Saturday, May 31, 2014

D-Day: Then and Now

Free at last: Meriam Ibrahim to be released by Sudanese government

Kevin Williamson is spot on with this observation...

This is not a woman...
The treachery of images indeed...

Rage, Rhetoric, and Reform (the usual suspects go off...)

Jay Carney and Barack Obama: Brokeback Administration

Kate Middleton bum shots

Friday, May 30, 2014

Jay Carney out as Obama Administration's White House Press Secretary

Jay Carney steps down as White House Press Secretary
As Hot Air notesToday is the day Obama settles all family business.

Hilarity ensues on Twitchy

Shinseki out at the VA: The VA system remains a disaster

So what did Ballmer bid for the Clippers?

There should be a telethon or something: the burden and curse of being attractive…

InstapunditIt is a curse I tell you, a curse.  Don't hate me 'cause I am beautiful!

But here is a quote that most guys will glam onto:
Number 1: “My looks intimidate normal good guys. They are afraid to approach me. They always presume I want the super rich guy, or the super good-looking guy. Yeah I am pretty, but I am just a woman underneath this. I want a nice guy that I can feel safe with, who makes me laugh. He does not need to be rich. He does not have to be a GQ model. I just want a normal guy, who burps, and leaves his socks all over the house, but cares enough about me to take care of the guy things. You know the car stuff, and killing bugs. I get a lot of attention, but it is not quality attention. I just want to meet a nice guy who is into me for the person I am, not my face and my body. I want someone who will love me when I am not smoking hot.”

Rule 5 and FMJRA

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The economy is shrinking... (stop looking at Barack Obama's economy)

Stacey Dash Rule 5

Ridley Scott is back: Bladerunner and Prometheus sequels in the works…what could go wrong? Warning: potential spoilers

What could go wrong?  A lot…but this is hilarious.  More here.
I loved Bladerunner, but how are they going to pull off Deckard aging?
Is a sequel crazy?
If he was a replicant, the aging thing does not exactly work.  One of the great things of the first movie is it only suggested it, but did not answer it (although they did with the unicorn origami).  Still, this by Ace is well said too.

More rumors on what Ridley Scott is up to…

They don't even have Ms. Theron for a Prometheus sequel… (some bonus Rule 5 is required, as is FMJRA linkage...)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New York City Over Run With Rats...

Maya Angelou RIP

Mission Accomplished: Libya is in chaos thanks to Obama and Clinton...

Libya Deteriorates...
Ambassador Chris Stevens is unavailable for comment...
Wombat Live at Five : Americans advised to get out of Libya...

h/t Drew M at AoSHQ

Texas Tea: Dan Patrick topples the establishment Republican guy for Lt. Governor

Dan Patrick
h/t: Instapundit: “Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) has lost his GOP primary, ending more than a decade in office. The Associated Press has called the race for Texas state Sen. Dan Patrick (R), a hard-charging conservative who focused on illegal immigration. Patrick led Dewhurst by 64 percent to 36 percent with 9 percent of precincts reporting.”

Other incumbent upsets: Wombat's Live at Five: Oldest congressional member Ralph Hall (91) ousted in primary…

Old School Maryland Recipes: Terrapin Stew

There is always Oyster Stew as an alternative…

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Rachel Carson, DDT, and her mixed legacy...

Was Rachel Carson wrong?
Yes and no. Rachel Carson was not totally wrong (nor did she call for the outright banning of DDT).  DDT did impact certain birds, especially raptures such as hawks and eagles, and caused their numbers to decline significantly. That we now have bald eagles in abundance again is due to a combination of protection and discontinued use of DDT in the United States.

The decline of effective mosquito control in the developing world (and banning DDT contributed to that decline), however, have doomed millions to malaria and other mosquito borne diseases.  Some have questioned whether home DDT spraying in Africa itself is harmful, but given the choice of over 800,000 deaths a year in Africa (mostly children), if it was my children and family I would go with the spraying.

As Michael Crichton noted on the banning of DDT in parts of Africa: "We knew better and we did it anyway, and we let people around the world die and didn't give a damn."  While her science was questionable, this all cannot be blamed directly on Rachel Carson, she died in 1964 and she made clear in testimony that there was a moral basis for controlling disease carrying mosquitoes (her argument was DDT was over sprayed in agricultural applications in the United States, which was correct). But her subsequent supporters (Al Gore wrote the introduction to the republishing of Silent Spring) definitely have culpability.  As Crichton noted:
"I am thoroughly sick of politicized so-called facts that simply aren't true. It isn't that these 'facts' are exaggerations of an underlying truth. Nor is it that certain organisations are spinning their case... in the strongest way. Not at all — what more and more groups are doing is putting out lies, pure and simple. Falsehoods that they know to be false. This trend began with the DDT campaign and persists to this day."

Crichton notes: Westerners (Environmentalists) don't care about third world people dying. Their religion is more important that people's lives.  
Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism. Environmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists. Why do I say it's a religion? Well, just look at the beliefs. If you look carefully, you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.
Environmentalists care a lot more about eagles than Africans...unless of course the eagles get in the way.

Diplomatic Success for President Obama in Iran? Nah, It's Jihad Time!

Rangers within one game of Stanley Cup finales? Update: Rangers going to the finales!

Alyssa Funke RIP

TOM has a post on this, the darker side of pornography…

Madyson Marquette, whose porn film name was Fayth Deluca, told LifeSiteNews that "after shooting porn, it seemed as if all the girls were depressed, including myself. We would shoot a scene and immediately after we would go do something to where we wouldn't have to think about what we had just done, whether that was getting so drunk we just blacked out, some type of drug like Xanax, cocaine, or ecstasy."

alyssa-funkee 0 g-map-us-copy8 alyssa-funke AlyssaFunke Image-13429 belle-knoxI hope that Miriam does not get a hashtag like this…
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Update: TOM: Porn, Shame, Suicide