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Study: Americans Afraid to Take Vacation Days

24th October 2014

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A new study of the US business sector indicates American workers are shying from taking earned vacation time for fear that they will look like an unnecessary employee.

Let’s hear it for that ol’ minimum wage.

Americans are afraid to take too much time off for fear of being thought of as expendable. Workers are deathly afraid of losing a job that they know will be very, very difficult–if not impossible–to replace.

Well, all we need is another taxpayer-funded STIMULUS, and everything will be fine. Just ask the President.

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Boko Haram Seizes 25 Girls From Town in Nigeria

24th October 2014

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A brief reminder, since such needs to be supplied regularly, that Muslims don’t cease to be Muslims just because nobody is watching.

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Man Allegedly Chokes Online Girlfriend Who Posted Fake Profile Picture

24th October 2014

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Cornelius Jefferson, 33, allegedly choked the girlfriend he had met online after moving from Georgia to Kentucky to meet her in person.

Angry that his girlfriend looked nothing like her online profile, Jefferson began by arguing with her and ended by reportedly assaulting her at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday morning.

I’m curious as to what she thought his reaction would be.

Considering that he is not a person of pallor, I’m surprised it even made the news.

Of course, a Real News Organization would have showed pictures of the girl, both what she posted online and how she actually looked. But we have no such organizations any more.

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Blue State Blues: I’m Tired of Watching Other Countries Spike the Football

24th October 2014

Joel Pollak is disappointed.

You had to feel just the slightest tinge of jealousy watching the members of the Canadian parliament give a lengthy standing ovation to Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, the 58-year-old who killed a terrorist and defended democracy on Wednesday. Imagine if we in the United States still had the self-confidence to celebrate our heroes. Imagine if we could, even for just a moment, cheer for them–and each other. For who and what we are.

When President Barack Obama announced in May 2011 that Osama bin Laden had been killed, there were no such celebrations–at least among the country’s leaders.

Sure, students gathered spontaneously in front of the White House, waving American flags and shouting “U-S-A!” Yes, the midshipmen ” target=”_blank”>whooped through the night.

But our politicians–even while taking political credit–would not celebrate America, lest someone take offense.

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More Cities Are Making It Illegal to Hand Out Food to the Homeless

24th October 2014

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All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state. — Benito Mussolini

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Vatican Library Puts 4,000 Ancient Manuscripts Available Online for Free

24th October 2014

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The Vatican Apostolic Library is now digitising its valuable ancient religious manuscripts and putting them online via its website, available for the public to view for free, as well as turning to crowdfunding to help it complete its work.

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ISLAMOCOPIA FRIDAY: What’s New in the Religion of Peace

24th October 2014

‘Dragon’s Egg': Marines who guarded Saddam’s mysterious bunker fear weapons unleashed

Former Iraqi pilots training ISIS fighters to fly captured Syrian jets, rights group says

Cautious optimism in hometown of Nigeria’s kidnapped girls after cease-fire news

Turkey would oppose US arms transfers to Kurds

US-led air strikes against ISIS in Syria ‘killed 10 civilians’  Now compare that to how many civilians ISIS has killed.

Christian woman convicted of blasphemy in Pakistan loses her appeal against death penalty

Pakistani Christian woman is sentenced to hang for ‘blasphemous’ comments about prophet Mohammed during row with Muslim women who refused to share water

US drops arms, ammunition to Kurds fighting ISIS in Kobani

‘Dragon’s Egg': Marines who guarded Saddam’s mysterious bunker fear weapons unleashed

White House: ISIS fighters in Syrian town creating ‘target-rich environment’ for US

Roadside bomb kills 7 in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

ISIS Justifies Its Yazidi Slaves

FBI probing if 3 American teens detained in Germany attempted to join ISIS

Taliban claim freed ex-Gitmo prisoners visited by members of terror group

Pakistani court upholds death sentence for Christian woman accused of insulting Islam

Baghdad restaurant bombs kill 21

Suicide, car bombings in Iraq kill at least 33

Sinai-based Terrorists Attack Israeli Border Patrol

Baby Killed When Suspected Terrorist Slams Car into Jerusalem Crowd

Friend says Ottawa gunman knew homegrown jihadist, wanted to travel to Middle East

White House ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Reports Of Renewed Isis Advance Against Yazidis

Palestinian Driver Kills Baby At Jerusalem Train Station

Gunmen kill 8 Shiite Muslims in Pakistan attack

ISIS Inc.: US official reveals how terror network makes its millions

Ottawa shooting: Gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau wanted to travel to Syria

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Prof. Tells Son of Syrian Immigrants That He’s ‘Exerting’ His ‘White Privilege’

24th October 2014

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The video resumes during a confrontation with an individual the videographer identified to Campus Reform as Dr. Miller’s graduate assistant. The assistant, who was seated directly behind the attendee, accused him of suppressing people’s rights. When the attendee asked how he was suppressing people’s rights by filming, Andrea Jenkins jumped in.

“She’s not saying you are suppressing people’s rights, but that you are exerting your white privilege,” Jenkins said.

“I went up to Andrea after the event and informed her that I found what she said offensive, because I am the son of a Syrian immigrant,” the attendee told Campus Reform.

“You guys are instilling the same racial division that you are supposedly trying to combat,” the attendee claims he said.

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Vice Writer Apparently Surprised that ‘Gay’ Is Not a Political Orientation

24th October 2014

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Although not for lack of trying.

Obviously headlining a story “Meet the Gay Libertarian Gun Nuts” is designed to be deliberately inflammatory clickbait. So it goes at Vice (not a judgment, just an observation). But beyond the headline, writer Cecilia D’Anastasio is one of those folks who is amazed to discover that coming out of the closet doesn’t include an application to register as a Democrat.

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Hamas, Fatah Officials Praise Terrorist Who Killed Israeli Baby

24th October 2014

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Of course they do. And that baby was an American citizen, not that anybody in the Obama administration gives a damn.

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California Pension Fund Mystified That Folks Are Upset About Budget-Busting Bonuses

24th October 2014

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No problem, said the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). They’ll just declare all sorts of bonuses to be part of their base pay and force them right back into the pension calculations. CalPERS voted to have 99 bonuses sometimes given to certain public employees for various tasks that most of us would classify as expected job duties (like officers directing traffic) as part of their base pay. And so California’s multi-billion-dollar pension crisis gets worse.

And the suicide of California proceeds on schedule.

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The War on Women: Juanita Broaddrick and Bill Clinton

24th October 2014

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To set the stage for why the country needs Hillary Clinton to be the next president, Democrats are trying to force-feed Americans a “war on women” pablum, when such a war–as they present it–does not exist. For the real “war on women,” however, Democrats might turn to Hillary Clinton herself and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

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Guide Goes on a Racist Rant to Tourists on a San Francisco Chinatown Bus

24th October 2014

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The video, posted on YouTube Tuesday by a German tourist, shows the unnamed guide ripping into Chinatown, named by the American Planning Association as one of America’s top “Great Neighborhoods” in 2013.

The woman, who says she is originally from Los Angeles, shouts through a microphone to the tourists, saying things like, “f**k Chinatown.  F**k your little herb gardens.  F**k your little seafood f**king markets and your turtles and your frogs. F**k your f**king ginseng. F**k your little hair salons where no one in there knows how to speak English!”

Of course, had the tour guide been white, Eric Holder would have her in a headlock even as we speak.

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Union Demands Send Japanese Firm, Jobs Packing From California Town

24th October 2014

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The California city of Palmdale was ready to roll out the red carpet this summer when a Japanese company agreed to build a $60 million factory on a city-owned, vacant parcel on the southwest side of town — but now the company is taking its project out of state and critics say union greed is to blame.

The “Antelope Valley Residents for Responsible Development,” a group backed by the International Brotherhood Workers Union Local 11, produced a 588-page appeal claiming that construction of the proposed factory would violate state environmental laws, by, among other things, kicking up spores. What the union really wanted, according to Kinkisharyo officials, was clearance to organize the plant without any interference from the company. When Kinkisharyo officials balked, the project suddenly became a potential environmental hazard.

“They are using California’s environmental laws as a pretense to put leverage on the company to get what they want,” Kinkisharyo spokesman Coby King told FoxNews.com. “It’s unfortunate when groups that don’t care about the well-being of the environment use the laws to delay, and even kill, good business development.”

Look for … the Union label….

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Obama Administration Lied About Crimes Committed by Released Illegal Immigrants

23rd October 2014

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Not that this is really ‘news’.

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The Civilization Kit

23rd October 2014

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Marcin Jakubowski, the owner of a small farm in northwestern Missouri, is an agrarian romantic for high-tech times. A forty-one-year-old Polish-American, he has spent the past five years building industrial machines from scratch, in a demonstration of radical self-sufficiency that he intends as a model for human society everywhere. He believes that freedom and prosperity lie within the reach of anyone willing to return to the land and make the tools necessary to erect civilization on top of it. His project, the Global Village Construction Set, has attracted a following, but among the obstacles he has faced is a dearth of skilled acolytes: the people who show up at his farm typically display more enthusiasm for his ideas than expertise with a lathe or a band saw.

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Zuckerberg Speaks Chinese, Internet Soils Itself

23rd October 2014

Catherine Shu shows some serious claw.

Mark Zuckerberg may only own one hoodie, as far as we can tell, but he is multilingual. The Facebook founder was interviewed at business school Tsinghua University today and answered all questions in Mandarin, to the delight of the audience and the relief of Renee Zellweger, who is probably happy that the Internet now has something to talk about besides her face.

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Boffins Who Stare at Goats: I Do Believe They’re Shrinking

23rd October 2014

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Climate change may be causing alpine goats to shrink in size, according to biologists at Durham University.

Researchers analysed records of alpine animal sizes to discover that Chamois goats now weigh 25 per cent less than they did back in the ’80s.

Let me make a note to worry about that….

 

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Is African-American Studies a Front for Athletic Departments?

23rd October 2014

Steve Sailer asks an inconvenient question.

At Rice U., there used to be a jock-only major called Commerce. But, in a bout of post-Sixties idealism, the professors revolted and made Rice get rid of the phony, non-academic Commerce major. During my four years at Rice in the late 1970s, the football team won 7 games and lost 37. Cause and effect?

But what if instead of Commerce, jocks were channelled into, say, African-American Studies? What kind of vicious racist hater would complain about the academic worthiness of African-American Studies?

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Former MTA Bus Driver Charged in Mass Attack on Family

23rd October 2014

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A former Maryland Transit Administration bus driver is facing several charges after a family claimed she got several teens to beat them up after one of the victims got into an argument with her.

“She actually let these children get off of this bus and beat me and my family for at least three minutes, then let them get back on, get weapons, get back off and back on again, and then took off with every one of them that did it,” victim Kristina Gibson told 11 News reporter Lowell Melser.

The video makes clear that the bus driver is black and the victims are white. The story doesn’t mention that, of course, because that would be Noticing.

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Overlooked Engines of Re-urbanization

23rd October 2014

Steve Sailer looks at urban living.

One reason people moved in large numbers to the suburbs after WWII was because they were quieter for sleeping, especially in summer when you needed to keep your windows open. Lower density means less noise means more hours of sleep per night means happier, more productive days.

Before suburbanization, really rich families simply went some place cool for the entire summer. Affluent families sent the wife and kids away for the summer while the husband stayed home, as in The Seven Year Itch.

For example, in the 1920s, my father lived in Oak Park, Illinois, just west of Chicago. Oak Park is about as famously suburban as any place in America — the house next door was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and native son Ernest Hemingway derided Oak Park for its broad lawns and narrow minds.

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‘Calibration Error’ Changes GOP Votes to Dem in Illinois County

23rd October 2014

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And if you believe that one, they’ll tell you another one.

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Microwave Magnetrons Being Replaced by Solid State

22nd October 2014

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The product of interest is Freescale’s new MHT1003N, a 250 watt LDMOS transistor for 2.45 GHz that provides a power-added efficiency (PAE) of 58%.  Another device targeting RF heating applications is the MHT1002N for 915 MHz that can deliver 350 watts at 63% PAE.  Using the MHT1003N, manufacturers can use from one to eight of these 250 W units to build a microwave oven with the desired power level.  And the magnetron’s 4 kV power supply goes away in place of a supply of 28 to 50 volts.  Furthermore, the crude on-off control of the magnetron can be replaced with full variable power control.  Using multiple antennas, one per amplifier, provides better coverage of the cooking chamber.  This allows food to be cooked more precisely while the unit operates more efficiently.  And the product lifetime is significantly greater.

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Maglev Train Seen Making Washington-to-Baltimore Trip at 311 MPH

22nd October 2014

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I can see why somebody would want to go from Baltimore to Washington, but can’t imagine why anyone in Washington would want to go to Baltimore.

If it stops at Dulles, of course, that’s another story.

I suspect it’s just another hint to Joe Biden….

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Sandia Labs Reveals New Sniper Sight

22nd October 2014

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The adaptive zoom lens works, not by changing the distance between two lenses as in a traditional scope, but by changing the curvature of a given lens. This is similar to how human eyeballs switch focus. In humans, muscles in the eye pull the lens to flatten it for far-away vision, and contract to thicken the lens for objects up close.

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Koch Industries Funds Legal Defense For the Poor

22nd October 2014

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The dastards.

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New Fabric Softener Tech Promises Clothes That Never Stain

22nd October 2014

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The makers of a new fabric softener, Sofft, say they want our clothes to join us in the fight against stink and stains. While mixing with your clothes in the washing machine, Sofft coats organic and plastic fibers in a thin protective layer of hydrophobic molecules. These chemicals cause common stains like oil and juice to slide right off clothes (at least, that’s how it seems in their promotional videos). The company says clothes would remain breathable.

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She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder.

22nd October 2014

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The next message, sent moments later, is supposedly her warning friends and family not to make the same mistake she did, using social media to report on organized crime, because “there is no point.” The message after that is a warning to her followers and to three prominent citizen journalists that the cartels “are closer to us than you think.” The last message sent from Felina’s account is not written but rather consists of two photos: in the first, a middle-aged woman keeps her hands folded in front of her and looks directly at the camera; in the second the same woman is lying on a dirty floor with a coup de grace bullet wound in the face. The founder of Valor por Tamaulipas confirmed that the photos are of Felina. Twitter has since shut down her account.

Sure, we want more of those people in this country. Let’s open the borders.

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California Orders Churches To Fund Abortions—Or Else

22nd October 2014

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For the past four years, the Obama administration and its friends on the Left were careful to claim that they still strongly support religious liberty while arguing that Hobby Lobby’s Green family, Conestoga Wood Specialties’ Hahn family, and others like them must lose. Principally, they contended, religious liberty protections could not be applied to Hobby Lobby because (1) It is a for-profit corporation, (2) It isn’t a church (and thus not a true “religious employer,” and (3) It is wrong on the science—Plan B, a copper intrauterine device, et cetera, they claimed, do not cause abortions. They implied, if not claimed outright, that they would surely support religious freedom in another case, but Hobby Lobby was unworthy to claim its protections.

The State of California is now calling their bluff. California’s Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all insurance plans in the state to immediately begin covering elective abortion. Not Plan B. Not contraceptives. Elective surgical dismemberment abortion.

Time to leave the Left Coast. All the good weather in the world won’t make up for the shitty people.

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News That Isn’t News: Government Spends Money on Lots of Stupid Shit

22nd October 2014

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Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has published his fifth installment of Wastebook, an annual tragicomic testimony to the power of diffused costs and concentrated benefits. The catalog of 100 asinine government expenditures is wholesome fun for the whole fiscally conservative family—especially your earnest Republican aunt who sends you chain emails with that Mark Twain quote we’ve all seen a million times.

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Officials Want South Florida to Break Off Into Its Own State

22nd October 2014

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And why not?

“It’s very apparent that the attitude of the northern part of the state is that they would just love to saw the state in half and just let us float off into the Caribbean,” Stoddard said. “They’ve made that abundantly clear every possible opportunity and I would love to give them the opportunity to do that.”

Sounds like a  plan.

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Oppression Juicing

22nd October 2014

Steve Sailer looks at the ‘wrong side of history’.

As in every quasi-Marxist revolution, though, the old Bolsheviks are in danger of being chewed up and spat out by the new. For example, consider the unintentionally hilarious New York Times Magazine article “When Women Become Men at Wellesley,” by Ruth Padawer. At women’s colleges today, the lesbians who were long the engineers of human souls are getting shoved aside for being on the wrong side of history by even butcher “trans-men” juicing on prescription testosterone….

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Putting the ‘O’ in EbOla

22nd October 2014

Jonah Goldberg reminds us of certain Eternal Truths.

It’s worth bearing in mind that the incompetence on display by the government so far has actually been quite minor in the grand scheme of things. What makes the Ebola crisis different is not the amount of error but the fact that our tolerance for error is so much lower. All things being equal, the CDC has been a model of excellence compared with the routine screw-ups in every other branch of the government. Can you imagine if a failure to abide by government “protocols” at HUD transmitted Ebola? Millions of Americans would be dead already. If an American got Ebola every time a TSA agent or Obamacare bureaucrat made a mistake, the fight for dominant species status in North America would be between German Shepherds and grizzly bears.

The margin for error in government, when it’s extremely well-run, is enormous. When a government is as huge, dissolute, and distracted by a 10,000-headed hydra of “priorities” as it is today, that margin of error is no longer even a margin of error, it is a function of government itself.

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Distributism and Moore’s Law

22nd October 2014

Jerry Pournelle has some thoughts.

We are ramping up on commands to the healthcare workers, coupled with a bit of information and possibly the distribution of some equipment for dealing with Ebola. Recall that all that equipment is subject to a 20% Federal Excise tax. All medical equipment from crutches to scalpels, hemostats and wheel chairs, splints and stethoscopes, all of it is subject to a 20% excise tax, presumably to help finance affordable health care although how making medical equipment more expensive is supposed to do that is not clear to me. This raises the cost of protective gear a considerable amount.

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The Dream of the 1890s Is Alive in Denver

22nd October 2014

Steve Sailer goes through a thumbsucker by Voice of the Crust Ray Mark Rinaldi, ‘Fine Arts Critic’ for the Denver Post, whose chief objection to the new Denver rail station is that there aren’t enough black people wandering around to suit him.

We should just blow up all the beautiful buildings of the past. That way no nonwhites will be made uncomfortable by ever being reminded of what their ancestors didn’t accomplish.

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Holder DOJ Expert Witness: Blacks Are Dumber and Less Civic-Minded Than Whites

22nd October 2014

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Straight from the horse’s … mouth.

Asked whether terminating the ability to register to vote on the day that someone casts a ballot impacts blacks disproportionately, the DOJ’s witness, Charles Stewart, testified in court that it does. He reasoned that (1) people who register at the last minute “tend to be less sophisticated voters, tend to be less educated voters, tend to be voters who are less attuned to public affairs” and (2) “people who correspond to those factors tend to be African Americans.”

Does the Holder Justice Department really believe that African Americans are less sophisticated voters than whites? Does it really believe they are less attuned than whites to public affairs?

To be sure, blacks vote overwhelmingly in favor of Holder’s party. Other than that, I see no reason to conclude that they are less “sophisticated” and “less attuned to public affairs” than whites.

If a conservative were to so conclude, Eric Holder would be the first to condemn him as a racist. Yet the Holder DOJ is paying a witness to advance this position in a court of law on behalf of the United States of America.

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Typhoid Barry and the Centers for Disease Control and Redistribution

22nd October 2014

Bluebird of Bitterness connects the dots.

“All our radical Jihadist enemies have to do is inject tainted Ebola blood into volunteer suicide bombers, or worse, innocent children, and send them across the border. Undetectable, they walk across our Southern border showing no symptoms and surrender to U.S. border agents. Obama disperses them across the country where they sneeze or cough on their lawyers, caretakers, and classmates. It’s that easy, it’s that simple, to start a deadly Ebola Pandemic across America. …

Barack Hussein Obama. Um, um, um.

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Carve Anything Out of Metal or Wood With Carvey

21st October 2014

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The home creating space is increasingly moving from the garage to the desktop, and the latest evidence is Carvey, a CNC machine the size of a microwave that can carve pretty much anything you want out of wood, metal and other materials.

It’s a bit like 3D printing, where you start out with a design file on your computer. But instead of building an object from the bottom up, Carvey carves it out of a solid block of material.

And you thought computerized sewing machines were bad.

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Slacktivism

21st October 2014

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Social media has spawned the slacker-activist, someone who supports a cause through an audacious public display that actually requires very little effort. This summer, the #IceBucketChallenge clogged newsfeeds with videos of folks dumping ice water on their heads instead of (or often in addition to) donating to the ALS Association. In a single month, the nonprofit collected more than $100 million–36 times what it had raised the previous August–to support research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). “It’s an unprecedented situation, not just for our cause, but for any charity outside disaster relief,” says ALS Association spokesperson Carrie Munk.

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Injection of Brain Nerve Cells Into Spine Help Paralyzed Man Walk Again

21st October 2014

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Just waiting for the FDA to ban it unless they run five more years of tests.

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Another Stupid Defense of Law School From HuffPo

21st October 2014

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Join us then, as we review all 22 terrible reasons to go to law school….

Fisking dreck from a Voice of the Crust.

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Philly Cream Cheese Releases Bacon Flavor

21st October 2014

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And about time, too.

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How to Gird Up Your Loins: An Illustrated Guide

21st October 2014

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Maps of Modern Cities Drawn in the Style of J.R.R. Tolkien

21st October 2014

Just because.

 

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How Reintroducing Wolves Into Yosemite Park Changed the Course of Rivers.

21st October 2014

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I’ll bet you didn’t know what ‘trophic cascade’ meant.

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School Doesn’t Have to Suck When You Teach Your Own Kids

21st October 2014

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Fortunately, my son is now homeschooled—or, technically, attends a private online school. He uses online lessons and offline texts and workbooks to learn, coached by his mother and me. The lessons are means to an end; he takes them as needed, and can take as much or little time as necessary, until he demonstrates his mastery of a topic in a unit assessment test. Then he moves on. Find your vocabulary set a breeze? Then skip the review lessons. Stumped by long division? Then spend a few hours working it out.

Funny how that works.

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Thought for the Day

21st October 2014

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Students Balking at More Nutritious Lunches

21st October 2014

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Last week, the National School Boards Association, joined by the National School Lunch Week, released the results of a survey they conducted showing nearly 84% of school districts nationwide exhibited plate waste, while almost 82% reported added costs and 77% said there had been a plunge in the number of students eating the lunches.

In Huntsville, Alabama, Joey Vaughn, the Child Nutrition Program director for the city schools, said, “We can offer dessert, but you end up where you can’t offer it because then you can’t meet the calorie limit. Basically, school food is now hospital food.” Marty Tatara, the Child Nutrition Program director for the Madison City Schools, said that lunch program membership has “steadily declined” by roughly 20% since 2007. Tatara added, “I’ve seen them walk straight to the trash can.” Vaughn said waste has grown, asserting, “I respect and support fighting childhood obesity, but I don’t support calorie restrictions.”

Primarily because they taste like shit, with a garnish of Political Correctness.

Somebody needs to remind Michelle Ma Bell that it’s none of the government’s business what kids eat for lunch.

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Why You Should Always Encrypt Your Smartphone

21st October 2014

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Last week, California’s Supreme Court reached a controversial 5-2 decision in People v. Diaz (PDF), holding that police officers may lawfully search mobile phones found on arrested individuals’ persons without first obtaining a search warrant. The court reasoned that mobile phones, like cigarette packs and wallets, fall under the search incident to arrest exception to the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.

California’s opinion in Diaz is the latest of several recent court rulings upholding warrantless searches of mobile phones incident to arrest. While this precedent is troubling for civil liberties, it’s not a death knell for mobile phone privacy. If you follow a few basic guidelines, you can protect your mobile device from unreasonable search and seizure, even in the event of arrest. In this article, we will discuss the rationale for allowing police to conduct warrantless searches of arrestees, your right to remain silent during police interrogation, and the state of mobile phone security.

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The Waffen-Bikers of Syria

21st October 2014

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Recent news articles from Syria report that members of biker gangs from several European countries have joined the battle against the Islamic State in the besieged Kurdish city of Kobani.

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