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Where Is Moderate Islam?

Monday, September 15, 2014 11:00 am

New Crowder video where he explores exactly what is moderate Islam compared to ISIS:

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Happy Harvey Day!

Sunday, September 14, 2014 6:00 am

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Happy birthday to a great American, our very own Harvey.

He’s been a great friend and influence to many of us, and we do appreciate him. We really do.

I know, you kinda expected me to make jokes about his age or something, but the truth of the matter is, he’s a great fellow. And we wish him well. Besides, it’s not nice to make fun of old people.

Leave your birthday wishes here, if you like. Be nice. Or naughty. Harvey really appreciates naughty.

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Obama Remembers

Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:13 pm

Here are the top ten things Obama is doing to remember the loss our country suffered on 9/11/01.

  • golf
  • golf
  • golf
  • golf
  • golf
  • golf
  • golf
  • golf
  • golf
  • golf
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Remember

Thursday, September 11, 2014 7:00 am

9-11-01

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ISIS Should Have the Left Fuming

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 3:52 pm

I’ve been wondering why my liberal friends aren’t outraged by what ISIS is doing in Iran and Syria. My talk about beheadings and totalitarian leanings don’t seem to sway them at all. Maybe we need to change the spin a bit to get the left upset with this group. Here are some things ISIS is doing that should get liberals outraged:

  • Paying their women 0% of the salary they pay their men
  • Using guns with magazines holding more than 10 rounds
  • Many of their beheaders aren’t officially licensed
  • The rats in their opium processing tents weren’t wearing hairnets
  • Jihadis aren’t provided with healthcare that covers abortions
  • Their soldiers aren’t unionized
  • Their bombs lack the governmentally required safeguards
  • Their camels emit copious amounts of greenhouse gases
  • Their nerve gas was tested on animals
  • Jihadi transports don’t have enough seatbelts
  • The use of lead in their bullets is not environmentally sound
  • Excessive ululating increases atmospheric carbon dioxide
  • The children they kidnap aren’t given sex education courses before being sold to pimps
  • They don’t seem to realize that Obama has changed the world already
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Crowder Returns

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 11:00 am

Crowder returns later this week.

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Bottom Line on Marriage

Sunday, September 7, 2014 8:00 am

[High Praise! to Thoughtful Woman]

Here’s what marriage is: the God-ordained, lifelong, covenantal union between man and wife, designed to provide men, women, and children optimal stability and overall well-being. Marriage is that biologically, spiritually, and morally centered institution calculated to ensure responsible procreation and perpetuate the human race. Marriage, real marriage, represents the fundamental cornerstone of any healthy society (any society that hopes to survive, at least).

Here’s what marriage is not: Anything else.

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Manly Hypothesizing

Saturday, September 6, 2014 8:00 pm

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I’m getting a transmission fluid leak repaired this weekend, and it made me think of a question:

If all your transmission fluid leaked out, and you were stuck in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone, but you had a case of motor oil in the trunk, could you pour motor oil into the transmission and drive the car?
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My nephew (who is an actual auto mechanic) had this to say:

Hypothetically, I think it would work, but I don’t know for how long. Transmission fluid has significantly lower viscosity than motor oil. I imagine this would result in slow operation of the transmission… shift points that are non-ideal, shifts taking longer than normal, components taking longer than normal to disengage, etc…

If it were a legit emergency I think I would give it a try, but at the same time I would expect to take a significant amount of life off the transmission.

Anyway, feel free to add your thoughts on the topic of emergency auto maintenance.

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That’s Some Quality Detroit Snark, Right There

Saturday, September 6, 2014 12:00 pm

MPH [High Praise!] left this comment about the powers-that-be in Detroit deciding to build a new street car line in the city:

Yeah, Detroit’s problems are all caused by a lack of inflexible, fixed route, public transportation. Spending the money on crime suppression, or removal of abandoned and dilapidated buildings, or just reducing the 6% city income tax, won’t do nearly as much for reviving Detroit as stepping back 100 years and putting street cars back in service. I mean, it isn’t as if street cars were ever really tried anywhere, and then they died out for a good reason, right?

Detroit – getting what it’s been asking for, for over 50 years.

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On a Better ISIS Strategy

Thursday, September 4, 2014 10:00 pm

[High Praise! to Transterrestrial Musings]

We’ve been having an infestation of ants. They find a hole somewhere around the sink, and if the slightest bit of food is left overnight, they will be swarming it in the morning. While I take no particular pleasure in it, I have to grab the removable nozzle of the sink faucet, and relentlessly wash them down the drain (despite the severe drought in California), picking up stragglers on the counter with a wet paper towel. Then, having noted where they seem to be coming from, I spray an insecticide in the area and wipe it down. It seems to work.

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An Explanation for the Left

Sunday, August 31, 2014 5:11 pm

It seems that the denizens of the political left in our country are tired of hearing about Obama golfing so much and don’t understand why everyone seems to be so upset about it. I encountered one such confused person on the internets the other day and explained it to him thusly:

Maybe this is just me, but if I were the President of the United States and there was a rampaging horde of maniacs cutting people’s heads off in the Middle East and threatening to spread that into Europe and heaven knows where else, I’d probably postpone all golf trips, fundraisers, vacations, and dinners until, at the very least, I had some kind of strategy to deal with it. Then, once the plan was in action, I might do 9 on the course to relax a bit, having actually done my job and all.

Somehow I doubt that will make sense to someone who’s first reaction to any criticism towards Obama is to bring up Bush. But hey, I tried.

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A Million Dollars’ Worth of Free Advice

Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:00 pm

You can find the long version by watching this rambly, chatty video, or I can just boil it down for you into the money quote at 3:07

“That’s my advice for navigating the treacherous waters of life after school. Find someone who’s doing something you want to do, better than you can do it, and listen to them.”

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Partly I’d Be Curious, Partly I Just Want to See Liberals Hit With Rocks

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:00 pm

The Virginian [High Praise!] on Ferguson:

Here’s the baseline: MSNBC’s Larry O’Conner gets rocks thrown at him by masked members of the race riot in Ferguson. He’s quite calm about it and keeps spinning.

Let’s try an experiment, at the next Tea Party rally, throw rocks at the press.

There’s a video at the link. Rocks don’t happen until about 30 seconds in.

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Forget “Lean Forward”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 7:00 pm

New tagline for MSNBC to more neatly encapsulate their smug, condescending sense of leftwardness:

“Progressiver Than Thou”

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You’re Not Paranoid – They Really Are Out to Get You. And It’s Legal, Too

Monday, August 25, 2014 7:00 pm

First, you couldn’t trust houseplants & potato chip bags.

But that’s not what’s going to do you in.

No, you’re doomed because of your super-fancy smart phone.

Not from the microphone or the GPS (although that’s not doing you any favors, privacy-wise), it’s the phone’s gyroscope, which automatically rotates the screen when you rotate the phone – it lets anybody eavesdrop on you [emphasis mine]:

The MEMS gyroscopes found on modern smart phones are sufficiently sensitive to measure acoustic signals in the vicinity of the phone. The resulting signals contain only very low-frequency information (< 200 Hz). Nevertheless we show, using signal processing and machine learning, that this information is sufficient to identify speaker information and even parse speech.

***Since iOS and Android require no special permissions to access the gyro, our results show that apps and active web content that cannot access the microphone can nevertheless eavesdrop on speech in the vicinity of the phone.***

This sort of thing is why I have a superunfancy blitheringidiotphone.

Oh, and at the link, you can also scroll down to find out what else that stalkerment officials don’t need permission to access.

If you need me, I’ll be over here under my tinfoil tent…

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Presidenting Is Hard

Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:57 am

In my new PJ Media column, I defend President Obama for all the vacations he takes.

In a way, his lack of concern about Ferguson should help with race relations, as we now know that a black president can care just as little about black people as a white president would. It’s probably a different kind of apathy, as Obama better understands what black people are going through, having experienced racism himself, but at least he is ignoring everyone equally.

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Hard Truth

Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:00 am

[High Praise! to Gunslinger's Journal]

A snarky comment found at a Bloomberg article on Africa

“Will Africa be the next China?”

Why sure! All they lack (besides sanitation) is writing, the wheel, 5,000 years of civilization, respect for their fellow citizens, respect for the law, an appreciation of education, a knack for bureaucracy, an inexhaustible capacity for work, respect for their elders, love of family and about 40 IQ points.

I may be wrong, but I think this answer may also apply in spirit to the degenerate rioting underclass in Ferguson.

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Quick Note on Strategy

Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:00 pm

[High Praise! to According to Hoyt]

I believe not in isolationism but in overkill. I believe that when attacked a country should do only one thing: retaliate hard enough to make the other guy afraid to do it again.

I don’t believe in bombing aspirin factories. I believe in bombing to the stone age.

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The Fear That Drives the Left

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:00 pm

[High Praise! to According to Hoyt]
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In the end, they shout because they’re afraid. When your entire worldview is a one-piece, unwieldy, self-contradictory set of precepts that have no relation to the real world, you live in fear. If that thin shell cracks there’s nothing remaining of the world view you espoused, and upon which you built your unearned assumptions of intelligence and caring. You’ll have to think yourself into a new self image. A terrifying prospect for adults who’ve never had an original thought in their lives.
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You KNOW This Is Obama’s Next Government Program

Friday, August 15, 2014 7:00 pm

[High Praise! to Hope n' Change Cartoons]

Since it seems that the president has declared frequent vacations to be an absolute necessity of life, Hope n’ Change is wondering why the government isn’t making them available to everyone? Isn’t it time that all citizens had access to an Obamacation without regard to pre-existing conditions like, oh, being broke and jobless?

Perhaps when a well-rested Obama eventually returns to Washington, he’ll bring with him the new guidelines for this “Affordable Carefree Act.”

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