Don Surber

The Scorekeeper

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

William Seward Burroughs, the calculating man

My American Vignettes on exceptional Americans looks at William Seward Burroughs, who helped usher the computer age by inventing the first practical calculator. His machine would revolutionize business, and the profits from it would revolutionize writing. Today is the 158th anniversary of his birth in Rochester, New York.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tweet of the day

28% of the Muslim world is extremist. EVIL

Many people are lecturing us that Muslim extremists represent only a small portion of the Muslim world. How small is that portion?

I shall look at the laws of the Muslim nations to see how extreme their laws are, beginning with President Obama's old stomping ground, Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim nation. One in eight Muslims lives in Indonesia.

Gun control did not save France. EVIL

"A world critical of gun control in the U.S.," headlined the post by Deven Bhagwandin of the National Monitor.

Ironically, the impetus of this criticism of the Second Amendment is the Charlie Hebdo massacre, which came despite tough French. The anti-gun crowd once again shows its cluelessness.

Yes, snow does disprove your theory. GOOD

As a mild snowstorm hits the Eastern Seaboard, I am reminded of Blue Öyster Cult's warning in its psalm, "Godzilla":
History shows again and again
How nature points up the folly of men
After nearly 10 years of my blogging, readers, really, what song do you think I am going to quote? "Good Ship Lollipop"?

And after nearly 10 years of blogging, I look at the global warming crowd and laugh and laugh and laugh. It's science? It's superstition.  Yes, today's little snowstorm in New York proves man-made global warming is a fallacy, just like every other one of their failed predictions in the last decade.

Will Cook, a composer who happened to be black

My American Vignettes on exceptional Americans looks at Will Marion Cook, a student of Antonín Dvořák, and the composer of the music for the first Negro musical comedy staged on Broadway, a hit with lyrics by poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Today marks the 146th anniversary of the birth of Will Marion Cook.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Tweet of the day

U.S. military honors Muslim dictator. EVIL

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff -- Army General Martin E. Dempsey -- announced a research and essay contest in honor of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz hosted by the National Defense University.

I kid you not. Abdullah, who worked tirelessly to drag his country into the 14th century, oversaw one of the most sexist, most homophobic, and most racist lands in the world for a decade. But Saudi Arabia is a good customer of American defense contractors and every general wants to take care of them as he lines up a post-retirement job. Beheadings are routine.

Only 1 in 17 private employees now is in a union. GOOD

The headline on the Drudge Report this morning told only part of the story: "Union Membership Rate Falls to 100-Year Low..." The headline linked to a story in the Daily Signal that said union membership in the United states is down to 11.1% of the work force.
But it is worse than that. Among non-government workers -- people in the public sector -- union membership is down to 6.6%, or 1 in 17 workers.

Only when you add Civil Service-protected government workers does that figure rise to the level reported, as 35.7% of government workers belong to a union, a further indication of the bubble the rules makers live in.

Maryland upended Democratic racial politics. GOOD

Liberals have been pretty blatant about their plan to continue to drive a wedge between the races in an effort to freeze out the Republican Party as the White Party. Liberals tell themselves they are setting themselves up for that day in 30 years when whites are a plurality instead of a majority.

So why did Maryland just elect a Republican governor? Maryland is the state with the third-lowest white population. Maryland is 58.2% white vs. the national average of 72.4%. This loss tore up the Democratic Party's race card.

Julia Grant, the cross-eyed first lady

My American Vignettes on exceptional Americans looks at Julia Boggs Dent Grant, the wife of President Grant, and the lady who helped America recover from a bloody civil war, assassination, and impeachment trial. Today marks the 189th anniversary of her birth at White Haven plantation west of St. Louis, Missouri.

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