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Journolist Ring Wraiths

Mar 6, 2013 12:11 PM PT

In response to The Fastball Special:

I don't read comic books, but being a huge LOTR fan, I am partial to Victor Davis Hanson's analogy of today's Journolistas as J. R. R. Tolkien's Ring Wraiths, "petty lords who wanted a few shiny golden Obama rings — only to end up as shrunken slaves to the One."

In the same way that the operatives of the Nixon White House once channeled the character of Richard Nixon, so too the Obama administration reflects the manner in which Barack Obama has always campaigned and viewed politics. His 2004 Senate run and two presidential campaigns all shared the same modus operandi of unleashing surrogates to tar opponents, bully critics, romance the mainstream media, and caricature the shrinking number of journalistic kulaks — all while deploring the politics of personal destruction.

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Filibuster

Utah's Republican Senator Mike Lee Joins Rand Paul Filibuster

Mar 6, 2013 12:05 PM PT

After three-hours and ten minutes of Kentucky senator Rand Paul employing a good old-fashioned talking filibuster, Utah senator Mike Lee has stepped in to relieve his Republican colleague.

Currently, both men are holding a discussion on the Obama Administration's drone strike policy. The focus is mainly on how the White House is defining "imminent" as "not at all imminent."

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Politics

Rubio Tweets Support of Rand Paul Filibuster

Mar 6, 2013 11:55 AM PT

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Technology

Review of Miracles and Wonders Heretofore Undreamt: It's Not All I'd Hoped For

Mar 6, 2013 11:46 AM PT

PopSci reviews a personal flying robot, an entry in the growing personal flying robot consumer market, and finds it's rather a more complicated and less user-friendly personal flying robot than one might wish.

 

It’s a sign of the times when new consumer-grade, commercially available remote-controlled drones just show up unsolicited at our offices with an invitation from the manufacturer to take them for a spin.

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WHAT’S BAD
It’s Not Really “Ready To Fly”: Consumer products should be relatively easy to use right out of the box, and indeed DJI describes Phantom as an “all in one solution ready to fly.” But unboxing the drone is not so simple. Attaching the legs with a phillips screwdriver, attaching the propellors with the provided fasteners--this is all stuff that’s expected when you purchase something with “some assembly required.” But actually transitioning from an open box to a vehicle that’s “ready to fly” requires a bit more work. The “Quickstart Manual” is a densely-worded 16 pages long. The battery charging procedure requires its own set of instructions.

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