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April 23, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (4-23-2015)

Quote of the Day: Heh Edition

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Quote of the Day II

I was very touched by what the minister said about me on stage in Perth, but I was even more touched by what she said to the surviving editorial staff at Charlie Hebdo. I mentioned in that Trudeau post an upcoming engagement I'm doing on the Continent later this year and how I couldn't understand why they'd asked me - until I remembered that everyone ahead of me on the invitation list is either dead or in hiding. So the symbolism of what [Australian foreign minister] Julie Bishop chose to do is valuable and important - and stands in splendid contrast to the hollow pomposity of John Kerry and his stooge James Taylor.

And "Love your work" is a better expression of solidarity than "#JeSuisCharlie".

-- Mark Steyn

Art of Manliness Presents The Winston Churchill School of Adulthood

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So I happened across this set of articles a few weeks ago and I have to say it's one of the best reads available on the internets for men. And it's free. They really ought to put these together and publish it as a book. And then charge good money for it.

Here Brett McKay, who runs the website The Art of Manliness has written a sequence of articles laying out how to be a man in full and lead a satisfying, accomplished life. A lot of it I think the morons will recognize as hard-won wisdom and things we've known to be true in our hearts even if we've never verbalized them - or always fully followed them.

Each article as well as the entire series is based on the life of Winston Churchill and in particular how he dealt with various challenges in life and created the means to overcome them, thrive and do great things. But the key word is create. Churchill was given some gifts and some (many) flaws and had a very inauspicious beginning in life and as a man - but he chose to make himself into the man he ultimately wanted to be and that allowed to him to create the life he wanted to lead.

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Now in many ways Churchill was sui generis and likely 99.97% of men could never hope to match his accomplishments. But his methods, philosophies, and manner of living life are available to most if not all men. So rather than trying to be Churchill instead aim for maybe adding 5% more Churchill into your life. You life may become happier but almost certainly it will become more satisfying and productive.

The Winston Churchill School of Adulthood Is Now in Session
Lesson #1: Develop a Mighty Moral Code
Lesson #2: Establish a Daily Routine
Lesson #3: Live Romantically
Lesson #4: Cultivate a Nostalgic Love for History
Lesson #5: Don't Give Up Your Sense of Adventure
Lesson #6: Don't Be Afraid to Start a Family
Lesson #7: Work Like a Slave; Command Like a King; Create Like a God
Tips on Hustling, Leadership, and Hobbies from Winston Churchill
Conclusion: Thought + Action = An Awesome Adulthood

This set of articles is targeted for men in their 20s. I think guys from say age 16 to 23 would get the absolute most from it and maybe find themselves inspired and directed. But even older middle-aged dudes like yours truly will still get a lot from it. Hell it's inspired me after reading it and made me think a lot about how my life is and how I'd like to be.

So much so that I've decided to in Churchill's parlance to take action this day: So I've decided to go to Iceland.

Why? Because I've been wanting to go there for almost 30 years. But the circumstances have never been right to do so. So I have decided to just make the circumstances be right. So I'm going and I'm going to do it in the next two weeks. And I intend to enjoy the hell out it. And when I come back I also intend to make some other structural, positive changes in my life.

Housekeeping Note: I will in London next week for business and then the next week in Iceland doing what I want. So no ONTs from me for two weeks.

There'll be fill-ins from the usual gang but if you think you've got what it takes to make an ONT - if you think you got the balls to do an ONT - then contact one of the Cobs and make your offer.

Peace. Out.

Odds of Maetenloch returning to the ONT: Good


Jim Geraghty: Unruly Progressives

The strategy of "making them live up to their own book of rules" is frequently mentioned and discussed these days at Breitbart.com, Instapundit, Ace of Spades, and just about every other conservative website and blog.

James O'Keefe, the activist and journalist behind the famous ACORN videos, articulated the approach directly: "The Left doesn't care about the laws or the rules. They are hypocrites, and the only way to win is to make them live up to their book of rules. I have found that the only thing they care about is racism, sexism and exploitation."

Not to take away from O'Keefe's work, which generates must-watch videos and scandal-inspired resignations with metronomic regularity, but there may be a flaw in this strategy. Ultimately, not that many liberals care whether their brethren are following their own book of rules. They've demonstrated a remarkable acceptance for one another's hypocrisy.

...Many progressives organize their worldview in the reverse order: They pick the good people - themselves - and everything else is negotiable. And as it's currently practiced, liberalism doesn't really require much of anything. Or, when liberalism starts asking sacrifices and commitments of its adherents beyond liking and sharing on Facebook, the energy and enthusiasm disappear. Close observers of Obamacare have noticed that the Millennials and other young people who voted for Obama in droves aren't willing to pay several hundred dollars a month for health insurance.

The currency of progressivism isn't policies, and it certainly isn't results. It's emotions.

Earth Day Reminder: What 'The Warmest Year on Record' Really Means

So, when people say "last year was the hottest on record," they're actually saying: "Some scientists think 2014 might have been the warmest year since 1880. According to their calculations, it was about 0.01 degrees warmer than the next warmest year, but it might have been colder, they're not entirely sure. Either way, it's in line with the average temperature over the last decade, which hasn't changed much, despite the hysteria."

Please panic appropriately.

Number of Actual VA Employees Fired Over Scandals: 0

How 'Security' Is the New Shut Up

And yet 'security' is unwilling to deal with the violent protesters they're ostensibly there to deal with.

Goldsmiths University Bans Men, White People From Anti-Racism Rally

Fat Bastard Adam Gadahn Killed in US Drone Strike

Sadly along with two hostages.

How a Robbery Goes Down

I wonder if the woman walking in even noticed the masked gunman leaving the door open for her.

How the Sausage Gets Made

Yahoo group. That is all.

Come on be a smartie and join the yahoo group party! For the children.

And my lo-fi Twitter spew.

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Notice: Posted by permission of AceCorp LLC. Do not taunt happy-fun ball, Buzzion. Take action this day. Sayonara y'all. Maetenloch out.

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