Firearms Friday

The most ‘Merica thing ever? I think so.

Joni Ernst confirms she’s a free woman, progressives start crying.

The Left once again displays their ignorance about the Second Amendment, the Founders, and what “militia” meant in the 18th century. Caleb Howe fact checks Media Matters’ absurd “fact check” of Dana Loesch’s new book “Hands Off My Gun.”

Why aren’t guns an issue in the midterms?

Geoshooting: the birth of a new sport.

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What’s the Left up to today? Palin Derangement Syndrome

Anyone who has followed this blog for awhile knows I’m no fan of Sarah Palin. I find her annoying, self-serving and pretty damn dumb. However, there is absolutely no excuse for the excrementally evil way the Left has treated, not just her, but her family, especially her children. The absolute hatred the Left has for this family borders on a mental illness and I think some of these people need to take a deep look at themselves. I can understand people hating George W. Bush for Iraq, I can understand people hating Obama for Obamacare. People feel as though those figures have done something to them. Because of their decisions they’ve lost a loved one or lost their health insurance. The Palin hate is inexplicable. The woman lost the election, she doesn’t hold office, she will never be President, she has never made a single decision that substantively affects the lives of the people who hate her so much. She is essentially now a private citizen who appears on cable news shows once or twice a month and flaps her lips for four minutes. You should merely find her annoying. You shouldn’t hate her and her children to the point where you gleefully cheer when one of them is physically assaultedThe Left is so obsessed with this family that they lose their jobs over it. Remember Martin Bashir? Now CNN’s Carol Costello might be in trouble because she couldn’t contain her seething hatred for a family that is responsible for merely annoying her during an election cycle six years ago.

“Why won’t the Palins just go away??” cry Leftists, as they simultaneously post dozens of updates about their every move. (I can’t make that screen shot any bigger for some reason, but that’s all the Palin stories in the Talking Points Memo Twitter feed over a 24 hour period. Please seek help, guys. Your obsession with these people is downright creepy.


Backtracking a bit – for those who may not be sure why I’m talking about this – the Palin family got into some kind of brawl at a family event awhile back. There is newly released audio of Bristol tearfully describing to police how a man physically pushed her to the ground while screaming “slut” and “cunt” at her. Here’s Bristol’s account of the event, in her own words. Assuming she’s telling the truth, what happened to her is scary and awful and not something anyone should be celebrating.

One would especially expect it not to be celebrated by our so-called “feminists.” You know, the people who constantly bitch about how women are treated like “second class citizens” and who write long, whiny think pieces about how violence against women is “glamorized.” But if a Palin is assaulted by a man they laugh and laugh. If you push a liberal woman and call her a slut you should be banished from society. If you push a conservative woman and call her a slut it’s funny and awesome. If you’re a principled person you don’t spend every day railing against the abuse of women and then gleefully enjoy it when it happens to a woman you don’t particularly like. There are a lot of progressive women I can’t stand. But I can’t imagine cheering and grinning from ear to ear if Jessica Valenti or Nancy Pelosi’s husband physically assaulted them. But I don’t know why I’m surprised. I can count on one hand the progressives I know who actually have principles. It’s amazing how often Leftists show you who they really are. That they’re not actually “feminists,” they’re just Leftists.

Andrew Sullivan was the first Lefty I saw who gleefully jumped on the story, telling us to remember every time we look at John McCain that he almost put this family (who swears and gets into fights sometimes, like a lot of families) a heartbeat away from the White House. Yes Andrew, thank god we’ve been spared the indignity of having a Veep with less than glamorous children. You know, unlike Joe Biden’s son, a 40-YEAR-OLD man who just got discharged from the military for doing blow.

Charles C.W. Cooke – like me, not a Palin fan – has a great piece on all of this. Here’s an excerpt, but go read the whole thing:

I do not like Sarah Palin. I never have. I didn’t like her when she was chosen as John McCain’s vice-presidential nominee, I didn’t like her when she became an ersatz television star and part-time political rabble-rouser, and I don’t like her now, in the waning days of her fame…Because I broadly agree with Palin on a good number of political questions, I imagine that she does not irritate me to quite the volcanic extent that she aggravates my friends on the left, but, either way, there are few people within the Right’s extended firmament that I would less like to send out onto a stage in my name and even fewer that I would hope to see within the corridors of policy and power. A day on which Sarah Palin is silent is, in my view, a good day for conservatism and a good day for America, and, we would, I’d venture, be better off if she disappeared from the national scene.

That notwithstanding, there is a material difference between one’s personal view of a person and the manner in which one wishes to see them treated, and I think we all have a responsibility to understand where that line is. All in all, I can think of few people in public life who have been as disgracefully hounded as has Palin; and nor, for that matter, can I recall a single figure in the past decade who has been subjected to self-serving double standards by the press and by elite culture writ large. It is six years since the woman ran for public office and more than five years since she enjoyed any real influence at all, and yet she is still held up by her many enemies as the standard bearer for all that ails the country.

Here, progressive hypocrisy has been utterly breathtaking. Day in and day out, the more trigger-happy feminists within America’s media circus are moved to pen extravagant disquisitions on the nature of sexual inequality if and when a man they dislike so much as looks at them askew. Elsewhere, wholly substantive criticisms of Elizabeth Warren or Hillary Clinton are held up as shining examples of deeply embedded sexism within the United States, and of the subtle, sometimes invisible role that “hatred of women” plays within the country’s political culture.” To take potshots at clownish figures such as Lena Dunham, we have learned, is to invite indignant death threats. And yet, when a veritable legion of male comedians elects to use foul, carnal, and, yes, “gendered” language to dismiss Palin and her family, our contemporary Boudiceas shrug at best and offer endorsements at worst. Sarah Palin, as the abominable bumper sticker has it, “isn’t a woman, she’s a Republican.”

The first question we might ask of Sullivan and of anyone else who has taken an interest in this story is, Why are we spilling so much ink on this topic at all? Sarah Palin does not hold public office. She is not running for public office. Indeed, she does not even have a television show. Certainly, she is not anonymous — her relentless lust for attention is one of the things I dislike about her — but we might expect that her success in drawing notice would be commensurate with her position. She has no position. Why, then, the obsession?

The second, related, inquiry is this: If it is a sign of poor “judgment” to choose as veep someone whose children are a mess, why does Joe Biden get a pass for the conduct of his son, Hunter, who was kicked out of the Navy Reserve for having been discovered using cocaine?…The third question, as The Week’s Matt Lewis observes, is this: “If Bristol Palin was physically and verbally assaulted by a man, shouldn’t we be up in arms about that, and not about her reaction”? This lattermost wringer is all the more poignant in light of the current focus on domestic violence and sexual assault, and our tendency to regard each and every incident in which a man uses his superior strength for ill as evidence of a broader “war on women” or a “culture of rape.” Who among us can say with a straight face that, if Malia Obama had been attacked at a party or at a concert or at her school, the headlines would have focused on her reaction to the onslaught?

The measure of a fair man is that he treats those whom he loathes as fairly as he treats those whom he loves. If Sarah Palin is our guide, there are few fair men left.

Now that I’ve yelled at the Left, I’m going to yell at the right a little bit, or at least the equally obsessed fans of Palin. Noah Rothman characterizes Palin Derangement Syndrome (which is a bipartisan phenomena it appears, if you define it as “someone who turns ostensibly normal people into foaming-at-the-mouth, wild-eyed nutcases”) accurately:

The wrath directed (on Twitter) at Cooke and Noah Rothman and a couple other conservatives/libertarians who have written in defense of Palin, while also daring to criticize her, is unacceptable. The idea that criticizing Sarah Palin is “un-American” is one of the most retarded things I’ve ever heard. It’s right up there with the Left’s claims that if you criticize Obama you must be a racist. I think I might have to endorse Andrew McCoy’s proposal:

We need to stop elevating political figures to cult-like status. These people are not above criticism. There are, in fact, few things that are more American than criticizing those who hold – or have sought to hold – power over us. There is, however, a line between criticism and pure nastiness, as Cooke and others have so eloquently pointed out this week.

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Afternoon Links II

U.S. fighter pilots hope ISIS gets those stolen MiGs in the air so they can have some fun turning them into flaming balls of fire.

Memory holed!

Yay big government!

Tens of thousands of federal workers are being kept on paid leave for at least a month — and often for longer stretches that can reach a year or more — while they wait to be punished for misbehavior or cleared and allowed to return to work, government records show. During a three-year period that ended last fall, more than 57,000 employees were sent home for a month or longer. The tab for these workers exceeded $775 million in salary alone.

The extensive use of administrative leave continues despite government personnel rules that limit paid leave for employees facing discipline to “rare circumstances” in which the employee is considered a threat. The long-standing rules were written in an effort to curb waste and deal quickly with workers accused of misconduct. And the comptroller general, the top federal official responsible for auditing government finances and practices, has repeatedly ruled that federal workers should not be sidelined for long periods for any reason.

But a report by the Government Accountability Office, first made public by The Washington Post on its Web site Monday, found that 53,000 civilian employees were kept home for one to three months during the three fiscal years that ended in September 2013. About 4,000 were idled for three months to a year and several hundred for one to three years. This is the first time the government has calculated the scope and cost of administrative leave.

Auditors found that supervisors used wide discretion in putting employees on leave, including for alleged violations of ­government rules and laws, whistleblowing, doubts about trust­worthiness, and disputes with colleagues or bosses. Some employees remain on paid leave while they challenge demotions and other punishments. While the employees stayed home, they not only collected paychecks but also built their pensions, vacation and sick days and moved up the federal pay scale.

Quite an interview with the man who discovered and named Ebola.

How to solve the campus sexual assault problem: Lower the drinking age. Robby Soave writes:

What does the drinking age have to do with campus rape? Much. Most college undergraduates are under 21 and therefore unable to legally drink. And yet heavy alcohol consumption on the part of one or both students is a significant factor in nearly all sexual assault allegations. That’s because the current drinking age doesn’t actually stop teens from drinking. It merely changes where, and how much, they drink. People who reach their 21st birthday may enjoy the right to drink casually: out in the open, during the day, at bars and restaurants, or anywhere else. But underage students who want to drink must take their chances in less socially regulated environments, like a friend of a friend’s dorm room, the basement of an older student’s house, or a fraternity party. Fraternities, in particular, offer dangerous drinking scenes for the underaged. Since any amount of alcohol is illegal for underage students, they are averse to holding their drink without immediately downing it. Teens who never learned to drink leisurely—and have strong incentive to get drunk as quickly as possible—are throwing back shots and accepting red solo cups from strangers in dark fraternity basements and bedrooms. This environment fuels blackout binge drinking. And in the haze of alcohol-induced incapacitation, misinterpreted sexual cues, regret-filled couplings, and yes, outright rape, occur most frequently.

Behold: $39 million in NIH funding that could have gone to an Ebola vaccine.

France tries to figure out why so many French people are leaving France. It’s pretty obvious.

“…the people who are the “lifeblood” of France are leaving because of “the impression that it’s impossible to succeed”, said Luc Chatel…There is “an anti-work mentality, absurd fiscal pressure, a lack of promotion prospects, and the burden of debt hanging over future generations,”…“Young people feel stuck, and they want interesting jobs. Businessmen say the labour code is complex and they’re taxed even before they start working. Pensioners can also pay less tax abroad,” she says. France’s unemployment rate is hovering around 10 per cent. As for high-earners, almost 600 people subject to a wealth tax on assets of more than €800,000 (£630,000) left France in 2012, 20 per cent more than the previous year. Manuel Valls, the Prime Minister, announced in London this week that the top income tax rate of 75 per cent would be abolished next January after a number of business tycoons and celebrities moved out.

Wow. A D-Day veteran shares his incredible story.

What liberals get wrong about football (written by a liberal).

How a 14-year-old girl earned one of the CIA’s highest valor awards.

Seth Mandel and Christopher Dickey on the oh-so-convenient CIA report in the NYT last week about arming rebels.

Beautiful essay in Commentary: “Confessions of an Aesthete.”

To strive toward the higher end of beauty, the serious artist must seek to tell the truth as he sees it about the world he sees around him, a task that can be pursued to the fullest degree only under the aspect of freedom. Where there is no freedom, there is no art, save at the risk of the artist’s neck. This freedom includes, among other things, freedom from the paralyzing obligation to persuade. Great art doesn’t tell—it shows. And this act of showing is itself a moral act, a commitment to reality. The greatest artists seek not to change the world, but to see it as it is, then show it to their fellow men with the transforming clarity that is beauty, thereby heightening our perception and enriching our understanding.

Hence Tolstoy’s War and Peace, a work of the creative imagination that uses history as its raw material in the same way as (say) Shakespeare’s Richard III, Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, or Manet’s Execution of Emperor Maximilian. The beauty of these works is not contingent on their historicity, nor was it the goal of their creators to persuade those who read, heard, or viewed them to take any specific form of action, political or otherwise. Their purpose, rather, was to make us say, Yes, life is like that.

The creation of such art is a supreme act of freedom, not least because it has the power to open the doors that the latter-day followers of Tolstoy and Plato would have preferred to keep tightly shut. For in addition to giving comfort and joy, great art has the miraculous ability to let us live in other men’s skins, to test our perceptions and beliefs against theirs and to be transformed as a result—not infrequently in the unpredictable ways that are the fruit of freedom alone.

When making art or writing about it, the aesthete tries never to moralize. Nor will he look with favor upon artists who do so, no matter whether their particular brand of moralizing is religious or secular. But he can and must be fully, intensely alive to the moral force of art whose creators aspire merely to make the world around us more beautiful, and in so doing to pierce the veil of the visible and give us a glimpse of the permanently true. That is his job: to help make sense of the pandemonium amid which we live. Henry James, that aesthete pur sang, put it best in 1915 to H.G. Wells, among the most relentless of literature’s terrible simplifiers: “It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, for our consideration and application of these things, and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.”

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Afternoon Links

I’m glad my journey through the public school system happened just before they took a left turn into Batshitland. Unbelievable.

A Mobile, Ala., mom says school officials forced her daughter to sign a contract promising not to commit suicide or harm others after the kindergartner “drew something that resembled a gun,” then pointed a crayon at another kid and said “pew, pew!” 5-year-old Elizabeth was sent home after school officials made her take a questionnaire to evaluating [sic] her for suicidal thoughts, then had her sign the safety contract promising to contact an adult if she was thinking of suicide or homicide.

Absolutely infuriating

DOE just gave $230 million in subsidies to a Spanish green energy firm that is currently under investigation by two federal agencies.

Wow. Bahrain. Not the country I would have guessed. Wouldn’t have been my second guess either.

Ridiculous. This isn’t how you fight a war.

Pakistan continues Pakistaning.

Excellent. The Kurds in Kobane fight fiercely, get innovative and – after a key hit – U.S. airstrikes start to have an effect. Meanwhile, in Iraq, ISIS is back at the Yazidis again, trying to retake Mt. Sinjar.

It’s a shame what the UK is doing to itself. What a nightmare it must be to live in a land with no 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment or 4th Amendment.

Registered gun owners in the United Kingdom are now subject to unannounced visits to their homes under new guidance that allows police to inspect firearms storage without a warrant. The new policy from the British Home Office went into effect Oct. 15, permitting police and constabularies to conduct surprise home visits to legitimate gun owners.

I am shocked, SHOCKED.

So true. “Four Lions” is the best.

School choice rocks. It’s too bad Democrats oppose it.

Badr’s Muhammed Ghabban gets the position of Iraqi interior minister and PM Abadi is heading to Tehran on Monday. No, it’s not a coincidence.

Ridiculous. Grow up. Not everything’s about you. “Last month, Ben & Jerry’s received a letter from a Florida couple asking them to rename their new ‘Hazed & Confused flavor,’ claiming it’s insensitive towards hazing victims.”

“Marry these two people or go to jail!” said the ‘tolerant’ ‘liberals.’ Eugene Volokh has a good post on this.

“The test of liberty isn’t what happens to people who agree with the intent of a particular edict. The test is what happens to people who disagree.” Great piece by Robert Tracinski, “No One Expects the Secular Inquisition,” on the above situation.

Obama is going to try to go around Congress with his Iranian nuke deal because he knows there would be almost unanimous bipartisan opposition to what he’s doing, which tells you everything you need to know.

Oh wonderful, just wonderful.

Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream. His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived. By the late 1980s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a lakefront home, investments in oil and real estate. Then the Nazi hunters showed up.

In 1989, as the U.S. government prepared to strip him of his citizenship, Denzinger packed a pair of suitcases and fled to Germany. He later settled in this pleasant town on the Drava River, where he lives comfortably, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. He collects a Social Security payment of about $1,500 each month, nearly twice the take-home pay of an average Croatian worker.

Denzinger, 90, is among dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards who collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation found. In response to AP’s findings, a White House spokesman said Monday that Nazi suspects should not be getting the benefits. But the spokesman, Eric Schultz, did not say whether or how the White House might end the payments.

I don’t care if it’s made by humans, robots, monkeys or robot monkeys. It’s delicious. You leave Tito’s alone! *shakes fist*


Oh, it’s ON now, Russia!

Cool! Vanessa Hua at The Atlantic reports:

In pregnancy, women are shape-shifters, their bellies waxing like the moon. After delivery, they hold another kind of magic: microchimerism, a condition in which women harbor cells that originated in their children even decades after birth…Just what microchimerism foretells still isn’t clear, but a recent study in the International Journal of Epidemiology suggests that these cells may substantially improve the health of the women who house them. In research published earlier this year, epidemiologists analyzed the data from a previous longitudinal study of 272 elderly Danish women. Out of that group, 70 percent had Y sex chromosomes in their blood, a sign of the presence of male cells. Although cardiovascular disease was slightly elevated among women with male microchimerism, their overall mortality rate was a whopping 60 percent lower, primarily because of a lower incidence of cancer. Eight-five percent of these women made it to age 80, compared to 67 percent of women without the presence of these cells.

Scientists don’t know for certain what biological mechanisms cause these findings, but past research suggests microchimerism may boost immune surveillance—that is, the body’s ability to recognize and destroy pathogens and cells that might become cancerous—and also play a role in the repair of damaged tissue, helping form new blood vessels to heal wounds. Microchimerism is also associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer. These fetal cells migrate all over a mother’s body, becoming part of the heart, the brain, and blood…The health benefits of microchimerism are the same whether the cells are male or female. “Sons aren’t any better than daughters.”

The reason why much of the research has focused on microchimerism stemming from males, he explained, is because of the ease in measurement. In blood samples, male Y chromosomes stand out among a woman’s XX. By comparison, finding a daughter’s genetically distinct cells in a mother is expensive and difficult because the chromosomes are all XX. Detecting microchimerism in men is also a challenge, because the female X chromosomes are hard to differentiate from the male XY. (Microchimerism is probably more frequent in women, because pregnancy is a natural avenue for transferring cells, but individuals may also pick up genetically distinct DNA after an organ transplant or transfusions, or in utero if they had a twin.)

A 2004 study found the presence of male genes in 21 percent of women overall—even among those who had only given birth to daughters, had a miscarriage, underwent an abortion, or had never been pregnant. Researchers speculate the unknown DNA could have come from a miscarriage these women never recognized, or from an older brother who transferred cells to their mother, who in turn passed the genes onto subsequent children. Or—here’s where the science starts to feel like sci-fi—women could have picked it up through sexual intercourse, traces of past lovers never lost.

“If you have kids, you live longer, but we don’t really know why. Women live longer than men, but we don’t know why. This phenomenon, this may be it.”

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Music Monday

Fascinating read in the Spectator about Rachmaninov:

Would musical history have turned out differently if Alexander Glazunov hadn’t been smashed out of his wits when he conducted the first performance of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 1 in D minor? The best of Glazunov’s own neatly carpentered symphonies hover on the verge of greatness. Perhaps if he hadn’t been such a toper — swigging from bottles of spirits during lectures at the St Petersburg Conservatory, where he was director — they would do more than hover. Unfortunately, his drinking didn’t just screw up his own career.

The 23-year-old Sergei Rachmaninov had spent two years working on his first symphony, whose climaxes erupt from melodic cells borrowed from Orthodox chant. Not that Glazunov would have noticed. He barely glanced at the score before the premiere. On that fateful evening in 1897 he conducted ‘like a zombie’, according to one account. The orchestra was all over the place. Poor Rachmaninov hid on a spiral staircase while it was going on and then ran into the street to escape the catcalls.

Bonus Music Monday link to a story about Schubert and his song “Gretchen am Spinnrade,” 200 years on.

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Your Morning Cup of Links

What Shakespeare can teach science about language and the limits of the human mind.

Apparently, drawing runners is hard. Artists have been drawing people running incorrectly for thousands of years.

Now for a couple of pieces on how illiberal our so-called “liberals” have become. Most are really just ghastly little authoritarians at heart. First, this great Peter Berkowitz piece on the illiberal New Republic; here’s an absolutely fantastic Charles C.W. Cooke piece on the illiberal Ezra Klein; and a (rare these days) great blog post from Andrew Sullivan. 

I encourage you to treat Leftist women the way they apparently see themselves: as weak imbeciles who can’t handle normal situations.

Just 3% of public colleges and most private universities require an economics course. Explains a lot.

FDA guidelines prohibited the hospital from using the Ebola screening machine to screen for Ebola.” You just have to laugh at this stuff at this point, guys, otherwise you’ll cry all the time.

This is hilarious. Female goes to Wellesley, decides she’s a man, applies to be “diversity coordinator,” gets rejected because she’s now a white man. That’s right. Wellesley students lobbied against a white female -who identifies as a male – taking a leadership role because it reaffirms the patriarchy. That’s how fucked in the head this dumb generation is.

Some think social issues is what will kill the GOP (and they may be right) but I think the death of the culture of personal responsibility and the rise of a culture of dependency is what will cement Democrats in power. This is a great, depressing, must-read piece by Jazz Shaw. Here’s an excerpt:

For all the lean times and lack of luxury both these generations experienced, there was never any talk in my house of how the government was “failing” them, nor hand wringing over when some distant elected official was going to make things better. It was just a given out in the country during those days. Nobody was going to come to your rescue. You were going to make it on your own, and come hell or high water you found a way to do so. If foreign threats grew so great as to require intervention, you packed your bags, went and fought them, and then returned home if you were fortunate enough to survive the ordeal. And when you returned, you went back to work. That was just life. The government was largely an abstract concept which chiefly focused on taxing whatever cash income you happened to find a way to earn.

My, how times have changed. We now rest our hopes for the future on a generation whose expectations are of a life living in Elysian Fields. The government, in response to these desires, has grown into a behemoth which collects vast sums from the general productivity to satisfy the demand, but is increasingly unable to deliver on even a meager portion of its promises. In the process, these same officials run up bills which ensuing generations will never be able to make good on, all the while shepherding in a deterioration of the standard of living our forebears sought for us. And when the bill collectors finally arrive at the government’s door and can’t be put off by another rubber check, you may rest assured that Uncle Sam will come back to the voters to collect whatever wealth is left. But that doesn’t get the nation out of a hole that deep. The consequences will likely be disastrous.

I’m left to wonder precisely where this carnival ride ends. We are breeding a generation which is increasingly less self-reliant, while ushering in conditions which seem doomed to a disastrous collapse. And what skills will the modern generation draw upon if they are thrust back into a life where the government can do little or nothing to save them? None of the luxurious riches and privileges we enjoy today are guaranteed to infinity and beyond. Empires rise and they fall. Sometimes – with luck, hard work and perseverance – they rise again. But the people who rebuild from such ruins will need the stamina and grit of those who survived the dust bowl, not a knack for rebooting after a bad session of video gaming. Do we have that sort of survival instinct in the 21st century, or has it been bred out of us?

Michael Weiss on America’s strategic meltdown in Syria.

Whatever you do Obama, don’t stop propping up this monster. Would break my heart if he were to experience some sort of horrible, agonizing death.

I don’t know how Obama cultists can defend crap like this and this...but I’m sure they’ll try.

If you ever wonder how Britain has become such an inferior country, this is why: Guy gets HATE MAIL for putting bacon and cheese on his toast.

St. Louis County needs some reforms, to put it mildly. Just terrible.

Some of us told you – loudly and repeatedly – that this is exactly what would happen.

Biker gangs. That’s what the Syrian war was missing.

Very sad.

Northern white rhinos are one step closer to extinction, after one of only two breeding males known to exist was found dead at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. In a statement, the conservancy said Suni, 34, had not been poached, but they had not yet determined why the rhino died…There are now only six northern white rhinos left in the world. Suni was one of the last two breeding males in the world and no northern white rhinos are known to have survived in the wild. Consequently the species now stands at the brink of complete extinction.

Yes, there were chemical weapons in Iraq. The NYT is just getting around to reporting it. Unfortunately, they just can’t seem to do a story on the Iraq War without lying about it.

Good to know Harvard still possesses at least a couple dozen professors who have common sense and believe in due process.

A third of the Kurdish soldiers who have been holding off ISIS for over a month now in the besieged Syrian town of Kobane are women. Hell yes, ladies. “When I walk with my gun, the men who haven’t volunteered keep their eyes down around me…My bravery shames them.”

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Video of the Day

I am not a Chris Christie fan at all, but dear sweet lord this smack down of a whiny pensioner is a thing of beauty.

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