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The Leap of Faith


Made for Richard Fernandez, il miglior fabbro, who suggested it with, The crisis of unfaith:

"In my own view, man’s search for meaning, or his denial of it, are so deeply embedded in human nature that it seems fantastic in retrospect that sociologists would assume that populations, given a little public housing, a small welfare check and a tot of rum, would stop asking the ultimate questions. It seems far more likely that in the long run, they would return to the eternal questions with a vengeance. Whether or not one agrees with Micklethwait, the idea that atheism is the wave of the future must answer the empirical question of why God may now be a global growth industry."

Posted by Vanderleun May 30, 2009 10:58 AM | Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Saturday Oports and Repinions: Updated Frequently


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    Posted by Vanderleun May 30, 2009 10:28 AM | Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Awwww! Single Unwed Mother of the Year


    "Lin Hui, 7, guarded her newborn cub at Chiang Mai Zoo in Thailand Friday. The adult female panda, on loan from China, gave birth after being artificially inseminated." The name of the father was not released, but he is believed to have been a panda.

    Posted by Vanderleun May 29, 2009 4:28 PM | Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    The Promise of Obama

    YouTube - 300 - Xerxes' Tent

    Posted by Vanderleun May 29, 2009 9:04 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
    Checklist for the Next 4 Years - Illustrated


    Text via anonymous email this AM. First two already checked off. More to come. Keep track. There will be a test.

    (X) -- Government takes control of the banks

    (X) -- Government takes control of the car companies


    Posted by Vanderleun May 28, 2009 11:06 AM | Comments (23)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Barry Obama: Stoned Again


    At first worried these images could be used against President Obama, Jack realized they were not incriminating of anything other than being young and self-conscious, and that they offered a unique glimpse into how the man who made history went from being “Barry” to Barack. This exhibition marks the first time these rare photographs have ever been printed and on display.

    As described in his memoir Dreams from My Father, Barack Obama’s time at “Oxy” (Occidental College) was one of confusion and self-searching.  He was chided by his mother for being friends with someone who was arrested on a drug possession charge, having so-so grades and, worst of all, being undeclared. 

    Being herself a young undergrad, her interests did not lie at the time with questions of identity and selfhood, but rather she secretly hoped that “Barry” would ask her out afterward. He did not, and although pleased with the photographs, they did not maintain contact afterwards, until a random chance encounter 28 years later in Washington DC. Lisa Jack ceased photographing and went on to pursue psychology and is currently a professor of Counseling Psychology at Augsburg College. After having her one roll of film from that day sit neglected for almost thirty years, Jack now offers up these images “so that others may see a side to him [she has] yet to observe captured in the maelstrom of contemporary media”.

    Posted by Vanderleun May 28, 2009 10:05 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
    Jumping More Than a Mere Shark


    YEEHAW! Jeff Fehr jumped over a cowboy settlement at the historic Bar U Ranch in Alberta, Canada, with the Rocky Mountains in the background Wednesday.

    Posted by Vanderleun May 28, 2009 5:01 AM | Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Marijuana Country


    This sporting note just in from that section of Northern California that produces some of the finest American dope known to man or stoner.

    Contestants in the 40th annual Kinetic Grand Championship raced their people-powered kinetic sculpture, “The Kinetic Chicken,” across the beach in Manila, Calif., Saturday. The championship is a three-day, 42-mile race over land, sand, mud and water from Arcata to Ferndale.
    The tax-free produce of this fertile region probably produces the only section of California that isn't bankrupt.

    Posted by Vanderleun May 26, 2009 10:04 AM | Comments (8)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    So Lucky to Be an American

    Poet Baxter Black speaks for me. And for you.

    Posted by Vanderleun May 25, 2009 11:11 AM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    The Goode Family: Appointment Television

    I've already got my Tivo set on "Record Series." What are you waiting for?

    HT: El Morgano who also asks "Does Wonder Woman’s Costume Undermine Her Portrayal as a Strong Female Character?" [Illustrated]

    Posted by Vanderleun May 24, 2009 12:37 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
    Memorial Day Planting Project at White House


    Posted by Vanderleun May 22, 2009 3:28 PM | Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Turkish Advertising Ready for Membership in the EU

    Make peace with the world. Anti-stress tea from Rasayana.

    Ah, Turkey. Smells like European spirit, what? Advertising Agency Art Grup of Istanbul, Turkey thinks this ad for Rasayana Tea is just the thing to get sales simmering. They're probably right. Soon Rasayana Tea will be as popular in Turkey as their perennial bestseller, Mein Kampf.

    Posted by Vanderleun May 21, 2009 7:34 AM | Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Lindbergh's Leap of Faith: May 20–21, 1927

    Flight Level 390 reminds us of a great achievement's anniversary today with The Spirit

    Eighty-two years ago... Think about that for a second. Eighty-two years!

    This beautiful aircraft carried a young air mail pilot into the clouds of Olympus. That young air mail pilot has been gone for 35 years, but the Spirit is still with us. Is not that the way of life? Our stuff stays long after we are gone.

    Yep, in my view, the most important aviation artifact ever. I have stood underneath the Spirit numerous times and am always astonished by the essence of glory that still radiates from the airframe. It is simply amazing.

    [Note: Captain Dave graciously honors me by reproducing my own thoughts on Lindbergh republished below.]

    Posted by Vanderleun May 20, 2009 3:55 PM | Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Leader of the Pack


    [SiteNotes: At some point in the near future, this site will roll over to a new Wordpress / Thesis format. (Currently Movable Type.)There's a lot to be done in the background so posting will be light. In addition, many items in the 6,000 entries deep archives are going to be expunged as well. Fair warning.]

    Posted by Vanderleun May 20, 2009 3:14 PM | Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Julie Henderson Has Had It with the Sisters

    Model Julie Henderson, having felt the stings and arrows of the new, improved "post-racist" America, wants to clear the air:

    "I have been spending "special time" with Russell [Simmons] for about 4 months and in that time I have learned some subtle things about some in the black community that have surprised me. Just for the record, I am nobody’s white b*tch, gold digger or fame chaser."

    Well, you go girl. I, for one, can see how some might feel slighted by this budding relationship, seeing that Russell Simmons "is the third richest figure in hip hop , having a net-worth estimate of $325 million." But he is also a talented and energetic man and I can see what a young woman, in need of guidance, might find alluring in him.

    And indeed, Ms. Henderson does. And has strong feelings about the recent whispered criticism, saying:

    "I just wanna say that Russell has been a great "special" friend and I'm sure as sh*t not giving him up cause some in America object to our friendship. I wanna close by saying, what Russell always says, Namaste. (That means the goddess in me recognizes the goddess in you)....Or, b*tch get your own man."

    So I guess that's pretty clear. What is a mystery to me is Russell Simmons in this relationship. As an elder statesman of the immense boon to our national culture that is Hip-Hop, I would think he would approach his declining years full of wisdom and insight. Hence, it is a mystery to me exactly what such a distinguished gentleman would see in such a young and impressionable woman.

    I have searched the video record on Ms. Henderson's achievements and have only managed to come up with this.

    What can possibly be the attraction here? Can someone explain it to me?

    Posted by Vanderleun May 19, 2009 9:22 PM | Comments (10)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Fastest Man on Earth

    You could watch him break the world record four times in one minute.

    Posted by Vanderleun May 19, 2009 1:30 AM | Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Sunday Worship Service: John the Revelator

    Nick Cave will make the Baby Jesus open your mind and shut your mouth.

    Posted by Vanderleun May 17, 2009 9:59 AM | Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    The Libbing Tree

    Sheer brilliance by Cranky @ Six Meat Buffet, With Apologies to Shel Silverstein

    Pointer via the exceptional Doug Ross.

    Posted by Vanderleun May 17, 2009 1:30 AM | Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    What Did Kipling Know and When Did He Know It?

    He knew more than our entire government when it comes to the Middle-East and Asia. And he knew it before any in our government were born.

    Now it is not good for the Christian's health to hustle the Aryan brown,
    For the Christian riles, and the Aryan smiles and he weareth the Christian down;
    And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased,
    And the epitaph drear: "A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East."

    -- The Naulahka

    Posted by Vanderleun May 16, 2009 1:25 PM | Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Space Shuttle Against the Sun: Despite Interruptions the Age of Miracles and Wonders Continues


    What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how
    infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and
    admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like
    a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet,
    to me, what is this quintessence of dust?"
    -- Hamlet

    With all the squabbles and bickering that make up our present perverted polity, it's easy to miss the real achievements of the nation. The image above of the shuttle against the sun is today's emblem of real achievement.

    Although chained to my day and age, I still maintain that in a thousand years the main moment remembered that occurred in my lifetime will be everything that led up to and away from this moment:

    Footprint on the Moon On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong put his left foot on the rocky Moon. It was the first human footprint on the Moon.

    Today's images will be lost in the sands of time, but will, for now, stand in as a reminder of what extraordinary and exceptional beings we are. As someone once said, "We are all lying in the mud, but some of us are looking at the stars."

    One of those stargazers is the photographer, Thierry Legault **, an engineer famed for his pictures of space taken in his yard in Paris who took these images in Florida, 60 miles south of the Kennedy Space Centre.

    Not widely published today are other shots Legault took, such as these in which both the shuttle and the Hubble space telescope can be seen just before the rendezvous in which a ship from the Earth took the greatest scientific instrument in history into its cargo bay for "repairs."



    And so, while the petty politicians bleat, and the small and not so small wars rage on in fits and starts, almost everyone on the Earth will sleep tonight with someone they don't really mind all that much. And tomorrow the kids in the playground across the street will run and skip and jump at recess. And tomorrow our planet, one of many like it or perhaps alone in the universe, will turn full of much more goodness and grace than hate and suffering.

    And tomorrow, somewhere in mid-heaven, floating weightless between the Earth and the Sun, men and women will carefully repair and refurbish a telescope so that we might see ever deeper into the whole of creation, and perhaps even, just a bit, into the mind and purposes of God.

    These are the days of miracle and wonder,
    This is the long distance call,
    The way the camera follows us in slo-mo
    The way we look to us all o-yeah,
    The way we look to a distant constellation
    That's dying in a corner of the sky,
    These are the days of miracle and wonder
    And don't cry baby don't cry
    Don't cry don't cry

    ** Other high definition shots by Thierry Legault of Transit of Atlantis and Hubble in front of the Sun.

    Posted by Vanderleun May 15, 2009 3:56 PM | Comments (8)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Taxing Matters: Monty Python Explains It All for You

    Why not "put a tax on thingy?"

    Posted by Vanderleun May 15, 2009 11:43 AM | Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    A 'perfect' iTunes equalizer setting

    And now for something actually useful. I'm restarting my long ago DJ career over at, so it was time to bring this reminder to myself and others back from the Archives.


    Works like a charm. Here's how to set it up.


    Posted by Vanderleun May 14, 2009 7:54 PM | Comments (28)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Drudge Done Right: Don Surber and Jules Crittenden


    Don Surber

    Jules Crittenden

    Posted by Vanderleun May 13, 2009 3:37 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
    Blogrolling in Our Time -or- 6 Reasons to Read "Jaded Heaven"

    First, because you get to ponder this mysterious banner graphic, which never seems to get old, on a daily basis.


    Posted by Vanderleun May 13, 2009 2:06 PM | Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    The Greatest Cocktail Party in History

    Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante, 2006 by Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi, and Zhang An(Detail)

    Art meets Knowledge. This is the sort of intellectual apotheosis only possible with the web. It's one of those things that makes you stop and admire the endless creativity of people in all walks of life. Three Chinese artists create a painting incorporating many of history's most interesting and influential people. A bit later someone on the Web combines the image with links to the Wikipedia entries for each person he can identify and off it goes. In only a glance you get the concept and think, "Imagine the conversations at that house party."

    In his seminal work, "Aspects of the Novel," E.M. Forster offers the compelling image of all the great novelists in English writing, not each in their proper time, but "as seated together in a room, a circular room, a sort of British Museum reading-room — all writing their novels simultaneously." We see much the same sort of thing here, with the advantage of being able to fill ourselves in on the people represented.

    If you haven't seen it yet, you owe it to yourself to spend some time with: Famous People Painting with Wiki Links | Historical Figures With Image Mapping (Painting by Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi, and Zhang An, 2006, oil on canvas - Image mapping with titles and wikipedia links) Background on the painting itself @ China News: 103 Famous Faces in One Painting

    Posted by Vanderleun May 12, 2009 1:34 PM | Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Corn-Pone Opinions: "We all do no end of feeling, and we mistake it for thinking."

    twainmarkhead.jpgIn a 1901 essay not published until 1923, years after his death, Mark Twain examines the effects of social pressures on our thoughts and beliefs.

    A political emergency brings out the corn-pone opinion in fine force in its two chief varieties--the pocketbook variety, which has its origin in self-interest, and the bigger variety, the sentimental variety--the one which can't bear to be outside the pale; can't bear to be in disfavor; can't endure the averted face and the cold shoulder; wants to stand well with his friends, wants to be smiled upon, wants to be welcome, wants to hear the precious words, "He's on the right track!" Uttered, perhaps by an ass, but still an ass of high degree, an ass whose approval is gold and diamonds to a smaller ass, and confers glory and honor and happiness, and membership in the herd. For these gauds many a man will dump his lifelong principles into the street, and his conscience along with them. We have seen it happen. In some millions of instances....
    In our late canvass half of the nation passionately believed that in silver lay salvation, the other half as passionately believed that that way lay destruction. Do you believe that a tenth part of the people, on either side, had any rational excuse for having an opinion about the matter at all? I studied that mighty question to the bottom--and came out empty. Half of our people passionately believe in high tariff, the other half believe otherwise. Does this mean study and examination, or only feeling? The latter, I think. I have deeply studied that question, too--and didn't arrive. We all do no end of feeling, and we mistake it for thinking. And out of it we get an aggregation which we consider a Boon. Its name is Public Opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it the Voice of God. Pr'aps.
    I suppose that in more cases than we should like to admit, we have two sets of opinions: one private, the other public; one secret and sincere, the other corn-pone, and more or less tainted. -- "Corn-Pone Opinions," by Mark Twain

    Posted by Vanderleun May 12, 2009 10:13 AM | Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Irving Berlin, a Great American, sings his hymn to America

    Pamela at Atlas Shrugs says Happy Birthday Irving! And so say we all.

    Berlin originally wrote the song in 1918 while serving in the U.S. Army at Camp Upton in Yaphank, New York.

    Posted by Vanderleun May 11, 2009 3:27 PM | Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    The $357,012 Air Force One Photo

    YOUR GOVERNMENT AT WORK: RELEASED TODAY and a worse photograph is hard to imagine. Focus, composition, color balance. Just about everything that can be wrong, is wrong. The smartkidz at the White House might want to spring for something other than a disposable camera. Oh, yeah, Photoshop Elements is still only about $100.

    Here you White House cyberwhiz kids. Elements + 2 minutes:


    Not great, but I'm working with crap to begin with.

    Posted by Vanderleun May 8, 2009 2:12 PM | Comments (16)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Blade Runner: The Penultimate Scene Made New

    Posted by Vanderleun May 6, 2009 3:41 PM | Comments (13)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    The Slipstream Media: Creating a New American Network - Part 1

    “Strait times come in history. Our time is such a time, millennial, full of fast currents, tossing, eddied, dangerous to pass through.” – John Fowles, The Aristos


    The Media is how America fights its civil wars. In this war at least half the country is both under-served and is painfully aware it is being under-served and lied to. In pop culture parlance, “We’re going to need bigger guns.”

    Seen as the 4th branch of government, the unelected and self-selected Mainstream Media, in cultural and political collusion with the present government, knows this and – even as it dies – will do everything it can to prevent the arming of the people with more and better media.

    To control the medium is to control the message. And control of the message means control of the hearts, minds, and votes of the people. To bring a better, clearer, and brighter message to the American people, we must have media that, like the Internet itself, “sees censorship as system damage and routes around it.” To accomplish this we must, in a network of small pieces loosely joined together, work to create a pervasive new media across America. Many of these pieces are already in place. Many more need to be created. All need to be joined in an affiliation. Mainstream media already knows how to do this and we must, to paraphrase Abby Hoffman, "Steal Their Book." Media not busy being born is busy dying.

    This is the first in a series of articles on how to go about building a new American media; a media composed of newspapers, television, radio, film, music, publishing, and the multi-media capabilities of the Internet; an American media open to all and founded on the five bedrock principles of “Duty, Honor, Country, Truth, God.”

    When dinosaurs die large opportunities for growth bloom within the ecosystem. The death of the old media is such an opportunity. It affords a wide range of possibilities to create a new media, a media that runs to the side of the mainstream media, but ultimately supplants it by slipping by it. For now I call it, The Slipstream Media.

    By “The Slipstream Media” I mean the use of all forms of media currently in use to inform and persuade the public that "There is another system."

    This series of articles will be composed of theoretical and practical observations on the content, forms, principles, funding, and business structures involved in creating a new media network in the rapidly changing marketplace of today and the foreseeable future. It will focus on, in Lenin’s phrase, “What is to be done,” as well as what can be done, and how the creation of the Slipstream Media might be accomplished.

    What is to be done.

    The Premise: Better ideas require not only better arguments, but also better means of distribution.

    To survive and thrive, better ideas also require funding, a sound business model based on the realities of the present, and a path to positive cash flow.


    Posted by Vanderleun May 5, 2009 8:34 PM | Comments (29)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Caption Me!: We have a winner!

    It's Mr. Snitch who grabs the gold in our CAPTION ME! contest with his instant classic: The Emperor's New Clubs

    Once upon a time there lived a vain President whose only worries in life were to dress in elegant clothes, and own the most wonderful set of golf clubs in the world...
    Read on OVER HERE.

    Posted by Vanderleun May 4, 2009 11:06 AM | Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Items Not Moving Well in Seattle Supermarkets This Week


    Posted by Vanderleun May 3, 2009 2:13 PM | Comments (10)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Midtown Manhattan Takes Extreme Anti-Swine Flu Measures

    Mayor Bloomberg: "There just weren't enough masks to go around so we stiched all our Macy's Parade balloons together and got everyone to breathe out at once."

    Posted by Vanderleun May 2, 2009 11:34 AM | Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    "War, No War, Sorta War?"

    An Afghan man gave tea to a U.S. solider during a search operation for members of Taliban in the Nerkh district of the Wardak province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday.

    Victor Hanson asks, in Questions from Oceania,

    What exactly is the current status of the war on terror? (1) Obama has so demonized the Bush administration (despite 8 years of successful homeland security and freedom from 9/11-like attack), and so rejected its very protocols, that he even has changed the very nomenclature of the fight: terrorism is now '€œman-caused disasters', enemy combatants at Guantanamo are '€œdetainees', '€œOverseas Contingency Operations' mean the '€œwar on terror'; OR (2) Nothing has changed: renditions, wiretaps, email intercepts, Predator attacks, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continue and Guantanamo is still open; he's simply Bush III, pacifying his leftwing base with apologies abroad and euphemism at home; OR (3) He has no idea of what he's doing, and sort of makes it up as he goes, screaming '€œBush did it' now, and then ordering '€œFollow what Bush did'. He simply assumes that whatever he does and whoever dies in the ongoing conflict, the media most certainly is not going to scream, as it did the last eight years, '€œmurder' and 'shredding the Constitution.'€ The days of movies, plays, and novels slurring the President are over.

    Posted by Vanderleun May 2, 2009 12:16 AM | Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Michelle to Bring the Supremes Back Together!


    Somebody new for the Supremes? Don Surber's got the inside pick:

    Why not Michelle Obama? Sure. She is a Harvard-educated lawyer and I think she supported the ticket.

    Posted by Vanderleun May 1, 2009 10:42 AM | Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Europe Explained: The Biggest Jonestown on the Planet


    Years back, when Europe was not further into deep space than Europa, there was a severe storm in the English Channel. A British tabloid summed it up with a head line that said, STORM CLOSES CHANNEL. CONTINENT CUT OFF. Now that the UK has decided to join Europe in their continent sized Jonestown ending, this map is closer to the sad reality of Europe. Created by ArtWerk on Flickr who says his inspiration was a BBC report in January headlined Europeans 'afraid of tomorrow.' They should be. Starting today.

    [Click to enlarge, or click the link to see the flickr page with notes left by users.]

    Posted by Vanderleun May 1, 2009 9:06 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
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    If my child were ever killed in such an attack,

    I would go on a God-damned (and I don’t make this invocation lightly) one man Crusade for vengeance.
    God may have said “vengeance is mine” but I would damn my soul to Hell to get even with anybody who attacked my family. So the passivity and magical invocations of the Progressives grates on my nerves. It’s disgustingly naive and utterly insane. It is the man who passively bows down to his executioner instead of fighting to the last. I don’t understand it. I can’t fathom it.Candlelight Progressive Magic... Again | Declination

    Everybody Must Get Chipped!


    Swedish Tech Company Implants Microchips in Employees Bodies to Make Their Lives Easier
    “We already interact with technology all the time,” Epicenter employee Hannes Sjoblad told the BBC, in 2015. “Today it’s a bit messy – we need pin codes and passwords. Wouldn’t it be easy to just touch with your hand? That’s really intuitive.” “We want to be able to understand this technology before big corporates and big government come to us and say everyone should get chipped – the tax authority chip, the Google or Facebook chip,” Hannes added, convinced that this way he will be able to question the way the technology is implemented from a position of much greater knowledge.

    The Revolution has moved onto a new phase.

    In the French Revolution, after the White Terror, the Constitution of 1795 established The Directory.
    This was the start of a new phase in which the lower classes were mostly ignored, as the new ruling class consolidated its power. That may be what we are seeing with our managerial class as they largely ignore the results of recent elections and enforce discipline in their own ranks. Ruminations On The Way Down The Mountain | The Z Blog

    A Window Looking Over "Happy Acres" is Here


    Tumblr killed off his site there without warning. Twitter still tolerates him, but Twitter will purge him.
    For now he's at: HappyAcres (@HappyHectares) | Twitter I tried to tell him that he needs to get his own platform. If on Twitter tell him too. We will need the sites we like to survive and not be killed off by Jack and other Neojacobins of his ilk.

    Trump was a political asteroid impact


    The idea that someone who shakes parmesan from a can contravened the wishes of those who can taste the difference between serrano and iberico Jamón is simply unacceptable.
    Maxine Waters, Nacy Pelosi, Barbra Boxer and Al Green, are so far removed from traditional America as to be alien life forms. Outside of the 6 -7 major media/political centers in the US, the rest of the population simply do not factor into the equation until election time returns. The Price of Delegitimization – The Virginia Freeman's Society

    " This is Topic A -- and there is no Topic B until further notice... "

    Manchester: This Time They Came for Our Children

    Politicians and the media particularly must face reality. We may not like it but we are at war. You should behave accordingly. This is Topic A -- and there is no Topic B until further notice... that is unless you want Manchester actually to be the "new normal." It pretty much is already. How horrible is that for all of us, how horrible for our children. Why don't we all get together and put an end to it? It's even more important than impeaching Trump.

    The truth of the matter is that modern universities are not in the business of leader-making.

    Our leaders these days come from other places, or other times;
    because our institutions of higher learning have turned their energy to licensing managers to serve as the officers of our managerial oligarchy. According to Patrick Dennan, students these days are “…the culmination of western civilization, a civilization that has forgotten nearly everything about itself, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference to its own culture.” If You Don’t Read Books… | Joel D. Hirst's Blog

    "We won’t need to build new holding cells on Guantanamo Bay this time."

    In this case, the visuals will be provided by future terror attacks.

    That reinforces the “evil” part, obviously. But more importantly, the Losers will be doing nothing but losing on the battlefield from now until “annihilation.” They are surrounded, and the clock is ticking. Oh, and the press isn’t allowed to watch the final battles. In other words, we won’t need to build new holding cells on Guantanamo Bay this time. No press means no prisoners, if you know what I mean. (American soldiers won’t be shooting the prisoners. We have allies for that sort of thing.)Goodbye ISIS, Hello Losers | Scott Adams' Blog

    How To Make It As A Left-Wing Polemicist

    Has your novel just not flowed from your fingertips like you’d imagined?
    Does each year of being an adjunct professor feel less fulfilling than the last? Starting to think that no amount of Adderall can launch you past the boredom of your role as a research assistant? Could it be that so much time has passed since you last picked up your guitar that it wouldn’t even be possible to get the old band back together again?

    Do you seek validation? Are you hungry for permanent and hip confrontational posturing? Still having dreams about the glory of radical nonconformity? Eager to purge your upper-middle class and white guilt? Want to do something new with your life, but want to rely on the skills you already have instead of learning new ones?

    I’ve got just the thing for you: become a left-wing critic of the mainstream American Left. It’s easy, really, and no matter what, your Twitter following will increase at least five-fold. How To Make It As A Left-Wing Polemicist - Social Matter

    The Japanese. Nuked Too Much or Sleeping with the Fish?


    Japan's adult wrapping wellness trend is so weird it's creeping out the Japanese people | SoraNews24
    In otona maki, participants lie down on a large, sheet-like piece of cloth. An attendant then wraps them up snugly, leaving their face completely obscured their knees tucked up near their waist, and their overall posture resembling the fetal position. The only openings are two small gaps near the participants’ midsection, left over from how the cloth is tied.

    I am the king of lost places.


    Nowhere-land. The triangular mud minarets of Sankore Mosque in Timbuktu, in front of that silent sandy plaza that used to host a university, back when life in Timbuktu had significance.
    A Catholic seminary converted into a hostel in the old Belgian administrative center called Lubero tucked in the highlands of eastern Congo – blue helmets and razor wire waiting to accept the genocidaire; monsters who had decided upon the extinguishing of another race. Eating escargot and drinking warm beer with the priests. The cement and zinc-roofed house of a witch in a village in northern Nicaragua, sitting in front of her on a rocking chair imploring her to release the sick under her spell so I could take them for hospital care. The King of Lost Places | Joel D. Hirst's Blog

    Occupation of a defeated America

    would take a form other than garrisoning huge numbers of troops and running the place as a prison camp, the standard motif of doomer movies and novels.
    The likeliest would be a Vichy-type puppet government that took care to mimic our current structure and outward forms. Just as in France, they'd have little trouble finding reliable, unprincipled opportunists already in place and eager to serve. Woodpile Report

    "Black Lives Matter might more accurately be named White Killers Matter,

    because it only seems to care about black lives that are ended by white people.

    And that, of course, is because Black Lives Matter isn’t about justice, but about racial agitation."
    But the routine taking of black lives by other blacks generates no interest in the mainstream media. Forty-three hundred people, including two dozen children under the age of 12, were shot in Chicago last year. Had 4,300 white people been shot, there would have been a revolution, and the media would have set up headquarters in the city to cover the breakdown of law and order. But because the victims were nearly all black, few pay attention—besides the police. Some Black Lives Don’t Matter | City Journal

    The Way It Is

    They ain't gonna do jack shitski.
    At least nothing of physical context to anyone, cept maybe a couple pisswillys that needed it. On a large scale, say, several hundred people? Not hardly. Look cross eyed at em and they'll be slip-slidin in their own loose fecal matter. Then, with gas mask applied and industrial grade boot covers, just walk amongst them with a 28" Louisville Slugger crackin heads in both directions. Posted by: ghostsniper at May 20, 2017 8:25 PM

    If they do break Trump, I don't think the genie goes back in the bottle.
    I think the days of leftist pissants grinding our faces in the dirt under the threat of government coercion are over. How it will evolve, I don't know but I don't think it will be peaceful. Posted by: Bill Cox at May 21, 2017 5:13 AM
    The Top 40: This is not about Donald Trump’s alleged character defects.

    Why do many people want to deny us our past?

    Why does the brutishness of our ancestors offend so?

    And why do the stories of tremendous resilience, of family and purpose and fight and faith offend them? We are told that because they were not perfect – that they held prejudice in their hearts or often misbehaved – we are not to look to them; certainly not as a means to better understand ourselves. As if we are not even now brutish and vile – albeit in different ways. As if the progress we have been sold, so carefully scraped of all vestiges of the past, is even healthy – even progress at all really, instead of another dark age served to us by know-nothings.Castles, Civilizations and the Know-Nothings | Joel D. Hirst

    Memes that Make You Go, "Hummmmm..."

    House of Eratosthenes

    Two New Things Under the Sun

    Louis Réard, the inventor of bikini, with a model in 1946.
    He named his creation after the Bikini Atoll, which was the site of nuclear weapon tests, as he felt his new swimsuit would create an “explosive commercial and cultural reaction.”

    Why the C-130 Is Such a Badass Plane


    Designed to carry only 90 paratroopers, the Hercules's belly was bursting with far more people than that.
    Its lone pilot, a VNAF major, pushed its four Allison T56 turboprops to full throttle and began his takeoff down the 10,000 foot runway. At the opposite end of the runway, the airplane still hadn't taken wing. But in the runway's 1000-foot overrun, the C-130 staggered into the air. After a harrowing flight, it touched down three and a half hours later at U Tapao Royal Thai AB, southeast of Bangkok. On the ramp, American personnel were visibly surprised as they watched 452 people disembark. With herculean effort, the C-130 had lifted more than 20,000 pounds above its operational limit. -- Popular Mechanics

    This is not about Donald Trump’s alleged character defects.

    The Resistance would have arisen against whoever represented Americans who had voted not to be governed as they have been for the past quarter-century.
    It is a cold civil war against a majority of the American people and their way of life. The members of the Resistance mean to defend their power. Their practical objective is to hamper and otherwise delegitimize 2016’s winners. Their political objective is to browbeat Trump voters into believing they should repent and yield to their betters. This campaign might break the Trump presidency. The Cold Civil War

    Racism: The Last Refuge of Us All?

    Race is what you cling to when you have no meaningful achievements of your own to display.
    It’s a safe space for the unaccomplished. That’s why there’s been such an explosion of racism on the left, especially among some of its less successful demographic groups. When you have nothing to offer, or when you just don’t want to make the effort to be successful or productive, well…at least you have your skin. And the left has proved to be expert at making everything about skin. With so many layabouts, welfare cases, entitlement whores, and blame shifters among the masses, leftist intellectuals in politics, the media, and academia gain lots of traction by continually reassuring certain constituencies, “Hey, man, your skin color makes you special! Your skin color makes you deserving!” - David Cole

    No. Just No.


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    “Weapons are the tools of power.

    In the hands of the state, they can be the tools of decency or the tools of oppression, depending on the righteousness that state.
    In the hands of criminals, they are the tools of evil. In the hands of the free and decent citizen, they should be the tools of liberty. Weapons compound man’s power to achieve whatever purpose he may have. They amplify the capabilities of both the good man and the bad, and to exactly the same degree, having no will of their own. Thus, we must regard them as servants, not masters–and good servants of good men. Without them, man is diminished, and his opportunities to fulfill his destiny are lessened. An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.” — Attributed to Col. Jeff Cooper [via Power Tools – waka waka waka]


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