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Afternoon Links

There are now more than 600 criminal complaints across Germany related to NYE attacks on women.

While Sean Penn was drinking tequila with El Chapo, this is what happens to real journalists reporting on cartels.

Should a Canadian professor who insists on misspelling poontang in intro psych be allowed to teach?

Ramadi in ruins

Jesus tap-dancing Christ

Germany sells out of pepper spray. “I wonder if our sophisticated Euro cousins are thinking differently about America’s boorish gun-rights culture.”

Yes. Out of the few things that piss me off about Ted Cruz, this is at the top of the list:

That’s cute, and it’s of a piece with Cruz claiming yesterday that McCain is after him about his eligibility only because he supports establishment heartthrob Marco Rubio. (McCain hasn’t endorsed Rubio yet, but I wouldn’t bet against it happening later this month.) It wasn’t the “Washington cartel” that injected this issue into the media’s bloodstream, though; it was Cruz’s BFF Donald, who’s now eager to kneecap him in Iowa by raising doubts about his qualifications for the office. Jeb Bush put it well in an interview with Sean Hannity yesterday: “You know this is what Trump does. He says something and then he pulls back. ‘Well I didn’t say it, someone else said it. I’m just repeating what someone else said.’ Come on man. Let’s get to the issues.” But Cruz can’t say what Bush said because he refuses to waver from his nonaggression pact with Trump, so he’s left here feebly trying to blame Beltway insiders for an attack that was launched on him by Mr. Outsider. Trump could walk over to Cruz at next week’s debate and punch him in the nuts and Cruz, doubled over in pain, would gasp, “I’ll bet the Washington cartel really enjoyed that.” Whatever.

Teen girls gang-raped by four Syrian nationals in Germany.

Unprecedented sex harassment in Helsinki on NYE

Grateful for my gun and that I live in a country where I can carry it and defend myself.

Gorgeous photos show new U.S. Army CH-47F Chinook helicopters training in Germany

20% of likely Democrat voters to cross sides, vote Trump.

What a dumb time to be alive

World’s oldest living animal, Jonathan the Tortoise, gets a new lease of life after vet puts him on a healthy diet…at the age of 183.

James Bond, a millionaire, and and a mediocre 1970s racehorse that wanted to ban sharia

Theme parks, opera, sculpture, a retrospective: celebrating Hieronymus Bosch in 2016

The effortless Christopher Hitchens

Lol. Too late, pal.

Indeed

Extraordinary story of a Christian’s act of defiance in returning to his home in ISIS-run Tel Abyad

The world’s most beautiful churches

So, instead of explaining to people why he changed his position (assuming he has) on things like Planned Parenthood and Sotomayor, Chris Christie is just going to lie. What a douche.

Ariel to appear as ‘3D digital apparition’ in RSC’s The Tempest

It’s always Sunni in Philadelphia

…I’ll see myself out.

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Your Morning Cup of Links

“The average federal worker’s compensation is worth $119,934, nearly 80% higher than the average in the private economy.”

Must-read longread by Michael Weiss: “Confessions of an ISIS Spy”

“Turn the lights out, burn it all down”

Sleep tight, America.

What a time to be alive. Sourdough, I presume.

“If it’s okay to invent facts in service to a greater truth, then we might as well become leftists.”

Posthumous collection of Christopher Hitchens essays comes out today for the Hitch lover on your Christmas list.

YES. Beat Marmot Head to a bloody pulp.

A history of tap dancing

Judy Garland’s Sweat-Stained ‘Wizard of Oz’ Dress Fetches $1.5 Million

Descendants of Greta Moll Threaten to Sue National Gallery Over Stolen Matisse Painting

 

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Video of the Day

Two years ago yesterday, a great voice was silenced as the world lost one of its great intellectuals. This is probably still my favorite Christopher Hitchens takedown of all time. The Daily Caller has some of their favorite takedowns here (and will be posting more all week). And The Daily Beast has re-posted Eli Lake’s tribute to his friend and mentor, (which somehow I had never read before).

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December 16, 2013 · 10:14 pm

Quote for the Day

“Why do we fail to detect or defeat the guilty, and why do we do so well at collective punishment of the innocent? The answer to the first question is: Because we can’t – or won’t. The answer to the second question is: Because we can.”

~Christopher Hitchens

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Happy Birthday Christopher Hitchens and Thomas Jefferson!

Two great thinkers, writers, intellectuals, relentless defenders of freedom and men of many passions who never stopped thirsting for knowledge or searching for truth. They are sorely missed.

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Hitch on the absurd concept that life without religion is ‘meaningless’ (by the way, that date should be April 13, not 3):

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As for Thomas Jefferson, if he were alive today… let’s just say he would be displeased…

TJ on the role of government:

“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”

“The policy of the American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits.”

TJ on guns and the Second Amendment:

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

“The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.”

TJ on preserving what he gave us:

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be… if we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.”

TJ on national debt:

“I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.”

“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.”

“To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.”

John F. Kennedy possibly said it best about the extraordinary Thomas Jefferson when he said at a dinner in honor of all the living recipients of the Nobel Prize, “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

Most importantly…

“Mr. Jefferson meant that the American system should be a democracy, and he would rather have let the whole world perish than that this principle, which to him represented all that man was worth, should fail.” ~Historian Henry Adams

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Video of the Day

On the 10th anniversary. Really missing Hitch this week. I would love to hear him weigh in.

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March 20, 2013 · 6:07 pm

Quote(s) for the Day

“Winston Churchill was half in the bag for the whole of the Finest Hour, if not longer. General Ulysses Grant managed to stay in the saddle only by means unknown. Richard Nixon, according to the latest release of Kissinger tapes, was too ‘loaded’ to talk to the British prime minister during the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Boris Yeltsin was too plastered to get off his plane during a stopover at Shannon Airport, with the Irish government waiting on the tarmac. Not all these examples are encouraging. But, then, neither is the idea of a man who doesn’t trust himself, and isn’t trusted by those who know him, to take even a sip. Nobody likes a quitter.”

“Even if it makes you look like a brand snob, do specify a label when ordering spirits in particular…Pick a decent product and stay with it. Upgrade yourself, for Chrissake. Do you think you are going to live forever?”

~Christopher Hitchens

These Hitchens drinking quotes are in honor of a new bar in Canada, named after the great man. These people stole my idea for a bar named “Hitch,” but that’s ok, as long as someone got it done. Cheers.

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