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three cheers for abu gingy

I know personal updates on blogs are lame. Regardless, I want to share that I just benchpressed my own weight, 140 lbs (63.5kg). I'm not saying that this is some kind of heroic feat, just that it's satisfying since it's exactly what I set out to do by this time back when I started lifting 6 months ago.


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Lately my political activism has fallen into a state of decadence, so I decided to create this petition calling on Dick Cheney to change his name to Lenny.  That way, whenever anybody wants to refer to him and Karl Rove in the same breath, they can just say Lenny and Karl.


what happened to spin the bottle and truth or dare?

Why do people stop playing these games in junior high? If anything, these games should continue all the way through high school and college, but with higher stakes. Once widespread alcohol and drug use have kicked in, the possibilities would be endless.

So here are the questions I am putting to you:
Why don't why don't high school and college students play these games (albeit with fucking or something close)?

What can we do about this?

Please reply in the comments section.

you read it here first!

On June 23rd I wrote:
If there are any well connected real estate developers in the DC area reading this, please drop me a line. If we can come up with some project that would kick these schmucks out of their own homes, I doubt the irony would be lost on the learned justices.

Well it turns out that somebody took my advice to heart:
Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter's land.

Justice Souter's vote in the "Kelo vs. City of New London" decision allows city governments to take land from one private owner and give it to another if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner.

On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter's home.

Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land.

The proposed development, called "The Lost Liberty Hotel" will feature the "Just Desserts Café" and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon's Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."

Clements indicated that the hotel must be built on this particular piece of land because it is a unique site being the home of someone largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans.

"This is not a prank" said Clements, "The Towne of Weare has five people on the Board of Selectmen. If three of them vote to use the power of eminent domain to take this land from Mr. Souter we can begin our hotel development."

Clements' plan is to raise investment capital from wealthy pro-liberty investors and draw up architectural plans. These plans would then be used to raise investment capital for the project. Clements hopes that regular customers of the hotel might include supporters of the Institute For Justice and participants in the Free State Project among others.


This may have even farther reaching implications. It may be the beginning of a movement to force judges to face the consequences of their rulings. Maybe it will make them look at every side of an issue a little more carefully. While we're at it, let's apply this to legislators as well.


this is actually a medical term?

Bulging eyes

Is it my imagination, or is that Hillary Clinton?


towards an improved welfare economics

First law of welfare economics: You do not talk about welfare economics

Second law of welfare economics: You do NOT talk about welfare economics.

Third law of welfare economics: If a student says stop, falls asleep, or gets a boredom-induced anyeurism, the lecture is over.

one more time: why do we hate Nazis?


my favorite Notorious B.I.G. verse

I'm slamming niggaz like Shaquille, shit is real
When it's time to eat a meal I rob and steal
'cos Mom Duke ain't giving me shit
so for the bread and butter I leave niggaz in the gutter
Huh, word to mother, I'm dangerous
Crazier than a bag of fucking Angel Dust
When I bust my gat motherfuckers take dirt naps
I'm all that and a dime sack, where the payback?

-Gimme the Loot
The Notorious B.I.G.
Ready to Die

living like a gypsy

It looks like I will be on leave from blogging for a couple days. I'll be busy moving. Aside from my bed, I don't have furniture to move so it should be relatively painless. I was thinking about it and realized how much I have moved around over the last year or so:

May 1, 2004: Montreal to NYC

August 2004: NYC to St. Louis, MO

late November 2004: St Louis to NYC

late December 2004: NYC to Rockville, MD

Today: Rockville, MD to Dupont Circle, Washington, DC

Hopefully I'll be able to settle in for a while.

whither competition?

Too Good to Play A team of 11- and 12-year-old baseball players has been kicked out of its league — for being too good.

Earlier this month, the Stars of Columbus, Ohio, were taken off the Canal Winchester Joint Recreation District's (search) schedule, and their $150 entry fee was refunded, reports The Columbus Dispatch.

The 14 boys only joined the suburban league in early May, but since then had creamed every other team that faced them — 18-0, 13-0, 24-0, 10-2 and 17-6.

"I called up the league office and said, 'No way are we going to play them,'" Terry Morris, who coaches another team in the division, told The Dispatch. "I wasn't going to subject my players to that."

Pretty soon, all scheduled games were canceled, and the Stars found themselves orphaned.

"I don't think it's fair," said Stars catcher and pitcher Michael Allston, who at 12 stands 5-foot-8. "We always played our best, and we were just winning games."

"[Another] team told us they didn't want their boys' self-esteem battered," said Trina Cochran, mother of 11-year-old Stars player Mario Cochran.

"Our boys went into this with a good attitude," said Darla Perry, whose son R.J., 11, weighs 155 pounds. "It's turned into a disaster."

Opponents' parents charged that the Stars' players were older than they claimed to be and that they were actually an "all-star" team culled from across Columbus.

In return, the Stars' parents began bringing birth certificates to games, as well as documents showing that all but one of the boys lived in the same ZIP code.

League officials and other teams' coaches are unrepentant.

"They were just beating the rec kids up," said Michael Mirones, the league's board chairman. "It's no fun for the kids that are losing."

"We didn't want one of our kids to get hit in the face with a ball," said rival coach Kris Hutchins, who said all his players' parents agreed that their boys not face the Stars.

Stars second baseman Matthew "Boomer" Hufferd, 12, thinks other teams are getting the wrong message.

"If they learn at their age that they can forfeit on things they don't want to do," Hufferd said, "it's quitting."

This disturbing story reflects the attitude in this country. Competition is what makes America great. It seems like the generation of kids coming up after mine is too pussy to take on a difficult challenge. And this is just in baseball. Multiply this behavious 100x across every other life activity and see where it gets us.


markets in everything

First came bling bling. Then came bling bling for your "teef." Around the same time, people began spotting cars with spinning rims. Now, we finally have a product that mixes the best of both worlds:

the retardian school speaks out on chinese takeovers of U.S. companies

Richard Lehmann worries about the consequences of Chinese businesses owning some American corporate assets. I would bash his proposed remedy, but he doesn't have one. If you want to read this shaggy dog story, here it is.


list of supreme court justices whose driveways I would like to shit in right now

John Paul Stevens
Anthony Kennedy
David H. Souter
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Stephen G. Breyer

First we get that God-awful decision in Raich, and now the court rules that the city can take away your house on behalf of private real estate interests.

If there are any well connected real estate developers in the DC area reading this, please drop me a line. If we can come up with some project that would kick these schmucks out of their own homes, I doubt the irony would be lost on the learned justices.

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why I should have gone to Tufts



words of wisdom from my hometown congressman

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said, "If the flag needs protection at all, it needs protection from members of Congress who value the symbol more than the freedoms that the flag represents."

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

say good night to your uncle milty

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The name's Friedman.  Milton Friedman.

Does he look badass in that picture, or what?


With a discount like that, you can't afford NOT to buy it!


low quality post of the week

You scored as Existentialist. Existentialism emphasizes human capability. There is no greater power interfering with life and thus it is up to us to make things happen. Sometimes considered a negative and depressing world view, your optimism towards human accomplishment is immense. Mankind is condemned to be free and must accept the responsibility.













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there goes the neighborhood

Billy Graham is coming to New York! If this doesn't pop the local housing bubble, nothing will.
Mr. Graham, in a recent interview, said pastors in New York had been calling on him to come to the city, assuring him that his audience was eager and growing.

"They just felt after 9/11 there was a search on the part of many people for the purpose and meaning in their lives," he said. "And they felt that a crusade like this could be one thing that could speak to a lot of people. They said their churches are growing, and a thousand new churches have sprung up since I was in New York, especially in various ethnic groups."
After the horror of 9/11, shouldn't their logical reaction have been skepticism about people like Graham, given that they just witnessed the lethal danger of religious fundamentalism?
I guess some people never learn.


not for the faint of heart

I don't support capital punishment, but if anyone deserves the chair, it's this guy.

yet another bulldog drawing by MH

this one is as good as the previous two combined


quote of the week

From the episode of American Dad that is currently in progress:

"I touched her hand. Her hand touched her boob. By the transitive property, I touched her boob!"

profiles in unabashed pigfucking: Sen. Robert Byrd

unabashed pigfuckerunabashed pigfucker

( left: picture of a Klansman, quite possibly Robert Byrd c. 1944, right:  picture of taxpayer funded statue of Robert Byrd in WV capitol building)

Where do you begin with a guy like Robert Byrd (D-WV) I have been meaning to bash this guy for quite some time, and just decided to get around to it after reading some new details about his KKK past.

Byrd said in the Dec. 11, 1945, letter -- which would not become public for 42 more years with the publication of a book on blacks in the military during World War II by author Graham Smith -- that he would never fight in the armed forces "with a Negro by my side." Byrd added that, "Rather I should die a thousand times, and see old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels."

If the people of West Virginia want to keep electing him, that's their business.  It just reflects poorly on them.  My problem is that he stays in power by stealing our money.  Granted, all legislators do this to some extent.  But Byrd, as ranking Democrat (and past chairman) of the Senate Committee on Appropriations has brazenly pissed away our hard earned dollars on his pork.  I don't know why there isn't a bigger uproar about his appropriation of $1 billion of our dollars for the ultimate end of staying in power. As far as I am concerned, that is even worse than Tom Delay taking lots of free stuff from lobbyists (after all, he didn't yoink my money).  A complete listing of Byrd's waste would be too much for one Web page, but this is a good start. 
Here is a list of the projects that bear his name, courtesy of the good folks at Citizens against Government Waste:

Robert C. Byrd Drive, from Beckley to Sophia (Byrd's hometown)
Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia
Robert C. Byrd Cancer Research Center
Robert C. Byrd Technology Center at Alderson-Broaddus College
Robert C. Byrd Hardwood Technologies Center, near Princeton
Robert C. Byrd Bridge between Huntington and Chesapeake, Ohio
Robert C. Byrd addition to the lodge at Oglebay Park, Wheeling
Robert C. Byrd Community Center, Pine Grove
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships
Robert C. Byrd Expressway, U.S. 52 near Weirton
Robert C. Byrd Institute in Charleston
Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing
Robert C. Byrd Visitor Center at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse
Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center
Robert C. Byrd United Technical Center
Robert C. Byrd Federal Building
Robert C. Byrd Hilltop Office Complex
Robert C. Byrd Library and Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center
Robert C. Byrd Rural Health Center
Robert C. Byrd Clinical Addition to the veteran's hospital in Huntington
Robert C. Byrd Industrial Park, Hardy County
Robert C. Byrd Scholastic Recognition Award
Robert C. Byrd Community Center in the naval station, Sugar Grove

I find it particularly disturbing when politicians have projects named after them. It means either (or both)
a) the politician sees himself as a philanthropist giving away his own money
b) the bureaus and citizens see him as a philanthropist giving away his own money

Hence, I think it's time to link to http://byrd.senate.gov with the term unabashed pigfucker, in an effort to Googlebomb him like the blogosphere did with Rick Santorum and "miserable failure" George W. Bush. Why pigfucker? Well, lets see. First of all, he fucks pigs.


if i went to harvard i could also have drawn this

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Thanks to MH for drawing me this adorable rendition of Tyson the Skateboarding Bulldog.

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This one is even better because it has me. Note the Yankees shirt!

in my country, there is problem

There's nothing like a cold hard stat to lend an air of credence to your claim:

"Some 42% of the problems of the US are a direct result of Jews. This is not some hypothetical figure, it is thouroughly researched fact."
That's all good and well, but what's the confidence interval?

The quote is from a rambling anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that was posted as a text file before the Web as we know it existed. It's sloppy work, even for a conspiracy theory. It really wasn't worth reading but for that quote.

After months of painstaking research, The Defenestration of Blog has the privilege of presenting the results of a follow-up study based on the research agenda set by that quote. Using advanced RacialMetric® techniques, I have extrapolated each race's level of blameworthiness for the problems in our country. Again, these are not hypothetical figures, but thoroughly researched facts.
It is all sarcastic, chill.

redheads: stop misceginating with brunettes!

We are in danger of becoming extinct!
NB: Abu Gingy is a redhead. Gingy is the Hebrew nickname for redhead. It comes from ginger, in the parlance of the British Mandate of Palestine. "Abu" just makes it a badass Arabic nom de guerre.


the libertarian image problem [part II]

I continue my trenchant analysis of the libertarian image problem with a discussion of the right to bear arms. Any true libertarian advocates for the right to keep and bear arms, as he should. Unfortunately, many of us employ kooky arguments, giving us about as much credibility as a member of the Michigan Militia stumbling out of his pickup truck holding a jug marked XXX. There are three broad categories of justifications:

1) Self defense ("If we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns")
This is the only persuasive justification. People should be able to defend themselves. Black markets will always exist. Thus, disarming law abiding folks would eliminate the injury risk faced by a burglar. If it is known that a high proportion of people are armed, criminals will be less likely to do anything to you. This intuition is simple enough. People can relate to it as well, since they or their acquaintances may have been mugged or burglarized.

2) Check on tyrannical government ("The second amendment backs up all the others")
There is no question that an armed population can frustrate a government from carrying out evil goals. The Warsaw Ghetto lasted longer than France against the Nazis. Even if the government is still able to achieve its goals against an armed populace, the cost of doing so (in terms of lost soldiers/police) is going to be far higher. This would affect the decision of taking up such policies.
Be that as it may, you cannot make this argument to most people and appear sane. There is almost zero chance of such a scenario coming to pass any time soon in this country. You will come off as purely paranoid. You might as well wear a spaghetti strainer on your head to stop the spaceship from reading your brainwaves.

3) Deterring a foreign power from invading and occupying (citing the Federalist papers or something to that effect)
This is also a legitimate reason to encourage gun ownership. A look at the resistance our troops face in Iraq goes to show how a few armed militias can go a long way. Few would be questioning the wisdom of invading Iraq at this point if not for all the troops that were killed and injured during the occupation. In some situations, the prospect of a couple thousand casualties is all it might take to deter an occupation.
Reality check: half the world's military spending is by the United States. We aren't getting occupied in our lifetime. To quote Tom Selleck in Mr. Baseball, "cool your jets."


washington nationals? give me the ninjas!

sign the petition


my first and last jacko post

A friend of Abu Gingy reacts to the verdict.

NY Post flashback

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This was from a couple years ago during the UN debate on Iraqi WMD. They clearly had given up on serious journalism long before that. It seems that they were going for something along the lines of The Onion meets MAD magazine.

why bulldogs > pugs

Because the Pug’s eyeballs slightly bulge out and because their eyes are not protected by a protuding nose, this leaves their eyes at risk. Their eyeballs can get easily scratched, but sometimes, a trauma can cause their eyeball to pop out. I have personally had this happen to one of my Pugs. A big dog ran up beside her and began to bite at her. The force of his body pushing up against the side of her head and the biting at her caused her eyeball to be pushed out of its socket. It was not hanging out or anything. It was simply pushed out and looked somewhat like a hideous cartoon. We rushed her to an emergency clinic where they put her under and put her eyeball back in place. Other things that can cause an eyeball to pop out would be a small child smacking a Pug on its head or dropping it on its head.


Bulldogs may have a hundred problems from allergies to hip dysplasia, but you'll never have to deal with an errant eyeball.

not bad for an internship

The New York Times recently ran an article about the summer crop of Heritage Foundation interns (props to Jessica for the pointer).

I thought the Cato Institute was generous for giving me $700/month. These fuckers also get a room with a terrace. A fucking terrace, for chrissake! On the plus side, I wasn't working under the same roof as people who produce research in favor of abstinence only education. No wonder their think tank league softball team is called the Capitalist Tools.

everyone's a little bit racist

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin sparked uproar yesterday by saying Africans had a history of CANNIBALISM.

He lashed out at the continent’s past after being challenged about his human rights’ record.

In an astonishing outburst, Mr Putin said: “We all know that African countries used to have a tradition of eating their own adversaries.

“We don’t have such a tradition or process or culture and I believe the comparison between Africa and Russia is not quite just.”

Tony Blair, who had just finished talks with Mr Putin, was left squirming with embarrassment as the former KGB boss let rip.

But Mr Putin’s remarks about cannibalism will be greeted with astonishment in Africa and the wider world, as he will succeed the PM as G8 president next year.

Commission for Racial Equality chief Trevor Phillips said last night: “What a preposterous thing to say. He is at best insensitive and at worst a downright racist.”


There is still cannibalism in Africa. That is a fact. It is a problem that even the United Nations acknowledges. His remark might have been stupid, especially for a head of state, but certainly not racist.


classic abu gingy moment

On the first day of my short-lived law school experience they passed around a stack of honor codes. We were instructed to take one and pass the rest down. When the stack got to me I said "no thanks, I won't be needing that."


the libertarian image problem [part I]

Let's face it: there aren't too many libertarians in this country. It may not seem that way on the internet because of how overrepresented we are in the blogosphere. I posit that it is merely because the spontaneous order of the internet is a Hayek reader's wet dream. We have a lot of people to persuade, but most of our efforts are counterprodcutive.

In this series of blog posts I hope to sketch some vignettes of archetypal libertarians who illustrate why our movement has such a bad rap. I will start with the civil disobedience activist. Here are some excerpts from a recent news story:

Libertarian Arrested In Manchester Airport Protest
Man's Demonstration To Promote Belief In Individual Freedom

POSTED: 5:07 pm EDT June 11, 2005

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- A Keene Libertarian who tried to board a flight carrying nothing but a Bible and a copy of the Declaration of Independence was arrested Saturday at Manchester Airport.

A bible banger. Great. That's just who we want to be affiliated with.

Russell Kanning, 35, was arrested after refusing to comply with security screening procedures and refusing to leave the screening area, according to the Rockingham County sheriff's department. He was charged with criminal trespassing and was being held at the Rockingham County jail.

Make a big scene and get arrested. If that doesn't win people to your way of thinking, nothing will!

Kanning, an accountant and staunch Libertarian, said last week he hoped his actions would highlight what he considers overly burdensome state intrusion.

"What he was trying to get across is that people need to be able to travel with dignity," said his wife. "They've just gotten to a point where security is ridiculous."

People also need to be able to travel without worrying that they are boarding a flying petrol bomb in the name of Allah. There are many excessive security precautions in place nowadays. Airport passenger screening is not one of them. Furthermore, it has plenty of popular support. This mistake brings us to one of the most fundamental principles that most libertarians ignore: pick your battles wisely!

"We want people to think about it: Do you want to give up all your rights and live in a police state?" she said. "I don't think they can make us secure if they're bombing other countries. To be perfectly honest, I'm in far more danger from my own government than from any terrorist."

Never say "police" and "state" in the same breath. You might as well move to Montana, buy a mountaintop cabin, and open cans of sardines with your tooth. The substance of her argument is also pretty dumb. Maybe our foreign military actions do breed a net increase in anti-American resentment and terrorism. Maybe they don't. It really doesn't matter here; all else equal, airport passenger screening makes us more secure.

Kanning's demonstration was part of a larger effort by Libertarians to promote their belief in individual freedom and limited government. Others planned to start a private mail service, to call attention to the federal government's monopoly on first-class mail delivery, and sell bottles of liquor, in defiance of state liquor laws.

Great, so the good people of New Hampshire will hear about libertarians and the first image that comes to mind will be a ragtag courier operation and a bootlegger selling bathtub gin. For freedom, of course.

"It comes to a point that if you think something has to be done and you don't think petitioning the government will help, you have to stop complying with bad laws," Dillon said. "We don't want to hurt anybody. We don't want anybody to get hurt. We just don't want to comply."

While you're at it, sling some crack in the town square. Open up a casino in your garage. Don't forget the glittery lights outside. After all, you are making a statement. The average person cares less about absolute freedom of contract than they do about having a quiet and peaceful neighborhood. Get over it.


what are YOU lookin' at?

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baseball cards that I have recently purchased on ebay

all prices exclude shipping + handling, which I never pay more a couple bucks for

$5.00 box (36 packs) of 1990 Score

$0.99 1978 Topps Reggie Jackson

$0.01 1978 Topps Catfish Hunter

$2.00 (2) 1986 Fleer Update Jose Canseco (rookie cards)

$1.50 lot of 11 Don Mattingly oddball cards

$2.50 1 pack of 1984 Fleer

$4.50 1 pack of 1985 Donruss

$1.50 1 pack of 1981 Donruss

$4.95 2 packs of 1984 Topps

I'll bet you're wondering if I chewed the gum. The answer is YES, and I regret nothing. Is it safe to chew old baseball card gum? Perhaps. I was more concerned with knowing what the 1984 vintage tastes like, so I gave it a shot. It degraded to sugary dust almost instantly. Even more disappointing, it seemed like the cards imparted more flavor on the gum than vice versa. I spat out what I could and rinsed the rest out of my mouth.


i'm sucking on a negro right now

That's the name of the black licorice flavored candy the cleaning lady brought back for us from her native Hungary. What did you think I meant?

the hugest tool EVER

I have never done this sort of thing because I think it's very mean. Nonetheless, I could not resist the temptation for this one and I can't feel sorry for him because he is an admirer of the late fascist Meir Kahane. My brother went to Hebrew school with this kid, let's call him Max. In first grade Max tripped on a ball, fell, and fractured his skull. His brain slipped out. As his obese classmate Jerry pointed out, "it looked like purple doody." Unfortunately, that is the account of the story that I must rely on, as my brother was on the john at the time.

Max is said to have become brain damaged from the incident, but I have always contended that he couldn't have been too smart to begin with considering that he tripped on a ball.

Flash forward to June 2005: Max sent my brother an e-mail asking him to be his friend on TheFacebook.com.
Hey man, whats up? Wow, its been like 7 yrs or something since Hebrew school. lol Facebook brings us all back together. So how's colleege? SUNY Albany is OK but there are like so few religious Jews its not even funny. I see from your groups that you're a republican, atta boy! lol I always knew you'd turn out all right.

I hope all is OK and I'll talk to you later!

Sure, he may seem off a few beats, but nothing totally laughable you think. That's why I am sharing his profile with you. As you can see from the picture, he has become some sort of hassid. Now, I can understand how people are brough up into that nonsense, sheltered, and never exposed to the possibility that it might be backward. But this guy was brought up in a relatively mainstream environment. He CHOSE hasidism. He is clearly defective. Notice how he intersperses his subjunctive sentences with IYH, which I am informed is the Jewish fundamentalist equivalent of insh'allah.
I could go on about this degenerate, but I'll save some laughs for the profile.

animal spirits?

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I am back home in New York for a week and just got back from some shopping at Fairway. A casual observer from, say, Indiana, might look at the Friday bustle and ask if there is a combined hurricane/tornado/apocalypse/flood on the way.  Alas, the answer is breathtakingly simple: they have the lowest prices in the neighborhood. You can go to Fairway and see the entire range of products from your plain old Kellogs cereals to fancy schmancy cheese from god knows where.  All of it for less. It's no wonder that the scene resembles a Scottish football riot.

Thus, I am proud to award Fairway my first Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievment in the Field of Free Markets in Action (which will heretofore be referred to as the MBAOAFFMA).


the pussification of the western male continues unabated

It is now irreversible.
Not that this bothers me. As the median guy becomes more and more feminine, I'm looking comparatively more macho even if I keep benching the same amount. Not a bad deal.

If the title of this post doesn't ring a bell, it means you must read this.


stupid pet trick

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"I hope the irony isn't lost on the Korean family that I am about to eat."


pardon me sir...

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...but do you have any Grey Poupon?

the world needs more ibn khalduns

Don Boudreaux unearths a quote from a medieval Islamic scholar that anticipates Arthur Laffer's theory of taxation and growth.


we need to colonize england

They clearly aren't fit for independence. Look at their current number one single.


like a dog whistle, but for people!

Israel uses sound device to disperse riot
The Associated Press
Updated: 1:08 a.m. ET June 4, 2005
JERUSALEM- The Israeli army on Friday unveiled a new crowd-dispersal device emitting painful bursts of sound at a special frequency to help break up a violent Palestinian demonstration, military officials and witnesses said.

Israeli military officials confirmed soldiers used a new “nonlethal” tactic in the West Bank village of Bilin, where hundreds of demonstrators rallied against Israel’s separation barrier.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity under army regulations, said the weapon uses special frequencies to disperse crowds. No further details were immediately available.

An Associated Press photographer said a military vehicle arrived toward the end of the demonstration, which lasted several hours and became violent at times.

Located about a quarter mile from the demonstration, the vehicle emitted several bursts of sounds, about one minute in length each time. Although the sound was not loud, it caused people to cover their ears and grab their heads in discomfort.

About 400 people, including Palestinians and foreign and Israeli activists, participated in the demonstration, marching toward a site where Israel is building its West Bank separation barrier.

This is a pretty cool concept: fight violence with non-violence. It's too bad they didn't use this earlier. Back when Arafat originally orchestrated the intifada in 2000, he closed the schools so that kids would take part in violent demonstrations (read: riots). The kids were placed in the front as human shields while a handful of gunmen and molotov cocktail throwers were towards the back. They would fire at a few Israeli soldiers and draw return fire, inevitably trapping kids in the crossfire. The strategy was ostensibly go for broke: drive even more Palestinians to violence and then get a high death count, generating enough sympathy to warrant international intervention. If those early riots had been dispersed, we may have had a peace deal by now. Then again, they might have just figured out to wear earplugs after a week...


zei gezunt, professor!

Thanks to RagingPundits for pointing out this article from the New York Times about research into a possible link between ashkenazic IQ and genetic diseases. I can't really say I know anything about genetics, but it was a fun read nonetheless.


UPDATE: I just thought of an original angle on this: English bulldogs have tons of genetic diseases and allergies. Therefore they are the smartest dogs.

fiscal responsibility and bulldogs: together at last!

Senator Pete Sessions (R-AL) receives the prestigious Golden Bulldog.

I was researching some senators for work when I stumbled upon a Golden Bulldog award given by Watchdogs of the Treasury. It turns out that they give this award to any congressmen who votes against 75% of wasteful bills.

Origin of the watchdog of the treasury


it's ok because i'm jewish part II

I'm sitting with some of the other interns in the break room when somebody gets a neapolitan ice cream sandwich from the machine. I protest that the machine must be anti-semitic because every time I try to buy one of those bars, it says "selection unavailable."

Co-worker: How could the machine know you're Jewish?

Abu Gingy: It wouldn't take a supercomputer to figure it out considering that I paid with pennies.

wry witticism of the day

Taxi driver: Where are you going?
Abu Gingy: Cannon [House Office Building on Capitol Hill]
Taxi driver: Is that where they blow the canons?
Abu Gingy: No, that's where they blow our money.

so long, mr. hairpiece!

I grew up in this neighborhood. These buildings blocked my view. Judging by the money they paid, it looks like they're interested in building a whole lot more. Fuckin A-holes.