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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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Learning How to Use Tools

29th December 2014

The Other McCain does a little venting.

When Jake Brewer complains about “noise” on the Internet, he doesn’t mean that he is unable to find what he wants online. No, he is an educated person, very sophisticated in his use of Internet tools, and has no problem accessing the information he seeks. What Jake Brewer is complaining about is that the online audience he wants to reach with his message — whom he presumes to be less educated and less sophisticated than himself — is distracted by “noise,” which he defines as information less important than the message Jake Brewer is sending.

Guess what, Jake? It’s called democracy. Idiots who spend all day sending each other cute puppy videos on Facebook? Democracy.

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Why So Many of the Health Articles You Read Are Junk

26th December 2014

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Misleading health news stories are surprisingly widespread. One survey by Gary Schwitzer, who runs the watchdog website HealthNewsReview, looked at 500 health stories published in large newspapers over two years. Many of the stories were awfully flawed, he found, overplaying the benefits and underplaying the harms of various treatments, exaggerating the prevalence of diseases, and leaving out discussion of alternative options.

And these stories are a real health hazard. Lots of people make decisions every day based on the things they read in the media. A number of studies have documented the ways media coverage influences people’s health choices, from whether to get screened for breast cancer or go in for a colonoscopy.

Ask any physician about the number of patients who have come into their offices, requesting some test or treatment based on something they saw in the media. I’ve heard from many of them. I’ve also heard from health ministers who say they rely solely on journalism to inform themselves about the latest science. I don’t need to tell you again about the alarming hold a certain TV doctor has on his audience — no matter how dubious his advice.

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Watch the Worst Anti-Gun PSA of All Time, Which Encourages Kids to Steal, Endanger Themselves, and Get Expelled

23rd December 2014

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It’s astonishing how many bad ideas the creators were able to cram into a two-and-half-minute video, which concerns a child protagonist who “doesn’t feel safe with a gun in my house.”

First, the child steals the gun out of his mother’s dresser—something no young person should ever do. Then he brings it with him to school. Kids have been shot by cops for brandishing fake weapons; bringing a real gun to school is even more reckless, and could result in serious injury or death. Last, he shows the gun to his teacher and asks her to make it go away. Any child who did this would be expelled on the spot at the very least, and could face criminal charges, regardless of any mitigating circumstances.

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Micro-Agression

19th December 2014

Paul Mirengoff explains the latest Leftist trope.

As far as I can tell, a micro-aggression is an affront — real or imagined for the sake of being affronted — so trivial that few stable adults would notice it and none would give it a second thought. When the term is used, the only aggression in sight is that committed by the grievance industry against the English language for the purpose of political bullying.

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Democrats Demand Better Protections for Transgender Illegal Immigrant Children

16th December 2014

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Slow news day.

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The Media Heroine of the Australian Terrorism Counterbacklash Has Some Issues

16th December 2014

Steve Sailer connects the dots.

But even before the murders actually happened, the media was moving on to the real story: its fears of a backlash against Muslims, and the one brave woman, Melbourne writer Tessa Kum, who courageously tweeted her opposition to this theoretical but widely hoped for / denounced backlash. Tessa’s tweet is a genuine Big Story with Google News listing her in 88 news articles.

All you have to do is put the boot in when helping the Crust beat up on somebody in order to be praised for your ‘courage’, like a little kid smiling up at his big brother when he adds his pathetic little kick to the guy who is on the ground.

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Sandy Hook Parents Join With Democrat Lobbyist to Sue Bushmaster Firearms

15th December 2014

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Because it’s totally the company’s fault that some insane kid stole one of their products and killed a bunch of kids in a gun-free zone. Totally.

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Diversity TV

13th December 2014

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Pay real attention to the commercials for just one night instead of making a sandwich. You will quickly notice there is an heirarchy of correctness for commercials on Planet Diversity.

There is equality of one sort: Married men of all races are hen-pecked morons whose wives are much smarter and more attractive. The pathetic idiots never know what cereal to eat or which laxative to use. It’s a miracle they can dress themselves and locate their jobs.

Black people are always cooler, smarter, and hipper than white people in commercials. Any doofus will be white. The guy with the “wrong” phone or computer will be white and uncool. Black people can be cutely wacky, like the football player who gets excited when his number comes up at the deli. But they can never be stupid, bad, ugly, or subservient.

Asians do not exist except very rarely as part of the wallpaper in a crowd scene and identifiable Jews do not exist at all. Any women who are “acting stupidly”, will also be unattractive. An example is “Helen” the bad dancer at the high school dance where JJ Watt appears. But in most ad “storylines”, women will be thin, pretty, and in charge.

Children of all races are smarter than adults, but particularly their fathers. Father not only no longer knows “best”; he knows next to nothing. He is lectured by his offspring about phones, computers, cars, and his own investments. Without kids to tell him what’s what, he would be probably be homeless. Once again, played for humor, but part of the relentless assault on everything male, traditional, or authoritative. Government is Big Daddy, Sugar Daddy, and Baby Daddy now; no need for any real flesh-and-blood fathers.

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The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Falling Gas Prices

11th December 2014

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A left-coast writer named Mark Morford thinks that gas prices falling to $2 a gallon would be the worst thing to happen to America. After all, he says, the wrong people would profit: oil companies (why would oil companies profit from lower gas prices?), auto makers, and internet retailers like Amazon that offer free shipping.

If falling gas prices are the worst for America, then the best, Morford goes on to say, would be to raise gas taxes by $6 a gallon and dedicate all of the revenue to boondoggles “alternative energy and transport, environmental protections, our busted educational system, our multi-trillion debt.” After all, government has proven itself so capable of finding the most cost-effective solutions to any problem in the past, and there’s no better way to reduce the debt than to tax the economy to death.

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A Rolling Stone Gathers No Rape

8th December 2014

Jim Goad is nicely dyspeptic today.

Despite the Tawana Brawley rape hoax and the Duke Lacrosse rape hoax and the fact that on any given day you can search the phrase “false rape” on Google News and dredge up countless stories of bitter, scorned, vindictive, psychotic women falsely accusing men of rape, the howling harpies of latter-day feminism and their gelded male worker elves continue to insist that false rape accusations are a patriarchal fiction.

That’s why the nuclear-reactor-level meltdown of that mossy old rancidly flatulent hippie rag Rolling Stone over an at least partially—and perhaps entirely—fraudulent gang-rape story at the University of Virginia is so exquisitely delicious.

We live in a world where a fake rape at UVA gets more press than that (and worse) in entire Muslim countries. Go figure.

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Eric Garner’s Wife Slams Officer Who Killed Her Husband

5th December 2014

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

Why is this considered ‘news’?

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What #Feminism Hath Wrought

2nd December 2014

The Other McCain keeps birdwatching.

Just in time for the holidays, feminism is the gift that keeps on giving, and another academic sadist tells us what’s wrong with men….

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Duke Sociologist: ‘Racism Without racists’ Today in America

29th November 2014

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Duke University sociologist Eduardo Bonilla-Silva says today’s racism is fomented without the use of actual racists. Or something like that.

He’s also written a book by the same name — Racism Without Racists, that is — and says that such is “a new way of maintaining white domination in places like Ferguson.”

If an Enemy doesn’t exist, one has to be invented, in order to preserve Victim Privilege.

Emmanuel Goldstein, we have a new gig for you….

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Prof. Blames Thanksgiving on Consumerism, Suggests Spirit of Holiday Is Apologizing

27th November 2014

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Speaking at California State University at Fresno last week, Dr. Cornel Pewewardy gave a lecture to students titled “How the Grinch Stole Thanksgiving.” Pewewardy spoke about the historical and cultural implications of the holiday.

“Like other holidays, including Christmas and Columbus Day, Thanksgiving is not based on historical accuracy, but rather on the importance and prevalence of maintaining a consumer culture”, Pewewardy, who is a member of both the Comanche and Kiowa tribes, said on Tuesday.

Obviously an affirmative action hire; this is what passes for scholarship on the Left Coast. (How can you be a member of two tribes who were historical enemies? Is that like being a ‘white Hispanic’?)

Historical ignorance in modern America being what it is, of course, few are aware that the Pilgrims were celebrating the traditional European festival of Martinmas:

St. Martin was known as friend of the children and patron of the poor. This holiday originated in France, then spread to Germany, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe. It celebrates the end of the agrarian year and the beginning of harvesting. From the late 4th century to the late Middle Ages, much of Europe, including the UK, engaged in a period of fasting beginning on the day after St. Martin’s Day, November 11. This fast period lasted 40 days, and was therefore, called “Quadragesima Sancti Martini”, Latin for “the forty days of St. Martin.” Sundays were not counted as part of the fasting period. Gaudete Sunday, which can fall anywhere between December 11 through 17, was also not counted as a day of fasting, thus giving the 40-day count. On St. Martin’s Eve, people ate and drank very heartily one last time before they started to fast. This period of fasting was later shortened and called “Advent” by the Church.

And, indeed, the Orthodox Christian Church still starts the Nativity Fast on the Saturday after Martinmas, something of which ‘Professor’ Pewewardy is probably also ignorant — but, then, his ‘historical accuracy’ is obviously based on a political agenda rather than real history.

 

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The Megaphone Doubles-down on the Ferguson Narrative

27th November 2014

Steve Sailer turns over a rock.

While I was writing my new Taki’s Magazine column on Ferguson across Monday night and Tuesday morning, the sense was palpable that the dominant media had taken a humiliating double blow in a battle of their own choosing:

– The grand jury’s finding after months of careful research contradicted the Narrative promulgated in August and tenaciously held to ever since despite the piling up of evidence.

– The looting and arson by “protesters” in Ferguson was disgusting.

The first mainstream media pieces trying to snark about the events of Monday were deluged that night by critical commenters clearly better informed than the paid journalists.

Granted, a low bar.

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Media Ignore 224 Teenagers Killed in Chicago Since Michael Brown’s Death

25th November 2014

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Black people killing black people. Not news.

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Tallahassee Democrat Calls for Handgun Ban, Repeal of 2nd Amendment

23rd November 2014

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On November 22 the Tallahassee Democrat called for the repeal of the Second Amendment and a total ban on handguns and “assault rifles.”
For those who respond by saying that taking guns from law-abiding citizens will only leave them in the hands of criminals the Democrat says, “That’s a chance worth taking.”

What Ensley does not take into account is that the carry of handguns was banned on the FSU campus–thanks in large part of FSU president John Thrasher’s opposition to students being able to use them for self-defense–and what did that handgun ban accomplish? It simply guaranteed that the bad guy, 31-year-old Myron May, was the only person who had a gun when he decided to attack.

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Being Skinny-Fat May Be Worse Than Being Fat

20th November 2014

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For as many as a quarter of normal-weight Americans, the opposite is true. While they may have a “healthy” BMI and look skinny on the outside, on the inside, they’re a mess. Dr. Neil Ruderman first recognized these individuals 33 years ago, labeling them “metabolically-obese, normal-weight.” Today, they’re more casually described as “skinny-fat.” Skinny-fat people generally have all the hallmark health problems associated with obesity — high blood pressure, increased levels of LDL cholesterol, insulin resistance — without overtly looking the part.

I think that this is like the ‘unconsciously racist’ theme: you’re actually bad even though everything about you looks good.

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GOP Criticized for Lack of Women in Leadership

20th November 2014

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By whom? Democrats, of course. This is like Republicans criticizing Democrats for putting people who want to raise taxes in leadership positions.

The only news here is that the Wall Street Journal dignified it with coverage.

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Why Is It Bad for Tech to Eat Jobs?

19th November 2014

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Most jobs suck. Yours probably doesn’t–after all, you’re a member of the highly educated, cutting-edge TechCrunch demographic–but most jobs, almost by definition, are done by people coerced by the fear of not having enough money into doing work they mostly don’t want to do. We should be ecstatic about the prospect of robots doing that work for us. Shouldn’t we?

Nobody cares whether tech ‘eats jobs’ — what they care about is tech ‘eating incomes’, which said jobs provide.

Suppose self-driving trucks let us do all that work with 3 million fewer people, while creating 2 million better jobs with twice the salary elsewhere. How have we painted ourselves into a corner where that is somehow viewed as a bad thing? Why are we so scared of a future that boasts both greater economic production, and more people with the freedom to spend their time and effort however they desire? Shouldn’t a world with more output from fewer jobs (defined as “paying people to do things they don’t really want to do”) actually be extremely desirable?

Easy to see the three million eliminated jobs, easy to wave the hands about two million better jobs with twice the salary elsewhere; we people on the reality side of the aisle want some specifics behind that handwaving. Saying ‘here a miracle occurs’ is not sufficient.

Put another way: why would it still be important to maintain full employment in a world overflowing with machine-generated wealth available to everyone?

But it’s not ‘available to everyone’, outside of the Aggregation fallacy. Wealth doesn’t accrue to ‘everyone’ (except in socialist dreamworlds, and we’ve seen how well those work out), but to people who have a claim on that wealth through some market mechanism. This focus on distribution (for which I blame the fact that everybody reads Rawls in college) only deals with half of the question; what about production, and the claims on wealth that participating in production produces in all free societies?

The writer, of course, being a good Voice of the Crust, sees it as a Problem For Government; I blame the current media for allowing people like this to write about economic problems without bothering to learn something about economics first.

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