DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

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School Bans National Guard T-shirts Over Gun Image

25th September 2014

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A National Guard recruiter was instructed to stop handing out promotional t-shirts at a New York high school after teachers complained at the shirts featured a soldier holding a weapon.

“A pointed gun is just not appropriate for a high school,” said Alan McCartney, the interim superintendent of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District.

Perhaps someone ought to  explain to these clowns (none of whom, I’ll wager, is a veteran) just exactly what the National Guard does.

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Changes to Firearm Purchase Forms Draw Strong Reaction

25th September 2014

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Changes to the forms required for firearms purchases asking questions about the buyer’s race and ethnicity have drawn strong reaction from gun dealers, privacy advocates and lawmakers.

Form 4473, required for an over-the-counter sale by a federally-licensed dealer, now asks first whether a buyer is Hispanic or Non-Hispanic, followed by a question delving into more detailed race-based information.

Seems like the government routinely asks for information that it would be illegal for a private firm to ask. I wonder why that is….

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Five Lessons Americans Should Learn From World War One

24th September 2014

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Number one: When someone declares war on you—guess what, you’re at war.

Something that the American government still hasn’t grasped with respect to Islam.

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DNA Double Take

24th September 2014

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Not long ago, researchers had thought it was rare for the cells in a single healthy person to differ genetically in a significant way. But scientists are finding that it’s quite common for an individual to have multiple genomes. Some people, for example, have groups of cells with mutations that are not found in the rest of the body. Some have genomes that came from other people.

As scientists begin to search for chimeras systematically — rather than waiting for them to turn up in puzzling medical tests — they’re finding them in a remarkably high fraction of people. In 2012, Canadian scientists performed autopsies on the brains of 59 women. They found neurons with Y chromosomes in 63 percent of them. The neurons likely developed from cells originating in their sons.

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‘Maybe We Missed Something': Warren Commission Insider Publicly Concedes That JFK Assasination Was Likely a Conspiracy

24th September 2014

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Describing someone as a “conspiracy theorist” is usually meant as an insult, suggesting tin-foil hats and babbling rants on late-night radio talk shows. But when it comes to the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, the list of important, seemingly credible public figures who count themselves as conspiracy theorists is long and impressive.

I love the smell of conspiracy in the morning.

Fifty years ago this coming week, the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the panel led by Chief Justice Earl Warren and better known as the Warren Commission, published an 888-page final report that identified Lee Harvey Oswald as the sole gunman in Dealey Plaza and said there was no evidence of a conspiracy, foreign or domestic.

And contained more lies than an Obama press conference.

In his 1994 memoir, Ragano wrote that Tampa-based crime boss Santo Trafficante confessed to him in 1987 that he and Carlos Marcello, the mob boss of New Orleans, were responsible for the assassination. According to Ragano, the dying Trafficante uttered the words: “Carlos messed up. We shouldn’t have killed John. We should have killed Bobby.”

Which they eventually did.

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Alain Finkielkraut vs. the End of Civility

24th September 2014

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If I were in Paris this week, I’d be looking for a nice mosque to hide under. In a video released Monday, the Islamic State called for extra helpings of worldwide jihad from the Islamic diaspora, with special venom on tap for one Enlightenment republic in particular: “If you can kill a disbelieving American or European—especially the spiteful and filthy French … kill him in any manner or way however it may be.”

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Tech Firms and Lobbyists: Now Intertwined, but Not Eager to Reveal It

24th September 2014

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Since the Microsoft ‘antitrust’ case of 1998, tech firms have had their noses rubbed in the economic fact of modern life that politicians and bureaucrats can (and will) destroy your business unless allowed to wet their beaks. Typically this is done through campaign contributions to the proper pullers of strings, participation in the revolving door between Washington and the two Left Coasts, and making the correct ‘diversity’ and ‘green’ noises for consumption by low-information voters.

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Leo DiCaprio Lectures UN on Climate Change: Doesn’t Mention Four Homes, Private Jets, and Yacht Rented From Oil Billionaire

24th September 2014

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Hey, he’s of the Crust; the rules are for the Little People.

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Hiring Women and the Moral Inversion of Economics

24th September 2014

Alex Tabarrok underlines some contradictions.

In my post on why economics is detested I quoted Arnold Kling:

The intention heuristic says that if the intentions of an act are selfless and well-meaning, then the act is good. If the intentions are self-interested, then it is not good.

In contrast, economics evaluates an act not by its intentions but by its consequences. Since “bad” intentions can lead to good consequences (“as if by an invisible hand”). It’s not surprising that economists often praise what others denounce.

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Social Desirability Bias and Abortion

24th September 2014

Bryan Caplan never ceases to amaze.

Economists have long argued that we should pay a lot more attention to what people do and a lot less attention to what people say. But they make little effort to justify their pro-action/anti-talk position. The strongest evidence in favor of economists’ methodological scruples actually come from psychology, especially research on Social Desirability Bias. Earlier today, though, I stumbled on some striking confirmation from a unexpected field: medicine.

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MODERN MO MANTRA

24th September 2014

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No wonder Muslim extremists are frustrated. They literally stand in the middle of the street telling everybody that they killed for Allah and nobody seems to hear them.

It’s just bad luck, I guess, that the religion of peace attracts so many people of violence. Could’ve happened to any religion, really, although it’s rare to hear of anyone flying jets into buildings to honour Krishna or screaming oaths to Ganesha while cutting someone’s head off.

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Fake Cell Towers Allow the NSA and Police to Keep Track of You

24th September 2014

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The Internet is abuzz with reports of mysterious devices sprinkled across America—many of them on military bases—that connect to your phone by mimicking cell phone towers and sucking up your data. There is little public information about these devices, but they are the new favorite toy of government agencies of all stripes; everyone from the National Security Agency to local police forces are using them.

These fake towers, known as “interceptors,” were discovered in July by users of the CryptoPhone500, one of the ultra-secure cell phones released after Edward Snowden’s leaks about NSA snooping. The phone is essentially a Samsung Galaxy S3 customized with high-level encryption that costs around $3,500. While driving around the country, CryptoPhone users plotted on a map every time they connected to a nameless tower (standard towers run by wireless service providers like Verizon usually have names) and received an alert that the device had turned off their phone’s encryption (allowing their messages to be read).

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When Humans Lose Control of Government

23rd September 2014

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Responsibility is nowhere in modern government. Who’s responsible for the budget deficits? Nobody: Program budgets are set in legal concrete. Who’s responsible for failing to fix America’s decrepit infrastructure? Nobody. Who’s responsible for not managing civil servants sensibly? You get the idea.

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Our Nuclear Waste Is a Goldmine

23rd September 2014

… except for the government.

If America’s nuclear waste could be turned into electricity, it could power the country for the next century. More than 77,000 tons of plutonium, americium, and other radioactive leftovers of uranium fission have piled up at America’s atomic power plants, turning them into radioactive waste warehouses. Known as transuranics, these materials remain radioactive for thousands of years, and are stored in above-ground, concrete-encased water pools and steel casks, fueling endless political battles about where they should be buried. In August 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered the government to resume planning for the Yucca Mountain dump site, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it lacks the money.

But there is a better solution: Nuclear waste can be turned into electricity. A new generation of nuclear reactors, dubbed Gen-IV reactors, could do it with great efficiency. In the process, transuranics would be broken into elements that remain radioactive for a much shorter period of time, thus alleviating both our energy and our waste issues. As a country, we are sitting on a radioactive gold mine. But the economics of mining that gold are complicated. To make the new reactors work, new economic policies have to work first.

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Democrats Relying on Big Donors to Win

23rd September 2014

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Democrats love to cast Republicans as the party of big money, beholden to the out-of-touch billionaires bankrolling their campaigns.

But new numbers tell a very different story — one in which Democrats are actually raising more big money than their adversaries.

Democrats, Party of the Rich.

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6 Reasons Barack Obama Is a Failed President

23rd September 2014

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In case you need it spelled out.

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Liberals Want to Throw Us All in Jail. Or Worse.

23rd September 2014

John Hinderaker discusses the elephant in the room.

Until recently, the totalitarian impulse has been blessedly absent from American politics. Now, however, the American left has caught the totalitarian bug that infected Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Castro, and so many others. A case in point: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the drug-addled son of the former Attorney General. Kennedy thinks it is a shame that he isn’t able to jail or execute the Koch brothers and other conservatives, like–for example–me….

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MONEY’s Best Places to Live: 1. McKinney, Texas

23rd September 2014

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About five minutes by car from where I sit.

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Archaeologists Dig Up First Viking Fortress Found in More Than 6 Decades

23rd September 2014

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“It was clear that there was a fortress missing,” says researcher Søren Sindbæk.

Don’t you hate it when that happens?

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Coffee Got Its Buzz by a Different Route Than Tea

22nd September 2014

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The coffee genome has now been published, and it reveals that the coffee plant makes caffeine using a different set of genes from those found in tea, cacao and other perk-you-up plants.

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Litterbug Climate Marchers Leave Behind Piles of Trash

22nd September 2014

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This week in New York City somewhere around 400,000 litterbugs descended on the Big Apple, and not to celebrate the wonderful news that the planet hasn’t warmed in 18 years. Instead they gathered to do, uhm, whatever this is, and to pretend Global Warming is real and dire, so that those pushing this phony crisis can tell the rest of us what to do and how to live our lives.

You would think that the one thing environmental fanatics and those of us who are not fascists could agree on is that only arrogant scumbags are litterbugs. Unfortunately, as the pictures below show (gathered mostly by Twitchy), we can’t even enjoy some common ground on that one point. Climate fanatics are indeed arrogant litterbugs. But when you know the mainstream media will cover for your piggish behavior, why not?

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

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School Punishes Boy for Sharing His Lunch With Hungry Friend

22nd September 2014

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A pull-your-hair-out school discipline story is making the rounds: Weaverville Elementary School in California punished a 13-year-old boy who committed the crime of sharing his lunch with a friend.

Eighth-grader Kyle Bradford’s act of charity and kindness is strictly prohibited under school policy because one student may be allergic to another student’s food.

Anybody who voluntarily lives in California is a jackass.

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Want Obamacare? Get Ready to Share the Details of Your Life Changes With the Feds.

22nd September 2014

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What the government pays for, the bureaucrats control.

You’d think people would realize that by now. But no.

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Tax Refunds Will Be Cut for ACA Recipients

22nd September 2014

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A significant benefit of the Affordable Care Act is the opportunity to receive money-saving tax credits up front to cut the overall cost of health insurance, but now hundreds of thousands of consumers could owe back some of that money next April.

Those affected took advance payments of the premium tax credit for health insurance. Some married couples could owe $600 or $1,500 or $2,500 or even more. It might feel like a raw deal for some who are already suffocating under the escalating costs of health insurance.

But it’s still Affordable Care — it says so right in the title!

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At Ground Zero in Minnesota

22nd September 2014

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We’ve got a problem in the Twin Cities that is based in our large and still growing population of Somali immigrants. Minnesota’s Somali community — a/k/a “Minnesotans” — is the most fertile ground in the United States for the recruitment of terrorists by foreign terrorist organizations in Africa and the Middle East. The Islamic State is only the latest terrorist group to zero in on Minnesota to expand its ranks, for example, and IS has achieved some success in the recruitment efforts. In Minnesota, we’re a tad concerned the recruited “Minnesotans” might choose to return home if they don’t get killed first.

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A Sideways Glance at Public “Education”

22nd September 2014

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Many bad things got their start in the 1960s. Among the least harmful are bad hairstyles and terrible clothing. Among the most harmful — in addition to Medicare, Medicaid, and welfare “rights” — is the sharp rise in the numbers of working (outside-the-home) mothers. It was then, no doubt, that most parents came to think (to hope) that education is something that can be packaged and shrink-wrapped.

The fact of the matter is that schools can’t turn out well-mannered, well-spoken, literate human beings if the raw material they’re given to work with is defective. If Johnny can’t read, or if Johnny is a hoodlum, whose fault is it? The natural tendency of parents and school-board members is to blame educators, if not “society.” But that’s the easy way out — like firing the manager of a baseball team because he’s saddled with mediocre players.

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Helpful Hint for Reading

22nd September 2014

If you’re trying to read an article on a site that has a paywall — e.g. Wall Street Journal, New York Times — and clicking on a link just gives you the ‘teaser’ for the article, highlight the title and search for it in Google, then click on that link to the same article. More often than not, it will give you the full thing, presumably because it thinks you’re coming from a search engine rather than being a Boring Old Consumer.

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Campanology

22nd September 2014

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The origin of the dumbbell — it’s not what you think.

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Workers of the World, Goodbye

22nd September 2014

Jim Goad points to some inconvenient truth.

There was something pathetically nostalgic at the specter earlier this month of fast-food workers demanding compensation to the tune of $15 an hour for performing jobs that require almost no skills beyond not being in a coma. It recalled a halcyon age very long ago when management depended on menial labor, when a general strike of unskilled workers could bring bosses to their knees.

But now a company called Momentum Machines is touting a device that can allegedly can shoot out 360 custom-ordered and fully wrapped burgers per hour, rendering the very idea of an exploited and undercompensated “fast-food worker” a quaint relic of a musty bygone age. According to the company’s website, “It does everything employees can do except better.” The machine will also presumably never call in sick, never get an order wrong, and will not tamper with food due to spite or boredom. It will also never demand a raise. According to the company’s co-founder, “Our device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient. It’s meant to completely obviate them.”

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Thought for the Day

21st September 2014

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Farmer Joel Salatin: ‘We Would Be a Much Healthier Culture if the Government Had Never Told Us How to Eat’

21st September 2014

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In so many respects….

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Rain-Dance Scheduled

21st September 2014

Sonic Harm draws a great analogy.

When humans go out and stand/walk on streets in large numbers, that is ‘climate change’ being ‘fought’. The climate is less likely to change due to this activity.

It’s like a rain dance. (Well, isn’t it? What’s the difference?)

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The Roosevelts: A Hagiography

21st September 2014

Read it. And watch the video for a sample of what he’s talking about.

The documentary covered the lives of Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt in what I found to be the predictably insufferable fashion Judge would have anticipated. Though Franklin Roosevelt died nearly 70 years ago, Burns’s work is not for those in search of cool judgment or historical detachment. The series was a love letter to Progressives, Democrats, and liberals. Part 7 traced FDR’s political heritage to Barack Obama, of course, which means it’s a good thing FDR was good in all his works.

The timing of the series is interesting. Arriving six weeks in advance of the midterm elections, the series allowed PBS to make its in-kind contribution to the Democrats in a big way this year. Those looking for historical detachment or impartial judgment or simply a balanced perspective had best look elsewhere.

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Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Program: $4 Million of Food Thrown in Trash Each Day

21st September 2014

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Aren’t you proud?

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Kentucky Fire Captain Injured in Ice Bucket Challenge Dies

21st September 2014

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Let this be a lesson for us all.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

21st September 2014

Mind Your Own Business

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America’s Martyrs

20th September 2014

Gavin McInnes is not afraid to ask the hard questions.

Er, no offense to people being beheaded in the Middle East but, uh, what are you doing there?

I’d say: Think of it as evolution in action.

I’d liken them more to the extreme mountain climber who expects the taxpayer to blow tens of thousands of dollars sending in helicopters when things go awry. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. But those of us who are well-stationed here on Western soil can’t help but ask ourselves, “Why are you doing the crime?”

If it’s not your job to be over there, get outta there.

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Radical New DNA Sequencer Finally Gets Into Researchers’ Hands

20th September 2014

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Early versions of the instrument, called the MinION, have been reaching scientific labs over the past few months after long delays (see “10 Breakthrough Technologies 2012: Nanopore Sequencing”). It’s built by a U.K. company, Oxford Nanopore, that has raised $292 million and spent 10 years developing Deamer’s idea into a DNA sequencer unlike any other now available. It is four inches long and gets its power from a USB port on a computer. Unlike other commercial sequencing machines, which can be the size of a refrigerator and require jugs of pricey chemicals, this one measures DNA directly as the molecule is drawn through a tiny pore suspended in a membrane. Changes in electrical current are used to read off the chain of genetic letters, A, G, C, and T.

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Neal Stephenson’s Swordfighting Game Is Officially Dead

20th September 2014

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Well, shucks.

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Woman Receives World’s First 3D-Printed Skull

20th September 2014

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The 22-year old woman had a condition that was causing the bones in her skull to thicken. I was unable to find out the name of this condition, but the thickening of the skull was putting pressure on her brain. This was causing severe headaches, vision loss, and was beginning to result in loss of motor control. If left untreated, it would have eventually killed her.

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Reynolds Online University – Where No One Gets Raped

20th September 2014

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Thought for the Day

20th September 2014

People Don't Land copy

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$22 Trillion for What?

20th September 2014

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The annual report by the Census Bureau on poverty was released this past week, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. It should come as no surprise that the War on Poverty has not been a success by any stretch of the imagination. In 50 years, American taxpayers have spent an unimaginable $22 trillion on this so-called war.

According to Investor’s Business Daily: “Adjusting for inflation, [$22 trillion is] three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution. The federal government currently runs more than 80 means-tested welfare programs. These programs provide cash, food, housing and medical care to low-income Americans. Federal and state spending on these programs last year was $943 billion.”

That money had to come from somewhere — and that somewhere is the American taxpayer. Imagine how prosperous America would be if her citizens had been able to use that money, which they earned, on things that they wanted rather than wasted on bureaucratic bullshit.

 

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

20th September 2014

Dry cleaning machine that fits in your closet.

KeySmart compact key holder.

D20 Cake Mold.

Hot Dog Toaster.

Dr Who Sonic Screwdriver Toothbrush.

Ryno one-wheeled motorcycle.

Food Cycler.

MittenFlask. I am not making this up.

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RIP Peter Black Mulloney, First Chairman of the Party of the Right

19th September 2014

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May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

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Bacon-related Medical Breakthrough Wins Ig Nobel Prize

19th September 2014

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Is there nothing that can’t be solved with the judicious application of bacon? Apparently not, as this year’s Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine winners can attest.

The boffins from the US and India took home the gong for their paper on treating “uncontrollable” nosebleeds by packing the nose with strips of cured pork.

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ISLAMOCOPIA FRIDAY: What’s New in the Religion of Peace

19th September 2014

British government weighs response after ISIS beheads British hostage David Haines

Iran trying to spin Christian persecution crisis (auto-play video)

Uganda authorities foil attempted terror attack, following US embassy warnings

Soldiers defeat Islamic fighters in north Nigeria

Australia answers US call to fight Islamic State

White House claims Arab nations offer to join airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq, Syria

US launches first offensive strikes against ISIS in Iraq

At least 3 foreign troops killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing

Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death says she had God by her side

Al Qaeda in India apparently botches first terror attack, reports say

Arab states willing to join air fight against Islamic State in Iraq, U.S. officials say

Islamist sympathizing advisor finally gets the boot from DHS

Two American troops among dead in Afghanistan suicide bombing

Australia raids foil reported ISIS beheading plots

Law enforcement bulletin warned of ISIS urging jihad attacks on US soil

Immigration worker union warns ‘serious threat’ of ISIS entering US

Iran’s ‘Happy’ dancers sentenced to 91 lashes, jail

Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria

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New York City Offers Free Attractions to Get Illegals to Apply for IDs

19th September 2014

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a new program giving illegal immigrants free access to the city’s zoo, its museums, and other attractions in order to cajole them into signing up for a new city-wide ID program that would allow them to rent apartment, get city assistance, and other things.

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Rift Widens Between Obama, U.S. Military Over Strategy to Fight Islamic State

19th September 2014

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Even as the administration has received congressional backing for its strategy, with the Senate voting Thursday to approve a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a series of military leaders have criticized the president’s approach against the Islamic State militant group.

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

Paul Mirengoff of Powerline weighs in here.

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9 Heavenly Cheeseburgers for National Cheeseburger Day

19th September 2014

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Nothing tops a juicy burger better than ooey gooey cheese. Luckily there’s an entire food holiday dedicated to celebrating one of America’s favorite food staple.

Thursday, Sept. 18, is National Cheeseburger Day and FoxNews.com has put together a list of some of the best burger recipes out there.

From classic American to sharp cheddar or Swiss, there’s a melted topper for every cheesehead to enjoy.

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