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Cowboy W…

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Pres. George W. Bush  waded into  a scuffle between  security  forces in Chile to rescue one of his Secret Service agents who had been stopped.   The Chilean press panned the move,  which was the culmination of ongoing disagreements over security at the APEC forum,  but W looked pleased with himself,  as he should have been.   Can you imagine His Oneness even noticing,  much less doing anything about it himself?   I can not.


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September 30, 2014 at 11:56 pm

Five reasons why you’re too dumb to vote…

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Kevin Williamson absolutely  destroys the  Lena Dunham view of voting as therapeutic, rather than emblematic of citizenship.   He is taking heat for this — rather unattractive actresses who are militantly progressive must be protected,  of course — but he is right.

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September 30, 2014 at 10:11 am

German non-use of water is fanatical…

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Being too green  causes environmental  problems,  not to mention psychological ones.



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September 29, 2014 at 11:54 pm

Walmart strikes again…

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Progressives are already howling about  Walmart’s plan  to offer no-cost or low-cost checking accounts.   Does Walmart hope these people will become their loyal customers?   Of course it does.   Will this plan help some of the millions who currently lack affordable access to the banking system?   Of course it will.   But instead of being pilloried as the great commercial Satan,  Walmart should be praised for devising a plan which helps individuals while benefiting itself.

Walmart manages to keep its stores stocked with goods people want and can afford,  and is so often on the scene of natural disasters within hours of the events.   I have every confidence it can figure out how to run a part of a banking system.




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September 29, 2014 at 10:11 am

Scientists unveil invisibility cloak…

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Well,  it’s not actually  a cloak a la a Harry Potter novel,  but a series of lenses which do offer  three-dimensional cloaking  without distortion.   It’s pretty damned cool,  isn’t it?   Even better,  they offer DIY instructions on a model which can be built for less than $100.

UPDATE:  Since YAHOO  pieces sometimes evaporate into the ether without notice,  here’s the story  from The Daily Mail,  which may have been the original piece anyway.

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September 28, 2014 at 11:56 pm

Nature reclaiming civilization…

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When mankind stops maintaining its creations,  nature takes  over.



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September 28, 2014 at 10:17 am

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Respectable JFK conspiracy theorists…

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Fifty years on,  the assassination of John F. Kennedy still stirs controversy,  as author Philip Shenon  points out.   Even someone who served as a staffer on the Warren Commission has developed doubts on the commission’s conclusions.

The D.C.-based Assassinations Archive and Research Center  has filed a  Freedom of Information Act request with the National Archives and Records Administration,  and is holding a conference on the assassination.

What do I think?   Well,  the mob had motive to kill Bobby Kennedy,  who has happily accepted their help on certain things and then broke his word that he wouldn’t come after them.   But the mob had plenty of competent killers in its ranks.   Why would it use a sad sack like Oswald?   Fidel Castro certainly had no fondness for the Kennedy family,  and I suppose he could have offered asylum to Oswald in exchange for killing Kennedy,  calculating it would cost Cuba nothing.   Bottom line is that I don’t know,  but I surely would like to see all those papers NARA is refusing to release.   Wouldn’t you?   I think I’ll have to settle for reading Jerome Corsi’s new book,  “Who Really Killed Kennedy?”

UPDATE:  Some  news from  the Assassinations Archive and Research Center conference.

UPDATE:  Authors of two studies  claim evidence  of multiple gunmen.

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September 27, 2014 at 11:50 pm