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Archive for February, 2009

Barack Obama’s America

28th February 2009

Tocqueville had Barack’s number.

There is nothing new under the sun.

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Designer baby row over clinic that offers eye, skin and hair colour

28th February 2009

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A Los Angeles clinic is offering the ultimate in designer babies. Want a son with brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion? Or a pale-skinned, blonde, green-eyed daughter?

Want a smart kid? Have a hundred and kill all but the smartest. Not a problem.

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Police in Scotland ordered to give special priority to crimes where the victims are Muslim

28th February 2009

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Songs in the key of life that opened Barack Obama’s heart

28th February 2009

Read it. Cue the violins.

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Leonardo da Vinci self portrait discovered hidden in manuscript

28th February 2009

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16th-Century Mapmaker’s Intriguing Knowledge

28th February 2009

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How was it that a German priest writing in Latin and living in a French city far from the coast became the first person to tell the world that a vast ocean lay to the west of the American continents?

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Lavish party for Zimbabwe leader Mugabe as people suffer

28th February 2009

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Boy, those Zimbabweans are sure lucky they’re no longer under the boot of that oppressive white regime.

Thank God for the U.N. and the international community, or who knows what sort of hell they’d be living in now.

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Hearts of oak for ever

28th February 2009

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Stronardron Douglas fir in Argyll, which has been revealed as Britain’s tallest tree.

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The Exclusionary Rule’s Hidden Costs

28th February 2009

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If law enforcement officials break the law, fine, punish them. But don’t “punish” them by letting criminals off the hook; that “cure” is worse than the disease.

When people see criminals escape without punishment on technicalities, they lose respect for the law, and either give up and cease to resist crime, or take their own steps to prevent and punish it. Neither is characteristic of a civilized society.

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Democrats Could Face an Internal Civil War as Gentry and Populist Factions Square Off

28th February 2009

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That would be entertaining; I’d pay to watch it.

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Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle to be sold at Best Buy

28th February 2009

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Looks like a motorcycle designed by somebody who drives a Prius.

No, that’s not a compliment.

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Are Violent Video Games Adequately Preparing Children for the Apocalypse?

28th February 2009

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Well, it is the Onion, after all, but still…. It’s a legitimate question. How well do you think Caroline Kennedy would cope with the Apocalypse? Or Chelsea Clinton? Or the Bush girls? (And what is it with Presidents only having daughters, anyway? There’s a sign right there.)

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Tibetan monk shot by Chinese police after setting himself on fire

27th February 2009

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That’s an … unusual reaction.

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Military to use new gel that stops bullets

27th February 2009

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Parrots teach man to speak again

27th February 2009

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The Tea Parties Have Begun

27th February 2009

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Patrick Rothfuss

27th February 2009

… limns why I’m not a professional writer.

Better him than me. But I am looking forward to Wise Man’s Fear.

And if you haven’t yet read The Name of the Wind, the angels will weep for you. Run, don’t walk, to your bookstore and buy it. Or get it from Amazon. But get it. You’ll be glad you did. I guarantee it.

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K Street is adapting perfectly well to a Democratic-controlled government.

27th February 2009

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It is my sad duty to inform anybody who voted for any Democrat on the basis that the Democratic Party would end the influence of lobbyists in government: you did not just fall for a lie. You fell for a stupid lie. Democrats like government, intrinsically; and while you can have a legitimate policy debate over whether that’s a sensible notion or not what’s not at debate is that when government gets bigger, so does its budget. The money in that budget has to go somewhere, and many people are going to have a personal opinion about where.

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Obama Will Move to Rescind ‘Conscience’ Rule on Abortion, Birth Control

27th February 2009

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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Wounded Warriors at Home on the Range

27th February 2009

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Life on Obama’s auto bailout task force

27th February 2009

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One third of Britons cannot identify trees

27th February 2009

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I know that’s certainly one of my highest priorities….

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Immoral behaviour leaves ‘bad taste in the mouth’

27th February 2009

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

Actually, seeing guys with little fringe beads wearing ugly earrings leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but I suppose that’s just me.

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High-powered, jet-mounted laser one step closer to flying the terrifying skies

27th February 2009

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it’s a moral imperative.

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The first bendable, touch-screen display flexes will be used by the military.

27th February 2009

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Todmorden: Britain’s first self-sufficient town

26th February 2009

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Cranes to be reintroduced to UK

26th February 2009

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Caning pupils ‘can be effective behaviour control’

26th February 2009

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No shit.

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When Obama Speaks, the Market Tanks

26th February 2009

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The best thing President Barack Obama can do for the economy is keep quiet.

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Farmer builds model of Biblical temple

26th February 2009

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Hey, everybody needs a hobby.

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Noonan v. Staples: “The most dangerous libel decision in decades”

26th February 2009

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Not good news.

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British taxpayers ‘not protected from serious or local crime’

26th February 2009

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Taxpayers in the UK pay more for policing than any other leading country but are still failed in being protected from either serious or local crime, a think tank has warned.

  1. Thank God you don’t live in Britain.
  2. Without eternal vigilance, it could happen here. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s happening already in D.C., Detroit, and L.A.

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Take everything they earn, and it still won’t be enough.

26th February 2009

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Even the most basic inspection of the IRS income tax statistics shows that raising taxes on the salaries, dividends and capital gains of those making more than $250,000 can’t possibly raise enough revenue to fund Mr. Obama’s new spending ambitions.

“Soak the rich” is fine until the rich dissolve — and then where will you get your money?

A tax policy that confiscated 100% of the taxable income of everyone in America earning over $500,000 in 2006 would only have given Congress an extra $1.3 trillion in revenue. That’s less than half the 2006 federal budget of $2.7 trillion and looks tiny compared to the more than $4 trillion Congress will spend in fiscal 2010. Even taking every taxable “dime” of everyone earning more than $75,000 in 2006 would have barely yielded enough to cover that $4 trillion.

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Obama’s School Choice

26th February 2009

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The omnibus spending bill now moving through the House includes language designed to kill the Opportunity Scholarship Program offering vouchers for poor students to opt out of rotten public schools. The legislation says no federal funds can be used on the program beyond 2010 unless Congress and the D.C. City Council reauthorize it. Given that Democrats control both bodies — and that their union backers hate school choice — this amounts to a death sentence.

Not every black kid can go to Sidwell Friends.

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Holy Matrimony: Indian Politician Converts, Takes Second Wife, Vanishes

26th February 2009

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DIY Paintball Turret unleashes wireless havoc at 34 rounds per second

26th February 2009

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We have the technology.

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‘Oldest English words’ identified

26th February 2009

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Officer Calls Obama ‘Usurper’ President

25th February 2009

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I never understand how kooks like this get commissioned.

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Gleason: Pa. GOP may not back Specter

25th February 2009

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Well, that would be interesting.

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U.K.: Thousands of Muslim men using welfare system to support multiple wives

25th February 2009

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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Italy to build the world’s largest suspension bridge between Calabria and Sicily

25th February 2009

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But that trick never works….

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Double-amputee New Zealander has mermaid dreams fulfilled

25th February 2009

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We have the techology.

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Byrd: Obama in power grab

25th February 2009

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“He can’t spend all that money — only we can spend all that money.”

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Magnets taped to crocodiles to keep them away from neighbourhoods

25th February 2009

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We have the technology.

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Japanese Commission Challenges UN: Global Warming Not Man-made

25th February 2009

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Apparently the Japanese don’t have to deal with the same faux upper class that we do.

A Japanese energy commission released a report last month challenging the supposed international consensus that man is responsible for warming the planet while claiming that climate modeling — the questionably accurate process of predicting the future so key to Nobel Laureate Al Gore’s myth — is immature and akin to ancient astrology.

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Temporary Peace Trumps Freedom of Speech

25th February 2009

Paul Weston discusses the current state of freedom in Britain.

Hint: It’s on its way out.

“We don’t have absolute freedom of speech in the United Kingdom, because I myself have voted on laws preventing people inciting racial hatred and violence.”

Mr Vaz, an immigrant of Yemeni/Portuguese extraction, is clearly proud of the part he has played in restricting the ancient and bloodstained freedoms of Britain. No doubt Vaz is pleased the dark days of 1990 are now behind him, when he wrote to the Guardian to claim “there is no such thing as absolute freedom of speech“ as he attempted to ban the publication of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses.

This is precisely the problem with unassimilated immigrants: They tend to bring their bad habits with them. We’re all familiar with the tendency of Mexican and other Latino immigrants bringing their “take it to the streets” political practices to places like Los Angeles. Britain, being a smaller country and surrounded by Cheese-Eating Surrender-Monkeys, has it a lot worse. Without eternal vigilance, it really could happen here.

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British researcher shot in Ecuador while searching for monkeys

25th February 2009

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

Quite frankly, looking at the photograph, I don’t see “British researcher”; I see “hippy drifter”. No doubt somebody else saw the same thing.

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Shopping is ‘throwback to days of cavewomen’

25th February 2009

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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Portable toaster invented to warm up packed lunches

25th February 2009

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We have the technology.

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Man who wrote ‘The Art of Armed Robbery’ on trial over armed robberies

25th February 2009

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

Next: The Book Tour.

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