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April 30, 2014

Whatever Happened to Hitler's Body?

30 April 1945 was the day Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide.

His shovel hit bone. “Comrade Lieutenant Colonel, there are legs here.”
An autopsy was performed, and a few days later, Soviet soldiers moved Hitler’s body to a different gravesite outside of Berlin proper. This would be just one of several moves the corpse would make in the next few decades.
Mental Floss

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Property Is Theft!

Radical press demands copyright takedown of Marx-Engels Collected Works Lawrence and Wishart, a radical press founded in 1936 and formerly associated with the Communist Party of Great Britain, has asserted a copyright over "Marx-Engels Collected Works," a series of $25-50-ish hardcovers, and demanded that they be removed from the Marxist Internet Archive.

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“Let’s start with a test:

Do you have any opinions that you would be reluctant to express in front of a group of your peers?
If the answer is no, you might want to stop and think about that. If everything you believe is something you’re supposed to believe, could that possibly be a coincidence? Odds are it isn’t. Odds are you just think whatever you’re told.” -- Paul Graham, Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

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NAACP Once Meant "National Association for the ADVANCEMENT of Colored People"

Yeah. Right. Har-de-har-har.

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Amaryllis -- Piet Mondrian 1910


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As Generation X begin to take over from their Boomer and Silent-Generation parents,

the divides between the castes of the United States are becoming more obvious and more problematic than before.
Our Brahmin caste—the Good White People™, citizens of the world who know to check their privilege—have an ever-greater need to stoke thedish hatred and push non-White Americans as well as un-American imports against the Bad White People™ (that is, everyone else). Fragmentation is becoming polarization.
Tom Wolfe’s “Me” Generation

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Headlines just before the start of the First World War

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North and South


Photos Compare Public Spaces in North and South Korea - Feature Shoot


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What crimes are people incarcerated for?

a majority of people in state prisons are serving time for violent crimes such as murder, robbery, rape and assault.
In federal prisons, by contrast, there are fewer people convicted of violent crimes. About half of all federal prisoners are doing time for drug offenses, making it, by far, the most common crime in federal prison.
- Everything you need to know about prisons

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"Obama's foreign policy team is a joke, a dangerous joke from the beginning. "

We've got a dead ambassador, three other dead Americans in Benghazi.
The world's on fire. The Iranians ramping up on their nuclear weapons. We've got communist outposts being established here in our hemisphere. Putin is reconstituting the Soviet Union, and everybody's absorbed and consumed here with Sterling and the Clippers.
-- Rush Limbaugh

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I'll take vaporization instead, thanks.

Living in this nuclear shelter for 1,000 people looks like a nightmare....

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If you like your net neutrality, you can keep your net neutrality.

“The answer is yes,” Obama replied. “I am a strong supporter of net neutrality.” -- The New Yorker

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The Glasshole,

as the Glass-wearing elect are now commonly called, stood there in his lensless frames.
Or not so much frames, as a titanium bar draped across his brow, to which is affixed a rectangular three-quarter-inch LED display over one eye, and a colorful plastic “touchpad” arm that rests over one ear and also holds the circuitry. Curiosity-seekers, ooohing-and-ahhhing, thronged like he was a carnival exhibit. A Glassholier-than-thou shadow crept over his countenance, his facial muscles toggling between smugness and self-consciousness. As with most Glassholes, it wasn’t entirely clear if he was wearing Glass, or Glass was wearing him.
-- Weekly Standard

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Its title was Proofs of a Conspiracy against all the Religions and Governments of Europe,

and it launched on the English-speaking public the enduring theory that a vast conspiracy,
masterminded by a covert Masonic cell known as the Illuminati, was in the process of subverting all the cherished institutions of the civilised world into instruments of its secret and godless plan: the tyranny of the masses under the invisible control of unknown superiors, and a new era of ‘darkness over all’.
- - The Public Domain Review

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April 29, 2014

The claim that “freedom from religion” was ensured in the Bill of Rights.

They would wave around Jefferson’s off-hand comments to the Danbury Baptists as proof.
The fact that Jefferson did not have a hand in writing the Constitution because his peers largely thought he was a bit of a weirdo by that point was never mentioned. As we always see with paganism, appeals to authority are never rational.
- - The War On Christians

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The stampeded cattle comprising the American public

will probably agree that anyone who does not want his mistress hanging out with blacks
is so awful that he should be burned at the stake. But if the thought police are successful at immolating Sterling, next time it might not be about race. Next time the thought criminal will be someone who said something not currently politically fashionable about homosexuals — and/or about the Bible. Soon it could be a remark expressing doubts about the dangers of global warming that turns someone into Emmanuel Goldstein. If we continue down this road, within a few years, criticism of government figures could bring out the lynch mob.
- - Donald Sterling and the Slippery Slope Into Totalitarianism

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The Newspaper

- - Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Overpopulation

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Do Elephants Have Souls?


We opened the gate and let them in together....
they are as one bonded physically together. One moves, and the other shows in unison. It is a miracle and joy to behold. All day ... they moved side by side and when Jenny lay down, Shirley straddled her in the most obvious protective manner and shaded her body from the sun and harm. They were inseparable until Jenny died a few years later.
- - The New Atlantis

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Home sales dip to a 20 month low.

Realtors say the supply is so tight that new construction is needed.
Prices are rising due to cash transactions. Here’s the key that the media will not chase: “The sharpest sales increase occurred among homes priced at $1 million or above. Purchases rose 8 percent in that category. Sales fell in nearly every other price group.” That rise is the only reason the average sold home’s value rose. Only sales band that saw an increase. The plutocrats have it good.
Depression 2.0: Decline is the New Normal

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The Big Chill?


I had no idea that the song “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” was called “A Whiter Shade of Pale.”
That’s the kind of song that if they play the first few notes at Name That Tune, everyone would know it, but no one would know what it was called. Or at least I wouldn’t know. Maybe I’ll remember now, since I’m writing about it. I don’t know ANY of the lyrics to this song! They are really hard to understand, but that’s okay because the melody sweeps you into feeling nostalgic about a time you never lived in, and a love you never lost. Also, who the hell is Procol Harum?
- - My Husband's Stupid Record Collection

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Man has called himself (among other things):


the rational animal; the moral animal; the consciously choosing animal; the deliberately evil animal;
the political animal; the toolmaking animal; the historical animal; the commodity-making animal; the economical animal; the foreseeing animal; the promising animal; the death-knowing animal; the art-making or aesthetic animal; the explaining animal; the cause-bearing animal; the classifying animal; the measuring animal; the counting animal; the metaphor-making animal; the talking animal; the laughing animal; the religious animal; the spiritual animal; the metaphysical animal; the wondering animal... Man, it seems, is the self-predicating animal.
- - The New Atlantis

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"In the homosexual marriage debate, all of my liberal friends suddenly sprouted homosexual friends."

Members of the Leftoid Cult have a habit of displaying their piety in the same way women display charms on a bracelet.
They make a big deal of letting everyone know they have a gay friend or a black friend. They don’t think of these people as people, of course. They are props, charms to hang on their bracelet that they rattle in public to signal to everyone they are a pious person.
The Z Blog › Ukrainian is the new Gay

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Feminism Wins! Pee Standing Up With 'Stand Up'

World, urine luck. Stand Up Life is the brainchild of Sarah Grossman, a Stanford grad and former staffer for the office of the first lady.
(Does Michelle Obama do vertical power pees?) Though her product resembles PeeBuddy, a “portable urine director” developed in India to protect women from contracting diseases in unsanitary public toilets, its vibe is sassier and more glamorous.
- Rotten To The Core

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In the modern Democratic Party system of identity politics

there are nothing but Sacred Cows
from one end of the pasture to the other. Obama and Hillary are concessions to their racial and gender constituencies. Once installed they can’t be changed for any reason whatsoever, however incompetent on pain of political civil war, because each constituency, like the Lebanese religious factions, must have its turn to control the government.
- - Belmont Club

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April 28, 2014

Piffle. Affirmative Action is immoral and illegal on its face.

Ol' Remus is not surprised the Supreme Court disagrees how much immorality and illegality to allow
if the immorality and illegality itself is okay with them. Nor, given the caliber of its members, is he surprised the Supreme Court conducts itself like a small claims court deciding matters retail rather than on principle. As for Sonia Sotomayor, why wouldn't an Affirmative Action judge wave the Affirmative Action bloody shirt? Dance with the one what brung you, right? As above, piffle.
ol remus and the woodpile report

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Quick, we must save the Polar Bears from THICK ICE

Alaskan Polar Bears Threatened…By Too Much Spring Ice | CNS News

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MSNBC Plans “Take Your Barack Obama Blow Up Doll to Work Day”


Rickey Maddow, the gender confused MSNBC anchorperson said that
"Yes, I'm participating... I'm playing it straight for the Barack Obama Sex Doll Day…..I'll take a big one for the team." The Rev. Al Sharpton told us "Like most of the guys here, Al don't swing that way". He said he doesn't own a Barrack sex doll, but did admit to having a Michelle Blowup Doll. "I'd bring it, but it be real freaky lookin' and if I blowed it up it would be to big to fit in my office." - - Diogenes' Middle Finge

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Why Apple Is Like a Movie Studio


Steve Jobs has been dead for about two and a half years now, and it’s hard not to notice that the regular parade of game-changing Apple products for which he was famous seems to have disappeared with him. | Re/code

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This Just In: Black students disciplined at higher rates than whites

Mystery of mysteries: "Officials say it’s difficult to pinpoint reasons for the disparities." -- Wichita Eagle

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Norah O'Donnell Receives Promotion

Probably vetted by Al Sharpton

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The Final Insult!

- - People's Cube

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American Digest: Executive Summary [Pinned]


“I ceased in the year 1764 to believe that one can convince one’s opponents with arguments printed in books. It is not to do that, therefore, that I have taken up my pen, but merely so as to annoy them, and to bestow strength and courage on those on our own side, and to make it known to the others that they have not convinced us.” ~~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, The Waste Books, Notebook E , 1775-76

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The Cult of Modern Liberalism

As the ideas of the French Revolution (and later its demented heirs in the form of socialism and communism) washed up on the shores of America, the new religion was born and spread amongst the ruling classes.
This is the religion we call liberalism today. Unlike the exhausted Christian sects, it had no interest in living alongside other religions. Like Islam, it was aggressive and determined. Thus the war on Christianity has been with us for a long time now. Few members of the ruling class are Christian. Even the Jews are the cafeteria style Jews. The Z Blog › The War On Christians

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American conservatism

is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt bath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth, and has no idea of being guilty of the folly of martyrdom. - – Robert Dabney on Conservatism | Mercurius Pragmaticus Redivivus

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"It is almost impossible to bear the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody’s beard."


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The verdict is in:

"She love me big time boom boom for my essence!"

if we want to hang Cliven Bundy (Republican) with racism (and who doesn’t?)
for implying that the bonds of government dependency are as bad if not worse than the bonds of slave owning plantation owners, then we will have to hang Donald Sterling (Big Democrat donor – although you’d never know from the MSM coverage) for his overtly racist (and misogynist) comments too.
“I’m hungry and higher in the food chain than you. Get in my belly!”
Michelle Obama's Mirror: Fat Bastard of the Week

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"Spare us the bottled piety."

Al Sharpton — former FBI informant, provocateur of lethal rioting, homophobe, anti-Semite, character assassin, deadbeat tax delinquent — is not shunned, although his bigotry is central to his career,

but rather embraced by Hillary Clinton and given his own MSNBC show. The NAACP is slated in May to recognize Sharpton with a “Person of the Year” award — and had planned to give Donald Sterling a “Lifetime Achievement Award.” When public servants in positions of vast power like the attorney general reference blacks as “my people” or a Supreme Court justice spouts off neo-eugenicist riffs, they must be contextualized and explained as off-the-cuff musings not comparable to the felonious biases of an obscure private cowboy on the Nevada range. Works and Days » Cliven Bundy, Racism, Politics, and History

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"What gay wedding," General Brighton said, and cursed inwardly a moment too late.

Valerie seemed to materialize in front of Brighton out of thin air glaring angrily up at him
with the air of a poodle pretending that it's a bulldog. "Every branch of the service is supposed to hold a gay wedding. Barack thinks it's of the highest priority." "My apologies, Ma'am," General Brighton said wearily. Sultan Knish: Not With a Bang

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John Kerry on Israel: "A unitary state winds up being an apartheid state with second-class citizens"

ERNIE DELL: (from video) "Look into the mouth of a person, and you'll find lies wriggling there like maggots waiting to grow wings. The world has gone mad. A man could kill from sunup to sunset, and still his work would never be done. CSI: Loco Motives (2006)

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Arrow of Time Flies Both Ways. Or No Way. Or Widdershins!


Physicists are unmasking a more fundamental source for the arrow of time:
Energy disperses and objects equilibrate, they say, because of the way elementary particles become intertwined when they interact — a strange effect called “quantum entanglement.” .... “What’s really going on is things are becoming more correlated with each other,” Lloyd recalls realizing. “The arrow of time is an arrow of increasing correlations.”
- - Simons Foundation

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"We need Rahm on his cellphone in his SUV looking out the window decisively, but with compassion!"

Exposing Chicagoland: Creator and executive producer Marc Levin made a pitch to the mayor's office last May as Emanuel's hand-picked school board was two days away from a vote to close nearly 50 schools.
"This is a real opportunity to highlight the Mayors leadership - his ability to balance the need for reform and fiscal reality with compassion for affected communities and concern for the safety of Chicago's school children," Levin wrote of the school closings to Emanuel senior adviser David Spielfogel and two press aides. "We need the mayor on the phone in his SUV, in city hall with key advisers and his kitchen cabinet and meeting with CPS head BBB (Barbara Byrd-Bennett) and with CPD (Superintendent Garry) McCarthy."
The Beachwood Reporter

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Missed Me! Missed Me! Now You Gotta Kiss Me!

Between 2000 and 2013, a network of sensors that monitors Earth around the clock listening for the infrasound signature of nuclear detonations detected 26 explosions on Earth ranging in energy from 1-600 kilotons -- all caused not by nuclear explosions, but rather by asteroid impacts.

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Meanwhile In China, Bayonets At The Ready


It was only a week ago when we reported that the Chinese Police,
for the first time in over 60 years of "pacifism", has resumed arming itself as more than 1,000 street-patrol officers began carrying 9mm revolvers. However, perhaps nowehere is it clearer just how nervous the Chinese authorities are getting about the restless natives than in the following series of photos posted moments ago on Sina, showing security forces in China's Urumqi province learning how to use... bayonets? -- Zero Hedge

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Hãagen-Dazs is introducing two new ice cream flavors in Japan: tomato and carrot.


" Cherry tomato "
That the leading role the sweetness and flavor of tomatoes , add acidity and fruity aroma of cherry , and I prepared to enjoy the full-bodied taste and a rich tomato , ice cream deep taste . I can enjoy the soft hue of the original material .

" Carrot Orange "
By starring plump smell sweet and soft carrot , add refreshing fragrance and refreshing acidity of orange , can enjoy the refreshing sweetness of carrot and finished it in taste sophisticated . I can enjoy the shade of bright carrot unique .
Tomato and Carrot Ice Cream - Neatorama

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April 27, 2014


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Academia Calls


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Free...? Free...? Free WhoYouGot!

I’d like to know why well-educated idiots keep apologizing for lazy and complaining people who think the world owes them a living.
I’d like to know why they make excuses for cowards who spit in the faces of the police and then run behind the judicial sob sisters. I can’t understand these people who carry placards to save the life of some criminal, yet have no thought for the innocent victim. Animositas

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Hillary wonders why Snowden didn’t call anyone she knows

before handing the Crown Jewels to Putin. “I don’t understand why he couldn’t have been part of the debate here at home”.
Because maybe there is no debate; just the pretense of one. And it’s taking its toll: after years of being at the center of attention, people connected with the administration are suddenly finding they are getting the cold shoulder. Are we seeing a trend? Maybe. - - Belmont Club

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The Cult of Modern Liberalism

What the cult learned about their destruction of Protestant sects like Episcopalianism is that once you stop enforcing the rules, people stop showing up. It turns out that decent people are not all that interested in being ministered to by sodomites. The Z Blog › The War On Christians

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Not to be licked in public.... [Bumped]


Finland’s Gay Stamps Send a Misleading Message: The recent news that Finland has issued a set of stamps
featuring the work of homoerotic artist Tom of Finland has been greeted by progressive media as yet another milestone on the road to “full equality”. The fact that Tom of Finland’s work was inspired to by a fetishistic interest in soldiers dressed in Nazi uniforms, whom the young Tom encountered in Finland during WWII, has been less remarked upon.
Hey. just because you're gay doesn't mean you can't be a pervert.

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For all their bluster his supporters know Obama

won’t lower the oceans, though he may bury America in a sea of debt.

They know Brussels isn’t the superpower it pretends to be, just a collection of self-important and overpaid bureaucrats. They can see the world is not bound for an era of peace but lucky to escape a major international war. All we need is a spark in the east and it’s 1941 all over again. - - Belmont Club サ Debasing Diplomacy

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Booker T.


“There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public.
Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.... as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.” - Booker T. Washington, 1911

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National Bigot Association

Fun NAACP Awards Banquet

In post-reality America, this will be the dominant story of 2014. Even the coming election will not get the same level of coverage.
In fairness to the press, it probably should be the dominant story. After all, this will be the first time a billionaire member of The Cult will be stripped bare in public and sent off to the cultural equivalent of Siberia. All of our rich and tall black people are upset with him. Magic Johnson, a very rich and tall black person, is angry. LeeBong James, currently the most famous tall black guy in America, wants Sterling banished. The comically illiterate Stephen A. Smith wants the tall wealthy black employees of Sterling to boycott their next game. -- The Z Blog

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Moralistic therapeutic deism

1. A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.

2. God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.

3. The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.

4. God does not need to be particularly involved in one's life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.

5. Good people go to heaven when they die.

These points of belief were compiled from interviews with approximately 3,000 teenagers. - - La Wik

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The youth vote.

“Frankly, I don’t want the youth to vote,” I told him.
“They don’t own property, they don’t pay taxes, they don’t have kids to send to school. They have no financial stake and little moral stake in society and, until they do, I’d prefer they stay the heck away from the polls.” Millennials Want What Boomers Lost

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The Envia Discord 2015


What does environmentally friendly really mean?
At Envia Motors, we set out to make a car without concessions to speed, performance or handling because we put the environment first. Fueled by a dream and two billion dollars in government grant money, we challenged ourselves to see whether four community organizers with no technical knowledge or skill could create a car that would become a compulsory driving experience. Sultan Knish: Introducing the Envia Discord 2015

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Chicago Public Schools to Adopt Afrocentric Curriculum {Bumped}


Keepin' Them Stupid is Job One: Prominent in the curriculum is the preposterous book Black Athena by Martin Bernal, who invites fools to prove their political correctness by pretending to believe that the Greeks took their culture from Egypt, and that Egyptians were not Egyptian but black. Moonbattery サ

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April 26, 2014

Whew, that's a relief!

Blood in French Revolution gourd isn’t Louis XVI’s

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The Secrets Behind Mona Lisa's Smile


There are numerous theories about Mona Lisa'€™s identity,
and more than a dozen others from Da Vinci'€™s time are thought to have been the sitter for the portrait, including the revered artist'€™s male assistant (and, some say, possible lover), Gian Giacomo Caprotti da Oreno, better known as Salaì. Other researchers have even posited that the painting is indeed a self-portrait. - - Interesting

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The Desert One Debacle


In April 1980, President Jimmy Carter sent the Army’s Delta Force to bring back fifty-three American citizens held hostage in Iran.
Everything went wrong. The fireball in the Iranian desert took the Carter presidency with it. - Mark Bowden - The Atlantic

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Documenting the Death of an Assassin


In 1865, a single photograph was taken during the autopsy of John Wilkes Booth. Where is it now?
I went in to the outer office and Col. Baker was just coming out of the War Office. I gave him the plate and print and he stepped to one side and pulled it from the envelope. He looked at it and then dismissed me. - - | Smithsonian

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This skinny jeans thing is, as usual, getting way out of hand


Lee on Behance

A friend last night on a downtown street: "I don't know how it's done, but somehow every woman in America seems to have gotten the memo about leggings and skinny jeans."

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I don’t think you can be a successful scientist without trying it at least once.
It permanently stretches your mind. Steve Jobs said it was crucial to his success and so did Francis Crick, the father of genetics. This usually comes in the form of a tiny piece of paper. If you’re over thirty, try cutting the paper into quarters and see where that takes you. Fourteen Drugs and Pot - Taki's Magazine

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"Custer was lonely"


Wild Bill Hickok Monument, J.B. Riordan 1891. Deadwood. The rock sculpture was only in existence for ten years before being chiseled away by souvenir hunters of the day.

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Chefs have become “Chefs,”

simply stopping whatever it is they do naturally, setting their sights instead on material goals.
We have Chefs on reality TV shows, Chefs with designer footwear, Chefs undercover writing “tales from the trade”-type novelettes and Chefs that are too busy to care, by far the saddest and most pandemic of the lot. They have video monitoring in their kitchens at remote restaurants so the Chef can keep a steely eye on the maximum size of a micro green, the speed and direction of a swirl of sauce, the girth of a baby fingerling. Chef de Brigade — Medium

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It seemed like a good idea at the time....


Fire started to drive out snakes destroyed barn, other structures : In a quest to rid his yard of snakes, William Litaker unknowingly started a fire
that sent 50 to 75 fire and other emergency crews to his family-owned property at 350 Litaker Road in western Rowan County. The 82-year-old said he’d seen a couple of copperheads behind a mobile home he used as storage. So he thought Thursday was a pretty enough day to “smoke ’em out,” he told a Post reporter. He said he poured kerosene on the ground and lit it. The fire quickly spread to a barn, two sheds and the mobile home. “I thought now would be a good time to do it, but it wasn’t,” he said.

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April 25, 2014

Meanwhile, on the heterosexual side of the aisle....


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We are WEIRD.

That’s social science shorthand for Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic – and nobody is WEIRDer than Americans.

In the last several decades many Americans, and essentially all our elites, have internalized a worldview based on affluence, individualism, and secularism that makes us unique, globally speaking. So much so that we seem unable to comprehend that there actually are opposing viewpoints out there. Putinism and the Anti-WEIRD Coalition | The XX Committee

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All of British Pathé’s film archive now on YouTube

The main British Pathé YouTube channel has just over 81,000 videos uploaded, and they’re helpfully arranging them in playlists and according to topics like Pre-1910 Footage, Weird Newsreels and A Day That Shook the World which features some of the most important events in the 20th century history. They also have specialized channels for War Archives, Vintage Fashions and Sporting History, although those channels haven’t been expanded in the recent spate of uploads. -- - - The History Blog

Interviews with survivors of the Titanic disaster accompany drawings, paintings and photographs of the ship.

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Don't shoot at men in parachutes

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College Liberal


(also known as “Female College Liberal” and “Bad Argument Hippie”) is an advice animal image macro series
featuring a photo of a young Caucasian female with dreadlocks wearing a knitted cap. The captions typically portray the character as a naive and hypocritical left-wing political activist, referencing various clichés associated with the “hippie” subculture. - - Know Your Meme

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More Bad News for Wang

Men will be cringing and sorry if they click this link.

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Saddam’s Tailor Sews On


While still in power, Saddam’s entourage bought 220 suits from Cesur’s Baghdad outlet,
80 of which were worn by the mustachioed strongman himself. Before the trial, one of Cesur’s employees in Baghdad prepared another set of suits for Saddam specifically for his historic court appearance.... Regimes may change, but style remains the same. | Roads & Kingdoms

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Just Say NO to Hákarl Sushi


8. Hákarl (Cured Greenland Shark) Famous as one of the worst tasting foods in the world,
this traditional Icelandic meal may pose more of a risk to your health than tainted taste buds. Lacking the ability to urinate, these northern giants process their waste fluid through their body tissue. Dried and cured, the meat still possesses massive amounts of ammonia and trimethyl oxide. Ingesting these chemicals can cause organ strain and intoxication. 8 Foods That Fight Back - Modern Farmer

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"This is a political paradigm that cares whether your chicken sandwich is pro-gay enough. "

As the progressive revolution continues apace, we cannot help but notice how thoroughly unrevolutionary it really is.
This is a class of spoilt-rotten bourgeois narcissists pissing on those less privileged than they. This is a political paradigm that cares whether your chicken sandwich is pro-gay enough. The supposedly great issues of our time are matters of bourgeois trivia, while the structural decline of our cities and countryside is denied or ignored. Rednecks are the New Kulaks

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2) You say that homeschooled kids aren’t properly socialized.


Why do I even need to debunk the socialization claim?
You’ve seen our society, haven’t you? You’ve interacted with people, right? Homeschooling might be increasingly popular, but the vast majority of the people you meet have been public schooled. And you’re telling me that the vast majority of the people you meet are ‘socially well adjusted’? Really? You and I both know that’s a lie. Behold: the two absolutely worst arguments against homeschooling | The Matt Walsh Blog

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No criminal charges will be brought against the cops who terrorized 22 Philly bodega owners....


A Philadelphia plainclothes narcotics squad had barreled into the immigrants' bodegas, guns drawn.
They had cut the wires on the stores' video surveillance systems, robbed thousands of dollars from the cash drawers, stolen food and merchandise and then trashed the shops on their way out the door. One bodega owner even had footage of the cops cutting the video wires. Tainted, indeed

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"A level playing field."


The guillotine was adopted as France’s official method of execution on March 20, 1792, and remained so until the death penalty was done away with in 1981.
When the guillotine was instated, it was seen as an egalitarian way to dispatch justice in capital cases, unlike the old system that was unapologetically biased towards the upper class. Before the guillotine, aristocrats underwent relatively painless executions by being beheaded, either by axe or by sword. Commoners, on the other hand, could be hanged, burned at the stake, broken on the wheel, or made to suffer many other sorts of horrible, lingering deaths. The guillotine, to the revolutionary mind, provided a level playing field. This Day in History: April 25th

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What in the world possessed the Dutch to let these Muslim lunatics settle in their lands?

The people never wanted any of this.
It is their ruling elite who decided to invite a million Muslims to make war on the native population. Immigration is a means to break the back of the middle-class who operate as a natural check on the ruling class. If the Dutch had any sense, they would rise up and first hang every elected official, then turn on the collaborators, otherwise known as government employees. Once they took back control of their government, the next task should be the deportation of every Muslim and the leveling of every mosque. - - Answering The Dorm Stormers

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Nothing is happening here.

The current vogue in atheism is probably reducible to three rather sordidly ordinary realities:
the mechanistic metaphysics inherited from the seventeenth century, the banal voluntarism that is the inevitable concomitant of late capitalist consumerism, and the quiet fascism of Western cultural supremacism (that is, the assumption that all cultures that do not consent to the late modern Western vision of reality are merely retrograde, unenlightened, and in need of intellectual correction and many more Blu-ray players). Gods and Gopniks by David Bentley Hart

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April 24, 2014

Shocking spring ice levels

Lake Superior yesterday

In case there was any doubt about it, NASA has confirmed that "ice cover this spring is significantly above normal." And with "significantly" they actually mean "are you freaking kidding me?" When the Aqua satellite passed over Lake Superior on April 20, the lake was 63.5 percent ice covered. Last year it was at 3.6 percent. It's the worst year in more than three decades by a very wide margin. - - Sploid

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The Republicans’ Continued Public Relations Disaster

That’s not just the so-called establishment or the so-called Tea Party — it’s both.
Both are doing an atrocious job of taking their message to the people. The establishment remains super cautious, equivocating and boring while the Tea Party walks around pretending as if wearing a three-cornered hat and waving the Constitution (great as it is) is going to impress a culture the vast number of whom (incorrectly!) associate that Constitution with geriatric white slave holders in jodhpurs. Also, you have to be at least as sophisticated as your high school sons and daughters. We do live in 2014. (If you’re not, what you get is a clueless Sharron Angle losing to that hideous mafioso Harry Reid.) Rather than dealing with these realities, both sides — establishment and Tea Party — spend their time aiming fusillades at each other. How infantile and suicidal. - - Roger L. Simon

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“The Crime on Prudan Street”


Guards labeled Arnold an intellectual subordinate and placed him in solitary confinement in his cell, Radowitzky noted.
His rations were limited to bread and water and a perforated metal grate was fixed in place of his glass cell window so as to deny him light yet expose his body to the hissing winds and bitter cold air brought by Antarctic gales and northern glacial gusts. - - CSI Buenos Aires

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“Burn, Baby, Burn”


Aborted babies are being incinerated to provide electricity in the United States - Matt Walsh The remains of aborted humans are being shipped to a US power facility, in order to provide electricity to Oregon residents.
The British Colombia Health Ministry has confirmed that ‘medical waste’ is sent to our country to be converted to electricity in waste-to-power plants. ‘Medical waste,’ in this brave new world of ours.

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Obama and Warren are acting-out with the “You Didn’t Build That” mania.

That is them, and that is their constituency:
Villagers who never want to leave the village, determined to lock the mighty gates behind whoever dares to venture outside of them, to ostracize whoever wanders afield. They think they’re building something great and grand, but can’t say what it is they’re trying to build, not nearly as easily or as clearly as they can say what they’re trying to destroy. There’s a reason for that. They’re destroyers, and they’re not builders. - - House of Eratosthenes

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Little Hitlers

The Gross Domestic Pissants: There is, as every petty official knows, a great deal of pleasure to be had from the obstruction of others,
especially if they appear to be more fortunate, better placed, richer, or more intelligent than oneself. There is a pleasure in naysaying, all the greater if the naysayer is able to disguise from the victim the fact that he is not only doing his duty but gratifying himself. Indeed, there are many jobs, meaningless in themselves, in which the power to say no is the only non-monetary reward.

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Enter the Ringo Kid.


Wayne ran through the possibilities.
Every actor in in westerns could twirl a pistol, so that was out. Besides, the script specified a rifle cocked quickly with one hand, but later in the scene than what Ford was planning. In addition, Ford wanted him to do something flashy, but it couldn’t happen too quickly for the audience to take it in. All the possibilities seemed to cancel each other out. - - Never Yet Melted

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Weaver’s Stereopticon is the creation of a vast machine to instill new values in the populace.

The major networks are following the playbook outlined by Weaver.
Not only are product placements embedded into entertainment in an effort to sell more cars, computers, music, etc, to a consumer who must be constantly stimulated, but the narrative of the left has become an increasingly important component as well. How many television shows have you seen which present the homosexual lifestyle as normal and nothing out of the ordinary? One network now has a “green week” to help instill faux virtues in its viewing audience.

Weaver describes the Great Stereopticon as a machine of three parts, the parts that existed in his time:
the press, the motion picture, and the radio. Since then, the Internet has been added. – Ideas Have Consequences – Chapter 5 | What Would The Founders Think?

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Did you know that Shakespeare invented over 1,700 words that are commonly used in the English language?


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Sotomayor has now become the poster girl for self-interested racial preferences.

Her mediocre performance on SAT and LSAT tests served as a predictor of her performance on the Court. Two fellow liberals on the Court abandoned her, leaving only Ginsburg in her camp. Blog: The 'Wise Latina' jumped the shark

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Instead of ritualized combat between citizens, who agree on the big issues,

American politics is looking more like a gang fight. There are no rules, just what you can get away with.
Whatever respect the ruling class had for the institutions of the republic is now gone. Anything goes. In an increasingly feudal society, the old feudal customs are making a comeback. It won’t be long before they are poisoning one another and burning down each other's strongholds. The Z Blog › A Systematic Assault on Order

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Christian women: feminism is not your friend


This car is our culture, and feminism is the seatbelt that melted and trapped you inside this blazing inferno. | The Matt Walsh Blog

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I love the framing of that photo, with the name—a character but also an idea, synecdoche for a whole science-fictional scenario—floating above its birthplace, the author’s head. That the super-book is now real, and six generations deep, owes mainly to the sustained effort of many people at Amazon and elsewhere. But still: it began with an imaginary girl in an imaginary garden. The Kindle wink — Editor’s Picks — Medium

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It’s always the same thing, about how the South keeps blacks in poverty and has lynch mobs.

Now, sometimes I have to yield to the truth. I don’t like to, but it’s forced on me. Blacks do live miserable in Southern cities.It can't be denied. There's a shameful list of awful cities and it hurts me to write it: Newark, Trenton, Camden, Detroit, Flint, Chicago, and Gary. Pretty much the entire South. - - Fred On Everything

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Why has the prison population increased in the last 30 years?


Drug convictions have gone up significantly:
From 1980 to 2010, the number of Americans incarcerated for drug offenses went from 41,000 to 498,600, according to The Sentencing Project. Furthermore, the amount of time a prisoner serves for drugs has gotten much longer — from 22 months on average in 1986 to 62 months on average in 2004. - - Everything you need to know about prisons - Vox

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Bonfire of the Humanities


People dress like kings and queens in the capital of Mali, even in the dirt streets on the far side of the river. The women walk down mud lanes wearing immaculate gowns with puffed shoulders, gold detailing, and beadwork. The dudes are natty, too, in safari suits, crisp office boy outfits, or the grand boubou, the national robing that makes any man walk like a giant. Only the heroic boys everywhere—young teens carrying loads, pushing groceries, directing trucks—go around in recycled jeans and T-shirts. In squalor the people must be regal. - - Mali | OutsideOnline.com

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Memorial service for Mickey Easterling


A celebration of the life of Mickey Easterling, a New Orleans philanthropist and party giver who died April 14, was held at the Saenger Theatre Tuesday evening April 22, 2014.
The arrangements included a display of Ms. Easterling's body, sitting on a wrought-iron bench, with a Champagne glass in one hand and a cigarette holder in another. "She loved the limelight. She loved the attention," her daughter, Nanci Myke Easterling, told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune last week. "She was flamboyant. She had flair. She was outrageous." - - NOLA.com

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“These people are playing with matches… I don’t think they understand the scope and scale of the wildfire they are flirting with.
They are fucking around with a civil war that could last a decade and cause millions of deaths… and the sad truth is that 95% of the problems we have in this country could be solved tomorrow, by noon… simply by dragging 100 people out in the street and shooting them in the fucking head.” And lemme tell ya, he had the list… The Pig Trap « Taxicab Depressions

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April 23, 2014

Mama's Womb Sound Memory Recorder Sound diary device for pregnant mother, babies


The Mama's Womb Sound Memory Recorder works in sessions of thirty seconds. Play this back to your child after they are born and it is a superb way to calm them down when they are feeling upset or stressed. What better way to dry those tears than the sounds they recall from that most protective environment of all? There are also six types of womb melodies included, along with a speaker fitted with a slot for photos of your babe. Japan Trend Shop | Mama's Womb Sound Memory Recorder

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Dolly Parton's "Jolene" played at 33 RPM has an unexpected sound.

Thanks SushiSistah

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The Pig Trap


When the time comes to harvest a pig, Kevin adds a section of the fencing, refills the bowl a few times,
and the pigs ignore the new section of fencing. A week or two later, he adds another section, and keeps the bowl full. Finally, he puts the last section up right on the trail they created, and this section has the trap door in it. A screw eye is twisted into the end of a corn cob, and a cable is attached to it, and is connected to a pin that drops the door. As soon as a pig picks up the corn, the pin is pulled, the door is dropped..... - -ォ Taxicab Depressions

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Forming the First Fan Club for the Future

Keep Track

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"Bio-Duck" turns out to be a 'Minke

Mystery of 'ocean quack sound' solved The strange sound was first detected by submarines about 50 years ago.
Those who heard it were surprised by its quack-like qualities. Since then, the repetitive, low frequency noise has been recorded many times in the waters around the Antarctic and western Australia. Suggestions for its source have ranged from fish to ships. The researchers now say they have "conclusive evidence" that the bio-duck is produced by the Antarctic minke whale.

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These Guys Made Up a Fake Case to Get on 'Judge Judy'


What did you guys do with the money?
We divided it between us. After we left the taping, we took our food stipend, went to a dispensary, rented a next-year model convertible red mustang, and we drove that past the studio and sat outside for a second, just like, tempting fate, flicking off Judge Judy for a moment. Then we went to Musso and Frank's and used our money to have a lavish, silly lunch, then took the convertible to Malibu and hung out in a hot tub with friends and drank champagne all day. | VICE United States

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When guns are outlawed only vaginas will have guns.

"I wouldn't want to go off half-cocked."

Cops find loaded gun in Tennessee woman's vagina: A female cop was performing a routine search when she noticed an "unknown object" in Archer's groin.

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"For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds; / Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds."

Obama the Sweet-Smelling Flower: Carl Scott once accurately described Obama’s role in Illinois politics as that of the “sweet -smelling flower.” He doesn’t get anywhere near breaking any laws himself and takes a high tone about ethics in politics and public service, but he directs his specific attacks on the opposition.

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No meaningful public debate over belief and unbelief is possible.

Not only do convinced secularists no longer understand what the issue is;
they are incapable of even suspecting that they do not understand, or of caring whether they do. The logical and imaginative grammars of belief, which still informed the thinking of earlier generations of atheists and skeptics, are no longer there. In their place, there is now—where questions of the divine, the supernatural, or the religious are concerned—only a kind of habitual intellectual listlessness. -- Gods and Gopniks by David Bentley Hart | Articles | First Things

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April 22, 2014

An open letter to Chelsea Clinton’s unborn child

You get to be that real-life prince or princess, in a real-life castle where Mommy Chelsea is also a princess,
Grandma is about to be crowned Queen, and Grandpa Bill is a retired ex-King . Inside the castle towers you will find that Mommy, Mommy’s mommy and Mommy’s daddy Bill are all really good at make-believe games. So you get to pretend all the time! Mommy’s mommy and Mommy’s daddy even pretend to still be married even though they’ve been living hundreds of miles apart for 14 years! | New York Post

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If it is true that only I can prevent forest fires,

I'm taking Earth Day off.


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Cool culture is death culture.

It’s cool to do heroin, which must mean it’s cool to O.D. because that is how most junkies end up.
If you have cancer, useless natural medicine is in and effective chemotherapy is out. It’s cool to be pro-choice which means it’s cool to wipe out the black population. Euthanasia is cool. Preserving life is not. Old age isn’t cool. You’re supposed to “live fast, die young, and leave a beautiful corpse.” Gavin McIness: It's Cool to Love "Not Cool" | Truth Revolt

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100 Items to Disappear First

1. Generators - Good ones cost dearly; diesel generators are the best - more run time per fuel volume.
Fuel storage is risky; and a generator's noise attracts thieves. 2. Water Filters/Purifiers 3. Portable Toilets 4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home uses.... - - Sean Linnane

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We are federally admonished not to choose our own friends and neighbors as if our lives were our own business.

No. Instead we must follow the social directives of the Potomac Soviet, whether anyone wants to or not. Few do.
In Washington, on the Hill, upper Connecticut, the inner suburbs, the outer suburbs, everywhere, clubs and restaurants are either almost perfectly white or perfectly black. Whites happily patronize Latin American restaurants intended for the general trade, yet in mini-barrios many venues tacitly are for browns only. So what? It is how people want it. If freedom of association is racism, I am for it. So what? - - Fred On Everything

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Crazy people hear voices, right?


In Washington everybody hears them.
At the airport of course the gurgley over-enunciated “security” announcements by some dimwit elocution major who sounds like she wants to lick the microphone. On the subway we are urged by other recorded Mommies to watch each other and report suspicious behavior. What behavior isn’t suspicious late at night on an urban train system? “Yeah, officer, they’re like, swarthy and got beards and funny clothes and talk some weird language….”

Voices, instructions, warnings. We are the Admonished People.
Free? No. Brave? No. Watched, warned, told, herded, yes. Urban robots. Just what Georgey Wash and Tommy Jefferson had in mind, I think. - - Fred On Everything

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Everything You Hate About D.C. Is in the Podesta Divorce

After 11 years of marriage, and charges of Heather’s unfaithfulness,
their contentious divorce is centered on who gets the $5.6 million mansion in Washington, as well as homes in Virginia, Italy, and Australia. Then there is the “world famous” art collection with 1,300 pieces estimated to be worth hundreds of millions, in addition to the jewelry, investments, and both businesses with prestigious Fortune 500 clients. Most intriguing will be the valuing of the “Podesta brand” that Heather insists she helped build. Splitting these assets will buy the best divorce lawyers in the city their “new vacation homes.” - - PJ Media »

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On the [Longest] Road


Owning a Toyota Landcruiser HJ47 is a dream.
Turning that HJ47 into a adventure mobile with custom plumbing, bedding, and solar panels, then driving from Bend, Oregon to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, well—that's living the dream. With the hope to inspire others as they once were, Colby and Alita are on one hell of a trip. - - Huckberry | Wander With Me

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The Gay Fashion Accessory


Over the last two decades, having a homosexual on your piety bracelet has been the hallmark of progressive fashion.
It is so well established now that it is inconceivable to them that any civilized person would have a contrary opinion on homosexual marriage, homosexual rights and so forth. It is why young males today work so hard to adopt bathhouse fashion, going so far as to get beard transplants so they can look like a young George Michael. The Z Blog › The New Russia

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When the Civil War ended, thousands of Confederates chose

to leave the United States entirely and settle in Brazil.
About 10,000 Southerners made the trip to Brazil, where most settled in the state of São Paulo. Today their descendants form an ethic subgroup. In the city of Americana, the 300-member Fraternity of American Descendants holds an annual festival with Confederate flags, uniforms, and music, and a local cemetery holds the remains of W.S. Wise, the great-uncle of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. - - Confederados – Futility Closet

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The Ultimate Self-Help Book: Dante's 'Divine Comedy'


Reading Dante uncovered the sin most responsible for my immediate crisis. Family and home ought to have been for me icons of the good—that is, windows into the divine—but without meaning to, I had loved them too much, seeing them as absolute goods, thereby rendering them into idols. They had to be cast down, or at least put in their proper place, if I was going to be free. - - WSJ.com

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"I've come a long way. Baby."

LIZ JONES: Hooray for sexual liberation! Now I can die lonely and poor: I am a feminist,
I really am (I’ve never let a man pay for anything), but feel the current generation of women in their 60s, the first to abandon the way of life of their mothers, which meant they pursued careers, married and had children late, had affairs then got divorced, all in the name of liberation, are now imprisoned in debt, alcohol abuse and loneliness, wishing they could die, and do it soon.
HT @ Small Dead Animals

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The old Bill of Rights extended rights irrespective of group membership.

The new one wipes out universal rights and replaces them with particular privileges.
Entire amendments may sink beneath the waves, but a few groups get comfortable deck chairs on the Titanic. Why is one group protected rather than another? Why do gay activists get a government-bonded right, complete with Federal enforcement, while polygamy is outlawed? The only answers are rationalizations. Sultan Knish: Wrong is the New Right

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Truth In Packaging




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April 21, 2014

7. Google Home Page on Easter.


He is Risen.

Google is Evil.


Don Surber: Daily Scoreboard: April 21, 2014

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Do you trust GM?


It is not a stretch to state that probably millions of people now believe that GM is capable of almost any form of skullduggery.
Such people will never buy a GM car -- €“ no matter how rave the reviews, no matter how otherwise appealing they may be. Mistakes are one thing. But when people associate you -- or your brand --€“ with serial and deliberate assholeness, it'€™s a bridge burned that can'€™t be rebuilt. Untergang for GM? » Eric Peters Autos

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A racist is one who approves

of rigorous education, good English, civilized manners, minimal criminality, and responsible parenthood, among other things. I am, then, a racist. I see no reason to grovel about it. I decided long ago that if, while I was doing a radio interview, a caller-in told me, “You a racist!” I would hesitate as if puzzled, and say “…So what?” - - Fred On Everything

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The world will soon wake up to the reality that everyone is broke and can collect nothing from the bankrupt, who are owed unlimited amounts by the insolvent, who are attempting to make late payments on a bank holiday in the wrong country, with an unacceptable currency, against defaulted collateral, of which nobody is sure who holds title. -- the woodpile report

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Cooking the Books

Now no lie is "too big to tell:"The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates For the case of Tiara Groves is not an isolated one.
Chicago conducted a 12-month examination of the Chicago Police Department’s crime statistics going back several years, poring through public and internal police records and interviewing crime victims, criminologists, and police sources of various ranks. We identified 10 people, including Groves, who were beaten, burned, suffocated, or shot to death in 2013 and whose cases were reclassified as death investigations, downgraded to more minor crimes, or even closed as noncriminal incidents—all for illogical or, at best, unclear reasons.

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Attack helicopter confiscation


The Apache helicopter makes for a formidable weapon.
192 of them which currently are in possession of various state governors across America are about to be transferred to active duty military. That number represents every Apache which is currently assigned to National Guard units. ol remus and the woodpile report

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Mohammed Pedro Whitaker ID'd as Kansas City Highway Shooter; Charged With 18 Felonies

A shooter named "We'd rather not say:" Police Chief Darryl Forte said at a news conference that the suspect is male and lives in Grandview,
a suburb south of the city that is home to the Grandview Triangle, where several highways intersect and where at least six of the reported shootings happened. Forte didn’t release the name or age of the suspect.... - - Epoch Times

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Notes on the Devolution of Flying

In the beginning
The Seventies

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April 20, 2014

The perfect jelly bean


Traditionally fruit-flavored, made with smooth and succulent pectin, with a lovely and slightly translucent sheen, they go down easy. Maybe too easy; it is possible to eat quite a few before realizing what’s happening. Take it from one who knows. neo-neocon サ Blog Archive サ

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Wargame out the Second Civil War [Bumped]

“These people are playing with matches… I don’t think they understand the scope and scale of the wildfire they are flirting with.
They are fucking around with a civil war that could last a decade and cause millions of deaths… and the sad truth is that 95% of the problems we have in this country could be solved tomorrow, by noon… simply by dragging 100 people out in the street and shooting them in the fucking head.” And lemme tell ya, he had the list… - - The Pig Trap « Taxicab Depressions

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Christianity Rising... in China

Surely, it is more than passing strange.
A nation that is still ruled by the Communist Party seems to have fostered free enterprise and Christian worship. It is happening while so-called free nations have been running away from free enterprise and from religion. Had Enough Therapy?:

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Christ’s resurrection reveals that we do not die, “period”; we die, “comma.” On Easter God turns pain to power; God transforms tragedy to triumph and pushes through crucifixion to resurrection.... Sense of Events: He is risen! He is risen, indeed!

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Governments and kingdoms of men have tried to exterminate the Truth, but all have failed.

No religion has accomplished what Christianity has accomplished. No ideology. No school of thought. No idea, no government, no political system. Nobody else, nothing else has ever lit the world on fire like the Gospel. Hallelujah, Happy Easter | The Matt Walsh Blog

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April 19, 2014

First World Frozen Yogurt Problem

"There's zero room for error."

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Picture, if you will, the Russian Fire station.

The phone is ringing off the hook. There is a wide assortment of supermarkets, apartment buildings,
buses, trains, planes, trucks, cars, scooters, nuclear power plants, and mulecarts fully aflame all over the immediate area. There are pools of flammable hazardous waste leaking out of everything, and even the infants smoke. The Dalmation has three legs left from the last time they all got a notion to do something fun. Great Moments In Cyrillic Firefighting | The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys

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Scalia and Ginsburg Chat


Scalia: [The Bill of Rights] should not be painted as the foundation of the American democracy… Don’t forget the Bill of Rights was an afterthought. It was not what they debated about in Philadelphia in 1787… What they thought would preserve a free society was the structure of government — that’s what they debated about in 1787. And if you think that’s false, just look around the world. Every tin-horn dictator in the world today has a bill of rights. It isn’t a bill of rights that produces freedom. It is the structure of government that prevents anybody from seizing all the power.

Ginsburg: I do not think the rest of the world is regarding our legislature at the current moment as a model to be followed. - - About Snowden, Twitter - Law Blog - WSJ

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The West didn't lose Ukraine,


an independent nation of 45 million people. It simply let it go.
According to this newspaper Tuesday: "The White House reiterated that no lethal assistance was planned" to help Ukraine defend itself. The U.S., however, did send ready-to-eat meals. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's comments were antiseptic: "The Ukrainian government has a responsibility to provide law and order." It is fitting that churchgoers the world over this week are hearing the story of Pontius Pilate. Henninger: Cold War 2.0, the Videogame - WSJ.com

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April 18, 2014

$79 billion and 20 years later, no scientific correlation between man's activity and global warming.

Think of what $79 billion would have done for pancreatic cancer research. - - Don Surber: Daily Scoreboard

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“You live in a deranged age,

more deranged than usual, because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.” Walker Percy [HappyAcres]

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Putin Isn'€™t a Genius - We Are Complete Idiots

Americans play Monopoly, Russians chess: We landed on Park Place fair and square, and that gave us the right to put down a hotel.
Never mind that Ukraine is a basket case with a per capital income a tenth that of the European Community, whose best young people (along with some of its worst) have left the country, with a ruined economy and a declining population. Putin isn’t playing by the rules printed on the inside top cover of the board game. He’s another Hitler! Where is our Churchill? It’s a Monty Python remake of Dr. Strangelove. A few provocateurs holding a Russian flag pass out handbills demanding that Jews in Eastern Ukraine register with the authorities, and the whole of the media as well as the Obama administration hyperventilates, until the affair is exposed as a hoax.Spengler »

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Why does the BLM have guys with rifles and mechanized infantry?

The whole militarization of the federal government is disturbing.
These guys don't swear allegiance to the US Constitution, they don't come from a culture of patriotism like most military volunteers do. They aren't barred by US law from being active on American soil. Its like an end run around the military by the executive department, who apparently wants its own private army it can use against Americans. - - Word Around the Net: WHAT A WEEK

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Modern feminism has become fascism and it’s making women miserable.

Feminist Fallout: A Roll Call of Regrets Deborah is in her early 40s and just had a miscarriage.
After waiting for Mr. Right well into her late 30s, she dumped her boyfriend and decided to become a single mom. He panicked and proposed and now they have a kid. This is pretty much the only way a woman in New York can have a family. She has to marriage rape her boyfriend.

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Hey, just because you're a Gay-Hollywood-Democrat scheduled to hang out with Joe Biden it doesn't mean you can't be a pervert....


'I had drugs put in my drink, liquor poured down my throat,
(I was) raped numerous times in that house, various times (I was) sexually abused,' he said. 'There was a policy of no clothes by the poolside area. I was a piece of meat to these people.' Singer's attorney, Marty Singer, called the claims 'without merit' and 'absurd and defamatory'. - - Mail Online

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Support the Troops


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Slow Hosting Glich

Hosting Matters, the company that hosts American Digest, had an attack on one its servers this morning. The resulting slowdown made this page as well as tens of thousands of others unreachable for some time. I'm told all is back to normal now. = = NETWORK: Slow/timeout issue ← Hosting Matters Status Page (Remote)

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April 17, 2014

Rats! Now I have to re-evaluate my pro-life position.

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky expecting first baby

UPDATE: "The 16 week-old fetus has just been named US ambassador to Hooters, and is on the shortlist to replace Ronan Farrow at MSNBC." -- Gagdad

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These Just In


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Just Another Fukang Meteorite


The Fukang pallasite is believed to originate from deep inside intact meteors
created during the formation of the solar system about 4.5 billion years ago and very few specimens are thought to have survived their descent through Earth’s atmosphere. An anonymous group of collectors currently holds the largest portion which weighs 419.5 kg (925 pounds). -- TwistedSifter

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Obama: He Bad. Putin: He Be Shaking in His Boots!


US sending helmets to Ukraine | Fox News

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Tru dat....


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What’s to stop Putin?


The West is led by the modern equivalents of Chamberlain:
President François Hollande of France is a political nonentity repudiated by his own compatriots; Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany have both ruled out the use of force to stop Putin from annexing Ukraine; and worst of all, President Barack Obama–the one man who has the power to stop Putin in his tracks–does nothing. He makes Neville Chamberlain seem like a bellicose activist. Is Vladimir Putin Another Adolf Hitler?:

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New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson [Bumped]


About her tattoos:
“I have now four. I think eventually, when I finish doing them, will tell the story of me, of where I lived, and what things have been important to me. … I have two then on my back that are the two institutions that I revere, that have shaped me. One is unsurprisingly the amazing ‘T’ in The New York Times newspaper. Then I have a Crimson Harvard ‘H’ and that’s for Harvard, and also for my husband Henry, who we met when we were in the same class at Harvard. … - - JIMROMENESKO.COM

And a tramp stamp with a down arrow reading "All the News That Fits."

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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States


“We have intercepted electronic communication indicating that al-Qaeda members are actively plotting to stay out of the way
while America as we know it gradually crumbles under the weight of its own self-inflicted debt and disrepair,” FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano told the assembled press corps. “If this plan succeeds, it will leave behind a nation with a completely dysfunctional economy, collapsing infrastructure, and a catastrophic health crisis afflicting millions across the nation. We want to emphasize that this danger is very real.” -- America's Finest News Source

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"You tell me whar a man gits his corn pone, en I'll tell you what his 'pinions is."


Men think they think upon great political questions, and they do;
but they think with their party, not independently; they read its literature, but not that of the other side; they arrive at convictions, but they are drawn from a partial view of the matter in hand and are of no particular value. They swarm with their party, they feel with their party, they are happy in their party's approval; and where the party leads they will follow, whether for right and honor, or through blood and dirt and a mush of mutilated morals. "Corn-Pone Opinions," by Mark Twain

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"If I have to perform this rap song one more time, I swear I will...."

Wu-Tang-linked rapper cut off penis and leapt off balcony

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April 16, 2014


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Signs of Spring

It’s Mid-April And Coast Guard Is Still Battling Thick Great Lakes Ice

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In the event of a TEOTWAWKI I intend to use several options.

I intend to Bug out with a truck-load of supplies to a pre-selected wilderness area (within 15 minute ride of home),
establish a hide site and wait out the carnage. (I have about seven months supplies for my family plus a couple of caches with extra food and weapons nearby for a total of roughly nine months of rough living. I believe our odds of remaining unnoticed for six or more months are very good while maintaining a fairly high standard of living. Common Survival Strategies

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Why? Oh why?


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Eric Holder and Lois Lerner not only are liars, they're in cahoots.


Lois Lerner was asking the Department of Justice to criminally prosecute people like Catherine Engelbrecht.
This woman, this Lerner, this is a witch. This is a very unhappy -- well, you can tell. I mean, if everything's going her way, this is the kind of woman, person, not because she's a woman, she's just not happy. Don't doubt me on this. She's just seething with rage every day. - - Limbaugh

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Empty Cradles


In the West, it has been a matter of faith that we have too many humans.
Therefore, setting up abortion mills in the schools, putting girls on birth control and severely limiting our “carbon footprint” are ways to thin the herd. It’s eugenics with a smiley face. It’s also worked. If you look at the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) by country, you see that the West is well below replacement just about everywhere. The US is right at replacement, but that includes high birth rates amongst non-Asian minorities. White birthrates are well below replacement. Our nuts happen to think this is just a good start. - - The Z Blog

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Transgender Dudes Don't Fool Chicks

Bruce "Bridgitte" Jenner
Those I met after surgery would tell me that the surgery and hormone treatments that had made them “women” had also made them happy and contented.
None of these encounters were persuasive, however. The post-surgical subjects struck me as caricatures of women. They wore high heels, copious makeup, and flamboyant clothing; they spoke about how they found themselves able to give vent to their natural inclinations for peace, domesticity, and gentleness”but their large hands, prominent Adam’s apples, and thick facial features were incongruous (and would become more so as they aged). Women psychiatrists whom I sent to talk with them would intuitively see through the disguise and the exaggerated postures. “Gals know gals,” one said to me, “and that’s a guy.” Surgical Sex by Paul R. McHugh | Articles | First Things

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The Keepers of the Stones


Pagans, druids, and other self-styled mystics gather at the site for this year’s vernal equinox, on March 20th, an occasion that drew thousands of visitors. The woman pictured here is a member of a group called the Loyal Arthurian Warband. George Steinmetz's Photographs of Stonehenge Pilgrims : The New Yorker

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Historians? What Historians?

Ukraine crisis "I hope I'm wrong but historians may look back and say this was the start of World War III", says Edward Lucas | Mail Online

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Modern Pioneering


Pellegrini hunts her dinner with guns.
She makes tables out of tree stumps. And, sometimes when she’s in the mood, she garnishes cakes with rose petals.I first crossed Pellegrini’s path when I heard about her hunting trips. She takes girls to the field, kills dinner with them, then cooks up delicious meals around a wood-fired hearth (or similar cooking source). A standard itinerary includes: clay shooting, falconry, fly fishing, bird hunting, ATV riding, cooking, and—of course—mechanical bull riding. Huckberry |

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After "I am Curious Yellow" it was only a matter of time....

Swedes vote for country's nicest cock - The Local

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April 15, 2014

Portrait of a Young Woman of Frankfurt (c. 1480-1485) Sandro Botticelli


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The Airplane That Went Away


They've been searching for this thing and they can't find it.
Shouldn't they be finding loads and loads and loads of garbage dumped by the cruise ships? Shouldn't they be finding lots of satellite debris from satellites that have fallen out of orbit? I mean, Ted Danson and these clowns told us that the oceans were becoming the biggest garbage dumps on the planet. And somebody wrote a column or a book that the cruise ships throw away more sewage and leftover food than Haitians have to eat. Where is it? - - Rush Limbaugh

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Sympathy for Cliven Bundy and his family.

Why You Should Be Sympathetic Toward Cliven Bundy : They don’t have a chance on the law, because under the Endangered Species Act and many other federal statutes, the agencies are always in the right.
And their way of life is one that, frankly, is on the outs. They don’t develop apps. They don’t ask for food stamps. It probably has never occurred to them to bribe a politician. They don’t subsist by virtue of government subsidies or regulations that hamstring competitors. They aren’t illegal immigrants. They have never even gone to law school. So what possible place is there for the Bundys in the Age of Obama?

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What to give a president who has everything?


Worked for Louis XVI.

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“I just filed my taxes and I’m getting 400 dollars from the federal government!”


Please don’t celebrate the tax return you’re “getting”. You aren’t getting anything.
That’s your money. The government took it, held onto it for a year, and now they’re returning it without interest. If some guy at work stole a hundred bucks from your wallet and then, after you tracked him down and harassed him about it, he gave you back a small portion of it, would you run through the halls jumping for joy? Would you thank him for returning your own money? Or would you smack him upside the head and tell him to give you back the rest with interest, or you’ll break his kneecaps with a tire iron? - - Three things that all of you serfs and peasants shouldn’t say on Tax Day | The Matt Walsh Blog

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Living in the Penumbra Between Time and History


It seems to me, the larger the expanse, the more room for ignorance.
If we don't understand World War II, what makes us think we understand something as remote as the "big bang," the emergence of life, or the appearance of human beings? Science can only approach these thingularities in the most abstract manner imaginable, so abstract that they are essentially devoid of content except what the imagination fills in. Which means that they are essentially myth by another name. - - One Cʘsmos:

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Bitch, bitch, bitch....

"Our men, who in former Ages were justly esteemed the Ablest Performers in Christendome; But to our unspeakable Grief, we find of late a very sensible Decay of that true Old English Vigor; our Gallants being every way so Frenchified, that they are become meer Cock-sparrows, fluttering things that come on Sa sa, with a world of Fury, but are not able to stand to it, and in the very first Charge fall down flat before us. Never did Men wear greater breeches, or carry less in them of any Mettle whatsoever." - - The women'€™s petition against coffee

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Hotdog in a sausage bun because bread makes you fat


- - Sploid

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"Liberalism hasn’t had a new idea since the 1960s"

“Liberalism has a kind of Tourette Syndrome these days. It’s constantly saying the words racism and racist.
There’s an old saying , if you have the law on your side, argue the law. If you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. If you have neither, pound the table. This is pounding the table. There’s a kind of intellectual poverty now. Liberalism hasn’t had a new idea since the 1960s, except Obamacare, and the country doesn’t like it. George Will: The Obama Administration’s Cries of Racism Are Becoming a Joke

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"A Russian fighter repeatedly buzzed a US warship in the Black Sea."

American credibility and prestige — its legitimacy as the hegemon in other words
— would once have prevented the Russians from trying this stunt. But it’s gone. And going to battle stations each time plane shows up is ruinously expensive. When the IRS shuts down Republican companies or when Harry Reid uses his political position to drive a rancher off his land the damage goes beyond the individual aggrieved party. It goes to the legitimacy of the system. Of all the values the “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” cohort have squandered, nothing has been more ill-spent than trust.Belmont Club » The Book of Numbers

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The Moral: Aesop Knew Something About Crows


The last common ancestor of humans and crows lived perhaps 300 million years ago, and was almost certainly no intellectual giant.
So the higher levels of crow and primate intelligence evolved on separate tracks, but somehow reached some of the same destinations. And scientists are now asking what crows can’t do, as one way to understand how they learn and how their intelligence works. - NYTimes.com

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April 14, 2014

The most beautiful animal you’ve never seen


I’d spent the afternoon on a small dingy off the coast of Durban, South Africa.
It was muggy, and I’d been working for hours–-throwing a small net out, and pulling in tiny hauls of plankton that I’d then collect in jars. As I looked through one jar, the boat rocking up and down, I saw for an instant a bright blue flash. Gone. Then again in a different place. An incredible shade of blue. [HT: Doug Ross / Journal ] - - | Deep Sea News

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"A weird black ring appeared in the sky in England and then disappeared"

This is bizarre. A 16-year-old girl saw a giant black ring in the sky above England and captured it on video.
After three minutes of floating around like a cloud, the black ring disappeared completely. So far, experts have no idea what it was. - - Sploid

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It's Spring in Chicago at Last!

Weekend Violence Leaves Four Dead, 37 Wounded

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The Dark and Dangerous World of Extreme Cavers


He’d travelled more than three miles through the earth by then, over stalagmites and boulder fields, cave-ins and vaulting galleries.
He’d spidered down waterfalls, inched along crumbling ledges, and bellied through tunnels so tight that his back touched the roof with every breath. Now he stood at the shore of a small, dark pool under a dome of sulfurous flowstone. He felt the weight of the mountain above him—a mile of solid rock—and wondered if he’d ever find his way back again. - - Burkhard Bilger : The New Yorker

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Take Religion Seriously

Taking religion seriously means work.
If you're waiting for a road-to-Damascus experience, you're kidding yourself. Getting inside the wisdom of the great religions doesn't happen by sitting on beaches, watching sunsets and waiting for enlightenment. It can easily require as much intellectual effort as a law degree. Advice for a Happy Life by Charles Murray - WSJ.com

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The Hot Links Are Always Piping Hot at Maggie's Farm

Monday morning links (and not just on Mondays) - Maggie's Farm

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Looking For Tom Lehrer


“Is this Tom Lehrer?” Morris asked over the phone, working to hide his nervousness.
“Yes,” replied a voice some 1,000 miles away. “The Tom Lehrer who teaches math?” “Yes.” “The Tom Lehrer that did some records in the ’50s and ’60s?” “Yes.” - - Comedy's Mysterious Genius

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The Founders had a pretty good understanding

of the bandits, highwaymen, con-men, the clever fraction and the parasites present in every human population.
They also understood how easily the smart and successful could tip into corruption. Their project was designed to make it tough for these elements to gain power of their neighbors. They may have imagined a tribe of Podestas, but they never imagined a class of coat holders and fixers, who existed outside the power of the king. The next Constitution, if there is one, will have to address this type of vermin that runs the Imperial Capital. The Z Blog › The Imperial Capital

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Side Bet


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The BLM-Bundy Ranch confrontation

What comes next - Government seldom gives up this easily.
I’d venture this is only settled for the moment and the heist will resume as soon as the media is distracted by something else... Figure however long it takes for the Feds to run facial recognition on everyone who showed up in support of the Bundys, and time for a Grand Jury to be empaneled and come up with some kind of conspiracy to obstruct, or whatever, and then a snap decision to show We the People who the boss is. I give it 120 days, more or less, but we’ll see how it all rolls out. George Ure at urbansurvival.com ol remus and the woodpile report

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Psalm 37

25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

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Ann Barnhardt: "Regarding the cattleman in Nevada" [Bumped]

I would strongly discourage you all from hitching your cart to this particular horse. While I have all manner of criticisms of the BLM and certainly of thuggish FEDGOV tactics, it is essential that one pick one’s battles very carefully, and this is NOT a good battle to pick. The guy in question has been grazing his cattle at essentially zero feed cost for upwards of twenty years (well, THAT makes the cattle business easier, doesn’t it!) because he stopped paying the BLM any lease charges. A Few Things | Barnhardt

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The inventor of everything

How an egotistical genius convinced Silicon Valley to invest hundreds of millions in his shoddy science: whenever I asked detailed questions about his wealth, he would change the subject back to his passion for pure research. "I’m about being out there doing something nobody has ever done before," Cheiky intoned. "Doing the best you can for mankind." | The Verge

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Comment of the Month So Far: On MRAPs


Regarding Afghanistan and victory: "Do you know what piece of inanimate equipment pisses me off? MRAPs. Mine Resistant Armored Personnel carriers. Thousands of them.
When you turn your jeep into Battlestar Galactica, you have admitted to the enemy that you lack the will to kill the minelayers. Or win the war. Money doesn't buy victory. It buys lots of equipment, but failing to IDENTIFY and ATTACK and DESTROY the ENEMY to the point he loses the WILL to resist means you are just buying shiny toys from donors. Declining to attack an enemy is not equal to not having one. I almost miss the last administration; even when "conflict = defeat" was the journalism paradigm. At least the war was acknowledged. Our kids lose their sanity on multiple deployments, some finally lose the armour vs. warhead roulette, and the tribesmen still dig holes on the trails and roads at night. Evil. Posted by: TmjUtah in And the Great talk a good line.

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Bad Moon


Popular televangelist claims four blood moons are sign of "€˜world-shaking event"€™: Four complete lunar eclipses will appear in the sky starting on April 15. Pastor John Hagee, of Texas' Cornerstone Church, believes God is trying to communicate with humans through these celestial signs.

19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:

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The Wages of Sin

Around $3,000
"From now on when people ask me why I'm a stripper, I'm just going to show them this picture (one day of work- 1130am to 3am).”

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April 13, 2014

And the Great talk a good line.

They tell us that landmines, not those who plant them, are the real dangers.

They say that guns, not broken people, are responsible for crime. They promise that if we abolish nuclear weapons and elect people who make the oceans fall we can fundamentally transform America. They warn of every danger except of man himself; how in form like an angel and how when fallen like a devil. Madison thought differently. He understood that men were the danger. - - Belmont Club サ Beyond Reproach

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The Democratic breakup that exposes Washington’s rotten core

The documents, did not become available to the rest of us until yesterday.
They tell stories not only of a May-December romance gone sour, but of how obscene wealth can be amassed through rent-seeking and influence-peddling in Washington D.C., and of the hoary means by which the princelings of the capital and their consorts maintain and grow that wealth. They tell stories not only of an ugly divorce, but of the power of lobbying, of how one family maneuvered to the center of the nation’s dominant political party, of the transactional relationships, gargantuan self-regard, and empty posturing that insulates, asbestos-like, the D.C. bubble. - - Divorce Beltway Style | Washington Free Beacon

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Tips for Single Women


- - Retronaut

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Medicinal Soft Drinks and Coca-Cola Fiends


Pharmacists were soon making soda mixtures with stronger drugs known as “nervines,”
a category that included strychnine, cannabis, morphine, opium, heroin, and a new miracle compound called cocaine, which was first isolated in 1855. “Cocaine was a wonder drug at the time when it was first discovered,” Donovan explains. “It was seen as this marvelous medicine that could do you no harm. Ingredients like cocaine or kola nuts or phosphoric acid were all viewed as something that really gave you an edge. - - Collectors Weekly

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April 12, 2014


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The Way It Goes


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"I don’t respect the president or his office, and neither should you"

When you respect the Office of the Presidency, you are either respecting the president himself,
or you’re respecting this bloated perversion of a political station, one that has been used to murder and oppress. Respect? If anything, the office should be hated. Hated until some respectable person is elected by respectable voters to convert the monstrosity back to the limited, yet important, post that our Founders established. - - The Matt Walsh Blog

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Oh say can you see?


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"Now the world is run by sophists."

They think that because they read a few books about people who were great that they are great in their turn.

There are two problems with this surmise. One, the people they think were great probably weren't. Secondly, most people are incapable of much more than misremembering and misunderstanding the twaddle they read anyway, because education isn't very rigorous anymore. If you think the world's business is decided by simply choosing wisely between John Galt and Noam Chomsky, I don't know what to say to you. Mozart is never going to show up on American Idol. Sippican Cottage: The 3-6-3 Rule Rules. Well, It Used To

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Count Your Spoons


The silver thief had gotten almost all of it, right down to the butter picks and sliced tomato server.
All that remained were the hollow-handled knives and the boxes, which the thief had left on the ground right where he had squeezed in through the door. The knives just didn’t weigh enough to be worth the cost of shipping them to the smelter. -- Garden and Gun

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Unclear about whether or not we're going to shoot them in the head

George Will: ‘I’m quite confident that we’re going to rebel against this abusive government’ | TheBlaze.com I think that, you know Winston Churchill said,
“The American people invariably do the right thing after they have exhausted all the alternatives.” And I think we’re beginning to get to the bottom of the list of alternatives, and to realize that arithmetic is inexorable. You can’t make 2 2 equal 7, and sooner or later arithmetic is going to force realism upon us.

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Tempest in a Teacup


Trouble brewing over Hitler tea cups: A small German furniture store chain says it inadvertently ordered 5000 coffee cups bearing a faint portrait of Adolf Hitler from China.

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The fundamental dishonesty

The Z Blog › Shrinkage The fact that the food makers are lying to us is not a stunning development.
The standard has been set by public officials who lie so much it is impossible to know the truth. They lie on spec, as the gangsters say. Politicians have always lied, but it became the centerpiece of their morality in the Clinton years. This is when steaming piles of human filth like James Carville took over public discourse.

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Changing All Your Passwords? Thank the NSA

NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years: The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence.

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Picture Perfect Propaganda


Obama's press secretary decorates home with Soviet propaganda: Keen observers may notice the kitchen decor in the photo: Soviet propaganda posters. They really are the perfect pop of color whether you are the dour and sincere Nikita Khrushchev or the cheeky press-wrangler for a president who is constantly accused of being a socialist himself.

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Balancing Lies in Photoshop: At Home with the Jay Carneys

"The duplication of the kid’s finger was particularly admired."

Jay Suit, $895, glen plaid dress shirt, $195, foulard print tie, $135, and polka-dot pocket square, $55, all at Hugo Boss (Tysons Galleria). Claire Cotton jacquard shift dress, $299 at Karen Millen (Tysons Galleria); knotted rope crystal necklace, $98 at Ann Taylor (multiple area locations); and jeweled bracelet by Loren Hope, similar styles at Bishop Boutique (Alexandria). - - Balancing Act | Washingtonian MOM [HT: Never Yet Melted サ Photoshopped Life]

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April 11, 2014

A Palm Tree -- Winslow Homer, 1898


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The Last Question


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Passive Resistance

It is possible that the left pushed too hard, too fast, and were too arrogant about it and now there will be a backlash.
But honestly, I don't believe it. Just because Democrats are increasingly unpopular doesn't mean Republicans by default are more popular. As long as the Democrats can convince people that the GOP is worse, they stay in power no matter what they do. - - Word Around the Net

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"Sunday was a great day to be an aging German lesbian."

I Went to the Opening Party for Germany's First Lesbian Cemetery | VICE United States Rule #1: Everyone shall be buried face down in a rug.

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Federal Snipers Train Guns on Family For Filming Cattle: "Outside the Bounds of Designated First Amendment Area" [Bumped]


Federal snipers with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) trained guns on members of a family yesterday
after they dared to stop and take video footage of cattle outside the bounds of a designated “First Amendment Area,” before arresting one of the men for non-compliance. The cattle were being rounded up by BLM officers as part of a crackdown on Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has refused to pay “grazing fees” demanded by the feds as a result of a re-classification of 600,000 acres of federal land in northeastern Clark County which Bundy claims has been in his family for generations. - - SHTFPLAN

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There was an old lady who lived under a shoe....

Old lady ducks

Just Warming Up: A woman was taken into custody after throwing what she described as a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a Las Vegas speech. - - Mail Online ["It brought back scary memories of dodging sniper fire at that airstrip in Bosnia."]

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Handy Lists

“Why can’t somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks?” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

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April 10, 2014

The Invention of the Slurpee


Knedlik's franchise didn't have a soda fountain, so he began placing shipments of bottled soda in his freezer to keep them cool.
On one occasion, he left the sodas in a little too long, and had to apologetically serve them to his customers half-frozen; they were immensely popular. When people began to show up demanding the beverages, Knedlik realized he had to find a way to scale, and formulated plans to build a machine that could help him do so. - - Priceonomics

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Curly of the Three Stooges: The Funniest Guy in the World


Curly lived his entire adult life in severe pain.
At the age of 12, he had accidentally shot himself in the leg in a hunting accident. The bone did not set properly, and for the rest of his days, Curly had trouble with the leg. If you watch a Three Stooges movie and see Curly running, you will see a very noticeable limp.... Curly was what Moe called a "slow study,” meaning he simply couldn't remember lines very well. One day, Moe watched as Curly forgot his line in a scene. As Moe recalled, "his eyes rolled back, he fell on the floor and started spinning around like a top." And thus, the “Curly spin" was born. - - Neatorama

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Hillary Clinton's Record

"Her primary achievement is that she was a doormat." -- Rush Limbaugh

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Time in a Bottle


Thriving Garden in Sealed Bottle Hasn't Been Watered in Over 40 Years: When David Latimer planted a seed in a glass bottle on Easter Sunday of 1960 out of pure curiosity,
he had no idea that it would flourish into a mass of greenery that would thrive untouched for several decades. Now, over half a century later, the sealed bottle garden is still growing as vigorously as ever, filling the bottle entirely with lush plant life, despite the fact that the last time Latimer watered it was in 1972.

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How About Dumb Free Zones?


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Reasons Why San Francisco Is the Worst Place Ever

The existential crisis around San Francisco's ascension to the heights of assholery
stands in stark contrast to the fact that it is damn near unlivable for most normal people. The end is nigh for a city that used to be a magnet for the counter-culture. San Francisco was strangled, so we decided to go over the numerous causes of death. | VICE United States
[HT: Never Yet Melted]

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Sony Walkman TPS-L2 Next to the dual headphones is a button labeled “Hot Line”.
This was another key feature of the TPS-L2. When the user pressed the Hot Line button, the device would would override the music with audio from the built in microphone. It allowed you to listen to Subway announcements or talk to a friend without taking off your headphones.

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A mnemonic for spelling "mnemonics":

Mnemonics neatly eliminate man’s only nemesis: insufficient cerebral storage.

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April 9, 2014

“Their heads are no bigger than the ordinary:

it is the atrophy of the chest beneath that makes them seem so.” - - C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

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The Old 'Uns

They drove big cars and their clothes wouldn't make a fashion magazine unless the feature was on Retro.
They didn't mock the suburbs because in comparison to their previous haunts those neighborhoods were heaven. They went to church or to the temple and although they didn't always agree with what was said, they were serious about the larger message. Execupundit.com:

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Memo to History...

Tea Party types are fed up biding their time and keeping their powder dry while waiting for that inevitable last straw which unleashes the Kraken.
And when this finally happens, no constituency of EBT card chiselers, phalanx of cemetery-dwelling voters, or nursery school full of red diaper babies will be of any lasting comfort. When the teat dries up and the shotguns are racked, Obama logos will be scraped off Prius bumpers faster than Michael Moore can plug up a toilet on Thanksgiving. -- Glenn Fairman, American Thinker

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New York: Hell with Good Restaurants -- 3 Unsettling Moments Riding in that Hole in the Ground


How Not to Use Your Butt on the Subway -- It's the look of abject horror on the face of the young woman in the background, as she seems to consider snapping her own photo for posterity, that really brings the whole thing together. We stand with you, Side-Eye Girl.

Video: Commuters React to Rat on Subway -- About half the people stand on their seats rather than risk the sensation of the greasy, thick-tailed ball of filth running over their feet.

Otherwise Respectable Man Eats Cheese on Subway -- "He also licked his fingers after each bite," Jim added. "It gave me the chills to watch his saliva soaked fingers dive repeatedly into that ripe cheese."

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Archie Andrews R.I.P.


American Comic Icon Archie Andrews To Sacrifice Life In July “We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched Life With Archie five years ago, and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater in a press release. [HT: Neatorama ]

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The Care Bears vs. McCarthy

Now Reason Magazine is getting in on the act, proposing a libertarianism beyond the (actually sort of incredibly stupid and childish) non-aggression principle:
It’s also about caring, maaaan. The article, replete with scare images of men in Klan robes—the necessary result of a libertarian society unconcerned with “tolerance” or whatever the term is these days—goes through a lot of tired old left-libertarian tropes. - - Nicholas Pell

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April 8, 2014


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Some people that hire others

-- small business people, other multiple-size corporations, companies -- are gonna say,
"Uh, you know what? We don't want a whole lot of gay people. They're just gonna cause trouble, like this. We just can't have it." There's gonna be a silent reaction. "I don't want this kind of trouble. I've got a business to run here. I can't hire people that are gonna turn my business over to a social cause." -- Rush Limbaugh Show

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Poll: Majority of Americans Would Support Jeb Bush Painting


A spokesman for Mr. Bush said that, as of yet,
the former governor had made no decision to start painting but would “try to make up his mind by the end of the year” at the latest. : The New Yorker

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"They're coming."

These are The scariest words known to Conn. law enforcement.
The smartest of the law enforcement officers know that if they decide to aggressively pursue the 100,000, there will be a heavy price to pay. Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, and sympathetic citizens of all stripes who know persons in these groups have no intention of obeying a tyrannical law signed by a tyrannical governor, which was approved by a tyrannical legislature. This means that there will be heavy resistance to any attempt by Conn. law enforcement to enforce these laws.

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Answering Muslims: 50 Reasons Muhammad Was Not a Prophet

Answering Muslims

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What is the world's favorite number?

No, it's not 73....

.... but congratulations to runners-up three and eight. Answer at FAVOURITE NUMBER.NET

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The Hidden Kingdom

Suppose, now, we had always lived in winter, and never seen this spring.
Suppose now we witnessed the incomprehensible, the apocalyptic, opening of the first flower. How to describe this to the winter dwellers? How to convey colors they had never seen? Or begin to portray the scent, the touch, of each spring creature? One might begin: “There is a hidden kingdom beneath the snow; it will come.” The Hidden Kingdom

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Remember those Medicare Advantage cuts?


So, let’s see: the cuts were necessary to pass Obamacare. But they are poison at the ballot box, so there’s been pressure (from both sides, and insurance companies too) to call them off. Suddenly, as an explanation for their suspension, we find that old people have gotten healthier. - - neo-neocon

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Burning Questions Answered Cooly


When I posted first photos of the lace thigh holster, I showed it worn on the outside of the leg. The vendor site showed it worn inside the thigh. Which is correct? The answer is both. Thigh holsters, how to wear them? | VolkStudio Blog

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I'll Drink to This


Drunk History: Mount Vernon's Secret Distillery The original distillery was destroyed in a fire in 1814.
All was not lost. During an archaeological excavation starting in 1999, the Distillery’s stone foundation was discovered. Between the foundation and other archaeological findings, a reconstruction of the distillery was begun in 2005 and completed in 2007. Since then, the distillery has brought Washington’s spirits back to Americans. Previous runs at the reconstructed distillery have included rye whiskey. For the first time in 200 years, the reconstructed distillery was used this year to once again distill peach brandy – 400 bottles of it to be exact.

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More Mush from the Republican Wimps

Who is he kidding? Eric Cantor responds to Vance McAllister video “First of all, I think that his constituents deserve an apology, I’m glad he issued an apology,” Cantor said after a closed Republican meeting Tuesday.
“I’ve not had a chance to speak to the congressman, so I’m going to reserve further judgement on the question. I will say that the American people deserve all of their representatives here in Washington to hold to a very high standard of behavior.”
Utter, utter, utter crap. There's been no "high standard of behavior" in Washington since slime mold grew legs.

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Anatomy of the Deep State

The Deep State does not consist of the entire government.
It is a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies: the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice Department. I also include the Department of the Treasury because of its jurisdiction over financial flows, its enforcement of international sanctions and its organic symbiosis with Wall Street. All these agencies are coordinated by the Executive Office of the President via the National Security Council. Certain key areas of the judiciary belong to the Deep State, such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, whose actions are mysterious even to most members of Congress. BillMoyers.com

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The Gay Advocate's Man of the Year on Marriage

Gays to Pope: "Has our lovely flame died?"

Pope Francis: "The image of God is a married couple, man and woman, not only man, not only woman, but rather both. This is the image of God: love, God's alliance with us is represented in the alliance between man and woman", he said. -- Catholic World Report

Limbaugh: "Is Mozilla going to call on the Pope to resign?"

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Celebrities that Look Like Matresses


Don't ask "Why?" There is no "Why?"Sad and Useless

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Can't Compete? Get the Government to Give You Money from a Special Tax.


The Christmas Tree Fee Quietly Takes Root: A federal regulation that took effect this week imposes a 15-cent assessment on every Christmas tree cut and sold in the U.S. or imported into the country.
This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture put a present under its tree: a regulation that creates a marketing program to match the heavy advertising the fake-tree industry does so well. Included in the regulation, which was first published in 2011 but takes effect now, is the 15-cent assessment to pay for the program.

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Why UPS Trucks Don't [Often] Turn Left

While the no left turn rule has an appealingly simple and algorithmic quality to it,
you will see UPS drivers take left turns on occasion, especially in residential neighborhoods without much incoming traffic. Asked how often UPS drivers turn right, a driver told ABC: "A guesstimate, I would probably say 90%. I mean we really, really hate left turns at UPS." -- Priceonomics

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April 7, 2014

Overexposed Celebrity #761


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Mass Cisteria

They want the right to constantly throw public tantrums over the slightest imagined insult without people defaming them as mentally ill.
They don’t want ANYONE to tell jokes about them—EVER!!! They want to be treated just like you and me, despite the fact that their entire identity is based on being completely different than you and me. - JIm Goad

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Audit Proofing Your Tax Returns

Same-Sex Spouses Can Amend Past Tax Returns for a Bigger Refund: This year, married same-sex couples can file their taxes jointly, possibly saving money.
What you may not realize is that you can also amend your taxes from past years—and TurboTax has a calculator that tells you how much you'll get back. Last year, the Supreme Court ordered that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages. Not only can you file your taxes jointly as a couple, but you can optionally re-file past tax returns from when you were married (but weren't recognized as such by the federal government).

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Star Wars

“The reason the first three Star Wars movies were so terrific,
and the second three sucked so bad, is actually very simple. The first three were about rebels, shooting guns and driving fast, and speaking with American accents. The second three were about politicians, discussing treaties and holding court, and speaking with British accents.” -- Bill Whittle

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Every murder tears apart the myth that government is the answer.

The gun control issue is about solving individual evil through central planning in a shelter big enough for everyone.
A Gun Free Zone where everyone is a target and lives under the illusion that they aren't. A society where everyone is drawing peace signs on colored notepaper while waiting under their desks for the bomb to fall. Sultan Knish: Government Power and Evil

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Jesus didn’t care about being nice or tolerant, and neither should you


I’ve studied the New Testament and found not a single instance of Christ calling for a ‘dialogue’ with evil or seeking the middle ground on an issue.
I see an absolutist, unafraid of confrontation. I see a man who did not waver or give credence to the other side. I see someone who never once avoided a dispute by saying that He’ll just ‘agree to disagree.’ I see a Christ who calls the Scribes and Pharisees snakes and vipers. He labels them murderers and blind guides, and ridicules them publicly [Matthew 23:33]. He undermines their authority. He insults them. He castigates them. He’s not very nice to them. | The Matt Walsh Blog

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A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE: Homosexual Marriage and Donations

The first thing Christians need to realize is that the Bible is unequivocal in its opposition and condemnation of homosexual activity....
The second thing Christians need to remember is that we are all sinners. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. All of us are guilty of sinning and violating God's law, and as Peter explains, any one sin is sufficient for that strand holding us above the dread fires of God's wrath to break. - - Word Around the Net

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The "Climate" and the "Change"

If the truth is inconvenient it follows a lie is convenient,
so they made up a whole 'nother climate "on spec", attached one end to the present, stapled the other end onto the future, conveniently, called it "climate change", waved it around and demanded we should go hungry in the dark now so we won't go hungry in the dark later. Huh? And for the privilege we should pay them, now and forever. Just to keep things honest, any challenge that doesn't rely wholly on their analysis is a criminal act, or near enough. - - the woodpile report

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Why Fight When We Can Eat?


The delis and takeaways are doing a furious business in shabbat staples.
There’s unctuous chopped liver topped with gribenes (crispy shreds of rendered chicken skin), trembling slabs of calf’s foot jelly and heaps of ravioli-like stuffed kreplach. Kugel Yerushalmi, a tall, round noodle pie flavoured with black pepper and caramel, comes sliced like a cake, and for the fish course there’s tubs of herring, serried ranks of jellied heads, and poached balls of minced carp, served cold and slightly sweetened. - - Roads & Kingdoms

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So you think flying "coach" is as bad as flying can get?

Plane makes emergency landing because 390 cows onboard gave off too much heat [HT: David Thompson]

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There's a caption here someplace but I don't know what it is.


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Both political parties are berserk about replacing Americans with foreign imports,

mostly from Central and South America. The new robber barons like Mark Zuckerberg
want as many Hindus as possible. Legitimate gangsters like Sheldon Adleson want to flood the country with third world peasants and they are willing to buy all the politicians they need to do it. Some people think the public is turning against open borders, but that’s not the way to bet. Countries are run by rich people and America’s rich people would like to be free of Americans. The Z Blog › Watching the Diversity Party Up Close

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April 6, 2014

The Valley of Dry Bones


Ezekiel 37:1- 4:

1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,

2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.

4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.

From today's Lectionary: - Maggie's Farm

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Looks like Superman’s dad. Bad at conflict resolution. Terrible babysitter. Sucks at parking. House of Eratosthenes

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"The Bush years cured me of any hope for the American Right. "

The problem is they are all like Jonah Goldberg.
They make wonderful arguments in defense of civilization. They are often very good at warding off the zombie attacks from the Cult of Modern Liberalism. Their defect is they think the Left is just a bunch of people mistaken on matters of fact or reason. That’s not the case. The Left is a cult of lunatics no different from Islam. -- The Fascist States of America

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Motorist, 21, Wearing A "Drunk As Shit" T-Shirt Is Arrested For Drunk Driving


Ross McMakin, a 21-year-old Corvalis resident, was collared after he drove his vehicle on the sidewalk, struck a parked car, and then assaulted his girlfriend when she tried to seize the car keys. | The Smoking Gun

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New Regulations Have Been Issued


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Unless and until the Right comes to terms with what they are facing,

America is doomed. These are not people with whom you can reason or compromise.
They are fanatics. To quote myself, “The Liberal is out there! They can’t be bargained with. They can’t be reasoned with. They don’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.” - - The Z Blog › The Fascist States of America

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Once a ruling elite buys into a paradigm

then all solutions have to be found within the paradigm space.....
Those who criticize president Obama’s lack of belief in American exceptionalism should look at the counterargument from his point of view. ‘If America is so exceptional then how come I am president?’ The real problem with believing in the Law of Supply and Demand is accounting for the existence of an apparently endless market for stupidity. Belmont Club » The Market For Common Sense

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April 5, 2014

Haven’t you learned anything from history?

‘Advancements’ earned through tyranny never endure. You can only win a debate by suffocating your opposition for so long.
Your strategy is doomed for failure, because it has always failed. In the name of ‘fighting for the freedom to love,’ you’ve utilized hate. For the sake of ‘tolerance,’ you’ve wielded bigotry. In order to push ‘diversity,’ you’ve been dogmatic. You are everything you accuse your opponents of being, and you stand for all the evil things that you claim they champion. You are exposed. We see you for what you are: a force of destruction and division. Hey gay rights fascists: in spite of your Mozilla victory, you will still lose | The Matt Walsh Blog

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This has been our steady method:

varnish, varnish; if a thing have grown so rotten that it yawns palpable, and is so inexpressibly ugly that the eyes of the very populace discern it and detest it,
— bring out a new pot of varnish, with the requisite supply of putty; and lay it on handsomely. Don't spare varnish; how well it will all look in a few days, if laid on well! Varnish alone is cheap and is safe; avoid carpentering, chiselling, sawing and hammering on the old quiet House ; — dry-rot is in it, who knows how deep; don't disturb the old beams and junctures: varnish, varnish, if you will be blessed by gods and men! Thomas Carlyle (1867) "Shooting Niagara -- And After?"

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That's exactly how the general public acts about everything all the time now.
They're lost. Almost everyone is traveling to a location they cannot name, but they seem hell bent to get to. Every milepost, sign, and touchstone that formerly directed their travel through life has been defaced or destroyed by vandals. They have map books that consist solely of dead ends on other planets. They started off edgy but by now they're entirely unglued. Sippican Cottage: Frantic And Angry And Late Is No Way To Go Through Life, Son

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Just one damn thing after another....

Mouthwash use 'linked to oral cancer'

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San Francisco’s Worst Drivers


Stuffed Animals in the Back Window
When you see a car with only adult occupants and a back window cluttered with stuffed animals, bad driving is sure to follow. It’s not just that they can’t see out the window, or that the idea of adults collecting stuffed animals is a tad creepy. These drivers mistake their cars for something other than a mode of transportation — like it’s the set for “Hoarding: Vehicle Edition.” — Left Coast — Medium

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Chinese Ship Hears Unidentified Ping in Search for Flight 370| The Australian defense force vessel, Ocean Shield, is equipped with a U.S. device designed to detect signals from the flight recorders, thought to be sitting on the ocean floor as far as 2ス miles below the surface of the water. But the device-known as the Towed Pinger Locator and towed behind a moving vessel-faces a search area that is the size of the U.K.

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Martin Forbes


An unconscious eighteen-year-old girl named Anna Grace Robertson
had been found lying in the middle of the street, battered and bleeding, in a residential part of town on the morning of 6 January, 1948. The police who woke Martin up from his drunken sleep and took his mug shot told him he had been seen with her that night. Mug Shots: A Small Town Noir—Vol. 2, No. 2—The Appendix

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The Thoughtful Husband


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The removal of Eich is about fascism.

It’s about one group of people forcing everyone else to bow to their hat on a pole;
it's about book burning, compelling obeisance to, as Jame Surowiecki put it, “a universal ideology” in a manner so bald that even those who might gain politically in the short term from it are horrified by its crudity. Perceptive gays understand now, if they hadn’t noticed before, that a whole mechanism now exists for persecuting people whose views are deemed unacceptable. Today it is directed against Eich; once it was directed against Summers; on other occasions it was employed against Clarence Thomas. But sooner or later, probably sooner, they understand it will be directed against them — or us — or someone. And if it can get a corporate CEO who is widely regarded as the father of Javascript it can get pretty darned anyone. Belmont Club » Eich

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The Swarmery


"For who can change the opinion of these people?" as our Divus Imperator says. No wisest of mortals.
This people cannot be convinced out of its "axiom of Euclid" by any reasoning whatsoever; on the contrary, all the world assenting, and continually repeating and reverberating there soon comes that singular phenomenon, which the Germans call Schwärmerey ('enthusiasm' is our poor Greek equivalent), which means simply 'Swarmery,' or the' Gathering of Men in Swarms,' and what prodigies they are in the habit of doing and believing, when thrown into that miraculous condition.... And the swarm once formed, finds itself impelled to action, as with one heart and one mind. Singular, in the case of human swarms, with what perfection of unanimity and quasi-religious conviction the stupidest absurdities can be received as axioms of Euclid, nay as articles of faith, which you are not only to believe, unless malignantly insane, but are (if you have any honour or morality) to push into practise, and quàm primùm see done if your soul would live! - - Thomas Carlyle (1867) "Shooting Niagara -- And After?"

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A Catastrophe Like No Other

The White House, on the other hand, seems to have understood what the bill would do, and lied in a way so specific it showed they knew exactly what to spin and how.
"If you like your health-care plan, you can keep your health-care plan, period." "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period." That of course was the president, misrepresenting the facts of his signature legislative effort. That was historic, too. If you liked your doctor, your plan, your network, your coverage, your deductible you could not keep it. Your existing policy had to pass muster with the administration, which would fight to the death to ensure that 60-year-old women have pediatric dental coverage. - WSJ.com

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Langauge Refresher


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Let’s Find And Fire Those Who Support Same-Sex “Marriage”

It is impossible to justify holding beliefs about same-sex “marriage”.
Only religion bashers and hateful discriminators do. Saying you are against traditional religious belief is like saying you want to lynch a black man for the color of his skin, especially when you consider modern science proves that people are born religious and lack free will and thus have no choice but to be religious. And if somebody is born a certain way, then anything they do in that way must therefore be right. Religious people who insist on the sanctity of tradition are just that way. | William M. Briggs

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April 4, 2014

Maybe the Western public is past caring about anything,

except "if you could hand me that cupcake over there. The one without nuts because I left my dentures by the counter.”
The world may be falling to pieces but someone else will take care of it. Lee Smith writes that Egypt is heading for a collapse and may soon not even be able to hang on to the Suez Canal. The bad news is that Obama won’t care. The good news is that maybe China will build something to replace it. Belmont Club サ No Country For Young Men

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There are now four idiots on the Supreme Court who have convinced themselves

"that speech is a sort of public good held in a collective trust, to be limited or banned whenever the majority feels that the speech in question might not be being used in furtherance of the proper ends."
Or in other words, that we have the right to free speech so long as it pleases the state. Bottom lyin': the founders were way ahead of their time, in that they created a totalitarian state before Marx, Hitler, and Stalin were even born.) One Cʘsmos: Faithlessness Renders All Things Impossible

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How to Make the Rocket Cat

Create a small sack like a fire-arrow. If you would like to get at a town or castle, seek to obtain a cat from that place.
And bind the sack to the back of the cat, ignite it, let it glow well and thereafter let the cat go, so it runs to the nearest castle or town, and out of fear it thinks to hide itself where it ends up in barn hay or straw it will be ignited. Behind the Rocket Cat: Animals in Warfare from Hannibal to World War One—Blog—The Appendix

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German landlord tries to collect rent with chainsaw - Yahoo News

"You no pay me, so I Stihl the money from you!!!!"

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Bandit Resurrections: Who Was the Real Sundance Kid?


“Brushy Bill” Roberts surfaced with his own bundle of contradictions in New Mexico in 1950, claiming to be Billy the Kid.
He was chaperoned by a lawyer and wanted a pardon, though for what was not clear, as his crimes were seven decades old. The actual Billy had been shot dead in 1881 by Sheriff Pat Garrett. — —The Appendix

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And the number one reason for demanding an in church baptism is....


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Have They No Decency?


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Imagine life is a novel

and a group of especially obnoxious characters declare they are smarter, nobler, and kinder than everyone else, and are foreordained to rule, lifted on the wave of history. How do you think it ends? HappyAcres

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Who am I? What am I doing with my life?


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April 3, 2014

Where are the young?

They are not in the West. The youth in statistical terms is in the Third World.
We don’t even know what they think. What we take as ‘youth culture’ and the voice of to-morrow are the attitudes of a shrinking cohort cohabiting with the geriatric majority. In that case, it’s the Western old choosing for the global young.”... The Western Left’s biggest lie is that it represents a movement of the young, but it really represent the very old. Their very concerns are geriatric: Marxism, trash recycling, health and safety, public transportation and gossip. Belmont Club » No Country For Young Men

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Don't Bogart That Brownie Mommy [Bumped]


Colo. kids getting into parents' pot-laced goodies The easy availability of marijuana in Colorado
is raising concerns among police, parents and teachers who worry that kids are getting sick from eating pot-infused "edibles." ... Twelve students were suspended last month after they ate marijuana-infused candies at their suburban Denver middle school. The two students who supplied the candies are being expelled.
[HT: rob]

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Am I the only one or have you noticed your liberal friends and family have been strangely silent lately? [Bumped]


They are bewildered and embarrassed. Some are even ashamed of themselves, not that they will readily admit it.
The man who was their hero has now been unmasked in every direction as the worst president since the Civil War and possibly earlier. Not only is he a cheesy liar, everything he has done, domestic and foreign, has failed, sometimes to extraordinary degrees. Roger L. Simon サ The Silence of the Liberals

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L.P.D.: Libertarian Police Department

I put a quarter in the siren. Ten minutes later, I was on the scene. It was a normal office building, strangled on all sides by public sidewalks. I hopped over them and went inside. “Home Depot™ Presents the Police!®” I said, flashing my badge and my gun and a small picture of Ron Paul. “Nobody move unless you want to!” They didn’t. : The New Yorker [HT: Never Yet Melted]

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Cognitive Dissonance


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The sour Leftists who anoint themselves our elite:


“No wonder they hate Christianity so. Not only does it deny everything they are; it pulls the mask off them and calls them what they are and have always been – merely more fallen men sunk into wickedness.” - - Ahead of the World | John C. Wright

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Gingrich: Schmuck or Putz?

The fact that the nation takes seriously a guy like Gingrich on anything, much less issues he is uniquely unqualified to discuss is far more worrisome than solar flares or an EMP attack.
Gingrich is a crank and not the funny entertaining type either. He is the weird guy who lives at the end of the lane type of crank. The guy parents warned their kids to avoid. .... Gingrich has always been at the center of the “conservative movement.” His weird social engineering ideas should never get a purchase in a movement that makes claims to liberty and small government. His central role in conservative politics over the last two decades says “conservatism” has been nothing but a fraud. That’s why we are doomed. Without an alternative to the Cult of Modern Liberalism, they are free to do as they please for as long as they please. -- The Z Blog › Why We’re Doomed

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"The fear of Hitler was back in full for the Bush years.

I still chuckle thinking about some of my liberal friends fretting over “BusHitler” trampling the Constitution.
The core of what these people believe starts with the end of the Constitution, yet they expected thinking people to take seriously their concerns for liberty. Listening to my friend Jim (a foaming at the mouth lefty) was like hearing a guard at Auschwitz fret over the plight of the Jews. But, that’s how cults work. They lack any capacity to self-examine." - - The Z Blog › Naomi Wolf is a Fascist Dolt

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The Russians Are Coming


Real soldiers began appearing around Crimea roughly two weeks ago. They come heavily armed, decked out in top-shelf military-grade equipment. These men are the Russian military, but the official line—from Putin himself—is that they are “local self-defense forces.” In Crimea, people have taken to calling them “little green men.” | Roads & Kingdoms

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Allen West

“I believe the election and reelection of Obama were among the most conspicuous acts of denial in recent years. Voters just stopped paying attention.
They accepted consistently bad behavior and rewarded it. They they wonder why they get more bad behavior. Of course many in opposition dare not challenge the behavior because they’re too obsessed with race and political correctness. In Obama’s case we’ve enabled affirmative action to find a home in the nation’s highest office. -- from Allen West’s new book

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Charles Koch: I'm Fighting to Restore a Free Society

A truly free society is based on a vision of respect for people and what they value.
In a truly free society, any business that disrespects its customers will fail, and deserves to do so. The same should be true of any government that disrespects its citizens. The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you. This is the essence of big government and collectivism. - - WSJ.com

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Babe Ruth's Lovelife


Hardly a day passed during his baseball career (1914-1935) that he did not have sex with at least one woman.
He liked women as much as baseball. Having no favorites, bedding tall women, short ones, fat ones, thin ones, beautiful knockouts, ugly rejects, socialites, film starlets, secretaries, other men's wives, and hookers in every big city in america. - Neatorama

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Judge Parker's Will


"I leave you my old Browning five shot 12 bore. I have used that gun so much that it has been reblued and rebuilt twice. Also my house gun, a .357 Magnum Smith and Wesson snub nose. A man who is not ready and able to defend his home does not belong in our family." Never Yet Melted サ Every Man Should Own a Gun

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Billionaire George Soros turns cash into legalized marijuana: Mr. Soros‘ Open Society Foundations have annual assets of more than $3.5 billion,
a pool from which he can dole out grants to pet projects, according to 2011 tax returns, the most recent on file for his charitable organizations. David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who often are cited for their conservative influence, had $308 million tied up in their foundation and institute in 2011.

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New York: "Hell... with good restaurants."


Oh....yum! Chinatown Skin Infection Outbreak Spreads in NYC, Number of Cases Double: Health officials are warning those who purchase raw fish and seafood at Chinatowns in Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn to wear waterproof gloves when handling those items, and to seek medical care if they discover red bumps on hands or arms.

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April 2, 2014

Leonid Rogozov removes his own appendix


Reclining on the operating table, dressed in both surgical mask and patient’s smock, doctor and doctored, he rummaged about in his insides, without gloves, feeling for the inflamed organ, growing weaker and weaker.
“Finally, here it is, the cursed appendage!” he later wrote in his journal. With horror I notice the dark stain at its base. That means just a day longer and it would have burst … At the worst moment of removing the appendix I flagged: my heart seized up and noticeably slowed; my hands felt like rubber. Well, I thought it’s going to end badly. - - Letter from the Editors

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FAILED CLIMATE PREDICTIONS (and some related stupid sayings)

Reuters, Nov 09, 2012 | FRANKFURT – European weather in the coming winter now looks more likely to be mild than in previous studies, German meteorologist Georg Mueller said in a monthly report. “The latest runs are generally in favor of a milder than normal winter, especially over northern Europe.” The big list of failed climate predictions | Watts Up With That?

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Exploding Head Syndrome


Jarred awakes from a sound sleep by a “shotgun blast, a thunderclap
. . . the clash of symbols, a lightning strike or the sound of every door in the house slamming.” As with others who have his condition, sufferers of exploding head syndrome (EHS) wake terrified, only to realize the noise was just a figment of their imaginations. -- TIFO

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The Dead Zoo Gang


“Over the last several years, millions of dollars worth of antique rhino horns have been stolen from collections around the world. The only thing more unusual than the crimes is the theory about who is responsible: A handful of families from rural Ireland known as the Rathkeale Rovers.” The Dead Zoo Gang

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We're not mad as hell and we are going to take it forever!

Network: Little did anyone know how prophetic Chayefsky's vision of television's future was
– draconian corporate oversight, evaporating audience share, dumbed-down escapist fare and shows starring real people were not yet part of the media landscape in 1976 but are everyday fare today. 9 Amazing Fictional Stories That Accurately Predicted The Future

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Spring Break: The Early Years


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Surprise, Surprise


'The debate over repealing this law is over': Obama boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up to Obamacare - but study shows just 858,000 newly insured Americans have paid up!

What are the previously uninsured doing about Obamacare? She and her husband, the only middle class people in a sea of poverty,
are the only people she knows, amongst both friends and acquaintances, who have signed up for Obamacare. The others have no interest in getting health insurance. Even with a subsidy, they don’t want to pay a monthly bill for health insurance.
[And just wait until all those who don't even have a checking account are supposed to mail in a premium check once a month. Ain't. Gonna. Happen.]

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April 1, 2014

The Boycott is a Bourgeois Form of Protest

Use the system. Use it like a whore. Take what you want from it and leave the rest for the rats.

And what’s more — instead of boycotting, turn the whole thing around. Don’t worry about withholding money from the people you don’t like. Concentrate on putting resources into the hands of people doing things you enjoy or believe in. Don’t go out of your way to avoid buying something from a company you hate. Go out of your way to buy something from a company you like. - - Jack Donovan

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How bout those Mets?


Typical opening day ploy to increase ticket sales.

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"Could, can’t, won’t and will"

Belmont Club » Four Simple WordsPresident Obama has made it appear that he simply chooses not to stop Putin — won’t — as if it were a question of choice.
But the allies are increasingly coming to suspect that he can’t because of cuts he’s made to America’s levers of influence, including hobbling its oil industry, in order to divert those resources to domestic political constituencies. It’s not that he won’t halt Putin, but he can’t. His inaction is a necessity. It’s like having no lifeboats on the Titanic. You don’t choose not to get into a lifeboat, there’s nothing to get into.

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Kitten Vending Machine at the 新鲜的猫 [Fresh Cat] Restaurant, Beijing.

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Yee Olde Value-Added Senator and Gunrunner

Smuggling only earns high rents if the underlying goods are illegal.
Who ever heard of cucumber smugglers, or dealers in the illegal cat 5 cable trade? Every time Leland Yee took another action to make guns harder to own in California, he not only got pats on the back from gun control "baptists" on the Left, but he also made his criminal friends more money. Baptist and Bootlegger | Coyote Blog

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Some praise at morning what they blame at night;

But always think the last opinion right.
A Muse by these is like a mistress us'd,
This hour she's idoliz'd, the next abus'd;
While their weak heads, like towns unfortified,
Twixt sense and nonsense daily change their side.
Ask them the cause; they're wiser still, they say;
And still tomorrow's wiser than today.
We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow;
Our wiser sons, no doubt, will think us so.

- - An Essay on Criticism: Alexander Pope

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UN Climate Panel Says That According To Their Figures, You Drowned Last Thursday. And Don't Try To Deny It - The Rumford Meteor

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Progressives Guide For How To Distinguish Smart People From Dumb People |

Progressives know that dumb people believe the Earth is 5,000 years old, and there was a great flood due to man’s sin.

Progressives know that smart people believe the Earth will end in 100 years, due to a great flood caused by man’s sin. Real Science

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Drudge Rules. MSM Drools.


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There Goes the Neighborhood!

White-Only Lesbian-Only Cemetery Being Inaugurated in Berlin: Neighboring parts of the Lutheran cemetery, which is located near Alexanderplatz square, are currently not being used. Old, toppled tombstones are overgrown by weeds.

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