About that Census

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From Infidel753:

Why does the cost of the census go up so much every decade? Well, the population is larger each time, of course, but not by nearly enough to explain the huge increases in cost. A big part of the reason is probably that rising public resistance to participating. And why is that happening? Well, a big chunk of the population is just paranoid about government, but even those who are not are naturally resentful of the ever-increasing intrusiveness of the census questions. It wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of the non-Constitutionally-mandated data collected over the last few decades is inaccurate, given the natural tendency of people to put false answers on their forms out of sheer annoyance.

Unlikely as it is, I’d like to see the Democrats make an issue of this for the coming election.

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Full Speed Backwards!

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From Max’s Dad:

This college sophomore, a young woman from Colorado, set up this booth to get people to sign on and “monitor” the University professors to make sure they dont teach anything bad to impressionable young people. You know, like the earth is round or there was actually slavery at one time in this nation’s history, or god forbid, that Donald Trump is an uncouth loud traitor. A demonstration began involving people who think this young woman may have been in line with the Charlottesville gang of punks very fine people who killed a woman by running her over with a car. Words got exchanged. One grad student got a bit honest carried away and screamed at the young snowflake and called her a “neo-fascist”. This caused the young sophomore to cry. Another demonstrator, an actual professor holding a “Turning Point: Put Me On Your Watchlist” was caught on video comforting this poor little sensitive conservative. Then it all ended.

This incident caused 3 state senators to throw a shitfit that their point of view was being stifled by libtards people on the UNL faculty. That’s when the Governor, Pete Trump Ricketts stepped in also to begin threatening the university budget, as long as it didnt affect the 4-8 football team of course. Ricketts, who got every bit of his fortune from his Daddy, started to open his wallet which scares the shit out of any Nebraskan who doesnt want to be ruled by an autocratic trust fund baby.

The grad student, also a lecturer, was asked not to return to campus. The Professor went on with her year, knowing there was some squealing snitch someplace monitoring her every move.

This is where the Nebraska Navy comes in.

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Trump Responds to Porter News

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From Vixen Strangely at Strangely Blogged:

I don’t know if we could have expected anything better from Trump than wishing the best of luck to outgoing Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Porter amid allegations from three women that he is guilty of domestic assault. Trump is sure to remind us that we should not forget that Porter himself says that he is innocent, which is something we could also say of Trump with respect to the twenty or so women who allege he has harassed or assaulted them. I will also remember that Porter said that Colbie Holderness and he were arguing over a vase, and she received a black eye because the vase somehow hit her. Vases are sneaky like that.

In his public statement, it can be noted that he doesn’t mention Porter’s accusers, which is just as well, because in private, he apparently thinks they are lying.

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U.S. Military Heightens Security Against Precocious Children

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From The Onion:

ARLINGTON, VA—In what many are calling a long-overdue response to a clear weak spot in the defenses of U.S. military facilities, the Pentagon issued a new series of security guidelines Friday after confirming another group of precocious children had infiltrated a base and rescued an alien friend.

The Defense Department, which has acknowledged six such incidents in the past year alone, said the updated protocols would be implemented at all domestic military installations, eliminating the security flaws that currently allow any building housing an extraterrestrial to be accessed by a scrawny kid whose friends convince him to squeeze through the ventilation shaft. The new directives also reportedly prohibit checkpoint guards from waving through 12-year-olds who pull up in their mom’s station wagon, display their older brother’s driver’s license, and claim to be catering a party for the base commander.

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Grassley Letter Debunks Nunes But Makes Stronger Case

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From libertarian Julian Sanchez of Cato Institute:

It hasn’t been built up by weeks of hype or a fevered social media campaign, but a letter from Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham—sent to the Justice Department in January, and released in declassified form this week—may be more significant than the now-infamous #memo #released by Rep. Devin Nunes earlier this month.

The Grassley letter and the Nunes memo both deal with the same thing: The FBI’s surveillance of former Donald Trump adviser Carter Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the role of a controversial dossier on links between Trump and the Russian government compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. But while the Nunes memo has largely been greeted with justified ridicule, the Grassley letter makes a more direct and serious case that the FISA warrant targeting Page may have been issued on insufficient grounds—while at the same time undermining key aspects of Nunes’ argument.

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Evangelicals Losing On LGBT Rights/Acceptance

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From Ted McLaughlin at jobsanger:

Many right-wing evangelicals are still whining about the rights recently won by the LGBT community. They don’t think members of that community should have the rights afforded to other Americans, and shouldn’t be accepted by the larger society. But that is a battle they are losing — and losing badly.

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Greatest Music Breaks the Rules

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From The Moderate Voice:

Modern music can make it in the Great Music portfolio because modern musical instruments not only sound better than the old ones musicians had to play in the distant past but also because modern musician were able to use different rhythms, chords and instruments.

For example during the Classical period of music, there were thousands of rules about what could and could not be done in composing music. The Italian Court was in charge of establishing the rules and the way they controlled musicians was by prohibiting the publication of music that was against the rules. Illustrating this point was Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata where in the first movement Beethoven wanted to play a natural G in a section of the music but that was against the rules because a natural G does not appear in a C# minor scale, the key signature of the piece. Beethoven wanted the music to be published but also wanted the music to be true to his intentions and use a natural G.

So how did Beethoven get around the rules?

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