Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Robert Tracinski summarizes all the "fake but true" stories from last year. Or as he puts it: the Ben Trovatos. So many too good to check lies, so little time.
At the link.
But how does Obama know that in “day-to-day transactions” the nation is less racially divided? From all that appears, the only day-to-day transactions Obama has with ordinary Americans are with his golf caddies.
Indeed. At the link.
When the FISA court rejects a surveillance request the FBI ignores them and issues a National Security Letter instead
So for the record I would like to point out that I have been belittled by two little lying lizard lads laying languidly on bike and car paths. Languid laddish laying lizards that are lousy with lies linking me to lizard smashing. Unlike these lazy lying little lampooning lizard lads I had the decency to save them despite their lampoons, laziness and libelous lies about my links to lizard deaths. They call it the Luck 'o the Lazy, Lying, Laying Lizard Lads who Lampoon and Libel those Lizard saviors they are Linked to.
To L with them all!
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Jihad is exploding in Europe because political correctness has robbed society of the social condemnation that serves as the first line immune response to anti social behavior
In England, an "Operation Trojan Horse" outlined plans to Islamize schools in Muslim neighborhoods. According to the Guardian, a government investigation of the program last summer found a "'sustained, coordinated agenda to impose segregationist attitudes and practices of a hardline, politicised strain of Sunni Islam' on children in a number of Birmingham schools." Among those responsible for the "Operation" were the Association of Muslim Schools – UK and the Muslim Council of Britain – the same organization that, in 2011, declaredthat women who do not veil their faces "could be guilty of rejecting Islam."
Ironically, it seems to have been England's own culture that allowed the rise of Islamist teachings in its schools to begin with. Even Britain's education secretary Nicky Morganadmitted to the New York Times that much of the operation's success could be attributed to public "fear of being accused of racism and anti-Islamic views." Not for nothing did former Obama advisor Lawrence Krauss declare the British "too polite" and "scared of offending 'vocal and aggressive Muslims.'"
The government's discovery of "Operation Trojan Horse" and immediate efforts to dismantle it are commendable, but it is difficult to assess the damage already done to Muslim children in the British schools. By some accounts, as many as 2,000 Britons have joined the (Sunni-led) jihad in Syria and Iraq. That includes the man known as "Jihadi John," who beheaded U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. And, experts warn, the number of so-called "junior jihadis" – children under 10 who have become radicalized – is on the rise.
Not that such warnings are likely to do much good: The UK has, until recently, spent tremendous resources on programs aimed at preventing Muslim youth from joining militant groups, which have for the most part failed. "Having undertaken the 'most significant domestic program by any Western country to foster a moderate version of Islam and prevent radicalization, the UK has effectively given up trying to stop jihadists from being created," James Brandon, the former research director at one such program, told Reuters.
What is missing from the immigration debate in Silicon Valley is trust, and it certainly isn’t the engineers that have abused it. We know that tech companies have worked really hard to keep wages from rising the past decade. Google, Apple, and a multitude of other large tech companies systematically worked together to stop workers from negotiating higher salaries by restricting recruitment practices and preventing workers from enjoying free movement of their labor.
Such tactics have made engineers far more cynical about the motives of tech companies, which is intensified by the incessant talk of talent shortages in the industry.
Monday, December 29, 2014
If mothers love their sons more than they love feminism then how is the gendered eschaton to be immanentized?
These moms clearly haven't gotten the Femo (feminist memo)
Sunday, December 28, 2014
It's all so very progressive.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Won't someone wake up? Doesn't anyone care?
Friday, December 26, 2014
How government funded hysteria on saturated fats unleashed uncontrolled experiments on all of us. Experiments that are still underway in your children's lunch today.
The only conclusion one can draw is that government funded science is shit science.
And for a government department filled with Democrats to directly and embarrassingly contradict the core narrative of the Democrats has to be hard. Of course one could point out that they waited until after the election to publish the results and that is true. This is similar to what happened with the massive longitudinal study of Head Start - far and away the best and largest study of preschool education found that the most expensive, highest quality preschool education does not change the ultimate educational outcomes of its participants. The study was stifled for a year after completion by the Obami but eventually it came out.
And the fate of the Head Start study is also a cautionary tale. This year the Obama administration is taking money via executive action to jump start about 300 so called 'high quality' preschool initiatives. Among the many, many regulations that must be complied with to get the money is one requiring all workers have a college degree. Which has nothing to do with ability to teach and care for preschool children. But it will increase demand for Barack Obama's strongest supporters: colleges. So a discredited administration continues to pursue a discredited social policy in the face of its own high quality finding that the policy does not do what it claims and in doing so promotes its own favorite industry. This is likely how the Obami will treat the sexual assault research. As an example, here's a quote from Obama doormat Claire McCaskill:
“Frankly, it is irritating that anybody would be distracted by which statistics are accurate.”
Or in other words: are you going to pay attention to the truth or what is useful for our political power? God help us every one.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
47 IGs many of them Obama appointees sent a letter to the House Oversight Committee saying that their agency's are obstructing their investigations in contravention of Federal law. IRS, DOJ, EPA, even the Peace Corps. Obstructing Justice. Didn't hear about this during the GWB administration did you?
You only use Omerta to protect your crime family. It turns out electing a Chicago politician elects his cronies. And that a heavily Democrat Federal bureaucracy is happy to be turned into a Democrat machine.
The only solution to widespread state impunity is to break it up, break it all up.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
It has been my experience that the more privileged a black American the more sensitive to perceived racial slights they are....
...and Barack and Michelle Obama are certainly no exception to this rule. In the rest if the world the rich and powerful try to exhibit some tolerance for others foibles and avoid standing on "their" rights. The French call it "noblesse oblige" and both the Obamas and Clintons lack it. The Bushes are drowning in it.
Oh yes indeedy do it is says Noemie Emery
This has happened before. In the late 1960s, the last time students and faculty were this full of themselves, they succeeded in electing a lot of Republicans. They gave their own bete noir, Richard M. Nixon, his long deferred and soon squandered wish to be president. As Michael Barone writes in his book Our Country, "Some cheered the springtime rebels as demonstrations broke out in April and May 1969 at Harvard, the City College of New York, and San Francisco State College. Others cheered San Francisco State’s president, the beret-capped semanticist S.I. Hayakawa, as he climbed on the top of a student sound truck and pulled the plugs."
Steven F. Hayward quotes Diana Trilling expressing dismay at the boost the riots gave then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, whose approval ratings in 1969 would nearly reach 80 percent. "Every time he shakes his finger at one of those mobs," a supporter told Newsweek, "it gets him 10,000 votes." The next year, voters would re-elect him by a nice, healthy margin — and would elect Republicans as president for 20 of the next 24 years.
Instapundit notices a trend:
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: There are 186 first-year students per law school this year, down from 262 in 2010. You have to go all the way back to 1968 to find a number that low.
More at the link.
And as Michael Barone points out it is an ugly, intolerant, racist culture.
Kangaroo courts, speech codes, racial discrimination: I suspect some older readers cannot believe such practices have become standard operating procedure at American colleges and universities — indeed, the major focus of many administrators, who now outnumber teachers on the nation’s campuses.
Historically, universities and colleges saw themselves as havens of free speech and fair play, insulated from the larger society to protect those things from interference. Now they insulate themselves in order to violate due process, suppress speech and discriminate by race.
There’s still some good scholarship and teaching on campus. But it exists, uneasily, amid a culture of lying and intellectual corruption
We are better than our politics.
We are wiser than our culture.
We are smarter than our ideas.
Enjoy the holiday.
Monday, December 22, 2014
They are a lie wrapped in a fraud foisted on an unsuspecting public. In other words par for government in the 21st century. Or to paraphrase Barack Obama: Government is just the things we do to be cruel and exploitative to each other". Details about the new study at the link.
If a cop tells you that you are "threatening his safety" when you are 30 feet away videotaping his actions that means he thinks he can legally kill you
Our police are bewildered as to why people hate and fear them. It's just that we've seen the many and rapidly multiplying videos of their arrogance, brutality and murder. Or have experienced the same ourselves. Too many laws and too much arrogance breed brutality. Fear the cops and prosecutors and judges for that matter. They're not on your side they're on their side.
To see your tears
in death, despair or ruin.
I am more for knowing you
To live so that at the end of time
All of time cannot deny
And was found,
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Also: Great example of why you should never call the cops for almost anything. They aren't on your side. At the link.
The Saudis are trying to curb Iranian and Russian adventurism and nukes in their neighborhood by bankrupting them. Who says that Obama never (accidentally) did anything good?
But oil speculators operating on their own accounts do not cause the Kremlin to put Holy Mother Russia on the rack of multi-point daily interest rate increases, causing large protests and some public disorder. This is a Saudi move that has ramified very seriously in Russia, far beyond its impact on new oil extraction techniques in the U.S.
If a $50 price is reached and maintained, it would negatively alter but not destroy the economics of heavy oil and probably reduce somewhat shale activity, where reserves are more quickly exploited and harder to estimate than traditional subterranean oil fields, even those that are off-shore. But a Saudi move on this scale, with the resulting self-inflicted reduction in their income, makes no sense for the marginal impact it will have on American future production and imports; it is a geopolitical move targeted much closer to home.
Al-Badri’s flimflam, for which there is much precedent in the history of OPEC (essentially, the cartel is a perpetual quarrel among thieves pretending to be price-fixing), naturally seeks to disguise the fact that Saudi Arabia is trying to discourage the use of Iranian and Russian oil revenues to prop up the blood-stained and beleaguered Assad regime in Damascus, to finance Iran’s nuclear military program, and to incite the continuing outrages of Hezbollah and Hamas in Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories against Israel. The exotic community of interest that has suddenly arisen between the historically Jew-baiting Saudis and the Jewish state is because the countries in the area fear, with good reason as far as can be discerned, that the UN Security Council members, plus Germany, may be on the verge of acquiescing in Iran’s arrival as a threshold nuclear military power. The oil-price weapon, in the face of the terminal enfeeblement of the Obama administration, is the last recourse before the Saudis and Turks, whatever their autocues of racist rhetoric, invite Israel to smash the Iranian nuclear program from the air.
It is perfectly indicative of the scramble that ensues when a mighty power like the United States withdraws, fatigued but undefeated, from much of the world, that Saudi Arabia, a joint venture between the nomadic and medieval House of Saud and the Wahhabi establishment that propagates jihadism with Saudi oil revenues, makes common cause with Israel in a way that inadvertently relieves much of the Russian pressure on Ukraine, which was not an objective in Saudi calculations at all. From the Western standpoint, this is a lucky bounce of the political football. But it is Saudi judgment of its self-interest opposite the contending factions in Syria and the hideous prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran that is discommoding the Saudi leaders, not the ineluctable exploitation by the United States of its own oil resources. It need hardly be added that any conventional definition of “speculation” has nothing to do with it; nor that the Western panic at the bonanza of a $500-billion reduction in the West’s energy costs or the obdurate failure of most Western commentators to understand the implications of the oil price reduction, are an unflattering reflection on the financial and political acuity of the pundits of our society
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Follow up tweet: Either that or lowering the sea levels...
ACA forcing the consolidation of physicians into mega cartels which drives down productivity and drives up costs.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Give me ten men who are stouthearted men and I'll soon find you ten thousand more!"
Walter Russell Mead observes that 2008 was the left's dream scenario with failed wars and a crash pinned on Republicans and now politics are shifting back to the middle. But the left doesn't understand this and they are enraged.
In other news I find it rich that Democrat police killing and exploiting Democrat blacks in a Democrat owned municipality in a Democrat dominated county, supported by a black Democrat County Executive, protected by a Democrat County Prosecutor, a Democrat state Attorney General and a Democrat Governor is an example of right wing Republican racism.
Of course this sort of intellectual pornography is how my father's family: life long Republicans who lived in Oklahoma and opposed Jim Crow and all the corruption it entailed can be called 'racist' by the very descendants of Jim crow that they fought. To be a libertarian conservative is to be slandered over and over and over by statist thugs. Who of course are as racist and sexist towards whites and men today as they were towards blacks and women yesterday. They will endorse any bigotry that leads to power.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
It is clear that a lot of our immigration and national security laws were written with certain assumptions about the Chief Executive in mind, assumptions that no longer hold. -Glenn Reynolds
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The more Cubans are exposed to us, the sooner the Castros will be swinging from a lamppost. Faster please.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Oh my friend you are toying with powers beyond your ken. You do not engage my father to organize, you submit to the cleansing power of His Truth Which Organizes and Can Find All. You are then integrated into his ReBorg. My brother and I have escaped the ReBorg only by living totally disorganized and random lives. We have spent the last three decades tracking down the Three Labelers of Destiny: One to find them, One to Index them and One to Label them all. The first was discovered next to the dead body of the last Director of the Library of Congress who had labelled all 37 million items alphabetically...by the third letter in each of their names and was in the process of doing the same using the fourth when he died of apoplexy. The second was found on a Yakatori stand owner in the Ginza,Tokyo, Japan. He not only had labeled everything he owned and every piece of food he sold, he also labeled every bit of every ingredient in each piece of food which is why we found him starved to death. My father is the Labelmaker and he holds the third labeler. This winter's solstice my brother and I will take the three Labelers of Destiny to a special field where we will chant special chants and will waggle our asses in special waggles - well Todd will, he has a big waggly ass, mine's to damn small and pert. But if he does and we succeed we will do nothing less than save Entropy from destruction. For if the Labelmaker wins, everything will stop decaying, things will stop going to hell in a handbasket and all the crap that you or I ever made that we're glad is gone won't be. As I was told by my LabelBorg Fighting Mentor as he gestured towards the New York skyline: "If we fail then this all goes on forever and I don't think I could take that". And neither could we. So pray for us and for the restoration of every Man's God Given Right to a disordered, slovenly, half assed life.
Why? Why? Why?
I don't know. But it's ugly and contemptible.
But Democrats love to dump on their country. It turns out that like the Rolling Stone DIFI and company didn't interview anyone it accused of torture. It took the allegations as read and crafted them into a partisan "America you suck" repirt. A report that a press that doesn't have enough balance to ride a Big Wheel dutifully shilled into the airwaves to be gleefully taken up by our enemies who really have no scruples.
DIFI: I know the country just kicked your ass but you deserved it. The country did not deserve to be smeared by a self righteous rich jerk like you. Go play with all your money.
Industrial production (including mining and power generation) is up 75 percent since 85 vs. - 1.5 in Japan and +30 in Germany. Yet employment is way down.
Scott Sumner explains: it's the productivity stupid.
"This is what happens, I thought. You might make sport of their meatballs, but in the end the Swedes get the better of you."
Read the whole thing.
It should be fun to watch the accelerating exodus of all unsubsidized employment. Pretty soon it will just be colleges, banks , governments and Green Energy crooks trying to screw each other. With MA vetoing any new distribution capacity for the region.
And they think they're the smartest people in America.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
It's impossible to make a republic with people that have no regard for truth or the rules.
This time it is auto mileage standards that are fudged. If you don't honestly measure yourself then you can claim all sorts of things with a straight face.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
LoOKING AT AN EARLIER QUESTIONABLE CAMPUS RAPE PIECE IN ROLLING STONE BY NINA BURLEIGH, Tom Maguire notices a pattern.
Accusing a 78 year old husband of rape for having sex with his alzheimers impaired wife. Sexual hysteria in this country is reaching witch hunt levels.
Tin condos and Fannie's coming. Bubble's going to pop again. I can see the headlines screaming: 3 percent down in O-hi-o
The most interesting thing about this article is that it describes Dick Cheney getting dicked by Fox News while dickering with Brett Baier
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Scottsboro is a landmark case in the history of the civil-rights movement and the American justice system. Sadly, it was hardly an outlier. There’s a long, tragic history of African-American men being wrongly accused and convicted of rape. The most notorious recent example is the 1989 case of the Central Park Five, in which four African-American teens and one Latino were wrongly accused and convicted of brutally raping a white woman in New York.
ATTACKING YOUR CUSTOMERS IS EXPENSIVE: Anti-GamerGate Campaign Cost Gawker Over A Million Dollars. “The cost to Gawker Media of its ridicule and viciousness toward video gamers was ‘seven figures’ in lost advertising revenue, according to the company’s head of advertising, Andrew Gorenstein. In addition, founder Nick Denton has stepped down as president and editorial director Joel Johnson has been removed from his post and will probably leave the company, reports Capital New York. . . . Gawker, together with Vox Media, represent the ‘worst offenders’ in the media, according to GamerGate forums: they have both, through properties such as Kotaku and Polygon, respectively, repeatedly mocked video gamers and uncritically reported claims of threats and harassment from feminist campaigners which are falling apart under closer scrutiny.”
Conservatives: it is not conservative to immediately do whatever an armed representative of the state tells you. Or to approve of the punishment of anyone who does not.
Here is the solution: Pass a law explicitly recognizing the right of citizens to record police officers. It is important to note that such a law would recognize a right rather than create one: Government has no legitimate power to forbid free people from using cameras, audio-recording devices, or telephones in public to document the business of government employees. The statute would only clarify that Americans — even in Illinois — already are entitled to that right.
We're becoming a less exceptional country every day. Who knew that electing a President with third world socialist mores would lead to third world thuggery?
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Both liberals and conservatives have an overblown opinion of their ability to rationally manage humanity in the spheres they choose to exercise power. The brutal fact is that human beings are far to complex and sophisticated to be ruled in detail by other human beings without immense waste, cruelty and degradation. But both sides can only see the other side's sin.
We libertarians tend to see the whole sordid Hyronemous Bosch Tableau of self serving manipulation. And it horrifies us.
But I'm fascinated by the insane lack of perspective on pain and suffering exhibited by our bien pensant lords. Let's review the options available to the garden variety Jihadi caught in our crosshairs.
1. Gets caught and held in cages for years, perhaps for the rest of his life. Horrible life, we get the bill and no intel.
2. Gets killed in an Afghan cave or Iraqi Spider Hole by Marines. No fun, we save on the vittles but still no intel.
3. Dies at home surrounded by his family and friends who also die because the house pancakes and they all are slowly crushed to death. Less than no fun. No housing costs, horrible PR on account of all the screaming children being slowly crushed to death. No intel.
4. Getting dunked until you're gasping for breath a few dozen times until you tell them something which may or may not be true. Absolute Nazi Badism. As bad as the Holocaust, evil, totally evil. Horrible. But we might get information that could lead to stopping terrorist acts or rounding up the kingpins.
Clearly we want to do a whole hell of a lot of one through three and under no circumstance should we ever, ever do four because it's so inhumane.
I would be astounded at our liberal elite's inability to think clearly had I not seen it time and time again. Now it's just engenders a dull horror. .
Monday, December 08, 2014
Lincoln University President fired for telling female students the truth about rape: that they have a responsibility not to put themselves in compromising positions
I am continually astounded by how certain elements of the left are completely detached from reality: Feminists for example
JUDITH LEVINE: Feminism Can Handle The Truth.
“Rape denialism”: The charge is hurled at anyone who questions the veracity of a story, statistic (one in five women students sexually assaulted), or policy (yes means yes). And if men are slapped down when they question these orthodoxies, special punishment attends female critics.
One alleged serial offender is Slate’s Emily Yoffe—a.k.a. Prudence of “Dear Prudence”—a consistently responsible, intelligent commentator on women’s issues. Last year, Yoffe wrote a typically well researched, and empathetic, piece about the link between binge drinking and campus rape. In it, she gave some common-sense advice: Rapists target drunk women. To reduce the risk of assault, don’t get plastered to unconsciousness.
The response was fierce. Feministing pronounced the column a “rape denialist manifesto.” On Jezebel, Erin Gloria Ryan accused Yoffe of “admonishing women for not doing enough to stop their own rapes.” Many more piled on.
Feministing had been indicting Yoffe for “denialism” for years. In 2007, a woman wrote to Prudence, fearing she’d have to divorce her “kind, supportive, funny, generous, smart, and loving” husband for the crime of twice initiating sex while both were intoxicated—sex, by the way, that the woman enjoyed. Yofee called it as she saw it: ideology gone mad. The man was not a rapist, she averred. Indeed, “Your prim, punctilious, punitive style has me admiring your put-upon husband’s ability to even get it up,” Yoffe wrote, and encouraged the woman to enjoy the spontaneous lovemaking that alcohol sometimes sparks.
For the mitzvah of saving a marriage, Lindsay Beyerstein, in In These Times, administered Yoffe 40 lashes for cruelly trivializing the trauma of a “survivor.”
Apparently they need time off to recover from all the rioting and looting they did after Brown and Garner. They're weaklings. Don't hire them.
I guess it's appropriate that modern Malthusianism is a left religious movement. After all Malthus was an Anglican Divine.
1. Campus Sexual Assault - there have been a number of high profile hoaxes recently but rather than condemn the hoaxers parts of the left have said the truth doesn't matter.
The President of UVA overreacted, believed the worst about her own students and shut down the Greek community of thousands. Now that the rape has been exposed as all or mostly made up, she refuses to apologize saying: “Over the past two weeks, our community has been more focused than ever on one of the most difficult and critical issues facing higher education today: sexual violence on college campuses. Today’s news must not alter this focus.” I would say no, sexual violence isn't the most difficult issue: the bias, lack of honesty and abuse of power by those that run UVA that is the biggest issue.
But it's much worse: many, many prominent women have said things like this: As the fact-checking comes in, Jessica Valenti’s response is to declare, “I trust women,” and then go on to blame Rolling Stone for “throwing this young woman under the bus.” Amanda Marcotte blames the collapse of the story on “rape apologists” who “think that if they can ‘discredit’ one rape story, that means no other rape stories can be true, either”—a position held, so far as anyone can tell, by no one. But feminist blogger Melissa McEwan gets the top prize for this M.C. Escher drawing of a thought: “I can’t state this more emphatically: If Jackie’s story is partially or wholly untrue, it doesn’t validate the reasons for disbelieving her.” Or this one: Assertions of injustice by young men are infuriating to some. Caroline Heldman, an associate professor of politics at Occidental College and co-founder of End Rape on Campus, said of the men who are turning to the courts, “These lawsuits are an incredible display of entitlement, the same entitlement that drove them to rape.
A few feminists have issued a prompt and unreserved apology. The rest are going down with this ship.
Meanwhile Ayan Hirsi Ali who is fighting a real 'war against women' in the Islamic world is not welcome on most college campuses who are so obsessed with the "war on women". Why? She's not of the tribe.
Sunday, December 07, 2014
Mary Landrieu hasn’t just lost her runoff race against Bill Cassidy, she has been “crushed” (asPolitico puts it). With about 40 percent of precincts reporting, Cassidy leads by 17 points. That’s Mark Pryor territory and approaches the domain of Blanche Lincoln, who lost by 21 points in 2010.
HELL NO — PUT THE CHAIRS EXTRA-CLOSE TOGETHER: HHS asks GOP: Keep us away from Gruber.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is asking lawmakers not to seat ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber next to Medicare’s top official when the two testify on Capitol Hill next week. HHS Assistant Secretary for Legislation Jim Esquea wrote to the House Oversight Committee with the request, stating that government witnesses are “almost always afforded an opportunity” to sit alone or with other federal officials.
“The accommodation of separate panels for government witnesses reflects important comity in congressional-executive relations,” Esquea wrote. “The relatively few exceptions to this practice reinforce the seriousness of this accommodation.” The Oversight panel, led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), is preparing to grill Gruber over his comments that the “stupidity of the American voter” and a “lack of transparency” helped ObamaCare pass in 2010. “The request is currently before Chairman Issa but at past hearings, government officials have testified alongside other non-administration witnesses,” said Becca Watkins, a spokeswoman for the committee.
While he has apologized, Gruber’s remarks have become their own flashpoint in debates over ObamaCare. Republicans say the comments confirm their view that the law was not passed in an open process.
Democrats have sought to distance themselves from Gruber. The Esquea letter is the clearest example related to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, who will serve as a witness at the same hearing.
Having the two seated together — with all the resulting photos — would be a public relations nightmare for the administration. Which it should be, and the GOP would be crazy not to make it happen.
Hat tip Instapundit.con
Eliminated more babies than abortion, wiped out the moderate wing of the Democrat party and massively inflamed black vs everyone else tensions
Attaboy Barry we couldn't have done it without you.
Saturday, December 06, 2014
Religious schools and other institutions can no longer define their own long established standards for sexuality. I point out that DC is where Democratic Washington lives.
Fascist and intolerant is no way to run a city
Friday, December 05, 2014
Have you ever seen a truck on axles at the side of the road?
That's me you see and know and find,
that's me that's lost, afraid and dyin'
It's me at fifty three.
Have you ever found a man so down that he cries?
Have you ever been in the desert without a drop or a hide?
That's me you see and know and find,
that's me that's lost, afraid and dyin'
It's me at fifty three.
There's a lot of them out there in the world
No longer living but not yet dying
There's a lot of us lost out there too
No longer hoping but still lying
to ourselves that we'll get it straight
But we know in this world we're way too late.
That's me you see and know and find
that's me that's lost, afraid and dyin'
It's me at fifty three
It's me at fifty three
Please look away
Will U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan apologize for her evidence-free collective punishment of the entire Greek system? Actually, she should resign.
What’s That Now?
One last item I don’t want to fall down the memory hole. I was going to write a whole column on this, but Mona Charen beat me to the punch. Still, my jaw dropped when I heard Obama’s reaction to the beheading of Peter Kassig.
“ISIL’s actions represent no faith,” Obama said, “least of all the Muslim faith which Abdul-Rahman adopted as his own.”
Abdul-Rahman was Kassig’s Muslim name, which he adopted only while being held captive by Islamists. Perhaps the conversion was sincere, though I suspect Kassig did it to stay alive and certainly under duress and I can begrudge him it. Either way, there’s something disgusting about using Kassig’s Muslim name in order to score a propaganda point.
It’s even worse when that propaganda point is so incandescently stupid.
As Mona notes (and as I argued here), no one except Barack Obama thinks it’s a revelation that the Islamic State kills Muslims. No Kurd, no Shia, no moderate Sunni stays in his home when the Islamic State is at the gates, and says “Hey, we’re Muslim and Muslims don’t kill Muslims. We’ve got nothing to worry about.”
But it’s the phrase “least of all the Muslim faith” that is truly infuriating. Least of all? Really? So other faiths are more implicated in this atrocity than Islam? Which ones? Does he really mean to be suggesting that while the Islamic State’s actions “represent no faith,” if we have to assign blame, Islam is the least culpable? Could a team of rhetoricians, theologians and logicians working around the clock in some Andromeda Strain bunker beneath the Nevada desert come up with an argument that puts even a scintilla more blame at the feet of, say, the Lutherans or Quakers? On the one hand we have a bunch of dudes who shout “Allāhu Akbar!”, memorize the Koran, and rape and murder in the name of the Islamic State. On the other hand, we have a grab bag of Buddhists, Jews, Seventh Day Adventists, and Southern Baptists. And the one faith least implicated here is Islam? Really. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.
Complexity is a subsidy, and the people making society more complex are the direct beneficiaries of that subsidy.
Obstruction of justice is punishable during Republican administrations.
And those who live closest to the edge and come in most contact with the police get the arbitrary more of the time. Hence Eric Garner being strangled to death because NYC has driven the cigarette market for all but the rich underground. Statism is increasingly nihilistic and objectively evil in its impact on society.
Read the whole thing by Stephen Carter here:
Country video music extolling her virtues as nostalgia. Neuralgia more like. My God is this what we've become? They've become I mean.
If Hook Hoo wins President it will be two entitled affirmative action left wing resumes sans accomplishments in a row. Two inept politicians is all I takes to destroy the dem coalition for good.
If she does run or even win I'll be a little like that boy in Animal House looking at the Playboy only to have a real Playboy bunny inexplicably land on his lap "thank you God". Although I suppose Hillary would only dress up that way for Bill.
But it's a naughty dream because
the country can't take it. The video or the woman.
Thursday, December 04, 2014
Broken windows policing only works in a common culture where everyone agrees on what should be against the law.
Yet in our oh so trendy burgs like San Francisco they are banning circumcision. Does trendy equal ignorance?
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
What a fucked up country we live in.
Benign and prosperity enhancing, the Era of the Pax Americana has been the most peaceful and prosperous time in world history. And we do it with half the world's defense spending but only 4 percent of our output (!).
Of course the key is thoughtful circumspection - only engage where necessary and useful - and consistent application. Of basic policy principles regardless of the party in power.
And Richard Fernandez argues it is our inefficient often ineffective government that gives us space for fundamentals to flourish.
America at the end of 2014 is in the strange position of having strengths that no one had even counted on. Its oil industry has produced a cornucopia of energy in despite of administration obstruction. It’s space industry and science are poised to lay the foundation for the commercial exploitation of space. It is, despite everything, in better shape than Europe and in far better condition than Japan.
A new American century may be in the works just when the intellectuals had written it off. The US may is led by unimaginative elites who have no idea what to do with these strengths except tax them. Yet that may be fortunate, almost as if God had blessed America with leaders who are too dumb to know they are.
Maybe the Founders were right: politicians are ultimately necessary evils best held down to as low a level of activity as possible. Ultimately a nation lives or dies on its character and culture. If that is sound then America simply can’t be held down, or maybe that will be China.
Such a result would suggest it wasn’t just Chuck Hagel who didn’t matter; the whole Hope and Change strategy may simply have been the modern equivalent of the Five Year Plan, a MacGuffin everyone thinks is important but has no significance beyond a plot device. The administration’s vain attempt to imitate the ‘decisive leadership’ of the EU, China and other authoritarianisms succeeded because it failed.
A family was welcome at the Salvation Army Shelter except for their 15 year old son. SA has a policy of not sheltering teenage males because of "sexual abuse" fears. The insane sexual abuse and assault hysteria sweeping the nation is a classic activist and politician moral panic. And it is aimed directly at the highest risk demographic in our society: young men.
I knew church ladies and feminists hated young men but the Salvation Army? My God, my God why have you forsaken us? Details at the link.
Just like libertarians have been saying all along.
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
This is a quote from a Gallup poll which illustrates the fundamental confusion of the obami on this topic.
The theory behind ObamaCare and its insurance mandate was that forcing people into private insurance would allow them to keep from putting off care and treatment. That would mean better diagnoses and more effective treatments, which would then lower costs over the long run.
So called prevention and early detection drive Healthcare spending upwards. Always have always will.
Monday, December 01, 2014
I assume that there are very good, rigorously tested scientific reasons that support the selection of 450PPM as the goal. Reasons that represent consequences so devastating that any reasonable man would agree as to the absolute necessity of submitting to a highly restrictive and coercive regime, spending tens of trillions of dollars in diverted investments and foregone economic growth and denying the poorer nations of the world access to much of modern civilization. Because if it's just a convenient line in the sand and the really dangerous upper boundary for atmospheric CO2 concentrations is higher then the demand that the world submit to the global warming regime immediately is both fraudulent and immoral. After all, the higher the true 'danger' zone the more time we have to solve the problem later when we are richer and more technologically sophisticated. So I assume 450PPM is a serious boundary produced by serious people.
Which is tragic because all the evidence says that we are going to blow past the 450 ppm benchmark. Recently President Obama returned from China having gotten the Chinese to commit to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. But not now. First they are going to double their current green house gas emissions and then if everything goes right in sixteen years they will begin working on reducing them. Honest, they swear. And without the Chinese, the Indians, Indonesians and Brazilians and all the other poor countries agreeing to immediately begin stunting their own economic growth in the name of global CO2 reductions there is no way on God's increasingly green earth that CO2 emissions are going to stabilize at 450 PPM and everyone who is anyone knows it. After all, the Chinese just told us so.
Here's a list of the ten most populous countries in the world today. Only the United States has made any progress towards green house gas reductions and eight of the remaining nine are poor and like China have no intention of sacrificing their economic growth to hit a carbon dioxide concentration number. Even worse many of the rich 'AGW believer' nations seem to have lost their enthusiasm for the cause. Germany and Japan are busily scrapping their rather massive nuclear power infrastructures and replacing them with...coal and natural gas. Australia has formally abandoned its goals, Canada is producing 'dirty' tar sands oil by the millions of barrelfuls while Germany and Spain have cancelled their renewable subsidy programs. The UK has tried so hard to go green that it is facing widespread power shortages in the dead of winter.
So if you believe that going much beyond 450PPM has catastrophic implications amounting to many tens of trillions of dollars and if you know that nothing we can do to will prevent that CO2 concentration from occurring then wouldn't the logical next step be to focus on adaptation and mitigation strategies? An administration that truly believed the concentrations much beyond the 450 PPM target would lead to disaster would be doing everything it can to develop mitigation and adaptation capabilities. They would not be wasting very much time fine tuning predictive climate models or doing more tree ring analysis. Because if 450 is "it" then the time for science is over and the time for engineering needs to begin.
And yet no one who is prominent in the AGW cause nor any official body is advocating that the nations of the world pivot from CO2 reduction to AGW mitigation/adaptation. Indeed the AGW leadership is by and large opposed to such measures. In this respect the IPCC and company are behaving more skeptically about the dangers of AGW than skeptics like me. They are behaving very strangely for a group convinced that such a catastrophic outcome for the earth is looming that it requires that the world give them enormous power and spend tens of trillions of dollars at their direction while lavishly funding their research priorities.
Oops, never mind.