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

24th March 2016

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

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

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

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

So ponder what he’s really up to.

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

24th March 2016

What a surprise.

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

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

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

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

23rd March 2016

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

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

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‘Oligarchy Of Super PAC Megadonors Have Conquered American Politics’

23rd March 2016

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

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

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

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

21st March 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fear and Loathing: ‘Kazika the Mad Jap’ Could Not Be Reached for Comment

20th March 2016

The Other McCain looks at ‘journalism’.

Identity politics and liberal notions of “diversity” have so polluted the journalism racket that now even the sports pages are full of “social justice.” If there is a gay outfielder playing for some AA farm team anywhere in America, all he has to do is send an email to Sports Illustrated and they’ll run a 6,000-word feature about his courageous struggle against homophobia in Dubuque or Albuquerque or wherever.

Whether broccoli journalism is Good for Democracy, it’s not good for journalism, because people get tired of being told what to think.

A newsroom is not a pulpit, and editors are not theologians, and if you want to preach a sermon by disguising it as a five-part “investigate” series about homelessness or whatever, you might eventually find yourself preaching to an empty church, because readers are not entirely stupid. Your pretentious attitude as Our Moral Superiors™ is tiresome and obnoxious, and people won’t pay money to be treated like third-graders being scolded by their teacher. But I digress . . .

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Straight Outta Compton Targeted Different Trailers at Different Races Because White People Don’t Know Rap

18th March 2016

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And, more to the point, most of them don’t give a rap.

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Diapers: The New ‘Human Right’

16th March 2016

Check it out.

I am not making this up. This is an actual White House web page.

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College Students Demand Safe Spaces From Border Patrol Agents

15th March 2016

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Considering that many of them are illegal aliens, I don’t doubt it.

A new crusade has emerged among college students who insist on insulation from the real world – now left-liberal campus activists demand safe spaces from U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who recruit at campus job fairs.

Hey, you never know, they might just whip some cuffs on you if you speak Spanish in the vicinity.

Protesters at several campuses in Southern California and Arizona have demanded administrators cut all ties with the federal agency, and some have protested agents’ presence on campus. Students say border protection representatives make students – especially students in the country illegally – feel unsafe.

Um, well, that’s sort of their job….

At UC Santa Barbara in late January, a parade of students boisterously demonstrated against border patrol recruiters at a campus job fair, loudly chanting “f*ck your borders, f*ck your walls.” One organizer told The College Fix agents’ attendance was “triggering” for undocumented students, adding “there is no space on this campus for an organization that continues to threaten the safety of students.”

It certainly seems to trigger a lot of juvenile behavior. But that’s probably not what they meant.

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Assume 6 Feet of Sea Level Rise: Predict Catastrophe

15th March 2016

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Doubtless there is some utility in playing out worst-case scenarios as a way to plan for the future. That being said, the New York Times is reporting a new study, “Millions projected to be at risk from sea level rise in the continental United States,” in Nature Climate Change that calculates the number of Americans that would be affected by sea level rises between 3 and 6 feet by 2100 due to man-made global warming. As far as I can tell, the main contribution of the study is new coastal population projections. The researchers calculate that if sea level rises by 3 feet, the land that 4.2 million Americans live on will be at risk of inundation. If sea level rises by 6 feet, then 13.1 million Americans might have to move inland. The costs of relocating that many people could be as much $14 trillion. So researchers can now get their studies published in a prestigious scientific journal and publicized by leading newspapers by merely assuming a catastrophe. Neat trick.

On the other hand, I have this vision of seawater pouring down the stairs of a Manhattan subway stop. Mmmmm….

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Hillary Clinton on Libya: ‘We Didn’t Lose a Single Person . . .’ (VIDEO)

15th March 2016

Read it. And watch the video, otherwise you won’t believe it.

Takes ‘clueless’ to a new height.

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Barack Obama Gives His Brutal Assessment of the Rise of Donald Trump

14th March 2016

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It’s only fair. Donald Trump has already given his brutal assessment of the rise of Barack Obama.

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Harvard Med Students Demand Diversity, But No More Asians Please

14th March 2016

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Harvard Medical School (HMS) students styling themselves the “Racial Justice Coalition” are demanding that their next Dean be “committed to social justice both inside and outside our community.”

And, of course, that has everything to do with learning to become a doctor.

Again, the intellectual fallacy here is that because Group X comprises Y percent of the population, then ipso facto they must be entitled to Y percent of the jobs in [insert your favorite field here].

Quite frankly, I don’t want anybody to be working on my health who is so stupid as to believe that .

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Cal Poly Students Vote to Oppose Oil Trains

14th March 2016

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The Phillips 66 oil company wants to build a rail spur from the main railroad to their facility, allowing them to bring in oil trains through the city of San Luis Obispo, and the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission is currently reviewing it, conducting a hearing on it last week.

The resolution, authored by a trio of non-ASI member students, one of whom is on the ASI University Union Advisory Board, and sponsored by two members of ASI Board of Directors, called for opposition to the project.

I wasn’t aware that anybody gave a shit what college students thought when it comes to railroad projects.

 

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‘The Trump Riots That are Mostly My Fault’

14th March 2016

Scott Adams apologizes and disavows himself.

I would like to begin this post by disavowing Scott Adams. It seems I am mostly to blame for the recent scuffles at Trump rallies. I apologize for this and for the nuclear annihilation that is likely ahead of us after Trump wins the presidency in a landslide.

We knew it would come to this.

Back in 1997 I made a prediction in my book The Dilbert Future that seems to be coming true. It stated:

In the future, the media will kill famous people to generate news that people will care about. – The Dilbert Future (May 1997)

Three months later, the media chased Princess Di into a tunnel and created a dangerous situation that killed her but was terrific for television news ratings. The media didn’t plot to kill anyone, but they created a situation that made it likely someone important would die because of the way their business model works. That was the basis for my prediction.

Fast-forward to today and we see the media priming the public to try to kill Trump, or at least create some photogenic mayhem at a public event. Again, no one is sitting in a room plotting Trump’s death, but – let’s be honest – at least half of the media believes Trump is the next Hitler, and a Hitler assassination would be morally justified. Also great for ratings. The media would not be charged with any crime for triggering some nut to act. There would be no smoking gun. No guilt. No repercussions. Just better ratings and bonuses all around.

Scott appears to understand the dialectic.

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Donald Trump’s Tampa Office Is an Unlikely Melting Pot

14th March 2016

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‘Unlikely”, of course, only if you swallow the ‘Trump is Hitler’ line being peddled by, among others, the New York Times.

Recently, Mr. Trump’s campaign has been engulfed by ugly images of mostly white Trump supporters facing off against, and sometimes attacking, young protesters, many of them black or Hispanic, at Trump rallies in Chicago, St. Louis and elsewhere.

Images pushed by the Drive-By Media. No mention, of course, of the ‘young protesters, many of them black or Hispanic, at Trump rallies’ who are attempting to disrupt, with violence, Trump rallies. That would be contrary to The Narrative.

But here in Tampa, in the week before the pivotal Florida primary, conversations with more than 20 volunteers showing up to make campaign calls or otherwise help out at a small Trump campaign office in an old cigar factory yielded some surprises on the subjects of race, ethnicity and bigotry.

Surprising only to those who live in the Media Bubble.

For a campaign frequently depicted as offering a rallying point for the white working class, the people volunteering to help Mr. Trump here are noteworthy for their ethnic diversity. They include a young woman who recently arrived from Peru; an immigrant from the Philippines; a 70-year-old Lakota Indian; a teenage son of Russian immigrants; a Mexican-American.

It always comes as a shock to ‘journalists’ who actually go out and look at Real Life that it often doesn’t match what is being reported in their Drive-By Media.

Funny how that works.

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Totalitarian Hatemonger @RubyHamad Wonders Why Men Won’t Listen to Her

12th March 2016

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Must be Islamophobia or one of those things.

Being constantly insulted by feminists — “Heterosexuality Is the Structure That Keeps Sexist Oppression in Place” — is something men are expected never to notice. Any man who objects to feminism’s anti-male hate propaganda will be instantly branded a misogynist. This is “Kafkatrapping,” whereby the denial of guilt is cited as proof of guilt.

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Faith-Based Transportation Planning

10th March 2016

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The Antiplanner confesses to not be a bible expert, but I don’t think Jesus ever said, “Thou shalt steal from thy neighbors so thee can afford to take expensive train rides.” But that seems to be the goal of Isaiah, a faith-based group in Minnesota that demands that taxpayers subsidize commuter trains from St. Cloud to Minneapolis.

Of course they do.

The Northstar commuter-rail line currently operates over the 40 miles from Minneapolis to Big Lake, about 28 miles short of St. Cloud. The line is a huge loser: it carried an average of around 1,250 round-trips a day in 2014, earning fare revenues of less than $2.4 million but spending $15.2 million on operations and $7.4 million on maintenance.

Of course it does.

St. Cloud residents who want to catch the train have to drive or take a bus to Big Lake. But taking a bus is so “antiquated,” complains Reverend James Albert, Isaiah’s leader. Apparently, they didn’t teach much history in Albert’s seminary school, or he would know that trains are nearly 100 years more antiquated than buses.

Evidently not.

“We feel we deserve the option to not own a car,” says Isaiah member Richard Gordon, a student at St. Cloud State University. While no one is preventing him from taking that option, that doesn’t also mean that he deserves to have 90 percent of his transportation costs paid for by taxpayers.

Students: The Entitled Class.

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A Phishy Thesis

5th March 2016

Don Boudreaux, a Real Economist, turns over a rock.

Suppose it’s true, however, that modern markets are chock-full of devious phishermen preying successfully upon helpless phools who buy too many oranges in the belief that each has been “kist” by the sun. What’s to be done? The authors offer no specific proposals. Yet they clearly imply that more government regulation is a key part of the solution. At one point, for example, they advocate “more generous funding” for the Securities and Exchange Commission; at another, they speak approvingly of greater regulation of slot machines.

Solutions via government are based on a glaring fallacy: that people deficient in choosing for themselves in the marketplace will automatically shed those deficiencies once the government authorizes them to choose for others. Ironically, while citing slot machines, the authors make no mention of a related scam: government-run lotteries. The lotteries are perhaps the most obvious example of how those who are supposed to protect us from phishing scams themselves eagerly phish for phools.

Nothing, indeed, could be more phoolish than for ordinary men and women to submit to elites who are as confident as professors Akerlof and Shiller that they know best how other people should behave. Such elitism poses a far worse danger to society than entrepreneurs offering aromatic pastries for sale.

The world is just chock-full of people who are utterly convinced that they are far more qualified than you are to determine how you ought to live your life, from how you spend your money to how you spend your time to how you eat your fargin’ food.

Resist them, steadfast in the faith.

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Glaciers, Gender, and Science: A Feminist Glaciology Framework for Global Environmental Change Research

5th March 2016

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I am not making this up.

I wish I were.

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Miley Cyrus Shares Tearful Post Pledging to Leave the US if Donald Trump Becomes President

3rd March 2016

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That clinches it; I’m voting for Trump, just to get rid of all of the tedious assholes who have promised to leave if he gets elected.

(Not that they will, of course; these same bloviating bullshit-artists said the same thing after Nixon, Reagan, and Bush.)

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The Case Against Hillary Clinton: This Is the Disaster Democrats Must Avoid

2nd March 2016

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You like what Bernie’s calling for, but you just don’t think he’s likely to win the general election, perhaps because “this country would never elect a socialist.” And even if he did win, you don’t think he’d be able to accomplish his goals, given how entrenched the GOP opposition is. Maybe you even think it’s already settled—that Hillary’s got the nomination locked up.

Here’s why going with that assumption—and backing Hillary in general—would be, in the words of Donald Trump, a disaster.

Apparently she is insufficiently communist for Salon magazine. Who knew?

But even apart from question of feasibility, we have to ask: Were Clinton to take office, would she seriously push for greater economic fairness, more peace and a generally progressive agenda, or would she defend the status quo?

I’m thinking not. So, apparently, are a lot of ‘progressives’.

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Last Night’s Oscars Was The Biggest Gathering Of Smug, Self-Important Asses In Living Memory

29th February 2016

Brendan O’Neill of The Spectator is delightfully dyspeptic today.

The American comic Toby Muresianu put it best: last night’s Oscars felt like ‘three hours of being told to eat your vegetables’. If there has ever been a more grating gathering of smug, self-important asses keen to educate the TV-watching blob about Serious Stuff, then I’m struggling to remember it. Hollywood has clearly forgotten what its job is: to make us squeal and swoon, not raise our awareness about rape and paedophilia and the heat death of the planet and all the other misanthropic bilge the beautiful people spouted last night.

Black people must have been counting their blessings. Sure, being shunned by the 2016 Oscars might have seemed a bit iffy at first, but what a stroke of luck it turned out to be to be left out of a political freakshow in which Lady Gaga sang a ditty about campus rape and Leonardo DiCaprio did his best impression of an earnest but dim sixth-former in his infantile speech about evil polluters plotting against poor Mother Earth. That he did this while accepting the Best Actor gong for a film that is literally all about how mental Mother Nature is — The Revenant — confirmed that he really is just a pretty face.

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EU-Funded Project Plans Huge Tourist Trail From Middle East to Europe to Show Umayyad Dynasty’s Legacy

28th February 2016

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Most of that legacy was invading Christian countries and reducing them to slavery.

Are they going to have a similar ‘tourist trail’ to celebrate Hitler’s romp through Eastern Europe?

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How Academia Whitewashes Muslim Honor Killings

23rd February 2016

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The whitewashing of Muslim honor killings in America has seeped into academia. And the PC police have found a new scapegoat: Hindu Americans.

In January, the Journal of Family Violence published “An Exploratory Study of Honor Crimes in the United States” by Brittany E. Hayes, Joshua D. Freilich and Steven M. Chermak. It was an act of cowardice as well as a shoddy piece of research. It broke absolutely no new ground, either theoretically or statistically, and is so “politically correct” that it completely misses an entire forest for a tree.

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Obama Falsely Implies His Gun Controls Could Have Stopped the Kalamazoo Shooter

23rd February 2016

My, what a surprise!

Speaking at a White House reception for the National Governors Association yesterday, President Obama mentioned the series of shootings that killed six people in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, on Saturday. “Earlier this year, I took some steps that will make it harder for dangerous people, like this individual, to buy a gun,” he claimed. At this point there is no reason to believe that’s true.

Obama’s “executive actions” on gun control included a “clarification” of which gun sellers are “engaged in the business of selling firearms” and therefore must conduct background checks. But even if we assume that more gun buyers will undergo background checks as a result of that initiative (which is by no means assured), it is almost certainly irrelevant to the the case at hand.

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Dem Panic Time: It Berns! It Berns!

20th February 2016

Steven Hayward scratches his head.

The study, by UMass/Amherst economics professor Gerald Friedman, asserts that median income would soar by more than $22,000, 26 million jobs would be created and unemployment would fall to 3.8 percent. And that’s just from Sanders’s Medicare-for-All proposal alone. Imagine what going Full-Venezuela could do! The Sanders campaign pounced on this result, declaring it to be “outstanding work.”

A couple of observations before we enjoy the Democratic panic. First, I think we can safely assume that Prof. Gerald Friedman is no relation to Milton Friedman. I’m not even going to check it out. Second, every UMass/Amherst economics student who took courses from Friedman should demand a tuition refund immediately. Third, seriously Amherst? Would you hire a flat-earther for your geography department? Why would you hire one for your economics department?

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When You Feel the Bern, ‘Together’ Is How You Conduct Class Warfare

20th February 2016

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One of the most fascinating aspects of the Democratic race will be seeing which form of leftist culture war triumphs. While Hillary will be forced to pay lip service to class, she’s circling her wagons around race and gender. Sanders will meet with Sharpton, but he’s got his socialist plan, and he’s sticking to it.

One of the most arrogant of the aspects of this Bernie Sanders add is the use of ‘them’. ‘If we do not allow them to divide us up….’ ignores the fact that it is the various Identity Politics components of the Democrite base that are doing the dividing — blacks are the ones trying to divide us by race, feminists are the ones trying to divide us by gender, pervertitarians are the ones trying to divide us by sexual orientation, etc. These are the people whose votes Bernie will need to win. It is only the fact that the Democrite core constituencies are dumber than boxes of rocks that allows them (yes, I include Hillary in this rant) to get away with this lame bullshit.

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SCHUMER’S SHINOLA

16th February 2016

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This past Sunday on This Week with the former Clinton enabler, the odious Senator Chuck Schumer instructed us in course to be followed in connection with the replacement of Justice Scalia on the Court: “Well, the job, first and foremost, is for the president to nominate and for the Senate to hold hearings and go through the process. You know, the Constitution, Ted Cruz holds the Constitution, you know, when he walks through the halls of Congress. Let him show me the clause that says president’s only president for three years.” The former Clinton enabler let Schumer’s instruction stand without any of the variety of challenges that might be made on the merits.

At Mediaite, Alex Rodriguez calls attention to one challenge that applies specifically to Schumer: “Schumer took the exact opposite stance nine years ago, going out of his way to bluntly tell the George W. Bush administration that he would filibuster any Supreme Court nominee they put forward in the next two years because he didn’t care for the ideology of his previous two nominees.” Rodriguez posts the video below from Schumer’s speech to the American Constitution Society, no less, and dryly observes: “This speech was delivered July 27, 2007. So Schumer – who now balks at the idea of a 300-day delay in appointing a Justice – would have been perfectly okay with filibustering a Supreme Court nominee for 543 days.” Curt Mills makes the same point at the Examiner, as does Ed Morrissey at Hot Air and others elsewhere. It can’t be made too often.

And the same goes for the other bloviators in the Democrite party. They seem to think that there’s one rule for them and another for everybody else, and their contempt for the Low Information Voter is such that they don’t even pretend any more.

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A Crisis In Vancouver: The Lifeblood of the City Is Leaving

13th February 2016

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Actually, the crisis is the number of people ignorant of elementary economics who are allowed to write sky-is-falling articles like this one.

Come, let us fisk:

There is a growing societal divide in Vancouver that is threatening its future.

An assertion for which neither evidence nor argument are presented. Granted that it is part of the Narrative that person A having more money than person B is ipso facto a bad thing, just why it might be a bad thing is never backed up. OF COURSE IT’S A BAD THING! DIDN’T YOU HEAR ME? INEQUALITY!  Until your ears bleed. And saying, ‘Yeah? So?’ merely sets off another round of hand-waving.

The city is increasingly becoming an investor haven for the rich. Sure, there are some lucky souls, relatively middle-class people who got into the housing market before prices took off and who are now sitting on a gold mine. Most realize how fortunate they are, the lottery ticket they won.

Much like New York. Or London. Or even San Francisco. I don’t see those cities losing residents like, say, Aleppo or Damascus — the roads choked with handcarts, little children clinging to the skirts of their emaciated mothers, etc.

And they have consciences when it comes to the plight of those who have no hope of buying a house of any description in the city.

How is not being able to buy a house a ‘plight’? Let’s take a look at places where buying a house can be done with pocket change — Detroit, say — and see whether that place is more worth living in than Vancouver. I suspect not. Whatever became of the Narrative trope, Let’s Do Things Like The Europeans? People in Europe don’t expect to be able to buy a house, especially in a hipster part of the city; they rent, as they’ve done for hundreds of years. Don’t hear any whining out of Paris, or Rome, or Berlin, or Vienna, about the lack of housing affordability.

By now, everyone has a fairly clear picture of what is taking place; the confluence of factors that have led to the moment at which we have arrived; the global influx of capital, largely from China; low interest rates, a low Canadian dollar – all of which has created a price ascension that is beyond most people’s comprehension.

Only if you have to take your shoes off to count. The ‘low Canadian dollar’ is the fault of the government (but somehow I suspect that the writer of this article would be glad to give Justin Trudeau a blow job if asked). The ‘global influx of capital’ would, in any other circumstance be celebrated; when it’s housing, it’s a bad thing? How come?

For many young adults, however, the city increasingly represents a place of which they no longer can afford to be a part. Consequently, Vancouver faces an almost existential threat; what happens when the lifeblood of any community, those in their 20s and 30s, decide to leave?

Since when are people in the 20s and 30s ‘the lifeblood of any community’? The lifeblood of any community are people who can afford to buy things in that community and support local businesses; typically people in their 20s and 30s are on the low end of that demographic.

And when people in their 20s and 30s leave, you wind up like the small towns of the Midwest: Unemployment is high, good and services are unavailable, and the local mood is one of quite desperation. If Vancouver were going through the sort of process that, say, Detroic is going through, then there might be a valid point here. But I haven’t heard anything about it. Nor does this author provide any statistics to back up his assertion, as a Real Journalist would. So he’s just blowing hot air up our butts.

This is tiresome, so the rest is left as an exercise for the reader. But it’s just the same old Sky-Falling-Government-Must-Act song and dance we expect out of the Drive By Media these days.

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Bill Clinton Launches Attack on Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire

8th February 2016

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The former president appeared angry as he poured scorn on his wife’s opponent, portraying the Sanders campaign as dishonest and his healthcare proposals as unrealistic.

Being called dishonest by Bill Clinton is like being called ugly by a frog.

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Brown Staff Attends Social Justice and Diversity Retreat

4th February 2016

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Seemingly because contemporary American universities don’t already do enoughabout so-called social justice and diversity, Brown University’s Office of Campus Life and Student Services held a day-long “professional development” on the topics, and attendance topped 150 participants.

Called the “Social Justice Retreat: An Engaging and Open Space for Discussing Power, Privilege and Oppression,” both the morning and afternoon workshops during the January 19 affair “were packed with staff members,” according to Associate Dean Mary Grace Almandrez.

This is like mandating racial sensitivity training for the Obama White House. ‘Coals to Newcastle’ is the applicable cliche.

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More Comedy From The Times

4th February 2016

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As I mentioned the other day, stand-up comedians employ what they call “runners,” which are themes and punch lines they set up for recurrent laughs. Think of Jerry Seinfeld’s “did you ever notice. . .” or “not that there’s anything wrong with that” schtick.

Only days after the New York Times pranked us with their endorsement of John Kasich for the GOP nomination, they have returned with another of their comedy “runners,” in which they offer up “the conservative case” for a liberal idea, as though the Times really thinks we’ll fall for their good wishes for conservatism to prosper. They’ve done this repeatedly with bad ideas for climate change, criminal justice reform, tax increases, etc. The shorter version of all of these articles can be rendered “Why Conservatives Should Change Their Mind and Agree with Us.”

The ultimate in government regulation is empowering the government to regulate the process by which it is constituted by the people. The government is itself today the largest interest group in the nation—a fact that would horrify the founders. Giving the government more power to regulate political speech is to cement in place forever the primacy of the administrative state. Who thinks the government would regulate political speech against its own interest? Show of hands??

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Russian Air Strikes in Syria Make Reaching Civilians More Dangerous, Charities Warn

3rd February 2016

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Well, duh. I predict that the Russians will give this complaint all the consideration it deserves, i.e. none.

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Can Denmark Preserve Its International Reputation?

2nd February 2016

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A Voice of the Crust wags his finger. Unasked: Would it even want to?

 

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The Latest Misguided Attack on Charters and School Choice Is Heavy on Invective and Light on Facts

1st February 2016

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Sarah Lahm, a freelance journalist who has been an education fellow for The Progressive magazine, writes that “what passes for acceptable school choice rhetoric, behind closed doors, is frightening.”

This a nice opening to a hit piece on NSCW, especially to describe a public event that was held at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Not a lot of closed doors at that event, I’m guessing, especially since it was free and open to the public, but details, shmetails, right?

Lahm also clucks that the panel was all-white even as she notes that one of the intended participants was African American but he “was not able to make it.” And there’s this slag: “But that’s not all. The whole room was white, as far as I could see.” That would include Lahm, by the way.

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Guy With USELESS Degree From $62,965-A-Year College Is REALLY SAD About His Student Loans, You Guys

1st February 2016

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Slate, a once-semi-readable website,published a 2,925-word tome on Tuesday by a guy who is really sad because he managed to rack up $200,000 in student loan debt by getting a useless degree at a fancypants private college and then, by borrowing more cash to be a graduate student.

Lesson: Don’t waste your time in college getting a useless degree unless you have a trust fund that will support you while you whine about your First World problems.

Garner’s tale of woe and world-historical budgetary stupidity begins — as he tells it, in excruciating detail — when he was a high school senior. He was a “consumer” of the “vacuous platitudes” on college brochures, and so he excitedly applied to Connecticut College — a school which currently charges a comprehensive fee of $62,965 per year.

“My siblings and I had the privilege of expecting we would attend private colleges,” Garner explains, even though his family had become “financially stressed” when he was in high school.

As Robert A. Heinlein always used to say, ‘Stupidity is always a capital crime.’ Think of it as evolution in action.

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Remember When Pikas Were Going to Be Wiped Off the Face of the Earth Due to Climate Change? Never Mind…

1st February 2016

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The American pika is thought by many biologists to be a prime candidate for extirpation as the planet continues to warm, done in by temperatures too severe for this small mammal native to cold climates.

But a new study, published this week in the journal Global Change Biology, paints a different, more complex future for this rock-dwelling little lagomorph – the same order that includes rabbits and hares. Pikas may survive, even thrive, in some areas, the researchers say, while facing extirpation in others.

The research is important because pikas are considered a sentinel species for climate change impacts.

‘Sentinel species’ in eco-speak means ‘bloody shirt to wave to promote hysteria’. Just so you know.

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Clinton Family Unites to Urge Voters to ‘Stick With Experience’

1st February 2016

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Better the crook you know than the fool you don’t?

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What Are We to Make of Trump’s Blue-Collar Support?

1st February 2016

The L.A. Times illustrates why newspapers are dying.

Less obvious, or at least less discussed, is the parallel conundrum Trump poses for self-styled progressives. How far can they go in decrying Trump’s support among white blue-collar workers without seeming to write off what was once regarded as a core progressive constituency?

The delusion that blue-collar workers were ever a ‘core progressive constituency’ marks this as a prime Voice of the Crust moment. Who do they think voted for Nixon? and Reagan?

It could be argued that the writing-off has already occurred. There has long been a shift in left-liberal politics away from any broad identification with “the workers” — narrowly conceived as white, male and straight — in favor of specific social and environmental issues that pose no threat to existing economic structures. In that regard, Trump’s blue-collar support might be viewed as a vindication: Workers of the world, take a hike. We never liked you much anyway.

Well, that at least is honest enough. But they say it just to try to deny it, which means that they’re still delusional.

Still, there remains the vexing question of how a billionaire demagogue can win the loyalty of the very people whose class interests he opposes.

The assumption here is a cultural Marxist one, that ‘a billionaire demagogue’ has ‘class interests’ opposed to those of the working-class. It also harps on the traditional ‘progressive’ theme that if the workers only knew what their true class interests were, they’d vote for socialists. This is an article of faith, not fazed by facts on the ground.

What possible sense can we make of blue-collar workers of any age, gender or race supporting a man whose very existence rests on their exploitation and, increasingly, on their obsolescence?

Gee, that doesn’t fit the Narrative, so of course it can’t be true. And yet it is. Who can square this circle?

The usual answers — fear of terrorism, resentment of immigrants, disgust with the Washington establishment — are sound enough, but they don’t go very deep.

In other words, the facts don’t match the Narrative, so it can’t be that the Narrative is wrong — something else must be going on there. Now we’re getting into Conspiracy Theory territory.

It’s as if the impossibility of depth were a given.

As it is, in the religion of the Progressive. When facts don’t agree with Belief, the Belief is right, so there must be something wrong about the facts.

Fisking the remainder of the article is left as an exercise for the reader. It won’t be very difficult.

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Karl Marx is the Most Assigned Economist at American Colleges

31st January 2016

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And that sure explains a lot. Anybody who thinks that Marx is any sort of economist is an idiot; they might as well call Thomas Aquinas an economist.

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New Weasel-Phrase: ‘Religious Racism’

27th January 2016

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Faith schools have been accused of adopting an approach bordering on  “religious racism” by turning away pupils simply on the grounds of their religion.

I am not making this up. I’m curious as to what part of ‘faith schools’ these people don’t understand. Certainly their understanding of language leaves a lot to be desired.

“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”

And that’s it, in a nutshell — by controlling the words we use, these people are trying to control us. Understand what they’re doing, and resist.

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Economists Take Aim at Wealth Inequality

26th January 2016

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Well, economists who agree with the New York Times that ‘wealth inequality’ is ipso facto a horrible injustice.

These people — the top one-quarter of 1 percent of the country’s employed population — have enjoyed explosive gains in income and wealth in recent decades, even as salaries and wages stagnated for the typical American worker.

Note the use of the term ‘enjoyed’, as if this income had just dropped into their laps as they were somehow passing by on the street. No team of wild horses could get Nelson D. Schwartz to use the more accurate term ‘earned’, since that would be contrary to The Narrative.

Note that the entirety of the article is devoted to how much inequality is increasing — not one word attempts to justify the assumption that ‘wealth inequality’ is a Bad Thing.

They actually pay people to write this stuff.

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The Creation of a Crime Wave

25th January 2016

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James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University, is one of the most vocal proponents of the idea that mass shootings have not been getting substantially more common. It isn’t “the nature and number of incidents” that have really changed, he once wrote; it’s “the extent and style of news coverage.”

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Anthony Weiner Documentary Debuts at Sundance

25th January 2016

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I am not making this up.

n an early scene of the new documentary “Weiner,” former Congressman and scandal subject Anthony Weiner is biking through New York City.

“Are you somebody I’m supposed to know?” a passerby asks.

“Believe me, no,” Weiner says.

Like it or not, a lot more people are going to know a lot more about Weiner with this movie.

Although why anyone would want to defies explanation. Few people are more appropriately named than Mr Weiner.

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Jane Mayer Condemns the Koch Brothers for Not Being Progressive

23rd January 2016

Jonah Goldberg turns over a rock.

Charles and David Koch are billionaires. They own a very big company. They also are very prominent philanthropists, giving hundreds of millions to cancer research, concert halls, and other worthy causes. But what makes them hated and feared by progressives such as Mayer is their political work. They help fund some organizations and foundations, some purely educational, some partisan.

Liberal Democrats really hate the idea that there might somewhere, somehow, be a rich person who is not a Liberal Democrat. (It’s okay to be rich and a Liberal Democrat, like the Clintons and George Soros and the entire executive suite at Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, etc.)

“What people need to understand is the Kochs have been playing a very long game,” she told NPR’s Steve Inskeep. “And it’s not just about elections. It started four decades ago with a plan to change how America thinks and votes. So while some elections they win and some elections they lose, what they’re aiming at is changing the conversation in the country.” Dear God, it’s worse than I thought! They want to change the conversation! They want to persuade Americans to vote differently! The horror, the horror.

Oh, and Liberal Democrats really don’t like freedom of speech for anybody who doesn’t agree with them. Really hate it.

How, then, are the Kochs members of the radical Right? They are pro-gay marriage. They favor liberal immigration policies. They are passionate non-interventionists when it comes to foreign policy. They are against the drug war and are spending a bundle on dismantling so-called “mass-incarceration” policies. They’ve never seized a national park at gunpoint.

That just proves how sneaky they are.

They are members of the radical Right for the simple reason that they don’t like big government and spend money to make that case. Full disclosure: I’ve given paid speeches to some Koch-backed groups, despite the fact that I have my disagreements with the Kochs. They haven’t changed my mind, and I haven’t changed theirs. But the conversation continues. And that’s their great sin. Liberals are constantly talking about how we need an “honest conversation” about race or guns or this or that. But what they invariably mean is, they want everyone who disagrees to shut up. (That’s why they hate Fox News, too.)

Yup. Free speech for me and not for thee, that is the ‘progressive’ motto.

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Harvard Fellow Claims ‘Bigots Stealing Feminism’ After Migrant Sex Assaults in Europe

22nd January 2016

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Rather than condemning the rapes in Europe, this feminist calls people racists for noticing.

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Portland Community College to Devote an Entire Month to ‘Whiteness’-Shaming

19th January 2016

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Portland Community College has designated April “Whiteness History Month” (WHM), an “educational project” exploring how the “construct of whiteness” creates racial inequality.

“‘Whiteness History Month: Context, Consequences, and Change’ is a multidisciplinary, district-wide, educational project examining race and racism through an exploration of the construction of whiteness, its origins, and heritage,” PCC states on its website. “Scheduled for the month of April 2016, the project seeks to inspire innovative and practical solutions to community issues and social problems that stem from racism.”

This from the whitest city on the Left Coast. You’d think that they’d just Do The Right Thing and walk into the sea, giving the area back to the skraelings.

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Oscars 2016: Spike Lee Boycotts Ceremony Over Lack of Diversity

18th January 2016

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Finally, an incentive to watch the Oscars.

Perhaps they could create some new categories:

Best Token Fashionable Minority Affirmative Action Victim.

Best Supporting Token Fashionable Minority Affirmative Action Victim.

Best Celebrity Snit.

Best Excuse to Wildly Throw Around Accusations of Racism and Sexism.

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Some Inconvenient Gun Facts for Liberals

18th January 2016

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And this is in the New York Times, so it must be true, right?

We liberals are sometimes glib about equating guns and danger. In fact, it’s complicated: The number of guns in America has increased by more than 50 percent since 1993, and in that same period the gun homicide rate in the United States has dropped by half.

‘Glib’? I wouldn’t say that. ‘Delusional’? That I would say.

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