Benny showcases a lot of personality in just a few photos.
Benny showcases a lot of personality in just a few photos.
Glenn Reynolds links to a gallery of jets which are owned by people in Hollywood. I was surprised to learn about a jet plane that retails for $8 million. It's, of course, tiny but I thought the minimum price for such luxuries was around $20 mil.
Anyway, it's cool to know that I can afford one in a hundred years.
Very few people are abstract or long-term thinkers. Most people want the wealth produced by a society with limited government distributed to them more generously by bigger government.
Future generations be damned. Of course, this can't last. The only relevant question is when it will end?
A three-year-old post about California's decline. Victor Davis Hanson has also written about the deterioration of society in his own part of California. The noxious combination of illegal immigration, an overloaded and thus broken melting pot, and white liberal guilt is causing havoc in the once golden state.
What can be done? It seems it's too late. The financial and cultural price has to be paid for decades-long dumb policies.
A boy who made statements about Islam on Dutch TV, will on 28 November stand in front of the Amsterdam judge.
When it comes to Islam, to be honest is to be a criminal.
The part at 1:50 in the video is comical.
The answer is simple: racism. If only the Olympics and the World Championship events were not filled with those evil discriminators, then in no time, we'd have the speed records claimed by Chinese Cheetahs!
The new Zero Value Meal.
The ear pads on my over-the-ear headphones are falling apart. So, I checked online for the proper replacements and they cost $20 or more! Damn, that's some sweet margin on foam.
Anyway, as I was wasting time trying to save a few bucks, I came across this epic, mammoth, giant, great, did I say epic?, comparison of 56 headphones!
Unfortunately, my relatively modest headphones weren't tested in the comparison. Still, I've bookmarked the E-P-I-C battle for future reference.
Obama's re-election gives hope to flag makers in Pakistan. Though, to be fair, Pakistanis will burn US flags no matter who the US president is.
Link via Jihad Watch.
A reader writes in to The Thinking Housewife:
I’m black, a registered Republican and voted for Romney during this week’s election. Prior to the election, my sister (who also supported Romney) and I discussed how so many of our family members without question were voting for Obama. These family members profess to having a strong Christian faith and values. Yet, they absolutely ignore the fact that Obama and the Democratic party supports gay marriage and abortion. Even though these are my family members, it’s still very baffling to me that one could so easily set aside their values without thought or personal conflict. And for no other reason than to support a candidate that shares the same skin color.
But, oddly enough, Romney is the racist because 60% of whites support him.
A young boy rides his tricycle in a city during autumn.
There was talk of the US presidential election at my work during lunch time. The topic of age came up and I commented that as people get older they become more conservative. So, older folks vote more Republican. One person replied that maybe they're becoming senile.
Anyway, here's the voter breakdown. One of the interesting stats is that married women voted 53% republican but single women voted 67% democrat. I guess the State is a generous sugar daddy.
I don't think either candidate is interested in fixing the fundamental problem of scorching debt. Though, historically speaking, Mitt Romney should have the edge. I think he'll win and Obama will be kicked to the curb. It would be such a historic moment!
Four years ago, America elected the first affirmative action black president; now, it's time to fire him.
REVENGE won. I was wrong.
Sharia law is a fake issue manufactured by Islamophobes. It’s a complete non-issue for everyone but the 50 percent of Muslims who want blasphemy laws, the 40 percent who want to live under Islamic law and the 12 percent who want to murder blasphemers. Oh and another 9 percent are undecided on the question of whether we should be hanging blasphemers or not.
That's in the USA, by the way.
Vlad Tepes: Paul Weston interviewed on Islam, the future of Europe, leftism in England and more.
There is a real, airtight bubble in this election, but it's not Obama's. As a middle-aged white man, in fact, I'm breaching it. White people—white men in particular—are for Mitt Romney. White men are supporting Mitt Romney to the exclusion of logic or common sense, in defiance of normal Americans. Without this narrow, tribal appeal, Romney's candidacy would simply not be viable. Most kinds of Americans see no reason to vote for him.
I find this quite amusing: Without that tribal appeal, Romney couldn't win. A spectacular number of blacks (90%+) voted for Obama four years ago and yet the "tribal" tag is being put on Romeny for appealing to 60% of whites.
Of course, if you support Romney, then you're a racist. For example, here's what Scocca has to say about Romney's "47%":
In white people's political English, "personal responsibility" is the opposite of "handouts," "food stamps," and particularly "welfare," all of which are synonyms for "niggers." This was Ronald Reagan's rallying cry, and it was the defining issue for traumatized post-Reagan white Democrats.
Wow. At least when Scocca was writing about most whites voting for Romney, he could use the racist angle. But now, when the issue is largely economics, it's also because those whites hate niggers!
It seems Obama is winning the majority of the asshole vote.
Stuck in Customs:
I joined NPS (Nikon Professional Services) a few years ago. It’s easy to join — you just have to be signed up by an existing member. I didn’t really know what NPS did, but I figured it would be handy in case anything ever went wrong with my equipment.
A very sensible decision by a pro.
I’ve had three negative experiences and zero positive experiences with NPS. I’ll go through them here.
Uh oh. Nikon's market share in the camera market has been increasing since they released the D3 and D300 in 2007. Unfortunately, their customer service has become just plain idiotic. What they're doing, likely, saves them money but makes life miserable for their customers.
Ed Driscoll wrote about the Star Wars prequels. It seems that Episode 7 is on the horizon. This can only lead to, er, suffering.
Not that George Lucas hasn't methodically gone about ruining his creation for decades, beginning with The Return of the Jedi and those damned Ewoks, but the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney pretty much guarantees that the franchise will never, ever, return to its erstwhile glory.
What terrible news for the younglings of today.
I love how the lost shot is of misty mountains.
Scott on Cape Cod writes about Benghazi:
[...] due to their quick action and suppressive fire, twenty administrative personnel in the embassy were able to escape to safety. Eventually, these two courageous men were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers brought against them, an enemy force numbering between 100 to 200 attackers which came in two waves. But the stunning part of the story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed 60 of the attacking force. Once the compound was overrun, the attackers were incensed to discover that just two men had inflicted so much death and destruction.
What a contrast. The Muslims have tremendous hatred but they're so thoroughly incompetent that they can't even manage to murder two men of the West without losing dozens of their own. Just goes to show how different and effective this war of civilization vs. barbarism would be if the West recognized its enemy.
Oregon all-everything back De'Anthony Thomas has been mentioned as a Heisman candidate and the above play shows you why. It's hard to find a player this dynamic in college football.
His performance in the video is very impressive.
On its current projected track, Sandy could make U.S. landfall on Monday night or Tuesday anywhere between Maryland and southern New England, forecasters said. Rain accumulations of up to 12 inches and heavy snowfall inland are considered likely in some areas.
As it merges with an Arctic jet stream, forecasters said Sandy has all the ingredients to transform into a "super storm" unlike anything seen over the eastern United States in decades.
I blame George Bush.
Seriously, I hope people don't lose electricity for too long.
The last scene in the trailer is cute.
[...] the goal should not be to try to make the retards normal or the normals brilliant, (such efforts are futile), but rather, to endeavor to teach each group of individuals wisdom and strong moral character to the best of their capacity to understand and apply it. Even one conscientious and confident normal individual of good character can do wonders for correcting the ills caused by a gaggle of highly intelligent, evil-minded fools.
This reminded me of what Galadriel said in The Fellowship of the Ring: "Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."
The PCB governing board has sanctioned the purchase of bulletproof buses to ensure best security protocol for visiting teams, and thus address some of the security concerns that have prevented international teams from touring Pakistan over the last three and a half years.
Next: bulletproof vests for the international players while they play their matches? I see a lot of run outs!
One morning I rode out to the main temple to watch the sunrise. Clouds are fairly rare out there, so I was hoping for some nice color situations, but I didn’t expect anything quite this colorful!
That's what I immediately noticed: lots of dynamic range.
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid has a few words for "moderate" Muslims:
Finding slaves or slave girls, repulsive; physically assaulting women, disgusting; cutting off hands for theft, inhuman; stoning people to death, beastly and then venerating the ideology that permits this at the same time is hypocrisy of the very highest order. You sit there, criticize and mock the Taliban that follow your religion in its true form while you live in oblivion with your extremely palatable, but simultaneously blatantly fallacious, brand of religion and then claim that the Taliban are misinterpreting and misapprehending your ideology? Oh, the irony.
The Taliban have defended the attack on Malala Yousafzai according to their scriptures and history. Of course if you’re looking for a command that orders the killing of every 14-year-old school going girl who is inspired by the leader of Dar-ul-Harb, you won’t find one, but what you will find are quite a few historical precedents. Like for instance the case of Asma bint Marwan, a poetess whose murder was sanctioned in 2 AH after she conspired against Islam and the Holy Prophet, as narrated by Ibn Ishaq and Ibn Sa’d. And then there are Ibn Khatal’s two slave girls Fartana and Qaribah, who used to sing songs against the Holy Prophet and were among the ten shortlisted to be executed at the Conquest of Makkah in 8 AH – one of them was killed, the second managed to escape (Ibn Sa’d, Tabaqat- Vol 2). Women were ordered to be killed for conspiring against the religion by their ideological predecessors, and so is it entirely the Taliban’s fault for taking cue and attempting to kill a girl who criticised their fundamentals; the fundamentals emanating from their ‘authentic’ religious scriptures?
Taliban translated in English means students. These wretched beings have studied and learned nothing but Islam. It's, of course, the Islamic "moderates" who are the religious extremists.
Thanks to Tambi Dude for emailing me the above links.
Having sunk most of his savings into the venture, it went belly up, he said, partly because of a bad economy but also due to “federal, state and local rules that were all passed with the objective of helping employees, protecting the environment, raising tax dollars for schools, protecting our customers from fire hazards, etc.”
Lamenting his lack of business experience while he was a legislator and presidential contender, McGovern concluded that “ ‘one-size-fits-all’ rules for business ignored the reality of the marketplace.”
As he explained, “setting thresholds for regulatory guidelines at artificial levels -- for example, 50 employees or more, $500,000 in sales -- takes no account of other realities, such as profit margins, labor intensive vs. capital intensive businesses, and local market economics.”
Too many people don't understand the stress businessmen deal with. Most businesses, like the above example, lose money. McGovern's policies were in the abstract, theoretical realm but once he saw the ugly reality he realized just how out of touch and idiotic politicians are.
For three generations, the badge of the Soviet revolution meant poverty, slavery, torture and death. It adorned the caps of the chekas who came in the night. It opened and closed the propaganda films which hid the famines. It advertised the people's courts where victims of purges and show-trials were condemned. It fluttered over the re-education camps and the gulags. For hundreds of millions of Europeans, it was a symbol of foreign occupation. Hungary, Lithuania and Moldova have banned its use, and various former communist countries want it to be treated in the same way as Nazi insignia.
The hammer and sickle was used to crush humanity and here it sits at the top. The cross to hammer+sickle ratio is 3 to 5. It would have been more honest if the symbols formed a swatsika instead of a star.
The core values of women’s education, emancipation and entitlement to respect must endure: but some of the wilder shores of Western feminism are ridiculous.
Entitlement to respect? Why would anyone, man or woman, be entitled to respect? The author writes that in the context of female babies who get aborted before birth because of their gender.
But don't we then have a conflict? A pregnant woman only has a right to abort her unborn child if she's completely unaware of the sex of the baby. However, as soon as that knowledge becomes available, then the baby ought to be respected if the baby is a she.
Some "value" that.
Great that women’s earnings have risen: but it’s a little worrying that, in the United States, the family wage has simultaneously fallen, and sometimes more than a little worrying that it now usually takes two salaries to raise a family. Where is the “choice” in that? No easy answers!
One of the reasons that the average wage is falling is that women are entering the labor force in large numbers. So much so that today in the US most of the workers are women! When supply of something increases, it's price decreases. More workers, lower wages. It's surprising that the author isn't aware of such a simple fact.
I guess women's education doesn't include basic economics.
The Monty Python crew would have been all put behind bars if Britain had such draconian laws on the books back then.
Cricinfo interviews one of the greatest fast bowlers in Pakistani history:
Getting swing while bowling fast - Waqar Younis knew how to do that. He talks us through the art and science of it.
Do you want to know what Muslims truly believe?
Umberto Eco once said that he wrote The Name of the Rose because he wanted to murder a monk. I decided to do him one better and begin by killing the Holy Father.
Holy Schnikes! Though, I'm hoping the protagonist won't get into a crazy maze of books or bones. I've read Summa Elvetica and felt that it was too short. I saw glimpses of some fascinating characters in a cool world and then ... it's over!
A Throne of Bones will be on my reading list for 2013.
At age 11, Ghulam was married off to 40-year-old Jaiz in a rural Afghan village, making her only one of more than 10 million young girls who are being forced to wed men old enough to be their fathers or grandfather every year.
But opposing such practices would be Islamophobic.
One comment that boils it down:
How can any society respect a culture such as this? This is pedophillia disguised by a 'marriage'.
Indeed. However, it logically follows that their beloved prophet was also a pedophile who, therefore, is not even close to being a perfect man. Saying such a simple truth in an Islamic society is suicidal.
Randjida Khairi was stabbed five times in her chest and back. She had her throat cut, a wound so ugly and deep that it sliced through her neck muscles, voicebox and windpipe — stopping only at her spine.
She was stabbed with two different knives. She drowned in her own blood; a process a pathologist would later determine took between five and 10 minutes. Police discovered Ms. Khairi’s body lying on a bloody cot in her family home, a 16th floor apartment in the northwest corner of Toronto, otherwise all tidy and neat, with a kitchen full of pots.
The victim was the mother of six. The victim was married to her killer for 30 years.
Link via Jihad Watch.
The first presidential debate was more amusing than I had thought.
It seems that Saruman is the grand mufti in Saudi Arabia.
How long will the French tolerate the intolerant?
The Big Zero provides the answers.
I swim among single women — mostly white, mostly educated and/or intelligent, in their 20s and 30s — and I can assure you they have a rock hard clit boner for Obama and leftie policies in general. Romney may as well be the anti-Christ when he’s not some buffoon at whom they happily lob insipid snark bombs. I can count on three fingers the number of unmarried girls I know who aren’t reflexively pro-O-face. And even among those women who might have some sympathies for anti-Gimmedat viewpoints, any hint that you were against eternally welcoming open borders to the third world would send them spinning into point and sputter orbit.
This is the reality we live in. It’s status whoring and self-righteous hypocritical white girl preening all the way down. The people have suckled on the Big Daddy Government teat for too long, and they ain’t giving it up.
It ain't going to be pretty when the money runs out.