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The Last Climate Science Witch Hunt

28th February 2015

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It must be getting cold in the climate science greenhouse, so cold the denizens have taken to hunting witches and burning them to keep their theories of climate change alive. The science is said to be settled, with 97% of the world’s thousands of scientists allegedly in agreement that the world is on the brink of a man-made global warming catastrophe. But 97% isn’t enough, apparently. Despite their claim to an overpowering position, the climate establishment and activists have been forced to begin a public purge of the half dozen U.S. scientists who hold different views.

In what is clearly a coordinated effort, the hunt for the hides of a few climate skeptics began last weekend when The New York Times climate beat reporter, Justin Gillis, co-wrote an attack on Wei-Hock (Willie) Soon, a sceptical scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The Times charged Mr. Soon with having “accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry.”

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Lawyers Demand Bomb Brother Dzhokhar be Freed Because Blacks Tend to Show Up Late for Jury Duty

27th February 2015

Steve Sailer connects the dots.

For example, a statistician hired by the defense found that the reordering of prospective jurors, on average, pushed the number of black jurors back 43 positions in the order of selection and moved potential white jurors up by three positions. Prospective jurors who live in Boston were pushed back 25 positions, and those under 30 moved back 13 slots, the defense said.

The statistician, comparing the reordered jurors to their original order, found there were no prospective black jurors among the first 94 people in the new order. He said there would have been five potential black jurors if the court had kept the jurors in their original order. …

Well, then. Of course, the relevance of that to this case (Is Tsernaev ‘virtually black’ by some calculus?) is neither explained nor justified.

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The Smearing of Willie Soon

25th February 2015

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A blockbuster peer-reviewed paper in the Science Bulletin, authored by Christopher Monckton, Matt Briggs, David Legates and Wei-Hock (“Willie”) Soon, is roiling the global warming Left. The paper identifies flaws in the computer models that predict major global warming–which shouldn’t be a surprise, since the models’ predictions have flopped. It concludes that due to mathematical errors, the models overstate the impact of CO2 on the climate by a factor of three times.

So far, global warming Leftists haven’t been able to find any technical flaws in the Science Bulletin paper, which you can download here. So, naturally, they have resorted to smearing its authors. Greenpeace focused on Dr. Soon, an astrophysicist who works part time for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Greenpeace served a Freedom of Information Act request on the Smithsonian, a public entity, for documents relating to funding of Dr. Soon’s projects. Greenpeace claims that these documents show that Dr. Soon’s projects received funding from Southern Company Services that was not disclosed in certain papers that Dr. Soon published.

The New York Times, having been fed the documents by Greenpeace, eagerly took up the cudgels for global warming Leftists, publishing a supposed expose under the headline, “Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher.” The Times and its fellows on the Left argue that Dr. Soon should have disclosed certain corporate funding with respect to past projects–not, however, the recent paper that the Left seeks to discredit.

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Planned Alan Turing Memorial Dorkwad-Gaywad Alliance Craters as Slate’s Gay Avengers Turn on “Imitation Game” Writer for Claiming Straight Weird Kids Are Victims Too

24th February 2015

Steve Sailer reports on the fundamental connectedness of all things.

I’m serious about the intent of the movie being to engineer a nerd-gay alliance. The screenwriter of The Imitation Game, Graham Moore, is the son of Democratic political operative Susan Sher, who was Mrs. Obama’s chief-of-staff and is now a bagwoman fundraiser for the Obama Library, so Moore has a good Chicago political head on his shoulders. The screenwriter comes more from the nerd side of the divide (Moore is apparently an effeminate heterosexual). His first book, The Sherlockian, was an updated Sherlock Holmes mystery; and his movie minimizes the gay stuff (which would have to have been about an aging toff with a taste for teenage rough trade) in favor of Benedict Cumberbatch doing his Sherlock-as-supercilious-nerd impression again.

So, everything was working according to Moore’s plan to build Clintonian bridges between the geeks and the gays until the screenwriter got up to give his Oscar acceptance speech. But he implied that being a “weird” kid in high school, like he was, is comparable in victimism Pokemon points to being a gay kid in high school, and all hell broke loose with the Designated Gay Avengers at Slate.

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Vanderbilt Law Professor Under Fire For Anti-Israel Rant

23rd February 2015

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A Vanderbilt law professor is facing backlash from the pro-Israel community after launching a campaign to shut down a rally supporting the Jewish state and opposing global terrorism, according to emails obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The rally, scheduled to take place this weekend in Nashville, is being organized by Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN), a pro-Israel organization that fights anti-Semitism.

After the group sent out an announcement about the event, Vanderbilt law professor Edward Rubin responded with a scathing email to rally organizers letting them know that he is an “an opponent of Israel” and “not a member of an international Jewish conspiracy,” according to a copy of the message sent by Rubin from his official Vanderbilt address.

In the message, Rubin lashes out at Israel and vows to shut down the pro-Israel rally by contacting the local mayor’s office.

“I want to let you know that I have become an opponent of Israel,” Rubin writes. “The reason is that Israel’s Prime Minister has chosen to inject himself into American politics as a supporter of the Republican Party and a lackey of [billionaire] Sheldon Adelson.”

“He is thus acting in opposition to everything I believe in: social justice, environmental protection, and basic human rights,” says Rubin, who describes himself in the message as “a strongly Jewish-identified American, and the son-in-law of an Auschwitz survivor.”

“I have always regarded Israel as important, but I am not a member of an international Jewish conspiracy: I am an American. Israel is trying to destroy my country, I no longer care about its welfare. I am a law professor, and I will contact the Mayor’s Office on Monday to see if there is any way that your demonstration can be prevented.”

I think I’m right, therefore you may not speak. That certainly doesn’t fit my definition of ‘an American’. Perhaps he needs to study up on the subject.

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We Are Marie Harf

19th February 2015

Kevin Williamson shoots a large fish in a small barrel.

The secular imagination is, as an instrument for understanding human action at large, a very limited tool, and one that is entirely inadequate for understanding the cultural phenomenon that the West currently finds itself confronting, which is Islam — not extremism, not radicalism, not terrorism, but Islam itself, a religion that both is embedded in a culture and serves as the foundation in which other cultures, ideologies, and social tendencies are embedded. This is not to say, as some of our more energetic culture warriors would have it, that Islam itself is the enemy, and categorically incompatible with liberal values, but only to recognize that Islam carries radical Islam within it, and that the jihadist element making war on all opportune fronts — not only on the West — is not an alien force appended to Islam but an organic part of the whole.

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If Inequality Is Such a Growing Concern, Why Are No Americans Taking to the Streets?

19th February 2015

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Maybe because nobody cares about it other than Voices of the Crust like Slate? That’s just a guess, you understand.

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Eric Holder: Fox News Invented Islamic Radicalism!

18th February 2015

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There is a recurrent fantasy within the Obama administration that they could get away with anything, if only that damn Fox News would shut up.

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New York Times Corrects Scott Walker Column

18th February 2015

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In hindsight, perhaps the headline “Scott Walker Needs An Eraser” wasn’t the best idea.

In a recent column about the Wisconsin governor, a conservative Republican, New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote that Walker had cut state aid to education, causing teacher layoffs in 2010. But Walker didn’t take office until 2011.

Whoops.

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Slate: “Why St. Louis Should Move to Illinois”

18th February 2015

Steve Sailer goes a-fisking.

Earlier this month I reposted an observation I made way back in 2004 that gun control is about white urban liberals trying to signal to white rural conservatives that they want their help in disarming dangerous urban minorities, but without ever mentioning the word “black” and with lots of denouncing of the white conservatives as the real threat.

Here’s a Slate article that appears to be picking up on that argument by saying that St. Louis needs to be rescued from the evil white conservatives of Missouri.

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The New York Times’ Laughable Climate Change Coverage

18th February 2015

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Since it is so cold and miserable outside, I’ve been spending some time indoors, curled up in front of the computer watching comedy. No, not the 40th anniversary program of Saturday Night Live, but The New York Times newspaper coverage of climate change, which in this context is bitterly humorous.

There was the February 9, 2014, Times article headlined “The End of Snow,” which ran on the front page of the paper’s Sunday Review section, and which the ever-shrewd Matt Drudge remembered, and linked from his Drudge Report site, amid the snowmaggeddon roughly a year later. “In the Northeast, more than half of the 103 ski resorts may no longer be viable in 30 years because of warmer winters,” the article warned. “It’s easy to blame the big oil companies and the billions of dollars they spend on influencing the media and popular opinion. But the real reason is a lack of knowledge. I know, because I, too, was ignorant until I began researching the issue for a book on the future of snow…. This is no longer a scientific debate. It is scientific fact.”

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What Actually Causes American Fear of Islam and Muslims?

17th February 2015

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Hm. That’s a puzzler. Perhaps because they shoot people, cut their heads off, and blow them up? That’s just a guess, you understand.

An ambitious 81-page document, Fear, Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America, just appeared from the Center for American Progress, a liberal Democratic organization. Unlike its first iteration, in which a group with a $40-million annual budget and deep ties to big business had the nerve to claim that seven much smaller institutions were overpowering the country through their financial clout, this one looks at what the alleged “Islamophobia network” actually does.

I have never understood why the Left is so eager to serve as a Fifth Column for the jihad. Perhaps they think that thereby their heads will be cut off last?

The report, written by Matthew Duss, Yasmine Taeb, Ken Gude, and Ken Sofer, makes for interesting reading. Its premise is that critics of Islamism (1) are really anti-Islamic and (2) have single-handedly distorted a the fundamental American value, namely a “basic respect for the rights of minority groups throughout the country.” According to the CAP study, “the views of anti-Muslim actors stand in stark contrast to the values of most Americans.”

That could have something to do with the fact that Muslim actors stand in stark contrast to the values of most Americans, and indeed of civilized people everywhere.

By dint of hard work, however, “a well-funded, well-organized fringe movement can push discriminatory policies against a segment of American society by intentionally spreading lies while taking advantage of moments of public anxiety and fear.” This effort “takes many shapes and forms”: a general climate, cynical political efforts, and institutional policies. Despite some setbacks, continues the CAP narrative, the network’s efforts “continue to erode America’s core values of religious pluralism, civil rights, and social inclusion.”

So now we’re talking about the Democrats? They’ve lost me.

Another way of putting it: the United States hosts about as many Buddhists and Hindus combined as it does Muslims. Yet, when did Buddhists or Hindus try to change the existing order or engage in violence on behalf of their faiths? Who ever hears about them? Who fears them?

Indeed.

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Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

17th February 2015

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Yet another thumbsucker from the New York Times. Distinguishing characteristics:

1. Tongue-bath for Obama’s socialist/fascist ‘domestic program’. (As if Obama’s ‘program’ were anything other than the standard Democrat ‘Vote for us and we’ll give you free stuff’.) That’s the first paragraph.

2. First priority is equality, not quality, in education. (Either ‘everybody can’t have one so nobody ought to have one’ or ‘everybody can’t afford one so the government ought to provide everybody with one'; ‘progressives’ don’t care which one you pick, so long as you stick to one of those two choices.) That’s the second paragraph.

3. First concern is how technology affects politically-fashionable ‘disadvantaged middle-school students’, not anybody from a more, say, productive stratum of society. That’s the third and fourth paragraphs.

4. Highest concern is for ‘weaker students’ (and, if you aren’t hip to the jive, this is spelled out: ‘boys, African-Americans’ — and that’s the only positive word about boys, if you can so characterize it, that you’ll find in the New York Times the day). That’s the fifth paragraph.

5. Supreme objective is not to draw any conclusions. ‘We don’t know why this is, but we can speculate.’ Okay, I’ll speculate: Who thought it was a good idea to give kids whose priorities, according to all the available evidence, never include ‘learning how to read or do math’ (acting White, don’t you know) an appliance that provided a universe of distractions that don’t depend on knowing how to read or do math?

6. Fill up with a lot of alarmism about the impact of technology on modern life. (Sky is falling. Film at 11.)

There you go. Now you know the formula for getting published in the New York Times. Go forth and lead us all to the Great Socialist Promised Land.

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Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?

7th February 2015

Slate is not afraid to ask the ‘progressive’ questions.

Maybe because they’re criminals? That’s just a guess, you understand.

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Professor: ‘We may have a black president, but it’s white people running the show’

5th February 2015

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Apparently Obama is an unconscious white supremacist. Who knew?

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Google Gets My Data, I Get Search and Email and That. Help help, I’m Being REPRESSED!

5th February 2015

Tim Worstall at The Register discovers that, yes, government employees are pretty much all socialists.

“Whenever regulators gather to discuss market failures…”

The subject under discussion is the ownership of data and EULAs and all that stuff that so excites a certain sort of techno-pessimist. And that’s what leads to the spraying: the assumption being made that people who are trading something they don’t value much for something they value more is a market failure.

To an economist this is what markets do: people don’t seem to value that data, that information, about who they are, where they are or what they do – or not very much. They certainly don’t seem to value it as much as the things they get by allowing access to it: the Facebooks, Googles and so on of this world.

That’s not the usual definition of a market failure, that’s the efficient working of a market. The data, the thing being valued, is moving from a place where it isn’t highly valued to one where it is more valued. Moving something from a lower valued use to a higher is the very definition of wealth creation.

The piece he’s sputtering about appeared in The Guardian, which is pretty much all socialists too. Funny how that works.

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The Left Realizes Too Late That Political Correctness Is a Virus

1st February 2015

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There are few things in life as exquisitely pleasurable as watching the terminally silly fight among themselves, and, for those of us who have turned the practice into a spectator sport of sorts, this week certainly did not disappoint. On Tuesday, New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait decided that he was tired of watching people he dislikes use the tactics on which he himself likes to rely, and, with 4,700 words of deliciously biting criticism, set off something of a firestorm. “The language police are perverting liberalism!” griped Chait. “The new political correctness has bludgeoned even many of its own supporters into despondent silence.” And then, right on cue, came those knocks at the door.

Nothing gets hammered down so quickly as a Voice of the Crust who gets off message.

It was, as one might expect, drearily predictable and depressingly stupid — just one more blood-stained grudge match between the Judean People’s Front, the People’s Front of Judea, and, when he can be bothered to show up, the Popular Front as well. I loved every minute.

Pass the popcorn.

“Answer not a fool according to his folly,” the King James Bible suggests, “lest thou also be like unto him.”

Well. There is it.

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With a Few Bits of Data, Researchers Identify ‘Anonymous’ People

1st February 2015

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Even when real names and other personal information are stripped from big data sets, it is often possible to use just a few pieces of the information to identify a specific person, according to a study to be published Friday in the journal Science.

In the study, titled “Unique in the Shopping Mall: On the Reidentifiability of Credit Card Metadata,” a group of data scientists analyzed credit card transactions made by 1.1 million people in 10,000 stores over a three-month period. The data set contained details including the date of each transaction, amount charged and name of the store.

Sky is falling. Film at 11. Women & minorities hardest hit.

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Does Public Radio Sound Too ‘White’? NPR Itself Tries to Find The Answer.

31st January 2015

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Of course it does; because it is — and they’re the only ones who care.

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Science Discovers the Parable

31st January 2015

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President Obama’s recent State of the Union address began like many speeches: with an anecdotal story. In recounting the hardships of mother Rebekah Erler, Obama gave the nation a narrative of how government can help a normal middle-class family. Erler had gone through what many ordinary parents faced after the 2008 financial crisis: loss of a housing industry-dependent job and the rising day-to-day costs of raising a family. She was invited to the SOTU, and as she sat next to the First Lady, her story begged for empathy. Camera shots of her grateful visage complemented the orator-in-chief.

It was nice except for one crucial detail: Erler is a former field organizer for the Democrats. This wasn’t the touching story of an average American sharing her trials with the country; it was a political stunt used to help the party of government dependency.

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Enjoying the Race Wars? Thank the Media.

30th January 2015

Gavin McInnes turns over a rock.

The media love hate crimes because they seem to explain everything that’s wrong with America and put the blame on someone who can handle it: white people. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough hate crimes against blacks to go around, and journalists are forced to invent them. What they don’t realize is that the biggest hate crime hoax is the press itself.

By creating an imaginary reality where blacks are constantly under siege, they are all but daring them to attack and murder whites. The media have created the racial tension they were going for, only they got everything backwards. In an attempt to create a fictional world where whites hate blacks, they accidentally created a real one where blacks hate whites.

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University Professors Blame the West for Paris Terror Attacks

30th January 2015

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Middle East studies professors responded to the attacks by Islamic terrorists in Paris earlier this month not with rigorous, informed analysis or even unadultered sympathy for those gunned down in the offices of Charlie Hebdo and a kosher market. Their reaction was instead precisely what one has come to expect from academics more concerned with shielding Islam from blame and shifting responsibility for its adherents’ actions to the West than with the disinterested pursuit of truth.

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

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Report: United States Kept Secret Its Chemical Weapons Finds in Iraq

30th January 2015

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The U.S. government suppressed information about chemical weapons it found in Iraq, and several servicemembers were injured by their exposure to those weapons, The New York Times is reporting.

In an article published late Tuesday, the newspaper says it found 17 American servicemembers and seven Iraqi police officers who were exposed to mustard or nerve agents after 2003. They were reportedly given inadequate care and told not to talk about what happened.

“From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule.

“In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

God forbid anything should interfere with the ‘No Blood For Oil’ or ‘Bush Is A Stupid Warmonger’ memes. (Will the Times apologize for the ‘NO WMD WERE FOUND!’ coverage? Surely you jest.)

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Narrative Formation Case Study: NYT’s Role in the Ferguson Fiasco

29th January 2015

Steve Sailer blows the whistle.

As you’ll recall, the Myth of Michael Brown collapsed in mid-August due to two revelations. On August 15, the convenience store video appeared showing gentle giant Michael Brown violently shoving the poor little Asian store clerk who tried to stop him from stealing. Then two days later, the Brown family’s privately-hired coroner announced Brown wasn’t shot in the back. His wounds were fairly consistent with the cop’s story.

Unfortunately for the New York Times, the national media in general, the town of Ferguson, the Democratic Party in November, Zemir Begic, NYPD Officers Liu and Ramos, and America in general, the Megaphone had apparently passed its Point of No Return by August 14, 2014.

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Four Anecdotes About Racethink

28th January 2015

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While the announcer was rightfully scourged for this ellipsis of common sense, I find to my dismay that if you google the phrase, there are still people using it. I wonder what term we will use in the future to distinguish African Americans from other nations versus African Americans from America or African Americans from Africa?

Likewise, my friend, born in South Africa, stepping into the student union hall for African American students on her campus on a hot day, to sit in a chair, panting, and enjoy the air conditioning, when she was peremptorily commanded to leave by a black woman, because this was the African American Student Union. My friend was unable to restrain her outrage, and shouted in her delightful British accent, “You fools! I am the only African in this room!”

I am reminded of the white kid from Tanzania, 3d generation in that country, whose first language was KiSwahili, being turned down for a scholarship that was reserved for students ‘of African descent’.

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The Prediction Racket

28th January 2015

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One of John Kenneth Galbraith’s better and more sound witticisms was that economic forecasting was invented to make astrology look good. He should have lived long enough to take in climate change predictions. While we continue Beta testing our Climate Change Cliché Counter and scoreboard, we are pleased to take note of a new website that will surely be indispensable: ClimateChangePredictions.org. This group effort looks to be a one-stop shopping archive for all of the crazy—and contradictory—predictions that have piled up over the years.

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It’s All About Him

28th January 2015

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President Obama, speaking to an audience of mostly young people celebrating India’s Republic Day in New Delhi on Tuesday, told the crowd, “I realise that the sight of an American president as your chief guest on Republic Day would have once seemed unimaginable.  But my visit reflects the possibilities of a new moment.” He pointed out that he was the first American president to participate in the country’s Republic Day and boasted, “And I’m the first American president to come to your country twice!”

The president went on to refer to himself an astonishing 118 times in the short 33-minute speech, touching on injustices in the United States and in his own personal life.

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A Year of Liberal Double Standards

27th January 2015

Jonah Goldberg finds that his bullshit detector has gone off.

As I write this, GOP House whip Steve Scalise is in hot water over reports that he spoke to a group of racist poltroons in Louisiana twelve years ago. Whether it was an honest mistake, as Scalise plausibly claims, or a sign of something more nefarious, as his detractors hope, remains to be seen.

But one common response on social media is instructive. Countless conservatives want to know: Why the double standard? Barack Obama was friends with a domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers. His spiritual mentor was a vitriolic racist, Jeremiah Wright. One of his administration’s closest advisers and allies is Al Sharpton, a man who has inspired enough racial violence to make a grand dragon’s white sheets turn green with envy.

Meanwhile, the Democratic party venerated the late senator Robert Byrd, a former Klansmen himself. He was one of 19 senators (all Democrats) to sign the Southern Manifesto opposing integration. One of his co-signers was William Fulbright, Bill Clinton’s mentor.

When Republicans are in power, “dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” When Democrats are in power, dissent is the racist fuming of “angry white men.”

Peaceful, law-abiding tea-party groups who cleaned up after their protests — and got legal permits for them — were signs of nascent fascism lurking in the American soul. Violent, anarchic, and illegal protests by Occupy Wall Street a few years ago or, more recently, in Ferguson, Mo., were proof that a new idealistic generation was renewing its commitment to idealism.

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Why the GOP Congress Should Welcome More Immigrants, Even Illegals!

24th January 2015

tReason magazine is at it again.

Immigration is good for the United States. That fact is undeniable.

Wrong — I deny it. So make your case. (As if that will ever happen….)

Some immigration is good for the United States. I’d love to see us be more welcoming to rich people who will bring money (and investment, and growth) to the U.S. I’d really love to see us welcome more Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans, whose cultural predilection for hard work, respect for authority, and devotion to family would boost the currently degenerating American culture no end.

Opening the floodgates to barely educated, criminally-inclined campesinos from south of the border — not so much.

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White Professor Teaches ‘Problem Of Whiteness’ Course at Arizona State

23rd January 2015

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Well, he would know. Perhaps he ought to change the name to ‘The Problem of SWPLness’.

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Shit Obama Says: Politicians Invented College

23rd January 2015

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That will come as news to the people at Harvard and Yale, to say nothing of Oxford and Cambridge.

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Man Flies Family and Two Nannies on a Private Jet to Davos, Where He Says Our ‘Lifestyle Expectations Are Far Too High’

23rd January 2015

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And AlGore is right there to second that emotion.

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The Ideal Communist Climate-Friendly City

23rd January 2015

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To stop climate change, Al Gore wants to spend a mere $90 trillion rebuilding all of the world’s cities so that everyone is living in such high-density neighborhoods that they don’t need cars. While a few curmudgeonly types might think that $90 trillion sounds like a lot of money, it really isn’t, say Gore and former Mexico president Filipe Calderon. After all, the world is probably going to spend the $90 trillion on something in the next few years anyway, so what’s wrong with spending it on this?

Gore made the proposal at an economics conference in Davos, Switzerland attended by billionaires who fly in on private jets so they can tell other people they need to get used to consuming less. Of course, neither Gore nor the other millionaires and billionaires at the conference expect to be stuck living in a high-density apartment any time soon.

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The U.S. Income Gap May Be Narrower Than We Think

22nd January 2015

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Thomas Piketty, writing with economist Emmanuel Saez, has estimated that those in the bottom 90% of the income distribution received only 9% of the income gains between 1979 and 2007 (the year before the onset of the Great Recession).

But their estimate ignores government transfer payments, and it doesn’t take into account the aging of the population, among other things. When these adjustments are made, a much less pessimistic result emerges.

Why ‘pessimistic’? Some people have a lot more money than other people? Why is that a problem? The assumption seems to be that ‘Well, it’s a problem’, without any discussion (much less evidence) as to why it’s a problem. The people who bitch about it the most are the people who seem to assume that it’s ipso facto some sort of evidence of ‘social injustice’, but they can’t ever be bothered to explain why that is; they just assume it, and far too many people who ought to know better just accept that assumption without questioning it.

That’s horseshit, and I’ll be the first to say it. You want me to worry about income inequality? Okay, explain to me why it’s something to worry about. Otherwise, STFU.

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White #BlackLivesMatter Boston Protesters Found Living with Parents in Luxury Mansions

20th January 2015

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Boston reporters went to the homes of several Boston area protesters who were arrested for blocking highways on Thursday. What they found were adult children playing revolutionary while living with their rich parents.

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

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Think-Tank Bias Via Employees’ Political Gifts

20th January 2015

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Yes, I added the hyphen — when I see ‘think tank’ I see an image of an M1 Abrams, but adding the hyphen makes it all clear. (Yeah, I suppose you could use ‘thinktank’, but that makes me think of a brain in a jar in a laboratory.)

Think tank employees overwhelmingly give to Democratic causes. Nearly 78% of all political contributions from think tank employees went to Democrats. 208 think tank employees gave a total of $452,589 to Democrats in 2012; only 82 employees gave a total of $112,653 to Republicans. Predictably, no one at Heritage or Cato gave to a Democrat and no one at CAP gave to a Republican. The only donation to a Libertarian was $250 from Cato’s former president Ed Crane to the Gary Johnson campaign.

Which makes the term ‘think-tank’ sort of an oxymoron. This is why the Left is winning: They have people spending full-time (and being well-compensated for it) grinding out stupid ideas for politicians, ‘educators’, and jaw-flappers in the media to point to and say ‘See?! See?’.

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Professor: Supreme Court Shouldn’t Protect Speech I Don’t Like

19th January 2015

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This Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona, an important free speech case. Garrett Epps, a prominent law professor and contributor to the Atlantic, is deeply concerned that the Court will decide it in a way that leads to increased protection for speech that he does not like. Those who believe that the First Amendment should not be trumped by the subjective preferences of law professors should not fall under Epps’ spell.

What is the case about? The Town of Gilbert, Ariz., has a sign code that categorizes temporary signs and restricts their size, duration and location. Under the sign code, the Good News Community Church’s temporary signs promoting church services are subject to far greater restrictions than temporary signs promoting political, ideological and various other messages. That is, the sign code facially discriminates on the basis of the content of the messages communicated by the signs, effectively enabling government officials to act as censors.

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Beware Oxfam’s Dodgy Statistics on Wealth Inequality

19th January 2015

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Global capitalism has eradicated poverty and generated prosperity in the developing world at an unprecedented rate. You might imagine that a global anti-poverty charity, such as ‘Oxfam’, would celebrate this fact. But no – today Oxfam is making the headlines instead because it is worried about global wealth inequality. In particular, that ‘the wealthiest 1 per cent will soon own more than the rest of the world population combined’.

Oxfam has been pushing this sort of meme for a while. Last year, it made the startling claim that ‘the world’s 85 richest people own the same wealth as the bottom 3.5 billion combined’. It was shown at the time, not least by Reuter’s Felix Salmon, that this statistic was bogus. And there’s nothing new to see today, just a slight re-hashing of this factoid.

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“I have not seen ‘American Sniper’,” Writes New Republic’s Reviewer of ‘American Sniper’

17th January 2015

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And why not? The New York Times and Washington Post make up stories all the time. This is just being honest; movie reviews these days are about ideology, not cinema, so actually seeing the movie might confuse people.

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Women’s College Cancels ‘Vagina Monologues’ Because It Excludes Women Without Vaginas

15th January 2015

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I am not making this up.

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Stockholm Syndrome at the Washington Post

15th January 2015

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Stockholm syndrome occurs when hostages express empathy, sympathy, and/or positive feelings about their captors, even to the point of identifying with and/or defending them. The Washington Post, whose reporter Jason Rezaian has been imprisoned in Tehran for more than five months, appears to be experiencing something resembling Stockholm syndrome.

Of course, if he were being held by a civilized government, they’d be marching in the streets.

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Nigeria’s Horror in Paris’s Shadow

13th January 2015

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Boko Haram is waging a ruthless war throughout northeast Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country. On Wednesday, Boko Haram militants laid siege to Baga, a city that has resisted them, setting fire to buildings and killing residents indiscriminately. Hundreds of people fled into Lake Chad and attempted to swim to a nearby island. Many drowned along the way. Those who didn’t are now marooned without food and shelter and have no defense against the island’s swarm of malarial mosquitos. The death toll in Baga reportedly exceeds 2,000. Some 20,000 others are now displaced.

The New York Times story on this deadly siege appeared on page A6 of Saturday’s print edition, while the paper’s story of the suicide bombing landed on page A8.

Hey, Paris is important and Nigeria is, well, just Nigeria; nobody at the New York Times knows anybody in Nigeria, nor do they go there on vacation.

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Democrat Seeks U.S. Middle-Class Tax Breaks at Expense of Wealthy

13th January 2015

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A senior U.S. House Democrat on Monday unveiled a more aggressive agenda to boost workers’ paychecks by shifting significant tax breaks from the wealthiest Americans to the middle class.

Considering that ‘the wealthiest Americans’ are far more Democrat than Republican, one wonders what he’s thinking.

The plan from Representative Chris Van Hollen has almost no chance of passage by the Republican-controlled Congress but is aimed at shaping Democrats’ policy vision for the 2016 presidential election.

 

Oh, it’s just posturing, like the hairy perennials who try to get Republican Presidents indicted for war crimes. No problem, then.

Van Hollen’s plan calls for an annual “paycheck bonus” tax credit of $1,000 for individuals making less than $100,000 a year and $2,000 for married couples making less than $200,000.

Notice how having the government take less of YOUR money is characterized as a ‘bonus’. It’s as if all of your income belongs to the government and you ought to be grateful that they let you keep some of it. Oh, wait….

“We can pay for these new tax benefits for working Americans by changing the ways our current tax code is rigged in favor of those who make money off of money and against those who make money from work,” Van Hollen said.

Funny how those who ‘make money off of money’ tend to send that money to Democrat candidates, as an examination of the contributions of Wall Street firms makes clear. Oh, wait, I forgot, he’s just posturing. Forget I mentioned it, then.

The plan goes beyond Democrats’ past efforts to address rising income inequality, which centered on raising the minimum wage. That message found little resonance among middle-class voters in November’s elections, leaving the party searching for a more effective message.

Translation: ‘Well, we tried buying their votes this way and got no takers. Perhaps we’ll be more successful buying their votes that way.’

 

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Jimmy Carter: Give Obama a Break on Paris Controversy

12th January 2015

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I think it safe to say that any course of action receiving the approval of Jimmy Carter constitutes a damned stupid thing to do.

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‘Most of America’s rich think the poor have it easy’

9th January 2015

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Another thumb-sucker from the Washington Post.

Most of America’s richest think poor people have it easy in this country, according to a new report released by the Pew Research Center. The center surveyed a nationally representative group of people this past fall, and found that the majority of the country’s most financially secure citizens (54 percent at the very top, and 57 percent just below) believe the “poor have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return.” America’s least financially secure, meanwhile, vehemently disagree — nearly 70 percent say the poor have hard lives because the benefits “don’t go far enough.” Nationally, the population is almost evenly split.

Note that the poor think their lives are hard because they don’t have it easy enough. Cry me a river.

Why the surprising lack of compassion? It’s hard to say.

But he’s going to pull something out of his ass anyway, ignoring the plain truth that people who have to work for a living don’t have a lot of affection for those who don’t have to work for a living.

At the very top, the sentiment is likely tied to conservatism, which traditionally bemoans government programs that redistribute wealth, calling them safety nets.

Sorry, but ‘the very top’ are more likely to be liberal than conservative — look at political contributions and public utterances (but that would disturb The Narrative, so shhhh….) And don’t spend a lot of time trying to make sense of that sentence grammatically, because it can’t be done; ‘conservatism’ doesn’t call government attempts to redistribute wealth ‘safety nets’, but theft — it’s ‘progressivism’ that calls such programs ‘safety nets’, in order to escape the thought that they’re, you know, theft. (Maybe the author thinks people like Obama are conservative; that’s the only explanation that makes sense grammatically, if not intellectually.)

Some 40 percent of the financially secure are politically conservative, according to Pew.

Which means that 60% aren’t … there goes the ‘likely tied to conservatism’ canard. Really, does anybody read this stuff before it gets published?

And conservatives are even more likely to say the “poor have it easy” than the rich — a recent Pew survey found that more than three quarters of conservatives feel that way.

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

More broadly, the prevalence of the view might reflect an inability to understand the plight of those who have no choice but to seek help from the government. A quarter of the country, after all, feels that the leading reason for inequality in America is that the poor don’t work hard enough.

‘No choice’? There’s an assumption you could drive a truck through, loaded with taxpayer dollars. And if a quarter of the country feels that the poor don’t work hard enough, then three-quarters of the country don’t feel that way, so another paragraph bites the dust.

I’ve seen more intellectual rigor come out of the Miss America contest.

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Poll: Half of Republicans Still Believe WMDs Found in Iraq

8th January 2015

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Republicans and Fox News viewers are more likely to hold false beliefs about the president and the war in Iraq, according to a new poll.

Overall, 42 percent still believe that troops discovered WMDs, a misleading factor in the decision to invade Iraq in 2003. It was later found that Iraq did have individual stockpiles of chemical weapons, but there was no active WMD program in the country.

Then I guess it’s not a ‘false belief’, then, is it? There’s a world of difference between ‘no WMDs’ and ‘no active WMD program’.

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A Plague of Ingrates

6th January 2015

Matt Forney turns over a rock.

With the war between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD escalating to DEFCON 2, you’d think the people who need the police the most would stop biting the hand that protects them. But no one ever went broke overestimating the ungratefulness of the corn-fed hipsters who dominate the Big Apple’s media megaphone. Case in point: Gawker’s Andy Cush decries the force as “pathetic crybabies” and “an embarrassment to the city of New York.”

After trying to mentally calculate how much cheese Cush would need for his whine, I decided to do a little research into the guy. To the surprise of no one, he lives in Brooklyn and is not a New York native. According to his Facebook profile, Cush hails from the Baltimore suburb of Severna Park, confirming my belief that any town that has “park” in the name is a worthless cultural void.

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The Real Reason Richer People Marry

4th January 2015

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A fine example of what I call ‘horseshit social science’ — basically, an extended example of confusing correlation with causation. (No good reason is given for restricting the treatment to ‘white non-farm U.S.-born men’ except the obvious: that’s the data he had available.)

An example crap conclusion:

College-educated men and women are the privileged players in our transformed economy: They can pool two incomes and provide a solid financial foundation for a marriage. In contrast, we have seen declines in marriage among high school graduates who are stuck in the middle of the labor market, where they can no longer find the kind of steady, decently paying employment that supported their grandparents’ marriages.

While it’s true that having two professional incomes is a Very Good Thing, people rarely marry on the basis of their partner’s contribution to the family wealth pool. If it were, and two such instances of homo economicus were looking at marriage, surely it would be obvious that for those whose income is uncertain pooling endeavors is far more advantageous than going it alone; hence we would expect non-rich people to marry with greater frequency than rich people, just out of a desire for self-preservation. Yet that is not the conclusion.

And this guy works at Johns Hopkins, a premium U.S. university. A more glaring example of the decline in intellectual standards in modern academia would be difficult to find, except that it’s depressingly common.

And why would a respected publication like The New York Times print such a thumbsucker? Because it supports the ‘progressive’ Narrative, of course; All The News That Fits Our Rants is the new motto.

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Sarah Palin vs. PETA

4th January 2015

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Governor Palin, for whatever reason, continues to be catnip to liberals. I can’t explain it; the only observation I can offer is that there is something about attractive conservative women–Palin, Michelle Malkin, Michele Bachmann, younger generation conservatives like Dana Loesch–that causes liberals to take leave of their senses.

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Gawker Outs Lena Dunham’s Alleged Republican Attacker—As a Democrat

31st December 2014

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Gawker‘s J.K. Trotter recently made the decision to publish the name of the person he now presumes to be Lena Dunham’s alleged rapist. That was irresponsible of him. Several journalists have dedicated considerable time to investigating the sexual assault that Dunham chronicled in her memoir, Not That Kind of Girl; their reporting, and all information made available by Dunham in response, suggests that the attacker in the story may be a composite character based on her impressions of several dfferent people. Indeed, the person Gawker outed was not even a Republican activist—the key identifying detail attributed to the attacker in the memoir.

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

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