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Archive for May, 2008

Playing Golf Extends Life 5 Years?

31st May 2008

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No, it just seems like five years.

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George W Bush bumps chests with graduate

31st May 2008

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Once a frat boy, always a frat boy.

On the other hand, I can’t see Barack Obama doing that.

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Taking Children from their Parents: The General Issue

31st May 2008

David Friedman is always worth reading.

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McClellan communicates!

31st May 2008

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Jonah Goldberg on Scott McClellan.

Not since America’s most revered feckless crapweasel, former Vermont Sen. James Jeffords, switched parties have Beltway Republicans been more eager to sew a half-starved ferret into someone’s body cavity. In this case, the desired victim is former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, who has coughed up a time-honored hairball of capital culture: the “tell-all” memoir. This is a bit of a misnomer in that they usually tell little but claim much.

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How the Irish will save civilization

31st May 2008

Or at least Europe.

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Web 2.0 Buzzword Bingo

31st May 2008

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They actually pay people to come up with this stuff.

(Well, I don’t really know that — it’s entirely possible to have it done by a computer program.)

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Earmarks After Dark

31st May 2008

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The battle is over the $601 billion defense authorization bill, which the House passed last week, 384-23. Earmarks are supposed to be included in the text of legislation. Instead, the Members have “airdropped,” in Beltway parlance, a huge number of them into the conference report that accompanies the bill. And, to ensure that the money is spent on these dark-of-night additions, the Members have included language insisting that federal agencies do so.

If Members think their projects are defensible, then put them into actual legislation and vote on them. But because this can be politically embarrassing – think “bridge to nowhere” – Members prefer to slip their pork into the conference reports that offer instructions on implementation. These reports are written by staff members, aren’t debated or voted on by Members, and aren’t signed by the President.

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Faber Finds: your own private printing press

31st May 2008

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Gutenberg might not blink if you told him that we could now make a single book for a single person. He would need a chair to fall into if we could tell him that we could do it within hours of an order from anywhere in the world. POD is exactly that and is perhaps the most exciting book technology of our time.

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“Dude, where’s my recession?”

31st May 2008

Michael Barone looks at the media’s obsession with recession and finds that, hey, there’s no there, there.

A recession is defined as two quarters of contraction. But we haven’t had one yet. The gross domestic product has grown, albeit only by 0.6 percent, in the last two quarters. As my U.S. News colleague James Pethokoukis blogged after the most recent numbers came in, “Dude, where’s my recession?”

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National Cathedral In Fiscal Squeeze

31st May 2008

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Note that the “National Cathedral” in question is Episcopalian, which tells you a lot about American culture.

Unfortunately, both the Episcopalian church and American culture are unravelling at an ever-increasing pace.

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Future of the Right

31st May 2008

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This is one of the best analyses of the current situation I’ve seen.

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The “I’ll See You in Hell” Syndrome

31st May 2008

Steve Sailer is always worth reading.

Not surprisingly, players in all countries chose to give up some money to punish freeloaders. The difference was in how the freeloaders reacted to being punished. In prosperous countries, the cheaters tended to respond to punishment by mending their ways. In the more uproarious countries, however, the bad guys just got mad and hit back.

In countries with democratic market economies, peer pressure goaded people to cooperate. Among authoritarian societies or those dominated more by ties of kinship, freeloaders instead lashed out at those who censured them, the researchers found.

That explains a lot about the Middle East.

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Tiny Towns in N.J. May Have to Merge

31st May 2008

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And the octopus draws its tentacles ever tighter.

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Berkeley Bionics’ HULC exoskeleton lets you effortlessly carry 200lbs

31st May 2008

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Starship troopers, here we come.

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Carbon’s Power Brokers

31st May 2008

George Will points out that whenever politicians come up with a complicated “solution” for a problem that exists primarily in the media-fueled fantasy world of public opinion, it’s all about money and power for the Overclass.

AlGore isn’t bleating about Global Warming because he’s worried about the fate of the earth — if he were, he wouldn’t have a carbon footprint as big as King Kong. He’s pushing it because it stuffs his pockets with dollar bills.

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Hillary Clinton and the contradictions of the West.

31st May 2008

Mark Steyn takes a look at how Hillary is doing.

How else to explain why their gal got clobbered by a pretty boy with a resume you could print on the back of his driver’s license, a Rolodex apparently limited to neo-segregationist racebaiters, campus Marxist terrorists and indicted fraudsters, and a rhetorical surefootedness that makes Dan Quayle look like Socrates.

Hey, Hill — it could be worse.

Sex-selective abortion is a fact of life in India, where the gender ratio has declined to 1,000 boys to 900 girls nationally, and as low as 1,000 boys to 300 girls in some Punjabi cities. In China, the state-enforced “one child” policy has brought about the most gender-distorted demographic cohort in global history, the so-called guang gun — “bare branches.” If you can only have one kid, parents choose to abort girls and wait for a boy, to the point where in the first generation to grow to adulthood under this policy there are 119 boys for every 100 girls. In practice, a “woman’s right to choose” turns out to mean the right to choose not to have any women.

And it’s not going to be Just Their Problem.

By midcentury, when today’s millions of surplus boys will be entering middle age, India and China are expected to account for a combined 50 percent of global GDP. On present trends, they will be the most male-heavy societies that have ever existed. As I wrote in my book America Alone, unless China’s planning on becoming the first gay superpower since Sparta, what’s going to happen to all those excess men? As a general rule, large numbers of excitable lads who can’t get any action are not a recipe for societal stability.

Historically, the technical term for a gross excess of men over women in a society is “war”.

Smaller families may mean just a boy or a girl for liberal Democrats, but in other societies it means just a boy. The Indian writer Gita Aravamudan calls this the “female feticide.” Colleen Carroll Campbell writes that abortion, “touted as the key to liberating future generations of women,” has become instead “the preferred means of eradicating them”.

Looks like Modern Technology + Pre-Modern Attitudes = Trouble In River City.

The problem here is the progressivist syllogism “progress is inevitable” + “change is necessary for progress” => “any change will do”. The tragedy is that when reality eventually intrudes it may be too late.

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Students required to attend CAIR indoctrination event

31st May 2008

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A public school principal in Texas who arranged for an Islamic instruction presentation for students by an organization whose leaders have been linked to terror groups apparently arranged for that indoctrination after being told not to by her district’s superintendent, parents have told WND.

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Blind seven-year-old beaten to death for failing to learn the Koran

31st May 2008

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The parents of a blind seven-year-old who was sent to a religious school in Pakistan have told how he was hung by his feet from a ceiling and beaten to death after failing to memorise the Koran.

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CHICKEN OF THE SEA

31st May 2008

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Ships, helicopters … what is Greenpeace’s carbon footprint these days?

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Soros Publisher ‘Shaped’ McClellan’s Hit Job

31st May 2008

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At American Thinker, William Tate observes that other publishers approached by McClellan don’t even recognize it as the same book.

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A Bone Drug Prevents Breast Cancer’s Return

31st May 2008

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The Few, the Brave, the Other

31st May 2008

Steve Sailer is always worth reading.

Modern Western culture, dominated as it is by status striving among whites to score points off each other by most fervently embracing “The Other,” has largely become dependent upon a tiny handful of Others to say the things that need to be said.

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Judge Stalls Deal Between Texas, Polygamist Sect to Return Children

31st May 2008

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A decision by Texas District Judge Barbara Walther means that to regain custody, the 38 mothers whose filed the complaint that led the Texas Supreme Court to reject the state’s massive seizure must personally sign an agreement their attorneys and state child-welfare officials have proposed.

My question is: Why should they have to sign anything? The state illicitly removed their children; the state ought to give them back. There is nothing complicated about this.

Walther had wanted to add restrictions to the agreement worked out by the parents’ attorneys and Texas Child Protective Services, but the parents’ attorneys argued that she didn’t have the authority.

The judge then said she would sign the initial document, but only after all 38 mothers involved in the case the high court ruled on signed it first.

This judge needs to be disciplined, and I hope that the defendants’ attorneys are drawing up the necessary papers as I write this.

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Zero Tolerance

30th May 2008

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The Washington Post’s Courtland Milloy tells the story of Frances Johnson, an elderly woman facing eviction from public housing after police arrested her grandson for gambling in the street, then found a small amount of marijuana under his mattress. The marijuana ran afoul of a “one strike” policy which holds public housing recipients accountable for crimes committed by the people living with them.

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The Cleveland of Asia: A Journey Through China’s Rust Belt

30th May 2008

P. J. O’Rourke.

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Brain downloads ‘will make lessons pointless’

30th May 2008

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News flash for the Independent Schools Council: The available evidence suggests that lessons are already pointless. Mission accomplished.

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French Muslims’ marriage annulled over virginity lie

30th May 2008

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A French court has annulled the marriage of two French Muslims because the husband complained his wife was not the virgin she had claimed to be. His lawyer won the case by arguing a civil marriage is a legal contract and lying about an important element in it amounts to fraud. Religion had nothing to do with it, he argued, and the court agreed.

Isn’t it amazing how Muslims can game Western legal systems in ways that non-Muslims would never be allowed to get away with?

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Baltimore’s War on Blunts

30th May 2008

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Yet another piece of condescension by an Overclass bureaucrat.

“In other words, upper class people can responsibly choose to smoke a cigar, but poor people need to have choices taken away from them.”

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Purple Money?

30th May 2008

Mark Krikorian has a bone to pick with the Treasury.

If I wanted to use purple money, I’d move to a banana republic.

Couldn’t have put it better myself.

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Everyone Needs a Hippocratic Oath

30th May 2008

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I think much the same thing is happening in the adoption process and at the local animal shelter. It’s not that adoption case-workers or pet shelter volunteers are consciously wasting peoples’ time to make themselves feel more powerful. I’m sure they sincerely believe that their efforts are helping kids and cats, respectively. But I think they’re wrong.

A big part of the problem is that people have a natural tendency to over-estimate their own importance. Nobody takes a job he believes is a waste of time, and people self-select into professions they happen to think make a big difference in society. So TSA security screeners believe they’re making air travel safer, even when the evidence says they’re not. Patent attorneys believe they’re promoting innovation, even in industries where the evidence says otherwise. And adoption officials naturally believe that they play a vital role in ensuring kids get placed in loving homes.

This is in continuation of his previous article on the same subject, which is also worth review.

The concept in question, of course, is “Primum non nocere”, “First, do no harm”, which few employees of governments or similar Serve The Public Good organizations seem to have on their radars. The CPS rampage in San Angelo is a fairly obnoxious case in point. No one doubts that these do-gooders have the best of intentions, but, in the classic phrase, that road leads to Hell. The problem is not their intentions but their effects, and the arrogance that underlies the assumption that good intentions will necessarily lead to a good result.

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Holiday maker awarded compensation for hotel ‘too full of Germans’

30th May 2008

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Well, you know how it is….

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Cambridge students tested on Diana biography

30th May 2008

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Prof Mary Beard admitted some of her colleagues were “a bit dubious” about the academic value of the history course, which ran for three years.

Oh, ya think?

This is what happens when universities go all hip-and-trendy.

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“Scott McClellan is what’s wrong with Washington.”

30th May 2008

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York University student union calls for ban on anti-abortion groups

30th May 2008

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Canada becomes more and more a totalitarian state.

Canada: Just like America, only without the freedom.

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Man convicted of assault with a hedgehog

30th May 2008

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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David Beckham buys Posh Spice Victoria a Californian vineyard for her birthday

30th May 2008

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Aw, ain’t that sweet.

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Tourist bitten on penis by deadly brown snake

30th May 2008

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Michael Crichton, Vindicated

30th May 2008

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Rich tribe restoring prairie

30th May 2008

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Mugabe will keep office, wife says

30th May 2008

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Well, duh. That’s what dictators do. I’m surprised he even went along with having elections.

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UCLA gave transplant to Japanese gang boss

30th May 2008

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A Los Angeles hospital provided liver transplants to four Japanese gang figures, including one of Japan’s most powerful gang bosses, over a period when several hundred area patients died while awaiting transplants, according to a published report.

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At Obama’s Church, Chicago Minister Says Clinton Felt ‘White’ Entitlement

30th May 2008

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Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.

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Mesa, Az.: Where Population Has Boomed Without a Property Tax

29th May 2008

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Earl of Devon bans gay marriages at his castle

29th May 2008

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Let the whining begin.

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Huge Flying Reptiles May Have Eaten Baby Dinosaurs

29th May 2008

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

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Holmes, Sweet Holmes: A Floorplan of 221B Baker Street

29th May 2008

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NPR Indicts Limbaugh, Beck, Cavuto For Anti-Hillary Sexism

29th May 2008

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I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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The crisis of primary care physicians

29th May 2008

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And who could blame them?

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California tolerance.

29th May 2008

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But only for the Right Sort.

Suppose you are a government employee in California, authorized to conduct civil marriage ceremonies, and you object on moral or religious grounds to same-sex marriage. According to the plain logic of the California Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month, you are simply a bigot; the spring of your objection is irrational prejudice. There is no ground for tolerance for your views, precisely because your views impinge upon the fundamental rights of others. Recall that even someone (like Senator Obama) of the view that while marriage should remain an institution exclusive to a man and a woman, civil unions should be established for homosexuals, is also a narrow-minded bigot, again according to the force of the Court’s logic.

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Savile Row tailor’s arm smashed by rival

29th May 2008

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It’s a jungle out there, I tell you, a jungle.

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