via James Lileks

I’ve no doubt that if Seattle or Boston or Manhattan goes up in a bright white flash there will be those who blame it all on Bush. We squandered the world’s good will. We threw away the opportunity to atone, and lashed out.  Really? You want to see lashing out? Imagine Kabul and Mecca and Baghdad and Tehran on 9/14 crowned with mushroom clouds: that’s lashing out. Imagine the President in the National Cathedral castigating Islam instead of sitting next to an Imam who's giving a homily. Mosques burned, oil fields occupied, smart bombs slamming into Syrian palaces. We could have gone full Roman on anyone we wanted, but we didn’t. And we won’t.

Which is why this war will be long.

I'll note the idiot who threatened to burn the Koran had less than a 100 followers. Yet this idiot via the MSM & the chattering class need to score their disdain for the USA has caused worldwide riots. WTG guys! more...

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Today in History September 10th

1953 – Swanson sells its first “TV dinner”. Cuisine in America falls a little bit lower…

As a chef I know they're at least safe to eat but why would one want to?

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2011 F! skedaddle

via AutoWeek

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Formula One has announced the 2011 schedule.

The Indian Grand Prix will be slotted near the end of the season in 2011, pending the homologation of the new circuit in Delhi. The season will also have an unusually late finale--Nov. 27 in Brazil.

Bernie Ecclestone has not shuffled around the other flyaway races, so the season will end with an unprecedented run of six events outside Europe. He did take the logical option of putting Japan and South Korea back-to- back, which is not the case this year.

Brazil has replaced Abu Dhabi as the last race, presumably because India and Abu Dhabi are very close on the map. Australia now stands alone, two weeks ahead of Malaysia.

2011 F1 World Championship

March 13: Bahrain

March 27: Australia

April 10: Malaysia

April 17: China

May 8: Turkey

May 22: Spain

May 29: Monaco

June 12: Canada

June 26: Europe

July 10: Great Britain

July 24: Germany

July 31: Hungary

Aug. 28: Belgium

Sept. 11: Italy

Sept. 25: Singapore

Oct. 9: Japan

Oct. 16: Korea

Oct. 30: India

Nov. 13: Abu Dhabi

Nov. 27: Brazil

This looks like a very good challenge for the teams, weather of course but also heat & new tracks.

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Today in History September 9th

1965 – Hurricane Betsy makes its second landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, leaving 76 dead and $1.42 billion ($10-12 billion in 2005 dollars) in damages, becoming the first hurricane to top $1 billion in unadjusted damages. FEMA slow to respond. Bush widely blamed.  I was there, We had just moved from Houma to the Irish Chanel when she came ashore. Part of the roof over my bedroom was torn off. No water for over a week, no services either. The then mayor Vic Schiro, Governor John McKithen, Sen Russel Long & LBJ all got on WWL tv and said this would never happen again. Uh huh, right.

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Tuesday quote of the day quote of the day
Samizdata Illuminatus (Arkham, Massachusetts)

 To pursue a so-called Third Way is foolish. We had our experience with this in the 1960s when we looked for a socialism with a human face. It did not work, and we must be explicit that we are not aiming for a more efficient version of a system that has failed. - Vaclav Klaus

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Today in History September 7th

1876 – In Northfield, Minnesota, Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang attempt to rob the town’s bank but are surrounded by an angry mob and are nearly killed. These citizens took the law into their own hands. They should have waited for professional law enforcement intervention.

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