Brigid’s guide to romance

Brigid, of Home On The Range, has published a point-system guide to romance – just what we poor, ignorant, misguided males need! Go on over and take a look. If you treat your wife like this, and things don’t improve . . . don’t blame me – blame Brigid! Peter

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When unions become a millstone around the economy’s neck

I don’t know whether readers have been following the shenanigans in Europe, where trades unions and Left-wing organizations are protesting furiously against economic austerity measures that threaten the feather-bedded privileges that they’ve built up in that haven of Socialist thought over the past decades. Angry workers mounted mass street protests against spending cuts across Europe Wednesday, bringing cities to a halt, clashing with police and even ramming the gates of Ireland’s parliament. In Brussels, the heart of the European Union, tens of thousands of people from 30 countries joined the city’s biggest march in a decade as riot police barricaded

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A solution to our economic woes?

I was first amused, then thoughtful, when reading a suggestion from Straight From The Snark’s Mouth about how to deal with our economy. She found it using StumbleUpon, and I reproduce it here, with a grateful nod o’ the head in her direction. Dear Mr. President: Please find below my suggestion for fixing America ‘s economy. Instead of giving billions of dollars to companies that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan. You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan: There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force. Pay

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The reality of Afghanistan

I’ve written many times before on this blog about the situation in which the USA finds itself in Afghanistan. In June I pointed out that the dilemma remains: no military solution is possible in that country. None. Zero. Zip. Nada. Ain’t gonna happen. For the best part of three millennia, invaders have tried to subdue Afghanistan and the North-West Province of Pakistan. None have succeeded, from Alexander the Great to the British Raj (and, most recently, the Soviet Union in its full Cold War might, followed by ourselves in a post-9/11 flush of enthusiasm and righteous fury). In all that

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Doofus Of The Day #396

Today’s winner is from Switzerland. Driver Robert Ziegler, 37, found himself stranded near the peak at Bergun, Switzerland, after he was directed [by his satellite navigation system] up a ‘glorified goat track’. Unable to go forward or turn around to go back the way he came, he was forced to call the emergency services. Rescue workers scrambled a heavy lifting helicopter to carry the van and its driver to safety after he dialed for help on his mobile phone. ‘I was lost and I kept hoping that each little turn would get me back to the main road. In the

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The last act of World War One?

It was reported today that on Sunday, October 3, 2010, Germany will make the final payment on reparations due to the victorious Powers in terms of the Treaty of Versailles that concluded World War I. World War One finally ends for Germany on Sunday with the last payment of nearly £60 million [almost US $95 million] of a mammoth £22 billion [almost US $35 billion] debt imposed for starting the Great War. The reparations were set at the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, by the Allied victors – mostly Britain, France and America – as both compensation and

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Larry’s new book is out!

Regular readers will be familiar with Larry Correia and his first novel, Monster Hunter International, about which I’ve written here in the past. Well, the sequel, Monster Hunter Vendetta, is now available – and it’s even better than the first volume, in my opinion. I mean, how can you not like a hero whose life is threatened because a poorly-coordinated Government agent clobbered an Old One in a different dimension with a badly-aimed nuclear device launched in this one? And said Old One just happened to get the impression that our hero was to blame for the irritation caused to

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