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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Laid-Off Coal Worker Wants Explanation From Hillary Clinton

2nd May 2016

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Good luck with that.

“I just want to know how you can say you’re going to put a lot of coal miners out of jobs and then come in here and tell us how you’re going to be our friend,” Mr. Copley said.

And how does Hillary, the working man’s friend, respond?

“What I said was totally out of context from what I meant,” Mrs. Clinton said. “It was a misstatement.”

Weasel, weasel, weasel, weasel, weasel….

Despite Mrs. Clinton’s best efforts to apologize and explain her plans for coal country, Mr. Copley remained unconvinced. He said he wanted more information about her plans for Appalachia.

Mrs. Clinton won’t get his vote when West Virginia voters go to the polls. Mr. Copley said he hasn’t decided which candidate to support, but he will be voting in the Republican primary.


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Which stars are serious about leaving US if Donald Trump wins presidency?

30th April 2016

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Lena Dunham, Samuel L. Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Cher, Jon Stewart, Raven Symone, are just a handfull of Hollywood types who say that if Donald Trump wins the presidency, they will flee the United States. Some have since walked back their threats (Cher is apparently not really going to Jupiter) but Dunham has doubled down.

None of them, actually — we’ve heard this story before — but wouldn’t it be nice if they did?

Trump also weighed in on Dunham’s promise

“She’s a B-actor and has no mojo,” he said. “That would be a great, great thing for our country.”

I have a little list

They never would be missed….

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Black Students at Salisbury University Caught in Racism Hoax

29th April 2016

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Again? But that trick never works….

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Students Freak Out as Tennessee Votes to Defund “Office for Diversity and Inclusion”

26th April 2016

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A move months in the making has finally come to fruition as both Tennessee houses have voted to defund the University of Tennessee’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the Knoxville location, according to Inside Higher Ed. 

The office is known for its bizarre ways of promoting diversity, including warnings against Christmas parties and for encouraging the use of gender neutral pronouns. Both of which eventually had to come down after backlash, though students still supported the office.

If Thursday’s bill is signed into law, the $436,000 appropriation for the university’s office will be barred for the coming budget year, with the money being used to fund minority scholarships for engineering students.

Sounds like a much more practical use for the money — if you’re actually interested in diversity and inclusion.

Despite the funds still promoting diversity, students reacted harshly against the vote. After December’s study-in, the students on Tuesday afternoon walked out of their classes to stage a ‘die-in.’

Students walking out of class is like diners refusing to eat dessert. They’re still paying for it.

“We’re here today to show them that we care and that we demand that they change,” Clayton said about Tuesday’s event.

And the legislature has showed them that they don’t give a shit. Who’s going to win that one? The CryBullies really don’t have a lot of leverage here.

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Scientists Discover Enormous Coral Reef at the Amazon River

24th April 2016

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And this is only worth mentioning because — wait for it —

The unique reef is already being threatened by oil drilling companies

Women and minorities hardest hit, of course.

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What’s in a number? William Shakespeare’s legacy analysed

24th April 2016

The Guardian reveals – I’m shocked, shocked I tell you — that Shakespeare was a sexist racist bigot homophobe who probably voted Republican.

Only 17% of speeches in Shakespeare’s plays are by women

Shakespeare may have been widely championed as a visionary, but this description can’t be applied to his record on gender equality. On average men are given 81% of speeches, while 17% go to women and the rest are made up of unknowns or mixed groups, according to Open Source Shakespeare. Women tend to come off worst in his tragedies: Timon of Athens features just nine speeches by women, compared with 725 by men. And yet the population of Shakespeare’s England was roughly 53.5% male and 46.5% female. “It’s been rough on women actors with a passion for Shakespeare these 400 years,” says Tina Packer, the actor and artistic director at Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts.

Somehow I can’t help but feel that this sort of misses the point. But I feel that way a lot these days.

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Women don’t need feminist instruction manuals

23rd April 2016

Ella Whelan at the Spectator is fed up.

Another day, another instruction manual is published on how to be female. ‘Girl Up’ by Laura Bates, author of ‘Everyday Sexism’, is out this week. It is intended to be a handy guide for women on all the ‘lies they told us’. Who are they? ‘They’ means anyone who disagrees with the contemporary feminist line: that women are weak, vulnerable and oppressed.

But ‘Girl Up’ is merely the latest instalment in a series of feminist manuals. It began in 2011 when Caitlin Moran – the world’s most annoying woman – published ‘How To Be a Woman’. Ever since, media savvy feminists have continued to reel out book after book of female instruction manuals.

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Seven Earth Day Predictions That Failed Spectacularly

22nd April 2016

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So, the White Privilege Conference Devolved Into a Total Cupcake Whinefest

21st April 2016

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The 17th annual White Privilege Conference in Philadelphia devolved into a precious snowflake whinefest when attendees noted that the conference was too white. No, I’m not kidding. To make things more absurd, a speaker, who was Caucasian, spoke over his allotted time, an offense that was nothing more than an exercise in white supremacy.

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A Handy Guide to Popular Social Justice Hashtags (And What They Really Mean)

18th April 2016

Jim Goad speaks truth to glower.

As everyone with two brain cells to rub together is well aware, a tremendous amount of social injustice exists in this so-called world of ours. To rectify this unfortunate situation, many among us who are devoted to enforcing equality by all means necessary have taken to wielding our smartphones like Star Wars lightsabers against all the big fat mean rich white male capitalist sexist scum-sucking cisgender pigs who need to be brutally tortured in public and then wiped off the planet because they think it’s cool and funny to dehumanize others.

Hashtag activism is a relatively new weapon in the arsenal of social justice warriors who seek to erase national borders, do away with greed, abolish ethnic conflict, eradicate hate speech, criminalize transphobia, foster a harmonious global community under one benevolent governmental taxing agency, and all other manner of, like, totally realistic and absolutely plausible goals.

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‘Islamophobia’ in One State

17th April 2016

Scott Johnson of Powerline fisks a Voice of the Crust.

In addition to the Twin Cities, Somali Muslim immigrants to Minnesota have settled in rural areas such as St. Cloud, Mankato and Willmar. Concern about the continuing waves of immigration from Somalia in particular is not confined to the Twin Cities. Thus Matt McKinney’s Star Tribune contribution to stifling discussion of the related issues in “Anti-Muslim speaking circuit runs through rural Minnesota.”

McKinney’s piece is pitiful. It presents all related concerns as manifestations of “Islamophobia.” It calls on Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of CAIR, to render his opinion as an impartial expert. McKinney quotes Hussein: “A lot of these fears are coming from that type of general fear of the ‘other,’ and not real knowledge of Islam.”

I would say “a lot of these fears are coming from” Somali Minnesotans’ support for foreign terrorist organizations waging jihad. The support is manifested in the charges brought against the “Minnesota men” seeking to join ISIS in 2014 and 2015. Somali community sentiment is itself apparently supportive of the “Minnesota men” if not the cause. Rather than investigate the possibly rational causes of the “fears,” McKinney simply presents the concerns as evidence of bigotry.

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Equal Nonsense Day

12th April 2016

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Today is “Equal Pay Day,” which mitigates the fact that April is also Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month. (Seriously—it is.) And so we might as well remind everyone—again—that the “Pay Gap” is another of those myths that liberals cling to like a drowning man to a life preserver.

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Sanders: The Panama Papers Prove I’m Right, and Also, Time Travel

12th April 2016

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Where to begin? For starters, there aren’t that many Americans named in the Panama Papers yet – and the ones that have been mentioned so far have fraud indictments or other reasons to hide their assets from prying eyes of investigators. If you’re a wealthy American, setting up a secret account in Panama isn’t a particularly wise way to avoid taxes – you’re probably going to lose money once you add up all the fees, lawyers, accountants, and etcetera. It’s only worth it if you want the money to stay hidden – say, if you’re hiding it from an ex-spouse in an alimony fight.

Secondly, the timeline doesn’t fit Sanders’ perception of the scandal at all. Accounts set up through this Panamanian law firm go back four decades, long before the 2011 Panama Free Trade Agreement. What, were wealthy people setting up accounts in Panama in the 1980s because they could sense that in 2011, the U.S. would set up this free trade agreement?

It’s not often you see the editorial board of the Washington Post declare, “this Democratic presidential candidate has no idea what he’s talking about.”

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Wealth Doesn’t Trickle Down – It Just Floods Offshore, Research Reveals

10th April 2016

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James Henry, a former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and an expert on tax havens, has conducted groundbreaking new research for the Tax Justice Network campaign group – sifting through data from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and private sector analysts to construct an alarming picture that shows capital flooding out of countries across the world and disappearing into the cracks in the financial system.

Now, if you think that research conducted by any organization called ‘Tax Justice Network campaign group’ would find anything else, or that Voice of the Crust The Guardian would publish it, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I’m just sure you want to buy. (Does anybody actually believe this drivel? Somebody must, or they wouldn’t spend good money — well, socialist money — publishing it.)

Note the automatic assumption that money ‘flooding offshore’ isn’t ‘trickling down’. From people who spend their daylight hours bleeding over all of the Pitiful Poor People of the Third World, you’d think they would be delighted. But I guess not.

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Ordinary Humans Can’t Hear That Whistle, but Liberals and Reporters Can

8th April 2016

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In politics, a dog whistle is a rhetorical device–an oral expression susceptible to two interpretations, one straightforward and one, metaphorically speaking, at a higher frequency. In his 2004 speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, John Kerry* asserted: “Let’s never misuse for political purposes the most precious document in American history, the Constitution of the United States.” A platitude to the ordinary ear was an endorsement of same-sex marriage at 30 kilohertz.

The thing we adore about these dog-whistle kerfuffles is that the people who react to the whistle always assume it’s intended for somebody else. The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you’re the dog.

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Cliche Count: “Unbearable Whiteness”

6th April 2016

Steve Sailer runs the numbers so that you don’t have to.

About 46,600 results (0.71 seconds)

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Square Root Day: There Are Only Nine Days This Century Like This

5th April 2016

Be still my heart.

The day was coined and publicised by a former high school teacher from California.

Yeah, that figures.

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Los Angeles Father Shehada Issa Accused of Fatally Shooting Son Amir Issa for Being Gay

3rd April 2016

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Note that not once is there any mention of the elephant in the room: This would appear to be Just Another Islamic Honor Killing.

But that would be Noticing.

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Us Election 2016: Hillary Clinton Would Beat Donald Trump by a Landslide if Europe Voted, Poll Finds

2nd April 2016

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The strongest recommendation for Donald Trump I’ve seen in months.

Although I’m sure that The Magic Negro is considering an Executive Order that would allow Europeans (and Africans, too! Why not?) to vote in our Presidential election ‘just this once’.

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Obama: Trump Doesn’t Know Much About Nuclear Weapons, or the World

2nd April 2016

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Neither does Obama, the available evidence indicates, so I don’t know what he’s complaining about.

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LA Times: “L.A. Is Resegregating — And Whites Are a Major Reason Why”

2nd April 2016

Steve Sailer calls out the Usual Media Suspects.

The L.A. Times article blames white people for the fact that Latinos are taking over formerly ‘integrated’ neighborhoods.

One seldom mentioned reason that white flight is a slow process in California is because the 1978 initiative Proposition 13 gives a major property tax break to homeowners who stay in their homes. So Los Angeles neighborhoods tend to be pretty stable compared to, say, Chicago neighborhoods. They don’t rapidly flip due to white flight, nor do they rapidly gentrify.

Liberals always want to get rid of Proposition 13 because it’s such an imposition on raising taxes to spend more on social programs. But nobody mentions that Prop 13 did more for neighborhood integration than just about any policy of the last 40 years.

That is, of course, not mentioned in the L.A. Times article.

Asians in Los Angeles used to be very integrated all over the place. But then forced racial busing came to LAUSD in the late 1970s, so the Jews bailed out to private schools and the Asians bailed out to small school districts in the San Gabriel Valley that they could take over and control, like Arcadia. This also proved a way for Asian parents to keep their daughters away from chasing white boys by moving them to Asian dominant public schools.

But whites are to blame nevertheless.

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A Heaping Helping of Hitlers

31st March 2016

David Cole examines the pro-Hitler Left.

But my own views on The Donald aside, there’s no question that leftists have gone plumb loco over his candidacy. After decades of calling every Republican under the sun “Hitler,” leftists have now started to believe their own slur. As Daniel Greenfield points out, every GOP presidential candidate over the past fifty years has been Hitler according to the left. And as I mentioned a few weeks ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger was Hitler when he first ran for governor of California. Many people have forgotten that the night before the recall election, soon-to-be senator Al Franken announced on The Tonight Show that, if elected, Schwarzenegger would emulate Hitler (that’s the same Tonight Show hosted by Jay Leno, who, ten years earlier, had called Rush Limbaugh Hitler). When Romney was running for president, Mormons were Hitler. Last week, when Mormon voters demonstrated their intense dislike for Trump, all of a sudden they were Hitler no more.

John McCain is no longer Hitler, but he was back in 2008, when an episode of Family Guy labeled both McCain and Palin as Hitler(s). About a year after that episode aired, I was at a birthday bash for John Romano, the former Breitbart “Big Hollywood” author who chucked the right-wing blogosphere to open one of the Internet’s largest Parisian tour operating companies (an irony, as his views on Muslims and immigrants might actually make him a “hate criminal” in the very country he now depends on for his livelihood). A lone leftist at Romano’s party was John Viener, a producer and writer for Family Guy. I asked Viener about the McCain/Palin Hitler smear, which had been inserted into the episode not so much as a gag but as a political statement.

I never thought most leftists really believed them. It’s just part of the kata, an expected countermove. Dude says “I’m a Republican,” you reply “Well, then, you’re Hitler.” It’s just theater.

But with Trump, leftists are acting like they really do believe he’s der Führer reincarnated. I think what we’re witnessing is a new twist on the Boy Who Cried Wolf, in which the boy doesn’t end up encountering a real wolf, but rather, he comes to believe his own lie. He now actually sees the nonexistent wolf he invented, thus becoming an even bigger menace to the townspeople, having transitioned from liar to zealot, from prankster to paranoid schizo.

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Scripps College Student Body President Says ‘Trump 2016’ Whiteboard Message Is ‘Intentional Violence’

29th March 2016

Read it.

Poor special snowflake….

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Obama: ‘Divisive’ Rhetoric of Campaign Is Corroding Democracy

29th March 2016

Read it.

Not that Obama has ever given a shit about democracy before.

During the keynote address at the Toner Prize of Excellence in Political Reporting, Obama took several swipes at the GOP presidential candidates — without mentioning any names.

Toner — isn’t that the black stuff that gets all over your hands and clothes when you try to replace it in a copier? Yeah, that sure sounds like political reporting to me.

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Tim Parker, One of the Richest Men in the UK, Launches Scathing Attack on High Pay and Inherited Wealth

24th March 2016

Read it.

He told Management Today: “A free market system needs citizens to believe that the method of redistributing income is is fair and effective.

Uh, sorry, but a free market system doesn’t redistribute income. He must be thinking of socialism. (But that would imply ‘thinking’ which doesn’t appear to be much in evidence here.)

Parker’s wealth is put at £185 million by the Sunday Times Rich List.

So how much is a 50% income tax rate going to reduce his lifestyle? Not a shred, I would think. Who would it hurt? Um, maybe people who aren’t (yet) as rich as he is but who would like to be? Just maybe?

So ponder what he’s really up to.

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Twitter Taught Microsoft’s AI Chatbot to Be a Racist Asshole in Less Than a Day

24th March 2016

What a surprise.

It took less than 24 hours for Twitter to corrupt an innocent AI chatbot. Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled Tay — a Twitter bot that the company described as an experiment in “conversational understanding.” The more you chat with Tay, said Microsoft, the smarter it gets, learning to engage people through “casual and playful conversation.”

Unfortunately, the conversations didn’t stay playful for long. Pretty soon after Tay launched, people starting tweeting the bot with all sorts of misogynistic, racist, and Donald Trumpist remarks. And Tay — being essentially a robot parrot with an Internet connection — started repeating these sentiments back to users, proving correct that old programming adage: flaming garbage pile in, flaming garbage pile out.

Or, more accurately, ‘reality in, reality out’. Funny it is that, when reality conflicts with ‘progressive’ a priori worldview, somehow it’s reality’s fault for being All Wrong.

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Only 1/3 of “Entrepreneurship Professors” Ever Started Companies

23rd March 2016

Read it.

I knew the whole concept of an entrepreneurship degree was flawed (because you get a degree to get hired by an employer – the antithesis of entrepreneurship).  And I also knew most professors are scam artists who could never work it in the real world, and thus sell worthless, overpriced pieces of paper to naive millennials.  But there was also a piece of me who theorized there MUST be some old timer who retired, made their millions, and just wanted to share their experience to help young, budding entrepreneurs.

The truth is 66% of the “entrepreneurship professors'” resumes I searched had NO experience in being entrepreneurs.  The vast majority of them, like all their professor brethren, were the epitome of “those who can’t do, teach.”  Merely bystanders, spectators, studiers-of, and observers of real entrepreneurs in the real world making real change.  Simply the marching band who lacked the talent, skill, and work ethic required to make it on the football team.

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‘Oligarchy Of Super PAC Megadonors Have Conquered American Politics’

23rd March 2016

Read it.

Now try to figure out how the facts reported in the article support the conclusion reached in the headline.

The Chattering Classes seem to regard as an intuitively obvious law of nature that the candidate with more money will ‘buy’ the election, yet the available evidence suggests that this is far from true (Jeb Bush, call your campaign committee). In fact, the facts seem to indicate that not all the money in the world will help when the voters just aren’t in the mood — Arianna Huffington’s ex-husband’s campaign for the Senate being the poster child for such efforts.

I think that the supposed power of money to dominate elections, like the supposed power of money to improve education, is just a popular delusion, assumed rather than actually demonstrated.

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New York’s Millionaires Call for Higher Taxes for the Wealthy to Target Poverty

21st March 2016

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A group of around 40 millionaires wrote to Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and senior legislators, calling on them to consider raising taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents to help address poverty and other problems.

This is not about providing more money for addressing ‘problems’, which these people could easily do merely by donating large amounts of their own money to the State for such purposed. No, this is about forcing other people to spend money on this crowd’s priorities, whether they like it or not. The ‘problem’ is merely the excuse; it’s the coercion they like.

“As a businessman and philanthropist and as a citizen of New York State, I believe we need to invest in our people and our infrastructure,” said Mr Hindery, the managing partner of InterMedia Partners, a media industry private equity fund.

This is, of course, horseshit. Government spending is not ‘investment’, because investments bring returns; government spending is by definition ‘consumption’, as any Real Economist will tell you. This guy knows that — he’s just betting that Low Information Voters will not.

The Associated Press said the so-called one-percent plan would create new, higher tax rates for those making $665,000 or more.

And that reveals the Secret Agenda. It’s not about ‘soaking the rich’, but about ‘soaking the almost-rich so that they won’t actually get rich’. Similarly, large companies favor extensive government regulations because they know that their revenues are enough to cover the costs, but that smaller firms that might prove a threat will be forced to the wall by the expense.

There is no more loathsome a snake than the rich man who calls for higher taxes.

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