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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Buy chicken offsets!

Enjoy Chick Fil-A and make it up to your liberal friends.

Analysis of Obama budget - debt at $25.4 trillion in 10 years A new analysis of Mr. Obama’s budget reveals the president’s plan would add $10.6 trillion in debt accumulation over the next decade, bringing the U.S. federal debt to a jaw-dropping $25.4 trillion. 

Obama admin decision on a beetle in the path of Keystone pipeline

Will delay construction up to a year, assuming it (the pipeline) is ever approved.

Clint Eastwood Comes Out of Closet, Endorses Romney

It’s easier for Hollywood conservatives to declare themselves after three plus years of the Obama administration, not harder.

via Instapundit.

Ex-Limbaugh sponsor says dropping show during Fluke controversy hurt company

Turns out alienating Rush’s fans may have been more damaging than alienating his critics.

10 Firearms Which Changed the Course of History

#1 is the AK-47, of course.

Labor Dept. Waives 60-Day Notice To Help Obama Win

Mandatory 60 day warning of mass defense layoffs due to the end of federal contracts are due to go out 3 days before the election.  There are a lot of voters in Northern Virginia, a critical swing state, who work for defense contractors, and cuts caused by sequestration will affect them and the future of their families.

Nationwide, Stephen Fuller, director of George Mason University's Center of Regional Analysis, estimates the across-the-board reduction could cost the country 2.14 million jobs and increase unemployment by as much as 1.5 percentage points.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cricket-filled power bars

"That's all it is: 100 percent cricket," Heylin said about the cricket flour, the key ingredient in the power bars that he has based his company, named, appropriately, Chirp.

What Would the Real Life Clue Mansion Cost?

It’s Not Cheap to Reside in the Murder-Plagued Mansion.

Tyler Cowen - Short videos on business cycle theory

Nice resource.

General Motors is Imploding — and Team Obama is Lying About It

Smoke and mirrors and lies.  Welcome to Campaign Obama 2012.

I built this business without gov't help. Obama can Kiss my ass.

Sign outside Georgia lumberyard.

'I'm going to give him an answer in Chicago language--something he's used to.'

Thursday links

1957: Five Men Agree To Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb.

The Hardy Tree: An Early Work of a Great Novelist.

Sheep Sex Report Leads To Search For Elderly Swedish Man.

Flood-fearing millionaire finishes ark.

10 Incredible Sea Forts.

A young male decided to place a firework between the cheeks of his bottom and light it. What could go wrong?

Wild Bill Hickock died on this day in 1876

shot* while holding two pair - aces and eights, all black - ever since known to poker devotees as the "dead man's hand."

* He was shot in the back on this date during a poker game at the Number Ten Saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota). Although it is hard to separate fact from fiction in his life, it appears that Hickok was born James Butler Hickok in Troy Grove, Illinois and fled to the west in 1855 as a fugitive from justice, working as a stagecoach driver, hired gun, scout, and lawman in the Kansas and Nebraska territories. Hickok fought in the Union Army during the Civil War, subsequently becoming well known as a gunfighter and professional gambler in the far west - a life style that eventually contributed to his unfortunate demise, murdered by one James McCall (later hanged for the offense), for motives that still remain obscure. At the moment of his death he was playing five-card draw.

If you're old enough, you might remember the eponymous TV show from the 50's: 

Andy Devine: "WILD ... BILL ... HICKOK!!!"
Narrator: "Starring Guy Madison as Wild Bill Hickok"
Andy Devine: "Hey, Wild Bill ... wait for me!"
Narrator: "And Andy Divine as his pal, Jingles" 

I don't remember them from that time, since I was too young to watch TV in the evening, and we had terrible reception where I grew up - 80 miles from the NYC signal.  I saw some of the episodes later, though.  Andy Devine as Jingles was definitely the most memorable character.

Speaking of Andy Devine, Pretty much the first TV I remember was Andy's Gang on Saturday mornings - plunk your magic twanger, Froggy!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Life imitates The Onion: the ridiculous buckyball ban

Consumer Product Safety Commission Banning … Toy Magnets?

The Onion:  Fun Toy Banned Because Of Three Stupid Dead Kids.

Except with the buckyballs, no one died.

Gang of unruly knights robs Renaissance fair

They should be pilloried.

First Behind-The-Scenes Footage of the New Wolverine Movie

Filming in Australia.

Bali Teenager Passes Out Marrying Cow He Had Sex With

Cleansing the village: As part of the ceremony, Alit’s victim and new bride was drowned in ocean.

Alit, on the other hand, was symbolically drowned and bathed on the beach.

Today would be Milton Friedman's 100th birthday

Must-see short videos - there are so many great ones it's hard to choose:

Milton Friedman - Greed

Milton Friedman - Why Drugs Should Be Legalized

Milton Friedman on Minimum Wage 

Milton Friedman - Socialism is Force

Truck owner wants DEA to pay up after botched sting

DEA Used Truck and Driver Without Permission to Haul Pot.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Japanese Robocop, controlled by smartphone

The only way I'm OK with this is if I get to hold the smartphone.

Sunken Nazi Submarine Found Just Off the Coast of Nantucket


India’s Power Grid Fails, Leaves 370 Million Without Electricity.

More than the population of the United States and Canada combined, although apparently they're somewhat used to unreliable power.

via Instapundit.

Creepy Spider Web Forest

That's not snow - Flooding in Australia is forcing spiders to move inland.

via GeekPress.

Federal judge: political appointees interfered with Black Panther voter intimidation case

Dr. Zero has links to a Washington Examiner article, and comments.

Poop-throwing is a sign of intelligence

Planet of the apes alert: chimps who throw their feces often and accurately tend to be the smartest and best communicators in their group.

Did Einstein convert to Islam?

"A relationship between the Grand Ayatollah and Einstein is not “refutable,”"

"not refutable" is quite a standard.  ;-)

Keystone pipeline update: China's $15.1 Billion Canadian Oil Deal

Do we really want to be buying Canadian oil back from the Chinese?

Obama canceled Bin Laden ‘kill’ raid three times at Jarrett’s urging

Daily Caller has seen portions of a new David Miniter book.