Victor Borge

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Sun, 2006-12-17 01:54

Anyone else hear ever heard of Victor Borge? What are people's thoughts on him? Personally, he's one of the damn funniest musicians I've ever seen. His heavily music-based comedic repertoire always sends me into hysterics.

Recent Comments:
Yes! Rainer Hersch! — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-12-19 02:02
Rainer — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-12-18 01:23
Victor Borge... — by Robert on Mon, 2006-12-18 00:48

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General Augusto Pinochet Is Dead

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Submitted by George Reisman on Sun, 2006-12-17 00:34

On Sunday, December 10, General Augusto Pinochet of Chile died, at the age of 91. General Pinochet deserves to be remembered for having rescued his country from becoming the second Soviet satellite in the Western hemisphere, after Castro’s Cuba, and, like the Soviet Union, and Cuba under Castro, a totalitarian dictatorship.

Recent Comments:
Reisman responds to critics — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-12-21 22:17
Pinochet — by Ray Bronski on Wed, 2006-12-20 22:11
The ends do not justify the means — by Scott Wilson on Wed, 2006-12-20 01:15

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Whither (Wither?) Europe?

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-12-16 22:47

A German author gives his opinion about the fate of Europe.
The Rape of Europe

His advice? Move to Australia or New Zealand.

His reasons? Among others is this quote from a woman he debated: "[I]t is sometimes better to let yourself be raped than to risk serious injuries while resisting."

Recent Comments:
Breakfasting Slander — by Fraser Stephen-Smith on Wed, 2006-12-20 09:10
The thing I like about Fraser — by TimV on Tue, 2006-12-19 21:29

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Musical Chairs :-)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-12-15 09:35

Jason Quintana, some months ago, took on an academic load that led him to step down as SOLO's Exec Dir. John Gagnon stepped up.

Recently, Jason shed some of his load ... and John took on a load that led him to want to step down. So Jason is stepping back up ... at least for an interim 6-month period!

Recent Comments:
Thanks, John. — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-12-16 05:29
Musical Chairs — by jtgagnon on Sat, 2006-12-16 03:40
Both ways — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-12-15 22:06

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SOLOC 5 Postponed, Declaration of Independence Renewed

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-12-15 08:36

I'm pleased to announce the postponement of SOLOC 5.

"Pleased" because the circumstances leading up to its postponement afford an opportunity to reiterate the very point of SOLO at a time when it might have been in danger of being blurred or compromised.

Recent Comments:
Well, in order to offer an argument and not a smear — by Kendall J on Sun, 2007-01-07 16:57
I doubt they're cheering — by Laure Chipman on Sat, 2007-01-06 16:15
Hsiekovians' Pin-Up Pelosi ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2007-01-06 10:09

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Interesting debate - Harris vs Prager on existence of god

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Submitted by Pete L on Fri, 2006-12-15 02:45

I dug this one up searching for information on Sam Harris, an atheist commentator whose work I admire. In this debate which took place via email exchanges over the course of several days, Harris takes on Dennis Prager, a conservative Jew and radio personality of some repute. Enjoy!

Recent Comments:
Fallacies — by wngreen on Mon, 2006-12-18 23:37
Check out Sam Harris vs Scott Atran — by Wayne Simmons on Mon, 2006-12-18 09:06
Likewise. Sam Harris' — by JulianP on Sat, 2006-12-16 02:26

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HILARIOUS Year in Review Video at JibJab.com!

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Thu, 2006-12-14 09:07

JibJab.com's "Nuckin' Futs"

Also check out "Deck the Halls". It's priceless.


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Free Muslims Coalition

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-12-14 02:47

Those in the west who appreciate Western values have been vocally demanding that moderate Muslims stand up and speak out against the Islamofascists ... well, how about this list of principles, courtesy the Free Muslims Coalition:

Recent Comments:
Update ... — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2007-02-14 20:11
Jeff said, and Polonium-210 — by Richard Wiig on Mon, 2007-01-08 04:42
Plain Talk — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2007-01-08 00:52

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Linz is 1 year wiser today :-)

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Submitted by JulianD on Thu, 2006-12-14 01:07

I just wanted to wish Linz a happy birthday (or Feliz cumpleanos as they say here in Colombia where I am at present). I will share a wine with you on my return.

Julian Darby

Recent Comments:
Read his biography... — by JulianP on Mon, 2006-12-18 04:59
Linz, — by seddon on Sat, 2006-12-16 15:54
No respect for your elders! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-12-16 06:38

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Where's my free will?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-12-13 23:10

The first thing you notice through the fog of sleep is a loud, ringing sound. As you rise up through the fog of sleep you recognise it as an alarm of some sort. Your alarm clock. You focus further and realise that it's not going to turn itself off. As you force yourself awake you direct your focus to your limbs, lifting yourself out of bed, and you turn off the clock on your way to the bathroom, making yourself shake the sleep from your mind as you go. It's the start of another day.

Recent Comments:
Eyes wide open or half closed, discernemnt or apathy — by Sandi on Thu, 2006-12-14 00:01

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US Senator's stroke could tip balance of power in Senate back to Republicans

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Submitted by Anonymous Guest on Wed, 2006-12-13 22:51

Tim Johnson, Democratic Senator from South Dakota had a stroke today. I wish him well and hope he recovers. However, if he is unable to continue a Republican could be nominated to fill his seat, tipping the balnce of power in the US Senate.

Recent Comments:
Jesus, Jim... — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-12-14 23:55
A Bad Dream, not a Dark Joke — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-12-14 02:23

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Responses to Carter's Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2006-12-13 19:16

Several columnists review Carter's latest diatribe and find it wanting.

SF Gate reviews Carter's foreign policy history.


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Tracinski on the Iraq Study Group Report

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2006-12-13 16:10

Robert Tracinski has had published an excellent commentary in the Wall Street Journal on the Iraq Study Group's recent report. He observes how disconnected from reality are the foreign policy (so-called) 'realists' like Baker.

Recent Comments:
Note particularly the last — by PhilipC on Thu, 2007-01-18 02:56
Other Bloggers — by Bill Visconti on Wed, 2007-01-17 03:43
NoumenalSelf on Tracinski — by Bill Visconti on Wed, 2007-01-17 03:30

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Environmentalism and Christianity — Roots, Similarities and Differences

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2006-12-13 01:23

Recently, some theses about Environmentalism and Christianity were put forth: (1) It was asserted that Environmentalism and Christianity share fundamental philosophical premises, that their adherents are essentially the same, (2) that without the latter, the former can not last and, (3) that, therefore, one should forego focusing on environmentalism and fight Christianity directly.

Recent Comments:
Hey Claudia... — by Michael Moeller on Sat, 2006-12-16 03:17
Refreshingly insightful — by Olivia on Fri, 2006-12-15 22:42
Bill... — by Michael Moeller on Fri, 2006-12-15 03:42

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Robert Heinlein, Dean of Sci-Fi, Citizen of the Galaxy

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-12-13 01:07

Robert Anselm Heinlein, 1907-1988, is consistently voted one of the most popular writers of the last century. In my list he ranks third as a popular novelist, just below Rand and Tolkien and just above Robert Graves, George Orwell (best as an essayist), and Frank Herbert from whom he differs greatly in style.

Recent Comments:
Heilein against theocraty — by 0 on Wed, 2008-01-16 19:55
Claudia, — by Melissa Lepley on Sun, 2007-02-18 20:36
Thanks Melissa — by Olivia on Sun, 2007-02-18 19:54

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Naked Chicks with Guns

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-12-12 22:16

Naked Chicks with Guns

Recent Comments:
Stereotypists — by FadingAd on Mon, 2007-09-03 08:06
Yes, they must be male — by Summer Serravillo on Wed, 2006-12-13 13:13
Hot Wings — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-12-13 11:05

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Happiness

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Submitted by Ergo on Tue, 2006-12-12 21:33

Happiness, in Ayn Rand’s words, is the emotional reward for the achievement of one’s values. Depending on one’s perspective and how well one has integrated the various principles of the philosophy, this definition of happiness can be either very expansive or very narrow.

Recent Comments:
Passionate Serenity — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-12-14 03:34
I agree — by Ergo on Wed, 2006-12-13 05:42
Non-Contradictory Joy? — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-12-13 00:44

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Jesus H. Christ!

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-12-12 01:35

Jesus! What a nut!

Who? Pastor Becky bloody Fischer, that's who, the former head of the 'Jesus Camp' documented in the film of the same name (hold on to your head, here's a trailer), and still head of KidsInMinistry.Com -- tagline, "redefining children's ministry in the 21st Century"! The exclamation mark, by the way, is mine. You'll understand why quite quickly.

Recent Comments:
Reason — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-12-12 20:03
Reason - dup deleted — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-12-12 20:02
"Still, I don't accept your — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-12-12 19:24

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Will the Real Mister Scherk....

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-12-11 22:25

It's finally me you see as my Avatar as of this post. The picture is unfairly flattering, being actually 15 years, two major surgeries, a few fistfights, 40 pounds of stress, and a few lost or grey hairs too old. (It's by far the best ever taken of me.) But its not William Scherk, or Fred Weiss for that matter! I'll probably eventually go back to my uncle or the Twin Towers, as those have more meaning for me. I may post a new one with my nephew if I can get one.

Recent Comments:
Phil — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-12-13 03:25
How anyone could consider — by PhilipC on Wed, 2006-12-13 03:09
Whoops! — by Prima Donna on Wed, 2006-12-13 01:05

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Gay Stereotypes in Primetime

Submitted by wngreen on Mon, 2006-12-11 18:42

I am not usually subjected to TV advertisements but I do sometimes catch them while watching HD (still waiting for that Tivo Series 3) or listening to the radio (only out of desperation when my CPN podcasts are done). When I first heard the commercial for Wedding Wars I thought it was a spoof.

Recent Comments:
Ooo-er, Matron! — by Fraser Stephen-Smith on Sun, 2006-12-17 12:46
Ross ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-12-17 03:51
Lindsay... — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-12-17 02:44

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Tivo Series 3

Submitted by wngreen on Mon, 2006-12-11 18:21

I love my Tivo and have had a hacked Series 1 since it first came out. I upgraded the memorycard, network card and hard drive myself. I've been a huge proponent amoung family and friends encouraging them to live a life free of commercials. I never took the plunge when the Series 2's came out, opting for another hard drive upgrade arround that time for my Series 1. But now Tivo is offering the Series 3 with lifetime service upgrade to Tivo Series 3 for owners of a series 1 or series 2 Tivo. Dual cable card inputs, HD tuners and cable tuners it has everything I wish my old Series 1 had. While it is expensive, its simple interface and HD features make it worth the investment. I get only a small amount of time to watch the few quality shows that are out there and the Tivo makes sure I always have something I want to watch. Considering the frustraitions I have with the 'DVR' provided by my cable company I'll be watching the door for the delivery of my new Tivo.


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God's man in Mecca

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Submitted by Mario on Mon, 2006-12-11 17:51

Lebanese television featured a two part interview with the public executioner of Mecca, Abdullah Al-Bishi. The eleven and a half minute video opens a window into Middle Eastern culture, though the insight it provides is undoubtedly unintentional.


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Pick Your Gender and We’ll Enforce Your Choice, Says New York City’s Board of Health

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Submitted by George Reisman on Mon, 2006-12-11 08:01

Separating anatomy from what it means to be a man or a woman, New York City is moving forward with a plan to let people alter the sex on their birth certificate even if they have not had sex-change surgery.

Recent Comments:
Individual Right to What? — by VSD on Wed, 2006-12-13 09:12
"... if the government were — by Jason Quintana on Wed, 2006-12-13 00:05
Randian Science — by F L Light on Tue, 2006-12-12 16:18

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You Can’t Have Trans Fats Because They’re Bad for You, Says New York City’s Board of Health

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Submitted by George Reisman on Mon, 2006-12-11 07:58

In recent weeks, the New York City Board of Health has displayed a pattern of profound aggression against the citizens of New York City.

Recent Comments:
Removed comment to another — by F L Light on Tue, 2006-12-12 16:11

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"UN downgrades man's impact on the climate"

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Submitted by JulianP on Mon, 2006-12-11 00:06

So, apparently the scientists at the UN have reassessed the impact humans have on global warming:

The Telegraph: UN downgrades man's impact on the climate

Recent Comments:
Next scare. Doubt it. — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-12-11 01:20

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The new "Who is John Galt?" - the media and why Jihadists are winning the GWOT...

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Submitted by Orson on Sun, 2006-12-10 22:55

"'Who is Jamil Hussein?' is becoming the new 'Who is John Galt?'" says Michelle Malkin.

Recent Comments:
Where are the real journalists? — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-12-11 17:42
Couple this with P-MSNBC — by wngreen on Mon, 2006-12-11 13:46

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A(nother) Big Bang

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-12-10 21:38

Reposted from SOLOHQ due to the popularity of Daniel's recent thread.

I spent this last week in some of the world’s great Opera Houses.


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1984 Jeane Kirkpatrick Speech at the Republican Convention

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Submitted by jdlimber on Sun, 2006-12-10 17:36

In light of Ms Kirkpatrick's death I thought I would post her 1984 Republican Convention speech. It is just as valuable today as it was then. Hope you enjoy.

Recent Comments:
OOPS! — by Orson on Mon, 2006-12-11 09:17
Galtieri's whore — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-12-10 21:33

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QUOTE: -"Under a worldly camouflage we have come to be dominated by a new natural religion ... Ecologism"

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-12-10 01:26

Quote for today:

Contemporary society is dominated by a widespread pessimism about science; a pessimism which can only be understood within the context of developments that began in back in the 1980s. Though the churches may have been increasingly emptied, society has not developed an enlightened scepticism or a free-thinking culture; not even agnosticism.

Recent Comments:
Marcus? — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-12-14 01:10
...a case in point...THEN there's James Lovelock! — by Orson on Tue, 2006-12-12 02:28

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The Cartoon Foxes unleashed ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2006-12-09 08:28

So, I now have two jobs Smiling

There's my day job here in Auckland (developing and designing call center software in C# 2.Innocent ... and now a five-week, part-time contract to develop a financial services website in Ruby on Rails (can't be any less vague I'm afraid, as I'm required to keep things more or less under wraps until the project is released).

Recent Comments:
Dunc ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-12-09 21:27

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