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A serious invasion of Lebanon by ISIS

could unleash a bloodbath that makes the civil war in Syria look like a bar fight with pool sticks and beer mugs.
It would be tantamount to a Nazi invasion. Every family in Lebanon is armed to the gills thanks to the state being too weak and divided to provide basic security, but people anywhere in the world facing psychopathic mass-murderers will fight with kitchen knives and even their fingernails and teeth if they have to. ISIS' Next Target | World Affairs Journal

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There is no arguing with the Culture of Death

beyond showing it is a form of psychopathology.
There can be no debate, and really it’s just a question of who has the power to get his way. Wolves eat sheep when there are no shepherds, and as Thomas More observed, sheep eat men when the atheists are in power. Pray for a slow death

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Public schools and academia produce zombies

America today is increasingly anti-freedom, anti-truth, anti-ideas, anti-capitalsim – anti-reason.
A nation built on a morality of reason has all but abandoned its foundational principles. Public schools and academia produce zombies – goose-steppers like the Hitler Youth – who are militant and violent in their imposition of the leftist/Islamic agenda. And when they do it, they congratulate themselves about how they have stood up against “fascism” and “intolerance,” when the intolerant fascists are they themselves. Intellectually, young Americans are the most docile conformists, no matter how vocally and self-righteously they declare themselves free. They have accepted as dogma all the philosophical beliefs of their elders of the hard left without question or exploration. A continuing negation of life and self. Articles: The Poo Generation

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You are watching entropy at work, witnessing the destruction of information and seeing disorder take over the world.

Since order and knowledge are expensive, what we call civilization essentially advances by remembering which wires go where. The innovation of political correctness however, holds that since all jumper
connections are equally valid, anything goes and one can even rearrange older wiring to suit aesthetic impulses. By declaring all cultures equal we open the doors to entropy. We may not notice the effect at first, because — to continue the computer example — there is still enough residual functionality in your machine to carry on.
By and by we disable the CD drive, the USB ports, then some of the keys in the keyboard. Then one day we pull out a really important jumper and the hard disk stops. But by then we cannot acknowledge the damage we’ve done since according to our progressive thinking we ought to have improved things. And this thought will still be in our minds as the blade of the machete slices off the hand we put out to ward the blow. The Trouble With Entropy | Belmont Club

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Even Madonna understands

Muslims are crucifying Christians, lopping the hands off thieves, beheading Coptic Christians, tossing homosexuals off rooftops, burning people alive, gang-raping children, and worse -- and all our president can say is that Christians weren't nice in the Crusades a thousand years ago? Don Surber: Even Madonna understands
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Frito Pie

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This Frito pie adapted from The Homesick Texan cookbook is a winner. Two pounds of ground beef, along with seasonings including cumin, oregano, cloves, cinnamon, garlic, and lime juice, make for a classic beef chili that is absolutely fantastic served on a bed of crunchy Fritos. Topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped pickled jalapeno, and fresh diced tomatoes, this dish tastes just as good served in individual Frito bags for bowls as it does on a real plate. 11 Beef Recipes You Should Master: It’s What’s for Dinner - Food News -
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Groupies, FanGirls, War Brides, Manson Chicks, Who Cares?: The ‘ISIS brides’ knew what they were doing. That’s the problem.

Yet to suggest, as Mr. Cameron also did, that these young women were “duped by a poisonous ideology” downplays the extent to which they likely were active participants in their own radicalization. By all accounts they got good grades—so much for the State Department’s plan to combat terrorism with better education—and one shouldn’t assume they’re stupid. They schemed effectively to raise the money for their journey. They also appear to have studied up on how to avoid looking suspicious during the trip. Britain’s Lost Girls - WSJ
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Unfortunately, a more brutal, cruel, and anti-human government won World War II — the Soviet Union.

The United States at the time, and for a long time afterward, was substantially honeycombed with people who were either sympathetic to or reporting directly to the Soviet government.
One of the main effects of this is that the Western world, despite the collapse of the USSR and the implosion of its sphere of influence, came to resemble what conservatives of the earlier 20th century would readily recognize as a secular socialist state, with Christianity relegated to vestigial or subordinated status, the living faith reduced to a way to spend a Sunday, with sincere Christians repeatedly harried and legally attacked when trying to practice their beliefs in a sincere way. Better Dead Than Red - Henry Dampier

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The Open House of (LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM)

The Stupid. It Burns! 154 Church Street Open House is a safe space for
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderfuck, Polyamourous, Bondage/Disciple, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism (LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM) communities and for people of sexually or gender dissident communities. The goals of Open House include generating interest in a celebration of queer life from the social to the political to the academic. Open House works to create a Wesleyan community that appreciates the variety and vivacity of gender, sex and sexuality. Housing at Weslyan

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Pediatrician Mike Ginsberg has had enough of the vaccine skeptics.

This Viral Pediatrician’s Anti-Vaxxer Rant is the Smackdown of the Year | John Hawkins' Right Wing News
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The Japanese: "Nuked Too Much or Not Enough?"

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Kagome Co's employee Shigenori Suzuki appears with the newly-developed 'Wearable Tomato' device for runners during its unveiling event ahead of the weekend's Tokyo Marathon in Tokyo February 19, 2015. The eight-kilo (17.6-pound) contraption fits on a runner like a rucksack. It can distribute a total of seven medium-sized tomatoes, one by one, at the click of a button and supplies the runner with much needed nutrients during a long jog or race..... - The Atlantic
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Why did the Romans choose to entrust their health, wealth, and well-being to disembodied penises?

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Well, an impressive phallus was the chosen manifestation of the god Fascinus, a protector deity whose worship was entrusted to the vestal virgins.
The word “fascinate” derives from his name. In ancient times, it was believed that by distracting the Evil Eye with sexually explicit imagery, it would become “fascinated” and forget to look your way. Plutarch recorded that “the strange look of (amulets) attracts the gaze, so (the Eye) exerts less pressure upon its victim.” In other words, the Evil Eye is a dick, so the best way to fight it is with more dicks. Apotropaic Boners; or, How to Avoid the Evil Eye | The Hairpin

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Australia's deadliest sniper, Ian Robertson, 'never did the arithmetic'

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At the end of a week, the Australians took the hill with a bayonet charge, led by a heroic figure called Len Opie, who took several strongholds single-handedly.
Robertson ran up to the enemy position he'd been shooting at earlier that day, and saw something he never forgot. Where he had been firing, there were 30 bodies. One morning's bloody work. "Just one morning," he repeats, shaking his head. "And I'd been there all week. I got a feeling of horror. I never did the arithmetic. I still don't want to." via reddit.com

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"When I was young I wanted to prove"

"When I was young I wanted to prove that I was tougher than life. I was, but not, as it turns out, as relentless." -- mushroom's Comment on Random Kayak Karnage
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"Then it is all mystery surrounded by yet more mystery...."

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His father was an anti-British, Muslim/Communist (a popular Third World ideological mix in the 1950s and 1960s).
After his Kenyan father abandoned the family, his mother (apparently, a rather strange drifter and a leftist) remarried to another Muslim--I don't know if she did, but she probably had to convert to Islam or at least pretend to do so. The new family moved from Hawaii to Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country. There Barrack Hussein Obama spent his formative years in a Muslim school, engaging in Muslim prayer rituals and learning about the religion, before returning to a highly dysfunctional leftist-tinged family situation that awaited him in Hawaii. Then it is all mystery surrounded by yet more mystery. As I noted over two years ago, We are not allowed to ask how this self-admittedly mediocre, drug-using student from a highly dysfunctional family, raised in Hawaii and Indonesia, managed to attend exclusive and expensive schools. The DiploMad 2.0: Obama, a Muslim Hater of America?

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For Grateful Dead’s Final Shows, Long, Strange Trip Ends in Sea of Mail

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When the Grateful Dead announced it would mark its 50th anniversary in the summer of 2015 with three final performances, Deadheads took the old-school route,
flooding the band’s ticket service here with handcrafted requests rather than clicking online. Since the shows were announced a month ago more than 60,000 envelopes—many painstakingly adorned with the Dead’s typical psychedelic skulls and skeletons—have poured into a post office box in this picturesque Marin County spot a half-hour from the Golden Gate Bridge. The post office usually receives 7,000 letters a week. “It was a big shock to us,” Jim Harvey, the Stinson Beach postmaster, said of the vivid No. 10 envelopes festooned with Magic Marker sketches and fanciful lettering. “It indicated that the Grateful Dead culture is alive and well.” - -- WSJ

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The Conqueror Worm

They soon drop their ropes and progress through a series of excavated tunnels and industrial caves, as if puzzling some new route into a pharaoh's tomb
—an Egyptology of urban infrastructure with its own secret chambers and traps. And, incredibly, they actually do it: they actually find the machine, realizing that the rumors were both true and strangely inaccurate. That is, the machine is even larger and more extraordinary than they'd been led to believe. It is a sprawling and tentacular presence that blocks the tunnel with the dark bulk of its old valves and pipework, like some ancient engine that wanted to hide itself in a cocoon of its own making. - - BLDGBLOG:

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The administration’s plan to create a “free and open Internet”

means, as usual, the opposite of what it says.
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Islam has no ethnicity;

it is not an Arab movement; it is a new people, but a people defined first of all by militancy.
The individual Muslim does not submit to traditional society as such, no matter how many elements of traditional society might be incorporated into Muslim doctrine; he submits to the movement of the tribes. That is why jihad is the most authentic form of Muslim religious activity, and why the blood rituals of Ashura the most authentic form of Muslim worship. Jihad and Self-Sacrifice in Islam | Spengler

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If a politician and asked "Is Obama a Christian" answer like this:

Do I think Obama is a Christian? Do I look like his biographer?
Why not ask me his shoe size next? Maybe his preferred Sleep Number setting? Truly, sir, this line of questioning is the dumbest thing I’ve encountered since the last time I encountered a reporter from the Washington Post. Why in the name of all that is holy are you quizzing me about the president’s religion? Why don’t you quiz him? Oh, that’s right, you’re a groveling coward and a pathetic excuse for a journalist. You forget that you’re job is to get to the truth and enlighten the people, not to seek out Republicans for cheap gotcha moments. You, sir, are a fraud, a disgrace, and an embarrassment to what’s left of your dying profession. This president has prosecuted, spied on, and stifled the media, yet you still carry his water like a spineless vassal. Why don’t you shine his shoes while you’re at it? You should be questioning authority, not shielding it from scrutiny, you shameless hack. I will not legitimize you by answering this question. Instead, I will pray that the Holy Spirit sees fit to endow you with even a shred of integrity and courage, so that you might one day decide to do something that in some way resembles journalism. Until then, please leave my presence before I become physically ill. Thank you, sir, good night.
Scott Walker Was Too Nice. It’s Incredibly Obvious That Barack Obama Isn’t a Christian. Matt Walsh @ TheBlaze.com

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How do you say, "Cthulhu"

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Another of these dreams he had used as a basis for ‘Pickman’s Model,’ while still another formed the nucleus for ‘The Call of Cthulhu.’
I referred to this story one day, pronouncing the strange word as though it were spelled K-Thool-Hoo. Lovecraft looked blank for an instant, then corrected me firmly, informing me that the word was pronounced, as nearly as I can put it down in print, K-Lütl-Lütl. I was surprised, and asked why he didn’t spell it that way if such was the pronunciation. He replied in all seriousness that the word was originated by the denizens of his story and that he had only recorded their own way of spelling it. Lovecraft’s own invention had assumed an actual reality in his mind. — Donald Wandrei, “Lovecraft in Providence,” When in Rome … – Futility Closet

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How Slim Pickens replaced Peter Sellers as Major Kong in Dr. Strangelove

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When Pickens arrived at Shepperton, Kubrick sent Southern over to see he was all right.
The writer cheerfully cracked open a bottle of Wild Turkey to set the mood, and asked Pickens if he had settled into his hotel okay, and if everything was fine and dandy. Slim took a big slurp of his drink, wiped the back of his hand against and mouth and replied: “Wal, it’s like this ole friend of mine from Oklahoma says: Jest gimme a pair of loose-fittin’ shoes, some tight pussy, and a warm place to shit, an’ ah’ll be all right.” Too pinko for Dan or | Flashbak

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Using a typewriter at times feels more like playing piano than jotting down notes,

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a percussive exercise in expressing thought that is both tortuous and rewarding.
Generations of thinkers have made typewriters their frenemies, and long before there were Gmail inboxes, print correspondence stacked up, some hastily written and impulsive on the steel gadgets. The QWERTY keyboard arrangement was supposedly developed to help alleviate the jamming of frequently conflicting keys. Later, a “shift” key was added, which earned its name by literally shifting a basket of keys to allow not just one, but two sets of letters to be utilized, and paving the way for digital shouting matches and accidentally endearing notes from relatives who still grapple with the dance between lower and upper cases. The Last of the Typewriter Men — Backchannel — Medium

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KKK Wednesday was not to be

After the Krispy Kreme outlet advertised the event [“Krispy Kreme Klub Wednesday”] on Facebook, the blowback was fierce and shrill.
Krispy Kreme officials—including the visibly black Lafeea Watson—apologized “unreservedly” for the mishap, assuring customers that their donuts in no way endorse hooded terrorism, mob lynchings, or racial discrimination, and that people of all races, creeds, colors, sexual orientations, gender identities, and species identities are free to purchase their donuts and eat them at their convenience in the designated safe spaces of their choosing. The Week That Perished - Taki's Magazine

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Where the Word "Jumbo" Came From

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When the young elephant finally arrived in London, Bartlett immediately recognised that it had been poorly looked after and handed its care off to his most talented zoo-keeper, Matthew Scott. Scott, who was noted as having a knack for understanding animals, quickly bonded with the elephant and under his expert care, Jumbo eventually grew to become one of the largest elephants the world has ever known, standing at an impressive 12 feet tall in his prime (later advertised as over 13 ft. tall.
Jumbo’s massive size and gentle temperament eventually led to him being bought by legendary circus owner, P.T Barnum in 1882. The sale of Jumbo caused a considerable stir in England and the London Zoo was heavily criticised by the public for daring to sell him. You see, during his time at the London Zoo, Jumbo had become quite a celebrity and boasted such high-profile fans as Queen Victoria, who personally petitioned the zoo not to sell him. The zoo, however, were worried about Jumbo entering what is known as “musth“, a condition that can affect bull elephants resulting in an increased production of testosterone and unpredictable, violent behaviour. Jumbo’s sheer size meant that if he entered musth, he could have quite literally destroyed the entire zoo if he felt like it. -- TIFO

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The Global Flight From the Family It’s not only in the West or prosperous nations—the decline in marriage and drop in birth rates is rampant, with potentially dire fallout.

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‘They’re getting divorced, and they’ll do anything NOT to get custody of the kids.” So reads the promotional poster, in French, for a new movie, “Papa ou Maman” (“Daddy or Mommy”), plastered all over Paris during my recent visit there. The movie sounds like quintessential French comedy, but its plot touches on a deep and serious reality—and one not particular to France. Nicholas Eberstadt: The Global Flight From the Family - WSJ
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"I do not believe that the President loves America" -- Rudy Giuliani

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A Question of Personality | The unprecedented firestorm of opprobrium that greeted Giuliani suggested that he had somehow hit a switch.
It was like pushing an ordinary button in the wall and watching the skyscrapers out the window suddenly crumble in dust down into the ground. What Giuliani had done was undermine Obama’s legitimacy. Because so much of Obama’s “power” comes from his special-ness that to question his patriotism is to strike at the basis for his governance. It was, as in a monarchy, tantamount to rebellion. The reason that similar remarks by Obama about George Bush’s patriotism evoked simple shrugs was because Bush was just an ordinary president, the latest in a line of politicians to occupy the office since George Washington.

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She'd be more attractive if she wasn't constantly running around with her pants on fire.

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"Blondage" Marie Harf Her and John Kerry side-by-side must look like Beauty And The Frankenstein Monster.
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Shooting the Thief

West Virginia Pharmacist Shooting Robber | PJ Media The shooter in the video above, Don Radcliff, has turned to his faith since shooting an armed man at Good Family Pharmacy in Pinch, W. Va., on Wednesday: Radcliff shared Thursday’s devotion from his daily devotional.
“Thursday, February 19th, John 10, 7 to 18, ‘A thief comes only to steal and to kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.’ That’s verse 10,” Radcliff said. “Abundance isn’t God’s provision for me to live in luxury; it’s his provision for me to help others live.”

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