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Gone Fishing

Bye

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What A Rush

I took my son to see Rush last night at the Brandt Centre. While the sound was a little muddy up in the nosebleeds the concert was as expected a real blast. While I love Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee the whole night centred around the fantastic drum solo by Neil Peart.

Excellent

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Arthur Kane Rocks

I just ran into this amazing doc’ by accident tonight. “New York Doll” The story of Arthur “Killer” Kane, of the rock band The New York Dolls. After the breakup of the band and a 30 year journey through booze and obscurity he became a Mormon in LA. When word came that surviving bandmates David Johanson and Sylvain Sylvain were planning a reunion concert in London his Church friends helped him get his guitars out of hock.

Trailed by a documentary camera crew he went to New York for rehearsals and London for what looked like an amazing show. Then back to LA and his library job the following Monday.

Sadly he was to die just a few weeks later from leukemia. Great movie, catch it if you get the chance.

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Believe My Bullshit Or I’ll Sue

Often it seems as though American higher education exists only to provide gag material for the outside world. The latest spectacle is an Ivy League professor threatening to sue her students because, she claims, their “anti-intellectualism” violated her civil rights.

Priya Venkatesan taught English at Dartmouth College. She maintains that some of her students were so unreceptive of “French narrative theory” that it amounted to a hostile working environment.  – WSJ

Via Stop The ACLU

More At The Gawker

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Obama Can’t Take It

Typical Democrat oversensitivity. President Bush makes a great speech in Israel for their 60th anniversary and criticises the abject failure of appeasement. Neither Obama’s nor any other Democrats names is mentioned but it was enough to offend them.

Increasingly, the Western world has attitudes rather than policies. It’s one thing to talk as a means to an end. But these days, for most midlevel powers, talks are the end, talks without end. Because that’s what civilized nations like doing — chit-chatting, shooting the breeze, having tea and crumpets, talking talking talking. Uncivilized nations like torturing dissidents, killing civilians, bombing villages, doing doing doing. It’s easier to get the doers to pass themselves off as talkers then to get the talkers to rouse themselves to do anything. And, as the Iranians understand, talks provide a splendid cover for getting on with anything you want to do. If, say, you want to get on with your nuclear program relatively undisturbed, the easiest way to do it is to enter years of endless talks with the Europeans over said nuclear program. That’s why that Hamas honcho endorsed Obama: They know he’s their best shot at getting a European foreign minister installed as president of the United States. – Mark Steyn

But the truth underlies the bluster. Even on his campaign website there is this:

Diplomacy: Obama is the only major candidate who supports tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions. Now is the time to pressure Iran directly to change their troubling behavior. – Via LGF

McCain rips him a new one here

I would like to see all those media talking heads who put down Bush for having no foreign policy experience when he ran in 2000 to weigh in on this disaster.

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Legacy Of Death

China’s population minister recently praised the one-child rule, which dates to 1979, saying it has prevented 400 million children from being born. – CNN

You can learn a lot from someone based on what they brag about. How many of these 400 million were forced state abortions?

Joe Stalin, himself responsible for the deaths of countless millions (literally true; the total has been best-guesstimated at between 20 million and 30 million), once said that “One death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic.” What does that make 400 million? It would appear that at least 300 million of those “prevented” children were victims of abortion; this Abortion Facts link reports that over 10 million abortions took place in China in just one of the 29 years since the one-child policy took effect. – NewsBusters

Looks like the ChiComs aren’t prepared to play second place to anyone.

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15-foot bust of Baltimore-born rocker offered as gift by fans in Lithuania

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