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August 31, 2010

Don Colocho

Humanity is the only totally false god. -- #1,781

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President No-Nothing

Lending to small businesses? Is Obama trying to tell us that there's no available money to loan to small businesses right now?

Let him explain why small banks are sitting on one trillion dollars in excess reserves right now .. but somehow don't want to put that money into the lending marketplace? Wait --- I'll tell you. He doesn't know. You could take what Obama knows about small business and the mindset of the people who own them and shove up an ant's ass and it would rattle around like a marble in the Super Dome. -- FULL-SCALE ATTACK - Nealz Nuze on boortz.com

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Speed Cam Modifications


If states were really interested in protecting, not taxing the public, speed cams like this would be in use. -- Curmudgeonly & Skeptical

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August 30, 2010

Memo? What Memo?

Education secretary urged his employees to go to Sharpton's rally

"ED staff are invited to join Secretary Arne Duncan, the Reverend Al Sharpton, and other leaders on Saturday, Aug. 28, for the 'Reclaim the Dream' rally and march," began an internal e-mail sent to more than 4,000 employees of the Department of Education on Wednesday.
Sadly, most did not attend because they were too illiterate to decode the order.

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BREAKING: Johnson renames site Little Green Football

Because numbers above 1 were just too difficult.

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Roge's Link for a Slow News Day

Shock Absorber Let it,er, roll and then select "FF+G" then "Running/HorseRiding" and just work your way down.

Guys, don't say I never do anything for you because I just did.

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“Spiral of Silence”

Most people are able to estimate (although not always correctly) what majority opinion is on most issues,

or whether a particular opinion on an issue is gaining or losing ground. Those who see their own views as becoming more widely accepted tend to voice these views in public, and with increasing confidence. Those whose opinions seem to be losing ground are reluctant to speak out. The silence of the "losers" in turn, increases the confidence of the other side. Finally, only a hard core is willing to defend the minority opinion in public. -- Same-Sex Marriage and Public Opinion: Spirals, Frames, and the Seinfeld Effect « Public Discourse

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"Preference cascades" Glenn Reynolds in 2002

99% of the populace can hate the regime and be ready to revolt against it -

but no revolt will occur because no one realizes that everyone else feels the same way. This works until something breaks the spell, and the discontented realize that their feelings are widely shared, at which point the collapse of the regime may seem very sudden to outside observers - or even to the citizens themselves. Claims after the fact that many people who seemed like loyal apparatchiks really loathed the regime are often self-serving, of course. But they're also often true: Even if one loathes the regime, few people have the force of will to stage one-man revolutions, and when preferences are sufficiently falsified, each dissident may feel that he or she is the only one, or at least part of a minority too small to make any difference. == TCS: Tech Central Station - Patriotism and Preferences

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Will of the People

How does it work? I see three elements: transmission, resilience and sense of justice. -- Pro Commerce

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August 29, 2010

Caption Nation


You may ask yourself
How do I work this?
You may ask yourself
Where is that large automobile?
You may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful house!
You may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful wife!
— Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime

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What happened to the economy? A simple explanation from the nursery.


We've killed the goose that laid the golden eggs. We taxed her. Regulated her. Demanded that she fill out a bunch of forms. After a while she died- or maybe she just flew away to China. -- Don Surber

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A Charles Johnsonian Trifecta. Demented blogslob adds "Can't Count" to "Can't Photograph" and "Can't Write"

Johnson assumes the pre-posting position

Tim Blair -- Checking in on the meth-drained dullskulls of the sphere so we don't have to: ONLY CHARLES MAY CHANGE @ Daily Telegraph's Tim Blair Blog.

Update: In attempting to nuance the fact that Johnson believed the genuine shot of the Beck Rally was a plant, Johnson completed a rare superfecta of dementia by adding "Can't Think" to the three stunning achievements listed above. The only rational explanation is that Johnson, now that his income is sinking faster than Obama's reputation, has had to go from mainlining little green footballs to huffing spray paint.

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Al Sharpton's 'I Have a Scheme' Speech, Keynote Address of the 8/28 'Restoring Dishonor' Counter Protest


"I have a scheme that one day I will have a multi-million dollar mansion in a lily-white, gated community like Jeremiah Wright's beautiful home....

"And when this happens, when we allow race-baiting to sing its siren song, when we let it sing from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that great day of which Alinsky spoke. When this capitalist and imperialist society finally collapses, replaced with an authoritarian regime of the kind for which Thomas Friedman has pined. On that day, we will be able to survey the Tower of Babel society that we have created and revel in the words Statists have longed for, "The Constitution is Dead At Last. Dead at Last! The United States is Dead At Last!" -- Read all the Exclusive Transcript via Doug Ross

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August 28, 2010

Iraq: This could be the last time

US & Iraq: Dead - Cobb

Iraq stands today with a sterling example of its future in un-partitioned Kurdistan, and the taste of freedom in its mouth behind its bloody face. I think this is the last war my generation will stand for the sake of anyone other than ourselves. It is the last gift that will stand without a much more imperial demand of self-interest. It is the last time we'll spend any money trying to clean up somebody else's mess. And in that regard marks the decline of America, an America that has managed to forget the purpose of its own freedom struggles. I am not convinced at all that this current political majority will gain strength and permanence. Those who understand the demands of liberty, including the two million who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are far too deeply immersed in that life and death understanding to suffer in silence under the political will of a majority inspired by notions of peace through speeches.

"Too much pain and too much sorrow...."

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Doug Ross is confused...

... "by Eric Holder: waterboarding is torture, but broiling the skin of prisoners with a heat ray gun is just peachy." -- DirectorBlue

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"Ready. Fire! Aim."


Oopsie after oopsie.

Taxicab stabbing was stirred up by anti-mosque fervor…bzzzt. Wrong. Tea party people must have firebombed Carnahan’s office — wrong again. Joe Miller is dead meat, and Sarah Palin along with him: Double-wrong. Stimulus plan worked…summer of recovery…cash for clunkers saved us…you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan….your taxes aren’t going to go up by one dime. Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong — my oopsie-buzzer is wearing out. -- House of Eratosthenes

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Don Colacho

If we could demonstrate the existence of God, everything would eventually be subjected to the sovereignty of man. -- #1,748

The steps of grace startle us like the steps of a passerby in the fog. -- #1,749

There is always a Thermopylae in which to die. -- #1,752

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August 27, 2010

When suckers realize what sort of things they elected to the presidency ....

"It's like a whole group of young cheerleaders suddenly realizing the entire team is made up of serial pedophiles and convicted rapists." -- posted by Anonymous Jess @ Curmudgeonly & Skeptical

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No Nuts. No Glory. Just a Doofus in a Bicycle Helmet on a Girl's Bike

A Little Travelin’ Music – Born To Be Wild: Steppenwolf

File under: "Not a teaspoon of testosterone could be extracted"

For Obamas, a bike ride and more golf It's official. With the release of this photograph I join with commenter Rick in missing all our other Presidents including Jimmy Carter and William Howard Taft. At a certain point, thoughtful Americans stop asking "Who is this person?" and start asking, "What is this thing?"

IOTW'S Hat brings the background into focus with: "Whether you hated Bush policy or not, this is what bike riding looks like."


Bush, front left


Sound track courtesy of Michelle Obama's Mirror

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5 Minutes With the Man Who Could Be President

Governor Christie gives his comments on NJ's loss of federal aid because of a simple error in their report to Dept. of Education.

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When they came for my guns I didn't complain because I still had my knives...

China cops to clamp down on sale of knives

Starting Nov 1, people in Guangzhou will only be able to buy kitchen knives and other large-sized cutting tools at designated shops, according to a notice issued on Thursday. Anyone looking to buy a knife must carry proof of identification, which will be registered in police records on the spot, the notice said.
China. Just the country to lead the world into a new era of liberty and freedom!

Posted by Vanderleun at 10:48 AM | Your Say (3)

A really rotten three year old

And my kind of guy. The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys Is Three Years Old Today, And Still Writing On The Intertunnel Wall With A Crayon

2. Tell your 5th grade teacher, when she starts in with the Vegan lecture again during a spelling lesson, that you're going to kill and eat your supper as soon as you can get your hands on some weapons. Then inform her that if she gives you anything less than a 'B" on any report card because you told her that, your father will have a phalanx of lawyers turn her life into a deposition purgatory. Then don't pass in any homework for the remainder of the term. Let's see who has the stones.

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August 26, 2010

File under: "I tol' you that bitch was crazee!"

Parents pay thousands to have their kids exposed to this sort of bitter, intellectually insane blather.

Moonbat Professors - Case Study #1 Donna Haraway

HT: iOwnTheWorld

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File Under: "It Ended in Guns"

Eminent domain, by any other name . . . still stinks

The city decides it doesn’t like your property for one reason or another, so it declares it a “public nuisance.” It mails you a notice that you have 45 days to demolish your property, at your expense, or the city will do it for you (and, of course, bill you). Your tab with the city will constitute a lien on your property, and if you don’t pay it within 30 days (or pay your installments on time; if you owe over $10,000, you can work out a deal to pay back the city for destroying your home over a period of time, with interest), the city can sell your now-vacant land to the highest bidder.

Posted by Vanderleun at 10:34 AM | Your Say (6)

"Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! "

"The biggest threat to peace might be the peace process -- or, more precisely, the illusion that there is one.

The mirage becomes the reason for maintaining its imaginary "momentum" by extorting concessions from Israel, the only party susceptible to U.S. pressure. Israel is, however, decreasingly susceptible." -- George F. Will - In the Mideast, the peace process is only a mirage

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2 Things

I've argued that when heading into discontinuities two things count:

A lot of connections and a collection of contingency memes. Fortune favors the potentially organized. Since the problems cannot be anticipated the game goes to the side with the smaller OODA loop and the richer lexicon of relevant memes. The real value of the Tea Parties isn't the Tea Parties themselves, it is in the process of getting lots of people to think this problem through and make connections among themselves. It will come in handy when we sail off the edge of the earth. May the day never come, but it's always handy to have a message in a bottle ready for the eventuality. -- Wretchard

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August 25, 2010

The Stylin' First Couple on Vacation 10

"His look: I have accepted middle age.
Her look: I have accepted Middle Earth." -- Mikey

"Whoa! Is this not the best retro-chic you’ve ever seen? 1970’s tunic made of scraps from the 60’s, paired with those ever popular 80’s-stylin’ leggings.... And Big Guy was looking sharp too, in his Verizon guy jacket." -- Michelle Obama's Mirror's Blog

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Don't Support Gay Marriage? Fine...

... Bookworm's asking this:

My question for those opposed to gay conservatives who support conservatism on the most important political issue of the day is this: Can you afford to get into a divisive fight over what is, temporarily at least, a less significant issue than saving our entire country from frighteningly potential internal economic collapse and external terrorist and military attack? -- Bookworm Room サ The blessings of gay conservatives

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Who says there's no good news?

Palin rebounds with string of Republican primary victories - The Hill's Ballot Box

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Dead Donkey in the Road: A Parable for November

Foreground: A Dead Donkey. Background: The American Electorate

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"I have enough cash in that account to buy a fancy new car or take a glorious long vacation but it earned me the grand sum of 43 cents in interest in the month of July. I might as well have the cash buried in a coffee can in my back yard." -- James Gannon @ The American Spectator

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Vanity Fair Defined

"Vanity Fair, the magazine of idiotic but glossy celebrity tittle tattle for those who like to pretend they are uninterested in salacious, IQ-draining gossip." -- William M. Briggs, Statistician

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"Bleak, hopeless change. Cold, too."

The Anchoress looks at Obama and the Fishermen:

It just sounds so… So… So Soviet, doesn’t it?

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Visions of Obama Motors and Obama Garages

Ramp what's going on now out about ten to twenty years and this is what's waiting for you and your children and grandchildren in terms of cars and garages. (If you are allowed to even have cars and garages.)

HT: Telstar Logistics

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August 24, 2010

Peace Love and Understanding

The Mosque IS At Ground Zero!

If the MSM doesn’t want to call it GZM how about calling it what it will be known as in the Middle East? The Victory Mosque.

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Educational Priorities

The purpose of the public school system is to pay bad teachers.

That is its first priority, it's first order of business. Now that isn't what they say their priority is, but if you look at what they do, they will do anything to avoid firing bad teachers. -- Jerry Pournelle

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August 23, 2010

She's tanned, rested, and ready!

I welcome Dr. Sanity back to active blogging duty. <-- See that link back there? Click it and bookmark. You'll be glad you did.

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Inside Wikileaks

Although it styles itself as a rag-tag organization, Wikileaks funds itself

through a system that is professionally designed to cover its tracks, sources of funding and modes of direction. The Wall Street Journal says "the controversial website WikiLeaks, which argues the cause of openness in leaking classified or confidential documents, has set up an elaborate global financial network to protect a big secret of its own -- its funding." Using methods familiar to sharp operators and money launderers, they've set up shell organizations in jurisdictions which prohibit disclosure; created levels of cutouts and cultivated unnamed private donors. Although the media describes Wikileaks as an idealistic, whistle-blowing organization it has the form, if not the function, of a criminal organization. -- Belmont Club » The Inner Circle

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Ground Zero SEO

A simple Google search of the Cordoba Initiative’s website reveals the phrase “Ground Zero” to be seeded throughout as a rather inept 1999-era SEO tactic to bring people looking for information about Ground Zero to the mosque promoters’ website. -- Word Around the Net: GROUND ZERO MOSQUE FACTS

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Gripe of the Day, Week, Month, Summer of Recovery

Now, my administration has a job to do, as well, and that job is to get this economy back on its feet.

That’s my job. And it’s a job I gladly accept. I love these folks who helped get us in this mess and then suddenly say, ‘Well, this is Obama’s economy.’ That’s fine. Give it to me. My job is to solve problems, not to stand on the sidelines and carp and gripe.” - -President Obama, July 14, 2009

From Christopher Taylor @ Word Around the Net: Quote of the Day

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Towards the End the Signs Were Becoming Increasingly Difficult to Ignore


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Wonders of the Internet: Shock and "Awwwww...."

Charles Martin notes that if you search for "heavily armed hamster" this is the first picture you get:


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Comment of the Month? We Have a Winnah!

"The Professional Left: The NAMBLA of politics." -- Blastineau in Side-Lines

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Muslim is the New Code for Racism? Let's Review

Nealz Nuze on boortz.com

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If you believed that fossil-fueled travel might kill our grandchildren, where would you choose to hold Europe's largest literary and arts festival?

If you answered "The Maldives", you're a winner! -- Tom Nelson

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August 22, 2010

The Professional Left: "Their morals are crooked, their logic is flawed, their honor is stolen, their motives are corrupt, their methods are criminal, and their goal is a disaster."


Slowly but surely, the Professional Left's complex has diversified and expanded its frontiers
to include professional educators, filmmakers, entertainers, lawyers, writers, clergy, journalists, politicians, government workers, and now also members of the president's cabinet and even the president himself. And given the proverbial revolving door in their membership, they can all move freely from one field to another without ever stepping outside the common hot air bubble, staying in touch with the others through a common, members-only mailing list. One of such mailing lists, recently discovered and analyzed by the Daily Caller, was used by specialists in various sectors of the Professional Left to share thoughts on the many ways they can spend your money, shove their ideology down your throat, and bamboozle you into voting Obama into the White House. -- The Professional Left vs. the Amateur Right : The Current Truth

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Air Terror: Tehran to Damascus and On to Caracas, Non-Stop

In From the Cold: The Aerial Pipeline

You won't find it on Travelocity--or any of the other internet travel sites--but Iran Air, the Islamic state's official carrier, could seemingly meet your needs. Iran Air offers monthly bi-monthly service between Tehran and the Venezuelan capital, but don't try booking a seat. While travel agents can "see" the flight in their system, the Iranian carrier isn't accepting reservations. You see, Flight 744 is apparently reserved for members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), intelligence agents and Hizballah operatives.
Capacity of this plane? "The SP could accommodate 230 passengers in a 3-class cabin or 331 in a (303 economy, 28 business) 2-class cabin, and a maximum of 440 passengers in one class." Translation: 1 flight = 1 light battalion.

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August 21, 2010

Would You Hire This Company for Your IT Security?


Do they really think things through @ Analify?

At Analify, we recognize every company has its own unique challenges, culture, and philosophy for doing business. Seventeen years of IT Security experience has helped us develop a uniquely proven strategy that ties Security analysis, response, and awareness into a full service solution so your business receives comprehensive, well-balanced, cost-effective security. It’s that simple.
Names that say "We mean business." It's that simple.

Posted by Vanderleun at 10:27 PM | Your Say (10)

Man in the Confessional

“I never thought I’d say this but I miss Bush. We knew that he said what he meant, even if we didn’t want to hear it. We knew who he was, even if we didn’t like him. And we never had to wonder whether he liked us. He always did.” -- Why We Miss Bush --The Anchoress | A First Things Blog

Cue.... "It's Too Late:"

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Please Spend a Few Moment with My New Sponsor and SAVE!

Ad placement by Sippican Cottage who should be ashamed of himself.

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August 20, 2010

Muslim, Schmuslim

What the poll is really saying is that more and more Americans trust this man less and less.

Pew asked respondents how they learned about Obama’s religion. Most who believe Obama is a Muslim say they learned it through the media. But 11 percent say they learned it through Obama’s “own words and behavior.” Perhaps they read the White House press pool reports, which often describe Obama heading out to play basketball or golf on Sunday mornings.-- Obama has himself to blame for Muslim problem
Down at rock bottom, it's always been a matter of trust:

Some love is just a lie of the soul
A constant battle for the ultimate state of control
After you've heard lie upon lie
There can hardly be a question of why
Some love is just a lie of the heart
The cold remains of what began with a passionate start....

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Leak from Uncapped BS Well on the Potomac Reaches Massachusetts Waters

Voters vow cap in place by November. Relief well by 2012

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" Like it or not, we are angry people...

... Just look at the things we read and the mean little comments we leave everywhere we go.

It's a little scary. Check your list of daily reads and see how many go a day without commanding the widespread derision of someone, denigrating someone, dismantling someone's beliefs or opinions about something, or taking pleasure in someone "getting his comeuppance." Right now, I am leaving a comment on a piece that I wrote about why an entire religion should be condemned. No matter what Islam has done, that is just plain nasty of me, and unmistakably wrong. Morally wrong. Ethically wrong. It cannot be painted any other way. And yet this sort of thing is the most abundant example of our cultural impetus in the 21st century." -- The Dipso Chronicles: On Responsibility and Ambivalence

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Turn the clock ahead 20 years.

Your child comes to you and tells you that he and you need to find a quiet place to talk.

You've been through this before ... so you head into the garage, start the car, turn up the radio, and start whispering to each other. Your son, it seems, is in trouble. He participated in a protest against a proposed new law requiring the implantation of micro-tags in all newborns. Now he discovers that he's being investigated by a federal police agency for sedition. He looks at you and asks you what you were doing when these radicals moved into power 20 years ago ... what did you do to stop them. Did you campaign against them? Did you work to vote them out of office when you could? So .. what do you do? Are you going to look at him and say "Sorry, son. The Phillies were in a pennant race in 2010 when we really could have made a difference, and your mom was buried under a stack of US Weekly magazines. You were busy trying to figure out just how you were suppose to wear your baseball hat from one week to the next. We just weren't paying attention. -- TYRANNY! PELOSI STYLE - Nealz Nuze on boortz.com

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Conspiracy Theory

From:Hope n' Change Cartoons

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Drudge-ku of the Day


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August 18, 2010

Because she hasn't felt universally loathed enough lately....

Rep. Pelosi calls for investigation of WTC mosque oppositionOh, it's lonely at the bottom.

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August 17, 2010

Obama Traffic Bomb Flattens LA. Strafes Seattle.

Who wouldn't want the president to visit their city? L.A. fuming over Obama traffic, demands investigation Los Angeles Times

Residents reported that commutes and errands that typically took minutes turned into hours-long ordeals. One particular complaint was that streets remained blocked for hours -- even when Obama was inside TV producer John Wells' Hancock Park home at a fund-raiser.
One more advantage of urging Obama to hit the campaign trail hard for Democrats.

Oh God. He's here! Local News | Obama meeting Seattle small-business owners | Seattle Times Newspaper

The president's four-hour Seattle visit is likely to snarl Interstate 5 and downtown traffic through the late afternoon.

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Obam Phone Options

If your bloom is malfunctioning press 1, if your bloom is discolored press 2, if the bloom has fallen off your rose blame Bush and go on vacation. -- Ace of Spades HQ

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Americaphobia Ascendent

Robin of Berkeley on The Left’s Lust for Black Gangstas

The Left is not just ga-ga over blacks. Radical Islam is as captivating to them as a rare, exotic bird. Let’s call this other fetish Muslimphilia.

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Does Western Civilization Have a Death Wish?

Could be.
In 2003, Florian Jenett and Valentin Beinroth placed about 50 handgun replicas in downtown Frankfurt. The guns were made from tinted ice, making them look real at first sight. In 2009 they did a new edition of their Freeze! project but made the guns eatable by using coke, licorice, cherry and food coloring. -- Freeze! Revisited - today and tomorrow

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Leads you are unlikely to see

Media Furiously Spinning for Obama ‘With His Poll Numbers Dropping’ - Big Journalism

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August 16, 2010

High Velocity Social Arguments: 24,000 Comments an Hour!

Go ahead. Get it off your chest.

As of 6:40 PM Pacific Time the AP news item headlined Court halts Calif. gay marriages pending appeal has received an astonishing 48,177 comments only two hours and ten minutes after being put up. The story is a flatly reported summary of the facts that led to the decision. Level of comments in the main? About two hundred feet lower than YouTube comments.

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The Enemy at the Southern Gate

The Arab loss of faith in US security guarantees will cause them to deny basing rights to US forces in their territories.

It will also likely lead them to bow to Iranian will on oil price setting through supply cutbacks. In light of this, the Iranian nuclear program constitutes the greatest threat ever to US superpower status in the region and to the wellbeing of the US economy. Then there is the direct threat that Iran's nuclear program constitutes for US national security. This threat grows larger by the day as Iran's web of strategic alliances in Latin America expands unchallenged by the US. Today Iran enjoys military alliances with Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Brazil and Bolivia. -- Caroline Glick :: Guide to the Perplexed

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Michelle Obama's "No Food Stamps Diet"

This from people who never miss a meal: Dems may use food-stamp money to pay for Michelle Obama's nutrition initiative

The House will soon consider an $8 billion child-nutrition bill that’s at the center of the first lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative. Before leaving for the summer recess, the Senate passed a smaller version of the legislation that is paid for by trimming the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as the food-stamp program.
Soon to be known as Michelle Obama's Bangladesh Diet.

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The Question of Afghanistan

The question: Is it not in the U.S. and Western interest to maintain a considerable, battle-ready military presence,

right in the heart of the Middle East as a strong discouragement to reckless adventures by any of Iraq's neighbours? For if, as we have heard, the policy towards a soon-to-be-nuclear Iran is to be "containment," there must be forces to actually contain.... In such a case, substantial forward bases, maintained in a state of readiness for war, are just the thing: to convince the Iranian regime that any false move would entail their own apocalyptic end, only. -- David Warren

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Like Obama Hamas Supports Ground Zero Mosque

Democrats, Democrats everywhere! Hamas Leader Endorses Ground Zero Mosque

A leader of the Hamas terror group yesterday jumped into the emotional debate on the plan to construct a mosque near Ground Zero — insisting Muslims “have to build” it there. “We have to build everywhere,” said Mahmoud al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas and the organization’s chief on the Gaza Strip.

Update: "Mayor Bloomberg, a strong supporter of the plan, declined comment through a spokesman." Probably trying to determine how many members of Hamas vote in New York City. Should be easy. Just stroll along Atlantic Avenue and ask.

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Obama's Ground Zero Debacle

"Bad policy, bad politics, and bad execution, with a side order of political cowardice." -- Jennifer Rubin, Commentary

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The Sensitivity Work-Shoppe

Whether Doctor Smith hath done any Thing of late to foster Dignity

and mutual Respect in the Work-Place by 'going out of his Way' to pay a Compliment, or to say some Thing encouraging, to his co-Workers. Whether Doctor Smith hath ensured that his Work-Place be accessible to Women and Men of diminish'd Motility, as those who are capable not of Perambulation, but onely of Tollutation, Succussation, &c. --- 3quarksdaily

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Painting with Recycled Radons

Another beneficial side-effect of using the radons to coat the furniture

is the gentle glow your furniture has in the dark of the night, allowing, perhaps, for your children to find their way to the unheated composting bathroom without the need for a carbon-spewing 2 watt light bulb in a nightlight for them. With us it's all subtraction, subtraction, subtraction. -- Sippican Cottage: Spray And Pray, Baby

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3 Basic American Groups

I delight in irritating the left by dividing Americans into three basic groups: The producers, the looters and the moochers.

What you saw this week was the moocher class accepting applications from the looters for benefits to be paid for by the producers. The looters will be all too happy to use the police power of government to seize wealth from the producers for the benefit of the moochers, if the moochers will remember the looters on voting day. -- Neal Boortz: Gotta say this about the Section 8 crowd

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Confessions of a recovering environmentalist

"Environmentalism, which in its raw, early form had no time for the encrusted, seized-up politics of left and right,

has been sucked into the yawning, bottomless chasm of the 'progressive' left." A personal, twenty-year journey through the world’s wild places and the movements to protect them is also, for Paul Kingsnorth, an education in the limits of a project that has forgotten nature and lost its soul. -- openDemocracy

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"Undocumented Students" on the move ....

.... are
Riding for a dream @ Berkeleyside
But not to worry:
"There is no federal or state law that prohibits the admission of undocumented immigrants to U.S. colleges and universities."
Scholarships for Undocumented Students and state tuition help is growing.....
Even though Georgia is clearly not doing enough!
472 undocumented students at Georgia colleges.
While in deepest Obama land
Emboldened, Young Undocumented Chicagoans Win Victories for Immigration Reform
And in that spirit....
Obama Administration Allows More Illegal Immigrant Students To Stay In Country

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Wouldn't you?

Report: China Building ‘Impregnable Air Defense System

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August 15, 2010

Good Question: Who Will Work on the Mosque Site?

Blue Collar Corner Blog サ The 911 Hard Hat Pledge
"My fellow Americans stand together and pledge not to work this hurtful insensitive project. Without us this sacrilege cannot be built."
Maybe they can get some people from Muslim countries and just fly them in.

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And who wouldn't?


4-Block World

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"Sentimentality is the virus that is eating away at modern life."

This is what makes sentimentality so much worse than a mere windy emotionalism:

at its core is a special kind of self-righteousness. You do not just have a feeling, whatever it may be (caring passionately about 'kiddies’, for example, even if the children in question are completely unknown to you); you have a warm glow of superiority in expressing that feeling and hence a righteous hatred of those who do not show it too. 'There is’, Dalrymple observes, 'always something coercive or bullying about public displays of sentimentality.’ -- Spoilt Rotten! by Theodore Dalrymple: review - Telegraph

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"He knows nothing and everything is wonderful."


You can never tell with him.

He never uttered a sound until he was four. Just looked at you with eyes like saucers half-filled with motor oil and you wondered if he was sent to make you nervous forevermore. Then he never stopped talking until his eyes banged shut each evening in a bed laden with bears and talking sponges. To bring him anywhere is to bring Ken Coleman along to murmur about the mundane in a continuous stream, and pass the time contented. -- Sippican Cottage: Dad, How Do You Spell Upponna?

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From those "crack reporters" at  The Weekly World News:

The decision drew praise from the 36-year-old Mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, who called the cantina project a key test of American's commitment to tolerance and a wonderful way to unite Americans and Mexicans. The planning Commission held an opening board meeting last week, angry residents waved daguerreotypes and sang "Remember the Alamo"(in English and Spanish)....
Thirty-seven percent of Texans are of Hispanic origin. Mexican-Americans in Texas are divided about building The Cantina. “I love taking my children there to see where the Big Battle where the Texans fought so bravely, but I also love a good chimichanga,” said Juanita Jones of Waco.

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August 14, 2010

The American Arafat

Sometimes I think Obama is like Arafat, in that he -- more than most politicians and more than most presidents --

tailors his remarks to the occasion and changes them in very basic ways depending on his audience. He also seems to expect not to be caught in the act. At least Arafat did this long before the internet was born, and he did it in two different languages. Obama has no such excuses. -- neo-neocon : Obama, America, and the Ground Zero mosque

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Joe Carter. He Links for Me

Thirty Three Things I would have linked or already have by the esteemed Joe Carter @ First Things.

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"This is controversial only in a land of fools."

Amy Wax:

"The government cannot make people watch less television, talk to their children, or read more books. It cannot ordain domestic order, harmony, tranquility, stability, or other conditions conducive to academic success and the development of sound character. Nor can it determine how families structure their interactions and routines or how family resources—including time and money—are expended. Large-scale programs are especially ineffective in changing attitudes and values toward learning, work, and marriage." -- Amy Wax & The Truck Driver - Cobb

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August 13, 2010

Bean-Counters and Baloney

The bean-counters have struck again

this time in the sports pages. Two New York Times sport writers have discovered that baseball coaches from minority groups are found more often coaching at first base than third base. Moreover, third-base coaches become managers more often than first-base coaches. This may seem to be just another passing piece of silliness. But it is part of a more general bean-counting mentality that turns statistical differences into grievances. The time is long overdue to throw this race card out of the deck and start seeing it for the gross fallacy that it is.

At the heart of such statistics is the implicit assumption that different races, sexes, and other subdivisions of the human species would be proportionately represented in institutions, occupations, and income brackets if there were not something strange or sinister going on.

Although this notion has been repeated by all sorts of people, from local loudmouths on the street to the august chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States, there is not one speck of evidence behind it and a mountain of evidence against it.

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Ace is holding a press conference on....

Obamas Planning Fifth Vacation Since July, Because Like They've So Totally Earned It

Really? The fifth?

Can I ask a serious question?

What the fuck?

Can I ask a follow up?

Seriously, what the fucking fuck?

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August 12, 2010

NYet Times

Joseph Epstein says, Adios, Gray Lady

Perhaps one picks up all newspapers in anticipation and puts them down in disappointment. But the New York Times, at no extra charge, also leaves one feeling one lives in immitigably dreary times, and it does so daily. I don’t need it.

Cancel my subscription, please.

Joe, what took you so long?

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In a world of revolting, grubby, sleazy, vile, and filthy ideas for men's "fashion," one single image now stands at the top of the current mountain of garbage...


It's from The Haberdash: A Men's Fashion Show & Party - The Bold Italic - San Francisco

Look lively for our sartorial main event! The Bold Italic will send some of the best clothing in San Francisco down the runway on guys we like to hang with, interspersed with some good old fashioned revelry.
Remind me to attend with a flamethrower. [P.S. Realizing that one man cannot track all the fashion feces being strewn about these days, I'm open to alternate suggestions.]

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Tracking the Climate Scamsters?

The Daily Bayonet's regular Global Warming Hoax Weekly Round-Up is the place to be.

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Teaching What? To Who? How?

The Mirror Knows:

Big Guy signed another ginormous stimulus-lite bill yesterday, which will, in part, pay to keep at least 160 thousand teachers employed! And here’s why it was necessary, from Big Guy himself:
“In a single generation, we’ve fallen from first place to twelfth place in college graduation rates for young adults. ”
Maybe that’s because they can’t read. Or write. Or add, subtract, multiply or divide. But I’m sure the 160 thousand teachers’ jobs that we’ve created or saved are not the ones responsible for that. -- Michelle Obama's Mirror's Blog: Performance Reviews: Clowns to the Left of Me

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Bullshit Businesses of Our Era

Artisanal Pencil Sharpening [$15 a pencil]
REACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH THE PLEASURES OF A HAND-SHARPENED PENCIL. In New York's Hudson River Valley, craftsman David Rees still practices the age-old art of manual pencil sharpening. His artisanal service is perfect for artists, writers, and standardized test takers. Shipped with their shavings and a "certificate of sharpening," these extra-sharp pencils make wonderful gifts.

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The Truth is Known to the Troops

The Unspinnables - Cobb

Nothing speaks the truth like the experience of war. Its lethality and pathos grinds the meaning out of the trivial. Soldiers who return home suffer few illusions. For all the policy debates, and especially talking points blathered out by the Administration about our relationships with the Muslim world - very little will stand up to the truth known by American soldiers who have been to Iraq and Afghanistan. There are more than a million of them. Their opinions will not be bought.

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2 from Don Colacho


The revolutionary does not discover the “authentic spirit of the revolution” except before the revolutionary tribunal that condemns him.

The lie is the muse of revolutions: it inspires their programs, their proclamations, their panegyrics. But it forgets to gag their witnesses.

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"Terrorist abuse" Prevention. Because Geithner & Co. have no higher priorities to deal with

Servings of piping hot irony begin at sunset: TG-824: Treasury Department Statement Marking the Beginning of Ramadan

WASHINGTON As Muslims in the United States and around the world begin their observance of Ramadan, the U.S. Department of the Treasury recognizes the importance of this period of intense devotion, reflection and charitable giving. Charitable giving and philanthropy are core American values, reflected in many faiths and traditions, and are of particular significance within the Muslim faith during the holy month of Ramadan.

The Treasury Department fully supports the ability of American Muslims -- and Muslims worldwide-- to fulfill their religious obligations through charitable giving and seeks to advance charitable giving at home and abroad, while protecting the charitable sector from the threat posed by those who seek to abuse this sacred obligation. In recent years, Treasury has strengthened its partnership with the charitable sector and donor community to promote transparency and to safeguard against such abuse....  For information about steps that donors and charities can take to guard against terrorist abuse, visit link.

"Terrorist abuse." Now there's a sharp, crisp concept. [HT: Karpel]

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August 11, 2010

Obama's "Use By" Date Has Passed

It is in the nature of charisma
that it rises out of thin air, out of need and distress, and then dissipates when the magic fails. The country has had its fill with a scapegoating that knows no end from a president who had vowed to break with recriminations and partisanship. The magic of 2008 can't be recreated, and good riddance to it. Slowly, the nation has recovered its poise. There is a widespread sense of unstated embarrassment that a political majority, if only for a moment, fell for the promise of an untested redeemer—a belief alien to the temperament of this so practical and sober a nation. -- Fouad Ajami: The Obsolescence of Barack Obama - WSJ.com What can one say? Aliens have alien beliefs.

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Ymarsakar on Today's Slaves

Just as the South didn't want to give up slavery

because they saw it as their property, protected under the US Constitution, and formed the basis of the South窶冱 agricultural economic livelyhood, so does the Democrat party need serfs and slaves to work the ballots to keep the Left rich and powerful....

Recall that Harry Reid said recently that he can’t imagine how someone is of Hispanic origins and is a Republican at the same time. Those two things can’t be mixed together. Just like white and black blood couldn’t be imagined to be mixed together, given how “inferior” black blood was viewed back then. It was like incest or knowingly passing on to your future a genetic disorder that would make them retarded. And these Democrats think they are better than us? That they were better than the Democrat plantation owners? Get real.

A hispanic Republican is like a negro philosopher. Either he ain’t a negro or he ain’t a philosopher, you see. Cause everybody knows negros are too dumb to think about philosophy. Everybody from the Democrat party, at least.

America is due for a second civil war pretty soon. All the signs are there.-- Bookworm Room サ Misplaced priorities

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Nix on the Cake with the Union Label

You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but can you pick your nose when your friend picks his nose?

Heavy hangs the head that wears the crown: No cake for Barack Obama on birthday

Mr Obama, who spoke at an AFL-CIO labour federation meeting in Washington, said that "it's good to spend my birthday with some good friends," but that "the Secret Service nixed the cake." AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka [above, left] had offered the US President birthday wishes and said the group wanted to provide a cake for the occasion.
What did the secret service nose and when did they nose it?

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August 10, 2010

Behind the Curve Spambot of the Day

"I'm a fan of Glenn Beck,

Coultier, Rush Limbaugh, and naturally O'Reilly. However my preference of the group is still Hannity. I love watching him tear into Colmes every show. haha"
Into the junk folder and delete. haha.

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Obsessions of "The Ladies Who Lunch"

The epiphany of Daphne's brother while listening to women at Barnes and Noble:

"The economy is in the shitter, there are few replacement jobs for normal people who want to work, need to work, the federal debt is out of control, we're busy fighting two long wars, my people (he's retired Airforce) are coming home in body bags or damaged beyond belief and shameful few of my fellow neighbors take the occasional minute to notice this awful, bloody fact, much less bow their heads in distressed prayer. Washington is so corrupt we might as well call it Goat Fucking Kabul and these mindless, well-heeled women are busy discussing Lady Gaga's genetically mangled, fucked up crotch for a solid hour like it's the Holy goddamn Grail." -- Making The Most Of The Available Light « Jaded Haven

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Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock

Rodger the Real King of France is beginning to notice how "the terrible ifs accumulate:"

I'm appreciating how Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater felt when he went ballistic; cursed passengers over the plane's intercom, then grabbed a six-pack before leaving via the emergency exit chute. Three years ago we had retirement funds; The USA was strangling al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Iraq and Afghanistan; there was a sense of order. I'm looking at this picture of a young, pregnant Afghan woman. She was publicly flogged, then beheaded by the Taliban for conceiving out of wedlock. I want to use an exit chute. Obamunists have irrevocably changed for the worse, not just our nation, but the world. Well into my dotage is no time, as MoSup reminds me, to be consumed with thoughts of revenge, lynching, and machine gunning. Most frustrating, though, is where would I begin? I am not alone. -- Curmudgeonly & Skeptical
Picture at link quite graphic. You've been warned.

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Attributed to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer:

"What if the owners of the Suns discovered

that hordes of people were sneaking into games without paying? What if they had a good idea just who the gate-crashers are, but the ushers and security personnel were not allowed to ask these folks to produce their ticket stubs, thus non-paying attendees couldn't be ejected. Furthermore; what if Suns' ownership was expected to provide those who sneaked in with complimentary eats and drink? And what if, on those days when a gate=crasher became ill or injured, the Suns had to provide free medical care and shelter?" -- I REALLY HOPE THIS IS TRUE - Nealz Nuze on boortz.com

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August 9, 2010

The Last Gunslinger

The F-15C is the only dedicated dogfighter left in the U.S. military fleet. Why isn't the Air Force replacing it?

"The dials and knobs are decrepit; nearly every painted surface is scuffed and chipped. The control stick looks like it might have been dragged behind a tractor for 60 miles. And I’m pretty sure that the tattered pilot’s seat came from the VW bus of a group of Deadheads, shortly after the ’77 spring tour. To discover where the magic happens, I have to peek beneath the forlorn facade. Integrated into both the interior and the exterior fuselage are several large compartments and caches. They once housed hefty pneumatic controls and bloated radar and weapons components that pre-dated the microcomputer revolution. But as technology shrank, the F-15’s flight systems got smaller and lighter, leaving room to cram in new innovations. Instead of languishing as decades passed, the Eagle got more agile and lethal." -- Air & Space Magazine

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Brainiacs: Rinse. Repeat.

Their entire intellectual training has led them to believe that it is the Intellectual Class that is fit to rule, by virtue of their very Smart thinking.

After all, did not Plato himself say that only the philosophers were virtuous, and therefore fit to rule? And have not our Intellectual Elite been told their entire school lives that they are the "Best And Brightest?" And so all a tyrant needs to do is to flatter this sense of entitlement, and the Intellectual will convince himself that this is indeed the New Jerusalem. No brainwashing is required; a light rinse will do. -- Borepatch: The Bonfire of the Vanities

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August 8, 2010

Who goes Nazi?—By Dorothy Thompson

There he sits: he talks awkwardly rather than glibly;

he is courteous. He commands a distant and cold respect. But he is a very dangerous man. Were he primitive and brutal he would be a criminal–a murderer. But he is subtle and cruel. He would rise high in a Nazi regime. It would need men just like him–intellectual and ruthless. But Mr. C is not a born Nazi. He is the product of a democracy hypocritically preaching social equality and practicing a carelessly brutal snobbery. He is a sensitive, gifted man who has been humiliated into nihilism. He would laugh to see heads roll. -- (Harper's Magazine -- 1941)

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Dave Winer (Who?) thinks he's a Smart. Krugman and Greenwald too.

Sometime Shaman of the Smart Tribe, Dave Winer has...A revelation: What I think matters

I wish people who say that would pick up one thing that Krugman says and refute it in a semi-convincing way. I am open to different points of view, but "Krugman is wrong" and calling it "polluted by junk science" -- well I'm very educated, and a really smart.
Dave needs to read the definitive item on "The Smarts," The Smart People Crowd @ Rhymes With Cars & Girls, but his colonized mind is way too smart for that.

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August 7, 2010

Sorta funny how it got to 9.5% and just sorta stayed there, isn't it?

The Real Unemployment Rate: Is It 9.5%, 16.5%, 22%, or Higher? - DailyFinance

Raghavan Mayur, president at TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence, follows unemployment data closely. So, when his survey for May revealed that 28% of the 1,000-odd households surveyed reported that at least one member was looking for a full-time job, he was flummoxed.

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Auto-Fornication Fiesta for FLOTUS on the Costa del Sol

There are certain things for which projectile vomiting is simply not a strong enough reaction:

While many of us are struggling, the First Lady is spending the next few days in a five-star hotel on the chic Costa del Sol in southern Spain with 40 of her “closest friends.” According to CNN, the group is expected to occupy 60 to 70 rooms, more than a third of the lodgings at the 160-room resort. Not exactly what one would call cutting back in troubled times.

Reports are calling the lodgings of Obama’s Spanish fiesta, the Hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella, “luxurious,” “posh” and “a millionaires’ playground.” Estimated room rate per night? Up to a staggering $2,500. Method of transportation? Air Force Two. -- Michelle, the Media and the Costa del Sol - Big Journalism

The only thing this family loves more than making you pay is rubbing your face in it.

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Lady M Celebrates "No Child's Fat Behind" Act

Big Guy’s Washington posse came through and the Senate passed MO’s Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010!

So we’re well on our way to pumping $4.5 billion into the SEIU’s pocket which, as I understand it, we will receive a full 25% refund on, in the form of campaign contributions. We celebrated the Senate’s passage of the historic Hunger Free Act on Thursday by dining at Buenaventura Plaza restaurant on healthy, hunger-free lobster, rice, oysters and red wine with bread pudding and sweet wine for dessert. -- Michelle Obama's Mirror's Blog: Et tu, Brute?

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California to get what's coming to it at last

The Modern Tea Party is focused in California largely on economic issues, a hopeless State budget deficit and high progressive taxes. The issue of gay marriage will not lose the Tea Party supporters many votes.

The anti-gay marriage voters include a high proportion of core Democrat voters, Mexicans, Catholics and evangelicals. These people could very well vote Republican on a issue that strongly arouses them.

The combination of Modern Tea Partiers and anti-gay marriage religious Democrats could be a perfect storm.

--Pro Commerce: A perfect storm

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No doubt about it. He's got a bigger piece of the pie.

CARPE DIEM: Day 550: Obama vs. Carter

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August 6, 2010

How many books are there in the world?

After we exclude serials, we can finally count all the books in the world. There are 129,864,880 of them. At least until Sunday. -- Inside Google Books: Books of the world, stand up and be counted!

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Bureaucracy against democracy

To the extent that it is self-interested,

the federal bureaucracy seeks to enhance its power and status. To the extent that it follows a Platonic ideal, it seeks to liberate itself from politicians and extend its reach into people's lives. The consequence of these reinforcing motivations is an angelic vision of vast but nonpolitical authority, exercised with absolute personal-institutional discretion. It is a rare government worker who is an advocate of limited government. - vulgar morality

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How to create jobs

Maybe you're one of these small businessmen or women who are held in such contempt by the ObamaMachine.

Maybe you need to cut back even more ... or maybe your business needs some new blood. Now I'm serious here ... I think this should be happening across the country. Try to figure out who you have on your staff who voted for and STILL supports Barack Obama. One good way to do this would be to have someone head out into the employee parking lot and look for people who still, for some reason known but to God, have an Obama bumper sticker on their car. Call that person into your office and tell them that since they are still Obama supporters you are going to let them go. Tell them that there are people out there who made the sensible choice in the 2008 election and who are now looking for jobs. You would rather have them on your staff than someone who contributed to this problem. The people who recognized Obama for what he was before the election should not be the ones suffering for his policies. They are the ones who should be on unemployment. -- HOW'S THAT HOPEY CHANGEY WORKING? - Nealz Nuze on boortz.com

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Don Colacho

Even the most discreet truth appears to modern man to be insufferable insolence. -- #1,630

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n. the default facial expression of someone on a video chat,

whose half-mast gaze at a spot three inches below camera resembles a deranged person leering at your chin, which reinforces your unshakable awareness that the high-resolution plastic rectangle you’re staring at is functionally indistinguishable from an Etch-A-Sketch. -- The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

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August 5, 2010

Jon Kawaguchi Now Officially the Biggest Asshole in Portland Oregon

The "criminal"

These are the items that make you want to bring the solid punch in the nose back as a corrective to local bureaucrats: Portland lemonade stand runs into health inspectors, needs $120 license to operate | OregonLive.com

It's hardly unusual to hear small-business owners gripe about licensing requirements or complain that heavy-handed regulations are driving them into the red.

So when Multnomah County shut down an enterprise last week for operating without a license, you might just sigh and say, there they go again.

Except this entrepreneur was a 7-year-old named Julie Murphy. Her business was a lemonade stand at the Last Thursday monthly art fair in Northeast Portland. The government regulation she violated? Failing to get a $120 temporary restaurant license.

Turns out that kids' lemonade stands -- those constants of summertime -- are supposed to get a permit in Oregon, particularly at big events that happen to be patrolled regularly by county health inspectors.

"I understand the reason behind what they're doing and it's a neighborhood event, and they're trying to generate revenue," said Jon Kawaguchi, environmental health supervisor for the Multnomah County Health Department. "But we still need to put the public's health first."

Hey, Kawaguchi, you useless chunk of protoplasm. Yeah, you.... and the horse you rode in. Where's the father? Where's the hot tar? Where's the rail? When are these morons going to be put on an ice floe in the arctic circle?

Lillian Shirley is the Director of this collection of cretins and parasites at the Multnomah County Health Department. Her email address is:


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Google Wave. Buh-bye!

Google Wave to Be Discontinued Google what? I think that was one of those elite "get an invite at any costs" Google rollouts. Lame way to launch, lamer way to roll.

Next for the chopping block? Google Buzz AKA "That irritating thing on your gmail screen that you never click."

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Perry vs. Schwartzenegger: Two Comments That Sum It Up


4-Block World: Justice Denied

First comment from Frank @ neo-neocon

You can put a shoe in the oven, but that doesn't make it a biscuit. The meaning of marriage has been around for thousands of years.

Second comment from someone, somewhere, at Volkoh:

"Why don't we save everyone a lot of trouble and just pick up the phone and ask Justice Kennedy what he thinks?"

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Rush Limbaugh Drive-By

"Reporting on Obamaville is like reporting a massive jailbreak."

Posted by Vanderleun at 9:17 AM | Your Say (0)

"Republicans, our leader is alive and living in Wasilla, Alaska."

The Left sensed from Day One that Sarah Palin is the biggest threat to their stealth socialism.

This was why they targeted her early and made it hip to knock her. This is proving to be their biggest mistake as she bounces off the canvas and hits back. Harder. The Left just made her the biggest underdog in American political history. Sarah Palin should thank Tina Fey because in the long run, Sarah Palin is getting the last laugh. The Left cannot refudiate her with ridicule because the American people see snark for what it is. -- Arianna gets it ォ Don Surber

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That Old Michelle Magic's Got Spain in Her Spell...

“Lady M ends racism in Spain upon her arrival.” It’s true!

Coincident with MO’s arrival, the U.S. Consulate lifted the warning to travelers to Spain that "racist prejudices" could lead to the arrest of African-Americans who visit the country. Wow! All Lady M has to do is show up and voila! Another post-racial, post-partisan society is born! -- Michelle Obama's Mirror

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"Slouching toward Bethlehem"

The thousand little steps which take us closer to the coming of something that has long been stirring in the human heart.

Hatreds are born often not out of what we do, but what we fail to do. Most catastrophes are acts of omission just as the bulk of heroism is simple devotion to duty. -- Belmont Club サ And now for the Middle East

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August 4, 2010

And worth every penny!

Newsweek 'sold for US$1'


Why is this man smiling? You can be sure his heirs are weeping.

Founded in 1933, Newsweek chalked up losses of nearly US$30 million (S$40.5 million) last year and another US$11 million in the first quarter of this year.

The Washington Post Co, which bought Newsweek almost 50 years ago, had been looking for a buyer since May.

Mr Harman, who turns 92 today, started a business selling FM radios in the 1950s and built it into one of the largest audio equipment companies in the world. He stepped down as the chief executive of Harman International Industries, which makes JBL and Infinity audio equipment, four years ago.

Taking on Newsweek, which has been far less successful than its rival Time, is a gamble. But it is a chance that Mr Harman said he is eager to take.

File that under "Last Chance."

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