Doofus Of The Day #946

Today’s award goes to the hapless driver of a Range Rover on the Fraser Island ferry in Australia.  A tip o’ the hat to reader Snoggeramus for the link. Shocking video has emerged of a four-wheel-drive rolling off a barge and into the waters between Fraser Island and the mainland on Saturday morning. . . . Tourist Katrina Lawrence, who was aboard the barge, said the incident was “quite bizarre”. She said the boat was departing from Inskip Point at Rainbow Beach, about 150 kilometres north of the Sunshine Coast, on its way to the island and was about a

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So much for corporate publishing

A rather idiotic article in the Huffington Post postulates that self-publishing is “An Insult to the Written Word“.  Here’s an excerpt. The problem with self-publishing is that it requires zero gatekeepers. From what I’ve seen of it, self-publishing is an insult to the written word, the craft of writing, and the tradition of literature. As an editor, I’ve tackled trying to edit the very worst writing that people plan on self-publishing just because they can. . . . I have nothing against people who want to self-publish, especially if they’re elderly. Perhaps they want to write their life story and

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Sometimes the true price of cheap pork is very high

The Chicago Tribune did a series of articles earlier this year on the pork industry in Illinois.  It’s a pretty bleak, unsavory picture.  Here’s an excerpt from the first article. The state Department of Agriculture, which is charged with promoting livestock production as well as regulating it, often brushed aside opposition from local officials to issue about 900 swine confinement permits in the last 20 years. Long-standing community residents were left feeling their rights had been trampled and the laws stacked against them. In a wide-ranging investigation that spanned dozens of Illinois counties and analyzed more than 20,000 pages of

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There’s none so racist as progressives

It seems that being white is an unbearable sin in the eyes of the liberal left.  Jim Goad provides us with plenty of examples, all riffing off the title of Milan Kundera’s famous novel (and the film made from it), ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’. The Huffington Post—which was started by a woman who’s so white, her eyes appear to be turning into cocaine—is a serial abuser of this term. The publication decries “The Unbearable Whiteness of Trumpistan,” “The Unbearable Whiteness Of Being in China,” “The Unbearable Whiteness of Anti-Intellectualism,” and “The Unbearable Whiteness of Suicide-by-Mass-Murder.” . . . To my

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Are money-grabbers trying to siphon cash away from gun rights groups?

Fellow blogger The Silicon Graybeard thinks that might be the case. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been a member of NAGR before and became displeased with them for a couple of reasons.  The biggest is the never ending stream of emails like the previously mentioned “stop what you’re doing!”, urgent response required type.  The legend of the “boy who cried wolf” that we learn while we’re growing up is a good one to keep in mind.  Perhaps a better idea to keep in mind is that when someone is urgently demanding your money now, now, now, experience says the chances

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Keeping your eye on the ball this New Year

There’s an awful lot of deliberate misdirection in our society at present.  What’s more, an awful lot of people are allowing themselves to be taken in by it.  In the New Year just ahead, when we traditionally take stock of our lives and make resolutions to improve at least some aspects, it’s not a bad idea to see where we may have fallen prey to misdirection in and about ourselves. Let’s examine a few examples of misdirection and how it’s being used. The Democratic Party and its left-wing and progressive allies are making all sorts of noise about Russian interference

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Donald Trump’s political appointments explained . . .

. . . with weapons-grade snark by Joe Bob Briggs in Taki’s Magazine. CIA Director: This will be Boris Vasilievich Mistrovokolsky, currently manager of a power plant in Tajikistan but well-known to Trump as the Interim Director of Construction Contracts for the new Trump International Hotel and Spa in Baku, Azerbaijan. Mistrovokolsky vows to make the CIA “more transparent.” . . . Director of the Office of Management and Budget: Oliver Winstead, former treasurer for the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, who holds the record for number of times subpoenaed (174) and hours of depositions given (12,905) while extracting

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Last of the red-hot lovers?

I had to laugh at this report from the field of medicine. About 40 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 70 have some level of erectile dysfunction and about a third of them don’t respond to drugs like Viagra. . . . The current gold standard is an inflatable pump, but the surgery to implant it can be tricky, involving a reservoir of water and a pump. It can be awkward to use and have complications. A simpler solution is a malleable device, more popular in developing countries because the operation is simple and cheaper. The downside

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A momentous aviation anniversary

On December 29, 1939, 77 years ago today, the prototype of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber took to the air for its first flight in San Diego, California. XB-24 Liberator prototype in flight (image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) The video below is silent, so don’t adjust your speaker volume.  Watch it in full-screen mode for best results. Wikipedia notes: At its inception, the B-24 was a modern design featuring a highly efficient shoulder-mounted, high aspect ratio Davis wing. The wing gave the Liberator a high cruise speed, long range and the ability to carry a heavy bomb load. Early RAF

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