Thursday, July 31, 2014
historicaltimes:

November 9, 1989, Thousands of East Germans moved into West Berlin. A view of the traffic jam near Brandenburg Gate.

historicaltimes:

November 9, 1989, Thousands of East Germans moved into West Berlin. A view of the traffic jam near Brandenburg Gate.

historicaltimes:

World War I: The Definitive Visual History
Written by historian R. G. Grant, and created by DK’s award-winning editorial and design team, World War I charts the developments of the war from a global perspective. Using illustrated timelines, detailed maps, and personal accounts, readers will see the oft-studied war in a new light.

historicaltimes:

World War I: The Definitive Visual History

Written by historian R. G. Grant, and created by DK’s award-winning editorial and design team, World War I charts the developments of the war from a global perspective. Using illustrated timelines, detailed maps, and personal accounts, readers will see the oft-studied war in a new light.

For a significant chunk of the Democratic party, the Constitution is irrelevant, and it’s far from clear that our judiciary wants to step in and tell them that they have to live within its bounds, even when it’s inconvenient to their political goals.

Jim Geraghty in today’s NRO Morning Jolt

That first phrase is the key here.

(via dont-bs-me-bro)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Never been a Romney fan. I actively dislike John McCain. Good grief, we’d be in so much better shape if either of them had been elected…

Will Collier, Quote of the Day (via nomosshere)

BINGO!!

And that is because … voting is not an act of political purity. 

Voting is a practical act of choosing the “least worst”, everywhere and always. Commit this to memory — always vote for whoever you dislike the least.

Do not ever, EVER, stay home in a general election to “teach your party a lesson”. The time to do that is during the primary, not the general. In doing so, you leave the door open for activists who are more committed than you are to making things happen. And you will not like it. 

Romney was not really my guy in 2012 - I wanted Rick Perry to win the nomination — and McCain was definitely not my guy in 2008, but I voted for both because they were superior to anything the Dems could ever offer, and especially to Mr. Obama. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
It should trouble all people of conscience and morality because it’s so disgraceful. You know, you look at what’s happening in the Middle East and I think most Americans understand this, they see this enormous area riveted by religious hatred, by savagery of unimaginable proportions. Then you come to Israel and you see the one democracy that upholds basic human rights, that guards the rights of all minorities, that protects Christians—Christians are persecuted throughout the Middle East. So most Americans understand that Israel is a beacon of civilization and moderation. You know I would suggest to these Presbyterian organizations to fly to the Middle East, come and see Israel for the embattled democracy that it is, and then take a bus tour, go to Libya, go to Syria, go to Iraq, and see the difference. And I would give them two pieces of advice, one is, make sure it’s an armor plated bus, and second, don’t say that you’re Christians.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 

via Presbyterian Church USA Criticizes Israel, Ignores Christian Persecution at raymondibrahim.com

Monday, July 28, 2014
theeconomist:

Battle scars: see how the first world war changed the shape of Europe with our interactive map

theeconomist:

Battle scars: see how the first world war changed the shape of Europe with our interactive map

Friday, July 25, 2014
postgraphics:

Ukrainian aircraft shot down by pro-Russian separatists
Ukrainian forces have lost at least 10 aircraft while trying to regain control of the pro-Russian areas of Luhansk and Donetsk provinces. Pro-Russian forces have no aircraft.

postgraphics:

Ukrainian aircraft shot down by pro-Russian separatists

Ukrainian forces have lost at least 10 aircraft while trying to regain control of the pro-Russian areas of Luhansk and Donetsk provinces. Pro-Russian forces have no aircraft.

Friday, July 18, 2014
lonequixote:

Flowering Garden ~ Vincent van Gogh

lonequixote:

Flowering Garden ~ Vincent van Gogh

Thursday, July 17, 2014
mapsontheweb:

Crater Lake Oregon, Contoured by 500k elevation Points

mapsontheweb:

Crater Lake Oregon, Contoured by 500k elevation Points

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
theantidote:

Sunny Reprise by Leslie Allen

theantidote:

Sunny Reprise by Leslie Allen

Burn!

Burn!

tuzfold:

It’s hard not to see that the number of rockets fired from Gaza is more correlated with the number of Palestinian deaths than that of Israelis. It says a lot.
theeconomist:

Daily chart: A quantified look at the situation in Israel and Gaza


It doesn’t say a lot, actually. Things that are merely correlated almost never do. By definition. 
The Economist’s nice graphs and charts, while somewhat useful, neglect this much more vital aspect, which I will helpfully provide for you: "Israel targets terrorists and kills them, and avoids civilian casualties whenever possible, while Palestinian terrorists explicitly target Israeli civilians, but Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system is nearly perfect at shooting those rockets out of the sky and has prevented a single death from those attacks". 
That says a lot more than any graph ever could. 
Don’t forget that Israel called off several attacks due to fears of hitting civilians. Palestinian civilians. Yet Hamas and Fatah hide among those same civilians — inviting attacks against them, which violates every rule of civilized warfare and a Geneva Convention Article or two — and actively discouraged them from heeding Israel’s warning this past weekend to seek cover to protect themselves. So who is exhibiting superior morals here? Hint: it’s Israel. 
It is naive and — dare I say it — politically partisan to ignore all of that and instead use simple charts and graphs to compare # of attacks, and # of deaths, when you have two starkly different strategies grounded in two starkly different moral universes. 

tuzfold:

It’s hard not to see that the number of rockets fired from Gaza is more correlated with the number of Palestinian deaths than that of Israelis. It says a lot.

theeconomist:

Daily chart: A quantified look at the situation in Israel and Gaza

It doesn’t say a lot, actually. Things that are merely correlated almost never do. By definition. 

The Economist’s nice graphs and charts, while somewhat useful, neglect this much more vital aspect, which I will helpfully provide for you: "Israel targets terrorists and kills them, and avoids civilian casualties whenever possible, while Palestinian terrorists explicitly target Israeli civilians, but Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system is nearly perfect at shooting those rockets out of the sky and has prevented a single death from those attacks". 

That says a lot more than any graph ever could. 

Don’t forget that Israel called off several attacks due to fears of hitting civilians. Palestinian civilians. Yet Hamas and Fatah hide among those same civilians — inviting attacks against them, which violates every rule of civilized warfare and a Geneva Convention Article or two — and actively discouraged them from heeding Israel’s warning this past weekend to seek cover to protect themselves. So who is exhibiting superior morals here? Hint: it’s Israel. 

It is naive and — dare I say it — politically partisan to ignore all of that and instead use simple charts and graphs to compare # of attacks, and # of deaths, when you have two starkly different strategies grounded in two starkly different moral universes. 

Friday, July 11, 2014
Sunny with light missile cover in Tel Aviv this morning. I awoke to muffled thuds in the distance, Iron Dome shooting down Syrian-made missiles launched from Gaza, according to news reports. I attended the obligatory morning mixer for hotel guests at the bomb shelter, which fortunately lasted only five minutes before the all-clear sounded. […] Hamas has shot off hundreds of rockets (including one that landed a few kilometers from me up north in Zichron Yaakov while I had lunch there yesterday) without causing a single injury. Iron Dome has worked brilliantly. Traffic was a bit lighter than normal last night, but there wasn’t a free table at any of the hundred or so cafe terraces on Dizengoff St., Tel Aviv’s main drag. Sunny with light missile cover in Tel Aviv - David P. Goldman (aka “Spengler”)
Thursday, July 10, 2014
thejazzmessage:

theimpossiblecool:

Lee Morgan, jazz musician.

Happy birthday! (July 19th, 1938)

thejazzmessage:

theimpossiblecool:

Lee Morgan, jazz musician.

Happy birthday! (July 19th, 1938)