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Archive for December, 2008

Tyrannicide: Now in a Theater Near You

31st December 2008

Bryan Caplan is not afraid to ask the hard questions.

In hindsight, I’m amazed that people who don’t think twice about killing conscripts (or even civilians) are so reluctant to justify violence against serial killer statesmen.  What could be less objectionable than trying to stop mass murder by killing the specific individuals most responsible for it?

Actually, come to think of it, it’s not really a hard question at all. The hard question is, What are these numbwits thinking that are so opposed to terminating psychopaths like bin Laden, Assad, Chavez, Morales, and Achmedinijad? It goes beyond stupid.

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Shocking news: College football and basketball players not as smart as their classmates

31st December 2008

Steve Sailer is always worth reading.

And yet, when you think about it, like medieval noblemen, they really don’t have to be, do they?

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Women bishops demonstrate the Anglican tradition of compromise

31st December 2008

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Well, actually the Anglican tradition of being a Christian-themed Cargo Cult.

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American alligator found in Australia mystifies experts

31st December 2008

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Probably couldn’t stand the thought of Zero Obama being President.

Wish I could make the move myself.

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Dinosaur fossils found in China are world’s largest collection

31st December 2008

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And that’s just in the Politburo.

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New Year Honours: Knighthood for Terry Pratchett

31st December 2008

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And about time, too.

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The Year in Materials

31st December 2008

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Stretchable electronics and the strongest material ever were just two achievements of 2008.

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

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Indiana Jones sequel is the most mistake-ridden film of 2008

31st December 2008

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And, to the best of my knowledge, the only people who give a shit can be numbered on one hand.

Guys, get a life.

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Atheist Group Files Lawsuit Against Prayer at Presidential Inauguration

31st December 2008

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I guess the President’s every move, gesture, and thought is subject to legal regulation. Hope he’s down with that.

Were I ever to be elected President (in some alternate universe), I’d be tempted to recite the Nicene Creed at the beginning of every public appearance. No doubt that would cause a number of heads to explode and raise the average IQ in the country by a significant amount.

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Couple Gives Birth to ‘Miracle’ Black and White Twins, Again

31st December 2008

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I am not making this up.

If I were an English Lit or Gender Studies major I could no doubt say something very hip & trendy about this, but I’m not, so I won’t.

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Pakistan Terror Commander Admits Aiding Mumbai Attacks

31st December 2008

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The only surprise is that they’re admitting it.

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It Takes a Fine Public Servant to Bake a Tasty Apple Pie

30th December 2008

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The FEC nevertheless concluded that the commercials and the mailings—which “included photographs of Mr. Stork under which his name was printed,” along with “location and business hours information” and offers of “discounts or prizes to customers who made purchases at the Stork bakeries”—constituted illegal corporate donations to his campaign.

Yet they have no problem with the Clintons getting big bucks from foreign donors for their campaigns. Truly you cannot make this stuff up.

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Senate Democrats Say They Won’t Seat Obama Replacement

30th December 2008

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“Of gods we believe, and of men we know, that those who have power will exercise it.”

The law clearly gives him the right to appoint somebody to the vacant Senate seat. Absent any evidence that the appointment is corrupt, this is a blatant and illegitimate power-play by the Senate Democrats.

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Smells Like Pork?

30th December 2008

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If the smell is so bad that even the Washington Post can tell, then it must be really bad.

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Ex-US Rep on Damaged Gaza-bound Ship

30th December 2008

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A timely reminder that insanity is no bar to elective office.

Israelis: Doing jobs that Americans won’t do.

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Former NY Timesman Chris Hedges Admits He Is a Socialist

30th December 2008

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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Team hopes to build 200 eight-wheeled Eliica electric cars

30th December 2008

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TV News Winds Down Operations on Iraq War

30th December 2008

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No more Bush to bash, apparently. We won, so it isn’t news any more.

Once upon a time, we had journalists. Those were the days.

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Taliban Burning, Beheading Its Way Through Pakistani Valley

30th December 2008

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Fine Religion o’ Peace you got there, Mohammed.

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U.N. Chief Demands Immediate Gaza Cease-Fire

30th December 2008

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Uh-huh. And where was he when Hamas was bombarding Israel with rockets?

Egypt’s U.N. Ambassador Maged Abdelaziz said he was sure there would be swift and decisive action on the part of the Arab League.

I guess “swift and decisive” means “whine about it for the next ten years”.

While Abdelaziz and the Palestinian U.N. observer, Riyad Mansur, seemed to be looking forward to a renewal of the cease-fire, Israel’s Ambassador Gabriela Shalev said the attacks would continue “as long as it takes to dismantle Hamas completely.”

There’s your “swift and decisive”.

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Man dies after genitials ‘set on fire by wife’

29th December 2008

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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LG’s magical GD910 wrist phone packs touchscreen, camera and rainbows

29th December 2008

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More here.

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Obama Tax Cuts Likely Soon

29th December 2008

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And if you believe that one, they’ll tell you another one.

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Should Workers Take Performance-Enhancing Drugs?

29th December 2008

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To tell the truth — most of them, it wouldn’t help.

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Video: Great white shark circles kayakers and fishermen in Sydney

29th December 2008

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Can you say “Darwin Award”? I knew you could.

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Hamster powers environmentally friendly paper shredder

29th December 2008

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You knew it had to happen.

Hey, hamsters are cheaper than Arabs — and they don’t blow shit up.

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Neanderthals living in Europe were fair skinned, freckled and had ginger hair, a study has revealed.

29th December 2008

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No doubt many were named McTavish.

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A PE teacher has been sacked from his secondary school for wearing trainers and a tracksuit in lessons.

29th December 2008

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  1. Thank God you don’t live in Britain.
  2. Nothing else.

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Inmate suing Prison Service after injuring himself in failed escape bid

29th December 2008

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Convicted robber Nathan Brooks, 31, broke bones in both feet when he jumped 30ft from the roof three years ago.

He is now seeking compensation amid claims he did not receive sufficient treatment because he was moved from prison to prison.

Brooks’ action is costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds in legal costs after hiring a firm of solicitors and a barrister to fight his case.

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Last Call

29th December 2008

The Hog is history.

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Unemployed ‘earning more in benefits than working households’

29th December 2008

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  1. Thank God you don’t live in Britain.
  2. Without eternal vigilance, it could happen here. (What am I saying? It’s already happening here….)

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Afghan car bomb kills 14 children

29th December 2008

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Not a massacre, of course, by definition.

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Working Together for Peace

29th December 2008

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Bear in mind that a “massacre” is what occurs when one or more Palestinians are killed by Israelis. When a suicide bomber blows up dozens of Jews, or a Qassam rocket drops into a school, that’s not a massacre. It’s an act of random vandalism, or a criminal matter to be investigated by the appropriate authorities, or justifiable resistance against illegal occupation by a foreign power, or an understandable reaction to decades of apartheid oppression.

Take your pick. But, unless Palestinians are dead, it’s not a massacre.

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The Year in Robotics

29th December 2008

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Victim’s family call for shark to be spared

28th December 2008

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I say we go them one better, and feed the entire family to the shark. I’m sure they would want it that way.

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Filled pauses and faked audio

28th December 2008

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I was only mildly suprised, a few weeks ago, when I found ABC News peddling a fake video Q&A with President Bush, in which segments of his answers to two different questions were spliced together, out of order and out of context, with no indication that this surgery had been performed (“In president, out president, fake president”, 12/5/2008). Perhaps I should have been more indignant, but I’ve learned not to expect much in the way of journalistic ethics from broadcast news organizations.

I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

And I accepted, years ago, that even first-rank newspapers like the New York Times routinely fabricate virtual quotations in textual form, by splicing together out-of-context fragments from widely separated parts of an interview.

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

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Hostage Halts Robbery ‘Like In the Movies’

28th December 2008

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It can be done.

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Hamas ‘bars injured leaving Gaza’

28th December 2008

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Of course not, they’re needed to provide victims for propaganda purposes.

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Pressure to reform Dutch drug laws as gang violence grows

28th December 2008

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Further evidence that legalizing recreational drugs isn’t the cure-all that some arrested adolescents would have you believe.

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“As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God”

28th December 2008

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Well, that depends on which God you have. Nigeria and Sudan have a lot of Muslims who “have God”, and I can’t say that it helps a whole lot.

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Model’s Death Exposes Murky World of Polygamy in U.K.

28th December 2008

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Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, the head of the Muslim Parliament of Great Britain, told The Times: “This story is very common, unfortunately. We have tried to plug some of the holes in the whole system, but unfortunately our clerics do not live on this planet.

Ain’t nothin’ murky about it. Muslims think that they’re entitled to four wives, and they think that this entitlement trumps whatever the law may be wherever it is that they live. Suck it up and report the truth.

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Judge Rules Same-Sex Couple Can Have Both Names on Son’s Birth Certificate

28th December 2008

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I am not making this up.

Yet another episode in “lifestyle theater”.

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Man Sets Self on Fire During Stunt to Impress Date

28th December 2008

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Kids, do not try this at home.

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Flight 93 Families Ask Bush to OK Land Seizure for Memorial

28th December 2008

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Yeah, that’s what America is all about — having the government seize somebody’s property because they happened to be in the way of a bunch of highjackers crashing the plane, and they need the land to create a huge crescent pointing toward Mecca to memorialize the event.

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New metals will keep engines and turbines dry and ice-free.

27th December 2008

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Will Media Bust Obama For Grandma’s Illegal Sea Burial?

27th December 2008

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Hint: No.

But if Bush did it — whoa, Katy bar the door….

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RNC chairman condemns controversial Obama song

27th December 2008

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This sort of attitude is why Republicans are LOSERS and will continue to be LOSERS while people of this caliber are in charge of the party.

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Failing the Chesapeake Bay

27th December 2008

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Government administrators in charge of an almost $6 billion cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay tried to conceal for years that their effort was failing — even issuing reports overstating their progress — to preserve the flow of federal and state money to the project, former officials say.

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

Pournelle’s Iron Law of Government states that government is in the business of hiring and paying government workers, whatever its formal business may be.

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EU calls for ceasefire after Israel airstrike on Gaza

27th December 2008

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Note that they never “call for ceasefire” during the continual bombardment of Israel by rockets and mortar shells coming from Gaza and Lebanon. Guess they do learn from experience after all.

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Students to be taught Latin in schools curriculum overhaul

27th December 2008

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Sometimes the old ways are best.

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