Wednesday, December 25, 2013

How a Small Force of Finnish Ski Troops Fought Off a Massive Soviet Army

Great story:

How a Small Force of Finnish Ski Troops Fought Off a Massive Soviet Army — War is Boring — Medium:On Nov. 30, 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Finland with more than 400,000 troops. The assault was almost three times larger than the Allied landing at Normandy. Soviet Leningrad, a city of five million, by itself contained more people than the entire country of Finland. As the world’s largest infantry force, the Red Army marched across the border with resolve. It looked like a decisive victory for Stalin.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Women of the Reich: Wendy Lower’s “Hitler’s Furies” |

I did not know about this:

The Women of the Reich: Wendy Lower’s “Hitler’s Furies” |:  Jewish survivors have consistently described German women in the Nazi East as violent tormenters, not innocent bystanders. Recounting horrific acts, however, proved far easier than naming the perpetrators. Often their names were never known by their victims, while others married after the war and changed their surnames. As for the women themselves, these witnesses, pillagers, tormenters, and murderesses kept quiet for reasons other than accountability; they had good memories of Germany’s seemingly limitless future, and their ambitious roles within it.

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Juan Williams: Forget the War on Christmas …

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Juan Williams: Forget the War on Christmas … « Hot Air:  Every year, we see the same cultural sniping about the expression of Christian faith during the Christmas season, ranging from the ridiculous to the, er, more ridiculous.  The arguments are worth debating and the traditions worth defending, but they tend to obscure a more critical war — and one that is actually a warJuan Williams argued this week:

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Calling attention to slaughter of white farmers in South Africa is racist

Race relations are not doing well under the Presidency of Jacob Zuma:

Calling attention to slaughter of white farmers in South Africa is racist | Liberty Unyielding:  What the heck is going on in South Africa? South African President Jacob Zuma was booed by his own people at Nelson Mandela’s memorial and his translator was fake. The same translator, by the way, also did his weird mime when Zuma infamously sung “Shoot theBoer.”

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Teen who killed four people in drunk-driving accident gets probation due to … “affluenza”

Wow, read the whole thing:

Teen who killed four people in drunk-driving accident gets probation due to … “affluenza” « Hot Air:I saw something about “affluenza” on Twitter yesterday and ignored it, assuming it was a portmanteau coined by Salon or Slate for an article about income inequality that the left had collectively decided was clever. Today I googled it and realized why people are talking about it. Friendly advice: If you’re planning on drinking tonight, go ahead and start before you watch the clips. Trust me.

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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Scientists increasingly moving to global cooling consensus

Interesting:

Scientists increasingly moving to global cooling consensus - Finance Post: "Critics of those who claim that man-made global warming is a serious threat to the planet and settled science frequently point to the fickleness of scientists on the issue, noting that in the 60s and 70s scientists were warning of just the opposite. It now appears the critic’s claims may have merit as a new consensus is beginning to once again return to the global cooling model."

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Check Out These Gorgeous Color Photos From World War II

Really cool:

Check Out These Gorgeous Color Photos From World War II: "Originally shot by the War Department in gorgeous Kodachrome film, the saturated hues and crisp edges bring that era to life in a way that few other forms of media can."

Check Out These Gorgeous Color Photos From World War II

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Instapundit » Blog Archive » TRAIN WRECK UPDATE: Obamacare Bailout Sought as Effort Planned to Bypass Site. It’s bailouts all t…

Instapundit » Blog Archive » TRAIN WRECK UPDATE: Obamacare Bailout Sought as Effort Planned to Bypass Site. It’s bailouts all t…:

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PJ Media » Obama’s Poll Panic

Great quite from Mark Steyn:

"So, if I follow correctly, the smartest president ever is not smart enough to ensure that his website works; he’s not smart enough to inquire of others as to whether his website works; he’s not smart enough to check that his website works before he goes out and tells people what a great website experience they’re in for. But he is smart enough to know that he’s not stupid enough to go around bragging about how well it works if he’d already been informed that it doesn’t work. So he’s smart enough to know that if he’d known what he didn’t know he’d know enough not to let it be known that he knew nothing. The country’s in the very best of hands."

Obama’s Poll Panic:

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Christians 'face extinction' amid sectarian terror, minister warns

Islam:  The religion of tolerance.

Christians 'face extinction' amid sectarian terror, minister warns - Telegraph: "Christianity is in danger of becoming extinct in its ancient homelands because of a rising tide of sectarian attacks, a senior minister will warn on Friday.
Violence against Christian worshippers and other religious minorities by fanatics has become a “global crisis” and is the gravest challenge facing the world this century, Baroness Warsi will say."

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Obamacare Schadenfreudarama

Heh, yep:

Obamacare Schadenfreudarama | National Review Online: "If you can’t take some joy, some modicum of relief and mirth, in the unprecedentedly spectacular beclowning of the president, his administration, its enablers, and, to no small degree, liberalism itself, then you need to ask yourself why you’re following politics in the first place. Because, frankly, this has been one of the most enjoyable political moments of my lifetime. I wake up in the morning and rush to find my just-delivered newspaper with a joyful expectation of worsening news so intense, I feel like Morgan Freeman should be narrating my trek to the front lawn. Indeed, not since Dan Rather handcuffed himself to a fraudulent typewriter, hurled it into the abyss, and saw his career plummet like Ted Kennedy was behind the wheel have I enjoyed a story more."

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

10 Tips to Avoid Speeding Tickets

Good article:

10 Tips to Avoid Speeding Tickets - Popular Mechanics: ""The motorist is a source of revenue," says Richard Diamond. And it's become his life's obsession to change that. "

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Friday, November 01, 2013

What to do after a defensive shooting

What to do if the unthinkable happens:

The most important article you will read: What to do after a defensive shooting | The Daily Caller: "Unknown caller – (Pause) – Silence on the phone…

911 Operator – “Hello, can you hear me?”… “This is 911, what’s your emergency?”

Unknown caller – Deep and labored breathing heard on the phone…

911 Operator – “Hello, do you need police, fire or ambulance?” “Hello!”

Unknown caller – “911… I… I just shot someone.”"

HT:  Say Uncle

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

13 Nutrition Lies That Made The World Sick And Fat

This is a really interesting article:

13 Nutrition Lies That Made The World Sick And Fat - Business Insider: "Nutrition is full of all kinds of nonsense.
The worst examples are listed here, but unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Here are the top 13 nutrition lies that have made the world both sick and fat."

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

More Good News: Already Sluggish Economy Is ‘Losing Steam’

Great:

The PJ Tatler » More Good News: Already Sluggish Economy Is ‘Losing Steam’: "U.S. manufacturing output barely rose in September and contracts to buy previously owned homes recorded their largest drop in nearly 3-1/2 years, the latest signs the economy’s momentum ebbed as the third quarter ended.


The reports on Monday showed economic activity was on weak footing even before a 16-day partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government early in October that is expected to weigh on fourth quarter growth."

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

No Reason, Just Hate: That’s a Modern Liberal

I see this all the time, lots of emotionalism but very little rational discourse:

No Reason, Just Hate: That’s a Modern Liberal | Power Line: "The Left’s hatred for conservatives has become so obsessive that it is hard to engage a liberal in rational discussion of any public policy issue. Take the Keystone XL pipeline: I think it is obviously a good idea, but if a liberal wants to argue to the contrary, fine. But instead of trying to advance a rational argument, what do liberals do? They can’t talk about the pipeline except by trotting out their own pet obsessions."

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Niall Ferguson's Public Flogging Of Paul Krugman

This is a really good synopsis of Ferguson's destroying Krugman's economic theories:

Much Bigger Than The Shutdown: Niall Ferguson's Public Flogging Of Paul Krugman - Forbes: "While America was distracted by the theatrics of the government shutdown and threat of default something of much greater importance occurred.  Niall Ferguson undertook a public flogging of Paul Krugman.

Krugman’s horns now forever will show under his dislodged faux halo. For this the world will prove a safer, and much more decent, place."


Sunday, October 20, 2013

The painful story behind modern anesthesia

Fascinating, and am I grateful for anesthesia:

The painful story behind modern anesthesia: "One of the truly great moments in the long history of medicine occurred on a tense fall morning in the surgical amphitheater of Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital."

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

God and Suffering - Religion/Philosophy - Prager University

Very interesting:

God and Suffering - Religion/Philosophy - Prager University: "How can one square a world full of unjust suffering and a good God? Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, has a compelling and surprising answer."

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Remembering America

Read the whole thing:

Roger’s Rules » Remembering America: "Witnessing the unedifying spectacle put on by our masters in Washington this last week or so, we could only shake our heads sadly. And when we contemplated the action of ordinary citizens — those vets who disassembled the “Barrycades” erected in front of national monuments by a punitive Obama administration — we couldn’t help wondering whether the country was teetering towards a pre-revolutionary state."

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Eureka! Tea partiers know science

Not surprising:

Eureka! Tea partiers know science - Tal Kopan - POLITICO.com: "A finding in a study on the relationship between science literacy and political ideology surprised the Yale professor behind it: Tea party members know more science than non-tea partiers."

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

10 Incredible GIFs Showing How Aging Changes Our Appearance

Fascinating:

10 Incredible GIFs Showing How Aging Changes Our Appearance | Fstoppers: "It’s always amazing to see childhood photos of old people you know and see how they looked when they were our age (or younger). Sometimes they look almost identical, sometimes they look like 2 different people."

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Monday, October 14, 2013

How bacteria in your gut affect your mental health

Interesting:

How bacteria in your gut affect your mental health - Technology & Science - CBC News: "Scientists searching for the underlying causes of mental illness have discovered a surprising contributor — it appears the bacteria that live in your gut may play a major role in your mental health and well-being."

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Friday, October 11, 2013

What an Antarctic Expedition Can Teach You About What’s Truly Valuable

What is truly valuable?

What They Left and What They Kept: What an Antarctic Expedition Can Teach You About What’s Truly Valuable | The Art of Manliness: "Shackleton’s men were faced with a series of heart-wrenching choices. Given the scant two-pound allowance, which of their cherished personal possessions should they keep, and which should they cast aside into what Shackleton called “the privacy of these white graves”?

Taking inventory of what the members of the Endurance expedition decided to keep and what they left behind can teach us much about what is truly valuable — not only literally, in terms of material possessions — but as broader symbols of what matters most in life for all of us."

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Obama Fails To Practice His Preaching On Civility During Shutdown

Our great leader:

Obama Fails To Practice His Preaching On Civility During Shutdown - Investors.com: "Leadership: Remember when President Obama was showered with kudos for his 2011 speech calling for "more civility in our public discourse"? He sure isn't practicing today what he preached then."

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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

SpiteHouse: National Park goons remove handles from trail water fountains

If they keep this up no one is going to like or believe them on anything.  It's also why Obama's approval is down to 37%:

Marathon Pundit: SpiteHouse: National Park goons remove handles from trail water fountains: "It what looks like a spiteful move, the NPS even removed handles from water spigots along the Chesapeake and Ohio canal where bikers and joggers exercise as well as along the Great Allegheny Passage, just to ensure people don't get any water from them. "

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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Police Officers Three Times More Likely to Murder Than Concealed Carry Permit Holders

This is interesting:

Police Officers Three Times More Likely to Murder Than Concealed Carry Permit Holders: "The question arose, how often do police officers commit homicide compared to concealed carry permit holders?   Of the two, which is more common?

It appears that a person is three times safer with a concealed carry permit holder than they are with a police officer."

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Why ‘Progressives’ Always Get Tech Wrong

Excellent article on why progressives are so out of date:

Ed Driscoll » Why ‘Progressives’ Always Get Tech Wrong: "“There are two Americas, all right, Glenn Reynolds notes in his latest USA Today column. “There’s one that works — where new and creative things happen, where mistakes are corrected, and where excellence is rewarded. Then there’s Washington, where everything is pretty much the opposite:”"

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Monday, October 07, 2013

Should Christian Parents Send their Children to Public Schools?

This article concerns Albert Mohler and his question concerning Christians;  Is is ok for Christian parents to send their children to public schools?  I'm beginning to say no.

PJ Lifestyle » Should Christian Parents Send their Children to Public Schools?:  Mohler blames the loss of local control for much of the “backlash against the public schools.” In earlier generations, “the public schools were public in the sense that they were community schools maintained for and by the citizens of a community. Local control was axiomatic, and parents had a direct influence in the curriculum and policies of the schools.”
All of that began to change with the influence of the progressive agenda, though it took decades to fully emerge. But, Mohler says, “the last half of the twentieth century saw the public schools radically transformed in the vast majority of communities.” Supreme Court decisions “secularized the schools in a way that separated the schools from their communities and families.” Mohler notes that the “evil of racial segregation was rightly ended,” but court-ordered school busing destroyed the sense of community.

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Sunday, October 06, 2013

Amazing Civil War photographs

Amazing Civil War photographs created by colorist bring the era's heroes and characters to life in full color for the first time | Mail Online: "Two professional colorists have combined their skills with photographs and fascination with the American Civil War to create a remarkable series of color photographs from the era. "

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

The case for polygamy | The Daily Caller

Yep, get ready for the complete re-definition of marriage.  This is just the beginning:

The case for polygamy | The Daily Caller: Discussing the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage recently, Sen. Rand Paul joked about bestiality. This was unwise. If Paul wanted to make the slippery slope argument, the case for polygamy is much more compelling — and realistic.

This is not some straw man argument. As BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins pointed out, polygamists are, in fact, celebrating the court’s decision. And they have every reason to do so. After all, why shouldn’t marriage equality apply to them, too?

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Can Your Car Be Hacked? - Feature - Car and Driver

Yikes:

Can Your Car Be Hacked? - Feature - Car and Driver: Not too long ago, securing a car meant popping the faceplate off the CD player, slapping a Club over the steering wheel, and locking the doors. As vehicles’ electronic systems evolve, however, automobiles are starting to require the same protection as laptop computers and e-commerce servers.

Currently, there’s nothing to stop anyone with malicious intent and some ­computer-programming skills from taking command of your vehicle. After gaining access, a hacker could control everything from which song plays on the radio to whether the brakes work.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Postmodern Prudes | National Review Online

Interesting:

Postmodern Prudes | National Review Online: "More than 500 people were murdered in Chicago last year. Yet Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel still found time to berate the fast-food franchise Chick-fil-A for not sharing “Chicago values” — apparently, because its founder does not approve of gay marriage."

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Monday, April 08, 2013

U.S. Passes Saudis In Oil Output, No Thanks To White House - Investors.com

Good and let's keep it going:

U.S. Passes Saudis In Oil Output, No Thanks To White House - Investors.com:  The U.S. passed Saudi Arabia as the world's largest petroleum producer in November 2012, according to recently released data of the federal Energy Information Administration.
Over the last five years, domestic oil output has risen 40% and continually outpaces projections. Last year, domestic output increased by 800,000 barrels per day. This is the largest increase in annual production since the first oil well was drilled in 1859 in Pennsylvania.

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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Great news: Subprime auto loans up 18% in 2012 « Hot Air

Bubbles anyone?

Great news: Subprime auto loans up 18% in 2012 « Hot Air:Hey, who’s up for burying consumers in ridiculous loans and selling them off as securities on Wall Street?  I mean, it’s not as is this has worked out badly in the past, is it?  Well, okay, it didn’t work out so well when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pulled this stunt with home loans, but it should work out wonderfully for automobiles.  

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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Ed Driscoll » And the Most Popular Show on Television Is…

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Ed Driscoll » And the Most Popular Show on Television Is…:This past Sunday the television industry felt the ground shake when the first installment of the History Channel’s five-part miniseries, The Bible, drew a whopping 14.3 million viewers.  To put that in perspective, those are higher ratings than American Idol drew on Fox in the same week.  Higher ratings than the premiere of Celebrity Apprentice on NBC.  And it officially made The Bible the number one scripted cable broadcast of the year.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Gay Marriage: Is it Right to be Wrong?

His underlying argument is against moral relativism.  Very interesting:

Gay Marriage: Is it Right to be Wrong?: "The arguments for homosexual marriage are only three: sentimentalism, utilitarianism and political correctness. "

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Monday, January 21, 2013

No trust, no solutions

Yep, our politics are broken:

No trust, no solutions | TribLIVE: "People who live and work outside Washington, D.C., say their way of life and values have not changed. But they think those who live, work and legislate inside the Beltway have, frankly, gone bonkers about everything.

David Hendricks of Weatherly, Pa., said those lawmakers are tribal, angry, argue about things most people never even think about, and run campaigns based on “vote for me because I am one of you and not one of them,” rather than “vote for me because I will do a good job for all of us.”

To him, this is “just foolishness.”"

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Why are there no humanist funerals?

Sort of like the old saying that there are no atheists in foxholes:

Why are there no humanist funerals? | Religion and Other Curiosities: "On December 29, 2012, the New York Times carried an article by Samuel Freedman, who is on the faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and who regularly writes in the religion column of the Times. The article is entitled “In a Crisis, Humanists seem Absent”. "

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Saturday, January 05, 2013

Carl Medearis sent to an Arab league meeting

Great story, HT: Ken

Carl & Chris Medearis: "God has a sense of humor.  Seriously.  Not joking.  He’s hilarious.  I mean, look at us.  Look at who he chooses to use and how he goes about doing it..."

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