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Why Donald Trump Is President

23rd September 2017

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Regarding Trump’s fire-the-NFL-protesters line last night that Teddy noted, it is a classic example of Trump’s, at times, gut-level political savvy. This kind of thing is why he’s president.

He takes a commonly held sentiment — most people don’t like the NFL protests — and states it in an inflammatory way guaranteed to get everyone’s attention and generate outrage among his critics. When those critics lash back at him, Trump is put in the position of getting attacked for a fairly commonsensical view.

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Pat Sajak: Advice for Would-Be Presidents

23rd September 2017

Pat Sajak brings the heat.

I’m not much of a joiner. Besides, any club that would have me as a member obviously has standards too high for me to live up to. But I am excited about my first meeting tonight with the “Monitor Twitter and Facebook Looking for Anyone Who Says Something Positive or Evenhanded About Donald Trump So We Can Bully and Harass Them on Social Media and Recreational Drugs Club.”

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Thought for the Day

23rd September 2017

Emptiness And Pain - Dilbert by Scott Adams

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The Lie of Equality

22nd September 2017

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There is no such thing as ‘equality’ because life doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

The tests that a chaotic world throws at human beings is never equal or balanced in measure to our strengths to pass them. Equality, in the terms that egalitarian equalists are comfortable in defining it, implies that that every individual is equally matched in both value and utility within a totality of random challenges. Aside from this being patently false, it also demerits both strengths and weaknesses when that individual succeeds or fails at a particular challenge as a result of their individual character.

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Thought for the Day

22nd September 2017

Buried

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Next stop Chi Town, Lido put the money down…

22nd September 2017

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They’re building the Barack Obama library in Chicago’s South Side where he started out as a community organizer. The project is being challenged by community organizers.

They’re seeking some sort of comprehensive agreement of set asides for community organizations. This common activist practice is something the Obama Administration effected from above when in office. Barry’s enthusiasm for the practice has waned.

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TV And The Cloud People

21st September 2017

ZMan discusses perception and reality. And Trump, of course.

The other day, Tucker Carlson told someone that Trump trusts television more than he trusts the pollsters, when it comes to judging the public mood. Having spent years working in TV, Trump not only knows a lot about it, but he thinks the good TV people know more about public tastes than the political professionals. The political class, of course, roared in laughter. They think Trump is a rube, of course, but they are also sure they know more about the Dirt People than the Dirt People know about themselves.

This is another case where Trump’s common sense serves him well. The people who have long careers in television, making hit shows, all have something in common. They make it their first priority to give the public what they want. Whatever political or personal agendas they have are secondary to putting on a good show. Unlike a pollster or political operator, the guy pitching TV shows has skin in the game. He has to be good at gauging public attitudes or else the show flops. The pollsters never suffer for being wrong.

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Incarcerated Witch Sues Prison for ‘Imposing Strong Christian Values’

21st September 2017

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Not much of a witch, if she can’t spell her way out.

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Member of Parliament Calls Canada’s Environment Minister ‘Climate Barbie’

21st September 2017

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Yeah, it’s a cheap shot, but it’s still a shot.

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Race Realism

20th September 2017

ZMan deals some inconvenient truth.

Three generations ago  our rulers decided that the reason blacks were so far behind whites was culture. They set about changing the laws, creating programs to address past sins, modifying institutions to accommodate blacks and lecturing whites about the sinfulness of racism. The last black to be the victim of Jim Crow, for example, is 75 years old this year. We are reaching the point where no living person was the victim of legal segregation. The majority of blacks now have never experienced real racism.

Blacks would contest that last line and they would have a point. The other day, there was a news story about a white not being properly worshipful of a black. It is these sorts of outrages that perpetuate racism in America. All kidding aside, no black under the age of 50 has had their race used as an impediment to their success. In fact, being black is now an enormous asset for a black person with anything on the ball. The demand for competent blacks far exceeds the supply and prices have responded accordingly.

Despite all this, the achievement gap between blacks and whites remains unchanged in measurable areas like education and household wealth. In some areas, like crime, illegitimacy and substance abuse, the gap has grown larger. The gap in SAT scores are higher than ever, despite attempts to alter the test to close the gap. For three generations, our betters have rearranged every aspect of American society in an effort to alter the realities of race in America. The results are more of the same.

UPDATE: Severian responds here:

Z Man’s complaint is against Our Rulers and their belief in what amounts to magic.  The only options for blacks’ lousy social, cultural, and economic performance vs. whites are race, culture, and magic, and since we’ve tried fixing culture and it can’t be race, it must be magic. Thus “critical race theory,” “white privilege,” and the rest, all of which can be summed up “bad juju, boss.”

I’ve got no beef with that.  But, as always, the danger is reductionism (see the comments).  Culture does play a part — a significant part.  For proof, read Theodore Dalrymple’s Life at the Bottom, then Robert Roberts’ The Classic Slum.  Dalrymple’s underclass British whites are indistinguishable from underclass American blacks — from whom, it’s easy to see, they draw much of their worldview, language, and style.  Roberts’ underclass British whites are very obviously proles, but they’re proud, industrious proles.  You could walk down the street at night in Salford; in most British or American cities today, you’d better have SEAL Team 6 escorting you if you venture outside after dark.

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Luther Strange Owns Stake in Company Brokering Green Cards for Wealthy Foreigners

20th September 2017

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The Democrat Party, on the other hand, brokers green cards for poor foreigners.

Which would you rather have in your country?

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Thought for the Day

20th September 2017

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To Abolish the Chinese Language: On a Century of Reformist Rhetoric

20th September 2017

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During the anxiety-ridden 19th and 20th centuries in particular, Chinese reformers of multiple political persuasions engaged in thoroughgoing critical reevaluations of Chinese civilization in an attempt to diagnose the cause of China’s woes, and to identify which aspects of Chinese culture would need to be transformed to ensure their country’s transition into a new global order intact. Targets of criticism included Confucianism, government institutions, and the patriarchal family unit, among many others.

For a small but vocal group of Chinese modernizers, some of the most impassioned criticism was trained on the Chinese language. Chen Duxiu (1879-1942), a founding member of the Chinese Communist Party, famously called for a “literary revolution” to overthrow the “ornate, sycophantic literature of the aristocracy,” and to promote the “plain, expressive literature of the people!” “In order to abolish Confucian thought,” the linguist Qian Xuantong (1887-1939) wrote, “first we must abolish Chinese characters. And if we wish to get rid of the average person’s childish, naive, and barbaric ways of thinking, the need to abolish characters becomes even greater.” The celebrated writer Lu Xun (1881-1936) was yet another member of this anti-character chorus. “Chinese characters,” he argued, “constitute a tubercle on the body of China’s poor and laboring masses, inside of which the bacteria collect. If one does not clear them out, then one will die. If Chinese characters are not exterminated, there can be no doubt that China will perish.” For these reformers, abolishing characters would constitute a foundational act of Chinese modernity, unmooring China from its immense and anchoring past.

Actually, the problem seems to be the ideographic writing system rather than the language itself.

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The Great Nutrient Collapse

20th September 2017

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WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE! Film at 11. Women and minorities hardest hit, of course.

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Black Lives Matter Protesters at Donald Trump Washington DC Rally Invited on Stage

20th September 2017

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Would they do the same in reverse? I think not.

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Cheering for My Team

19th September 2017

ZMan lays it out.

Yesterday’s post could have been much longer, as there are many angles to the modern American skins game. In the fullness of time, there will be many books written on the subject or at least using it as a launching pad in analyzing the late America collapse. One point of entry is belief. People are believing machines. They will organize themselves around a set of beliefs, even if those beliefs are insane. That is what we are seeing in modern America. Christianity has faded, so something new filled the void.

That something new is a grab bag of ideas borrowed from Cultural Marxism, hung like ornaments on the burnt out husk that is Christian universalism. That is modern Progressivism. Cultural Marxism, by itself, has never made much sense, but inflated with the zeal of universalism, it is a very powerful force in modern society. It certainly does not make a lot of sense and it does not offer anything as pleasing as an afterlife, but for the true believer, it fills the void that Christianity once filled.

That’s most obvious when it comes to race. Progressives are endlessly chanting that race is not real. They are also endlessly chanting that racism is the most dangerous evil spirit in their hierarchy of evil. Most of what is going on today is based in their belief that whites are racists, simply because whites have acted to benefit whites. The trouble for Progs, though, is that this contradicts their support for non-whites. Everywhere you turn, non-whites are out flying their team’s flag and cheering for their side against the honky.

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Thought for the Day

19th September 2017

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Matt Damon Wants to Limit School Choice For Your Kids But Sends HIS KIDS to Posh Private Schools

18th September 2017

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My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

 

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The Racial Cliff

18th September 2017

ZMan peers underneath the curtain.

The point here is for more than half a century, good whites in America have been obsessed with making sure that all whites “come together” to celebrate and encourage blacks. The assumption is that this stems from white guilt, but there is no evidence to support this claim. The real cause is a deep belief that if the white community comes together and is united in its rejection of whiteness and racism, then through some sort of magic, the realities of race in America will disappear, along with the history of race.

This the force behind the frenzy of statue toppling. It has nothing to do with the Civil War or symbols of past racism. It is an attempt to immanentize the eschaton. The Progs are sure that in the final reckoning, all signs of race realism will disappear, including those in the past. Therefore, they can bring this about by erasing the past! That’s what is behind the mania that now includes erasing guys like Ben Franklin and Sam Houston from our collective memories. The Progs are trying to erase the past to bring about the rapture.

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Thought for the Day

18th September 2017

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Who Is Stephen Colbert? Meet the 2017 Emmys Host

17th September 2017

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Well, for one thing, he’s a Nazi:

And if they want him to host the Emmys, then the Emmys must be Nazi, too.

It’s all very simple.

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Warren Buffett Wins $1M Bet Made a Decade Ago That the S&P 500 Stock Index Would Outperform Hedge Funds

17th September 2017

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Well. There it is.

For the same reason, a free market outperforms a centrally directed economy. As Friedrich Hayek once said, no group of us is as smart as all of us.

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Thought for the Day

17th September 2017

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How Rich Chinese Use Visa Fixers to Move to the U.S.

17th September 2017

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Actually, I don’t have a problem with that. Anybody who is rich enough to lay out half a mil on a visa, and wants to come to America badly enough to do so, is the sort of immigrant I think we ought to encourage.

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The Unlikely Return of Cat Stevens

16th September 2017

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Good news, if true. Perhaps his Islam is in remission.

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Thought for the Day

16th September 2017

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The Real Drag on the U.S. Economy

15th September 2017

Corporations do not pay taxes. They merely collect taxes and pass the money on to the government; the taxes are paid by their customers in the form of higher prices. Low Information Voters don’t see this sleight-of-hand because they are dimwitted. The correct ‘corporate tax rate’ is zero.

To the extent that corporations have to collect taxes for the government, it raises the bar for achieving a successful business, because not only do they have to cover their actual costs but they have to pay the protection money imposed by government. Governments just love these Invisible Taxes; that’s why the VAT is so popular in Europe.

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Thought for the Day

15th September 2017

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History of Technology: How China Sidestepped QWERTY

15th September 2017

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The concept of a ‘typewriter’ for an ideographic language is fascinating.

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Harvard Rescinds Chelsea Manning’s Visiting Fellow Invitation

15th September 2017

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The trouble with ‘virtue-signalling’ is that often it doesn’t so much signal virtue as foolishness.

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The Definitive Sandwich Family Tree

15th September 2017

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With thanks to Debby Witt, a kindred soul.

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Millennials Yesterday and Today

15th September 2017

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Every generation seems to be lionized by the press with the observation that the values of the new group are not that of their parents, thank goodness. They don’t have the serious hunger for possessions, the terrible acquisitiveness for material things that define their parents’ generation. Rather, as seen by the reporter, they have loftier views of society, generally the views of the reporter or the views that the reporter wishes to have us believe they hold. One recalls how the baby boomers were “not like us”. They were going to live on the land somewhere in the high sierras making sandals and candles. Some years later when it was revealed that the Pentagon was paying two thousand dollars for special toilet seats, the question among boomers was in what colors were they available.

Today much has been made of the sharply varying characteristics of the Millennial generation. During the recession and its prolonged twilight recovery we had to keep asking: “is it really a structural change we are seeing or just cyclical?” We have found in most cases when some see harbingers of dramatic changes in societal values it is often just economic realities at work. Wait for the data is a great admonition in such cases.

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Judis: “I argued that demographics favored the Democrats. I was wrong.”

15th September 2017

Steve Sailer does the fisking.

From The New Republic, a recantation by the co-author of the influential 2002 bookThe Emerging Democratic Majority (which I reviewed) of his thesis that the Democratic Party’s Coalition of the Fringes can eventually achieve one party rule over America.

As opposed to the 1950 and 1960s Censuses, in which 100 percent of Latinos were identified as white because, during that era of Flight to White, Latino organizations like LULAC successfully lobbied the Census Bureau into assuming that the Spanish surnamed were simply Caucasian. But then the Hispanic/Latino ethnicity was invented for the 1970 Census to facilitate handing out affirmative action privileges.

Or as opposed to how South Asians used to be counted as Caucasian … but then successfully lobbied to be grouped with Orientals in a new Asian category in order to be eligible for minority business development low interest loans and affirmative action on government contracting.

Or how Arab groups lobbied the Obama Administration to get themselves de-Whiteified through a 2020 new racial category called Middle Eastern and North African (nobody seems to know what the Trump Administration will do about the Obama Administration’s plan).

Want to know somebody’s Official Race? Follow the (Federal) money.

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Useful Nametag

14th September 2017

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President Trump Hands Out Food and Cracks Jokes With Hurricane Survivors

14th September 2017

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Unexplained: How he can do that when he Lacks Empathy and is the New Hitler. I mean, the DemLegHump Media said it, so it MUST be true.

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The Persuasion Techniques President Trump Is Using on the Wall and DACA

14th September 2017

Scott Adams explains it all to you.

 

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Thought for the Day

14th September 2017

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The Hurricane Algorithm

14th September 2017

Joe Bob Briggs does the breakdown.

News executives love disasters. They get to act like Chuck Norris and Assemble the Squad.

“Maginnis, you cover first responders.”

“Wilson, get over to NOAA and stay on those maps.”

“Kelly, official press briefings. Work with Yurozawski to keep tabs on every emergency room within a 300-mile radius.”

“Bergram, you’re Cop Shop, but we’ll keep the aperiodic radio tracking the locals.”

“Ramstein, find that German guy who gets a hard-on for global warming.”

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Silicon Valley Bosses Are Globalist Crustians, Not Libertarians

13th September 2017

 

 

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Democrats Bring the H8: Liberal Fascists

13th September 2017

Screen Shot Stephen Colbert Nazi Salute (CBS: Sep 8, 2017)

And yet Trump is the New Hitler.

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Thought for the Day

13th September 2017

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Trump’s Bipartisan Politics Only Surprising Because of Obama

13th September 2017

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The biggest surprise in President Trump’s willingness to work with Democrats is how much of a surprise it is to much of America. Expressions of shock are coming from all corners, suggesting that many of us view fierce polarization as normal and bipartisanship as abnormal.

If so, add that to the legacy of Barack Obama. He was the ultimate my-way or the highway president.

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The IKEA Humans: The Social Base of Contemporary Liberalism

13th September 2017

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A century and a half later, the satire in Our Mutual Friend may seem quaint. Today, an ambitious, upwardly mobile young couple in London, Brooklyn, or Seattle (the rough equivalents of the Veneerings) are unlikely to host large dinner parties, their networking taking place on corporate-owned social media or in cramped urban apartments and bars; staffs of servants are a preserve of the truly rich. In addition, our young couple are unlikely to own a single furnishing even with a cherrywood veneer, much less a solid piece of hardwood — hence the joke of the Veneerings’ name has lost its bite.

On the other hand, the Veneerings’ thinly-veiled manipulation and social climbing today seems so ordinary that it is hard to imagine why Dickens expected his readers to find the young Londoners repugnant. They merely knew, it may seem to many readers today, “how to play the game.” The Veneerings represent a social class — the professional and investing class that arose from Britain’s rising industrial and imperial wealth and that provided the bedrock of the Liberal Party. That class has not disappeared, but has grown and evolved into the white-collar professional and managerial elite that sets the general tone of political and intellectual life in the West.

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Absentee Strangers

13th September 2017

ZMan ponders.

I have this theory that some of what drives this desire for Amerind labor and Asian servants is a weird manifestation of white guilt. A crew of blacks, singing spirituals, while raking leaves would set off mass panic is a place like Bethesda. A thick black women, kitted out like Mammy, dotting on the youngins, would probably kill the typical SWPL in Cloud Country. Ruling class whites simply have no will to face up to the reality of black America, so they systematically exclude it from their lives, with the use of foreigners.

This denial of reality also would explain the lack of whites working as domestics. There are plenty of unemployed white girls who could be trained to clean houses and tend to small children. The same is true for landscaping and residential work. The presence of working class whites, however, would fill the Cloud People with angst. It would be a daily reminder that for all but the grace of the void where God used to exist, that could be the life of the lady of the house. Who needs to be reminded of class reality in their own home!

This deliberate self-alienation by our elites is probably what drives their zeal for open borders. Those Cloud People in their seven figure homes don’t know any working class whites. They’ve never met a man who makes a living driving a truck or running a tow motor in a warehouse. They do know Garbonzo, the guy they see cutting their grass in the summer. Their kid’s Korean nanny, whose daughter plays the flute, is someone they know and bond with across class lines. The Dirt People, on the other hand, are strangers.

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The Williamsonian Persuasion

12th September 2017

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Jay Nordlinger interviews Kevin D. Williamson.

I like both of these guys and it’s an interesting conversation.

I especially like Kevin’s characterization of Donald Trump as ‘a poor man’s idea of a rich man’s life’. That really says all that needs to be said.

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Leftism Is Not Liberalism. Here Are the Differences.

12th September 2017

Dennis Prager takes a stab.

If someone asks what I am politically, I just say ‘anti-progressive’.

Like anti-Communist in the Good Old Days, it tells you everything you need to know.

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SHOCKER: Absurdly Expensive College Faces $5 MILLION Budget Crisis After Radical Loons Run Wild

12th September 2017

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Oberlin is the alma mater of Lena Dunham and, somehow, Michelle Malkin. Until recently, it was the professional home to finally-fired, virulently anti-Semitic professor Joy Karega, who has suggested that Israel plotted the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. which killed 2,996 people.

Markets work, even when it’s Politically Incorrect.

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Defiant Hillary To Dems: ‘I’m Not Going Anywhere’

12th September 2017

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When the Marquess of Salisbury was asked whether there was a future for Randolph Churchill in the Conservative Party, is reputed to have said, ‘What man, having gotten rid of a boil on his neck, ever wishes it back again?’ I imagine that’s what a lot of Democrats are thinking about Hillary right now.

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‘Robot Lawyer’ Helping People Sue Equifax With a Few Clicks of a Button

12th September 2017

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We have the technology.

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Thought for the Day

12th September 2017

How about that Climate Change? Is it time for us all to die, women and minorities hardest hit etc. etc. yet?

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