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Friday, May 9. 2008
Why do men die first? Mr. Free Market
One reason many on the Left do not believe in Jihad
Basic questions about farm subsidies
The Maoist insurgency in India
"Come over here and fertilize me." Flowers wave at passing bugs.
Loving violent criminals
A fight strategy for McCain
Ethnicity and nationalism
Tax 'em and regulate 'em until they begin to fail. Then claim that it's a market failure and time for the govt to do it. Pharma, at EU Referendum
Should I mention depression on my college application?
Image borrowed from Vanderleun's comic book collection
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The very idea that Islam is reformable is itself a denial of the problem.
The cure for Islamists is not reform but repentance from a dead religion and it's false god.
Mecca is a blight in need of a makeover.
Senator McCain doesn't need Carey's fight strategy, for his opponent will probably not be Hussein despite the dreams of 90% of black folks and the liberal white folks who hate their own kind.
He got a fight plan long before this three legged stool came to Carey's mind.
From... Flowers wave at passing bugs....
"yet very wobbly flowers are just too wobbly for the insects to handle".
hahaha. Know someone whose job is to count bugs. Government job.
I think it's Luther's job. He's a bug inspector.
Habu said so.
McCain’s Navy Records Detail Commendations
WASHINGTON — From his five years in a North Vietnamese prison camp to his tenure as the Navy’s liaison to the Senate, John McCain’s Navy record boils down to a series of unadorned paragraphs that bestow upon him some of the nation’s top military honors.
The Navy recently released McCain’s military record — most of it citations for medals during his Navy career — after a Freedom of Information Act request by The Associated Press.
McCain was awarded a Silver Star Medal for resisting “extreme mental and physical cruelties” inflicted upon him by his captors from late October to early December 1967, the early months of his captivity, according to the citation. The North Vietnamese, according to the Navy, ignored international agreements and tortured McCain “in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes.”
McCain, now the Republican Party’s likely presidential nominee, was taken prisoner in October 1967 after he was shot down while on a mission over Hanoi. He wasn’t freed until March 1973, after the United States signed peace agreements with the North Vietnamese. His captors tortured him and held him in solitary confinement. Still, he declined an offer of early release until those who had been at the prison longer than him were let go.
That decision earned McCain a Navy Commendation Medal . Although McCain was “crippled from serious and ill-treated injuries,” he steadfastly refused offers of freedom from those holding him prisoner. “His selfless action served as an example to others and his forthright refusal, by giving emphasis to the insidious nature of such releases, may have prevented a possibly chaotic deterioration in prisoner discipline,” the citation says.
McCain attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1954 to 1958, and was commissioned as an ensign in June of that year. He retired in April 1981 with the rank of captain. In that time he received 17 awards and decorations. Besides the Silver Star Medal, McCain also received the Legion of Merit with a combat “V” and one gold star, a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Bronze Art Medal with a combat “V” and two gold stars.
Several citations mention his achievements either as a prisoner or as a lieutenant commander flying bombing runs off the deck of the USS Oriskany. Some are signed by then-Secretary of the Navy John Warner, who would become a colleague of McCain’s in the Senate.
The citations refer to his “accurate ordnance delivery” and his “aggressive and skillful airmanship.” He earned his Bronze Star the day before he was shot down, for participating in a mission over an airfield in Phuc Yen, 11 miles north of Hanoi.
The citation for his Distinguished Flying Cross sums up McCain’s misfortune the following day:
“Although his aircraft was severely damaged, he continued his bomb delivery pass and released his bombs on the target. When the aircraft would not recover from the dive, Commander McCain was forced to eject over the target.”
Years later, as his Navy career approached its end, McCain received the Legion of Merit Medal. By then, his missions were in the halls of Congress as a liaison to the Senate from the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs.
He was praised for providing Navy leaders “with sage advice and sound judgment for enacting critical legislation during a period of severe fiscal constraint.”
The following year, he ran for Congress from Arizona, and won.
.... and never met an idea that thrashes the Constitution he didn't like. And then he cozied up to La Raza. (The Race, for all you Spanish non-speakers) And then he thought Al Gore was real dang smart.
"Sen. John McCain really does want to tempt the Republican base. ...
We've gotten our hands on an advanced transcript of this weekend's "The Chris Matthews Show" on NBC and the British Broadcasting Corporation's Katty Kay offered this nugget during the show's "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" segment:
"John McCain is going to be doing more of these themed tours of America, and one of them is going to be on energy and global climate change. It could get him into trouble with Republicans, of course, and with the base, who don't think there is much climate change going on, but it is something that he's very passionate about and he's going to be talking about it."
Wow, all he needs to do is come out for the complete confiscation of all privately held firearms and maybe the State seizing the oil companies or the FairDoc... whatchoo folks gonna say when he wants to shut down the Farm?
I guess he's still better than Mabus.
Great news from Commentary magazine
At one end of the global spectrum are America's 10 biggest yearly executive compensation packages, ranging from $83.1 million to $26.6 million (according to a USA Today's data derived from Salary.com). At the other end are the world's failed and failing states. Mostly in Africa but also in Asia, these failures have cascaded in the almost two decades since the end of the Cold War. Between 40 and 60 nations, home to nearly 2 billion people , are either sliding backward and teetering on the brink of implosion or have already collapsed.
Collapse, starvation and death. Means more for the productive people and less of a drag on the worlds resources. Rahter Malthusian or at least Darwinian. This is the work of a Mighty Power and we should be thankful. Having it occur in mostly Asia and Africa are just sprinkles on the top of the sundae.
Dat make you look bad.
How's that? I didn't do it. Talk to the Hutu's and the Tutsi's...
Yeah, but you done posteded it up
Well folk don't want dat. You should be post'n Mother's Day stuff..
Ok. I'll work up something...
You want more of Bad Girls? Just ask. I got hundreds of them. And don't get me started on my collection of covers to classic lesbian novels of the 70s!
Arab Mother's Day, Two Arab Mothers
Two Arab Mothers
Two Arab mothers are sitting in a cafe chatting over a plate of tabouli and
a pint of goat's milk. The older of the mothers pulls a bag out of her purse
and starts flipping through photos. And they start reminiscing.
'This is my oldest son Mohammed. He would be 24 years old now.'
'Yes, I remember him as a baby' says the other mother cheerfully.
'He's a martyr now though' mum confides.
'Oh, so sad dear' says the other.
And this is my second son Kalid. He would be 21'
'Oh, I remember him,' says the other happily, 'he had such curly hair when
he was born'.
'He's a martyr too' says mum quietly.
'Oh, gracious me ....' Says the other.
'And this is my third son. My baby. My beautiful Ahmed.
He would be 18, she whispers.
'Yes' says the friend enthusiastically, 'I remember when he first started
He's a martyr also,' says mum, with tears in her eyes.
After a pause and a deep sigh, the second Muslim mother looks wistfully at
the photographs and says...
'They blow up so fast, don't they?'
How to Tell the Sex of a Fly
A woman walked into the kitchen to find her
Husband stalking around with a fly swatter
'What are you doing?'
'Oh! Killing any?'
'Yep, 3 males, 2 Females,' he replied.
Intrigued, she asked.
'How can you tell them apart?'
'3 were on a beer can,
2 were on the phone
"Come over here and fertilize me."
From the juxtaposition, it looks as if Reform School Girl is saying that.
Hmm. This sounds like a job for Photoshop.
Can you photoshop this one??
What do a 300 pound woman and a brick have in common?
Sooner or later they're going to get laid by a Mexican.
ew. No. I do NOT care about PC. :]
"Can you photoshop this one??"
I think Adobe can handle anything involving Mexican bricks.
hahaha........... What are Mexican bricks? What the fat woman grunts out after being laid by a Mexican? The bricks would be half-breeds don't you know. oh, unless the fattie was Hispanic. Then you'd have a Mexican brick. Sounds like a lot of trouble to me.
On loving violent criminals: This goes back to Dr. Bliss' post on The Myth of the Rational Blogger. It's posited that irrationality is often a greater component of what is presumed to be reason.
Each of us gets satisfaction simply by holding certain beliefs firm to our hearts. Just as many of us enjoy feeling loyal to our favorite sports teams, many of us enjoy believing that our favorite political party is an especially wise steward of the public interest.
Reason would dictate we investigate facts and draw conclusions accordingly, but what happens to reason when facts have to be tested against dogma before they're incorporated in our thinking? Ideally, dogma is the conclusion of thought rather than the lack of thinking, but how much foundational thinking exists in the realm of political correctness? Postmodernism has cut the underpinnings of foundational thought while lifting up subjectivism. Political correctness is the result of a collective subjectivism, which emphasizes a feeling of moral superiority. How can facts counter the satisfaction of a profound sense of moral superiority? Political correctness is intellectual suicide.
Habu, in your case it's easy. Okay stand in front of your bathroom mirror. Now look. Just asct like the guy you're looking at and you've arrived.
Dude, you are a hoot! Especially descartes before the horse... Too funny!
Oh, well, all my jokes are, um.... vintage. I've heard 'em all and steal only the best!
"If there is something to steal, I steal it!"
- Pablo Picasso
Neat article ..not what you'd think from the title ...
The New Paternalism
Richard Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein, a professor of law and political science at the University of Chicago are authors of a new book, Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Yale University Press), in which they articulate an approach to designing social and economic policies that incorporates an understanding of people's cognitive limitations.
Habu - those links don't work (far as I can tell). Try again? Or I'm sure I can Google up something on the book.