29th April 2016
Again? But that trick never works….
The inmates are in charge of the asylum.
The inmates are in charge of the asylum.
29th April 2016
Again? But that trick never works….
26th April 2016
A move months in the making has finally come to fruition as both Tennessee houses have voted to defund the University of Tennessee’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the Knoxville location, according to Inside Higher Ed.
The office is known for its bizarre ways of promoting diversity, including warnings against Christmas parties and for encouraging the use of gender neutral pronouns. Both of which eventually had to come down after backlash, though students still supported the office.
If Thursday’s bill is signed into law, the $436,000 appropriation for the university’s office will be barred for the coming budget year, with the money being used to fund minority scholarships for engineering students.
Sounds like a much more practical use for the money — if you’re actually interested in diversity and inclusion.
Despite the funds still promoting diversity, students reacted harshly against the vote. After December’s study-in, the students on Tuesday afternoon walked out of their classes to stage a ‘die-in.’
Students walking out of class is like diners refusing to eat dessert. They’re still paying for it.
“We’re here today to show them that we care and that we demand that they change,” Clayton said about Tuesday’s event.
And the legislature has showed them that they don’t give a shit. Who’s going to win that one? The CryBullies really don’t have a lot of leverage here.
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24th April 2016
And this is only worth mentioning because — wait for it —
The unique reef is already being threatened by oil drilling companies
Women and minorities hardest hit, of course.
24th April 2016
The Guardian reveals – I’m shocked, shocked I tell you — that Shakespeare was a sexist racist bigot homophobe who probably voted Republican.
Only 17% of speeches in Shakespeare’s plays are by women
Shakespeare may have been widely championed as a visionary, but this description can’t be applied to his record on gender equality. On average men are given 81% of speeches, while 17% go to women and the rest are made up of unknowns or mixed groups, according to Open Source Shakespeare. Women tend to come off worst in his tragedies: Timon of Athens features just nine speeches by women, compared with 725 by men. And yet the population of Shakespeare’s England was roughly 53.5% male and 46.5% female. “It’s been rough on women actors with a passion for Shakespeare these 400 years,” says Tina Packer, the actor and artistic director at Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts.
Somehow I can’t help but feel that this sort of misses the point. But I feel that way a lot these days.
23rd April 2016
Ella Whelan at the Spectator is fed up.
Another day, another instruction manual is published on how to be female. ‘Girl Up’ by Laura Bates, author of ‘Everyday Sexism’, is out this week. It is intended to be a handy guide for women on all the ‘lies they told us’. Who are they? ‘They’ means anyone who disagrees with the contemporary feminist line: that women are weak, vulnerable and oppressed.
But ‘Girl Up’ is merely the latest instalment in a series of feminist manuals. It began in 2011 when Caitlin Moran – the world’s most annoying woman – published ‘How To Be a Woman’. Ever since, media savvy feminists have continued to reel out book after book of female instruction manuals.
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22nd April 2016
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21st April 2016
The 17th annual White Privilege Conference in Philadelphia devolved into a precious snowflake whinefest when attendees noted that the conference was too white. No, I’m not kidding. To make things more absurd, a speaker, who was Caucasian, spoke over his allotted time, an offense that was nothing more than an exercise in white supremacy.
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18th April 2016
Jim Goad speaks truth to glower.
As everyone with two brain cells to rub together is well aware, a tremendous amount of social injustice exists in this so-called world of ours. To rectify this unfortunate situation, many among us who are devoted to enforcing equality by all means necessary have taken to wielding our smartphones like Star Wars lightsabers against all the big fat mean rich white male capitalist sexist scum-sucking cisgender pigs who need to be brutally tortured in public and then wiped off the planet because they think it’s cool and funny to dehumanize others.
Hashtag activism is a relatively new weapon in the arsenal of social justice warriors who seek to erase national borders, do away with greed, abolish ethnic conflict, eradicate hate speech, criminalize transphobia, foster a harmonious global community under one benevolent governmental taxing agency, and all other manner of, like, totally realistic and absolutely plausible goals.
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17th April 2016
Scott Johnson of Powerline fisks a Voice of the Crust.
In addition to the Twin Cities, Somali Muslim immigrants to Minnesota have settled in rural areas such as St. Cloud, Mankato and Willmar. Concern about the continuing waves of immigration from Somalia in particular is not confined to the Twin Cities. Thus Matt McKinney’s Star Tribune contribution to stifling discussion of the related issues in “Anti-Muslim speaking circuit runs through rural Minnesota.”
McKinney’s piece is pitiful. It presents all related concerns as manifestations of “Islamophobia.” It calls on Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of CAIR, to render his opinion as an impartial expert. McKinney quotes Hussein: “A lot of these fears are coming from that type of general fear of the ‘other,’ and not real knowledge of Islam.”
I would say “a lot of these fears are coming from” Somali Minnesotans’ support for foreign terrorist organizations waging jihad. The support is manifested in the charges brought against the “Minnesota men” seeking to join ISIS in 2014 and 2015. Somali community sentiment is itself apparently supportive of the “Minnesota men” if not the cause. Rather than investigate the possibly rational causes of the “fears,” McKinney simply presents the concerns as evidence of bigotry.
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12th April 2016
Today is “Equal Pay Day,” which mitigates the fact that April is also Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month. (Seriously—it is.) And so we might as well remind everyone—again—that the “Pay Gap” is another of those myths that liberals cling to like a drowning man to a life preserver.
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12th April 2016
Where to begin? For starters, there aren’t that many Americans named in the Panama Papers yet – and the ones that have been mentioned so far have fraud indictments or other reasons to hide their assets from prying eyes of investigators. If you’re a wealthy American, setting up a secret account in Panama isn’t a particularly wise way to avoid taxes – you’re probably going to lose money once you add up all the fees, lawyers, accountants, and etcetera. It’s only worth it if you want the money to stay hidden – say, if you’re hiding it from an ex-spouse in an alimony fight.
Secondly, the timeline doesn’t fit Sanders’ perception of the scandal at all. Accounts set up through this Panamanian law firm go back four decades, long before the 2011 Panama Free Trade Agreement. What, were wealthy people setting up accounts in Panama in the 1980s because they could sense that in 2011, the U.S. would set up this free trade agreement?
It’s not often you see the editorial board of the Washington Post declare, “this Democratic presidential candidate has no idea what he’s talking about.”
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10th April 2016
James Henry, a former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and an expert on tax havens, has conducted groundbreaking new research for the Tax Justice Network campaign group – sifting through data from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and private sector analysts to construct an alarming picture that shows capital flooding out of countries across the world and disappearing into the cracks in the financial system.
Now, if you think that research conducted by any organization called ‘Tax Justice Network campaign group’ would find anything else, or that Voice of the Crust The Guardian would publish it, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I’m just sure you want to buy. (Does anybody actually believe this drivel? Somebody must, or they wouldn’t spend good money — well, socialist money — publishing it.)
Note the automatic assumption that money ‘flooding offshore’ isn’t ‘trickling down’. From people who spend their daylight hours bleeding over all of the Pitiful Poor People of the Third World, you’d think they would be delighted. But I guess not.
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8th April 2016
In politics, a dog whistle is a rhetorical device–an oral expression susceptible to two interpretations, one straightforward and one, metaphorically speaking, at a higher frequency. In his 2004 speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, John Kerry* asserted: “Let’s never misuse for political purposes the most precious document in American history, the Constitution of the United States.” A platitude to the ordinary ear was an endorsement of same-sex marriage at 30 kilohertz.
The thing we adore about these dog-whistle kerfuffles is that the people who react to the whistle always assume it’s intended for somebody else. The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you’re the dog.
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6th April 2016
Steve Sailer runs the numbers so that you don’t have to.
About 46,600 results (0.71 seconds)
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5th April 2016
The day was coined and publicised by a former high school teacher from California.
Yeah, that figures.
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3rd April 2016
Note that not once is there any mention of the elephant in the room: This would appear to be Just Another Islamic Honor Killing.
But that would be Noticing.
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2nd April 2016
The strongest recommendation for Donald Trump I’ve seen in months.
Although I’m sure that The Magic Negro is considering an Executive Order that would allow Europeans (and Africans, too! Why not?) to vote in our Presidential election ‘just this once’.
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2nd April 2016
Neither does Obama, the available evidence indicates, so I don’t know what he’s complaining about.
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2nd April 2016
Steve Sailer calls out the Usual Media Suspects.
The L.A. Times article blames white people for the fact that Latinos are taking over formerly ‘integrated’ neighborhoods.
One seldom mentioned reason that white flight is a slow process in California is because the 1978 initiative Proposition 13 gives a major property tax break to homeowners who stay in their homes. So Los Angeles neighborhoods tend to be pretty stable compared to, say, Chicago neighborhoods. They don’t rapidly flip due to white flight, nor do they rapidly gentrify.
Liberals always want to get rid of Proposition 13 because it’s such an imposition on raising taxes to spend more on social programs. But nobody mentions that Prop 13 did more for neighborhood integration than just about any policy of the last 40 years.
That is, of course, not mentioned in the L.A. Times article.
Asians in Los Angeles used to be very integrated all over the place. But then forced racial busing came to LAUSD in the late 1970s, so the Jews bailed out to private schools and the Asians bailed out to small school districts in the San Gabriel Valley that they could take over and control, like Arcadia. This also proved a way for Asian parents to keep their daughters away from chasing white boys by moving them to Asian dominant public schools.
But whites are to blame nevertheless.
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31st March 2016
David Cole examines the pro-Hitler Left.
But my own views on The Donald aside, there’s no question that leftists have gone plumb loco over his candidacy. After decades of calling every Republican under the sun “Hitler,” leftists have now started to believe their own slur. As Daniel Greenfield points out, every GOP presidential candidate over the past fifty years has been Hitler according to the left. And as I mentioned a few weeks ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger was Hitler when he first ran for governor of California. Many people have forgotten that the night before the recall election, soon-to-be senator Al Franken announced on The Tonight Show that, if elected, Schwarzenegger would emulate Hitler (that’s the same Tonight Show hosted by Jay Leno, who, ten years earlier, had called Rush Limbaugh Hitler). When Romney was running for president, Mormons were Hitler. Last week, when Mormon voters demonstrated their intense dislike for Trump, all of a sudden they were Hitler no more.
John McCain is no longer Hitler, but he was back in 2008, when an episode of Family Guy labeled both McCain and Palin as Hitler(s). About a year after that episode aired, I was at a birthday bash for John Romano, the former Breitbart “Big Hollywood” author who chucked the right-wing blogosphere to open one of the Internet’s largest Parisian tour operating companies (an irony, as his views on Muslims and immigrants might actually make him a “hate criminal” in the very country he now depends on for his livelihood). A lone leftist at Romano’s party was John Viener, a producer and writer for Family Guy. I asked Viener about the McCain/Palin Hitler smear, which had been inserted into the episode not so much as a gag but as a political statement.
I never thought most leftists really believed them. It’s just part of the kata, an expected countermove. Dude says “I’m a Republican,” you reply “Well, then, you’re Hitler.” It’s just theater.
But with Trump, leftists are acting like they really do believe he’s der Führer reincarnated. I think what we’re witnessing is a new twist on the Boy Who Cried Wolf, in which the boy doesn’t end up encountering a real wolf, but rather, he comes to believe his own lie. He now actually sees the nonexistent wolf he invented, thus becoming an even bigger menace to the townspeople, having transitioned from liar to zealot, from prankster to paranoid schizo.
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29th March 2016
Poor special snowflake….
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29th March 2016
Not that Obama has ever given a shit about democracy before.
During the keynote address at the Toner Prize of Excellence in Political Reporting, Obama took several swipes at the GOP presidential candidates — without mentioning any names.
Toner — isn’t that the black stuff that gets all over your hands and clothes when you try to replace it in a copier? Yeah, that sure sounds like political reporting to me.
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24th March 2016
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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24th March 2016
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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23rd March 2016
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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23rd March 2016
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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21st March 2016
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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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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18th March 2016
And, more to the point, most of them don’t give a rap.
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16th March 2016
I am not making this up. This is an actual White House web page.
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15th March 2016
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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15th March 2016
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….
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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14th March 2016
It’s only fair. Donald Trump has already given his brutal assessment of the rise of Barack Obama.
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14th March 2016
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 .
14th March 2016
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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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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14th March 2016
‘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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12th March 2016
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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10th March 2016
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.
“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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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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5th March 2016
I am not making this up.
I wish I were.
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3rd March 2016
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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2nd March 2016
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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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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28th February 2016
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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23rd February 2016
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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23rd February 2016
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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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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20th February 2016
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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