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Romanians Adope Remainians

28th June 2016

Check it out.

I am not making this up.

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Thought for the Day

28th June 2016

Vader Buttons

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How Brexit Shattered Progressives’ Dearest Illusions

28th June 2016

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Liberals believe in the rule of law; in individual rights to speech, worship, assembly, and private property; in an independent judiciary and civilian control of the military; in representative institutions founded on the consent of the governed; in democratic elections, not as ends in themselves but as checks on the power of government and as a means of gauging and forging popular support for policies pursued by public officials in the name of the common good.

Progressives believe in all of that, too, but they add something else: a quasi-eschatological faith in historical progress that gives the movement its name. This belief has many sources, and it takes many forms. One stream flows from liberal Protestant theology on down through Woodrow Wilson’s hopes for moral advances at home and an end to armed conflict abroad — with both of them realized by an elite class of public-spirited experts. The same theologically infused faith informs Barack Obama’s frequent invocation of an “arc of history” that “bends toward justice.”

As I have often said.

Politics in this expansive sense will come to an end in the imagined progressive future because there will be nothing left to debate. The big questions of politics will already be answered, the big disputes settled once and for all. Everyone will understand that all particular forms of solidarity are morally indefensible (just various forms of racism) and that all strong political stands against humanitarian universalism in the political realm are politically unacceptable (just various forms of fascism).

This is erroneous, because Progressivism demands constant change, because change produces Progress and one can never have enough Progress.

It would be one thing if progressives understood their universalistic moral and political convictions to constitute one legitimate partisan position among many. But they don’t understand them in this way. They believe not only that their views deserve to prevail in the fullness of time, but also that they are bound to prevail.

And this is also right on. This guy is so close to understanding the dialectic….

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George H. W. Bush Still Hates Broccoli

28th June 2016

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Good man.

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Secessionist Supporters in Texas Cry ‘Texit!’ as They Derive Hope From Britain’s Breach From Europe

27th June 2016

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It ain’t gonna happen. But it’s fun to talk about.

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The Howl Against Democracy

27th June 2016

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There’s a delicious irony to Remainers’ branding of Leave voters as confused individuals who have simply made a desperate howling noise, whose anti-EU vote was a ‘howl of anger’ (Tim Farron) or a ‘howl of frustration’ (JK Rowling). Which is that if anyone’s been howling in recent days, it’s them, the top dogs of the Remain campaign. They are howling against the demos; raging against the people; fuming about a system that allows even that portly bloke at the end of your street who never darkened the door of a university to have a say on important political matters. That system we call democracy.

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The Complexities of Living in a Culturally Diverse Society

27th June 2016

Jim Goad explains it all to you.

As a graduate of journalism school, it took me many years of tireless research to conclude that most journalists are so full of shit, it’s a wonder they don’t explode. I’ve learned to be especially wary of anyone who makes a point of referring to themselves as a “journalist”—more often than not, you aren’t dealing with an objective fact-digger but rather a robotic ideologue who will mercilessly mangle facts to fit his narrative while swiftly discarding any fact that even slightly subverts it.

The most depressing thing about trying to deal exclusively in facts is the fact that most people don’t care about facts. Fact is, they believe what they want to believe.

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Class Consciousness

27th June 2016

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In a reversal of stereotypes, “Democrats have become a party of the wealthy” admits Fredrik deBoer in the Washington Post. Meanwhile, Republicans–much to the chagrin of some Republican “elites”–have become a party of the working class.

The Antiplanner was reminded of this when I saw a report saying that 29.4 percent of Americans were now “upper middle class,” which the report defines as having incomes of $100,000 or more for a family of three (or roughly $82,000 for a family of two, $115,000 for a family of four, etc.–see page 3 of the report). This highlights something the Antiplanner has said several times before: the real social divide in America is not between the 1 percent and the 99 percent, but between the 30 percent and the 70 percent. Specifically, about 30 percent of working-age Americans are “knowledge workers,” and generally have college degrees, while 70 percent do physical labor, and generally don’t have college degrees.

Thus, when you read articles or listen to stories about the “hollowing of America’s middle class,” they don’t mean something is happening to the college-educated middle class. They mean that middle-income families are declining in importance as incomes are bifurcating into those with college educations having upper-middle incomes (or better) and those without having lower-middle incomes (or worse), with fewer having middle-middle incomes.

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Thought for the Day

27th June 2016

Biggest Risk To Happiness  - Dilbert by Scott Adams

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Brits Opt Out

27th June 2016

Joel Kotkin connects the dots.

Brexit also represents a shot across the bow to all the elites, not only in Brussels, but also in Westminster, both left and right, much as the Sen. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump campaigns have been here in the U.S. The EU pushed policies aimed at the mundane pleasures of the middle class, such as affordable electricity, cheap air travel, cars and single-family housing. Those who opposed the edicts were often excoriated as unenlightened and even racist. The “betters” behind the “Remain” campaign waged a kind of class struggle against the British grassroots – and lost in shocking fashion.

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Brexit Butcher Begins to Sell Meat Using Imperial System

26th June 2016

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A butcher has begun selling meat using the imperial system, following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

It was because of an EU law that the UK formally adopted the metric system.

But Gratton’s Butchers in Barnstable, Devon, is now giving customers the choice of pounds and ounces or grams and kilograms.

The move has been popular among his customers who voted for Brexit: “All the customers wanted it back in pounds,” Mr Gratton said.

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Thought for the Day

25th June 2016

Gorilla Shoots Aligator copy

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Progressivism and Freedom

24th June 2016

Real freedom includes the freedom not to change if you don’t want to.

That is a freedom that ‘progressives’ cannot permit.

Since, in their view, progress is inevitable, and progress requires change, any resistance to change is a choice against progress, and people who resist change are both Evil and Stupid.

As with Islam, progressivism is an oppressive totalitarian ideology with which no co-existence is possible.

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Lileks on Brexit

24th June 2016

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In case you’re wondering, I would have voted to Leave, based on a superficial analysis from the other side of the globe. It’s the idea of being a nation that answers to itself. I can understand wanting to join a common economic community. But when people you didn’t elect pass a law affecting the strength of your hairdryer to lessen energy consumption and prevent the planet from having a mean temperature of 156 degrees C by 3047, and there’s nothing you can do, people get peeved. Of course nationalism has its excesses. But the excesses of transnationalism are accumulated incrementally and smother all differences, and for people who are constantly droning on about diversity they seem dreadfully keen to impose a bland uniformity of laws. Culture survives for a while, but eventually the laws are your culture.

This same relationship is what caused the American Civil War, and poisons relations with the Federal government even today.

How you regard the Brexit as an American might say something about how you view the role of government, and the efficacy and desirability of international organizations. There’s a certain Star-Trekky well of course attitude towards international organizations, as though they are insulated from the poisons of tribalism and hence rational, wise bodies that make proper decisions based on The Good of the Many. But it depends on what they believe, and what they want, no? The idea that a transnational organization is superior in its nature to a government that arose organically from a thousand years of culture and reflects the national will and character is wishful thinking, and there’s one big example that comes to mind: the USSR. No, the EU is not the USSR, but given their druthers they’d love the scope of control the USSR had. Over the proper things. For the Good of the Many, of course.

I think it pretty obvious that this is Obama’s attitude, and Hillary’s.

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The Humiliation of the American Male in 2016

23rd June 2016

Scott Adams draws some conclusions.

Check out this commercial for dishwasher detergent. And take careful note of the American man’s v-neck sweater. That’s the uniform of a man who is owned by a woman.

You’re laughing because you know it’s true. How many of the married men reading this blog have received those same sweaters as “gifts” from women? Personally, I’ve received about 25 over the years. None from men. I received three of those sweaters so far this year. I throw them away. Nice try.

Many of you can’t talk about this topic without being accused of sexism, losing your jobs, and being cast out of your social groups. But I can talk about it because I endorse Hillary Clinton for president. I did that for my personal safety, because I live in California, but still, I’m on the progressive side now. That gives me some extra freedom of speech.

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Professor Rejects Marxism After Traveling the Globe: ‘Socialism Doesn’t Work’

23rd June 2016

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University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Professor Jack Stauder says his political and ideological conversion away from socialism and Marxism occurred when he actually witnessed these systems in action.

After traveling to more than 110 countries to pursue various forms of research, notably cultural anthropology, Stauder described his conversion from Marxism as a process of disillusionment.

“I gradually became disenchanted with Marxism by visiting many of the countries that had tried to shape their societies to conform to its doctrines. I was disillusioned by the realities I saw in … socialist countries – the USSR, Eastern Europe, China, Cuba, etc,” Stauder told The College Fix via email.

“I came to recognize that socialism doesn’t work, and that its ‘revolutionary’ imposition inevitably leads to cruelty, injustice and the loss of freedom,” the professor continued.

The designation is not confused, he’s a professor of UMass at Dartmouth, Massachusetts, apparently a local campus.

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Thought for the Day

23rd June 2016

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Donald Trump Book Club

22nd June 2016

Today’s Book: It Takes a Village (to Raise a Child).

A decade ago, then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton chronicled her quest — both deeply personal and, in the truest sense, public — to help make our society into the kind of village that enables children to become smart, able, resilient adults. It Takes a Village is “a textbook for caring…. Filled with truths that are worth a read, and a reread” (The Dallas Morning News).

Your assignment: Identify the village in which Chelsea Clinton was raised.

Update: No, Sidwell Friends School (annual tuition $37,750) is not a village.

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Euro 2016: Republic of Ireland Fans Fix a Dented Car After Wedging Money in the Door to Pay for Damage

22nd June 2016

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Having serenaded a woman as she walked by and cleaning up litter ahead of previous matches, the Irish have now gone one step further.

One fan managed to dent a cars roof after standing on it to try and gain a better view of the street celebrations that were taking place in Lille ahead of Wednesday’s match against Italy that will decide their Euro 2016 fate. While the act of standing on someone’s car is not to be applauded, it was their reaction that made it another moment to remember.

A number of fans began to wedge money in the door of the car in the hope that they would cover the cost of the damage, but others decided that they would “fix the car for the boys in green”.

They began to hit the roof of the car around the area that had formed a large dent, and as any good panel basher knows, if you hit it in the right spot, the dent should pop out. That’s exactly what happened, sparking wild celebrations and more chanting – and amid all the cheering there was probably more dents too.

A quote from a bar owner in Paris praised the spirits of both sets of Irish fans, commenting: “Paris has been morose since the attacks [in November]. It does us good to see such happy people.”

For the great Gaels of Ireland
Are the men that God made mad,
For all their wars are merry,
And all their songs are sad.

–G.K. Chesterton

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Why Gun Control Can’t Be Solved in the USA

22nd June 2016

Scott Adams connects the dots.

On average, Democrats (that’s my team*) use guns for shooting the innocent. We call that crime.

On average, Republicans use guns for sporting purposes and self-defense.

If you don’t believe me, you can check the statistics on the Internet that don’t exist. At least I couldn’t find any that looked credible.

Just ask criminals who they vote for. That will tell you all you need to know.

So it seems to me that gun control can’t be solved because Democrats are using guns to kill each other – and want it to stop – whereas Republicans are using guns to defend against Democrats. Psychologically, those are different risk profiles. And you can’t reconcile those interests, except on the margins. For example, both sides might agree that rocket launchers are a step too far. But Democrats are unlikely to talk Republicans out of gun ownership because it comes off as “Put down your gun so I can shoot you.”

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Random Thoughts on the Orlando Jihad

22nd June 2016

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When we have an episode of lunatics with guns:

  • One side wants to control the guns.
  • The other side wants to control the lunatics.

Say… wait a minute… What if we got together and…?

Nah, that’ll never happen.

If lunatics are deprived of guns, we would need worry only about their car bombs, suicide vests, hijacked airliners, and retail knife attacks. Or perhaps simply cars driven at high speed into crowds of pedestrians.

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Which Is It: Prescription Drug or Tolkien Elf?

22nd June 2016

Take the test.

Or don’t, depending on what you’ve got going on today. Hey, we’re easy.

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Some Thoughts About Lewandowski, Campaign Funding, and Safety

21st June 2016

Scott Adams continues his masterly analysis.

A very-rich entrepreneur recently told me that the secret of hiring a good team of people is being ruthless in firing your mistakes. Lewandowski was the right guy for the primaries – evidently – but perhaps not a good fit for the general. If Trump can fire a close advisor and personal friend in this situation, do you worry that he can do it while President?

Hmm.

Jeb Bush’s campaign funding didn’t help him against Trump. So we have one data point telling us that political ads don’t work in 2016, at least against Trump. One data point isn’t a trend, and primaries aren’t the general election. But if television ads are persuasive in 2016, would we have GOP nominee Trump? It seems unlikely to me.

The Clinton team is fighting the war of 2008, using the tools of that era. Trump is dominating social media and gobbling up free TV time. Those are the tools of 2016.

Do you know why you didn’t realize TV ads are less effective these days? Because the only people who could tell you that rely on political ads for their profits. You won’t hear anyone on CNN or FOX tell you that ad dollars are less useful than they were in the past.

Saw that coming.

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Why Trump’s Temporary Muslim Ban Makes Sense

21st June 2016

Ying Ma speaks truth to power.

In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting in Orlando, President Barack Obama, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and House Speaker Paul Ryan found themselves united in outrage. Unequivocally, they issued their condemnations: “Dangerous,” “shameful,” and “pathological.”

Their target, however, was not the radical Islamic ideology that inspired the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. No, the politicians were referring to GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald J. Trump and his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States. It was yet another example of elevating self-righteousness over reality and delusions over solutions.

A lot of that going around.

Instead of reiterating by rote that Islam is a religion of peace, as Washington politicians do, Trump is raising tough questions about why numerous Islamic governments and Muslim believers are decidedly not peaceful. Thus far, Trump haters have made no honest attempt to offer viable answers.

Nor will they ever.

What career politicians refuse to recognize and what Trump intuitively grasps is that the lines between radical Islam and regular Islam are blurrier than they appear. Of course, peaceful and patriotic Muslims have helped built America just like every other immigrant group, but outspoken, moderate Muslims in the West who openly stand up against the dark side of their faith are few and far between. Indeed, polling shows that a majority of Muslims living in the United States wish to have the choice of being governed by sharia law and judged by sharia courts. More disturbing, nearly a quarter of Muslims in America believe it is legitimate to use violence to punish those who give offense to Islam.

Meanwhile, just because some Muslims are portrayed as moderate and patriotic does not make them so. For example, President George W. Bush stood with supposedly peace-loving Muslim Americans after 9/11, but one of those individuals was actually the executive director of the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim group that federal prosecutors in subsequent years would name as an unindicted coconspirator in a criminal conspiracy to funnel financing to foreign terrorists.

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Chemists Were Wrong About Splenda

20th June 2016

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Makes you wonder what else they might be wrong about.

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Scott Adams on Trump

20th June 2016

Watch it.

And ponder.

Hillary: “Even women don’t say ‘I want to be like that’. Nobody wants to be like that. And do you want to know why nobody wants to be like that? Because men fucking hate her.”

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Greenpeace Co-Founder Pens Treatise on the Positive Effects of CO2 – Says There Is No Crisis

20th June 2016

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What Happens If GPS Fails?

20th June 2016

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Hint: Some scary shit.

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The Numbers Add Up: Peeing in the Shower Makes Sense

20th June 2016

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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Do citizens (not police officers) with guns ever stop mass shootings?

19th June 2016

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Hint: Yes.

A while back I posted about a few examples, but since then there have been some more, so I thought I’d note them. Naturally, such examples will be rare. Even in states which allow concealed carry, there often aren’t people near a shooting who have a gun on them at the time. Many mass shootings happen in supposedly “gun-free” zones (such as schools, universities, bars, or private property posted with a no-guns sign), in which gun carrying isn’t allowed in many states. And there is no central database of such examples, many of which don’t hit the national media, especially if a gunman is stopped before he shoots many victims. Moreover, at least some examples are ambiguous, because it might be unclear — as you’ll see below — whether the shooter had been planning to kill more people when he was stopped.

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Why I “Need” an AR-15

19th June 2016

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This article isn’t my attempt to justify anything to you?—?it’s not a defense of what’s in my gun safe or of the AR-15 itself. If, for you, my AR-15 ownership is prima facie evidence of my mental instability, sexual inadequacy, lack of a conscience, or what-have-you, then I honestly don’t care what you think about this issue. You can go back to broadcasting your own moral superiority on social media, and I can go back to tuning you out until your rage therapy session is over.

No, this article is for the genuinely curious?—?those who assume that 5 million of their fellow Americans are not inhuman or insane, and who want to understand what set of rationales, no matter how flawed and confused they may ultimately turn out to be, could make an otherwise normal person walk out of a gun store with an “assault weapon.”

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

19th June 2016

The Finer Things

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Trump: If Orlando Clubgoers Had Guns and Shot That “Son of a Bitch” It Would Have Been “A Beautiful Sight”

18th June 2016

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This is why Trump is so successful.

Obama would not have said that even if you had threatened to deliver his wife and daughters to ISIS.

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Thought for the Day

18th June 2016

Guns are the problem copy

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A Little White Lie I Told as a Camp Counselor Explains Political Strategy Perfectly

18th June 2016

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It would not be remarkable to observe that politicians lie. Many people lie. What is remarkable is that politicians keep telling the same lies over and over again. Few people do this. (Donald Trump, who tells a new lie almost every time he opens his mouth, is not a counterexample to this observation because he is not really a politician.)

I am unable to recall a time when politicians were not promising to balance the budget by eliminating “fraud, waste, and abuse,” or to help the poor by increasing the budget of a federal program, or to create energy self-sufficiency, or to stem the tide of illegal immigration by controlling the border, or to reduce gun violence by adopting stronger gun control measures, or…you get the idea.

Now, politicians are generally not stupid people. If there is one thing they know well, it is how to get people to vote for them. So if they are constantly repeating assertions that consistently turn out to be false, it must be because doing so has this effect. But why? Why does the public never seem to catch on? To answer this question, I want to describe something I call the “20 minutes game.”

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Japanes Donald Trump Commercial

17th June 2016

Watch it.

I am not making this up.

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West Hollywood Plastered With Rainbow #ShootBack Signs

17th June 2016

Wakey wakey.

Stickers and posters featuring a rainbow-colored version of the Gadsden flag and the hashtag #ShootBack were raising eyebrows in West Hollywood on Thursday morning in the wake of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida.

The signage was affixed to electric boxes, light poles, trash cans and other fixtures near West Hollywood City Hall, the Pacific Design Center and along Santa Monica Boulevard. Several were hung near the Abbey Food & Bar, a well-known gay lounge.

The posters featured a coiled, striking rattlesnake, similar to the yellow Gadsden flag that reads “Don’t Tread On Me” and often is used by the Tea Party movement. The West Hollywood signs were rainbow-colored, like the gay pride flag.

“We are disturbed by them,” West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister said of the posters. “We don’t believe in an eye for an eye, and we advocate against gun violence.”

Which is why there are 50 people dead in Florida and a similar number in the hospital.

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Thought for the Day

17th June 2016

Mystery

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Happy Bunker Hill Day

17th June 2016

Some of us remember.

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Blue Voyagers

15th June 2016

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What is it about blue states that makes people so eager to leave them? That’s a question worth pondering after seeing the results of Gallup’s latest State of the State poll, which, for the first time in eight years, found that more states lean Republican than Democratic. Only 14 states, the survey determined, are either solidly Democratic or trending that way, while in 20 states, the majority of residents are either solidly Republican or leaning right. Gallup deemed the rest toss-ups, with no clear advantage for either party.

The poll revealed other trends. Blue-state residents were far more likely to report that they wished to relocate. Seven of the eight states that residents are keenest to flee are solidly blue—led by Connecticut, where 46 percent of people want to follow the state’s leading employer, GE, to the exits. Also near the top of the list: New Jersey, Illinois, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, and New York. The only state in the Top Eight not predominantly Democratic is Ohio, which Gallup considers “competitive” (neither Republican nor Democratic). Rounding out the Top Ten are Republican-leaning Indiana and Nevada.

The flip side of those results—that is, the list of states that people are least anxious to leave—is also suggestive. Of the 11 states leading in this category (two tied for tenth place), just three are Democratic, led by blue-leaning Oregon and Washington. Six are Republican, led by Montana and including Texas and North Dakota. The others are toss-up states.

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How Beijing Turned Koreans Into Chinese

15th June 2016

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Of the approximately two million Chinese Koreans living in China, about half reside in Jilin Province, one of the country’s three northeastern provinces. Jilin comprises most of China’s border with North Korea and includes the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture — one of 30 administrative districts within the People’s Republic of China that are ruled, to some degree, independently of the central state. Given such a strong Korean influence on the region, it may seem logical that of Jilin’s ethnic Korean population many (if not most) would identify with one or both of the Koreas. Ethnic Koreans are, after all, described in Korean as tongpo; brethren abroad, compatriots borne of one ethnicity but living beyond the borders of their native land.

However, while this characterization generally holds true for older Chinese Koreans, in particular those who fled across the border to North Korea during the famine years of the Great Leap Forward and the mayhem of the Cultural Revolution, it is by no means applicable to the youngest generation. For them, the contemporary connection with South Korea is little more than functional, while that with North Korea barely exists at all.

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Persuasion Think-ahead

15th June 2016

Scott Adams continues his masterly analysis.

As I have said several times in this blog, Trump often uses confirmation bias in his influence. He creates a mental framework for us to view our world and then waits for future events to fill in the details.

How powerful is this method of persuasion? I recently turned a Trump-hating Muslim into a Trump-liker in about two weeks. It took ten minutes of conversation in person, followed by two weeks of confirmation bias that happened on its own. That’s purely anecdotal, but consistent with what I expected from the persuasion method I used.

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Thought for the Day

15th June 2016

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Dear Anti-Gun Liberals, Don’t Tell Me Which Gun I ‘Need’ for Self-Defense

15th June 2016

David French vents a bit.

Any person who breaks into my house or who threatens my family on my property will very soon find themselves staring at the business end of an AR-15 — specifically this one, made by the DoubleStar Corporation, a Winchester, Ky., arms manufacturer. It’s light, maneuverable, accurate, and highly reliable. While self-defense experts can and do disagree on the optimal weapon for home defense, large numbers choose AR-style rifles for exactly the reasons I do. It provides more firepower — with greater accuracy — than the alternatives.

But now I’m told — largely by people who don’t know the first thing about firearms — that no American “needs” an AR-style rifle. But when your life is on the line, what do you want? More accuracy or less? More firepower or less? More recoil or less? More reliability or less? It’s always interesting to take a relatively inexperienced shooter to a range, let them first shoot a handgun (where the bullets generally scatter all over the target), and then hand them an AR. Even rookies will shoot far more accurately with far less recoil. It’s just easier to use.

But not — in general — for criminals. For the average criminal, concealment is key. So they use handguns. Moreover, the average criminal isn’t spending $1,000 (or sometimes more) on their weapon. Rarely (very rarely) extraordinary criminals will use AR-type rifles, but most mass shootings are committed with handguns.

Funny how a lot of people who don’t know anything about guns are all of a sudden keen to tell the rest of us what we need and don’t need.

In reality, jihadists are the class of criminal least likely to be deterred by gestures like assault-weapons bans. In a nation with millions of AR-style rifles, is it really the case that a determined jihadist would have any real challenge getting his hands on the rifle he wants? In France and Belgium, jihadists often possess fully automatic AK-47s — a true “military weapon” — in spite of gun controls far more draconian than any proposed in the U.S. If you want to stop jihad, gun control is the least effective mechanism.

When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. Still as true today as it ever was.

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Leadership: The Popular Americans

15th June 2016

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Poland and the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) have asked for some American troops. Not enough to halt a Russian invasion, just enough to ensure that the Americans and their NATO allies (or at least some of them) will intervene if Russia does attack. These four nations already have a mutual defense guarantee from NATO in the form of NATO membership. But that is not enough and what has been asked for, and granted, are some American troops in each of these nations. Not many, there will only be one reinforced battalion per country. That means about 4,000 troops overall.

These four East European countries join a growing list of nations who, threatened by dangerous neighbors, have agreed (and often asked) to host American troops. The first and most obvious examples of this are South Korea, Japan and Germany, where the host nations even pay for some of the costs for the foreign troops to be there. This form of defense has been quietly followed by a number of nations in the Middle East, like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the UAE (United Arab Emirates). All of these Persian Gulf nations want the Americans around to keep the Iranians out. But it is not just the Iranians. Inside Iraq there have been American troops in northern Iraq to protect the autonomous Kurdish majority up there from the Arab majority.

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HAPPY FLAG DAY

15th June 2016

Some of us remember.

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Reminder: Guns Helped Secure the Freedom and Civil Rights of Black Americans

14th June 2016

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“I’m alive today because of the Second Amendment and the natural right to keep and bear arms.” So declared John R. Salter Jr., the civil rights leader who helped organize the legendary non-violent sit-ins against segregated lunch counters in Jackson, Mississippi, in the 1960s. As Salter recalled it, he always “traveled armed” while doing civil rights work in the Jim Crow South. “Like a martyred friend of mine, NAACP staffer Medgar W. Evers, I, too, was on many Klan death lists and I, too, traveled armed: a .38 special Smith and Wesson revolver and a 44/40 Winchester carbine,” Salter wrote. “The knowledge that I had these weapons and was willing to use them kept enemies at bay.”

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What do we know about the guy who killed all those people in Orlando?

14th June 2016

He wasn’t a Christian.

He wasn’t a Republican.

He wasn’t an NRA member.

He wasn’t ‘white’ as the Left understands the term.

He wasn’t Donald Trump.

He wasn’t Rush Limbaugh.

He wasn’t one of the Koch brothers.

He wasn’t an ‘Islamophobe’.

He wasn’t a member of any of the ‘hate groups’ identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

So who was he?

He was a Democrat.

He was a Muslim.

He was an Afghan ‘anchor baby’, a U.S. citizen only by virtue of our insane citizenship laws.

He had complied with all of the ‘gun control’ laws that Democrats have been pushing all these years.

He would have been able to purchase his guns legally under any of the laws now being pushed by Democrats.

 

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Green Party Candidate Jill Stein Says Hillary Clinton Could Be Worse Than Donald Trump

13th June 2016

Read it.

“Trump says very scary things—deporting immigrants, massive militarism and, you know, ignoring the climate,” Stein explained on Democracy Now. “Well, Hillary, unfortunately, has a track record for doing all of those things. Hillary has supported the deportations of immigrants, opposed the refugees—women and children coming from Honduras, whose refugee crisis she was very much responsible for by giving a thumbs-up to this corporate coup in Honduras that has created the violence from which those refugees are fleeing. She basically said, ‘No, bar the gates, send them back.’ You know, so we see these draconian things that Donald Trump is talking about, we actually see Hillary Clinton doing.”

My God, somebody on the Left who is actually paying attention! How did that happen?

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Thought for the Day

13th June 2016

‘I love the wisdom of crowds. It’s the individuals I hate.’ — Leo Laporte, This Week in Tech

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