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We Know What’s Good for You

And it ain’t a bacon cheeseburger from Five Guys:

And while the CSPI implies that these restaurant meals are responsible for America’s obesity problem (and in truth, obesity rates have stayed level for ten years), a recent study released by the Cato Institute found that eating in restaurants has a negligible effect on obesity. The [...]

And Now, Your Obligatory “Worse than Vietnam” Op-Ed from the New York Times

It happens:

Worse Than Vietnam By ROBERT WRIGHT

At just over nine years of age, this war is already the longest in American history. And this Saturday we’ll eclipse the Soviet Union’s misadventure in Afghanistan; the Soviets brought their own personal Vietnam to an end after nine years and seven weeks.

Is Afghanistan, as some [...]

Mr. Mansour, I Presume?


For months, the secret talks unfolding between Taliban and Afghan leaders to end the war appeared to be showing promise, if only because of the appearance of a certain insurgent leader at one end of the table: Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, one of the most senior commanders in the Taliban movement.But now, it turns [...]

Caught on Tape: Electoral Fraud in Afghanistan

Of course:

On the audiotape, two men are heard speaking in Dari, with the distinct accent of the western city of Herat, as they negotiate terms for rigging more than a dozen races in Afghan’s parliamentary elections.One of the men, according to the country’s Independent Election Commission, is Abdul Rashid Irshad, a low-level functionary in [...]

Curtis got slapped by a white teacher:

I’ve read all 40 pages of the letter.  I suggest you do, also.

I…I wish I had more to say at the moment.



Roundaboutaphobia:  The fear of traffic patterns called roundabouts. 

Should we be scared?

Modern roundabouts are ring-shaped intersections through which traffic flows in a counterclockwise pattern. Cars entering a roundabout must yield to those already inside.

The Department of Transportation does not keep statistics on roundabouts, but experts agree that they are proliferating rapidly. They point [...]

Yeah, Right.

Uh-huh.  Just a misunderstanding.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Monday that an Iranian arms shipment intercepted in Nigeria was a “misunderstanding” that had been settled. Nigeria says the shipment of artillery rockets and other weapons, which were labeled as building supplies and found in Lagos, Nigeria, last month, may have been on the way to [...]

Two People Who Dislike Obama and His Policies Do Not Want Obama to Run in 2012

If you read the Washington Post headline:

Opinion | One and done: To be a great president, Obama should not seek reelection in 2012

and then read what they say:

We do not come to this conclusion lightly. But it is clear, we believe, that the president has largely lost the consent of the governed.


600 Page “Secret History” of U.S. Involvement in Post-WWII Nazi-Hunting

The report, suppressed for four years (why?) provides a detailed history of U.S. nazi-hunting efforts, including confirmed information of CIA involvement in hiding Nazi scientists in the U.S.:

It describes the government’s posthumous pursuit of Dr. Josef Mengele, the so-called Angel of Death at Auschwitz, part of whose scalp was kept in a Justice Department [...]

Holocaust Fund Defrauded, U.S. Says


While fleeing the Nazis in 1941, an 11-year-old girl dodged airplane bombs as she crossed the Dnieper River in Ukraine, ultimately finding refuge in Donetsk, where she and her mother lived in hiding until the liberation of 1944.

[This tale was] among thousands of similar accounts given in the name of elderly immigrants who [...]

Vote 2010: The Aftermath

The Republican party has regained the House, taking at least 60 seats.

Liberal butthurt is at historic levels not seen since Bush’s reelection.

One would think that the president would consider what these significant gains mean, but he hasn’t.  He’s chosen to see it as a referendum on the economy instead of his appalling mismanagement [...]

Dear Liberals: You Will Sorely Miss President Obama After You Run Him Out of Town

I write this for so-called liberals and others who voted for Obama.  I do not intend this for conservatives or Tea Partyers or others who hate Obama with a passion not seen since the 2004 presidential election, when coffee-house snubs snickered over Bush jokes and blog-wailed about how Bush was destroying the foundations of America.