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Archive for January, 2011

UK: Time Team horseman killed by lance fragment during joust

27th January 2011

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A man died during a jousting re-enactment when a fragment from his lance flew through his visor and penetrated his eye, an inquest heard.

Very medieval. Henry II of France went much the same way.

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10 Fan-Made Apple Product Concepts We Wish Were Real

27th January 2011

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We have the technology; we just don’t have the products. Yet.

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Drug Catapult Found at U.S.-Mexico Border

27th January 2011

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The 3-yard tall catapult was found about 20 yards from the U.S. border on a flatbed towed by a sports utility vehicle, according to a Mexican army officer with the 45th military zone in the border state of Sonora.

The catapult was capable of launching 4.4 pounds of marijuana at a time, the officer said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity for security reasons.

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

Soldiers seized found 35 pounds of marijuana, the vehicle and the catapult device, the officer said.

The smugglers left the area before they could be captured.

Aw, how unfortunate.

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ReWalk

26th January 2011

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Not all people are good candidates for this type of technology, but those who are benefit from it greatly. ReWalk’s purpose is to enable these individuals to once again stand, walk and climb stairs, thus giving them the freedom so many of us take for granted every day. These robotic legs make a huge difference in the lives of many people with lower limb paralysis.

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Obama on Social Security

26th January 2011

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The Washington Post reports that “[President] Obama won’t endorse raising retirement age or reducing Social Security benefits,” scotching rumors that Obama would support the recommendations of his deficit commission to do both those things. Of course, ruling out those two options for Social Security reform means you only have one left: raising taxes, and by a lot.

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

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SOTU? No, STFU.

26th January 2011

The worst part about late January is that my RSS reader becomes choked with crap from people who think that the world is waiting with bated breath for what they have to say about the most useless piece of political theatre outside of an airport.

One thing Barry won’t say is, “Take a look at Michelle’s butt and tell me we don’t have an obesity crisis in this country.” That would demonstrate a sense of humor; I’d pay to see that.

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UN calls for Somali pirate chief hunt

26th January 2011

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The international community must hunt the dozen Somali clan chiefs who run the pirate attacks on international shipping in the Indian Ocean, a UN adviser told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Which means that nothing will ever get done, as happens with every such ‘U.N. call’.

The way to get this done is to call Erik Prince at Blackwater and say, ‘Here’s the list. $1,000,000 a head. You can send the body, too, but we’re paying for the head.’ Poof. No pirate problem within about three months.

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How Much Will Your Facebook Friends Be Worth in Court?

26th January 2011

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Let’s say a couple has a joint Farmville account. They labor over it for months, even years, lovingly tending their turnips and midget goats, trading seeds and stud horses with their neighbors, etc. Then one day they get divorced, and because they live in a community property state, they have to either divide all their stuff in half or, if it’s indivisible, like their home, one spouse must reimburse the other for half its value. But what happens to the Farmville account?

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“Nothing like this will be built again”

26th January 2011

Charlie Stross tours a nuclear reactor in Scotland.

Unfortunately, it’s due to socialists like him that ‘nothing like this will be built again’, but Charlie is apparently too busy with life to connect the dots. Ah, well. Enjoy the tour.

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Google gives Voice to your mobile number

26th January 2011

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Google Voice is a free service, but porting your existing mobile phone number will cost you $20. Number porting is available to existing Google Voice users right now – there’s a “Change/Port” option on the Settings page once you log in to your account – and according to Google, numbers are typically ported within 24 hours.

When you port your number to Google Voice, doing so actually cancels the existing service plan you have with your mobile carrier. So you’ll have to contact your mobile service provider to set up a new plan under a new number.

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Passenger cleared after TSA checkpoint stare-down

26th January 2011

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A Seattle man has been acquitted of all charges brought against him when he refused to show ID to TSA officials and videotaped the incident at an airport security checkpoint.

Apparently resistance is not necessarily futile.

Mocek’s video, shot in November 2009 at the Albuquerque International Airport, portrays a passenger politely refusing officers’ request that he show ID and stop videotaping his encounter with them.

“Is there a problem with using a camera in the airport in publicly – in publicly accessible areas?” Mocek calmly asks.

“Yes, there is,” an officer answers.

“I think you’re incorrect,” the passenger replies.

As the confrontation continues, one officer tells the man: “You pushing it, OK? You’re really pushing it.”

Another officer says: “Buster, you’re in trouble.”

Papers, Please! says the acquittal proves what TSA critics have said all along: That checkpoint staff have no police powers, that contrary to TSA claims, passengers have the right to fly without providing ID, and yes, passengers are free to video record checkpoints as long as images on screening monitors aren’t captured.

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Israel arrests 3 suspects in murder of US tourist

26th January 2011

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Police say the three men told interrogators they wanted to kill a Jew. Luken was in fact Christian.

And that’s all you need to know. They just want to kill Jews.

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Our Crony Capitalist in Chief

25th January 2011

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Even socialists can be bought — but they don’t come cheap.

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Your dishes are dirty because of the Greens.

25th January 2011

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Thanks to some bad (and mostly Democratic) decision-making over in Washington state, major dishwasher detergent manufacturers had to drastically cut its phosphate content; which is why your dishwasher recently and suddenly stopped working properly.

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

Presumably they won’t be happy until everybody has a dog to lick the dishes clean for them. Hey, it’s organic.

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‘The Myth of Homegrown Islamic Terrorism’

25th January 2011

Time magazine sticks its head firmly in the sand.

Though acts of violent extremism by U.S. Muslims appear to have grown, their potency has not. American Muslims remain more moderate, diverse and integrated than the Muslim populations in any other Western society. Despite the efforts of al-Qaeda propagandists like al-Awlaki, the evidence of even modest sympathy for the enemy existing inside the U.S. is minuscule. The paranoia about homegrown terrorism thus vastly overstates al-Qaeda’s strength and reflects our leaders’ inability to make honest assessments about the true threats to America’s security.

The fact remains that jihad and sharia remain cornerstones of the Islamic worldview, and just because Muslims aren’t blowing up people today is absolutely no guarantee that they won’t do so tomorrow. In this, Time is repeating the same hand-waving we saw back when there were Communists. “Nothing to see here. Move along. Move along.” Even the most cursory examination of the past twenty years’ history in Europe, most egregiously in France and the Netherlands but also in Germany, Belgium, and Britain, demonstrate that Muslims can be vewy vewy quiet until such time as they have a sufficient cadre of population to use as a base for demands for increasing accommodation of Islamic law. Can’t happen here? Ask the Christians in Dearborn and nearby parts of Michigan.

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Italian Scientists Claim (Dubious) Cold Fusion Breakthrough

25th January 2011

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Government Unions Build Ranks, Court TSA for Membership

25th January 2011

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Thousands of airport security screeners could choose a union to represent them as early as March, marking the latest expansion of union influence in the public sector, which now has more labor union members than the private sector.

The chief difference between the KGB and the TSA, so far as I can tell, is that the KGB were more efficient and had snappier uniforms.

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Nigeria: Muslims kill 6 in machete attacks on Christian villages; the Associated Press tells us “6 dead in religion-torn central Nigerian region”

24th January 2011

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That’s some fine Religion o’ Peace™ you got there, Mohammed.

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Rahm Emanuel Booted From Chicago Mayoral Ballot

24th January 2011

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Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

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The State Against Blacks

24th January 2011

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‘Sometimes I sarcastically, perhaps cynically, say that I’m glad that I received virtually all of my education before it became fashionable for white people to like black people,” writes Walter Williams in his new autobiography, “Up from the Projects.” “By that I mean that I encountered back then a more honest assessment of my strengths and weaknesses. Professors didn’t hesitate to criticize me—sometimes to the point of saying, ‘That’s nonsense.'”

Even in the antebellum era, when slaves often weren’t permitted to wed, most black children lived with a biological mother and father. During Reconstruction and up until the 1940s, 75% to 85% of black children lived in two-parent families. Today, more than 70% of black children are born to single women. “The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn’t do, what Jim Crow couldn’t do, what the harshest racism couldn’t do,” Mr. Williams says. “And that is to destroy the black family.”

“Racial discrimination is not the problem of black people that it used to be” in his youth, says Mr. Williams. “Today I doubt you could find any significant problem that blacks face that is caused by racial discrimination. The 70% illegitimacy rate is a devastating problem, but it doesn’t have a damn thing to do with racism. The fact that in some areas black people are huddled in their homes at night, sometimes serving meals on the floor so they don’t get hit by a stray bullet—that’s not because the Klan is riding through the neighborhood.”

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Huge youth Mass kicks off March for Life

24th January 2011

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Hundreds of priests filed into Verizon Center in downtown Washington on Monday morning as contemporary praise music boomed from the speakers.

The arena was packed with thousands of swaying, praying teenagers, many wearing sweat shirts from the Catholic schools they attend or knit hats that said “We believe” or “March for Life.”

The message, of course, is that religion is some sort of huge rock concert; the subtext is that the Catholic Church needs young people more than young people need the Catholic Church.

I guess this accounts for the fact that Catholic congregations are shrinking and religious vocations are drying up. My advice to the kids is to hold out for top dollar.

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Women: Can’t Live With ’em, Can’t Live Without a Welfare State

24th January 2011

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No surprises here. Used to be that women could depend on their husbands (however termed) to support them and their children during those periods when they were occupied with growing up. That doesn’t happen any more. Women in these degenerate modern times feel free to dispense their sexual favors without insisting on commitment, and so men feel free to dispense with commitment. “You’re pregnant? Hey, sucks to be you. See you around some time.” Hence the push for a husband-substitute, which in the modern age means the welfare state.

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Ikea layout ‘intended to confuse shoppers’

24th January 2011

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Ikea’s store layout is a psychological weapon used to confuse and disorientate shoppers into spending more, an expert claimed.

Alan Penn, director of the Virtual Reality Centre for the Built Environment at University College London, said visitors to the firm’s shops were so baffled by their surroundings that if they see something they like, they pick it up straightaway because it would be too hard to find it later.

I’ve only been in an Ikea once and I can testify that I was totally confused.

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Seven Anglican priests and 300 parishioners join Catholic church

24th January 2011

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Like watching a snowman melt in the sun.

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Comics Code Authority

24th January 2011

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The last publishers discontinued their participation in 2011.

The end of an era.

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Pigs.

24th January 2011

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I’ve spent the past month that I’ve been off from school downtown in the Financial District. I walk past Ground Zero daily, and there are – typically – a gaggle of tourists outside the 9/11 memorial and museum. I can’t say I’ve ever been in, but it looks like a pretty high tech preview of what will be built… eventually, I guess. Seeing as the actual site isn’t even remotely open yet, though, and just this small “museum” exists, you can imagine my surprise to find that “11 staffers at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum each pulled down more than $170,000 in total compensation in 2009, according to the most recent filings. Four execs took home more than $320,000.” Oh, and it gets worse, “[schoolchildren] thought their penny jars and bake-sale proceeds would go toward building a 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero — not the six-figure salaries of nonprofit execs.”

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“I Don’t Care About the Law”

24th January 2011

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The Englishman who made this video was threatened with death for filming Muslims engaging in dawah on a public street.

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‘Godfather of Taliban’ killed by kidnappers

24th January 2011

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When there aren’t any Jews or Americans handy, Muslims will quite cheerfully kill each other.

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Using Your Blackberry In Illinois Could Send You To Prison

24th January 2011

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So, in Illinois, it’s okay for the police to record you, but it’s a felony for you to record the police. That’s the Chicago Way in this Obamanation.

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African Americans being driven from NYC

24th January 2011

Steve Sailer sounds the alarm.

vThe NYT has maps showing demographic winners and losers in New York City between the 2000 and 2010 Censuses. By far, the biggest losers are American-born blacks, whose numbers are growing only on the remote peripheries of the city.

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‘San Francisco Jew Tries To Ban Circumcision’

24th January 2011

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I am not making this up.

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The Left’s Tucson Strategy: Stage Two

24th January 2011

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The Left’s attempt to link the Tucson shootings to angry rhetoric (not theirs, of course) was stage one of a broader strategy–what both military men and political strategists refer to as preparing the battlefield. The movement to feign nonpartisanship at the State of the Union address by seating Republicans and Democrats together is another aspect of this stage. At the same time, the Left is moving on to stage two–an effort to cash in on battlefield preparation by attacking specific figures on the right and trying to shut down speech that the Left finds inconvenient.

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The Decline of the Justice Department

24th January 2011

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Part of the ‘progressive’ program is to politicize law enforcement, and the Obamanation is no exception.

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Opening Statements to Begin Monday in Arizona ‘Honor Killing’

24th January 2011

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Police say Almaleki, 50, crashed his Jeep Laredo into his 20-year-old daughter, Noor Almaleki, and her boyfriend’s mother, as the two walked in a parking lot of a state Department of Economic Security office in Peoria, a Phoenix suburb.

Faleh Almaleki moved his family from Iraq to the Phoenix suburb of Glendale in the mid-1990s.

He wanted Noor to adhere to Iraqi traditions, but she wanted to be a typical American girl, according to court records and her close friends.

When she was 17 she refused to enter an arranged marriage in Iraq, enraging her father, according to a court document filed by prosecutors.

Sure, Muslims have no problems assimilating. Let ’em all in.

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Iraq: Car bombs targeting Shiite pilgrims kill 18

24th January 2011

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When there aren’t any Jews or Americans handy, Muslims will cheerfully blow up each other.

That’s some fine Religion o’ Peace™ you got there, Mohammed.

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‘Gay lessons’ in maths, geography and science

23rd January 2011

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I can see an argument for tolerating abnormality but I can see no rationale for celebrating it.

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First We Take Paris, Then We Take Pleven

23rd January 2011

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Over the last few years, we’ve all become familiar with the sight of masses of Muslim men clogging up public spaces in major Western European cities with their posteriors pointed skyward as they pray towards Mecca.

Paris is the most notorious in this regard, although similar occasions have been observed in Switzerland, Germany, Britain, and other countries — even across the Atlantic in front of the U.S. Capitol. To devout Muslims, such actions are well understood as a symbolic occupation of infidel territory, and a preliminary claim of that territory for Islam.

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Eric Schmidt is Beyond Rich, Files to Sell 5.9% of His Google Stock Valued at $329 Million

23rd January 2011

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Who knew there was so much money in being a gaffe-prone semi-autistic dork?

In fact, screwing up big-time gets you huge amounts of cash.

I’m in the wrong line of work, obviously.

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Minneapolis: Muslim policeman charged with felony assault, terroristic threats for beating, threatening to kill his wife

23rd January 2011

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Spousal abuse is universal across all cultures, but only in Islam is it given divine sanction, both in the Qur’an and in Muhammad’s example:

“Good women are obedient….As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34

Muhammad “struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?” — Aisha (Sahih Muslim 2127)

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UK: Surrogate mother given right to keep baby

23rd January 2011

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EPA approves higher-ethanol gas blend for more cars

23rd January 2011

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“Recently completed testing and data analysis show that E15 does not harm emissions control equipment in newer cars and light trucks,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in the announcement. “Wherever sound science and the law support steps to allow more home-grown fuels in America’s vehicles, this administration takes those steps.”

Especially when the ethanol lobbyists have showered this administration with cash.

Ethanol, while popular in corn-growing regions, faces much criticism from environmentalists, cattle ranchers, food companies and a broad coalition of other groups. Opponents argue that its increased use makes animal feed more expensive, raising prices at the grocery store and disrupting land.

Why should the Environmental Protection Agency care about what environmentalists think? Much less cattle ranchers, food companies, and, oh, people who drive.

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Hope Grows as Journals Weigh in on Italian Cold Fusion Breakthrough

23rd January 2011

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I’ve always thought that ‘cold fusion’ sounded like an aftershave.

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DEA Seeking Ebonics Experts for Narcotics Investigations

23rd January 2011

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Jesse Jackson, call your lawyers.

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Norwegian Boy Fends Off Wolf Pack with Heavy Metal

23rd January 2011

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We have the techology.

The plan worked. Eikrem said he was able to drive away the wolves by playing the song “Overcome” by the American hard-rock band Creed. “They didn’t really get scared,” Walter said. “They just turned around and simply trotted away.”

Perhaps they figured that someone with such bad taste would surely taste bad.

Now if it would only work with those shits from Twilight….

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Palestinians receive French minister with throwing stones

23rd January 2011

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If all ‘Palestinians” were to die tomorrow, the amount of hate in the world would decrease by about a third.

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Thailand: Four soldiers killed in jihadist attack on army camp

23rd January 2011

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It is a departure from their usual attacks on teachers, rubber tappers, and telephone repairmen. Also, ex-politicians, village chiefs, married couples, and construction workers.

One of these days, an authoritarian regime in a ‘developing’ country is just going to cut to the chase and have their army and internal security forces exterminate every Muslim within their borders. The usual hand-wringing will ensue, but there will be no permanent repercussions — except that people will no longer be blown up in that country.

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Fear of a Republican Uterus

23rd January 2011

The Other McCain nails it, as he so often does.

Liberal women are the active, driving force behind hatred of Sarah Palin, while liberal men’s behavior is passive and manipulative.

One of the necessary consequences of the Modern Professional Feminist Career Woman Lifestyle is that it tends to limit women’s procreative capacity. It isn’t merely that feminism’s embrace of the Culture of Death elevates abortion to sacramental status. Rather, it is that feminist notions of Progress require that women foresake (or at least postpone) the love-marriage-motherhood model of happiness in pursuit of careerist equality. Even if a woman does not actually go all-out in following the anti-phallocratic ideology — “Feminism is the theory; lesbianism is the practice,” to quote Ti-Grace Atkinson — her pursuit of the career woman lifestyle inevitably restricts her reproductive opportunities.

By the time she finishes college and grad school and establishes herself firmly en route to an upper-middle-class socioeconomic future, the the Modern Professional Feminist Career Woman is 30 or older. Even if she could meet Mister Right, she’s not going to abandon her career — for she has been taught to consider life meaningless without a professional career — in favor of domesticity. Ergo, even if she marries and decides she can afford a baby, she’ll have to hire someone to raise it for her while she returns to the job from which she derives her sense of purpose and identity.

Such women are, however, usually skilled enough at math to recognize that their boutique babies — usually just one, but never more than two — will be vastly outnumbered by the offspring of women who aren’t following the Modern Professional Feminist Career Woman Lifestyle. Those other women, with their non-elite educations and their unruly broods of children, inevitably appear to the feminist career woman’s mind as The Problem.

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What Palestinians Are Saying Online

23rd January 2011

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Mostly “HATE YOU!” If all Palestinians were to die tomorrow it would decrease the total amount of hate in the world by about a third.

During the past decade, Washington has repeatedly failed to gauge the extent of Palestinian anti-peace sentiments with devastating consequences. The July 2000 Camp David summit triggered the worst wave of Palestinian violence since 1948 (euphemized as the “al-Aqsa Intifada”); the Palestinian parliamentary elections of January 2006 led to a victory for the Hamas Islamist group. Now that President Obama has announced his ambitious timeline for Israeli-Palestinian peace, could the administration be rushing headlong into yet another diplomatic failure?

A recent nine-week study by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) of online Palestinian political sentiments suggests that this could be the case. Palestinian Internet users often derided diplomatic initiatives, and their discussion of the peace process was overwhelmingly negative. More alarmingly, the study revealed several troubling trends among Palestinian social media users—notably the prevalence of Islamism, fissures between factions, and the inability of liberal reformers to be heard—that cast doubt on both the prospects for peace and the likelihood that a democratic Palestinian state will emerge.

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“First lady, Wal-Mart reach pact on nutrition”

23rd January 2011

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It’s disturbing to think of the federal government’s pressuring and jawboning a private business to reformulate perfectly lawful products, cut prices on some lines of goods, and so forth.

But, hey, that’s the way it is in the Obamanation.

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A Provocateur Who Talks to Strangers

23rd January 2011

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WARNING: This is not a parody, however much it sounds like one.

The urge to insinuate herself into other people’s lives was evident in her earliest artworks. Ms. Nakadate (pronounced nah-ka-da-TAY) grew up in Ames, Iowa, and moved to Boston in the mid-1990s to attend a program sponsored by Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. A friend at Wellesley College introduced her to the social rituals at that women-only school, especially the legendary parties featuring young men from Harvard and M.I.T. who would arrive at the campus on a weekend shuttle bus.

“It was this moment in the girls’ sort of postfeminist movement where their way of empowering themselves was having these enormous parties where they didn’t apologize for anything,” said Ms. Nakadate, who was fascinated by peers “so unafraid of failure,” and seemingly unconcerned with “trying to please people, or trying to put on the correct veneer.” She spent the next four years shadowing students at Wellesley and other nearby women’s colleges, interviewing them and documenting their lives in photographs.

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