There’s a pair of photographs that sometimes run through my mind when I think on these things. Taken by a New York Times photographer embedded with a Marine company in Afghanistan I believe. Two moments frozen in amber. In the first, we see the back of a young infantryman, his face in partial profile. [...]
A survey of more than 1,000 men in India has concluded that condoms made according to international sizes are too large for a majority of Indian men.
The study found that more than half of the men measured had penises that were shorter than international standards for condoms.
This is a climactic issue, [...]
You ever have one of those random moments when you find yourself wondering what’s 500 base pairs above the gene FASTKD2?
Because I sure know that I have.
Well, ask Wolfram Alpha. But first check the site demo here.
(Thanks to occn’l reader Tuna for the find.)
Credit where it’s due, the Obama administration received a wake-up call when Faizal Shahzad’s SUV failed to detonate in Times Square. The would-be terrorist’s damp squib went badly not because of our vaunted security apparatus, but because his infernal device was poorly constructed. The White House is waking up to the fact that some [...]
Went to MCAS Miramar for to whack the little white ball around this morning. Was driving it like a champion, and the putting game came along in time. Never really got the short irons dialed in, but I did manage to eke out a quasi-respectable score of 80. My playing partner was a young [...]
David French provides an anecdote that poses a question:
In January 2008, a small team of American soldiers was ambushed after an al-Qaeda terrorist faked a surrender (this was common practice). The team leader and another officer were mortally wounded the instant the terrorists opened fire. The senior noncommissioned officer was pinned down and [...]
A decade ago, Apple was a niche company with niche products whose demise in the face of the Wintel axis was routinely predicted. The company’s computer products were overpriced and uninspiring, especially to directors of corporate IT departments who depended upon mind-numbing complexity to protect their livelihoods. Capable desktop publishing platforms for those who [...]
So, when a White House that promised unprecedented transparency and a fundamental change of the way business gets done in Washington needs to sleazily interject itself in a state’s political process in a way that is at least seedy and potentially illegal, it turns to Bill Clinton, of all people.
That’s the kind of thing that gets historian Victor Davis Hanson’s mind turned to, well: History.
And other things besides:
Europe and immigration
If we revised immigration policy and predicated legal entry on education and skill, ten million Europeans would arrive tomorrow, replete with degrees, expertise, and capital. There is a great unease over [...]
In perfect fairness, I have to admit that Peggy Noonan’s attack on President Obama’s competency in the face of the BP oil disaster is overwrought to the point of being unhinged:
The original sin in my view is that as soon as the oil rig accident happened the president tried to maintain distance between [...]