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Amazon’s Man in the High Castle Ads Put Nazi Symbols on NYC Subway

24th November 2015

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I question whether they would piss their pants this way if some film about Stalin put Communist symbols all over the NYC subway.

Somehow I think not.

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Insufficient Handouts = ‘State Violence Against Women’

24th November 2015

Janey Stephenson goes the last mile.

This is a sobering week for women’s liberation in the UK. Tomorrow, our Chancellor will announce further austerity measures on the UN International Day to End Violence Against Women. This coincidence would be darkly funny if it wasn’t so devastating. Make no mistake: austerity is state violence against women.

I am not making this up.

We use words like ‘cut’ and ‘slash’ to describe austerity, so how can we deny that it is economic violence? And when it is women’s services at the receiving end of such brutal assaults, austerity becomes state violence against women that reinforces interpersonal violence against women. What better way to assist perpetrators than make it almost impossible for their victims to receive the support they need to flee?

The staff of the Onion must be jumping out of windows; how could you possibly parody this stuff?

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The Grey Lady Wrings Her Hands Over Public Pensions

23rd November 2015

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The editorial contains the inevitable slash at the greed and deceptiveness of Wall Street, but that part feels tired and pro forma.Even the NYT can’t fail to observe that this dynamic involves failures of governance on the part of the trustees of public pension funds. Either the trustees are stupid and credulous, or they are “willfully blind”—they choose to ignore the risks and odds because they need to throw Hail Marys to get the kind of returns they need to meet their unrealistically aggressive growth targets.

This is another way of saying that public sector unions—and state and municipal governments—have made promises to workers about their pensions without setting aside enough money to fulfill those promises when they came due. As a result, pension managers are forced into the casinos to make risky bets. But because they tend to be among the stupidest players in the financial market, they all too often end up getting hosed.

Funny how that works.

Over and over again, the answer is large but unfunded pension promises. Union leaders can posture to their members about all the lovely bacon they are bringing home, and politicians can posture to the taxpayers about how fiscally prudent they have been. The game depends on the unions shutting up about the underfunding of the pensions. If the politicians had to fund the pensions at the real level of these promises, they couldn’t make the promises.


The Gray Lady, to her credit, realizes that something terrible has happened, and she is doing what she does best: sounding the alarm. But she is still doing her utmost to pretend that there is no real cause for this terrible, multi-trillion dollar hole in the pension system. She sees no systemic flaw in the way that the modern progressive city and state are both designed, no structural defect that produces these terrible consequences in cities as different as Houston, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and in states ranging from tiny Rhode Island to giant California, New York, and Illinois.

That would require … oh, what was the word … oh, yeah, journalism.



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Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Has Become Propaganda for Democrats

23rd November 2015

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

After an initial burst of interest spurred by CBS’s big-bucks saturation advertising campaign for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” the show’s ratings have tanked and it is now running third in late night behind NBC’s Jimmy Fallon and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, who rarely has managed second place before.

The reason? A survey by the Hollywood Reporter found that conservative viewers are turning off Colbert in droves. Nearly twice as many Republicans are watching Kimmel as Colbert, who has turned “Late Night” into a sort of wannabe MSNBC show.

The pattern is familiar: When a Democrat is the guest, Colbert is Barbara Walters. When a Republican is on, he turns into Tim Russert.

Gosh, whoever could have predicted that?

I, for one, have never found Colbert all that funny. He gets laughs from the people who are delighted by snide treatment of the sort of people that Colbert gives snide treatment to.

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The Bogus Comparison Between Syrians and World War II European Jews

23rd November 2015

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The obvious one is that Jews fleeing Nazi Germany weren’t trying to blow people up in the name of National Socialism. The more accurate comparison would be Syrian Christians, but of course Obama and his Magic Bleeding Hearts have no time for Christians.

The real issue isn’t whether the language of security was invoked in both instances, but rather the nature of the “security” concerns.


Joel Pollak at Breitbart lists additional reasons why Zeitz’s comparison doesn’t hold up. For one thing, as we have also pointed out, Jews were singled out by Germany for religious persecution, making them the quintessential refugees. The majority of Syrians in question haven’t thus been singled out. Indeed, many are displaced persons fleeing a war zone, not refugees in the technical sense.


Yup again.

There are respectable arguments in favor of admitting 10,000 Syrians into the U.S. and respectable arguments against doing so (which I find more persuasive). Alleging bigotry against opponents of admitting Syrians is not a respectable argument, and neither is the specious comparison between contemporary Syrians and Jews fleeing the Nazis.

The Usual Suspects have no time for respectable arguments, since they don’t advance The Narrative; they’d rather wave their hands and shout.

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Washington Post’s Fact Checker Doesn’t Read the Washington Post

23rd November 2015

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I wrote earlier today about the liberal media attacking Donald Trump’s statement that on 9/11, “thousands and thousands” of American Muslims in Jersey City celebrated the successful terrorist attacks. Another Democrat who got into the act was the Washington Post’s fact checker, Glenn Kessler. He addressed Trump’s claim here, and, calling it “outrageous,” awarded it four Pinocchios.

This assertion is astonishing, because it means that Kessler is ignorant–or pretends to be–of his own newspaper’s reporting. As I wrote in the earlier post, the Washington Post, on September 18, 2001, wrote:

In Jersey City, within hours of two jetliners’ plowing into the World Trade Center, law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.

Somebody at the Washington Post lied? Say it ain’t so!

Did Kessler know about his own paper’s September 18, 2001 news story or not? If he didn’t, he is a lousy fact checker. If he did, his column was deceitful, to put it politely. So far, Kessler has refused to answer that question. I he does respond, I will publish an update. In the meantime, I award Kessler four Pinocchios.

Sounds fair.

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“How to Decimate a City”

23rd November 2015

Steve Sailer points and laughs.

One of the weirder trends in American discourse these days is the decline in any sense of how long ago specific dates in the past were when asserting theories of historical causality. Black students at Princeton are oppressed by Woodrow Wilson, while Genius T. Coates blames everything on FDR’s FHA.

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Unsettling Words on Resettling Refugees

22nd November 2015

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America may be obliged, for reasons unrelated to the inscription on the Statue of Liberty or holiday season humanitarianism, to accept Syrian refugees. But there’s a right way to talk about this—and a wrong way—irrespective of one’s position.

When it comes to partisan cheap shots, however, President Obama was in a class all own. For three straight days he lashed out at Republicans who expressed opposition to accepting Syrian refugees, and did so while on foreign soil.

“When you start seeing individuals in position of responsibility suggesting Christians are more worthy of protection than Muslims are in a war-torn land,” he added, “that feeds the [ISIS] narrative.”

Notwithstanding the fact that Obama’s story line has taken hold in the mainstream media, this is precisely backward. Syrian Christians are fleeing their home country because they were ticketed for extermination. “Genocide” is the word you’d hope administration officials would use, not “narrative.” What Obama is really doing is demonizing political dissent. His default response to anyone who says his foreign policy is a disaster is to label them racist or un-American.

Obama doesn’t give a shit about refugees, he’s reaching for any stick he can grasp with with to beat Republicans.


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Sanders’ Socialism in One Country

21st November 2015

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Sanders’s democratic socialism isn’t socialism. He disclaims public ownership of the means of production. Sanders’s socialism is Franklin Roosevelt’s Second Bill of Rights, only more so. It’s the welfare state above all, in which income and wealth are confiscated from some and redistributed to others in the interest of “equality” and “security” and all things good.

Well, that’s all right, then.

Whereas Roosevelt connected welfare rights with the Bill of Rights, Sanders connects “democratic socialism” to Roosevelt. In Sanders’s manifesto, as among Democrats generally, everything is up to date if the date is 1944. Only the animus is really of the moment.

They’ve gone about as furr as they kin go … not really.

To invoke the marketing cliché, in his speech Sanders “rebrands” Democratic Party orthodoxy as “democratic socialism.” Democrats prefer the camo.

Of course they do.

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Pearls From the Goldberg File

21st November 2015

Jonah Goldberg is always worth reading.

Dear Reader (Including those of you stunned by the news that Charlie Sheen has a sexually transmitted disease. Not since Jim J. Bullock announced he was gay have I been more shocked),

If you Google “Christian terrorism,” you’re probably a jackass to begin with. But if you do — bidden not by your own drive to jackassery but by the natural curiosity inspired by this “news”letter — you’ll find lots of left-wing trollery about how the worst terrorist attacks on American soil have been committed by Christians. Much of it is tendentious, question-begging twaddle. But I really don’t want to waste a lot of time on whether Tim McVeigh was a Christian or not (he really wasn’t).

What I find interesting is that many of the same people who clutch their pearls at the mere suggestion that Islamic terrorism has anything to do with — oh, what’s the word again? — oh right: Islam, seem to have no problem making the case that “Christian terrorism” is like a real thing. Remember how so many liberals loved — loved — Obama’s sophomoric and insidious tirade about not getting on our “high horses” about ISIS’s atrocities in the here and now because medieval Christians did bad things a thousand years ago? They never seem to think that argument through. Leaving out the ass-aching stupidity of the comparison, it actually concedes the very point Obama never wants to concede. By laying the barbaric sins of Christians a thousand years ago at the feet of Christians today, he implicitly tags Muslims with the barbarism committed in their name today.

Now, I see no need to wade too deeply into the theology here, but I think I am on very solid ground when I say that Islamic terrorism draws more easily and deeply from the Koran than Tim McVeigh drew from the Christian Bible. Of course, you’re free to disagree. In a free society, everybody has the right to be wrong in their opinions. (But don’t tell anyone at Yale that.)

Smitty at The Other McCain chimes in:

Modern politics grew more coherent, if not rational, when I realized that discussions like terrorism or the Syrian refugee crisis are all hormone-flinging directed at the flesh. Your Progressive overlords think you’re stupid, and will attempt to herd you with guilt, fear, and bribes to Do What They Say.

Conversely, there is shag-all interest in rational discussion, analysis, and a dispassionate effort at finding an optimal overall solution. “They never seem to think that argument through” because #ShutUp. There is power to be protected here, and allowing any sort of intellectual exchange is a direct threat to that power.

Obama is what you get when kids grow up without a father on hand to smack the silly notions out of their heads when necessary.

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Polar Bear Populations Could Plummet by 30% in Next Few Decades Due to Climate Change, Report Finds

20th November 2015

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According to a report by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), one of the world’s most influential conservationist groups, global warming is now the single biggest threat to the long-term surival of the polar bear as a species.

Of course, the chances of an organization named ‘International Union for the Conservation of Nature’ releasing a report that says polar bears are find and ‘climate change’ no big deal are — let me hit the calculator quickly — let’s see — less than zero.

Of course, Real Scientists disagree.

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Contrary to Obama Claim, US Has History of Admitting Refugees Based on Faith

19th November 2015

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So he’s ignorant of history. So what? He’s ignorant of almost everything. Why should history be any different?

Steve Sailer has more:

As I pointed out in my new Taki’s column, “Four Ways to Save Europe,” when ¡Jeb¡ mildly suggested that American refugee efforts for Middle Easterners should be focused more on the Christians who are being slaughtered than on the Muslims doing the slaughtering, our former Muslim child President was appalled:

“When I heard political leaders suggest that there would be a religious test for which a person who’s fleeing a warn-torn [sic] country is admitted…that’s shameful,” Obama said, growing visibly heated. “That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion.”

Of course, refugee eligibility has sometimes been determined based on religion/ethnicity, most famously in the Save Soviet Jews law of the early 1970s. This is not exactly obscure history, since a noteworthy fraction of the current punditariat (the Gessen siblings, Eugene Volokh, etc.) and media moguls (Sergey Brin of Google) got into America under this special privilege for Soviet Jews.

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Former Harvard Islamic Studies Professor Blames West for Paris Attacks

18th November 2015

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Farid Esack, a former professor of Islamic Studies at Harvard University, blamed the West for the Paris attacks in a post on his Facebook page, calling them “your chickens come home to roost.”

By this logic, Negroes are to blame for being lynched by the KKK.

Esack, who is now a professor at University of Johannesburg and a prominent activist in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, has previously spoken at interfaith events aimed at mutual understanding.

Sounds as if he’s a little unclear on the concept of ‘mutual understanding.’

These are the people teaching the future Ruling Class. Be very afraid.

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Obama Mocks Republicans Calling to Reject Refugees, Saying They’re ‘Scared of Widows and Orphans’

18th November 2015

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Nobody objects to ‘widows and orphans’ — but does anybody think that a program limited to ‘widows and orphans’ would be acceptable to Obama?

UNHCR’s data show that 50.5 percent of refugees are women. Females age 18 to 59 make up 23.9 percent of the refugees, while males in that age group make up 21.8 percent.

It’s that 21.8% that everyone is worried about. But of course Obama can’t be bothered to address people’s actual concerns when he can beat up on a straw man and be condescending about it.

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For Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, a Slap Fight Over Health Care

18th November 2015

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On Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton unloaded on Mr. Sanders, charging that he wants to raise taxes on the middle class to pay for his single-payer health care plan, whereby the government would replace private insurance companies and pay for almost all health care costs.

Hillary Clinton doesn’t favor raising taxes on the middle class? Hillary Clinton doesn’t favor single-payer health care? Oh, wait, she’s lying again … never mind.

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All About Them: Mizzou, Black Lives Protesters Say Paris Attacks Took Spotlight

18th November 2015

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After at least 129 people were killed by ISIS in coordinated attacks on Friday, several student protesters at Missouri took to Twitter to express anger at “losing the spotlight” in the media.

So what if people died? We’re being oppressed over here!

“Racist white people kill me, you want everyone to have sympathy for YOUR tragedy, but you have none for ours,” wrote user Melanin Monroe under the Twitter handle @NeonElectricity in a post that has since been removed.

Tedious assholes….

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Paris Attacks: Twitter Reminds US Steve Jobs Was Son of Syrian Migrant After States Move to Block Refugees

17th November 2015

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And I remind Twitter that Steve Jobs was adopted by a regular American family, wasn’t raised by Syrians, wasn’t a Muslim, and had no connection with Syrian or Muslim culture.

The reason I stay away from Twitter is that it is overrun by people from the shallow end of the gene pool. If everyone who used Twitter were to die at midnight tonight, the average IQ of the planet would leap, and the world would be a much better (and safer) place .

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Top Clinton Adviser Says Wealthy Should Pay More in Taxes

17th November 2015

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Of course, I’ve often written about this scam here. What the Crust mean by ‘wealthy should pay more in taxes’ is that ordinary income tax rates ought to be raised; of course, they don’t get their wealth through ordinary income, so it won’t touch them.

And even if it did, their focus is on income taxes rather than wealth taxes; nobody dares mention the latter, because the wrong ox would get gored. (Pun intended.) If you’ve already got a hundred million dollars, it’s no skin off your wallet if the government taxes income at 75% — you’ve got enough to live in comfort for the next five generations. All it means is that there are less grubby entrepreneurs and farmers and contractors getting in your way when you want to book a table at the French Laundry or buy a condo on Central Park West.

In the case of the Clintons, their actual power comes through the financial leverage of their foundation(s), and so even if they didn’t have two dimes to rub together they’d still be getting their butts licked by people who want ‘funding’ via the sacred foundation grant. (‘Funding’ is a fine Crustian term for ‘money I get to spend that I don’t have to work for’, like a teenager’s allowance or food stamps.)

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GOP Guvs Rely on ISIS Lies to Reject Syrian Refugees

17th November 2015

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In an interview with The Daily Beast, a former member of ISIS emphasized that Syrian passports, like the one found on that Paris terrorist, can be bought from the Syrian regime.

“There are people who go back and forth to Aleppo or Hama or Latakia or Tartus—you give them $1,000 and a nice photograph, and they’ll print you a good passport,” Abu Khaled, a former member the Islamic State’s internal security service, Amn al-Dawleh, said Monday.

“The guys with the regime are corrupt; they’ll give you whatever you want for money,” he added.

My, what a surprised. However: Just because he has a fake passport doesn’t affect the fact that he was a ‘refugee’ and a terrorist. It just means that he was crooked all the way down.

In a sense, Republican governors of 14 states took ISIS at their word, accepting the counterfeit Syrian passport as the reason to deny 10,000 thousands of Syrian refugees from settling in the United States.

 ‘In a sense’ is media-speak for ‘I don’t have any proof for this, but I’ll pretend it’s a fact and hope you buy it’. I suspect that there are more reasons to ‘reject Syrian refugees’ than ‘relying on ISIS lies’.

For example, the fact that it ought to be the duty of Muslim states in the region to step up and take care of this problem. If Muslims don’t care about Muslim refugees, why should we?

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Contain This

16th November 2015

Read it. And watch the video of your tax dollars at work … sort of.

Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes made the rounds on the Sunday morning gabfests yesterday. The burden of Rhodes’s comments as he made the rounds was to explicate Obama’s declaration on Thursday that ISIS had been “contained” just before ISIS demonstrated its reach with the massacres it committed in Paris on Friday. Rhodes danced as fast as he can to explain that Obama didn’t mean that ISIS was “contained.”

And those Syrian refugees Obama is admitting to the United States? Don’t worry, they are fully “vetted.” Who ya gonna believe, political hack Ben Rhodes or FBI Director James Comey?

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‘We Must Destroy ISIS But Not Play Into Their hands – the Wrong Response Would Create Countless New Recruits’

14th November 2015

Drivel from a British Voice of the Crust.

Fine — we’ll kill them, too.

A thought – if we kill them all, there won’t be anybody to recruit from, would there? Problem solved.

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Clinton Vows Not to Raise Taxes on Families Earning Less Than $250,000

14th November 2015

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

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Mizzou Hunger-Strike Figure From Omaha, Son of top railroad Exec

11th November 2015

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Jonathan Butler played high-school football at Omaha Central High, where he won a state championship, and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mizzou, the newspaper reports. He is working toward a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy.

He is a member of a prominent Omaha family. The newspaper says that Butler’s father is Eric L. Butler, executive vice president for sales and marketing for the Union Pacific Railroad. His 2014 compensation was $8.4 million, according to regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Guess he isn’t really an oppressed black dude from the ‘hood after all.


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Politico’s Friday Fabrications

9th November 2015

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On Friday morning, the website Politico.com, continuing its steady journey into the realm of just-another-propaganda-arm-of-the-DNC, posted a big bold story, intended no doubt to let the air out of the trustworthy sails of Dr. Ben Carson’s political ambitions: “Ben Carson admits fabricating West Point scholarship.” The article’s subtitle read, “Carson’s campaign on Friday admitted that a central point in his inspirational personal story was fabricated.”

Eventually, Politico added an editor’s note in which they argue that Ben Carson lied about claiming to have “received a ‘full scholarship’ to West Point” because “in fact he did not and there is actually no such thing as a ‘full scholarship’ to the taxpayer-funded academy.” Politico reiterates later “there are no ‘full scholarships’” at West Point.

Or, more accurately, all admissions to West Point are ‘full scholarships’. You’d think that they’d know that — by, say, looking at the West Point website. But I guess it was too much trouble.

Of course, the even-handed Politico simultaneously posted some very tough articles about Democrats including “Sanders shows a softer side in MSNBC forum” and “Source: Key Clinton emails did not contain highly classified secrets” (in which everybody who is willing to speak for the record says no such determination has yet been made, but Politico is going with its anonymous source to exculpate the serial liar and maker-of-poor-decisions whom they support for president.) And that’s the aggressive mainstream media vetting of Democrats, at least in comparison to AP’s gem of a story: “Clinton faces tough question: What to call Bill if she wins.” You can’t make this stuff up.

Voice of the Crust is a 24/7 job; no slacking allowed.


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College Dems at UC Berkeley Plan to Tweet Accusations of Racism During GOP Debate

9th November 2015

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… which everyone will ignore because they do that all the time anyway, so what’s different?

Perhaps College Republicans could return the favor by tweeting accusations of fascism during the next Democrite ‘debate’ (sorry, to have a debate you have to have more than one set of opinions on display) — but it’s just easier to post the video afterwards.

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Student Launches Hunger Strike Over Cancellation of Planned Parenthood Contract

7th November 2015

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A graduate student at the University of Missouri has begun a hunger strike that he says will not end until either he dies or university president Tim Wolfe is fired.

Jonathan Butler, who describes himself as a “liberation activist” on his Twitter profile, sent a letter to the UM Board of Curators on Monday morning, laying down the terms of the strike.

I’m sure they trembled in their boots. Well, Birkenstocks.

“During this hunger strike, I will not consume any food or nutritional sustenance at the expense of my health until either Tim Wolfe is removed from office or my internal organs fail and my life is lost,” Butler claims

Sounds like a plan. What’s not to like? Unfortunately I’m sure he’s going to keep blathering during the process, so there’s no rose without a thorn.

In the publicly-posted letter, Jonathan Butler blames President Wolfe—whom he referred to as “decaying flesh”—for “a slew of racist, sexist, homophobic, etc[.] incidents” since Wolfe took office in 2012.

Butler, who is receiving a master’s in education, according to his LinkedIn profile, lists the university’s decision to cancel its contract with Planned Parenthood as one of those “racist, sexist, homophobic, etc[.] incidents.”

I guess he’s worried about getting pregnant and not being able to afford a you-know-what. You know what student budgets are like.

Butler also claims that the loss of health insurance for graduate students—the result of an IRS ruling on Obamacare—is another example of what he says is the failure of the university to create “a safe and inclusive place” for “marginalized/underrepresented students.”

Well, he was the kind of guy Obamacare was aimed at. Seems to me his beef is with Obama, not Wolfe.

Several students have publicly voiced their support for Butler on Twitter, telling him to “remain strong” and declaring themselves in “solidarity” with him.

Although not, of course, to the extent of going on a hunger strike as well. You know how it is — an expression of solidarity is sufficient, without, like, actually doing anything. We’re with you, brother. [burp]

Butler previously led a group of black students in forming a human chain to block president Wolfe’s car at the university’s homecoming parade in October, as part of the students stated goal of new “inclusive policies” at the university, “as well as an overall shift toward a safer and more inclusive campus environment.”

Human chains to block people’s cars are an obvious step toward a safer and more inclusive campus environment, don’t you know.

The university has promised to require diversity training for all six thousand incoming freshmen, and already allows students to turn in their peers and professors for so-called “bias incidents.”

That worked so well for the old Soviet Union that it has quickly become a fashion in this country. We long to get rid of that dead weight Obama and have a leader like Putin that will get things done.

Despite these concessions, however, Butler and other students continue to call for Wolfe’s job. In addition to Butler’s hunger strike, Missouri students have launched a Change.org petition addressed to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, demanding that he fire president Wolfe.

Let the world tremble before a Change.org petition; since Jay Nixon is a Democrat, this actually might work.



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The @Salon Pedophile Click-Bait Magical Internet Outrage Marketing Machine

6th November 2015

The Other McCain draws back the curtain.

The liberal blog known as Salon-dot-com has spent the past 20 years losing money at a rate of more than a million dollars a year. Total losses by Salon-dot-com during the course of its existence are, as I said in 2012, “probably somewhere between $20 million and a metric buttload.” A few years ago, the proprietors of Salon-dot-com tried to sell it to another media company but negotiations reportedly broke down because nobody could figure out what Salon was worth, if anything. Exactly what the “investors” at Salon-dot-com aim to achieve — beyond providing employment for liberal writers — is uncertain, but profit is certainly not a goal. Promoting pedophilia on the other hand . . .

“I’m a Pedophile, But Not a Monster” was the headline on a particularly egregious recent example of Salon-dot-com’s habit of making soi-disant “counterintuitive” arguments on behalf of sexual deviance. Over the years, they have done this with every imaginable perversion and fetish. Nothing is too weird or too kinky for Salon-dot-com, whose editors are enthusiastically in favor of every kind of sex except normal sex. Your regular variety of husband-and-wife, penis-and-vagina sexuality — no, Salon-dot-com never has anything to say in praise of the kind of normal sex that normal people have. Instead, they’re always looking for the Confession of Strange Sex story, “How I Worked My Way Through Grad School as a Bisexual BDSM Dominatrix-for-Hire” or something.

Warning: These people are professionals; do not try this at home.

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Social Justice Warriors at Harvard Want to Change Law School’s Seal

4th November 2015

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No trace of Politically-Incorrect-Cooties must be allowed to exist.

If these guys are so offended by the seal, they ought to go to a different law school. C’mon, put your tuition where your mouth is. (Never happen, of course, they need that Harvard Law School ticket stub.)

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Armed Robber’s Family Complains He Was Shot Too Many Times

4th November 2015

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The family of a Chicago man gunned down during a robbery attempt are calling for his shooter, a concealed weapon permit-holder, to be prosecuted for the shooting. The Washington Post is helping to further that effort, suggesting the failed robbery could even be a Halloween prank gone horribly wrong.

Police say Saturday night Reginald Gildersleeve walked into the small bodega Agencia Mexicana while wearing a mask and announced a holdup, whipping out what appeared to be gun. Moments later he was gunned down by an unnamed patron. It was later discovered that Gildersleeve’s gun was a paintball gun.

Think of it as evolution in action.

But now, Gildersleeve’s family is calling for charges to be levied, saying that the habitual criminal didn’t deserve to die. Igbinosa Oronsaye, Gildersleeve’s stepson, told The Chicago Tribune the shooter overreacted in shooting multiple times.

 “Some people don’t actually know how to use guns,” Oronsaye said. “They go to firing ranges, but it’s not the same as a bullet going into someone’s body, it’s not the same as a bullet going into flesh. They should be able to wound first, kill next. He didn’t deserve to get shot multiple times.”

Uh, yes he did.

The family’s argument is being pushed along by The Washington Post, where writer Michael Miller says the shooting is “raising questions.” Miller wrote up Gildersleeve’s death Monday morning in a manner that seems intended to frame Gildersleeve in the best possible light. Miller, for instance, describes the shooting as “mysterious” because it “occurred on Halloween and involved a man in a mask with a fake gun,” although robberies with fake guns happen all the time.

From Hillary Clinton to Reginald Guildersleeve, the Washington Post never met a criminal it didn’t like.

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Why Lie?

3rd November 2015

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Because it’s congenital?

Biden goes out of his way to assert that Trump’s opposition to illegal immigration is an “attack on all immigrants.” Why lie? Anyone who is paying attention knows that Trump’s position on immigration is addressed to illegal immigrants. Why efface the distinction between legal and illegal immigrants?

Biden is utterly representative of Democrats on this point. It could be that Biden and his fellow Democrats such as Hillary Clinton see no distinction between legal and illegal immigration. It could be that Biden sees illegal immigrants as a core constituency of the Democratic Party. It could be that Biden thinks it is in the Democrats’ interest to foment confusion among voters on this point. It could be that the man is a natural born demagogue. It could be all of the above.

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Scarborough: No Republican Has Hosted Network Sunday Show or Newscast in 50 Years

2nd November 2015

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Of course not. That would be silly.

In the wake of the CNBC debate debacle, Joe Scarborough went on an epic rant on liberal media bias on today’s Morning Joe. He summed things up this way, in challenging the panel: “you can’t do it and nobody here can do it: name the single Republican that has hosted a Sunday show, that has been an anchor of a news network for the big three networks over the past 50 years: you can not do it.”

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San Francisco Neighbor Says Don’t Call Thieves ‘Criminals’

2nd November 2015

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So what if he stole your stuff? Doesn’t make him a bad person, does it?

In the site’s Crime and Safety area, where residents share strategies for fighting crime, Malkia Cyril of S.F. suggests that her neighbors stop using the label because it shows lack of empathy and understanding.

Cyril pointed out that instead of calling the thief who took the bicycle from your garage a criminal, you could be more respectful and call him or her “the person who stole my bicycle.”

“I [suggest] that people who commit property crimes are human and deserved to be referred to in terms that acknowledge that,” Cyril, who’s the executive director of the Center for Media Justice in Oakland, writes in the thread.

I am not making this up.

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Ithaca College Prof. at Cornell Lecture: Agriculture is ‘Capitalist Racialized Patriarchy’

31st October 2015

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Zillah Eisenstein, a professor politics at Ithaca College, declared in a lecture last Friday that agriculture is “capitalist, racialized patriarchy.”

The lecture was titled “Thinking about Hetero-Racist Misogyny in ‘Agriculture’” and took place at nearby Cornell University as part of a seminar series on gender issues in the practice of agriculture.

People borrow money to take courses like this, and then wonder how come they can’t find a job.

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The Black-White Sleep Gap

29th October 2015

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Fif­teen years ago, the in­ter­sec­tion of sleep and race wasn’t stud­ied much at all. Re­search­ers in the sleep field “hadn’t really thought about this idea—by race, by eco­nom­ic status—that people had dif­fer­ent amounts of sleep,” says Di­ane Laud­er­dale, an epi­demi­olo­gist at the Uni­versity of Chica­go. In the early 2000s, Laud­er­dale was part of an ef­fort that was one of the first to find ra­cial dif­fer­ences in sleep us­ing ob­ject­ive meas­ure­ments, as op­posed to self-re­ports. Study­ing a 669-per­son co­hort in Chica­go—44 per­cent were black; the rest were white—she and her col­leagues found, on av­er­age, an hour dif­fer­ence between blacks’ and whites’ sleep.

So what ex­plains the gap? It’s an in­triguing and still some­what open-ended sci­entif­ic mys­tery. (And one that is that gradu­ally get­ting more and more at­ten­tion: In Ju­ly, the ra­dio pro­gram Freako­nom­ics ded­ic­ated a seg­ment to doc­u­ment­ing the dis­crep­ancy and try­ing to ex­plain why it might ex­ist.) But the black-white sleep gap isn’t just a ques­tion for sci­ence; it also has im­plic­a­tions for the policy world. Sleep, after all, may be a key factor in a tra­gic spir­al: It ap­pears to be both a symp­tom of health prob­lems that dis­pro­por­tion­ately af­fect black com­munit­ies and also a cause of those same prob­lems. Which is why it seems worth ask­ing: Are there policy in­ter­ven­tions that could, real­ist­ic­ally, help to im­prove how black Amer­ic­ans sleep?

I am not making this up.

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‘Why I’m Absolutely an Angry Black Woman’

26th October 2015

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She looks pretty white to me.

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Anthropologists in Their Native Habitat: On Facebook, Holding Signs

25th October 2015

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Anthropology is one of those fields where politics trumps science more often than not. Not as bad as economics, of course, but then it doesn’t, like economics, purport to be a science.

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Obama Calls for Less Standardized Testing in Schools, Addressing Nationwide Concerns

25th October 2015

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I give up — how is this any of the business of the President of the United States?

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Cardiff Students Want Feminist Germaine Greer Disinvited from Campus and You Already Know Why

23rd October 2015

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Another feminist intellectual finds herself in the crosshairs of the safe-spacers: Germaine Greer, a feminist academic and author, is scheduled to give a lecture at Cardiff University in Wales next month, but students are circulating a petition demanding the cancellation of the talk.

That’s because Greer, a self-proclaimed Marxist anarchist who opposes hierarchy and capitalism, is nevertheless out of step with the modern left on transgender issues: she does not recognize “men who believe that they are women and have had themselves castrated to prove it” as women, according to her 1999 book, The Whole Woman.

Pass the popcorn.

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Bacon, Ham, and Sausages ‘as Big a Cancer Threat as Smoking’, WHO to Warn

23rd October 2015

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

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has warned for several years that there is “strong evidence” that consuming a lot of red meat can cause bowel cancer.

No evidence cited, of course. But Nanny never needs any.

It also says there is “strong evidence” that processed meats – even in smaller quantities – increase cancer risk.’

So does living in L.A. The question is, by how much? As much as smoking? I Think Not.

UPDATE: Pushback here.

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Taylor Swift Interviewed by Ryan Adams: The Five Most Pretentious Moments From Their GQ Magazine Interview

22nd October 2015

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They pay money to people to write this stuff.

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Michelle Obama to Unveil Website for College Campaign

21st October 2015

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Michelle Obama is unveiling a new phase of her initiative encouraging students to continue education after high school, a public awareness campaign and matching website to provide practical information and space to share stories, backed by more than 20 media, business and nonprofit groups.

There’s the ‘progressive’ magic word: ‘awareness’. Apparently, the reason we don’t live in a heaven on eath is because people just aren’t aware enough of the various things that ‘progressives’ are, by definition, more aware of.

What these ‘awareness’ initiatives are primarily pushing is for people to be ‘aware’ of the moral superiority of people like Michelle Obama. Actually help out? Well, that’s a different thing entirely. That takes more than ‘awareness’ and, really, we just haven’t got the time.

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The Decline and Fall of Congress

20th October 2015

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The answer lies elsewhere, in deep changes in the incentive structure of American politics. These changes, at once cultural and economic, have transformed everything from the parties to the presidency to the Congress in recent decades. The circumstance of conservative congressional majorities facing a determined leftist president has brought them to the surface in a vivid new form.

Today’s atomized politics is entrepreneurial on the supply side and issue-specific on the demand side. It is structured around the networked affinity group. Some groups are devoted to general ideas and principles—progressivism, libertarianism, constitutional restoration. Others are devoted to discrete issues and causes—the endless list would include women’s sports, persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Medicare reimbursement rates for cardiac surgeons, school-lunch requirements, mortgage preferences for veterans, and supporting or opposing fracking or the Export-Import Bank. As candidates and legislators, modern politicians work through the party system but depend primarily on affinity groups for support, funding and guidance, and integrate them into their personal PACs.

Apparently people in Congress are sticking to principles rather than cutting deals and logrolling. Somehow this is a sign of the End Times.

You figure it out; I couldn’t.

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Accidentally Sexist

14th October 2015

Beta Male whining at its very best.

Our assumptions about other people based on their gender, race, and other groups characteristics are embedded really deeply in our minds, and often come out without us even realizing. I know I can feel really ashamed when I realize I’ve had a sexist or racist thought, and often my first instinct is to try to pretend that it didn’t happen, or justify it in some way. But recently I’ve been trying to embrace the idea that those thoughts are going to be there, whether I like it or not. I think it’s better that I acknowledge them and correct them, than to try to ignore them while they continue to secretly undermine my attempts to treat people equally.

It can be difficult for many people, myself included, to talk about racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination, and even more difficult to acknowledge that I can contribute to them, even when I’m trying not to. But the first step towards making something better is admitting you have a problem. And it’s comforting for me to know that I’m not the only one with this problem, that even my female friend who’s long been involved with promoting diversity in tech has this problem.

So, I’m accidentally sexist, probably more often than I realize. We all probably are. Let’s try to acknowledge it to ourselves and each other, try our best not to be, and work hard to make up for it.

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Fracking Does Not Contaminate Drinking Water, Says New Yale Study

13th October 2015

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But of course there are a hundred thousand ecoFascists who will tell you that it does, and they’ll get the headlines.

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The Rachel Dolezal-ation of the Oregon Killer

13th October 2015

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Here’s the narrative: mass killers are almost always white men. The Daily Kos recently published a piece with this headline: “How come we can’t tell the truth about the White Mass Killer Problem?” It asks, “Just what the fracking hell is the matter with all these mass-murdering white people?” Certainly mass killers are almost always men. But they’re not almost always white men. Overrepresented? Perhaps. But almost always white? No.

Chris Harper Mercer walked into Oregon’s Umpqua Community College and killed nine people, wounding nine more. On a dating site, Mercer, whose father is white and mother is black, referred to himself as “mixed race.”

If Obama is black, this guy is black.

As to non-white mass killers, Selwyn Duke, writing in American Thinker, cited a Mother Jones Magazine compilation of data on mass shootings from 1982 through, at the time of Duke’s writing, September 16, 2013 — after the Washington Navy Yard murders. Duke wrote:

“Of the last 20 mass killings of that period, 9 were perpetrated by non-whites.

“That would be 45 percent, which exceeds non-whites’ 37 percent share of the population.

Don’t expect to read that in the MSM.

The media are often accused — by the eternally offended crowd — of intentionally “undermining the image of blacks.” In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The media lean over backwards to avoid any hint of anti-black sentiment. In the case of Mercer, a man with one black parent and one white parent, the narrative of mass-killers-are-almost-always-white caused the media great difficulty. But they tried their best.

After all, Rachel Dolezal, the white former NAACP chapter head who pretended to be black, says we’re whatever race we think we are.

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Campus (Dildo) Carry Protest Planned at University of Texas

12th October 2015

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I’ve always thought that there were a lot of dildoes in the student body at U.T. and this proves it.

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The NY Times Complains About the Competition

12th October 2015

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It’s a funny thing: papers like the Times are always telling us about the torrent of financial support for the GOP, yet in virtually every contested election, more money is spent on behalf of the Democrat. Moreover, with respect to this election cycle, the Times never considers the possibility that more money is flowing into the GOP side because its candidates are more numerous, more diverse and more appealing. The Democrats have nothing on offer but elderly, warmed-over leftists.

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College in California Won’t Allow Yacht Club Because Yachts Are Offensive

11th October 2015

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I guess it’s racist or something to use the word ‘yacht’.

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University of Texas Professor Reportedly Won’t Return Next Year Over Campus Carry Law

9th October 2015

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Well, that worked out better than expected. I’m sure he can find a position at some Blue State campus — Oregon, say, or maybe Connecticut.

The Austin American-Statesman reports Professor Emeritus Daniel S. Hamermesh has taught Introductory Microeconomics at the university for more than 20 years. He told the newspaper he would feel more comfortable if the classroom size shrunk, but because it was so large he would be unable to tell if a certain student was disgruntled or had mental health issues.

“With a huge group of students my perception is that the risk that a disgruntled student might bring a gun into the classroom and start shooting at me has been substantially enhanced by the concealed-carry law,” he wrote in a letter to the Daily Texan, the school’s student newspaper.

I’m sure a ‘disgruntled student’ is going to go to trouble of obtaining a concealed-carry permit just to shoot his sorry ass. You’d think that a professor would know enough to do some research, and find out that ‘disgruntled students’ don’t bother to comply with gun-control laws.

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Asian Nail Salon Staff Demand Apology From The New York Times for Poverty-Porn Series That’s Costing Them Jobs

8th October 2015

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Good luck with that . The Crust speaks for their clients, and expects the clients themselves to STFU.

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