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Saturday, June 23. 2012
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A History of Women’s Bathing Suits
The beautiful Friesian horse
Stanford White-Designed Fifth Avenue Mansion Sells For $42 M., 2012 Townhouse Record
You overweight folks are damaging the planet
Should people be taxed by the pound? By the UN, of course?
Alert! World on the verge of chocolate crisis
What sorts of people are in super-max prisons?
Microsoft Surface Could Totally Change the Tablet and PC Markets
Checking the APA's Findings on Homosexual Parenting
Back to the City - Young millennials prefer urban living, says Alan Ehrenhalt.
Cities are much more fun for young single people
Tinsel Town has hijacked Obama’s campaign
They bought it, they own it
Europeans hate to work
Europe’s Self-Inflicted Decline: French Taxing, Italian Regulating, Greek Mooching, and IMF Economic Illiteracy
Obama Wants Your Birthday Money & Wedding Gifts
Lawyers, lawyers everywhere and no straight story
Death by government health care
You Lefties know the answer.
Napolitano: Can the President Rewrite Federal Law?
California high speed rail is dead
Obama widens Latino voting gap
The Negative Effects of Minimum Wage Laws
Doctor Claims Euthanasia Significant Part of British Health System
Should We Hire Even More Teachers, Cops, and Firemen?
How Badly Does the New York Times Hate the Third World?
Obama’s lies and the media’s betrayal
Steyn: ... it was surely only a matter of time before a fake memoirist got elected as president of the United States.
Defense Spending Has Actually Shrunk Relative To The Economy Over The Last 40 Years -
What’s Happening in Iraq After the U.S. Withdrawal? An interview with Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, an Anglo-Iraqi political analyst
Sorry, Washington Post, Romney didn’t get rich moving U.S. jobs overseas
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Remember all those morons who went around shouting "Global warming is dead!" after ClimateGate I and II?
"Alert! World on the verge of chocolate crisis"
However the main cacao-producing regions are West Africa, South America, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, all areas vulnerable to threats of climate change, political instability, pests and diseases.
That's probably the 1,000th time I've read almost exactly that same sentence since ClimateGate.
"A History of Women’s Bathing Suits"
Somebody please tell that twit writing over at SALON that the style of attack about which he is complaining began with the liberals--it was called WATERGATE!
Second Item for BL and others: On nespotism and family relationships:
Remember that "Huntsman" crowd in Utah? D'ya think this guy is related?
Of course, given your location down there you might be interested in the guy who actually won a five year term as Pres of UW:
That was after Huntsman had been "interim". Huntsman now is here (it's a little hard to open, but stay calm):
And the tie that binds you might ask (or is it a near cousin)? How about the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma and their intimate family relationship with the Chinese?
#22 faculty wife on 2012-06-22 23:11 (Reply)
I'll have a natural American horse, or nothing at all.
wirraway ... Sorry. I have to disagree about those Friesian horses, which are simply gorgeous. They have wonderful high-stepping natural gaits and beautiful conformation. After my usual spring orgy of watching the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont, I'm comparing the Friesians, with sturdy legs rather like the Morgans my grandmother's father used to breed, with the matchstick legs of the thoroughbred race horses. Much as I love to watch racing, I hate to see a race horse damaged, and it happens far too often. I've watched polo games often at the Santa Barbara Polo grounds, and the ponies also suffer from frequent damage, in fact one pony died during a chukkar as we all watched -- just dropped suddenly like a stone and had to be cleared off by a horse ambulance.
So I can't help but love the beautiful Friesians. As an orchid hybridizer, I'm wondering about how the Friesians are so interbred that there can be a whole herd of them, all black. That suggests what we call in orchids "crossbacks" which can give consistency of color but also increase the various weaknesses. Can any of the maggiesfarmers or commenters tell me more about Friesian breeding?
Friesian Horse Association of North America
I was just fondly remembering my yellow quarterhorse, Regret. just an ordinary trail horse, he'd go anywhere, do anything asked: team penning, broom polo, daylong rides, got us out of quicksand once, indulged my ill-considered attempts to impress a woman by fording a flooded stream, let me play Philippine Scout. he also hated zebras and elephants.
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Apropos us fatties damaging the planet, I beg to differ.
We humans blessed with adjustable avoirdupois are not randomly distributed about the planet. We are distributed so as to correct for the wobble in earth's rotation, just in time to prevent the next ice age, which you hyper-isomassive people would have caused.
You can thank us later, after brunch.
Say I am a cocoa farmer able to grow only so many acres. A 25% shortage is probably going to mean a 100% rise in the value of my crop. Tell me again why I want to increase the supply?
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