The National press smears Jeb Bush the same way they smeared Romney and W. Meanwhile no one knows anything about BHO's school record.
Such is life among the frauds who "lead" us .
LIFESTYLE SO GOOD, IT’S MANDATORY: “California has effectively decriminalized marijuana (possession of less than an ounce is a civil matter roughly equivalent to a speeding ticket — a rarely written speeding ticket), and the state has a medical (ahem) marijuana program that is, for the moment, largely unregulated. At the same time, the state is launching a progressive jihad against ‘vaping,’ the use of so-called e-cigarettes that deliver nicotine in the form of vapor. . . . If that seems inconsistent to you, you are thinking about it the wrong way: For all of its scientific pretensions and empirical posturing, progressivism is not about evidence, and at its heart it is not even about public policy at all: It is about aesthetics. The goal of progressivism is not to make the world rational; it’s to make the world Portland.”
Another AGW survey "proving" that everyone who is anyone "believes" that "global warming is caused by human activity" turns out to be shoddy, goal driven crap.
This is getting old, gang. Keep it up and people might think you're biased or something.
And from that inanity it's a short step to say that the people's sins have caused the crops to fail. Wait...they're already saying that. Global warming is a wonderful religion because it absolves it's practitioners of any responsibility to understand anything. They just shout "hot, hot, hot".
God help us every one.
Bobby Jindal points out that unassimilated Muslims are a threat to our nation's peace and tranquility . This is so obviously the case as that it takes a true left liberal like Beinart to deny it. The left sees Muslims as "victims" and therefore useful in their never ending battle for more power and wealth. And their electoral logic is impeccable: absent change there will be more and more Muslim victims to make into clients.
I think Mr. Beinart and his team don't really care what kind of society they live in so long as they are in power. They really are corrupt, aren't they?
More corrupt ranting here.
Stephen Moore notes that the dominance of Republicans at the state house level is leading to aggressive competition on taxes, labor laws and regulation. State after state is cutting its top marginal income tax rates with a few ambitious states targeting complete repeal. At the same time state after state have implemented "right to work" laws and tort reform which have the happy coincidence of both promoting growth and eviscerating leftist anti growth funding sources. The spread of pro producer governance is great for the nation but a challenge for deep blue and disproportionately fiscally troubled states.
The competition for jobs and wealth is getting much tougher for those that look at wealth creators as sheep to be shorn or slaughtered.
Important new books demonstrate that 1. Many of those accused of generating pro Soviet propaganda in fact did so and 2. The most effective and long running black list has been the anti conservative one initiated in the 1970s.
Instead he follows his métier as a journalist (Ryskind is a long-time editor of Human Events, the same journal his father once contributed to), the old fashioned kind who wrote what actually happened. He researches, and digs up facts in a bi-partisan manner (much of the damning sources he uses against Hollywood Stalinists comes from liberals and socialists and even anti-anti-communist historians). His effort is truly counter-cultural but he is not the first.
In recent years, as the Left Coast narrative has spread and burrowed into the general culture, there have appeared works by those such as historians Ronald and Allis Radosh that have invalidated what they call “the bedtime story Hollywood tells itself every night.” More than just exposing Hollywood communists as totalitarian hypocrites, the Radoshes have also validated the mandate of the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was to investigate attempts by communists to not only insert agit-prop into films but also to takeover the industry (i.e. a particular vicious strike in 1945 against the studios was masterminded by union leader and communist Herbert Sorrell; thankfully a non-communist union leader named Ronald Reagan was able to stem the tide). Even to the most objective observer there was a tide of movies peddling Stalinist propaganda during World War II.
Party member Richard Collins penned a portrait of dancing, nail-polished Kulaks in Song of Russia. Lillian Hellman turned their villages littered with corpses years before the Nazi invasion by Stalin into a more prosperous version of the Walton’s. The most notorious example, and one that galvanized Ryskind’s father into assembling anti-communists into a group, was Mission to Moscow (1943), which supported the rigged verdicts of the Purge Trials as a needed antifascist action against such “Nazi-loving fifth columnists” as Leon Trotsky. Perhaps the most high profile of anti-anticommunists, Victor Navasky, mocked anticommunist use of this film by stating that its screenwriter, Howard Koch, was not a Party member. But as the Radoshes have unearthed, and provided in more detail by Ryskind, Koch was a communist in everything but membership. And his technical advisor, Jay Leda was a Soviet spy currently being monitored by the FBI.
Ryskind doesn’t follow this established trajectory of anti-communist literature to the letter, however. He goes where others have not or have glossed over. He focuses on Blockade (1937), a film dealing with the Spanish Civil War written by the leader of the Hollywood Communists, John Howard Lawson. Others have accepted whatever propaganda message Lawson intended was diluted by conservative studio heads (Lillian Hellman attacked the film’s apolitical nature by stating she couldn’t tell the Loyalists from the fascists). Ryskind, however, sees a pro-Loyalist slant but one strictly for those under Soviet control. He rightly spends as much time on Ninotchka (1939), a highly successful comedy, as a rebuttal to those then and now who asserted that anticommunist films were crude and unprofitable. Director Ernest Lubitsch (who was so horrified by what he witnessed in 1938 Russia that he refused to remain a member of the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League unless communist members resigned) attacked the Soviets through the vehicle of the screwball genre, and, more effectively, than later more action-oriented entries exposed the joylessness and inhumanity of communism. Indeed, the State Department showed this film in Italy before the 1948 elections, and credited the communists’ loss at the polls to its effectiveness
You stay anti Amerucan, Zuck.....
Americans now support Mohammed cartoons.
Benedict Cumberbatch did the unspeakable: he 'nouned' instead of 'adjectivized' racial identity. And the thought police have Grammared him hard. It sure is easier to promote word change than real change isn't it?
On its own terms, political correctness is self-defeating. It drives away potential supporters, and substitutes linguistic change for social change. It replaces the desire to reform society with the desire to reform manners, and fails to understand that practised hypocrites and seasoned manipulators can meet the demand to observe correct form with ease. Indeed, they will welcome political correctness because it gives them new opportunities to intimidate and control.
The problem with modern left liberalism is that the identity politics at its core end up being mutually exclusive. Being "yay muslim" guarantees that over time you will lose the support of gays, Jews and Feminists. It takes some time but eventually the losing identities tire of their status and begin walking away. Which is why a very Right Wing (in the French formulation of that word) party is attracting so many hip urban gays and Jews.
By wildly exaggerating the incidence of rape she devalues real accusations by real victims. By implying that a huge proportion of men are rapists she alienates the strongest force available to protect against it: other men.
Once again Feminism is eating it's tail. Can't be much left of it by now...
But Zuckerberg is an Obama tool so you already know he's a fascist one too. It's ironic that a Jew would be an Islamic boot lick. But the excessive love of money is at the root if much cowardice no to mention evil.
Because we have an adversarial legal system prosecutors have often confused winning with justice . However prosecutors in enlightened places have established conviction integrity units to identify miscarriages of justice. Brooklyn NY and Harris County (Houston) are leading the charge.
Conviction integrity is one key to recovering our criminal "justice" system from the government crooks that have hijacked it.
Great example of making the most of your limited assets. Its Middle Eastern location and dearth of inclement weather (if you can call 110F with high humidity "clement") make it the perfect spot for a hub linking east and west Eurasia.
This is the sole example of a Middle Eastern country that is not Israel successfully innovating their economy rather than waiting for the oil companies to show up. Of course it's totally dependent on western technology and subcontinent talent to operate.
Particularly in the shrieking hysteria capital of the world: NYC snowmageddon turns out to be a damp snowy squib.
What is it about urban liberals that makes them so prone to stampedes of hysteria and panic?
It's a French word for the retreat from reality and enlightenment values into some sort of political or religious utopia that magically resolves all the conflicts and paradoxes of modern life. Fascism, Naziism and Communism were the 20th century's reenchantment challenges.
Radical Islam is ours. More Frenchified philosophizing (in a good way) at the link.
Safety hysteria is wrecking childhood and stunting the emotional maturity of adults. If you love your kids then give them the space to master themselves and their fears. And keep the helicopter grounded.
At the link.
Of course the scientific and media establishment didn't say that. They said that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded. But records only go back about 120 years while ice core temperature samples go back ten thousand or more years.
The IPCC just thought it wouldn't be "useful" to share. Tim Ball has a comprehensive critique of this truly dishonest claim at the link.
So how do you know what you know? On climate change you'd better not be counting on the IPCC and alarmist establishment.
Civil forfeiture is state theft. And any curtailment is good even though Holder's move is the modern equivalent of Lincoln banning slavery in non slave states.
Rare Victory for Personal Freedom. Via the Washington Post, Eric Holder and the Justice Department barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without warrants or criminal charges, representing the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of the War on Drugs
The Feds can still steal in all 50 states and about 35 states still rape their own citizens in the ironic name of "justice".
Roy Spencer explains at the link. Worth it. If you aren't a religiously devout Warmist.
Several minutes video of her yutzfulnes fulsomely yutzing about a bunch of bull-yutz that she doesn't know yutz about.
Honest. Do the link. I dare you.
And since that halcyon day for our word wranglers and scribblers the trajectory has been downward into abject decadence. Nobody really believes the left's narrative anymore do they?
Hersh from The Times if Israel:
In retrospect, the emergence of Barack Obama on the national stage was not an expression of new thinking. On the contrary, Obama stood for an academic orthodoxy that had become firmly established in American universities in the previous several decades.
The bien pensants are all in favor of free speech in the abstract but spend most of their time shouting down the critics who threaten their special deals and status. From spiked:
It brings to mind the response of one surviving veteran Charlie Hebdo cartoonist, when asked what he thought of the sudden expressions of support from the Western establishment: ‘We vomit on such people'
They make me sick in the French manner too. What a bunch of pathetic pukes.
As Bridget Jones: unmarried and leftist might say: f*********k! Of course Mark Darcy would just marry her, pat her on the bum saying "there, there" and vote Conservative.
American women aren’t having children the way they did before the recession, but that obscures a little-noticed fact: Married women have staged a comeback.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that while America’s fertility rate slipped in 2013 to a record low, birth rates for married women are rising—even as rates for unmarried women continue to fall.
For every 1,000 unmarried U.S. women ages 15 to 44 in 2013, there were 44.3 births, down 2% from 2012 and 7% from 2010, CDC data show.
In contrast to unmarried women, birth rates for married women increased 1% in 2013 from 2012 to 86.9 births. In fact, they’re up 3% since 2010, after declining 5% between 2007 and 2010. (The absolute number of births among married women in 2013, 2.34 million, remained slightly below 2010’s 2.37 million.)
The divergence is “unprecedented over the last three decades,” says Sally Curtin, a demographer and statistician at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. “We’ve seen a rebound—but it’s just been in married women.”
What if they gave a paternalistic fascist welfare state and no Julias came?
The Fed are fools to think that you can solve real problems with monetary juju. I've likened Fed behavior to a Dr. Feelgood who noting his patient has heart disease chooses to stuff him full of amphetamines to make him feel better...until they kill him, that is.
We're on a monetary speed binge while the Obami's policy plaque builds up in the nation's already dodgy fiscal arteries.
More at the link.
Although the shrieking femme Fatale who brought him up on sexual assault charges because he mistakenly hugged and kissed her wins the Evil Bitch award. At the link.
If Colorado can compel a baker to craft a custom pro gay cake then it must compel bakeries to bake anti-gay ones as well doesn't it?
Or are all animals equal but gay or left wing animals simply more fashionable and therefore more equal than others?
Or does this life not come with the right to force people to bake you cake? Hmm liberty: what a concept! At the link.
Which means that Democrat dreams of hegemony as far as the eye can see are fantasy. By diving deeper and deeper into racialist identity politics the Democrats have driven out more and more white voters and have turned those who used to think in ethnic terms into whites.
The market for political power tends to be efficient. At least for everyone but the beset and benighted African American community. If your coalition gets too big it engenders conflicts and the disgruntled hive off from the gruntled.
To be an "activist" means your cause is so important that normal rules of discourse don't apply. Rules like honesty, respect for other opinions, telling the whole truth, not just the bits that buttress your position. Social activists are modern day religious fanatics worshipping themselves as Saviors. Here's an egregious example relating to alcohol deaths.
Remember: read the fine print and check their math. Because they lie. A lot. At the link.
This is a tale about the "Joint Sounds" a high school choral ensemble along the lines of the Young Americans or Up With People. Honest. I really did that stuff back then. Believe it or not.
Does anyone remember Mrs. Thomas' Joint Sounds "The show must go on" speech? As I recall it featured a story about a Joint Sounds member (I want to say Gina Lansford but that may just be because I liked the name Gina and there were lots of Lansfords lying around back then) who in the midst of an important performance (think Academy Awards crossed with a Presidential Inauguration and you'll get Mrs. T's emphasis ) was bedeviled by a fly that wouldn't leave her upper lip alone. I never got an adequate explanation for why that particular fly was so enamored with that particular lip - perhaps it was a bit of leftover PBJ or a well disguised cold sore - but according to Mrs. T "Gina" swallowed the fly without missing a beat. I suppose the moral of the story was that "the show must go on" or maybe the importance of a balanced diet but the only thing I can remember upon hearing it was turning to Matthew Yarberry and saying: "I don't know why she swallowed the fly" and Matt in his best dead pan replying: "perhaps she'll die". Which sums up my Joint Sounds career as well as anything could.
The incentive mix driving college behavior is all wrong. It incents them towards status seeking, high and rising prices, extreme politics and authoritarian behavior. We need to get different treats for our academic pets.
In June, U.S. researchers will announce the first direct link between cancer prevention and the sunshine vitamin [i.e., vitamin D]. Their results are nothing short of astounding.
A four-year clinical trial involving 1,200 women found those taking the vitamin had about a 60-percent reduction in cancer incidence, compared with those who didn't take it, a drop so large—twice the impact on cancer attributed to smoking—it almost looks like a typographical error....
Those studying the vitamin say the hide-from-sunlight advice has amounted to the health equivalent of a foolish poker trade. Anyone practising sun avoidance has traded the benefit of a reduced risk of skin cancer—which is easy to detect and treat and seldom fatal—for an increased risk of the scary, high-body-count cancers, such as breast, prostate and colon, that appear linked to vitamin D shortages.
The paper reports that researchers also "are linking low vitamin D status to a host of other serious ailments, including multiple sclerosis, juvenile diabetes, influenza, osteoporosis and bone fractures among the elderly." I hope some of this speculation turns out to be well-founded, because it would be nice to have an easy way to prevent so many diseases and deaths. If that can be achieved only by embarrassing the nagging know-it-alls who've been telling us to avoid sunshine, that's a cost I can live with.
[Thanks to Mark Lambert for the link.]