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Archive for December, 2007

Keys to the Kingdom

30th December 2007

Read it.

My major problem with Open Office is that it’s gawdawful slow.

I don’t know whether it’s because everything is wrapped up into one application, or what.

I find myself activating my Windows VM under Parallels and using Word and Excel in preference to NeoOffice (Open Office customized for the Mac — it is, sad to say, quicker than the regular Open Office) just because the combined operation only takes about half the time.

Unfortunately I’m too cheap to shell out Microsoft-extortionate prices for Mac Office, so there you are — I’m just a prisoner of value rigidity.

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DO NOT LAUGH AT THE CRAZY EXPLOSIVE PEOPLE

30th December 2007

Tim Blair points out that Australia has just as many tight-assed politically-correct dipwads as the United States — and they tend to inhabit the same ecological niches. But it’s still funny.

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Why America fell apart on 11/22/1963

30th December 2007

Steve Sailer keeps coming up with all this great stuff.

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Live, From Silver Spring!

30th December 2007

Read it. And attempt to figure out how this local government differs from any other local government — if you can.

IS MONTGOMERY County so jazzed about snagging a world-class music hall for downtown Silver Spring that it is about to finalize a sweetheart deal that treats taxpayers’ dollars like Monopoly money?

A good point. Wonder how the Washington Post can publish something like this and still give the Feds a pass — this sounds like a classic “earmark” to me. Or you could substitute “sports stadium” for “world-class music hall” and plug in the name of any major metropolitan behavioral sink with no cognitive dissonance whatsoever.

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The enemy of your enemy is a pig, too

30th December 2007

Read it. I didn’t think it was possible — somebody grumpier than me. I like him already.

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Sending Out Signals to Long-Isolated North Koreans

30th December 2007

Read it. Surprising to see such a pro-freedom piece in the Washington Post. Enjoy it while you can.

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Thompson: Too Much Belly Fire Not Good

30th December 2007

Read it. Although nowadays I think they have medication for that….

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Woman Embarrassed About Search

30th December 2007

Read it.

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Freecycle Turns Trash to Treasure

30th December 2007

Read it. A good plan. Freebay runs on much the same principle.

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Violent Border Smugglers Scare U.S. Scientists

30th December 2007

Read it. God forbid they might tell somebody like, oh, say, the police.

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Super-rich make marque on Rolls Royce

29th December 2007

Read it. I thought that was what Rolls Royce was for…?

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Presidential Jeopardy

29th December 2007

Steve Sailer has a GREAT idea.

ParaPundit likes it, too.

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UN moves to kill free speech, passes resolution against “defamation of religions”

29th December 2007

Read it. Why anyone in a civilized country pays any attention at all to the U.N. escapes me.

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India: Tensions high after pork found in mosque

29th December 2007

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I wonder when Muslims will awake to the fact that having easily-pushed buttons merely encourages people who don’t like you to do a dance on them? Sometimes with hobnailed boots?

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GAIA KNOWS DEMOGRAPHICS

29th December 2007

Tim Blair looks at the religion of global warming. I, for one, would be mightily amused by having all of the coastal cities under water.

Actually, all this global warming nonsense would make a great role-playing game.

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Activists in Vermont town want Bush, Cheney subject to arrest

29th December 2007

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A group in Brattleboro is petitioning to put an item on a town meeting agenda in March that would make Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney subject to arrest and indictment if they visit the southeastern Vermont community.

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i-Snake ‘to revolutionise heart surgery’

29th December 2007

Read it. Tell the truth: Would you trust your ticker to a device called “i-Snake”? If you weren’t Steve Jobs, that is?

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Benazir Bhutto’s family ponders its future

29th December 2007

Read it. I imagine the Kennedys have much the same problem over here.

Guess we’re not as free from tribalism as we might have thought.

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Smoking in cars used for work to be banned

29th December 2007

Read it. Rather a stark reminder that Orwell’s 1984 took place in Britain. They’re well on the way.

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Crowdsourcing Law Enforcement

29th December 2007

Read it. An interesting concept.

The parallel with campaign advertisements is just too much of a cheap shot, however.

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Border crossings cut by Texas crackdown

29th December 2007

Read it. I guess enforcement works after all.

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Bill aims to protect English on the job

29th December 2007

Read it. Sounds like the basis for a new series of videos, “Bureaucrats Gone Wild”.

Paid for with your tax money, of course; we don’t want to break too much with tradition.

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Play of the Day: Thompson’s Snow Day

29th December 2007

Read it. Go, Fred.

Although I’m rather frightened by the thought of somebody who’s “wavering between Thompson and Mike Huckabee” being allowed to vote. Surely there’s a minimal threshhold of intelligence required in this thing? But no, I guess not.

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Armour for pit bulls

29th December 2007

Read it.

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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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Frankenstein Meets Thomas Edison

28th December 2007

Read it. I think Frankenstein wins this one.

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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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Predictions 2008

28th December 2007

NRO. The funny ones are the most likely to turn out to be true.

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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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India: Fatwa issued over relationship between female Muslim journalist, Sikh politician; “Had she been in Saudi Arabia, she would have been stoned by now”

28th December 2007

Read it. I’d like to get in on this fatwa business. It sounds like more fun than blogging.

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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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Washington Today

28th December 2007

Inside Politics.

Inside the Ring.

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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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House mailings cost $20.3 million

28th December 2007

Read it.

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Man found stuck in chimney at Xmas

28th December 2007

Read it. Ho ho ho.

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