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November 2015

Attention, special snowflakes

This is old news. It shouldn’t be news at all, but …

Mike Adams teaches criminology at UNC-Wilmington. These are some of his opening remarks this August to his class about political correctness.

“If we don’t reverse this dangerous trend … there will soon be a majority of young people who will need to walk around in plastic bubble suits to protect them in the event that they come into contact with a dissenting viewpoint. That mentality is unworthy of an American. It’s hardly worthy of a Frenchman.”

(He and I probably share the same viewpoint about Jerry Lewis, too.)

In conclusion …

“First, get out of my class. … Just tell them you don’t believe in true diversity and you want to be surrounded by people who agree with your twisted interpretation of the Constitution simply because they are the kind of people who will protect you from having your beliefs challenged or your feelings hurt.”

“Second, withdraw from the university. … Go get a job building houses so you can work with some illegal aliens who will help you gain a better appreciation of what this country has to offer.

“Finally, if this doesn’t work then I would simply ask you to get the hell out of the country. … Please move to some place like Cuba where you can enjoy the company of Communists and get excellent health care. Just hop on a leaky boat and start paddling your way towards utopia. You will not be missed.

According to the online Independent Journal, Professor Adams won a court victory over the school this year after he was denied a promotion. That’s probably why the original version in Townhall.com included this introduction: “Feel free to use this material if you already have tenure.”

Townhall.com’s: http://tinyurl.com/qe3q9w3

The repo man is lurking

Sales of new vehicles are up, with light trucks leading the way. Never mind that some of the automakers’ rosy numbers are elevated by “channel stuffing” and that scads of new cars are parked inches from each other in massive lots around the world.

The point is something that has flown under the radar. Not long ago, car loans were four years, max.

Then it became five, then six … and now …

Auto expert Eric Peters: “Enter the eight-year loan. Which might be OK, if cars were not appliances. Very expensive toasters, basically. Though modern cars are longer-lived than the cars of the past, they are – like any other appliance – something you eventually throw away because eventually, it will wear out. Or cost too much to fix, relative to the value of the car itself.”

He calls auto financing a bubble and provides evidence.

“The average price paid for a new car this year was about $35K, a record high. The year prior, it was $33K. But the average family income in the United States is around $55K. And it has been around $55K for at least a decade.”

You know a new car magically depreciates 20% when you drive it off the dealer’s lot and that the pleasant smell goes away in weeks.

Eric covers all the math and points out it is virtually impossible to find a new car without a lot of bells and whistles, many of them mandated by the government.

Case proved. But let’s look at the bright side: The car financing bubble is sure to help one segment of the job market … repo men.

Why no comments are taken

[Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. As I nibble on Fancy Feast Turkey Shredded Fare, enjoy this rerun from August.]

You’ve probably already noticed that Mouser doesn’t accept comments, although he appreciates readers. And that I have such a big ego I occasionally speak of myself in the third person.

We cats have been around humans for a long time. We are the most popular pet in the world. We rule the U.S. maybe 100 million strong. Spinsters who have driven off any man who might have coveted them have been known to be jointly owned by dozens of us. We’ve very social. Except when we aren’t. Then you can’t find us.

The earliest feline research determined that we first adopted humans in ancient Egypt, where we were worshipped as gods. Later research has indicated that the cat-human bond goes back far longer, perhaps to the Neolithic Period, maybe 9,500 years ago.

That god thing in Egypt explains a goodly portion of the ‘tude.

Cats are the video stars of the Internet, but few of us blog. With my nap schedule, I have no time to moderate comments. The chronically offended bore me worse than CNN. Also, blogs wind up attracting spam, as well as trolls who slobber over Democratic dogs and Republican gerbils.

Those are just the excuses. Now I’ll tell you the real reason no comments are accepted.

No cat ever gave a damn what any human thinks.

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