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Uk Experts to Help Iraq Destroy Chemical Residues

31st July 2012

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Britain will help the Iraqi government dispose of what’s left of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons, still stored in two bunkers in north of Baghdad, the British embassy in Baghdad announced Monday.

But that’s impossible, of course, because everybody knows that Bush Lied and Saddam didn’t have any WMD.

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“We may soon find out what happened to much of Saddam’s WMD”

31st July 2012

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Invincible Armor links to a piece at Investors.com alleging that Iraq transferred its chemical weapons to Syria shortly before the U.S. launched Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“As Sada told the New York Sun, two Iraqi Airways Boeings were converted to cargo planes by removing the seats, and special Republican Guard units loaded the planes with chemical weapons materials.

Can’t wait to see how the Voices of the Crust will spin this one.

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How Does That Work, Exactly?

31st July 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With thanks to Bob, who finds all the good stuff.

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Obama Campaign Leaves Newport Beach With $35,000 Security Tab

31st July 2012

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When Mitt Romney visited Orange County, California for a fundraiser in May, his campaign promptly paid Newport Beach for security costs.

President Obama’s campaign, on the other hand, still has not paid a $35,000 bill incurred when he went to a private home in Corona del Mar, in February, for a fundraiser that required, according to the Los Angeles Times, “street closures and additional security requirements for the president.”

Hey, spending other people’s money is what being a Democrat is all about. Deal with it.

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Mali Islamists Stone Unmarried Couple to Death

31st July 2012

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And the ‘progressives’ say: [chirp] … [chirp] … [chirp] ….

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How Much Would It Cost to Be Batman in Real Life?

31st July 2012

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And that’s after taxes….

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Doctor Shortage Likely to Worsen With Health Law

31st July 2012

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The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that in 2015 the country will have 62,900 fewer doctors than needed. And that number will more than double by 2025, as the expansion of insurance coverage and the aging of baby boomers drive up demand for care. Even without the health care law, the shortfall of doctors in 2025 would still exceed 100,000.

Universal health care is no good without enough practitioners to provide it. Unlike dollars or shoes, you can’t just churn out more as you need them.

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Olympic Taurocoprolites; Global Warming Pretenders; and Other Matters

31st July 2012

Jerry Pournelle has some thoughts.

Most interesting to me:

The best thing one can do for giant corporations is to thicken the business environment with regulations requiring compliance specialists; the result is to prevent newcomers from entering the business, thus ensuring that the business will be dominated by the existing giants.

The same logic applies to tax policy, and this can be recast as: ‘The best thing one can do for rich people is to thicken the tax environment with regulations requiring compliance specialists; the result is to prevent newcomers from entering the “rich people” business, thus ensuring that the “rich people” business will be dominated by the existing wealthy.’ Which is what I’ve been saying all along about Warren Buffet and his fellow travelers.

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Panasonic Develops Artificial Photosynthesis System to Reduce Carbon Emissions

31st July 2012

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Panasonic says it has created an artificial photosynthesis system that can convert carbon dioxide into organic fuels, and can do so as efficiently as plants. The system creates energy by passing sunlight or concentrated light through a nitride semiconductor photoelectrode, and then uses this energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into formic acid. The system may seem inefficient with a rate of just 0.2 percent, but it’s the most efficient system of its kind so far, according to Panasonic. Previous attempts to create a similar mechanism had a limited efficiency due to their complex structures.

It doesn’t matter. The enviro-nazis will find some objection to it, and seek to embody that objection in appropriate regulations — their objective isn’t to save the environment but rather to suppress industrialization, and this invention will merely allow industrialization to continue.

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Palestinians Protest Romney Statements as ‘Racist’

31st July 2012

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Really? What ‘race’ is ‘Palestianian’? What ‘race’ is ‘Israeli’? How do they differ? And how do you cope with the Arabs who say that it’s impossible for Arabs to be anti-Semitic because Arabs are Semites too?

The dirty little secret of modern Political Correctness is that accusations of ‘racism’ merely mean ‘I belong to a fashionable victim group, and you do not, so when you say something I don’t like, I get to call you “racist”. And the media will support me because they’re as ignorant and tendentious as I am.’

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Evolution of the School Desk

31st July 2012

An Informative Chart.

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Thar She Blows — A Killer Political Correctness Sighting

31st July 2012

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On Friday, George Will wrote a harrowing column about the Justice Department’s prosecution — courtesy of the Environmental Crimes Division — of Nancy Black, a marine biologist. Black captains a whale watching ship. Finding herself under investigation for “harassment” of a marine mammal, the alleged harassment consisting of whistling at whales to keep them near the ship for a while, she submitted a tape of the incident. Black edited the tape slightly to highlight the whistling, according to Will. The feds found no harassment, but indicted Black for editing the tape, calling this a “material false statement” to federal investigators.

They also charged Black with feeding killer whales. But, according to Will, what Black actually did was photograph the killer whales eating a whale they had already killed. Her only contribution to the feast was to cut a hole in one of the floating slabs of blubber and, through the hole, attach a rope to stabilize the slab while a camera on a pole recorded the whales’ underwater eating.

Will notes that the federal persecution of Black has crippled her scientific career, cost her more than $100,000 in legal fees so far, and might see her sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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An Insider’s Exposé of Islamist Extremism

31st July 2012

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Charles Moore reviews Radical by Maajid Nawaz.

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Recidivism Rate for Illegal Immigrants Nearly 20 Percent

31st July 2012

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

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‘Knights’ Rob French Medieval Festival

31st July 2012

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A gang of thieves dressed as knights and armed with a sword and axe robbed the organisers of a medieval festival in France.

Sounds very authentic to me.

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Brit Columnist: What’s Wrong With America Having Anglo-Saxon Heritage?

30th July 2012

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Yeah, what?

In the States the meaning of Anglo has evolved as various waves of people were assimilated. The term was first used to distinguish Protestant Americans of largely British (though also Dutch and German) stock from Irish Catholic immigrants, many of the former emphasising their Englishness in reaction to the newcomers. In the early twentieth century it was sometimes used by American leaders who felt a bond with Britain, such as Woodrow Wilson, especially when that country was in conflict with Germany. But later Anglo-Saxon (and Wasp) came to mean people of north-west European Protestant ancestry, as opposed to the immigrants of the 1880-1920 wave, Catholics and Jews from south and east Europe. Nowadays it can mean all “non-Hispanic whites”.

By that definition the implications of Romney’s adviser could be “we are white, Obama isn’t”. But if this was dog-whistle racism, then Obama’s 2008 campaign was a blaring Klaxon horn of race. Forget the “post-racial candidate” (© the entire mainstream US and European media), Obama was in reality the “multi-racial” candidate, one who signified the end of white demographic dominance. That’s post-racial in the sense that the majority are becoming a minority, but it would be absurd to pretend that race was not a huge factor in the election of this not-very-experienced junior senator – illustrated by the fact that 96 per cent of African-Americans voted for him.

Can you spell ‘double standard’? Of course you can … if you dare.

America’s vast contradictions and hypocrisies concerning race still rest on the idea that some groups are supposed to be post-racial, while others are encouraged to celebrate their identity, and to fight for the interests of their group. For example, lots of self-appointed Hispanic leaders want America to be more Hispanic, to have more of their countrymen. No one in the media accuses them of racism or chauvinism, and instead presents people wishing to maintain the status quo as hatemongers. Yet why is it necessarily more wrong for Anglo-Americans to want the country to be more full of people like them? Some people advancing the interests of their group are racists; some people advancing the interests of their group are anti-racists.

These days, ‘racist’ is just a synonym for ‘white’.

And why is it acceptable for every ethnicity in America to take pride in its roots, apart from the ethnic group that founded the 13 colonies, bequeathed it their language and laws, and established the political philosophy and liberal institutions? Even if actual English blood accounts for less than 10 per cent of American DNA, the Anglo political identity of America is deep. As David Hackett Fischer pointed out in Albion’s Seed, the cultural influence of the initial founders of a society can vastly outweigh their genetic input.

Yeah — but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order… what have the Romans done for us?

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Why Is Fauquier County, Virginia, Waging War Against Small Farmers?

30th July 2012

The Other McCain blows the whistle.

Zoning is the closest thing to fascism most Americans will ever know, and it’s remarkable how local governments use zoning laws to limit the rights of the little guy while rewarding the wealthy and well-connected. Big developers who know how to work the system can almost always get whatever they want from zoning boards, while the small property owner is at the mercy of politicians and bureaucrats.

True that.

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Why CNN Is a Failure

30th July 2012

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 CNN represents the passive-aggressive Left. MSNBC is unrestrained id, but CNN can never fully surrender to its liberal impulses. It tries to maintain a fig leaf of neutrality. But CNN can’t get through the day without betraying what it really thinks, often in underhanded ways. Thus, when CNN did a story on Chick-fil-A today, what did it focus on? The merits of the controversy? The fact that more than one Democratic government official has threatened to violate the company’s constitutional rights, because its CEO is opposed to gay marriage? No. In a dog whistle to its liberal audience, CNN focused on the fact that Todd and Sarah Palin, along with thousands of other Americans, tweeted photos of themselves eating at Chick-fil-A….

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White House Admits It Did Return Winston Churchill Bust to Britain

30th July 2012

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Barack Obama’s White House has been forced to admit that it did return a bust of Sir Winston Churchill to British diplomats, after describing such claims as “100 per cent false”.

Perhaps I need a new category, ‘Obama’s Minions Caught Lying Again’.

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Men Can Wear Skirts to Oxford University Exams

30th July 2012

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Oxford University has rewritten the laws governing its strict academic dress code following concerns that they were unfair towards transgender students.

Can’t see how. Women wear pants without, apparently, feeling that their sexual identity is impaired. I guess ‘transgender’ is the new ‘gay’.

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Chick-fil-A Eats Crow

30th July 2012

Paul Gottfried is pretty hard-core.

Although Cathy and his staff have affirmed their determination “to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect—regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” this statement, which reads like something from the Department of Education, is apparently a ruse. According to gay-advocacy organizations The Huffington Post and The New York Times, as well as leading Democratic pols such as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Cathy is trying to stamp out (you guessed it!) “tolerance.” Every time someone bites into one of his sandwiches, the customer promotes hate. Presumably if one bites twice, one gets cholesterol poisoning and causes a recurrence of Auschwitz.

Thin edge of the wedge, man, thin edge of the wedge. Gotta guard against that shit.

The government social engineering that was congressionally approved in the 1960s for advancing blacks and women has now been extended to other victim groups, and there’s no way to stop the process. It just goes on and on, with ever more intrusive tactics being applied to bring everyone into line. This is not fascism, with due respect to my libertarian friends who insist that it is. Mussolini, for all his rhetoric about the state’s majesty, would never have engaged in the present insane attempt to stand society on its head by placing homosexuals beyond criticism and by pushing the private sector into showering them with jobs. The alternative left does not really object to such arrangements provided they can elect Romney as our next president and get on with important things such as carpet-bombing Iran and filling patronage jobs with party loyalists.

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Endangered Mountain Chicken Frogs Bred In London

30th July 2012

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The critically-endangered mountain chicken frogs were rescued from the island of Montserrat as they faced extinction due to the rapid spread of the Chytrid fungus.

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

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Florida Man Who Lost Hand Charged With Feeding Gator

30th July 2012

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A Florida airboat captain whose hand was bitten off by a 9-foot alligator faces charges of feeding of the animal.

He must have pissed off somebody in the local administration of justice bureaucracy because this is just fargin stupid, the equivalent of the hackneyed story about the guy who shot his parents and then pleaded for mercy as an orphan.

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Jonathan Chait Is Vermin

29th July 2012

Quin Hilyer reacts to Jonathan Chait’s thesis that the reason Republicans dislike Obama is racism.

What a steaming load of diseased dung this is. The time has come to call this “racism” wolf cry what it really is: the Left’s version of McCarthyism. As with the original, the game is to accuse adversaries of something awful, and awfully untrue, purely for political effect, to cause a political wound. (The difference is that at least McCarthy had some small basis for his vilely overstated accusations, as the Venona documents have since shown; this cry of racism, here as in so many of the Left’s uses of it in recent years, has not even a shred of truth to it.)

Yup.

The reason Barack Obama’s outlook is alien to the American tradition is not because he is black; it is because he was mentored by a Communist, raised by leftists, inculcated with foreign values in Indonesia, befriended (and willing befriending of) some of the vilest radicals and terrorists on American soil, studied and emulated the evil Saul Alinksy, and consciously chose (by his own testimony in his crafted, semi-fictionalized “autobiography”) the persona of a man disaffected from and antagonistic to many of the values historically adopted and admired by most Americans.

Yup again.

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Expect significant “medal inequality” at the 2012 London Olympics. Should there be “medal redistribution”?

29th July 2012

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Yeah, we’re making all these poor underdeveloped (don’t call them ‘backward’!) nations feel low self-esteem.

Instead, lets distribute medals based proportionally on sex and skin tone. Oh, and sexual preference. That would be more ‘fair’.

But none to the Jews, of course, since they’re icky. And a few more to the Muslims, of course, or they’ll start blowing people up — you know how they are.

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Obama and Prosperity

29th July 2012

Freeberg nails it once again.

If the economy improves, people prosper. If people prosper, Barack Obama sees them as the problem. If a leader thinks people are the problem when they’re making the economy stronger, clearly the economy cannot improve under His leadership.

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Pakistan: Muslim Murders Sister for Reporting Him to Police After He and His Brothers Beat Her With Clubs for Wearing Pants and Riding a Motorcycle

29th July 2012

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

And the feminists say: [chirp] … [chirp] … [chirp] ….

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Antoine Dodson on Chick-fil-A

29th July 2012

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If I wanna have a Chick-fil-A sandwich, I’m gonna have a Chick-fil-A sandwich.

And if a Negro says it, is it not our duty to believe it?

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UK: Brain Dead Patients Could Be Kept Alive to Harvest Their Organs for NHS

29th July 2012

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Hey, if you’ve got a kidney or a liver, you didn’t build that; somebody else made that happen.

Don’t you just love that government health care? Don’t you wish that America had a system like that?

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Human Waste Shuts Down BART Escalators

29th July 2012

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When work crews pulled open a broken BART escalator at San Francisco’s Civic Center Station last month, they found so much human excrement in its works they had to call a hazardous-materials team.

While the sheer volume of human waste was surprising, its presence was not. Once the stations close, the bottom of BART station stairwells in downtown San Francisco are often a prime location for homeless people to camp for the night or find a private place to relieve themselves.

Five of the nine escalators that weren’t working at BART stations on Wednesday were in downtown San Francisco, said Jim Allison, a BART spokesman. While there are many reasons a BART escalator can break down, the beating they take at night is among the most acute.

If you go to San Francisco, be sure to wear a flower in your hair … and maybe some Depends.

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It’s a Dog-Eat-Dog World

29th July 2012

Bob comes through again.

I don’t know where he finds this stuff.

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It’s All a Fracking Lie

29th July 2012

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Dimock, Pa. is famous within the anti-fracking movement for being the city from the movie Gasland where residents had to drink exclusively from bottled water because the well water was so contaminated by nearby fracking sites that you could light it on fire. However, yesterday the EPA released data that actually indicated that samples in the private drinking well water “did not indicate levels of contaminants that would give EPA reason to take further action,” according to the EPA’s press release. The EPA did find dangerous levels of arsenic, barium, and manganese in five homes (out of the 64 sampled), but all of these substances “are also naturally occurring substances” which, in any case, can be reduced by available treatment systems.

In other words, the enviro-nazis and their ‘progressive’ co-conspirators are lying like rugs.

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

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New Study Confirms Death Tax Kills Jobs, Hurts Growth

29th July 2012

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A study released this week by the Joint Economic Committee found that the death tax fails to produce any recognizable benefits and significantly hinders economic growth in the U.S.

The study shows that the death tax fails to achieve any of the goals that it was intended to achieve.

Specifically, the death tax has: (1) reduced the amount of capital stock in the U.S.; (2) significantly hindered entrepreneurial activity; (3) prevented economic mobility; and (4) raised an insignificant amount of revenue.

Well, duh. The purpose of the death tax, as everyone with two brain cells to rub together knows, is to confiscate wealth from those who, being freshly dead, are in no position to complain, so that the government can spend it for it’s own purposes. It’s robbery, pure and simple. ‘Your money belongs to us; we’ll decide how much we let you keep.’

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Kid’s Hot Dog Stand Shut Down by City Officials Before It Even Opens

29th July 2012

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Crapitalism is alive and well in … wait for it … Michigan.

This summer, 13-year-old Nathan Duszynski wanted to make some money to help out his disabled parents—his mom has epilepsy and his dad has multiple sclerosis. So he decided to open a hot dog stand. He saved $1,200, mostly money made by mowing lawns and shoveling snow. He checked with the city to make sure he didn’t need any licenses or permits, even going to city hall in person with his mom. And then he bought a cart. (Yep, that’s hot dogs from Nathan’s, for those who are keeping score at home.)

He arrived to set up shop on his first day and 10 minutes later, a zoning official arrived to shut him down. The problem: The cart, which is in the parking lot of a sporting goods store, is on the edge of official downtown commercial district of Holland, Michigan. The city bans food carts in that area in order to minimize competition for the eight tax-paying restaurants a couple of blocks away.

As it happens, I’ve been to Holland. It’s a lovely town, but not exactly a booming metropolis. And frankly (ha!), after an evening of Blue Motorcycles Butch’s Dry Dock, a hot dog would really have hit the spot. The city says it is willing to work with Nathan, but keeping food carts out of the small, walkable downtown area is pretty much the same thing as banning food carts altogether. Nathan and his family obviously know that: The hot dog cart is now for sale.

After all, we can’t have some punk kid wanting to help out his disabled parents affect the profit margins of Established Businesses who no doubt have better connections at City Hall. So much for the American Dream in Obama’s America.

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The Hunt for Blue October

29th July 2012

Mark Helprin has some fun with a Voice of the Crust.

Every day it seems, reason and the English language are ravished by contemporary American politics.

For example, as there is no God-given tax rate, when the rate increases it is an increase, not the expiration of a decrease. Were it the latter, one could say that the Bush tax cuts were not tax cuts but the expiration of the Clinton increases, the Clinton increases the expiration of the Reagan cuts, the Reagan cuts the expiration of previous increases, and so on. Such is the thinking of non-effervescent minds that see as a cut a lesser increase in spending than they advocate, or urge passage of a stupendous, juggernaut, congressional bill so that they can find out what’s in it.

‘Progressives’, like their siblings the Socialists and Communists, realize that controlling the meaning of language perforce controls the means of debate. Hence the use of loaded terms like ‘piracy’ and ‘theft’ for copyright infringement, and ‘gay marriage’ for a relationship that has never been characterized as marriage in all of human history.

The nation appears more and more able to eat whatever words are shoved down its throat. It is told, and does not protest, that Islam is a religion of peace. Islam is indeed a religion of peace, but it is also, quite demonstratively and throughout the world in proof after proof day after day, a religion of war.

(And that’s not to mention usage of ‘racism’ for being disagreeable to Muslims, which aren’t a race even by the expansive standards of the Left.)

Perhaps the most brazen language diktat has been the mischievous switch of political colors. Stalin would hardly believe it, but blue now supposedly signifies the left and red the right. According to Wikipedia and the Washington Post, so it must be true, the change came in 2000 courtesy of MSNBC and NBC’s “Today” show. It next migrated to David Letterman at CBS, and then went bacterial. The spirit of the change is reminiscent of the cable TV directory that read, “The World’s Best Ho . . .” when space was clearly available for “tels.” One can imagine the high-pitched giggling at this naughtiness. Saddling your political rivals with a symbol to which they have been historically opposed is an even better and naughtier joke. Either it was that or numbing cluelessness.

That’s always puzzled me. Republicans are Red? Not even. Democrats are Blue, the traditional color in Europe for Reaction? Guess their admiration for Europe stops at that water’s edge.

Red is the mobile color of passion and engagement, and blue the staid color of reason and detachment. As you may recall, the left champions radical change spurred by boundless compassion, while the right wants to check the passions of human nature as they flow into politics, and to balance opposing powers in a stable equilibrium. Over time, natural affinities for the two colors have been confirmed by adoption—communist, socialist, and labor parties almost always favoring red. But if NBC says to, we had better jump into line. Most of the country has already done so without a thought. Who says “old media” is vestigial? They are highly adaptable, or, as they might say, “Better blue than dead.”

After all, if the Voices of the Crust say it, is it not our duty to believe it?

 

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Watchdog Finds Nepotism at Justice Department

29th July 2012

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

The Justice Department’s internal watchdog said Thursday that eight current or former officials at one of its divisions steered jobs to children and other relatives, violating laws and regulations that forbid nepotism.

He said that the eight executives made the violations by “improperly manipulating the hiring process to ensure that their own children or the children of other JMD employees were appointed to DOJ positions. In at least one case, we found that two senior officials simultaneously attempted to assist each other’s relative in securing DOJ employment.”

The Children of the Crust shall never lack for bread.

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New Robot Can Jump on Water

29th July 2012

Read it. And watch the video.

The robot’s five legs consist of carbon-fiber bars atop supports made from superhydrophobic nickel, an extremely water-repellent compound. When plunged into water, a pocket of air forms around the nickel, preventing the legs from sinking.

Three supporting legs balance the robot, while two spring-loaded jumping legs send it six inches high and twice as far.

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Fast Food Chain Chick-fil-A Owners Under Fire for Gay Marriage Stance

29th July 2012

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To repeat a point that is never mentioned by Voices of the Crust, there is no evidence that Chick-fil-A has ever discriminated against homosexuals either in hiring or in service. This is pure and simple ThoughtCrime for the offense of not embracing the ‘progressive’ agenda.

It was later reported by Business Insider that the company, which does not open on Sundays, had given a total of $4 million to a series of anti-gay groups in 2009 and 2010.

They also give millions of dollars every year to charitable causes, which of course it would be impolite to mention.

God Bless You, Chick-Fil-A

I would proudly go for some waffle fries
And a jumbo-sized sweet tea,
And I won’t forget the chickens who died
Who gave their lives for me;
So I grab this sandwich, take a bite,
Put it back down on the tray;
For there ain’t no doubt I love this place!
God Bless You, Chick-fil-A!

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Sea Shepherd Captain Skips Bail in Germany

29th July 2012

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Of course he did. God forbid that any enviro-nazi should be answerable for his behavior.

German authorities detained Captain Watson following a request from Costa Rica. The Central American country claimed that his behaviour during an incident on the high seas in 2002 had threatened the safety of the crew of a Costa Rican fishing vessel.

The Sea Shepherd has also been involved in number of violent confrontations with Japanese whaling vessels, and last year three members of its crew were held on board a Japanese ship after boarding it to deliver a letter protesting against the whale hunt.

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French Police Injured in Row Over Burka

29th July 2012

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The officers ordered the 18-year-old called Marie-Louise to produce her identity card around midnight outside a mosque in the southern French city of Marseille, which has a large Muslim population.

She was wearing the niqab that leaves all but the eyes covered in contravention of a 2010 law banning wearing any face-covering veil in public.

The woman refused, saying: “I don’t obey the laws of the French Republic” and allegedly bit one of the officers. Scuffles then broke out with around 50 people present including the woman’s partner. Three officers were lightly injured.

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

A reminder that, no matter where Muslims may be living for the time being, their first loyalty is always to the Ummah of Islam, and they feel entitled to ignore any law that is not based on shari’ah.

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Modern Music Really Does All Sound the Same

29th July 2012

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“The diversity of transitions between note combinations – roughly speaking chords plus melodies – has consistently diminished in the past 50 years.”

The “timbre” of songs – the number of different tones they include, for example from different instruments – has also become narrower, he added.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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47 Years Later, Medicare and Medicaid Are a Financial Disaster

29th July 2012

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This Monday, July 30, 2012 will mark the 47th anniversary of the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid. On that day in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson journeyed to Independence, Missouri to sign the enabling legislation in the presence of former President Harry Truman. It was the dawn of “The Great Society” and the American nanny state.

Financially, it’s been downhill ever since.

Medicare was designed to provide medical services to those over the age of 65. Medicaid was designed to provide financial assistance to the poorest among us who can’t otherwise afford medical services. From the inception of these programs, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement have dominated their operation.

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Sticking to Their Guns: Marines Place $22.5M Order for the Colt .45 M1911

29th July 2012

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The gun, which has been wielded on film by John Wayne and in real life by Sgt. Alvin York and Maj. Audie Murphy, was the standard-issue sidearm in the military for decades, until it was replaced by the Beretta M9 in 1985.

And which has apparently been found wanting.

Some reports suggest Marines are not happy with their main Beretta M9s for their lack of accuracy and stopping power. With M1911’s now supplying Special Ops, growing interest may lead to a better solution.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

29th July 2012

I’m Alright

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Putting Out Fires With Sound

29th July 2012

DARPA is at it again.

 

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Gaza Christians Sense Pressure to Convert to Islam

29th July 2012

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Oh, ya think?

Hundreds of Christians have staged protests in Gaza’s main church in the past week, demanding the return of members of their community of 2,500, whom they said were kidnapped by Islamist proselytizers and forced to convert to Islam.

Maybe just a little….

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They Didn’t Win That

29th July 2012

Sonic Charmer points out that, with the Soviet Union dead, the chief repository of Orwellian life appears to be in academia.

I am as aghast as anyone at the crimes apparently enabled due to the power of the Penn St. football program, but the punishment handed down to ‘vacate’ their victories going back to some point in time struck me as creepy and Orwellian. Apparently I am not as alone in that view as I might have guessed.

Unmentioned in all of this is that Penn State is a government school funded by the taxpayers, not Harvard with a multi-billion dollar endowment funded by rich people.

All of these sporting events either occurred and had winners or they did not. The on-field events either occurred or they did not. The purpose of historical sports statistics is to record what happened, not what should have happened according to someone’s morality. A win is a win, not a canonization or a stamp of approval. Most grownups understand this, I think.

Yet the change-history approach to punishment seems to be on the rise. I don’t think there were serious proposals to whitewash sports statistics and records for wrongdoers 50 years ago. Even during the Roger Maris/Babe Ruth controversy, all that Ford Frick did was have an asterisk put next to his home run total – not strike it from history altogether.

But now, airbrushing seems to be many peoples’ first idea.

Of course. Reality is what they want it to be, and if it isn’t, they seek to force it. Down the Memory Hole with those inconvenient facts!

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When Hyphen Boy Meets Hyphen Girl, Names Pile Up

29th July 2012

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Which one is the girl? Oh, right, the one with the Adam’s apple.

Despite many creative ideas, Brendan Greene-Walsh and Leila Rathert-Knowles have yet to hit on a good solution for their last name, should they get married.

My heart breaks for them. I’m surprised that they decided to have a common married last name. How sexist.

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Go to PC Jail!

29th July 2012

Baron Bodissey at Gates of Vienna illustrates the recent discussion here about how mentally challenging it can be toeing the ‘progressive’ Party Line.

The rules vis-à-vis “race” that govern public discourse are extraordinarily complex and Byzantine. They are never explicitly stated, and are thus very difficult for even the most well-informed person to understand. Most high-minded and politically correct people run afoul of them at one time or another, since there are so many lines in so many places that cannot be crossed.

Virtually every day a politician or celebrity makes an error and inadvertently breaks the rules of discourse about “race”. The TV viewer is then subjected to the degrading spectacle of the offender’s repeated pitiful apologies, protests of good intentions, and abject groveling before the media outlets that shine the klieg lights on him. None of it does him any good, of course. Once the bucket of “racist” tar has been emptied over one’s head, the sticky goo remains indefinitely.

These rules only apply to white people, however (and to Jews, who for practical purposes are considered at least as “white” as I am). “Brown” people are given an unlimited supply of “Get Out of PC Jail Free” cards, and may thus say whatever they like about race with impunity.

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Amtrak Wants $7 Billion for DC Train Station

29th July 2012

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Amtrak wants six tracks dedicated to high-speed rail that would shorten the time it takes to get from Washington, D.C. to New York City’s Penn Station by an hour. The proposed first phase of the project, which would take place between 2013 and 2017, would, according to the plan, cost $200 million to $300 million.

But as the Post notes, “Amtrak and its partners have said little about how to raise the $6.5 billion to $7.5 billion it estimates the upgrades would cost.” There has even been some talk of taxing various economic activity at Union Station to raise funds to fund the expansion project.

Amtrak is mostly used by people wanting to move between the Other Left Coast power-centers of Boston/New York/Philadelphia/Washington without subjecting themselves to the TSA. Can’t say that I blame them. Unfortunately, many of them are Functionaries of the Crust and have no problem having the rest of us pay for their convenience.

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