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Kurt Schlichter nails it, once more.
Americas Nobody-in-Chief is finally going away, his last spasm of rhetorical onanism completely overshadowed by Donald Trump neatly turning the tables on the media purveyors of that fake dossier that tried and failed to paint the PEOTUS as the second coming of Bob Crane.
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It pays to be friendly to business.
When Newport-based Diversified Manufacturing Corp. needed to expand, company officers called several Minnesota communities first. But Prescott, Wis., returned the calls first — and offered a …
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Not sure it "pays," though. Giveaways and welfare programs are horrible no matter who receives them.

Free land? Tax financing? Do the existing businesses in Wisconsin get those benefits too or just new businesses.

We're fighting the same issues here too, btw.
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Democrats, want to convince us you're turning over a new leaf on the Second Amendment? Getting behind this law would be a good start.
With the GOP in control of Congress and the elder Trump moving into the White House, a bill to ease restrictions on silencers may have its best chance of passing.
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+Arthur Shagall

But gun-control activists say silencers are getting quieter

Oooh, I missed this. Nice to see that the Grabboids and the Drug Warriors are sharing notes. Just makes it easier to take out both groups of fools in rapid succession.
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Power Line's This Week in Pictures is always good.
Do you realize that by the time the next Week in Pictures gallery is posted, Barack Obama will be an ex-president? Woo-hoo! (That is unless Rosie O'Donnell indeed persuades Obama to declare martial law.) I recall the Reagan transition in 1980-81 very well, but this one has been even more fun to watch. Buckle up: there isn't enough WD-40 in our universe to keep the unhinged left from squeaking. And
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If you make silly arguments, you can expect to have then thrown back in your face.
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Awwwwww.
Trump’s unexpected win has Democrats coping with a vastly smaller job market for their skills.
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+Timothy Hecht Plenty, I would imagine. Grievance-mongering, double-think, graft, spin, bullshit...
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Sounds like the Danish version of gemütlichkeit.
Baby, it’s cold outside. Maybe it’s time to step indoors for a little “hygge”? The Danish concept of cozy, comfy happiness — anointed one of the “words of 2016&#…
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Oh look! Peak Oil is back!
80% of the world’s oil has peaked, and the resulting oil crunch will flatten the economy
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I'm hoping we'll eventually reach peak fake news.
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Leftist fascism strikes again.
Milo Yiannopoulos' speech at UC Davis was over before it even started Friday after protests erupted, forcing sponsors to cancel the event.
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So jeff can't figure out the difference between "we aren't listening" and "we won't let you talk even if others want to listen"
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In the discussions that +Eric Raymond spawned with his posts on Rust, something came up that has me wondering.

To me, functional languages are little more than computer science exercises that somehow escaped the lab and got loose in the wider world. My programming weapons of choice are C and Python; I can slog my way through C++, but despise it viscerally.

So what's so great about functional languages? Anyone have a pointer to an introduction to them, either standalone or in conjunction with an intro to a specific language, that tells a diehard procedural programmer like me what makes them so wonderful, and what they're wonderful at?
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The canonical paper one points at for "why should I care about functional programming?" is John Hughes, "Why Functional Programming Matters". Its examples lean towards the mathematical, though, and while they do show the sorts of things FP lets one do while avoiding the gruntwork an imperative version would require, not showing examples of how to do the state-laden stuff J. Random Hacker thinks of as his or her bread and butter makes it easy to brush off FP as not being generally applicable.

Actually, if any Forth rubbed off +Vakkotaur onto you, you have experience with a functional programming language, though it's strict rather than lazy. Forth was a concatenative functional language before concatenative functional languages were cool. (Concatenative corresponds to what Haskell users call "point-free" programming, where the source for a function never names any of its parameters.)

Laziness, BTW, makes some things possible to write without magic, like short-circuit && and ||. C and C++ compilers have to have magic code buried in the compiler to not necessarily evaluate both operands. In Haskell, which is lazy, no magic required:

False && _ = False
_ && x = x

and analogously

True || _ = True
_ || x = x

("_" matches anything of the appropriate type without bothering to evaluate it, and patterns are evaluated in order, so you get the short-circuit evaluation you expect.)

Other things laziness lets you write in a way that minimizes gratuitous coupling. Hughes gives the square root example; here's another. We all recall the old Fibonacci sequence benchmark with the function that evaluated the nth Fibonacci number about as inefficiently as one could--it was more a test of function call overhead than anything else. If you really were interested in the values for something, you'd remember what you'd already evaluated. Haskell's laziness lets you write a definition for the Fibonacci sequence that's the whole thing in one line--but since you'll never ask for the whole thing, it will evaluate up to the highest-number term you asked for, with no fuss.

Haskell type classes are kind of like "interfaces" in languages like Java--there's a type class for things you can check for equality, or things that have an order, etc. That's far from all they're used for, though--they let you set up a way to write clean code that handles errors without writing endless "call foo; if foo failed handle error; call bar; if bar failed handle error; call baz;..." sequences.

It does call for a different way of thinking about things; most notably, notions from abstract algebra and category theory will help. (I'm trying to go the other way around and use Haskell as a leg up on algebra, sort of the way I didn't really understand integration by substitution until we went over Gaussian quadrature in numerical analysis class.

I'll look around some to see what people recommend for those coming to FP from an imperative background.
worrydream.com - worrydream.com/refs/Hughes-WhyFunctionalProgrammingMatters.pdf
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Jeff Sessions hires a black guy for a top leadership position. Democrat Senators don't.

Who's the raaaacist!!! here?
Earlier this month, a CNN contributor dismissed an African-American who served as a top aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions as, in effect, a token. The former Sessions aide, William Smith, was debating Angela Rye, a strong critic of Sessions' record on civil rights. Rye told Smith: 'Because you are the one black guy that he hired on the committee doesn’t make him a civil rights leader.' Perhaps realizing what she
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Samantha Bee made a very good point about the likely veracity of the pee hookers story: implausible that Trump would pay someone the agreed upon rate for performing a task for him. 
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Mercful $DEITY. This is downright scary.

I'll not so much tip my hat to Steven Hayward over at Power Line so much as take it off and beat him about the head and shoulders with it.
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Wow. They also do a killer version of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir".
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