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March 02, 2011

Overnight Open Thread

Who Loves Cars More?

So global warming change activists are always carrying on about how the American love affair with the car is destroying the Earth Gaia. Yet when you look at world statistics of cars per capita it turns out we only have one car per 2.2 people while Germany and Italy have nearly one car per every 1.7 persons (and that's even with their glorious high speed trains). But somehow we're the ones who are killing the planet with our personal vehicles.

And then you have New Zealand which has nearly the highest number of cars per capita in the world - one car for every 1.6 Kiwis. But apparently their cars run on smugness.

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It Came From Texas
While we're celebrating Texas Independence Day here's a list of 10 things that were invented in Texas. I'm betting nearly everyone here has used at least five of these.

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Blue State Dem Governors Turning on State, Local Workers
Ironically it's going to be blue state governors that end up doing the most to de-fang public employee unions since they're the first ones to start heading into insolvency.

Blue states where citizens want activist government to take on a lot of jobs actually feel this pressure more than red states: the more government you want, the more ruthlessly efficient you have to make it. Otherwise the costs explode and the state goes into a long fiscal death spiral as taxes increase while the business climate worsens. If you are a blue state politician whose constituents demand more government, you must prune the costs of delivering services.
Or end up being a cautionary tale like Michigan or California.

Was Lara Logan's Rape Legal Under Islamic Law?
Sadly probably yes. Which is probably also one of the reasons she didn't bother reporting it to the authorities.

As Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer has detailed, al-Azhar University endorses a sharia manual called Umdat al-Salik. It is quite clear on the subject of women who become captives of Muslim forces: “When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled.” [The section cited is Book o9.13, p. 604 in the English translation - P] This is so the woman can then be made a concubine of her captor.

This arrangement is encouraged by the Koran. Sura 4:23–24, for example, forbids Muslim men from consorting with the wives of other Muslims but declares sexual open season on any women these men have enslaved. (“Forbidden to you are . . . married women, except those whom you own as slaves.”)

It's funny how feminists are always railing against some sort of vague oppression by Christianity but are strangely quiet about a religion that condones literally enslaving them.
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Police: We traced the chemicals...and they're coming from inside Charlie's head!
So Charlie Sheen has passed 4 drug tests which is making the whole bipolar theory more likely.

(Sheen) tested negative for the presence of marijuana, cocaine, opiates and methamphetamine in a random drug test as Radar observed at his Los Angeles mansion Tuesday night, just a few short hours after authorities dramatically removed his 23-month-old twin sons Max and Bob from the premises, and returned them to (his wife Brooke) Mueller.
But he's not bipolar - he's bi-winning!
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The Top 10 Most Paused Moments in Movie History

The Top Ten Most-Paused Movie Moments:
1. Sharon Stone crossing her legs – Basic Instinct (1992) – 31 %
2. Jennifer Lopez naked rear – The Back-Up Plan (2010) – 16%
3. Stormtrooper bangs his head – Star Wars – Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) – 15%
4. Jamie Lee Curtis flash – Trading Places (1983) – 8%
5. Jessica Rabbit goes commando – Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) – 6%
6. Brad Pitt flashes behind doctor in hospital – Fight Club (1999) – 5%
7. Captain America’s shield appears on desk – Iron Man 2 (2010) – 4%
8. Dust spells out ‘S.F.X’ – The Lion King (1994) – 3%
9. Pacman cameo – Tron (1982) -2%
10. Nicole Kidman rear-end flash – Eyes Wide Shut (1999) – 1%
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The Plastic Combat Helmet That Can Stop a Bullet At Point Blank
Coming this fall.

It has “stopped zero-degree rifle bullets at point-blank range, and has stopped 7.62mm rounds, as well.” They cost about $625 a piece and the Army is planning on buying 200,000 of them. Marine Corps efforts to find a new helmet have not been nearly as successful. After testing 5 different models in 2009, they couldn’t find one that would do the job. They are still developing their own helmet.
I'm not sure why the Marines are developing their own - either their requirements are very different from the Army's or this is just a classic case of wasteful duplication.
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Want To Be a Dick Head?
Well it's the latest headwear from New Power Studios. I'm guessing it will never catch on - except maybe in certain fetish communities.

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Gross: Do You Pop Your Tonsil Stones?
Honestly I had never even heard of these before. But then I don't really have tonsils since they were eaten away over the course of 12 consecutive annual strep throat infections. Because my doctor didn't believe in 'unnecessary' surgery. Anyways so how many of the moronohorde have ever had tonsil stones?

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