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El Coyote Gordo
26 November 2014 @ 10:10 am
Happy birthday, ambartil
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El Coyote Gordo
25 November 2014 @ 10:47 am
When I was growing up, Harvard, Yale, and Princeton all had an affirmative action program, though they didn't call it that. In the interests of diversity (and you could make a case for it), they modified their admissions standards beyond mere academic ability, to make sure that about 95% of their students were goyem, or I believe we're now supposed to call them Gentile-Americans. Now it's non-Asians.
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El Coyote Gordo
25 November 2014 @ 10:10 am
Happy birthday, orangemike and rosylavie
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El Coyote Gordo
25 November 2014 @ 05:56 am
Consider the following claims, each of which in Washington circles has attained quasi-canonical status.
* The presence of U.S. forces in the Islamic world contributes to regional stability and enhances American influence.
* The Persian Gulf constitutes a vital U.S. national security interest.
* Egypt and Saudi Arabia are valued and valuable American allies.
* The interests of the United States and Israel align.
* Terrorism poses an existential threat that the United States must defeat.
For decades now, the first four of these assertions have formed the foundation of U.S. policy in the Middle East. The events of 9/11 added the fifth, without in any way prompting a reconsideration of the first four. On each of these matters, no senior U.S. official (or anyone aspiring to a position of influence) will dare say otherwise, at least not on the record.
Yet subjected to even casual scrutiny, none of the five will stand up.
--Andrew Bacevich
 
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
24 November 2014 @ 03:22 pm
Ta-Nehisi Coates takes the gospel of Giuliani one step further.
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El Coyote Gordo
24 November 2014 @ 10:30 am
Happy birthday, elynne
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El Coyote Gordo
24 November 2014 @ 08:52 am
1. A corporation will do things too stupid for a person to do.

2. A government will do things too stupid for a corporation to do.

3. The bigger a corporation gets, the more it resembles a government.
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El Coyote Gordo
24 November 2014 @ 06:52 am
Wilson Tucker at 100

Thanx to File 770
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
23 November 2014 @ 06:25 am
Thanksgiving dinner served by famous artists.
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El Coyote Gordo
22 November 2014 @ 06:34 am
The International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology has accepted (for pay) an article consisting entirely of repetitions of one sentence with the F-word in it. I am particularly amused, since I work for computer journals of the elitist sort where authors are expected to know what they are talking about.
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
22 November 2014 @ 06:13 am
Too smart to be a cop

ETA: Warning: that link autoplays sound, extremely loudly. (Thanx pnh) I liked the Internet a lot more before it became television.
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El Coyote Gordo
22 November 2014 @ 05:56 am
Scott Alexander on borders. I particularly liked the hair dryer story, and he reminded me of James Park Sloan's marvelous line: "Many have thought they were Napoleon; only the first (a man named Bonaparte) was allowed to get away with it."

Thanx to Slate Star Codex
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
22 November 2014 @ 05:41 am
Benghazi is dead.

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.
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El Coyote Gordo
21 November 2014 @ 07:45 pm
John Boehner says Barack Obama is damaging the presidency itself. I am reminded of the immortal words of Mandy Rice-Davies: He would, wouldn't he? Jim Wright passes verbiage upon him and all of his ilk.
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
21 November 2014 @ 07:57 am
Gender is no longer determined by genital. We're reaching the point where a person's sex is what the person says it is. One thing this means is unisex bathrooms, like the anti-ERA people warned us against. I feel like the guy who voted for Goldwater, and next thing he knew, we had half a million troops in Vietnam.
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El Coyote Gordo
21 November 2014 @ 07:36 am
Transgender Day of Remembrance (a bit late)