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You guys (the left) really want to stop pushing quite so hard.

The political pendulum has never, in the history of humanity, stayed on one side of a swing.
The back lash from over reach has always been proportionate to how far off center it went before coming back. (Hint, that’s what started the whole prohibition thing, and it’s also what started the 60s, was backlashes) Well right now we’re staring at a whole hell of a lot of the country (about 80-90% of the land mass, as well as about 50% of the population) that is FED UP. You really don’t want those guys to decide that the only way to fix it is to burn it down and start over… REALLY! Most of these folks are vets, and the children of vets, they’ve had guns in their hands since middle school or before, or they’re still serving either in the regulars, the reserves, or the NG. If it goes to armed insurrection, even if the left wins, (highly damn unlikely) it will be a mess worse than reconstruction, worse than the Balkans. For the love of the country that I’ve served for over three decades, start seeking peace now. Thoughts on the road. – William Lehman
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COLD ANGER – Entire Institutional Systems Will Be Dispatched Like a Feather In a Hurricane…

Cold Anger absorbs betrayal silently, often prudently.
Cold Anger is not hatred, it is far more purposeful.
Cold Anger takes notice of the liars, even from a great distance – seemingly invisible to the mob.
Cold Anger will still hold open the door for the riot goer. Mannerly.
Cold Anger when evidenced is more severe because it is more strategic.
Cold Anger does not gloat; it absorbs consistent vilification and ridicule as fuel.
Cold Anger is not driven to act in spite of itself; it drives a reckoning.
- - COLD ANGER | The Last Refuge


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There’s no real ideological difference between most journalists and SJW activists, they just put different labels on themselves.

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One study of American media, both newspapers and TV news programs, showed that most of them have a liberal bias. Wall Street Journal was the most liberal, while Fox News was one of few outlets that actually leaned to the right. 3 Reasons For The Downfall Of Mainstream Journalism
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YOU and YOUR PEOPLE didn't write the Constitution,

so how do you get to claim civil rights?
YOU and YOUR PEOPLE didn't conquer the natives but you live on conquered land you ain't giving up. Neither the Germans, Koreans, Viet Cong, Taliban or AQ said, oh wait those are African Americans, let's not shoot. You're an American and you don't get to choose. You inherit all America. When you renounce it all, like Assata Shakur, then all of your rebellion can get taken seriously. Otherwise, get over yourself and your ethnic consumer boycotts. Shoot a cop or shut up. - - Dear Occupant - Cobb

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Fifty Shades of Moby-Dick

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Shelden wants you to know her in the Biblical sense.
“Sexy beyond measure,” Morewood is “one of the great unsung figures in literary history,” a woman who “didn’t like to take no for an answer.” Shelden describes her as Melville’s “goddess in his Berkshire paradise,” the “powerful key to unlocking his secrets,” an “untamed spirit” whose “seductive powers worked their wonders on more than a few men.” Her supposed years-long affair with Melville was “so intimate and revealing that it colored every aspect of his life.” Shelden’s panting, cliché-choked style soon has you reaching for the light switch and candle, then the cigarette and bonbons. | New Republic

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They are blaming it on old people.

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We see this in the States after every Democratic loss. When they win, it is young people who carried them to victory. When they lose it is those grubby old racists, who were driven by fear and hatred that defeated them. Mass movements make a fetish of the youth. At least a dozen times since the vote in Britain I have heard a liberal say “the delusions and fears of an aging population have thrown away the future of the young in Britain.” What’s going on here is the process of turning contrary evidence into proof that their cause is righteous. Further, they are turning the loss into a reason for hope. After all, those horrible, racist old people will be dead soon. The Nature of the Cult | The Z Blog

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The true believer seeks out movements to join.

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They don’t need convincing. They are filled with self-loathing so they seek out groups to join in order to swap out their identity with that of the group.
By immersing themselves in the movement, they obliterate their sense of self and assume the identity of the group. It’s why within five minutes of meeting a vegan, they tell you they are a vegan, because it is, literally, their identity. It’s also why cult members ferociously defend the group. It’s self-defense. - - The Nature of the Cult

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George Will has thrown down his pacifier and stomped off in a huff....

Being a Republican in Washington DC is an entirely symbolic act.
It’s also in keeping with Will’s long-time role as a conservative on television. The bow-tie, the wig, the round spectacles and the elaborate speaking style were all in furtherance of his job as a domesticated conservative, who would not scare the horses. All of it was a pose, a gesture, carefully choreographed so he could set the right tone for conservatives at home, by endorsing the terms of the debate as set forth by the Left. He was the candy coating for the liberal nut inside every ABC chat show. Will to Irrelevance | The Z Blog

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The Snow Man

BY WALLACE STEVENS

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.


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A million dots on one page

And yes I counted them all. Twice.
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Pedal car history goes back to the 1890s When the car made its appearance, the pedal car soon followed

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Pedal car history goes back to the 1890s when most were modeled from the real cars on the road at the time - even thought there weren't that many cars in ownership at that point. - - Vintage News
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In another age, the elites would not have to fear these populist parties as the people would have hung the elites before it got to this point.

In addition to the ruling class Hitler fantasies, Americans and Germans now appear to have two things in common.
One is that the political classes in both countries have displayed a staggering disregard for public welfare in their pursuit of personal salvation. Merkel out posing for selfies with refugees is as tone deaf as Republicans demanding open borders and amnesty for tens of millions of illegals. Cui bono?
The responsibility of the people put in charge, their chief responsibility, is to maintain public order. You cannot have a civilized and prosperous society with civil unrest. Deliberately inviting in these problems, as we see with Merkel in German and the open borders lobbies in America, is a betrayal of the public trust. In another age, the elites would not have to fear these populist parties as the people would have hung the elites before it got to this point. - - Alternative für Deutschland

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Bill O'Reilly has revealed himself many times for the contemptible weasel he is

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when it comes to the Second Amendment. It's no surprise he scurried for cover, or where he scurried to, namely, to his coastie friends. He's the perpetual wannabe, when it really counts, he's one of 'em. Hey Bill, no spin. Get wise. The AR-15, "America's gun", has been sold in big numbers for fifty years now. Woodpile Report
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Martha's Vineyard is ever so liberal. This is Massachusetts, after all,

and the markers of lifestyle enlightenment are all around you:
Foods that are organic. Clothing that is tasteful. A conspicuous absence of cigarette butts. Here it is not enough to have a surgically precise garden of roses and topiary in the three-foot strip between your carefully whitewashed house and the picket fence out front; the garden must be accessorized with a sign letting passersby know that “this is a chemical-free Vineyard lawn, safe for children, pets, and ponds.” - - Withering on the Vine

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"He was always a man in search of his next illusion."

He extolled Tito shortly before that great man embarked on killing hundreds of thousands of his countrymen. He then saw an immensely bright future for China just before the Great Leap Forward and its consequent famine, which was probably the worst, in numbers of victims, in the whole of human history. Perhaps his greatest feat of clairvoyance was in seeing a brilliant future for Guinea-Bissau as beacon and teacher of justice and equality to the world. Neither age nor experience could wither his enthusiasm: He was always a man in search of his next illusion. In a way it was admirable, though if I were a poor peasant somewhere in the world that Basil Davidson was visiting in preparation of a book extolling a guerrilla movement, I would tremble for my own future. - - Evil Men and Their Champions

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Who’s The Guy With The Big Head On 77th Street?

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His five-volume masterpiece, called Cosmos, argued that deserts, mountains, and forests, as different as they look, operate by the same rules, and that the Earth was a unity, a single ecology.
His fans included Jefferson, Bolivar, Goethe, Darwin, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe. The composer Berlioz called his writing “dazzling.” And then, having reached the peak, a world-wide celebrity, you can almost hear a long, deep ‘pffffffffftttt’ as his fame began to leak away, until many, many decades later, the deflation complete, we find him on a street corner, a quiet hunk of bronze next to a weekend hot dog stand. – Phenomena: Curiously Krulwich

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O. J. Simpson Endorses Hillary Clinton

AL SHARPTON: Mr. Juice, what made you decide to campaign for Hillary Clinton?

OJ:When I heard that Virginia was allowing 200,000 convicted felons to vote I decided it was my duty to serve my country. | The DAILY RASH
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Everything Is Broken

The dominant and disorienting attribute of America in 2016 is that nothing is what it seems or, more accurately, what it actually is. On the campuses, intolerance is tolerance and censorship is free speech. In our public bathrooms, boys are girls and men are women. In our cities, the forces of protection are the forces of aggression. Stagnation is recovery; poverty is prosperity; war is peace. | City Journal
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Weimar culture -or - "What comes before fascism, daddy?"

Berlin eventually acquired a reputation as a hub of drug dealing (cocaine, heroin, tranquilizers) and the black market.
The police identified 62 organized criminal gangs in Berlin, called Ringvereine. The German public also became fascinated with reports of homicides, especially "lust murders" or Lustmord. Publishers met this demand with inexpensive criminal novels called Krimi, which like the film noir of the era (such as the classic M), explored methods of scientific detection and psychosexual analysis.
Apart from the new tolerance for behaviour that was technically still illegal, and viewed by a large part of society as immoral, there were other developments in Berlin culture that shocked many visitors to the city. Thrill-seekers came to the city in search of adventure, and booksellers sold many editions of guide books to Berlin's erotic night entertainment venues. There were an estimated 500 such establishments, that included a large number of homosexual venues for men and for lesbians; sometimes transvestites of one or both genders were admitted, otherwise there were at least 5 known establishments that were exclusively for a transvestite clientele. There were also several nudist venues. Berlin also had a museum of sexuality during the Weimar period, at Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld's Institute of Sexology. These were nearly all closed when the Nazi regime became a dictatorship in 1933. - - La Wik

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It's a fair bet that there'll always be an England.

Less certain is whether there will always be an EU,
a fact of which the public will be reminded when Putin's adventures, rising bond rates and refugee flows creep back into the news. As soon as the focus returns to why the UK bailed in the first place the proper sympathy will shift from the poor Britons in a flimsy rowboat to Europeans still trapped on the Titanic. Forget the Lifeboat, It's the Iceberg that Counts | PJ Media

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There are thousands of Americans alive today who will be killed by Jihadis

who will be killed by Jihadis in the future because our government has neither the will or ability to stop them. Free Range International
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Moab: The Last Bastion of Outdoor Outlaws

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The Fruit Bowl is a peninsula in the sky perched some 400 extremely vertical feet above the Green River, about a mile and a half off Mineral Canyon Road and a 50-minute drive from Moab.
The scene around it looked like a spring-break campout at a desert lake. Only instead of the water, people had positioned themselves near the gut-churning abyss. On the walls of the bay-shaped chasm are traditional rock-climbing routes. Around its edges are exit points for BASE jumpers. And across its empty center, slackliners had bolted taut at least a dozen lengths of flat webbing that they’d spent the previous two days walking back and forth across, Man On Wire style but without a pole. The shortest, officially called the Cherry, was only 20 feet. The longest, the Lucky Horse Factory, spanned 730 feet. Out in the middle was the centerpiece: a connected pair of giant hammocks hand-woven out of neon parachute cord and climbing rope. The smaller of these “space nets” was in the shape of a four-pointed star and 15 feet across. The larger was a 60-foot-wide pentagon with a circular moon door at its center for BASE jumpers to leap through. | Outside Online

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The world's oldest paycheck was cashed in beer

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It's always been Beer O'Clock:
Perhaps it’s no surprise that one of the earliest known examples of writing features two basic human concerns: alcohol and work. About 5000 years ago, the people living in the city of Uruk, in modern day Iraq, wrote in a picture language called cuneiform. On one tablet excavated from the area we can see a human head eating from a bowl, meaning “ration”, and a conical vessel, meaning “beer”. Scattered around are scratches recording the amount of beer for a particular worker. It’s the world’s oldest known payslip, implying that the concept of worker and employer was familiar five millennia ago. New Scientist

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The Bad News is "The Galactic Habitable Zone" is Pretty Darned Thin. The Good News is...You live in it.

We've often taken issue with the science fiction blatherati who claim that life, intelligent or otherwise, is everywhere in the universe.
This is the "Infinite number of monkeys screwing around with an infinite number of stars for eternity" argument. It has never seemed all that convincing to us. It's like the "Coca Cola Chinese Marketing agrument ("There are billions of people in China and if we can ony sell one six pack a month to each of them....). We've always felt that life was either very rare, very special, or very much a fluke. The New America - Dispatches

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Ol' Remus has a few words for you: "Long time readers know my opinion of national politics.

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To vote in elections for national office is to be an accomplice to a criminal enterprise by way of personal and actionable consent. Even aside from principle there is no practical reason to vote, outcomes have been "arranged" for some long time with carve-outs in the nominating procedure, with illegal aliens and captives of—oops, clients of—DC voting by tens of millions, with open and beyond shame media complicity, and fraud at the polls. National elections are blatantly illegitimate, contemptible theatre, one long enabling act, same as any other third world pest-hole. There is no reforming DC so why involve yourself in their palace intrigues about seating arrangements and perks? Reform yourself instead, it's tough enough. If your passion is justice for the little guy, who's smaller than you? You have no congressional caucus devoted to your every whim and grievance. You have no super-pac or platoon of lobbyists to steer favors and funds your way. You have no "foundation" with eager millionaires standing in line to donate. DC pays no attention to you because you are of no consequence to them. Return the favor. Next."Woodpile Report

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Dr. Seuss' Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy.

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Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast
— The Art of Dr. Seuss
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Follow the Money

According to Open Secrets, Hillary spent $225,173,676 to defeat a 73-year-old communist no one ever heard of.
Trump spent$64,729,675 to vanquish 16 opponents who spent a combined $701,293,230. Don Surber: Trump Hillary's money

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What You Never Knew About Ringo

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Abject poverty. Absent drunken father (he later acquired a good stepfather, though).
Starr was grievously ill twice in childhood—the first time with post-appendectomy peritonitis that put him in a coma, the second with tuberculosis which he contracted at 13, a scourge one would have thought had practically disappeared from the developed world at that time. But I guess Starkey’s world as a youngster wasn’t all that developed. As a result, he missed a lot of school, and ended up an early school dropout. He was placed in a TB sanitorium at the age of 13 and stayed for two years, and after he had emerged he never attended school again. More at neo-neocon Ringo Starr, ordinary lad

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In Praise of the Sphincter

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"They say man has succeeded where the animals fail because of the clever use of his hands, yet when compared to the hands, the sphincter ani is far superior.
If you place into your cupped hands a mixture of fluid, solid and gas and then through an opening at the bottom, try to let only the gas escape, you will fail. Yet the sphincter ani can do it. The sphincter apparently can differentiate between solid, fluid and gas. It apparently can tell whether its owner is alone or with someone, whether standing up or sitting down, whether its owner has his pants on or off. No other muscle in the body is such a protector of the dignity of man, yet so ready to come to his relief. A muscle like this is worth protecting." — W.C. Bornemeier, “Sphincter Protecting Hemorrhoidectomy,” American Journal of Proctology 11 (1960)

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Bottom line: I don't care if the victims were or were not gay.

I don't recall anybody fretting about the sexual orientation of those killed at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

I don't remember commentary about the sexual orientation of those murdered September 11, 2001, or of those blown apart by a bomb in London July 7, 2005. The people killed in Orlando were killed on American soil by a jihadi terrorist inspired to do that killing by Islam. I don't care that he was born in New York. He grew up in an alien culture (read up on his lunatic Afghan father) that calls for loyalty to forces outside of the USA, to forces wildly hostile to the USA. He was full of hate for the very freedom that allowed that murdering thug to live a good life here. - -The DiploMad


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First Miss America Margaret Gorman posing with her dog named Long Goodie

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The very first Miss America pageant was held in 1921, the winner was crowned "Golden Mermaid" and won $100 ...
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4 Reasons Why Collapse Will Be The Best Thing To Happen For Men

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2. No more Big Brother: With the Frankenstein centralized governments no longer around to dictate people’s lives and use them as lab rats for their social experiments, you will have all the freedom in the world.
No more taxes, no more surveillance, no more PC policing, no more divorce courts, no more forced multiculturalism, and so on. You alone will be responsible for your life with no one to bail you out and no one to blame. That, my friends, is true freedom. -- Return of Kings

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“Truth doth never prosper: what’s the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.”

The boot in the face may or may not come. If this god-awful contrivance sticks around long enough, it definitely will come sooner or later. For, make no mistake about it, since the state being created on the European continent bears every hallmark of fascism, sooner or later it’ll have to protect itself with violence. – Alexander Boot
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World's Oldest Twinkie Turns 40, Still Refuses to Decompose

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The official shelf-life of a Twinkie - - as stated by the company making them nowadays - - is only 25 days,
but as the famous Twinkie of George Stevens Academy clearly shows, it's really a lot longer than that. It has been sitting in a glass case for four decades now, and even though it might not be safe to eat, it is looking fantastic for its age. Its shape hasn't change a bit, and if mould hasn't grown on it so far, chances are it never will. - - | Oddity Central

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The Black Farm

Most People Think You Go To Either Heaven Or Hell, What I Experienced Was Much, Much Worse
Danny snorted, “That’s always what you people ask.” He began to pace back and forth in front of me, “No. This is not Hell. It’s not Heaven either. This is the Black Farm. And no, I didn’t name it that. This is where God sends the souls who have ended their own life. Suicidals. You see, he doesn’t really know what to do with you…and neither does the Devil. There are genuinely good people who kill themselves. Seems cruel to banish them to Hell for all eternity for a moment of weakness right? Personally, I think God and the Devil were just tired of arguing about it. And so, they send them here, to the Black Farm.”

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What's the difference between Venezuela and the United States?

Ten years.

Venezuelans Ransack Stores as Hunger Grips the Nations CUMANÁ, Venezuela — With delivery trucks under constant attack, the nation’s food is now transported under armed guard. Soldiers stand watch over bakeries. The police fire rubber bullets at desperate mobs storming grocery stores, pharmacies and butcher shops. A 4-year-old girl was shot to death as street gangs fought over food.
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All these anti-gun arguments are easy to refute and arguing about it has actually gotten incredibly boring.

Look at John Lott, who’s been pounding this drum for decades—in every interview he seems bored out of his mind. Pundits bring him on as the wacky gun guy, like they’re blown away that someone could have such support for something as bad as scary guns that go bang. “John, a lot of people are asking why anyone would need to own an assault weapon like an AR-15.” Then he has to educate them like kindergarteners on caliber size and how fucking guns work before he can even get into his research that makes them look stupid. Fucking lazy questions with no responsible prep research— if you’re going to ask a question about a particular gun in an interview, maybe do a google search beforehand on what that particular gun actually is so you don’t look like more of a dumbass. But fortunately we don’t have to make these arguments anymore.= - STREET CARNAGE

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The Democrats, 2016

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From time to time it may slip your mind, but never, ever forget....

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