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Archive for October, 2012

A Neighborly Dispute

31st October 2012

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Gotta love Australians.

Of course, in Texas a shotgun would have taken care of the light and, if necessary, the neighbor. But I understand that Virginia is on the Other Left Coast, and they probably do things differently there.

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Anglo-Saxon Hall Found in Kent Is ‘Tip of the Iceberg’

31st October 2012

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 An Anglo-Saxon feasting hall unearthed beneath a village green in Kent could represent the “tip of the iceberg”, according to archaeologists who believe it lies amid an entire complex of ancient buildings.

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Study: Taxes Don’t Drive Out the California Rich

31st October 2012

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Note that this study only looked at tax return data — so any income that didn’t make it onto the tax returns was effectively invisible.

The research showed that millionaires not only were unmoved, so to speak, by their taxes being raised, “the highest-income Californians were less likely to leave the state after the millionaire tax was passed,” wrote Charles Varner and Cristobal Young in their report.

In fact, the richer the Californian, the more likely he or she was to stay, the study found. Nor did the data suggest that lowering taxes lured millionaires to the state.

Which merely goes to prove my theory that a lot of rich people don’t mind a high tax rate (note that I didn’t say ‘paying high taxes’, which is a different thing entirely) because it hits the almost-rich even harder, and tends to increase effective income inequality rather than reduce it. California is like New York City, a very pleasant place for those who don’t have to count their change.

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Can You Beat Slate’s Electoral Map Challenge?

31st October 2012

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Remember, Remember, the 6th of November….

31st October 2012

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Syria: Obama-backed Rebels Burn Down Church

31st October 2012

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What peaceful, friendly people! Wouldn’t you just love to have some for neighbors?

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

Of course, as we all know, the real problem is Islamophobia.

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Obama Twice Uses MSNBC Slogan ‘Lean Forward’ While Addressing Disaster Relief

31st October 2012

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Hey, it’s when he says ‘Bend over’ that you REALLY have to worry….

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NYU Loses Years of Scientific Research and Thousands of Mice to Hurricane Sandy

31st October 2012

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The horror! The horror!

(Three words: Off. Site. Backup.)

No doubt PETA will want an appropriate memorial raised, at taxpayer expense.

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Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Christopher Stevens

31st October 2012

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No one died in Watergate.

Then there is Benghazi. Four men died, and the administration watched the events in real time, and did nothing. There were operatives and military units within range, and they were ordered to stand down, commanded not to act to defend the Ambassador and the other dead men. Administration officials made the rounds of Sunday talk shows and blamed a video on YouTube. Then the Administration apologized to the attackers.

I have always known the press was slanted. But this is beyond that. This verges on aiding and abetting. This is an unambiguous deception visited on the public in the furtherance of an impeachable dereliction of public duty, perhaps even treason.

This is the biggest story of the year, of the last nine years. And yet where is there anyone covering it?

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I, for One, Welcome Our Salad-Making Robot Overlords

31st October 2012

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Researchers from the Korean Institute of Science and Technology’s Center for Intelligent Robotics (CIR) have been working on a robot named CIROS to help around the house. Earlier versions were fairly life-like but this third-generation model, able to cut cucumbers and pour salad dressing, is positively Julia-Child-like.

I got yer Iron Chef, right here….

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On the Incivility of Socialists

31st October 2012

John C Wright nails it.

If someone says, “But once we eat the rich, by what means will the society accumulate and invest capital? In such condition there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain, and consequently no culture of the earth, no navigation nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea, no commodious building, no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force, no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society, and, which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”

The socialist will reply, “You are a moron. I am smart. You are a reactionary. I am progressive. You are benighted. I am enlightened. I am good, because I want to kill the rich and steal their things and dash out their baby’s brains against the rocks. You are evil.” or something of the kind.

If you say, “Let us grant that I am an evil moron. How can civilization be maintained without specialization of labor, trade and industry, and the other incidental effects of private property?”

The socialist will reply, “You are a moron. I am smart. You are a reactionary. I am progressive. You are benighted. I am enlightened. I am good, because I want to kill the rich and steal their things and dash out their baby’s brains against the rocks. You are evil.” or something of the kind.

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Iowa Sec. of State Threatens Foreign Election Monitors with Arrest

31st October 2012

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On Tuesday, Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz warned international voting monitors they would be arrested if they showed up to monitor polling locations in Iowa on Election Day.

“My office met with two delegation representatives last week to discuss Iowa’s election process, and it was explained to them that they are not permitted at the polls,” Schultz said in a statement released Tuesday. “Iowa law is very specific about who is permitted at polling places, and there is no exception for members of this group.”

Two data points — looks like a trend.

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Practice Frees Your Mind

31st October 2012

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Why is practice so helpful for complex, nonrote tasks? One reason is that the capacity of our brains is finite. You might be able to chew gum and cross the street at the same time, but you probably can’t cross the street, solve a math puzzle and answer your child’s question about why the sky is blue.

Practice lets us execute a task while using less and less active brain processing. It makes things automatic. When performers master one aspect of their work, they free their minds to think about another aspect.”

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New York City Regulators Propose Rules for Taxi Apps

31st October 2012

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Taxi apps have been at the center of controversy lately, with authorities claiming they violate the law and pose security risks. Due to regulatory disputes, cab startup Uber was forced to end its service in New York City two weeks ago.

There is no new good thing that they government will not endeavor, usually successfully, to screw up.

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Dat Ol’ Debbil Unintended Consequences

31st October 2012

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 The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that 3 of every 4 states that have enacted a ban on texting while driving have seen crashes actually go up rather than down.

It’s hard to pin down exactly why this is the case, but experts believe it is a result of people trying to avoid getting caught in states with stiff penalties. Folks trying to keep their phones out of view will often hold the phone much lower, below the wheel perhaps, in order to keep it out of view. That means the driver’s eyes are looking down and away from the road.

Heh.

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£10 Million in Aid to Uganda Ended Up in Bank Accounts of PM’s Aides

31st October 2012

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 Millions of pounds given as aid to fund development work in Uganda has reportedly been siphoned off into the private bank accounts of aides to the country’s prime minister.

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

Gee, sounds like Detroit. Or maybe Chicago. Wonder what the connection might be.

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Humans Are at Least 8% Virus

30th October 2012

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Surely there’s a government affirmative-action program for that.

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Key Test for Re-Healable Concrete

30th October 2012

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Experimental concrete that patches up cracks by itself is to undergo outdoor testing.

The concrete contains limestone-producing bacteria, which are activated by corrosive rainwater working its way into the structure.

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Mom Convicted of “Disorderly Conduct” for Refusing to Let TSA Pat Down Her Daughter

30th October 2012

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Really, why do people continue to put up with this bullshit?

 

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Hurricane Sandy Could Displace Rats, Spread Infectious Disease

30th October 2012

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But only in New York City, so it’s doubtful that anyone will notice. Most of them vote Democrat anyway.

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Who Needs Home Ownership?

30th October 2012

Arnold Kling, a Real Economist, continues pointing out inconvenient truths.

If you own your home, then a lot of your wealth is tied in with the quality of your neighborhood. In theory, this should motivate you to vote more carefully in local elections. On the other hand, if you are a renter, and the neighborhood goes downhill, you will simply leave.

Collectivists prefer to trap households within specific government service areas. Their thinking is that with the “exit” option foreclosed, households will be forced to exercise their “voice” option, to everyone’s benefit. This is an argument against private schools. It goes back at least as far as A.O. Hirschman’s classic book, Exit, Voice, and Loyalty.

In my view, the “exit” option works much better than the “voice” option. If a local grocery store does not carry the produce I prefer, the best solution is for me to go to a competing grocer. I feel the same way about schools and local governments. Compared with choosing a competing supplier, it strikes me that writing complaint letters and participating in elections is a feeble way to try to bring about change.

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The Outlook for New York

30th October 2012

Robert Kling, a Real Economist, is not optimistic.

The loss of key transportation infrastructure raises the cost of imports (food, construction materials, etc.), even as exports (financial services) go down. This drives down equilibrium real wages in many secondary industries (food service, for example), but the adjustment process is not at all smooth. Many small businesses fail and many jobs are lost.

In order to remain ongoing concerns, many financial services firms will “temporarily” relocate to suburban offices and to virtual offices. These “temporary” adaptations will become so well entrenched that many of these businesses will not return to Manhattan.

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Biofuels Companies Drop Biomass and Turn to Natural Gas

30th October 2012

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 The high cost of making biofuel from cellulosic sources is prompting a new strategy.

There’s that pesky Reality thing, getting in the way again….

Calysta Energy, a recently unveiled startup based in Menlo Park, California, plans to make diesel fuel that costs half as much as  conventional diesel. It says it has demonstrated, at a small scale, that microorganisms that naturally feed on natural gas can be engineered to make diesel and other chemicals, and it projects that the process will be far cheaper than conventional thermochemical methods for making liquid fuels from natural gas.

I’m surprised they didn’t just go to Obama with their hands out. It worked for Solyndra. Maybe it’s just that they don’t want to just take the money and run, but actually produce a useful product. Wouldn’t that be a surprise?

The company, like many others, is attempting to capitalize on cheap natural gas made possible by fracking.

So their product is going to be the Fruit of Evil, and Right-Thinking People won’t be allowed to buy it. Pity.

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The Dating Game Gets Partisan, With Politics a Deal Breaker

30th October 2012

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Ms. Adler owns Selective Search Inc., a high-end matchmaking service in Chicago. With 28 offices across the nation, the firm pledges to find the ideal mate for clients paying fees that start at $20,000. Not in four presidential elections has Selective Search seen so much love lost over politics.

In this neck-and-neck, ideologically fraught presidential election season, politically active singles won’t cross party lines. The result is a dating desert populated by reds and blues who refuse to make purple.

Pretty stupid. I was married to a Democrat for thirteen years — still would be, if she hadn’t died — with never an unkind word. I can see not wanting to date stupid people, which would eliminate about 90% of those on the Left, but there’s enough windage in that to make having an explicit criterion silly.

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Suicidal Teen Killed by Police

30th October 2012

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Guess the system works. Sort of.

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Only Big Government Can Save Us From Big Storms, Says The New York Times. Ummm … Really?

30th October 2012

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As it so happens, I’ve written on this issue before. So let me lazily quote myself rather than come up with something new. Specifically, I’m pulling from a piece I wrote for the Las Vegas Review-Journal after Hurricane Katrina.

But government officials really did prevent experienced private relief organizations and convoys of supplies from reaching people in need in the wake of Katrina. Police and bus drivers really did abandon their posts. And private companies really were ready to help.

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Jetstar Crew ‘Held Hostage’ by Passengers for Diverted Flight

30th October 2012

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An Australian pilot and crew were held hostage at Shanghai airport for more than six hours by a mob of angry passengers after their flight was diverted due to bad weather.

Fly the friendly skies….

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Police Sniffer Dog Targeted by Rio Drug Bosses

30th October 2012

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Drug bosses in Rio de Janeiro have issued a ‘death order’ against a sniffer dog named Boss, according to reports.

It’s a dogs life.

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Somalia: Islamic Supremacists Dislike Comedian’s Act, Shoot Him Dead

30th October 2012

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‘Dying is easy; comedy is hard.’ Especially in an area controlled by an oppressive, totalitarian ideology in the guise of a religion.

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Afghanistan: Jihadist in Afghan Police Uniform Murders Two More of His NATO “Allies”

30th October 2012

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There is absolutely no purpose for our troops to be in Afghanistan, unless the idea is to provide Afghan troops and police with targets.

It’s a puzzle why Obama hasn’t pulled our troops out of there by now. It’s not as if he gives a shit about American interests overseas, or the ‘war on terror’.

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Minnesota: Jihad Recruiters Using Qur’an to Convince Young Muslims to Go Fight in Somalia; Muslim Community Leaders “Puzzled”

30th October 2012

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“It’s really surprising,” said Saeed Fahia, executive director of the nonprofit Confederation of the Somali Community in Minnesota. “It doesn’t even seem rational.” And Minnesota Public Radio fell for it, of course.

Yeah, I’ll bet.

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The Banality of Bailouts, Special-Interests, and Political Corruption

30th October 2012

Todd Zywiki takes on Neil Barofsky, naive bureaucrat.

Yet throughout his tome, Barofsky repeatedly remains shocked to find politics at the heart of the TARP process.  Even at the end he seems to believe that such programs can and should be insulated from political pressure—all that is necessary is to put people like him in charge and allow them to do what is right.  But, of course, this dream of eliminating politics from government decision-making and the allure of putting unaccountable do-gooders in charge of the government are the same warmed-over naive platitudes that are so responsible for the soaring growth of government and special-interest rent-seeking since the Progressive Era first foisted the model on America at the beginning of the twentieth-century: appoint more wise and incorruptible people like me and everything will be fine.  If only it were so easy.

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Schumpeter on the Effects of College on the Willingness to Do Manual Labor

30th October 2012

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As Schumpeter pointed out in 1942, a university education makes it psychologically much harder to consider manual trades, even if employment opportunities are greater there.  It’s psychological as well as the material expense involved, particularly these days.  I’d add another, as well, though: it’s not simply the college experience and the expectations it creates – it’s also the way in which the system pushes students to prepare to compete for college while still back in high school, with fewer students of the upper middle class, especially, working the jobs that they used to work, in fast food or retail or other things.  The kind of work in high school that was ordinary and normal even for very smart, college and beyond-bound students, coming from the middle and even upper middle classes, is both less available and  less respected – disrespected, even – by parents, by the college entrance system, by the students themselves.  So much for the intrinsic dignity of labor.

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Can’t We All Just Get Post-Racial?

30th October 2012

Jim Goad wishes he could see all this racism he’s allegedly guilty of.

Don’t blame black pundits—who make a living by being black and talking about their blackness and how hard it is to be black—for stoking racial tension. Don’t blame the ones who see no irony of accusing Romney of “playing the race card” while their own words appear under a banner that says “East Central Florida’s Black Voice.” Don’t blame those who talk about “the childishness of some whites” or that Romney, by not even mentioning race, was somehow contributing to “the niggerization” of Obama.

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A Trip Through Hell: Daily Life in Islamist Northern Mali

30th October 2012

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For months, an Islamist regime has been terrorizing northern Mali. Hundreds of thousands have already fled the region, and those who have stayed behind are experiencing new forms of cruelty with each passing day. A SPIEGEL reporter documents a two-week journey through a region Europe fears will become the next Somalia.

What peaceful, friendly people! Wouldn’t you just love to have some for neighbors?

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

Of course, as we all know, the real problem is Islamophobia.

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

30th October 2012

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In Newton County, Georgia, 8-year-old Andrew Berry found he’d accidentally brought an unloaded BB gun to school in his backpack. So he immediately told his third-grade teacher. Bad move. The teacher told the principal, who suspended Berry for 10 days and filed a police report.

Well, at least that teaches the kid to keep his mouth shut and not talk to grownups.

How educational is that?

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Ty Woods Memorial Fund

29th October 2012

Give.

Ty Woods, one of the heroic SEALS who gave his life saving our people in Benghazi, left an infant son.

He’ll never get the honor that he deserves, but at least we can help out those he left behind.

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Tracking the Steady Rise of Beheadings in Mexico

29th October 2012

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Just in case you were feeling cheerful about something.

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Sharia in Action in Tunisia: Islamic Supremacists Cut Off Four Fingers of Alcohol Salesman

29th October 2012

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What peaceful, friendly people! Wouldn’t you just love to have some for neighbors?

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

Of course, as we all know, the real problem is Islamophobia.

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Egypt: Muslim Mob Bars Christians From Entering Church

29th October 2012

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According to Ishak Ibrahim, a journalist and researcher at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, two Copts were injured as a result of violence brought about by the predominantly conservative Muslim crowd barring the entrance.

What peaceful, friendly people! Wouldn’t you just love to have some for neighbors?

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

Of course, as we all know, the real problem is Islamophobia.

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Obama’s Emergency Management Style

29th October 2012

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If you need a reminder to buy bottled water and tape the widows before a hurricane, Obama is your man. If you’re running a machine gun, soon to be covered in your own blood, on the roof of a building under fire in Libya at 3 a.m., if you’ve called three times over a period of almost seven hours for air cover that is within a couple of hours away (or, as we might learn, in the armed drone directly above) — well, you’re on your own. The president will get back to you.

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Cystic Fibrosis Sufferer Denied ‘Chance of Life’ Drug by NHS

29th October 2012

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A 29-year-old woman will die without a new drug that the NHS is refusing to provide despite the manufacturer offering it to her for free, it emerged today.

Don’t you just love that government-provided health care? Don’t you just wish the U.S. had a system like that?

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President in Shining Armor

29th October 2012

Ross Douthat examines the creepy Obama regime.

 To today’s Obama supporters, these forays — like the campaign’s broader “war on women” framing, and its recent attempts to make the election a referendum on abortion in cases of rape — just emphasize that the president is on the side of female empowerment, sexual, professional and otherwise.

But given the way Obama’s once-enormous edge among female voters has shrunk in many polls, tomorrow’s feminists may look back on his campaign’s pitch to women and see a different theme emerge: a weirdly paternalistic form of social liberalism, in which women are forever single girls and the president is their father, lover, fiancé and paladin all rolled into one. (Our future dissertation author may note with bemusement, for instance, that Dunham’s ad mirrors a similar advertisement cut for … Vladimir Putin.)

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Moscow Police ‘Discover Brothel on Monastery Premises’

29th October 2012

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Moscow police have discovered a brothel on the premises of a monastery whose abbot is thought to be President Vladimir Putin’s spiritual adviser.

That sounds exactly like the sort of ‘spiritual adviser’ that a former KGB apparatchik would have.

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Stepford Kids Redux

29th October 2012

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I have one suggestion for the Obama campaign and supporters thereof:

Moratorium on the creepy campaign ads with choirs of children singing about how much of a savior President Obama is.

Maybe it’s a Halloween thing, I don’t know.

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Why Our Forces Were Told to ‘Stand Down’ in Benghazi

29th October 2012

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Libya was meant to be a new kind of war. Not a display of American arrogance and unilateralism, but a show of submissiveness to the goals and ambitions of the Muslim world. In post-American diplomacy, the Americans did not arrive with a show of force, surrounded by Marines and heavy fortifications, but bent humbly under the defensive shield of the Islamist Ummah. Rather than exporting the Dar Al Harb, the Americans would ask for the protection of the Dar Al Islam.

With results as you see them.

The four Americans killed in Benghazi lived and died by the same code as thousands of Americans in Afghanistan. And that code overrode loyalty to one’s own people in favor of appeasing Muslims. The two former SEALS broke that code, violating orders by going to protect the consulate and were abandoned in the field by an administration that prioritized Muslim opinions over American lives.

And THAT, my dears, is a Firing Offense.

 

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Obama Suggests ‘Secretary of Business’ in a 2nd Term

29th October 2012

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Can’t blame him — his re-election will signal approval by the public to expand government, hire more government workers, and further burden the economy with regulation. This is perfectly in line with that.

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Benhoozi?

29th October 2012

Mark Steyn points the Finger of Shame.

In the smoking ruins of that consulate in Benghazi, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods fought for hours and killed 60 of the enemy before they were overwhelmed, waiting for the cavalry that never came. They’re still waiting – for Candy Crowley, David Gregory, Bob Schieffer, and George Stephanopoulos to do their job.

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‘What Is Best in Life?’

29th October 2012

‘To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.’ — Conan the Barbarian

‘To sit in a comfy chair with a good book, a mug of hot cocoa, and a cat purring in your lap.’ — Tim of Angle

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How the Presidential Election Will Impact Food Freedom in America

29th October 2012

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Thanks to federal incentives, it was revealed recently, New York’s education department at one point had forty school lunch specialists compared with one specialist in science education. The lunches kept getting worse, too, or so I observed as a New York public school parent. Now they’re moving on to federally funded school breakfast, weekend, and summer feeding. We can’t all afford to escape these dismal mandates by fleeing to private school, but as Baylen has pointed out, most of us can afford to pack bag and box lunches. Policy recommendation? Get ready to fight the inevitable attempts to restrict food sent from home.

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