Stupid.com Announces the 7 Best Halloween Hacks and Weird Gifts


Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) October 20, 2014

Halloween – the time of year when all earth-bound mortals are divided into two groups: old, rotting pumpkins vs. sparkling Cinderellas. Either way, Stupid.com, online retailer of the wackiest gifts on earth, has 7 funny gift ideas guaranteed to make people squirm, squeal, laugh, and cry.

The team at Stupid.com has had hordes of fun testing the most outrageous novelty gifts in preparation for the spookiest holiday of the year. They are proud to present the cream of the crop, the sprinkles on top of the ice cream, the full size candy bar hidden in the trick or treat bag – the 7 most stupid hacks to win Halloween.

Canned Unicorn Meat: Bring this weird gift to the next Halloween party and be the host’s favorite guest. They say unicorn meat tastes like orange chicken. Open the bottom of the can to find out. Warning: there may or may not be a dismembered stuffed unicorn inside.

Bones Tank Dress Costume: This Halloween, make everyone green with envy by looking flawless (and skinless) in this dress. This dress will transform even the angriest storm troopers into the most eye catching, beautiful skeletons.

Unicorn Mask: Throw away the cat ears. At last, anyone can be a unicorn with this funny gift. Once the mask is on, get ready to feel magical, unique, sparkly, and all those other nice things mother always talks about.

Zombie Glow Maggots: Scare friends, family, and enemies on Halloween with these 18 glow-in-the dark maggots. Plus, they can easily be used again as stocking stuffers for those pesky siblings that never know when to stop.

Zombie Garden Gnome: Mom’s worst nightmare is the zombie garden gnome. It looks like any other garden gnome from far away, but get close and realize that something has gone terribly awry.

Emergency Spooky Outfits: This is the perfect item for the indecisive and lazy – the one stop Halloween shop. Be a vampire, a witch, a werewolf, a zombie, and a skeleton. All 5 costumes come in one box, perfect for bringing them to school, work, or that random kid’s Halloween party.

The Pug Mask: Dog lovers everywhere rejoice. Put on this pug mask and get ready to get treated like a dog. Treats, random people coming to say hi, and daily walks await all dog-people once this mask is put on.

All these gifts and more can be purchased at Stupid.com. And make sure to keep an eye out; the Stupid.com crew is working hard on their next list. What’s it about? Ugly Christmas sweaters, oh yeah.

Stupid.com has been spreading laugh – one gift at a time – since its burst onto the online retail scene in 1998. From gag gifts and stocking stuffers to redneck gifts and novelty items, the online retailer offers over 4,000 wonderful products and 150 gift categories that will surely brighten up any event.







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Science of Gut Bacteria Set to Shake Up How We Lose Weight: New Weight Loss Book, “Fat-Me-Not” Will Tell It All


Rock Hill, SC (PRWEB) October 08, 2014

How Americans view weight loss may be seriously evolving over the coming months, according to Dr. Myo Nwe of the Ace Medical Weight Loss Center in South Carolina. She points to new research which suggests diet is the more critical factor over exercise, potentially changing the landscape of weight control. She will reveal the groundbreaking research in her new book ‘Fat-Me-Not’ to be released soon.

“We have been told that weight loss depends only on how many calories we eat and how many we spend,” Dr. Nwe explains. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”

The foods we chose will dictate the types of bacteria produced in the gut, which Nwe says can alter our very behavior.

“It sounds terrifying,” she admits with a laugh, “but it is the new emerging truth… these bacteria have the ability to control our brain, and this may hold the key to weight loss.”

Dr. Nwe points to several diverse scientific studies exploring the impact of bacteria on behavior as part of her own weight loss plan, The SlimPlate System. Her program emphasizes portion control while utilizing a four-stage nutritional plan along with custom-designed plates, bowls and sauces.

Each plate, for instance, clearly denotes a proper serving size for various food types, all in conjunction with the nutritional plan. Portion control, Dr. Nwe is convinced, is at the heart of a proper diet and more effective weight management.

“Our brains and our guts are wired toward larger servings,” Nwe explains. “We see it on TV, we see it in the freezer section. We have to un-learn this pattern of over indulgence lest it becomes our lifestyle and our legacy.”

“The new science is very exciting,” she said, “and for a lot of people it will shake their understanding of diets, calories, and eating habits. Our SlimPlate System embraces this, and is built around rethinking the psychology of food.”

The Slimplate Weight Loss System is available at http://www.slimplatesystem.com.

For more information about the book launch of Fat-Me-Not visit the weight loss book website







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New Book Answers 2000-Year-Old Theological Enigma


Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (PRWEB) August 25, 2014

The time-old conundrum about the nature of sacred existence has warranted countless efforts and analysis from various authors throughout history. Famous philosophers known to have produced a wealth of literature on the subject include Russell and Descartes; even influential antagonistic views from Nietzsche. Today, the search for truth perpetuates with modern writers building contemporary outlooks based on experience and acquired views. In his light, author William Hearne discloses his own unique perspective about God’s true nature, answering a 2000-year-old theological enigma about the Holy Trinity.

In “Infinity, Divinity, and the Holy Trinity” (published by Xlibris), Hearne asserts personal insights established by his knowledge of the scripture, common sense, and science. “It covers a broad variety of topics that are not normally discussed together in an attempt to draw consistent conclusions about what we know about the nature of God and ourselves,” Hearne says. The first chapter, Infinity, describes how man knows God exists. The second, Divinity, describes certain aspects of God and man’s relationship with him. The third chapter, The Holy Trinity, describes God as the Holy Trinity, mainly based on the unique observations of the author.

Aware of the possible controversial repercussions of his revolutionary ideas, Hearne claims that he is willing to follow-up on such challenges. His only hope is for readers to read the book in its entirety to understand that each assertion is consistent with all others made throughout. “If you don’t believe in God, you want to be sure you are right and defend what you believe, or consider these truths and change your beliefs,” he added.

“Infinity, Divinity, and the Holy Trinity”

By William Hearne

Hardcover | 6x9in | 114 pages | ISBN 9781499019117

Softcover | 6x9in | 114 pages | ISBN 9781499019124

E-Book | 114 pages | ISBN 9781499019100

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

William Hearne is a pseudonym the author uses to honor an uncle and mentor. He has taught Economics, Management, Marketing, and English at several colleges and universities in New Jersey and South America. He has also worked as a business consultant and an army intelligence officer. The author has lived and traveled widely throughout North and South America and Europe, is conversant in Spanish, and has studied six other foreign languages. He holds multiple academic degrees from four universities across the country, with bachelor’s degrees in Economics, Marketing, International Affairs, History, Philosophy, and English.

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Tampa Preparatory School Class Project Leads to iPad Application Development

Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) August 09, 2014

Tampa Preparatory School (http://www.tampaprep.org) is happy to announce that Zach Burmeister (Class of 2014 graduate and a member of the University of Denver’s Class of 2018) has developed an iPad application, SmartTest Pro, that Apple has approved for inclusion in their app store. This app was developed as part of Tampa Prep’s 3# Project, a class project that seniors participates in every year.

Tampa Prep’s 3# Project allows seniors’ class time to explore and learn an area of interest that they may not have had the opportunity to discover. Students use their own time, as well as class time, to research something that interests them. Burmeister realized an easier way for teachers to create tests using an iPad during Tampa Prep’s first year as an iPad one-to-one school. His app replaces the written bubble test format providing instant results on the test. In August 2013, Burmeister put his knowledge of C programming and Java to work as he began to develop the digital testing system of student and teacher apps with the assistance of teachers.

“Zach approached the creation of his app like a seasoned professional,” said Burmeister’s 3# Project teacher, Ryan Clements. “ He organized the phases of creation and implemented suggestions from several teachers and students to make a full functioning app that eliminates many testing concerns in the digital space.”

This set of apps is used together, so the teacher can connect students to the test. The students’ app has many features that bring awareness to cheating or navigating away from the test screen. Teachers are notified if students leave the app or if screenshots are taken of the test. Students are able to chat directly with their teacher during the test, so there is limited interruption to the rest of the students in the room. There is also a feature for students to “raise hand” and the teacher is alerted that a student has a question. The teacher’s iPad hosts the test like a server, so there is no additional hardware necessary which increases the security and accessibility of the app.

Kevin Plummer, Tampa Prep’s Head of School said, “It has been said ‘questions plus action equals innovation’, and Zach Burmeister’s app best exemplifies the fulfillment of this equation. We could not be more proud of Zach’s intellectual discipline, his relentless pursuit of perfection and success in creating a viable answer to ‘bubble’ test delivery, security and integrity. A significant achievement all before the age of 19.”

Tampa Preparatory School and another school in Tampa Bay who are currently using iPads in their classrooms for testing, will be testing the app before it is available on Apple’s App Store. With more schools moving in the direction of the iPad technology, there is an opportunity for this set of applications to become a staple of classrooms of the future.

For more information, please contact Communications Coordinator Katie Hehn at khehn(at)tampaprep(dot)org.

About Tampa Prep

Tampa Preparatory School is leading the way in education with our focus on what’s best for students. Our independent, coeducational college prep school enrolls more than 600 students in grades 6 – 12. This year we celebrate 40 years as an institution that instills values of fairness, decency, honor, diligence and academic curiosity. Students receive unparalleled instruction from caring teachers at the school’s 150,000 square-foot complex located in the heart of downtown Tampa. Our vibrant school community offers a “preparation for life with a higher purpose than self” as students and faculty live our mission as a place to think, create, aspire to excellence and go beyond. Find out more at http://www.tampaprep.org.







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Ancient Greek Bronze Machine Predicted Multiple Features of Eclipses (Embargoed until July 30th 2014, at 2pm Eastern Time)

London, United Kingdom (PRWEB) July 25, 2014

A simple and ingenious design

Not only did the Antikythera Mechanism predict eclipses over many decades, but also a whole range of their characteristics. Dr Tony Freeth is a London-based researcher on the Antikythera Mechanism, who uncovers for the first time the simple and ingenious arithmetic design for the remarkable eclipse prediction scheme on the Antikythera Mechanism.

Recovery by sponge divers

The Antikythera Mechanism is a highly sophisticated geared astronomical calculating machine from ancient Greece, recovered in 1901 by Greek sponge divers from a first century BC wreck just off the tiny Mediterranean island of Antikythera. Eclipse prediction on the Antikythera Mechanism was discovered in 2005 by Dr Tony Freeth, working with the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project and the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. It was published in a key paper in Nature in 2006, which analyzed new scientific investigations of the Antikythera Mechanism. The Antikythera Mechanism is now split into 82 fragments. Each fragment was investigated using two innovative techniques: high-tech surface imaging from Hewlett-Packard (USA) and high resolution 3D X-rays by X-Tek Systems (UK).

Babylonian eclipse prediction

By the 7th century BC, Babylonian astronomers had discovered a remarkable repeating cycle of the Earth-Sun-Moon system, called the Saros Cycle, which is the basis of eclipse prediction on the Antikythera Mechanism. This is a cycle of 223 lunar months—just over 18 years—which predicts the repetition of similar eclipses: a process that can be mechanized. The repetition is so accurate that it lasts for 12 – 15 centuries. Dr Tony Freeth: “This research publication reveals the richness and variety of a key aspect of the Antikythera Mechanism: its ability to predict eclipses and many of their characteristics, such as time-of-day, colour, magnitude, direction of shadow obscuration, angular diameter of the Moon and distance North or South of the lunar node. It may not have been very accurate but its ambition was breathtaking.”

The Eclipse Prediction Scheme on the Antikythera Mechanism

The lower back dial of the Antikythera Mechanism is a four-turn spiral, divided into the 223 lunar months of the Saros cycle. The eclipse predictions are distributed in the appropriate months as “glyphs”, groups of Greek characters and symbols that describe the type of eclipse (lunar or solar) as well as the time-of-day of the eclipse. In addition, each glyph includes an index letter, which refers to inscriptions round the Saros Dial describing characteristics of groups of eclipses. To discover whether there will be an eclipse in a future month, a user turns the Mechanism to that month on the Saros Dial and checks for a glyph. Finding a glyph, the user then looks up its index letter in the eclipse inscriptions to discover the eclipse’s characteristics. The paper includes a new reading of the eclipse inscriptions by a leading expert on ancient Greek inscriptions, Dr Charles Crowther (Oxford University).

Arithmetic models are the basis of eclipse prediction

How was the eclipse prediction scheme devised? This research reveals a simple arithmetical basis for predicting eclipses and their characteristics. This scheme depends critically on the lunar nodes: the points where the inclined orbit of the Moon crosses the plane of the Earth’s orbit round the Sun. A numerical measure of how far the eclipse is North or South of the node is the organizing principle that solves the design of the prediction scheme.

The times of eclipses are also shown in the glyphs. The paper shows that these eclipse times can be closely modeled by another arithmetic scheme, based on a linear “zigzag” system from Babylonian astronomy. This implies that each quarter of the four turns of the Saros Dial represented a Full Moon Cycle—the nearly-14-month cycle of the diameter of the Moon when seen from Earth—which is one of the determinants of the appearance and duration of an eclipse. This is the reason that the Saros Dial was designed with four turns.

Early date for the Antikythera Mechanism

When synchronized with the historical record of eclipses, these two arithmetic models imply that the Saros Dial was designed to start in 205 BC. Surprisingly, this early date had been proposed before by Professor James Evans (University of Puget Sound, USA) and Dr Christián Carman (Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina), based on a different approach (publication forthcoming). It is a much earlier date than previously considered and it brings the Mechanism close to the life of Archimedes (d. 212 BC), who made similar mechanisms, and within the life of Apollonios of Perga (d. c. 190 BC), who initiated epicyclic theories for the variable motions of the Moon and planets, which were built into the Antikythera Mechanism. Previous dates for the Antikythera Mechanism in the range 140 BC – 100 BC were based on stylistic analysis of the inscriptions. The new epigraphic analysis by Dr Charles Crowther (Oxford University) is fully consistent with an earlier date at the end of the 3rd century BC.

The surviving inscriptions surrounding the Saros Dial only describe solar eclipses. Another consequence of the analysis is that the Antikythera Mechanism also included lost lunar eclipse inscriptions. While the prediction of eclipse characteristics was quite good for lunar eclipses, it was not at all accurate for solar eclipses, which seem to have been included for completeness by analogy with lunar eclipses.

A beautiful mathematical design

Dr Tony Freeth sets this new research into context: “The eclipse prediction scheme on the Antikythera Mechanism was extremely ingenious and truly extraordinary. The results in this paper add significantly to previous research that has revealed the beautiful mathematical design of the Antikythera Mechanism.”

Full Citation:

Freeth T (2014) Eclipse Prediction on the ancient Greek astronomical calculating machine known as the Antikthera Mechanism. PLOS ONE, http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0103275.

Media images:

The paper includes many images that can be used in press reports, provided the appropriate credit is given. In addition, more images (obligatory credit: Copyright 2013 Tony Freeth) are available on the following link:

https://www.hightail.com/download/ZUcyNWNwbWdwcFZwdmNUQw

1.    Exploded computer model of the Antikythera Mechanism.

2.    The Saros & Exeligmos Dials of the Antikythera Mechanism, showing glyphs and inscriptions.

3.    Computer model of the gearing of the Antikythera Mechanism.

4.    Saros & Exeligmos Dials & eclipse inscriptions.

5.    X-ray CT of Fragment F, showing a glyph and inscriptions.

6.    Reconstruction of Greek sponge diver.

7.    Dr Tony Freeth examining the Antikythera Mechanism in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

8.    Dr Tony Freeth with the Parthenon in the background.

Dr Tony Freeth:

Tony Freeth studied pure mathematics: MA, MMath (Cantab); MSc, PhD (Bristol). He then trained as a film director at the National Film & Television School in the UK. After more than 25 years as a film & TV producer and director, he was introduced to the Antikythera Mechanism in 2000 by Professor Mike Edmunds (Cardiff). Tony Freeth researched, proposed and co-organized new investigations of the Antikythera Mechanism, which were carried out in 2005 by an Anglo-Greek team of scientists in collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and two high-tech companies, Hewlett-Packard (USA) and X-Tek Systems (UK). This yielded a rich set of data on the Antikythera Mechanism and led to two papers in the prestigious science journal Nature, Freeth et al., Nature 444 2006, Freeth et al., Nature 454 2008). These included startling revelations about the highly sophisticated functions of the Antikythera Mechanism. Further significant research followed; several popular presentations, such as an article in Scientific American; and major contributions to a number of exhibitions. He produced a TV film in 2012, “The 2000 Year-Old Computer”, which had extensive international broadcast and won many awards. He continues to do research on the Antikythera Mechanism and is currently collaborating on new physical models with University College London as well as preparing a book proposal about the Antikythera Mechanism.







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Last week after I spoke to a group of professional woman about three key elements to creating a new, more confident you, one member of the audience said to me, “I really loved your talk; you’ve given me a lot to go home and think about.”  While I am grateful she really enjoyed my presentation, her comments spoke volumes to me about one of the biggest pitfalls you can make.  One of the worst things you can do after you’ve been emotionally moved by something is to do absolutely nothing.  I call it:

The peril of “thinking about it”.

Thinking about it is like a cow chewing her cud – a lot of chewing over and over and over.  While it is true that time for reflection is necessary and wise to digest information you receive, reflection is 1) Not confined only to your head and 2) Not the same as ruminating over and over about something but doing nothing.

Walking away from an opportunity to make a difference in your life and others’ lives to retreat for the purpose of mental gymnastics is a disservice – to yourself and to the world at large. Why?  Because it perpetuates a status quo.  It leads to more of the same.

Have you ever left a training class or motivational talk only to be all charged up about what was shared, inspired to make a change and then poof nothing happens.  You go back to your life, retreat into your mind, tell yourself some excuse as to why things can’t change, and then continue having the same experience you had before? And then you wonder why you aren’t seeing the results you desire, why you’re not experiencing what you want, and simply conclude that “that’s just the way things are.

Well, if you don’t DO differently how can anything ever be different?

Have you ever heard yourself saying, “Well I already know that.”?  My question to you would be – -and how has this intellectual understanding translated into your experience?  Oftentimes the answer I hear is – “Well I know what I need to do I just can’t figure out how to do it.”  Have you ever felt that way?  And then after a few trips around the track with this thought your frustration level rises and rises and rises because you feel like your life is just one big déjà vu?

This is because intellectual understanding of something is never enough.  It is never the complete picture.  There is a whole different level, a deeper understanding and knowing that is necessary to enact change. And you absolutely must do differently on the inside and out if you wish to experience a different result.

As Morpheus says in the movie The Matrix “There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”

To move forward with anything in life – your personal growth, achieving goals, effecting change, you must create a clear channel for wisdom, get clear on where you most want to head, the experience you’d most like to have, and then you must start walking.

Action Step:

Today take a few moments to be truly honest with yourself.  Consider one of your most important goals or a change you most want to make.

Then ask yourself “Am I just thinking about it?  Where am I stuck? What would it take for me to access a deeper knowing about this and move into action?”  Be fully honest and responsible with your answers and allow a clear next step to show itself to you.

Paula Gregorowicz, owner of The Paula G. Company, helps you discover and successfully create the work you are meant to do in the world. Through the power of Intuitive Intelligence(tm) you will learn to make wiser decisions with ease as you break free from the tyranny of your own mind that holds you back from your greatest success and best lives. Download the free report – Your Own Uniqueness: The Path to Purpose, Prosperity, and Playfulness at http://www.intuitiveintelligencecoaching.com.

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Listening to Dennis Prager this morning. He is so deeply intellectual, so thoughtful, and so absolutely invested in the art of thinking, I just wonder why I waste my time elsewhere. Wonderful.

Words fail.

I loved him like he was my own blood. His family, that amazing family, let me love them like they were mine. I´ve got no blood that I know of, save that which came from me, (and that to whom God gave me), and one thing I know is that we make the family we have from those who love us. That´s all that matters. My dad´s dad is gone, leaving one sweet, wonderful memory, and my other grandfather… that´s not for now. But God blessed me with an uncounted number of grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins and friends who have known me from the time I was four years old. They knew me through all of the awful times and bad hair, bad fashion, bad choices, bad boyfriends — they knew me and loved me in a way I don´t deserve. The way family loves you.

Grandpa John was the first person I remember meeting in what would become my large, glorious, extended family at Valley Baptist Church. I had to be but four, and it was hot and bright and everyone was so large. He was as tall as the sky, it seemed, lanky and sunburned in that way that people who work hard outside seem to be. He shook my hand, like I was a grown-up. Like I was just as important as my father, who had come to assist with the shepherding of this small congregation.

And then he was in my life. Always. He´d take my dad fishing, take us all fishing. He and Sunshine would bring catfish to potlucks. Delicious, wonderful, amazing catfish. His son in law became my youth pastor and friend. His granddaughter had the most beautiful smile — like her mother´s, like his — that didn´t just light up the room, it bathed it in light. It dazzled.

And they were all family. After I grew up and moved away, I lost contact, being a normal, selfish young adult. I brought my kids back once or twice, came for funerals and weddings and memorial services. More mourning than celebrating, unfortunately. This last time, mourning an amazing man I´d also known my entire life, my daughter spent a long, lazy afternoon with Grandpa John and Sunshine, listening to catfish stories and just sitting at the feet of these people who were so dear to me.

She cried a bit today when I told her he was gone, and she understands what it means. As we live our lives, we collect memories of those who have gone on before us. I know I´m not the only one whose life has been completely altered by the love of Grandpa John and his brood. I know there are scores of people who were waiting for him, his own family and the family God brought into his life. I´d like to think he´ll take a minute to sit with my oldest, give her a hug. And I can´t get the image of Charis — smiling, waiting — out of my head. He used to have ties with the pictures of his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids printed on them, so proud of his beautiful family. I don´t aim to hijack the sorrow of others, I just loved him. I love them all. Their love is part of who I am, and it always will be.

Words fail. Part of me can´t wait to see all of you again.

 

Government ain’t good for nothing but to get in a man’s way.

It’s been awhile since I’ve felt like writing, as I cannot seem to read the headlines without feeling an elevation in my blood pressure. It didn’t used to be like this, you know. I used to be somewhat detached though passionate – though perhaps that was on account of my boundless optimism. (Ha ha.) I’m weary of the world at 36, and each year my capacity for hope diminishes. I look at what this administration has wrought and I settle into a resignation that is as deep as it is paralyzing.

History shows us that things do not remain static. Civilizations deteriorate, empires crumble. The center cannot hold, as a wise man once said. Things fall apart. Societies disintegrate and social order erodes. It is inevitable, and it is the way of this fallen world. It’s okay. I’m currently incubating new life – which I am very excited about, actually – and life goes on. The America my son (we’ll know for sure at the end of the month, but we’ve got some confirmation that it’s “probably” a boy) grows up in with his older sister will be very different from the one my sister and I experienced. And it makes me sad. I know I don’t want to raise them in California, I know that much, but the California model will spread across the country, a creeping cancer, insidious and poisonous.

Having lived in California for almost ten years has made me much more of a libertarian than I used to be. Or maybe I’m more of a Browncoat than I used to be. Leave me and mine alone.

Having said all of that, I am trying to be more hopeful. Mark Levin’s Liberty Amendments and Ted Cruz’s recent efforts have given me hope. I want to do more than just keep flyin’, and I’m praying for a sea change in the attitudes of the American public. All we can hope to do is defy the overbearing, brutish and obviously thuggish tactics of an out of control administration and fight like hell for the values and liberty this country was founded on. In whatever capacity presents itself.

Whatever that means.

Defiance.

So about 17% of the government is shut down. Most of the programs and departments included in this shutdown have apparently been handpicked to cause maximum discomfort to the American people. How about we start doing for ourselves? States start managing their respective parks, coordinating their respective Amber Alert systems, making sure essential services are maintained.

We’re not helpless without the government leviathan. We’re better off without it. This is by no means a massive shutdown — I’m still getting my mail, for Pete’s sake. Obama’s mask is slipping, and we need to tell the political class that they can suck it. We’re better off on our own, with a trimmed down central government.

Defy “authority.” This is your country. Take care of it.

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I was ready to dismiss this at first blush, my thought being that Obama wasn’t necessarily responsible for the actions of his brother, Malik. But the article contains some pretty uncomfortable evidence, which could explain the president’s odd stance toward the Muslim Brotherhood.

I don’t necessarily the energy or time time dissect this, but the article — as well as Walid Shoebat’s original post — speaks for itself.

Painting with broad brushes.

On Memorial Day weekend, our president gave a flowery, superficially presidential speech about sacrifice and expressed his concern that our soldiers weren’t fully appreciated by the public at large, and yet, in the days previous, he and his defense secretary made sure to remind everyone that our servicemen and women are really nothing more than a government-funded group of sex offenders. Perhaps I’m just paying more attention to it than I was before, but I’ve been hearing a lot about the sexual integrity of the military in the last four or five months.

Oh, and there’s this.

I’m not maintaining that our current military doesn’t have its problems. Hardly. Sex scandals are always tres magnifique, and military sex scandals seem to capture our imagination a bit more, with the power and corruption running deeper and for higher stakes in a somewhat mysterious branch of the governmental bureaucracy. Should it be cleaned up? Yeah. Should we encourage our servicemen and women to practice restraint and decorum, holding them to a higher standard than the undisciplined idiots who are out here, not even living their lives but just bumping into things in the civilian world? Absolutely.

But is a commencement speech at the Naval Academy on Memorial Day weekend the appropriate place to lecture on the subject? It seems… insulting. And inappropriate. And in line with this administration’s ongoing attempt to diminish the reputation of the military in the mind of the civilian. Why respect an organization that apparently sanctions rape and harassment and general nastiness? It should be no secret that this president does not hold our fighting men and women in high regard, even while he is their commander in chief. Chipping away at the respect we civilians have for our soldiers is essential for his ongoing assault against the military. Civilians won’t protest the shrinking of a military they despise and distrust, will they?

Our president is a part of an academic community that sees our military superiority — and by extension, the military itself — as something shameful, something that must be completely done away with. Each and every reminder of its failures, faults and scandals will be used to accomplish this.

We must in turn remember that though there are assholes aplenty in the military, there are thousands of men and women of integrity who do this country proud. There are men and women who live up to and surpass the standards set for them by their predecessors and make this country’s military one of the most decent, restrained, disciplined and humane in history. Of the soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen that I know personally, I can name more than a handful of exemplary human beings. People who impress me with their strength of character and faith. Painting these people with the broad brush of sexual predator would be neither fair nor accurate.

Help for Heroes.

It’s coming.
woolwichThis is Lee Rigby, the soldier run down and hacked to death in Woolwich by savage beasts masquerading as people. He had a wife and son, and a family that loved him. Remember his name, his face.

The West cannot be defeated by military might, so the enemy adapts. They know our weakness — our investment in denial stemming from our cultural relativism — and they are betting we will break under a prolonged assault of truly asymmetrical proportions. We will either change our response to terrorism or we will perish. It’s as simple as that. PM Cameron sounded strong and resolute yesterday in his response to the atrocity. Contrast that with our own president in the wake of Bengazi and the murder of his personal representative in Libya. From a foreign policy standpoint, everything out of Obama’s mouth is a sickening display of weakness and provincialism. It’s embarrassing. It’s depressing.

I think we’re on our own.

As an aside, I thought it particularly relevant that the only people to confront those animals in Woolwich were women. I’m proud of my sex. I’m wondering where the men were, however, and why they would let a soldier die in the street and let their women approach them. It’s troubling.