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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Maine Town Declares Food Sovereignty

Sedgwick, Maine has done what no other town in the United States has done. The town unanimously passed an ordinance giving its citizens the right “to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing.” This includes raw milk, locally slaughtered meats, and just about anything else you can imagine. It’s also a decided bucking of state and federal laws.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Marizela Perez, Michelle Malkin's cousin, missing for a month.

Updates on Michelle's blog.

Good advice

Booker T. Washington

The sister of my friend Claudia Anderson wrote a blog post inspired by Ed's "Quotation of the Day", based on BTW's birthday, today.  The QOTD is pasted in it's entirety below. Apologies for the formatting - I'm too lazy to fix it.  

(Ed is my "significant other")

No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in
     writing a poem. 

                                         - Booker T. Washington
                                           (Up from Slavery)


             In all things that are purely social we [black and white] can be as separate as the
      fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress. 

                                         - Washington 
                                           (speech at the Cotton States and International
                                           Exposition, Atlanta, 18 September 1895)  


             No man, who continues to add something to the material, intellectual, and moral
      well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward.

                                         - Washington
                                           (attributed) 


             As nearly as any man I have ever met, Booker T. Washington lived up to Micah's
      verse, "What more doth the Lord require of thee than to do justice, have mercy, and
      walk humbly with thy God."

                                         - Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
                                           (quoted in Stokes, A Brief Biography of
                                           Booker T. Washington)


     (Today is the 155th anniversary of the birth of Afro-American educator Booker T[aliaferro]
     Washington (1856-1915), born a slave in Franklin County, VirginiaWashington worked
     in salt furnaces and coal mines after the Civil War before gaining an education at the
     Hampton Institute and becoming an instructor there.  In 1881, he founded the normal and
     industrial school for Afro-Americans at Tuskegee, Alabama that later became the Tuske-
     gee Institute, at one time the leading educational institution for black Americans.  An able
     orator, Washington believed fervently in economic independence as a necessary precursor
     to achieving full racial equality, and for this reason he was often criticized as what would
     now be called an "Uncle Tom" by other early black leaders.  Sadly, he seems largely for-
     gotten today, although I recall that during my youth he was revered as a leading exemplar
     of the power of education for African-American progress.  He is supposed to have noted,

                                  "No man can hold another man down in the ditch
                                   without remaining down in the ditch with him.")   

         Booker T. Washington:

                                       

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Pakistani columnist: Japanese quake/tsunami was really US nuclear attack

Memri:  renowned Pakistani columnist Nusrat Mirza accused the U.S. of artificially causing the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, calling the radiation leaks resulting from damage to nuclear plants the U.S.'s "second nuclear attack" on the Japanese nation.

Additionally, Nusrat Mirza argued that the world will have to decide that the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, the 2010 Pakistani floods, the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, and the 2011 Japanese earthquake-cum-tsunami were all artificially caused by the U.S., possibly through the use of HAARP technology at a scientific research center in Alaska.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Iowahawk: Overseas-Contingencies-Kinetic-Aliocious


In trying to explain himself when bombing foreign lands,
It behooves a modern president to keep his prose in hand.
One little slip in lexicon accounting for the rubble
Will end up in congressional investigative trouble.

Ohhhhhh!
Overseas-contingencies-kinetic-aliocious
I must admit the messaging is really quite atrocious
But if you say it soft enough, you'll always sound precocious,
Overseascontingencieskineticaliocious!

Um-diddle-diddle-um-diddleye
Um-diddle-diddle-um-diddleye

In olden days they called this thing a stale three-letter word
But in this new millenium I find that quite absurd.
My unabridge-ed thesaurus is dog-eared through and through,
One syllable seems pitiful when thirteen more will do!

Ohhhhhhh!
Overseascontingencieskineticaliocious,
When you put it in that way it won't seem so ferocious.
Gargle first with Listerine in case of halitosis,
Overseascontingencieskineticaliocious!

Um-twiddle-diddle-um-twiddle dee
Um-twiddle-diddle-um-twiddle dum

Unlike Bush adventurism, there's no "war" to fear
It's um... it's er... it's uh... it's mmm... let me be crystal clear
In days not weeks we cease it all, for "peace," or as you know,
Suoicilacitenikeicnegnitnocsaesrevo.

Ohhhhhh!
Overseascontingencieskineticaliocious
A neologic tailor-made for media hypnosis
If you hear it long enough you'll drink until cirrhosis,
Overseascontingencieskineticaliocious!*

Former NHS director dies after surgery canceled 4 times


A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation - at her own hospital.

Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex.

But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Ambrose Bierce on April Fool's day

From the Devil's Dictionary:

April Fool, n.  The March fool with another month added to his folly.

2011 Budget Battle in Perspective

At Cato:

There are news reports that Republican and Democrat negotiators are heading toward a compromise figure of $33 billion in spending cuts. Let’s put that figure in perspective alongside the GOP’s original proposal to cut a whopping $61 billion:

Man subsists on beer only for Lent

Liquid bread.

Jonah Goldberg: Taking Feminism Overseas

At NRO:  The good news for those who want to continue the fight for women is that there is plenty of work left to do — abroad.

The plight of women in other countries is not only dire, it’s central to global poverty and the war on terrorism. Jihadism is largely a male problem. This shouldn’t be a surprise, given that jihadis commit mass murder in pursuit of a virgin bonus in the afterlife.

Islamist extremism and oppression of women go hand in hand. And while the correlation between poverty and terrorism is often overstated, the correlation between prosperity and women’s liberation is profound.

ObamaCare Implementation Meets Resistance in More States

Cato: Republican governors Rick Scott (FL), Sean Parnell (AK), and Bobby Jindal (LA) have flatly refused to implement ObamaCare.  Efforts to create an ObamaCare health insurance "Exchange" are meeting resistance in other states too.

Friday stuff