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Favorite #Brexit Prediction: Here Comes World War III, Suggests Rachel Maddow

27th June 2016

Read it. And watch the video.

The #Brexit hasn’t just captivated the news over the weekend, it’s led to all manner of apocalyptic scenarios being painted by folks sympathetic to the REMAIN position.

My favorite so far? Rachel Maddow’s long monologue on her Friday show, where she effectively argues that the only thing standing athwart World War III is the European Union. Take a peek (and take a chill).

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International Reaction to Brexit? Clueless

27th June 2016

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Worldwide, liberals are convinced that conservatives are poor and uneducated. Here in the U.S., any survey will tell you that on average, Republicans are better educated and have higher incomes than Democrats, and can answer more questions about public policy issues correctly. It doesn’t matter: ask a liberal, and he will tell you that conservatives are poor and uneducated.

In Europe, anyone with reservations about mass immigration is “far right.” This attempt to rule debate about immigration out of bounds has been a serious mistake. Note, too, that liberals will never admit that conservatives have arguments against unrestricted mass immigration. It is always a matter of “fear.”

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‘Basically, Brexit Was a Tantrum — What Should We Do About It?’

24th June 2016

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Do not be fooled by the title of this publication, ‘Business Insider’ — they have very little to do with business. What they are Inside is the Crust, and they are one of the most reliable Voices of the Crust on the Internet. (Such publications love to adopt titles that suggest that they are businesspeople talking to businesspeople, whereas they are actually ‘progressives’ talking to their base.)

This sort of headline, from the Peter Jennings school of ‘journalism’, is meant to suggest that voters are too stupid to know what to do, which is why the Crust needs to provide some ‘adult supervision’ and save them from themselves. It usually isn’t quite this blatant, but these occasional flashes of honesty lets you peer behind the curtain and see the guy working the dials and levers that make all of the noise and smoke.

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US Election 2016: Why Isn’t the Assassination Attempt on Donald Trump Bigger News?

22nd June 2016

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Perhaps because the ‘journalists’ in the Drive-By Media all think it’s a good idea?

‘Dog Bites Man’ is never news.

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Against Dog Whistles

17th June 2016

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There’s an old joke about a man who walks into a bar. The bar patrons are holding a weird ritual. One of them will say a number, like “twenty-seven”, and the others of them will break into laughter. He asks the bartender what’s going on. The bartender explains that they all come here so often that they’ve memorized all of each other’s jokes, and instead of telling them explicitly, they just give each a number, say the number, and laugh appropriately. The man is intrigued, so he shouts “Two thousand!”. The other patrons laugh uproariously. “Why did they laugh more at mine than any of the others?” he asks the bartender. The bartender answers “They’d never heard that one before!”

In the same way, this dog whistle narrative has become so overused that it’s become detached from any meaningful referent. It went from people saying racist things, to people saying things that implied they were racist, to people saying the kind of things that sound like things that could imply they are racist even though nobody believes that they are actually implying that. Saying things that sound like dog whistles has itself become the crime worthy of condemnation, with little interest in whether they imply anything about the speaker or not.

Against this narrative, I propose a different one – politicians’ beliefs and plans are best predicted by what they say their beliefs and plans are, or possibly what beliefs and plans they’ve supported in the past, or by anything other than treating their words as a secret code and trying to use them to infer that their real beliefs and plans are diametrically opposite the beliefs and plans they keep insisting that they hold and have practiced for their entire lives.

As a wise man once said, ‘If you hear the dog whistle, then you’re the dog.’

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CBS News: ‘Look How Easy It Is to Buy an Assault Rifle’

16th June 2016

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CBS thinks it amazing that an American citizen could — again, legally — purchase a semi-automatic rifle in the state of Virginia (not a machine gun, bazooka, or fully automatic Uzi) after . . . well, after doing everything you’re supposed to do in order to legally buy a semi-automatic rifle in the state of Virginia.

“Throughout most of America, you could go into a gun store and buy an AR-15, just like you’d go into a Starbucks and buy a cup of coffee,” UCLA law professor Adam Winkler told CBS.

Actually, no. By CBS’s own account, the producer 1) provided two forms of identification to prove state residency, 2) a passport to prove U.S. citizenship, 3) filled out the required state and federal forms reporting her name, date of birth, social-security number, and past criminal convictions or restraining orders (if any), and finally 4) passed a federal background check.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had to do any of that when buying a cuppa joe at Starbucks.

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‘Guns Are a Public Health Issue’ Is Not an Argument

16th June 2016

Jason Richwine speaks truth to sleaze.

Do you have a political opinion that you wish would get more traction? Here’s some cynical advice: Call it a “public-health issue.” It’s the quickest way to seize the mantle of Science, which these days is the ultimate moral high ground. Remember, you’re not a political activist — you’re just a scientifically informed citizen with a concern about public health.

Yeah, right.

The American Medical Association (AMA) upped the ante on Tuesday by formally declaring gun violence a “public-health crisis” [my emphasis] and reiterating its support for various gun control measures. Unfortunately for the AMA, affixing the “public health” label on an issue adds no value to the debate. Most political issues have some relationship to people’s health, but that doesn’t mean that Science automatically comes down on one side or another. The AMA’s declaration is another exercise in science-gilding, which is the covering of one’s political beliefs with the veneer of scientific objectivity.

I looked for their calls for further research into cars, airplanes, and motorcycles, not to mention alligators in Florida, but (oddly enough) didn’t find any.

Supporting waiting periods and background checks, as the AMA does, is not a “medical” position. It’s a political one, and it remains a political position even when an organization with a fancy professional name adopts it.

I’ll say it: More junk science from the modern clerisy

If the AMA politicizes guns, on what issues can it be trusted at all?

Hint: Damned few; and only those that (surprise!) deal with actual medical matters.

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SLATE Goes All In on Second Amendment Trutherism

16th June 2016

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

In the past four days, no fewer than three of that site’s main writers have offered up a bizarre, revisionist version of the Second Amendment, and done so with all the nonchalance of a man who is proposing that two plus two is four. On Monday, Mark Joseph Stern informed his readers that “he disagree[s] that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms.” A few hours later, Dahlia Lithwick presented for public consumption one of the most historically illiterate essays that I have ever read, the gist of which was that the “Standard Model” interpretation of the provision was a “hoax” that has little purchase “outside of the GOP”; ”for most of U.S. history,” Lithwick claims, “the freedom guaranteed by the Second Amendment was . . . the right of the people of each state to maintain a well-regulated militia.” And yesterday, citing Lithwick, Jamelle Bouie ruined what was otherwise an excellent and insightful piece by proposing that the recent D.C. v. Heller ruling represented the transmutation of “a fringe right-wing vision of the Second Amendment — an individual right to bear arms” into “the dominant one.”

Such claims, to put it impolitely, represent the legal equivalent of Moon landing trutherism. Leaving aside that the plain meaning of the Second Amendment has been abundantly clear from the first moment a Bill of Rights was demanded — it is clear in the writings of those who demanded the measure; it is clear in the descriptions of all the republic’s early legal minds, among them William Rawle, Joseph Story, St. George Tucker, and Tenche Coxe; it is clear in the debates over the Fourteenth Amendment’s “privileges and immunities” clause, and in the unlovely legal decision that prompted that change; and it is clear in the legal commentary that came after the Civil War — it is simply not true that the “individual rights” understanding was the product of “right-wing” or “GOP” pressure. In fact, as Adam Liptak noted back in 2007, it was leftward-leaning professors who did a great deal of the legwork in ridding the legal profession of the “collective rights” lie — and it is a lie — that had become so disgracefully popular by the mid-to-late twentieth century. In a piece titled “A Liberal Case for Gun Rights Sways Judiciary,” Liptak correctly recorded that the restoration of the right to keep and bear was “thanks largely to the work over the last 20 years of several leading liberal law professors, who have come to embrace the view that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own guns.”

Slate is a reliable Voice of the Crust and will preach the Narrative to the choir even when it’s obvious bullshit.

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NYT: Why You Republicans Are Guilty of Murdering All Those People in Orlando

15th June 2016

Steve Sailer reads crap so that you don’t have to.

If I do text searches on the NYT Editorial, I come up with:

“Muslim” — zero

“Islam” — zero

“immigra” — zero

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Obama: ‘Be Tough on Terrorism’ With Gun Control

14th June 2016

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“Enough talking about being tough on terrorism; actually be tough on terrorism. Stop making it as easy as possible for terrorists to buy assault weapons,” Obama said.

Obviously, Obama has never tried to buy an ‘assault weapon’. (Not that anybody would sell him one.) Besides, he wouldn’t pass the background check.

None of his proposals would make it more difficult for terrorists to get (not buy) ‘assault weapons’; they would just make it more difficult for normal Americans to buy such weapons to defend themselves.

‘Actually be tough on terrorism’ means getting rid of potential terrorists, who overwhelmingly happen to be (wait for it) Muslims.

(Student loonies who shoot up schools and movie theaters aren’t ‘terrorists’ — they have no political agenda, and aren’t trying to terrorize people — they’re just loonies.)

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Dems: GOP ‘Complicit’ in Mass Shootings

14th June 2016

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It was a race to see which Democrat politician could say it first.

Republicans’ refusal to consider tougher gun laws makes them “complicit” in the nation’s mass shootings, Democratic leaders charge in the wake of the shooting in Orlando.

“These 49 victims joined a long list of victims and families that are hurting because their Congress will stand for a moment of silence but do absolutely nothing,” Rep. Joe Crowley (N.Y.), vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said Tuesday morning after a closed-door meeting of the group in the Capitol.

“They would rather these events just continue to happen, I guess. I don’t know what the answer is,” Crowley added.

I do. Get rid of the Muslims who are actually committing these crimes.

Donald Trump does, too. That’s why they hate him.

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Gun Nuttery in Slate

14th June 2016

Ramesh Ponnuru does some easy fisking.

Dahlia Lithwick claims that the individual-rights reading of the Second Amendment is a “hoax,” a “fib,” and a “lie.” So, of course, she has to reckon with the evidence and arguments that led even liberal constitutional scholars to embrace that reading. Ha ha, no. We do get to learn a lot about Lithwick’s feelings.

In the fifth paragraph, we also learn that “outside of the GOP,” it is “widely understood” that the individual-rights view is a hoax. In the ninth paragraph, we learn that the individual-rights reading has managed to sucker 76 percent of Americans. I guess Trump is right and the Republican party really is growing.

Dahlia Lithwick — isn’t that just a perfect Yale B.A. in English name?

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EU Official: Brexit Could Mean End of Western Civilization

13th June 2016

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”Why is it so dangerous? Because no one can foresee what the long-term consequences would be,” Tusk said. “As a historian I fear that Brexit could be the beginning of the destruction of not only the EU but also of western political civilization in its entirety.”

Looking at the current ‘western political civilization in its entirety’, I can’t say that’s necessarily a bad thing. Certainly it would kick a certain percentage of Eurocrats away from the trough, which I suspect is what he really fears.

Funny how nobody ever brings up ‘no one can foresee what the long-term consequences would be’ when they’re pushing for things like, oh, letting several million Muslims into Europe.

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Pulse Gay Club Attack: Orlando Faces More Questions Than Answers in the Wake of the Worst Mass Shooting in US History

12th June 2016

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Especially when the obvious answer is off the radar of everybody asking the questions, because CrimeThink.

The chief question being asked by the Crust, of course, is ‘How can we blame this on white people? Or Republicans? Or both?’

The motive of the gunman still remains unclear as authorities continue their investigation.

HE WAS A MUSLIM. HE HATED HOMOSEXUALS. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

How could a lone gunman, apparently inspired by ISIS, make his way into a popular gay venue on a busy weekend night and leave devastation and murder on his wake, before he was eventually shot and killed by police.

He just walked in. How the Hell do you think?

Furthermore, what drove him to do so?

HE WAS A MUSLIM. HE HATED HOMOSEXUALS. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Officials said he had previously been on the radar of investigators, he had been cleared and was not currently being investigated.

Of course not — that would be ‘Islamophobic’ and raaaaaaacist.

His father, Mir Seddique, told NBC News his son had become angry a couple of months ago when he saw two men kissing in Miami, and he believed that could be related to the shooting.

Oh, ya think?

He said the incident had “nothing to do with religion”.

And if you believe that one, he’ll tell you another one.

“What is clear is he was a person filled with hatred,” said President Barack Obama.

Much like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. He was a registered Democrat, as all such people are; perhaps he ought to have run for President (after all, he was an American citizen).

Asked if the FBI suspected the gunman might have had inclinations toward militant Islam, including a possible sympathy for Islamic State, Ronald Hopper, an assistant FBI agent in charge, told reporters: “We do have suggestions that the individual may have leanings toward that particular ideology. But right now we can’t say definitively.”

Apparently calling 911 and pledging allegiance to ISIS is just a prank.

“I feel like this an attack on the whole LGBT community,” said Giancarlo Sola who said he had been to the club several times. “I don’t know about Isis. I don’t think this was Isis – this was a hate crime.”

I nominate Giancarlo Sola for Mr. Clueless of the Year. ISIS is one big walking hate crime.

HE WAS A MUSLIM. HE HATED HOMOSEXUALS. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

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Presenting One of the Most Humiliating Academic Mistakes Ever

9th June 2016

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Check out this stunning statement from an Erratum published in the January 2016 edition of the American Journal of Political Science:

The authors regret that there is an error in the published version of “Correlation not Causation: The Relationship between Personality Traits and Political Ideologies” American Journal of Political Science 56 (1), 34–51. The interpretation of the coding of the political attitude items in the descriptive and preliminary analyses portion of the manuscript was exactly reversed. Thus, where we indicated that higher scores in Table 1 (page 40) reflect a more conservative response, they actually reflect a more liberal response. Specifically, in the original manuscript, the descriptive analyses report that those higher in Eysenck’s psychoticism are more conservative, but they are actually more liberal; and where the original manuscript reports those higher in neuroticism and social desirability are more liberal, they are, in fact, more conservative.

In plain language, they exactly reversed the results. According to the actual results of the study, Liberals are more authoritarian. Conservatives were inclined towards “social desirability.”

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Epic Correction of the Decade

8th June 2016

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Hoo-wee, the New York Times will really have to extend itself to top the boner and mother-of-all-corrections at the American Journal of Political Science. This is the journal that published a finding much beloved of liberals a few years back that purported to find scientific evidence that conservatives are more likely to exhibit traits associated with psychoticism, such as authoritarianism and tough-mindedness, and that the supposed “authoritarian” personality of conservatives might even have a genetic basis (and therefore be treatable someday?). Settle in with a cup or glass of your favorite beverage, and get ready to enjoy one of the most epic academic face plants ever.

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Crops Rotting in Fields, Trump to Blame

8th June 2016

Steve Sailer blows the whistle.

I first wrote about why Crop Rot Fever is an evergreen media assignment back in 2006.

In contrast, the lowest unemployment rate at the moment is in Ames, Iowa (2.0%), where a different agriculture productivity model prevailed.

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Cody Wilson: The Man Who Wants Americans to Print Their Own 3D Guns

6th June 2016

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Of course it’s in ‘progressive’ rag The Guardian so it’s full of ‘fascism under the bed’ language, but at least its coverage, which you won’t find in the American Drive-By Media. Sample:

The worst part about Cody Wilson is that he’s likable in person, and it’s easy to want to root for him as the underdog. But then he’ll say something so off-the-wall – “gun safety is using both hands”, say – and you crash back to reality.

‘Reality’, of course, being the Political Correctness cocoon, in which Gun Cooties are the worst kind of cooties you can have, even worse than Racist Cooties, Sexist Cooties, Homophobia Cooties, and CisNormativeHeteroPatriarchy Cooties.

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WaPo Columnist: Let’s Gang Up On Trump!

6th June 2016

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The Washington Post’s media columnist, Margaret Sullivan, who is also a former Public Editor of the New York Times, has an idea that she claims is novel, but may sound familiar to Republicans: news outlets should coordinate their efforts to defeat Donald Trump!

Voices of the Crust, to the barricades!

Maybe I missed it, but I don’t recall liberal columnists objecting to Trump’s free publicity during the primary season, when it helped him defeat Republicans who would have been stronger general election candidates.

Hey, it’s all about the Narrative.

In other words, the job of a reporter is to help win the election for Hillary Clinton.

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

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Thought for the Day

6th June 2016

Gorilla v. Chicago copy

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‘The Personal Is Political’: Feminism and the Problem With Keeping Score

6th June 2016

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One of the basic problems with feminism is that, by making equality the measure of human happiness, the feminist purchases an infinite supply of resentment. If you convince yourself that everything in the world should be divvied up equally, and that any observable instance of inequality is proof of oppression — social injustice! — you will become permanently angry, and perfectly miserable. Ronald Reagan once mocked the fundamental error of the egalitarian worldview: “We have so many people who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one.”

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GOP Fears Trump Could Revive Racial Politics of Past

5th June 2016

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Which would only balance the racial politics of the present, which the GOP Establishment is too frightened to admit.

At the 2005 NAACP convention in Milwaukee,  then-Chairman of the Republican National Committee Ken Mehlman sought to apologize for that history, conceding that the party had used race as a wedge to win votes.

One would think that the Republican Establishment would learn that this sort of Marxist self-criticism never works and only leads to worse.

“He’s a Mexican,” Trump said in another interview. “We’re building a wall between here and Mexico.” Curiel, a son of Mexican immigrants, was born in Indiana.

I was born in Indiana, too, as were my parents, but that doesn’t keep people from calling us Irish. Let’s not go all disingenuous, here.

“Do you worry at all that your nominee now, Donald Trump, will do to Latino voters what Barry Goldwater did to African-American voters?” Tapper asked.

“I do,” McConnell said. “I do.”

This presumes that most Latinos are Republican now, which is a fantasy that not even McConnell believes — or, if he does, he’s too much of an idiot to have any business in the Senate.

But Rob Stutzman, a Republican strategist based in California, cited Trump’s recent comments about  Curiel as a troubling signal the celebrity businessman “is doubling down on other completely inexcusable things he has done to race-bait.”

This is one of the ‘Republican strategists’ who have consistently lost elections and, even when they’ve managed to win, put RINOs in office. Remind me why we ought to be listening to them.

“It’s pretty clear it’s calculated, it’s part of a strategy, and it should horrify Republican leaders,” Stutzman said. “He’s trying to incite an angry, disaffected white vote.”

Let’s get the cart back behind the horse, here. There already is an angry, disaffected white vote, which is why Trump is where he is. He didn’t incite it; it incited him. (That sort of reasoning is why we ought to be ignoring losers and morons like Stutzman.)

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The Mexican Flag: An All-American Symbol?

4th June 2016

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Violent mobs who have attacked Donald Trump supporters at one rally after another wave Mexican flags while burning American flags. The vast majority of Americans will disapprove, to say the least, so the Associated Press felt called upon to assure us that Mexican flags are really OK: “Mexican flag, seen at Trump protests, has long history in US.”

The flag of Mexico has a long history in the United States, despite being a symbol of a nation south of the border. It became a topic of discussion last week after a violent anti-Trump protest in Albuquerque.

Trump lashed out on Twitter after protests outside his Albuquerque rally sparked a riot that caused thousands of dollars in damage, condemning “thugs who were flying the Mexican flag.”

“Lashed out” is what reporters say when they want you to be skeptical of a remark that otherwise seems to be plain common sense.

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Is This X-Men: Apocalypse Poster Really Promoting Violence Against Women?

3rd June 2016

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FoxThey live among us: people born with genetic mutations that give them awesome power—the power to be constantly offended by things that wouldn’t bother a normal, reasonable human.

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Hillary Clinton’s Camp Set Up ‘Veterans Against Trump’ Protest

31st May 2016

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It seemed like an outpouring of veteran anger against Donald Trump: over a dozen former service members protesting outside Trump Tower.
But the reality was more complicated. The protest was actually a coordinated effort, led in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign, to embarrass her Republican rival for his failed efforts to raise money for veterans. It only looked like a grassroots demonstration.
A spokesman for the demonstrators insisted they had no affiliation with any campaign. Later he said the protesters had reached out to the Clinton campaign for press contacts, but that’s all. Then the activist finally admitted that, yes, the Clinton campaign had helped organize the protest.

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

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DePaul Professor Offended by Milo Announces Resignation, Calls Free Speech ‘Delusional’

29th May 2016

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A sociology professor at DePaul University announced her resignation in a public Facebook post Friday morning in which she denounced the idea that universities should be “neutral platforms for ‘equal’ exchanges of ideas” and said that “so-called free speech” is “delusional.”

Dr. Shu-Ju Cheng, who goes by the first name Ada, posted a copy of an email she apparently sent to university president Rev. Holtschneider to a Facebook page affiliated with the DePaul University sociology department.

“To believe that universities are simply neutral platforms for ‘equal’ exchanges of ideas, the so-called free speech rooted in the market ideology, is delusional,” she wrote. According to Cheng, “that positional objectivity ends up reinforcing the exact inequalities and dominant ideologies upon which this institution is built.”

Spoken like a true daughter of Mao.

Yiannopoulos responded to news of Cheng’s resignation by declaring victory. “Splendid. I told you I was winning,” he said. “One down, the rest of the American educational establishment to go.”

We need to book Milo on a ‘housecleaning’ tour of liberal colleges. Do a clean sweep.

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Greens Blame Donald Trump for Crumbling Paris Climate Accord

28th May 2016

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Never mind he’s not even President yet – greens are already trying to pin the blame for the embarrassing slow motion collapse of the Paris Climate Agreement on US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.

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

‘Progressives’ invariably blame others for the fact that their silly programs never work; unlike many, Trump doesn’t seem to mind.

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Washington Post Exonerates Hillary by Subordinate Clause

27th May 2016

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Yesterday, the Washington Post’s editors weighed in on the new report from the State Department’s Inspector General regarding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Their editorial is a classic example of a familiar genre — expressing disapproval of misconduct by politicians one likes, while dismissing without analysis the possibility that the behavior is criminal.

The Post has even come up with the perfect phrase with which to pull this off. It finds Hillary guilty of “willful misjudgment.” “Misjudgment” suggests innocent mistake. “Willful” suggests some level of wrongdoing.

I’m not sure there can be such a thing as a “willful misjudgment.” The term certainly doesn’t apply to Clinton’s use of the email server after being told (including by a memo she signed) that this is improper.

If you “judge” that you can use a private email server but then receive authoritative notice that you shouldn’t do so, this is no longer a “misjudgment,” it is a willful violation. If the notice comes from you, then to call the violation a “misjudgment” is as cynical as it gets.

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

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Another Eric Holthaus Moment: Calls to Reduce Family Size to Save Planet

27th May 2016

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Remember Eric Holthaus? He’s the activist who said that he’d get a vasectomy and stop flying to save the planet from climate change. Yet, he couldn’t do either of those, had a child anyway and still flies airlines. If a committed eco-activist can’t keep his promises, one wonders how this plan could ever work? of course, Holthaus isn’t exactly prone to rational thought, but that sort of ridiculous and ugly behavior from climate alarmists is nothing new.

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Hillary Clinton’s Second Amendment

25th May 2016

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Why abolish it when you can ignore it?

Accepting the National Rifle Association’s endorsement last week, Donald Trump warned that Hillary Clinton “wants to abolish the Second Amendment.” CNN corrected him, noting that Clinton “has never called for the abolition of the 2nd Amendment.”

Although that’s technically true, Clinton has done what amounts to the same thing. She has interpreted the Second Amendment so narrowly that it imposes no practical limits on gun control laws, and that interpretation is sure to guide her Supreme Court nominations if she is elected president.

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Donald Trump Is Going to Win: This Is Why Hillary Clinton Can’t Defeat What Trump Represents

24th May 2016

Salon descends into Pravda territory.

The neofascist reaction, the force behind Trump, has come about because of the extreme disembeddedness of the economy from social relations. The neoliberal economy has become pure abstraction; as has the market, as has the state, there is no reality to any of these things the way we have classically understood them. Americans, like people everywhere rising up against neoliberal globalization (in Britain, for example, this takes the form of Brexit, or exit from the European Union), want a return of social relations, or embeddedness, to the economy.

The Trump alliance desires to remake the world in their own image, just as the class representing neoliberal globalization has insisted on doing so. The difference couldn’t be starker. Capitalism today is placeless, locationless, nameless, faceless, while Trump is talking about hauling corporations back to where they belong, in their home countries, fix them in place by means of rewards and retribution, like one handles a recalcitrant child.

The whole thing reads like an undergraduate Gender Studies paper. They actually pay people money to write this stuff.

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Exam Claims ‘Income Redistribution’ Among ‘Main Functions of Government’

23rd May 2016

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A test, administered on April 29 in Professor John Traxler’s Healthcare Economics class, told students that “[o]ne of the main functions of government is income redistribution,” then asked them to explain what the statement meant. The correct answer was C: “Taxing the wealthy and giving it to those in poverty.”

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Adviser: Obama Will Keep Low Profile After Term Ends

20th May 2016

Read it. And watch the video, if you haven’t laughed yet today.

Yeah, just like Clinton. Yeah, just like Carter.

And if you believe that one, he’ll tell you another one….

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The Fight for Free Speech on Campus: Charade?

17th May 2016

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The New Republic just published a bizarre piece attacking Charles Koch and Michael Bloomberg’s recent Wall Street Journal op-ed supporting free speech on campus as a “charade.” Colby College English professor Aaron Hanlon purports to explain what Koch and Bloomberg “really mean” when they oppose campus censorship, and rarely have I read a column that displays more ignorance or bad faith in describing the free speech crisis on campus and the motives of free speech advocates.

The prevalence of Cultural Marxist ‘useful idiots’ in academia ought to be a wider concern than it apparently is.

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Bad Teacher

17th May 2016

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I just read “The Battle For Room 314”, Ed Boland’s account of a year teaching at a NYC high school. Boland had been an admissions officer, done fundraising for nonprofits – but wanted to DO GOOD, and of course go broke in the process.

Such people are why ‘educators’ aren’t paid very well, despite all of the Great and Good telling us they’re the Most Important People Ever — because it doesn’t take much to be a teacher, and the market doesn’t pay a lot of what there’s an overabundance of.

The dean of the Harvard graduate school of education praises it, as does the former head of the Ford Foundation. So you know it’s a bad book. Sheesh, Boland only taught for a year, and he wasn’t particularly successful. He didn’t have great personal force, couldn’t control the kids, didn’t realize when they were lying to him. Came to hate them. But I didn’t expect to learn anything about educating kids- I wanted to see what page the educrats are on lately, just I have a green chili cheeseburger every ten years or so just to see if they’re still nasty.

I know that feeling.

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Trump and Women

16th May 2016

Read it.

It’s not exactly breaking news that Trump is a boor, but the Times did an extensive story on his interactions with women over the weekend that, given how a central figure (no pun intended) says she was mischaracterized and the haphazard material throughout, has to be counted a swing and miss. It feels like a notebook dump.

Funny how the Times never did any such stories about Bill Clinton. Apparently Bill doesn’t have any problems with women, at least so far as the New York Times can discern. His association with Jeffrey Epstein was, of course, perfectly casual.

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UN Director Admits: Most Syrians Not Fleeing Over War

15th May 2016

Read it.

Of course not. Like many homeless people, they are tired of providing for themselves and are gaming others into providing for them.

The director-general of the United Nations Office in Geneva has revealed most of the migrants from Syria are not fleeing persecution or war, and he has lashed out at both the United States and the Arab Gulf countries who he claims are not doing enough to accommodate more migrants.

Inconsistency? Not to the bureaucratic mind.

Speaking to the Huffington Post this week, Michael Møller described his dissatisfaction with response to Europe’s migrant crisis, specifically taking aim at the media for failing to “educate” the public and calling for schools to “educat[e] the youth for the problems… of tomorrow.”

When a bureaucrat says ‘educate’, he means ‘indoctrinate’. Think of it in a Sir Humphrey Applegate voice and it all becomes clear.

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Mark Zuckerberg Says There’s ‘No Evidence’ That Facebook Staff Suppressed Conservative Stories

13th May 2016

Read it.

Except for the testimony of the guys who actually did it. But I guess they don’t know nuthin.

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Forest Pests Cause $2 Billion In Damage In The US Every Year

11th May 2016

Mary Beth Griggs points out that the sky is falling.

Last week, researchers announced that the disease known as sudden oak death was now unstoppable. In the 21 years since it was first spotted, the disease has killed millions of trees, devastating forest ecosystems, and permanently changing the landscape.

The study had a bittersweet note. Turns out, the disease could have been stopped in its tracks back in 2002, if only there had been a large investment in prevention programs.

Well, then, let’s just get the government right on that. So many things would be fixed if only everyone realized that all it takes is a large investment in prevention programs.

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North Carolina Police Say They Can’t Enforce Transgender Bathroom Law

11th May 2016

Read it.

This is, of course, nonsense, although it’s very understandable that NPR finds it attractive nonsense.

A man using a bathroom posted ‘Women’ or a woman using a bathroom posted ‘Men’ would be liable for arrest for trespass, just as if a customer went through a door marked ‘Employees Only’. The same doesn’t — and wouldn’t — require any police to be standing on guard, but rather would be triggered by a complaint, as most cases of trespass are. The situation doesn’t require a birth certificate, but merely an answer to the question ‘Do you have a penis?’, which can be determined by visual inspection.

Journalism schools must rival college education departments for the dimness of their students and the ability to charge people for imparting no discernible amount of education.

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The Media’s Rhodes Scholars

11th May 2016

Steven Hayward at Powerline mentions some inconvenient truth.

The Ben Rhodes story takes me back to the infamous Atlantic article of September 1981, “The Education of David Stockman.” That was the story where lefty writer William Greider sweet-talked a gullible and naive David Stockman into confessing that supply-side economics was supposedly a trickle-down fraud (though in fact Stockman never understood it and wasn’t a sympathizer to begin with).

The media greeted that story as a major scandal about the Reagan Administration. By contrast, the revelation that the White House manipulated the media because, as Ben Rhodes rightly said, “they literally know nothing,” has not caused the media to be outraged that the White House was deceitful in the same way it argued in 1981.

Lots of reasons for this, of course, starting with the sympathy most journalists have for Obama and his Iran diplomacy. As several people have pointed out, the real ruckus here is not the revelation that the White House lied, but that the media have been exposed for the lightweights they are.  That’s much more unforgivable than being lied to. Did Rhodes have to rub their noses in it? Let’s start calling them (Ben) Rhodes Scholars for their acuity.

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Facebook Says There Is ‘No Evidence’ of Anti-Conservative Bias on Trending Topics

11th May 2016

Read it.

Except, of course, the testimony of the employees who were doing that.

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Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News

9th May 2016

Read it.

Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.

Several former Facebook “news curators,” as they were known internally, also told Gizmodo that they were instructed to artificially “inject” selected stories into the trending news module, even if they weren’t popular enough to warrant inclusion—or in some cases weren’t trending at all. The former curators, all of whom worked as contractors, also said they were directed not to include news about Facebook itself in the trending module.

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

It’s all about the Narrative, Larry….

 

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Two-Thirds of Americans Would [Utilize] Use High-Speed Rail If It [Was] Were Available

8th May 2016

Read it.

Pardon me for correcting the headline. I’m picky like that.

The point is, of course, not whether High Speed Rail ought to be available, but whether it can be made available at an affordable price. All of the available evidence points to the answer being NO.

I would use a Bentley if it were available, but I can’t afford one. The whole foundation of the High Speed Rail movement is the search for some way to implement it without bothering to do any sort of cost-benefit analysis, as if we could just use part of our inexhaustible stash of Unicorn Farts to fund it. (Of course, the people who come up with these projects never have to pay for it themselves, which is why it’s always a government-oriented deal.)

The basic problem with any kind of ‘rail’ is that it goes from where you aren’t to where you don’t want to be, and you’re left to your own devices to cover the initial and final stages. When the alternatives are foot, horse, or boat, rail is a great achievement. When the alternative is a comfortable automobile that will take you from your own front door to the front door of where you’re going, on your own schedule and at your own pace, rail sucks big hairy donkey dicks. The people who Just Love Rail are people who live in high-density cities where one can walk or bike or take a cab to where the rail starts, then walk or bike or take a cab from where the rail ends to where you’re actually going. Fine for them. But these are the people who are so convinced that Their Way Is The Right Way that whatever your preference might be is of no account where it differs from them. I ascribe it to the increasing narcissism permeating our culture (e.g. tattoos and piercings and weird hair styles/colors).

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How They Got Their Guns

7th May 2016

Voice of the Crust The New York Times obviously intends this as a Telling Indictment of the Lack of Effective Gun Control.

Go over the list.

Now: How many of these were ‘gun free zones’ (areas in which personal firearms were prohibited)?

They don’t ask that question, but you need to connect the dots.

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Thought for the Day

6th May 2016

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An Inconvenient Review: After 10 Years Al Gore’s Film Is Still Alarmingly Inaccurate

5th May 2016

Read it.

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

In honor of the upcoming 10th anniversary, The Daily Caller News Foundation re-watched “An Inconvenient Truth” just to see how well Gore’s warnings of future climate disaster lined up with reality.

As with most such Chicken-Little prognostications, Gore turned out to be full of Global Warming.

Gore’s been harping on global warming since at least the late 1980s, but it wasn’t until 2006 he discovered a way to become massively wealthy off making movies about it and investing in government-subsidized green energy.

‘Crapitalism’ is alive and well in the Democrat party.

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Race and Unreason in L.A.

5th May 2016

David Cole deconstructs the L.A. Times.

Yet, as bad a paper as it is, the Times does possess one unique quality: a highly entertaining obsession with race. The Times can take any story, about any topic, and spin it to be racial. Accuracy and relevance are immaterial; all that matters is finding some way, any way, to cram some aspect of minority suffering or white devilry into every story. For example, last November, Times journalist and wise Latina Carolina Miranda felt the need to pause her review of a one-man Ben Vereen tribute show in order to remind her readers that the Republican Party “hadn’t historically had a warm relationship with African Americans.” Yes, “historically,” blacks never supported the party of Lincoln, emancipation, abolition, Reconstruction, antilynching laws, anti-Klan laws, and the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments.

If you’re not reading the Times, this is the kind of incisive reporting you’re missing out on.

Imagine my disappointment.

To the Times, “white privilege” is as much a part of L.A. as the smog. So how do L.A.’s privileged whites rank in the new study? First? Second? Third? Try fourth. In terms of household median net worth, whites in L.A. rank behind Japanese, Asian Indian, and Chinese households. In terms of median total value of assets, whites also come in fourth after Japanese, Asian Indians, and Chinese. That’s the face of “white privilege” in L.A.—totally not white. And the L.A. Times? Totally not interested.

Well, for Social Justice Warriors, Asians are ‘honorary white people’, so that’s not surprising. (Any ethnic group whose average IQ is higher than the average IQ of a Fashionable Minority are Virtual White People ipso facto, and possessors of ‘white privilege’ — which will certainly surprise the Japanese who were interned during WWII.)

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Should Felons Get Their Gun Rights Back?

4th May 2016

A. Barton Hinkle is full of it.

Republicans have slammed McAuliffe’s order as nothing more than political chicanery. But while they might have a point about the politics, they are wrong on principle. Having paid their debt, felons should be able to rejoin civil society as full members in good standing. As Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) put it the other day, responding to GOP critics: “The right to vote is a right. It is not a privilege.”

Huh? What DEBT? Do not be confused by the fantasy phrase ‘paid your debt to society’. There is no debt here; these people didn’t spend time in the slammer because they were ‘in debt’. They were there for a reason — what part of CONVICTED FELON does this writer not understand?

Felons can NEVER ‘rejoin society as full members in good standing’ because the presumption that applies to all other non-convict citizens, that they can be trusted out loose in society, has been convincingly refuted in the case of a CONVICTED FELON. These are people who have demonstrated THROUGH THEIR OWN ACTIONS that they think that their desires outweigh the duties imposed on them by law to NOT ROB, NOT STEAL, NOT MURDER, NOT ASSAULT, and NOT whatever else they were caught doing.

Ordinary people can be trusted to vote and carry firearms safely because the law presumes them to be safe, law-abiding citizens. That presumption does not operate with respect to CONVICTED FELONS, who have demonstrated that they can NOT be so trusted.

Prison is not a Catholic priest; it cannot absolve you from your sins once you do your penance. They lost control once, and may lose control again; the law’s job is to protect everybody and cannot just give them a do-over because it makes some people feel warm and fuzzy. Sorry, Charlie, but you don’t get to endanger my safety just because you might be feeling forgiving.

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Why Financial Literacy Will Not Save America’s Finances

4th May 2016

Voice of the Crust The Atlantic explains why you ordinary people are too dumb to run your own lives and so out to leave it to exeprts, like, oh, I don’t know, let’s see, maybe government?

While Americans are not expected to manage their own legal cases or medical conditions, they are expected to manage their own finances. To be sure, the rise of the independent and empowered consumer rests on the belief that they have the requisite knowledge to be up to the task. But is it reasonable in such a system to expect people to succeed? Economists examining financial literacy would say no.

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