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As Government Officials Continue to Shed Trustworthiness, Journalists Continue Placing More Trust in Government Officials

13th May 2014

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Hey, that’s what being a Voice of the Crust is all about.

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;America’s Long and Gruesome History of Botched Executions’ Doesn’t Worry Me a Bit

13th May 2014

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Two weeks ago, things went horribly wrong with the execution of Clayton D. Lockett, a 38-year old Oklahoma man convicted of shooting a young woman and burying her alive.

Is he dead? Yes? Then it went absolutely right. The only way to improve it would be to shoot him and bury him alive, as he did to his victim, but of course the murder-deniers wouldn’t stand for that.

After executioners initiated what was meant to be a lethal injection, Lockett began writhing and tried to rise from the table; he died of an apparent heart attack 43 minutes after the procedure began. But we should not be surprised.

Actually, we should be surprised, because murderers are almost always treated better than their victims in these degenerate modern times.

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Why Are So Many White Men Trying to Save the Planet Without the Rest of Us?

10th May 2014

Suzanne Goldenberg, a Voice of the Crust for the British Guardian, asks a question to which only a feminist ‘progressive’ would care about the answer.

Climate change affects minorities and women, the elderly and the poor. But the leadership of the environmental movement is pale and male. That doesn’t look like progress.

But it certainly looks ‘progressive’. Indeed, it might be the best characterization of the ‘progressive’ movement I’ve heard in years.

Unfortunately, the non-pale and non-male don’t have a great track record when it comes to leadership.

Now take a look at the top executives at eight of the top 10 groups devoted to fighting that fight:

Sierra Club? White male.

Nature Conservancy? White male.

League of Conservation Voters? White male.

World Wildlife Fund? White male.

Environmental Defense Fund? White male.

Friends of the Earth? White male.

National Audubon Society? White male.

Nature Conservancy? White male.

The very top of “Big Green” is as white and male as a Tea Party meet-up. It doesn’t look like change. It doesn’t even look like America. So is it any wonder environmental groups are having trouble connecting with the public on climate change? Corporate and conservative funding of climate denial is one thing, but it’s beyond past time for the leaders of this movement to look at how their choice in leadership is affecting their strategy and messaging.

‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.’

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Milton Friedman on the Robin Hood Myth

6th May 2014

Read it. And watch the video.

Most people aren’t aware that Robin Hood didn’t ‘rob from the rich and give to the poor’, he robbed from government officials the tax money that they had squeezed from common people and returned it to them.

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Explaining Inequality Over $16 Cocktails

4th May 2014

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It’s easy to mock VOX DOT COM. (Trust me, I know.) But, for some strange reason, they’ve decided to make it even easier. To wit: Matthew Yglesias recently discussed the evils of the accumulation of wealth with anti-income-inequality auteur Thomas Piketty … at the bar of the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Personally, I think the $200 two-ounce pour of Pappy Van Winkle is the perfect bourbon to sip on whilst discussing the evils of inequality.

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Wisconsin Dem Candidate Backs Off on KKK Hood Stunt

3rd May 2014

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Perhaps somebody pointed out to him that the KKK was all Democrats.

A Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial hopeful backed off his plan to distribute Ku Klux Klan-style hoods at the Republican state convention Friday, acknowledging that it was a ploy to draw media attention to his campaign.

And that’s all the campaign to label Republicans as racist-sexist-bigot-homophobes ever is, a ploy to draw media attention — which it does — which is why they keep doing it.

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Washington Post Shocked — Shocked! — to Learn Failed President Is Unpopular

30th April 2014

The Other McCain is on the case.

Why, they must be raaaaaaacists….

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Charter Schools Require No Apology

29th April 2014

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Calling an idea “divisive” can be a way for a reporter and an editor to signal that they don’t like it. So is the practice, seen in the Times article, of announcing that the subject of an article has “no apologies.” The article reports, for example, that “Walton’s Mr. Sternberg, who started his career in Teach for America and founded the Bronx Lab School, a public school in New York City, does not apologize for Walton’s commitment to charter schools and vouchers.”

What an odd formulation. Why would he apologize? Why should he be expected to apologize? He’s helping to make schools better. He has nothing to apologize for. If anyone should apologize here, it is the Times, for suggesting that an apology is in order.

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Do As We Say, Not As We Do

28th April 2014

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Of course, there’s nothing inherently bad about living in a single-family neighborhood, or an L.A. County suburb, or the Inland Empire — the archetypal center of five-bedroom homes with four-car garages. But smart growth is at its heart a movement that is asking Americans — including Los Angeles residents — to change their behavior, by giving up cars, backyards and single-family homes.

Smart growth argues that riding transit, walking to stores and — perhaps most subversive — living more closely together can be a good thing.

So how can you sell people on a product that you won’t buy yourself? Even worse, how can you convincingly sell a product that you think only the poor, people with no other options, should buy?

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Barack Obama, the Adolescent President

24th April 2014

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Recently, Barack Obama — a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment — spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue — in 2012, he received 67?percent of the vote in Ann Arbor’s county — after visiting a local sandwich shop, where a muse must have whispered in the presidential ear. Rep.?Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had recently released his budget, so Obama expressed his disapproval by calling it, for the benefit of his academic audience, a “meanwich” and a “stinkburger.”

Try to imagine Franklin Roosevelt or Dwight Eisenhower or John Kennedy or Ronald Reagan talking like that. It is unimaginable that those grown-ups would resort to japes that fourth-graders would not consider sufficiently clever for use on a playground.

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Electric vs. Hybrid: Which Drivers Are Younger, Richer?

23rd April 2014

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Another Inside the Crust investigation by one of its most reliable Voices.

Public Service Announcement: You don’t need to put an Obama sticker on your Prius. We get it.

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Stowaway Teen Reportedly Spent Hours Undetected at California Airport

23rd April 2014

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Oh noes! Somebody spent HOURS at an AIRPORT and WASN’T DETECTED. Call Homeland Security!

God save us from a dystopian future where people go UNDETECTED!

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Stay Classy MSNBC

22nd April 2014

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MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry had harsh words for the 5 to 6 million Americans whose health insurance policies were cancelled because of Obamacare.

“Yeah, you can’t keep your crappy plans. Just deal with that!” Harris-Perry said Sunday.

Channeling Hillary Clinton….

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Urban Planners Live in a Fantasy World

22nd April 2014

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A few recent articles reveal just how out-of-touch with reality planning advocates are today. In the New York Times, architect Vishaan Chakrabarti claims that “millions of Americans [are] gravitating toward cities,” so we need to subsidize them with “subways, great schools, innovative work spaces, affordable housing and high-speed rail.”

Thousands? Maybe. Millions? Hardly. Relying on actual data, rather than wishful thinking, demographer Wendell Cox shows that, between 2000 and 2010, only about 206,000 people moved to within two miles of city centers in the nation’s 60-plus metropolitan areas of one million or more people. But the area just a little further out–two to seven miles from downtowns–lost 272,000 people, for a net change of minus 66,000. That doesn’t sound like millions are “gravitating” to the cities.

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PETA Uses Kids to Attack Michelle Obama Easter Egg Roll

21st April 2014

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Hey, turn about is fair play.

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Testosterone-Deficient Gamma Male Whines About the ‘Friend Zone’

20th April 2014

The Other McCain is not impressed.

OK, here’s your first big clue: Tognotti’s complaint is not that he gets zero action, but rather that he can’t get any action from girls he actually finds attractive. His problem, therefore, is that he imagines himself entitled to be with good-looking women, rather than being forced to make do with the ordinary-looking women who are actually interested in him.

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Elizabeth Warren Repeats Her False Claims of Native American Ancestry in New Book

18th April 2014

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In 2012 Breitbart News exhaustively documented the facts surrounding Senator Warren’s claims of Native American ancestry and demonstrated that no credible evidence exists to support those claims. But lack of genealogical evidence has never stopped Senator Warren from boldly asserting as fact something which is flatly not true.

Hey, it worked before.

When you’re the Crust
You’re the Crust all the way,
From your first funded trust
To your Fed job payday….

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As Drones Take Flight Over Europe, Regulators Rush to Catch Up

14th April 2014

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Europe, which has trailed the U.S. and Israel in the development of unmanned military aircraft, is now beginning an effort to avoid falling behind on commercial drones, too. The European Union plans to spell out rules to govern a market it suggests could reach around 15 billion euros ($20.7 billion) per year.

Note the assumption that ‘avoid falling behind’ means ‘increased regulation’. And this is the Wall Street Journal, which is presumably less pro-government than other Voices of the Crust. But that’s ‘journalism’ for you….

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Balancing Act: The Democrats’ Ideology Versus Reality

13th April 2014

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The Carneys are Democrats, so it goes without saying that they are well-read. (“I always have a pile. I hate to be without books,” Shipman says.) So they are photographed in front of a wall of books. … Only, funny thing: those are actually the same books, photoshopped to create duplicates and make it look as though there are more books than are really present. If you look carefully you will see multiple copies of a number of books. It is really a terrible photoshop job; the funniest thing is that they duplicated the boy’s finger, too. You can see the finger floating in front of a book on the right side of the photo, in the second shelf from the top.

As a man, you don’t know how easy you have it until you read feminist tracts.

 

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Have You Enlisted Yet?

12th April 2014

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has two framed Soviet propaganda posters in his home, as revealed by the latest edition of Washingtonian magazine.

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

Just think of the reaction if a Republican White House staffer had two framed Nazi posters from WWII on his wall.

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UCSB Student Calls Campus Prolife Protestors ‘Domestic Terrorists’

9th April 2014

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A UCSB student interviewed by Austin Yack of The College Fix brings new meaning to the term low information voter.

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Condescending Climate Changers

8th April 2014

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That our colleges and universities have become forums to promote political ideology is a well known fact. A few days ago, the New York Times wrote uncritically about courses on global warming being taught at the University of Oregon. The course is entitled, “The Cultures of Climate Change.” Its goal is not to marshal evidence for climate change as a human-caused crisis, or to measure its effects – the reality and severity of it are taken as given – but how to think about it, prepare for it and respond to it.” Instead of using scientific texts, the class will use films, fiction, poetry and photography. Obviously, the purpose is indoctrination, not instruction.

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National Journal: “Tech Pipeline Is Alarmingly White”

31st March 2014

Steve Sailer tries to help Voices of the Crust get their act together.

 Obviously, an even more disproportionate number of Asians took the computer science AP test, but we don’t have a conceptual category for whites and Asians combined.

Is there some well-known dessert that combines vanilla and lemon flavors? It would sure help the quality of discourse on education and demographics and discrimination if journalists had a food-based ethnic slur that lumps together whites + Asians.

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The Shame Sham

30th March 2014

Jim Goad finds that his Bullshit Detector has gone off.

Like all societies before it, our society considers nothing more shameful than to be shameless. Thus, the Internet—which binds our society together like cheese binds a colon—is crammed with so much public shaming, it should be ashamed of itself.

Sticking your fist into the electronic beehive, you will be bitten by a thousand types of public shaming: age-shaming v. youth-shaming, slut-shaming v. virgin-shaming, fat-shaming v. skinny-shaming, and poor-shaming v. wealth-shaming. You will find liberals shaming liberals in the ongoing intersectionality wars, resulting in gay-on-gay shaming and black-on-black shaming.

Ain’t that a shame? Yes, it is. It’s a shame indeed, but don’t expect the public shamers to feel ashamed of their public shaming. Have they no shame? No, not for themselves. Like all moralists, they exist only to shame others.

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Climatistas Double Down on Stupid

30th March 2014

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When a liberal says it’s time for you to shut up, it usually means they’re losing an argument.  When they want you arrested and prosecuted, well. . .  Two weeks ago I noted here that the climatistas were getting so desperate that they were starting to call for climate skeptics to be arrested and prosecuted, because, like the Inquisition, the climatistas are in possession of the complete truth, so shut up.  Because science.

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You Can’t Spell ‘Liberal’ Without L-I-E

28th March 2014

The Other McCain is on the case.

Patterico catches Matthew Yglesias in a big fat stinking lie and the liar Yglesias reacts by lying about his lie. Yglesias actually blocked Patterico on Twitter, and Ezra Klein defended Yglesias’s lie.

Meanwhile, “Harry Reid Lied About Americans Being Liars, and Now That He’s Busted, He’s Lying Again“ – this is not unusual. Harry Reid is one of the most dishonest men ever to serve in the Senate, perhaps rivaling even the notoriously mendacious Ted Kennedy.

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Bombshell In WaPo/Keystone Scandal: Did the Post Coordinate With Congressional Democrats?

27th March 2014

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The facts, very briefly, are these: Koch Industries has no interest in the Keystone Pipeline; it has not lobbied in favor of the pipeline; if the pipeline is built, Koch will make no use of it to ship oil from Alberta or anywhere else; and construction of Keystone would actually damage Koch’s economic interests by raising the price of midwestern oil that flows to Koch’s Pine Bend refinery. The reporters who wrote the Post article that tried to portray Koch as the driving force behind the Keystone pipeline, Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson, did not dispute any of these facts.

After my first post appeared, Eilperin and Mufson tried halfheartedly to respond to it. They posed the question, why did they write the article, given all of the facts that Power Line pointed out? Their answer was: “[I]ssues surrounding the Koch brothers’ political and business interests will stir and inflame public debate in this election year.” So their intention in writing the article was explicitly political.

But it may have been even more political, and more nakedly partisan, than we suspected. Today Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman wrote a letter to David Robertson, President and COO of Koch Industries. The Democrats’ letter was premised almost entirely on the Washington Post’s discredited article; it repeatedly footnoted that article and the IFG report on which the Post story was based. The two Democrats concluded by requesting that Koch answer questions and produce a long series of documents relating in various ways to the Keystone pipeline.

Tell the truth: Do they even really need to?

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Hoodwinking Reporters

24th March 2014

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Make that ‘reporters’.

Nearly two weeks after the American Public Transportation Association issued its deceptive press release about 2013 transit ridership, some reporters are still being fooled. Just two days ago, for example, NPR did a story claiming commuters are “ditching cars for transit in record numbers.”

Ironically, NPR begins its story in Chicago, where (APTA data reveals) 2013 transit ridership declined by 2.7 percent from the year before. “Throughout the entire country, just about every public transportation system saw hikes in ridership,” the story incorrectly claims. In addition to Chicago, transit systems in Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Kansas City, Louisville, Memphis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Antonio, and Washington DC all lost riders in 2013. Don’t NPR reporters check their facts?

Apparently not. That would be a tedious amount of work; better to just parrot the Narrative and enjoy your taxpayer-funded paycheck.

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Language as a Boobytrap

24th March 2014

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We generally think that the purpose of words is to communicate ideas; thus words should be relatively stable to maximize comprehension across the broadest number of people. Of course, many people prefer to use words as fad items for purposes of status marking so that they can sneer at those who aren’t up to date. Eventually, this facilitates demonizing and punishing those who aren’t with it.

Apparently, ‘homosexual’ is the new ‘nigger’. Who knew?

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The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

23rd March 2014

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Ironically the vigorous claims of shortages concern occupations in science and engineering, yet manage to ignore or reject most of the science-based evidence on the subject. The repeated past cycles of “alarm/boom/bust” have misallocated public and private resources by periodically expanding higher education in science and engineering beyond levels for which there were attractive career opportunities. In so doing they produced large unintended costs for those talented students who devoted many years of advanced education to prepare for careers that turned out to be unattractive by the time they graduated, or who later experienced massive layoffs in mid-career with few prospects to be rehired.

The author includes, but does not draw some obvious conclusions from, the fact that a lot of STEM jobs today are filled by workers from overseas, where income expectations are lower and who therefore will work for lower wages than native-born candidates.

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Way to Blow It, Ta-Nehisi Coates

23rd March 2014

The Other McCain is flabbergasted.

It’s one of those intra-liberal feuds about something “controversial” Paul Ryan said 10 days ago, which of course was controversial only because Paul Ryan is a prominent Republican. But the feud among liberals is actually rather interesting in its own right, with one group of effete pointy-headed do-gooders squabbling with another group of subversive America-hating intellectuals. All of them agree that Paul Ryan is a dangerous right-wing reactionary, of course, but they disagree on the correct way to hate Paul Ryan.

Anyway, it’s possible Ta-Nehisi Coates had something important to say about all this, except I never got past the first sentence: “Among opinion writers, Jonathan Chait is outranked in my esteem only by Hendrik Hertzberg.”

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The Emptiness of Data Journalism

21st March 2014

Leon Weiseltier, in the New Republic, explains why basing your writing on actual facts is, like, so lame, and so Nate Silver is just a dork and ought not to be allowed to hang with the cool kids.

Since an open society stands or falls on the quality of its citizens’ opinions, the refinement of their opinions, and more generally of the process of opinion-formation, is a primary activity of its intellectuals and its journalists. In such an enterprise, the insistence upon a solid evidentiary foundation for judgments—the combating of ignorance, which is another spectacular influence of the new technology—is obviously important. Just as obviously, this evidentiary foundation may include quantitative measurements; but only if such measurements are appropriate to the particular subject about which a particular judgment is being made. The assumption that it is appropriate to all subjects and all judgments—this auctoritas ex numero—is not at all obvious. Many of the issues that we debate are not issues of fact but issues of value. There is no numerical answer to the question of whether men should be allowed to marry men, and the question of whether the government should help the weak, and the question of whether we should intervene against genocide. And so the intimidation by quantification practiced by Silver and the other data mullahs must be resisted. Up with the facts! Down with the cult of facts!

I guess he’s in the right place.

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Gas Attack

21st March 2014

Matthew Continetti plays whack-a-mole with the Lamestream Media.

Some lies just won’t go away. In February the Washington Post published an article with the following headline: “Why There’s No Democratic Version of the Koch Brothers’ Organization.” It was the umpteenth attempt to explain, in a particularly simplistic manner, how the millionaires and billionaires who donate money to the Democratic Party are nothing, absolutely nothing, like those meanie cancer research philanthropists Charles and David Koch.

I guess George Soros and his minions don’t count.

Does Reid Wilson believe in Santa Claus? His willingness to suspend disbelief when confronted with the image of a mythic creature—the un-self-interested liberal—suggests as much. The words “labor” and “union” appear nowhere in his article, despite the fact that unions are 6 of the 10 top all-time donors recently compiled by OpenSecrets.org, despite the fact that unions spent some $4.4 billion on politics between 2005 and 2011. (Incidentally, every member of the OpenSecrets.org top ten either leaned Democratic or split money evenly between the two parties. The Democrats are not hurting for money.)

Unions, their leadership, and their staff see political giving as “an investment,” any non-cross-eyed observer of the political scene would agree, with donations laundered back to the SEIU, AFSCME, NEA, UAW, and others in the form of generous and unsustainable pensions, wage laws benefiting closed shops over free labor, government-mandated dues and contracts, and job protections that make it difficult even for child predators to be fired from schools. That’s an ROI the hosts of the Shark Tank would envy.

Nor did Wilson see fit to mention trial lawyers and other attorneys, whose giving disproportionately favors the Democratic Party, and who are repaid for their donations with opposition to tort reform, and with increased regulations that amount to permanent employment programs for attorneys practicing regulatory, tax, M&A, antitrust, and campaign finance law. But perhaps lawyers don’t figure in Wilson’s calculus. We all know how altruistic and big-hearted they are.

Guess those don’t count, either.

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Buffett Cuts Tax Bill, Tells Others Not to Complain

20th March 2014

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When the 1% call for higher taxes, they mean higher taxes for other people.

Remember: Anybody who thinks he isn’t taxed enough need only send a check to the IRS. Takes about 30 seconds.

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What Hatewatchers Hate

20th March 2014

John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, takes a look at the witch-hunters.

Let me pause briefly to wonder how it is that Cultural Marxists get all the dot-org websites, then allow me to list some of the hatefulness on the $PLC side of the fence. Here a few things the hatewatchers hate.

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On Texas

20th March 2014

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A Voice of the Crust demonstrates how the Other Left Coast is obsessed with looking down on Flyover Country.

‘Our cities may be crumbling and our schools may suck but at least we’re not (sniff) Texas!’

One thing you won’t find: Somebody in Texas writing about New York. We have better things to do.

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Jesse Jackson to Take on Tech’s Lack of Diversity

19th March 2014

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I’d be more impressed if he were to take on the ‘lack of diversity’ in the NFL and NBA. But you know that will never happen, because there’s no way he can play the victim and extort conscience-salve out of anybody in that area.

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‘ What the Collapse of the Ming Dynasty Can Tell Us About American Decline’ — or Maybe Not

16th March 2014

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Another Crustian thumbsucker from the New York Times.

The stagnation of the Ming may carry important lessons for a more modern superpower: The United States. We too are a huge, rich, powerful nation that for much of our history has dominated the field of competitors. We too have a whole century of dominance — the 20th — under our belt. And if there’s one thing we don’t want to do, it’s turn into the Ming.

Ming China was characterized by an out-of-touch autocratic government ruled at the whim of an imperial head of state supported by a vast civil service bureaucracy entered via competitive examination. Yeah, we really don’t want to turn into the Ming.

One big reason the Ming stagnated was probably isolationism; the Ming government periodically banned private shipping, burning privately owned ships and forcibly relocating coastal populations away from the sea. Though the policy was ostensibly to curb piracy (which it failed to do), the Ming shipping ban was part of a larger policy of hostility toward trade and foreign travel that grew over time and carried over into the later Qing dynasty.

The U.S. merely makes impossibie a domestic shipping industry by regulating it to death and then bans non-U.S.-flag ships from carrying, oh, say, salt from one American port (in, say, Maine) that has it to another (in, say, New Jersey) that needs it. Looks as if we’ve nailed that one.

The United States is hardly isolationist.

So I guess we can just stop reading because the rest of this is just idle vaporing, drawing a parallel that isn’t. But no….

But as a large country that is geographically isolated from most of the populated world, we need to be vigilant against turning inward. The anti-immigrant sentiment that has grown in recent years is a bad sign. Americans are notorious for not speaking any foreign language, and only 30 percent of Americans have passports. Plenty of foreigners come to study in America’s famous universities, but an inevitable downside is that few Americans study in foreign countries. Simply put, we need to get out more.

Non sequitur. The fact that Americans don’t study foreign languages much means absolutely nothing — our Crust, the ones who actually deal with foreigners, are proud of their polyglot capabilities. There is no ‘downside’ to having few Americans study in foreign countries, for the simple fact that if the education over there were so great, then there wouldn’t be so many foreigners coming to study in ‘America’s famous universities’. There are so many leaps from assumption to conclusion in this paragraph that I’m surprised it wasn’t written from Sochi.

Part of the Ming’s inward-looking worldview was the tendency of Chinese people to see China as the entire world. European maps of the time depicted Europe as the tiny peninsula of Eurasia that it really is; Chinese “world” maps, by contrast, were almost entirely China, with a few outlying areas at the periphery. That’s a very unhealthy attitude to have, and sadly, many Americans seem to have it. Survey after survey finds that Americans are geographically illiterate.

Chiefly the fault of the public education system, run into the ground by the same sort of folks who write for the New York Times, which focuses more on intellectual self-expression than in getting the right answer. ‘What’s the capital of Belgium?’ ‘Uh, Paris?’ ‘Good for you, Johnny! You answered the question! Here’s a gold star for being engaged in the educational process! Doesn’t that make you feel good about yourself? Don’t you feel empowered?’

And, again, it doesn’t matter that ‘Americans’ are geographically illiterate when those who are actually charged with getting the stuff here from overseas know very well, to the last decimal point, where they can get stuff cheapest. Tell Tim Cook that he is ‘geographically illiterate’ and watch him show you his passport.

Another likely reason for the Ming’s decline was disrespect of science.

Why, they probably didn’t even believe in Global Warming, much less homeopathic medicine and vegetarianism and the Keynesian ‘stimulus multiplier’. The fools. No wonder their civilization collapsed.

Continuing a trend that had begun in earlier dynasties, the Ming education system de-emphasized science and technical studies, and instead forced aspiring bureaucrats to learn “Confucianist” philosophy.

Any resemblance to Women’s Studies, Fashionabla Non-White Minority Studies, and Sexual Abnormality Studies is purely coincidental.

When science was taught, it was taught as canonical wisdom, to be accepted instead of questioned and improved.

Well, maybe they weren’t Climate Change Deniers after all.

This may be one reason why, by the mid-1500s, China was importing Jesuits from Europe to do astronomy for the imperial court. Technology that had surpassed the world during the earlier T’ang and Sung dynasties had begun to stagnate.

We import our scientists and technology workers from India and Pakistan and China and Korea, so obviously that’s completely different.

Noah Smith needs to get out more.

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Bill Gates Asks Teachers to Explain Common Core to Parents

15th March 2014

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‘Well, we wanted to make sure everybody was properly indoctrinated with the guilt of White Privilege, and make sure they appreciate the contributions that People Of Color have made to the progress of civilization, and, um, you know, that kind of stuff.’

According to the Washington Post, Gates told teachers common standards could transform U.S. education and reduce the number of students who require remedial courses in college.

The problem is not the standards — we’ve got plenty of standards — the problem is the teachers. This is like telling the Arabs ‘all you have to do is get your tactical doctrine right and you’ll start winning again’.

 

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#banbossy

12th March 2014

Freeberg smells a rat.

Really, first time I heard of this, I was sure someone was playing a joke on Michelle Obama, who unfortunately decided to go for it, and then no one could clue her in that the whole thing was a joke, things sort of passed a point-of-no-return and everyone had to follow through. I still kinda suspect that’s what happened.

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It’s Sexist to Call a Girl Bossy, Even If She’s Pushy, Arrogant, and Bossy

11th March 2014

Matt Walsh rings the Bullshit gong.

Sheryl Sandberg, a Facebook executive, has partnered with the likes of the Girl Scouts, Condoleezza Rice, Beyoncé, Jennifer Gardner, and Google to promote the “Ban Bossy” campaign. Calling it the new “B-word,” Ms. Sandberg claims that women — especially young girls — are typically dismissed as “bossy” when they attempt to take charge and assert themselves, whereas men and boys are praised as leaders.

She says that “bossy” has a specifically female connotation, and the word is partly responsible for holding women back and making them feel timid and self-conscience.

Now, as much as I appreciate Ms. Sandberg, Beyoncé, and the Girl Scouts chiming in to tell us all what we mean when we say things (kind of bossy of them, actually), I still prefer to consult the dictionary on these matters.

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Karl Steel on Human Biodiversity: “Let’s Not Face Facts”

10th March 2014

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Let’s not face facts. This is an imperative of progressivism itself, though few progressives would be so stupid as to flat-out admit it. It’s no surprise that an assistant professor of English would believe that the only data needed to understand the world is a book of medieval fables—which are, remember, fiction; lions do not actually rescue mice from traps (but who needs facts like that anyway?)—but it is surprising indeed that anyone would come right out and admit that he don’t need none of that newfangled science stuff, or confess to the belief that the only proper and moral way to carry out government is to write off facts as unworthy of facing and read some old fables instead.

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The Silence of the Tax Lamb

10th March 2014

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Oddly, the news media and Democratic leaders don’t think it’s a big deal when a federal official — Lerner was the head of the unit that deals with tax-exempt organizations when she first invoked the Fifth last May — won’t answer questions about her actions as a federal official, but they are in a huff because the committee’s chairman, Darrell Issa, abruptly called an end to the hearing and shut off the microphone.

A government employee taking the Fifth ought to ring alarm bells across the fruited plain. But, of course, the supposed news media are just press agents for the Democrats, so nothing happens.

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Obama’s IRS: Political Arm of the Democrats

8th March 2014

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Having lived through the Watergate scandal and the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon, I recall that one conservative journalist stood out from the pack. As the Washington columnist for National Review, George Will regularly exposed the Nixon administration’s lines of defense as the lies that they were. He distinguished himself both for his merciless analytical rigor and his skills as an anatomist.

George Will’s intellect made him one of a kind in the profession, but is there a liberal columnist who is willing to serve Will’s role in the current crisis of the Obama administration? Something is rotten in the Obama administration. The problem is that the political rot is instrumental to the goals of the Democratic Party. No liberal journalist has emerged to dog the administration on the multifarious IRS scandals. They are lapdogs all.

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Slate Says Remove Genocidal Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill

6th March 2014

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Okay. We can put Ronald Reagan there and let’s see how she likes it.

I predict that she won’t.

I also want her closet searched for any articles of clothing glorifying Communist murderers (such as Che Guevara).

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Environmentalists Accuse GOP of ‘Environmental Racism’

4th March 2014

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I am not making this up.

Environmentalists are whining that the House GOP is practicing “environmental racism” for their legislation that would make the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to focus its attention on chemicals posing the greatest risk to the public, rather than trying to put its energies into finding every single chemical threat, no matter how minimal it is.

Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee, who is sponsoring the bill, has said that the bill would make the 1976 Toxic Chemicals Control Act (TSCA) much stronger because it concentrate on the greatest chemical threats. He added, “The vast majority of chemicals are low priority, and we really want to free up the time and energy to focus on the more important chemicals.”

But the Environmental Justice Health Alliance claims that the chemical left unscathed would be found more frequently in non-white communities and said the legislation was “environmental racism.” Michele Roberts, co-coordinator of the Environmental Justice Health Alliance, pontificated, “This bill harms communities of color disproportionately. Most of these chemicals are either manufactured, stored in, or disposed of in primarily communities of color.”

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Remember When Ronald Reagan Was in Congress? Good Times, Good Times!

3rd March 2014

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Where does the Democratic Party get the people who work for it? I suppose from the same vast sea of unknowing where they get their voters.

Perhaps beta-male Pajama Boy is doing an unpaid internship at the White House.

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Southern Poverty Law Center Finds Fewer Far-Right Groups, Warns Us to Be Worried Anyway

2nd March 2014

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As with the case of the Holy Roman Empire, the SPLC is not southern, has nothing to do with law, and nothing to do with poverty — it’s basically a well-funded group of finger-pointers who exist to label those ‘progressives’ don’t like as ‘extremists’. As with every other such group, their paychecks depend on there being such extremist groups hiding under every sofa — so (what a surprise!) they keep finding them.

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Bitcoin: If It Ain’t Dead, It Should Be Because It’s All About “White Privilege”

1st March 2014

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Bitcoin is naught but a toy for rich white libertarian men, says Annie-Rose Strasser at Think Progress, as she thinks about the ways she doesn’t like progress if she doesn’t like the type of people she associates with it, or the ideas she thinks are behind it, no matter what its actual uses are or might be, for rich, poor, or in-between.

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Is There a Double Standard for Political Gaffes?

1st March 2014

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In politics, the dreaded foot in mouth gaffe is an occupational hazard.The casual statement, the careless snipe, the outdated phrase that bypasses the brain’s “sensitivity” filter can wound or even doom a public figure, especially if the offender happens to be conservative.

The relative scant attention paid to such faux pas from left-leaning offenders suggests a double standard may be at work.

No shit, Sherlock.

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