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August 31, 2014

I am an Islamodespicio because I despise Islam far more than I fear it.

I despise a religion that, other than Comrade Putin, is the source of virtually all the large scale violence in the world and has been for decades.
I also despise it for its treatment of women, homosexuals, children (putting machine guns in their hands at the age of seven and teaching them to kill non-believers) for its complete intolerance of other religions and secular systems and for the consistent dishonesty with which it treats the rest of the human race. I despise it in its Shiite and Sunni forms (even though they despise each other), as well as its murderous subsidiaries like Hezbollah, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda, al Nusra and on and on.... Send them a message they will never forget — and if that message resembles Dresden in World War II, so be it. They have brought it on themselves.
Roger L. Simon サ My ISIS Strategy

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I went up to his world, filled with talking sponges and grinning dinosaurs and the Google Earth carpet of a cartoon town.

Dad, I want you to help me make a video with Bionicles and muzzle flashes and space ships and galactic battles
and dancing robots and talking animals and it won't be hard because we can do it in 4 fps so the camera won't die of no battery and the moviemaker won't crash and mom says you have to work all day today and tomorrow and the day after and even more days so I'll wait until you don't have to make furniture one day but don't make me wait too long because I'm impatient.
Sippican Cottage: Good Chemistry

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China? They want to be a big deal again.

Well, they are, sort-of. They own most of the US debt, sadly.
But that's our fault. If they want to be a big deal, it's ok with me. Why anybody would chose to live there is beyond me. Horrible, charmless place of desolation, with too many people and the stupid, paranoid, autocratic government they deserve. To each his own.
I'm with Obama on these things - Maggie's Farm

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A lack of goodwill is our common lot with Rome – a chosen, well-deserved lot.

If we share anything with the Romans, it is their delinquency, laziness, and effeminacy right before they remembered who they were.
But if the Romans were overrun with pirates, we're overrun far worse with illegal immigrants; the former required a war, and we require only a wall. If Rome was embarrassed by Jugurtha, we're embarrassed far worse by the Islamic State – for Jugurtha was a genius and a fighter to be met face-to-face, and the Islamic State's advancement could be stopped with a faceless but insistent bombing campaign. If Rome was infested with layabouts, we're infested far worse with race-rioters; Romans rioted partially because their citizens were unjustly overrun with usury – as ours are currently by national and private bankers – and Americans riot not when innocents, but when known robbers, thugs, and menaces are shot by the police.
Articles: What kind of men are we?

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How did we get here?

"Letting the days go by...."

It’s worth looking back into the mists of time — an entire year, to Labor Day weekend 2013.
What had not happened then? It’s quite a list, actually: the Chinese ADIZ, the Russian annexation of Crimea, the rise of ISIS, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the fall of Mosul, the end of Hungarian liberal democracy, the Central American refugee crisis, the Egyptian-UAE attacks on Libya, the extermination of Iraqi Christians, the Yazidi genocide, the scramble to revise NATO’s eastern-frontier defenses, the Kristallnacht-style pogroms in European cities, the reemergence of mainstream anti-Semitism, the third (or fourth, perhaps) American war in Iraq, racial riots in middle America, et cetera and ad nauseam.All that was in the future just one year ago.
Never Yet Melted These Days, Not Such a Wonderful Life

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The Meat Prophet of Peru

He follows with a porterhouse, an axe-handle rib eye, and a string of other imposing cuts that he’s carefully aged at Osso.
This is where Garibaldi is moving the traditional grill master role into unchartered territory. They start at 30 days, then increase to 45 and 60. You can taste the collagen breaking down a little bit more with each cut, resulting in more nuanced flavors. Each is muskier and funkier than the last. He finishes some by holding them directly over the flames. Others he sits right in the charcoal and covers in ash. He moves on to a steak aged 120 days, and then, for the grand finale, a 160-day-old piece of Wagyu. Over the course of nearly six months of aging, natural enzymes in the protein break down and the carbohydrates are converted into sugar, so the flavors are richer and more concentrated. The sizzling beef smells like buttered popcorn. Every bite tastes of pure umami.
-- Roads and Kingdoms

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When Prophecy Fails

Festinger stated that five conditions must be present if someone is to become a more fervent believer after a failure or disconfirmation:- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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She Loves You Yeah Yeah Yeah

British singer, Kenny Lynch, was a performer with the Beatles on their bus tour of 1963 and has clear memories of John and Paul.  According to Lynch, “I remember John and Paul saying they were thinking of running up to the microphone together and shaking their heads and saying '€˜whooooo'€™." Lynch warned them against this radical idea, "You can'€™t do that. They'€™ll think you'€™re a bunch of poofs."€  "She Loves You" and The Start of Beatlemania

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August 30, 2014

Nobody’s Fault

When one thing goes wrong, it may be an accident, but when five do at once—Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, and our border—the man at the helm may have something to do with it, and a foreign policy based largely on John Lennon lyrics may be the proximate cause. -- The Weekly Standard

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"Sam blew a kiss and waved to the crowd, then walked back to the sideline."

Pretty much sums up his career. Out. In. Out. Over. Michael Sam Cut As St. Louis Rams Finalize Roster

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A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.

An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.
But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.
Marcus Tulius Cicero via Doug Ross @ Journal

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This is why thugs can't have nice things.

Stores to Ferguson: "Buh-Bye" --Despite Threats – QuikTrip Has No Plans To Rebuild in #Ferguson A QuikTrip official told TGP the company has no plans on rebuilding in Ferguson and that the looted store was barely breaking even.

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Door. Ass. Bang.

Michael Sam cut by St. Louis Rams - ESPN Next!

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Champ

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Fair Warning

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Why Deer Freeze in Headlights

When an eye that has been in the dark long enough to regenerate significant quantities of rhodopsin is suddenly exposed to bright light, a phenomenon of “bleaching,” or oversaturation, occurs, and on a massive scale. The result in humans is temporary, or flash, blindness.Today I Found Out

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The relationship of the Republican Party to its base.

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Take a look at the Left.

In the 1990′s they did not like the direction of their party so they started backing the Green Party.
It cost them some elections. It may have even put Bush in the White House. But, the result was a far more liberal party. The Democrat Party is now wholly owned by the Left. Maybe the Right should take the same approach. Getting raped by a liberal Republican is no better than getting raped by a liberal Democrat. Maybe losing a few elections will force the Republicans to change as it forced the Democrats to change.
The Z Blog › Half-Fucked

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The Beginnings

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late
With long arrears to make good,
When the English began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy-willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the English began to hate.

Their voices were even and low,
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show,
When the English began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd,
It was not taught by the State.
No man spoke it aloud,
When the English began to hate.

It was not suddenly bred,
It will not swiftly abate,
Through the chill years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the English began to hate.

--Kipling - The Beginnings

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New Intelligence on Italian Jihadists

Those recruits are very young, mostly between eighteen and twenty-five years of age, and so far exclusively male. To date, ten Italian jihadists have been killed in Syria. Nearly all have been recruited via the internet:
Indoctrination takes place with pervasive and rapid techniques which prompt these kids to take the crucial step of departing for war theaters in a very short time. These powerfully manipulative psychological techniques have been tried and tested in the training camps for young suicide bombers in Pakistan. When the IS’s recruits are ready, they can rely on liaison officers to organize their transportation, which is often a one-way journey only.
- - The XX Committee

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August 29, 2014

Who Says There's No Good News?

Dare we hope the punch-in-the-face trend is catching on? Anti-Israel MP George Galloway Beaten Up, Left with 'Broken Jaw' on London Street

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General Wesley, Chairman of the federal JCS,

appeared on a balcony above the crowd that had been gathered to welcome President Warner.
After announcing the death of the president, the vice president, the speaker of the House, and most of the cabinet, he said, “The line of succession envisioned in the U.S. Constitution had been broken beyond repair,” which wasn’t true since there were still some cabinet members, but that didn’t matter. “I’m in charge here now,” he went on, “and the United States is under martial law. Civilian government is suspended for the duration of the war for the union. The duty of every citizen is to remain quiet.”
Victoria: Chapter 24 | traditionalRIGHT

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Past, Present and Future Buzzwords

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Never Yet Melted サ XKCD

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Church Work

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Walker worked in total darkness for more than five years,
from 1906 to 1911, handling an estimated 25,800 bags of concrete and 114,900 concrete blocks while wearing a suit that weighed nearly 200 pounds. “In addition,” notes the cathedral’s booklet, “as he was working in a graveyard, there was some risk of infection. However, Walker seems to have regarded his pipe as his sovereign remedy against all possible ills and immediately on his return to the surface, he always lit his pipe.”
– Futility Closet

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Defeating Baghdadi: The War We Don’t Want But Will Have to Fight

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Why then, does the current administration think that airpower alone will deal with the threat? The answer is that the American people believe they have had enough of war.
Until the Islamic State begins sending its European and American passport holders home to shoot up shopping malls, airport ticket lobbies, and elementary schools; Americans won't know what real war is. The reality is that only American boots on the ground can destroy the conventional military power of the self described caliphate and the sanctuary it gives to those who mean to attack our homeland. If we do not destroy the conventional war making capability of the Islamic state to hold ground and provide terrorist sanctuaries, we will suffer the consequences. The vast majority of Americans have never seen war; they are merely tired of hearing about it. What most Americans fail to realize is that their mere existence is an affront to radical jihadists. Our very lifestyle is repugnant to them. There is no negotiating, nor is there any escaping. In this case, Leon Trotsky was correct when he stated that; "you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you."
-- Small Wars Journal

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When the persons responsible for seeking out the truth in a case,

officially mourn and bestow martyrdom on a violent thug, it taints the entire case, and rubber stamps antisocial behavior.
This latest act of race baiting, incitement, and political pandering solidify what any rational person already fears. Justice is not what is sought. The Michael Brown case is about railroading and pre-conviction. There isno semblance of justice, only bias, witch hunting,and a major victory for mob mentality. Moral of the story; If you tear up enough shit. If you turn the streets red with blood and fueled with fire, you will be rewarded, you will be legitimized.
Midtown Miscreant: Narrative punches objectivity and honesty in the balls.

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Speed Pedicure

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After You

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"You Should Be Stopped By the Grammar Nazi" -BigFurHat

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August 28, 2014

How did we get here? Through vanity, my friend, vanity. In a fit of outrageous extravagance a vainglorious elite bought a fraud they couldn’t afford.

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The finest description of the journey was provided by Winston Churchill whose generation trod a path that looked very much like ours. All we can hope for is it doesn’t lead to the same place.
It is a fine broad stairway at the beginning, but after a bit the carpet ends. A little farther on there are only flagstones, and a little farther on still these break beneath your feet. Look back over the last five years. … historians a thousand years hence will still be baffled by the mystery of our affairs. They will never understand how it was that a victorious nation, with everything in hand, suffered themselves to be brought low, and to cast away all that they had gained by measureless sacrifice and absolute victory—gone with the wind!
Belmont Club サ Don't Worry, Be Happy

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The "Leap of faith"

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is the idea that you have to simply believe in the supernatural because there is no evidence or rational basis for belief. It presumes that the existence of God is impossible to discern through any means other than faith, so you simply blind yourself to reality and reason and step off the edge of the cliff like Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade.
In reality, there is plenty of rational basis for the existence of God, truth, and spiritual reality. It is only an idiotic assumption that reality can only be grasped through the senses and scientific measurement that presumes you must abandon all of that to believe. I've noticed that around the internet, its the atheists who are the most rabidly religious, zealous, and likely to proselytize. They bash Christianity with wicked glee in defiance of politeness, staying on topic, or even reason. Its a matter of furious faith for them, and they cannot shut up about it.
Christopher Taylor commenting on "The only real doubts about God’s existence come from sin, from a psychological unwillingness to face facts."

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Dear PBS, who will humanize the murdered children?

Dear PBS, This is quite the bold move. As a third rate, tax subsidized broadcasting outfit with a viewership in the single digits, I’d expect you’d try your best to fly under the radar.
There is, after all, no conceivable reason for you to exist, nor is there a solid justification for spending tax money to keep afloat an irrelevant television channel that has long since drowned amid a sea of a million other channels. Sure, you “only” bring in about 40 million dollars a year in tax money, but why draw attention to the scam?.... Yet here we are, and you’ve decided to air a 90 minute pro-late term abortion propaganda piece. Of all of the documentaries at your disposal, you chose to give airtime on your tax funded airwaves to a film that glorifies the butchery of viable, fully formed human beings.
- The Matt Walsh Blog

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Obama is Not Failing History. History has Failed Obama

Did he just not study? Or did he study the wrong historians?
Or did he perhaps unconsciously assimilate the latter by virtue of having no contact with anyone else, and then having insufficient curiosity to find out what the revisionists are so busy revising? Or what these tenured apes unknow and why they are so dead set on unknowing it? I have to be honest and think back, because I too once believed all that revisionist crap.
- - One Cʘsmos

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Gay Marriage on the Rocks

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“A flag may be provided for each figure to designate the character or nationality of the effigy.”

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Eugene Graves and William Brown patented this grim game in 1902. A row of effigies stand on blocks under a gibbet. Each effigy is fitted with a noose, and the players take turns shooting balls at the blocks, “representing summary punishment meted out to the victim.” Mob Rule – Futility Closet

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August 27, 2014

Reading Humans: One way dogs really are better than cats

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In the most common test of a dog’s innate abilities, a treat is slipped into one of multiple opaque containers;
in order to win the treat, the dog must determine, with the help of a human, just which container. When the human points to the correct location, dogs do great. But they also succeed when someone merely nods in the right direction, or places a marker by the right container, or points to the right container while walking toward the wrong one.
The American Scholar: Reading Humans - Jessica Love

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Betrayal was in the news again today,

when Britain was rocked by allegations that the entire English town of Rotherham had for years been in the grip of an “Asian” gang
which raped or kidnapped or abused some 1,400 mostly white underaged girls. The town authorities apparently knew as did the police, but they suppressed the facts out of the fear of being called ‘racist’ and more probably, the physical menaces of these ‘Asians’. The ‘Asians’ were of course Pakistani Muslims.
Belmont Club » Rotherham, England

[At some point we are all of us in the West going to have to start killing these creatures wholesale. Nothing else will serve.]

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My question is: does anyone ever “understand” evil?

I don’t think so. Evil’s very nature is to be inscrutable.
Evil is altogether mysterious and altogether different from the way most people operate or could even imagine operating. In all the biographies and histories that have dealt with Hitler, for example, who has ever really explained him? No one. Religious people posit a spiritual origin for evil. Non-religious people tend to doubt its existence, until they look into its eyes.
Neo in understanding evil

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FBI Raids Kennedy Fundamentalist Compound

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Searching the three clapboard houses that compose the compound,
investigators said they found numerous symbols consistent with intense fanaticism, including framed photographs of their late leader, John F. Kennedy, upon whom family members appear to have accorded a sort of godlike status. Sources confirmed that the messianic figure spoke of a mystical “New Frontier” and believed the future of his people hinged upon making a journey to the moon, a mission he ordered his followers to carry out as quickly as possible.
- - America's Finest News Source

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In this corner, wearing cargo pants and sensible shoes

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— at five-foot three and weighing in at 142 pounds —it’s Militant Radical Feminist!
And in that corner, with the silky Pantene hair and red fishnet stockings—at six-foot four and weighing in at 213 pounds—it’s Militant Transgender Activist!
- - Radfems Versus Trans: A Different Breed of Catfight

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On the Function of the Negro in the White Liberal Imagination

Now, the term "Negro" is meant to be offensive: not to blacks, but to the white liberals who reduce the humanity of blacks to their skin color, so as to -- in their imagination -- cleanse or purify themselves of sin, and to render themselves superior.
This weekend I was trying to enjoy the Little League World Series, but the announcers simply wouldn't let you forget that the Chicago team was made up of ALL NEGROES! And they were from the JACKIE ROBINSON Little League. And once upon a time Jackie Robinson couldn't play major league baseball because he was a NEGRO! But look at us! We're white liberals and we LOVE NEGROES! We're not like those old WHITE CONSERVATIVES who hated Negroes, even though they were DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVES! Truth and history don't matter, because it's all about feeling MORALLY SUPERIOR! It's all so inappropriate -- as obnoxious as the constant boner pill ads -- but like I said, it's a compulsion.
- - One Cʘsmos

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Who? Me?

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As seen at Happy Acres.

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Police Mootality

Fargo Cop shoots unarmed cow, town braces for bovine riots

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War and the (Islamic) State

The struggle between AQ and the group now calling itself IS goes back a decade in Iraq, beginning with Sunni resistance to the U.S. invasion in 2003,
and, given the gradual decline of bin Laden’s faction, it was perhaps inevitable that the even more murderous IS would win out. Its message of uncompromising holy war against all enemies, from “infidels” outside the Muslim world to the many “apostates” within it, appeals to the basest human instincts and is intoxicating to angry young men who pine for murder, martyrdom, and glory. IS embraces the extreme Salafi vision — they are takfiris to use the proper term — of jihad for jihad’s sake, a fanatical fantasy of “pure” Islam that invariably kills more Muslims than “infidels.” The takfiri tendency lies in the DNA of the Salafi jihad movement, and has burst forth murderously on many occasions, most horrifically in Algeria in the 1990s, where the local AQ affiliate, the Armed islamic Group (GIA), was expelled from the “official” movement for its indiscriminate killing, just as IS was recently. The only difference now is that the world has noticed, with horror, the mass killings of innocents perpetrated by IS murderers in Iraq. True “shock and awe” in Iraq has been delivered by masked fanatics rallied around a black flag, not the U.S. military.
| The XX Committee

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The only real doubts about God’s existence come from sin, from a psychological unwillingness to face facts.

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God is abundantly, transcendentally, painfully obvious even to pagans
— because otherwise they would not have bothered inventing gods if they did not know, deep down, that they were made for worship, designed by a designer, built by a builder. Modern atheism springs from the wealth and plenty of the industrial revolution, men who think they can live without God, who then go looking for excuses, flimsy ones, not to believe in Him: Marx, Darwin, Freud.
On the Coyness of God | John C. Wright's Journal

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So, a gay stripper walks into a top children’s charity and asks for a job…

Now, let's see, what else can we add to this eye-rolling story?
Suppose the boy-man who strips at Boylesque at night, after he works with girls and boys during the day, calls himself Mickey D Liscious. Let's give him an absurdly bogus education - a major in Sexuality Studies. Suppose the people who run the charity do more than look demurely aside from Mickey's mooning and lighting. They name him Rookie of the Year.
- - LifeSite

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Classic Population Control

That Time About Two-Thirds of China's Population, and then a Decade Later About Half of Europe's, Up and Died

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The Intellectual One-Drop Rule

Black Thought requires an immanent apocalypse, a shadow force of Klan-like proportions,
a rhetorical threat used to hush dissent. There is no endgame, because in the end, the only real game is about control of the putative Black mind. Once I thought: "I'm beginning to think that it is reasonable to believe that the end of black politics will come when we have a black President, rather like the end of Irish Catholic politics." But then we got one and he's not really Black and there are other evasions. But eventually, all will have to admit that Black Politics is a fiction, or essentially a useless tangent absorbed into whatever sentient neo-liberalism that emreges from America's Democrat Party. All of it boils down to the same invective. These here are 'our nigrahs', and everybody else ought to keep their hands off because we know what's best for them.
- - Cobb

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Happy Landings

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August 26, 2014

Mitt, get a clue. We. Don't. Care.

Mitt Romney: I Won't Run [Note to self: Softies who play whiffle ball are unlikely to win in the big league.]

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Which brings us to the deepest level of Obama’s hell,

which is his anti-American foreign policy. When Obama was re-elected in 2012, the very first thought I had was this: A lot of people are going to be dead because of this election.
How disastrously right I was. Since their assault on George Bush and their sabotage of the war in Iraq, Obama and the Democrats have forged a power vacuum in Europe and even more dramatically in the Middle East, which nasty characters have predictably entered with ominous implications for the future security of all Americans. Take one aspect of this epic default: Obama’s lack of response to the slaughter of Christians in Palestine, Egypt and Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have been slaughtered and driven from their homes in Iraq – over half a million by some counts. This is the oldest Christian community in the world dating back to the time of Christ.
HOROWITZ: The Hell That Is The Obama White House | Truth Revolt

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In a microcosm, this is how an ice age starts.

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Somewhere, high on a mountain, or on a plateau, last winter’s snow fails to melt completely in spring.
The next winter’s snow lands on top. The vegetation dies. The snow turns to ice under pressure. The ice piles up and spreads. In central Labrador, during the last Little Ice Age (1350-1850), there is still an area which can be seen from satellite imagining where the snow had started to accumulate into ice.(source: a geologist friend whose specialization was satellite imaging.) It is not pretty; the effect is as ugly as the dirty snow pile in the Winnipeg snow dump. Remember, the average temperature of the world’s oceans – all of them, even in the tropics – is 3C. The world’s surface temperature (to the extent one can talk meaningfully of an average world temperature) has risen 0.6C since 1900, which has had no effect on ocean temperatures.
This is how an ice age starts - Barrel Strength

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Instant Karma

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Note that NBC cropped-out the gang sign.
How many Christians, kids and women did this traitor kill before he died?

American Douglas McAuthur McCain Dies Fighting for ISIS in Syria - NBC News.com Douglas McAuthur McCain, of San Diego, California, was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), according to the Free Syrian Army. Photos of McCain's passport and of his body
-- which feature a distinctive neck tattoo -- have been seen by NBC News. According to an activist linked to the Free Syrian Army who also saw the body and travel document, McCain was among three foreign jihadis fighting with ISIS who died during the battle.

Feed the remains to swine and send in the brave Al Sharpton to read the final words over the filth.

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Christians in the Pantheon called Life

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We are supposed to glorify and praise creation, and this certainly includes the glories of Natural Science, by whose merits alone can the hidden handiwork of the Creator in all their mathematical intricacy, balance, and perfection be brought partly to light.
But we are not to worship the works of our own hands, nor turn the scientist’s bench into a conjurer’s cave, and use technology like a dark magic to dominate and destroy nature or human nature, lest we destroy only ourselves. I do not see how a Christian is supposed to behave in the marketplace or the science lab as any different from how we behave in the marriage bower or battlefield or halls of power or courts of law. Those who say the Church is at war with sexual pleasure, or scientific advancements, or military glory, or conservation and stewardship of the wilderness, or with republican forms of government, or at war with the press or academic freedom, are all of them, liars, simply liars.
- - John C. Wright's Journal

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Where the Black Flags Fly

Killing is easy. Self-control is hard.

If there's no accountability, no local bigshot that wants infidel tourists and their dollars and will make the killer's family suffer, then he has no reason not to beat you, steal from you or drag you into a home in some slum somewhere and wait for the fabled wealthy infidels to pay him a king's ransom. If not he always cut off your head to raise the price on the next one. His life is cheap, but yours is even cheaper. It's best to understand that we are not dealing with a moral code that looks anything like our own. The nastier qualities of human nature, deceit, violence and greed, are practically virtues. Especially if they are directed at the right targets. There's a reason that Islam was born here. There's a reason that it still thrives here largely in its unaltered form. There is no civilization where the black flags fly.
- -Sultan Knish:

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The cost of being the world’s cop is steep.

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The citizens have a right to wonder if it makes sense to pay for keeping Iraq or Libya under control.
Today, a lot of white people are wondering if it makes sense to even bother policing the ghetto. All they get is a bunch of grief and a bill for higher property taxes. The problem with the comparison is I have no moral obligation to safeguard the wellbeing of Libyans or Syrians. I do have a moral obligation to do what I can to safeguard the wellbeing of my fellow citizens. Just because they live in the ghetto and like to burn their neighborhood down does not relive me of that obligation. Not all of them are rioting, not even most. They are my people and as a citizen I have duty to them. The thing no one likes to discuss in either realm is when is it enough?
The Z Blog › ISIS & The Ghetto

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The tickets were always free.

Nobody went to Red Sox games back then. They'd stunk for decades.
The park was dirty and run down, and so were the players. I've never understood people that say Fenway Park is beautiful. It looks like Joe Stalin designed it and inebriated people that didn't like Boston very much built it. Some people have a problem with all the advertising all over it now, but believe me, back in the day it was unremittingly green and it was much, much uglier, because you could really see it. The advertising is like planting vines on an ugly overpass. It helps a little.
Sippican Cottage: Spahn And Sain And Pray For Rain

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There Are No Self-Hating Jews

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The anti-Semitic Jew is as real a manifestation as white liberals who emphasize their disdain for white people or the middle class black man who sneers at most of his own race as 'ghetto'. Jewish anti-Semites hate Jews for most of the same reasons that his fellow non-Jewish anti-Semites do. Sultan Knish

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The Muslim world has for decades tried to destroy the Jews

and in its desperation raised up one tyrant or mad fanatical movement after the other to carry out the program.

And now these monsters are starting to turn on them. Syria is ruined; the ‘Arab Spring’ has burned out much of the region. Generations of young men have been brought up with no marketable skills; only a desire for suicide, an aptitude for destruction and an unquenchable hate. Perhaps the Saudis and the Gulf States are wondering if their creations will gobble them up. There are priorities in life, even when it comes to enemies. The New York Times provides the first concrete evidence that Arab regimes now recognize a danger greater than Israel. The mysterious “air forces” bombing Islamist rebels in Egypt turn out to be — Egypt and the UAE. If the sudden Saudi openness to Israel seemed at first perplexing, the identity of the secret air force makes it a little less mysterious now.
Belmont Club サ Small Apples

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What Cops Really Do

Social theories are nice. The streets are not theoretical.
And you will find that the perps are almost always black. If you are a good liberal, you won’t like this, but after three months on the street you will not have the faintest doubt. If you are a suburban conservative out of Reader’s Digest, you will be surprised at the starkness of the racial delineation. All cops know this. They know better than to say it. This can be tricky for black cops, especially if former military who believe in law and order.
Fred On Everything

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Emily Dickinson

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The White Hills of Thomas Starr King

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THE MOUNTAIN is so many things at once – a geological event, a meteorological force, a region of staggered botanical zones – that it is easy to forget that it is also a metaphysical event, the object of rich and varied contemplation. Mountains are schools and cathedrals, John Ruskin wrote, and all but the most insensible minds are educated and refined by alpine experiences. Mountains are, as Ruskin put it, ”full of treasures of illuminated manuscript for the scholar, kindly in simple lessons to the worker, quiet in pale cloisters for the thinker, glorious in holiness for the worshipper.” In rock and ravine, forest and crag, mountains utter spiritual truths, sermons in stone that can never be fully translated into words. - - The Thinking Housewife

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August 25, 2014

So, what would happen if the middle class revolted?

Consider the nearly unfixable damage a few Edward Snowden-like IT managers could do.
Or how freight trains loaded with, say, high energy chemicals could be misrouted. Or the well-equipped home workshops of engineers who design military drones. In some cases not doing something can be just as damaging. Think of the power grid, then imagine some overlooked maintenance with unexpectedly huge effects, or how a small misstep in charging a natural gas pipeline could detonate the whole thing. Count the number of bridges over the Mississippi, there aren't that many. Imagine what heavily loaded barges could do to the supports if mishandled. Consider something as simple as mislabeled fuel at a transportation center. Or an airport. All these things are under the direct control of the middle class.
ol remus and the woodpile report

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The facts are a far cry from the NAACP fantasy.

Tawana Brawley lied to excuse missing curfew.
Rodney King led police on a high-speed chase and needed a beating to subdue him (according to two -- count 'em two -- juries.)\ Crystal Magnum lied. Trayvon Martin beat George Zimmerman's head against a sidewalk. Michael Brown punched a police officer. However, by the time the facts come out, it is too late. We are told that, well, this goes beyond the actual facts into some Greater Issue. Black people are afraid.
Don Surber: Ferguson is about white guilt

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ALS Dunking — The Liberal Baptism

Is it just me or does this silly craze seem more like a pseudo-religious ablution or ritual initiation into the order of morally neutral do-gooders?  When our senior execs jumped into the frenzy last week it struck me it that eventually liberal suppression of worship would spontaneously manifest itself, but only through superficial parody. The Thinking Housewife

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My Next Career

Dog-Walking and Other Jobs That Will Make You Rich “Our dog walker charges $25/session,” Boodman wrote. “He takes up to eight dogs walking at a time (soon to be the legal limit in my city), twice a day. That’s $96k per year, much of it in cash. [HT: The unwalked Birddog at Maggies.... ]

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Historically, this is why we need more gun control

The American gun-control movement began as a way to keep newly-freed slaves disarmed after the Civil War,
but its roots date to earlier than the war.... Gun control in America began in earnest with Democrats. So if they are to be true to the historical roots, the Left will start clamoring for stricter gun control because now free black men are taking up arms to defend themselves against hooded night riders trigger-happy police officers.
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Frederic Leighton, Elijah in the Wilderness (detail) 1877-78

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"There is one thing which gives radiance to everything. It is the idea of something around the corner." – G.K. Chesterton Via KA-CHING!

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The Meat Prophet of Peru

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Soon out comes a bowl of lardo, a soft mound of cured pork fat, which we scoop on to crackers.
Next come chorizos, one of ají amarillo with huacatay, classic Peruvian flavors, and another made with maple syrup. Then sliders made with 30 day aged beef and topped with gruyere. Ten minutes later Garibaldi wheels out a stand with a wooden bowl with a pile of chopped beef. He cracks open an egg and starts mixing this crude tartar tableside with onion, chives, and salt. An assistant of his scoops out servings into our hands right from the bowl.
| Roads & Kingdoms

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What is the Appeal of Candy Crowley?

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Her ugly mug is a distraction, her physique is a distraction, her weird slurring speech is a distraction, her thoughts are a confused muddled mess, her prejudices are easily discerned, she can’t keep them out of the discussion.... House of Eratosthenes

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"Over. We're going over. / And we won't be back til it's over over there!"

British citizens are estimated to represent a quarter of the roughly 2,000 Europeans fighting with IS at present.
Numbers of Westerners in IS ranks are difficult to estimate and the true figure is likely 3,000 or more. Additionally, since many jihadists go to Syria or Iraq for a few months and return home, leading to a high turnover rate, the number of Westerners who have fought with IS in the Middle East exceeds 5,000 and is rising fast. Going to Syria or Iraq to join IS is very much in vogue among radical Salafis across the West. Getting there is easy, especially for Europeans: Turkey’s looking the other way about the movement of thousands of foreign fighters through the country en route to the jihad is a key factor here.
War and the (Islamic) State | The XX Committee

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War and the (Islamic) State

As I am now leaving government employ, I am free to speak my mind. This is a start.
Let me state unambiguously that this is a war that the West must win. Our Salafi jihadist enemy is a threat to virtually every country on earth, including Western ones. Their vision is fanatical and uncompromising. They are a foe who must be killed off through attrition. There is no room for negotiation or dialogue. We must face the reality that our struggle against these fanatics will last decades, not years; everybody currently waging this war will retire before the job is done.
| The XX Committee

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August 24, 2014

“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents,

more and more closely, the inner soul of the people.
On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.”
H. L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920.

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FORE! Score? And seven trillion rounds ago,

our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal
when it comes to spending as much time on the links as possible — even when it seems totally inappropriate, like moments after making a solemn statement condemning the grisly murder of a 40-year-old American journalist beheaded by ISIL.... We’re stuck in the rough, going to war all over again in Iraq and maybe striking Syria, too. Every time Chuck says ISIL is “beyond anything we’ve ever seen,” I sprout seven more gray hairs. But my cool golf caps cover them. If only I could just play through the rest of my presidency.
The Golf Address - Maureen Dowd

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A Message To ISIS & Islamic Terrorist From Iraq War Veteran

In 2012 there were 21.2 million veterans in the United States.
Do you understand what that means? That means there are millions of pissed off veterans who have been dealing with years of abuse from their government stabbing them in the backs and having to watch friends die because you Islamic idiots can’t seem to act like human beings and stop terrorism and violence. It’s one thing to take over an Islamic state, pretty sure we plowed through Fallujah in 4 days, do you really think you stand a chance on US soil?
- - American News

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You could be like Ray Kurzweil, self-absorbed and dreaming of paying bemused men in lab coats to Ted Williams your noggin after you shuffle off this mortal coil,

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but you're wasting your time. Believe me, Ray, no matter how much money you pay those guys to Birds Eye your head,
they'll get high after lunch and accidentally kick out the plug while they're playing hacky sack, plug it back in when they sober up and realize what they've done, and when they finally defrost you and sew your head on a used Japanese sex doll with a Pentium chip where your heart used to go, you'll be about as useful as a Kardashian. Young people take your place in the lineup eventually, and you can go with it, or just turn into an old guy telling anyone that's willing to listen that you really used to be sumfin'. And Ray, you have no idea how to hit a curve ball, so your frozen head will be completely useless anyway.
Sippican Cottage: I Don't Know Who Umphrey's McGee Is...

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How To Shrink Your Church In One Easy Step

A number of Christian denominations have already taken significant steps
towards liberalizing their stances on homosexuality and marriage, and the evidence so far seems to indicate that affirming homosexuality is hardly a cure for membership woes. On the contrary, every major American church that has taken steps towards liberalization of sexual issues has seen a steep decline in membership.
- - The Federalist

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Now this is next level outsourcing. This is the front desk at a hotel

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The Shirk Report

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Finding "The One"

People who no longer believe in the one God now believe in The One. For them romance has replaced religion. Having lost God, they are searching for The One. Had Enough Therapy?

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There Are No Self-Hating Jews

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There are Jews who hate the Jewish People.
Their hatred excludes them from the thing that they hate. By Othering Jews, they only Other themselves. Their books, their petitions, their jokes and their protests, their boat trips to Gaza and their letters from 199 Rabbis Against the Occupation and all the other symptoms of their hatred exist in the present, but not the past or the future. In the totality of Jewish civilization across time, they are already gone.
Sultan Knish

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August 23, 2014

It’s not easy to study a whale vagina. But it is necessary.

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So I asked her point blank: How do you study a whale vagina?
And then I crafted the following step-by-step guide. For those of you interested in the nitty-gritty of animal sex research, it’s a roadmap for getting intimate with some of the largest, most convoluted vaginas on the planet. You’re welcome.
Getting to Know Whale Vaginas in 7 Steps [HT: davidthompson: Twelve Words]

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"Keep your friends close but your enemies closer."

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Whenever You Take A Selfie The Communists Win

This whole selfie business has got to stop.
If you want to take a picture of something, take its damn picture. Don't insert yourself in every photo for the sake of seeing your face plastered on everything. You're not Stalin, the proletariat aren't going to erect you an effigy on every street-corner.
-- The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys

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August 22, 2014

ISIS = Reavers

The Reavers live on the edge of the human-controlled binary solar systems, rarely venturing deep into occupied space.
As a result, most of inner worlds and many Alliance officials believe them to be myths made to cover for violent criminals. Reavers are known to capture ships and raid colonies on the edge of populated space – as Zoe puts it: "If they take the ship, they'll rape us to death, eat our flesh, and sew our skins into their clothing – and if we're very, very lucky, they'll do it in that order."
Reaver (Firefly) [HT: Joan of Argghh!]

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On Trusting the Left

When disillusioned American citizens living in the Soviet Union

thronged the gates of the U.S. embassy in Moscow to plead for new U.S. passports to leave USSR (Stalin had taken their original U.S. passports for 'registration' purposes years before), none were issued. Instead, the NKVD promptly arrested all of the Americans, who were taken to Lubyanka Prison and later shot.
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The first bombs fell three days later, on June 19, 2028.

Cruise missiles came in just before dawn, targeting the State Houses in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, National Guard armories, and power plants.
The damage was extensive but largely symbolic. The State Houses and armories were empty, and the power plants were down for lack of fuel. Three waves of bombers hit us after the cruise missiles, going for bridges, rail lines and railway shops, fuel depots (also empty), and the Portland docks. In Washington, President Warner announced “the beginning of precise, surgical air action to compel the northern rebels to surrender to lawful authority.”
Victoria: Chapter 23

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"The Brotherhood of Man"

What is the body count? Incomprehensible, how much human suffering one idiot phrase can cause. -- Happy Acres HappyAcres

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Oh, there’s an epidemic of racial violence in America, all right.

According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, in 2010, 62,593 blacks were the victims of white violence.
During that same year, 320,082 whites were the victims of black violence. That’s five times as many violent attacks, but that number is misleading, since the black and white populations are not the same size. When 38 million black Americans commit five times as many violent crimes on 197 million whites as they receive, what you discover is that black perpetrators violently assault White victims TWENTY-FIVE times more frequently. When it comes to a specific kind of violent crime -- aggravated assault -- the number of black on white crimes is TWO HUNDRED TIMES HIGHER than white on black crimes. Oh, there’s an epidemic of racial violence in America, all right.
Bill Whittle: Ferguson and the Real Race War | Truth Revolt

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The Sheldon Cooper Presidency

Sheldon Cooper doesn't care if someone's loved one has died. This is Thursday. We have pizza on Thursday. That's what we do on Thursday. Because it's Thursday.
No matter what happens in the world, Obama is sticking to Pizza On Thursdays. Because that's what we do on Thursdays. Thursdays are for Pizza. They're slaughtering Christians in Iraq? Thursdays are for Pizza. They're slaughtering Yazidis in Iraq? Pizza is what we have on Thursdays. Ferguson is burning? It's Thursday. Thursday night is pizza night. James Foley was beheaded by the New Caliphate in Iraq? Well, unless James Foley is our Pizza delivery guy, I don't really see how this alters our Thursday plans...
- - Ace of Spades HQ

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How Ernö Rubik Created the Rubik's Cube

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In 1974, a particular project had him stumped.
For months, he’d been working on a block made of smaller cubes that could move without causing the whole structure to fall apart. So far, each attempt had failed. The evidence was strewn all over the two-bedroom apartment he shared with his mother. One spring day, a frustrated Rubik left the apartment and wandered the streets of Budapest. He followed a gentle bend in the Danube River, a path he had walked countless times before. At one point, he stopped to listen to the water lapping ashore and looked down at the polished round pebbles that lined the riverbank. Suddenly, his heart started racing.
-- Mental Floss

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30 Facts That Prove The American Middle-Class Is Being Destroyed

8. The price of food continues to rise much faster than the paychecks of most middle class families.
For example, the average price of ground beef has just hit a brand new all-time record high of $3.884 a pound. 9. According to one recent study, 40 percent of all households in the United States are experiencing financial stress right now. 10. The overall homeownership rate has fallen to the lowest level since 1995. 11. The homeownership rate for Americans under the age of 35 is at an all-time low. 12. According to one recent survey, 52 percent of all Americans cannot even afford the house that they are living in right now. 13. The average age of vehicles on America’s roads has hit an all-time high of 11.4 years.
-- Zero Hedge

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Chuck Hagel Goes Full Fearmonger: "ISIS Poses Greater Threat Than 9/11, Prepare For Everything"

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"Running around, hair on fire, screaming, waving hands, spitting blood,
puss running freely from open sores, chased by the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, CFR saying it's OK for dogs and cats to inter-breed, mixing the races and languages, Tower of Babel collapsing, earth tremors, strange sounds of Gabriel's horns summoning all mankind to the Ultimate Blood Feast, CNN reporters already on site showing Live Death in Technicolor 24/7/365, proclamations, edicts, stalwarts marching to strengthen the state, Pharisees rising justified by YouTube videos, psalms and prayers banned, speeches delivered on blank canvasses to be fulfilled by whatever wishes desired of the audience, placation of misery and destruction, freedoms curtailed to defend freedoms, children annihilated, women sold into bondage, drugs alcohol and mind altering chemicals sprayed into the air, electromagnetic vibrations as Nibru and the End of Days approaches, pass the popcorn and Jello. This is where we began and so shall end."
- - Zero Hedge
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John Muir Took the Scenic Route

Muir traveled light. He carried only a press to preserve plant specimens, a Bible, a change of underwear, and a book of Robert Burns’s poetry.
His few belongings meant that he was reliant on the kindness of anyone he passed. As he wrote, “I oftentimes had to sleep out without blankets, and also without supper or breakfast. But usually I had no great difficulty in finding a loaf of bread in the widely scattered clearings of the farmers.”
- Neatorama

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The Life of a Seismic Gas Explorer in Canada’s Wilderness

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It was around -35 degrees before the wind chill on the side of a 250 foot cliff 40 miles south of Nahanni Butte,
in the Northwest Territories—and the wind chill was substantial. Flurries seemed to blow right through Tyrone Burke’s clothing. He was a 1 mile slog through knee-deep snow on rough terrain to the nearest helipad, and with the light quickly fading, he had ended up in the better of two bad choices.... It involved jumping from the side of the cliff onto the three inch skid of a hovering helicopter in climbing boots prone to slipping on metal.
-- VICE United States

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The US media is full of brainwashed cultural-marxist, limp-wristed, sissy men and their “you-go-girl,” change-the-world sisters.

Their complete inability to just report the goddamned facts in ANY story without interjecting some marxist agenda is a key factor for there being more blood in the streets than need be.
Rumor, innuendo, and just flat-out bullshit ruled the initial days after Michael Brown was shot. Every loud-mouthed race-baiter from across the land was dragged onto every news station to run his suckhole about a situation in which he had ZERO facts, but decided to crank up the animosity for the doe-eyed, guilt-filled, leftist lady announcers and their beta male orbiters. The bullshit continues unabated today, and will continue tomorrow, and the next day and the next. If this thing goes nuclear, I will not cry for journalists when the mobs they incited burn news offices to the ground and drag reporters naked through the streets before they string them up on lampposts.
-- #Ferguson – when assholes collide | Ivy Mike Cafe

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Celebrating looters and rioters

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who take their anger out on sneaker stores, liquor stores, rim stores,
and various and sundry businesses that had nothing to do with the death of a young, ghetto black American feeds every stereotype about ghetto black American culture on a parabolic scale. While the media may lionize this conduct, the rest of the country looks on it with scorn. It sucks for the protestors that are doing civil disobedience right.

To the whack-jobs out there scolding the violent for not rioting and looting in white neighborhoods: Are you psychotic?
What on earth do people think is going to happen if that starts? Is that what people want? Seriously? As my black brothers and sisters say on The Twitter, “SMH.”
#Ferguson – when assholes collide | Ivy Mike Cafe

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August 21, 2014

When you get a concealed carry in most states, you learn when you can use lethal force.

The first rule you learn is the seven yard rule.
When the bad guy is within 20 feet, it is assumed retreat is impossible. About 20 states do not require any retreat whatsoever. Others have laws on the books requiring a citizen to take reasonable steps to get away from the bad guy. Once the bad guy gets close, however, you can do what you need to do to avoid harm. That rule applies to cops too. This guy is not required to take a beating just because the giant did not have a weapon.
- -The Z Blog › Self Defense

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How Many Media Manias Over White Racism Have Turned Out to be Fiascos?

In this century alone, I can quickly come up with the following list of fiascos:
Kerri Dunn Duke Lacrosse Jena Six Madonna Constantine’s Columbia Noose UCSD Noose Dominique Strauss-Kahn Trayvon Martin Mohammed Merah Shaima Alawadi Oberlin Assault Blanket Marco McMillian
| VDARE.COM

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Urban Dictionary: shiftless

Shiftless A person or action that is slow, without purpose, lurking, mal-intented or unemployed i.e with-out shifts.

Damone was at his other baby's momma's house while his mother searched endlessly for him because he was suppose to pick her up at the airport like he had promised. Man he is so damned shiftless!
Urban Dictionary: shiftless

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From [Race and Reality: A Search for Solutions, Carleton Putnam, 1967

Let a man be told incessantly that everything he and his forefathers had achieved was largely a matter of chance;
that the poverty and backward condition of other individuals and races was also largely a question of luck—in fact perhaps even the fault of himself and his forefathers; that his standards of morals, fiscal responsibility and personal integrity were no better than anyone else’s; that his civilization was mostly happenstance and really nothing much to be proud of; that since all humanity were innately equal, all actual differences must be due to the other man’s misfortune and his own four-leaf clovers—let a man hear these things often enough and his values were bound to change. And the change must soon diffuse itself through the family, the community and the nation.
The Thinking Housewife › Putnam on the Big Lie

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The Weight Loss Secret Worth Billions Of Dollars

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I’m about to reveal to you one of the most highly guarded secrets in the weight loss industry.
It’s mind-blowingly simple, yet if it were known and fully accepted by the general population, the weight loss industry would literally lose billions of dollars of revenue each year. Are you sitting down? The secret is this: in order to lose weight, you have to eat fewer calories than your body burns, on a regular basis.
- - Eat Man Food and Lose Weight: A Primer On Flexible Dieting

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Bill Whittle: Ferguson and the Real Race War

And of all the promises broken by this [Obama],

surely none is more heartbreaking than the one promise that got him elected in the first place: the promise of a post-racial future. He and his racist progressive cohorts can never surrender the weapon that has gotten them everything, not the least of which is personal political power and trillions of dollars of redistributed wealth. And this latest outrage in Furguson is yet another example – as if another was needed among the economic wreckage, creeping totalitarianism, and foreign-policy disasters -- that he and his leftist cohorts would rather rule over ruins than disappear into the dustbin of a healthy and healed nation.
-- Truth Revolt

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Who Says There's No Good News?

My job is to watch cable news. That's what I'm paid to do 12 hours a day. I don't watch AJAM. Not because I don't want to but because the network doesn't matter.
I might as well watch a test pattern. If AJAM got 17,000 viewers but could in some way penetrate the news cycle, the Qatar government would be happy to lose hundreds of millions of dollar every year. But AJAM just spins its wheels in total obscurity. If the Qatar government flushed that money down the toilet, it would at least have an effect: it would clog the toilet. AJAM has no effect of any kind. It clogs nothing. It doesn't exist in any form in the news cycle. Therefore it doesn’t exist at all.
Al Jazeera America Staffers Rattled By Layoffs, Catastrophic Ratings

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You would think that the Ferguson rioters would understand

the historic meaning of the phrase "lynch mob," but apparently these folks are very low-information voters with special needs.

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Ralph Peters Wants to Firebomb ISIL and their Goats

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While the world burns,

here’s some perspective on Barack Obama’s golf habit:
If he keeps it up, Obama will play more games of golf as president than Tiger Woods has played during the same time. Since Obama first took office, Woods played 269 rounds. Because the golf-pro is out with an injury, Obama is playing at a rate that will surpass the number of games Woods played by spring. “Think about that for a minute,” writes Joseph Curl at The Washington Times. “The president of the U.S., juggling the American economy and the entire world’s problems – Iraq is in full meltdown, the Middle East is a powder keg, Russia is moving on Ukraine – has played golf nearly as much as a guy whose day job is playing golf.” No word yet on Obama’s golf score, which is probably better than the one he gets on leading the nation.
- - President Half-Ass

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Thomas Sowell Wonders....

I don’t know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal justice system, when issues of guilt and innocence are being determined on television — and even punishment is being meted out by CNN’s showing the home and address of the policeman accused in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting. Random Thoughts

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In the real world, when an employer trumpets its “diversity”

you are usually being told that hiring on the basis of actual qualifications
has been subordinated to good PR about the organization’s tenderness towards whatever designated-victim groups are in fashion this week, and can safely predict that you’ll be able to spot the diversity hires by their incompetence. Real fairness doesn’t preen itself; real fairness considers discrimination for as odious as discrimination against; real fairness is a high-minded indifference to anything except actual merit.
Review: The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2014

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The Islamic Jihad Conquest Formula

If the latest jihad victory is thought to be secure and slave labor is desired,
the captured men and boys will be fettered in chains and put to work under conditions similar to those experienced by slave laborers under the Nazis during World War Two. They may be fed or starved at the sole discretion of their new overlords. They may be worked fifteen or more hours a day, every day, in all weather and climates with no shoes, gloves, coats or hats. Often they will be both starved and overworked to the extent that a significant percentage of them will perish every month. When these wretched slaves are too weak to haul boulders or dig trenches, they may be executed at the sole discretion of their overlords. No discipline will ever be meted out for starving, beating or killing “infidel” slave laborers.
Bracken @| Western Rifle Shooters

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August 20, 2014

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Obama “called and spoke with [Foley's] parents on Wednesday, the same day he held a news conference in which he vowed a ‘relentless’ effort to stop ISIS.”

You mean like the way he vowed to bring justice to the perpetrators of Benghazi

or the wrath that would descend on Assad? Or maybe he meant his efforts to #bringbackourgirls — the hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by the Boko Haram? He means his vow as much as he meant the others.
Game Over. Play Again?

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"We cannot disregard people’s need to be welcomed into society because it means that the individuals are now angry, and they have the right to be angry. "

This shuck'n jive doesn't work anymore.
Ferguson was once a middle class suburb of Saint Louis, now, along with all of North Saint Louis, it's being subsumed by East Saint Louis, itself a pest-hole rivaling Port au Prince. Maybe even Detroit. "Community"? Looters, dopers, moronic thuggers, arsonists, activists and other criminal psychopaths do not a community make. Real communities don't go from rumors to looting to burning the place down in a matter of hours. Real communities certainly aren't on international travel lists of places to avoid. Notice who and what this "community" admires, and how uncritically they believe each other's lies and rumors. Notice who their martyrs are and who their spokesmen are. Being "very, very neglectful" of this 'community' is unwarranted forbearance.
ol remus and the woodpile report

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Heavy Meta: Maine Man, 19, Poses For New Mug Shot Wearing T-Shirt With Photo Of His Old Mug Shot

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| The Smoking Gun

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Iowahawk on ISIS

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And ..... 2016 is off and running!

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Holder's "People"

Eric Holder: Black Panther case focus demeans 'my people' Holder said. "When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia—which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people," said Holder, who is black.

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Sharpton / Crump: Credits to Their Professions

Al Sharpton — who has a cable “news” show and hobnobs with the president despite enabling so many hoaxes
and egging on so much previous destruction and being so illiterate and mush-mouthed that it’s a miracle he has yet to be laughed off the planet — rushed to St. Louis to belch out gas from deep within his rancid and corrupt bowels. Benjamin L. Crump, who unsuccessfully represented Trayvon Martin’s family in the Zimmerman trial, is now the Brown family’s lawyer. And so much of the media—mainly rich and sheltered intelligent white people who should know better but keep letting their ideology blind them and their emotions get the best of them—is already spinning limp excuses about the criminalization of blackness and the cycle of poverty and the fact that after all we’ve been through, we still have much more work to do until white America finally gets over its toxic racism.
The Week That Perished - Taki's Magazine

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What did freedom mean to an Appalachian settler circa 1776?

What did it mean to a Roman legionnaire circa 43 BC?

To a Russian peasant living under the Tatar yoke circa 1230 AD? I’m not completely sure, but I do know that to a lot of Westerners in 2014, living in supposedly the most advanced*, civilized* and enlightened* society of all time, freedom means the ability to indulge in lust, greed, sloth and gluttony without incurring any kind of cost, social or otherwise. To some of these standard-bearers of bright new age, freedom means the ability to mutilate your genitalia then harass others into publicly affirming the wisdom of your choices.
Modernity's Debasement of Language

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Obama’s Racism for Fun and Profit

Obama sends racial and post-racial signals. He flips from sounding like a JFK liberal envisioning the day when all American children can live together to a Chicago community organizer who uses justice to mean resentment.
He tends to avoid explicitly racist rhetoric. Instead he empowers those who do. From Jeremiah Wright to Sharpton and Holder, he surrounds himself with race-baiters on the nastier edge of the spectrum. And while it’s easy to mistake them for the Ferguson looters, that would be a mistake. Wright is a wealthy man from an upscale family. Holder’s father was a real estate broker. Sharpton’s father was a slumlord who drove a new Cadillac every year. Despite exploiting the resentment of poor blacks in places like Ferguson or Crown Heights, they don’t have much in common with them. The same is true of Obama.
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The Fed and the “Salvador Dali Effect”

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There is a story about the great Catalan surrealist painter Salvador Dali.
It is said that in the last years of his life, when he was already famous, he signed checks knowing that they would not be submitted to the bank for payment. Rather, after partying with his friends and consuming the most expensive items the restaurants had to offer, he would ask for the bill, pull out one of his checks, write the amount, and sign it. Before handing over the check, he quickly turned it around, made a drawing on the back and autographed it. Dali knew the owner of the restaurant would not cash the check but keep it,put it in a frame, and display it in the most prominent place in the restaurant: “An original Dali.”
- Dante Bayona - Mises Daily

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It’s odd how clearly the American century is marked: 1865 to 1965.

As the 20th century historian Shelby Foote noted, the first Civil War made us one nation.
In 1860, we wrote, “the United States are.” By the end of the war, the verb was singular: “the United States is.” After 1965 and another war we disunited—deconstructed—with equal speed into blacks, whites, Hispanics, womyn, gays, victims, oppressors, left-handed albinos with congenital halitosis, you name it. The homosexuals said silence = death. Nature replied diversity = war.
a title="Victoria: Preface | traditionalRIGHT" href="https://www.traditionalright.com/victoria-preface/">Victoria: Preface

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"Colorization"

For the life of me, I don't understand why on Gore's green Earth black people would want more black people controlling their lives.
Cities are replete with black folks in charge of other black folks: Black aldermen, black city councilmen, majority black school boards (maybe one token white), black mayors, and the real shot-callers known as the Congressional Black Caucus. Add to this a black president and a black attorney general, and you have a cornucopia of black power, all of which has led to devastation in the black community. And how is the life of Michael Brown celebrated in the black community? Looting.
-- Black Racism is Politically Correct

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What occurs to me about these delusional tools

- besides their mental conformity, their vanity, and their belief that the campus belongs to them and is theirs to disrupt
– is that their places could have been taken by students who don’t strive to silence facts and ideas, and who actually want to learn something. Perhaps even a skill that’s of value to others and will thereby earn them a living. There must be thousands of much smarter, more honest people – people who don’t imagine themselves as Maoist “revolutionaries” - who would eagerly use the opportunity that these obnoxious little parasites are squandering.
davidthompson: Elsewhere

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August 19, 2014

The Great Society.

The Great Society, which I voted for and supported from the bottom of my heart, is the villain behind Ferguson.  
Ferguson is the Great Society writ large because the Great Society convinced, and then reassured, black people that they were victims, taught them that being a victim and playing a victim was the way to go always and forever.  And then it repeated the point ad infinitum from its debut in 1964 until now --€” a conveniently easy to compute fifty years -- as it all became a self-fulfilling prophecy. The Great Society and similar policies screwed black people to the wall. It was racist to the core without knowing it.  Nobody used the N-word.  In fact, it was forbidden, unless you were Dr. Dre or somebody.  But it did its job without the word and did it better for being in disguise.
 Roger L. Simon » The Real Villain of Ferguson

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"I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me."

Here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you.
Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?
-- The Washington Post

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On July 27, 2027, the blacks of Newark, New Jersey rose against their oppressors and took over the city.

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The rising itself was hardly unusual. For years now, urban blacks had regularly celebrated the coming of summer by rioting.
It followed a standard pattern. After about a week of hot weather, the Boyz of the F Street Crew would drop in on their G Street opposite numbers and toss a Molotov cocktail into an abandoned building. Since most buildings in American cities had been abandoned, this was no big deal. To keep face, the G Street Roaches would return the favor. Then, honor assuaged, the two Crews would band together and visit another neighborhood, where a few more buildings would be set ablaze. By this time, others were getting the message, and the gangs began to move out beyond their usual turf. A general Pax Diaboli prevailed when it was time to riot, and the borders were relaxed so everyone could join in.

The real sport was not the rioting and burning, but the looting. In effect, the whole city had a blue light special going. The merchants were cleaned out, but unless they were Koreans or Jews they usually weren’t burnt out; the gangs wanted them around next year so the street fair could continue. The merchants still made money, thanks to the hundreds of percent markups on the stuff they sold the rest of the year.
Victoria: Chapter 20

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Transphobia Is Perfectly Natural

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You will be totally comfortable when your daughter marries a post-op dude
and you should have no problems with her smoking his blintz. When your dad tells you he is going to have his penis removed and thrown into a biowaste container at the hospital, your soul will become a placid lake of calm. “That’s totally normal, dad” you’ll say and begin to call him Mom2 from that day forward.
| Thought Catalog

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Tactical Tip – Don’t Be This Guy

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I wonder at what point he figured out something was missing? | Western Rifle Shooters Association

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Listen And Understand, That Terminator Is Out There

"Cyborgs don't feel pain, I do. Don't do that again. Listen and understand, that terminator is out there. It can't be bargained with, it can't be reasoned with, it does feel pity, or remorse, or fear and it will absolutely will not stop ever, until you are dead."

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Not just an "actual bastard," a cheap bastard as well.

Ethel Kennedy, the 86-year-old widow of Senator Robert F. Kennedy has challenged Barack Obama to the ALS challenge before dumping the ice water on her own head.

WOW! A hundred bucks! What a man!Obama Rejects ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Will Donate To Charity Instead: President Barack Obama will not dump a bucket of ice water over his head for the increasingly viral video Ice Bucket Challenge. Instead, Obama has opted to donate $100 to the charity fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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The South may be the only place in America where black and white actually coexists.

I’m standing at the check-out line of a Piglet the other day,
and the woman, black, well-dressed, armed with a Visa unloads the most stereotypical black items on the conveyor: a jar of dill pickles, mustards, multi-pack “Kool-Aid,” a cheap cut of pork chops, chicken wings, a watermelon, and, for her cute little daughter, a bag of “Hot Fries.” That’s as goddamn black as it gets. If the store sold DVD copies of Shaft, she’d have bought them out. Being southern and white, I’m essentially buying the same shit.
STREET CARNAGE

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Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals.

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These are people going around stealing Coca Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake! Then we all run out and are outraged,
“The cops shouldn't have shot him” What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand? (laughter and clapping). I wanted a piece of pound cake just as bad as anybody else (laughter) And I looked at it and I had no money. And something called parenting said if get caught with it you're going to embarrass your mother. Not you're going to get your butt kicked. No. You're going to embarrass your mother. You're going to embarrass your family.
Bill Cosby The Pound Cake Speech, 2004

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If it was sixty years ago in America

I'd be driving around in a Cadillac the size of Delaware. I'd be wearing a chrome suit, because Eisenhower is president and I'll do whatever I damn well want.

I'd be in love with a girl named Barbara, and we'd go out for milk shakes on the weekends. Afterwards, I'd drive my four-wheeled luxury cruise liner to a nice secluded spot and we'd listen to Miles Davis on the radio. After an hour or so she'll ask me to taker her home, because my girl isn't into any funny business and that's just the way I like it. But if you wanted some free cabbages with your daily bread and all that free healthcare, yowza, did the Soviets have that covered.
Hey Fellas, Hold My Boдka And Watch This | The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys

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This Just In from Roger @ Maggie's Farm

I've decided not to riot today. I'm fairly certain I'm not going to loot anything.
I don't feel like overcoming, or singing about overcoming. I'm overcome with not overcoming, actually. I believe I can resist the urge to lock arms for days at a time. I do not wish to be quoted in the press. You can quote me on that. On to the news.
Something, Calls To Me. It's The Morning Links - Maggie's Farm

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August 18, 2014

Some days....

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The only sane ambition is to head ever deeper into the back country.
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Let's Review

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[Bumped] Methinks there cometh three horsemen of a sorry apocalypse:

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First, blacks are again rioting, looting, and burning.
Second, the media are as usual lying, interpreting, concealing. Third, swatted-out heavies of a bush-league police force knock reporters around, arresting them for nothing, and refusing to reveal their identities. We are seeing the birth of a nation. What actually happened in Ferguson? God only knows. Of course we are hearing from talking heads with bargain-basement IQs that a policeman, from racial motives, shot an unarmed black kid because he refused to stop walking in the street. Did it happen? Possibly. I wasn’t there. But the story smells.... With the encouragement of the various Jesses, blacks could make a bad miscalculation. Angry, poorly educated, and living in concentrations that make them seem more numerous than they are, they may miss some important points. They are only thirteen percent of America. Food does not come from Safeway, but from remote farms owned by whites in truck driven by whites. If Jesse and Al and the Black Panthers got their race war, blacks would lose it hugely. The country would not recover.
Fred On Everything

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In passing...

By the way, who died and left Michelle Obama in charge of school food? She is not a dietitian. No one elected her. -- Don Surber

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Don't Worry. [Glove Up and ] Be Happy.

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Hospitals in the U.S. Get Ready for Ebola - If a suspected Ebola patient arrives at her hospital, Ms. Thompson intends to outfit staff members in fluid-resistant jumpsuits with bootees, taped seams and hoods. They cost about $175 per dozen. She has not decided how many to order.

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Let's suspend reality for a couple of minutes.

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We are going to operate on the assumption that the riots and looting, not to mention shots fired at cops now, is all the work of outside hooligans and miscreants.
We are almost a week into this thing and every day we see photos of demonstrators holding their hands in the air, chanting don't shoot. Words like assassination, racism, andmurder, are cast out into sea of angry protestors. The new and improved Black Panthers are organizing much of the demonstrations. The word INCITE comes to mind. Even if we are gullible enough to believe all of the dirt is on the hands of outsiders, are we to ignore the culpability , the incitement of these outsiders, by the overhyped, patently dishonest displays of the permanent victim class that makes up a large majority in Ferguson? The short answer is, Yes you are expected to buy the bullshit being peddled.
Midtown Miscreant: How The Grinch looted Ferguson

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Riding the Tiger

But even if barbarians ultimately reap their terminal reward,
the lawless cities that incubate human dysfunction view justice in quite a different fashion than “cracker hayseeds” by way of their Middle American morality. Let there be no mistake, every American urban basket case has been under the control of liberalism for decades, and the pathologies they are now experiencing are only the prelude to what lies ahead when the civic cancer fully metastasizes.
-- American Thinker

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August 17, 2014

How to Deal With the Brainwashed

Mock them. Endlessly mock them. Publicly mock them.
Take their cancerous hatred—which they’re openly projecting onto you—and smash them back in the face with it. They’re begging for it. They are only being relentless because you’ve been too nice. Despite how boldly they act, they are obviously horrified of their own shadows. They’re going to call you a “hater” anyway, so you might as well blow off some steam at their expense. Sure, you may have a compulsion to drag them out into the streets and beat them toothless, but that would only validate their fantasies and get you arrested. No, do what they do—only harder. Humiliate them. Publicly. Point out that they are hate-filled, intolerant liars. Toss that bomb right back at them where it belongs.
- Taki's Magazine

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Gateway Pundit asks, “Is the media trying to get Ferguson police office Darren Wilson lynched?”

The Answer Is Yes They are hoping a mob of angry black people
burn the man’s house down with him and his family in it. Maybe a Reginald Denny style beating so they can get some good video. The reason is two-fold. One is they know it makes good television. We get to see angry black people going nuts on TV all the time. Seeing a white guy getting the business from a sympathetic mob is a ratings bonanza.

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"When in the course of human events,

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it becomes necessary for one people to assume that their president, hostile to the principles that formed the nation
and determined to act with malice toward its inhabitants by suppressing their rights and enabling its enemies to prosper in their attempts to destroy it, must be confronted, a rational response for the nation is to encumber itself no more with such a president and reject his authority and the acolytes who carry out his wishes."
--David Shapiro via Doug Ross @ Journal

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"Boys cannot become girls and two guys playing house is not marriage."

The fact is we have reached some sort of tipping point. Sex is a biological reality, not a social construct.
Humans are either male or female and that’s determined by genetics. The people butchering themselves to change their sex are not doing anything but butchering themselves. They most likely suffer from a form of mental illness. Apotemnophilia is treated as a mental disorder and that’s not materially different from what the “trans” people suffer. Of course, this is not about biological reality. It is about religious fanatics trying to force their morality on the rest of us. This pagan cult we call liberalism is no different from the Muslim lunatics running Iran. They only lack the ability to behead heretic in public. You’ll note I said “ability” and not “willingness.”
The Z Blog › Welcome to Iran

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St. Louis Craigslist

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Roof Koreans for hire Via Western Rifle

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August 16, 2014

In the end it all boils down to undeniable truths.

Lives forever changed. A bully and thug meets a rare end.
Typically black males of Brown's proclivities end up killed by like minded shit heels of their own ilk, this time it was a cop. The cop, apparently doing his job , even if found to be innocent of any misconduct, will have to live in hiding. The Browns lost a son, and shit heel or not, he was theirs. A parents loss of a child is a hard hard thing to live with. The town of Ferguson will wither and die on the vine as the remaining businesses and white residents will leave for less hostile pastures. The media will move on to the next dubious narrative of evil racists vs the disadvantaged minorities. And the beat goes on.
Midtown Miscreant

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Problem? Solution.

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You may say, “Man, get over it,”

but when I see rudeness everywhere I go, it tells me that we have a generation of parents who did not do and are not doing their jobs. When and why did this happen, that parents stopped teaching manners? Uncle Ro Ro Daddy Hates Rudeness!

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The triumph of the Recovery was marked most clearly by the burning of the Episcopal bishop of Maine.

She was not a particularly bad bishop.
She was in fact typical of Episcopal bishops of the first quarter of the 21st century: agnostic, compulsively political and radical, and given to placing a small idol of Isis on the altar when she said the Communion service. By 2055, when she was tried for heresy, convicted, and burned, she had outlived her era.
-- Victoria: Preface | traditionalRIGHT

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August 15, 2014

Any cop who treated members of a group with a factor 20 greater threat level than population baseline “equally” would be crazy.

He wouldn’t be doing his job; he’d be jeopardizing the civil peace by inaction.
Yeah, by all means let’s demilitarize the police. But let’s also stop screaming “racism” when, by the numbers, the bad shit that goes down with black male youths reflects a cop’s rational fear of that particular demographic – and not racism against blacks in general. Often the cops in these incidents are themselves black, a fact that media accounts tend to suppress.
Demilitarize the police – and stop flinging false racism charges

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The Seven Bad Ideas of Leftism

No proof is being offered here that Leftists believe these ideas or make these assertions.
The reader can discover that for himself, merely by listening to them talk, reading their works, and reaching his own conclusion. If you cannot see it by reading what they say, you will not see it by my repeating what they say. Look for yourself.

No claim is here being made that these Seven Bad Ideas are rational, related to reality, or even comprehensible.
This irrationality and unreality and incomprehensibility of the ideas is a feature, not a bug. Once logic has been dismissed as a tool of cognition, reflection and judgment are unnecessary, and the process of thought is greatly simplified. Instead of a levelheaded discussion such as Leftists, back when they were in the minority, were wont to pretend to want, the modern Leftist substitutes venom, vilification, sneers, slights, and self congratulation.
-- Every Joe

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Has to be seen (and heard) to be believed.

The much-leftoid worshiped Sense of Events: Gun culture -- This is the traditional celebratory gunfire at a wedding celebration.
Note that the arms being fired are fully-automatic sub-machine guns. And you thought the United States had a "gun culture!" We're pikers compared to most of the Middle East.

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Victoria: Chapter 22

With a motley collection of remnants of regular units, some urban National Guard outfits happy to get paid in yen and assorted other rabble, the federals made their first moves.
In October, they invaded Indiana, which had declared itself a republic. The Indiana government had forbidden any defensive measures as “provocations,” with their Republican governor promising that “my good friends in Washington are wholly opposed to violence in any form.” He was first on the list of sniper targets when the two remaining battalions of the 82nd Airborne dropped on Indianapolis; they got him as he ran for his limousine. A “brigade” of black gangs from Baltimore and Philadelphia took Fort Wayne and spent three days looting and burning the place, with the enthusiastic help of some local Boyz. The videos of panic-stricken whites fleeing their burning suburbs and “necklaced” Koreans’ blackened corpses outside their looted stores told the rest of us what to expect.
| traditionalRIGHT

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¡El blanco es el nuevo negro!

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Leftists Shriek About “Racist” Tee Shirt

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"Genie, you're free." [Bumped]

Matt Walsh: Robin Williams didn't die from a disease, he died from his choice . It’s a tragic choice, truly, but it is a choice, and we have to remember that. Your suicide doesn’t happen to you; it doesn’t attack you like cancer or descend upon you like a tornado. It is a decision made by an individual. A bad decision. Always a bad decision.

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Must-See TV

Watch randy squirrel hump hidden video camera set up to record him eating

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Oh Stop It! Just Stop It!

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Herald Sun Andrew Bolt Blog

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Who owns you?

The enveloping context of the arrests was Ferguson police using SWAT tactics to empty a peaceable restaurant,
in which the aforementioned reporters were eating and working. By what right did the police assert an owner's rights over someone else's property? By what right did they command the immediate obedience of private citizens engaged in wholly legitimate, wholly peaceful activities? Given the context, had the reporters resisted arrest, they might well have been shot down on the instant. By what right would the Ferguson police have deprived those men of their most fundamental properties: their lives?
Poretto @ Liberty's Torch: Owners

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The Heart of Scamminess

18) When it comes to corruption and scamminess, Nigeria has a bad reputation for a good reason. For its entire modern existence, Nigeria has had a problem with crookedness, and it spans from the top to the bottom of society.... 19 Things I Learned in Nigeria | Wait But Why

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Sinjar Surprise: How The U.S. May Have Misjudged The Refugee Situation In Iraq

“May have misjudged refugee situation in Iraq,” is being way tooooo….kind”
After all, these are the same “guys” who brought Fast and Furious, an anti-Islamic video as the spark for Benghazi, Failure to support Iranian opposition during Obama’s first term, the “re-set” with Russia, supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, little to no support for the Syrian rebels, failure to provide military assistance to Ukraine, outing of the CIA Station In Afghanistan, and what appears to be complete ignoring of the ex-Marine with PTSD who is detained in Mexico, and so on. RCP
| Fortuna's Corner

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August 14, 2014

Police officers aren't the ones destroying the black community

70 percent of black kids are born to unwed mothers.
Over 60 percent of black children grow up in homes without fathers. Black people are killed by other black people much more frequently than by cops. Black babies are murdered in the womb at such a pace that now, in cities like New York, a black child has a better chance at being aborted than born. Everyone knows these statistics. They come as no surprise to anyone. Yet, still, we always hear about how the black community is being held down and oppressed, as if black men don’t willfully choose to abandon their children, and black parents haven’t decided themselves to exterminate an entire generation of their own.
--Matt Walsh Blog

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The Part of the Plane You Never Get to See: What Do Cabin Crews' Chillaxation Spots Look Like?

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On long-haul flights, both flight attendants and pilots need to take breaks.
Yet airplane designers are of course forced to cram cabin crew rest areas into confined spaces, to leave more room for revenue-generating passenger seats. So how do they manage it, and what do these spaces look like?
See more at Core77

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Fools Rush In Where Fools Have Been Before

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Two female Italian aid workers who ignored their parents' pleas and snuck into Syria have been kidnapped by Islamist militants

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Top Cop to Prez: STFU, Drooling POS!

Translation: Police chief rips Obama remarks The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police criticized President Obama Thursday
for his remarks about law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo. "I would contend that discussing police tactics from Martha's Vineyard is not helpful to ultimately calming the situation," director Jim Pasco said in an interview with The Hill. "I think what he has to do as president and as a constitutional lawyer is remember that there is a process in the United States and the process is being followed, for good or for ill, by the police and by the county and by the city and by the prosecutors’ office," Pasco added.

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Many people on the right have embraced Uber,

the company that lets you call a ride from your smartphone instead of standing on the corner with your hand up looking like a statue of Lenin leading the proletariat to the Future, or maybe to that tapas place downtown.
This confuses people who regard conservatives as dumb apes who poke Shiny New Things with a stick and screech in alarm. How can they support Uber? It’s a Cool Thing, and they’re all middle-aged dorks in polyester plaid shorts and black socks with sandals who like to “get down” to bands that sing about pickup trucks, or they’re pale evil men who wear three-piece suits to bed and drift off to sleep fantasizing that they’re slapping the birth-control pills out of the hands of poor women. Uber is good, Uber is an app, for heaven’s sake — how can these cretins possibly be on its side? It’s like finding that all the kale in the country is fertilized by Koch products.
-- LILEKS, James: Taxicab Confessions

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Brooks County, TX

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It's 70 miles from the border, yet illegals are dying trying to make their way across Brooks County on foot. The Weather Channel has done a report on why this part of Texas is a death trap for so many sneaking into the country. -- iOwnTheWorld.com

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Now You Can Bring The Stifling Joylessness Of Modern Political Life To The Grocery Store

Are you worried that at some point in your day,
you might unknowingly make a personal decision untainted by any political considerations whatsoever? Afraid that a single penny of your hard-earned money* might go toward someone who doesn’t share your views of the world? Great news!
| The Daily Caller

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Apple Installs U.S. Constitution On Every Mac

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To view the Constitution, follow these easy steps.
Open your Dictionary under applications. When it’s running, go to the menu bar and hit Go > Front/Back Matter.
-- Truth Revolt

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Not surprisingly, the illegitimacy rate rose from 33 percent in 1998 to 41 percent in 2008.

At this pace, the whole country will reach African-American levels of illegitimacy by 2050.
The number of babies born to married women fell 5 percent over the last decade, while out-of-wedlock births rose 34 percent. As the number of individuals who get off to a good start in life continues to drop relative to those who grow up in disorder, how are the former going to subsidize the latter?
News From the Future - The Unz Review

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Unsurprisingly, elite indoctrination makes Americans more ignorant about the realities of population and immigration.

Gallup noted, “In an interesting twist, Americans with less formal education
are the most likely to correctly attribute population growth to immigration, while Americans with post-graduate education are least likely to do so.” Only 37 percent of people with a postgraduate degree knew what they were talking about, compared to 56 percent who had never been to college.
News From the Future - The Unz Review

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Obama has a way of starting wars while on vacation.

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During the Libyan War, Obama declared from Martha’s Vineyard that, "Tonight, the momentum against the Gaddafi regime has reached a tipping point." Then he went to play golf and accompanied Valerie Jarrett on a visit to the home of the CEO of Comcast. Sultan Knishs

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Don't look now but Luke Skywalker is getting a little long in the tooth

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and shaggy of chinny-chin-chin.

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The King of the Islands of Refreshment

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A year earlier, Lambert had formally declared his “absolute possession of the island of Tristan d’Acunha…
and the other two, known by the names of Inaccessible and Nightingale Islands, solely for myself and for my heirs for ever.” Lambert reasoned that “as no European, or other power” had ever publicly claimed the islands, they were free for the taking. And renaming: Lambert jettisoned the name Tristan da Cunha, a Portuguese toponym that the main island had borne since the sixteenth century. He rechristened them as the Islands of Refreshment.
The Appendix

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August 13, 2014

Nobody in the tribe is willing to take a bullet for Michael Brown.

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Nobody in the tribe is willing to fire a bullet for Michael Brown. But the loudmouthing will follow for years. It's all just talk. ...
it seems to me that if Michael Brown was a real hero, he would deserve a hero's revenge. Who wants to avenge the hero? Who is prepared to get medieval? But I think Michael Brown is just a martyr of convenience to political masterminds who intent to fuel the legitimacy of their committees, narratives and agendas as they scan the country for poor people who fall to their deaths on the wrong side of the law or other unusual circumstances. Nobody else gives more than a few tweets, including me. Same as it ever was. As they prove nothing, the Protest Train will roll on belching smoke, steam and noise, in circles. All Aboard!
Obligatory Seriousness on the Killing of Michael Brown - Cobb

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What Japanese Stealth?

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Japan MoD Denies Reports Of 1st Stealth Fighter Flight For 2015

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It's Come to This

Sign language gorilla Koko 'close to tears' after Robin Williams' death | Mail Online "'She became extremely sad': Carers for the world's most intelligent gorilla claim she was 'close to tears' following news of Robin Williams' death.

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Robin Williams made an enormous amount of money so it took an enormous amount of effort to squander it.

Most people in serious money trouble are worried about making rent and buying food.
Williams was worried about making a sequel. A lot of people in my neighborhood would give their left nut to be so burdened. I’m sure suicide sounded like a great way out his troubles, but is hard to see how that is going to help his family. Thanks to his selfish act, they are facing even bigger financial problems.
The Z Blog › Robin Williams

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THERE must be few fates worse than being a movie star today.

Think of having to spend your life in that galaxy of black holes and bright, shining anti-stars.
Think of that world of brutal competition and expensive divorce, that vast field of stumbling alcoholics, suicides, and drug addicts with their fitness trainers, oceanfront palaces and the latest in cosmetic dentistry. The average movie star spends thousands of hours in the dentist’s chair, millions of hours on the treadmill, trillions of hours lifting weights. Whenever I see celebrities on the red carpet at awards ceremonies, like Greek gods lining up for deadly sport, I think of all the dull hours these semi-divines had to spend looking at themselves in the mirror or getting fitted for their costly shreds of clothing. All for the sake of movies that involve real artistry and technical virtuosity but are more often than not still bad movies. Talk about selling your soul. There is no rehab center that can keep these gods from weeping.
The Thinking Housewife › Stars Drop from the Sky

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Caliphate puts men to the meat-grinder

This new Thirty Years War has its origins in a demographic peak and an economic trough.
There are nearly 30 million young men aged 15 to 24 in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Iran, a bulge generation produced by pre-modern fertility rates that prevailed a generation ago. But the region’s economies cannot support them. Syria does not have enough water to support an agricultural population, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of farmers into tent cities preceded its civil war. The West mistook the death spasms of a civilization for an “Arab Spring,” and its blunders channeled the youth bulge into a regional war. The way to win such a war is by attrition, that is, by feeding into the meat-grinder a quarter to a third of the enemy’s available manpower. Once a sufficient number of who wish to fight to the death have had the opportunity to do so, the war stops because there are insufficient recruits to fill the ranks. That is how Generals Grant and Sherman fought the American Civil War, and that is the indicated strategy in the Middle East today.
- - Spengler

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Dueling Headlines

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Jesse Jackson: There's a 'Ferguson' near you

Gun Sales Up Across Area: Sales have quadrupled at ‘Metro Shooting’ in Bridgeton according to owner Steven King.
He says sales have mainly been to men, but not all: “Probably a dozen or two dozen guns to females, single mothers. We’ve sold to black people, white people. We’ve sold to asians who have businesses on West Florissant.” said King. “They’re just afraid of whats going on and they’re coming in to purchase either additional firearms or their first firearm.”

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Obama's Here. Assume the Position.

Serves this 1% right: Golfers frisked as Obama unexpectedly arrives at Martha’s Vineyard club: “There was security on the way in, but no word as to why they were there.”
The member added, “While eating, overlooking the golf course, guests had to stand up and be wanded.” One asked if he could finish his hot soup first, and an Obama security man cracked, ominously, “So, you’re not cooperating?”
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We Asked 7 Experts: What Would Aliens Actually Look Like?

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Darren Campo Cred: TV producer and executive
"There is one thing that is nearly certain: an alien life form will be symmetrical. Everything we know of that grows follows a symmetrical pattern. Cut a tree in half lengthwise, the branches and roots on one side would be fairly similar to the other. The same applies to humans and all living growth, even inorganic growth such as crystals and galaxies.

Aaron Rosenberg Cred: Science-fiction author
"Bilateral symmetry is actually a pretty crappy design, when you think about it. Yes, it looks nice and even but what's the point? Why have two sides exactly the same when you could have something completely different on the other side? Even the Daleks figured this one out—they had a sucker arm on one side and a laser on the other. And bipedal? Ridiculous—one good push and we fall over. Why would another world's race evolve with that exact same design flaw? Why would another world's race grow eyes and a nose and a tongue and all the other fiddly bits we have? They wouldn't.
=- Popular Mechanics

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'Evil Eye' Box and Other Ancient Treasures Found in Nile River Cemetery

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The tombs in the cemetery yielded other treasures, including a faience box,
decorated with what the ancient Kushites and Egyptians called "udjat" eyes — "a well-known tradition in Egypt," Bashir said, noting that the Kushites also made use of them. "It had a kind of ritual role to [protect] from the evil eye," Bashir said. In the cemetery archaeologists also found an interesting "party tray," which consists of seven bowls attached together; six of the bowls surround another bowl in the middle. "It's very unique, and we don't have any kind of similar object found anywhere else," Bashir said. "It can be used for food. You can put seven different items in one place."
Live Science

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Quests for Fire: Neanderthals and Science Fiction

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In addition to exciting anthropology and public imagination,
these new Neanderthal finds provided fodder for science fiction—a young literary genre on the rise. The worlds of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and other early sci-fi authors teemed with unexplored geographies, Darwinism, mechanical inventions and the material cultures of science. The caves and archaeological sites of Europe provided a perfect backdrop for speculative fiction. The almost-human Neanderthals became the perfect alien character—so much like us, but also safely different.
—Vol. 2, No. 3—The Appendix

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"Like a Swiss Watch:" The World's Best Government

Among the countries of the world, Switzerland ranks:

No. 1 in "life satisfaction" (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's Better Life Index);
No. 1 in "global competitiveness" (World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index);
No. 2 in "labor -force participation rate" (OECD Labor Force Statistics);
No. 3 in "happiness" (United Nations World Happiness Report);
No. 4 in "economic freedom" (Fraser Institute and Cato Institute Economic Freedom of the World Report);
No. 7 in "per-capita income" on a purchasing-power parity basis (International Monetary Fund World Economic Outlook);
No. 2 in "overall prosperity" (Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index); and
No. 1 in "life expectancy at birth" (OECD Better Life Index).
-- The Brussels Journal

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August 12, 2014

Everything that Barack Obama touches seems to turn to ....

... dross. Think of it for a minute.

He inherited a quiet Iraq (no American combat deaths at all in December 2009). Joe Biden bragged of the calm that it would be the administration’s “greatest achievement.” But by pulling out all U.S. peacekeepers — mostly for a 2012 reelection talking point — Obama ensured an ISIS wasteland. He put his promised eye on Afghanistan at last, and we have lost more soldiers there than during the Bush administration and a Taliban victory seems likely after more than a decade of lost American blood and treasure. The message seems to be that it is better for Obama to have his eye off something than on it.
Works and Days

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Cultures: Khmer/Appalachian Signature dish: Possum springrolls

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There’s a reason Appalachia bears the nickname “The Cambodia of America”.
Both are filled with hard-working, blue collar folks, who just want to come home after a hard day’s work and start a peoples’ revolution to finally end years of martial law. That’s it, really. Both cultures are really into foraging, which is super hot right now. If you can pair up with a local possum farm — grass-fed of course — I don’t see any reason that this can’t be the next Kogi truck.
Culinary Bro-Down » Blog Archive » Ramen Poutine & Bridging Cultural Gaps Through Fusion Food

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Lest We Forget

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Immortalized @ Sense of Events

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"No one in their right mind wants to carry a loaded firearm in public or have one around the house."

No one at all, other than security guards, bodyguards, police, residents of Washington DC, Brinks drivers, rural folks, minimart workers, border guards, the secret service, responsible homeowners, pilots, etc etc. Plus some bad guys too. The News Junkie @ Maggie's Farm

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"We're from the other government and we're here to help."

Russian humanitarian convoy departs to E. Ukraine — RT News

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Perhaps the hardest thing of all for the honest man is to do is love himself.

As we get older, there is less that is obvious in us to like, until it seems that the world is best served, and our sensibilities least offended by effacing ourselves from the earth. And perhaps we may reach the point when all that holds us up is the promise that someone loved us -- though for what reason we do not know -- and that improbable promise is enough; and we take ourselves on faith. Belmont Club Fore, Three, Two, One ...

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The Map is Not the Territory

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August 11, 2014

Polio doesn’t care what race you are.

It just wants to infect your spine.
We came up with a way to stop this by vaccinating children with a tiny dose at a young age, and as of a few years ago, it was gone. Liberals decided vaccines were part of an evil conspiracy to make children autistic. The pharmaceutical companies are to blame and the government is too scared to step in. Upper-middle-class liberals have begun refusing the vaccine and guess what, polio is back.
A Deadly Strain of PMS

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Below this seething maelstrom of degeneracy lie dangerous shoals of cultural conservatism,

of people who believe in two sexes and birth within wedlock and orderly society obedient to law.
They are quietly very, very angry at seeing everything they stand for eaten away by the multi-culti, touchy-feely, everything-goes miasma emanating from Washington. They speak of personal responsibility, learning the multiplication tables, English as the national language, and no toleration of crime-- and they know who commits it. Whether you think them simple-minded and fascist or wholesome and self-reliant defines which side of the gaping cultural divide you inhabit.
Fred On Everything

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Homosexuality Only Thing Parents Can Accept About Son

“Look, we tried to raise Henry right, and we’re very supportive of his sexual orientation,
but as long as he can’t make a car payment on his own and spends all his time playing strategy board games with his friends, we will never be able to accept him back into our family,” said Susan Lindegaard, who said that she felt physically ill and had to leave the room when her son broke the news to her that he was living in a cramped two-bedroom apartment with three other roommates and that he was thinking of starting his own T-shirt printing business on the side.
- - America's Finest News Source

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The Un-Midas Touch

Our culture? Cool is all that matters.
Outsource, offshore, speculate, crony capitalism — just do it with Birkenstocks and shades. If you are hip, rules melt. Nerds like Al Gore are cool and so seek to dodge new capital gains taxes, profit from oil-rich dictatorships, and offer snake-oil nostrums to the crises they hype as they lecture us about our selfish carbon-spewing sins. The key to understanding a John Kerry, Al Gore, Warren Buffett, or Bill Gates is that they are cool, and thus seek to avoid the property, capital gains, or inheritance taxes that they urge be hiked on everyone else. The Obama cultural legacy is that it does not matter what you do, only how coolly you do or describe it. Appear hip, and greed is forgiven. Buy a ticket to a $35,000 Obama fundraiser, wear something hip, and sound cool, and you are a progressive egalitarian. Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and Wall Street learned that con long ago.
- - Works and Days

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Streets of Fire!

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"It's not me, Tovarich, it's you."

Russia and the EU Are Signing Their Divorce Papers:
A second problem with Europe's approach is the belief that diplomacy will always work and that all problems can be resolved just by talking things through. This problem is particularly acute when experienced and wily Russian negotiators face up against European ingenues who come out of talks thinking they have made progress, when in fact they have been fobbed off and lied to. Nor do these diplomats learn from their mistakes. In many countries, embassy staff are refreshed every three years or so and their successors then repeat the same errors. Europe-wide abandonment of Russia expertise has been disastrous to its ability to handle Moscow well.
- - Chatham House

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Welcome to The Future! (Please enjoy responsibly.)

Absurd levels of luxury. Enjoy material comforts the kings and queens of old could never have imagined.
Hot water on demand in virtually every home, no fire necessary. Heaters, fans and “air conditioning technology” allow you to even adjust the temperature of the air itself to match your preference, any time of year. Enjoy fine soaps, lotions, textiles and perfumes. Even spices and teas are readily available, in hundreds of exotic varieties. Be shuttled around the globe in automobiles and flying machines, even if you have no royal blood at all.
- - Raptitude

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Former Clinton Circus Midget Cashes in Big Time Teaching About Income Inequality.....

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UC Berkeley pays former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich $240,000 a year to teach one class about the scourge of income inequality. - - Diogenes' Middle Finger

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Weimar America is not stable.

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A sort of insanity rules, warning of stress building along many political San Andreas faults waiting for the Big One.
A pathologically aggressive United States bombs countries almost at random while little boys are dragged from school in handcuffs for pointing a finger and saying “Bang.” Girls suffer from bulimia and anorexia, lunacies nonexistent in psychically healthy societies. A crack-brained feminism makes cockamamie circuses of the universities. Bastardy runs at a perilous thirty percent among white women, verging on cultural disintegration, and seventy percent among blacks. The epicene young grow in sheltered, meaningless hothouse-suburbs, never having worked, baited a hook, been in a schoolyard fight, or existed outside of a feckless bored helplessness. From the cellars come prancing homosexuals, men in dresses and panties, the surgically altered inverts and sadomasochistic hobbyists. The high schools are become drug markets, differing only slightly from the middle schools. Life is a cabaret, old chum, here in Caligula’s bedroom.
Fred On Everything

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August 10, 2014

The liberal left has PMS.

A Deadly Strain of PMS

They don’t mean what they say and they’re just yelling for yelling’s sake. We now realize this because every time we solve one of their crises they pshaw the solution and continue the attack from another angle. Their crusade isn’t about getting to the truth. It’s about winning. The whole thing is just sports to them. We are the Yankees fans, they are the Mets fans, and it doesn’t matter which team plays a better game.

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I wanted to see exactly how deep a private citizen could get in the ocean. It turns out: not very deep.

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Luckily, I found a guy who’d made a submarine in his parents’ backyard in New Jersey when he was 15. He then made another submarine about ten years ago.
He had zero engineering experience. He majored in American history in college. But he just wanted to make a submarine. So he set up shop in Roatan, off Honduras, because there are no real regulations for homemade submarines. So I hopped in this little sub, about the size of a large suitcase, and sat there for four hours as we plummeted down to the netherworld below. It was one of the most shocking experiences I’ve had in my life.
Free Diving World Record Will Soon Be Pushed to 1,000 Feet

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“Mr. President, do you have any second thoughts about pulling all ground troops out of Iraq?” the reporter asked. “And does it give you pause as the U.S.–is it doing the same thing in Afghanistan?”

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,Obama said. Obama: Pulling All U.S. Troops Out of Iraq Was Not ‘My Decision' | CNS News

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[Bumped] "This story has it all. Drugs, homosexuality, tattoos, pizza, TV and, sadly, the death of an infant."

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Via The Thinking Housewife › Another Child in a Hot Car referencing Crying child on Game of Thrones reminded Seth Jackson he left baby in hot car

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Romney Knew

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Events have proven Romney right on almost everything he said during his 2012 campaign and Obama not only wrong but petty, malicious, divisive, and destructive. neo-neocon Musings on a Sunday

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The Middle Eastern crisis is no longer a regional crisis.

It has now become part of a global crisis, a link in a great chain of blunders engineered by the Great Golfer, whose most profound utterance is now, “who me?”

That explosive sequence includes but is not limited to the tensions in Eastern Europe, the continuing crisis in Southwest Asia and the ever-growing danger in the East as the Chinese dragon stirs. That clamor can now be heard even in Western streets, yet it beats like noiseless rain upon the glazed glass panes of the White House. The most amazing sight is not the catastrophe itself but the seeming paralysis of the Western institutions. Prominent newspapers may issue warnings, former high military officers might wring their hands, congressmen even threaten impeachment, yet but only momentary awareness flits across the dull countenances of the bovine LIVs as they await their next dose of spectacle and reality TV. CBS gushed, “MARTHA’S VINEYARD (CBS) – Beautiful weather greeted the First Family on Martha’s Vineyard on day one of their vacation.”
Belmont Club サ A Ringside Seat To Our Own Destruction

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Who Says There's No Good News?

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Tongue kiss of death when endorsed by Obama: Stunner in the Aloha State: ‘Obama’s homeboy’ Gov. Neil Abercrombie absolutely crushed in Democratic primary | Twitchy

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"A depravity according to nature."

These men are true madmen, and of the most dangerous sort, for their lunacy is not continuous but occasional, evoked by some special object;

it is probably secretive, which is as much to say it is self-contained, so that when moreover, most active, it is to the average mind not distinguishable from sanity, and for the reason above suggested that whatever its aims may be--and the aim is never declared--the method and the outward proceeding are always perfectly rational. Such a one was Claggart, in whom was the mania of an evil nature, not engendered by vicious training or corrupting books or licentious living, but born with him and innate, in short "a depravity according to nature."
-- Melville, Billy Budd

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Gingrich: ‘Nobody Wants to Tell the Truth’ About Radical Islam

“The truth is this is a radical Islamist group. They say openly if you don’t convert, we’ll kill you. It turns out they actually mean it. There’s no complexity…The president couldn’t even honestly describe ISIS last night because it goes against his ideology.” | Mediaite

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You Want Nazis?

ISIS are fast-track Nazis. No messing about with a few property restrictions and intermarriage laws as a little light warm-up:

They're only in the business of "final solutions", and they start on Day One and don't quit until the last Christian and Yazidi is dead or fled. As I've often remarked about today's exhaustively cleansed Maghreb, Levant and Araby, Islam is king on a field of corpses. But pikers like the Muslim Brotherhood, the Baathists, the House of Saud take their time. ISIS are shooting for the Guinness Book of Records.
:: SteynOnline

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August 9, 2014

A Pentagonal coup d’état does not seem likely, granted.

In practical terms, though, four helicopter gunships and twenty Black Hawks of troops arriving over Washington from Quantico would do it.
Whether the public would care enough to do anything about it, or whether there would be anything they could do, is uncertain. Enough people are sick enough of the current state of things that they might say, what the hell, give it a try. The crucial question world then be how the rest of the military would respond. Think of it as Merle Haggard versus Justin Bieber. Or Sarah Palin versus Paris Hilton. But something is going to happen.
Fred On Everything

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The Birth of Religion

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We used to think agriculture gave rise to cities and later to writing, art, and religion. Now the world’s oldest temple suggests the urge to worship sparked civilization.Gekli Tepe - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

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Every day on the TV and radio we hear: it’s all under control.

Maybe. But there’s always room for the Minority Report. One day we may rediscover the importance of Mark Twain’s reminder. “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” Belmont Club サ Minority Report

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‘The Thing With Feathers’

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Tiny bee hummingbirds are so small you could mail 16 of them for the price of a single stamp.
Robins can navigate with the right eye alone, but not the left. Albatrosses, who spend 95 percent of their lives over open ocean, are thought to be able to shut down half their brains while continuing to fly at 40 m.p.h. For blackcap warblers, the direction of migration is clearly innate, so crossbreeding a group of blackcaps who flew south for fall migration with a group that oriented westward resulted in offspring who flew in a southwesterly direction. And if bird breakups are seen in human terms, flamingos’ behavior — their divorce rate is 99 percent — fits their flashy profile. Albatrosses, by contrast, really do hang in there for the long haul, staying together till death.
‘The Homing Instinct’

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Drone Records Muslims Going at It With Goats

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You will think twice before ordering the goat curry just to be "exotic." Moonbattery / [HT: Maggies]

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August 8, 2014

The Death of Beauty

The secret behind art, that indescribable wonder,
the truth of what makes real beauty is that it is a glimpse of that which the naturalist, the atheist, and the relativist refuse to accept exists. That there is more to this world that what we can measure and test and sense. That reality consists of more than science and our senses are able to capture. That the world we live in is only partly natural and partly supernatural.
Word Around the Net

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"Revolutionary politics, revolutionary art, and, oh, the revolutionary mind, is the dullest thing on earth.

When we open a 'revolutionary'€™ review, or read a '€˜revolutionary'€™ speech, we yawn our heads off.

It is true, there is nothing else. Everything is correctly, monotonously, dishearteningly '€˜revolutionary'€™. What a stupid word! What a stale fuss!  A really good, out-and-out, '€˜reactionary'€™ journal is, at first, like a breath of fresh air in the midst of this turbulent, pretentious, childish optimism. A royalist publication is worth its weight in gold. Catholicism, we feel, is essential to our health. We fly to the past -- anywhere out of this suspended animation of this so smugly 'revolutionary'€™ present." -- Wyndham Lewis

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Well if these people aren’t witches I don’t know who is.

They probably brought this whole thing themselves. Note that the shit hasn’t been getting any better after this white witches in drag came in and disturbed the whole place.

Fortunately we have been sacrificing some animals to the spirits to fight off the evil stuff; and some of the white witches are dying too; surely as a result of our awesome dancing. Now put yourself in place of a West African government official. You get this people dying thing which is scary as fuck; white people call you day and night talking about this Ebola thing which must be stopped; your cousins won’t shut up talking about spirits and white witches. You’re just scared of catching something weird; and your political opponents, those guys whose daughters you raped and impaled during the last coup, have sworn to curse you with all kind of black magic; so odds are this Ebola stuff has come to target you. So what do you do?
Cultural diversity | Bloody shovel

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No western progressive wants to live under Hamas.

His Jew-hate arises only from a dismal reflexive multiculti empathy.

So, in the most perverse testimony to the persistence of post-1918 counter-tribalism, he hates Jews not out of perceived self-interest in the ruins of a devastating war but merely as a function of his support for the exotic other. As I said, just to keep it in psychological terms, this strikes me as far weirder than old-school Jew-hate, and makes its virulence even more unsettling. You're at a protest with people shouting "Heil Hitler!" and "Hitler was right!" and "Death to the Jews!" and waving placards of Ayatollah Khomeini merely as a form of socially attitudinal accessorizing. There's a decadence to that, and it will not end well.
Long Shadows :: SteynOnline

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Where Did All the Entry-Level Jobs Go?

But in an effort to cut costs, some companies also have cut entry-level jobs that serve as a crucial first step on the path to a professional career.
And others have made the responsibilities for first-timers more sophisticated, raising the bar for new graduates, who are expected to arrive job-ready from day one.
- WSJ

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I’ve been gearing up for the Sweet 16 by binge-watching episodes of MTV’s “My Super Sweet Sixteen”

I have this problem where I can’t differentiate between entertainment and reality.

Maybe I watched too much pro wrestling as a kid – or ate too many lead paint chips – but now when I watch TV all I see is this glorious, seizure-inducing mashup of lights, colors, and corporate slutdom. The images don’t reflect real people with real lives and ambitions and hopes and dreams, they’re just hilariously grotesque toddlers, all dolled up and obese, parading around on TLC and inflating my self-esteem in the process. No matter how much I might hate myself, at least I’m not a 3 year old in a weave and full make-up shaking my shit to White Snake’s “Here I Go Again” in an Alpharetta, Georgia Holiday Inn conference room in front of a packed crowd of 16 paedophilic adult males. Toddlers and Tiaras, Dance Moms, Real Housewives, Wife Swap, Nanny 911, Kitchen Nightmares – I eat that shit up like cake. And we hungry.
- - Culinary Bro-Down

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Losing Their Mandate

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Unless the trend is reversed the global elites will eventually reach the point the Chinese called ‘losing the Mandate of Heaven’.
That’s the point when people impeach their leaders not on the basis of party affiliation but on the basis of whether they want to physically survive an epidemic or not; when competence finally matters. Perhaps we’re already there. Charles Krauthammer observed that things have reached the point when ’no one cares what Obama says’, adding he’s “almost animatronic”, like those plastic dinosaurs in a theme park, acting out his theme park presidency.
Belmont Club サ The First Horseman

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Headline of the Moment: "Barack Obama, Warrior Princess!"

“I believe the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye,” he said. “We can act, carefully and responsibly, to prevent a potential act of genocide.”

"We can act, carefully and responsibly . . . ." Translation: "We will act timidly and ineffectively."
- - Sense of Events

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A Note on Camping

The tent we brought was adamant,

defeating our best engineering instincts, and finally we simply nailed it to a quartet of trees. The rains came. We saw a toad the size of a collie. The chipmunks organized a pincer movement against which our defenses were helpless though we stood together bravely shoulder to shoulder to the end as brothers should.
- Brian Doyle

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The Jihadi Gift Shop in Istanbul

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One of the most popular items on sale at Islami Giyim is a black T-shirt with the slogan “There is no God but Allah” written in white letters.
The logo is used widely by ISIS militants on flags and banners. When I asked the owner about it, he curtly said, “This is Islamic and that is why I carry it here.” When asked about the ISIS connection to the logo, he quipped, “For some this brings to mind ISIS and jihad, for me I see the Prophet Muhammad.”
| Roads & Kingdoms

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August 7, 2014

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President Obama has authorized “targeted airstrikes” to stop the Yehzidi genocide. USA Today reports that Obama said “today, America is coming to help”.

In Obama’s gesture is an implicit lie.

Nobody comes to a war “to help”. The only valid reason to join a conflict is ‘to win’. Any action sufficient to ‘stop the genocide’ requires defeating ISIS. Either Obama aims to defeat ISIS or he is merely prolonging the agony. Lyndon Johnson was a great fan of “targeted airstrikes” in Vietnam. Lyndon Johnson was in Vietnam to ‘send a message’. Ho Chi Minh was in it to win. How did that work out?
Belmont Club サ The Last of the Yezhidis

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I will not teach my kids about safe sex because there is no such thing |

Perhaps most absurd of all is that we call these alcohol-fused humping sessions ‘safe,’

so long as they involve a layer of latex and a dose of steroids. We tell young people to wear condoms to protect against ailments like hepatitis and AIDS. The obvious insinuation here is that there is a ‘safe’ way to fornicate with a diseased stranger.
The Matt Walsh Blog

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About God Stephen Hawking Only Knows "Jack" or "Shit" or Both

Martin Rees: 'We shouldn't attach any weight to what Hawking says about god' The Independent "Stephen Hawking is a remarkable person whom I've know for 40 years and for that reason any oracular statement he makes gets exaggerated publicity. I know Stephen Hawking well enough to know that he has read very little philosophy and even less theology, so I don't think we should attach any weight to his views on this topic," he said. [HT: Sensing]

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BASKET CASE, BLIMP, BOOBY-TRAP, COOTIES, DINGBAT, SHELL-SHOCK, STRAFE, etc...

Slang that survives from World War I Mental Floss

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One More Pic From The Africa Summit

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Not to be outdone by his secretary of state's sojourn on a pink girl's bike, the Girlymander-In-Chief steps it up.| WELCOME TO THE RIGHTLY GUIDED:

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Pink bike. Girl's bike. Pink Girly Man. Perfect.

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While the world burns....

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"So much lube and all made for me, me, me!"

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Kim Jong Un Amused by Lubricant at North Korea Factory: Kim Jong Un appeared quite amused as he watched freshly produced lubricant ooze out of tubes at a factory in North Korea.
The factory worker beside him did not seem equally entertained. The North Korean leader visited the Chonji Lubricant Factory in images released by the country’s Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday.
In other news.... Activities Detected At North Korea’s Yongbon Nuclear Site: North Korea has apparently made a decision to renovate the aged 5 MWe reactor to make plutonium for nuclear weapons for many more years and is expanding the centrifuge plant.

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Think "Journolist" Went Away? Nope. It Just Went Deeper.

Doug Ross @ Journal: "GAMECHANGER SALON": The Secret, 1,000-Member Group of Radical Leftists Who Seek to Control and Censor the News A prominent CNN commentator,

the top two political reporters for The Huffington Post, a Reuters reporter, the editor of The Nation magazine, a producer for Al Jazeera America television, a U.S. News & World Report columnist, and approximately two dozen Huffington Post contributors are among the more than 1,000 members of Gamechanger Salon. Founded by leftwing activist Billy Wimsatt, the group is a secretive digital gathering of writers, opinion leaders, activists and political hands who share information, ideas and strategy via a closed Google group.

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Jesus saith to them: Come, and dine. John 21:12

Always keep some good wine around, and also something to eat. If Our Lord returns in glory any time soon, after all of the smiting He is going to have to do, I dare say He is going to be hungry, if scriptural precedent is any indicator. Assuming that we ourselves are not in the smite-age, we don’t want to be serving Him Beanie-Weenie and Keystone Light. Beanie-Weenie and Keystone Light | Barnhardt

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August 6, 2014

The UNRWA is Hamas

Why does Hamas, which is obsessed with brainwashing the next generation into martyrdom,

allow a foreign organization to run an educational system for 232,000 pupils? It's because in Gaza, Hamas and the UNRWA are the same thing. The UNRWA's Gaza staff has its own union. In the 2012 election, a pro-Hamas bloc won the support of most of the union with 25 out of 27 seats on a union board.
Sultan Knish:

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War, Famine and Pestilence all obey the laws of physics.

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The media, government and the academy have heretofore cared about the laws of political correctness and the tyranny of appearances.
Now we get to see who wins. In recent years it has become fashionable to claim the Narrative trumps reality. Yet you can’t bribe viruses, can’t “hide” infectious victims, can’t appease dictators and you can’t print money. As I’ve written many times before, nobody beats arithmetic. Not even Saudi Arabia. If the Saudis don’t act rationally then the Haj can become one giant virus distribution system, their K street lobby notwithstanding. If Obama doesn’t close the border, if something can come along, something will come along . Something like Ebola, which if unchecked will teach the Boko Haram and ISIS that chopping off people’s heads and having sex with hundreds of kidnapped African schoolgirls isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Belmont Club » The First Horseman

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IQ figures for the Congo are in the 64 to 73 range; for Guinea 70; for Ghana 60-80; for Nigeria 64-70; and Sierra Leone 64.

Many of the locals either do not understand the transmission method (from forest animals like bats), or chose to disbelieve it,

and are not changing their behaviours regarding funereal procedures, which involve bathing and kissing the corpse, all of which are part of altruistic respect for the dead person. The locals are also prey to false correlation: they see people who are mildly ill going into hospital, and then taken out dead soon afterward by space-suited Western health workers. In terms of Kahneman’s Type 1 fast and sloppy thinking, this is understandable. Ebola hospitals are dangerous places. Westerners in space suits are unusual and disturbing, and in fact even the notion of a hospital may be the wrong strategy in these outbreaks. However, if a populace suspect that health workers spraying disinfectant may be malevolently spreading bottled Ebola, then there is a massive health education challenge to be faced.
Psychological comments: Solving Ebola

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And just how do we know Stephen Hawking is still compos mentis?

Sense of Events: Stephen Hawking, science fiction writer Hawking claims that God is not needed to explain the beginning of the universe.

"Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing," writes Hawking. "Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going." It's striking how much this kind of science is coming to resemble science fiction with its own religious overtones.

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A Stronger Israel?

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As long as Israel does not seek to reoccupy Gaza, it can inflict enough damage on the Hamas leadership, and on both the tunnels and the missile stockpiles, to win four or five years of quiet.
In the Middle East, that sort of calm qualifies as victory. And the more the world sees of the elaborate tunnels and vast missile arsenals that an impoverished Hamas had built with other people’s money, and the more these military assets proved entirely futile in actual war, the more Hamas appears not just foolish but incompetent, if not ridiculous, as well.
| National Review Online

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What exactly does conservatism seek to conserve?

Civilization, the blessings that come from having it, and the definitions that make civilization possible.

From what does liberalism seek to liberate us? Those things — starting with the definitions. Marriage is not marriage. Illegal isn’t. The nation’s border isn’t here, and maybe the nation isn’t either. “Working families” often don’t. And often aren’t.
-- House of Eratosthenes

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This paved the way for the last 35 years of rap. And we all know how wonderful that’s been.

Brown’s songs have been the most sampled of the hip-hop era. Although he didn’t rap himself, it now seems obvious that he anticipated the three keys to hip-hop: rhythm, boasting, and money mania. Brown didn’t have an ideological theory for stripping away many European refinements from his music. (He was not what you’d call a reasonable man, but his views on race were usually quite sensible.) Due to his cast-iron self-regard, he simply was among the first blacks to not care about impressing white people as being cultured. He was an uneducated Southern black and he made music for uneducated Southern blacks. To be honest, all 99 of James Brown’s Billboard hit singles sound alike to me (as they do to Eddie Murphy). There’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)” and then there are 98 more songs that are just like “I Got You (I Feel Good)” except they aren’t as catchy. Get On Up: Godfather of Subtitles

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Sonnet 2: Not that I always struck the proper mean

by Alan Seeger

Not that I always struck the proper mean
Of what mankind must give for what they gain,
But, when I think of those whom dull routine
And the pursuit of cheerless toil enchain,
Who from their desk-chairs seeing a summer cloud
Race through blue heaven on its joyful course
Sigh sometimes for a life less cramped and bowed,
I think I might have done a great deal worse;
For I have ever gone untied and free,
The stars and my high thoughts for company;
Wet with the salt-spray and the mountain showers,
I have had the sense of space and amplitude,
And love in many places, silver-shoed,
Has come and scattered all my path with flowers.



Alan Seeger’s promising poetic career was cut short when he died serving in the French Foreign Legion during World War I. He is best known for his war poem, “I Have a Rendezvous with Death,” and has often been compared with Rupert Brooke, a contemporary English soldier-poet who also died in World War I.

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August 5, 2014

Why does the region, after decades of petrodollars,

still have to import managerial, technical from the West and ‘slave’ labor from places like the Philippines?
Consider: foreign workers make up four fifths of the population of Qatar. One third the population of Saudi Arabia are ‘non nationals’. And they can’t even practice their Christian religion in the KSA, despite the UN convention of universal rights. Who’s the apartheid state? Yet if these despised ‘slaves’ leave these host countries will be toast. Who’s going to change the bedpans, run the x-ray machines, operate the scanner, do the operation, stick in the IV? Who’s going to pump out the oil? You can make the world’s best playground-based missile, but you can’t eat it. Time and distances still matter in military operations; the persistence of hatred still drives policy; the everlasting character of slavery breeds dependency among the masters.
-- The Return of the Natives

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No one expects the beginning of the universe!

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Cosmologist don’t try to put a beginning into their models.
For the longest time, even theists who believed that the universe had a beginning acknowledged that the universe shows no sign of such a beginning. We see cycles in nature – the stars go round, the sun goes round, the planets go round, the seasons go around, generations come and go. “There is nothing new under the sun”, says the Teacher in Ecclesiastes. Aristotle argued that the universe is eternal. Aquinas argued that we cannot know that the world had a beginning from the appearance of the universe, but only by revelation.
-- Letters to Nature

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East

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West

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Turn backwards, turn backwards, time in thy flight / And give us the plague again just for tonight.

Meanwhile, back in the Middle Ages: Bodies dumped in streets as W. Africa struggles to curb Ebola --
Relatives of Ebola victims in Liberia defied government quarantine orders and dumped infected bodies in the streets as West African governments struggled to enforce tough measures to curb an outbreak of the virus that has killed 887 people.

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Though the Right is a fairly diverse community of thought,

among whose allegiants many detail differences of reasoning and position can be identified, we tend to agree on our moral premises: i.e., the Rights of Man. The Left has no moral premises to which it will hold fast; their sole touchstone, as with the villains of Atlas Shrugged, is "Can we get away with it?" Which is, of course, entirely consistent with their drive for power over all persons and things. Porretto, Liberty's Torch: Recourse To Fundamentals

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“Taking offense” is certainly on the offensive in our highly sensitive age.

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For some people it is a living. What else does Al Sharpton do, exactly, except lie in wait for someone who utters a thoughtless or indiscreet remark that can be ambushed as “racist”?
American universities employ squads of such thought police. These sensitivity thugs, on and off campus, seldom put away their cudgels until the offender recants and, of course, apologizes—publicly, tearfully if possible, and sometimes with the kind of shake-down side payment that acknowledges “I can never afford to do this again” and that Don Corleone could only envy. Do I have to add that the tears needn’t be sincere? Sincerity has very little to do with this racket. The apology game is about power, about bending or breaking the offender’s will, about exalting the will of the “offended.”
The Apology Game

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That vast system of swamps that poison the Muslim world will one day need to be sterilized and drained,

and Gaza has made itself conspicuous through its reckless admixture of audacity and guile.

Within any jungle where self-preservation is paramount, any distinction between sheep and goats is wasted on the lion and one baits him to his own singular peril. In that political state of nature, where the decision to either kill or be killed is the only option, do not be surprised when the craven stratagem of delivering indiscriminate death from behind a phalanx of schoolgirls raises the temperature of warfare to the melting point, and the only truly merciful response is the utter abandonment of mercy.
-- Impure Thoughts on the Gaza War

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August 4, 2014

Secret serum likely saved Ebola patients

Brantly began to deteriorate and developed labored breathing.

He told his doctors he thought he was dying, according to a source with firsthand knowledge of the situation. Knowing his dose was still frozen, Brantly asked if he could have Writebol's now-thawed medication. It was brought to his room and administered through an IV. Within an hour of receiving the medication, Brantly's condition dramatically improved. He began breathing easier; the rash over his trunk faded away. One of his doctors described the events as "miraculous." By the next morning, Brantly was able to take a shower on his own before getting on a specially designed Gulfstream air ambulance jet to be evacuated to the United States.
- CNN.com

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Business Casual

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"God looks after children, drunks," and crack-addled Democrats

Marion Barry released from hospital after wrong-way crash on Pennsylvania Avenue -- Ms. Crump said the cause of the crash was being investigated. Police said Mr. Barry was cited for driving on the wrong side of the road, expired tags and not having insurance. Mr. Barry tweeted late Saturday that he was “fine.”

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What is it about America that attracts patriotic Mexican nationals to abandon their own country en masse?

That is not a rhetorical question, given much of the immigration debate is couched in critiques of the U.S.

The pageantry of an open-borders demonstration is usually a spectacle of Mexican flags. How odd that almost no advocate ever says, “We want amnesty so that our kinsmen have a shot, as we have had a shot, at an independent judiciary, equality under the law, the rule of law, true democracy, free speech, protection of human rights, free-market capitalism, and protection of private property. For all that, millions risk their lives.”
Works and Days » 1984 Redux: Orwellian Illegal Immigration

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Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary on the Eve of the First World War

A friend came to see me on one of the evenings of the last week — he thinks it was on Monday, August 3rd. We were standing at a window of my room in the Foreign Office. It was getting dusk, and the lamps were being lit in the space below on which we were looking. My friend recalls that I remarked on this with the words: "The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time."

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PWSHNSSMWWTF (n.)

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We have difficulty even recognizing we have the difficulty, so indoctrinated have we been, and for so long, on the feminist claptrap
that women are only just now beginning to gather some semblance of influence. It’s just not true. Our society is built on the spectacle of shrewish, “strong willed” condescending women with piercing voices, dishing out lectures to slow-witted gullible boys. We have the spectacle pounded in to our heads all of our lives, whether we’re men or women. It’s expected. Progressive liberals who happen to be unpleasant women lacking in pulchritude, which is to say most among their political class, count on it. The default response to the finger-waggling from an unappealing woman in a pantsuit with a piercing voice, is to acquiesce. San Fran Nan, obviously, expects it...... PWSHNSSMWWTF (n.) Pantsuit Wearing Scolding Harpy No Sane Straight Man Would Want to Fuck.The point that deserves emphasis here is that the PWSHNSSMWWTF wields, not miniscule influence or waning influence, but practically infinite influence. People are raised from childhood to listen to the shrewish yard duty teacher telling them don’t-do-that. They’re conditioned to immediately knock off whatever it is they’re doing. We have a whole political class that has learned to play the game, to literally put on the pantsuit and start screeching. Just like baby birds who got the worm that way. Well, like I said. This shit works.
Morgan @ House of Eratosthenes
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Posted by gerardvanderleun at 6:56 AM | Your Say (2)

By convincing the public that beauty is in the eye of the beholder,

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the Left has placed it beyond the realm of discussion.
According to the Left, beauty is a matter of taste, and arbitrary taste at that. There is no discussion of taste because to give reasons to prefer tasteful to tasteless things is elitist, nasty, uncouth and inappropriate. To have taste implies that some cultures produce more works of art and better than others, and this raises the uncomfortable possibility that love of beauty is Eurocentric, or even racist. To admire beauty has become a hate crime.
How We've Been Robbed of Beauty by the Left

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 6:49 AM | Your Say (3)

August 3, 2014

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- Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 10:02 PM | Your Say (1)

"First rule of burying a suicide bomber… remove suicide vest! "

Warning: Graphic violence at | Battlefield USA. [HT:Chuck]

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 2:31 PM | Your Say (1)

S. Korea threatens N. Korea with gigantic inflated condoms

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South Korea Sent Thousands of Choco Pies Over North Korea via Balloon
On Wednesday, about 200 South Koreans attached thousands of chocolate snacks to 50 giant balloons and released into North Korea after Pyongyang reportedly banned the coveted treats from the country earlier this month. The pies, which have become popular among hungry North Koreans, are considered as a symbol of capitalism and represent a cultural impact that might encourage an uprising. "We will continue to send Choco Pie by balloons because it is still one of the most favorite foodstuffs in North Korea," said Choo Sun-Hee, one of the organisers of Wednesday’s balloon launch.
Peoples cube

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 2:18 PM | Your Say (1)

Headline of the Week.... So Far

Laura Wenke jailed for trying to kill husband while she was dressed in bubble wrap Laura Jean Wenke
wrapped herself in bubble wrap, donned a mechanic's jumpsuit and boots and then stabbed her husband Randy in September 2011 after first shooting him with a taser.
The good news is she didn't say, "Honey, we have to talk." [HT: Rob]

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 2:14 PM | Your Say (2)

August 2, 2014

One Million Ceasefires

Trying to obtain a sustainable cease-fire by rewarding terrorists who break cease-fires
is like going trillions into debt to get rich. Not only won't it work, but it will have the exact opposite effect. Kerry's sustainable cease-fire can't exist because he's paying the terrorists breaking it in Israeli currency. Psaki's giant pile of cease-fires, one of top of another, is just a game of diplomatic Jenga. Everyone from the UN Secretary General to Hillary Clinton keeps shouting for an immediate cease-fire. But what is the cease-fire supposed to accomplish when the problem is terrorism?
Sultan Knish:

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 10:15 PM | Your Say (3)

"If you’re going to ride a Segway, ride it like this"

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At more than 12,000 notes, and for reasons unclear to me, this image is currently the #1 rebloged entry on KA-CHING! my online Tumblr and clip file that currently stores more 19,000 entries. Most garner anywhere from zero to five reblogs. This one evidently has some sort of power over Tumblrs. Mystifying.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 11:41 AM | Your Say (8)

Why Republicans Lose

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Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a game plan until you punch them in the mouth.”
The Democrats’ lie that Republicans are conducting wars against women, minorities and the poor, is their punch in the mouth. What do Republicans have? They have no punch in the mouth because they are focused on policy rather than politics. If a voter sees you as a racist he is not going to weigh your policy recommendations in a fair-minded manner. Republicans need to punch Democrats in the mouth by using a moral language to describe the atrocities they have committed against minorities and the poor. But they are probably too polite to do so.
| The Daily Caller

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 9:59 AM | Your Say (2)

Braised Lamb Mexican Pizza & Occupying the Fusion Movement

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My favorite part about Obama’s presidency was when he single-handedly ended domestic racism.
I don’t remember the exact moment racism ended, but it was sometime after Obama’s inauguration, and before Macklemore came out with “Same Love”, which, as we all know, permanently ended homophobia. But before we take a moment to pat ourselves on the back, deserved as it may be, there’s still one group in America that seems to feel they’ve been wronged: the poors. (Honorable mentions include: women, students, veterans, the transgender community, immigrants, political refugees, the mentally handicapped, union workers, Filipino tilt-a-whirl operators, and the Jews).
Culinary Bro-Down

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 9:27 AM | Your Say (2)

August 1, 2014

Groups like Hamas are biding their time

and anyone who imagines the next attack on America just will be a rerun of 9/11 is ignoring every available signal. It will something much, much worse than you can imagine.
But the Western response is denial, and re-running the same old tropes that our hoary intellectuals learned at French universities in the 1960s. They still think Hamas wants justice; break the cycle of violence and to achieve equality in the apartheid state of Israel.
Belmont Club サ The Return of the Natives

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 6:21 PM | Your Say (5)

Sign of the Times

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At the southern border "Help Me" phones now have instructions in Spanish AND Chinese.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 11:33 AM | Your Say (3)

The crash will be 2008 on afterburner

because no one trusts anybody, no one honors anything, no one believes anything.

The market isn't the economy, true enough, but a couple dozen trillion dollars isn't exactly budget-dust. The citizenry would see a yawning crater where their 401ks and IRAs used to be. They'd notice when their checking account is gone but their debt isn't, and when the ATM doesn't recognize their account number, or when their bank is an empty storefront and their car loan has been sold to Vinnie, or when their insurance company doesn't answer the phone. As always, people don't go nuclear until reality invites itself into their living room and defecates on the carpet. That's when things get interesting—when people notice, when they have to face what was formerly unthinkable and their only fallback is what good people they are.
- - ol remus

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 11:15 AM | Your Say (4)

Even a cursory inspection of modern art shows that beauty,

which is the particular province and goal of the arts, is not merely avoided by modern artists, but despised.
They are not producing poorly executed works of repugnant nonsense and blasphemous lumpish, retarded, asymmetrical obscenity by mistake or through indifference. The diametric opposite of beauty, namely, the revolting, the ugly, the aberrant, whatever is foul and vile, whatever causes a visceral sense of disorientation and disgust, that and precisely that is the goal of the Modern.
The Logic of Illogic

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 11:02 AM | Your Say (5)

Thought you didn't need air-sickness bags while web-surfing? Think again.

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Vice President Biden loves to skinny dip, says tell-all book  It's the Joe Biden you didn’t know — and might not want to see.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 10:15 AM | Your Say (1)