Monday, April 20, 2015

Liberals have a ball and chain wrapped around their neck.

If perchance La Clinton becomes President it will mean that Democrats will have fielded a minimum of 12 years of feckless, marginally qualified, uber-liberal identity politicians. Which will crush the left surer than a Jimmy Carter malaise speech.

Ailes on the Fatal Femme of Dems: But it looks like Hillary is going to do whatever she wants," he says, "and the press is going to vote for her."

Win or lose Hillary is a major asset for the right. Gosh the press are a stupid blundering herd, aren't they?

Who says that liberals are good businessmen?

If they were they wouldn't have left Fox alone to clean up the entire right half of the news market. But they're  desperate for the approval of the "cool" kids so they can't bring themselves to compete.

Along the way, Ailes has built a brand valued by Wall Street analysts at $15 billion for Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox empire; Fox News Channel contributed 18 percent of 21st Century profits in 2014. The company has notched 70 consecutive quarters of profit growth. And SNL Kagan projects that Ailes' network will generate $2.18 billion this year from advertising dollars and affiliate revenue. Fox News isn't merely the most watched cable news channel (since 2002, when it surpassed CNN); in February, it was the most watched primetime network on all of cable and finished the first quarter in fourth place overall in primetime behind only ESPN, TBS (which had March Madness) and USA. It commands some of the richest fees in cable at more than $1 per subscriber per month (CNN, by comparison, gets 61 cents and MSNBC gets about 30 cents). And in the next few years, those fees will jump to $1.50 as new carriage deals kick in — including one with Dish Network finalized in January after a contentious monthlong blackout.

It gives the lie to any notion that they're "fair", "balanced",  "non partisan" or even rstional. What a bunch of maroons.

How we got to the execrable "Iran deal" in the midst of a Middle East going "foom!".

Natan Scharansky wonders where American moral confidence went. That's another two sided question. For America to act abroad with confidence there must be consensus on both sides on what is right and what is wrong. Like 1974 to 1980 or 1800 to 1815 or 1835 to 1860 for that matter, the US lacks consensus.

I am afraid that the real reason for the U.S. stance is not its assessment, however incorrect, of the two sides’ respective interests but rather a tragic loss of moral self-confidence. While negotiating with the Soviet Union, U.S. administrations of all stripes felt certain of the moral superiority of their political system over the Soviet one. They felt they were speaking in the name of their people and the free world as a whole, while the leaders of the Soviet regime could speak for no one but themselves and the declining number of true believers still loyal to their ideology. But in today’s postmodern world, when asserting the superiority of liberal democracy over other regimes seems like the quaint relic of a colonialist past, even the United States appears to have lost the courage of its convictions. We have yet to see the full consequences of this moral diffidence, but one thing is clear: The loss of America’s self-assured global leadership threatens not only the United States and Israel but also the people of Iran and a growing number of others living under Tehran’s increasingly emboldened rule. Although the hour is growing late, there is still time to change course — before the effects grow more catastrophic still.

In those earlier crises the South was certain and the North conflicted. Now the right is (fairly) certain but the left is wondering if racist, sexist, homesexuality fearing Amerika isn't by definition "wrong".

More evidence that the Great depression was prolonged by the cartelization of labor and business. With troubling portents for today.

Hoover and Roosevelt both responded to the sharp downturn "progressively" - by regulating industry, raising government spending and taxes and by promoting industrial unions. This policy mix succeeded in temporarily increasing the share of income going to the bottom 90 percent of wage earners but the maintenance of wages above market clearing levels in the face if falling prices led to massive and unprecedented unemployment that only relented when these policies were moderated after WW2.

Today, a new generation of "progressives seek to push wages above market clearing while raising taxes and limiting competition through financial and environmental regulation. But with our much more generous welfare state in place the result has not been mass unemployment but mass exit from the labor force combined with mass immigration. History shows that the center cannot hold - with one party pushing such a radical economic agenda our prosperity is unlikely to resume its trendline until a market realistic political consensus is restored.

People forget that the "Reagan Revolution" was a bipartisan return to market economics. It was foreshadowed and given impetus by the Carter-Kennedy (!) deregulation push. Given the immense hatred of markets on the left today it us hard to see how we are going to escape many years of stagnation and policy whipsawing until the old lessons are relearned.

Interesting charts and narrative at the link.

There has never been a safer time to be a kid.

So calm down akready. The data on American kiddom here.

Long term tax rates on incomes, payrolls, consumption, capital income and expenditures for the US, UK and Canada vs. GDP per capita

A really interesting set of charts using OECD data. Plenty of grist for anyone's mill. And over a long enough time frame to avoid cherry picking. A good starting point for tax discussions.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In Hillary's world it apparently takes a union to raise a child

Preferably a teachers' union closely allied with Democrats that pours millions in members dues into partisan campaigns. "It's all for the children", natch.

During her first official campaign event in Iowa earlier this week, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton praised Common Core and referred to children’s education as a “non-family enterprise.” Clinton’s controversial statements about education, which were captured by C-SPAN, came in response to a question from a participant about how to offer a quality education throughout the U.S.

It's "Thiever Education" - one in three at least one month behind on college loans

Guarantee you the next scam will be "free college for everyone" because then Uncle with his magic money machine will pick up the tab bitch free until the dollar collapses. But don't worry it'll be the kids who are screwed. So it's all good! Hat tip instapundit.

EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Student-Loan Problem Is Even Worse Than Official Figures Indicate. “Nearly one in three Americans who are now having to pay down their student debt–or a staggering 31.5%–are at least a month behind on their payments, new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis suggests. That figure is far higher than official delinquency measures reported by the Education Department and the New York Fed. And it’s also likely the most accurate.”

Apparently Joplin cops are pervs looking for a cheap underage thrill

Kids have been displaying they're nude aspects to each other since the first Cro Magnon grunted "show me yours and I'll show you mine" to the first Cro Womagnon. Give it a rest you badged creeps.

OMG politicized science doesn't attract new talent

You mean graduates don't want to be a part of a field where cynical pols call the shots and truth is a secondary consideration? Who knew?

Scooby doo! Is Hillary really the Velma Dinkley of American politics?

Kevin Williamson at his raconteurish best exploring the Clinton - Scooby Doo connection. FWIW I always though Velma was hot but I've never thought Hillary was. I'm afraid his Kevness has outdone himself in this one - more zing than I can count: "Her Herselfness", "the Solon of Chappaqua", Lena Dunham as "that daft young actress". Absolutely delicious whatever your politics. It is the fact that Granny Hill can inspire writers to such heights of oracular orotunditry that makes me (well that and the inevitable septuagenarian sex scandals - bet you've  never read those words together before) half wish that she does become the most powerful woman in the world. Ah but if wishes were fishes then we'd all smell like fish guts....

You’ll remember Velma Dinkley, the grim-faced young fogey of the Scooby-Doo gang: turtleneck and knee socks, orange; pleated skirt and pumps, red; spectacle lenses a very groovy shade of aqua; hair in a severe, LPGA-ready bob. She was the thick and bookish counterpoint to the comely Daphne Blake. But the id moves in mysterious ways, and Velma has enjoyed a strange post-1970s career as a minor object of erotic fixation, being portrayed on film by the knockout Linda Cardellini and, in a dramatic illustration of Rule 34, by the pornographic actress Bobbi Starr.

Perhaps that is what sometime sex symbol Hillary Rodham Clinton had in mind when she nicknamed her campaign van “Scooby,” noting its resemblance to the famously psychedelic Saturday-morning ride of Mystery Incorporated. Mrs. Clinton — the Grand Glorified Imperial Herself — is very much a creature of the 1970s, and Scooby-Doo may very well feel fresh in her mind.

Plamegate was a fraud all the way through - a thoroughly corrupt (and now well paid) prosecutor aided and abetted by a thoroughly partisan press

Who says criminal conduct doesn't pay? It did for Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. To hear the left go on about "McCarthyite" witch hunts after watching this abortion is sick making. Fitzgerald is such a corrupt and cynical political prosecutor. Read the latest recantation of "sworn" testimony. There is no balance in DC.

Not much of a Republic either.

Graduate students, sick of being exploited by "progressive, egalitarian" universities seek to unionize

But colleges are so....politically correct. How can they be exploitative? They're leftist, for goodness sakes.

But none of this lets academe off the hook. For one thing, the universities contribute to a glut of Ph.D.s by admitting students who take out loans (some 40% of the $1 trillion in student debt is for graduate school) even when they know few will ever work as full professors. By admitting them into graduate programs, the schools in effect are producing for themselves a low-paid work force.

“To put it crudely, they are hiring their own serfs,” says Richard Vedder, an Ohio University economist who runs the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. He says it’s “as much a moral issue as an economic one.” A university truly devoted to the well-being of its students would be more honest to grad students about the dismal job prospects for Ph.D.s—and more candid to undergrads about their actual instructors.

Genetically modify food or starve - that is the choice

Everything we eat has been genetically modified by human action. The techniques have changed, becoming much more precise and using much less dangerous substances (we used to blast plants with mutating radiation or bathe them in chemicals known to cause genetic defects). And if we hadn't the earth's carrying capacity would.....well let's just say it wouldn't include you or me. So enjoy the sweeter corn and tastier tomatoes.  They are gifts from God by way of His general revelation to us about the way things work.

And don't listen to hysterics.

Don't ever be part of an on line lynch mob.

Don't be part of an on line mob. Ever. And if you find you have, apologize asap. It is very easy for someone to present a one sided story or video that pushes our buttons. And even easier to drop a quick "like" or mini rant. Lord knows I have done so. I have concluded that having the power to instantly communicate to hundreds of people comes with the responsibility to not jump to convenient, comfortable conclusions. And to not put the worst construction on other people's behavior just because we happen not to like them. In this I am the foremost of sinners.

Take this story about ESPN reporter Britt McHenry as a cautionary example. By the way: any story that presents a municipal tow truck company that impounds cars as the victim is almost by definition wrong.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Vote for me I'm a girl is apparently Hillary's pitch.

"I've stood on my dick before but Hillary us running on her genetalia."

Just about sums it up don't you think?

Golda Meir, Maggie Thatcher and Indira Ghandi must be spinning in their graves at this shallow failure of a woman whose only achievement is staying married to Bill come what may.

Ron Bailey got tired of being teased by the cool kids so he jumped on the global warming bandwagon just when its wheels were falling off.

It's tough to be an environmental reporter from the right and clearly the pressure got to Ron Bailey. Sadly the credibility he sacrificed on the right was never refunded by the left. They could always find someone more simpatico, more committed, more extreme.

And now the whole thing is going in the toilet. Such are the wages of appeasement. Here's one response to his latest plea for someone to join him in his misery.

Under Obama the rich (colleges) are getting rich much faster

Explain to me how these ludicrously rich, wildly elitist and ideologically unhinged finishing schools for the cognitive one tenth of one percent deserve their not for profit status while everyone inside them screeches for the "rich's" heads.

The 10 richest universities in America hold nearly a third of the total wealth, in cash and investments, amassed by about 500 public and private institutions. The 40 richest hold almost two-thirds of the total wealth.

And their financial edge is widening. These schools are drawing an outsized share of gifts to colleges and universities. Their assets grew at at a far faster rate from 2009 to 2014 than the portfolios of schools in the middle and bottom of the pack.

Those are the findings from Moody’s Investors Service, released Thursday, in a study of the balance sheets of 503 institutions in the portfolio of the credit-rating firm. The study illuminates the disparity between the haves and the have-nots in higher education.

Everything about these schools has become anti social and anti American. The first rich we loot should be the the Ivies and their equivalents.

Hat tip instapundit.

But don't you understand: rescheduling Marijuana would be a blow for liberty that would reduce the power of the state.

And Obama never, ever does anything that reduces the state's power. Hell he would have probably just put the the slaves in Federal protective custody rather than free them. The Prez looks upon liberty the way moms look upon running with scissors: too much and we might hurt ourselves. And then we'd get blood all over Momma O's nice, clean country.

DEBATE HEATS UP:  After an extensive 5-day fact-finding hearing,  a federal judge in California yesterday ruled that it is not “irrational”–and thus does not offend the Constitution– for marijuana to be classified as a Schedule I drug (no legal uses) under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA).  It is a blow to pro-marijuana advocates, who’ve had remarkable success in getting pot approved for medicinal use, and–in four states–even recreational use.  Many legal experts anticipated that the judge, an Obama appointee, would take a “bold stand” and rule that marijuana cannot be completely banned under Schedule I. She suggested (showing remarkable restraint for an Obama appointee) that, as an unelected federal judge, it was not her place to effect such a substantial national policy change.
President Obama (technically, the Attorney General) could, consistent with the CSA, reschedule marijuana by executive order.  But for some reason, on this issue, the President has thus far refused to get out his infamous pen and phone, stating recently that he thinks Congress should amend the CSA to reschedule marijuana instead.

And in perhaps the ultimate irony, the Supreme Court ruled in its 2005 decision, Gonzales v. Raich, that individuals who used medical marijuana pursuant to state compassionate use laws were not entitled to a constitutional exemption from the CSA, as the CSA is the supreme law of the land.
Based on Gonzales, in late December, Oklahoma and Nebraska filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court against Colorado, asserting that Colorado’s legalization of recreational pot has forced such neighboring States to bear the brunt of increased criminal activity, such as transportation of pot into their jurisdictions, where pot remains illegal under State law.  The interesting legal questions posed by the Oklahoma/Nebraska suit is whether state pot legalization conflicts with the CSA and is thus preempted, and if relatedly, whether the executive branch has a constitutional obligation to enforce the CSA’s prohibition in such states.  Some argue yes; some argue no.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

On the one hand the left keeps passing more and more laws. On the other hand two thirds of Democrats believe it's OK for the President to ignore laws he doesn't like.

This is what they call situational ethics. In 2017 (God willing) their tune will change. But it is rather amusing to find that a party whose hegemony is founded on ever more invasive and vindictive law doesn't really believe in the supremacy of the law. It's quite Leninist, really.

What is it about progressives that makes them think it is good for society to ignore the rule of law?  The latest iteration comes in the form of explicit calls to ignore the Supreme Court whenever it rules the “wrong” (i.e., non-progressive) way.

Because the Supreme Court isn’t presently dominated by progressives and none of the 5 current, right-of-center Justices are likely to retire before the end of the Obama Administration, progressives are now trying to create acceptability for the idea of “ignoring” the Court.  A recent New York Times op-ed by William Baude, for example, asserted that if the Court’s King v. Burwell opinion ultimately denies Obamacare subsidies to individuals states without state-run health insurance exchanges, the Obama Administration should only enforce the decision against the 4 named plaintiffs in the case.

For everyone else, Baude suggests that the Administration pretend that the law hasn’t technically been decided.  The justification for such lawlessness?:  “If the administration believes that a Supreme Court loss would be egregious and disastrous, it ought to consider taking the political heat to limit it.”   Oh, okay– that makes sense.  If the President thinks the Supreme Court’s interpretation of a law is “egregious and disastrous,” he should just ignore it for everyone but the named plaintiffs who brought the suit.

Apparently, Baude is channeling the progressive mindset.  A Feb. 2015 Rasmussen poll revealed that only 35% of Democrats disagreed when asked: “Should the president have the right to ignore federal court rulings if they are standing in the way of actions he feels are important for the country?”  81% of Republicans and 67% of voters not affiliated with either major party disagreed– an astounding difference of 32 to 46 percentage points from the Democrat perspective.

[M]any close to Clinton estimate she will raise and spend $1.5-to-$2 billion.

Hillary fighting for the little guy.

For Hillary to talk about money in politics is laughable. Barack Obama was the first billion dollar candidate–it will be, historically, his principal claim to fame–but Hillary promises to blow past that milestone with almost uncountable millions flowing in from Wall Street and Hollywood.

California continuing their quest to brand all men rapists

Asche Schow reports from the edge of reality that things are getting much worse for young men.

Last year California passed a law that defined nearly all sex on college campuses as rape unless proven otherwise. Now, in addition to making it easier to label someone a rapist for just about every sexual encounter, state legislators want to go further to ensure that accused students’ lives are severely disrupted — if not ruined — by introducing mandatory minimums for their punishment.

The mandatory minimum would be a suspension of two years for students found responsible for sexual assault. But bear in mind that the burden of proof already lies with the accused, thanks to California’s “yes means yes” law. Accusers do not have to provide any proof that that they failed to give consent or were unable to consent due to incapacitation, and now a guilty finding would carry a minimum punishment under this new proposal.

First they made it easier to brand a student a rapist, and now they want to make it easier to ruin that student’s life.

I think that men should avoid California colleges. He'll they should probably avoid the whole damn state. Hat tip instapundit

Democrats are winning rights for the transgendered while Republicans are winning the Right to Work

While the Dems are dragged deeper into strange and tiny alleys of gender identity   Republicans are having immense success implementing Right to Work legislation: OK, IN, MI and WI have all gone RTW. States like Missouri are only a Republican governor away from that result.  And now a dozen individual counties in Kentucky are doing the same. If these local ordinances pass constitutional muster expect hundreds of rural and exurban counties in purple states to do so, stripping private labor unions of much of their remaining coercive clout. That, along with paycheck protection laws that keep public unions from appropriating their members' dues for political purposes are sounding the death knell of union clout in much of the country.

But don't worry. I'm sure getting trannies into the toilet of their choice will be a big vote getter. The problem with identity politics is ultimately their triviality. While most everyone works.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

David Brooks is a classic moderate who believes the state should truncate both civil and economic rights

Moderates are not moderate in their statist immoderation. They tend to be unprincipled and power hungry. Moderation simply allows them to get what they want when they want it. David Brooks is no conservative. Don't waste your time reading him.

Maryland siezes your children if the find them playing alone

If they're white and affluent that is. They don't seem to give a rats ass about minority kids one way or the other. The northeast is a statist thug paradise. They confuse brutality with principle. Just ask Chris Christie.

Chris Christie: I Crack down on legal weed

The northeast is filled with tough talking wussies like Christie . It's their state mascot. Five'll get you ten that he'll do no such thing. He's a puss 'n wingtips.

Not that he'll be nominated.

Drivers license suspensions for unpaid fees and fines is debtors prison

Our legal system is truly Dickensian.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

When Hillary Goes to College to See ‘Everyday Iowans’ Students Get Locked In Their Classrooms

Not Hillary's fault, of course, but emblematic of our steadily expanding police state.  I recall walking with my 5yo son and 2yo in her stroller down to the local college to see the bagpipe corps that led off the graduation ceremonies each year. I would position us in the quadrangle along the path that they took. They made quite a spectacle what with all that Scottish racket and their kilts and huge bearskin hats.  Unbeknownst to me, that year ex President George H. W. Bush was the speaker (I think his brother Bucky - I kid you not, that's what we called him to his face - was a trustee - either that or his cousin - from the side of the family that he got the H W from was. St. Louis is seriously oversubscribed in Bush clansmen.) and there were a handful of secret service types in the quad fiddling with their ear radios and otherwise trying to look important.

So here I come along with stroller, diaper bag and 2 small children in tow and position myself as usual. One of the Federal studs came over "you can't stand here". "Why not". "I'm sorry but you'll have to move". "Why? We stand here every year for the bagpipes." "You need to move. Now!". At that point some if his hench....I mean colleagues started coming over in their shades and lumpy suits so with kids in tow I retreated. 2 minutes later we heard the measured cadence of the drums and the skirling of the pipes but could not see them.

Which raises a question: why was a dad with his little kids a threat while 12 big mean looking men with hats that could hold an Uzi not? Did they get searched? Or how about the hundreds of faculty in their ceremonial finery  - I mean the most conservative prof at that liberal arts college had to have been a liberal Democrat. Did they all get their mummus lifted? Because you could hide an AK 47 in that getup. And how about the students who had been taught and successfully parrotted back that anything that was wrong with their lives was the fault of rich old white men of  which 'ol HW was a prime example?

I guess they were worried that I might  chuck a bio weapon (aka: loaded diaper) at the old feeb as he passed or had Thing 1 and Thing 2 run over and bite his ankles. They were pretty scary creatures back then. Particularly Meems who used to do this toothsome growling routine at people she didn't like.

Monday, April 13, 2015

West Virginia is different than other places

Morgantown Bans Sofas From Being Kept Outside In Attempt To Stop WVU Couch Fires. 

So why didn't we think of this? I mean we had lots of cheap couches and most of them did need to be burned for sanitary if not aesthetic reasons. Yet we never put the "want and the need into the deed" so to speak. I suppose it was a failure to achieve the famous "Optimal Prank Nexus". The OPN was a theory of fraternal living that I developed to explain why a group of relatively intelligent young men/older boys would some times come up with absolutely brilliant forms of mischief (such as laying Bermuda grass sod throughout the first floor of the house because they wanted to have a lawn party) while at other times we - I mean they - did the most dumbass things.

Your common variety collegiate prank is trivially easy to produce. All you need to do is throw a few kegs and some high decibel Weezer in the midst of a bunch of college kids. Within minutes the combination will begin emitting a "Seemed Like A Good Idea" field from which all prank  mayhem originates.

But the optimal prank only emerges from the fog of a common SLAGI field if several conditions occur at exactly the same time. For example, to come up with the brilliant, high concept prank of couch burning one must have a certain level of excitement underway - say a party or sports victory or even an abortive narcotics sweep by the local gendarmes. Then you need someone with a weak moral sense but a strong eye for fun to be sober enough to generate "the idea". Thirdly, everyone else needs to be sufficiently inebriated  so that something like "hey let's burn the furniture!" seems like a swell idea rather than arson but not so pickled that they keep trying to get the couch out the door sideways and failing that decide to "light her where she lies" in the hall.

As you can see it is these minor variations at the nexus of the deed that can turn the "brilliant" into the "dumbass" in the ten minutes it takes the fire trucks to arrive. Although I suppose West Virginia has a higher concentration of the essential nexus variables than most - which makes them particularly fiery prank innovators. Burn Mountaineers Burn!

Hillary is dead. Long live Granny Hop Hoo.

Brendan O'neill argues that Hillary Clinton has jettisoned her  enlightenment Era values focused on substance and replaced them with primitive tribal identity. 

Balkanization without the Balkans...