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The Dead Billionaire’s Club That Runs the Environmental Movement

31st August 2014

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The report uses the unfortunate term “Billionaire’s Club” to describe the funders who give groups like the Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Sierra Club Foundation millions of dollars a year. In fact, in most cases it would be more accurate to describe it as the “Dead Billionaire’s Club,” as most of the money comes from foundations set up by wealthy people who were often fairly conservative, but their foundations are now run by their liberal children and/or left-wing staffs.

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Medical Insurance that Worked — Until Government “Fixed” It

31st August 2014

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Why do we have a crisis in health care costs today? Because government “solved” the last one.

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Multiculturalism — The Final Solution

31st August 2014

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Finally, the mainstream media are beginning to acknowledge the poisonous fruits of multiculturalism. For years journalists have been afraid to speak the truth about what is happening in Britain, just as the council workers in Rotherham who were responsible for child welfare were afraid to speak the truth. And what is the truth they have been so afraid to give voice to? Multiculturalism is a failure, both as a political theory and as a matter of fact.

When the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany joined forces at the beginning of the war, Time magazine referred to the enemies of civilization as “Communazis”. Each had their final solution to the question of how human beings should live together on earth, and they were both willing to employ absolutely any means in order to achieve that end. We have seen the same mindset in government, both at a national level and in local councils up and down the land for many years now. Their final solution to the question of how we are to live is “multiculturalism”, and woe betide anyone who questioned that unproven, impossible theory.

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The Love Jihad in India

31st August 2014

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In India, the common Muslim practice is to kidnap young Hindu women, forcibly convert them to Islam, and then marry them (or turn them into sexual slaves). The process is known as the “Love Jihad”, and it bears a strong resemblance to the “grooming and pimping” epidemic in the UK.

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‘When Whites Just Don’t Get It’

31st August 2014

Nicholas Kristof, Voice of the Crust, pushes the Narrative.

So let me push back at what I see as smug white delusion.

Never mind that this entire article is ‘smug white delusion’, as demonstrated by ‘progressives’ in the media.

• The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, according to 2011 census data. The gap has worsened in the last decade, and the United States now has a greater wealth gap by race than South Africa did during apartheid. (Whites in America on average own almost 18 times as much as blacks; in South Africa in 1970, the ratio was about 15 times.)

Perhaps that’s because white people tend to work and black people tend to live off of government benefits. It’s not as if there’s some government agency out there (much as people like Kristof might wish for it) assigning people incomes and not giving black people Their Fair Share.

• The black-white income gap is roughly 40 percent greater today than it was in 1967.

Welcome to the War on Poverty, which (as with most government programs) merely makes things worse. All done by the sort of people that Nicholas Kristof votes for — many of which are white people, true, but their deficiency is not in their melanin level but in their politics.

• A black boy born today in the United States has a life expectancy five years shorter than that of a white boy.

That’s because black boys (and men) tend to shoot other black boys more often than white boys shoot other white boys. Why is that? You won’t find out by reading the writings of Nicholas Kristof, much less this one.

• Black students are significantly less likely to attend schools offering advanced math and science courses than white students. They are three times as likely to be suspended and expelled, setting them up for educational failure.

That’s because black people are on average less intelligent than white people, a fact that is well documented however much it is ignored by whites, like Kristof, who ‘just don’t get it’. That doesn’t tell you anything about individual black people, of course, but it does indicate how blacks as a group will do compared to whites as a group, which is what we’re talking about here. This isn’t rocket science; it just takes the ability to notice certain facts, an ability in which people like Nicholas Kristof are notoriously deficient.

• Because of the catastrophic experiment in mass incarceration, black men in their 20s without a high school diploma are more likely to be incarcerated today than employed, according to a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Nearly 70 percent of middle-aged black men who never graduated from high school have been imprisoned.

Don’t you just love that term ‘experiment in mass incarceration’, with its suggestion that police are wandering around just picking up black men at random and sticking them in prison? The prospect that these people might have actually, you know, committed a crime or something never appears on the radar. Another area in which Nicholas Kristof ‘just doesn’t get it’.

All these constitute not a black problem or a white problem, but an American problem. When so much talent is underemployed and overincarcerated, the entire country suffers.

And when people who are paid to write for national publications can get away with pushing these absurd fantasies, the entire world suffers. But they’ll never notice, because they live in a world of rainbows and unicorns in which wishing makes it so, reality never intrudes, and facts are whatever you read in the New York Times.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

31st August 2014

Bubba Shot the Jukebox

The essence of America.

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Sen. Mary Landrieu Owns No Louisiana Home. What Was She Thinking?

31st August 2014

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Obviously, she was thinking that the rules don’t apply to her. Don’t they know who she is?

She also may have been thinking that Louisiana (‘flyover country’) is a place to be from, not in. You’ll note how much time the Clinton’s spend in Arkansas.

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New York Teen Dies in Lamborghini Test Drive

31st August 2014

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Police say 18-year-old Samuel Shepard was taking the car for a spin on a county road in Mount Sinai on Long Island early Friday when he lost control. The car’s owner, Michael Power, was a passenger in the car and was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Det. Sgt. Michael Fitzharris told Newsday that excessive speed is believed to be a factor in the crash. Police told the paper that the two were heading back to a parking lot.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Open-Sourcing Chicken: Breaking Free From Corporate Genetics

30th August 2014

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By now, I suspect, most people concerned with the provenance of meat have a clear mental image of what concentrated production looks like.

Translation: We’re not going to give you any facts, because we aren’t interested in facts, but would rather you formed your opinions based on scare-stories we ‘progressives’ tell to anyone who will listen.

Take chicken, the meat we Americans eat more than any other: industrial chicken lives out its life in walled houses with tens of thousands of other birds, and balloons to its full size at only 6 weeks old. We also think we know what the alternative looks like: birds that are fed purer feed, given the chance to walk around on grass, and allowed to live weeks longer for meat chickens and years longer for laying hens.

We also think that socialism works, that communism would work ‘if only it had really been tried’, that animals are important and people suck, and that unicorn farts power the economy, which is only going up and up and up under King Putt. That’s what ‘we think we know’.

“These are corporate genetics from huge companies,” says Nigel Walker, proprietor of Eatwell Farm outside Dixon, Calif. “I’m embarrassed to say I am not even sure where my genetics come from right now.”

‘Corporate’ is joining ‘fascist’ in meaning ‘something we don’t like and think scary’, rather than a real word that actually, you know, has a definition. Note that these haters of ‘big companies’ are first in line to give more power to the faceless bureaucrats of even bigger governments.

From the outside, Walker already appears to be doing everything right: He raises organic produce that is fertilized only by the efforts of his 2,600 laying hens, which every year break up and tend 20 acres of pasture out of the farm’s 105 acres. But the red-feathered layers he uses are proprietary hybrids, which he orders from a hatchery every time he needs to replace his stock.

And the reason they’re proprietary is that the government allows them to be so, and will enforce that ‘intellectual property’ on the part of their cronies, the ‘big companies. And the government just loves to have you hating on the ‘big companies’, who couldn’t do a damned thing if it weren’t for government employees with lawyers, guns, and money standing behind them.

Walker, who has an in-demand CSA and a spot in San Francisco’s prestigious Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, worries that he’s inadvertently responsible for the sacrifice of hundreds of male chicks every year.

Oh! The agony!

He wants to return to the original farm model of breeding his own birds and incubating and hatching their eggs on his farm.

And perhaps making a few artisanal buggy whips on the side, for the cognoscenti, nudge nudge wink wink say no more, who one can hardly avoid in ‘San Francisco’s prestigious Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market’.

Come to a Red State, kid, where they’ve been doing that since the nation was founded.

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‘It’s socialism for the rich and capitalism for the rest of us in Britain’

30th August 2014

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The writer, Voice of the Crust for the Guardian in Britain, appears to need to get out more – and read a little bit of history; socialism is always for the rich, in the sense that it allows the apparatchiks to live like rich people and forces everyone else to live like poor people.

Who are the real scroungers? Free-marketeers decry ‘big government’ yet the City and big business benefit hugely from the state – from bailouts to the billions made from privatisation. Socialism does exist in Britain – but only for the rich.

Apparently the writer, who mistakenly equates ‘free-marketers’ with ‘the city and big business’, is as ignorant of economics and politics as he is of history.

The remarkable thing is that they pay people money to write this. Any middle-school student could grind these out like pancakes, and for a lot less remuneration.

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The Criminalisation of American Business

30th August 2014

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WHO runs the world’s most lucrative shakedown operation? The Sicilian mafia? The People’s Liberation Army in China? The kleptocracy in the Kremlin? If you are a big business, all these are less grasping than America’s regulatory system. The formula is simple: find a large company that may (or may not) have done something wrong; threaten its managers with commercial ruin, preferably with criminal charges; force them to use their shareholders’ money to pay an enormous fine to drop the charges in a secret settlement (so nobody can check the details). Then repeat with another large company.

A variant of this, polished to a fine art by Willy Brown while he was Speaker of the California legislature, is to introduce a bill that would destroy a company’s business, and then withdraw it once one’s campaign coffers had been adequately ‘topped up’ by the potential victim(s).

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Portuguese Food Co-op Fights Back Against EU-Mandated Waste

30th August 2014

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Fruta Feia, formed in 2013 by Isabel Soares, is a co-op that’s fighting both inane EU food regulations and the food waste those regulations cause. The group pushes back against regulations that dictate the size and shape of fruit that can be sold throughout the EU. If fruit is misshapen, irregular, or fails to meet certain color guidelines, then the regulations state that it’s not fit for sale. The rules, published in 2008, state that apples, for example, may not be sold if they have certain cosmetic “defects” in “shape” or “coloring.”

At a time when the economic downturn means fresh fruits and vegetables are harder to come by for many—with small farmers struggling to make ends meet—and with food waste an enormous problem, these regulations couldn’t be more idiotic and infuriating.

The biter bit. Pass the popcorn.

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Cause of ALS Is Found, Northwestern Team Says

30th August 2014

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Researchers at Northwestern University say they have discovered a common cause behind the mysterious and deadly affliction of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, that could open the door to an effective treatment.

Dr. Teepu Siddique, a neuroscientist with Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine whose pioneering work on ALS over more than a quarter-century fueled the research team’s work, said the key to the breakthrough is the discovery of an underlying disease process for all types of ALS.

Now perhaps we’ll be spared the sight of rich narcissists pouring ice over their heads to get a few more minutes of fame.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

30th August 2014

For-ghetti spaghetti fork.

ButterUp butter knife.

Hugo’s Amazing Tape.

Beer stein for cans.

Leather beer caddy for bikes.

Compact folding bow. This baby can save your life if you’re suddenly cast back into the Middle Ages. Hey, it could totally happen.

Batman branding iron. You know you want one.

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The Un-Midas Touch

30th August 2014

Victor Davis Hanson sums up the Obama legacy.

Everything that Barack Obama touches seems to turn to dross. Think of it for a minute. He inherited a quiet Iraq (no American combat deaths at all in December 2009). Joe Biden bragged of the calm that it would be the administration’s “greatest achievement.” But by pulling out all U.S. peacekeepers — mostly for a 2012 reelection talking point — Obama ensured an ISIS wasteland. He put his promised eye on Afghanistan at last, and we have lost more soldiers there than during the Bush administration and a Taliban victory seems likely after more than a decade of lost American blood and treasure. The message seems to be that it is better for Obama to have his eye off something than on it.

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The Political Economy of NYC “Affordable Housing”

30th August 2014

Steve Sailer blows the whistle.

Why is there this kind of windfall available to bestow on about 20% of tenants of new luxury buildings? Because getting the political permission to build in NYC is a goldmine because the right to build is so restricted that anybody who does get all the permits approved is guaranteed a big profit, so the city makes the developers kick back some of their profits in terms of these crazy Fairy Godmother deals for some small fraction of all the people in New York. It seems like there ought to be about 10 better ways to do things, but that’s the current system, and the new mayor wants to crank it up.

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When Does a $5 Toll Cost $30? When You’re Driving a Rental Car

30th August 2014

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With the rise of “cashless” turnpikes, where tolls are collected via a device such as EZ-Pass rather than at tollbooths, rental car companies have found two ways to pass those costs on to their customers, both unpopular: Customers can choose to rent a pass for as much as $20 a day, which they’ll pay whether or not they pass through a toll plaza, or they can pay the fines for going through the lanes without a pass, plus a hefty processing fee tacked on by the rental company.

Customers are ticked at what seems like yet another charge, like fees for checked baggage. After a Florida Dollar Rent a Car added $30 in administrative fees to a bill for $2.74 in tolls, Roxanna Usher of Redwood Valley, Calif., vented her spleen on the entire state. “I’m angry beyond belief and can’t even imagine coming back to your state,” she wrote in a Jan. 13 complaint to Florida’s attorney general. “Talk about a corrupt state! It’s disgusting what you’re doing to tourists—the mainstay of your economy.”

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The Secrets of Fake Flavours

29th August 2014

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Artificial flavours are more complex and interesting than first appears. Chris Baraniuk discovers a world of sensory trickery – and a curious myth about fake banana.

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Someone 3D Printed a Castle in His Backyard and It’s Awesome

29th August 2014

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What’s next? A “full-scale” house. The castle is large enough to walk around in, but it seems that the builder has bigger plans. Also the next building will likely be built someplace warmer. Why warmer? Concrete sets at only so quick a pace — if you can help it cure, you can probably build more quickly.

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Should You Take Notes By Hand and Read Paper Books?

29th August 2014

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My answer is ‘yes’, but that’s what I do and I’m one of those tiresome people who think everybody ought to do things my way.

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Bonuses Are the New Raises

29th August 2014

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A new survey from human-resources services firm Aon Hewitt found that companies are spending a record share of their payroll on performance-based bonuses, signaling a shift away from longer-term salary increases.

We are all CEOs now.

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The World Is Squared: Episode 1 – “Switzerland, Country of Joyce”

29th August 2014

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This is a very odd piece that will tell you more than you ever really wanted to know about Switzerland.

If I had sufficient spare time and a wholly warped sense of priorities, I think I could trace the boundaries of the wars of religion by driving around and listening to regional radio. As far as I can tell, Catholic cantons really go for snare drum backbeats and 2/4 time – if Mumford and Sons aren’t huge in Vaud, they are really missing an opportunity. Protestant cantons are much more into generic AOR. Everywhere in Switzerland gets a signal for the Europop collossus that is RTL2. However, the country does not seem to have any local attempts at hip-hop, for which I greatly respect them.

All in all, though, it’s a fascinating country, and if I hadn’t been born American I wouldn’t have minded terribly much being Swiss.

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Democrats More Afraid of Global Warming Than ISIS

29th August 2014

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And that tells you everything you need to know about Democrats.

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The Inversion Conversion

29th August 2014

Charles Krauthammer finds that his bullshit detector has gone off.

Democrats used to wax indignant about having one’s patriotism questioned. Now they throw around the charge with abandon, tossing it at corporations that refuse to do the economically patriotic thing of paying the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world.

Odder still because Democrats routinely ridicule the very notion of corporations as persons. When Mitt Romney suggested that corporations were people in 2011, Democrats mocked him right through Election Day. In the Hobby Lobby case, they challenged the very idea that corporations can have religious convictions. Now, however, Democrats are demanding that corporations exercise a patriotic conscience. Which is it?

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Colleges Worsen Income Inequality

28th August 2014

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Tuition gouging for degrees that are useless in the real world and a failed business model have put U.S. colleges front and center as exacerbating income inequality.

Over the decades, college officials have used their nonprofit status to build an unsustainable business model more akin to hoteliers, one that real estate mogul Donald Trump would envy. And all on the backs of taxpayers, students and their families.

Schools across the U.S. offer practical degrees, useful in the corporate or public sector, like engineering, software design, or accounting.  But even the most prestigious colleges no longer offer a solid liberal arts education. Instead, many schools charge nosebleed tuition for degrees built on useless courses about, say, the cultural efficacy of soap operas, or sex and gender in society, that don’t lead to work in the real world and exacerbate income inequality.

The fact that the students are stupid enough to take these courses doesn’t help.

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Feds’ Plot to Stop Small-Town Cookies Backfires Into International Demand

28th August 2014

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“We can’t have them in the cafeteria for sale, period,” said Scott Teaman, food services director with Sodexo Inc., the district’s contracted food provider. “The guidelines for snacks are very strict, and there is no wiggle room.”

Remind me when the Federal government was granted authority to dictate what meals are served in local schools. Oh, yeah, they take Federal subsidies so they have to dance to the Federal tune. And of course no one is crazy enough to suggest that they not take money from the Federal government — after all, it’s Free Government Money!

“The [school] district has received at least 100 calls and emails from Illinois, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Montana and Canada from people who want to taste or have something to say about” the cookie, according to yesterday’s Telegram.

The district is now trying to figure out the logistics of shipping the cookies around the country, but won’t begin baking until after Labor Day. They’re also thinking about making the cookie smaller, so that it contains less calories, and can be reintroduced at the school.

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Holder Cut Left-Wing Groups In on $17 Bil BofA Deal

28th August 2014

Read it. A deal that sticks in the craw even of lefty mag Business Insider.

Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder’s record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America.

Buried in the fine print of the deal, which includes $7 billion in soft-dollar consumer relief, are a raft of political payoffs to Obama constituency groups. In effect, the government has ordered the nation’s largest bank to create a massive slush fund for Democrat special interests.

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When Chinese Children Forget How to Write

28th August 2014

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To all the whiners about learning cursive: It could be worse.

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Pop-up Character Bread Molds Make Breakfast Fun For Everyone

28th August 2014

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Actually, these seriously creep me out.

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Yazidis Still Stranded on Mount Sinjar: ‘We Need Weapons Now More Than Food or Water’

28th August 2014

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I wonder what it’s like to live in a country with a real President? We haven’t had one for a while.

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If Britain Were a U.S. State, It Would Be the Second-Poorest, Behind Alabama and Before Mississippi

27th August 2014

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Maybe that’s why they talk so funny.

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More “Climate Change” Lies

27th August 2014

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According to an alarming “climate change” article in yesterday’s NY Times, “Global warming is already cutting grain production by several percentage points, the report found, and that could grow much worse if emissions continue unchecked.”

But in the same NY Times, there was the article about how there’s so much grain in North Dakota that there are no train cars available to transport it.

And in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal:

China’s grain cupboard is overflowing.

As the harvest looms next month, the country is on track for an 11th year of bumper grain crops. But production is too much, even for the world’s most populous nation, with warehouses bursting at the seams and posing a dilemma for policy makers.

So it seems that the contention that there is an alarming lack of grain production is completely bogus. The exact opposite seems to be happening. What else can’t be trusted in “climate change” reports?

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London’s Most Unusual Royal Warrant Holders

27th August 2014

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Many of Her Majesty’s shopping habits are a matter of public record, thanks to the Royal Warrant Holders Association, a prestigious group of 800 or so companies selected as official suppliers to the Royal Household.

If you could afford the best of everything, from whom would you buy it?

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Why Great Husbands Are Being Abandoned

27th August 2014

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Fifty percent of marriages are still ending in divorce, and women continue to be the gender that initiates those endings. In the past, their reasons for leaving most often had to do with infidelity, neglect, or abuse. Now they’re dumping men who are faithful, attentive, and respectful, the very men they said they have always wanted. Why would women who have accomplished the female dream suddenly not be satisfied with it? Why are they leaving these ideal guys, and for what reasons?

I am currently dealing with several of these great husbands. They are, across the board, respectful, quality, caring, devoted, cherishing, authentic, and supportive guys whose wives have left them for a different kind of man. These once-beloved men make a living, love their kids, help with chores, support aging parents, and support their mate’s desires and interests. They believe they’ve done everything right. They are devastated, confused, disoriented, and heartsick. In a tragic way, they startlingly resemble the disheartened women of the past who were left behind by men who “just wanted something new.”

You may think that these women are ruthless and inconsiderate. Those I know are far from that. More often, they still love their husbands as much as they ever did, but in a different way. They tell me how wonderful their men are and how much they respect them. They just don’t want to be married to them anymore.

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Monster Dogs of Myth and Legend

27th August 2014

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

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38 Maps That Explain the Global Economy

27th August 2014

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From the point of view of the people providing the maps, of course. Your mileage may differ, depending upon your ideological bent.

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Arby’s Has an Off-The-Menu ‘Meat Mountain’ Option

27th August 2014

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A while ago, Arby’s got tired of people thinking they only serve roast beef. To fight that perception, they created the poster pictured below; it’s a gigantic creation featuring a sample of every type of meat served at the restaurants. It was only meant to be illustrative, but then of course customers started asking for the very sandwich on the picture. Can you blame them? Arby’s, loathe to turn down anyone’s money, accepted the challenge and started serving the ‘Meat Mountain’ to customers who’d specifically request it. It’s a $10 sandwich, and it’s not on the menu, but they’ll sell you one if you ask for it.

I think I’ll adopt a new motto for this blog: ‘All the news that makes Michelle Obama shit a brick.’

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FREE CATHY BRENNAN!

27th August 2014

The Other McCain is on the case.

Cathy Brennan’s Twitter account @GIDWatch got suspended Tuesday because Brennan, a radical lesbian feminist, began “naming names” of those who had signed a petition to end the women-only policy of the Michigan Womyn’s Festival. Transgender activists have been attempting to take over feminist events and organizations, claiming that the fact that they were born with penises and XY chromosomes should not prevent them from being accepted as “lesbian feminists” even if they have not undergone surgery.

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Your Fingernails Grow Way Faster Than Your Toenails

26th August 2014

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I’ll bet you didn’t know that.

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The Electric Warship

26th August 2014

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I remember Zumwalt. He was all hip & trendy and put the Navy into a crack that it took about ten years to get out of.

Let’s hope the ship does better.

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Whopper Donut Cheeseburgers, Eh?

26th August 2014

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So Burger King is going to acquire the Canadian Tim Horton’s donut chain, in yet another tax inversion that causes so much cranial-rectal inversions among liberals. I sure hope we get a donut Whopper cheeseburger out of this merger. With bacon. That would be more awesome than a deep-fried Twinkie. (Lo and behold, turns out the genera already exist.)

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner

26th August 2014

The Other McCain jerks back the curtain.

There seems to be some confusion about President Obama’s “foreign policy.” At times, it has been alleged that he actually has a policy, but these allegations have never been substantiated.

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The Kennewick Man Finally Freed to Share His Secrets

26th August 2014

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The storm of controversy erupted when the Army Corps of Engineers, which managed the land where the bones had been found, learned of the radiocarbon date. The corps immediately claimed authority—officials there would make all decisions related to handling and access—and demanded that all scientific study cease. Floyd Johnson protested, saying that as county coroner he believed he had legal jurisdiction. The dispute escalated, and the bones were sealed in an evidence locker at the sheriff’s office pending a resolution.

“You can count on your fingers the number of ancient, well-preserved skeletons there are” in North America, he told me, remembering his excitement at first hearing from Chatters. Owsley and Dennis Stanford, at that time chairman of the Smithsonian’s anthropology department, decided to pull together a team to study the bones. But corps attorneys showed that federal law did, in fact, give them jurisdiction over the remains. So the corps seized the bones and locked them up at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, often called Battelle for the organization that operates the lab.

Your tax dollars at work.

Owsley and his group were eventually forced to litigate not just against the corps, but also the Department of the Army, the Department of the Interior and a number of individual government officials. As scientists on modest salaries, they could not begin to afford the astronomical legal bills. Schneider and Barran agreed to work for free, with the faint hope that they might, someday, recover their fees. In order to do that they would have to win the case and prove the government had acted in “bad faith”—a nearly impossible hurdle. The lawsuit dragged on for years. “We never expected them to fight so hard,” Owsley says. Schneider says he once counted 93 government attorneys directly involved in the case or cc’ed on documents.

And working hard.

I asked Schneider why the corps so adamantly resisted the scientists. He speculated that the corps was involved in tense negotiations with the tribes over a number of thorny issues, including salmon fishing rights along the Columbia River, the tribes’ demand that the corps remove dams and the ongoing, hundred-billion-dollar cleanup of the vastly polluted Hanford nuclear site. Schneider says that a corps archaeologist told him “they weren’t going to let a bag of old bones get in the way of resolving other issues with the tribes.”

It’s like something out of a bad spy novel.

During the trial, the presiding magistrate judge, John Jelderks, had noted for the record that the corps on multiple occasions misled or deceived the court. He found that the government had indeed acted in “bad faith” and awarded attorney’s fees of $2,379,000 to Schneider and his team.

“At the bare minimum,” Schneider told me, “this lawsuit cost the taxpayers $5 million.”

And these fools want to be in charge of your health care.

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Vacations and Vocations

26th August 2014

Kevin Williamson lays down some inconvenient truth.

President Barack Obama is spending his vacation golfing on Martha’s Vineyard. Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending her vacation in the habitual Clintonian mode, making a vulgar spectacle of herself in the Hamptons. Joe Biden, not that anybody cares, is off to Grand Teton.

Senator Rand Paul, on the other hand, is spending his vacation in Guatemala, performing eye surgeries on poor children who need care. (Eliana Johnson wrote about the trip here.) As the Washington Post points out, this is not a new thing for the senator-surgeon; on this trip, he saw two patients he’d first treated 15 years ago.

Quite a contrast.

Senator Paul will come out of his vacation looking pretty good. Given the political class’s endless appetite for self-serving theater, I found myself wondering why President Obama, Mrs. Clinton, or Vice President Biden did not choose to spend their vacations in a similar way, offering to put their skills and abilities to use on behalf of others. And then I realized that this was a deeply stupid question on my part.

What the hell would they do?

Unlike Senator Paul, neither the president nor the vice president nor the former secretary of state has anything that one might describe as a useful skill. That’s not quite right: They have skills that are useful . . . to themselves. As for skills that are useful to other people — you’d be hard pressed to think of one. If you were a poor family in Guatemala, which would you rather have: the services of a pretty good ophthalmologist, or those of an excellent orator? (Never mind that, unlike Senator Paul, President Obama does not speak Spanish — or, indeed, any foreign language.) Imagine dispatching Hillary Rodham Clinton to Calcutta or Joe Biden to Conakry and then expecting them to do something useful. The idea is preposterous.

Contrast that with professor of orthopedic surgery Tom Price (R., Ga.), obstetrician Mike Burgess (R., Texas), or cardiovascular surgeon Charles W. Boustany (R., La.). Mrs. Clinton may, in making the Hamptons rounds, even pass the childhood home of former physician Howard Dean, whose family split its time between East Hampton and Park Avenue. Even Howlin’ Howard has a useful skill, though his medical license lapsed a decade ago.

Quite a contrast indeed.

Politicians can redistribute wealth, but they do not create any. They can attempt to command the energies of those with the ability and inclination to produce valuable goods and services, but as politicians they do not produce. The entire idea of politicians as society’s leadership is an inversion of the real order of things: Government is not here to lead anybody anywhere — it is here to serve us in the important but limited role of coordinating collective action toward such ends as physical security and the enforcement of contracts.

If you think that President Obama can provide you with health care, let him take a scalpel to your eye. I dare you.

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Five Liberal Megadonor ‘Soros Clones’ the Media Has Ignored

26th August 2014

Read it.

But of course Harry Reid assures us that there aren’t many billionaires in the Democrat party. I think Harry needs to read something other than Democrat talking points for a change.

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Chicago: 4 Killed, 24 Wounded; Child Shot 6 Times

25th August 2014

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Thank God for all those strict gun control laws, otherwise the place would look like Texas.

(None of the shootings were by white police, which is why they didn’t make the evening news.)

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Florida Redistricting Case: Why Politicians Shouldn’t Draw the Maps

25th August 2014

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A legal challenge involving congressional districts devised by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature offers a perfect illustration of why politicians should not be in control of drawing their own legislative districts.

Note that such complaints only arise when it’s Republicans who are allegedly loading the dice — the constant attempts by Democrats to gerrymander themselves into permanent power are perennially overlooked. (And this is the Wall Street Journal — can you imagine what it’s like at the New York Times?)

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Fundraising, Or Hate Speech?

25th August 2014

John Hinderaker turns over a rock.

What is the point of being in power if you can’t help your friends and screw your enemies? That is the Democratic philosophy. Thus, the Democrats hand out massive tax breaks, subsidies and mandates to their “green energy” supporters like Tom Steyer, who in turn pledge tens of millions of dollars in campaign contributions to help the Democrats maintain control of Congress. So they can continue to subsidize the businesses that make Steyer a billionaire. Same thing with Wall Street, which supports the Democratic Party almost monolithically.

And, of course, while both parties use cash to “buy control of Congress”–i.e., try to persuade voters by putting ads on television–the Democrats always have more money to “buy control of Congress” than the Republicans.

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Washington’s Cynical Misinformation Game

25th August 2014

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Yet there is one arena in which misleading the public not only is abided but is the norm: politics. In fact, much of what constitutes political discourse in this country is now built on a foundation of dishonesty. One of the most effective — and perfectly legal — ways to win votes and influence public policy these days is to pour millions of dollars into deception-based campaigns designed to manipulate public opinion.

And of course they cite an instance of Republican misfeasance, as if there weren’t ten times as many Democrat goings-on, starting with the Obama administration.

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Why Housing All Across LA Costs So Much

25th August 2014

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BLUF: Government regulations.

LA’s deep-rooted culture of NIMBYism makes matters worse. If developers could build more high-rise or high-density housing, rents would fall. But thanks to restrictive zoning laws, they find this extremely hard.

The zoning code hasn’t changed much since the 1940s. More than 78% of the city’s residential land is currently zoned for single-family dwellings, according to the LA Department of City Planning. By comparison, only 24% of San Francisco and 25% of New York City is zoned exclusively for one- and two-family homes.

Some of California’s green rules drive up rents–and hurt the environment, too. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), signed by Governor Ronald Reagan in 1970, allows almost anyone to sue to block any development, and is used by the slow-growth lobby to thwart vertical expansion. “The irony is that CEQA is now preventing us from building high-rises near public transit, which would improve the environmental quality by allowing people to walk more and not use their cars,” says Richard Green of the University of Southern California.

Developers seeking to build in LA today find that they have to scale back their projects to get them built at all. Construction began on Ponte Vista, a cluster of 676 homes near the Port of LA, earlier this year. The original plans called for three times as many units, but the project was cut back after neighbours protested about the extra traffic it would bring.

In February a judge struck down what he called a “fatally flawed” plan to build taller, denser buildings in some parts of Hollywood, after community groups sued under CEQA, complaining that the plan would “Manhattanise” Hollywood.

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