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April 30, 2011

Racerism

Racersists are trying to silence all debate about President Obama’s policies.

Their goal is to shut you up. That's why Racerism is the worst kind of political conspiracy theory. Because one of the great things about America is freedom of speech, even if it is misguided. Ultimately the purpose of Racerism is to take away that freedom. -- YID With LID: The Conspiracy Theory That's WORSE Than Birthers or Truthers --"Racist-ers"

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Listen up Brits

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"Now, I know what some of you are thinking...

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Butt I digress...

“MOTUS, how can Lady M participate in the Take Our Sons and Daughters To Work Day when she doesn’t even have a job?”

Well, you couldn’t be more wrong. Lady M has a full time job, just like royalty, and she’s on the job 24/7. She just doesn’t get paid. And believe me - there’s been some heated discussion around here about that little problem. -- Michelle Obama's Mirror: What to Wear When You Just Feel Like Looking Pretty

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Ah yes, nothing like some pre-paid pundits for a pretend presidential run next year

Bloomberg View to Begin Publishing Editorials in Late May

Daily editorials will be written and edited by the Bloomberg View editorial board; an expanded roster of columnists, including Stephen Carter, William Cohan, Jeffrey Goldberg, and Virginia Postrel, will provide commentary. The new opinion section will also publish Op-Ed articles by outside contributors. The Bloomberg View editorial board and columnists were officially announced today.

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April 29, 2011

Food didn't get cheaper. The packages just got smaller.

Some grocery prices hold - because packages shrink

A carton of Tropicana orange juice squeezed down from 64 ounces, a full half-gallon, to 59 ounces. A “pint” of Haagen-Dazs ice cream isn’t a pint anymore, but 14 ounces – 12.5 percent less. A large box of Kleenex dropped from 280 tissues to 260. A pound of coffee, 16 ounces, dropped 25 percent to 12 ounces, and some brands have started to slim that further, down to 11-ounce bags.

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A fairy tale wedding's keeper photo

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Everyone Loves a Happy Ending "Independent Woman: Kate Middleton Won’t ‘Obey’ Prince William" (Yeah, right.)

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Screw "The Children." Really.

I simply can't abide the onslaught of Save The Children legislation crippling our nation, it generally reeks of hypocrisy and treats parents like incompetent morons.

This glut of do-gooder legislation is always kicked off by a group of truly incompetent busy bodies who believe we all crave den mothers or it's shuffled through on the backs of grieving parents unable to accept the harsh fact that children aren't exempt from the crueler vagaries of life. -- Nobody Told You Where To Hide ォ Jaded Haven

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Morgan's "awful, odious, pompous-ass-filled week"

Yesterday’s villain is today’s hero. We worship the pompous ass who can’t be counted on for anything because he thinks all this stuff is beneath him. The golf-playing trust fund baby jackass.

It implies something toxic about us that all these examples are crammed into one awful, odious, pompous-ass-filled week. Implies but doesn’t prove — it might all be a coincidence. But if it is, we should make the most of it. We have met the enemy and he is us; our tolerance for pompous asses who regard themselves as being above things…who insist that the rest of us also regard them as being above things…is our undoing. We are far too deferential to these pompous asses. -- House of Eratosthenes

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The Question the Media Must Not Ask:

Could a Republican be elected President, and if elected assume office, if there was the slightest innuendo about their qualifications, and they simply insulted those who raised the questions, but refused to take an easy and obvious step to address them? -- Commenter Sherlock

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And the O's Biggest Achivement Lately Is...

Obama's greatest victory of the entire past year -- his crowning achievement for the past twelve months in the most powerful office in all the world -- is his celebrated triumph in successfully producing a common form of secondary identification.

Years from now, looking back at the "good times," he'll turn to a former adviser and say, "Remember -- remember when I produced the shit out of that birth certificate? Like a Warrior-Poet I made a routine request of a petty bureaucrat for a mundane copy of a run of the mill record. Days of wine and roses that was, days of... Glory." -- Just Noting

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Papa Was a Rolling Stone... "and when he left, all he left us was alone..."

"Barack Obama's father forced out of US in 1960s"

Harvard “couldn’t seem to figure out how many wives he had.” Maybe President Obama’s next memoir should be titled: Sins From My Father. ... The crowd that clucked its tongues over Bristol Palin's pregnancy "unmarried and having unprotected sex!"might want to do some math on Obama's birth. Mom was 18 and 2 months pregnant when she married Dad -- and Dad already had a wife.

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April 28, 2011

Bring Out the Crying Towel!

File Under: You don't say? Onion editor crumples under the weight of his unfair life and unclued existence.With President Obama's Birth Certificate, Klansman Trump Reminds Blacks They Will Never Be American

"So, tears in my eyes, pain in my heart and rage in my soul, I composed this video message. More than written text, it comes close to expressing my full pain at witnessing a white man who was handed everything call the President of the United States (and me) a nigger."
I, for one, don't recall Trump saying this, but what do I know? Maybe it was encoded in the word "Basketball."

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"I just started playing a sort of instant citizen poll at stores."

I was in one of THOSE lines

and ended up chatting with a well dressed middle aged woman with a cart half full of grocery items. I made mention of the fact that while I didn't normally make the hike to Sams that with prices going up I figured I had to make the effort. She exploded: Prices are sky high, she's feeding three kids, eating store brands and sale items but can't afford to stock up, on and on.... Instapundit¦

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"Most people that defend stupid people, like Professor Caplan, don’t live near them."

What have dumb people done to me?

My house is worth about $800,000. It would easily be worth over a million if it weren't for stupid people who commit crime in the immediate areas around my house and who send their stupid children to the local schools thereby making them useless to non-stupid kids. I have additional costs associated with living around stupid people, which include payments on a security system, having to drive a crappy car, higher taxes for terrible services, etc. Rarely does a day go by in which I don't waste a significant amount of time waiting for a stupid person to do their (incredibly simple) job. Service in DC is run by stupid and they're not very good at it

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April 27, 2011

And your existential question for today is...

If we are really, really, really going to do a couple of years on PDF borders and the quirks of layering in Illustrator, is it better to poke your pupils out with power drill now, or set your hair on fire and run screaming from the room tomorrow?


"Hurts.... Hurts.... Hurts...."
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Stanley Kubrick’s Chicago, 1949: Shades of "The Shining"

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“Before he started making movies, Stanley Kubrick was a star photojournalist. In the summer of 1949, Look magazine sent him to Chicago to shoot pictures for a story called “Chicago City of Contrasts.” -- | HOW TO BE A RETRONAUT

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Sign of the [End] Times

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It is crucially important to view this as a sign of Progressive economics.... This humble sign in Illinois, far from a sign of stupidity, is a harbinger of winning the future, full employment, and portion controlled servings. -- Progressive Economics Fail At The Huffington Post : The Other McCain

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Charles Manson: The Kickstarter Page

Here's the score:

the world's drownin' in blood, there's a race war comin', and we got bulls swingin' beatdown sticks out in Suicide Alley with the Jews and homosexuals hangin' back waitin' for sloppy seconds! So I'm seeking $6,500 for outreach materials and to fund workshops focusing on open skill and resource sharing! -- Splitsider

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This Just In

Katie Couric has officially announced that she's leaving the CBS news. The fact that pretty much everybody thought she'd already announced that kind of demonstrates the problem. -- Newsdroppings

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The Donald Shoots. He Scores! Rathergate Parallels in 5...4...3...2...1

File under:

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Et voila! The Long-Form Birth Certificate est arrive! Slow clap for a well played Trump hand. [Meanwhile, in his basement, Charles Johnson is hauling out those typewriter fonts looking to morph his way back.]

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Cobb Asks

"So white people. What's up with being white? You know who you are." -- A Rude Question for White People - Cobb

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Another Reason Not to Get a Tattoo of Your Local Liquor Store

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Yet another citizen of dubious intelligence:

Unfortunately for Garcia, after he was taken back to a Los Angeles police station on suspicion of driving on a suspended license, a routine photograph of his tattoos helped convict him of the unsolved murder of 23-year-old John Juarez — the “peanut” he had permanently inked onto his upper body. -- edible geography

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Global Warming's Burnt Out. Obama's Energy Policy to Follow.

Without global warming, [Obama's] energy policy goes from merely misguided to outright bonkers.

After all, if you wanted to create non-exportable jobs, wean America off foreign oil, or pursue energy independence from the Middle East, absent any concerns about climate change or releasing CO2 into the atmosphere, you would unleash America’s massive energy reserves in coal, gas, and oil. -- Cooling on Global Warming - Jonah Goldberg

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Intelligently Stupid Spambots

Hummm, here's a new species of spambot which is currently sneaking past my filters:

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It would seem that this effort succeeds by being willfully stupid. It inserts mistpelled words in order to give the message a human scent instead of 'bot body odor. Clever but a waste of life.

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Who says there's no good news? "Profit Down At Times Co."

The New York Times Company reported a sharp drop in net income in the first quarter

as the print advertising market remained stubbornly depressed for newspapers. The company said net income fell 57.6 percent, to $5.4 million, compared with $12.8 million in the quarter a year ago. -- NYTimes.com

Faster, please.

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Just between you and me I don't get all this "news" about Obama's mom not marrying whomever was Obama's dad.

I mean, we already knew he's a bastard, right?

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Internet Shut-In Mickey Kaus Incredulous That Gas Prices Hurt President

When did everyone decide that it’s high gas prices that are hurting Obama? Seems crazy to me. He’s losing two out of three wars, the economy is flagging, and his signature domestic achievement is unpopular. So it must be the gas! -- Kausflies

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Art Carney's Love Child Jay Carney Slips Lip on Birth Flip

"White House press clown secretary Jay Carney said about the controversy surrounding President Obama's long-form birth certificate. "Anybody who is watching this exchange, the West Wing of the White House would be appalled, [Ah... er... ah...] or most Americans would be appalled." -- RealClearPolitics - Video - Carney

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Gelding of the US Military continues as Noballs nominates BeeBee Bawls to Pentagon Pussy Parlor

"Administration sources say President Barack Obama plans this week to name CIA Director Leon Panetta to replace Defense Secretary Robert Gates" -- AP

Our enemies just have to be shaking in their boots at this news!

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April 26, 2011

The Chronicles of President Fake Phony Fraud

Consider Laurence Tribe's actions in this connection.

Just before the election, Tribe claimed that Obama was the most brilliant student he'd ever had at HLS. Really? Where was the contemporaneous evidence? If Tribe thought that at the time, he doubtless could've made one phone call, reiterated that assessment, and gotten Obama a prestigious Federal clerkship. One at the Supreme Court wouldn't have been out of the question. Instead Obama goes off to Chicago as a garden-variety associate at Sidley Austin where he does -- pretty much nothing, by all accounts. -- Trump: Obama's gadfly and jester

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Fake. Phony. Fraud.: "No wonder he won't release the grades, and no wonder Harvard has them on lockdown."

In summa: When Barack H. Obama attended Harvard Law School,

it was during a period when it was possible for him to get on Law Review with the least true academic achievement in the school's history (with stronger-form AA in effect), and also required the very lowest academic achievement in the school's history to get the magna honor (or any other honor); so much so that the school revolted against awarding these honors to virtually anyone who graduated and instituted a hard cap on the percentage of students receiving them. -- Ace of Spades HQ

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Trump's Card

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Trump has what so many other Republicans are so painfully lacking: the ability and the willingness to articulate arguments clearly, forcefully, and in plain English.

Too many Republicans talk like the actor of whom a critic once said, “he played the king like he was afraid that someone else was going to play the ace.” What electrified so many Republicans about Sarah Palin in the 2008 election campaign was that her speeches offered such a contrast to the usual mealy-mouthed talk common among other Republican candidates, including Sen. John McCain. -- Thomas Sowell

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Tsunami Stone

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"The stone tablet has stood on this forested hillside since before they were born,

but the villagers have faithfully obeyed the stark warning carved on its weathered face: 'Do not build your homes below this point!' Residents say this injunction from their ancestors kept their tiny village of 11 households safely out of reach of the deadly tsunami last month that wiped out hundreds of miles of Japanese coast and rose to record heights near here. The waves stopped just 300 feet below the stone... -- BLDGBLOG

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For Vivien, who will be cursing like a sailor by age three

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Adam Mansbach's daughter Vivien is two and a half.

His novels include The End of the Jews, winner of the California Book Award, and the best-selling Angry Black White Boy, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, Vibe, The Believer, Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. He is the 2010–2011 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University. This is his first children's book. You probably should not read it to actual children, and if you do, he cannot be held legally responsible. -- Amazon.com

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April 25, 2011

Stamping Out Debt with Guerilla Currency Modifications

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The Devalued by Democrat Debt stamp

Add a little bit of fun to our country's current financial cesspool. While we would not advocate defacing currency, we know you will think of many amusing and satisfying uses for our RED self-inking stamper, Devalued by Democrat Debt.

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A clown car is fully functional

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“We remove all of the interior,” explains DeSanto, “including the door panels and the headliner, and paint the windows except for a small slot for the driver to see through.

The driver sits on a milk crate. We remove any interior barrier to the trunk, and we beef up the springs so that the car doesn’t seem to be riding on its bump stops. Then it’s a matter of shoving in the clowns.” -- The Physics Of: Clown Cars - Feature - Car and Driver

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"Let's kill the 'geek culture'...."

We want the 9-5 people. They're not the ones killing the job sector. We are.

We're the ones who keep coming up with "free alternatives" to the stuff that people should pay for. We're the ones that allow Mark Zuckerberg to create a bajillion dollar company, employing virtually nobody, because we'll make the widgets that make Facebook cool. We're the productive ones that let the IT companies reduce their staff without taking productivity hits. If more of us were like them, there'd be more jobs to go around..... So let's kill the "geek culture." Let's force the women in. Let's make it so that we want to leave at the end of an 8-hour day. Bring on the apathy that dominates virtually every other field out there. Let's spend more time making sure that everyone feels welcome and less time getting shit done. The shit we get done just makes more of us redundant. -- Hit Coffee » Jerk-Averse, or Geek-Averse?

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"The royal wedding seems, to me, a perfect metaphor for socialism."

The similarity that really makes an impression on me is the promise of the happy ending.
The air in London is fairly crackling with the electrical excitement over it. Good manners dictate you’re not supposed to mention what happened last time. You’re not supposed to say “I hope it goes as well as last time” and you’re not supposed to say “I hope it turns out better.” You keep that unsaid and un-thought. -- House of Eratosthenes

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Note to Putz Pretending to Be "Churchable": God is Not Mocked

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Easter Storm Over The White House
A storm rapidly materialized in the Southern sky, and swept from the National Mall toward the White House. Instantly, there seemed to be lightning bolts dropping out of the heavens all around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue--and the wind kicked up dramatically.

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Grocery School

Residents of each county would pay taxes on their properties.
A huge chunk of these tax receipts would then be spent by government officials on building and operating supermarkets. County residents, depending upon their specific residential addresses, would be assigned to a particular supermarket. Each family could then get its weekly allotment of groceries for “free.” ... Except in rare circumstances, no family would be allowed to patronize a “public” supermarket outside of its district. -- Cafe Hayek

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April 24, 2011

Dear AP, Maybe it's just me, but I don't think a "computer-generated listing" generated in the 21st century is going to convince many about the birth issue. Even with a "real photograph" of the list. Try again.

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"Highlighted in yellow on page 1,218 of the thick binder is the computer-generated listing for a boy named Barack Hussein Obama II born in Hawaii, surrounded by the alphabetized last names of all other children born in-state between 1960 and 1964. This is the only government birth information, called "index data," available to the public." -- News from The Associated Press

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Washington State Where, Once Again, "Fair Share" Means "Fuck You"

Don't you love it when liberal eco-warriors are played for suckers? I do.Wash. considers annual flat fee for electric cars - Yahoo! News
After years of urging residents to buy fuel-efficient cars and giving them tax breaks to do it, Washington state lawmakers are considering a measure to charge them a $100 annual fee — what would be the nation's first electric car fee. "Electric vehicles put just as much wear and tear on our roads as gas vehicles," said Democratic state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, the bill's lead sponsor. "This simply ensures that they contribute their fair share to the upkeep of our roads."

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In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it

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You'll be the dumbest voter in the Easter parade.

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STUNNING VIDEO: German Woman Confronts Radical Muslims: ‘Never Again! I Am Ashamed! … Rise Up, Germany!’

This encounter apparently was connected to a Muslim rally in Frankfurt called “Islam, the Misunderstood Religion,” which was addressed by a Jamaican-Canadian imam who advocates sharia law, including the stoning of homosexuals. -- : The Other McCain

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"Cruise missiles are not humanitarian aid."

From the Pope: "In the current conflict in Libya, may diplomacy and dialogue replace arms, and may those who suffer as a result of the conflict be given access to humanitarian aid." -- Daily scoreboard by Don Surber

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Not even the brightest little boy could know...

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Commenter RedCarolina sums up the president's "achievement" in a powerful packet of pith:
"As brilliant as little Barry might have been, he could never imagine his actual destiny, to become a community-organizing pseudo-intellectual black liberation social justice real estate scamming election-fixing, present-voting fraud, who would marry a bitter affirmative action patient-dumping Leftist globe-trotting princess with no style and even less pride for the country which gave her all of her luxuries, have two kids, hire Bill Ayers as a ghost writer, buy the 2008 presidential elections (aided by the pathetic white guilt vote) install a white house prop-dog named Bo (not to mention the fake victory garden, which turned out to be toxic) only to inspire the rise of the Tea Party as response to his lobbyist-written power grabbing Obamacare bill and then to be smacked down in mid-term elections 2010 and then recalled in 2012 as the worst president in the history of the world, now could he? "

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Green Fakers

- The Gorey Details Of An Inconvenient ClimateGate

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Peer review

Larry and Curly agreed that Moe is awesome, just as Curly and Moe agreed that Larry is awesome, and just as Larry and Moe agreed that Curly is awesome. -- Don Surber

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April 23, 2011

It's official. Ted Turner has been fitted with a drool cup.

"The days of fossil fuels are over," Turner said. "The trouble is we're going to run out of atmosphere first." -- I interview Ted Turner | ajc.com

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The Drinking Bob He Rants for Me

Excerpt: "When are you people who voted for this freaking guy
gonna finally stand up and admit you made a HUGE mistake? And if your a freaking kid and your parents are still riding around with a Barack Obama bumper sticker on their freaking car. I'd be embarrassed! I'd WALK everywhere I had to go. The only thing Barack Obama and his supporters are going to accomplish is to get rid of childhood obesity at this freaking rate. Would you people wake up! Land of the free? Home of the brave? We used to be the land of the free. We used to be the home of the brave. Now we're the land of the stupid. Home of the freaking SCREWED!"

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Efficiency in Reading

Since the amount of information contained in a text seems to grow logarithmically with respect to its length, it is far more productive use of your time to read 500 one-page posts than one 500-page book. -- Aretae: Math in Life QoTD

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Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Huffs

Stamps foot, holds breath:
"The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of force by the Syrian government against demonstrators," Obama said in a statement on Friday. "This outrageous use of violence to quell protests must come to an end now." -- Power Line - A Crescendo of Violence in Syria

Putz.

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U.S. Foreign Policy Question of the Week

War In Syria Next?
If the people keep marching and the regime keeps shooting, the Obama administration could face its toughest Middle East choices yet. Will Samantha Powers bomb yet another country in the region, or will she try to sleep nights with the blood of thousands of Syrians on her hands?

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Holiday Symbols Used By Google

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== 4-Block World:

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"Judgment Day was scheduled to have taken place on on April 21, 2011."

As a result of temporal interference by Sarah Connor, her son John, Miles Dyson, and the T-800 destroying Cyberdyne headquarters and all backups of the research in 1995, the date for Judgment day is moved back to here. Skynet is destined to go online a few days earlier on April 19, 2011 at 20:11 .

Since we are reading this post, something else must have happened, some unknown action, which has delayed the self-awareness of Skynet by yet more years. The world has gotten a reprieve and we don't really know why. -- Belmont Club サ Judgment Day

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April 22, 2011

We interrupt this continuing record of global decay to bring you a few moments of relief. Wait for the piano bridge and then take it all the way to the exit.

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Although I really haven't thought about this doughnut in quite some time, today I was reminded that it's long past time for John McCain to STFU and go gentle into that good night...

John McCain: Let’s Increase Military Support to Libyan Rebels & Train Them to Oust Gadhafi

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53 Thousand Gallons Later Guzzler-In-Chief Continues to Suck Up the Swill

Smells like swine spirit!
President Obama declared today's 41st annual Earth Day proof of America's ecological and conservation spirit—then completed a three-day campaign-style trip logging 10,666 miles on Air Force One, eating up some 53,300 gallons at a cost of about $180,000. And that doesn't include the fuel consumption of his helicopter, limo, or the 29 other vehicles that travel with that car. == Earth Day Ends Obama's 53,300 Gallon Trip

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Actually "His mother's ambition" seemed to be to roam around the world, gettng screwed by whomever was agreeable and to offload the kid on the first relative dumb enough to take him.

... which was why she wasn't around a lot. Get it?
"Samardal Manan, who taught with Ann in Jakarta, remembered Ann saying something similar - that Barry could be, or perhaps wanted to be, the first black president.' His mother's ambition was clearly not lost on the future U.S. president. When his Indonesian stepfather asked him once what he wanted to be when he grew up, he was probably expecting him to say an airline pilot or an athlete. -- New book reveals Barack Obama's hunger for power began at tender age of 9 | Mail Online

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SWILLWATCH -- A Nation at the Trough AKA "government-sponsored wealth creation"

Government Cash Handouts Now Top Tax Revenues

Households received $2.3 trillion in some kind of government support in 2010. That includes expanded unemployment benefits, as well as payments for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and stimulus spending, among other things. But that’s more than the $2.2 trillion households paid in taxes, an amount that has slumped largely due to the recession, according to an analysis by the Fiscal Times.

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Meditation on Good Friday

Good Friday teaches me that failure is not to be avoided at all costs,
but instead embraced as a great opportunity. Good Friday teaches me that my lifelong struggle for perfection is doomed to failure, and is chasing after the wind. Good Friday teaches me that I have no idea what is best for me, that pain and suffering have a purpose which I need not, and often should not, understand. Good Friday teaches me that God can make sparkling diamonds out of filthy coal, that my worst attributes, my most painful failures, the most disastrous events which have befallen me beyond my control, are but the building blocks of a new and far better life in hands of God. -- The Doctor Is In

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Steven Crowder Takes on Jack Stuef


Stuef has apologized, and Wonkette has taken down the post that mocked Trig Palin. Wonkette editor Ken Layne has acknowledged that the whole affair was over the line. Meanwhile, Papa John's pizza has enjoyed a lot of new business from decent people who were impressed at the alacrity with which it pulled its advertising off of the sad, sad Wonkette site.

{Little Miss Attila}

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Krauthammer on How the Nation Is Finally Ready to Settle Down with a Nice Boy.

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"No baggage and no need for flash. Having tried charisma in 2008, the electorate is not looking for a thrill up the leg in 2012. It’s looking for solid, stable, sober and, above all, not scary."

This ties into the idea that a competent, grownup type who has actually managed something without spending it into the ground will win over the symbol of buyer's remorse who now occupies the White House. Now, more than ever, it's hip to be square.

The Racing Form, WaPo

{Little Miss Attila}

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The Gelded SlimeMaster!

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Trig Slimer Jack Stuef: Take That, Disabled Child
Wonkette’s Jack Stuef looks just like you would expect a guy who thinks it’s cool to trash a three-year old with Down ’s syndrome because he disagrees with the child’s mother’s politics to look like. The bloated face, the pursed lips, the sorta hipster glasses that really come off as “nerd” – he looks like the guy who proudly wore a t-shirt through high school that read “Dungeon master” until he realized too late that doing so was just one more card in the deck stacked against his ever kissing a live girl.

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Barack Obongma

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Admit it, deep down you're relieved it's not methamphetamine.

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April 21, 2011

"I just think it’s high time this was called out as the mental illness it really is"

Liberals hear a fantasy about a political opponent, which as unlikely as it may be, would make them feel good about it if it were true.
And somewhere in what passes for a brain, the signals get all crossed and this reaches the pleasure centers of the brain as a genuine guffaw! Like Todd Palin knocking up his own daughter. That isn’t funny, but some of these people figure since they hate anything Palin, this should cause peels of uncontrollable laughter. Somehow. == House of Eratosthenes

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April 20, 2011

Time to Mock Back

Now he's deconstructing himself into another Obama. The latest Obama, which seems genuine, routinely ridicules and mocks his opposition. He mocks pretty much anyone who disagrees with him about anything. -- Henninger: Obama's Likability Gap - WSJ.com

IN 2012, mockery will be our most important product.

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Neither Blonde Nor Female

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These contractors are installing steel pillars in concrete to stop vehicles from parking on the pavement outside a Sports Bar in downtown Philly. They are now in the process of cleaning up at the end of the day and anxious to go home.

How long do you think it'll be before they realize where they parked their truck?

Via email from the immortal MOTUS

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Deja Vu all over again

Young, inexperienced, charismatic, democrat President approves Western military advisors in foreign land to train rebels in defending French geo-political and business interests. Hmmm…sounds familiar, but I can’t quite recall how it turned out the last time. -- westsound modern

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Tom Friedman: Pundit Without a Brain

"Amazon.com Is Doomed!"
Friedman's claim that an ordinary citizen can replicate Amazon in his living room was laughably wrong, but there is a delicious irony in the fact that there is indeed one industry with respect to which Friedman's dire prediction came true: Friedman's own industry, journalism. It turns out that amateurs, many of whom have far more expertise with respect to business, politics, the arts--you name it--than Tom Friedman and other pundits with newspaper columns can, almost for free, turn out exactly the same product that Friedman does. Only better.

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Just because a lot of people would vote for a ham sandwich instead of Obama does not mean

those people would vote for Newt Gingrich. Newt Gingrich struggles to raise hard money - Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO.com Earth to Newt, sit down, shut up and go home.

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Arrrrgh!

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Birfer proof of the day via Don Surber Finally proof that unlike Bruce Springsteen, Barack Obama was not Born In The U.S.A.

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God is Not My Co-Pilot Today

Position: Over Lincoln, Nebraska

Altitude: 36,000 feet

Groundspeed: 337 knots (387 mph)

Another thing that turns me into a screaming mimi is union talk while being high and fast on a crossing restriction. This guy does it continually... He is bashing airline management or a sector of the seniority list that he hates all the while being 2,000 feet high and 80 knots too fast ten miles from the crossing waypoint. Fingernails on a chalkboard...

Do I really have to tell a 40 year old airline pilot to shut-up and fly the aircraft? -- Flight Level 390: Moonset... Sunrise

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April 18, 2011

The reparations will continue until that half of the populace that sucks at the trough is dead or too fat to waddle to the polls.

The electorate is not as it was when it finally sickened of Jimmy Carter in August 1980. Far more are on public assistance, unemployment, social security, food stamps, etc., or work for thousands of new state and federal bureaus.
There are millions more illegal aliens that have become citizens since the late 1970s. And the voting rolls have expanded exponentially among "nontraditional" voters. Thus the political calculus about which pundits and talking-heads debate is not always what half the electorate worries about. The national debt, the annual deficit, the problems with Obamacare, the tax code -- all that matters very little. The key question for millions of voters in 2012 will be simply who ensures that my check arrives unchanged or augmented, and who either stops or reduces it.-- Works and Days » Patient Obama

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Afghanistan Bananastan Redux

Afghanistan, as this blog has often argued, had no value in itself.
Its center of gravity is in the Middle East, something which Pakistan has always appreciated. Without Saudi money and influence, the Taliban would die, or be up for grabs. Hence the Pakistani obsequiousness toward King Abdullah. No Abdullah, no Taliban. Or worse, a Taliban with an Indian accent. -- Belmont Club サ Dealing with the Devils

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The Second Amendment's Best Friend: Wild Pigs

"Wild pigs are dangerous . . . worse than wolves, coyotes, bobcats, bears, and (theoretically) lions for being a trotting, snorting PR disaster for gun-grabbers."

Moe Lane

{Little Miss Attila}

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It's Hard to Find Good Soros-Bots These Days

And Think Progress isn't up to the task . . .

"[Lee] Fang tries to show that Koch Industries 'manipulates the oil market for profit.' Unfortunately, young Mr. Fang has neither the business experience nor the intelligence to understand the issues about which he writes. The result is that nearly every sentence is a howler. Among other things, while a contango market is the main subject of Fang's post, he doesn't know what the phrase means."

{Little Miss Attila}

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April 17, 2011

A War Gone Missing

I'm hoping someone can help me.
I left on vacation last week, and when I got back, an entire war was missing. I've looked for it on all the major networks and cable outlets (excepting Fox News), as well as all the major newspapers. Although I've found hints that it still exists somewhere, President Obama's Libyan War is officially missing in action. -- Peter Heck, American Thinker

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America's Dangerous Rush to Shrink Its Military Power

The strange, suicidal conviction now fashionable among the elite is that the customary vast reserves of power with which America
maneuvers in the international system and, in extremis, wields in its defense, have become irrelevant to security and detrimental to the economy. All across the country, children are growing up who, in the fire next time, may pay for this prejudice with their lives. For a nation that has lost the unapologetic drive to defend itself cannot escape the consequences no matter how deft its self-deceptions or the extent to which, in contradiction of history and fact, error is ratified by common belief. -- Mark Helprin: - WSJ.com

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It seems to me that just because

Adam Smith once wrote, "There is a great deal of ruin in a nation," we need to find out what that actual quantity is.

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The Penetrating Intelligence of Jesse Jackson Jr.

Belmont Club サ Economics 101 Where do jobs come from?

Jesse Jackson Jr continues his thoughts on the subject. In the video below he claims the Ipad is threatening employment at Borders Bookstores.. Earlier, Jesse Jackson Jr waxed poetic on the potential of the Ipad and wanted to change the Constitution to make sure everybody got one. But that was before he realized they closed bookstores.

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April 16, 2011

The TV news doesn’t run the story

about the old woman who lives down the street.
She simply picks up her groceries and continues home after someone tries to rob her. She didn’t have to shoot anyone to keep herself safe. There wasn’t a body for the paramedics; not hers, not her attackers. Grandma is shaken, and over a cup of hot tea she says she’s glad she brought the small pistol her husband purchased for her long ago. -- Ten to One - Responsible Citizens of California

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April 15, 2011

"All military orders coming from the Executive / CIC are illegitimate and illegal"

The Libyan action and the Obama regime's insertion of U.S. assets into that theater is merely a shaping action - a positioning of pieces on a chessboard in anticipation of a checkmate.
The Libyan action, which they admit has no tactical plan or defined objective of any kind, is merely establishing the precedent of the Executive Branch unilaterally taking the United States to war with NO legal, constitutional or Congressional involvement - all in the name of "human rights". The real target in all of this is Israel. The Obama regime has passively watched, and even supported and fomented behind the scenes, the destabilization of the muslim world. Through this, they are enabling and encouraging a muslim attack against Israel. If Israel defends itself, the Obama regime will then use this as an excuse to move U.S. assets AGAINST ISRAEL ITSELF. This will trigger World War 3. -- Ann Barnhardt

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April 14, 2011

“Spending reductions in the tax code.”

“The fourth step in our approach is to reduce spending in the tax code,” the president said.
He promised “to cut about $1 trillion in spending from the tax code.” Huh? It turns out that “cutting spending from the tax code” is Obama’s way of saying “tax hike.” You couldn’t tell by listening, but his plan is to raise taxes by $1 trillion by taking away things like home mortgage interest deductions from some taxpayers. -- Tax-hike code cracked - BostonHerald.com

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Friday is the Official Gay-Lesbian STFU Day

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Card Explaining the Silence of the Lambs

Day of Silence coming Friday, April 15
"Schools routinely claim that the Day of Silence is put together by students. But in fact, it's become a well-oiled machine organized by GLSEN's national offices."

[Editor's Note: Ah yes, the terrible silence of these past four decades when nobody has heard anything at all about the sad and tragic plight of gays in America who have no special holiday to commemorate their suffering. That terrible echoing utterly repressive silence haunts all straight Americans. I don't know about you, but I'd welcome our fellow gay and lesbian Americans if they just spoke up and told us how they feel and what they want. I just can't take any more of the endless and unremitting gay and lesbian silence in America. In solidarity with National Gay-Lesbian STFU Day I pledge not to say anything about Gay-Lesbian issues in America. I will, instead, write a strong letter to the government of Iran protesting their policy of hanging gays and lesbians in public, with a copy to that god of American gays and lesbians, Barack Obama, asking him to quit opposing gay marriage.]

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Cut the deficit by $1 Quadrillion

Here is Don Surber's plan to balance the budget by cutting the deficit by $1 quadrillion over the next 1,000 years. The highlights include:

* Investing $50 billion in high-speed rail so we can force people to give up their automobiles.

* Reducing gasoline taxes by $10 billion a year because everybody is taking the (expletive) high-speed rail.

* Imposing $770 billion in new taxes over 10 years ($77 billion a year) to pay for a $540 billion health program nobody understands over 6 years ($90 billion year) before realizing that we are losing $13 billion a year on this program.

* Another $100 billion investment in education so that the United States can remain ahead of Costa Rica.

* Investing another $15 billion a year to feed kids more free food so we can fight the childhood obesity caused by giving away free breakfasts, free lunches and food stamps that can be used to buy potato chips.

* Spending $10 billion a year to keep down rising college costs.

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How dumb are the dumbest among us? So dumb they gave this malicious clown of theirs the national debit card

"If they gave out Olympic medals for fiscal irresponsibility, President Obama would take the gold, silver and bronze."-- Herbegere News

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DrudgeKu of the Week

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April 13, 2011

"They’d rather be texting"

All too often, "customer service" has now been relegated to what is almost a battle, even for one's request to be understood, much less answered. And I'm not just talking about those times when the person on the other end hails from Mumbai, either. I've noticed that, in general, the agent can't seem to respond to a question or a situation of any complexity whatsoever. -- neo-neocon

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Incest and Islam

Anne Barnhardt on American Thinker: The Keystone of the Islamic Milieu: Inbreeding
As a direct result of inbreeding, the Muslim population is the only population on earth that is mentally and physically devolving. This inherent weakness makes Muslim populations more susceptible to nefarious, oppressive leadership and mass manipulation. The amount of objective evidence supporting this statement is colossal and obvious.

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Climate Change: "The Moriarty of sciences."

Climate change is made of toads and snails and puppy-dogs' tails.
I mean, if there isn't already, then there soon will be peer-reviewed papers that threaten plagues of toads, surfeits of poisonous snails, and unexpected shortenings of puppy-dog's tails, all caused by that great maleficence of our time, climate change. "It is the organiser of half that is evil and nearly all that is undetected in this great [world]." It is the Moriarty of sciences. -- William M. Briggs

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Finally! Wrapping Paper for Those With Little Storage Space

Universal Gift Wrap, in word-search format:

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Via Design Milk

[Little Miss Attila]

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The Slave State Known as "California"

I consider the Democratic party to be on the same side as it was in the Civil War..... the side of slavery and the status quo.
On the state level, the Democratic party is totally in the pocket of the government labor unions. These unions are opposed to merit raises and they don't care how much employees hate their job. They support permanent employment with paternalistic retirement and health care. The Republicans refuse to support this anti-commerce, zombie-like, taxpayer funded regime. That makes the Democrats the same today as they were one hundred and 50 years ago. Slavery is good and respectible. -- Pro Commerce: Like the Civil War

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April 11, 2011

Chicago-Area Schools: No Food from Home Allowed

The claim is that the nutrition is superior in the school's lunches but even if it were, how is this consistent with any kind of free society?
At Little Village, most students must take the meals served in the cafeteria or go hungry or both. During a recent visit to the school, dozens of students took the lunch but threw most of it in the garbage uneaten.

UPDATE, via/by Instapundit: "'Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.' More and more, it seems like parental malpractice to let your kids go to public schools, where they seem to be viewed as state property, and guinea pigs for social experimentation."

[Little Miss Attila]

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Planned Parenthood: Origins

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Lo, it is a crock and it reeketh:
Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, addressing the KKK. And this wasn't a surprise Death to Smoochy sort of meeting either. -- Word Around the Net: PICTURE OF THE DAY

You know, if they renamed it "Planned Progressive Birth Control" it would be much more popular these days.

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"Let a Thousand Korans Burn" (Except in England and Other Muslim States)

His arrest and charge came after
The Observer newspaper reported it had handed police a video which appeared to show Mr Owens dousing a copy of the Koran with paraffin before setting it alight. The alleged act, considered highly offensive to Muslims, came after dozens died last week in riots fuelled by a similar Koran-burning incident in America. -- BNP candidate Sion Owens freed after accused of publicly burning Koran | Mail Online

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April 9, 2011

Now, Make SURE Those Papal Indulgences Aren't Forged.

Keep in mind that some governments are requiring those indulgences carbon credits, and assigning them actual value.

Richard Fernandez:
Suppose the company’s offices had been in Geneva, Brussels or New York? If Mr. Goldsworthy could have produced studies certified by the United Nations, would everything have been OK? There are no official or agreed standards in the voluntary carbon trading market. If you pay for something that makes you feel better, you get your money’s worth.

Creepy.

—Little Miss Attila

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Fifteen (15!) Years in the Blogosphere

Charles Hill at the esteemed: dustbury.com » 15th anniversary open thread
Historical note: This site went live on 9 April 1996 with seven pages. Not all of them are still up. One of the dearly departed was the then-obligatory links page, which eventually was subsumed by the blogroll; another was something called "Tyranny of the new," which listed every last update in reverse chronological order.

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They Care Enough to Lie!

"Harry’s Reid dramatic shift on spending cuts — from denouncing the initial GOP offer ($32 billion) as 'draconian' and 'unworkable,' to celebrating a $38.5 billion spending cut as 'historic' — is remarkable in and of itself. Also telling was the way that Democrats artificially inflated the amount of cuts being offered. (At least they care enough about the political sensibilities of American voters to lie to them about it)."

—Andrew Stiles, "Boehner Wins Big," National Review Online [Little Miss Attila]

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Tilt

When I look at the "international community" - ie, the whole global octopus of world-news production, but principally the State Department and the journalism-education-NGO complex - in the light of early 2011, what I see more than anything is what poker players call tilt.
At every turn, the international community (which consists, in reality, of a large number of very capable, even responsible, professionals) is full well aware that it both has screwed, and continues to screw, the pooch. And at every turn, it figures that since it's in so deep already, it might as well go ahead and try to finish its wad. Hence, bombs over Libya. Bombs? Troops! As my ex-girlfriend from Carolina once put it, I hain't had so much fun since hogs et my little brother. And I fear we are just getting started in the Middle East. -- Unqualified Reservations: A small segue of subject

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April 8, 2011

"A billion in cuts here. A billion in cuts there. Pretty soon you realize they are all pussies"

The summing up:
"Obama thanked Reid and Boner. Reid thanked Obama and Boner. Boner thanked Reid and Obama. MCconnel thanked Obama, Reid and Boner. This freaking clusterfuckshould have been telecast live from a San Francisco bath house" -- Capitalist Preservation

And Morgan wonders:s
I’d sure like to know the mentality at work with people who think this is an okay way for our country to function. I know they must be lacking in any useful long-term memory since, as I’ve written before, the newspaper headlines never really seem to change. “[Program/agency] in trouble! Budget shortfall! Wah!” And then there’s a tearjerker story of some sad sack who’s utterly, completely dependent on the government program who just doesn’t know what he or she is gonna do.

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Most risible title that can be attached to Obama:

"Leader of the free world" as in, "The leader of the free world may be coming to Williamsburg for some rest and relaxation if Congress is able to come to agreement on the budget." -- dailypress.com It is to laugh. But one thing is sure, he's thinking first thing in the morning and last thing at night. In between? Golf!

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So, Gerard's Out of Here as of Tonight ...

Time to see what I can break around this place.

—Little Miss Attila

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Riding the Tsunami

"My feeling at this moment is indescribable," he says with glistening eyes. "I talked to my boat and said you've been with me 42 years. If we live or die, then we'll be together, then I pushed on full throttle." -- Defiant Japanese boat captain rode out tsunami - CNN.com

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Giving Headline of the Day

'Gay Caveman' Story Overblown Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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Death-Dwarf Bloomberg Finally Fires Worst NYC Chancellor Ever

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Not Freddie Kruger, but close

After three months of hell,
Mayor Bloomberg finally put Cathie Black out of her misery as schools chancellor -- a fiendishly difficult and complicated job that he was foolish to have offered her and that she was foolish to have accepted. -- Michael Bloomberg's Cathie Black blunder--John Podhoretz

The Peter Principle in action: "in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence." Except here she started at the top and worked her way down and out in only 90 days. Now if Bloomberg would only extend this rate burst of good judgment and fire himself.

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"Aren’t dogs and cats just so much better

than kids because you don’t need to move to suburbs once they turn five or six? Those stupid suburbs and their residents are just so mass produced, characterless, bland and uniform, unlike the apartments of some condo building that resembles a termite mound, and intellectually uniform and stultifying, unlike the newsrooms or the humanities and arts departments in the best universities." -- The Fourth Checkraise: Needling the hive

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"How exactly can social democracy

produce health care, education and all the other goods that people need far better and cheaper than private companies that compete with each other in the free market, all the while it simultaneously pays the unionized state employees top salaries with good benefits, tons of vacation and sick days and an early retirement, all courtesy of the taxes collected from the next generation that is about half the size of the previous one?" -- The Fourth Checkraise: Fragging the echo chamber

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Did you ever notice

that just like any fundy Christian tract can be converted to a progressive action pamphlet simply by replacing "Satan" by "corporations" and "sin" by "consumption", and vice versa, any feminist text can, with an equally trivial ease, be converted to a Marxist tract by replacing "patriarchy" by "capitalism", and "women" by "the proletariat"? -- The Fourth Checkraise: Fragging the echo chamber

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Shutdown Threatens Springtime for Obamas

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Proposed Planned Parenthood Funding D&C Threatens Production of New Democrats

Abortion Returns to Center Stage in Shutdown Drama - WSJ.com

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April 7, 2011

Remember when Al Gore successfully mobilized a 10 million-strong army to push his global warming hoax?

Neither do I. -- Tom Nelson

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"In war, the closer you get to blood, the closer you get to truth."

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Michael Yon reports from Afghanistan in Last Man Standing
It’s amazing that a shot fired in Florida can hit and provoke fragile minds in Afghanistan, causing them to stampede and overrun security and commit murder of the very people who are pumping money into their pockets.

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Oil breaks $110 per barrel

President announces plan for smaller, more efficient barrels. -- (iowahawkblog) on Twitter

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The Third Korea

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Most people get it now that Korea is split in two: one half is evil while the other makes great flat screen TVs.
You’ll also probably be aware that they’re separated by the most heavily fortified, militarized border in the world, making weekend city breaks to Pyongyang quite difficult. What few people know, however, is that there’s another Korea, west of the famous two. This third Korea is where the worlds of North and South meet head-on in a weird capitalist/communist clusterfuck overseen by the Chinese. Ever wanted to visit Kim Jong-il’s birthplace while drinking Starbucks, listening to K-Pop, and not getting shot? West Korea’s your place. -- ATLAS HOODS @ Viceland Today

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Gadhafi continues to express his wish that the United States continues to be ruined

Gadhafi, in letter, asks Obama to end air strikes
"We have been hurt more morally (than) physically because of what had happened against us in both deeds and words by you," he wrote. "Despite all this, you will always remain our son whatever happened. We still pray that you continue to be president of the U.S.A. We Endeavour and hope that you will gain victory in the new election campaigne."

Now I really hate the Duck.

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We got yer "Global Warming Hoax Weekly Round-Up"

RIGHT HERE @ The Daily Bayonet

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Gentlemen, Capitalist Preservation is

pleased to pimp International Pillow Fight Day. We are now thrilled to present... Hottest Pillow Fight Ever! -- Capitalist Preservation

And American Digest is please to join in the pimping! Ordinarily we'd pop in a small embed here, but this demands the big embed for the big slo-mo action. So just head to Capitalist Preservation for the real deal. [P.S. NSFW -- Not. Safe. For. Wife.]

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Q: What's the difference between the Boy Scouts and the New York Times?

A: The Boy Scouts have adult supervision. -- Power Line - William McGowan: Adult supervision? @ The NYT?


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Guy who travels in 8 MPG vehicle in 45-vehicle motorcade needles another guy for allegedly burning too much fossil fuel

Obama: "You might want to think about a trade-in.” American people: "Oh, we are thinking about a trade-in, schmuck."

Headline via the amazing Tom Nelson

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"Poverty is the normal condition of man"

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man.
Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded --€” here and there, now and then --€” are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as "bad luck"-- Robert Heinlein

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April 6, 2011

News You Knew

Senator Boxer: Dangerously Ignorant on CO2

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“My hair product?

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Actually, I don’t use them as I am in solidarity with PETA and their campaign against the testing of these products on animals and also my concern that their usage degrades the ozone layer of our upper atmosphere contributing to climate change and the coarsening of.... And now…a word from my leftwing subconscious. | westsound modern

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Chairman Mao: “The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue”

No surprise here.Al Qaeda Makes Afghan Comeback - WSJ.com
Over the past six to eight months, al Qaeda has begun setting up training camps, hideouts and operations bases in the remote mountains along Afghanistan's northeastern border with Pakistan, some U.S., Afghan and Taliban officials say. The stepped-up infiltration followed a U.S. pullback from large swatches of the region starting 18 months ago. The areas were deemed strategically irrelevant and left to Afghanistan's uneven security forces, and in some parts, abandoned entirely.

The hard truth is that if you want to stamp this out you've got to completely drain the gene pool. Anything else and you are just fighting cockroaches with honey.

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"Science is the sum total of a great multitude of mysteries." Freeman Dyson on How We Know

The public has a distorted view of science, because children are taught in school that science is a collection of firmly established truths.
In fact, science is not a collection of truths. It is a continuing exploration of mysteries. Wherever we go exploring in the world around us, we find mysteries. Our planet is covered by continents and oceans whose origin we cannot explain. Our atmosphere is constantly stirred by poorly understood disturbances that we call weather and climate. The visible matter in the universe is outweighed by a much larger quantity of dark invisible matter that we do not understand at all. The origin of life is a total mystery, and so is the existence of human consciousness. We have no clear idea how the electrical discharges occurring in nerve cells in our brains are connected with our feelings and desires and actions. -- How We Know by Freeman Dyson | The New York Review of Books

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The Keymaster Speaks

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"During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor!"

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April 5, 2011

Wife listening to Husband talk to himself as he watches 25 minutes of The Bachelor

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James: Wait, no wonder this show takes so fucking long. He has a stash of roses. This show should take a week, tops.

James: She's not getting one. She's not getting one. That one is crazy as shit.

James: Why does that 'last rose' dude have to come out? Where is he the whole time? Behind a curtain with his pants around his ankles?

James: LAST ROOOOOOOSE.

James: If you didn't get a rose, get out.

James: Look at how she's walking. She's zany. You don't know anything about zany girls.

James: Look at how many girls he has left, is this going to be on until July?

James: Awesome they're all breaking down.

James: Wait the Kardashian's have another show now? That's how I know the Mayan Calendar is real. End of fucking days. I bet there's a carving, a glyph of Kim and her fucking sister on the Mayan calendar. But not the giant one, because they would have thought she was a monster.

Via eject

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Stay Humble

"Stop judging. We're all just sixty million dollars, thirty porn stars, and one ton of cocaine away from being Charlie Sheen." -- Diogenes' Middle Finger

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The question that launched what is becoming the greatest comment thread in the history of the Internet

I like big butts and I cannot lie, but is there some evolutionary reason as to why? : AskReddit

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"One Obscure Man"

Terry Jones's action has been the single most bracing and courageous act of rebellion against the suffocating, mindless liberalism
that infects nearly every American mind. In one dramatic gesture Jones proves that Islam is not a "religion of peace." In one clarifying act he has demonstrated the utter futility of our Islamic nation-building folly. He has shown how shaky is the house of cards built by liberals--so shaky that one obscure man can make the whole pile of lies tremble. One obscure man can make the entire U.S. command structure get down on their knees to Muslims to beg forgiveness. One obscure man can so alarm the President of the USA that he feels the need to denounce him publicly. It's an enlightening sight to see. -- Dean Ericson @ VFR

Posted by Vanderleun at 2:18 PM | Your Say (4)

The "Learning" Channel's New Lineup

Some of my friends actually watch it. Imagine.

Posted by Vanderleun at 2:11 PM | Your Say (0)

High Flight


High Flight by DwightFrye

From Cobb who writes,
"I'm thinking about old TV & local stations on Los Angeles, KTTV (11), KTLA (5), KCOP (13) and KHJ (9). And of course KCET(28) and Channel 52. High Flight. I can't remember which station played this one before signing off, but when I was a kid, it was the most inspirational thing I can always remember.

It's true. I remember it too.

Posted by Vanderleun at 1:56 PM | Your Say (8)

April 4, 2011

Comment of the Month (So far)

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"White people, given enough time, can romanticize anything. Even sea-going pederasts."

Minted by westsoundmodern in Side-Lines: Despite its slobbering multicutural pretensions, Seattle remains the whitest city in the United States.

Posted by Vanderleun at 6:21 PM | Your Say (2)

Despite its slobbering multicutural pretensions, Seattle remains the whitest city in the United States. Proof:

Northwest Seaport sea chantey sing-along
A chantey sing-along on board the Steamship Virginia V, docked at the Historic Ships Wharf in Seattle's Lake Union Park, will be held Friday, April 8 from 8 to 10:30 p.m.

Sea chanteys are just the rap of the pale brothers of the far north.

Posted by Vanderleun at 1:56 PM | Your Say (4)

Four Arms: Robin Starfish of the beautiful Motel Zero has survived heart surgery and tells the tale

About the fourth day something slowly dawned on me. It seemed impossible, but I examined myself and found it to be true. I do not have four arms.
From the moment I woke up after surgery, I possessed four arms. Just like everyone else. The two I am used to, and two more directly behind and underneath the others. It was those arms that had been "holding me up" for 4 days. They were there like it was the most natural thing in the world, and it never occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, they were imaginary. They weren't like "angel wings" and they were not an external force. They were my own arms but they were pretty much autonomic, doing their thing without any conscious effort from me. They wrapped my back and chest, kept me warm, protected me from bumps, and were ever present. Sometimes they were filled with a powerful pulsing golden light that I would catch out of the corner of my eye, but mostly they were just there, albeit invisible. I miss them. -- Motel Zero: Organ Music

The whole story of his passage is worth reading.

Posted by Vanderleun at 12:58 PM | Your Say (0)

Both sides in Libya have obviously been watching Geraldo for years

In other Libya news, Geraldo Rivera nearly got shot yesterday:

Geraldo isn’t really confident in the rebels. He said he was “as worried about getting shot in the back by the good guys as I was getting shot in the front by the Gaddafi forces,” and warned: “I swear to god, if you give these people weapons more powerful than they have right now, they will be a grave danger to themselves and others.” -- Your Daily Libyan Rebels Update : The Other McCain

Posted by Vanderleun at 12:35 PM | Your Say (5)

April 3, 2011

MulticulturalMania @ Crayola Crapola ®

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"Washability you can trust in assorted skin-tone colors. Eight different shades of diverse colors for more realistic illustrations of the world. Crayola Washable Multicultural Broad Line Markers is an assortment of ethnic-sensitive color palette. The broad line markers have a unique conical tip that is good for coloring and detailing. Great colors for school projects." -- Crayola Products

Posted by Vanderleun at 8:29 PM | Your Say (11)

Moral Communism

If we presume for argument’s sake that they’re really after the economy, and can’t attack it directly because Communism is discredited,
it is hard to think of a better indirect approach than via moralism. If they try to communise the economy directly, there is an enormous body of “right wing” economic theory that can knock down their plans. So instead, they go for a two stage process. First of all, they persuade people that some Damned Thing is immoral. Then they show that the free market allows or encourages that immoral thing. Then they can say, “well, we wish we didn’t have to do this, but I’m afraid we’re going to have to intervene in that part of the economy, to stop the Damned Thing, sorry”. This leaves the free marketeer floundering around having to try to justify the continuance of the Damned Thing in the name of some nebulous “liberty”. And then they say, “so your selfish desire for “liberty” means this Damned Thing must go on?” and you lose the argument in public, because most of the audience have been persuaded that there is a moral crisis that must be addressed, and you are a heartless asshole who just doesn’t care. -- – Counting Cats in Zanzibar

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The Limits of Assholism

Regarding the Get-Out-Of-Being-Condemned card played by pro-Islamics: "You can say, “gee, I wish there were fewer assholes.” And you can even say, “I wish the assholes would be less assholistic.” In private life (rather than civic life), you can discourage assholism. But what you can’t say is, “assholism is a justification for homicide.” -- Yeah: Killing U.N. Workers

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Christ's Face Seen in 2,000 Year Old Pop Tart

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The image is eerily familiar: a bearded young man with flowing curly hair.
After lying for nearly 2,000 years hidden in a cave in the Holy Land, the fine detail is difficult to determine. But in a certain light it is not difficult to interpret the marks around the figure’s brow as a crown of thorns. The tiny booklet, a little smaller than a modern credit card, is sealed on all sides and has a three-dimensional representation of a human head on both the front and the back. One appears to have a beard and the other is without. Even the maker’s fingerprint can be seen in the lead impression. Beneath both figures is a line of as-yet undeciphered text in an ancient Hebrew script. -- Hidden in a cave: First ever portrait of Jesus found in 1 of 70 ancient books? | Mail Online

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The Crazed Criminals of Capitalist Preservation Pwesent

Today is Jack Webb's Birthday

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April 2, 2011

AD Comment of March: "The GOP is not much weaker than many of its voters"

Reader Scott M comments on Side-Lines: "You are one election away from becoming a hopeless serf, as are your children and their children." with these insights:
Liberals want to take over everything, conservatives want to be left alone. That is the recipe for how we gave away our country. Conservatives would rather change schools, change neighborhoods, change careers than be around liberals. Every time some conservative whispers to someone that he is a teacher or union member so don't think all teachers, union members, or whatever are all bad you should know that the GOP is not much weaker than many of its voters.

The Left took over by recognizing their oppponent (us). The Left saw that we don't want a confrontation and we want people to admire our rule-following habits. All they have to do to take over your schoolss, neighborhoods, or career is move in and be rude and persistent. We will leave and they will win.

Never miss an opportunity, no matter how badly outnumbered you are or how uncomfortable you will make people, to loudly and rudely, and comprehensively defeat a liberals wise-ass comment. You have to make every commie-lib sorry for every commie-lib comment they make, wherever they make it. But conservatives would rather prove to other conservatives how logical and beneficial our ideology is rather than create a situation or be seen as anything less than Mayberry nice.

Liberals are playing by prison rules and conservatives are playing by Mayberry rules. They never have to worry about getting a shank in the kidney, we expect they will change their mind if we tell them facts. Know your opponent and show no mercy, we are the majority.

Posted by Vanderleun at 8:26 PM | Your Say (2)

Confucius Say

Confucius is all about societal wisdom and wise personal conduct.
So is the Japanese Tsurezuregusa — 700 years old and taught in every elementary school in Japan. Their foreign relations are conducted according to Sun Tzu and the 36 Stratagems. Our foreign relations are conducted by “liberated” menopausal women and utopian male drones with narcissistic personality disorder, the whole 2 Sigma (i.e. “smart”) lot of them possessing the wisdom of a door knob. -- Gates of Vienna: The Art of Strategic Citizenship, Part 4: Conclusion

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The Pilcrow, part 3

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Taking pride of place at the head of every new paragraph, the pilcrow had carved out a literal niche for itself at the heart of late medieval writing. Boldly inked by the rubricator, pilcrows grew ever more elaborate and time-consuming to add. Unfortunately the deadline is not a modern invention; occasionally, time would run out before the rubricator could complete his work and the white space carefully reserved for the pilcrow went undecorated. With the advent of the printing press, the volume of printed documents to be rubricated grew exponentially and it became increasingly difficult to attend to them all. The pilcrow became a ghost, and the indented paragraph was born in its stead. -- From the splendid new page, Shady Characters .

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Highly recommended.

Posted by Vanderleun at 1:29 PM | Your Say (0)

The true extent of the Japanese tsunami has been vastly underreported

Spotted in Durban, South Africa


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Marshall McLuhan, 1970

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Privacy invasion is now one of our biggest knowledge industries. -- The Technium: Proverbs of St. McLuhan

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McCain, Lieberman, and Graham: "We were for Qadhafi before we were for bombing his ass to a wet spot on the sand"

CODEL McCain opened its August 14 meeting with National Security Advisor Muatassim al-Qadhafi
by noting the drastic change that the relationship had undergone over the last five years. "We never would have guessed ten years ago that we would be sitting in Tripoli, being welcomed by a son of Muammar al-Qadhafi," remarked Senator Lieberman. He stated that the situation demonstrated that change is possible and expressed appreciation that Libya had kept its promises to give up its WMD program and renounce terrorism. Lieberman called Libya an important ally in the war on terrorism, noting that common enemies sometimes make better friends. -- Wikileaks

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It's A Small World After All

According to the State Department, Colonel Qaddafi’s 27-year-old son, Khamis, is also a “reformer.”
Or at least he was a few weeks ago, when U.S. officials welcomed him here for a month-long visit, including meetings at NASA and the Air Force Academy, and front-row seats for a lecture by Deepak Chopra entitled “The Soul of Leadership.” Ten minutes of which would have me buckling up the Semtex belt and yelling “Allahu Akbar!” but each to his own. It would have been embarrassing had Khamis Qaddafi still been getting the red carpet treatment in the U.S. while his dad was getting the red carpet-bombing treatment over in Tripoli. But fortunately a scheduled trip to West Point on February 21st had to be canceled when young Khamis was obliged to cut short his visit and return to Libya to start shooting large numbers of people in his capacity as the commander of a crack special-forces unit. Maybe he’ll be killed by a pilot who showed him round the Air Force Academy. Small world, isn’t it? -- Obama’s Missionless War - Mark Steyn - National Review Online

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Rand Paul Explains It All

“The president’s own words are incredibly important here. The hypocrisy is amazing.
In 2007, the president said, ‘A president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.’ And yet here we have a president cavalierly taking us to war. He seems to have had a lot of time to talk to people. He talked to the Arab League; they had time to get together and vote on it. He talked to the U.N.; they had time to get together and vote on it. But he had utter disregard and contempt for the most important body in the United States that represents the people, the U.S. Congress — utter contempt. He’s gone to NATO, he’s gone to our allies, he’s gone to the U.N., he’s gone to the Arab League, but he has not had one single minute of debate in Congress. To add insult to injury, he chose to go to war while in Brazil, while Congress was not even in session.”– Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky)

Via Sir Andrew of Rubesville : The Other McCain

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April 1, 2011

If they tell you "the science is settled" remind them that they always tell everyone to "Question Authority"

Today, the appeal to the authority of experts is sometimes excused by the immensity of our specialized knowledge.
And it is sometimes defended by philosophical theories that speak of science and rationality in terms of specializations, experts, and authority. But in my view, the appeal to the authority of experts should be neither excused nor defended. It should, on the contrary, be recognized for what it is – an intellectual fashion – and it should be attacked by a frank acknowledgement of how little we know, and how much that little is due to people who have worked in many fields at the same time. And it should also be attacked by the recognition that the orthodoxy produced by intellectual fashions, specialization, and the appeal to authorities is the death of knowledge, and that the growth of knowledge depends entirely upon disagreement. -- Karl Popper, Author’s Note, 1993, The Myth of the Framework

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Do not ask for whom the Government Healthcare tolls. It tolls for thee.

Government-run Health Care: Former NHS director dies after operation is cancelled four times at her own hospital
Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex. But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery. Her devastated husband, Jim, is now demanding answers from Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust - the organisation where his wife had served as a non-executive member of the board of directors. He said: 'I don't really know why she died. I did not get a reason from the hospital. We all want to know for closure. She got weaker and weaker as she waited and operations were put off.'

We feel Mr. Hutchon's grief, but if he doesn't really know why his wife died, he hasn't been paying attention.

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