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Saturday, August 11, 2012

USDA spends $2 million on internship program for one full-time intern

Inspector General’s audit.

Keith Hennessy: The campaign politics of the Ryan budget

Details and comments at his website, via Instapundit.

The Battle of Little Desktop

"dedicated to the men who died defending little desktop."

via Everlasting Blort.

Steyn: Milquetoast Mitt

This election represents the last exit ramp before the death spiral.

How Retirement Benefits May Sink the States

Illinois is a lesson in why companies are starting to pay more attention to the long-term fiscal prospects of governments.

Ethanol vs. the World

Corn fuel mandate continues to raise food prices and hurt the poor - corn is also a key ingredient in the combine of political power and corporate welfare that is U.S. alternative energy policy.

If not for the politics, the ethanol mandate would have been gone years ago. Oil costs and imports are up (ethanol makes up less than 1% of world-wide transportation fuel), and even the green lobby has turned against the fuel (because of the carbon-increasing deforestation it causes).

Friday, August 10, 2012

Cemetery Guns and Grave Torpedoes

Protection against grave robbers during the 1700's and 1800's.

I love this, from an advertisement:

"...sleep well sweet angel, let no fears of ghouls disturb thy rest, for above thy shrouded form lies a torpedo, ready to make minced meat of anyone who attempts to convey you to the pickling vat."

Man files discrimination lawsuit against HS Secretary Janet Napolitano

"... charging she pushed him aside to make way for a less-qualified woman who’s 'enjoyed a long-standing relationship' with the anti-terror chief."

Gallup: D.C. Only Place in U.S. Where Majority Believes Economy Getting Better

Well, that's where most of the taxpayer dollars end up.

The long-awaited second sequel to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Excellent news.

I don't even like dogs, and this made me cry

A picture worth a thousand words. Man soothes his 19 year old arthritic dog to sleep in a lake every evening - the buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones.

Woody Allen vs William Buckley

On Woody Allen's show, in 1967.


Friday links

A Physics Lesson: Why Cats Land on Their Feet (Usually).

Infographic: Here’s Every Avenger That Marvel Ever Invented.

25 Advertisements By Dr. Seuss Before He Was Dr. Seuss.  And here are his WWII Editorial Cartoons.

Stressed Men Like Bigger Butts.

Freeing a Moose From a Swing Set. Also in the animal rescue category, bringing a drowned turtle back from the dead with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Obama's War on Coal Costs Him The Miner's Union

Sitting this one out.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Top 10 Ways To Boost Your Home Wi-Fi

Lifehacker has useful info - I highly recommend this site.

Doc Zero: There is no honest case against Voter ID

Common sense.

Obama Wants to Repeat “Success” of Auto Bailout With Every Industry

Auto Bailout Cost Taxpayers $23 Billion.

For Maybe Rolling Thru Stop Sign, Cops Strip Search Mom at Side of Road, "Forcibly" Pull Out Tampon

With her kids in the car.  Allegedly.

via BoingBoing.

"Romney Murdered JonBenét Ramsey,' New Obama Campaign Ad Alleges

The Onion: Romney owes an explanation to the American people as to why he murdered JonBenét Ramsey.

Titled “He Did It,” the advertisement asks if anyone can truly remember where Romney was the night of the child’s murder, and whether the U.S. populace wants a president capable of strangling a little girl and dumping her body in her parents’ basement.

And this: According to sources at Obama’s Chicago headquarters, the “He Did It” commercial is just the first in a new series of attack ads that accuses Romney of drowning actress Natalie Wood in 1981, convincing cult leader David Koresh to burn down the Branch Davidian ranch in Waco, TX, and causing the Challenger disaster.

Poll: Obama, Romney 48-46 in Northern Virginia

NoVa (where I live) is generally significantly Democrat - especially since so many are employed or contracted by the federal government. 

Statistical dead heat.

Over 100 million now receiving federal welfare

Not including those who only get Social Security and/or Medicare.

What time is it right now on Mars? There's an app for that.

From NASA - download it here.

Game of Thrones Season 2 RPG

May be NSFW (probably not)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Virginia farmer threatened with $5K fine for hosting child’s birthday party

Fauquier County is very close to me.

Asian Navies converging on the Mediterranean

Peace in our time.

Obesity Increases Risk Of Car Accidents

"Poor car-to-person fit is thought to be the leading cause of the increased risk of injury and fatality in [car accidents] for [people] who are obese."

Jonah Goldberg on Pelosi: To Hell With You People, Again

This is what liberals do. They metaphorically lash children to the fenders of government so that the budget cutting blade must slice through them first.

Wednesday links

A British man set fire to his home by microwaving his socks and underwear.

The Ultimate People Walking Into Stuff Compilation.

LEGO roundup: Seven-foot long minifig-scale Serenity model, an Olympic Park replica, and a recreation of the Ringwraiths’ hunt for Hobbits.  Also, kid had a LEGO stuck in his nose for 3 years.

Methane-exhaling microbes.

30 Giant Figures Seen from Google Earth.


Read more here: http://blogs.herald.com/dave_barrys_blog/#storylink=cpy

Woman in O's anti-Romney SuperPAC Death Ad had her own insurance

Malkin: And died 5 years after her husband lost his.

A couple of points that are fairly well known by now, because we’ve been here before. Romney left Bain in 1999. GST Steel declared bankruptcy in 2001. The woman mentioned in the ad died in 2006 — seven years after Romney left Bain and five years after Soptic was laid off. Who was running Bain when the man lost his job? A high dollar Obama campaign bundler. They keep leaving that part out.

Update: According to CNN, not mentioned in the ad is the fact that during the time after Soptic lost his job, his wife had her own job with health insurance coverage:

Internet Archive adds 1,000,000 legal files to the world's store of BitTorrents

Major blow to the schemes of entertainment companies.

NCIS Targets Wired's Danger Room in Leak Investigation

Over a 5 year old article based on an unclassified document about a weapon never built.

Plus, a discussion on how the leak investigations are going after low-level individuals and protecting the administration and congress.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Marvin Hamlisch RIP

Here's a performance of his work by Gilda Radner

In China, the rich hire body doubles to do their prison time

Police: "The photos of the man in the car and in the court look like different people, but it’s just the camera angle and lighting."

When 1,099 felons vote in race won by 312 ballots

Al Franken's Minnesota senatorial victory.

This is how sperm whales sleep


Yes, really.

UK Nanny state story du jour: Paper clips banned due to injuries

NHS Trust has reportedly banned metal paperclips due to staff injuries.

Devolution of useful things?  

Report: Cronyism, political donations likely behind Obama, Holder failure to charge any bankers after 2008 financial meltdown

The Obama administration’s decision to not appoint an independent counsel to investigate the MF Global scandal, despite more than 60 members of Congress demanding it, also reeks of cronyism.

Mark Steyn on the Olympics in London

I scrammed out of London a few days before the Olympics began, but after getting an earful on what the locals make of it. On the whole, the residents of that great city would rather the honor of hosting the world’s most disruptive sporting event had gone to some joint that needs the publicity more — Alma Ata, or Ouagadougou, or Oakland. In 21st-century London, traffic moves at fewer miles per hour than it did before the internal-combustion engine was invented without the added complication of fleets of Third World thug bureaucrats and the permanent floating crap game of transnationalist freeloaders being dumped on its medieval street plan.

Read the whole thing.

My younger daughter called me about this column, because of the Guys and Dolls reference - needless to say, this is totally stuck in my head.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Would Guns Work in Zero Gravity?

Science of a Total Recall gunfight, via Instapundit.

Slicing vegetables with thrown playing cards

This fellow hopes to break a world record throwing playing cards with vegetable-slicing speed and accuracy.

Slow motion flaming tennis ball

They took a tennis ball, soaked it in gasoline, and lit it on fire. Watch it served in slow-motion.  Some possibly NSFW language.

via Mental Floss.

Connecticut public beaches closed all day so Obama can fund-raise

Two of Connecticut’s popular public beaches -- maintained with taxpayer money -- will close all day Monday to accommodate President Obama’s fundraising excursion that ends with a $35,800-per-plate event.

Must see GIF ;-)

Trampoline double fail

Trampoline double fail

The Obamalich Maneuver


Monday links

The history of toilet paper.

Patented method for exercising a cat.

Italy rules ‘no balls’ insult for men is a crime.

Luxury chickens.

Patrick Combs deposits a junk-mail cheque for $95,000 – for a joke. The bank cashes it.

The only existing video footage of Mark Twain, as filmed by Thomas Edison.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Americans view the government as a burden weighing down economy, nation

The Heavy Burden of Government.

Obama Fundraisers to Deny Thousands a Day at the Beach

“Could you imagine if a Republican ever did such a thing? They’d be screaming from every corner."

A popular Connecticut park and its 234 acres of wetlands, woodlands and beach on Long Island Sound will be shut down all day Monday so that President Obama can use the location as a base for fundraising nearby.

The Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Connecticut will have to turn away thousands of bathers so that Obama can get to and from his events, including a $35,800 per head bash at the 9,000-square-foot, $8.3-million waterfront estate of movie mogul Harvey Wienstein.

15 Military groups oppose Obama campaign Ohio lawsuit

The National Guard Association of the United States and more than a dozen other fraternal military groups asked a U.S. judge for permission to intervene in and oppose a lawsuit filed by President Barack Obama’s campaign challenging the fairness of Ohio’s early voting rules.

via Gateway Pundit.

Researchers Turn Home Wi-Fi Router Into Spy Device

Details and links at Slashdot, via Instapundit.

How to watch the Curiosity rover land on Mars

BoingBoing has links and comments.

How wasps helped give us wine.

A yeast vital to fermentation the yeast can only survive the winter in the stomachs of wasps.

Iowahawk: Readings from the Book of Barack

“For I am the Lord Govt, creator of Eden! 32 I gave unto you the roads and bridges, and schools and cops, brought unto you of gentle showers of Tarp and Stimulus and rivers of Subsidy, I am the purifier of the waters, cleanser of the air, without which you and your profits would not exist. Thus all that thou have created is created by Us. Thus ye shall render unto Govt what is Govt's, and this is the Word of your Lord.”

Chart of the day: America’s missing 11 million workers


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Employment-to-population ratio

1931 photo of NYC architects dressed up as their buildings



That’s William Van Alen, architect of the Chrysler Building, in the center; Ely Jacques Kahn, who designed the Squibb Building, to the left; and Ralph Walker, designer of One Wall Street, to the right.

via Althouse

Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World



Thoughts while hanging out with grandkids:

I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more, than I'll never know
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.