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May 26, 2017

It's past, long past, time.

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There is only one appropriate reaction to the kind of people who strap on bomb vests packed with nails and wait for smiling, laughing tweens to come along before hitting the detonator and ripping their limbs off and tearing their guts out.
The only appropriate reaction is righteous fury that turns into a grim determination to exact a retribution upon the bomber’s bros so thorough and so comprehensive that in a thousand years the few descendants of the survivors will still terrify their children with the story of the vengeance exacted by the avengers of the West. Fewer Tears, Fewer Lies, And More Righteous Anger - Kurt Schlichter

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May 25, 2017

If my child were ever killed in such an attack,

I would go on a God-damned (and I don’t make this invocation lightly) one man Crusade for vengeance.
God may have said “vengeance is mine” but I would damn my soul to Hell to get even with anybody who attacked my family. So the passivity and magical invocations of the Progressives grates on my nerves. It’s disgustingly naive and utterly insane. It is the man who passively bows down to his executioner instead of fighting to the last. I don’t understand it. I can’t fathom it.Candlelight Progressive Magic... Again | Declination

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Everybody Must Get Chipped!

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Swedish Tech Company Implants Microchips in Employees Bodies to Make Their Lives Easier
“We already interact with technology all the time,” Epicenter employee Hannes Sjoblad told the BBC, in 2015. “Today it’s a bit messy – we need pin codes and passwords. Wouldn’t it be easy to just touch with your hand? That’s really intuitive.” “We want to be able to understand this technology before big corporates and big government come to us and say everyone should get chipped – the tax authority chip, the Google or Facebook chip,” Hannes added, convinced that this way he will be able to question the way the technology is implemented from a position of much greater knowledge.

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The Revolution has moved onto a new phase.

In the French Revolution, after the White Terror, the Constitution of 1795 established The Directory.
This was the start of a new phase in which the lower classes were mostly ignored, as the new ruling class consolidated its power. That may be what we are seeing with our managerial class as they largely ignore the results of recent elections and enforce discipline in their own ranks. Ruminations On The Way Down The Mountain | The Z Blog

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May 24, 2017

A Window Looking Over "Happy Acres" is Here

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Tumblr killed off his site there without warning. Twitter still tolerates him, but Twitter will purge him.
For now he's at: HappyAcres (@HappyHectares) | Twitter I tried to tell him that he needs to get his own platform. If on Twitter tell him too. We will need the sites we like to survive and not be killed off by Jack and other Neojacobins of his ilk.

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Trump was a political asteroid impact

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The idea that someone who shakes parmesan from a can contravened the wishes of those who can taste the difference between serrano and iberico Jamón is simply unacceptable.
Maxine Waters, Nacy Pelosi, Barbra Boxer and Al Green, are so far removed from traditional America as to be alien life forms. Outside of the 6 -7 major media/political centers in the US, the rest of the population simply do not factor into the equation until election time returns. The Price of Delegitimization – The Virginia Freeman's Society

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" This is Topic A -- and there is no Topic B until further notice... "

Manchester: This Time They Came for Our Children

Politicians and the media particularly must face reality. We may not like it but we are at war. You should behave accordingly. This is Topic A -- and there is no Topic B until further notice... that is unless you want Manchester actually to be the "new normal." It pretty much is already. How horrible is that for all of us, how horrible for our children. Why don't we all get together and put an end to it? It's even more important than impeaching Trump.

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May 23, 2017

The truth of the matter is that modern universities are not in the business of leader-making.

Our leaders these days come from other places, or other times;
because our institutions of higher learning have turned their energy to licensing managers to serve as the officers of our managerial oligarchy. According to Patrick Dennan, students these days are “…the culmination of western civilization, a civilization that has forgotten nearly everything about itself, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference to its own culture.” If You Don’t Read Books… | Joel D. Hirst's Blog

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"We won’t need to build new holding cells on Guantanamo Bay this time."

In this case, the visuals will be provided by future terror attacks.

That reinforces the “evil” part, obviously. But more importantly, the Losers will be doing nothing but losing on the battlefield from now until “annihilation.” They are surrounded, and the clock is ticking. Oh, and the press isn’t allowed to watch the final battles. In other words, we won’t need to build new holding cells on Guantanamo Bay this time. No press means no prisoners, if you know what I mean. (American soldiers won’t be shooting the prisoners. We have allies for that sort of thing.)Goodbye ISIS, Hello Losers | Scott Adams' Blog

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How To Make It As A Left-Wing Polemicist

Has your novel just not flowed from your fingertips like you’d imagined?
Does each year of being an adjunct professor feel less fulfilling than the last? Starting to think that no amount of Adderall can launch you past the boredom of your role as a research assistant? Could it be that so much time has passed since you last picked up your guitar that it wouldn’t even be possible to get the old band back together again?

Do you seek validation? Are you hungry for permanent and hip confrontational posturing? Still having dreams about the glory of radical nonconformity? Eager to purge your upper-middle class and white guilt? Want to do something new with your life, but want to rely on the skills you already have instead of learning new ones?

I’ve got just the thing for you: become a left-wing critic of the mainstream American Left. It’s easy, really, and no matter what, your Twitter following will increase at least five-fold. How To Make It As A Left-Wing Polemicist - Social Matter

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May 22, 2017

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The Japanese. Nuked Too Much or Sleeping with the Fish?

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Japan's adult wrapping wellness trend is so weird it's creeping out the Japanese people | SoraNews24
In otona maki, participants lie down on a large, sheet-like piece of cloth. An attendant then wraps them up snugly, leaving their face completely obscured their knees tucked up near their waist, and their overall posture resembling the fetal position. The only openings are two small gaps near the participants’ midsection, left over from how the cloth is tied.

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I am the king of lost places.

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Nowhere-land. The triangular mud minarets of Sankore Mosque in Timbuktu, in front of that silent sandy plaza that used to host a university, back when life in Timbuktu had significance.
A Catholic seminary converted into a hostel in the old Belgian administrative center called Lubero tucked in the highlands of eastern Congo – blue helmets and razor wire waiting to accept the genocidaire; monsters who had decided upon the extinguishing of another race. Eating escargot and drinking warm beer with the priests. The cement and zinc-roofed house of a witch in a village in northern Nicaragua, sitting in front of her on a rocking chair imploring her to release the sick under her spell so I could take them for hospital care. The King of Lost Places | Joel D. Hirst's Blog

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Occupation of a defeated America

would take a form other than garrisoning huge numbers of troops and running the place as a prison camp, the standard motif of doomer movies and novels.
The likeliest would be a Vichy-type puppet government that took care to mimic our current structure and outward forms. Just as in France, they'd have little trouble finding reliable, unprincipled opportunists already in place and eager to serve. Woodpile Report

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"Black Lives Matter might more accurately be named White Killers Matter,

because it only seems to care about black lives that are ended by white people.

And that, of course, is because Black Lives Matter isn’t about justice, but about racial agitation."
But the routine taking of black lives by other blacks generates no interest in the mainstream media. Forty-three hundred people, including two dozen children under the age of 12, were shot in Chicago last year. Had 4,300 white people been shot, there would have been a revolution, and the media would have set up headquarters in the city to cover the breakdown of law and order. But because the victims were nearly all black, few pay attention—besides the police. Some Black Lives Don’t Matter | City Journal

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May 21, 2017

The Way It Is

They ain't gonna do jack shitski.
At least nothing of physical context to anyone, cept maybe a couple pisswillys that needed it. On a large scale, say, several hundred people? Not hardly. Look cross eyed at em and they'll be slip-slidin in their own loose fecal matter. Then, with gas mask applied and industrial grade boot covers, just walk amongst them with a 28" Louisville Slugger crackin heads in both directions. Posted by: ghostsniper at May 20, 2017 8:25 PM

If they do break Trump, I don't think the genie goes back in the bottle.
I think the days of leftist pissants grinding our faces in the dirt under the threat of government coercion are over. How it will evolve, I don't know but I don't think it will be peaceful. Posted by: Bill Cox at May 21, 2017 5:13 AM
The Top 40: This is not about Donald Trump’s alleged character defects.

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Why do many people want to deny us our past?

Why does the brutishness of our ancestors offend so?

And why do the stories of tremendous resilience, of family and purpose and fight and faith offend them? We are told that because they were not perfect – that they held prejudice in their hearts or often misbehaved – we are not to look to them; certainly not as a means to better understand ourselves. As if we are not even now brutish and vile – albeit in different ways. As if the progress we have been sold, so carefully scraped of all vestiges of the past, is even healthy – even progress at all really, instead of another dark age served to us by know-nothings.Castles, Civilizations and the Know-Nothings | Joel D. Hirst

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Memes that Make You Go, "Hummmmm..."

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Two New Things Under the Sun

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Louis Réard, the inventor of bikini, with a model in 1946.
He named his creation after the Bikini Atoll, which was the site of nuclear weapon tests, as he felt his new swimsuit would create an “explosive commercial and cultural reaction.”

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May 20, 2017

Why the C-130 Is Such a Badass Plane

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Designed to carry only 90 paratroopers, the Hercules's belly was bursting with far more people than that.
Its lone pilot, a VNAF major, pushed its four Allison T56 turboprops to full throttle and began his takeoff down the 10,000 foot runway. At the opposite end of the runway, the airplane still hadn't taken wing. But in the runway's 1000-foot overrun, the C-130 staggered into the air. After a harrowing flight, it touched down three and a half hours later at U Tapao Royal Thai AB, southeast of Bangkok. On the ramp, American personnel were visibly surprised as they watched 452 people disembark. With herculean effort, the C-130 had lifted more than 20,000 pounds above its operational limit. -- Popular Mechanics

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This is not about Donald Trump’s alleged character defects.

The Resistance would have arisen against whoever represented Americans who had voted not to be governed as they have been for the past quarter-century.
It is a cold civil war against a majority of the American people and their way of life. The members of the Resistance mean to defend their power. Their practical objective is to hamper and otherwise delegitimize 2016’s winners. Their political objective is to browbeat Trump voters into believing they should repent and yield to their betters. This campaign might break the Trump presidency. The Cold Civil War

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Racism: The Last Refuge of Us All?

Race is what you cling to when you have no meaningful achievements of your own to display.
It’s a safe space for the unaccomplished. That’s why there’s been such an explosion of racism on the left, especially among some of its less successful demographic groups. When you have nothing to offer, or when you just don’t want to make the effort to be successful or productive, well…at least you have your skin. And the left has proved to be expert at making everything about skin. With so many layabouts, welfare cases, entitlement whores, and blame shifters among the masses, leftist intellectuals in politics, the media, and academia gain lots of traction by continually reassuring certain constituencies, “Hey, man, your skin color makes you special! Your skin color makes you deserving!” - David Cole

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No. Just No.

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Uniquely Designed Jeans That Easily Convert Into High Cut Shorts Either In Front or On the Side
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“Weapons are the tools of power.

In the hands of the state, they can be the tools of decency or the tools of oppression, depending on the righteousness that state.
In the hands of criminals, they are the tools of evil. In the hands of the free and decent citizen, they should be the tools of liberty. Weapons compound man’s power to achieve whatever purpose he may have. They amplify the capabilities of both the good man and the bad, and to exactly the same degree, having no will of their own. Thus, we must regard them as servants, not masters–and good servants of good men. Without them, man is diminished, and his opportunities to fulfill his destiny are lessened. An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.” — Attributed to Col. Jeff Cooper [via Power Tools – waka waka waka]

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May 17, 2017

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The fact is things are going pretty well these days.

The Supreme Court is whole – and with a remarkable, honest and gentle addition;
Assad will think twice about using chemicals again; the economy is booming (yes, it has everything to do with confidence and deregulation); jobs are up, jobless claims are down; companies are reinvesting in the United States (it’s about encouragement); the healthcare challenges of a hastily passed and un-debated law are on the way to being addressed; illegal immigration is way down (no, nothing to do with a wall. Yes, everything to do with application of the rule of law). ISIS is being pushed out of Mosul. And the federal government’s thought war against half of its citizens is over. -- A House Divided | Joel D. Hirst's Blog

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“People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim.

What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication,
because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked…The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on…There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all.” - - Ayn Rand said in Atlas Shrugged

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A House Divided

The media, the elites, the entitled – joined by the managers in our managerial oligarchy –
those who lost a periodic election have embarked upon a strategy of annihilation. It seems that they would embrace national failure, even if it means their own destruction. Their weapon of choice? Poison. Poisoning the well is; “a rhetorical technique and logical fallacy that uses the association of negative emotions to distract a subject from actual evidence in an argument. Poisoning the well is an appeal to hate.” | Joel D. Hirst's Blog

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When you look at what is happening to Europe, there are some similarities to the Arabs and Persians in late antiquity.

The attempts to replace Christianity with the sterile bureaucratic super state have largely failed.
Falling birth rates and an unwillingness to resist invasion are signs of a people who have no purpose. The average European today lives for carnal pleasures and the acquisition of goods. There’s a void in the center of European life and perhaps Islam is what is going to fill it. The Reconquest | The Z Blog

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May 16, 2017

I have been accused of “book collecting,” but there is no truth in this.

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They merely accumulate, of their own free will.
Indeed, while installing a few new bookcases, which necessitated the juggling of several old (and bookcases are hard to juggle, believe me), I was able to identify several hundred works that could be “recirculated.” Gentle reader may be shocked to learn that my principle parodies that of the abortionists: “Every book a wanted book.” Another principle is to avoid having them pile up on floors, which creates physical obstructions to peripatetic philosophizing. - - Dust : Essays in Idleness

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There exists one truth which most people sub-consciously accept but which is unmentionable in polite society:

namely, that women are entirely dependent on men.
All the women in Western society demanding equality, protesting about sexism, and screaming about the patriarchy, are only able to do so because they are tacitly permitted to engage in such behavior by the very men that they rail against. If men decided to forcibly remove all the rights from women, there is little that women could do to stop them. And Western women should not forget this fact. Nor should they forget that their existence in the West is the best that they could ask for, and that to push men too far may lead to a backlash that women might not wish to experience. Woodpile Report

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The name you take when you chop off your dick will not be popular with the sane.

The Social Security Administration also released a list of the baby names that gained or dropped the most in popularity. The most notable decrease in 2016 was the name Caitlyn — and three variations of its spelling: Caitlin, Katelynn and Kaitlynn. All four versions fell out of the top 1,000 in 2016. -- TODAY.com

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Once the needle goes in it never comes out.

Addicts want whatever is the most powerful, even if it’s deadly. If it doesn’t kill them, people come back for more once they’ve had the new synthetic drugs. “Some addicts want that drug that’s killing everybody, because they want to get high or they hope they die,” one recovering heroin user in Cincinnati told Businessweek. 7 Things We Learned About The Thriving American Heroin Industry

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You need reasons?

11 Reasons To Always Have Chocolate Chips in Your Pantry

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Gladys Knight and the Pips. [Bumped]

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Five Things I Learned From Not Drinking for Four Months

The bottom line is that regular drunkenness is a stupendously costly hobby.
Stepping away from the drinking world underscores just how much people are willing to pay to participate in this particular elective activity, again and again. Every night, millions of people happily fork over seven or eight dollars, repeatedly, for a beverage, just because it contains a small dose of a low-brow drug. And when a drink is, say, only 5 dollars, it seems cheap when it is still stupidly expensive. - - Raptitude

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We are the superior civilization. We are the enlightened ones, the shining and resplendent inhabitants of the wonderful future.

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We cross the globe by flying through the air.
Not just heads of state or priests, no, common people. He*ll, our pets fly. Most places have clean, fresh water that someone doesn’t have to carry a mile or so (which has been most of the work of humanity I think, forever.) Forget aqueducts. We have water that comes from our faucets whenever we want it. Cold AND hot. We have temperature control inside our houses, allowing us ignore the weather and keep warm in winter and cold in summer. We can magically cure diseases that killed millions of people by injecting this magical elixir into the sick person’s veins. Our old live a long time in relative comfort. We get our teeth fixed and replaced, so most people can chew to the end of their lives. Most of us can read, and most of us have access to untold wisdom of the sort their hermetic orders would kill for. - - According To Hoyt

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A new bipolar world, one where for the first time the US could potentially be the weaker state.

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For the United States the prospect of a high capacity land logistics corridor through the Eurasian landmass means that
China would be less vulnerable to maritime blockade, especially by naval forces in the Indian Ocean. It also raises the prospect of a new bipolar world, one where for the first time the US could potentially be the weaker state. To the many impoverished countries along planned Silk Road route -- many of them Islamic -- Beijing's announcement simply means a potential windfall. "Behind China's trillion-dollar effort to build a modern Silk Road is a lending program of unprecedented breadth, one that will help build ports, roads and rail links, but could also leave some banks and many countries with quite a hangover." Caravan

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May 15, 2017

Dilbert on Climate Change

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Via ye olde Never Yet Melted サ

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“Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies,

their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it.” ― Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

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"And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm"

Here’s how this goes.

The Democrats, along with the media and Team Tinfoil, keep whining about Russians Russians Russians, and normal people keep tuning them out. While they’re babbling about nonsense that means nothing outside of the coastal looney bins, normal people are tuning into how the stock market and the job market just keep getting better, how we’re not taking guff from foreign creeps anymore, and we’re not talking about how much taxes will go up but about how much they’ll go down.

Tax reform is going to pass. Obamacare is getting repealed – it’s as dead in the Senate as it was in the House, which is not at all. Our military is getting rebuilt. We’re going to stop leading with our chin on trade. Things are going to keep getting better, and people will see it.

The only way the President can still screw this up is by choosing to screw this up. He won’t do it by messing with liberals. Keep tweeting those twerps into a sputtering rage! It pays dividends every time he provokes them to new heights of lunacy.” - - Kurt Schlichter

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Who voted for Trump and now says something remotely like this?

“Yeah, I really regret not letting Hillary pick a SCOTUS judge who thinks the Constitution bans guns but mandates taxpayer-subsidized transsexual abortions!”

“Wow, that 70% drop in illegal alien entries into America and all those deportations of MS-13 guys are depriving the country of valuable, productive future Democrat voters!”

“Gosh, I hate so much how Trump has paid attention to that sliver of our country lying between I-5 and I-95!”
Liberals Are An Inferno Of Flaming Crazy And We Should Pour Gasoline On The Fire - Kurt Schlichter

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Believe me if all those endearing young charms....

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Still holding hands: Delma (left) and Tom Ledbetter, who married 62 years ago, fell ill within days of each other in April and passed away just an hour and a half apart from each other. - - | Daily Mail Online

Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,
Which I gaze on so fondly today,
Were to change by tomorrow and fleet in my arms
Like fairy gifts fading away
Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art,
Let thy loveliness fade as it will,
And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart
Would entwine itself verdantly still

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America needs to get its head out of the "mugger in the parking lot" paradigm,

and it needs to stop reading articles penned by people attempting to sell them legal services.
Certainly, there are still muggers in parking lots, but that "crime" paradigm will not work in an active shooter or terrorist event. As we progress into the decade, whether the traditionalist "defense-minded" trainers like it or not, not all shootings will be "self defense" shootings. Some by the very nature of the events in discussion will be proactive pistol ambushes designed to take and kill the terrorist unannounced and by surprise. And not only is that perfectly legal, it is praise worthy. GABE SUAREZ BLOG - ALTERNATIVES TO THE FACE SHOT

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May 14, 2017

Our secular elite speaks blue, but largely lives red.

In other words, our wealthy, progressive, urban centers are hardly hedonistic enclaves.
They’re chock-full of intact families, featuring moms and dads who waited until marriage to have children, value education immensely, and work hard to make sure that their kids make the same choices they did. When it comes to actually arguing for the traditional family values they practice in their own lives, though, liberals are silent. They wouldn’t dare go so far as to pass moral judgment on those who live differently. No sir. Instead, you can count on them to simply consider their chosen lifestyle as just one among many valid lifestyles, including polyamory, cohabitation, promiscuity, or anything else that consenting adults can imagine and enjoy. Indeed, they may even take great pleasure in embracing the few “transgressive” couples in their orbit as living symbols of progressive tolerance. Polyamory: Elite’s Nonjudgment Poisons American Culture

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What Crime Would a ‘Special Prosecutor’ Prosecute?

In the ballyhooed “Russia investigation,” what is the object of the purported conspiracy?

Notice that although Senator Schumer casually asserts that “a serious offense” has been committed, he does not tell us what that offense is.

That’s because there isn’t one.

Sorry to be the downer at the pep rally, but it is simply not a federal crime for a foreign country to intrude on an American election by spreading information or misleading propaganda that favors one candidate or damages another. To draw an analogy, it is shameful for the American media systematically to scald Republicans while carrying the Democrats’ water; but there is nothing illegal about it. | Ordered Liberty

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Next week will bring a new controversy manufactured by the press because this one failed.

Newspaper advertising revenues have dropped by two-thirds in the last 15 years.
Newspapers are the vanguard of the American news media, not television. Look how many stories the New York Times and the Washington Post generate, and yet we elected Trump despite their steady rain of stories condemning him as unfit for the job. Don Surber: Next week will be even better, Danny

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May 13, 2017

You could do worse.

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Consider the charm of a sexbot.
She will be not only beautiful, indeed perfect, but perfectly beautiful just as you want her to be. She will have an “Off” button. She will have user-selectable personalities instead of changing wildly and unpredictably as happens with human women. You can choose sweet, furiously lustful, kinky to taste, shameless hussy, Honkytonk Angel, whatever floats your boat. She won’t do relationship talk. She will do quickies and nooners without complaint, never have a splitting headache, and never have three-day huffs that no man can figure out. Fast, easy, back into her closet, and you can get to work again.Sally Cone Hits the Dating Scene: Kind of Weird, but Maybe…. | Fred On Everything

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May 12, 2017

We have reached peak humanity

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The Shirk Report – Volume 421 «TwistedSifter

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List, Reading

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"Plain and Simple" Only the Washington Post would find enforcing the law as written a "sweeping new policy."

In a speech Friday, Sessions said the move was meant to ensure that prosecutors would be
“un-handcuffed and not micromanaged from Washington” as they worked to bring the most significant cases possible. “We are returning to the enforcement of the laws as passed by Congress, plain and simple,” Sessions said. “If you are a drug trafficker, we will not look the other way, we will not be willfully blind to your misconduct.” Sessions issues sweeping new criminal charging policy -
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I can take people challenging my Christian, right-leaning, classically liberal worldview if they do so civilly

-- and I think anyone else who happens to occupy my region of the political coordinate plane would certainly say the same.
In reality, we're fairly used to challenge and typically have spent many years practicing the art of taking the good and critiquing the bad every time we turn on the TV/go to the movies/go to school/etc. What bothers us so much - and what, in many cases, has made us allergic to any mention of race/gender/sexuality in our programming guides - is the abject failure on the part of the aforementioned vociferous minority to engage us in good faith. The Right Geek: Running a Genuinely Inclusive Con

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In some ways, The Festivities are going to be a relief.

Right now, we have war and rumors of war.

We have the Left playing at war. But when the true battlefield comes, I think that our side is the victor. Who else has sent their sons, husbands, and other male relatives to perish in this endless cycle of kill or be killed? The Left has kept their sons in tact: to study, to advance in corporations or academia, and to breed legions more offspring. Our side has seen whole family trees eviscerated from the public square. Silent and mute from any conversation of hope, liberty, or patriotism, they lay in rows, perpetual spectators to any behavior. However, our family trees are towering oaks, full of acorns waiting to burst forth.


The Left thinks that by destroying our heritage; its symbols, its banter, its soul of a distinguished and rightful nation, that they will win the fight. The fight started while they were congratulating themselves on being the victors. We are prepared with hardened hearts, and watchful eyes. The clock is still ticking, but we know that the hour comes. - - | Western Rifle Shooters Association

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How The Perception Of Disgust Is Manipulated Over Time To Break The Human Spirit

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When an artist submerges a crucifix in a jar of his own urine, or smears elephant dung on an image of the Virgin Mary, do these works belong in art museums?
Can the artist simply tell religious Christians, "If you don't want to see it, don't go to the museum"? Or does the mere existence of such works make the world dirtier, more profane, and more degraded? If you can't see anything wrong here, try reversing the politics. Imagine that a conservative artist had created these works using images of Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela instead of Jesus and Mary. Imagine that his intent was to mock the quasi-deification by the left of so many black leaders. Could such works be displayed in museums in New York or Paris without triggering angry demonstrations? Might some on the left feel that the museum itself had been polluted by racism, even after the paintings were removed? (Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind, chap.5)
- - Return of Kings

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Honey Badger Don't Care and...

The Alt-Right Don’t Care
Now here’s a houseful of pieties. You think the alt-right cares? It doesn’t give a shit. It goes right onto social media with its hate. How disgusting is that? Oooh, it’s so nasty. But look, the alt-right doesn’t care. It’s getting called racist like a thousand times. It doesn’t give a shit. It’s angry. It doesn’t even care about being called racist. Oh what crazy fucks!
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May 11, 2017

This is how rights can be lost, even in a nation with a constitution that protects all political speech,

no matter how controversial or offensive.
If enough people begin to believe that “hate speech” (itself a subjective and vague term) is illegal, it will, in a way, become outlawed, in a de facto sense, by the people themselves, who will come to fear violating a law that doesn’t exist. This is how you bypass the need for anti-speech laws; just convince everyone that we already have them. Keep repeating the mantra “hate speech is not protected speech,” keep purposely confusing political speech with speech that can be regulated (like pornography), and keep telling lies about the meaning and scope of the legal principle of “fighting words.” Strange Fruit (and Assorted Nuts)

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This Just In

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"I look forward to serving United States," said Mr. Oblast, who insists he will be impartial in his investigation of Russian involvement in the US election, an act he says most likely didn't happen and that he wasn't involved in it even if it did. The Plantain spoke to Mr. Oblast and asked what he thought would be the hardest part of his new job, to which the 54 year old Russian said it would be learning how to spell "Bureau" consistently. - - The Plantain [HT: Sensing ]

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May 9, 2017

Puerto Rico is still Puerto Rico.

It has a crime rate higher than every US state, something close to Baltimore.

It also has a corruption rate triple the typical US state. In other words, despite the best efforts of the US, Puerto Rico is the product of the people who populate the island. Now that the island is going bankrupt, it would make sense for the conservative cheerleaders to take stock and maybe reconsider those wonderful economic policies they were sure would fix anything. Similarly, libertarians, who are sure that tinkering with the tax code can fix everything, might want to take a look at Puerto Rico. Of course, that will never happen. Being a public intellectual in the modern era means never having to say you’re sorry for being wrong. Heck, you don’t even have to admit to being wrong. To Learn Nothing | The Z Blog

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Trayvon Martin Will Receive a Posthumous College Degree ... from Florida Memorial University, a black college

"... employment prospects not improved. " - - Woodpile Report

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Looks like the "Two Koreas" cobble-up of 1945 is becoming dangerously unstable again.


What is the probability of a shoot-out?

Estimates by retired military men I've seen range from 30% to 60%. Some dot-mil enthusiasts claim a post-war arrangement is already in place, the shock and awe is on countdown, and the grace period for a general's coup in North Korea is running out.

China would have occupation duty—the whole peninsula, perhaps. Russia would defer to China as long as they keep an eye on the prevailing winds. Japan's been assigned support duties for the US but when the rubble stops bouncing they get to reconfigure their Self Defense Force on a "we told you so" basis.

Maybe. - The New Woodpile Report


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Puerto Rico is in a deeper hole, with much more suffering than any of the moderate cuts would have imposed.

Unfortunately, a number of cities and states on the mainland are walking down the Puerto Rican highway toward bankruptcy and disruptive adjustment. There, the liberal press is still hailing the politicians who are willing to plunge their cities and states into chaos for the sake of popularity: the press often calls them bold, innovative and visionary. They have a lot of ideas about the things they want to do with other peoples’ money, while people who insist that budgets must be cut, and that pension obligations be met, are still being attacked for everything from racism to sadism. The Cruelty of Blue - The American Interest

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May 8, 2017

Button up your overcoat, Earth

Ever since December temperatures in the Arctic have consistently been lower than minus 20 C.

In April the extent of Arctic sea ice was back to where it was in April 13 years ago. Furthermore, whereas in 2008 most of the ice was extremely thin, this year most has been at least two metres thick. The Greenland ice cap last winter increased in volume faster than at any time for years. As for those record temperatures brought in 2016 by an exceptionally strong El Niño, the satellites now show that in recent months global temperatures have plummeted by more that 0.6 degrees: just as happened 17 years ago after a similarly strong El Niño had also made 1998 the “hottest year on record”.

This means the global temperature trend has now shown no further warming for 19 years. But the BBC won’t be telling us any of this. And we are still stuck with that insanely damaging Climate Change Act, which in this election will scarcely get a mention.Global Quackery: Earth Has Not Warmed For Past 19 Years, New Study Finds | Daily Wire

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France would be the next Muslim country to have nuclear weapons.

Predicting the average temperature on Earth ten years from now is hard.

There are too many variables. But predicting the outcome of immigration policies probably involves far fewer variables. All we need to do is look at other countries that experienced lots of Muslim immigration and subtract out the countries that reversed the trend with military force, because I assume we wouldn’t see any of that in the United States, especially if the immigrants are legal. Where's My Immigration Prediction Model? | Scott Adams' Blog

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Go ahead. Make my decade.

Hillary’s election loss excuse means one thing:She’s running in 2020.
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"Don’t tell me stories! Muslims, have you gone to see them?

Have you watched them with their turbans and jellabiyas?
You can see that they are not French! Those who advocate integration have the brain of a hummingbird. Try to mix oil and vinegar. Shake the bottle. After a second, they will separate again. - - Charles de Gaulle, 1959

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Not all boxcutters are equal. Some still get past airport scanners.

Oh yes, all that "security theater" is really paying off:

Everyday, multiple times a day, I use my handy snap-blade utility box-cutter knife. It costs 2 dollars. It’s made of day-glo orange plastic. I use it like a pocket knife for opening and liberating all kinds of things, but it weighs almost nothing (no pocket wear), is easy to re-sharpen (snap off the end), instant to engage, quick to put back. They are so cheap and featherweight I keep one in all my pants, coats, bags. If I lose it I don’t care. I really miss having them when I travel by air (although I know from unintentional experience they are usually undetectable by the machines.) — KK - - Cool Tools

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It’s a funny sort of “patriarchy” we inhabit.

Even though black women live longer than white men in the USA

…and even though women control more disposable wealth than men do…and even though women are snagging most of the college degrees these days…and even though the law and public sympathy heavily lean toward women in any dispute between the sexes…and even though the media portray men as either bumbling incompetents or bloodthirsty rape-monsters…and even though men are far more likely to commit suicide, die on the job, or be homeless than women…we’re still lectured by these bitter fat blobs and their testosterone-free male enablers that misandry isn’t real because men still benefit from certain mysterious “systemic” and “institutional” advantages that none of these assholes seem able to enumerate even when calmly asked to do so. - - -Confronting the Misandropologists

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"I thought she'd disappear," referring to Hillary and boy was he wrong.

Nothing goes away any more.

Perhaps these toxins are building up because the Information age has made memes unkillable. Causes, from Vichy to the Resistance have achieved virtual immortality. Communism will never die and Hillary runs in 3020. At least in the pre-Internet age things went out of scope and even Hiter died and was forgotten. Today there is no garbage collection in the public space. Objects persist forever or at least until the operating system runs out of memory. Even ISIS is expected to live on after it's battlefield death to go underground like Camus' plague bacillus until ... well that's the problem. Nobody is quite sure what "until" means. - - Until

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Noticing is the gateway drug that leads to judging.

One day we’re celebrating diversity and the next day we’re stoning a heretic for noting that people are different.

The reason is there’s no getting around the fact that humans are just as susceptible to evolutionary pressure as every other creature. Human evolution was copious, recent and local, which means people in different places have different physical and cognitive traits. It’s hard to know where they go from here.

In Europe, even the most unhinged nutters in the ruling class have stopped celebrating diversity. In the US, a few crackpots like that dunce Elizabeth Warren will babble in public about the glories of diversity. All the signs point to them dropping this as their signature issue. At the same time, the new catchphrase “scientific racism” to describe the human sciences is ominous. It’s not hard to imagine mobs of Birkenstock-clad lunatics smashing up biology labs. - - The End of Diversity

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May 7, 2017

Welcome to the rise of fake law.

Just as fake news spreads ideologically motivated misinformation with a newsy veneer,

fake law brings us judicial posturing, virtue signaling, and opinionating masquerading as jurisprudence. And just as fake news augurs the end of authoritative reporting, fake law portends the diminution of law's legitimacy and the warping of judges' self-understanding of their constitutional role.Fake Law | The Weekly Standard

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France has always needed a man on a horse to restore order and national pride.

The obituaries for Le Pen and her issues are all written and ready to go as soon as the vote is counted.
By pretending it is close, they can cast any win as a massive defeat for the Right. The reality is something different. France, as a self-governing political entity, was probably broken in the Great War, but it was most certainly broken in the Second World War. Getting run over by the Huns and then having most of your political class collaborate with them will do that to a country. If that was not enough, being relegated to the kiddie table during the Cold War finished off what was left of responsible French leadership. - - The French Election

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May 6, 2017

"Wow, this entire generation can be judged by G-d on judgement day by a stupid computer game."

For if man can create entire worlds, creatures and sentient beings in cyberspace, there is no question that a higher order G-d could have created US.
Further, if we can code whatever the heck we want into our virtual world, then so can He. He could even code bones into stones for dinosaurs that never existed at all. The Coder could have left all sorts of unexplained writings and objects behind to test our faith in Him. Only a few weeks after I had these thoughts I saw the article where Elon Musk was offering a reward to anyone who could hack the Matrix in which we lived. As someone who routinely prays to the Great Coder and his Son, I thought about requesting Musk's reward. Unfortunately, my faith is just too weak for me to hack the Matrix (i.e. God's creation) at will. I can only point to the many inexplicable blessings in my life that seem to come from Faith in the Great Coder. And so, I'm left with commenting on American Digest. Who knows, maybe I was even prompted by the Great Coder in the Sky to type these words? He might have even coded them into the Matrix Himself while I was asleep in bed this night? by edaddy @ Something Wonderful: Molecular Visualizations of DNA

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Who says there's no good news?

NC House Passed HB 330 - Allowing Drivers To Legally Drive Through Protesters Who Block Roads - Charlotte Stories

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The left had it all. But then they blew it, beginning at Berkeley.

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Barry Goldwater had been crushed in a 44-state landslide and the GOP reduced to half the size of the Democratic Party, with but 140 seats in the House and 32 in the Senate. The Supreme Court of Chief Justice Earl Warren, the most liberal in history, was on a roll, and LBJ was virtually unopposed as he went about ramming his Great Society through Congress. - - How Berkeley Birthed the Right

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May 5, 2017

Drug-free Constipation Cure Found on Amazon

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Drivel. Pure 21st Century Drivel.

Smarking is looking for an all star Customer Success Team Lead

to help drive our customer success creation, evangelization, and business renewals & up-sells. Our CSM team covers the full lifecycle of Smarking’s customers, serving as the thinking partner, technology advisor, and success advocate for each customer and accelerating the expansion in each account. The ideal candidate will be passionate about providing an exceptional experience for every customer, believe in the upcoming transformation of the urban mobility landscape driven by data, software, and other prominent technologies, and hungry to apply the most advanced CSM expertise into left-behind industries such as parking. Smarking - Lead/Manager, Customer Success

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I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size.

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I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom.
My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed'' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents "interests,'' I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can. - - Barry Goldwater

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May 4, 2017

Americans have voted themselves into comforts and luxurious standards of living that are as unsustainable as an underwater blowtorch.

My overextended metaphor is that we have voted in such a way that all cars must be expensive because they must all have airbags.
And I'm trying to get Americans, who consider themselves to be anything but rich despite the fact that most of them will own several automobiles in their lives, to see how risk averse that pile of laws has made us. We have grown out of the virtue of physical courage because our entire paved, plastic, medicated and insulated environment shields us from the rigors of... childbirth, street fights... you know all of that stuff that we find so fascinating in the 'culture' of the Third World. American women and men do not have large families. That is the vector of the West. We don't face the life and death decisions of having six children who might have to face life and death decision. We have engineered an economy and lifestyle that we know is unsustainable, and yet... The Unsustainability of Dainty Sensibilities & Strong Arms - Cobb

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The basic problem is that NASCAR racing got boring. I mean, booooooorrrriiiiinnnnggg.

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NASCAR races became boring when NASCAR mandated that every driver had to drive the "Car of Tomorrow" racer beginning in 2008.
That means that all the Cup races - the big leagues of NASCAR - are basically just one big IROC series, a now-defunct racing series in which, "Drivers raced identically-prepared stock cars set up by a single team of mechanics in an effort to make the race purely a test of driver ability." The problem with using the COT in NASCAR is that brand distinction (Ford, Chevy, etc.) now means nothing at all. It did back in, say, Richard Petty's day. The cars now are all the same except for very minor and immaterial differences. In Daytona there was a field of 30-plus cars that all had almost exactly the same performance envelopes and so most all the race looked like a large clump of cars running around the track together. So drivers aren't racing anymore; the winner usually just turns out to be the luckiest of the last men standing, having missed being wiped out in a pile up. That means the "race" is boring because viewers are not actually watching a competition, just a high-speed game of Russian Roulette. Donald Sensing in NASCAR getting smaller and smaller. Solution: Increase the diversity!

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Tear it down, salt the earth, set up a solitary cross and some folding chairs, and God will receive greater glory. The serpent always swallows things inch by inch.

It started with the little things that we went along with because, how much could it hurt right?
We no longer sang just the old hymns, and moved onto a mix of contemporary worship songs. Then there were no more hymns. Heaven forbid if the sound system crashed as the congregation would just have to stand there in shock and silence now. Then came the eradication of the clauses in the Bylaws about prohibiting members of the Masons to be elders, because that was simply “an old, archaic thing that didn’t matter anymore”. Then came the church vote on installing women deacons and elders, as both of them had “just done so much for the church”. - - A church, converged

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This Mobile Phone Can Be Hunged Up

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It’s probably too late for this generation.

The only consequences they approve is the punishment imposed on people who dare express disbelief in the dogma that has been hammered into their heads
since the day they were conceived: global warming, cultural relativity and white man’s guilt. Use free speech to express an opinion in opposition to one of these sacred lambs and the wrath of Political Correctness will rain down on your head. Just ask the student whose paper was marked down for the audacity of using the term “mankind” instead of “humankind” (both defined identically in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary). MOTUS A.D.: Please Don’t Hurt My Mom and Dad

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God to humanity: Thou shalt not use thy body as a permanent Etch-A-Sketch.

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Thinking Of Getting A Tattoo? These 10 Pics Reveal How Tattoos Age Over Time | Bored Panda

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May 3, 2017

Court astrologer is still a deeply respectable vocation.

Politicians, especially, live their lives in fear of the sibyls and soothsayers.
They adjust their policies, their messaging, even their personal appearances on the basis of what the polls tell them people want. Court astrologer is still a deeply respectable vocation. It’s hard to imagine a Democratic campaign so torpidly complacent without its whispering crowd of prognosticators. If neither Clinton nor the public had been so convinced that she would win, maybe she would have. Psephology in Free Fall | Sam Kriss

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RSVPs to the Resistance

Sending out a last-minute call for legal observers at tonight’s march as I’m stuck at a PTA meeting that has been overrun by a mom who won’t let anyone leave the gymnasium until they offer proof that they have been doing their part in the #resistance. NGL getting Sean’s orthotics has come in ahead of my #moralobligation this week and I don’t know how I’m ever getting out of here. Sighhh — Kim [Sent from my civilian resistance device on the run. Apologies for any errors.]

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And hey, who hasn’t noticed all the protest marches that ended with government troops opening fire?

Or the regime-ordered group executions, whereby accused people were beaten to death at the hands of vicious mobs?
Or the many brave martyrs shot trying to cross the border from Maine into Canada? Or the Stalinist-style surveillance system tracking our every move? Or the way you can be Tasered for referring to people as “gay” rather than “gender traitors”? Sorry: ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ tells us nothing about Trump’s America | New York Post

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On the Leftoid "Army"

(Dear Leftists: These fat-bodied trolls are your version of JSOC Ninjas, if you go there.
The rest of your team gets worse from here on down. I urge you to reconsider trying armed violent protest. You'll be going up against a lot of people who've played this game for real, in three wars, and came out ahead against far better than you could ever hope to recruit. This is not your game. Stick to tantrums, or make out your wills.) Raconteur Report: Mene, Mene, Tekel Upharsin

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NASCAR getting smaller and smaller. Solution: Increase the diversity!

Vox Popoli: Convergence killing NASCAR
If you think NASCAR's management is going to learn from their catastrophic failure, then you really don't understand how SJW convergence works. The NFL is about to go the same way, I strongly suspect. Notice how, whether it is a sport or a church, the desire for growth combined with a disdain for traditional supporters always results in the same consequence, a rapid and unexpected decline.

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"Past" myass. Once the needle goes in, it never comes out.

Obama's sex and drugs past laid bare in new biography

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What hath Trump wrought?

This Trump person (being?) doesn't seem to be all that different from many leaders who have come before him.
I mean, what has he done exactly? Enforced some immigration laws that were enacted by the Congress over several administrations? Tried to fix a mediocre healthcare plan with another plan that may or may not be asmediocre? Called for a tax reduction similar to those enactedby previous Republican and Democratic administrations? Cut back on some regulations that became overly burdensome? Called for a temporary halt to immigration from a half-dozen countries his predecessor had already cited as dangerous hotbeds of terrorism? Shot off a few dozen cruise missiles at the airfield of a dictator who was gassing his own people, but didn't harm a single personin the process? - - Colbert, Trump, and the Roots of Liberal/Progressive Rage

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Mine were and I am.

You can’t even say I am a native American because that already means something else. All thirty two of your great-great-great-grandparents were born here and you aren’t a native American. - - Civic Nationalism

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May 2, 2017

Peanut Butter: Who Invented the Tasty Sandwich Spread?

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It was a food that could not be kept for long, as the oil separated from the peanut butter solids, and exposure to light and oxygen caused it to spoil quickly.
Therefore, peanut butter remained a regional product at that time. But this problem was solved during the 1920s, when a patent called ‘Peanut butter and the process of manufacturing the same’ was granted to a businessman by the name of Joseph Rosefield. The process patented by Rosefield involved the use of hydrogenated peanut oil, which prevented the peanut butter from separating. Rosefield would eventually launch Skippy, one of the most recognizable peanut butter brands today. | Ancient Origins

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“It is not effective, in my opinion, to approach other people and say ‘we demand’ unless you have the capacity to demand.”

Leftism falls flat on its face without the sanction of the victim to make it possible.

You cannot receive entitlements if nobody accepts the illusion that you are actually entitled. People attending a university are there at that institution’s invitation and sufferance. People holding a State of Alabama Driver’s License hold it by the good graces of the state government. People have no standing to make demands without a certain level of actual skin in the game. Otherwise, they are waghalters, beggars, and louts. Civilization Responds To Black Lives Matter ォ Amerika

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In the spirit of Gibbon, we dream of the Roman Empire,

ever falling, and the troops out at the wild frontiers, lonely and afraid.
The reality was usually different. They minded the borders, but mostly they were employed in police functions, on the near side of it, trying to enforce some civilized order. This was true not only for the pagan Romans but for the Christian Byzantines who succeeded them. Both had a lot of “West Texas” to defend. Pannonia was a bit like that, and by the sixth century, becoming more so. The people there did not like to be ruled, preferring to select their own vigilantes. Often it was farmers versus ranchers (“shepherds”). - - Villagers & pillagers : Essays in Idleness

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True News: Week In Review - April 30th, 2017

0:00 – Earth Day/Climate March/Old Doomsday Predictions

24:00 - Man ‘Sentenced to Death for Atheism’ in Saudi Arabia

34:46 - Describing Breastfeeding as ‘Natural’ Is Unethical

40:04 - Avoiding Eye Contact Is Racist

44:51 - Female Genital Mutilation

54:00 - Barack Obama’s $400,000 Speech Deal

58:30 - Mrs. Bernie Sanders Investigated by DOJ and FBI

1:03:15 - Pope Francis Warns Against Libertarianism - - (291) - YouTube

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The soldier is not so sacred as he once was.

The journalist and the judge have taken his place.
The actors sneer from their theaters. The politicians gobble their free food and babble of peace. Musicians sing shrilly of flowers in gun barrels and doves everywhere. But the soldier still stands where he must. The borders have shrunk. The old victories have been exchanged for diplomatic defeats. From the old strongholds come missiles and rockets. And children hide in bomb shelters waiting for the worst to pass. This is the doing of the journalist and the judge, the politician and the actor, the lions of literature who send autographed copies of their books to imprisoned terrorists and the grandchildren of great men who hire themselves on in service to the enemy. Sultan Knish: Who Can Count the Dust of Jacob

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You have the right to remain Russian

and refuse to use turn signals.
The total destruction of wide swathes of urban roadside objects and other cars may be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to crash into an attorney before colliding with a police car, and to have an attorney present, lying in the road or on gurney, during questioning. - - You Have the Right To Remain Russian – BSBFB

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The Progs lost fight after fight, but once they won one, the debate was over and it has been over ever since.

This is a lesson and a warning for the growing revolt against the gathering Progressive darkness.
The game is to always put the other side on defense. Make them defend every inch, while offering them a chance to buy you off, for now. That’s the path to victory, but it will never be easy. Beating back the Progs will make invading Russia in winter look like a walk in the park. The Progs do not yield an inch. They will burn everything before surrendering anything. What they have, they keep. - - What We Have, We Hold

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May 1, 2017

Liar, liar. Panties on fire:

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Hillary sat 'stone faced' during election night loss: ‘Hillary took Huma’s phone and faked a smile with her voice. “Congratulations, Donald,” she said, suppressing the anger that touched every nerve in her body. ‘”I’ll be supportive of the country’s success, and that means your success as president”.

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The Marching Millennial Morons

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A recent study conducted by YouGov found only 33 percent of millennials are familiar with Lenin.
Of those who are familiar, 25 percent view him favorably. The study also revealed, among other disturbing insights, that 32 percent of millennials believe more people were killed by the administration of George W. Bush than the regime of Joseph Stalin, which was responsible for no fewer than 15 million deaths. - - The legacy of Communism at 100 years: 100-million murdered

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