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Archive for July, 2009

Taser unveils multi-shot stun gun

28th July 2009

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Sam Colt would be proud.

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Conyers: “Why read the bill?”

28th July 2009

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The official policy of the Democrat Judiciary Committee Chair is NOT to read legislation before voting on it.  Worse, he says even his staff lawyers lack the time to read the proposed legislation – so they can tell him what it says – before he votes on it.

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CBS: David Frum Bashes Palin For Her ‘Divisiveness’

28th July 2009

Weasel Alert.

Is there any more divisive a voice in the Republican party than David Frum, the David Gergen of his generation?

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When is an evangelist not an evangelist?

28th July 2009

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The guys at Get Religion kick some ass and take some names.

I think I am going to have to create a GetReligion list of “Big Ideas,” the concepts that drive what we do here. These two ideas would certainly be near the top, “Words have meaning” and “Ideas have consequences.”

This is a variation on an old argument that sounds something like this: “This is what I think the word means, so that’s what it means.” There’s a variation on this theme that journalists often use that weaves in a kind of postmodern twist: “Words change. Everyone knows what that word means right now when the great community of mainstream journalists use it that way. Thus, that’s what the word means.” This is a popular argument on the left when using the aforementioned “fundamentalist.” On the right, there are some folks who like to toss around the “cult” word.

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Bear-Proof Can Is Pop-Top Picnic for a Crafty Thief

27th July 2009

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The BearVault 500 withstood the ravages of the test bears at the Folsom City Zoo in California. It has stymied mighty grizzlies weighing up to 1,000 pounds in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park.

But in one corner of the Adirondacks, campers started to notice that the BearVault, a popular canister designed to keep food and other necessities safe, was being compromised. First through circumstantial evidence, then from witness reports, it became clear that in most cases, the conqueror was a relatively tiny, extremely shy middle-aged black bear named Yellow-Yellow.

Smarter than the average bear….

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Stick figures in peril: bizarre and confusing warning signs from around the world

27th July 2009

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And it doesn’t even include any XKCD strips.

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Arlo Guthrie a Republican?

26th July 2009

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So now comes Arlo Guthrie who took the occasion to tell the Times, in answer to the question: “Where are you politically these days?”

I became a registered Republican about five or six years ago because to have a successful democracy you have to have at least two parties, and one of them was failing miserably. We had enough good Democrats. We needed a few more good Republicans. We needed a loyal opposition.

I suspected something was going on with Arlo. Two years ago, at a concert he gave at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia with his family, he uttered some pointed words about how he was fed up with trade unions, whose featherbedding forbade people like him to carry his own guitars onto stage. Breaking the union rules, he made a point of telling us that he was doing it anyway, “despite the union.” He also said: “I used to think I knew all the answers. Now I don’t even know the right questions.”  I guess he won’t be singing Woody’s “Talkin’ Union” anymore.

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Three-Dimensional Mechanical Fractals

26th July 2009

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Women getting more beautiful, say scientists

26th July 2009

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What would we do without scientists?

Immediate counter-example: Helen Thomas.

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The Empty Pantsuit

26th July 2009

Steve Sailer is always worth reading.

The article starts with a boring but characteristic story of Jarrett talking a tired and annoyed Obama into wasting time making an appearance at the Pink Ice Ball gala hosted by the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, an African-American sorority notorious for its decades of using the brown paper bag test to decide who could pledge. (Michelle Obama wouldn’t have passed; Valerie Jarrett would have with flying colors.)

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Chicago, Chicago

26th July 2009

Steve Sailer piles on that toddlin’ town.

Patrick Fitzgerald has a fun job. The chief federal prosecutor in Chicago enjoys a “target-rich environment.” Besides nailing two Illinois governors, Tony Rezko, Conrad Black (and even Scooter Libby on a sojourn in D.C.), there are the colorful local characters.

Most towns – and states – run by Democrats provide a similar source of amusement.

The Obama family knows all about waste in the health care industry. Back when Mr. Obama was merely the chairman of the Illinois Senate Health and Human Services committee, Mrs. Obama got paid $122,000 annually as the University of Chicago Hospitals community outrage coordinator. When he got promoted to U.S. Senator, she got a $195,000 raise. When she quit, her job turned out to so incredibly important that the position she filled was eliminated.

Nope, nothing suspicious about that at all.

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Inventor scales building with vacuum-cleaner gloves

26th July 2009

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Ah, but can he do windows?

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Free Staters Go Camping in New Hampshire — With Rifles, Swords and Defiance

26th July 2009

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Defiance tends to hog the covers quite a bit.

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The Bigot Bomb Explodes Into a Tar Baby

25th July 2009

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Had the whole scenario played out correctly, the Harvard professor would have:

  • a wonderful, center-stage part as the offended Negro;
  • an opportunity to get attention from The Choir (those credulous journalists who already have a prefabricated meme for White Racism — oops, a redundancy. Only Whitey can be racist);
  • a chance to grab President Obama for a “Black Brothers United Against Whitey” photo op;
  • more donations for his purported charity “Inkwells”;
  • a good basis for a resentful/outraged documentary on race in America (with Gates as the star, naturally);
  • a gathering of prominent black Personalities to talk about the eternal evil of whiteness in America;
  • and so on — back to the first, second and third motives captured in a Mobius strip of Offended Negro, breathless attention from The Choir, and a tidy profit to be made off the guilty White suckahs.

It almost worked. In fact, his scheme looked real good before the bomb of reality went off in his hands.

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Immigration Raid Enabled Blacks To Unionize Smithfield Plant

25th July 2009

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Curiouser and curiouser.

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Global cooling hits Al Gore’s home

25th July 2009

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It was delightfully appropriate that, as large parts of Argentina were swept by severe blizzards last week, on a scale never experienced before, the city of Nashville, Tennessee, should have enjoyed the coolest July 21 in its history, breaking a record established in 1877. Appropriate, because Nashville is the home of Al Gore, the man who for 20 years has been predicting that we should all by now be in the grip of runaway global warming.

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Equality loses out in the battles of victim groups

25th July 2009

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The EHRC is falling apart because many of the people who run it are not concerned about equality at all, but rather with gaining preferential treatment for their own specific set of clients.

So, whatever their criticisms of Mr Phillips’s leadership style, Kay Hampton also resigned because not enough was being done for ethnic groups. Bert Massie and Jane Campbell insisted that disabled people were being neglected, while Ben Summerskill, also head of the gay rights group Stonewall, protested that the commission was failing to protect millions whose lives were “disfigured by prejudice”. Under the guise of demanding protection against discrimination, each victim group is in reality campaigning for privileges at the expense of everyone else.

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Bitterness, Compulsive Shopping, and Internet Addiction

25th July 2009

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The American Psychiatric Association risks losing sight of that distinction by grimly—and rather inexpertly—debating whether avid shopping should be considered a sign of mental illness. The fifth edition of the association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is expected in 2012. The APA isn’t just deciding the fate of shopaholics; it’s also debating whether overuse of the Internet, “excessive” sexual activity, apathy, and even prolonged bitterness should be viewed, quite seriously, as brain “disorders.” If you spend hours online, have sex more frequently than aging psychiatrists, and moan incessantly that the federal government can’t account for all its TARP funds, take heed: You may soon be classed among the 48 million Americans the APA already considers mentally ill.

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Wooden electronic ruler concept makes measuring fun again

25th July 2009

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I wanna talk about him

25th July 2009

Read it. And watch Charles Krauthammer, a Real Psychiatrist, analyze the Obamassiah.

Jack Kelly doubts Purdum’s tale of Alaskans wielding the DSM, but he has been thinking about the question of narcissism. He notes that a man who wrote two autobiographies before he was 45 is no piker when it comes to extravagant self-regard. Kelly adds that if Barack Obama is a narcissist, it would explain his notion that an iPod loaded with his speeches is an appropriate gift for the Queen of England (as well as Obama’s frequent self-references in those speeches).

On the other hand, you never see Obama and Superman at the same time….

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Mail Volume Expected to Decline; U.S. Postal Service Adapts by Pulling Collection Boxes

25th July 2009

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Let’s see: We’re losing customers, so make it impossible for customers to use our service. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Everybody who wants these people in charge of our health care system, raise your hand.

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Programming algae to pump out oil

25th July 2009

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Best Big Cities For Jobs

25th July 2009

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Guess how many are in Texas?

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Swedish lesbians suck sperm banks dry

25th July 2009

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

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Stand Up and Urinate Like a Man

24th July 2009

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Girly men aren’t born, they’re made.

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Roman shipwrecks found

24th July 2009

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Archaeologists have found five well-preserved Roman shipwrecks deep under the sea off a small Mediterranean island, with their cargo of vases, pots and other objects largely intact.

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Scottish clans ‘must turn to Facebook’

24th July 2009

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Black Officer Weighs In on Gates’s Arrest

24th July 2009

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Adding another voice to the political turmoil surrounding the arrest last week of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, a black police officer who was on the scene said he supported the arresting officer 100%, the Associated Press reports.

Pretty bad when even the black cops are racist. Oh, wait….

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Tires Fall Off C-5 Galaxy in Flight

24th July 2009

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Not something you see every day … or want to.

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Cambridge police demand apology from Barack Obama over ‘stupid’ comments

24th July 2009

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Best of luck to you on that.

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Strange Science? There’s an App for That

24th July 2009

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It’s truly amazing what you can do with an iPhone.

But what about if you need the proteomes for several yeast and yeast strains right now. Oh, actually, there is an app for that. It’s called iProto Yeast, and this $5 app heads our list of weird science apps for Apple’s iPhone.

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Who Will Dog the Dogmakers?

24th July 2009

Katherine Mangu-Ward turns over a rock.

So apparently a bunch of vegans—with absolutely no ulterior motives at all—recently discovered that hot dogs give you gut cancer and decided that the only responsible thing to do was to file a class action lawsuit at the height of hot dog season against the owners of Nathan’s, Oscar Mayer, Sara Lee, and Hebrew National.

The group is called The Cancer Project, and while I’m sure the folks over there are genuinely anti-cancer—they probably wear bracelets and everything!—the group’s (short) history suggests that the primary concern is animal rights activism.

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Narco-bling: confiscated items from Mexico’s drug lords

24th July 2009

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I like the gold-plated assault rifles. And the white tiger, of course.

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Apple’s much-anticipated tablet device coming early next year

24th July 2009

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And about time, too.

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Four Year From Now Plans

24th July 2009

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In the thirties, governments had Four Year Plans.  Today, they have Four Year from Now Plans – big policies that basically don’t kick in until the next election.

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Defining Data Down

24th July 2009

John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, reviews the new book Plastic Fantastic.

“Plastic Fantastic,” Eugenie Samuel Reich’s readable account of a fairly recent ­science fraud, is valuable chiefly as a close look at the “kitchen” where scientific results are assembled and validated—and whence occasionally comes forth ­something that should not have seen the light of day.

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How a Local Rally For Obama’s Health Care Proposal Turned Into a Rally Against It

24th July 2009

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Go, Dallas.

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Is John McCain Stupid?

24th July 2009

Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal gets around to asking the question that many of us have been asking for decades.

On Sunday, he said on national television that to solve Social Security “everything’s on the table,” which of course means raising payroll taxes. On July 7 in Denver he said: “Senator Obama will raise your taxes. I won’t.”

This isn’t a flip-flop. It’s a sex-change operation.

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The Seabreacher: a dolphin-shaped submarine

24th July 2009

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I don’t see any torpedo tubes….

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Henry Louis Gates Inc.

24th July 2009

Steve Sailer is on the case.

Granted, Gates is, as we’ve seen in recent days, a race hustler. It’s completely in character for Gates to try to make money off his unfortunate temper tantrum by whipping it into a PBS documentary. Yet, for most of his long career he’s been the classiest race hustler in the racket.

But, my goodness, does he ever hustle.

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Naked butler ‘lost job due to car crash scar’

24th July 2009

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It’s so hard to get good help these days.

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Evolution Could Explain Cancer Relapse Mystery

24th July 2009

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The Arlen Specter of the South rides again

24th July 2009

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Lindsey Graham has announced, as expected, that he will vote to confirm Sonia Sotomayor. When he defends terrorists’ rights, Graham is fond of saying that “it’s not about them, it’s about us.” Similarly, as I argued here and here, Graham’s decision in this instance isn’t about Sotomayor; it’s about Graham.

RINO rides again. Perhaps he can be persuaded to switch to the Democrats, as Specter did.

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Clint Eastwood basic tool set: WD-40, vice grips and duct tape

24th July 2009

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And, of course, he’s right.

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Centralizing Medicare Even Further

24th July 2009

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The president has decided — just days before the deadline he himself set for passage of health care bills in both chambers of Congress — that he wants to create a new and very powerful executive branch agency, the Independent Medicare Advisory Council (IMAC), which would be accountable only to him and have the authority to re-write the Medicare program from top to bottom by executive memo. Now that’s audacious.

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Obama: ‘Victory’ Not Necessarily Goal in Afghanistan

24th July 2009

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Well, certainly not for him, anyway.

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Obama Surprised by Controversy Over Remark About Arrest of Black Scholar

24th July 2009

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Which just goes to show how clueless the Obamassiah really is. He’s probably never met any Real Policemen in his life.

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The Mini LED Camping Lantern

23rd July 2009

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Aw, ain’t that cute.

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Minority religions could gain right to their own police officers

23rd July 2009

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The Balkanization of Britain proceeds apace. Pretty soon the Archbishop of Canterbury will find himself tasked with headship of the “Brit millet”.

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Toucan uses beak to keep it cool

23rd July 2009

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