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Privacy

Here at Yer ol' Woodpile Report all incoming email is automatically detected and deleted by instantaneously disconnecting before it arrives. Taking no chances, a clever device shreds Remus's hard drive into nanosize filaments and sinters them into a bust of Chopin. Meanwhile, from a hardened and very remote location, he sends a bot that deletes said email on your end by tricking your PC into self-immolation. Other devices vaporize every ISP that handled it and beam the resulting plasma into deep space. Then he sends a strike team of armed pre-med students to administer a prefrontal lobotomy so you can't remember your own birthday much less writing him an email. Finally, all persons in your zip code with the same last name as yours are put into the witness protection program. Now that's privacy.

 

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Where the name came from

What's with the title Woodpile Report? Well, it's this way, from January of 2004 until mid-2007 it was emailed to a subscibers list. In that form it was titled the Woodpile Weather Report. A picture of ol' Remus's woodpile appeared at the top as both a weather report and, by documenting the progression from log pile to chunkwood to a split 'n stacked woodpile, a witness to the seasonal changes. It was the thin thread from which comments hung. As thrilling as all that was, the comments metastasized and took over. But the title remains.

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Regime-speak

You're about to be lied to when they say-

a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
arguably
arsenal
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
speaking truth to power
stakeholders
statistics show
sustainable, sustainability
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
too many
too often
touched by
underserved populations
undocumented immigrant
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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Hypercorrectness

You know what the media's saying by not saying it when they say -


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
unruly crowd
urban youths
young people
young men
youth violence

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag.

Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period.

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

Don't look back; you are never completely alone.

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics

Vanish

Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

Financial Collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost.

Commercial Collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost.

Political Collapse. Faith that "the government will take care of you" is lost.

Social Collapse. Faith that "your people will take care of you" is lost.

Cultural Collapse. Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost.

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

Principle of Liking - people tend to form trust with those they’re attracted to, both physically and emotionally

Social Proof - People are motivated more by what others do than a perceived or even quantifiable benefit

Rule of Reciprocation - Humans feel a sense of obligatory quid pro quo

Commitment & Consistency - Most people stick with their original decisions despite information that supports changing their course

Principle of Authority - Authority, whether real or perceived, elicits obedience in many people

Principle of Scarcity - People want to be included in exclusive offers and often make poor choices under pressure

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How to prosecute anybody

Look around for "suspicious" behavior, i.e., behavior on the part of a private citizen that can be made to appear suspicious

Ruthlessly probe every element of the "suspect's" life, using the effectively infinite resources of the State, until enough "suspicious" behavior has been amassed

Assemble a huge list of charges to place before a grand jury

Present the case in such a fashion as to promote the less plausible accusations and obscure the more plausible ones, thus securing a grab-bag indictment

Offer the indicted person a plea bargain that will spare him centuries in prison and complete pauperization at the bargain price of a few years and/or a few thousand dollars.

Francis Porretto

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John Alexander (Allegheny Pennsylvania 1856—New York City 1915) was an internationally renown painter of the Art Nouveau school, a short-lived phase—1890 to 1910—between academic art and the various schools of "Modern Art" that followed. It was originally called Mucha Style, after its originator, the Czech artist Alphonse Mucha.

From time to time there are mini-revivals of Art Nouveau, as if it were unfinished business, an unlikely proposition, its possibilities have been explored out to the farthest twig on the farthest branch. It's charm, like 19th century calligraphy, appeals most strongly to antiquarians, collectors and the like-minded.

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The entire staff of the Woodpile Report, and his cat, held a closed door meeting—on account the bugs were flying—at the Woodpile Report Global Headquarters and Jiffy Screen Door Repair, ... um, Compound. The proposal was adopted unanimously, surprising none of the attendee, there never having been a tally other than 1-0, not counting when the vote is deferred due to forgetting what the matter at hand might be, in which case the vote is recorded as a tie, namely 0-0.

The Proposal was this: eligibility to vote for school budgets shall be limited to those who pay the school property taxes from which the budget is funded. Members of the school board must also be property tax payers lest they proselytize among the citizenry and studentry to the disadvantage of the taxpayer. Further, eligibility to vote for prospective school board members shall be limited to those who pay school taxes. That's it.

The proposed method was this: payment of property taxes shall be recorded with a receipt made out to one person, an actual person, that person being the property tax payer, by name. A section of this tax receipt shall be a voter registration certificate made out to the same name. No person shall be issued more than one registration certificate even if they own multiple parcels taxed separately. No voter registration certificate may be transferred to, or used by, a person other than the one named. The principle is simple: one school tax payer, one vote.

"But, but," the cry went out, "we renters pay property taxes, albeit indirectly, and our children are as affected as any others by school budgets." To which ol' Remus said, "Indirectly doesn't count. Shall your employer also be eligible to vote, however distant he may be, he being the source of your income, and by extension his customers and stockholders as well? If you move to another town the day after you vote shall we subtract your vote from the tally? As for your children, they shall take the schools as they find them, as do all the children in the district, all are receiving the same schooling even if at no cost to their parents. No dear renter, with no skin in the game you are a consumer of the worst sort, the invoice goes to others so you insist the deluxe options alone are sufficient."

"The property tax payer is mandated to extend himself beyond reason and yet you still cite imagined inadequacies," Remus continued. "You judge spending proposals not in comparison to the available means but in comparison to an ideal, and therefore your favored expenditures are without upper limit. You believe yourself free to conflate wants with needs, and worse, even in the absence of your material support you imagine your presumed happy endings to be on higher moral ground as well, so you characterize dissent as base and despicable, and so it shall always be when your part goes no further than to consume that which others are compelled to set before you."

"You are fond of the term 'fully funded'. A school is fully funded when those providing the funds say it is fully funded, not when the recipient or bystanders say it is." It was with satisfaction Remus saw the speaker stare at the floor, fidgety with shame and stunned into wordlessness by this devastating response. Remus's chest swelled with righteousness, his eyes fixed on the glorious ethereal glow emanating from the aura of truth and justice that fairly pulsated in the room. An unseen celestial chorus harmonized from above. Cold pizza on an empty stomach will do that to a person.

Another speaker rose. "Anyone old enough to fight and die for his country certainly should be eligible to vote on school budgets," he declared. On this there was instant agreement. Eyes met and heads nodded. Nothing's too good for our boys. They talked of youthful faces prematurely aged and grim from defending hearth and home from horrors too awful to name. O the humanity. Nay! We shall not exclude them from this comparatively trivial affair of the home front. Norman Rockwell would eternally reproach us from that Big Atelier In The Sky, the ghost of Audie Murphy would hector us to a deservedly early grave. Some sang the Star Spangled Banner, some chanted U-S-A.

The usual troublemakers had equipped themselves with pitchforks and set to sharpening the tines while glaring at Remus through their eyebrows, Celtic style. Others were passing around old war posters with slogans in sans serif bold about never forgetting and buying bonds to the threshold of penury and turning in used cooking oils as an act of selfless patriotism. The illustrations featured determined, ultra-fit young men in sharply creased uniforms marching under bluebird skies and billowing pennants. Others depicted cigar-chomping GIs in outright sartorial distress, and in need of an emergency shave, plunging bayonets into the chests of the enemy at less agreeable venues. "Those posters once hung on classroom walls," Remus mused, "there's no Zero Tolerance in times of actual peril." But he let all this play out before launching his rejoinder.

"Setting aside the fact that neither the school nor the township are authorized to declare war, or noticeably inclined to do so, much less empowered to send anyone off to combat or conclude a peace treaty, it's enough that any young person who pays school taxes is qualified to vote, even if unwilling or unfit for military service." A hush fell over the room, shoes shuffled nervously on the floor, hands were clasped, fingers interwoven, knuckles white. Alas, even yet there were a few glowering holdouts. Remus pushed the stick forward and bored in for the finishing shot, saying, "a moment's thought reveals potential enlistees are not in fact veterans, nor are they likely to be. Yet some of the school tax payers among us are veterans—many with no children. Where is the equity in this?" Faces reddened.

"Hear me my friends," Remus exclaimed, one hand over his heart, the other stabbing the sky. "Shall we continue to let those who do not pay decide what funding shall be provided by those who are compelled to pay? What reason may be thought too slight to warrant increased funds when those funds are provided by others? Is it not enough that all benefit alike, those who pay and those who do not? How is it those who do not pay shall decide how much less of our earnings we may keep when already we provide their children's schooling at no cost to them? Is this not injustice enough?"

Remus's oratory was attracting passersby now. Cicero was there, in resplendent toga, faint movements playing about his lips as he silently repeated the key phrases. Suetonius took a seat at his side and jotted notes should the great consul require prompting at a later time, which is probable, he being deceased and all. "Shall they also decide the cafeteria menu or disallow squirrel guns during season?," Remus added, striking his finest stentorian pose. Those in attendance, which is to say: none, including the town leftist, bent forward in rapt attention.

As the throng left Woodpile Report Global Headquarters &c. there was murmured admiration for the power and symmetry of this Proposal. Then a stranger approached and, upon learning the Proposal had been adopted, By Acclaim With Oak Leaf Cluster, was heard to say, "...one man, one vote," whereupon the crowd set upon him and discomfited him most grievously, tanned his hide when he died, Clyde, and that's it a-hangin' on the shed. If there were a shed.

 

 

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On those occasions when Remus comes up short on stuff to think about, he ponders the self-posed question, "is documented chaos still chaos? Or does the act of documentation put said chaos into a different category, even if said documentation acts upon chaos only by way of description, and after the fact, necessarily?" In some quarters the question is not abstract, with the so-called technicians namely, those driven souls who analyze finance by means of charting data and then analyze the charts and then analyze their analysis and chart that too. Talk about derivatives.

Remus thinks it's nuts, pretty much. He sees it as a mashup of astrology and numerology that yields the worst of both, which worst of both are then published in the manner of Ptolemaic epicycles for close study by self-styled initiates. This exercise is said to have predictive value. Remus thinks its predictive value consists of its prospects for monetization. Only in retrospective interpretation do they yield accurate financial predictions—of events already transpired. This is what passes for success. But he's been wrong about other things. Give him a minute, he'll think of one.

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The United States is therefore saddled with a double near-lethal political infection: The America-hating left, and their Islamofascist allies.  These forces are so strong that they hardly bother to lie about their intentions any more.  There is no serious doubt that in his consistent actions he has served as an agent for the Left-Islamist subversive alliance in America.  He echoes European socialism, which has followed exactly the same set of priorities and policies, says James Lewis in this article, The utter failure of our political class to respond to mortal danger, at American Thinker.

 

 

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Canada warns its travelers of highway robbery by US cops

The Canadian government notes there is no law against carrying cash here or any legal limit on how much you can carry. But if you’re on an American roadway with a full wallet, in the eyes of thousands of cash-hungry cops you’re a rolling ATM. If you are foolish enough to consent to the search, and if you’re carrying any significant amount of cash, you are likely to lose it. The officer will probably produce a waiver, saying that if you just sign over the money then the whole matter will just disappear, says Neil Macdonald in this article, American shakedown: Police won't charge you, but they'll grab your money, at the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

 

 

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I am looking a little closer into the alleged "racist" remarks of Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson. Here is what he wrote in an email that is supposedly "racist," says Robert Wenzel in this article, Note to World: Discussing Demographics is Now Racist, at Economic Policy Journal.

 

 

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The Chinese bet is that it can increase its military capacity in the South and East China seas faster than Vietnam and the Philippines can do so. If China is able to move freely and exercise more control of its adjacent seas, it will become a full-fledged naval power, says Jack Chang in this article, Asia Arms Up to Counter Chinese Might, at Real Clear Defense.

 

 

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Unlike most TV cop shows, this one showcases real murders, and therefore, real murderers. Here are 10 things about murderers that you’ll never pick up if you watch scripted TV shows, but any homicide cop could have told you, says this article, 10 Things about Murderers we Learned from “The First 48,” at WeaponsMan.

 

 

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The law in the United States has been twisted and undermined to the point of being unrecognizable from its original Magna Carta/Common Law foundation. And it has been done predominantly by the very institutions charged with preserving it. It was done in Rome. It was done in the Ottoman Empire, Germany, the Soviet Union, and it is now being done here in the USSA. All of this preparation and roll out—all of this Sovietization of American life —is merely a preview of America's burgeoning police state, says Timothy Pope in this essay, Under Siege: An Analysis of America's Burgeoning Police State, and the Solution, at America The Battlefield.

 

 

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg The granddaddy of all “social” scams

As with the divine right of kings that preceded it, the hidden and essential aspect of the social contract is to give subjects a reason to submit. For governance to work, the subjects must believe that obeying is the right thing to do, and that’s where the social contract comes in: It gives people a reason to obey, beyond a mere threat. It saves them from having to face fear or even to consciously submit, says Paul Rosenberg in this article, The “Social Contract” Is a Fraud; Anyone Trying to Enforce It Is Acting Criminally, at Casey Research.

 

 

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Around 12,800 years ago, a sudden, catastrophic event plunged much of the Earth into a period of cold climatic conditions and drought. This drastic climate change—the Younger Dryas—coincided with the extinction of Pleistocene megafauna, such as the saber-tooth cats and the mastodon, and resulted in major declines in prehistoric human populations, including the termination of the Clovis culture, says this article, Extraterrestrial Impact Event Cause of "Big Freeze" 12,000 Years Ago, at The Journal of Geology via the Daily Galaxy.

 

 

But wait, there's more

 

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Nobel Committee Regrets Obama Peace Prize, by David Swanson at Scribd

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Survival Techniques: Building a Shelter to Live Through the Night, by Nick H. at Imminent Threat Solutions.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Witnesses fault inquiry into handcuffed man’s Lake of the Ozarks drowning, by Laura Bauer at The Kansas City Star

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Shrinkflation: Inflation's Ugly Cousin, by Katya Sandino at Outsider Club

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif After 30 Years Of Lies, NY Times Admits “Assault Weapons Are A Myth”, by Bob Owens at Bearing Arms

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Cops Hit Cyclist, Arrest Him as He's Dying: Witnesses, by Jenn Gidman, at Newser

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Updated list of 52 excuses for the 18-26 year ‘pause’ in global warming, by Anthony Watts at Watts Up With That

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Four firefighters in a Chicago suburb have been relieved of their duties for refusing to remove "racist" American flags from their lockers and helmets, by David Mccormack at Mail Online

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Border Patrol Baking Birthday Cakes, Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu to Neil Cavuto, via Breitbart

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Building the World’s Smallest Thermal Camera, by James Hobson at Hack A Day

 

Ebola

 

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Millions more at risk in Ebola outbreak, by Oliver Duggan at The Telegraph

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Ebola virus: 'Biological war' in Liberia, at BBC News Africa

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Ebola is ‘devouring everything in its path,' by Abby Ohlheiser at The Washington Post

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Ebola: the covert op of modern medicine, by Jon Rappoport at Jon Rappoport's Blog

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Ebola’s Terrifying Evolution, by Abby Haglage at The Daily Beast via Yahoo News

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Black Market in Blood Serum Emerging Amid Ebola Outbreak, by Cortez and Kitamura, at Bloomberg

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Ebola in the air? A nightmare that could happen, by Elizabeth Cohen at CNN

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Liberia's Largest Newspaper: US Dept. of Defense 'Manufactured' Ebola, AIDS, by Frances Martel at Breitbart

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art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif What will they think of next - Researchers at Princeton University have begun crystallizing light as part of an effort to answer fundamental questions about the physics of matter. The researchers are not shining light through crystal – they are transforming light into crystal. As part of an effort to develop exotic materials such as room-temperature superconductors, the researchers have locked together photons, the basic element of light, so that they become fixed in place.
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Loot for sale - Washington politicians are in the position to grant special privileges, extend favors, change laws and do other things that if done by a private person would land him in jail... Maybe we should think about enacting a law mandating that Congress cannot do for one American what it does not do for all Americans. For example, if Congress creates a monopoly for one American, it should create a monopoly for all Americans. Of course, a better solution is for Congress to obey our Constitution.
Walter Williams at lewrockwell.com

 

Doomer - There has been an incremental decrease in the standard of living for the last 30 years. The unemployment rate, 40 plus million Americans on food stamps, outsourcing of jobs, debt, endless wars, crumbling infrastructure, open criminality at the highest levels & most importantly a lack of morality are the Cancers which have engulfed the host. This criminal empire based on fraud is fast heading towards social, economic and political collapse. The apathy, indoctrination and cognative dissonance coupled with endless money printing is what's fueling the current facade.
Chupacabra-322, comment 5208148 at zerohedge.com

 

Collapse - We have been warning about this for years and the system hasn’t gone “nuclear meltdown” yet. Now do you see why we have been warning for years, not concerned with trying to pick “the top of the bubble”? Do you think it was better for people to pack up and leave Germany YEARS before the war started, or was the best move to wait until the day, or the hour before the bombs dropped on their specific house? ... People who have been out of the system for two or three years will be much safer vis-a-vis clawback than people who are just now getting out.
Ann Barnhardt at barnhardt.biz

 

Space Available - When you see the headlines touting strong retail sales, you need to consider what you are actually seeing in the real world. RadioShack will be filing for bankruptcy within months. Wet Seal will follow. Sears is about two years from a bankruptcy filing. JC Penney's turnaround is a sham. They continue to lose hundreds of millions every quarter and will be filing for bankruptcy within the next couple years. Target and Wal-Mart continue to post awful sales results and have stopped expanding.
Jim Quinn at theburningplatform.com

 

Surprise - The US economy is dead. The Fed has known this for a long time, but pumped it up to where it is now to draw in all the greater fools, the so-called big investors who have made money like honey from QE and ZIRP. They are the greater fools. The American real economy ceased being a consideration long ago. We’re in for big surprises, and they won’t be pretty, they’ll be pretty nasty. The Fed will raise rates because that will make the biggest banks the most money.
Raul Meijer at theautomaticearth.com

 

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif The Memphis Kroger assault - Because this was a mob of black teens beating up a few white people, it won't make national headlines. Imagine if the roles were reversed. Eric Holder would be there at a moment's notice on the scene, investigating the incident as a “hate crime.” And the black community would be incensed, and there'd be even more looting and rioting, and it would all be justified by the media. Because this was a mob of black teens beating up white people, the mere mention of this incident is “racist.”
Philip Hodges at lastresistance.com

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Mother Of Teen Arrested In Kroger Beating Talks With FOX13. 33-year-old Chrishundra Hill, the mother of 8 children, says her son has recently started running with a bad crowd while waiting to start attending a special school. [The Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich perhaps?]

 

Grovel du jour - In the email to other team executives, Mr. Levenson blamed the Hawks' long-standing attendance problems and smaller season-ticket foundation on the team having a base of black fans who “scared away the whites.” Mr. Levenson apologized for the email on Sunday, calling it inappropriate and offensive, and said he had decided to sell his controlling interest in the team.
Cohen and Herring at online.wsj.com

 

DC school class assignment - Now that we have read about two men of power who abused their power in various ways, we will compare and contrast them and their actions. Please refer to your texts, ‘Fighting Hitler — A Holocaust Story’ and ‘Bush: Iraq War Justified Despite No WMD’ to compare and contrast former President George W. Bush and Hitler. We will use this in class tomorrow for an activity!
Andrea Noble at washingtontimes.com

 

Doomer - It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate. Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate... Fear is a motivator, and we are not fear-mongers. The Democrats are messengers of hope, and that’s what we will continue to be. All of the prognostications are predicated on false, ancient, old, stale assumptions. We’re in a whole new world of communications now.
Nancy Pelosi to Bill Maher, via Chuck Ross at dailycaller.com

 

Printed metal 45ACP fires 1,000 rounds - The gun is 45ACP. It’s rifled and the rifling was built directly into the part – or as we like to say, “grown” into the part – using 3D Printing. This gun has NOT BEEN MACHINED. We used hand tools for some post processing, but we did not machine this gun. It’s born this way... We are thrilled to report that our 1911 3D Printed metal gun has successfully fired 1000 rounds.
Alyssa Parkinson at blog.solidconcepts.com

 

Shocker - Welfare recipients can’t use their EBT cards at liquor stores but they can at marijuana dispensaries in states such as Colorado that have legalized pot.
S. Miller at washingtontimes.com

 

Why police are attacking kids, the elderly and the helpless - The natural cycle of the rise and fall of any government includes a period of authoritarian repression and control of the citizenry in order to retain inevitably declining power. Our society is in severe decay in this regard, and police are increasingly being trained to view their job as an ‘us against them’ endeavor, emboldened with an arrogance backed up by huge federal grants, high-tech police equipment, plus an affectionately pro-government, pro-violence mainstream media.
Isaac Davis at activistpost.com

 

Missed opportunity - In order to prevent another 9/11, we should have immediately ended all immigration from Muslim countries. Visas for visiting should have been limited to diplomatic and high level trade. If an oil sheik needs to come here to do a deal with Exxon, fine. Further, Muslims here should have been deported if they were not citizens. The foreign funding for mosques should have been confiscated. We can’t ban the religion, although I would be in favor of it, but we can encourage our citizens to put out the unwelcome mat to Muslims.
ZMan at thezman.com

 

Moslem political power - For years the most prestigious “news organ” in the world, the BBC, was literally run by a politically powerful child-abuse ring, led by children’s program presenter Jimmy Savile—but by no means only him... That is only possible in a closed culture that operates by secrecy and blackmail to maintain its power. For years, Hollywood was run by a similar pedophile-and-blackmail network... Massive pedophile rings can easily be used for blackmail by enemy intelligence agencies, the way the KGB recruited homosexual rings in Cambridge in the 1930s.
James Lewis at americanthinker.com

 

WWIII - Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction. War is irrational; its only plan is to bring destruction: it seeks to grow by destroying. Greed, intolerance, the lust for power. These motives underlie the decision to go to war and they are too often justified by an ideology.
Pope Francis via Stefano Rellandini at reuters.com

 

Observed in side-by-side test - In the dull light of the woods, crisp new cammies are easier to spot than the somewhat faded cammies typical of military surplus. And Flecktarn may be slightly less visible than Woodland
Ol' Remus at woodpilereport.com

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1937. Memphis Tennessee during the flood

The Super Flood of January 1937, which devastated the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys, was the greatest flood in US history in terms of property damage and displaced persons.

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1937. Ennis Texas roadside stand and gas station

Ennis is a town of 18,500 in northeast Texas, 40 miles south of Dallas.

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We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
Ayn Rand

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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.
Traditional

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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Ayn Rand

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Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
George Orwell, 1984

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There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand

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The socialist ideal eventually goes viral, and the majority learns to game the system. Everyone is trying to live at the expense of everyone else. In the terminal phase, the failure of the system is disguised under a mountain of lies, hollow promises, and debts. When the stream of other people's money runs out, the system collapses.
Kevin Brekke

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When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you … you may know that your society is doomed.
Ayn Rand

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Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics ... It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
Vaclav Havel

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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken

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We have reached a point of diminishing returns in our public life. Hardly anything actually needs doing. We may in fact be past that point; not only does nothing much need doing, but we'd benefit if much of what has been done were to be undone.
John Derbyshire

 

Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
Thomas Jefferson

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