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No Tasteless Political Jokes at Left’s Expense as Hurricane Sandy Approaches Blue States

28th October 2012

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In August, the left found it amusing to speculate about Divine judgment when Hurricane Isaac seemed to be approaching Tampa, FL as the Republican National Convention began.

Even when Isaac veered west and followed a similar path to that taken by Hurricane Gustav in 2008–which also coincided with the Republican convention, in St. Paul, MN–and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, some on the left celebrated the GOP’s misfortune.

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on heavily Democratic mid-Atlantic and northeast states, no one, left or right, is joking.

Well, except for me, of course. You want tasteless political jokes, I’m your boy.

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Humanitarian Hypocrisy

28th October 2012

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Fifteen leaders from U.S. Christian denominations—mostly Protestant, including the Lutheran, Methodist, and UCC Churches—are asking Congress to reevaluate U.S. military aid to Israel, since “military aid will only serve to sustain the status quo and Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian territories.”

These are the same church leaders who utter nary a word concerning the rampant persecution of millions of Christians from one end of the Muslim world to the other—a persecution that makes the Palestinians’ situation insignificant in comparison.

Lenin had a term for it: Useful Idiots. Modern governments are run by them.

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Cursive, foiled again

28th October 2012

Gene Weingarten is a man after my own heart.

As a person who is both old and grouchy, I have to fight the temptation to be a curmudgeon. So I am always looking for common ground with the young and the hip. (I like Ghostface Killah! Mostly! When his grammar isn’t really bad!)

Keeping the curmudgeon in me at bay isn’t easy, because I am increasingly annoyed by unacceptable modern incursions into what is Right and Proper, dagnabbit. I experienced this the other day when I saw a page of notes taken by my Washington Post colleague Rachel Manteuffel for a story she was writing. It resembled a page from an economics textbook.

“You don’t write in cursive,” I said.

“I was never taught cursive,” she said.

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Suicide Bomber Hits North Nigeria Catholic Church

28th 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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Elephant Personalities Revealed by Scientists

28th October 2012

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In a new study of African elephants, researchers have identified four distinct characters that are prevalent with a herd – the leaders, the gentle giants, the playful rogues and the reliable plodders.

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

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US Navy Tests First 11-Meter Missile-Firing Sea Drone

28th October 2012

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The almost zodiac-like craft has been an ongoing project over recent years, and contains a fully automated system which the Navy calls a “Precision Engagement Module” which uses an Mk-49 mounting with a dual missile launcher manufactured by Rafael.

I suggest they call it a ‘Wetator Drone’.

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In Search of the Final Solution: Celebrities Line Up With Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Fund Abortion Crusade

28th October 2012

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You have to wonder about the level of intelligence of people who can call killing innocent children ‘Reproductive Rights’. Oh, wait — it’s Hollywood; no intelligence necessary.

Next, they’ll be calling Auschwitz a ‘Jewish Rights Center’.

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Rise of the Tiger Nation

28th October 2012

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You want unrestricted immigration? Fine: China, Korea, Japan — bring ’em on. Our economy would explode.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

28th October 2012

Let’s Hang On

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‘Earn your Trident every day…’

28th October 2012

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 The news has been full of the attacks on our embassies throughout the Muslim world, and in particular, the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi , Libya . However, apart from the shameful amount of disinformation willingly distributed by the Main Stream Media and the current administration, there’s a little known story of incredible bravery, heroics, and courage that should be the top story of every news agency across the fruited plain.

Know their names: Tyrone Wood. Gene Doherty. Neither will get the honors that they deserve. Memory eternal!

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Al Qaeda’s Zawahri Calls for Kidnap of Westerners

28th October 2012

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

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

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Spooked Cow Tramples to Death Palestinian Trying to Slaughter It for Muslim Feast

28th October 2012

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Napolitano Says More Than 3,000 Illegal Immigrants Applying Daily Under Deportation Reprieve Plan

28th October 2012

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Which merely underlines the magnitude of the illegal immigration problem, and illustrates that the Federal government (Janet Napolitano, bureaucrat, collecting a paycheck) isn’t doing a whole lot about it.

This is like Samsung putting out a press release saying ‘Hey, 3000 people a day are bringing in their TVs to be fixed! What a successful program!’ Hey, if you were doing your job properly, the program wouldn’t be needed.

(It says something deeply troubling about our culture when Justin Bieber looks more like a girl than Janet Napolitano.)

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Saturday Night Card Game (If You Can Hear the Dog Whistle, You Might Be a Racist)

27th October 2012

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You know when it’ll be clear that racism is all but dead and buried?  When so-called liberals stop accusing black conservatives of being Uncle Toms and Aunt Jemimas.

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Deep in the Heart of Texas: Private Donors Build a Medical Complex the Size of a Small City

27th October 2012

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Deep in the heart of Michigan, corrupt public officials build an urban behavioral sink and call it ‘Detroit‘.

Compare and contrast.

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A Tale of Two States: America’s Future Is Either Texas or California

27th October 2012

Steve Sailer explains it all to you.

I know which one I want….

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AP Writers Claim Their ‘Poll’ Shows ‘Majority Harbor Prejudice Against Blacks’

27th October 2012

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 The latest and possibly last (we can hope) preelection poll from partnership between the Associated Press and GfK Roper International purportedly tells us that most of us “now express prejudice toward blacks” whether we “recognize those feelings or not.”

After all, it’s not as if ‘blacks’ had given them any cause — quiet, peace-loving, productive citizens that they are.

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Reusable Shopping Bags May Give Consumers the ‘Runs’ for Their Money

27th October 2012

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It’s not easy being green.

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The Stepford Children

27th October 2012

Watch the Young Pioneers of the Democrat Party sing for the Dear Leader.

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Pakistan: School Textbooks Teach Hatred of Non-Muslims

27th October 2012

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This shouldn’t surprise anyone. As I explained in connection with similar textbooks in Saudi Arabia, there is abundant material in the Qur’an and Sunnah to support this hatred.

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

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American Publishers Shocked! Shocked! to Find Hatred of Jews and Christians Taught in Saudi Textbooks

27th October 2012

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These American publishers rightly excoriate the hatred of Jews and Christians and Islamic supremacism in Saudi textbooks, but they shouldn’t be surprised by it: it is simply Qur’anic Islam, although I am sure these men have been so filled with Religion of Peace nonsense by politically correct propagandists that they have no idea of that.

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These Are Confusing Times to Be a Vampire

27th October 2012

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In the early days, things were clearer: you were a filthy, exsanguinated revenant, doomed to wander graveyards after dark, feeding on the blood of living humans (often children), sleeping in coffins, biting necks and hiding your face from sunlight, mirrors and God. You were a rat whisperer. One step up from a zombie. You were neither rich nor sexy. You did not sparkle.

But then the Romantics discovered you, and you went from being an underground word-of-mouth legend to a supernatural star of page, stage, screen and cereal box. The newly industrialized culture was mesmerized by you. No longer a mere monster, you ascended to metaphor.

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Bahrain: Bomb Factory Discovered in Mosque

27th October 2012

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

Of course, the real problem is Islamophobia.

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Make the First Time Special

27th October 2012

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Feigning Free Speech on Campus

27th October 2012

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 Since the 1980s, in part because of “political correctness” concerns about racially insensitive speech and sexual harassment, and in part because of the dramatic expansion in the ranks of nonfaculty campus administrators, colleges have enacted stringent speech codes. These codes are sometimes well intended but, outside of the ivory tower, would violate the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech. From protests and rallies to displays of posters and flags, students have been severely constrained in their ability to demonstrate their beliefs. The speech codes are at times intended to enforce civility, but they often backfire, suppressing free expression instead of allowing for open debate of controversial issues.

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Male or Female? Or Does It Matter?

27th October 2012

We report, you decide.

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Get Ready for the Coming Employment Roller Coaster

27th October 2012

Read it. And think about it very carefully.

One job for life hasn’t been true for a while, but in the tech space even expecting to have one skill-set for life may be asking too much. Jobs may last less than a decade before becoming obsolete. So how do we cope?

I’ve seen this in my own life. The longest period I’ve ever had the same job was the six years I did in the Navy, and that was … well, a while ago. I’ll go to work for a company and the future looks bright — and then the company gets bought and my job gets cut, or they hit a rough patch and I get cut, or they get a new director whose emphasis is other than what I’m doing and the only way my manager can make his budget work is by dropping me in the dumpster. Or the manager just decides she wants somebody younger (and cheaper) who’s up on whatever the fashionable tech fad might be — and those change every three or four years, so that’s the measure of the max amount of time you can expect to keep your job … if you’re lucky. I’ve been fortunate enough to have managed three career changes in the last 20 years, and I hope this latest one will see me through to retirement — but no way would I put money on it.

Prior to this century, experience in a field just made you more more and more valuable. But that’s not necessarily true any more, and it’s becoming less and less true for more and more fields as the pace of change accelerates. This is especially acute in the Information Technology business: Experience is no longer an advantage. What you knew five years ago has at least a 50% chance of being utterly worthless to you today; every day that passes takes a certain percentage of what you worked hard to learn, and just flushes it down the toilet. Unless you are willing to make your job your hobby, and relentlessly pursue it in your ‘spare’ time as well as on the job, you are continually falling behind.

Employers understand this, and it affects how they treat employees, whether they are willing to admit it or not. If you were hired to do A, because you’re reasonably good at A and they needed A when they hired you, but now they need B, and you can’t do B, then you are gone to make way for somebody who can do B, and it doesn’t matter a damn how well you can do A because they don’t need A any more — sad to say, they don’t give a shit about you, because they can’t afford to, now that they’re competing with other firms that are doing B. Too bad about old Joe, but he just can’t seem to keep up (and, tell the truth, at his age it’s probably too much to expect him to, so let’s just cut to the chase and hire a kid).

And if you don’t have a trust fund and want to keep eating (and providing for your family, if you can afford one under these circumstances), then your choice is either to attempt to find somebody who is still in need of A (and that will get harder and harder) or scramble like a madman trying to come up to speed on B even if you have no interest in doing B. And we’re not talking about Gender Studies majors or Master’s degrees in juggling, but simple productive tech skills that were perfectly valuable five years ago but just aren’t needed any more.

This is what is making the Welfare State almost inevitable: People get tired, and stop even trying to keep up, much less get ahead. They just give up. They just drop out. They think: I’ve busted my butt for twenty or thirty or forty years trying to be a productive member of society, and it’s all turned to shit regardless of what I do. The government will pay me (barely) enough to sit in front of the tube and drink beer and eat pizza, so why not just do that? It’s not much of a life, but at least it’s a life, and I won’t have to work myself into a heart attack trying to catch a train that is always leaving the station just a little bit faster than I can run.

So they’ll vote for anybody who will promise to make their handouts easier to get and easier to keep — but they’ll still resent it, and the anger will build and build and build across the generations. And the result will be another Mussolini or Lenin or Mao who will promise to make it all right again, just as it was for our parents (or, increasingly, grandparents), so that we will have work to do that makes us feel good about ourselves and can pay for the lifestyle that we are sure, just sure, we deserve. But the only ones who wind up with that lifestyle are the ones in charge of the machine, just as in the old Soviet Union, and the rest of us will be eating potato soup and drinking vodka and waiting for the Worker’s Paradise that never comes.

Not that I’m bitter. Hey! It’s free! Just swipe your EBT!

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‘Is it considered ”safe sex” if a girl jumps in front of a train afterwards?’

27th October 2012

The Other McCain raises a disturbing issue.

The flapping sound is chickens coming home to roost. And, funny thing about that, they’re all wearing ‘Vote Democrat’ buttons.

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The Flat-Earth Theory of Job Creation

27th October 2012

Robert Samuelson spanks the New York Times.

 Who creates most jobs? Hint: It’s not the government. Almost everyone seems to grasp that the private sector is the true jobs machine. But here’s a notable exception to the consensus: the editorial page of The New York Times. The other day, its lead editorial was “The Myth of Job Creation: The government does in fact create jobs, important jobs, millions of them.” In 35 years, I can’t recall ever writing a column refuting an editorial. But this one warrants special treatment because the Times’ argument is so simplistic, the subject is so important and the Times is such an influential institution.

The Voices of the Crust at the Times ignore the fact that the ‘jobs’ the government ‘creates’ are tax-eaters, not tax-payers.

What the Times omits is the money to support all these government jobs. It must come from somewhere — generally, taxes or loans (bonds, bills). But if the people whose money is taken via taxation or borrowing had kept the money, they would have spent most or all of it on something — and that spending would have boosted employment.

Job creation in the private sector is mostly a spontaneous and circular process. People buy things they need and want. Or businesses and private investors take risks by investing in new products, technologies and factories. All this spending, driven by self-interest and the profit motive, supports more jobs. In a smoothly functioning market economy, the process feeds on itself. By contrast, public-sector employment grows only when government claims some private-sector income to pay its workers. Government is not creating jobs. It’s substituting public-sector workers for private-sector workers.

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Ambassador Chris Stevens Set Up by Obama Regime

27th October 2012

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Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later on the annex itself was denied by the CIA chain of command — who also told the CIA operators twice to “stand down” rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.

Sounds to me as if they were deliberately abandoning the consular staff.

At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Spectre gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights.

One of the basic duties of government is to protect its citizens. Any sane government will attempt to protect its employees and especially diplomatic agents.

The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours — enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.

Far more than jailing state-legal weed vendors, this is a Firing Offense on the part of Obama and his minions.

And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent [it] by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.

UPDATE: Jerry Pournelle has a theory.

Leon Panetta is nether evil nor incompetent, or at least he wasn’t when I knew him as a California Congressman very friendly to the space development movement. His statement that we do not send forces into unknown threat situations is a generality that is often true; but it does provide a clue as to the White House reasoning in the Benghazi crisis. I see a glimmering: they were terrified of another Black Hawk Down incident. If we sent in a helicopter team from Italy it would be a one-way mission, victory or die: they’d have bingo fuel when they got to Benghazi and there wasn’t any safe place to go other than the consulate grounds. And the political consequences of something like Black Hawk Down would be horrible. Political managers never make bets like that. Montrose’s toast is not for them.** And once one goes down that road, it is difficult to turn back. Don’t throw good money after bad. Cut your losses. Some hands you have to fold even if you had to make the first blind bet. Etc.

UPDATE: Bookworm has a different theory.

Reading today’s news, I finally and fully understand what it means “to politicize something.”  It means that, in the face of a crisis, an administration’s response is guided, not by what’s right, but instead by what will fool the American people into continuing to support that administration.  Obama made a cold, brutal calculation that, if he wanted the American people to believe that his (or Panetta’s) Osama kill order destroyed Al Qaeda, he would forever after have to pretend that Al Qaeda doesn’t exist.  To do so, he would have to ignore completely all Al Qaeda activity, including the cold-blooded slaughter of four Americans.  Rather than admitting that Al Qaeda wasn’t as dead as he thought it was, Obama sowed the ground of his Potemkin Village with American blood….

I favor this theory.

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Are People With GED’S More Like High-School Graduates or High-School Dropouts?

27th October 2012

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While GED holders are as smart as graduates, in terms of future outcomes (annual income, unemployment, divorce, drug use) they look exactly like dropouts.

The study made clear that “non-cognitive skills” like persistence, planning and self-control can be more important than intelligence in the long run.

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Deadly Attacks Hit Iraq as Muslims Mark Eid Festival

27th October 2012

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A wave of attacks that came as Muslims marked the second day of Eid al-Adha, a major festival, claimed at least 15 lives in the Baghdad area and in the northern Sunni city of Mosul, police officials said Saturday.

At least five Shiite pilgrims were killed when a roadside bomb in Taji, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, struck a minibus carrying them to visit Al-Askariya, or the “Golden Mosque.”

A dozen more were wounded in the blast. Police said most of those killed and injured were Iranian pilgrims.

A roadside bomb also exploded in an outdoor market in al-Mamel Shiite neighborhood in northeastern Baghdad, killing five people and wounding 13 others, police officials said.

In Mosul, about 380 kilometers north of Baghdad, five people were killed and seven more wounded in four separate attacks in different locations in and around the city, according to police officials.

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.

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Line Drive to the Head

26th October 2012

Another Amazing GIF

Just a flesh wound….

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TSA Fails Again With Adjustable Boarding Passes

26th October 2012

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The reputation of possibly America’s least-favorite fondlers, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), has taken yet another hit with the discovery that its shoddy security allows passengers in its PreCheck system to pick their own security status.

PreCheck allows some frequent fliers willing to pay $100 for a background check to skip some of the onerous security checks, like taking off shoes and unpacking laptops or toiletries. PreCheck customers are still subject to more intensive searches on a randomized basis, however.

Aviation blogger John Butler discovered that the barcode information used for the boarding passes of Precheck fliers wasn’t encoded, and could be read by a simple smartphone app. It contained the flier’s name, flight details, and a number, either a one or a three, with the latter confirming the passenger was cleared for lesser screening.

It would be a relatively simple job to scan the issued boarding pass, decode it, and then change the security setting if you are planning to bring something naughty aboard, or even change the name on the ticket to match a fake ID. After putting the new information into a barcode, and a couple of minutes of cut and paste, the new boarding pass would work as normal, Butler explained.

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Lebanon: Muslim Cleric Preaches Peace, Is Immediately Shot Dead

26th October 2012

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Well. That would appear to settle any question about Islam being a Religion o’ Peace™.

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Important Firsts

26th October 2012

Sonic Charmer brings up an important point.

Suddenly seeing multiple stories/speculation today regarding the question that I’m sure was on everyone’s mind, who will be the ‘first black James Bond’? (The consensus seems to be Idris Elba, who I think is “Stringer Bell” from The Wire.)

This makes total sense because of course there has to be a ‘first black’ everything, and James Bond is a thing, so there has to be a first black one. It’s not as if James Bond is a specific literary character with any sort of fleshed-out backstory involving a Scottish father (!), a Swiss mother (!!), a family pedigree whose motto translates to ‘The World Is Not Enough’, a single curled lock of dark hair falling onto his forehead, looks that remind Vesper Lind of ‘Hoagy Carmichael’, or any number of other character traits that on the face of them would seem to logically preclude his being ‘black’.

There just has to be a first black one. Period.

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One in Four British Babies Born to Foreign Mothers

26th October 2012

Read it. (That’s for a fashionably sufficient expansive definition of ‘British’, of course.)

Tony Blair’s party was working from the same playbook as Ted Kennedy’s party: Immigrants need social services (i.e. handouts) and the Left are the party of handouts, so let ’em all in and they’ll vote for us forever. It worked for the 19th century, it worked for the 20th century, and it’ll probably work for the 21st century as well.

  1. Thank God you don’t live in Britain.
  2. Without eternal vigilance, it could happen here. If Obama gets re-elected, it’s a sure thing.

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Freeberg Cuts to the Chase

26th October 2012

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I was going through a litany of favorite left-wing issues, categorizing them according to how they meshed up with what I perceived to be three primary base human impulses. Those three impulses being: Resentment, desire for a centrally controlled and micro-managed nanny-state, and belief in a godless universe. Abortion is godless, not only in the act, but in the beliefs upon which it is based. The baby is “tissue.” To those who then ask, if the baby is nothing more than a clump of cells and the rest of us labor under no moral obligation to preserve it, then how are any of the rest of us more worthy of protection than that “tissue”? And the honest answer is: We’re not! Boys, girls, gays, straights, babies, old people, every year in between we’re all just randomly growing and regenerating carbon-based stuff. Stuck here on a tiny rock in space by unplanned cosmic forces. Nothing glorious about us at all. Certainly no reason for being here, no mission, no purpose. Just sit around and be happy. Play a video game and chow down a Happy Meal. Do whatever pleases you.

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Why Does Everyone Hate Women?

26th October 2012

Megan McArdle is not afraid to ask the hard questions.

As it happens, I agree that Stephanie Cutter gets singled out because she’s a reasonably attractive woman, and the cause is sexism.  But not special Republican sexism.  I suppose it’s only natural that liberal woman commentators who become the subject of vitriolic attacks from men–attacks that highlight their appearance, marital status, and presumptive stupidity–would assume that this happens because conservatives are sexist.  But the sad fact is that conservative and libertarians get this stuff too.

As Phyllis Schlafly so famously said, it’s no wonder liberal women think men are pigs — their men are pigs.

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Former Joe Biden Aide Writes Angry Tell-All

26th October 2012

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Oh, pick pick pick….

Adding another wild-card to the 2012 campaign’s final days, a former aide to Vice President Joe Biden has written a tell-all Washington memoir in which he lacerates the former Delaware senator as an “egomaniacal autocrat” who was “determined to manage his staff through fear.”

That’s the most positive thing I’ve heard about Biden in decades. Perhaps I’ve misjudged the man.

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Suicide Bomber Kills 35 in Afghanistan, Official Says

26th October 2012

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

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing 36 people and wounding 23, officials said.

Wow, good thing it was done by a Muslim — I would hate to think that Islamophobia is breaking out in Afghanistan.

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Worst Storm in 100 Years Seen for Northeast U.S.

26th October 2012

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Even God doesn’t like the blue states.

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Us Hits Four Targets in Pacific Missile Defense Test

26th October 2012

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Nonsense! We all know all that ‘Star Wars’ stuff will never work — Democrats told us so!

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How to Eat a Triceratops

25th October 2012

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

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How Monopoly Became Monopoly

25th October 2012

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I knew that Monopoly — the board game, not the economic concept — had evolved from a game designed to promote the ideas of the 19th-century radical Henry George. Now, thanks to a link in Christopher Ketcham’s Harper’s feature on the game’s history, I’ve seen this site, featuring photos of the boards used in different versions of the Landlord’s Game, as the Georgist version and its early successors were often known.

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Free to Be a Communist

25th October 2012

John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, examines Real Communism and finds Barack Obama small potatoes.

In every known case of communism having been put into practice, the result has been a mountain of corpses and the crushing of all thought. It is nonetheless possible to maintain some sympathy for the idealist, as I did when listening to that Guatemalan revolutionary and when reading the memoirs of Victor Serge or the exploits of the Red Orchestra. As Yogi Berra is supposed to have said, theory and practice match up well in theory, though it doesn’t always work out like that in practice.

Most of my own loathing of communism is for Category Three: communists living in countries where they are free to be communists. Such a one was Eric Hobsbawm, the British historian who died recently at age 95.

But what about Obama?

To be a real communist is to make a serious commitment to a cause. Communism is a hard dogma, completely at odds with the soft-handed girlish narcissism of a late-20th-century American leftist such as Obama, who has never risked, fought, struggled, or suffered.

Barack Obama has always been about Barack Obama.

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Do We Really Need More Teachers?

25th October 2012

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Hey, it’s Bill Gates, so it’s gotta be true….

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“O Allah, Destroy the Jews”

25th October 2012

Read it. And watch the video.

At Friday prayers last week, Mohammed Morsi — a “moderate Islamist” and friend of President Barack Hussein Obama — joined in a prayer for the destruction of the Jews.

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

What peaceful, friendly people! Don’t you just wish you had some for neighbors?

Of course, we’re not Jews, so there’s no problem, right?

Still waiting for someone to explain to me how this lot are an improvement over Mubarrak….

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Crapitalists Love Barry

25th October 2012

Read it.

A new Center for Responsive Politics analysis out this week shows that despite President Obama slipping in the polls, he still has the love of many employees of the biggest players in Washington, D.C.: Google, Microsoft, Lawyers and Lobbying Firms.

Google, which has maintained a long, close relationship with the President and his team is, together with Microsoft, one of the top three employers of donors to his re-election campaign.

Unfortunately, there’s a major difference between smart and wise.

Another notable source of donations to Obama: Lawyers and employees of lobbying firms.

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

Despite Obama’s ban on taking donations from registered federal lobbyists, he still raked in $59,252 last month from those employed by lobbying firms and state-level lobbyists– setting a new record for monthly donations from the lobbying sector to the President’s re-election campaign.

Yet another Obama promise broken. No news here.

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Muslim Attempts to Enter Israel With Eight Pipe Bombs

25th October 2012

Read it.

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

Hey, we’re not Jews, so it wouldn’t be a problem….

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