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May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

Life imitates art in the United Kingdom. Let’s just call her Britain… just Britain.

The BBC will make the unemployed and low-paid workers compete against each other for a cash prize in a controversial Hunger Games-type show to find “Britain’s Hardest Grafter”.

Only the UK’s lowest-paid workers will be invited to compete to “show […]

Wednesday Open Thread

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald. (The Crack-up — Esquire Magazine 1936)

A two-fer

“Government resting upon the will and universal suffrage of the people has no anchorage except in […]

Repulsors are sufficiently repulsed

Robert Downey Jr. has been set upon by the perpetually aggrieved again. During the press junket for Avengers: Age of Ultron (coming soon to a theater near you) he was asked about comments regarding comic book movies that were made by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Downey replied by saying; “Look I respect the […]

Empyrrhically Liberal

The late Senator (D-NY) Daniel Patrick Moynihan

The late Senator from New York, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, may in fact have been the last thoughtful liberal in American politics. His 1965 groundbreaking and controversial so-called “Moynihan Report” — titled The Negro Family: The Case for National Action read as near as a prophecy as any […]

Killjoy is Here

Meanwhile in Great Britain the BBC Director General has to sign off on some jokes – from the Telegraph:

It has produced some of the finest comedies ever to grace British television screens, from Dad’s Army to Monty Python and Blackadder.

Viewers may be surprised to learn, then, about the lengths the BBC […]

Killing in the Name Of…

Every so often the brain trust behind the liberal-progressive agenda lets the truth peek out. I know many liberals don’t now countenance such things, but that just makes them, as V.I. Lenin termed such people… “useful idiots”. Gays, blacks, and poor kids generally will be square in the cross hairs of this repulsive idea…

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Rufus T. Firefly Saves the Republic

Marxism

“Rufus,” I hear you say. “The world is on fire (Harvard educated Congressman Ted Cruz says so), the number of folks out of work is at peak levels, the Federal Reserve is devaluaing the dollar by creating a stock market bubble, our kids are getting dumber, race relations are worsening, Lena Dunham’s show […]

Tuesday Open Thread

Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles. –August 27, 1856 Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan

Holy (Dumpster) Diver

Matt Malone, professional dumpster diver from Austin, TX

Wired.com has a fascinating piece on Malone’s high end, and lucrative, dumpster diving and what it says about our consumer culture and the value (or lack thereof) we place on things. Here’s a bit:

Matt Malone doesn’t mind being called a professional dumpster diver. He tells […]

Male Man

Medium.com’s “War is Boring” has a fascinating interview with author (The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea and WAR) and documentary filmmaker (Restrepo and Korengal) Sebastian Junger on American male identity and why young men often want to go to war.

Sebastian Junger is a rare filmmaker. His trio of […]