A million bucks when new, $50,000 buys you, a civilian, a T-72. It ain’t Grandpappy’s antique war wagon. The T-72 is Russia’s main battle tank, the heavyweight, 45 tons of bad news with a five-inch gun.
“Is” as in current, front-line equipment. “Is” as in 5,000 serving Russia right now. “Is” as in NATO and company train crews how to scrap with and blow T-72s up, as they’re the favored ride of the baddie country with money enough for the good stuff.
The Czech, Slovakian, Hungarian, and Polish militaries, left awash in surplus Red Star machinery after the Iron Curtain was torn down, are clearing out their stocks of Soviet-era tanks to make way for NATO replacements. If you’ve got the cash, and another $20k or so to ship it to the US, you qualify to buy.
Dealers today, most of them in the Czech Republish, have an entire fleet to offer: attack helicopters, fighter jets, self-propelled howitzers, amphibious infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, and mobile missile-launching trucks, all to civilians and as legal as a Sacajawea dollar.
Apparently, all employees are being re-educated so that they will only say politically-approved things. On the list of banned items:
[Theme:] Color Blindness[:] Statements that indicate that a White person does not want to or need to acknowledge race.
[Microaggression Examples:] “There is only one race, the human race.”
“America is a melting pot.”
“I don’t believe in race.” …
[Theme:] Myth of Meritocracy[:] Statements which assert that race or gender does not play a role in life successes, for example in issues like faculty demographics.
[Microaggression Examples:] “I believe the most qualified person should get the job.”
“Of course he’ll get tenure, even though he hasn’t published much — he’s Black!”
“Men and women have equal opportunities for achievement.”
“Gender plays no part in who we hire.”
“America is the land of opportunity.”
“Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough.”
“Affirmative action is racist.”
“We’ve glossed over the power relationship of a capitalistic society, and it’s put us on the path to not only destroy creation but humanity as well.”
Which brings us to the inevitable poll:
This is Cameron Diaz. Her Hispanic background makes her a target for hateful racial discrimination in Amerika. Won’t you help her get a small leg up by adding 140 points to her SAT score?
This is Elizabeth Warren. This stoic Cherokee woman made the Harvard faculty much more diverse. Would you blame Harvard for hiring her even though she graduated from the University of Houston?
This is Charlize Theron. This African-American woman is also a first-generation immigrant. Would you deny her a helping hand? Wouldn’t you add 450 points to her SAT scores to make up for the terrible racial discrimination she’s suffered all her life?
Behold the faces of these oppressed womyn, Amerika! How dare you call them undeserving of special consideration!
Because America needs 100 million poor, low-skilled, under-educated, non-English-speaking, Socialist Third-Worlders!
If she isn’t, then by what rule would you exclude her from the ranks of black people?
You have to be culturally black to be called black? She’s a professor of Africana Studies (whatever that is.) She’s blacker-than-thou.
You need black ancestry to be black? Well, we’re all from Africa. If that’s not enough, and you have to have a recent black ancestor, then how far back does that ancestor have to be? Do your parents have to be black? Grandparents? Great-grandparents? And how do they qualify as black?
You need to look black? Well, any number of black people have “passed” as white people because they looked white. Here’s Michael Jackson’s daughter. Is she black?
Rachel Dolezal is black because she says so. That’s the definition that the Lying Liberal Establishment uses when engaging in racial discrimination against non-black people.
What other countries tell their citizens who plan to visit these United States.
Hate to link to the Old York Times, but:
In 2014, Chinese factories accounted for about a quarter of the global ranks of industrial robots — a 54 percent increase over 2013. According to the International Federation of Robotics, it will have more installed manufacturing robots than any other country by 2017.
Midea, a leading manufacturer of home appliances in the heavily industrialized province of Guangdong, plans to replace 6,000 workers in its residential air-conditioning division, about a fifth of the work force, with automation by the end of the year. Foxconn, which makes consumer electronics for Apple and other companies, plans to automate about 70 percent of factory work within three years, and already has a fully robotic factory in Chengdu.
This is not a bad thing. As machines do more and more of farming, manufacturing, driving, etc., the smartest people will gravitate more and more to occupations that require human creativity. Everyone else will enjoy leisure, or work in occupations that require a physical human presence (plumbers, electricians…)
This has already happened.
More people apply for disability benefits now than get jobs, usually citing some intangible symptom like depression or back pain. They are the new leisure class, content to live a comfortable existence at “wages” far below those of their cognitively-gifted fellow citizens, who work ever more hours for ever more money.
Suck on that, Occupy!
Emma Sulkowicz has decided to extend her fame the 21st-century way: With a sex tape.
You can tell “dad bods” are in fashion because both of the people in this video have one. But you do at least have to give an actress credit for doing nude scenes with a man who has larger breasts than she does. Sulkowicz’s size queendom apparently extends to love handles and leave the viewer sympathetic to the travails of her infamous mattress.
It comes a no surprise that she has to pay men for sex at this point
With an uplifting message at the end of the video.
The plan has its roots in Army Capt. Noel Abelove’s PowerPoint briefing, which was hailed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sources said. Abelove, a supply officer on the Joint Logistics Staff (J-4), realized that cutting out the Iraqi Army middlemen had numerous advantages.
“They taught me at West Point that ‘amateurs talk strategy but professionals talk logistics,’” Abelove told reporters. “The most important advantage is, we only supply about 40 percent of each ISIS requisition.”
Abelove continued: “Before, when we gave the [Iraqi] Army 100 percent, then we had to fly strike missions to destroy a lot of it a week or two later. This way we immediately degrade ISIS by over 60 percent, without having to use our increasingly scarce missiles and JDAMs, and more importantly, without having to put any airmen into harm’s way.”
The Rubios like to (gasp!) drive fast:
According to a search of the Miami-Dade and Duval County court dockets, the Rubios have been cited for numerous infractions over the years for incidents that included speeding, driving through red lights and careless driving. A review of records dating back to 1997 shows that the couple had a combined 17 citations: Mr. Rubio with four and his wife with 13. On four separate occasions they agreed to attend remedial driving school after a violation.
Ms. Rubio’s driving record is even messier.
According to the records, her driver’s license faced suspension on three occasions, including after a 2009 episode where she was driving a white Cadillac at 58 miles per hour on a road in West Miami with a speed limit of 35 m.p.h. She paid a $302 fine and agreed to attend a four-hour course at a local traffic school.
However, Ms. Rubio, who also took a four-hour basic driver improvement course after a careless driving incident in 2000, failed to complete the class and had to pay another $34 penalty.
The lessons apparently did not stick. A year later, in 2010, she was stopped for driving 23 m.p.h. in a school zone where the speed limit was 15 m.p.h. She was fined $185.
This is only going to help the Rubios. Being attacked by the Lying Liberal Media for speeding (!) is manna for Marco.
But that’s what I think. What do you think?
“One of my core principles is that I will never engage in a politics in which I’m trying to divide people or make them less than me because they look different or have a different religion. That’s a core principle, that’s not something I would violate.
Unfortunately, too many politicians, they’re just climbing the ladder but they don’t know why, and when they get there then they’re not very effective leaders.
You have to be willing to lose something for your principles, you have to be willing to lose an election.”
J’accuse! Here’s a video from when Obama was running for president:
…when I realized the villain of Kingsman: The Secret Service is a Malthusian eco-Nazi who wants to reduce the human population to stop globull “warming.” No wonder the movie was a surprise hit at the box office.
If that doesn’t convince you to watch it, this apoplectic Guardian article will.