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A Noisy Beginning

Well, it was quite a weekend, wasn’t it? Never, in my lifetime and that includes 1968, have I seen so much stupidity on the streets. We, of course, knew the childish left was going to throw a tantrum, but looking in occasionally on Saturday, I just couldn’t get over how obsessed by sex these women are. […]

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Assandun

Another battle that we should take notice of, this one before the Battle of Hastings that made the phrase “1066 and all that” so famous. This one was exactly 1000 years ago today. Amazing thing is that for the participants it was likely just as important as Hastings. This is the battle where Cnut, King […]

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Hurricane Hysteria [Updated] | Power Line

From Powerline, with no comment,  because none is required. The much-hyped Hurricane Matthew still hasn’t made landfall. It has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane as it makes its way up the Southeastern coast. It may yet do great damage here, as it already has in Haiti, but the disappointment in some quarters is […]

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Spin Cycle

As always, a heaping helping of truth.   This is the truth, whatever one thinks about Donald Trump.

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Bad Science Scuttles Anti-#Fracking Study

Well, imagine that! Do you suppose they made a mistake because obviously, they weren’t paying attention to whoever funded them and wanted the original results. Like Steve says, I don’t hate environmental scientists either, I too have some in the family. I do, however, hate fraud and deceit. Here’s Steve In March 2015, the journal Environmental […]

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Monday Miscellany

This is interesting: If the data is any indication, most of us use our phones more than we think: Participants estimated an average of 37 uses throughout the day (anything that turns on the screen, from hitting snooze to making a call), but the actual number was around 85. The slight majority took less than […]

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How The New E-Cig Rules Hurt Americans

You may have noticed that the FDA recently decided that E-cig should be regulated (by themselves, natch) as tobacco products. Frankly, it doesn’t make much sense to me, maybe because I expect tobacco products to contain, well, I don’t know, tobacco, maybe. Jared Meyer wrote about this the other day in The Federalist, here’s some […]

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Ride ’em Hard!

The inventor of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Arthur Davidson, died and went to heaven.  At the pearly gates, St. Peter told Arthur, “Since you’ve been such a good man and your motorcycles have changed the world, your reward is, you can hang out with anyone you want in Heaven.”  Arthur thought about this for a minute and […]

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The Regressive Left’s ‘Privilege’ Narrative

This showed up in my Twitter feed yesterday, from one of my English friends: @SiobhanHoffmann Well, I’d call it more contemptible and disgraceful. I think they should have to do her job for a few days, then we’ll talk — D. A. Christianson (@Nebraska71) May 1, 2016   @SiobhanHoffmann I completely agree, it’s as tough […]

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

There’s an excellent article over at First Things this month. Nothing at all unusual about that, of course, but this one speaks to a fair number of our problems. The problem with ­science is that so much of it simply isn’t. Last summer, the Open Science Collaboration announced that it had tried to replicate one […]

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Guns: Time to Call the Liberal Bluff?

I really like this idea, not least because the best way to call out imbecility, is to slightly adapt it, and adopt it. Here’s an idea: let’s call the left’s bluff on the Second Amendment. The left is wedded to the notion that there is no individual right to own guns because of the clause […]

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Mother of Parliaments

Yesterday, I spent a good part of the day watching the British debate on air strikes in Syria, it was a fascinating exercise. We get so used to the petty squabbling and personal attacks in Congress that we tend to say, “That’s as good as it gets.” But it’s not, the debate yesterday was intelligent, […]

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The Worldwide Domino Effect of the French Attacks

I don’t really know enough about Europe to even have an opinion, but I know what I read here, and some over there as well, and I think Leon H. Wolf over at RedState may well be on to something. The series of coordinated attacks by ISIS in Paris may not even be over, but […]

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The Fishing Trip

Heh, sometimes you get what you ask for! Four guys have been going on the same fishing trip for many years. A few days before the group’s annual departure date, John’s wife puts her foot down and tells him he isn’t going. John’s fishing buddies are very upset that he can’t go, but what can […]

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The Alarming Signposts that this Could Be a Crazy Year

This is interesting, and amongst all the theories floating around describing events, it makes as much sense as anything else. Does that make it true? Nope, neither does it make it false. Like global warming, global cooling, climate change, it’s a theory, although this one doesn’t have several trillion dollars of rent seeking money attached. […]

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Honesty is the Best Policy

More later, perhaps. But for now…. A woman driver is speeding along the highway, when suddenly she gets stopped by a police car which instructs her to pull over.   Woman: “Is there a problem, Officer?”   Officer: “Ma’am, you were speeding.” Woman: “Oh, I see.” Officer: “Can I see your license please?”     Woman: […]

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Pots and Kettles: Part 34,295

There’s been a lot of noise amongst my British friends the last week about how awful it is that David Cameron and *gasp* the Queen, received Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, and put him up for several days at Buckingham Palace. Now granted that Xi is no angel, nor should we think him a good […]

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Elections Have Consequenses

Keep that in mind if you live in New England this winter. While you’re freezing in the dark because of high energy prices, the rest of us are enjoying some of the lowest prices in a generation, Why? Quite simply because we like fracking, and gas pipelines, and you don’t. From the Wall Street Journal. […]

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Cecil the lion

OK, I’ll easily admit I’m not much of a fan of trophy hunting. I have no problem whatsoever with hunting if you’re going to make use of your kill, say for food. Nor am I much of a fan of big-game hunting with a crossbow, at least without a rifle as back up. I, like […]

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