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ISLAMOCOPIA FRIDAY: What’s New in the Religion of Peace

23rd February 2018

Boko Haram attack: 111 Nigerian schoolgirls missing, police say  And no Michelle Obama to get them back with a grumpy look and a Twitter hashtag. Whatever will we do?

Migrant Crisis: Islamist Rape Culture Comes to Europe

Culture-Enrichers Launch Brutal Attack on Two Female Cops in Melbourne

ISIS Destroyed Jonah’s Tomb But Inadvertently Unearthed More Biblical Evidence

Attacker Throws Bomb At US Embassy In Montenegro, Blows Self Up

France Introduces Tough Migrant Deportation Bill

Explosion Closes US Embassy in Montenegro as Assailant Dies In Blast

‘We are waiting to die’: 10 more civilians dead in East Ghouta as ferocious Assad assault continues

Pakistan looks to avoid being added to terror financing list

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing ‘catastrophic’

Abbas, Haley exchange strong criticism over Middle East at UN Security Council

Rotherham grooming gangs may have abused more than 1,500 victims, investigators reveal

It’s not Just the Terrorists: al-Sisi’s Government Persecutes Egypt’s Christians

Iranian Airline Used Turkish Front Companies To Skirt US Sanctions

American flag destroyed, replaced with ‘ISIS flag’ at Utah high school

Aidan James: Briton ‘fighting against Isis in Syria’ charged with terror offences  One of which was Islamophobia, no doubt.

Suicide bombers kill at least 18 in crowded market in northern Nigeria

Zainab Ansari: Man given four death sentences for rape and murder of six-year-old girl that shocked Pakistan

A Mosque by Any Other Name

ISIS Claims Deadly Attack On Churchgoers In Russia

Militants in army uniforms ambush Iraqi troops near Baghdad, 27 dead

ISIS Kills At Least 27 Iraqi Militiamen In Ambush

Isis widow sentenced to death by hanging in Iraq

vNearly 100 Killed in Bombardment of Hard-Hit Suburb of Syrian Capital

Minnesota man sentenced in mall stabbings

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Understanding the California Mind

23rd February 2018

Victor Davis Hanson turns over a rock.

We dare not mention illegal immigration in California as a factor in the state’s implosion. But privately, residents assume it has something to do with the 20 percent of the state’s population that lives below the poverty level. Illegal immigration plays a role in the fact that one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients lives in California and that one of four state residents was not born in the United States—or that one-half of all immigrant households receives some sort of government assistance, and that one in four homeless people lives in California.

Note a final statistic. A record of nearly $30 billion a year is forecast to be sent this year as remittances home to Mexico. If the sum is assumed to be wired largely by the reported 11 million illegal aliens, then illegal immigrants are sending per capita around $2,700 home per year. Again, in per capita terms, a household of five would average about $1,100 sent home per month to Mexico—a generosity impossible without the subsidies of the American taxpayer. (Some might wonder whether the U.S. could tax that sum to build the wall or at least declare that proof of remittances disqualifies one for public support.)

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Today in Trump Derangement Syndrome

22nd February 2018

Esquire Article on ‘Black Panther’ Actor Takes Cheap Shots at Trump

Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups have multiplied under Trump, report finds  The implication being, of course, that this is somehow all Trump’s fault — for which, of course, they have no evidence, merely proglodyte assumptions.

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What Do College Kids Know?

22nd February 2018

Severian concludes: not very much.

In a comment on an earlier post, Tim of the North asked

Do you find any college kids at all interested in this stuff [political theory]? Do any of them care about reading, are any of them capable of being challenged?

The short answer is: No.  Their attitude is, if they don’t already know it, it’s not worth knowing.  They exist in an endless, contextless now, with an obsessive focus on the present moment that would be the envy of a Zen master (if Zen masters could envy).  “Pebbles in a pond” used to be a pretty good metaphor for education — the pebble of fact sinks below the surface, and the ripples spread all around, moving everything in their path.  Nowadays, it’s pebbles in thick mud.  The fact drops — splat! — and just sits there, unaffected, affecting nothing.  And that’s assuming you can get them to acknowledge that it is a fact in the first place — they’ve been trained since kindergarten to avoid correlating the contents of their minds, lest the obvious contradictions between the “facts” they’re required to parrot lead to badthink.

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Trump Floats Pulling ICE From California

22nd February 2018

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Put them on the borders, so the illegals can come into Mexifornia freely but can’t move on from there.

Be careful what you wish for….

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NYU Fires Cooks for Serving Watermelon Water and Ribs at Black History Month Event

22nd February 2018

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Blue states — where even the food is racist.

Speaking as a white guy who grew up in Indiana eating watermelon and ribs, I’ll be happy to claim them for white people.

I don’t know of any non-black people who actually eat chitlins and collard greens, so I don’t see what the problem is there.

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Russian Attack on US Troops in Syria Elicits Deafening Silence from Politicians and Press

22nd February 2018

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You probably didn’t hear this because few media organizations have even mentioned it, but Russia committed an act of war against the United States a little more than a week ago. No, this is not about more social media and election shenanigans. Russia mounted an armed assault against American soldiers and our allies in Syria, including Kurdish security forces affiliated with the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, at a military base in the city of Deir Ezzor, the largest in eastern Syria. Russian combatants fought alongside Assad regime fighters and Shia militias armed, funded and directed by Iran.

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Children’s Crusade Comes to CNN

22nd February 2018

Scott Johnson of Power Line pulls back the curtain.

Last night CNN took up the 2018 children’s crusade that is intended to produce gun control where previously there has only been left-wing frustration. We are counseled to “do something” in a tone of unanswerable indignation. The volume is turned up to ear-shattering levels in lieu of traditional means of persuasion. In Minneapolis, students badly in need of the tools of critical thinking took the day off from school to wave slogans such as “Regulation isn’t scary, getting shot is.” The mayor joined the parade. On CNN, Senator Rubio faced up to the mob while Senator Nelson showed that he too had been shortchanged in the critical thinking department.

RealClear Politics has posted local television video of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Colton Haab. Haab says he was approached by CNN to ask a question at last night’s “town hall” but decided not to after the network gave him a “scripted question” in lieu of one he wrote himself. According to the report, Haab is a member of the Junior ROTC who shielded his fellow students while the school was under attack from the shooter, said he was going to ask about using veterans as armed security guards. He appears to be an impressive young man.

This morning CNN issued a statement to the effect “that it did not, and does not, script any questions for town hall meetings, ever.” I’m surprised to see CNN disputing one of the children possessing absolute moral authority, but perhaps Haab lost his immunity somewhere along the way.

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Thought for the Day

22nd February 2018

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Florida School Shooting: Teenage Survivor Says He’s Quitting Facebook Because of Death Threats From ‘NRA Cultists’

22nd February 2018

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They can dish it out, but they can’t take it.

This is the world in which non-proglodytes have to live; welcome to it.

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The Tale of the Painting Robot That Didn’t Steal Anyone’s Job

22nd February 2018

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The arrival of the robotic arm was not a happy affair at Professional Finishing in Richmond, California, just across the bay from San Francisco. In contrast to the hulking factory arms that have traditionally labored in isolation, this robot was meant to work right alongside humans, delicately sanding and painting things like speaker cases or cabinets for medical devices. Which sounded a lot like a first step toward replacing the company’s workers altogether.

“We did have one employee tell us, ‘Hey let me know when the robot’s up and running and I’ll just quit,’” says Professional Finishing co-owner Dawn White. “We said, just bear with us. Watch what happens. Help us and everybody will keep their jobs.”

Everyone did indeed keep their jobs. Today, three of these machines from Universal Robots handle the brute sanding and painting, while humans handle more complicated tasks like assembly. Some of these workers even turned into robot technicians. It’s called collaborative robotics, and it’s popping up all over the place, thanks to advanced machines that sense when they’ve contacted a person and stop, as opposed to launching them across the room.

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Parkland Shooting Survivor: CNN Planted ‘Scripted’ Question at Town Hall

22nd February 2018

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Of course they did. How is this news?

Every picture of ‘Parkland Shooting Survivors’ ought to have circles and arrows saying ‘TOOL’.

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The Difference Between Class & Income

22nd February 2018

The Antiplanner explains it all to you.

Business Insider is stunned by the notion that Silicon Valley residents who earn $400,000 a year consider themselves middle class. Yet they are; the only reason Business Insider doesn’t think so is that neither it nor Palo Alto Online — the source of Business Insider‘s data — understands the difference between class and income.

According to the Pew Research Center, “middle class” includes families of four that earn $48,000 and $144,000. But that’s not middle class; that’s middle income. While classes and incomes can be correlated, they are not the same. Social classes include upper, middle, and lower, but most of lower being working class.

Many people in America with top-tier incomes consider themselves ‘middle class’ and, effectively, they are — because their attitudes are ‘middle class’, since that’s the way they were raised.

This is more than just a quibble because working-class, middle-class, and upper-class people tend to have very different tastes and preferences. A working-class person who manages to earn $239,000 a year still shares more preferences with working-class people than upper-class people. An upper-class person who doesn’t earn much money one year still has tastes similar to other upper-class people.

One of the driving motivations behind rich people advocating higher income tax rates is a desire to keep middle-class people who just happen to have high incomes away from upper-class amenities such as hotels, restaurants, and resorts. Aside from the fact that these people, if they were serious, could just write a check to the IRS, the key is that they advocate raises in tax rates on ordinaryx income, such as wages, but not on the dividend and capital gains income that represents the chief source of really rich people’s wealth. The main reason Warren Buffet pays tax at a lower rate than his secretary is that she’s being taxed on wages and he’s being taxed on capital gains. But the fawning articles in The Press never tell you that.

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The Curious Rise of the ‘White Left’ as a Chinese Internet Insult

22nd February 2018

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If you look at any thread about Trump, Islam or immigration on a Chinese social media platform these days, it’s impossible to avoid encountering the term baizuo (??), or literally, the ‘white left’. It first emerged about two years ago, and yet has quickly become one of the most popular derogatory descriptions for Chinese netizens to discredit their opponents in online debates.

So what does ‘white left’ mean in the Chinese context, and what’s behind the rise of its (negative) popularity? It might not be an easy task to define the term, for as a social media buzzword and very often an instrument for ad hominem attack, it could mean different things for different people. A thread on “why well-educated elites in the west are seen as naïve “white left” in China” on Zhihu, a question-and-answer website said to have a high percentage of active users who are professionals and intellectuals, might serve as a starting point.

The question has received more than 400 answers from Zhihu users, which include some of the most representative perceptions of the ‘white left’. Although the emphasis varies, baizuo is used generally to describe those who “only care about topics such as immigration, minorities, LGBT and the environment” and “have no sense of real problems in the real world”; they are hypocritical humanitarians who advocate for peace and equality only to “satisfy their own feeling of moral superiority”; they are “obsessed with political correctness” to the extent that they “tolerate backwards Islamic values for the sake of multiculturalism”; they believe in the welfare state that “benefits only the idle and the free riders”; they are the “ignorant and arrogant westerners” who “pity the rest of the world and think they are saviours”.

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Congresswoman Claims Most Mass Shooters Are Democrats

22nd February 2018

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It certainly wouldn’t surprise me.

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NBC Columnist Says Space Travel Is Just Another Example of ‘Toxic Masculinity’

21st February 2018

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Masculinity, perhaps, but hardly toxic — except to those who resist progress except at the hands of Official Victim Groups.

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Today in Trump Derangement Syndrome

21st February 2018

Obama Staffer ‘Really Sad’ That Trump ‘Literally Is Constitutionally Incapable of Being a President’  Uh, sure.

How Donald Trump is making racist language OK again  Another case of somebody reading Trump’s mind as to what he MUST be saying because TRUMP!.

Friedman Calls ‘Code Red’: ‘Our President is a Disturbed Person’  More chatterati mind reading.

New Trump dating service uses convicted child sex offender as model  The site has no connection to Trump, other than the exploitation of his name, but the chatterati are using it as a stick to try to beat the President nevertheless.

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Crushed Wood Is Stronger Than Steel

21st February 2018

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A chemical bath and a hot-press can transform wood into a material that is stronger than steel, researchers report. The process, and others like it, could make the humble material an eco-friendly alternative to using plastics and metals in the manufacture of cars and buildings.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that.

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Florida Students Tell Politicians They Will ‘Vote Them Out’ if They Don’t Act on Gun Control

21st February 2018

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There’s a reason that most teenagers aren’t allowed to vote, and this demonstrates the biggest one.

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IRS Evades Regulatory Accountability Through Self-Imposed Exemption From Oversight

21st February 2018

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The IRS first started claiming that its regulations have no economic impact in response to the 1980 Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), which was designed to mitigate the compliance costs of federal regulations on small businesses. The RFA states that if a proposed regulation could have a large economic impact on small businesses, the agency must consider alternatives that would leave small businesses unharmed.

The RFA also contains a Congressional amendment specifically designed to cover IRS regulations, but the IRS has shirked its duty to comply with the RFA since Congress passed the law. The IRS has broadened its self-exemption from economic impacts to all impacts, including record-keeping and other reporting burdens. That means that IRS regulations can impact small businesses while completely evading oversight from Congress or the White House.

In the Internal Revenue Manual, a document the IRS uses to guide its compliance with oversight mechanisms, the agency bizarrely claims that its rules have no economic impact. This reading allows the IRS to avoid sharing information with Congress, the executive branch, and the American people. The IRS has never offered an adequate justification for this self-exemption.

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Scott Adams at tReason Magazine

21st February 2018

Watch it.

An excellent interview.

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Controversy Erupts Over Whether John Oliver Can Say ‘We’ and ‘Us’ When Referring to America

21st February 2018

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The only problem is, John Oliver isn’t American. He’s not American by birth and he’s not American by paperwork. He holds a green card and is married to an American, but he himself is not a legal citizen of the United States. He doesn’t vote, he doesn’t qualify for a slew of American welfare programs, and he can’t advocate to bring family members over to the US. The only thing that makes him ‘American’ is his weekly platform that allows him to pontificate about politics and flex a Constitutionally-endowed right to say what’s on his mind.

 

And about time, too. Late-night beta males like Oliver, Kimmel, and Colbert may have a lot in common with the Obamacare pajama boy but not with the bulk of real Americans.

This wasn’t lost on Piers Morgan, a fellow British ex-pat who called Oliver out while watching his show.

“Watching John Oliver repeatedly say ‘we’ & ‘us’ when discussing America is comical,” he tweeted.
“Mate, you were born in the Midlands to a pair of Liverpudlian parents & speak in a thick Brummie accent. You’re about as American as cricket & mushy peas, you shameless old fraud!”

Pretty sad when you can get called out by Piers Morgan.

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D.C. Public School Chief Resigns After Sneaking His Kids Into Top School

21st February 2018

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The top public school administrator in Washington, D.C., resigned his position Tuesday, four days after it was revealed that he had conspired with another official to place his daughter in the district’s highest-performing public high school. In the process, Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson bypassed the rules governing placement of district students in schools outside their own neighborhoods.

The other official, Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, was forced to resign last week.

Both of the crooked officials are Persons of Color, of course, this being D.C.

I guess they saw Congresscritters sending their kids to tony private schools instead of the behavioral-sink D.C. public schools and thought, ‘Hey, gotta get me some of that’.

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Trump Ahead on Points

21st February 2018

Rush Limbaugh is reporting that Trumps approval rating is at 48%, as opposed to Obama’s 45% at this point in the first term.

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Democrats Bring the H8: Teen Vogue Writer, Media Hope ‘Evil Bitch’ Billy Graham ‘Rots in Hell’

21st February 2018

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The ugly comes out no matter how much lipstick you put on the pig.

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The Golden State

21st February 2018

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50 States of McMansion Hell: 10 Worst Pennsylvania McMansions

21st February 2018

Read it. And weep.

Sometimes people send me houses that they describe as “cult compounds.” While it’s unlikely that every house fitting the description is occupied by a sinister death cult, it is interesting that there is a type of house tied to the idea of cults. Usually it’s a very large, plain looking house with small windows that has an almost hotel-like appearance. On the inside, they usually look like normal McMansions, not to say that that by itself isn’t sinister…

Just when you thought that the rot had gone as far as it could go….

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San Francisco Man Has Spent 4 Years and $1 Million Trying to Get Approval to Turn His Own Laundromat Into an Apartment Building

21st February 2018

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To understand how difficult and expensive it is to build housing in San Francisco, observe the case of Robert Tillman. Tillman owns a single-story laundromat in the city’s Mission District. Since 2014, he has been attempting to develop his property into a 75-unit apartment building.

The city is in the midst of a housing affordability crisis, with an average one-bedroom apartment going for $3,400 a month. So you might think Tillman’s project would sail through the permitting process. Instead, the city’s labyrinthine process of reviews, regulations, and appeals has dragged on for four years. The project has cost the self-described “accidental developer” nearly $1 million so far, and he hasn’t even broken ground yet.

Just bureaucrats being bureacrats? No, there are residential crazies to deal with as well.

The real opposition came from some of the neighbors. A community meeting in January 2016 served as something of a flashpoint.

At the meeting, one woman fretted that the tall building would violate the privacy of a nearby public school. Another argued that the project needed to be 100 percent affordable housing. Two representatives from local Latino Cultural District Calle 24 said that even a 100 percent affordable housing project was out of the question, given the proposed height of the development.

When Tillman said he saw his project as necessary so people like his daughter could afford to come back and live in the city, one particularly motivated activist said she wished his daughter was killed in a terrorist attack.

Such local ‘activists’ are rife in California, since they’ve realized that they can hold construction projects to ransom by threatening to delay progress until it’s economically dead unless they get to wet their beaks.

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Scientists Have Found a Drug That Can Repair Cavities and Regrow Teeth

21st February 2018

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And about time, too.

In the research, the team inserted small, biodegradable sponges made of collagen soaked in Tideglusib into cavities. The sponges triggered dentine growth and within six weeks, the damage was repaired. The collagen structure of the sponges melted away, leaving only the intact tooth.

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Humans ‘Evolving Gene’ That May Stop Us Drinking Alcohol

21st February 2018

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Researchers believe people have begun evolving so they find it so unpleasant it could stop our species from drinking in the future.

I’m already there. I’ve attempted to drink alcoholic beverages, from beer to whisky, and it all tastes like particularly nasty medicine. Yuk.

Hear me, America! I am your future!

(You are in SO much trouble….)

UPDATE: Alcohol Is the Strongest Risk Factor for Dementia (2018)  Heh.

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What’s the News Across the Nation?

21st February 2018

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Idaho Lawmaker Facing Ethics Complaint for Saying ‘Abortion Is Murder’

21st February 2018

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When you REALLY ‘speak truth to power’, power has a tendency to smack you a good one.

Actually, this demonstrates the modern definition of ‘ethics complaint’: a complaint that somebody actually has ethics.

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Rule by Sociopath

21st February 2018

ZMan point out some inconvenient truth.

In the modern vernacular, the sociopath is someone who lacks empathy, remorse and an understanding of right and wrong. The sociopath sees no difference between the truth and a lie, only their utility. Additionally, they never think about the consequences of their actions. A sociopath sees no harm in telling people that his brain juice will prevent concussions. The veracity of his statements are meaningless. What matters is how well it moves product. People ending up with brain damage as a result is never considered.

The key thing about the modern sociopath is the ambivalence toward the truth. They think saying something is the same as doing something. What matters is if the words get the listener to do what the sociopath wants them to do. Standing in front of crowd, making false claims, is fine if it causes people to buy product. If the truth sells more product, then the truth is better. From the perspective of the modern sociopath, the difference is about the results, not the accuracy of the statements. The truth or a lie, whichever works.

Now replace “sociopath” with “politician” and “product” with “votes” and you have the modern managerial democracy.It’s not that our politicians lie. It’s that for them, a lie is indistinguishable from the truth. That’s why they seem so utterly shameless. Shame requires a sense of right and wrong, a knowledge that what you said or did is intrinsically wrong. For the people who rule over us, right and wrong only exist in the context of their own ambitions. Something is “right” if it benefits the person in the moment.

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Thought for the Day

21st February 2018

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Colbert: ‘Until We Do Something About Guns, You Can’t Vote if You’re Over Eighteen’

21st February 2018

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Colbert is sort of a Gold Standard for how stupid left-wingers can be. There is no opinion too silly for him to promote.

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Historical European Martial Art: a Crossroad Between Academic Research, Martial Heritage Re-Creation and Martial Sport Practices

21st February 2018

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Hey, if firearms suddenly become inoperable, this knowledge will come in very handy.

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The Allbright: Britain’s First Women-Only Private Members’ Club Opening in London to Tackle Sexism in the City

21st February 2018

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Apparently the way to fight sexism is with even more sexism.

Uh, right.

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What if the News Reported Only Facts?

21st February 2018

Scott Adams indulges in some fantasy.

The common view we see from the mainstream media is that President Trump is a monster and there is no doubt about it. In support of that view, they offer plenty of evidence. And by evidence, I mean they hallucinate they can read minds.

I’ve noticed that.

One of the biggest illusions of life is that we humans are good at deducing the inner thoughts of both strangers and loved ones based on observing their actions. The truth is that we are terrible at knowing what others are thinking. We just think we are good at it. No one is good at it. No one.

But try getting them to admit it.

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Tucker Carlson Takes On Anti-Gun Activist

21st February 2018

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I find it difficult to take seriously a guy who wears earrings.

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Reaping the Whirlwind

20th February 2018

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To those on the Left, shrieking for the government to make the pain stop by exerting more control — you celebrities, politicians, editors, and yes, you goodthinkful liberals that I know personally here in New York, many of whom I have called friends — I’ll say this:

While you were, over the last half-century, systematically destroying, displacing, denouncing, and dismantling the historic American nation and its civil society — all moral norms, every basis of public commonality, all respect for our history and heritage, public expression of religion, the nuclear family, sexual restraint, and every natural structure and category and hierarchy that held civilization together and gave young people a framework within which to learn dignity and duty and gratitude and belonging and meaning and self-control — while you were doing all that, what did you think was going to happen? And now you want to “fix” the moral and social wreckage you’ve created by disarming us against your future predations upon our rights, our culture, and upon the society we still hope, against hope, to restore and preserve?

Go to hell. This sickness is your fault, not ours. You will not degrade us any longer. If you want our arms, come and take them.

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Today in Trump Derangement Syndrome

20th February 2018

CNN’s Stelter Contrasts Unifying Winfrey with Divisive Trump  Trump isn’t divisive; it’s the Trump-haters who are divisive. The only thing that Winfrey unifies is the group of people who want to find goodies under their seat. (The perfect Democrat candidate….)

CNN Reporter Literally Goes Dumpster Diving For Collusion Evidence In St. Petersburg  It’s GOT to be here SOMEWHERE.

Donald Trump ranked worst president in US history by nearly 200 political scientists  And in 100 years they’re all going to look like the partisal political hacks that they are.

The Flawed Nationalism of Donald Trump  This approach would be more convincing if publications like the Atlantic (and the people who write for them) didn’t believe that all nationalism is flawed, and any nationalism that points to America is positively evil.

Is Trump the Worst President Ever?  John Hinderaker fisks this traditional Lefty anti-Republican trope.

Donald Trump criticised for ‘playing golf’ while Florida shooting victims funerals took place nearby  As if his not playing golf would have avoided the usual criticism.

WashPost: Abused Wife in Democrat Candidate School Saw ‘Ugly Parallels In Trump’  I saw ugly parallels to Mugabe in Obama, too. So what?

Joe Scarborough: Attacking Trump Is ‘What We Do’  That’s pretty obvious.

Trump presidency is ‘code red’ level threat to US democracy, says Thomas Friedman  Journalistic hysteria.

Donald Trump is flailing like never before thanks to Robert Mueller – and a coalition of angry high school students  Apparently wishing will make it so.

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Harvard’s Next President Finds a Teaching Moment Even Before Taking Office

20th February 2018

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Harvard University had only just announced its next president before he came under attack — not for anything he did, but for who he is.

That is, in the eyes of his critics, at least, a “white male.”

The New York Times greeted the selection with a news article reporting in its second paragraph that, in selecting Lawrence Bacow earlier this month, the search committee had missed “an opportunity for Harvard to choose a leader who would reflect the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements.”

Of course, no reason was given for why they ought to have taken that ‘opportunity’.

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NOAA Caught “Cooking the Books” Again, This Time by Erasing a Record Cold Snap

20th February 2018

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If you don’t like the evidence you find, find some evidence you like.

That’s climate change!

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Sheriff Offered Free Concealed Carry Classes to Teachers – The Number Who Signed Up Is Mind Blowing

20th February 2018

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Perhaps this will start a trend.

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Pelosi Heckled at Town Hall: ‘How Much Are You Worth, Nancy?’

20th February 2018

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Nancy Pelosi was heckled by a town hall attendee in Phoenix, Arizona Tuesday.

“These are kitchen table issues for America’s families,” the House Minority Leader stated while voicing her opposition to the tax cuts signed into law by President Trump. “Most people are not in deadening poverty, but some are. Most people have to struggle to make ends meet.”

“How much are you worth, Nancy?” a woman yelled over Pelosi’s screed.

“No, we’re not talking about that,” Pelosi shot back. “I’m a mother of five, I can speak louder than anybody.”

So her first impulse is to shout down the person questioning her. Good to know. I guess her definition of town hall meeting is ‘I speak, you shut up and listen’.

It should be noted that Pelosi is one of the wealthiest members of Congress and the wealthiest female member.

She and her husband have a combined net worth in excess of $100 million.

I see no evidence that she agrees with Bill Gates that she ought to be paying higher taxes. Maybe the money is all in her husband’s name.

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Dishes

20th February 2018

Juliette Wade tells you more than you ever wanted to know.

This week’s topic was inspired by our brief chat about the character Kalr 5 in Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Sword, who is a total connoisseur of dishes. They feature in Alice in Wonderland, and they get their own special scene in The Hobbit. But there’s a lot more to think about here.

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West Point Posthumously Accepts Fallen Parkland JRTOC Student

20th February 2018

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The U.S. Army West Point academy has posthumously appointed fallen Parkland JRTOC student Peter Wang to its class of 2025, Brittany Wallman of the Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

UPDATE: US Army Awards Medal Of Heroism To Student Who Lost His Life Saving Others In Florida School Shooting

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Thought for the Day: In the Navy

20th February 2018

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How Building Regulations Subsidize Mansions

20th February 2018

Alex Tubarrok, a Real Economist, looks at the Unintended Consequences of politicians meddling.

In a market economy bidding tends to move resources from low-valued uses to high-valued uses. Regulations that prevent bidding freeze resources into low-valued uses–that’s bad for the resource owners and bad for society as the total value of production is reduced but it can be good for the consumers of low-valued uses.

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How Long?

20th February 2018

ZMan has some words of wisdom.

There are two rules of modern life, with regards to how public debate is conducted, that are are always good to keep in mind when thinking about any issue. One is the Opposite Rule of Liberalism. Whatever the Left is howling about at the moment, imagine the opposite and you’re probably getting closer to the truth. The other rule is that cops rarely arrest a first time offender. Usually, someone caught in some sort of skulduggery has been at it for a long time. The law of averages simply caught up with them.

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