Monthly Archives: December 2015

Artwork of the Week

“Festivities in a Tavern”
Jan Steen (1674)


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“The Gray Tree”
Piet Mondrian (1911)


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Afternoon Links

Joke’s on you guys. My organs are full of delicious bacon.

Makes sense to me

Chicago mayor, former Obama official cuts vacation to communist prison nation short amid left-wing revolt

Federal judge says drinking tea, shopping at a gardening store is probable cause for a SWAT raid

What could go wrong?

Reporter who embedded with ISIS: “They’re not scared of the British and the Americans, they’re scared of the Israelis.” As they should be. Israel is better at kicking Islamist ass than we are.

Unreal. TSA Says It Will Stop Accepting Driver’s Licenses From Nine States

What Obama doesn’t understand about human nature

Marco Rubio is plenty conservative

This sums up pretty well what Jeb is currently doing to the GOP

Rubio missed the full Senate briefing on the Paris attacks because, as a member of the intel committee, he’d already sat through it at an earlier briefing — and the intel committee sees intelligence that the full Senate doesn’t. But what does Jeb care? Worst case scenario is that he wrecks Rubio and then either Bush or Christie becomes the establishment champion, only to get the tar beat out of them by Cruz and/or Trump in a three-way race and lose any chance of a center-right nominee in 2016. Oh well.

Ancient Pompeii Is Alive Again as Italian Officials Unveil Six Restored Ruins

Imaginary play can lead to genius, and unfortunately, it has become increasingly difficult for children to be able to engage in the kind of pretend play that previous generations enjoyed.

How Tocqueville schooled Bernie Sanders 200 years ago

Yes, this:

I think that this disparity is what has people so fired up about the Tamir Rice case. It’s not that Loehmann and Garmback got a fair day in court; it’s that so many everyday people in America don’t. It’s that the legal system is clearly set up to extend every possible benefit of the doubt to police – when reason suggests that the responsibility of the badge should come with higher (not lower) scrutiny. It’s that people see a system where prosecutors are politically motivated by their own ambitions to always aim for higher conviction rates regardless of the facts, and are more interested in appearing “tough on crime” than they are in appearing “fair to the facts,” except of course when a police officer is accused of wrongdoing.

This is not to mention the fact that, particularly in large municipalities, police officers have paid union lawyers who they can instruct to fight every indictment tooth and nail without regard for the financial ruin of their personal families.

A country where those responsible for dispensing the justice of the State are held to a lower standard of behavior than the general public is a country that invites tyranny on itself. Believing that most cops are good at their job and fair to the public doesn’t require a defense of the principle that cops ought not to face the same scrutiny as ordinary people do from prosecutors every day. In fact, it should require the opposite.

Cleveland was a police disaster waiting to happen.

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Video of the Day

This is great. Taco restaurant turns footage of robbery into brilliant commercial:

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Afternoon Art Break

“Dante and Virgil in Hell”
William Adolphe-Bouguereau (1850)


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Afternoon Links

“Donald Trump may talk like a brownshirt, but the Democrats mean business.”

Good summation of why I’ve become less enthusiastic about immigration, here and here.

The President failed to acknowledge that it is the principles of limited government and individual rights that make United States a welcoming place for immigrants because they assure that newcomers cannot tip the political balance to make life worse for those already here. Instead, the President celebrated the raw power of democracy to make “progress,” change that can come at the expense of long time residents

While the President’s speech was meant to make new immigrants feel immediately at home, the political dynamic that he extolled explains why many Americans fear immigration. If the Progressive agenda can erode the original meaning of the Constitution, immigration creates political risk for the current citizens. If new voters can help elect administrations that will trample on property rights and expand federal power to transfer resources, some current Americans will be made worse off. If these new voters become part of a coalition of racial and ethnic minorities to demand preferential treatment, many Americans will worry for their own children’s future.

The dissolution of restraints on government naturally creates polarization over immigration because it allows people to view newcomers as potential voters who may impose exactions on others rather than as citizens in a commercial republic who will promote the general welfare through their individual pursuit of happiness.

“What will the future bring? The answer depends on whether the West still believes in anything.”

Charles C.W. Cooke explains the Bill of Rights to Doug Gottlieb and other constitutionally illiterate progressives.

Why would a dissolute rebel like Paul Gauguin paint a nativity?

“It is secular creationists whose social costs are steep.”

George Will hones in on one of the many things I don’t get about Trump supporters. What the hell do they see in him? He has no redeeming qualities. He’s a completely pathetic figure.

If you look beyond Donald Trump’s comprehensive unpleasantness — is there a disagreeable human trait he does not have? — you might see this: He is a fundamentally sad figure. His compulsive boasting is evidence of insecurity. His unassuageable neediness suggests an aching hunger for others’ approval to ratify his self-admiration. His incessant announcements of his self-esteem indicate that he is not self-persuaded. Now, panting with a puppy’s insatiable eagerness to be petted, Trump has reveled in the approval of Vladimir Putin, murderer and war criminal.

Shithead kids with horrible parents ruin everyone’s day

Probably true. They have similar positions on most issues.

Seventh time’s the charm

$400 to hang out at Olive Garden on New Year’s Eve. Kill yourself.


I love this story.

Eight of the top 20 selling books on Amazon currently are coloring books for adults.” Sounds like a country that deserves a Trump presidency.

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Your Morning Cup of Links

Infuriating. The government thinks you’re too dumb to try crowdfunding.


Team Obama tried to foment a military coup within the Assad regime, and it worked exactly as well as you’d think.

“This coming year will help clarify whether the American people actually still want a republic – whether we are still fit for self-government.”

Absolutely absurd and I can’t imagine it holds up in court. NYC will now fine you $250,000 if you call a man ‘he’ instead of ‘xe’ or whatever dumbfuck non-word pronoun they’ve chosen.

Employers, landlords, and cops in New York City are now legally required to use people’s pronouns of choice when addressing them — and restaurants are no longer allowed to deny service to men just because they refused to wear a tie. These and other new policies are included in document issued on Monday by the New York Commission on Human Rights. The document is meant to explain the specific ways in which the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio intends to enforce a a 2002 local law designed to protect the rights of transgender people.

The document also states that employers, landlords, and city agencies — including the NYPD — are required to refer to people using the pronoun and name of their choice, even if the person’s official identification states a different name. The guidance explicitly allows for the use of gender-neutral pronouns, such as ze and hir, in official city business. Among other provisions, the guidance states that requiring different dress codes or uniforms for people of different gender expressions is illegal in New York. This means, for example, that restaurants are no longer allowed to require men to wear ties in order to be served.

“A Christmas Story” shows how fathers help sons grow up

This right here is why this atheist (apatheist, really) loves Christmas.

SMOD2016 picks up a big endorsement

Disaster. What happened to my country?

Oh fuck off

“President Obama misunderstands the country, not the other way around.”

This is awesome.

Elliott Abrams on the disgraceful letter John Kerry sent to the Iranian Foreign Minister

Against Despair: A Christmas Credo for Republicans

Once naughty, now masterpieces: Nudes from the Prado

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