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Monday, February 22. 2010
Rasmussen said on TV last night that 71% of Americans view government as a special interest group.
Who said Americans were stupid?
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 10:38 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
I am not young enough to know everything.
Posted by The News Junkie in Quotidian Quotable Quote (QQQ) at 10:26 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Washington's Birthday morning links
George Washington: The man, the myth, the legend.
How to kill Cane Toads
Sol Stern: The Ramparts I Watched -Our storied radical magazine did transform the nation—for the worse.
Faux nostalgia for American manufacturing
Climategate: The World’s Biggest Story, Everywhere but Here
Related: Climate scientists withdraw journal claims of rising sea levels. Another "Woops, we goofed".
Pajamas: The glory of gridlock
Bolton: The O "not qualified" to be Pres
Beware the health care reform zombiecrats. Related, from Jules: 50 Votes In 60 Days! ROTFLMAO!
How the O has lost voters like me: Althouse. She quotes Chris Rock: "'He speaks so well' is some sh*t you say about ret**ded people that can talk." I think Ann A. was duped by her own wishes. Quite related: Was Chris Matthews born yesterday?
We have met the enemy, and it is the Anglo-Saxon media
If I had a nickel every time a conservative said "limited government" and didn't mean it, I'd be a very rich man.
Back from the dead? The John birch Society
An interesting legal challenge to the EPA
100 years of shale gas. That is plenty of time to get a lot of nuke plants up and running.
Der Spiegel takes a look at the Nazis
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Stolen from Jungleman:
A DC-130H Hercules drone control aircraft banks to the left while passing over the guided missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG-65).
U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Haggarty
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Sunday, February 21. 2010
We were fortunate to get to David Parson's Remember Me last night at the Joyce. Even if you have minimal interest in dance, it's well-worth it. The performance is stunningly good. The style, Mrs. BD tells me, is inspired by Paul Taylor whose work I always could enjoy.
New to me was the East Village Opera Company (providing most of the music), which rocks classic opera. As an aspiring curmudgeon, I would not have thought that I would have found that to be as wonderful as it is. Here's their Nessun Dorma. Their stuff is dynamite and reminds us that Italian opera was the pop music of its time and there is no reason for it to become "museum music."
Check it out, Anchoress! The interesting story of the East Village Opera Company is here.
You can buy their Olde School CD here.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:58 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Somebody has given AVI a book. He is funny. A quote:
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A serious point and shoot: the Leica D-LUX 4 Camera
You can get an old-fashioned leather case for it too.
Do any of our readers have this thing?
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:39 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
William Tyndale (1494-1536) and our Bible
William Tyndale was the Oxford-educated polyglot theologian and reformer who produced the first printed Bible in English.
His translation was from Erasmus' Greek-Latin Bible, the same one which Luther used to translate his German Bible. Tyndale's Bible was banned in Britain: you can't trust the rabble to read it themselves. He famously said that he wanted a Bible that "every plowman" could read the Scripture for himself.
Tyndale was executed by Henry Vlll for his efforts. It is believed that Thomas More was pushing for the execution.
It is thought that up to 80% of the King James Bible - the most printed book in the world - is Tyndale's product. For hundreds of years after the first printings, Protestants avoided the Anglican King James Bible, preferring the Geneva Bible (which is very similar). The Pilgrims used the Geneva Bible and, no, Anglicans are not historically Protestants and neither are their American Episcopalian brethren.
Excellent summary of the history of the Bible in English here.
Posted by Bird Dog in History, Our Essays, The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 11:23 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Rend your heart, confront your flaws and weaknesses, pray for forgiveness, grace, and for the uplifting of the Holy Spirit's redemption. I love and need the terrible journey of Lent, and I always like the way Anchoress talks about it:
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Saturday, February 20. 2010
Old Jokes du Jour
From some good ones from Neoneo's commenters:
- So this baby seal walks into a club...
- A dyslexic man walks into a bra...
- A fellow goes to a restaurant and asks the waiter for a cup of coffee without cream. A few moments later the waiter returns and says, “Sorry, we’re all out of cream, it will have be without milk.”
- An out of work geophysicist goes into a McDonald’s to ask for a job. He fills out an application and as the manager reads it he says, “I know I'm overqualified but I can do the work and I need the job”.
And of course, there's always this one:
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Counterfeit Cubans, from JR. Nicaraguan. Mine just arrived today, and I just smoked one. Cheap, legal in the US, and plenty tasty as a medium-strength everyday smoke with a hearty earthy tanginess. I am told that those Sumatran wrappers were grown from Connecticut seed. I can't say they are as good as a good Habanos, but quite enjoyable for the price. Perfect for this Obama economy.
Why does the O smoke cigarettes instead of cigars, anyway? Who does he think he is? FDR?
Posted by The Barrister in Our Essays, The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:19 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Collectivism, Bismarck, etc.
Via View from 1776:
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Dems planning self-immolation?
Posted by The Barrister in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 14:51 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Lindzen on climate models
MIT Prof. Lindzen on the failure of computer models. Models aren't reality. That's why they are called models.
Posted by The Barrister in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 14:37 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
If you aren't familiar with Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) - most of our readers seem to be - here's his CPAC speech this week:
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Saturday morning links
Reshaping the Guggenheim. Not a bad idea.
Climate exile speaks out. I wonder whether Maggie's Farm would be legal in the Netherlands.
Our favorite Congressman, Thad McCotter, on love and sex.
More NASA climate corruption reports at Pajamas. A blockbuster NASA story which the MSM avoids. The NY Post: The crackup of the climate 'consensus', a quote:
Not again! Dems with new government medical plan. I thought it was dead and buried. But we have some States Rights rebels. I love it.
Related: Trial lawyers threaten the O. Related: John Edwards, Mesothelioma Man, and Health Care Reform
Newspapers: Atlanta paper rejects objective reality. Reality is, no doubt, an evil, reactionary concept. See the NYT's Zernicke, who also will not permit facts to get in the way of the narrative.
American households, from Will:
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Friday, February 19. 2010
Heading-to-Vermont last minute links
I hear the snow is good at Jay Peak.
Tofu: Bad for the earth. h/t, Englishman. In my view, it is poison.
Every grandma knows, to her dismay, that personality traits are inherited: The Genetics of Job Choice
Gotta like Mike Pence
Via Insty, A Monstrous Vision For Media Reform. These totalitarians want government to run media - and the internet. Good luck, jerks. We'll die first, with Maggie's Farm in our cold dead hands.
News to me: Farming discrimination. Seeds discriminate?
Dalai Lama literally out with the trash. What? No recycling?
Not another one? Czechgate: Climate scientists dump world’s second oldest ‘cold’ climate record. This is called "science"? h/t, SDA:
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Now Mrs. BD is considering mountainous Corsica for a summer trip. The lad has been there, and recommends it. Popular with Brits, I am told. They speak French and Corsican there. My Corsican is a tad rusty but my French is OK. She found this little villa in Monticello, and says it would hold the whole family:
Posted by Bird Dog in Our Essays, The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:39 | Comments (6) | Trackbacks (0)
Best rant of the month (or year - or decade)
Truth is no defence? Condell tells it like it is about the Wilders travesty. The Dutch should execute him for speaking out! h/t, Vandy.
I hope our three Dutch readers spread this around.
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 13:04 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Failure to lead?
From Krauthammer's Excuses for Obama:
I, for one, am just as happy that leadership skills are lacking in the White House right now. Many are unhappy about it, such as this guy - a Rabbi no less - who is disappointed in his Messiah. Good grief.
Posted by The Barrister in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 11:53 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
Posted by The Barrister in Quotidian Quotable Quote (QQQ) at 10:44 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Shrinkish views of feel-good politics
From Had Enough Therapy? with a post on narrative vs. reality:
And a new diagnosis: The Airhead Liberal Political Disorder:
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Is this what they thought when they pulled the Obama lever?
Whenever I have to choose between two evils, I always like to try the one I haven't tried before.
- Mae West
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Friday morning links
The WellPoint Mugging: The brawl over rate increases is a preview of ObamaCare.
Robin's life in Berkeley. The group-think there is creepy. One would like to imagine that a college town would have free-thinkers.
Interesting idea: Grad from HS when you pass the exam
The state and municipal pension scam
Bill Maher: People are too stupid to understand. I guess he means me.
Afghan Offensive May Take a Month, U.K. General Says. Reminds me of Fallujah. Jules wonders where the anti-war movement went.
How do so many pols end up so rich?
Rosen: The Tea Partiers vs. "progressive" leftists and statists. EJ Dionne and the like are going crazy, it seems:
What gridlock? The O decries government spending:
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