Archive for November, 2014
30 Nov 2014

The Little Russian Tractor That Could

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I could use one of those.

29 Nov 2014

“I Hate Criminals, But I Hate Liberals More.”

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Ann Coulter:

The riot in Ferguson reminds me, I hate criminals, but I hate liberals more. They planned this riot. They stoked the fire, lied about the evidence and produced a made-to-order riot.Every other riot I’ve ever heard of was touched off by some spontaneous event that exploded into mob violence long before any media trucks arrived. This time, the networks gave us a countdown to the riot, as if it were a Super Bowl kickoff.

From the beginning, Officer Darren Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown wasn’t reported like news. It was reported like a cause.

29 Nov 2014

Actor’s First Day Playing Jedi Knight

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29 Nov 2014

AK47 Windscreen Test

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28 Nov 2014

Animating Greek Vases

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Greeks at War, from Vase in Ure Museum, Reading, Catalogue 56.8.8

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Achilles (left) and Ajax, playing a dice game, waiting for departure for Troy.
Work of Exekias, detail from an Athenian black-figure amphora from Vulci of Italy, around 540-530 BC- Vatican Museum, Rome.

Animating Greek Vases

28 Nov 2014

Reading Obits

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Best New Yorker Cartoons: Roz Chast, October 25, 1993.

28 Nov 2014

Ravens & Raptors

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Photos by Grzegorz Leśniewski

Via Ratak Monodosico.

27 Nov 2014

Pardoned White House Turkey Defects to ISIS

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ISIS-Turkey

27 Nov 2014

The Real Meaning of Thanksgiving

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Hat tip to VA Viper.

27 Nov 2014

A Proclamation

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As published in the Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789

27 Nov 2014

Thanksgiving

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Mike Franc, at Human Events in 2005, identified the real reason for celebration at the first Thanksgiving.

Writing in his diary of the dire economic straits and self-destructive behavior that consumed his fellow Puritans shortly after their arrival, Governor William Bradford painted a picture of destitute settlers selling their clothes and bed coverings for food while others “became servants to the Indians,” cutting wood and fetching water in exchange for “a capful of corn.” The most desperate among them starved, with Bradford recounting how one settler, in gathering shellfish along the shore, “was so weak … he stuck fast in the mud and was found dead in the place.”

The colony’s leaders identified the source of their problem as a particularly vile form of what Bradford called “communism.” Property in Plymouth Colony, he observed, was communally owned and cultivated. This system (“taking away of property and bringing [it] into a commonwealth”) bred “confusion and discontent” and “retarded much employment that would have been to [the settlers’] benefit and comfort.”

Just how did the Pilgrims solve the problem of famine? In addition to receiving help from the local Indians in farming, they decided allow the private ownership of individual plots of land.

On the brink of extermination, the Colony’s leaders changed course and allotted a parcel of land to each settler, hoping the private ownership of farmland would encourage self-sufficiency and lead to the cultivation of more corn and other foodstuffs.

As Adam Smith would have predicted, this new system worked famously. “This had very good success,” Bradford reported, “for it made all hands very industrious.” In fact, “much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been” and productivity increased. “Women,” for example, “went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn.”

The famine that nearly wiped out the Pilgrims in 1623 gave way to a period of agricultural abundance that enabled the Massachusetts settlers to set down permanent roots in the New World, prosper, and play an indispensable role in the ultimate success of the American experiment.

A profoundly religious man, Bradford saw the hand of God in the Pilgrims’ economic recovery. Their success, he observed, “may well evince the vanity of that conceit…that the taking away of property… would make [men] happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God.” Bradford surmised, “God in his wisdom saw another course fitter for them.”

The real story of Thanksgiving is the triumph of capitalism and individualism over collectivism and socialism, which is the summation of the story of America.

27 Nov 2014

As Others See Us

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26 Nov 2014

Driver Refuses to Be Halted by Michael Brown Protesters in Minneapolis

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26 Nov 2014

The Cops Should Have Shot Lots of Them

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In particular, that Papa John’s Pizza Manager was foolhardily courageous. She should have armed herself.

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