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Archive for September, 2008

Die Obamajugend Singt!

30th September 2008

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Tomorrow belongs to them … they hope.

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Breakthrough in MIT’s RealNose project could mean artificial noses for all – yay

30th September 2008

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

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Please, enough with the metaphors

30th September 2008

Megan McArdle has reached her limit.

Preach it, sister.

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Obama Campaign Stifles Free Speech At University Rally

30th September 2008

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Hey, that’s what “Democrats” do.

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Kenya: “Islamists” attack church in northern town in effort to seize land for mosque

30th September 2008

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Of course, were Christians to do that to Muslims, the firestorm would circle the globe.

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GPS sends another driver onto train tracks of doom

30th September 2008

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We have the technology.

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This is Not A Work of Art ….

30th September 2008

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Good thing it wasn’t a vital organ.

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Somali pirates die in Ukrainian ship shootout

30th September 2008

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Perhaps, like most Muslim thugs, they will exterminate themselves.

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Aircraft carrier survived wars, years of decay

30th September 2008

Intrepid indeed.

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Burke’s law

30th September 2008

Mark Steyn understands the dialectic.

As a general proposition, when told by unanimous elites that a particular course of action is urgent and necessary to avoid disaster, there’s a lot to be said for going fishing.

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Transgender students force lavatory change

30th September 2008

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  1. Thank God you don’t live in Britain.
  2. Without eternal vigilance, it could happen here. Probably in California.

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Suicide teenager urged to jump by baying crowd

30th September 2008

Darwin Award nominee.

Not your father’s Great Britain.

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Missing Australian man ‘snatched by crocodile’

30th September 2008

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No word about any ransom demand.

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Egypt hostages: We were released, not rescued

30th September 2008

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*gasp* The government lied? Say it ain’t so!

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Gurkhas who fought for British Army win battle to stay in the UK

30th September 2008

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Every now and again, justice wins one.

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Armed robbers forced to leave cash because getaway car too small

30th September 2008

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Best laid plans, and all that…. (Or perhaps I ought to say “a’ that”)

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Mysterious Cargo Aboard Iranian Ship Seized by Pirates Raises WMD Concerns

30th September 2008

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Some local officials suspect that instead of finding riches, the pirates encountered deadly chemical agents aboard the Iranian vessel.

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

Chemical experts say the reports sound inconsistent with chemical poisoning, but may reflect the effects of exposure to radiation.

I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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Barneys role in our mortgage-market rubble.

30th September 2008

Thomas Sowell points the finger at Barney Frank and his sidekick Chris Dodd.

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Are garbage disposals bad for the environment?

30th September 2008

Read it to find out what the Brahmins are obsessing on this week.

I wish that were the most serious thing I had to worry about.

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P.J. O’Rourke Has Cancer

30th September 2008

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Was the Bailout Vote a Partisan Set-Up?

30th September 2008

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This is a classic Charlie Brown and the football maneuver. Pelosi gives a speech that frames the issue, falsely, as the result of bad Republican policies, then allows her own threatened representatives to do the popular thing while expecting Republicans to take one for the team by casting an unpopular vote. Which, of course, their Democratic opponents would use against them, thereby increasing the Democratic majority in the House.

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First, a reminder of how we got where we are.

30th September 2008

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And watch the video of Democrats praising the same thing they’re bitching about now.

But it’s all the fault of the Republicans. Why, the Speaker said so. Never mind that the Democrats have a majority in both houses, and could pass whatever they wanted to — if they really wanted to. Never mind that more Democrats voted against the bailout than Republicans voted for it. It’s still all the fault of the Republicans.

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A few points

30th September 2008

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Notice the legislation was not entitled the “Wall Street Bailout Act of 2008.” instead, the legislation was titled, ” A Bill To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide earnings assistance and tax relief to members of the uniformed services, volunteer firefighters, and Peace Corps volunteers, and for other purposes.” That’s spin for you.

And good points they are, too.

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Low Cost Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Removal Looks Possible

30th September 2008

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No Joint Benefit From Glucosamine Or Chondroitin

30th September 2008

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

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GEM becomes Green Eco Mobility, introduces Peapod prototype

30th September 2008

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Pretty cute. Still, I wouldn’t chance one on the highway.

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U.N. Liaison Offices: Secretive and Out of Control?

30th September 2008

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I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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Former Teacher Who Fled to Mexico With Student Lover Gets 6 Years

30th September 2008

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These kids today….

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Brazil: Amazon Forest Destruction Rate Has Tripled

30th September 2008

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Soon it will look like Kansas. And AlGore will have a heart attack, and die.

There’s always a silver lining if you look for it….

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Children’s Remains Found in Home Freezer

30th September 2008

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125 Killed in Indian Temple Stampede

30th September 2008

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Let that be a lesson to us all: Avoid crowds.

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From little ACORN grows

29th September 2008

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UK Muslim sues supermarket for making him carry beer on a forklift

29th September 2008

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Sniper kills prisoner from outside jail

29th September 2008

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The French play for keeps.

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Sheikh Qaradawi: Shia are Heretics

29th September 2008

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Take a look at this guy. Have you ever seen such a hate-filled face in your life? I mean, appart from Barney Frank.

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French wine growers use satellites to harvest grapes

29th September 2008

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Can plastic “corks” be far behind?

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Spanish duchess forbidden from marrying toy boy by children

29th September 2008

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Well — that’s Europe for you.

On the other hand, at least she’s not trying to leave $12 million to a dog.

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Obama and ACORN

29th September 2008

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In the name of fairness to minorities, community organizers occupy private offices, chant inside bank lobbies, and confront executives at their homes – and thereby force financial institutions to direct hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgages to low-credit customers.

In other words, community organizers help to undermine the US economy by pushing the banking system into a sinkhole of bad loans. And Obama has spent years training and funding the organizers who do it.

There you go.

THE seeds of today’s financial meltdown lie in the Community Reinvestment Act – a law passed in 1977 and made riskier by unwise amendments and regulatory rulings in later decades.

Isn’t it amazing how many of our problems originated with Jimmy Carter?

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Scalpel, meet ineffective federal programs

29th September 2008

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And you’re paying for all of this. Aren’t you proud?

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Shocking defeat for econ bailout; record stock dip

29th September 2008

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More than two-thirds of Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats opposed the bill.

The sheep rise up….

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Zimbabwe girl mauled by lions meant to guard her

29th September 2008

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Is The Mob Using Your Facebook Profile Against You?

29th September 2008

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The narcissists on Facebook are going to learn the downside of having your life an open book very quickly, it would seem.

Pardon my grin.

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Speculators in Exurban Bubble Markets

29th September 2008

Steve Sailer is always worth reading.

The family you sell it to will, no doubt, be moving to the exurbs to get their kids away from all the Guatelombians in the LA public schools. It’s not like Bush is going to close the borders and stop the flood of Guatelombians. So, there will always be refugees looking for “good schools.”

That’s one reason, you realize, why these new homes in the exurbs tend to be so big — they’re expensive in the hopes of discouraging low rent people from moving in next door. Sure, they cost a fortune to air condition during Lancaster’s summer (March-October), but it’s all in a good cause.

You start shopping around outside Lancaster. The Cypress Creek Estate sales agents talk about the new high school that’s going to be built to serve these new neighborhoods. It will be diverse, but not too diverse, if you know what I mean. Two-thirds white, one fifth Hispanic, enough Asians to show your neighborhood’s a good investment, enough blacks so that the football and basketball teams will be competitive. Sounds good!

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A Tale of Two Bailouts: One From Paulson, and One From Congress

29th September 2008

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Secretary Paulson came to Capitol Hill about ten days ago with a very simple, three-page plan to do something I could describe in three paragraphs.

Congressional Democrats gave us over one hundred pages of additional weirdness that is either ineffectual, noxious, off the point, or will work against the goals of the original Paulson plan.

Let’s be completely clear about what Congressional Democrats and Republicans did.

They started with a list of objections to the Paulson plan, and a list of unrelated legislative priorities. These included, among other things: punishing executives of failing financial firms; giving taxpayers a direct upside from the recovery of the financial system; making the bailout fully risk-free for taxpayers; giving Congress the opportunity to second-guess and modify the plan later; satisfying the demands of the AFL-CIO, which popped up with a laundry-list of extraneous items they’ve been trying to enact for years; allowing overextended homeowners to avoid foreclosure; and funding left-wing activist groups.

If you want to know what all of Congress’s extraneous priorities were here, you need look no farther than the upcoming public statements of Barack Obama. Throughout the early stages of the legislative miasma, early last week, Obama’s statements were elliptical, content-free expressions of concern. He didn’t really know what to think. But he knew from long experience that when he has nothing to say, the way he says it makes people think he’s the smartest man in the world.

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Muslim man sues Tesco for being told to handle alcohol

29th September 2008

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SpaceX’s Falcon 1 makes orbit after four attempts

29th September 2008

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A company says 3-D nanoparticles boost the efficiency of water purification.

29th September 2008

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Aspiring Chef Dies After Eating Red-Hot Chili Sauce as a Dare

29th September 2008

Darwin Award nominee.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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How Our Culture Keeps Students Out of Science

28th September 2008

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Let me offer a different explanation. Students respond more profoundly to cultural imperatives than to market forces. In the United States, students are insulated from the commercial market’s demand for their knowledge and skills. That market lies a long way off — often too far to see. But they are not insulated one bit from the worldview promoted by their teachers, textbooks, and entertainment. From those sources, students pick up attitudes, motivations, and a lively sense of what life is about. School has always been as much about learning the ropes as it is about learning the rotes. We do, however, have some new ropes, and they aren’t very science-friendly. Rather, they lead students who look upon the difficulties of pursuing science to ask, “Why bother?”

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The demographic inversion of the American city.

28th September 2008

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