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July 31, 2013

This Just In: Chunk of Sun Headed Toward Earth at 2 Million Miles an Hour


“The reason it’s dark is that whole chunk of the sun basically ripped off, blew out and is coming our way at about two million miles an hour,” said Powell. | Fox News Insider

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"Nobody has ever actually seen eels mate"


Even with this knowledge, nobody has ever actually seen eels mate. Instead they've inferred its occurrence from the oceanic distribution of larvae.
The youngest American eels (Anguilla rostrata) are found in the Sargasso Sea, part of the northern Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda. From there they drift on the Gulf stream up the eastern coast of North America, eating plankton and becoming more eel-like, though still translucent. At some point they encounter, hundreds of miles from shore, a part-per-trillion chemical trace of fresh water and instinctively follow it back to the source. An Eel Swims in the Bronx @ Nautilus

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Passing for White


Black robbers used white masks to fool victims, prosecutors say "Say it loud, we're [not ]black and we're proud!"

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In England Today Is "National Orgasm Day"

We'll have what they're having:

-- It's National Orgasm Day

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It's a Fat World and It's Getting Fatter


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This is "The End"

Ben Hur, 1925
Ben Hur, 1959

The images on the new ‘The End’ of Metro Goldwyn Mayer page are from movies from 1925 (Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ) to 1970 (Kelly’s Heroes). The Movie title stills collection

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At the convenience store

"I waited in line and when it was my turn I said,
"It makes me feel happy to see you, I like your glow." I say things like that now if I want to, the grey streaking my hair grants permission. He said, "I am practicing joy so that I know where to go when sorrows come." | True North

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Hell Hath No Fury Like a Female Weiner Worker Scorned


WHEW! The Weiner Campaign is the gift that keeps on giving!
TPM called Weiner’s communications director Barbara Morgan to discuss an unrelated story Tuesday and she went off on a curse-filled rant about Nuzzi, describing her as a fame hungry “bitch” who “sucked” at her job. Morgan also called Nuzzi a “slutbag,” “twat,” and “cunt” while threatening to sue her..... “Fucking slutbag. Nice fucking glamour shot on the cover of the Daily News. Man, see if you ever get a job in this town again,” said Morgan.... “It’s all bullshit,” she said. “I mean, it’s such bullshit. She could fucking — fucking twat.”.... “And then like she had the fucking balls to like trash me in the paper. And be like, ‘His communications director was last the press secretary of the Department of Education in New Jersey,” Morgan said. “You know what? Fuck you, you little cunt. I’m not joking, I am going to sue her.”

[I guess Ms. Morgan is coming to terms with the fact that she's not going to be the Jay Carney of New York City after all.]

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Bloggers, don't let the sun set on you in Saudi Arabia!

The editor of a Saudi Arabian social website has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes
for founding an Internet forum that violates Islamic values and propagates liberal thought, Saudi media reported on Tuesday. Raif Badawi, who started the 'Free Saudi Liberals' website to discuss the role of religion in Saudi Arabia, has been held since June 2012 on charges of cyber crime and disobeying his father - a crime in the conservative kingdom and top U.S. ally. | Mail Online

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You live in the past.

For every possible combination of sensory input you can have, there is some appreciable time between signal and interpretation.
Light hits your eye or a sound hits your ear and milliseconds later you actually perceive light or sound. Right now you are looking at this screen as it was a few milliseconds in the past. Reality is on a delay. For you, nothing is now. Why The Flash is the Only Human Living In the Present

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James Beard’s Hero Sandwich

Capicola, Mortadella, Prosciutto, Salami, Provolone, Hot Peppers, On an Italian Hero Cross-Sections of Sandwiches by Jon Chonko

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Nobody says “Detroit is alive and al-Qaeda is dead” any more.

It’s not funny these days. Not even to the NYT.

Well that’s what you get for redeploying your firefighting assets in an irrational way. What did they expect? What did they expect for not naming the enemy, or even denying its existence? For trying to fight the War on Terror as a law enforcement? For substituting cafe talking points for strategy?

It is tempting to ask “what did you expect by choosing Barack Obama?” but that would be untrue and unfair. President Obama is the result, not the cause of the strategic malaise. He’s not the reason for this catastrophe he’s the consequence.

The malaise was caused by the huge and growing defects within the Narrative. It jumped the shark. Even now it seems to care mostly about political correctness, gender advocacy, carbon sequestration and not offending anyone — except the Tea Party. It has forgotten that beyond the Narrative, there is Reality..... If there’s any hope within this editorial it is that the first glimmer of fear is now openly appearing within the liberal establishment. They’re beginning to suspect it’s not going to work; that survival is not guaranteed; that American dominance — indeed their own jobs and lives — are not a given. It has finally occurred to them that the US can lose the Middle East; that America can be defeated after all, if they behave stupidly enough.

But one must let them come to this realization themselves, just as if they were the first persons to think of it. Their vanity must be given its due. Because it is all they have. It impelled them to make history’s most stupid luxury purchase: the elevation of Barack Obama to President of the United States. That memory is embarassment enough for anyone. Let them eat crow in peace. -- Belmont Club » The First Glimmer

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July 30, 2013

Only the beginning folks. Only the beginning. 5

"Some-where, over the rainbow...."

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Guess Who's Turning 79 This Year


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Porn Name: "Sydney Leathers"

is a tattooed harlot who hired herself out to old creeps.
What other kind of 22-year-old could (a) work for the Obama campaign, and (b) think she was in love with Anthony Weiner? And yet we are supposed to pretend to be surprised by this, when Sydney Leathers was only doing what all liberals girls do, and Anthony Weiner was only doing what all Democrats do, i.e., cheating and lying. Well, She Is a Democrat, After All : The Other McCain

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Detroit Trashes Crisco Can Artist Installed At Fist To 'Ease Bankruptcy Pain'


City officials say they plan to remove the Crisco can because they see it as "abandoned property." Deadline Detroit

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Genii Privilege: "It is a human thing to use what excuse you have ready to hand to explain away your failures

I suspect a lot of people will glump through life, demanding all the special perks because they’re “victims” and refusing to accept that they might not be working as hard as others, because after all “systemic racism” and “white male privilege.” (These same people, in a more traditional system, like, say, Islam, would accuse genii of cursing them. Do genii exist? Probably not, but in that society people believe them, and it provides an excuse. The same with “Systemic racism” and “white male privilege.”) Get Away From That Ledge III | According To Hoyt

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Empress Hillary, 2016: Hillary will ascend to her rightful position of World Empress. The optics will dazzle us.
Adorned in a floor length cape made from the dead cats of Bill's mistresses, she will bless us all from her 20-foot- platinum throne, gifted by our dear friends in Saudi Arabia. True, she'll be a bit long in the tooth, but a federal edict, upheld by the Supreme Court, will force us all to wear Google Glass. Hillary's face, devised by Hollywood courtiers, will appear as a clever blend of her own features, circa 1983, and Scarlett Johansson's. A subtle halo will hover at all times.

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I Am Obama, Destroyer of Slack!

Obama for example, has made a fortune from his warped version of "public service,"
to such an extent that he need never -- in his private life -- be compelled to do anything he doesn't choose to. In other words, for him, there are no external constraints on his freedom (barring physical threats from his bitchier half). Why then is he so interested -- obsessed -- with limiting ours? Exactly what is going in in the heart of such a disordered person? One Cʘsmos:

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July 29, 2013

Quote: “Most people are other people.

Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” Unquote — Oscar Wilde

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The Progressive and the Pencil, Retold and Illustrated

How many of the Democrats' despised "millionaires and billionaires" were created as this pencil came into existence? Do the employees of the steel mill care? The saw manufacturer? The buyer of the pencil? Of course not. Doug Ross @ Journal: The Progressive and the Pencil

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Obama is boring? That is exactly what he wants

Obama wants you to stop paying attention. He wants to be thought of broadly by the public as
out of touch, somewhat irrelevant, ineffective and unworthy of close attention. Then he simply intensifies his destructive economic agenda and hazardous foreign policy with little public oversight. Sense of Events:

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"What is “the cheapest, most nutritious and bountiful food"

that has ever existed in human history?” Hint: It has 390 calories.
It contains 23g, or half a daily serving, of protein, plus 7% of daily fiber, 20% of daily calcium and so on. Also, you can get it in 14,000 locations in the US and it usually costs $1. Presenting one of the unsung wonders of modern life, the McDonald’s McDouble cheeseburger. Kyle Smith: Liberals say they care about the poor but drive up their cost of living - NYPOST.com

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The whole left-wing ideology, scientific and Utopian,

was evolved by people who had no immediate prospect of attaining power. It was, therefore, an extremist ideology,
utterly contemptuous of kings, governments, laws, prisons, police forces, armies, flags, frontiers, patriotism, religion, conventional morality, and, in fact, the whole existing scheme of things. Until well within living memory the forces of the Left in all countries were fighting against a tyranny which appeared to be invincible, and it was easy to assume that if only THAT particular tyranny–capitalism–could be overthrown, Socialism would follow. Moreover, the Left had inherited from Liberalism certain distinctly questionable beliefs, such as the belief that the truth will prevail and persecution defeats itself, or that man is naturally good and is only corrupted by his environment. Fifty Orwell Essays

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Michael Shulan: The Ugly UnAmerican [Bumped]


This iconic picture of firefighters raising the stars and stripes in the rubble of Ground Zero was nearly excluded from the 9/11 Memorial Museum
— because it was “rah-rah” American, a new book says. Michael Shulan, the museum’s creative director, was among staffers who considered the Tom Franklin photograph too kitschy and “rah-rah America,” according to “Battle for Ground Zero” (St. Martin’s Press) by Elizabeth Greenspan, out next month. “I really believe that the way America will look best, the way we can really do best, is to not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently,” Shulan said. -- - NYPOST.com
Mike "Michelle" Shulan

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If only Weiner was gay he could still pull this thing out and become mayor.... Oh, wait!


Weiner campaign paid private eye $45,000 to investigate own 2011 Twitter ‘hacking’ lie, reports show Serial sexter Anthony Weiner
paid a private eye nearly $45,000 in campaign cash to investigate his lie that a hacker posted a crotch shot on his Twitter feed, campaign spending records show.

UPDATE: Special bikini shots of Sydney Leathers, the object of Weiner's sexting have made the net. Sigh.

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First Apple Computer, 1976


The Apple I, devised in a bedroom by Steve Wozniak, Steven Jobs and Ron Wayne, was a basic circuit board to which enthusiasts would add display units and keyboards. In June, 2012, a rare Apple 1 computer, one of only two hundred built in 1976 by Wozniak and Jobs, sold at auction in New York at Sotheby’s for a whopping $374,500 to an unidentified bidder. Only fifty Apple 1’s are left in existence and only a handful are still working. Curious History

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Race, Riots, and Rebuilding: All Doomed Detroit

Word Around the Net: THE FALL OF DETROIT: An extensive essay on the Motown mess:
The 67 riots were one of the three big things that kicked the legs out from under Detroit. The city never really recovered, and what's worse, much of what was destroyed was never rebuilt. The riots seemed to deepen militancy among the city's blacks and deepen fears among the whites, rather than letting off steam and calming things down.... I don't pity Detroit, they did it to themselves, with their eyes open, deliberately. The city didn't have to end up this way, but they found the worst possible response to their problems and not only tried it out over and over, but spewed hatred and hostility toward people who suggested something different.

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United Suckers of America: Dominican Republic scammers sell welfare food bought in NYC and shipped in barrels


Her best-sellers include a 19-ounce box of Frosted Flakes, which goes for $6.50 at Dominican supermarkets. She sells it for $2 less — after her sister buys it on sale for $2.99. But because the sister uses her Electronic Benefit Transfer card, she actually pays nothing — taxpayers foot the $2.99. EXCLUSIVE: - NYPOST.com

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"Unconverted men walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering,"

"and there are innumerable places in this covering so weak that they will not bear their weight, and these places are not seen.
The arrows of death fly unseen at noon-day; the sharpest sight cannot discern them. God has so many different unsearchable ways of taking wicked men out of the world and sending them to hell, that there is nothing to make it appear, that God had need to be at the expense of a miracle, or go out of the ordinary course of his providence, to destroy any wicked man, at any moment." -- Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

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God has blessed America.

As for "God Damn America" --€” ask Jeremiah Wright about that.  Perhaps never in the history of human enterprise has so little been achieved by individuals with so exalted a view of themselves.  The clowns don't know they're the show. Belmont Club » Pipe Dreams

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Satan Reflects


"I nursed him through two divorces, a cocaine rehab, and a pregnant receptionist. God's creature, right? God's special creature. I've warned him, Kevin. I've warned him every step of the way. Watching him bounce around like a fucking game. Like a wind-up toy. Like pounds of self-serving greed on wheels. The next thousand years is right around the corner. Eddie Barzoon... take a good look because he's the poster child for the next millennium.
These people, it's no mystery where they come from. You sharpen the human appetite to the point where it can split atoms with its desire. You build egos the size of cathedrals. Fiber-optically connect the world to every eager impulse. Grease even the dullest dreams with these dollar-green gold-plated fantasies until every human becomes an aspiring emperor, becomes his own god. Where can you go from there? As we're scrambling from one deal to the next, who's got his eye on the planet? As the air thickens, the water sours, even bees honey takes on the metallic taste of radioactivity... and it just keeps coming, faster and faster. There's no chance to think, to prepare; it's buy futures, sell futures.. when there is no future.

" We got a runaway train, boy. We got a billion Eddie Barzoons all jogging into the future.
Every one of them is getting ready to fistfuck God's ex-planet, lick their fingers clean, as they reach out toward their pristine, cybernetic keyboards to tote up their fucking billable hours. And then it hits home. You got to pay your own way, Eddie. It's a little late in the game to buy out now. Your belly's too full, your dick is sore your eyes are bloodshot and you're screaming for someone to help. But guess what, there's no one there! You're all alone, Eddie, 'CAUSE YOU'RE GOD'S SPECIAL LITTLE CREATURE!" -- "John Milton," played by Al Pacino in The Devil's Advocate, describing the milieu that gave rise to his doomed partner Eddie Barzoon. [ Supplied by Porretto in <b>The Resume of Captain Kink</b> @ AMERICAN DIGEST]

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The subjugation of a free people

-- their conversion from citizens to subjects -- requires that the State assume unchallenged authority over three things: communications, education, and weaponry. The latter two are now firmly in the State's hands; only the first remains largely unfettered. -- Liberty's Torch: From Citizen To Subject

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July 28, 2013

Weiner's Week: The Summing Up

Pterodactyl-faced ex-Congressman and Big Apple mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner has been caught sexting again, this time under the undeniably seductive pseudonym of “Carlos Danger.”
Weiner, who had a habit of screaming at Congress with the unhinged fervor of a premature ejaculator, held a press conference on Tuesday pleading for absolution and redemption and further access to naked political power. His incomprehensibly loyal—or understandably careerist, take your pick—Muslim wife Huma Abedin stood by his side and said she forgave him yet again, possibly relieved that none of assembled reporters were asking pointed questions about her rumored lesbian affair with Hillary Clinton. A New York Times article about the scandal included the phrase “Mr. Weiner rarely shrinks.” The Week That Perished - Taki's Magazine

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The Composite

Formed during the collapse of the Twin Towers, and then months of exposure to high-heat fires, this object has come to be known as the composite.
Weighing between 12 and 15 tons, it holds the compressed remnants of four stories of one of the towers. It is just over four feet high. Memory Remains Pictures - National Geographic

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The Weiner Funds: "Campaign cash is cool stuff. "

You can spend it like regular cash: buy yourself a car, stay in a fancy hotel
while attending a conference in the Bahamas, get some good tailoring or designer dresses, eat at tony restaurants. Plus you not only get the money people have voluntarily given you, you get matching funds from the taxpayer.

The downside is, you can only spend that money if you have a registered campaign going.
Once you do, not only can you open the money spigot, you can also offer campaign-related jobs to your friends, relatives, and people you want to kiss up to. Radio Derb Transcript

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July 27, 2013

David Goines: Poster for Che Panisse


Goines' work for Chez Panisse

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Minus the soon-after-passage to be revealed "fee" to the state for going to all that trouble....

California tries to mandate retirement savings for private workers: The money would go into a new state fund with a guarantee that all withheld funds plus investment gains will be available for distribution at retirement age.

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This Just In


“Anyone who had seen print in recent years knew it wasn’t long for this world,” said media analyst Jeff Jarvis, pointing to the multiple setbacks that hindered print in recent years as it gradually wasted away. “I can remember a while back when I opened my Sunday newspaper for the first time in I don’t know how many weeks and there it was, looking so thin, so lifeless. After that, I realized it was only a matter of time.” - - America's Finest News Source

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New approach lighting system unveiled at KSFO following recent Asiana Airlines B-777 accident.


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You have been warned!

You think you want to click on this link, but your really, really don't. EVER. We've had items and warning like this before, but did you believe me? Nooooo. And were you sorry when you clicked? Yesssssss!

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Wybrand Hendriks - Fruit, Flowers and Dead Birds Detail


Wybrand Hendriks | Fruit, Flowers and Dead Birds @ The National Gallery, London

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The $1 Billion Home

“It’s because we wanted the sunlight,” Nita told Vanity Fair.

Antilia, Mumbai, India Value: upward of $1 billion Owner: Mukesh Ambani, worth $21.5billion.
The twenty-seven story, 400,000-square foot skyscraper residence, named after a mythical island in the Atlantic, has six underground levels of parking, three helicopter pads, a 'health' level, and reportedly requires about 600 staff to run it. It is the world's most expensive home far and away with construction costs topping $1 billion. The World's Most Expensive Billionaire Homes - Forbes

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NSA: They Know Much More Than You Think


In the end, both UPSTREAM and PRISM may be only the tips of a much larger system.
Another new document released by Snowden says that on New Year’s Eve, 2012, SHELLTRUMPET, a metadata program targeting international communications, had just “processed its One Trillionth metadata record.” Started five years ago, it noted that half of that trillion was added in 2012. It also noted that two more new programs, MOONLIGHTPATH and SPINNERET, “are planned to be added by September 2013.” James Bamford | The New York Review of Books

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Who Authorized Preparations for War with China?

Two influential American military strategists, Andrew Marshall and his protégé Andrew Krepinevich,
have been raising the alarm about China'€™s new capabilities and aggressive designs since the early 1990s. Building on hundreds of war games played out over the past two decades, they gained a renewed hearing for their concerns following Pacific Vision, a war game conducted by the U.S. Air Force in October 2008. | Yale Journal of International Affairs

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July 26, 2013

Purtin: Barack Obama Needs to Nap with the Fish


The humiliation of the president of the United States by Russia continues unabated as Putin again poses the silent question, "Barack Obama, schmuck or putz?" Oh, That Saucy Drudge : The Other McCain [You know, show a man up as a fool enough times and the world will come to believe he is a fool.]

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Nick "The Quick" Nica of Montreal, Quebec, draws and fires his single action revolver

The present-day Canadian Open Fast Draw Championships was born from the Hollywood myth of the western gunfighter, and the idea is to draw a single action revolver from a holster, cock, fire and hit a designated target in the shortest possible time. No live ammunition is ever used, only blank cartridges or wax bullets. The targets are either a metal silhouettes hit with wax bullets or balloons that burst from the muzzle blast from blank cartridges. A light atop the timer signals the competitor when to fire and, once the target is hit, it turns the timer off, measuring the speed to thousandths of a second. Gunslingers compete to be the quickest - PhotoBlog

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Does a bear fart in a jar?


Murphy has at times cooked and jarred black bear. She says bear meat can cause flatulence but otherwise is delicious.
"You can render down the oil, too," she says. "I fry shrimp in it, and you'd swear it was olive oil." If It Crawls, It's Canned: Eating In The Alaskan Wilderness

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IRS employee union: We don’t want Obamacare

The union leaders are providing members with a form letter to send to the congressmen that says
“I am very concerned about legislation that has been introduced by Congressman Dave Camp to push federal employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and into the insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.” | WashingtonExaminer.com

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Going Warp: Bending Time and Space


To create a galactic version of the global village, bound together by planes and phones, you’d need to travel faster than light.
Contrary to popular belief, Einstein’s theory of relativity does not rule that out completely. According to the theory, space and time are elastic; what we perceive as the force of gravity is in fact the warping of space and time. In principle, you could warp space so severely that you’d shorten the distance you want to cross, like folding a rug to bring the two sides closer together. If so, you could cross any distance instantaneously. Roadmap to Alpha Centauri - Issue 3: In Transit - Nautilus

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When everyone in the world carries a camera, no one is safe!


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"What’s a huge difference between San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Austin, Pittsburgh…and Detroit? Demographics."

Salon.com, which has fallen off the deep end of the progressive tugboat into a bottomless ocean of cognitive dissonance, published an article initially called “White People Killed Detroit” that was later amended to “Who Killed Detroit?” That old bugaboo known as “white flight,” which involved Caucasians fleeing a once-thriving city in the wake of vicious riots, escalating crime, and felonious black-nationalist mayors, was pinned on white bigotry rather than black behavior. The Motor City Blows its Pistons - Taki's Magazine

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You've been thinking, "Maybe I should try the new Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger at Wendy's." Think again.


The second bite is somehow wetter. Why wetter? It kind of makes a sound with my mouth like when you squeeze something Jell-O-y out of a mold.
It tastes a little different than the first time. There’s a little less cheese in this bite and I can taste more of the grease kind of working against the bread’s body while I turn it into mush in my mouth. I Hate Myself and Want to Die: A Review of the New Wendy's Pretzel Burger

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July 25, 2013

"Hello, Negro, welcome to my road show:" Commander-In-Chief Compare And Contrast

Yesterday, the "middle class" was lurking on the podium behind Obama in Knox College in Illinois.

Today, it can be found in Jacksonville, Florida.

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1954 Oldsmobile Rocket F88


Harley Earl, the legendary automotive stylist, designed the F-88 under the belief that it would have outsold the Corvette and forever changed automotive history.
Unfortunately Chevrolet, which produced more GM products than any of its other divisions, convinced the GM board of directors to cut the Oldsmobile project. Dark Roasted Blend: American Concept Cars Showcase, Part 2

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35 of America’s Most Majestic Vintage Neon Signs


34 more –- @ Flavorwire

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Obama’s America 2013: “The trick…is not minding that it hurts.”


Michelle Obama's Mirror:

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9 purported health benefits of drinking coffee


Java may make you healthier, smarter, and slimmer — but not if you drown it with sugar and cream. - The Week

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The Danger of Human Rights Proliferation

If human rights were a currency, its value would be in free fall,
thanks to a gross inflation in the number of human rights treaties and nonbinding international instruments adopted by international organizations over the last several decades. These days, this currency is sometimes more likely to buy cover for dictatorships than protection for citizens. | Foreign Affairs

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July 24, 2013

Comment In Search of a Cornerstone

Reader's comment on The Left's New Boy-Toy

People have talked about a coming "singularity", where afterwards everything is different.

There's a group of people riding the accelerating high-tech wave towards the future. But if that's you and you fall behind, it's ever-harder to catch back up. An ever-smaller cohort of high-productivity people are being forced (?) to carry along with them an ever-growing collection of dependents for whom an aspirational attitude and determination are useless. The cultures are in some sense separating, witness VDH's c&C of the affluent Left Coast, with the falling backwards Central Valley.

I do not know if the singularity means the connection between the two becomes permanently broken, with the technies leaving behind the dependos. Or the singularity will enable the dependos to get back into independent, aspirational, productive lives.

I do not like this emerging nostalgie de la boue born of hopelessness. It stretches the connection between us all to the breaking point. Some seek to hasten and to profit from it, there are always little men who scheme to be kings of their own ragtag dominions.

There is a puzzle before us. We are at the beginning. What are the steps to re-instill an aspirational and moral culture to all our people? What pieces, and in what order? And how do we keep the vandals from ever-scrambling our efforts? We must not fall into civil conflict, but perhaps we will have to teeter at the abyss before there can be an American Awakening.

An American Awakening. A rejection of the addiction of dependency. An embrace that all your neighbors and countrymen are at Liberty to pursue their own happiness without your interference. Shared civic virtues that a civil society cannot be made unless each of us does what we can to make it better. Opportunity is available, for those willing to work for it. Putting off gratification today, that our children will inherit a better world from us.

Is there one tiny cornerstone piece that we can agree upon today? Is there one new idea, or old idea made new, that can seize us all, to build upon? Aspiration seems a good start, but for what? we have generations that have not known the blessings of Liberty, only the soma of dependency. The banishment of envy as policy. The source of all meaning and value is what each person does with what they are given. It is not what you have or have not, but what you do with it. And we will secure for all of us the Liberty to decide for ourselves.

We must begin a forced rejection of the crack dealers of dependency. Trust not in men, but trust in God to provide the Blessings of Liberty.

-- John A. Fleming at July 16, 2013 9:28 PM

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MonkeyFan sees "The Plan!"

In a comment to Side-Lines: He Said She Said / She Said He Said Maybe the democrats are shooting for that coveted future first cuckold LGBT Saudi-American ex-Muslim woman POTUS place in the progressive herstory books. Posted by: monkeyfan

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The Peanut Butter Sandwich 2.0


Just add bananas and you're golden
Peanut butter and jelly...pshhh, that's so cliche. If you really want a satisfying snack, try a peanut butter sandwich 2.0 that will provide you with 9 different flavor combinations in only one delicious sandwich. - Neatorama

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Voting the bums out is a failed strategy.

The Recipe | Tenth Amendment Center Dedicate your 1 hour per week to following Madison’s advice. You could work to advance legislation in your state, county, city or town that would, by law, require a “refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union” on a specific issue – as Madison advised. Stop pouring your time and money into the siren song of federal election campaigns. Voting the bums out is a failed strategy.

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The Unsettling Science [BUMPED]


We might not yet understand the exact biological mechanisms underlying sexual orientation, but we will one day soon.
And if, at that point, homosexuality is seen as a disorder, the next step will be a search for a cure. That would be a tragedy—for society and for science. Biological basis for homosexuality. The fraternal birth order explanation could be bad news for gay people. - Slate Magazine

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"Everywhere around the world / They're coming to America

Oh yeah, we've got that border under control.... 94 migrants found packed in 'overcrowded' truck bound for Mexico-US border


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Bill Clinton to the Weiners: Oh promise me...

On July 10, 2010 Former President Bill Clinton presided over 'I do's' on Rep. Anthony Weiner's wedding day
Rep. Anthony Weiner's nuptials will get a presidential seal of approval. Former President Bill Clinton is set to preside over Weiner's wedding ceremony today at the swanky Oheka Castle on Long Island, sources told the Associated Press.

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Just when you thought it was safe to get out of the ocean....


Made to order. $100. Bad Aby Designs | SHARKINI - Shark Bite Onesie

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A Tour of the Long Beach Civic Center

Hard to make this crap any uglier than it is, by that sign sticking out and those tacked-on lights are making a decent go of it. | Uncouth Reflections

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Nature’s 3D Printers: Using Honeybees to Create Art


Other examples @ TwistedSifter

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And today's "hatefacts" are.... the envelope please...

In the real world, the most dangerous place for a black child is in his mother's womb, and the second most dangerous place is among other black (male) children and young men. But these are empirical and statistical observations that cannot be deduced from leftist principles. Indeed, they are hatefacts (I believe coined by Greg Gutfeld), so to notice them is to expose oneself as a hater. It's so easy to be a leftist! One Cʘsmos: Bob's Famous "I Have a Reality" Speech

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Does Diversity Rock or What!

Man Meets Man, Men Become Women, Women Beat Up Women Who Want To Be Men .... Diogenes' Middle Finger

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He Said She Said / She Said He Said


“I’m not going to get into a back and forth,” Weiner told a journalist. “This was something in front of us that we knew might come up.” National Review Online

“Anthony has made some horrible mistakes, both before he resigned from Congress and after, but I do really strongly believe that is between us and our marriage,” said his wife, Huma Abedin. Democrats squirm as Weiner's wife rushes to rescue him | The Daily Caller

“Your health care rants were a huge turn-on.” The woman, 22 at the time, alleged that Mr. Weiner offered her an apartment, and proposed that he visit her. Weiner Admits Explicit Texting After House Exit

"Shocked that the protégés of the Clintons are a philandering liar and an ambitious woman who stands by her man." Charles C. W. Cooke (charlescwcooke) on Twitter

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July 23, 2013

Illinois General Assembly/ 2004 - Bill Status for SB2386

Senate Sponsors| Sen. George P. Shadid - ... Lawrence M. Walsh and Barack Obama :

Provides that it is an affirmative defense to a violation of a municipal ordinance that prohibits, regulates, or restricts the private ownership of firearms if the individual who is charged with the violation used the firearm in an act of self-defense or defense of another. Effective immediately.
Illinois General Assembly/ 2004

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Airship Dreams, Part 2: Even Bigger!


Dark Roasted Blend: "Go Big, or Go Extinct" applies not only to summer movie blockbusters

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How Hard Will China's Crash Be?

Regardless of growth, the ability to maintain profit margins is rarely considered. Producing and selling at or even below cost will boost GDP numbers but undermines the financial system. This happened to Japan in the early 1990s. And it is happening in China now. Doug Ross @ Journal: How Hard Will China's Crash Be?

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When It Comes to Headlines, There's Matt Drudge and Then There's Everyone Else


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Dry Asparagus Racism

David Olander, a member of University City, Missouri’s Human Relations Commission, made headlines after confronting an employee at a grocery store in a black neighborhood
about whether a dry batch of asparagus represented racist hatred against black people. Olander noted that a batch of asparagus he’d seen at a store in a white neighborhood had been kept fully hydrated. This prompted the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to write what is possibly the most scorn-worthy headline of the year so far: “Dry asparagus prompts questions about racial discrimination in University City.” The Week That Perished - Taki's Magazine

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“I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun. I put them on and went out of the room.”

Happy Birthday, Raymond Chandler

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Take a Header

Cat people vampire burials found in Poland

It's A Bachelor Party? Gee, I Hope There Wasn't A Stripper In The Jetta | The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys


This Day in Blogging History: Harvey girls; Crooked Little Vein; Quantum dots - Boing Boing

The Time-Honored Quest to Find the Rules of Time Travel - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

Letting the Air out of Michael Moore - Taki's Magazine

The Head of Farrar, Straus & Giroux Reflects on the Company's Golden Age and Its Seemingly Less-Than-Romantic Present

What do conductors actually do? Review of 'Inside Conducting' by Christopher Seaman サ The Spectator

The White House Is Not a Metronome

Hollywood's Boys-Only Formula - Bloomberg

'Red 2,' spies and tourism - Grantland

Works and Days サ Lying in the Age of Obama

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Women Whose Tattoos Whisper Unto to All Men... "FLEE!" [Bumped]


Body Modification of the Day: The Game of Life Not exactly the sort of thing one would want to grow old with or beside. [UPDATE: Then there's always the ones who have to make their bodies over into some kind of demented "homage:"]


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How did “Speaking Truth to Power”

become saying platitudes that are already enforced from the top down in our laws and in our societal assumptions.  You know, things like "€œAnyone could be homeless.  They just need compassion."€ 
Things like "€œWomen are exactly the same as men and any differences are cultural."€  (Actually women are driven by different hormones which shape thought, which shape -- oh, never mind.  Yes, some women are more masculine then men, but not the vast majority.)  Things like "You should be able to make a living at whatever you want to, whether it'€™s something other people want or need or not."€  Things like "What'€™s wrong with capitalism is that it doesn'€™t distribute money equally."€ These Are The Crazy Years | According To Hoyt

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What went wrong at Microsoft: All the clues are in The Wire.

There was no room for a Stringer Bell–style dove to strike out and make a deal with an ambitious youngster like Marlo Stanfield (Google)
or a wily long-standing rival like Proposition Joe (Apple) for a share of profits and a shot of innovation. (“It’s not even a thought, man,” Avon chided Stringer.) Why should they cut deals with the riff-raff? They had crushed Lotus, Novell, and Netscape. Office and Windows were stable, profitable behemoths. Sure, Linus Tovalds—aka Omar Little—was a perennial annoyance, robbing Microsoft of server profits by giving away Linux for free, but he didn’t threaten the main business. - Slate Magazine

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It's Not Always Lonely at the Top

New dig at Richard III site could uncover a group of headless friars

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Thoughts While Shaving

If America had a president, he'd look like Trayvon.

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You Break It, You've Bought It: “Detroit’s ours now.”

“What we had in [the 1967 race riots] was a surprise pregnancy,” he said.
“The baby had to be delivered… We had to go through some kind of trauma.” It would be a few years before Detroit would technically become a black city – before the population tipped and political control fell into black hands. But plainly, for most residents, the riot was the turning point that mattered. People began to talk proudly about the emerging “Black Metropolis.” “Detroit Is A Microcosm Of Black America”

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July 22, 2013

The Last Place on Earth


“Around Bouvet Island, it is possible to draw a circle of one thousand miles radius (having an area of 3,146,000 square miles, or very nearly that of Europe) which contains no other land whatever. No other point of land on the earth’s surface has this peculiarity.” Codex 99

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Or would you like to swing on a star.....


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Gmail Has New Ads That Look Like Emails, Here's How to Turn Them Off

Routine Raid Terror | VICE United States

neo-neocon サ Blog Archive サ Detroit: all the way down the Telegraph Road

Michelle Obama's Mirror: The Black Mirror Reflects On Profiling

davidthompson: The Parody Horizon Is dry asparagus a racial issue?

Belmont Club サ Compute Pi to the Last Digit

What if clock time no longer tracked the Sun? – Dava Sobel – Aeon

The Best Looking Delivery Truck in NYC | A Continuous Lean.

Cool Tools – Powerstrip Liberator Cords

The Ten Scariest Aircraft Landings Caught On Video [Including , but not limited to the mind-stopping Landing on a carrier in a sand storm - YouTube]

Letters of Note: Very untruly yours

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The Real Meaning of Zimmerman

Zimmerman was persecuted by the state for the purpose of making you think twice about helping your neighbour.
If I see someone suspicious in my neighbourhood and think of keeping an eye out on him? I remember Zimmerman: maybe I shouldn’t, it could escalate and I could become the next 2-minute hate target. I hear what might be a cry for distress? Not my problem, it’s probably nothing and even if I intervene I could become the next Zimmerman. I see someone rooting around in my neighbour’s backyard? If I intervene I could be the next Zimmerman. | Free Northerner

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Modern Love

The two had met in a hacky-sack circle in early February and announced plans to marry just two weeks later. But the relationship quickly turned tumultuous, and the pair broke up on March 25. Hall took his few possessions and moved out of his fiancée’s home and into a tree at Mclaren Park. Man acquitted in romantic bear-spray squabble

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Rumors of War

You tell me,

Just look all around

At the past and the present,

The cross and the crescent,

The signs and the planets

Are lining up like before

There are souls on fire

In the day and the night

On the left and the right,

In the black and the white

You can see it burn in the eyes

Of the rich and the poor

Rumors of war

.... Rumors of war.

-- Al Stewart

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Time Warp


We will never have total control over this extraordinary dimension.
Time will warp and confuse and baffle and entertain however much we learn about its capacities. But the more we learn, the more we can shape it to our will and destiny. We can slow it down or speed it up. We can hold on to the past more securely and predict the future more accurately. Mental time-travel is one of the greatest gifts of the mind. It makes us human, and it makes us special. Why Time Slows Down When We're Afraid, Speeds Up as We Age, and Gets Warped on Vacation | Brain Pickings

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The Overworked and the Idle

To maintain profits and output, managers are given additional duties even as support staff is trimmed.
I have often wondered if the fascination with the TV series Mad Men wasn't partly the result of our amazement at how little these guys actually worked and how many had secretaries/admin assistants. This phenomenon is also visible in low-pay service work, where adverts for poorly paid administrative jobs demand familiarity with a dozen software programs, and fast-food workers are expected to maintain a punishing level of productivity for minimum wages. charles hugh smith

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Sharpton, Jackson and Other Civil Rights Sluts

Shelby Steele: The Decline of the Civil-Rights Establishment -

One wants to scream at all those outraged at the Zimmerman verdict: Where is your outrage over the collapse of the black family? Today's civil-rights leaders swat at mosquitoes like Zimmerman when they have gorillas on their back. Seventy-three percent of all black children are born without fathers married to their mothers. And you want to bring the nation to a standstill over George Zimmerman?


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"Hate is today’s equivalent of Victorian sex."

The denizens of the 21st century, educated liberals in especial, think they are above hate. They are too smart for that sort of s**t.
Today we have codes against “hate speech”, social taboos against “hateful behavior”. But a moment’s study will readily show that much of this is just sugar coating, that inside the “anti-hate” paintjob lurk actual hate campaigns themselves. Hate is today’s equivalent of Victorian sex. Everyone affects to know nothing of it, yet the body politic would grid to a halt, not to mention go broke, without it. | Belmont Club » Addicted to Hate

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"Insanity can only be amped so much."

After a while even the crazies know it’s crazy. And then, there’s the fact that semantic insanity encourages the sort of behavior that makes things worse and takes society apart faster. And then the crash comes.
The normal result of the crash is a strong man regime, and maybe that’s where we’ll end up. Only not the current strong men, because they’re semantically insane. The very people trying to speed up the crash are the ones least likely to survive it. Because most of them are third generation indoctrinated and unable to think of the signified beneath the significant. These Are The Crazy Years | According To Hoyt


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“Oh, well, Detroit’s an ‘outlier.’”

It’s an outlier only in the sense that it happened here first. The same malign alliance between a corrupt political class, rapacious public-sector unions, and an ever more swollen army of welfare dependents has been adopted in the formally Golden State of California, and in large part by the Obama administration, whose priorities — “health” “care” “reform,” “immigration” “reform” — are determined by the same elite/union/dependency axis. As one droll tweeter put it, “If Obama had a city, it would look like Detroit.” The Downfall of Detroit | National Review Online

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Chicago’s new crime-fighting strategy.

“Chicago police are going to hand deliver letters to people suspected of committing or being victims of gun crimes in an effort to stem violence in the city, according to a new report.”
This is a triumph of PR over policy, fiction over reality and madness over sanity. Yet all the same everyone will sign up to the letter scheme like it might actually work even though they know it hasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell. One minor, yet telling defect in the plan is the unreasonable assumption that the criminals or victims can read the letters they are sent. Why would you think they could? Belmont Club » Lying as a Way of Life

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July 21, 2013

America is becoming more urbanized…yet these cities are dying.


What do they have in common? Now That Detroit’s Gone Bust, Is Your City Next? | Zero Hedge

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And My First World Problem Today Is....


My friends in the east can't go out to their Lobster Festival because it's too hot to eat lobster rolls and drink lemonade outside. My mother in Northern California can't go out to get her laundry because it's too hot for her to make the 100 yard walk to the laundry room. They are all sweltering. Meanwhile, here in Seattle I'm thinking, "Why, oh Lord, do I have to pay for heat in July?"

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And Brains Still Be Dead and Not Concealing


A thing is a terrible mind wasted and be grammar discorrect. Poor sad, bitter, and self-unmade woman. Twenty years of schooling, they put you on the day shift, and you still can't write or think clearly. You. Are. Doomed. But just keep voting for everyone and everything that has doomed you all you life. Like they say, "To fail to plan is to make a plan."

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Jorge Alberto The Sewing Kit


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The Fog of Warrior


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July 20, 2013

Georgia O'Keeffe, Slightly Open Clam Shell, 1926


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Texas: The America of America

SMBC — Texas shirt Designed by Shawn Coss

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Easily the most disturbing thing on the entire internet in recorded history.

Rolling Clay with Keith - Neatorama

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Profile of a Psychopath

Ludecke writes: "He has a matchless instinct for taking advantage of every breeze to raise a political whirlwind. No official scandal was so petty that he could not magnify it into high treason.... His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it. OSS Psychological Profile of Hitler, Part Three

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July 19, 2013



-- Small Dead Animals

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There Are No Ordinary People; You Have Never Talked to a Mere Mortal

“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you may talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and corruption such as you now meet if at all only in a nightmare.
All day long we are in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in light of these overwhelming possibilities it is with awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics.There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendours. -- Living Among Immortals – C.S. Lewis - The Voice Blog

[ Strangely enough this is not from Word Around the Net: A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE but was already in the stack as of two weeks ago.]

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Grievance Theater

Sultan Knish: Looking for Racism in America -- The ghetto farms black communities for votes and more importantly for subsidies.
For every dollar that is taken to help minorities, a penny goes to the problem and ninety-nine cents goes to the hucksters, the administrators, the bureaucrats, the wives of influential pols hired on massive salaries to oversee some aspect of the program, the experts who monitor compliance, the affirmative action contractors who charge four times as much to build a school or provide meals, the unions who have the exclusive right to service the program, the slumlords who administer affordable housing and finally the politicians who have the money kicked back to them by all of the above.

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No nation should bet its survival on blind luck

Obama: 'Trayvon Could Have Been Me'

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This is Dewey; reminding you that if Obama had a city, it would look like Detroit.

If we are to address the real issues that caused the implosion of a once great American city, we are going to have to discuss race because it is not just a card in somebody’s hand, it is the entire fixed deck.
Let’s have an honest discussion regarding the flagrant use of racial pandering, victimization and exploitation for personal and political gain. Let’s talk about why the city’s civic jewels were bequeathed to the city’s black population; and let’s examine why they have been so devalued ever since. Let’s discuss how a city exclusively run by democrats and blacks has spent the better part of half a century circling the drain. Let’s honestly discuss who and what is “holding the black man down” in Detroit because, brother, it most assuredly isn’t white America any more. DEWEY FROM DETROIT: The Motor City: Broken and Out of Warranty

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Last Redhead in Detroit Is Not for Sale!


Howdy Doody Not For Sale In Detroit's Bankruptcy Howdy Doody One, worth by many estimates at least $1 million, is part of the DIA permanent collection, though it hasn't been displayed since 2009. The puppet sits in a warehouse. Since Detroit's broke, will it be the first thing to go? No, according to state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr.

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Bombs AWAY!

Hollywood facing summer crisis with multiple big budget flops Comment: This is a GOOD thing. People, WAKE UP!! Stop giving these overpaid, underworked morons your money! They get paid to PLAY ACT for a living, and Hollywood hasn't put out anything original in 50 years... just go look at "Everything is a Remix" on YouTube.

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As Everyone Knows, the Jobs Numbers Are As Crooked as Eric Holder's Throat

The Jobs Number Is BS Says Former Head Of Bureau of Labor Statistics | Zero Hedge
Keith Hall believes the US economy is a lot sicker than the 7.6 percent unemployment rate would lead you to believe. And he should know. Hall was, from 2008 until last year, the guy in charge of Washington's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the agency that compiles that rate. "Right now [it's] misleadingly low," says Hall, who believes a truer reading of those now wanting a job but without one to be more than 10 percent.

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Senator John Hoeven revealed he had absolutely no idea what was in the legislation he “wrote.”

Senator Hoeven doesn’t read legislative. For example, Section 5(b)(1): Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish a strategy, to be known as the ‘Southern Border Fencing Strategy’ . . . On the other hand, Section 5(b)(5): Notwithstanding paragraph (1), nothing in this subsection shall require the Secretary to install fencing . . . The Simulacrum of Self-Government | National Review Online

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File Under: "World's Smallest Violin:" Unions Got "Swindled" By Obamacare, In State Of "Desperation And Disappointment" CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: It is true, they supported the bill,
they supported the administration, they helped elect it, had the boots on the ground and they were swindled.... It also means that a lot of full time employees are going to lose at least ten hours of work, they have to get under 30 hours. So, if you're a full-time worker now, you're not going to be able to support a family on part time income. But the worst is as you indicated, that they're going to lose their members.

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July 18, 2013

Strait is the Gate and Narrow the Way


Hiroshige, Rough Sea at Naruto in Awa Province (From the series- Famous Views of the 60 Odd Provinces) 1855

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Two Perspectives On History


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Coming Right Up


Would Rolling Stone Be Okay If Their Offices Were Bombed? As long as the bomber was cute?

"And the one thing you can count on is that after the media gets tired of celebrifying evil, they will get back to vilifying the innocent." Michelle Obama's Mirror: "Très Terror Chic": Rolling Along, Gathering No Moss

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The crucial fact to come out of the whole Zimmerman adventure

— crucial, and therefore utterly overlooked -- was that Rachel Jeantel, a prosecution witness and black girl aged nineteen years, can´t read.
The grim implication of this fact is confirmed by the illiteracy of tweets from blacks regarding the case. “Ima kill dat dumass cracker be racis.” Here we see as neatly displayed as if in a jewelry box why so many young blacks will go nowhere in the remaining fifty years of their lives. They can´t read, or barely can. In a fading techno-industrial civilization — I use the latter word frivolously — this consigns them to a life on charity. Is this not of more note than who started what? Fred On Everything

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July 17, 2013

The Cover Photo Rolling Stone Should Have Run


These are the innocent victims who will soon be dead or crippled, including an eight-year old boy (circled in blue)
happily clinging to a rail watching the race with wonderment. And Rolling Stone's hero, the terrorist throwback from the seventh century (circled in red) has just dropped off his bomb. You disgust me, Rolling Stone. You fill every molecule of my body with revulsion. | Doug Ross @ Journal

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The fix that'll fix ya is when you get your pixture on the cover of the Rolling Stone


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Learn How to Shave Like Your Grandpa | The Art of Manliness

You’ll feel like a bad ass. It’s nice taking part in a ritual that great men like your grandfather, John F. Kennedy, and Teddy Roosevelt took part in.

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Five Best Razors

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GOP Future Depends on Winning Larger Share of the White Vote. | VDARE.com

Thenumbers speak. Their message may be unfashionable, but hardly unpalatable.

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Five Things You Weren't Told In Politico's Immigration 'Slow Death' Report

Immigration Reform Has Done Nothing to Improve Rubio's Standing with Hispanics: If Marco Rubio -- who is Hispanic and the face of immigration reform -- is still completely upside down with Hispanic voters, why would any sane person believe immigration reform would help any other Republican with Hispanics?

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These days racism is the new psychoanalysis.

Educated people check their privilege and discover that they are the reincarnation of Simon Legree.
They are horrified to find that they take it for granted that people in movies look like them and talk like them. They gasp as they realize that they actually manage to get through the day without thinking about race and weep in shame as they are told that black people are constantly thinking about race and their failure to do the same thing is a form of privilege that makes them no better than Jefferson Davis or Archie Bunker. Sultan Knish: Fear of a Racist Country

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Only the beginning folks. Only the beginning. 6

I am such a degenerate that I see that just by adding an 'R' New Yorkers could enjoy a new cocktail, The Weiner Spritzer.

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"All left-wing parties in the highly industrialized countries are at bottom a sham,"

"because they make it their business to fight against something which they do not really wish to destroy.
They have internationalist aims, and at the same time they struggle to keep up a standard of life with which those aims are incompatible. We all live by robbing Asiatic coolies, and those of us who are 'enlightened' all maintain that those coolies ought to be set free; but our standard of living, and hence our 'enlightenment', demands that the robbery shall continue. A humanitarian is always a hypocrite, and Kipling's understanding of this is perhaps the central secret of his power to create telling phrases. It would be difficult to hit off the one-eyed pacifism of the English in fewer words than in the phrase, 'making mock of uniforms that guard you while you sleep'. | George Orwell on Rudyard Kipling

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File Under: Nothing Says "Prick" Like a Prius -- "The volcanic eruption in Iceland,"

… Since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet – all of you.
I know….it’s very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish your kids’ “The Green Revolution” science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your 50 cent light bulbs with $10.00 light bulbs…..well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just four days. | IAN RUTHERFORD PLIMER | RUTHFULLY YOURS

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The Overworked and the Idle

The overworked are powerless to change the system they serve. The overworked often have big mortgages to pay, kids in college, huge medical bills and a high-cost lifestyle that is a legacy of better times, a lifestyle they try to maintain even as their net income after taxes and healthcare insurance declines year after year.

The involuntarily idle are equally powerless, of course, but they tend to think the status quo is rewarding the overworked. The overworked, meanwhile, look with envy on the involuntarily idle who manage to live pretty well on government programs and transfers.

The stress levels of the overworked are high due to impossible workloads, while the involuntarily idle suffer from financial stress and depression. This is one systemic reason why the nation's mental and physical health continues to deteriorate. | charles hugh smith

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July 16, 2013

What Do You Guys Have?

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The Left's New Boy-Toy: IT'S .... JEANTEL! [BUMPED]


Get ready for 300 pounds of steaming intellect: RACHEL JEANTEL, FRIEND OF TRAYVON: Well, the jury, they see their facts. My thoughts of the jury, they old, that's old school people. We in a new school, our generation, my generation. So --

PIERS MORGAN: Let's talk about 'creepy ass cracka.' People have said that that is a phrase used by black people, cracka, to describe a white person. Is that true?

JEANTEL: No! Like I said --

MORGAN: How do you spell it, first of all?

JEANTEL: Cracka.

MORGAN: There's no 'e-r,' right?

JEANTEL: No, it's an 'a' at the end. -- Jeantel: "The Jury, They Old. That's Old School People. We In A New School, Our Generation" | RealClearPolitics

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"You killed God and all you got for it was the single mother household."

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Rio Bravo


High Noon is about a town trying (and failing) to make the transition from frontier outpost to civilized community.  Rio Bravo isgoverned by a different vision of the West, in which community in that sense is irrelevant — individual initiative and responsibility are the central and decisive issues. RIO BRAVO | mardecortésbaja.com

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Big Brother Comes to the Kindle


Amazon Secretly Removes “1984” From the Kindle Thousands of people last week discovered that Amazon had quietly removed electronic copies of George Orwell's 1984 from their Kindle e-book readers. In the process, Amazon revealed how easy censorship will be in the Kindle age. [ HT: He Who Controls The Present Controls The Past - Small Dead Animals]

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Starbuck's: Why Pay Less?


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"I almost joined the frenzy."

Yesterday I was going to write that Zimmerman pursued Martin against police instructions and illustrated the perils of racial profiling.

But I hadn’t followed the case in detail. So I sat down and watched the closing arguments: nearly seven hours of video in which the prosecution and defense went point by point through the evidence as it had been hashed out at the trial. Based on what I learned from the videos, I did some further reading. It turned out I had been wrong about many things. -- Trayvon Martin verdict: Racism, hate crimes prosecution, and other overreactions. - Slate Magazine

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Memories may be beautiful and yet....

What's too painful to remember.... we simply choose to forget!

[Via ye olde Neatorama]

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What Do You Do When The Oppressed Are Their Own Worst Oppressors?

The worst oppressors of young black men are older black men who abandon their children. And the second-worst oppressors of young black men are other young black men. 94% of black murder victims are killed by blacks....
Why have civil rights organizations and black clergy wagered their reputations on the Zimmerman case? It is hard to avoid the conclusion that the issues that really concern African-Americans simply are too painful to discuss. Five years after the ultimate boost to self-esteem — the election of the first black president — things are getting worse faster. If black leaders — from Barack Obama and Eric Holder on down — can’t talk about the real problems, the prospects for the future are frightening indeed. - -Spengler

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July 15, 2013

In Africa, “only foreigners seem to care about the welfare of Africans.”

He means whites, since the only other non-whites are the Chinese, and they are there only to make money.
They care nothing about and do nothing for the black population—no Western sentimentality for them. It’s the same with the Western corporations looting the place of its natural wealth. The foreign aid workers and development specialists think they care, but Mr. Theroux considers them self-absorbed fools, whose officious meddling only makes things worse, and further entrenches tyranny. Paul Theroux: Africa in Chaos | American Renaissance

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What Some Women Will Do for Money

Billionaire George Soros, 82, planning lavish wedding to third wife Tamiko Bolton, 41, but guests banned from bringing gifts | Mail Online

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Reaper Drone Found Not Guilty In Death Of American Teenager

ARLINGTON, VA — A U.S. federal jury has found an MQ-9 Reaper drone not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter in the aerial bombing death of a young American teenager, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki,
who was killed in Yemen in October 2011. Awlaki family attorney Gul Haji Rachman gave a tearful speech to reporters, in which he vowed the fight was not over. “Today, we are all Abdulrahman al-Awlaki,” Rachman said, as he donned traditional Yemeni garb of a zenneh, jambiya, and RPG-7. “This Reaper was clearly targeting this young boy, just walking around the neighborhood, minding his business with a bushel of khat,” he added, shortly before he himself was killed in a drone strike. The Duffel Blog

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We are ostensibly “protected” and “served”

by a militarized police force that routinely kicks in our doors, shoots our dogs – and sometimes shoots us too –
when we’ve committed no crime whatsoever, and forces us to submit to unconstitutional searches at roadside checkpoints whether we’ve done anything wrong or not. Our soldiers are sent to ungodly shitholes ostensibly to vigorously and proactively defend us by killing our enemies and destroying the infrastructure they use to attack us, but in reality operate under absurd rules of engagement that basically amount to “no shooting, no fighting, play nice” and are tasked instead with building tottering, corrupt “democracies” in “nations” whose demonstrated incapacity for proper, humane self-governance are the reason we’re there in the first place. -- Let'€™s have a war » Cold Fury

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Daze of Rage: "We Shall Undercome"

Wow, America, tremble and fear: The tsunami of outrage and hunger for justice is breaking on your racist and privileged shores.

1. Liberal media and cynical politicians hypes pointless emotive cause.

2. Flurry of Twittering.

3. Milling around in public place on the way back from yoga class or college.

4. Stand next to Black person or opposite police, raise fist limply in air, fill mouth with abstract noun: "justice," "freedom," "equality," etc. Try not to yawn at the same time.

5. Hi-five some fellow "hero of the streets," make peace sign, etc. Hope to be filmed by bored TV crew.

6. Go for a latte. Look for wi-fi.

7. Transpose some aspect of the night’s proceedings to social media. -- Alternative Right - A Magazine of Radical Traditionalism

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Zimmerman will likely get his gun back, if he requests it


Which will only increase the temper tantrums on the left and make for one hell of a high-priced auction item.- - U.S. News

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President Obama'€™s New American Vocabulary

Food Stamps: Never stamps and not always for food.

Fracking: Produces way too much unnecessary energy and money.

George Zimmerman: Does not look like the son Obama might have had.

George Zimmerman Trial: An indictment of white male America, when a female judge instructs an all-female jury in a case involving a Latino shooting an African-American — with pretrial input from an African-American president and attorney general.

Golf: A populist sport necessary to relieve the weekly tensions of average-guy presidents.

Global Warming: Along with rising seas, mostly ended by the president in 2009.

-- Works and Days

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Servicing the Public: "They're ready for Anaheim"

"This video may not compute … unless you’ve worked in or near a government (or quasi-government) bureaucracy.
I’m reminded of scheduled “let down you hair" days at the regional Baby Bells in the 80s — all monopoly bureaucracies are the same.
Look at the body gestures…do you recognize those? The badges swinging from the neck…and the pasty faces…the affirmative action hires…the slack jaws and vacuous expressions… I can smell ‘em, there’s a smell. Your government is the DMV writ large, filled with millions of these losers, shuckin’ & jivin’ for their lifetime meal ticket, all payed for by you, to ride herd on you." HappyAcres

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Thomas Sowell: "I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white."

Over the generations, black leaders have ranged from noble souls to shameless charlatans. After the success of the civil rights insurgency, the latter have come into their own, gaining money, power and fame by promoting racial attitudes and actions that are counterproductive to the interests of those they lead. -- Polling Shows That Sources Of Racism Have Reversed Themselves

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If Obama had four more sons…

Why is Joshua Chellew less important than Trayvon Martin? If the races had been reversed, this would be the biggest news story in the United States. It would have knocked the Zimmerman trial out of the news. Yep. Or, if Chellew had been able to defend himself against one or all of them, he’d be the new George Zimmerman. We’d be seeing baby pictures of his attackers. Al Sharpton would be marching. Jay Carney would be filibustering away all questions about Obama’s latest race-baiting. MSNBC would be on full alert.

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Tell the truth and shame the devil

Iconoclast 5723Michael has his say about the Trayvon rallies at The World According to Michael

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Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Visit the Snack Food Aisle....


Twinkies make an early comeback at Walmart stores... and they won't be frozen. The world's largest retailer says it is selling the snack cakes at about 1,600 stores starting next Friday
and that about 3,000 of its 4,000 U.S. stores should have them by Sunday morning, a day before Hostess had said the spongy yellow cakes would start hitting shelves nationwide. By late next week, stores will also have Hostess Mini Muffins and fried Fruit Pies, said Walmart spokeswoman Veronica Marshall. ....Coffee Cakes, Ho Hos, Orange CupCakes, Suzy Qs and Zingers will be available by August. Sno-Balls will arrive in the fall.

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July 14, 2013

The Hunt For The Great White Defendant


Every assistant D.A. in the Bronx, from the youngest Italian just out of St. John's Law School to the oldest Irish bureau chief,
who would be somebody like Bernie Fitzgibbon, who was forty-two, shared Captain Ahab's mania for the Great White Defendant. For a start, it was not pleasant to go through life telling yourself, "What I do for a living is, I pack blacks and Latins off to jail." Kramer had been raised as a liberal. In Jewish families like his, liberalism came with the Similac and the Mott's apple juice and the Instamatic and Daddy's grins in the evening. And even the Italians, like Ray Andriutti, and the Irish, like Jimmy Caughey, who were not exactly burdened with liberalism by their parents, couldn't help but be affected by the mental atmosphere of the law schools, where, for one thing, there were so many Jewish faculty members. By the time you finished law school in the New York area, it was, well ... impolite! ... on the ordinary social level ... to go around making jokes about the yoms. It wasn't that it was morally wrong ... It was that it was in bad taste. So it made the boys uneasy, this eternal prosecution of the blacks and Latins. [The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe]: A Reading List | VDARE.com

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neo-neocon » Blog Archive » The day after: some thoughts on the Zimmerman trial

Martin—and most 17-year-olds—was no “child.” In fact, had he committed a crime (and he apparently did in this case, assault and battery) and lived to be charged with it, there is a very good chance he would have been charged as an adult. To watch people on TV solemnly intoning “child” is to see their blatant and unapologetic propaganda at work.

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July 13, 2013

The Golden Mean by David Holt


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Fiat justitia ruat caelum


"Let justice be done though the heavens fall."

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From "Glee" to the New Reality TV Series: "Gay Divorce Court"

"To have and to hold from this day forward for three years..."

In which gays show once again that they've really got a handle on this marriage thing: Jane Lynch Files For Divorce From Wife Lara Embry.
Just one month after announcing that she and her wife of three years, Dr. Lara Embry, are going their separate ways. Jane Lynch has officially filed for divorce in an L.A. County Court.... According to the legal documents, the couple did not have a prenup, and will therefore split their marital assets 50/50. The pair have no children together. Lynch is also filing to terminate the court's jurisdiction to award Embry with spousal support.

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"The Japanese. Nuked too much or not enough?"


Toyota's SpongeBob SquarePants SUV - Neatorama

Let's Discuss The Nightmare That Is The SpongeBob Toyota Highlander

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So you thought you might hide in the crowd....

Gigapixel.com - 2011 Stanley Cup Game 7 Canucks Fan Zone

This picture was taken with a camera 70,000 x 30,000 pixels (2100 MegaPixels). The cameras are not sold to the public and are being installed in strategic locations. (This one is in Canada) Place the cursor in the multitude of people and left double click a couple times. It will continue to show the people much closer, when you double left click again or click more if needed. There were thousands of persons and yet one can spot and recognize any face. Imagine what this means... both police and Army have it.

You can zoom from this:

To this:
[HT: R. Sterling]

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In real justice systems, the state decides what crime has been committed and charges somebody with it.

In the Zimmerman trial, the state’s “theory of the case” is that it has no theory of the case:
might be murder, might be manslaughter, might be aggravated assault, might be a zillion other things, but it’s something. If you’re a juror, feel free to convict George Zimmerman of whatever floats your boat. -- A Dagger at the Heart of Justice | Steyn

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In Passing #76


JustMiddleAgedManThings You know, I gotta tell you: Lynn printed out the Mapquest and that said it would take 4 hours, but we made in 3 and half.

Infant Circumcision Trainer, White @ Amazon.com: I call racism.

Night Moves is a 75-page poem constructed entirely from YouTube comments on Bob Seger’s 1976 hit “Night Moves.” Conceptual Writing, Gender, Murder, and Bob Seger | VICE United States

The Feminine Smells That Get Sperm Moving They found that two (a urine-y scent and a caramel-like one) caused the cells to release calcium, which makes sperm whip their tails.

The cosy coastal world of pretend farmers’ markets and happy cows bears no resemblance to the actual back end of America -- America's artificial heartland

The notion of children as collective property, something to be distributed for optimal social effect, as determined by the left, isn’t hard to find. davidthompson: I’m Sorry, But Your Utopia is Just a Little Creepy

Yoko Ono Purchases Evander Holyfield “I’ve always wanted to own a black American,” gushed Ms. Ono.

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July 12, 2013

Misteakz Wur Maid


"On Friday, July 12, during the KTVU Channel 2 Noon newscast, we misidentified the pilots in the Asiana Airlines crash. We made several mistakes when we received this information. First, we never read the names out loud, phonetically sounding them out. KTVU Apology for Friday Noon report
[HT: Small Dead Animals]

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Biden Says Department of Homeland Security Crawling with Lesbians

GAYLE KING: Is the administration concerned with the caliber of the women working under her?
JOE BIDEN: I can assure you, the stable of girls Janet’s harnessed to service her are smart, competent and stronger than government mules. Daily Rash

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Oddly, the Left's enthusiasm for the idea that black Americans will riot is an extreme case of racial stereotyping which assumes that certain people are likely to commit violent criminal acts based solely on their ethnicity. Hope n' Change Cartoons: Sanford and Sons

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Regarding a Government of Tyranny and Taxation


The Sons of Liberty In Boston, another example of the violence they committed could be found in their treatment of a local stamp distributor, Andrew Oliver. They burned his effigy in the streets. When he did not resign, they escalated to burning down his office building. Even after he resigned, they almost destroyed the whole house of his close associate, Lieutenant Governor Thomas Hutchinson. It is believed that the Sons of Liberty did this to excite the lower classes and get them actively involved in rebelling against the authorities. Their violent actions made many of the stamp distributors resign in fear.

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Whether George Zimmerman is acquitted or convicted,

the legacy of this case will be that the media never gets it right, and worse, that a group of lawyers, with the aid of a public relations team, who had a financial stake in the outcome of pending and anticipated civil litigation, were allowed to commandeer control of Florida's criminal justice system, in pursuit of a divisive, personal agenda. Benjamin Crump: Who Screamed Doesn't Matter - TalkLeft: The Politics Of Crime

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This Just In


Napolitano resigning to "spend more time with my LGBT family and neck beard."

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"Leading from Behind" Translation: "Leading Out of My Ass"

Translation: not even the Washington Post knows what is going on.
“A decision to intervene in a foreign war, even in a small way, ought to be the subject of a direct presidential address to the country and an open debate in Congress. Yet the news that the United States would, after more than two years of dithering, finally provide direct military aid to rebels came in a conference call with reporters by White House aide Ben Rhodes on June 13. While letting the world know about it, Mr. Obama chose to designate his action as covert, stifling public discussion and restricting details on the arms supplies to members of the congressional intelligence committees.” It’s called “leading from behind”. Belmont Club » A Tale of Two Cities

Nations and people everywhere are waking up to the realization that this drooling bozo in the White House not only does not know what he's doing, but he does not care. Surprise, surprise!

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What’s shocking about the poem is that it is so astonishingly modern.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.

They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.

But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”

The authorities that are supposed to protect you always turn on you in the end, feudalism is a beautiful system but only for the feudal lord, and the peasants in their undefended huts are prey to all sorts of evil marauders. And yet, we still get it, in this day and age we still hear it, “if you just give up your weapons, you’ll be safe.” “If you just shut up, we won’t attack you.” “If you are a good boy/girl, we’ll be kind to you.” -- They Promised Perpetual Peace | According To Hoyt

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Zimmerman Riots? Let 'Em Rip.

iOwnTheWorld.com Zimmerman Case – “It was relayed to me that they just wanted an arrest. They didn’t care if it got dismissed later.”

BFH: "I hope there is rioting. And with any luck no innocent people will be injured and many of the rioters will be shot and killed. Yes, I said it. I don’t take kindly to threats."

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Smoke 'em if ya got 'em: Ex-Chancellor 'hoards 38,000 cigarettes'

German ex-Chancellor Helmut Schmidt is 94

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July 11, 2013

"Most tyrannies have been possible because men moved too late"

The wisest thing in the world is to cry out before you are hurt. It is no good to cry out after you are hurt. People talk about the impatience of the populace; but sound historians know that most tyrannies have been possible because men moved too late. It is often necessary to resist a tyranny before it exists. It is no answer to say, with a distant optimism, that the scheme is only in the air. A blow from a hatchet can only be parried while it is in the air. -- G K Chesterton, Eugenics and Other Evils

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In Passing #75


The one-year rollover of ObamaCare because of its "complexity" suggests it's time to call in the physicists, the people who study black holes and death stars. Daniel Henninger: Big Government Implodes - WSJ.com

At age 79, Syd Mead is still the best sci-fi visual futurist on earth (as we know it). Huckberry | The Present Future

Europe’s debt-crisis strategy is near collapse. The wheels are coming off the whole of southern Europe - Telegraph

Three B-17s and two PV-2s laden with 10,000 pounds of death-dealing cargo each would carry out their missions “with the City of Sarasota and eastern Manatee as their targets.” Ants Go Marching - Issue 3: In Transit - Nautilus

To Avoid Cyber Espionage, Russia's Switching Back to Typewriters

“And Richard Cory, one calm summer night, / Went home and put a bullet through his head” Reading Poems Backward : The New Yorker

June 1937. “Child of Texas migrant family who follow the cotton crop from Corpus Christi to the Panhandle." KA-CHING! • June 1937

The science of how much we suck The Periodic Table Of Humanity's Worst Vices [Infographic] | Popular Science

A recent report commissioned by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reviewed the health benefits of reducing salt intake and the take-home message is that salt, in the quantities consumed by most Americans, is no longer considered a substantial health hazard. The Sound Of Settled Science - Small Dead Animals

Steve Sailer: Why are blacks moving to conservative southern states? You might almost think that blacks find they do better in Republican-run states that are pro-jobs....

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Oh No, Bad Thought. Mustn't Think It. Mustn't... Mustn't....

Curmudgeonly & Skeptical presents Boned Jello

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Saudi Arabia 'targeting Iran and Israel with ballistic missiles'

It serves as both a training and launch facility, with the missiles stored in an underground silo built into a rocky hillside. To the north of the facility are two circle-shaped launch pads, both with compass-style markings showing the precise direction that the launchers should fire in. --- Telegraph

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"Given President Obama’s assurances that Iran will not get a nuclear weapon there must be a high probability that it will."

If his pledge to prosecute a war of necessity in Afghanistan or bring democracy to Egypt
or enforce a red line in Syria are indications of how well his pledges hold up, then you can count on Iran getting a weapon pretty soon. And then maybe the Saudis will arm the missiles with something bought from Pakistan. -- Belmont Club サ Calibration Target

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July 10, 2013

Racism is the new sex

for a breed of politically correct puritans who are obsessed with a new kind of prurience. As the last sexual taboos fall by the wayside, the new taboos are political and the new witch hunts are all about exposing hidden reservoirs of bigotry among celebrity chefs and lurking White Hispanic menaces. Sultan Knish: Post-Racial and Racially Obsessed

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Triple Barrel Shotgun: Two for the Balcony, One for the Door

When two won't do! File under, "Anything worth doing is worth overdoing."Via the eternal LMAO

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Big [Brother from Another Planet] is Watching You


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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The Stand sink-urinal sells for about $590.

The 'Sink-Urinal' Saves Water, Encourages Men To Wash Hands

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‘Monster’ Lobster Caught Off Gloucester The crew of Skipper Lou Williams'€™ The Pretty Girl caught the crustacean, but released it back into the water after snapping some photos. They estimated it weighed around 20 pounds.

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On second thought, I wouldn't be all that upset if the USA was consumed by fire.

The July 17 season premiere of TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” will be aided (and abetted?) by what the network is calling “Watch ’n Sniff” — in which viewers will be able to experience the Georgia-based Thompson clan in all its olfactory glory. Viewers will be prompted to scratch their cards when they see the corresponding number pop up on the screen. -- TLC’s ‘Honey Boo Boo’ comes to your senses - NYPOST.com

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In Passing #74


The flame is stronger and has a better chance. Cigarette cards: The life hacks of 100 years ago - The Week

Our pipits differed across islands, not just in beak shape but in overall size, the length of their legs, and the size of their wings, too. The role of chance in evolution – Lewis Spurgin – Aeon

A watercolor drawing by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart of his ear compared to an ordinary earMozart had weird ears

DNA from a cave in Russia adds a mysterious new member to the human family.The Case of the Missing Human Ancestor

Depending on your tour guide, you may learn about the legends of the moving doll and the haunted upstairs room. Robert Frost Farm | Atlas Obscura

Chengdu's New Century Global Centre has its own beach resort, cinemas, shops – and a replica Mediterranean village Largest building in the world opens in China

It's like leaving a note for your roommate—the mailman won't see that. Unless the mailman kicks in your door/the NSA subpoenas your email provider. So, You Want to Hide from the NSA?

The most dangerous ways to open wine

Hard work but somebody has to do it. Beer festival closes early – after running out of beer

Yes, let's: Let’s Call Bullshit on Jim Carrey’s Twitter Apology to Assault Rifle Owners – Flavorwire

"We may have very big crystals at the centre of the Earth, maybe up to 10km," says Hirose. TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): The center of the earth may be made of crystals

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July 9, 2013

A third party is nonsensical. It is a vote to fail. [Bumped]

We must become the opposition party within the opposition party. Just as Ronald Reagan fought the establishment for decades, so too must we continue to fight using the party only as a vessel for our needs. -- Doug Ross @ Journal: THREE CRISES: An Essay

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Surprise. Surprise.


IRS Accidentally Publishes ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Social Security Numbers Online : “The identifying numbers were on the Internet for less than 24 hours after being discovered, but the damage was done,” National Journal reports, citing an audit from Public.Resource.org.

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From rickets to gout in 3 short generations

is an amazing feat of American ingenuity. It is also a scourge upon the land. The hungry, skinny boy will figure out a way to improve his lot in life. The lolling, corpulent narcoleptic boy will not. He will die younger than he should, a tick on the body politic. Velociworld: Like Lambs to the Slaughter

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Egypt is never going to get any better.

And that's the good news. If your job involves waiting for some outbreak of Arab Spring to fix the country or the region, you can give up now. Or you can do what most government employees already d

o and phone it in. Master Sudoku. Learn to knit. Figure out how they get those ships into those bottles. And in between those things write up encouraging and hopeful things about the latest revolution. -- Sultan Knish: Good News from Egyptland

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The Zimmerman case is about many things, but it isn't about George Zimmerman

To understand the Zimmerman case, you have to live in a neighborhood that has just enough property values to keep you paying the mortgage and just enough proximity to dangerous territories to make you feel like you're living on the frontier.
The chain of events doesn't make much sense to the elites, which is one reason why they assume that the explanation must be racism. -- Sultan Knish: Wrong Side of the Street

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"The experiment will fail..."


The World is trying the experiment of attempting to form a civilized but non-Christian mentality. The experiment will fail; but we must be very patient in awaiting its collapse; meanwhile redeeming the time: so that the Faith may be preserved alive through the dark ages before us; to renew and rebuild civilization, and save the World from suicide. -- T. S. Eliot, Lambeth Conference 1930

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War of the Words

The beginnings of this process are already in evidence and it is gathering steam. Video camera surveillance,
extended perhaps through worn appliances like Google Glasses, will become ubiquitous. Hate speech codes will severely restrict political speech, little of which will go unmonitored. The widespread use of email, telephone and intercepts will make communications privacy largely extinct. The regulation, not only of firearms but of any potentially threatening object such as fertilizer, electronic fuses or pressure cookers, will increase. -- Belmont Club サ But Words Can Never Harm Me

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In Passing #73


Huckberry | Razzle Dazzle Camouflage Over 6,000 Allied warships used camo in WWI and WWII to confuse the enemy.

Word Around the Net: THE NEW ILLITERACY There is some evidence that young people are even starting to lose the ability to accurately read facial expressions and tone of voice in their fellow man because they primarily relate through screens and texting

If You Don’t Work, You Die II | According To Hoyt Now the something I do might be knitting baby shoes, but at least it won’t be nothing.

A History of The 'New Yorker' | The Awl The letter—which, until now, has never been published in its entirety—is signed by 154 staffers, including J.D. Salinger, Calvin Trillin, John McPhee, Jamaica Kincaid, Saul Steinberg and Janet Malcolm.

The Comforting Certainty of Unanswered Questions - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus The purpose of the scientific program was to discover everything we could possibly know, and now, maybe we had. Right? Relativity and quantum theory supplied the answer: Wrong. Not even close.

The Fall of the Humanities - Maggie's Farm The radical scholars recognized Western Civ had to be erased to achieve their goal of destroying the old order.

TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): The Laxey Wheel Built in 1854 to pump water from mineshafts on the Isle of Man, the Laxey Wheel is the largest operating waterwheel in the world. It still turns

The Forbidden Island - Neatorama "Wild men! Estimate more than 50, carrying various homemade weapons, are making two or three wooden boats. Worrying they will board us at sunset."

Starkenberger Brewery - An Austrian brewery castle where you can literally swim in beer - Thrillist Nation

Lockdown – Marco.org Google Reader is just the latest casualty of the war that Facebook started, seemingly accidentally: the battle to own everything.

10 Isolated tribes of the world which face extinction | 10awesome.com

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July 8, 2013

Real Men Don't Shop

Caught at the always fresh fish mart of the internet: Neatorama

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They were filled to the gills with pride for having sex with people of the same gender. They were there to march for their pride, to sing for their pride, to agitate for their pride, and to bark from bullhorns about their pride lest anyone doubt that they’re proud rather than ashamed and might be protesting a wee bit too much. The Week That Perished - Taki's Magazine

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The shamans of contemporary linguistic taboos have adopted nigger, faggot, cunt, and the other forbidden words as passwords, emblems of group membership -- and membership, as American Express has been at pains to remind us, has its privileges. No one outside the shamans' circle is permitted to speak the password; it's an arrogation of a jealously guarded status. He who dares must be cut down, ground into the dust, and forbidden ever to speak at all, to any effect, in any context. For as in all systems of nymic magic, the word is deemed congruent with the thing: the taboo words are at the root of the shamans' power. Failure to enforce the taboo would risk the loss of the group's privileges and immunities, laboriously amassed over the decades of exploitation of others' guilt. -- Liberty's Torch: Shamans

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While the rest of the mideast burns.....


Rivals get soaked in Tel Aviv water fight: The mideast violence.,... it's all about Israel, right?

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Now set the foundation with the powdered ashes of Susan B Anthony"

"You want the wings of your eyeliner to be so sharp they could kill a man, allowing you to drain his blood so you may use it to summon the goddess Athena."

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Requiem for a Lettuce

As it dies its lingering post-harvest death, however, lettuce, like all produce, continues to respire, desperately consuming its own carbohydrate reserves as its cell membranes break down and its water content evaporates. -- Edible Geography

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Obama lip-serves up a fat one admitting, "Yup, I got nothin'."

Obama calls on Congress for help ending 'bureaucratic hoop-jumping' "We sure could use Congress's help, particularly at a time when Congress is saying they want more efficient government -- they give a lot of lip-service to it -- and we're operating under severe fiscal restraints. It makes sense for us to be able to redesign government so it can deliver on the functions the American people are looking for,” he said.

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Arrest Him? Give Him a Medal for Innovation!

Man arrested for driving around with mounted World War II machine gun in Metro Detroit

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Double-Dipping at the Salad Bar

Thanks to Obamacare, someone who used to work 35 hours a week for Olive Garden now works 22 hours for Olive Garden and 12 for Applebees.
And Someone who worked 35 hours for Applebees now works 22 for Applebees and 12 for Olive Garden. The establishment survey sees two additional jobs created when precisely zero jobs were created. Since this is happening en masse, I expect downward revisions in the future over Obamacare Double Counting. -- Michael Shedlock Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis

HT: Doug Ross @ Journal

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The Plan Is Not Failing. Failure Is the Plan.

If in 2009 a reactionary critic had written that Obama was an abject hypocrite who would keep Guantanamo open, expand renditions and tribunals, protect preventative detention, keep the Patriot Act intact, up the drone assassinations by a factor of ten, and lose the inherited peace in Iraq while suffering more casualties in Afghanistan in four years than Bush had in seven, he would have been considered a cheap partisan hack. All that, however, Obama did to himself, as he became the anti-Obama no opponent could. Works and Days サ Nemesis, After All

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July 7, 2013

The Real Workfare

It is fashionable in the US to talk about people who are on welfare and don’t work. That is not precisely true.
Yes, there are people on welfare who neither have a regular job nor look for one. But what might not be understood is that these people are working: they are navigating the labyrinthine bureaucracy and making sure they meet all the guidelines to keep the money flowing. That is work. It is just not productive work. If You Don't Work, You Die | According To Hoyt

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How Jesus invented individual liberty

My thesis this morning is that the entire idea of individual liberty was invented by Jesus of Nazareth. Literally no one in the world, Jew or Gentile, had conceived of individual, personal liberty before Jesus. -- Donald Sensing @ Sense of Events

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"Freedom requires independence from authority."

The new system celebrates its own unlimited power, reflects the self-adoration of its masters, reeks of their arrogance and resonates to their childish willfulness.
For in the end those who want unlimited power are damaged souls. Children determined to be the only ones to play with any of the toys. Their lack of empathy, their arrogance and ruthlessness all signal their fundamental immaturity. They are determined to rule, to pillage and plunder, to wield absolute power-- because there is something missing inside them. -- Sultan Knish: A Nation of Living Constitutions

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July 6, 2013

"The past is never dead. It's not even past." -- Faulkner

Hanged, drawn and quartered: To be hanged, drawn and quartered
was a penalty in England for men convicted of high treason, in use from 1351. Convicts were fastened to a hurdle, or wooden panel, and drawn by horse to the place of execution, where they were hanged (almost to the point of death), emasculated, disembowelled, beheaded and quartered (chopped into four pieces). Their remains were often displayed in prominent places across the country.

Soccer Referee Killed And Quartered By Fans In Brazil After Fatally Stabbing Player: Spectators also decapitated Silva and stuck his head on a stake in the middle of the field.

Once again, a boring soccer game ends in a 1-1 tie. Not sure why they didn't have a shootout to decide it, though.

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Breaking the News Before It is Breaking News


I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I'm ok. Surreal... Path — David Eun [Beat the wires by half an hour.]

[HT: Not Watching For The Asteroid - Small Dead Animals]

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Caroline Glick :: Israel's reviled strategic wisdom

In a Middle East engulfed by civil war, revolution and chronic instability, Israel is the only country at peace. The image of Kerry extolling his success in "narrowing the gaps" between Israel and the Palestinians before he boarded his airplane at Ben-Gurion Airport, as millions assembled to bring down the government of Egypt, is the image of a small, irrelevant America.

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Dirge in Woods

A wind sways the pines,
   And below
Not a breath of wild air;
Still as the mosses that glow
On the flooring and over the lines
Of the roots here and there.
The pine-tree drops its dead;
They are quiet, as under the sea.
Overhead, overhead
Rushes life in a race,
As the clouds the clouds chase;
   And we go,
And we drop like the fruits of the tree,
   Even we,
   Even so.
by George MeredithVia neo-neocon: “I grow old, I grow old…

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Cryogenic Twinkies


Chillling the filling: Hostess will freeze Twinkies to extend freshness Twinkie’s legendary shelf life is getting even longer.
The leaner, non-union Hostess Brands — looking to get by with fewer bakeries under new ownership — will start freezing Twinkies and other snack cakes to extend their expiration date instead of delivering them directly to stores.

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Da Trut Be Ugly


Details and links at The ugly news they won't tell you - Maggie's Farm

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Please Pay Attention

Attention, Topeka residents: John Kerry, who owns a $7 million yacht, a $7 million Beacon Hill townhome, a $9 million ocean-front Nantucket home, a $5 million Idaho ski retreat, a $4 million estate in Pennsylvania, and a $5 million home in Georgetown, wants you to undergo mandatory lifestyle cutbacks to prevent CO2-induced bad weather

Not to be outdone, President Obama tweeted a picture of himself kayaking late Friday afternoon with the caption "Have a great weekend." - - NYPOST.com

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July 5, 2013

The Coke Cage [Bumped]


Aside from the police officers constantly on patrol, a sure sign that you are in a black school is the coke cage: the chain-link fence that many majority-black schools use to protect vending machines.
The cage surrounds the machine and even covers its top. Delivery employees have to unlock a gate on the front of the cage to service the machines. Companies would prefer not to build cages around vending machines. They are expensive, ugly, and a bother, but black students smashed the machines so many times it was cheaper to build a cage than repair the damage. -- Essay by a teacher in a black high school | Black & Right

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More on "The Boned Ranger"

'The Lone Ranger' reviewed by David Denby : The New Yorker Verbinski wants pictorial grandeur, and he also wants the alleged truth of the Old West—bad teeth, blotched skin, filthy scars, unfortunate beards, drooling sexual perversions, and other such examples of misplaced authenticity. He stages a slaughter of the Comanches by the U.S. Cavalry, and runs Depp and Hammer through the slaughter doing a gag with a railway handcar. As an example of postmodernist pastiche and nihilism (normally known as stupidity), this scene win the prize.

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Colorized History Can Be Found @


This Tumblr known as.... Colorized History. Danger: Hours can vanish.

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"The very notion of treason has long since become an ambiguous thing in the sunset days of the state.

When Obama totes around a copy of The Post-American World and seems more eager to represent the interests of the wrong half of the world over those of his own country, he can hardly complain when men like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden take him at his word and follow in his footsteps.
Snowden and Manning just did what Obama has been doing. They leaked classified information and damaged the interests of the United States. The only difference is that they didn't go through the formalities of raising millions of dollars from San Francisco Green Energy tycoons and running for political office first. Sultan Knish: A Season for Treason

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Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest

From what I've read, its like Howard Zinn wrote the screenplay. I guess the people behind the film thought it would be all clever and ironic to turn the Lone Ranger on its head - after all it worked so well for Green Hornet... oh yeah - and maybe they figured a movie that kicks America in the pills for two hours in its most beloved historical era would do well overseas. Word Around the Net: ALONE RANGER

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The principal mission of a mayor in a major American city such as New York or Washington, DC

is to hasten along the ethnic cleansing of troublesome, tax-eating, low-class blacks from the city to make room for docile, taxpaying, upscale whites and their Hispanic maids while distracting the cleansees by flaunting PC credentials. -- The Week’s Race News - Taki's Magazine

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The Declaration of Independence.

It is not a blog post. It is an act of sedition. An act so rebellious in nature as to have one's neck stretched. Bold men, in bold times. I couldn't carry their saddle. Or their Madeira. Bless Providence that such men existed, so that we might squander their mighty legacy. Velociworld: 1776

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Obama has shown the world what life would be like without America,

and lots of people don’t like that picture. The fear and anger that we see in the banners and posters in Cairo, denouncing Obama for his complicity with their departed tyrant and his betrayal of the American revolutionary values we celebrate this holiday weekend, are shared by millions of Iranians, Tunisians, Syrians, Libyans, Venezuelans, Cubans, Ecuadorians and Nicaraguans. If we supported them, we could reshape the world, as we have done before. -- Faster, Please! サ The Birthday of the Modern World

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Flag Bearers

Yesterday a friend and I tried to remember
any other country that was ever governed by an elite which hated everything the country stood for/everything that made it stand as a nation and wished to dismantle it from within. ....Even then, the political elites would be less worrisome if they weren’t supported by a crazy train of academics, artists, press, all of them indoctrinated in the same hatred of the land that allows them to exist. -- | According To Hoyt

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July 4, 2013

The Right to Happiness


"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
That seems like a silly goal. What kind of great nation gets started by asserting that government exists to allow people to be happy? But look at the common condition of any tyranny. Take in that sense of 1984ness and its most obvious characteristic is unhappiness. People are persistently unhappy under a tyranny, whether they are rich or poor, because they are robbed of the necessary freedom to pursue individual happiness. They are not allowed to be individuals. -- Dan Greenfield # Sultan Knish

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In Passing #72


Nag on the Lake: Artist Creates A Barbie That Looks Like A Real Woman

The Creepy World of Vintage Michelin Men | Messy Nessy Chic Messy Nessy Chic

The American West, 150 Years Ago - In Focus - The Atlantic

Lincoln’s Folly - Taki's Magazine


Awaiting Renewal: How did I end up growing old? – Heather Havrilesky

Books with a Letter Missing - Neatorama

Gay Marriage: “What-The-Fuck-Ever.” — Alternative Right - A Magazine of Radical Traditionalism

TOM CLARK: Network

The world gradually draws into
a global unit, knitted
together by the networks stitched
into everyone's private

3000 Classic Books on 1 Flash Drive | Incredible Things

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July 3, 2013

SOMEDAY “African-American” will be a racist slur,

"a term so unacceptable that any public personality who recklessly uses it in private
will be disgraced and threatened with the loss of his livelihood in the same way the syrupy and dissembling cooking personality Paula Deen has been disgraced and threatened for using the word “nigger” in private. Nigger, black, colored, negro — they’ve all become unacceptable because sooner or later they have all become associated with facts that do-good, holier-than-thou, know-nothing whites wish to deny. -- The Thinking Housewife › The N-Word

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"Change is an almost holy word in education"

There is an unutterable secret among teachers: Almost all realize that blacks do not respond to traditional white instruction.
Does that put the lie to environmentalism? Not at all. It is what brings about endless, pointless innovation that is supposed to bring blacks up to the white level. The solution is more diversity–or put more generally, the solution is change. Change is an almost holy word in education, and you can fail a million times as long as you keep changing. That is why liberals keep revamping the curriculum and the way it is taught. Essay by a teacher in a black high school | Black & Right

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An Educational Interlude [Bumped]

You can thank me later.

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"Many people say Gettysburg is haunted by the dead. I think not. I believe we the living haunt them when we tread their sacred soil."

"I say we haunt the dead because that was a lot of good blood spilt for what we have now as a nation. I believe every one of those dead, north and south, would be disgusted with us." -- Velociworld: The Devil's Den

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15 Photos From the Tahrir Square Protests You'll Never See In Legacy Media.

See them @ Doug Ross @ Journal: #Egypt #Morsi #Obama where David Burge‏@iowahawkblog notes:
Dear Egyptians: don't blame us. The only Muslim Brotherhood supporters in the US are in the White House.

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Bad Americans: The Cockroaches of Google

Today is the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg: Today’s Google Doodle: A Tribute to Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.

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July 2, 2013

Elementary school teachers love "All of the Colors of the Race," by award-winning children’s poet Arnold Adoff.

“Mama is chocolate . . . Daddy is vanilla . . . Me (sic) is better . . . It is a new color. It is a new flavor. For love. Sometimes blackness seems too black for me, and whiteness is too sickly pale; and I wish every one were golden. Remember: long ago before people moved and migrated, and mixed and matched . . . there was one people: one color, one race. The colors are flowing from what was before me to what will be after. All the colors.” -- Before-It’s-Deleted Of The Day | Black & Right

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Al Sharpton: The Obama Interview

AL SHARPTON: You are the Commander of the Chiefs. You are the first African American of color to preside over the Court Jesters and the House of Commoners. Yet today you find yourself embattled in a heated exchange of nebulous confections of disreputes. Would you say it’s because you are an African American of color? .... You have people dying in Cereal, the Tea Baggers want to put an end to Portable Health Care and to make matters worse, a tattle-tale is on the loose in Russia dibulging secrets from a community of intellectuals. --Daily Rash

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A JFK Airport security supervisor has been fired for mistakenly sending out a mass e-mail blast — of his genitals — to nearly two dozen shocked underlings, supervisors and Port Authority executives. -- Dave Barry's Blog

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File Under: "Sound of World's Smallest Violin"

LeBron James Smallest Violin Gif LeBron James Playing the Worlds Smallest Violin

Cornel West: Blacks 'Being Pushed to the Back of the Bus' in Favor of Gays and Lesbians

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"Once out of nature I shall never take/ My form from any natural thing"

Something Wonderful: George Carlin, the Arrogance of Mankind, and the Big Electron @ AMERICAN DIGEST

Fletcher Christian said, "He's quite right, except for one thing; a lot of the endangered species are endangered specifically by human activity as in cutting down forests, that sort of thing."

When one worries about man's effects on other parts of the environment, you have placed man outside the environment. We are an integral part of the environment. What we do to build a better life for ourselves cannot help but affect other species in both good and bad ways. Only someone who considers man a sort of God who is outside the environment looking in would condemn humans for trying to improve their lives.

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July 1, 2013

Imagine that you are Mr. Zimmerman,

and you're suddenly attacked by a suspicious-looking character, who breaks your nose with one punch before he viciously assaults you as you lie bleeding. You're screaming for help, but no one responds. Afraid that you might pass out and the assailant will kill you, self-preservation takes over, and you reach for your gun and use it. How many people would have done otherwise? This is a classic example of self-defense, and if the skin colors of the participants were reversed, we would not be seeing this sham of a trial. -- Bob Weir, A Race-Hustler Form of Justice

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Memo from the Visually Sensitive People of the Earth to The Rolling Stones


We like your tunes but, please, if you are going to insist on touring keep the lights dim. Very, very dim. We're trying to relive our youth, not predict what we'll look like after ten years in the grave.

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Word Around the Net.... It's Alive.... ALIVE!

Christopher Taylor's valuable voice has overcome its domain issues with Google and is back on line with his barbaric yawp. Adjust your "must read" bookmarks accordingly:
So we're back, with a slightly different address, which you probably didn't even notice, because blogger is automatically redirecting your traffic to the new one. Instead of wordaroundthenet.com its now wordaroundthe.net. Cute, eh? And cheaper than a .com address, for whatever reason. -- Word Around the Net: IT LIVES!

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President Barack O'Loser

The moral self-congratulation is just a chump’s consolation for being had or feeling good about longest losing streak in American foreign policy
since the days when the Soviet Union took over Eastern Europe, Mao booted out Chiang Kai Shek and North Korea reached the Pusan perimeter. Egypt is in ruins. Syria is in ruins. Libya alive with Islamists. Lebanon is on the verge of civil war. Russia and Iran are actually on the come back trail in the region. And nobody mentions stopping Teheran’s bomb any more. That was in the speech before the one about Red Lines. What happened to the days when President Obama was promising new beginnings in the Middle East? Well he’s still promising them. Belmont Club サ Gambler's Ruin

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It's All About "Choice"

The most wonderful aspect of the climate debate at this moment in time, and a point simply no one could contend, is how many choices we now have:
— If you believe the science, then it's clear that Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) is the villain. — If, however, you believe the science, then there's no question that Natural Global Colding (NGC) is the true menace. — On the other hand, if you believe the science, then it's obvious that Anthropogenic Chlorofluorocarbonic Warming (ACW) is the real threat. — And, for those who believe the science, it's crystal-clear that Natural Global Warming (NGW) is what's really goin' on. -- AGW, NGC, ACW, NGW Update: the 'we're just gettin' started' edition - Maggie's Farm

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Justin Bieber’s Ex-monkey Moves to Private Island with Moat and Three Potential Girlfriends, Tries to Forget Justin Bieber

Despite the weeks Mally spent “cl[i]ng[ing] to a stuffed toy thought to have been given to him by Bieber” and tragically holding a paw on an iPad displaying Justin Bieber’s Believe album cover, Bieber never came for him... | -- Vanity Fair

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"Stupid Burns but Intelligence Incinerates"

I guess no one says it anymore, but the media-academic rabble used to insist that Obama was super-duper intelligent. Even if true, it only makes matters worse in a man who has no extrinsically transcendent limits to his power, his ambition, and his self-regard. -- or monomania, egomania, and pyromania. -- One Cʘsmos

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