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The Long Civil War

23rd January 2017

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John Derbyshire was the first person I heard use the phrase “cold civil war” to describe the culture war in American society and politics. His argument, if I recall correctly, is that the Civil War may have ended, but a cold version of it has festered ever since, largely over the issue of race, but other issues are part of it. The result has been the Blue side of the conflict, the good whites, imposing their will on the Gray side, the bad whites, using the “transcendent morality” of racism as the main weapon.

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Don’t Like Militarized Police and Mass Incarceration? Blame Progressivism.

23rd January 2017

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In recent years, scholars such as Naomi Murakawa and Marie Gottschalk and activists in the Black Lives Matter movement have broken from the civil rights generation’s obeisance to the Democratic Party, and from the left’s reflexive assumption that “law and order” Republicans are exclusively to blame for this situation. Instead, they have persuasively argued that much of today’s criminal justice regime originated in policies forged by liberal Democrats in the second half of the 20th century, in particular under the presidencies of Lyndon Johnson and Bill Clinton.

The campaign to criminalize victimless behaviors and then build a carceral system large and efficient enough to contain the criminals it would create began long before the 1960s, with the formation of the political regime we now call liberalism. The intellectuals and policy makers who created the modern wars on drugs and crime were the direct descendants of the original progressives, who emerged at the turn of the 20th century. Those progressives consistently argued that disruptive and marginal populations should be encouraged to assimilate into the formal culture of the country and to adopt the responsibilities of American citizenship, but they also held that individuals who refused to do so should be removed from society. Indeed, it could be said that progressivism was created around those twin projects.

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San Francisco Asks: Where Have All the Children Gone?

23rd January 2017

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A few generations ago, before the technology boom transformed San Francisco and sent housing costs soaring, the city was alive with children and families. Today it has the lowest percentage of children of any of the largest 100 cities in America, according to census data, causing some here to raise an alarm.

“Everybody talks about children being our future,” said Norman Yee, a member of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors. “If you have no children around, what’s our future?”

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I Knew Chelsea Manning in Basic Combat Training. Here’s the Story You Haven’t Heard

21st January 2017

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BLUF: Manning didn’t belong in the military. When I went through boot camp (1968) she-it would have been canned within a week.

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Google Got It Wrong. The Open-Office Trend Is Destroying the Workplace.

21st January 2017

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A year ago, my boss announced that our large New York ad agency would be moving to an open office. After nine years as a senior writer, I was forced to trade in my private office for a seat at a long, shared table. It felt like my boss had ripped off my clothes and left me standing in my skivvies.

Our new, modern Tribeca office was beautifully airy, and yet remarkably oppressive. Nothing was private. On the first day, I took my seat at the table assigned to our creative department, next to a nice woman who I suspect was an air horn in a former life.  All day, there was constant shuffling, yelling, and laughing, along with loud music piped through a PA system.  As an excessive water drinker, I feared my co-workers were tallying my frequent bathroom trips.  At day’s end, I bid adieu to the 12 pairs of eyes I felt judging my 5:04 p.m. departure time. I beelined to the Beats store to purchase their best noise-cancelling headphones in an unmistakably visible neon blue.

These new floor plans are ideal for maximizing a company’s space while minimizing costs. Bosses love the ability to keep a closer eye on their employees, ensuring clandestine porn-watching, constant social media-browsing and unlimited personal cellphone use isn’t occupying billing hours. But employers are getting a false sense of improved productivity. A 2013 study found that many workers in open offices are frustrated by distractions that lead to poorer work performance. Nearly half of the surveyed workers in open offices said the lack of sound privacy was a significant problem for them and more than 30 percent complained about the lack of visual privacy. Meanwhile, “ease of interaction” with colleagues — the problem that open offices profess to fix — was cited as a problem by fewer than 10 percent of workers in any type of office setting. In fact, those with private offices were least likely to identify their ability to communicate with colleagues as an issue. In a previous study, researchers concluded that “the loss of productivity due to noise distraction … was doubled in open-plan offices compared to private offices.”

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2nd Victim of Leftist Extremist Pablo “They” Gomez Identified

21st January 2017

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Obviously, if they were a white Trump supporter who had recently had their picture taken with the governor of Texas and one of the billionaire Koch Brothers and then murdered a female immigrant of color, the story of they’s rampage would be world famous by this point. But because they is a leftist activist lately photographed chumming around with Democrats Jerry Brown and Tom Steyer and the immigrant woman he murdered was white, well, who cares?

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Video: Anti-Trump Rioters Set Fire to DC Streets, Police Standoff Continues into Night

21st January 2017

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The brownshirts of the Left are on the march.

Yet Trump is supposedly the New Hitler.

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DC Mayor Warns Anti-Trump Protesters: ‘Cannot Allow You to Destroy Our Neighborhoods

20th January 2017

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Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a stern warning to anti-Trump protesters Friday afternoon, noting the city would take a zero tolerance policy towards violence and destruction.

Boy, sounds like a Republican.

Anti-Trump agitators in DC have started fires, smashed storefront windows, pelted police officers with rocks and assaulted Trump supporters over the last two days.

Sound like Democrats.

“We respect the right of people to express their first amendment rights but violence and destruction will not be tolerated,” she continued, later adding: “I respect the rights of protesters but will not condone crime and vandalism which are the antithesis of what we hope to accomplish today.”

Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.

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Parents at DC’s Fanciest Girls’ School Flip Out Over Kids Participating in Inauguration Choir

20th January 2017

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Parents and leadership at Washington, D.C.’s fanciest private girls’ school are flipping out that their kids are taking part in choir events for the inauguration as part of the Cathedral Choristers.

Washington National Cathedral has refused to bend to demands that its choristers, some of whom attend the private National Cathedral School (NCS), not participate in two events for the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Gee, you’d think they were Christians or something — which apparently can’t be said of the parents.

“I understand the strong disagreement many people have with the decisions to accept an invitation for the Cathedral choir to sing at the Inauguration and for the Cathedral to host the Inaugural Prayer Service,” Hollerith wrote. “I am sorry those decisions have caused such turmoil and pain. Yet I stand by those decisions — not because we are celebrating the President-elect, but because we want to model for him, and the rest of the country, an approach to civility.”

Good luck with that.

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Anti-Trump Protesters Target, Attack Reporter During Inauguration

20th January 2017

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If you can’t attack the one you want, attack the one you can.

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NHS Hospital Wards Left With ‘Dangerously Low Levels of Nurses’

19th January 2017

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How about that government-run health care!

Don’t you wish we had a system like that over here?

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Illegals Pour Across Border Before Trump’s Inauguration [VIDEO]

19th January 2017

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

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The Next JFK

19th January 2017

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Obama’s enduring legacy will be as a cultural symbol, the first African-American president who represented a current of social change in the country and reflected the values and attitudes of the progressive elite.

He will be remembered—and revered—by his admirers as his generation’s JFK. Lasting substantive achievements are besides the point when ascending to this iconic status. As Ross Douthat of the New York Times points out, Kennedy brought the world to the brink of nuclear war, and it was hardly a speed bump in the creation of the image of Camelot.

The standards here are largely stylistic. And Obama checks nearly every box: He was a young president; a photogenic man with a good-looking family; a symbol of generational change; an orator given to flights of inspiring rhetoric; if not a wit exactly, a facile talker with a taste for mocking the other side.

The process is a little like Romans deciding which emperors to make gods after their deaths, depending on their reputations. For Democrats, LBJ and Jimmy Carter were too unglamorous and too obviously failures, whereas Bill Clinton gave too much ground to Republicans (besides failing to keep his dalliances discreet). Obama won two terms, is as ideologically pure as reasonably possible, and has cultural staying power.

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Yes, Organic Farming Will Kill Us All

19th January 2017

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Organic farming, as it’s commonly imagined and implemented, does have higher costs, lower yields, and more resource requirements because of the lower yields. That’s because organic farming is little more than conventional farming with all the tools taken away. It’s a well-intended but insane way to farm, and it will kill us all if we decide this is the way to “fix” agriculture.

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Bet You Didn’t See This Coming: 10 Jobs That Will Be Replaced by Robots

19th January 2017

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I was recently talking to a friend of mine who’s an accountant. He has his own accounting firm and lives an upper-class lifestyle in the Chicago suburbs. As he’s an accountant with an additional degree in economics, naturally the conversation veered to the future of the economy. He said he will happily pay for his daughter’s college education, provided she won’t pursue a degree in accounting.

So she’ll probably pursue a degree in Gender Studies. (Dude, be careful what you wish for….)

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Bill Would Let Women Sue Doctors Who Perform Their Abortions

18th January 2017

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Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a woman who gets an abortion to sue the doctor who performed the procedure if she experiences emotional distress later.

If approved, it would be the first law of its kind in the U.S.

The proposal, which was endorsed Tuesday by a GOP-led three-member panel of lawmakers, would permit the woman to file a lawsuit at any point in her life, something that goes against typical statute of limitation rules. It could also make the state vulnerable to costly court challenges.

“What we’re asking for is that individuals, doctors and clinics that make money off of women by giving them abortions are simply held accountable,” said Sen. Mark Chelgren, the Republican who introduced the bill. “That’s all this does. It protects women from people who would normally be trying to sell them something in a time when they are under the most stress that is kind of imaginable.”

Tom Smith comments:

This is clever. It will split the Democratic constituency because it will set the plaintiff’s lawyers against the feminists and pro-abortion people. I’m not even sure it’s unconstitutional.

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The Ghost of Robespierre

18th January 2017

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At what point was a man deemed sufficiently virtuous? Where is the line between traitor and patriot? It was a problem for all of the revolutionaries and a problem that has haunted the Left ever since. Radicalism always starts as a rejection of something. It never ends at a clearly defined point. There’s no limiting principle. No matter how much you oppose something, there is someone else who opposes it more.

That’s the inherent problem with radicalism. It lacks a limiting principle. Christianity, for example, solved this problem early on by turning the problem around. The concept of sin makes virtue the passive position. Heresy is the active state, while grace is the passive state. As long as you did not actively commit sins against the faith, you were sufficiently virtuous. Even though you were born with original sin, baptism into the faith cleansed you of that sin. From there, it was up to you to maintain it.

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Crocodiles Maul Tour Guide to Death at Farm in South Africa

17th January 2017

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Miami: At Least 8 People Shot During “MLK Day” Celebration Event

17th January 2017

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What would be more appropriate than to celebrate the day remembering a black lawbreaker by blacks breaking the law?

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Heavily Subsidized Green Energy Plant Kills Thousands of Fish

17th January 2017

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How very … natural.

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Moving Companies Refuse to Help Chargers Relocate to Los Angeles

17th January 2017

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Two dozen moving companies from the San Diego area have vowed not to assist the Chargers in their move to Los Angeles. The group of movers publicly expressed their displeasure and their stone-cold commitment to not lending a helping hand on the website WeWontMoveYouChargers.com.

The people … united … will never be defeated….

To make matters even more difficult, the group attracted eight Los Angeles-based moving companies to join the cause as well.

That’s gotta burn.

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How Barack Obama Paved the Way for Donald Trump

17th January 2017

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How? By not being socialist enough, of course!

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32 People Shot In Chicago Over MLK Weekend

16th January 2017

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“So what’s happening, and this is ironic, is that a movement with the goal of saving black lives at this point is getting black lives taken, because 80 percent of our murder victims here in Chicago are male blacks,” McCarthy continued.

Black Lives Matter! Or maybe not.

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The Perils of Political Correctness

16th January 2017

Shelby Steele turns over a rock.

One of the points that I feel very strongly about, coming as a black [man], is that the deference that America has shown us since the ’60s with the War on Poverty and the Great Society and welfare, these deferential policies that defer to our history of victimization now victimize us more than racism did. I grew up in segregation. I know exactly what it’s like. And I had a more positive attitude toward America than many blacks do today who are the beneficiaries of Affirmative Action. I think that deference has become a very corrupting influence on the people that it tries to help. It’s honorable that it wants to help these people but they never ask the people to be responsible for their own transformation and uplift and that’s the great tragedy of deference and political correctness.

As is traditional, if you didn’t know that he claimed to be black you wouldn’t ever know it; certainly not by looking at him.

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Millennials earn 20% less than Boomers did at same stage of life

16th January 2017

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And they’re overpaid.

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Ringling Bros. Circus Plans to Shut Down ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ After 146 Years

15th January 2017

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After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May.

The iconic American spectacle was felled by a variety of factors, company executives say. Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise.

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Why Aren’t More Americans Moving?

14th January 2017

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People used to chase economic opportunity across the country. Then the government got in the way.

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How the ‘Humanitarian’ Crisis in the NHS Is Paving the Way for Private Healthcare

13th January 2017

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It has been a calamitous winter inside the NHS. Last week, three people tragically died at Worcestershire Royal hospital with a women dying of a heart attack after waiting for 35 hours on a trolley. A similar picture has developed across the country with patients on trolleys due to lack of beds, many hospital trusts on red alert and ambulances missing targets for life-threatening emergencies. The British Red Cross declared a humanitarian crisis in the NHS.

How about that government-provided healthcare! Don’t you wish we had a system like that in America?

 

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Reason #5 Most Americans Don’t Ride Transit: Our Cities Aren’t Built for It

13th January 2017

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Housing, jobs, and other destinations are so diffused throughout American urban areas that they don’t generate the large numbers of people moving from one point to another that mass transit systems need to work.

Urban and transit evolution parted ways in 1913, when Henry Ford built the first moving assembly line to make his Model Ts. Cheap cars were an obvious threat to transit, but a bigger threat was less visible: unlike steam-powered, belt-driven factories, moving assembly lines required lots of land, so factories moved to the suburbs. When the suburbs refused to be annexed to the cities, monocentric cities became polycentric urban areas.

At least through the 1970s, urban planners and central city officials pretended their cities were still monocentric, and they wrote numerous downtown plans, urban renewal plans, transit plans, commuter-tax plans, and other plans designed to maintain the preeminence of downtown. The construction of the San Francisco BART and Washington Metro systems were among these plans, but were as doomed to fail as all the others.

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Reason #4 Most American’s Don’t Ride Transit: Lack of Privacy and Security

12th January 2017

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Crime, sexual harassment, and other invasions of privacy are common on metro systems throughout the world. Sexual harassment is especially bad on Tokyo subways, and a survey of 600 women transit riders in Paris found that 100 percent of them reported having been sexually harassed.

Such harassment often depends on the anonymity that comes with extreme crowding, but most American transit systems don’t get that crowded precisely because Americans won’t accept the invasions of personal space required for such crush conditions. Still, there are numerous complaints of sexual harassment on the New York City subway. Crime is rapidly rising on the DC Metro as well.

Crime, including thefts of smart phones, as well as violent crime, can be a big problem on light rail, partly because there is rarely anyone aboard to keep vehicles secure. Bus drivers presumably provide a modest deterrent to crime, but still there is the problem of bus-stop crime.

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Vegan Denied Swiss Passport Because Of ‘Annoying’ Lifestyle

12th January 2017

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A 42-year-old Dutch woman recently had her Swiss citizenship application rejected because of her “annoying” lifestyle.

Urs Treier, a spokesman for the local government, said the rejection had little to with her political stance, but rather how she chose to express it.

“If someone is so much in  the spotlight and rebels against things that are accepted in the local community, it can cause the community to not want such a person in their midst,” Treier told The Local.

Q: How can you tell a vegan?
A: You don’t. They tell you.

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Why Are Liberals Such Racists?

11th January 2017

John Hinderaker is not afraid to ask the hard (well, not that hard) questions.

As a conservative, I essentially never encounter racism. I don’t have any racist friends or acquaintances. The issue never comes up. Liberals, on the other hand, tell us that they are swimming in a sea of racism. I don’t know, they might be right. Maybe in their liberal world, racism is still an issue.

It’s certainly an obsession.

But what is it with liberals and racism? Remember when liberals tried to make some kind of scandal out of the fact that one of Mitt Romney’s grandchildren was African-American? What is wrong with these people? This kind of thing happens a lot. If you are looking for racism, look to the left.

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Thought for the Day: Poor Kid

10th January 2017

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150 MPH+ Winds, 8 Feet Snow, Possible From Next California Storm

10th January 2017

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How about that Global Warming, eh? Rising sea livels nipping at your toes yet?

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Teachers’ Union Urges Schools to Host Drag Shows, Use ‘Comrade’ Instead of ‘Boy’ and ‘Girl’

9th January 2017

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Canada, if you can believe it. No wonder Hollywood keeps pretending to want to move there.

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Man Fires Gun, Barricades Himself in His House After Someone Took a Bite From His Sandwich

9th January 2017

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“Apparently, the man had made a grilled-cheese sandwich and either the wife or the daughter, we’re not exactly sure who, but somebody, one of the females in the house, took a bite of his sandwich, and apparently, that enraged him to the point that he fired shots in the house,” Cpl. Shawn Vinson of the Baltimore County Police told said.

Blue state blues.

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Two Patients Die From Starvation or Thirst Each Day in UK Hospitals and Care Homes, Say Statistics

9th January 2017

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Don’t you just love that government-provided health care?

Don’t you just wish we had a system like that in America?

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Thought for the Day

9th January 2017

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University Students Demand Philosophers Such as Plato and Kant Are [sic] Removed From Syllabus Because They Are White

9th January 2017

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Racism, pure and simple.

Sir Roger Scruton, the philosopher, said the demands suggest “ignorance”. “You can’t rule out a whole area of intellectual endeavour without having investigated it and clearly they haven’t investigated what they mean by white philosophy,” he told The Mail on Sunday.

“If they think there is a colonial context from which Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason arose, I would like to hear it.’

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‘There Are No Jobs’: Obama Loyalists Scramble to Find Work

8th January 2017

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Thousands of Obama loyalists are struggling to find work in a city now dominated by the GOP, according to a report from Politico. “It feels like there are just thousands of us trying to find a job, and there are no jobs,” Mira Patel, a longtime Clinton aide told Politico.

And whose fault is that? Welcome to our world, bitches.

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Prisoner Serving Life for Murdering Wife Stabs New Girlfriend to Death During Visit

7th January 2017

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Think of it as evolution in action.

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Radical Queer Activist Arrested in Murder of Woman at UC-Berkeley

7th January 2017

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A radical left-wing activist who attends the University of California, Berkeley is the prime suspect in a fatal stabbing, and all one of his friends cares about is that he’s labeled by his preferred pronoun in news articles covering the crime.

The man-bun really pulls its look together.

Gomez, who lists his major on Facebook as Chicanx/Latinx Studies, is active in numerous progressive and leftist causes at Berkeley.

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

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Third Wave Water: How Hipsters Finally Ruined Coffee

7th January 2017

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I wouldn’t have thought it possible to ‘ruin’ something that tastes as bad as coffee, but apparently I was wrong.

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Identity Politics and Dehumanization

7th January 2017

Mark Steyn observes.

I spent much of Friday behind the Golden EIB Microphone, guest-hosting for Rush on America’s Number One radio show. An hour into the broadcast, a gunman shot up the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at Fort Lauderdale Airport, and the death toll rose throughout the remainder of the show. Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida, announced that the shooter was a man called Esteban Santiago – which necessitated the deployment of the phrase “white hispanic”, last heard of from The New York Times as a convenient way to corral George Zimmerman into the “white supremacist” camp. He doesn’t look that “white” in the photograph at right, but maybe that’s just the lighting.

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Gunman Kills at Least Five People and Wounds Eight qt Florida Airport: Shooter in a Star Wars Shirt Opened Fire in Fort Lauderdale Baggage Claim Aiming for Victims’ Heads

6th January 2017

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Obviously Princess Leia’s death hit him very hard.

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Transgender Calls Filming Girl In Target Dressing Room ‘A Mistake’

6th January 2017

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I rather think it was.

Don’t shop at Target. Just sayin’.

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Alt-Left Insanity: The Great Race Toward Racism

6th January 2017

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It’s time once more for the Great Race! No, not the excellent Jack Lemmon/Tony Curtis comedy. I mean the media/alt-left’s quest to make everything in America about race — except when it’s about race in a way they don’t like.

Then it’s not about race at all.

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Race Relations in Obama Era Have ‘Gotten Better,’ According to Obama

6th January 2017

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Black Lives Matter.
“Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon!”
Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.
“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
“F**k white people!”

If you recognize any of those phrases and don’t like them, you’re a racist and you need to check your privilege. You’re what’s wrong with America, and you’re on the wrong side of history. Shame on you. Shame, shame, shame.

But wait, there’s more!

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Blind Man Puts Camera on Guide Dog to Expose Daily Abuse From Commuters

6th January 2017

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An example of the modern neurotic notion that being abnormal somehow makes a person morally superior.

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Pentagon Video Warns of “Unavoidable” Dystopian Future for World’s Biggest Cities

6th January 2017

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Historically, cities have overwhelmingly represented one thing to people of ill will: Targets.

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