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Archive for July, 2009

What Happens In Vegas

29th July 2009

An Informative Chart.

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Star Trek Enterprise Bottle Opener

29th July 2009

You know you want one.

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Organic food has no added nutritional benefit, says Food Standards Agency

29th July 2009

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Photograph: swallow flies through two-inch gap at 35 miles per hour

29th July 2009

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Thomas Frank Twists

29th July 2009

Jonah Goldberg puts the boot in.

My favorite moment on the NR cruise might have been when a perfectly intelligent and accomplished man asked me why the Wall Street Journal carries such a bad parody column by Thomas Frank. I had to gently explain to the man that that’s no parody. He really means that stuff.

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Warning from the Future

29th July 2009

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If this blog blinks out of existence, you’ll know it worked. Personally, I’m betting not.

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Woman in Sudan faces flogging for wearing trousers

29th July 2009

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And the feminists in America say … nothing.

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Pilots and g-Force

29th July 2009

Steve Sailer is always worth reading.

As I’ve mentioned, one of the rules of polite journalism in discussing testing firefighters is to assume that paper and pencil tests must be irrelevant to the obviously moronic job of spraying water on burning buildings. Never refer to the voluminous data assembled over the decades by the Pentagon on the relationship between performance on paper and pencil tests and performance on similarly physical jobs.

When researching my 2004 article on John F. Kerry’s and George W. Bush’s IQ scores judging from their performance on the Officer’s Qualification Tests they took in the later 1960s (Bush 120-125, Kerry 115-120, which turned out to fit with their GPAs at Yale), I read a lot of studies from the 1960s by the military’s psychometricians documenting the predictive validity of these exams. I then tried to track down the authors to help me understand Kerry’s and Bush’s scores.

Don’t suppose you’ll read about that anytime soon on CNN or MSNBC.

The psychometric expert said something that seemed puzzling to me. He said that the General Factor of intelligence completely dominated job performance as a pilot to such an extent that it really wasn’t worthwhile to give multiple intelligences tests of specific piloting skills, such as the one George W. Bush took in 1968 to measure his 3-d visualization skills.

I remember that test. It was very odd.

I’ve wondered about this expert’s finding over the years, and I think I’ve finally started to figure it out: People with high IQs who would be bad pilots generally figure out for themselves that they would be bad pilots; so, they never take the tests to be pilots. Thus, the high correlation between the g Factor and pilot performance: high IQ individuals are already selected for having pilot-specific skills.

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Hellish Saviors

29th July 2009

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Or — to switch metaphors — consider cultural Marxism as the HIV of the West. Islam is just a virus of opportunity, a pneumonia that has taken advantage of our immunological deficiencies and ushered in the onset of full-blown AIDS in our culture.

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Gossipedia

29th July 2009

John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, encounters Wikipedia.

The second thing I noticed was that my Wikipedia page was written by an AAM — that is, an Angry Asian Male. This needs a bit of explanation.

Among East Asian males, there is a large subgroup who are flipped into a mode of blind fury by the thought of Asian women consorting with non-Asian males. In the young-adult cohort of mainland-Chinese males, I would estimate the subgroup as about one in three. These are the AAMs. One recent target of their rage has been Chinese movie star Zhang Ziyi, whose affair with Israeli venture capitalist Vivi Nevo has stirred quite horrifying levels of vituperation against Ms. Zhang on Chinese-language blogs.

That’s Wikipedia for you. They can say what they like about you, employing any level of sub-literacy for the purpose, and there isn’t a darn thing you can do about it, even if you are patient and computer-literate enough to master their mark-up language. I had heard this, but just hadn’t believed they are really so brazen.

Ninety percent of what you read about people in the public prints and forums is malicious lies. Any adult who does not know that should stop reading and take up fishing. Any public person who is bothered by it should retire into private life.

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The trial bar on trial in Pennsylvania.

29th July 2009

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The lawsuit—which we first wrote about in April—concerns Bailey Perrin & Bailey, a Houston law firm tapped by the Rendell administration to prosecute Janssen Phamaceuticals over the marketing of its antipsychotic drug Risperdal. When states lack the resources or expertise to bring certain suits, it’s not uncommon for them to seek help from private lawyers. But in this case, it appears as if pay-to-sue politics was involved in the choice of Bailey Perrin.

While F. Kenneth Bailey, the law firm’s founding partner, was negotiating a potentially lucrative no-bid contingency fee contract with the Governor’s office, he was also making political donations totaling more than $90,000 to Mr. Rendell’s 2006 re-election campaign. Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, filed a motion in January with the state Supreme Court that cited these campaign contributions and questioned the appropriateness of the state hiring for-profit lawyers to sue on its behalf.

I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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Virginia Islamic school valedictorian gets life sentence for plotting to assassinate Bush

28th July 2009

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Seems somewhat excessive. I’d say 20, tops. After all, it’s not as if he were Reagan.

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Handerpants

28th July 2009

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I am not making this up.

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Badass names for common household items

28th July 2009

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‘Dodd, Conrad told deals were sweetened’

28th July 2009

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WASHINGTON — Despite their denials, influential Democratic  Sens. Kent Conrad and  Chris Dodd were told from the start they were getting VIP mortgage discounts from one of the nation’s largest lenders, the official who handled their loans has told Congress in secret testimony.

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

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Elbridge is in the house (somewhere)

28th July 2009

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I confess that I included this link, and another one, because I hadn’t known that both Lex Luthor and Batman were/are Episcopalians. That probably explains a lot.

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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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Why Everything Sucks

28th July 2009

Jonah Goldberg points us to Craig Ferguson, who explains why everything sucks.

An excellent synopsis.

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China’s Population Policy, and Ours

28th July 2009

John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, at his gloomy best.

China is not far behind Japan on the path to the demographic cliff edge.

(The joke going round is that the familiar one-child propaganda slogans are being amended: “Have One Child … Please! “)

You may think China’s population policy is mistaken, or wicked, or insane, and you may be right, but at least they talk about population policy, as a matter of cold policy, with the future of their nation on their minds. If you try to talk about population policy in the West, people come and break your windows.

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Summer camp in Gaza: Koran studies and reenactment of the kidnapping of Israeli soldier

28th July 2009

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Ezra Levant being sued by the same Muslim who sued Mark Steyn

27th July 2009

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Islamic supremacists can’t handle free speech. They can’t abide any negative talk about Muhammad and Islam, even if that negative talk consists essentially of quoting other Islamic supremacists in their use of the Qur’an and Sunnah to justify violence and that same Islamic supremacism. Sharia norms dictate that a dhimmi who speaks ill of Muhammad or Islam forfeits his contract of “protection” and thus may lawfully be killed.

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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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No Offense, Officer — It’s Just Your Profession That’s Racist

27th July 2009

Victor Davis Hanson cuts to the heart of the matter.

Here’s a good place to start teaching: expose the reality of black crime. It is preposterous to talk about urban policing without talking about crime, yet that is what anti-cop activists, politicians, and reporters have managed to pull off for years. They focus public attention on police-stop and arrest data while keeping crime rates carefully offstage. But nearly everything that the police do, especially in this age of data-driven policing, is a function of criminal behavior. Attend any Compstat meeting in New York or Los Angeles and you will hear police commanders intently and passionately debating how best to deploy officers to disrupt ongoing crime patterns; race never comes up.

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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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Police investigating brick thrown into East Austin home

25th July 2009

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The brick, thrown through a 4-year-old boy’s bedroom window, read “Keep Eastside Black. Keep Eastside Strong.”

The homeowner, Barbara Frische, who is white, said she has lived in the home for 10 years.

Well, just another day in paradise for one of the few Blue spots in Red State Texas.

Police have not classified this incident as a hate crime, said Austin Police Sgt. Richard Stresing, because hate crimes target an individual specifically because of an identifying characteristic, like race.

Guys, get a dictionary and look up “disingenuous”.

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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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As Muslim women suffer, feminists avert their gaze

25th July 2009

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Possibly because they really don’t care about rights for women; what they care about is privileges for some women, i.e. them.

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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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A Prejudometer cranked up to eleven.

25th July 2009

Mark Steyn, doing what he does best.

By common consent, the most memorable moment of Barack Obama’s otherwise listless press conference on “health care” were his robust remarks on the “racist” incident involving Prof. Henry Louis Gates and the Cambridge police. The latter “acted stupidly,” pronounced the chief of state. The president of the United States may be reluctant to condemn Ayatollah Khamenei or Hugo Chávez or that guy in Honduras without examining all the nuances and footnotes, but sometimes there are outrages so heinous that even the famously nuanced must step up to the plate and speak truth to power. And thank God the leader of the free world had the guts to stand up and speak truth to municipal police sergeant James Crowley.

A black president, a black governor, and a black mayor all agree with a black Harvard professor that he was racially profiled by a white-Latino-black police team, headed by a cop who teaches courses in how to avoid racial profiling. The boundless elasticity of such endemic racism suggests that the “post-racial America” will be living with blowhard grievance-mongers like Professor Gates unto the end of time.


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Why it matters that honor killing has Islamic sanction

25th July 2009

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A manual of Islamic law certified by Al-Azhar as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2).

In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law. In accord with this, in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”

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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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