Doug Ross @ Journal: MYSTERIOUS: During the financial crisis, Nancy Pelosi somehow tripled her net worth to $100 million If only our society had some people we used to call “investigative journalists”. They might be able to figure out how then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi mysteriously tripled her net worth during the height of the financial crisis
Meanwhile in Syria: So Much For Red Storm Rising… 7. F-15E Eagles came in for clean-up and to check for anti-air defenses. 8. Warthogs showed up just to go BRRRRRRT! 9. AC-130 Spectre started fucking up their day for the hell of it. 10. To add insult to injury, B-52s which, you know, just HAPPENED to be in the area, just minding our own business, just passing by from Diego Garcia which is a few thousand miles away, on our way to… somewhere… nothing to see here… decided to prove they could drop their entire load as precision guided weapons and just more or less DID A JDAM ARCLIGHT ON THEIR ASS. At that point, more or less because CENTCOM said ‘Why not? ARCLIGHT is always pretty to watch…’
Extremely important, I think, was that the school was apolitical. We didn’t know that it was. School was where you learned algebra and geography, or at least learned at them. The teachers, both men and women, assumed this. The white kids were not endlessly told that they were reprehensible and the cause of the world’s problems. The boys were not told that masculinity was toxic. Hysteria over imaginary rape was well in the future. Little boys were not dragged from school by the police for drawing a soldier with a rifle. The idea of having police in a school would seem insane when it first appeared. Kids: Then and Now
In Praise of Negative Reviews The idea that all Native American or Muslim American women must be praised for the very fact of publishing a book smacks of the worst sort of condescension; the idea that their public positions must receive gentle pats insures their intellectual exclusion.
Bird’s Nest Soup Is An Expensive Delicacy And It’s “Mm! Mm! Weird!” As the nests are constructed from a mixture of bird feathers and bird saliva, the nests must be cleaned before they can be used for soup. Nest cleaners traditionally use tiny tools to pull each individual feather out of the nest, though occasionally commercial cleaners and bleaching agents are used to move the process along.
The Big Bot Conspiracy Bots have become a convenient media scapegoat. The new formula is “Bots Thing We Disagree With = Proof We’re Right”. That’s why there are stories claiming that Russian bots are tweeting against gun control or Islamic migration. And it explains the “Russian Bots Rigged the Election for Trump” meme. … Rachel Maddow feeds the left’s appetite for bot conspiracy nonsense. But in 2013, MSNBC personalities, including Maddow, were being promoted by Chinese bots. Does that mean Maddow is a Chinese spy?
Making My Peace With Billy Graham – Taki’s Magazine I do want to make three points about his message that should make 90 percent of the modern Christian world ashamed of itself. Numero Uno: Billy Graham never built a megachurch. Numero Two-o: Billy Graham was considered too liberal—and too conservative. Numero Three-o: Billy Graham was multicultural, ecumenical, a believer in the big tent that includes all, but he was never universalist, in the sense of “there are many paths to God and they’re all equally valid.”
Never Yet Melted : Space Travel = Colonialism & Male Entitlement It is politically incorrect of me to say so, and today’s Academic world would howl, but it seems obvious, too, that the European patriarchy decidedly improved all of the more primitive regions of the world it colonized, rescuing the locals from primitive and despotic governments; delivering the rule of law; building roads and railways and finally airports; providing sanitation, education, and modern medicine; putting down the slave trade; even elevating the status of women; in India, ending suttee. The European patriarchy built cities and created civilized nations of millions upon millions of people living lives of comparative abundance and unprecedented intellectual accomplishment with much greater longevity, where previously tribes of Stone Age savages pursued incessant warfare and little bands of hunter-gatherers searched desperately for their next grub.
Imagination Land The fact is, the college campus is theapotheosis of Progressive spiritualism. It has been dominated by the Left for as long as anyone has been a live. The constant flow of credit money into American higher education has removed all restraints on the people in charge. They are free to indulge whatever fantasies they have at the moment, as no one ever gets fired and the money spigot stays open. As a result, the American college campus is the full flowering of the Progressive imagination. It’s Wakanda for cat ladies.
Politics, which was ironically invented to make deals between competing factions possible has instead served to make the very simplest acts of governance impossible. A Test of Endurance
“He Never Went In”: Officer On Duty Filmed “Doing Nothing” During Florida Shooting – The Burning Platform “As is his right, Scot Peterson chose to resign, because he has the necessary time with the agency and meets the requirements of retirement, he resigned and retired.”