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Restaurant Owner: Business Up With ‘Guns Are Welcome’ Sign On Front Door

23rd July 2014

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A Maryville, Tennessee restaurant owner says her business has only increased since she posted a “Guns Are Welcome” on the front door.

Owner Sharma Floyd said she posted the sign after a restaurant in Durham, North Carolina posted a “No Weapons, No Concealed Firearms” sign and was subsequently robbed at gun point.

According to CBS Charlotte, Floyd said: “And that got me to thinking. I lost a whole group of motorcyclists because they thought I didn’t allow weapons. But I believe it’s okay to carry as long as you have a permit.”

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Bigger, Cheaper Fuel Cells Will Eliminate Power Outages

23rd July 2014

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General Electric has a bright idea for keeping the lights on even when the electrical grid short-circuits. The 122-year-old company wants to bring clean, reliable, affordable energy to the masses with hyper-efficient fuel cells , and in a rare move, is launching a startup to do it.

On Tuesday, the energy and electronics conglomerate unveiled GE Fuel Cells, an internal startup that’s working to commercialize fuel cell technology that runs on natural gas, creating energy that’s not only cleaner than dirty power plants, but more energy efficient, too. In the race to create a more environmentally sound alternative to power plants, fuel cells have emerged as a viable option, alongside solar and wind power. But unlike solar and wind power, fuel cells can provide steady, nonstop energy that doesn’t fade when the sun goes down or when the wind stops blowing.

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Happy Moon Landing Day

20th July 2014

Just, you know, remember.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

20th July 2014

Absolutely Right

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MIT Students Create an Ice Cream Printer

17th July 2014

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You scream, I scream, we all transform an off-the-shelf Cuisinart soft-serve maker to extrude super-cooled and 3D-printed shells of ice cream! Three students at MIT, Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker, and David Donghyun Kim, have created a homemade ice cream printer that extrudes soft serve and immediately freezes it so that it can be layered on a cooled plate.

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3D-printed Armor Turns Barbie Into a Medieval Badass

17th July 2014

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When Barbie appeared in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue earlier this year, it ignited newfound controversy over Mattel’s 50-year-plus tradition of using the doll to prop up absurd body image standards. Lost in the debate was the indisputable fact that her typical outfits are entirely inappropriate for storming a castle — but thanks to 3D designer Jim Rodda, that’s been resolved. Rodda has created the “Faire Play Battle Set,” comprising three full sets of 3D-printed battle armor for the iconic figurine. The designer has previously designed a number of 3D-printable items of a medieval persuasion, including functional miniature ballistae and catapults for tabletop gaming.

And nary a chain-mail bikini in sight.

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Boston Dynamics’ BigDog Treks Through Rough Terrain With the USMC

16th July 2014

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Lance Corporal Brandon Dieckmann says on their first day, his team took the robot through some thick brush, which an internally transported vehicle could not go through.

“A lot of people don’t think it will be able to handle the terrain that it does, I’d see about 70 to 80 percent of what we can go through it can actually get through,” Dieckmann said.

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Woman Takes Carjacker’s Gun, Shoots Him With It

15th July 2014

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My kind of woman.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

13th July 2014

Down to the River to Pray

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Prey on Words

11th July 2014

Bluebird of bitterness gets pithy.

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Coming Soon: An App That Lets You Measure Stuff Using Your Phone

11th July 2014

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Speed the day … if it really works.

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I Believe I Can Fry

8th July 2014

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A blog for our times.

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Want Fast Food? There’s an App for That

8th July 2014

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Apparently, being able to get a burger served to you in less than a minute just isn’t fast enough in the eyes of McDonald’s. The company is running a very limited pilot test in 22 locations in Columbus, Ohio, where a new application called McD Ordering is supposed to make the ordering process even faster and more streamlined. The way it works involves you placing, and paying for your order in advance through the app, which then generates a unique QR code. Simply present that code once you’ve reached the restaurant and the food will be handed to you. The system is meant to cut down on errors and, well, interaction time with potentially less than pleasant McDrones.

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Chuck Norris Geeky Facts

7th July 2014

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Google won’t search for Chuck Norris because it knows you don’t find Chuck Norris, he finds you.

Admittedly, of limited appeal.

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IBM Watson, Cookbooks, And Food’s Big Data Future

4th July 2014

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For IBM, cooking has become a “killer app” scenario for Watson. So earlier this week, Bon Appetit magazine and IBM jointly released the Chef Watson portal, which applies Watson’s cognitive computing platform to the magazine’s massive recipe database to provide home cooks with “infinite recipes.” The invite-only portal lets users enter ingredients, the type of food they want to prepare (a sandwich? a stir-fry?), and a “style” to prepare food in such as Indian or Austrian, and then automatically generates 100 recipes based on those parameters. One of the big advantages for Watson’s data scientists is that Bon Appetit presented them with a recipe database that was pre-formatted and quality tested, making IBM’s job easier.

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Association for Renaissance Martial Arts

29th June 2014

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The Leading Resource for Historical Fencing and Medieval & Renaissance Combat Skills, it says.

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The Week in Pictures

28th June 2014

A regular feature on PowerLine.

My favorite:

Metric or Moon copy

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Amy Adams Gives First-Class Airline Seat to Soldier, Sits in Coach, Passenger Says

28th June 2014

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Amy Adams has enchanted audiences with roles in everything from Disney musicals to the Oscar-nominated “American Hustle,” but it’s likely the ever-popular starlet just gained more fans—through a subtle act of kindness.

According to ESPN host Jemele Hill, Adams gave up her first-class seat on a flight so an American soldier could sit in the classy cabin. Hill, who co-hosts “Numbers Never Lie,” tweeted about the event from her verified account.

Note that ‘ESPN host Jemele Hill’ didn’t do it.

“The flight attendant even remarked to me that in all her years of service she has never seen a celebrity do something like that. Regular people, yes. But not a celeb.”

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EPA Happens

27th June 2014

Mark Steyn does what he does best.

So “workplace violence” on US Government property now covers everything from Major Hasan opening fire while shouting “Allahu akbar!” to environmentalist bureaucrats defecating. The government seems to take the latter more seriously than the former, judging from the EPA statement.

 

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Man, Knife in Back, Walks Into McDonald’s in New York City

25th June 2014

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Witnesses tell the Post that the man was chatting on his cellphone and appeared composed despite the knife in his back.

I’ve had performance reviews like that.

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US Hits Target Over Pacific Ocean in Missile Defense Test

23rd June 2014

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Sailors aboard the USS Hopper destroyer detected and tracked the missile, and the interceptor struck the target warhead. Officials said it appears all components of the test performed as designed.

I guess this ‘Star Wars sfuff’ actuallly works. I won’t hold my breath waiting for an apology from those who said it wouldn’t, however.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

22nd June 2014

Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby?

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Investigate Cosmic Horror Kitty Style in ‘The Call of Catthulhu’

21st June 2014

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I am not making this up.

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Quarters by Mail (for Laundry) Subscription Service

21st June 2014

Washboard.

I can’t tell whether this is a parody or not.

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Whose Turn Is It To Be the Victim?

21st June 2014

Unshelved strip for 6/21/2014

Read UNSHELVED. Every day. I tell you three times.

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Arthritis Drug Allows Hairless Man With Alopecia to Grow Hair

21st June 2014

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The 25-year-old man has alopecia universalis, a rare autoimmune disease that causes hair loss over the entire body when the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles. Doctors at Yale University tried an unusual treatment using an FDA-approved drug, tofacitinib citrate, which is designed to treat the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis. The patient was able to regrow a full head of hair, eyebrows and eyelashes, facial, groin and other hair.

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Banana-Shaped Caution Cones

20th June 2014

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A marvelous idea.

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Gun Maker Thrives in SC, Issues Gun to Commemorate Move from CT

19th June 2014

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On January 20 Breitbart News reported PTR Industries was leaving Connecticut for the greener and more gun-friendly pastures of South Carolina. On June 18 Breitbart News sat down with PTR Industries vice president of sales and administration John McNamara, so he could update us on where his gun company–which builds roller-lock rifles–stands in relation to South Carolina and firearm production.

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Harry Reid Says He Won’t Attend Redskins Game Until Team Changes Name

17th June 2014

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Win-win!

(To the totalitarian mind, everything is political.)

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Sugar Daddy University: New Course Teaches ‘Sugar Babies’ How to Land a Wealthy Man

16th June 2014

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I am not making this up.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

15th June 2014

Monday Morning

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All It Took to Cure Baldness Was a Laser Beam, a Garage, and an Indiegogo Push

11th June 2014

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You know what’s still made in America? Laser spewing hair helmets.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

8th June 2014

The Longest Time

I, for one, miss the Fifties.

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Which English Do You Speak?

6th June 2014

Take the quiz.

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Colt Boosts Handgun Production 50 Percent to Meet Demand

2nd June 2014

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According to CNN Money, Colt sold “twelve times as many handguns early this year than it did in 2013.”

The impetus behind handgun popularity is a combination of self-defense concerns and concerns over the Obama administration’s penchant for gun control.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

1st June 2014

What If Your Girlfriend Was Gone

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How to Sharpen Pencils

31st May 2014

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You might know David Rees as the political cartoonist behind the series Get Your War On, among others. Well, he has set all that aside to pursue his lofty dreams as a preeminent craftsman in the little known field of artisanal pencil sharpening.His new book is titled How To Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants. Read on for an illuminating excerpt from the book that will guide you through using a single-blade pocket sharpener. Time to sharpen up!

I am not making this up.

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Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger Will Debut at San Diego County Fair

27th May 2014

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If you can open your mouth wide enough to inhale the three cheeseburger patties sandwiched between two glazed donut buns, then good luck to your heart.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

25th May 2014

Mandelbrot Set

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Y’allbonics

21st May 2014

The Bluebird of Bitterness reminds us of the importance of this vital piece of American culture.

HEIDI (noun) – Greeting.

HIRE YEW (verb and pronoun) – Complete sentence. Remainder of greeting. Usage: “Heidi! Hire yew?”

BARD (verb) – Past tense of the verb “to borrow.” Usage: “My brother bard my pickup truck.”

JAWJUH (noun) – The state north of Florida. Capitol is Lanner. Usage: “My brother from Jawjuh bard my pickup truck and took it to Lanner.”

BAMMER (noun) – The state west of Jawjuh. Capitol is Berminhayam. Usage: “A tornader jes went through Bammer an’ left $20,000,000 in improvements.”

MUNTS (noun) – A calendar division. Usage: “My brother from Jawjuh bard my pickup truck, and I ain’t heard from him in munts.”

THANK (verb) – Cognitive process. Usage: “Ah thank ah’ll have a bare.”

BARE (noun) – An alcoholic beverage made of barley, hops, and yeast. Usage: “Ah thank ah’ll have another bare.”

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Fantastically Wrong: The Disturbing Reality That Spawned the Mythical Jackalope

18th May 2014

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The first “confirmed” jackalope specimen was secured by one Douglas Herrick, who in 1932 found a dead one sprawled in his shop in Douglas, Wyoming. If you want to get technical, though, it was an ordinary dead rabbit next to some deer horns on the floor. But Herrick mounted the rabbit, horns and all, thus begetting a slew of taxidermic jackalopes in bars all across the West.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

18th May 2014

I’m Into Something Good

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Company That Threatened to Sue Negative Reviewer Just Lost Its Amazon Account

14th May 2014

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Earlier this week, a man took to Reddit asking for legal advice, saying a law firm was threatening to sue him for writing a negative review about an Internet router.

The company that sold that router, New Jersey-based Mediabridge, through the law firm, claimed that the review contained several assertions that were “false, defamatory, libelous, and slanderous.” The reviewer claimed the company faked positive reviews and stole the design of their product from another company.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

In the days after the law firm made its threat, the man who wrote the Amazon review has taken down his original review and his post on Reddit. But that’s not the end of this for the company.

Leaders at Mediabridge now say that Amazon has revoked the company’s seller account, preventing the sale of Mediabridge products on Amazon.com—the only site through which it currently sells its products. That might mean the loss of jobs for many of the company’s employees, the company claims.

Full disclosure: I own stock in Amazon. This is one of the reasons why: It’s not afraid to push back against lawfare from corporate bullies.

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The Week in Pictures: Graduation Edition

10th May 2014

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My favorite:

Monica copy

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Internal Memos Reveal EPA Worked Behind the Scenes to Kill Alaska Mine Project

7th May 2014

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Of course. They’re ‘progressives’, and the chief object of ‘progressives’ is to roll back the 20th century, not to mention the 21st.

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These Backpacks for Cows Collect Their Fart Gas and Store It for Energy

5th May 2014

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I am not making this up.

I got yer alternative energy, right here….

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Rappers Sorted by Size of Vocabulary

4th May 2014

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It is one of the most charming characteristics of this great country of ours that people bother with this sort of things.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

4th May 2014

Another Irish Drinking Song

I don’t care who you are, that’s funny.

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High School Student Accepted at all Eight Ivy League Schools Chooses Yale

2nd May 2014

Of course.

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Thoughts From the Ammo Line

2nd May 2014

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When we women were younger, we could convince ourselves that we could possibly fight our way out of trouble. We were undoubtedly grievously mistaken. Testosterone is just a terribly unfair advantage! But, once we hit 60, say, no matter how many Zumba classes we have attended, it becomes crystal clear that we are sitting ducks. And, make no mistake, thugs go for the easiest targets. Counting on a thug to say, “Oh, Jeez, I didn’t see your wheelchair, there, never mind,” is a pipe-dream. Ladies, forget your traditional friends, Ben and Jerry. Count on Mr. Smith, Mr. Wesson or their Austrian cousin, the super-reliable Mr. Glock.

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