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Mass Migration is Big Business

17th April 2015

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Especially illegal mass migration.

Notice that somehow these migrants are leaving Italy for the richer territories of Northern Europe. That doesn’t mean that Italy isn’t facing severe strain in having to take them in as they land. And Italy faces severe criticism from the rest of the EU for letting them get away.

There are other interesting stories on that page, featuring – for instance – huge numbers turned back by Turkey’s Coast Guard. But still they come. Reading just the increase in numbers of incidents gives one an idea of the masses of humanity involved. The smugglers are ever more agile in escaping if the authorities come near. Out of 524 incidents of capture by Turkey in 2014, involving over twelve thousand people, only 74 smugglers were charged.

The increase in numbers of captured migrants since they started keeping count in 2011 is 24-fold. And going up.

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Security Expert Pulled Off Flight by FBI After Exposing Airline Tech Vulnerabilities

17th April 2015

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One of the world’s foremost experts on counter-threat intelligence within the cybersecurity industry, who blew the whistle on vulnerabilities in airplane technology systems in a series of recent Fox News reports, has become the target of an FBI investigation himself.

Chris Roberts of the Colorado-based One World Labs, a security intelligence firm that identifies risks before they’re exploited, said two FBI agents and two uniformed police officers pulled him off a United Airlines Boeing 737-800 commercial flight Wednesday night just after it landed in Syracuse, and spent the next four hours questioning him about cyberhacking of planes.

The FBI interrogation came just hours after Fox News published a report on Roberts’ research, in which he said: “We can still take planes out of the sky thanks to the flaws in the in-flight entertainment systems. Quite simply put, we can theorize on how to turn the engines off at 35,000 feet and not have any of those damn flashing lights go off in the cockpit.”

No good deed goes unpunished.

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Obama Removes Cuba From Terror Sponsor List, Cuban Supported Terror Group Kills 10

16th April 2015

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On Tuesday, President Obama announced that the U.S. is removing Cuba from its state sponsors of terror list. Hours later, FARC, a terrorist group long supported by Cuba, murdered 10 Colombian soldiers and wounded 17 others in a terror attack on a military base.

Just another fine day in Obama-land.

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Students Renounce Their Citizenship to Save $100,000 Over Four Years

16th April 2015

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As recently as 2014, illegal immigrants in 22 states are eligible for lower-cost, in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.

While students residing legally or illegally in states such as California, Texas, Maryland, and Virginia are eligible for in-state tuition, legal immigrants, international students, and U.S. citizens from out of state continue to pay out-of-state tuition, often costing several thousand dollars more.

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One-Third of Americans Living Abroad Have Thought Actively About Renouncing Citizenship Due to Tax-Filing Requirements

15th April 2015

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I’m surprised it’s that low.

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A Troll Down Memory Lane

15th April 2015

David Cole walks us through a typical incident in Obama’s America.

By the time you read this, the Memories Pizza “gay wedding” story will have gone the way of every overhyped, outrage-inducing Internet meme, relegated to the “you’re still talking about this after two weeks?” graveyard of planned obsolescence. The story has completed its arc: ABC affiliate makes national news out of totally random small-town pizza shop owner’s hypothetical statement that she wouldn’t cater a gay wedding if asked; gays go nuts and pummel pizza shop; Christians and conservatives rally around pizza shop, raising nearly a million dollars through a crowdfunding campaign; gays decide that all of a sudden the story isn’t as important as they thought it was 24 hours earlier; people move on and balance is restored to the universe.

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The Green Party Manifesto Reads Like a Pamphlet for a Religious Sect

15th April 2015

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Because that is, essentially, what it is.

They’re having an election in Britain. Their elections are more entertaining than ours.

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Texas DPS Officials Reportedly Monitored Cartel Targets South of Mexican Border

15th April 2015

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Well, I should certainly hope so.

An elite reconnaissance team formed by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry in 2009 may have pushed the boundaries of international law, according to a published report.

Oh, cry me a river.

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More Anti-Libertarian Nonsense from the Left-Wing Center for American Progress

14th April 2015

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In 2010 the left-wing Center for American Progress published a monograph titled “The Progressive Intellectual Tradition in America.” Its purpose was to shine an admiring spotlight on the Progressive activists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, men and women who used government power to “promote true economic and social opportunity for all people.” The problem with that monograph, as I noted at the time, was that it failed to mention the Progressive movement’s widespread support for racist Jim Crow laws, sexist labor laws, and eugenics laws. It was, I concluded, “a fairy tale version of history, one that highlights what the authors see as the accomplishments of progressivism while totally ignoring anything that might detract from their lopsided narrative.”

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200,000 Desperate Britons Go ABROAD for Medical Care as NHS Waiting Lists Spiral

14th April 2015

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The rush, for everything from cardiology to cosmetic surgery, could be as much as three times Government estimates, a report will reveal this month.

Official figures put the number at 63,000 but a medical group found that vast numbers are so frustrated by NHS waiting lists they are scouring Europe for faster treatments.

 

How about that great free government-provided health care, hey? Don’t you just wish that we had a system like that in the United States.

Well, hold on, it’s coming….

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Yup, It’s Vegans Who Have Caused the California Drought

14th April 2015

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I always suspected as much.

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The Future of Identity Politics

14th April 2015

Richard Fernandez looks at the craziness of modern life.

As a child I saw an ad for movie — which I never watched — titled “Japanese Tank Versus American Armored Car”.  All these years I’ve wondered what I missed by not viewing that extraordinary confrontation. But there was no need to worry as more bizarre spectacles awaited. Decades later Twitter is alive with matchups for the next presidential like “Two White Histpanics Versus One Elderly Woman” or “Elderly White Woman Versus White-Looking Native American”.

If it sounds weirder than Nipponese Tank vs Detroit Armored Car it is because identity politics is being driven by the American kaleidoscope of identities into a kind of reductio ad absurdum. One Tweet captures how strange things look through the traditional liberal identity politics viewport now that Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have declared their candidacy for president.

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The State of the Nation

13th April 2015

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Why Is Hillary Clinton Even Running?

13th April 2015

Victor Davis Hanson does the big reveal.

Both Bill and Hillary have an uncanny insight into the very wealthy of Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Wall Street, the Upper West Side, and the Florida coast. They understand the formula: when many of the rich become very rich they no longer worry about high tax rates, either on the assurance that they have the capital and know-how to avoid them, or in the belief that that a 50% federal and state rate could hardly eat away much of their enormous pile. Huge federal redistributionist policies may fail and hurt the minorities and poor, but for now they are felt to be about the only insurance that the gates of the rich will not be stormed or their private schools and neighborhoods flooded.

The Clintons rightly sense that the one-percenters in certain fleeting moments feel awfully bad about their privilege. Thus they will feel much better about indulging their endless material appetites, if they give large tax-deductible contributions to the spread-the-wealth, help-the-helpless shtick of elite Democrats. The lifestyles of Hill and Bill over the last two decades reassure wealthy liberals that it is OK to wallow in the material good life as long as you pay occasional penance for such indulgence — and there is no better atonement than helping Hillary Clinton out in 2016 to speak truth to power. After all, with students facing $1 trillion in aggregate debt, Clinton marched into UCLA, check-listed some liberal nostrums for 30 minutes and walked away with $300,000 without a complaint — or about $165 in scarce university dollars for each second of her pieties. In other words, Hillary is running because she has invested enough in the past that the money will be harvested as never before in a presidential race.

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The Advent of the Chinese Imperium

12th April 2015

Gates of Vienna is rather dyspeptic this day.

The more I watch our Western culture deteriorate, the more I am convinced of the Arab Effect. I’m sure you’re aware of the glorification of homosexuality here and in Europe. It is unfortunate particularly because it has led to a new plague of modern pedophilia every bit as bad as the old Roman Imperium permitted its children to suffer. Always, we must begin by protecting the children.

My prediction is that western culture will go the way of Japan, that the next logical step after homosexuality is asexuality. I am seeiing an increase in this movement toward asexuality in the generation coming up. The children imbibe culture’s strengths and weaknesses, and when they process them via their sexuality, we are given a clear and obvious reflection of what’s going on in the culture’s collective unconscious, which is where our past and future are contained. (The collective unconscious is not tied to temporality in the same way we think of time.) What is occurring now is a kind of die-out via asexuality.

Despite our concerns, it is probable that the Arabs will not prevail. They’re not intelligent enough; sheer brutality isn’t enough. But I do think the Chinese will prevail eventually. They are buying up much of European and North American and South African real estate. Heck, they own the Panama Canal and a lot of port space on both sides of the North American continent. It’s likely that if ‘hostilities’ ever break out it will be the Chinese who win the whole enchilada.

Why? Because their very old culture is also very adaptable — for example, a state-controlled version of Christianity already exists since Christian doctrine and practices placed within a Chinese framework ensures the productivity and usefulness of its adherents. And there is the educational edict that children must learn Western musical notation and play the piano.Again, for utilitarian reasons: internalize Bach and Mozart at a young age and math intelligence increases. Yes, the Chinese are great cultural borrowers and they’re not borrowing anything from the Arabs, are they?

So get out your Chinese syllabary and start practicing. Just imagine the many varieties of patois that will develop (though I think they will be like the Romans and leave local customs in place). In the hierarchy of inherited intelligence the Asians are above the Negro and Caucasian. Only Ashkenazi Jews are ahead of them.

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How High Taxes and Regulation Are Killing One of the Most Prosperous States in the Nation

12th April 2015

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Upstate New York is becoming Detroit with grass.

Plenty of room for you guys in Texas. Remember, nobody ever retires and moves North.

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Scientists Seek Ban on Method of Editing the Human Genome

12th April 2015

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So much for the myth of the socially-irresponsible mad scientist.

Welcome to the Brave New World, where all the Chicken Littles gather together to petition the government to stop the sky from falling.

“But that trick never works!”

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NJ Teacher Suspended After Having Class Send ‘Get Well’ Cards to Cop Killer

12th April 2015

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What kind of class activity is this for elementary students?

Not hard to tell. I wager that the teacher, if not the class, is black, and is so steeped in Identity Politics that any black man who kills a cop, regardless of circumstance, is a victim of the Racism Inherent In The System and deserving of their support.

 

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The Case Against Gay Marriage: Top Law Firms Won’t Touch It

12th April 2015

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Of course not.

In dozens of interviews, lawyers and law professors said the imbalance in legal firepower in the same-sex marriage cases resulted from a conviction among many lawyers that opposition to such unions is bigotry akin to racism.

In other words, they’ve been successfully brainwashed by their elite schooling to believe what the Cool Kids believe.

But there were economic calculations, too. Law firms that defend traditional marriage may lose clients and find themselves at a disadvantage in hiring new lawyers.

In other words, as the cream of the new ruling class, Servants of the Crust and its Narrative, they know on which side their bread is buttered.

Representing unpopular clients has a long and proud tradition in American justice, one that experts in legal ethics say is central to the adversarial system. John Adams, the future president, agreed to represent British soldiers accused of murder in the 1770 Boston Massacre. Clarence Darrow defended two union activists who dynamited the Los Angeles Times building in 1910, killing 21 workers. Leading law firms today have lined up to defend detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, some accused of ties to Al Qaeda.

The Supreme Court has said criminal defendants are entitled to a lawyer. There is no right to counsel in civil cases, but most lawyers do not lightly turn away paying clients. Some lawyers, though, have been forced out of their firms for agreeing to take on clients opposed to same-sex marriage.

For all their prating about ‘tolerance’, ‘progressives’ are the chief bigots of the Western world.

Evan Wolfson, mentioned in the Times article, was a classmate of mine at Yale. He was a slimy little weasel then, and he’s a slimy little weasel now.

Be careful not to step in the diversity.

Steve Sailer has a more thorough fisking here.

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How Blue NYC Is Strangling Itself

11th April 2015

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New York’s transit woes are a portrait of the collapse of blue model in miniature. The factors that Renn argues are causing the high costs are the classic features of that out-dated system: burdensome regulations, cronyism, and corruption. The problems will be hard to solve because they are deeply rooted. Corrupt politics, rent-seeking crony capitalists, organized labor, NIMBY lobbies, administrative incompetence resulting from poorly organized and poorly run bureaucracies: it took a lot of cooks to spoil this broth.

But the good news is that studying America’s biggest problems and bottlenecks — like our expensive health care system, bloated higher ed system, collapsing infrastructure — offer us the chance to reform and redesign the outmoded systems that are holding us back. The old ways of doing things aren’t good enough any more; American society needs a new era of reform that can transform a social and political infrastructure developed for the needs of an industrial society to the smarter, sleeker and more efficient infrastructure that our emerging information society desperately needs.

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How Fracking Is Saving You Gas Money

11th April 2015

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All in all this will give the average U.S. household an extra $700 to save or spend this year. Shale has done a lot for our country, and while much of it has affecting overarching narratives of our country’s overall energy security, that $700 is a very real and very welcome number for millions of Americans.

‘Progressives’, of course, are against fracking, because they think it will cause earthquakes that will make California slide into the sea or something. Actually they’re against cheap gas for whatever reason, because they don’t want cheap gas — they want expensive gas, too expensive for people to use, because they’re against automobiles and want people to use bicycles and trains.

Giving up automobiles for bicycles and trains is, somehow, progress. Or else ‘progressives’ are actually a walking oxymoron. We report, you decide.

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Report: Hillary Changed Stance on Trade Deal After Donations to Clinton Foundation

11th April 2015

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

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Liberals and the End Game

10th April 2015

Freeberg has some thoughts.

This absolutely fascinates me. If you imagine liberals thinking about their goals the way normal people do about theirs, beginning with the end in mind and persevering through setbacks large and small — if you imagine them that way — you would have to credit them with optimism beyond the perimeter of sanity, plucky resolve that is just off-the-charts, inhuman. You would have to see them as bursting at the seams with exactly what they do not encourage in others. The attitude of: Don’t worry, you’ll win in the end. This is 180 degrees contrary to their message to everybody else, which essentially is one of: If you’re making $45k a year now, we can guarantee you will never make more than $55k in your whole life. You need social programs. Don’t try. Give up. The rich people have rigged the game. Go on “foostamps.”

Do liberals think about the end game? They have such enthusiasm, in those low trenches following their most disappointing setbacks, I know I’m not capable of matching it in mine. And so I don’t think of them that way, I think of them more like the dog chasing the car. Not a thought in the world about where this is all going, the possible scenarios, the victory, the defeat. There is only the pursuit. That’s why they pound the pavement just as hard when things aren’t going their way, as they do when they are. Just like the dog. I think.

The ‘progressive’ mind is locked into a certain intellectual loop: 1. Progress is inevitable (things get better because they always have), 2. There is no progress without change, 3. Since progress is inevitable, any change is good because it will ultimately lead to progress.

This is not purely a political belief system, but rather a religious belief system with a political agenda — much like Islam. Even when one points to changes that have had bad effects, the response is always ‘Well, be patient — everything will work out for the best.’ (‘The Best’, of course, from the ‘progressive’ viewpoint.) This is why spending trillions of dollars of tax money on a problem with only negative results leads to continued calls to throw good money after bad — in social welfare, in education, in any high-minded program you can think of. If progress has not occurred, it’s because we haven’t tried hard enough, we haven’t spent enough money, we haven’t had enough change.

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Nearly Half of U.S. Women Have No Children, Highest on Record

10th April 2015

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Unfortunately, it’s the wrong half.

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The Myth of ‘Marriage Equality’

9th April 2015

‘Marriage Equality’ is the trendy phrase homosexuals have come up with for their campaign to redefine the term ‘marriage’, attempting to piggyback on the good vibes that everyone has about the Civil Rights movement and ‘gender equality’. But, like every such tendentious weasel-phrase, it is a lie masquerading as a ‘greater truth’.

The simple fact is that homosexuals have, and always have had, ‘marriage equality’ — they have, and always have had, the same right to marry a person of the opposite sex than heterosexuals have, and always have had.

But that’s not what they want. They want a ‘right’ that no one, homosexual or heterosexual, has or has ever had: The right to ‘marry’ someone of the same sex. They call it ‘marriage equality’ so as to deceive the people on the left side of the bell curve (whose votes are just as good as yours). And a comparable status to marriage, with all of the same legal rights and benefits, isn’t enough; only a radical (reaching to the roots) re-definition of the settled ancient term ‘marriage’ will do.

So the next time you hear or read the phrase ‘marriage equality’, know it for what it is — a lie, dressed up to look like the truth.

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Crybabies Everywhere

9th April 2015

Freeberg calls them out.

Crybabies Everywhere

 

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Spy Fry: Smart Meters Explode in Californian Power Surge

9th April 2015

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Hundreds of smart electricity meters exploded in California after a truck crashed into a utility pole and caused a power surge on Monday.

More than 5,000 homes in Stockton have been affected, according to CBS Sacramento, following a surge caused by a rubbish lorry driver crashing into a utility pole and causing the pole’s top wire to touch its bottom wire.

“The top lines are considered our freeways. The bottom lines are our distribution lines taking power directly to homes,” a Pacific Gas and Electric spokesperson told CBS. “So when the two collide, they’re at different voltages and the higher voltage wins out, causing an overload.”

Yup, those are pretty smart meters all right.

Smart meters are a popular idea with governments and electricity companies around the world. In theory they might help to reduce energy consumption as well as furnishing energy suppliers with a lot of valuable information about their customers. A smart meter often allows a customer’s supplies to be shut off remotely; another benefit from the utility company’s point of view.

Your tax dollars (and corporate fascism) at work.

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Can Oregon’s Tiny Houses Be Part of the Solution to Homelessness?

9th April 2015

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Not while Oregan has blue-state zoning laws. Even Voice of the Crust The Guardian can’t get around that one.

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American Students Head to Germany for Free College

9th April 2015

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And then over to Britain for free health care! Just like when we were kids and Mom & Dad paid for everything!

All together now: We Won’t Grow Up!

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The Closing of the Campus Mind

9th April 2015

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“I can’t have you participate in class anymore.”

I was on my way out of class when my social welfare and policy professor casually called me over to tell me this. The friendliness of her tone did not match her words, and I attempted a shocked, confused apology. It was my first semester at the Hunter College School of Social Work, and I was as yet unfamiliar with the consistent, underlying threat that characterized much of the school’s policy and atmosphere. This professor was simply more open and direct than most.

I asked if I had said or done anything inappropriate or disrespectful, and she was quick to assure me that it was not my behavior that was the problem. No: It was my opinions. Or, as she put it, “I have to give over this information as is.”

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Two-Parent Advantage: A Bad Family Structure Trumps Good Economics

9th April 2015

George Will points out some inconvenient truth.

Fifty years ago this month, Moynihan, then a 37-year-old social scientist working in the Labor Department, wrote a report, “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action,” that was leaked in July. The crisis he discerned was that 23.6 percent of African American births were to unmarried women. Among the “tangle” of pathologies he associated with the absence of fathers was a continually renewed cohort of inadequately socialized adolescent males. This meant dangerous neighborhoods and schools where disciplining displaced teaching. He would later write: “A community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority . . . that community asks for and gets chaos.”

Academic sensitivity enforcers and race-mongers denounced him as a racist who was “blaming the victim.” Today, 72 percent of African American children are born to single women, 48 percent of first births of all races and ethnicities are to unmarried women, and more than 3 million mothers under 30 are not living with the fathers of their children.

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The Liberal Bubble: ‘They Can’t Fathom That Somebody Disagrees With Them’

9th April 2015

The Other McCain turns over a rock.

How do these bubbles develop? It’s the universities, stupid. Go back and read William F. Buckley Jr.’s God and Man at Yale. In 1951, Buckley described the way liberalism had become an unquestioned belief system inside elite academia. Once liberalism had attained hegemonic authority on university campuses, its intellectual prestige was assured. If it is “smart” to believe in, say, Keynesian economics, then impressionable young people who want to seem smart will parrot the Keynesian orthodoxies. Bad ideas that become fashionable in academia are thus diffused into the larger society, as all the smart young people are herded off to college and indoctrinated in these ideas, before entering careers with other college-educated people.

Liberalism is to academia what Islam is to Iran. If your worldview is decisively formed within the insular climate of an elite university, the equation “liberal = smart” is a formula you can never permit yourself to doubt, unless you are willing to admit that you have been hustled, scammed and bamboozled. A fellow with a diploma from Harvard or Stanford cannot confront the possibility that he has been swindled like an ignorant hick playing a carnival game at the country fair. This would inflict an irreparable injury to his self-esteem. He therefore seeks to avoid encounters with people who do not share his child-like faith in the Gospel of Liberalism. Thus, in any environment where liberals obtain power, they use that power to exclude and silence dissent. This is how liberals gained hegemony in our colleges and universities, in journalism and the entertainment industry, and how in the Obama Age they seek to institutionalize a Permanent Liberal Regime in government.

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Someone

9th April 2015

Richard Fernandez reviews these degenerate modern times.

No person’s education is complete without an acquaintance with nuts and bolts. Whether it concerns reassembling a a wheel or mounting a chain over sprockets, you learn there is nothing so fatal as disrespecting reality. Insignificant items like the order in which you tighten bolts or the thickness of little metal circles have an importance you never suspected.  Even the amount of tightening torque is important. The wholeness of your head may depend on a small detail like whether you installed a part the right way around.

Much of the unease which some feel toward the administration comes directly from the cavalier sloppiness of its work. Whether it is ‘forgetting’ to tell a judge that illegal immigrant work permits whose applications are before the court have already been granted or destroying evidence before they remember it had been subpoenaed or hearing Marie Harf cavalierly dismissing a joint letter by two distinguished former secretaries of state on the inadvisability of the Iran deal as “sort of, big words and big thoughts” — you get the sense of an indifferent crew, of people who got a pass for just being there.  Everywhere you look, there are parts left over where there should be none, things eerily rattling around inside the motor that should be silent and a weird kind of shimmy in joints that should have no play.

Care for detail is regarded as a form of sabotage or obstructionism. Mark Joseph Stern in Slate captured the attitude of many Obama supporters when he wrote, ”why do we still tolerate the Supreme Court?”

Already this term, the conservative justices look poised to strike down an anti-gerrymandering law and a restraint on judicial campaign finance. The court could also strip 8.2 million Americans of their health insurance thanks to a malicious, mendacious lawsuit. … If we want to curb the Supreme Court’s power, all we have to do is ignore it.

Why tolerate it indeed? He points out that “all we have to do is ignore it.”  They are like guys who find a part in the shipping box which has no obvious use to them and whose purpose they are too lazy to look up in the included manual. So they just toss the superfluous item in the trash reasoning it’s probably not important anyway.

I have an idea — Let’s ignore Roe v Wade or Brown v Board of Education and see how the hipsters react.

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The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much

8th April 2015

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BLUF: Taxpayer subsidies of tuition and loans has increased demand and so increased costs to match.

ONCE upon a time in America, baby boomers paid for college with the money they made from their summer jobs. Then, over the course of the next few decades, public funding for higher education was slashed. These radical cuts forced universities to raise tuition year after year, which in turn forced the millennial generation to take on crushing educational debt loads, and everyone lived unhappily ever after.

This is the story college administrators like to tell when they’re asked to explain why, over the past 35 years, college tuition at public universities has nearly quadrupled, to $9,139 in 2014 dollars. It is a fairy tale in the worst sense, in that it is not merely false, but rather almost the inverse of the truth.

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‘Mob’ Detains, Threatens Photographers Because Single Adults Are Probably All Pedophiles

8th April 2015

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To live in the US is to live in a nation of fears — most of them, irrational. The Department of Homeland Security — the eerily nationalistic-sounding phoenix that rose from the ashes of the World Trade Center — has done all it can to turn Americans into government informants, where they’re encouraged to turn in complete strangers for suspicious activities like not packing enough clothes or purchasing cookware.

The DHS fears nothing more than a person armed with a camera. If any citizen aims a lens at public transportation, infrastructure, certain manufacturing plants or government buildings, they’re assumed to be practicing the dark art of terrorism.

Note the scare-words ‘nationalistic-sounding’ — God forbid that we should be under the gaze of anything nationalistic-sounding.

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Tech Leaders Intensify Effort Against State Laws Considered Anti-Gay

8th April 2015

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Not ‘actually are anti-gay’, just considered anti-gay. In these degenerate modern times, appearance trumps reality.

You may ask, what business is it of ‘tech leaders’ whether certain laws are anti-gay? Are ‘gay’ people demonstrably superior at tech stuff?

Message: ‘We Love Big Brother, and So Can You! Ask Us How!’

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The Name of a Pie Led to the Most Fractious Debate in Google History

8th April 2015

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One day in 2008, a Google employee sent Chief Executive Larry Page the following email:

“This is from the menu today. If there is no good answer or action from the company I will quit in protest.”

The employee was referring to food being served at that moment in the cafeteria of Google’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. It was called “Free Tibet Goji-Chocolate Crème Pie.”

That email ended up finding its way to a companywide list. Dozens, then hundreds, and finally more than a thousand emails followed, in what was at the time the longest email-chain debate in Google’s history. Internally, those watching from the sidelines called it a “kilothread” and noted that it was also the fastest thread in Google’s history to exceed 100 responses.

The thread bounced back and forth across the globe, between Google’s many international offices, several of which are in mainland China. Some engineers were incensed that Google would imply that Tibet should be free, even in the name of a menu item. Others took the opposite stance. Yet others worried that this was an issue of free speech — if a chef couldn’t name a pie as he pleased, what kind of talk would be regulated at Google next?

Some simply wondered why there was so much fuss over the name of a pie.

Perhaps because Big Brother will not let you ignore the Narrative.

The chef who had put Free Tibet Goji-Chocolate Crème Pie on the menu was immediately suspended. Bock later reversed it.

Told ya.

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Treason and Corruption

8th April 2015

Mark Steyn pulls back the curtain and shows us the little man behind it.

At a so-called Easter “prayer breakfast”, President Obama, as is his wont, took another swipe at Christians….

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Rahm Emanuel Has Not Been Good for Chicago

8th April 2015

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Things must really be bad if a Voice of the Crust like Slate has to admit it.

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10 Ways Airlines Pull One Over on You

7th April 2015

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Yet more reasons not to fly.

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Heads Will Not Roll at Rolling Stone

7th April 2015

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And why ought they? They were just doing their jobs — pushing the Narrative regardless of facts or truth.

 

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Shooting the Prisoners in Indiana

6th April 2015

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In case anybody had any misconceptions, the Culture Wars are now over. The Brownshirts have won in an overwhelming manner. As Rod Dreher has recently pointed out, Gay, Inc. is now the reigning orthodoxy of the American Republic. All that is left now are a few mopping-up operations and shooting the prisoners.

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The Mask Slips on the Climate Scam

5th April 2015

Steve Hayward at Powerline pulls back the curtain.

Forget the scientific argument over climate change for the moment, or for that matter, assume that climate catastrophe is a certainty for purposes of discussion.  From the beginning the climatistas and their media cheerleaders have confined all policy discussion to one single track: suppress fossil fuels, even though no affordable, scalable substitutes for hydrocarbon energy is in sight.

The practical ideas for the suppression of hydrocarbon energy have taken two forms: the favorite is emissions trading (“cap and trade”), which failed in Congress when Democrats still enjoyed large majorities in both houses, chiefly because the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill was so chock full of special interest deals and cross subsidies that it became apparent even to honest environmentalists (yes—they meet in a phone booth at DuPont Circle) that the bill was a mockery of serious climate legislation.

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Why Do Progressives Hate Wal-Mart and Love Apple?

5th April 2015

Freeberg turns over a rock.

The workforce of Walmart is much more diverse than Apple’s. Walmart hires twice as many women and more than twice as many blacks as a share of its workforce than does Apple. As Steve Bartin points out on his blog, “We hear with enormous conviction by progressives that it’s important that a workforce looks like America.” Well, the data clearly show that Walmart is doing a much better job than Apple of hiring a workforce that “looks like America.”

Culture takes precedence, because the progressive agenda is first-and-foremost a cultural one, not an economic one. Over and over again we see these examples of certain selected well-heeled individuals and organizations escaping the proggie wrath that is all-but-expected to rain down, like fire from the heavens, upon anybody who makes too much, keeps too much, doesn’t manage to embrace, patronize, contract, employ the correct mix of pigments or sexual preferences. Certain names and certain brands get a pass.

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An Engineered Drought

3rd April 2015

Victor Davis Hanson blows the whistle.

California governor Jerry Brown had little choice but to issue a belated, state-wide mandate to reduce water usage by 25 percent. How such restrictions will affect Californians remains to be seen, given the Golden State’s wide diversity in geography, climate, water supply, and demography.

We do know two things. First, Brown and other Democratic leaders will never concede that their own opposition in the 1970s (when California had about half its present population) to the completion of state and federal water projects, along with their more recent allowance of massive water diversions for fish and river enhancement, left no margin for error in a state now home to 40 million people. Second, the mandated restrictions will bring home another truth as lawns die, pools empty, and boutique gardens shrivel in the coastal corridor from La Jolla to Berkeley: the very idea of a 20-million-person corridor along the narrow, scenic Pacific Ocean and adjoining foothills is just as unnatural as “big” agriculture’s Westside farming. The weather, climate, lifestyle, views, and culture of coastal living may all be spectacular, but the arid Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay-area megalopolises must rely on massive water transfers from the Sierra Nevada, Northern California, or out-of-state sources to support their unnatural ecosystems.

Now that no more reservoir water remains to divert to the Pacific Ocean, the exasperated Left is damning “corporate” agriculture (“Big Ag”) for “wasting” water on things like hundreds of thousands of acres of almonds and non-wine grapes. But the truth is that corporate giants like “Big Apple,” “Big Google,” and “Big Facebook” assume that their multimillion-person landscapes sit atop an aquifer. They don’t—at least, not one large enough to service their growing populations. Our California ancestors understood this; they saw, after the 1906 earthquake, that the dry hills of San Francisco and the adjoining peninsula could never rebuild without grabbing all the water possible from the distant Hetch Hetchy watershed. I have never met a Bay Area environmentalist or Silicon Valley grandee who didn’t drink or shower with water imported from a far distant water project.

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Arkansas Man’s Kidney Failure Stemmed From Too Much Iced Tea

3rd April 2015

Read it.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Remember When Home Depot Refused to Do Business With…?

2nd April 2015

Read it.

It was over a decade ago that purchasers representing a sometimes controversial segment of American society discovered that Home Depot had no interest in their business—in fact, it had a formal corporate policy against selling to them.

As it turned out, the move had little to to with a principled anti-war stance and everything to do with a principled anti-red tape stance. The federal government is a pain in the ass to deal with. With regard to a memo to store managers reiterating policy, Frank Fernandez, executive vice president and general counsel noted, “Since we have never been a federally approved contractor, our intent was to re-state our existing policy for our stores and associates and remind them of their responsibilities in complying with related rules.”

A Washington Post piece on the growing kerfuffle noted, “a firm that does $50,000 worth of business in a year with the federal government automatically becomes a federal contractor and must file reams of paperwork.”

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The War on the Private Mind

2nd April 2015

Kevin Williamson points out that EngSoc is already here.

There are two easy ways to get a Republican to roll over and put his paws up in the air: The first is to write him a check, which is the political version of scratching his belly, and the second is to call him a bigot. In both cases, it helps if you have a great deal of money behind you.

Tim Cook, who in his role as chief executive of the world’s most valuable company personifies precisely the sort of oppression to which gay people in America are subjected, led the hunting party when Indiana’s governor Mike Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, while Walmart, a company that cannot present its hindquarters enthusiastically enough to the progressives who hate it and everything for which it stands, dispatched its CEO, C. Douglas McMillon, to head off a similar effort in Arkansas, where Governor Asa Hutchison rolled over immediately.

There are three problems with rewarding those who use accusations of bigotry as a political cudgel. First, those who seek to protect religious liberties are not bigots, and going along with false accusations that they are makes one a party to a lie. Second, it is an excellent way to lose political contests, since there is almost nothing — up to and including requiring algebra classes — that the Left will not denounce as bigotry. Third, and related, it rewards and encourages those who cynically deploy accusations of bigotry for their own political ends.

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More Money

2nd April 2015

Read it.

A law raising the minimum wage to $12.25 an hour from $9 an hour recently went into effect in Oakland, California. And it’s leading daycare providers to raise prices and cut services and making some of the working poor fear they may not be able to find someone to care for their children while they work, not at rates they can afford.

Hey, Undercrust! Be careful what you vote for, you just might get it.

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A CEO Champions Gays (and CEOcracy): “The Party of CEOs” Is Emerging

2nd April 2015

Steve Sailer reports on a trend.

“This is a really important point that, you know, CEOs have a lot of power and control on investment in states and we want to invest in states where there is equality,” Benioff said.

“One thing that you’re seeing is that there is a third [political] party emerging in this country, which is the party of CEOs,” he said.

One that toes the Peter Pan Party line is not a ‘third political party’ but rather an wholly owned (or is it wholly-owning?) subsidiary of the Peter Pan Party.

I’ve always hated SalesForce and now I know why.

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