SCIENCE IN THE HANDS OF ANGRY LIBERAL ARTS MAJORS: That DOJ attorneys are threatening scientists with criminal prosecution for the "return" of Kennewick Man, to Indian tribes whose ancestors were in Siberia when he died, is disgraceful. If only the Tsar knew what evil his ministers are doing.
AND HOLLYWOOD WONDERS WHY DOMESTIC BOX OFFICE IS DECLINING: An "Abortion Rom-Com"
"The movie isn’t saying that abortions are funny. It’s saying that people are funny.”
And people who procure and provide abortions are doubly funny. I look forward to the tv spinoff, Welcome Back, Gosnell!
YOU NEVER LEAVE A MAN BEHIND! Unfortunately, we all too often leave man's best friend behind:
Even if it did come at some additional cost, so what? Going by simple cost-benefit analysis, the military wouldn't go to such great lengths to retrieve the bodies of fallen soldiers or protect the American flag, and yet it does. Why? Because everyone understands that such obligations are morally required and vital to morale.
"There are those who consider our military working dogs to be pieces of gear," Ferrell says in Glory Hounds. "I, for one, do not believe that at all. To try to remove your heart from the situation is really asking too much of a handler."
If you believe it's wrong for the army to abandon its dogs in the wilds of Iraq and (coming soon) Afghanistan, why not call your congressional representatives to let them know you support Walter Jones' bill prohibiting such practices, and may vote accordingly come November?
"IT'S NOT MY FAULT IF WOMEN ARE LIKE THAT. I'm only drawing them. Women's bodies have taken this form over the millenia."
Kid, if you have "forty years of experience" but you think that comic book covers depict women realistically, it's time to drop the pencil and maybe … go out and meet a few? Of course, comic books are hardly the worst media offenders with regard to horrifying displays of the female body. That honor goes to glossy "women's magazines" and the fashion industry to which they cater.
THERE ARE CERTAIN SECTIONS OF HELSINKI, MAJOR, THAT I WOULDN'T ADVISE YOU TO INVADE: Finwonish Air Force moves to high alert after repeated airspace violations from Russia.
The giant brains in our administration seem not to have a clue on how to handle Putin. They could learn a lot from the Finns, who are masters of asymmetric warfare. An engineer of my acquaintance, who served as a frogman in the Finnish Navy, once told me that in the event of war the Finns would block access to the Baltic by destroying cargo ships at the mouths of Russian harbors. I believe him.
MY BRAIN HURTS!
Luddite celebrity pseudoscientist Susan Greenfield, on her inability to publish peer-reviewed research by which one could test her claims that technology damages the human brain: "The whole point is that it is not a hypothesis, it’s an umbrella subject, like climate change, that encompasses many facets. What specific kind of study I should have done?"
As Richard Dawkins has pointed out, a world view or, ahem, "umbrella subject," which can't be verified through testable means, is not science. It's religion. But dress it up in technical-sounding gobbledygook, and the "reality-based community" will bow down and worship it all the same.
HIGHER EDUCATION: The blacklisting of Steven Salaita by the University of Illinois. Key point:
But Salaita’s commentary was too extreme, you say? You know the line when you see it, and Salaita crossed it? That’s exactly what censors think they know, and it is just what they’ve thought when going after Tengatenga and a long list of right-of-center professors and, not so long ago, a long list of left-of-center professors.
If you have to qualify "I support free speech" with a "but," if you support free speech only so long as it's inoffensive, you're a censor. Read the whole thing.
AT AMAZON, one forty-five caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days' concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible; one hundred dollars in rubles; one hundred dollars in gold; nine packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; three lipsticks; three pair of nylon stockings.
Shoot, a fellow could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.
ALONG WITH THE ERADICATION OF MALARIAL MOSQUITOES, the introduction of air conditioning was one of the unsung triumphs that took America from backwater to powerhouse in the 20th century.
THIS MUST BE MORE OF THAT "SMART DIPLOMACY" I'VE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT: U.S. embassy in Tripoli falls to Islamists.
With the passage of time, Jimmy Carter's presidency looks more and more like that of Harry Truman.
In a spirit of multiculturalism, I suggest that each and every one of the authorities who knew, or reasonably should have known, of the Rotherham rapes but did nothing should be introduced to a venerable cultural institution from an eastern people: the Knout.
DOES NOT FORGIVE. DOES NOT FORGET: Alleged Jennifer Lawrence photo hacker complains of vigilante justice by 4chan.
“I regret it so much,” he said. “I didn’t even get any bitcoin out of it. It’s the stupidest thing I’ve done and I hope it won’t ruin my life, though it probably will since it’s just the biggest news story.”
If you play with fire, sooner or later, you will get burned.
FASTER, PLEASE: Geneticists are hard at working on reversing the extinction of the passenger pigeon. "Martha," the final specimen of a species that once blanketed North American skies, died 100 years ago today.
A FOURTH CIRCUIT JUDGE once told me that young lawyers would be wise to consider Hemingway and Orwell as models for prose style. The same is true for journalists:
A local man was arrested early Friday morning on charges that he stole a truck from a local company after police located the vehicle in Bristol with his cellphone inside, according to a police report.
What does that mean?
AS THE SERFS OF DISTRICT TWELVE LABOR TO MEET COAL MINING QUOTAS, even the pets of Capital City luxuriate at a "Ritz Carlton" for dogs and cats.
Prices start at $30 for cats and $60 for dogs per night, but luxury suites begin at $105 a night and come with webcams and TVs. (“Animal Planet is always a favorite,” Eng says. “But I’ve got a few addicted to soap operas.”)
There are Pawlates for Pooches classes, limo rides and “cuddle dates,” during which a human spends 20 minutes petting and whispering sweet nothings to a dog or cat. Clients can also spring for personal shopping sprees, allowing their dog or cat to pick out toys from the gift shop.
“People will spend whatever it takes to make their pets happy — and we understand that,” Eng says.
I recently spent six dollars on a Squeaky Fox for the Popehat Dog. It seemed an extravagance, but that's life out here in the Districts.