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THE DEVIOUS DUPE THE DOPES …
FIREARMS FOOLISHNESS …
GREETINGS, SNOWBIRDS!

How long will it take for Republicans to figure out that, lamentable as it is, their fellow Americans' interest in foreign matters is very limited?
    Since most are products of one of the sorriest public education systems in the "advanced" world, successful politicians accommodate themselves to the sad fact that, short of a domestic economic catastrophe or an attack on the nation (9/11 apparently wasn't enough for a permanent awakening), most Americans care about little that doesn't impact them, personally, in a very direct and immediate way.
    That's why, as has been pointed out in this space, it was unfounded expectations that led Republicans to believe the bloody mess of the Benghazi, Libya, murders would impact the election. It should have, but it didn't. And only those with tunnel-vision believed it would.
    As every good salesperson knows, knowing your customer and market are fundamental to success. Believing that a largely uninformed, uninvolved electorate would take such matters seriously was nothing more than a vain hope.
    What Obama understands that Republicans largely don't: His market consists of short-sighted dummies -- and the people who benefit by manipulating them. The election results prove that cohort is now sufficiently large to elect a president. Nothing will change until the nation hits the wall of reality in a disaster, either economic or worse.

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If you have a taste for political comedy, observe the oh-so-gentlemanly Republicans' reaction to Secretary of State Hillary's strenuous effort to avoid questions about her role in the Benghazi murders of our ambassador and three other Americans: “Oh, noooo … I don't believe she'd fake a concussion,” (with no hospital examination to make such a diagnosis). Amazing that they can keep a straight face while telling such a blatant lie when you know very well they suspect exactly such an evasive tactic.

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Those opposed to the ongoing effort to deprive law-abiding citizens of the right to own guns for either hunting, sport (target-shooting) or self-defense seem to divide into two camps.
    The first, which depends upon logic and common sense by the gun-banners, says, "Let's allow them to have their way and then, as experience has shown all over the world, they'll learn that the results won't fulfill their hopes. Instead, criminals will continue to get guns and those who obey such laws will be further victimized, and those who would abolish gun-ownership rights will see the error of their ways."
    The fallacy, of course, is that the gun-banners are married to an ideology and will not be swayed by real-world results.
    The second school of thought knows that there's no point employing logic or demonstrable results in dealing with such people, and that their ultimate goal is a totally disarmed citizenry at the mercy of both criminals and any potentially tyrannical government.     Especially in a country whose current president has publicly stated that he wishes he could impose his will without the bother of dealing with an elected Congress.
    Only fools say – or believe – "I never thought it could happen here," the lament heard after every particularly gruesome episode of murder and among populations who awakened to find their freedoms gone.

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“All of the armed Secret Service people that surround the President while carrying those very dangerous guns should be disarmed and replaced with smiling people carrying signs that say 'This is a gun-free zone. Please don't shoot the President. Have a nice day!'" – Dennis (reader)

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Burt Prelutsky analyzes Obama's budget fakery ...
    "I’m surprised that Obama doesn’t simply state that he has decided to spend $100 trillion building a railroad to the moon. Then, when he holds a press conference to announce the cancellation of the project, he can claim that he not only wiped out our $16 trillion national debt, but that we now have $84 trillion of found money in our rainy day account.
    "Speaking of the economy, have you noticed that every time the unemployment rate falls, it’s because so many people have removed themselves from the work force? Ever wonder where they went? With the space program shut down, we know it wasn’t to another planet. They went on welfare. After all, what else would explain the huge upsurge in folks collecting food stamps and disability insurance? What’s more, Obama couldn’t be happier. On the one hand, it makes it appear that more people are working and, on the other, it places an additional burden on taxpayers, hastening the day when the entire nation will go the way of Greece, Spain and California."

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“If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else – including themselves.” – Thomas Sowell

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"Snowbirds," we call them here in the Sunbelt. In the part of Arizona where I live, near Tucson, they start arriving after Thanksgiving and the stampede really gets underway after Christmas. All those fine folk from cold country whose presence is largely welcomed, with some reservation by local folk who are accustomed to a higher level of civility than exhibited by a small portion of winter-only residents.
    In my little town, where a three-car backup at one of our few traffic lights is regarded as a traffic jam, the additional cars are very noticeable. Nevertheless, most of us year-rounders are appreciative of the snowbirds' contribution to our local economy.
    They're easily recognizable on the street or at the local shopping center. When we have one of our two or three annual chilly spells, locals who have lost their cold-weather immunity are wearing sweaters or jackets, while the temporary winter transplants stroll about in shorts and tee-shirts.
    A few mornings ago, when the temperature was 48 degrees on the car thermometer, I passed one of our community pools and saw a half-dozen people swimming. The pool is heated but ... good lord! Guaranteed: No locals in that crowd! My own pool, which also has a heater, gets a rest from November to April.
    I have coined a name for those folk who hit the pool under those conditions. NAACP. National Association of American Crazy People.
    The snowbirds, however, have made a wise choice to choose Arizona as their winter sun place. We don't have hurricanes, tornadoes, humidity, blizzards, earthquakes or any of those other unpleasant events that occur in less blessed places. And we even have the southernmost ski resort in the nation. I can see Mt. Lemmon in suburban Tucson from my house thirty miles away. You literally can go from skiing to getting sun by the pool within a half-hour.
    One suggestion: As a transplant from California eleven years ago, I strongly recommend that anyone choosing to move to 'zona from that benighted state not mention your place of origin until you're well-established as a sane person in your new neighborhood. Arizonans are rightly suspicious of newcomers from California, afraid they may carry the virus that's turned the former "Golden State" into the wretched wreck it is today.

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"Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values." – Joshua Liebman, quoted in JWR
That is why the two wisest words ever imparted to a young person regarding money management are … “Deferred gratification.”

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Have you paused to observe and appreciate that the daylight hours are again growing longer?

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Reader Sheila with funnies for the small folk who may be getting bored with the Christmas toys ...
How Do You Catch a Unique Rabbit? Unique Up On It.
How Do You Catch a Tame Rabbit? Tame Way.
What Do Fish Say When They Hit a Concrete Wall? Dam!
What Do You Call Cheese That Isn't Yours? Nacho Cheese!
What Do You Get When You Cross a Snowman With a Vampire? Frostbite.
What's The Difference Between Roast Beef And Pea Soup? Anyone Can Roast Beef.
Why Do Gorillas Have Big Nostrils? Because They Have Big Fingers.
 
Adults are also permitted to giggle. Quietly. In privacy.

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… and speaking of the youngest generation …
    A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone.
    “Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now. She's hitting the bottle.”
Lee Rodgers"...and now, if you'll excuse me..."
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