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The Specialty

31st December 2012

Freeberg is not afraid to ask the hard questions.

How t’heck did we get here? The nation’s in recession still, government is supposed to fix it, and it’s going to fix the problem by keeping people from being rich?

Welcome to the Obamanation.

My point is, since The Specialty has become so important to our country’s future in 2013 and beyond, we should identify what exactly it is. I can respect the plain fact that we are demanding something of all our elected officials regardless of their political allegiances, and this demand is sufficiently vigorous that it precludes any sort of genuine dummy ever becoming a congressman, senator or president. But still & all, at the same time I think we can admit that pure-smarts is not it. President Obama is plenty smarter than quite a few people who’ll never be president; but, there are other people smarter than He is, and they’re not ever gonna become president either. It’s plain to see there’s something remarkable about Him, in a “You’re not likely to ever meet another” kind of a way. But it isn’t any functional kind of intelligence that does that.

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Dave Barry’s Year in Review

31st December 2012

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 So, OK, basically we need to forget about 2012 as soon as possible. But just so we can remember exactly what it is we need to forget, let’s pour ourselves a stiff drink and take a look back at the train wreck we’re staggering away from, starting with …

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10 Most Corrupt Politicians of 2012

31st December 2012

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This is the sort of thing you ought to be seeing in the New York Times and Washington Post.  But that was then; this is now.

Mostly Democrats (My, what a surprise!) but there are a leavening of Republicans as well — corruption is, after all, no respecter of parties.

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Free Guy Kawasaki Books

31st December 2012

Available here.

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Religion and Politics in the First Modern Nation

31st December 2012

George Will’s keynote speech at Washington University in St. Louis. (Warning: It’s an hour and a half long. But worth every second, once you get past the tedious introduction pre-roll.)

Peggy Noonan considers it the most important speech so far in the 21st century.

A pity we can’t get Will to run for President.

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‘Democracy and Disdain’

31st December 2012

George Will spanks a Stanford law professor.

Karlan’s disdain for the Citizens United decision — which held that Americans do not forfeit their First Amendment rights when they choose to speak collectively through corporate entities — is muddled. She denounces “spending by outside groups” without explaining what they are outside of. Evidently she accepts the self-interested assumption of the political class — the parties and candidates — that elections are their property and independent participants are trespassers. Karlan approvingly quotes the unsubstantiated assertion of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer — itself disdainful of elected officials to whom Karlan urges vast deference — that contributions “buy candidates’ allegiance.” She seems unaware that abundant social science demonstrates that contributors respond to candidates’ behavior, not the reverse. And when darkly warning about campaign contributions from corporations’ “management,” she seems unaware that much of the corporate political spending is by nonprofit advocacy corporations — Planned Parenthood, not Microsoft.

It is disappointing when a professor at one of the top law schools in the country is so ignorant and confused.

She concludes: “For if the justices disdain us, how ought we to respond?” Her pronoun radiates democratic sentimentality — “us” conflates the citizenry and Congress. Today, just 18 percent of the citizenry approves of Congress’s performance. What becomes of Karlan’s argument when the conservative justices’ distrust of Congress, for which she disdains them as anti-democratic, is exceeded by the public’s distrust of Congress?

Like most progressives, she has a Maoist view of democracy — democracy is only truly democracy when it agrees with the views of the Crust.

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Marine to Gun-grabber Di Feinstein: ‘No Ma’am’

31st December 2012

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I’m sick of being told by people in Washington D.C. what is okay for me to own for my own personal defense while they enjoy the safety of many armed guards with better firearms than I have access to. It’s hypocritical.

Well said.

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Time for Gun-Free Politician Zones?

31st December 2012

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…Political Media’s Larry Ward wonders why we can’t turn the tables and see how the politicians like it.

His plan — to create Gun-Free Politician Zones, so that lawmakers have to endure the same kind of unprotected status American children have to endure in public schools every day.

I can see the headline: ’27 Legislators Gunned Down by Deranged Shooter, Hundreds Subscribe to His Legal Defense Fund’.

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“Plotting to Celebrate Christmas”

31st December 2012

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Saudi religious police stormed a house in the Saudi Arabian province of al-Jouf, detaining more than 41 guests for “plotting to celebrate Christmas,” a statement from the police branch released Wednesday night said.

Question: What would happen in a civilized country if a bunch of Muslims were arrested for ‘plotting to celebrate Ramadan’? What would the media say?

Your future under Islam. Don’t say that you weren’t warned.

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Al Qaeda Offers Bounty on American Ambassador

30th December 2012

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The bounties were set to “inspire and encourage our Muslim nation for jihad,” the statement said.

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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Carb Backloading: Eating Carbohydrates to Get Lean, Muscular and Strong

30th December 2012

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Everything bad is good for you.

Does it work? Apparently.

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King Richard III’s Medieval Inn Recreated by Archaeologists

30th December 2012

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Blue Boar inn rises again in model and digital form, recreated from detailed drawings found in Leicester family’s archives

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Redistributing Up

30th December 2012

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In the town that launched the War on Poverty 48 years ago, the poor are getting poorer despite the government’s help. And the rich are getting richer because of it.

The top 5 percent of households in Washington, D.C., made more than $500,000 on average last year, while the bottom 20 percent earned less than $9,500 – a ratio of 54 to 1.

That’s because the Crust pay themselves first, and very well indeed. They don’t really care what happens to the poor; that’s just rhetoric to fool the Great Unwashed into keeping them in power with ‘low-information’ voting.

The federal government does redistribute wealth down to struggling Americans. But in the years since President Lyndon Johnson took aim at poverty in his first State of the Union address, there has been an increasingly strong crosscurrent: The government is redistributing wealth up, too – especially in the nation’s capital.

The beneficiaries are not the billionaire financiers and celebrities who have come to personify income inequality in the 21st century. Yet the Washington elite are just as much part of the trend, having influenced laws and decisions that alter the entire country’s distribution of income.

Government doesn’t alleviate poverty — to the extent that there is a bureaucracy dedicated to alleviating poverty, they will strive to preserve poverty in order to safeguard their own jobs and perks.

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Mexico: Hizballah Partnering With Drug Cartels to Get Money for Weapons

30th December 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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21 Missing Pakistani Policemen Found Shot Dead

30th December 2012

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Twenty-one tribal policemen believed to have been kidnapped by the Taliban were found shot dead in Pakistan’s troubled northwest tribal region early Sunday, government officials said.

Officials found the bodies shortly after midnight in the Jabai area of Frontier Region Peshawar after being notified by one policeman who escaped, said Naveed Akbar Khan, a top political official in the area. Another policeman was found seriously wounded, Khan said.

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

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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Egyptian Cleric Threatens Christian Copts With Genocide

30th December 2012

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More recently, Dr. Wagdi Ghoneim — who earlier praised Allah for the death of the late Coptic Pope Shenouda, cursing him to hell and damnation on video — made another video, entitled, “A Notice and Warning to the Crusaders in Egypt,” a reference to the nation’s Copts, which he began by saying, “You are playing with fire in Egypt, I swear, the first people to be burned by the fire are you [Copts].” The video was made in the context of the Tahrir protests against Morsi: Islamic leaders, such as Hegazy and Ghoneim, seek to portray the Copts as dominant elements in those protests; according to them, no real Muslim would participate. Ghoneim even went on to say that most of the people at the protests were Copts, “and we know you hid your [wrist] crosses by lowering your sleeves.”

The heart of Ghoneim’s message was genocidal: “The day Egyptians — and I don’t even mean the Muslim Brotherhood or Salafis, regular Egyptians — feel that you are against them, you will be wiped off the face of the earth. I’m warning you now: do not play with fire!”

The reason Copts have crosses tattooed on the wrists of their children is to prevent Muslims from kidnapping them, claiming that they ‘converted’ to Islam, and raising them as Muslims; especially girl children, who tend to be kidnapped, forcibly ‘converted’, and forcibly married to Muslim men, both in Egypt and in Pakistan.

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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State of Kansas Hits Sperm Donor for Child Support

30th December 2012

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William Marotta and the recipient of his donation signed an agreement that he would have neither rights nor obligations with respect to any offspring that resulted. But the state of Kansas says that shouldn’t insulate him from paying child support for the three-year-old daughter on whose behalf the state picked up $6,000 in medical bills unpaid by the mother, who had fallen on hard times.

This is the essential problem with accepting government ‘benefits': It provides government with a reasonable-sounding argument that doing so entitles them to regulate the behavior of the person receiving the benefit, even when the benefit and the behavior are things with which the government has no business dealing. He that pays the piper calls the tune.

If government pays for your health care, it’s entitled to regulate your activities that might affect your health, because hey, it’s picking up the tab. This includes whether and how you reproduce.

If government pays for your housing, it’s entitled to regulate where and how you live, because hey, it’s picking up the tab. This includes whether and how you reproduce.

If government pays for your food, it’s entitled to regulate what you eat, because hey, it’s picking up the tab. This includes whether and how you reproduce.

If the government pays for your travel, e.g. the roads, then it’s entitled to regulate how and when you travel,  because hey, it’s picking up the tab. Hence the oft-repeated trope ‘driving is a privilege, not a right’.

If government pays for your education, it’s entitled to regulate how and when you go to school, and what you learn there, because hey, it’s picking up the tab.

It’s all part of the same scheme. To the extent that the government can do something for you, it’s entitled to do something to you.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

30th December 2012

Óró se do Bheatha ‘Bhaile

Athbhliain faoi mhaise dhaoibh.

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17 Killed in Bus Attack on Shiites in Pakistan, Official Says

30th December 2012

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

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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Dear Mr. President, Zero-Sum Doesn’t Add Up

29th December 2012

P.J. O’Rourke.

Thank you for not being Jimmy Carter.

Hear, hear.

You sent a message to America in your re-election campaign. Therefore you sent a message to the world. The message is that we live in a zero-sum universe.

There is a fixed amount of good things. Life is a pizza. If some people have too many slices, other people have to eat the pizza box. You had no answer to Mitt Romney’s argument for more pizza parlors baking more pizzas. The solution to our problems, you said, is redistribution of the pizzas we’ve got—with low-cost, government-subsidized pepperoni somehow materializing as the result of higher taxes on pizza-parlor owners.

In this zero-sum universe there is only so much happiness. The idea is that if we wipe the smile off the faces of people with prosperous businesses and successful careers, that will make the rest of us grin.

There is only so much money. The people who have money are hogging it. The way for the rest of us to get money is to turn the hogs into bacon.

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Nigeria: Muslims Shouting “Allahu Akbar” Murder Fifteen by Slitting Their Throats

29th December 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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A Time of Regret for the Sins of Childhood

29th December 2012

With thanks to Bob, who has all of the good stuff.

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Thomas Friedman Op/Ed Generator

29th December 2012

Check it out. Or, you can do it the hard way.

Why it matters. “Make unto you friends of the mammon of iniquity; that when you shall fail, they may receive you into everlasting dwellings.” Of approximately 12,000 square feet, not including garages.

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Anti-Gun Senator Shoots Home Intruders

29th December 2012

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Well known anti-gun state senator R.C. Soles (D-NC) pulled a gun on two men breaking into his home, shooting one of them.

Security for me, but not for thee. Let us wallow in irony for a time….

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The Sixties: Wilderness v. Recreation, Educated v. Affluent

29th December 2012

Steve Sailer continues spelunking through the Crust.

 Continuing to consider the Sixties … let’s take a look at the Sixties through the lens of class, using the long battle in the 1960s over Mt. San Gorgonio in Southern California, which was a harbinger of the coming class wars between the educated elite, the prosperous upper middle class, and, mostly as bystanders, the masses.

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Clueless Amy Chozick

29th December 2012

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 Amy Chozick cluelessly writes in the NY Times about a “generational food gap.”

But the gap she writes about has nothing to do with generations, it has to do with social class. Her parents are high-prole or middle class, and she moved to New York City and learned to mimic the eating habits of her SWPL friends. If she had stayed in Texas and got a job as a nurse, there woudn’t have been any sort of gap.

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Indian Muslim Leader Says, “Remove Police for 15 Minutes, We Will Finish Off One Billion Hindus”

29th December 2012

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A crore equals ten million, so 100 crore Hindus would be a billion. He is boasting that the Muslims could essentially wipe the Hindus from the face of the earth in fifteen minutes, if the police look the other way.

This joins the Iranian leadership’s many genocidal statements against Israel in being ignored by a world “human rights” community that is consumed with working out a remedy to “Islamophobia.”

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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What “Good School” Really Means

29th December 2012

Sonic Charmer is not afraid to ask the hard questions.

I know it’s been a while since I’ve been in school myself, but just what are the super-special amazing things going on in the ‘Good Schools’ that make them so ‘Good’? I literally can’t even picture it. Are they learning Algebraic Topology instead of Multiplication in their math class? Are they getting one-on-one editorial and career guidance in writing their first novels, instead of answering ‘compare and contrast’ questions about snippets of abridged versions of, like, Sounder? In science class are they writing turbulence-simulation iPod apps or building quantum computers instead of making posters of The Greenhouse Effect that show a big circular arrow going from the sky to ground and back?

I suspect that a ‘good school’ is a school full of the children of ‘good people’, i.e. SWPL Crustians, black and Latino people who are of the Body, and a leavening (but by no means excessive amount) of Asians.

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Where Will the Juggernaut Stop This Time?

29th December 2012

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Our Israeli correspondent MC offers some speculation about the first wave of Islamic invasion in the Near East, North Africa, and Europe. He notes its relevance to what is unfolding now throughout the Western world during this, the Third Wave of the Great Jihad.

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Urban Baby

29th December 2012

Steve Sailer looks at the daily lives of female Crustians who, against their innate inclinations, decide to reproduce.

A reader commends to me the discussion site UrbanBaby.com for the displaying the id of upper crust white new mothers and mothers-to-be as they confront realities associated with reproduction, causing them to think inappropriate thoughts.

Which devolves into

 Anyway, I’ve always wanted to turn this discussion around and discuss how non-criminal black males signal to white people on the street that they aren’t violent. A lot of white people would probably like to stereotype more accurately, but our society makes almost zero effort to educate well-intentioned whites in how to do it.

A useful skill. And the bottom line is

 On the whole, it’s good for Mexicans that white people don’t find them cool.

And you can’t say any fairer than that.

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Laws Are for the Little People

29th December 2012

Mark Steyn looks at l’affaire Gregory.

A week ago on NBC’s Meet the Press, David Gregory brandished on screen a high-capacity magazine. To most media experts, a “high-capacity magazine” means an ad-stuffed double issue of Vanity Fair with the triple-page perfume-scented pullouts. But apparently in America’s gun-nut gun culture of gun-crazed gun kooks, it’s something else entirely, and it was this latter kind that Mr. Gregory produced in order to taunt Wayne LaPierre of the NRA. As the poster child for America’s gun-crazed gun-kook gun culture, Mr. LaPierre would probably have been more scared by the host waving around a headily perfumed Vanity Fair. But that was merely NBC’s first miscalculation. It seems a high-capacity magazine is illegal in the District of Columbia, and the flagrant breach of D.C. gun laws is now under investigation by the police.

To Howard Kurtz & Co., it’s “obvious” that Gregory didn’t intend to commit a crime. But, in a land choked with laws, “obviousness” is one of the first casualties — and “obviously” innocent citizens have their “obviously” well-intentioned actions criminalized every minute of the day. Not far away from David Gregory, across the Virginia border, eleven-year-old Skylar Capo made the mistake of rescuing a woodpecker from the jaws of a cat and nursing him back to health for a couple of days. For her pains, a federal Fish & Wildlife gauleiter accompanied by state troopers descended on her house, charged her with illegal transportation of a protected species, issued her a $535 fine, and made her cry. Why is it so “obvious” that David Gregory deserves to be treated more leniently than a sixth grader? Because he’s got a TV show and she hasn’t?

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

29th December 2012

Ballistic Backpack

How to Escape a Sinking Helicopter

Star Trek Characters and Roles  Hey, they all look alike to me….

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North Korean Army Girls March

29th December 2012

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The essential identity between Communism and Fascism is readily apparent.

The tune is the Königgrätzer Marsch, reputedly one of Hitler’s favorites.

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No Guns in School?

29th December 2012

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It was only natural that the mass murder of 26 children and staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, would bring out the best and worst of people’s emotions. The frenzy of accusations and name-calling from educators, teachers’ union bosses, reform leaders, policy wonks, gun lobbyists, and editorial writers has yet to subside. The reaction that attracted the most hostility, on the left and on the right, was National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre’s call for an armed guard in every school “immediately,” funded with federal tax dollars.

The denunciations were instantaneous. Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, issued a joint press release that flatly asserted: “Guns have no place in our schools. Period. We must do everything we can to reduce the possibility of any gunfire in schools, and concentrate on ways to keep all guns off school property and ensure the safety of children and school employees.” Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public schools, now CEO of a school-reform group, also weighed in: “I have come to the conclusion that StudentsFirst must publicly oppose legislation that would bring firearms into schools, anywhere.”

Perhaps Rhee, who now lives in Sacramento with her husband, Mayor Kevin Johnson, is unaware that the Golden State allows schools to employ armed guards if they choose. A man with a gun and a badge might not be patrolling a school near Rhee’s home, but he’s in a school somewhere in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, San Bernardino, or Riverside. LaPierre may have thought he was proposing something radical, but the protection he recommends is already in place in many parts of California.

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The 8 Craziest Job Openings in the Military-Industrial Complex

29th December 2012

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I’m shooting for ‘top secret janitor’.

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Remember the War in Afghanistan?

29th December 2012

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Remember when the media used to cover the war in Afghanistan almost daily? Back then it worked to the media’s advantage to report those stories because the president was a Republican. In the age of Obama, this war has become a footnote.

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Top 12 Dumb Celebrity Quotes of 2012

29th December 2012

Watch it.

And there was a lot of competition this year.

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Woman Attacked TSA Agent During Pat-Down, Police Say

29th December 2012

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Orlando Spring?

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Jihadist Group Threatens U.S., Says It Will Fight Until U.S. Pays Jizya and Is “Humbled”

28th December 2012

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“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” — Qur’an 9:29

Muslim spokesmen in the West routinely claim that this verse has no applicability in the modern world. They’re lying.

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

A statement published on a jihadist website from Abu Mohammad Tahawi, a leading Jordanian Salafi jihadist who often trumpets the Nusrah Front in Syria, taunts the United States and President Obama and promises bloodshed.

The Nusrah Front “placed you long ago on the terrorism blacklist based on injustice, tyranny and vanquishing people,” Tahawi wrote. “They have made a pledge for themselves to obey the oath of Sheikh Osama [bin Laden] … and you will not know a pleasant life, nor quiet and happy sleep until you return to your homes, with bowed heads, weary, miserable; and you pay them the Jizya (tax on non-Muslims), and are humbled .”

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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Unhappy Kwanzaa – The Media Are Still Falling for That Fake Holiday Created by a Felon

28th December 2012

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Do a news search and you’ll find hundreds of articles about wonderful Kwanzaa celebrations held all over America. Good luck finding a single one that mentions the sorry fact that the holiday’s creator was imprisoned for torturing a couple of African-American women.

Because Christmas is just so White, you know?

 If the media told the truth about Kwanzaa in these articles, then every right-thinking American would realize it’s a fraud. Instead we get the same silly endorsement of this “African” feast that has nothing to do with Africa and everything to do with California in the 1960s.

Well, you know, the media aren’t really all that into truth, per se, so much as they’re trying to support the Narrative of the Crust.

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India Tea Workers Burn Boss to Death in Assam State

28th December 2012

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Local official SS Meenakshi Sundaram said some 700 tea garden workers surrounded the manager’s bungalow on Wednesday evening and set it on fire. Two vehicles belonging to the manager were also torched.

The charred bodies of Mridul Kumar Bhattacharyya and his wife, Rita, were later recovered from the debris, Mr Sundaram said.

I guess the SIEU still has a way to go.

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Modern-Day Typhoid Marys

27th December 2012

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If germs hung a recruiting sign for their hosts, it would probably be a version of the World War I poster of Uncle Sam pointing: We want YOU to help us reproduce. All hosts were equally eligible for service, infectious-disease researchers thought. Assuming the recruits weren’t immune due to a prior infection or vaccination, anyone should have roughly the same potential to spread a disease’s pathogens. But then came severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS.

This pandemic started as just another strange pneumonia from southern China, but in 2003 it turned into a global outbreak that infected 8,098 people and killed 774. Key to the disease’s spread, researchers found, was a small but crucial portion of the population that became known as “superspreaders,” people who transmitted the infection to a much greater than expected number of new hosts. The more scientists learn about superspreaders, the more they are beginning to realize that this tiny segment of the population is the driving force behind the emergence and spread of infectious diseases.

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The Crust Takes Care of Its Own

27th December 2012

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Germany: Muslims Demand Indian Student Convert to Islam, Beat Him and Slash His Tongue When He Refuses

27th December 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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Texas Man Takes Last Stand Against Keystone XL Pipeline

27th December 2012

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Proving that there are idiots even in Texas.

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Professor: Don’t Be Surprised if There’s a War Between Japan and China in the Next Year

27th December 2012

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Hugh White, a professor at Australian National University and a former Australian defense official, believes this is the latest sign the two countries are heading to war.

And the U.S. will be dragged in.

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No One Loses Job Over Benghazi Security Lapses

26th December 2012

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It’s extremely hard to lose a government job, even when your poor performance results in the deaths of other Americans under your responsibility. Despite claims that heads were rolling after a report identified egregious security lapses in Benghazi, it appears the individuals responsible are merely being reassigned to new jobs.

The Crust takes care of its own. As John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, always says: ‘GET A GOVERNMENT JOB!’

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Journalists’ Addresses Posted in Revenge for Newspaper’s Google Map of Gun Permit Owners

26th December 2012

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A week after the Newtown massacre, The Journal News published an interactive Google Map with the names and addresses of gun permit owners in select New York cities. The bold move has escalated into a transparency arms race, after a Connecticut lawyer posted the phone number and addresses of the Journal‘s staff, including a Google Maps satellite Image of the Publisher’s home. “I don’t know whether the Journal’s publisher Janet Hasson is a permit holder herself, but here’s how to find her to ask,” read Christopher Fountain’s blog post. The double irony here is that open data was heralded as a tool of enlightened civic dialog, and has been co-opted for fierce partisanship, bordering on public endangerment.

Hm. What’s the appropriate cliché here? Sauce for the goose? The biter bit? Turn about is fair play? Two can play at that game? Take that you jive-ass bitch? It’s hard to choose….

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Washington State Pushes Electric Cars, Then Taxes Owners

26th December 2012

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Washington State has found a way to make up for revenue lost from owners of electric cars: everyone who took advantage of the thousands of dollars in federal and state incentives to purchase a gas-free vehicle will now be charged a $100 annual fee.

The new tax will take effect February 1, 2013; lawmakers claim the electric car owners are avoiding paying the taxes for roadway usage because such taxes are included in the price of gasoline. The state of Washington includes a 37.5 cents per gallon tax on gasoline, the state’s largest source of transportation dollars.

Road and highway improvements are primarily funded through taxes at the pump, and Washington State lawmakers are demanding electric car owners compensate the state for the loss in tax revenue. The $100 “fee” will be required to be paid upon annual vehicle registration renewal. This tax will be in addition to the standard vehicle registration fees already charged.

‘Save the planet! Pay the government!’

Suuuuuccccckkkkkeeeeerrrrrsssss….

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Really Alternative Schools Rising

26th December 2012

Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds reminds us that the world is changing.

‘Nobody ever got shot or knocked up in an online school.” That’s the comment offered by a friend when my daughter — in search of more AP classes than her public school offered, and anxious to graduate early — decided to switch to an online high school.

An excellent point. A reminder that the sort of ‘socialization’ that goes on in schools is mostly turning kids into little socialists.

But the larger question of whether it makes sense to warehouse a bunch of kids together, sorted by age, remains.

Sure. Get all the dysfunctionality concentrated in one place. Nobody ever got bullied or had his lunch money stolen plowing a furrow or tending a loom.

Putting kids together and sorting by age also created that dysfunctional creature, the “teenager.” Once, teen-agers weren’t so much a demographic as adults-in-training. They worked, did farm chores, watched children and generally functioned in the real world. They got status and recognition for doing these things well, and they got shame and disapproval for doing them badly. But once they were segregated by age in public schools, teens looked to their peers for status and recognition instead of to society at large.

With results as you see them.

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