Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Die Marxist Frog boy's career die!

MIT proto boffin wrecks Piketty's retirement plans in 469 words. Of course everyone knows the Pikester only puts out Marxist, Goal oriented agitprop but still....

Monday, March 30, 2015

And another competitive, innovative industry is cartelized.

Dodd Frank isn't regulating banks, it's organizing the big ones into a no lose cartel. The tens of thousands of "rules" are the political barriers to entry.''
 
Bank of Bird-in-Hand is the only new bank to open in the U.S. since 2010, when the Dodd-Frank law was passed - See more here.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

What really happened to Harry Reid?

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

RIIIIIIIIGGGGHHHT.

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

The "Two Minute Hate" is back too.

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

Hat tip Instapundit.com

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

What's next? Two minute hates? From Reason

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

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

Jonah Goldberg was right: Liberal Fascism lives!

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

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

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

Saturday, March 28, 2015

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

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

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

Friday, March 27, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hat tip Instapundit.com

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

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

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

Hat tip Instapundut.com

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

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


Limited options for Congress as Obama seeks to bypass lawmakers.

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

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Perhaps like Barbie the Obami just find math hard

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

More here.

Good blogs to go by.

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

Instapundit is number 1, naturally. The rest here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which isn't sufficient for an informed opinion.

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

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

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

More here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House.

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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

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

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

L'enfants pathetique

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

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

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

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

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

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2584034

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

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

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

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

More discussion about the particular dilemma facing the Catholics here.

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

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

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

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

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

But they do say:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, March 23, 2015

The leftists are dumping Israel faster than dysentery.

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

Jonathan Swift's best poetry

From Swift's "On Poetry, a Rhapsody"

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

Ineffingly-deed.

Oakland raises minimum wage 36% and businesses shut down.

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

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

England is a paradise for Muslim child rapists

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Starbucks: where only the coffee is black.

Glenn Reynolds notes:

It’s not shocking at all that this lame “conversation about race” stuff is coming from an organization that’s as white as a Netroots Nation conference, an Obama campaign HQ, a New Republic alumni get-together or a Vox editorial board meeting.

The primary purpose of race-talk in America today is to allow elite whites to silence and shame non-elite whites. Thus, it’s not surprising that the people pushing it are . . . a bunch of elite whites

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hillary shares one thing with Nixon for sure: "No Class"

Gerson on la femme  Clinton's Nixonian scramble up the greasy pole of power.  It's not that she's a crook. It's just that she has such tacky, tawdry taste. In men, politics, mail servers...you name it.

And that was of course Kennedy's prescient epitaph on Nixon: "no class". She can wear it on her headstone proud in the knowledge that she earned every letter.

Barack Obama is abandoning the Jews of Israel not because he's Muslim but because he's Leftist.

When the Jews and Israel were poor and weak the left loooooved them.  They love victims who they can champion and turn into to perpetual wards of their 'morality' and largesse. Largesse looted from the bourgeois......Jews?  Wait that can't be right.  But it is.  As soon as Jews got rich they became enemies and marks for the left.  In the left's eyes, Jews can only be noble and valid if they completely buy into the left's framework of oppression and redemption - they must be 'saved' by the saving grace of hating where they came from so that they can love those losers who are supposed to love where they came from.  As Podhoretz says:

So even those who are furious with Netanyahu should really take a breath and a close look and consider this point carefully: The Arab-vote business is a pretext. American presidents, this one especially, typically do not revisit special strategic relationships based on election-day maneuvers in a democracy, however unpleasant they might find them. In my view, Obama is hoping once again to use liberal Jewish disaffection in the United States with Netanyahu as a wedge to give him space to make a major policy pivot from the special relationship—one for which he has hungered since he came into office.

It would behoove American Jews to remember that Stalinists always looked upon Trotsky as "that Jew".

Stupid and looted by politicians is no way to go through life but if you live in DC it is unavoidable.

Of course it's hard to berate DC  when most of its citizens are making their living using the Federal government to rape the nation.

STREETCAR NAMED CROOKED AND INEPT:
In my eight years in Washington, I have come to love its fabled streetcar project. I say “fabled” because as of this writing, we do not actually have any streetcars. No, wait, that’s wrong. We totally have streetcars. What we do not have are streetcars that actually ferry passengers hither and yon, rather than sitting in storage or going on endless test runs that all too frequently end in flames. The project has been hilariously mismanaged from start to (never-never) finish, though it would be a lot more hilarious if we hadn’t spent millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars on it.
Nonetheless, I am sad to hear that my fair city may terminate its streetcar service. We’ve got the tracks, we’ve got the cars, we’ve got a whole lot of new buildings along H Street that were counting on its existence, so we might as well just run the silly thing. Particularly since failing to do so has implications for future development.

Frack it! Fracking only works in North America and Australia.

And the biggest, most consequential energy innovation in the last half century could only happen in places with private mineral ownership. This is because state ownership means that the only way the individuals involved in the process can profit from it is through restraining and delaying the process until they extract rents commensurate with their political power. And it makes the land owner a victim with no upside to compensate him for the inconvenience.

Imagine: perhaps $150 trillion ($50 times 3 trillion recoverable barrels) dollars of wealth available to Americans, Canadians and Australians that is all but inaccessible to those who have been "saved" by their glorious governments. What a stunning price to pay to be manipulated by lawyers.

"And they'll make us all poor because we're easier to please that way".

In other news the Obama EPA is issuing new regulations to strangle fracking on public lands in its crib. It's been banned ere these long 6 years of hope and change while the Obami "promulgate" (in English: delay while furiously coming up with ways to stop -without being seen to stop- the creation of wealth by and for people who are outside of our political coalition and barring that, loot as much of the economic surplus for us as we can) regulations for its production.

We have met the enemy and they are "leading" us.

I'd be more impressed if the Clinton's scandals were less tawdry and more Dr. Evilish

I guess she is technically trying to take over our world but only so she can make us play tea party with her.  Sit up straight! Stop laughing!

It's her lack of basic tech understanding that is really laughable. Rule by her would be 4 years of playing pretend with a technologically senile dolt.

"Gosh darn it! You kids stop playing with that interweb thingy and come listen to your President rant about feminism."

Of course Obama has just dragged the internet back to 1933 so that his social media funders and big broadband borg can double their wealth at the expense of the rest of America. Imagine: regulating an industry experiencing relentless price decreases. You only do that if you want prices to go up.

 The biggest crimes are always the legal ones. And the biggest crooks are the ones who say they're "fighting" for the "people".

Friday, March 20, 2015

Petraeus: Iran bigger threat than ISIS

Lets see:  one has Ak47s and RPGs, the other has tanks, jets, missiles, a whole country with a lot of oil and...oh yeah:  an active nuclear bomb program.  No brainer.

I still suspect that Iran has funded ISIS as a distraction so it can slip it's nukes by in all the chaos.

Petraeus remarks here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Howard Schultz is a joke to his employees and probably a danger to shareholders

Narcissistic bosses are very dangerous creatures.

Palestinians recognize that Israel is the region's most vibrant democracy. Why can't Obana?

Not very many Palestinians want to live in peace with Israel but they want what only Israel has: democracy, liberty and true, home-grown prosperity.  Here's some examples:

Like the American left, Palestinians aren’t pleased about Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory. But some Palestinian opinion leaders are taking the news more graciously than David Axelrod and, I would argue, President Obama.

Evelyn Gordon reports:

A veteran Palestinian journalist from Ramallah summed up the prevailing sentiment [among Palestinians] succinctly. “We say all these bad things about Israel, but at least the people there have the right to vote and enjoy democracy,” he told Jerusalem Post reporter Khaled Abu Toameh. “We really envy the Israelis. Our leaders don’t want elections. They want to remain in office forever.”

Ghanem Nuseibeh, an East Jerusalem Palestinian now living in Britain, expressed the same view:

[Nuseibeh] put out an illuminating series of tweets throughout Election Day, including, “Over a million Arabs take part in Middle East’s most democratic elections today”; “The Arabs in Israel are the only Middle East Arab group that practices true democracy”; and “Israel is secure not because it will elect Bibi or Buji, but because of what it is doing today.”

He was rooting for Isaac Herzog (“Buji”) and deplored Benjamin Netanyahu, but after acknowledging that his candidate had lost, he nevertheless tweeted, “Israel is the world’s most vibrant democracy.”

(Emphasis added)

Even Hamas issued numerous tweets urging Israeli Arabs to vote for the Arab parties’ Joint List. As Gordon says, “one can only imagine what Gaza residents must have felt at seeing Hamas urge Palestinian Israelis to exercise a right Palestinians in Gaza are denied by their own Hamas-run government.”

Palestinians were able to vote in 2006. But since then, Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza both have refused to call new elections for fear of losing power.

Gordon notes that Abbas’ refusal to hold elections has implications for the peace process. It means that he lacks the democratic legitimacy needed to make the kind of concessions any peace agreement would entail. Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid made this point when he stated that Abbas will never be able to make peace with Israel, because he currently represents nobody except himself, his wife and his two sons.

The biggest crooks are always the ones with the badges - Wall Street edition

You don't have to be a cynic to see a kind of parallel between the actions of the former prosecutors and the accusations they are making against those they are prosecuting. One group is making money by trading on their insider knowledge and unique relationships. And the other group...

Another case for the Glenn Reynolds anti-revolving door tax of "A 50% surtax on anything earned within five years after leaving the federal government, above whatever the federal salary was." Or better yet, for laws sufficiently clear, and law-enforcement sufficiently predictable and not arbitrary, that there's no big extra value in, or need for, hiring a former U.S. attorney on the defense side.

But arbitrary 2000 page laws with 50000 pages of regs and lots of "discretion" and "forbearance" is how the Dems keep 80% of all lawyers on their side. Whores recognize a good pimp when they see one. More here.

Larry Tribe then: "Obama smartest student evah" Larry Tribe now: Obama's EPA "burning the constitution"

The EPA's massive and illegal foray into CO2 is deplored by one of the President's most loyal and mendacious mentors.

As an aside: If Barack Obama was the "smartest ever" at Harvard Law then it would behoove  those recruiting there to turn their efforts elsewhere. But in defense of Professor Tribe:  saying racist lies so long as they flatter approved races is just as popular as it was in the Jim Crow South.


President Obama refuses to congratulate Netanyahu while he congratulated Erdogan, Rouhani and Putin on their 'democratic' 'victories'.

Mr. President:  being a churlish dictator's bootlick is no way to go through your second term.

The Gods must be crazy - EPA seeking to regulate back yard barbecues

Speaking as a long time resident of St. Louis, the barbecue sauce consumption capital of the world and Missouri, the buckle of the barbecue belt, have they popped their cork?  I can almost understand the regulation of cars, guns, booze and sex (well not really) but back yard barbecuing? Forgive them Lord, they know not what they do.  Screw that. If they try to take my back yard barbecue they will have to pry it from my burnt and blistered hands.  This will provoke mass rioting in St. Louis.  Mobs pushing smoking braziers will fire flaming briquets into government buildings.  Children with firestarter filled super soakers will set Federal herbacious borders (and themselves) aflame.  EPA administrators with (organic) apples in their mouths will be roasted on spits (and liberally slathered with mustard based grilling sauce because I bet they've been feeding on kale and quinoa and taste like hell).

And some Patrick Henry of the barbecue set will inevitably rise to the top shouting (much more sensibly IMHO) "Give me barbecue or give them death".  You think you've seen Jihad?  You ain't seen nothing until you try to take away the backyard barbecue half of our "barbecue and Cardinals" tradition.

Madness.  Utter madness. (think I'm joking?  Eric Schmitt, the State Senator for my old district has already begun a campaign (see http://fxn.ws/1wVSWIp) that if successful, will carry him to the Governor's mansion if not the White House.  So watch for that name it's S-c-h-m-i-t-t, rhymes with s**t.)

Monday, March 16, 2015

There are two America's but only one can shoot.

My 21 year old son just got a handgun and a concealed carry permit. It reminds me of the social and politicalchasm between the types of people who like guns and those who don't. And it is somewhat comforting to know that if the divisions in our nation lead to violence that my "side" has almost all the military and those who can shoot straight.

Matt Ridley on why fossil fuels will save the world (really)

Once again Matt Ridley serves as the voice of sweet reason amidst the cacophonic hysteria that our elites have steered it into. Worth reading in its entirety.

It turns out that Duck and Cover made sense. So much so that the Obama administration is reviving it to prepare for the terror nukes threat.

Of course by supinely acquiesing to Iran's nuclear ambitions Obama makes the likelihood of a terror nuke more likely. So it's good that he's preparing us for his policy failure
. Who says he's not on the ball?

When Americans think about nuclear war, we tend to think about the apocalyptic scene at the end of Dr. Strangelove, a war involving thousands of megaton-yield hydrogen bombs. (A megaton is the equivalent of a million tons of TNT, or about 60-70 times the power of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, which had an explosive power of around 15 kilotons, the equivalent of 15,000 tons of TNT). But in 1951, neither the United States nor the Soviet Union had yet tested a hydrogen bomb, and the duck-and-cover era authorities were basically preparing people for a rerun of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with us on the receiving end of relatively small numbers of (relatively) small nuclear weapons. "Duck and cover" advice is particularly effective there.

It probably would behoove all of us to read this summary of Duck and Cover. Just in case....

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Why the developed world's carbon dioxide reduction efforts are futile in one chart.

Below is a chart of projected global CO2 emissions by major emitter. China under the agreement negotiated by President Obama will add more CO2 output than the entire developed world's total CO2 budget by themselves. This demonstrates conclusively that if CO2 emissions are as destructive as alarmists claim then we need to pivot to radical sequestration strategies. Yet it's mostly crickets from the IPCC high command on mitigation initiatives. Which suggests either absolute negligence or a recognition that - like me - they think their forecasts are overwrought.


 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Now our Saviors are going to save us from Sex? Wait, that can't be right.

The obscene lust to subject everything to law and state supremacy continues apace.  Make these evil people stop before they poison everything worth living for.

A WHIFF OF BRAVE NEW WORLD: Conditioning kids to have state-approved sex. “Before children get a chance to grow up and discover sex for themselves, the state will step in and enter their heads and their bedrooms. Consent classes will teach them that relationships should proceed in a particular way and that the decision to have sex with someone should be subject to explicit and ongoing negotiations. Much as the babies in Brave New World are conditioned to reject flowers and nature, children are to be taught that when it comes to sex, passion and spontaneity are dangerous.”

Minimum wage fraud hurts the weak but helps lying leftists.

Honest to gosh economists are fabricating "science" in the service of the Democrat's power agenda. They are claiming that when it comes to low priced, unskilled, interchangeable labor demand curves slope upwards - the more labor costs the more of it you want. Of course the argument is really a psycho-social one: they are arguing that the small businessmen, franchise holders and restaurateurs that employ low wage labor  are so fucking stupid that they will do the equivalent of poke their eye out with a sharp stick and then with the hole still bleeding go buy a new pair of spectacles. This viewpoint now (very newly) held by ex economics Nobel laureate Paul Krugman is all the rage among the "gosh aren't people fucking stupid left". Of course the GAPFS left is filled with people like Paul Krugman who have never held a real job and would bankrupt any business they got within 50 yards of. But any bullshit in a storm is their motto.

Tons more specific but no more accurate reasons why this so called "finding" stinks worse than a pair of fetid dingo kidneys can be found here.

Quit panicking every time a Jihadi figures out how to use Youtube.

Ralph Peters makes the entirely apt point that our leaders are over-bred and under-blooded. I particularly liked it when he wondered how many of the Obami had ever gotten a bloody nose. But he makes the typically conservative realist mistake of assuming that because our leaders are weak and selfish that our enemies are giants. Which is a leap that the Flying Wallendas couldn't make.

Outsiders rise to the top of unstable regimes all the time. But to become a transformational force they need to do so in great countries during revolutionary times. Without WW1 and the collapse of the Russian, German, Chinese and French empires,  Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao or Ho (if you assume WW1 caused WW2) would have lived their lives out in obscurity. Napoleon is nothing without the French revolution. As he would have been if he had been in the Saxon army or Hitler, had he grown up Bulgarian.

What characterizes today is how weak our enemies are and how disproportionate our panic is. And while the Ivy boys ARE flailing in obviously counterproductive ways, it is the so called "hard nosed realists" like Peters who are panicking. Calm down. If tiny Israel can see off the entire Arab world for almost 70 years and get rich to boot, then it is unseemly for a nation that is 50 times larger and almost 100 times richer to soil our dainties every time some hackemoff demonstrates that they've figured out the internet or an apparatchik like Putin gets temporary control of a fading oil kleptocracy.

The only thing that can kill the West is the West. It is what the Obami and their Eurocrat allies in fraud are doing as they busily jack hammer at the foundations of our civilization from within that should frighten us. Yet many of the realists assume that our internal strength is a constant - undiminished by the feckless cupidity of the post modern political class.

It would do these "realists" good to remember their history: it wasn't the barbarians that felled Rome - it had survived countless invasions only to rise stronger. It took the the incessant internal squabbling and greed of the Roman ruling class to smash an empire that had thrived for over 1000 years. The barbarians just gave the last push.



 Pogo was right: "we have met the enemy and he is us".

Friday, March 13, 2015

Carbon capture "total lunacy"?

Anthony Watts argues that storing billions of tons of CO2 near population centers is a nuclear bomb scale catastrophe waiting to happen.

Herzog makes no mention of potential risks of concentrating large quantities of CO2. Why do I think CCS is so terrifying? The reason I am frightened of CCS is, the world has already experienced what happens if a large quantity of CO2 is abruptly released.
In Africa, in 1986, an abrupt release of an estimated 100,000 – 300,000 tons of CO2 killed 2,500 people up to 25km (15.5  miles) from the source of the release.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Nyos#1986_disaster

Concentrating large quantities CO2 in one place is dangerous. A similar release to the Lake Nyos disaster, near a major city, however unlikely, however elaborate the safety precautions, could potentially kill millions of people.  The CCS concept involves the concentration of billions of tons of CO2 per annum in thousands of locations near major industrial centres. Can anyone imagine nobody will ever make just one mistake, with an operation on that scale? Just one release of a minute fraction of this concentrated CO2 could be as devastating, in terms of loss of life, as the detonation of a small nuclear bomb.
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/01/14/1-million-tons-of-pressurised-co2-stored-beneath-decatur-illinois/

I suggest there is a very good reason CCS is “stuck in the slow lane”. The reason, in my opinion, is that it is total lunacy.

When the Crown Prince of Torts shows up at the college rape fiasco in his ceremonial jeweled suing shorts you know higher education is in for it.

Barack Obama, by putting colleges in the untenable, illiberal and un-American position of denying men due process rights when accused of sexual sssault  has betrayed his most loyal constituency. But the risks to Democratd of losing single women unless they are regularly frightened is so great that collegs and their administrators are thrown under the bus. Left authoritarian politics ain't beanbag.

RELEASE FROM LAWPROF JOHN BANZHAF, ON SUING UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS PERSONALLY FOR MISCONDUCT IN SEXUAL ASSAULT INVESTIGATIONS:

College Brass to be Sued Personally Over Date Rapes

$100 Million Estimated Legal Cost So Far Could Skyrocket, Predicts Expert

Oklahoma U. Expels Racist Students, But Not Violent Football Players: Do feelings matter more than actual violence?

No, but Football students matter more than real students. David Boren has lost his touch. Which is a pity because he's been good for OU in a way no academic could.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Claire McCaskill is a modernized McCarthy who needs to be removed from office

Jameis Winston is the Florida State QB who a credibility challenged white woman has claimed raped her. He has had those charges reviewed and dismissed 3 times but the vicious feminist harpies won't let it go. As Stuart Taylor explains:

 The Hunting Ground joins the movement to ruin a man’s career for the sake of an ideological agenda. ADVERTISEMENT A movement is afoot to destroy the career of a young black man whom a young white woman with overwhelming, well-documented credibility problems has accused of raping her. Three separate investigations, including a Florida State Code of Conduct hearing, have found former Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston not to be a rapist. But now The Hunting Ground, a much-touted documentary on campus sexual assault, features his previously anonymous accuser presenting her case publicly for the first time. 

Senator Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) has warned that NFL teams had better “watch this movie before they draft him.” The movie, co-produced by CNN and created by Emmy-winning director Kirby Dick and Oscar-nominated producer Amy Ziering, has already aired at the White House, the Sundance Festival, many campuses, and in New York and Los Angeles. It will air on March 13 in other major cities, including Washington, D.C. 

The film’s longest segment — 15 full minutes — is designed to prove that Winston raped former classmate Erica Kinsman and got away with it because of bad police work and college administrators’ greed and favoritism toward football stars. The film “throws down a challenge of a sort for the National Football League with a not-so-subtle suggestion that teams should think twice about drafting one of the top college prospects, Jameis Winston,” as the New York Times enthused.

(Read the whole thing. Taylor outlines a complete travesty that even our vicious man hating white house is part of.)

Yet when there were multiple credible claims of assault, harassment and abuse made against Bill Clinton the Claire Bear was nowhere to be found.

A Democrat party that throws under the bus any man not found to be useful will cease to be relevant really quickly. Ms. McCaskill has no conscience but politics. McCarthy=McCaskill?

One in four women was being raped in 1993 and Hillary Clinton did nothing about it!

Katie Roiphie on ridiculous rape statistics from twenty years ago. Only back then Democrat politicians knew they were ridiculous. Today our fearless President sets the entire majesty of the Federal government off on a mad chase  to punish all the evildoers that are out there raping the sisters. And he does so by utterly violating their brothers' rights.

Is that the difference between today's pro left and that of 20 years ago? That they'll believe any hysterical claim and go pelting off after the imaginary perps?

Hat tip instspundut.com

Two very depressing phrases

1. "For, as we approach the sixth anniversary of the US cyclical bull market (a post-war record), "
2. "the PE expansion of eurozone equities is simply off the scale."

It has been anything but a party for the average American. Even less so for Europeans. But the bankers and rich are already coming to the end of their entire toot before the rest of us even get to the  "t".

So it goes in the land of hope 'n change. And in Europe where "hope and change" have ruled for 30 years. Yet we are told that all we need is even more left fascist looting by the political class to set things straight.

Greek "People's" government steals people's pensions, natch.

That's what "people's governments" do: make the people pay so that the parasites can feed. Any questions? Details here.

1st Quarter GDP is going to fall way below the anemic expectations

How do I know? A rather oily and depressed little birdy told me about the upstream collapse in oil and gas capital investment.

Galloping government Bam Bam: what hath thou wrought?

Screw college. My kids can learn how to be 'barf their guts out drunk' on their own time.

And learning about how to hate America and be a left wing bigot and chant dumb-ass slogans and believe even dumber-ass faculty can be learned while they're drunk at home too.

Since college increasingly teaches crap that's all anyone should pay.  Make all those pompous PHD thimble riggers get a real job. Or at least a criminal side line.

Perhaps OU is too stupid to understand the Consteetooshun.

They are sure under a lot of fire for violating it in the Sig "Hey let's all chant 'we're dumbasses'" case.

Boomer Sooner indeed.

Stamping out drugs (even though we can't and won't) means we have to protect sexual predators? Really?

The war on drugs has corrupted our government until it often is more criminal than your run of the mill drug dealer. Say what you will about drug dealers, they are almost never in a position to steal people's houses, cars and cash. Neither can they protect active sexual predators from prosecution, break into people's houses at 3 am with grenades and guns blazing, nor empty their Glock into an unarmed man's face without facing serious consequences.

They state is far too powerful for its our good. Break it up, break it all up.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Chicago going down?

As much as I dislike Rahm Emmanuel he does represent the relatively cynical- rational rump of the old Democratic party while his racial and gender balkanized identity opponent is likely just that - all identity, no rationality.

But it is the fate of the Democrats to descend into bankrupt chaos: they've promoted and feasted on identity politics to the exclusion of economic development and  social rationality for too long to turn back now. And the richer and more educated they are the crazier they seem to get.

God help them every one.

"A great idea is just an idea if you can't execute. And the government has proved time and time again, it can't execute."

Michelle Malkin describes her family's descent into Obamacare Phone Hell and other fiendish government torments.  Another pro Obamacare journalist that was trapped with her in hell had this to say:

Klein concluded, better late than never: "I no longer believe that the government should mandate health care. ... A great idea is just an idea if you can't execute. And the government has proved time and time again, it can't execute.

And at the end of the day that's the blue governing elitaph: Bankrupt and can't execute. Which makes the Party of Government's biennial promises "lies".

Obamacare chaos is magnified by the President's unilateral immigration chaos.

It turns out that Ocare plus Amnesty generate a powerful incentive to replace citizen employees with immigrants and otherwise exempt workers, which will drive down employer funded insurance participation rates particularly for low wage employees.

Because the 6 million immigration beneficiaries aren’t eligible for Obamacare tax subsidies, hiring them reduces employers’ chances of triggering the employer responsibility tax. Employers have a powerful financial incentive to hire them in place of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The president’s unilateral grant of work permits, combined with the fact that these workers cannot trigger the employer responsibility tax, makes those workers significantly more attractive.

To make matters worse, recent reports indicate that millions of U.S. citizens and lawful residents — who are eligible to receive Obamacare tax subsidies — have opted to defy the individual mandate and forego buying expensive health insurance. Under the statute, that’s supposed to trigger a tax, too, but the president has effectively gutted this provision by unilaterally creating 19 categories of exemptions, including a blanket one for “general hardship.”

Because individuals who don’t buy health insurance won’t be claiming any Obamacare tax subsidies, they — like the 6 million immigration action beneficiaries — cannot trigger the employer responsibility tax. Both of these categories of workers are more attractive to hire, because they will not, by definition, have subsidized health insurance under Obamacare. The inevitable result is that more workers will lack employer-provided health insurance coverage.

My God what a bloody travesty.

"Feminists infantalizing young women" says liberal feminist.

They argue that campus sexual hysteria is out of control and is making fairly normal coming if age sexual  experiences into "oppression" and "crime" to the detriment of all involved.

Except for the Obami and their fellow travelers. They're panicking another terrified constituency into their cynical, exploitative arms.

Two two bit race and gender hustlers in a pod.

I wonder who's the bigger fake? The fake preacher and tax cheat? Or the fake Indian and multimillionaire "populist" Harvard lawyer?


David Boren should know better

The President of OU, former governor and senator David Boren expelled two students for leading a racist chant at the SAE fraternity on campus. Expelling students for speech - no matter how repugnant - is against the law and a distinguished lawyer like Boren knows that. Perhaps Mr. Boren has had too much unchecked power and adulation for too long? Perhaps he forgets his place as a servant of the people, not their dictator.

Eugene Volokh explains the terrible precedent he is setting.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

T shirt slogans I'd like to see in latin

Cogito ergo sum eam - I think therefore I'm full of it

Veni, Vidi, non Vici - I came, I saw, I lost

Dallas delenda est - Dallas must be destroyed (well at least the Cowboys)

Keep Austin tragically hip (Latin doesn't begin to convey the pathos inherent in this).

Prosecutors and police routinely commit crimes in the course of their duties. And almost never are held accountable.

And when judges call them on their criminal behavior they boycott the judge.
 
I’ve addressed the problem of prosecutorial misconduct here a few times before — both its prevalence, and the fact that misbehaving prosecutors are rarely sanctioned or disciplined. Recently (or perhaps the better word is finally), some judges have begun to speak out about the problem including, most notably, Alex Kozinski, the influential judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Late last year, South Carolina State Supreme Court Justice Donald Beatty joined Kozinski. At a state solicitors’ convention in Myrtle Beach, Beatty cautioned that prosecutors in the state have been “getting away with too much for too long.” He added, “The court will no longer overlook unethical conduct, such as witness tampering, selective and retaliatory prosecutions, perjury and suppression of evidence. You better follow the rules or we are coming after you and will make an example. The pendulum has been swinging in the wrong direction for too long and now it’s going in the other direction. Your bar licenses will be in jeopardy. We will take your license.”

You’d think that there’s little here with which a conscientious prosecutor could quarrel. At most, a prosecutor might argue that Beatty exaggerated the extent of misconduct in South Carolina. (I don’t know if that’s true, only that that’s a conceivable response.) But that prosecutors shouldn’t suborn perjury, shouldn’t retaliate against political opponents, shouldn’t suppress evidence, and that those who do should be disciplined — these don’t seem like controversial things to say. If most prosecutors are following the rules, you’d think they’d have little to fear, and in fact would want their rogue colleagues identified and sanctioned.

The state’s prosecutors didn’t see it that way. Beatty singled out South Carolina’s 9th Judicial District in particular. There’s a good reason for that: He noted in his talk that two prosecutors from that district, overseen by Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, had already been suspended for misconduct and at the time of his talk, another complaint was pending. A recent complaint by the state’s association of criminal defense lawyers recently laid out a list of other complaints (PDF) against Wilson’s office. (You can read Wilson’s response here.)
But Wilson took personal offense at Beatty’s comments. She accused him of bias and sent a letter asking him to recuse himself from criminal cases that come out of her district. In one sense, Wilson is unquestionably correct. Beatty is biased. He’s clearly biased against prosecutors who commit misconduct. But that’s a bias you probably want in a judge, particularly one that sits on a state supreme court. It’s also a bias that isn’t nearly common enough in judges. (Not only do most judges not name misbehaving prosecutors in public, they don’t even name them in court opinions.)

Other prosecutors around the state jumped on, and now at least 13 of the head prosecutors in the state’s 16 judicial districts, along with South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, are asking for Beatty’s to be recused from criminal cases. This would presumably end his career as a state supreme court justice.

Radley Balko observes:
The most plausible explanation for all of these stories is that a significant number of prosecutors just don’t want to be held accountable to anyone but themselves. I suppose a lot of us would like to have that sort of protection in our jobs. But few of us do. And the rest of us don’t hold positions that give us the power to to ruin someone’s life with criminal charges, to convince a jury to put someone in prison or to ask the state to put someone to death.

And what's truly frightening is the risks reformers like Mr. Balko are taking: since almost everything is against the law it only takes one offended prosecutor to bankrupt him and destroy his  reputation. The church mice who we call judges - many who used to be prosecutors - certainly won't ensure that justice is done.

And this isn't a liberal vs conservative issue it's a state fetishist vs. Classical liberal one. Do you believe in people over bureaucracy?  Well do you?

Is Hillary Clinton hiding something? Now why would anyone say that?

When Eugene Robinson, the king of Gap Jawed Liberal Credulity questions your honesty and motives you know you're not in Chappaqua anymore, Toto.
Hang on Hoo Hoo, it's going to be a bumpy ride!

Wesleyan University is OOTMROTFRLWWBPOTPETIWUTEHC

They have every identity covered except "human male and female". They say that the insane are always the last to learn of their madness. That is certainly true with America's institutions of "higher" learning.

Just when you’d gotten the hang of LGBTQ, they go and triple the number of categories. Wesleyan University is now offering a “safe space” (formerly known as a “dorm”) for students of the LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM persuasions, or, for those who need things spelled out, for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderfuck, Polyamourous, Bondage/Disciple, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism student acolytes. If you are so heteronormative as to see the word “FAG” in the center of that jumble, you will surely not be allowed into the “safe space,” known as Open House.

At this rate of exponential increase in student gender identities, there will soon not be enough paper in college bureaucrats’ offices to provide official recognition and “safety.” Parents concerned that their little darlings may come home with bruises and abrasion from the whips and leather handcuffs need not worry, though. This proliferation of in-your-face sexual identities is all posturing, just part of the dance between students desperate to find one last means of being transgressive and college bureaucrats eager to show their sensitivity and to justify their siNJx-figure salaries. Students who should be studying European history and the roots of the novel—would that such subjects were still taught—are instead combing the farthest reaches of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic Manual for ways to distinguish themselves. By posing what they hope will be rejected demands on their administrations, they seek only to prove that they are living a life of oppression.

Despite the seemingly all-inclusive aspirations of the LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM acronym, the university recognizes that not every student will feel comfortable in this new “safe space.” To accommodate still further variations in student interest, Wesleyan’s Office of Residential Life offers a variety of unique living options. Farm House provides students “interested in the politics and culture of food production and sustainability a place to cultivate a mutualistic relationship with the earth that provides them with their lunch everyday.” Residents of Earth House can “espouse the values and principles of social ecology, deep ecology, and eco-feminism” while simultaneously “challenging traditional social structures and replacing them with new, creative and egalitarian alternatives.” African-American upperclassmen are welcome to apply to live in Malcolm X House, where they can dedicate themselves to “the exploration and celebration of the cultural heritage of the African Diaspora, both for themselves and for the larger Wesleyan community.” Turath House is for Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim students looking “to articulate their views and express and affirm their culture and religion without fear of harassment and discrimination.”

But what if I'm LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM and Arab and a farmer and pro earth? And what if Arab me is Muslim and stones Farmer me for not being halal and LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM me for being haram? I need a safe place from myself. Get cracking Weslayan!

*Out Of Their Minds Roll On The Floor Raving Lunatics Who Would Be Put Out To Pasture Except That It Would Upset The Earth House's Cows. 

Monday, March 09, 2015

"The global warming panic situation has developed not necessarily to the environmental movement's advantage".

The Swiss voters just nuked them.

Green Fiasco: 92% Of Swiss Voters Reject Carbon Tax In Referendum
Second worst results in modern Swiss history Swiss voters Sunday overwhelmingly rejected an initiative that would have scrapped the Alpine country’s value-added-tax system and replaced it with a carbon tax. Roughly 92% of voters opposed the initiative while 8% supported.

This green war to end all non green things is certainly failing to go as planned.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Is Greenpeace the "John Birch Society" or the Westboro Baptist Church of the environmental movement?

Bitterly radical, answering only to their "higher" "revolutionary environmentalist morality", viewing humans as vermin Greenpeace has even been repudiated by its founder. Yet the evil fistula of a charity continues to expand and smear apace.
Steve Heyward has some apprapos comments here.

What if Hillary really is incompetent?

The Democrats seem to be choosing their third identity candidate for President in a row. Like Barack Obama Hillary hasn't achieved much except the arduous and ambiguous achievement of staying married to Bill. Like him she has no meaningful executive leadership exoerience. And like Obama Hillary comes from the academic left wing of the party.

The sub Rosa slogan of her campaign is: "look! Ovaries!".

I don't think the nation will tolerate yet one more leftist incompetent. But we shall see, we shall see...

Kevin Williamson skewers her briskets with a Lubbock panache here.  

Saturday, March 07, 2015

"Selma is now"? Really? That's where our Racial Healer in Chief is going with Ferguson?

Back in the late 1800s any time it looked like Democrats looked likely to win nationally the Republicans would "wave the bloody shirt" to remind everyone that (some other) Democrats once started the Civil War.

Liberal and black Democrats learned from that example. Now when threatened or even when they simply have an inconvenient topic they'd like to skirt, they wave the bloody shirt of racism. But tearing at long covered scabs isn't going to help anyone but the President and his cronies.

This guy is supposed to be a genius? Really?

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/07/selma-barack-obama-speech-civil-rights?CMP=ema_565

To be a good doctor one needs to be able to diagnose the problem and its causes.

Kuttner does the former but not the latter. His commentary on the US and Europe emphasizes governmental process (Europe can't make decisions, Republicans are big meanies) when it is what the state and private entities are doing that is driving change. Social democracy has turned out to be a dead end. But one with hundreds of millions of clients invested in its malign perpetuation. And Robert Kuttner can't see this because it would mean repudiating everything he has stood for all his life.
So we get this twaddle about climate change and process. No wonder we're in such bad shape.

Except for campus rape

Barack Obama rationalizes the DOJ's (correct) decision not to prosecute Ferguson cop Darren Wilson. Saying:

“We may never know exactly what happened, but Officer Wilson — like anyone else who is charged with a crime — benefits from due process and a reasonable-doubt standard."

So rogue cops get due process and reasonable doubt but college men get only a preponderance of evidence standard in kangaroo courts? The President needs to decide if he wants one or the other.

DOJ finds Ferguson police were kleptocratic thugs.

Marginal revolution reviews the DOJ report on Ferguson and what they found might shock you. But not me. Read about it here. 
Three points:

1. This is fairly normal for a poorer St. Louis municipality. The richer ones only loot outsiders.


2. The legal profession is complicit in the looting because of the Missouri tradition that lawyers can easily “fix” tickets with no points or information flowing to insurers: just pay the fine and a fee to the lawyer and you’re off. Unless you’re poor and can’t pay, that is.

3. Massive over criminalization and over enforcement have their roots and legitimacy in “broken windows” policing. Hyper aggressive and picayune “broken windows” policing was the European American establishment’s response to the breakdown of the old cultural consensus in our cities due to waves of both domestic and international migration from very different cultures. Its top down, coercive nature is an admission by elites that we have not sustained a common culture where everyone abides by common norms. It is an admission of cultural defeat by European America. As is the war on drugs which complements and intensifies it’s effects.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Yes, Menendez is a crook. But he's being prosecuted for his truth telling.

The moment he points out the President's behavior vis a vis Iran and Israel charges that the Obami had bottled up for years come gushing forth.

Chicago politics is ugly politics.

"The EU experiment has failed"

Ya think?  Actually the more accurate statement is that: having failed in single countries, Social Democracy sought to expand its reach so far that no real competitor could challenge its patented blend of elitism and bribes to the masses looted from the self same masses.  Yet despite expanding to an entire continent, Social Democracy failed because it gave neither the elites nor the masses any reason to produce wealth and so eventually everything was looted away. It is a testament to the thoroughness of the social Democrat criminality that an almost comprehensively looted Obamite America outdistances Europe easily.

The slow-motion crisis of the European Union is the big story that rarely gets the attention it deserves. Even an event like the recent terrorist attack in France that left 17 dead is often isolated from the larger political, economic, and social problems that have long plagued the project of unifying the countries of Europe in order to harness its collective economic power, and to avoid the bloody internecine strife that stains its history.

On the economic front, the E.U.’s dismal economic performance over the last six years was summed up in a December headline in Business Insider: “Europe Stinks.” The 2008 Great Recession exposed the incoherence of the E.U.’s economic structure, particularly its single currency, which is held hostage by the diverse economic policies of sovereign nations. The data tell the tale. The E.U.’s GDP grew 1 percent in 2013, anemic compared to the U.S.’s 2.2 percent. In December 2014, unemployment in the E.U. averaged 11.4 percent, while in the U.S. it was 5.6 percent. We are troubled by our labor force participation rate of 62.7 percent, a 36-year low. But in the E.U., it was 57.5 percent in 2013. Our recovery from the recession may be slow by our historical standards, but it is blazing compared to the E.U.’s.

The E.U.’s economic woes have many causes, but intrusively regulated economies and outsized government spending on generous social welfare transfers are two of the most important. Despite the rebuke of such policies delivered by the recession, government spending as a percentage of GDP has actually increased in the E.U., from 45.5 percent in 2007 to 49 percent in 2013, even as many Europeans decry the harsh “austerity” measures called for by countries like Germany. Greece, the E.U member increasingly in danger of being forced to exit the monetary union and thus risk its unraveling, has nonetheless raised its government spending from 46.8 percent in 2007 to 59 percent in 2013.

As Josef Joffe of Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper summarized in January, “These ailments are deeply embedded in economies that lag behind on investment, innovation and competitiveness . . . Europe as a whole is beginning to look like Greece writ large. But the long-term data whisper to Europe as well as to Greece: Reform or decline.”


Now it is time for all good Social Democrats to return to the horror swamp from whence they came and to allow, honest, civilized government unsullied by their obscene level of looting to return. The fresh breeze of honesty and reality will cleanse Europe of the left looters' self righteous stench.

Now back to America to evict the remain looting frauds from their rapidly bankrupting government sinecures.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Iran: "Nuclear deal is very close"

This is a travesty wrapped in a disaster portending a tragedy. Our President, in a fresh burst of contempt for America's essential role in the world and the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions is guaranteeing an epic nuclear arms race in the most conflicted and eschatalogical corner of our world. It is utter madness and everyone outside of this fatuous, benighted White House knows so. Indeed, even otherwise stalwart and corrupt Democrats like New Jersey Robert Menendez are saying so.

This obscenity needs to be denounced by a huge bipartisan majority. It's time for all those duped by cheap rhetoric and racial hipness to atone for their careless electoral  credulity by denouncing this agreement as DOA and threatening bloody retribution if Iran tries to live by it.  The President must be repudiated and rebuked by all decent men for the  moral crime he is committing.

This is not some bullshit political issue like ISIS. This is truly existential. My God how could we elect a President who could be so stupidly evil?

“Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.” Mary McCarthy

Indeed. Discuss among yourselves. Here's how it relates to climate change.

Trying to solve culture with politics just makes political lawyers rich.

Ask Bill and Hill how much gravy you can squeeze from lying to desperate rubes year after year after year. Or wait a few and ask Barack and Michelle.

"My God how the money rolls in"

Social democracy exists because it allows those on top to stay on top by cutting off the bottom rungs of the ladder. This is why it so popular among the political class.

"There is no higher love (for self) Than a politician lay his constituents' lives down for his aggrandizement.

Hillary Clinton's illegal email domain was shared with insiders "the family" wanted to show favor to.

It's a common strategy among crime families: tie loyal retainers to you via shared crime. Bill and Hill sure show skill at the Crime Family game for flyover yokels. Must be their Yale training.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

After his epic cave to Iran on nukes Barack Needs to slap Michelle silly

Because his "Mullah cave" proves he has no balls which means those girls ain't his. Jennifer Rubin expands on The One's Nonenuts.

Electing Barack Obama may turn out to be an existential blunder fir all of us.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Strange sentences: " Iran’s cabinet has more members with PhDs from American universities than that of America itself"


Well of course: that's why Iran is so anti American.

Iran's religious revolution has made average Iranians remarkably irreligious. And the country is in some ways far ahead of its neighbors.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Meanwhile Denmark ups the ante with business loans that pay the borrower interest

Bloody Scans are always goody two shoeing to and fro. What's next? Toilet trained newborns? Cats that put their owners first? DMV employees that give a rip? Everything is coming unmoored. Sob!

Is UCLA Judenrein?


The left doesn't even bother to disguise it's bigotry anymore. Video here.

ANTISEMITISM at UCLA. “In the video below, UCLA’s student council deliberates over the application of Rachel Beyda for a position on the university’s judicial board. Ms. Beyda is acknowledged to be ‘qualified, for sure’ and ‘a great candidate, obviously.’ Yet there is a problem. ‘I just worry about her affiliations.’ She is ‘a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community.’ The student council voted not to appoint Ms. Beyda to the judicial board.”