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September 30, 2012

Iranian news agency Fars runs Onion poll as real news

Hummm, might be taking the "Anybody But Obama" meme a bit too far, but who am I to criticize?


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"John Kerry, along with many of the people running the government, is totally, completely batshit insane"

and we need to talk about this, acknowledge it, and parse it so that you guys can disqualify people like John Kerry from any position of governance after the war.
We have been conditioned by the media to shrug off these cosmetic surgeries as no big deal, but they are a big deal. First, let's just think about how John Kerry views himself. This is a man who is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, who ran for POTUS, who has been in the Senate for decades, who is almost 70 years old, who SHOULD have a fairly good grasp of reality. But he doesn't. John Kerry is a man who looks in the mirror and thinks to himself, "I need to have my face cut and altered." -- Barnhardt.biz - Commodity Brokerage

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Make-do Backpack, c. 1945, United States, wood chair back, wool shirt, axe, sleeping bag, rope, 36" x 17" x 8"

Found at Accidental Mysteries, 09.30.12: Art without Artists: Observatory: Design Observer

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 6:12 PM | Your Say (2)

"If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."

"The common people still vaguely subscribe to that doctrine and act on it. In our country... it is the liberals who fear liberty and the intellectuals who want to do dirt on the intellect...." George Orwell, The Original Introduction to Animal Farm

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Suppose there were a worldwide movement which openly proclaimed its goal of taking over in your country and every country
with the purpose of imposing its system on every human beings on earth. Also suppose that this movement had carried out murders and terrorist attacks in your own country, that members of this group promoted violence while gaining political influence. Suppose also that is was highly unfashionable and politically incorrect to speak out against them. I am not speaking of Islam here, but of Communism. -- Sultan Knish: What Orwell Can Tell Us About the Liberal Appeasement of Islam

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In the 1980s it was not uncommon to be able to purchase a gallon of gas for well under $1 a gallon. Oh the good old days…

Enter Hollywood and the United Arab Emirates who joined up to create the film Promised Land --
an attempt to expose the evils of oil and gas companies in the United States.  (Apparently by taking their money to make the film, Hollywood is just fine with the evil oil companies of the Middle East.) -- Hollywood Takes Arab Oil Money To Make Film Against American Oil Production. WTF???? - The Ulsterman Report

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"Don't answer stupid questions. Do a Newt. Zero in on the absurd assumptions that underlie many of those questions."

"Contraception? You can buy it for next to nothing at WalMart. Is that the issue that really concerns Americans
at a time when gas prices have doubled, the real unemployment rate is in double digits, our credit rating is being downgraded, our embassies are flying Al Qaeda flags and our diplomats being dragged through the streets? Is that the issue for women when they can't find jobs, make their car and mortgage payments, pay their student loans, and see their kids in substandard schools?" -- The DiploMad 2.0: Friday Rant: The Presidential Debates

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Two from Bizarro



Here: Pet Parking Eunuch Humping Loaf | Bizarro Blog!

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The Cost of Purity

From Theodore Dalrymple'€™s latest collection of essays, Farewell Fear. On dictatorial urges:
It is difficult now to imagine a modern university intellectual saying something as simple and unequivocal as "€œI disagree with what you say, but I defend to the death your right to say it." He would be more likely to think, if not actually to say out loud or in public, "€œI disagree with what you say and therefore rationalise to the death my right to suppress it."€ In public, he would be more circumspect, presenting a suppression of freedom as an actual increase in freedom; that is to say of real freedom, not the kind the leaves everyone free to sleep under a bridge. But he would know perfectly well in his heart that what he was after was power: the greatest power of all, that to shape, mould and colour indelibly the thought of others, a power to which he believes that he has a right by virtue of his superior intellect, training and zeal for the public good. -- @ davidthompson

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September 28, 2012

Are Doofus, Boob-Belt, Sicklee and Sausage really worth it?

Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on Obama family last year

Posted by Vanderleun at 9:11 AM | Your Say (6)

Nick Jr. Suspends Production On 'The Almighty Muhammad's Porkalicious Toon Jihad'


The half-hour animated television show, which centers around the wacky Jihadist adventures of the Islamic prophet and his mischievous pig friend Abrahammy, was slated to begin airing this October.
“At this time, our company believes it is best to temporarily remove The Almighty Muhammad’s Porkalicious Toon Jihad from Nick Jr.’s fall programming schedule,” Viacom executive Todd Coates said. “While we still believe that thousands of young viewers would really enjoy seeing Muhammad go on his weekly pilgrimages to his big bacon mosque with his rabbi friends Hershel and Moishe, our company nonetheless believes it’s best to indefinitely postpone the show’s release. -- America's Finest News Source

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Kill It or Be Enslaved By It

The ideology of radical Islam has no place for dissent, compromise, freedom of expression or speech.
It seeks to rule by the sheer force of fear, intimidation, criminalization and tyranny. Terrorism is its dominant mode of operations. It will not tolerate any opposing views or critiques. To say or do anything that it deems insulting of its worldview is worthy of imprisonment or even death. Its influence is so strong that it persuades the emotionally unstable to commit horrific acts terrorism. Its desire is total submission to its will. -- Radical Islamists and Radical Leftists: The eerie similarities. : ThyBlackMan.com

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September 27, 2012

Separated At Birth (But Soon to Be Reunited)

Crazed mass-murdering maniac Jared Lee Loughner

and Obama campaign manager and pedo-in-training-pants Jim Messina:
HT: Mike M

Posted by Vanderleun at 11:47 AM | Your Say (3)

Healing Faith


When we say God is good, we tend to mean that God is “nice” — that he would never do anything to cause us pain or suffering.
Yet even in our limited experience, we must acknowledge that pain and suffering, while not inherently good, may be a means to goodness. We choose to have surgery or chemotherapy, though painful and debilitating, that our cancer may be cured. -- The Doctor Is In

Posted by Vanderleun at 11:04 AM | Your Say (2)

The Mansourian Candidate

If appearances are any indicator, the Muslim Brotherhood is part of a bidding war for influence in black American Democratic circles. The Brotherhood's chief rival, the Iranians, are making their play for Louis Farrakhan, also of Chicago. -- Belmont Club

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September 26, 2012

Quote of the Month

Homer Simpson, as he presses the button for Romney: "I'm voting for the guy who invented Obamacare."

Posted by Vanderleun at 4:24 PM | Your Say (2)

"We typically think of, say, Fox and MSNBC as opposites, as enemies,"

but everything else about them, from their paychecks to their zip code to their terrible, terrible, just plain awful hairstyles are identical.

It's expedient to say Obama and Romney are opposites and color code them red and blue or black and white depending on whether you drink sugar water or rice beer, but those distinctions make it really hard to make sense of the world, here are 3 simple questions you will be unable to answer: 1. Who is more likely to oversee the end of war in Afghanistan? 2. Who is more likely to raise taxes on the rich? 3. Who is less likely to send covert paramilitary troops into Iran, and more likely to sell them weapons? The answer to all of those is Reagan.... Do you think it upsets Fox that their footage is making The Huffington Post a lot of money? All part of the plan. The battle isn't Red v. Blue, but Purple v. You. You lose. -- The Last Psychiatrist: Fox & Friends punked by Obama supporter

Posted by Vanderleun at 4:19 PM | Your Say (3)

Addicts in America


The girl was no friend or family member of mine. I had seen many like her and as our civilization unwinds into its own night of the soul, there will be many more like her.
Having all the advantages of life, she was desperately unhappy and like so much of the modern world that tunes in to Oprah for tips on how to be happy, that browses self-help sections on a desperate quest for happiness, she was still trying to be happy. Her cry was the cry of a country addicted to emptiness and losing its soul. -- Sultan Knish:

Posted by Vanderleun at 4:10 PM | Your Say (0)

The Fiddlehead Focus


16:25 - A caller reports that kids are fighting on the levee.

17:48 - A caller reports thee is a group of young kids smoking behind a local restaurant.

19:45 - Caller says kids are making a lot of noise behind a local convenience store, goofing off. The caller said two of the vehicles have loud exhaust systems and are the two worst ones.

17:50 - Caller reports there is a kite in a telephone line. They cut the string and let it fall down. -- Sippican Cottage: A Man Called To Say He Had A Good Day. Nothing Bad Happened

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The progressive, postmodern left feel oppressed by Christianity and Judaism/Israel for one reason and one reason alone:
the ideology of the left and that of Islam are fundamentally similar. Both intend to impose ideological sharia on the world, if they can get away with it. Both are willing to use the other to help them do it; and both reject reason, objective truth, and reality as a matter of ideological and philosophical principle. -- Dr. Sanity:

Posted by Vanderleun at 3:24 PM | Your Say (0)

SimCity was always the king of all the planning games.

It was a pretty good representation of life, too; you couldn't force people move to the city you were laying out,
you had to coax them there by setting up a situation that made the place attractive in the first place. They'd bug out without hesitation over taxes or droughts or whatever, too, just like real people. The buildings in the game had a nice visual vibe to them as well -- coherent but variegated. Real cities can only achieve that vibe by having all the buildings burn to the ground at the same time, and then being rebuilt by Victorians. And SimCity had a pleasant sense of humor about itself, which is more than one can say about Detroit. -- Sippican Cottage: If SimCity Was Real

Posted by Vanderleun at 2:51 PM | Your Say (1)

Vagina, Schmagina

Naomi Wolf’s new book makes going back to the womb sound more like going through a car wash.
We are knocked down by streams of gushing hormones, we slip and slide on slick layers of lubrication, we are thrown to the floor by violent throbbing, we collide with G-spots, we are challenged by a clitoris demanding “Who goes there?” and yanked in by a cervix with a strength more often found in bar bouncers. If you thought there was nothing new to say about female sexuality, you don’t know Naomi Wolf’s gift for saying nothing new about anything. -- A Woman of Parts - NR / Digital Articles - National Review Online

Posted by Vanderleun at 2:41 PM | Your Say (1)

"This is an open letter to the Left’s “Expert Conservative pundit” useful idiots."

We who are working at the grassroots level look at you as jokes. Mona Charen, Don Feder, Bill Kristol, and the rest of you
are simpletons with loyalty that is questionable at best. How can you justify dutifully writing reports about a poll without mentioning it is skewed by a projected Democrat turnout larger than even the margin Obama had in 2008? How can you ignore the clear evidence that there are more registered Republicans than registered Democrats by 4.3 points (and most of that edge has come about just since June)? -- Why “Conservative pundits” are the Left’s useful idiots

Posted by Vanderleun at 2:37 PM | Your Say (2)

The Declining Economic Freedom Of The United States

From 1980 to 2000, the US was generally rated the third freest economy in the world, ranking behind only Hong Kong and Singapore.
The ranking of the US has fallen precipitously; from second in 2000 to eighth in 2005 and 19th in 2010. By 2009, the United States had fallen behind Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Chile, and Mauritius, countries that chose not to follow the path of massive growth in government financed by borrowing that is now the most prominent characteristic of US fiscal policy. By 2010, the United States had also fallen behind Finland and Denmark, two European welfare states. Moreover, it now trails Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Estonia, Taiwan, and Qatar. -- | ZeroHedge

Posted by Vanderleun at 11:21 AM | Your Say (3)

Green Has Lost Its Glow

Word Around the Net: THE UNGREENING
Although "green" advertising mostly annoys customers and has not been very successful in terms of sales, products that were considered environmentally friendly had been. Lately? Not so much. Advertising Age put out this info graphic to help illustrate a recent study:

Posted by Vanderleun at 11:07 AM | Your Say (1)

September 25, 2012

Karakuri Ribbon Scalp Stretcher


The Karakuri Ribbon is a special stretcher for your scalp. Just wear this over your head (and under your hair)
every day to offset the signs of aging. It is a simple but effective piece of beauty care technology. Place the rubber bands over your ears and then hook in the stretcher with its combs, fitting it over and around the top of your head -- Japan Trend Shop

Posted by Vanderleun at 4:23 PM | Your Say (3)

"“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”

Obama declares need for anti-blasphemy laws to protect Islam:
This is a gay biracial man who every day alters his personal identity in whatever way he deems best suited to achieving some personal goal. His true colors regarding Islam are now clearly on display. Not even Jimmy Carter would have gone to the UN and demanded punishment for “those who slander the prophet of Islam”.

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Tru' 'Dat


Michelle Obama's Mirror: "I've been told I'm just eye candy here."

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The New Whore Times

How do you "evolve" from a mob to a combined arms team in a few hours? How?
It takes real professionalism to characterize a coordinated attack with mortars and automatic weapons involving the complex surveillance of a secret facility and the ambush of a convoy from the Benghazi airport as something that grew out of "a moblike attack, set off by a video denigrating the Prophet Muhammad" with a straight face. And a great deal of contempt for the readers too. But the NYT is up to the job. -- Belmont Club » To Dream the Implausible Dream

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September 24, 2012

The Adventures of the Real Tom Sawyer


Sawyer, 32, who was born in Brooklyn, had been a torch boy in New York for Columbia Hook and Ladder Company Number 14,
and in San Francisco he had battled fire for Broderick 1, the city’s first volunteer fire company, under Chief David Broderick, the first fire chief. Twain perked up when Sawyer mentioned that he had also toiled as a steamboat engineer plying the Mexican sea trade. Twain well knew that an engineer typically stood between two rows of furnaces that “glare like the fires of hell” and “shovels coal for four hours at a stretch in an unvarying temperature of 148 degrees Fahrenheit!” -- Smithsonian Magazine

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Pay No Attention to the Trolls Behind the Curtain


The great noise machine with its countless speakers and spokesmen,
its talking heads and its teleprompters, its instant updates and live-from-the-scene narratives, is only a distraction. It is there to block the issues that we should be talking about by talking about what does not matter and about what it wants us to do. The more attention is paid to it, the more, like all trolls, it is able to drive the narrative, rather than be driven by it. -- Sultan Knish: The Great Media Noise Machine

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"Huxley wrote to Orwell on the occasion of the publication of his masterwork 1984:"


"Within the next generation I believe that the world's leaders will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient,
as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging them and kicking them into obedience." -- neo-neocon サ Blog Archive サ Not-so-close encounters

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We're Not All That Impressed With This Romney Chap

Moving on, we note that since Mr. Romney was nominated, acts of violence have plagued our embassies in many formerly-friendly foreign capitals and in fact, one of our ambassadors was recently murdered at his post. While this turn of events surprised us - we never expected foreign nationals to have as visceral a hatred of Mr. Romney as Americans do - what was even more astonishing to us was Mr. Romney's response to these crises, which was mostly to traipse around the country giving speeches and blaming the outbreaks on his opponent.

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September 23, 2012

Adobe Acrobat Update Sparks Violent Protests In Muslim World


In Pakistan, a Cabinet minister offered a $100,000 reward for the death of Adobe Acrobat, urging the Taliban and al-Qaida to perform the "sacred duty" of helping locate and kill the "blasphemous contortionist."
"Their insinuation that our system may be somehow 'riddled with bugs' is a blasphemy punishable by death," Minister Ghulam Ahmad Balor told the reporters. "How else, if not by killing people, can we demonstrate to the world that our system cannot be improved because it is already perfect? It was designed by Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), and no Adobe Updater can ever update that." -- People's Cube

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September 22, 2012

Abraham Lincoln is Watching Over You:

The Strange World of Victorian Spirit Photography

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In Afghanistan, as in so many countless other things, what can be truly said about Obama except this:

Afghan Surge Ends: Not with a Bang but a Whimper
The U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan, which began in 2009, ended this week. As the Times aptly notes, the conclusion of one of Obama’s biggest military endeavors has come and gone with little fanfare. The president is doubtless happy about this, as the mission has been far from an unqualified success

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You could look it up!

You look up a word, maybe a word you know perfectly well, and you see what it’s origin was,
and that word is now stamped. It’s your word. And every time I do it, if feels like a gray cell has been born in my head; instead of going out, it’s coming in." -- Martin Amis, Redux - The Morning News

Posted by Vanderleun at 8:12 PM | Your Say (0)

On Needing to Take a Break From Politics

So you say you’re sick of politics; well, you aren’t sick of making the decision, what you’re sick of is weighing the pros and cons.
That and maybe having your teevee schedule interrupted. Being reminded that something is happening, that life is not static. That, some time ago, you did indeed emerge from your mother’s womb and life involves a bit more than bobbing around in a sac of warm amniotic fluid. I think these are liberals talking.... I think these are people who voted Obama/Biden in ‘08 and they’re gonna vote that way in ‘12. They’re “sick of politics” because they’ve gotten wind of the realization that their decisions stink on ice, and there’s no way they can polish the turd. -- House of Eratosthenes

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"The fly-by of the space shuttle"

You want some news, here’s some news: This occasion was the precise opposite of the way it’s been presented.
The shuttle was “flying by” on the back of another plane, on the way to the wrecking yard. Well, museum. But same thing. It was a symbolic journey as well as a practical one: Death of America’s space program, as we have known it. This was a funeral procession. -- House of Eratosthenes

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Switch Targets

7 of the 10 richest counties in this country surround Washington, DC. That is where the wealth of this nation resides.
In the thousands of lawyers, lobbyists, hangers-on, groupies, and politicians that rape our pocketbooks to buy themselves favors. Forget nuking Mecca. That shithole will collapse upon itself eventually anyway. We should nuke Fairfax County, Virginia. -- Velociworld: Bad Days at Blackrock

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The Turncoats Drinking from Obama's Drool Cup

Eddie Haskell Brooks, along with fellow GOP bubble-dwellers Peggy Noonan and Bill Kristol, eagerly piled on Romney over his "secret video" remarks contrasting the nation's makers and takers. Liberal outlets embraced these chin-pulling tools -- elevating them as "key" Republican voices who speak for the right. -- Michelle Malkin » Eddie Haskell Brooks

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"Once a bear is hooked on garbage, there's no cure."

Here are the 14 most absurd items for sale on the Obama website | TheBlaze.com


"Empty. Again."

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September 21, 2012

Finally, a Flag Americans Can Burn With Pride


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Perverts on Parade

Ladies and gentlemen, the face of Obama 2012, Jim Messina:

That there’s Jim Messina, campaign manager for Obama 2012 and world creepiest ginger.
The idea belonged to deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, though. I guess you were supposed to write something on your flesh that you like about the Obama administration, take a picture and post it to the Twitter hashtag #forall. That’s the kind of quirky, madcap kampaign kut-up that might have appealed to The Youth in 2008. No doubt that’s why these dweebs keep trying to float stuff like that. But the 2008 campaign was like the Blair Witch Project — interesting idea, only works once. You can’t run a “what the hell, let’s give the new guy a try” campaign second time around. Four years down the line, and it’s just sad. There you are, standing in front of a mirror with junk scribbled on your flesh in magic marker, looking every inch the kiddie-diddler. -- S. Weasel Update HT: TwoLaneFlash

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Remember, It’s Not Domestic Violence If A Girl Does It

Full coverage at The Rumford Meteor

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Truth is the Ultimate Gaffe

The consensus of the last four years has been that we won't discuss reality and in exchange we lose all our legal rights.
It's not exactly a great bargain, but the media which brokered it on our behalf, has done its best to dress it up as well as it can. Mentioning any of this is another gaffe, another cold blast of reality blowing through rooms heated to Hawaiian standard temperatures. And the people in those rooms are as threatened by reality gaffes as schizophrenics are by the gnawing sense that the world outside is a very different place than the one in their skulls. And they react to it in the same way, with fear, hate and barely restrained violence. -- Sultan Knish:

Posted by Vanderleun at 4:04 PM | Your Say (0)

The Black Daydream Is Over

Why Romney Is Going to Romp over Obama in November Blacks have discovered Obama for what they suspected he was to begin with: the newest in a long line of black would-be-messiahs/hucksters who were also at first described as charismatic, inspirational, visionary, and eloquent. Those names include the likes of M
arion Barry, Carl Stokes, Coleman Young, Richard Hatcher, Kenneth Gibson, and Lionel J. Wilson. Each failed miserably, and though black people are loath to acknowledge that fact out loud, deep down, they know it. Black politicians -- especially of the liberal Democrat bent -- are all doomed to failure because each one believes he's the second coming of Dr. Martin Luther King. Their shtick is all the same: lofty rhetoric, pretensions of divinity, charm that inspires unquestioning, religious-like devotion (sound familiar?). Those are great qualities for a civil rights leader but poor preparation for one with aspirations of being the most powerful man in the world. Let's face it: for all his greatness, Dr. King would have made a lousy president.

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'We hold these lies to be self-evident...."

Does the latest admission that the [Libyan] attack was self-evidently planned mean the video didn’t cause the trouble? Wasn’t Romney excoriated for his “gaffe” suggesting that apologies for the video were not in order? Does this mean that Romney is right?
Of course not. He’s still wrong. President Obama has taken out ads in Pakistan apologizing to the whole world for the anti-Mohammed video. Whatever is self-evident to Carney is not self-evident to him. The administration's policy has descended into literal incoherence. It is fragmented. No two parts of it fit. It is a like a database where the same query returns a different answer each time. It's like a telephone that connects to a different person each time you punch in the same number. But it's not broken. As George Will once observed: this is what a liberal administration looks like. -- Belmont Club サ Changing the Narrative

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Air friction...

The descent angle is steep, engines at idle thrust, indicated airspeed close to the barber pole in the smooth night air.
Far below, faint smudges of light spotting the undercast as we approach the outskirts of Detroit. The chronometer in my head says we are going to be at the gate 10-12 minutes early.Another reason I like flying with this young lady... She keeps the wing's leading edge warm from air friction. What a concept! We have 150 pax in the back who paid to arrive on-time or early. -- Flight Level 390: Slats and Flaps

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The Motherboard Cable Mnemonics of Yesteryear

It was a very long time ago, but I still remember the mnemonic device for remembering what the colored stripes on the resistors we used meant: Bad Boys Rape Our Young Girls But Violet Gives Willingly is how it was taught to us. They've since tried to make it more politically correct, and hence, less memorable. -- Sippican Cottage: BBROYGBVGW

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Today's Unfairly Sampled, Not-So-Secretly Biased, Burning Question Poll

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Gawker Asks the DNC: Is Romney Ready for the Kill List

HT: Joan of Argghh

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September 19, 2012

How Islam—and the ever-present threat it poses to humanity—could be brought to an end in one, simple step [Bumped]


'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished: "Russia, India, and Israel, I am sure, have Mecca on their target list.
If Moscow, New Delhi, or Tel Aviv were destroyed by an Islamic bomb, I believe that Mecca would be wiped off the planet Earth the same day, even the same hour. And that would spell the end of Islam, after its unparalleled 1,400-year reign of terror. No Mecca, no Islam, as long as the world witnesses Mecca’s physical annihilation. There will follow a period of madness, with many Muslims committing mass suicide and mass terror, but more of them will become atheists or convert to Christianity (“the stronger horse”). In all cases, Islam as we know it will be finished. After fourteen centuries, the steady mantra “Our God is greatest” cannot become “We used to believe that our God was the greatest, but it was proven to be weaker, if not a fraud.” The glass jaw of Islam, its inability to self-examine or reform in any way, will prove to be its Achilles’ heel. The 1,400-year run of murder and madness will at last come to an end. After sixty generations, we may be the one to witness its ultimate destruction and collapse. -- Amnation

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The Rodeo Clown Media and their Crazed Bull


One of the primary functions of the Rodeo Clown Media (RCM) is to obsess over the periphery while systematically ignoring the center.
Sometimes it is unclear whether this is out of design or stupidity, but the result is the same: the trivial is elevated to the important while reality is banished to the sidelines. To receive one's news from the RCM is to beclown oneself by implication. We need also to bear in mind that a rodeo clown doesn't just run around arbitrarily. Rather, he is there to protect someone who is in danger by distracting and throwing off some crazed bull. Similarly, the RCM is there to protect Obama when he is endangered by distracting us and throwing out some crazed bull. -- More @ One Cʘsmos

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Lock & Load: It's Time for All Real Americans to Insult and Excoriate Islam and Its Progressive Tools

In less than 4 years, the Bill of Rights is well on its way to being supplanted by Islamic blasphemy laws with the purpose of restricting free speech;
while at the same time all the President's men and women are intent on limiting the rights of Christians to practice their religion in the public sphere; and turning a blind eye to Iran's dream of a world without Israel or the Jews. The progressive dream of a "living, breathing Constitution" that can change with the whim of a future dictator can now be seen to personify that document so that it can once and for all be distorted, maimed and even murdered by the postmodern elite. -- Dr. Sanity: PRELUDE TO THE END OF AMERICA

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Interview with a Vampire

Sense of Events: Interview with a Cairo rioter

SOE: But my fictional example was purely religious in nature, whether Muhammad was or was not a prophet. What if I said something not really religious, such as – another fictional example to help us understand, please remember – "Muhammad was a murderer and pedophile child rapist?"

Muhammad: It does not matter. You cannot insult the prophet in any way and expect to live.

SOE: So, no claiming that Muhammad snorted cocaine?

Muhammad: Afraid not.

SOE: Kited checks?

Muhammad: No, sorry.

SOE: Voted for Obama?

Muhammad: Still death, except that I would torture you first.

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Girl Gone Wild

Belmont Club » Of Jumbo Jets, Boxers — and Hillary

“Many people in China dislike Hillary Clinton,” said an editorial in the state-run Global Times. “She has brought new and extremely profound mutual distrust between the mainstream societies of the two countries.” Such stringent remarks were extremely unusual on the eve of a visit by a US secretary of state, noted Shi Yinhong, an expert on the bilateral relationship.

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September 18, 2012

Devastating Mother Jones Video Catches Romney Saying That Water Is Wet And The Sun Rises In The East

Covered @ The Rumford Meteor

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Coming Attractions: The Killing Bin Laden Flick

So what happens in a couple of weeks when the big-budget Hollywood movie about killing Bin Laden comes out?
The movie makers had unprecedented access to the White House and information about Seal Team 6, and this film will probably be seen as celebrating the death of OBL. Will those movie makers be getting a late night visit from the Obama brownshirts, or a late night phone call from the head of the Joint Chiefs, or will CNN broadcast the names and home addresses of those movie makers, just in case any deranged muslims want to assassinate them? -- Comment by BOOTS to Consequences, Schmonsequences @ AMERICAN DIGEST

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September 17, 2012

Site Notes

Family business requires more attention than usual in the coming week. As a result this site will not be updated as frequently as usual and, with some exceptions, not at all for the near future. In addition, due to the need to police spam, commenting will have to be curtailed as well. Thank you for understanding.

Shouting at the computer screen has been enabled. Let the wild rumpus begin! Updates will still be seldom and costly. Dumb looks remain free.

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It's Not Just the Economy, Stupids

Belmont Club » Event Horizon: A full blown crisis between Japan and China has broken out. Japanese factories are under attack,
its citizens under assault all over China. Hundreds if not thousands of boats were dispatched by Beijing for islands disputed by the Asian giants. US Embassies are ablaze through the breadth of the Middle East. Now Indonesia — where the President grew up and learned that Islam is tolerant --€” is restive. Meanwhile Israel's Netanyahu has characterized US policy toward Iran as "€˜setting a new standard for human stupidity" as Teheran moves closer to the a-bomb. "€œInsider killings"€ by Afghan security forces of US troops continue to increase in Afghanistan. Etc, etc.

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It's Not Just the Economy, Stupids

Belmont Club » Event Horizon: A full blown crisis between Japan and China has broken out. Japanese factories are under attack,
its citizens under assault all over China. Hundreds if not thousands of boats were dispatched by Beijing for islands disputed by the Asian giants. US Embassies are ablaze through the breadth of the Middle East. Now Indonesia — where the President grew up and learned that Islam is tolerant --€” is restive. Meanwhile Israel's Netanyahu has characterized US policy toward Iran as "€˜setting a new standard for human stupidity" as Teheran moves closer to the a-bomb. "€œInsider killings"€ by Afghan security forces of US troops continue to increase in Afghanistan. Etc, etc.

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Epic Fail

Obama'€™s entire four-year project has failed: $5 trillion of borrowed stimulus did not jump-start the economy;
only more federal debt and bankruptcy followed "€œsolar and wind and millions of green jobs,"€ as vast new finds of oil and gas on public lands were ignored, while gas hit $4 a gallon. The problem for supporters of Obamacare is not to implement, but how to junk, this boondoggle without loss of face. Government Motors and the Volt went nowhere, and appointees like Eric Holder, Kathleen Sebelius, Timothy Geithner, and Janet Napolitano proved embarrassments. Now we are left with the Federal Reserve desperately printing money before the election. -- Works and Days

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September 16, 2012


JOE SCARBOROUGH: "Mitt Romney Kept Us From Reporting on Security Failures!" - Ricochet.com
"Romney got in the way of the media looking at the president, going, wha-, wha-, what happened here? How did this happen? Now, those questions are going to be asked in the coming weeks. But they weren't asked in the first 24 hours because Romney was holding this horrific, irresponsible, press conference."

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Noted in Passing

Via the House of Eratosthenes

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The Mystery of Mysteries: ""Why is Barack Obama any more popular right now, than, say, a painful hemorrhoid?

There are three answers for this — three essential components to His bedrock support:
One, those who have calculated (and perhaps experienced) the notion that they will personally benefit from His governance — greed; Two, those who habitually side with whatever interest in any conflict they perceive to merit “underdog” status — guilt; Three, those who understand His administration has having a deleterious effect on the country and certain instituions within it — wrath... House of Eratosthenes

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PS We Love You Wonderful Muslims to Death.


"But the burden must be shared, if we are to get along in a mutually respectful manner. We insist that, in return for the above, you don’t kill us.
We may even be willing to negotiate some sort of tax that we pay to offset this burden. We’d prefer not to be raped, but we understand that if we dress in a provocative manner, we were probably asking for it. And of course, this applies to all of us; men, women, children (boys and girls). And even farm animals. We don’t want to be raped, but if you can’t help yourselves, you can’t. And, after all, Mohammed, peace be upon him, did consummate his marriage with a child when she was nine. Some Americans find this offensive, but they don’t understand. He married her when she was seven, so he showed incredible restraint by waiting two years. But I digress. Anyway, we really must put our foot down on this not killing us demand. You can even have a title for us, and the condition under which we will live. Off the top of my head, I’m thinking dhimmitude. Not really sure where I got the word from, but it sounds good to me." -- One American woman's outreach to the global Islamic community

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September 15, 2012

"Street toughs are easy to co-opt for different causes, because they have no ideology."

They like fights, they like to storm buildings, some, if not most, are addicted to Tramadol. It’s a great anti-police drug. You don't feel pain. They can beat you to death and you won't feel a thing. They’re calling it the Zombie drug. -- A Continuation of the Revolution? | The Weekly Standard

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Translating the Times

Today’s lead New York Times article, “Anti-American Protests Flare Beyond the Mideast” (meaning that they have spread throughout the entire Muslim world),
makes it uncomfortably clear that we share this globe with a 1.7 billion strong religious community which is liable at the drop of a hat to erupt in global savagery. The events confirm what I have been saying since September 11, 2001: that Islam is incompatible with non-Muslim mankind, and that Muslims should therefore be separated and quarantined from non-Muslim mankind. -- Muslim mobs wreak havoc on Western embassies and properties throughout Muslim world

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September 14, 2012

6 million shares of SPY, times $0.0001, equals … hmm … $600.

By itself, this is a slow way to get rich. But multiply that figure by the number of such algorithms running at any given time
—in the “high hundreds”—and it starts to get interesting. One reason high-frequency trading works at all is that it takes place much too fast for human beings to get in the way. -- Raging Bulls: How Wall Street Got Addicted to Light-Speed Trading

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September 13, 2012

"Suitable for the back, chest, arms, legs and underarms only."


Veet for Men Hair Removal Gel Creme As I looked at my watch through the putrid fog that had formed around me,
I could see that it had been applied for exactly 5 minutes 59 seconds. This presented me with a problem, as when the searing pain began, I was outside my flat, sat in the communal gardens, in a deck chair precisely 100 meters and 3 flights of stairs away from my bathroom. It was as if I had lowered my under-carriage through a volcano and into Hades, whereupon Beelzebub, annoyed by the uninvited intrusion, jabbed me in the rectum with his fork.

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President Filth

Obama's clean war in Libya, the one that was won by lying to the UN and then dropping bombs and flying away
while ragged bands of fighters whittled away what was left of the decrepit Libyan military, doesn't look so clean anymore. The bloodless victory has seen its first blood shed as those same fighters coddled and protected by American jets and drones tore into the temporary consulate set up to liaise with the rebels, set it on fire and dragged the body of the ambassador who had helped their rebellion succeed through the streets while posing for snapshots with his corpse. -- Sultan Knish: A Bloodless Victory

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Exterminate All the Brutes

Now or later. Later they will just have more weapons:
"Though I have far more questions than answers, it is clear from the accounts so far that the attack in Libya was utterly planned. They knew the location of the safe house, and had mortars and machine guns placed to cover it, reports suggest an ambush of the convoy of marines and Libyan security on the way there, and there are reports that the Libyan police protecting the consulate were taking cell phone pictures of the place." -- Chaos Manor – Jerry Pournelle

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"Whatever the unborn and the dead may know"

For man, the vast marvel is to be alive. For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.
Whatever the unborn and the dead may know, they cannot know the beauty, the marvel of being alive in the flesh. The dead may look after the afterwards. But the magnificent here and now of life in the flesh is ours, and ours alone, and ours only for a time. We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos....I am part of the great whole, and I can never escape. But I can deny my connections, break them, and become a fragment. Then I am wretched." -- D. H. Lawrence

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September 12, 2012

Lesson: Don't Be a Monkey

Low-calorie diet may not prolong life | COSMOS magazine A low-calorie diet boosts health but does not prolong life, at least not in rhesus monkeys, scientists found in a new study into a long-held link between food restriction and longevity.

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The Obese Bloodsuckers [Bumped]Are Public Unions Parasites? Chicago Teachers Vote "Yes!"

Mr. & Mrs. Jill Off of Down Low, Chicago
Karen Lewis: "We're sick of working for starvation wages!"

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September 11, 2012

When The Music Stops – How America’s Cities May Explode In Violence

In my scenario, the initial riots begin spontaneously across affected urban areas, as SNAP
(supplemental nutrition assistance program) and other government welfare recipients learn that their EBT cards no longer function. This sudden revelation will cause widespread anger, which will quickly lead to the flash-mob looting of local supermarkets and other businesses. The media will initially portray these “food riots” as at least partly justifiable. -- Bracken: | Western Rifle Shooters Association

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The enraged mobs in urban America will soon recognize that their spontaneous street riots cannoThe enraged mobs in urban America will soon recognize that their spontaneous street riots cannot be stopped by the police,

and then they will grow truly fearsome. For the police, it will be a losing game of Whack-a-Mole, with riots breaking out and dispersing at a speed they cannot hope to match
. The violence will spread to previously unaffected cities as an awareness of law enforcement impotence is spread by television and social media. After a few days, the police forces will be exhausted and demoralized. As the violence intensifies and spreads, and in the absence of any viable security arrangements, supermarkets and other stores will not be restocked, leaving the MUYs even more desperate and angry than before. The increasing desperation born of worsening hunger will refuel the escalating spiral of violence. -- Bracken: When The Music Stops – How America’s Cities May Explode In Violence | Western Rifle Shooters Association

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Strange Moments Found on Google Street View


9- eyes by Jon Rafman

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What constitutes Justice? Nothing less than the total extermination of the islamic political cult from the face of the earth. Nothing. Less. -- Ann Barnhardt Root. And Branch.

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"It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen." ~ George MacDonald

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All about his withered dugs.

Biden recalls own loss while marking 'bittersweet' 9/11 anniversary

September 11 as a "bittersweet day" says Biden. I once thought that Biden was mentally diseased. He's not. He is the disease of our time incarnate. The drooling, suppurating, pus-oozing disease that is his deep corrupt mediocrity elevated far above his self-generated slime pod and lacking in the basic insight or decency to simply set himself on fire. It seems that all he's really good for is to consume the bodily wastes of his master and tell him how fine it tastes.

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To earn a decent return,

the retiree has had to wade into bonds, stocks, and real estate buying and selling, with all their attendant risks that loom larger after 65.
The old American idea of receiving a fair so-so interest on a little money in the savings account vanished. And no one seems to care.... Few seem to note that those who receive nothing on their retirement savings don’t retire so easily. And when they don’t retire, jobs don’t open up... Works and Days サ The Terrifying New Normal

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September 10, 2012

As Clinton knows, when you've lost Maureen Dowd you've lost your back-up blow job

"Our forbearing leader didn’t pander to us with that standard breakup line: “It’s not you, it’s me.” He gave it to us straight: It’s not me, it’s you." -- Playing Now - Hail to Us Chiefs

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Outside are the strange Americans.

The Ameriki themselves are never closely depicted except as some kind of unstoppable force of nature.
They are just blurred faces on armored bodies festooned with Stars Wars equipment, seen as Saddam saw them: implacable, oddly obsessed legions. The Americans are not human like the Arabs. They do not seem prone to the wild outbursts of cruelty and generosity of Arab strongmen. Instead they act wire-guided, operating to a meticulous procedure set down by men in Washington who have trivial concerns and speak in gibberish. Real force doing the bidding of unreal men. -- Belmont Club サ Remembering Saddam

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“I was carded at Costco! They’ve made my weekend!”

And so it goes with American racism: The less there is,
the more extravagantly the racism-awareness lobby patrols its beat. The Walmart carding clerks of the media are ever more alert to those who “appear to be” racist. -- Dog-Whistling Past the Graveyard - Mark Steyn

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How Branding Sold America on Obama

The iconization of Obama on the other hand, the proliferation of appearances,
merchandising and photo and video made many Americans feel as if they knew him, when in reality they knew next to nothing about him. This technique is commonly used by celebrities to create the veneer of familiarity, without the substance. -- Sultan Knish

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September 9, 2012

The Goose Girl


Adolphe William Bouguereau, 1891

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Good news: Al Gore has called for an end to the electoral college!

That's the best guaran-darn-tee yet that this venerable republican institution will survive. -- Power Line

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September 8, 2012

A Nation of Sandra Flukes

Sandra Fluke has been blessed with a quarter-million dollars of elite education,
and, on the evidence of Wednesday night, is entirely incapable of making a coherent argument. She has enjoyed the leisurely decade-long varsity once reserved for the minor sons of Mitteleuropean grand dukes, and she has concluded that the most urgent need facing the Brokest Nation in History is for someone else to pay for the contraception of 30-year-old children. -- - Mark Steyn

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Did You Know?

Did you know that Democrats like the blacks? And the Hispanics? And the gays? And women?
We didn’t know that. Now we do. Did you know the Democrats have a plan to make the next four years better than the last four? Really? We didn’t. And after watching their convention, we still don’t. -- An Overdose of Hope - Taki's Magazine

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September 7, 2012

Past All That

The past is never
Here yet.

It is always arriving
And yet not fully here --
A train forever entering the station
Of consciousness.

The present,
So rarely apprehended
Until it is past,

Is like a doll's house
In its precious mimicry
Of all the memories
On which it's modeled.

I stand at the
Parallax point
Of this moving instant

And gaze back
At the vanishing
And yet moving union
Of the twinned trails
Of my journey.

And so
And ever so
I recede
Into the present

-- Mr. Gobley: Past All That

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“As we know it.”

When did the peculiarly named "progressives" decide they must hunker down in a defensive crouch to fend off an unfamiliar future?
Hoover Dam ended the lower Colorado River as we knew it. Rockefeller Center ended midtown Manhattan as we knew it. Desegregation ended the South as we knew it. The Internet ended . . . you get the point. In their baleful resistance to any policy not “as we know it,” progressives resemble a crotchety 19th-century vicar in a remote English village banging his cane on the floor to express irritation about rumors of a newfangled, noisy and smoky something called a railroad. -- George F. Will

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Still Open: First Nation to Put a Woman on the Moon

People who have walked on the Moon - La Wik


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Joxygen is that rare air that sports writers breathe when in the locker rooms of their idols.
It is a debilitating tocsin that renders them incapable of coherent thought or action. It makes them say strange and ludicrous things. Homoerotic things, for the most part.... To watch a Bob Costas, or a Keith Olbermann in his ESPN days, is to see an unabashed jock sniffer so oblivious to his own primal absorption with feral, muscular men as to be an abject fucking retard. -- Velociworld

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Unclear on the Benefits


Incidence and Morbidity of Vaseline Self-Injection of the Penis. Main Outcome Measures. 
A 17-point questionnaire on the circumstances, motivations, and complications of Vaseline self-injection among prisoners. Results.  Of the 1,905 responders, 15.7% admitted Vaseline self-injection. Only around one-fifth of the Vaseline injected subjects had not been satisfied with the original size of their penis and their sexual life up to the time of the injection, a proportion similar to that among Vaseline nonusers. While the satisfaction with the sexual life became significantly worse after the Vaseline injection, the satisfaction with the penis size did not change and an erectile dysfunction developed de novo in 21.4% of cases.

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"Barack Obama lights candles, Mitt Romney spreads darkness, and Osama bin Laden is dead. "

The wild, outlandish claims that America is corrupt, Republicans are super-villains and Obama is a super-hero were made by every speaker over three raucous nights.
A president, a first lady, a former president, a sitting vice president, top members of Congress, labor leaders, celebrities, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters, blacks, whites, Latinos — all stayed on the scorched-earth message softened only by homilies to Obama. Something shocking is happening to the Democratic Party. Its committed adherents are whipping themselves into a frenzy of grievance that justifies seeing their fellow Americans as both evil and a free-cash machine. -- Dems’ Dear Leader plotting our grim future - NYPOST.com

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Somewhere in heaven, Reagan’s celestial golf cart is sporting the bumper sticker: “Let me tell you about my grandchildren.”

It wasn’t just Romney’s choice of Ryan.... This year'€™s convention went on to highlight a host of other young conservatives, many of them Tea Party favorites,
demonstrating the unusual depth of the current Republican bench. This group of rookies doesn't have all that much in common with most of its predecessors, except for party affiliation. It'€™s not just the obvious differences between new guard and old, such as the newcomers'€™ relative youth, the prevalence of women among them, and their ethnic diversity. They are also grounded in ideological conservatism, and are energetic, powerful, articulate, and bold -- dare we say charismatic? -- speakers. There’s another curious trait many of these newer standouts share: a surprising percentage of them hail from blue or bluish states, including VP nominee Ryan. -- PJ Media

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Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, €“Image by © Kirk West.
A Bluesman, he was. But this Texan legend is hard to put in a neat little box -- spread his love across multiple musical genres -- Country, Bluegrass, Calypso, Jazz... you name it, Gate played it.  -- The Selvedge Yard

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Tune Up Your Forks


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US economy adds 96K jobs; unemployment rate falls to 8.1 pct. as more people end job searches.

How's that again? Oh:
The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July. But that was only because more people gave up looking for jobs. People who are out of work are counted as unemployed only if they're looking for a job. The government also said Friday that 41,000 fewer jobs were created in July and June than first estimated. The economy has added just 139,000 jobs a month since the start of the year, below 2011's average of 153,000. -- - Yahoo! Finance

Ah, now I see. The more people who give up looking for work the less unemployment we have. Right? Right.

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"So long. Thanks for all the fish:" The Congressional Death Gratuity

Under current practice, the Congress provides out of the U.S. Treasury, a death benefit
equal to one year’s salary payable to the survivors of a Member who dies in office. Specifically, the Senate handbook says that upon the death of a senator who had been serving in office, “in the next appropriations bill, an item will be inserted for a gratuity to be paid to the widow(er) or other next- of-kin, in the amount of one-year’s compensation.” After Senator Byrd’s death, his family received $193,400 from United States taxpayers. After Senator Kennedy’s death, his family received $174,000 from United States taxpayers. -- The Death Gratuity

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If you want to buy organic foods to support local farms over the evil mega corporation farms...

you're not. Organic food farms are often quite large and incorporated
and often quite a long ways away from you. As far away as India and China, in fact. If you want to support local farmers, go find a farmer's market, the real one not the trendy big city once-a-week kind. That's your local farmer in a coop selling their actual products, and they're not only dirt cheap but good quality. -- Word Around the Net

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September 6, 2012

The President as a Wall-to-Wall, Floor-to-Ceiling Campaigning Whore

8:05: As a tribute to servicemen and women goes on at the convention, email from Obama comes in, saying, "Ann -- Before I go on stage to accept the nomination, there's one thing I need to say... Can you pitch in $25 or more right now?" -- Althouse: Live-blogging Day 3 of the Democratic convention.

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In a Mass Knife Fight to the Death Between Every American President, Who Would Win and Why?

"Barack Obama -- for all his wonderful qualities-- is not a scraper.
He'€™d probably try to negotiate an end to hostilities, and while seeking a middle ground some loon would get the better of him. In an arena full of knife-wielding war veterans, I don't hold out a lot of hope that he'€™d make it through the first few minutes. -- Face in the Blue

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Second picture of Emily Dickinson found?

Authenticated at 16 years of age

Dickinson to Thomas Wentworth Higginson:
"Could you believe me -- without? I had no portrait, now, but am small, like the Wren, and my Hair is bold, like the Chestnut Bur -- and my eyes, like the Sherry in the Glass, that the Guest leaves -- would this do just as well?" -- The History Blog
Possible, Left at 29 years of age

They shut me up in Prose –
As when a little Girl
They put me in the Closet –
Because they liked me "still" –

Still! Could themself have peeped –
And seen my Brain – go round –
They might as wise have lodged a Bird
For Treason – in the Pound –

-- Emily Dickinson, c. 1862

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The Vagina Monologue


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Puff Daddy

Clinton is graded on how much fun it is to listen to him,
when you happen to agree with what he wanted to persuade you to do. How does it feel to listen to the former President give the speech. There it is again: feel, feel, feel, nothing else matters. A speaker just wasting time, searching for a high, chasing the dragon, droning on to an audience that is doing the same. -- House of Eratosthenes

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President Pufferfish

Obsessed with perfection and fixated on his own prowess Obama is suffering from vainglorious self-puffery, self-esteem to the nth power.
He is the reductio ad absurdum of a culture of self-esteem that does not reward achievement but that teaches people to keep telling themselves that they are the best, regardless. -- Had Enough Therapy?: Lost in the White House

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If Whitman had truly sympathized, he would have said:
'That negro slave suffers from slavery. He wants to free himself. His soul wants to free him. He has wounds, but they are the price of freedom. The soul has a long journey from slavery to freedom. If I can help him I will: I will not take over his wounds and his slavery to myself. But I will help him fight the power that enslaves him when he wants to be free, if he wants my help, since I see in his face that he needs to be free. But even when he is free, his soul has many journeys down the open road, before it is a free soul.' -- D.H. Lawrence

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"I often have to cut into the brain and it is something I hate doing."


At about three inches’ depth – although it feels a hundred times longer because of the microscope’s magnification – you will find the tumour.
You are looking directly into the centre of the brain, a secret and mysterious place where all the most vital functions that keep us alive and conscious are to be found. -- New Voice: Henry Marsh

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Why "quantitative ease" is more of a bowel corrective than an economic stimulus.

Why QE3? Because Bernanke Says 25 Million Unemployed is a Tragedy:
The reality is the Fed is out of bullets and yesterday’s announcement will do nothing to stimulate the economy. If you haven’t been watching, Japan has engaged in continuous quantitative easing since the 1990′s. They call it the lost decade over there but it’s more like the lost economy.

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September 5, 2012

Obamacare Summed Up in One Sentence

"We are going to be gifted with a healthcare plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don't,
which rerportedly covers at least ten million more people without adding a single new doctor, but provides for sixteen thousand new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that didn't read it but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a president who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese - and financed by a country that's broke." -- Transcript by Sensing @ Sense of Events

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"Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?" -- Jack Kerouac

That shiny car is pretty beat up these days. It's supposed to get 100 miles to the gallon, so long as the temperature never drops below 75
and the gasoline has additives like the joy of children and the smiles of unicorns. And you can't buy the car because you can't get approved for that loan. Instead you ride a bicycle, pedaling furiously, dodging trucks delivering goods from factories in Shanghai, on your way to a job that may not last. -- Sultan Knish: Whither Goest Thou, America?

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It's Just This Simple


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will tell you off just as soon as to look at you,
but he's fun to have around at parties and when truckers are giving you the finger on the highway, as well as on the off-chance you get your pinky caught in a door. Never met a bar brawl he didn't like. Borderline sociopath, this @!*%$?-er owns a chihuahua. -- The Imagined Lives of Punctuation Marks - Entertainment - The Atlantic Wire

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And all the news just repeats itself....

Kal Penn is to Obama what Marilyn Monroe was to Kennedy

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Obvious Innovation #15: Peanut butter & jelly banana dog


All it needs is a video of Angelina Jolie eating one and it will sweep the nation. Via Offbeat Home

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Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau)


Working without a commission but with his sitter’s complicity, he emphasized her daring personal style, showing the right strap of her gown slipping from her shoulder.
At the Salon of 1884, the portrait received more ridicule than praise. Sargent repainted the shoulder strap and kept the work for over thirty years. When, eventually, he sold it to the Metropolitan, he commented, “I suppose it is the best thing I have done,” but asked that the Museum disguise the sitter’s name. -- John Singer Sargent

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It's always the walking abortions who rant for more abortions


8. Women who seemed like they'€™d never be in any danger of getting pregnant screeched about their "Right to Kill Babies"€.  
A woman named Nancy Keenan [above] took the stage as a seemingly angry, man-hating lesbian and bellowed about how women should be allowed to kill all the babies growing inside them -- which, they actually are in fact allowed to do, sadly, in this country.  -- Top Ten Craziest Things at Democrat Convention

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We have become emasculated Italians,

our economy ossified and socialized to such an extent that few are taking risks to open new businesses in Illinois, build a pipeline across Nebraska, plant a 600-acre irrigated field, or open a timber mill or mine in California. Only so many of the unemployed can land a government job monitoring delta smelt populations or suing to shut down another power plant. -- Works and Days / Terrifying New Normal

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There are people who are even more confused than liberals, and these are called "independents" or "moderates."

If you don't even know whether you are a liberal or a conservative, you are either an ignoramus or a nutcase.
It's like not knowing if you're a boy or a girl. Here's a clue: if you don't know whether you're a boy or a girl, you're a liberal. Chas Bono, for example, spent his early life abroad. That makes him a liberal, not a sexual independent. -- One Cʘsmos: The Nightmare of Political Identity Disorder

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"I used to haul gasoline to Patton, among other things..."


His answers came quickly, pulled from the deep well of time... Sparkling eyes as his youth resurfaced, ever so briefly. The great adventure of his life told to me in my father's kitchen. Hauled gasoline to Patton... -- Flight Level 390

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Mr. Natural

"Two years later at the same event, [Obama] read “Where the Wild Things Are” with even more animation, roooooaring his terrible roar and gnaaaaashing his terrible teeth. By the time he got to the wild rumpus, he was howling so loudly that Bo, the first dog, joined in. -- NYTimes.com

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Study: Cannabis Use Affects IQ, Behavior

LONDON (BHN) - Researchers have found that heavy users of marijuana who started smoking it in school had lower IQ scores and were prone to erratic and flawed decision making as adults.
"We're seeing the results today of heavy cannabis use while growing up," said Professor Wilton Tidley of King’s College London, "the inability to speak from memory, inappropriate bowing, repeated lying, etc. - these people are idiots." The study found the effects more pronounced in regions with especially potent strains of cannabis, such as the Hawaiian islands. -- - Big Hairy News

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Climate Change to the Rescue!


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Dog-Whistle Racists

The thing we adore about these dog-whistle kerfuffles is that the people who react to the whistle always assume it's intended for somebody else. The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you're the dog. -- Mitt Bites Dog - WSJ.com

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September 4, 2012

From Mothers Against Drunk Driving to MotherF****rs Against Drunk Being.

Infrared-Camera Algorithm Could Scan for Drunks in Public | Wired Science | Wired.com: In a free country this would end in guns.

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Modern liberalism:

Some 20 or 30 percent of us who never matured much past middle school, claiming to represent 99 percent, trying to win an election by a tenth of a percent so that some 4 percent of us can tell everybody else how to live, and where to put 100 percent of our money. -- Morgan Freeberg.

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Michelle Sez "Forward Into the Past!"


"My Barack had come a long way to this White House, and his dream of his runaway father, like the dream of the runaway bunny,
must have seemed so close that the little bastard could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that his dream was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond D.C., where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night. Barry believed in progressive bullshit, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter - tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms further... And one fine morning - So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." -- Deepest Apologies to The Great Gatsby & F. Scott Fitzgerald

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We didn't make the garden.

It's wild and unkempt and wonderful. It's the wreckage of everyone's bad idea of a garden,
that somehow knitted itself into something. There's a perfect Christmas tree in the center of it, and the carpet of grass and moss pinwheels around it. The greensward wears a ruff of lupines, black-eyed susans, bleeding hearts, daylilies, daisies, roses, thistles, blackberries, and many other things we don't even know what to call. There's an abandoned greenhouse next door, and some of its prisoners have escaped and hide out in our yard, too. -- Sippican Cottage: Impressionism

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The Controversial Art of Painting Cats


More at My Modern Metropolis

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Botticelli: Detail


Via the tasteful and discerning Mme Scherzo | Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus...

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William Livingston, "Of Party Divisions," (1753)

FROM the Moment that Men give themselves wholly up to a Party, they abandon their Reason, and are led Captive by their Passions.
The Cause they espouse, presents such bewitching Charms, as dazzle the judgment; and the Side they oppose, such imaginary Deformity, that no Opposition appears too violent; nor any Arts to blacken and ruin it, incapable of a specious Varnish. They follow their Leaders with an implicit Faith, and, like a Company of Dragoons, obey the Word of Command without Hesitation. -- William Livingston, "Of Party Divisions," Independent Reflector (1753)

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Burning Man is also dystopian.

The name of the shindig says a lot.  It'€™s in the desert and reminds one of Mad Max.  Whites' fascination with it is the same as their greater fascination (along with Asians) of end-of-times scenarios; massive destruction; nuclear proliferation.  We might as well ask why blacks aren't into these themes, or World of Warcraft, or Renaissance Fairs, or Lord of the Rings conferences. -- Burning with Guilt « Gucci Little Piggy

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"I’m tired of being treated"

"as a criminal, a disease, mentally challenged, stupid, or subhuman
just because I happen to believe that the founders weren’t racists, that the Constitution was and still is inspired and the greatest document for government ever created, that the military is not full of a bunch of baby‑killers, or that we shouldn’t spend the money that we don’t have, or that we should stick up for the little guy, the small business owner, that the corrupt businessman should go to jail and that capitalism is still the best system to lift people out of poverty. -- Glenn’s Labor Day weekend in NYC uncovers ugly hatred on American Airlines – Glenn Beck

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Male Flight Attendant Down on Glenn Beck? Wonder Why?

Was he just taking his pound of flesh and acting out for the collective?
Would he tell stories later in the day about how he treated me? Would he revel in those stories as he told his friends? Would he laugh ‑‑ would they laugh and jeer with him and tell him how proud they were of his behavior? -- Glenn’s Labor Day weekend in NYC uncovers ugly hatred on American Airlines – Glenn Beck

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I'm outta here to get a Mars Bar.


Chocolate may protect the brain from stroke: Study participants who ate the most chocolate, equivalent to about one third of a cup of chocolate chips, reduced their stroke risk by 17 per cent.

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But Who's Counting?

1001 Reasons to Vote Against Barack Obama: Complete Edition 1. The man started his presidency off with a bang by botching his oath of office. 2. For good measure, he set the tone for his administration for allowing Chief Justice John Roberts to take the blame for the error....

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What do your give to a cook who has everything? Karato!


karoto - carrot peeler and sharpener by avichai tadmor - the kitchen gadget is conceived for peeling, sharpening and curling ribbons of carrots, cucumbers, zucchinis and other oblong shaped produce onto salads and other dishes.

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Robert Reich's Hind(end)sight

"Hurricane Isaac may end up reminding voters of the legacy of George W. Bush." -- Robert Reich

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Not familiar with it? New York Assembly candidate Ben Akselrod used it the other day in a campaign mailout to Brooklyn electors,
arguing that his opponent “has allowed crime to go up over 50 percent in our negrohood so far this year.” ... Mr. Akselrod now says it was a “typo.” Could happen to anyone. You’re typing “neighborhood,” and you leave out the “i,” and the “h” and “b,” and the “o” and “r” get mysteriously inverted. Either that, or your desktop came with Al Sharpton’s spellcheck. -- Dog-Whistling Past the Graveyard - Mark Steyn

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"You brood of vipers!

Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." -- The Sayings Gospel Q

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September 3, 2012

"The Law of Morons"

Put a group of very intelligent, well meaning people in a room together,
put them on a committee or some governmental body that is devoid of guiding principles or merit-based decision making and "The Law of Morons" will prevail. The collective IQ will drop to the smallest shoe size in the room. And hope for loafers, because collectively this body won't be able to tie anything together – not even a single shoelace. -- Why We Are Totally Finished

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In the old USSR, dissidents were officially classified as mentally ill.
It is instructive to see the liberal system giving the same treatment to a celebrity—whom for the last 20 years they had lauded for his fashionably liberal, anti-American movies—solely because he has now expressed, in an extremely effective manner, the damaging truth about Obama. -- Auster

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Be on the lookout for contraband dual-control dildos

Secret Service U-Haul stolen from Detroit Hotel U-Haul carrying equipment for Vice President Joe Biden's visit Monday.

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Stifling the Laughter All Are

Vice President Joe Biden also will speak Thursday night, along with Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who will vouch for Obama's national security credentials. -- Associated Press

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Freak Show Week Begins

"That's entertainment!"

"Come one, come all! See human nature's shocking mistakes! The world's fattest deficit, the jobless wonder, millions of pickled punks, the "black panther" attorney general, the woman who can't get off her back, and the amazing two-faced president! Step right this way!" -- Hope n' Change Cartoons: Four Years - Three Rings

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Empty Chair Day: The Obama Model


Via 100 Chairs in 100 Days by Martino Gamper

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September 2, 2012

The Woman Who Needed to Be Upside-Down


“If Jason puts me in bed or upright, I faint again,” Mary told me. “We’ve tried it four times now, and every time he changes my position, I go to la-la land.”
“The pacemaker lead, the wire going from the pacemaker generator to your right ventricle, must have disconnected. Your coughing spell could have done it,” I said. “Somehow, the lead reconnects when you are upside down and continues to stimulate the heart.” -- Vital Signs| DISCOVER Magazine

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Dear Tutu, Fuck YuTu. Strong Letter Follows

Desmond Tutu: George Bush, Tony Blair Should Face International Criminal Court for War Crimes

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They've Nothing to Say and They Are Not Shy About Saying It

Sunday Morning Services at the Church of the Liberal Pieties Maybe there’s something about modern leftist politics that stifles serious thought, but Thomas Friedman, Maureen Dowd and Nicholas Kristof have nothing to say any more and they don’t even say it well.

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A Time for Choosing

polls & surveys

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Door. Ass. Bang!

Obama's new post-presidential home in Hawaii -- for 2013 The Obamas are never going to live in Chicago again. 
They never planned to.  But this election has gone south in ways they did not expect before Obama’s infamous "€œYou didn'€™t build that" comment last month. The plan was always to get them an estate in Hawaii, but it had been to buy them land and then construct a home especially for them.  Now that there's a rush to have something ready by January, the most opulent available home on Oahu must be secured for the Obamas "€œlest they be homeless."

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Shiba (No) Zojo-ji


Kawase Hasui  (Japanese, 1883 --1957)

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GOP Convention Over, Tampa Safe Again

Some day, years from now, some civic visionary will propose that,
to enhance its national stature and reap vast financial benefits, Tampa should host another national political convention. And the people of Tampa, if they have any sense at all, will beat that visionary to death with sticks. -- Dave Barry

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September 1, 2012

‘There is no working class!’

None of us should be surprised when the leftists
accuse the righties of pushing old women off of cliffs, or murdering cancer-afflicted employees, or waging war on women, and so forth.  They have to destroy their opponents one by one. They no longer have a “movement” of any significance. -- Faster, Please! » The Death of the Left

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Come Again?

"One of our No. 1 priorities in this house is to protect the next generation of Californians," said Ricardo Lara, a Democrat from Los Angeles County.
"And some of those are sissy boys. And some of those sissy boys grow up to be Assembly members. And some of those sissy boys need help. And we are here to stand with those sissy boys." -- California lawmakers vote to ban gay conversion therapy for minors | Reuters

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"A dark and stormy night"


New IAE-V2500 engines ignore the hot and humid conditions and mash us back in our seats with authority.
The crosswind is pushing on the airframe, especially the vertical fin, as we churn the rain into steam behind us. Cockpit Flightdeck vibrations change frequency as velocity increases; hard to wordsmith, but there is a side node to the rapid vibrations causing flight instruments to blur momentarily at each end of the wave. Whatever, it is very cool... Definitely caused by wind loading on the fuselage. -- Flight Level 390: Flightdeck Lights to BRIGHT

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