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May 31, 2012

Mission Accomplished!


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"Hazmat, Plume, Powder, Plague, Etc...." Uncle Sam Admits Monitoring You For These 377 Words

Big Brother is not just watching. He's digging, searching, reading, monitoring, archiving, and judging too. Have you hit your breaking point yet? -- Complete list of DHS monitoring keywords HERE

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File under: FAT CHANCE!

Israel's Major Malfunction re Palestinians continues: Israel returns remains of 91 Palestinian militants
"The remains of 91 Palestinian militants whose attacks killed hundreds of Israelis over the past 35 years were returned to the West Bank and Gaza on Thursday in a gesture Israel said it hoped could help revive peace efforts."

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 11:04 AM | Your Say (7)

“Global warming? Isn’t it already over? Does anybody care about it?”

Discussing technicalities is not sufficient,
because the supporters of the global-warming debate are not interested in them. We are not dealing with people who are authentically interested in science and in incremental changes in temperature and their causes. For them, the temperature data are just an instrument in their plans to change the world, to suppress human freedom, to bring people back to underdevelopment. -- Vaclav Klaus: It's about freedom

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 9:24 AM | Your Say (4)

Redneck Eye Opener


Mountain Dew A.M., A Breakfast Drink Concocted by Taco Bell Select southern California Taco Bell locations are testing out Mtn Dew A.M., a “breakfast drink” concoction consisting of Mountain Dew and orange juice.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 8:22 AM | Your Say (11)

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?"

The truth is that [envious people] deeply hate
those who create the wealth they want to steal, and seek to destroy them--even though at some level, they understand they cannot survive without them. They count on the fact that this reality never spoken of in polite society. -- Dr. Sanity: ENVY, RESENTMENT, AND HUMAN NATURE

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May 30, 2012

"Black-on-white opportunistic violence remains commonplace because it's safe"

in the same way that a 19th Century lynch mob was safe.
While technically illegal, there is little public outrage over it, and the odds of being prosecuted for it are better than any other form of violence. The flash mob, like the lynch mob, relies on safety in numbers, the complicity of the authorities and the weakness of the system to beat the law. -- Daniel Greenfield

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Helpful Hints: Flaps up


Consider, the next time you're in a grocery store,
that plastic piece on the shopping cart that serves as a seat for small children so they're secure and facing mom or dad. In the "up" position it blocks the holes kids legs go through, and prevents small items from falling to the floor. Now, ponder toilet training in kids young and small enough to sit up there instead of walking around the store.-- bookofjoe

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Presidents At Work


In 2008 Americans actually elected America's first woman president. -- - The Ulsterman Report

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Duh-O, Michelle O

Michelle Obama totally did not read her husband’s book
But it wasn’t until his father died, she told Stewart, that he truly grew up. “That was one of those click-in moments,” she said. “And he really buckled down, he transferred schools, went to Columbia and thought about how to use life to the fullest.”

Except that in this case, according to Barack Obama, he was already at Columbia when he got the call that his father died. He actually detailed it in his book.

On the first page of Chapter One.

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America: Her finest hour is yet to come

Government is the problem.  I am not afraid of what the American people will do
if we regain the liberties that are rightly ours.  I eagerly await the explosion of creativity and prosperity that will ensue.  We can produce, pay down, and manage our way out of the $100-trillion "€œentitlements bomb,"€ without penalizing the vulnerable.  And we do not have to be poor for generations in order to deal with it; in fact, we can'€™t be.  It won'€™t work.  -- J.E. DYER / The Greenroom

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 10:42 AM | Your Say (2)

Obvious Innovation #11: Tilted Soup Plate


Found at John Nouanesing Studio - Product Design

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 9:35 AM | Your Say (2)

Give Greece What It Deserves: Communism

What the world needs, lest we forget, is a contemporary example of Communism in action. What better candidate than Greece?
They’ve been pining for it for years, exhibiting a level of anti-capitalist vitriol unmatched in any developed country. They are temperamentally attuned to it, having driven all hard working Greeks abroad in search of opportunity. They pose no military threat to their neighbors, unless you quake at the sight of soldiers marching around in white skirts. And they have all the trappings of a modern Western nation, making them an uncompromised test bed for Marxist theories. Just toss them out of the European Union, cut off the flow of free Euros, and hand them back the printing plates for their old drachmas. Then stand back for a generation and watch. -- Forbes

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Why You're Still Not Married

8. You're Crazy. Crazy is where you LOVE INTENSITY. You want life to bring the exclamation points!!!!!!!
Normal people, and relationships? Big, noisy YAWN. You think of yourself more like Angelina Jolie when she was with Billy Bob. Crazy is where you use your cell phone like an automatic weapon. You meet, have sex, fight and break up -- all by text message. --Tracy McMillan
[HT: Stuart ]

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May 29, 2012

Obama awards Dylan Medal of Freedom, '‬I am a really big fan'

Yeah. Right.

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Black Crack

Imagine for a moment that you didn't really have to work, that you were surrounded by ads offering you free food, endless free training programs and benefits,
special opportunities to get everything from jobs to government contracts, without having to work for them. Imagine that at any job you held a "Get Out of Work" card by filing an accusation of racism. What's more, imagine if you were surrounded by ads and people encouraging you to do just that? Imagine if you had been brought up in a dysfunctional community by a broken educational system and its even worse entertainment partners to believe that all of this was just because you were oppressed by white people? Then go ahead and break the habit. -- Daniel Greenfield

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 9:59 PM | Your Say (3)

Lately, the worst thing about following a link that goes to National Review....

is that you've got to confront the image of that smug, porky and flatulent Jonah Goldberg puffing his latest and most boring book before clicking through to important people like... Thomas Sowell on ‘Meaningful Work’ [Update: Cris solves the problem in the comments.]

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 12:58 PM | Your Say (11)

Satanic Hispanic: "Here is another article in a long list of articles"

about the influence that Latino voters will have on this election and future elections.
How frustrating can this be? Forces a guy like me (and many others) who has no innate animus towards Hispanics into criticizing Hispanics. We are now discussing how the progeny of (mostly) illegals will shape our political system going forward. Imagine that. Has any country ever had such a discussion? So many articles discussing how the various slices of the Latino vote will impact *the entire fucking election*. We are now hostage to the whims of these Latino voters? -- Gucci Little Piggy

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 12:49 PM | Your Say (1)

Thinking "Christie?" Think Again, Schmucks!

Christie's combativeness against New Jersey's embedded unions sent shills up my, and Ann Coulter's, legs.
She has yet to fully shake them off. In an era of equivocating political pussies, Christie is a breath of, well, Ronald Reagan. His stance on global warming, however, exposes him as being either a rank political horse trader, insufferably stupid, or both. Add "supported assault weapons (semi-auto hunting rifles) ban, immigration moderate (there is no such thing) and friendly relations with an intractable enemy, and you have Mario Cuomo. I fully expect that Christie will one day run for office as a democrat. -- Curmudgeonly & Skeptical

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 12:42 PM | Your Say (4)

"Now, what is an uncosmoed person?"

I would think that first and foremost it is someone who imagines he can enclose the cosmos in some little manmade ideology
-- who imagines he has demystified the cosmos just because he has memorized a few words and concepts such as "big bang," or "DNA," or "natural selection," or who simply fails to draw out the implications of everyday words such as "person," or "love," or "truth," or "beauty," or "universe." -- One Cʘsmos: From Un-Cosmoed to One Cosmoed

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 11:52 AM | Your Say (0)

Best Headline for Worst Weekend Story

Police Shoot Naked Man Eating Another Naked Man’s Face When He Refuses To Stop And Read A Pamphlet Urging Him To Switch To Lean Protein, Whole Grains, Fruits, And Lo-Fat Dairy | The Rumford Meteor

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There's No "Multi" in "Multi-Tasking"

Some people call switching our attention between things that vie for it “multi-tasking”. Like were a computer with dual cores running two simultaneous processes.
Except that we’re not. Numerous brain imaging studies have shown that what we call “multi-tasking” in humans, is not multi-tasking at all. Your brain is merely trying to rapidly switch it’s attention between two tasks. Back and forth, as quickly as it can. It’s shown not only that we’re dumber when we do this (an average of 10 IQ points dumber – that’s the same as pulling an all-nighter.), but that we’re also 40% less efficient at whatever it is we’re doing. -- Joe Kraus Blog

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 11:07 AM | Your Say (4)

Secret Kill List of the Dickless President

The NYT's Love Letter to Death Squads

It is not so much a newspaper story as a love letter --€” a love letter to death, to the awe-inspiring and fear-inducing power of death, as personified by Barack Obama in his temporary role as the manager of a ruthless, lawless imperial state. In the cringing obsequiousness of the multitude of insiders and sycophants who march in goose-step through the story, we can see the awe and fear -- indeed, the worship -- of death-dealing power. This enthrallment permeates the story, both in the words of the cringers and in the giddy thrill the writers display in gaining such delicious access to the inner sanctum.... This portrait of an American president signing off — week after week after week after week — on the extrajudicial murder of people all over the world is presented as something completely uncontroversial.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 10:26 AM | Your Say (9)

Good News! The Incredible Shrinking New York Times

Once it was a wide-ranging media empire of newspapers and TV stations and websites, and even a baseball team, that was worth almost $7 billion;
today it's essentially two struggling newspapers and a much-reduced web company, all worth less than $1 billion (for comparison, consider that the Internet music company Pandora is valued at almost $2 billion). -- Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and the Demise of Janet Robinson

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 7:57 AM | Your Say (5)

May 28, 2012

"In the sixteenth year of Obama,"

Marc and Julie obtained a carbon pass and set off on a light rail journey in a comfortable semi-transparent carriage
traveling at a top speed of 30 kilometers per hour whose motive power came entirely from sunshine. As it was a cloudy day, the train moved slowly, often stopping for hours at a time, before sluggishly stirring into motion again, but the young couple did not mind. Obtaining a carbon pass was difficult enough that the very experience of traveling was new to them, as it was to most citizens of the USNAE or the United States of North America and Europe as the grand unified republic was known. -- Daniel Greenfield

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 10:29 PM | Your Say (1)

Progressive's Buffet: “American Grown” Bullshit


Michelle Obama Writes ‘American Grown’ - NYTimes.com [Except that, of course, she didn't. As we learn late in the "review:"]
"Mrs. Obama had lots of help writing her book. In addition to Lyric Winik, a Washington writer ...,” there are White House staff members connected to the garden and kitchen and those who have stories to tell about the gardens they have started in their cities and towns. There is also a section on the importance of physical activity, including a photograph showing Mrs. Obama doing her record 142 hula hoop revolutions on the South Lawn.

Look on the bright side. At least there's not a DVD with a video of her swirling the hula hoop 142 times. (Also not a "record" that is remotely close to the record of "Aaron Hibbs from Columbus, Ohio ... at 74 hours and 54 minutes.")

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 10:22 PM | Your Say (7)

"The Germans now are in the impossible situation"

Unemployment: Spain vs Germany

of being told they did something wrong by doing things mostly right.
They retire too late and caused others to retire too early; they saved too much money so others had to borrow too much; they built too many things that others wanted; they acted too much like parents and so made others too much like children. -- Works and Days サ Thoughts on the Rhine

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 10:03 PM | Your Say (0)

Opening Day | American Lawn Chair Season


I like to think of it as opening day for Major League Lawn Chairing,
a sport in which the longer you stay stationary in a webbed chair, the more points you score. To play at a high level you are going to need some help, and by help I mean a cooler and a strong supply of beers. It should be noted, that the USA made Coleman steel belted 54 quart cooler is the only official MLLC sanctioned temperature control device. -- A Continuous Lean

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Republic - Republic + Democracy = Ineptocracy


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Revolutionaries Without Tears

Successful revolutionary leaders must be adept at wielding power
not only within their countries, against the regime they wish to overthrow, but within their own revolutionary cadres. That's how they get to be leaders in the first place. After the success of the revolution, when they come to control the government, they continue to use those skills to fight to stay on top, and that ordinarily requires a strong dose of ruthlessness. They are generally quite up to the task. Stalin, for example, was a master at it's solution, like that of so many others, was to kill the opposition. -Revolutions betrayed

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May 27, 2012

Their Dark Rooms

It may be no coincidence that pedophilia, all manner of perversion,
even the beheading videos enjoyed by those professing a religious revival and -- who knows maybe face eating videos -- now ride the currents of the global network. Once released from their dark rooms these phantasms travel across the routers, caches, peer to peer networks and encrypted torrents of the Internet. Nor can they even be denounced without danger. Political correctness surrounds them with the protective mantle of tolerance and the injunction against bigotry. -- Belmont Club » Croatoan

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"If you are what you eat, radical vegetarians must be eating something very unpleasant."


Go right ahead and gorge your fat jowls on your McDeathburgers and then get banished to a cold, dark hole where you’re forced to listen to the sound of geese being slaughtered for eternity. --The Vegetarian Personality - Taki's Magazine

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 10:17 PM | Your Say (2)

The Octothorp


We know it as the hash sign but the real name is octothorp.
Those aware of the aquatic creature with eight legs will know that the first two syllable means “eight” which if you add the points up, certainly does add up! The “Thorpe” part of the word comes from a word which means farm in the ancient language Old Norse. Traditionally a village would have eight fields surrounding it making up a farm. Get it? We use it for numbering but the original use of the symbol would be to indicate a village on a map. --The Story of Symbols ~ Kuriositas

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"A polite person never texts anyone without first putting an ad on Craigslist"

announcing that they're going to text you before they call you.
And of course, you've got to put up fliers on all the phone poles in town with little pull-tab reminders announcing that you're about to put up a Craigslist announcement that you're going to text someone before calling them. --Sippican Cottage: They Call Me Captain Kirk

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May 26, 2012

"May the pork be with you"


Doug Ross @ Journal: Most Awesomest Grill Ever

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‘It’s Not A God Damn Joke!’: Penn Jillette Destroys ‘Beyond Hypocritical’ Obama Over Marijuana Laws

“Do we believe, even for a second, does anybody believe that if Obama had been busted for marijuana, under the laws that he condones, would his life have been better?
… If he had been busted under his laws, he would have done hard fucking time. And if he had done time in prison, time in federal prison, time for his ‘weed’ and ‘a little blow,’ he would not be President of the United States of America. He would not have gone to his fancy ass college. He would not have written books that sold millions and millions of copies and made millions and millions of dollars. He would not have a beautiful, smart wife. He would not have a great job. He would have been in fucking prison, and it’s not a god damn joke! People who smoke marijuana must be set free. It is insane to lock people up.” -- Mediaite

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 11:14 AM | Your Say (7)

The Know Nothing and Glad of It Party

One Cʘsmos: Peacocks and Propheteers of the Left
Here again, the left wages a culture war without even knowing it. They do not engage on the plane of ideas, but only pretend to do so. There is no need to actually do the math to determine if a punitive tax on the successful will do anything to mitigate our fiscal calamity. Rather, this is just another liberal dog-whistle that only the envious can hear.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 10:23 AM | Your Say (1)

An inbred elite is dull

An inbred elite is dull and in constant need of sensation.
It has a brief attention span because it is always bored with itself. It feeds off a diet of constant mockery to reassure itself of its own fragile superiority. It wants the appearance of ideas, without the hard work of digesting them. Most of all, it wants the legitimization of its own right to rule. The theme of every elite is its own superiority, and the one we are saddled with is no different. Its message is that it has lifted up our society from a dark time of repression to a new era of enlightenment and that only it can lead us into the light. -- Daniel Greenfield

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 9:06 AM | Your Say (0)

Why did Obama put his dog on the roof of the car?

So it wouldn’t get stoned.
Speaking only for myself, I’m fine with having a president who used to get blazed out of his mind. It’s just funny that the same people who are scrambling to defend him were, shall we say, somewhat less accepting of Bush’s youthful indiscretions. --Answer: Choom. | The Daily Caller

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China to Australia: "Who's your daddy?"

“Australia always has to depend on somebody else,
whether it is to be the ‘son’ of the U.S. or ‘son’ of China,” Song said, adding that Australia had best choose China because it all “depends on who is more powerful and based on the strategic environment.” -- Game of Thrones Turns Sicilian As China Tells Australia ‘Kiss the Ring’ | Via Meadia

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May 25, 2012

"My 10 Favorite Hate-Crime Hoaxes"

When a white couple is raped and dismembered in Knoxville, the media is suddenly deaf, dumb, and blind. When children get gang-raped but the bad guys are Muslim, even the police won’t touch it. --- Taki's Magazine

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 6:26 PM | Your Say (0)

Signs We Love

OBlog: Design Observer

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"Like when Lorenzo Pagina and Sergio Brino graduated from Stanford and were about to found Google, but then they got deported back to Mexico."

"Romney should demand passage of the high-skilled agenda before the graduation of the class of 2013 next spring produces another crop of international leaders, educated here in America, needlessly forced to return home to compete against us. If you graduate with an engineering degree from Stanford, we should staple a green card to your diploma." -- NYTimes Opinionation [Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog: Why Lorenzo Pagina and Sergio Brino had to found Google in Mexico]

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From your lips to God's ear...

"I am predicting that the first guy who uses a Second Amendment weapon to bring a drone down that's been hovering over his house is going to be a folk hero in this country." -- Charles Krauthammer [In the eye of Big Brother - Maggie's Farm]

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 1:24 PM | Your Say (2)

It's a laugh a minute with the Chris Rock of Pennsylvania Avenue

"Check my ride, homies! And I don't even pay for the gas!"

Obama tells Air Force cadets US is 'stronger and more respected' in the world
"Around the world there is a new feeling about America," he told cadets. "There is a new confidence in our leadership. "Today I think we can say with pride that America is stronger and safer and more respected in the world," Obama added.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 12:12 PM | Your Say (4)

Shirley, You Jest

[The Media] can't engage the audience, no matter what they promise advertisers,
because they have no intellectual or journalistic capital with which to engage them. All they can do is tell their audience what it already believes in an entertaining way. That is the traditional function of a court jester and it is the new function of the media, which may style itself as a "Protector of Democracy", but is in reality just the tyrant's capering fool in the rainbow halo. -- Daniel Greenfield

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The Last Days of the Media

At this point it all just seems sorta normal, doesn't it?

If you want to understand why Newsweek put a badly photoshopped picture of Obama with a gay halo on its cover....

There is no news business anymore, just media trolls looking for a traffic handout, feeding off manufactured controversies that they create and then report on. Magazines and sites struggling to stay alive while preaching to a narrow audience which likes essays by leftist cranks and mocking pictures of conservatives. And they're not alone; any magazine that still covers politics, covers it in the same exact way. -- by Daniel Greenfield

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Japanese Lunch Box Art


When your child is not already terrified enough by what might be in his food.DAMN CRAZY PIX

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May 24, 2012

It's Not About Money

If you can afford a car, an iPhone, and a big flat screen TV, you can afford a few gallons of paint, a scraper, and a paintbrush from Home Depot.
It's just about old-fashioned degeneracy, ignorance, or sloth, which will always be with us in some proportion of the population. We have to accept that reality. For heaven's sake, we have prostitutes in Hartford getting Disability checks for anxiety disorders. It's their loss more than it is mine. If you wish to live a life without dignity, have at it; I won't let you starve, but don't expect any respect from me. -- Feral populations: Just give them some money and let the degenerates go live elsewhere, where they won't bother me - Maggie's Farm

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Obvious Innovation #10: Zebra Telescoping Pens


Needed, a pen that clips inside a trifold wallet. Solution:
Zebra has come up with a far more elegant and affordable solution with the Telescopic and F-301 Compact pens. Both feature a metal body made popular in their other pens. The telescopic pen body extends to a regular pen length when full telescoped, and exposes the tip, ready to write. Retracting the pen body for stowage fully retracts the tip safely into the body, like a frightened turtle. It fits neatly in the fold of my tri-fold wallet. I found them at my local OfficeMax for about $5. ---Cool Tools

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Dementia Care

I have close relationships with people who are involved in the new real estate boom-- "residential health care". Dementia Care is the new hot product on Wall Street.
Far less risky that regular commercial real estate, because it's not subject to the whims of the market. Less risky than regular residential, because the residents can't really leave, and because their bills are paid using guaranteed money from the government. It is really a brilliant product. Picture this: residents move into your $8000/month "hotel" and hand over their entire life savings. The government pays any extra bills that they can't afford, so they don't ever need to move out. As they stay longer, their rent steadily increases due to decreased independent functioning. -- MyNY - amybean13's Profile

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Step One: "Rubber" Bullets. Step Two: ....

Silly rabbits, you didn't really think that the administration was going to stop with Afghanistan, did you? Groups Concerned Over Arming Of Domestic Drones Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Texas told The Daily that his department is considering using rubber bullets and tear gas on its drone.

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You don't even want to think about what could be in the "Bill Clinton Sandwich"

FIPS: Who Handed Out These Menus At GoogaMooga Over the Weekend?



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The Tiny Tyrant Strikes Again

The newest, freshest idea coming from theNew York City's mayor's office: force cities to accept immigrants.
That is correct, Watson!Noted large thinker, and ponderer of things-that-could-be, Michael Bloomberg, the meddlesome, intrusive, tradition scoffing mayor of New York City has a new idea (he is always thinkingof new stuff to makethe prole's life better). Presently, Mayor Bloomberg is distraught over the notion that the United States of Americadoesn't get its fair share of immigrants. The solution, says the mayor, is to force cities to take immigrants. -- | DoublethinkNot.com

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May 23, 2012

"Cool zillionaires in flipflops are good while uncool ones in wingtips are quite bad"

The tax lawyers who help Richard Branson and Mick Jagger are no less skilled at shorting the Treasury
than those who work for Rush Limbaugh, but the profits of the former are okay while the latter’s are obscene. Limbaugh is a misogynist for using the word “slut” and apologizing for it; Bill Maher is a feminist for using slurs we cannot print and for which he did not apologize. One is uncool, the other very cool — as was a cynical and sarcastic David Letterman, who implied that the 14-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin had snuck into the Yankees’ dugout for quick sex with Alex Rodriquez. --The Power of Cool - Victor Davis Hanson

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"Two words for you: Predator drones. You will never see it coming."

Obama, in fact, has increased those judge/jury/executioner targeted assassinations tenfold during his tenure.
But apparently, the combination of Obama’s postracial “cool” and the video-game nature of such airborne death -- no CNN clips of charred torsos and smoldering legs, no prisoners with their ACLU lawyers in Guantanamo, no Seymour Hersh exposé on a Waziristan granny who was vaporized for being too near her terrorist-suspect grandson, no American losses for Code Pink and Moveon.org to demonstrate against --€” earned general exemption for that new liberal way of war. -- The Power of Cool - Victor Davis Hanson

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Kitchen Stories


Everyone's forgot to make the ceiling high enough to make the room proportionate to its length and width,
allow the windows to be tall and stately, and let in extra air and light. Your present kitchen is almost undoubtedly larger than this, and I ask you, could you fit those four children into yours while you worked at the sink? (Count the shoes, there's four, trust me) The designer knew enough to put windows on two walls in the room, and not just one. -- Sippican Cottage:

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How To Make Vietnamese Coffee

My favorite method. Liquid crack.

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30 Blocks of Squalor

As you drive down the 30 Blocks of Squalor you meet the ghost of Squalor future for West Chester Pike.
The population along this corridor is ignorant, dependent, and represents the dregs of our society. There is virtually no legal commerce along the squalor. The Asians, Koreans, and whites that attempted to open stores have all been shot down in cold blood. The once proud homes are in shambles. Bags of garbage dot the landscape. Most of the people who live here are parasites on society. -- Grey & Decay | ZeroHedge

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Phonebook Launches

€œ"With PhoneBook, you have a book that has a list of all your friends in the city, plus everyone else who lives there,"

says Danny Fruber, one of PhoneBook'€™s creators. "When you want to chat with a friend, you look them up in PhoneBook, and find their unique PhoneBook number,"€ Fruber explains.  "Then you enter that number into your phone and it connects you directly to them." -- ZeroHedge

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Florida Comes Out


... or do they just understand that assholes are all the same color?

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Still they look to find a reason to believe....

Obama's 2012 Campaign Anthem debuts!

If I listened long enough to you
I'd find a way to believe that it's all true
Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Still I look to find a reason to believe

Why is it that everybody feels compelled, when discussing his birth issue, to begin "I believe he was born in Hawaii, but ...?" Why not "I HOPE he was born in Hawaii, but ... ?" I mean, given the entirety of the evidence produced by both sides, on what basis can anyone "believe?" -- Curmudgeonly & Skeptical

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The Usefulness of Hate

The usefulness of accusing one’s opposition of hate, of pretending he is moved by the darkest and most despicable of motives,
that is useful to the point where no other weapon is needed in the arsenal, no other arrow in the quiver, no other argument on the lips, no other though in the head. It is a tool of infinite utility and zero cost. Like the catalytic Philosopher’s Stone of myth, as an excuse, accusing the opposition of hatred creates infinite riches and is never consumed nor grows less. -- John C. Wright's Journal

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[Bumped] "There are only so many times a person can exclaim LOL or WTF before his or her soul just gives up and disintegrates to ash."

I have never wanted a Facebook page. I like --- treasure --- the fact that I have lost contact with people I didn't like much in high school,
or the first office I worked in, or I met once on a bus thirty years ago. It would frighten me to be suddenly invaded by those people. They are mixed memories, the way God planned them to be. And I am to them. Why drag around the emotional corpses of a lifetime? -- Why I Don't Have a Facebook Page - - Bob Guccione, Jr.

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"The question isn't, "What is Facebook worth?", the real question is what are we worth?"

The secret of Facebook is that there is no Facebook, just reams of user data,
information voluntarily submitted by hundreds of millions of people in exchange for a free ride, which is monetized by a company that makes nothing except increasingly broken code, by selling ads to companies hoping to convince consumers to buy the products manufactured by their Chinese partners. -- by Daniel Greenfield

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Archaeologists uncover proof that Bethlehem existed centuries pre-Jesus

The tiny clay seal is imprinted with three lines of ancient Hebrew script that include the word "Bethlehem".

"This is the first time the name Bethlehem appears outside the Bible in an inscription from the First Temple period," Shukron said in a statement, referring to the years 1006 BC to 586 BC. The coin-sized remnant of the seal proves that Bethlehem - first mentioned in the Book of Genesis - "was indeed a city in the Kingdom of Judah, and possibly also in earlier periods" -- PhotoBlog -

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For immediate release…Susan Vass, Former Person of Pallor,


having remembered that her sister has naturally curly hair and that she and her brother both have an excellent sense of rhythm, is pleased to announce her application to become the second Womyn of Color at Harvard Law.
“My color is Fish-Belly White,” explained Mrs. Vass, “but my family lore has always included the belief that we have some African blood. Way back on my great-great-great-grandma Mee-Maw’s side. Mee-Maw’s great-grandparents were from Mississippi. Or Minnesota. One of the ‘M’ states. And she was darker than the rest of the relatives. Almost beige, actually. At least in the summer.” “A few years ago, I went ahead and volunteered some old traditional African family recipes to the Mau Mau Cookbook: Lobster Newburgh on Toast Points and Duckling L’Orange with Cherries Jubilee. Sure, they are similar to ones found in Julia Child’s cookbook, okay, EXACTLY the same, but that good old family lore said Mee-Maw’s great-grandma loved them.” -- Susan Vass | Power Line

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DC Comics Goes Gay

All this PC-gayness relates to a central problem of Hollywood and pretty much all of today’s elites.
They are addicted to harmful fantasies of how the world works. Caught in their dogma-filled bubbles, they have no idea that most boys, White or any other race, find gays laughable and detestable. Since boys are obsessed not with PC status games but … hmmm …. let me think … it might come to me … oh yeah. GIRLS! And how to be the big macho guy who GETS THEM! -- | whiskeysplace

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May 22, 2012

Solar Eclipse Ring


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A baseball fact you'll never forget

In honor of the great game and courtesy of Facts and Chicks we learn...

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Greeks apologise with huge horse

Left outside the European Central Bank in the dead of night, the horse has now been moved into the ECB’s central lobby where it is proudly on display.
A gift tag attached to the horse, which is surprisingly light for its size and has small holes along the length of its body, suggested that it should be placed in the bank’s vaults overnight to avoid it being targeted by thieves. --Daily Mash

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Possibly Racist


Sad. Lack of social spending, and cutbacks for things like Midnight Basketbro™, does not help our oppressed children who are reeling from the lingering effects of colonialism in Africa. Only more social spending, more apologies, and more hiding our head in the sand will help overcome these atrocities. -- Mitchieville

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The Spirit


Yep, in my view, the most important aviation artifact ever. Eighty-five years ago... Think about that for a second. Eighty-five years! -- Flight Level 390

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First World Problem #3,427,232: Pole or Boyfriend


"So I have come to the point of questioning which is more important..my pole or boyfriend?
I have a pole set up in my house and I would like to dance all the time but I can't because he is there and I need my pole time to be alone. I am addicted to my pole. Alls I can think about is pole. I feel like such a horrible person because all I can think about is my own time..if only I had the pole in a different place so I could go there. What am I doing?" -- Studio Veena

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This is why we can't have nice things....


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Fascism involves the violent rejection of transcendence

This is why leftist culture is every bit as iconoclastic as the Taliban thugs
(but I repeat myself) who blew up those magnificent Buddhist statutes. The left does the same thing, but since we live in a verbal culture, they naturally carry it out with linguistic TNT, but the end result is just as barbarous. -- One Cʘsmos: Here Comes the New Man, Same as the Old Man

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Televison Viewing Just Got a Little Bit Easier on the Eyes

A&E Cancels 'Dog the Bounty Hunter'

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Pax Americana

The international order was useless against Communism, it is even more useless against Islam,
which is not a rogue state acting outside the body of international law, but nations and non-state actors bound together by a common religion with the aim of subjugating those it considers inferior. The international community cannot do anything about Islam, because Islam is a sizable part of the international community. Nor does the international community want to do something about Islam. -- Daniel Greenfield

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May 21, 2012

The $1 million parking space

and the shower water will be pumped full of vitamin C and aloe, and the apartments will have heat reflexology flooring. -- NYPOST.com

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Germans Just Say No To Greek Tourism, As Holiday Bookings Plunge By 30%

And we won't come back
Til it's over over there!

"Germany's biggest tour operators in March called
on its nation's holidaymakers to ignore anti-German sentiment in Athens and take trips to Greece's islands, after booking numbers plunged at the start of the year." In other words: ignore everyone's murderous rage at you and everything you represent - just go and have fun in the water. Yeah... Didn't think so. -- | ZeroHedge

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Makes Nothing, Does Nothing, Is Nothing


Surprise, surprise: Facebook Shares Fall Below IPO Offering Price - CNBC Facebook shares [FB  34.29  -3.9418  (-10.31%) ] sank on Monday without the full support of the company's underwriters, leaving some investors down 25 percent from where they were Friday afternoon.

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In One Minute Learn How to Make the Most Perfect Bacon Ever

You're welcome.

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Not worth the paper they are printed on....

U.S. savings bonds go paperless
Paper savings bonds are history. The paper version is gone as of this year. You can't go to a bank and get one. You can't order one from the Treasury Department. Savings bonds went all-electronic on January 1. That means no more envelopes from grandparents, and no more paper bond to hold. All you can do is show your child their balance on a computer screen.

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Barbie and Zoey: Mother-daughter [Tag] team for Obama!

Cra-Zee Eyes! Transgenerational Mental Disease Strikes

It's.... It's..... Monty Python.... No, it's.... Minnesota volunteers Barbie and Zoey -- a mother-daughter team working to deliver a win for President Obama this November. Barbie, a teacher for more than 30 years, tutors elementary- to high-school-aged students during her free time. Her daughter Zoey is a recent college graduate, now working at a PR agency in Minneapolis. Barbie knows how to...well... Barbie! And Zoey.... well, Zoey knows how to bitch!
Zoey: My parents raised my brother and I as equals, and it's so frustrating that if we had the same job, he'd be making more money than me. It doesn't make sense. Also, it's terrifying to know that the rights that I've had over my body my entire life could now be taken from me. So many women before me fought so hard, and that could all be taken away from us. Every single mother in this country has battled sexism their entire life, and knowing that my mom has had to watch me fight the same fights is heartbreaking. I don't know how she's done it. She's worked so hard for me to have more advantages than she's had, yet we're struggling to move ahead. -- — Blog — Barack Obama HT: Speak With Authority

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May 20, 2012

That Siren Song


The Rumbler™ is described in the company’s promotional material as an “intersection-clearing system.”...
“The Rumbler,” remarked Lanier, “helps shake that distraction” endemic to the age of technology. She did not add that it does so by creating a distraction more disruptive of interior life than any vehicular sound before it. (Though once we learn to protect ourselves against that noise by blocking it with some yet noisier private sound sealant, the Rumbler will no doubt be superseded by a still more piercing siren: the Disembowler, perhaps.) -- CABINET // The Orchestra

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Can We Still Win Wars?

The country that tore itself apart over waterboarding three confessed terrorists who had an indirect hand in the murder of 3,000 Americans
seems ill-equipped to inflict the sort of damage on enemies that in past made then accept both defeat and redemption. War is now a matter of legality, or nation-building before, not after, the enemy is fully defeated, and that means, given the unchanging nature of man, that it is very difficult to win a war as in the past. -- Works and Days サ Winning Battles, Losing Wars

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"California's tax rates brutalize the middle class:"

Individuals making between $37,005 and $46,766 pay an 8 percent state income tax.
Only six states and the District of Columbia have a maximum tax rate higher than 8 percent, but that is the burden on someone making only $40,000 in California -- a place where $40,000 doesn't go very far towards ordinary costs of living. And from $46,766 to $1,000,000 of income, the California state tax rate is 9.3 percent. -- The American Spectator : Our Very Own Greece

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Drive him fast to his tomb

Lockerbie bomber al-Megrahi dies in Libya after long battle with cancer
"He was too sick to utter anything on his death bed," his brother Abdel Hakim told Reuters. "We want people to know he was innocent."

Yeah, right. Next.

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The Ancient Olympics: Mud, Sex, Hymns...Sports Too

Fringe events might include philosophy lectures,
poetry readings and sundry charlatans and cranks offering to predict the future, but the real added attraction of the games wasn't the cultural Olympiad but the sexual one. At the Olympics, parties went on through the wee hours, and hundreds of prostitutes, both women and boys, touted their services until dawn. -- - WSJ.com

And this will be different this year in London because?

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Obama's 'Less Economy'

Americans Facing Less Work, Less Reward - - Unemployment and underemployment mean that as many as a stunning 30 million Americans are now facing less work and less reward for the work they can get.

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1937 Italians’ Deficit Nil

ROME — Combining a “soak the rich” with a “pay as you go policy,” Italy has been able to meet the cost of the Ethiopian war and the deficit of the past two budgets out of extraordinary revenues, Count Thaon de Revel, Finance Minister, revealed today [May 20]. The patriotic Italian people turned into the state enough to cover 12,111,000,000 lire, the estimated cost of the Ethiopian war from 1934 to 1936, and the deficit for 1934 through 1936 as well, -- 100, 75, 50 Years Ago - NYTimes.com

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And the bleat goes on...

Any foreign leader who is banking on the hopes that America
will end its political stalemate and put forward a credible economic plan that puts the US and global economies on a better footing is a fool. If you want proof of just how far away viable compromises are, consider some legislation put forward by Republican leaders this week. -- Trust in America – Not | ZeroHedge

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A New Leica, Not in Living Color


If you like black-and-white photography and Leica cameras, and have around $8,000 to spare, you might be interested to know that the German optics maker has introduced the newest addition to its M line of cameras: the M Monochrom. -- - NYTimes.com

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Why invent a new religion?

Spengler: Why Invent Mohammed?
We have extensive archaeological evidence in the form of coins and inscriptions from the 7th century, and there is no mention of a new religion in any of them until 70 years after Mohammed's supposed death, as Nevo and Koren showed in their 2003 book Crossroads to Islam. Two centuries go by before an account of Mohammed' life is circulated. The Koran itself is evidently a compilation that draws on contemporary Jewish and Christian sources, in a language that often does not resemble Arabic.

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Why men are almost compelled to think religion

The sheer size of reality -- and therefore God -- €” is such that if He were to appear before me,
it would be literally impossible to recognize the fact except in suggestion, like a vista whose sweep could never be taken in at a single glance. The problem with all definite pronouncements about the Truth is "would we recognize it -- could we recognize it — if we saw it?"-- Belmont Club » Mohammed, Black Holes and the Bombing of Nazi Germany

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May 19, 2012

"The Breitbart group AND the HotAir fools (Ed Morrisey and Allahpundit).... "

"These folks have made a BOATLOAD of money off of the Obama usurpation.
Bottom line: Obama is good for business if you are a "conservative" blogger looking to advance your career and either move into a high-paying gig in the "mainstream media" OR attempting to establish a new-model business like Glenn Beck. It was reported (I think in Forbes) that Beck made a cool $80 million last year. Don't think for a second that Morrisey, Allahpundit and the Breitbart Team aren't salivating at the thought of seven-to-eight figure annual hauls." -- Ann Barnhardt

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"The liberal establishment is white, but wears blackface as often as it can."


It pretends to be black, female, gay and any other group it can, even though its actual composition
is fairly close to its conservative opposite numbers. And both are in their own way representative of America, not in the crude quota way, but in the actual reality of the country. It's not race that matters, but the perception of race, the narrative of race, the baggage of race and the ways that all of these can be transformed into tools of power. We are not a country divided by race, we are a nation divided by the exploiters of race. It's not class, race or gender that divides us, but a professional class of dividers who maintain power by maintaining divisiveness. -- Sultan Knish / Daniel Greenfield

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“The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.”

The king asks, "€œHow many seconds of time are there in eternity?"
The boy describes a mountain in Lower Pomerania two and a half miles tall and just as wide and deep, and he says, "Every hundred years a little bird comes and sharpens its beak on it, and when the whole mountain is worn away by this, then the first second of eternity will be over."€ -- The Science Creative Quarterly » HOW TO THINK ABOUT ETERNITY

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The truth is that Facebook is a toy,

a dreamworld, a figment of the imagination. Zuckerberg wanted to make the world
a more connected place (and build a huge database of personal preferences), and he succeeded thanks to a huge slathering of venture capital. That’s an accomplishment, but it’s not a business. While the angel investors and college-dorm engineers will feel gratified at paper gains, it is becoming hard to ignore that there is no great profit engine under the venture. -- ZeroHedge

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Norman Rides a Bike

Johnson: "Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hinder legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all."

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Why the Obama Campaign Is Blowing the Election

Short form: Because the campaign is too busy blowing Obama.American Thinker

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John Ford, Director, Bel Air, California by Richard Avedon

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Okay, let me see if I have all this straight.....

Bill Clinton, a white Southerner, was the first black president. Obama, an apparently straight guy, is the first gay president. George Zimmerman, a Hispanic, is a white guy. Elizabeth Warren, the whitest white woman anybody ever saw, is an Injun. -- Topsy turvy world サ Cold Fury

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William Buckley Jr., Columnist, New York City July 22, 1975 By Richard Avedon

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Senators Are Outraged! New Billionaire Saverin was insufficiently grateful.

He should have stood by and paid his taxes like a man (is it politically correct to say things like that now?) and have been glad to do it, rejoicing that he was able to pay his share of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cards now issued in lieu of what we used to call Food Stamps. -- Jerry Pournelle

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Cherokee people, Cherokee tribe... So proud to live, so proud to die!


The recipes from "Elizabeth Warren – Cherokee" include a crab dish with tomato mayonnaise.
Mrs. Warren's fictional Cherokee ancestors in Oklahoma were renowned for their ability to spear the fast-moving Oklahoma crab. It's in the state song: "Ooooooklahoma! Where the crabs come sweepin' down the plain." But then the white man came, and now the Oklahoma crab is extinct, and at the Cherokee clambakes they have to make do with Mrs. Warren's traditional Five Tribes recipe for Cherokee Lime Pie. -- Mark Steyn: Eternally shifting sands of Obama’s biography

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May 18, 2012

Comment of the Week

"Who cares where he was born? The real problem is where he lives right now. Get him out of there, and then we can talk." -- Fat Man in In fairness, literary agents lie.... A LOT .

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Progressive Glenn Greenwald is fed up with "Repulsive progressive hypocrisy"

is there even a single liberal pundit, blogger or commentator who would have defended George Bush and Dick Cheney
if they (rather than Obama) had been secretly targeting American citizens for execution without due process, or slaughtering children, rescuers and funeral attendees with drones, or continuing indefinite detention even a full decade after 9/11? Please. How any of these people can even look in the mirror, behold the oozing, limitless intellectual dishonesty, and not want to smash what they see is truly mystifying to me. -- - - Salon.com

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All Scams Considered

NPR Having Trouble Collecting Corporate Underwriting To Fund Their Round-The-Clock Evil Corporation News Stories | The Rumford Meteor

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$24 Million in Stimulus Money for the worst government IT deal of ALL TIME

Then there's the suspicious $24m Cisco router purchase by the State of West Virginia using US Federal Stimulus Funds for the purpose of “homeland security”.
The enterprise routers, which are sized for at least 500 users and are typically used for thousands of users, were purchased for schools and libraries with a single computer. The original story appeared in the Charleston Gazette. In the interview we learn: 1. A Cisco rep confirmed the routers were dramatically oversized. 2. At one library, the router cost more than the structure of the library itself. 3. The routers were purchased by the state without a formal "Request for Proposal" by a single person after consulting with a Cisco salesman. 4. The Cisco salesman retired after the $24m deal. 5. Of the 1,064 routers purchased, 366 were never installed and are sitting in a warehouse. -- Speaking in Tech: • The Register

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Stratocruiser proposes a partnership with the Supper Club restaurant chain.
 Along with normal transportation routes, it offers overnight dinner cruises: guests depart for a full day of spa treatments—massage, personal trainers, yoga classes and beauty care are on offer— with travelers sitting down to a healthy gourmet dinner overlooking glaciers, tropical jungles or Mayan ruins.  -- Behance Network

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Extreme Climbing in Moscow 'You Can't Hesitate, You Can't Doubt'


I'm not all that interested in politics. I'm happy that Putin won the presidential election. He's the most honest and proven politician in our country, and he has led us out of the crisis. On the other hand, the entire government is thoroughly corrupt.
--Russian Climber Seeks Thrills on Moscow's Highest Buildings - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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My favorite Mexican runway


Over the top of the airport and fly a southeasterly heading to pick up the 112 radial. We are gliding, engines at idle thrust. The joystick is finger tip sensitive, only slight pressure required to move the flight controls. If the tower controller is standing outside on his deck, he will see us pass over with a whisper. -- Flight Level 390: No Paper Umbrellas

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Minus Green

There is no pink light.

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May 17, 2012

In fairness, literary agents lie.... A LOT ... when it comes to telling their clients' "stories"

The Vetting - Exclusive - Obama's Literary Agent in 1991 Booklet: 'Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii'

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"People in the education and political establishments pretend

they're not motivated by such "callous" motives as greed and profits.
These people "care" about us, but from which areas of our lives do we derive the greatest pleasures and have the fewest complaints, and from which areas do we have the greatest headaches and complaints? We tend to have a high satisfaction level with goods and services like computers, cell phones, movies, clothing and supermarkets. These are areas where the motivations are greed and profits. Our greatest dissatisfaction is in areas of caring and no profit motive such as public education, postal services and politics. Give me greed and profits, and you can keep the caring." -- Walter Williams quoted at CARPE DIEM

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I’m the Distorted Security Code Standing Between You and This Web Page


I had someone pay me a visit earlier today looking to leave a comment on a blog.
I’ve got nothing against a person exercising their freedom of speech, unless they happen to be a spammer pushing generic Cialis pills on an innocent gardening site. That’s the kind of first amendment breach I can’t abide by, so I spun a nice little web of alphanumeric gibberish for them to get caught in. And it was sticky, my friend. Sticky with the saliva of the law. -- McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

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There is nothing wrong with your television set.


Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set.

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Live Rent / Mortgage Free for Three Years or More!

The American Foreclosure Process Has Ground To A Halt Something funny happened in the aftermath of the US fraudclosure settlement, in which millions of backlogged housing units were supposed to enter the foreclosure process and begin the clearing of the nearly 9 million housing units in shadow inventory: nothing
.... Not only has the foreclosure process in America ground to a complete halt but as the second chart below shows, the time to liquidation once a property enters 60 day-delinquent status just hit an all time high: that's right, the average time during which a deadbeat can occupy a home without payment if they so choose is 31 months.

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Feelin' Groovy About Myself

Getting Stronger every day.


Bring 'em on!

How Many Five Year Olds Could You Take in a Fight?

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May 16, 2012

It's All Greek to Me


By the time the Ministry of Finance is storing records in garbage bags and shopping carts, perhaps, just maybe, one might become a little concerned about loaning money to the Greek government. One hopes. -- Chris Martenson: "We Are About To Have Another 2008-Style Crisis"

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Mr. Saverin’s tax savings could easily exceed $100 million.


He professes ignorance about his taxes and refuses to discuss his finances.
“This had nothing to do with taxes,” he insisted. “I was born in Brazil, I was an American citizen for about 10 years. I thought of myself as a global citizen.” -- A Facebook Cofounder Reflects on the Path Forward

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Biden: 'If I Want To Be President Of The United States I Could Be'

Paul: "The only way Biden could become president would be to kill Barry. and he better do it before November." -- Breitbart TV [HT: Rodger]

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"Q: What’s the name for a pervasive pattern of violent black-gang-on-white-bystander racial attacks?"

A: "€œrandom"€. -- Y.O.B. « Gucci

Prince Of Petworth -- €“ Another Disturbing Assault in Logan Circle, DC

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How We Live Now

It's hard not to notice that the vast majority of entertainment for today's generation consists of depicting misanthropes
accorded the luxury of acting like total A-holes by dint of their superior intellect. Since all children are above average nowadays, and are raised by entertainment, the world is full of people full of themselves for no particular reason. --Sippican Cottage: Underwater Mortgages

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FaCeBiLK: 2.0 BiG 2.0 Fail 2.0


Here is what we know:

1. Their users don't trust them.

2. Advertisers like GM don't believe their advertising platform works.

3. They don't understand mobile.

4. Their crack design/engineering team is too feeble to design a simple photo APP like Instagram.

5. Their shareholders are dying to sell out in the IPO.

6. The valuation is hyperfrothy.

Via ZeroHedge

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May 15, 2012

Elizabeth Warren, the Rosa Parks of White Wimmin!

The "I'm an injun' " lie just keeps getting better: Fordham piece called Elizabeth Warren Harvard Law's 'first woman of color'"In my three years at Stanford Law School, there were no professors who were women of color. Harvard Law School hired its first woman of color, Elizabeth Warren, in 1995."

UPDATE:Some parts worked harder than others: "Yeah, I've got a fancy job at Harvard and I've gotta tell you, I'm proud of that job. I worked lied hard to get there." -- Elizabeth Warren

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"It's the resident, stupid" or "It's the resident stupid:" Either Way


Obama’s administration In one photo, posted by the Obama 2012 campaign on its official Facebook page as part of the “I’m In!” campaign, designed to get unwilling citizens to admit and own their voting preferences as though they were a communicable illness. It is everything you need to know about America’s future.

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Disturbed Cooking with Paula Deen

"Moments later, Deen, still massaging her breasts, tells us that she was “the only mother that taught my 14-year-old boys to rub their meat.” Sheraton pauses. “I don’t know how I feel about that.” -- Grub Street New York

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Women Laughing Alone With Salad


"Making healthy choices. Taking care of me. Feeling good. Living good. Healthy and clean. I like that. For me. Because I matter. Loving myself because someone has to, right? Who? Oh right, me. Loving me for living good and eating good. Loving myself. Must. Or at least should. Possibly could if I eat salad. But only salad." -- | The Hairpin [HT: Morgan]

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Reno? Check. Garage? Check. Reality? Check?


"That is just one of the many ways we are helping everyday homeowner in neighborhoods all across America. Take for example the Keelers here, Pearl and Van. Yes, I mean Paul and Vel. Val.
When they decided to reduce household clutter and free up extra cash to help create jobs in the community, we stood at the ready to invest through our innovative American Garage Sale Recovery Act. Through AGRA, the Kelmers were able to secure federal grants-in-aid to buy the yard signs, Craigslist ads, card tables and price tags they needed, along with expert advice from the Federal Bureau of Garage, Rummage & Yard Commerce." -- iowahawk: One Afternoon In a Garage in Reno, Nevada

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Graduates, the future lies ahead!

From 3 Commencement Speakers, a Familiar Script

Wouldn’t things have been more interesting if Mr. Bloomberg or Mr. Obama had gone to Liberty to say his piece, and if Mr. Romney had expressed disapproval of same-sex marriage in a place like Chapel Hill or Barnard? But that would have required acts of daring that you will probably see the same day that restaurants in Saudi Arabia start serving beer and wine.

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May 14, 2012

Moonshiners' cow shoes


The cow shoe is a strip of metal to which is tacked a wooden block carved to resemble the hoof of a cow, which may be strapped to the human foot. A man shod with a pair of them would leave a trail resembling that of a cow. -- Kottke

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3rd World Problems? Don't Get Smart.

Steve Sailer: How to help the Third World "The problem with advocating IQ-boosting environmental interventions in the Third World (such as Kiwanis International has been nobly doing for decades), of course, is that just mentioning the topic of IQ deficits in the Third World is a big no-no."

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This Just In


Photographic Proof: Mitt Romney Killed The Dinosaurs By Strapping Them To The Roof Of His Car | The Rumford Meteor

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Francois Hollande: French president who claims to 'dislike the rich' has 3 French Riviera homes

"Hollande is a 'Gauche Caviar', or 'Left-Wing Caviar' - the Gallic equivalent of a Champagne Socialist. -- | Mail Online

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Pepsi vs Coke


"The initial Pepsi logo is the best. They were obviously trying to rip off the Coke logo, but failed miserably. It's as if Sam the drunk tried scrawling the first Pepsi logo in between doing shots of bourbon out of butt-filled bottles, and injecting meth straight into his eye socket. 'We need more shaking, Sam, double up on the shaking!' " -- Mitchieville Tradition

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Errand into the Wilderness


"Can an errand, even an errand into the wilderness, be run indefinitely?...
Can a culture, which changes to embody itself in a nation, push itself into such remorseless exertion without ever learning whether it has been sent on its business at some incomprehensible behest, or is obligated to discover a meaning for its dynamism in the very act of running....What will America do--what can American do--with an implacable prophecy that there is a point in time beyond which the very concept of a future becomes meaningless? Protestant America, as well as Catholic, has an implicit commitment to this event. What then happens to the errand?" -- Perry Miller

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May 13, 2012

The Gay Prez: Not that's there's anything schlong with that.

I guess I get a semi-win from May 9th's Coming Out Spinning: Obama's Evolution Towards Gay Gutsycalls @ AMERICAN DIGEST
When has money not trumped spirituality in Obama's career? Short answer, never. Now it would seem that tomorrow we may at last see the latest "evolution" of this strange anti-American life form currently getting his free food-stamp card refilled daily at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Gee whiz. I wonder if Obama will come out or not. He could of course avoid taking a "position" simply giving Andrew Sullivan one hot evening in the Lincoln Bedroom and leaking the photographs to Blueboy.com, but some things are just too revolting to evolve into.
Poor Prez. Barry. First Biden cannot keep it in his pants and has to whip that "big stick" out, and now Sullivan cannot get it into his pants quickly enough.
"This week I am predicting the biggest sales for Newsweek in years. Almost every gay bar in the country will buy a copy just to put that cover on their walls."-- FREEP

How many uncommitted votes does this get for Barry? Somewhere between "zip" and "it up." Not that's there's anything schlong with that.

Perhaps a "new look makeover" to go with the "new" image and policy.

Illo from Classical Values サ All work and no play makes Coco a dull bitch

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But... but... with David Caruso off the air who will make every other actor in history look good?

CBS Cancels 'C.S.I. Miami'

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“There is no one answer.” [Bumped]


“Actually, there is a short answer. All drugs should be legal,
high quality, priced to market conditions, and readily available. What happens when you give a junkie all the dope they want? Problem Solved. Damn, you think too much, Bruce.” -- Define “Drug” BRUCE HANIFY

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Breaking the Simple French Code

For those of us who decipher codes, hatred of rich bankers feels like a sanitized version
of a much more ancient and visceral hatred. Consider that 93% of France’s Muslims voted for Hollande. I guess that they hate the rich too. -- Had Enough Therapy?: An Exodus From France

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Mother's Day

There is, I am ashamed to say, a certain eternal truth hidden within this paen to brotherly love. HT: Sippican the Sociopath

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Math is Hard for College Graduates

Next up for a Democrat bail-out? Everybody who's been to school on borrowed money:
“As an 18-year-old, it sounded like a good fit to me, and the school really sold it,” said Ms. Griffith, a marketing major. “I knew a private school would cost a lot of money. But when I graduate, I’m going to owe like $900 a month. No one told me that.” -- Student Loans Weighing Down a Generation With Heavy Debt - NYTimes.com

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Easy for Mr. Gee to say, with his $2 million pay package at Ohio State.

“I readily admit it,” said E. Gordon Gee, the president of Ohio State University,
who has also served as president of Vanderbilt and Brown, among others. “I didn’t think a lot about costs. I do not think we have given significant thought to the impact of college costs on families.” -- Update on the Higher Education Bubble | Power Line

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May 12, 2012

The "It's On" Video is Now Off

Obama campaign video claiming 'it's on' in second term taken down.
[We're seeing more and more of this sort of agressive bravado sort of thing. In the final analysis, I don't think it would be very smart or safe to go around proclaiming "It's on!" That sort of thing could be misunderstood with very evil consequences from the bottom to the top of the slide.]

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Superfun Rockband church™

To call a group of people who worship themselves and their capacity for self-reverential “entertainment” “Christian”
is becoming increasingly difficult when the objective evidence points to these suburban blights as being neo-paganism in every regard. Where is the altar? There isn’t one. Where is there a Cross? There are no crosses. When is any reference made to Christ’s sacrifice in propitiation and perfect atonement for the sins of the world, including the sins of the latte-sipping dolts sitting in their reclining, triple-cushioned theater-style seats? Where are there any references to personal sin? Where are there any references to objective Truth? There are none – there is only “your truth and my truth”, “How I FEEEEL”, and then BRING ON THE ROCK BAND! -- Ann Barnhardt

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The Mathemagics of Obamanomics

All the people who have given up HOPE,
together with all the people whose unemployment gifts welfare benefits have expired (times 10cubed), are promptly and permanently removed from the labor force. This makes the denominator (that's the bottom number in a fraction for Rush's friends in Rio Linda) smaller relative to the numerator. And that results in a lower unemployment rate! Just like that. Shazam! -- Michelle Obama's Mirror

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The only person I know who is better off today than he was four years ago is President Obama.

He's making more money, living in a bigger house and playing more golf.
And when his wife goes on a shopping spree with her girlfriends, it's to Spain on the taxpayer's dime. If you asked President Obama if he's better off today, he'd say, "Hell, yeah! And we don't want it to stop!" -- Only Obama is Better Off - Michael Reagan

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Racist Republican breaks arm of blind black guy, just for fun


- Maggie's Farm

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You just might find you get what you need....

President Obama's decision to support gay marriage this week is paying off
in a big way with the LGBT community in Hollywood. Obama is expected to attend an LGBT gala in Los Angeles on June 6, where ticket prices range from $1,250 to $25,000 apiece. As part of the same trip, Obama is also expected to attend a fundraiser hosted by Ryan Murphy, the co-creator of the show "Glee," and his fiance David Miller. -- The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Earth to Obama:

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May 11, 2012

What's wrong with this picture?


That's not a hospital, its a high school in China, where students are cramming for the National College Entrance Exam. Those IV lines? They are administering an amino acid drip to help the students focus and stay awake (who knows what else is in the mix in at least some classrooms). There's a point you take dedication, discipline, and hard work to an extreme and Asians seem to find leave that point behind too often -- Word Around the Net

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“There is no better way of ruining a noble cause than by getting rogues to represent it”.

That describes the process which has overtaken peacekeeping, environmentalism and even the campaign for racial equality.
These causes, which are otherwise noble, will take decades to recover from the grifters who have made a fortune in their name. How on earth did peacekeeping get put in the care of Kofi Annan? Why was a guy like Al Sharpton allowed to assume the role of the racial conscience of America? How come Al Gore gets to pronounce on science? The Narrative, probably. Always the Narrative. -- Belmont Club How Many Blocks Away?

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Becoming Barbie and the Living Doll


Valeria Lukyanova has big, glassy eyes, long blonde hair, an ample bosom and a tiny carved waist. Her Facebook page features tens of photos of her astonishing Barbie-like body and face. In her YouTube videos, she reveals that she uses opaque lenses to achieve that wide-eyed look of a doll.

Venus Angelic, whose real name is Venus Palermo, is a 15-year-old girl who is gaining enormous popularity on the Internet for her YouTube tutorials on how to look like a living doll. Venus Angelic has 78 videos, over 28,000 subscribers and over eight million video views on her official YouTube channel- ranging from makeup tutorials and nail art to dancing and cosplay. -- - International Business Times

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"We may not quite be living under communism,

but we are certainly living under its media apparatus." -- Daniel Greenfield

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Rush: "This is what I do know ...

"Mitt Romney was not at Chappaquiddick. Mitt Romney has not been accused of rape.
Mitt Romney did not have an affair with a mob babe. He didn't have an affair with an actress who committed suicide later on. Mitt Romney did not father a child out of wedlock. Mitt Romney did not support the tapping of Martin Luther King's phone. Mitt Romney was never a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Mitt Romney did not lie about his law school grades." -- Curmudgeonly & Skeptical

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The Great Monopoly

The great monopoly in the West has been government for quite some time.
This obvious fact is hidden from all small minds. Until 1933, America evolved on the anvil of business--ambition against ambition. When government becomes the great power the ambition is to become part of it. Business monopolies are then formed within sectors such as Big Pharma, who conduct a symbiotic relationship with the State. --James Wilson commenting on Side-Lines: "It is democracy that is causally responsible for the fatal conditions afflicting us now. "

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The birth of the taco

My theory is that it dates from the 18th century and the silver mines in Mexico,
because in those mines the word “taco” referred to the little charges they would use to excavate the ore. These were pieces of paper that they would wrap around gunpowder and insert into the holes they carved in the rock face. When you think about it, a chicken taquito with a good hot sauce is really a lot like a stick of dynamite. -- Where Did the Taco Come From? Smithsonian Magazine

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"When I was a child I read books. My reading was not indiscriminate. I preferred books that were old and thick and dull and hard."

"Idaho society at that time at least seemed to lack the sense of social class which elsewhere makes culture a system of signs and passwords,
more or less entirely without meaning except as it identifies groups and subgroups.... I must say too how beautiful human society seems to me, especially in those attenuated forms so characteristic of the West—isolated towns and single houses which sometimes offer only the merest, barest amenities: light, warmth, supper, familiarity. We have colonized a hostile planet, and we must staunch every opening where cold and dark might pour through and destroy the false climates we make, the tiny simulations of forgotten seasons beside the Euphrates, or in Eden." -- Marilynne Robinson, "My Western Roots"

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The Kobayashi Maru Test And The Job Market

Here's what you get if you play the Kobayashi Maru test as programmed:
a $200,000 education and a $700/month job I've Got A $200,000 Education, A Great Resume And An Empty Inbox, or a PhD and a $700/month job The Ph.D. Now Comes With Food Stamps. Will an unconventional approach succeed? There are no guarantees that any approach will work; security is always contingent, and all we really have is opportunity. -- Guest Post: | ZeroHedge

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Obama=Asshole Watch #7: "No More Obama Is a Nice Guy"

This election is not just about jobs. It's about character, values, judgment, and integrity, too.
It's about the wholesale fraud that the Oba-messiah has perpetrated against the American people. Surrendering the likability issue is not only politically dumb, but also just plain lazy. Ignoring false memes is bad enough. Perpetuating them for civility's sake is a recipe for another defeat. -- Michelle Malkin

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Totalitarians Strive for Totality: Excruciating details emerge on Jewish ghettos

Even after decades of in-depth Holocaust research, excruciating details
are only now emerging about more than 1,100 German-run ghettos in Eastern Europe where the Nazis murdered hundreds of thousands of Jews.... For town after town, village after village, and even just spots in the countryside, Dean and his team assembled pieces of a grisly puzzle, which he said "shows that the Nazis made a concerted effort to find every last Jew in every last place" and eliminate each one. -- - Yahoo! News

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May 10, 2012

Spare Sombreros: Ah yes, the fabulous vacation eden that is old Mexico! Ole!

18 Headless Bodies in Mexico Tourist Area - ABC News

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Sources: Robin Roberts Feared Obama Interview Would Out Her as a Lesbian


Because the jaw, the haircut, the suit and the general look was not an effective enough disguise?Gawker

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When it comes to civil liberties, Obama has always talked a good game,

and then acted more authoritarian than Bush. He talked about an end to the abuses of the Bush years and an open and transparent government,
yet extended the Fourth-Amendment-shredding Patriot Act, empowered the TSA to produce naked body scans and engage in humiliatingly sexual pat-downs, signed indefinite detention of American citizens into law, claimed and exercised the power to assassinate American citizens without trial, and aggressively prosecuted whistleblowers. Under his watch the U.S. army even produced a document planning for the reeducation of political activists in internment camps. Reeducation camps? In America? And some on the left are still crowing that talking about being in favour of gay marriage makes him "pro civil liberties"€? Is this a joke? --ZeroHedge

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Is this strip mining operation? A clear cut logging effort?


No its one of dozens of gigantic crushed concrete pads
being laid down in the Lowell Mountains of Vermont to set up bird mincing wind mills. Add in the power lines and that's a lot of damage to the environment in the name of "green" power that will generate barely enough juice to recharge your Leaf. -- Word Around the Net: PICTURE OF THE DAY

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Evolution Revolution

When Barack Obama shakes the Etch-a-Sketch, its not called flip-flopping; its called “evolving.”
And he must be a young Earth creationist because his actual definition of “evolution” seems pretty nuanced. As in, it basically means, I totally evolved back to the position I held in 2006 but didn’t tell anyone about in 2008 except people totally knew I hearted gay marriage.” -- David Brock gets $1M for new media ground war, does nothing for his dating profile :: Naked DC

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Today's History Lesson from Factsandchicks.com


"In the Middle Ages, mistakes/spelling errors made while writing were blamed on a “typo” demon named Titivillus." According to Facts and Chicks [Sigh. I take careful notes and I study and study but I just can't seem to retain the lessons.]

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"It is democracy that is causally responsible for the fatal conditions afflicting us now. "

The number of productive people is constantly decreasing, and the number of parasitic people consuming
the income and wealth of this dwindling number of productive people is increasing steadily.... That the whole democratic house of cards has not yet completely collapsed speaks volumes about the still tremendous creative power of capitalism, even in the face of ever-increasing governmental strangulation. And this fact also can make us think about what economic wonders would have been possible, if we had left capitalism unimpeded and exempted it from such parasitism. -- Interview with Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe – Producers against parasites

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Gayest Straight President Mouths Off: "When I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf..."

Really? Most Americans thought they were fighting for the country, not on Barack Obama's behalf.
Slip of the tongue, to be sure, but can one think of another president who'€™d have made it? -- "On My Behalf"€™ | The Weekly Standard

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March of the Idiots at OccupyLA


And then there are those, such as this young lass,
whose foolishness has no label, other than perhaps €œshameless avarice.€ How did we reach a point in history when people could proudly hold up signs saying, essentially, "Give Me Your Money"€? -- Zombie » May Day

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Character: Mitt Romney and the search for his business partner's missing daughter

True: In July 1996, the 14 year old daughter of Robert Gay,
a partner at Bain Capital, had disappeared. She had attended a rave party in New York City and gotten high on ecstasy. Three days later, her distraught father had no idea where she was. Romney took immediate action. He closed down the entire firm and asked all 30 partners and employees to fly to New York to help find Gay's daughter. -- Details at Snopes.com: Romney Business Partner Daughter Search

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Obama Hits Syria With Brutal Blast of Adverbs

Translation: Obama to Assad: Do what I say or I will taunt you again!

UPDATE: This just in -- Syria says dozens dead in twin Damascus blasts Two suicide car bombers killed 55 people and wounded 372 in Damascus on Thursday.

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May 9, 2012

The inefficient cannot create efficiency.

The regulators cannot regulate their own efficiency, yet they insist on regulating ours.
They waste by the truckload and while hectoring us ceaselessly about waste. They erect government buildings where the lights burn all night, yet begrudge us an extra kilowatt on the side. They cannot live within their means, yet they insist that we live within theirs. That we not only pay their bills, but that we make do with less for ourselves. -- by Daniel Greenfield

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"President Obama has come out of his glass door closet to admit "

that he wishes that I also could marry a black man. Presumably not him...
Gay marriage is a done deal, for those not focused exclusively on their rear-view mirrors. The progress of an enlightened species is ennobling, indeed. Therefore, given the inexorable path of Progress, I am elated to aver that in the very near future I shall be able to marry several black men and women. At which point I shall rename my abode Tara. -- Velociworld: Slippery When Wet

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The status quo gay marriage supporters detest, yet they are cheering Obama'€™s endorsement of the status quo as if it were a watershed moment.

Obama rolls out a half-measure that he "personally"€ thinks gay marriage should be legal, but that it should be up to the states to decide
-- um, isn't that how it is now? California decided, but the federal judiciary intervened.  North Carolina decided, and as of this moment the Democrats still are having their national convention there.  Over 30 states have decided against gay marriage, and a small number in favor (via the judiciary or legislature). -- » #LandOfTheGullible - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

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Savings Hint


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"In a free society such as ours,"

right thinking is our main line of defense against tyranny,
which is precisely why it is attacked and undermined by the forces of the left. The left imposes a system in which lies either become compulsory, or in which the proper conclusions cannot be drawn from the allowable data. The essence of modern tyranny involves prohibiting questions that might undermine the credibility of the system, which is why there is no place in America where speech is less free than on a college campus." -- One Cʘsmos: Permanent Cootie Protection from the Left

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Liberals are all for affirmative action ... in the police and fire departments,

because they know their kids won’t be working there.
The racial spoils system doesn’t reduce the number of legacies in the freshman class, but it damn sure decimates the population of working-class whites and Asians. It’s as if the old white-shoe outfits have dusted off their old “No Irish Need Apply” signs. Only now they say, “Celebrate Diversity.” -- Granny’s race card was a real joker - BostonHerald.com

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Obama Loses West Virginia Delegates To Prison Inmate


An obscure federal prison inmate gave President Obama an unexpected run for his money
in the West Virginia Democratic Primary Tuesday, highlighting the deep dislike for the president in the Appalachian heartland. With 96% of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Keith Judd was holding steady at 41% of the vote and had won ten counties. -- Buzzfeed

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Grate Moemints in Spel Czeching

Washington Post writer turns Benedict Cumberbatch into ‘Bandersnatch Cummerbund’ -- | Poynter.

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"The term 'inglorious' comes to mind."

Islam is dying, too (not quite fast enough for our convenience).
This isn't the struggle against Communism. It'€™s a nasty, dirty, mopping-up operation. Done correctly, it wouldn't be too expensive (for us, that is). The term "€œinglorious"€ comes to mind. Our epoch is a mediocre and nasty one, rather like the second half of the Thirty Years War. That'€™s the part no-one remembers; the really interesting participants (Richelieu, Olivares, Wallenstein) had all died and their epigonoi kept the war going until butchery became boring. People don'€™t like to find themselves in the sort of history that no-one will want to read about in the future. But we have to play the hand we are dealt. -- Spengler - Bernard Lewis' Valediction

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May 8, 2012



$400 purse holding $800 cash, plus food stamp cards. -- - HUMAN EVENTS

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"Since you’re so brave to offend Christians, are you equally brave to offend Muslims and Jews? We dare you."

"Jon Stewart thought he was being cute when he displayed a manger scene

in front of a woman'€™s genitals to mock those allegedly ignoring the 'war on women,'" said Bozell.  "If he'€™s such a daring political comedian, he should demonstrate his boldness by performing the same routine, but this time with a Koran and the Torah. Otherwise he is not only a bigot but also an outright coward." -- CNSNews.com

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Gothic High-Tech

In Gothic High-Tech, you’re Steve Jobs. You’ve built an iPhone
which is a brilliant technical innovation, but you also had to sneak off to Tennessee to get a liver transplant because you’re dying of something secret and horrible. And you’re a captain of American industry. You’re not some General Motors kinda guy. On the contrary, you’re a guy who’s got both hands on the steering wheel of a functional car. But you’re still Gothic High-Tech because death is waiting. -- Bruce Sterling via FarmVille: a Gothic fantasia

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Favela Chic

What is Favela Chic? Favela Chic is when you have lost everything material,
everything you built and everything you had, but you’re still wired to the gills! And really big on Facebook. That’s Favela Chic. You lost everything, you have no money, you have no career, you have no health insurance, you’re not even sure where you live, you don’t have children, and you have no steady relationship or any set of dependable friends. And it’s hot. It’s a really cool place to be. --Bruce Sterling via FarmVille: a Gothic fantasia

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Dear Class of 2012:

Allow me to be the first one not to congratulate you.
Through exertions that—let's be honest—were probably less than heroic, most of you have spent the last few years getting inflated grades in useless subjects in order to obtain a debased degree. Now you're entering a lousy economy, courtesy of the very president whom you, as freshmen, voted for with such enthusiasm. Please spare us the self-pity about how tough it is to look for a job while living with your parents. They're the ones who spent a fortune on your education only to get you back— return-to-sender, forwarding address unknown. -- Stephens: To the Class of 2012 - WSJ.com

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Elizabeth Warren claims Native American roots, skips Harvard Powwow

The Harvard Law School prof was campaigning on the North Shore
last Saturday while Harvard’s Native American Program filled Radcliffe Yard with Native American singers, dancers and drummers. “The Harvard Powwow ... is a great way to bring local tribes into the Harvard community, acknowledging the ancestral homelands, and show our heritage,” Cesar Alvarez ’13, the incoming president of Native Americans at Harvard College, told the Harvard Gazette. -- - BostonHerald.com

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Chinese-Made Infant Flesh Capsules Seized in S. Korea

Ah yes, our partners in continued prosperity!
"The dried flesh of dead infants appears to be the not-so-secret ingredient in a health supplement that is reportedly being smuggled out of China. The performance-enhancement pills, touted for increasing vitality and sex drive, have been found in the luggage of tourists and in international mail, according to South Korean authorities." -- - ABC News

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Russia was in fact ruined.

We ruined the country and we did it with malice aforethought. Communism collapsed.
Male life expectancy fell from 64 years in 1985 to just 58 years in 2000. Alcoholism became the leading cause of death of Russian men, responsible for half the premature deaths of working-age Russians. Victory is not a pretty sight. In 1992, thousands of people gathered in Moscow in impromptu markets within earshot of the Kremlin to sell used clothing and other household items, to buy food. Pensioners with military medals begged in the streets. You know when a country is defeated when it sells its women, and the women of the former Soviet Union still sell themselves in huge numbers. If you want to know why the Russians are peevish towards the United States, it is because we set out to ruin them and succeeded. -- Spengler // Some advice from Machiavelli about China

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"Are Jewish Voters Leaving Obama?


Obama Could Nuke Israel from Orbit, open gas chambers in New York City, and Jewish voters would still kiss him: "Jewish voters are not leaving Obama and the democrat party and they never will. Look at the chart above, there's 40 years of proof." --Mitchieville

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Central to big government -- in any age --

is the ruling class conceit that they understand everything.
And can keep stuff from happening, if only the stupid people will tithe at sufficient levels to sustain their efforts. Here, today, we call these people tyrants, communists, fascists, progressives, or democrats. Gods who will suffer no other God put before them. Eventually the people have, and will again, tire of their cruel nincompoopery and carpet bomb them. Until then we must suffer their pious idiocies. Say Amen. -- Curmudgeonly & Skeptical

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Mengele's Skull


In most forensic examinations of human remains, the question asked of the bones is: how did you die?
That is the traditional course of police investigations: the victim's identity is known, and the cause of death must be established in order to ascertain whether a crime has been committed, and who might have done it. In Sao Paolo, however, the cause of death was not particularly pertinent. What mattered was to whom the bones belonged. -- CABINET //

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On Beyond Google

100 Time-Saving Search Engines for Serious Scholars | Online Universities should pretty much put paid to the rest of your week.

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May 7, 2012

The Apotheosis of Godwin's Law


It was only a question of time. Via Curmudgeonly & Skeptical

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“If white people are so smart, then how do you explain Europe?”

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Study Finds 9-Month-Old Babies Are Racist

Anyway, our trio gathered babies together
whose "€œparents reported their infants having had little to no previous experience with African American or other Black individuals."€ They did not do the opposite and find babies who never saw white faces. They had 24 -- count 'em -- 5-month-olds and 24 9-month-olds. -- William M. Briggs »

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How To Blog. Lesson One: There Is No Lesson Two

I hate hate. I hate the hating haters who don't hate hate like me.
Kill the hating haters! Sterilize the hating haters, then kill them and desecrate their graves and dig them up and hate them for hating like that. One word for you: Hitler!

You drink the Kool-Ade.
I drink from the fountain of truth and wisdom. And Mountain Dew and Red Bull. Don't forget: Drop dead -- Sippican Cottage: Ancient Posts People Are Reading For Some Reason, Volume XII

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LEGO Heavy Weapons


Build Working Replicas of Four of the World's Most Impressive Guns -- No Starch Press

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A PopTart Will Fix Everything

China's iPad Generation@ Foreign Policy "Parenting by phone is the norm for this generation of migrants..."

Before Huang brings her son with her to Shenzhen, she wants to bridge the emotional distance. But on this morning in July, she can't seem to attract his attention. "Let mommy feed you," she says, but Yi has already left the table, breakfast of chicken feet in hand, and is prancing toward his sister.

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May 6, 2012


Multiracial societies are so boring. People waste so much time talking about race. In a monoracial society, that time is freed up for talk about money, sport, sex, politics.… --The Basis of a Real Conversation - Taki's Magazine

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There were over 600,000 hunters this season in Wisconsin. Allow me to restate that number another way:

Over the last several months, Wisconsin's hunters became the eighth largest army in the world.
More men under arms than in Iran. More than France and Germany combined. These men deployed to the woods of a "single" American state, Wisconsin, to hunt with firearms, and no one was killed. --Curmudgeonly & Skeptical

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The Greatest Films of All Time [Bumped]


Aguirre, Wrath of God (Herzog) Apocalypse Now (Coppola) Citizen Kane (Welles) Dekalog (Kieslowski) La Dolce Vita (Fellini) The General (Keaton) Raging Bull (Scorsese) 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick) Tokyo Story (Ozu) Vertigo (Hitchcock) --- Roger Ebert's Journal

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Short-Listed to Replace David Axelrod [Updated to add photo for credibility]


Zhang Bangsheng, a very dedicated Chinese zoo keeper,
had to lick a constipated money's bottom for over an hour after the three-month-old Francois Leaf monkey swallowed a peanut whole. The monkey showed signs of stomach problems and was unable to defecate. It was too young to be given laxatives so the only way to encourage it was by licking its behind (Zhang used warm water to clean the area before he began). His efforts were rewarded an hour later when the monkey defecated a single peanut. --Daily Telegraph
[Note: I admit this could be a put-on. Hard to believe.... which is why it is so believable.]

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The “Cherokee” con

Anyone who has taught in a university has come across the "€œCherokee"€ con,
especially given the Oklahoma diaspora in California. By the time I retired from CSU, I was exhausted with “1/16th” Cherokee students, who claimed success with their gambits. This was a world of Provost Liz Smith-Lopezes, José Beckers, Simba Bavuals, and all the other attempts to traffic in victimized identities. -- Works and Days » All Fall Down

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BREAKING: Joe Biden Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

Says he and the president have never been happier: ThinkProgress

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The Life Of Peter, Julia's Sperm Donor

Age 27: Peter moves up the ladder, and is finally able to make money by skimming money from government grants. He receives a letter in the mail from Julia's lawyer slapping him with a paternity suit.
Age 28: Peter attempts to fight the suit, but, a liberal judge throws out the legal non-disclosure forms, saying Peter has to Do His Part. Peter's still in debt from college, and also has some sort of strange disease from his time in the 3rd world shithole. Very few doctors accept his insurance and government centers have months long waits. He starts filing phony reports to the government in order to get more money. -- Pirate's Cove

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May 5, 2012

As a self-aware Predator drone, I get my share of criticism.

"€œYou're flying lost-link again!" "€œYou vaporized a playground!" "You'€™re trying to usher in a post-human robo-dystopia!"€
Some of this is valid, some of it -- okay, most of it is valid. But sometimes, the public discourse over drones like me becomes so turgid and dramatic that it obscures reasonable discussion of my pros and cons. --Gunpowder & Lead

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Science Made Stupid

The scientific world expressed wariness not at the pomo threat from the academic left, which gnaws at the very roots of modernist science,
but at such fringe groups as creationists, whose deepest yearnings are to have their religious beliefs exalted to the higher level of Science. This, despite the fact that the creationists will never be taken seriously within the Academy, while the pomos have been. -- The TOF Spot: The Masque of Science.

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Composite Americans

Just in case you’re having difficulty keeping up with all these Composite Americans,
George Zimmerman, the son of a Peruvian mestiza, is the embodiment of endemic white racism and the reincarnation of Bull Connor, but Elizabeth Warren, the great-great-great-granddaughter of someone who might possibly have been listed as Cherokee on an application for a marriage license, is a heartwarming testimony to how minorities are shattering the glass ceiling in Harvard Yard. George Zimmerman, redneck; Elizabeth Warren, redskin. Under the Third Reich’s Nuremberg Laws, Ms. Warren would have been classified as Aryan and Mr. Zimmerman as non-Aryan. Now it’s the other way round. Progress! Composite Americans - Mark Steyn - National Review Online

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Shakespeare Fact of the Day


From the highly educational Facts and Chicks

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May 4, 2012

If George Zimmerman Were Black

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There are people who have been unemployed for over two years who would work if they could find anything,
but the rat bastards in the Obama regime and their propaganda arm, the media, just evaporate these people from existence, and they additionally reduce the size of the labor force arbitrarily, just so they can hit whatever predetermined number Valerie Jarret, David Axelrod, Timmy Geithner and Ben Bernanke decide it is going to be. This is what they are doing on every single unemployment report. It is all as fake as a Thai Rolex. Eventually, the Obama regime will go full-Marxist stupid, drop the labor force to 52 million and declare that Great Leader Obama has delivered a FULL EMPLOYMENT ECONOMY. And anyone who dares disagree will be shot in the back of the head with one of those 450 million rounds of .40 cal that the Obama regime just ordered. --Ann Barnhardt

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"That Sierra Club check must have cleared."

Mead foolishly titles an item: Obama Opens Up to Fracking

Now, a man with a mean sensibility, a tendency to insult the president, and a spare 600,000 gallons of guar based fluids could go to work on that headline with a hose. Fortunately I am not that man.

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The Life of Julianne "Full of Win"

31 Years Old
Juilianne meets a nice young man at work. They fall in love and he proposes to her. After they are married, they decide together to have a child. Their combined salaries and health plans easily cover her care throughout her pregnancy. They also begin saving for the expenses to come. -- Cranky T-Rex's Blog: [HT: Morgan's House]

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Rethinking Cardinal Richelieu


as one of the early pioneers of authoritarian centralization,
a master at manipulating (and a massive beneficiary of) state-dominated crony capitalism of a kind that would not again see the light of day for nearly three centuries, an ingenious architect of novel, punitive, and highly regressive tax schemes disguised as progressive revenue raising initiatives, and a shameless employer of insider dealing.... In short: He was French. -- Fiscal Effects of French Heroin in Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Patients | finem respice

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May 3, 2012

They are the sheeple millennials,

spawned from within the ideological indoctrination camps of higher education.  
Brainwashed and robbed of their individual capacity to think rationally, logically, even naturally.   They are the sons and daughters of the Alinskyites and 1960's radical leftists.They are the Birkenstock wearing, Starbucks drinking, iPhone dependent class, of Palestine loving treehuggers and round circle drumbeaters.   They were created from within the bowels of dependency parenting, sold by the Dr. Spock mindset, and convinced that everyone deserves a trophy for participation regardless of contribution. --The Last Refuge

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At the End of the Day It is About Race

Steve Sailer's notes (correctly): "As I pointed out in VDARE.com in 2008, most of the attacks on Obama's background (he's a Muslim, a non-citizen, an Arab, the secret son of a Communist poet, etc.) are motivated by the urge to say, "It's not about race," when the whole Obama phenomenon really is about race. If he weren't part-black, he wouldn't be very interesting."

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Question of the Moment

If a woman goes out with a black man because she thinks black men have big packages, was the man racially profiled? Where is the outrage? -- Wagist w/ an assist from Classical Values

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Gold really has only two markets: jewelry and fear.


The price of gold has surpassed $1,600/oz. Now, gold is not like any other commodity;
in fact, it is not really a commodity at all, in the sense that its price does not reflect demand for some product for which it must be used. Gold really has only two markets: jewelry and fear. Jewelry is doing alright, since the rich are doing better than ever, but the real growth market is fear. --Be Not Afraid, Even of Zombies

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10 of Thomas Friedman's Dumbest "Big Ideas"

Hard to reduce the vast echoing host of Friedman skullfarts to just 10, but this author manages:
10. In addition to being part of aneocon strategyandanti-liberal, the Iraq war wasthe most radical-liberal revolutionary war the U.S. has ever launched. It hadnothing,a little bitandeverythingto do with oil. -- | Media | AlterNet

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Who is Julia and why am I paying for all her sh*t?


Julia at age 27 is an idiot who can’t locate a Target store where her birth control is a measly $9 per month. So she has to have everyone else pay for it or something. Because otherwise women will die and the streets will run red with their blood. Or something. -- Naked DC

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Prayer Over Coffee

Fossil fuel of my soul
Black light of my veins
Course through me
Quicken me

Sharpen my senses
Dull my pain
Deepen the penetrating gaze

-- Mr. Gobley

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Running…. but on what?



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The New Communism: Resurrecting the Utopian Delusion

A worldview recently the source of immense suffering and misery,
and responsible for more deaths than fascism and Nazism, is mounting a comeback; a new form of left-wing totalitarianism that enjoys intellectual celebrity but aspires to political power. --| World Affairs Journal

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The "Moderns"

Clitoris mutilation carried out by Mohammedans on their female children is merely their particular contribution to the rich diversity of cultural multiplicity,
and therefore neither right nor wrong; whereas monogamy as practiced by Christians is abhorrent, and to teach children the Christian religion is child abuse.  So the Moderns say, or, rather, would say, if somehow they could be forced to speak without recourse to that mental blackness which enables them to utter nonsense and evil while pretending not to notice what they are saying. --What'€™s Wrong With The World Part VII -- Ignorant | John C. Wright's Journal

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The Oik

The Oik repudiates national loyalties and defines his goals and ideals against the nation,
promoting transnational institutions over national governments, accepting and endorsing laws that are imposed on us from on high by the EU or the UN,... and defining his political vision in terms of universal values that have been purified of all reference to the particular attachments of a real historical community. The Oik is, in his own eyes, a defender of enlightened universalism against local chauvinism. And it is the rise of the Oik that has led to the growing crisis of legitimacy.... For we are seeing a massive expansion of the legislative burden on the people ..., and a relentless assault on the only loyalties that would enable them voluntarily to bear it. The explosive effect of this has already been felt .... It will be felt soon everywhere, and the result may not be what the Oiks expect. -- Roger Scruton on Oikophobia in 2004. Full paper is HERE.

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Statistics Proves Same Drug Both Causes And Does Not Cause Same Cancer

"Yes, researchers love their statistical models too well.
They cannot help thinking reality is their models. There is scarcely a researcher or statistician alive who does not hold up the parameters from his model and say, to himself and us, "These show my hypothesis is true. The certainty I have in these equals the certainty I have in reality." -- William M. Briggs

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May 2, 2012

April Was Cruel For CNN

It's hard to believe that very, very, very few people watched
such enthralling segments as "€œBlack in America" and "€œSoledad O'Brien's Beyond Trayvon." The Mayor would have thought no one alive could ever get sick of talking about race, how bad blacks have it in the States, and how whites are the root cause of everything. As for the nightly line-up of journalistas, there isn'€™t one primetime CNN'€™er who The Mayor wouldn'€™t like to see being attacked via an icepick. Every last one of them come across as condescending arseholes. From the arrogant and completely unwatchable Piers Organ, to Anderson "Teabagger" Cooper (Anderson has no doubt been teabagged a few zillion times himself), the whole lefty crew at CNN deserves exactly what they’re getting right now. And what they'€™re getting is exactly nothing. -- Mitchieville

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Soft, dark brown onions in five minutes. That is a lie.


As long as I've been cooking, I've been reading various versions of this lie, over and over.
Here's Madhur Jaffrey, from her otherwise reliable Indian Cooking, explaining how to do the onions for rogan josh: "Stir and fry for about 5 minutes or until the onions turn a medium-brown colour." The Boston Globe, on preparing pearl onions for coq au vin: "Add the onions and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until golden." The Washington Post, on potato-green bean soup: "Add the onion and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown." --How to cook onions: Why recipe writers lie and lie about how long they take to caramelize. - Slate Magazine

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Guaranteed Not to End Well

Dissident Chen leaves U.S. embassy; China promises to be nice to him [Blind and Dead Man Walking: File under "Dissidents R' Dum"]

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Americans Elect: The Broccoli Party Is Born

Americans Elect represents a classic form of American political futility:
the genteel, sensible and civilized revolt of the upper middle class. Americans Elect is the latest incarnation of the always thoughtful but rarely successful Broccoli Party, the movement of those who think we should start living rationally and moderately.... The trouble is that at least in the US system, a mix of civic-minded, balanced, and thoughtful upper middle class good government types is about as politically formidable as a basket of bunnies. -- | Via Meadia

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And the Nobel Prize for newspaper covers goes to....


Via Legal Insurrection

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Plumbers I Have Known (But Not in the Biblical Sense)

My first plumber was named Leaky. His name was an exaggeration.
"Leaky" would indicate that at least some of the water was still in the pipes. After him, came Squeaky. He was a good plumber, but very strange, and now very dead. Dead is a bad attribute for returning calls. -- Sippican Cottage

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Elizabeth Warren, "Undocumented Indian"


Ted Williams was one-fourth Mexican. He was white.
Johnny Bench is one-eighth Indian. I always think of him as white. And then there’s Pochantas Warren, the blue-eyed, one-32nd Cherokee (or so we’re told) who went from the Southwest Conference to the Ivy League over the course of a decade in which she was claiming to be a “minority professor.” But once she’d parlayed the racial-spoils racket all the way to a tenured position at Harvard Law, she decided to ... pass, as they used to say in the old South. -- Howie Carr - BostonHerald.com

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May 1, 2012

Bumper Sticker Of The Day…


Via | The Last Refuge

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The Forwardism Disease

The left has always been enamored of "Forwardism" or "Progressivism"
which mean much the same thing. Before MSNBC had Lean Forward, Mao had the Great Leap Forward which killed some 40 million people, far more people than MSNBC can ever dream of tuning in to their programs.... Picking "Forward" as his campaign slogan puts Obama in good company with the likes of Lenin and Mao, and it sounds positive until you stop and realize that it's meant more as an order than a suggestion. --Sultan Knish a blog by Daniel Greenfield

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Heavy Leather Flight Jacket

My heavy leather flight jacket is zipped against the cold rain.
The drops are making a hollowsplat sound against its skin weathered from millions of air miles... About a 15-20 knot splat. I decide to lean against number one engine cowling and warm my old bones before I continue. Rain drops are hissing into steam against the exhaust cone; brake fans are howling; air conditioning/pressurization packs are ON and wailing inside her belly; it is a sound like nothing else on earth. -- Flight Level 390:

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Obama arrives in Afghanistan report says; White House denies it

"That report is not accurate and the president is not in Kabul," NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor. - Nypost [Translation: He's having tea in a cave with his childhood friends up along the Pakistan border.]

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Up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's "Supermoon!"


Biggest Full Moon of 2012 Occurs This Week The moon will officially become full Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT.
And because this month's full moon coincides with the moon's perigee — its closest approach to Earth — it will also be the year's biggest. The moon will swing in 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) from our planet, offering skywatchers a spectacular view of an extra-big, extra-bright moon, nicknamed a supermoon.

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How did Glock Invent the Glock?

He constructed a firing range in his basement to test his creation.
He fired only with his left hand; that way, if the prototype blew up, he would be able to continue the drafting process with his right hand. --Glock – The Rise of America’s Gun – Paul M. Barrett – Failure magazine

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