Time for Thorns

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There are days for sunny morning walks in the garden, where dew-bejeweled roses release their fragrance on the light breeze.
These are not those days. These are days of harsh realities demanding sharp answers. This is now … time for thorns.

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October 17, 2008 at 4:58 am

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Soft robot…

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The name for this  squishy little guy  is descriptive,  meaning it has no hard parts,   and can curve and wriggle its way through pipes and other tricky places.   Its method of locomotion is sheer brilliance.

If you want your grass cut or your floors mopped,  you’ll need a hard robot,  like these.

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September 17, 2014 at 10:15 am

Words to the wise…

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Remember this  every time a politician speaks.

 

 

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September 16, 2014 at 11:59 pm

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How does an atom sound?

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I don’t know,  but it is apparently the  softest sound  that can be physically recorded in the entire universe.  For comparison purposes,  the sound would be D28,  20 octaves above the highest note on a grand piano.

Scientists are excited because sound is much slower than light,  and therefore more easily studied,  which now affords them a wider field of research.

 

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September 16, 2014 at 10:42 am

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Ghost village for rent…

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On October 23rd,  Turkey is auctioning off a 49-year lease on the  deserted village  of Kayakoy in return for its partial restoration.   Technically,  it is no longer deserted,  as a few people have restored some of the crumbling stone homes and live there,  and tourists and film crews visit this part of a protected archaeological site.

The village was abandoned when its inhabitants returned to Greece in a population exchange between the two countries in 1923 following the Greco-Turkish War.  Portions of Kayakoy date back as far as the 18th Century.   It’s a place I’d enjoy visiting,  and perhaps to enjoy a meal at one of the set-up restaurants,  but I enjoy my modern creature comforts too much to move there.

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September 15, 2014 at 11:49 pm

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The Star-Spangled Banner…

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Our flag is having  a birthday, its two hundredth in fact.   There’s a certain poetic irony in the poem which is our national anthem being set to the melody of a  bawdy British  drinking song,  considering how much of the world still regards us as wild-eyed heathens,  and that’s not even counting how the Democrats view conservatives.

Liberals and progressives tend to view the flag as something to wave when they wish to appear patriotic,  but most of the rest of us attach special importance to it.  Enjoy this picture gallery ,  won’t you?

Sometimes Mother Nature appears to agree with us.   Check out this  stunning photo  an NBC affiliate showed on the morning of September 11th.

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September 15, 2014 at 10:17 am

Other views of the worst speech ever…

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I probably read 300 different pieces on THE SPEECH.   I failed to find even one which was fulsome in its praise and proclaimed it a triumph.  Some of the usual suspects attempted to be enthusiastic,  but their efforts rang hollow.

Open with  your biggest lie  —  that sums up Stu Tarlowe’s view.   There were  plenty  of other whoppers  to go  along  with  the first  one.   David Frum puts the  pathetic speech  into plain English,  while Breitbart was  much less  kind.   John Fund focused on Obama’s lack of credibility,  which the address did nothing  but add  to.    Jennifer Rubin pointed out his continuing   lack of seriousness  about ISIS.   No one can doubt the President’s total seriousness about  his poll  numbers.   Make no mistake  —  this was  a purely  political speech,  which is one reason it was so awful.   It is a kindness to characterize his attitude as half-hearted.   Nothing said will help burnish  his legacy.

Howard Kurtz  pondered  the question,  but Brit Hume needed little time to use  leading from behind   in reference to public opinion,  an analysis  shared by  Rick Klein.    Janet Dailey gives the President a little credit for  finally doing  what he should already have done.   Tom Rogan found the speech succeeded in tone,  while  failing in  substance.

Rich Galen said he’d be looking for three things: ” The Vision for this operation – WHY we need to do it and when will we know we’ve been successful?   The Strategy for this operation – WHAT do we need to do?   The Tactics for this operation – HOW will we accomplish it?”   I believe it’s safe to say Rich went unsatisfied.

Roger Simon  skewers him  as the Nowhere Man of Beatles’ fame.   Keith Koffler wrote of Obama’s  fatal ISIS  delusions.   Peter Kirsanow saw the entire  speech as  delusional.

Perhaps the most widely panned portion of the speech was Obama’s declaration that ISIS was not Islamic.   Jonah Goldberg wants to  know whether  it’s Mormon, or perhaps Lutheran.   Even  CNN found,  as  did MSNBC,   spinning this galloping stupidity beyond its ability.  It is,  of course,  100% Islamic,  as Daniel Pipes and Andrew  McCarthy correctly note,  and most  Americans agree  with them.   The best The nation could do was to babble on about how he should have  talked about  diplomacy.

The Washington Post asserted their favorite  guy had  laid out a strategy,  but after watching it twice and reading it three times,  I still couldn’t find much of one, other than a reference to non-existent successes in places like Libya and Syria.   Neither could Rich  Lowry,  while Michael Gerson called it a “careful”  war,  despite the initial refusal of the white House to call it a war,  an approach USA Today  evidently agrees  with.   Investors Business Daily observed that  war-lite  wasn’t a winning strategy against ISIS,  a view shared by  Frederick and Kimberly Kagan.   Bruce Ackerman used a New York Times op-ed to claim Obama’s actions and plans were a betrayal of  the Constitution.   Bing West termed  it impossible  promises.   David French wrote that the  only promise  was not to destroy ISIS, but not to use ground troops.   Paul Gregory dismissed it  as brave words.

Jim Geraghty suspects His Oneness  doubts his  own decision.   Charles Krauthammer said the President had  finally found  his Syria strategy:   F-16s flying air support for pharmacists in tanks.   Let that image swirl in your mind for a moment before reading his entire piece.   The most devastating critique came from Walter Russell Mead, who bleakly entitled it  “A President Surrenders.”  (h/t to Michael Barone for the pointer).   The best advice  comes from  Sarah Palin:  War is hell,  so go big,  or go home.

 

 

 

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September 14, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Mob rule economics…

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As is so often the case,  Dr. Thomas Sowell  has applied  logic and clarity to the current progressive hysteria about the minimum wage.   Make every high-school student you know read this piece.   Hell, have any child aged 12 and over read it for good measure.

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September 14, 2014 at 10:11 am

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