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Hillary Clinton’s Cribs Shock Young People

2nd July 2015

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“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times,” Clinton said in the video announcement on April 12. “But the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top.”

So what do Millennials think of a candidate who criticizes the “1 percent,” but simultaneously owns multi-million dollar properties in Washington, D.C. and New York and spends her summers in the Hamptons? Campus Correspondent Cabot Phillips took to the streets of our nation’s capitol to find out in Campus Reform’s debut of “Candidate’s Cribs.”

She doesn’t mean herself, of course; she means those other people at the top.

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Supreme Court Death Penalty: Writhing Prisoner Took 43 Minutes to Die But Judges Say Use of Midazolam Is Constitutional

29th June 2015

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Well, gee, how long did it take his victim to die?

Strapped in the gurney, Lockett, convicted of shooting and burying alive a 19-year-old woman, writhed, kicked his legs, breathed heavily and even managed to gasp a word: “Man.” He took 43 minutes to die, rather than the usual ten.

Okay, then. Shoot him and bury him alive. That’s obviously fair. Problem solved.

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Lindsey Graham: GOP Needs to Drop Anti-Gay Marriage Constitutional Amendment from Platform

28th June 2015

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Why is this dipstick pretending to be a Republican? Is he just a masochist?

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Donald Trump: Jeb Bush Sees Me as a Threat

28th June 2015

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Trump has an ego bigger than Ross Perot’s. Jeb Bush, to the extent that he thinks about Donald Trump, more likely sees him not as a threat but as a pothole on the highway of Republican politics.

Can’t say that he’d be wrong.

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U. Michigan Professor Blames ‘Far Right Wing Jews’ for Charleston Shooting

25th June 2015

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These must be the same ‘right-wing Jews’ who overwhelmingly vote for (and contribute to) Democrite candiates.

The secret side of Barbra Streisand…? Who knew?

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Putin’s Plot to Get Texas to Secede

24th June 2015

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I am not making this up.

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Bonfire of the Vulgarians: Middle East Studies in Decline

23rd June 2015

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Earlier this year, a firestorm erupted when Connecticut College philosophy professor Andrew Pessin’s 2014 Facebook comments, in which he compared Hamas in Gaza to a “wild pit bull . . . chained in a cage, regularly making mass efforts to escape,” were deemed “racist” and “dehumanizing” by student activists, colleagues, and administrators alike. Meanwhile, Middle East studies academics regularly emit commentary that is unambiguous in its bigotry, tastelessness, and vulgarity, to nary a peep. Not coincidentally, the vitriol is directed at targets academe finds politically unpopular: Israel, pro-Israel Jews, and anti-Islamists.

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Why Are American Schools Slowing Down So Many Bright Children?

22nd June 2015

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It’s called ‘No Child Left Behind’ and socialist rags like the Washington Post love it.

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A Racial Fort Sumter?

22nd June 2015

Jim Goad views the media-storm with a jaundiced eye.

When I heard about last Wednesday’s spree, I thought of the 2010’s Hartford Distributors shooting, wherein Omar Thornton, a black former employee of a beer distribution company, shot eight white former coworkers to death before killing himself. Thornton’s white girlfriend would claim that he’d been taunted with racial epithets while at work, although even the nonwhite employees at the company denied that any such events ever occurred.

As with last week’s Charleston shooting, racial animus appeared to be a motivating factor for Thornton. The main difference is that you’ve likely never heard of Omar Thornton, while you are already painfully aware of Dylann Roof.

That is no coincidence. I’d even suggest it’s by design.

And so — what follows?

I suspect the double standard exists to simultaneously whip up black rage and white resentment. As it is currently configured, our media/government complex focuses almost exclusively on anti-black horror stories—whether real or imagined—while it outright ignores or buries stories about black-on-white violence.

This creates unnecessary resentment on both sides. Blacks get the false impression that they’re being disproportionately murdered by whites—rather than, you know, other blacks. And many whites who’ve been victimized by black violence feel that either no one believes them, no one cares about them, or that everyone feels that they deserved it anyway because of, you know, history and stuff.

How is that anything but a divisive strategy? How can either side win a game with rules like that?

A  very good question; one that Obama, for example, will not answer.

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Continued Survival of Humanity Starting to Get Embarrassing for Ehrlich

22nd June 2015

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A professor famous for predicting the imminent demise of the human race at regular intervals since the 1970s has predicted the imminent demise of the human race.

Paul Ehrlich, who is the Bing Professor of Population Studies at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, says it’s definitely on this time.

Why are people still listening to this ass? You’d think that somebody who’d been wrong so many times would lose his job — and he would, if he had a job in the Real World. Environmentalism, however, is a fantasy-land (much like Second Life, but not as much fun).

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‘Heterosexual Privilege’ Board Displayed in Univ. Of Wisconsin Residence Hall

22nd June 2015

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I am not making this up.

Ogg Hall, home to many first and second-year students, prominently displayed the heterosexual privilege board so that students could read about “benefits automatically derived from being or being perceived as being heterosexual.”

This is news? At least they’re using the term correctly — although, since the majority of people are heterosexual, they might use ‘pubilage’ instead (not that that’s a word….).

Why don’t they just say ‘normal privilege’ and be done with it? Of course there are a lot of ‘privileges’ associated with being normal, primarily because that’s what most people are — indeed, that’s what ‘normal’ is all about.

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Harvard-Stanford Admissions Hoax Becomes International Scandal

21st June 2015

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The Korean math prodigy at one of the nation’s top high schools had Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on the phone, personally encouraging the teenager to attend Harvard University. She received letters from Harvard professors, encouraging her to bring her brilliant abilities to Cambridge next fall instead of accepting her admission to Stanford University on the opposite coast.

As the student struggled to decide between five-figure scholarship promises from both schools, she received a novel offer: She could spend two years at each elite school as part of an arrangement just for her. The exciting dual-enrollment opportunity garnered star-struck coverage from Korean media outlets, which dubbed her the “Genius Girl.”

But none of it was true.

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Martin O’Malley Is Pissed

21st June 2015

John Hinderaker does a little fisking.

Democratic presidential contender Martin O’Malley is pissed about the Charleston shootings. That is what he said in an email to supporters. So, is he pissed at the murderer, Dylann Roof? Don’t be silly! He’s pissed at Republicans. When you’re a Democrat, it’s all politics, all the time.

Every bad thing that hits the news is yet another stick with which Democrites try to beat Republicans, even when Republicans as such had nothing to do with it.

And yet  cities that are run by Democrites and undergoing major meltdowns, like Detroit, or murder machines, like Chicago, are apparently nobody’s fault, or else everybody’s fault, like Global Warming.

The real issue relating to straw purchasing is lack of enforcement. Under the Obama administration, federal prosecutions of gun-related offenses have declined by 30% to 40% compared with the Bush years. Eric Holder’s politicized Department of Justice had higher priorities than prosecuting actual crimes. As is so often the case, it makes much more sense to enforce laws already on the books than to pass new ones.

But Democrites get Election Points for passing new cool-sounding laws, even if they don’t do anything effective, rather than, you know, enforcing existing law, which might leave them open to Being Evaluated On Performance, to which they react like Bela Lugosi to garlic.

I’d be more interested in whether O’Malley is ‘pissed’ about the crime wave in Baltimore, of which he was once mayor and of which he is at present Governor, and just what he plans to do about it. Oh, wait, that would be Being Evaluated On Performance, and we can’t have that.

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Robots Are Leaving the Factory Floor And Heading for Your Desk – and Your Job

21st June 2015

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More to the point, leaving the factory floor — where they’ve pretty much taken the jobs of the sort of people whom the Guardian champions (whether they like it or not) — and heading to take the jobs of the office drones into whose corner the Guardian is being forced because their traditional constituency (assembly-line proles) are going extinct.

Sky Is Falling – Film at 11 – Women and Minorities Hardest Hit. Wake me when we get there.

The problem is that the world is become a place that has a lessening need for people on the left side of the IQ bell curve, and the solution is to find ways to encourage such people not to reproduce. (But that would be raaaaaaacist….)

 

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How For-Profit Prisons Have Become the Biggest Lobby No One Is Talking About

21st June 2015

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Perhaps because nobody is surprised that a business that depends on politicians has a lobbying group. Does this come as news to anybody? Anybody Bueller?

Allow me to translate this headline out of Voice-of-the-Crust speak: ‘The biggest lobby of which we don’t approve that no one is bad-mouthing as much as we think ought to be happening.’

The Washington Post, like the New York Times, is shocked, shocked, that there is lobbying going on — and it’s always things they don’t like. Funny how that happens.

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Stanford Researcher Declares That the Sixth Mass Extinction Is Here

21st June 2015

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‘Sky is falling. Film at 11. Women and Minorities Hardest Hit.’

What is obviously in no danger of extinction is disaster-predicting academics. Let’s put this with the ‘peak oil’ and ‘population bomb’ predictions.

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Obama’s Howler

19th June 2015

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Paul and John have already commented on the egregious distortions and falsehoods of Obama’s highly ideological comments on the heinous shootings in South Carolina. To gild the point a bit further about how “This type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” Wayne Laugesen of the Colorado Spring Gazette tallies the numbers for us:

Behring Anders Breivik killed 75, 2011, Norway
Mohammed Merah killed 7, 2012, France
Genildo Ferreira de França killed 14, 1997, Brazil
Michael Robert Ryan killed 16, 1987, UK
Eric Borel killed 15, 1995, France
Friedrich Leibacher killed 14, 2001,Switzerland
Christian Dornier killed 14, 1989, France
Ljubiša Bogdanovi? killed 13, 2013, Serbia
Derrick Bird killed 12, 2010, UK
Robert Steinhäuser killed 16, 2002, Germany
Tim Kretschmer killled 15, 2009, Germany
Wellington Menezes de Oliveira killed 12, 2011, Brazil
Bai Ningyang killed 12, 2006, China
Juhani Matti Saari killed 10, 2008, Finland
Huanming Wu killed 9, 2010, China
Ahmed Ibragimov killed 41, 1999, Russia
Ami Popper killed 7, 1990, Israel
Antoní Blažka killed 6, 2013, Czech Republic

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Democrats Now the Party of Plutocracy

17th June 2015

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And, really, have been for some time. It’s just now becoming too obvious to fake.

There’s more than a bit of cognitive dissonance in the merger of Democrats with plutocracy – rule by the wealthy. After all, the party’s brand is supposed to be “party of the people.” For Democrats, the allure of corporate cash – in campaign contributions and, later on, in of corporate patronage – may be overwhelming, but it does pose a threat to the party’s positioning.

Oh, I don’t know — Democrites have never had a problem saying on thing and being another.

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If the Guardian Dislikes Privately Educated Oxbridge Types, Why Does It Hire So Many?

16th June 2015

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The Guardian is the voice of the Old Left in Britain, and is a reliable Voice of the Crust for the Labor wing of the ruling class. Like the New York Times and the Washington Post, it delights in rhetorical class warfare, so it’s a delight to see it called out by an actually independent publication as just another SWPL thumbsucker.

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Where the White People Live

10th June 2015

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Voice of the Crust The Atlantic burnishes it’s hipster credentials with this hand-wringer about ‘segregation’.

Racially concentrated areas of affluence, by the researchers’ definition, are census tracts where 90 percent or more of the population is white and the median income is at least four times the federal poverty level, adjusted for the cost of living in each city. Racially concentrated areas of poverty, by contrast, are census tracts where more than 50 percent of the population is non-white, and more than 40 percent live in poverty.

Note that ‘white’ = ‘affluent’ and ‘black’ = ‘in poverty’ by the researchers’ definition. Not hard to find the facts you like when you stack the deck before you start.

Oh … the writer, Alana Semuels, is a Harvard graduate — and, judging by her picture, white. Of course.

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Two Sentences That Perfectly Capture What It Means to Be Privileged in America Today

10th June 2015

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Hint: Not what the dictionary says it means.

“Don’t console yourself that you are the 99 percent,” he says. “If you live near a Whole Foods; if no one in your family serves in the military; if you are paid by the year, not the hour; if most people you know finished college; if no one you know uses meth; if you married once and remain married; if you’re not one of 65 million Americans with a criminal record — if any or all of these things describe you, then accept the possibility that actually, you may not know what’s going on, and you may be part of the problem.”

Like ‘subconscious racism’, ‘privilege’ is the catch-all leftist code-word for ‘you suck’.

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Hubbert’s Peak Refuted: Peak Oil Theory Still Wrong

10th June 2015

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As I have explained earlier geologist M. King Hubbert famously predicted in 1956 that U.S. domestic oil production in the lower 48 states would peak around 1970 and begin to decline. In 1969 Hubbert predicted that world oil production would peak around 2000. Hubbert argued that oil production grows until half the recoverable resources in a field have been extracted, after which production falls off at essentially the same rate at which it expanded. This theory suggests a bell-shaped curve rising from first discovery to peak and descending to depletion.

As, of course, it did.

I was under the impression that in order to be a ‘geologist’ you had to know something about, well, geology. Apparently I was wrong.

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Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think

7th June 2015

Scientific American has been grabbing ahold of Political Correctness with both hands recently, and this is another examples of the same.

Invariably discussions of ‘economic inequality’ (i.e. some people have more Stuff than other people) assume what they ought to be proving, that ‘economic inequality’ is a Bad Thing. This assumption doesn’t so much beg the question as ignore it entirely.

In a candid conversation with Frank Rich last fall, Chris Rock said, “Oh, people don’t even know. If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets.” The findings of three studies, published over the last several years in Perspectives on Psychological Science, suggest that Rock is right. We have no idea how unequal our society has become.

I think that the truth is that Ordinary People just don’t care as much about ‘economic inequality’ as the Chattering Class would like to think. Seriously: Bill Gates has 100,000 times more money than I do; just how does that make my life worse than if he had the same amount? Answer: It doesn’t. It just doesn’t. How much more money Bill Gates has doesn’t affect my life one bit. Not a shred.

The exception would be if I were one of those people (and you know who you are) who have the delusion that every one of us is just as good in every respect as every other of us, and so therefore it follows as the night the day that if one person has more he or she must have cheated other people out of Their Fair Share. That’s a personality disorder that Kierkegaard and Nietzsche named Ressentiment, and it afflicts the Crust and its Underclass at pandemic levels.

We don’t want to live like this. In our ideal distribution, the top quintile owns 32% and the bottom two quintiles own 25%.

And that’s the problem. The Chattering class think that everybody ought to believe as they do — indeed, they’re absolutely convinced that if everybody told the truth they would admit that they believed as the Chattering Class do — and so Somebody Needs To Do Something to convert their fantasy into reality.

The pity is that Scientific American used to be a great venue for bringing scientific discoveries into the popular realm. Now they’re just another Voice of the Crust leveraging their former reputation to bring ‘progressive’ values to the masses.

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The Meaninglessness of Ending ‘Extreme Poverty’

2nd June 2015

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This September, the world’s leaders will converge on the United Nations to declare a new set of Sustainable Development Goals for planetary progress over the next 15 years. Their first target will be to “eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day.” That’s a heady vision, one already embraced both by U.S. President Obama and Jim Kim, president of the World Bank—the organization that set the $1.25 poverty line back in 2005.

There’s just one problem: According to the World Bank, extreme poverty isn’t what it used to be. It turns out that the technique the bank has used in the past to set the extreme poverty line essentially guarantees we won’t wipe out extreme poverty by 2030—or ever. To save face, the World Bank’s economists are likely to change the method to one that creates a definition of extreme poverty that can be eradicated. But in doing so, they’ll set a poverty line that will move further and further away from anyone’s actual idea of what it is to be poor.

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What in the World Is “Privilege”?

2nd June 2015

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Hint: It’s not what they would have you believe it is.

If you are white; if you are male; if you are a Christian; if you have a college degree (or merely a high school degree where I currently live); if you were born in, were educated on, or currently live on the west coast or the northeast; if you come from a middle-class or upper-class family; if you have two parents; or if your first language is English; then there is a safe bet you have been asked to “check your privilege” at some point.

Sorry, my privilege doesn’t accept checks.

What does that even mean? Really, check my “privilege”?

‘Privilege’ comes from the Latin term for ‘private law’, and it means some benefit to which one is entitled by law that another is not.

‘Check your privilege’ is used by fashionable victim groups to put their enemies on the defensive and attempt to short-circuit discussion.

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The 1 Percent’s Ivy League Loophole

1st June 2015

Salon is being Crustian again.

Legacy preference in college admission, or the practice of selecting the offspring of alumni over other qualified candidates, was originally a strategy developed to grandfather Jewish applicants out of admission. Though the policy’s intention has changed, it remains the reality that as American students head back to campus this fall, 10 to 25 percent of them do not deserve their spots. They’re “legacy admits,” the kids who got a boost via birth.

Yet not a word about the 10 to 26 percent ‘diversity admits’, who also ‘got a boost by birth’, and who also ‘do not deserve their spots’. Funny how that works.

 

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Lefties Think ‘Mass Transit’ Is a Synonym for ‘Black People’, Therefore You (Not They) Are Racist

31st May 2015

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Bloomberg View columnist and Econ Professor Noah Smith just wanted to say that if you oppose ‘infrastructure’ (what kind of ‘infrastructure’? Unspecified/doesn’t matter; let’s just call it TBA Infrastructure), it’s because you’re racist against black people.

Like, just for example, let’s take the projected-to-cost-tens-of-billions bullet-train project in California. One presumes that lefties are all in favor while opposition comes largely from conservatives. This much we know. Smith’s point is this: if you oppose that, it’s NOT because you believe, say, that this expenditure of public monies will be wasted, skimmed, grafted, overrun, and deliver the service in question in a very inefficient and time-consuming way – thereby making you and your family worse off than they otherwise would’ve been.

No.

It’s because you ‘fear riding on the same train as black people’.

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All Aboard San Francisco’s Hipster Bus for Leather Seats, Wi-Fi and Iced Coffee

30th May 2015

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The Guardian is, of course, a famous snooty British Lefty rag, and conveniently ignores the fact that any random passenger on this bus has had a more positive impact on the world than they in the last 100 years.

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Why Do Rich Married Ladies Compete Over Handbags?

30th May 2015

Steve Sailer is not afraid to ask the hard questions.

A rich lady named Wednesday Martin who lives on the Upper East Side has published an article (“Poor Little Rich Women“) and book “Primates of Park Avenue” applying her anthropology degree to the other rich (but not super-rich) stay at home moms she hangs out with. Of course, it winds up being about:

A. How rich stay-at-home-moms are oppressed by society.

B. How the author is better than the rich stay-at-home moms because while it may look like she’s doing exactly what they are doing, she’s actually pursuing her career of anthropology by researching them by going out to lunch a lot.

Marrying a rich guy and staying home is a career choice that is far more open to women than to men, and still gets a lot of enrollees despite being denigrated whenever it’s mentioned at all.

It’s pretty common for anthropologists to get pranked by their subjects who figure out what they want to hear and then exaggerate and plain make up stuff. Margaret Mead getting taken in by the tall tales of Samoan teens is only the most notorious example. Pacific Islanders sometimes concoct elaborately silly rituals and folklore to amuse themselves at the expense of visiting academics.

But ‘progressives’ have no sense of humor so are thus more easily pranked.

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Brent Budowsky: The Coming Terror Attacks

29th May 2015

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I strongly and consistently opposed the Iraq War that was initiated by former President George W. Bush and would equally strongly oppose any similar large-scale military venture today. But with ISIS gaining strength and calling on followers through social media to launch terror attacks in multiple nations, there is an urgent need for multilateral action to destroy ISIS before ISIS succeeds in mass murdering more of us.

‘Gee, somebody needs to do something about that. Not us, of course, I’m opposed to that; but somebody needs to.’

This is what passes for ‘journalism’ these days. People get paid to write this crap.

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‘Republicans Should Embrace the Gas Tax — After All, They Invented It’

28th May 2015

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This is the sort of silly shit that Voices of the Crust do these days: Just because Herbert Hoover was a Republican and did something stupid in 1932, Republicans are stuck with his mistake forever more.

I’m waiting for the headline ‘Democrats Ought to Embrace Segregation — After All, They Invented It’, which is much closer to the truth. But you’ll never see it.

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‘Only in America can the media take a deadly shootout among white and Hispanic bikers and somehow make it all about black people.’

25th May 2015

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And only in America can these same media megaphone-mouths complain about “the media” without realizing that for all intents and purposes, they are the media.

At least one victim was a member of the larger and better-organized Bandidos gang. His name was Manuel Isaac Rodriguez, so I’ll go out on a limb here and guess that like George Zimmerman, he was one of those “white Hispanics.” The only shooting fatality that was allegedly “unaffiliated” with an organized biker gang was Jesus Delgado Rodriguez—again, I’ll presume he was a “white Hispanic.”

That’s right—even by a low estimate, cops killed four presumably white gang members. And yet no whites rioted. To my knowledge, the last group of reckless arsonists who tried to burn Waco down was the ATF in 1993.

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ABC Spokeswoman in Stephanopoulos Flap Worked in Clinton White House

24th May 2015

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

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A Gunfight, Not a Riot: What Happened in Waco

22nd May 2015

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Making the comparison with Baltimore, many on the left — Salon’s Jenny Kutner, to take an example — demanded to know why the media did not describe the events in Waco as a “riot.” The answer, obviously enough, is that the event in Waco was not a riot — it did not represent a general state of civil disorder, there were no mobs targeting property for destruction, etc. What happened in Waco was accurately described — in the New York Times, the Waco Tribune, USA Today, and many other outlets — as a gunfight. Also chaos, biker gang shooting, the work of very dangerous, hostile criminal biker gangs, and, in case that is not strong enough for your taste, something akin to a war zone. What happened in Baltimore was not a gunfight. (It might have been a gunfight if it had been attempted in or around Waco.) Which is not to say that bikers are never involved in riots: The modern outlaw biker mythology is very much rooted in a riot in Hollister, Calif., known in the history books as — can you guess? — the “Hollister riot,” during which such forerunners of the modern motorcycle gang as the Pissed Off Bastards of Bloomington and the Market Street Commandos treated Hollister as though it were Baltimore. There is a great deal of mythology surrounding motorcycle gangs, but the (almost certainly apocryphal) story is that after the Hollister riot, a spokesman for American Motorcycle Association insisted that 99 percent of all motorcycle enthusiasts were decent, law-abiding people — hence the adopting of the “1%” iconography by the outlaws.

If the altercation in Waco had happened between two groups of Fashionable Ethnic Minorities, Texas would be crawling with Social Justice Whiners attempting to get them excused.

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Washington Post Attacks Rubio: He’s Not Rich!

22nd May 2015

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Yes it’s true: Rubio isn’t rich, like Hillary Clinton and so many others in politics. He has made his money honestly, practicing law, earning a salary from public service and publishing a couple of books. No $300,000 speaking fees for Marco. And unlike Harry Reid, he hasn’t gotten wealthy on corrupt real estate deals. Somehow, the Post spins this into a negative.

He’s a politician — how dare he spend his own money!

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Environmentalists Fail in Bid to Revoke GOP Senator’s Degree

22nd May 2015

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Totalitarian Political Correctness reaches into every corner of life; that’s why it’s called ‘totalitarian’.

“Sen. Doug Ericksen is welcome to have whatever political views he wants, but by misinforming the public on the science of climate change, he is undermining the credibility of our own degrees and reflecting poorly on the caliber of education students receive here,” the students said in a statement to the Herald.

Gee, he has a degree and you don’t … perhaps, just perhaps, he knows more about this than you do? Just a thought.

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When “Swedes” Join the Jihad

21st May 2015

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Just about every day there are stories in the MSM about “Swedes”, “Norwegians”, “Danes”, “Germans”, “Britons”, “Australians”, etc. traveling to Syria to join the Islamic State and fight in the jihad. Except that the media articles don’t put the quote marks in — they’re willing let their audience think these are just ordinary Svens and Heinrichs who inexplicably decide to grow beards, sell all their worldly goods, and smuggle themselves into Syria.

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Race Hustlers Want Equal Treatment With Biker Gangs

21st May 2015

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You can’t make this stuff up: some on the left are complaining that the Waco biker gangs have gotten more favorable press coverage than the rioters in Ferguson and Baltimore.

And you can feel their pain.

The way the left drags race into every damn thing that happens is corrosive. The Waco/Baltimore comparison is ridiculous, but it is far too typical of the nonsense we see from newspeople and commentators every day.

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The Twin Peaks Shootout

21st May 2015

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Of course, when I want to know about a Texas shootout, the first place I look is the New Yorker, by a female ‘staff writer’ who has probably never been within yards of a ‘biker’ in her life. That makes perfect sense.

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Tsarnaev Death Expensive Justice: James Fox

18th May 2015

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The troubling fact is that none of this, neither the financial cost nor the emotional toll, was necessary. After all, the defense team, long before admitting their client’s responsibility for the bombings on the very first day of trial, was willing to enter a guilty plea if the government agreed to take the death penalty off the table in favor of life without parole. Would that have been so bad?

Yes.

Sure, critics would have complained about the high cost of housing and feeding Tsarnaev as a guest of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. They failed to recognize that this expense is a drop in the justice system bucket compared with the millions upon millions of dollars spent on prosecuting him.

One round of .45 ACP is 64 cents if you buy it in bulk. I’d be happy to pull the trigger for free. Hell, I’d pay my own expenses there and back pro bono publico.

 

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Rock City, The Casbah

16th May 2015

Mark Steyn looks at the madness afflicting the New York Times.

What confidence can we have that traumatized war refugees can be transformed into budding American entrepreneurs? We cannot know for sure. But recent evidence of recaptured children from the clutches of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and victims of violent crime across five continents reveals that they become more active citizens than similar compatriots who have not suffered from these traumatic events.

What a fascinating study. If that’s how you make “active” citizens, let’s drop the entire student body of Oberlin in the middle of Somalia and see what they’re like when they get back.

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Clinton Foundation Donors Include Dozens of Media Organizations, Individuals

16th May 2015

Read it.

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

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‘Boston in shock over Tsarnaev death penalty’

16th May 2015

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Well, actually, a more accurate headline would be ‘Left-Wing BBC Reporter in Shock Over Tsarnaev Death Penalty'; of course, since the BBC (getting its money through compulsory license fees) doesn’t feel any inclination to wear a Clever Plastic Disguise over it’s ‘progressive’ bias.

This is almost a pure example of the type — the reporter is shocked, so of course all right-thinking people are shocked, and since Massachusetts is full of right-thinking people (having elected the Peter Pan Party since time out of mind), therefore Massachusetts is shocked and ashamed.

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‘Draw Mohammed’ Contest Winner Will Be Added to SPLC ‘Hate’ List

12th May 2015

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Bosch Fawstin, a former Muslim who won the Muhammad cartoon contest at the Texas free speech event attacked by two gunmen Sunday, will soon be added to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) list of hate groups.

A very great honor which I hope he appreciates.

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Why Hillary Clinton Embraced Big Money in Politics

8th May 2015

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The term ‘irremedially corrupt’ springs to mind.

But Clinton really had no other choice. The Republican presidential nominee, the Republican National Committee and groups associated with electing a Republican president are expected to spend at least $1 billion and probably closer to $2 billion to elect a GOP president. Democrats will attempt to match this fundraising, if not raise more.

No matter what happens, it’s always the Republicans’ fault. Thank you, NBC, Voice of the Crust.

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Actual WaPo Headline: “Event Organizer Offers No Apology After Thwarted Attack in Texas”

6th May 2015

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The media is so, so angry at Pam Geller for putting them in a position where they have to side with her (sort of). They already despised her. Now that she’s made them unwilling allies in defending her right to mock Mohammed, they’ll never forgive her.

So they’re going to try to make her the instigator of the Garland attack rather than the two turds who actually tried to pull it off. Why else would she, the ostensible victim, need to apologize?

WaPo and Feldman are basically accusing her of being a de facto ringleader in a murder plot, in which she was one of the prime targets, in order to advance her anti-Islam agenda.

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The Audacity of Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina

6th May 2015

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Headlines you’ll never see in the Atlantic (unlike this one): ‘The Audacity of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’.

I’m sure they would have used ‘ego’ if the Washington Post hadn’t gotten to it first.

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Ben Carson’s Over-the-Top Ego

6th May 2015

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Headlines you’ll never see in the Washington Post (unlike this one): ‘Barack Obama’s Over-the-Top Ego’, ‘Hillary Clinton’s Over-the-Top Ego’, ‘Bill Clinton’s Over-the-Top Ego’, ‘Harry Reid’s Over-the-Top Ego’, ‘Nancy Pelosi’s Over-the-Top Ego’, ‘Jesse Jackson’s Over-the-Top Ego’, or ‘Al Sharpton’s Over-the-Top Ego’.

Ego, you see, is only a Republican characteristic, and cancels out his being black.

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Clinton Calls for Path To ‘Full and Equal Citizenship’ for Illegal Immigrants

6th May 2015

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Even I can do this one:

  1. Go back where you came from.
  2. Apply through the normal process.
  3. Wait like everybody else.

That was easy. Give me a hard one.

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PunditFact: A Case Study In Fact-Free Hackery

4th May 2015

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If you like liberal ideologues who label inconvenient facts as “false,” then you’ll love PunditFact. Why? Because PunditFact just declared that a demonstrably true fact was false because, according to PunditFact, the factual claim “ignores critical facts that would give a different impression.” Facts are strange that way. They do tend to give an impression of the truth, even if some people find that impression discomfiting.

It gets more embarrassing than that, though. In an unsolicited April 28 e-mail to me, PunditFact author Louis Jacobson told me unequivocally that the demonstrably factual claim he was examining was “clearly accurate” and “technically true.” But today, Jacobson declares, that fact is suddenly “Mostly False.”

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