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June 30, 2012

In the Frozen Food Aisle

How hot is it? It’s so hot I had to kick people out of the frozen food aisle at Publix just so I could get to the ice cream.
After a respite at home I ventured out again to Publix, where it seemed everyone was having a casual summer gathering in the frozen food aisle. We lingered there, forming lasting bonds of the kind forged by those who survive the flames of hellfire disguised as a typical summer in Charleston. Pizza, ice cream, even frozen broccoli was subject to extra scrutiny and overlong was the seeming indecision, halting between choices, as patrons luxuriated in the amazing, frigid air pouring out into the aisle. -- | Primordial Slack

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Chinese Cops Are Hot to SWAT

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Machine Guns: Not Just for Soldiers Anymore
The star of this year’s China Police Expo at the Beijing International Convention Center was a 7.62 mm Gatling machine gun built by the Chongqing Jianshe Industry Group (pictured above). It can fire anywhere from 2500 to 6000 rounds per minute. To some Chinese netizens, it’s a terrifying icon of public security. “This is a f***ing policeman’s machine gun,” writes the blog Fantastic Record. Weibo user WildhouseNEWS asks, “Who are the police going to mow down with this gun? The American imperialists or the Japanese devils? Who are they selling this thing to?”

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Get the pool, boy!

"Just look at that water, mocking you with its wetness. Get it!"

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Health Care Failure and Coverup: "All causes of death still add up to 100%. That is no progress at all!"

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Causes of death: 1900 and 2010

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In November Crater the Slavers

"€œIf ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude than the animating contest of freedom—go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!" -- Samuel Adams [Via Classical Values]

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The Final Insult

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"Shorter #SCOTUS -

Goverment can require proof of insurance, but not proof of citizenship." -Governor Jindal [Word Around the Net]

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To Do A Simple Thing Well

Attempting simple things often sounds insane to most people. In business, for instance,
you have to have a vision of the whole thing, all at once, right away. The world might change your mind partway through, of course, like an ax can change a tree's mind, but you'll just come up with another vision of the whole thing, not an alternative to having a vision at all. The market will only tell you what it doesn't like. It can't tell you if it would like something that isn't there. The market says all sorts of things to you in advance, of course, but it lies a lot. The rest of the time it's mistaken. -- Sippican Cottage: To Do A Simple Thing Well

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"At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected?"

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I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
I hope I am over wary; but if I am not, there is, even now, something of ill-omen amongst us. I mean the increasing disregard for law which pervades the country; the growing disposition to substitute the wild and furious passions, in lieu of the sober judgement of Courts; and the worse than savage mobs, for the executive ministers of justice. This disposition is awfully fearful in any community; and that it now exists in ours, though grating to our feelings to admit, it would be a violation of truth, and an insult to our intelligence, to deny. -- Lincoln, 1838 Lyceum Speech

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June 29, 2012

"That which is crooked cannot be made straight." (Kohelet 1:15)

The problem with government is... government. Not just its existence, but the culture of government....
Change is only going to come from outside. It is going to come from grass-roots movements, from the rise of organizations and movements that are dedicated to fundamentally changing the impact of government power on us. Electing politicians opposed to the current model is important, but it's even more important to build defenses outside the system. The left very successfully dismantled policies and laws that they opposed in that way. The right is catching up. -- Daniel Greenfield

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What Chief Justice Roberts & Co. Did

They said the American people are not entitled to an honest legislative process, one in which they can safely assume that when Congress intentionally uses words that have very different meanings and consequences -- like tax and penalty
-- and when Congress adamantly insists that the foundation of legislation is one and not the other, the Court will honor, rather than rewrite, the legislative process. Meaning: if Congress was wrong, the resulting law will be struck down, and Congress will be told that, if it wants to pass the law, it has to do it honestly. Just as an appeals court may not legitimately rewrite an indictment and revise what happened at a trial, neither may it legitimately rewrite a statute and fabricate an imaginary congressional record. But today, the Supreme Court rewrote a law — which it has no constitutional authority to do — and treated it as if it were forthrightly, legitimately enacted. -- Ordered Liberty » ObamaCare Ruling: Pure Fraud and No Due Process BY Andrew C. McCarthy

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The Morning After According to Dr. Wes

As far as that health care law decision yesterday? Yeah, I was surprised – maybe “stunned” is a better word. Then I put in a pacemaker.
Funny, like everything else with this law, I felt like most doctors I spoke with were similarly surprised, then shrugged their shoulders and went about their business. -- Dr. Wes: The Morning After

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On the Occasion of Katie Holmes Filing for Divorce:

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It frees Tom up to be with the person he really loves… -- The Manolo

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"You can't trust the GOP "

You can't trust the GOP to do the smart thing. You can't trust the GOP to be tactical or strategic.
You must interpret any delay in fighting and any excuse for picking another fight as a sellout. If your GOP member has a reputation for winning fights, then give him the benefit of the doubt. If your member doesn't have that reputation you must view them as a sellout until proven otherwise. You can't allow the awful truth of this bad situation keep you from understanding how bloody awful things are becoming. False optimism is killing us as much as irrational belief in hope and change. What are the facts before your eyes? The GOP won't fight, won't communicate, and now we see again they won't change. Anyone telling you to wait until after the election is telling you they think you are stupid enough to fall for the usual tactic. The GOP has had the advantage for 2 years and what have they forced on Obama? -- ScottM in Side-Lines: Re: The Marching Morons

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The List

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"The best defense for Jihadis and bloodthirsty militias is to became gay and lesbian themselves"

File Under Quislings and Traitors in the Pentagon: The Ugandan's "superb"€™ fighting ability "was directly responsible"€
for driving militants out of Somalia's capital city of Mogadishu this year, according to one American official close to the U.S. train-and-equip program. But there's a ticking time bomb inside the outwardly strong alliance. Uganda's escalating crackdown on its gays, lesbians and transgenders has the U.S. indicating that it might just cut off that military aid. "€œLGBT issues"€ are a "caveat on U.S. support,"€ says the official, who spoke to Danger Room on condition of anonymity.-- Belmont Club » The War Unseen

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Where Used Clothing Goes

Most Americans are thoroughly convinced
there is another person in their direct vicinity who truly needs and wants our unwanted clothes. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Charities long ago passed the point of being able to sell all of our wearable unwanted clothes. -- Neatorama

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Re: The Marching Morons

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There is no absurdity to which conservatives will not resort in order to claim that conservatism has really won,
and thus that conservatism is still a viable movement. America could be proclaimed as a Soviet state tomorrow, and the conservative pundits would chortle—just as they did about every leftward move by George W. Bush—that this is really a brilliant Machiavellian maneuver by which the conservative agenda is being advanced. -- The mainstream conservatives' alternative reality

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"Save the planet"

I’m tired of this shit. I’m tired of f-ing Earth Day. I’m tired of these self-righteous environmentalists,
these white, bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is that there aren’t enough bicycle paths. People trying to make the world safe for Volvos. Besides, environmentalists don’t give a shit about the planet. Not in the abstract they don’t. You know what they’re interested in? A clean place to live. Their own habitat. They’re worried that some day in the future they might be personally inconvenienced. Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn’t impress me. -- George Carlin

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Why do I do this?

I just don’t see the point in quitting, I guess. I’ve been a diarist since I was in high school.
It’s good to keep the fingers lubricated. I learn things just by writing about them. The venting is helpful. Sharing this or that is necessary for the internet, since it all depends on everyone coming up with something for everyone else. Also, about twice a week I’ll do something here I like a lot, and I hope the ratio of “that’ll do, pig” to “utter babbling crap” isn’t too alarming. -- LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat

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Europeans can now call in sick from vacation

National Lampoon's European Vacation Workers who get sick on holiday
are entitled to paid time off equal to the amount of time they didn't feel well during the original holiday. The question originated in Spain, where trade unions sued for the vacation do-over allowance some years ago. The European court has now upheld the right throughout the EU, noting that the "entitlement to paid annual leave must be regarded as a particularly important principle of EU social law, a principle expressly enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights," and thus "cannot be interpreted restrictively."

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Let's Review

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The Best of It

However carved up
or pared down we get,
we keep on making
the best of it as though
it doesn't matter that
our acre's down to
a square foot. As
though our garden
could be one bean
and we'd rejoice if
it flourishes, as
though one bean
could nourish us.
-- Kay Ryan:

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Read the Comments. They Eluci... Er... Educrate

Augusta Denny’s Figures Only A Weirdo Would Wash Their Hands All The Time | The Rumford Meteor

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La Crema

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With the invention of the high-pressure lever machine came the discovery of crema
--€“ the foam floating over the coffee liquid that is the defining characteristic of a quality espresso. A historical anecdote claims that early consumers were dubious of this "scum"€ floating over their coffee until Gaggia began referring to it as "caffe creme", suggesting that the coffee was of such quality that it produced its own creme. With high pressure and golden crema, Gaggia’s lever machine marks the birth of the contemporary espresso. -- The Long History of the Espresso Machine | Design Decoded

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June 28, 2012

Meanwhile, economic/environmental suffering continues unabated...

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$84 trillion.

"That is the unfunded liability of Medicare," Fisher said.
I quickly ran the math and realized this was almost $300,000 for every man, woman, and child in the United States, including my wife, my five kids, and me. I was stunned. -- Why Congress Doesn’t Work | The American Conservative

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Google Glass

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First person videos are a genuinely cool idea. But Google thinks that we're all ready to walk around wearing the things.
Which, you know, we aren't. Not everyone is a somewhat eccentric data maven billionaire, too rich and lost in a world of giant ideas to care how he looks walking around all day. Are you? This presents not just a leap in technology, but in culture. For many of us, a computer that's literally sitting on our face for every waking moment sounds really socially alienating. -- Does Google Have Any Social Skills at All?

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Esquire Mag Covers by George Lois

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Flyer Goodness: Esquire Mag Covers by George Lois
New York born graphic designer and art director George Lois created 92 covers for the Esquire Magazine in the ten years between 1962-1972, where he started in print and media at CBS and soon after that Doyle Dayne Bernbach (DDB).

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Why You Should Spiral-Cut Your Wiener

You're welcome.

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The State has announced:

"You will do exactly as we tell you in every area of your life. You will work as and when we allow you to work,
you will spend what little money we allow you to keep as and when we tell you to spend it, you will say what we tell you to say -- and if you disagree with us about any of this, you will indicate your disagreement as and when we allow you to. In brief: you will follow orders. Please don't be tiresome and petulant, telling us this isn't what you want. We've been systematically approaching this end for well over a century. You can hardly claim this is surprising, not if you wish to avoid ridicule. And you might have stopped these developments much earlier -- if you'd wanted to. You didn't want to." -- Once Upon a Time...: The State of Things

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Question:

Does this mean we can check illegals for insurance documentation? -- One Cʘsmos

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June 27, 2012

How long will that tenuous state of affairs endure?

Today the Supreme Court is slightly tilted in our favor,
which is to say that it has a few members who believe that the Constitution is more than blotting paper for their opinions, and that individuals and states have rights, rather than just being troublesome cogs in the mighty machine of the national policy apparatus bent on tackling one growing crisis or another. -- by Daniel Greenfield

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"You attacked Gotham before?"

Ra's al Ghul: "Of course. Over the ages, our weapons have grown more sophisticated. With Gotham, we tried a new one: Economics.
But we underestimated certain of Gotham's citizens... such as your parents. Gunned down by one of the very people they were trying to help. Create enough hunger and everyone becomes a criminal. Their deaths galvanized the city into saving itself... and Gotham has limped on ever since. We are back to finish the job. And this time no misguided idealists will get in the way." -- Stuff Black People Don't Like - SBPDL: No League of Shadows Destroyed Detroit

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"In addition, I hope, if the mandate goes down,"

someone on television cries. My guess is Ed Schultz, but I’d be willing to extend that guess to Andrew Sullivan, though that’s more of an outside bet.
I also tend to believe that Barack Obama will openly criticize the court because he believes his voting bloc is dumb enough to think the Court gives two sh*ts what he thinks and isn’t already on it’s way to Barbados for a well-deserved vacation, and despite being a “Constitutional Law professor” has little to no concept of how this whole thing actually works, a character flaw he’s demonstrated before. -- Predictions for tomorrow morning… :: Naked DC

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Odd Website of the Week (So Far)

Birds With Arms "Photoshop arms on to birds. Send them to us."
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Twitter

Is just a means to an end: communication. Bemoaning the constraints of the form is like whining about the rules of the sonnet." -- Smitty @ The Other McCain [HT: C. Hill]

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Walter Russell Mead seems to believe that Obama actually has an Afghan "strategery"

It's touching when scholars believe in the absence of evidence:
Obama’s Afghan Strategy Isn’t Working: Now What? @ Via Meadia "The President chose his war strategy in Afghanistan, overruling both his civilian and his military advisers as he saw fit (and as is entirely proper — that is his job)."

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"I Hate To Admit It, But This Is A Close Approximation Of Me While I'm Reading The Newspaper"

"YOU'RE NOT YELLOW, YOU'RE ORANGE!"

From Sippican Cottage who is whipping up some new and very real furniture.

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Obama Phone Signup

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Obama Phone Questions

Via Curmudgeonly & Skeptical

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June 26, 2012

Elizabeth "Fauxcahontas" Warren

told the Boston Globe last week that she wants to win the Senate race so that she can "bring an outsider’s perspective to solving the nation’s problems".
And who better to bring an outsider's perspective than a Harvard professor, a member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion and the chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight Panel. -- Sultan Knish a blog by Daniel Greenfield

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Asters and Plums

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Stephen Gjertson, 1986

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"Americans, who tend toward the anarchic, have a wise fondness for rebellions"

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, and Americans, more than any people in history, should be quick to see and decry
abuses of power or encroachments of the state beyond the strict limits of the Constitution, and should be quick, even reckless, to resort to mutiny and bloodshed against our public servants lest they forget who is master here. It were better to fight a useless war in the name of liberty than to slumber like Gulliver and awake to find ourselves tied down by the countless threads of the patient Lilliputians, unable despite any strength to stir. Those who say we must avoid such war at all cost, even at the cost of our liberty, in effect say it is better to live as a slave than die as a free man. -- Anarchy and Tyranny | John C. Wright's Journal

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Just when you thought it was safe to leave your house...

Rainbow-Collared Plush Care Bear Coat
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If someone could just shoot James Cameron once, three tragedies could be avoided

James Cameron Will Shoot Three "Avatar" Movies at One Time

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Behind the Scenes at CNN

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Admit it, you always knew it was like this.

And in other news, CNN Sinks To 21-Year Primetime Ratings Low In Second Quarter - Deadline.com

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How to Feed a Snake Frozen Food

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Thaw the rodent in the fridge. Do not thaw it in the microwave!
As tempting as that may seem, it will cook the meat and make your snake ill. Take a frozen rodent from the freezer, and place into a separate plastic bag. Place the bag in the fridge, and leave overnight. This will allow the rodent to completely unfreeze. -- 6 steps (with pictures)

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The Dream is Over

Rielle Hunter says she and John Edwards are no longer a couple

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The Teachings of Ron Swanson

8. "The government is a greedy piglet that suckles on a taxpayer'€™s teat until they have sore, chapped nipples."

9. "My only official recommendations are US Army-issued mustache trimmers, Morton's Salt, and the C.R. Lawrence fine, two-inch-style oscillating knife blade."€

10. "Turkey can never beat cow."€ -- Flavorwire

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John Travolta’s Hairpiece Wishes You Good Morning

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"Damn, I look good on that man’s head. Go-od. Luxurious, like a freaking sable pelt, know what I’m saying?" -- The Manolo's Shoe Blog
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Getting the Message

The message purportedly sent is "€œdo not discriminate against people with criminal records"€; the message actually sent is "€œhire African-Americans but if they screw up you are liable as an employer" and the message actually received is "hire a lawyer"€. -- Belmont Club » Wires Crossed

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"Regular people don't work much any more."

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If you think regular people not working is a problem now, you ain't seen nothin' yet.
There are elaborate schemes in play right now to hide all sorts of people from being counted as not working. They're tucked away in endless educational gulags where no one learns anything or goes on to do anything worth doing. They're stashed in cubicles where people don't do the things they were hired to do, that shouldn't be done anyway, and won't be for much longer. You'll find them nibbling around the edges of commerce in various hamstringing poses, an army of love children of Ralph Nader and Howard Zinn. They are never going to make anything, and will keep others from doing so if they can. Beats working. For now. -- Sippican Cottage: SKATE TO THE LEFT!

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"The restauranteur assumes that his business is worth keeping alive. As if we don’t have enough restaurants as it is."

At CNN, a restauranteur from Oxford, Mississippi, weighs in on immigrations'€™ impact on his industry:
I can not survive without the Latino segment of the workforce in Oxford, Mississippi. I employ a tremendous number of people who do extremely unglamorous work. We pay them well and take care of them as well as we can. I have trouble getting American-born workers to even apply for those positions when we advertise, much less show up. -- We don't need more cheap food provided by immigrants « Gucci Little Piggy

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Newsroom: "It's never a bad thing when your enemies escape into a delusional state"

There's no reason for Republicans to look down on The Newsroom.
It's a safer outlet for liberal anger than Occupy Wall Street. It's a miniature universe in which they are smarter, nobler and better than everyone else. Children have fantasy worlds like that. There's no reason that liberals shouldn't. Not only does it give them the security of believing that they really were superior, but it prevents them from learning any useful lessons from their defeat. -- by Daniel Greenfield

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A Sure Fire Sign Of Global Warming Fraud

"Any paper which includes the words 'Since the beginning of satellite measurements' is a red flag that someone is about to start lying to you." -- | Real Science [HT: Morgan]

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Breaking!

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Police Desperately Seek Teen Runaway And Her Carny Boyfriend To Give Them Their Book And Movie Deals, Schedule For Appearances On Daytime TV | The Rumford Meteor

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June 25, 2012

Prometheus

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This in its various cinematic permutations constitutes our theater of dread, cunningly disguised as a game;
our stab at a commercially viable form of Wagnerian sublimity: The Twilight of the Humans, an existential cosmic opera-in-progress sketched out in the 1950s in Forbidden Planet and the BBC television serial Quatermass and the Pit, ennobled by Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tarkovsky’s Solaris, and continually reconfigured ever since. Every attempt to exhaust the form simply engenders more offshoots, much like the alien life-forms that proliferate in the black corridors of Prometheus. -- The Sublime Horrors of Ridley Scott by Geoffrey O'Brien

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Like a Horse and Carriage

After Gay Marriage Comes Gay Divorce: Des and Katie have since separated and moved out of their Washington Heights apartment.
They're now one of the first married gay couples -- if not the very first -- in New York to divorce. "I feel like I'm the president of the loneliest club in the world,"€ Des says. "€œI was the first gay person in my group of friends to marry, and now I’m the only gay divorcée I know."€

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Faint Hope As Change Is for the Worse in Emanuel's Chicago

Rate of Killings Rises 38 Percent in Chicago in ’12: Mr. Emanuel listed safer streets among his top three priorities when he became mayor a year ago, but Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, is now testing that promise.
Homicides are up by 38 percent from a year ago, and shootings have increased as well, even as killings have held steady or dropped in New York, Los Angeles and some other cities. As of June 17, 240 people had been killed here this year, mostly in shootings, 66 more deaths than occurred in the same period in 2011.

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A modest proposal by Commenter bgarrett [Bumped]

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1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart Every hour of every day.

2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute!

3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.

4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot Kroger Target Sears Costco K-Mart combined.

5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the world's largest private employer, and most speak English.

6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world.

7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger and Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only fifteen years.

8. During this same period, 31 big supermarket chains sought bankruptcy.

9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the world.

10. Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores in the USA of which 1,906 are Super Centers; this is 1,000 more than it had five years ago.

11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at Wal-Mart stores. (Earth's population is approximately 6.5 Billion.)

12. 90% of all Americans live within fifteen miles of a Wal-Mart.

You may think that I am complaining, but I am really laying the ground work for suggesting that MAYBE we should hire the guys who run Wal-Mart to fix the economy.

Better yet, just move The White House to BENTONVILLE , ARKANSAS and let Wal-Mart take it over !

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Irony overload: priceless

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Issued by Sparkasse Chemnitz -- Chemnitz is a city in eastern Germany, in the state of Saxony -- the Marx card has proven to be popular: ten designs were proposed by the bank, and more than a third of the customers opted for Marx. -- dustbury.com

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Dig Deep for the Good Work!

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Created in less than seven days at Sense of Events: What's next, church offerings?

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The Euromess, Distilled

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Via Via Meadia

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Appointments?

Where does one find the like of an Anita Dunn (her hero was Mao), the truther Van Jones, or Al "Crucify" Armendariz?  
Do we remember guests to the Bush White House being photographed flipping off portraits of Bill Clinton? Usually Treasury Secretaries are models of tax probity, not tax violators themselves. Why is the Secretary of Labor issuing videos inviting illegal aliens to contact her office when lodging complaints against employers? Even John Mitchell did not violate so many ethical standards as has Eric Holder, who sees nothing wrong in appointing an Obama appointee and Obama campaign donor to investigate possible Obama administration legal violations. Why was grilling Alberto Gonzalez not racism, but doing the same to Eric Holder supposedly is? From where did "Shut the F--- Up" National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon appear? Fannie Mae and K Street? Do Commerce Secretaries usually drive Lexuses as they promote U.S. industry? -- Works and Days » Is the Country Unraveling?

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The Cult of Obama

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"How very much I've tried my best to give you a good life. But in spite of all of my trying a handful of our people, with their lies, have made our lives impossible," Jim Jones said at Jonestown.
That is the epilogue of the Obama campaign. The one being scripted for him by the media. Like Jim Jones, Obama has done his best to give us a good life, but the Republicans, FOX News, the Supreme Court, the Koch Brothers and powerful interests have sabotaged his efforts with their lies. And yet in the end it's not the enemies who bear the final burden, but the people who weren't good enough. -- -- by Daniel Greenfield

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June 24, 2012

The White House congratulated Egypt's president-elect Mohamed Morsi the Muslim Brotherhood on [taking over Egypt]

calling it a "milestone" in the country's transition to democracy theocracy.
President Obama called Morsi Sunday evening, telling him that the United States would stand by Egypt in its transitional period — and said that he looked forward to working together. -- - POLITICO.com
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What's the plan Mitt? Sarah? Rick? Newt? Michelle? Ron?

"There is no plan. There is no plan because it is all a total and complete joke. It is theater.
These people aren't competent to run a nation, much less solve the largest problems in all of human history, which are all occurring simultaneously. It is a con game to enrich the oligarchs, create the illusion of democracy, and to create false power paradigms. The RINOS in the Tea Party simply don't want to hear any of this. They want to be on a "team" and root for "their guy" and thus delude themselves into thinking that they are actually accomplishing something. Most people, at the end of the day, want to be lied to." -- Ann Barnhardt

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A Day to Remember

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Meghan McCain is still around! And she has a new book! And she’s on a publicity tour!

And once, she totally, like, smoked marijuana, so she totally understands exactly what these kids mean when they are all, like,
OMG, marijuana should totes be legal! Except that she calls it “cannabis” which no one who actually has ever smoked pot does, which means I, of course, would doubt her sincerity, except given the intellectual weight of a typical Meghan McCain conversation, find her admission totally and utterly plausible. -- Naked DC

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Orchid Bouquet, 1992

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When the Supreme Court Hand Down Their Decision, Doctors Won't Care

For doctors it really does't matter what the Supreme Court decides.
That's because the day after the decision (whatever it is), doctors will stillget up, go to their clinics or hospitals, wash their hands, and continue taking care of patients, whether there's a health care law, part of a health care law, or no health care law. Big business knows this, so should you. -- Dr. Wes

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June 23, 2012

The Scent of a Moneyed Woman

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Packed in real shredded US bills, Her Money is a citrus-floral scent blended with the distinct notes of fresh, crisp bills.
A playful tart-sweet accord of mandarin, pink grapefruit, melon, and succulent passion fruit sparkles among a soft and luxurious white floral medley. Mist onto skin and revel in the bliss of success. Feminine yet bold. -- Her Money - Liquid Money - The Fragrance of Success

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"It was only a matter of time before a fake memoirist got elected as president of the United States. "

In an inspired line of argument, Ben Smith of the website BuzzFeed suggests that the controversy over "Dreams From My Father" is the fault of conservatives who have "taken the self-portrait at face value."
We are so unlettered and hicky that we think a memoir is about stuff that actually happened rather than a literary jeu d'esprit playing with nuances of notions of assumptions of preconceptions of concoctions of invented baloney. And so we regard the first member of the Invented-American community to make it to the White House as a kinda weird development rather than an encouraging sign of how a new post-racial, post-gender, post-modern America is moving beyond the old straitjackets of black and white, male and female, gay and straight, real and hallucinatory. -- Mark Steyn: Obama the first Invented-American president

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Good Question

What If Walmart Sold 2500 Guns Illegally, Walked Them into Mexico, and Hid the Documentation from Congress?

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The Iranian Agent

When Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who has plagued the Saudis for years, was targeted by a popular uprising, Obama did nothing to topple Iran’s lone Arab ally.
Instead, he backed a Russian-inspired diplomatic process that has served only to buy Assad time​—​just as three rounds of nuclear talks have helped protect Iran from an Israeli strike. So the net effect of Obama’s Middle East strategy has been to protect Tehran’s regional security interests​—​Syria, Hezbollah, and the bomb. -- The Obama Retreat

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The Iranian Agent

When Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who has plagued the Saudis for years, was targeted by a popular uprising, Obama did nothing to topple Iran’s lone Arab ally.
Instead, he backed a Russian-inspired diplomatic process that has served only to buy Assad time​—​just as three rounds of nuclear talks have helped protect Iran from an Israeli strike. So the net effect of Obama’s Middle East strategy has been to protect Tehran’s regional security interests​—​Syria, Hezbollah, and the bomb. -- The Obama Retreat

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Le Blob d'Seattle: We're #1!

Are these America's ugliest buildings? Architects name structures they'd like to see leveled for the love of design
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Bush Presidential Structures: Built to Last!

Apart from Obama's disavowal of waterboarding (an interrogation practice the Bush White House had already abandoned),
almost the entire Bush-era wartime architecture has endured: rendition is still with us, the Guantánamo detention center is still open, drone strikes have escalated dramatically, and the Obama White House has claimed the right --€” and, in the case of Anwar al-Awlaki, followed through on it --€” to assassinate American citizens without trial. -- All the President's Privileges - NYTimes.com

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Time for some extreme janitorial intervention

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Dear God, I miss them and the time they lived. They are me.
Dear God, I hate, absolutely hate, modern America. I yearn to see its destruction. Absolute, total destruction. 100 million, 200 million dead. Whatever it takes. Cleanse the earth of this monstrosity, this perversity. I am a Chinese patriot. A Muslim patriot. Whoever can do the cleansing. -- Bob in a comment on Something Wonderful: 50 Years of The Beach Boys -- The Lost Concert (1964) @ AMERICAN DIGEST
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Advanced Security

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Please step past the face recognition cameras and the digital chemical sniffer, place your shoes and wallet on the x-ray conveyor and loosen your clothing as you go into the full body radiant imaging booth. At the other end, the officer will place gloved hands over your breasts, buttox and genitals. Thank you and enjoy your flight! --Pendark's Perceptions

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Bird Dog Verbatim

"Weed without the high Genius Israeli scientists have produced a medical marijuana without THC. I'm sure this will be a big hit."

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Dude, Your Elbows Are On Sideways And Your Alphabet Is On Backwards

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Synchronized swimming is an Olympic sport. So are canoeing,
jumping on a trampoline, dressage, and badminton. All the real sports are played informally in the playground and on the street now. If it's organized, it's a toddler beauty pageant of some sort, and can be safely ignored. -- The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys

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June 22, 2012

THE OBAMA WAY OF GOVERNMENT ILLUSTRATED

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There are four stages to the Obama way of government.

Stage 1: Ignore the problem - "We're in a recovery."

Stage 2: Deny the problem - "The public sector is just fine"

Stage 3: Blame Bush - "I inherited a bad economy."

Stage 4: Cry Racism - "It's because he's black." -- Daniel Greenfield

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Food Deserts

Its difficult to complain that poor people are doing so terribly and require more of your tax dollars if they are fat.
Usually poor people in a nation are the most malnourished and skinny. In America they're characterized as being fat and well fed, which doesn't lend its self well to "give me more of your money." So a way of getting you to pay anyway had to be created. The definition of a "food desert" is contingent upon the income level of people. USDA guidelines state that someone living more than a mile from a shop selling fresh food and below the mean income of the community is in a food desert. Portland's guidelines are the same, but the distance is reduced to a half mile. This is interesting since 94% of Portland's residents own a car - far higher than most big cities - and can easily make a trip of a mile to shop. -- Word Around the Net: JUST DESERTS?

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Obama to Hispanics: Fork You!

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President Obama Can't Be in the Same Room As Forks Anymore?
You would think that President Obama would be received as something of a hero by NALEO, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, before whom Obama is giving a speech this afternoon in Orlando. But the Secret Service wasn't taking any chances. As hundreds of Latino elected officials were enjoying their lunch at Disney's Contemporary Resort earlier today, it was announced that forks would be collected before Obama took the stage. It was also mentioned that knives, too, were entirely absent from the lunch for "a reason."

Ah, trusted voters! Pretty soon democrat hispanics will be reduced to making shivs from toothbrushes.

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Gay Pimpout for Obama

About Those Gay Activists Obama Invited Into White House Who Then Flipped Off Ronald Reagan:
Those foolish and disrespectful "gay activists" who Barack Obama deemed necessary to invite into the White House know as little of the actual history and humanity of a great president like Ronald Reagan as they do about the cheap and calculating pimping out politics of current president Barack Obama.

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Gay or Straight, Young Marrieds Will Have a Long Row to Hoe for O

Newton comments on Side-Lines: Barack Obama, your husband, also wants your wedding gifts now A bride and groom would look at it and think,
"He promised us Hope and Change, and look what we've got. College degrees for which we can't find jobs. A bunch of regulations which have made creating jobs, let alone taking them, impossible... but if you work for the government, you're OK... if you can get it. $50 grand in student loans which we can't possibly repay until we collect Social Security (if we can collect it at all).

"The price of groceries and gas going through the roof.
No savings, which means we can't have the 20 percent of the price of a house saved to qualify for a mortgage. So, apartment living it is... if we can afford it and move out of mom and dad's... We already are scrimping and saving all over the place, shopping for food at the $1 store, shopping for clothes at Goodwill...

Yet he dares to ask us to forgo o
ur wedding gifts so he could get re-elected! What the HELL has he done for us lately for him to deserve OUR wedding gifts?!? Talk about adding insult to injury!"

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Holder Lied. Mexicans Died. So What?

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"You know, nothing chaps my hide more than chaps and one party or another in Congress grandstanding and making a big deal out of a little thing in an election year.
Why are the Republicans making a mountain out of this Fast and Furious thing? I mean, sure, like a few hundred people got killed, but only one of them was an American. The rest were Mexicans, and if Obama and Attorney General Holder don't care about them, then why should the Republicans, amiright?" -- Nuking Politics: Why Are the Republicans Being So Political?

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A “Democratic Deficit”

To those who say matters pertaining to America's involvement in foreign wars are limited by a Congressional Declaration of War should note two things.
First, the President didn't think it was necessary to even ask Congress about the Libya operation, nor was it in the loop with the regard to the Arab Spring. Second, the President has in general been disinclined to require anything from Congress if his executive action, the reasons for which are protected by executive privilege, will do. For more on this subject, refer alas, to Pravda. The next and obvious question is why anyone would need Congress any more than one needs a government in Madrid? Remember, it's for the children. -- Belmont Club サ The End of Westphalia

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Barack Obama, your husband, also wants your wedding gifts now

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Via :: Naked DC

Next, Barack and Michelle offer to come to your house and have sex with you or your designated hitter.

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Summer Business Blooms

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Storm Tracking

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Warning: The dangerous Fast Furious storm has now exited Weinergate Coverup Protocol Category I: Ooopsies, and is now officially in Category II: Hackage, Excuses, and Blame Fixing -- The Political Raaacist Witch Hunt Spin Cycle. This sudden acceleration from a relatively quiet phase indicates that the storm may be gaining speed.

FF is now on track to develop into WCP Category III : Resign to Spend More Time with Family. Category III occurs when the Media and Liberals can no longer spin away the evidence pointing to . . . well *pointing* . . . and the wall dividing the ignorant from the facts breaks down irrevocably.

This Category III storm might further branch into a Category IIIb, in which Indictments are threatened in the absence of, or in conjunction with, Resign to Spend More Time with Family. FF, in fact, has potential to evolve into a full blown Category IV event, in which more than one resignation or frog march may occur.

We will continue to watch FF closely, and update this forecast as this storm develops. -- Comment at AceSpades

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Gushing Not-Quite-Damp First Lady love letters we never finished reading

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Gerard -- For the first 10 years of our marriage, Barack and I lived in an apartment in my hometown of Chicago. The winters there can be pretty harsh, but no matter how snowy or icy it got, Barack would head out into the cold -- shovel in hand -- to dig my car out before I went to work.... -- Michelle
That was Barack – the Paul Bunyan-like hero of the freezing Midwest. In case Michelle didn’t know, scraping ice from a windshield does not qualify you to be president of the United States. The good news is that Michelle has identified one shovel-ready job that Obama once created. -- Michelle Campaign E-Mail: Barack's Your Husband, Too

[ Again we see that there is nothing so low that the Obamas will not stoop to do.]

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That's Wacist!

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Tonight: Black market buttocks Dr. Drew's guests: A woman who got illegal injections to her buttocks.
Why do some women go to extremes when it comes to their bodies? Why do they wanthuge rear ends ? And why are they willing to pay any price, including breaking the law, to get "new" body parts? [Barack Obama unavailable for comment.]

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Hillary. Seriously, Hillary.

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"The ruling does not apply to the 25 percent of the Spanish labor force that is currently unemployed."

Europe Court Says Ill Workers Can Retake Vacations
For most Europeans, almost nothing is more prized than their four to six weeks of guaranteed annual vacation leave. But it was not clear just how sacrosanct that time off was until Thursday, when Europe’s highest court ruled that workers who happened to get sick on vacation were legally entitled to take another vacation.

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Earliest known instance of coitus interruptus

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Fossilized Copulating Turtle Couple Discovered In Germany
These shell backed lovers were fossilized while doing the nasty around 47 million years ago, and now have the distinction of being the only vertebrate fossils ever found frozen in the act of making love.

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"Private Sector is Doing Fine" The Final Response

If, in a greater universe, Romney could memorize this response and deploy it in a debate, coffee spewed from sea to shining sea would reach tsunamic proportions.

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Staying in Shape

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What Happens in Vagueness Stays in Vagueness

The decline and fall of American English, and stuff.
I recently watched a television program in which a woman described a baby squirrel that she had found in her yard. “And he was like, you know, ‘Helloooo, what are you looking at?’ and stuff, and I’m like, you know, ‘Can I, like, pick you up?,’ and he goes, like, ‘Brrrp brrrp brrrp,’ and I’m like, you know, ‘Whoa, that is so wow!’ ” -- - - City Journal

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June 21, 2012

"Why students have been willing to pay more and more for undergraduate and professional degrees"

Typical graduate business school education has indeed become less rigorous over time, as has typical college education. 
But typical high school education has declined in quality just as much. As a result, the human capital difference between a college and high-school graduate has increased, because the first increments of education are more valuable on the job market than the later ones. It used to be that everybody could read and understand something like Orwell'€™s Animal Farm, but the typical college graduates could also understand Milton or Spencer [sic]. Now, nobody grasps Milton but only the college grads can process Animal Farm, and for employers the See Spot Run > Animal Farm jump is more valuable than the Animal Farm > Milton jump. -- Marginalism and the Higher Ed Paradox « StrategyProfs.net

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The Cult of Ugliness [Bumped]

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The docent told us that she would take us through the Corcoran collection chronologically so we could observe the development of styles over time.
Then she said, “Personally, I prefer the old works. Much of the modern art is ugly, and I doubt I am the only one here to share that view. However, we must not blame the artists. As you will see, in any age, art is a merely a reflection of the culture and times. And we are living in ugly times.” -- The Thinking Housewife / The Woman at the Museum

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Perks!

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High-Flying Auto Dealer Employee Steals $10M For Luxuries ! The scheming employee was able to electronically transfer funds from the company's online account to her own
to buy four homes, 10 vehicles, Louis Vuitton luggage, jewelry, $30,000 in pre-paid travel funds. Smith paid a $1.8 million worth of charges to American Express for private jet charters; $715,000 for commercial airfare; $600,000 for lodging, cruise charges and misc. travel expenses; $32,500 for a luncheon for six people prepared by Food Network star Ina Garten at her barn in East Hampton, NY; $5,000 for "The Vatican Package," which included Mass in Papal Audience with VIP seating, plus airfare for four, VIP tour of the Vatican Museum with a private tour guide, and a private tour of the Sistine Chapel alone with family before it is open to the public.

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Queen of the Planet Stupider

Rove: Pelosi 'sounds like Mad Red Queen' with arrest threat "The only way I could have been arrested is if the House adopted the resolution, which it did not....

So, it's nice to know that Speaker Pelosi wanted to have me arrested. It's nice to know that she thinks she had the power to, but we're still a nation of laws and she has no authority to do so and had she attempted to arrest on any of the number times that I was in and out of the Capitol, without a resolution passed by the entire House of Representatives, she would have been up the proverbial creek without the proverbial paddle." [And drinking deep from said creek.]

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Don't Look Now But...

Ordered Liberty | The Plot Thickens: Obama Asserts Executive Privilege to Block Fast & Furious Disclosures Executive privilege is a vestige of Richard Nixon’s desperate effort to conceal criminality in the Watergate scandal.

The last thing Obama wanted to do, with the November election looming, was resort to the Nixon strategy (which, we should recall, failed in the end). And, again, if the Obama administration's story was true, they would want to release the documents that support it. They really don't want you to see what is in those documents.

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The Obamalich Maneuver

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End the War

"Some on the right are up in arms about the 300 or so Mexicans killed by Fast and Furious. I guess they have forgotten the 50,000 Mexicans killed in the last 5 years by supporters of Drug Prohibition. Roughly 150 times as many dead. If Fast and Furious is a horrible crime what is support for Prohibition?" -- Classical Values サ Motes And Beams [<-- Source of quoted statement.]

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SF Writers. Convert.

If I may be droll, allow me to recommend to my fellow science fiction and fantasy novelists that they become Catholic
merely to increase their chance of writing a novel of lasting worth, power, and beauty, on the grounds that we Catholics see the cosmos as a sacramental temple whose stained glasses are lit with supernal light streaming in from beyond, and where the many-colored light touches, enchantment, magic, wonder and all the sacred things which give life richness spring up like elfin flowers, like the moly herb that wipes the lies of the eyes away, or like trees whose leaves are for the healing of nations: and like a wind in the stars we hear, far above the mystic horns of elfland blowing, the deeper magic ring in choirs of angelic song whose breath is the breath of life. -- John C. Wright's Journal

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In Maine a pine tree is a weed

I'm fairly certain I could build a whole house and all the furniture in it
out of nothing but 1x12 common pine boards, and it would still be better than whatever you're living in, no matter how elaborate. It's an infinitely useful material, and since a pine tree is a weed here, it's infinitely infinitely useful stuff -- the best kind. -- Sippican Cottage: So High, You Can't Get Over It

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Product That Should Exist

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"CERN may or may not have found the Higgs boson. This is not a repeat from 2013"

Physics Community Afire With Rumors of Higgs Boson Discovery The Higgs boson is critical to the Standard Model, because interacting with the Higgs is what gives all the other particles their mass. Not finding it would severely undermine our current understanding of the universe. [HT: Dustbury]

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June 20, 2012

"This is unconditional war upon the Constitution, and Barack Obama is Lenin."

Which is to say, Obama can play this out, but he's no gambler.
He's never had to put his nuts on the line. His tells are legendary, his hubris etched upon the wall of public opinion. He is quite unable to hide his emotions, or his strategy. It will only get worser and worser for him. -- Velociworld: It's Showtime

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Giving Vaginas a Bad Name

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Please, America, let’s agree to never have a vagina protest ever again.
I really hope that that sign was distributed to her and is not home-made. Because I really don’t think anyone who is in any danger of her voting really cares which way she votes, only that they’re going to see her in their nightmares. And by the way, whoever said that Tea Parties only attract old, ugly people on rascal scooters has never been to a “feminist gathering.” But we shall move on.

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The Mae West Presidency

That is what Peter Principle people do! At one's level of incompetence, the manager or leader occupies his time
with tasks below the level necessary for the office and hopes that staffs can pull success's rabbit out of the hat. (This helps explains why Obama has so many czars.) Couple that with Obama's inherent inability to measure success by any standard other than getting personal attention from as broad a swath as possible, and you see that the Oval office is occupied by a weak, ineffectual leader unable to perform at the level required. -- Sense of Events

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Fast, Furious, and In Contempt: Why?

So just why was Fast and Furious implemented? Who really wanted hundreds of assault rifles and other such weapons to be sold and allowed to be taken across an international border? In theory the weapons and ammunition were to be tracked, but the tracking wasn'€™t competently done. Why?
The technology for doing it exists and isn'€™t that difficult. Was this failure simple incompetence or something more sinister? It is the right of the Congress to find this out; in whose interest is it to keep secret the origin and true purpose of Fast and Furious? Why does the Attorney General protect this operation?

Several thousand weapons and a lot of ammunition went to Mexico.
Apparently we don'€™t know how many, or to whom they went, although we know that many ended up in the hands of the drug lords. And the Attorney General of the United States is unwilling to give Congress the documents authorizing this action, and claims he does not know who authorized the action in the first place. The President is standing by his man. And no one knows why. -- « Chaos Manor – Jerry Pournelle

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Nancy Pelosi: No Condom Thick Enough

Pelosi rips Holder contempt charges: 'I could have arrested Karl Rove on any given day'[Yeah, right.]
It’s unclear if Pelosi is aware Rove did not serve in a Bush administration position that’s identical to Holder’s in the Obama administration. Rove was a senior policy adviser — a position that’s more similar to Valerie Jarrett’s or David Axelrod’s on President Barack Obama’s team. Holder is the attorney general, the top law enforcement official in the United States. Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami wouldn’t answer when The Daily Caller asked if Pelosi was aware of the distinction.

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In the room the women come and go / Talking of Michelangelo.

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"We have lingered in the chambers of the sea

By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown

Till human voices wake us, and we drown."

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"There is in that obsession with the trivial"

-- pursued relentlessly in the midst of the collapse of demographic, economic and military strength — something of the moral of the age. 
A civilization completely consumed by political correctness, which required counseling for the merest shock, which believed it would preside over the End of History, is now bankrupt, unable to defend itself and without a single darned light bulb in the hardware store. What lesson was it? Perhaps it is this: never mind if you lose your pants as long as you can save your face. Or as someone else put it, those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. -- Belmont Club » The Seven Hundred Fifty Billion and Change

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Anything is preferable to focus on instead of the real danger.

What do you do when faced with the 'collapse of demographic, economic and military strength?'
Ban lightbulbs because lightbulbs are the imminent threat you can deal with. What do you do when faced with the threat of a nuclear Iran? Why, legalize illegal immigrants; or improve your golf skills; or, even work on your re-election campaign. In the end, you can always blame Bush or the Republicans or Congress. The entire purpose of displacement is to gain control over the conflict you won't acknowledge. -- Dr. Sanity: THE RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF THE TRIVIAL

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Instead saying “The Drake Equation is not an equation” I will now rephrase my bitter complaint:

The equation offends me, because it looks like science, it looks like an statistical expression of something like Mendeleevian genetics.
The Drake so-called Equation is actually more like taking a birdwatcher to a marsh, and saying, “The more birds that there are in the marsh, the greater your chances of seeing an ostrich or a penguin” without knowing whether or not those who species, or any species, inhabit that particular marsh. -- The Penguin Equation | John C. Wright's Journal

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No Slavery Shoes for US!

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ADIDAS did the right thing by canceling the slavery shoe.
There are certain things that are accepted in the US and certain things that are taboo. A urine soaked Jesus floating in a jar of piss is ok, an undeclared race war which blacks are slaughtering whites seems to be just fine, and even having a president giving the go-ahead to ship guns to Mexican drug cartels, only to have those same guns used in deadly crimes against US citizens seems cricket -- but chains on shoes? What are you, a plantation owner or something? --Mitchieville » » Ize Not Just Gonna Learn To Walks, Ize Gonna Learns To Runs!

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'Thorough, Accurate Cataloging Pays Off!'

So where was this document found? Was it in a suitcase in the attic of Dr. Leale's great-great-great-great granddaughter? Well, no, it was at the National Archives.
Was it in a warped metal filing cabinet down a neglected set of stairs labeled "Beware of the Leopard"? No, it was in a box of other incoming correspondence to the Surgeon General, filed alphabetically under "L" for Leale. In short, this document that had been excavated from the depths of the earth with great physical effort was right where it was supposed to be. -- Nota Bene: If You 'Discover' Something in an Archive, It's Not a Discovery

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June 19, 2012

Find the Perfectly Ripe Avocado by Popping Off the Stem

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When you're staring down a potential avocado, flick the dry stem off of it and take a look inside.
If you see a brown patch under the stem it's going to be a little gross inside. If you see a nice yellow-green patch you have a perfectly ripe avocado. Just make sure nobody at the grocery store notices you flicking the stems off a ton of avocados. -- Lifehacker

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"It’s all as boring as a Volvo."

Roger L. Simon » Are Liberals the New Squares? Do you think Deborah Wasserman-Schultz is hip?

This is one of the meanest things I'€™ve ever put in print or online, but that'€™s the girl who was standing in the corner at the sixth grade cotillion and you said, "€œOh, no. Do I have to dance with her?"€ And how about the great Obama himself -- he and his "€œchoom"€ friends twenty years too late to the party, replaying Bob Dylan and company in Hawaii long after the Band burned old Dixie down. It'€™s all a bad chapter from David Brooks' already-predictable-when-published Bobos in Paradise. The minute rebellion goes middle class, there'€™s nothing less rebellious.

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O Yes!

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The Roast Chicken at The NoMad To make the stuffing, whole raw foie gras is tempered and then passed through a tamis.
Black truffles and brioche are stirred into the foie gras, making some of the most expensive bread crumbs in town. This is piped beneath the skin with a pastry bag. The heat of the oven — about 450 degrees — might dry out the white meat if it weren’t protected by the layer of stuffing. The fat from the foie gras crisps the skin from the inside, and a basting of butter that is brushed on just before roasting crisps it from outside, to produce the magnificent nut-brown sheen.

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President Vs Pretender

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-- - Maggie's Farm

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Not Cool

Roger L. Simon » Why Liberals Are the New Squares
How could a generation that has not changed its worldview one jot since 1968 be considered cool? That’s 44 years dancing to the same DJ with no alteration of rhythm or style or even a change of venue. Since the sixties, it'€™s been one long variation on The Twist -- and Chubby Checker did it so much better in the first place.

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There have been worse accidents....

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A teenager who was accidentally shot in the forehead with a three-foot fishing spear is miraculously recovering from his injuries, his doctors have revealed. -- Yahoo! News UK [What could be worse. Well, accidents like this...]
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Would the last person out of the art world please set Yoko Ono on fire? Thank you.

Yoko Ono launches latest London art exhibition
In one work of art on display there are three identical mounds of earth labeled 'Country A' 'Country B' and 'Country C' in front of the classic 'War Is Over' poster she made with John Lennon. [What a tiresome old whackjob.]

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A Likely Story

My experience is tame compared with that of my friend and former boss Arianna Huffington.
About four years ago, she'd just returned home after a week of taking her daughter on a tour of colleges where the ground rule was "no BlackBerrys." As a result, she stayed up so late catching up on email that she passed out from exhaustion, smartphone in hand. Literally. She had fallen and ended up with a broken cheekbone and five stitches under her eyebrow. --High-Tech Sleep Aids: The Tech to Get Some Z's - WSJ.com

[ More likely?: "One of these days, Arianna, one of these days.... POW! right in the kisser!"]

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Drake ET Equation = Not an Equation

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Look at the factors in the Drake Equation. Since none of them are known by modern science, it is easy to overlook the fact that only two of the factors (the number of stars bearing planets, and the number of planets bearing life) can be reduced to a number, and be counted.
The other factors cannot be reduced to a number. “Civilization” is a term like “haste” — it is not something defined in terms a physicist can measure. How many “civilization” exist on Earth now? Do we count Chinese culture and Christendom as one civilization because they have trade and commerce? You can put a number to it, but that number will not be expressing a fact, it will be a judgment call.... The Drake Equation is poetry, not physics. It is a statement that since there are a whole lots of lots of stars, there MUST be space people out there in space, and the more stars there are, the harder it is to believe that there are no space people. That is an emotional sentiment. it is not science, it is not physics, it is not a disprovable statement, it does not measure anything, it establishes no proportion between factors, hence it is not an equation at all. -- John C. Wright's Journal

Updated: See comment by Donald Sensing.

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Let Me Tell You What Parkour Really Is

"Parkour is a physical discipline and non-competitive sport which focuses on efficient movement around obstacles."
BRRRRPPPPT. Wrong. It's male human beings sick to death of being sent outside in bubble wrap to play in ADA compliant playgrounds with the monkey bars set so low your knees would touch the ground --if the ground wasn't covered with a rubber cushion. It's little boys weary of wearing helmets to ride a tricycle. It's the human spirit, unleashed, where it's always unleashed -- the last place you'd expect. -- The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys

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Two New Reasons to Nuke San Francisco from Orbit

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Troy Holden took some great photos of the new Twitter office in the developing “Mid Market” neighborhood of San Francisco. It’s located down the street from the new Burning Man Headquarters. --Photos of the New Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco (Twoffice 4.0)

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"Restoration:" Comment of the Day on Comment of the Month

"Counterfeit culture is what the counter culture has become: Grades mean nothing. Language is jargon-filled nonsense. Politics trumps all. We need a counter-counter-cultural revolution. In a word: Restoration." -- Jewel @ The Ideology of Art @ AMERICAN DIGEST

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"Today our money-no-object government spends lot of money but to no great object. "

What are Big Government's priorities now? Carpeting Catholic universities with IUDs. Regulating the maximum size of milk-coffee beverages.
As Obama told us: "'That's how we built this country – together. We constructed railroads and highways... Together, we touched the surface of the moon, unlocked the mystery of the atom.' And as we will one day tell our grandchildren: 'Together, we touched the surface of the decaf caramel macchiato and deemed it to be more than 16 ounces. Together, we unlocked the mystery of 30-year-old college students' womanhood. One small step to the IKEA futon for a lucky Georgetown Law freshwoman, one giant leap for womankind. Who will ever forget the day when the Union Pacific Board of Health Compliance and the Central Pacific Agency of Sustainable Growth Enhancement met at Promontory Community College, Utah, to hammer in the Golden Spike condom dispenser?'" --Mark Steyn: Earthly woes

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June 18, 2012

A Case So Cold It Was Blue

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The murder of newlywed Sherri Rasmussen went unsolved for 23 years, with the Los Angeles police assuming it was a burglary turned violent.
Then, one morning in 2009, when a detective opened the cold-case file, he got his first clue that the killer had been under their noses the entire time. -- Sherri Rasmussen’s Murder

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Parasites: "The Washington saying is, '€˜Be at the table or be on the menu.' "

The consequence is that almost everyone who actually does something productive is on the menu for those who do nothing but redistribute the wealth.
Regarding these leeches, DeLong asks, why should they want to abolish themselves? "What else would they do, besides suck blood? Many second-and third-generation members of the class make a similar claim: they must command because they are not trained to do anything else." Come to think of it, that is true.  And yet leeches are progressively losing their legitimacy because everyone is suffering from the mess they have made of things. -- Belmont Club » The Coming of the Next American Republic

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Bloombergians. Not the Cure. The Disease.

It's a short hop and skip from the government deciding to fight heart attacks by banning sodas to fighting prostate cancer by banning urination.
When government controls health care, it also has complete authority over every aspect of your life. The old public health crises were infectious diseases. The new public health crisis is absolutely everything. And the authorities are in crisis mode all the time fighting wars on a hundred fronts against the habits of the human race. -- Daniel Greenfield

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Invade Switzerland? I don't think so.

The Swiss military has, in effect, wired the entire country to blow in the event of foreign invasion. To keep enemy armies out, bridges will be dynamited, and, when possible, deliberately collapsed onto any roads and bridges below; hills have been weaponized to be activated as valley-sweeping artificial landslides; mountain tunnels will be sealed from within to act as nuclear-proof air raid shelters; and much more. -- BLDGBLOG: Various forms of lithic disguise

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"Just presiding over work..."

How would you educate a child in expectation that they'd someday fill a job like this?
If I was in charge, their childhood education would have consisted solely of being taught to read, understand, and be able in turn to produce plain text; to accurately and quickly work with numbers in their head and on paper; and to pay attention closely for extended periods of time while important things are done. This is exactly, precisely, explicitly, utterly and wholly the polar opposite of public education today. -- Sippican Cottage: What's A Human For?

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“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

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He’s Historic! America’s First Passive Aggressive President

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Where's Charles Bronson when you need him?

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Well first he was detained by the TSA for appearing to be deceased, yet possibly a terrorist planning to blow up a heritage building deemed untouchable by the dept of Heritage and old sh*t.
Once out of the airport, he couldn't get a taxi because he was carrying a bottle of alcohol and that offended a muslim taxi driver, so the driver called police and Mr. Bronson was arrested for a possible hate crime. After a couple hundred bones to the cabbie to make it go away, Mr. Bronson went looking for an apartment -- but he didn't qualify, based on his previous recorded income, to live in the area he wished to so he took a hotel downtown. He was having a cigarette outside the front door, when he was arrested for breaking the no smoking within 100' of the front door. In frustration he kicked over a garbage can and called the Pakistani gentleman from the by-law office who was enforcing the no smoking ban a name. Hewas jumped by 44 Chicago police officers for his second hate crime offense, plus littering on the sidewalk when he dropped his cigarette. After a quick trial the dead Mr. Bronson was deported to his native Poland. -- Comment at: 35 Hurt, 7 Killed in Chicago Shootings | NBC Chicago

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Free at Last! Free at Last!

Humanity escapes the solar system: Voyager 1 signals that it has reached the edge of interstellar space
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Whore-In-Chief

Obama became popular whoring himself out to Chicago's aging Socialists on an Anti-War platform.
But before you could whistle, "Hail to the Chief", he was in office and had his war on. Liberals who backed Obama over Hillary Clinton on his anti-war credentials, might just as easily have gone with John Edwards. They would have been screwed either way.

Now that Obama has done the gays and Latinos,
look for him to go running back to the anti-warries to show them how many wars he's ended. And just like gay marriage and the Dream Non-Act, he did it right in time for the election.

"Afghanistan? Taken care of. Gay marriage, done. Dream Act, done.
We've got gay illegal alien soldiers getting married in empty cells in Guantanamo Bay. What more do you guys want from me?" -- Daniel Greenfield

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Earthly woes mount as Obama's rhetoric soars

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"That's how we built this country – together. We constructed railroads and highways, the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge. We did those things together."
Does anyone really believe a second-term Obama administration is going to build anything? Yes, you, madam, the gullible sap at the back in the faded hope'n'change T-shirt. You seriously think your guy is going to put up another Hoover Dam? Let me quote one Deanna Archuleta, Obama's Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior, in a speech to Democratic environmentalists in Nevada: "You will never see another federal dam." Ever. --Mark Steyn

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That's easy for you to say...

Natasha Uspensky, Jonathan Parkhideh -- The bride and bridegroom, both 29, will change their surname to Uspensky-Parkhideh.

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"The Tiresome Eurozone Soap Opera Has Entered Re-Runs"

and I for one am switching channels. Nothing will change until some critical part of the worm-eaten, corrupt construct of artifice and denial collapses in a heap. Until then, all we have is replays of the same boring plot lines. -- Guest Post @ ZeroHedge

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What I imagine is going through the heads of most major plus size clothing brand marketing people:

"€œWell, I guess we need models and such for our clothes. Hrm. We *could* pick models 5'11" or taller. At least that way nobody can bitch that we are using models who are less than a size 10. Because, you know, even though the average female is 5'€™4"€, we wouldn'€™t want our models to represent our clothes the way they would fit the average customer. Yeah. I think that we should stick to models who are technically bigger than a size 10, but whose bodies look nothing like the average person buying our clothes." -- Fat and Naked
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"EPA Touts The Health Benefits Of Shivering In The Dark While Unemployed"

The Rumford Meteor

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"Ask yourself – are you better off now than you were four years ago?"

in fact, you don't need to ask yourself, because the Federal Reserve Board's Survey of Consumer Finances has done it for you. Between 2007 and 2010, Americans' median net worth fell 38.8 percent – or from $126,400 per family to $77,300 per family. --Mark Steyn

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What happened to James Hansen's forecast temperature of 1988? Time for a review.

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The arrow in the above scenario is what they may have predicted with a 2.5% increase of CO2 -- which is observed --
instead of the 1.5% in scenario A. However, the observed temperature increase is about 0.6c, while the predicted increase is about 1.5C. We must conclude that the simulations of 1988 have failed 150%. The sorry state of affairs is that these simulations are Believed to be a true forecast by our politicians. -- The cold sun

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June 17, 2012

"It’s the rare father-child relationship that’s entirely conflict-free."

But for the vast majority, love is almost always present, even though at times it can be hard to express or to perceive. It can take a child a very long time to see it or feel it; but that'€™s part of what growing up is all about. And "growing up"€ can go on even in adulthood, or old age. --neo-neocon

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"My Dad -- he loved the baseball game."

My mind drifts back to the game wafting out of the crummy AM transistor radio on a lazy summer afternoon while my father
mowed the nasty brown patch of grass he kept in front of our house. We'd sit together occasionally for a short moment in the shade of the big pine on cheap lawnchairs made from aluminum tubing and nasty fibrous strapping that cut into your legs. Ken Coleman's voice would wash over us, the polyglot names of each of the batters would come in their turn, and Dad would wordlessly give me a sip of his beer right from the cold, steel can. -- Sippican Cottage: Spahn And Sain And Pray For Rain

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June 16, 2012

(Half)White Men Can't Jump

"He was one of the few players on the team who could not jump high enough to dunk the ball." — David Maraniss explaining the real reason why Obama was not picked for a starting position on his high school basketball team, as detailed from the book Barack Obama: The Story, which, unsurprisingly, contradicts Obama’s own version of it being due to his “black” style of play. -- Talk Straight

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"Ignorance is bliss, damn it. Respect it."

If enough Syrians get tired of the eye doctor they will get rid of the eye doctor.
If enough Syrian soldiers get tired of killing their own they were perform AK-47 Lasik on Bashar themselves. No successful revolution was ever fomented from without. Let's face it: building a hospital for some goatfucking tribesman isn't going to endear you to him. It's going to infuriate him when said hospital provides him a litany of his sexually transmitted diseases. --Velociworld: Syria

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Why on earth anyone disputes President Obama's socialism is a matter of some confusion.

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He's made it pretty clear, even if he's been inconsistent about implementing the philosophy while president.
From his membership in the hard left socialist New Party to his speeches on wealth redistribution at a Democratic Socialists town meeting in 1996, its obvious the hard left (even communist) influences of his youth have been central to his political philosophy. The strange thing is Obama's New Party membership came up in 2008 but the only thing the press wanted to talk about was VP candidate Sarah Palin's husband's involvement with an Alaskan separatist party. -- Word Around the Net

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Putin Wants New Long-Range Bombers and Putin wants drones, too. A lot of them.
“We need a program for unmanned aircraft. Experts say this is a most important area of development in aviation,” he said. “We need a range of all types, including automated strike aircraft, reconnaissance and other types.” Russia is allegedly spending $13 billion on unmanned aerial vehicles through 2020.

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“How much money do you have to lose in the casino for them to give you a Rolls-Royce?”

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In 2007, Mexican authorities raided the home of Zhenli Ye Gon,
a Chinese-Mexican businessman who is believed to have supplied meth-precursor chemicals to the cartel, and discovered $206 million, the largest cash seizure in history. And that was the money Zhenli held onto — he was an inveterate gambler, who once blew so much cash in Las Vegas that one of the casinos presented him, in consolation, with a Rolls-Royce. “How much money do you have to lose in the casino for them to give you a Rolls-Royce?” Tony Placido, the D.E.A. intelligence official, asked. (The astonishing answer, in Zhenli’s case, is $72 million at a single casino in a single year.) --How a Mexican Drug Cartel Makes Its Billions

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"Marijuana tends to cross the border far from official ports of entry."

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The cartel makes sandbag bridges to ford the Colorado River and sends buggies loaded with weed bouncing over the Imperial Sand Dunes into California.
Michael Braun, the former chief of operations for the D.E.A., told me a story about the construction of a high-tech fence along a stretch of border in Arizona. “They erect this fence,” he said, “only to go out there a few days later and discover that these guys have a catapult, and they’re flinging hundred-pound bales of marijuana over to the other side. A catapult.” --How a Mexican Drug Cartel Makes Its Billions

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Article 1 Section 8, But Who's Watching in Washington?

The Congress shall have Power... To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization. -- The United States Constitution

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"Amid the tinny din of two-hundred micturating rodents, Ralph X. Bumblefutz goggled in disbelief at a discovery that would forever lay waste to the West's most cherished ideas about incontinence."

It was a clear Autumn morning in 1974, in a cluttered basement laboratory occupying a disused corner of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, and pants would never be the same.
But before we can come to terms with Bumblefutz and his paradigm-exploding diapered hamsters, we must travel in time to 14th-century Tuscany and confront the mystery of a beloved Dominican friar hanged to death for frock-soiling. ... -- Moral Sciences Club | Big Think

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“Nuance”

In their world, nuance means verbiage and jargon and contextualization and all that other post-modern buzz. 
To make things plain is to be "black and white,"€ and so they are not only disinclined to say what they'€™re really on about, they are incapable.  Their brains short-circuit when called upon to try it, but their mouths keep going all the while, and you get a gigantic pile of words that seem spilled out of a dictionary, waiting assembly.  Anything deeper than a slogan, protest sign, or bumper sticker --€“ say, the philosophy behind them --€“ is going to be indecipherable if you don’t have the mental decoder ring. -- Blog of the Nightfly

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June 15, 2012

There is absolutely no political profit in hitting Obama from the neo-conservative side on Syria.

The American people don't want another war and when Obama does something on Syria,
neocons will only look like idiots for complaining that he wasn't doing anything. There is no choice between a secular moderate national regime and a dictatorship. There is a choice between a dictatorship and Islamists. Choose one or the other, but don't pretend that there's a third option on the table. -- Sultan Knish a blog by Daniel Greenfield

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Bad Barack Books Take Top Two

Conservative publisher takes top two NYT Best Sellers spots
Regnery Publishing reported Friday morning that two of its newest books, “The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House,” and “The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama’s War on the Republic,” will take the top two spots on the New York Times Best Sellers list for hardcover nonfiction when the list is released June 24, for the sales week ended Saturday, June 9.

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Take this stimulus and shovel it

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From Dallas Via -- Legal Insurrection

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Ray Bradbury: 1950s Comics Illustrated Man

In 1951, EC Comics started stealing Ray Bradbury's work. After three swipes, Bradbury sent a letter to editor Bill Gaines.
Not a cease-and-desist order, though. Instead, he wrote, "Just a note to remind you of an oversight. You have not as yet sent on the check for $50.00 to cover the use of secondary rights on my two stories 'The Rocket Man'and 'Kaleidoscope.' . . . I feel this was probably overlooked in the general confusion of office work, and look forward to your payment in the near future." Payment was quickly made, followed by two dozen more stories-- officially authorized and duly credited. --IMPRINT PRINT
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Michelle Obama & why 70% of black women are single

"Michelle Obama has said nothing concerning the ongoing downward spiral of professional black women and black women in general. She says nothing about women who galavant half-dressed on the world stage bringing fresh life to the stereotype of black women and their sexuality...."

Subscribe to The World According to Michael's Channel HERE

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BEST MRE COMBINATION EVER.

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and its like 600 calories yay my dinner! This man is a genius. I never even thought about this. --The Melon's Lion

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Stalin Sez:

Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach.

Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.

It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. -- Remember The Words Of Joseph Stalin @ ZeroHedge

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“It’s all fun and games until you realize your second-grader can’t read,”

a parent wrote on Urbanbaby.com, while another said “it’s true” that her child was struggling.
The aforementioned New York Times article may help explain why, though not intentionally. While explaining how innovative the school’s “no set curriculum” program is, the Times explained that at one point the students chose to study sharks and leaves. -- Students at Manhattan’s Progressive Blue School, Founded by Blue Man Group Performers, Can’t Read at 32K a Year

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Frito Banditos Not Included: Hola, hermanos y hermanas, come on out and vote for me!

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The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants
who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was to announce the new policy Friday, one week before President Barack Obama plans to address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials' annual conference in Orlando, Fla. -- Associated Press

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"You can’t “buy” people when there is nothing to buy them with."

Taken together, they mean the premium aisles of the candy store have been shut down by hard times or sold out.
All that is left for the Administration to peddle are the cheapest items in the store. Stuff he can only sell to illegal aliens and those in similar circumstances. People who'll be grateful for crumbs. But he'll sell that. Of almost equal interest is the fact that the success of this ploy relies upon the hound-like loyalty of people like Janet Napolitano and Eric Holder to implement. Not only is the political core of the current administration shrinking, but so is the bureaucratic base that it can safely employ to carry it out. -- Belmont Club | The Styrofoam Pillars Collapse

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"You're the tie-breaker," Obama said. "You're the ultimate arbiter of which direction this country goes."

Obama spoke these creepy words at a $40,000-per-plate fundraiser that raked in a total of $2 million and took place in Sarah Jessica Parker's home.
Obama spoke these creepy words to the most out-of-touch crowd in the history of out-of-touch crowds. I know people who are out-of-touch who would look at this crowd and say, "Boy, are these people out-of-touch." -- Obama to Celebs

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The Turd World

Peering into Islam is like picking up your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grandfather’s diary. Muslims are simply way behind us. They’re merely slower than us—“retarded,” if you will.
We see the same thing happening in Mexico. We assume their drug wars are evidence of the natives gone savage, but they’re really just struggling to fill the vacuum Pablo Escobar left behind. We went through the same growing pains during Prohibition. The Turd World will catch up with us in a hundred years, so leave ’em be and let ’em have at it. We need to get out of the Middle East because you can’t fast-forward progress. Let nature run its course. The End. -- - Taki's Magazine

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Five Annoying Types Of Republicans

1) The Sell Outs: Liberals love pundits who claim to be conservatives, but tell them what they want to hear about the Republican Party.
So, if you have no integrity, like say David Frum, David Brooks, Meghan McCain, Joe Scarborough, or Kathleen Parker, you call yourself a Republican, but spend most of your time criticizing your “own side.” -- - John Hawkins - Townhall

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"Imagine if a Republican candidate claimed,"

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confidently, that she was part Native American.
Imagine if she had actually used that identity to have herself listed as a minority at Harvard, qualifying her for special treatment and celebration as proof of how diverse and progressive her department is. Imagine if, many years later, it turned out that her claims to Native heritage were dubious and, when pressed for proof, she offered her “high cheekbones.” Oh, and she once contributed a recipe to a Native American cookbook called “Pow Wow Chow” (that may even have been plagiarised). --Elizabeth Warren's 'Native American' / Telegraph Blogs

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Fire Mission: Beliebers In The Open

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The TeeWee screen in the next room is packed with the screaming throngs
that have been jamming New Yourk streets for days in hopes of catching a glimpse of the callow, beardless phenom known as Justin Bieber. I find myself thinking "Thank Shiva that we are not a signatory to the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Will no pilot rid me of this turbulent fad?" -- View From The Porch:

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Lead Belly: the greatest musician you barely know.

He murdered a man and spent years in prison, escaped from prison at one point, went back to prison for stabbing a man, recorded children's albums, and finally died of Lou Gehrig's disease.
He was never a huge hit but his impact on music, especially the late 20th century blues revival in rock, was immense. Songs like "Fannin Street" are more obscure, for example, but modern blues musicians know them very well. --Word Around the Net: LEAD BELLY

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Word Around the Net's COMMON KNOWLEDGE SERIES: Sarah Palin

The biggest myth is that Sarah Palin hurt John McCain's candidacy. And history - very recent history at that - proves this laughably false.
The truth is, John McCain was trailing in nearly every state for months until he picked Sarah Palin as his running mate. Then, for a few weeks, McCain actually overtook Obama in the polls. It was a combination of effects, but Sarah Palin's addition to the ticket actually boosted McCain's campaign. -- COMMON KNOWLEDGE: Sarah Palin

Go Here for Common Knowledge: things we know that ain't so.

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June 14, 2012

The Eternal Question

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Awwww.....

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Sea otters hold hands while sleeping in order to keep from drifting apart. -- Fact and a Photo

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Shakedown / Breakdown: What You Get at a Fundraiser With Sarah Jessica Parker, Anna Wintour

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Fixing the economy will be put off for a few hours this evening: President Obama will be busy shaking down some celebriguests
attending a fundraising dinner hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour at Parker's New York City home. For $10,000: Matthew Broderick will sit next to you. For $5,000, you'll share a table with Will Smith. For $50, Joe Biden will watch you eat and tell you it's a "big f***king meal." For bundling a half-million dollars for his re-election campaign, he'll make you the ambassador to England. -- - ABC News

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American Basics: The L.L. Bean Boot

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Yes, your feet froze in winter. And they didn't do much to save you on the ice.
But they were great in the mud (of which there is an abundance in Maine) and in the rain, which is near constant at times. If your soles wore out, or the stitching gave way, all you had to do was send in your boots and they would fix them for free. -- Mrs. Easton

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Fine Dining While Killing Taliban

The Best, and Worst, in Kabul Military Dining Camp Warehouse DFAC [Rating: 4 Exploding Stars]
The premier military dining facility in Kabul. Dashing Frenchmen sport oversize berets. A 30-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower looms over plates of creamy Camembert and smoky Gouda. French chefs serve up authentic French fries, crisp and hot. And fresh sole with a lemon cream sauce in a landlocked country — how did they do that? At this quaint French base, meals end sweetly, with rare deployment joy found in the delicate bûche de Noël. All in all, an exquisite dining experience that brings a bit of Paris to Kabul.

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"Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop,"

... has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields.
In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present – and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite. -- Eisenhower's Farewell Address to the Nation

HT: J. Wilson

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"Some subset of the Stuff White People Like (SWPL) Bobos lost their grip on irony and have fallen into unconscious self-parody."

Pedestrians [are] stalled in the crosswalk trying to decide whether to have sushi or chimichangas for dinner. Others carry yoga mats, bags of farmers’ market produce, books, CDs, double espressos and all the other stuff it’s hard to find in surrounding Berkshire Mountain villages….
We also hear from a local NPR (!) director that: Great Barrington is a small, manageable, economically and ethnically mixed town. Great Barrington turned out to be deplorably un-diverse, the NPR guy notwithstanding. The percentages of white-black-Hispanic are 84.9-2.6-7.7. -- Places White People Like / Derbyshire

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Hey, smoke 'em if you got 'em

Is Legalizing Weed Obama's Secret Weapon? - Politics - The Atlantic Wire
"Did you see the Simpsons episode where Homer goes on medical marijuana? On the day of the vote on whether or not to legalize weed, everybody spaces and forgets to vote. One of my favorites of the newer seasons."

Or, as a wise commenter would have it, "Legalize drugs and the streets WILL be filled with face eating zombies."

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Coverupage

Coverupage (kuhv-er-up-ij) n. In journalism, the deliberate omission of vital elements of a story in order to make it politically correct. An ironic variant on “coverage.” -- AmNation

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Objection

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The Great Gringo

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Guatemala may have been Zemurray’s most infamous intervention but it was far from his first.
Even before he took over United Fruit, he’d made his career out of upending the Establishment. A poor Russian Jew who moved to Selma, Ala., in 1892, Zemurray began selling bananas off the side of a boxcar at rail stations and over time graduated to plantations in Honduras. “Sam Zemurray was without precedent,” writes Cohen. “The schnorrer, the pushcart nebbish, the fruit jobber from the docks. He came from nowhere to create not just a fortune but an archetype, the gringo in platonic form.” -- 'The Fish That Ate the Whale,' by Rich Cohen

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Arab Springtime for Hitler!

Well, that didn't take long, did it? Egypt's highest court declares parliament invalid – This Just In - CNN
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, in control of the country since Mubarak's ouster, announced that it now has full legislative power and will announce a 100-person assembly that will write the country's new constitution.

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How many megabytes should a human brain be able to store?

In its latest cross-border taunts, North Korea's state-run media has called South Korean President Lee Myung-bak an "underwit with 2MB of knowledge."
How many megabytes should a human brain be able to store? A lot more than two. Most computational neuroscientists estimate human storage capacity somewhere between 10 and 100 terabytes. A terabyte is 1 million megabytes. -- Leanback

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Poetry and Utopia

A young man in a small town in Patagonia or in Kansas reads an ancient Chinese poet
in a book he borrowed from the library and falls in love with a poem, which he reads to himself over and over again as the summer night is falling. With each reading he brings the voice of the dead poet to life. For one unforgettable moment, he steps out of his own cramped self and enters the lives of unknown men and women, seeing the world through their eyes, feeling what they once felt and thinking what they once thought. If poetry is not the most utopian project ever devised by human beings, I don’t know what is. -- Charles Simic | NYRblog

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Anna Wintour, Romney Mole

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U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour announced some new, perhaps unexpected, designer products in the campaign’s Runway to Win online store: Bark for Obama’ designer pet products. In Wintour’s opening remarks, she announced how she persuaded Marc Jacobs to design a “Bark for Obama” dog t-shirt. Designer Thakoon Panichgul also created the leash and collar for political pups.

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June 13, 2012

Carl Sagan a ‘great scientist’?

You mean, like Einstein, Faraday, and Newton? Guys whose contributions to science reverberate to this day
and are incorporated into technologies used daily around the world?  THAT kind of "great scientist?"  The dude was a college professor and tireless self promoter who, even according to his fans, made only trivial, work-a-day contributions to his field such as any competent college professor of astronomy might make. What’s more, and more telling, his name is attached to at least two very dubious bits of pseudoscience – SETI and Nuclear Winter. In the first case, he championed the Drake Equation – a hopeless bit of fantasy masquerading as science, and in the second, he championed conclusions which the science itself hardly supported. -- My Sagan Obsession « Yard Sale of the Mind

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Forget Gold, Buy Twinkies

There are many reasons why Twinkies might just be the best place to put your money to help you retain your wealth
and deal with post-collapse difficulties. To begin with, Twinkies enjoy a guaranteed, consistent high demand. People love Twinkies. And as any zombie apocalypse survivor knows, Twinkies are so full of preservatives, they last forever. You can count on them to never spoil, and possibly even to float in the event of a flood. -- Sunny! @ PJ Lifestyle

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Putin to Hillary: "Blow me."

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Moscow forcefully rejected on Wednesday Hillary Clinton’s accusation that Russia was supplying Syria with helicopter gunships that could be used against civilians. Russia defends arms sales to Syria

Coming right up: Putin to Obama: "Blow me."
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RUN, RUN! Madonna has the gun.

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As the Manolo noted, following the debacle of the Super Bowl,
the Madonna phenomenon has entered the terminal, fascistic period, in which we are urged to join the Material Girl cult of personality at the point of the gun. Frankly, being menaced by the tiresome ego-maniac is not the Manolo’s idea of entertainment. Manolo's Shoe Blog

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Most Compelling Headline Today [Bumped for Compelling New Video Content from 1982]

Woman’s Walk Reveals History of Vaginal Orgasm

HT: BillT

HT: Tim

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"Twice the Bing, none of the Bada"

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We give you Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, 30, hawking hosiery -- dustbury.com サ [Not I only stole this for the headline.]

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"Some men aren't dogs."

Let us stipulate that some men aren't dogs,
and that they can think, which is to say, run around in hyperspace. But most men seem to run around in tight little circles near their ideological owner. Why is that? Could it be that they are in a cage? Or on a leash? And neutered? -- One Cʘsmos: Dogmatic Circles and Birds of Play

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Syria? Fergeddaboutit. Whack Iran.

The correct response to Syria is to neutralize Iran.
By “neutralize,” I mean a campaign of air attacks and ground sabotage to destroy Iran’s nuclear weapons program and some other offensive capabilities. The way to deal with this Syrian dog is to beat up the dog'€™s owner, namely Tehran. Washington's pathetic display of solicitude towards a terrorist regime that uses negotiations to buy time for nuclear weapons development aggravates every other problem in the region, Syria above all. -- Spengler

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Yeah, We Home-School Our Kids. Why? No Reason. Next Question

I give you, one more time, a six-year-old:

Keep Cool With Coolidge And Garrett

Keep doing you-know-what to that Public School chicken, everybody. It's working out swell. -- Sippican Cottage

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June 12, 2012

Must [Not]See TV

Viewers of TV Land will not be able to watch insult comic Don Rickles compare President Barack Obama to a janitor at the AFI tribute to Shirley MacLaine when the network broadcasts its shortened version of the evening’s festivities at 9PM ET/PT on June 24. -- The Hollywood Reporter

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Samuel L. Jackson, The Early Years

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The "Anti-American" Thing

I note the low standards imposed on this slithery, spectral, complaining thing…
which asserts and re-asserts its cultural existence by bitching and belly-aching about American-identified and America-centric traditions, and yet you are not allowed to call it anti-American. It wriggles through our public ceremonies and our public discourse, or waddles, or ambles, pick your verb — it “creates national stir” all over the place, offending many, with good reason, and it seems those best-of-the-best among us who are elected and appointed to uphold our evolving notions of decency, consistently fail to call upon this vile slithery thing to apologize for the stirs. -- House of Eratosthenes

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The Optimist

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"The last picture I have of me as an innocent human"

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If you look at the barrel, you will see the emerging muzzle flash. The bullet is immediately behind it,
and is about to come spiraling out… fly across 100 meters of sand, and tear into the ribcage of a man trying to kill me first. This picture captures the absolute last millisecond before my first confirmed kill. It’s the last picture I have of me as an innocent human. -- The Melon's Lion

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I, William J Flynn MD

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Via:Curmudgeonly & Skeptical

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Hey, What's for Lunch?

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2 tablespoons dijon mustard

1 tablespoon rice or sherry vinegar

1 bunch baby bok choy, well washed

1 can tuna in oil, drained

1. Combine mustard, vinegar and 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a bowl.

2. Finely slice bok choy, crosswise into bite sized pieces. Toss in the dressing.

3. Divide between 2 bowls or lunch boxes and top with the tuna. --Stone Soup

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"Whose faith in Obama can survive the spectacle of his faith in himself?"

“A student of writings on war by Augustine and Thomas Aquinas,
he believes that he should take moral responsibility for such actions.” And so the president, alone at the top, in the isolation of his exquisiteness, decides who to kill. The president’s sense of his accountability is laudable, but— I say this as a supporter of the president’s ruthlessness against terrorists—Becker and Shane otherwise paint a portrait of casuistry, hypocrisy, and an almost unfathomable arrogance. -- Leon Wieseltier: They Died For Westphalia | The New Republic

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North Dakota Considers Ending the Payment of Eternal Rent to the State

AKA: North Dakota Voters Consider Ending Property Tax

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June 11, 2012

Warning: Hipster Dipster Artisan Sustainable Local Food Now Ramped Up to 1,000 Calories a Bite

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Fluffernutter Doughnuts The doughnuts had a peanut butter filling and a toasted marshmallow top and, yes, they sold out. [Hell, just a sideways glance at the picture can add three pounds.]

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Here's Mud In Your Dress, O Nouveau Jackie O!

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Michelle Obama and the $1600 muddy dress:
Now, ombre is all awesome and everything, but there’s a big difference between a flattering, gradual color shift, which, on hourglass figures can flatter by accentuating the a-line on a dress like this, and looking like the dog threw up on your hem and you had to wash it out in a pool that had been winterized in 1975. -- :: Naked DC

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With tribal membership came its privileges.

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The chief charged two young girls with the task of ministering to Lange’s every need, and the tribesmen invited him to tag along on hunting trips and other amusements.
They showed him how to concoct the poison in which they dipped their arrows and tutored him in the tribal tongue. Evenings saw lavish dinners, of which the Mangeromas, true gourmands, eagerly partook. Happy to leave behind his invalid’s diet of stinky broth, Lange joined these nightly feasts, inhaling turtle eggs by the dozen, and devouring countless cutlets of marsh deer, plates of fried pirarcu (a fish of monstrous size), and roast parrot with bananas. Grilled wild boar delighted him, and broiled monkey he munched with gusto. Only one dish did he refuse, one which the Mangeromas considered a delicacy: stewed Peruvian. -- Fillet of Sole – The New Inquiry

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"New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has intervened to curb the excesses of his city’s biggest citizens."

Has he decided to collect a sales tax on Stock Exchange turnover? Has he slapped a luxury tax on Park Avenue penthouses?
The answers to these questions are “nope” and “nope.” The good mayor has in his sights, rather, those waxed-paper tankards of fizzy, super-sweet refreshment beloved not merely by New Yorkers but by all Americans. -- Not by Bread-and-Marg Alone -

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Barack Obama, & buck dancing Negro's

"Look at you. You're gonna go out this fall and you're gonna cast a vote to the tune of 90% for a guy that has shown you time after time that he doesn't care anything about you."

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Political Aikido Point #1

The first and most popular attack on the beast is to take away its compulsory powers.
It's popular because Americans don't like being compelled to do things. Breaking down the infrastructure of the left, while liberating people from its chains, will have the twin advantages of being popular and of badly damaging the enemy. The more resources the left has to devote to defending its infrastructure, the less it has to spare for expanding it. Wars work best when the enemy is always kept on the defensive, when it's forced to fight pitched battles for the NEA and NPR, and when it's forced to try to get workers to join a union, when they no longer have to join or pay its dues. -- Daniel Greenfield

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Political Aikido Point #2

The left may appear more powerful than the right, but it is also more vulnerable,
because it relies on an artificial infrastructure that is vulnerable. Where the infrastructure of the right is organic and not dependent on government funding or a corrupt system of dirty deals, the infrastructure of the left is almost entirely dependent on it. The left has its sugar daddy billionaires, but its infrastructure is much too big and its ambitions much too extensive for them to be good for anything besides start-up money. -- Daniel Greenfield

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Where did modern socialism begin?

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Antonio DeCorti

In America. That's right: in the land of the free and the home of the braves. On Indian reservations.
They were invented to control adult warriors. They had as a goal to keep the native population in poverty and impotent. Did the system work? You bet it did. Has the experiment been a failure? On the contrary, it has been a success. When was the last time you heard of a successful Indian uprising? Are the people poor? The poorest in America. Are they on the dole? Of course. -- Socialism in Practice: The Lethal Laboratory - Gary North - Mises Daily

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Decline

With each passing year, we produce less great art, fewer great thinkers, a sparser crop of warriors,
reduced leaders, and smaller numbers of actually important ideas. In their place we have many trivial ideas, mass culture, democratic leaders and lots and lots of commerce and technology. This process is not recent, although it has accelerated with technology, which allowed more of our people to live in comfort and thus spared them from natural selection. -- The Fallout of "Downfall

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The Liberal Super Nova

Far too much is always seen as not enough:
Greeks are angry that there was too much "€œausterity" and not enough of the old borrow and spend; Obama is blamed for only borrowing $5 trillion for too “little” stimulus; Democrats threaten to withhold from the community-organizer Obama because he was not hard enough on "€œfat cats" and the capitalist state; in California, a 10.3% income tax is too low, not too high. When the remedy is seen worse than the disease, then the patient is indeed terminal. -- Works and Days

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General John B. Gordon at Antietam

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"Higher up in the same leg I was again shot; but still no bone was broken. I was able to walk along the line and give encouragement to my resolute rifle-men....
Later in the day the third ball pierced my left arm, tearing asunder the tendons and mangling the flesh, they caught sight of the blood running down my fingers .... A fourth ball ripped through my shoulder, leaving its base and a wad of clothing in its track. I could still stand and walk, although the shocks and loss of blood had left but little of my normal strength.... I had gone but a short distance when I was shot down by a fifth ball, which struck me squarely in the face, and passed out, barely missing the jugular vein.... I might have been smothered by the blood running into my cap from this last wound but for the act of some Yankee, who, as if to save my life, had at a previous hour during the battle, shot a hole through the cap, which let the blood out. -- Never Yet Melted サ

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A helicopter was flying around above Seattle when an electrical malfunction disabled

All of the aircraft’s electronic navigation and communications equipment.
Due to the clouds and haze, the pilot could not determine the helicopter’s position and course to fly to the airport. The pilot saw a tall building, flew toward it, circled, drew a handwritten sign, and held it up in the window. The sign said ‘WHERE AM I?’ in large letters. People in the tall building drew a sign of their own and held it in one of their own windows. Their sign read: ‘YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER.’ The pilot smiled, waved, set a course for SEATAC airport, and landed safely. After they were on the ground, the co-pilot asked the pilot how he determined their position. The pilot responded: ‘I knew that had to be the Microsoft tech support building in Redmond. The response they gave me was technically correct, but completely useless.’ -- The Superversive - Style is the rocket

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Clinton always knew that Obama was bound to fail.

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He understood the megastar illusion of Obama was a haze of press release news stories, wishful thinking and manufactured hysteria that would be no match for the actual challenges of the country.
And he also knew that the knee jerk radicalism and arrogance of his opponent and his trusted advisers would leave him hopelessly out of touch with the country in troubled times. The former President knows the audience that Obama is playing for, the Beltway radicals with degrees and theories, the San Francisco green-energy tycoons, the New York reporters totting along Kindles with a hundred trendy bestsellers they never read through the same dozen airports and the midwestern liberal sages, playing politically correct cracker-barrel philosophers in the hopes of holding on to the party's vanishing white male voters. And he also knows that audience isn't enough to hold the country. It was enough to take the country with a blizzard of money and publicity, but conquests are easy, defenses are hard. -- What Clinton Knows by Daniel Greenfield

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June 10, 2012

“Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama’s Principles and Will.”

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Hymns to the Violence: The NYT’s Love Letter to Obama's Murder Racket This portrait of an American president signing off -- week after week after week after week --
on the extrajudicial murder of people all over the world is presented as something completely uncontroversial. Indeed, the main thrust of the story is not the fact that human beings -- including many women, children and men who have no connection whatsoever to "terrorism," alleged or otherwise -- are being regularly killed by the United States government; no, the main focus is how this program illustrates Barack Obama's "evolving" style of leadership during the course of his presidency. That's what's really important. The murders -- the eviscerated bodies, the children with their skulls bashed in, the pregnant women burned alive in their own homes -- are just background. Unimportant. Non-controversial.

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Regarding the Obama administration's institutionalized, systematic program of murder by secret decree

"The State is become death. Our target can be anyone we choose. Yes, this means you. No, there is nowhere to run."
It is one thing for the ruling class to target the general domestic population on economic matters, as it has by systematically squeezing every last bit of wealth and opportunity out of "ordinary" Americans and shoveling all of it into the drooling maw of the rulers (and for many Americans, these methods of brutalization are already catastrophic in the extreme). It is very different when the ruling class announces to the world that it considers every human being on Earth not favored by power and privilege to be fair game in a neverending campaign of slaughter. -- Reflections on a Bestial Culture (II): When the State Proclaims It Is Become Death

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Icons of my youth are dropping like flies:

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I have resigned myself to the fact that we're down to just two Beatles,
and Brigitte Bardot, now 77, can't last forever. (I was heartened, at least, to read that she objects strenuously to being the subject of a biographical film while she's still alive.) For some reason, though, it bothers me a great deal that we're now down to one Bee Gee. -- The Vent #774: Survivors

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What do we want?" began the Sixties chant... "When do we want it?" ... Now.

I need hardly point out that strict adherence to this policy has put the nation nearly sixteen trillion dollars in debt,
with many more trillions promised as "entitlements" somewhere down the pike. And I would be remiss if I didn't point out that my own use of this dubious technique has played hell with my own cash flow. -- C. Gill/ Outpatience

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Note to Repubs: Monica says, "Don't get cocky!"

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Looking good but never forget....
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The Trap of Minority Studies Programs

Just as Pinocchio went off to school with high hopes, only to be waylaid by J. Worthington Foulfellow,
minority students are met on the way to campus by hard-left radicals who claim to have the interests of the newcomers at heart but in reality prey on them to advance their own selfish interests. Of course, what black students need is the same solid traditional education that had raised Irish, Italians, and Jews to full equality. But that would not serve the campus radicals' purpose.... Black Studies does have one thing right: black students are indeed oppressed. What they have wrong is who is doing the oppressing -- Minding the Campus

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Beat the Meat!

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Give your meat a punch! Get out that pent-up aggression
while preparing your meat with this cool Kuckle Pounder Meat Tenderizer. Looks just like traditional brass knuckles but instead of "knuckles" there is a tenderizer grid. -- Via Amazon

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Race War

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It does not matter if you do not believe there will be a race war.
What matters are the hundreds of thousands that do. They are prepared; they want it. Factions on both sides of the divide; even those that cannot read and restrict their activities to breeding, dope peddling, and welfare spending. It will only take a lone wolf fanatic to start the mutually escalating massacres rolling. You know this is true. Then the well armed partisans will enact ghetto rules revenge. The media already plays up any racial violence, they cry Wolf, so when the real Wolf shows up, nobody will listen. And this election cycle, we have a leader who will either use the race card, or it will be perceived that he is using it. Expectations. Mobilization plans. August, 1914. Reality is secondary to the preparations and hair trigger reactions of the fanatics, criminals, and deviants whose agenda will cast a shadow on your life. -- Mitchieville / Shitstorm 2012

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A (not so) "Smart Car" Crash

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The 63-year-old was cut out of her vehicle by the fire service
as a Magpas team monitored her condition... [she] suffered four fractured ribs and cuts and bruising and is now recovering at home. ...Lady Linda said she did not think the accident was ever going to stop as her Smart car flipped over and the windows began to smash. -- Doug Ross @ Journal

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Ladies, What to Do When the Meth Kicks In....

Kitchen Maintenance 101: Cleaning Your Refrigerator Coils

"I am so blonde sometimes. After a couple of minutes of sucking up gunk…these shiny black rounded things began to appear." -- One Good Thing by Jillee

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1 Minute to Learn How to Peel Hard-boiled Eggs without Peeling

You're welcome.

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Grail

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THE HOLY GRAIL: A unique triple-barrelled shotgun made for a Scots aristocrat has been sold at auction for £43,000 (then $66,000).
The shotgun - dubbed the "€œHoly Grail"€ - was made in April 1891 for John Adrian Louis Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow and the seventh Earl of Hopetoun. The three-barrelled ejector, 16-bore gun, with three triggers, was designed by renowned Edinburgh gun makers John Dickson & Son and is the only one of its kind. Its origins were identified after the gun was taken to a valuing event at Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, and it has now been sold at Holt’s auction in London, to a private collector, after fierce bidding from around the world. -- KA-CHING! [HT: Rodger]

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The Unified Obama Theory

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Endangered in Madagascar? If this shows up in my house I'll show you "endangered."

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Even-More-Gigantic Giant Orb Spider Discovered
Scientists have found the world’s largest species of golden orb-weaver spider in the tropics of Africa and Madagascar. The discovery marks the first identification of a new Nephila spider since 1879. Females of the new species, Nephila komaci, measure a whopping 4 to 5 inches in diameter, while the male spiders stay petite at less than a quarter of their mate’s size. So far, only a handful of these enormous arachnids have been found in the world.
“We fear the species might be endangered, as its only definite habitat is a sand forest in Tembe Elephant Park in KwaZulu-Natal,” ecologist Jonathan Coddington of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History said in a press release. “Our data suggest that the species is not abundant, its range is restricted, and all known localities lie within two endangered biodiversity hotspots: Maputaland and Madagascar.”

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June 9, 2012

“The Denial of St. Peter”

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For years when I visited the painting I looked mostly at Peter, at his expression of simultaneous deception and defeat. But the longer I looked, the more it seemed to me that the saint — as the symbolic embodiment of the human frailty and faith that underpin Roman Catholic doctrine — was not the lead actor in the drama. It was the maid, whose eyes, catching the light with pinpoint reflections, somehow become the painting’s center.

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'Strange Sex Makes Them Drink': Why is it never that students who drink heavily find their sexual orientation in flux?

“Bisexuals and students whose sexual orientation was in flux
reported the heaviest drinking and most negative consequences from alcohol use, such as uncontrolled drinking and withdrawal symptoms,” said Amelia Talley, MU assistant professor of psychological sciences. -- MU News Bureau

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"We Just Wear Less:" Booth Babes Have Real Jobs

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Some models at Computex work full-time in the modeling industry, such as Regina Xue, 23,
who was promoting PC vendor Micro-Star International by handing out plastic fans to visitors. "People think we are doing nothing and just daydreaming, but it's very difficult." She hoped that visitors would respect her profession. "This is a job for us, we just wear less," said Xue, who was in a blue mini-skirt and top. "We are doing real work."

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26 Reasons Why Women Don't List on OK Cupid

26 Completely Unexplainable Dating Site Pictures that creep me out. But this one most of all:
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THE COCAINE NECKLACE

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Cocaine (benzoylmethylecgonine) is a popular recreational stimulant drug which gives you a ton of energy,
a feeling of confidence and invincibility. A feeling that all is right in the world. Although all good things must come to an end and the crash can be nasty! The Cocaine Necklace is the perfect gift for someone that's a fan or as a symbol for something that has been overcome by someone you care about. The necklace is made from strong lightweight stainless steel that has been finished in a smooth matte black powder coating with gunmetal chain and findings. -- // AROHA SILHOUETTES

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Dickless Norway: Oh be a friend and just shoot us and our kids again!

Norwegian prison may hire friends for mass killer Anders Behring Breivik

If they ever black your eyes, put me wise
If they ever cook your goose, turn me loose
And if they ever put a bullet through your brain, I'll complain

-- Friendship lyrics by Judy Garland

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John Revolta

Just Say No Way: “Doug said he hated sleeping with John because his body was very hairy, and he didn’t like the way John smelled,” -- Travolta's six-year fling with personal pilot

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Brunch Plan: Grilled Eggs with Mexican Chorizo

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Grilled Eggs? Who knew? The method for grilling eggs is simple but ingenious:
crack a raw egg into a bell pepper half and then grill until set. Cradled in the pepper, the egg cooks perfectly and the pepper is roasted by the flames, taking on a smoky, charred flavor. Fantastic as-is, you can bump the flavor up another notch by adding Mexican chorizo, a type of pork sausage that’s intensely seasoned with dried chiles, herbs and spices. -- full recipe @ Mark's Daily Apple

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“Fix it America”

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Back in the day such demands would have been bolstered by the “CNN effect” — the footage of suffering humanity, juxtaposed with images of giant aircraft carriers ruling the seas. Translation. "€œFix it America"€. Fix it so we can blame you for every bomb that doesn't hit the target. Blame you for anything short of perfection. We can accuse you of waging war for oil. But fix it. Times have changed. Today the answer is just as likely to be nope. No can do. Do it yourself, Europe. Get someone else to save the world.  Or, "€œI already gave at the office."€

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Priorities

Obama on Clarifying "Clarify"
"I spent yesterday, the day before yesterday, this past week, this past month and this past year talking about how we can make the economy stronger." A look at the White House website of the president's "Speeches and Remarks," however, reveals a different priority:
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June 8, 2012

When are the wars over? When these headlines start showing up.

Suicides Eclipse War Deaths for U.S. Troops - NYTimes.com

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"The private sector is doing fine." How could he say such a thing?

Well, I'll explain it ONE MORE TIME, because people simply do not want to believe what has happened.
Barack Obama is a slack-jawed, mouth-breathing imbecile who doesn't have the brains God gave a goldfish. He is also a hard-core drug user. He smokes weed in "Choom Wagon One" to "mellow" and smokes crack, and probably does cocaine when he needs to be "up" for campaign appearances. He has no idea what he is saying most of the time, and is so stupid that he lacks the self-awareness to know when he has said something monumentally stupid, such as we saw this morning. He is not smart, hence his complete inability to speak extemporaneously and his mere passing familiarity with the English language. He is in no way competent on any level, hence his staggering lack of command on any topic except sports involving big, sweaty men. He is not actually engaged in any meaningful policy discussion or formation. Obama himself is a puppet front kept entertained with drugs, golf, and gay sex, and the golf may only be a cover for the gay sex. People who play golf with any frequency tend to develop something that resembles a golf SWING. Barack Obama can not swing a golf club competently despite playing more golf than the avid, semi-retired, country club golfers I know. -- Barnhardt.biz - Commodity Brokerage

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The "O.P. Tree" was an Observation Post Tree deployed during World War I.

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To develop the O.P. Tree, Royal Engineers representatives selected, measured, and photographed the original tree,
in situ, extensively. The ideal tree was dead; often it was bomb blasted. The photographs and sketches were brought back to the workshop, where artists constructed an artificial tree of hollow steel cylinders, but containing an internal scaffolding for reinforcement, to allow a sniper or observer to ascend within the structure. -- BLDGBLOG: O.P. Tree

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What superstate was in Europe, had 15 member countries,

shared a single currency and yet within two years found nearly all it's members withdrawn from the single currency?
Answer: the Soviet Union.... Unless Europe is careful, it may find that it is not really “too big to fail” any more than the USSR was. The Telegraph reports that London has now become the preferred destination of European squatters who are fleeing the wreck of southern Europe for free digs in Old Blighty. When you’ve got squatters in London, and not just in Rio or Tondo, then there’s trouble afoot. -- Belmont Club サ A Global Plan B

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Scientific Study Determines Why Many Girls Have Collections of Stuffed Animals

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Obama is now calling for ‘investment’ in the infrastructure of the country

this after TARP and other bailouts, the Obama Stash giveaways, etc....
We continue to borrow money to pay grownup civil servants to attend magic shows to be certain that stage magicians have federal licenses to use rabbits in their shows – or that they kill the rabbit as part of the act, in which case no license is needed. -- UN Internet Tax and shovel ready jobs « Chaos Manor – Jerry Pournelle

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David Thompson's Friday Ephemra

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I not only remember this cover,
I owned this copy of "IF."

Just this once (so pay attention and set your bookmarks) the entire item from one of the finest regular collections on the web:

Chicken footstools. You heard me. // Deboning chickens with robots. // Distil your own sugar beet vodka. // Avengers tech design. // The plumes of Enceladus. // Underpants of note. // Photographs by Shikhei Goh. // Fun with Photoshop. // Flavoured envelopes. // From tadpole to toadlet. // The Sun is not your friend. // Sunlight in Europe. (h/t, rjmadden) // Venus and the Sun. // In Search of Steve Ditko. // This is one of these. // This is Coffee, 1961. // Coping with loss in Wisconsin. // When the answer to narcissism is even more narcissism. (h/t, dicentra) // And remember, folks. Aaron Sorkin does not have a political agenda. 

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The "solution" is collapse.

"Solutions" that turn off the free money spigots are non-starters, not just from self-interest but from ideology.
Any attempt to tighten the spigots steps on ideological toes, as each spigot is ideologically sacred to one political camp or another. Liberals don't want to hear about scamming of their sacred "we must help everyone in need" welfare programs, and conservatives don't want to hear about cartel looting of their sacred "free enterprise" system. -- ZeroHedge

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"A republic is a polity whose government concerns itself with the rei publicae"

-- that is, the "public affairs" of the nation -- and nothing else.
Those matters must be spelled out explicitly in a constitution; otherwise, the State will happily claim ever greater scope, ultimately translating "public matters" into all matters, as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is even now attempting to do. If you like that sort of tyranny-of-supposedly-good-intentions, you're welcome to it, but you and I have nothing further to say to one another. -- Porretto @ Liberty's Torch: Mob Metastases

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The Real LSD Flashbacks

"I don’t know of any serious work of art that is directly attributable to the consumption of psychotropic or psychedelic drugs. T
hus there is nothing to be said, from the mind-expansion point of view, for repeated use of these drugs. I insist upon this, because I came to adulthood in the decade when the young were invited to tune in, turn on and drop out. Extravagant claims were made for the beneficial effects, both personal and social, of various illicit drugs; but when I compare these claims today with the devastation caused by the mass use of these drugs, especially by the poor in rich societies, among whom I have spent so much of my professional life, I feel something approaching rage. It has given me an biding hatred of intellectual frivolity." From Theodore Dalrymple's new book Anything Goes

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"Multiple birds found dead from gunshot wounds. Suicide or apocalypse to blame."

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I'm not saying these stories didn't happen -- they all did -- I'm saying that stuff like this almost definitely happens all over the world, all the time.
Remember last year, when everyone thought the world was ending because birds kept dying? Five thousand birds dropped out of the sky in Arkansas, and then thousands of dead fish washed up on the shores of the Arkansas River, and then 500 birds died suddenly in Louisiana, and then a bunch of other birds died in a bunch of other places all over the world, all within the same two-month span. -- 4 Ways the Face-Eater Zombie Craze Proves the Media's Broken | Cracked.com

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Fret Not, The New York Times Is Keeping Things Accurate

A Correction:"An article on Wednesday about the racehorse owner J. Paul Reddam, who was once a philosophy professor,
misidentified the racing event where he quoted the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein saying, 'After all the philosophical problems have been solved, nothing of importance will have been accomplished.' He said that after his horse I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby, not after the horse won the Preakness Stakes."

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June 7, 2012

Little Hitlers @ The Airport

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Airport jobs are sought out by small, small people.
I don't know why, and I suppose maybe there are decent people who get jobs there and then get crushed and made mean by all that exposure to lunacy. The airport is, after all, like an insane asylum and a sales conference let loose all at once upon the employees, and so they all eventually become twisted into a sort of Nurse Ratched on Valium whose only conduit for exercising power comes from simply moving too slowly to allow you to accomplish your goal. -- The Dipso Chronicles
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"37,000 valedictorians, 37,000 class presidents, 92,000 harmonizing altos, 340,000 swaggering jocks, 2,185,967 pairs of Uggs"

A commencement address with teeth: You’re Not Special “But, Dave,” you cry, “Walt Whitman tells me I’m my own version of perfection!
Epictetus tells me I have the spark of Zeus!” And I don’t disagree. So that makes 6.8 billion examples of perfection, 6.8 billion sparks of Zeus. You see, if everyone is special, then no one is. If everyone gets a trophy, trophies become meaningless. In our unspoken but not so subtle Darwinian competition with one another–which springs, I think, from our fear of our own insignificance, a subset of our dread of mortality — we have of late, we Americans, to our detriment, come to love accolades more than genuine achievement.

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"Is a hyena embarrassed at being a hyena?"

Why conservatives, notwithstanding all their fulminating on the subject, still don't understand the liberal media.
A conservative writer who believes that the major media are embarrassed by their mistaken election call (a “mistake” driven by their overweening pro-Democratic bias) is still in conservative kindergarten. Given that they are not embarrassed by their non-stop open cheerleading for Democrats, why would they be embarrassed by their mistaken predictions, which are simply a function of that cheerleading? Being pro-Democratic liars is simply what they are.

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That "Progressive" Label

The Nation is a perfect example of the thinking of the movement that likes to call itself "€œprogressive "€
-- €”which is the large segment of the left that doesn't overtly call itself something scary like "socialist" or "€œcommunist"€ but is still quite far out there. -- neo-neocon

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Work, work, work, work.....

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"When we need a leader to make the hard decisions to keep this country moving forward, you know you can count on my husband, your president, because that is what he has been doing every single day in the Oval Office as President of the United States.” -- Michelle Obama
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Now updated with a "harumph!"

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Breaking!

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Governor, Businessmen Meet To Discuss Jobs. In Other News, Teenage Boys Meet To Discuss Naked Women. -- The Rumford Meteor

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Sippican's Patented Go/No Go Intertunnel Newspaper Reading Gauge

I've made my life easier by fashioning various go/no go text gauges that allow me to immediately stop reading
or listening to anything that contains certain terms. They are like intellectual tramp stamp tattoos on the southern end of a northbound doofus. Their appearance signals that nothing intelligent will follow and you can stop paying attention that very instant and move on to something more edifying, something closer to the Sorbonne of the Internets --say, cat pictures and animated gifs. -- Found at the sugary, racist and fascist Sippican Cottage

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When it comes to Obama I have no trouble believing that Michelle doesn't go down.

Obama's joke?

“Michelle outdoes me in pushups as well,” Obama said, after saying that she’s taken some criticism on her technique “because she doesn’t go all the way down.”

["While addressing supporters of the LGBT Leadership Council in Beverley Hills."]

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Back When There Were These Things Called "Jobs"

John Derbyshire types for me: When I finished college in 1967, there were jobs aplenty for everyone.
For a college graduate in a STEM field (that’s science, technology, engineering, and math), the job market was a garden of delights. I changed employers a couple of times; then changed careers; then got restless and took off on my travels, living in countries where you could always pick up work teaching English. Back home, I got new jobs; then, bored with office routines, worked construction for a few months—good, bracing outdoor work, and not at all badly paid. Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive; to be an employee was very heaven. -- Embracing Unemployment

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Shutting S.E. Cupp Up

Just Another Mouth in the Republican Fellatio Machine Cupp is no conservative. Like a lot of loud idiots, Cupp lacks a coherent ideology.
Dumb distaff abounds on America’s news channels. Cupp is a leader of the pack, a luminary in the Age of the Idiot, rivaled only by Grand Old Party leading lights such as Margaret Hoover and Gretchen Carlson (Bill O’Reilly’s circus clowns, AKA the “Culture Warriors”), Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Carrie Prejean, Noelle Nikpour, and Dana Perino (the Heidi Klum of the commentariat).

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June 6, 2012

"And so to bed:" The 10 Year Web Project "Pepys' Diary" Comes to An End

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On May 31st, 1669 @ Pepys' Diary
"And thus ends all that I doubt I shall ever be able to do with my own eyes in the keeping of my journal, I being not able to do it any longer, having done now so long as to undo my eyes almost every time that I take a pen in my hand; and, therefore, whatever comes of it, I must forbear..."

But wait... there was more... for Pepys. 34 years more!
The Next Chapter of Samuel Pepys (Pepys' Diary) The “good God” had other plans for Pepys, and although Sam closed the Diary, God gave him another 34 years of life.

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The Mandatory Betterment class

A thin woman with three children by three men who can't get by is an object of concern. A fat women with two kids who can't get by is a toad, and probably a smoker.
A culture that redefines food choices as moral issues will demonize the people who don’t share the tastes of the priest class. A culture that elevates eating to some holistic act of ethical self-definition - localvore, low-carbon-impact food, fair trade, artisanal cheese - will find the casual carefree choices of the less-enlightened as an affront to their belief system. -- LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat

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The Argument for Sun Screen

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A 69-year-old man presented with a 25-year history of gradual, asymptomatic thickening and wrinkling of the skin on the left side of his face....
The patient reported that he had driven a delivery truck for 28 years. Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays transmit through window glass, penetrating the epidermis and upper layers of dermis. -- Unilateral Dermatoheliosis — NEJM

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Ray Bradbury's Last Article JUNE 4, 2012

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It was the time of the fire balloons. Even at that age, I was beginning to perceive the endings of things,
like this lovely paper light. I had already lost my grandfather, who went away for good when I was five. I remember him so well: the two of us on the lawn in front of the porch, with twenty relatives for an audience, and the paper balloon held between us for a final moment, filled with warm exhalations, ready to go. -- “The Fire Balloons” : The New Yorker

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Canada Bracing for Massive Influx of Wisconsin Boat People

Conor McGlindon, commander of the Royal Canadian Mounted Coast Guard (RCMCG),
said that satellite photos had revealed a “substantial flotilla” in the making.... Mr. McGlindon offered reporters a look at satellite photos showing the boat people larding their vessels with wheels of premium cheddar cheese, possibly in the hopes of bribing Canadian officials on Superior’s northern shore. -- Borowitz Report

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"Oh, the children! Won’t somebody think of the children?"

Today, these young people, these children and adolescents, are nothing more than a burden on society.
It’s true in small ways and large. In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg... wants to ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces because more and more children are becoming diabetic and overweight. The result of the sudden discovery that children can’t resist sweets will be that everyone is denied treats which, while unhealthy, should be available to grownups. In the name of protecting children, “nanny state” excesses are infantilizing adults. -- Suffer the Children No More | The Daily Cannibal

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[Brown] Gold Rush

In Noble County, Ohio, an area where the average annual income is less than $33,000,
families are signing exploration leases with energy companies at $4,000 per acre, plus 19 percent royalties on oil and gas production.Such a massive cash infusion is already changing lives in this economically depressed region, and this is only the beginning. -- The Brown Revolution | Via Meadia

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Biden: 'Please pity the poor, sad, stupid, helpless, tasteless babies Obama and I married'

Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his wife,
as well as the wife of President Barack Obama, would have had “no chance” in life had it not been for government help. -- Jill and Michelle ‘Would Not Have Any Chance’ Without Govt. | Washington Free Beacon

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The New Bradley Effect

Not like the Bradley Effect of yore. It's about race to some degree,
but I suspect there are much larger components of being fed up with elites of all sorts, interest groups, media groups, union groups, all sorts of groups telling the average citizen what he should and shouldn't think, openly or covertly threatening to ostracize him or her for not going along with the pervasive liberal status quo, Roger L. Simon, What if ALL the Polls Are Wrong?

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June 5, 2012

Regarding the Wisconsin Democrat Debacle

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Line of the night by Hugh Hewitt: "A Barack Obama signed, sealed, and delivered special disaster."

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Alan Jacobs, The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

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Writing in your books is a way to make them your own. And use a pen, not a highlighter. -- - more than 95 theses

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Buh-Bye Zune (2006-2012)

“Zune is a big investment for us,” Bill Gates, Microsoft’s chairman, said at the time, adding, “It’s a vision that will carry us forward for years.” [Yeah, right.]-- B.I.T.S.

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"The obesity epidemic..."

is a convoluted way of saying that the problem with government health care is the people.
But that's not the problem. Obesity may not be healthy, but if we ban sodas and force everyone to exercise in the yard before work, the numbers still won't balance. Because the real problem with government health care is government. -- Daniel Greenfield

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2nd Prize: Two Dinners with O -- "The Obama campaign has become a raffle."

The winning prize is dinner with Anna Wintour and those other people (movie star, president, his wife).
And as in all raffles, you present something valuable of yours as the means of entry. In this case, that means personal information about yourself for the Obama campaign to capture and then pester you within an inch of your life between now and November. -- Barack Obama’s embarrassing campaign

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"A Co-Dependence of Cool"

“I call it a co-dependence of cool where both sides cling to each other while everyone else jumps ship.
Celebs, desperate to be seen as smart and not shallow, cling to Obama as the p.c. life raft during auditions, Frappuccino runs and coke parties. Saying ‘vote Obama’ beats thinking it’s the best thing to happen to no-talents since breast implants, which is why Hollywood is now Obama’s volunteer PR army and personal ATM machine. But while the prez and this cult are the best star-pairing since ‘Thelma and Louise,’ — you know how that ended. And also, if Anna Wintour is the face of the campaign … your campaign may need a facelift.” -- Gutfeld mocks The Daily Caller

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June 4, 2012

Global Warming? Melting Ice Caps? This Just In:

The heaviest polar ice in more than a decade is clinging to the northern coast of Alaska and could postpone the commencement of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic until the beginning of August — a delay of up to two weeks, Shell Alaska officials said Friday. -- L.A. Times

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The plutocrat as patriarch is on its way out.

They're not patriots, often they don't even believe in American exceptionalism or the future of the nation-state.
But it's not the nation part they're interested in, only the state part. It is not people or flags that interest them, certainly not national identities or histories, only institutions. The state, regardless of borders or governments, as the great mother and father of mankind is the idea that compels their worship. Their philanthropic activity takes the form of floating pseudo-states that travel the world solving national problems and breaking up borders, and their foundations are obsessed with bulking up government and getting them to tackle one problem or another. -- Sultan Knish a blog by Daniel Greenfield

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"We’re all falling. Nobody else is getting it right."

Certain countries, in order to escape the crisis, will transform themselves.
This always happens in history. If nothing rises forever, nobody falls forever either. Sooner or later somebody wises up and changes course. The transformation, when it comes, will probably take two forms. First, the attainment energy dominance. Second, the creation of a productive environment in which human and financial resources, seeking to escape from the wrack and ruin everywhere, flee to seek safety and productive security. -- Belmont Club / The Twilight and the Dawn

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"That bit between childhood and death has been chewed away at both ends...."

We invented something called “adolescence” that now extends
not merely through the teenage years but through a desultory half decade of Whatever Studies at Complacency U up till you’re 26 and no longer eligible for coverage on your parents’ health-insurance policy. At the other end of the spectrum, we introduced something called “retirement” that, in the space of two generations, has led to the presumption that able-bodied citizens are entitled to spend the last couple of decades, or one-third of their adult lives, as a long holiday weekend. -- Twilight of the West - Mark Steyn

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Why the South Did Not Rise Again [Bumped]

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1st of June 1862:This was the day when Robert E. Lee was given command by Jefferson Davis of the Confederate Army of the Potomac....
Through superior generalship and sheer audacity Lee maneuvered the Army of the Potomac away from Richmond during a series of battles known as the Seven Days, while later directing Generals Stonewall Jackson and James Longstreet to reach extraordinary heights during the Battle of Second Manassas. Civil War historian James McPherson notes that had the Confederacy been defeated in 1862, before Lee took charge of the Army of Northern Virginia, the South would have remained a viable culture with slavery intact. Think of that: no Emancipation Proclamation; no 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution; and, at worst, a mild, Lincoln-directed Reconstruction policy. -- Amnation.com

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Caught: Man Voted Least Likely to Advance the "Gay Agenda" and Orders for Spaghetti Bolognese

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"Not that there's anything wrong with that!" Luka Rocco Magnotta: 'Cannibal' porn star arrested
Magnotta, who has worked as a bisexual porn star and a gay prostitute called Angel and often dresses as a woman, apparently fled to France on May 26.

Yup, just another normal guy following his natural impulses.

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June 3, 2012

Who Made That Kraft Single?

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The cheese single’s finishing touch came from outside Kraft.
In August 1956, an Indiana-born engineer named Arnold Nawrocki shocked the processed-cheese world with a patent for an “apparatus for producing individually wrapped cheese slices. -- Charles Wilson - NYTimes.com

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June 1, 2012

"If Hitler had a son who let himself go, he’d look like this"

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David Axe-man also attends Big Guy’s Tuesday coffee-klatch
where our enemies list is reviewed and our kill-list updated. These meetings are very important; not only do we plan our campaign strategy and keep track of our enemies who may need to be eliminated, butt they serve as a test run for how we might run our death squads cost control teams Obamacare panels. -- Michelle Obama's Mirror: Hostess with the Mostest

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White House Translation Service: "We're going to need bigger lies."

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The jobless rate rose to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in April.
Stocks, already on the ropes due to a steady diet of troubling news out of Europe, slid sharply at the open with the Standard & Poor's 500 index down 1.6 percent in the first half hour of trade. Investors rushed into the safety of government bonds pushing the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note to a record low below 1.5 percent. The dollar fell against the euro. The White House expressed disappointment in the data. "We'd like to see faster job growth," Alan Krueger, the chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers. -- Job growth stumbles - Yahoo! Finance

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