MIndfulness Meditation

One of the tenets of any meditation is the “no judgement” rule.
Your thoughts come and go but you don’t judge them. You observer them as thoughts and let them pass on through.

Ideally mindfulness helps you to become less judgmental all around.

And perhaps, this is just an observation, but I keep hearing derision….do you?

The segment featured Rep. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio), a so-called “rock star among mindfulness evangelists” who earmarked nearly $1 million to teach mindfulness to preschool students in his district. The $982,000 project provided deep breathing exercises, and “Peace Corners” for kids in Youngstown, Ohio.

Ryan said he practices mindfulness on the House Budget Committee and hosts weekly meditation sessions for members and staff. No Republicans attend.

Seriously, what does that mean, “No Republicans attend”? Does it mean they don’t meditate? No. Does it mean they are busy with other things? Maybe? Who the hell knows. I hear judgement in that sentence.

Ebola by the Numbers

In November I wrote that the numbers the media had been reporting on Ebola looked suspect.

What ticks me off is the use of numbers taken out of thin air by folks who basically want more money. Why not be honest? The numbers are bad enough as it is.

According to Michael Fumento who wrote on this back in August, I am right.

The political chiefs at the WHO — and at our own Centers for Disease Control — were promoting hysteria in bids for more funding. They either refused to look for the facts, or ignored them.
The simple truth is this: Epidemics have been peaking and disappearing throughout history, long before there were health organizations, vaccines or effective treatments. Ebola was no different.

Crazy making.

Another Study

These always crack me up…..Draw conclusions FIRST and then do a study.
Study Proves High Heels do have Power over Men

WOW!!! With all the women wearing high heels you’d think we’d be running the world with a headline like that…..
Let’s dig a little deeper (don’t worry we never go too far)

The study found if a woman drops a glove on the street while wearing heels, she’s almost 50 percent more likely to have a man fetch it for her than if she’s wearing flats.

“Power” over men? OR….is it that men are gentlemen who realize that a woman in heels will have a harder time bending over to fetch that glove?

Another finding: A woman wearing heels is twice as likely to persuade men to stop and answer survey questions on the street.

“Power” over men? OR…..is it that men are more likely to speak with a woman in heels vs flats because there’s a good chance the woman in flats’ surgery will be all about what a woman hating pig the man is?

And finally….

And a high-heeled woman in a bar waits half the time to get picked up by a man, compared to when her heel is nearer to the ground.

“Power” over men? OR…..lets rate your chances of getting laid…is the woman in heels more or less likely to be easier than the woman in flats?

Note of Appreciation

You may have forgotten by now about the Thanksgiving week document dump from the IRS. I know I won’t be bothered to read through it.

However, THANK YOU to those who do.

Judicial Watch, a constitutionally conservative, non-profit educational foundation, has new evidence against Lois Lerner in the IRS Tea Party targeting case.

Documents they’ve just obtained from the Department of Justice show that the former IRS official met with Department of Justice’s Election Crimes Division one month before the 2010 elections.

……….
“These new documents dramatically show how the Justice Department is up to its neck in the IRS scandal and can’t be trusted to investigate crimes associated with the IRS abuses that targeted Obama’s critics. And it is of particular concern that the DOJ’s Public Integrity Section, which would ordinarily investigate the IRS abuses, is now implicated in the IRS crimes,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.

Chris Farrell, director of research and investigations for Judicial Watch, talked more about the significance of these newly discovered DOJ meetings, on CBN News Today, Dec. 9.

Thank you.

Class Warfare

Class warfare brought to you by the ever concerned left.

This column (ht Maggie’s Farm) is about fat class warfare and how through the local food movements etc, the elites have a new way of looking down on the poor without actually looking down on the poor per se. Instead, they look down on those who don’t eat “right”.

Once everyone else is paying more and getting less, then the classist left demands new ways to set its superior moral eating habits apart. Instead of everyone ending up with more food, everyone ends up with less.

Lefty culture practices conspicuous consumption, but the consumption has to be disguised with conspicuous political pieties. The food may cost twice as much, but it’s locally grown on a farm run by handicapped union workers who visit Cuba to receive free health care or by the indigenous peoples of Tuba-Tuba with the proceeds going to a complete sonic library of their chants and ceremonies. It’s a meaningfully meaningless hairshirt that disguises the consumption underneath.

Conspicuous consumption is now for the poor while conspicuous political consumption is for liberal elites. Al Gore may live in a mansion but he still has the carbon footprint of a mouse. The problem is the truck driver whose vehicular emissions are killing the planet. Whole Foods is just fine, but we need to do something about White Castle.

Sultan Knish has a warning about socialized medicine and food that doesn’t go quite far enough.

It’s the kind of concern that has a habit of ending in eugenics and the more medicine is universalized, the easier it is to start cutting off access to medical treatment for those who haven’t been nudged far enough in the right direction.

Not only cutting off access to medical treatment, but cutting off jobs. It is discussed now and will see the light of day soon. You smoke? No job for you. You eat too much? No job for you. You have a bunch of tattoos and nose rings – here you go, this is the cash register.

May I Repeat Myself

I’ve said over and over, that we should just suck it up and say……

You sign the Geneva Accords, we will follow them with you.
We signed and the agreement is, we won’t torture you if you don’t torture us.

For all others……..game on.

I know that isn’t how we like to think of ourselves, but it’s better that then say “oh we never would torture anyone” and then re-define what that means with each administration.

GayPatriot works on figuring out why now…

Da Police

Let’s be clear…..I am prejudiced. Against Boulderites. Their sanctimonious ways keep me out of their town. Sadly I am in their county. So this article with the title
Bouler Police Grapple with Racial Disparity in Arrests
gave me a little chuckle this morning.

Apparently in Boulder the % of people arrested who are black is greater than the percentage of people who are black in town.

According to a recent analysis by USA Today, Boulder had the second-highest disparity in the frequency of arrests for blacks and non-blacks in the state of Colorado between 2011 and 2012.

Then you have the back and forth with university folks doubting that black people commit more crime and the police insisting they don’t profile and they even have a more diverse force than the actual population.

David Harris, the law professor, said in the wake of national events, all police departments should be self-evaluating.

“They should be asking, ‘What are we not doing that we could be to build relationships with all of the people in our town?’ ‘Are we causing friction we are not even aware of?'”

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Harris said one of the reasons the situation in Ferguson became hostile is the local police department did not have prior relationships with the black community.

“They had virtually no relationship with the African American community, no real partners in that community,” Harris said. “They had nobody they could turn to, nobody in that community who supported police. They just did not know how to handle it, who to talk to about the facts. Their response was blind to the context of the community.”

To that end, Testa said his department is focused on being a part of the community so it knows about issues and needs of every population. The department holds citizen police academies, appoints liaisons for different communities and tries to get officers out in the city to interact with residents.

“We continually reach out to really all populations within our city,” Testa said. “You have to get officers out of the cars and get them personal contact. You have to build relationships.”

So, it only happened in Ferguson because there was no relationship. It won’t happen in Boulder because the police reach out to “all the populations within the city”……
Yet “all populations” mean upper middle class to rich white liberals.

Boulder is a place which has basically outlawed simple poverty. Oh, you can live on the streets, but not in a cheap home. You can have a bunch of roommates, but you can’t use your porch. You can smoke in the basement of your own home that you own, but not in the alley. You can take care of dogs/cats/elk but you can’t remove a nasty old chicken shed from your yard. Add on? HAHAHAHA Build a cabin? HAHAHAHA Use your mineral rights? hahahahaha Begging is ok, but only where people don’t congregate.

Is there institutionalized racism in Boulder? I don’t know…..but there is certainly institutionalized poor-ism there. What will save Boulder from Ferguson’s fate? People have too much money in Boulder to go out and loot and pillage their neighbor’s businesses. If they couldn’t get their latte in the morning because it burned down…..then you would see rioting.