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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Anti-Middle-Class Economics: What Obama's 529 Grab Revealed

I think that’s the real explanation. This is not so much a rational calculation about how to finance the behemoth state. This is an admission by a man who has no more election campaigns to run, and therefore no pragmatic constraints, about his real outlook and real preferences. A president who just a few weeks ago hailed the triumph of a supposed “middle-class economics” is revealing his hatred and contempt for the middle class.

via thefederalist.com

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Watch Los Angeles firefighters carry out a daring rescue for a dog swept into a river

Los Angeles firefighters received a call about a little dog trapped in a swollen river, and the ensuing rescue involved a helicopter and some serious daring from the diver. The operation was successful, and officials say the pup was shaken, but healthy. Now, the search is on for the owners, because the firefighters believe the dog could have been swept more than a mile away from where he likely went into the water.

via theweek.com

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Jeb Bush was a pothead

In a new Boston Globe article, Michael Kranish dives into Jeb Bush's four years at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, during which he "smoked a notable amount of pot," according to his classmates. Bush's classmates also told the Globe that he "sometimes bullied smaller students."

via theweek.com

High times at Andover dude.

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‘Stop Respecting Their Medieval Bullshit!’ Maher, Panel Clash over Obama Saudi Trip | Mediaite

Bill Maher and his panel tonight tussled over President Obama‘s trip to Saudi Arabia, and again Maher brought the conversation to Islam when he said, “Stop respecting their medieval bullshit!” Maher was stunned by how Obama basically dropped everything for this, though he did applaud Michelle Obama for refusing to cover her head when she was there.

via www.mediaite.com

He might end up sort of a libertarian conservative if he lives long enough.

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'Drink of the Devil': Descendants of famous feuding Hatfields, McCoys sell legal moonshine | Star Tribune

GILBERT, W.Va. — After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed up with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state's blessing — the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud.

via www.startribune.com

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A Long Overdue Goodbye to Andrew Sullivan « Pejman Yousefzadeh

I write all of this, of course, because Andrew Sullivan claims that he has decided to quit blogging. Now, Andrew Sullivan has claimed that he decided to quit blogging before, and he has come back, so I’m keeping the champagne on ice for the moment. But I’d like to think that at long last, Sullivan has realized that his fatuous, overwrought, emotionally unstable, intellect-insulting writing has finally reached China Syndrome proportions of insufferability. I would like to think that Sullivan took a good long look at his writing, his thought process (if one can be so generous as to claim that Sullivan’s writing is backed up by any thought whatsoever), and himself, and didn’t like what he saw. I would like to think that at long last, Andrew Sullivan decided that a belated embrace of discretion and silence was the best–the only–way to salvage whatever dignity he once had, before he decided to squander the vast majority of that dignity via anti-Semitic trolling, logic-defying apologetics on behalf of the Obama administration, and the spelunking of Sarah Palin’s womb.1

I would like to think all of this. So, I will do what Andrew Sullivan has frequently asked his readers to do.

I will know hope.

Andrew, if you read this, remember: We can’t truly miss you, if you won’t stay away.

via pejmanyousefzadeh.net

Well put.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Vortex builder

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Drones Are Now Appearing on Afghan Rugs - The Atlantic

Tanks, helicopters, Kalashnikovs, hand grenades, and bazookas started creeping into the centuries-old tradition, either as elements of a landscape or as icons in a pattern. “My favorite one is an old Beluch style one,” says the 49-year-old U.S. entrepreneur Kevin Sudeith. “The design dates back to the 19th century but it has two helicopters and two tanks at each end of the rug.”

via www.theatlantic.com

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The Danish Don't Have the Secret to Happiness - The Atlantic

Danish author Askel Sandemose’s works are little read in his home country these days—except, that is, for a small fragment of one novel, A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks, published in 1933. The fragment of A Fugitive that has come both to define and to torment the Danes is a list of rules by which the residents of the fictional town of Jante were said to abide. These rules set out the Law of Jante, a kind of Danish Ten Commandments, the social norms one should be aware of if one is planning a move to the north:

  1. You shall not believe that you are someone.
  2. You shall not believe that you are as good as we are.
  3. You shall not believe that you are any wiser than we are.
  4. You shall never indulge in the conceit of imagining that you are better than we are.
  5. You shall not believe that you know more than we do.
  6. You shall not believe that you are more important than we are.
  7. You shall not believe that you are going to amount to anything.
  8. You shall not laugh at us.
  9. You shall not believe that anyone cares about you.
  10. You shall not believe that you can teach us anything.

The truth is, Sandemose really nailed the Danes. My experience has been that Jante Law, which has become a national social manifesto of sorts, operates everywhere in Denmark on some level or another.

via www.theatlantic.com

If you include the number of suicides, Danes have about the same homicide level as the US. Or so I have heard.

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The Scandals at Justice | National Review Online

The misconduct was so egregious that California Superior Court judge Leslie Nichols threw out the state’s case. Last year, he further ruled that the government’s case was “corrupt and tainted. Cal Fire failed to comply with discovery obligations, and its repeated failure was willful.” The judge charged that the state hid key photographs and tried to “steamroll the truth” in order to pin the fire on the company. Investigators lied under oath about what they knew, and federal prosecutors allegedly knew about their perjury and did nothing.” When Sierra Pacific lawyers questioned the bulldozer driver, he denied making a statement about the blaze’s origins, and he couldn’t have properly signed a document given to him by prosecutors because he can’t read. The U.S. Forest Service had evidence that one of its fire spotters may have been high on pot and missed the fire’s start. His supervisor wanted to fire him, but the supervisor’s superiors covered it all up by insisting the spotter get a satisfactory performance rating and stay on the job. 

via www.nationalreview.com

Jesus wept.

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