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Horse-head Squirrel Feeder

25th February 2014

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I am not making this up.

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Breakfast Waffle Taco

25th February 2014

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I am not making this up.

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Star Trek Rings

24th February 2014

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I am not making this up.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

23rd February 2014

Let’s Give ‘Em Somethin’ To Talk About

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Smartest Girl Scout Ever Selling Cookies Outside a Medical Marijuana Dispensary

21st February 2014

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The business of America is business.

Note the picture: This chick is of the Asian persuasion.

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U.S. Navy Ready to Deploy Laser System This Summer; Rail Guns Aren’t Far Behind

18th February 2014

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The Navy plans to deploy its first laser on a ship later this year, and it intends to test an electromagnetic rail gun prototype aboard a vessel within two years.

For the Navy, it’s not so much about the whiz-bang technology as it is about the economics of such armaments. Both costs pennies on the dollar compared with missiles and smart bombs, and the weapons can be fired continuously, unlike missiles and bombs, which eventually run out.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

16th February 2014

Get It On (Bang a Gong)

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Official Government Report: Americans Really Love Pizza. Especially White Teenage Boys.

15th February 2014

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

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Calvin & Muad’Dib

12th February 2014

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Freshly-Baked Bread Delivered to Your Home

10th February 2014

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Breadbox is launching soon in San Francisco, Portland and Chicago!

Another entry in the Stuff White People Like file.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

9th February 2014

When Will I Be Loved – Classic

Same – Martina McBride

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Woman Shoots, Kills Boyfriend After Being Punched, Dragged Across Floor

8th February 2014

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Orangeburg, South Carolina Sheriff Leroy Ravenell cited self defense for a woman who shot her enraged boyfriend after he beat her and dragged her through the yard and across the floor on February 2nd.

Sounds about right. Would that more would do the same.

Think of it as evolution in action.

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Four Chaplains Day

3rd February 2014

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The Four Chaplains, also sometimes referred to as the “Immortal Chaplains,” were four United States Army chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel during the sinking of the troop ship USAT Dorchester on February 3, 1943, during World War II. They helped other soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their own life jackets when the supply ran out. The chaplains joined arms, said prayers, and sang hymns as they went down with the ship.

Name an atheist who has saved someone’s life at the cost of his own. I can wait.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

2nd February 2014

Livin’ on a Prayer

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

2nd February 2014

One Way or Another

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Alabama Neurosurgeon Walks 6 Miles in Snow Storm to Perform Brain Surgery

1st February 2014

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Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw was at Brookwood Medical Center Tuesday morning when he was needed for emergency brain surgery miles away at Trinity Medical Center.

The problem was the sudden snowstorm had locked down traffic, and the neurosurgeon didn’t get farther than a few blocks by vehicle.

“The cell service was bad so we were fading in and out,” said Steve Davis, charge nurse in the neuro intensive care unit at Trinity. “At one point, I heard him say, ‘I’m walking.’”

Would your doctor walk two or three hours to save your life?

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40 Years of D&D

29th January 2014

John Biggs takes a look.

On January 26, 1974 the world changed. A panoply of creatures popped into existence – Owlbears lumbered out of the woods while Bullettes snuffled out of caves, blinking in the sunlight. Adventurers donned metal plate armor and led their ambling pack horses into darkened dungeons. Traps sprung, capturing teams of dwarves in iron nets while gold glittered tantalizingly close to a shambling skeleton. For some, the ’70s were an era of free love. For others they were the era of untrammeled adventure.

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AFSCME in Dues Freefall After Wisconsin Labor Union Reforms.

27th January 2014

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Turns out that if you give people an opportunity to vote with their pocketbooks, they take it. I’d also note that a hefty percentage of those people opting out of forced union dues are undoubtedly doing it because Big Labor is a lapdog for the Democratic party establishment. Gallup found in 2012 that 35% of union households backed Mitt Romney (34%, government union); while that may not make much of an electoral difference, I imagine that those folks are now happy not to be paying for Democratic attacks on their candidates. I suggest that the unions take a hint or two from this.

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The War Against Butter Is Over. Butter Won.

27th January 2014

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Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant Unilever spent more than 20 years trying to beat butter at its own game. But the maker of Flora, Country Crock, and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, appears ready to give up the fight.

Butter is better. Next up: Potatoes.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

26th January 2014

Holiday Road

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Nearly 1/4 of Texas House Republicans Invite Sean Hannity to Lone Star State

24th January 2014

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The move comes after Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst penned a January 21, 2014 letter welcoming the conservative icon, in response to Hannity’s remarks that he was considering such a move. The letter signed by the legislators was penned by Texas House Ways and Means chairman and candidate for Texas Comptroller Harvey Hilderbran. Rep. Hilderbran spearheaded the effort to get the signatures. Breitbart News was the first to learn of the effort.

Y’all come back now, hear?

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Have Some Spam

24th January 2014

I mean the Real Stuff.

I realize that this will eliminate any possibility of a government job, but I happen to like Spam, especially sliced very thin and fried.

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New Zimmerman Painting of Florida Prosecutor Unveiled

24th January 2014

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I think it captures her soul, don’t you?

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You Say It’s Your Birthday….

23rd January 2014

… well, it’s my birthday too, yeah….

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‘Machine Gun Tourism’ Thriving in Las Vegas

22nd January 2014

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Irwin says the “Hello Kitty guns” are popular with bachelorette parties.

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3D Printing Gives 16-Year-Old Bomb Victim a Hand

21st January 2014

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We have the technology.

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The Backpack Cannon

21st January 2014

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Gun Manufacturers Smith & Wesson have unleashed their newest revolver: a monster .460 calibre handgun which they say is ‘great for a back-up gun, or for hunting’.

Named the ‘Backpack Cannon’, the gun was unveiled in Las Vegas on Monday at the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade show, the largest gun show in the U.S., which around 60,000 gun fans attend every year.

The cannon – officially called the Performance Center Model.460 – features a three-inch barrel, high visibility sights and synthetic shock absorber on the rear of the handle, as well as a massive chamber to fit the gigantic .460 calibre rounds, which are some of the biggest and most powerful bullets in the world.

You aren’t going to get a lot of range or accuracy with only a 3″ barrel. Still….

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New Obamacare Facebook Photo Ignites Mockery

20th January 2014

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These guys keep leading with their chins. It’s a gift.

Facebook users wasted no time filling in the blank with quips and barbs aimed at mocking the unpopular Obamacare program.

“Get another job so I can afford to pay for it,” responded one Facebook user.

“Check for identity theft,” quipped another.

“Lament the lack of coverage and the astronomical cost for the crappy coverage,” wrote another.

“Try not to get sick all year,” snarked one Facebook user.

“Wonder why it costs so much more than it used to because I am a young, healthy male with no preexisting conditions,” wrote one Facebook poster.

“EAT!!! I was starved waiting all these weeks to get signed up. I never had time to cook or even work,” wrote another.

“Watch the economy circle the drain,” stated another Facebook  user.

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Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation….

18th January 2014

Funky Music copy

Breakfast copy

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The World’s Best Bounty Hunter Is 4-Foot-11

15th January 2014

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At 4’11″ and just over 100 pounds, Michelle Gomez doesn’t look like the sort of person you’d hire to retrieve earthmoving equipment stolen by a Peruvian crime family. But in the summer of 2013, that’s exactly what she was doing.

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iTunes U.

12th January 2014

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Lynn University will phase out its learning management system for the next stage of its tablet-centric evolution. Beginning this fall, the university’s daytime undergraduate courses will be managed through Apple’s course management software, iTunes U.

The move makes Lynn one of only a handful of institutions that offer more than a select few courses through iTunes U, and is noteworthy because Lynn will trade a more comprehensive system, Blackboard Learn, for a product lacking key features such as analytics, attendance tracking and gradebooks.

 

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Automated Farms: The Internet of Things, Stalk by Stalk

12th January 2014

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Bob Dible is an electrical engineer that works on his family farm in Kansas. He describes the productivity strides made in agriculture. “We generate GPS (global positioning system) yield maps using data from the combine as it harvests. That helps us determine what nutrients are needed the next season at various parts of our four-square-mile farm.”

Dible then programs those different nutrient mixes and locations onto the crop sprayer aircraft. As the crop sprayer flies over the field, it dynamically changes the mix of fertilizer based on its location.

The $900,000 Air Tractor model 802 has 1300hp and a payload of 9,249 lbs. In 2013 the plane can change its fertilizer mix every dozen meters. Dible, as an engineer, knows what is coming. “One day we will monitor and grow the corn on a stalk-by-stalk basis. When we plant crops, GPS with RTK (Real Time Kinematics) gives us 1-inch accuracy.” It’s not hard to see Dible’s vision even now. With today’s technology, a small autonomous robot could drive down the rows of corn.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

12th January 2014

Bottle o’ Wine

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26 Animals That Are Having the Best Snow Day Ever

10th January 2014

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All together now: Awwwwwww!

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Most US Congress Members Are Now Millionaires

10th January 2014

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As John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, always says: Get a government job!

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Camille and Kennerly Play The Lord of the Rings

9th January 2014

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Twin gorgeous blondes that play the harp. (Dressed like hobbits, of course.) It don’t get any better than that.

(Of course it could be just one girl photoshopped. But I don’t care.)

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Mr. President!

8th January 2014

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Walmart Health Plan More Affordable, Superior to Obamacare

7th January 2014

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A Washington Examiner evaluation of Walmart’s employee healthcare plan rated it superior to and more affordable than Obamacare. Over the years, Walmart has been undermined by unions and liberal activists, who claim that the retail giant is “notorious” for providing “substandard” healthcare plans.

The former president of the Illinois State Association of Health Underwriters, Robert Slayton, said that in Chicago, Obamacare offers a restricted list of hospital participation. Walmart, on the other hand, belongs to a national healthcare network that provides almost twice as many participating hospitals. What’s more, Walmart’s network of doctors dwarfs Obamacare’s. “You will notice there are 9,837 doctors [under Obamacare]. But the larger network is 24,904 doctors. Huge, huge difference,” Slayton said.

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

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Lunch: An Urban Invention

7th January 2014

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Automats are before even my time, but I wish I’d thought to ask my father about the introduction of sliced wrapped bread.

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Science Teacher Loses 37 Lbs. on McDonald’s Diet

5th January 2014

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A high school science teacher in Iowa lost 37 pounds and lowered his cholesterol by eating nothing but McDonald’s for three months.

John Cisna told KCCI that his body did not deteriorate like the star from the Super Size Me documentary.

That’s because the star from the Super Size Me documentary was a tendentious asshole who started out with a conclusion and made it happen. Quelle surprise.

Cisna’s “bad cholesterol” actually dropped from 249 to 170, and he said he “embarked on the diet to show how we can eat anything as long as we stick to 2,000 calories per day and stay close to the recommended dietary allowances for nutrients.”

Another big factor in his weight loss was that Cisna “began walking for 45 minutes a day, a factor which no doubt contributed to the results.”

“The point behind this documentary is, ‘Hey, it’s (a) choice. We all have choices. It’s our choices that make us fat not McDonald’s,” he said.

I’m lovin’ it.

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Thought for the Day

4th January 2014

Genuis Democrats copy

And global warming? Don’t get him started

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Today is National Fruitcake Toss Day

3rd January 2014

Read it. And watch the video. (You know there had to be a video.)

Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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California Dreamin’

3rd January 2014

Ed Wallace talks about who’s driving.

For those who don’t know, even decades ago during the worst of the smog years, from December through February the skies would miraculously clear enough that one could see the snow capping the tops of the San Gabriel mountains to the east. Typically the morning temperatures are crisp, in the mid-50s, but warm up to the mid-70s. In an hour and a half you can be in the snow at Lake Arrowhead, or in half that time be fishing at Seal Beach. It’s no wonder California came to define America’s Car Culture; the state offers a million things to do — but fortunately for automakers none of those activities are within 30 miles of your home.

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How Home Depot Copied Apple to Build an Ingenious New Bucket

2nd January 2014

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Home Depot’s new Big Gripper all-purpose bucket is a handy improvement on the old school, five-gallon contractor pail. An ergonomic handle and patent pending “pocket grip” on the underside sets the product apart on the shelf, but more importantly, the design is a showpiece for a new approach to big box merchandising. Brick-and-mortar retailers have learned a lesson from Apple and are following their vertically integrated approach by developing high-quality, and exclusive, products to remain competitive in the age of Amazon. And they’re learning from another Apple trademark: revisiting product categories filled with bad offerings, and completely rethinking them.

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Wisconsin Ushers in ‘Pedal Pub’ Law for 2014

1st January 2014

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Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that legalizes drinking on pedal pubs. Pedal pubs accommodate up to 16 riders that sit across from each other, using peddles underneath their seats to slowly power the quadracycles across city streets.

While a driver steers the multi-pedaled vehicle, riders sit in seats and can rest their tasty alcoholic beverage on the bar mounted in front of them. Although passengers continue to pedal the vehicle, they are still able to raise their glasses and toast each other or citizens that wave to them as they roll by.

I am not making this up.

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Walmart Is Now More Selective Than Harvard

29th December 2013

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Harvard may have met its match. In a segment that aired earlier this week on “The Colbert Report,” Stephen Colbert commented on the fact that 23,000 people applied for 600 jobs at two recently-opened Walmart stores, giving Walmart a frighteningly low acceptance rate of 2.6 percent.

Colbert put it best when he warned applicants to Harvard and Princeton that they may be aiming too low. “It turns out,” he said, “there’s now an even more elite institution on the scene.”

 

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Amazing Research Into Carbon Nanotubes Gives Us a Hint of One Future Chip Technology.

27th December 2013

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The problem with silicon chips is that we’ve gotten very good at making them. So very good that we’re approaching the limits of what we can do with the tech, prompting researchers to begin looking for “post-silicon” chip solutions. Now a team from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois has created something that gives us a hint what our next chip tech may be made of: carbon. They’ve created a logic device out of carbon nanotubes that works on phenomenally low power levels.

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Bob Belvedere’s Medieval Christmas

24th December 2013

Read it. And watch the videos.

Feel free to sing along.

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A Micro-Muscular Breakthrough

23rd December 2013

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Vanadium dioxide is poised to join the pantheon of superstars in the materials world. Already prized for its extraordinary ability to change size, shape and physical identity, vanadium dioxide can now add muscle power to its attributes. A team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has demonstrated a micro-sized robotic torsional muscle/motor made from vanadium dioxide that for its size is a thousand times more powerful than a human muscle, able to catapult objects 50 times heavier than itself over a distance five times its length within 60 milliseconds –  faster than the blink of an eye.

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What a Merry Christmas Looks Like

22nd December 2013

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