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July 31, 2010

"World without end. Always."


Model describes universe with no big bang, no beginning, and no end

By suggesting that mass, time, and length can be converted into one another as the universe evolves, Wun-Yi Shu has proposed a new class of cosmological models that may fit observations of the universe better than the current big bang model. What this means specifically is that the new models might explain the increasing acceleration of the universe without relying on a cosmological constant such as dark energy, as well as solve or eliminate other cosmological dilemmas such as the flatness problem and the horizon problem.

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Simon Schama's Eating Disorder

There’s not much I won’t or can’t eat.

I’ve eaten crocodile in Holland; barbied kangaroo at Uluru and mountain oysters in Wyoming. But tongue has always tested my gag reflex. Lambs’ tongues are a particular problem because, since they are pretty much the same size as our own, one stands a fair chance of biting the former rather than the latter. -- FT.com / Books - The language of food

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"I welcome our new alien overlord!"


Hey, if you gotta bow, bowing to Chris Christie is a good choice.
Via Fausta

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Rejoice! The Americans with Disablities Act is 20 and still picking your pocket ...

... in creative ways previously dreamed impossible:

In recent months a New Jersey jury ordered a rheumatologist to pay $400,000 for not providing a deaf patient with a sign language interpreter at his own expense; the Ninth Circuit ruled that the law may require movie theaters to provide captions and descriptions for blind or deaf viewers; a federal appeals court ruled that the nation’s paper currency unfairly discriminates against the disabled and must be redesigned (thus taking a different view from the National Federation of the Blind, which doesn’t think there’s a problem); a police dispatcher won a settlement in her lawsuit saying she was unfairly discriminated against because of her narcolepsy (tendency to fall asleep at inappropriate times); a large online tutoring service agreed to provide interpreters; miniature golf courses learned they will have to make 50 percent of their holes accessible to wheelchair users; and so forth. On Friday the Department of Justice announced that it would revisit the high-stakes question of whether and to what extent website operators must make their designs and services “accessible” to disabled computer users, perhaps in onerous and expensive ways. -- ADA’s 20th Anniversary | Cato @ Liberty

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What Anne Rice Really Said

"According to what We've heard, Rice's post was heavily edited by her public relations team. The original reportedly went like this:

I quit being a Christian. I'm out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-vampire. I refuse to be anti-werewolf. I refuse to be anti-zombie. I refuse to be anti-ghoul. I refuse to be anti-porphyria. I refuse to belong to a religion whose cruciform symbol is used to terrorize creatures of the night. I refuse to belong to a religion that drives stakes through the hearts of beings with whom I consanguinate. I refuse to be anti-undead. In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.
-- A First Things Blog
Door. Ass. Bang. Dreadful woman.

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July 30, 2010

Don Colacho’s Aphorisms

The internationalization of the arts does not multiply their sources, but rather the causes of their corruption. -- Don Colacho’s Aphorisms: #1,589

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Questions the president should have been asked on The View

“Do you know CPR? Because, you take my breath away”

“Would you say that you are The MOST Awesome, or THE Most Awesome?”

“So, about your ‘laser like focus’ on jobs … your eyes are *gorgeous*, by the way”

“It’s so awful that the “f**king NASCAR retards” don’t get all the nuance-y nuance of your nuance-iness, isn’t it?”

-- Obama and A Moronic Room with a View « Snark And Boobs

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Chinese WalMart


Pigs get an apple. Alligator is served with an orange in mouth. Remember that. -- iOwnTheWorld.com

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July 29, 2010

Genome Research? Feh.

SPIEGEL: Why is it taking so long for the results of genome research to be applied in medicine?
Venter: Because we have, in truth, learned nothing from the genome other than probabilities. How does a 1 or 3 percent increased risk for something translate into the clinic? It is useless information.

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A Small Navigation Anomaly

We are now number two for the runway.

Pilots are known to have compartmentalized brains, i.e., very good at multi-tasking. For example, I have moved the engine failure procedure to a frontal brain bucket and placed it beside the normal procedure bucket. This is the perfect time for that evil demon of engine failures to appear. The night is dark, wet, electric, and one pilot's mind is in the aft galley... Favorable conditions for molten engine shrapnel. -- Flight Level 390:

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Breitbart to Sherrod: Go ahead....

Will Sherrod assert the loss of her job as damages?

This would permit Breitbart to take depositions up the chain of command, from the person who made the infamous "pull over to the side of the road" phone call, to Tom Vilsack, to the people in the White House. -- Leキgal Inキsurキrecキtion:

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Director of CBO Says Meltdown @ Any Moment

With U.S. government debt already at a level that is high by historical standards,

and the prospect that, under current policies, federal debt would continue to grow, it is possible that interest rates might rise gradually as investors'€™ confidence in the U.S. government’s finances declined, giving legislators sufficient time to make policy choices that could avert a crisis. It is also possible, however, that investors would lose confidence abruptly and interest rates on government debt would rise sharply, as evidenced by the experiences of other countries. -- Congressional Budget Office Director on Federal Debt and the Risk of a Financial Crisis [Emphasis Added]

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Better Bail Faster Billy

Via "The Green Report"

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Don Colacho’s Aphorisms

The absence of God does not clear the way for the tragic but for the sordid. -- #1,584

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The Fork in the Road. Take It.


Daniel Henninger: Taxes: A Defining Issue - WSJ.com

If voters ultimately feel more secure with a Barack Obama and the like designing a national itinerary for some 300 million people in 50 states, then certainly one should vote for letting taxes rise now on one class of Americans and imposing a VAT next year on everyone. They need a whole lot of money, so give it to them to the horizon. We work, they decide.

The alternative vision is that to compete for the next 50 years, the U.S. is going to need a tax structure that keeps more of the nation's decisions about using its wealth in the hands—and minds—of millions of intelligent citizens, from any economic class. They work, they decide.

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The Newspaper Business Model

Tom McMahon @ 4-Block World:

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You Vill Like Ze ObamaVolt!

Sure, it'll expensive and can only travel about 40 miles per battery charge.

(It can putt another 340 miles on a gasoline powered generator, but wasn't the whole point to eschew the evil-gasoline powered engine?) Thinking of passing that Beamer on the highway? Think again, Kemo Sabe. The ObamaVolt includes many patented SafetyPerformanceRetarding features (SPRFs) for the convenience of regulators. For example, its emisson-free engine delivers next to no horsepower so you won窶冲 even be tempted to speed. Think how much you窶冤l save in tickets!

And consider these pluses:

1. The car will be available only in various shades of green (Bilious Green, Envy Green, Lettuce Green, Edamame Green etc.), thus declaring to the world that its owners are environmentally sensitive persons.

2. The radios are specially calibrated to substitute any station carrying Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, or other unacceptable talk show hosts with a local NPR station, so no one who rides in an ObamaVolt need worry about second-hand pollution from racist, right-wing views.

3. Offsetting the high sticker price for what is really a glorified go-cart, the United States government, in addition to bailing out G.M., has extracted billions more from taxpayers like you and me in order to provide the suckers, er, proud buyers of the ObamaVolt with a $7,500 federal tax credit.

Snap Quiz: which of these three implausible pluses is actually true?

-- Answer at: Roger's Rules サ My contribution to the car industry

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July 28, 2010

Facebook Messages I'm Currently Ignoring

"Bill Whittle

suggested you like Girls Are Unable to Stare at This for 10 Seconds, but Guys Can."
Clever and insidious malware from Facebook that seems to be sucking in everyone this morning. What can I say? Men are pigs.

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Obama Speech Templates ! & 2

Listen to Obama talk about something that doesn’t have to do with race:

I, I, I, Me, Me, I, I, Me, I just think, seems to Me, Michelle & I, I, I, I, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me. The subject shifts to race, and all of a sudden it’s we, we, we, we, America, Ms. Sherrod, bloggers, talk shows, Cambridge police, we. He stops talking about Himself, because He’s cataloging sins…things that have been done wrong. When that happens, He isn’t part of us anymore. Suddenly, He can grind out entire paragraphs without mentioning Himself one single time. He’ll re-join us when the lecturing is done. Then He’ll be happy to tell us, once again, what He thinks about things. -- House of Eratosthenes

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Why Teachers Unions Need to Shut Up & Piss Off

NJ Gov. Chris Christie on "Morning Joe":

This teacher complaining, they're getting four-to-five percent salary increases a year in a zero percent inflation world; they get free health benefits from the day they're hired--for their entire family--until the day they die. They believe they're entitled to this shelter from the recession when the people who are paying for that shelter are the people who have been laid off, who have lost their homes, had their hours cut back, and all we asked them to do was freeze their salary for one year and pay one-and-a-half percent of their salary for their health benefits. For the average teacher in New Jersey, you're talking about $750 a year for full-family health coverage. Now, I don't think that's a lot to ask, and I don't think we can continue anymore to be having the good people of New Jersey who have been laid off and all the rest--as much as I love teachers--you know, everyone's got to be part of the sacrifice. -- Gov. Christie on Saving Money & the Hard Decisions We Have to Make

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A Monarchy of Monsters

While it can’t feed or house North Koreans, [The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] is a world-beater in longevity, a record-setter among totalitarian states.

Stalin led a government for 29 years, Mao 27 years, Hitler 12 years. The dictatorship of Kim Il-sung and his son, Kim Jongil, one continuous government, has now reached the outlandish age of 65. Having established inheritance as its method of choosing a leader, it may replace Kim Jong-il (who is said to be ill) with his third son, Kim Jong-Un. One family has found a way to make its own special variety of radical evil permanent. Barack Obama is the 11th U.S. president to deal with it. -- Robert Fulford: North Korea, an antique nightmare | Full Comment | National Post
11th eh? My bet is he'll just grant it favored-nation status.

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So a blonde walks into...

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The First Time

Wait for it.

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Only Known Tweet of T.S. Eliot

Not here
Not here the darkness, in this twittering world.

-- Burnt Norton

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July 27, 2010

Clearwater's lifeguard station needs to be handicapped-accessible

It's not clear yet exactly how much the lift will cost. Dunbar recalled that, years ago, the city also was ordered to install a wheelchair lift for the home dugout at Bright House Field, where the Philadelphia Phillies have their spring training.

That one cost $18,000.

"It has sat unused for seven years," Dunbar said. -- State mandate - St. Petersburg Times

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The Left's culture insures that the poor will always be with them

What happens when the poor come to their senses?

They find that it is nearly impossible to get their lives back. To begin with, they have no manners. Wealthier people know when to turn on the manners and when to turn them off, but poor people don’t. They use inappropriate language at the wrong times, and they pay for it. Or they have offputting tattoos that make any advance into a decent management position nearly impossible. Even if their manners are tolerable and their tattoos are hidden or nonexistent, their rebellious attitudes toward their employers may make it impossible for them to advance and may even get them fired. -- We Need a Cultural Revolution - I Want a New Left

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The New Old Barbarians

In many ways, the radical Muslim culture we face today is the most significant barbaric opposition to civilization.

Not all Muslims are barbarians; many live in the western world, enjoying western culture and ideals which do not interfere with their faith, like any other religion. Yet there is a strong, dangerous, and loud portion of the Muslim world which certainly is barbaric. -- Christopher Taylor: DEALING WITH THE BARBARIAN

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July 26, 2010

It's Always Something

World Will Run Out of Internet Addresses in Less Than a Year, Experts Predict [The fact that "experts" are predicting makes me sure everything will work out fine. In fact, I'm in favor of taking measures so that the world runs out of "experts."]

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Don Colacho

There is an illiteracy of the soul which no diploma cures. -- #1,570

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The word is "douche space bag"

What It's Really Like To Be A Copy Editor - The Awl

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This Man Gets Paid $787K to "Manage" Bell California

Compare, contrast, and vomit:
Bell Chief Administrative officer Robert Rizzo: $787,637 -- Los Angeles City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana: $256,803 -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: $173,987 (Schwarzenegger has declined to take his salary) -- President Barack Obama: $400,000 His last raise was $84,389.76. Next July, he will receive a $94,516 pay hike.

Rizzo defended his salary and that of his staff and the council by saying they don't receive car or cellphone allowances and must pay their own way to out-of-town conferences.

Even fired "Rizzo is entitled to a state pension of $650,000 a year for life."
-- The Scavenger

Perhaps a just God will call him to his eternal "reward" before he can collect.

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Quote of the Day

"Meanwhile, the names of intel sources, which were classified to protect them from violent retribution, are now public. Fuck you, Wikileaks." - J.

I think the time it took Julian Assange to weigh the moral choices involved with publishing these documents was roughly equivalent to the time it took the make-up artist to powder Assange's face for his latest television interview. -- | Center for a New American Security

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July 25, 2010

And Now a Word from Our Sponsor

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Obama's "Cabinet:" Their Function is Fellation

Obama’s cabinet doesn’t know what it’s doing; you don’t need a study telling you that. The evidence is all around us.

And common sense should tell you that if there are some smarts in that cabinet, they aren’t going to be of very much use are they? How on earth could they be? Imagine yourself as a high ranking official in the Obama administration. A decision comes along, and what do you do? Answer: You don’t. If you say “peanut butter and jelly” and the Little Emperor says “roast beef on rye” you look like a complete dork. You’ll be backpedaling like crazy, claiming that your remarks were taken out of context — and that’s among your friends, before word even gets out. So no, this isn’t a relevant statistic. For all practical purposes, the experience of this cabinet must be zero percent. -- House of Eratosthenes

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July 24, 2010

Don Colacho

The press always chooses what to praise with impeccably bad taste. -- #1,555

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July 23, 2010

Logo of the Week

After all the blather, bluster, and babble, one simple image sums it all up:


Created By the indefatigable Big Fur Hat

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Discussion of the Day

Joseph Beuys’ How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare (1965)

neo-neocon's Talking to liberals:

"I have come to believe that they are enemies to liberty, although not intentionally. Do intentions matter? I think they do. Will they wake up? Perhaps if things get much worse -- but then will it already be too late? And in the meantime, what do I do with my own anger?"
Numerous and multiple suggestions ensue.

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Krauthammer Late to the Party with a Kool-Aid Cocktail

Charles Krauthammer weighs in on the dark future today with Beware the lame duck

"Assuming the elections go as currently projected, Obama's follow-on reforms are dead. Except for the fact that a lame-duck session, freezing in place the lopsided Democratic majorities of November 2008, would be populated by dozens of Democratic members who had lost reelection (in addition to those retiring). They could then vote for anything -- including measures they today shun as the midterms approach and their seats are threatened -- because they would have nothing to lose."
Sadly, Krauthammer is a full month behind the sphere. In June, NeoNeoCon had this all laid out:
Pajamas Media » Harry and Nancy's Last Stand This "fierce urgency of now" comes from the obvious political consideration that a lame duck Congress has nothing to lose. Once it'sbeen thrown under the bus and lies there bleeding (actually, you might say it threw itself in front of the bus, but let's not quibble about the finer points), it might just as well enact a piece of legislation that will further bankrupt the country and please the left fringe and nobody else. Beware a group that's still in power but has stopped fearing any consequences from the public.

Krauthammer's Kool-Aid cocktail? He closes his essay with:
"The Democrats could, of course, make the pledge today and break it tomorrow. Call me naive, but I can't believe anyone would be that dishonorable."
I hope he's being more sarcastic than naive, but either way he needs to pay closer attention and invest in hemp futures.

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How to Write About Africa

A classic. A brilliant classic by BINYAVANGA WAINAINA in Granta Magazine Excerpt:
In your text, treat Africa as if it were one country. It is hot and dusty with rolling grasslands and huge herds of animals and tall, thin people who are starving. Or it is hot and steamy with very short people who eat primates. Don't get bogged down with precise descriptions. Africa is big: fifty-four countries, 900 million people who are too busy starving and dying and warring and emigrating to read your book. The continent is full of deserts, jungles, highlands, savannahs and many other things, but your reader doesn't care about all that, so keep your descriptions romantic and evocative and unparticular.
Make sure you show how Africans have music and rhythm deep in their souls, and eat things no other humans eat. Do not mention rice and beef and wheat; monkey-brain is an African's cuisine of choice, along with goat, snake, worms and grubs and all manner of game meat. Make sure you show that you are able to eat such food without flinching, and describe how you learn to enjoy it—because you care.

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Do Congresspeople really believe that drinking bottled water kills polar bear cubs?

Congress Spent $604,000 on Bottled Water -- in 19,000 individual line items, many for Nestle's Deer Park water-delivery subsidiary --- Tom Nelson

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Our Glorious American Socialism

Honestly, our Socialism is awesome.

I can shake down a struggling middle-class family in fly-over country one hour and be throwing back overpriced cocktails in a velvet-draped L.A. eatery the next hour. I can wax-poetic about the Party's commitment to fairness, democracy and the common man one second and then meet behind closed doors as a Super Delegate the next second. I can be both rich and downtrodden, compassionate and ruthless -- and there are suckers out there to foot the bill. And that is what makes it work, Comrades -- the suckers. Some suckers are looking for a handout while other suckers are looking for a backstage pass to rub elbows with us the elect. -- Chairman M. S. Punchenko

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News The People's Cube Doesn't Have Time to Write About

Headlines just in fromThe People's Cube - Correct Opinions for Progressive Liberals

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July 22, 2010

Don Colacho

History is irreversible.
But it is not unrepeatable.
-- #1,546

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And They Say Print Media Is Dead

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to iOwnTheWorld.com....


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Sherrod Questions Obama's Race Credentials, Wants a Beer Summit


Shirley Sherrod: I want to speak to Obama

"I know he's African-American or part African-American, and many of us are not totally black in our genes. I'm one of them. But when you get down to where the rubber meets the road, I think he needs to understand a little more of what life is like at that level."
Cue "Hello Papa. Hello Mama. Here I am at Camp Obama...."

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When Change = No Change: Newark's Always Been a Shitty City

Things are getting so bad in Newark that the mayor has ordered the government to stop buying toilet paper. -- Newark Budget Cuts [Note: Jokes about Newark being on it's ass will be considered hostile.]

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Zombie's Top Ten Racist Incidents of the Week

Sadly Mel Gibson's Career Cratering Meltdownat 8.5 Actual Racism comes in second to the New Black Panthers/Department of Justice Imbroglio with a score of 9.5 Actual Racism!

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Rhetorically Speaking

Spencer Ackerman of Journolist:

"What is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left. In other words, find a rightwinger's [sic] and smash it through a plate-glass window. Take a snapshot of the bleeding mess and send it out in a Christmas card to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear. Obviously I mean this rhetorically."

Rodger the Real King of France:
"The nation is in the grips of an organized socialist mafia. We need some "Untouchables" with guns and warrants. If their motto is "Pass legislation while you can, and fix it later," ours should be be "Shoot first and then shoot them again to make sure." In a literary sense, of course."
-- Curmudgeonly & Skeptical

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Wise[ing Up] Latinos

Hispanics’ feelings toward Obama lie in between those of blacks and whites,

as is so common in American racial patterns. The President’s Hispanic ratings have fallen roughly in parallel with white opinion, with the big drop starting a little later in 2009. This also follows a long tradition: Hispanic voters generally follow changes in white opinion, just more erratically, while staying significantly to the left of whites for perfectly understandable reasons of self-interest: they are much more enthusiastic about racial / ethnic preferences and tax-and-spend policies from which they hope to benefit at white expense. -- Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog: Obama's Divisiveness

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Monster Star

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July 21, 2010

Don Colacho says

"Vulgarity is not a product of the people but a subproduct of bourgeois prosperity." -- Don Colacho’s Aphorisms: #1,539

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Get me a real peasant!

If the establishment bent a knee to service, the new elites prefer a certain attitude. 

They love ideology more than achievement, striking poses more than ideology.  Their nirvana is the moralistic beau geste:  the theatrical embrace of the downtrodden, the apology for past sins, the chastizing of generic racists, sexists, Wall Street capitalists, homophobes, Islamophobes -- endless punitive categories filled by those irrational plebeians. When, as vice president, Al Gore landed in La Paz, Bolivia, for an official visit, he demanded to see a peasant.  That's the attitude. -- The problem of the elites « vulgar morality

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NEW YORK, NY: They put on their headphones, drape hoods over their head and drift off into a world of "Mel highs."

A young girl freaks out and leaps up in fear, a teenager shakes violently and a young boy seems to be in extreme distress -- they are all listening to tapes of Mel Gibson ranting at his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva. This is the world of Mel-ing" the new craze sweeping the internet in which teenagers use Mel Gibson's rants to change their brains in the same way as real-life narcotics. -- WWN

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Going Bananas

The U.S., Japan and Israel as the driving forces of modern commerce.

The engines pull the train. Other countries think they make a contribution to commercial innovation, but, in my eyes they are very limited. Japan does the deep pioneering work, like the first real hybrid automobile engines (not like the American version which is just a big starting motor) and the brilliant innovations in marketing such as the banana vending machine. -- Pro Commerce: Fruit machines

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Unreported Achievements

"Every day 160,000 Android-powered devices are activated -- that’s nearly two devices every second."

Yep, that'd be 30K MORE phones a day than Apple. And my guess is that Android's pace is accelerating, while the iPhone 4 is probably sliding downward, given how many folks bought it at launch (Mashable reports that 1.7 million were sold in first three days, so 1.3 million the next 20 days). In fact, if you do THAT math, and divide 1.3 million by 20 days, you get 65,000 iPhone 4s sold each day, which is nearly 100,000 less, PER DAY, than Android phones. -- On Math, iPhones, Android, and the 100K Phone Gap - John Battelle's Searchblog

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Don Colacho

The despotic decisions of the modern state are, in the end, taken by an anonymous, subordinate, pusillanimous, and probably cuckolded bureaucrat. -- #1,535

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The Neuters of Journolist

Ace sums these sexless patients up:

These bloodless, sweatless, sexless nobodies know nobody but their own pathetic kind, and they're all so career-oriented they have subverted every flash of actual humanity and personality they have to better conform to the herd's expectations. And the herd doesn't like race stories (at least race stories that don't feature the preferred villain Big Whitey), and so they internalize that in what passes for their personalities and they in turn don't like race stories either. -- Ace of Spades HQ

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July 20, 2010

Don Colacho’s Aphorisms: #1,528

Although we may have to yield to the torrent of collective stupidities dragging us along in its current, let us not allow ourselves to be dissolved in its mud. -- Here

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‘COEXIST?’ You First.


COEXIST bumperstickers represent more than just the obnoxious posturing of self-important twits

– although the obnoxious posturing of self-important twits is a huge component of what they represent. These public statements represent the kind of dangerously parochial, ethnocentric mindset that conservatives are often labeled with, except this mindset is the mantra of the transnational liberal/left. It is a mindset that sees the “intolerance” of the West as the real root cause of conflict, and imagines that if we can just get beyond our own myriad flaws all will be well. What this mindset does not appreciate – what it almost willfully ignores – is that all those groups represented by all those symbols making up the COEXIST design are not the same, do not share the same values, and in many cases have absolutely zero interest at all in coexisting. -- Kurt Schlichter @ Big Peace

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The Decline of the Democratic Party


4-Block World

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July 19, 2010


Consider the model S:

Skepticism about any particular anecdotal account of {sin,racism,sexism,homophobia,oppression,}, or any attempt to deny that the particular anecdote implies a systemic problem in which you are one of the guilty parties, is itself sufficient to establish your guilt. Again, the common theme here is that questioning the discourse that condemns you, condemns you. This variant differs from the model A and model P in that a specific crime against an actual person usually is in fact alleged. The operator of the kafkatrap relies on the subject's emotional revulsion against the crime to sweep away all questions of representativeness and the basic fact that the subject didn't do it. -- Eric Raymond @ Armed and Dangerous

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Raymond's Rule of Smartphone Subsumption:

If neither the physics nor the ergonomics of a gadget's function require peripherals larger than will fit in a smartphone case, the smartphone will eat it! -- Armed and Dangerous-- Smartphone, the Eater-of-Gadgets

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July 13, 2010

Spambot on the Crotch Bomber

In response to an item here on the Christmas bomber that notes: "Mudallad timed his actions to coincide with the lowering of the landing gear, which signified that the airliner was over Detroit. "Such an inspiration. I presently have some issues with my business and right now was not an uncomplicated morning to have by way of it but in the finish of this evening I'm genuinely glad I've go through this story. Each once in a even though when I require motivation I just appear right here and read new and old stuff and that keeps me heading forward." I think I'll send the IP to Homeland Security.

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July 12, 2010

Connect the Dots

One of the key points of our NAACP keynote

was Lady M’s reminder that she’s supporting a “Healthy Food Financing Initiative" which costs $400 million a year – and that’s just to attract food retailers to the deserts! They’ll have to come up with the start up funds on their own. The $400 million, as I understand it, will be split evenly between Jesse Jackson’s Operation Push shakedown arm and independent contractors. JJ’s $200 million will be used to persuade Piggly Wigglys to come back to “urban centers” just because it’s the right thing to do. The other $200 million will be divided up into multiple contracts for peoples of color who have the right political connections. They’ll be using the funds to put together brochures telling the Piggly Wigglys management team why it’s in their best interest to open up a store in (fill in the blank with the urban center of your choice). And of course their will be administrative costs, plus shipping and handling. But we figure the whole initiative will create or save about 1500 jobs, so this one’s a twofer. -- Michelle Obama's Mirror's Blog: Lady M Wanders the Food Desert

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Obamacare: Other Than These Small Problems It's Great!

The 2,000-page piece of legislation, according to figures compiled by Physicians for a National Health Plan (PNHP), will leave at least 23 million people without insurance,

-- Chris Hedges: Obama’s Health Care Bill Is Enough to Make You Sick

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How Apple Decides What to Make

"Then Steve comes in," Evangelist recalls. "He doesn't look at any of our work. He picks up a marker and goes over to the whiteboard. He draws a rectangle. 'Here's the new application,' he says. 'It's got one window. You drag your video into the window. Then you click the button that says burn. That's it. That's what we're going to make.' " -- Apple Nation | Page 2 | Fast Company

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Peasants, Gentlemen, and Varlets

Unqualified Reservations: Actual letter to a liberal friend

There are three basic attitudes toward government in America today. There are people who believe government is there to serve them; there are people who believe government is there to serve others; there are people who believe government is there to subsidize them. In our medieval metaphor, these correspond to peasants, gentlemen, and varlets respectively. The last is the caste Marx called the "lumpenproletariat" - and he was no fan of this group, or of political movements that exploited it. Respectable people say "underclass."

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The Big Green Lie Exposed

Both the greens and their opponents need to understand that the reason that the Great Global Green Dream is melting

lies in the sad truth that whatever the scientific facts of the matter, the global green movement is so blind and inept when it comes to policy and process that it has deeply damaged the causes it cares most about. Not since the incident at Chappaquiddick derailed the Ted Kennedy for President boomlet of 1969 has a political movement imploded so fast and so messily as the green crusade to stop global warming. -- Walter Russell Mead's Blog - The American Interest

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QOTD (So far)

"There are few problems in life that cannot be solved by freedom (in this case, the freedom to own guns and shoot wild dogs)."

-- Rebellion University: A few words about stray Dogs In Baghdad.

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Kill the Internet Kill Switch

The second [problem with an internet kill switch] is that we can't predict the effects of such a shutdown.

The Internet is the most complex machine mankind has ever built, and shutting down portions of it would have all sorts of unforeseen ancillary effects. Would ATMs work? What about the stock exchanges? Which emergency services would fail? Would trucks and trains be able to route their cargo? Would airlines be able to route their passengers? How much of the military's logistical system would fail?.... Once we engineered a selective shutdown switch into the Internet, and implemented a way to do what Internet engineers have spent decades making sure never happens, we would have created an enormous security vulnerability. We would make the job of any would-be terrorist intent on bringing down the Internet much easier. -- Schneier on Security: Internet Kill Switch

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Chill, Stan, Chill

Comment on Stan Cox's WaPo thumbsucker In the heat wave, the case against air conditioning LoonsToTheLeftOfMe wrote:

Stan, here's a better idea to save the planet. How about you and all your wacko-green friends commit hari-kari? That would probably reduce the US population by 30%, and likewise reduce carbon emissions, energy consumption, and hot air generally by 30%! Oh, and let's not forget your sex pervert leader, Al Gore, who's trying to warm the planet all by his lonesome - and not very successfully at that. You mean to tell me that among you millions of enviro-wackos Gore couldn't find one mindless, decent-looking young hottie to take care of his needs without having to assault her? How pathetic. By the way, if you want to live in a cave, there's a country waiting for you called Afghanistan, where there's a special cult of wackos with their own version of 'environmentalism', hell-bent, just like you are, on taking the world back to the Stone Age. They're called the Taliban. They'd love to have you!

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July 11, 2010

Let's Review

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Presented as a Pubic Service

This iOwnTheWorld.com "Tutorial:"

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Did I really say this in Wired #1 in 1993?

"Sex, as we know, is a heat-seeking missile that forever seeks out the newest medium for its transmission." -- Gerard Van Der Leun,

Humm, I guess I did: Wired 1.01, Mar/Apr 1993 But whatever could I have meant?

Thanks to BANEROMICS: Wired: 1993 to the Future: Quotes for bringing back this blast from the Stoned Age of the Internet.

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The Obama Way of War

"Closed" is a state of mind

Guantanamo Bay virtually closed; only the Republican Congress prevented it from really being closed in the archaic sense of actually being still open. Wanting to do something is far more important than mundanely doing it.

Predator targeted assassinations
are as necessary and humane as three waterboarding incidents were not. I know that because Ivy League law deans are silent about, or have signed off on, the current targeted assassinations. After all, would you rather have water illegally poured down your throat, or legally be vaporized as if hit by lightning? We are not killing "terrorists" or "Islamists" in Waziristan; instead our "overseas contingency operations" are aimed at reminding Muslims that their own past contributions to science have led to breakthroughs like Hellfire missiles. -- Works and Days » Our Year 2 AB

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Obamatron LeBron's scoreboard is clear: Reaganomics 1 Obamanomics 0.

It's about the love until it's about the bling, baby. You feel me? **

2008 -- Feel the love my brother:

LeBron James Throws His Money behind Barack ObamaAccording to the L.A. Times, LeBron James threw down a cool $20,000 to a committee devoted to electing Barack Obama president.

2010 -- Big Brother Obama schools LeBron:
"I think the most important thing for LeBron ... is actually to find a structure where he's got a coach that he respects and is working hard with teammates who care about him. And if that's in Cleveland, then he should stay in Cleveland." Structure? How about a financial structure built for to maximize positive cash flow.

2010 -- Feel the heat, my brother:
Pro athletes are very acutely aware of "take home pay" versus gross pay. Sure, James as well as Bosh and Wade will have to take less gross money by agreeing to all sign with one team as opposed to each maxing out their options individually. And they are all getting some deserved credit for that. Having said that, it is the lack of state taxes in Florida that is making that possible. In fact, one financial website has figured that James will actually take home 25 million more dollars by taking a lower salary in Miami versus taking the absolute max in say, New York. This does not even count various local taxes you get hit with in New York City. This is simply the state income tax bite relative to James' NBA salary and existing endorsement deals.
Looking for more love in 2011 when Obama bites deeper into LeBron's bling. Feel the love, brother.

** BlingBron via Rodger, Real King of France

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July 10, 2010

And the winner of the Bulwer-Lytton 2010 Worst Opening Sentence from a Novel is...

Miss Molly Ringle of Seattle, WA! Her prize winner is:

"For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity's affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss--a lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity's mouth as if she were a giant cage-mounted water bottle and he were the world's thirstiest gerbil."

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Rock the Casba

The IDF on patrol in Hebron. Wait for it.

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Challenge Of The Spaceship: Spaceflight As It Should Have Been And As It Was


Planetary exploration, that last great endeavor of what Oswald Spengler called Faustian Culture – the spiritual movement that built the great cathedrals of Christian Europe and that invented science and technology – is dead.

On its tomb we see rise the social-welfare “nanny state,” multiculturalism, affirmative action, Gaia-worship, the entertainment industry, and an education establishment nationalized, feminized, and purged of intellectual rigor so as to make room for insipid self-esteem and the cultivation of homey errands that (how to put it?) teenage girls can do. Contemporary society, like the teenage girl, takes interest in itself primarily, in a preening and thoroughly petty way. The postmodern social order dresses women up as soldiers, it puts them in dangerous aircraft as pilots, and it even sends some of them on Shuttle missions, but it lacks the outward urge of the true pioneering spirit. The de-spirited dhimmi-polity meanwhile cozies up to Stone Age barbarians but refuses to rebuild its own fallen towers ten years after they fell. -- Thomas F. Bertonneau | The Brussels Journal

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The 50 Ugliest Facts About The US eCONomy

After reading these it almost makes sense that the market has become completely desensitized to the sad reality now pervasive in this country. Readers are encouraged to add their own observations to this list. Surely if the list is doubled, the market will go up to 72,000 instead of just 36,000.

#1) According to the Tax Foundation’s Microsimulation Model, to erase the 2010 U.S. budget deficit, the U.S. Congress would have to multiply each tax rate by 2.4. Thus, the 10 percent rate would be 24 percent, the 15 percent rate would be 36 percent, and the 35 percent rate would have to be 85 percent. -- Presenting The Wall Of Worry: | zero hedge

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Report from Summer in the Hamptons

The slowing economic growth may be what most people are focusing on, but the brutally apparent trend here is on luxe spending.

Conspicuous consumption may have had its setbacks the past few years, but its on full display out here. We went to several very nice, quite pricey restaurants. In Quogue, the Stone Creek Inn on Tuesday night at 8:30 was jammed. The parking lot was a teenage boy’s wet dream: Bentley GTs, Maserati Quattroportes, Ferrari SuperAmerica (dude, what was with that ugly gray?). Out here, 911s are de rigeur, and MB S550s are cars you give the nannies; they all get parked in the back. The restaurant was filled with beautiful people wearing designer clothes, oodles of jewelry (middle aged white guys should never use the word bling).... Oh, and  w a y  t o o much plastic surgery — everyone had a kinda surprised look on their faces. -- Vacation Update: Recession, Recovery & Stratification | The Big Picture

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July 9, 2010

What's in a Hussein?

'Tis not thy name that is my enemy;
It is thyself, though. Forget "Hussein."
What is Hussein? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Obama would, were he not"Hussein" call'€™d,
Retain those imperfections which he owes
Without that title.

-- neo-neocon

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It's all about the music. Really.

They walk around the streets of Miami dressed in black, turnin tricks, throwing condom wrappers around, and wearing Indian feathers in their hair. And they are proud! They don’t need bling when they walk the streets… they are bling! The condoms-as-jewelry are a nice touch, also. In an industry founded on "keepin' it real"€ Blac is considered too real.

"They tell me I'm too damn hard,"€ she says. "What the fuck I'm 'posed to be, a piece of cotton?"€ She says she was born in 1965 in Tennessee, where she lived with no running water and no bed. Childhood sexual abuse led to decades spent as a sex worker before Blac finally quit turning tricks to open a legitimate business called Precious Treats. It's an ice-cream and hamburger shop, named for her dead sister, in the Dallas projects. But even when she was prostituting and living the dope-fiend street life recounted in her music, she was using the proceeds to help friends and neighbors, and especially their kids. "Bitch, consider me akin to Mother Teresa. I have took care of families and families off working this pussy," she says. "I hustle for these kids, or else they end up in the pen, or dead, or wrapped up in this bullshit." -- Memphis Blac And Smokahontas Jones Got Dat Work

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The Michelle Obama Speech Template. Downloadable.

Michelle Obama's Mirror sees all, knows all, and tells all:

Here’s our basic speech format. I think it will work pretty well for the oil leak area too:

  • Photo ops.
  • Greetings all around. Miss America smile and wave.
  • Special recognition of anyone really old who’s been working a really long time.(try to sound amazed and awed)
  • Special recognition of anyone who’s recently experienced a work related tragedy.(try to look and sound empathetic)
  • Recognition of how important everyone’s job is.(try to sound sincere)
  • Thank-yous for doing the job you’re being paid to do.(try not to yawn)
  • Wrap it, more Photo ops, hugs, hugs, hugs. Exit.
  • Lunch. (closed press)
You just know the pillow talk is all about the pain of having to speak to "the little people."

Speaking of which, here's one man she could probably smuggle into the White House concealed on her person if he'd just slap a little Brylcreem on his skull:


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July 7, 2010

Books and Screens

Books were good at developing a contemplative mind. Screens encourage more utilitarian thinking.

A new idea or unfamiliar fact will provoke a reflex to do something: to research the term, to query your screen “friends” for their opinions, to find alternative views, to create a bookmark, to interact with or tweet the thing rather than simply contemplate it. Book reading strengthened our analytical skills, encouraging us to pursue an observation all the way down to the footnote. Screen reading encourages rapid pattern-making, associating this idea with another, equipping us to deal with the thousands of new thoughts expressed every day. The screen rewards, and nurtures, thinking in real time. We review a movie while we watch it, we come up with an obscure fact in the middle of an argument, we read the owner’s manual of a gadget we spy in a store before we purchase it rather than after we get home and discover that it can’t do what we need it to do. -- Kevin Kelly, Reading in a Whole New Way Smithsonian Magazine

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I'm past that point and waiting for the laggards to catch up

I wonder at what point radical environmentalism and radical feminism will be identified

as the narrow-minded, fundamentalist-activist-transcendentalism (let’s call them religions, already) that they clearly are. In radical environmentalism, we have all the required religious accouterments normally ascribed to God’s Dupes; it comes with its own liturgies, rubrics and rituals, its own sins, laws and saviors. In the case of radical environmentalism and feminism, these religions even have, in Al Gore and Gloria Steinem, their own infallibly “pontifical” voices. -- The Anchoress on "The Radical Religion of Abortion"

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Did You Know?


From Fake Science

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General Hispanderer

What about this particular U.S. Justice Department? Is this the same Justice Department that dismissed charges

against that white-hating member of the New Black Panther Party who has warned black males that if they ever want to be free they're going to have to kill some white people and some white babies! The New Black Panther Party member who stood in front of a polling place in Philly during the last election waving a steel baton and making threatening remarks to white voters? THAT Justice Department? The same Justice Department that is headed by a man who pardoned terrorists who shot up the U.S. Capitol? Yup! That's the same Justice Department alright.

So .. here's the picture. The federal government is NOT going to secure our border with Mexico; at least not until amnesty for the criminal aliens who have already crossed is arranged. Votes for Democrats, you know. So while the Federal government sits on its hands Hispandering ... Arizona acts, then gets taken to court. -- THE ARIZONA LAWSUIT - Nealz Nuze on boortz.com

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It's Getting Better All the Time

Global per capita income, corrected for inflation, had trebled in my lifetime,

life expectancy had increased by one third, child mortality had fallen by two-thirds, the population growth rate had halved. More people had got out of poverty than in all of human history before. When I was born, 36% of Americans had air conditioning. Today 79% of Americans below the poverty line had air conditioning. The emissions of pollutants from a car were down by 98%. The time you had to work on the average wage to buy an hour of artificial light to read by was down from 8 seconds to half a second.

Not only are human beings wealthier, they are also healthier, wiser, happier, more tolerant, less violent, more equal. Check it out - the data is clear. -- Matt Ridley: Down with Doom: How the World Keeps Defying the Predictions of Pessimists

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July 6, 2010

John McCain: Loser, Putz, Liar and Up for Re-Election

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday he would favor immigration reform that would deport many of the residents of the United States who are here illegally: “No amnesty. Many of them need to be sent back." -- The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

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Obamacare Broke at the Beginning? Surprise!

Now we hear the high risk pools under Obamacare, the ones that start filling in from this Thursday until 2014 when the main feature kicks in, may have to turn people away, because the program will run out of money before 2014.... Plus, many enrollees will have to pay fairly hefty premiums from the start, the exact amount depending on location and state. -- neo-neocon: Obamacare and running out of other people's money

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July 5, 2010

Make Way for Jackie O!


It was a fa-boo-less 4th at the WH yesterday and Michelle Obama's Mirror's was there with "The Apron’s Red Glare:"

And before I hear anything about the apron-top that makes MO look like a pregnant carnival barker, let me just say on her behalf, it was red, white and blue. And I think she needed the pockets for making change for the concessions.
There's nothing like the White House now that the style and elegance of the Kennedy years is back in the house, right? FLOTUS has over 22 people on her personal staff at an annual cost to taxpayers of around $1.5 million. Would it be too much for one of them to be assigned to stand fashion guard duty at the entrance to the personal quarters to say, "Are you out of your mind?"

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Patrick Henry's Other Speech


This Constitution is said to have beautiful features;

but when I come to examine these features, sir, they appear to me horribly frightful. Among other deformities, it has an awful squinting; it squints towards monarchy; and does not this raise indignation in the breast of every true American?

Your President may easily become king.

Your Senate is so imperfectly constructed that your dearest rights may be sacrificed by what may be a small minority; and a very small minority may continue forever unchangeably this government, although horridly defective. Where are your checks in this government? Your strongholds will be in the hands of your enemies.

It is on a supposition that your American governors shall be honest,

that all the good qualities of this government are founded; but its defective and imperfect construction puts it in their power to perpetrate the worst of mischiefs, should they be bad men; and, sir, would not all the world, from the eastern to the western hemisphere, blame our distracted folly in resting our rights upon the contingency of our rulers being good or bad? Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men, without a consequent loss of liberty! I say that the loss of that dearest privilege has ever followed, with absolute certainty, every such mad attempt. -- Henry's speech in the Virginia Constitution Ratifying Convention, 1788

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July 4, 2010

Richard Feynman on the Nobel Prize and Honors:

"The whole thing was rotten."

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Wise Latinas and Hefty Intellectual Get Things Done!


Can't get Americans to approve of abortion? Get the Supreme Court to do it!

Can't get Americans to ban the death penalty? Get the Supreme Court to do it! Can't get Americans to release criminals? Get the Supreme Court to do it! -- Ann Coulter: Kagan Hearings Surpass World Cup For Most Boring TV Event

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Born on the 4th of July: Breitbart Launches Big Peace


Today. Here: Big Peace

"We are launching Big Peace on the 4th of July to celebrate the ideas of freedom and liberty, which are embraced by so many others around the world.  The word “peace” has been hijacked by those who don’t believe in peace, but rather believe in appeasement.  We intend to take it back.  Peace comes from strength.  Peace comes from freedom.  More people were killed in the 20th century by their own governments than due to any war.  Peace is a word devoid of meaning unless it includes liberty.

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July 3, 2010

America is Now Switzerland

The new neutrality:

From what administration officials have said, we can assume now that if Argentina invades the Falklands again, we will be neutral; in the next Israel response to Lebanon or Gaza, we will be neutral; in any Israeli preemptive raid on the Iranian nuclear facility, we will be neutral; if Turkey readjusts things in the Aegean or on Cyprus, we will be neutral; if Russia moves on Georgia or any of the former republics, we will be neutral; if Venezuela goes into Colombia, we will be neutral; if Pakistan provokes India again, we will be neutral; if China moves on Taiwan, we will be neutral. -- Works and Days サ Think About It!

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Our President of Perpetual Projection

"He once had a fleeting association with the Ku Klux Klan, what does that mean? I'll tell you what it means. He was a country boy from the hills and hollows from West Virginia. He was trying to get elected," former President Bill Clinton said of Sen. Robert Byrd. -- RealClearPolitics

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July 2, 2010

Whip Whips Wimp Prez

"After another disappointing jobs report that showed sluggish private sector job growth, we here at the MWU are wondering whether the President and his rockin’ Veep are reconsidering or scaling back their “Recovery Summer” road show, which has about as much public support as a potential Color Me Badd World Tour." -- Republican Whip Eric Cantor's Blog, Morning Whip-Up

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The Pit: There's a Hole in the Universe


A cloud of bright reflective gas known to astronomers as NGC 1999 sits next to a black patch of sky. For most of the 20th century, such black patches have been known to be dense clouds of dust and gas that block light from passing through.

When Herschel looked in its direction to study nearby young stars, the cloud continued to look black. But wait! That should not be the case. Herschel’s infrared eyes are designed to see into such clouds. Either the cloud was immensely dense or something was wrong.

Investigating further using ground-based telescopes, astronomers found the same story however they looked: this patch looks black not because it is a dense pocket of gas but because it is truly empty. Something has blown a hole right through the cloud. "No-one has ever seen a hole like this,"€ says Tom Megeath, of the University of Toledo, USA. "It's as surprising as knowing you have worms tunnelling under your lawn, but finding one morning that they have created a huge, yawning pit." -- ESA - Space Science - Herschel finds a hole in space

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Favorite Word in Bad Financial News Reports?

"Okay, I want to hear everyone in the auditorium this time, okay? Even all of you folks there in back! I want it loud, and I want it proud! Ready? And...UNEXPECTEDLY!!! Truly, it was a flabbergasting, never-to-be-repeated freakish turn of events that absolutely no one could have anticipated. A lighting bolt out of a clear blue sky, as it were. The asymptote just raced off to infinity, leaving only gobsmacked surprise in its wake. -- Monty's Friday Financial Briefing @ Ace

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The Accomplishments of Barack A-O Bama

My favorite President Obama rhetorical accomplishment

was that time he ended The Iraq War rhetorically. Now sure I'll admit it was also cool when he: closed Guantanamo Bay rhetorically, enacted free universal health-care with no rationing or added costs rhetorically, rhetorically didn't raise taxes on anyone who makes under $250k, rhetorically killed or captured Osama bin Laden, just to name a few of this great man's many, many rhetorical achievements. But ending The Iraq War rhetorically? That was his rhetorical masterpiece. His piece de resistance, if you will. -- Rhymes With Cars & Girls

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Writing advice from my spambots

Verbatim from the comments: "Your writing could use some enhancement to much better drive house your points, however the tone of the arguments is right on. I speak from experiences since the nonprofit I work for runs an yearly little company competitors, and what most of our applicant have in typical is that they've figured out individuals practices that assist them contiually outperforms their competitors, who usually are biggers."

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July 1, 2010

Some Losses Are Irreplaceable

"Sex and violence do not replace transcendence after it has been banished.

"Not even the devil remains for the man who loses God." -- Don Colacho’s Aphorisms: #1,377

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And the living nations wait, / Each sequestered in its hate;

The greatest damage that political correctness has inflicted on society

is to make each of us forget that underneath the accidents of color, nationality and creed, that all of us are men. By dividing humanity into hyphenated buckets, each sequestered in its hate,  the puppet masters have managed to set one against the other so thoroughly that the sharpers, wheeler-dealers and fixers can operate undisturbed. In a world where every one thinks of himself as white, black, gay, straight — we have forgotten that the real distinction is between who holds power and who does not. Nothing else matters. The Black Panthers and the three men who are suspected of killing Robert Wone are not impotent underdogs. On the contrary, they wield far more power than we, in our normal lives, could ever dispose of. God grant we never meet them, for if we do, we meet them alone. -- Belmont Club » And Justice For All

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Face It: The "Sexual Revolution" Has Become Revolting


Neo's had it:

It is hard to escape the conclusion that the so-called "sexual revolution" was a double-edged sword. It promised much, and although it did give couples the tools to responsibly plan pregnancies together if they decide to use them, it failed to deliver almost everything except the freedom to hook up more readily with people we don't know very well, and probably don't like very much, and to experience the consequences. -- Abortion and sympathy, men and women

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A Pitiful, Helpless Hippie Foreign Policy

"A Warning to the President of the 60s (and the USA)" @ World Affairs Journal

P.J. O'Rourke: Not all the dreams of the sixties have come true, thank goodness. But on June 23rd one hippie fantasy materialized. A far out and happening publication, its roots in the “alternative media,” and its content devoted to the “youth culture,” changed U.S. foreign policy. Nothing like that ever happened during the Vietnam War. As the result of an article in Rolling Stone, General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, was fired. And maybe America’s resolve to wrestle Afghanistan into a simulacrum of a polity departs with McChrystal and his mouthy staff. If so, chalk it up to the power of peace and love. Well, love. There is no peace in Afghanistan.

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