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The Kitty Genovese Murder After 50 Years

31st October 2014

Steve Sailer reflects.

First, I had never heard until very recently that the murderer, Winston Moseley, was black. A historic black crime wave was washing over New York City in 1964, but the race of the confessed killer wasn’t mentioned in the famous NYT article. In fact, I don’t recall the killer’s race ever being mentioned in the 1960s/1970s. As a child, I just assumed he looked like all the muggers in cartoons then. I can see now that mentioning that the killer was black would have been distracting from the political lessons White America was supposed to be draw at the climax of the Civil Rights era.

As feminist Susan Brownmiller pointed out in the 1970s, sex crimes tended to have political connotations. The big increase in black-on-white sex crimes in New York City, Brownmiller suggested, wasn’t unrelated to black liberation. But that’s complicated and distasteful, so let talk about Apathy.

Second, Moseley was a serial killer, a sex maniac who confessed to murdering two other women. He wasn’t just some complete loser: he had a white collar job, a wife, two kids, a mortgage, and a 3 digit IQ. He was just evil. The jury gave him the death penalty, but an appeals court let him off with life, at which point he escaped from prison and kidnapped and raped another woman before being recaptured.

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GOP Fights to Escape ‘Margin of Fraud’

31st October 2014

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McLaughlin concludes, “Democrats have had a significant competitive advantage in the very closest of elections, and in close elections overall, over the past 16 years, and that that advantage has grown during the Obama years.”

Some of this Democrat advantage is fraud. A recent study undertaken by The Washington Post found that non-citizens have not only voted in recent elections, but have likely provided the winning edge in several close races. The paper concluded that the illegal votes of non-citizens probably accounted for Sen. Al Franken’s win in Minnesota in 2008 as well as Obama’s victory in North Carolina.

There is a limit to how much outright fraud can be committed, however. In my experience, overt fraud happens more often than liberals admit and less often than conservatives fear. Far more prevalent are “soft frauds” like partisan-led absentee voter drives at nursing homes or community centers. Or, partisan-fueled rallies and concerts to engage disinterested voters. Tactics like these aren’t illegal and, anyway, have been around since ancient Greece and Rome. Indeed, George Washington finally won election to the Virginia House of Burgess by plying voters with rum.

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New O’Keefe Video Allegedly Shows Democratic Poll Workers Assisting Illegal, Non-Citizen to Vote in NC

31st October 2014

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But requiring voter ID would be raaaaaaacist.

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Russian Bombers Conducting Nuclear Strike Drills In Atlantic, U.S. Air Force Officials Believe

31st October 2014

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Russian bombers could be conducting nuclear strike drills over the Atlantic Ocean and North Sea, United States Air Force officials warn.

In a period of 24 hours this week, Russia sent 19 combat aircraft to test NATO defenses and also test-launched a ballistic missile in the Barents Sea, north of Sweden. The incidents follow a trend of military activity, as this year NATO has scrambled fighter jets to intercept Russian jets more than 100 times, three times more than all of last year.

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

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La Raza Promotes Washington Post Guide on Where People Can Vote Without an ID

30th October 2014

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But voter ID laws are raaaaaaacist.

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Massive Non-Citizen Voting Uncovered in Maryland

30th October 2014

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But voter ID laws are raaaaaaacist.

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Why Middle-Class Americans Can’t Afford to Live in Liberal Cities

30th October 2014

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Among the 100 largest U.S. metros, 63 percent of homes are “within reach” for a middle-class family, according to Trulia. But among the 20 richest U.S. metros, just 47 percent of homes are affordable, including a national low of 14 percent in San Francisco. The firm defined “within reach” as a for-sale home with a total monthly payment (including mortgage and taxes) less than 31 percent of the metro’s median household income.

Steve Sailer is not surprised.

About a dozen years ago, I had a five minute conversation with former (and future) California governor Jerry Brown, then the mayor of Oakland, now running for his fourth term as governor of California. He said he’d learned a lot about poor people from being mayor of Oakland. So, he’d started a public military school to try to instill some discipline in some of them young. But mostly he just wanted to devise ways to get poor people to leave Oakland so it could finally start to fulfill the potential its geography affords it.

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Death Spiral? Short-Term Health Plans Grow as Cheap Alternative to Obamacare

30th October 2014

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A fast-growing, short-term alternative to ObamaCare that allows customers to get cheap, one-year policies could put the government-subsidized plan into a death spiral.

The plans, the only ones allowed for sale outside of ObamaCare exchanges, generally cost less than half of what similar ObamaCare policies cost, and are increasing in popularity as uninsured Americans learn they are required to get health coverage. The catch — that the policies only last for a year — is not much of a deterrent, given that customers can always sign up for ObamaCare if their short-term coverage is not renewed.

I am reminded of pay-by-the-month auto insurance plans, commonly used by proles to have an insurance certificate long enough to do the annual registration/inspection and then cancelled. People always find a way to game the system if there’s a system that can be gamed.

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Video: Machine Switches Votes From Republican to Democrat in IL

29th October 2014

Read it. And watch the video.

Several voters in Rock Island County have already claimed publicly about similar problems with local voting machines in early voting. One local voter, Christina Kirk, told local NBC News affiliate KWQC 6 last week: “When I went to cast my vote and touch the screen for my Republican candidate, the Democrat candidate was the one that would pop up with my x, even though I pressed the Republican candidate.”

The YouTube footage is the first visual report of the alleged problem with the voting machines. The error appears to occur when the voter’s finger is slightly off center in the Republican box, which appears below the Democrat box. It is apparently still possible to vote for the Republican candidate, and it is possible for a vigilant voter to correct the mistake and vote again, but a voter in a hurry might easily register a mistaken vote for the Democrat by mistake and fail to notice. The problem seems to recur throughout the ticket of races. (No test involving a voter trying to choose the Democratic candidate and selecting the Republican instead is shown.)

But there isn’t really any vote fraud; just ask King Putt.

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Thought for the Day

29th October 2014

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As Mexico Searches for 43 Missing Students, Dozens of Bodies Turn Up in Mass Graves

29th October 2014

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Sure, open up the border, let everybody across! What could go wrong?

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Mom Demands Law to Force Kids to Wear Bright Clothes

28th October 2014

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Next up: A law to require kids to eat their vegetables. (Oops, sorry, Michelle Obama has that one in hand….)

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Money and Congress: A Love Story

28th October 2014

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Never have so many paid so much to so few.

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Four Dead, 32 Shot in Chicago Weekend Violence

27th October 2014

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Thank God for those strict gun control laws, or the place would look like Texas.

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How Many Elections Will Democrats Steal Next Week?

27th October 2014

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As many as they can, obviously. ‘Democrat’ is, after all, a synonym for ‘political machine’.

There’s a bombshell academic study out on this issue right now that the media is mostly ignoring (the only exception being the Washington Post’s very fine wonky MonkeyCage blog), in part because it appears in an obscure academic journal, Electoral Studies, that is behind an expensive subscription paywall, and in part because any reporter who does a story about it will be called a racist. Since I’m an academic these days, I’ve got access to the article, “Do Non-Citizens Vote in U.S. Elections?”, by Jesse T. Richman and Gulshan A. Chattha of Old Dominion University and David C. Earnest of George Mason University.

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Tobacco Settlement Funds Sprinklers, Golf Carts and a Grease Trap

27th October 2014

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A central tenet of government finance is that money borrowed over the long term should be spent on projects that will outlast the debt – things like buildings, bridges or other essential infrastructure.

That’s not what upstate New York’s Niagara County did with much of its money from tobacco bonds.

Golf carts. Computers. Defibrillators. Portable radios. Even a grease trap for the jail’s kitchen. The list of goods or projects with just a few years’ useful life goes on – all paid for with debt that will last decades.

Nor did the money go toward the health care costs of smoking – as hoped by framers of the 1998 legal settlement with tobacco companies that has paid billions to states, counties and other governments.

Since then, Niagara County repeatedly borrowed against its share of the settlement, about $3.5 million a year. For some of this debt, it borrowed at nearly 8 percent interest and used the proceeds to pay down debts charging half as much.

Niagara’s experience shows how “securitizing” the tobacco money – and the windfall of upfront cash it puts at politicians’ disposal – creates pressure to spend quickly and with less regard to long-term costs.

It also highlights a weakness in IRS rules, which are meant to rein in the use of long-term, tax-exempt debt for items with a short, useful life but still allow many to slip through.

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

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The Long, Slow Collapse: What Whig History Can’t Explain

26th October 2014

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The collapse won’t look like roving gangs storming your house to steal canned food; nor will it look like selling pennies for copper. As one would expect of a process that can take centuries, the collapse is slow; but what this means is that it’s hardly even visible. It won’t—it doesn’t—look like something that is happening; it looks like how the world is. It looks like the things you take for granted, and the things your children will, and their children, and so on until Odoacer.

You don’t see NEETs cocooned in their mother’s basements; you don’t see thugs killing for fun and posting the videos online. You don’t notice that no one hitchhikes anymore, that that web of implicit societal trust is gone; you don’t realize that there was a time when your elders merited respect, or when your neighbors didn’t bloat themselves on fast food because they live alone and they never learned to cook. Perhaps you even take it for granted that children should not walk further from their parents’ houses than the end of the street.

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Samsung’s New Induction Stovetop Projects ‘Virtual Flames’ Onto Pots and Pans

26th October 2014

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Much like the artificial noise that some regulators want to impose on electric cars because they’re ‘too quiet’ and therefore unsafe.

The world is full of people who think they know better than you how you ought to live.

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Google’s New Skybox for Good Program Gives Real-Time Satellite Imagery to Nonprofits

26th October 2014

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Conspicuous by its absence is any mention of law-enforcement agencies; I guess only self-appointed progressive busybodies are entitled to encouragement.

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CVS Stores Reportedly Disabling NFC to Shut Down Apple Pay and Google Wallet

26th October 2014

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The reason behind Rite Aid’s and CVS’s moves to disable unofficial Apple Pay support in their stores is presumably related to their participation in Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), a retailer group developing its own mobile payments system known as CurrentC. A claimed internal Rite Aid message shared with SlashGear supports this notion, instructing cashiers to explain to customers that Apple Pay is not supported but that MCX’s solution will be available next year.

Yeah, that’s real customer service. Walgreen’s, here I come….

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Officials Say Suspect in Killings of California Deputies Was Deported Twice

26th October 2014

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But, of course, under the ‘open borders’ policy of King Putt, that doesn’t matter.

The suspect alleged to have shot three northern California sheriff’s deputies Friday, killing two, was deported twice and has a criminal record, federal officials said late Saturday.

Thank God for those strict California gun control laws, which prevent such things from happening.

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Man Who Attacked NYPD Cops With Hatchet Wanted to Kill White People, Dad Says

26th October 2014

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Just more ‘workplace violence’. Nothing to see here, move along, move along….

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The Hunter Biden Chronicles

25th October 2014

Michelle Malkin lays it out.

Everything you need to know about Beltway nepotism, corporate cronyism and corruption can be found in the biography of Robert Hunter Biden. Where are the Occupy Wall Street rabble-rousers and enemies of elitist privilege when you need them? Straining their neck muscles to look the other way.

Hunter Biden, Scion of the Crust, is the poster boy for the way that our new ruling elite is turning America into Britain of, say, two hundred years ago, where who your parents are and who your parents know determine what opportunities you get and how little work you have to do to get them.

Scott Johnson sums it up:

How unqualified was Hunter Biden? He was too old to join the Naval Reserve at age 43. He sought an officer’s commission for which he didn’t qualify. He received waivers to fill a part-time position in public affairs for which he wasn’t needed. After navigating these shoals, Biden was discharged within a month because he flunked a drug test.

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Rep. Carolyn Maloney Pushes Irrelevant Gun Laws After Marysville School Shooting

25th October 2014

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She then said Congress needs “the political will” to pass an Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) and expand background checks. But neither of these things are relevant to the attack on Marysville-Pilchuck High School because the gunman used a handgun, not an “assault weapon,” and the gunman was too young to pass a background check.

Hey, never let a crisis go to waste!

Moreover, Maloney argued for more gun trafficking laws in the wake of the Marysville attack. We already have gun trafficking laws and questions regarding gun trafficking are already part of our current background check system. So how would more laws against gun trafficking have changed anything?

Democrats: We all live in a fact-free world….

On October 11, Breitbart News reported on a Crime Prevention Research Center study which showed that “92 percent” of mass public shootings between January 2009 and July 2014 happened in gun free zones—i.e., colleges, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, etc.

Wow, look at how effective gun control regulations are! Oh, wait….

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Silicon Valley Company Caught Paying Foreign Workers $1.21/Hr After $200M Quarter

25th October 2014

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And you were wondering why Gates, Zuckerberg, et al. are so hot for more H-1B visas.

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Study: Illegal Non-Citizen Votes Could Sway U.S. Elections

25th October 2014

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An upcoming study to be published in the publication Electoral Studies has its authors positing the question “Could non-citizens decide the November election?”
Writing in the Washington Post, Old Dominion University political science professors Jesse Richman and David Earnest preview some of the results of their findings, using data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study.

According to the author’s preview published Friday, more than 14 percent of non-citizens in 2008 and 2010 “indicated” they were registered to vote and some did.

“Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010,” wrote Richman and Earnest.

They note that non-citizens tend to be Democratic voters and that in their 2008 sample, 80 percent of non-citizens cast ballots for Obama. Given that, they conclude that non-citizen participation “was large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections.”

And it must be true! Because professors!

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Washington School Shooter Jaylen Fryberg ‘Happy,’ ‘Popular': Students

25th October 2014

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A law enforcement source told NBC News that the gunman Friday used a small pistol. Doug Dawson, special agent in charge of the Seattle office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said the weapon was legally acquired.

Thank God it was a ‘gun free zone’, or who knows how many bodies they would be carting out.

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Study: Americans Afraid to Take Vacation Days

24th October 2014

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A new study of the US business sector indicates American workers are shying from taking earned vacation time for fear that they will look like an unnecessary employee.

Let’s hear it for that ol’ minimum wage.

Americans are afraid to take too much time off for fear of being thought of as expendable. Workers are deathly afraid of losing a job that they know will be very, very difficult–if not impossible–to replace.

Well, all we need is another taxpayer-funded STIMULUS, and everything will be fine. Just ask the President.

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Man Allegedly Chokes Online Girlfriend Who Posted Fake Profile Picture

24th October 2014

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Cornelius Jefferson, 33, allegedly choked the girlfriend he had met online after moving from Georgia to Kentucky to meet her in person.

Angry that his girlfriend looked nothing like her online profile, Jefferson began by arguing with her and ended by reportedly assaulting her at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday morning.

I’m curious as to what she thought his reaction would be.

Considering that he is not a person of pallor, I’m surprised it even made the news.

Of course, a Real News Organization would have showed pictures of the girl, both what she posted online and how she actually looked. But we have no such organizations any more.

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Vice Writer Apparently Surprised that ‘Gay’ Is Not a Political Orientation

24th October 2014

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Although not for lack of trying.

Obviously headlining a story “Meet the Gay Libertarian Gun Nuts” is designed to be deliberately inflammatory clickbait. So it goes at Vice (not a judgment, just an observation). But beyond the headline, writer Cecilia D’Anastasio is one of those folks who is amazed to discover that coming out of the closet doesn’t include an application to register as a Democrat.

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The War on Women: Juanita Broaddrick and Bill Clinton

24th October 2014

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To set the stage for why the country needs Hillary Clinton to be the next president, Democrats are trying to force-feed Americans a “war on women” pablum, when such a war–as they present it–does not exist. For the real “war on women,” however, Democrats might turn to Hillary Clinton herself and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

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Guide Goes on a Racist Rant to Tourists on a San Francisco Chinatown Bus

24th October 2014

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The video, posted on YouTube Tuesday by a German tourist, shows the unnamed guide ripping into Chinatown, named by the American Planning Association as one of America’s top “Great Neighborhoods” in 2013.

The woman, who says she is originally from Los Angeles, shouts through a microphone to the tourists, saying things like, “f**k Chinatown.  F**k your little herb gardens.  F**k your little seafood f**king markets and your turtles and your frogs. F**k your f**king ginseng. F**k your little hair salons where no one in there knows how to speak English!”

Of course, had the tour guide been white, Eric Holder would have her in a headlock even as we speak.

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Union Demands Send Japanese Firm, Jobs Packing From California Town

24th October 2014

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The California city of Palmdale was ready to roll out the red carpet this summer when a Japanese company agreed to build a $60 million factory on a city-owned, vacant parcel on the southwest side of town — but now the company is taking its project out of state and critics say union greed is to blame.

The “Antelope Valley Residents for Responsible Development,” a group backed by the International Brotherhood Workers Union Local 11, produced a 588-page appeal claiming that construction of the proposed factory would violate state environmental laws, by, among other things, kicking up spores. What the union really wanted, according to Kinkisharyo officials, was clearance to organize the plant without any interference from the company. When Kinkisharyo officials balked, the project suddenly became a potential environmental hazard.

“They are using California’s environmental laws as a pretense to put leverage on the company to get what they want,” Kinkisharyo spokesman Coby King told FoxNews.com. “It’s unfortunate when groups that don’t care about the well-being of the environment use the laws to delay, and even kill, good business development.”

Look for … the Union label….

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Boffins Who Stare at Goats: I Do Believe They’re Shrinking

23rd October 2014

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Climate change may be causing alpine goats to shrink in size, according to biologists at Durham University.

Researchers analysed records of alpine animal sizes to discover that Chamois goats now weigh 25 per cent less than they did back in the ’80s.

Let me make a note to worry about that….

 

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Former MTA Bus Driver Charged in Mass Attack on Family

23rd October 2014

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A former Maryland Transit Administration bus driver is facing several charges after a family claimed she got several teens to beat them up after one of the victims got into an argument with her.

“She actually let these children get off of this bus and beat me and my family for at least three minutes, then let them get back on, get weapons, get back off and back on again, and then took off with every one of them that did it,” victim Kristina Gibson told 11 News reporter Lowell Melser.

The video makes clear that the bus driver is black and the victims are white. The story doesn’t mention that, of course, because that would be Noticing.

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‘Calibration Error’ Changes GOP Votes to Dem in Illinois County

23rd October 2014

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And if you believe that one, they’ll tell you another one.

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She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder.

22nd October 2014

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The next message, sent moments later, is supposedly her warning friends and family not to make the same mistake she did, using social media to report on organized crime, because “there is no point.” The message after that is a warning to her followers and to three prominent citizen journalists that the cartels “are closer to us than you think.” The last message sent from Felina’s account is not written but rather consists of two photos: in the first, a middle-aged woman keeps her hands folded in front of her and looks directly at the camera; in the second the same woman is lying on a dirty floor with a coup de grace bullet wound in the face. The founder of Valor por Tamaulipas confirmed that the photos are of Felina. Twitter has since shut down her account.

Sure, we want more of those people in this country. Let’s open the borders.

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California Orders Churches To Fund Abortions—Or Else

22nd October 2014

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For the past four years, the Obama administration and its friends on the Left were careful to claim that they still strongly support religious liberty while arguing that Hobby Lobby’s Green family, Conestoga Wood Specialties’ Hahn family, and others like them must lose. Principally, they contended, religious liberty protections could not be applied to Hobby Lobby because (1) It is a for-profit corporation, (2) It isn’t a church (and thus not a true “religious employer,” and (3) It is wrong on the science—Plan B, a copper intrauterine device, et cetera, they claimed, do not cause abortions. They implied, if not claimed outright, that they would surely support religious freedom in another case, but Hobby Lobby was unworthy to claim its protections.

The State of California is now calling their bluff. California’s Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all insurance plans in the state to immediately begin covering elective abortion. Not Plan B. Not contraceptives. Elective surgical dismemberment abortion.

Time to leave the Left Coast. All the good weather in the world won’t make up for the shitty people.

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Oppression Juicing

22nd October 2014

Steve Sailer looks at the ‘wrong side of history’.

As in every quasi-Marxist revolution, though, the old Bolsheviks are in danger of being chewed up and spat out by the new. For example, consider the unintentionally hilarious New York Times Magazine article “When Women Become Men at Wellesley,” by Ruth Padawer. At women’s colleges today, the lesbians who were long the engineers of human souls are getting shoved aside for being on the wrong side of history by even butcher “trans-men” juicing on prescription testosterone….

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Slacktivism

21st October 2014

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Social media has spawned the slacker-activist, someone who supports a cause through an audacious public display that actually requires very little effort. This summer, the #IceBucketChallenge clogged newsfeeds with videos of folks dumping ice water on their heads instead of (or often in addition to) donating to the ALS Association. In a single month, the nonprofit collected more than $100 million–36 times what it had raised the previous August–to support research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). “It’s an unprecedented situation, not just for our cause, but for any charity outside disaster relief,” says ALS Association spokesperson Carrie Munk.

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Houston, We Have a Gender-Blind Public-Restroom Problem

20th October 2014

Jim Goad is perplexed.

Come to think of it, aren’t lesbians always trying to protect women from men? Why would these canyon-yodelers want hairy, disgusting males stinking up women’s bathrooms by flashing their wee-wees, anyway? Oh, right—because they’re not really men as long as they don’t believe they are, and to claim anything to the contrary makes one a bigot. I’ll tell you, they make it so hard to keep up with their ever-swelling definition of what constitutes “hate,” it’s hard not to hate them. They keep revising the script more often than my iPhone gets software updates.

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Look Out for Obama’s Legacy

20th October 2014

Joel Kotkin sounds the alarm.

In “The New Class Conflict,” I describe this alliance as the New Clerisy, which encompasses the media, the academy and the expanding regulatory bureaucracy. This Clerisy already dominates American intellectual and cultural life and increasingly has taken virtual control of key governmental functions, as well as the educations of our young people.

The Clerisy’s ascendency was predicted more than 40 years ago by the great sociologist Daniel Bell. The rise of knowledge-based industries, he predicted in his landmark 1973 book, “The Coming of Post-Industrial Society,” would establish the “pre-eminence of the professional and technical class.” This new “priesthood of power,” he suggested, would aim for the rational “ordering of mass society.”

Although usually somewhat progressive by inclination, the Clerisy actually functions much like the old First Estate in France – the clergy – helping determine the theology, morals and ideals of the broader population.

Nowhere is this function clearer than in the university itself, from which Barack Obama sprang, and which has become an essential part of his political coalition.

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Black Vote Seen as Last Hope for Democrats to Hold Senate

19th October 2014

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The confidential memo from a former pollster for President Obama contained a blunt warning for Democrats. Written this month with an eye toward Election Day, it predicted “crushing Democratic losses across the country” if the party did not do more to get black voters to the polls.

“African-American surge voters came out in force in 2008 and 2012, but they are not well positioned to do so again in 2014,” Cornell Belcher, the pollster, wrote in the memo, dated Oct. 1. “In fact, over half aren’t even sure when the midterm elections are taking place.”

Mr. Belcher’s assessment points to an urgent imperative for Democrats: To keep Republicans from taking control of the Senate, as many are predicting, they need black voters in at least four key states. Yet the one politician guaranteed to generate enthusiasm among African Americans is the same man many Democratic candidates want to avoid: Mr. Obama.

It’s all about the power.

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Why Europe Is Irrational About Israel

19th October 2014

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The European Community bureaucracy, meanwhile, has readied sanctions against Israel. One remonstrates in vain. The Gaza War should have taught the world that Israel cannot cede territory to Mahmoud Abbas, now in the 10th year of a 4-year term. Hamas has the support of 55% of West Bank Palestinians vs. just 38% for Abbas, and Hamas openly brags that it could destroy Israel more easily from firing positions in the West Bank. Only the Israeli military keeps Abbas in power; without the Israelis Hamas would displace Abbas in the West Bank as easily as it did in Gaza; and a Hamas government in the West Bank would make war on Israel, with horrifying consequences.

To propose immediate Palestinian statehood under these circumstances is psychotic, to call the matter by its right name. The Europeans, along with the United Nations and the Obama administration on most working days, refuse to take reality into account. When someone tells you that Martians are transmitting radio waves into his brain, or that Elvis Presley really is the pope rather than an Argentine Jesuit, one doesn’t enquire into the merits of the argument. Rather, one considers the cause of the insanity.

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Seattle Socialist Group Pushing $20/hr Min. Wage Offers $13/hr for Web Developer

18th October 2014

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And that tells you all you really need to know about Socialism.

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The Gathering Storm, part CLVI

18th October 2014

Scott Johnson is pessimistic.

John Kerry provides an element of continuity in Democratic politics going back to the fall of Saigon. He rose to prominence as a player in the Democratic production leading to our abandonment of South Vietnam. Kerry’s contribution was the dissemination of a demoralizing set of lies asserting the routine commission of war crimes by American forces. I bought his act at the time, but I was a sophomoric student who didn’t know any better. What is our excuse now?

John Kerry makes Neville Chamberlain look like George Patton. Barack Obama makes Jimmy Carter look like a President.

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Gang of Men Is Viciously Beating People at Random at the University of Illinois

17th October 2014

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The attackers — described as black men, perhaps 25 years old, wearing dark clothes — rambled around an area in Champaign, tackling various innocent and unsuspecting people to the ground and kicking them in the head.

Police say five students suffered injuries in four different instances. Three of the students received treatment for bruises, cuts and facial wounds, notes WLS. One student also had a cell phone stolen.

Ask your local ‘journalist’ why this isn’t on the news.

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Moms Demand Action Pushes Gun Ban After Masked Man Robs Kroger Bank

17th October 2014

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On October 15, an armed man wearing a skeleton mask robbed a bank inside a Cincinnati Kroger, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America responded by calling the robbery “a wake up call to Kroger’s leadership to prohibit the open carry of firearms in its stores.”

I’m curious whether they thought that a ban would have been more effective at preventing the robbery than, oh, say, one guy with a pistol on his belt.

Where do these people come from? Is it something in the water?

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Veep’s 44-year-old Son Caught Coked-Up

17th October 2014

Steve Sailer connects the dots.

A commenter recently speculated that the future history of political parties in the U.S. would likely follow the Central American model where they are superstructures for dynastic families to wage war on each other. For example, in the 1990s I read a fellow’s dissertation on Nicaraguan politics in the 1920s, and most of the family names of leading politicians from way back then were the same as the ones I was reading in newspaper accounts of Nicaraguan politics at present.

For further evidence, see Nunn vs. Perdue: An Awkward Political Rivalry

The Nunn and Perdue families have long been intertwined in Houston County in central Georgia. They had farms and went to many of the same churches and schools and the country club. Each had a famous politician: former Democratic Senator Sam Nunn and former Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue. Despite their being from different parties, there was never much of a schism among residents.

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The #GamerGate Hate Hoax

17th October 2014

The Other McCain is on the case.

Anita Sarkeesian (@femfreq) and Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) are feminist critics of the videogame industry who seem to be trying to cash in on the fact that they are feminist critics of the videogame industry. This involves portraying themselves as victims of horrific harassment and criminal threats. Who is engaging in this harassment? Who is making these threats? We don’t know, because it seems to be coming from a lot of anonymous online accounts, and I strongly suspect that some of these threats are fake. But whether it’s fake or real, the harassment is being blamed on the gamers who, using the Twitter hashtag #GamerGate, have been blowing the whistle on some of the sleazy tactics by which feminists have been trying to turn gaming into a Political Correctness Zone and — oh, just by the way — cut themselves in on a slice of the multimillion-dollar videogame industry pie.

I find it amusing that Anita Sarkeesian had to cancel an appearance somewhere because of death threats. Welcome to the world that ‘conservatives’ live in all the time; be careful not to step in the diversity.

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