Monthly Archives: July 2013

Video of the Day

The difference between porn sex and real sex explained using food and kitchen appliances. Don’t watch this at work, people will think you’re weird…but in fact, you’ll just be educated…and possibly horny…

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July 31, 2013 · 8:36 pm

Afternoon Links

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Photo of Robert Mugabe by Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images. Zimbabwe had a surprisingly large turnout for their “election” today. And there’s no need to worry, the Chinese election observers eventually arrived. Here are some hilariously tragic pro-Mugabe campaign ads.

50 Shades of Grey is very popular with the Gitmo detainees.

Fast food workers in New York are on strike this week because they want double the minimum wage. If you think you deserve $15 an hour to work at McDonald’s, it’s not a mystery why you work at McDonald’s. Let’s see how much a McDonald’s hamburger would cost if worker’s wages were doubled.

Speaking of setting your own wages, let’s see how well that works out when government does it. According to Commentary magazine:

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is not an agency of the executive branch of the government, but rather a part of the Federal Reserve, although not subject to any oversight by the Fed. Indeed, effectively it is not subject to any oversight at all, an open invitation to abuse its power. As the Founding Fathers understood, those sorts of invitations are always, sooner or later, accepted. Nor is it funded by congressional appropriation. It simply tells the Federal Reserve how much money it needs and the Fed sends over a check. And its employees’ compensation is not determined by congressional act. It is set by the CFPB. So guess what. Just as with many CEOs, it pays its employees very well indeed. According tothe Washington Examiner, there are no fewer than 56 CFPB employees who earn more than the $199,700 salary earned by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.  The average salary at the CFPB is $118,000, and fully 61 percent of the employees earn more than $100,000.

Ben & Jerry’s lost my respect when they proved they are prudes by suing a porn company for using names that pay homage to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors. The lawsuit calls for the porn studio to “stop selling a variety of products including its ‘Ben & Cherry’s’ film series, which included 10 titles such as ‘Boston Cream Thighs,’ ‘Chocolate Fudge Babes’ and ‘Peanut Butter D-Cups.'” So awesome. How are you not honored by this, Ben and Jerry?

UK police have recovered a stolen Stradivarius violin.

South Korean violinist Min-Jin Kym was eating inside a sandwich shop in November 2010 when she noticed that her black violin case containing the 300-year-old Stradivarius was missing. The violin, made in 1696, is one of only around 400 in the world. It was stolen along with two bows, valued at more than 67,000 pounds.

The violin only sustained minor damage and the thieves have been arrested.

Chicago is the new Detroit.

It hasn’t all hit the fan quite yet, but Chicago seems perilously close to real trouble. The city is all out of money, and with an implodingpublic education system and harrowing levels of violence, it is losing residents fast. Illinois, which itself lost more than 800,000 people to out-migration in the past two decades, is essentially Chicago on a larger scale, with hundreds of billions in unfunded pension liabilitiesand complete political sclerosis. The state cannot bail out Chicago, and judging by the feds’ reluctance to even lift a finger for Detroit, Chicago shouldn’t expect much more.

Your policies have failed, Dems!

Speaking of failing policies, Obamacare will provide incentives to work less. Hooray!

Apparently, the Justice Department sends subpoenas FedEx rather than USPS.

The IRS now has more agents than the German, Spanish and Canadian armies have soldiers.

North Carolina has ended teacher tenure. Teachers will now have to be good at their jobs to keep them, just like the rest of us. What a concept!

Mark Cunningham rightfully slams the evolution of the welfare state and the attitude towards it.

The most dangerous new job in Mogadishu: tax collector.

Here are ten strange sports you never knew had national champions. New life goal: become an ultimate trampoline dodgeball champion.

Step aboard America’s most advanced ocean research vessel.

Worst. Game Show Prize. EVER.

How is it that Usain Bolt is so damn fast? Science has figured it out.

Time for a fact-check. James Pethokoukis explains why this whole “middle-out” economic model is absurd.

Check out this 730-pound pig being treated for cancer at Cornell University. Get well soon, buddy.

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Weekly Recipe

Pasta with Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Figs

Ingredients

Package of fettuccine or linguine pasta

Several thin slices of prosciutto

Salt and pepper

1 1/2 cups dried Mission figs, stemmed and quartered

1/2 cup chicken stock

1/2 cup orange juice

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

4 ounces crumbled goat cheese

4 ounces mascarpone cheese

Zest of a lemon

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Start boiling the pasta water. While you’re waiting for it to boil, place the prosciutto on a greased baking sheet (or if you want less clean up, put parchment on the baking sheet and place the prosciutto on that). When the oven is heated, put the prosciutto in to crisp up for about 10 minutes, turning halfway through. Salt the boiling pasta water and put your pasta in.

While all of that is cooking, combine the chicken stock, orange juice, figs, thyme and a dash of salt and pepper in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat, simmering for five minutes. Turn the heat off and stir in the lemon zest, mascarpone and goat cheese until the sauce is creamy.

Drain the pasta and combine it with the sauce until it’s all coated. Salt and pepper to taste. Crumble the prosciutto on top. So yummy!

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Your Morning Cup of Links

The best week of the year is coming! SHARK WEEK! Here’s your Shark Week primer.

Also, check out this shark tracker, brought to you by Ocearch, which researches and tracks the coolest animals in the ocean.

Sharks make everything better, especially movies.

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See? More at the link.

Speaking of…SyFy’s next shark-themed film is Ghost Shark. Here’s a handy comparison chart between SyFy’s ghost sharks and real-life ghost sharks.

Whatever you do, DO NOT watch this panda cam. It’s a Chinese Communist plot to undermine U.S. productivity. DON’T LOOK AT IT. YOU’RE A PATRIOT. WHAT ARE YOU DOING? NO. NO! TREASON!

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad took a break from killing everyone to start an Instagram account. So, now you can see what he’s doing when he’s not massacring children.

Having trouble sleeping? Download this. It’s a copy of America’s insane, and seemingly endless, criminal code. You’re welcome.

Georgia is restoring their monument to Stalin because they’re nostalgic for the good, old days, apparently. Sigh.

A handwritten poem by Edgar Allen Poe sold for $300,000 at a Massachusetts auction, much more than its estimated value of $20,000.

Crazy Democrats are once again trying to prevent sanctions on Iran because they’re idiots.

Why shipwrecks have engaged the poetic imagination for centuries.

NASA’s newest telescope has sent its first images back of the Sun, and they are gorgeous.

Obama says I don’t need lawyers and the law, I do what I want, also apparently thinks that only Constitutional law “scholars” like himself can interpret the Constitution. He’s so smart that he doesn’t even realize that America is a developed country. In the words of The Telegraph‘s Nile Gardiner:

You can imagine the derision that would have flowed from the liberal “mainstream media” if George W. Bush had referred to the United States as well as its European allies as “developing countries.”…As we’ve seen on a number of previous occasions, Barack Obama clearly struggles with his words when he is without his beloved teleprompter. He famously claimed to have visited 57 states in his 2008 campaign, and recently was unable to tell the difference between England and Great Britain. I don’t think any American president, however, has ever referred to the United States, leader of the free world, as a “developing country” before, and nor is Europe a country, as much as the emperors of the European Commission would like the EU to be a superstate.

I can’t decide if this should make me feel better or worse. From The Atlantic:

 It’s possible we’ve been overly generous in our assessments of the intelligence gathering capabilities of the NSA. They would have responded to our FOIA request, you see, but they had the wrong address – and there was no way for them to get that address but to email us and ask for it…It is, however, easily accessible if you Google “Atlantic Wire address.” (That’s how we figured out their address.) But last week we learned that the NSA hasn’t yet mastered searches of its own email system, much less, we might assume, internet search engines. The agency’s skill with Google may extend only so far as what it needs for PRISM, and no further. Anyway, we provided that address and then asked that the response be scanned and sent electronically as, again, had been originally requested. Once they get that scanner hooked up and humming, we’re confident that a response is imminent.

Oh, worse, definitely worse.

On Wednesday, the House voted 217 to 205 not to rein in the NSA’s phone-spying dragnet. It turns out that those 217 “no” voters received twice as much campaign financing from the defense and intelligence industry as the 205 “yes” voters. That’s the upshot of a new analysis by MapLight, a Berkeley-based non-profit that performed the inquiry at WIRED’s request. The investigation shows that defense cash was a better predictor of a member’s vote on the Amash amendment than party affiliation. House members who voted to continue the massive phone-call-metadata spy program, on average, raked in 122 percent more money from defense contractors than those who voted to dismantle it…Lawmakers who voted to continue the NSA dragnet-surveillance program averaged $41,635 from the pot, whereas House members who voted to repeal authority averaged $18,765.

So you see, as usual, it really has nothing to do with principles, upholding the Constitution or what’s best for America, it’s just all about MONEY.

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Video of the Day

HAHAHAHA. Well done, as usual, ReasonTV/Remy. So good.

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July 30, 2013 · 7:46 pm

Quote(s) of the Day

Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe (in power since 1980) was asked at a press conference today if he would run, yet again, after this term (he would be 94-years-old.) His reply?…

“Why do you want to know my secrets?”

~Robert Mugabe

And, back in America, there’s this…

“This article has been corrected. [George] Zimmerman called various law enforcement officials 46 times, not just 911, as originally stated. He made the calls over an eight-year period, not over the course of 15 months, as originally stated. The original sentence also cited a call Zimmerman made about a seven-year-old boy; the clause has been removed as it implied that Zimmerman was reporting suspicious activity. It appears that Zimmerman made the call out of concern. We regret the errors.”

–The New Republic, article dated July 26

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Music Monday (on Tuesday)

Pour one out for DMX tonight. He just declared bankruptcy.

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July 30, 2013 · 6:02 pm