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An Irrefutable Syllogism

March 31st, 2015 by MC

1. All American children used to grow up hearing the story of how little George Washington cut down a cherry tree, then confessed to the deed by saying, “I cannot tell a lie.”

2. It is generally agreed among historians, even those not disposed to tear down the reputations of the Founding Fathers, that the cherry tree story was an invention of Parson Weems.

3. Therefore, George Washington almost certainly did not exist, and we need to stop hurting people by making such a fetish of honesty based on fairy tales like these.

Q.E.D.

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March 31st, 2015 00:39:13

Professional football linesmen

March 24th, 2015 by Pecos Bill

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March 24th, 2015 14:55:54

The Browning of the West

March 20th, 2015 by Man SL

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natives ought to be as capable of bearing the next generation of children as the foreign-born, that their failure to do so may be an effect of something dire rather than the cause of something to be “celebrated,” and that policymakers have seldom been able to predict the outcomes of wholesale demographic change. – See more at: http://www.claremont.org/article/the-browning-of-america/#.VQyCEeFBYr9

 

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March 20th, 2015 14:32:40

No DNA Evidence for the Norman Conquest

March 19th, 2015 by John Mansfield

The Independent reports on a detailed genetic study of the British population. Many historic and prehistoric demographic events show up, but some don’t:

“Other major events in history, such as the Roman invasion and occupation between 43AD and 410AD, the large-scale invasion by the Viking Danes in 865AD and the subsequent establishment of Danelaw, as well as the Norman invasion of 1066, cannot be seen in the genetic profiles of Britons today.

“This probably reflects the fact that often major cultural shifts are carried out by relatively few people within an elite who do not leave their genetic mark on the conquered masses, said Sir Walter Bodmer, the veteran population geneticist who first had the idea of the study.”

Something worth remembering the next time DNA and the Book of Mormon comes up.

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March 19th, 2015 06:29:07

Burying the Lede

March 11th, 2015 by Man SL

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March 11th, 2015 08:27:32

Angina Monologue 11

March 06th, 2015 by Vader

His Majesty was wearing a sour face when he came out to breakfast this morning.

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March 06th, 2015 13:04:36

U.S. ambassador to South Korea wounded by knife-wielding activist

March 05th, 2015 by Vader

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Regarding the assailant:

  • When in 2010 he hurled concrete at the then Japanese envoy, Toshinori Shigeie, it was the first assault on a foreign ambassador in South Korea; he received a suspended jail term

I think I see the problem.

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March 05th, 2015 09:29:15

R. I. P. Leonard Nimoy, 1931 – 2015.

February 27th, 2015 by Bookslinger

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February 27th, 2015 12:10:52

Why are so many furrin countries donatin’ to a U.S. librul outfit?

February 18th, 2015 by Pecos Bill

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February 18th, 2015 10:54:56

New Wine in Old Bottles

February 12th, 2015 by MC

Our current political debates are a conflict of unrealities. The leftist unreality is that consequences do not exist. The conservative unreality is to act as though the Left does not exist.

How else to explain this(more…)

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February 12th, 2015 04:26:01

Attempt no landing there

February 03rd, 2015 by Zen

Europa, moon of Jupiter, has deep oceans and a thick icy shell. It is also, one of the best places to look for non-terrestrial life in solar system.  NASA is making a push to make an Europa mission a reality, probably in the mid-2020’s.

Citing concerns with radiation belts, (and not Arthur C Clarke), apparently we are not going to attempt a landing there.

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February 03rd, 2015 17:22:38

New Temple Announced for Iceland

February 03rd, 2015 by Zen

The first new one in a thousand years!  But they will just teach the ancient Viking myths as “poetic metaphors and a manifestation of the forces of nature and human psychology.”

And no animal sacrifices.

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February 03rd, 2015 17:08:25

In Lieu of Soft Words, a Bullet

January 30th, 2015 by John Mansfield

“A driver exited his vehicle with a knife and charged another man, who was critical of his driving, police said. The man who didn’t like the driving pulled a gun and shot the man who had the knife.” (link)

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January 30th, 2015 11:40:20

Younger Missionaries, Older President

January 23rd, 2015 by John Mansfield

A former stake president explained once that in his calling he was supposed to recommend potential mission presidents to his leaders. Mission presidents needed to be under 60, or up to 65 in cases of exceptionally robust health and vigor.

When the ages for young missionaries were lowered, and thousands more made themselves available for service, and dozens of new missions opened, that required finding more mission presidents than before. One of those tasked was Stephen Hansen, 71 at the time of his call to preside the Utah Salt Lake City Mission. Wednesday, Sister Carol Hansen, his 69-year-old wife died quite unexpectedly, though naturally. It seems likely that President Hansen will be released early.

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January 23rd, 2015 11:06:53

Whiplash

January 23rd, 2015 by MC

A few nights ago, in the sleepy haze that follows nightly prayer but precedes full unconsciousness, Mrs. MC and I discussed how we discipline our kids, what we might change, etc. Nowadays, no right-thinking parent ever defends corporal punishment, even if they sometimes practice it. It’s time outs, privileges withheld, that’s it.  (more…)

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January 23rd, 2015 02:02:03