Kim Jong Il is Dead; New Tyrants Come

While you were sleeping our already-roiling world took another hit to its tenuous stability:North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died at the age of 69, state-run television has announced.Mr Kim, who has led the communist nation since the death of his father in 1994, died on a train while visiting an area outside the capital, the announcement said.He suffered a stroke in 2008 and was absent from public view for months.Pyongyang described his son Kim Jong-un as the "great successor" … [Read more...]

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“But you’re even nice to the dishwasher…”

A Bronx mugger steps out of an idea, into wonder:Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner.But one night last month, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn.He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife."He wants my money, so I just gave him … [Read more...]

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The Towers in Korea: What Humanity? – UPDATED

I saw this yesterday and wondered if it was a hoax:The designers of the towers, Dutch architectural firm MVRDV, have responded to the controversy by quickly publishing an apology in English. “It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks,” the designers insist, “nor did we see the resemblance during the design process.”They did not see the resemblance during the design process? The problem with this assertion – apart from its inherent implausibility – is that they hav … [Read more...]

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Muppets Mayhem is Misdirection

Honestly, I haven't been paying much attention.I mean, I love the Muppets but once I stopped having to read bedtime stories in Elmo's voice to the kids, Muppet headlines stopped resonating (although the whole family does very much enjoy rewatching The Muppet Family Christmas Special each year -- a classic, sadly unavailable, anymore).But I'm hearing some suggestions that the new Muppet movie is a covert action by the socialists, hellbent on denigrating capitalism and especially … [Read more...]

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Penn State, Paradigms and Poor Me

With all there is to read on the Penn State/Sandusky story, here are two excellent pieces that should rise to the top of the pile:Read Mark Shea on Betrayal and the Power of a Relationship:But though lots of combox warriors are quite adept at fantasizing about how bravely they would have behaved and how vile Mike McQueary is in comparison to their brave selves, how they would have taken a baseball bat to Sandusky had they caught him in flagrante, the reality is that, if the Milgram … [Read more...]

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A Collected Angel in Chicago

:::WARNING::: Explicit video; can be very upsetting to watch. You're warned.Doubtless many of you have seen this ugly video out of Chicago. Apparently the attack happened last April, but the video is going viral, now.It is shocking, and depressing; in a display of callous disregard for the dignity of another human person, and of his own complete lack of self-respect (not self-esteem, mind you, but self-respect) a young man punches an older man to the ground and then he and his … [Read more...]

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Internet Addiction, Spam and Comboxes

My spam filter currently has 900 spams, and counting, and the situation can't be rectified until Monday.Meanwhile, this weekend is work-packed for me and I'm way too busy this weekend to keep fishing through new spam to find legitimate comments, so I am closing comments through Sunday, and perhaps Monday, depending on whether I get everything done.Besides, the comboxes are routinely unpleasant these days and I'm kind of sick of that.There is a whole combox merry-go-round of sneers … [Read more...]

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Barone, the Puppeteer and the Credentials FlimFlam

I agree with Michael Barone, in his defense of the "pampered Puppeteer":Conservative bloggers and commenters have been making fun of [Joe] Therrien, who quit his job as a drama teacher in New York City public schools to get a Master of Fine Arts in puppetry at the University of Connecticut.Now he’s saddled with $35,000 in student loans and unable to find a puppetry job. So he’s substitute teaching at half his former pay and is a member of Occupy Wall Street’s Puppetry Guild. [...] … [Read more...]

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Branding 3 year-olds as Haters, for Life

I'd guess this is the absurd and disspiriting levels to which unchecked political-correctness and a thought-policing society may descend:3 Year-olds Branded Racist, Homophobic; Put in Gov't Database:Over 30,000 British schoolchildren, some as young as three, have had their names registered on a government database and branded “racist” or “homophobic” for using playground insults, infractions that could impact their future careers.The shocking figures were disclosed after civil liberties gr … [Read more...]

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Dear POTUS: If we can't believe you on civility…

Dear Mr. President;I understand you have a huge speech about job-creation coming up this week; the speech is so big, in fact, that it requires a venue that is somewhat out-of-the-ordinary for a simple policy speech. Some have suggested it is a do-or-die speech; that you'll really have to convince the country that you have a plan, and not just a plan, but a bold one. And not just a bold one, but one that is actually feasible.Well, I hope for the best, but I have one question. When you get up … [Read more...]

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