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Those with memories beyond a garden slug

will come to be dumbfounded by the number of heretofore sacred liberal positions that liberals will eventually jettison.

First the white working class was traded out out for their hardly working black counterparts. The white middle class shortly followed. Anti-corporatism has quietly been evacuated. And very soon baby boomer SS and Medicare recipients will learn that the ubiquitous slur “old white people” is simply a rhetorical prelude to transitioning funds to more vibrant welfare and Medicaid beneficiaries. All their prior votes for democrats soon to be long forgotten–none were so easily manipulated.
Environment, We Hardly Knew Ye | The Kakistocracy

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“When hopes and dreams are loose in the streets,

it is well for the timid to lock doors, shutter windows and lie low until the wrath has passed. For there is often a monstrous incongruity between the hopes, however noble and tender, and the action which follows them. It is as if ivied maidens and garlanded youths were to herald the four horsemen of the apocalypse.” Eric Hoffer, The True Believer, 1951HappyAcres

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Just as Christianity’s pews now often lie fallow, so challenged will be liberalism.

faith is easy when it’s easy. When the only costs of conspicuous moral vanity are high taxes and the search for “good schools.”

But man’s relationship with his diverse God is tested in adversity. When those fewer good schools begin to orbit out of financial reach and weeping public school children greet a man’s arrival home from a salary-pressured job Americans used to do. When crime and societal dysfunction seep into your own declining property value neighborhood. When a random youth robbery gone wrong impacts a loved one. When the go areas eventually become smaller than the no-gos. There is where faith will be tested. Many will fail.
There are over seven billion souls on Earth. Only a tiny decreasing fraction of whom are white liberals. The notion that their religious worldview and its precious pieties sits firmly entrenched upon The Right Side of History is perhaps one of the most sadly comical misapprehensions of modernity. Liberalism is dying. The only question is whether it can complete its final grim chore. And to think, not even a virgin awaits.
A God from the Machine | The Kakistocracy

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Audubon’s wild turkeys

Franklin said of the wild turkey:
“…the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his farm yard with a red coat on.”
And of the bald eagle:
“He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead tree near the river, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labour of the fishing hawk [osprey]; and when that diligent bird has at length taken a fish, and is bearing it to his nest for the support of his mate and young ones, the bald eagle pursues him and takes it from him.”
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The media doesn’t want to avoid another Ferguson.

They love the Ferguson story, the Trayvon Martin story, and the Rodney King story of yore.

If such stories don’t emerge naturally, the media will create them, not avoid them. The media errors that Tracinski lists in his article are not really errors at all, they are purposeful propaganda techniques and rabble-rousing, combined with a not-immoderate degree of MSM self-puffery.
neo-neocon サ Blog Archive サ Excellent advice to the media on how to avoid another Ferguson

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An EMP attack is not one from which America could recover as we did after Pearl Harbor.

Such an attack might mean the end of the United States and most likely the Free World. It is of the highest priority to have a president and policy makers not merely acknowledge the problem, but also make comprehensive missile defense a reality as soon as possible. What a Single Nuclear Warhead Could Do - WSJ

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It was, in retrospect, almost inevitable that North America

would quickly become the wealthiest place in the world by the 17th century.

Why? Because those seditionists, fanatics, and gamblers were impossible to rule. While we are counting our blessings this Thanksgiving, let’s not forget to count that one: Our ancestors did not much like being told what to do, and we — and the world — are immeasurably richer and happier for that.
Those Ungovernable Colonists | National Review Online

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With my frightening horse-sized hypodermic needle, I am injecting cider into the birds this year.

Breasts, legs, wings, and under the skin. Once in the beginning, again when half-done. They are not Butterball, just plain fresh turkeys. One is 20 lbs and one is 26 lbs. That's a big turkey. Good leftovers for all. On the grill, I have plain charcoal and I am keeping some oak and apple logs burning and smoking on top of the charcoal. Nice smelling smoke wafting around for a country mile, as light snow falls. That's Yankeeland Thanksgiving. And the Indian Pudding is in the oven. While things are cooking this morning... - Maggie's Farm
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The Colonized Minds

“In the hands of a skillful indoctrinator, the average student not only thinks what the indoctrinator wants him to think . . . but is altogether positive that he has arrived at his position by independent intellectual exertion. This man is outraged by the suggestion that he is the flesh-and-blood tribute to the success of his indoctrinators.” – William F. Buckley Jr., Up From Liberalism (1959)

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I ask everybody with a keyboard and an opinion, "Who is your Leviathan".

Everybody on the internet thinks they can say something, wish something, vote something into being if their meme is virulent enough. I call bullshit on that.

I look at what it actually takes to pull levers, cut steel, lay bricks, stop bad guys, put out fires, pour cement, fly planes, set broken bones, grow crops, tend herds. That's a very different business than retweeting, posting, coding, voting, critiquing cultural productions, socializing concepts, raising awareness, supporting causes. Hard physical skills vs soft verbal skills. Whether or not democratic institutions fail, the former are more important than the latter.
Ferguson Burning - Cobb

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Ferguson burning is a good thing.

They say that good fences make good neighbors.
I say that anger and frustration are just like farts in the wind. Nothing political really matters until people are ready to burn things down. It makes for good dividing lines. The Ferguson mob is a lynch mob, there's no question about that. If they could get their hands on The Man, they would stone him. That's good news. It has clarity. It shows that people actually have the courage of their convictions, they are putting their money where their mouths are. We, at long last, have a proper mob.
Ferguson Burning - Cobb
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The great phase change came when people exhausted the firepower

offered by Earth’s living biota and turned to its fossil varieties.

They converted from open burning to closed combustion, from landscape fires and hearths to coal-fired furnaces, gasoline-powered cars, and natural gas-driven dynamos. For industrial societies fire as a presence disappeared. It vanished from houses, from factories, from fields, and continues to do so. It survives when the social order collapses due to wars, famines, or natural disasters. People no longer burned their lawns. Laws banned bonfires. Student dorms banned even candles. Barbecues abandoned wood and charcoal for propane. Free-burning fire existed in lawless zones and, as though it were an endangered species, in nature preserves. The only fires that people living in an industrial society typically see are those on screens. Fire has become virtual.
Moved by Fire: History’s Promethean Moment—Vol. 2, No. 4—The Appendix

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Perhaps most poignantly, there is the great fauna of that continent.

The huge cats, giraffes, elephants, zebras, and rhinoceroses. Will it be some solace to liberals when all of these live on only in aging Discovery channel wildlife specials? What exactly do we imagine two billion Africans are going to eat, when one billion of them can’t begin to feed themselves? Environment, We Hardly Knew Ye | The Kakistocracy
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Into the air junior birdmen!

This flying car is almost a legend,
and besides this photo and a brief mention of the vehicle in a newspaper clipping from Andalusia, Alabama, it might as well have not existed at all. According to the story, the photo above is of Jess Dixon; it was supposedly taken sometime around 1940. Although it’s considered a flying car by aviation history buffs, the machine is actually closer to a “roadable helicopter,” due to the two overhead blades spinning in opposite directions. In other words, it’s a gyrocopter that can also roll.
9 Of The Most Unusual And Unique Flying Cars | Unusual Corner
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I was going to write a lengthy article describing how the media has distorted the facts of the Brown/Wilson case

But I was overcome with a vast sense of weariness.

I feel as though I’m in an ocean liner that’s taken on enough water to sink, and I’m equipped with only a teaspoon to bail it out while the entire crew is hard at work punching more holes in the hull. That may be a poor analogy, but I think you get the idea. Suffice to say that the entire MSM, the administration, the professional racemongers, and the left in all its glorious manifestations (including the preening, self-righteous Hollywood crowd, scrambling to outdo themselves in showing their allegiance with the Brown forces) were determined to make Michael Brown into the post-Trayvon martyr du jour. No matter what the facts would reveal. Facts are for the little people.

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"We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty." - G.K. Chesterton

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Where One Bull + "Flammable Balls" = Festival!

A bull with flammable balls of tar attached to its horns during the "Toro de Jubilo" fire bull festival on November 16, 2014 in Medinaceli, Spain.
Toro de Jubilo, a Fire Bull festival, is an ancient tradition held annually at midnight in the Spanish town of Medinaceli. The event starts when flammable balls attached to a bull's horns are set alight. The animal is then untied and revelers dodge it until the flammable material is consumed. The bull is covered with a thick layer of mud on the back and face to protect it from burns.
Fire Bull Festival - In Focus - The Atlantic
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Caveman Liberalism

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Robert Stacy McCain Summation of Liberal Values:

Women, good; men, bad.
Youth, good; adults, bad.
Atheists, good; Christians, bad.
Hedonism, good; responsibility, bad.
Abortion, good; motherhood, bad.
Sodomy, good; normal sex, bad.
Wilderness, good; carbon energy, bad.
Labor unions, good; entrepreneurs, bad.
Government, good; corporations, bad.
Foreigners, good; Americans, bad.
Democrats, good; Republicans, bad.

Via Don Surber who adds: My modifications to his list would be:

Wilderness, good; carbon energy, civilization bad.
Labor unions, good; entrepreneurs, workers, bad.

My one addition would be:

Enemy, good; our military, bad.

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The 51st State


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Regin can be thought of as the B-2 bomber of cyberware.

It was a vehicle for different kinds of payloads which dropped software components in the target systems.

These components constituted a secret library which could later be invoked by some signal or event, or which routinely interacted with other components in ways that are as yet poorly understood. Regin came to public attention when researchers at Symantec realized that one of the ‘viruses’ they were cataloging was only the tip of a shadowy iceberg.
Belmont Club » The Wizards At War

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Neither Cause Nor Effect

Worse than Mere Madness (1) start with a reasonable and obvious good, say, the moral good of charity to the poor, or equality between the races, as a major premise.

(2) Without drawing attention to it, slip in a doubtful but not insane minor premise, say, the economists think inflating the currency will create demand which in turn creates meatpies falling from clouds, or that concerned and thoughtful people have concluded a strong central government armed with the power to read men’s hearts will abolish race hatred. (3) Derive an utterly Lovecraftian noneuclidean shrieking horror of insanity conclusion from it, such as that the you must surrender your liberty and dignity to achieve this obvious good in the first case, or, in the second case, that you must surrender your liberty and dignity to achieve this obvious good. In fact, in all cases, the conclusion is always the same: you are being asked to surrender your liberty and dignity, to adopt absurdities of speech and behavior, and invite halfwitted bureaucrats or perverted or crapulent politicians to pester, belittle, and rob you, in order to achieve some obvious good which has no possible cause and effect relationship to the liberties and dignities you are surrendering.

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When Congress is on vacation....


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Fire history is Big History:

it’s the story of what makes the Earth what it is.

Our planet is built to burn. Life in the oceans fluffed the atmosphere with oxygen, life on land stuffed surfaces with combustibles. Combustion takes apart what photosynthesis brings together. The chemistry of life is a chemistry of combustion. It’s what makes the animate world move. Earth has been burning continuously for 420 million years. Fire is older than insects, trees, and Pangaea.
Moved by Fire: History’s Promethean Moment—Vol. 2, No. 4—The Appendix

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Tailgate Decals Are Getting Problematic


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"I've looked at riot from both sides now.... From win and lose and still somehow..."


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The contradictory messages put out by the open borders crowd are staggeringly brazen.

Illegal immigrants have no opportunities in their home countries on the one hand, but they're crucial to the US' high-tech, skill-based economy on the other.
We shouldn't callously enforce our sovereign laws because it'll break up immigrant families, but these illegal immigrants are willing to send unaccompanied minors by the tends of thousands across the border through rugged and often dangerous terrain. The US is full of unwelcoming racists and bigots, yet millions upon millions of aspiring immigrants risk imprisonment (and hundreds of millions more would like to do so if they were able to) and even life and limb to come and live in this unwelcoming, racist land of ours. These illegal immigrants are hard-working, entrepreneurial types who create lots of value here in the US, but we need to act with magnanimity in our hearts as we offer charity to the desperately poor, huddled masses that seek refuge in America. The multicultural vibrancy that illegal immigrants bring is a welcome addition to the American cultural mosaic, yet the societies they come from are so dysfunctional that the only humane thing for us to do is allow them unadulterated access into the US.
The Audacious Epigone: Executive's executive order on immigration
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“You’re damned right that’s who we are.”

We are not a nation of peaceniks no matter how many pinch faced liberals claim that we are.

We are a nation born of revolution. We are boiled down from the genetic stock of the misfits of Europe; the people who would not bow down or submit and risk fortune, life and family to be free. Americans always have been, and hopefully always will be, different from Europeans. Instead of submission to religious or royal tyranny our ancestors chose harsh and dangerous freedom. When that tyranny reached across the ocean we chose revolution, a dangerous and deadly gambit.
Submit peasants ! | Eatgrueldog

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Circling the earth aboard Friendship 7 in 1962, John Glenn had an odd encounter:

"The strangest sight of all came with the very first ray of sunrise as I was crossing the Pacific toward the U.S.

I was checking the instrument panel and when I looked back out the window I thought for a minute that I must have tumbled upside-down and was looking up at a new field of stars. I checked my instruments to make sure I was right-side-up. Then I looked again. There, spread as far as I could see, were literally thousands of tiny luminous objects that glowed in the black sky like fireflies. I was riding slowly through them, and the sensation was like walking backwards through a pasture where someone had waved a wand and made all the fireflies stop right where they were and glow steadily. They were greenish yellow in color, and they appeared to be about six to 10 feet apart. I seemed to be passing through them at a speed of from three to five miles an hour. They were all around me, and those nearest the capsule would occasionally move across the window as if I had slightly interrupted their flow. On the next pass I turned the capsule around so that I was looking right into the flow, and though I could see far fewer of them in the light of the rising sun, they were still there. Watching them come toward me, I felt certain they were not caused by anything emanating from the capsule. I thought perhaps I’d stumbled into the lost batch of needles the Air Force had tried to set up in orbit for communications purposes. But I could think of no reason why needles should glow like fireflies, nor did they look like needles. As far as I know, the true identity of these particles is still a mystery.

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Just Another Member of the Obamaite Inner Circle

What's not to like? Good Times. Good People.


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The Inner Workings of Antique Calculators

In his series simply titled “Calculators,”
Twomey highlights the glory of antiquated technology by dramatically photographing the insides of old calculators. The project originally came about when Mark Glusker, a mechanical engineer and collector of old calculators, asked Twomey to photograph his collection. “The stripping of the external shell of the calculators was not the original concept for shooting these machines,” Twomey tells us, “but when Mark removed the covers to show the complex internal working of the calculators, I immediately knew that this was the heart of the project.”
Dramatically Photographed by Kevin Twomey | Colossal
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The Democratic Party has a notoriously masochistic relationship with its voting base.

It beats them up and then it gaslights them

by hugging them and telling them that it was really the mean Republicans who punched them in the face. When African-American unemployment rates rise, the workers who can’t find jobs because of all the brand new DREAMERs won’t blame the White House, they’ll blame the evil Republicans for income inequality, assuming Sharpton manages to read the term correctly from his MSNBC teleprompter.
Sultan Knish: Amnesty for Unamerica

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"I am a United States Army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism,"

The trouble, Bolger explains, is that majority rule in Iraq meant permanent war:

"The stark facts on the ground still sat there, oozing pus and bile. With Saddam gone, any voting would install a Shiite majority. The Sunni wouldn't run Iraq again. That, at the bottom, caused the insurgency. Absent the genocide of Sunni Arabs, it would keep it going."
Asia Times Online :: Dumbing it away

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Why the New York Daily News Needs to Be Burned to the Ground

... it's ashes scattered and the earth where it stood salted and plowed.


Mark Levin on Ferguson Ferguson burns and violence has been unleashed thanks to the reckless liberal media, the lawless administration (especially Eric Holder)

exploiting the shooting to smear police departments across the nation, phony civil rights demagogues, race-baiting politicians, and radical hate groups. The lies about why and how Officer Darrin Wilson shot Michael Brown started on day one and never ended. The indisputable facts are that Brown was shot because he assaulted a police officer, attempted to take the officer's pistol resulting in two close range gun shots in the police cruiser, and then turned around and charged the officer as he was being pursued. The entire event was precipitated by Brown earlier stealing cigars from a local store and assaulting the owner. What we are witnessing now is the left's war on the civil society.

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Unfortunate Automated Ad Placement of the Day


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Your Inner Feather

Bird embryos starts out featherless.
But in their skin, they develop lots of tiny blobs of cells known as placodes in which cells are switching on genes in a distinctive pattern. At first, the cells in the placodes multiply quickly. Then they start grow into shafts, which then split open to form feathers. Depending on the bird, and on the spot on the bird’s body where it grows, the feather may split into a downy plume, or into a paddle-shaped flight feather, or into an ornamental tail feather.
– Phenomena: The Loom
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Conservatives are the loyal running-dogs of the left

Among conservatives, it’s often common to find the most passionate advocates for the work done by the left only 10, 20, 30, or 40 years ago.

Almost no one on the contemporary left, apart from schoolteachers in nowhesville, bother to mention figures like Martin Luther King. Among American conservatives, praising the radical socialist preacher is nearly obligatory. This is the way that the outer party – inner party democratic system works. The outer party performs clean-up duty, and the inner party attempts to break new ground. The outer party consolidates gains, and the inner party attempts to innovate upon its platform of disintegration.
The Unconventional Conservatism of the Left - Social Matter

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SNews (n.):

News that is produced for the benefit of the producer of the news, or some third-party who has entered into some transaction with the producer of the news, rather than for the benefit of the consumer of the news. House of Eratosthenes

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The decline of Google

Google had an elaborate system of metrics to try to measure how their people and their teams performed, and these metrics showed that the women were no good. Therefore the metrics were sexist, since they had disparate impact. ォ Jim's Blog

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