Afternoon Links

The last NASA engineer who knows how to program Voyager is retiring.

Obama admin not satisfied just being Iran’s banker and lawyer, wants to be bodyguard too. Disgusting.

“Paul Ryan took his kids to Disney World; still opposes federal Disney World trip guarantee.” “Paul Ryan gives his kids candy before they go to bed, does not believe in a government guarantee of candy before bed.” This kind of thing only seems hypocritical to idiots and those accustomed to wielding the heavy hand of government to impose their views on others. What Ryan is doing is only a foreign concept to layabout losers who have never had a real job.

College students are garbage people who should be airdropped into shark-infested waters, Part Infinity.

The hot new song in Ramallah for the fall of 2015 is “Stab the Jew and say God is Great.”

Christian bakers must bake gay wedding cakes, but Muslims don’t have to drive trucks that are carrying beer. Goodbye America. The Left has won.

Hero. Where do we find such men?

“Every athlete will get a medal, no matter in what place they finish.” smdh

The power of delicious hummus

Russia bombs hospitals on purpose. No one cares.

“Currently, I say that I am agender. I’m removing myself from the social construct of gender,” says Mars Marson, a 21-year-old NYU film major…Marson is talking to me amid a roomful of Queer Union students at the school’s LGBTQ student center, where a front-desk bin offers free buttons that let visitors proclaim their preferred pronoun. Of the seven students gathered at the Queer Union, five prefer the singular they.” *eyeroll*

John Harwood has no business moderating a GOP presidential debate

Mechanics recreate classical paintings in their garages

‘WTF’ is on a collision course with Earth

17 beautiful rooms for the book-loving soul

Boozing cat suffers serious hangover after 7 weeks in wine cellar

Pathetic and horrible. The Worst Generation.

To put some numbers behind that perception, The William F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale recently commissioned a survey from McLaughlin & Associates about attitudes towards free speech on campus. Some 800 students at a variety of colleges across the country were surveyed. The results, though not surprising, are nevertheless alarming. By a margin of 51 percent to 36 percent, students favor their school having speech codes to regulate speech for students and faculty. Sixty-three percent favor requiring professors to employ “trigger warnings” to alert students to material that might be discomfiting. One-third of the students polled could not identify the First Amendment as the part of the Constitution that dealt with free speech. Thirty-five percent said that the First Amendment does not protect “hate speech,” while 30 percent of self-identified liberal students say the First Amendment is outdated. With the assault on free speech and the First Amendment proceeding apace in institutions once dedicated to robust intellectual debate, it is no wonder that there are more and more calls to criminalize speech that dissents from the party line on any number of issues, from climate change to race relations, to feminism and sex.

“Feed Jessica Valenti to the sharks; she has fought for it; she has earned the right”

Out of the six hundred and ninety three people on board, four hundred and thirty eight lost their lives. Talk about disgusting sexism! The ratio of men to women eaten by sharks that day – something in the order of 100:0 – was a blot in the annals of sexual equality and an eternal badge of shame to all those who believe that girls are exactly the same as boys and should be treated just the same otherwise it’s unfair.

This is why, though it might be most men’s idea of hell being trapped on a cruise liner with, say, Caitlin Moran, Amanda Marcotte, Anita Sarkeesian, Jessica Valenti, I personally would consider it the perfect insurance plan. You just know that as the ship went down and the fins started circling, those stalwarts would stick firmly to their principles. “No, really, after you!” they’d say as I barged past them in the lifeboat queue, with a few garbled excuses about my pathological fear of being eaten by a shark, and possibly – depending how cheerful they looked about dying for their noble cause – a cheeky farewell quip about the demerits of free-bleeding…

“Peanuts” was a dark comic, full of uncomfortable truths about the selfishness and cruelty of social existence.

If only someone could have predicted this!


How do you identify?…The act of “identifying as” has become a very common part of public life. You may identify by race (like the former N.A.A.C.P. official Rachel Dolezal), by gender (like Caitlyn Jenner) or any number of less sensational but equally significant ways (by religion, political party, sexual orientation, even species)…In a world of conscious beings, identity matters. Self-perception plays a vital role in behavior, so the question of how human beings think about themselves in relation to the world is more than simply one of semantics; ways of seeing lead, directly and indirectly, to ways of acting.

Given all that, I choose to identify as mammal.

I’ll let you handle this one, Wesley J. Smith.

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