ICAN gets Nobel Peace Prize. BFD.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, another international gang of virtue signallers, has just received the Nobel Peace Prize.  So far, they have motivated fewer than 50 pipsqueak countries to sign a UN treaty banning nuclear weapons (122 have “adopted” it, but signing off?  Don’t hold your breath) .  BUT, they do have Yoko Ono onboard.  So far, North Korea is not impressed.

Somehow, I don’t think these folks rise to the standard set by Norm Borlaug.

Update (October 26): Jay Nordlinger reminds us of someone else who wanted to abolish nuclear weapons.

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Revealed, a True Romantic for the New Century

This man

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said this: “I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.”

If that’s not romantic, I don’t know what is.

Update:  Shane Bouvet is an under-employed FedEx courier and Trump campaigner who scored a ticket to the inauguration, but had to scrounge a suit and shoes.  This Man read that story, and showed what a sweetheart he is.  (Tip from the Instapundit, who doesn’t do fake news.)

Are you a turtle?* Is this a fluke?

Just when you think science can’t get any more weird,  we get something like this

A new species of blood fluke was found infecting the lungs of turtles in Malaysia. This parasitic flatworm has been dubbed Baracktrema obamai, in honor of the President of the United States (who is the fifth cousin twice removed of one of the discovering scientists).

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A parasitic flatworm? I thought this was a spoof until I followed the link to the Jounal of Parasitology.  For reals.

Tip from the Drudge Report.

* Classical reference: Welcome to the Turtle Society.  The only duty of membership is to give the correct response to the question “Are you a Turtle?”  The correct response is “You bet your sweet ass I am.”

Update:  got a like from Julius at Logical Quotes, a great place to get exposed painlessly to some of the great classical philosophers.

Update: Apparently turtles have more going for themselves than we knew.  Check out this guy.  I actually met this turtle in the San Diego Kids’ Zoo when I was a lad, before he was repatriated.

Obamito Goes to Washington?

Rumor has it that San Antonio Mayor and Democrat Latino Heartthrob Julian Castro is being considered to become the next Secretary for Housing and Urban Development.  Naturally, there’s already speculation in the Alamo City corridors of power about who will replace Little Obama when he leaves.

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Or is really leaving?  The Internet has made opposition research cheap and easy, so Castro’s financial ties and lackadasical management of federal funds have already been exposed beneath the nearest rock.  Who knows what another week may bring?

Check out the mugging when Spurs Coach Greg Popovich had lunch with Castro, Henry Cisneros, and Bill Clinton.  A perfect opportunity for the older heads to give some good advice: “Keep your eye on the ball” and “Don’t let your little head do the thinking for your big head.”

Update: It’s semi-official. If the comments are any indication, there will be many a dry eye when he leaves.