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BourbonChicken, Ace of Spades • Sun 2018 Mar 18, 10:13am

No man is moral in his own right. We are made of crooked timber. The system the founders sought was not one intended to elect the right people to do whatever they thought best, but rather one to prevent and restrain any man from doing what his nature would naturally bid him to do. The Constitution isn't a writ of authority, it is a restraining order. And we have watched the elites for generations trying to shed the shackles that the Constitution had rightly placed upon them. And the overbearing government we now possess is precisely the result we should expect now that they have largely shed those constraints and are acting exactly as the founders feared.

Quoted by commenter. Not sure of the original source.
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Captain Hate, Ace of Spades • Mon 2018 Mar 12, 1:53pm

Fuck Daylight Savings, the capricious and tyrannical ability of the state to impose its will on us.

Echoes my attitude, phrased concisely and in Captain Hate style.
Michelle's Mirror • Sun 2018 Mar 11, 1:07pm

…It’s easy, delicious and most likely good for you: everything government is not.…

Alex, Weird Universe • Sun 2018 Mar 4, 12:11pm

…a buildup of cement-like ear cerumen. Lacking access to professional equipment for its removal, ingenuity was required. A child's Super Soaker Max-D 5000 proved to be the solution… filled with body-temperature water and then mildly pressurized using the blue hand-pump.…

Actually better in some ways than "standard ear-syringing equipment."
Sean Ingle, Guardian UK • Sun 2018 Mar 4, 12:06pm

• Bannister set world record by running mile in 3min 59.4 secs
• Former athlete died in his sleep [age 88] surrounded by family
…at the Iffley Road sports ground in Oxford on 6 May 1954 …Bannister, then a 25-year-old medical student, had broken a mark many felt was impossible. His record stood for just 46 days but his place in history was instantly assured.…

I was but a toddler when this happened, but even when I was grade-school age, this was still held up as (a) example of humans achieving what "couldn't be done," and (b) once someone broke the barrier, somehow, it was exceeded repeatedly.
Melanie Dadourian, Fox News • Sat 2018 Mar 3, 9:22am

A Parkinson’s patient lived an incredible moment when doctors were able to stop the severe tremors she had endured for the last seven years.

Surgeons in India were able to cut into the woman’s brain while she was awake and destroy a key pathway, instantly stopping the involuntary movements.…

"These tremors do not respond very well to medicines, so to get the precise 'spot' during surgery is 'critical' to get near-perfect results…”

Wow. Just, wow. (Don't know why they'd put the little quotes around "spot" and "critical.")
Dianny, Patriot Retort • Tue 2018 Feb 20, 3:44pm

…Turning policy decisions over to Tide-pod-eating, ultimatum-issuing, lie-on-the-sidewalk-to-get-our-way children would be laughable if it wasn’t so insane.…

Dianny's turn of phrase can be mighty sharp.
Okla Flag
KFOR-TV & K. Querry • Tue 2018 Feb 20, 1:26pm

…A Senate bill, which would adopt Daylight Saving Time as Oklahoma’s year-round standard time, has passed a Senate committee.…

No. No! No! No! No! NO!
Joy Pullmann, Federalist • Mon 2018 Feb 19, 1:05pm

…Direct instruction (DI), also described as “clear teaching,” refers to a curricula that systematically teaches discrete concepts step by step towards a clearly established academic goal. Students are required to master foundational concepts before moving on. This kind of teaching lends itself to subjects that can be broken down into concrete steps and systematically taught, such as reading, math, grammar, and spelling, so is a strongest fit overall for grade-schooling. …

Why won’t schools use it?
Caleb Parke, Fox News • Mon 2018 Feb 19, 12:41pm

…“Parents, it’s time to step up!” Raley urges. “Be the parent that actually gives a crap! Be the annoying mom that pries and knows what your kid is doing. STOP being their friend. They have enough ‘friends’ at school. Be their parent. Being the ‘cool mom’ means not a damn thing when either your kid is dead or your kid kills other people because they were allowed to have their space and privacy in YOUR HOME.”…

Florida Teacher of the Year's gun violence post goes viral after school shooting
Michelle's Mirror • Sat 2018 Feb 17, 4:35pm

…They used to called these puppies “little sandwiches” but nowadays they are referred to as “sliders” so I’ll follow suit. Don’t tell me I’m resistant to change.…

Victor Tango Kilo, Ace of Spades • Tue 2018 Feb 6, 11:57am

Justin Trudeau has become Captain Soyboy of the Tide-Pod Army

Just too funny not to quote.
Chriss W Street, Breitbart • Tue 2018 Feb 6, 10:32am

Stanford University researchers have reported 97 percent laboratory success eliminating metastasized tumors in mice by injecting vaccines directly into tumors to activate T cells.…

Investors Business Daily • Sat 2018 Feb 3, 2:37pm

For decades, the federal government has been telling people to cut fats and increase carbs in their diet, relying on supposedly settled nutrition science. A new study shows that the advice has been completely wrong.…

Wait... The Government was Wrong? SHOCKED FACE
Dr Everett Piper
Dr. Everett Piper, Washington Times • Wed 2018 Jan 31, 6:58pm

…in a column titled “Teaching lechery and getting lechers” I averred that today’s long list of Hollywood and Washington miscreants might have something in common — they are products of our nation’s schools and, as such, they might just be acting out the failed ideas they have been taught at their respective alma maters.

In other words, garbage in and garbage out. Teach sexual license and get sexual licentiousness. Tell young boys that sex is amoral and don’t be surprised if they grow up to be young men who behave immorally.…

But, for suggesting such possibilities of cause and effect, the Bartlesville Education Association (BEA) issued the following demand on Dec. 11, 2017, in Bartlesville’s local newspaper: “Bartlesville Public Schools [must] refrain from accepting student teachers for any training in our classrooms until Dr. Everett Piper publicly apologizes for [his] personal attack on our [teachers].”…

Dr Everett Piper is president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Anna Puma, Anna's Clue Tank • Tue 2018 Jan 30, 6:44pm

…To look at 79-year old Ted Rubin nowadays, one would come face to face with a slight soft-spoken man with earthy wit and graying hair. Beneath this unassuming façade, beats the heart and soul of a heroic and just man. He has personally suffered evil and deprivation, but still remains a good man that you would be honored to talk with even if you did not know his story. And what a story it is.…

This was first published in 2009. I've read it before, and maybe even blogged it once upon a time. Still worth a read or a re-read.
Pick your city, Ace of Spades • Thu 2017 Dec 28, 2:42pm

The idea of lower priced cities for government departments is great. Some suggestions:

Energy-Houston, TX
Education-Fargo, ND
EPA-Fairbanks, AK
Agriculture-Des Moines, IA
HUD-Detroit, MI…

'Specially like that last one.
Dallas Franklin, KFOR • Thu 2017 Nov 30, 4:37pm

Oklahoma man accused of raping young teen girl reportedly said he was “teaching her about sex”…

Uh-huh! And that's just some of it. Scroll down for his picture, but not before or during a meal.
Alex, Weird News • Wed 2017 Nov 1, 8:15pm

…doesn't actually cancel out the noise. When it detects a slurping noise it causes your phone to make a louder, wave-crashing sound…

Video 3:00
Tom, OKUB • Wed 2017 Nov 1, 2:07pm

Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science makes skepticism a virtue.
--Robert King Merton, sociologist (1910-2003)…

Sunny Skyz • Tue 2017 Oct 24, 4:25pm

"…a nice illustrated story about photographer and a mother and young daughter who come into his office…" -FS

Examiner-Enterprise • Thu 2017 Oct 19, 4:49pm

…March 7, 1932 - October 2, 2017…
…His earliest years included a move to California, where the small family briefly shared living quarters in a railroad boxcar with three other families. By the time he started school, the family was back in Oklahoma… married in June 1950, driving to Arkansas so they could wed at an earlier age, shortly before he reported for active duty in the US Army… emergency appendectomy prevented him from shipping out with his unit to Korea… transferred to oversee a typing pool, and later joked, "I'd have (almost) preferred being shipped out." …leaves behind his loving wife of 67 years… three sons… eight grandchildren, who were all his favorites… and eleven great-grandchildren

Founded Copeland Appliance in Bartlesville in 1970. A good, full life.
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Sonoma Sheriff, YouTube • Tue 2017 Oct 17, 5:14pm
Video, 5:26
Ann B: Most Definitely NOT Cowering In the Proverbial Stairwell…
Examiner-Enterprise • Tue 2017 Oct 17, 3:26pm

…wrote the book, "Starvation Corner" about her life with her family during the Great Depression in Bartlesville and was named the Women's Network Historian of the Year. In the book she talked about her parents, her father serving in WWI in Siberia and working in the garden and tending the animals and raising her children while her husband was off to war.…

…During Desert Storm, her son, Joe wrote that the Iraqi military had destroyed the church in the Christian village of Kani Masi in Northern Iraq. Money was being raised by the American soldiers to help rebuild the church and she took it upon herself to raise money and sent it to her son to help in rebuilding the church. The priest at the church asked for her photo and now it hangs in the rebuilt Kani Masi Church.
After collecting money for the church, she collected medical supplies which were sent to her son in Northern Iraq and were used for the Kurds in Northern Iraq who had been injured by Saddam Hussein's Iraqi Army.…

Travis Allen, Wash. Examiner • Fri 2016 Dec 30, 11:40am

Beginning on Jan. 1, prostitution by minors will be legal in California. … SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. … written and passed by the progressive Democrats who control California's state government with a two-thirds "supermajority." …

Fuzzy Slippers, Legal Insurrection • Sat 2016 Dec 17, 5:03pm

The Ohio doctor who invented the Heimlich maneuver has died at the age of 96.…

Links to NY Daily News
Dr Everett Piper
Dr. Everett Piper, Oklahoma Wesleyan University • Wed 2016 Dec 14, 8:02pm

…Yes, ideas do have consequences, and the lousy ideas we have been teaching in our colleges and universities for the past several decades are bearing themselves out daily before our eyes.

But there is an answer to this absurdity. It is found in the historical liberal arts and the premise that there are certain moral and intellectual laws tested by time, defended by reason, validated by experience and endowed to us by our Creator.…

Dr Piper's OKWU Commencement speech
Katherine Rodriguez, Breitbart • Sun 2016 Oct 16, 8:46pm

A judge has handed down a 30-year suspended sentence to a Montana man after he pleaded guilty to raping his 12-year-old daughter. District Judge John McKeon sentenced the man to 60 days in jail for incest, including 17 days time served… Prosecutor Dylan Jensen recommended a 100-year jail sentence with 75 years suspended, the recommended sentence under state law, as part of a plea deal that dropped two other incest charges.…

Laurie David's Cervix, Ace of Spades • Sat 2016 Oct 15, 11:07am

Meanwhile, back in Africa, there's a movement among back [sic - "black"] students to reject all science as racist and colonialism under the rubic #ScienceMustFall.…

Linked to LDC rather than the article itself, because the comment is funny.
Link fixed Oct 17 1:14pm CDST
Charlie Nash, Breitbart • Sat 2016 Oct 15, 10:49am

…3. I bet the lobster risotto is better than the food at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
— John Podesta (@johnpodesta) October 14, 2016

@johnpodesta Yes, we get it. The elite eat better than the peasants they abuse.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 14, 2016…