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Archive for January, 2011

Where the oil is: 6 huge untapped fields

28th January 2011

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But don’t forget that we’re running out of oil. All the Smart People say so.

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Mexican town’s cops quit after colleagues beheaded

28th January 2011

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The police chief and all 38 police officers of a northeastern Mexican town have quit following a series of drug cartel attacks, including the decapitation of two of their colleagues.

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Iranian Book Celebrating Suicide Bombers Found in Arizona Desert

27th January 2011

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Nonsense, only Mexicans come across that border. They must have misinterpreted it.

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The Very Tiny Terrorist

27th January 2011

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Airport officials ordered a holidaymaker carrying a toy soldier onto a plane to remove its three-inch gun – because it was a safety threat.

Ken Lloyd was stunned when he was told he could not go on the plane with the nine-inch model soldier because it was carrying a ‘firearm’.

Apparently the British figure that if the TSA can be stupid, they can be stupid too.

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American embassy official in Pakistan kills suspected armed robbers

27th January 2011

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A US embassy employee shot dead two motorcyclists after they pulled a pistol on him in traffic, sparking angry anti-American protests in the Pakistani city of Lahore

I suppose he was just supposed to let himself be robbed and perhaps murdered.

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Bomb strikes funeral, killing 48 in Baghdad

27th January 2011

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

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UK: Islamic poster campaign calls for the murder of Home Secretary Theresa May

27th January 2011

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

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Politician Trespasses Into House Under Construction, Breaks Leg… Sues Owners

27th January 2011

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The couple — who it should be mentioned are constituents of Alesi — were having a home built. While it was under construction, but no one was there, Alesi suddenly decided to just go into the house and have a look (he says he was checking it out “for a friend.”) The door was locked, but he walked around back and found a basement door that was unlocked. Once inside, he tried to climb a ladder to get to the first floor, since no stairs had been built yet… and suffered serious leg injuries, requiring surgery. And now, he’s suing the homeowners and the builder.

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Caught on Tape: Phony Falls that Cost You Money

27th January 2011

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Border authorities arrest controversial Muslim cleric east of San Diego

27th January 2011

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U.S. border authorities have arrested a controversial Muslim cleric who was deported from Canada to Tunisia three years ago and was caught earlier this month trying to sneak into California inside the trunk of a BMW, according to court documents.

Said Jaziri, the former Imam of a Muslim congregation in Montreal, was hidden inside a car driven by a San Diego-area man who was pulled over by U.S. Border Patrol agents near an Indian casino east of San Diego. Jaziri allegedly paid a Tijuana-based smuggling group $5,000 to get him across the border near Tecate, saying he wanted to be taken to a “safe place anywhere in the U.S.”

So much for the theory that only Mexicans sneak across the southern border.

Hey, perhaps we ought to bring some of those fine young men back from Afghanistan to guard our own border — and, maybe, you know, like, build a fence or something.

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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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Text message blows up suicide bomber by accident

27th January 2011

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A “Black Widow” suicide bomber planned a terrorist attack in central Moscow on New Year’s Eve but was killed when an unexpected text message set off her bomb too early, according to Russian security sources.

The unnamed woman, who is thought to be part of the same group that struck Moscow’s Domodedovo airport on Monday, intended to detonate a suicide belt near Red Square on New Year’s Eve in an attack that could have killed hundreds.

Security sources believe a message from her mobile phone operator wishing her a happy new year received just hours before the planned attack triggered her suicide belt, killing her at a safe house.

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UK: Hospital A&E department ‘clogged up’ with drunks

27th January 2011

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Let’s hear it for government-run health care.

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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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Fatwa: “Whoever Insults One of These Four Things, Whether in Jest or Sincerity, Has Become an Infidel and Must Be Killed”

26th January 2011

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No, the four things are not the four Gospels, and the author of this fatwa is not a right-wing Evangelical minister. The four things, of course, are Allah, Muhammad, the Qur’an, and Islam, and this is yet another offering from the Religion of Peace and Tolerance (shocker!). The author of this fatwa, which comes from the Islamic Fatwa Council of Jerusalem, presided over by Shaykh Khalid Ghanayim, asserts that this is not only his opinion, but also the opinion of the Qur’an, the sunnah, and the consensus of Islamic scholars, and backs all of that up with references from each source.

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CBO: Social Security Now Officially Broke

26th January 2011

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The CBO’s revenue/expenditure estimates now place the program in permanent deficit. There had been some hope that payroll taxes would recover sufficiently post-recession to put the program back into the black (the theoretical black) for at least a few more years, putting off the day of reckoning for an election cycle or more. No more: The new CBO estimates put Social Security in the red for as far as the eye can see.

Gals: Still time to marry a rich guy, if you hurry. Guys: ‘fraid you’re out of luck.

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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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Government-run schools are a boondoggle.

26th January 2011

Michelle Malkin arrives at the party.

‘We’re going to have to out-educate other countries,” President Obama urged this week. How? By out-spending them, of course! It’s the same old quack cure for America’s fat and failing government-run schools monopoly. The one-trick ponies at the White House call their academic improvement agenda “targeted investing” for “winning the future.” Truth in advertising: Get ready to fork over more Cash for Education Clunkers.

— Despite massive multibillion-dollar “investments” in teacher training, America’s educators are horrifyingly incompetent at even elementary math. Explaining why American grade-school students can’t master simple fractions, one math professor confessed: “Part of the reason the kids don’t know it is because the teachers aren’t transmitting that.” Instead, they’ve ditched “drill and kill” — otherwise known as the basics — for costly educational fads ranging from “Mayan Math” to “Everyday Math” that substitute art, self-esteem, and multiculturalism for the fundamentals of computation.

The $49 million technology program distributed some 40,000 new (foreign-made) ASUS netbook computers, plus thousands of printers, scanners, and desktop computers to teachers and kids from early childhood through 12th grade. One teacher was caught late last year trying to pawn his shiny new booty. No doubt he has company.

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Sheriff Dipstick

26th January 2011

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At a time when most of America was looking for answers in the Tucson shootings, trying to understand what mix of privation and perversion could drive an individual to shoot indiscriminately into a crowd of innocent bystanders, longtime Pima County sheriff Clarence Dupnik had his answers prepackaged and ready for prime time.

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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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He’s Back! Did a Mob Protest & Teamsters Endorsement Keep Rahm on the Ballot?

26th January 2011

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

Rules aren’t for Democrats. Rules are only for Republicans. Surely everyone knows that.

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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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22 Facts About California That Make You Wonder Why Anyone Would Still Want To Live In That Hellhole Of A State

25th January 2011

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Why in the world would anyone still want to live in the state of California at this point?  Residents of California have been forced to endure a brutally oppressive level of taxation for many years, and yet the state of California has still managed to find itself on the verge of bankruptcy.  California Governor Jerry Brown declared a “fiscal emergency” in his state on Thursday, but nobody is even pretending that such a declaration is actually going to help matters.  Brown wants to cut even deeper into the state budget (even after tens of billions have already been slashed out of it in recent years) and he wants to explore ways to raise even more revenue.  Meanwhile, the standard of living in California is going right into the toilet.  Housing values are plummeting.  Unemployment has risen above 20 percent in many areas of the state.  Crime and gang activity is on the rise even as police budgets are being hacked to the bone.  The health care system is an absolute disaster.  At this point California has the fewest emergency rooms per million people out of all 50 states.   While all of this has been going on, the state legislature in Sacramento has been very busy passing hundreds of new laws that are mostly about promoting one radical agenda or another.  The state government has become so radically anti-business that it is a wonder that any businesses have remained in the state.  It seems like the moving vans never stop as an endless parade of businesses and families leave California as quickly as they can.

Don’t hold it in, guys, tell us how you really feel….

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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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Why Islam Is Dangerous

25th January 2011

Roland Shirk runs through the list.

  • Unlike any other world religion, Islam has a positive doctrine of conquest as a religious duty. (Those closest analogue I can find is the religious pretext Spanish conquistadors used to attack Aztecs and Incas–proferring their leaders a Bible, then when they refused to venerate it, attacking them. But this was an innovation of 16th century land-pirates, which was not grounded in Catholic doctrine. The Crusades, for all their attendant injustices, were not justified in Church circles by any doctrine of conversion via conquest, but rather as wars of liberation for conquered, occupied Christian lands, and defense of Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land.)
  • Migration is one of the key strategies in this strategy of conquest.
  • Islam demands the political subjugation of all other monotheists, and the extermination or forced conversion of all others.
  • Muslim scriptures and tradition sanction the deceitful embrace of religious tolerance when Muslims are weak (as they were in Mecca, hence the suras that conveniently were “revealed” in that context), which must be replaced by fierce intolerance as they grow stronger (as they were in Medina, hence the suras that handily came down from heaven then). Typically, the only difference between “moderate” and “extremist” Muslims can be traced to the context in which they are living. Those who live in Western lands are religiously enjoined to speak like early Meccans, while those in positions of power are not just permitted but obliged to act like regnant Medinians. What’s shocking to our sensibilities in the West is the spectacle of “radical” imams in places like London jumping prematurely from Meccan to Medinian rhetoric. Let us hope they continue to overplay their hand.
  • The Muslim subjugation of women, and the Western death-cult of feminism, combine to give Muslim immigrants a huge reproductive advantage over the natives of almost any country which they inhabit. Even conservative Catholics who reject contraception are unlikely to match the Muslim birth rate, for the simple reason that Christianity views women (like men) as ends in themselves, not means to the reproduction of sons. For evidence of this difference, think of the stark divide between Christian visions of heaven (where sex is of no significance) and Muslim paradise, which is distinctly a billionaire boys’ club.
  • Given the radical message of intolerance intrinsic to the Qur’an, which legitimate religious authorities around the world endorse, and the power of terrorism as a tool of “asymmetrical warfare,” faithful Muslims in any country will always be just a few Friday sermons away from generating that 1% (or .05%) it takes to cause mayhem among the rest of us. Think, by comparison, of the infinitesimal fragment of pro-life Christians (hundreds of thousands of them marched on Washington yesterday) who endorse, much less use, violence to stop what they consider the mass murder of the unborn–only to be unanimously condemned by every Christian leader of any repute.

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The ‘Investment’ Euphemism

25th January 2011

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Government employees love to call the taxpayer money they spend ‘investment’, because it gives the impression that they aren’t just pissing it away. But it’s not investment, which has a standard meaning accessible to anybody who doesn’t draw a government paycheck; it’s consumption, pure and simple. An investment provides a return to the one making the investment; government ‘investment’ typically provides returns to the firms that hire the lobbyists that make the contributions to the politicians who allocate the funds, but the connection between them and the taxpayers who actually provide the cash is about as tenuous as cotton candy.

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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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Teen hit with own golf ball sues for millions

24th January 2011

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A 15-year-old boy is suing a local golf course for $3 million after he was hit in the eye by his own golf ball.

According to court documents, Good and his teammates were using the practice range. It was raining and the staff at Pumpkin Ridge put up an awning. When Good teed off his ball hit a metal post that was holding up the awning just inches in front of his driving mat. The ball ricocheted off and hit him in the left eye.

Good’s lawyer is claiming Pumpkin Ridge should have known that metal pole was a danger and is therefore liable.

“I’m a putz and it’s your fault! Pay me!”

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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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Agreeing to Be Agreeable

24th January 2011

David Kahane channels the left.

We could all just get along if only you would shut up.

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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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UK: ‘I’d sooner let a Tesco butcher fix my toe than ask the NHS’

24th January 2011

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For three weeks I’ve been limping around on a broken toe. The horse stamped on it and I’m in agony, but I’m not going to get it seen to because I do not want to go anywhere near my local hospital. I’m sorry, I know I will get complaints from doctors and nurses about how hard they work. I know the NHS is a sacred institution that must not be criticised. But I have been to St George’s Hospital in Tooting in London, and my nearest alternative, King’s College in Denmark Hill, and hell and high water wouldn’t drag me back to either.

One of the problems with government-run health care is that it’s not just about your medical condition, it’s about every politically correct fad that government bureaucrats can cram down your throat because they have a monopoly on your treatment.

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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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Chinese Pianist Plays Propaganda Tune at White House

24th January 2011

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Lang Lang the pianist says he chose it. Chairman Hu Jintao recognized it as soon as he heard it. Patriotic Chinese Internet users were delighted as soon as they saw the videos online. Early morning TV viewers in China knew it would be played an hour or two beforehand. At the White House State dinner on Jan. 19, about six minutes into his set, Lang Lang began tapping out a famous anti-American propaganda melody from the Korean War: the theme song to the movie “Battle on Shangganling Mountain.”

Not that the Obamassiah gives a shit. He probably agreed with it.

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