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Professional Licensing: A Risk to the Free Markets and Freedom of Speech

8th April 2014

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North Carolina resident Steve Cooksey was ill, obese, and struggling with type 2 diabetes. In 2009, after being rushed to the hospital, nearly in a coma, he decided to do everything in his power to get healthy. By following a low-carbohydrate diet, Cooksey claims he was able to drop 45 pounds and get off insulin and drugs. He documented his story on his personal blog, where he provided advice to others practicing the “paleo” diet that he believes saved his life.

That sounds like a win-win situation, but not according to the North Carolina Board of Dietetics and Nutrition (NCBDN), which decided to go after Cooksey for the “crime” of offering nutritional advice without a dietitian’s license. In 2011, it sent Cooksey a letter, claiming that his blog, by giving readers “unlicensed dietetic advice,” even for free, violated North Carolina law. The NCBDN included a 19-page copy of his online writings with comments in red ink pointing out what he could and could not say.

Even more surprising, the notice asserted that Cooksey’s private conversations with readers and friends via email and telephone also constituted a violation of the state’s dietitian licensing law!

Government will git you if you don’t watch out….

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Obama Isn’t Deporting ‘Gangbanger’ Immigrants, But Ones Who Run Red Lights

8th April 2014

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Despite President Obama’s expressed commitment to deporting only “gang bangers” and criminals, an investigation by The New York Times found that two-thirds of undocumented immigrants who were deported had committed only minor crimes like traffic offenses. While Obama has suggested his administration is just going after bad guys — and anti-immigration conservatives like Steve King have claimed that for every undocumented good student there are 100 drug mules — the reality is that only 20 percent of the administration’s 2 million deportees committed serious crimes.

Yeah, well, those are the ones they can catch.

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Vandals Flip Smart Cars in San Francisco

8th April 2014

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Vandals spent the early morning hours targeting Smart cars in San Francisco Monday, flipping three vehicles in the Bernal Heights and Portola neighborhoods, KTVU reports.

More here.

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Navy Testing Revolutionary Remote-Controlled Choppers, Rail Gun

8th April 2014

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The U.S. Naval Research unit, led by Rear Adm. Matt Klunder, already is in the process of developing an unmanned helicopter that can be navigated by iPad. And that’s just one way the unit is researching ways to revolutionize how the U.S. military fights, and saves lives.

“It will be able to deliver critical mission supplies, life-saving supplies. It could even be in our civilian sector used by first responders,” Klunder said of the chopper project.

The U.S. Navy has successfully tested the unmanned chopper, part of a five-year, $100 million program. “For the first time we could put a system, about 60 pounds, on any helicopter, manned or unmanned. With a touch of one button on my handheld, I can direct that helicopter to an unprepared landing site.”

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Pols Push to Abolish Agency Charging for Documents Available for Free Online

8th April 2014

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“This agency has clearly outlived its usefulness,” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said of the National Technical Information Service — a component of the Department of Commerce. The agency was created in 1950 to collect and sell various reports to the public. But a recent government study found what might already have been obvious — most of the recent reports were “readily available from other public sources.”

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The Revival of Cancer Immunotherapy

7th April 2014

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New medicines that shrink tumors and have beneficial effects lasting for months to years in some cancer patients are helping breathe new life into an old idea: using a patient’s own immune cells to attack malignant cells.

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New Study: Concealed Carry Deters Murder

7th April 2014

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Economist Mark Gius has a new study in the journal Applied Economics Letters that bears on the gun control debate. Gius finds that permissive concealed carry laws (generally, “shall issue”) result in a lower rate of homicide involving firearms. Conversely, state-level assault weapons bans have no statistically significant effect on the homicide rate involving guns.

Something that everyone realizes intuitively but few are willing to acknowledge publicly.

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How Many People Does It Take to Colonize Another Star System?

6th April 2014

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Hey — I worry about these things….

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Softly Wiping the Chalk From the Blackboard

6th April 2014

Jim Goad finds that his Bullshit Detector has gone off.

The 15th annual White Privilege Conference ended on Saturday in Madison, WI. As is usually the case with the locales for such public displays of white ethnomasochism, Madison’s quotient of blacks is roughly half the national average. In contrast, presumably ignorant and “prejudiced” white Southerners—the kind of people most despised by bourgeois-yet-Marxist whites who believe in fairy tales such as “white privilege”—have for centuries lived in the blackest part of the nation. It is typically whites with the least amount of experience living alongside blacks that tend to idolize colored folks beyond all reason.

According to conference founder Eddie Moore, Jr., “white supremacy, white privilege, racism and other forms of oppression are designed for your destruction—designed to kill you.” If that’s the case, privileged whites are doing a piss-poor job, seeing as how the 400,000 or so Africans who were transported to the New World in slave ships have—through the noxious evils of white privilege, white technology, and living amid a predominantly white culture—blossomed into around 40 million modern American blacks. That’s an increase of 100-1 and truly the most inept genocide in world history.

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Why the Immune System Is So Damn Complicated

6th April 2014

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So where does all this Rube Goldberg action come from? It’s tempting to blame evolution, and the accumulation of cruft in the genome, but evolution can be quite good at simplifying when simplicity is actually optimal. We have only one backbone in our body, not five sort-of-parallel ones all trying to combine to support us. So there must be something optimal here about complexity, and when considered it’s obvious: if we could understand the immune system easily, so could microbes, and so they could subvert it easily. Indeed, it seems like whenever I read about the workings of any well-studied human pathogen, those workings include at least one way of eluding, deceiving, or sabotaging the immune system, and often two or three of them. Germs don’t seem to qualify as human pathogens, in the eyes of doctors, unless they have such a way; otherwise they are just one of the “harmless” background microbes which the immune system usually deals with so efficiently that we don’t even know that they are trying to eat us (though they can still be harmful in high doses). Yet even when a germ has three different ways of eluding the immune system, that doesn’t make it 100% deadly; most of the time the immune system can still eventually get it under control, using a fourth (and maybe a fifth and a sixth) mechanism in its arsenal.

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Arguments About Definitions

6th April 2014

Freeberg speaks wisdom.

I’ve been noticing that with what we lately call “left” and “right” in politics, it is a rather consistent configuration that this “side that refuses to define things” is on what we call the “left.” Issue after issue. I have also noticed that where these halves overlay occupations, the “left” sympathizes with those who don’t have any. Or, are occupied with something disassociated with any sort of material demand. Community organizing. Wheelchair-ramp-reconstruction or health insurance including birth control; other things people buy not because they actually want them, but to meet some sort of regulatory requirement. Well, this stands to reason. If you’re going to sell something to people who actually want to buy it, you’re going to need to define things in order to do your market research. And, to build the widget to make sure it does what people want it to do. And then the people lining up to spend their hard-earned dollars buying it, oh boy howdy, they’re going to want things defined too. What’s the total cost of ownership? What’s it like to use it? What are the consequences of moving on to this new thing, and stopping using the old thing?

When every argument you make relies on presenting things as the opposites of themselves, that’s deceit; and, deceitful people don’t want things defined, that makes it harder to do the deceiving.

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Free Speech for Me, but Not for Thee

6th April 2014

Freeberg hears his Bullshit Detector go off.

It isn’t just the lefties anymore. We see it everywhere now, don’t we? A&E “fired” Phil Robertson, patriarch of Duck Dynasty — now, what was the point of that? I never did hear of anyone taking the extra time or trouble to teach or counsel Mr. Robertson into having the correct opinions about gay people, so it wasn’t about Robertson’s opinions. As always seems to be the case with actions like this, it was about influence. The rule seems to be that you can think whatever you want, but you’re not allowed to have influence unless you think the right things. If you don’t think the right things then you are to be driven out of whatever position you have. Once that’s done, you can go on thinking it, but the important goal is that we have to get our society properly arranged, with these good thoughts entirely saturating the tallest spires, and the bad thoughts entirely relegated down there in the dark alleyways, among the plebes. That is, from all I have seen and all I can figure out about it, the ultimate objective. The shrieking I hear is all about these exceptions: Someone in a position has a bad thought, let’s get him defrocked of the position so he can keep his bad thought — but, down there, not up where he is. Those people up there are all supposed to think the same, good, things.

 

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

6th April 2014

Your Love

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John Galt Writes a Car Commercial

6th April 2014

Read it. And by all means watch the video.

While I continue frankly have no particular taste for commercial advertisements, particularly for foolish products like electric cars (they run on electricity generated at powerplants by burning diesel fuel, hence serve no purpose), I admit it is refreshing to see one which pretends, if only for a moment of make-believe, that ours is the America we once had in the 1950s and which has since been abandoned.

I personally enjoy the delicious irony of using such a no-doubt-funded-by-the-Koch-brothers ad for an electric car.

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The New Torquemadas

6th April 2014

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One could be forgiven for throwing one’s hands up in despair at the sheer audacity of it all. A fortnight ago, as the federal government took to the courts to defend a rule that deliberately burdens the consciences of America’s more religiously devout entrepreneurs, the professional Left adopted the position that companies do not have consciences, griped that a harsh separation of the public and the private spheres was a recipe for the suffering of unpopular or put-upon individuals, and insisted that any links between the activities of an employee and the deeply held beliefs of his boss should be thoroughly shattered. Today, the opposite case is regnant. Defending the appalling hounding of Brendan Eich, progressives seem to have suddenly got the message: reminding critics that there exists no legal right to be the CEO of a non-profit; insisting correctly that this sordid and alarming little affair does not in any way implicate the First Amendment; and acknowledging that, the doctrine of at-will employment being what it is, a man may resign from his job for whatever reason — up to and including harassment.

Well, comrades — which is it to be?

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Smarter Than a CIA Agent

5th April 2014

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For the past three years, Rich and 3,000 other average people have been quietly making probability estimates about everything from Venezuelan gas subsidies to North Korean politics as part of an experiment put together by three well-known psychologists and some people inside the intelligence community.

According to one report, the predictions made by the Good Judgment Project are often better even than intelligence analysts with access to classified information, and many of the people involved in the project have been astonished by its success at making accurate predictions.

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Happy Birthday to a Great American

5th April 2014

Booker T Washington

Booker T. Washington was born on this day in 1856, the illegitimate son of a black slave and a white plantation owner. Following emancipation, he worked his way through school, eventually becoming a teacher. In 1881, at the age of 25, he helped to found the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, a college for training black teachers.

Washington devoted his life to improving the lives of black Americans through education and vocational training, with a strong emphasis on teaching the life skills they would need to gain social acceptance, overcome white racism, and lead productive lives. He was often criticized by other black civil rights leaders of his time who found his style too understated and insufficiently confrontational. Washington’s formula for success for black Americans — education, thrift, and hard work — is what many black kids nowadays dismiss as “acting white.”

Read Up From Slavery. Best money you will ever spend.

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The Anternet

5th April 2014

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Researchers at Stanford have observed that foraging harvester ants act like TCP/IP packets, so much so that they’re calling the ants’ behavior “the anternet”.

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Downer of the Day: Green Hot Chocolate

5th April 2014

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I am not making this up.

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Rituals Enhance Consumption

5th April 2014

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Four experiments tested the novel hypothesis that ritualistic behavior potentiates and enhances the enjoyment of ensuing consumption—an effect found for chocolates, lemonade, and even carrots. Experiment 1 showed that ritual behaviors compared to a no-ritual condition, made chocolate more flavorful, valuable, and deserving of behavioral savoring. Experiment 2 demonstrated that random gestures do not boost consumption like ritualistic gestures do. It further showed that a delay between a ritual and the opportunity to consume heightens enjoyment, which attests to the idea that ritual behavior stimulates goal-directed action (to consume). Experiment 3 found that performing rituals oneself enhanced consumption more than merely watching someone else perform the same ritual, suggesting that personal involvement is crucial for the benefits of rituals to emerge. Last, Experiment 4 provided direct evidence of the underlying process: Rituals enhance consumption enjoyment due to the greater involvement they prompt in the experience.

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The Christmas Tree Fee Quietly Takes Root

5th April 2014

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A federal regulation that took effect this week imposes a 15-cent assessment on every Christmas tree cut and sold in the U.S. or imported into the country.

The reason behind the fee: to fund a national marketing program.

These are trying times for Christmas tree growers. An industry task force on tannenbaums reported that the market share for fresh-cut Christmas trees in the U.S. declined by 6% from 1965 to 2008, while the market share for artificial trees increased by 655% in that same period.

A few years ago, the task force pleaded with the federal government for help, and this week the U.S. Department of Agriculture put a present under its tree: a regulation that creates a marketing program to match the heavy advertising the fake-tree industry does so well.

Included in the regulation, which was first published in 2011 but takes effect now, is the 15-cent assessment to pay for the program. The hold on the regulation was lifted as a result of a provision in the 900-plus-page farm bill, which President Barack Obama signed into law in February.

This is the very essence of fascism: Government imposing regulations on citizens in order to benefit a favored corporate interest.

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For The Children

5th April 2014

Sarah Hoyt reminds us of some inconvenient truth.

As we’ve talked about before, the entire welfare bureaucracy seems to keep people there, once they fall in. This also I suspect leads even competent parents to the sort of state of despondent despair where they can’t make rational decisions.

But that is precisely the point. To render assistance to the children, we got through the parents. And if the parents weren’t broken to begin with, the system breaks them.

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Afghans Go to the Polls: The Bitter Fruits of Western “Victory”

5th April 2014

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Because of these demographic factors, electoral fraud, no matter how widespread, is of limited relevance as Afghanis never vote as Afghanis. In fact it could be said that no such thing as an Afghani exists. Instead the citizens of Afghanistan vote as Pashtuns, Tajiks (27%), Uzbeks (9%), and Hazaras (9%).

These are all unique racial groups with their own languages, cultures, identities, and traditions, and are only tentatively united by the universalist religion of Islam. Within these ethnic groups, politics breaks down into complex clan and tribal patterns.

Even though suits and ties will sometimes be donned, and high-sounding jargon spouted about women’s rights and democracy to impress Western observers and paymasters, this is a country with a strong culture of its own that is—and always will be—deeply resistant to Western influence and European ways.

Afghanistan is one of those cobbled-together states that, like the Habsburg monarchy, arise because of a series of historical accidents and are held together by people whose worship of the status quo verges on the pathological.

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Is Islam a Race? Birmingham Trial Will Tell

5th April 2014

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Burton’s trial is very worrying for anyone who holds dear freedom of speech and other basic civil liberties. One of the worrisome aspects is the conflating of “religion” with “race”. Islam is clearly not a race and Muslims belong to all races, including whites. Furthermore, the Crown Prosecution Service considers those two charges (racially- and religiously-aggravated crimes) as distinct ones.

But, despite officially paying lip service to this distinction, in Tim Burton’s case the CPS is trying to combine and confuse the two because it does not have sufficient ground to get a conviction on the “religiously aggravated” charge — which requires stronger evidence -, so decides to prosecute using the easier “racially aggravated” one.

As the CPS’s own website says, “So it will be more difficult to prosecute for inciting religious hatred as opposed to racial hatred”.

You might think this a silly question — which it is — but modern politics, and (sadly) modern law, wrestles with such silly questions all the time, with seemingly absurd results more often than most people would find comfortable.

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Top American Official Charges U.N. Patent Organization Chief With ‘Serious Violations of National and International Law’

5th April 2014

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

I guess this is payback for top U.N. officials charging American organization chiefs with serious violations of national and international law. Tit for tat.

He must be made to suffer, as were those U.N. ‘peacekeepers’ that brought the cholera epidemic to Haiti. (Oh, wait….)

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Woman, 73, Accused of Operating Drug Tunnel Uncovered Under Mexican Border

5th April 2014

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Tucked inside one of a string of warehouses, hidden behind boxes of televisions and plastic three-wheel toys, under a concrete slab and down a 70-foot shaft, is a tunnel Mexican drug dealers hoped to use to move hundreds of pounds of marijuana and cocaine into the U.S.

Hey, you gotta go where the customers are. It’s not as if Mexicans could afford a heavy drug habit.

“Here we are again, foiling cartel plans to sneak millions of dollars of illegal drugs through secret passageways that cost millions of dollars to build,” said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy. “Going underground is not a good business plan. We have promised to locate these super tunnels and keep powerful drug cartels from taking their business underground and out of sight, and once again, we have delivered on that promise.”

And you’ve been so successful that drug dealers have just thrown up their hands and ceased trying to compete. Sure, I believe that.

Arrested Tuesday, Rodriguez told agents she owns a business that provides immigration services and prepares taxes and attempted to hide her connection to the warehouse, despite surveillance evidence to contrary. She is charged in a criminal complaint with conspiring with others to maintain a drug involved premises. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California is prosecuting the case.

“Immigration services”, eh? I guess pot and crack weren’t the only things traveling along those tunnels.

I guess she just couldn’t make it on Social Security. Barry, could you fix that?

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Construction at Nashville Ballpark Exposes Prehistoric Find

5th April 2014

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Builders working to construct a new ballpark in Nashville stumbled upon prehistoric artifacts that may offer clues to how Native Americans lived in the area about 1150 AD.

The Tennessean reported Thursday that workers at the Sulphur Dell construction site, the future home of the Nashville Sounds, uncovered broken ceramic pans that may have been used to boil water to collect salt, the report said.

From the nearby ocean, no doubt. Very clever, those skraelings.

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Scrap Heap of War: Billions in Equipment Being Left Behind in Afghanistan

5th April 2014

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I doubt that the Taliban will even send Barry a nice thank-you note.

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Missouri Gun Company to Sell ‘New York-Compliant’ AR-15 Rifle

5th April 2014

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A Missouri gun manufacturer says it plans to release a “New York Compliant” AR-15 rifle in response to tough gun control measure passed by New York lawmakers last year banning the sale of assault weapons in the state.

The company, Black Rain Ordnance, said the rifle would eliminate features that were made illegal under the SAFE Act. The gun will not have a pistol grip and will include a non-threaded muzzle and a 10-round low-capacity approved magazine.

Now that’s comedy.

The law bans the sale of some semi-automatic firearms and requires those who already own one to register them by April 15. It also bans high-capacity magazines, requires federal background checks on private gun sales and imposes felony penalties for illegal gun possession.

And we all know how well such laws, like the Sullivan Act, have made living in New York City safer since 1911.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

5th April 2014

Magnetic measuring spoons.

Weatherproof motion sensor light.

iPhone case with folding knife.

Calslock Portable Door Lock.

 

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Multiculturalism: “Cult of Ignorance”

4th April 2014

Dymphna riffs on Mark Steyn.

In the video, Mr. Steyn points out what one “tiny, miserable grey island in the North Atlantic” managed to accomplish. The great horror is the ways in which that hard-won knowledge is being buried beneath the strew and slander of the deliberate ignorance of those who want only its subjugation under a theocratic supremacy. Those currently in power chant a mantra about the ways “poverty breeds ignorance”, etc., while their own educated ignorance reduces all facts to mere opinion.

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3 Ways to Escape Zip Ties: An Illustrated Guide

4th April 2014

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Don’t ever say we don’t have useful stuff here.

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

4th April 2014

Taliban Attack Kabul

 Hamas Imposes Radical New Law: Lashings, Amputations, and Massive Executions

Ten things you need to know about Turkey

The Muslims of America Wage Legal Jihad Against the Christian Action Network

Brutal, Bloodthirsty, and Merciless: The Jihad in Syria

Attacks kill 16 people in Iraq

Palestinian Textbooks Full of Incitement. You’ve got to be carefully taught….

Armenians Flee Syrian Town Seized by Radical Islamists

Message from the mullahs

FBI, military hunt ex-Army recruit suspected of plotting ‘Ft. Hood-inspired jihad’

Vandalism at a Sacred Site in Constantinople

Ahmadinejad Urges Iranians to ‘Raise the Flag of Martyrs Over the White House’

Report: Palestinians in Violation of at Least 11 of 15 Treaties Abbas Signed

Veteran AP photographer killed, reporter wounded in Afghanistan

Official: Troops kill 40 gunmen near Iraqi capital

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Mob Attacks Detroit Driver After He Tries To Help Accident Victim

4th April 2014

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The fact that the story goes out of its way to avoid mentioning race suggests that the driver was white and the beaters were black. Note that the driver was characterized as ‘suburban’ and the neighborhood was an ‘east side’ neighborhood.

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Study: Zebra Stripes Help Shoo Flies

4th April 2014

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I bet you didn’t know that.

“We really need to know what happens with live zebras in the field before we can be sure,” she said.

Good advice in any situation.

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The Best Government That Money Can Buy

4th April 2014

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The communications giant Comcast announced in February that it would buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, creating the largest cable provider in America, with more than 33 million customers. That is about one third of the U.S. cable and satellite television market. FCC approval is required for the merger to go into effect. Critics of the deal say it would lessen competition and lead to even shoddier customer service. They are probably right, as all of us will soon find out, because there is little chance the merger will be stopped. Comcast, Time Warner, and their political fixers have spent years preparing for this moment—by buying off the Democratic Party.

Comcast, which employs more than 100 lobbyists, spent almost $19 million last year on lobbying activities. Its president and CEO, Brian L. Roberts, is a golf buddy of President Obama’s, and a Democratic donor who has contributed thousands of dollars not only to the president’s campaigns, but also to the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the DNC Services Corporation, and to Steny Hoyer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Bob Casey. Roberts’ executive vice president, David Cohen, is a former aide to Democratic bigwig Ed Rendell. Cohen skirts lobbying regulations through loopholes, has raised more than $2 million for Obama since 2007, and in 2011 hosted a DNC fundraiser at which the president called him “friend.” Cohen has visited the White House 14 times since 2010, including two visits to the Oval Office. He attended the recent dinner for President Hollande of France.

He who has the gold makes the rules.

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Obama ‘Champion of Change’ Amnesty Advocate Indicted for Immigration Fraud

4th April 2014

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That’s not Change, that’s Business As Usual.

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Even the IRS Chief Says Tax Code Is Too Complex

4th April 2014

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But will anything be done about it? Of course not. Too many deep-pocket contributors have an economic interest in the profitable little tricks that their favorite congresscritters have placed in the dark recesses of the current code.

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Fort Hood Shooting Repeat Renews Calls for Ending Gun Restrictions on Base

4th April 2014

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The absurdity of making a major military base a ‘gun free zone’ ought to be obvious to anybody.

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I Hate It When That Happens

3rd April 2014

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Irish police believe that a gangland bomber blew himself up after he forgot about the clocks changing for summer time while he was planting a bomb on Sunday.

I’ve always said, that time change is a killer.

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Harvard Discovers Three of Its Library Books Are Bound in Human Skin

3rd April 2014

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Well, yeah, Harvard….

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School Employee Tells Five-Year-Old She Can’t Pray for Lunch

3rd April 2014

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Honda Claims Lawn Mower Top Speed Record

3rd April 2014

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Honda’s UK division has set a lawn mower top speed record at 116.57 mph.

Not with one of its showroom models, but a custom “Mean Mower” that’s powered by the 1.0-liter engine from a Honda motorcycle that makes it nearly seven times more powerful than the factory machine it’s based on.

So then what’s the point?

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Shipping Firm First to Use Drones to Navigate Arctic Ice

3rd April 2014

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A Montreal-based shipping company has become the first in the world to use drones to scout out ice hazards as its freighters navigate through the waters of the Arctic.

The company, Fednav, has found the drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are able to transmit crucial information back to the wheelhouse, allowing ship captains to thread their way through frozen waters and dodge icebergs, like the one that sank the iconic ship more than a century ago.

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Zoning’s Racist Roots Still Bear Fruit

2nd April 2014

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“Blacks,” said Mayor Barry Mahool, “should be quarantined in isolated slums in order to reduce the incidents of civil disturbance, to prevent the spread of communicable disease into the nearby White neighborhoods, and to protect property values among the White majority.”

Mahool was the mayor of Baltimore who, in 1910, signed into law a racial zoning ordinance. According to Christopher Silver’s The Racial Origins of Zoning in American Cities, he was also “a nationally recognized member of the ‘social justice’ wing of the Progressive movement.”

One of the problems with Low-Information Voters is that anything that happened before about, oh, last week, is off their radar. Democrats depend on this to sweep under the rug that their party has been the Party of Racism since the Civil War.  Judging by the voting statistics, it’s worked, too — wonder why nobody cites that when they talk about racial disparity in IQ.

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British Sniper Kills Six Taliban With One Bullet

2nd April 2014

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A British sniper in Afghanistan managed to kill six Taliban insurgents with just one bullet by hitting the target switch of a suicide bomber, whose device exploded, the Telegraph reports.

The sniper, a lance corporal in the Coldstream Guards, hit his target from 930 yards away. The incident took place in December. The shot prevented a major attack by the Taliban, Lt. Col. Richard Slack, told the Telegraph.

Nulli secundus!

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Eating Seven or More Portions of Fruit and Vegetables a Day Reduces Your Risk of Death by 42 Percent

2nd April 2014

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It certainly reduces your risk of dying of starvation.

I’m wondering how big these portions are.

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Stunning Desk Clock Is Inspired By Deep Space Nine

2nd April 2014

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When you’re  a nerd / You’re a nerd all the way….

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You Aren’t Invited

2nd April 2014

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Officials with the Olathe, Kansas, school system have apologized after inviting only black students on a field trip that included visits to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and an exhibit on the Civil Rights movement at a local museum. Well, actually, they say it was all a “misunderstanding” and that the invitation mistakenly “suggested” the trip was open only to blacks. But the actual invitation specified that it was for “our African-American sophomores and juniors.”

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5 Reasons Obama’s 7.1 Million Number Is Meaningless

2nd April 2014

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Aside from the fact that the number of people signing up (under government compulsion) was never one of the core objections to Obamacare.

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