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July 31, 2014

Joe believes an upcoming tipping point would be announced by the government.

More precisely, that's what Joe believes this side of the tipping point.
On the other side lies the reset, the different rules. It's where we shall discover Joe believes more. Much more. He also believes in the inviolability of his home and of his life and that it is his right and duty to protect them. He doesn't put it in those words, his everyday world doesn't require it, but he's noticed a pattern—surprise attacks with unwarranted violence—except now the attackers wear the better sort of combat gear, and badges, and are sanctioned by the full force of the law. Joe may remember it is he who is supposed to be protected by the full force of the law and it doesn't say "innocent until thrown down, beaten up and perp-walked in front of his family and neighbors."
ol remus and the woodpile report

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Impeachment won’t stop disrespect of the rule of law from this crew. Only crafting a new governing majority will.

Total abandonment of the rule of law for blatantly partisan reasons after failing to achieve anything legislatively,

betting on the courts to ignore it or do the no standing dance until it’s established policy – it’s all pretty obscene. But impeachment is a unrealistic and unworkable approach and Republicans know it (though it is amusing to watch the media and Capitol Hill Democrats which such short memories). There is no court or parliamentary procedure or legal technicality which can defend against Obama’s actions at this point or short-circuit the process (or lack thereof) he’s going to employ for the rest of his presidency.
Obama Will Be Disgraced, Not Impeached

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CIA Director Brennan in March, 2014 : "As far as the allegations of the CIA hacking into Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth.… That's beyond the scope of reason."

The Central Intelligence Agency improperly and covertly hacked into computers used by Senate staffers
to investigate the spy agency's Bush-era interrogation practices, according to an internal investigation. CIA Director John Brennan has determined that employees "acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding" brokered between the CIA and its Senate overseers, according to agency spokesman Dean Boyd.
CIA Admits to Hacking Senate Computers - NationalJournal.com

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“If the European countries fail to protect the Jews within their territory, the State of Israel will. Jewish blood is not cheap blood,”

Former Shin Bet chief, Knesset Member Yisrael Hasson told European envoys at the Knesset on Monday.....
During the meeting. MK Hasson told the ambassadors, ”NATO bombed 5,000 civilians in Kosovo just because it was insulted; 27,000 Iraqi civilians were bombed during the American invasion because they posed a danger to the US; there is not a country in the world that can talk to us about morality.” “If you do not stand by our side, the day when Islamic terror will reach your homes, your beds and your kindergartens will come soon,” he warned.
| JP Updates

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The First Map of the Depths

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This map marks both a scientific and an imaginative revolution.
When it was published in 1977 by Marie Tharp and Bruce Heezen, two oceanographers at Columbia University, there had never before been a map of the entire ocean floor. Here, for the first time, was our planet's hidden majority. It was as if the plug had been pulled and the water drained out, transforming the blank seascape into a complex landscape of plains and peaks, escarpments and bluffs. Here was the full extent of the Mid-Ocean Ridge, the mightiest mountain range on Earth, its 40,000-mile length making molehills out of more familiar mountains. You can see its serpentine curl through the Atlantic, round the Cape of Good Hope to the Horn of Africa and on through the Southern Ocean, up to 1,000 miles wide and two miles high.
| More Intelligent Life

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The problem instead is Hillary Clinton herself.

She is not a very good speaker, and is prone to shrill outbursts and occasional chortling.
She has a bad habit of committing serial gaffes (e.g., speaking too candidly), and what she says on Monday is often contradicted by her rantings on Tuesday. She seems cheap and obsessed with raking in free stuff. When Bill steps in to correct her mistakes, either sloppily or out of some strange psychological spite, he usually makes things even worse. We saw that often in 2008 and are seeing it again now. But aside from the cosmetics of her political style, the Clintons are faced with two fundamental obstacles in 2016.
Works and Days サ All Clintoned Out

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Hard Limits and Electric Cars

Electric cars are a step backwards, not a step forwards; a failed experiment from a century ago.

Tesla himself was a genius, but he was also quite mad, and gloriously absurd. Functionally, we live in a universe of hard limits, of stall speeds, of finite spans, and of death; the only eternity is in our souls, and the only perfection is to be found in mathematics. All art eventually crumbles to dust, and there are certain limits which our technology will never overcome.
- Stares at the World

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I knew a Palestinian guy I called One-Armed George.

He lost his arm when as a kid he picked up a grenade.
George came to America because he decided Palestinians were nuts and not worth the trouble. He told some wild stories about growing up in the camps. His descriptions of Gaza and the West Bank brought images of a country run by West Virginia rednecks, but jammed into a tiny urban space. Apartment block full of guy high on meth playing with guns and fireworks.
The Z Blog › Ramblings on Gaza

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Hoffa Goes Missing

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Controversial Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa was reported missing on July 31, 1975 after vanishing from a restaurant parking lot in Detroit, Michigan the previous day. The circumstances surrounding his disappearance still remain a mystery and have made Hoffa a permanent fixture of American folklore. This Day in History: July 31st

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It’s the Westerners yelling in Paris who are the dopes;

the regional leaders know that Hamas cares as much for ‘Palestinians’ as Mao cared about flowers.
The world lives on two levels; the plane of the popular narrative and the zone of power politics. The way the Islamist game is really played was illustrated by a video posted by ISIS showing the mass murder of their prisoners. The Jihad is not about ‘breaking the cycle of violence’ or ‘advancing universal brotherhood’. It’s about ‘you lose you die’. What is really striking about the expressions of the doomed in the ISIS video is the attitude of acceptance, resignation and absolute bewilderment as they cower in dump trucks on the way to the execution site. These emotions must have been similar to the millions of victims of the 1940s who died unable to believe the nightmare was actually happening until the bullet smashed their skull.
Belmont Club サ Lost in Translation

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July 30, 2014

Why is modern Science Fiction so bad?

Why are modern comic books so bad? Why is modern art so very, very, very bad? One would almost think these things are being made bad on purpose. And one would be right! The Logic of Illogic | John C. Wright's Journal

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The View From Olympus: The Summer of ’14

Were Washington and the E.U. to do what statesmen in 1914 refused to do and take account of the other side’s interests, a settlement of the Ukrainian crisis would not be difficult.
The basic shape of an agreement would cover four points: 1. NATO will not invite Ukraine to join. 2. Ukraine agrees not to seek NATO membership. 3. Following a cease-fire and a general pardon, Russian-speakers in Ukraine will have their rights guaranteed by all parties, those rights being similar to what Francophones have in Canada. 4. Economically, Ukraine will belong to both east and west, serving as a bridge between the two, which could be a highly profitable role.
| traditionalRIGHT

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The Age Demanded by Ernest M. Hemingway

The age demanded that we sing
And cut away our tongue.

The age demanded that we flow
And hammered in the bung.

The age demanded that we dance
And jammed us into iron pants.

And in the end the age was handed
The sort of shit that it demanded.

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The final great idea, and the one from which all other great ideas flow, is the idea of the divine.

In our world view, there is a reason why truth is true, a reason why the universe is reasonable and why the human animal has the gift of reasoning, and a reason why human nature craves beauty and the natural world displays beauty.
There is a reason for love and romance, a reason to hold the rights of man to be sacred. The reason is that the same creator who made us in His image created the world around us for us. That reason is God. With God, the great Democracy in America is possible if not inevitable. Without God, the senile socialism seen in Europe is inevitable, and Democracy is impossible.
Democracy is Impossible Without Faith in God

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The only approach to education that works

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Sippican Cottage: Homeschool 101: You Know The Drill Human children can only learn constructive things by one approach: Drill, Drill, Drill -- Test.
What you're looking at is the culmination of Drill, Drill, Drill -- Test. To be more specific, you're looking at the test. Like duck's feet on the pond, the drill, drill, drill happened in the rehearsal room where it belongs. When drill was done, they were ready for the test.

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Remember that impoverished scumbucket chick who couldn't afford a condom while in law school?

Well...... Sandra Fluke's Biggest Donor Is ... Sandra Fluke | Fluke donated $12,000 to her campaign and $4,826.27 in non-monetary contributions.
While $16,826.27 may not sound like a lot, Fluke also loaned her campaign $100,000. Where does a 2012 law school grad working as a social justice attorney get a loan that size? Her campaign never responded to a Washington Examiner inquiry, so we’re left to speculate. Perhaps the loan was in part secured by the family of Fluke’s husband, Adam Mutterperl. In 2012, Fluke married Mutterperl, an amateur stand-up comic and son of big-time Democratic donor William Mutterperl.

Another scumbucket living off daddy's money.

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Power kills; absolute Power kills absolutely.

The more power a government has, the more it can act arbitrarily according to the whims and desires of the elite, and the more it will make war on others and murder its foreign and domestic subjects.
The more constrained the power of governments, the more power is diffused, checked and balanced, the less it will aggress on others and commit democide. At the extremes of Power, totalitarian communist governments slaughter their people by the tens of millions; in contrast, many democracies can barely bring themselves to execute even serial murderers.
Big Government Is The Borg, And Resistance Isn't Futile

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Along with the decline in respectable and respectful dress,

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there has been a concurrent rise in the strange phenomenon of printed slogans and words and trademarks on clothing, as if we are walking advertisements.
This baffles me, but perhaps it is related to the “mediated” environment in which we live that Mr. Berttonneau refers to in his excellent observations. Those of us who wear clothing with external insignias as trying to attain a higher “being.” This is not limited to the lower classes. Ralph Lauren’s Polo logo on clothing is an upper class version of people trying to attain higher being via their choice in fashion.
The Thinking Housewife

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The rot goes beyond the academic.

The whole epicene circus smells of weakness of character.
Watching our prancing half-men and furry co-eds, I wonder what would happen to them if it rained hard. America today lives in an unconsciously precarious equilibrium. Some two or three percent of the population grow food for an urbanized country that has never shot a rabbit, baited a hook, or existed other than in the world of McDonald’s, dope, and latchkey afternoons. They seem never to have been in a schoolyard fight, never had to take care of themselves, defend themselves, or to understand that one day they might have to do it. What if one day Mommy, or Mommy Washington, isn’t around to take care of them? Any disruption—riots, for example, that stopped the flow of food trucks into the cities—would cause devastation.
Fred On Everything

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Due diligence and fundamentals count for nothing because the arithmetic makes no sense,

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successful investing amounts to insider information and front running the Fed.
The oscillations are wild and coming closer together. But still it goes up. One day it won't. The crash will be 2008 on afterburner because no one trusts anybody, no one honors anything, no one believes anything. The flash-crash will look stately by comparison. It'll be like being pushed out of a tree in the dark—pain and terror every inch of the way.
ol remus

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July 29, 2014

Islam is an evil political system.

There is no such thing as “islamic extremism” versus “moderate islam” any more than there was a “moderate Nazism”.
To understand this truism, one need only replace contemporary commentary or reportage on islam with the words “Nazism” and “Third Reich” to understand the abject imbecility of the entire notion of a “moderate” islam. Nope. The islamic political system, like Nazism, must be exterminated from the face of the earth – not merely contained, not merely subjugated. Exterminated.
Completely Negative | Barnhardt

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The smile covers a yen to destroy. The nice slogans are disguise for hate.

The contrast between the way the left acts and speaks...
and the way the right should act and speak (and often does) is informative and attractive. There's only so much reactive bitterness and hateful destructive fury people can take. Yes, the left's unrestrained, insane fury helped get President Obama and a commanding majority in congress elected, but that kind of thing has no legs, it cannot last.
Word Around the Net: THE ROAD FROM SERFDOM

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Finding the Ocean Inside an Opal

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Officially known as Opal Butte opal and owned by Inna Gem.
It weighs 740 ct and measures 60 x 45 x 41 mm. When the light hits this opal it looks like an underwater scene from the ocean.
ォTwistedSifter

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The World Is Too Much With Us by William Wordsworth

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The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers; -- €”
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not. Great God! I'€™d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.

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Getting (Slowly) Real

One person close to Mr Putin said the Yukos ruling was insignificant in light of the bigger geopolitical stand-off over Ukraine. “There is a war coming in Europe,” he said. “Do you really think this matters?” Yukos shareholders face battle to claim $50bn - FT.com

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Ho Chi Minh would be appalled if he could see Vietnam now.

The ruling Communist Party knows better than just about anyone that communist economics are a disaster.
Vietnam’s economy has been growing at light speed for a while now. I knew that in advance, and yet it still stunned me. The city trembles with industriousness and entrepreneurship. Small and large businesses are everywhere. Half the residents seem to be in business for themselves. Anything and everything you can possibly imagine is for sale, though it’s not all high-end yet. I saw a Louis Vuitton outlet next to a bootleg CD store, an elegant Western-style café next to low-end bar with hard chairs and no air-conditioning, a Body Shop next to a used clothing store with cast-off second-hand T-shirts from the West, and an art gallery next to a store selling old pots and pans.
Welcome to Vietnam | Michael Totten

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As long as the surface tension holds they're OK.

ADIOS CALIFORNIA The coastal area is indeed like a hotel.
Many residents/workers are as obsequious as hotel staff. Most have entry level jobs, take what they can get because there are six people waiting to replace them. Buyer's market. Dressed to the nines, working two jobs to stay afloat, grovel when they have to, keep boss happy. There is a quiet desperation in their eyes, they know something is out there circling in for the kill but they don't know what it is, or won't admit it. As long as the surface tension holds they're OK. Nice cars, upwardly mobile meaning run as fast as they can to stay even. Hampster on a wheel comes to mind.

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Do we pass laws any more?

Halbig Shows How We Legislate Now No matter how many impenetrable pages of verbiage were contained in the original law, it’s all equivocal and meaningless and can be endlessly reinterpreted by executive bureaucrats, so long as they believe they are working toward the aspiration named in the law’s title: “affordable care.” That, ladies and gentlemen, is how we legislate now. What used to be a “law” is now just an open-ended grant of power coupled with a vague aspiration.

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July 28, 2014

Incoming!

Get set for the coming Blitz of Baghdad.
“Analysts at the U.S.-based think tank the Institute for the Study of War, who have been plotting the locations and types of attacks in the recent flurry of blasts buffeting the Iraqi capital, have noted a clear pattern developing. They say it suggests the Islamic State is building up to something big and is no longer just focused on consolidating its grip and developing governance in the lands it now controls.” President Obama’s call on Israel to stop fighting in Gaza is going to look like a drunk pissing in a four alarm fire. Consider Libya. Remember Libya, the place Samantha Power wanted to protect? Tripoli is literally ablaze. ” A huge fuel depot in Libya’s capital burned out of control on Monday, set ablaze in fighting between rival militias that has driven the country to chaos three years after the NATO-backed revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi … ignited by a missile strike that hit millions of liters of fuel.” Nearly all the foreign embassies are already gone. The place is burning out — literally. And that’s just for openers.
Belmont Club Nopoleon

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Still, as Barry McGuire once put it, “the eastern world it is exploding”.

One keeps waiting for the president and John Kerry to notice. What they notice is Netanyahu if only for the reason that’s got an address. You can sue Israel, demand that they uphold human rights. Try that with ISIS, Hamas or the Boko Haram. Belmont Club Nopoleon

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ENTICINGLY NAMED JAPANESE BEVERAGE OF THE WEEK SO FAR

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"Imagine the carnage if you mixed that with Red Bull."Dave Barry's Blog:

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Why It Is Futile to Argue with Progressives and Liberals

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We conservatives want to tear it all down.

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Conservatism Is The New Punk Rock We conservatives want to smash it up.
Liberalism, I want to destroy you. We're where the action is, where the excitement is, where you can hear new music from bands you mainstream liberals have probably never heard of.

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Detroit: Where expecting people to pay their bills is "racist."

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The Hatred

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Look at them. Do these women look like they could have been in Downton Abbey?
Do they have any connection at all to England? Are their signs even in English? [No.] Make no mistake. The same hatred on display for Jews and Israel is also there for OTHER WHITES. Like the Irish. And the Italians. And the Poles. And the Germans. And the French. And the English. And the Dutch. And the Norwegians. And the Icelanders. And the Spanish. And the Hungarians. And the Greeks. And the Swedes. And the Finns. And the Russians. And Czechs. And the Swiss. No White will escape that hatred.
- - whiskeysplace

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Relax. The Uncontrolled Zero-G Gecko Sex Spree is Over!

Russia's space agency says it's restored full contact
with an orbiting satellite containing biological experiments, including one designed to see how geckos have sex and reproduce in zero gravity. The geckos are apparently OK. "The link is established, the prescribed commands have been conducted in accordance with the plan," Roscosmos chief Oleg Ostapenko said in a statement Saturday.
- - NBC News.com

Whew! That was close!

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There are limits to homage

(Reuters) - The singer Chubby Checker has settled a lawsuit in which he accused Hewlett-Packard Co of using his trademarked name without permission on a software app that purported to measure the size of a man's penis. Chubby Checker, HP settle lawsuit over penis-measuring app

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Tweet of the Month

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Never Yet Melted サ

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Everything about liberalism is stodgy, everything is old, everything is about control.

The quintessential liberal isn’t a free-spirited manic pixie dream girl but a grim, bitter nightmare crone enraged because having gender-specific bathrooms in her dorm is history’s greatest hate crime. Conservatism Is The New Punk Rock

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July 27, 2014

One of the more interesting compounds of terrorism, ignorance and disease is the Bokoh Haram.

They don’t believe in quarantine, being no respecter of borders, orders or law.

They don’t believe in Western knowledge either. Once ebola hitches a ride with the Boko Haram who can say what will happen? Globalization has had a good run. But it’s hitting some speed bumps. Let’s hope air travel recovers. Of course aircraft have others uses besides travel.

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As the broken soul slowly realizes that he is unworthy of life,

he begins inching toward self destructive behaviors.
He self medicates against depression, or drinks to excess, or takes recreational drugs, or overeats. On the political level, the self destruction takes the form of hating and dismantling whatever protects him, such as police and military men, and loving and encouraging whatever seeks to maim, torment, and kill him, such as Communism or Jihad. The feminist expresses willingness to perform unnatural sexual acts on the groin of Bill Clinton because of, not despite, his history of sexual assault, abuse, and rape.
The Logic of Illogic J C. Wright

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Great Moments In Air Travel

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July 26, 2014

Michelle, being dumb as a brick (Have you read the Princeton thesis?)

and so desperately insecure that she can barely maintain molecular cohesion, likes to pal around and be “friends” (insomuch as psychopaths [people who feel no shame or guilt] can really ever have friends) with Beyonce and her spouse, Jay-Z Carter.
Because if famous, rich people like me and come over to my house, then I must be teh awesome. And if I hang out with physically attractive women (which Beyonce actually is when she isn’t dressed like a nickel whore, which is never), then I must be a physically attractive woman too! And all that matters is that I’m popular, rich and that people tell me I’m pretty. And I will burn this ***** down and everyone in it without batting a single one of my fake eyelashes in order to achieve this. Because ME. ME. ME.
Completely Negative | Barnhardt

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Open Wide for the Chisel-Mallet

232 Teeth Extracted from a Teenager |“At the final count, we had a total of 232 small pearlies,
all independently developing as teeth, coming out of that lone molar!” Dhivare-Palwankar told IANS here Tuesday. Besides, there was another hard, rock-like formation inside the affected tooth in Ashik’s mouth which could not be removed by a dentist’s drill. “We had to resort to the age-old, now outdated, ‘chisel-mallet’ procedure to break down that hard formation as it was putting immense pressures on the jaw bone and surrounding healthy teeth,” she explained.

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"The government trusted me with a M-48 tank and assorted small arms when it claimed to have need of my services.

It trusts common Americans with all kinds of arms when it wants them to go kill foreigners somewhere — usually for the financial benefit of some corporations.
But when the men and women take off their uniforms and return to their homes and assume responsibility for their own and their families’ safety, suddenly the politicians don’t trust them to own a gun. This is pure elitism. … Gun control is not about guns or crime. It is about an elite that fears and despises the common people.“
-- Charley Reese (1937-2013) American syndicated columnist Orlando Sentinel, March 31, 1994.

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The Struggle Continues

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Out of the Sixties came the cult of Relevance,

meaning a fascination with things of no relevance,

and a distaste for learning anything requiring either effort or maturity. Once the chain of cultivation breaks, how do you weld it together? That generation — I was once of them — swept into faculty lounges as a sort of jejune intellectual anthrax and turned the universities into political sand boxes. Soon we had departments of the utterly trivial, and courses like “Lesbian Chicana Theory in the Brazilian Favela.”
- - Fred Reed

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July 25, 2014

And, of all pleasures, art is the highest, most refined, and most divine.

Beasts have no capacity to admire beauty; no cow ever wept over a sunset,
no nightingale ever sang an ode to the evening star. Beauty is Heaven’s final answer to all the petty distractions and diversions of man. True beauty causes an ecstasy in the soul, the drawing of oneself out from one’s petty self into a larger world, in just the same way the ecstasy of the honeymoon bed draws a bachelor into life as a selfless father and leader of a family, so that he both grows and enters a larger world.
The Logic of Illogic | John C. Wright's Journal

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Margalit Fox: The Artist of the Obituary

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I suppose I like the obits in the Times because they stand as a rebuke to the utopianism on view in so much of the rest of the paper,
and in our culture at large—the conviction, so dear to progressives, that with just this policy, just that tax increase, with one more appropriation or this precise set of comprehensive regulations, the election of a different candidate or the invention of this cure or the distribution of a revolutionary serum or the revision of one more curriculum, the world will at last reach the cusp of a glorious consummation and the unending downward drag of entropy will be reversed. It is not possible, or should not be so for a reasonable man, to sustain such fancies in the face of an obituary.
ォ Commentary MagazineI

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Beyond the Ukraine: There is a lizard sex satellite floating in space and Russia no longer has it under control

The Foton-M4 research satellite launched on July 19 with five geckos on board.
The plan: To observe their mating activities in the zero-gravity conditions of Earth orbit. Several other earthly creatures, including plants and insects, were also placed on board for experiments. But shortly after the satellite made its first few orbits, it stopped responding to commands from mission control.
- The Washington Post

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The Arab world is suffering a crisis of humiliation.

Their armies are routed not only by Americans, but also by tiny, Jewish Israel;

and as Arthur Koestler once remarked, the Arab world has not, in the last 500 years or so, produced much besides rugs, dirty postcards, elaborations on the belly-dance esthetic (and, of course, some innovative terrorist practices). They have no science to speak of, no art, hardly any industry save oil, very little literature, and portentous music which consists largely of lugubrious songs celebrating the slaughter of Jews.
FrontPage Magazine - Saving Arabs From Themselves

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"Volume!"

This year, Amazon spent $19.4 billion from April through June to generate $19.3 billion, resulting in a not a entirely unexpected loss. Analysts had predicted the company would not turn a profit in the quarter. The only surprise was how much of a loss — more than had been anticipated. Amazon Is Unprofitable — and It's Completely on Purpose

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Save the Date

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Ahead, stretching to the horizon, lies deepest 1932

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but without the civility and yes, without the relative plenty.
The Great Depression will be something to aspire to, where even migrant field hands drove cars to work. Actually it doesn’t all lie ahead, some of it is already behind us. Truth is, we arrived a while back. We’re like the Okies in that first month without a good rain, or the laid off employee who thought he was between jobs. The era of hustle and opportunity that lifted all boats ended a long while ago. We’ve fallen below the event horizon. Gravity is in charge now. We’ve entered an era of relentlessly deepening want. In not much time it will beggar belief, then plunge directly to the heart of catastrophe. You’ll never again use the word hungry as lightly as you do now.
- - Western Rifle Shooters Association

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The bleakness of American culture leads one to despair. Subtract technology and nothing is left.

Music? Classical composition is dead.

The symphony orchestras hold on by their teeth. Opera is unheard and almost unheard of. Book sales drop, and those that sell are mostly trash. Poetry is dead, Shakespeare a comic shorthand for ridiculous irrelevant pedantry. Talented painters abound, but the nation has no interest in them. Sculpture means curious blobs and shapes said to be art and chosen by suburban arts committees. Theater? How many people have seen a play recently other than a high-school production?
Fred Reed

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Well, Barry, it's mighty white of you to say so.

Obama to Black Youth: Nothing Wrong with “Acting White” | White House Dossier

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You needn’t fear the Mad Max scenario ‘though, not for long –

– there’ll not be the wherewithal to support it.
Nor should you fear DC overmuch, other than rogue Free Corps and last ditchers and everyone taking control of everything and arresting each other. It will remain an obnoxious meddler at the outset and a while longer, but it’ll be mostly habit. DC’s broke. In fact, it’s broker than you are. Meddling gets prohibitively expensive absent voluntary compliance. We’ve already seen DC metastasize from a dignified bribery and extortion racket with a credible claim to utility into smash-and-grab street thuggery. But more importantly, DC has become exclusively self-referential, a dead short in the circuitry, irrelevant to the problems at hand other than as an extravagant consumer of wattage.
- - Western Rifle Shooters Association

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Quoted @ Western Rifle

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“It’s never too early to start slitting the throats of people attempting to harm you. Dawdle and you’ll see your own purple juice slucing through your fingers. Be a boyscout, always be prepared. If everyone on the Warren Commission had been found along rural roads gutted and burning this country would be in a different position than it is today, a position more aligned with the constitution, if that’s your party favor of the day.” - – Ghostsniper, commenting at a painfully-proud post at the GVDL shop Quote Of The Week | Western Rifle Shooters Association

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The Tsar

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The President behaves as though he is made of bronze, as if he shines.
He seems to know that they will flinch when meeting his eye. There is a silence around him. The voices of grown men change when they speak to him. They make their voices as low as possible. Their faces become solemn, almost stiffened. They look down: worried, ­nervous, alert. “He doesn’t talk,” the interpreter says. “He feels no need to smile. He doesn’t want to go for a walk. He doesn’t want to drink... At anyone time there are 10 people around him... You cannot get more than 3m close to him because the space is guarded so carefully. He is endlessly surrounded by whispering aides, cameramen, bodyguards.
Behind the Scenes in Putin's Court: The Private Habits of a Latter-Day Dictator HT: Never Yet Melted

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Student loan debt has tripled in a decade,

even while many universities now see no problem in departing from their primary mission of education,

and have drifted into a priority of ideological brainwashing and factories of propaganda. Combine all these factors, and you have a generation of young people who may have student debt larger than the mortgage on a median American house (meaning they will not be the first-time home purchasers that the housing market depends on to survive), while having their head filled with indoctrination that carries zero or even negative value in the private sector workforce.
The Futurist: The Education Disruption : 2015

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July 24, 2014

"Abortion is the perfect Black Mass of self-hatred screaming its loudest."

Some Leftists are more direct in their self destruction than others.
They advocate for euthanasia because they want to die. They kill children in the womb because the only thing more sacred than a man’s life is the life of a child, the only thing more sacred than love is mother’s love. In terms of generating and expressing self-loathing and self-destruction, only abortion is more horrific than suicide, because it wipes out the entirety of life, not merely the remnant, and unlike the suicide, the child is innocent. Abortion is the perfect Black Mass of self-hatred screaming its loudest.
The Logic of Illogic | John C. Wright's Journal

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Just One More Reason to Eradicate Islam Root and Branch

ISIS orders female genital mutilation in Iraq - Al Arabiya News

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You’ve Got Mail, 1973

A great deal of the work of the post office would then be to regulate the use of these personal television channels.
Much of the information now sent by mail could be sent through the air on the personal channel, to be viewed in the home or to be printed out for a more or less permanent record. … Very likely there will be a signal light to indicate that a message is waiting to be viewed. When the personal channel is then activated, each item stored will be displayed in turn. Each can be scanned and erased, scanned and temporarily returned to storage, or scanned and printed out, after which the next item would appear. It will be very much like going through one’s mail today, with its mixture of personal items and advertising, in which some are discarded, some put aside, and some filed. - – Isaac Asimov, “The Individualism to Come,” New York Times, Jan. 7, 1973
[Via You’ve Got Mail – Futility Closet]

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A Credit to His Raza

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And Future Lamp Post Decoration.

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There is No "I" in "Ant"

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The Dirty Practice of Infant Baptism

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ASTORIA, Ore. — Shortly after Portland residents were shocked to find their community infested with a collection of evangelicals attempting to convert children as young as five years old, residents of Astoria were horrified to learn that a local religious group has been targeting children as young as five days old for conversion through a ritualistic bath known as “baptism.” - Federalist

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The Tenth Amendment movement looks more dynamic every day, in fact, they're already preparing Uncle Sam's commitment papers in the back room.

He doesn't like it one bit. Too bad.
We've had a family meeting and that's the way it has to be. You see, not only is our formerly beloved Uncle paying his bills with counterfeit trolley tokens and IOUs, and not only does he get violent just because he can, he's getting, well—bizarre. When we're on the phone, he listens in, then says he didn't. And he insists we expose ourselves to him as a condition of travel. Stuff like that . The senile demand attention in, you know, odd ways. Our descendents will wonder why we ever took him seriously but we remember him in his youth, when he was a quirky but okay guy.
ol remus and the woodpile report

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The Frisbee Haiku:

"Flat flip flies straight.

Tilted flip curves.

Experiment."

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The most dangerous barbarians live in the West.

These, by being born there, assume they are Westerners by inheritance or osmosis.
They also regard Western civilization as “found”, its goodies a stash waiting to be used or distributed. Nor do they trouble themselves as to its provenance, for there has always been plenty more where the stash came from. For these barbarians Western civilization and its associated quest for God or Truth are a bothersome impediment, a “white man’s culture”, a hundred year old relic ideology nobody bothers with, some irksomely judgmental superfluity that gets in the way of fun and spreading the fruits to arrivals at the border and various victim groups. For the barbarian the only reality is appearances.
Belmont Club » Sword and Sorcery

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July 23, 2014

Al Qaeda Jihad Magazine ‘Inspire’ Publishes Its First Swimsuit Issue

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“We have no doubt our swimsuit issue will succeed in attracting new recruits, young and old,
chomping at the bit to slaughter non-believing women and children around the world. Nothing inspires a man to maim and kill like the allure of a beautiful woman. Our magazine’s readers are very excited to gaze at our lovely swimsuit models in-between enjoying articles on decapitation and disemboweling techniques. And our upcoming pocket sized swimsuit calender will help to arouse a jihadists’ cravings before annihilating a busload of school children or executing the elderly nursing home residents.”
-- Daily Rash

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14 Hidden Things to Look for at Disneyland

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Before boarding the Mark Twain riverboat, find one of the Disney cast members and ask them if you can visit the wheelhouse. They’ll lead you to the second floor, where you’ll see a door marked “Private.” Knock on the door and the captain will lead you to a secret ladder to the wheelhouse, where you can steer and pilot the riverboat. You’ll also get a chance to ring the Mark Twain’s bell and sound its whistle like a real riverboat captain! Once you finish, just ask for a certificate and sign the guestbook, which features all the people who also steered the riverboat in the past. | Mental Floss

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Works for Me!

If you have a dishwasher, throw in a washing packet and a 1/2 teaspoon of a product you can find in the paint aisle of your home center called TSP or Tri-Sodium-Phosphate. This is the wonderful phosphate product they removed from the good working dishwasing detergent and it will boost the current detergent significantly. Deep Clean Greasy Stove Grates with the Help of Boiling Water

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The feral aren't the feral because, say, the educational system is defective

— although it is defective and fundamentally so, we're now 24th in the world.
Education fails to engage and redirect the feral because it's built around the fantasy that everybody will be smart and nice if nurtured just so. No they won't. No amount of education can improve the incurious. They will become what they admire—the stunningly stupid, criminally improvident and violently impulsive. They know it and we know it. The difference is, they admit it and we don't.
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Man prevails because he has a hole card: he's the most creatively violent species the planet has ever produced.

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Oh, we feel guilty about it, we rationalize, we excuse, yet murder and mayhem is our default.
Now consider which part of our population is growing faster. The ever-so-sensitive peddlers of tolerance and understanding aren't even replacing themselves while the coldly vicious and minimally sentient multiply unchecked. They can scarcely use tools much less make them, nor can they organize themselves much less anything else. But they are violent as a first option; irrationally, unpredictably, homicidally and proudly so. It is they who are prevailing, not their over-aware and over-educated keepers. You'd think smart people would notice these things. ol remus and the woodpile report

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You'll be canceling your HBO subscription in the next five minutes.

... and I will still have beat you to it. HBO, Beyond the Pale | Power Line There is an HBO program called “True Blood”
that apparently is about vampires–way to be cutting edge, right? In its most recent episode, it featured a Ted Cruz fundraiser at the George W. Bush presidential library. In the clip below, you can see the characters discussing the fact that only “assholes” are going to the Ted Cruz event, while a woman, having dressed for the event, describes herself as a “Republicunt.” The clip concludes with a vampire saying that of all the horrible things he has seen in the last 100 years, the Ted Cruz fundraiser is the worst.

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Honey, You’re Scaring the Kids

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If it happens in the afternoon, do we run toward home, or away from the city and the blast? If it happens at night, do we let our parents huddle over us in the basement, or do we stand on the rooftop, chests forward, praying the first shock wave dematerializes our family without pain? —Vol. 2, No. 3—The Appendix

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In last Wednesday’s number of the Life with Archie series, the redheaded, eternally youthful hero took a bullet for a gay politician.

This scenario represents progress of a sort, in that the homosexual character isn’t the one who dies this time.
The gay counterpoint to the “magical negro” is what you might call the “tragical homo,” a pop culture trope exhaustively catalogued in Vito Russo’s 1981 classic The Celluloid Closet. But we’re well into a new century, and gays have milked that Harvey dry, I guess. Time to switch it up, and make the straight guy the “lovable but doomed best friend” instead.
Comic Con Job - Taki's Magazine


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The reality is that we have no mainstream “conservative” media, at all,

nor could have under the conditions the retired Pope Benedict described under the phrase,
“the dictatorship of relativism.” What we have, as soi-disant “conservative,” is instead “populist” — at several levels of dignity, mostly crass tabloid. And, the pomposity of journalists who wish to appropriate the higher-brow term, to give themselves the appearance of modest elevation above the moral and intellectual mire.
On news judgement : Essays in Idleness

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July 22, 2014

Fuck it. Have the duck anyway.

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And for dessert....

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The truth is that Michael Sam seems more interested in being professionally gay

than being a pro-football player; so Tony Dungy’s right to say he’ll be a circus.
In fact, the reaction to Dungy’s innocuous comments prove it. People said the same sort of thing about Tim Tebow a zillion times and guess what? Tebow is out of the league even though Tebow’s popularity, position, and talent level made him much more of an asset to a team than Sam. Yet, you have liberals going nuts because Tony Dungy said what 31 teams in the league probably think of Michael Sam.
-- John Hawkins | Right Wing News

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It is not our salvation that is precarious:

if we want it, we can have it (at least have salvation at some level, albeit not usually a high level - yet vastly better than anything we could now experience). Rather it is damnation that is precarious - because it must be chosen; and ultimately it must be chosen in knowledge of the consequences. Do not despair! Damnation hangs by a thread.

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Study Break

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My secret lust for right-wing women

I have slept with women who write for the New Statesman and women who write for the Daily Telegraph and I can’t honestly claim that one lot is better than the other.
But there are certain post-coital benefits that come with women of the right. They never subject a man to the music of Nick Drake or Nina Simone. As good libertarians, they don’t mind if you smoke in bed or pick up a newspaper or roll over and go to sleep — come to think of it, that’s what they are more likely to do. Nor do you ever have to lie in bed and watch some mawkish film about Nelson Mandela or one made by Michael Moore. (They don’t think you’re demented because you’d rather watch Die Hard.) And right-wing women never think that leaving the toilet seat up is a passive-aggressive act of patriarchy.
» The Spectator

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Escapees!

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Recent polls show Karen Lewis, the Jabba the Hut-like leader of Chicago’s Teachers,

the odds-on favorite to unseat Rahm Emmanuel and become the next Mayor of Chicago.
We are seeing the end of the Oligarch bargain: welfare and various privileges in exchange for votes. Instead, the South African model, of the ANC dominance and control over everything, is rapidly coming to the fore. The fate of nearly all cities in America of any real size is Black political control. And that has some interesting results.
The Fall of the City of Chicago | whiskeysplace

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The Cult of Leftism has many tenets,

and it demands full compliance with all of them, but nothing in its creed compares to the sanctity of their two great sacraments: child murder and sodomy.
You must not question these, but tolerance alone will not be good enough. You must celebrate them, too. You must worship at their altar. You must sing hallelujah at the mention of their names. You must fight for a society where infanticide and gay sex are awarded a protected and privileged position. When a man decides to kill babies for a living, you must call him a ‘health care provider’ and a ‘healer.’ When a man decides to announce to the world that he enjoys sex with other men, you must call him a ‘hero’ and a ‘pioneer.’ You must quite literally give him awards for his courage.
- - The Matt Walsh Blog

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Adopt a Detroiter's Water Pipes!

Help Pay a Detroiter's Water Bill | Truth Revolt Two young women, Tiffani Ashley Bell and Kristy Tillman, decided it was time to do something about the thousands of Detroit citizens who are overdue on their water bills and are receiving shut-off notices by the Detroit Water and Sewage Department. So they started a website called Detroit Water Project.

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The light that never goes out

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The light has achieved celebrity status and has its own Guinness World Record.
It was installed in the Livermore Fire Station in 1901 and has been turned off only for about a week since then. It was designed by Adolphe Chailet whose bulb designs have been known to last longer than Edison's inventions.
10 Fascinating Old Things that Still Work

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Black Captain America vs. Black Jesus (a.k.a. Don’t Mind Me, I’m Just Going to Vomit in the Corner)

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if I thought Black Jesus was going to be anything other than minstrel-like shenanigans, I’d be excited.
But the truth of the matter is that the minstrel—whether it be a white person in blackface, or a black person shucking-n-jiving—is alive and well, even though it needs to be laid to rest with a stake made of a fried chicken drumstick driven through its heart.
| BadAzz MoFo

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One might go sentence by sentence

through any of the news reports I have seen, to show comprehensively sloppy thinking, and therefore slop where any reporting is attempted, but what would be achieved?
Another million plops will land even as the first is being shovelled. Meanwhile the still formidable resources of mainstream news media are assigned not to find out what is happening in Mosul, but on e.g. “Carrie shows new side,” “Darling gets big gift,” “Upton barely covers up,” and “Veggies you may really like.”
On news judgement : Essays in Idleness

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July 21, 2014

Middle class America is no less violent than any other people.

They seem passive because they're results oriented.
They rise not out of blood frenzy but to solve the otherwise insoluble. Their methods of choice are good will, cooperation, forbearance, negotiation and finally, appeasement, roughly in that order. Only when these fail to end the abuse do they revert to blowback. And they do so irretrievably. Once the course is set and the outcome defined, doubt is put aside. The middle class is known, condemned actually, for carrying out violence with the efficiency of an industrial project where bloody destruction at any scale is not only in play, it's a metric. Remorse is left for the next generation, they'll have the leisure for it. We'd like to believe this is merely dark speculation. History says it isn't.
ol remus and the woodpile report

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Hillary ("Because Vagina") Clinton's Crowning Achievement

Libya, according to Rand Paul is a “jihadist wonderland” and every militant wants to go there.

There’s a lot of action. Militias are battling for the control of Tripoli’s airport. “Tank shells, rockets and artillery rained down on the airport and surrounding districts as militias from Misrata fought others from Zintan who are in control of the airport.” What more could anyone want?
Belmont Club » Wonderland

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There May Not Always Be an England

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To be or not to be, that is the question facing the state.

Harsh, cruel measures, especially in blocking the flow of refugees, are what survival as a state will require in a 4GW world.
We need to send the kids home. The Italian Navy needs to be sinking the boats refugees are using to cross the Med, not helping them make it to Italian ports. Norway needs to send its Somalis back to Somalia (the Norwegian government had to print a brochure in Somali saying, “No, it’s not OK to rape Norwegian women who are out in public without a male relative.). To be or not to be, that is the question facing the state.
The View From Olympus: South Wind | traditionalRIGHT

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South Wind

The Times reported that “Last week, in . . . Santa Barbara (Honduras), an 11-year old boy had his throat slit by other children, because he did not pay a 50-cent extortion fee.”
Welcome to the world without the state. Life is, as Thomas Hobbes put it, nasty, brutish, and short. Gangs are a common element in 4GW, which is what these children find themselves caught up in. Childhood as we know it, which is a Victorian creation, vanishes. Child fighters were common before the Victorian period; 18th century Royal Navy warships often had 12-year old midshipmen and children as young as eight serving as powder monkeys. In other parts of today’s world where the state has broken down, child soldiers are normal.
- -The View From Olympus

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It's Quiet Out There. Too Quiet

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The sun has gone quiet… solar cycle 24 continues to rank as one of the weakest cycles more than a century:
'If history is a guide, it is safe to say that weak solar activity for a prolonged period of time can have a negative impact on global temperatures in the troposphere which is the bottom-most layer of Earth’s atmosphere - and where we all live.'

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Drove to SFO yesterday

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-- HappyAcres

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Ann - Margret

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Outside Las Vegas 1969

Now, at 73, Ann-Margret continues to shine.
She recently signed on for a recurring role on Showtime's Ray Donovan, opposite Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight, playing an aging Hollywood star—a part she knows something about. Fellow Hollywood veteran and old friend George Hamilton recently visited her at her Beverly Hills home, which she shares with her husband of 47 years (and longtime manager), Roger Smith.
Interview Magazine
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We live in an era of opinions.

In the Internet economy — in which I am a loyal and grateful participant!
— loud voices are more than just currency, they’re coal. The Outrage Industrial Complex burns all day and all night with Twitter as its blistering engine room. A constant stream of fuel is necessary to keep the entire enterprise afloat, and so any event, be it the collapse of a government or the cancellation of a sitcom, is greeted with a near instantaneous torrent of reaction.
The Internet Has a "Louie"€™ Problem

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Should have let him play in the street more often....

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A young Barack Obama riding a tricycle during the early years in Hawaii, in the 1960s, vintage everyday

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July 20, 2014

Anti-Matter Thunderstorms

NASA's Fermi Catches Thunderstorms Hurling Antimatter into Space Scientists using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected beams of antimatter produced above thunderstorms on Earth, a phenomenon never seen before.
Scientists think the antimatter particles were formed in a terrestrial gamma-ray flash (TGF), a brief burst produced inside thunderstorms and shown to be associated with lightning. It is estimated that about 500 TGFs occur daily worldwide, but most go undetected. "These signals are the first direct evidence that thunderstorms make antimatter particle beams," said Michael Briggs, a member of Fermi's Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) team at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

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Would that be Bono or Sonny Bono?

CUI BONO? Literally meaning "who benefits?,"
cui bono? is a rhetorical Latin legal phrase used to imply that whoever appears to have the most to gain from a crime is probably the culprit. More generally, it’s used in English to question the meaningfulness or advantages of carrying something out.
20 Latin Phrases You Should Be Using | Mental Floss

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Let the lessons of Obama sink in.

America has been in a low estate before; it is in a low estate now.
Let the Democrats bear the blame for what they have created. Do nothing to distract Americans from contemplating the wreckage Obama will leave behind. I am not disappointed in Obama because, for some accident of personal disposition and education, I have never had the slightest belief he was anything but an over-promoted semi-intellectual academic parading as an African-American version of black man. I have always considered him 100% fatuous. A near nullity. More people are slowly coming to this view, as they abandon false hopes.
Impeach Obama? - Barrel Strength

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The Browning of America

In the Nanny State everyone's always breaking the law:
California couple faces fine for brown lawn after complying with water-saving rules On the same day the state approved mandatory outdoor watering restrictions with the threat of $500 fines, the Southern California couple received a letter from their city threatening a $500 penalty for not watering their brown lawn.

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Time to Start Shooting the UN on Sight

UN agency handed rockets back to Hamas, Israel says | United Nations agency that last week found rockets in a Gaza school operating under its auspices has handed that weaponry over to Hamas, Israeli officials said Sunday, accusing the organization of actively helping the terrorist organization potentially attack Israeli civilians.

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Make no mistake, these “pro-Palestinian groups” are nothing more than low-IQ savages.

The reason they are in France is they made their lands in the Levant unlivable.
Their fellow Arabs despise them and refuse to let them into their lands. The Jews have tried every possible way to control these animals to no avail. France, like every country in the West, should round these people up and deport them immediately. There are 57 Muslim countries for these people. Let them riot in one of them.
The Z Blog › National Suicide, French Style

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There are no Christians in Mosul, Iraq. The Christians have fled,

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by necessity many on foot under the killing sun of the Mesopotamian summer, mostly towards Kurdistan:
the one part of northern Iraq the jihadis have not yet attempted to subjugate. That is also where Western refugee aid is most likely to be available. At this point, we cannot guess how many will make it alive. Certainly the number of dead will vastly exceed those tallied in the airliner that was shot down in eastern Ukraine — the story now at the top of Western media headlines, for the plane was full of Europeans.
News from Ninevah : Essays in Idleness

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July 19, 2014

Al-Qaeda 2.0

The current model of al-Qaeda is much more sophisticated than the original,
with a minimum 7,000 Jihadis with Western passports supported by intelligence, signals and other specialist cells.  While they have waxed, the West has deliberately waned.  The Obama administration has defined the threat away by tying the War on Terror to campaign talking point. They must now maintain the fiction that “Osama bin Laden is dead and Detroit is alive” because that was an electoral promise.
Belmont Club » The Element of Predictable Surprise

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Who Were the Ancient Bog Mummies? Surprising New Clues

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Tollund Man, for example, found in 1950 on Denmark's Jutland Peninsula and perhaps the most famous bog body in the world, still "has this three-day beard—you feel he will open his eyes and talk to you. It's something that not even Tutankhamun could make you feel," - - Nat Geo

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America’s Colonial Class

The Red Team keeps chanting about how the solution to immigration begins with securing the border.
That’s self-delusion. We face the dilemma colonized people have always faced. The solution begins with buying the wood for the gallows to be built on the Mall in Washington. It’s only then that we have truly faced up to what we have to do to fix our country.
-- Z Blog ›

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Just imagine the training regimen!

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Not to mention the hard-fought regionals: Cornhole champions being decided in West Virginia

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Comment Spotlight: "War and Peace are concepts that are orthogonal to the other."

From a distance, the dance of both can appear very similar (Randori within a Dojo vs dance moves between Men and Women), though the intent is very markedly different.

War is Mankind's natural state and has been all we have known for Millenia uncounted, peace is its Supernatural State and is only known in the last several Millenia with the coming of the Axial Age and the fruit of it which is Western Civilization.

Love thy enemies. Hate their behaviors.

My hate is reserved for their Demonlord, Allah and the poison that flows through the minds of terrorists who are capable of killing the weak, and persecuting the innocent with out even an ounce of guilt.

My view of war can be summed up in the form mentioned several times here by Gerard: Revenge vs Reckoning. If there's gonna be a fight, make sure it never happens again. Or as put in the Movie Iron Man:

They say the best weapon is one that you never have to fire. I prefer the weapon that you only need to fire once. That's how Dad did it, that's how America does it, and its worked out pretty good so far.

The battle is not with the Kill-bot Jihadists, it is with Islam itself. Treat it like you'd treat any Christian Cult that kills .. well... anybody:

Abolish it.

Many different ways to fight and guns are merely one aspect. Another way is by Law. I simply love the manner in which British General Charles Napier dealt with the Hindu custom of Sati, which is the burning widows alive on the funeral pyre of their dead husband: "Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs."

Many, many ways to fight. With the depth of imagination of the man at peace there are a multitude of ways of dealing with the savage - one of which is with guns. Posted by: John Condon to Nihilism isn’t the absence of a belief.

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"Spatchcock:" A word that should mean so much more than it does.

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According to the dictionary the euphonious word "Spatchcock" means "a fowl that has been dressed and split open for grilling."

Well, okay, but it seems to me that the word could be applied to many more things in heaven and earth that simply cooking chickens....

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Leftism is not a political party.

True, it is a religion without a god,

but, then again, so is Buddhism, Confucianism or Taoism. Recycling is not a political issue; it is a religious issue, a rite meant to placate the Earth. Gay Marriage is not a political issue; it is a religious issue, a question of sacrament and desecration. The obsession with alleged evils provoked by man-caused Global Warming, now that we are in the midst of a global cooling trend (17 years and counting), is not a scientific issue nor a psychological disease nor a political issue, but a dogma of faith: those who doubt it are not called skeptics but heretics, excuse me, deniers.
Leftists Think No Truth is True: Liberals' Definition of Truth

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"There was a howling noise and everything started to rattle.

Then objects started falling out of the sky," the 65-year-old pensioner said in front of her grey-brick home.
"And then I heard a roar and she landed in the kitchen, the roof was broken," she said, showing the gaping hole made by the body when it came through the ceiling of the kitchen in an extension to the house. The dead woman's naked body was still lying inside the house, next to a bed.
Bodies rained down on Ukraine village after plane disaster | Reuters

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July 18, 2014

[Bumped] "Nihilism isn’t the absence of a belief.

It is something subtly different: it is the belief in nothing.
The most powerful weapon of terrorism is therefore the unyielding No. “No I will not give up. No I will not tell the truth. No I will not play fair. No I will not spare children. No I will not stop even if you surrender to me; I will not cease even if you give me everything you have, up to and including your children’s lives. Nothing short of destroying me absolutely can make me stop. And therefore I will defeat you even if you kill me. Because I will make you pay the price in guilt for annihilating me.”
Belmont Club » The Seven Gambit

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They grab and grub. They never leave. They never go home.

We live in a time when politicians relentlessly enrich themselves.
We are awed and horrified by the wealth they accumulate, by their use of connections, of money lines built on past and future power. It's an operation to them. They are worth hundreds of millions. They have houses so fancy the houses have names. They make speeches to banks and universities for a quarter-million dollars and call their fees contributions to their foundations. They are their foundations. They grab and grub. They never leave. They never go home. They don't have a "home": They were born in a place, found a launching pad, and shot themselves into glamour and wealth. They are operators—entitled, assuming. They "stand for the people." They stand for themselves.
Politics in the Modest Age - WSJ

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Bear?

Big Chief Thundercloud squeaks: “The bear is loose!” President Obama has been saying, whenever he leaves the White House to visit Starbucks, or sandwich shops, or burger joints, or BBQ shacks, or neighborhood diners, in his increasingly rote and pathetic attempts to “connect” with “real people.” Obama, we have been told, is frustrated, “restless,” bored with the responsibilities and chores of office. He thinks of himself as the bear—intimidating, wild, untamed, roving—escaping his den. But he is flattering himself. Obama is not the bear. He is the cub: aimless, naïve, self-interested, self-indulgent, irresponsible, irresolute. The bear is in Moscow. The Bear Is Loose | Washington Free Beacon

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Spotted near McAllen Texas ... Red 1951 Chevy

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The United States Border Patrol is asking everyone to keep on the lookout for a red 1951 Chevy.
They suspect this car is being used to smuggle illegal immigrants across the border from Mexico and into points along the U.S. border. If you see the vehicle pictured below and have reason to believe that it is the suspect vehicle, you are urged to contact your local police department or the U. S. Border Patrol.

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It is the fundamental problem we face as a country.

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We no longer arrest and prosecute rich people. In the 80′s, the S&L crooks went to the can in big numbers.
Even Michael Milken did time. In the Clinton years that stopped and the law no longer applies to the ruling class. Exactly one guy from the Enron scandal went to jail. No one from the dot-com scam went to jail. No one from the mortgage meltdown went to jail. If we get back to sending rich people to the can when they screw up, a lot of what ails us will fix itself. Want to see the ruling class get religion? Send a few of them to Angola State Prison. The Z Blog ›

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Next on the Menu: Border Babies

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For sale: the fastest machine ever flown within the Earth’s atmosphere

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The rocket on sale is one of eight that were built as part of a US$95 million partnership between NASA and the Russian Institute for New Propellants (CIAM). The program sought to develop a hypersonic machine using pioneering propulsion technology. The resulting Kholod rockets, or "scramjets," were fueled by cryogenically cooled liquid hydrogen and were capable of traveling at Mach 6.47 (4,310 mph / 6,936 km/h). - - Gizmag

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Message to Facebook activists on the Hamas interior ministry website

Hamas Interior Ministry To Social Media Activists: Always Call The Dead 'Innocent Civilians'; Don't Post Photos Of Rockets Being Fired From Civilian Population Centers: Following are excerpts from the guidelines:
"Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank. Don't forget to always add 'innocent civilian' or 'innocent citizen' in your description of those killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza. "Begin [your reports of] news of resistance actions with the phrase 'In response to the cruel Israeli attack,' and conclude with the phrase 'This many people have been martyred since Israel launched its aggression against Gaza.' Be sure to always perpetuate the principle of 'the role of the occupation is attack, and we in Palestine are fulfilling [the role of] the reaction.'

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July 17, 2014

Compulsion

“I tell you this, and I tell you plain What you have done, you will do again You will bite your tongue, careful or not Upon the already-bitten spot.” -- Mignon McLaughlin

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On the edge of the ghetto

All that said, dark travel is the best travel, at least for me.

On the edge of the ghetto, life is more vibrant, even though it is more dangerous. Years back I was doing some business in DC and stopped for a coffee in Chevy Chase. All the women looked and dressed the same. They were all driving high end SUV’s. Standing in line for a five dollar coffee, seeing all the of the women with the same haircut was a bit unnerving. How could they not notice it?

But, they do notice such stuff.
They notice when you don’t drive the same car or wear the same clothes or think the same thoughts. That’s how you get sent to the fringe. The pod-people running this country are a herd animal. Maybe on their home planet they graze like cattle. I don’t know. I do know the action is all out on the fringe these days. Maybe that has always been the case; it is certainly true today. Life amongst the exiles is not remunerative, but it is rewarding.
Z Blog › Out Amongst The Exiles

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How to Withdraw From Afghanistan The Right Way

6. Cease the logistic effort, from outside, introduce troops, en masse, and attack with no higher purpose than to kill as many Taliban as we can. Use maximum feasible firepower and maximum feasible frightfulness, short of re-enacting a Lidice. - EveryJoe

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So imagine a section of Baghdad being blasted

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with 15 minutes of 52 M198s firing two rounds per minute. That's 1,560 rounds. No wonder that residents of Berlin, Germany, said after World War 2 that American and British bombers did not terrify them as much as Soviet artillery did, once it started shelling the city. Bombers came, bombers went. But the artillery was around the clock. It never stopped. Sense of Events: ISIS now has dozens of US-made howitzers

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Just more 'Anchor Babies' livin' the American Dream.

Police: Gunmen in wild Stockton shootout were gang members - SFGate The men shot at least one of three hostages they seized at a Bank of the West branch,
may have pushed hostages from their getaway car, and indiscriminately sprayed gunfire that slammed into homes, other cars and pursuing police vehicles, authorities said. Bullets hit homes, other cars and at least 14 law-enforcement vehicles, police said. The gunmen briefly lost pursuing officers at 2:48 p.m. and stopped on the Morada Lane off-ramp of Highway 99, apparently to wait for police.

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Barack Obama doesn't care about black people

Yes, racism is still alive in this country. Of course it is. It’s alive here and everywhere, forever and always,
because tribalism is an inseverable part of the human condition. But we can still strive for unity. We can even achieve unity, though imperfectly. That’s why (well, one of the reasons why) the actions and rhetoric of Barack Obama and his caddy, Attorney General Holder, are so disgusting. These two rich, elitist snobs stand on a perch high above us serfs and peasants, but every once in a while, they get bored and decide to dump gasoline on the smoldering tensions of the past.
- - Matt Walsh

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How’s that feminism workin’ out for ya?

According to a survey reported in a Psychology Today article,
the unhappiest workers are:Female 42 years old Unmarried Have a household income under $100,000 Work in a professional position (i.e., as a doctor or a lawyer). Sounds exactly like the feminist ideal: a woman who needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle. On her own, independent, unburdened, I am woman, hear me roar. Except that she’s not very happy.
American Thinker

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Archie Comics represents a now-familiar cultural trajectory.

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First comes fairly wholesome mass popular culture, with its homogenizing effects.
Then comes sexualized mass entertainment, with profit as the single greatest motive for transgressing former taboos. Then, as much of society is suffering the personal chaos, disorientationand alienation caused bythe Sexual Revolution, horror becomes a major preoccupation of mass entertainment, its purveyors reacting with prompt sensitivity to the appetites of this disoriented public. Horror confirmsthe inchoate awareness and knowledge of chaos and social apocalypse. Archie was destined to die defending sexual transgression and to become a superhero in a world of zombies.
The Thinking Housewife Archie: From Wholesome to Horror

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We don't know much but what we do know at this time is....

Exactly where this Malaysian Airlines airplane is.

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Stephen King On Impact

I am very carefully wiping palmfuls of blood out of my eyes with my left hand.
When I can see clearly, I look around and notice a man sitting on a nearby rock. He has a cane resting in his lap. This is Bryan Smith, the forty-two-year-old man who hit me..... Smith told friends later that he thought he'd hit "a small deer" until he noticed my bloody spectacles lying on the front seat of his van. They were knocked from my face when I tried to get out of Smith's way. The frames were bent and twisted, but the lenses were unbroken. They are the lenses I'm wearing now, as I write.
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Open Wide

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“Palaeoconservative,”

I have come to think myself, is necessary to distinguish actual conservative thought, from the rightwing form of glib liberal thinking.
Curiously, we do not also need the term “palaeoliberal,” to describe the old Enlightenment attitudes, which remain in fashion after three hundred years, and some portions of which were, until quite recently, partially sane. “Nineteen-fifties liberal” is sometimes attempted: but that kind of person is now called a “conservative,” and has been called a conservative since at least the Reform Bill of 1832. He is of the faction that waves all the old signboards for Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, and what have you, but would prefer them to arrive at a slower pace. (The italicized words are the national motto of Haiti; and I think also of France.) Whereas, a “palaeoconservative” would not like them to arrive at all. He refuses to wave those signboards. (He sees how things have worked out in Haiti.) Indeed, he does not believe in signboards.
- - David Warren

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Why Is Tokyo So Cute?

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Cuteness is so pervasive in Japanese society that there’s even a term for it: Kawaii. Kawaii encompasses everything from mascots, to girls talking in exaggeratedly-cute voices, to boys shaving their legs, to cosplay fashion and cutesy stickers and Pikachu and making hearts with your hands and other obnoxiously darling mannerisms. | For 91 Days in Tokyo – Travel Blog
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NO APOLOGIES FROM ANTHONY CUMIA

Radio host Anthony Cumia appeared on Red Eye and absolutely refused to apologize for his rather salty comments regarding black violence:
I will never apologize for this; I didn’t do anything wrong…. I say horrific things about people who piss me off and that’s exactly what I did. Why am I going to apologize and say I am different or I changed? I haven’t. It would be a phony bogus apology. If it happened again, I would do the same thing.
The Week That Perished

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Exodus 32

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7 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:

8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

9 And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people....

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July 16, 2014

In the first Planet of the Apes, Charlton Heston, the ultimate white man,

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is thrown into a world where monkeys are the Man and he is reduced to the status of an angry black radical.
In Rod Serling’s screenplay, gorillas are the Irish cops, orangutans the conservative WASP ruling class, and chimpanzees the liberal Jewish intellectuals who are Heston’s only hope. Heston famously noticed: … an instinctive segregation on the set. Not only would the apes eat together, but the chimpanzees ate with the chimpanzees, the gorillas ate with the gorillas, the orangutans ate with the orangutans, and the humans would eat off by themselves. It was quite spooky.
Every Ape for Himself - Taki's Magazine

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It's Time

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Nobody Cares About This Foolish Girl. Now or Later.

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Alpha Game: A society of cellos
This ad should suffice to illustrate why educational equality at the university level combined with career-prioritization is an unmitigated and dysgenic disaster for Western civilization. The cello may be her baby right now, the problem is that 20 years from now, her hair will be graying, the cello will be sitting in a storage closet, out of tune and unplayed, and in its place on the slide will be the woman's four cats that she "regards as her children".

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How Gay is America? Not So Much

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How in the world can 2% of the American population end up dominating,
in many ways, an entire political party and entertainment pop culture? Because there is an answer to this. ....I mean, if you have knowledge that 2% of the country is gay, why would anybody do prime-time television programming oriented? That's certainly not mass appeal, so why would you do it? A-ha. You're not doing it for mass appeal. There's a political agenda behind it. This is my point. There's a political agenda to everything that the left does. And part of the political agenda is creating mirages, creating falsehoods, making what isn't true look real.
- - Rush Limbaugh

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You Will Know Them By Their Fruits –Matthew 7:15-20

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Daniel, wearing his preferred drag of sequins

Obama and Cross-dressed Exchange misquoted. Actual exchange.
"Are you gay, Daniel?" the president asked. "I'll bet you say that to all the boys" [Webb said.] "That's when he laughed and said, 'Blow me,'" Webb says. "And then I dropped so hard and so fast I bruised my knees."
Michelle Obama's Mirror

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Liftoff Plus 45 Years

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Apollo 11: Launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida, on July 16, 1969.

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Obama is a half-white Harvard millionaire,

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raised by his white mother and white grandparents.
But it’s his skin color that upsets us, he says. If everything was the same, and all events unfolded exactly as they have, we would surely all be in the midst of a 6-year-long fit of ecstasy if only the president’s complexion more closely resembled his maternal side. It’s the darker hue of his pigmentation that perturbs us, not that he used the IRS like a wing of his re-election campaign, or that he shows no regard for the law, or that he sends his DOJ after journalists, or that he lies like he breathes, or that he arms terrorists and drug dealers, or that he left our ambassador to die in Benghazi, or that he spends more tax money funding Planned Parenthood than any other president, or that he deliberately stoked race riots in Florida after the Trayvon Martin incident, or that he’s bungled every single foreign policy decision, or that he pushed a disastrous health care law through Congress, and did so under blatantly false pretenses, or that he pretended to be a civil liberties candidate and then went on to expand the surveillance state more than anyone before him ever did.
- - Matt Walsh

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Where the buffalo roam....

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"We can't, can't, just can't, can't, can't,

have all the good high-paying jobs going to stem mens. The wyms must have their fair share. So it must be a full-spectrum effort: encourage the wyms, suppress the mens, if that's what it takes.
What makes it hard, though is stem is risk and fear, venturing into the dark murk of the unknown. Engineers are paid to design and build something new. All the easy things have been done. Anything new is really new, surrounded by a vast plain of failure and heartbreak. Sci, tech, and math are an endless and relentless hunt for the new and not-previously known, with mostly failure and a few unfairly-distributed successes. I've seen it all my life, in every human endeavor. Mens are the risk-taking pioneers. Wyms are the followers. There are fraidy-cat mens and bold-ass wyms, but the exceptions prove the rule."
Comment by John A. Fleming on The Fragile Princess

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Tiki Tummy Time

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The Kahiki in Columbus, Ohio, circa 1961

Tiki Hangover: Unearthing the False Idols of America’s South Seas Fantasy
Another popular character from the real South Seas was the trader, who was less of a hippie like the beachcomber, but still sort of a dropout from Western civilization. Traders were people who decided to stay on the islands and be this intermediary between natives and Westerners. They often had their own little sailing ships and would go from island to island, bringing back items to trade to the Westerners. So nautical elements were part of the trader look—ship’s wheels, ship’s lamps, nautical ropes, and those kinds of props.

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July 15, 2014

American Summer: Before Air-Conditioning

Even through the nights, the pall of heat never broke.
With a couple of other kids, I would go across 110th to the Park and walk among the hundreds of people, singles and families, who slept on the grass, next to their big alarm clocks, which set up a mild cacophony of the seconds passing, one clock’s ticks syncopating with another’s. Babies cried in the darkness, men’s deep voices murmured, and a woman let out an occasional high laugh beside the lake. I can recall only white people spread out on the grass; Harlem began above 116th Street then.
: The New Yorker

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The Previous Diversity Mandate Has Been Repealed

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Architecture-by-Bee and Other Animal Printheads

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The Silk Pavilion was an architectural experiment in which the body of the silkworm, guided along a series of very specific paths, was "deployed as a biological printer in the creation of a secondary structure." BLDGBLOG:

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Obama Sends Troops to Border After Learning Illegals Deny Climate Change

When a reporter asked what would happen to the tens of thousands of children that have already been apprehended, the press secretary’s response was matter of fact.
“President Obama has made it clear how he feels about climate change deniers. Child deniers are just as much a threat to national security as adult deniers. The president may not have the authority at this time to deport American deniers, but he will not hesitate to immediately deport any man, woman or child illegally entering this country who has the audacity to deny climate change.”
The DAILY RASH

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As hard times go, these are the good days.

Ahead, stretching to the horizon, lies deepest 1932 but without the civility and yes, without the relative plenty.
The Great Depression will be something to aspire to, where even migrant field hands drove cars to work. Actually it doesn't all lie ahead, some of it is already behind us. Truth is, we arrived a while back. We're like the Okies in that first month without a good rain, or the laid off employee who thought he was between jobs. The era of hustle and opportunity that lifted all boats ended a long while ago. We've fallen below the event horizon. Gravity is in charge now. We've entered an era of relentlessly deepening want. In not much time it will beggar belief, then plunge directly to the heart of catastrophe. You'll never again use the word hungry as lightly as you do now.
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While terrorists are often portrayed as semi comical “rag-tag” forces facing Western professionals,

in reality operatives like Imad Mughniyah, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Saddam Hussein and the current leadership of ISIS are consummate pros themselves, with decades of operational, clandestine and political experience.

They know all there is to know about intrigue, intimidation and war. They are unrestrained by any scruple, law or accountability. All they understand is power; how to seize it and how to hold it; naturally they have become very good at what they do. Only the very best can win against them. For all of its faults the US campaign in Iraq was possibly the only Western intervention to outfight a terror campaign on the ground. Just how hard that was to achieve is underscored by the current administration’s miserable failures.
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100 years ago, Einstein, Bohr, Edison, H. Ford, Tesla, etc. were alive on the earth.

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Today, the earth's population is about 4 times greater.
There should be all of those great minds alive today times 4. Where are they? A) Incentive structures prevent the truly brilliant from contributing to great epoch-making discoveries; or B) The human race getting dumber on a genetic level; or C) both Any of these answers is quite frightening if you have a long term concern for the human race.
TwitLonger — When you talk too much for Twitter

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Lie at Heart of “Immigration Reform” Exposed

“Trust” is for Con Men: The reaction to the border chaos in Texas has accomplished one thing:
It has exploded the lie at the heart of current “comprehensive” immigration reform plans. The basic structure of those plans is a swap of a) near-immediate legalization for b) increased border security in the future. The appealing idea is to let current illegals stay while taking the steps necessary to prevent further waves. The lie is the assumption that, once current illegals get their legalization, pro-immigrant activists in both parties will continue to support the second half of the bargain, the increased security. The chaos in Texas shows they won’t.
- - The Daily Caller

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Radiation Continues to Afflict the Japanese 69 Years After Hiroshima

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In Japan this week, when police arrested an artist for distributing data that enables recipients to make 3D prints of her vagina.
The artist, who works under the pseudonym Rokudenashiko – which roughly translates as “good-for-nothing girl” – was arrested after emailing the data to 30 people who had answered a crowd-funding request for her recent artistic venture: a kayak inspired on her own genitalia she calls “pussy boat”....
Vagina selfie for 3D theguardian.com

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July 14, 2014

The Fragile Princess

This manic need to get girls into science and technical fields is just weird to me anyway,
is there something inherently superior to these fields, or something shameful if girls just don't care to go into them? Where's the PSA bemoaning the lack of girls in welding and digging ditches? The entire exercise is part of the latest feminist jag to get more women into fields they don't seem terribly inclined to be part of, even if they have to be forced to.
Word Around the Net

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A couple of generations ago forthrightness was expected,

every day, in every thing. It was a measure of maturity.
Nobody got away with mushmouth spin, everyone kept to the simple truth as they knew it or they got eased out of adult society and sat at the kid's table come Thanksgiving. We owe each other our true thoughts in a straightforward way. We don't have to be right but we do have to be honest. Absent that, we devolve into frillery and artifice. This notion is mostly past tense now, as confirmed by political correctness—social anesthesia if you will. But there are those who carry on, convinced by experience that optimism is warranted only if you see things as they are, or close enough. They carry on not as a heroic mission mind you, it's just the way they are. We'll not name names here, they know who they are, it's a small club.
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DOJ investigates Nebraska parade float critical of Obama

A Fourth of July parade float featured at the annual Independence Day parade in Norfolk sparked criticism when it depicted a zombie-like figure resembling Mr. Obama standing outside an outhouse, which was labeled the “Obama Presidential Library.”

Really?

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Stupid details at Washington Times

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Two liberals are walking down the road,

when they come upon a man in the ditch. He has been badly beaten, left for dead. He is moaning, groaning. One liberal turns to the other and says, “Quick, we have to find the people who did this. They need help.” HappyAcres

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Because flying is not shitty enough already

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Airbus seeks patent for bicycle-like airline seat

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As the number of men infected with AIDS rises again,

the World Health Organization contends that the epidemic, which is largely caused by immoral sexual practices, can be reduced by destigmatization of homosexuality, drug use and prostitution, as if there is a shred of sexual stigma left in the modern world.
The WHO is now suggesting that all men who engage in homosexual activity take antiretroviral drugs. In other words, people should risk death to indulge illicit desires. No one has ever died from celibacy, millions die from illicit sexual activity. The WHO is anti-health. Antiretroviral drugs will never help, by the way, with the numerous other diseases and afflictions caused by anal intercourse, which causes more suffering than cigarette smoking and eating trans fats.
- - The Thinking Housewife

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How Fat and Rich is the US?

Ranchers who don't use lethal predator control methods
or who raise livestock in a predator-friendly environment are increasingly able to sell their meat for a prime price. The market has already proven a demand for organic feed and free-range meat and Stevens says an enlightened public could create a similar demand for beef and lamb raised without killing predators.
Anatomy of a Wolf Attack

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“Pardon me. Would you have any Grey Poupon?”

Heublein put Grey Poupon in a bigger glass jar, with an enameled label and enough of a whiff of Frenchness to make it seem as if it were still being made in Europe
(it was made in Hartford, Connecticut, from Canadian mustard seed and white wine). The company ran tasteful print ads in upscale food magazines. They put the mustard in little foil packets and distributed them with airplane meals—which was a brand-new idea at the time. Then they hired the Manhattan ad agency Lowe Marschalk to do something, on a modest budget, for television. The agency came back with an idea: A Rolls-Royce is driving down a country road. There’s a man in the back seat in a suit with a plate of beef on a silver tray. He nods to the chauffeur, who opens the glove compartment.
Taste Technologies: The Ketchup Conundrum : The New Yorker

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Racial Profiling: The Early Years

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July 13, 2014

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Final Notice: The Rules Have Not Been Changed

There will be those who disingenuously insist that the clock cannot be turned back, that humanity is doomed to an endless future of sodomy, incest, rape, necrophilia, and bestiality.
This is provably false; the current period of sexual anarchy in the West is hardly the first in human history and it is very short by historical standards. And this particular clock most certainly will be turned back, one way or another, because everything from birth rates to the transmission rates of sexually transmitted diseases indicate that the current state of near-sexual anarchy has already reached the point of unsustainability.
Vox Popoli: The slippery slope is not a logical fallacy

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Where does the light go when it goes out?

Scientist find that 80 percent of all light in the Universe is missing

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"The most evident mark of God’s anger, and the most terrible castigation

and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world, is manifest when He permits His people to fall into the hands of a clergy who are more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than the charity and affection of devoted shepherds. They abandon the things of God to devote themselves to the things of the world and, in their saintly calling of holiness, they spend their time in profane and worldly pursuits. When God permits such things, it is a very positive proof that He is thoroughly angry with His people and is visiting His most dreadful wrath upon them." - - St. John Eudes

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During Arthur Conan Doyle’s first tour of the United States, in 1894, he encountered a cabbie in Boston who declined his fare and asked instead for a ticket to that evening’s lecture. Surprised, Doyle asked how he had recognized him. The cabbie replied:
“If you will excuse other personal remarks, your coat lapels are badly twisted downward, where they have been grasped by the pertinacious New York reporters. Your hair has the Quakerish cut of a Philadelphia barber, and your hat, battered at the brim in front, shows where you have tightly grasped it, in the struggle to stand your ground at a Chicago literary luncheon. Your right overshoe has a large block of Buffalo mud just under the instep, the odor of a Utica cigar hangs about your clothing, and the overcoat itself shows the slovenly brushing of the porters of the through sleepers from Albany. The crumbs of doughnut on the top of your bag could only have come there in Springfield … and stenciled upon the very end of your walking stick, in fairly plain lettering, is the name Conan Doyle.”
Oh – Futility Closet

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Like Mother, Like Daughter

As the 34-year-old tries to wean some of the cronies from the Clinton Foundation
— which is, like the Clintons themselves, well-intended, wasteful and disorganized — Chelsea is making speeches that go into foundation coffers. She is commanding, as The Times’s Amy Chozick reported, up to $75,000 per appearance. Chozick wrote: “Ms. Clinton’s speeches focus on causes like eradicating waterborne diseases. (‘I’m obsessed with diarrhea’ is a favorite line.)”
Maureen Dowd Isn’t It Rich?

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July 12, 2014

The Remnant

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The other certainty which the prophet of the Remnant may always have is that the Remnant will find him.
He may rely on that with absolute assurance. They will find him without his doing anything about it; in fact, if he tries to do anything about it, he is pretty sure to put them off. He does not need to advertise for them nor resort to any schemes of publicity to get their attention. If he is a preacher or a public speaker, for example, he may be quite indifferent to going on show at receptions, getting his picture printed in the newspapers, or furnishing autobiographical material for publication on the side of "human interest." If a writer, he need not make a point of attending any pink teas, autographing books at wholesale, nor entering into any specious freemasonry with reviewers. All this and much more of the same order lies in the regular and necessary routine laid down for the prophet of the masses; it is, and must be, part of the great general technique of getting the mass-man's ear – or as our vigorous and excellent publicist, Mr. H. L. Mencken, puts it, the technique of boob-bumping. The prophet of the Remnant is not bound to this technique. He may be quite sure that the Remnant will make their own way to him without any adventitious aids; and not only so, but if they find him employing any such aids, as I said, it is ten to one that they will smell a rat in them and will sheer off.
Isaiah's Job by Albert Jay Nock

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"Well, there’s too many people / And they’re all too hard to please"

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HappyAcres

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Joan of Arc: Ignored by Feminists

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We might expect to see her commemorated on a postage stamp or a silver dollar
along with other intrepid females who fought for women’s rights or otherwise beat men at their own game. But feminists seem wary of Joan, as if they didn’t quite trust her. Anyway, they don’t often mention her, at least in public, and they certainly don’t carry her banner in demonstrations. That shows a degree of political acumen on their part, for were they to call attention to her it would soon become painfully clear that she didn’t care a fig for equal rights, for either man or woman. What concerned her was the rights of God.
The Thinking Housewife ›

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An Occult History of the Television Set

The cathode ray— a vacuum tube technology found in early television sets—took on an unexpected and extraordinary use in the work of gonzo Norwegian inventor Kristian Birkeland. Birkeland used cathode rays in his attempt to build a doomed scale model of the solar system. BLDGBLOG:

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Gun De-Control

In Chicago, a city of 2.7 million people, fewer than 8,000 people are licensed to own a gun – less than 0.3%.
The city’s gun-homicide rate is about 18 per 100,000. In Vermont, by contrast, where 42% of the population are gun owners, the rate of gun murders in 2010 was 0.3 per 100,000. So Chicago has a gun-homicide rate about 60 times Vermont’s, despite Vermonters being 150 times as likely to own a gun. To put that another way, in Chicago the ratio of the gun-homicide rate to the percentage of citizens who legally own guns is nine thousand times higher than it is in Vermont.
And They Tell Me You Are Brutal

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Reparations Are For Negroes

The Negro needs and desires some exceptional accommodation from the white American,
something he might get from some white Americans and something he will never get from others. And so the problem persists - how do you exist in a society that you are convinced cannot stand your very presence, or as someone preciently said back when I was a child 'How does it feel to be a problem?'. Thus constrained, the Negro can never be truly whole until he escapes those mental shackles - which is something he can only give to himself.
- - Cobb

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The enemy of Leftism is a croquemitaine called ‘The Oppressor’.

In Marx, for some reason, persons who invest money in businesses are the Oppressor.
In feminism, for some reason, their husbands, fathers, brothers and sons are the Oppressor. Leftists are simply blind to threats not issuing from a given oppressor group, such as, for example, Mohammedan Jihadists. There is no category in their brain for such a concept: Newspeak does not allow them to form any coherent sentences where third-world nonwhites are the bad guys, no matter what they do.
The Ultimate Ground | John C. Wright

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Isaiah's Job

If, for example, you are a writer or a speaker or a preacher, you put forth an idea which lodges in the unconscious mind of a casual member of the Remnant and sticks fast there.
For some time it is inert; then it begins to fret and fester until presently it invades the man's conscious mind and, as one might say, corrupts it. Meanwhile, he has quite forgotten how he came by the idea in the first instance, and even perhaps thinks he has invented it; and in those circumstances, the most interesting thing of all is that you never know what the pressure of that idea will make him do.
by Albert Jay Nock

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July 11, 2014

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“Brazil was the last country in the Western world to abolish slavery.

By the time it was abolished, in 1888, an estimated four million slaves had been imported from Africa to Brazil, 40% of the total number of slaves brought to the Americas.” By contrast, as Wikipedia explains, North America was small potatoes:
A total of about 600,000 slaves were imported into the Thirteen Colonies and the U.S, constituting 5% of the twelve million slaves brought from Africa to the Americas. The great majority of African slaves were transported to sugar colonies in the Caribbean and to Brazil. As life expectancy was short, their numbers had to be continually replenished. Life expectancy was much higher in the U.S. and the slave population began to reproduce; enslaved peoples’ numbers grew rapidly, reaching 4 million by the 1860 Census. From 1770 until 1860, the rate of natural growth of North American enslaved people was much greater than for the population of any nation in Europe, and was nearly twice as rapid as that of England.
But Brazil is rarely mentioned in connection with slavery for one simple reason. It ain’t got no money. Race guilt — and guilt in general — is directly proportional to wealth. Belmont Club » Ethnicity: Poor

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A Time for Choosing

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If a prophet were not too particular about making money out of his mission

or getting a dubious sort of notoriety out of it, the foregoing considerations would lead one to say that serving the Remnant looks like a good job.
An assignment that you can really put your back into, and do your best without thinking about results, is a real job; whereas serving the masses is at best only half a job, considering the inexorable conditions that the masses impose upon their servants. They ask you to give them what they want, they insist upon it, and will take nothing else; and following their whims, their irrational changes of fancy, their hot and cold fits, is a tedious business, to say nothing of the fact that what they want at any time makes very little call on one’s resources of prophesy. The Remnant, on the other hand, want only the best you have, whatever that may be. Give them that, and they are satisfied; you have nothing more to worry about.
Isaiah's Job by Albert Jay Nock

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All Illegal Aliens Are "American" but Some Are More American Than Others

EXCLUSIVE: TSA Allowing Illegals to Fly Without Verifiable ID, Says Border Patrol Union

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"Erasing the past is a popular past time with the lunatics."

Imagine it is the year 2050 and mobs of lunatics are pulling down the Washington Monument on the grounds that Washington was a racist slave holder.
Earlier they had stormed the National Archive and burned the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. These were deemed to be unwelcome reminders of the nations patriarchal past and violation of the new America. All around the country mobs are destroying anything that suggests a past not in line with the current modes of thinking. It sounds crazy, but erasing the past is a popular past time with the lunatics. The Soviets would airbrush people in and out of the the past whenever it suited them. The Nazis tried hard to recreate things like Christmas to fit the official Aryan narrative. In my lifetime, the 18th century has been rewritten to read like a first draft of Roots. Currently, our lunatics are creating a mythological past where homosexuals were enslaved on lavender plantation in the South, thus making the lunatic obsession with homosexuals an analog of the Civil Rights Movement.
The Z Blog › Our Progressive Future

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[Bumped] Republican Establishment Begins Weighing Candidates for 2016

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Democrats would do this too except they already elected theirs.

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Proof that PC is over

Everything Is Wrong - When everything is racist, sexist, and homophobic, nothing is.
If you think every single person in the world is an asshole and everybody’s nuts, you’re probably an insane asshole. They’ve spread themselves thinner than a cheap dental dam on an obese black lesbian. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But it’s pretty thin.

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The belief that progressives really are concerned with White ‘racism’

makes it difficult to explain why they do not go after those (of even their own number) who take great care to isolate themselves from non-Whites.
The fact that they are concerned with things like speech and representation in Disney movies, but not with this isolation, or the fact that the material condition of Blacks has been steadily declining ever since desegregation, shows the lie: the Communist bureaucrats of the Soviet Union wrapped their drive to accumulate power and eliminate those they considered elthedish in talk of concern for workers and peasants, and the lowercase-c communists of today do much the same.
Anthony Cumia and the Inverted Samurai of the American Ghetto

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The Great "I AM"

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Few More Items Knocked Off List Of Desirable Traits In Partner As Woman Turns Year Older

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“Well, it’s time to lower the bar again,” said Palermo,
referring to the minimum personal, professional, and financial characteristics she looks for in the men she dates. “Full head of hair—that’s got to go. Being well-read has been on the chopping block for years, so it’s probably time to get rid of that one. Ditto on him being a great conversationalist, being taller than me, liking the Decemberists, and not taking himself too seriously.”
- America's Finest News Source

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Alfons MUCHA 1920s

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LARGE SIZE PAINTINGS:

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July 10, 2014

Breaking:

LeBron James Leaning Toward Joining Al-Qaeda

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Headline of the Week

These self-transforming machine elf creatures were speaking in a colored language which condensed into rotating machines that were like Fabergé eggs but crafted out of luminescent superconducting ceramics and liquid crystal gels.

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Winter Oozing Back In

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Global warming, you scamp, is there anything you can't do? Poor man’s polar vortex to make shocking summer return in eastern U.S. next week
Bearing a haunting resemblance to January’s brutally cold weather pattern, a deep pool of cool air from the Gulf of Alaska will plunge into the Great Lakes early next week and then ooze towards the East Coast.

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Who Says There's No Good News?

Mexican train derails, stranding 1,300 migrants headed toward U.S. | Reuters

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The Japanese: "Nuked too much or not enough?"

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Shiridashi Butt Reveal Underwear

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Sunny with light missile cover in Tel Aviv this morning.

I awoke to muffled thuds in the distance, Iron Dome shooting down Syrian-made missiles launched from Gaza, according to news reports.
I attended the obligatory morning mixer for hotel guests at the bomb shelter, which fortunately lasted only five minutes before the all-clear sounded. Hamas is making a demonstration out of weakness. Money is tight, 44,000 Gaza civil servants haven’t been paid for weeks, and the IDF did significant damage to its infrastructure on the West Bank after the kidnapping-murder of the three yeshiva boys. Netanyahu will look indecisive and confused, because he has to deal with an openly hostile US administration on one side and his nationalist camp on the other. Time, though, is on Israel’s side: economically, demographically, strategically. The proportion of Jewish births continues to soar. The fruits of a decade of venture capital investing are ripening into high-valuation companies. And the Arab world is disintegrating all around Israel’s borders.
- - Spengler

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Vocabulary: Faerie Fault Edition

galloon: a decorative piece of braid or trimming for clothes or furniture, often silver or gold
ob-, re-, in-, sub-sequent: types of streams, determined by surrounding erosion patterns
inselberg: a hill that rises abruptly from an otherwise flat plain (German: island-hill)
auricule: the exterior portion of the ear, or a certain flower resembling a bear’s ear
cryptogamous: of or relating to a now-obsolete taxonomy of seedless organisms
weirdsma: made-up word indicating interesting geological formations
antinomy: laws or philosophical positions apparently in contradiction
orogeny: mountain formation, often by folding or thrust faulting
interfluve: the raised land separating two adjacent river valleys
rutilence: a glow or glitter, usually reddish, warm, or golden
rebec: a lute-shaped but violin-like string instrument
westering: moving or tending towards the west
apologue: an allegory or moral tale
vug: a crystal-lined cavity in rock

- - Coldewey.cc

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"Man, I need Vans.”

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From an Anaheim, California warehouse in 1966 Paul Van Doren churned out the first pair of Vans.
They were basic canvas creations, outfitted with a diamond patterned sole and compact rows of laces, but before long those rubber sneakers would send southern California, and eventually the rest of the world into a frenzy. Today, you can still walk into really any shoe store in the world and pick up a pair of Vans that looks almost identical to the pair that Van Doren produced back in the late sixties.
Get In the Van(s). | A Continuous Lean.

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So deep is their belief in entitlements as a "human right"

the payoffs and periodic bonuses they get are believed with certainty to be criminally less than deserved.
It's helpful to know that a child's understanding is at work, one that envisions warehouses stacked to the ceiling with cash to which they hold rightful title, but are prevented by Evil Ones from directly accessing. As if to endorse this yarn, entitlements grant them first claim to the earnings of others, and in telling irony, entitlements are financed in part by taxing interest on savings as "unearned income".
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There's no mystery why torch and pitchfork sales are slow.

Employment is seriously diminished but hardly gone. The unemployed are getting checks for a full ninety-nine weeks—nearly two years, food stamp debit cards are being issued to all comers, or near enough, greybeards are getting their Social Security stipends and Medicare, retired civil service employees are getting their benefits, routinely jumped up with a last-working-minute promotion, often with a fat add-on for an alleged disability. ol remus and the woodpile report

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Not That There's Anything Wrong With That

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"Daddy, are you sure this is the right thing to do?"

Photo Released of Bowe Berdahl Smiling with his Captor | Truth Revolt

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The Next Time You Have to Wear a Name Tag

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Be On the Lookout For...

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What kind of grown-ups do kids become

after watching “don’t kill that bad guy, bring him to justice instead” movies?
Non-vengeful, angelic types? Or, are they taught to de-value human life, to see it as not worth avenging, or for that matter, much of anything else. The latter, I think. For that reason, and some others, after watching the recent Star Trek installment I always come away with the same aftertaste as the closing credits roll: I don’t want to see the “don’t kill the bad guy” trope, ever again.
House of Eratosthenes

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I want to know where you live, Mark Zuckerberg

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Like America, you’re rich. I don’t have a problem with that:
you earned your 30 billion dollars and the very nice house that you live in. But I want to know where you live – not just generally. I want the exact address. Because I want to put up flyers all around your neighborhood – and on the internet, so it can go all around the world – telling people that you don’t believe in borders, walls, locked doors or property rights. I want every homeless person in America – in fact, everyone in greater need than you – to know that they can come to your home, walk in the front door, hit the refrigerator and sit on the couch and watch your amazing home theater.
-- BILL WHITTLE:

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July 9, 2014

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Before I get started today

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I want to personally express how grateful I am for the awe inspiring leadership of my president.
Syria is a bloodbath, Iraq is in the hands of terrorists, Israel is on the verge of war with the Palestinians and Russian troops are in Ukraine. On top of that we’ve got the Benghazi, IRS, NSA and V.A. scandals and our southern border is rife with diseased children, gang members and middle eastern terrorists donning sombreros. All these problems that were created by the Bush administration would have crippled the most stoic of leaders. Yet, last night I saw a news video of President Obama laughing and enjoying himself in Denver as he ate pizza, drank beer and played billiards.
The DAILY RASH

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They assume that the modern world will continue to exist.

But this modern world, modern civilization, does exist only where men have been, for a short two centuries, free from these ancient state tyrannies, called controls.
Free thought, free speech, free action, and freehold property are the source of the modern world. It cannot exist without them. Its existence depends upon abolishing these reactionary state controls and destroying the socialist State. The task before Americans is to end these police-controls of peaceful, productive American citizens, to repeal all the reactionary legislation and rescind the Executive orders that established the national socialist regime, to abolish the Federal corporations, departments, bureaus and agencies that dictate and enforce these State controls....
Rose Wilder Lane, Give Me Liberty (1936)

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Modern political discourse centers on identity politics.

Identity politics is based on the theory (always assumed, yet never uttered aloud) that everyone with the same genetics has the same philosophy, political interests, and outlook as members of his own biological group, and can sympathize only with them.
Hence, whenever someone says a man cannot have an opinion about abortion because he is not a woman, the unspoken theory on which that pronouncement turns is the assumption that women’s opinions depend on the XX chromosomal combination, and reason cannot compensate for the lack. Hence, whenever someone says we need more black heroes in movies so that young blacks can have apt role models, the unspoken theory on which that pronouncement turns is the assumption that a man’s admiration for heroics turn on the chromosomes controlling skin melanin, and reason cannot compensate.
Leftists Have Lost Faith in Intelligence and Reason

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The Potato Salad Guy Should Keep Every Penny :

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On Thursday, July 3rd, a young man in Columbus, Ohio, by the name Zack (Danger) Brown
launched a campaign on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding Web site, to raise money to make potato salad. Brown did not claim that his potato salad would be the next cupcake (R.I.P.) or cronut. “Basically, I’m just making potato salad. I haven’t decided what kind yet,” he wrote. He asked for ten dollars. As of Wednesday afternoon, he had received nearly seventy grand.
The New Yorker

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You are the counterculture now.

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You get to flip the bird to The Man, to be anti-establishment, to get off the grid of pop-culture garbage and live the way you see fit.
Those of the alternative right are not just in the positions of being the Marxes and Nietzsches and Gramscis opposed to bourgeois mass-culture morality, but we also get to be Kerouac in San Francisco, to be Wyatt and Billy on the open highway, to be Ken Kesey on his Magic Bus, to be Lenny Bruce making people faint from the stage. Nearly everything necessary for this is already in place. In many ways, the alternative right community reminds me of my father’s descriptions of Greenwich Village circa 1964. It is filled with all manner of eccentrics and thinkers and radicals and rebels and misfits. Some speak deep truths, some seem half-crazy; some are charismatic and charming, others seem scary and dangerous. Sometimes it is the scary, dangerous, and half-crazy among them who speak the most deep truth. All throughout, there is a feeling of throwing off what the establishment gives us, of finding a better way. There is also a feeling that something big is inevitable, and coming sooner rather than later.
Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out | The Anti-Democracy Activist

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The attack on free speech leached from university campuses to the media and general population.

Certain views are forbidden, punishable by what amounts to public shaming, job loss or worse.
There are certain leftist commandments that must be followed: Airheads all learn the doctrine that in any black-versus-white dispute, blacks are right–unless they are conservative, in which case they are not black. Airheads also learn that in any men-versus-woman dispute, the woman is right.
- - America Lite

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Life on the Un-Campaign Trail

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Though the governor and the president started slow — they were “pushing the balls around without much success,” according to the pool report — Obama “got hot” and won the game. - - POLITICO.com

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July 8, 2014

Humming Along

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If birds in general are the last unfettered creatures,
embodying the ancient dream of earthbound humans to rise under their own power, hummingbirds have freed themselves from the bonds of the earth more than any others of their kind. Creatures of the light, they are rarely active after dark. And their highly developed flying capabilities make them acrobats of the air. In fact, flight is the determining principle of their lives. Unlike their relatives, the swifts, they are able to perch on twigs, but their weak legs and undeveloped thigh muscles make them incapable of walking.
The Smart Set: - June 17, 2014

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Must See TV

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Crisis? What Crisis?

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Over Here:
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Over There:
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Gov. Perry to Obama: Pound Sand You Grandstanding Useless Piece of Shit

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Rick Perry declines Obama offer for ‘quick handshake’ In a letter to the president, Perry wrote,
“I appreciate the offer to greet you at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, but a quick handshake on the tarmac will not allow for a thoughtful discussion regarding the humanitarian and national security crises enveloping the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. I would instead offer to meet with you at any time during your visit to Texas for a substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue. With the appropriate notice, I am willing to change my schedule to facilitate this request.”

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Hipster Finds Lifestyle Too Expensive, Reverts Back to Mainstream

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“All the stuff I was doing was great. Kale salads and IPA’s are delicious, but you know what’s also fantastic: cheap stuff.
Bud light, frozen chicken and pizza, Coke. Was I saving a lot of money on clothes? Absolutely. I mean, I was buying stuff from thrift stores that homeless people probably wouldn’t wear. And, because I rarely showered, my water bill had never been lower, but those discounts pale in comparison to the money I save when I go to Kroger and buy a half gallon tub of ice cream, instead of chive and lentil flavored froyo from Whole Foods Market.”
- - Lettuce Fold

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“Homophobia” ought to mean “fear of homos,”

but nobody is afraid of them, just tired of endlessly hearing about them. Go in peace, but go. Or just shut up. Fred On Everything

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Rose Wilder Lane:

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"Give me time and I will tell you why individualism, laissez faire and the slightly restrained anarchy of capitalism offer the best opportunities for the development of the human spirit.
Also I will tell you why the relative freedom of human spirit is better — and more productive, even in material ways — than the communist, Fascist, or any other rigidity organized for material ends."

Backgrounder: Author Appreciation: Rose Wilder Lane

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Religion in the USA:

"The most religious country on Earth is India; the least, Sweden. The USA is a country of Indians, ruled by Swedes."

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"At least the Muslims will defend aspects of their faith

with vociferous denunciations of people who assail it,
and the Muslim concept of Allah is at a minimum superior to “Progressive” faith based on the “general will” of Hegel. Someone who fears unending punishment for violating God’s law is less likely to harm me than someone who knows that a failed political system cannot hold him accountable for crimes and misdemeanors."
Islam as a Christian Heresy | Patriactionary

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Total Mystery

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What’s behind Chicago’s carnage? | New York Post HT: Happy Acres

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Career dependents receive what's called "assistance," perhaps the most egregious weasel word to be found outside the real estate industry.

It means free medical, dental, eyeglasses, tuition, rent subsidy, WIC, food stamp debit cards —
EBT, daycare, Earned Income Credit and more. In zip codes where hearts bleed freest, cell phones and vehicles are also provided in service to illusions of future employability and imminent dispersal into a grateful wider population. Improbable. Not with reading skills limited to major brand names and a handful of four-letter words. Not with conversation consisting of indecipherable phrases grunted in a stylized cadence as if the sole purpose of speaking were to entertain.
ol remus and the woodpile report

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Cuties, Pixies, Delites: How Marketing Rebranded a Fruit

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Citrus farmers may have accidentally solved the conundrum of how to wean youngsters off factory-made snacks:
Don’t mention that tangerines are healthier than candy. Simply convince the kids that tangerines are more delicious than candy. In 2013, consumption of California tangerines topped one billion pounds for the first year ever, more than dectupling the mere 100 million pounds eaten in 2000.
- - Modern Farmer

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I resent the force-fed aspect of soccer.

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The same people trying to push soccer on Americans
are the ones demanding that we love HBO's "Girls," light-rail, Beyonce and Hillary Clinton. The number of New York Times articles claiming soccer is "catching on" is exceeded only by the ones pretending women's basketball is fascinating.
- -Ann Coulter HT: Never Yet Melted

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July 7, 2014

The country is merging with Mexico, as hard as it can.

It is an astonishing thing to do for no particular reason.
Nobody can quite explain why. At the highest level, it makes sense: We have a black president and attorney general who do not like white people, whom they believe to have mistreated blacks. What sweeter revenge than to turn their country a nice mahogany color? And businessmen want cheap labor. But to drastically changes the nature and prospects of what was the world’s leading nation so that McDonald’s can have its burgers flipped at lesser cost—here is a marvel new under the sun. Countries deserve what they tolerate, and this one will tolerate anything. Except freedom of association or expression, or civilized levels of schooling.
Fred On Everything

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Imagine if the most brilliant comedians in history were working today.

They’d never stop apologizing. Charlie Chaplin would have to apologize to all the homeless people he belittled with his Little Tramp character.
W.C. Fields and Dean Martin would both have to apologize to alcoholics. The Marx brothers would have to apologize to Italians, mutes and uptight British ladies. Comedy has been around for a long, long time, and there have been a lot of impolite, unpleasant and jaw-droppingly politically incorrect jokes. Blacks were shuffling slaves, Italians were gangsters, Jews were cheap, gays were queens, white people couldn’t dance and fat people didn’t have dignity. You went up there as a comic and joked about it all and nothing was off-limits. And to this day, nobody has died from a single joke.
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried on Handling Internet Outrage | Playboy

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"Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin' town" [Updated]

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The irony is thick with Frank this Monday:

"On State Street, that great street, I just want to say

They do things they don't do on Broadway"

[Update]82 shot, 14 fatally, in Chicago over July Fourth

11 Killed, At Least 60 Wounded In Citywide Shootings This Weekend:

Shaquille Ross, 18, was found unresponsive in the street in the 6500 block of South Seeley Avenue about 4:30 p.m. with gunshot wounds to the upper torso and neck, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Ross, of the 200 block of West 95th Street, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 8:09 p.m., authorities said. Police said he was a documented gang member.

Now this could only happen to a guy like me

And only happen in a town like this

So may I say to each of you most gratefully

As I throw each one of you a kiss

This is my kind of town, Chicago is

My kind of town, Chicago is

My kind of people too

People who smile at you

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What was the first book ever ordered by a customer on Amazon?

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John Wainwright: I think I'm the customer mentioned in the other answers,
I did indeed buy Hofstadter's Fluid Concepts on April 3rd, 1995 (it's still in my order history listing!). I'd heard that I might be the first non-employee customer, but could not get it confirmed..... D. Kreft, Amazonian since 1999 The really funny behind-the-scenes part is that the book wasn't on hand when Mr. Wainwright ordered it...so rather than disappoint his first customer, Jeff had to buy the book from a local bricks-and-mortar bookstore.
Amazon Company History: - Quora

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The Japanese: "Nuked too much or not enough?"

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Beauty Lift High Nose Push up that nose of yours to create the perfect profile
with this handy Beauty Lift High Nose, a beauty gadget that applies gentle electric vibrations from the bottom, side and front. Just slip it on and turn on the switch on the front of the frame. While the supports hold your nose in place the buzzing will help shape your nose into just that little bit firmer and higher. All you need is three minutes once a day and you (and everyone else) will soon notice the difference! A nose lift without the hassle!

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Kerry: 'I'm Working Hard to ... Have Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Ambassadors'

Wonderful. America is going to be represented abroad by a freak show.
The country is going to hell, sissified neocon Tamerlanes in panties bankrupt us with brainless wars they don´t understand, the schools make us an international joke, but the Secretary of State rushes to fill the consulates with sexual abnormalities. Washington begins to make a Weimar bordello look like Mormon Sunday school. I picture myself showing up at some embassy for an interview and being told, “The ambassador will be with you in a moment. Just now, he’s fucking a sheep.”
Fred On Everything

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Reparations

The theory holds, evidently, that non-perpetrators must compensate non-victims
for crimes they never suffered€“ but would have, if they had been born two hundred years ago. (Probably. But this is only a detail.) Perhaps someone owes you money for a crime he never committed, but would have, if only you had both been born in some other century. Think of the possibilities!
America Lite How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered in the Obamacrats

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July 6, 2014

“One of the most serious things happening now is people like Korean food now.

Clearly that funk zone, the rot zone, the kimchi zone
people have learned in their lifetimes to like. People are learning to like liver and kidneys. They’re learning to enjoy textures that would have been profoundly repulsive to them earlier in their lives.”
Anthony Bourdain’s Theory on the Foodie Revolution

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Political correctness works only while everyone accepts its rules.

The people will accept the King’s fictions only while the King governs well.
For more than ten years the West has worried what might happen in Muslim scientists privately decided to built a WMD to attack the Jews. What they really should get worked up about is what happens if Jewish scientists decide to do the same thing. Civilization depends on the King to provide justice in lieu of mob action. When the King goofs off or neglects to secure the realm, then at some point it’s every man for himself. And then there’ll be nothing to laugh at any more.
Belmont Club サ The Danger of Symmetry

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July 5, 2014

Obama Narrowly Misses Quarterly Performance Bonus

“The president knew what his Q2 goals for health care sign-ups were,
but he was unable to deliver the numbers we were looking for. He certainly didn’t knock it out of the park like [Secretary of Transportation] Anthony Foxx, who easily exceeded his target of 20 new highway interchanges over the same period. Now, if President Obama could achieve anything close to that next quarter, it would go a long way toward securing that $1,500 bonus.” At press time, sources confirmed that the president was somberly explaining to his wife and children that their trip to California would have to wait until next year.
- - America's Finest News Source

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Have it our way at Burger King. Or else!

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At least you know they're not spitting in your burger back there. [HT: Happy Acres]

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Army Wants a More Potent Sidearm

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The sidearm they need has already been invented.
One of the major goals of the MHS effort is to adopt a pistol chambered for a more potent round than the current 9mm, weapons officials said. The U.S. military replaced the .45 caliber 1911 pistol with the M9 in 1985 and began using the 9mm NATO round at that time.
- - Never Yet Melted サ

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“This could be about information considered embarrassing to Saudi Arabia”

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Just two weeks before the 9/11 hijackers slammed into the Pentagon and World Trade Center,
members of a Saudi family abruptly vacated their luxury home near Sarasota, leaving a brand new car in the driveway, a refrigerator full of food, fruit on the counter — and an open safe in a master bedroom.... authorities who searched the dumpster found “a self-printed manual on terrorism and Jihad, a map of the inside of an unnamed airport, a rudimentary last will and testament, a weight to fuel ratio calculation for a Cessna 172 aircraft, flight training information from the Flight Training Center in Venice [Fla.] and printed maps of Publix shopping centers in Tampa Bay.” The Flight Training Center is where 9/11 hijack pilot Ziad Jarrah, who was at the controls of United Airlines Flight 93 when it crashed in Shanksville, Pa, took flying lessons.
FBI records: Chilling find in Bradenton dumpster - Florida - MiamiHerald.com

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We are headed to a place where basic parts of reality are now off limits.

News accounts avoid mentioning the race of criminals, for example.
A new genre of commenting has arisen in response to this habit. The commenters make sport of the weird absence of basic information in crime stories involving non-whites. In most cases, the comments are the best part. Its like a weird game of charades, where everyone looks for clues to fill in the important bits of the news story.
The Z Blog › Mokita in Manhattan

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July 4, 2014

Now THIS is the Perfect Attire!

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Funny Pictures of the Day - NeatoPicto July 2, 2014 - Neatorama

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Progressive Parents Allow Child To Choose How He’s Ostracized By Peers

“Rather than impose our own interests on Josh,
our approach is to give him the opportunity to pick out the reasons he’s mercilessly bullied and made fun of every day at school,” said Monica Tull, citing her son’s unrestricted access to a broad menu of pursuits that will earn his classmates’ derision, such as the oboe, Magic: The Gathering, and theater set design.
- America's Finest News Source

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Consider tomorrow morning at the winner's house and be glad you won't be around.

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Winner of New York's Hot Dog Eating Contest Eats 61 Hot Dogs

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Joan Rivers on America's First Gay President and His Transexual Wife

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Whenever Christians try to make their religion hip and relevant to the wider culture,

it reveals instantly a wider culture that wears the pants in the relationship.

Christianity adopts the role of the supplicating special pleader. It is not a masculine Christianity. It reduces religious practice to a source of entertainment or therapy–at most a curiosity to place alongside all the accouterments of a life otherwise untouched by its life-giving, culture-bestowing essence. You might get attendance figures or increased donations, but you’ll never get a transformed culture.
The Search for Religious Relevance

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Your Moment of Zen

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The Japanese....

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Version shining in rhubarb Gusokumushi iPhone case revival sell gold ultra-realistic - even Netorabo

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Wrapped in the Flag: 1917 and 2014

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Then: New York, 1917. The American soprano Marcia Van Dresser, who participated in War Bond and patriotic programs at the Metropolitan Opera. - - Shorpy

Now: Let Freedom Ring With Captain America Cosplay - Neatorama
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Thinking of Seeing "Tammy?" Think Again.

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The good news is that Tammy is not a crappy remake of the 1957 Tammy movie
with Debbie Reynolds that spawned three sequels and a TV comedy series. The bad news is that this one is much worse. It’s a desperate and brainless vehicle for Melissa McCarthy, which she wrote herself, with her husband, Ben Falcone, who also directed, with all the efficiency and verve of an abandoned Volkswagen on the Jersey Turnpike. There isn’t a single shred of evidence that either of them has one iota of talent in the world of filmmaking. Tammy is not just a celebration of everything vulgar and stupid in the dumbing down of American movies. It’s a rambling, pointless and labored attempt to cash in on Ms. McCarthy’s fan base without respect for any audience with a collective IQ of 10. And it’s about as funny as a liver transplant.
Rex Reed Reviews ‘Tammy’ | New York Observer

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The "Children's" Crusade

Many of these migrants are not children;
all one has to do is look at the film footage of the "children" and see that many if not most are accompanied by adults, often their mothers or other close relatives. In the rare interviews one hears with these illegal migrants there is an odd uniformity in the language they use about the violence, as though--perish the thought!--they have been coached. Once the interview drags on for a few minutes, and the poor migrants run out of script, you hear the real reason they have come: free stuff.
The DiploMad

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Faking Galileo

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There was a further problem:
the letters p and i touched each other in a way that is impossible to produce with letterpress — but that can happen with digital reproductions. Wilding also noticed a significant inked blotch that deformed a letter at the bottom of the title page, something that was missing in other copies, but not Sotheby’s.
| The Los Angeles Review of Books

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Enjoy Your Freedom, America!

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Via the even faithful Neatorama

Special Park Rules To Be In Effect At Lakewood Park On July 4th - The Lakewood Observer
“There are more people at Lakewood Park for the Fourth of July than at any other time during the year,” stated Mayor Mike Summers. “Safety is our first priority. These added security measures will help to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.”

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July 3, 2014

Big Change in No Hope

Black Unemployment 10.7%, More Than Double White Unemployment 5.3% | CNS News

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Epidemic Deaths in U.S. Caused by Abortifacient Deprivation

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Sandra Fluke was the first to expire.
Before her death at New York Presbyterian, she hoarsely whispered:
"I wanted only to continue having sex the same number of times I did in law school, while studying for the Law Boards - just 25-30 times a month. Was it too much to ask that my $8,000 a summer contraceptive Jones be taken care of by that lousy school I was slaving away at?" Carefully pulling the covers over Fluke's flushed and deranged face, her physician confided, "She hardly had a chance, once the Court removed her health choice. There was nothing medical science could do."
- - People's Cube

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Robert Mitchum’s album “Calypso – is like so…”)

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“Surprised that Robert Mitchum sings Calypso?’ hazards the sleeve liner, before positing a dubious explanation.
“It would be stranger if he couldn’t. Fact is, he was learning the fascinating language of Calypso long before it became the rage in the USA. And he was learning it in its true home, Trinidad”.
THE BARRELHOUSE

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Back When the White House Was Not a Barrelhouse

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Reagan with Audrey Hepburn & Robert Wolders, 1981

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Kaboom! 10 Facts About Firecrackers That Will Blow You Away

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The earliest Fourth of July celebrations involved using explosives to send anvils into the air.
According to Firecrackers, “A blacksmith’s anvil was place on the ground and a bag of gunpowder with a fuse was placed on top of it. Finally, another anvil was place upside down on top of the bag, the fuse was lit, and everybody scattered. This was to avoid being crushed like a cartoon character, because the top anvil was propelled into the air before returning heavily to the ground. It was said you could hear the sound of a good anvil shoot for miles in all directions.”
| Collectors Weekly

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O'Reilly: There's a trick to it....

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Gasbag Bill O'Reily bashes Murrieta protesters: I’m really getting sick and tired of practically everyone in the media, including Bill O’Reilly and others on Fox News calling these disased illegals flooding the border ‘victims.’ They are not victims.

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From Desert to Party Central: The Birth of Las Vegas

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In 1826, the first English-speaking explorer, Jedediah Smith, came upon this land and the tribes.
After traveling 300 miles in that direction through a country somewhat fertile, in which there was a great many Indians, mostly naked and destitute of arms, with the exception of a few bows and arrows and what is very singular amongst Indians, they cut their hair to the length of three inches; they proved to be friendly; their manner of living is on fish, roots, acorns and grass. Only three years later, the Mexican trader Antonio Armijo was traveling with his company through the area (though a bit to the north) to forge a trade route from New Mexico to Los Angeles. They were thrilled to find the valley to be somewhat fertile and wet, unlike most of their desert travels. So, they named it “Las Vegas,” meaning “fertile plains.”
-- TIFO

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What Is ‘Ethical Conservatism’?

The contradiction at the very heart of progressive ethics is undeniable:
People must be “forced to be free,” as Rousseau candidly admits. Why? Because the prideful, passionate, progressive heart cannot admit that what it wants is wrong; it must therefore insist that what others want instead is wrong and identify itself with the Promethean lawgiver, “enlightened despot,” or “revolutionary vanguard,” in sympathy with “the People” but not benighted like “the masses,” capable of divining the “general will” of the former and compelled to force that will upon the latter. This follows, perversely, from the Rousseauean conceit that man is innocent of the evil he finds in the world, which originates outside of him and is only imposed upon him. As man is forced to be evil, so must he be forced to be free of it.
| The American Conservative

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I’m all in favor of rejecting the left-right model of describing political thought.

That is nothing more than a tarted up version of the Left’s us-versus-them world view.
It is how you end up with Hitler on the Right, alongside Burke and Reagan. Somehow we are to believe that the polar opposites are Hitler on one end and Marx on the other. The truth is that all of these sects are the sons and daughters of the marriage of Rousseau and Hobbes. The one thing I think he needs to explore more deeply is the Left’s impulse to destroy. He gets into it a little, but can’t seem to bring himself to accept that it is destruction for its own sake. The old 1960′s rallying cry of “burn, baby burn!” is instructive.
The Z Blog › Now We Have “Ethical Conservatism”

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Bottled Foods Prove That Everything Looks Delicious/Disgusting in Glass

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- Neatorama

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"First one's free." And the second and the third and the....

Berkeley to Require Marijuana Dispensaries To Provide Free Weed For Low-Income Patients [HT: Rob]

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July 2, 2014

How Railroad Tourism Created the Craze for Traditional Native American Baskets

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Collecting Native American baskets was “a beautiful fad,” continues Kania,
“that almost everybody participated in to some extent. Some people would buy hundreds of baskets. It was highly fashionable to take a trip out west on the Santa Fe Railroad and collect baskets along the way. And then, when they got back to, say, Wisconsin, they might build a cabin and decorate it with baskets, rugs, beadwork, and so forth. They might have an Indian room in their house, or a little Indian corner, which greeted visitors when they came through the door. So there were avid collectors, as well as a big tourist market. A wide range of people bought these things. It was a craze.”
| Collectors Weekly

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So Valerie Jarrett, the black-hearted Iranian communist psychopath

who is actually running the White House, tweeted this the other day in response to a picture of a picture frame with her picture in it that has little figurines of people bowing and worshiping in front of it:
Don’t worry friends, it was a gag gift. Us strong women don’t need worship — just an economy for the 21st century. #WomenSucceed

Yep. She really is that stupid.
She used “Us” as a subject pronoun. This isn’t stylistic bad grammar as in item #1 above. Nope. You have allowed not just a conscienceless psychopathic Iranian communist fishwife and her gang of barely-mamalian hangers-on to overthrow your republic, but a conscienceless psychopathic Iranian communist fishwife who is also *teetering on the precipice of mental retardation* to overthrow your country.
--| Barnhardt

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The Town that went Underground

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At night, you can head above ground for a game of nocturnal golf on Coober Bedy’s unusual grass-free desert golf course. After dark, players use glowing balls and a carry a small piece of “turf” around to use for teeing off. | Messy Nessy Chic

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Oh, God, will it never end!? Girls killing the planet by burning carbon and eating meat

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From Bird Dog's always grilled and tasty Wednesday morning links - Maggie's Farm

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What about the infrared pill?

The problem with the ‘red pill’ analogy is that it deludes people who have seen through one of modernity’s lies into thinking that they have seen through all of modernity’s lies....
Feminism specifically and liberal equality generally are obviously, manifestly false; as manifest as a naked emperor parading down the street.  But there are much subtler errors in modernity.  Positivism, postmodernity, nominalism, materialism – these errors can creep into the thoughts of even the very vigilant who are actively working to keep them out.  I still pull these weeds from the garden of my own mind sometimes.
| Zippy Catholic

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The Liberal Subspecies: Homo Controlus

The secular left, as always, is of two mindlessnesses about this:
on the one hand, man is nothing but an animal, ergo, a species. On the other hand, he is a product of culture, and therefore not a species at all, since cultures are so beautifully diverse, with no common core, so to speak. In the latter view, putting a man on the moon is no better than putting a bone in one's nose,
- - One Cʘsmos

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It’s Not the Occupation, It’s Islam

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There is nothing negotiable about supremacism. Supremacism cannot be appeased.
Supremacism does not want a piece of the pie. It wants the whole pie. The allies learned that the hard way with Hitler. So did the countless kingdoms that attempted to live in peace with the armies of the Mohammedan conquerors. If Israel had never existed, Hamas would still exist, just as the other branches of the Muslim Brotherhood exist elsewhere throughout the Middle East.
Sultan Knish:

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Fireworks Safety Tips

- - America's Finest News Source

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The middle-aged man in the costume of a third-grade boy

offers another case of elective slovenliness, not contradicted by the public display of male hirsuteness. 
This type of ugliness differs slightly from the nose-ring and ear-stud type.  Acquiring and regularly inserting the studs and rings takes some minimal effort.  Dressing carelessly like a schoolchild at play and at the same time advertising one’s male armpits is tantamount to saying: "€œI have no dignity and want none. I will dress as sloppily as I please and inflict my ugliness on the public square, and what is anyone going to do about?"€ The cell phone provides the telling clue.  Like an eighth-grade girl, this chronological adult cannot live without constant information from others about what do, or what to be interested in, or simply what to be.  Unfortunately, the people whom he canvasses have no more notion of these things than he does.
Thinking Housewife on Aggressively Obese Slobs

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July 1, 2014

Bruce Willis's daughter tweeted this photo recently

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(Border) Land of the Free, Home of the Lice

Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest The sources say security forces called themselves the “Brown Shirts.”
“It was a very submissive atmosphere,” the counselor said. “Once you stepped onto the grounds, you abided by their laws – the Brown Shirt laws.” “You could see the bugs crawling through their hair,” she said. “After we would rinse out their hair, the sink would be loaded with black bugs.” The nurse told me she became especially alarmed because their files indicated the children had been transported to Lackland on domestic charter buses and airplanes. “That’s what alerted me,” she said. “Oh, my God. They’re flying these kids around. Nobody knows that these children have scabies and lice. To tell you the truth, there’s no way to control it.”

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Your Patriotic Moment of Zen

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Forget the Jetpacks

"I never dreamt, as a schoolboy in the Sixties, that the future contained swarthy men with bloody swords holding severed heads up to the camera." | HappyAcres

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Via NeatoPicto

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Rolo Cheesecake Bars

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Danielle made them by first putting down a layer of graham cracker crumbs, then adding a mixture of cream cheese and mini Rolos. She topped it with chocolate and Rolo halves. Yummy! I'd try to make it, but I'm afraid that I'd eat the ingredients before finishing the recipe. - Neatorama

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Feminism As a Mating Strategy Among Beta Males

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Seriously — have you seen many of these self-proclaimed male feminists?
When I see all these sullen dorks standing like political prisoners holding their “I NEED FEMINISM BECAUSE…” signs, I wish that one of them could be honest and say they need feminism because they’re not naturally attractive to women.
- Taki's Magazine

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How Shrunken Heads Were Made

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Westerners began buying up shrunken heads
in the late 1800s and early 1900s, causing the tribes to increase their rate of killing in order to supply heads for trade. Guns were the usual currency traded for the heads, but knives were also popular. Demand for shrunken heads became so great that counterfeits became common.
- - TIFO

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Until Bush the Lesser dethroned Saddam, Iraq was a Russian client state.

Their military was equipped by the Russians and trained in Russian tactics.
It is why they were good at running a secret police, but clownishly awful at large set piece combat. The Russians were never good at this type of warfare, which is why the Germans drove them to the gates of Moscow. Now, the Russians have Syria, Iran and Iraq on board and that means they can build their pipelines without too much interference from the West.
The Z Blog › The Bear Makes Its Move

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"It's a basic human right: water."

Urban water service is a need not a right, basic, human or otherwise.
Rights don't create duties for others. No one has a right to compel others to build and maintain a water system for them, at all, much less for free. If they were collecting rainwater in a barrel instead, that wouldn't make barrels a basic human right either. Those who have clean, safe water piped to their house are expected to pay those who provide it to them. Duh. Calling it a "basic human right" is a gussied up demand to have someone else pay for it—the 'someone' being those who already pay for their "assistance" and "entitlements" and EBT cards and ObamaPhones and, thereby, have revealed the limit of their gullibility, which is none.
- the woodpile report

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On the Desert's Edge

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On the West Coast of Africa, directly across the Atlantic Ocean from Cuba, is the region known as the Western Sahara, one of the few remaining on earth that isn’t recognized as part of a nation-state....
Tunisia is doing okay, but it’s small. Aside from Morocco, the entire northern half of Africa is a disaster. Most of the continent, really, is still a disaster, but North Africa matters more to the West because it’s the southern half of the Mediterranean. The region isn’t Las Vegas—what happens there doesn’t stay there and never has.
Michael Totten | World Affairs Journal

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If one wants  a prized antique

one has to be willing to hang on to it through the junk stage.

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