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  1. Democratic Primaries and Caucuses from Real Clear Politics. February 3, 2020. Iowa: Sanders 26, Biden 25, Buttgieg 22, Warren 15. February 11. New Hampshire: Sanders 22, Buttgieg 17, Biden 15, Warren 13, Klobuchar 10.
  2. You are assuming there are only two types of Randian crimes and I am sure Rand upheld almost all laws as just and needed, in a free society. Speeding in a vehicle: A crime. Stealth theft of a value is the same as coercing so I would suggest it is a form of “the initiation of force too.” What about if you know something bad is going to happen to someone but you don’t tell them? What would that fall under? A gray area? Morally wrong but not a crime? Is there some value to The Ten Commandments. (minus one about having no other gods but the approved mythical being?) Peter
  3. Ready for some literary allusions? Can anything good come out of this impeachment drama? Well, as Erma Bombeck wrote: “The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank.” And as Longfellow scribbled, “Sail On O Ship of State.”
  4. From The Iowa Democratic Party: The 2020 Iowa Caucuses will be held on February 3rd, 2020. We are proud to be First in the Nation once again and we are excited to be a part of the presidential selection process. end quote Honk!! Honk!! That’s about ten days away! And in other news, “4 police officers disciplined for 'improper' Stormy Daniels arrest at strip club.” Apparently there were undercover cops in the audience . . . uh . . . just doing their jobs . . . who, uh . . . sort’a said she inappropriately touched them. I think they must have had boners.
  5. Isn't it odd how different cultures like foods that "grosses out" other cultures? Crabs and pork come to mind. Beef is taboo in India. Vegetarians gag at meat. Others are sickened at the thought of slaughter houses. Before he went into the U.S. Navy my 18 year old Dad cut the throats of chickens on an assembly line. After that he refused to eat chicken . . . except for . . . chicken livers. Now that is gross, though I think a small amount of chopped chicken liver is good in turkey stuffing. I bought a store cooked, whole chicken a couple of days ago and now that I think about it, I suppose a whole chicken's dead body sitting on a counter could bother some people. I could never bring myself to eat eel though my father in law loved it. edit. I just remembered how eating a fried, soft crab sandwich grosses people out because you eat the crab, claws and all. Peter
  6. Enslaving humans is a terrible offence and the punishment should suit the crime. And if we had better treatments for addiction fewer women would "volunteer" to be a prostitute to pay for their malady. Making dope cheaper has had mixed results around here. I mentioned once how I had to take someone to the emergency room at night and for hours, there were always several addicts there from overdosing or getting sick. The VA was the same about two years ago but recently not. Peter
  7. What’s more likely to be severe? Due to global warming, invasive species attacking our family pets, or Lil Kim of North Korea blows himself up? Or maybe war with Iran whose vast majority of people like America or dem Russians? Are we going to invade Cuba? Yogi, is it deja vous all over again? The whole concept of us being only minutes away from doomsday is moronic to me. What is worrisome is democratic meddling in the 2020 election and those socialists messing with our “economic boom.” Peter Fox News' Andrew O'Reilly, Jennifer Earl and James Rogers contributed to this story. The Doomsday Clock moved to 100 seconds to midnight – the closest symbolic point from an “apocalypse” since 1953. The decision was made on Thursday by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which announced it from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. "We argued that the global situation was abnormal," Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, said during the press conference of the decision to keep last year's Clock the same, but noted that nuclear and climate situations are "worsening." Astrophysicist Robert Rosner, who also sits on the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, said "the fact that the clock is now a mere 100 seconds from midnight signals really bad news. What we said last year is now a disturbing reality in that things are not getting better." Rosner added that a particular concern is the undermining of the public's ability to understand what's true from what's false. "Past experience has taught us that even in the most dismal periods of the Cold War, we can come together. It is high time we do so again." Provided by FOX News Sharon Squassoni, Georgetown University professor and member of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, noted how extreme the nuclear weapons situation has become. She cited the recent collapse of the Iran nuclear deal, the reemergence of North Korea's nuclear capabilities and the continued buildout of weapons from the U.S., Russia and China. "In sum, the situation is extremely dangerous and demands an emergency response," Squassoni said. Sivan Kartha, a senior scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute, noted that time is running out for the planet to get to the emissions goals set at the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. "Emissions need to head towards zero," Kartha said, adding, "there's no question this is an emergency." The Clock, which warns of impending disasters and takes into account nuclear weapons, rising geopolitical tensions, as well as changes to the environment, was created in 1947 at the beginning of the arms race between the U.S. and the then-Soviet Union. Since 2007, climate change has been a factor in the groups' decisions. In 2018, BAS moved the clock to two minutes to midnight, citing President Trump’s proactive rhetoric toward fellow global powers, North Korea’s continuing nuclear weapon and ballistic missile tests and heightened tensions between the U.S. and Russia. The clock remained at two minutes to midnight in 2019, though Bronson said the lack of change "should be taken not as a sign of stability but as a stark warning to leaders and citizens around the world." The clock was farthest from midnight in 1991, when it was moved back to 17 minutes after the U.S. and Soviet Union signed the first Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. Although the picture is bleak, not all hope is lost, former United Nations . . .
  8. Drab dull, or dumb dull? Thanks for the shiny pictures William. So, is it a big deal or not? The CDC said it was not.. Mostly it kills old guys like you.
  9. The Corona virus originated in China possibly after mutating in an animal and then contaminating a human. Chinese New Year, the year of the rat, is January 25, 2020. Over 200,000 mainland Chinese people travel to Las Vegas yearly and many will be there on Chinese New Year . . . as usual. A guy from Vegas on Fox just said there are a lot of Chinese tourists in Vegas right now, and it is so many you really notice just walking down the street. China says they're checking people for a fever before they board planes. So, are we checking them before they leave the airport? Put it all together . . . . Stay away from Vegas!!! But don't panic! Don't they have a shot for the virus? What? They don't? Oh crap. Panic now.
  10. Terry Jones, aged 77, of Monty Python died. One of his film quotes from around the time of our liberation of Afghanistan after 9/11: “We are, of course, now against any other group burning Qurans. We would right now ask no one to burn Qurans. We are absolutely strong on that. It is not the time to do it.”
  11. A two thirds majority of Senators is required to convict. How many senators is that to convict? 67. Soooooo . . . 20 Republicans and all the Democrats would have to vote for conviction and that is not going to happen. Some mashed up notes follow. Peter The U.S. Senate has 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats (including two independents). Which Senators Are Likely To Vote For Trump’s Removal? By Percy Bacon Almost certain to vote for removal: 44 Democrats. There are a lot of competing incentives at work in the Senate regarding impeachment. The way it all shakes out, however, is that the removal vote is at about 56-44 in Trump’s favor. Swing votes based on centrism: 2 Democrats There are two Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who are not up for re-election in 2020 but who might still vote against removal. Swing vote based on electoral considerations: 1 Democrat Like Manchin and Sinema, Doug Jones of Alabama also voted for Barr. Unlike Manchin and Sinema, Jones is up for re-election in 2020. My read on Jones is that he’s not that personally centrist; instead, he seems to be trying to figure out how to stay in his seat in pro-Trump Alabama Trump-skeptical, limited electoral considerations: 2 Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah are among the most Trump-skeptical Republicans in Congress Trump-skeptical, significant electoral considerations: 2 Republicans Cory Gardner of Colorado and Susan Collins of Maine are both up for reelection in 2020 in Democratic-leaning states. Both have a history of breaking with Trump Trump-skeptical, huge electoral considerations: 1 Republican Ben Sasse of Nebraska was among Trump’s most vocal GOP critics during the president’s first two years in office. But as Sasse’s 2020 re-election bid has neared, the Nebraska senator has changed course — not quite embracing Trump but not going out of his way to emphasize their disagreements either. Pro-Trump, retiring (no electoral pressure): 4 Republicans This group includes Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Pat Roberts of Kansas.2 Pro-Trump, with significant electoral considerations: 4 Republicans This group of Republicans — John Cornyn of Texas, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Martha McSally of Arizona, Thom Tillis of North Carolina — has a lot in common with the previous group (neither particularly anti-Trump nor especially pro-Trump), except they’re all up for reelection in 2020 in relatively swingy states. In other words, this is a bit of a complicated vote for them. Always Trumpers: 8 Republicans These Republicans — Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Mike Braun of Indiana, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue of Georgia3 and Rick Scott of Florida — either rose to power post-Trump or are closely allied with the president on immigration issues in particular (Cotton and Perdue). I don’t think they will ever, ever break with the president.
  12. I went to college after I was discharged from the army and I worked nights at Pomeroy's Liquor Store in Selbyville, Delaware. The Dems used to buy whole cases of half pints and hand them out in the parking lot to potential voters and then a van picked those people up to vote Democratic.
  13. I think I still have those basic Objectivist tapes narrated by Barbara Branden. She had a very nice voice.
  14. Egad, we are in agreement. Though we recently had some old US bonds that were difficult to cash in but a third party excelled in finishing the deal, edit. Buyer deceased. and in someone else's name as cosigner.
  15. Impeachment is meddling with the 2020 election. When I watched the Democratic House mob walking through our government building yesterday they looked like some medieval catholic procession. I think investors have already labeled impeachment as BS. Will we top a 30,000 DOW soon?
  16. I do apologize. I thought his enthusiasm for President Trump was feigned. Is Canadian Duance still around? I wonder what she and other Canadians think of Harry and Meghan immigrating to Canada? I think if they arrived on Delmarva we would be thrilled.
  17. Marc, I know you are Canadian but are Americans safer under President Trump? Are we freer under President Trump? Are we better off under President Trump? Are we closer to a laissez-faire economy under President Trump? Would Ayn Rand approve of President Trump? Would Ayn Rand approve of President Trump more than she approved of Dewey, Goldwater, or Reagan? Should Objectivists and lower “o” objectivists be proud Americans under President Trump? If Americans are happier now than you were under Obama . . . re-think your position. Drop the “snide.” Use reason. Peter
  18. Harry, Meghan, and the wee bairn, are going to live on Vancouver Island which is just north of Seattle in Washington State. There are no bridges to the mainland. You take a ferry or you fly in. Vancouver Island seems somewhat remote with less than a million inhabitants but probably fewer paparazzi will invade. Will they stay? Any predictions? I remember Harry from the military, standing nude in a hallway with his hands over his genitalia, with a young lady. I forget why but he seemed to fancy the ladies of his own age. Maybe they were playing take a shot of Scotch Whiskey, strip poker. I don't think Harry is like his infamous relative who was recently in the news for being friends with Epstein.
  19. 28,939.67 ▲ 32.62 (0.11%) Bazinga!
  20. Ta-Da! January 14, 2020 12:30. DOW at 29,027. No wait! 29030 at 12:31, an all-time high, and rising. Time for a mixed metaphor? The caged bird sings as she loses her shackles! Hold on. 29,030.37 at 12:33.
  21. Freedom works Iran. Free yourselves! It feels good.