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Archive for December, 2007

Girl Gets Bizarre Note Instead of iPod

29th December 2007

Read it. Next thing you know, My Little Pony will have a note from PETA.

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Egyptian Lawmakers to Sarkozy: You Shouldn’t Share Room With Girlfriend

29th December 2007

Read it. What I’d love to see is a return headline: “Sarkozy to Egyptian Lawmakers: You Shouldn’t Torture Political Prisoners”. But it’ll never happen.

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Tape Shows Ohio Man Tasered After Biting Himself During 13th DUI Arrest

29th December 2007

Read it, if you dare. Here’s the part I like best:

Click here to watch video at MyFOXCleveland.com.

Now isn’t that a scary thought?

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Cops: Little Kids Broke Into Home, Stole Gifts

29th December 2007

Read it. Don’t you wish you lived in New Jersey? Neither do I.

As you might expect, the town is run by Democrats. No wonder it’s a behavioral sink.

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Hannah Montana Concert Winner Lied in Essay Describing Father’s Death in Iraq

29th December 2007

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

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Bhutto Aides Deny Al Qaeda Involvement, Accuse Pakistani Government of Cover-Up

29th December 2007

Read it. Tell me you didn’t see that coming.

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Polynesian Chickens in Chile

28th December 2007

Read it. No suggestion of bechamel sauce, thank goodness.

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YouTube reveals most popular clips of 2007

28th December 2007

Read it. Go on and look. You know you want to.

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Snorting a Brain Chemical Could Replace Sleep

28th December 2007

Read it. There will be a prize for the first person to identify correctly the members of the political coalition (some of whom may surprise you) that will succeed in getting it banned.

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Benazir Bhutto ‘did not die from shots or blast’

28th December 2007

Read it. Now, if that had happened in this country her estate would sue the manufacturer of the car. And probably collect.

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Speak English, lower taxes

28th December 2007

Read it. Markets surface even where you don’t want them to.

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Language in Pakistan

28th December 2007

Read it. A perennial problem in these “countries” that are soldered together by some megalomaniac’s ambitious fantasy.

The official point of view is that there is one Pakistani nation united by the bonds of Islam and the national language, Urdu.

Urdu being a variant of Hindi that is chiefly distinguished by being written in Arabic letters, and has about as many native speakers in Pakistan as there are native speakers of Spanish in the U.S.

In this case the culprit was Jinnah, but India suffered from Mohandas Gandhi’s fantasies even more; by rights, it ought to be about 12 different states, and I suspect would be a happier (and less troublesome) place.

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GPS baby Jesus stolen again, found across the street

28th December 2007

Read it. One of those heartwarming stories that encapsulate the spirit of the season.

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Assassinations

28th December 2007

Steve Sailer ponders a modern trend in Artificially-Cobbled-Together-stan … and points west.

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Be Reasonable

28th December 2007

Peggy Noonan.

We just want a reasonable person. We would like a candidate who does not appear to be obviously insane.

Hm. That doesn’t leave a lot.

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Indian Museum Director Spent Lavishly on Travel

28th December 2007

Read it. Don’t they have Skraelings in Paris?

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So many suspects, so little time

28th December 2007

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? It’s like a board game.

Between this and the Iowa caucuses, don’t expect to find any real news in the “news media” for about a week.

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Sorry, Charlie. This Is Michael Vickers’s War.

28th December 2007

Read it. We can only hope.

“He tends to think like a gangster,” said Jim Thomas, a former senior defense planner who worked with Vickers. “He can understand trends then change the rules of the game so they are advantageous for your side.”

At last, someone with a clue.

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When an Assassin Succeeds

28th December 2007

Read it. We’re screwed, basically.

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Official says no licenses for illegals

28th December 2007

Read it. Perhaps Michigan will stop before it goes over the cliff.

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Man found stuck in chimney at Xmas

28th December 2007

Read it. Ho ho ho.

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Group Sues Interior Department Over Endangered Species List Decisions

28th December 2007

Read it. Of course, there’s no reason to even have an Endangered Species List; that’s no business of the government’s. But there you are.

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Dictionary unravels ‘politician speak’

27th December 2007

Read it. Now there’s a trick for you.

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Revisiting the Stupid Party

27th December 2007

Lee Harris is always worth reading.

Against the blueprints for a better world concocted by the brilliant they opposed the redneck wisdom encapsulated in the adage: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

And that is close to wisdom.

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Studying Violent Video Games Causes Unnecessary Extrapolations! News At Eleven!

27th December 2007

Read it. You don’t have to be a moron to be a journalist, but it’s certainly no drawback, either.

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Robot Surgeons Closer Than You Think

27th December 2007

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

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Divorcees are bad for the environment. Do environmentalists care?

27th December 2007

Read it. Probably not, but you never know.

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Victim may have helped zoo tiger escape

27th December 2007

Read it. Think of it as evolution in action. Predators (like tigers) have always had the job of weeding out the weak and the stupid.

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Once Again: The Great Inventors Often Were Neither Great, Nor Inventors

27th December 2007

Read it. This reiterates the vital distinction between invention and innovation. Coming up with a clever idea is fun but not important. What’s important is getting it out there to make people’s lives better. This is why more people speak European languages than Chinese.

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What have we learned about economic growth

27th December 2007

Read it. Not a whole lot, apparently.

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Falling elephant kills circus worker

27th December 2007

Read it. Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Christmas under Hamas rule

27th December 2007

Read it. There are never any lack of dhimmis to pretend to be Christians. Diocletian would feel right at home.

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The latest evidence on racial discrimination and wages

27th December 2007

Read it. If you understand it, please explain it to me.

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Malaysian Hindu loses bid to ban Muslim conversion

27th December 2007

Read it. And, of course, once he’s formally a Muslim, if he tries to switch back, he’ll be killed. Fine religion, that Islam.

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The Palestinian Economy in Shambles

27th December 2007

Read it. Dependency on jizyah, like any other welfare system, corrupts those who receive it even more than those who pay it.

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Monkeys behaving badly

27th December 2007

Read it. If you like books on monkeys, this is for you. Take whatever action you think is appropriate.

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2007: The Miserable Year in Review

27th December 2007

John Dvorak is attempting to join John Derbyshire and Steve Graham as a Patron Saint of Dyspepsia. He makes a strong showing.

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Times Watch Presents the Top Ten Lowlights of The New York Times in 2007

27th December 2007

Read it. Thank God for the Internet, by which no slipshod “reporting” goes undocumented.

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A Non-Pacifist Syllogism

27th December 2007

Read it. Economists like to arrange things neatly. This includes thoughts. I like this approach.

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The End of the Primary’s Holiday From History

27th December 2007

John Podhoretz has some interesting thoughts on “a turn away from the key issues confronting the United States and toward emotional and social vapor”. He’s agin it.

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Angry drivers torching traffic cameras in England

27th December 2007

Read it. Can’t say that I blame them. If the British can do this, can Americans be far behind?

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FBI rolling out digital billboards in 20 cities

27th December 2007

Read it. This is a great idea.

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For Senators, the Season for Cash and Coal

27th December 2007

Read it. Remember, you’re paying for all of this.

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Six French Citizens Found Guilty in Chad

27th December 2007

Read it. Sometimes when you push the envelope, the envelope pushes back.

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Illegal immigrants “self deport” as woes mount

27th December 2007

Read it. I guess enforcement works.

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Some U.S. soldiers have spent so much time in Iraq, it feels like home.

27th December 2007

Read it. Rather like the British in India. Perhaps Americans can get used to this imperialism thing after all.

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One Headline Fits All

27th December 2007

Mickey Kaus has an interesting take on the media and the housing crisis: When prices go up, that’s a bad thing, because it’s a “bubble” (Oh, no!) and housing is less “affordable” (Oh, no!). Yet when prices go down, that’s a bad thing too, because the economy is “suffering” (Oh, no!) and a lot of people can’t cash out the way they wanted to (Oh, no!). What’s a mother to do?

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Get three to the semiotics department!

27th December 2007

Read it. No, I don’t know what that headline means, either. But it’s about cultural anthropologists and Jared Diamond and political correctness and academic obfuscation, and I love that stuff. You may ask: What does that have to do with genes and their expression? I’ll tell you: I don’t know. But it’s interesting.

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Read, Weep, and Vote

27th December 2007

Read it. Be glad that there are others who are willing to wade through the candidates’ campaign books.

It would be different if these were supermarket handouts, but people actually pay money for these things.

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Psst! DVDs Are Starting To Die Too…

27th December 2007

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

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