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Sinfest reads from the book of love.
Terminal Lance examines re-enlistment incentives.
Moe Lane spotlights a deplorable truth about steampunk.
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Apparently not.
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Although this post by Richard MacEnroe at Three Beers Later sums up the way I've come to feel about Irish history, along with P.J. O'Rourke's quip that God gave peat to the Irish because nobody else in the world got drunk enough to try and burn dirt.*

Best wishes to all my relatives who are more Irish than Latino.

More later about my weekend in the hospital.






*He may be forgiven for momentarily having forgotten the Russians.
wombat_socho: Wombat (Politics)
Naomi Klein can't tell the difference between unconstitutional government action and entirely legal action by a corporation. What a complete retard. And she presumes to lecture conservatives on...well, pretty much anything?

(Via Computerworld, an excellent article about how the Egyptian protesters are managing to find ways around the government shutdown of the Internet and mobile phone networks.)

Being the pessimist I am, I can't help seeing a rerun of 1979's revolution in Iran here, with Mubarak playing the role of Shah - except the Shah was more realistic about his chances once the Army turned on him. It's not entirely clear whether the Egyptian Army has done that yet, and I hope it's not the case, because then this really will be a repeat of the Iranian Revolution. Those of us who are old enough remember how well that went under Carter 1.0. I don't expect the sequel under Carter 2.0 to be handled any better; the military isn't the hollowed-out shell it was in the 1970s, but most of it is tied down in Iraq and Afghanistan at the moment.
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I'm watching this instead:



Neil Gaiman is a very, very lucky man.
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Well, no jury duty today. I'll call back this afternoon to see if my group gets called in tomorrow. As much as I fancy the idea of serving on a jury, I hope they don't call tomorrow, since I'm supposed to be at the tax mines and I kinda need the money.

There's been an ad running on Fox News (the default TV channel in the tax mines) for Rosland Capital featuring G. Gordon Liddy and three cartoonish, pantomime constructs: a house, a bank, and a piggy bank. We have the TV muted, and the closed captioning is hilariously sporadic. so I have no idea what the G-man is saying, but it's pretty obvious that he's talking about the collapse in value of houses, failing banks, and inflation raping your savings. As he walks by the house, bank, and finally the piggy bank, he whacks the air valve on each, and they deflate, which is pretty amusing until he gets to the piggy bank. I have the same thought every time I see the ad: poor piggy.

Related, but more hilarious:
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Hardcore.

I don't think most of the people on my f-list need this, but it's highly amusing, if NSFW due to language.
Too bad we can't post this in classrooms where it would do the most good.
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Stacy McCain does the fish-in-a-barrel thing with Katie Couric, who seems to think that the cure for Americans' suspicion of radical Islam would be a Muslim version of The Cosby Show. Putting aside for the moment the fact that there just aren't any Muslim comics as funny and popular among the kufr as the Cos was among whites, I think la Couric is guilty of gross insensitivity and ignorance here. How can such a worldly, with-it talking head gal be unaware of that smash CBC hit Little Mosque On The Prairie? I mean, according to Wikipedia, Fox is looking at doing an American version.
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(The Corner)
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There are things that one should never see.
(Conceptually NSFW)

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cutelildrow for the reminder. :)
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Kids Draw Cthulhu - By John J. Miller - The Corner - National Review Online:
Meanwhile, we are one day closer to piecing together the disassociated knowledge that will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.


An interesting juxtaposition of the Mythos with a very common affinity plate here in the Commonwealth. Well worth the ten seconds of your time.

(Moe Lane)
wombat_socho: Wombat (Politics)
Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera is murdered by the Spanish Republic.
The Generalissimo dies after thirty-nine years as Head of State.

In connection with the latter, this is amusing:
Francisco Franco, famed dictator of Spain, lay on his deathbed after 36 years of rule. One of his daughters, awaiting the inevitable, paced back and forth across the marble floor of his bedroom.

Upon hearing the footsteps, Franco regained consciousness, and weakly called out, "Who's there?"

"It is the people of Spain, Father," she told him. "They have come to say goodbye."

"Why?" Franco asked. "Where are they going?"



Now, off to shave, dress, and learn emacs.
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They Hate Our Guts | The Weekly Standard:
This is not an election on November 2. This is a restraining order. Power has been trapped, abused and exploited by Democrats. Go to the ballot box and put an end to this abusive relationship. And let’s not hear any nonsense about letting the Democrats off if they promise to get counseling.


He's not kidding. RTWT.
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The Low Carb Megathread 2: Shut the fuck up about Ketostix! - The Something Awful Forums:
Frik posted:

"Something that's really bringing me down, however, is my father. I live with him while I'm going to school, and he won't stop telling me how dangerous this is. Last night was the worst as he brought me to tears telling me that I am poorly informed and know nothing about ketosis, that my kidneys are going to fail, I'm going to get stomach cancer, ulcers, and high cholesterol, and then proceeded to list everyone in our family that has ever had high cholesterol. My step-mother chimed in, saying I could easily follow a healthy diet instead. It baffles me because my father is double my size, and my step-mother is nearly the same size as me, and they eat sticky buns, cakes, cookies, chips, pizza, etc. Everything I say is invalid, because apparently WebMD.com is the keeper of all knowledge."

MomJeans420 replied:
"The trick is make sure to buy your father lots of carb and sugar heavy items now, like doughnuts. Then wait 10-20 years for him to get type II diabetes and have his feet amputated, and you can make him acknowledge that he guessed wrong on the diet question before you'll bring him his food, or help him go to the bathroom."

Frik:
"I like this advice a little too much. "
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Normally I despise everything ST:TNG related that doesn't have Klingon content, but this is too good.

(h/t [livejournal.com profile] jamestrainor)
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The Low Carb Megathread 2: Shut the f*ck up about Ketostix! - The Something Awful Forums:

Piperifle posted: Also, lols from WebMD:

"Basically when you are on a low-carbohydrate diet, the key to success is breaking fat into ketones to create ketosis, and as ketones get into urine and saliva, it can cause horrible breath"



They get in your urine, causing horrible breath? Damn, doc. You a freak.
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Pajamas Media » 2010: Dawn of the Terran Empire?:
Remember that episode of Star Trek (original series) where Captain Kirk, Scotty, Dr. McCoy, and Lt. Uhura accidentally transported into a parallel universe which was an eerie mirror image of the real world? The Federation was an evil “Terran Empire.” Star Fleet officers moved up not by merit, but by assassinating their superiors. And mirror-universe Spock wore a cool goatee.


More proof that fandom won the culture war: A Denver doctor has no compunction about leading off a somewhat serious essay on politics with an extended Star Trek: TOS reference. Jonah Goldberg, call your office, I think your shtick has been copylefted. :)
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NPR's Pet Toxic Asset, "Toxie," Dies - The Consumerist:
To see what would happen, reporters for NPR's Planet Money pooled their money and bought a toxic asset for $1,000. At 99% off, it seemed like a bargain. This week, "Toxie," as they dubbed their pet, gave up the ghost. Contrary to expectation, she was killed not by foreclosures, but by loan modifications, which reduced the amount of cash flowing into the bond. Planet Money tells the whole story in this awesome and hilarious animation.


(Ace)

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