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US Election 2016: Why Isn’t the Assassination Attempt on Donald Trump Bigger News?

22nd June 2016

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Perhaps because the ‘journalists’ in the Drive-By Media all think it’s a good idea?

‘Dog Bites Man’ is never news.

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Sharia Courts May Have Helped Bring Down the Ottoman Empire

22nd June 2016

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An American economist looked at rulings handed out between 1602 and 1799 and noticed the judges’ efforts to help people “considered worthy of support” had a significant “unintended consequence”.

Because Ottoman elites could rely on support from the courts during contract disputes, they had to pay significantly higher rates of interest on loans than women, non-Muslims and the poor, who were less likely to default because they would face legal punishment.

This, Professor Timur Kuran argued in a paper in the Economic Journal, had a stifling effect on investment at a time when the Industrial Revolution was taking off in Europe.

Plus that whole ‘no charging interest’ thing put a bit of a drag on the economy.

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Which Is It: Prescription Drug or Tolkien Elf?

22nd June 2016

Take the test.

Or don’t, depending on what you’ve got going on today. Hey, we’re easy.

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Operation Badr — Beware the 17th of Ramadan — June 23, 2016

22nd June 2016

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If ever there was a date to be remembered and commemorated in Islam, it’s the 17th of Ramadan. This year it falls on Thursday, June 23rd, beginning Wednesday evening at sundown — same day as Brexit.

This date holds great military and spiritual significance within Islam, as it was on this day that the greatest and most significant battle in Islamic history took place: the Battle and Victory of Badr in 624 AD (about 150 miles south of Medina), in which 313 Muslims defeated 1,000 non-Muslims from the Koresh tribe of Mecca who just wanted to return home safely from Syria with their trade caravans.

This battle marked the first significant military victory for Islam, which solidified Mohammed’s position as ruler of the first Islamic State in Medina.

It was a spiritual victory as well. The Koran (8:11-18) discusses how Allah sent blessings to guide and purify his Muslim warriors in preparation for battle. However, Allah also sent thousands of angels to help his warriors win by making their hearts more firm to Allah’s command to kill unbelievers, and by removing all uncertainty and fear within them. It was also the time when Mohammed mandated the killing of captives in battle.

Dates are significant for jihadists. The 17th of Ramadan is a date that Westerners should become familiar with, and take heed. Jihadists are ramping up attacks against the West during the Islamic military month of Ramadan, especially now that the caliphate has been re-established.

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Fear Stalks Minnesota Muslims?

22nd June 2016

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On the Left, it is widely held that the biggest problem with Islamic terrorism is that it might give rise to “Islamophobia.” That mentality was on display today in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “Fear stalks Minnesota Muslims as anti-Islam feeling builds.”

The latest FBI data were published in 2015 and relate to 2014, so they don’t tell us anything about the alleged current spike in anti-Muslim sentiment. What they do tell us is that in 2014, there were 154 hate crimes recorded against Muslims. By way of comparison, there were 89 directed against Christians and 609 directed against Jews, a large majority of those by Muslims. Muslims perpetrate far more hate crimes than they suffer. Are Minnesota’s Jews stalked by fear?

Muslims carried out multiple coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015. On December 2, Muslims perpetrated the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. Shockingly, there was evidence of increased anti-Muslim sentiment in December–more than when the “presidential election season began.” Whose fault was that? Donald Trump’s!

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Texan Finds Creative Way to Clear Highway Fast Lane

22nd June 2016

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He was attempting to pass a slow-moving bobtail Peterbilt tractor when he got hung up by a white Ford Econoline squatting in the passing lane. On his YouTube page, Machine stated that the van, which apparently belonged to a plumbing company, was traveling along between 60 and 70 miles per hour along a stretch of highway with a stated speed limit of 70 mph. Confronted with the slow-moving van blocking the left lane, and traffic in the right lane, Machine called the number on the back of the Econoline and politely asked him to get out of the way.

In the Econoline, the passenger picked up and was momentarily confused as Machine asked him to ask his driver to move out of the lane and let traffic pass. The van sped up, passed a tractor-trailer, and got out of the way, much to the relief of the traffic behind him.

We have the technology.

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Food Riots Escalate, Take Lives in Hungry Venezuela as Shortages Increase

22nd June 2016

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The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.

Somebody ought to run field trips to Venezuela for Bernie Sanders supporters so they can see what life under socialism is really like.

Maybe we ought to send their professors there on ‘sabbatical’ for the same reason.

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Marine Corps Forced to Pull Warbirds Out of ‘Boneyard’ After New Fleet Delay

22nd June 2016

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The Marines are looking for a few good planes, and their search has taken them to an Arizona boneyard where the Corps’ old F/A Hornets have been gathering dust and rust for years.

The jets are being reclaimed and refurbished by Boeing after the service branch was caught short on planes because of long delays in the rollout of the much-awaited F-35.

The Marines could have done as the Navy did and adopted second generation F/A- 18E/F Super Hornets until the new planes were ready, but opted not to.

“In hindsight, it was a misstep for the USMC to not have purchased the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, but only because the F-35 has seen such extensive delays and complications in production,” Omar Lamrani, senior military analyst for global intelligence firm Stratfor told FoxNews.com. “If the F-35 had entered production as originally scheduled and at the expected price, then the USMC would have been able to successfully transition straight from the F/A-18 Hornets to the F-35.”

And of course nobody saw that coming….

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Michael Sandford: Everything We Know About the British Man Who ‘Tried to Assassinate Donald Trump’

21st June 2016

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How much noise would there be if it had been Hillary?

He was living out of his car, did not have a job and was in the country illegally after overstaying a visa.

Trump will undoubtedly have the good grace not to say ‘Told you so’.

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Some Thoughts About Lewandowski, Campaign Funding, and Safety

21st June 2016

Scott Adams continues his masterly analysis.

A very-rich entrepreneur recently told me that the secret of hiring a good team of people is being ruthless in firing your mistakes. Lewandowski was the right guy for the primaries – evidently – but perhaps not a good fit for the general. If Trump can fire a close advisor and personal friend in this situation, do you worry that he can do it while President?

Hmm.

Jeb Bush’s campaign funding didn’t help him against Trump. So we have one data point telling us that political ads don’t work in 2016, at least against Trump. One data point isn’t a trend, and primaries aren’t the general election. But if television ads are persuasive in 2016, would we have GOP nominee Trump? It seems unlikely to me.

The Clinton team is fighting the war of 2008, using the tools of that era. Trump is dominating social media and gobbling up free TV time. Those are the tools of 2016.

Do you know why you didn’t realize TV ads are less effective these days? Because the only people who could tell you that rely on political ads for their profits. You won’t hear anyone on CNN or FOX tell you that ad dollars are less useful than they were in the past.

Saw that coming.

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At UNC Chapel Hill, 16 Departments Have Zero Registered Republican Professors, Analysis Finds

21st June 2016

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Professors registered as Democrats outnumber those registered as Republicans by a ratio of roughly 12 to one at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill – and in 15 departments zero registered Republican professors can be found – according to educators’ registered party affiliations.

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

Asked by The College Fix to comment on the results, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill spokesman Jim Gregory said via email that the university “does not hire faculty based upon their political affiliation, but instead upon academic merit.”

And if you believe that one, he’ll tell you another one.

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U.S.’s First Public Solar Road Will Roll Out on Route 66

21st June 2016

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The street pavers were developed by Solar Roadways, a company created by inventors Scott and Julie Brusaw which raised more than $2.2 million in crowdfunding in 2014 to bring their technology to market. The Brusaws claim that replacing all of America’s roads and parking lots with their solar pavers would generate more than three times the country’s electricity consumption in 2009.

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How to Remove an Arrow Properly

21st June 2016

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Arrow-heads were secured to the shaft using gut, which would begin to loosen when it got wet – such as from your blood soaking into it. This meant that yanking on the shaft was likely to rip the head free and leave it in the body. Once detached from the shaft, locating and removing the head was much harder and caused more trauma to the wounded.

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

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Congresswoman Proposes “Top 1% Act” To Drug Test Wealthy People Who Get Tax Breaks

21st June 2016

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She is, of course, a member of a Fashionable Minority and a Democrat. Random acts of statism appear to be de rigeur with such people. The most wacky face-palm producing members of Congress are black Democrats, and black female Democrats are the worst.

I expect Kim Jong Un to apply for membership in the Congressional Black Caucus any day now; he’ll feel right at home.

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Apple refuses to back GOP convention because of Trump politics

21st June 2016

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If they had done the same to, say, the Democrat convention because of Hillary Clinton, there would be a firestorm in the press and immediate calls for some sort of legislation to punish this sort of ‘anti-free-speech activity’. You know there would.

It’s all about the Narrative, Larry.

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What Will Gun Controllers Do When Americans Ignore an ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban?

21st June 2016

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Prohibition was kneecapped by Americans’ widespread refusal to stop producing, selling, and drinking booze. Millions of Americans smoked marijuana decades before majority sentiment creeped toward legalizing the stuff. Gays and lesbians not only surreptitiously lived and loved when they were targeted by the law—they also famously (and righteously) stomped cops who raided the Stonewall Inn, ultimately precipitating liberalization. And restrictions on exporting encryption were eased only after cryptographers illegally exported code—even printing it on T-shirts as an act of civil disobedience.

Those who have a touchingly naive faith in the power of government cling to the conviction that Passing A Law will solve a problem, automagically. If that were true, then there wouldn’t be a War on Drugs.

“Those who defend the easy accessibility of assault weapons should meet these families and explain why that makes sense,” President Obama tut-tutted last week. But the moralizer-in-chief failed to make sense himself, calling for the outlawing of a category of devices that doesn’t really exist.

The failure of Obama to actually connect with reality is almost universal.

That gun owners mean what they say in the “assault weapons” context can be inferred from the 5 percent compliance rate achieved by New York’s recent registration requirement for such firearms. Or from the 15 percent compliance rate in neighboring Connecticut.

When New Jersey went a step further and banned the sale and possession of “assault weapons,” 947 people registered their rifles as sporting guns for target shooting, 888 rendered them inoperable, and four surrendered them to the police. That’s out of an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 firearms affected by the law. The New York Times concluded, a bit drily, “More than a year after New Jersey imposed the toughest assault-weapons law in the country, the law is proving difficult if not impossible to enforce.”

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Counter-Terrorism: Ignoring The Obvious

21st June 2016

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In the aftermath of the June 12 th Islamic terror attack in Orlando Florida by an American Moslem there have been calls for new security measures to prevent repeat attacks. Demands that gun ownership be more strictly regulated ignores the fact that this has not prevented earlier similar Islamic terrors attacks in the United States, Europe and other areas with strict gun controls. The one method that has been proven to work is dismissed in the United States because it involves adopting the Israeli system of profiling. This means Moslems get more attention and those displaying pro-terrorist attitudes are regularly prevented from carrying out attacks. It works for Israeli airports, government facilities and places that have dancing and alcohol, something Islamic terrorists regularly attack even in majority Moslem countries. Another problem in the United States and the West is that profiling is either not allowed or not used in screening those applying for security jobs or joining the military. Thus the Moslem man who carried out the Orlando attack was subsequently found to have passed screening for an airport security job and recent warnings (to the FBI) from gun shop owners who noted his suspicious behavior were not acted on. This refusal to recognize the obvious continues in the United States, despite repeated attacks that could have been prevented if methods that work in the rest of the world were used.

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The Mosques Are Our Barracks — And Our Armories

21st June 2016

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Anyone who has studied the Great Jihad in depth knows that mosques in infidel lands are often used as storehouses for weapons. The situation has become so ominous in North Rhine-Westphalia that the official responsible for security made public statements at a press conference about the caches of weapons that have been uncovered in or near mosques.

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Why Trump’s Temporary Muslim Ban Makes Sense

21st June 2016

Ying Ma speaks truth to power.

In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting in Orlando, President Barack Obama, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and House Speaker Paul Ryan found themselves united in outrage. Unequivocally, they issued their condemnations: “Dangerous,” “shameful,” and “pathological.”

Their target, however, was not the radical Islamic ideology that inspired the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. No, the politicians were referring to GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald J. Trump and his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States. It was yet another example of elevating self-righteousness over reality and delusions over solutions.

A lot of that going around.

Instead of reiterating by rote that Islam is a religion of peace, as Washington politicians do, Trump is raising tough questions about why numerous Islamic governments and Muslim believers are decidedly not peaceful. Thus far, Trump haters have made no honest attempt to offer viable answers.

Nor will they ever.

What career politicians refuse to recognize and what Trump intuitively grasps is that the lines between radical Islam and regular Islam are blurrier than they appear. Of course, peaceful and patriotic Muslims have helped built America just like every other immigrant group, but outspoken, moderate Muslims in the West who openly stand up against the dark side of their faith are few and far between. Indeed, polling shows that a majority of Muslims living in the United States wish to have the choice of being governed by sharia law and judged by sharia courts. More disturbing, nearly a quarter of Muslims in America believe it is legitimate to use violence to punish those who give offense to Islam.

Meanwhile, just because some Muslims are portrayed as moderate and patriotic does not make them so. For example, President George W. Bush stood with supposedly peace-loving Muslim Americans after 9/11, but one of those individuals was actually the executive director of the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim group that federal prosecutors in subsequent years would name as an unindicted coconspirator in a criminal conspiracy to funnel financing to foreign terrorists.

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Deployable Mobile Tire Spikes Could Stop You in Your Tracks

21st June 2016

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Car chases of the future may be a lot shorter if MobileSpike gets its way. The startup firm is developing a deployable tire spike system that will allow police to get up close to a perpetrator’s car and quickly flatten its tires.

MobileSpike won’t require officers to plan ahead by throwing spikes out on the street in the hopes that the bad guy doesn’t change his or her path. The system is integrated into a push bar on the front bumper of a police car. At the press of a button, the hydraulic system shoots out an arm that extends several feet outside the vehicle. Mounted to the end of the arm is a spike strip ready to shred the tires of a perpetrator’s car.

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Oklahoma Governor Suspends Use of Controversial Card Readers

21st June 2016

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Oklahoma state police have suspended a program that uses scanner technology to detect counterfeit credit cards amid growing concerns that it could allow cops to empty the bank accounts of law-abiding citizens.

The decision was ordered by Gov. Mary Fallin hours after FoxNews.com published a report Friday about concerns that the scanners could make civil forfeiture too easy.

Fox News is your friend. Oklahoma, not so much.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol was given the devices to freeze and seize money loaded onto prepaid debit cards by alleged drug traffickers, with the potential to net up to $8,000 per portable scanner.

Sure, what could go wrong?

Supporters of the program, which had only been in the field for about six weeks, say it’s an important tool for law enforcement agencies to interrupt the flow of illegal drugs into Oklahoma.

Proof? We don’t need no stinkin’ proof.

Critics were alarmed that the company supplying the machines would have gotten a percentage of seized assets, saying the arangement created an incentive for abuse of civil forfeiture laws by police and prosecutors.

Oh, ya think?

Opponents say such devices are an infringement on Fourth Amendment prohibitions of unreasonable search and seizure — and that police departments are in turn stuffing their wallets with the cash from innocent civilians.

As they do in so many ‘civil asset forfeiture’ cases.

“If we really want to assure Oklahomans the right of due process we need complete reform of our un-American Civil Asset Forfeiture laws,” he said.

Concur.

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Chicago’s Most Wiolent Neighborhoods Grace for Deadly Summer

21st June 2016

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Shaquisha Gibson-Posey pulls out a grisly cellphone photo of her murdered brother whenever her 15-year-old son complains of being cooped up in the house. This is why you can’t go out in the neighborhood this summer, she tells him.

Treshaun Carr takes special precautions when he walks down the street, walking only on the driver’s side of parked cars so it’s less likely someone can jump out and shoot him.

Miyoshi Bates was sad but relieved when her son decided not to come home from his out-of-state college when classes ended last month.

Summer is arriving in Chicago, and those who live in the city’s most violent neighborhoods are bracing for what comes with it: a better chance of getting killed.

Black Lives Matter — except to Democrats like Rahm Emmanuel.

Thank God for Chicago’s strict gun control laws or the place would wind up like Texas.

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Pittsburgh Anchorwoman Sues TV station, Saying She Was Fired Because She’s White

21st June 2016

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Political Correctness is finally getting some pushback.

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The Pharisee and the Publican, Refugee Edition

20th June 2016

Mark Krikorian turns over a rock.

God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this critic of refugee resettlement.

The real reason for the push for refugee resettlement is virtue signaling, both to others and to the signalers themselves. I submit Resettlement, Inc. is actually worse than the sanctimonious Pharisee in Christ’s parable because, while he boasted that “I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess,” today’s Resettlement Pharisees send refugees to live in other people’s communities and tithe, as it were, with other people’s money. And the boastful figure in the Gospel was at least boasting of doing something good and honorable, whereas the Resettlement Pharisees are feeding their vanity (and, in many cases, their wallets) by pushing an immoral policy of rewarding the few at the expense of the many.

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The True Story of Medical Books Bound in Human Skin

20th June 2016

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It’s more interesting than Yet Another Thing About Trump.

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Chemists Were Wrong About Splenda

20th June 2016

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Makes you wonder what else they might be wrong about.

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US Election 2016: Man ‘Tried to Shoot Donald Trump’ in Las Vegas, Authorities Say

20th June 2016

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And, of course, it will be portrayed as somehow Trump’s fault. If somebody were to try to shoot Hillary, would they say it was her fault?

Funny how everybody keeps calling Trump a fascist but all of the violence is coming from people who don’t like him.

 

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If the FBI Had to Describe 20th Century Enormities

20th June 2016

Rich Lowry draws some parallels.

The FBI has now reversed course, but this is how its absurd redacting might have rendered enormities of the 20th century:

“The kamikaze pilot launched his attack on the U.S. aircraft carrier after proclaiming his loyalty to the Great Empire of [omitted] and its Emperor [omitted].”

“The S.S. division was utterly committed to [omitted] Germany and its leader [in German], the author of My Struggle [in German].”

“The cadres rampaged through China during the Cultural Revolution at the best of the Chairman of the [omitted], who urged them to [omitted], one of the sayings collected in his Little [omitted] Book.”

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Academic Brownshirts March Again

20th June 2016

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Over the last few weeks we’ve offered various academic absurdities, drawn from the fine work of the Twitter account of RealPeerReview. The anonymous person behind this Twitter account posted abstracts from publicly available academic journals. And that was precisely the problem: the mere exposure of the mediocre and politicized “scholarship” that emerges from the campus dens of identity politics is all that is necessary for the wider world to see how preposterous it is.

Apparently even the academic crusaders against the neo-liberal cis-patriarchy don’t actually want people reading their junk either, because, as the Daily Caller reports, the RealPeerReview Twitter feed has been shut down amidst threats to expose the identity of the person behind it (who is apparently an academic social scientist).

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Scott Adams on Trump

20th June 2016

Watch it.

And ponder.

Hillary: “Even women don’t say ‘I want to be like that’. Nobody wants to be like that. And do you want to know why nobody wants to be like that? Because men fucking hate her.”

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Greenpeace Co-Founder Pens Treatise on the Positive Effects of CO2 – Says There Is No Crisis

20th June 2016

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Death by a Thousand Euphemisms

20th June 2016

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President Obama is inflicting lingchi on the Constitution’s restraints on the executive branch. Here, however, he is acting consistent with a tradition that, while it doesn’t date back to 900, dates back to around 1900 and the onset of the Progressive Era in American politics.

He is also inflicting death by a thousand euphemisms. George Orwell wrote the book on it, so to speak, but here Obama is plowing new ground in American politics.

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What Happens If GPS Fails?

20th June 2016

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Hint: Some scary shit.

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The Numbers Add Up: Peeing in the Shower Makes Sense

20th June 2016

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

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Another Prison Term for Egypt’s Former Leader

20th June 2016

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An Egyptian court sentenced former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to life imprisonment Saturday for allegedly passing state secrets to Qatar, a regional rival.

Two of Morsi’s aides also received 25-year sentences. Six defendants in the trial received death sentences, including two al-Jazeera journalists tried in absentia. (Al-Jazeera is owned by the Qatari government.)

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Thought for the Day

20th June 2016

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Do citizens (not police officers) with guns ever stop mass shootings?

19th June 2016

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Hint: Yes.

A while back I posted about a few examples, but since then there have been some more, so I thought I’d note them. Naturally, such examples will be rare. Even in states which allow concealed carry, there often aren’t people near a shooting who have a gun on them at the time. Many mass shootings happen in supposedly “gun-free” zones (such as schools, universities, bars, or private property posted with a no-guns sign), in which gun carrying isn’t allowed in many states. And there is no central database of such examples, many of which don’t hit the national media, especially if a gunman is stopped before he shoots many victims. Moreover, at least some examples are ambiguous, because it might be unclear — as you’ll see below — whether the shooter had been planning to kill more people when he was stopped.

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Protesters at University With 97 Percent Women Blast Its ‘Toxic Rape Culture’

19th June 2016

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Really, you can’t make this stuff up.

The only way a young man can escape possible accusations of rape is to attend a university that doesn’t admit women, if he can find one.

Perhaps the Angelicum in Rome. I can’t think of any other.

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Man Builds 100mpg Engine Using 200-Year-Old Technology

19th June 2016

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Prediction: It will go precisely nowhere.

Josh “Mac” MacDowell of San Antonio Texas had a brilliant idea. He took a Stirling engine, a type of engine developed 200 years ago, and added some 21st-century technology to it. The result is a hybrid electric car so efficient that you never have to stop to recharge, reports Houston’s KHOU11.

The centerpiece of MacDowell’s innovation is the Stirling engine, which was created in 1816. The closed-cycle air engine uses the expansion of hot air and the compression of cold air to generate the power needed to drive an engine. Unlike steam engines which utilize a similar principal, the Stirling engine has an internal regenerative heat exchanger that keeps the hot and cold air at the correct temperature. This recycling feature boosts the engine’s efficiency to a whopping 50 percent. For comparison, a standard internal combustion engine operates only at 14 percent efficiency.

More (with video) here.

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California to ‘Punish’ Faith-Based Colleges for ‘Holding Wrong Views’

19th June 2016

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And fascism creeps in on little cat feet….

California state lawmakers are poised to advance legislation they say will promote greater equity at the state’s colleges and universities, but religious freedom advocates say it’s just another attempt to advance the LGBT agenda by removing the ability of schools to determine their own criteria for selecting students and personnel and establishing codes of conduct.

The legislation is known as SB 1146, which amends the California Equity in Higher Education Act, or EHEA. As it currently stands, the statute forbids discrimination based on religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. But it also contains a significant exemption for religious colleges and universities. SB 1146 would change that.

“That state of affairs is unsatisfactory to the LGBT lobby in California. They want to dramatically restrict the scope of that exemption so that a liberal arts religious institution can no longer maintain, enforce and apply faith-based conduct standards for their students and employees,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory Baylor, who also directs the group’s Religious Schools Team.

“This bill is a solution in search of a problem. There is no problem, except in the eyes of these legislators that these schools hold ‘the wrong views’ on these controversial issues. So it doesn’t really accomplish anything but it does punish these schools for having these religious views,” said Baylor.

It is not enough to conform. It is not enough to surrender. You must come to love Big Brother.

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Why I “Need” an AR-15

19th June 2016

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This article isn’t my attempt to justify anything to you?—?it’s not a defense of what’s in my gun safe or of the AR-15 itself. If, for you, my AR-15 ownership is prima facie evidence of my mental instability, sexual inadequacy, lack of a conscience, or what-have-you, then I honestly don’t care what you think about this issue. You can go back to broadcasting your own moral superiority on social media, and I can go back to tuning you out until your rage therapy session is over.

No, this article is for the genuinely curious?—?those who assume that 5 million of their fellow Americans are not inhuman or insane, and who want to understand what set of rationales, no matter how flawed and confused they may ultimately turn out to be, could make an otherwise normal person walk out of a gun store with an “assault weapon.”

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West Point Cadets Are Shooting Down Drones With Cyber Rifles

19th June 2016

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I’m glad somebody is.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

19th June 2016

The Finer Things

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Medieval Cooking Tips

19th June 2016

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One of the largest and most interesting medieval cookbooks is the The Book of Dishes, written in 10th-century Baghdad by Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq. His work covers a wide number of topics, from good table manners to the health benefits of all types of foods and drinks. There are over 600 recipes in this text, ranging from honey beer to ribs. Here are ten medieval cooking tips from al-Warraq.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Illegal Immigrant Charged With Murder in California Fire Had Prior Arrests, Was Never Deported

19th June 2016

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The suspect charged with murder in connection with a vacant building fire in Los Angeles was in the United States illegally and had a string of arrests to his name — but the feds never deported him, officials said Friday.

Makes you wonder what they do all day.

Johnny Sanchez, a 21-year-old citizen of Honduras, was initially arrested in 2012 for crossing the southeastern California border illegally, the Los Angeles Times reported. Authorities said they released him because he had no criminal history or previous immigration violations at the time.

He was still in the country illegally. Do they only deport people the second time around?

The fire on Monday killed five homeless people. Four of the badly burned bodies weren’t found until Tuesday afternoon, when search dogs located them under a heap of debris on the second floor.

Maybe that will get ICE attention. But I doubt it.

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U.S. Dept. of Justice Drops Charges Against Immigrant Activist Who Took Refuge at Church

19th June 2016

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The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped a charge of illegal re-entry against an immigrant activist who took refuge at an Oregon church in 2014 to avoid deportation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Nyhus wrote in a May 27 motion to dismiss the charge against Francisco Aguirre that it was “in the interest of justice.” Nyhus and a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland did not return messages seeking further explanation Friday.

Of course not. The only explanation is that they decided not to do their job.

Aguirre, the father of two children who are U.S. citizens, still faces possible deportation. He said in a statement he wants immigration authorities to stop targeting his family.

He ought to have thought about that when he decided to break the law.

“This initial victory is proof that when we come together, we can win,” Aguirre said. “The only way to ensure justice for migrants is if we come together as a community and defend our basic human rights.”

I suppose that being able to come to America contrary to law is now a ‘basic human right’.

Aguirre came to the U.S. from El Salvador illegally in the 1990s, and was deported in 2000 after he was caught selling heroin and cocaine in Portland.

I guess those are now ‘basic human rights’ too.

Supporters of Aguirre contend he has made positive contributions to the community during his many years in Portland and should be allowed to remain with his family. They add that’s he’s also grieving the death of a 19-year-old son from a prior relationship who was murdered in El Salvador fourth months ago.

Yeah, he sure sounds like an asset to the community.

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Columbia Is Turning Its Pesky Clothing Labels Into Sets of Survival Tools

18th June 2016

Read it. And watch the video.

They have turned their clothing labels into a set of tools, which can be used for sewing, fishing, sawing, even purifying water. And each tool has a code to access a video on how to use the tool. Though you should probably use it before you leave cell service and venture into the great outdoors.

I am not making this up.

 

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Senator Durbin Is a Dick

18th June 2016

Read it.

You can’t make this stuff up.

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Trump: If Orlando Clubgoers Had Guns and Shot That “Son of a Bitch” It Would Have Been “A Beautiful Sight”

18th June 2016

Read it.

This is why Trump is so successful.

Obama would not have said that even if you had threatened to deliver his wife and daughters to ISIS.

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A Rational Reading of Trump’s Muslim Proposals

18th June 2016

Read it.

Trump’s talk about percentages refers to Muslims who believe that suicide bombings or other terrorist killings are justified in the name of Islam. In recent days, Trump has referred to extensive studies done in the last five years by the Pew Research Center on Muslim attitudes worldwide and in the U.S.

Among the many, many questions asked by Pew was this: “Some people think that suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilian targets are justified in order to defend Islam from its enemies. Other people believe that, no matter what the reason, this kind of violence is never justified. Do you personally feel that this kind of violence is often justified to defend Islam, sometimes justified, rarely justified, or never justified?”

Pew found that 81 percent of the nearly 3 million Muslims in the United States said such violence is never justified. Five percent said it is rarely justified; 7 percent said it is sometimes justified, and 1 percent said it is often justified. Six percent said they didn’t know.

One can read those numbers reassuringly — 81 percent disavow jihadist violence — or one can read them alarmingly. Trump reads them alarmingly. If Pew’s numbers are correct, then 13 percent of the Muslims currently in the United States believe Islamist violence is justified in at least some cases. Given the current Muslim population of the U.S., that’s just under 400,000 people.

And that’s if all Muslims so polled where telling the truth, which I’ll bet you a paycheck they were not.

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