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And the jokes and parodies just write themselves.....

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There might be a Paris, Texas, but let’s get one thing straight: Texas ain’t Paris.

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Second Amendment Defending the First | Shall Not Be Questioned

Ludwig von Mises…seven decades ago, no lie.

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The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau.
House of Eratosthenes

As the Boomers begin falling into the abyss,

they have to look around and wonder if it was worth it. If you were born in 1950, for example, you grew up in America that is vastly different than today. It’s one your grandchildren will never enjoy. The trillions spent knocking down what you inherited could maybe have been spent more wisely. The Messiah and David Brooks | The Z Blog

Like most inner cities, Baltimore has been governed by moral exhibitionists for generations, now.

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Prosecutor proclaims backed by last four white people in Baltimore
One may watch the city’s current progressive lords performing for the television cameras,
delivering their scapegoats for prosecution and trial. It isn’t really necessary to name names, when one is referring to a whole political class, of progressive Democrats (and the occasional progressive Republican for variety) who create and keep the underclass in their places, cultivating their envies and resentments, and then directing them for use as voting fodder. Marketplace of ideas : Essays in Idleness


The Huckabee ("I declare I am now the 1st Loser in the GOP Sweepstakes") Candidacy!

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Islamic Terrorists Attack; Muslims Hardest Hit

“Oh my Allah, you guys.
I am so totally triggered by Pamela Geller, that kafir bitch!!!” Oh no, did somebody look at you askance, child? Did somebody draw a cartoon you didn’t like? Are you a victim of microaggressions? You poor thing. After every Islamic terror attack, we’re warned about the backlash against innocent Muslims. Just because it never happens, that doesn’t mean they’re not victims. | The Daily Caller


The last photos from Messenger before it crashes into the surface of Mercury.

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MESSENGER: MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging

Lee Miller in Hitler'€™s bathtub

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How they set it up. She cannot be shown nude (this is LIFE, not Man Ray); a figurine on the table does the trick.
In front of the bath, her combat boots, -€œthe dust of Dachau still on them-€ according to Scherman. And at the back on the left, the portrait. It is a voodoo gesture, the sort her Surrealist friends would approve of, an all-American blend of sass, violence and sex. Nuts to you, Führer! I am naked in your bath with my Jewish lover, we are taking your picture's picture, we are stealing your life-force. The date is April 30th, 1945. In a bunker under Berlin, Hitler places a gun to his head. 70 years ago today: | The Economist


For the Woman Who Has Everything: A 19th-century beaded seal-fur g-string

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Object of Intrigue Atlas Obscura

Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.

Although he has U.S. citizenship, there is virtually nothing about Barack Obama which is authentically American in the traditional sense of the word.

In other words, we can state that, de jure, Obama is an American – but de facto, he is not. The carefully-sculpted public relations narrative and political propaganda which propelled him into office mentioned neither Obama’s radical roots nor those of his associates – but they are unquestionably there, as figures such as Bill Ayers, Saul Alinsky and Frank Marshall Davis prove. In the same vein, the tactics of the administration – i.e., using racial grievances as a weapon of mass destruction – are straight out of the playbook of communist agitation and propaganda. The New Roots ォ The Thinking Housewife



All journalism is a kind of fiction.

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The writer gets to choose what to put in and what to leave out,
shaping the story in different ways than another writer would, even after witnessing the same events. The transaction between the writer and reader consists of an implicit trust that the writer will deliver a reasonable facsimile of people and events as they appeared when the reporter saw them. Mitchell, it turns out, did not always think of nonfiction that way, particularly when it came to his character’s actual existence. 'I wish this guy hadn't written this book' - Columbia Journalism Review


Present-day blacks are angry about injustices committed not against them, but acts which may (or may not) have been committed against their ancestors.

Whites and others who aren’t black are expected to feel guilt for acts they did not even commit.

Inherited anger and/or guilt for acts in which one did not even participate is obviously a logical fallacy, but that doesn’t seem to matter to the race-hustlers and their enablers. Over the last half-century, the nation has spent billions in taxpayer funds on redressing racial grievances and blacks – as a demographic cohort – have been the beneficiaries of a vast menu of privileges and special programs available to no one else. None of this seems to have mattered – race-relations are at an very low ebb, and militant blacks are angrier than ever. The New Roots « The Thinking Housewife



The political task is a bit difficult, but not all that dire, necessarily.

A good first step is to call the slaves what they are,
and to treat them as free men treat slaves of a foreign empire with an alien religion, which is with contempt and pity, rather than with awe, respect, and fear. The absurdslaves of a dying empire, eager to flagellate themselves and their fellows for public entertainment, can do nothing independently worth fearing. They ask to be broken, they ask to leave no traces to history, so work to break them and then erase them. About the Corporate Slave Class - Henry Dampier


It’s not just latter-day incarnations of Booker T. Washington that captivate the Republican soul during primary season.

In the past, Republicans have coalesced around such obvious joke candidates as businessman Herman Cain,

whose main achievements involved management stints at two of the nation’s most grotesque fast-food chains (Burger King and Godfather’s Pizza), and Alan Keyes, whose resume includes a brief stint as a Reagan appointee to the reviled-by-conservatives United Nations, hosting an ironically titled MSNBC show (Alan Keyes Is Making Sense), and a historic loss to one Barack Obama in the 2004 Illinois Senate race. That Cain and Keyes are black is no accident. While the GOP struggles to crack double digits in terms of votes from African Americans, the party’s overwhelmingly white membership seems to have an unending appetite for high-profile, successful black men whose very presence on a debate stage softens charges of hostility and indifference to issues about race. The GOP’s Long Love Affair With Schmucks - The Daily Beast



What Lenin didn’t realize was that prayerful piety is the ultimate stage of Leftism.

It’s when you are in a line praying there is still toilet paper, or bread or a job left for you at the end;

it is when you are on your knees before al-Qaeda begging them to reduce the ransom from $2 to $1.85 million because that’s all your house, car, jewelry and life savings are worth. It is when your arms are raised in rapturous hope at the coming of Obama, Warren, Sanders — or Hillary. That’s the last vision of heaven you will see as you rush to one side of the boat. Chesterton was right. When people stopped believing in God they didn’t believe in nothing, they started believing in anything. Run To the Left | Belmont Club



Baltimore has decided to hang six cops today.

The Soros Army rampaging through America right now is not all that different from pirates in the age of sail or swords-for-hire in the medieval period. Eventually, civilized men will have to crush them, but for now cities and towns will have to make due. Baltimore has decided to hang six cops today. The Soros Army Gets a Human Sacrifice | The Z Blog

How does one put the following data points together?

  • The mayor of a major American city faced with riots tells her police for to "let them loot, it'€™s only property."
  • Economists were surprised by an unexpected decline in US growth from an expected 1.0% growth to an actual 0.2% in the first quarter of 2015.
  • The administration is now in the business of helping families pay ransoms to Islamic kidnappers as Josh Earnest told reporters "Speaking generally, helping with a ransom payment -- is not tantamount to paying a ransom."
  • Former Gitmo prisoners are now demanding reparations from the US taxpayer.
  • Navy ships are now escorting American flagged vessels through the Straits of Hormuz as Iran’s foreign minister boasts that Congress can’t stop Obama’s deal with Tehran. John Boehner agrees he doesn't have the votes to stop the president.
  • The Clinton Foundation failed to disclose 1,100 foreign donations as Frank Giustra responded "we're not trying to hide anything."€
  • Hillary Clinton, in a major speech, broke her silence on the riots in Baltimore and proposed  an “end to the era of mass incarceration”.
  • Vermont Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist, has announced he is running for president.
  • The administration will not let states even ask people to establish they are citizens when they register to vote.
  • A poll shows that a “strong majority of young voters would like to see a Democrat stay in the White House in 2016.”  The millennials can't wait to see Hillary, or preferably Warren or Sanders, in the White House.


The British Guiana One-Cent Black on Magenta Estimate $10,000,000 — $20,000,000. SOLD. $9,480,000

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After Vaughan accepted his offer of six shillings ($1.44), McKinnon is supposed to have given him this observation with the money, “Now look here, my lad, I am taking a great risk in paying so much for this stamp and I hope you will appreciate my generosity.”
1980–2014: John du Pont After just a decade’s absence from the sales room, the One-Cent Magenta again appeared at a Siegel auction, 5 April 1980. As an investment, the stamp proved successful: it was sold to an anonymous bidder for $935,000. The buyer was in the room, but had left bidding instructions with the auctioneer prior to the sale, so he was able to watch the auction without drawing attention to himself.
Although the owner of the stamp was there identified by the pseudonym Rae Mader, it was shortly revealed the owner was actually John du Pont, heir to the eponymous chemical company fortune, eccentric amateur sportsman, and omnivorous collector. Du Pont exhibited the stamp for the last time at CUP-PEX 87 in Perth. The One-Cent was returned from Australia on a Sunday, when there was no access to the bank vault that usually housed the stamp. And on that night—but only that one night— du Pont slept with the stamp under his pillow.The British Guiana 1-Cent Magenta Stamp | Sotheby's


Poretto: I predict an outward migration of whites, especially white small-business owners, from the city of Baltimore.

I predict that the cost of living in Baltimore will rise as insurers add “risk premiums” to their commercial coverage policies and the remaining businesses pass those cost increments down to their customers.
I predict that as blacks in other cities “learn” from Baltimore’s example of laid-back riot “control,” the events there will be reproduced elsewhere, with similar demographic and economic consequences. I predict that racialist mouthpieces, starting with Al Sharpton, will blame the further deterioration in majority-black urban neighborhoods on “white greed.” And I predict that the national media, to the extent that they deign to cover those phenomena at all, will rationalize the violence as “to be expected” and deplore the flight of whites to safer, less racially mixed regions as “racist.” Who would like to bet against me?Liberty's Torch: A Quiet Riot


What’s left in these urban reservations are low-IQ violent nitwits.

The Hate That Dare Not Speak Its Name | The Z Blog On the television you see young black males mugging for the cameras as they commit pointless acts of mayhem. You see blacks running from burning stores with arms full of goods. Of course, the liquor store is robbed and you see blacks carrying away the liquor and beer.
These scenes are narrated by the same old voices saying the same old things. To spice it up, they interview a local, who mumbles through the interview, confirming everything you see on TV. This, of course, is the simple reality of places like Baltimore, Detroit, East St. Louis and so on. When the government banned private discrimination in in the 1960’s, whites fled the cities to avoid having to send their kids to school with blacks. Responsible and intelligent blacks tried to keep it together, but they threw in the towel in the 80’s and 90’s when crack turned American cities into war zones. They headed for the suburbs to live with the whites. What’s left in these urban reservations are low-IQ violent nitwits.


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Heinlein’s “Makers, Takers, and Fakers.”

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Makers produce goods and render services that maintain life, enable prosperity, and support a tolerable social order.
Not all Makers produce tangible products. The humblest counter girl at a fast-food restaurant facilitates the provision of an objective good -food -€“ to those who would purchase it. That gives her a claim on the title of Maker quite as valid as any farmhand or factory worker.
 Takers are persons unable or unwilling to produce or serve others.
They'€™re sustained by the production of Makers; without Makers' largesse, they would perish. Not all Takers are willfully so; there are millions of persons unable through no fault of their own to support themselves by productive effort. But the great majority of Takers are not of that blameless sort.
Fakers are those who pose as Makers but who are quite as parasitical as the willful worst of the Takers.
Politicians and their hangers-on are Fakers. As Sir Fred Hoyle wrote in The Black Cloud, we treat them as important because the newspapers say they are, whether explicitly or implicitly. Yet they’re as helpless to sustain their lives by productive effort as any Taker. Liberty's Torch: What Will Follow


Trigger Warning: College Kids Are Human Veal

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But really, what the fuck is wrong with kids these days and, more important, the supposed adults who look after them?
They act as if they are raising human veal that cannot even stand on their own legs or face the sunlight without having their eyeballs burned out and their hearts broken by a single deep breath or uncomfortable moment. I’m just waiting for stories of college deans carrying students from class to class on their backs. - The Daily Beast [HT: Fat Man]


Dear Baltimore, Write if you find work.

I wish you all the luck in the world Baltimore.
And I truly wish you had the courage to change. If you ever do, send up a flare. Until then, there is nothing anyone can do for you. You are victims of your own choices, and no one can make choices for you but you. As far as the good people of Baltimore trapped by the terrible voting of your fellow citizens, I suggest you buy more guns until you can move to a city not run by those who see rioting aspart of the Master Plan. Baltimore Is a Democrat Problem, Not America's Problem - Breitbart


In Ferguson and in Baltimore, the dead man was a criminal.

I am not saying they deserved to die, but the confrontations between the police and urban young African-American males is the highest of any demographic group.
For example, police do not have many interactions with rural Amish little old ladies. We know why; rural Amish little old ladies are not running drugs, robbing liquor stores and gunning one another down. Young African-American males commit nearly half the violent crime in America. That is the root cause of Ferguson, Baltimore and the rest of this Tour of Destruction Across America sponsored by the NAACP, MSNBC-Comcast, and the Obama administration. Don Surber: Riots show liberal programs failed


Today it seems like feminism is largely defined by cringing, whining, cowering, and weeping emotional infants.

The safe space, Ms. Byron explained, was intended to give people who might find comments “troubling” or “triggering,” a place to recuperate.
The room was equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma. Emma Hall, a junior, rape survivor and “sexual assault peer educator” who helped set up the room and worked in it during the debate, estimates that a couple of dozen people used it. At one point she went to the lecture hall—it was packed—but after a while, she had to return to the safe space. “I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs,” Ms. Hall said. Word Around the Net: THE CRINGING


Dateline

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The Hoover Dam contains a star map depicting the sky of the Northern Hemisphere as it appeared at the moment that Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the dam. Artist Oskar Hansen imagined that the massive structure might outlive our civilization, and that the map could help future astronomers to calculate the date of its creation. Turn, Turn, Turn – Futility Closet

A credit to her cause....

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Really? Okay, we're locked and loaded. Come and get your love Tiffany.

We're Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
We'd like to thank you once again.
We're Sgt. Pepper's one and only Lonely Hearts Club Band.
It's getting very near the end....



Let me just reiterate: YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH AMMUNITION. So, whydontcha get on that, mkay?

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If I am sandbagged or on a bipod, 400 yards is an EASY kill.

When I tell you people to be buying LONG GUNS and ammo, I’m not kidding.
Assault rifles and tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition is one of the best places to park wealth right now. And you better know how to use it, and you better sit your wife down, tell her to cut the sissy, whiny female bullshit and learn how to handle every weapon system in your arsenal. This isn’t a damn game or a TV show. Many, many women are going to find themselves as the ONLY THING standing between a hip-hop rape mob and their children. The Only Three Things I Called That Have Not Yet Happened | Barnhardt


Well, that'll teach those American dreamers to try and run a business in an Obamanized black ghetto.

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Lost: South Korean immigrant Sung Kang, 49, was inside his Oxford Tavern store and bar when the looters came in.
'They didn't say anything to me, they just took what they wanted. I opened this store a year ago. I wanted to follow my dream and wanted to make something for myself.'.... 'One guy who was rioting was saying: I've got a big load of medicine' - he was bragging about the stuff he stole. I saw people speeding up the road to the mall to steal more stuff. 'When they came to us they said: 'You don't sell no gas, we guna blow you up. What could we do?' Smashed, looted and burned by the mob - inside the destruction of Baltimore as shopkeepers tell how they fled burning shops and one says he called police 50 times - and nobody came - Boston Newstime


To hold a gun and to use it wouldn’t be just illegal in most cities without permits, but it would be a violation of a caste boundary.

You’ll hear this often from slave women, who are usually quite happy and comfortable in servitude,
no matter what she says in earshot of her masters to show what a spirited, hard-working, self-abnegating little slave she is. When a slave man she knows brings up guns or buying a gun, she will have an immediate emotional reaction to it, sometimes even babbling about how terrible and dangerous guns are, and why one shouldn’t own it or even know how to use it. About the Corporate Slave Class - Henry Dampier
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Weaponizing Sound Fire Control

BLDGBLOG: The Los Angeles County Department of Ambient Music vs. The Superfires of Tomorrow
The basic concept, Tran said, is that sound waves are also “pressure waves, and they displace some of the oxygen” as they travel through the air. Oxygen, we all recall from high school chemistry, fuels fire. At a certain frequency, the sound waves “separate the oxygen [in the fire] from the fuel. The pressure wave is going back and forth, and that agitates where the air is. That specific space is enough to keep the fire from reigniting.”
While I'm aware that it's a little strange this would be the first thing to cross my mind, surely this same effect could be weaponized, used to thin the air of oxygen and cause targeted asphyxiation wherever these robot swarms are sent next. After all, even something as simple as an over-loud bass line in your car can physically collapse your lungs: "One man was driving when he experienced a pneumothorax, characterised by breathlessness and chest pain," the BBC reported back in 2004. "Doctors linked it to a 1,000 watt 'bass box' fitted to his car to boost the power of his stereo."


Everything you ever needed to know about trigger warnings and safe areas

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ォ Samizdata [HT Happy Acres]

Hey, Play Fair!

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People on the right tend to prefer to delude themselves that they’re not in the weak political position.

What’s important for the right is to recognize itself as such, and to also see that its interests are harmed rather than served by compromise and cooperation with the progressives who have every intention of destroying their opponents, physically or otherwise, as soon as they have the will and means to do so.How Progressives Purge Corporate Cultures - Social Matter



Never Forget!

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The strange cosmology of the social justice Left

Theirs is a worldview where Hate and Bigotry are nigh omnipotent,
charting the course of civilizations, driving generations of men and women to fundamentally misappraise their fellow human beings, fighting against the very arc of the moral universe and frustrating its bend towards justice. To them, as I’ve argued here and elsewhere, these concepts have a massive explanatory power, are the keys to understanding great swaths of human history. And so anyone who allies themselves with hatred or bigotry (or racism or homophobia or misogyny or whatever the flavor du jour is) is obviously in league with the powers and principalities that hold sway over our vale of tears. And anyone who belongs to one of the designated victim groups that these powers wage their eternal war against are just that: victims. They are the underdogs, despite the testimony of your senses. They are the bullied, damn your lying eyes. And thus they are sacrosanct under the no-punching-down commandment. Punching Down and Liberal Cosmology - Social Matter


Good Question

Has anybody in the media asked Muslim Democrat US Congressman Keith Ellison his views on gay marriage? No? Huh...I wonder why that is? Robbie Cooper (@RobbieCooper)

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