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Archive for June, 2010

Top 20: Colleges That Offer Best Return on Investment

30th June 2010

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I’m surprised Rice isn’t on the list. And I must confess I’ve never heard of Harvey Mudd College (sounds like something from a Star Trek episode).

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Python prohibition, bong ban among new Fla. laws

30th June 2010

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There is no predicting what some legislators will conceive of as a priority.

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Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America forbids Muslims to aid American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq

30th June 2010

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Soccer Is a Socialist Sport

30th June 2010

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The world is crazy for soccer, but most Americans don’t give a hoot about the sport. Why? Many years ago, my former White House colleague Bill McGurn pointed out to me the real reason soccer hasn’t caught on in the good old U.S.A. It’s simple, really: Soccer is a socialist sport.

Think about it. Soccer is the only sport in the world where you cannot use the one tool that distinguishes man from beast: opposable thumbs. “No hands” is a rule only a European statist could love. (In fact, with the web of high taxes and regulations that tie the hands of European entrepreneurs, “no hands” kind of describes their economic theories as well.)

Soccer is also the only sport in the world that has “hooligans”—proletarian mobs that trash private property whenever their team loses.

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6 Laws That Were Great On Paper (And Insane Everywhere Else)

30th June 2010

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Examples of why you don’t want the government running anything except perhaps a war.

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Parents sue GTHL after sons cut by team

30th June 2010

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Two sets of parents are suing the Greater Toronto Hockey League, one of its clubs and four coaches for $25,000 each because their sons were cut by the Avalanche Minor Sports Club midget junior A team during tryouts in April.

“Their direct actions have caused irreparable psychological damage to Daniel Longo’s self esteem as an impressionable teenager and demoralized Daniel as an athlete and team hockey player with his peers,” the Longo statement of claim reads. “The conduct by all defendants destroyed the dignity of my son, whom in good conscience gave his team nothing but his best efforts.”

Valela’s statement of claim states: “When Christopher was advised of his termination by my wife and I, he vowed never to play the game he loved since childhood. And, morevoer, his misguided group of defendants demoralized my wife and I, whom had gone well beyond the call of duty as parents in support of the Toronto Avalanche hockey team for two seasons.”

Canada leads the way into the abyss.

  1. Thank God you don’t live in Canada.
  2. Without eternal vigilance, it could happen here. Probably in California.

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Real race hate crimes are unpunished says solicitor of black councillor who called Asian colleague a ‘coconut’

30th June 2010

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Shirley Brown, 48, a Liberal Democrat, used the term to describe her Conservative colleague Jay Jethwa during a debate at Bristol City council last year. She was found guilty on Monday of racially aggravated insulting behaviour at Bristol Magistrate’s Court.

Announcing an appeal yesterday, Greg Fox Smith, her solicitor, said: “To have spent all her life championing diversity and community cohesion and she now has a race conviction.

Of course. Everybody knows that black people can’t be guilty of racism. Only white people can be guilty of racism.

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Older women are freezing their eggs as they scour the planet looking for the right man.

30th June 2010

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Now Older Women are having the temerity to freeze their eggs as they scour the planet looking for, to paraphrase Saatchi & Saatchi’s rebranding of the V&A, An Ace Sperm Donation with Quite a Nice Man Attached. The 11-strong chain of CARE Fertility clinics has reported a rush of mournful OWs (in their thirties and forties, which doesn’t sound that O to me) putting motherhood on ice as they pursue the urban myth of a bloke their age who wants to settle down.

Marriage rates are declining, he suggests, because men are simply refusing to commit to “grown-up” relationships, and prefer to prolong their extended adolescence for as long as possible. Matters are exacerbated in Britain by the harsh reality of demographics; up to the age of 20, there are more male than female babies, children and teenagers in the population. Thereafter, the number of young men relative to young women generally decreases due to migration, until by the age of 31, women outnumber men. Overall, there are 31 million of us in the population, compared with 29.9 million of them.

And who could blame them?

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Obama’s Coffee-House Loophole for Lobbyists

30th June 2010

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Watchdog groups and Republicans on Capitol Hill want an investigation into hundreds of White House meetings with corporate lobbyists at D.C. coffee houses. K Street influence peddlers told the New York Times last week that they’ve met routinely with Team Obama officials over the past 18 months to discuss policy matters — at Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, even on a side lawn — with the express purpose of circumventing the public’s right to know.

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No more fillings? Gel regenerates teeth

30th June 2010

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8 Militants Killed in Gunbattle at Afghan Airport

30th June 2010

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Militants set off a car bomb and stormed the entrance to an airport in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday in a failed attempt to enter the air field used by Afghan and international forces, authorities said. Eight insurgents died in the ensuing gun battle.

I love those trendy terms, ‘militants’ and ‘insurgents’. How about ‘bandits’? Or, better yet, how about ‘terrorists’?

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Codename “Shkval-Torpedo”: Super-cavitation is a loop-hole in physics

29th June 2010

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Meanwhile in America and England they are working hard and very successfully on the revolutionary Russian technique, with which in practice torpedoes have already reached from 300 to 400 km/h. – The absolute nightmare for all ship commandants, who according to “good old military practice” still always had minutes to spare, is having to react to an approaching torpedo travelling at 60-80 km/h.

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UCSB scientists discover how the brain encodes memories at a cellular level

29th June 2010

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School Officials in Mass. Town Won’t Let Students Recite Pledge of Allegiance

29th June 2010

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The People’s Republic of Taxachussetts comes through yet again.

Here’s the sad part:

The Arlington, Mass., school  committee has rejected the 17-year-old’s request to allow students to voluntarily recite the Pledge of Allegiance, because some educators are concerned that it would be hard to find teachers willing to recite it, according to a report in the Arlington Patch.

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EU Court rules prohibition of same-sex ‘marriage’ not a violation of human rights

29th June 2010

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The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France has ruled that European countries currently prohibiting same-sex marriage are not violating the human rights of their citizens.

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News Obama Hopes You Missed: Guantanamo to Stay Open Indefinitely

29th June 2010

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My Favorite Burger

29th June 2010

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Cleopatra did not die from a snake bite but a lethal drug cocktail that included opium and hemlock, according to German scientists.

29th June 2010

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Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

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Defensive Medicine Not Just an Issue for Specialists, Survey Finds

29th June 2010

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Telling doctors not to perform a particular test or procedure likely won’t be too effective if they think they’ll later be sued for not offering that very test or procedure.

Oh, ya think?

What’s the cost of all this defensive medicine? Hard to say. Study authors cite an estimate of as much as $60 billion. As we wrote last year, direct spending on medical malpractice litigation is pegged at about $30 billion annually, but money spent on tests that wouldn’t have been ordered were it not for the fear of a lawsuit is a more amorphous figure to capture.

We’re from the government, and we’re here to help.

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Look Who’s Talking

29th June 2010

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The New York Times devotes a front-page news article today to attacking the Bloomberg administration for its record on racial diversity. “Top Ranks of Bloomberg Managers Are Largely White,” the article’s headline says. Nowhere is there any acknowledgment that someone could write the same article, just as accurately, about the leadership of the newspaper making the accusation: “Top Ranks of New York Times Managers Are Largely White.”

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Innocent couple died ‘after wrong house was fire-bombed in bungled honour killing’

29th June 2010

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Your life under Islam. Don’t say that you weren’t warned.

  1. Thank God you don’t live in Britain.
  2. Without eternal vigilance, it could happen here. Probably in Ann Arbor (if it hasn’t already).

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NY Hotels Upset Over More Efficient ‘Home’ Competition; Gets Politicians To Try To Outlaw Such Things

29th June 2010

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Of course, as we always see with these types of laws, the politicians couch them in terms of the need for regulation for things like “protecting tax revenue” or “safety standards.” But, of course, there are plenty of other ways to deal with those issues outside of outlawing the practice entirely. The reality of the situation is that the internet has made it so that people can be more efficient in things like transportation or short-term housing, and the old guard doesn’t like it one bit, so they come up with regulations like these to outlaw it, even though it greatly harms the public, who get more out of using such services.

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

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Obama’s Stacked Deck

29th June 2010

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When President Obama named the members of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, he left little to chance.

Although the Executive Order which created the Commission allowed that its membership

… shall be drawn from among distinguished individuals, and may include those with experience in or representing the scientific, engineering, and environmental communities, the oil and gas industry, or any other area determined by the President to be of value to the Commission in carrying out its duties.

… there are two scientists, no engineers, and no real representatives of the oil and gas industry. The panel is primarily made up of lawyers, environmentalists and career politicians.

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

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THAAD System Intercepts Target in Successful Missile Defense Flight Test

29th June 2010

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Of course, we all know that that ‘Star Wars nonsense’ hasn’t ever worked and won’t ever work because it can’t ever work. Just ask any Democrat.

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Woman dies of skin cancer after using sunbed once a week

29th June 2010

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Saudi Textbooks:Still Teaching Hatred

29th June 2010

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

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Flushed (or: when smart technology is simply too embarrassing)

29th June 2010

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‘Washlets’ are the brand-name Japanese high-tech toilets. They have a stack of different features including blow dryers, seat heating, massage options, water jet adjustments (heat and pressure), automatic lid opening, automatic fusing, wireless control panels and room heating. My favourite feature is the ‘water flushing sound’ – intended to cover the sound of bodily functions, but could also be used to conceal further shameful activities (crying, watching Steven Seagal movies on your gadget of choice). Future capabilities might include measuring blood sugar in urine, pulse, and blood pressure; and this data could be sent to a doctor instantaneously.

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Coconut insult councillor guilty of racial harassment

29th June 2010

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A black councillor who called an Asian colleague a “coconut” during a council debate has been found guilty of racially aggravated harassment.

Shirley Brown, 48, a Liberal Democrat, used the term to describe a Conservative opponent, Jay Jethwa, who backed spending cuts for ethnic minority projects at a Bristol City Council meeting last year.

Mrs Brown, who denied racially aggravated harassment, used the term after Mrs Jethwa proposed to cut funding to the city’s Legacy Commission, which was set up in 2007 to educate people on the abolition of the slave trade two centuries ago.

The biter bit.

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Giant limo built from 40 other cars up for sale

29th June 2010

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Be the first on your block….

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Who Pays the Taxes

28th June 2010

Some informative charts.

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Resource Furniture: Italian-Designed Space Saving Furniture

28th June 2010

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Some really clever furniture. Where was this stuff when I was living in a closet in New York?

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President Obama’s aide failed to disclose $40K payout

28th June 2010

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

Are there no honest black politicians in the Democrat party?

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Thirty Valedictorians? Seriously?

28th June 2010

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The decline and fall of education in America continues.

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Corrupt Afghanistan officials ‘creaming off US and British aid money’

28th June 2010

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More than £2bn of cash has been openly flown out of Kabul airport since 2007, raising fears huge sums of British and American aid are being creamed off by corrupt officials.

Oh, ya think?

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Is Anyone Counting “Jobs Destroyed or Averted”?

28th June 2010

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is anyone documenting how many jobs have been “destroyed or averted” as a result of Obama administration policies and decisions?

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15 insurgents killed by their own bombs in Afghan mosque

28th June 2010

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Of course, Christians make bombs inside their churches all the time … don’t they?

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Second Amendment Binds State and Local Governments, via the Fourteenth Amendment

28th June 2010

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So holds the Court in McDonald v. City of Chicago, by a 5–4 vote. The syllabus suggests that there were four votes (the five conservatives minus Justice Thomas) for the proposition that the Due Process Clause applies the Second Amendment to the states and their subdivisions; Justice Thomas concluded that it is the Privileges or Immunities Clause that does so.

I, of course, agree with Justice Thomas — as I do in most things.

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How to Fix Medicaid

28th June 2010

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The sweeping health-care legislation enacted this spring is many things. It is a vast expansion of federal power. It is a budget-busting entitlement. It is a regulatory nightmare. But to a far greater degree than its advocates have acknowledged, it is also a massive expansion of Medicaid. This means that, under the new law, a hugely expensive program already deep in crisis would not only continue essentially unreformed: It would be put at the very center of America’s health-care system.

Medicaid is a joint federal-state program of health coverage for the poor. Its exact rules and practices vary from state to state; generally speaking, however, it is open to people with low incomes (below or just above the federal poverty level) and with some additional compelling condition of need — like being a parent, or having a serious disability. With these eligibility restrictions in place, Medicaid already covers 60 million Americans and accounts for 16 cents of every dollar spent on medical services in the United States.

It is also important to remember that Medicaid is not just a health-care program. It is the largest single component of America’s welfare state, far outweighing the dollar value of cash assistance, food stamps, or housing aid. Like these other programs, Medicaid often provides implicit disincentives to work, since increases in income can mean the loss of eligibility for a very valuable benefit. Unless future policymakers introduce reforms to help break the generational cycle of dependency — fixes based on principles that have worked in other welfare overhauls, like time limits and work requirements — the prospect of losing thousands of dollars a year in essentially free health care will perpetuate strong incentives against moving up the economic ladder. Refusing work, or accepting off-the-books jobs with few long-term prospects, will become rational choices for families facing the steep effective tax rates created by the eligibility rules for Medicaid (and soon to be made worse by Obamacare).

I’d say ‘two to the head’, but that’s me. The function of a government is to keep the peace, not hand out goodies.

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Things you see in an episode of Star Trek

28th June 2010

An informative graph.

‘Oh, I don’t want to beam down with the Captain
‘Cause the Captain beams up alone….’ — John M. Ford

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UN summer camp in Gaza attacked

28th June 2010

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It was the second such attack in just over a month.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Islamic extremists have accused the main UN aid agency of corrupting Gaza’s youth with its summer program of games, sports and human rights lessons for 250,000 children.

So I guess they weren’t Jews, then. Funny thing about that — we’ve been given to understand, by the lamestream media, that Jews are responsible for all that’s wrong with the world in general and with ‘Palestine’ in particular. How could this then happen?

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Barnicle Can’t Bring Himself To Mention Byrd’s Klan Past

28th June 2010

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He may have been a racist but he was their racist.

When Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond died, the MSM was quick to stress his segregationist past. The New York Times ran the headline “Strom Thurmond, Foe of Integration, Dies at 100,” leaving readers to imagine the South Carolinian had remained an advocate of segregation.  The very first line of USA Today’s story described Thurmond as “the nation’s most prominent segregationist.”

Strange how the MSM can suddenly become reticent about mentioning someone’s segregationist past when the late politician in question is a Democrat.  On Morning Joe today, Mark Halperin and Mike Barnicle used elliptical language worthy of a State Department dispatch to avoid mentioning that Byrd had been a member and leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

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iPhone 4: Triumph of the design nerds

28th June 2010

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In the case of the phone’s shape, Apple has for the first time in the history of its phones clearly chosen form over function.

Apple made the unprecedented decision to put glass on the back of the iPhone 4, just like the front. No, there’s no screen or touch-pad on the back — and no reason at all to put glass there.

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Vulture pictured fighting jackal for wildebeest

28th June 2010

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And Senator Robert Byrd just died. Coincidence? I think not.

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Uniqlo drops Japanese and makes English official language

28th June 2010

Heh.

Announcing the new policy, Tadashi Yanai, president and chairman of Fast Retailing told the Mainichi newspaper: “This move is necessary for a Japanese company to survive as a global corporation.”

The switch from Japanese to English is in line with Fast Retailing’s rapid global expansion plans, which aim to make the company the world’s biggest fashion retailer by 2020.

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Climate change brings back endangered butterfly

28th June 2010

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Prof Jeremy Thomas, head of ecology at Oxford University, said it is only now that the climate is warming and suitable spots have been discovered in the Cotswolds that the species is able to start spreading across Britain once again.

Everything bad is good for you.

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KSM’s elliptical machine

28th June 2010

Jay Nordlinger points out why we’re losing.

Michael Mukasey was attorney general from November 2007 to January 2009. He remembers visiting Guantanamo Bay in February 2008. He looked at many of the high-value detainees on video monitors. But he did not see Khalid Sheikh Mohammed; Mohammed wasn’t in his cell. He was off having a Red Cross visit.

Mukasey did see the exercise room, adjacent to Mohammed’s cell. And he noticed something interesting: Mohammed had the same elliptical machine that he, the attorney general, had back home in his Washington apartment building. Only there was this difference: Mukasey had to share his, with other residents; there was a mad scramble in the morning to get to it. Mohammed had his machine all to himself.

Bear in mind that he was the “mastermind” of the 9/11 attacks, which killed almost 3,000 people. That he was the beheader of Daniel Pearl. And so on. I wonder how much more tenderly America’s critics expect us to treat such people. “Abdominal massages,” of the type Al Gore apparently requests?

This is to say nothing of the fact that these terror detainees are not uniformed soldiers, have refused to obey the laws and customs of war, and are not entitled to Geneva Convention protection. The United States decided to treat these detainees as though they were ordinary POWs. The fact remains, however, that they are not. When you blow up the World Trade Center, when you slit stewardesses’ throats with boxcutters, you are outside the pale.

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Milk

28th June 2010

Half Sigma goes to the movies.

None of the reviews seem to be allowed to warn potential viewers that the movie contains graphic depictions of men kissing men. This icky fact would keep away a lot of viewers. (Before you accuse me of being “homophobic,” I point out that men kissing men is kind of like watching a dog poop. I’m not afraid of the dog, but it’s something that I’d rather not have to watch—unfortunately it’s a too-common site in Manhattan where people are always walking their dogs.)

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Police arrest more than 500 after vandalism at Toronto economic summit

28th June 2010

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But they don’t care, because they know that after a couple of days they’ll e released without charges. That’s how these magical mystery plays work out. If some of them were to do some serious jail time, perhaps these incidents would be less likely to happen.

The first function of any government is to keep the peace. When it can’t do that, you’ve got anarchy, straight up.

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Robert Byrd, Longest-Serving U.S. Senator, Dies at 92

28th June 2010

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I guess Democrats don’t last as long as Republicans – Strom Thurmond made it until over 100.

What I find most interesting is the immediate concern that this might ‘affect the balance of power in the Senate’. His chief value was as a reliable Democrat vote.

Unmentioned in this brief obituary is that he was the unchallenged champion cookie monster in the Senate, pulling so much Federal pork into his state that it’s a surprise it didn’t sink into the ground.

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Just a few questions for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan

28th June 2010

George Will would make as good a President as Calvin Coolidge, who famously listed the chief accomplishment of his Administration as ‘minding our own business’.

Can you name a human endeavor that Congress cannot regulate on the pretense that the endeavor affects interstate commerce? If courts reflexively defer to that congressional pretense, in what sense do we have limited government?

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