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What's up with that shoulder decoration?

Spiritual leader allegedly manipulated 400 men into removing testicles to be 'closer to God' A man has been accused of encouraging hundreds of followers to be castrated in a promise for them to become closer to God. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, an Indian pop-star and telepreacher with a reported wealth of more than $50 million, is being investigated after he allegedly manipulated around 400 men to get their testicles removed – according to India Today.
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In the custodial state, however, the cops function as hyper-violent helicopter parents.

If a citizen is doing something the authorities think is unsafe or uncooperative,
the state sends in a swat team as a “show of force” or worse. There are over 50,000 SWAT raids a year in America. Most are for things like serving a summons or collecting non-violent parolees. The argument is the cops don’t know what they are getting into so for their safety they send in Seal Team Six.
This is the logic of the managerial class. Police departments have arrived at a bizarre sense of self-awareness where they no longer see themselves as part of the community. They stand apart from those they watch, like game keepers in a preserve. While their job is to keep the animals safe, their first priority is their own safety above all else, fueled by a deep distrust of those they supervise. The Show of Force at The Z Blog

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Here you see the hive mind at work.

At some level, the author and his [Envirowhacko] coreligionists believe that the presence of even one non-believer keeps them from reaching the promised land.
Just as ISIS is focused on purifying their lands by ridding it of every last infidel, the modern liberal obsesses over the dwindling number of non-believers in the West. The other fascinating thing is that these utopians never take yes for an answer. That’s because they can’t. What animates their faith is the struggle. Gaia Worship at The Z Blog

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A Target Rich Environment: Beyond Weslyan's LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM Safe House

Despite the seemingly all-inclusive aspirations of the LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM acronym, the university recognizes that not every student will feel comfortable in this new “safe space.”
To accommodate still further variations in student interest, Wesleyan’s Office of Residential Life offers a variety of unique living options. Farm House provides students “interested in the politics and culture of food production and sustainability a place to cultivate a mutualistic relationship with the earth that provides them with their lunch everyday.” Residents of Earth House can “espouse the values and principles of social ecology, deep ecology, and eco-feminism” while simultaneously “challenging traditional social structures and replacing them with new, creative and egalitarian alternatives.” African-American upperclassmen are welcome to apply to live in Malcolm X House, where they can dedicate themselves to “the exploration and celebration of the cultural heritage of the African Diaspora, both for themselves and for the larger Wesleyan community.” Turath House is for Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim students looking “to articulate their views and express and affirm their culture and religion without fear of harassment and discrimination.” Not Your Parents' Open House by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal 26 February 2015

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The basalt principle of current American governance is that you can fool enough of the people enough of the time.

The smart can safely be ignored.
People with capacious and well-stocked mental larders are statistically insignificant. Thus candidates campaign by grinning and smirking, hiding whatever intelligence they may have, and professing sympathy for orphans and the downtrodden. In France, a candidate with the mind of a lawn chair would be held in contempt, but in America he is thought to be of the people, and authentic. Unfortunately, he is. Fred On Everything

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"Maybe it pays to pick a fight with Obama."

Netanyahu more popular than Obama in the USA, according to Gallup 45% of Americans approve of Benjamin Netanyahu -- only 44% approve of Barack Obama, Gallup polls found.
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The plant has the capacity to process 400,000 pounds of Dell's Maraschino Cherries a week.


It also had the capacity to crank out large quantities of indoor marijuana.
Once investigators discovered a hidden room behind a flimsy wall in a basement storage room, they uncovered a grow-op that could hold 1,200 plants. When investigators unearthed a basement full of luxury cars, suspicions were aroused, and they then found some "suspicious shelving," which turned out to be a fake wall held fast by magnets. They opened the door and the rich, rank odor of marijuana burst from it.

That's when Mondella, who had been cooperating in the hours-long "inspection," ran into a nearby bathroom, locked the door, told his sister "Take care of my kids," and shot himself in the head.Maraschino Cherry Mogul Kills Self As Cops Discover Huge Marijuana Grow | Alternet

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The New York Times readership, in a nutshell


Gavin McInnes on Twitter:
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We have the responsiveness of a corpse

We are conflict-averse. We want to be left alone but by ironic consequence, we will not be. As a whole we have tended to confuse Christianity with passivity, and civility with letting things slide, as if the whole message of the Gospels and the entire content of tolerant civilization consisted of taking punches on the chin and begging for more. Mein Kampf in the Piety Stall | Belmont Club
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Is scientism defensible?

The Folly of Scientism @ The New Atlantis
Is it really true that natural science provides a satisfying and reasonably complete account of everything we see, experience, and seek to understand — of every phenomenon in the universe? And is it true that science is more capable, even singularly capable, of answering the questions that once were addressed by philosophy? This subject is too large to tackle all at once. But by looking briefly at the modern understandings of science and philosophy on which scientism rests, and examining a few case studies of the attempt to supplant philosophy entirely with science, we might get a sense of how the reach of scientism exceeds its grasp.

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"Who is gonna make it? We'll find out in the long run / I know we can take it if our love is a strong one "


Couple, Ages 108 and 105, Celebrate 82 Years of Marriage
Veillard starts his day at 5 a.m. and does five to seven pushups. For breakfast, he has a cup of tea, oatmeal and fresh fruit. Lunch and dinner consist of fish and fresh vegetables. The centenarians nap early and often. The couple do not leave their house except to see the doctor. Neither walks without assistance. But both are looking forward to celebrating another landmark in their life. Veillard also let The Journal News in on his secret for living a long and healthy life: “That’s God,” he said in French Creole.

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Rock On


Two hours east of Los Angeles, three hours west of Las Vegas,
and many miles from the nearest traffic light or roadside diner lies a single boulder in the Mojave Desert claimed to be the largest rock in the world—at least until 2000, when a large chunk broke off, neatly and without provocation. Now split in two, it is still called Giant Rock. Graffiti blackens the lower surface and ATVs roar nearby. There is an occasional tourist. CABINET // Mass Effect

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We are a silly people ... a foolish people ...


The dress that broke the Internet
A badly lit photograph of a $77 off-the-rack dress broke the Internet Friday, spawning arguments, memes and half-baked pseudo-scientific explanations over the viral frock's real colors. By some reckonings, Buzzfeed invented "viral," but its deputy news director, Jon Passatino, appeared truly surprised by just how many clicks the dress generated. He tweeted that it broke the site's traffic records, with more than 670,000 people viewing the post simultaneously at one point and garnering 16 million hits in six hours.

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Here’s the job description:

Needed, a U.S. president able to confront a world in chaos,
rebuild shattered alliances, revive the country’s demoralized intelligence services and senior officer corps, manage foreign and domestic demands with a budget that will be drained for years by fantastically expensive debt servicing, and along the way restore public faith in an array of deeply politicized federal bureaucracies—Justice, HHS, EPA, Labor, Internal Revenue, the NLRB, FCC, EEOC, even the Federal Reserve. -- Captain America Won’t Save Us - WSJ

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Bring On Your Censorship


-- - Henry Dampier
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A Nokia 3310 if you must know. Pervert.

Woman gets mobile phone stuck in her vagina The 27-year-old had been using her Nokia 3310 to pleasure herself. But it slipped too far inside her and she was unable to remove it. When she realised it was stuck she had no choice but call her gynaecologist and say she had an emergency. While sat in the doctor's waiting room the woman's phone began to RING.
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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


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 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?"


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?


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'


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

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