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Archive for December, 2007

Camp language

31st December 2007

Read it. Everything you never wanted to know about Urdu, and then some.

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MS-13 Vandalized New Haven Vietnam War Memorial?

31st December 2007

Read it. Well, it can’t be a hate crime because it wasn’t done by white people, and (as we all know) only white people can commit hate crimes. A puzzle.

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A Human Ancestor for the Apes?

31st December 2007

Read it. Michael Moore is an immediate suspect.

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Anti-Military Lawyer Keys Marine’s Car

31st December 2007

Read it. This clown ought to be disbarred. And get the snot beat out of him. Not necessarily in that order.

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Know Your Enemy: Muzammil Siddiqi

31st December 2007

Read it.

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A nanny on horseback

31st December 2007

Read it. Amazing how every rich liberal gets a burning desire to micromanage the American people. I’m waiting for Warren Buffet to decide it’s his turn.

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Scientists reveal what changed their minds

31st December 2007

Read it. And believe it or not, as you choose.

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Special forces on standby over nuclear threat

31st December 2007

Read it. God, I hope so. And bomb Waziristan flat for dessert.

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The Five Most Overrated Films of 2007

31st December 2007

Read it. I wish I got paid for doing that sort of thing….

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Scientists discover stubbornness gene

31st December 2007

Read it.

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Algeria: Islamic MPs ask for action against jihadists — no, wait…

31st December 2007

Read it.

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Tied Up in Knots

31st December 2007

Read it. Things naturally tie themselves into knots. Bet you didn’t know that.

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Hooded Progressivism

31st December 2007

Read it. Apparently the Klan of the early 20th century has more in common with the Kossacks than the Bush administration. Who knew?

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Researchers using nano-imprint lithography to make LEDs brighter

31st December 2007

Read it. And the hits just keep on comin’.

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Texan of the Year?

31st December 2007

Read it. Ponder how Texas  differs from the rest of the country, and how the Ruling Class in Texas differs from the Ruling Class in the rest of the country very little.

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New York City is suffering from an unprecedented epidemic of blood sucking bed bugs, it has emerged.

31st December 2007

Read it. I was surprised to find an article about real bedbugs, not Democrat Congressmen. Who knew?

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For Congressman, Life in Bike Lane Comes Naturally

31st December 2007

WSJ (sub required, but well worth the money)

Though he was alone on the road, and despite the downpour, he stopped at every red traffic signal.

Yeah, and if you believe that one, I’ll tell you another one.

He launched the Congressional Bike Caucus, a bipartisan group that promotes public investment in cycling.

As the ranks of the Bicycle Caucus have grown — there are now more than 170 members — money for bike projects has grown, more than doubling during his time in office.

The fun part about being a Congressman is that you can take a personal obsession and make the taxpayer spend money on it. Is this a great country, or what?

He’s a Pacific Northwest liberal, labor and eco-friendly, with an earnest demeanor.

And that tels you everything you need to know about what’s wrong with America.

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Divine Intervention? Indians Seek Help From the ‘Visa God’

31st December 2007

WSJ (sub required, but well worth the money)

India shows us what America would be like if the New Age people ever took over. I’d have to move to Canada and I’d really hate that.

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U.S. Didn’t Do Enough To Protect Bhutto, Aide Says

31st December 2007

WSJ (sub required, but well worth the money).

In the wake of Ms. Bhutto’s death, some of her aides are charging the U.S. didn’t do enough to protect the former prime minister after she returned to Pakistan.

I’m working on a concept, here: How about third-world shitholes refraining from blaming the United States for the fact that they have, and have always had, a dysfunctional political system?

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Lobbying Abetted Mortgage Mess

31st December 2007

WSJ (sub required, but well worth the money).

The subprime industry succeeded in defeating state efforts to limit risky lending to borrowers with weak credit during the housing boom. Ameriquest, until recently one of the biggest lenders, distributed over $20 million in political donations and swayed lawmakers in New Jersey and Georgia.

That’s the way the system works — the government causes a problem, and then makes a big deal about how they have to step in and “fix” it.

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Kaus nails it

31st December 2007

Kausfiles contains many delightful things. Today’s treat:

Letting the presidential nominee be picked by the Iowa caucusers is like letting your antiwar tactics be picked by the last people left at the end of a 4-hour SDS meeting in 1970.

Whoa, that brings back memories. But he’s absolutely right.

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‘In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto’ by Michael Pollan

31st December 2007

Read it.

We have been buffeted so often by conflicting studies that we’ve stopped thinking of food as food. We think of it as nutrition. (Recess at my children’s schools in Santa Monica is no longer called recess, but “nutrition.”) Pollan argues that food needs defending from “nutrition science on one side and from the food industry on the other — and from the needless complications around eating that together they have fostered.”

Hear, hear.

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Un-‘FairTax’

31st December 2007

Read it. One of the fun parts of living in a partisan world is that one can always depend on one side to find the holes in the other side’s plans. In the old days this meant that the Useless Class (the Democrats) got their ideas out, and the side of the Useful Class (the Republicans) got squat. But the Internet has changed all that.

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Internet Access Is Only Prerequisite For More and More College Classes

31st December 2007

Read it. A healthy trend.

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Vote Your Conscience. If You Can.

31st December 2007

Read it. The world is not as they tell you it is. But you knew that.

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For China’s Journalism Students, Censorship Is a Core Concept

31st December 2007

Read it. For some reason, people are always surprised when a Communist country acts like, you know, a Communist country.

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Pakistanis Punctuate Their Fury With Fire

31st December 2007

Read it. Cool — Pakistan is just Watts in Urdu. No wonder they can’t get anything done.

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The Fastest Gavel in the Senate

31st December 2007

Read it. I don’t even need to say anything, do I? Except to point out that you’re paying for all of this. Aren’t you proud?

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Jack Nicholson, Life Coach

31st December 2007

The Hog ponders some of the deeper things in life.

… I don’t do politics the way I used to. It’s full of shitty people who want to control each other.

And you can’t say any fairer than that.

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How The NY Times Reports Iraq

31st December 2007

Read it.

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Carry On Wayward Son

31st December 2007

Read it. Don’t know where Jonah gets this stuff. Watch it. Ray Manzarek couldn’t do it any better.

Another view.

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Thompson Makes His Move

31st December 2007

Read it. Watch it. Go, Fred.

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Should celebrities set the global agenda?

31st December 2007

Read it. Only the L A Times could even ask the quesion. Of course, we ought to take our cues from people who make their living pretending to be other people.

I have an idea: Let’s ask Rula Lenska.

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The New Deal Jobs Myth

31st December 2007

Read it. All of my illusions, shattered.

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Democrats Try Various Styles, and Pronouns

31st December 2007

Read it. Hey, it’s not easy finding the right kind of lipstick for a pig.

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Washington Today

31st December 2007

Inside Politics.

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Transcripts Show Chaos of Tiger Attack

31st December 2007

Read it. As opposed to the orderly nature of most tiger attacks, I suppose. At least there’s a diagram.

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LA Gang F13 Accused of Targeting Blacks

31st December 2007

Read it. I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

What is it with Latino criminals? They can’t even come up with a real name for their gang but have to use letter-number combinations.

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Infant Skeleton Found in Deceased Pennsylvania Woman’s Suitcase

31st December 2007

Read it. You’d think that there’s be a smell or something.

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New Video of Bhutto Assassination May Contradict Government Version of Events

31st December 2007

Read it. I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

I wonder whether this will have the same illustrious career as the Zapruder film.

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Fairy lights an ecological disaster, Royals told

30th December 2007

Read it. I must have missed the part where bishops are ecology experts.

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Spot the Fallacy

30th December 2007

Read it. I’m reminded of the famous newspaper story remarking irately that prison populations had increased even while crime rates were falling. There are times when “Duh!” seems an entirely inadequate phrase.

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Pictures of Bhutto Attackers Released

30th December 2007

Read it. Looks like Tom Cruise from here.

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A State Built on High Explosives

30th December 2007

Read it. It was good enough for Yasser, and it’s good enough for me.

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Slow news day

30th December 2007

Sickness strikes Camilla’s cruise ship.

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Certainty and Uncertainty

30th December 2007

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 As an aside, while I was in St. Louis we had dinner with a retired doctor. She told of an incident where, as a patient, she went to see a dermatologist about a rash. The dermatologist looked at her and told she was fine. This proved to be correct. However, he billed Medicare for $700 for surgery. She called Medicare to report the fraud, and, after she finally got through after considerable time in voice-mail hell, the person told her that, “No, everything is fine. Our records show that you had the surgery.”

You’re paying for this, folks. Hope you’re proud.

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IT KNOWS

30th December 2007

Tim Blair has your Global Warming update.

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The Best-Laid Five-Minute Plans of Bill Richardson

30th December 2007

Mark Steyn doesn’t have a lot of respect for instant experts in foreign affairs, and picks a target of opportunity. One might perhaps hesitate to characterize Richardson as “low-hanging fruit” — yes, that does conjure up rather a frightening set of images — but still….

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Night People vs. Morning People

30th December 2007

Steve Sailer just keeps on coming up with good stuff.

I’m a morning person. My wife is a night person. My late first wife was a night person, often excessively so. Both of my brothers are night people. I think I may be adopted.

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Graphene could be used in creating solar cells, LCDs

30th December 2007

Read it. Important news in a subject you didn’t know anything about.

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