Friday Linkzookery – 29 Oct 2010

Most Americans Say Tax Cuts Trump Increased Government Spending
59% to 26% agree with “it’s always better to cut taxes than to increase government spending because taxpayers, not bureaucrats, are the best judges of how to spend their money.

NATO to Halve Troops in Kosovo to 5,000

King size drinks: then and now
Murdoc’s pretty much given up pop/soda. A commenter mentions that sodas with real sugar are more filling than those with this fake corn crap; I wonder if that’s true.

Social Security Cash Flow Deficit Worse Than Expected
That is shocking. Or not.

Majority surveyed OK with gays serving openly
Murdoc is a bit surprised by this, to be honest.

DNC and Dems’ Private Club Delinquent on Taxes 16 Times in 7 Years
Says Glenn Reynolds: “They don’t pay taxes. They spend taxes.”

Loss of Faith
Without faith that our elections are (mostly) honest, we’re in trouble.

Corps boosts marathon security after shootings
The Marine Corps Marathon is this weekend.

Stag Arms .22 Conversion Kit
Turn your AR into a plinker with a quick drop in from Stag Arms.

The Office, Foxtrot Hornet Version
Pinch has a pic of crew in an F/A-18F.

The First Global Practical Shooting Match via Twitter
ISSC-Austria is sponsoring the world’s first Simul-Shoot Championship Series utilizing the latest scoring and communication technologies with Twitter and Facebook.


  1. “Pop”. Hah! You’re definitely from Michigan :).

    In the northeast, it’s called ‘soda’. In the south, all flavors are called ‘coke’. In the midwest, they call it pop. Does anyone know what they call it on the west coast?

  2. There is NO DIFFERENCE between “sugar” and “high fructose corn syrup”. See, sugar IS fructose. Just with a sexier name. Methinks you have been fed to much JUNK SCIENCE!

  3. Haha Toejam!

    In fact, fiftycal, there is a large difference between fructose and glucose. Fructose cannot be consumed by the cells in your body and must be broken down by the liver, unlike glucose. If there is too much glucose in your bloodstream, your body creates insulin until the free glucose concentration is brought down to a manageable level.

    However, if there is too much fructose, your liver immediately converts it into fat. That’s a large difference, if you’re weight conscious.

  4. Research studies have yielded mixed results about the possible adverse effects of consuming high-fructose corn syrup. Although high-fructose corn syrup is chemically similar to table sugar (sucrose), concerns have been raised because of how high-fructose corn syrup is processed. Some believe that your body reacts differently to high-fructose corn syrup than it does to other types of sugar. But research about high-fructose corn syrup is evolving.

  5. The whole issue with corn syrup is the fact that the corn industry is heavily subsided by the taxpayers, making artificially cheap. Quite lame for the USA to have such fascist farmers…

    Then the goverment wants to create new taxes on soda to “fight obesity”. So much doublethinking.

  6. west coast “Soda”. Fiji “Pop”

    Corn Syrup subsidy/market protection is enhanced by mandated pricing of sugar which is kept at twice the value of Corn Syrup. boo

  7. What Sam said. The whole market it politically controlled. Import restrictions on cane sugar, and subsidies to corn growers. Politicians forced the economic conditions that make high fructose corns syrup more economical than traditional cane, or even beat sugar.

    From what I have read, traditional sugar is cheaper in Canada, where they have almost no domestic sugar production, exactly because they haven’t screwed with the market to protect domestic agriculture.

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