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This Column Will Pay For Itself!
Reason, by A. Barton Hinkle

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Posted By:zoidberg, 9/13/2017 5:04:16 PM

The Dutch love their bicycles, if we are to believe what we read in The New York Times. A quarter of all trips are made by bicycle, the paper reports, "and the federal government has been building up the country´s bike infrastructure over the last decade." This is very nice, but also: So what? Here´s what: "The yearly investment of roughly 500 million euros, or about $600 million, pays for itself, proponents say, by reducing health, social and other costs." Mirabile dictu! A $600 million expenditure that doesn´t cost a thing. If only America could import this magical method of

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Dirtyjersey, 9/13/2017 9:21:46 PM     (No. 11382643)

Bikes belong on designated bike paths only. Stay off the narrow country roads, and obey stop signs like everyone else.

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This Column Will Pay For Itself!
Reason, by A. Barton Hinkle    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 9/13/2017 5:04:16     Post Reply
The Dutch love their bicycles, if we are to believe what we read in The New York Times. A quarter of all trips are made by bicycle, the paper reports, "and the federal government has been building up the country´s bike infrastructure over the last decade." This is very nice, but also: So what? Here´s what: "The yearly investment of roughly 500 million euros, or about $600 million, pays for itself, proponents say, by reducing health, social and other costs." Mirabile dictu! A $600 million expenditure that doesn´t cost a thing. If only America could import this magical method of

Oh Scientia! Oh Mores!
National Review, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 9/12/2017 4:21:16     Post Reply
Over the last two weeks we’ve heard a lot of folderol and bambosh about Republicans, conservatives, Texans — etc. — not “believing” in science because recent hurricanes have been bad and climate change is causing it and blah blah blah. As you can probably tell, I don’t think much of all that. We had a historic lull in hurricanes until the lull was over. Once the hurricanes started back up, so did the claim that climate change caused the hurricanes just as the scientists predicted — the same scientists who didn’t predict the lull. Similarly, California had a historic drought

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Posted By: zoidberg- 8/29/2017 4:22:28     Post Reply
A federal jury has actually convicted a Chicago Police officer of misconduct! He might even go to prison. Officer Marco Proano, 42, was convicted Monday (after just four hours of deliberation) of two felony counts of using excessive force in violation of civil rights. The maximum federal penalty for his conviction is up to 10 years in prison. He will actually serve much less time, given his lack of a criminal record. Despite the drumbeat of stories about horrible behavior by officers in Chicago, actual accountability has been hard to come by. The Chicago Tribune notes that this is, remarkably

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Posted By: zoidberg- 8/28/2017 4:34:55     Post Reply
Last week the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that an Indianapolis police officer exceeded the limits imposed by the Fourth Amendment when she reached inside a woman´s underwear to retrieve a blunt during a routine traffic stop. The logic of the decision suggests that victims of even more invasive public pot searches in Texas have a strong case that police violated their constitutional rights along with their privacy and dignity. Taccasia Porter was a passenger in a car that Officer Tiffany Wren pulled over on Lafayette Road in Indianapolis last October for an unspecified headlight violation. Wren testified that she

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Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 8/27/2017 9:16:14     Post Reply
Intelligent people are more likely to swear and walk around naked at home, according to a new study. Quizzing about 1,000 people on 400 typical behaviours, researchers at the University of Rochester in the US also found that extroverts are prone to telling dirty jokes, while those with agreeable personalities are more likely to sing in the shower. During the study, participants were asked if they performed each of the 400 behaviours, and how often. The results were then compared with their own personalities, with the aim being to identify signature behaviours for each of the main personality types.

   

 

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The Ghost of Hillary Still Haunts Evangelicals
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Posted By: zoidberg- 8/6/2017 5:57:58     Post Reply
It almost never fails. When I’m asked to speak to Evangelical audiences about politics, I can predict the reaction to the speech based almost entirely on the age of the audience. If a Christian is older than me, he’s often angry. If younger, usually grateful. A recent interaction is typical. After being asked in a question-and-answer session about Trump’s use of Twitter, I argued that Christians should be just as concerned about falsehoods and unpresidential behavior as they were during the Obama administration. The same people who launched extended diatribes about various Obama offenses against decorum (feet up on the

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National Review, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 8/5/2017 11:39:37     Post Reply
Donald Trump likes to talk about being tough, though I have argued — and Trump has shown — that his “toughness” is a fiction based in another fiction. He uses the word “nice” with contempt, as when he advised a group of police officers in Long Island “don’t be too nice” to suspects in custody. Abusing a suspect in handcuffs isn’t tough, of course: It is sadism, but this tendency informs Trump’s policy thinking, to the extent that he engages in such a thing: being “rough” with terrorism suspects’ families, “get tough” with China on trade, etc. He even had

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Posted By: zoidberg- 7/30/2017 2:25:19     Post Reply
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Posted By: zoidberg- 7/27/2017 4:40:24     Post Reply
NEW YORK — The Boy Scouts’ chief executive apologized Thursday to members of the scouting community who were offended by the aggressive political rhetoric in President Donald Trump’s recent speech to the Scouts’ national jamboree. The apology came in a statement from Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh, three days after Trump’s speech to nearly 40,000 scouts and adults gathered in West Virginia. Other U.S. presidents have delivered nonpolitical speeches at past jamborees. To the dismay of many parents and former scouts, Trump, a Republican, promoted his political agenda and derided his rivals, inducing some of the scouts in attendance to

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Posted By: zoidberg- 7/17/2017 5:46:32     Post Reply
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department will issue new directives to increase the federal govenment´s use of civil asset forfeiture, a controversial practice that allows law enforcement to seize property from suspected criminals without charging them with a crime. Speaking at a National District Attorneys Association conference in Minneapolis Monday, Sessions said state and local law enforcement could expect changes from U.S. Attorneys in several areas: increased prosecution of gun crimes, immigration offenses, gang activity, and prescription drug abuse, as well as increased asset seizure by the federal government.

   

 

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Posted By: zoidberg- 7/8/2017 2:30:27     Post Reply
I want to state a simple, obvious truth: The War on Drugs is not real. It does not exist, not for millions of Americans. Sometimes I doubt myself on this point. One hears things, after all. For instance, did you know that America spends over $51 billion per year on this war against drugs? Did you know that about 1.25 million Americans are arrested annually for drug possession? That 643,000 of them were only in possession of marijuana? That since 2006, over 100,000 people have been killed in Mexico’s drug war? You probably did know that, more or less.

In Defense of Western Civ
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