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First World Frozen Yogurt Problem

"There's zero room for error."

Picture, if you will, the Russian Fire station.

The phone is ringing off the hook. There is a wide assortment of supermarkets, apartment buildings,
buses, trains, planes, trucks, cars, scooters, nuclear power plants, and mulecarts fully aflame all over the immediate area. There are pools of flammable hazardous waste leaking out of everything, and even the infants smoke. The Dalmation has three legs left from the last time they all got a notion to do something fun. Great Moments In Cyrillic Firefighting | The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys


Scalia and Ginsburg Chat

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Scalia: [The Bill of Rights] should not be painted as the foundation of the American democracy… Don’t forget the Bill of Rights was an afterthought. It was not what they debated about in Philadelphia in 1787… What they thought would preserve a free society was the structure of government — that’s what they debated about in 1787. And if you think that’s false, just look around the world. Every tin-horn dictator in the world today has a bill of rights. It isn’t a bill of rights that produces freedom. It is the structure of government that prevents anybody from seizing all the power.

Ginsburg: I do not think the rest of the world is regarding our legislature at the current moment as a model to be followed. - - About Snowden, Twitter - Law Blog - WSJ

The West didn't lose Ukraine,

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an independent nation of 45 million people. It simply let it go.
According to this newspaper Tuesday: "The White House reiterated that no lethal assistance was planned" to help Ukraine defend itself. The U.S., however, did send ready-to-eat meals. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's comments were antiseptic: "The Ukrainian government has a responsibility to provide law and order." It is fitting that churchgoers the world over this week are hearing the story of Pontius Pilate. Henninger: Cold War 2.0, the Videogame - WSJ.com


$79 billion and 20 years later, no scientific correlation between man's activity and global warming.

Think of what $79 billion would have done for pancreatic cancer research. - - Don Surber: Daily Scoreboard

Wargame out the Second Civil War

“These people are playing with matches… I don’t think they understand the scope and scale of the wildfire they are flirting with.
They are fucking around with a civil war that could last a decade and cause millions of deaths… and the sad truth is that 95% of the problems we have in this country could be solved tomorrow, by noon… simply by dragging 100 people out in the street and shooting them in the fucking head.” And lemme tell ya, he had the list… - - The Pig Trap « Taxicab Depressions


“You live in a deranged age,

more deranged than usual, because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.” Walker Percy [HappyAcres]

Putin Isn'€™t a Genius - We Are Complete Idiots

Americans play Monopoly, Russians chess: We landed on Park Place fair and square, and that gave us the right to put down a hotel.
Never mind that Ukraine is a basket case with a per capital income a tenth that of the European Community, whose best young people (along with some of its worst) have left the country, with a ruined economy and a declining population. Putin isn’t playing by the rules printed on the inside top cover of the board game. He’s another Hitler! Where is our Churchill? It’s a Monty Python remake of Dr. Strangelove. A few provocateurs holding a Russian flag pass out handbills demanding that Jews in Eastern Ukraine register with the authorities, and the whole of the media as well as the Obama administration hyperventilates, until the affair is exposed as a hoax.Spengler »


Why does the BLM have guys with rifles and mechanized infantry?

The whole militarization of the federal government is disturbing.
These guys don't swear allegiance to the US Constitution, they don't come from a culture of patriotism like most military volunteers do. They aren't barred by US law from being active on American soil. Its like an end run around the military by the executive department, who apparently wants its own private army it can use against Americans. - - Word Around the Net: WHAT A WEEK


Modern feminism has become fascism and it’s making women miserable.

Feminist Fallout: A Roll Call of Regrets Deborah is in her early 40s and just had a miscarriage.
After waiting for Mr. Right well into her late 30s, she dumped her boyfriend and decided to become a single mom. He panicked and proposed and now they have a kid. This is pretty much the only way a woman in New York can have a family. She has to marriage rape her boyfriend.


Hey, just because you're a Gay-Hollywood-Democrat scheduled to hang out with Joe Biden it doesn't mean you can't be a pervert....

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'I had drugs put in my drink, liquor poured down my throat,
(I was) raped numerous times in that house, various times (I was) sexually abused,' he said. 'There was a policy of no clothes by the poolside area. I was a piece of meat to these people.' Singer's attorney, Marty Singer, called the claims 'without merit' and 'absurd and defamatory'. - - Mail Online


Support the Troops

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Slow Hosting Glich

Hosting Matters, the company that hosts American Digest, had an attack on one its servers this morning. The resulting slowdown made this page as well as tens of thousands of others unreachable for some time. I'm told all is back to normal now. = = NETWORK: Slow/timeout issue ← Hosting Matters Status Page (Remote)

Rats! Now I have to re-evaluate my pro-life position.

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky expecting first baby

UPDATE: "The 16 week-old fetus has just been named US ambassador to Hooters, and is on the shortlist to replace Ronan Farrow at MSNBC." -- Gagdad

These Just In

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Just Another Fukang Meteorite

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The Fukang pallasite is believed to originate from deep inside intact meteors
created during the formation of the solar system about 4.5 billion years ago and very few specimens are thought to have survived their descent through Earth’s atmosphere. An anonymous group of collectors currently holds the largest portion which weighs 419.5 kg (925 pounds). -- TwistedSifter


Obama: He Bad. Putin: He Be Shaking in His Boots!

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US sending helmets to Ukraine | Fox News

Tru dat....

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What’s to stop Putin?

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The West is led by the modern equivalents of Chamberlain:
President François Hollande of France is a political nonentity repudiated by his own compatriots; Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany have both ruled out the use of force to stop Putin from annexing Ukraine; and worst of all, President Barack Obama–the one man who has the power to stop Putin in his tracks–does nothing. He makes Neville Chamberlain seem like a bellicose activist. Is Vladimir Putin Another Adolf Hitler?:
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New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson [Bumped]

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About her tattoos:
“I have now four. I think eventually, when I finish doing them, will tell the story of me, of where I lived, and what things have been important to me. … I have two then on my back that are the two institutions that I revere, that have shaped me. One is unsurprisingly the amazing ‘T’ in The New York Times newspaper. Then I have a Crimson Harvard ‘H’ and that’s for Harvard, and also for my husband Henry, who we met when we were in the same class at Harvard. … - - JIMROMENESKO.COM

And a tramp stamp with a down arrow reading "All the News That Fits."

FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States

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“We have intercepted electronic communication indicating that al-Qaeda members are actively plotting to stay out of the way
while America as we know it gradually crumbles under the weight of its own self-inflicted debt and disrepair,” FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano told the assembled press corps. “If this plan succeeds, it will leave behind a nation with a completely dysfunctional economy, collapsing infrastructure, and a catastrophic health crisis afflicting millions across the nation. We want to emphasize that this danger is very real.” -- America's Finest News Source


"You tell me whar a man gits his corn pone, en I'll tell you what his 'pinions is."

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Men think they think upon great political questions, and they do;
but they think with their party, not independently; they read its literature, but not that of the other side; they arrive at convictions, but they are drawn from a partial view of the matter in hand and are of no particular value. They swarm with their party, they feel with their party, they are happy in their party's approval; and where the party leads they will follow, whether for right and honor, or through blood and dirt and a mush of mutilated morals. "Corn-Pone Opinions," by Mark Twain


"If I have to perform this rap song one more time, I swear I will...."

Wu-Tang-linked rapper cut off penis and leapt off balcony

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Signs of Spring

It’s Mid-April And Coast Guard Is Still Battling Thick Great Lakes Ice
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In the event of a TEOTWAWKI I intend to use several options.

I intend to Bug out with a truck-load of supplies to a pre-selected wilderness area (within 15 minute ride of home),
establish a hide site and wait out the carnage. (I have about seven months supplies for my family plus a couple of caches with extra food and weapons nearby for a total of roughly nine months of rough living. I believe our odds of remaining unnoticed for six or more months are very good while maintaining a fairly high standard of living. Common Survival Strategies


Why? Oh why?

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Eric Holder and Lois Lerner not only are liars, they're in cahoots.

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Lois Lerner was asking the Department of Justice to criminally prosecute people like Catherine Engelbrecht.
This woman, this Lerner, this is a witch. This is a very unhappy -- well, you can tell. I mean, if everything's going her way, this is the kind of woman, person, not because she's a woman, she's just not happy. Don't doubt me on this. She's just seething with rage every day. - - Limbaugh


Empty Cradles

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In the West, it has been a matter of faith that we have too many humans.
Therefore, setting up abortion mills in the schools, putting girls on birth control and severely limiting our “carbon footprint” are ways to thin the herd. It’s eugenics with a smiley face. It’s also worked. If you look at the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) by country, you see that the West is well below replacement just about everywhere. The US is right at replacement, but that includes high birth rates amongst non-Asian minorities. White birthrates are well below replacement. Our nuts happen to think this is just a good start. - - The Z Blog


Transgender Dudes Don't Fool Chicks

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Bruce "Bridgitte" Jenner
Those I met after surgery would tell me that the surgery and hormone treatments that had made them “women” had also made them happy and contented.
None of these encounters were persuasive, however. The post-surgical subjects struck me as caricatures of women. They wore high heels, copious makeup, and flamboyant clothing; they spoke about how they found themselves able to give vent to their natural inclinations for peace, domesticity, and gentleness”but their large hands, prominent Adam’s apples, and thick facial features were incongruous (and would become more so as they aged). Women psychiatrists whom I sent to talk with them would intuitively see through the disguise and the exaggerated postures. “Gals know gals,” one said to me, “and that’s a guy.” Surgical Sex by Paul R. McHugh | Articles | First Things


The Keepers of the Stones

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Pagans, druids, and other self-styled mystics gather at the site for this year’s vernal equinox, on March 20th, an occasion that drew thousands of visitors. The woman pictured here is a member of a group called the Loyal Arthurian Warband. George Steinmetz's Photographs of Stonehenge Pilgrims : The New Yorker

Historians? What Historians?

Ukraine crisis "I hope I'm wrong but historians may look back and say this was the start of World War III", says Edward Lucas | Mail Online

Modern Pioneering

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Pellegrini hunts her dinner with guns.
She makes tables out of tree stumps. And, sometimes when she’s in the mood, she garnishes cakes with rose petals.I first crossed Pellegrini’s path when I heard about her hunting trips. She takes girls to the field, kills dinner with them, then cooks up delicious meals around a wood-fired hearth (or similar cooking source). A standard itinerary includes: clay shooting, falconry, fly fishing, bird hunting, ATV riding, cooking, and—of course—mechanical bull riding. Huckberry |


After "I am Curious Yellow" it was only a matter of time....

Swedes vote for country's nicest cock - The Local

Portrait of a Young Woman of Frankfurt (c. 1480-1485) Sandro Botticelli

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The Airplane That Went Away

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They've been searching for this thing and they can't find it.
Shouldn't they be finding loads and loads and loads of garbage dumped by the cruise ships? Shouldn't they be finding lots of satellite debris from satellites that have fallen out of orbit? I mean, Ted Danson and these clowns told us that the oceans were becoming the biggest garbage dumps on the planet. And somebody wrote a column or a book that the cruise ships throw away more sewage and leftover food than Haitians have to eat. Where is it? - - Rush Limbaugh


Sympathy for Cliven Bundy and his family.

Why You Should Be Sympathetic Toward Cliven Bundy : They don’t have a chance on the law, because under the Endangered Species Act and many other federal statutes, the agencies are always in the right.
And their way of life is one that, frankly, is on the outs. They don’t develop apps. They don’t ask for food stamps. It probably has never occurred to them to bribe a politician. They don’t subsist by virtue of government subsidies or regulations that hamstring competitors. They aren’t illegal immigrants. They have never even gone to law school. So what possible place is there for the Bundys in the Age of Obama?


What to give a president who has everything?

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Worked for Louis XVI.

“I just filed my taxes and I’m getting 400 dollars from the federal government!”

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Please don’t celebrate the tax return you’re “getting”. You aren’t getting anything.
That’s your money. The government took it, held onto it for a year, and now they’re returning it without interest. If some guy at work stole a hundred bucks from your wallet and then, after you tracked him down and harassed him about it, he gave you back a small portion of it, would you run through the halls jumping for joy? Would you thank him for returning your own money? Or would you smack him upside the head and tell him to give you back the rest with interest, or you’ll break his kneecaps with a tire iron? - - Three things that all of you serfs and peasants shouldn’t say on Tax Day | The Matt Walsh Blog


Living in the Penumbra Between Time and History

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It seems to me, the larger the expanse, the more room for ignorance.
If we don't understand World War II, what makes us think we understand something as remote as the "big bang," the emergence of life, or the appearance of human beings? Science can only approach these thingularities in the most abstract manner imaginable, so abstract that they are essentially devoid of content except what the imagination fills in. Which means that they are essentially myth by another name. - - One Cʘsmos:


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