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April 08, 2017



MM, I've never thought you were a groupie. I've enjoyed your posts on Trump, also I've learned bigly from most of them. I have to admit, I wasn't drawn to Trump -- mostly from just the tv ads on his show. Guess that's mostly because I don't like the reality tv shows, and don't watch them. (Come to think of it, I don't like many tv shows. I scored high on that 'living in a bubble quiz' that someone posted on here, mainly I think because I hadn't seen 90% of the tv shows.)

Just wanted you to know I appreciate your knowledge.


TV ads promoting Trump's tv show -- not his commercials. :)

Texas Liberty Gal

Prayers going up for US Troops & Jordanian special forces!! May their mission be successful and with no loss of life for the good guys.


Just got back from a birthday party for a former co-worker. Her husband threw the party at a new cocktail bar in C'lumbus that is getting rave reviews.

Had the best Sazerac I have ever had, made with WhistlePig rye and a house homemade bitters.

Just fantastic!

If you like rye and see WhistlePig in the liquor store, buy it. You won't be dissapointed.

Captain Hate

That Nork wide load is probably wishing McRINO's jabs were his worst problem.


Reason for concern:


Miss Marple the Deplorable

"I was left with a mess. I will fix it."

President Donald J. Trump

Captain Hate

If any of you beer drinkers like imperial stouts, try to seek out Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout. It's a seasonal of limited quantities because of the bourbon barrel aging, and the beer geeks in a lot of areas have scarfed up all the availables, but some areas have them on the shelves and bars with a good working relationship with Founders might even have it on tap. At 11.8% it's definitely for sipping and designated drivers, but it's quite the treat.

Miss Marple the Deplorable


No, we did not bomb on behalf of al Qaeda. Mr. Hitchens is looking at the war as binary, when there are at least 3, maybe 4-5 separate groups.

The panic amongst certain groups for this missile strike, when they were notably silent when Obama did the exact same thing, is telling.

art in newport

Miss Marple, when I think of Trump now, I think of something Churchill once said ..

"You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have tried everything else."


I think it was necessary because the Syrian air force crossed a boundary using satin, would they use cesium or depleted uranium, next.

Thomas Collins

MM, I'd say you're a Trump Aficionado, not a Trump Groupie. For groupieism, I'd point to Andrea Mitchell as a Hillary Clinton groupie, and David Brooks as a Barack Obama pants crease groupie.


the Soros-funded think tank said that increased deportations will likely increase violence in an already crime-ridden region.

In recommendations to the U.S. government, the group wrote that the Trump administration should “refrain from instigating mass deportations or harsher anti-migration measures” against immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.

This is unless the U.S. pays “proper attention to returnees’ employment and vocational needs,” and investments in the communities in those countries. Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras are all in the top four countries of origin for illegal immigrants in the U.S.

I find it odd that Soros and his organizations pretend to give a damn about Honduras when in 2009 Obama and Sec State Hillary were engaged in a Coup there with President Zalaya.

Narciso would recall the particulars, but lets not buy for a second that Soros or anybody on the Left gives a single damn about Hondurans and their "Rule of Law."

Miss Marple the Deplorable


Good memory you have; Yes, I remember that fiasco, now that you bring it up.

Soros doesn't give a hoot about Honduras.


But I can't say I don't have reservations

Dave (in MA)

CH, I'll keep my eyes open for that. My wife gave me a few of these the other day:

9% abv and 27 1/2 oz bottle.

Captain Hate

Dave, I've only recently been on a stout quest, and passed those up previously; but now it's on my radar.


Soros doesn't give a hoot about Honduras.

None of them do Miss M. it is nothing but lip service for ulterior aims, and their ultimate aims never are for the betterment of Law abiding citizens of this country or any other.


Here's the rest of that story:


Beautiful day up here. Dog Walk time.


Remember when rush referred to rampaging suv's:https://mobile.twitter.com/TheEconomist/status/850703535511678977

Miss Marple the Deplorable


US strike group moves towards Korea.

Beasts of England

Just popping in for a second to let y'all know that the older Beastette got engaged today!! 😎


Apparently Ward is having a melt down??

Captain Hate

Do you approve of the lad, Beasts?




Beasts, where have you been young man?? You have some 'Splaining to do.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

He's got his shades on, so he must like him.
If this is the dude who took Beasts or his daughter duck hunting what's not to like?

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

-extending the previous trilogy by one more--

That would be a qualogy.



Beasts of England

He's a fine young man, Captain!! Two thumbs up from the ex, younger daughter, and both grandmothers. We are very blessed...

~ ~ ~

Just focusing on my analog life a little bit, GUS - I'll be back soon enough! ;)

art in newport

I should have made clear that I see Trump as being 'the right thing'

Clarice Feldman

Good news, Beast. JiB, I think I neglected to congratulate frederick..Let me do it now.

Thomas Collins

Congrats to the newly engaged couple and the entire BOE clan!

Is the son-in-law to be a Crimson Tide fan, BOE?

Miss Marple the Deplorable


Great news!

Look forward to your return!


Congratulations Beasts!! Might you be a grandpa soon? :)

daddy on Iphone7

-The reason you don't generally hit runways is that they are easy and inexpensive to quickly fix (fill in and top)!

I recall launching a few times from Beirut International Airport shortly after it had absorbed various cluster bomb strikes and I recall my crusty and seasoned old Vietnam era copilot teaching me how to slowly advance our large debris inhaling engines so as to achieve takeoff speed without sucking up chunks of exploded concrete that could have torched our engines and grounded us. President Trump is correct.


That would be a qualogy.

I knew I could count on you for the proper terminology. :-)



Let the planning begin!


Wow - congratulations Beasts! Remember the saying, "You're not losing a daughter, you're gaining a son!"

JIB - Congratulations to Frederick! Didn't you tell me he was reading Animal Farm? If so, I imagine you're having some great discussions.


Congrats to Frederick, Beasts and the Beastette.

Miss Marple the Deplorable


(I am sure there will be news after I go to bed.)


Good night lovely Miss M.


Good night - prayers that all is well as we sleep!


I found this sobering quote at the beginning of a book by J.T. Brannan:

"A perfectly thriving state can, in a matter of months and even days, be transformed into an arena of fierce armed conflict, become a victim of foreign intervention, and sink into a web of chaos, humanitarian catastrophe, and civil war."

General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Federation, Military-Industrial Kurier, February 27, 2013

Thanks to whoever posted the CNN interview of the Syrian man earlier today. It really brought home the hardships and heartache of the Syrian people. Thanks also to Clarice for the information and analysis of the situation and President Trump's careful and systematic approach to dealing not only with problems in Syria but with the region as a whole.


Bingo Barbara. It illustrate what FOREIGN POLICY IS. We've been given GARBAGE for the last 8 YEARS. Barack Hussein Obama is an incompetent FOOL. His MUZZTARD PROCLIVITIES put us at risk, and his MARXIST wants and needs have served our ECONOMY and SECURITY as poorly, NAY more poorly, than any PRESIDENT in HISTORY.
Btw. The man I, and Gus Jr. are both named for, GAVE HIS LIFE, for KING and COUNTRY, he won the British Medal of Honour, which is 2 feet from where I sit this moment.



That really brings it home. Was it your father of grandfather who was awarded the British Medal of Honor? How proud you must be of him, and deservedly so!

You know, there have been times in the last eight years when I thought it would happen here. Without the strength of the American people and all those people who came out to see and hear President Trump, even standing in line for hours, I don't know what would have happened to us.


I see it now, Gus. He was your Great Grandfather.

Past is Prologue

Frau - Thanks for the nice bio on Jack Stark. We attended one CMC reunion and I must have met him—heard so much about him. Back then, CMC was a classy liberal arts school and a serious place to learn, its relative isolation a plus. Now, per the PowerLine description, it is suffering the ugly fate of the other once-great California campuses. So sad. (I'm a night owl apparently...)

Miss Marple the Deplorable


Another bomb thrown over his shoulder as Obama headed out the door.

Miss Marple the Deplorable


This popped up on a local news feed. The University of Cincinnati arena is being renovated, so they have moved practices and games to two substitute venues and the women's is much smaller.

Miss Marple the Deplorable



Clarice's Pieces!


Excellent as always.


Clarice's latest.



Morning jimmyk.

You beat me by 30 seconds I would guess:)


Hey Buckeye. Slacker!

Heather MacDonald discovers what I think Tim Blair calls the convergence of idiocies. She went to Claremont McKenna to give a speech on policing, and

protesters (who included what appear to be middle aged activists alongside college students) ringed the building, chanting a range of slogans including, “From Oakland to Greece, f– the police” and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”


Miss Marple the Deplorable

Excellent Pieces, Clarice.

I hadn't seen that article in the Asia Times, but it makes the most sense of anything I have read about Assad's motivation.

Miss Marple the Deplorable


This is difficult to read and the writer had problems with the pictures.

They were able to execute so quickly because all possible groups were given all 3 options and told to be ready to execute any of the 3. The USS Porter was therefore able to immediately respond as soon as they were told to execute the president's choice.

I don't know if this is how the military was operating prior to Matthis, but it seems a very smart strategy to me.

Free James D!

Congrats, Beasts, and of course to the elder Beastette!

Also congrats to Frederick!

And, as always, thanks to Clarice for a fantastic Pieces!

Miss Marple the Deplorable

I now understand something.

Jared Kushner was in Iraq.

"When you have something important to convey, write it down and send it by courier."

Free James D!

Re: jimmyk's 7:04 link

The school told Campus Reform that they were “disappointed” that Mac Donald’s speech was ultimately cut short. The university’s vice president for academic affairs, Peter Uvin also had some choice words for the protesters.

My choice of words to the protestors would have been:

"You are all expelled, effective immediately. Your tuition and fees are non-refundable, and the school will not provide transcripts for you, so one of the credits you earned will be transferable anywhere else. Have a nice life, morons."

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Just got done watching an old video of Mattis in Australia, right after he retired.

He said the war against ISIS should be one of annihilation, not attrition.

Clarice Feldman

ThanKs. Good morning, JOM!.

Robin, 10 square miles....

This is really a question for Robin, should she show up on this gorgeous Sunday. I have several friends who have returned to school for degrees for whatever reason - both masters and undergrad. All of them have complained endlessly about group projects and how much grades depend on them. I have finally discovered the magic phrase to cut the complaining short - "and this is why socialism doesn't work - since I live in liberal Ithaca, it stops it dead in its tracks.

My question is - why the high number of group projects across all courses? Is it adjuncts trying to minimize their work load? Is this part of the dumbing down of higher ed? I don't remember a single group project in colllege or high school.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

I don't remember group projects, either.

My children were plagued with them, though.

I disliked them intensely because either one kid did all the work (my daughter) or one kid slacked completely and let others do all the work (my son).

Robin, 10 square miles....

Yes, MM, that is precisely the complaint my friends have - they are the worker bees and are carrying the load for the group. Since they are all working moms, this really irks them. They're my friends and I'm sympathetic, but they are all extremely liberal, so I do enjoy making them squirm about socialism.


Dozens of Christian churchgoers killed on Palm Sunday in Egypt - not what I wanted to wake up and read - so sad!



Now 36 dead more than 100 injured :(



I just did take a break and as usual am about to go searching for an old book just cited in a footnote while my loose tea is brewing. Not a coffee drinker and if anyone else likes such teas I order from mcnulty's in greenwich village, nyc.

The group projects have two-fold purposes. One is to produce far greater equity in credentials. The strong students do the work and everyone gets the same grade even if an individual student cannot write. Since this was big in IB before it spread as a required 21st century skill of collaboration, it gave me an excellent opportunity to explain the economic concept of 'free riding' to my children. jimmyk would be pleased with the lesson.

It's the accreditors in both K-12 and higher ed driving this as a mandate and largely invisible unless you read their reports. It is also AACU and an update to the America's Promise program I covered in Chapter 5 of my book. Gates is funding as usual and there are desired student characteristics called Essential Learning Outcomes that are to be the result of higher ed. It builds on what is internalized as College and Career Ready in K-12.

Equity in Credentials is so important that there is a summit in DC in about a week on using whether or not students have Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies as the basis for giving them degrees. It's not what you know anymore, but what you perceive and value and how you are likely to act in the future that earns the degree. The degree is to put someone in a position to create the desired cultural change.

Clarice Feldman

My grand daughter--when she was about 8--was assigned to a group project which she headed. A couple of the boys were slackers. She went to the teacher and got permission to fire them from the job. Then she went to her desk and wrote out the reasons for the discharge. (Her mom is a management lawyer and apparently she knew the drill:write out the reasons for the good cause dismissal.)


he high number of group projects across all courses

Ostensibly, according to my wife as a recently trained education administrator it is because there is more collaboration in work, and very few now work alone.

From her conversations and watching her when she did collaborative coursework, my take-away is that it is easy for slackers to skate through without detection.

My own opinion is that it is a misunderstanding, intentional or not, of what community requires:

Community requires individuality. Individuality requires humility (doubt about your own understanding of the world). Humility requires respect for others and their understanding in order to improve your own.

Group projects alone are as naive as the complete absence of groups projects would be.

The goal of classwork is to strengthen YOUR mind. No one else can lift your mental barbells for you.


Robin, group projects prevent individual performance (well in truth the top person drags the group along). Can't have that evil warlike competition! It is very much a part of the scheme... the MBA program at Case Western started requiring group work around 1990. "Collaboration" sets up the "coexist" feelings based crap.

Captain Hate

The cynical view of group projects is there are less papers for a prof, or his/her coolie labor, to grade. The somewhat less cynical view, particularly in MBA land, is that toiling for organizations of any size involves being part of group projects, whether Kafkaesque monstrosities like SarBox or reasonably comprehensible ones. So it's a sort of Antioch experience without going full commie.

In grad school group projects I demanded the ability to rewrite everything since I was older than most of my fellow students and the ability to compose comprehensible sentences had gone in the toilet under subsequent educrats.

Miss Marple the Deplorable


And when slackers skate through, they usually do so by giving the appearance of collaborating when they really are just making noise.

And sometimes those slackers end up being president.


That was getting too long but the second purpose is to practice at getting a group of people to have what is known as 'shared meaning'. It is in anticipation of ceasing to have worldviews engineered by a thinking individual and differing ones by those not good at thinking at all.

Both the admitted progs and unfortunately most of the churches as they really do cite Paulo Freire have for the last 30 years or so been pushing the idea that the Age of the Individual and the Western Worldview is over. The collaboration emphasis preps for this emphasis on the individual having no right not to accept the determination of the collective.

It ties to the communitarian emphasis I have covered in my last two posts especially. The book I said I was looking for is actually on point and is called Education and the Public Purpose. For someone like me who loves history all this constraining of knowledge and the ability to discuss the world in terms of genuine known causes and effect feels like a desire to uninvent the printing press or take away vernacular bibles.

"You will know, believe, and value what we tell you to and then you will internalize it as an unconscious Habit of Mind to coerce you invisibly so you may not object" would be an accurate description of what is being sought for all forms of education.

It's all rather mindblowing.

It is also tragically consistent now as I just keep tiptoeing through the footnotes.

Jim Eagle


Great Pieces today. Summed it up in a very succinct and thought provoking manner.

In re: The Wolverine's team project, Frederick and his 8th grade class have a year long "Mr. X's Apprentice" type project. His team is about 13 classmates out of class of 32. Every month they get a different project, which through the course of developing and presenting certain members are "fired" but can remain as "ghosts" helping and getting back on the team officially.

Some very interesting inventions, marketing ideas and even musicals they have created. A really terrific way for developing team work, real world understandings of those dynamics and exploiting their young mind's imaginations and creativity.

BTW, Mr. X is a pseudonym for their home room and math teacher.

Off to 9:30 Palm Sunday Mass and exstravaganza.


rse -

Nevertheless, collaboration is a skill that needs to be learned and needs to be practiced. You need to learn your own shortcomings.

You can still be a self-regulated worker when you collaborate with other people.

JOM is a (mostly) effective collaboration of independent thinkers.


To clarice's point, the diva became even more of a powerhouse because of group projects and always produced all the written work. It also reenforced her autodidact tendencies. Sadly it prevented weak writers and thinkers from getting stronger.

The group work explanation is straight out of the Chamber of Commerce and its desire for a dirigiste economy. It's good to be able to get along, but few corporations outside of the multinationals or government can afford to have employees who need a team to do a singular job. What earns red praise is she has an attention span and can grasp what needs to be learned quickly and efficiently. That quality is apparently quite rare now from what she has been told.


sbw-not disagreeing but collaboration as a 21st century skill does not have the common-sense dictionary meaning you are using.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Captain Hate,

I believe I can pinpoint the decline in writing skills beginning in the years 1968-1970.

I graduated from high school in 1966. I did not start work on my geology degree until 1971.
Once I got into the upper level courses we were required to write papers for any classes, and that would include paleontology, sedimentation and stratigraphy, geomorphhology, etc. The department chair wanted all majors to be able to submit professional papers using the USGA method of source notation.

I discovered that most of my classmates who were 5 years younger could not write. Not only were their sentences very juvenile sounding, but many of them could not identify a complete sentence from a sentence fragment. I probably should have charged money for the amount of editing I did.

I can still remember telling one guy that he needed a complete sentence, because he didn't have a verb in it.

The fragment was "The eruption of volcanoes." He insisted that "eruption" was a verb. Seriously.

I was dumbfounded at this, and I concluded the schools had abandoned any pretense of teaching composition.


https://www.jstor.org/stable/374999?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents talks about the 1966 Dartmouth Conference and its stated desire to change the nature of how reading, writing, and grammar were both taught and experienced.

When I went to find the link as I already knew about it I can see there were lots of memorializations last year in honor of its 50th anniversary. If you don't have mind arson, then you cannot substitute the desired new categories and vocab to guide thought.


rse: collaboration as a 21st century skill does not have the common-sense dictionary meaning you are using.

Would you repeat for me the Creating A New World Dictionary definition of collaboration, please.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Reading Bill Mitchell's Twitter stream this morning and he makes an excellent point.

Trump wants Syrians to stay in Syria. Bringing refugees here is what ISIS wants, because then they can infiltrate. This is why Trump wanted safe zones.

He also thinks the rumors about invasion are to prod Assad to the table, since he has been recalcitrant about any solutions Russia has proposed.


My dad's theory is that significant grade inflation began during Vietnam to aid students in getting and keeping their student deferments.

Just the left "helping" again.


Clarice, thank you for doing for us what the #MSM should do.


We had nothing but group projects in graduate school, it seemed. By the end a small group of us worked together whenever possible, because we found we agreed on how to do the least amount of work to get an A, and we knew exactly how to divide it up between us.

A huge hassle was navigating grad students' hectic schedules so we could actually meet.

In the real world, disparate performance within groups can't be hidden as easily, and you don't get a single "grade" for the project.


Why didn't Pres. Jive Ass do that? He did not want to.

Posted by: Frau Reistafel | April 08, 2017 at 08:53 PM

I'm racing through in a limited window of available time but just wanted to say . . . President Jive Ass !!! That's a keeper, Frau.

Old Lurker

My MBA program was big on Study Groups for prepping the cases for class. But every Saturday was a three hour test or paper which was an individual undertaking at the end of which one wrote out and signed the UVa honor pledge that no help was accepted or given.

Clarice Feldman

Group projects are fine, I think, provided there is a capacity of the designated leaders to fire from the project those who are not contributing their share--my grand daughter figured it out at 8 y,o,

Janet 🚬

We already have the ability to stop Syrians from coming here, maybe not the will, but we COULD do it.
and I don't get the 'America has to clean up Syria' attitude.

Arab nations had no problem getting together to attack Israel...why don't they go attack Assad on their own if he is such a problem?
Jordan could have bombed the airfield. THey did some big bombing raids after their pilot was burned in a cage.

Many of the richest Arab countries don't take refugees either. Why in the world are we obligated to take ANY?

- "of the five wealthiest countries on the Arabian Peninsula, that is, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain, not one has taken in a single refugee from Syria. Instead, they have argued that accepting large numbers of Syrians is a threat to their safety, as terrorists could be hiding within an influx of people."


Prof X

" provided there is a capacity of the designated leaders to fire from the project those who are not contributing their share"

The teacher should have found a new leader. Firing is easy, leading is hard.

Janet 🚬

This bit -

♦ Immediately following his inauguration, President Trump spoke to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and gained his ideological and financial support for building a safe zone for Syrian’s as they rebuild.


So why doesn't Saudi Arabia just DO IT?

They provide $$$ & effort to seed mosques HERE in America. How about using that $$$ & effort to clean up their own corner of the world?

Janet 🚬

Anecdotal...many of my high school friends that weren't very good students became teachers. It was the default major, at the smallish university in my hometown, for those that didn't have the grades to get into other majors.
Flunking out of engineering or chemistry?...Change your major to education & become a teacher.
Not all...but many.


Firing is easy, leading is hard.

BS! Claptrap. Silliness. Noise. Disruption.

You’re fired!


Yes Janet I don't entirely trust king Salman, when he was gov of RiyAdh he set up the training camps that the hijackers graduated from as part of high commission on Bosnia.

Janet 🚬

Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, ...

We embrace a religion that teaches hatred, death, destruction, & chaos.....& now there is hatred, death, destruction & chaos!
Oh no!!
Save us from the consequences of our crappy evil beliefs, America!
Save us...but you are forbidden from mentioning or spreading other beliefs.
Don't bring a Bible here.

Pagar, a bacon, ham, and sausage supporter

Great Pieces, as always, Clarice!

Claremont McKenna==I don't understand why these protesters don't show up in place where Black Lives don't Matter such as Chicago

http://heyjackass.com/ look down where it identifies by race.


Another issue with group projects is grading. My son's group was, at the end, required to grade one another. There was a lot of peer pressure to "just give everyone an A!" He struggled with this because 2 of the guys did zero and even missed the planning meetings.

The pros to giving a bad grade would be to teach the slackers they cannot get by with it and of course, the fairness of the hard workers getting a better grade. The cons to giving a bad grade included being in a small studio class for the rest of the semester as well as being labeled "that guy!"

I believe he succumbed to the group pressure but asked to be moved to another group which, he believed, told the truth without making enemies. There are political hurdles in school and in life that must be navigated.


The cynical view of group projects is there are less papers for a prof,

A somewhat cynical but practical reason is that for "objective" assignments such as in math, it's almost impossible to prevent collaboration anyway, so may as well formalize it. Students who free ride on others will suffer on the exams. This doesn't apply to "creative" assignments.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--The teachershould have found a new leader. Firing is easy. leading is hard.--

Wouldn't that be the teacher firing the leader?
The teacher should be fired for firing the leader! And the principal who fires the teacher!
You must never have led anything.

Some people insist on being deadwood. There is no better way to lead than by showing others persistent deadwood will not be tolerated, but more importantly that those who are not deadwood will be honored by replacing those whose work they formerly had to do.

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