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February 28, 2014

Why Indeed?


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Obama’s Own Flag


Joan of Argghh!: I only have MSPaint to work with and the brilliant suggestion by DivaDoll:
This administration has upgraded technology. They replaced a hammer and sickle with a pen and a phone. I can’t believe it’s not on a flag. — divadoll123 (@divadoll123) February 18, 2014 | Primordial Slack

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Planets, Planets Everywhere


NASA's Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza, 715 New Worlds: These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system.... This latest discovery brings the confirmed count of planets outside our solar system to nearly 1,700.

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Adjust Your Point Of View: Watch a pelican flying from a camera on his beak

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Hillary-- Because Vagina! "What Difference At This Point Does It Make? "

Rumors persist that Hillary won’t run because health is worse than disclosed: Weeeelllll, it might make a smidgen of a jot of a difference.

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Two men are in jail, one cow is dead and three cars are totaled.

Naked Man Covered In Jello CAUGHT Having Sex With Cow While Friend Recorded.

The incident was discovered by a farmer
who set up a video camera in his barn in an effort to determine why his cows were acting anxious and not producing milk as usual, police said. - Mirror Online

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Did You Know?


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You can be sure this cheese stands alone.


World's oldest cheese found on the chest of a 3,500-year-old mummy Since dairy has a tendency to decay pretty quickly, cheese isn't exactly known for its staying power.
It just so happened that the conditions at Small River Cemetery Number 5 in northwestern China—the site at which the cheese-covered mummies were discovered—created the perfect storm of prime cheese preservation.

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'I call myself "*" and don't you forget it!'


As of this week, Facebook users can choose from dozens of ugly, comical, and even redundant pet names
for their own private I-dunno, from the quaint—“Androgynous,” “Intersex,” “Transsexual”—to the cutting edge: “Pangender,” “GenderQueer,” “CisFemale.” Today’s twisted narcissist who has everything (in a manner of speaking—or should that be a “cismale-er” of speaking?) can even pick a word that contains an asterisk, such as “Trans*Man.” - - 50 Shades of Faggotry

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The origins of mayonnaise


The French Duke of Richelieu, after capturing Mahon in 1756, called for a feast.
The cook had been planning an egg- and cream-based sauce, but discovered he had no cream and had to improvise with oil. And voilà! The Duke’s victory party was saved, and the city of Mahon was immortalized in sauce mahonnaise, later corrupted to mayonnaise. -- Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

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February 27, 2014

They Got Nothing Else

the progressive, statist, collectivist, utopian ideology is wholly illusory…
it’s about nothing more than keeping a paycheck coming. period. period. NPR newsspinners, congressional staffers, welfare advocates, university professors, county commissioners, editorial writers, activists, “artists”, NGOs, foundations, social engineers, professional do-gooders.... busy busy busy busy, keeping themselves in a job ... i mean, they’re only liberal arts majors, what else can they do? Cui Bono | HappyAcres

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Then you have Willy Bill and his parole hearing.

Parole boards often consist of gullible citizens with no experience of criminal behavior.
Further, Willy is a good con man. He does great repentance-speak. He is All Fixed Now. Nobody produces better sincerity than a psychopath who wants out. It’s forty-weight. You could lube a diesel with it. The parole board bites. Three months later he kills a woman. Sour Thoughts From the Police Beat - Taki's Magazine

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Cheat Sheet for the Ukraine

The Vineyard of the Saker: Ukrainian nationalism - its roots and nature

The Vineyard of the Saker: The Kremlin's response to the events in the Ukraine gradually becomes more apparent

The Vineyard of the Saker: Follow up to my post about the roots and nature of Ukrainian nationalism

The Vineyard of the Saker: Meet the (real) new authorities in the Ukraine, example #2

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Apple's Touchscreen "iPhone" Prototype from 1983


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"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come."


2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. - - 2 Timothy 3

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"Here's the study about global warming and rape. It's scientific, so only 98% chance it's utter nonsense." -- Fleming

Study: Global Warming Will Cause 180,000 More Rapes by 2099 | Mother Jones

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February 26, 2014

A country built on a Himalayan mountain of fallacies 2

Think about whether cold and snow in the winter will really stop purchases by individuals.
If you need a new shirt for work or a pair of sneakers and it snows on Wednesday, you will wait until Saturday to make the purchase. Groceries will be consumed and replenished whether it is cold and snowy, or not. If an appliance or car breaks down, weather will be a non-factor in the new purchase decision. The proliferation of on-line retailing allows everyone to shop from the warmth of their homes. If anything, bad winter weather often spurs stocking up of groceries and the purchase of items needed to contend with winter weather (salt, shovels, coats, hats, gloves). -- Doug Ross @ Journal:

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Say it LOUD! I'm ...... (what?) .... and I'm PROUD!

Let's get something straight:
Black pride is always laudable and heroic. White pride is always horrific and racist. Celebrating black culture is diverse and cool. Celebrating white culture is lame, pathetic, suspicious. Whiteness is portrayed as a sign of shame: he's so white. White influences and culture are thought of as at best dull and probably destructive, oppressive, and awful. - - Word Around the Net: OUR MODERN TIMES

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How to Make the Perfect Meatball


everybody has an opinion or two when it comes to making the perfect meatball.
Much like a good slab of slow-smoked ribs or a steaming hot bowl of seafood gumbo, meatball recipes vary greatly from family to family. As such, creating the perfect meatball is often a subject of much debate. My meatball recipe relies on a combination of tradition, technique, and simplicity. | The Art of Manliness

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Ooooo Noes! Not the Ugandan Gays!

It's always something: RFK Jr: Locking Up Pro-Terrorist Drug Driving Sis Will Endanger Ugandan Gays

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Everyday sinning

The modern tactic, for dealing with sin, is more neurotic than psychotic.
The guilt remains, but the sin is denied. It would be invidious to take any one of the Seven Deadlies for my example: let us just say they take all the time they could spend repenting, instead convincing themselves that it was not a sin. - - Essays in Idleness

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Thus doth the bullshit ever deepen in the dusk....


Do we even want passionate people to prepare our food? As one person commented, "I'm not sure which sort of passion would be worse. If they're angry they'll have spat in it, if they're amorous, well...." The Age of Uncertainty

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Albums We Never Tire of Not Hearing


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Right to Carry Now Nearly Universal in the USA

As of 1986, slightly less than 10% of the U.S. population lived in states where there were objective and fair procedures for the issuance of concealed handgun carry permits.
About a third of the population lived in states where there was not even a process to apply for a permit. The majority of the population lived in states where issuance in permits was highly discretionary, and many issuing authorities refused to issue to ordinary law-abiding citizens. By 2014, the percentage of people living in the Red states, with no possibility of even applying for a permit, has declined to zero. Growth chart of right to carry

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Uncle Larry was never asked to Babysit again.


John Condon - Timeline Photos

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Why a Duck?

Best Joke Ever: A Duck, a Professor, and the Greatest Cartoonist Ever. Who’s the good guy? Who’s the bad guy?
Professors are usually eviler than ducks, but the duck is the one cackling like a supervillain. This duck may have escaped from Jenkins’ lab. Both might have been in love with the same chicken. Perhaps both Jenkins and the duck have been battling each other since World War II, like Captain America and the Red Skull. Maybe they were lab partners who cooked meth together: the Walt and Jesse of the comics world.

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How Do Hitmen Operate?

The murders did not occur in the cinematic locations of “smoky rooms, bars and casinos frequented by gangsters.”
Instead, the victims were killed in drab suburbia, often “out in the open, on pavements, sometimes as the target was out walking their dog, or going shopping, with passers-by watching on in abject horror.” - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

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February 25, 2014

A country built on a Himalayan mountain of fallacies

The fallacy being flogged by government drones and the legacy media
about companies not hiring new employees because it has been cold and snowy during the winter is beyond absurd, except to someone who lives in the cocoon of Washington D.C. or regurgitates words processed on a teleprompter by paid minions of the ruling class. If you live in the real world, run a business, or manage employees, you understand weather has absolutely nothing to do with your decision to hire an employee. - -Doug Ross @ Journal:

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And while we're on the subject, let's get something straight.


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I tossed a good intention towards something.

I'm not really thinking of a wishing well at all.
I'm thinking about how we spend our tiny tokens, how we may share our wealth (not money, but goodness) and how it comes about that we are nourished, healed even, by tiny things which become bigger in our lives. - -True North

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Hunting the Lynx with the Old Believers

Old Believer Fedya, aged 58, has killed seven bears in his time as a hunter

They were Old Believers. Their fore-fathers had first come to Tuva in search of Belovode.
This was the first Russian utopia: a mythical land the peasants believed existed out in Siberia down the rivers in the farthest east; a magical kingdom of plenty where the white Tsar ruled with true justice. - - | Standpoint

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File Under: Two Countries Separated by a Common Language

Police guard beach as 14 tons of fags wash up in Devon

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Great Achievements of President Latrine

Remembering The Top 12 Moments From The Era Of Austerity
"Giant Rhinestone:" The Taste of President and Mrs. Latrine

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Lo-Infos Imagine the Glory of President Latrine

Obama is what struggling-to-comfortable progressives think they'd do if they became rich.
"Why, if I were rich, I'd have swank parties with Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour. I'd take $100 million family vacations to Africa, because Multicultural and Teachable Moment. I'd have Paul McCartney and Melissa Etheridge play songs for my birthday, and I'd hang out with Jay-Z and Beyonce. And, whenever I was in doubt, I'd hold a conclave with Oprah and fill my Soul Canteen from her Wisdom Well." -- - Ace

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"... of the Century" So Far.


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You know what’s happening?

Multidirectional, multivariate, multicausal American decline.

Every metric, every signpost, every judicial fiat, every subversive narrative points to the same destination: The drain. The deviants and degenerates and destroyers are as close to the sun now as they’ve ever been. This is their moment. They can feel the warmth of validation. The radiant glow of coerced acceptance. The flare of triumph over human nature. Fat Pride, Femcunt Pride, Freak Pride, Furry Pride, Slut Pride, Anti-White Pride, Gay Pride and now Pantywaist Pride. Pride cometh before the fall. - - Obama’s America: Land Of The Twee, Home Of The Fey

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Reverend Al Sharpton Takes Time Off From Holy Duties To Make TV Appearance

“Given his professional obligations and personal devotion to spreading the Gospel,
we were simply thrilled that the reverend was able to find time for us and come on our show,” television producer Sophie Josten said of the 59-year-old Baptist clergyman, who when not conducting a worship service, ministering to the sick, or teaching a seminar at a local divinity school reportedly prefers to spend his time sequestered in silent prayer. - - America's Finest News Source

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The Most Massive Object in the Universe—How Was It Created?


It’s a black hole 6.6 billion times the mass of the Sun.
No other known object is as massive—this black hole by itself outweighs entire star clusters and small galaxies. Even compared to other huge black holes, such as the one at the heart of the Milky Way, the monster of M87 is immense. - - Nautilus

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"The left does not accept laws it doesn't like. They just don't."


If a gay couple walk into a bake shop and say, "We want you to bake our wedding cake," and the shop owners, "Well, you're homosexual. I'm not going to do it."
They want to be able to force the business to respect the desires of the customers that walk in the front door. Religious beliefs, as Allah knows, religious beliefs can't be used to stop anything the left wants to impose, unless they're Muslim religious beliefs, then we have to honor those. But any other religious beliefs, not permitted, the left will not allow them. Media Soap Opera Turns to Jan Brewer - The Rush Limbaugh Show

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Rome wasn't burned in a day

Rome lived upon its principal till ruin stared it in the face.
Industry is the only true source of wealth, and there was no industry in Rome. By day the Ostia road was crowded with carts and muleteers, carrying to the great city the silks and spices of the East, the marble of Asia Minor, the timber of the Atlas, the grain of Africa and Egypt; and the carts brought out nothing but loads of dung. That was their return cargo. - – The Martyrdom of Man by Winwood Reade (1871)

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The Surprisingly Short History of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich


Step 1: Slice the Bread -- In 1927, Rohwedder was able to re-build the machine
and produce a model ready to use in an actual bakery, soon to be advertised as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped,” which later morphed into “the greatest/best thing since sliced bread” when describing various other products. Rohwedder got around part of the staleness problem by wrapping the thinly sliced loaves in wax paper directly after slicing was complete. - - TodayIfoundOut

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I'm weary of being ruled

-- not governed, mind you; governed is in the rear-view mirror, and fading
-- ruled by a gaggle of metrosexual car salesmen, slovenly ward heelers, and soi-disant intellectuals that can't operate an apostrophe, never mind something substantial and commendable like a dry cleaners or a brothel. Sippican Cottage: Sippican's Greatest Hits: Welcome To The New Captain Tammany H. Plutocrat Seawater Economy

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February 24, 2014

At the core level of Judaeo-Christian teaching — breaking the chains of fatalism —

we were freed from our bondage to ancient gods and goddesses, witches, goblins, spooks, and idols;
and we were beckoned to rise and walk in a sunlight that provides, indeed confirms, the light of a reason also naturally endowed. The Catholic Christian teaching is self-consistent. Odd and peculiar as it may first appear, I believe it finally makes sense, in the course of providing the most articulate, and also moving account of human freedom and destiny. I wouldn’t have joined up if it didn’t. Endtiming : Essays in Idleness

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Who? Me? Ah... mi-yow?


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Concealed carry shorts


Details at Undertech concealment

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Why You Should Envy, But Not Worship Sherlock Holmes

Besides besting bias, we should envy Sherlock because he is amazingly attentive.
He does not just see, he observes. Famously, in “A Scandal in Bohemia,” Sherlock asks Watson how many stairs lead up to their apartment. Even though Watson had seen the stairs a hundred times, he could not for the life of him recall how many steps there were–he did not truly observe something he saw every day. Neither do we. | But Not Simpler, Scientific American Blog Network

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The cold hard facts of freezing to death

As Freezing Persons Recollect the Snow — First Chill — Then Stupor — Then the Letting Go: There's an adage about hypothermia: "You aren't dead until you're warm and dead."

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“Old man, you should be ashamed. Drunk mantis grabs ass.”


Our hero should thank his lucky stars that Rubber Legs didn’t mimic the astonishingly lethal mantis shrimp.
He would have been dismembered limb by limb with surgical strikes, which would have really mucked up the tone of an otherwise lighthearted movie. Mantis shrimp can strike so quickly that they momentarily heat the water around their clubs to the temperature of the sun's surface, kindly giving their pray a nice tan before consuming them. Absurd Creature of the Week: Ferocious, Fearless - Wired Science

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It's not the initial cost, it's the maintenance.


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The Physics of Flamingos


“Is there anything more beautiful than a beautiful, beautiful flamingo, flying across in front of a beautiful sunset? And he’s carrying a beautiful rose in his beak, and also he’s carrying a very beautiful painting with his feet. And also, you’re drunk.” -Jack Handy - — Editor's Picks — Medium

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The Jewish Anti-Israel left

These sons, daughters, stepdaughters, wives and nieces of famous people,
fading Feminist writers, Wall Street millionaires trying to buy social relevance, hippie social scientists who hit it big with books about food, sex or childrearing, radical rabbis holding forth to congregations who believe in religion as little as their preachers, are a phantom establishment, community leaders without a community except their own mutual approbation. - - Sultan Knish: Letters from the Phantom Anti-Jewish Establishment

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“Drugs are not expensive because we are evil, they are expensive because we are stupid.”

The simple fact is that we still haven’t figured out the workings of biological systems
– the human body in this case – to an extent that allows us to rationally and predictably modify, mitigate or cure their ills using small organic molecules. That we have been able to do so to an unusually successful degree is a tribute to both human ingenuity and plain good luck. But there’s still a very long way to go; there are very few diseases for which we truly have drugs that are almost always efficacious and have little to no side effects. -- The Curious Wavefunction

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Bonneville Speed Week


There are three courses at Bonneville: the long-course, the short-course, and the special course.
Each of them are essentially a straight line marked by black paint. For each, there is one starting line and no preset order to lineup, it’s a first-come, first-served system and the wait is usually an hour or more. - - (Storehouse)

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Signs & wonders

Our difficulty begins with failing to perceive that even as things stand, there is nothing mundane.
Nature herself is consistently miraculous, to eyes not jaded or gauzed; and the student of history should also be aware that no human chronicle develops along predictable lines. Were it not for Grace, we would all long since have been annihilated. Or rather, we would never have been. - - Essays in Idleness

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Larry King Called. He Wants Piers Morgan's Time Slot Back.

After CNN Cancels Morgan, Larry King Says: I Could Come Back - - Zucker, sensing an opportunity for “sizzle and buzz,”
according to an insider, had initially encouraged Morgan’s rants, including a town hall, in which he began to resemble the crazed Howard Beale from Paddy Chayefsky’s movie Network. “He never recovered from that,” the insider told The Daily Beast. “Even gun-control advocates were turned off. He became a stereotype of the condescending, supercilious Brit.”

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Lewis Farrakhan Wants His Own Water Fountain

Because we don’t have enough controversy these days. Because what the country needs is more racial animus. - - Michelle Obama's Mirror

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Science Fair Project? We have a winner!


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February 23, 2014

Dry Cleaning Alec Baldwin? Not a Chance.

One young man, an F-to-M tranny, said, “Are you here to get dry-cleaned, like Brett Ratner?”
Meaning I could do some mea culpa, write them a six-figure check, go to a dinner, sob at the table, give a heartfelt speech, beg for forgiveness. I thought to myself: Beg for forgiveness for something I didn’t do? -- Alec Baldwin: Good-bye, Public Life -- Vulture

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Door. Ass. Bang.

Piers Morgan and CNN Plan End to His Prime-Time Show: There have been times when the CNN host Piers Morgan didn’t seem to like America very much — and American audiences have been more than willing to return the favor.

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Paul Newman in the Navy, 1943


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New Blood-Resistant Glue Mends Broken Hearts Without Sutures


A glue that ticks all the boxes. It seals heart tissue and blood vessels,
it’s strong but flexible, and it’s made only from naturally-occurring substances already found in the body. It can be applied as a viscous gel, and then hardened into a strong adhesive with a burst of ultraviolet light. And, best of all, it works in flowing blood. – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

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Pretty Much How It's Working Out


Never Yet Melted 1929 British Conservative Party Posterr

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WaterWorld: Enceladus


is the sixth-largest of the moons of Saturn.
It was discovered in 1789 by William Herschel. Enceladus seems to have liquid water under its icy surface. Cryovolcanoes at the south pole shoot large jets of water vapor, other volatiles, and some solid particles (e.g. ice crystals, NaCl particles, etc.) into space, totaling approximately 200 kg per second. Some of this water falls back onto the moon as "snow", some of it adds to Saturn's rings, and some of it reaches Saturn. = = - La Wik

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The headlines are grim,

... the pictures from Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine are blood-chilling,
executions and demonstrations are mounting in Iran, and Obama doesn’t know what to do about anything. So he doesn’t do anything; he and his strategists just dither. And yet… And yet, our enemies may be on the verge of losing. Big time. - - Ledeen, What If We Were Winning But Nobody Noticed?

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The Obamacare debacle may yet hand the Senate back to an astonished Republican Party.

They will be as surprised as anyone else, with the possible exception of Obama.
Francis Fukuyama, who once wrote on the end of history, is now Tweeting about a possible new cold war. How did this reversal happen? Well, Ladies and Gentleman, I bring you Professor Arithmetic and Engineer Murphy. Belmont Club

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Your husband doesn't have to earn your respect

Every day on Facebook brings us another viral post excoriating men and supporting women.
I’ve written a few of them myself. But I’ve noticed that the corollary – a message about the respect women must give men, a message challenging wives and encouraging husbands – isn’t quite so palatable for many people. Disrespect for men has become standard practice. | The Matt Walsh Blog

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February 22, 2014

Winslow Homer


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Life in America: My Mom

She loved her old CRV and, old-time Yankee that she was, she hated to spend money on anything
except her yacht and beach clubs, the Metropolitan Opera, her favorite charities - and on international travel. Dad, a Yale Prof and a cranky intellectual, was devoted to her happiness, and rightly so: she had spunky vitality and could fly airplanes, ski Killington, win horse-jumping championships, garden-club awards, and sailboat races. - - Bird Dog @ - Maggie's Farm

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Jay by John J.


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Dead Alive (aka Braindead)

The basic story is about how a Sumatran rat monkey causes zombism (makes sense)
and how our hero's atrociously overbearing and horrible mother becomes the victim of this creature and then becomes an undead monster, spreading her undead disease all willy-nilly while her son tries to contain the problem and also date a local girl. It's charming, and it culminates in a lawnmower massacre the likes of which you've never seen. | Cracked.com

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5 Terrifying Uses of Sexual Symbolism in Horror Films


"The only real reason to have the Predator meet the Alien species is to compare vaginas. " | Cracked.com

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Disturbing Reasons Not to Trust the News (From a Reporter)


#1. Respected Journalists Are Often Shills: Journalists have to cope with a lot: dwindling budgets, shrinking salaries, the defenestration of fact checking, agenda-driven reports from think tanks, corporate "crisis" teams deliberately making their lives harder -- no problem. The need for a bullshit filter is right there in the job description, just under "cool hat." But some writers end up bypassing their own filter for political point-scoring or cash. Even lauded New York Times best-seller Malcolm Gladwell got his start suckling at the teat of big business.

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When the Shiftless Unite

This unionism of the shiftless shapes society at all levels. Thus No Child Left Behind when clearly many children can’t possibly get ahead. Thus the drive to have all students in high school “college-ready” when a screaming maximum of twenty percent are smart enough for what used to be college work. Thus the feral grunting of rap. - - Soul of a Curmudgeon

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"Frankly, we don't need guns to harass citizens."

Our tax authorities have become more threatening than mafia warlords. The plunder is so severe
that record numbers of Americans are renouncing their citizenship and leaving the country. There are now dozens of federal, state, and local agencies and courts which have the power to confiscate your assets without any due process. In addition to your house, your business, and your savings, we also have the authority to take your children away from you as if they are property of the state. We are here to tell you what you can and cannot put in your own body, or whether you can collect rainwater that falls on own property. The "Real" State Of The Union In Just 889 Words...

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Et 2 Brute?


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Fat Cities

Hundreds Of California Government Employees Are Paid Over $400,000 A Year - Forbes Consider Redwood City,
where three fire captains and one firefighter made between $434,274 and $452,733 in total compensation in 2012. One police officer made $463,690 in total compensation. In all, nine employees made over $400,000 in total compensation with a total of 33, mostly police and fire department employees, making over $300,000 in total compensation in 2012.

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February 21, 2014

Yet More (Not Photoshopped) Wisteria Bonsai


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The Progressive Racial Genocide Continues

Smarter than the Nazis' genocide, this one gets the target group to kill its own future by itself. Abortions Outnumber Live Births for Blacks in NYC: 31,328 abortions vs. 24,758 live births.

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When Life Gives You Lemons....


A Girl Scout Sold an Insane Amount of Cookies Outside a Cannabis Clinic in San Francisco
Is there a merit badge for “Business Administration?” Give it to 13-year-old Girl Scout Danielle Lei. On Monday, Lei and her mom took off to a wildly popular San Francisco medical marijuana dispensary, The Green Cross, with thin mints, Dulce de Leches, and Tagalongs—in short, Girl Scout-approved munchies. In just two hours, they sold 117 boxes, 37 more than they sold the next day when parked outside a boring ol’ Safeway.

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This is what happens when perverts write elementary school text books

I don’t know how many schools have this on their reading list. It doesn’t matter.
Can’t we all just agree that elementary schools shouldn’t, in any way, be in the business of discussing, teaching, advocating for, instructing about, or otherwise mentioning masturbation, tingly feelings, or anything in that general ballpark? | The Matt Walsh Blog

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HIgh Speed Ballistics


Bullets. Frozen. Herra Kuulapaa - Photographical experiments

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No pain, no game


Why we need pain in the games we play: Pain and suffering are not just incidental elements of the sporting life: they are at the centre of every game.

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Clown Extinction: An In-depth Look


And the poo-poo cushion blasts just keep on comin' ... Clowns Are Going Extinct: The global clown population is in peril.
Not unlike the Mexican wolf or Wyoming toad, clowns find themselves increasingly alone, partly because they’re are almost deliberately terrifying, and partly because this has never been an acceptable career path in the first place.

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February 20, 2014

Wisteria Bonsai


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President John Tyler's grandsons are still alive!! 

John Tyler was the 10th President of the United States.
He was born in 1790 and took office in 1841. His son, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, was born in 1853, when Tyler was 63 years old1. Lyon had six children with two different wives2, two of whom were Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Jr. (born 1924 when Lyon Sr. was 71) and Harrison Ruffin Tyler (born 1928 when Lyon Sr. was 75). They are reportedly both still living in their 80s. -- Kottke

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta


Those who have studied her life — among the most famous and accessible of the last century —
will be aware that most of it was lived in spiritual desolation. As an intelligent and well-educated young woman she had a calling to become a nun and go abroad (at first from Albania to Ireland), was sceptical of its validity, sought advice from intelligent Catholic religious, and tested it very carefully. (She was an extremely intelligent woman, in the plainest worldly sense: I can report that at first hand.) Everything she did for the long remainder of her life was premised on that one personal revelation. Endtiming : Essays in Idleness

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We don't have an economy, we have the wreckage of an economy.

The wreckage has been piling up for a very long time.
Cities for one. They're sunk costs peopled with net consumers, an unjustifiable burden, as are their inhabitants, largely. There are no convincing arguments for the cities we have today. Even aside from wartime targeting, residents are less safe inside the cities than outside of them. When considering catastrophic collapse, who plans to bug out to Chicago? - - ol remus

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Consequences, Schmonsequences: Gelding In Chief Reminds World He Has a 2-Inch Penis


“There will be consequences if people step over the line,” Obama said shortly after landing in Mexico for a summit with the leaders of Mexico and Canada, as fires burned in central Kiev. Obama threatens consequences for Ukraine violence Yeah, right. Next.

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"Stupid dead people's families are always ruining everything for everyone. It's getting so I can't even buy lawn darts at a yard sale anymore."

Yes, Virginia, There Was A Time Before "Oh Noes, Someone Might Get Hurt" | The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys

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Good Question

Question of the day: Other than the meaningless, unmentioned and entirely made-up “wall of separation between church and science,” is there ANY reason why something called “Spiritual Starvation” should not be a diagnosable disorder, written up with an actual ICD code, list of symptoms, treatment recommendations, & everything else? - - House of Eratosthenes

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Life in the Nineties


As of right now, I’m not Christopher Hitchens or Tony Judt or Nora Ephron; I’m not dead and not yet mindless in a reliable upstate facility.
Decline and disaster impend, but my thoughts don’t linger there. It shouldn’t surprise me if at this time next week I’m surrounded by family, gathered on short notice—they’re sad and shocked but also a little pissed off to be here—to help decide, after what’s happened, what’s to be done with me now. Roger Angell:: The New Yorker

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What is Putin?


Putin Reminds Us Of What We Are Not: He is a bumper-sticker example of Aristotle’s dictum that it is easy to be moral in your sleep,
given that verbiage without power is hardly moral or difficult. He is also a reminder about what is important in the most elemental sense. As we debate former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s remonstrances on oversized Cokes or Michelle Obama’s advocacy of celery sticks, Putin has dogs shot down to spruce up the Olympic grounds.

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Modest Amusements for Shallow Minds

If you google "zerg rush" - Google Search will eat the results.

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February 19, 2014

Those "anti-government people" get around, don't they?

The groups who perpetrate this violence come from a minority community - larger than the Jews but not yet larger than everyone else.
They are telling you what they will do when they have the numbers to do it. But don't worry, the Dachau Gift Shop carries Woody Allen. Because one day we'll have a good laugh about all this, won't we? -- Hath Not a Jew Eyes? :: SteynOnline

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Wedding Day for the Hopes


In what would become one of Hollywood’s longest lasting unions,
Bob Hope and Dolores Reade wed on this day in 1934, just a year after Hope had divorced his first wife, Grace Troxell. Hope and Reade’s marriage endured almost 70 years until Hope’s death in 2003 at the age of 100. Dolores passed away in 2011 when she was 102. This Day in History: February 19th

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Pervy Professor Cops Plea In Voyeurism Case


Man used camera pen for upskirt filming:
The college professor who claimed that he secretly filmed under the clothing of two female students to determine whether they had improperly failed to wear undergarments to class has pleaded to a video voyeurism charge, records show. | The Smoking Gun

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Said Nobody Ever


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Occasionally a fit of Leftism possesses them,

and they accuse, and accuse, and accuse, and say that romance is sexist and dragon-slaying is ecologically unsound
and super-weapons are fascist and portraying invaders as vile is racist and saving space princesses is classist and lookist and sexist AND racist, especially if the space princess and the farmboy are both Caucasian. While the fit is on, they are lost to science fiction, and indeed lost to all literature, high and low, and all poetry and epic, vulgar or Latin. Hoyt Defies the Empire of Lies | John C. Wright's Journal

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The Green Gulag


Stalin killed millions to industrialize the Soviet Union,
the Green Left is preparing to kill millions to deindustrialize North America, Europe and Australia. It's already doing it. While its activists are trying to peg the blame for fuel poverty fatalities on a government which is badly out of cash, it need look no further than its own activists and celebrities who preach the green life from their mansions. Clean energy has become the new Communism, an ideological program that can never be achieved, but for which we must all strive no matter how many die all along the way. -- Sultan Knish:

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Everyone, including the present writer, is using apocalyptic language, rather casually.

The weather forecasters have been using it through this winter, on both sides of the Atlantic.
Specific schemes, derived from or inspired by biblical prophesy, are a commonplace among the Catholic devotes with whom I pray; and right across the Christian spectrum from most Evangelical and farthest Western to most Orthodox and farthest Eastern, it presents as at least a mild fever. Endtiming : Essays in Idleness

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A beautifully shambolic interview


between occasional actress/professional tabloid subject Jennifer Aniston and Ms. founder Gloria Steinem kicked off the festivities.
Aniston, tank-topped and bob-coiffed, dazzled the crowd with her gold accent jewelry and borderline enviable lack of cogency. In the interest of imparting academic respect for her subject, she sported aviator glasses with clear lenses. Clutching index cards filled with questions she publicly acknowledged she had no hand in writing, she struggled with her duties as a moderator; after each question was asked, her face, both revealing and retaining nothing, reset and blankly moved on to the next. - - VICE

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And worth every penny....

NYC pay toilet charges $8 a day - MarketWatch $24 for a three-day pass (or $8 a day), plus a mandatory $15 annual membership fee.
The company envisions opening other locations throughout the city—lower Manhattan is next on the list—but warns that “only a limited number of memberships will be sold so as to provide the best possible experience.”

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The protected class

The protected class has a different view. The protected class is a dependent class
— not economically dependent of course, but dependent on the state in perhaps a more fundamental way (for their very lives) – and like members of other dependent classes, they are terrified of flaws in the state’s protective apparatus. Why People Carry Guns: A Response to David Frum

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Is it just me or does Rush Limbaugh need to SHUT UP about his simple-minded kids book?

I (don't really) regret to say that the only thing his blather about "Rush Revere" does for me is to cause me to rush to shut him off. If this keeps up Limbaugh is going to become "The Lord of the BorRing."

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Now, if we could just close the other 75%...

For federal employees, office closed 25% of fiscal year, so far - Washington Times The Federal Government. Why pay less?

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The Winner and Still Champion!


Frank Gehry Is Still the World's Worst Living Architect: What's particularly frustrating about Gehry's career is that he's somehow meant to be cool, a kind of sci-fi architect for the Millennial generation, a Timothy Leary of CAD; but he's Guy Fieri, his buildings hair-gelled monsters of advanced spatial douchebaggery.

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The penis-centric “intactivists”

continued their recent tradition of piggybacking on any and every San Francisco protest,
injecting their off-topic grievance into settings where it isn’t always appreciated. They not only acted like typical aggressive men by physically dominating the protest-space, but they even hijacked the feminist language by characterizing circumcision as “gendered violence.” No fair! This event is about the power of women, and you’re testosteronizing up the place!Zombie » .00001 Billion Rising: Another Failed Mass Movement

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February 18, 2014

"It's Anti-Left, stupid!"

Do America a favor, drop the Willy Loman routine and unmask these leftists for what they really are:
anti-child, anti-God, anti-business, anti-justice, anti-family, anti-male, anti-marriage, anti-Israel thugs, drunk from the vine of 1960's narcissism. ... You want to rally black voters to your cause? Tell each and every one of them the truth about Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger whose organization's very mission statement was to annihilate blacks off the face of the earth. Sanger is admired still, to this day, by the likes of Hillary Clinton. Bois -- Truth Revolt

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The greatest irony is that Gaga,

product of an affluent Manhattan home and a private-school education,
had boasted that ArtPop would be the album of the millennium in fusing popular culture with art. She hired Jeff Koons to design the cover, which features a vacuous Koons sculpture of a spread-legged Gaga, backed by a crassly ripped strip of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. During a London TV interview, Gaga betrayed her limited art knowledge by bizarrely identifying that great Renaissance painting as the Venus de Milo, a notoriously armless late-Greek marble. Eminem's art beats Gaga's pop

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Debunking the New York Times myth of Kitty Genovese


As the Times told it: “For more than half an hour 38 respectable, law-abiding citizens in Queens watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks in Kew Gardens.”
Cook and others speculate that the story’s first paragraph was written by Rosenthal. One could argue that Genovese became a legend not on the day she was killed, but 10 days later, when New York City Police Commissioner Michael “Bull” Murphy had lunch with The New York Times’ new city editor — later to become the paper’s executive ­editor — Abe Rosenthal. | New York Post
HT: neo-neocon

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What do we say after we've said we're sorry?


Poll: 71% of Obama voters, 55% Democrats 'regret' voting for his re-election

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If Chris Christie would just tongue kiss Obama this little ship jam problem would melt away.

Chris Christie, the Early Years

'HOMELAND' BLOCKS ROAD SALT DELIVERY TO NEW JERSEY The Garden State is still waiting for a critical supply of rock salt held up by the Department of Homeland Security since it is being carried on a foreign ship.

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Clown Shortage? What Clown Shortage?


Michelle Obama's Mirror: We’re all Bozos on this Bus
I would suspect this was another manufactured Republican scare story designed to destroy Big Guy’s policies if it weren’t such a perfect argument for letting more illegal aliens in to do the work Americans won’t do.

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February 17, 2014

Current Seattle Beverage Option


Until you know the effect of this product, consume half and wait...

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The Gospel According to Apostle Barack: In Search of a More Perfect Political Union as "Heaven Here on Earth"

Then, as I began to contemplate ways to assist Barack in his 2012 re-election bid something miraculous happened.
I felt God’s (His) Spirit beckoning me in my dreams at night. Listening, cautiously, I learned that Jesus walked the earth to create a more civilized society, Martin (Luther King) walked the earth to create a more justified society, but, Apostle Barack, the name he was called in my dreams, would walk the earth to create a more equalized society, for the middle class and working poor. Amazon.com: eBook: Barbara A. Thompson: Kindle Store

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Yes, who was that Evil President who signed the anti-gay marriage DOMA into law?

"Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton said Sunday that the gay-rights cause made incredible progress on political and legal fronts in 2013, but progress should not be mistaken for success." Don Surber

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Hope for Future Generations

"My daughter's first day of dressing herself."

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Skin (Keeps Him) In the Game

Coulter: Obama "Would Be Impeached If He Weren't America's First Black President" -- RealClearPolitics

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Our State of Police


The police escalation that shows up on countless videos exists because the people demanded it.
And the people demanded it because liberal social policies made entire cities unlivable. The militarized police forces out of cities like Los Angeles filtered down to the suburbs and the rural areas as the same policies and populations that made cities unlivable began spreading outward. - - Sultan Knish:

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Getting Cuddled by a Professional [Bumped]


I have an appointment to cuddle. Like a massage, it’s $60 for 45 minutes.
Since November, clients have been paying to lie in bed with Ali (or rest their shoulder in the crook of her neck on the couch), who runs a one-woman “cuddle therapy” business, Cuddle U NYC, out of her studio apartment. | VICE United States

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Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.


National clown shortage may be approaching: As the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns to Brooklyn Thursday, membership at the country's largest clown organizations has plunged over the past decade amid declining interest, old age and higher standards for the jokesters.

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“From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.”

Because in modern political theology the have-nots — let us not say the weak — deserve the fruits of the haves.
All property is theft, as Proudhon put it. So the only point to economics is to be the last thief in the string. Cuba has a claim to oil because it needs it. The Muslim rebels in the Philippines deserve whatever they demand because they demand it. Illegal aliens deserve a job in America because politicians will give it to them. In general you have because you can get. There is no linkage between the making and the benefiting. Belmont Club » Inheriting the Earth

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A review of the sitcom The Hank McCune Show in a 1950 issue of Variety described the first known use of a laugh track on TV:
“Although the show is lensed on film without a studio audience, there are chuckles and yucks dubbed in. Whether this induces a jovial mood in home viewers is still to be determined, but the practice may have unlimited possibilities if it’s spread to include canned peals of hilarity, thunderous ovations, and gasps of sympathy.” Wit, Whine, & Whimsy - Lapham’s Quarterly

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February 16, 2014

We have become a delusional state

dependent upon fallacies to convince ourselves our foolhardy beliefs,
ludicrous economic policies, corrupt captured political system, and preposterously fraudulent financial system are actually based on sound logic and reason. Some fallacies have been perpetrated intentionally by the ruling class to manipulate, sway and deceive the populace, while others have been willfully employed by millions of techno-narcissistic iGadget addicted zombies as a substitute for thinking, reasoning and taking responsibility for the course of our nation. Doug Ross @ Journal: A country built on a Himalayan mountain of fallacies

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Who Will Hire the Hangman?

Belgium, it seems, is to offer children with fatal diseases the option of voluntary euthanasia, provided they have “discernment.”
... In the case of children, who discerns the discernment? And will children be put up to asking, will it be suggested to them that they might prefer death to their current condition? It will save time and money if they do. - Taki's Magazine

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Sure, it’s a lie, but it helps the gay rights agenda so let’s just go with it

Instances of fake gay bashing and fabricated homophobic ”hate crimes” are so common that I’d need to drag this on for 20 pages just to come close to listing all of the more recent cases. Here’s a good one.
And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. I’m sure, as we speak, there’s yet another wannabe victim on some liberal arts campus somewhere busily planning a biased assault on themselves. - - The Matt Walsh Blog

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Chinese Diaper Pirates

The key to telling the difference between fake diapers (right) and the real deal is the “redness” of the baby

Japanese companies are now competing with Chinese counterfeiters to cash in on China’s diaper craze
— so much so that authorities in Guangzhou, a major port city, busted a slew of diaper pirates earlier this month. Japan’s diaper makers aren’t assuaged, though. ”New [counterfeiters] keep popping up, no matter how many we may dig out,” a representative of Unicharm, Japan’s biggest diaper maker, told Asahi Shimbun. “There is no end to this game.” = - Quartz

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This is how a Protestant and Catholic couple were buried since neither could be buried in the other Church's graveyard.


In the Protestant part of this cemetery, J.W.C van Gorcum, colonel of the Dutch Cavalry and militia commissioner in Limburg, is buried. His wife, lady J.C.P.H van Aefferden, is buried in the Catholic part. They were married in 1842, the lady was 22 and the colonel was 33. - - ODDEE

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Snow Stew

We put a big heavy pot filled with chipotle-and-salt-rubbed brisket and lots of sliced onions into a slow oven on Wednesday, the afternoon before the big snow storm. It kept the kitchen warm and its rich aroma lifted our spirits. When it finished cooking, we buried the pot in the snow. - - Canal House

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Executive Action?: You ain't see nothing yet. Remember....


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February 15, 2014


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Once Upon a Time Hating the Truth was not something a Christian nation did.

In my youth, which perhaps is not so far past, her kind of talk was everywhere.
Everyone said one should defy the odds and defy the world to speak truthfully and think sanely. The whole idea of doublethink, political correctness, and self-imposed bafflegab was a matter of mockery: something done by lunatic Soviets in the East, or deliciously skewered by George Orwell in a brief novel of nightmarish gallows humor. Doublethink was not something Americans did. Hating the Truth was not something a Christian nation did. Those days are gone. -- Hoyt Defies the Empire of Lies | John C. Wright's Journal

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As American as Peanut Butter


To grow up in the United States means to eat peanut butter, most commonly consumed in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and this hasn’t changed for generations.
The nut spread—pick your camp: creamy or crunchy (or these days mix in the natural option)—appears in packed and cafeteria-prepped lunches across the country, surmounting regional and socioeconomic divides. It is consumed in nine out of 10 U.S. households and the average U.S. schoolchild today eats about 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time high school graduation arrives. - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

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ADHD Does Not Exist

We’ve all encountered someone with severe attention or hyperactivity issues—the boy who is always daydreaming,
the girl who gets out of her seat to run around the room while her classmates sit calmly, the woman who consistently asks questions that have just been answered. Surely at least some of these people have ADHD! Actually, not one of them does. Let me be clear: In my view, not a single individual—not even the person who finds it close to impossible to pay attention or sit still—is afflicted by the disorder called ADHD as we define it today. - - | New Republic

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"I had a dance with death recently."

Not my first one but definitely my most memorable.
At first, when I was closest to crossing over I had dreams, nightmares, dark visions.... I can't convey the feelings that attended. Death was a presence, vivid enough to have smells — horrible, a bit frightening and amplified by a sense of Evil. I struggled to stay on the narrow path of salvation and eventually broke through. Calling on God works for me. A significant step up was one day while wallowing in the darkness and having no positive thoughts beyond "hang on, it'll be OK", my wife came into the room and brought with her The Light. I realized I had turned the corner and indeed it would be OK. Posted by: chasmatic a

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Important Stuff

All this time he's been thinking their important stuff was more important than his important stuff.
Then he got to thinking that their reality is highly dependent on time. He noticed that their amazing, world-shaking events are trite and forgotten if they happened a few weeks ago. On the other hand, the same trivial things happening tomorrow will be shocking and momentous and fraught with game-changing consequences. Their important stuff doesn't seem to have any shelf-life. - - ol remus and the woodpile report

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The final stage of socialism isn’t Communism. It’s an empty shelf.

The end comes when even Maximum Socialist Efficiency can’t pay the salaries of the secret police or find enough newsprint on which to disseminate the latest edicts. Socialism ends when the janitor turns out the lights, even though the lights have worked in years. Belmont Club サ Gone With the Whine

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As P.J. O'Rourke wrote over 20 years ago,

"Cuban cigars are rationed in Havana, you can't get good Chinese takeout in Beijing, and that tells you all you need to know about socialism". The premise still holds. - - Posted by: waltj

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February 14, 2014

You and I have the courage to say to our enemies,

"There is a price we will not pay." "There is a point beyond which they must not advance."
Winston Churchill said, "The destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we're spirits—not animals." And he said, "There's something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty." You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness. A TIME FOR CHOOSING (The Speech – October 27, 1964)

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Just another American town....


US army builds fake city to shoot at during training: The 300 acre 'town' includes a five story embassy, a bank, a school, an underground subway and train station, a mosque, a football stadium, and a helicopter landing zone.

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50 Reasons We're Living Through the Greatest Period in World History

5. The average American now retires at age 62.
One hundred years ago, the average American died at age 51. Enjoy your golden years -- your ancestors didn't get any of them.

16. Worldwidedeaths from battle have plunged from 300 per 100,000 people during World War II,
to the low teens during the 1970s, to less than 10 in the 1980s, to fewer than one in the 21st century, according to Harvard professor Steven Pinker. "War really is going out of style," he says. Sense of Events

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China's Sausage Surplus: Growing Up Gay or Growing Up Soldier? History Will Tell

Thanks to the one-child policy and preference for sons, there are an estimated 34 million ‘surplus men’ in China — a whole lot of lonely hearts. - - Hot Air Headlines

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Just when you think the food bullshit can't get any deeper....


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Good Enough


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Well played, Ikea. Well played.


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On this day in 1884,

a young Theodore Roosevelt lost his wife and his mother over the span of a few hours. This is his journal entry for that day.

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Think of not being able to buy soap, rice or toilet paper or order a cup of coffee,

where even the rich are feeling poor.
“In the serene private clubs of Caracas, there is no milk, and the hiss of the cappuccino machine has fallen silent. In the slums, the lights go out every few days, or the water stops running. In the grocery stores, both state-run shops and expensive delicatessens, customers barter information: I saw soap here, that store has rice today. The oil engineers have emigrated to Calgary, the soap opera stars fled to Mexico and Colombia. And in the beauty parlours of this nation obsessed with elaborate grooming, women both rich and poor have cut back to just one blow-dry or manicure each week.” Belmont Club » Postmortem

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It’s Time to Build Schools, from the Ground Up

It was not grand, but only big, and big enough for musty corners of corruption to develop here and there.
This is the room where the kids snorted coke. This is the closet where they stashed the porn. Here is the English teacher who hated great English literature. Here is the history teacher who taught no history. Here is the health class that spread confusion and disease. - - | Crisis Magazine

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Forget About Being Scared Of What’s Behind a Door


Via iOwnTheWorld.com

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February 13, 2014

The Harsh Truth About Truth

When people mumble and grumble that McDonalds is screwing their minimum wage employees, it may be true,
but if you don't work at McDonalds and you're not a minimum wage employee, have the decency to admit that it doesn't hurt you. When Chinese peasants starve, you don't. When African babies die of Dengue, you don't. If those everyday commonplace tragedies dissuade you from studying your maths, you are not contributing to Progress by doing so. When the survey reveals that some ungodly percentage of Americans think astrology is a science, then let them suffer their ignorance. - Cobb

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The New Republic comes to bury Chris Christie, not to fluff him. Chris Christie's Rise and Fall | New Republic

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How to Buy Jewelry Like a Jeweler


The more expensive a piece is, the more time you should spend assessing it.
If a stone is large, you should ask to have it pulled so you can inspect it loose. Flaws are hidden under prongs. Pink gold can enhance pink stones. A common trick is to set a brownish diamond in yellow gold prongs to make it appear more like a canary. - - | VICE United States

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A Blogger's Tale: In Which the Protagonist Decides to Step Away from His Computer for a Day and Comes Seconds Away from Being Consumed by Wolves


At about 20 ft or so ago at least two of the wolves were a mere 40-50-ish yards or so from me
(and apparently not bloggers from the way they were moving, Usain Bolt has nothing on them- I looked it up later and, in truth, he really doesn’t. Gray wolves can run in lengthy bursts as high as 31-37 mph [about 15-18 yards per second!]; Usain Bolt- 27.44 mph), I suspected the entry would have to be quick. Granted, at that point I was run-staggering on a flat, while they were ascending a steep hill, so I’m sure they weren’t at their maximum speed. But still, they were really moving the last time I looked and apparently wolves have biting power of about 400 pounds per square inch, not that much less than lions… - - Today I Found Out

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"A man's as faithful as his options...."

Monkey stud moved after making 50 babies - The Local "If we had a hundred females then there would be even more babies," said the monkey keeper at Halle Zoo near Leipzig.

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Because there just aren't enough laws...

Bill legalizing rubber duck races in Wisconsin up for Assembly vote

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The Quickest Fix for Football

Philadelphia Eagles in 1963

Take away the facemask. No player in the game today has ever played without a cage of metal and vinyl shielding his face,
and very few fans or former players have ever seen or played games without this standard piece of equipment. If high school, college and professional football teams could forge a kind of anti-missile treaty, facemasks could be gone by the start of spring training. Observatory: Design Observer

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The Green Socialists of Mars

Global Warming is the culmination of the Martian utopias. Either we become Socialist Martians or die on Venus. - - Sultan Knish:

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This Just In

Scientists Discover Men Enjoy Looking At Women’s Breasts. | "Although objectification theory suggests that women frequently experience the objectifying gaze with many adverse consequences, there is scant research examining the nature and causes of the objectifying gaze for perceivers."

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February 12, 2014

Oldest Cave Paintings May Be Creations of Neandertals, Not Modern Humans


In a cave in northwestern Spain called El Castillo,
ancient artists decorated a stretch of limestone wall with dozens of depictions of human hands. They seem to have made the images by pressing a hand to the wall and then blowing red pigment on it, creating a sort of stencil.... the new results reveal one of the images at El Castillo—a large red disk on the Panel de las Manos—is at minimum 40,800 years old, making it some 4,000 years older than the Chauvet paintings, which were previously thought to be the oldest in the world. | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

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Best in Show: The Case for Westminster

Stump the Sussex Spaniel

To be honest, most dogs have had the naughtiness trained out of them — if you hear a bark it’s almost a shock.
Then head backstage where all dogs competing that day are lined up relaxing next to their kennels. The owners and trainers and admirers are all wandering around, it’s an incredible cross-section of the country. There’s a blow-drying platform for the toy dogs, there’s a pile of sawdust in the corner for them to do their business, you might even come across Triumph, the insult comic dog—what more could you want? . | A Continuous Lean.

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Like the man who made it...

‘ObamaCare both sucks and blows’

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Danish Zoo Kills Healthy Giraffe And Feeds It To Tigers [Bumped]


Poor Marius. At 10 a.m. Sunday morning, the young giraffe was put down by his minders at the Copenhagen Zoo, despite the fact that he was perfectly healthy (and utterly adorable).
Then, with television cameras rolling and dozens of families watching, the giraffe’s body was skinned and carved up for tiger meat. A staff veterinarian anesthetized the animal, before shooting it through the head with a bolt-action rifle. Marius died instantly.... "neutering the young giraffe would have diminished his quality of life," says Holst. | TIME.com

As opposed to shooting it in the head with a bolt-action rifle and feeding the parts to carnivores? Let's try that again with the zoo’s scientific director, Bengt Holst.

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The Eyes Have It


The intricate detail that goes into the work of Israeli make-up artist Tal Peleg is staggering. Fairytale scenes of Moomins and flocks of midnight sheep are minutely painted onto eyelids. Playful Eye Make-up › Illusion

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so naturally our thoughts turn to divorce.


In the 1930s, the city of Reno, Nevada, shined like a beacon of hope to the unhappily married. Reno was the nation’s divorce capital, with many of its finest hotels strategically located near the Washoe County Courthouse, where judges granted divorces with assembly-line efficiency. What’s the Reno Cure for Valentines Gone Wrong? D-I-V-O-R-C-E. | Collectors Weekly

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Fashion-Week Diary


The Hood by Air menswear show, where a mix of real street kids and androgynous models,
many sporting fierce face paint and headpieces made from of wig-shop ponytails, showed off the designer Shayne Oliver’s great leather coats embellished with straps, buckles, and zippers. There were also T-shirts imprinted with the number “69” (this house’s jejune equivalent of that et); eyelets treated likes studs; and terrific blue velvet sneaker-boots. Amid the bleeps and booms on the soundtrack,a female voice intoned, “Ten thousand screaming faggots!” The New Yorker

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After Afghanistan

We are now in the Afghanistanization stage, hanging around a country for no particular purpose,
except that we aren't very good at departures and the men who made this mess still think that Karzai and his crew can make this work if we provide them with some more training and air support without being shot in the back. And when we have finally left and Karzai's cobbled together government collapses, its ministers absconding to Paris and Pakistan with suitcases full of stolen aid dollars, what comes after the war? Sultan Knish:

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Satan Called. He'd Like His Blue Devil Back.


Eight Corvettes swallowed by massive sink hole at National Corvette Museum: The museum issued a statement that said six of the damaged cars were owned by the museum and two — a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil
— were on loan from General Motors. The other cars damaged were a 1962 black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and a 2009 white 1.5 Millionth Corvette, the museum said.

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More Bilge Served at White House:


"State dinner menu: beef, caviar and Mary J. Blige"

In other news: Lt. Dennis Back said Tuesday 10 containers of bull semen were reported missing from a Mount Solon, which is located about halfway between Staunton and Harrisonburg. They were stolen from a barn. [Or as they say at the White House and in France: "Le sauce c'est tout." ]

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Joan Rivers


I’ve learned to have absolutely no regrets about any jokes I’ve ever done.
I said Justin Bieber looked like a little lesbian—and I stand by it: he’s the daughter Cher wishes she’d had. You can tune me out, you can click me off, it’s okay. I am not going to bow to political correctness. But you do have to learn, if you want to be a satirist, you can’t be part of the party. Meaning, you can’t go horseback riding with Jackie O in Central Park if you’re going to make a joke about her that night. - - Lapham’s Quarterly

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“Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”


One day, a man told a story about a jumping frog. Twain jotted down the plot in his notebook:
Coleman with his jumping frog—bet stranger $50—stranger had no frog, & C got him one—in the meantime stranger filled C’s frog full of shot & he couldn’t jump—the stranger’s frog won. - - Lapham’s Quarterly

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The Government Took the Time to Prove that Americans Really Love Pizza


On any given day, 13 percent of Americans are eating it. Comment:
"Time for the federal government to start taxing or banning pizza! First, we need junk science studies showing how harmful even one pizza slice is. Step two, a study which shows how eating a pizza is harmful to children. Step three, form a bogus public interest group: Citizens United for Sane Pizza Consumption. Step Four, have said interest group push for a federal ban of pizzas and a national registry of pizza makers. Step Five, a special tax on all pizza dough, grated cheese and pizza slicers. Step Six, return to Step One with new item that someone likes." - - TIME.com

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February 11, 2014

"It’s a big country and one fallacy doesn’t fit all."

Some fallacies are committed purposefully by evil men with evil intent.
The Wall Street financial elite, big corporations, big media and their politician puppets fall into this category. Other fallacies are executed by people whose salary depends upon the fallacies being believed by the masses. Middle level bankers, managers, journalists, and bureaucrats fall into this category. And lastly you have the willfully ignorant masses who would rather believe fallacies than look up from their iGadgets, Facebook, and Twitter and think. - - Doug Ross @ Journal: A country built on a Himalayan mountain of fallacies

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Why do we assume the future will be short?


Imagine a line one might draw that is 20ft long, and let that stand for the ‘distance’ of a billion years.
A billion years at least is needed to get you all the way from the first stirrings of human philosophy, science, and religion, about 50,000 years ago, through the immensities of time that lie ahead for species on our planet, before the Sun’s unbearable drying heat causes the evolution of life on Earth to grind to a halt. So think about that billion years of evolution, that 20ft line. How much of it have we traversed? – John Schellenberg – Aeon

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On today’s Russia


“The very idea that the Soviet Union was defeated is disinformation in itself.
The Soviet Union changed its name and dropped its façade of Marxism, but it remained the same samoderzhaviye, the historical Russian form of autocracy in which a tsar is running the country with the help of his political police…Russia today is the first intelligence dictatorship in history. It is a brand new form of totalitarianism, which we are not yet familiar with." - - TheBlaze.com

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"Hey liberals, have fun when President Palin suspends the whole stupid law on January 20, 2017."


Don Surber: Daily Scoreboard: February 11, 2014

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The Supernatural Bunnymother of Surrey

The men from London arrived just in time to see Mary Toft give birth to her fifteenth rabbit. - - Damn Interesting

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At 85 Shirley Temple Sets Sail On the Good Ship Lollipop

Born at 9pm on 23 April 1928, Shirley Temple later joked: "Too late for dinner, and so I started life one meal behind. Ever since I've tried to make up for that loss."
Temple started dancing at Mrs Meglin's Dance Studio in Los Angeles aged three. It was here, in 1931, that she was signed up a series of shorts that parodied famous films with all-child casts. She was paid $10 a day. Stand Up and Cheer was her first feature film in 1934. A year later, aged six, she was the first recipient of a special juvenile Oscar. She holds the record as the youngest ever Oscar winner. Her mother Gertrude did her hair for each movie. Every hairstyle had exactly 56 curls. Temple made 14 short films and 43 features during her acting career.

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Which is more likely in Obama's world after work?

The new golden age of poetry and music foreseen by Nancy Pelosi?
Or more heroin, more obesity, more diabetes, more crime, more children raised in transient households that make even elementary character formation all but impossible... And, if you're one of those who works in the "knowledge economy", how confident are you that you can insulate your life from the pathologies beyond the Green Zone? America Takes Early Retirement :: SteynOnline

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The Truth About Che Guevara

Cuba is a police state and Che was its co-founder.
Cubans “love” him the same way Romanians “loved” Nicolae Ceausescu and East Germans “loved” Berlin Wall architect Erich Honecker. You know what happens to Cubans who display open hated of Che? They get arrested. When he was still alive, they were executed or herded into slave-labor camps. So yeah, everyone “loves” him. It’s required by law. Woe to those who disobey State Security. - - Michael Totten, World Affairs Journal

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"If a coin-sized black hole were placed at Earth's center, what would happen?"

The good news is: "Not all of the Earth would simply be sucked into the black hole." But that's the end of the good news. - - SLATE

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Training Proofreaders Didn't Make the List


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"On the road five miles south of town"

We get strong west winds that will close highways, local roads, even the interstate (I-10)
and bring us a lot of Arizona real estate (airborne). The dust storms are enough to make grown men cry, women tremble, children run and hide, dogs to bark and horses to bolt in sheer panic. An old joke: one day the wind stopped blowing and all the chickens fell over. Spillers of Soup: DOWN BY ME

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February 10, 2014

The Weight of Rain

Two procedures to determine the weight of one inch of rain on one acre of land .... which comes to .... 113.3053382 tons of water/acre per 1 inch rain.

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Who Says There's No Good News?

Iraq: Militants set off own car bomb, 21 dead: A police officer said the militants were attending a lesson on making car bombs and explosive belts when a glitch set off one of the devices.

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"Everybody loves Obamacare, it is just that they dislike what it does."


Obamacare is like one of those restaurants in which delectable and juicy meals are displayed upon the signboard.
Unfortunately the diner who actually enters the premises and samples the fare is presented with a meager plate of disgusting mystery food. When the more burly customers complain to the manager he drags out the short order cook and with a great show forces him to dish out the special reserved cutlets and chops to the irate diners. But as for the customers too timid or powerless to remonstrate, they must content themselves with the same slop as ever. - - Belmont Club サ The Profiteer

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And now, competing in the hippo class....

Janet Napolitano Would Like to Figure Skate at the Sochi Olympics "Women's figure skates in size 12. $ 250.00. Airfare and lodging to Sochi to participate in the Olympic Games $ 15,000.00. Seeing Janet Napolitano attempt to do a double axel... priceless"

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She'd Know

First Lady: Gay Football Player Is 'Inspiration'

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April Assault on California Power Station Raises Alarm on Potential for Terrorism


The attack began just before 1 a.m. on April 16 last year,
when someone slipped into an underground vault not far from a busy freeway and cut telephone cables. Within half an hour, snipers opened fire on a nearby electrical substation. Shooting for 19 minutes, they surgically knocked out 17 giant transformers that funnel power to Silicon Valley. A minute before a police car arrived, the shooters disappeared into the night. - - WSJ.com

[ "The biggest nightmare for the feds, those pesky tax funded snipers the military has trained over several decades. But Nah, just a bunch of pesky unemployed teens." ]

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February 9, 2014

Valentine's Day? The gift that keeps on giving....


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Woody Allen on Crime and Non-Punishment

"I feel that is true — that one can commit a crime, do unspeakable things, and get away with it.
There are people who commit all sorts of crimes and get away with it, and some of them are plagued with all sorts of guilt for the rest of their lives and others aren’t. They commit terrible crimes and they have wonderful lives, wonderful, happy lives, with families and children, and they have done unspeakably terrible things. There is no justice, there is no rational structure to it." -- Interview with Woody Allen, Commonweal Magazine, 2010

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On Winters That Linger


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South of the Border. Down Mexico Way.

Paracuáro has been the scene of several firefights in recent weeks, mostly consisting of vigilantes firing wildly into the bushes at enemy gunmen they can’t see.
In early January they shot dead a Knights Templar fighter who confronted them with a bazooka during a street battle. The gangster was killed before he could unleash the rocket, his limp finger still poised on the trigger. The American Vigilante Versus the Mexican Cartel | Roads & Kingdoms

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February 8, 2014

Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow: did he or didn't he?

"Even prior to the abuse allegations, Farrow had noticed Allen behaving inappropriately with their (Mia and Woody’s) adopted daughter Dylan.
This behavior had been going on for years and had been reported years earlier, beginning when Dylan was two or three, and had been witnessed by other people, some of whom testified during the trial. Farrow and Allen had been in couple’s therapy for years in order to deal with the problem of his inappropriate behavior with Dylan. These allegations of inappropriate touching occurred years before the Soon Yi affair was exposed, and the work of the couples therapy was to set limits on what was even then seen as an excess of physical affection of an inappropriate type (although not frank abuse such as was alleged to have later occurred)." " -- Read the definitive review at neo-neocon

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The Bright Are Too White

Another jewel of degradation gleaming in the wan light of witlessness:
A school (should I say “school”?) in Brooklyn, more than two-thirds of whose students are black or Hispanic, has abolished its (I mean “it’s”) advanced courses for the intelligent. Why this salubrious excision? Why, because too many of the students therein are white. That is, classes for the intelligent contain the intelligent. My god. This cancer must be corrected lest it spread. Fred Reed -- The Soul of a Curmudgeon

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Is that a cold front coming in or are you just glad to see me?


Total snow for DFW still expected around 1". Snow is light/fluffy but easily sticking to roads; expect slick spots! -- WFAA weather

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H. L. Mencken on Balder and Dash


When Dr. Harding [Barack Obama] prepares a speech he does not think of it in terms of an educated reader locked up in jail, but in terms of a great horde of stoneheads gathered around a stand.
That is to say, the thing is always a stump speech; it is conceived as a stump speech and written as a stump speech. More, it is a stump speech addressed to the sort of audience that the speaker has been used to all of his life, to wit, an audience of small-town yokels, of low political serfs, or morons scarcely able to understand a word of more than two syllables, and wholly unable to pursue a logical idea for more than two centimeters. - - Lapham’s Quarterly

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"To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains." [Bumped]


What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know:
when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. - - An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow - NYTimes.com

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February 7, 2014


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"Progressives would rather die than admit their beliefs are dogmas. "

They each pretend they are all fearless and independent thinkers,
who have all come to the same fashionable conclusions because the matters are so clear and obvious — too, too obvious to bother discussing — that no other opinion is possible, or need to be explored. In other words, they are conformists pretending to be nonconformists, they are stupid people pretending to be smart, and they are cowards pretending to be brave. One wonder whom they think they are fooling. Restless Heart of Darkness — Part Two | John C. Wright's Journal

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"The great selling point of the Left, the great promise of PC, "

is that all issues are orthodox and settled, and the great debate of the human condition, all the mysteries of life, no longer are open to discussion.

The matter is closed. Talk must stop. Correct thinking is true; incorrect thinking is heresy. You must shut up. You must shut up. You must shut up. And the burden of human reasoning, the torment of the paradoxes of life, the need for learning, education, or curiosity is done away with. Everything the faithful need know can be printed on a bumper sticker, and chanted as a mantra or a mob-slogan at a rally. Restless Heart of Darkness — Part Two | John C. Wright's Journal

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Hop in! No time to explain


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Obama's “smart diplomacy”

The irony is that Obama campaigned on the platform of “smart diplomacy”.
But as things have turned out he was smart only in his own mind. Under his watch the 70 year old Pax Americana has fallen apart. Al-Qaeda has flourished. President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines caught the tone of rising concern when he warned, in an interview with the New York Times that China was doing to Southeast Asia what Nazi Germany did to Central Europe in the late 1930s. “At what point do you say, ‘Enough is enough’? Well, the world has to say it — remember that the Sudetenland was given in an attempt to appease Hitler to prevent World War II.” Belmont Club » The Emperor Has No Clothes

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This is God's Country

The country was founded on a belief in a creator God and has OFFICIALLY endorsed the concept from the very beginning. That is the reality. It is not really up for debate. You may wish to turn America into something else, but do not pretend that you are turning it into what it was always designed to be. Have the courage of your convictions. Make your case for an Atheist America, but do not stand there and tell me that America has always been atheist. The evidence against you is staggering.... - - The Matt Walsh Blog

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Hate is the Force that Gives the Left Meaning

It isn't hope that animates its leaders and thinkers, but the darker side of human nature that calls on them to destroy and to kill.
That dark side is why the left's victories end in tragedies, why the red flags are painted with blood and when its followers have run out of enemies to kill, they turn on each other and destroy their own movements with firing squads, gulags and guillotines. - - Sultan Knish

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February 6, 2014

Who Says There's No Good News?

The New York Times announced Thursday that operating profits had fallen 12% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the same period a year before. Earnings per share dropped by roughly two-thirds, from $0.76 to $0.24. Total revenues were down 5.2% and advertising revenues were down 6.3%, with print advertising revenues falling by 7.0% and digital by 4.3% over 2013. The company added digital subscribers, up 19% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to same period in 2012, but its circulation revenues were down, too. -- Big Journalism

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Sherlock Holmes Speaks for Me

"The point I’m trying to make is that I am the most unpleasant, rude, ignorant, and all-around obnoxious arsehole that anyone could possibly have the misfortune to meet.
I am dismissive of the virtuous, unaware of the beautiful, and uncomprehending in the face of the happy. So if I didn’t understand I was being asked to be the best man, it is because I never expected to be anybody’s best friend, and certainly not the best friend of the bravest and kindest and wisest human being I have ever had the good fortune of knowing." Steven Moffat on Sherlock’s Best-Man Speech -- Vulture

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The Taliban, all of 'em, are Huns . . . actual, living Huns . . . they LIVE to fight. It's what they do. It's ALL they do. They have no respect for anything, not for their families, nor for each other, nor for themselves. They claw at one another as a way of life. They play polo with dead calves and force their five-year-old sons into human cockfights to defend the family honor. Huns, roaming packs of savage, heartless beasts who feed on each other's barbarism. Cavemen with AK-47's. - - Stormbringer

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"If only, if only, if only Stalin knew!!"

File under -- Tough Shit, Sherlock:
When she went to her oncologist’s office, she promptly encountered a bright orange sign saying that Covered California plans are not accepted. “I’m a complete fan of the Affordable Care Act, but now I can’t sleep at night,” Nelson said. “I can’t imagine this is how President Obama wanted it to happen.” -- neo-neocon

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Why more Americans are getting high -- and overdosing -- on heroin

A very deep black market developed in which these pills now cost a dollar a milligram. Most of these pills come in 30, 40, 80 milligram doses. That means you are having to pay 30, 40, 80 bucks a pill, and a lot of people getting addicted. Their tolerance rises. They end up using three, four, five of these pills. I have met people who had $300-, $400-a-day addictions. Heroin comes in and it is a fifth to a 10th cheaper than that. - - PBS Newshour

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Moonbat Progressives at Home

It is not as if they talk to each other in a rational fashion in the faculty lounge or news bullpen,
and then only assume a demeanor of barking moonbat lunacy when they talk to us. They talk to each other in the same way, like loyal party members in George Orwell’s NINETEEN EIGHTY FOUR, exchanging meaningless and soothing slogans and nonsense words, lulled to sleep by the perfect agreement in the perfectly empty word-noises, unless someone jars the serenity by disagreeing on some small point. Immediately the barking moonbats close in, screeching and caterwauling, until the deviant offers servile apologies and self-flagellation. Restless Heart of Darkness — Part Four | John C. Wright's Journal

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Dark Art: Spectacular Illusions from the Golden Age of Magic


“How do you look at a poster of somebody being decapitated and not buy a ticket to see it performed live?” - - Collectors Weekly

How indeed?

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Coke Adds Life


The Coca-Cola employees who were conscripted into the army
became vital in helping to install the 64 military bottling plants and distributing the 10 billion drinks required to stock the various US bases and fleet throughout the war. As such these company conscripts or Coca-Cola Colonels as they became known were granted Technical Observer status, equal to that of qualified military technicians, and never saw front line action. A sweet posting by more than one definition. Coca-Cola Revealed: Part 1 - Santa, Playboy and Nazis

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"He writes the worst English I have even encountered. "

It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line;
it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm (I was about to write abscess!) of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash.

But I grow lyrical. H. L. Mencken on Balder and Dash - Lapham’s Quarterly

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February 5, 2014

Head Hand Bag (Yael Mer)


It’s a handbag that asks today’s rebel fashionista:
What’s the point of going through all the trouble of seducing and decapitating your oppressor if you’re just going to conceal your victory in a Coach weekender? Let everyone know what’s really going in your overhead rack on the Hamptons Jitney. - - Design and Violence

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Woody Allen / People Magazine / 1976

"I'm open-minded about sex. I'm not above reproach; if anything, I'm below reproach.
I mean, if I was caught in a love nest with 15 12-year-old girls tomorrow, people would think, yeah, I always knew that about him." Allen pauses. "Nothing I could come up with would surprise anyone," he ventures helplessly. "I admit to it all." Angst-Ridden Humorist - Famous Comedians, Woody Allen : People.com October 04, 1976 [HT: Lileks, James & Joan of Argghh!]

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Charlie Chaplin Invents Himself


1913 / Los Angeles: I had no idea what makeup to put on. I did not like my getup as the press reporter.
However, on the way to the wardrobe, I thought I would dress in baggy pants, big shoes, a cane, and a derby hat. I wanted everything a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight; the hat small, and the shoes large. I was undecided whether to look old or young, but remembering Sennett had expected me to be a much older man, I added a small mustache, which, I reasoned, would add age without hiding my expression. - - Lapham’s Quarterly

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Heroin and the Algebra of Need


Junk yields a basic formula of "evil" virus: The Algebra of Need. The face of "evil" is always the face of total need. A dope fiend is a man in total need of dope. Beyond a certain frequency need knows absolutely no limit or control. In the words of total need: "Wouldn't you?" Yes you would. You would lie, cheat, inform on your friends, steal, do anything to satisfy total need. Because you would be in a state of total sickness, total possession, and not in a position to act in any other way. Dope fiends are sick people who cannot act other than they do. A rabid dog cannot choose but bite. Assuming a self- righteous position is nothing to the purpose unless your purpose be to keep the junk virus in operation. -- William S. Burroughs' Depostion

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The Atheist's Prayer


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February 4, 2014

"And he always was a very good dog."


I lay him back on the bed and when I check a while later, he looks up with the same expression of patience and forbearance.
Whatever you have asked him to bear, he bears it. You’re surprised to realize that’s what you’ve done. You’ve been waiting for a signal. He’s been waiting for permission. LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat 2014

Update: Don't miss the comments here.

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Joan Rivers:

When you get older, who cares? I don’t mince words, I don’t hold back.
I said Justin Bieber looked like a little lesbian—and I stand by it: he’s the daughter Cher wishes she’d had. You can tune me out, you can click me off, it’s okay. I am not going to bow to political correctness. But you do have to learn, if you want to be a satirist, you can’t be part of the party. Meaning, you can’t go horseback riding with Jackie O in Central Park if you’re going to make a joke about her that night. Quintilian & - Lapham’s Quarterly

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Two spaces after a period: Why you should never, ever do it.

What galls me about two-spacers isn't just their numbers.
It's their certainty that they're right. Over Thanksgiving dinner last year, I asked people what they considered to be the "correct" number of spaces between sentences. The diners included doctors, computer programmers, and other highly accomplished professionals. Everyone—everyone!—said it was proper to use two spaces. - - Slate

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About Time


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Aw, Shucks!


“Shucking is one of those sneaky life skills that you may not use everyday but secretly take great pride in when you effortlessly pull it off.
I can picture Ernest Hemingway with a cigar dangling out of his mouth and his sleeves rolled up, oyster knife glinting in the afternoon sun, dominating a couple dozen Belons on some pre-war Parisian terrace. Any man worth his salt can open an oyster.” An Oyster Primer

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February 3, 2014

Drug Overdoses Are Killing More People Than Cars, Guns

According to the latest available data from the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdoses were responsible for 38,329 deaths in 2010,
30,006 of which were unintentional. That's a rate of 105 every day, and that number doesn't take into account the 6,748 people treated every day for the misuse or abuse of drugs. In comparison, traffic accidents were responsible for 33,687 deaths in 2010. Firearms killed 31,672 people, and 26,852 died as a result of falling. America, It's Time For An Intervention

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Hilary Hahn Resting with Violin


Hahn, 31, has made her career by straddling core concerto and recital repertoire with modern repertoire.
She won her first Grammy in 2001 with a recording of Brahms and Stravinsky concertos with Neville Marriner and Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Another Grammy followed in 2008 with Schoenberg and Sibelius concertos with the Swedish Radio Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting. - - Books and Art

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Crushing "Common Core" with One Headline

Common Core Prepares Students For Lucrative Future In Fields That Require Sitting On The Floor And Expressing Your Opinion About Addition | The Rumford Meteor

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Excuse Me But I'm Not Getting the Outpouring of Grief for Hoffman, Actor and Junkie

I'm sorry, but I'm really not getting it. Especially the endless blather out of those who worship the great pretenders of Hollywood.

Let's review. You have it all and.... you blow it up. Intentionally. And after having been through addiction before? I'm sorry he's dead but I am not surprised, nor do I blame the heroin.

Junkies: "Once the needle goes in, it never comes out."

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Here's a Man to Mourn

Begone to the faux-remorse for junkie-actors of no significance. Mourn instead the passing of men like Leonard Mason Smith:
He was married to Penelope Self Dec. 4, 1953, in Asheville, N.C. They were married for 58 years until her death in 2012. They raised five children together, living in New Rochelle and Greenwich, Conn. He enjoyed sailing and served as commodore of the Shenorock Shore Club in Rye, N.Y. They also raised show and field Gordon Setters, of which he was very proud. After retirement, they resided in Asheville and Pine Island, where they were active with local church groups and charities. ...He hated pointless bureaucracy, thoughtless inefficiency and bad ideas born of good intentions. He loved his wife, admired and respected his children and liked just about every dog he ever met.

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"Mount up. It's time."

Now does he feel his title hang loose about him, like a giant's robe upon a dwarfish thief. -- Macbeth

Meanwhile, everywhere but DC, liberation from fascist servitude is going from success to success.
Many states are remembering they're states, not administrative subdivisions. Yes, others still cling to their vassalage, staving off their Hindenberg moment with hysterical decrees, but still others are breaking up like slave ships on the rocks. The worm is turning, the last ditch holdouts are faltering. A historic era is beginning. For citizen journalists and bloggers who've grown accustomed to life under siege: mount up. It's time. ol remus and the woodpile report

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Journalism Today

The job is about two things: minting clicks for slave wages, and feeling important.
(You might say that journalists are paid both in money and in power.) Anything that can produce a good Two Minutes' Hate punches both buttons. If one Mr. Jones misses it, the next won't. I've seen the future of journalism in America. It's called Upworthy. It's exactly what Pontus both demands and deserves. Fortunately, the Pontic mob has both the attention and the testicles of a gnat, and its bite-to-bark ratio is really difficult to understate. - - Unqualified Reservations: Mr. Jones is rather concerned

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Liberty is winning. DC is losing. DC knows it and DC fears it.

With their street barricades and check points and retread military equipment, the place looks like Berlin in the Reich's last days of 1945.
They're violating and assaulting and even murdering people for petty or imagined offenses, or for no reason at all. Then there's the steady drip-drip of purges and unexplained deaths and puzzling resignations, the conflicting laws and regulations enforced by dozens of overlapping agencies. Some write their own warrants as they swing through the doors and windows. The place ought to be tested for rabies. ol remus and the woodpile report

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February 2, 2014

Ghost psychiatry

Psychological phenomena in dead people:

Post- traumatic stress disorder in murdered people and its consequences to public health

Australian Journal of Parapsychology, Volume 13 Issue 1 (Jun 2013)

Wasney de Almeida Ferreira

"The aims of this paper are to narrate and analyze some psychological phenomena that I have perceived in dead people, including evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in murdered people." - - Mind Hacks

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Health guardians from the 7th sector said the disturbances began spontaneously

when two guardians attempted to take a pre-diabetic into rehabilitative custody Sunday.

Two patrolling guardians had gotten an app alert that 27-year-old Tara Newkirk was ordering pancakes and a breakfast steak at a non-approved food outlet. They received permission from the Department of Health and Human Services to take her to the Center for Health Integration for a week-long fast to be followed by an indefinite period of food consumption therapy. Downgrade Diary: When Will the Revolt Start?

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The Robe to Hell

After many years in America, I have never felt so foreign as reading the pile-up of commentary
from supposedly sophisticated persons tutting about how my "assailing" the judge will not be "helpful" to the case. This absurd prostration before the bench is one of the biggest structural defects in this country. So it's "human nature" for a judge to go into a big queeny huff because one of his supplicants is doing insufficient robe-kissing? :: SteynOnline

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You Know We're Living in the Computer Age? / History According to Law & Order


Somewhere in all those procedurally-formatted murders, quips, investigations, interrogations, and trials I began noticing computers.
At first they were oddities too (characters using computers in funny ways, interesting-looking fake applications or websites), but as many obsessive projects start, the more screenshots I took, the more I noticed computers. - - Rhizome |
Computer 1 Season 1 Episode 1

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Woman of the Year

My wife turns into a different person when she watches a football game and after all this time I still have not come to terms with it.
Not really. I just avoid it. Normally, she is quiet, polite, and unassuming - the perfect wife and life companion. In front of a game she curses, she climbs the back of the couch, she screams, the cats hide, she talks on 2 phones at the same time while typing on the notebook computer, she drinks nothing and eats nothing, all focus is on *the game* and when it is finally over it's like someone let the air out of a beach ball, and I'm glad things are back to normal.....til next year. The key to a long (30 years), happy marriage is a detached garage. Posted by: ghostsniper OK this is getting out of hand.... @ AMERICAN DIGEST

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Neo Posts for Me

I figure I may as well post something about the Superbowl.

And this is it.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got to say about it. neo-neocon サ Blog Archive サ A little something about the Superbowl

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'If I Had A Hammer'? Well, what's stopping you?

The legacy of this period is less musical than political: half-a-century back, the self-consciously childlike "folk song" met the civil rights movement and helped permanently infantilize the left.
I caught an "anti-war" protest in Vermont a few years ago and the entire repertoire was from the Sixties, starting with "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?", which as a poignant comment on soldiering was relevant in the Great War but has no useful contribution to make in a discussion on Iraq. And, as I observed of Pete Seeger's visit to the "mass" protest movement of our own time, the more pertinent question with the Occupy Wall Street crowd is "Where have all the showers gone?" - - A Mighty Wind :: SteynOnline

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You're Lying

If you tell me you've never put yourself on one of the teams, you're lying.
If you're telling me you've never named the offensive linemen after fat guys you know, you're lying. If you tell me you've never tried to make an entire Madden team out of nothing but white guys, you're lying. If you tell me you succeeded in making an entire Madden team out of white guys, and didn't have to use really bad safeties as your cornerbacks, too, you're lying. - - The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys

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February 1, 2014

This is the world of egalitarianism,

leftism’s bitter warriors will not halt until all advantages are vanquished from society.
Screeds decrying racism, prejudice, sexism, ableism, and all of natural man’s maladies will continue to be published until we are all sniveling, crippled shells of ourselves and anything more than a blind hunchback is considered a privileged elite. This is the world of egalitarianism, where the only success allowed is taking everyone else down a few pegs. Salon…and On and On - Taki's Magazine

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"Some people eat cereal for breakfast."

Why? Because Dr. John Kellogg, a health-food charlatan in the 1800s, told them to.
Zero nutrition. Breakfast cereal is a fraud and a scam, unless it's plain grits or cream of wheat or oatmeal. The crunchy granola stuff? Well, I thought the guy who discovered that you could sell people plain water was a genius, but the people who decided to sell guinea pig food to humans was his creative equal. - - El Bird Dog's All-White Winter Breakfasts - Maggie's Farm

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