Sunday, November 30, 2014
We're all Good Germans: "As Ben Casselman at FiveThirtyEight has pointed out, grand juries nearly always decide to indict — unless the perpetrator is an on-duty law-enforcement official. In such cases, the jury goes in the diametrically opposite direction and nearly always lets the perp off without a trial. This is true even when the act of violence leads to death, even when the confrontation was the result of police error, and even when the victim was (like Michael Brown) unarmed."
Hey I have an idea: why don't we treat cops and their vile lawyer overlords like everyone else rather than death dealing demigods. I know, I know: blasphemy! The state is our savior!
When asked in an October Pew survey about five issues in this year’s congressional campaign, more cited education (92 percent), jobs and the economy (91 percent), and health care (86 percent) as extremely important or very important to them. By comparison, 73 percent said the same about immigration
Poor little Democrat Lambikins lost in the woods - Even Rahm "The Ram" Emmanuel is flummoxed as to what to do
What that legacy will be can only be ascertained after Blue America goes well and truly bankrupt. Job 1 for Republicans is to allow the Dems to luxuriate in the consequences of their choices. Tough, tough love is the therapy of choice. Job 2 is to make damn sure that the "Great Bankruptcy and Collapse" doesn't have enough Red in it to turn it purple.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
The best racists are liberal racists. Read the whole thing.
So O'care means less healthcare and more expensive healthcare.
Hope and effing change indeed. My God these people are stupid, aren't they? Or cynical. Or both.
'I,' 'Me,' 'My': Obama Uses First Person Singular 91 Times in Speech...
The questionable misuse of the data and deliberate ignorance of our tax laws and transfer payments constitutes academic fraud. Or Marxist agitprop which is increasingly the same thing.
Read the whole thing.
“Ghost cities” lined with empty apartment blocks, abandoned highways and mothballed steel mills sprawl across China’s landscape – the outcome of government stimulus measures and hyperactive construction that have generated $6.8tn in wasted investment since 2009, according to a report by government researchers.
In 2009 and 2013 alone, “ineffective investment” came to nearly half the total invested in the Chinese economy in those years, according to research by Xu Ce of the National Development and Reform Commission, the state planning agency, and Wang Yuan from the Academy of Macroeconomic Research, a former arm of the NDRC.
…The bulk of wasted investment went directly into industries such as steel and automobile production that received the most support from the government following the 2008 global crisis, according to the report.
Mr Xu and Ms Wang said ultra-loose monetary policy, little or no oversight over government investment plans and distorted incentive structures for officials were largely to blame for the waste.
Don’t forget this part:
Misallocation of capital and poor investment decisions are not the only explanation for the enormous waste in China’s economy. A significant portion of China’s post-crisis stimulus binge was simply stolen by Communist Party officials with direct responsibility for boosting growth through investment, according to separate estimates by Chinese and overseas economists.
There is more here, from the excellent Jamil Anderlini. As Arnold Kling would say, 祝你今天愉快…
- See more at: http://marginalrevolution.com/#sthash.W7IcZTpp.dpuf
Perhaps this explains why so many educated Chinese want the hell out. It makes it doubly stupid for the Middle Kingdom to be throwing it's (wildly inflated) weight around. Catch up with the US? Never. Ever. This Dynasty is more wobbly than it looks.
We were talking about this at lunch the other day, and now Josh Barro steps forward with the numbers:
The average price of an individual New York City taxi medallion fell to $872,000 in October, down 17 percent from a peak reached in the spring of 2013, according to an analysis of sales data. Previous figures published by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission — showing flat prices — appear to have been incorrect, and the commission removed them from its website after an inquiry from The New York Times.
In other big cities, medallion prices are also falling, often in conjunction with a sharp decline in sales volume. In Chicago, prices are down 17 percent. In Boston, they’re down at least 20 percent, though it’s hard to establish an exact market price because there have been only five trades since July. In Philadelphia, the taxi authority recently scrapped a planned medallion auction.
There is more here. I learn also that Nevada just banned Uber.
- See more at: http://marginalrevolution.com/#sthash.W7IcZTpp.dpuf
Kotkin on the ascendancy of the Left Plutocracy - Democrats had 13 billionaire supporters to 9 for Republicans for example
Friday, November 28, 2014
“Black Friday is the day wealthy whites are applauded for judging lower-class folks who are just trying to buy affordable gifts for their kids.”
CLASSISM AND DISDAIN: “Black Friday is the day wealthy whites are applauded for judging lower-class folks who are just trying to buy affordable gifts for their kids.”
The Democrats were on their last legs in Missouri before Ferguson. Now with Nixon's cowardly failure to deploy the National Guard ahead of the Wilson announcement along with the feckless behavior of Democrat St. Louis county they are soooo done as a statewide party.
So done in Missourah! How many more? How many more?.
And again and again and again and agai......
THE TELOS OF THE LIBERAL MIND?
Remember the old joke from the 1960s about the liberal cleric who told his congregation that he had been mugged, but that he sympathized with his mugger, because injustice, etc. . . Whereupon an elderly lady in the back of the pews mutters loudly, “Mug him again.”
The joke has come to life in Georgetown, where a student who was recently mugged at gunpoint has written an article justifying the muggers because of his privilege. I’d suspect this of being a grand punk job, but I think the student, Oliver Friedfeld, actually means it:
Last weekend, my housemate and I were mugged at gunpoint while walking home from Dupont Circle. The entire incident lasted under a minute, as I was forced to the floor, handed over my phone and was patted down.
And yet, when a reporter asked whether I was surprised that this happened in Georgetown, I immediately answered: “Not at all.” It was so clear to me that we live in the most privileged neighborhood within a city that has historically been, and continues to be, harshly unequal. While we aren’t often confronted by this stark reality west of Rock Creek Park, the economic inequality is very real. . .
What has been most startling to me, even more so than the incident itself, have been the reactions I’ve gotten. I kept hearing “thugs,” “criminals” and “bad people.” While I understand why one might jump to that conclusion, I don’t think this is fair.
Not once did I consider our attackers to be “bad people.” I trust that they weren’t trying to hurt me. In fact, if they knew me, I bet they’d think I was okay. They wanted my stuff, not me. While I don’t know what exactly they needed the money for, I do know that I’ve never once had to think about going out on a Saturday night to mug people. I had never before seen a gun, let alone known where to get one. The fact that these two kids, who appeared younger than I, have even had to entertain these questions suggests their universes are light years away from mine. . .
Who am I to stand from my perch of privilege, surrounded by million-dollar homes and paying for a $60,000 education, to condemn these young men as “thugs?” It’s precisely this kind of “otherization” that fuels the problem. . .
The millennial generation is taking over the reins of the world, and thus we are presented with a wonderful opportunity to right some of the wrongs of the past. As young people, we need to devote real energy to solving what are collective challenges. Until we do so, we should get comfortable with sporadic muggings and break-ins.
Publishing someone they dislike's address in the hopes they will be harassed or hurt (if not then why publish?) Is so bush league. Pathetic.
I take exception with his "early childhood education will help" line. Perhaps the single most expensive piece of social science ever done found that the highest quality early education likely to ever offered - Federal Head Start - had no, nada, nunca long term impact on educational outcomes. All improvements disappeared by third grade. The Obami buried and compsted the research despite being conducted by HHS and Education educrats who so much wanted it to show benefit. Apparently early childhood education is the new leftist boondoggle so they can achieve "permanent rule" now that income inequality and Healthcare are in the toilet.
It would be so much better if the left veering would try a policy that the data said would work rather than the policy that maxes benefits to favored groups and government employees.
But that would be a policy of less government. And where's the left wing ROI in that?
Thursday, November 27, 2014
2. Why they look upon their politics as a "mission" and a "calling" rather than a practical set of tasks
3. Why they continually behave as if they are building a shining city on a hill or ushering the new heaven and earth. "Hope" "Change" "FundamentallyTransform" "A new politics of meaning" "Ask not blah blah bla...." and so on and so forth in messianic ad infinitum.
4. Why they consider their ideological adversaries not to be mistaken but to be evil.
5. And finally: Why any institution dominated by them quickly drives heterodox thinkers out to the modern day equivalent of Rhode Island.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
This AGW thing gets curiouser and curiouser every day. Could it be that our boffins have boffed it up?
Or about one "no" for every 15,000 "yeses". And about 97% of the prosecuted cases ended in a plea agreement with only 3 percent going before a jury. Clearly the key factor in your being convicted is whether or not the government targets you, not your guilt or innocence. No wonder we have incarceration and conviction rates rivaling Stalin's Great Terror.
Another signpost on our way to banana republic status. Great graphic at the link.
Obama dumps on close allies Canada, Israel, the UK, Poland and now Australia. While cozying up to Mullahs and gerontocrats in Iran and China.
Monday, November 24, 2014
He has made the issue infinitely more partisan. Many conservatives and moderates agree with me that we need to solve the problem. It was hard enough to be in favor of reform when you had Democrats proclaiming that the rise of immigrant groups 'guaranteed' Democrat hegemony going forward. Now the President, in the face of a crushing electoral defeat, without even waiting for the new Congress, freelances a 'solution' that is cynically tuned to provoke a segment of conservative opinion and cause an overreaction. By acting unilaterally he is repeating the abortion blunder, poisoning the issue for a generation or more.
He has "Taken 5 million hostages". Things that can be 'done' by decree can be undone by decree. These people's 'amnesty' is not based on law but on the President's whim and his party's continuing ownership of the White House. Paradoxically the man these people consider to be their 'savior' is also their jailer.
He has set a precedent that is much more harmful to his party than it is to Republicans. The Democratic party's agenda is very heavy on state solutions to problems that include detailed regulations, subsidies, mandates and 'enforcement'. It would be easy for a Republican President to decline to enforce these mandates. I can make a long list of pet Democrat laws that would collapse into nothing if a President Rubio or Jindal simply decided to use his newfound, shiny Barack Obama issued 'prosecutorial discretion'. The Republicans, being less interventionist are far, far less exposed. It is unwise for people with glass jaws to throw punches.
He has given a sterling example to the electorate for why they need to elect a Republican next time. Some voters who usually lean left but value the protections that a constrained executive give them will think twice before encouraging this type of behavior. And people who usually lean left but are upset about immigration (almost every black American and the white working class, for example) will have one more reason to veer rightward. People forget just how quickly black voters switched from Republican to Democrat over a salient issue.
He has shown himself to be a deceitful narcissist. Wapo has documented twenty occasions where Barack Obama talked about not having the power to do what he now intends to do. He is doing so in spite of the many bad outcomes that flow from it for the worst reasons possible: to remain 'relevant' and to secure his 'place in history'. In other words to indulge his prideful vanity. They really didn't preach much bible at that church he used to go to did they?
He has shown his party to be cowards. Barack Obama and the Congressional Democrats could have passed any reform they wanted in his first two years. It would have been easy and completely constitutional. But they feared losing votes so they chose not to. The Democrats talk a good game about how they support the President on this but they're in fact cowards who have provoked a constitutional crisis rather than doing what they say is the 'right thing' and taking the political consequences.
The Supreme Court. Barack Obama has missed his opportunity to replace another aging liberal on the court. It is unlikely that Justice Ginsberg will make it another six years, much less ten. The President's high handed action and Harry Reids suspension of the filibuster for Appeals Court confirmations provides Mitch McConnell with all the cover he needs to suspend the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees when President Paul appoints a down the line conservative replacement for Ginsberg or Breyer or both.
I change my mind: it was worse than a crime and worse than a blunder: it's a strategic own goal of epic proportions whose reverberations will last for at least a generation. We can be so selfish and short sighted when we think righteousness is on our side. In a Republic the process and the faith and loyalty it engenders is more important than today's outcome. Much more important. Fuck that up and you fuck everything up. Our dear left friends have forgotten that to the nation's sorrow. This is going to get ugly before it gets better.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
President Rubio, confronted by a narrowly Democrat Senate demands that the 'green' laws that he says are strangling the economy be 'reformed', the Senate refuses. In retaliation Rubio refuses to enforce all green mandates so the entire ethanol industry collapses, green light bulb makers lose billions, all windmill and solar companies go out if business, innovation on electric and hybrid cars disappears and SUV sales soar.
Or how about refusing to enforce Obamacare mandates? Or rules limiting the use of Federal funds for school vouchers? In eight years a whole lot of the institutions that Democrats rely on to sustain their competitiveness could be severely weakened or even out of business. Republicans have a major advantage playing this game because their agenda is much less Federally activist. In this Obama and the Democrats are like a fighter with a glass jaw: if you can't take a punch you shouldn't throw one.
But I think the better analogy is child discipline: Barack Obama, having been spanked by the voters is in the basement sniveling and muttering "I'll show them" while playing with matches amid the old newspapers and oil soaked rags. Very foolish. Very childish.
Robert Tracinski points out that the president hasn't really dome anything except burnish his left wing legacy. He sure isn't doing the immigrants or Dees any favors:
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Of course the past two administration's have been steadily whittling away at its protections . Tonite was a classic example. Blue and red stockings never sleep. More about the earth shaking and truly obscene change in in an English man's relationship to his government at the link.
SPEECH IS LIKE A TRAIN: WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR STOP, YOU GET OFF. Oxford cancels student-group-organized debate on abortion. Links at the link. Hattie instapubdit.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Barack Obama is just a slicker version of Hugo Chavez operating in a nation with a much more sophisticated and deep civic architecture.
It's a pity His Fraudulence wasn't taken back to Kenya as a youth because he'd be President for life by now. Course becoming ex President of Kenya makes you dead rather than a lionized centimillionaire golfer.
What a cynical, shallow man.
It's ironic: a movement that has very few children desperately wants the state to impose their morality on everyone else
Sure the US has the highest marginal tax rates on the top decile but look who's second: basket case Italy.
But it still wasn’t enough, so Democratic politicians (and some Republicans, notes Henninger) started imposing regressive fees across the board. Then comes a passage that gets to the crux of the matter:
“Which means the party’s pols are now siphoning cash straight out of the budgets of their blue-collar and middle-class base. That hurts.”
Based on endless television interviews and Obama’s postelection news conference, it seems the Democrats are salving their wounds with two thoughts—first, this is merely the midterm elections and in presidential elections their constituency will come out in force and rescue them again; and second, those troublesome whites are going to be overrun demographically at some point, anyway, so there’s nothing to worry about.
All of the legislative incentives favor state intervention and deception - How else will the Grubers of the world get rich?
For all the cursing of congressional gridlock, one of the greatest sources of Washington’s evils may be the bias in favor of doing something.
As voices chime in from the major media, from K Street, and from party leadership for the new Republican Congress to do something, it’s worth pausing, taking a breath, and looking at the recent problems caused by this urge — and the less-than-noble incentives that sometimes drive it.
The Beltway media’s predominant bias is that, for every issue, Washington politicians should do something. The simplest explanation for this bias: it gives reporters something to write about. Inaction is bad for readership.
Democratic politicians’ uncontrollable urge to do something is tied up with their view of government’s role as the champion of justice, the wise arranger of the economy and shaper of culture.
But there’s a deeper motivation to do something, and the Republican leadership shares it: When government takes a more active role in the economy, it creates private-sector employment opportunities for the policymakers — and for their advisors, like Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber.
Gruber, the MIT professor who won almost $400,000 in contracts from the Obama administration in a non-competitive contract process, came into the spotlight again this month when a new video surfaced in which he admitted that “lack of transparency” was crucial to passing Obamacare.
My colleague Byron York pointed to a more interesting Gruber detail: After the bill passed, Gruber won hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts with state governments setting up the exchanges under Obamacare.
Gruber, then, had to mislead Americans (or maybe just their senators) in order to pass Obamacare, and that opened a gusher of lucrative contracts for him. There is no doubt that Gruber sincerely thought the country needed health-care reform. But still, his financial interest in the bill ought to have raised some skepticism about the numbers he was peddling.
“Harvard’s (sexual "assault") policy was written by people who think sexual assault is so heinous a crime that even innocence is not a defense.” - Alan Dershowitz
300 years ago in another Massachusetts town a few miles away a bunch of hysterical bigots went on a irrational panic fueled rampage. Ironic that the so called "greatest" university in the world is channeling 17th century anti woman Puritan bigots. Its alumni must be so proud.
With no sense of fair play or due process, just slavish obedience to the dictats of the Party of the State, America's universities are in the process of writing themselves out of the American story.
Who in their right mind would trust such people to deal fairly in anything? More at the link.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
AIRBRUSHING IN THE ERA OF OBAMA: University of Rhode Island Removes Gruber Video After It Goes Viral. First Penn, now this. You’d almost think that the higher ed establishment is in the tank for the Democrats or something.
And you wonder why conservatives like me hold our institutions of higher learning in contempt. These guys need to be careful or they could write themselves straight out of the American story. Tax advantaged Duchies are awfully thin on the ground these days....
David Brooks observes that Mr. Obama is behaving very strangely for a lame duck facing an opposing Congress. He's opting for destructive, Constitution damaging Caesarism rather than Republican modesty and conciliation.
The likely result is a Republican Wipeout two years hence and a more suspicious, anti government electorate.
This guy really, really, really doesn't have what it takes to be President. Brooks at the link.
Ed Rogers points out that the years of obsequious media shilling for Democrats hasn't exactly been good for their long term health
Poor pitiful Dems: shielded from reality by their media friends who don't think they can handle honest scrutiny.
They're probably right.
Monday, November 17, 2014
This is a secret rejection of the market by someone not self aware enough to recognize what he's done.
If voters must become conversant in the arcana of health insurance and managed care to supervise the Republic then sign me up for Caudillo school right now. The brilliance of our republic has been that people didn't need to trouble themselves with what goes on in DC.
It's like the argument that the Free Market in detergent (or insert your commodity) is a sham because only a few percent of consumers are conversant about the product category. But that is the beauty of marginal thinking. A shift of a few percent changes the balance of power in a government or a market. Result: most people don't need to be geniuses, they can rely on healthy product and political markets to send them the right signals.
And the political market seems to be sorting itself out quite nicely right now thankyouverymuch. Sneering boffins right or left are tedious in the extreme.
Obama: noun, a highly educated fool. "What a bunch of obamas"
This is from the CBO under bipartisan control so it's as close to level honest as our system can produce. It is also a chart that you will never see in a class warrior's presentation. This is a complete picture as opposed what the Marxist French Frauds spewed out to such acclaim among the ccognoscenti.
All the " models" cited for enrollment or savings numbers were provided by Gruber who had a contractor relationship with the White House for which he was paid $400, 000. This was at the exact same time as he and the administration presented himself as an independent expert with his own models that just happened to jibe with what the administration was saying. No one realized at the time that this was because Gruber was on the inside producing the numbers telling them what to say in the first place. Without disclosing his conflict. And the "best" journalists and economists fell into lockstep behind this fraud. Repeating Gruber's Obama funded lines over and over.
So it wasn't just accounting fraud or lies about keeping your plan it was even lies about the programs validation by outside experts who were insiders. The press didn't discover this because they didn't want to know. Once again our establishment fails us. More at the link.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
I love the way that the liberal intelligentsia is pulling the party leftward just as it has been punished for being too left wing.
It's as if these guys are stupid or something. God I love intellectuals. More drivel at the link.
The drug warrior scum who rule us must be so proud.
This fits with police departments continuing education programs that teach the popo how to steal. I wonder if the mob budgets it's theft or has continuing education requirements?
Oh and the DC guys were budgeting thefts done under Federal programs. So even if your state bans the activity the Feds will pay out boku bucks for behavior that is indistinguishable from that of many convicted and incarcerated felons.
We have some of the most corrupt law enforcement in the world - particularly at the Federal level. Kinda makes you proud.
The sordid details at the link.
But enough about them let's talk about me: I am descended from a long line of KAs, most notably my Great Uncle Frank who had been a KA at the University of Oklahoma during prohibition, gaining notoriety for the Great Foaming Frat Incident. Evidently to get around the national ban on alcohol and get 'tight' as he so quaintly put it Uncle Frank led the lads at the house in a beer making exercise. They traditionally made their Spring Semester Lager in the winter, hiding hundreds of bottles in between the inner plaster lathe walls and the exterior brick to ferment. Tragically that year saw a series of very early heatwaves with the spring temperatures in Norman soaring into the nineties. And one very hot day the bottles began to burst one, then two then ten then a hundred and then almost all of them blew up in the first, second and third story walls with the beer pouring in a heated foam out through the first floor. Uncle Frank said that after it was all over it was amazing how many drunk dogs they found in and around the house.
This lassiez faire attitude towards alcohol is perhaps why my father chose to pledge the very same fraternity at the University of Tulsa. My father was so determined to have a good time that he actively risked losing his student deferment and being sent off to the Korean war. Indeed, after three grueling semesters - the drinking and partying were grueling, the class work not so much - he succeeded in being kicked out of school and into the Army who luckily for him were winding down the Korea imbroglio and ramping up their deployments to the German Fraulein which according to my father replaced the Siegfried line facing the opposite way. Of course my father was not much into history so he could have gotten his frauleins mixed up. When he finally got out of the Army he rejoined the KAs - this time at OU where any nephew of Foaming Frank Smith was a friend of theirs.
One would think with this rich fraternal ancestry I would have jumped at the chance to pledge good old KA when I matriculated TU and you would be wrong. One reason was because the chapter had just been let back on campus after a fairly large but very fraternal drug dealing ring had been found operating out of the the chapter room. This was at the tail end of the Vietnam war and fraternities were in bad odor, not just because of all the funny smoke rising from them but because they were somehow considered to be warmongering tools of 'the Establishment'. Which I guess judging from my Dad's insouciance at being drafted to man the Fraulein made some sense. Anyway it only had about seven members and the house, well I'll just say that the house was far from being a home. But that's not the real reason I didn't engage in manly fraternization, no that reason was a woman. Or a girl - my first true love - or third - one of them anyway. Unfortunately it wasn't hers - her first true love would come only after she had gotten rid of me. But she was back home and I wasn't so I spent most of my weekends schlepping back to bug her until she graduated and went to college so far away that I had to as she so sweetly put it "leave me the hell alone". That's when I joined the old frat.
Up next: The Un Fraternity
Of course Time then had to apologize to feminists for including feminist in they survey of words to ban so it would won by a huge margin. The editor was about to be beaten to death by the handbag brigade.
Meanwhile, Time magazine last week ran an online poll of words that should be retired from the English language. The winner — by an enormous margin — was "feminist." That's fitting. With this sort of behavior in mind, it's no surprise that so many people feel that feminism has passed its sell-by date.
Only 23% of American women and only 20% of Americans overall identify as feminists, even though most are in favor of gender equality. Feminists, who like to say that feminism isgender equality, are unhappy with this, but I think the poll captures a truth. Whatever feminists say, their true priorities are revealed in what they do, and what they do is, mostly, man-bashing and special pleading.
When you act like what pioneer feminist Betty Friedan once called "female chauvinist boors," you shouldn't be surprised to lose popularity.
"Mean girls" online mobbing may be fun for some, but it's not likely to appeal for long. If self-proclaimed feminists have nothing more to offer than that sort of bullying, then their obsolescence is well deserved.
I always used to thunk that Rush Limbaugh's "feminazi" was over the top but I'm not so sure. There is a lot of brownshirt in the left wing perversion called feminism.
To bad we can't ban feminists.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
What? You mean that kids think that an Obama initiative sucks? Who knew that kids could be so perceptive about statist manipulation.
"It's not actually giving us healthy foods," Hellrood told Fox News. "It's giving us small portions of very processed foods."
Schools don't like it. More than 1,400 school districts have opted out of the USDA School Lunch Program since 2010. Students and families don't like it, either. According to federal government data, the USDA School Lunch Program served 180 million fewer lunches last year than it did at its high point, in 2010. Average participation for students who pay full meal prices now stands at just 9.2 million, a drop of nearly half from 1970 figures.
Some of the loudest blowback against Mrs. Obama's reforms has come from the School Nutrition Association. The SNA bills itself as "the only professional association dedicated solely to the support and well being of school nutrition professionals." It currently boasts"more than 55,000 members" across the country. SNA members—from so-called lunch ladies to state officials—are no doubt threatened by the First Lady's plans because of the realization of unintended consequences. Fewer lunches purchased means fewer federal funds go to reimburse schools. That, in turn, means the possibility for smaller budgets, potenial layoffs, leaner school kitchen staffs and, presumably, fewer SNA members.
The SNA has allied itself with House GOP members, who want to roll back the changes Mrs. Obama supports.
Even if it happened to be a good idea, the Federal government is utterly incompetent in the places where is is not actively corrupt. Useless is the most apropos adjective to use when discussing our Federal 'saviors'. What a joke.
As Chloe Price observed: "Imagine the ... storm if the scientist had been a woman and everyone focused solely on her clothes and not her achievements."
He has a piece saying he can't find "anyone" who is outright opposed to net neutrality while I read one panicked, impassioned plea after another begging our fixer in chief not to to fuck up one of the few bright spots in our utterly strangled economy.
Joey: if you're not going to ever get out if your upper west side bubble you really should get a new career. What a pathetic, blinkered buffoon. More of his buffonery at the link.
Although they are both clearly better at their jobs than the President is at his. The Dems (il)logic for keeping a couple dumb old farts well past their sell by date is at the link.
One reason of course is they can deny anything and when caught out claim senility. That's what happened when the Pelosiraptor was caught lying about knowing the loquacious Dr. Gruber.
More stunned amazement at our left wing's incipient Alzheimerification at the link.
To think that Jimmy Carter's ex presidential ministry is anything but a brutally ugly joke is the height of delusion. But it's a very common delusion on the left where identity always trumps reality.
Mollie chums the water with Stewart's ignorant glorification of Carter's ignorant glorification of evil at the link.
The reign of terror of a ' socially awkward male' or are women becoming too weak to go to college alone anymore?
Friday, November 14, 2014
- what we believe is right and moral and inevitable
When China's apparatchiks get together with our apparatchik in chief you know the lies are going to fly fast and thick. And you know that Pravda on the Hudson is going to hail this as the second coming of Christ. Wait they already did that in 2009. Okay, the 600th coming of the Christ. Here's the Onion's take.
BEIJING—Acknowledging the industrialized nation’s role in global climate change, China reportedly reached a landmark agreement with the United States Wednesday, pledging to significantly increase the rate at which it falsifies air pollution data over the next 15 years
Article on how "anti misogynist" videos are all the rage online and how the cumulative effect is anti man. I used to joke about how liberal men who supported feminists had been neutered. Now I think they're truly cowards and weaklings. Much like many pastors and other high status Christians are afraid of Church ladies. Details at the link.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Fracking industry is scheduled to get all sorts of "help" from an EPA whose leaders and rank and file want to shut it down and now this: strangling online commerce with a reregulation of telecommunications dressed up as 'net neutrality' - Ma Bell Resurrected.
The complete data on inequality changes in the US are in and it's a very different picture than the one retailed by Piketty and Saenz
And now, thanks to a new study in the Southern Economic Journal, we know what the picture looks like when the missing data are filled in. Economists Philip Armour and Richard V. Burkhauser of Cornell University and Jeff Larrimore of Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation expanded the Piketty-Saez income measure using census data to account for all public and private in-kind benefits, taxes, Social Security payments and household size.
The result is dramatic. The bottom quintile of Americans experienced a 31% increase in income from 1979 to 2007 instead of a 33% decline that is found using a Piketty-Saez market-income measure alone. The income of the second quintile, often referred to as the working class, rose by 32%, not 0.7%. The income of the middle quintile, America’s middle class, increased by 37%, not 2.2%.