128 kbps AAC at best.  So it's worth checking them after pasting them and before doing the next step, which you can do with MP4Gain, which shows the quality level and mono/stereo information.  I found two versions of the same song, one with much lower resolution than the other.

The final result sounds surprisingly good.

As far as the ethical dimension, I've come to the conclusion that anything I used to have a vinyl record of is ok for me to record now, and anything that's no longer available new as well (if you buy a used cd somewhere, I don't think the original artists/producers/etc. get any royalties).  Fair use doctrine seems to say that you can make a copy of something you own for your own use.

Thanks to Ag and susnus for their help!

Oh, you also want to make sure that your burn settings don't include some sort of volume normalization - if they do, turn that off so you're getting a clean burn of the NCH .wav files.

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  Lyndon Johnson - Fish
Posted by: BornAgainAmerican - 7 hours ago - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies


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  Trump Golf course trying to weasel out of taxes
Posted by: Gern Blanston - Today, 12:24 AM - Forum: News Discussion - Replies (7)

Quote:Some residents of the village of Briarcliff Manor, New York, are up in arms against a local Trump golf course, which is demanding that their community cut its property taxes in half.

ABC News reports that the Trump organization has filed a legal challenge with Briarcliff Manor to knock $250,000 off the property tax bill for the Trump National Golf Club, Westchester. ABC News notes that the organization’s challenge is from residents “who resent having to assume the burden of paying additional taxes to support town services and the local school district.”

Taxes are for little people

Quote:The Trump Organization is making a case for its big tax break by claiming that the Trump National Golf Club is only worth $7.5 million, which is less than half the $15.1 million the town’s assessors claim it is worth.

ABC News notes that “this is the same course, spread over 143 acres in Westchester County, that presidential candidate Donald Trump listed on his publicly-filed financial disclosure report as being worth $50 million in 2016.”

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  Trump screws the people on drug prices
Posted by: Gern Blanston - Yesterday, 11:14 PM - Forum: News Discussion - Replies (9)

Quote:The New York Times reports that the Trump White House is about to put out an executive order on drug pricing, and it looks as if the whole thing were basically written by big pharma.
In other words, America, we've just been sold out on the price of drugs.
According to the report and similar reporting from Kaiser Health News and Politico, a draft executive order includes nothing to curb prices. Instead, drug companies would be in line to get more power to charge monopoly prices overseas and be allowed to give even fewer discounts to hospitals with poor patients. And the administration is promising to roll back regulations that pharma has complained about.
Nothing for the American people; everything for the American corporations.

Remember that promise Trump made to lower drug prices?


Quote:This toothless order is the result of asking some of the richest CEOs in America what to do about a problem they don't want to solve. And it settles something about the Trump administration. If you were hoping that the populist Trump from the campaign trail would keep some of the promises he made to his base, you can stop now.

Trump is not for his base; he's not for anyone. He's a corporatist, and he will continue letting corporations make decisions that his White House is either too lazy or too incompetent to make, to the detriment of Americans, whether they voted for him or not.

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  Trump's new proposal
Posted by: Gern Blanston - Yesterday, 10:54 PM - Forum: News Discussion - Replies (1)

that has already been a law for over 20 years...

Quote:President Trump in a rally on Wednesday evening said immigrants who enter the United States should not be eligible for welfare benefits for five years, though such a law has already existed for 20 years.
“The time has come for new immigration rules which say that those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years,” Trump told a crowd in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at the U.S. Cellular Center. 
The president said his administration would be “putting in legislation to that effect very shortly.” 
But such a law is already in effect and has been in place since 1996. 
Known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), the legislation was passed during the administration of former President Bill Clinton and said that an immigrant is “not eligible for any Federal means-tested public benefit” for 5 years, which starts on the date the immigrant enters the country.
http://thehill.com/homenews/administrati...since-1996

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  Some Dims Starting to Turn Ire Toward Nancy Pelosi
Posted by: BornAgainAmerican - Yesterday, 10:51 PM - Forum: News Discussion - Replies (1)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/06/21/some-democrats-are-starting-to-turn-their-ire-toward-nancy-pelos/22534445/

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi may have never set foot in Georgia's 6th Congressional District during the special election on Tuesday, but some Democrats wonder if her reputation there cost them a winnable race.


Following Democrat Jon Ossoff's loss in the race to fill the seat vacated by Department of Health and Human Services head Tom Price, many Democrats have worried that their opportunity to ride Trump's historic unpopularity to a wave election cycle in 2018 could be squandered by Republicans' effective ability to link any Democratic candidate with the unpopular Pelosi.

Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, who unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for minority leader, said he did not know how Democrats could win in 2018 if Republicans are effectively able to convince independents and Republicans that a vote for a Democrat is a vote for Pelosi's agenda.

"I don't know if there is a solution in the short term," Ryan said. "It's clear that tactic still works, still packs a punch, and it's part of a broader toxicity of being part of the Democratic brand regardless of where you are."

Other Democrats were even more blunt.

"I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top," Rep. Filemon Vela told Politico. "Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost. But she certainly is one of the reasons."

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  Violent Liberal Rhetoric
Posted by: BornAgainAmerican - Yesterday, 09:00 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (2)

Now a public service message from Mark Dice:



Given the ferocity and irresponsibility of liberal rhetoric lately, James Hodgkinson won’t be the last word in liberal violence. This would be a good time for Democrat politicians to avoid even metaphorical references to bloodshed and revolution. But they won’t.

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