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Archive for January, 2009

Hamster On A Piano (Eating Popcorn)

31st January 2009

Watch it.

It’s got a beat, and you can dance to it.

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Stimulus Watch

31st January 2009

Use it.

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Extinct ibex is resurrected by cloning

31st January 2009

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Congress Gives Itself a $93,000 Raise

31st January 2009

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A stimulus they can believe in.

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Mother of octuplets had all her 14 children by IVF

31st January 2009

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Silenced Christian soldiers: Sandhurst chaplain bans Creed ‘so services won’t offend minority religions’

31st January 2009

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Sandhurst military academy has dropped the Church of England Creed from services over fears that it may offend religious minorities.

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Sleeping Beauties

31st January 2009

The Hog is not doing politics any more. Nope. Wouldn’t touch it.

The left owns the web, and the web demonstrated its power by getting the left’s bizarre, whining, empty-suit President elected. The right, which was largely saved by the web in the pre-2004 era, has completely forfeited. We learned nothing whatsoever from our victories. We are no longer in the game.

Just tools, food, and God. Politics are right out.

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A How-To Lesson For Left-Wing, Old Media Bias

31st January 2009

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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Where Nations Go to Die

31st January 2009

Mark Steyn is always worth reading.

You say “stimulus,” I hear “syphilis.”

“Neighborhood stabilization activities.” That sounds like a line item from the Baath Party budget when Saddam sends the lads in to gas the Kurds. What does it mean in a non-totalitarian sense? Do you need a federally subsidized condom to do it? If so, will a pathetic $4.19 billion be enough?

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British search for world’s oldest light bulb

31st January 2009

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British Workers Protest Hiring of Foreign Laborers

31st January 2009

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Look at Britain today, and see where we will be after four years of Obama.

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Big Business and the Stimulus

31st January 2009

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There is an unfortunate public perception that supporters of free markets are knee-jerk supporters of anything that could be perceived as benefiting “big business.” As the thinking apparently goes, because free marketers favor business, and members of the business community favor the stimulus, shouldn’t free marketers therefore favor the stimulus? Hardly.

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Time for a new world order

31st January 2009

The Australian Prime Minister is a prima facie idiot:

KEVIN RUDD has denounced the unfettered capitalism of the past three decades and called for a new era of “social capitalism” in which government intervention and regulation feature heavily.

Anybody who thinks that during the past three decades “unfettered capitalism” could be found anywhere in the world ought not to be allowed out without adult supervision.

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Shepherd who used sheep to intimidate neighbours is given a suspended sentence

31st January 2009

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I am not making this up.

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Is recycling a waste of time?

31st January 2009

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Hint: Yes.

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Corruption, Democrat Style

31st January 2009

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As a life-long politician, Tom Daschle never earned much money. But he retired from the Senate, after being defeated for re-election by John Thune, as a multimillionaire. He retired to Georgetown, of course, not to South Dakota. This happens a lot in Washington, and Daschle’s case is pretty typical.

Now, with the Internet, this sort of thing is being reported — and remembered.

Another thing that happens a lot in Washington is that when Democrats get appointed to visible, high-ranking positions in the Executive Branch, they suddenly discover that they owe a lot more money in taxes.

The rich don’t mind high tax rates — since only the stupid rich actually pay taxes.

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Stimulus: The Power of Names

31st January 2009

David Friedman discusses the strategic implications of picking the right name.

A well chosen name wins an argument by assuming its conclusion. Label cash subsidies to foreign government as “foreign aid” and who can be so hard hearted as to oppose them. Call subsidies to the public schools “aid to education” and you neatly skip over the question of whether additional spending in the public school system results in more education. Label something “pollution” and is no longer necessary to offer evidence that it is bad, since everyone knows pollution is bad—even thermal pollution, otherwise described as warm water. Occasionally we even get dueling names. Both “right to life” and “pro-choice” are obviously good things; how could anyone be against either?

Of course, only stupid people are deceived by this practice; but, since that’s at least half the population, it’s important.

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Oil players stockpile cheap crude on tankers

31st January 2009

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Manipulate the market? Why would they want to do that?

Notice that the Obamessiah isn’t doing anything about oil market manipulation; he’s too busy trying to get his Porkulus bill through Congress.

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Sea lion learns to write Chinese

31st January 2009

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Anti-Gay Marriage Donors Fear Increased Threats After California Judge’s Disclosure Ruling

31st January 2009

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Supporters of Proposition 8, the California constitutional amendment that banned gay marriage in the state in November, say they expect discrimination, harassment and intimidation to continue after a federal judge denied a request to keep private the names of donors to the initiative.

California has been turning into 1933 Germany for some time now; this is just a very predictable step in that same direction. If you don’t belong to the ruling party, you can indulge in mob violence to your heart’s content.

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Unlike Bush’s ‘Google Bomb,’ Google Quickly Defuses Obama’s

31st January 2009

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It took four years for Google to address the “Google bomb” that was lobbed at former President Bush.

But it took the Internet behemoth only a few days to defuse the same attack on President Obama.

Four years versus a few days … Some Googlers are asking why.

Partisanship? Ain’t no partisanship around here, no sir.

The astonishing thing isn’t that “some Googlers are asking why”, but rather that it actually made it into a major media news story.

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Gaza Militants Fire Rocket Into Israel

31st January 2009

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

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Defense Official: Obama Calling for Defense Budget Cuts

31st January 2009

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I was wondering when he would be getting around to that.

Look at where Britain is today; that’s where we’ll be in four years.

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The Threat to America

31st January 2009

Jerry Pournelle tells an inconvenient truth.

I believe that the worst threat to the future of the United States is a continuing trend: we are not properly educating the brightest 25% of our young people, and that will being about disaster; while our failure to teach relevant skills to the below average children contributes to the coming disaster. A nation of uneducated bright people coupled with a large part of the population who haven’t been taught to do anything and thus are not only pretty well useless but know it can lead to a number of scenarios, few of them pleasant. And that, I put it to you, is where we are now, and those who continue to promote the idea that every child deserves a world class university prep education is an enemy of the Republic.

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Democratic Stealth Care

30th January 2009

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Initially designed for children of working-poor families, this new Super-Schip will be double in size, and even kids whose parents make $65,000 a year will be eligible. The program will also now cover pregnant women and automatically enroll their new arrivals. The Congressional Budget Office estimates 2.4 million individuals will drop their private coverage for the public program.

Under “stimulus,” Medicaid is now on offer not to just poor Americans, but Americans who have lost their jobs. And not just Americans who have lost their jobs, but their spouses and their children. And not Americans who recently lost their jobs, but those who lost jobs, say, early last year. And not just Americans who already lost their jobs, but those who will lose their jobs up to 2011. The federal government is graciously footing the whole bill. The legislation also forbids states to apply income tests in most cases.

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Gaza family describes how Hamas used them as human shields

30th January 2009

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Verizon’s Evil Customer Service Shows What’s Wrong With Nationalized Industry

30th January 2009

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Ernestine has been automated.

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Save the Rainforests! — Oh, Never Mind.

30th January 2009

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Apparently the rain forest is saving itself. What’s an ecoweenie to do?

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Ten crazy German rules

30th January 2009

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Surrey villagers set up a vigilante gang

30th January 2009

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Considering the train wreck that is the British police, I can’t blame them.

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Pakistani senate demands U.S. repatriate Al Qaeda terrorist to Pakistan

30th January 2009

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Sure — send them her corpse.

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Live from Caribou

30th January 2009

Lileks

You can’t drown your sorrows at a coffee shop. All you can do is wake them up and jab them with a sharp stick and make them run around. Drowned sorrows never stay dead, but at least they stop moving.

You can tell you’re dealing with an ancient myth when islands are renowned for well-shaped fruit. Neanderthals probably told of a mythical legend where your teeth never hurt.

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Cake Wrecks: when professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong

30th January 2009

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Rush Limbaugh in the lead in battle with Barack Obama

30th January 2009

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Socialize Medicine – It’s For the Kids!

30th January 2009

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Will the SCHIP program be the back do to our own little National Health Service?

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This is why Britain is a failing nation

30th January 2009

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Simon Heffer wonders how a young man who is illiterate could have gained seven GCSEs.

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Apostrophe now: backlash begins

30th January 2009

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Removing apostrophes from road signs will cause “utter chaos”, the Apostrophe Protection Society has warned.

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Parents teaching children at home rather than send them to failing schools

30th January 2009

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Can you blame them? Fortunately America isn’t in the same boat as Britain; the government doesn’t totally control the educational system. We don’t have a bullshit “National Curriculum” and we don’t have a set of government tests to determine whether people have achieved a secondary school education. It is not, however, for lack of trying on the part of education unions and “progressives”.

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Hero Initiative @ NYCC

30th January 2009

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Next step: Include them in the Porkout.

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Multiple sclerosis symptoms ‘can be reversed by stem cell treatment’

30th January 2009

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Guantanamo Judge Denies Obama’s Request for Delay

30th January 2009

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Pass the popcorn.

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Rachel Maddow Cites Snow in Dubai as Example of ‘Global Warming’

30th January 2009

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Egyptian judge to Christian apostate from Islam: “If I had a knife now, I would kill you”

30th January 2009

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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37 ways you’d be better off as a bum.

30th January 2009

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For those pondering a career change.

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Limbaugh Cracks the Whip, and Republicans Get in Line

30th January 2009

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Thank God there’s somebody watching the store, considering what a bunch of cheap whores Republican elected officials have turned out to be.

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Female learner lorry driver crushes instructor to death while practising emergency stop

29th January 2009

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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“Invading militias distributed a letter to Christians, giving them one of four options: Pay money to Muslims, convert to Islam, leave their homes or be killed”

29th January 2009

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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Swiss police find drug farm on Google Earth

29th January 2009

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Big Brother isn’t the only one who is watching you.

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70-year-old fends off knife wielding robber with iron bar

29th January 2009

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What they don’t say, but what is obvious from looking at him, is that the guy is a Sikh. You do not mess with Sikhs.

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Return of wolves worries farmers

29th January 2009

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