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Buying the Tesla of Buses

1st April 2015

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$1.2 million will buy you a bus that can go 170 miles on a single charge of batteries. The bus has 60 seats, which is just what is needed in Spokane, where the average bus carries just 9 people.

Spokane Transit previously persuaded voters to double the sales tax in 2004. The improvements made with that money led to a small increase in per capita transit ridership from about 25 trips per person per year to 27. Based on this, it doesn’t seem likely that another 50 percent increase in funding will do much to boost ridership.

Public transit in Left Coast cities is rather like the ICBM and nuclear weapons programs of countries like North Korea. It spends money that they really can’t afford on things that are pretty much for show, to demonstrate they they’re In With The In Crowd, but with little advantage for ordinary people.

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A Stanford Medical School Student Was Arrested for Poisoning Her Classmates’ Water Bottles

1st April 2015

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In her account to police, Zheng described her actions as a cry for help: “I am truly sorry for what had happened, but I really didn’t mean to harm people. And I… it was me crying out for help and I didn’t know.”

First thing you do, claim to be a victim. Hey, it almost worked for Ellen Pao.

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African Comedian Doesn’t Get That Defending Yourself with “How Is a Fact Racist?” Is Racist

1st April 2015

Steve Sailer points out some inconvenient truth.

Being a fact is what makes it racist. That the designated next host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, doesn’t get that cornerstone of political correctness troubles a lot of nice white liberals, no matter how many Pokemon points being born in Soweto gets him.

Poor guy needs to get with the program and bone up on The Narrative if he wants a future in media.

More here: Circular Firing Squad Assembles for “Daily Show” Replacement

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If Liberals Are the Good Guys, Why Do They Lie So Much?

31st March 2015

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‘Peak Hipster’ in San Francisco

30th March 2015

The Other McCain is on the case.

“Affordable housing” is one of those phrases, like “social justice” and “sexual equality,” that sounds like a good thing, until you realize it’s a license for totalitarianism. For most of us, “affordable housing” means living someplace where we can afford the rent. The advocates of “affordable housing,” however, always want to live someplace we couldn’t afford to live — a trendy urban location — and demand a system of taxpayer subsidies and/or burdensome regulations to force others to allow them to live in a high-rent community at below-market rates. To put it as simply as possible, they’re moochers and “affordable housing” is about protecting their right to mooch.

The enemy of affordable housing is “gentrification,” which is what happens when people with actual jobs who can afford to pay rent at market value start moving into a trendy urban location where the moochers live.

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ACA Has Pushed Insurance Premiums to New Heights

30th March 2015

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Hence the name ‘Affordable Care Act’. Government laws are always dependably named the opposite of the effect they will have.

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SalesForce CEO: I Can Do Business With Communist China, But Not Indiana

30th March 2015

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Just from looking at him I suspect that Indiana won’t miss him — or his people — all that much.

I wish to hell the Social Justice Warriors would boycott Texas. Save us a lot of work and improve the neighborhood, I can tell you.

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Weather Underground Bomber Unmasked — As City Schoolteacher

30th March 2015

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The “bomb guru” for the terrorist group the Weather Underground never served a day in jail — but he did spend decades teaching in New York City classrooms, a new book reveals.

Ronald Fliegelman built explosives for the Weather Underground, a far-left group that launched a domestic bombing campaign in the 1960s and ’70s, including one explosion inside NYPD headquarters.

But when the group dissolved, Fliegelman managed to safely fade away into the square life. For 25 years, he worked as a public special-education teacher, retiring to a quiet life in Park Slope, Brooklyn, according to “Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence” (Penguin Press).

‘And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.’

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NYT: Silicon Valley Should Imitate Detroit

29th March 2015

Steve Sailer ponders the Narrative.

For years, I had been pointing out that two world-beating sectors of the American economy, Silicon Valley and Hollywood, paid relatively little attention to the panoply of anti-discrimination regulations that weigh down the performance of America’s less globally competitive sectors, such as Detroit.

Recently, however, the Eye of Sauron has finally turned in the direction of Silicon Valley, with glances at Hollywood, too. In the New York Times, reporter / feminist crusader Claire Cain Miller explains that what Silicon Valley needs to cure it of its disease of entrepreneurial men innovating rapidly is lots of stifling bureaucracy. Silicon Valley needs to become more like Detroit.

Claire Cain Miller was the Voice of the Crust who led the charge in support of gold-digger Ellen Pao. Her message is quite clear: We lost this one, but we never forgive and we never forget — get with the program or you’ll wind up crushed.

Oh, and there’s a reason Apple and Microsoft spend millions in Washington freshening the trough, so you’d better start shelling out; nice tech industry you got there, be a shame if anything happened to it….

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Steven Salaita Brings His War on Civility to Stanford

29th March 2015

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The notion that words such as “civility” and “divisive” have clear definitions is under attack by academic moral relativists who grant themselves the right to twist words to mean whatever aids their quest for power. A recent Stanford University lecture co-sponsored by the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and titled “Academic Freedom in the Context of the Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Talk by Steven Salaita,” illustrated the point.

Salaita—the former Virginia Tech professor and author of Israel’s Dead Soul currently suing both the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and unnamed donors after his offer of a tenured professorship in American Indian studies was withdrawn due to his vitriolic, Israel-bashing, anti-Semitic tweets—delivered another in a series of nationwide lectures in which he portrayed himself as a martyr, valiantly battling the forces of “civility.”

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The Return of the Jolly Roger

29th March 2015

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Jeff Gerth and Sam Biddle at Gawker write that Hillary’s private email server acted as portal to a private intelligence network that included retired members of special operations, former CIA clandestine personnel and foreign informers.  Acting in some indeterminate capacity over it was Sidney Blumenthal, former aide to president Bill Clinton and now apparently a retainer to the family dynasty.  It was the compromise of Blumenthal’s emails by the Romanian hacker Guccifer that in part led to journalists to discover Hillary’s private email account.  Publicly available sources describe Guccifer as a taxi driver who penetrated the email accounts of the Bush family, Colin Powell and of course Sidney Blumenthal by sheer persistence.

All in all the emails provide a glimpse into the world of a great political family, conducting what at times appears to be a private policy and rewarding loyal individuals with access to governments who were influenced or indeed installed in power by the actions of the United States. “At least 10 of the memos deal in whole or in part with internal Libyan politics and the government’s fight against militants, including the status of the Libyan oil industry and the prospects for Western companies to participate.”  There is nothing overtly illegal described in the emails.

In medieval times, each great family depended on its ‘household’ (employees) and ‘affinity’ (supporters, retainers, relatives, and friends) in order to gain and exercise political power. For all their public displays, ‘progressvies’ prove with their every action that they are actually throwbacks to a more primitive time, and ought to be called ‘regressives’ instead.

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Diversity of Thought, Princeton Style

29th March 2015

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The Daily Princetonian reports that during the 2012 presidential campaign, 157 Princeton University faculty and staff members donated directly to the presidential candidates. Two of them gave to Mitt Romney; the rest gave to President Obama. The amount donated to Obama exceeded $169,000. The two donations to Romney amounted to $1,901.

Who were the two renegades that gave to Romney? One was James Shinn, a visiting lecturer at the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education. The other was Mark Oresic, a custodian.

Moral: Don’t send your kid to Princeton unless you — and your kid — are already socialists. It will end badly.

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“The Narrative”: A Genre of Shamelessness

29th March 2015

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Just in case you were not paying attention.

M. H. Abram’s A Glossary of Literary Terms notes that genres can be understood as “social formations.” In other words, the conditions of a particular society give rise to particular genres, and those genres persist as long as those conditions obtain. You can, in fact, tell a lot about a culture from the genres it produces. There is, for instance, a reflection of ancient Greece in the Homeric epics and a reflection of early-modern England in Elizabethan drama. Against august genres such as these, contemporary America fields very few legitimate competitors. But that’s not to say we don’t have our own characteristic forms, such as “The Narrative,” which is a species of fiction that Theden has covered on any number of occasions.

A recent news story out of Smyrna, Georgia, is a textbook specimen of this genre, exhibiting many of its typical tropes. The events that the story is based on are fairly straightforward: Police attempted to arrest young Black male Nicolas Thomas, who attempted to elude capture in a Maserati he carjacked for that purpose. At some point during the ensuing chaos, he began accelerating in reverse towards the officers, who then opened fire through the back window and killed him.

Were this story not a candidate for “The Narrative,” it would remain a somewhat depressing item on the local crime blotter. Since it does feature police officers shooting a young Black male, however, it receives a some customary embellishments to bring it in line with generic conventions….

In reality, shooting out the tires of car that’s speeding toward you isn’t likely to stop it, even if you have the action-hero ability to do so under pressure. And shooting out the radiator (blind, through the hood of a car in motion) would be even less effective. But the demands of this genre are such that even reasonable actions, such as opening fire on the person driving a few hundred pounds of metal at you, are just proof that the police were out to execute a poor Black child all along. They had all the options in the world, up to and including Vulcan neck pinches, but they went with the lethal route to satisfy their bloodlust.

There are, of course, other conventions of this genre that could be discussed: presentation of a clear-cut case as if “troubling questions” remained, attention to obviously biased testimony, euphemistic terms like “teen” used to refer to three-hundred-pound adults, and the like. But the tropes listed above are the salient ones in this entry.

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Brickbat: Good Cop, Bad Cop

27th March 2015

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San Diego police responding to a domestic disturbance call went to the wrong address, where one of them killed the homeowner’s service dog. Ian Anderson said that when he opened the door after the officers knocked, his dog came up behind him. One of the officers reached down to pet the dog. The other stepped back, drew his weapon and shot the dog.

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Antarctica’s Ice Melt Has Been Accelerating in the Last Two Decades

26th March 2015

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The prospect of large parts of New York and Washington under water fills me with giddy anticipation. Sadly, few of these Chicken Little angst-bombs come true. But I can dream….

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What Your Child Gets for Your $38,300 Tuition Check: New, Improved White Privilege

25th March 2015

Steve Sailer casts an eye on the Other Left Coast.

Here’s another installment in my continuing series Learning from New York. For my entire life, the residents of New York City have instructed the rest of America on what to believe. During the first half of my life, New Yorkers themselves seemed to more or less believe what they were telling the rest of us, and thus their great city deteriorated. During the second half of my life, however, New Yorkers stopped worrying about the disconnect between the advice they were ladling out for the hinterlanders and how they actually ran their own city. And New York City has consequently ascended to new extremes of safety and luxury.

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Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion

25th March 2015

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And about damned time, too.

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No Matter What You Do, Modern Liberals Will Tell You You’re Wrong.

25th March 2015

John Stossel turns over a rock.

From the 1930s to 1960s, as rich white people moved into New York City, urban planner Robert Moses got city bureaucrats to condemn and destroy busy black neighborhoods. The city called the neighborhoods “blighted” and moved many of the poor into rent-subsidized apartment complexes called “projects.” Many quickly became slums.

Now times have changed. Some rich, white people want to move into poorer, non-white neighborhoods because they like diversity (and cheaper real estate). So today the newcomers are attacked by liberals because they cause “gentrification.”

Guilty of being white and not-poor! Off with their heads!

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How the California Dream Became a Nightmare

24th March 2015

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Important attention has been drawn to the shameful condition of middle income housing affordability in California. The state that had earlier earned its own “California Dream” label now limits the dream of homeownership principally to people either fortunate enough to have purchased their homes years ago and to the more affluent. Many middle income residents may have to face the choice of renting permanently or moving away.

However, finally, an important organ of the state has now called attention to the housing affordability problem. The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) has published “California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences,” which provides a compelling overview of how California’s housing costs have risen to be by far the most unaffordable in the nation. It also sets out the serious consequences.

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These causes result from conscious political decisions. While California’s coastal counties do not have the vast stretches of flat, appropriately developable land that existed 50 years ago, building is increasingly  prohibited on that which remains (for example, Ventura County, northern Los Angeles county and the southern San Jose metropolitan area).

Demonstrating an understanding of economic basics not generally shared by California policymakers or the urban planning community, LAO squarely places the blame on the public policy limits to new housing construction:

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The Rules of Racialists — Part One

24th March 2015

Victor Davis Hanson sets out what you are allowed to think and say in Barack Obama’s America.

We live in such a strange world. Our government compiles exhaustive statistics on race and crime, but to cite them can be racist. Authors write, properly so, according to canons of racial propriety and careful consideration, and then newspapers print scary racist commentary that follows without worry over its repercussions. Elites of all races navigate around race and class in matters of choosing homes, schools, and entertainment, and then lecture others on their illiberal Neanderthalism for trying to poorly emulate, according to their reduced stations, the patterns of picking a home, school, or golf course embraced by a Barack Obama or Eric Holder — or Rev. Wright.

For now we need to review the rules that racialists use and to navigate carefully around them. The stakes are quite high.

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In Defense of a Beautiful Boss

21st March 2015

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It shouldn’t come as any surprise that someone out there writing for The Economist has a problem with the looks of our bosses.  Leftists have been waging a war against nearly every personal advantage for years: if they aren’t upset because your parents are rich, they’ll insult you because your parents are white, or maybe because you have a penis.  In their most unreasonable moments, they might even be upset that you deserve your own job.  It seems only reasonable to expect that sooner or later, they would be complaining about whether or not our bosses keep themselves in shape.

This is because at the heart of all leftism lies an unreasonable envy of all advantage (disguised as an advocacy of the disadvantaged) and an unhealthy hatred of actual diversity (disguised as an appreciation of difference).  They call life a meritocracy when your successful parents raise you to win, which is a lot like complaining that your parents raised you at all.  It’s almost enough to make you wonder whether they loathe the laws of cause and effect.  In the fight against all odds – not his, but everyone’s – the leftist hasn’t only forgotten that different people breed different people; he’s forgotten that different people are diversity itself, and that diversity, the thing he claims to be championing, means that someone is going to have natural advantages.

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Touring Portland’s Brand New Car-Free Bridge

21st March 2015

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Okay, it seems like now Portland is just showing off. The city is putting the finishing touches on the Tilikum Bridge, a multi-modal span that will serve buses, cyclists, pedestrians and trains — but no cars.

Hipster Portland has successfully regressed to 1900. Way to go, Portland.

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John Boehner Defies Conservatives, Goes Bold on Budget

21st March 2015

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Of course, ‘goes bold’ is Voice-of-the-Crust for ‘sells out’.

Headline you’ll never see: ‘Democrat President defies liberals, goes bold on budget’.

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Sun Setting on Daylight Saving Time? States Consider Alternative to Clock-Changing ‘Hassle’

21st March 2015

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Proponents of scrapping daylight saving time say it’s generally unnecessary, disturbs sleep patterns and has recently become even more complicated. In 1986, Congress extended daylight saving from a six- to seven-month period and extended it again in 2005 to eight months — mid-March to mid-November.

Indeed, since ‘standard’ time only applies for about a third of a year, it ought to be re-labeled ‘dayling spending time’ and the other one re-labeled ‘standard time’.

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Suspect Shot After Machete Attack at New Orleans Airport

21st March 2015

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A man armed with a machete and insecticide attacked two Transportation Security Agency workers at a New Orleans airport late Friday before he was shot multiple times by authorities, police said.

I wonder whether the usual Lame-stream Media hand-wringers will come out and probe into what AWFUL circumstances made this guy crack. But I suspect that they won’t.

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The Judenrein Future of Eurabia

20th March 2015

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All across Europe, Islamic and radical right-wing scum are strangely allied in their belief in the worldwide Jewish conspiracy. So we shouldn’t be surprised that the persecution of Jews is hitting its stride again. The exodus from France is only the tip of the iceberg. Anti-Semitic insults and smears have long since become “normal” again — including in Austria. The threshold for physical violence is sinking steadily. Smug European citizens look the other way (in irritation?) — like that other time in Vienna when Jews were allowed to clean the streets with toothbrushes. And the oh-so-humane Left chants anti-Semitic mottos in their demonstrations against Israel, but say nothing about this new mega-scandal.

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Why No One Trusts Environmentalists

20th March 2015

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It didn’t start with global warming: environmentalists have been distorting (and sometimes fabricating) facts for a long time. As a result, most people have learned to view environmentalists’ claims with skepticism. Here is a case in point.

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The Economics of the California Water Shortage

20th March 2015

Alex Tabarrok, a Real Economist, discovers that his Bullshit Meter has gone off.

California has plenty of water…just not enough to satisfy every possible use of water that people can imagine when the price is close to zero. As David Zetland points out in an excellent interview with Russ Roberts, people in San Diego county use around 150 gallons of water a day. Meanwhile in Sydney Australia, with a roughly comparable climate and standard of living, people use about half that amount. Trust me, no one in Sydney is going thirsty.

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New Series: Worst Professors in America

20th March 2015

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The other day we noted the tenured professor of sociology from Penn State, Karen Halnon, who ranted about Venezuela while lighting up a cigarette on an airplane. Surely she deserves to be Entry Number 1 in Power Line’s Worst Professors in America roster.

And barely three days later, we have out second distinguished professor to add to the roster: Pancho Savery of Reed College in Portlandia.

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Magic Bullet Fail: Obesity Rose Most in Areas of L.A. Where Fast Food Openings Were Banned

20th March 2015

Elizabeth Nolan Brown peeks behind the curtain.

Lawmakers want one type of eatery, one offending beverage, one no-no nutrient that, if abolished from American diets, will reverse the course on this whole obesity trend. Because what we actually need is a lot more nuanced and a lot tougher sell: widespread shifts in cultural atittudes toward food; increases in nutrition knowledge; and overhauling of food policies that kill innovation and subsidize the foods that are killing us. You can see why lawmakers prefer to focus on limiting the number of McDonald’s.

“Researchers agree that even without an empirical effect, policies can start conversations that change societal norms,” the Times states. Gwendolyn Flynn, nutrition policy director for Community Health Councils, “has noticed that at community meetings in South L.A., there is often fruit and water among the pastries and soda. ‘That’s huge,'” she said.

It might sound radical, but perhaps community meetings could provide fruit and water without a banning economic activity from South L.A.?

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Racial Trouble on Starbucks Island

20th March 2015

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This week, Starbucks Coffee Company announced its “Race Together” initiative, which encourages employees to strike up conversations with customers about race relations in America. Yes, you read that right. Baristas will be encouraged to write “Race Together” on cups, offering a gentle psychological nudge and suggesting it’s a good idea to discuss hot-button and largely misunderstood issues with complete strangers who are also armed with piping hot beverages.

Also, is it just me, or has that guy with the laptop at the prime corner table been locked in the same hunched-over position with his stuff sprawled all over for the past three days? Why isn’t he at a smaller table? Are those cobwebs in his beard? Wait. Is he even ALIVE? Welcome to Starbucks, friends. Let’s go talk to that guy about race. Maybe then he’ll actually leave.

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Fox Makes It Easy for Amnesty

20th March 2015

Mickey Kaus points a finger.

Most of the mainstream broadcast and cable networks avoided giving excessive coverage to the recent congressional fight over the Department of Homeland Security, which was all about Republicans trying to block Obama’s executive amnesty by attaching restrictions to DHS funding. NBC Nightly News went a step further and avoided mentioning the immigration issue even when covering the funding fight — treating the threat of a DHS shutdown as if it were some sort of out-of-the-blue natural disaster.

But it’s one thing for Dem-friendly NBC to go to bat for Obama’s causes.  It’s another if Fox does it too. Fox is supposed to be the feisty opposition network. You’d think it would wage a rousing campaign against Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which are surely wildly unpopular among its viewers, both because of their ends (de facto legalizing of illegals) and their means (presidential overreach).

You’d think that.  But you would be wrong.

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ACLU Sues TSA Over Behavior Screening Program

20th March 2015

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No doubt they want to make sure that it’s not designed to catch actual terrorists but rather reflects the diversity that is America.

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How Your Diet Soda-Drinking Habits Affect Belly Fat

19th March 2015

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Hint: It’s not good.

Over a period of nine years covered by the study, people who regularly drank diet soda gained almost triple the amount of fat in the abdominal area as those who didn’t consume it, researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio say.

Their increase in waist circumference was three times that of people who didn’t drink diet sodas, and even people who consumed diet soda only occasionally had double the increase over people who drank no diet soda, they reported in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Dear Azealia Banks, Please Feel Free to Leave America and Never Return

18th March 2015

Matt Walsh calls a bluff.

A black pop star/rapper named Azealia Banks posed for Playboy and, during the interview portion of the proceedings, went on a deranged rant against white people. She said she hates everything about America, hates white people, hates people from the middle of the country, hates white girls who work at Kmart, and wishes she could be paid reparations and then leave this nation.

Now, you might think, “well, a racist black celebrity spouting insults at white people, what else is new?” You’re right. Totally par for the course. And that’s the problem. We cannot just sit back and allow hatred and bigotry and elitist snobbery towards working class Americans to become something so totally acceptable and normal that we don’t even comment on it when it happens.

But rather than simply lecture Ms. Banks, I figured I would take her up on her proposition. I’m not usually the guy who tells people to leave the country if they don’t like it, but in this girl’s case, because she hates “everything about” this country and almost everyone in it, I really think relocation is the only feasible solution. In fact, she would be quite the hypocrite if she said these things and felt this way and still stayed here. That’s true of anyone who shares her views. It’s one thing to wish for our country to improve — I certainly share that desire — but if you hate it from an elemental level, if you hate everything about it, if you hate its history and its people and what’s left of its culture, then why in God’s name would you stick around?

Because just selling to black people wouldn’t earn her enough to keep her in the style to which she has become accustomed?

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Cuban Democracy Advocate Viciously Beaten by Castro’s Thugs

18th March 2015

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You remember Castro? Obama’s new Latin American buddy?

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Feds Unclear on the Concept of Birth Tourism

18th March 2015

Steve Sailer is irate.

I’ve been covering for at least 4 years the scandal of “birth tourism” — pregnant women from China paying a lot of money to hole up in Southern California for a couple of months so their upcoming baby can be granted the pecuniary benefits of American birthright citizenship — because the advertisements in Chinese are so clear about what chumps we Americans are with our schmaltzy ideas about immigration.

Finally, early this month the federal government raided 20 birth tourism operations in SoCal.

But it looks like most of the Chinese customers are going to get birthright citizenship for their future kid anyway, sending a message to foreigners to keep engaging in this scam.

Hm. Given the choice of which sort of people are getting anchor babies, I’d pick rich Chinese over poor Mexicans any day.

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Starbucks to Encourage Baristas to Discuss Race Relations With Customers

18th March 2015

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So much for shopping at Starbucks. I guess they want all the non-hipsters to go elsewhere. Good luck with that.

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‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ Was Built on a Lie

18th March 2015

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At least one writer at the Voice of the Crust Washington Post is forced to admit the truth.

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Say Goodbye to Employer-Provided Health Insurance

18th March 2015

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The whole point of Obamacare was precisely this, to mandate health insurance levels that people can only afford if subsidized by the government, and thereby nail down another corner of dependency on government.

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The Spiritual Shape of Political Ideas

17th March 2015

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Every day she must search her conscience. Every day she must confront her flaws—discern the dark that dwells within her, seek the grace to turn toward the light. Oh, she is a moral person, she believes: good willed and determined to do good deeds, instructing us all about the heart’s deep iniquity. But even she, Kim Radersma, a former schoolteacher now preaching our bondage to sin—even she still feels the fault inside her. Even she must struggle to be saved. And if someone like Kim Radersma has to fight the legacy of inner evil, think of all that you must do. Think how far you are from grace, when you do not even yet know that you are lost and blind.

In another age, Radersma might have been a revivalist out on the sawdust circuit, playing the old forthright hymns on a wheezy harmonium as the tent begins to fill. In a different time, she might have been a temperance lecturer, inveighing in her passion-raw voice against the evils of the Demon Rum. In days gone by, she might have been a missionary to heathen China, or an author of Bible Society tracts, or the Scripture-quoting scourge of civic indifference—railing to the city-council members that they are like the Laodiceans in Revelation 3:16, neither hot nor cold, and God will spew them from his mouth.

But all such old American Christian might-have-beens are unreal in the present world, for someone like Kim Radersma. Mockable, for that matter, and many of her fellow activists today identify Christianity with the history of all that they oppose. She wouldn’t know a theological doctrine or a biblical quotation if she ran into it headlong. And so Radersma now fights racism: the deep racism that lurks unnoticed in our thoughts and in our words and in our hearts.

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China Mobilizes Forces on Burmese Border

17th March 2015

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At least the Communist Chinese won’t come whining to us to kiss it and make it better.

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Woman Arrested for Smoking on Plane, Yelling About Venezuela for 2 Hours

17th March 2015

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On a flight from Nicaragua to Miami Sunday, a woman decided to test American Airlines’ “no smoking” rule by lighting up on the plane. Even though everyone had seen her (and some of her fellow passengers were taking video), she tried to pin it on the guy sitting next to her. As in-flight annoyances go, smoking in an enclosed cabin is pretty bad—but that’s just scratching the surface of what happened in this airborne waking nightmare.

The passenger, later identified as 52-year-old Penn State-Abington sociology professor Karen Bettez Halnan, stood up and began yelling that the United States had declared war on Venezuela, for reasons having something to do with Exxon-Mobil.

Since she’d already been told the police would be meeting the aircraft to take her off the plane, she decided she’d just finish “saying her piece.” She reportedly continued for two hours.

No wonder they hate gringos down there.

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A Phone Used to Be a Helpline. Now It’s a Device Used to Film People in Distress

17th March 2015

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A pal recently told me a story. It was about a friend of theirs who had been travelling on a train last summer, one of those old fashioned trains, with the windows that let you open the door from the outside. He was leaning on the door with his arm resting outside when another train suddenly passed by and clipped his hand. His wrist snapped. There was blood everywhere. He turned back into the carriage and was relieved to see his fellow travellers reaching for their phones. He assumed they were dialling for help. But he quickly realised he was wrong. They were in fact taking photos.

I was reminded of this somewhat grim story today, after I read about a man from Telford who had committed suicide on Saturday. The suicidal man had been perched on top of a multi-storey car park and beneath him, a group of onlookers goaded him to ‘jump and get on with it’. Members of the crowd took selfies and filmed the drama on their phones. The man jumped, and the onlookers, presumably, got the shot they were after.

Video of a sensational accident = Big bucks from a tabloid.

911 assistance call = priceless (i.e. no value for the dialer)

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Philly Musician Killed on Appalachian Trail Loved Hiking

16th March 2015

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With results as you see them. Let that be a lesson to us all: It’s lovely out in the woods at night, but safer to stay at home.

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Low Information Shooters: An Update on Ferguson

16th March 2015

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It is likely that every authority in William’s life, every authority that he trusts, unanimously agrees that the Ferguson police department is a cadre of racist cops who look to hurt him and his fellow Blacks. He hears this, in various flavors, from the news; he hears it from leaders of the “Black community” like Crump and Sharpton; he hears it from any Black church that he may attend; and, of course, he hears it from the likes of Obama and Holder in DC. The words may change from source to source, but the message is constant: “The cops are hateful bigots who mean you harm.”

Do we, as a society, expect a person like Williams do develop a more sophisticated view of his own situation in spite of his constant exposure to this narrative? Do you? If not, then it shouldn’t surprise us when he and people like him murder or attempt to do so. In their minds, they are striking back against a hostile institution, against the boot on their throat, against the source of all their woes. They are acting on low information. They are acting on propaganda.

Our understanding of and our response to Ferguson has to take this dynamic into account. Individuals like Williams must be punished for their crimes, but the vast matrix of professional liars who egged them on must be called to account as well. In many ways, a Williams is just a symptom. They are the disease.

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America Is Full of Slackers and Deadbeats Who Won’t Work

16th March 2015

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And many of them occupy elective office.

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Britain’s Housing Crisis Is A Human Disaster. Here Are 10 [Statist] Ways To Solve It

15th March 2015

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The Guardian, of course, is determined to call upon government to solve a problem that government action caused, by land use restrictions and greenbelt requirements. When you lower the supply of something and the demand remains the same, prices go up, sometimes a lot. This is a concept to which people whose notion of economics begins and ends with Marx are impervious.

“Every day I cry,” says an activist on a stall in Stratford, east London, that is shared by housing campaign Focus E15 and the Revolutionary Communist party. “How many thousands of people are suffering?”

Personally, I think that anything that makes an activist cry probably has much to recommend it. But that’s me.

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Seattle’s New Minimum Wage Law Takes Effect April 1 but Is Already Leading to Restaurant Closings and Job Losses

15th March 2015

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I guess the ‘progressive’ hipsters in Seattle want to get rid of all those underclass dweebs that are cluttering up their city.

 

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Entire New 13-Story Building Tips Over in Shanghai

15th March 2015

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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