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George Rebane
Naturalized Citizen, Entrepreneur, Professional Engineer and Systems Scientist formally trained in Physics, Complex Dynamic Systems, and Computer Science.
Interests: music, history, friends, community, science/cosmology, future of man, avid reader, camping/canoeing, and family, philosophy, politics, investing, flying, shooting
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Russ 703pm - Russ, such restraining orders are always issued to serve some beneficial social purpose. What was the stated reason for issuing this restraining order?
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George Rebane [This is the transcript of my regular KVMR commentary aired on 29 July 2015.] By now we have all seen the videos of Planned Parenthood physicians at lunch enjoyably selling their wares into an apparently lively market of... Continue reading
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Never thought about tooting my own horn, but here goes. My commentary is on KVMR 89.5FM tonight around 625pm. Its transcript will be posted concurrently. There - toot, toot!
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Adding to my 310pm thoughts from a lunch with a friend today. I also believe that Sen Cruz is using Trump as his stalking horse by not criticizing Trump's take on the material issues that reflect what many people are thinking. When Trump fizzles, Cruz will be in the perfect place to pick up the issues trumpeted by Trump that got traction, and in the process may even get Trump to become a major contributor to the Cruz campaign. (If only we could put a cork into Trump's third party ambitions.)
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Thought I'd add this from a correspondent. Hillary seems to be successfully wrapped in the formidable Clinton Kevlar coat. But will Americans really vote for someone who in their heart of hearts gets filed under 'Sleazebag'? THINGS AMERICAN VOTERS SHOULD TRUST MORE THAN HILLARY CLINTON: • Workout advice from Harry Reid • Mexican tap water • A loan to the Greek Government • Vladamir Putin • A Porcupine with a “pet me” sign • A psycho pilot alone in the cockpit • Bill Clinton • Iran with nukes • ISIS' humanitarian decisions • A fart when I have the stomach flue • Nancy Pelosi's word on pending legislation • An elevator ride with Ray Rice • Joe Biden making off-the-cuff remarks • Taking pills offered by Bill Cosby • A Palestinian on a motorcycle • A Hillary Clinton war story • Brian Williams news reports • Gas station sushi • Jimmy Carter • Any pool player that is named after a city • Any one that wants to shoot dice in an alley on an old Army blanket • Eric Holder stating that he is “looking into” Lois Lerner and the IRS • An angry Opossum
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Walt 255pm - IMHO, Trump is running a dash in marathon. Now that may be the only way to get peer recognition with other Republican candidates. Nevertheless, dashes in marathons usually don't work. Thoughts?
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So that we can stop the schoolyard exchange on the Electoral College, here's the scoop - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_College_(United_States)
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Caring about each others opinions? I think the litmus test for such attention and caring is whether or not you respond, no matter how much denial is in the response. As for me, I have yet to encounter a commenter on RR to whose opinion I was indifferent - strong disagreement, yes; indifferent, no. My only regret is that I don't have the time to respond to all the opinions presented here, especially all the ones with which I disagree.
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JoeK 956am - "The revolution never finished the job, it just changed the players." Pray tell us then what a finished American revolution would look like? Such telling has surely been the sum and stuff of RR.
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GeorgeB 1031am - Have no idea how you deduced that from my 806am. My position on corporate lobbying and welfare has been clear and a public record in these pages for years (see also 'A Conservatarian Credo'). The solution to your implied problem is not more raw democracy (where does it stop?), but reducing the inventory of things that are for sale by and from the government. I do realize that we have two diametrically opposite ideologies at play here.
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Gentlemen, please!!
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For the record - the Founders left us a republic which in effect is a staged democracy where some of our representatives in government were to be elected directly by popular vote, and others were to be elected by the popularly elected representatives. Unfortunately this was changed by the 17th Amendment making all of Congress elected democratically by popular vote. I am not fond of governance by a 'raw democracy' for all the reasons that historically democracies have committed suicide by transforming themselves into autocracies. I like what the Founders wrote into the Constitution they bequeathed us, and have expanded on these thoughts over the years. Maybe it's time to reopen the debate since today progressives are everywhere pushing for a raw democracy in which the voter franchise is minimized inviting one and all, no matter how uninformed or debilitated, to cast their vote. This surely is the fastest way to achieve their desired end of our being ruled by an autocratic class of elites who know what's best for us all.
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ToddJ 607pm - There is only one "spell checker" who regularly works these pages and he focuses mostly on grammar. So I'm not sure about the source of your boredom. Nevertheless, some of our commenters here can use all the help they can get in the King's English Department. Consider it a Lucky Strike Extra when you visit RR ;-)
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Jon 106pm - "He will not win the Repub nomination ...", you speak with such certitude Jon. How did you come to know all this stuff?
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MichaelK 908am - In the dark recesses of memory, I remember writing (drafting?) a piece on the most egregious grammatical mistakes that have crept or galloped into our vernacular during the recent 25 years. Now I can't find it. I recall it wasn't a long piece since the errors I cited were just the most popular handful. In any event, now as our designated grammarian, I invite you to offer such a compendium which you can email to me and I will post. Our railing against the abandonment of grammar and the slow evaporation of the information carrying capacity of our language may not change much in the larger scheme of things. But perhaps in this tiny corner of the web we can still continue the fight for our mother tongue (Yes, my mom also added English to her Estonian and German.) Regarding this effort I am again reminded of and take heart from Overstreet's 'Stubborn Ounces' - You say the Little efforts that I make will do no good: they never will prevail to tip the hovering scale where Justice hangs in balance. I don’t think I ever thought they would. But I am prejudiced beyond debate in favor of my right to choose which side shall feel the stubborn ounces of my weight.
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MichaelK 831am - It's a thankless job these days when they hear the same usage coming from the media and even the halls of Congress.
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ToddJ 447pm - to make a more powerful point here, I would dig up the data on national curb cuts. Multiplying intersections by four and citing Manhattan's 12K intersections doesn't take this too far. I would critique SteveF's simplistic formula by noting that many jurisdictions, in order not to lose federal monies, diverted sidewalk/street maintenance monies to curb cuts, and simply deferred the budgeted maintenance without showing the transfer to ad hoc curb cuts. Such allocations are almost impossible to document, and thereby make the precise form of this argument moot. But we do know that the national marginal cost is easily in the billions of dollars. The reason such numbers don't cause an outcry is that their impact is broadly distributed. This is the standard way that central planners get the country's jurisdictions to do many things that they otherwise would not do - it is the usual progressives' process of death by a thousand cuts. Remember there are legions of paid bureaucrats whose jobs are to monitor that jurisdictions carry out ridiculous laws, regulations, codes in order to keep their teeth tightly clamped on the federal tit.
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re StevenF's 134pm - Mr Frisch is correct in attempting to frame the impact of curb cuts on jurisdictional budgets in terms of their marginal costs. To do that would require a bit more than just determining the ad hoc curb cuts and summing their costs. Many (most?) curb cuts included in regularly scheduled street/sidewalk improvements also have marginal costs involved. However, a good place to start is with the cost of the ad hoc curb cuts.
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JoeK 928am - I think that we will have to let our respective viewpoints stand. However, I am flattered that you seem to attribute the points clarified in my 933am to be at most sparsely held, and perhaps even unique to me. If so, then there is no reason to take you out of your comfort zone. To the interested reader - please note that collectivists of whatever stripe are always vexed when their ideology is correctly labeled. That is not the case with those who would consume collectivism minimally and with great care.
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George Rebane Columnists from the national (Victor Davis Hanson) to our local (George Boardman) scene have concluded that Donald Trump may actually be hitting a nerve with voters who are sick and tired of politicians side-stepping and mealy-mouthing important issues... Continue reading
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re StevenF's 801pm - An alternative understanding about providing everything for everyone (e.g. as in infrastructure) is that a society that wants to advance and be productive must prioritize its allocation of resources. Build things that allow the most to go ahead and produce wealth, then as wealth is produced, start expanding access to the infrastructure to those not so productive for whatever reasons. But by no means halt the development and introduction of something new until all classes get to equally enjoy it. Nature (i.e. our universe) is not like that. The question then becomes as to when is the proper time and by how much should access be expanded. On that people have differences. Administrivia - I deleted a bunch of comments that got off into body parts and just plain mudballs. If you said something important in one of those, repost it with the attendant crap.
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JoeK 814pm - Well, your analysis might have some truth to it, but most certainly it is incomplete. The great ideological polarization in our nation is between collectivism and classical liberalism. These belief systems are real and now cite their origins to the Europe of two centuries ago. Hundreds of millions have died in the contention between various forms of collectivism and classical liberalism which today come under various names to indicate further internal refinements of ideology. What you seem to miss is the reality that this contention today has grown into a national debate that approaches a schism. And in that debate both sides attempt to win over the 'middle' or the 'undecided'. A major asymmetry of this battle is the unwillingness of the collectivists to declare their credo or their vision for the future. This is not the case for classical liberals who constantly display their ideological wares. So a part of these debates is the ferreting out of the collectivists' credo. And when such a tenet is expressed it is not a pejorative to identify it as belonging to a larger collection of such tenets that paints a picture of the collectivist future. The only illogic involved here is when such tenets are connected to collectivist thought which collectivists in the west have wanted to deny since at least the Bolshevik Revolution. So yes, a 'progressive' in such debates does not want to be called out as a 'progressive', as opposed to a 'conservative' or 'libertarian' or 'conservatarian' has no problem having the source of his tenets labeled. You see, you folks are trying to bamboozle the light thinkers instead of being straight with them. Publish your credo, and do it explicitly like I have published mine and my ideological fellows have published theirs. You are not being called names, your ideas are being correctly labeled as to which ideological class they belong.
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fish 1052am - Agreed. My 1041am point was that ALL forms of situational pushback to government force/agencies is deemed illegal by governments, and especially so by governments that gratuitously rattle their sabers on their certain road to autocracy.
GaryS 1044am - Excellent point that you and RussS (807pm) bring up. To presume that prescribed psychotropic drugs taken by so many of these mentally deranged killers play no part in the carnage is definitely a bridge too far that is crossed only by those collectivist who first and foremost want to co-opt the conversation to gun control.
fish 1005am - Mr fish, you might point out to Mr Frisch that pointing guns at redcoats was an illegal act. And then one can question such progressives, suddenly intent on laws being followed, why their own regime ignores so many laws and purposely avoids their enforcement and/or prosecution of violators.