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    http://blogs.the-american-interest.c...mps-the-shark/

    But Fannie Mae represents a special problem for the Democratic Party and Democratic ideas. It is not just a vitally important institution led by prominent Democratic figures and part of a broader Democratic patronage network; Fannie Mae is one of the original New Deal institutions and the vision it was intended to serve stands at the heart of the concerns of the Democratic Party of the 20th century.

    The fall of Fannie Mae is bigger than just another politicos run wild scandal. It stands as one of several signs that our current way of life is reaching its limits and that big changes are on the horizon. The Fanniegate debacle tells us that the progressive ideal is in the process of jumping the shark.

    Jumping the shark, as many readers know, is an expression from the wonderful world of TV. When the original premise of a show has gone stale, producers try to recapture audience interest by putting familiar characters in outlandish settings where strange things happen to them notoriously, when Fonzie literally jumped over a shark as Happy Days moved into its sunset years. When something jumps the shark, the death spiral has become irretrievable; the show has nowhere to go but down.

    The progressive ideal of the last 100 years is reaching that point. In its day the progressive ideal was a revolutionary and even a noble one. A bureaucratic and professional elite would mediate social conflict between rich and poor, improving the lives of the poor while engineering the best possible administrative solutions to pressing social problems. Keynesian macroeconomic management would ensure lasting prosperity; progressive taxation would spread the benefits of prosperity as widely as possible. Levels of education would rise as more and more Americans spent more and more years in school....
    Much more at link.... very good read... which means the left is currently running to their masters to learn how they should respond, they will then return and will go into a tizzy in three, two, one....
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    They use mean annual and five year means in trend analysis. Don't tell me I have to explain the difference to you. "

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    Then again I could be wrong. In the absence of a response from their masters (beyond the 'oh shit, now what do we do'?) the left will just avoid reading this article and pretend it doesn't exist. We may at best see one of them 'attack the source' rather than actually discussing the information, but my guess is the attempt will be a full on diversion from the op-ed.
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    They use mean annual and five year means in trend analysis. Don't tell me I have to explain the difference to you. "

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    waiting on DNC talking points from maddow and mathews
    The war on crime, war on drugs, war on terror, and now the war on opiods.............there's a reason they call it a war. So you idiots will easily accept the collateral damage of innocents

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    Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
    - -- Aristotle

    Believe nothing on the faith of traditions, even though they have been held in honor for many generations and in diverse places. Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it. Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past. Do not believe what you yourself have imagined, persuading yourself that a God inspires you. Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and priests. After examination, believe what you yourself have tested and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.
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    I love how he wears his leather jacket even while waterskiing...
    Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
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    Believe nothing on the faith of traditions, even though they have been held in honor for many generations and in diverse places. Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it. Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past. Do not believe what you yourself have imagined, persuading yourself that a God inspires you. Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and priests. After examination, believe what you yourself have tested and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.
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    Wow, Superfreak totally owned with the Fonzie argument.
    Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
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    To be fair.... it was the author that used the analogy. I am a bit shocked that no one on the left took the time to read the article and attempt to defend their way of life. Shocked I tell you.
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    They use mean annual and five year means in trend analysis. Don't tell me I have to explain the difference to you. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damocles View Post
    I love how he wears his leather jacket even while waterskiing...
    I'll wager the salt water played havoc with the leather and may even have resulted in severe perishing of the stitching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charver View Post
    I'll wager the salt water played havoc with the leather and may even have resulted in severe perishing of the stitching.
    Nah, Fonzie was so cool that the water wouldn't dare touch his leather.
    Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Damocles View Post
    Nah, Fonzie was so cool that the water wouldn't dare touch his leather.
    I know what you mean. When i was an impressionable young High School student nothing seemed so cool as hanging around with a middle-aged man on a motorcycle.

    However, given a little time to think about things during a small spell in prison for causing criminal damage to jukeboxes, i realised i could no longer have respect for a man who has no respect for leather. The man is an animal.

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    The Obama Soap Opera / How to wear out Air Force One in a single term Show has "jumped the shark".....in less than 24 months
    Put blame where it belongs
    ATF decided it could not regulate bump stocks during the Obama administration.
    It that time," the NRA wrote in a statement. "The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semiautomatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations."
    The ATF and Obama admin. ignored the NRA recommendations.


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