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Archive for September, 2007

Sad news

30th September 2007

Read it. Cox & Forkum are calling it quits. They will be missed.

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New Nuclear Reactors Coming In America

30th September 2007

Read it. This is huge.

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Chinese Sat Kill Shows Threat to Space

30th September 2007

Read it. News Flash: The Chinese are our enemies, not our friends.

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Who Knew? Susan Collins Sure Didn’t

30th September 2007

Read it. Nothing steams a politician more than missing an opportunity to demonstrate lack of principle in a politically profitable way. “They never let poor Susan / Join in all their RINO games….”

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O.T. Isn’t as Simple as Telling Time

30th September 2007

Read it. And, of course, the government is involved, which makes things both more complicated and more stupid than they need to be.

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NASA Scientists Predicted a New Ice Age in 1971

30th September 2007

Read it. Shucks, and I was looking forward to it. (Where was AlGore when we really needed him?)

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I read the news today, oh boy…

30th September 2007

Mark Steyn takes a look at what’s going on.

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Handwritten Lawsuit Accuses Google Having A Name Similar To Accuser’s Social Security Number

30th September 2007

Read it. Well, this is America — suing people is a legitimate leisure time activity when there’s nothing on TV and you’ve seen all the movies at the mall.

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What Does Jihad Mean?

30th September 2007

Read it. Just in case there was any doubt in your mind. Islam is the enemy, and they want to enslave you.

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Will MSM Ignore John Edwards Racial Gaffe?

30th September 2007

Read it. I don’t know whether it qualifies as a “racial gaffe”, since the statement itself is true, but considering how much the race relations pimps regard any negative comment concerning anybody except white people to be “racist”, I suppose that’s correct.

Of course, being Edwards, his perspective is that these young black men are merely victims of a racist society — which they are, but not in the way he means it.

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Is Great Happiness Too Much of a Good Thing?

30th September 2007

Read it. A very thought-provoking article. I’m surprised to find something of this quality in the Washington Post.

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What happened to our troops in Oakland

30th September 2007

Read it. Is there some other country that we could sell the San Francisco Bay area to? They certainly don’t seem very happy being part of America, and I for one would love to see them go elsewhere.

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But Enough about Iran, Let’s Talk about Me!

30th September 2007

Mark Steyn takes a look at academics who think that free speech at Columbia University is far more important a topic than actual freedom in Iran. The self-absorbed progs hold on to their unenviable record.

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Why Private Military Contractors Are A Good Thing

30th September 2007

Read it — if you dare.

The kind of conflicts we’re seeing and are likely to see are far more like crime, pervasive and opportunistic, than like conventional interstate warfare. The patriotic sentiments that motivated volunteer armies in the past are harder to apply to campaigns designed to strengthen vulnerable foreign states, or to limit the extent of bunkering and other criminal activities that have no obvious ideological valence. And so we will need to rely on skilled professionals to help police the world.

Indeed. What our culture faces today is the sort of thing that civilizations faced in times past — barbarians who do not share our values and are relics of an earlier and more primitive time, people who think it cooler to be pirates and slavers than to earn a living, people who don’t think twice about raping, torturing, pillaging, and murdering those to whom they’ve taken a dislike, etc. What we face is a pest control problem rather than a military problem. If you’ve got fire ants in your yard, you don’t declare war on them and call the Army; you call the appropriate professionals and get it taken care of.

Do read the comments and reflect on the fact that people that intellectually vacant have a vote that counts as much as yours.

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Living Forever: Is It Possible? What Will Get Us There?

30th September 2007

Read it. Arnold Kling looks at life extension.

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Why Wasn’t Ahmadinejad Arrested?

30th September 2007

Read it. A very good question. He’s twice as guilty as Pinochet, and only half as demented.

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MONTH OF DAYS

30th September 2007

Read it. Tim Blair reveals that October is for celebrators.

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Groups Plan New Branch to Represent Anglicanism

30th September 2007

Read it. It’s like watching a snowman melt in the sun.

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Legacy of School Segregation Endures, Separate but Legal

30th September 2007

Read it. And ask yourself: Does this represent an improvement, long-term? Is this anything even close to a united community?

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Inequality and unhappiness

30th September 2007

Read it. Turns out that most of what people “know” ain’t so.

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Religious “items” in a locker

30th September 2007

Read it. Many years, kid, many years.

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1st U.S. suburb marks 60 years

30th September 2007

Read it. Let’s hear it for sprawl.

Have you noticed how progs always make up derogatory names for people doing what they want to rather than what the progs want?

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Irate Passenger Found Dead in Phoenix Airport Holding Cell

30th September 2007

Read it. Sometimes natural selection Just Works.

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Free City Condoms Defective, D.C. Residents Claim

30th September 2007

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

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Myanmar Anti-Government Protest Quashed By Arrests, Military Crackdown

30th September 2007

Read it. With modern technology, repression does work; one would have thought that the Soviet and Chinese examples were sufficient demonstration of that.

It also demonstrates that anybody who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the “opinion of the international community” is pretty much safe.

  1. “Selfless sacrifices deserve more than words and lip-service. They want effective intervention before it is too late.”

Good luck with that.

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Car-Free in the Exurbs

29th September 2007

Read it. An eternal truth: People drive because it’s easier than walking.

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How Liberals Lie; One Example

29th September 2007

Read it. More on the attempt to libel Rush Limbaugh.

One wonders sometimes how liberalism can survive, when its most cherished myths can be exposed as frauds in a matter of minutes.

Easy — they think that they’re smart and everybody else is stupid. This notion is proof against any counterexample, as Dan Rather illustrates very elegantly.

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Couldn’t be more

29th September 2007

Read it. Wally is my hero.

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Illinois Schools Canceling Christmas and Halloween to Avoid Offending Muslims

29th September 2007

Read it. I have an idea: Let’s cancel Illinois to avoid offending Americans.

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Prosecutors Lay Out Case Against Jefferson

29th September 2007

Read it. I have a question: Why is this guy still in Congress? Why do Democrats cling to the status of The Crooked Party?

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Missile Test Is Lauded as a Success

29th September 2007

Read it. You’d better — you won’t hear it on the evening news.

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Show After Show MSNBC Smears Limbaugh with ‘Phony Soldiers’ Distortion

29th September 2007

Read it. This lie (and there’s no other word for it) by MediaMatters has been picked up and spread not only by MSNBC but by some of the more tedious Democrats in Congress. Of course, you shouldn’t hold your breath waiting for a Republican response — apparently it’s okay to lie on the floor of Congress, but to call somebody out on a lie is apparently against the rules.

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Taiwan Plans Missiles Able to Hit China

29th September 2007

Read it. Hah!

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The New York Times and RSS

29th September 2007

Apparently the New York Times has mucked with some of its RSS feeds so that the feed gives you the article title and a little blurb but there is no link to the actual article.

I suppose that this is designed to act as a teaser so that you’ll be moved to go to the paper’s site to find and read the actual article (and be exposed to more of their advertising).

I’m wondering how long it will take for someone to point out to them that the purpose of an RSS feed is precisely to avoid this sort of hunt-and-peck information-gathering (which is so last-century).

Expect to see a lot less mention of the New York Times here — and elsewhere, I expect.

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Discontented iPhone owner sues AT&T, Apple and Steve Jobs

29th September 2007

Read it. When distressed, sue somebody — it’s the American way.

Somebody with the name “Dongmei Li” probably wasn’t born here, but is certainly successfully assimilated.

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The Barry White effect

29th September 2007

Read it. Sometimes biology does matter. The supposition here is that lower voice timbre in males is a marker for testosterone levels, the implication being that females select for the one in hopes of getting the other.

So far as I’m aware, nobody has bothered to ask some actual females about this — but, after all, are they really qualified to have an opinion on the subject, not being trained biologists or statisticians? Let’s get real….

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I knew sooner or later someone would write this paper

29th September 2007

Read it. Apparently the efforts to reduce consumption of fossil fuels are instead encouraging their use. What a surprise.

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Anti-literal literalism

29th September 2007

Read it. In most states there is a crime called “unauthorized practice of law”, which comes of someone who doesn’t have the requisite legal training, and who hasn’t passed the bar exam and been licensed, acting like an attorney — advising people for pay and  sometimes even attempting to represent them in legal proceedings. The basis for this crime is that people who aren’t trained as lawyers, and who haven’t demonstrated that they’re competent to act as attorneys, will do more harm than good, just like someone who hasn’t gone to medical school or been licensed as a physician trying to act like a doctor.

There ought to be an equivalent concept of “unauthorized practice of religion”, for people who have read a book or two and think that they’re now completely conversant with what a religion teaches and ought to practice. (Hm, wait a minute — that describes most Protestants….)

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Jeb’s education legacy proving to be historic

29th September 2007

Read it. What, a Bush who did something for black people? Why, that’s the most unheard-of thing they’ve ever heard of.

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Bush, Clinton, Bush … Clinton?

29th September 2007

Read it. I remember when people were worried about Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy.

Forty percent of Americans have never lived when there wasn’t a Bush or a Clinton in the White House. Anyone got a problem with that?

If Hillary wins and Jeb challenges her, these people will probably hyperventilate and pass out.

I love the talk of “the dominance of the two families”. We’re talking about four people, folks, two of which are related only by a marriage based on political ambition. If Chelsea runs for President, then we can talk about “two families”.

Does a nation of 303 million people really have only two families qualified to run the show?

Guys, these people aren’t hired by a search committee — they’re elected by the voters. If you don’t like it, move to Russia, where they do things differently. I really get tired of this inside-the-Beltway mindset that the people are too stupid to know what they ought to want.

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Episcopalians plan to leave denomination

29th September 2007

Read it. It’s like watching a snowman melt in the sun.

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Perry’s Rental Home Raising Eyebrows

29th September 2007

Read it. As controversies go, this would appear to be the biggest tempest in a teapot I’ve seen in years. Do they expect the Governor of Texas to life in a double-wide? Do people think that this is the biggest and best the Austin area has to offer? He’s the bloody Governor! He has official functions, he has official visitors, he has official guests, he has as much going on as the typical U.S. President.

Sheesh.

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Political Stardom Profitable for Obama

29th September 2007

Read it. Not that he’s alone. If asked, “Why are you running for President?”, not a one of them would give a straight answer.

The question I have: Why this particular article about this particular candidate at this particular time? For someone looking for self-interested sleaze, I’d say Hillary or John Edwards would be the natural targets. Barak’s not a crook like those two; he’s just got an excess of self-esteem — he  thinks he really is The Magic Negro. So why focus on his finances?

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A Conservative Trek

28th September 2007

Lileks does Star Trek on NRO. Does it get any better than that?

Money, power, lust, war: These were the constants, and Star Trek knew they’d follow us to infinity and beyond. At best we could find enlightened, savvy ways to avoid the pointless fights. But some people only understand a photon torpedo up the dorsal vent port, and we’d best be prepared to deal with them. The Federation, after all, had something called General Order 24, which called for the total destruction of a planet’s surface if the civilization was considered a threat to the Federation. As Vader might have said: Impressive. 

Read The Whole Thing.

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In the Hands of Banks, ‘Orphan’ Trusts Change

28th September 2007

Read it.

 With no family members to encourage gifts to the original donor’s favorite causes, the banks and lawyers have wide latitude to remake the way the trusts operate and to decide which charities will receive grants. Banks can reduce gifts and grow the foundation’s assets, thus increasing their fees. At the same time, banks and lawyers stand to gain personal influence and prestige by selecting new charities.

Rather like gifts to universities. Or government in the hands of Democrats.

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Microsoft extends sales of Windows XP till June 2008

28th September 2007

Read it. I guess the fact that Vista is a steaming pile of crap is finally getting through to the boys in Redmond. I smell a “New Coke/Coke Classic” moment here.

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Putting Money on the Table

28th September 2007

Read it. This deserves separate mention. It’s going to be a problem until people figure out how to handle it.

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Speed Dating With Actress-Lawyer-Beauty Pageant Contestants

28th September 2007

Read it. What an odd activity.

Dating: now more like shopping than ever!

Well, yeah … that’s the whole idea, really.

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A comment from Israel

28th September 2007

Read it. Lest we forget what this is all about.

There will be no peace in the Middle East until Muslims love their children more than they hate Jews.

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Note to Hillary: Wealth and hard work are not mutually exclusive.

28th September 2007

Read it. Although I can see how she and the other Democrat Presidential contenders might be forgiven for thinking so — I see a lot of rich people there, but not a single “hard worker”.

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