January 23, 2014

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The image that, if used religiously, will keep Chris Christie out of the White House for the rest of eternity.

1839: SELF PORTRAIT: Daguerreotype. Cornelius, a young American chemist turned daguerreotypist, took this image of himself in approximately 1200 seconds using a silver-plated copper sheet treated with the vapors of both iodine and bromine to accelerate the imaging process. Photographing Time - Nautilus

Dumb appoints dumber: Obama's Ambassador to Norway Fumbles Basic Questions About Norway | The Norwegian newspaper The Local commented, “Future US envoy displays total ignorance of Norway.”

Retired Senior Citizens Recreate Movie Scenes Blues Brothers Lothar Wischnewski 76; Margarete Schmidt, 77

KLAVAN: Why I Changed My Mind About Abortion | Truth Revolt The only relevant question about abortion is whether an unborn child is or is not a human being. If she is, I do not see how you have the moral right to kill her except in extreme circumstances.

Getty Publications Virtual Library Over 200 free digital backlist titles from the Getty Publications Archives. Titles like: Cézanne in the Studio: Still Life in Watercolors

Oleaginous Abundance | So here’s the thing: shrimp is a good protein, low in calories. But shrimp is bland. On the other hand, olive oil is delicious. And when you infuse olive oil, you had an extra layer of deliciousness.

Bob Dylan is either the most public private man in the world or the most private public one. He has a reputation for being silent and reclusive; he is neither. He has been giving interviews—albeit contentious ones—for as long as he's been making music, and he's been making music for more than fifty years.

The Sumter County Does – Futility Closet No one has ever explained who the pair were, how they came there, who might have killed them, or why.

From Hummingbird Heads to Poison Rings: Indulging Our Antique Jewelry Obsession | Collectors Weekly

‘What we’re gonna do is turn Detroit into an Indian reservation, where we herd all the Indians into the city, build a fence around it, and then throw in the blankets and corn.” | The Detroit News

Michelle Obama's Mirror: Sundance Film Review #1: Afronauts set in 1969 of the newly independent nation of Zambia’s unofficial efforts to beat the U.S. and U.S.S.R. to the moon.

“When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.” — Harry S. Truman

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"Selfies" evidently have a longer history than we realize. It's a shame that the current incarnation of them do not take as much time and work to be realized.

Posted by: John Venlet at January 23, 2014 2:06 PM

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Why I don't care how much the MSM slags Christie.

Posted by: Fat Man at January 23, 2014 2:43 PM

Not to worry, Christie is a republican and I don't think the White House will see a republican president for a while. The only thing that Christie has going for him is that he is further to the left and more liberal than McCain and Romney. That seems to make the big government, big spending, less freedom republican voters very happy.

Posted by: Potsie at January 23, 2014 3:26 PM

Liked the Klavan piece, but I don't understand how he feels that isn't a libertarian argument. When does humanity obtain is the central libertarian issue. Until the pro-life movement starts framing this as a civil rights issue they are doomed to failure.

Posted by: b moe at January 24, 2014 3:53 AM

How can you question if a fetus is human? Take a look at an ultra sound image. Any questions? Can an acorn grow into other than a tree? And the viability question is equally specious. We keep alive many who not "viable." (see hospice care). Abortionists, get some better arguments and I will listen. You have the "choice" to not fornicate, use birth control, give up for adoption, keep and raise the child, isn't that enough choice?

Posted by: tripletap at January 24, 2014 8:00 AM

My fingernails and hair are human, but they aren't human beings. A sperm and an egg are human, but they aren't human beings. A fertilized egg isn't a human being in most folks opinions, but a fetus the moment before it is born is.

The central question to the abortion issue is when does an egg become a human being?

Posted by: B Moe at January 24, 2014 8:35 AM

And you probably don't care, but as soon as you use the word "fornicate" you have become a caricature and lost the argument.

Posted by: B Moe at January 24, 2014 8:40 AM

I supported a right to abort unquestioningly in the '70s. My stance has evolved in the ensuing years but at this point I still support a woman's right to abortion on demand in the first trimester. I wouldn't do it myself if I was a woman but if someone else wants to do it that's their business, not mine. However, we know that a viable premature birth has taken place as early as 22 weeks (21 weeks, 5 days) so without a doubt the fetus is no longer just a fetus; it's a human being with just as much right to life as you and I. And the argument that because the baby is inside of the mother means it's her business and nobody elses and she has a right to do what she wants with it doesn't hold water either. The Mexicans have a saying I heard in a totally different context but the idea applies here as well. They say, 'look, if I stick my finger in your ass, whose finger is it, yours or mine?' The answer is it's mine. Just because it's in your ass doesn't mean you own it. Same thing with a pregnant woman. Just because she has a baby inside her body doesn't mean she has a right to abuse it, certainly by the time it has achieved viability. So, there's no doubt in my mind that third trimester abortion is murder. But for me, the question isn't even one of viability. It's really a question of when is the baby well enough developed to feel a sense of horror as it' being killed. I don't know the answer to that but it's certainly well before viability is reached. If I had my way I'd outlaw abortion after the first trimester except in very extreme cases.

Posted by: D S Craft at January 24, 2014 12:28 PM