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Archive for December, 2010


Model who inspired ‘Rosie the Riveter’ WWII poster dies at 86

Geraldine Hoff Doyle was just another young factory worker in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1942. But a chance visit to the plant by a United Press photographer was to make her one of the most recognisable faces in poster art.

The 17 year old was operating a metal-stamping machine when the photographer passed by — and couldn’t resist taking a picture of the tall, slender and glamorously beautiful brunette wearing a polka-dot bandana over her hair.


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The image became an instant classic and was later adopted by the women’s rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Kwanzaa goes green — it’s double the imaginary fun!

Why do leftists believe in (really gruesome) fairy tales?

At the EX this summer, a vendor was selling these surprisingly nice bracelets. I bought the red, white and blue “USA” one and the blue and white “ISRAEL” one.

Then I look over and see a green, red and black one that says “PALESTINE.”

“Hey,” I go to the guy, “do you have NARNIA…?”

Didn’t get it, of course.

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The days before lesbians were fat! (video)

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‘The interview quickly slid downhill’

Leave it to a liberal “peace studies” idiot to stop the story there…

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In Canada, the gun would’ve been locked — and the 11 year old girl would’ve been gang raped

AND the mother would’ve been charged with illegal storage of a firearm (just for starters.)

But hey, on the plus side? No Mexicans!

(Thanks to the loyal reader who sent this in because the gun was pink. I chickened out on getting the pink version of my shotgun, because I figured criminals would laugh at it. In the little girl’s case, they didn’t, so that’s what I know.)

PS: a belated thank you to everyone who answered my questions about how to get 00 buck for a 20 gauge!

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Is Ezra Klein too stupid to really be Jewish?

He sounds more like Larry the Cable Guy…

“The issue of the Constitution is that the text is confusing because it was written more than 100 years ago”

UPDATE via Iowahawk:

Thank you for your interest in the Washington Post’s Young Pundit Essay Contest…

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Letting Muslims immigrate to the West is like hiding Nazis in your attic during World War II

Jay Currie agrees with me:

It would cost Canada nothing to declare a ten year moratorium on immigration from any nation which styled itself an “Islamic Republic” or which either directly or indirectly encouraged radical Islam. (I suppose we might make an exception for England but, frankly, it is a close run thing.)

Islam, in its radical form, is simply incompatible with Western liberal democracy. Sorting the Muslim sheep from the Islamic goats is a process far too complicated to be undertaken on a mass scale. So, for the moment, it makes sense to say that no one from the cesspools of Islamic thought should be allowed into Canada. There are plenty of deserving, terror-phobic, potential immigrants who would be more than happy to take those places opened by a ban on Islamic immigration.

No doubt such a policy would be condemned as Islamophobic. So what?

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A well-regarded Canadian newspaper columnist told me earlier this year that, were s/he to express such views in public, his/her career as a mainstream writer would be finished.

I have a feeling we’re about six months away from that view seeming adorably quaint.

You can thank me later.

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If we really lived in a ‘meritocracy,’ I’d have more money by now

I score highly on tests, too — but I have the wrong family background and the wrong “piece of paper”:

While classic anti-elitism was a revolt against an entrenched aristocracy, present-day anti-elitism is a revolt against the meritocracy, who achieved their status as the ruling class not by birthright, but through degrees from elite academic institutions, Ms. Liu said. Higher education, once envisioned as a democratic tool that would level the playing field for rich and poor, has instead worked to establish a new elite, one that feels more than ever that it is entitled to its power.

“The old aristocracy was always insecure about whether or not its power was legitimate or whether it had to protect itself,” she said. “The new meritocratic elite believe that it is better than other people, because it scored higher on tests.”

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“Meritocracy” is the wrong word; “ruling class” is better because, as Codevilla explained in his excellent little book, one of the real objections “populists” have against today’s Establishment is that they aren’t powerful based upon merit (i.e., anything resembling actual common sense, talent, intelligence or rare accomplishment) but upon their last names and their Ivy League degrees (which affirmative action and grade inflation [should] have rendered meaningless.)

PS:

Lots of people who “score higher on tests” don’t get the job, if they’re the wrong color.

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Guy who gets paid to write for Slate and I don’t reports:

Over “winter vacation,” guy goes to restaurant in Palm Beach, and sees people there who… live in Palm Beach.

OMG, it’s Bilderberg with tennis pros!

PS: normal people call it “Christmas.”

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A dog is a caribou is a liberal is a dumbass

Also? why is Mediaite doing the college town alt-weekly thing, and spelling “Christian” with a lower-case “c” now?

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‘Don’t care much for families…’

Julie Burchill writes:

All those queues for the sales – half a mile long, some of them, in the early hours of the Boxing Day/Bank Holiday mornings in near-zero temperatures. Sorry, but that’s not just about getting 40 per cent of the price of a Sylvanian Families Babblebrook Grange playset at Hamley’s – that’s about not being able to stand the babble of your own your family after just a couple days in their bosom.

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Aaron Zelman, of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms, dies at age 64

If Jewish leaders would shift some of their focus from “Holocaust denial” and even “Holocaust commemoration” to “Holocaust prevention,” we’d all be better off…

I heard about this first thing this morning from David Codrea of the invaluable Gun Rights Examiner site.

Here’s a longer tribute from AmmoLand.com:

Aaron had a take no prisoners way of thinking and challenged everyone from the NRA, to Washington bureaucrats to Ted Nugent in the name of the second amendment.

Founded by Jews and initially aimed at educating the Jewish community about the historical evils that Jews have suffered when they have been disarmed, JPFO has always welcomed persons of all religious beliefs who share a common goal of opposing and reversing victim disarmament policies while advancing liberty for all.

More here.

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Ann Coulter’s new column skewers Democratic ‘generosity’

Ann Coulter writes:

In 2005, Vice President Cheney gave 77 percent of his income to charity. He also shot a lawyer in the face, which I think should count for something.

In a single year, Schweizer reports, Rush Limbaugh “gave $109,716 to ‘various individuals in need of assistance mainly due to family illnesses,’ $52,898 to ‘children’s case management organizations,’ including ‘various programs to benefit families in need,’ $35,100 for ‘Alzheimer’s community care — day care for families in need,’ and $40,951 for air conditioning units and heaters delivered to troops in Iraq.”

(Rush also once gave $50 to Maxine Waters after mistaking her for a homeless person.)

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Mark Steyn just mentioned me on the Rush Limbaugh show!

Here’s the Kwanzaa thing I wrote that he was talking about.

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‘Red State’: Kevin Smith’s new move ‘examines’ ‘religious extremists.’ Guess which ones?

My new post at David Horowitz’s NewsReal blog:

I hate Kevin Smith. His slovenly appearance and (somewhat baffling) modicum of success have made him dearly beloved by that most misbegotten of cultural mutants: the loser hipster nerd.

Unless you’ve never seen a film made before the year you were born, it’s obvious his movies are crap. Clerks? Why would anyone spend ninety minutes with two stoned, incompetent name-taggers, when perfectly good copies of The Fountainhead are available on DVD?

And I, too, once had an idea for a “controversial” movie “satire” about stoopid ol’ “organized religion” that was a lot like Dogma; alas, I couldn’t get funding for it because I was only 14.

I forget what his other movies are right now, but I don’t like them either.

Now Kevin Smith has a new movie debuting at Sundance early next year. It’s his first horror movie, and it’s about vicious religious extremists running amok in America.

Amazingly, the religious extremists AREN’T Muslims…

Click here to keep reading!

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