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There is need in human life for levity. So, enjoy your time here in leisurely frivolity, where no Puritan can condem you.
Friday, July 30, A.D. 2010
Star Wars on the Subway

Improv Everywhere recently reenacted the opening sequence of A New Hope, not aboard the Tantive IV, but on the New York subway. Watch and love:

Improv Everywhere’s site has several pictures of the event, which I would have loved to have witnessed. It is sad that nothing exciting ever happens on the D.C. metro. Politicians, bureaucrats, lobbyists, and their many minions are boring folks.

Posted by Joseph on Friday, July 30, Anno Domini 2010
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Thursday, July 29, A.D. 2010
How Hard Is It to Be a Bike Thief in New York?

Not very, evidently . . .

In the New Yorkers’ defense, what if people just sensed that the bike belonged to the fellow? I am suspicious of these comedic anthropological experiments. I think that we ought to give human situational awareness more credit.

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, July 29, Anno Domini 2010
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Tuesday, July 27, A.D. 2010
Obama Bumper Sticker Removal Kit

American Tees is selling an Obama Bumper Sticker (B.S.) Removal Kit, and the commercial is worth watching:

My favorite part is the “satisfaction is not guaranteed” bit at the end. It is Klavanesque.

Of course, it does seem a little tacky to present such gifts, like offering stinky folks deodorant, fat people diet guides, or the perpetually late a watch.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, July 27, Anno Domini 2010
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Friday, July 23, A.D. 2010
Thumotic Indulgence

It is Friday, and I leave for the Jersey shore before sunrise tomorrow. I am going to spend the day in Wildwood—it should be fun. Like my father, I tend to like New Jersey far more than most people. After all, the Garden State may now arguably boast in having the best governor in the nation—Chris Christie.

Speaking of politicians, last night I was walking home and came upon Scott Brown’s famous GMC Canyon green truck. I was surprised that a senator would park on the street only a few blocks from the Senate lots when the Senate was still in session. Doesn’t Scotty “Hottie McAwesome” Brown get parking privileges?

Speaking of the Senate, I had dinner with a fellow Ohioan yesterday who is currently an intern and a complete political junkie. He may be a Democrat from Cleveland, but he is nonetheless a nice, well intentioned chap. While we were discussing the state of the state, he said that this current Congress has been the most productive in history and, yet, he could not understand why it is so unpopular. I offered the obvious explanation; Congress is unpopular because it is busy passing unpopular bills. My friend found it difficult to believe that common Americans would have objections to recent Democratic legislative successes. I then responded with a basic and conventional attack on centralized planning with respect to government streamlining (takeover) of the healthcare industry. I pointed out how bureaucratic endeavors are necessarily inefficient and that centralized decision making is always practically ignorant of relevant information—one cannot reduce the complexity of millions of agents in diverse circumstances to a level intelligible to any centralized government body. I furthermore stressed that all regulations ought to pass a cost benefit analysis before implementation. Of course, regulations accomplish some good, but leftists often neglect the fact that all such rules incur a cost. Everything I said was textbook liberalism, but my friend had never encountered such arguments, and they impressed him. Hopefully, I sowed the seeds of anti-statism in his soul. Yet, I find it remarkable that such a political junkie could be ignorant of the fundamental arguments against the all encompassing regulatory state. Have the universities really become echo chambers?

Finally, I offer a treat that Dennis Mangan showcased:

I do not know if the setting is China, Taiwan, or where over there, but I thoroughly enjoy watching what Mangan was inspired to call “a healthy society.” After getting a taste of communal intolerance for crime, my soul demanded more. I ended up wasting an hour watching videos in which the bad guy gets it. Here is some more “thumotic porn”:

The Chinese come through, again. This scene actually looks like a Hollywood action movie, given the guy’s gait, composure, and perfect delivery—until he starts running. Then, however, we get to see another Chinese fellow in a trench coat take the vermin down.

I think that the tourist looking fellow is of East Asian descent, but I am not sure. I love his response. If every assaulted and mugged person acted similarly, the cowardly petty criminals would actually have to find productive work to make money to supplement their welfare checks and bastard breeding benefits.

Americans need to be like the Chinese shown above—every man needs to respond similarly to effrontery against the civil order. Crime should be immediately neutralized. In this one, it is a joy to see the villain hogtied.

In a morbid way, I appreciate how the creep’s body goes limp and falls off the table. It’s sweet justice.

Here is one where the fool gets shot.

I perversely enjoy reading people’s unenlightened commentary, much of it quite offensive. Every now and then, I find a comment that makes me smile. May favorite one for this video: “Foxy Brown!”

I am not one for sucker punches, but criminals deserve them. Recent comment: “And this is where we keep the cash…. *CHACHING*”

And just to break stereotypes, here is a remarkable video of shopkeeper Mohammad Sohail’s compassion for a thief:

It turns out that the would be robber repaid Sohail several months later: “Mohammad Sohail Spares Robber’s Life, Gets ‘Thank You’ And $50.” We also now know why Sohail is such a chill dude for a Paki: “Mohammad Sohail, store owner who took pity on robber, busted for selling illegal drug paraphernalia.”

Lastly, allow me to post a virally magnificent testimony to the strength that ethnic diversity inculcates in our communities, the Muni bus brawl (strong ranguage):

So, what we see here, folks, is that the Chinese will enforce the rules of civil society.

當一個人的原則進行的自覺性和互惠他不遠處的道德律
你不希望別人對你們應該做的,不這樣做他們面前

Posted by Joseph on Friday, July 23, Anno Domini 2010
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Thursday, July 22, A.D. 2010
Meno male che Silvio c’è

Steve Sailer recently alerted his readers to a campaign commercial for Silvio Berlesconi, Italy’s Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri.

Behold and wonder: “Meno male che Silvio c’è”—Thank God for Silvio, or, more literally, [It is] Less Bad That Silvio Exists.

This is apparently the Italian equivalent to Rupert Murdoch’s understanding of the American people.

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, July 22, Anno Domini 2010
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Wednesday, July 21, A.D. 2010
Dale Peterson, Southern Man

You have probably already met Dale Peterson, but here he is in all his rustic Dixie charm:

Peterson lost the primary, but he endorsed another contender, John McMillan, against Dorman Grace in the Republican primary runoff. McMillan won. See why:

Ladd Ehlinger, Jr. made the advertisements. This propagandist has a bright future.

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, July 21, Anno Domini 2010
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Friday, July 2, A.D. 2010
Ruttledge on English Accents

Sean Ruttledge has an interesting, little video on English accents. The first part, shown below, deals with British accents, and the second part, not shown, deals with accents from the overseas colonies. I did not find the American and Canadian accent impersonations as well done, but if you wish to see the whole thing, you may watch it on Dailymotion. Here are the Brits:

Mr. Seanie’s presentation is somewhat annoying at times, but I find dialect variation fascinating. I imagine that accents everywhere have evolved over the last several centuries, but I wonder if the particular British origin of Anglophone overseas settlers determined the accent of the colonists. Is there some regional relationship between different colonial accents and parts of the British Isles?

Posted by Joseph on Friday, July 2, Anno Domini 2010
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