Sunday, March 29, 2015

What really happened to Harry Reid?

The Doyenne of Las Vegas power brokers was beaten up by an exercise machine? And then announces his retirement from the only job he's ever had? The job that has made his family rich and sustains their connections?


And the all but state run press buys his story. Here's a smart lawyer asking smart questions. Here's his follow up. Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Conservatives and good government liberals should spread the word.

The "Two Minute Hate" is back too.

As soon as I say it the good Burghers of New York  do it. Ithaca College is in New York. New York has become so toxic.

Hat tip

Ithaca College has an online get tagged system to report "microaggressions".

What's next? Two minute hates? From Reason

Love equals Hate, Freedom equals Slavery, We have always been at war with Eastasia.

Colleges and universities aren't simply rendering themselves superfluous to our Republic. They increasingly represent  vectors for seriously illiberal ideas to enter our society. Just as they did in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.

Jonah Goldberg was right: Liberal Fascism lives!

So the press have decided that her Marriedness is their only hope of keeping the Obama reign of error alive.

It is sad to watch a once proud press corps frisk and gambol with tails wagging, waiting for a chance to lick their master's hand. Pathetic really.

"Good government" liberals must be beside themselves with frustration watching Hillary Clinton's anointment.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

" "The truth is, you can dwell on Yemen, or you can recognize that we're one agreement away from a game-changing, legacy-setting nuclear accord on Iran that tackles what every one agrees is the biggest threat to the region."

So now the Iran d├ębacle is going to redeem more than six years of prat falls, stumbles,  trips, belly flops and pure stupidities? Face it, the last competent foreign policy President the Democrats had was Harry Truman*. And odds are he'd be a Republican if he were alive today.

*Mr. "Holiday from History, guess what I have in my pants?" Clinton doesn't count. A trained.....serial sexual harasser could have handled foreign policy then. And did!

Friday, March 27, 2015

V I C T O R Y that's the Obami's Yemen battle cry - no matter how badly we've lost.

Iranian thugs rule, our man in exile, hundreds of millions in weapons gone walkabout and the Saudis threatening invasion.

Attaboy Barry, Yemen is clearly a "W" for you. Well when compared to Iraq, Syria, Libya,  Egypt,  Tunisia, etc. Etc.

Again, I would have some sympathy if it weren't for the Obami's signature mix of arrogance and ignorance. To "Barack" really is to screw up arrogantly. Harvard boys - bah!

Lee Kwan Yew was a capitalist who talked like a socialist. Most American politicians are socialists who talk like capitalists.

John Fund describes how Singapore went from $500 per capita to $52000 per capita in 50 years while providing security without crooked Ponzi schemes. I lived there from 1970 to 73 and nearby until 1977. I believe Americans of all stripes could learn much from Singapore.

However, Singapore has two glaring failings that it could learn much from (parts) of the US about:

First it is a very authoritarian and controlling place that is increasingly unattractive to the young and creative. It needs to loosen up the Disney world levels of social control and allow a little mess around the edges.

Second (and related to the first), its real estate prices are insane due to excessive control by the state. It should tolerate a lot more mess and allow the market to meet demand as it chooses.  Failure to solve these problems is creating a political and demographic time bomb as the middle class - facing narrowing horizons - flee or fail to reproduce themselves .

Sadly, Mr. Lee's heirs aren't the ones to do this. Others need to win power which means PAP needs to lose. Gracefully, please.

Frats sue Wesleyan for sex discrimination - this should be fun.

Our thuggish one party colleges are increasingly being hoist by their own petards. Here's to a very, very profitable suing season for civil liberty lawyers.

I'm not a fan of lawyers or lawsuits but I support them to defend true civil rights.

An aggressive China is provoking a rational regional response. Which would be good if the United States wasn't led by a feckless geopolitical fool.

Japan builds its biggest warship since WW2. The first of 2 Anti Chinese Submarine platforms.
South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Singaoore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India is quite a coalition in the hands of a skilful politician. Pity we are led by a racist rabble rouser.

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You have to understand Barack Obama is an Alinskyite Community "Organizer" trainer. He used to TEACH people how to organize mobs. It's all he knows.

In the Cornel West, Trayvon, Ferguson and UVA cases his instincts were to feed the baying mob - damn the the truth. In the Bergdahl case he let five murdering terrorists go so that a traitorous deserter wouldn't have to live with the consequences of his decision.

Asche Schowe is right as far as she goes but far too sanguine about the evil racial consequences of our mob leader in chief's deliberate racial provocations. This 'cat was supposed to make things better.

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It's like we don't have a Constitution.

To paraphrase Glenn Reynolds: It's like the cockpit door is locked, we're headed for a mountain with a pilot that always wanted to end his career this way.

Limited options for Congress as Obama seeks to bypass lawmakers.

The "Constitutional Scholar" (without tenure or a single journal publication) in Chief will be long gone when his legacy strikes the world's cities with super heated hurricane force winds. Allahu Barack!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Perhaps like Barbie the Obami just find math hard

That would explain why they think 5 in 100,000 sexual assaults reported by the DOJ equals 1 in 5. It's how the left perpetrates hate speech against men.

More here.

Good blogs to go by.

I particularly like the Other McCain motto from Communist turned-anti-Communist author Arthur Koestler that “One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up.”

Instapundit is number 1, naturally. The rest here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Preventing genocide "no reason to stay in Iraq": Obama 2008

I actually have some sympathy for this view if it were honestly held. But Barack Obama held it cynically without understanding. 

We can't save Middle East Muslims from themselves. They need to become big boys and girls and learn to save themselves. Something they haven't done since the Ottomans took over their franchise seven hundred years ago.

Just because the greenhouse effect is easy to understand doesn't mean anthropogenic global warming is an emergency.

In the midst of a generally thoughtful and appropriately skeptical pro warmest think peace the author says:

We know that our climate is changing and that humans bear responsibility for that because the greenhouse-gas effect is relatively easy to understand. But beyond that we know frighteningly little, as the litany of failed predictions produced by our best climate models demonstrate. Our planet’s climate is immensely complex, and it’s proving nearly impossible to anticipate what might happen when a few factors—like greenhouse gas concentrations—are adjusted. There are so many variables in the system, and so many relationships between those variables (many of which we aren’t yet aware of), that it’s no wonder we can’t correctly model the future.

Again, most of this is unobjectionable but that first sentence is a whopper.  So we know that germs cause cancer because the germ theory of medicine is easy to grasp? Or we know that sprinklers cause thunderstorms because the phase change nature of matter us easy to understand? Obviously simple test tube theories about one small component of the atmosphere tell us little about what is going to happen in a complex, chaotic mega system.

And that's assuming that the  writer understands why the greenhouse effect behaves the way it does in the first place (it's not what you think) or that he knows that the greenhouse impact of each successive doubling of CO2 halves. Sadly, the average lay-hysteric never gets beyond the gap jawed credulousness of Ezra "we're all gonna burn" Klein.

Which isn't sufficient for an informed opinion.

"At Cornell treason...oops I mean diversity is our strength"

Cornell dean caught on undercover camera saying ISIS welcome on campus.

Ever since the faculty and administration caved to black power activists in the late 60s Cornell has been a fun house for Radicals. Why would any rational person go there?

More here.

If the Feds do the same job "working with the states" on chemical weapon preparedness as they did with O'Care then we're dead.

The states had better realize that they're on their own. Thank God I live in a well run non union Red state. People in NY and Cali are doomed by their insane choices.

DHS head "exerted improper influence" for Reid and McCauliffe deals

Virginia traded in a small time crook for a big time one. But since virtually all career lawyers in DoJ are Dems fat chance seeing a prosecution in any Administration. The Feds aren't a government so much as a racket.

Obama Tech-ch-ch-ch-chia pets get what they want from Dems. Middle American companies? Not so much.

With Google averaging a meeting a week with the White house while overseeing the One's reelection, is it any wonder they get just what they want? Most cynical regime ever. Crooks. Just like Chicago taught them. Like Jonathan Adler said "they take bureaucracy and turn it into a racket".

Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House.

Search giant averages a White House meeting a week during Obama administration

Updated March 24, 2015 9:24 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON—As the federal government was wrapping up its antitrust investigation of Google Inc., company executives had a flurry of meetings with top officials at the White House and Federal Trade Commission, the agency running the probe.

Google co-founder Larry Page met with FTC officials to discuss .....Everything!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

When Rape isn't Rape even when it's done by a 200 man gang to a stripped nude and beaten CBS reporter.

Apparently the Tea party's  mistake was to not claim to be a 3rd world culture....then all that is usually condemned becomes forgiven. And all that is appalling is hushed up. 

Mark Steyn explains feminist America's curious relationship with "rape rape" when it's done by their brown brothers overseas.

L'enfants pathetique

The purpose of "liberal" education is to expose students to challenging and heterodox perspectives. That's changing now that thr Academe has become fully left. To paraphrase the execrable Tayyip Erdogan upon winning power: liberal education is like a train - the academic left gets off when it gets to its stop.

Of course most elite universities were originally founded by the Church to indoctrinate priests and ministers. So they're just returning to their religious roots. Different faith, same intolerance.

More on the illiberality of "liberal" education from Wapo here.

Is ignorance of our infinite and metastatizing law really no excuse?

No one has a clue of all the legal jeopardy they are in all the time. Which is how the state likes it: state power is maximized when everyone is guilty. It means you can manipulate anyone for any reason.

Let there be two America's: the case for Federalism.

I would love to see true Federalism in America but most blue states would suffer Mediterranean levels of economic collapse as their industries - up to now protected by Red State legislators - are devoured. But it would be fun to watch the chaos for a while. Places like California and New York have all the advantages.  Yet they've squandered them so that they are poorer and more bankrupt than places like Oklahoma or Tennessee which have virtually none. Which is a-fricking-mazing to me..

The death of Catholic Universities is just a special case of the death of almost all American institutions of "higher" learning

The humanity and social science parts of these institutions have become so corrupt and corrupting that they need to be defunded. As do the more politicized sciences like "public health" and climate "science". Keep the trade school bits and let the rest float free of tuition, tax and cash subsidies. The wailing and gnashing of teeth will be a sight to behold but is necessary if our civilization is to ever recover from their subsidy fueled depredations.

More discussion about the particular dilemma facing the Catholics here.

You might be interested in the guidelines at the institution "investigating" the UVA rape hoax

What are the odds that the people who wrote this will be fair and balanced? Hat tip

You might be interesting in this Tip Sheet from Columbia’s Dart Center:

Note how from the very first paragraph the tip sheet assumes that anyone making a complaint is a “survivor,” not an “alleged victim” or other neutral language.

Nowhere do these guidelines say “Be sure to give the alleged perpetrator or his/her representatives a chance to respond to the allegations.”

But they do say:

“Listening is important. Make sure to allow ample time for the source to tell you their story. Don’t rush them. Don’t press for details if they are not willing. Allow them to tell you what they feel comfortable talking about.”

The closest the document comes to saying “Check the facts!” is this:

“Corroborate information. Be aware that accounts of what happened may not be entirely accurate as trauma can impact a person’s memory. A person may forget details or misremember due to the psychological effects of the trauma. Be sure to corroborate your information with other sources to the extent possible.”

But note how any discrepancies in an account of an assault are pre-judged to be the result of that assault, the reality of which is not to be questioned.

One could argue that Sabrina Rubin Erdely followed these guidelines in her Rolling Stone piece. She only corroborated the facts in the story to the extent that they would not upset her “survivor.”

Columbia Journalism School is the institution investigating that Rolling Stone piece. Fortunately, Steve Coll, dean of the school, is a first-rate journalist. Hopefully, they will produce a solid report—and then circle back to take another look at their own guidelines for reporting these stories

Monday, March 23, 2015

The leftists are dumping Israel faster than dysentery.

Israel has become so bourgeois that it is no longer "hip" to support. Principles? Truth? Never been a left preoccupation.  Now power.  Baby. They love power

Jonathan Swift's best poetry

From Swift's "On Poetry, a Rhapsody"

So, naturalists observe, a flea
  Hath smaller fleas that on him prey;
  And these have smaller still to bite 'em;
  And so proceed ad infinitum.
  Thus every poet, in his kind,
  Is bit by him that comes behind.


Oakland raises minimum wage 36% and businesses shut down.

Of course Oakland and Cali in general have a well earned reputation for poking their eye out with a sharp stick.

Or in liberal speak: listening to "Political" Paul Krugman. More Krugmania here

England is a paradise for Muslim child rapists

The liberal establishment has looked the other way as tens of thousands of English girls have been sexually exploited by Muslim gangs. Yet the liberal establishment continues to look the other way at the vicious misogynistic Islamic society metastatizing in England's midst.

The UK is seriously sick and its immune system is compromised by an unreasoning, money grubbing Islamophilia.

Nearly 400 British girls as young as eleven are believed to have been sexually exploited by Muslim rape gangs in Oxfordshire over the past 15 years, according to a chilling new report. It charges local officials with repeatedly ignoring the abuse due to a "culture of denial."
The scale of the abuse in Oxfordshire, a county in southeast England, mirrors similarly shocking accounts of the sexual exploitation of white British girls by Muslim gangs in Bristol, Derby, Rochdale, Rotherham and Telford, and implies that the problem is not isolated, but endemic.
The 133-page Serious Case Review (SCR) was published on March 3, the same day that British Prime Minister David Cameron convened the so-called Downing Street Abuse Summit, during which he unveiled a raft of new measures aimed at bringing more offenders to justice.
The report — which reveals that there are "grounds for believing" that 373 girls have been sexually exploited by gangs in Oxfordshire since 2004 — focuses on the accounts of six girls and their contact with the authorities. The girls were the victims in the "Operation Bullfinch" trial, in which seven Muslims were found guilty, in May 2013, of trafficking and raping the girls between 2004 and 2012

Lewinsky being rehabilitated? Now who would the press be targeting? Hillary.

"Hillary we knew ya well but yer a loser." That's the new left press line. And the left after 8 years of losing by winning desperately want a winner. Must have ovaries but must win too. Sorry HooHoo, it ain't you. So we'll just drag Monica's seaweed draped  corpse onto your fo'c'sl.

More sendin' of Hillary's hopes  to Davy Jones locker here.