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Hate Group: Pot, Meet Kettle.

For years, like many, we agreed with the idea behind the Southern Poverty Law Center which identified groups and people that espoused hateful ideas as well perpetrated actions based on hate.

However, the SPLC has gone far beyond “hate groups” and now attacks those who disagree with them or something they support and labels the person / group as a “hate group.”

It is tortured logic to think that “disagreement” and “hate” are the same thing. But we suspect that long ago the more “hate groups” the SPLC could label, the better off it is for fund raising. After all, if the country had 50 or so actual hate groups, people would likely brush them off. However, when you label 900 groups and people as “hate groups,” well, then you need financial support from well meaning people who are against actual hate and actual hate groups.

The bottom line, as these two videos show, is that the Southern Poverty Law Center has become a caricature of what it once was and has morphed into what they claim to fight – a hate group.

There are dangerous hate groups in America. So a group called the Southern Poverty Law Center promises to warn us about them. They release an annual list of hate groups in America.

The media cover it, but John Stossel says they shouldn’t. It’s a scam.
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Rice University Nanomachines Constructed To Deliver Drugs, Destroy Diseased Cells.

Well, this is interesting. If the nanomachines could be taught or programmed to destroy something like cancer cells, that would be a game changer, to say the least.

Motorized molecules driven by light have been used to drill holes in the membranes of individual cells and show promise for either bringing therapeutic agents into the cells or directly inducing the cells to die.

Researchers at Rice, Durham and North Carolina State universities demonstrated in lab tests how rotors in single-molecule nanomachines can be activated by ultraviolet light to spin at 2 to 3 million rotations per second and open membranes in cells.

Read more at http://news.rice.edu/2017/08/30/motorized-molecules-drill-through-cells-2/

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The Intolerance Of The “Tolerant.”

Kevin Sorbo has always struck us as a nice guy. We mean that. The actor has always seemed to us to be nice and polite in interviews with people – even those who disagree with him. He has an attractive wife and appears to be devoted to her and his family. No one that we know has accused him of sexually harassing anyone on any movie or television set which is a testament to his beliefs and morals.

Like we said, he seems to be a nice guy.

Sorbo is best known for playing Hercules in the television series “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and the spin off of “Xena: Warrior Princess.”

But Sorbo has done other work as well – a lot of work. He was a lead character in the breakout movie “God’s Not Dead,” and has acted in other faith based films.

However, and as you will see, most importantly, Sorbo has appeared in other science fiction / fantasy productions such as Andromeda, the Mythica movie series, and other smaller sci-fi / fantasy productions such as Survivor.

Based on his history and resume, Kevin Sorbo is the type of actor that you’d want to appear at a sci-fi / fantasy / comic book convention.

Well, not unless you are the “tolerant” left displaying intolerance.

Sorbo happens to have three strikes against him. First, he is a Christian. Secondly, he is a conservative. Third, he is friends with Fox News host Sean Hannity.

The founder of a popular New Jersey comic book convention reportedly banned famed actor Kevin Sorbo because of his friendship with Sean Hannity.
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Racism Is Horrible. Threatening People For Unpopular Ideas Is Worse.

With the country observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day yesterday, the NBA “honors” MLK by playing games during the day as opposed to at night when their weekday games are usually played. In some respects, we guess that the benefit is that a bunch of millionaires can make comments on the day and complain about the “inequity of race” in America.

Of course, we always go to NBA players for our understanding of the country and other issues and none better for the media to fawn over is Cleveland’s LeBron James.

Arguably James is the best player on the planet but we don’t understand how that means his comments should be treated as gospel.

The four-time NBA MVP began his comments by saying the league had done an “unbelievable” of putting together “a lot of great games” Monday in honor of “a man who stood for more than himself.”

“You always hear people saying, ‘Risking their life,’ ” James said. “He [King] actually gave up his life, for the betterment of all of us to be able to live in a free world, and for us to be able to have a voice, for us to go out and be free, no matter your skin color, no matter who you are. . . .

“He had a vision, and he took a bullet for all of us, literally. In the rawest form that you could say that. He literally took a bullet for us.

We’re not sure we are willing to buy into the idea that King “took a bullet for all of us.” To us that seems to be a bit of a stretch but we understand the sentiment.

But James continued and the media slurped all over his next line:
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The Dream Is Being Killed.

Today is the national holiday celebrating the life of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s life had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States. Years after his death, he is the most widely known African-American leader of his era. His life and work have been honored with a national holiday, schools and public buildings named after him, and a memorial on Independence Mall in Washington, D.C. But his life remains controversial as well. In the 1970s, FBI files, released under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that he was under government surveillance, and suggested his involvement in adulterous relationships and communist influences. Over the years, extensive archival studies have led to a more balanced and comprehensive assessment of his life, portraying him as a complex figure: flawed, fallible and limited in his control over the mass movements with which he was associated, yet a visionary leader who was deeply committed to achieving social justice through nonviolent means.

Some people will look at only his good deeds and view him as some sort of a saint. Some will view him only through his actions of adultery and other sordid acts.

In our opinion, neither is fair nor particularly accurate. There are very few people in the history of the United States who have influenced and inspired so many and for that alone, we should look at the man mostly through his impact.

One of his greatest speeches by far is the well known “I Have A Dream” speech which he delivered on August 28, 1963 as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom event. King delivered his speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to the throngs of assembled people of all races and genders.
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Red Robin Meets Higher Minimum Wage By Cutting Staff.

The gourmet burger restaurant Red Robin has announced that in light of increased labor costs because of minimum wage increases, the company will end busing staff.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Restaurant busboys, in line to earn a little more dough this year as minimum wage hikes hit across the country, are instead losing their jobs as chains look to cut costs.

One chain axing jobs is Red Robin, which hopes to save about $8 million this year by eliminating busboys at each of its 570 restaurants, the company said Monday.

The problem is that when you artificially increase a wage by government fiat, actual businesses have to respond. Unlike the government which can force people to give it more money through increased taxes, businesses have to compete. One way to compete is to lower costs and that includes the cost of labor.

The profit margins in restaurants are very small. It is natural for a restaurant to look at where it can save money. If that means cutting low wage positions in order to remain competitive, that’s what companyies will do.

“I read that as minimum wage,” Michael Saltsman, director of the Employment Policies Institute (EPI), told FOX Business. “Somebody like Red Robin, which has a lot of exposure in western states [where the minimum wage is rising faster] … this is sort of a burger and beer chain. If they can’t pass those increases off in higher prices … they have to find a way to do more with less.”
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Super Heroes Are Bad For The Environment.

How did we get to the point where we have alleged scientists spending time on the carbon footprint of fictional superheroes?

NEW ORLEANS — At first glance, Miles Traer seems like any other scientist at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. He wears an oversize identification badge on a lanyard around his neck and can discuss at length the role of water in planetary landscape transformation.

But this Stanford University geologist has an alter ego. Like a real-life Captain Planet (minus the blue skin, plus a deep knowledge of data science), he beats back the forces of environmental destruction and holds the super-powerful to account.

Traer and two colleagues have calculated the carbon footprint for nine heroes from the comic book canon — and realized that Earth might be better off if they stopped trying to save it.

The results are enough to make several people wince as they walk past Traer’s presentation in AGU’s cavernous poster hall. According to Traer’s research, most superheroes would use up hundreds of times more fossil fuels than the average American.

Barbara Gordon, the computer wizard also known as Oracle, is by far the worst offender: Even if her servers ran on a combination of clean energy sources — nuclear, hydroelectric, solar, wind and geothermal — running them would still release more than 1.3 billion pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
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California Loses Its Mind. In Other News, Water Is Wet.

There is an interesting article over on the Daily Wire that discusses six new laws that went into effect in California on January 1, 2018.

Two of them caught our eye.

The first deals with immigration and specifically illegal immigration:

The entire state will now ignore U.S. immigration law: Because it’s worked so well in San Francisco, California Democrats decided that the entire state should ignore federal immigration law. SB 54 forbids law enforcement officials from asking someone’s immigration or holding them for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents — unless they’ve been convicted of a crime. AB 291 prohibits landlords (you know, like, private citizens who own private property) from reporting renters who are in the U.S. illegally.

We suppose that if the state wants to say “we won’t cooperate with the Federal government on those breaking the law,” that is their decision. It certainly is the wrong decision and shows a disdain for the law of the land that will translate down to citizens. After all, if the state won’t follow the law, why should normal people?

However, when the State of California makes it illegal for citizens to make factual, accurate statements, that’s more than troublesome. If a landlord wants to call in to ICE or whomever that there is an illegal immigrant staying on their property, under what theory can California censor a landlord like that?

Under what theory can California violate the First Amendment rights of citizens?

Under what theory of law can California say “you cannot tell the truth?”

As we said, California has lost its mind.

The second law that went into effect is this:
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