Friday, 26 February 2010

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Chumps

Spite ’n’ EnvysGettin’ Old   Dept

R.S. McCain sends a message to the Democrats’ Captive Nations:
...Once people start thinking about leaving the Identify Politics Ranch, it’s “game over” for the Democratic Party.
They tell gay people that conservatives are homophobes.
They tell black people that conservatives are racists.
They tell poor people that conservatives are rich and greedy.
They tell women that conservatives are sexists.
Et cetera. Lather, rinse, repeat.
...
When all is said and done, what’s in it for you?  Or, better yet, what’s in it for them...  They’ve got their tenured positions at the universities or their jobs at liberal magazines or their book contracts.  They’ve got their six-figure executive salaries at gay-rights groups and their prestigious appointments to government jobs.  And you’ve got (maybe) some symbolic policy change that is, at most, of indirect value to your quality of life.

Wise up, chumps.  You’re being bamboozled by a bunch of three-card monte hustlers who are using your “identity” to advance their own interests.  At some point you’ve got to start questioning whether politics is really the answer to your problems, or else one of these days your tombstone will read, “Here Lies a Chump, R.I.P.”

But don’t worry, there’s always life after death for Democrats.  Just tell your friends to make sure you’re buried in Chicago, where Election Day is like Halloween and the departed spirits of dead Democrats rise from the grave to vote in alphabetical order.

The graveyard is the only place you’ll ever see the fulfillment of the Democratic Party’s promises.  As Mary Jo Kopechne recently said to Ted Kennedy, “Now, we’re equal.”

Wake up, chumps.  The poverty of the poor is not caused by the wealth of the rich, and discontents of gay people aren’t the result of heterosexuals monopolizing happiness.  The politics of spite and envy — which is to say, the agenda of the Democratic Party — can never lead to “social justice,” because there is no such thing as “social justice.”
Read the whole thing.  And bookmark it.

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Tuesday, 23 February 2010

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Scientific Progress goes “Gargh!”

From the Neanderpundit Test Kitchen  Dept

Og is trying to figure out what goes with Marmite.

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Monday, 22 February 2010

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Monday kittehs



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Friday, 19 February 2010

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Not Vulcans


Plebian has an important reminder about scientists.

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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

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Politics no more?


“The Hoosier Slant” opines that Evan Bayh saw in the mess in Washington an opportunity to do something he’d long wanted: To get out of politics.

LATER (100218 15:50), Related:

Pointman’s Page:  Why Dan Coats?

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Tuesday, 16 February 2010

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What shall we name the WAP?


Uncle Jay does a survey:  Part 1; Part 2.

(“Zohrek the Inhospitable.”  Snicker.)

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“I always bemoan the state of Indy car racing. Then I watch NASCAR.”


Frank W. James viewed the Daytona 500 over the weekend.

Tim Blair may may still be watching

• Everyone is sitting around while track repairs continue. It’s global warming, people. Just like when the Copenhagen 250 got called off.

• “You woke me up.” Kyle Busch replies to Fox commentators while relaxing during his Daytona siesta.

• Sign now displayed at Daytona Speedway:


At this rate, the finish of the 2010 Daytona 500 will overlap with the start of the 2011 Daytona 500...

Drivers are getting back into their cars. Some of them are now remarried and wearing bifocals...

• Drivers once again out of their cars. Track under repair. Race finish expected sometime mid-March.

The next delay will be due to the inauguration of President Chelsea Clinton.

• We’re down to a one-lap race. They could’ve done this 199 laps ago.

• Green flag. One lap. Oh, and another smiting. THIS RACE WILL NEVER END.

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Saturday, 13 February 2010

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Global Warming: Back to Step 1?


Remember this chart?

Looks like we may be headed back to Step 1:

Phil Jones, the professor behind the “Climategate” affair, has admitted some of his decades-old weather data was not well enough organised.

He said this contributed to his refusal to share raw data with critics – a decision he says he regretted.

But Professor Jones said he had not cheated the data, or unfairly influenced the scientific process.

He said he stood by the view that recent climate warming was most likely predominantly man-made.

But he agreed that two periods in recent times had experienced similar warming.  And he agreed that the debate had not been settled over whether the Medieval Warm Period was warmer than the current period.
Okay, assume the highlighted paraphrase accurately represents what Jones actually said.  If so, it’s a major walkback, and SonicFrog explains why:
If there was a warmer Medieval Warm Period, then the current warming could be more likely due to natural variation, instead of CO2 [or other] man-made [causes], as the models don’t account for this earlier warmer condition.  At the very least, the “certainty” and of doom and gloom warming predictions is overstated, as the world may have been warmer and the world didn’t end.
Warmer before.  World didn’t end.  Owned.

Related:

BBC link via SonicFrog, HT: Bill Quick

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Thursday, 11 February 2010

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Win XP users: Beware KB977165


Windows patch cripples XP with blue screen, users claim

Tuesday’s release included 9 updates. KB977165 appears to be the culprit.

MS Tech Support Thread (via Slashdot)

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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

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From the snowy East...


Nathan looks down on Alexandria, Virginia, from 27 stories up.


Turk is hangin’ in there...


(Turk’s earlier photos here, here, and here.)

And Joanna (observing at a distance) offers an appropriate haiku.

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