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Mother Jones: Police Want to Get Rid of Their Pentagon-Issued Combat Gear. Here's Why They Can't.
Via Drudge. "But some agencies have found the process of getting rid of unwanted military gear next to impossible. Agencies can't return or trade equipment without Defense Department approval, and because the Pentagon technically still owns the equipment, they can't sell it." [rdbrewer]

Roger L. Simon, PJM: Liberals as Low Information Voters
"I’m talking about the workaday liberal, the well-educated professionals who are our friends, relatives and neighbors. They are, increasingly, low information voters, living in willful or perhaps willed blindness. In a recent months I have been startled by many examples of this. In a casual conversation, an Ivy League graduate and author of several best-selling books asked me what I meant by 'quantitative easing'...." Oy. Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]
HP Lovecraft's Buzzfeed listicle.
NopeNopeNopeNope NopeNope Nope hey that's cute Nope NopeNopeNopeNope NopeNopeNopeNope... [ArthurK]
Some principles of a Middle East strategy. Jerry Pournelle -- who has forgotten more about history, politics, and the military than Obama ever knew -- weighs in on our latest Middle East engagement. [Fritzworth]
I Watched that "Madam Secretary" Show . . . Stunned Ox. A former (conservative) US Foreign Service official grits his teeth, watches "Madam Secretary", and finds it's every bit as wretched and inaccurate as he feared. Also, if you're not reading his blog, you should be. [Fritzworth]

Sonny Bunch: Vox’s Business Model: Stupidity Clicks
"Here’s a tweet with a photo that is targeted to really, really dumb and gullible people who are so horribly ignorant they don’t know that 'hands up' is a universal gesture that signifies 'I am not a threat.' The post itself contains absolutely no proof...." [rdbrewer]

CNET: New 'Diamond nanothreads' may make space elevator a reality
"Scientists produce ultra-thin threads of carbon atoms they say should be stronger and stiffer than any existing man-made material." [rdbrewer]

Camille Paglia, Time: The Modern Campus Cannot Comprehend Evil
"Young women today do not understand the fragility of civilization and the constant nearness of savage nature." [rdbrewer]

James Traficant, dead at 73
Rest in peace.

Salena Zito, TribLive: The lament of the fed-up voter
"The conclusion is simple but jarring: Many longtime Democrats and Republicans are shedding party loyalty because of disgust with Washington." [rdbrewer]

CBS: Brown Vetoes Bill Limiting Drone Surveillance
"Brown said in a statement that the bill appears to be too narrow and could go beyond what the state and federal constitutions would prohibit." So what, Jerry? That's what they wanted. Why have a bill at all if you're just going to rely on what you believe constitutional limits are? Added: From Time, "[L]egislators will probably respond by proposing a complete moratorium on drone use in the state...." [rdbrewer]
Possible space weather role in downing of US copter "enormous bubbles of plasma...disrupted the chopper’s satellite communications." [dri]

Eric Owens: Here It Is! DEFINITIVE Proof That Racism Is EVERYWHERE, All The Time
Starting with the letter A: "Air is racist, according to a Think Progress article published in April." [rdbrewer]
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Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: The Moral Failures of Eric Holder
Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]



Calf born with "7"

Jon Gabriel, Ricochet: 13 Most Ridiculous Predictions Made on Earth Day, 1970
Environmental Marxists have been using the same scare tactics since forever. Back then, we just had 15 years or so before famine, overpopulation, pollution, and freezing were going to kill us all. Sound familiar? [rdbrewer]

Ginni Thomas, TheDC: Princeton Professor: Cultural Elite Can No Longer Tolerate Christians
"'Christians, and those rejecting the me-generation liberal dogma of "if it feels good do it," are no longer tolerable by the intellectual and cultural elite,' says George...." Related: From Mediaite, Maher Tears into PC Liberals: Where’s Your Outrage on Violent, Oppressive Islam? [rdbrewer]

Ed Driscoll, PJM: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Enters into Dan Rather Territory [rdbrewer]

Jonathan Adler: Neil deGrasse Tyson admits he botched Bush quote
"On many of the issues Davis raised, Tyson essentially claims that the precise details of his stories don’t matter, because he’s making broader points." [rdbrewer]


Mollie Hemingway: Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Just Trust Me On Those Things I Said, OK?
"When rational people strongly suspect you’ve made something up to make yourself look better and to make one of the most recorded people in human history look bad and there’s no evidence of your claim, the onus is actually on you to clear your name." [rdbrewer]

Vice: Your Face, Voice, and Tattoos Are the FBI's Business Now
"There is plenty to be concerned about with the FBI's system, especially if we still entertain the idea that the agency's primary goal is criminal investigation, not general civilian surveillance." [rdbrewer]

Video: The History of Political Correctness
Cultural Marxism and the Frankfurt School. A must-see. Via @AdamBaldwin. [rdbrewer]


Robert Tracinski: Five Things I Learned from ‘Geek’ Culture
"2) The code of science. There is an ethics to science that its most devoted fans take very seriously, and first and foremost it’s about honesty. It’s about following the evidence wherever it leads and acknowledging the truth in whatever form, even if it’s painful or inconvenient." [rdbrewer]
Dude sings 20 different versions of Katy Perry song. Pretty impressive [dri]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, by Ayn Rand
THE FIRST SLAYER: Death is your gift.
BUFFY: I don’t recall offering to give you anything.
via @katherinemiller
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