Monthly Archives: August 2015

Video of the Day

“Homeland” Season 5 full trailer is finally here:

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Music Monday

I fucking love Taylor Swift and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

This song came up on my Taylor Swift Pandora station a couple months ago and I liked it immediately, so I’m glad it’s her next single. Then she went Old Hollywood + Africa + African animals in the video and now I Just. Can’t. Get. Enough. She’s also donating all the proceeds from the video to African wildlife conservation because of course, it’s Tay.

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Artwork of the Week

“Portrait of Greta Moll”
Henri Matisse (1908)


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Poem for the Weekend

“Brown Penny” by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

I whispered, ‘I am too young,’
And then, ‘I am old enough’;
Wherefore I threw a penny
To find out if I might love.
‘Go and love, go and love, young man,
If the lady be young and fair.’
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
I am looped in the loops of her hair.

O love is the crooked thing,
There is nobody wise enough
To find out all that is in it,
For he would be thinking of love
Till the stars had run away
And the shadows eaten the moon.
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
One cannot begin it too soon.

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Firearms Friday

Since there was a shooting this week that the media covered the Left has turned to bellowing about gun control all week, since they really don’t want to talk about the fact that the murderer was an Obama sticker-wearing SJW gay black man who killed two white people over imagined racial transgressions. So, yelling at gun owners it is! Their favorite thing to do after people die. Forget the fact that this murderer legally passed a background check (since he had no criminal record or time in a mental institution) and used a handgun and fewer than 10 bullets, so none of the Left’s pet magazine-size or “assault weapons” bans would have made any difference. So we got a bunch of stupid tweets and gun control thinkpieces, like we do every time this happens. One of the dumbest came from Nick Kristof, a piece which David Harsanyi and Charles C.W. Cooke absolutely shred. And, of course, the White House got out there and lied.

The editors at National Review and Washington Examiner have good editorials on the tired, opportunistic, and dead gun control agenda. Fortunately, most Americans possess enough common sense to understand that murders are a people problem, not a gun problem. We have plenty of laws regulating firearms and gun owners. More laws will not stop criminals and crazy people from doing bad things. It will just unnecessarily burden the law-abiding. Charles C.W. Cooke has a spectacular rant aimed at those who would like to repeal the Second Amendment. Here’s an excerpt, but go read the whole thing:

Man up. Put together a plan, and take those words out of the Constitution…This will involve hard work, of course. You can’t just sit online and preen to those who already agree with you. No siree. Instead, you’ll have to go around the states — traveling and preaching until the soles of your shoes are thin as paper. You’ll have to lobby Congress, over and over and over again. You’ll have to make ads and shake hands and twist arms and cut deals and suffer all the slings and arrows that will be thrown in your direction. You’ll have to tell anybody who will listen to you that they need to support you; that if they disagree, they’re childish and beholden to the “gun lobby”; that they don’t care enough about children; that their reverence for the Founders is mistaken; that they have blood on their goddamn hands; that they want to own firearms only because their penises are small and they’re not “real men.” And remember, you can’t half-ass it this time. You’re not going out there to tell these people that you want “reform” or that “enough is enough.” You’re going there to solicit their support for removing one of the articles within the Bill of Rights. Make no mistake: It’ll be unpleasant strolling into Pittsburgh or Youngstown or Pueblo and telling blue-collar Democrat after blue-collar Democrat that he only has his guns because he’s not as well endowed as he’d like to be. It’ll be tough explaining to suburban families that their established conception of American liberty is wrong. You might even suffer at the polls because of it. But that’s what it’s going to take. So do it. Start now. Off you go.

And don’t stop there. No, no. There’ll still be a lot of work to be done. As anybody with a passing understanding of America’s constitutional system knows, repealing the Second Amendment won’t in and of itself lead to the end of gun ownership in America. Rather, it will merely free up the federal government to regulate the area, should it wish to do so. Next, you’ll need to craft the laws that bring about change — think of them as modern Volstead Acts — and you’ll need to get them past the opposition. And, if the federal government doesn’t immediately go the whole hog, you’ll need to replicate your efforts in the states, too, 45 of which have their own constitutional protections. Maybe New Jersey and California will go quietly. Maybe. But Idaho won’t. Louisiana won’t. Kentucky won’t. Maine won’t. You’ll need to persuade those sovereignties not to sue and drag their heels, but to do what’s right as defined by you. Unfortunately, that won’t involve vague talk of holding “national conversations” and “doing something” and “fighting back against the NRA.” It’ll mean going to all sorts of groups — unions, churches, PTAs, political meetings, bowling leagues — and telling them not that you want “common-sense reforms,” but that you want their guns, as in Australia or Britain or Japan. Obviously, the Republicans aren’t going to help in this, so you’ll need to commandeer the Democratic party to do it. That means you’ll need their presidential candidates on board. That means you’ll need to make full abolition the stated policy of the Senate and House caucuses. That means you’ll need the state parties to sign pledges promising not to back away if it gets tough. And if they won’t, you’ll need to start a third party and accept all that that entails.

And when you’ve done all that and your vision is inked onto parchment, you’ll need to enforce it. I mean enforce it — with force…There are around 350 million privately owned guns in America…You’re going to need a plan. A state-by-state, county-by-county, street-by-street, door-to door plan. A detailed roadmap to abolition that involves the military and the police and a whole host of informants — and, probably, a hell of a lot of blood, too. Sure, the ACLU won’t like it, especially when you start going around poorer neighborhoods. Sure, there are probably between 20 and 30 million Americans who would rather fight a civil war than let you into their houses. Sure, there is no historical precedent in America for the mass confiscation of a commonly owned item — let alone one that was until recently constitutionally protected. Sure, it’s slightly odd that you think that we can’t deport 11 million people but we can search 123 million homes. But that’s just the price we have to pay. Times have changed. It has to be done: For the children; for America; for the future. Hey hey, ho ho, the Second Amendment has to go. Let’s do this thing. When do you get started?

I wholeheartedly agree. Sack up or shut up.

Bob Owens correctly states what would happen if the government ever came for Americans’ guns.

There are an estimated 100 million gun owners in the United States, and more than 300 million firearms (some estimates are as high as 350 million). Somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of these firearms—between 100 million and 200 million firearms—are of the kind of rifles, shotguns, and pistols that would be be those targeted in an “Australian” mandatory buyback scheme.

We know from recent attempts to force the registration of certain semi-automatic firearms in New York and Connecticut that somewhere between 85% and 95% of citizens would simply refuse to comply with the buyback order. They would not turn in their guns. If anything, they would stockpile them, amassing more standard capacity magazines of 20-30 rounds for their modern sporting rifles, and thousands of rounds of ammunition each. They’d acquire (more) body armor, and tactical training. They’d then dare the puny federal government of the United States to do something about it.

If the government is actually dumb enough to try to start confiscation, they will trigger a new kind of war on the North American continent, a fourth generation war most Americans have only seen on television. Most of the nation’s 800,000 law enforcement officers and 2 million-man military will side with the people, and they will either simply refuse to enforce the buyback/confiscation scheme, or will actively switch sides to join the rebellion.

So, give it up, Lefties. It’s not gonna happen. You’re not getting the guns.

No, gun control does not reduce suicide rates.

Why not regulate guns like cars? Eugene Volokh explains.

Good read by Robert VerBruggen: “Do guns cause violence?” Here’s an excerpt:

The notion that guns and “gun deaths” go together is practically tautological, and unhelpful to boot. A country with no guns by definition has no gun deaths, but that doesn’t mean it has fewer violent deaths overall…If not “gun deaths,” what about “firearm-related homicide”? This too is a nearly useless concept, because gun homicides and non-gun homicides interact with each other. Someone who can’t get a gun may simply kill with a different weapon instead. (Even in gun-drenched America, about a third of murders are committed with no gun.) And someone who can get a gun might defend himself against an assailant who doesn’t have one. So we should always focus first on total violence, not gun violence, even when we’re looking for the effects of guns. The simple correlation between gun ownership and violence often disappears entirely when you take this into account, as I’ve shown with data on both states in the U.S. and developed countries. This shows that guns are not a primary driver of differences in murder rates — whatever effect they have is drowned out in the data by things like demographic differences, culture, and so forth…it’s possible that confining gun ownership to the people willing to jump through various government hoops might have some marginal effect on violence. But that effect will probably be so small as to be difficult to detect, and there may be no effect at all.

Wal-Mart is going to stop selling AR-15s and is – in my opinion – pretty obviously lying about the reason. ARs are the most popular rifle in the country. “There’s no demand for them” is fucking bullshit.

Anyway, on a happier note, guns save lives.

“Armed 14-year-old saves 6-year-old siblings from home invaders”

Detroit sees rise in legal gun ownership.

Over the last year and a half, the city of Detroit has registered more than 1,500 new handgun permits and 13,000 guns. The city issued 1,169 new handgun permits and registered 8,102 guns in 2014 and issued 500 permits while registering 5,000 guns thus far in 2015, according to a Fox News report. The new permits and registered firearms come after Detroit Chief of Police James Craig called on law abiding residents to arm themselves. “I say that because of my experience now in my fourth city, seeing good Americans, good Detroiters that have CCWs, and what effect that has had on deterring violent crime,” Craig told MLive in early 2014.

Many in the city said they consider their firearms life-savers. “I never leave home without my weapon,” Detroit native Darrell Standberry told Fox. “You never know when or what you’ll encounter.” Standberry said his firearm saved his life when he shot an armed robber as he tried to steal his car at a gas station on Six Mile Road. “I saw him pulling out his gun to shoot me,” he told the news station. “So I pulled my gun out and shot him.”

Detroit has seen a number of gun defense cases in the past year. In early June an armed woman was able to fight off five home invaders in the city and another was able to fight off armed carjackers. “Home invasions have gone down,” Ector told Fox News. “A huge reason was that there was a huge spate of homeowners using their guns against intruders. More people have guns and it’s making burglars cautious.”

And lastly, some fun…WWII HEAVY METAL: Antitank Grenade-Launching Rifle

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Artwork of the Week II

Today is a sad day (terrible murder of two news anchors in Virginia). On the bright side, it’s National Dog Day. So here’s “Boy With A Dog,” Pablo Picasso (1905), from the artist’s Blue Period:11891251_10105410961601390_9190122079440525423_n

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Afternoon Links

This woman is a hero. Statues should be erected in her honor.

We’ve all been stopped at airport security with a forgotten bottle of water, which we can either toss away or drink quickly in front of airport security. But what happens if that liquid is not water, but an entire bottle of European cognac? For airline passenger Miss Zhao, there was only one solution: slam it back at once.

Zhao was transferring to a Wenzhou flight at Beijing Airport at noon on August 21 when she was stopped at airport security. A worker told the woman in her forties that she was not able to bring the imported cognac through the security checkpoint in her carry-on. As it was too late to transfer the cognac to her checked-in luggage, Zhao did what any responsible person that hates wasting food would do: she sat down in a corner and drank the entire bottle of cognac herself.

The Worst Generation. If you can’t handle reading a book you have no business being in college. Good luck navigating the real world if words on a page are too much for you.

LOL You fucking hacks. “The statement is absolutely, unambiguously true, but we don’t like it, so we’ll ask a different question and call it ‘half true.'”

Headline of the Day: “Man dies after being run over by WWII tank on Jelly Belly chairman’s property”

Jesus. People have been scolding Macedonia for aggressively pushing these people back, but what the hell are they supposed to do? They can’t possibly take all these people.

The UN has revealed 3,000 migrants are crossing into Macedonia from Greece each day as the region continues wilting under the pressure of its worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. In the past week, the border has been the scene of chaos as groups of hundreds of migrants cross into Macedonia in a bid to make their way towards Serbia and the EU zone. Known as ‘The Balkan route’ into Europe, it is popular with migrants from Syria and Afghanistan who make the difficult, and often treacherous journey, overland. And UN spokesperson now says the rest of Europe must take in more refugees to alleviate the strain on the eastern European countries.

I have the deepest sympathy for the people fleeing these terrible places, but at some point people in the Middle East and Africa (and, in our case, Mexico) are going to have to figure out how to have functioning societies/democracies themselves, instead of migrating to the functioning societies/democracies. We can’t have all six billion people on the planet living in Europe and North America and Australia.

Second-highest paid L.A. County employee in 2014 didn’t work a single day.

Russia is sending jihadis to join ISIS.

“Bush embraces same state-based tuition-free plan as Obama.” Of course he does.

OMG I’m in love: “Meet Shrek – the renegade sheep that avoided shearing for six years by hiding in a cave”

President of the United States calls majority of Americans ‘crazies’

Hey look, Democrats have come up with another terrible idea.

Female ODU students act like normal people, laugh at joke; female school administrator acts like Victorian school marm, has a fit.

Speaking of Victorian prudishness at our universities

Ms. Dreger resigned this week from Northwestern University, where she was a clinical professor of medical humanities and bioethics, a nontenured gig she’d had for the past decade. In her letter, she writes that when she started at Northwestern, the university vigorously defended her academic freedom. Now, she contends, that’s no longer the case. What prompted her departure was the fallout over an article by William Peace, who at the time was a visiting professor in the humanities at Syracuse University. Mr. Peace wrote an essay for an issue of the journal, Atrium, that Ms. Dreger guest-edited. The essay is a frank account of a nurse who helped Mr. Peace regain his sexual function after he was paralyzed.

According to Ms. Dreger, Eric G. Neilson, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the university’s school of medicine, tried to censor portions of the essay deemed too explicit. The essay is straightforward in its description of sex, and includes multiple mentions of “the dick police,” but the purpose is to illuminate what went on in the era prior to disability rights and studies. As Mr. Peace writes, the unconventional approach of the unnamed nurse “injected a compassionate eroticism that made me a better man.”

In her letter, Ms. Dreger writes that the university allowed the essay to be published online only after she and Mr. Peace threatened to talk publicly about what they saw as censorship. She writes that she was “disgusted that the fear of bad publicity was apparently the only thing that could move this institution to stop censorship.”

If Huma Abedin were anyone else she would be arrested for this.

“Many scientists are squeamish about using baby parts in their research, and try to use adult organs and bone marrow instead, Dyer noted. The ones who do order baby parts from StemExpress will often request that the parts be dismembered beyond recognition, so that lab technicians will not feel bad about using baby organs.” They know what they’re doing is wrong and so should you.

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