Author Archive: Paul Epps

Schools Focused on the Wrong Things

 

In a study of mass shootings from 2008 to 2017, the Secret Service found that “100 percent of perpetrators showed concerning behaviors, and in 77 percent of shootings, at least one person—most often a peer—knew about their plan.” — dailysignal.com 100 percent is pretty high. It doesn’t get much higher than 100 percent. It’s always seemed to me that mass shooters turn out to have been known to family, friends, co-workers, law enforcement, mental health professionals, etc., as violent and unstable, but no one took effective action to keep the person from going off the rails. For example, co-workers of the Uvalde school shooter had a nickname for him: “school shooter.” Meanwhile, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) last September drafted a letter to President Biden calling for use of the “Army National Guard and its Military Police” to precent parents from becoming overly vehement at school board meetings. Wouldn’t… Read more →

Transitioning to Dogs

 

Japanese man spends $15,700 on dog costume to fulfill lifelong dream of transforming into an animal— news.yahoo.com Just wanted to point out that I was ahead of the curve on this one: Why Can’t Children Transition to Dogs? Read more →

You Can Get Away From Envy

 

I am earning, let us say, a salary sufficient for my needs. I should be content, but I hear that some one else who I believe to be in no way my superior is earning a salary twice as great as mine. Instantly, if I am of an envious disposition, the satisfactions to be derived from what I have grow dim, and I begin to be eaten up by a sense of injustice. . . . The man who has double my salary is doubtless tortured by the thought that some one else in turn has twice as much as he has, and so it goes on. If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon. But Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I dare say, envied Hercules, who never existed. You can therefore not get away from envy by means of success alone, for there will always be… Read more →

Putting NYC on Blast

 

I’ll be in New York City visiting my son for a few days. His mom is coming along. She’s heard about anti-Asian violence (she’s Asian) in big cities so she’s packing a canister of pepper spray that she bought for $15. I hope the pepper spray comes with instructions so she doesn’t accidentally shoot it into my face or her own face. I’ll be helping out while perps are trying to recover from the pepper spray by side-kicking them into a row of garbage cans. (Do New Yorkers use garbage cans or just throw their trash on the street?) Anyway, if that doesn’t go viral, I don’t know what will. Read more →

Envy is the Most Unfortunate

 

Of all the characteristics of ordinary human nature envy is the most unfortunate; not only does the envious person wish to inflict misfortune and do so whenever he can with impunity, but he is also himself rendered unhappy by envy. Instead of deriving pleasure from what he has, he derives pain from what others have. — Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness Read more →

Here Comes Your 19th Nervous Breakdown

 

One of the symptoms of approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important and that to take a holiday would bring all kinds of disaster. If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important. — Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness Read more →

Why Can’t Children Transition to Dogs?

 

This actually brings up a good question. Why do children only identify as humans of the opposite sex, instead of dinosaurs or golden retrievers? What sort of medical intervention would be appropriate in such cases?https://t.co/mEaZvhQjEI — Paul Epps (@paulepps) May 24, 2022 I’ve seen children stomping around, roaring like dinosaurs. Maybe they are dinosaurs in a human body. And children running around and rolling around and playing with dogs. See it all the time. Maybe they are dogs in a human body. Maybe I myself am a dog in a human body. I envy the life of a dog. I love dogs as much as I love people, maybe more. Why can’t humans transition to dogs? Transitioning to nothing but the opposite sex really lacks imagination . . . nothing but a little cosmetic surgery and a wardrobe change. Read more →

We Will All Be Gay in 2054?

 

A recent Gallup poll shows that less than 1% of Americans born before 1946 identified as LGBT. Now, according to the poll, 2.6% of Baby Boomers consider themselves LGBT; 4.2% of Gen Xers do; 10.5% of Millennials do, and 20.8% of Gen Zers do. This all makes less sense given that the Ls, Gs and Bs are very different from the Ts and shouldn’t all be lumped together, but that said, Bill Maher comments: Which means if we follow this trajectory, we will all be gay in 2054. When things change this much, this fast, people are allowed to ask, ‘What’s up with that?’ All the babies are in the wrong bodies? Some folks will say that people do not have a right to wonder what is going on, and consider questions about transgenderism to be hateful. Someone needs to say it: Not everything’s about you. And it’s okay to… Read more →

No Communion for You, Pelosi

 

Long overdue. How can a practicing Catholic have more reverence for abortion than for the precepts of the Church? (FTR, I'm not anti-abortion or Catholic.) https://t.co/jXAVB341ru — Paul Epps (@paulepps) May 20, 2022 Read more →

Electric Car Maker to Vote Republican?

 

I have to agree with the characterization . . . there are a lot of Democrats who’d rather see you dead if you’re not as loving as they are. In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party. But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican. Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold … ? — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 18, 2022 Read more →

How to Know if You’re Doing the Job

 

When I give a speech at a corporate event, I often ask those in attendance, “Do you know how to tell if you’re doing the job?” As heads start whispering back and forth, I provide these clues: “If you’re up at 3 A.M. every night talking into a tape recorder and writing notes on scraps of paper, have a knot in your stomach and a rash on your skin, are losing sleep and losing touch with your wife and kids, have no appetite or sense of humor, and feel that everything might turn out wrong, then you’re probably doing the job.” This always gets a laugh, but not a very big one. Those executives in the audience recognize there is a significant price to pay to be the best. That price is not something they laugh at. — Bill Walsh, The Score Takes Care of Itself Read more →

Who is to Blame for Buffalo?

 

From Kevin D. Williamson: Before the blood was even dry in Buffalo, Democrats were asking the most important question: “How can we well-heeled white progressives most effectively use the murders of all these black people to our personal and political advantage?” The murderer in Buffalo didn’t kill anybody you’ve ever heard of, and so the first thing to do if you want to exploit the deaths of all these people — and that is what Democrats intend to do — is to connect the crime to some famous name or prominent institution. It doesn’t matter if there isn’t any actual connection: Just assert it, and that’s good enough for the newspapers and the cable-news cretins and the impotent rage-monkeys on Twitter. The usual suspects: social-media platforms, Tucker Carlson, Donald Trump, the Republican Party, Fox News, the National Rifle Association, etc. The shooter was actually well known in advance as a… Read more →

Like His Voters

 

Audit finds half of Joe Biden's Twitter followers are fake https://t.co/HcJjpi1D8W pic.twitter.com/p3dEeOdV6q — New York Post (@nypost) May 17, 2022 Read more →

It’s Time to Ban Things That Are Already Banned

 

My 4-year-old just FaceTimed to ask what I’m doing to “help the people in Buffalo” and “why did the bad man do this?” Absolutely gutting. This cannot be his normal. It’s time to BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS. #EndGunViolence — Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) May 16, 2022 “Assault weapons” are already banned in New York. New York has every gun law you could possibly want, including a “red flag” law. Do you have a more serious suggestion than “It’s time to ban things that are already banned”? BTW, the replies to this dubious tweet are hilarious. A couple examples: In the middle of enjoying her after-dinner all-natural watermelon fruit bar popsicle, my 5-year-old leaned back in her chair, looked me dead in the eye and asked, “What will we ever do to escape this inflationary spiral in which this country currently finds itself.” I’m shook AF. — Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU) May 17,… Read more →

Governor Newsom on Bodily Autonomy

 

It's nice of our governor to take a short break from forcing people to wear masks, stay inside, and get vaccinated in order to lecture us about bodily autonomy. https://t.co/j3VDr7aacf — Paul Epps (@paulepps) May 15, 2022 Read more →

Chess Game of the Day: 8-Move King’s Pawn Game

 

One of my online chess games. Some annotations below . . . 2. g3 This opening move doesn’t have a name as far as I know. 4. Bxf4? There’s no way I can see for Black to save the pawn after 4. Nc3 so why put the bishop out there as a target? 6. b3? 6. h3 would prevent Black’s follow-up move. 7. Ng2? 6. Bxc6+ knocks out a valuable Black piece. 8. Bf1?? White’s game is probably lost already so instead of prolonging with something like 8. Nc3, why not just commit suicide? Read more →

EppsNet at the Movies: Dark Waters

 

The system is rigged. They want us to believe that it’ll protect us, but that’s a lie. We protect us. We do. Nobody else. Not the companies, not the scientists, not the government. Us. I’ll tell you how the movie ends but without a spoiler. It ends with the closing credits, over which we hear Johnny Cash singing “I Won’t Back Down,” the Tom Petty song, which perfectly summarizes the Mark Ruffalo character, who won’t back down, not as an act of defiance but just as a quiet refusal to give up. Whether or not that strategy works for him, I will not reveal here. Because the movie is based on real-life events, it’s also a good watch for anyone who believes that government agencies will protect us from all of the bad things in life, and that anyone who thinks otherwise must be crazy. Rating: Director: Cast: IMDb rating:… Read more →

Better Dead Than Poor?

 

Better dead than poor? "Very damaging effects on the economy"?! Totally fuc*ing tone-deaf https://t.co/N6C8VVFohe — Paul Epps (@paulepps) May 15, 2022 Read more →

Democrats Love Protests — Unless . . .

 

Democrats love protests, unless you're a parent at a school board meeting, in which case you're gonna go on a terrorist watch list.https://t.co/dLOAKKt6pi — Paul Epps (@paulepps) May 14, 2022 Read more →

Percentage of Fake Accounts on Twitter?

 

Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of usershttps://t.co/Y2t0QMuuyn — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 13, 2022 I’d have to say that fake accounts are waaay over 5 percent. Example: NYT and CNN claim 50-60 million followers and get retweets in the lower double digits, whereas accounts with far fewer real followers can get thousands of retweets with a banana emoji and a photo of Estelle Getty. ? pic.twitter.com/RM1eeC8Tjq — Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) April 27, 2022 Read more →

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