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July 10, 2013

Overnight Open Thread (7-10-2013)

Family in town = no pictures and minimal snark for you. Legally it still counts as an ONT though.

10 Questions From the U.S. Naturalization Test

Even if you haven't studied civics recently you should still be able to get at least half of these right.

1. How many amendments does the Constitution have?

2. What is the economic system in the United States?

3. Name your U.S. Representative.

4. What are two Cabinet-level positions?

5. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?

6. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?

7. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name ONE of the writers.

8. What is ONE thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?

9. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?

10. What did Susan B. Anthony do?

Answers here:

1. 27; 2. capitalist economy/market economy; 3. answers will vary; 4. Any two: Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Attorney General, Vice President; 5. John Roberts; 6. Native Americans/American Indians; 7. James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Publius; 8. U.S. diplomat, oldest member of the Constitutional Convention, first Postmaster General of the United States, writer of "Poor Richard's Almanac," started the first free libraries. 9. World War II; 10. fought for women's rights/fought for civil rights.

Jonah Goldberg on Andrea Mitchell AKA Conflict of Interest in Human Form

The problem with Andrea Mitchell - well, a problem, there are so many to choose from - is the pretense she's anything like an honest broker of ideas or information. I am not saying that she is knowingly corrupt or dishonest. That's the point. She is so deeply enmeshed in the pseudo-feminist goobbledygook of super-rich liberal old white ladies not to mention the speed-dial elitism of D.C.'s permanent class, she actually thinks she's got her finger on the pulse of the real issues. She may be a wonderful human being, but I think she'd be caught dead before saying anything one micrometer outside the conventional wisdom of her circle. It's telling that as the chief foreign-affairs correspondent for NBC News she spent much of the last five years "reporting" relentlessly about . . . Sarah Palin, long after the 2008 election and even Palin's tenure as governor. I understand that for Mitchell, Palin is far more foreign than her literally foreign friends at Davos, but come on. More recently, but not unrelatedly, Mitchell spent much of the campaign season breathing as much life as possible into the manufactured sub-theme of the Obama campaign: "The War on Women." And what's really hilarious is that Mitchell almost certainly believes that her water-carrying is serious, objective, news and analysis. Again, while I too have yet to read This Town, I can think of few better emblems of what's wrong with Washington culture than Mitchell.

The March of Freedom

The right to carry guns is one freedom that's actually expanded over the last 3 decades.


UK Approves Three-Person In-vitro Fertilization

Because sometimes three's a crowd and also your daddy. And with only two more you can have an all Lakers baby-daddy.

Minor Gods of the Camp

The only summer camp I ever went to was a Baptist-run one for a month and it was awesome. Even the bible parts weren't bad. And the kids probably had at least as much fun as the counselors.

23 Books You Didn't Read In High School But Actually Should

I still haven't read 12 of these and the rest I mostly read on my own even before high school.

How to Throw a Pitch

Stupid fucking auto-play videos - God how I hate them

Passenger Gets Kicked Off Two Flights in Two Days

Maybe he's just not cut out for this flying through the air in an enclosed metal tube thing.

"Bestiality Brothels"

Now we got that in our search keywords. Congrats.

Teh Tweet!

Yahoo group. That is all.

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