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Hoover’s pro-labor stance helped cause Great Depression, UCLA economist says

31st August 2009

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

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Twelve questions for John Derbyshire

31st August 2009

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DIA: What finally prompted you to put pen to paper?

Mr Derbyshire: An offer from a publisher.

DIA: Give me some examples of how conservative pessimism might translate into policy.

Mr Derbyshire: Abandonment of “nation-building” exercises. Abolition of the federal Department of Education. A 1924-style immigration freeze. Repeal of No Child Left Behind. End of all federal subsidies to “community groups”. End of all federal subsidies to arts and culture. End of all foreign-aid programmes that are not plainly and obviously bribes for pro-American behaviour. Restart construction of neutron bombs. Full-bore federal-subsidised research on missile defense. Withdrawal from the UN, followed by razing of all UN structures on American soil and sowing the ground with salt. How many d’you want?

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Consumer Reports Becomes National Snitch

31st August 2009

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I guess “Consumer Reports” means it reports consumers to the government.

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App Watch: Facebook’s 11 Million Farmers

31st August 2009

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Cathy, this one’s for you.

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The End of America’s Experiment With Royalty

31st August 2009

Michale Barone takes a look at the Kennedy legacy.

For 18 years before the 1960 election, Americans had presidents in their 60s. At his inauguration, John Kennedy was 43 and his wife 31, with infant children. “Royalty is a government in which the attention of the nation is concentrated in one person doing interesting actions,” wrote Walter Bagehot in 1867. “A family on the throne is an interesting idea also. It also brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life.” And so Vaughn Meader’s record satirizing “the first family” and their unusual accents topped the charts and was played over and over at parties.

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Apple expected to offer iPhone on new U.S. carriers within a year

31st August 2009

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Speed the day.

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Top 10 Ridiculous Democrat Quotes on Health Care

31st August 2009

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An Ivy League Huey Long

31st August 2009

George Will has Barack Obama’s number.

In August our ubiquitous president became the nation’s elevator music, always out and about, heard but not really listened to, like audible wallpaper. And now, as Congress returns to resume wrestling with health care reform, we shall see if he continues his August project of proving that the idea of an Ivy League Huey Long is not oxymoronic.

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‘Hitler Considered Himself an Artistic Genius’

31st August 2009

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…which is perhaps why we ought not to take artists seriously when they talk about politics.

Hitler’s deluded view of himself as a genius is based on the confused system of thought emerging in the late 19th century, which centered on the idea that a genius — a strong personality who outshone everything else — could do anything and could do anything he pleased.

Sounds like a Kennedy.

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Macaulay Culkin is the father of Michael Jackson’s son Blanket

31st August 2009

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I am not making this up….

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Keep your self-righteous fingers off my processed food

31st August 2009

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By demanding we all pay more to fund their agendas in these harsh economic times, foodie snobs and lefty social critics may as well tell us to eat artisanal cake.

Not the sort of thing you might expect to see in the L.A. Times….

Those who think that there is something wrong with owning more than two pairs of sneakers or that exquisite fastidiousness about what you put into your mouth equals virtue need to be tele-transported back to, say, the Depression itself, when privation was in earnest and few people had telephones, much less cellphones. Read some 1930s memoirs: Back then, people who couldn’t afford “quality” furniture slept on mattresses on the floor and hammered together makeshift tables out of orange crates. They went barefoot during the summer and sewed their children’s clothes out of (non-organic) flour sacks. That was what “cheap” meant then — not today’s plethora of affordable goods that the social critics would like to take away from us.

Rod Dreher: Eat it.

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The Taliban chief who threatened to slaughter Prince Harry has been killed by special forces soldiers.

31st August 2009

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Well. There it is.

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Children can now have two lesbian mothers and no father on birth certificate

31st August 2009

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Makes you wonder what the point of having a birth certificate is, after all. Perhaps we could just replace it with a register: “Found, in a hospital bed, a child; came as some surprise to the woman occupying the bed at the same time, as well as the staff.”

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Sex, Drugs, Music, Mud

31st August 2009

P. J. O’Rourke does Woodstock.

What with one thing and another, I was always touchy on the subject of Woodstock. I’m over it now, thanks to various books celebrating the 40th anniversary of too many people in bad haircuts going to an upstate New York dairy farm for no good reason. I’ve counted three of these books so far. Since counting to three was as much as most Woodstock attendees could manage on goof butts and silly pills, three is where I stop.

If you remember it, you weren’t there.

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Mystery of the hidden pig discovered in 17th century Dutch painting

30th August 2009

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

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Should Facebook and Twitter Users Pay Higher Insurance Premiums?

30th August 2009

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I should say yes, because such people are a crime scene waiting to happen.

I have never understood the impulse that prompts certain (CONGENITALLY DEFECTIVE) people to share personal information with total strangers – or even mere acquaintances – WHEN IT’S NONE OF THEIR FARGIN BUSINESS. Such people ought to be placed under adult supervision – or tasered until they’ve learned better.

But that’s me.

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Flatbed Scanner disguised as book

30th August 2009

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Well, I think it’s cool.

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Home is where the brain is

30th August 2009

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I think I’ve figured out why the SWPL crowd like immigrants, especially H1B immigrants — because enough of them turn formerly American neighborhoods, especially high-tech neighborhoods, into mini-U.N.s, which means that they can feel as if they live Someplace Else Than America without, you know, actually going to the trouble of having to travel.

Show me a Google or Microsoft employee who doesn’t like sushi and vindaloo, and I’ll show you a space alien in a Clever Plastic Disguise.

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Mr. President, Please Don’t Bogart the Blunt

30th August 2009

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What struck me from a few hours of watching leftist television and reading leftist gobbledygook is how far detached from reality these people are. It’s not a simple case of them having a few points wrong, or looking at things from a bizarrely biased perspective; they truly make statements and cling to ideas that have no basis in reality. As conservatives struggle to find apt metaphors to explain their opponent’s mindsets and delusions, I think I may have figured it out.

The left in our country is high.  Completely stoned out of their minds.

Living and working in L.A., one encounters more stoners on the average day than they do illegal immigrants. I’ve worked with stoners. I’ve dated stoners.  I’ve lived with stoners. I know stoners inside and out and I can tell you, without a doubt, that the Democrat Party is completely crunked.

Conservatives are gearing up to do battle with an army of statist fascists, but we are really up against Cheech and Chong.

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Van Jones and His STORMtroopers Denounced America the Night After 9/11

30th August 2009

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Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), the revolutionary group formed by self-described “communist” and “rowdy black nationalist” Van Jones, held a vigil in Oakland, California, “mourning the victims of U.S. imperialism around the world” on the night after Sept. 11, 2001.

The reason this is important is because Van Jones is now President Obama’s green jobs czar. He does not appear to have distanced himself from his past communist activities and is now part of the Obama administration’s push to turn Sept. 11 into a National Day of Service focused on the promotion of the radical environmentalist agenda.

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

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Race, region, and vote choice in the 2008 election: implications for the future of the Voting Rights Act

30th August 2009

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The charts are especially interesting.

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Blood for Oil

30th August 2009

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The real thing, this time: leaked British diplomatic correspondence published in the London Times appears to make it clear that Great Britain let Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi go in order to finalize an oil deal with Libya….

So where are all the Hollywood celebs with their Concerned T-shirts? Barbra? Viggo?

Apart from anything else, it is an argument for the death penalty. We simply can’t trust any Western government to be immune from bribery.

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HOW TO DENY REALITY IN ONE EASY LEFTIST LESSON

29th August 2009

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Hey, if it were easy, anybody could do it. Oh, wait….

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Atheists offer to care for Christians’ pets after the Rapture

29th August 2009

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Is this a great country, or what?

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CHART OF THE DAY: You Should Have Gone Into The Public Sector

29th August 2009

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Merely reinforcing what John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, always says: “Get a government job!”

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US Dems fill inboxes with 419 scams

29th August 2009

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According to a researcher with anti-spam company Cloudmark, 419 fraudsters have been relaying a “significant” amount of messages through the democrats.org domain name. The abuse, which dates back at least to the beginning of this month, helps evade filters that internet service providers employ to block the messages.

Birds of a feather….

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UAE Seizes North Korean Cargo Ship Bound for Iran, Filled With Explosives

29th August 2009

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

And where were the American, British, French, etc. ships?

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Great Free Things to Do in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area

28th August 2009

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Cash a Powerful Tool in Afghanistan

28th August 2009

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

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New Republic Speculates Patrick Kennedy Could Grow Into Great Political Leader

28th August 2009

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He always looks as if his mother had just told him he couldn’t go to the prom.

You’ve really got to wonder how shallow the gene pool has gotten in New England that they keep electing and re-electing these dimwitted crooks.

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Is Using a Minotaur to Gore Detainees a Form of Torture?

28th August 2009

The Onion is always on top of the news.

We could have used griffins and didn’t. That makes all the difference, morally.

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Deer ‘fakes death’ to escape cheetah and a hyena: video

28th August 2009

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Central Europeans were first adults to drink milk

28th August 2009

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Hence the moustaches you see in all those old Romans-versus-barbarians paintings.

(Well, that’s my theory; what’s your theory?)

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The Obamacare TV Ad that ABC and NBC will not Run

28th August 2009

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Whaddaya mean, media bias? Ain’t no media bias around here, homie.

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Record-breaking sheep sells for price of a small house

28th August 2009

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HAMLET (FACEBOOK NEWS FEED EDITION).

28th August 2009

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And laugh.

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Court orders Christian child into government education

28th August 2009

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A 10-year-old homeschool girl described as “well liked, social and interactive with her peers, academically promising and intellectually at or superior to grade level” has been told by a New Hampshire court official to attend a government school because she was too “vigorous” in defense of her Christian faith.

New Hampshire is now officially a Blue State.

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A Social Network for the Unemployed

28th August 2009

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Apparently it’s not LinkedIn, which surprises me.

An even more interesting datum is that the max benefit in New York is $405, whereas the max benefit in Texas is $417. I should have thought that New York, with it’s outrageous cost of living, would be higher. Huh. Well, that’s Democrats for you.

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Star Trek Cologne

28th August 2009

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“Nobody ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the American people.”

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Kennedy’s Funeral Further Damages the Church’s Credibility

28th August 2009

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Senator Kennedy, along with President Obama have been the most pro-abortion and pro-embryonic stem cell research politicians in the nation.  As a matter of fact, Senator Kennedy refused to vote for Supreme Court nominees Robert Bork and Samuel Alito for fear their appointment might lead to overturning Roe v. Wade.  These positions are inimical to Catholic Church teaching and throughout the years, the American hierarchy has railed against Catholic politicians such as Kennedy who hold such views.  Some bishops have even advised them not to receive Holy Communion — an action just short of excommunication.

In recent days the spin-doctors have done their best to portray Senator Kennedy as a devout Catholic.  Stories of his visits to church in order to pray for his ailing daughter Kara, a cancer survivor, and reports of his personal religiosity have been widely circulated.  The media has also noted numerous visits by priests to the Kennedys’ home during his illness for the administration of the sacraments, presumably including confession and even the celebration of a private Mass in Kennedys’ living room.  There is no report, however, of repudiation of his voting record or sorrow for his obstinate refusal to adhere to Catholic morality on two of the most important life issues.  An important part of the Sacrament of Penance, along with sorrow for sin, is to try to repair the damages that our sins have caused.  Certainly, enough time had elapsed between the diagnosis of the Senator’s terminal illness and his death for him to make amends and to alleviate some of the scandal.  Yet, there is no indication that this has happened.

A Mass of Christian Burial is a privilege — not a right.  It is for those who have lived a Christian life.  Senator Kennedy’s scandalous disregard of his Church’s teaching and the destruction of human life that may be attributed to his voting record make his funeral celebration quite dubious.

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Obama and the Constitutional peasant

28th August 2009

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Hitachi builds 3mm-thick vein scanner

28th August 2009

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Using a CMOS sensor to take almost instant readings, the vein scanner is deadly accurate — the chances of it authorizing the wrong person are a million to one.

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Why DirectBuy Sucks

28th August 2009

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DirectBuy sucks. It sucks hard. It sucks because they hardsell you into buying a membership (you get one chance to join) and don’t give you a chance to compare prices before joining. It sucks because (according to many testimonials) they often don’t deliver the savings advertised. And most of all, it sucks because once you’ve joined you’re in a 10-year contract and they’ll turn you over to a collections agency if you don’t continue to pay them–damaging your credit and subjecting you to harassment.

We passed on a opportunity to join one of these operations and have never regretted it.

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A Beacon to Guide Cancer Surgery

28th August 2009

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A modified virus makes cancer cells fluoresce to better identify tumors.

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Gravity, Quantum Objects, and Violations of the Equivalence Principle

28th August 2009

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Electrons in a conductor seem to behave differently under gravitational and inertial accelerations, threatening to tear down one of the cornerstones of modern physics.

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Computing the spread of lactase persistence

28th August 2009

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Life lessons: From one Gates to another

28th August 2009

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How do he and Melinda, 45, raise kids amid such wealth?

“It’s everything from going around the dinner table saying what we’re thankful for to going downtown and serving meals together” at a soup kitchen, he says. There are also occasional trips overseas, most recently to impoverished African towns.

Yeah, I can see that — if I were the richest guy in the world, one of my top priorities would be exposing my children to Third World diseases.

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Speculators busier as crude oil cost spikes

28th August 2009

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Released Thursday, the study does not try to prove that speculators caused the price spike, as many politicians and consumer advocates believe.

But the authors note that prices rose steadily along with the number of speculative investors, and fell with them as well. Seven years ago, speculators accounted for 20 percent of oil traders on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That number jumped to 55 percent by the time oil prices reached their all-time peak above $145 per barrel last summer. Now oil costs $72, and speculative investors account for half the traders.

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Official: Google wants to tell you what to think

28th August 2009

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Google has anointed an “approved list” of writers it thinks you should read. But not only is Google’s choice far from “Neutral” – there’s no libertarians, merely one (shrieky and not very representative) conservative, and a preponderance of Greens – there isn’t a Google critic amongst them. Well, there goes “neutrality”.

The tech pundits Google chooses are safe, flavourless, humourless, and uniformly Google-friendly – it’s a list of Google’s trusted pals, really. If you locked them in a room with some drugs, by the end of the evening you’d have heard no new original insight or wit – and the drugs would be untouched. For example, Chris “Long Tail” Anderson tops the list. Do you need to know more?

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Chaos Manor: Highly Recommended

28th August 2009

Jerry Pournelle runs what may be the original blog and always has interesting things to say.

On education, the usual critique of charter schools is that they are guilty of “cherry picking” which is to say, they accept only students who want to learn something and are willing to be disciplined. Thus an academically accomplished charter school in DC was not allowed. Cherry picking is supposed to be a bad thing? As opposed to the current practice of making those who would like to learn in DC go to a school that accepts those who do not want to learn and refuse to be disciplined? And this from people who are supposed to be liberal? It seems to me a very good way to keep the blacks in their place. Make them go to lousy schools filled with disorder while you send yours to schools that have discipline, and then on to Harvard. Is that the goal of liberalism? To keep the blacks down? Because I think of no better way to accomplish that goal than what is happening in DC. Tons of money spent on truly horrible schools that no one who could possibly escape them would go to? Would anyone who had in mind the good of black children in DC permit the current school system there to exist for ten minutes more?

The money is spent, and the results are known, and nothing is to be done. Yet under the Constitution the Congress is responsible. One presumes that both parties intend the results obtained since neither party makes any attempt to do anything about it.

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