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Archive for May, 2008

What’s Important to Google? Answer: Mountain Climbing

29th May 2008

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Rioters demand lower caste status in India

29th May 2008

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Thousands of protesters have besieged India’s capital New Delhi demanding their caste status be reduced to secure government benefits.

Incentives work.

Or sponge, as the case may be.

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Mom refuses help from ‘enemy’

29th May 2008

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A hole in the heart of Diyar Raouf’s 6-year-old son threatens his life.

But in Mrs. Raouf‘s heart lies a hatred of Israel that is so great that at the last minute, the Iraqi woman declined to let Israeli surgeons touch her son.

“These feelings were born with us. They are inbred,” said Mrs. Raouf, who jumped at an offer from Algeria to perform the same operation.

There will never be peace in the Middle East until Arabs love their children more than they hate Jews.

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Acorn: Another Radical Group in Barack Obama’s Closet

29th May 2008

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Business Travelers, Beware the Customs Desk

29th May 2008

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Susan Gurley, executive director of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, an advocacy group for the business-travel industry, tells us that the problem isn’t that Customs can now conduct these searches, but that Customs hasn’t made public its policies regarding how it handles the data it confiscates. For example, Gurley asks, how long will Customs keep a laptop? What happens to data once Customs is finished inspecting them? And how will Customs ensure that confidential information doesn’t leak out?

We tried for a week to get answers to those questions. The closest we came was an assurance from Hollinger that Customs and Border Protection handles all information as required by law.

Our pure-speculation translation: Customs is making this stuff up as it goes along.

Power without policy = arbitrary decisions by some carrot-IQ public employee. Hello, TSA.

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Obamerica

29th May 2008

Jim Manzi explains why you don’t want Barack Hussein Obama running your life.

What’s funny about his sacrifice is that when Obama took this job, $14,000 was about the average salary for somebody getting out of college. Of course, Obama wasn’t just a run-of-the-mill college graduate; he was an Ivy-Leaguer, who graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. A corporate career would almost certainly have been more lucrative – for a while. Last year, his family income was about $4,200,000. I don’t have the data, but I bet that compares reasonably favorably with the average household income of 1983 Columbia political science and 1991 Harvard Law School graduates. Nonetheless, Obama did sacrifice some of his expected credential-based wage premium for a number of years.

I’m pretty far from being a John McCain booster, but does Obama not get that he’s running against a guy who spent the directly analogous years of his life in a fetid jungle prison being hung upside down and beaten with sticks until his bones broke?

And I said yes. Cry me a river, pal

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Modernity meets monasticism in Egypt’s desert

29th May 2008

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Not many people remember that, before the Muslims stole it, Egypt was Christian.

“There is nothing wrong with microwaves or mobile phones — they save time,” Egyptian monk Ruwais el-Anthony, who has lived at the monastery for more than 30 years, said through a bushy white beard. “But God will ask you what you have done with the time that was saved.”

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The baby boomers’ perpetual adolescence is still hurting America.

29th May 2008

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Those who came of age in the 1960s now hold the reins of power and influence — and we are starting to see why their values have worried almost everyone for nearly a half-century.

Hey, when were they ever required to act like grownups?

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You Must Remember This

29th May 2008

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There’s an anniversary this week we might do well to recall. On May 29, 1453 — just 555 short years ago — troops led by Mehmed II broke through the walls of the ancient Christian capital of Constantinople.

“We are not fighting so that you will offer us something,” said Hussein Massawi, a former leader of Hezbollah. “We are fighting to eliminate you.”

Don’t ever forget it.

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Kurds Happy And Peaceful Keeping Out Iraqi Arabs

29th May 2008

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Nothing wrong with the Middle East that getting rid of the Arabs wouldn’t fix.

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Ancient Egyptian city unearthed in Sinai

29th May 2008

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Conservation group petitions to protect ice seals

29th May 2008

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Wonder how they’re going to protect them from the polar bears. Sue?

Pretty soon everything will be a protected endangered species except unborn human children.

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3 shark attacks have Mexico resort area in panic

29th May 2008

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“People have a much better chance of dying of food poisoning going to Mexico than being bitten by a shark,” he said. “It’s far more dangerous driving to the beach than it is getting in the water.”

There’s a truly scary thought.

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Muggle’s magic model

29th May 2008

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An Iowa man has built an unbelievably detailed scale model of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts school – out of 602,000 matchsticks.

Oops — time to get a life.

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Police: Two Brothers Shoot Same Man 5 Years Apart

29th May 2008

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It’s a family tradition.

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6 Lions Eat Game Farm Worker in South Africa

29th May 2008

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Well, with food prices the way they are….

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More Than 100 Nations Agree to Ban Cluster Bombs Within 8 Years

29th May 2008

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But not the United States, thank God.

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Tennessee Woman Dies in Iron Lung After Power Failure

29th May 2008

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I’ll bet you that they didn’t test their emergency backup on a regular basis.

But no doubt they’ll sue the power company. It’s traditional.

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Suspected ‘speed camera’ guerrilla blows himself up

28th May 2008

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What goes around comes around.

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Stuff White People Like #100 Being Offended

28th May 2008

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It is also valuable to know that white people spend a significant portion of their time preparing for the moment when they will be offended.  They read magazines, books, and watch documentaries all in hopes that one day they will encounter a person who will say something offensive.  When this happens, they can leap into action with quotes, statistics, and historical examples.  Once they have finished lecturing another white person about how it’s wrong to use the term “black” instead of “African-American,” they can sit back and relax in the knowledge that they have made a difference.

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“The American health care system is socialism without a central plan, and capitalism without markets or prices.”

28th May 2008

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You can’t make this stuff up.

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World’s largest coin

28th May 2008

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Diamond size of squash ball sells for £3.1m

28th May 2008

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Bet it would make a great door knob.

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Miss Headscarf contest for Muslims attacked

28th May 2008

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It does sound like a Monty Python routine, doesn’t it?

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Huge halibut hooked in Norway

28th May 2008

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Probably Global Warming. I blame George Bush.

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Let Aussies Fight

28th May 2008

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You gotta love Australians.

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Graphene-polymer hybrid composites look to oust carbon nanotubes

28th May 2008

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Man Allegedly Bilks E-trade, Schwab of $50,000 by Collecting Lots of Free ‘Micro-Deposits’

28th May 2008

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Had he not used bogus info to open the accounts, of course, he wouldn’t have gotten away with it. On the other hand, had he not used bogus info, it’s hard to say what actionable offense he could be charged with (or sued for).

This is the sort of stuff that makes people want to go to law school.

Suckers….

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UN Probe Says Procurement at Its $5 Billion Anti-Poverty Agency a Shambles

28th May 2008

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

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Florida Teacher Allegedly Lets Kindergarteners Kick Autistic Boy Out of Class in ‘Survivor’-Like Vote

28th May 2008

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I don’t see any evidence that the teacher was aware of his condition. Given that this is a public school, it’s entirely possible that she was not informed.

I also don’t see any attempt to present her side of the story, or her reactions to what is going on.

The term “kangaroo court” seems applicable here.

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Iran: Ten Christian converts arrested

28th May 2008

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Nation of Islam to Police Miami

28th May 2008

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Now, this sounds like a fantastic idea; put one of the most virulent hate groups operating openly in the US in charge of fighting crime in Miami….

The fact that they aren’t real Muslims isn’t that much of a comfort.

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How Bad Will YOUR State be Hit with Lieberman-Warner Globaloney Bill?

28th May 2008

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The Senate’s most influential global warming bill is the Lieberman-Warner global climate change bill, a bill that claims to combat so-called global warming. Well, it won’t do much for global warming (in fact, nothing man can do can either cause or stop climate change) but it WILL cost each and every person in the country more money in higher energy bills, lost productivity and jobs as well as higher regulatory costs.

More here: Looming Disaster. Pay particular attention to the diagram. Ignore the fact that it will make your brain hurt — this is important.

The idea that American voters can change the Earth’s climate is folly. The danger that voters could choose to cripple our economy is, however, very real.

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CAIR Seething Over Another Dress Code

28th May 2008

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Do it ooouuuurrrr way,

Do it our way;

Do it oooouuuurrrr way,

With Shari’a….

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Guilt – and shame

28th May 2008

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An interesting take on a possibly significant cultural shift.

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Texas abuses children to prevent abuse.

28th May 2008

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Sometimes the guys at tReason magazine make sense. This is one of them.

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The keffiyeh kerfuffle

28th May 2008

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If you get an outfit, you can be a terrorist too. (Or at least pretend — without having to go to the trouble of, like, maybe blowing yourself up or breaking a nail or, you know, something gross like that.)

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John Bolton to be target of citizen’s arrest at Hay Festival

28th May 2008

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You’ll notice that they don’t try this juvenilia with real war criminals.

Perhaps it’s knowing that they’d get the crap kicked out of them — and, gee, there’d be nothing left.

It’s oddly appropriate that it’s a leftoid “journalist” trying this stunt. “Please tell the court your name and what planet you’re from.”

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The Kennedy-Khrushchev Conference for Dummies

28th May 2008

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Watch Prince Charming get sodomized in public.

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Congress Eyes a Rocket Train to Washington

28th May 2008

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I’d like to echo Kathryn Jean Lopez on this: How is this the business of Congress?

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Thousand-year-old Lombard warrior skeleton discovered buried with horse in Italy

28th May 2008

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No doubt PETA is on the case.

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Leaning Tower of Pisa ‘saved’ for 300 years

28th May 2008

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Don’t see why they don’t jack it up straight — which, apparently, they could easily do — and attract tourism based on its artistic merits rather than it’s incompetence.

Or let nature take it’s course and allow it to fall over.

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Garrison Keillor Mocks Patriotism

28th May 2008

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Not really news, exactly….

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D.C. Council Crafting Plan to Pay $150 Million for Soccer Stadium

28th May 2008

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Can you think of a bigger waste of taxpayer money in a city where the crime and the quality of the schools would suggest better ways to spend those resources?

Run by Democrats, of course, like most urban behavioral sinks.

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Michigan taxes go up, revenues vanish.

28th May 2008

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It’s no fun to kick a state when it’s down – especially when the local politicians are doing a fine job of it – but the latest news of Michigan’s deepening budget woe is a national warning of what happens when you raise taxes in a weak economy.

Funny how that works. Almost the opposite of tax cuts, in fact, a process that we’ve been watching on the national scene since JFK.

The tax hikes have done nothing but accelerate the departures of families and businesses. Michigan ranks fourth of the 50 states in declining home values, and these days about two families leave for every family that moves in. Making matters worse is that property taxes are continuing to rise by the rate of overall inflation, while home values fall. Michigan natives grumble that the only reason more people aren’t blazing a path out of the state is they can’t sell their homes. Research by former Comerica economist David Littmann finds that about the only industry still growing in Michigan is government. Ms. Granholm’s $44.8 billion budget this year further fattened agency payrolls.

Imagine that.

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Nation-states have negotiable interests. Revolutions do not.

28th May 2008

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Every U.S. administration in the past 30 years, from Jimmy Carter’s to George W. Bush’s, has tried to engage in dialogue with Iran’s leaders. They’ve all failed.

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Western Media Swallowing Chinese Propaganda Whole

28th May 2008

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Not really news, exactly….

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California court to hear lesbian insemination case

28th May 2008

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“There is confusion among many health care providers who believe doctors have the freedom to pick and choose their patients,” said Jennifer Pizer, an attorney with the gay rights legal group Lambda Legal who represents Benitez. “But doctors’ ethics may not be exercised in a discriminatory way.”

Oh, really? So doctors are slaves, and must dance to a lawyer’s tune? Funny, I thought this was America.

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Texas Warns Polygamist Sect Families Could Flee State

28th May 2008

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And who could blame them?

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Honor Killing Victim Wanted to Live Like other German Girls

27th May 2008

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Your future under Islam. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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