Border Agents Interrogate Muslim Americans, Ask for Social Media Accounts and Passwords

Customs and Border Protection agents have been invasively questioning Muslim-Americans at U.S. border crossings about their political and religious beliefs, asking for their social media information, and demanding passwords to open mobile phones, according to a set of complaints filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Source: The Intercept

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble

According to the Wall Street Journal (1/27/2016), the student loan market is starting to heat up.

It’s good news for big financial institutions, which expect to make a mint when Trump lets the private sector take over a larger portion of the student loan biz.

Of course, we’re already on the hook for about a trillion dollars in loans — money that we’re unlikely to ever see again.

Part of the cause is that, when the government throws money at something — like college tuition — prices inevitably go up. Just like housing prices rose during the 2001-2005 housing bubble (thanks largely to Bill Clinton. Andrew Cuomo and George W. Bush’s policies of promoting home ownership by minorities).

While I’m waxing eloquent on economics, I’ll explain why the housing bubble burst: The Federal Reserve raised its interest rate from mid-2004 to mid-2006. In 2006, housing prices started to decline. That led to the subprime mortgage crisis. By December 2007, we were in the midst of a recession. Q.E.D.

Trump Urges Spy Agencies to Lay Off Russia and Focus on Threat Posed by Actresses

Calling the recent allegations against Russia a “witch hunt,” Trump told intelligence chiefs that their investigations of Putin were distracting them from “America’s real enemy.”

. . . The President-elect also complained that, under President Barack Obama, actresses have been allowed to operate with impunity. “Barack Obama is basically the founder of actresses,” he said.

Source: Trump Urges Spy Agencies to Lay Off Russia and Focus on Threat Posed by Actresses – The New Yorker

Counter-Sting Catches James O’Keefe Comrade

The stinger gets stung. A left-wing political group released a new video Monday of a counter-sting that has uncovered evidence of right-wing activists trying to sow chaos at Donald Trump’s inaugural ceremony, an effort to portray critics of Trump who march against him as violent fringe figures.

Source: Counter-Sting Catches James O’Keefe Network Attempting To Sow Chaos At Trump’s Inauguration | The Huffington Post

Gamergate Showed How to Kneecap a Website. Now This Group Is Trying to Do the Same to Breitbart.

Hurting Breitbart is an attractive idea, I suppose. But Breitbart is scheduled to be replaced by the White House Press Secretary anyway, so why bother.

Source: Gamergate Showed How to Kneecap a Website. Now This Group Is Trying to Do the Same to Breitbart.

NYC website to track snow plow service sucks but at least cheaper than under last mayor

A city website to keep track of snow plow service is a blizzard of inaccurate information, a peeved councilman charged Sunday.

Bad news: the website sucks.

Good news: it cost the City hundreds of millions less than it would have under Bloomberg.

Source: NYC website to track snow plow service uses inaccurate data

Japanese white-collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence

Japanese white-collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence http://qz.com/875491/japanese-white-collar-workers-are-already-being-replaced-by-artificial-intelligence/ via DuckDuckGo for Android

Factory workers have already been replaced by robots; truck and taxi drivers will be replaced by self-driving vehicles; and YOU’RE NEXT!

Laura Schlessinger and the Bible

On her radio show, Dr Laura Schlessinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance.  The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, penned by a US resident, which was posted on the Internet.  It’s funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law.  I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can.  When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination . End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.

  1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations.  A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians.  Can you clarify?  Why can’t I own Canadians?
  2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus
    21:7.  In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
  3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her
    period of Menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24.  The problem is how do I tell?  I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
  4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a
    pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9.  The problem is my neighbors.  They claim the odor is not pleasing to them.  Should I smite them?
  5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath.  Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death.  Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?
  6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an
    abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality.  I don’t agree.  Can you settle this?  Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?
  7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a
    defect in my sight.  I have to admit that I wear reading glasses.  Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?
  8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27.  How should they die?
  9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
  10. My uncle has a farm.  He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend).  He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot.  Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16.  Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I’m confident you can help.

Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

Your adoring fan,

James M. Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus, Dept. Of Curriculum,
Instruction, and Special Education University of Virginia

(It would be a damn shame if we couldn’t own a Canadian)


The Bitemaster takes both religion and Bible seriously and notes that male homosexuality is a sin the Bible, fully equal to Sabbath violation and adultery. But lesbianism isn’t mentioned at all. So, to those who pick and choose which sins to use to attack others — Bite Me!

Hat tip to extraordinary illustrator Roy Doty.

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