DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

We have seen the future, and it sucks.

Kurds Seize Two Oil Fields, Pull Out of Iraqi Government

12th July 2014

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If Nouri al-Maliki wanted to dissolve the Iraqi union purposefully, he could hardly be doing a better job. While Kurds fight ISIS in the north — and more effectively than Maliki’s politically purged army has — Maliki accused them of being in league with the extremists even as Kurds mull over whether to just go on their own. Now they want Maliki out, or they’ll be leaving for good….

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Billionaires Call for Amnesty as Obama Plans to Legalize Millions of Illegal Aliens with Executive Power

12th July 2014

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Billionaires Warren Buffett, Sheldon Adelson and Bill Gates have teamed up to call for amnesty for America’s illegal immigrants as a solution to the ongoing crisis at the border as President Barack Obama mulls granting amnesty to millions via executive power.

“The three of us vary in our politics and would differ also in our preferences about the details of an immigration reform bill,” Buffett, Adelson and Gates wrote in the New York Times.

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

Wherever two Democrat billionaires are gathered together, they can always find a ‘moderate’ Republican to kiss their asses.

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Virginia Dem Offers $100,000 for Nude Photo of Texas Tech Cheerleader Kendall Jones

12th July 2014

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Congressional candidate Mike Dickinson (D-VA) is offering $100,000 to anyone who can provide him with a nude photograph of Texas Tech Cheerleader Kendall Jones.

On July 5 Breitbart News reported Jones was receiving death threats and had become the object of a “Kill Kendall Jones” Facebook page because of photos she posted from African hunts. On July 9, Facebook removed all Jones hunting photos and later that day, after public outcry, also shut down the “Kill Kendall Jones” page.

And the feminist say … [chirp] … [chirp] … [chirp] ….

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Clinton Foundation, Hamas Share Major Donor

12th July 2014

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The Clinton Foundation and the terror group Hamas share a key donor: The government of Qatar, a leading backer of terror groups that has emerged in recent years as Hamas’ chief financial lifeline.

Qatar, which has been designated by the State Department as a “significant terrorist financing risk,” has pledged more than $400 million to Hamas since 2012 and has long harbored one of the terror group’s senior leaders, Khaled Mashaal.

And yet a prominent labor union can stop its support of the United Negro College Fund because they took money from the Koch brothers. Interesting priorities these Democrats have.

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IRS Fines Marijuana Merchants for Refusing to Commit a Felony

12th July 2014

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State-licensed marijuana stores, which began serving recreational customers in Colorado at the beginning of the year and in Washington this week, are criminal enterprises under federal law. But as Al Capone could have told you, Uncle Sam still wants his cut: Selling marijuana is a felony, and so is failing to pay taxes on the money you earn by selling marijuana. The government does not make it easy to comply with federal tax laws, however. Section 280E of the Internal Revenue Code, for example, bars marijuana merchants from deducting standard business expenses (although they are, rather counterintuitively, allowed to deduct the “cost of goods sold,” including the cost of growing or obtaining marijuana). And when a business pays federal taxes withheld from employees’ paychecks, along with the employer’s share of payroll taxes, the Internal Revenue Service insists that it be done via the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), which requires a bank account. Cannabusinesses have trouble obtaining bank accounts, what with being criminal enterprises under federal law. The IRS does not consider that a good excuse, so when marijuana merchants pay the monthly taxes in cash, they are charged a 10 percent penalty. That is how Allgreens, a Denver dispensary, ended up owing the IRS more than $20,000 in penalties.

Once again, tReason magazine airs its core philosophy that legal weed is a much more important issue than, oh, the government’s promotion of followers of an oppressive totalitarian ideology masquerading as a religion. In this case, however, they may have a point.

It’s not a rare thing for someone acquitted of a crime at the state level to be subject to double jeopardy by zealous prosecutors under some Federal ‘civil rights’ law. (‘Oh, that’s not real double jeopardy; it’s an entirely separate crime!’) This would appear to be a similar case where regulations (not law, regulations, which under the Imperial Presidency are even better than laws because they don’t have to go through that messy stuff with Congress) criminalize behavior that is in conformity with the law on a different level.

This is a classic situation in authoritarian states, in which doing something makes you a criminal and not doing the same thing also makes you a criminal. Our legal system is rapidly becoming such a system.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

12th July 2014

Bed Bug Registry.

Victorinox SwissCard.

Electric Peel MicroCar.

MultiPurpose Kitchen Tool Kit.

Golden Mean calipers.

Tea buttons.

PyroPet Candle. Surprise!

Scott Adams’ time-saving tips.

Fonhandle handle for your iPhone.

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Japanese Farmer Builds High-Tech Indoor Veggie Factory

11th July 2014

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Humans have spent the last 10,000 years mastering agriculture. But a freak summer storm or bad drought can still mar many a well-planted harvest. Not anymore, says Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, who has moved industrial-scale farming under the roof.

Working in Miyagi Prefecture in eastern Japan, which was badly hit by powerful earthquake and tsunamis in 2011, Shimamura turned a former Sony Corporation semiconductor factory into the world’s largest indoor farm illuminated by LEDs. The special LED fixtures were developed by GE and emit light at wavelengths optimal for plant growth.

The farm is nearly half the size of a football field (25,000 square feet). It opened on July and it is already producing 10,000 heads of lettuce per day. “I knew how to grow good vegetables biologically and I wanted to integrate that knowledge with hardware to make things happen,” Shimamura says.

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Prey on Words

11th July 2014

Bluebird of bitterness gets pithy.

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Robot Writes Torah at Berlin’s Jewish Museum

11th July 2014

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The Torah-writing  was developed by the German artists’ group robotlab and was presented for the first time Thursday at Berlin’s Jewish Museum. While it takes the machine about three months to complete the 80-meter (260-foot) -long scroll, a rabbi or a sofer—a Jewish scribe—needs nearly a year. But unlike the rabbi’s work, the robot’s Torah can’t be used in a synagogue.

I have always found fascinating the strictures around writing a Torah scroll.

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Mechanical Movements, Animated

11th July 2014

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How to Teach a Robot to Write

11th July 2014

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Last week, the Associated Press announced it would be automating its articles on quarterly earnings reports. Instead of 300 articles written by humans, the company’s new software will write 4,400 of them, each formatted for AP style, in mere seconds. It’s not the first time a company has tried out automatic writing: Last year, a reporter at The LA Times wrote an automated earthquake reporting program that combined pre-written sentences with automatic seismograph reports to report quakes just seconds after they happen. The natural language generation company Narrative Science has been churning out automated sports reporting for years.

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Slow Deportation Process Luring More Illegals to U.S.

11th July 2014

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The Wall Street Journal found that “data from immigration courts, along with interviews with the children and their advocates, show that few minors are sent home and many are able to stay for years in the U.S., if not permanently.”

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

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The “War on Meat” Will Make the “War on Coal” Look Tame.

11th July 2014

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Put down that burger you irresponsible carnivores! Why? Because munching steaks, burgers, and chops significantly increases the carbon footprint of meat-eaters and thus their contribution to man-made global warming. So says a new study, “Dietary greenhouse gas emissions of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the UK,” in the journal Climatic Change.

Oh noes!

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Everything Is Wrong

11th July 2014

Gavin McInnes has the scoop.

When Nicolas Sarkozy banned the burqa, the feminist reaction was “How dare he?” To the left, multiculturalism trumps all other -isms, so if nonwhites insist that women walk around in black polyester bags all summer, all the girl power to them.

A not uncommon reaction when something like this happens is to say, “Well, we’re just as bad.” In this case it was the Daily Show drawing parallels between Muslim garb and high-heeled shoes. They’re just as sexist, all right? The fact that women wear them on girls’ night out, when they rent a karaoke room with the gals and no boys are allowed, is irrelevant. So is the part where we don’t cane or beat women who refuse to wear them. We just sigh. Chuck Taylors may not be racist but high heels are definitely sexist.

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Coming Soon: An App That Lets You Measure Stuff Using Your Phone

11th July 2014

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Speed the day … if it really works.

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Facebook Deletes ‘Kill Kendall Jones’ Page Under Grassroots Pressure

11th July 2014

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On July 9, Facebook deleted the hunting photos from Texas Tech Cheerleader Kendall Jones’ page. Outrage ensued because the Facebook page “Kill Kendall Jones” was allowed to stand. After a tsunami of complaints, Facebook was forced to delete the “Kill Kendall Jones” page too.

Mark Zuckerberg and the people he’s recruited at Facebook are very bright people technically but socially and politically still products of the Crustian education they’ve received; much the same can be said of Silicon Valley denizens in general.

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More Relying on Walmart for Financial Services

11th July 2014

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The world’s largest retailer, best known for low prices on everything from detergent to dining room sets, has become a significant player in the financial services market by doing what it does best: cut costs and appeal to budget-conscious shoppers.

Cue Democrat angst.

“It’s cheaper than anything out there and there are no overdraft fees,” he said of Walmart. “I’ve never had a problem.”

But bank executives do. They say that Walmart can offer low prices on financial services because the chain has cherry-picked services not subject to the layers of regulation that banks face.

Unlike check-cashing services, banks are required to lend in urban and suburban communities, provide direct insurance on deposits, and make detailed reports to several federal and state agencies, said Richard Holbrook, chairman of the Massachusetts Bankers Association and chief executive at Eastern Bank.

“We’re not afraid of competition,” Holbrook said. “We just want to make sure the rules are the same.”

Future of Capitalism can read between the lines:

The line “we’re not afraid of competition” from that banker made me chuckle. Of course he’s afraid of competition, which is why the banks are working to get regulators to prevent Walmart from competing with them. The regulators will probably do what the banks ask, and pile more rules on Walmart, because the competition from Walmart demonstrates that competition works better for consumers than regulation does, which is not a point regulators are eager to make. Notice that when people say “we just want to make sure the rules are the same,” they usually aren’t talking about reducing rules, but increasing them.

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Datamancer Keyboards Pay Homage to a Bygone Era

11th July 2014

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You know, when things were solidly built and looked good.

(I wonder what would happen if Jonny Ive got into steampunk?)

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Interfaith Exchanges

11th July 2014

Mark Steyn reads the news so that you don’t have to.

An interesting photograph has surfaced of returning war hero Bowe Bergdahl and one of his captors, the eponymous Haqqani hotshot Badar’udin Haqqani. Believers regard infidels as unclean – that’s why at Guantanamo each new detainee’s Koran is presented to him by guards wearing gloves and carrying the holy book suspended in a surgical mask, because as part of our full-service abasement before our enemies we accept their proposition that we are filthy. So it’s interesting to see young Haqqani getting all touchy-feeling with “Sergeant” Bergdahl.

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Why Teenagers Today May Grow Up Conservative

11th July 2014

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A very odd thing to appear in the New York Times.

To Americans in their 20s and early 30s — the so-called millennials — many of these problems have their roots in George W. Bush’s presidency. But think about people who were born in 1998, the youngest eligible voters in the next presidential election. They are too young to remember much about the Bush years or the excitement surrounding the first Obama presidential campaign. They instead are coming of age with a Democratic president who often seems unable to fix the world’s problems.

“We’re in a period in which the federal government is simply not performing,” says Paul Taylor of the Pew Research Center, the author of a recent book on generational politics, “and that can’t be good for the Democrats.”

Good to see more recognition that Democrats are the party of big government.

It has always astonished me that anyone could possibly think that the same government that gave us the Post Office and the Transportation Security Administration could be safely entrusted with running our economy and our health care.

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Anthony Cumia and the Inverted Samurai of the American Ghetto

11th July 2014

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In old Japan, it was illegal to be an asshole to a samurai if you weren’t a samurai. In modern-day America, it’s technically illegal for anyone to attack anyone—even for Blacks to attack Whites—and it’s legal for Whites to say bad things about individual Blacks, but the former goes unpunished and the latter does not. De jure is not always de facto: it doesn’t matter whether something is legal if you’ll still lose your job for it.

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The New Old Europe

11th July 2014

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As Wergin wrote in a New York Times op-ed on July 8, he found himself increasingly unable to distinguish the rhetoric of Washington, D.C., from the rhetoric of Brussels. Last year, when the United States threatened military action against Syria, only to reverse itself overnight and become partners with the Assad government in the destruction of the tyrant’s declared stocks of chemical weapons, Wergin was struck by an insight. “I suddenly understood the problem with this American president and his foreign policy,” he wrote. “He sounded just like a German politician: all moral outrage, but little else to help end one of the most devastating civil wars of our age.” The recognition left him with a feeling not of elation but of disappointment. “President Obama, I thought with a sigh, has become a European.”

Dude, he always was a European. He was raised to be a European, offspring of a white Leftist and a Third World parasite.

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Union Cuts Ties With United Negro College Fund Over Kochs

11th July 2014

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One of the largest U.S. labor unions cut ties with the United Negro College Fund this week, accusing the organization of “betrayal” after it accepted a $25 million grant from the billionaire Koch brothers, the union said Thursday.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, said President Lee Saunders wrote to UNCF President Michael Lomax Tuesday, saying in the letter that he was “deeply troubled” by the grant and then “stunned” when Mr. Lomax later spoke at a Koch brothers summit in California.

I guess supporting the Democrat political agenda is more important than educating black kids. Glad we got that cleared up.

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

11th July 2014

ISIS Threatens Holocaust Against Jews

22 dead in attacks on Kenyan coast, Red Cross says

Pakistani court indicts father, 4 other relatives accused of stoning a pregnant woman to death

The Growing Shadow of ISIS

Palestinian Terror Groups Threaten Third Intifada

Man beaten with iron pipe for flying Israeli flag

ISIL Leader Appears in Mosul, Calls for Imposition of Islamic Law

Afghanistan suicide attack kills at least 16, including 4 foreign troops

63 women and girls escape from Boko Haram

Palestinian Rioters Bomb Jerusalem Light Rail

Iranian Journalist Sentenced to Two Years and 50 lashes. “Nope, nothing in the Koran about freedom of the press.”

Somalia troops retake stormed presidential palace

Fatah to Israel: ‘Flee Our Country and You Won’t Die’

Hamas Rockets from Gaza Target Haifa, Reach Far into Northern Israel

As Hamas Attacks Israel with Rockets, the Obama Administration and the Liberals call for Israeli “Restraint.”

ISIS destroys shrines and mosques, may be targeting Mecca

Terror plot targeting Eiffel Tower, Louvre foiled, French police say

Isis seizes former chemical weapons plant in Iraq

Iraqi Christians’ flee violence, fear end of long history

Iraqi leader accuses Kurds of hosting militants

Advertisers on video sites like YouTube may have been accidentally funding jihadis

ISIL Militants Seize Nuclear Materials in Iraq

Hamas Using Iranian Rockets to Attack Israel

Lebanese rockets hit Israel as hostilities escalate

Jihadist groups across globe vying for terror spotlight

Hamas Orders Civilians to Die in Israeli Airstrikes

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The New York Times vs. Israel

11th July 2014

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The New York Times issued a correction today to fix a demonstrably false editorial that claimed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent “days of near silence” before condemning the murder of Arab teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir. Netanyahu had, in fact, called the killing an “abominable murder,” and on the day of the killing issued a statement instructing his minister for internal security to investigate the crime. Three Israeli suspects were arrested and have since confessed to the murder.

Even with a correction, the editorial in question was a mess from the top down. The New Republic has a good rundown of other egregious errors and misleading points that won’t be getting much-needed corrections. It’s likely that the editorial page was simply relying on the news side to feed its preconceived biases (though one story had already reported on Netanyahu’s comments), which is a mistake considering the NYT’s reporting exhibits absolutely no journalistic standards when it comes to the topic.

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Atheist Progressive Makes Rape Threat About Conservative’s Teen Daughter

11th July 2014

The Other McCain is on the case.

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

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‘Death Train’ Strands 1,300 Migrants Making Trip to US Border

11th July 2014

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Reuters reported that “a cargo train” nicknamed “the Beast,” which is “used by Mexicans and Central Americans to travel toward the U.S. border,” derailed on Wednesday in Oaxaca, Mexico.”

About 1,300 migrants, many of whom were “young people,” were reportedly stranded but not injured while riding what others have referred to as “El Tren de la Muerte,” or Death Train.

As Breitbart Texas has reported, “children who travel via Death Train must jump onto a moving freight car” and “minors who cannot successfully pull themselves onto the traveling cars fall onto the tracks” and “many are left with extreme injuries,” like losing arms and legs.

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IRS Employee Suspended for Pro-Obama Chants on Customer Service Line

11th July 2014

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According to an OSC press release announcing the settlement, “when fielding taxpayers’ questions on an IRS customer service help line, the employee repeatedly urged taxpayers to reelect President Obama in 2012 by delivering a chant based on the spelling of the employee’s last name.”

I predict that he will eventually be promoted. The Crust take care of their own.

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Many Children Crossing US border Illegally Will Get to Stay, Data Suggests

11th July 2014

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

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CO2 Rise Increases Biodiversity, Crop Yields

10th July 2014

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Global warming alarmists should be comforted that they have a lot more to be happy about and should not be fretting that global catastrophe is knocking at the door.

But, of course, they aren’t.

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The Pointlessness Crusade

10th July 2014

Freeberg lays down some inconvenient truth.

“It’s funny how so many far-left posers get a hard-on for violence and smashing stuff.”

But what kind of grown-ups do kids become after watching “don’t kill that bad guy, bring him to justice instead” movies? Non-vengeful, angelic types? Or, are they taught to de-value human life, to see it as not worth avenging, or for that matter, much of anything else. The latter, I think. For that reason, and some others, after watching the recent Star Trek installment I always come away with the same aftertaste as the closing credits roll: I don’t want to see the “don’t kill the bad guy” trope, ever again. Let’s go back to Han shooting first again. It isn’t that I entirely disagree with the point, that the desire for vengeance should be checked. The problem is that it’s bland, boring, reeks of lazy writing and that’s probably what it is. My impression is that the writers never even bothered to contemplate the other problem with vengeance, that those who crusade against it may have as many problems as those who crusade for it. They may pose just as grave a threat against what we think of as “civilization,” which, if it relies on anything at all, must rely on the idea that humans are worth something. Also, that actions have consequences.

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One Cheer for Meritocracy

10th July 2014

John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, considers George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh.

As both writers foresaw, meritocracy has come upon us. We don’t, thank goodness, have it in the pathological form that Orwell described, although some elements of the current political correctness regime strongly resemble Orwell’s vision. Those of us who write commentary on social topics, especially on matters of race and sex, have to keep checking ourselves to stop overusing phrases out of Nineteen Eighty-Four: “Thought Police,” “crimestop,” “Two Minutes Hate,” and so on.

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Liberals Go to the Barricades to Defend Crony Capitalism

10th July 2014

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There’s nothing like a good fight over corporate welfare to bring out the Left’s love of Big Business.

In the current battle over the Export-Import Bank, Democratic politicians and liberal journalists have dropped their populist pretenses and openly embraced the corporate-federal collusion that Ex-Im embodies.

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Two Robberies at Target Since Chain Asked Law-Abiding Citizens to Shop Unarmed

10th July 2014

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On July 2 Breitbart News reported that interim Target CEO John Mulligan “respectfully” asked law-abiding citizens not to bring their guns in Target stores.

Since then, Gainesville, Georgia, police have arrested three over a Target parking lot robbery and are looking for another man who punched a woman and stole her Mercedes at a Decatur, Georgia, Target as well.

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

Within two weeks of asking law-abiding citizens to leave their guns home, two Jack in the Box stores were robbed, and a shooting took place at a third.

Boy, the world is just full of surprises.

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HHS Official: WH Prohibits Asking Immigration Status of Adults Who Pick Up Illegals From Detention Centers

10th July 2014

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The Obama administration is prohibiting anyone from asking for the immigration status of the parents or family members who are picking up illegal immigrant children from detention centers.

At a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Health and Human Services Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families Mark Greenberg said that even if Obama administration officials knew illegal immigrant children were being released to other illegal immigrants, they would consider the “totality of the circumstances” and release the children to them.

But when pressed by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Greenberg admitted, “We do not verify the immigration status of the individual.”

Better keep your hands off our potential new Democrat voters.

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I’ll Check My White Male Privilege Right After You Check Your Arrogant Liberal Assumptions

10th July 2014

Matt Walsh has had it with leftist jerks.

I read this email from a reader, and now I’ve spent the whole day checking all over my house to find my privilege. I don’t know, I must have misplaced it….

This is one of the best fiskings of an arrogant left-wing jerk that I’ve ever read.

And, in the end, what have we accomplished? You assume that by the mere fact of being a Caucasian male I’m as privileged and elite as the wealthy son of an oil tycoon, and I assume that you’re an oblivious, sheltered, brainwashed, insufferable liberal college student. We both negate the other based on the caricature we’ve painted, and then we go on with our lives. This whole exchange proves utterly pointless, but at least we get to stay in our comfort zones where our ideological opponents are narrow and manageable categories, rather than dynamic and uncontainable individuals.

But I guess that is the point, isn’t it? The ‘white male privilege’ shtick wasn’t invented to foster a dialogue, it was invented to suppress it. You tell someone to ‘check their privilege’ because you want to discount everything they just said. It’s a Get Out of Thinking card. It allows you to push wide swaths of people into a nice little box labeled ‘privileged’ and summarily disqualify every thought and idea they bring to the table.

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Texas Town Votes to Ban Undocumented Immigrants

10th July 2014

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Residents of League City, Texas vote to ban undocumented immigrants from being housed within their city limits.

Of course, since this is NBD, an official Voice of the Crust, it’s ‘undocumented immigrants’ rather than the correct ‘illegal immigrants’ (‘Hey, those documents are in my other pants.’). But perhaps this is the start of a trend.

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Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10 Years for Bribery, Money Laundering

10th July 2014

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.

Nagin was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Nagin’s support for various projects. The bribes came in the form of money, free vacations and truckloads of free granite for his family business.

Yet Another Crooked Democrat Politician.

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Murder Rate Drops as Concealed Carry Permits Rise, Study Claims

10th July 2014

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The study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that 11.1 million Americans now have permits to carry concealed weapons, up from 4.5 million in 2007. The 146 percent increase has come even as both murder and violent crime rates have dropped by 22 percent.

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Bell Labs Sends 10Gbps Over Crappy COPPER Cable, Smashes Records

9th July 2014

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Bell Labs has pumped more data than ever before down antiquated copper wiring. The boffins used a frequency modulation system that they claim will be perfect for hooking up aging telco cables to future broadband fiber networks.

The technique is based on the G.fast standard being considered by the International Telecommunications Union; it’s a DSL standard designed to sustain 500Mbps connections over legacy copper cable networks using a 106MHz frequency range.

 

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15 Ways Liberals Are Like Bratty Kids

9th July 2014

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4) Half their vocabulary seems to consist of the words, “That’s not FAIR!” It’s not FAIR that they’re not allowed to lie as much as they want! It’s not FAIR that other people get to have opinions, too! It’s not fair that after yelling at someone for 30 minutes, someone said something back to them. It’s not fair! It’s not fair! It’s not FAIR!

14) Little kids believe in Santa Claus. Liberals believe big government works. Both beliefs are equally dumb.

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Activists for a Stupider Tomorrow

9th July 2014

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Arizona State University, perennial favorite for “nation’s least prestigious school,” is showing America why: students can now earn extra credit in a Women and Gender Studies class for being female and not shaving their armpits. One student—whose parents no doubt consider this either $6,000 (in-state tuition) or $10,000 (if she’s out of state) a year well spent—called her 10 weeks of stubble cultivation a “life-changing experience.”

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Bus Shelters for the Poor, Trains for the Rich

9th July 2014

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Low-income residents of the Twin Cities can rest easy, as planners at the Metropolitan Council, the area’s regional planning agency, are proposing a regional transit equity plan. According to the Metropolitan Council’s press release, this equity plan consists of:

  1. Building 75 bus shelters and rebuilding 75 existing shelters “in areas of racially concentrated poverty”; and
  2. “Strengthen[ing] the transit service framework serving racially concentrated areas of poverty” by building bus-rapid transit and light-rail lines to the region’s wealthy suburbs.

Sounds about right for a Blue state metro area.

Bus shelters for the poor, light rail for the rich: that sounds equitable! Of course, the poor will be allowed to ride those light-rail trains (for example, if they travel to the suburbs to work as servants), but for the most part, the light rail is for the middle class.

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NYT: Brat’s Theory of Protestant Work Ethic Has a “Surprisingly Distinguished History”

9th July 2014

Steve Sailer takes note.

One of the biggest buttresses of the current ideological regime, broadly defined, is the widespread assumption that dissenters, even tenured economics professor David Brat (victor over former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor), can’t be very smart.

This appeals especially to people who don’t seem exceptionally smart themselves.

One of the funnier example of this phenomenon is the urge, which I’ve noted before, to cite Brat’s work on Max Weber’s theory of the Protestant Work Ethic as evidence that Brat isn’t smart (at least not by the high standards of Members of the House and spergy economists).

 

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A Window Opens Onto the Left-Wing Conspiracy

9th July 2014

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The Democracy Alliance is not a famous organization, but it deserves to be. The Alliance consists of approximately 100 rich liberals who have taken upon themselves the task of coordinating America’s many left-wing organizations to promote a single radical agenda. The Alliance does not publicize the names of its members, but it held a conference for its “partners” and membership prospects in April, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel (naturally) in Chicago. Someone who attended the conference unfortunately (heh) left his or her copy of the documents passed out by the Democracy Alliance behind, and they eventually fell into the wrong hands. Ours.

What do you know — there actually is a vast Left-wing conspiracy. No wonder they keep accusing the Right of being one.

There is always a certain dissociation when leftists gather at a Ritz Carlton hotel to discuss their commitment to the poor. It is impossible not to laugh at this invitation to a dinner with Katrina vanden Heuvel, the heiress who bought and now runs the Nation magazine, a Communist publication, and New York’s newly-elected mayor Bill de Blasio. They will discuss “New York’s path to social and economic equality.” Sure: in the world to come, the hedge fund manager will share his income equally with the doorman, and Miss vanden Heuvel will divide her inheritance with New York’s poor.

Politicians like Harry Reid have denounced Charles and David Koch and others who contribute to conservative causes as “shadowy,” “secretive” people who infest politics with “dark money.” In that context, it is worth noting that most of the groups to which the Alliance and its elite liberal members contribute are 501(c)(4)s that do not disclose their donors. In fact, this question is addressed in a “FAQ” in one of the DA documents:

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Florida Wins $7 Million for Wasting $47 Million in Food Stamp Funds

9th July 2014

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This year, the state’s Department of Children and Families managed to misspend only $47,829,887 in food stamp benefits. That’s out of almost $6 billion the state received from the federal government.

Nevertheless, Florida’s error rate of .81 percent is the second lowest in the nation, and only a slight dip from the previous year when the state received $8 million for having the lowest in the nation at 0.7 percent. Vermont had the highest waste rate at 9.66 percent, while the national average was 3.2 percent.

“This is the seventh year in a row that DCF’s improvements and accuracy in correctly processing food assistance applications has received accolades and bonus money from the federal government, totaling more than $54 million.”

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Man Chokes to Death at South Dakota Hot Dog Eating Contest

9th July 2014

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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EPA Claims It Has the Power to Garnish Wages Without Court Approval

9th July 2014

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The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly claimed that it has the authority to unilaterally garnish the wages of individuals who have been accused of violating its rules.

According to The Washington Times, the agency announced the plan to enhance its purview last week in a notice in the Federal Register. The notice claimed that federal law allows the EPA to “garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order.”

The notice went on to say that the EPA had fast-tracked the new rule, enabling it to take effect September 2 unless the agency receives enough adverse public comments by August 1. The EPA said the rule was not subject to review because it was not a “significant regulatory action.”

The EPA is one of the reasons that Richard Nixon will burn in Hell for all eternity.

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‘Academically Adrift’

8th July 2014

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If the purpose of a college education is for students to learn, academe is failing, according to Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, a book being released today by University of Chicago Press.

The book cites data from student surveys and transcript analysis to show that many college students have minimal classwork expectations — and then it tracks the academic gains (or stagnation) of 2,300 students of traditional college age enrolled at a range of four-year colleges and universities. The students took the Collegiate Learning Assessment (which is designed to measure gains in critical thinking, analytic reasoning and other “higher level” skills taught at college) at various points before and during their college educations, and the results are not encouraging….

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Harry Reid Thinks Clarence Thomas Is White

8th July 2014

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“The one thing we are going to do during this work period, sooner rather than later, is to ensure that women’s lives are not determine by virtue of five white men,” Reid said. “This Hobby Lobby decision is outrageous and we are going to do something about it. People are going to have to walk down here and vote.

He also thinks that the Democrat Party doesn’t have a lot of billionaires.

Wonder what the weather’s like on his planet?

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