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Sunday, January 3. 2010
I hope our News Junkie will be able to get back from the north country tomorrow, because we are tiring of covering the links for him. Will stagger on just one more day.
Vanderleun: What I learned from Avatar
Getting old and sick? 2010 is the right year to die in. Mankiw thinks we should keep it this way. So do I: Every prosperous family means one less poor family.
Solar Farm Held Up for Two Dozen Tortoises. I'm with the Desert Tortoises. Solar is a subsidized joke. Give me my nuke plants, and leave the ancient reptiles alone.
For Some in Japan, Home Is a Tiny Plastic Bunk. Their unemployment rate is at least half what ours has been this fall.
A new carry revolver: The Rhino
A Democrat right wing racist? Nobody can take a joke these days.
What every young man needs to know about fighting and violence. The ladies count on us guys to protect them and to apply force when needed.
What did Palin do as gov of Alaska? Lots of things.
There's no cure for stupid. Mortgages and the people who cannot pay them.
Coyote: Congress and Obama Enticing States Further into Bankruptcy
Is Environmentalism a Religion? h/t, Driscoll
Or is Obama a religion? Joan Walsh of Salon Finds Criticism of Obama "Traitorous"
Fineman: Obama’s Health-Care Gamble, And why he may come to regret it.
Re Napolitano: her potential is almost unlimited. Really?
Reason: Upholding the Right Not To Be Offended - The First Amendment protects even the ugliest forms of speech.
At Yale, they are having to turn students away from the Great Books course. Smart kids still want to know the good hard stuff.
Goldberg: Capitalism Fingered as Fiend of the Past Decade - Reducing “capitalism” to its alleged sins. One quote:
Doormat image is from this site. You may be needing one.
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Does anyone here have suggestions, or insights for purchasing a gun for trail protection? Most particularly a gun that will stop a grizzly bear?
Your best bet is an expendable and rather slow hiking companion.
Let me put it to you this way. 15 years ago I was fishing for Arctic Char along the Yellowknife with an Inuit guide who carried a ].460 Weatherby Magnum - arguably the world's most powerful big game rifle. To make a long story short, I told the guide that I was very comfortable having that rifle along and these were his exact words - "Ain't nuttin' gonna stop no grizzly bear when he's pissed off".
I suppose if it would make you comfortable, something like a Desert Eagle in .44 mag would help you feel better, but don't depend on it to stop a grizzly.
Not that you asked, but if you want my opinion, hiking where grizzly prowl ain't a good idea.
Loved the doormat. I was amazed to find it was carried by Target. Another mat from their collection: "Please stay on the mat. Your visit is very important to us. Your knock will be answered in the order in which it is received."
I was going to pass on commenting on the Avatar piece, but I just can't - it's been bugging me all day.
What exactly did the author expect from Avatar? It's a James Cameron film and if you understand where his head is at politically, you're going to get a script like this. Further, science fiction has always been a safe harbor for various liberal causes expressed as futuristic fantasy - the what if factor of social issues. The fact that Cameron used Avatar to express his opinion on the current "state of affairs" as seen in the future should not have been a surprise. Yes the premise is absurd, but so was "Star Wars" as were the various incarnations of "Star Trek". I suspect if the author of the Avatar piece had ever seen "Silent Running" he would be rolling around the floor in a state of apoplexy.
The simple truth is this - the film is gorgeous - flat out beautiful. It is what "Star Wars was to early CGI - a visual tour de force - incredible eye candy from the complex military apparatus to the floating islands to the battle scenes not to exclude the exquisite Nav'i (Giganto Smurfs), Pandora's habitat, flora and fauna - it is a beautiful film and a technological marvel. Who the heck cares about the politics, the stupid script and the daft illogically named mineral Unobtanium - this is something so innovative in terms of visual arts that it rightfully can be called brilliant.
Just sit back and enjoy the ride - every film in the world does not have to be seen as a political treatise or screed. Let your mind wander and suspend your politics and disbeliefs. Enter the world of Pandora and it's natives and enjoy what might be.
It is what it is - enjoy it.
If Mr. Dewie Whetsell's #2. is correct: it doth appear Missy Sarah is a filthy communist like the Mudboy.
No wonder she praises him so freely.
He is a filthy Communist, I agree, but "Mudboy" is a filthy expression that undermines your credibility.
Sweetie, I have explained the Mudboy thang for yall once and that yall cain't seem to wrap yall's mind around it suggests that it is very small.
Now, let's try to expand it with yall wrappin' it around the proposition that Sarah Palin is no less a commie than the Mudboy.
Dear Missy Walsh,
This "traitor" ain't comforting enemies of USA but the traitor, El Presidente Hussein0 is.
He is mollycoddling terrorists in the USA and surrendering US territory in Sana'a because of terror threats.
What US territory will he surrender next?
Who is the traitor?
Barack Hussein Obama.
Let's impeach the lying bastard in 2010 for to have an extremely happy new year.
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