sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

July 11, 2012

A Long Overdue Linkie Post

Filed under: politics — edge of the sandbox @ 3:03 pm

Google now has in place an anti-firearm policy:

The search engine giant announced at the end of May that it would change how it lists certain items in search results through Google Shopping. The policy change included a prohibition on listing sites that promote and facilitate weapons sales — a move Google said it made in order to “comply with local laws and regulations.”

Incidentally, how did Google celebrated 4th of July this year?  Why, with the lyrics from communist songwriter Woody Guthrie:

Google 04/07/2012

Google logo on July 4, 2012

Some time ago, Zombie was documenting how Google consistently ignores patriotic holidays.  In this case, they subvert it.

Unbelievably, I’m seeing conservative headlines on MSN frontage.  Last night, they had a story on a Occupy murder mystery:

Investigators have connected DNA evidence from the scene of Sarah Fox’s murder in Inwood Hill Park eight years ago to DNA collected at the scene of an Occupy Wall Street subway station vandalism in March.

Fox, 21, was found nude and strangled in the park in May 2004, days after she disappeared during a daytime jog. Investigators recovered her pink CD player in the woods just yards from her body.

Sources said Tuesday the DNA found on the CD player is linked to DNA found on a chain left by Occupy Wall Street protesters at the Beverly Road subway station in East Flatbush on March 28, 2012.

Two days ago, they noted another millionaire denouncing US citizenship, presumably because of the tax burden.  Not just any millionaire, but one with Democratic connections:

Denise Rich, the wealthy socialite and former wife of pardoned billionaire trader Marc Rich, has given up her U.S. citizenship – and, with it, much of her U.S. tax bill.

Dennise Rich
Denise Rich: I suppose I can make a joke about trashy women, tanning salons and bad skin

Marc Rich was serving time for breaking the Iran embargo when he was pardoned by Bill Clinton.

I found a photo-essay on the 1950s and 60s Afghanistan through Powerline.

Afghanistan 50s and 60s

A record store in Kabul

Afghanistan 1950s

A half a century ago, there was civilization in Afghanistan

The photos were accompanied by a commentary by a President of Cal State East Bay Mohammad Qayoumi.  This is how Afghan-born Qayoumi recalls the country of his birth:

A half-century ago, Afghan women pursued careers in medicine; men and women mingled casually at movie theaters and university campuses in Kabul; factories in the suburbs churned out textiles and other goods. There was a tradition of law and order, and a government capable of undertaking large national infrastructure projects, like building hydropower stations and roads, albeit with outside help. Ordinary people had a sense of hope, a belief that education could open opportunities for all, a conviction that a bright future lay ahead. All that has been destroyed by three decades of war, but it was real.

Iran (and much of the rest of the region) went to hell at about the same time.  Photography of pre-revolutionary Iran is a minor blogging sub-genre.  here are some samples:

Iran 1960s

Iran 1970s

A normal country

Much of the Arab world looked very similar.  Fast forward to 2012 for great news from Egypt: hymen repair kits are now banned.  I have to admit that I always found the idea of hymen repair a bit creepy.  On the other hand, Islamic clerics admonish the Muslim Brotherhood to destroy the great pyramids.

The Bay Area is like America upside down.  Capitol Commentary reports that Leland Yee, CA State Senator from San Francisco and San Mateo counties, authored legislature to ban rifles that uses a “bullet button” to release its magazine.  I suspect the bill has the potential to be reasonably popular with Californians.  Then there is the State Senator Mark Leno who wants wants legal recognition for more than two parents.  As he explains it, if a woman conceives with help from a sperm donor and gets her lady friend to help her raise the child, all three “adults” should be considered “parents”.  I somehow don’t think that one will be popular.

Two interesting search terms a few days ago: “ann romney feet” and “dana perino legs”.  I don’t want to know.



  1. Reblogged this on Glory to man in the highest.

    Comment by robertreeddaly — July 11, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

  2. I have a Liberal friend who whined about how all the unpatriotic Republican millionaires were leaving the US to save on taxes. Boy did he get quiet when I pointed out what Denise Rich did.

    Clinton totally acted wrongly when he pardoned her husband… nice payback!

    Comment by Harrison — July 11, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

    • I hate how they were all talking about the unpatriotic Cheney back in Bush days because Halliburton was headquartered abroad. How about patriotic government that lowers taxes?

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — July 13, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

  3. Interesting pics of Afghanistan, Lebanon is a beautiful country and once was a tourist haeven and and a banking center. Times have changed for the worse.

    Comment by Conservatives on Fire — July 12, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    • I understand there are still pockets of sanity in Lebanon, but Christians are dwindling and Muslims are growing in numbers and becoming more and more extreme.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — July 13, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

  4. The pre-Revolution Iran pics are heartbreaking. They were becoming another bloom of Western Civilization…and then they weren’t.

    Comment by KingShamus — July 13, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

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