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Matthew Continetti: Remilitarize the World Police
"In the past, America has cut defense without eliminating our deterrent. What’s different? Presidential incompetence." [rdbrewer]

Editorial: President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges
"OBAMA’S acknowledgment that 'we don’t have a strategy yet' in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks." Via @trueholygoat. Added: More from HotAir. [rdbrewer]
Book Review: A Flowershop In Baghdad
Memoir by USAF Major Michael Banzet of his time in Iraq, highly relevant once more as the Endless War continues to not end

Charles Krauthammer: The Answer to Corporate ‘Inversion’
"What is maddening is that the problem is so easily solved: tax reform that lowers the accursed corporate rate." [rdbrewer]


Walter E. Williams: Blacks Must Confront Reality
"The point of bringing up these historical facts is to ask this question, with a bit of sarcasm: Is the reason the black family was far healthier in the late 1800s and 1900s that back then there was far less racial discrimination and there were greater opportunities?" [rdbrewer]

Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg: Romney? Again? Please Stop
Exactly. "Whatever the reasons for renewed interest in Romney, Republicans would be well advised to move on." [rdbrewer]

And you may find yourself in a beautiful Oval Office...


Krauthammer’s Take: ‘I Thought the President Could No Longer Surprise Me. I Was Wrong’
"'[T]he president gets in front of the world and says, "I don’t have a strategy." If that is true, don’t say anything. Why do you announce that you don’t have a strategy?'" [rdbrewer]

The Atlantic: The 'Star Wars' George Lucas doesn’t want you to see
"In fact, it’s actually impossible to buy an official copy of Star Wars as it was first released. Lucas doesn’t want you to see that version. Instead, he wants you to watch the continuously updated special editions...." [rdbrewer]

Bill Whittle, Truth Revolt: The Republic of Bill
"What if a Conservatarian could design his own, small-government society? What would it look like, and how would it work?" [rdbrewer]


Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Has No Home In Louisiana, Claims She Lives With Mommy And Daddy [rdbrewer]
BREAKING: Bardarbunga Erupts
Live stream of the Iceland volcano. It has been erupting under the glacier for several days. It just melted through. Added: Another live stream. More from Wired. [rdbrewer]

Erick Erickson: The Democrats’ problem: Obama’s coalition isn’t their coalition
"These people do not turn out for other Democrats in off year elections. And in on-year elections, they turn out committed to Barack Obama." [rdbrewer]

Obama: We don't have a strategy for dealing with ISIS
Yes, he said that. More from Jake Tapper, The Lead. [rdbrewer]

Pop Songs as Sonnets
Via @Slublog. [rdbrewer]


Mollie Hemingway: Don’t Confuse Being A Feminist With Being A Perpetual Victim
"Could feminists stop encouraging women to see themselves as victims?" [rdbrewer]

Al Franken would like you to ignore the video of him holding two traffic cones to his chest as breasts
Via @lachlan. [rdbrewer]
MSM Hypocrisy Has No Lower Limit: "NCIS" Lawsuit claims CBS stopped purchasing Bert the Farting Hippo dolls from company that owns copyright and started importing cheap unlicensed Berts from China. What's their take on American jobs again? [krak/t]
Billboard: Album Sales Hit A New Low
Via Drudge. "As streaming gathers momentum, the U.S. music industry keeps breaking sales milestones -- the wrong kind. This week's 3.97-million album sales tally is the smallest weekly sum for album sales since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991." [rdbrewer]
MSM News Org Apologizes for Inappropriate Live Streaming of Private Residence. “Our intention was not to be insensitive to his family..." Shocker: They aren't referring to Officer Wilson/Ferguson. [krak/t]
Eh: "Central Perk" Coffeehouse to Open in NYC for Just One Month, Celebrating 20th Anniversary of Friends and People's Inability to Move On
By the way it's in SoHo rather than on the Upper West Side near Central Park, where the "real" Central Perk ought to be

Couric Accused Sawyer Of Trading Head For Headlines [rdbrewer]

NYT: Turkey’s Imperial Fantasy
"What Mr. Davutoglu needs to do, above all, is to accept that his pan-Islamist worldview, based on archaic theories of expansionism, is obsolete." [rdbrewer]

Karen Tumulty and Robert Costa, WaPo: Obama’s immigration decision could roil 2014 election
"In the past few days, Democratic candidates in nearly every closely fought Senate race have criticized the idea of aggressive action by Obama." [rdbrewer]


Jim Geraghty: Another Day, Another White House Effort to Ignore the Constitution
"How many Democrats are beginning to realize what they’ve done, and what kind of man they’ve put in the Oval Office?" [rdbrewer]

Andrew Klavan, Truth Revolt: How To Speak Leftist [rdbrewer]


David Chase Says Tony Soprano Quote Was ‘Misconstrued’
You've been Voxsplained! [rdbrewer]

Eugene Volokh: Thuggery wins, free speech rights lose
"But I think the dissent is exactly right in noting that allowing a 'heckler’s veto' — speech suppression justified by the violence or threatened violence of the audience — simply provides (a) an incentive for more such violence, and (b) an incentive for government officials to suppress speech they dislike. Behavior that gets rewarded gets repeated." [rdbrewer]


Astronomy Magazine: Chandra X-ray Observatory picture of Eta Carinae
An interesting look at a star we usually see like this. Added: More from Wikipedia, including this near-infrared picture, also new to me. [rdbrewer]

Live Science: High-Tech Sleuthing Cracks Mystery of Death Valley's Moving Rocks
It's a combination of ice, water, and wind. Better video explanation here. [rdbrewer]

NYT: How the Supreme Court protects bad cops [rdbrewer]

Meghan O'Keefe, Decider: Disasterpiece Theater: 'Dune'
"However, there are some films that go beyond being disasters. They are so bad that it’s inconceivable that man alone made them." She makes a lot of good points, but I think it's an underrated movie. Unfortunately, the bad aspects tend to overshadow the good. [rdbrewer]


Magma From Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano Moving As Quakes Intensify
"Now underground magma appears to have moved beyond the edge of the glacier and is heading for another volcanic system...." More from the BBC. [rdbrewer]

Video: Einstein the Robot
This one gets into "uncanny valley" territory. Also: A comedy robot. [rdbrewer]

Time: What Are Animals Thinking? (Hint: More Than You Suspect)
"Animals, the research is proving, are creatures capable of reflection, bliss, worry and more. Not all of them in the same ways or to the same degrees, surely, but all of them in far deeper measures than we’ve ever believed." [rdbrewer]

The Telegraph: Giant panda ‘faked pregnancy for extra treats and nicer accommodation
Thanks for the links, Drudge. [rdbrewer]


Mary Katharine Ham: It’s come to this: The War on Bacon is real
"This person is a miserable little local dictator on a power trip and we needn’t indulge him or her in American society. The word bacon is not insensitive." Via @DoreenHDickson. [rdbrewer]


Jim Geraghty: Obama Unveils New Plan to Work with Foreign Governments to Ignore the Constitution
"Look at how these people speak. If you cannot get the Senate to ratify a treaty (technically, passing a resolution of ratification), then the United States is not a party to that treaty. Period. Full stop." [rdbrewer]
Arby's is now selling a $10 “Meat Mountain” Sandwich. Suck it Vegans [dri]
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