Sunday, March 01, 2015

Is UCLA Judenrein?


The left doesn't even bother to disguise it's bigotry anymore. Video here.

ANTISEMITISM at UCLA. “In the video below, UCLA’s student council deliberates over the application of Rachel Beyda for a position on the university’s judicial board. Ms. Beyda is acknowledged to be ‘qualified, for sure’ and ‘a great candidate, obviously.’ Yet there is a problem. ‘I just worry about her affiliations.’ She is ‘a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community.’ The student council voted not to appoint Ms. Beyda to the judicial board.”

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Does it bother anyone that the techniques ISIS is using come straight out of Joshua and the Israelites playbook?

I confess to having quite a bit of cognitive dissonance regarding the Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant. On the one hand I am appalled at the primitive violence and cruelty. On the other hand I feel a strong sense of recognition. I've read this story before. In the Old Testament. The story of ISIS is in fact quite similar to the Israelite invasion and conquest of Canaan. Now before you dismiss me as a Judeo Christian hating crank consider the following:

Both conquests occur in the middle east led by very patriarchal, tribal peoples who speak similar semetic languages and have many commonalities of dress, culture and tabu.

Both Israel and ISIS got the impetus for their invasions from a very powerful, cosmopolitan and foreign culture that they sought to adopt and shelter in but when push came to shove they concluded that they could not be faithful to YHWH/Allah and be part of Egyptian or Western civilization.

The Israelite invasion was directed and sponsored by YHWH.
ISIS claims that their invasion is sponsored by Allah who is otherwise called YHWH.

Israel was a theocracy led by politico military leaders who were also spiritual ones.
ISIS is a theocracy led by a Caliph who is both its spiritual and temporal leader.

The Israelites invaded Canaan to eliminate false religion and behavior abominated by God. 
ISIS claims it is doing likewise.

The Israelites were exhorted by God to slay every unbeliever, heretic and opponent. 
ISIS slays unbelievers heretics and those who oppose it in much the same way.

The Israelites imposed a complex and rigorous Levitical legal system designed by God.
Sharia us just such a system.

Both ISIS and Israel imposed very similar dietary, ablution, and sartorial restrictions on their subjects. Both oppressed women in similar ways.

Both invasions actively sought to desecrate and destroy what they considered to be idolatrous monuments to false Gods.

At the end of the conquest of Canaan Israel had completely displaced the previous cultures and faiths with a new common culture and faith. This is also the history of Islam in the middle east where the Muslim conquest meant the eventual extirpation of other faiths and cultures.

So what? you say. It's a bit different behaving like an ancient tribal culture 3000 years ago versus ISIS' revival of religious genocide in chock full of modernity 2015. And you have a point.  And it is unsurprising that Islamic Jihadists would behave in a similar way given that Mohammed lifted much of the Koran from the Old Testament.  Which is why Jihad looks so much like the Israelite invasion of Canaan. But coincidence and 3000 years don't really get us off the hook because the Church routinely presents Moses and Joshua in heroic terms.  If it turns out that "doing God's will God's way" is indistinguishable from the practices of the latest crazed sack of hackemoff Jihadis then it really calls into question just who this God that we spend so much time worshiping really is.  Because say what you will, there was NO mercy in the conquest of Canaan.  Knowledgeable observers estimate a million non-Jews lost their lives and whole cultures were obliterated.  Much like the Yazidis or Assyrian Christians in Iraq and Syria today.

This reminds me of another related question that I need to explore some day:  Given that God sits outside of time and space and has access to literally all the various modes and eras of governance and jurisprudence why does Our Lord's approach to salvation and judgement mirror that of primitive pastoral tribesmen from 1000BC Palestine?  Is that the pinnacle of moral and theological innovation?  Why is God's wonderful or horrific plan for us so damned primitive and brutal?  Is there nothing better and more merciful out there?  Anyone?

Democrats risk their career if they contradict "The One"

The One is called The One for One reason and One reason only:  he's the only One that matters, the only One who gets to call the shots.  The One is less a chief magistrate than a Sun King.  Yeah, that's the one this One is.  And for a member of his party to question The One's judgement in one helluva dangerous thing to do one-wise.

As this Congresswoman from Hawaii is finding out.

Chicago begins circling the drsin.

Still pretty far away - to the unaware I just feels like a slight tidal tug but the windy city is going nowhere fast. Except closer and closer to an almost inevitable date with bankruptcy. Of course the same could be said for Illinois. And New York and California and New Jersey and Massachusetts and Maryland and Rhode Island. And all the moderate emergency Republican governors alive can't change that.

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago drew closer to a fiscal free fall on Friday with a rating downgrade from Moody's Investors Service that could trigger the immediate termination of four interest-rate swap agreements, costing the city about $58 million and raising the prospect of more broken swaps contracts.

The downgrade to Baa2, just two steps above junk, and a warning the rating could fall further still, means the third-biggest U.S. city could face even higher costs in the future if banks choose to terminate other interest-rate hedges against fluctuations in interest rates. All told, Chicago holds swaps contracts covering $2.67 billion in debt, according to a disclosure late last year.

"This is an unfortunate wake-up call for anyone still asleep over the fiscal cliff facing the city of Chicago," said Laurence Msall, president of the Chicago-based government finance watchdog, The Civic Federation.

Chicago's finances are already sagging under an unfunded pension liability Moody's has pegged at $32 billion and that is equal to eight times the city's operating revenue. The city has a $300 million structural deficit in its $3.53 billion operating budget and is required by an Illinois law to boost the 2016 contribution to its police and fire pension funds by $550 million.

Cost-saving reforms for the city's other two pension funds, which face insolvency in a matter of years, are being challenged in court by labor unions and retirees.

State funding due Chicago would drop by $210 million between July 1 and the end of 2016 under a plan proposed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

I guess blue is the new color if bankruptcy.

If a clearly non English speaking unarmed man walks towards you and several other armed policeman and fails to stop, what do you do?

If you're a brave Grapevine, TX policeman you shoot him down in cold blood.  There was no scenario where the policemen were in any danger from this otherwise law abiding illegal immigrant.  It was simply an act of cowardice and cold blooded murder.  Police do this too oftenin this country and then try to tell us how hard and dangerous their jobs are.  Not nearly as hard as being a hard working man with no record who is scared of the cops and did not understand your command to stop.....why wouldn't he be scared of the cops.  I'm scared of them.  They can kill anyone and get away with it by calling it 'self defense'.  They can steal your car and all the valuables on you and call it "asset forfeiture".  They can charge you with any one of hundreds of crimes, some you may not realize existed. We have stacked the deck in law enforcement's favor way too much and it's leading them to get lazy and arrogant. 60 million Americans have been felonized and these people are out of control.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Following the lead of our President Democrats increasingly applaud our enemies and boycott are allies

Alan Dershowitz Quote: From his WSJ article “The Appalling Talk of Boycotting Netanyahu“:

One should walk out on tyrants, bigots and radical extremists, as the United States did when Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied the Holocaust and called for Israel’s destruction at the United Nations. To use such an extreme tactic against our closest ally, and the Middle East’s only vibrant democracy, is not only to insult Israel’s prime minister but to put Israel in a category in which it does not belong

I'm not sure I am with you always (Mt 28:29) means what everyone thinks it does.

For example, according to theologian RC Sproul the damned will writhe in agony because they will be in the neverending presence of the righteous God. It goes without saying that God is self centered but imagine the solopsism required to sit and watch the eternal howls of anguish of billions when just getting up and going into the next room would stop it all.

If this is the "perfect, merciful Jesus" then don't ask Him to help you lest he slaughter your sons, rape your daughters and flay your wife.

So once again: why did the infinite God who sits outside of time and space select the morality of the ancient equivalent of ISIS to build his kingdom on?

I mean if he's love and all.

Imagine a road network where bikes, semis and Porsches all pay the same price to go the same speed. Now you understand Net Neutrality.

Only it's worse: Mr. Porsche would gladly pay more to go 80 as he does on some Texas tollways but Ms. Bike's top speed is 20 so that's the top speed. And Mr. Semi would happily restrict his driving to low traffic times for a lower road use fee but that w
ould be showing him favoritism.

Net neutrality pretends that all Internet traffic has the same value and urgency. The reality is that there is an ever expanding range of uses for the net each with its own unique value, timeliness and quality profile. Barack Obama has just announced that creepy lawyers like him will decide which uses are more valuable or timely or need more quality.

Pure stupidity paired with left fascist greed.  More discussion here.

Check out how Hillary Clinton Arab funders live: plush 747-8

It's good to be the rich and morally unassailable consort of Bill Clinton. Imagine how the mainstream press will grovel for a ride in this baby. Shill boys shill!

Obamacare, Keystone, Net Neutrality this President routinely defies people to reward his financial backers

Fully 61 percent of voters polled opposed the president's regulation of the internet. More than twice as many as supported it. Being Barack Obama means not needing to give a damn about what the people think.

Quite progressive and technocratic don't you think?

Fortunately witch hunts by fascist thugs in the minority don't get anywhere.

But this truly unAmerican Grijalva character could be in the majority some day.  A copy of his vicious letter to he President of MIT.

"Are you or have you ever been a climate denier?"

Hillary Clinton does too have something to say: My turn! 'Cause I'm a girl!

As she beats her spoon on her luxury high chair. The good Atlantic reports here.

La Clinton's Achilles heel(s): lack of concrete achievements and foreign payola

Carly Fiorina hits her hard here.

What has Hillary Clinton actually accomplished? She’s held many titles — first lady, senator, secretary of state — but what has she actually accomplished in any of those roles?

That’s what former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, a prospective 2016 presidential candidate, wants to know.
“Mrs. Clinton, name an accomplishment,” Fiorina said while addressing attendees at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

Fiorina, who is considered a long-shot for the Republican nomination, has tried to break out from pack in early speeches by projecting the image of a strong and accomplished woman who can take the fight to Hillary Clinton.

“And in the meantime, please explain why we should accept that the millions and millions of dollars that have flowed into the Clinton Global Initiative from foreign governments doesn’t represent a conflict of interest,” she added.

Fiorina was referring to the recent revelations that the Clinton Foundation accepted millions in donations from foreign governments, including while Hillary was the secretary of state.
Fiorina then turned her attention toward Clinton’s own role in the supposed war on women.

“She tweets about women’s rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights,” Fiorina said. “She tweets about equal pay for women but won’t answer basic questions about her own offices’ pay standards — and neither will our president.”

Earlier this week, a report in the Washington Free Beacon revealed that while Clinton was a senator, the median earnings for women in her office was 72 cents to the dollar for men’s median earnings.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

How can Hillary be President when Bill shills for foreign potentates?

How can slick Willie take tens of millions  from foreign potentates and then advise  Hillary in the White House? My God what a joke Democrats are making themselves if they nominate Nannie Hoo Hoo.

Obama banning AR 15 Ammo

This is what is called accentuating the differences.  In essence, the Obami are banning pro gun Democrats. Period.  Full stop.  End of statement.

As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.

They've almost banned Democrat men. At least the heterosexual ones.  Which will be very, very cool.

The problem with Islam isn't just with Islamists, it's with Islam's technique for expansion.

Islam has always expanded through the one two punch of conquest and dhimmitude using radicalized religious revivalists like ISIS as its shock troops. All three are now unacceptable.

What happened to the rare earth crisis?

The same thing that happened to peak oil. Next question. Boffin confusion detailed here.

The shape of Republican campaign coverage to come?

If our "brilliant ivy league" press has anything to say about it.

seasoned Washington reporter — distinct in his fashionable black jacket, pressed jeans and once shiny dress shoes now caked with New Hampshire mud — approaches a woman who clutches a Sharpie and a copy of Rubio’s last book.

“Excuse me, do you mind if I ask what you thought of the senator’s speech?”

Woman: “I thought it was great. I liked how he related to average people, you know? I don’t hear a lot of candidates talking about how to make it easier for low-income families to succeed in America.”

Reporter: “It didn’t bother you that his second cousin once removed said Tom Brady wears ladies underwear?

Woman: “Who said that?”

Reporter: “Rubio’s second cousin once removed. He said it at a Miami fund-raiser three weeks ago. Thus far, Rubio has failed to disown his cousin, denounce the comment, or apologize to Tom Brady for it.

For the record: Tom Brady does wear ladies underwear.

If all Barack Obama proposals are made law it will add $5.06 an hour in mandated costs to employment which is a disaster if you make $7.25

If you make $50 an hour - not so much. The "here's some cake, don't worry somebody else is picking up the tab" is no longer working. It would be nice if the administration understood labor economics. But the real fear is they do  but don't care. Dependent and frightened is Dem's best voter profile.

We see the same factors at work today in the left’s repeated attempt to offer government largesse or regulatory requirements to pay for the things American workers now view as out of reach. Rather than wrestling with the question of child care in the era of the two-income household and the importance of upbringing, we see demands for national child-care and pre-kindergarten programs to fill the gap. Rather than questioning whether everyone really needs a four-year college education, progressives want to embark on a massive debt-forgiveness program, pouring taxpayer dollars into the heavily insulated halls of higher ed. Concerned about your birth control? Don’t worry, we’ll make your employer cover it. Here is a cake for you to have, and to eat, and someone you don’t know somewhere else will pay for it, eventually.

But there is no “someone else.” The progressive approach—to which everyone has effectively assented—merely disguises the problems of wage stagnation, redirecting those funds toward health care, housing, energy, education, and more, to the detriment of take-home pay. And all the while, liberals have ignored and continue to ignore the possibility that the increase of regulations, incentives, and mandates would have any trade-offs.

That includes the president. In his State of the Union, he proudly announced that “Since 2010, America has put more people back to work than Europe, Japan, and all advanced economies combined.” But in the next breath, Obama insisted on more mandated benefits. “Today, we’re the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers,” he said. “Send me a bill that gives every worker in America the opportunity to earn seven days of paid sick leave. It’s the right thing to do.” It also costs money. Investors Business Daily’s Jed Graham calculates that seven days of mandated paid leave would add 30 cents per hour in compensation costs, bringing Obama’s six-year total to $5.06 had all his proposals been made law. As the American Enterprise Institute’s Mark Perry has observed, the reason America has done better over the past five years might have more than a little to do with the fact that our private sector is far less encumbered by mandates and regulations than those of all other advanced economies. If we adopt their policies to a greater degree than we already have, we can add their economic stagnation to our income stagnation.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Perhaps the best statement of ISIS' confidence ever enunciated

The ISIS chaps know that they could never beat Texas in a war to the death much less a united West. They are counting on our leaders' sustained self delusion to carry them to victory. In that they assume that the United States will always be led by a Barack Obama or at worst a George W Bush who always, always shrink from the hard blows. But they should peruse photographs of  Germany or Japan circa 1945 before they go much farther. The Islamic state does not pose an existential threat to the Anglosphere. Should it at some point do so by say getting a few nukes and setting one off somewhere then I think the panoramic view of Hiroshima ca October 1945 would be an accurate rendering of any town harboring ISIS gunmen. Here's a quote from the Atlantic article: What ISIS really wants.

But the most interesting comments concerned my story’s popularity among ISIS supporters (referred to below with the shorthand "Muslims"). I was unsurprised to see it shared online by Islamic State fans, at least somewhat positively, but of course I was still uncomfortable about being praised by avowed génocidaires. One ISIS supporter wrote to me to note the peculiarity in all this. The piece, he said,

is grounded in realism, and argues that not understanding what is happening is very dangerous, especially if fighting a war, one must fight the war that is real, not the invented one that one wishes to fight. Perhaps ironically, your [writings] ... are most dangerous to the Muslims (not that it is necessarily meant to be so on your behalf), yet they are celebrated by Muslims who see them as pieces that speak the truth that so many try to deny, but also because [Muslims] know that deep down the idealists of the world will still ignore them.

What stands out to me that others don't seem to discuss much, is how the Islamic State, Osama [bin Laden] and others are operating as if they are reading from a script that was written 1,400 years ago. They not only follow these prophecies, but plan ahead based upon them. One would therefore assume that the enemies of Islam would note this and prepare adequately, but [it’s] almost as if they feel that playing along would mean that they believe in the prophecies too, and so they ignore them and go about things their own way. ... [The] enemies of the Muslims may be aware of what the Muslims are planning, but it won't benefit them at all as they prefer to either keep their heads in the sand, or to fight their imaginary war based upon rational freedom-loving democrats vs. irrational evil terrorist madmen. With this in mind, maybe you can understand to some degree one of the reasons why many Muslims will share your piece. It’s not because we don't understand what it is saying in terms of how to defeat the Muslims, rather it’s because we know that those in charge will ignore it and screw things up anyway.

Obama pays off his cronies and vetos Canada's Keystone for good

Most of the world cheered the One when he came to office not realizing that one characterized as The One would only have one priority and that one priority would of course be: pleasing The One.
Which turns out to be a lot more golf for him and a lot less prosperity and security for the rest of us. 

And they say modern left liberalism is a "mature" political philosophy. Mature as in an 82 year old ratchet jawed NIMBY with a fat investment portfolio and a 32 handicap....

Modern moral arbiters: Please help me here lest I sin

What am I supposed to think?

WAIT, I THOUGHT IT WASN’T A CHOICE: ‘I’m gay. And I want my kid to be gay too’: Lesbian CNN pundit admits she does not want her daughter, 6, to be straight and is ‘disappointed’ that she is already ‘boy crazy.’

Imagine if she wants to be a conservative...

Welcome to one party America.

Chicago is where the Obami learned how to trample the constitution. Thank God the nation's press are on the job.....oh wait: this is from an English paper.

POLICING IN OBAMA’S AMERICA, AND OBAMA’S HOMETOWN: The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site.’ This kind of thing is what happens under unaccountable one-party regimes.

HAT TIP Instapundit.com

If Barack Obama loves America then why so many close America hating friends?

Would you describe a man who shouted "God damn America" to his 1000 person congregation in a sermon as your "spiritual mentor"? If you had political aspirations? Well you would if you were Barack Obama and were campaigning for liberal votes.

If I called for God to damn negroes would anyone doubt that I hated them? And would any of you call me your mentor if I did? If I asked God to damn Africa?


Liberals can pretend that their contempt for America "as is" is "patriotic" but do you really love anyone if you only are proud of them when they do what you want? That smacks of the love for a mule, not a person or a nation. Of course the left is wont to look at people merely as racial subcategories or means of production so perhaps it makes sense to their reductionist view of humanity. For if people have no souls what is there left to love?

Our drug laws have turned the police from our best friend into our worst enemies

I could post one of these every day and still miss most of them. When did we vote to allow police to become home invading thieves? Evil creeps like Bill Bennett defend this official government behavior. And people wonder why more and more conservatives just hate the government full stop.

Thomas Williams, a 72-year-old, retired carpenter and cancer patient who is disabled and carries a medical marijuana card, was alone that November morning in 2013 when police raided his rural Michigan home, wearing black masks, camouflage and holding guns at their sides. They broke down his front door with a battering ram, handcuffed him and left him on the living room floor as they ransacked his home, emptying drawers, rummaging through closets and surveying his grow room, where he was nourishing his 12 personal marijuana plants as allowed by law.

They did not charge Williams with a crime, though. Instead, they took his Dodge Journey, $11,000 in cash from his home, his television, his cell phone, his shotgun and are attempting to take his home. And they plan to keep the proceeds, auctioning off the property and putting the cash in police coffers.
According to his lawyer: “Mr. Williams is disabled and lives alone. They took the man’s cell phone and his car, and left him out there alone. He doesn’t have a landline. He was stranded out there for three days until somebody stopped by."

I would be embarrassed to wear a badge. That most police aren't is frightening.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

If you want to read a justification for one of the most profound instances of political corruption in our history then this Goolsbee and Kreuger article is for you.

As an alumnus of the U of C it pains me that such a political shill as Goolsbee is on the faculty.  View the whole shameful act of prostitution here. The filthy things some will do for the praise of autocrats.

In its shredding of bankruptcy law, its overt threatening of secured creditors until they relinquished their legal rights and in the diversion of almost the entire bailout to its union cronies this criminal act will go down as the largest single instance of extralegal political corruption in history.

Of course that excludes the wholesale bailout of bank investors and managements and the massive in kind bribes that Dodd-Frank, Obamacare and the pending reregulation of telecoms represent.

And that excludes the entire criminal enterprise called "higher education". But who's counting?

"A sad example of unreasoned decision making"

There was a time when Democrats freed markets from crony rigging leading to rapidly falling prices and improved service. But Barack Obama is no Jimmy Carter.

No, Barack Obama in his reregulation of telecom (for all telecoms are the internet) is imitating his "hero" FDR. An imitation that in its massive and inept manipulations of the finance, healthcare, education and now telecom sectors has stunted economic growth and crushed innovation almost as much as the "Great Depressionater" did.

But happy days are certainly here again. If you're a member of the DC Bar, that is. But as Tallyrand might have said had he watched such thimblerigging: "it's not just a crime, it's a blunder".

America's parasite class has apparently forgotten the first rule of good ticking: never suck so much blood that you weaken the host. Of course it's the rest of us who will pay. Obama, our new Jesus, is on his way to at least a $200 million fortune if the Clintons' grasping greed is any indication. But Democrats with lots of political power almost always end up plutocrats. After all, they have no moral objection to using government to better people's lives. And they're people aren't they? Well? Aren't they?

If you strike me down I shall return stronger

The sheer hysteria of entitled government apparatchiks and favored racial groupings towards measures that most people consider common sense drives middle America rightward. Which is Scott Walker's genius.  I think it's a great strategy for a right populist: instead of giving stuff to middle America, take away entitlements and privileges given to state favored groips. Watch as they go hysterical and drive normal, reasonable America deeper into your corner. The left, government employees and minorities have become so self righteous about their ridiculous privileges they would almost be guaranteed to overreact.

I'd like to see him go after Amnesty and open immigration. If he did, the left and immigrant groups would respond with rioting and violence and middle America (including the kids and grand kids of immigrants) would respond by closing ranks and immigration would be restricted for a generation. Which ironically would go a long way towards achieving left wing goals. The 1960s - the great period of  income equality and expansion of minority rights came after a generation of very limited  immigration - people at the bottom faced far less wage competition and felt less threatened so the minority poor could agitate with less blowback from an unthreatened working majority.

But of course we all know that the the left isn't interested in the "little brown babies" - if it did it would oppose the clearly genocidal abortion regime. It simply wants as many automatic victims as possible. And for that any poor minority immigrant will do.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The DC Bar's takeover of the Internet is deeply and profoundly discouraging.

Turning our most dynamic sector into a public utility rigged by legal fixers is sadly characteristic of this administration. They leave no national crown jewel unsullied.

The Supreme Court has ruled that if the FCC applies Title II to the Internet, all uses of telecommunications will have to pass the “just and reasonable” test. Bureaucrats can review the fairness of Google ’s search results, Facebook ’s news feeds and news sites’ links to one another and to advertisers. BlackBerry is already lobbying the FCC to force Apple and Netflix to offer apps for BlackBerry’s unpopular phones. Bureaucrats will oversee peering, content-delivery networks and other parts of the interconnected network that enables everything from Netflix and YouTube to security drones and online surgery.

Supporters of Obamanet describe it as a counter to the broadband duopoly of cable and telecom companies. In reality, it gives duopolists another tool to block competition. Utility regulations let dominant companies complain that innovations from upstarts fail the “just and reasonable” test—as truly disruptive innovations often do.

AT&T has decades of experience leveraging FCC regulations to stop competition. Last week AT&T announced a high-speed broadband plan that charges an extra $29 a month to people who don’t want to be tracked for online advertising. New competitor Google Fiber can offer low-cost broadband only because it also earns revenues from online advertising. In other words, AT&T has already built a case against Google Fiber that Google’s cross-subsidization from advertising is not “just and reasonable.”
Utility regulation was designed to maintain the status quo, and it succeeds. This is why the railroads, Ma Bell and the local water monopoly were never known for innovation. The Internet was different because its technologies, business models and creativity were permissionless.

My God my God why have you forsaken us?

Paralyzed by Ukraine, dumbfounded by Russia.

Our foreign policy establishment has been unmanned by Islamic Extremism and a resurgent Russia. Of course history is full of Islamist extremism and expansionist Russians. The new normal is the old normal. It's a pity our over educated establishment can't adapt. I think we need a new establishment.

The student debt crisis is first and foremost a consumer protection issue

According to the New York Fed college debt and delinquencies are reaching crisis levels.
Commenters uniformly opine on the "student debt crisis" but the crisis really isn't caused by students taking on too much debt as it is by colleges conning too many barely of age kids into buying more years of "education" that won't pay off and then quadrupling the real cost of that education while delivering the same product.

We have a consumer protection issue: so called "not for profits" have misled students and profiteered off of their naive desire to better themselves. And because they are NFPs they are getting a pass from the press and the government. They even have ginned up their own economic theory "Baumol's Cost Disease" to justify why college (along with K-12) - alone among all information services - is experiencing  rapid inflation while all other information services experience rapid deflation.

We need to break the college cartel's back by reversing the current administration's policy of ever greater subsidies promoting more and more useless college attendance. Before they rape everyone's kids.

The only way Angela Merkel can be the leader of the 'free world' is if the American President abdicates that role

Germany has one fourth the population, one fifth the economy and a maximum of one tenth of the military power.  For Macleans to assert this and get a respectful hearing means Barack Obama either through incompetence or willful intent has abdicated one of the two key roles that he was elected to fulfill:  leading the United States requires that you lead the free world.  Everyone understands that. 

His failure to do so while playing more rounds of golf than any President in history may explain why many people consider him to be unpatriotic or un-American.