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Dems Turn on Nancy Pelosi After Ossoff Loss

22nd June 2017

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Women and Minorities Hardest Hit.

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WaPo Points Out Flaws With Solar Power After Trump Suggests Putting Panels on the Border Wall

22nd June 2017

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If Obama had suggested it, of course, they would LOVE the idea.

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Human Rights Organization Calls for Rodman’s Removal From the Hall of Fame for North Korea Ties

21st June 2017

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This is absurd. All of life is not politics. Rodman’s impact on the sport is beyond question. These people need to get a life.

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Prominent Statistician Declared ‘Math Is Dead’ If Handel Won Georgia

21st June 2017

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Well. There it is.

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The New, Nearly Invisible Class Markers That Separate the American Elite From Everyone Else

21st June 2017

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An obsession with who is and who is not ‘elite’ invariably marks people who are definitely not.

Being wealthy has become so passé that rich people are increasingly choosing not to display that wealth—that’s the theory behind a new book exploring the changing consumption habits of rich people in the West.

Actually, the reality is that the finer things in life are so available to non-rich people that rich people just don’t have that much in the way of an opportunity to grind the faces of the poor into the dirt they way they used to (in proglodyte fantasies). Bill Gates and Joe Sixpack both drink the same Coke, eat the same fries, pee in the same kind of toilet, and use the same type of gas in their cars.

In her new book, The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class, Currid-Halkett takes aim at “Aspirationals”—the group that she sees as the new elite.

In other words, the people who are desperately afraid that they aren’t in the Upper Class, and so are going out of their way to find some means somehow to signal that they actually are. A bit of category confusion here.

Highly educated and defined by cultural capital rather than income bracket, these individuals earnestly buy organic, carry NPR tote bags, and breast-feed their babies. They care about discreet, inconspicuous consumption—like eating free-range chicken and heirloom tomatoes, wearing organic cotton shirts and TOMS shoes, and listening to the Serial podcast. They use their purchasing power to hire nannies and housekeepers, to cultivate their children’s growth, and to practice yoga and Pilates.

As I said, it’s all about signaling — mostly to yourself, to re-assure you that you are on the ‘right side of history’.

Still, Currid-Halkett’s book is an important glimpse into the decisions driving how today’s rich spend their money. And while it may be funny to joke about their yoga pants and affinity for kale, the rise of the “aspirational class” may have very real consequences. Perhaps most disturbing is Currid-Halkett’s conclusion that these consumption trends may exacerbate inequality. Increased spending by wealthy parents on education and health for their children, for example, may deepen class divides and limit opportunities for poorer kids.

Note the proglodyte axiom: Life is zero-sum, so if wealthy people spend more on their own kids it somehow ‘limits opportunities for poorer kids’.

Note the proglodyte axiom: Inequality is bad per se, so if you are better off but somebody else is even better off, then you are by definition worse off, even though in absolute terms you are better off. Ching! You’re a victim, and the taxpayers owe you money. Fork it over.

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Why Can’t America Solve the Hunger Problem?

21st June 2017

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Note the Aggregation Fallacy: That there is some entity called ‘America’ whose job it is to solve the hunger ‘problem’. Typically this leads to calls for the Government to Take Action, with results (or, more accurately, lack of results) as you see them.

Note, too, the proglodyte axiom that Evil Corporations are somehow to blame for all the world’s ills.

We began to really embark on a charity approach as a more serious attempt to address what was considered to be an emergency at the time—which is why it was called the “emergency food system.” But that emergency never really went away. It just became institutionalized, and there’s been a permanent amount of food insecurity around the country since then. That’s one approach.

Elementary economics: If you provide stuff for free, the demand for such stuff increases to meet the available supply. Unless and until you run out of people who want more free stuff (which will never happen), you will never run out of people who want free stuff.

Another approach was welfare reform [under the] Clinton administration. That also reinforced the need for a charity approach because it lifted the government’s role in providing for basic income for the most impoverished people in the country.

Note another proglodyte axiom: If the government doesn’t Do Something, then nothing will get done.

Note another proglodyte axiom: It’s the government’s job to ‘provide for basic income for the most impoverished’. (Not food and other services; ‘basic income’ — i.e. free money)

Fisking the rest of this Crustian narrative is left as an exercise for the reader. (Don’t worry, it won’t be a challenge.)

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Liberals Blamed White Supremacy for Muslim Teen Murdered by Illegal Immigrant From El Salvador

20th June 2017

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Of course. That makes perfect sense on Planet SJW.

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Overpopulation Scaremongering Never Gets Old

19th June 2017

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The tiny land-locked African country of Lesotho is the poster child for the impending population explosion in the mind of journalist Eugene Linden.

In “Remember the Population Bomb? It’s Still Ticking,” an op-ed in the Sunday New York Times, Linden repeats a 40-year-old refrain: “Lesotho’s biggest problem probably was, and is, the obvious: too many people.”

Oh noes! The sky is falling! Women and minorities hardest hit! The planet will be destroyed!

Or maybe not:

How does Linden know that Lesotho is inhabited by “too many people”? The country’s population density is 176 people per square mile. But compare that to Malthusian hellholes like the United Kingdom (694 people per square mile); Germany (601 people); or the deities forfend, the Netherlands (2,852 people). In fact, the population density of the entire European Union is more than 300 people per square mile.

So I guess what he means is that Lesotho has too many black African people. But of course he can’t say that.

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NY Daily News Writer Goes Nuts Over Scalise Shooting, Blames White People for It

16th June 2017

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In the wake of the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise on Wednesday, many liberal journalists and celebrities on Twitter and other social media sites began exploiting the tragedy, lobbying for gun control or bashing Republicans. But, New York Daily News commentator Shaun King chose specifically to blame white people for the incident. Embarking on a Twitter tirade he tweeted out the following,“Instead of white people, in general, taking the heat for James Hodgkinson, he is almost instantly being called a liberal radical.”

Maybe because he was. Bernie Sanders supporter, hates Trump, shoots Republicans — yeah, that says ‘liberal radical’ to me.

King gained worldwide notoriety back in 2015 when, as a Black Lives Matter activist, he was revealed to be white despite having previously identified himself as black.

He sure sounds black.

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Huff Post Writer: GOP Shooting Didn’t Go Far Enough, Violent Resistance Needs Organizing

15th June 2017

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In the aftermath of the shooting targeting Republican congressmen in Alexandria, VA, the media has called for both sides to cool down their rhetoric. As if the vitriol and hate were equal on both sides. The truth is it isn’t. Huffington Post writer Jesse Benn is case and point. The publication has long been a place for the fringe-left to spew their venom.

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The NYT Is Straight-Up Lying About Sarah Palin and Gabby Giffords

15th June 2017

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That’s right: Yesterday a devoted Bernie Sanders supporter and virulent Republican-hater specifically targeted GOP congressmen for death, and the NYT’s response is to bring up a lie about Sarah Palin from six years ago.

There isn’t a shred of proof that Loughner ever even saw that map, let alone that it drove him to shoot those people. Fortunately for the left, no shred of proof is necessary. Once the narrative of the Magic Palin Map was set, within hours after the shooting, that was it. That’s their story and they’re sticking to it.

I don’t believe that the New York Times editorial board believes this. They know it’s not true. They’re lying, because they think the lie is necessary. In order to maintain the fiction that they’re the good guys, they need to twist this around and blame the people who are being physically attacked for their beliefs. As Ben Shapiro puts it: “The facts don’t match the narrative, so the facts must die a gruesome, slow death.”

No surprises here.

It’s all about the Narrative, Larry.

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Media To America: Don’t Politicize An Obvious Act Of Political Violence

15th June 2017

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In the span of a few weeks, two crazed Bernie Sanders supporters have committed acts of violence against innocent Americans.

In May, Jeremy Christian stabbed and killed two men after berating two Muslim women on a Portland, Oregon, train.

On Wednesday, James Hodgkinson opened fire on a congressional Republican baseball practice and wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others.

The big difference between the two events is that only one was seized upon as a disturbing example of the rising political violence in the nation. That was the incident the media was able to pin on the Right.

It’s all about the Narrative, Larry.

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George Saunders Discusses the Importance of Talking to Trump Supporters

14th June 2017

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Author George Saunders last year dove headfirst into Republican heartland for a piece in the New Yorker entitled ‘Who are all these Trump supporters?’

Note that the approach is the same as he would use visiting some backwater in South America, Africa, or Asia.

To the Coastal Crust, ‘Trump supporters’ are some sort of alien species, with which no Normal Person would ever come in contact unless a special effort were made.

“I felt personally comfortable  doing it,” he told host Isaac Chotiner, “I felt like I could hang in for a long time with [Trump supporters] trying to understand it from their point of view, trying to put myself in their shoes without losing clarity.

The natives are very nice if you make an attempt to speak their language.

Of course, he could find a Trump supporter merely by talking to his apartment building’s doorman or the cabbie that drives him to work every day. But that would be a bit too close to home. Much better to pretend that they live in Flyover Country, and that one can come home at the end of the day and shake the dust of their towns off of one’s feet.

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Rolling Stone Pays UVA Frat $1.65 Million for Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s Hate Hoax Article

13th June 2017

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Will anybody in the Media Party learn from this? Doubtful.

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The Irrationality of It All

12th June 2017

ZMan pulls back the curtain.

The “incident” is the mass shooting by a Muslim fanatic at an Orlando homosexual club that resulted in hundreds wounded and 49 dead. Reading the Progressive media, you would not know that. The Washington Post wrote that “49 people died” as if they just fell over from some strange illness. The Orlando Sentinel has the decency to tell us how they died, but then insults everyone’s intelligence by claiming the motive is a mystery. The motive is clear to everyone, including the lunatics working at the Sentinel.

It’s a good reminder that the Progs relentlessly rewrite the past, even the very recent past, in order to fit the current narrative. Right now, they hilariously hold onto the idea of building an anti-white coalition that somehow includes homicidal Muslims and homosexuals, who Muslims hate almost as much as they hate Jews. To that end, they have set about writing out the Muslim antagonists from the stories about Muslim terrorism. Here we are a year after the event and they are blaming guns. In another year, the killer will be a white guy.

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Teen Vogue Categorizes ‘The March Against Sharia’ As Hate Speech

12th June 2017

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And why is TEEN VOGUE getting into politics? Because, silly — for the Media Party, EVERYTHING is about politics. And Sharia law protects LGBTQRSTUVWXYA rights! Well, sort of.

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John McCain Says Obama a Better World Leader Than Trump

12th June 2017

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Will no one rid us of this meddlesome RINO?

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As London Police Chief Bizarrely Celebrates Diversity of Victims, AP Hides Non-Diversity of Terrorists

11th June 2017

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In remarks so bizarre and out of touch that satirists at outlets like The Onion would have rejected them if someone had suggested their inclusion in a made-up story, London’s police chief has described the diversity of the city’s London Bridge terror attack victims and witnesses interviewed as positive things.

Gregory Katz at the Associated Press did his part to play along with the charade by failing to identify the lack of diversity among those who carried out the attack.

“Diversity” has apparently become so obsessively important that the need to comment on it in a positive fashion at every turn has clearly overwhelmed basic common sense.

All London police stations have mandatory Kool-Aid breaks every day.

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More Footage Leaks Of CNN’s ‘Staged’ Muslim Anti-Terror Protest [VIDEO]

10th June 2017

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If you don’t like the ‘news’ you find, find some ‘news’ you like.

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Marxists Are Not on the “Right Side of History”

9th June 2017

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One of the most common phrases to be heard from “the left” is the assertion that someone or some public policy is or is not on “the right side of history.” It has almost become a mantra by those who disagree with, hate, or are fearful of ideas and policies proposed by those generally characterized as being politically on “the right.”

The notion behind it is that “history” moves in a particular direction, toward some set of specific goals and societal forms, with each step in the historical process representing a “higher” and “better” stage or level than the preceding ones at which “society” has been operating.

This echoes what I’ve many times written here about ‘progressive’ ideology, that it assumes as an article of religion that progress is inevitable if only you change things around enough, a notion that was stolen from Marx and had the serial numbers filed off (not too competently).

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Trump Derangement Syndrome: Trauma of Trump Presidency Will Mutate Human Genome for All Eternity

8th June 2017

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A taxpayer-funded professor at the University of Washington is now predicting that Donald Trump’s presidency will create trauma on such a massive scale that it will permanently change the human genome.

You can’t make this stuff up.

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Columbus Police Contradict ‘Hate Crime’ Story Spread by Linda Sarsour, Shaun King

7th June 2017

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Another ‘hate crime’ hoax? But that trick never works….

A viral “hate crime” story spread by left-wing figures Linda Sarsour and Shaun King is now unraveling.

Rahma Warsame, a Somali Muslim resident of Columbus, Ohio, claimed to be brutally beaten by a white man in a hate crime attack. Warsame reportedly said that her attacker told her, “you all will be shipped back to Africa.”

However, The Daily Caller reported Monday that key parts of Warsame’s story may not be correct and that the man who allegedly hit her did it to defend a friend who was being tased and brutally beaten by a mob that Warsame may have been part of herself. He also denies ever saying anything racist to her.

Columbus police have now reportedly said there was no evidence to make arrests or warrant a hate crime investigation.

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Unhinged Reporter Who Went on Anti-Cop Rant Says She May Have Been ‘Drugged’

7th June 2017

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Ah, yes, the heady wine of Political Correctness.

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CNN: Latest Portland Riot Caused by ‘Tangled Web of Emotions’

5th June 2017

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Certainly on the part of the DemLegHump media.

Let’s say that you work for CNN. (Calm down, it’s a hypothetical.) You’ve been assigned to report on the latest violence in Portland, but it soon becomes clear to you that the instigators were anti-Trump, “anti-fascist” fascists. How do you report that without blaming the people on your side who actually did it?

Here’s how.

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Portland and the Left’s False Narrative

5th June 2017

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The coverage of the  Pro-Trump free speech rally in Portland yesterday tells you a lot about the left’s cultural power and ability to set a narrative even when that narrative flies in the face of known facts.

The rally, which had long been scheduled, took place a week after tragic murders of two men (and serious injury of another) in Portland who were attempting to defend two young women (one of them Muslim) by Jeremy Christian, a man who voted for Bernie Sanders, and acknowledged he could not bring himself to vote for Trump. Christian’s horrific act was immediately seized on by Ted Wheeler, the Democratic Mayor of Portland, as cause for the federal government to cancel a permit for the Pro-Trump rally.

And short of some voices on the right, and a few honorable ones in the media, the narrative continued in this way, as if there was some sort of direct line between Christian’s murders and Trump supporters advocating for their political beliefs. As for the rally itself (which did take place as the Feds declined to cancel their permit) While local media did their best to bury the story, the left-wing Antifa and their allies again made up the bulk (if not all) of arrests, in many cases for hurling various projectiles at police. Before the rally, the ACLU, which has not exactly covered itself in glory as of late, earned credit for unreservedly sticking up for the free speech rights of the Pro-Trump demonstrators– as did some notable members of the media, but it was remarkable how much of a free pass that Portland’s Mayor’s stand got from many, given that his call for the rally’s cancelation flew directly in the face of the obvious first amendment rights of the Trump supporters and that his call was so obviously a pretext. Attendees at the actual event, rather than the rally of Mayor Wheeler’s imagination, reported it to be positive and patriotic, despite the comments by Mayor Wheeler who wrote beforehand that “there is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now.”

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CNN Stages Anti-ISIS Protest In London

4th June 2017

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Mark Antro observed CNN staging a protest by Muslims against ISIS and terrorism, and filmed it. As you watch the video, you can see that this is not a bona fide demonstration that CNN observed and reported on. Rather, the entire event–one could say, the pitifully small event–is being stage-directed by CNN for its cameras, to advance CNN’s narrative. In this case, the story CNN wants to promote is that most Muslims reject extremism. That might be true, but if so, it would be nice to see more than 15 or 20 people participating in a faked event.

It’s all about the Narrative, Larry.

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Beef Company Takes ABC to Court Over 2012 ‘Fake News’ Pink Slime Report

4th June 2017

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Beef Products Inc. is going to court Monday, suing ABC News for report that claimed the company put waste meat products referred to as “pink slime” in processed beef.

“Pink slime” is one of those smear-terms like ‘price gouging’ and ‘black market’ invented by ‘activists’ to look down their nose at stuff of which they disapprove — typically stuff not in accord with The Narrative.

Beef Products says ABC caused $1.9 billion in damages with a 2012 report claiming that a filler product found in most ground beef is actually waste beef trimmings known as lean finely textured beef or LFTB, “once used only in dog food and cooking oil.”

Hold the media accountable for fake news? You should live so long.

The lawsuit claims ABC’s report unnecessarily targeted the food company for safe and legal food. Beef Products makes LFTB from the trimmings of other beef cuts. The bits of meat are heated slightly to separate the fat from the muscle tissue, then sprayed with ammonium hydroxide, which the Food and Drug Administration says is “generally recognized as safe,” to kill bacteria like E. coli. The product is frozen into pink bricks and shipped to other food companies and stores as a filler to combine with higher-quality ground beef.

So it’s basically just lean ground beef, with ammonium hydroxide to make sure people don’t get salmonella.

“This was the opposite of fake news,” ABC lawyer Kevin Baine said. “It was real news of interest to consumers who didn’t know this product was in their ground beef.”

Since it’s also ground beef, any concern on the part of ‘consumers’ would be just scare-mongering on the part of headline-hungry — wait for it — ‘fake news’ journalists.

While ABC’s reporting did not say the product was unsafe to eat, Beef Products claims that the news organization hyped the claim in order to make LFTB sound disgusting.

“There is not a more offensive way of describing a food product than to call it ‘slime,’” a lawyer for Beef Products told the Wall Street Journal.  The company claims ABC used the phrase “pink slime” 137 times in TV broadcasts, online reports and on social media.

Of course they did. They were looking for a ’cause’ in order to ‘make a difference’, like most such cultMarxist bullshit.

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Fox News’ Chris Wallace Confronts Al Gore With His Failed Global Warming Predictions

4th June 2017

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“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace confronted former Vice President Al Gore on his 2006 claim that unless drastic action was taken humanity would face a “true planetary emergency” in the next decade.

“Unless we take drastic measures the world would reach a point of no return within 10 years,” which Gore said would precipitate a “true planetary crisis” due to man-made global warming.

Wallace pointed out it’s been 11 years since Gore made the claim in his 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth,” and there doesn’t seem to be a planetary emergency.

So did Gore admit he was wrong? Of course not!

All of these Chicken Little global warming disaster predictions are as non-exstent as The Emperor’s New Clothes. No, sea levels aren’t rising. No, nations aren’t going to sink under water. No, we’re not all gonna die.

With George Will, I’ll admit that there is a crisis when the people who are going around shouting about there being a crisis actually begin to act as if there’s actually a crisis — when, say, land values on the coasts start dropping; or when rich proglodytes quite flying in their private jets and riding in their SUVs. (Or when AlGore gets rid of his huge mansion that has the carbon footprint of an aircraft carrier.)

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The Chicken Little Democrats

2nd June 2017

The Other McCain has seen it all before.

This over-the-top reaction is indicative of how the Democrats and their media allies have become heavily invested in “climate change” as a crisis requiring government action. Having lived long enough to remember many previous examples of this liberal crisis-mongering behavior — e.g., Paul Ehrlich and The Population Bomb — I have good reason to be skeptical of alarmist “climate change” rhetoric. One reason young people are so easily convinced to vote Democrat is that young people haven’t had enough experience to acquire this kind of skepticism. Only after you have spent decades watching liberals gin up fears of a “crisis” (which they then exploit as an excuse to elect Democrats) do you recognize the familiar pattern Thomas Sowell describes in his book The Vision of the Anointed.

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Paris Agreement: Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Goldman Sachs Condemn Donald Trump’s Withdrawal

2nd June 2017

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Thus making it quite clear that the Paris agreement was not about climate so much as it was about corporate cronyism. (Goldman Sachs cares about climate change? Really? Really?)

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The Sound and Fury of Trump’s Paris Pull Out

2nd June 2017

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Trump taking issue with the GCF isn’t an uncommon objection. He is expressing a fear that is shared—spoken or not—by policymakers in every developed nation. No country wants to be on the hook for a blank check issued to the developing world to help install anything with affixed with an “eco-” or “clean” prefix. Furthermore, the fund has thus far failed at its only two tasks: raising money and spending it. Even the most optimistic estimates show the GCF to be $40 billion short of its $100 billion annual goal this year, and what cash it has managed to raise from the West, it has struggled to spend in the developing world. There are real causes for concern that the GCF cash that has been doled out hasn’t been spent in a smart manner. Anyone familiar with the foreign aid world could have told tell you that this was all but inevitable.

Internationally, Trump has flipped the bird to world. Developing countries will be gnashing their teeth at the thought of America backing out its financial commitments. Don’t be surprised to see a kind of domino effect, with leaders in the developing world jumping ship now that the cash flow promised them through the GCF could be drying up. As for the richer countries, they will see it as something akin to green treason.

China may try to exploit the opening, and talk a big game about joining the EU in taking on a climate leadership role. If this comes to pass, understand that it will be nothing more than posturing. China is far and away the global leader in greenhouse gas emissions, and for all of the EU’s stern tone and finger wagging on climate change, the bloc’s latest data show that its emissions actually increased 0.5 percent in 2015. Contrast that with the United States, which saw emissions drop a whopping 3 percent last year as a result of the continuing (shale-enabled) transition from coal to natural gas.

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Chicago Pizzeria Lambasted for ‘Racist’ Dress Code That Bans Hoodies, Baggy Pants

2nd June 2017

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A Chicago pizzeria and bar is coming under fire for instituting an insanely complex “dress code” that some patrons are calling racist.

I’m a racist, you’re a racist, he’s a racist, she’s a racist, wouldn’t you like to be a racist too?

The Bottled Blonde, in Chicago’s upscale River North neighborhood, says it requires a “high standard of dress at all times” but especially at night, when the “casual neighborhood concept of restaurant & nightlife” turns into a nightclub. The list of banned items is practically two feet long, and includes everything from “beanies,” to “manpris,” to “athletic wear,” “jean jackets” and “men’s jewelry.”

Doesn’t leave much. Don Draper, maybe.

Immediately, the bar was excoriated by social media users as “racist,” with one hyperbolic Facebook commenter even calling the list evidence of a “new Jim Crow.” Another accused Bottled Blonde of contributing to the breakdown of the moral order across the country.

Cue SJW meltdown. You knew it had to happen.

There are, indeed, quite a few items listed in Bottled Blonde’s dress code that give rise to the idea they’re attempting to exclude minorities. Prohibitions against baggy pants, expensive sneakers, hoodies and single-color clothing, target gang members, but they also target minorities.

I doubt seriously that Barack and Michelle would be turned away, so ‘target minorities’ is just a politically tendentious lie. It targets ‘gangstas’ and thugs, and if a large number of ‘minorities’ fit that bill, whose fault is that?

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‘How Being a News Junkie Makes You Racist’

1st June 2017

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We all have that racist aunt, or that friend who says questionable things about the news without really understanding what’s going on.

Yeah, and most of them are Social Justice Warriors.

Note that the actual study says ‘Islamophobic’. I guess there is some alternative SJW world in which ‘Muslim’ is a race.

Unexplored is the possibility that reading about all of the Muslims blowing people up just might suggest to people that ‘Islamophobia’ is actually a rational response to real-world events.

But nobody in the DemLegHump media could ever admit that, because it goes against the Narrative.

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Journo Dubs Jared And Ivanka ‘Jivanka’

31st May 2017

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According to a writer for The New Yorker, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have a hot new celebrity couple name.

A demonstration that The New Yorker has become shallower than a kiddie wading pool.

When William Shawn was running the magazine, none of his writers would have dared admit to knowing what a hot new celebrity couple name was, much less create one.

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Yanking the Media Chain: Trump Tweets ‘Covfefe,’ Twitter Explodes, and Hilarity Ensues

31st May 2017

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It’s like watching a dog chase a ball.

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Fake News From the New York Times

30th May 2017

The Antiplanner turns over a rock.

That well-known fake-news site, the New York Times, has once again published a report claiming that transit hubs are a “growing lure for developers.” The Times published a similar story eight years ago, and the Antiplanner quickly found that every single development mentioned in that story was subsidized with tax-increment financing (TIF) and other government support.

So has anything changed since then? Nope. The first development mentioned in the recent story by Times reporter Joe Gose is Assembly Row, in the Boston suburb of Somerville. Is it subsidized? Yes, with at least $25 million in TIF along with other state funds.

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Trump’s Medicaid ‘Cuts’ Actually Increase Federal Spending

29th May 2017

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Last week, President Trump proposed massive spending increases for Medicaid.

Of course, most of the media didn’t report it that way. They reported that the president’s proposal “slashes spending.” That he wants to cut “at least $610 billion” from Medicaid. That “Trump’s Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid.” And so on.

That might be vaguely true in the Washington sense. It’s not at all true in the real-world sense.

Either way, the Medicaid budget is going to grow. But under Trump’s proposal, it would grow more slowly. This is how Democrats and the media can scream about supposedly savage “cuts” to the program.

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New York Times Can’t Figure Out ‘What Led Salman Abedi to Bomb the Manchester Arena’

29th May 2017

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But they thought about it so hard they got a headache.

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Journal Editor Apologizes for Not Having Black Writers Contribute to BLM Issue

27th May 2017

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An international journal was forced to apologize Thursday after it featured no black writers in its volume on the Black Lives Matter movement.

There is no escaping Identity Politics under the Narrative. Obviously only black people are qualified to talk about black issues (even though black people are perfectly qualified to talk about white people; nay, encouraged to do so).

Goodin added that the journal would take extra steps to avoid a mistake like this in the future. The journals will try to add two black editors to the editorial board, because the journal doesn’t have any.

 Will they be qualified to edit such a journal? CRIMETHINK. The fact that they are black is all the qualification they need.

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How Facebook Can Fight the Hate

27th May 2017

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When you read it, of course, you discover that ‘the Hate’ means ‘stuff contrary to the Narrative’.

A more accurate title would have been ‘How Facebook Can Fight the Hate and Learn to Love Big Brother’.

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Science Deniers: Al Gore’s Ex-Wife Holds a Fundraiser With Anti-Vaccine Democrats

24th May 2017

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Tipper Gore will attend a June 8 fundraiser to support of Kathleen Murphy, a candidate for Virginia’s House of Delegates. The fundraiser is being hosted at the home of Al and Claire Dwoskin in McLean, Va, according to an invitation obtained by the Free Beacon and published Tuesday. Tickets cost $250 and $2,500 to attend the fundraiser.

Al Dwoskin is the president and CEO of his own real estate development and management firm and the couple are major Democratic donors who support Bill and Hillary Clinton. The couple also runs a charitable foundation, which claimed ” there may be links between increased cases of reported autism and childhood vaccinations.”

It’s all about the Narrative, Larry.

Pick somebody who thinks astrology is a science. Place your bets: Democrat or Republican?

Pick somebody who self-identifies as a ‘witch’. Place your bets: Democrat or Republican?

Pick somebody who has a ‘healing crystal’ dangling from the rear-view mirror. Place your bets: Democrat or Republican?

And yet they are The Party of Science. Reality says: Nuh-uh.

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WashPost Champions Pope as ‘World’s Moral Counterpoint’ to Trump’s ‘Nationalist Agenda’

24th May 2017

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Say, how did the Post start its story when Obama met Francis at the Vatican on March 27, 2014? Was he the “world’s moral counterpoint to the president’s abortion agenda”? Of course not.

It’s all about the Narrative, Larry.

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CA Dems Too Much for the Bee Hive

23rd May 2017

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One of the very best analyses of the group dynamic of the Left came from Tom Bethell and Joe Sobran years ago, when they referred to the Left as “The Hive.” Like bees or ants, the Left simply goes into action in a coordinated and instinctual fashion, without need to meet and plan. Naturally the mainstream media is a chief nest of The Hive, and it buzzes constantly on behalf of liberalism.

Hence California’s Bee newspapers—the Sacramento Bee and the Fresno Bee (both long time McClatchy properties)—are appropriately named nodes of conventional liberalism. You could rightly think of them as the Bee Hive. Normally you’d never pay any attention to their house editorials. But the Fresno Bee editorial page over the weekend took note of the spectacle of the recent California Democratic Party convention and found it was even too much for them.

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Newsweek Quickly Brushes Aside Terror Victims to Highlight Hypothetical Islamophobia Threat

23rd May 2017

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Hey, it’s all about priorities … and The Narrative.

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Reporters Falsely Claim Ivanka Trump Will Control World Bank Women Entrepreneurs Fund

23rd May 2017

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When it comes to “news” which might discredit Donald Trump or a member of his family, the modus operandi for too many in the press is, “Tweet and report first, ask questions later (if at all).”

On Sunday, several media members couldn’t resist falsely tweeting that Ivanka Trump will somehow control $100 million pledged by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to a World Bank fund for women entrepreneurs, thus dishonestly opening the door to utterly false parallels to the Clinton family-controlled Clinton Foundation.

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The Crisis in American Journalism Benefits No One

22nd May 2017

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For 20 years these news organizations, along with CBS, NBC and ABC, were the only game in town. They served as gatekeepers of information, and as their newsrooms became more and more detached from the center of the country, consumers began to become detached from them.

And then along came the Internet. Not only were different sources now available, but news aggregators such as Drudge made it easy to find things giving everyone access to “alternative facts.”

The universe of information expanded, and it became clear that what Peter Jennings, Dan Rather or the New York Times told consumers was not the whole story, and if you were a conservative (and a plurality of Americans self-identify as center right) you lost all trust in the mainstream media.

 

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Why the Left Refuses to Talk About Venezuela

19th May 2017

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During the 2016 presidential election, Bernie Sanders refused to answer questions about Venezuela during an interview with Univision. He claimed to not want to talk about it because he’s “focused on my campaign.” Many suggested a more plausible reason: Venezuela’s present economy is an example of what happens when a state implements Bernie Sanders-style social democracy.

Similarly, Pope Francis — who has taken the time to denounce pro-market ideologies for allegedly driving millions into poverty — seems uninterested in talking about the untrammeled impoverishment of Venezuela in recent years.

It doesn’t fit with the Narrative and therefore doesn’t exist.

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Democrats Bring the H8: Remembering Roger Ailes

18th May 2017

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The death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes shocked fans of the network and the world of journalism Thursday morning. But many liberals, who despise his creating, took the opportunity of the man’s death to attack him and the network he created.

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Man Arrested for Threatening to Shoot Congresswoman Over Trump

16th May 2017

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More political violence from the Left. Yet Trump is supposedly the New Hitler.

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Only Named Source in WaPo Report on Trump’s Leaking of Classified Information Denies It

15th May 2017

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More Trump Derangement Syndrome. IT DOESN’T MATTER. The President is the Constitutional authority for all levels of classification and he can tell whoever he wants to whatever he wants to.

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