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May 31, 2013

Just a few questions and a follow-up please.

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Suit Up for Prancercise with Shark vs Mermaid

Shark vs Mermaid Swimsuit (Made to Order) | Black Milk Clothing

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May 30, 2013

Bonobos National Panthems

-- | Surplus

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If I were the man I was five years ago, I'd take a flamethrower to this place!

I'd Take A Flamethrower To This Place! Sound Clip and Quote - Hark

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Only the beginning folks. Only the beginning. 3

Anthony Weiner, in his latest effort to ice down, returned to playing goalie in the Chelsea Piers Adult League. His team, the Falcons, lost 5-2 to the Hellfish as Weiner let four shots penetrate the net despite his vain efforts to erect a barrier. The sorely-pressed candidate for mayor let a teammate push a reporter out of the way after the game when she tried to ask Weiner questions.

Weiner never took his helmet off during the game, preferring to remain anonymous. One Hellfish player noted, “He’s not that good a goalie.” Some players who have competed against him in the past said Weiner used to throw tantrums, but he has mellowed since his sexting scandal. One said, “He’s a totally different guy. He doesn’t get angry anymore. He used to lose his temper.”

Weiner agreed: “I am clearly a less chippy player. Mostly because I’m getting old. I’m too busy trying to get pucks to hit me to worry about hitting anyone else.”

Notice he didn’t say “hitting on.”

What Irks?....

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Everything is a stinging nettle.

We drive down the street, and the signs nettle us; buy this, do that. 

We enter a public place, and the music which is not music nettles us.  We look at the spines of books, and their large letters in unnatural colors nettle us.  Libraries are prickle-beds of visual noise.  Textbooks for children are so much noise; then the restlessness of the classroom; the political sloganeering; the inevitable exam; the “enlightened” urging of the parents; the sting, the lash of prestige, of seeking admittance to the "best"€ school, the "best"€ team, the "best" club; the noise of a clanking death-in-life. Life Under Compulsion: Noise - Front Porch Republic

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"If only Barack Obama had something to say…"

Our Make No Mistake About It/Let Me Be Perfectly Clear President

After all, we have never had a president who descended the steps of Air Force One with such catlike agility, hands almost as paws lightly bouncing in synchronization with each elfish footstep. Never has a commander in chief so casually, so confidently approached the podium as if he were popping open his own laptop, his jaw almost in Mussolini style thrust out, with eyes fixed three feet above the heads of the audience — all with just the right mixture of self-assurance and canned humility.

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May 29, 2013

NYT: Immigration reform must solve America's shortage of whores' bastards

Yike father, yike son.
For example, Dennis Rodman's father, Philander Rodman Jr.,
has sired several dozen children out of wedlock in the Philippines. How can we deny ourselves the diversity that these multitudinous Rodman-Americans would bring our boring white-bread country? Steve Sailer: iSteve

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Solution To Redskins Problem


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Until I left San Francisco it never went away. It was embroidered on breast pockets,

illustrated with themes of America's cities, emblazoned on stainless-steel water bottles, on fleece jackets, on baseball caps, but not on the private coach buses that transported workers to their campus in Mountain View, where they ate raw goji-berry discs from their snack room and walked about swathed, priestlike, in Google mantles, with Google wimples and Google mitres, seeking orientation on Google Maps, Googling strangers and Google chatting with friends, as I did with mine, dozens of times a day, which made the recurrence of the logo feel like a supremacist taunt. -- n 1: What Do You Desire?

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The day of reckoning will come in 2014.

No government health care program has ever remained at or under it's projected cost.

Like the Medicaid special hospital subsidy which was projected to cost $100 million in 1987 and by 1992 costs had soared to $11 billion. That's more than 100 times more expensive. Or Medicare Part A projected to cost $9 billion in 1965 and soared to $67 billion by 1990. Oh, and then there's the PPACA which had initial cost projections of $960 billion (you know so Barack Obama could say it cost less than $1 Trillion). Now the PPACA has been reassessed at a cost of $2.5 trillion. -- Obamacare Fan Says He's Shocked Over How Low the California Exchange Prices Are

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Scarlet O’Clinton?

Did you hear about the movie they’re making about Big Guy’s old Secretary? They haven’t settled on a name for it just yet; “Rodham” was under consideration until someone worried it might be confused with the other Secretary of State serving alongside Hill. Actresses currently being considered to play the part of Hillary, any of whom would be fine.... Butt I’d like to hit the Hillary reset button, and broaden the search, so to speak. What’s wrong with Barbra Streisand? And come to think of it, we don’t discriminate based on sex either. Why not Billy Chrystal? Or Bobby Redford? He was born to play an old lesbian.


Michelle Obama's Mirror:

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Rand & Rubio: MoRinos

While Rand Paul tours as some sort of expert on winning the minority vote, he has never actually won the minority vote.

Similarly Rubio promises that illegal alien amnesty will turn the Latino tide for the GOP, when he could not win a straight majority of the non-Cuban Latino vote in his Senate election. The Republican Party is suffering from a surplus of self-appointed experts in winning the minority vote who don't actually win the minority vote. Their advice is stupid and destructive. Sultan Knish: A Republican Party That Looks Like America


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Have you ever watched an old war movie and laughed at the corniness of the dialogue,

the simple right/wrong morality, the sentimental Norman Rockwell view of the world?

Have you ever thought that America was never like that? Well, it was. I am old enough to remember a little of that America, and my parents lived most of their lives in it. Somewhat Sublime: Art of Van Evan Fuller • Master Sergeant Lloyd D. Fuller, USMC Here’s my...

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A Nation Mourns

Media Journal: Newsweek May Be Back on the Block Variety reports that

IAC has put Newsweek Daily Beast up for sale, shortly after the now all-digital publication relaunched to a new Web format. The writing may have already been on the wall for Newsweek, after IAC’s Barry Diller said earlier this year that the acquisition had been a “mistake” and a “fool’s errand if that magazine is a news weekly.” Sticker price is unlikely to be a concern for any would-be buyers—IAC took full ownership of the magazine last year for $1.
Hey, sell it for $2.00 and double your money!

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Bob Schieffer: "The president needs to rethink his entire communications policy top to bottom."

How about this for a new communications plan:

No one investigates themselves. No one take the Firth. No executive privilege is asserted to protect anyone in the White House from testifying. Everyone tells the truth. And Holder goes. Otherwise it just looks like more spin and more prevarication from a White House determined to do everything but tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. -- Holder in trouble: Why can’t they just tell the truth?

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May 28, 2013

Family Concerned After John McCain Wanders Into Syria


“Unfortunately, this has been happening a lot lately;

he’ll walk out of the Capitol building, get disoriented, and then we get a call late at night saying that John is in Syria,” McCain’s wife Cindy said upon learning that her 76-year-old husband turned up in the war-torn country after ambling across the Turkey-Syria border and delivering a rambling, incoherent speech to a group of rebels. - - America's Finest News Source [HY: Sense of Events]

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At Naval Academy Graduation, Obama Lauds Future Scandal-Ridden, Sexual-Assaulting, Drunk Divorcees

"As I look out at your bright, naïve faces, I see criminals on the cusp of realizing that none of this shit is anything like what you’ve seen in the movies. "-- Duffleblog

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Please do not report what Christie got him in the Tunnel of Love. Thank you.

Chris Christie wins a stuffed bear for Obama When President Barack Obama visited the Jersey Shore on Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got him a gift: a stuffed bear, which Christie won using his superior athletic prowess at an arcade in Point Pleasant.

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What Islamic radicals reject in clear, unambiguous and often strident terms

-- €” if we would only listen to them --€” is the entire premise of multiculturalism.

They do not want to dissolve their families in the acid bath of the welfare state. They do not want to give up their religion, as have so many of the white citizenry around them, for the pablum of green-atheism and pop culture. They want the old things: the dominance of their tribe; the triumph of their culture and the subjugation of their rivals. What they want, to paraphrase Aldous Huxley’s Savage, is ‘Allah, poetry, danger and sin’..... And because they do not consider themselves bound by the laws of the tribe they have no intention of joining, the Muslims will probably get it. -- Belmont Club » Brave New World

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The Book of Progressive Chauvinism

How is it possible to hold so many mutually exclusive beliefs?

To preach tolerance and be so intolerant? To grieve for terror victims and justify terrorism? To stand up for workers and destroy their jobs? To march for peace and defend the militants? To denounce corruption and vote for the corrupt? To espouse non-violence and commit violent acts? To speak of liberties and promote government dictate? To bolster feminism and deride successful women? To cheer gays and aid the gay-bashers in the Middle East? To champion minorities as a group and hold them down as individuals? To care about the children and condemn them to intellectual mutilation? To denounce guns and hire armed bodyguards? To support the troops and side with their murderers? To demand love and be full of hate? The Book of Progressive Chauvinism: Rules for Usurpers

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Baby, It's Cold Outside

To the Horror of Global Warming Alarmists, Global Cooling Is Here - Forbes

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‘Hollywood is turning my blog post into a film’

I started at noon and I was done by 1pm.

I’d expected that maybe a hundred nerds would read it and enjoy it, and that some people would have had a fun lunch hour because of me. Instead, it changed the trajectory of my life. By the time I went home at five it’d had a quarter-of-a-million readers, a week later I had a manager, and a week after that I had a contract with Warner Brothers. They brought me on to write a treatment, and then a screenplay based on that treatment. First Person: James Erwin - FT.com

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It was over 40 years ago today-ish

that Sgt Pepper was going on about how it was 20 years ago today.

That's to say, the "Summer of Love" is 46 years old: It's longer ago today than the summer of flappers and charlestons and bootleg gin was back in 1967. But, boomers being the most self-absorbed generation in history, we're going to be living with boomer pop culture until the very last one keels over at the age of 130 singing "Give Peace A Chance". Light My Fire: Steyn's Song of the Week

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May 27, 2013

None dare call him "stupid"

Stupid @ The Weekly StandardThe most likely reason that we don’t call President Obama stupid is that it’s such a cul-de-sac of a word.

Stupid gives the pundit nothing to perform punditry upon. Call a man ignorant and you have license to show the world your vast fund of knowledge and wise him up. Call a man misguided and you transform your column or blog post or TV appearance into a valuable and beneficent German shepherd with a handle on its back and you lead the poor soul in his blindness. Call a man, best of all, wicked and you get to don the sacramental vestments, climb into the pulpit and thunder forth with such a sermon as to bring him weeping to the font of righteousness or cause the Lord God Almighty to strike him with a thunderbolt in his pew or something fun like that. But call a man stupid .....


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When I was little my father took me to the graves on Memorial Day.


He was a younger man than I am now.... -- Sippican Cottage: Matthew 7:9

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Besides, in the long run? Guess who is reproducing.

Oh, yes, we’re buying a lot of low-skill, low-ability-to-survive babies.

But low ability to survive is low ability to survive. Remove the support system, and that population will either break out of learned helplessness (my bet) or become much smaller.
Meanwhile, the responsible people who have strong beliefs
about individual freedom (many of whom are religious) are having more kids than just about anyone else and, more importantly, raising them to be responsible people with strong beliefs about individual freedom. VA Viper: Must read: Get Up Off The Floor

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Guess Who. No Peeking!

Useless Slab Of Dusty Cheese Crosses Syrian Border

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Contrary to Obama, the Terror War Has Barely Begun

Arab governments are less states than hotels, where the proprietor rents out rooms without asking too many questions about what happens inside the rooms.

It is possible to twist the proprietor's arm to kick down the doors when the behavior of the guests becomes to troublesome. Now many of the states are gone. There is no-one to lean on. There are no cooperative state intelligence services to control their own unruly elements and do our dirty work. -- Spengler サ

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Most factories can’t survive by paying current benefit requirements (and it’s about to get worse.)

It'€™s not the salary so much, it'€™s the other stuff and the immense amount of paperwork that is impossible to keep up with. 

Faced with the choice of going under or hiring illegals under the table, they hire illegals and pay them a fraction of the full cost of an employee and let the collective "we" pay for their other needs.  Even retail to an extent is starting to hire with not too many questions asked.  That means the legal people still working retail are squeezed from below by people who are being paid a fraction of what they get (what they must get by law) and from above by our truly horrible education which has forced employers to demand at least community college diplomas before they hire you.  It’s the only way they can tell you know how to read. Immigration and Attractive Nuisance | According To Hoyt

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Either you have a plan for buying a car or for burning a car.

Considering the Muslim unemployment rates in Sweden, France and everywhere else,

it's safe to say the car burners don't have future plans that involve saving up for a car or taking out a loan for a car or finding work. Cars are things that they steal, either the usual way or by defrauding social services. They might get a car by dealing drugs, but those cars are disposable. One day they'll have to burn them anyway. -- Sultan Knish: Savages of Stockholm

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Now The Gibson Guitar Raids Make Sense

IRS Tea Party Intimidation An Echo Of Raids On Gibson Guitar: "Two hostile raids on its factories by agents carrying weapons and attired in SWAT gear where employees were forced out of the premises, production was shut down, goods were seized as contraband and threats were made that would have forced the business to close."

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It occurred to me then that we need a new freedom:

The freedom to smash screens that emit unavoidable images and sounds.

For it seems to me that, by analogy with the right of every person to enjoy a tobacco smoke-free environment, every person has the right to a drivel-free environment. The desire of one person who wants silence trumps the desires of a hundred who want noise. The Hilarious Pessimist

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May 26, 2013

Only the beginning folks. Only the beginning. 2

Sense of Events: 2016 Dream Ticket Formed!


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“The Jack in the Box of the Damned”

A man who resembles an African-American Zach Galifianakis (I dub him "€œBlackafianakis"€)

ravenously eats his Jumbo Jack on top of a newspaper box outside. Scaffolding surrounds the building’s exterior. Windows, covered with dirt and plastic, render it impossible to see in or out of the restaurant. The Worst Restaurant in the World | VICE United States

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See No Evil: "No one wants to be the one who breaks the spell,"

even though the Emperor truly does not have any clothes. Everyone is thinking the same thing: You know, Obama really isn't a very good president. Truth to tell, he's been terrible.

People voted for him because he was black. He's the first Affirmative Action President. They're all thinking that, but it's, you know, racist and if anyone says it, they could start the process of ruining everything. Whichever good little liberal press person comes out and says that, and starts the preference cascade, will probably be fired, and won't be able to find another job with anyone more reputable than The National Enquirer. -- Stephen Den Beste

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The IRS’s Lois Lerner,

the Vito Genovese of tax collectors (now enjoying a taxpayer-funded “administrative leave”),

proclaiming her innocence in the government’s scheme to harass and punish conservatives and then clamming up like a cheap hood and hiding behind the Constitution.... -- Because Attorney General Eric Holder is Obama’s alter-ego — his fall would be a defeat and an insult - NYPOST.com

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Our attractive nuisance.

We have enough unemployed, untrained people that we should have people willing to work. Americans are no more lazy than anyone else. Arguably we're more industrious. But the minimum wage means many kids never get their start. They're not worth that. It's too much to pay them that. And meanwhile, there's this tide pouring over a huge and unsecured border that will do the work for a fourth of the price and allow low-margin businesses (chicken boning plants; farms) to survive. -- Immigration and Attractive Nuisance | According To Hoyt

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Just the facts, Jack

"Because in the end, you won't remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain." -- Jack Kerouac.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at 11:23 AM | Your Say (8)

The sculptor Anish Kapoor

is one of those many modern artists who would add considerably to the beauty of the world by desisting from their activities.

The tower that he built at considerable public expense for the Olympic Games, for example, was poor, boring, ugly, messy, meaningless and utterly derivative of the Tatlin tower – which was no good in the first place. Anyone who derives inspiration from that latter artefact is thereby disqualified from standing in aesthetic judgment; they are bound to add to brutal ugliness in the world. -- Theodore_Dalrymple Whining and Dining - off the Public Purse

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Why Every Young Man Needs to Hang Out With Older Women

Because this is the last generation of real women you will ever get to interact with.

Understand once this generation dies off you get to deal with aging boomer hippies, middle aged Gen X'er feminists, and entitled Gen Y'ers and millineals, all of which have to one extent or another been influenced and impaired by feminism. In other words the last true remaining, classy, Sophia Loren-esque women will die off and you will never get to enjoy hanging out with them, leaving you with "empowered women" and "masters in communications" types of females who are only female in gender. -- Captain Capitalism

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May 25, 2013

The Descent

James Cameron relives his heart-stopping descent to the deepest part of the ocean in submersible just 43-inches wide
"The pilot’s chamber is a 43-inch-diameter steel ball, and I’m packed into it like a walnut in its shell, my knees pushed up in a hunched sitting position, my head pressed down by the curve of the hull. I’ll be locked in this position for the next eight hours. My bare feet rest on the 400-pound steel hatch, locked shut from the outside. I’m literally bolted in."

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The Warrior's Tale

Even the most powerful of civilizations with the mightiest of cities becomes prey when it forgets the warrior's tale.

It takes more than weapons to defend a city, it demands the knowledge of the rightness of their use. It is no use dressing men in uniforms and arming them, if they are not taught the warrior's tale. And it is nearly as little use, sending them off to watch and keep, if the men above them discard the warrior's tale as violent and primitive gibberish. Sultan Knish:

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Fox News’s Roger Ailes responds to Justice Dept. investigation

"The administration’s attempt to intimidate Fox News and its employees will not succeed and their excuses will stand neither the test of law, the test of decency, nor the test of time. We will not allow a climate of press intimidation, unseen since the McCarthy era, to frighten any of us away from the truth." -- WaPo

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Nobody Knows Not'ing

Even without ideological intrusion, it's perfectly possible that journalists are lying to us without meaning to. They're not good with numbers, that's why they didn't take STEM degrees.

And they might not get what they're being told. Do I think this is true? Well, no I don't. I think there's a rich and yeasty combination of ignorance and malice.... Then there’s the ideological skew, which, yes, is there. When 98% of journalists sign on to the “progressive” agenda (and we won’t go on how it’s partly because the humanities have been taken over by the Beasts of Marxism, or this post will never end) they’re going to try to push it, of course they are. And in that sense, it can’t be said we have a free press. Not when progressives are in charge. | According To Hoyt

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Thunk: "The narrative machine is overloaded."

This means that some big emerging memes will essentially sneak through unengaged by the strategic communications crowd. For example,  a Middle Eastern crisis or a breakup of the Eurozone can appear to burst on the narrative scene by surprise. It isn’t really like no one was watching — the specialists and beat journalists will be watching them all along — but because the national leaders simply won’t have the talking points to deal with them. Ben Rhodes just cannot write speeches fast enough to cope. -- Belmont Club » Thunk

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We all live in a Spanish submarine, a Spanish submarine, Spanish submarine....

According to El Pais, the S-81 Isaac Peral -- the first of four state-of-the-art new submarines commissioned for the Spanish Navy -- is 75 to 100 tons overweight.

That may not seem like a lot, considering the submarine's full weight when submerged is 2,430 tons, but according to engineers at Navantia, the Spanish shipbuilding company responsible for its design, that excess bulk is enough to prevent the Isaac Peral from successfully resurfacing once submerged. -- HuffPo

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Wikipedia’s about over.

To say, “some of this book’s footnotes are just links to Wikipedia articles” is universally understood to be withering.

We don’t edit Wikipedia anymore. We don’t consult it for things that matter. It’s merely a good resource for finding odd facts no one cares much about. What was the name of Alexis Denisof’s character on Buffy? Was Pride and Prejudice 1812 or 1813? Is Jimmy Wales still paying attention? -- Mark Bernstein: Wikipedia’s Emergency

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"Was the Renaissance something that you put on and took off like a diadem,"


Somewhere behind this astonishing Renaissance visual rhetoric was some actual young Italian woman eating a bowl of fresh cherries.  

You really have to wonder how she got through the day.  Obviously she was a goddess while standing in front of this painter all groomed and fluffy, but was she a goddess when she did the laundry, yelled at the kids, had the mother-in-law over for dinner?  Was the Renaissance something that you put on and took off like a diadem, or was it something you did even while you slept? BRUCE STERLING

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Highlights from a speech by Bob Woodward

5. A Woodward colleague read all tens of thousands of pages and regulations related to Obamacare.

It is “far more complex than the creation of the universe.” The man who read it was physically shaken and said it could be the most serious threat to the future of healthcare and government spending ever. Doug Ross @ Journal: [Glenfiddich]

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Parking Tickets Issued on Wrecks while Stockholm Burns

When questioned, the officer explained That the ticket was issued Because the vehicle lacked a tag showing its time of arrival. The fact That the vehicle had been destroyed - its windshield smashed and the interior Heavily damaged by fire - was irrelevant.... - Free Times

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Rejoice! Canned Bacon is Back!

For the first time in almost 20 years, canned bacon is back in this Country. Not available in any store!
More than 2 years went into the development of this bacon, and we're proud to be able to bring this to you! Each can is 9 ounces of fully cooked and drained bacon. Between 2-3/4 and 3-1/4 pounds of raw bacon go into each can. Each can is the highest quality fresh #1 bacon slices. Cured to our specifications, cooked and then hand wrapped, rolled and packed in the U.S. This bacon is cooked down for you prior to canning, so you won't pay for all of the natural shrinkage that occurs whenever you cook bacon. Then we carefully drain all of the fat and liquid off and can it fresh so it will taste as good out of the can as it would right out of the refrigerator. 100% U.S. bacon!! With a shelf life in excess of 10 years, this bacon makes a perfect addition to your food storage program and it is great for every day use. 12 Cans (full case) Yoders Canned Bacon 9 Oz Each

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"I was struck by lightning yesterday—and boy am I sore"

Neighbors blocks away later told my wife they heard the enormous boom and knew it was very close. "That would be my husband," she replied. -- | Ars Technica HT: Maggies

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Ever Watch An Old James Bond Film?

I have no idea how to portray a Bond villain to a contemporary audience

-- one that lives in a world where Vladimir Putin runs Russia, and got elected. I guess a contemporary villain would throw recyclable plastic into a regular trash can, or pour his waste motor oil into a storm drain, or maybe buy a puppy at a regular pet store instead of rescuing some neurotic greyhound left over from the track. -- The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys

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May 24, 2013

Let a thousand mockeries bloom!


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Ebony And Ivory Live Together In Perfect Harmony

Sweden in flames: As gangs of migrants riot for five nights running... the Utopian boats of a multicultural success story turn to ashes | Mail Online

They're not Riots, They're "Diversity Bonfires" @Blazingcatfur

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Only the beginning folks. Only the beginning.


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"If you're in business on your own, you don't have one or two bosses. "

The general public is your boss, every man-jack of them.

And they're not interested in the fact that you can really check boxes on forms, or your desk is really clean, or that you're amazing at leaving witty comments on FARK all day. They want their stuff. They all want you to skate to the right all the time. But they only have one way to make you skate to the right. They starve you out. -- Sippican Cottage: SKATE TO THE RIGHT!

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Smothering Overload

The rebels in Syria are rebranding themselves (with a new logo and all that) to appeal to backers either in the West or Saudi Arabia.

The IRS scandals continue to simmer. Israel is preparing for war with Syria. Parts of Stockholm are burning after a week of "€œimmigrant." riots. A serving British soldier was decapitated by misguided individuals on a greater London street, right in front of a military base. A passenger jet was diverted and escorted down by fighter aircraft in Britain after two more misguided individuals attempted to enter the cockpit as it neared the UK.  And perhaps most frightening, but completely smothered in the news blizzard is the Japanese bond meltdown, one which according to financial guru Kyle Bass, is only the prelude to China'€™s own troubles and will lead to someone fighting someone. "€œIf I were put in charge of Japan, I'€™d quit"€. -- Belmont Club » Thunk

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And then, with a straight face, this president actually says to the Academy graduates....

"Live with integrity and speak with honesty and take responsibility and demand accountability." -- Obama's speech to U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2013

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Who has four paws and is ready for the weekend?

Via The Shirk Report @ «TwistedSifter

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Not so long ago, Downey Jr was a poster boy for wasted talent.

Downey Jr, who has twice starred as Sherlock Holmes, admits he is now considered not so much an actor but a ‘strategic cost’
to the big money corporations who employ him — and rake in billions from his films. He is on the verge of pulling off the biggest ever single payday for a star by signing the first $100 million contract in movie history. It has, of course, brought him a suitably enviable lifestyle, which includes his eccentrically decorated Malibu estate overlooking the Pacific, private planes and his own chef. How Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr turned his life around from prison and cocaine

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In local news, bridge down Canada cut off

I-5 bridge collapse survivor: 'You hold on' Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust." .... They were injured, but miraculously, authorities said it appeared nobody was killed in the bridge failure that raised the question about the safety of aging spans and cut off the main route between Seattle and Canada.

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Reach Out and Shoot Someone? There's an App for That.

The sharp-shooter app: Attachment for rifles replaces scope with an iPhone showing detailed zoom and weather conditions

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Hacking the New Flickr's Free Terabyte

Why Flickr's free terabyte is even cooler than it sounds

Internet users with all kinds of data to store may be interested in LeFevre's workaround when they consider the going rate for that kind of storage. Flickr currently charges $499 a year for a second terabyte. Google will charge you $50 a month to store a single terabyte of information on Google Drive. Even more economical storage providers like Amazon Glacier will run $10 a month and contain extra hidden fees. A one terabyte hard drive starts at $75.

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"We have known who the Falling Man is all along."


From the Times to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, dailies pulled the image and were forced to go on the immediate defensive as they wiped the image from their online records. Don Delillo didn’t use the image on the cover of his 2006 novel “Falling Man,” though in 2007, the Times would run it on the front of the Book Review. But mostly the image hasn’t been seen in print since 2001. Drew has called it “the most famous photograph no one has seen.” Long Fall: The Most Famous 9/11 Photo Is Still Suspended

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May 23, 2013

Drone Drones On and On: The Obama Speech in 13 Seconds


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What's This Giant Mysterious Structure Under the Sea of Galilee?

The mysterious structure is cone shaped, made of "unhewn basalt cobbles and boulders," and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons the researchers said. That makes it heavier than most modern-day warships. -- Neatorama

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Amnesty won’t solve anything

It won'€™t make these people consider themselves American.  They never wanted to be American.  

They haven'€™t left their past behind as other immigrants have to do.  They just walked a few hundred miles.  (Or more likely drove.) It won't make them a more open community --€“ their culture will remain us vs. them.  They will take it, but they will continue working under the table and avail themselves of our social services and our social security payments.   -- Immigration and Attractive Nuisance | According To Hoyt

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Take a Deep Whiff

"What's that smell in this room? Didn't you notice it, Brick? Didn't you notice a powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity in this room?... There ain't nothin' more powerful than the odor of mendacity... You can smell it. It smells like death." --   Big Daddy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Michelle Obama's Mirror: Today’s Bonus Post: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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A Man’s Guide for Cooking the Perfect Steak

In (16 informative and memorable pics) @ Izismile.com HT:Morgan

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May 22, 2013

“The Skeptic’s Horoscope”

For Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius:

The coming year is likely to present challenges; these trials are when your true character will show. Trusted friends can provide assistance in particularly pressing situations. Make use of the skills you have to compensate for ones you lack. Your reputation in the future depends on your honesty and integrity this year. Monetary investments will prove risky; inform yourself as much as possible. On the positive side, your chances of winning the lottery have never been greater! -– Futility Closet

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Brits Now Officially Deballed

The populace sheltered in place, didn’t do anything rash, talked to the perpetrators as people. They waited for the police to come and the hospital helicopter to take the corpse away. Some will doubtless get counseling to overcome their shattering experience. They will congratulate themselves on how tough British society is; resilience and all that.

The more caring will leave some flowers by a railing and hold a few candle vigils for healing and peace, until these wither and blow away and the news cycle washes up a new object of attention. Belmont Club サ The Manhood of the West

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Sensing saves you from reading the intercontinental leftist tripe...

with his comment to "Exterminate All the Brutes" @ AMERICAN DIGEST

The attackers' motives are unclear. They are clearly disillusioned youth who are the victims of a racist British social structure. They have been marginalized from decent jobs. While none of us can condone or excuse this terrible killing, we must not fall into Islamophobic, simplistic explanations that merely serve to further oppress the people who are also at-risk immigrant community members.
... Just thought I'd save you the trouble of reading the Leftwing commentary that will be coming soon. Posted by: Donald Sensing

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Humpday for Real: I'd like to point out right now that all those making bad jokes about this will be known as Weiner Wags.

Anthony Weiner announces New York mayoral run in new video

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May 21, 2013

"Hammer the Hammer"

Gun safety, 1905. Grip it the wrong way and smack it on a table! It won’t go off! Usually. Keep in mind that this was an innovation: a gun that didn’t go off when you dropped it. You can see why they sold millions; guys were damned tired of the thing slipping out of their pocket and blowing off their jaw. Iver Johnson also made bikes, and there’s probably an ad that shows people driving them into moving trains to show how well they survive contact. -- from Tiny Lies, a new instabook by LILEKS (James)

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The Obama-Media War

In its dying hour, the media used that power to ensure the double coronation of a corrupt Chicago politician with a facility for mimicking speech patterns.

And that politician rewarded it by trying to bypass it and set up his own media. Obama's vision of the proper place of the media isn't just at his feet, but under his control. Instead of dealing with the media, he has tried to cut it out of the loop by putting a larger emphasis on social media and developing narratives through think-tanks and media influencing groups. It was a power struggle that the media was initially baffled by. It had held out an ice cream cone to the little boy, only to have the little boy kick it in the shin, grab the ice cream cone and run away. -- Sultan Knish:

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Hear Ye, Future Deep Throats: This Is How to Leak to the Press

Get a dedicated computer or tablet: the cheapest Windows laptop will do.

Leave your cellphone, your normal computer, and your metro card (like SmarTrip) at home: anything that speaks over a wireless link must stay behind. Then go to a coffee shop that has open Wi-Fi, and once there open a new Gmail account that you will only use to contact the press and only from the dedicated computer. When registering, use no personal information that can identify you or your new account: no phone numbers, no names. | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

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"To ask that question is to mock it."

So do Obama defenders believe that George Bush and Richard Nixon - who never prosecuted leakers like this or formally accused journalists of being criminals for reporting classified information -

were excessively protective of press freedoms and insufficiently devoted to safeguarding secrecy? To ask that question is to mock it. Obama has gone so far beyond what every recent prior president has done in bolstering secrecy and criminalizing whistleblowing and leaks. Obama DOJ formally accuses journalist in leak case of committing crimes | Glenn Greenwald

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No Nipple Worries with Pinky Queen


If you worry about the color of your nipples and breasts, and want to make them lighter and more in tune with the rest of your body,

just try applying this powder and notice the results. Just wait for the pack to dry and then take off. It also comes with a faint fragrance of rose, making this a very pleasant cosmetic tool indeed. -- Japan Trend Shop | Top Pack

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The master narrative of High Liberalism is mistaken factually.

Externalities do not imply that a government can do better. Publicity does better than inspectors in restraining the alleged desire of businesspeople to poison their customers. Efficiency is not the chief merit of a market economy: innovation is. Rules arose in merchant courts and Quaker fixed prices long before governments started enforcing them. -- Factual Free-Market Fairness

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Wild Justice: Many would pay real folding money to see the lion eat lunch

Jane Fonda Goes Wild For Flaunt

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Elsewhere Tuesday

Been There, Done That, Have the T-Shirt

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May 20, 2013

The Progressive Glossary

RACIST— A word used by anyone, white or not, who hates white people.
RACISM— A derogatory scare word to describe a natural tribal instinct that is currently forbidden to only one tribe.
SEX-POSITIVE — A term almost exclusively used by someone with whom you would positively never want to have sex. --- Taki's Magazine

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Why don't you get involved in politics?

The codes are thick because when government swings them at a citizen, they hurt.

And who swings the codes and regulations at those who'd open their mouths? A government worker. That government worker owes his or her job to the political boss. And that boss has a boss.
The worker doesn't have to be told. The worker wants a promotion. If an irritant rises, it is erased. The hack gets a promotion. This is government. So everybody kept their mouths shut, and Chicago was hailed by national political reporters as the city that works. IRS scandal a reminder of how I learned about the Chicago Way - chicagotribune.com

  • This is the government the Founding Fathers warned us about.
  • This is the government Barack Obama said to ignore the warnings about.
  • This is the government George Orwell wrote about.
  • This is the government Hugo Chavez dreamed about.
  • This is the government Ayn Rand feared.
  • This is the government that will make your medical decisions.
  • This is the type of corrupt government that has enslaved and killed their citizens. -- Joe Phillips · Top Commenter

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Do Be Evil

‘Co-Conspirator’: Fox News Reporter James Rosen’s Private Emails Given To Justice Dept. By Google

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"Fraud flows from the top down, not the mid-level up."

The 10 P.M. Phone Call There is good reason to believe

that while Americans were still fighting for their lives in Benghazi, while no military efforts were being made to rescue them, and while those desperately trying to rescue them were being told to stand down, the president was busy shaping the “blame the video” narrative to which his administration clung in the aftermath.

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Today @ KA-CHING!

Giant Carnivorous Plant Found In Silicon Valley The precise method by which Yahoo! digests and dissolves its prey. -- KA-CHING! Things That Go Boing in the Brain

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The Media as Teenage Girls

Suddenly, the same mainstream press that for a half-decade had served as Barack Obama’s

hagiographers, water carriers, bootlickers, lawn jockeys, shoeshine boys, livery drivers, toadies, stooges, and secret election committee…the same ones who’d dismissed all criticism of their big-eared saint as smelly hillbilly racism…the same ones who’d previously scoffed at the New Black Panthers case, Fast and Furious, and Benghazi as Republican-manufactured piffle…suddenly, it seemed as if Obama had flashed his fangs and bit them on the buttocks, leading them to act like teenage girls whose lover had cheated on them. -- The Week That Perished - Taki's Magazine

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Groucho Sent You


"I got $25.00 from Reader's Digest last week for something I never said. I get credit all the time for things I never said. You know that line in You Bet Your Life the guy says he has 17 kids and I say 'I smoke a cigar but I take it out every once in a while.' I never said it." -- Did Groucho Really Say That? - Neatorama

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And the hits just keep on coming....

Fast and Furious: Breaking - Report: DOJ Leaked Docs to Smear Fast & Furious Whistleblower, Says IG In addition to Burke’s involvement in leaking the document, emails the IG uncovered show senior officials at the Department of Justice discussed smearing Dodson.

IRS: The American Spectator : Obama and the IRS: The Smoking Gun? In short: the very day after the president of the quite publicly anti-Tea Party labor union — the union for IRS employees — met with President Obama, the manager of the IRS “Determinations Unit Program agreed” to open a “Sensitive Case report on the Tea party cases.” As stated by the IG report.

Press Probes: When the Justice Department began investigating possible leaks of classified information about North Korea in 2009, investigators did more than obtain telephone records of a working journalist suspected of receiving the secret material.

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The Tuber


I'm confident that, gator vulnerabilities aside, mine is the swankiest custom-made personal flotation device ever to cruise a backwoods creek. The chassis (courtesy of Ontario, Canada's Tube Pro) is a 44-inch tire tube sheathed in a ballistic-nylon skirt of bold electric blue. Floating North Florida | Outdoor Adventure | OutsideOnline.com

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"The onetime messiah seems like a sad sack, trying to bounce back from a blistering array of sins that are not even his fault." -- Maureen Dowd

I doubt if Dowd meant to associate Obama with a sack of shit, but she asks us to picture this sack bouncing.

Bouncing back from an array of sins. So the sins are arrayed in military formation — perhaps in the sun, with second-degree sunburns — and the sack of shit (which was once a messiah) is trying to bounce, as if bouncing is a good response to an organized military attack. -- Althouse

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May 19, 2013

Obama Denies Role in Government

“Right now, many of you are angry at the government, and no one is angrier than I am,” he said. “Quite frankly, I am glad that I have had no involvement in such an organization.” -- The New Yorker

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What is it about the word "art"€?  Pronounce it, and the IQ of susceptible folk is instantly halved.
(I've seen cases where it is diminished by 87 percent.) Normally sensible people who do not, as a rule,  appreciate being being made fools of stand idly by as someone tells them that a video of some charlatan climbing naked up a scaffolding while applying vaseline to sensitive parts of his body is "the most important American artist of his generation." -- Roger'€™s Rules » Annals of the art world: everything old is new again

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What Difference Does It Make?

What difference does it make what the IRS's politically-motivated audits tell us about the tyranny of the federal government?

What difference does it make that Obama publicly set the tone for the targeting of "€œenemies"? What difference does it make that this was purposely withheld till after the election? And what difference does it make that Obama has failed even now to fire (for real, not just those on the brink of leaving anyway) anyone involved? -- neo-neocon, Ever wonder what a "€œreal scandal"€ would look like?


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"The one thing that none of my liberal Facebook friends has dared to touch"

is the IRS scandal. I know why, too. Doing so would force them to admit one of two unpalatable things:

(1) either they think it's okay for the IRS to be used for partisan purposes or (2) they would have to acknowledge that conservatives were right that Obama's administration is corrupt and that big government is a dangerous infringement on individual liberties. They choose silence. -- Bookworm Room , Meanwhile, the view of the scandals from the Left

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Tru' Dat


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Butcher Feeds Marijuana To Pigs To Create True High-Quality Meat

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What is the best number? By the way, there's only one correct answer.

Sheldon: 73, is the 21st prime number, its mirror 37 is the 12th and its mirror 21 is the product of multiplying, hang on to your hats, 7 and 3. Did I lie?

Leonard: We did it! 73 is the... Chuck Norris of numbers!

Sheldon: Chuck Norris wishes! In binary, 73 is a palindrome, 1001001, which backwards is 1001001, exactly the same. All Chuck Norris gets you backwards is Sirron Kcuhc!

Raj: Just for the record, when you enter 5,318,008 in a calculator, upside down it spells BOOBIES! -- The Big Bang Theory - The Alien Parasite Hypothesis Quotes

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Who decided to go after the Tea party?

Something tells me the same person who pushed the Tea Party as a target also pushed the anti-Muslim video.

It's the same person who sees Ft. Hood as workplace violence, and views America as a bigger problem in the world than its vile enemies. It's the same guy everyone thinks is cool; the same guy everyone wants to be near. It's the same guy who makes you feel good about yourself, as long as you agree with him, and don't rock the boat. -- Gut Check: Intervention

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"I think the sun is setting on their world "

-- €“ which is why they bay so loudly, to convince us that the night is coming and they have all the power -- and rising on ours. I think in the end we win, they lose. Get up off the floor.  This is no time to give up." -- According To Hoyt

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May 18, 2013

Marilyn Sans Bear

Marilyn Monroe photographed by John Vachon, 1953 @ Mme Scherzo.

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Now Playing @ KA-CHING!

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City-billies are what’s left in dying cities with diminishing populations. They’re the people left behind... the people who can’t leave.

They’re the folks that liberals say they want to help, as they pack up their Subarus and get the hell out of Dodge (or in Hardcore Pawn’s case, Detroit). Hardcore Pawn is a thirty minute tour of the city-billy life: the constant line of assorted folk selling everything from broken computers to beat-up construction equipment in the sprawling pawn shop, reminding you that every city targeted by the helping hand of government ends in abject misery. -- Gut Check: Intervention

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All the Hats That's Fit to Print

The opening show was by a designer from Minas Gerais, Mary Designs, she designed the clothing and the accessories, and the hats stood out in a bit way to me. They are made of newspaper, with a refined paper maiche technique. Mary Designs at Minas Trend Preview 2012 | Trendland: Fashion Blog & Trend Magazine

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FedReserveJobs: Great job opportunity!

-- Twitter / ...

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BlObamagate: What did the President not know, and when did he not know it?

Noonan, This Is No Ordinary Scandal: The president, as usual, acts as if all of this is totally unconnected to him. He's shocked, it's unacceptable, he'll get to the bottom of it. He read about it in the papers, just like you.

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Buffet's Bananas

It's the Sperry label you see at the beginning of the video, but Justin Brands owns it, and Berkshire Hathaway owns that.

That's Warren Buffett's bailiwick. Warren Buffett only buys things that have some strategic advantage someone's missing out on. A "Made in Maine" tag seems to be all you need to sell boat shoes in Japan. Who knew? Then again, Berkshire Hathaway used to make shirts when Buffett bought it. If I was working in one of his factories, I wouldn't buy any green bananas. -- Sippican Cottage: Billy Mays With Acromegaly And A Palsied Makeup Artist

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Nation Supposes It's Outraged By White House Scandals

WASHINGTON —Reacting to the number of major scandals currently plaguing the White House, a somewhat confused American populace told reporters Friday that yeah, sure, they’re totally outraged or whatever about what’s currently going on in Washington. -- The O NewsNetwork

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May 17, 2013

Face Plant

by photographer Archie Campbell

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Anthony Bourdain, LIBYA

Generally speaking, highly trained security dudes

do not want to even consider their idiotic on-camera “talent” charges anywhere near weapons—much less imagine the possibility of their operating one. During one tense moment, I was blithely reminded that “selector is on the left, clip release on the right. Extra clips in the seat back—and above you.” -- Anthony Bourdain, LIBYA

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He drinks heavily, and the combination of alcohol and imminent death has a disinhibiting effect. He begins speaking his mind at campaign events. Then he begins rapping his mind. We're not making this up:

"Yo, everybody gonna get sick someday / But nobody knows how they gonna pay / Health care, managed care, HMOs / Ain't gonna work, no sir, not those / 'Cause the thing that's the same in every one of these / Is these m-----f---ers there, the insurance companies! . . . Yeah, yeah / You can call it single-payer or Canadian way / Only socialized medicine will ever save the day! Come on now, lemme hear that dirty word--SOCIALISM!"

-- VA Viper: Taranto on Bulworth: Obama’s bizarre movie idol.

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"I’m from economics and history, and I’m here to help you."

Anyone who after the 20th century still thinks that thoroughgoing socialism, nationalism, imperialism, mobilization, central planning, regulation, zoning, price controls, tax policy, labor unions, business cartels, government spending, intrusive policing, adventurism in foreign policy, faith in entangling religion and politics, or most of the other thoroughgoing 19th-century proposals for governmental action are still neat, harmless ideas for improving our lives is not paying attention.
In the 19th and 20th centuries ordinary Europeans were hurt, not helped, by their colonial empires. Economic growth in Russia was slowed, not accelerated, by Soviet central planning. American Progressive regulation and its European anticipations protected monopolies of transportation like railways and protected monopolies of retailing like High-Street shops and protected monopolies of professional services like medicine, not the consumers. “Protective” legislation in the United States and “family-wage” legislation in Europe subordinated women. State-armed psychiatrists in America jailed homosexuals, and in Russia jailed democrats. Some of the New Deal prevented rather than aided America’s recovery from the Great Depression. -- Deirdre McCloskey. Factual Free-Market Fairness | Bleeding Heart Libertarians

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Unsung Great Americans: Long Island Iced Tea

Bob "Rosebud" Butt is credited with inventing the Long Island Iced Tea while he was a bartender at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island in the 1970s.

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"There’s really no good that can come of this.”

Movie theater manager finds way to make Iron Man 3 exciting by having fake gunmen storm the screening

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The Lying King

The Obama administration may be the first since World War 2 to attempt a new and innovative policy best described as "trust me to lie to you"€.

If you were astute then you wouldn'€™t believe us. If you were sophisticated you would make the default assumption that the Iran policy was for public consumption, since  only rubes and simpletons could have possibly believed that the Obama administration was telling the truth.... What happens when an administration makes dishonesty and untrustworthiness a feature? What occurs when the President conditions us to subliminally think — perhaps in spite of ourselves — that in God we Trust but of Obama we can expect nothing but lies? What then? Well we’re about to find out. -- Belmont Club »

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Friday LinkPak


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May 16, 2013

Eric Holder Has No Idea

The Unknown

As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don't know
We don't know.

-- The poetry of Donald Rumsfeld. - Slate Magazine

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Meet the "New" Experts. As Full of Shit as the "Old Experts"

No Benefit Seen in Sharp Limits on Salt in Diet [But a great deal of benefit is to be had by sharp limits of "expert" bullshit in diet.]

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We Deliver!

KFC smugglers bring buckets of chicken through Gaza tunnels: Gazans with a hankering for the Colonel's secret recipe can call up a delivery company and get some finger lickin' food smuggled hot from Egypt in just three hours.

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Where in the World Are You?

You get five navigable images from Google Street View to wander about in. Then you guess where in the world you are. There are clues but you might have to travel to get them. It's GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world! and it is a complete waste of time.

My score was around 23,600 points.

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"Even more significant scandals can lack political punch. "

Perhaps that is because by attempting to quickly topple the president and short-cut a path the White House, the attackers end up distracting themselves from their own primary mission: discrediting the president's ideology and substantive agenda in the eyes of the public, and elevating their own."" -- Why scandal politics don't work - The Week

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Thursday LinkPak


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May 15, 2013

"The uniform lie has broken."

There is no “what everybody thinks.” They’re shouting really loudly through the remaining channels to give the impression they’re winning.

But the mirror has cracked from side to side and their doom has come upon them. They know it. That’s why they try to sound so confident and secure. -- VA Viper: Must read: Get Up Off The Floor

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COMO: COmment of the MOment

"Bush made his share of mistakes, no doubt, but weaponizing the Executive to destroy political opponents was not one of them.

"It is also not fair to say there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats. I can complain about them being inept and squishy all day long but the differences are real. Not one GOP congressman voted for the stimulus and only a single poor soul voted for Obamacare, iirc. And that was when Obama's popularity was at its peak, a few months after his 2008 landslide. They didn't need more principles, they needed more voters.

"One way the left got so much done in the last 30 years is, they like to win. They don't worry constantly about the purity of their candidates, and even if they do, they support him anyway. On liberal blogs, you don't find people muttering how they will sit this election out because liberal x said something non-liberal to group y because he wanted their votes. He is their guy.

"Conservatives can bash Bush and say he was "just as bad" and liberals will feel vindicated, but they will never say the same thing about their guy. You mention Carter to a lib and he just counterattacks." -- Posted by: El Gordo inSide-Lines: "Occasionally, I miss the Bush years."

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It shouldn't happen to a dog!


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Dennis Miller: 'A few more days like this --- Obama's going to claim he was born in Kenya'

“But when you tap an AP reporter’s phone line and find out how much they’re not getting laid, that’ll get the press P.O.’d.

The rest of this is all smoke and mirrors. They don’t care about Benghazi. They don’t care about the IRS. They’ll feign a little indignation, but nobody’s going to go after this guy on that. To think he was tapping reporter’s phones — what a perfect symbiosis that they’re such ass-kissers and he’s someone who really just looks them in the eye and says ‘kiss my ass.’ It is beautiful, it is beautiful that they met each other on this planet.” -- | The Daily Caller

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The Enslavement and Imprisonment of Western Children

So brainwashed are they, they will even continue to vote for socialist programs that mortgage their futures such as social security, national health care, medicare, etc. and some are so brainwashed, they merely double down hoping to become a slave master themselves by working for the education-enslavement industry. Captain Capitalism:

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This Just In

Barack J. Edgar Hussein Milhaus Capone XYZ Rebozo Tweed Spiro Curley Fall Mobilier Obama Says He Didn’t Do Anything Wrong

Plus Angelina Jolie Has Her Career Removed

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No matter how much the media swooned over Obama,

it will feed him to the dogs in a minute if the domestic or international situation gets to the point that it did for Bush toward the end.

Any number of events, including a complete health care disaster or a series of Taliban victories in Afghanistan could bring that on. But even if nothing that big happens, the malaise will likely mean that Obama will not get the Great Leader sendoff that some of his supporters imagined he would. The media isn't loyal to Obama. It's loyal to the left and it will destroy Obama for the sake of its bigger goals. -- Sultan Knish: The Post-Obama Democratic Party

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May 14, 2013

How Old is Drew Barrymore?


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"Occasionally, I miss the Bush years."

Not because I’m a “compassionate conservative” or because I have a hawkish foreign policy outlook, or even because I miss the leader of the free world routinely asking after my lunch plans (and the lunch plans of everyone in a large crowd).

I miss the Bush years because, back then, when someone in the government did something ridiculous to infringe on the personal liberty of American citizens, people would turn out in droves to Hula Hoop for Peace on Pennsylvania Avenue, and plaster what social media sites existed with Ben Franklin quotes about how people are stupid for giving up their rights to the illusion of security.

But now, the government just does sh*t like this and everyone is like, “meh.”

--. :: Naked DC

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Letters from Montmartre: Receive Beautiful Notes from a Parisian Stranger in the Post

Since Lettres d'un Inconnu was born in October 2012, Miss Auger, a well-travelled literature graduate (and fellow MessyNessyChic reader!),
has sent out more than 10,000 letters from the Abbesses post office in Montmartre. The authors of the letters are sometimes known Parisian personalities, sometimes unknown or totally anonymous. The stories they share are always real. -- | Messy Nessy Chic Messy Nessy Chic

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Tuesday's Pointers

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The headlines look like the product of the Onion on steroids.

"A Saudi man was arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after federal agents said he lied about why he was traveling with a pressure cooker, according to a court documents filed Monday." - Reuters.

"FBI surrounds house of Saudi student after sightings of him with pressure cooker pot." - Daily Mail

"Obama calls controversy over Benghazi talking points a €˜sideshow€™" -€” LA Times

"Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell found guilty of murdering three babies" €” - Chicago Tribune

"You don€™t want the IRS ever being perceived to be biased and anything less than neutral in terms of how they operate," said President Obama €” - Politico.

Except they€™’re real. And then there€™’s the big one:

about the wholesale seizure of an entire news agencies phone records by the administration to find a leak.
-- Belmont Club » When Jupiter Aligns With Mars

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Breaking Is Broken

"The mainstream media hasn’t gotten a breaking story right since Walter Cronkite correctly reported that three shots had been fired on JFK’s motorcade." We Don’t Need Another Antihero - Taki's Magazine

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Once Upon a Time Nancy Pelosi was "Miss Lube Rack" [Bumped]


MISS LUBE RACK aka  Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was Miss Lube Rack 1959 From 2007 to 2011 she was third in line for the presidency in the event of the deaths of both the president and vice-president. But 48 years earlier she wasn'€™t no third or second but came first. Life Magazine photo caption: Miss Nancy D'Alesandro, Miss Lube Rack 1959, aka member of Congress and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at age 19. --- KA-CHING!

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May 13, 2013

Now Playing

-- Fashioned in Conservative Agitprop by Maksim

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Monday Stack Swakdown

Daft Punk’s New Album, Random Access Memories, Streaming for Free on iTunes for a Limited Time | Open Culture

5 reasons the U.N. wants you to start eating insects - The Week

One Man's Amazing 82,500 Mile Motorcycle Adventure - My Modern Metropolis

Watch this Bald Eagle steal a fish from a man's fishing line

Son Surprises Mom With House For Mother's Day

Things Conservatives Have Been Proven Right About Lately: ☑ Benghazi; ☑ Pigford;☑ Obamacare; ☑ IRS. Next up: The immigration reform scam. -- KurtSchlichter


Moe Lane: Hmm. According to twee-q.com, @barackobama is a male chauvinist pig.


Developing Discipline: 10 Strategies for Taming the Slacker in All of Us - Primer

Govt obtains wide AP phone records in probe

The arithmetic of interstellar travel — Crooked Timber

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What to Get a Woman Who Has Everything

Body Pillow With Holes To Fit Breasts "Because we’ve all been there — you attempt to sleep on your stomach, but your tatas make it impossible to get comfortable and you’re in for a long, sleepless night unless God forbid you change positions. Damn you, tatas!"

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Above All Have a Big Life

John Fitch, Glamorous Racer With a Flair for Danger, Dies at 95 - He seemed bathed in golden sunlight, this John Cooper Fitch,
who put on goggles and a polo helmet and drove racing cars as fast as anybody in the world, including his sometime partner, Stirling Moss. He shot a newly introduced German jet from the sky in World War II, raced yachts, built his own sports cars. At 70, John Cooper Fitch set a speed record for driving backward. Eva Peron, the legendary Evita, kissed him after he won the 1951 Grand Prix of Argentina. His friend George Barker, the poet, described him as “a tall Jack with the sun on his wrist and a sky stuffed up his sleeve.”

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In Which the Newt Reveals His Unplanned Obsolesence

Gingrich exposes his dramatic "I've slept through the last ten years" techno-ignorance in this three minute slice of absolute meaningless blather. I think he actually thinks his "thoughts" are new. Just embarrassing. Too dumb to own a smartphone.

Comment at Youtube by Wessie Emmert:

I think we SHOULD call it something, perhaps since it operates on small "cells" of radio coverage part of the name should invoke the "cellular" nature of the device. The device also appears to function much like a wireless version of telecommunication devices similar to the ones that have existed for over 100 years, the telephone. So to invoke the whole nature of the device we should call it the "cellular telephone" or cellphone for short. Perfect, I think I've solved the dilemma.

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"Hush you ******* b h"

The Good Fairy Fairfuck helps him conquer his addiction to self-abuse, so he can embrace the joys of holy matrimony with his betrothed, the Princess Shovituppa. The modern history of swearing

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MEMO TO SELF: Save This Graphic for 2016

via Doug Ross @ Journal:

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Baseball Magic

To control uncertainty,Wade Boggs eats chicken before every game.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Jason Bere listens to the same song on his Walkman on the days he is to pitch. His teammate, Ozzie Guillen, doesn't wash his underclothes after a good game. San Francisco Giant pitcher Ron Bryant added a new stick of bubble gum to the collection in his bulging back pocket after each game he won. Jim Ohms, my teammate and pitcher on the Daytona Beach Islanders, put another penny in the pouch of his supporter after each win. Clanging against the hard plastic genital cup, the pennies made an audible sound as he ran the bases toward the end of a winning season. -- by George Gmelch @ Faulkner University

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Asked and Answered

George Will weighs in, asking, "How stupid do they think we are?" My answer: "Very. And they may be correct." -- neo-neocon IRS & conservative groups

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May 12, 2013

Mother's Day: It's Not for the Forgetful


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52 Years Overdue

Barbara Walters will finally announce her retirement on Monday after 53 years of journalism

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Low Information Americans Mistake Mother's Day for Motherfucker's Day

Mother's Day Parade horror: Nineteen people - including two young children - are shot in New Orleans as three gunmen open fire in broad daylight during street festivities .... All in the family.....

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Reynolds’ Law

“Subsidizing the markers of status doesn’t produce the character traits that result in that status; it undermines them.” -- The View from Alexandria

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The Incestuous Love-Child of the Democrat-Media Complex


"There's so much inbreeding between the White Hut and the Media, that every time we watch network news, we hear banjo music!" --Old Sarge. -- Doug Ross @ Journal

IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE NOW: ABC, CBS and CNN top executives all have siblings or spouses working directly for Obama

CBS News President David Rhodes' brother is Obama Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, who was instrumental in rewriting the Benghazi talking points. But it gets worse. It is now learned that ABC President Ben Sherwood's sister, Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, is a Special Assistant to Barack Obama on national security affairs. But even this isn't it! CNN's deputy bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, is the wife of Tom Nides, who until February was Hillary Clinton's deputy.

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Elvis and Mom


1956 A young Elvis Presley at home in Memphis with mom Gladys, and an impressive assortment of stuffed animals. Shorpy Historical Photo Archive :: Heart to Heart: 1956

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"What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?"

The press release for Hillary Clinton's 14-million-dollar book declares

that she "has redefined the meaning of 'trailblazer' in every phase of her career on the world stage." Considering the ambassador she left choking to death on the smoke from a fire set by the militias she helped empower, that might not be the best choice of words. The unnamed book will offer "dramatic moments", "vivid personal anecdotes" and "memories of her collaboration with President Obama and his National Security team." Again, not the best choice of words. But all too apt. -- Sultan Knish: With Blood on Their Hands

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May 11, 2013

Israel's Man in Damascus

Why Jerusalem Doesn't Want the Assad Regime to Fall: Israel knows one important thing about the Assads - for the past 40 years, they have managed to preserve some form of calm along the border. -- Foreign Affairs

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Destroy the Tolerant

Tolerance is arrogant. A free society does not tolerate people, it allows them to live their own values.

And a tolerant society is not free. It is a dictatorship of virtue that is intolerant toward established values in order to better tolerate formerly intolerable values. A free society does not tell people of any religion or no religion what to believe. A tolerant society forces them all to pay for abortions because its dictators of virtue have decided that the time has come to teach this lesson in tolerance. -- Sultan Knish: The Playgrounds of War

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Shine-On: Super-Cool Popsicles To Make This Summer

33 Super-Cool Popsicles To Make This Summer 4. Blueberry Moonshine Popsicles

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Gwyneth Paltrow Is World's Most Beautiful Woman?

" I've never seen it. She's just not that pretty. She looks more like a tranny with a Slim Shake problem."Don't Look. Can't Unsee Warning

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History to Him is Just PMS

The Founder of Jim’s Mowing will Make you Smarter and Save the World

Jim has a theory that the big shifts in society (wars, revolutions, influence of religion etc.) are explainable by changes in brain and hormone activity. As an example, Jim cites WWI. According to Jim, the Great War was brought about by widespread hormonal change in the Austro-Germanic people of the 1880’s, which made them more aggressive and warlike. In this way Jim can explain why Rome rose and fell, why Stalin was able to stay in power for so long and why the West is in a really bad state.

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The Unlicensed Dwelling in an Undisclosed Location

Some years ago he bought a $98,995 motor home under another name, and did not license it.
(He thus saved not only the license fees and road tax, but an $8,513.57 sales tax as well.) For $12 he got a fifteen-day permit to move it to a rural location in another state. From time to time he moves it, each time getting a temporary permit. Try to find out where this agent actually lives! Cool Tools – How to Be Invisible

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May 10, 2013

The Rifle

I offer some words from Col Jeff Cooper, taken from his excellent book, The Art of the Rifle:

"Personal weapons are what raised mankind out of the mud, and the rifle is the queen of personal weapons. The possession of a good rifle, as well as the skill to use it well, truly makes a man the monarch of all he surveys.
"The rifle is a weapon. Let there be no mistake about that. It is a tool of power, and thus dependent completely upon the moral stature of its user. It is equally useful in securing meat for the table, destroying group enemies on the battlefield, and resisting tyranny. In fact, it is the only means of resisting tyranny, because a citizenry armed with rifles cannot be tyrannized." -- A comment by chasmatic to “Precision-guided” Missiles

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Wine tasting is bullshit. Here's why.

The human palate is arguably the weakest of the five traditional senses. This begs an important question regarding wine tasting: is it bullshit, or is it complete and utter bullshit? -- IO9 -- HT: Dog @ Maggies

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Military Recruiting Centers Bulge with Eager Gay Enlistees

“I so wanted to join the army so we could travel to other countries together and kill America’s enemies.

I used to lie awake at night and picture the two of us dressed in our fatigues, meticulously lubricating our guns. I loved reading stories about those gruff drill sergeants being all butch and forcing enlisted men to aggressively polish their shoes and belt buckles until they were shiny. Sometimes I had dreams about doing push-ups shirtless in the sticky, sultry heat of some pacific island in the middle of nowhere with hundreds of other shirtless, sweaty and grunting soldiers. As our swollen muscles glistened in perspiration under the merciless, hypnotizing rays of sunshine….” -- Daily Rash

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“Precision-guided” Missiles

Sipsey Street Irregulars: How the next civil war will be fought. Indeed, if you are looking for a weapon that is in fact "precision-guided"€ you need look no further than a bolt-action rifle

aimed at an identified target and wielded by someone who knows what to do with it.  This, in fact, defines the Three Percenters, who, being limited to rifles, know them very well and compete with each other to win competition matches somewhere in this country every weekend.  Can this be why Senator Dianne Feinstein -- a long-time advocate of "€œturn '€˜em in, Mr. and Mrs. America"€ -- is so obsessed with "sniper"€ rifles that can "puncture a limousine"€ or "€œtake down an aircraft"€?

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“Administered Democracy”

“The consolidation of a managerial state, appealing to the idea of service to the people and to ‘scientific’ governance, sealed the doom of the society it took over.

The new regime appropriated the functions of the Victorian family, mediated relations between parents and children and between contending spouses, and eventually came to preside over a society of deracinated and footloose consumers.” -- Spirit of the Age | JR Nyquist | FINANCIAL SENSE

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May 9, 2013



Salute the last, and everlasting day,
Joy at the uprising of this Sun, and Son,
Ye whose true tears, or tribulation
Have purely wash’d, or burnt your drossy clay.
Behold, the Highest, parting hence away,
Lightens the dark clouds, which He treads upon;
Nor doth he by ascending show alone,
But first He, and He first enters the way.
O strong Ram, which hast batter’d heaven for me!
Mild lamb, which with Thy Blood hast mark’d the path!
Bright Torch, which shinest, that I the way may see!
O, with Thy own Blood quench Thy own just wrath;
And if Thy Holy Spirit my Muse did raise,
Deign at my hands this crown of prayer and praise.

-- John Donne, Ascension [Feast of the Ascension also known as Ascension Thursday, Holy Thursday... is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter.]

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"Obese:" When you use that word and say 30% of Americans are obese, people think this:


Both are considered "obese" because both have more than a 30 BMI.
One is clearly unhealthy and has a problem, the other is curvy and looks darn good. Yet that word "obese" conjures up disgusting images of rolls of fat rather than curves. Word Around the Net: COMMON KNOWLEDGE: FAT AMERICA

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"Gun Free School Zone" is a lie every bit as much as "Arbeit Macht Frei"

They look at the massacre and see the need for more regulation, registration and confiscation.

We look at the dead innocents, deliberately disarmed and made easy targets in a carefully crafted, firearm-free environment, and blame their big liberal lies and unintended idiocies for the body count. "Gun Free School Zone" is a lie every bit as much as "Arbeit Macht Frei" and every bit as deadly. -- Sipsey Street Irregulars

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"Who is the most trusted man in America?"

It's Tom Hanks, who only utters words written by others, while in disguise. Tom Hanks, followed by -- Are you ready? -- Sandra Bullock.

The number three most trusted American, Denzel Washington. The number four most trusted American, Meryl Streep. So the top four most-trusted Americans in the Reader's Digest poll, are actors. --- The Rush Limbaugh Show

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Stop the Presses!


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Break(ing)Out Books

What I'd do if I had plenty of money and energy (mostly the latter), I'd start up a business.

I would create a business whose only job is to work with authors of self-published ebooks to get them the kind of publicity that fiction requires. Not interviews and pictures of them, but reviews, "trailers" and so on, the kind of thing that attracts readers. -- THE BLOODY PART OF WRITING

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May 8, 2013

Army Determined To Eliminate All Operational Memory Of War On Terror

“The Army has acquired a lot of useless knowledge that we’re currently in the process of purging from our data banks in the Pentagon,” McHugh said. -- Duffel Blog

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Sarah Palin on Benghazi and the Washington Post

"Is there any wonder why distrust of arrogant, out-of-touch media is at an all-time high?
During today’s Benghazi hearings, the Washington Post actually tweeted: “Who’s tweeting about Benghazi? Rich, middle-aged men and Chick-fil-A lovers.” This would be the same Washington Post that broke the story on Watergate. Now they just mock concerned Americans who want answers to why four brave Americans died, including two distinguished vets. And the Obama administration asks, “What does it matter?" --— Sarah Palin

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"Words of love, so soft and tender / Won't win a girl's heart anymore / If you love her then you must send her / Somewhere where she's never been before"

Deputies: DeLand stalker leaves dead opossum on ex-girlfriend's doorstep

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Shopping at Penneys. Sorry: JCP. Sorry, Penneys

I got a good deal. Thirty percent off!

I tried to engage the clerk with some conversation about the repricing, how it must have been a lot of work to go through everything again, but he had no interest in talking and seemed allergic to eye contact. It’s as if the entire company is demoralized from top to bottom, going through the motions, walking through the graveyard, not even bothering to whistle anymore. -- LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat.


J.C. Penney vice president of brand, design & trend Nick Wooster (left) reportedly will be replaced by his predecessor, Ken Mangone.

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The Short Answer

I was once told by a "€œgun safety"€ advocate back in the Nineties that he favored total civilian firearms confiscation.

  Only the military and police should have weapons he averred and what did I think about that?  I began to give him a reasoned answer and he cut me off with an abrupt, "Give me the short answer." I thought for a moment and said, "If you try to take our firearms we will kill you."€ -- Tyrants beware. 4th Generation Warfare: How the next civil war will be fought.

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"Kill all they send..."

Not even during the previous civil war of 1861-1865 did an American army attempt operations with armed opponents astride and within its own logistical tail.

And it would be a WAR, make no mistake, not the sanitary "police action" of the scenario of Homer's dumber brother. And how would the big bad boys of the ATF and FBI fare against committed freedom fighters? Even well-paid federal police bureaucrats just want to live until retirement. How long do you think they would last when team after team of them are shot down like dogs in the street, garroted in their sleep, poisoned in their mess halls, or found with their throats slit in guardposts, restrooms and bordellos? -- Dutchman6 @ Sipsey Street Irregulars: "Kill All They Send..."

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Fools rush in where fools have been before.

Deborah K. Jones [is the new ambassador to Libya.] She told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this morning that if she ever has any doubts about security as the ambassador to Libya she'll just pick up the phone and call Washington. -- Rush Limbaugh

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Offending sex toy or world's greatest heavy metal band name?

Ralph Polnicky Accuses Tractor Supply Company Worker Of Sending 'Threatening Dildo'


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May 7, 2013

Another DIT: "Democrat In Training"

Sucking it in so he can start sucking up: New Jersey Gov. Christie has stomach surgery as part of weight-loss plan

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Larry and Moe Reporting. Waiting for Curley.

And yes this was posted on The Official White House Tumblr, and no you do not want to envision the "lovin'" that comes after this bit of foreplay.

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"I will not walk with your progressive apes,"

I will not walk with your progressive apes,
erect and sapient. Before them gapes
the dark abyss to which their progress tends–
if by God’s mercy progress ever ends,
and does not ceaselessly revolve the same
unfruitful course with changing of a name.
- J. R.R.Tolkien

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Michael Moore "Pretty Sure" he Experienced Erection During TSA Patdown

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How can I be "€˜Right-wing"€™ when....

Why the Left hates families: MELANIE PHIILLIPS reveals how the selfish sneers of Guardianistas made her see how the Left actively fosters - and revels in - family breakdown... How can I be "€˜Right-wing"€™ when

I am driven by the desire to make a better world, stand up for right over wrong and look after the most vulnerable in society? Rather, I fight the Left on its very own purported moral high ground, which I once believed we all shared, but which I came to realise it had most cynically betrayed. 

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"They demand a rainbow on the outside, but internally, they insist it’s all the same dull shade of grey."

Whereas such ludicrous constructs as Negrophobia, homophobia, and misogyny—which are, by semantic alchemy, presumed never to be the fault of Negroes, homosexuals, or women—

are said to be based in a fear of the other or a fear of the unknown, leftist ideological intolerance seems based in a fear of the misunderstood. At times it seems rooted in a fear that if the threatening idea were to be properly and soberly apprehended, it would invade their consciousness, infect their brains like a virus, and send them into a state of ideological vertigo where they finally realize they are as full of shit as their detractors have always said they are. The Tolerance That Is Only Skin Deep


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"Recognize that we are at war."

Learn the tactics of our enemies—the deceptions, the offensives, the defensives.

Mimic them; jujitsu them; use their own tactics against them. Fight them first in the “hearts and minds” of the cattle and useful idiots alike. Then, and only then, might we think of escalating to literal battle. -- The Art of War | Angry White Dude

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Lauryn Hill Blames Slavery as She's Jailed for $500,000 Unpaid Tax Bill

She told the court: "I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them. I had an economic system imposed on me." Lauryn Noelle Hill (born May 26, 1975) - - Entertainment & Stars

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May 6, 2013

Return of the lost

First it was Brenda Heist, whose disappearance was voluntary; she ran away and stayed away till now. Now comes the story of three Cleveland girls, ages 16 (almost 17), 14, and 20 when abducted in 2003, 2004, and 2001, who have now been liberated. -- neo-neocon サ Blog Archive サ

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Abortion Rights Community Has Become the NRA of the Left

We live in a country where if a six-months-pregnant woman started downing shots of vodka in a bar or lit up a cigarette, people might want her arrested.

But that same woman could walk into an abortion clinic, no questions asked, and be injected with a drug that would stop her baby’s heart. I’ll put my cards on the table: I think life begins at conception and would love to live in a world where no women ever felt she needed to get an abortion. -- Kirsten Powers - The Daily Beast

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Superior Headlines Inc. Presents:

After refusing to submit to arrest, he was Tasered....

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It's always good to have armed agents inside the citadel

Obama Tells Ohio State Grads to Reject the "Voices" Warning of Government Tyranny -- and Join the Collective - The Rush Limbaugh Show

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If anyone has labored from the first hour,

    let them today receive the just reward.
  • If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let them feast.
  • If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let them have no misgivings; for they shall suffer no loss.
  • If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let them draw near without hesitation.
  • If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let them not fear on account of tardiness.
  • For the Master is gracious and receives the last even as the first; He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first.
-- Paschal Homily

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No More "National Conversations"

They’re fruitless, bootless, and worse than a waste of time.

It'€™s the same with any and every issue "liberals" decide to take on, which sooner or later will be all of them: the solution is always the same (more government control), they know little or nothing about it, and if you disagree with them, you'€™re evil. And, of course, they prop up their argument with lies. --» Cold Fury

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Today @ KA-CHING!

Alas and alack and woe, woe, woe.....

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DAMNING: The Complete Benghazi Timeline in Spreadsheet Format

Found at the invaluable Doug Ross @ Journal

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"In times of important breaking news"

(see, Newtown and Boston Bombing), I find myself devoting substantial and increasing amounts of time towards filtering mainstream news media reports

trying to figure out what is sufficiently reliable as to be worthy of passing on to my blog readership. I find myself modifying mainstream news reports with terms such as "€œreportedly"€ and "€œaccording to reports."€  Or cautions to the readership to be "cautious."€ Wasn'€™t it supposed to be reverse? -- Some deep and meaningful thoughts on news filtering - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

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"There have been many fascinating things about the Benghazi incident."

The terrible story itself, and the abysmal and seemingly deliberate failure of the administration to provide enough security to protect.

The initial coverup. The coverup of the coverup. The coverup of the coverup of the coverup. The eager cooperation of the MSM in the coverup. The indifference of a huge swath of the American public. The left's talking points in the MSM and the blogosphere. The Candy Crowley incident, which seemed to effectively quash Mitt Romney's attempt to bring it to attention during the debates. The Hillary Clinton story, and the ironic fact that it is Hillary Clinton who is involved, she of the 3 A.M. phone call anti-Obama advertisement back in 2008. And now the whistleblowers have come to the forefront.... -- neo-neocon Benghazi: why now?

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A Question Oft Asked But Never Answered

Have immigrant Moslems ever seamlessly and peaceably integrated? Without demanding that the host society adapt to their culture and beliefs? That's right. Of course, the same question could be asked about Liberals seeking haven in states they've yet to destroy. Curmudgeonly & Skeptical presents Boned Jello

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"All warfare is based on deception."

We must learn to lie. We must learn to deceive. We must learn to hate.

We must learn to destroy. We must improve our finances. We must get better educated. We must relentlessly pursue power. We must scuttle distractions. We must become ruthlessly efficient with our time. We must focus on fighting the enemy, and on nothing but fighting the enemy. -- The Art of War | Angry White Dude

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All the links that's fit to click: Benghazi Now

Instapundit |CBS NEWS: Official 'We knew Benghazi was a terrorist attack from the get-go.'

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"In other narcissism news, Donald Trump stared at his penis for 25 minutes this morning…"

Help a couple drive their 1984 Vanagon around the world

The only problem is that driving through China is a pricey proposition. The couple will need to pony up a staggering $19,514 just to cover the fees associated with obtaining a Chinese driver's license, registering Nacho in the People's Republic and paying for an official, government-required guide's food and lodging during their time in the country. Considering Brad and Sheena have budgeted $2,000 a month for their entire adventure, the price tag is a bit out of reach. Or at least it is without our help.

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The Mole Rat Prophecies • Damn Interesting The social structure of a naked mole rat colony mirrors that of a beehive or ant nest, with a single breeding female at its head.

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May 5, 2013

The Ultimate Internet News Item

Man arrested for abusing parakeet after police dog eats his hamster:

WHEN police raided a home in Werneth, Oldham, looking for drugs, the sniffer dog knocked over a hamster cage. The creature escaped. The police dog ate the hamster. Police then forced the dog to vomit up the dead hamster. Police then arrested the hamster'€™s owner, one Muza Khan. No, not for any drugs offences. He was booked to appear at Oldham Magistrates Court because having killed his hamster, police found a bald parakeet during their raid. They said Miko the parakeet was "€œin distress"€.

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The Life and Times of the Fabulous Antonia Larroux

Any sendoff for Toni would not be complete without mentioning her lifelong buddy Myrtle Jane Wingo Haas and her adopted daughters Liz & Laura. She considered Aaron Burrell to be a distant grandson (not distant enough) and had the ability with family pets to usher them toward heaven at an unrivaled pace. Her favorite activity was sipping hot tea on her back porch with friends seated around her porch ensemble from Dollar General (again, not kidding.) This will be sold to the highest bidder at her garage 'estate' sale. Any gifts in her honor should be made to the Hancock County Library Foundation (to the overdue book fund.) Obituary: Antonia Larroux
HT: La Neatoramman's Fabulous Miss Cellania

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"To give universal access to a large universe of documents:" The World's First Web Site

Was created at Cern, Switzerland and now it is, once again, RIGHT HERE: The World Wide Web project


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Barack Obama, Greatest Gun Salesman in History

“Citizens, turn in your weapons”
James Porter, the incoming NRA president, said Obama's gun control efforts have created
a "political spontaneous combustion" that has prompted millions of Americans to become first-time gun owners and created a national outrage that will manifest itself in next year's midterm elections.... LaPierre said the NRA now has a record 5 million members, but he urged for increased membership and added that it "must be 10 million strong" in its battle against gun control. -- - ABC News

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May 4, 2013

World's Smallest Drone [So Far]

RoboBee -- RoboBee's wings span just 3 centimeters (1.2 in), which is believed to be the smallest man-made wingspan to achieve flight. The wings can flap 120 times per second and be controlled remotely in real time. RoboBee weighs 80 milligrams (0.0028 oz)

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"A lengthening list of duals...."

The policy of taking no prisoners for Guantanamo creates the expanded drone program.

The impracticability of judicializing forces the creation of legal limbos. Limbos into which the Guantanamo detainees and Khalid Sheik Mohammed must eventually disappear, perhaps to be joined by Nidal Hassan and Johar Tsarnaev. The insistence on gun control requires the necessity increasingly paramilitarized police forces, for once you have made everyone defenseless you must make the Guardians all-powerful. The final cost of a Global Nuclear Zero is letting everyone — especially the rogue states — get the bomb since who will stop them when all are disarmed? The shadow payment for publicly funded choice is monotonically rising, government paid infanticide. And so forth and so on. -- Belmont Club » Information Cancer

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...or, as we refer to drones down here, "Government skeet".- Kim dT

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Just in case you thought this world shouldn't swallowed by the sun....

Chicken Diapers Our chicken diapers are not just for the fashion obsessed hen. They offer you and your home protection against the inevitable! Our diapers fit comfortably and allow you to enjoy your birds in the house or car without worry! Pampered Poultry .... and.... Designer sells wallet made out of whale foreskin [But if you rub it it turns into a carry-on bag.]

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"We will revert you...."

Pilots sleep as flight attendant turns off autopilot on Bangkok-Delhi flight - Times Of India MUMBAI: Two Air India pilots put the lives of 166 passengers on a Bangkok-Delhi flight in danger by taking a 40-minute break from the cockpit and getting two flight attendants to operate the plane in their absence. Their stunt almost ended in disaster after one of the flight attendants accidentally turned off the auto-pilot, forcing the pilots to rush back to their seats.... K Swaminathan, deputy general manager (corporate communications), Air India, did not comment on the incident, saying, "Your query has been referred to the concerned department for comment. We will revert to you on receiving their reply."

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Quote of the Month

Reese Witherspoon to arresting cop: Do you know who I am?
Cop's reply: No, why? Have you forgotten?

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The Sixties are never going away. [Bumped]

They are the establishment. The people responsible for that mess run everything

and arranged society so that you can experience their social failure over and over again. Racism and the fight against it is one of the things that they want you to experience, so you will experience it again and again, as they create and destroy racism like some strange racist gods. Sultan Knish: Inequality for All

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[Bumped] "The media is a like any other group of people. Their universe is all that matters."

"We make jokes about the media that live in New York and Washington and would need a visa to actually get into Oklahoma and would need a map to show them where it is. You know, life outside of their universe insignificant and doesn't matter." -- Limbaugh

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