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Russia Firing Artillery Across Border at Ukrainian Military

25th July 2014

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“We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

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Bring Back the Firing Squad

24th July 2014

The Other McCain has a great idea.

 Joseph R. Wood III was 30 when he murdered his ex-girlfriend, Debbie Dietz, 29, and her father, Gene Dietz, 55, in Tucson in 1989. Because our legal system has been encumbered by federal court concessions to the “rights” of murderers, it took 25 years to impose justice on this cowardly hateful killer. Also, because of concessions to the Murderers’ Rights Movement, effective methods of capital punishment — the noose, the firing squad, the gas chamber, the electric chair — have been outlawed, replaced by lethal injection drugs, so that those who callously take human life can be dispatched in a “humane” manner.

This is the guy concerning whom all of the Special Snowflakes are upset because it apparently took him a couple of hours to die. I have no sympathy for him, and nothing but contempt for those who ignore the victims and weep for the victimizer.

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Democrats: The Party of Theft

24th July 2014

The Other McCain nails it.

It’s not merely that they steal money from taxpayers. Democrats are just generally dishonest and untrustworthy….

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Four Students Robbed at Gunpoint on Gun-Free Campus in Ohio

23rd July 2014

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“Victims! Get your unarmed victims here!”

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Top Three Super PAC Donors Are Superrich Liberals

22nd July 2014

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How can that be? Harry Reid said that the Democrats don’t have many billionaires.

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Israel Supporters Attacked by Crowd Shouting ‘Kill Jews’ in Canada

22nd July 2014

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The victims said they were just trying to express their support for Israel when an angry mob of pro-Palestinian demonstrators surrounded them, began shouting anti-Semitic slogans, and then proceeded to aggressively beat the family, which included a 22-year-old girl and a 52-year-old woman who had recently had stomach surgery.

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Occupy Protester Threatened to Kill Two Officers’ Families

22nd July 2014

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The Occupy Wall Streeter who once sobbed in court because she had to appear in the same dress twice also threatened to kill two cops’ families, court papers show.

Couture-crazed protester Cecily McMillan — who became a poster child for OWS indignation after socking a cop in the eye in 2012 — was arrested again in December 2013 during a subway scuffle.

She was busted after allegedly urging two turnstile jumpers not to cooperate with a pair of cops in the Union Square subway station — and then made death threats against the officers, according to the papers.

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40 Shot, 4 Killed in Chicago This Weekend, Including 11-Year-Old Girl

21st July 2014

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

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Commies in Anaheim?

20th July 2014

The Other McCain blows the whistle.

ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) is a front for the Marxist revolutionary Workers World Party. This is simply a fact, but a fact routinely omitted from media coverage of ANSWER protests. This was the case in California, where the local CBS affiliate deliberated ignored the communist orientation of this weekend’s “march against police brutality” in Anaheim….

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The Plot Against Merit

20th July 2014

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As Ting’s story illustrates, however, the reality is just the opposite. It’s not affluent whites, but rather the city’s burgeoning population of Asian-American immigrants—a group that, despite its successes, remains disproportionately poor and working-class—whose children have aced the exam in overwhelming numbers. And, ironically, the more “holistic” and subjective admissions criteria that de Blasio and the NAACP favor would be much more likely to benefit children of the city’s professional elite than African-American and Latino applicants—while penalizing lower-middle-class Asian-American kids like Ting. The result would not be a specialized high school student body that “looks like New York,” but rather one that looks more like Bill de Blasio’s upscale Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn.

‘Merit’, in the eyes of ‘progressives’, is a function of who you are rather than what you can do. In that sense, they are deeply regressive. Like the European nobility, they regard who you came from as being far more important than what you can produce. This is one of the biggest con jobs in human history.

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$500K Clinton Lunch Bidder Told: It Costs Double to Bring Kids

18th July 2014

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A mogul spent six figures to win lunch for two with Bill and Hillary Clinton at a charity auction benefiting the Clinton Foundation — but when the winner asked to bring his two kids along, he was told he’d have to double his bid to $1 million.

And that tells you everything you need to know about Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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Racists Are Everywhere: Piledriver Edition

17th July 2014

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Nothing generates that sweet, sweet digital ad revenue quicker and more effectively than calling something “racist,” then reverse engineering the why and wherefore. It’s cheap and trite, but so is the rest of American culture.

The Atlantic’s claim rests upon the supposed fact that no one of the black persuasion has ever held the WWE’s top title. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson—with his Essence and Ebony cover appearances and father Rocky “Soulman” Johnson—doesn’t count, because he’s half Samoan and comes from a wrestling family, which makes him “not black” through some manner of social justice wizardry.

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June 16, 1950: The Chaplain-Medic Massacre

16th July 2014

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The Chaplain–Medic massacre was a war crime that took place in the Korean War on July 16, 1950, on a mountain above the village of Tunam, South Korea. Thirty unarmed, critically wounded United States Army soldiers and an unarmed chaplain were killed by members of the North Korean army during the Battle of Taejon.

Remember that when thinking about dealing with Communists.

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Public Universities Fight Veterans Groups Over Bill Calling for In-State Tuition for Veterans

15th July 2014

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I don’t know why there should be any problem, plenty of public universities offer in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. Don’t veterans deserve as much if not better?

You would think….

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Former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow, Mark Shurtleff Arrested

15th July 2014

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Both Republicans, which shows that the rot is not confined to the Democratic Party.

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Chicago Weekend Violence: 3 Dead, 28 Wounded, and a Riot at Montrose Beach

15th July 2014

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

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“One of the Best Illustrations You’ll Ever Find of the Liberal Cocoon”

15th July 2014

Freeberg has the scoop.

John Scalzi, author of Redshirts & other fine science-fiction works, has engaged in some Internet bragging about — um — not being able to press as much as his daughter. Somehow, “revoking the Man Card” doesn’t seem adequate for this.

Let it be known that my daughter can lift more than I do. Because she’s on her school’s weightlifting team, and also because she’s awesome.

I’ve seen John Scalzi, and it doesn’t surprise me a bit that his daughter can lift more than he can.

Ah, well. John is more sensible than most.

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Church of England to Allow Female Bishops

15th July 2014

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Good retirement part-time job for the Queen if she decides to step down.

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Billionaire’s Breakup Plan Would Chop California Into Six States

15th July 2014

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Timothy Draper, a founder of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that has invested in Twitter, Skype and Tesla, among other companies, has been agitating for months for a ballot initiative to chop the most populous U.S. state into smaller entities.

“It’s important because it will help us create a more responsive, more innovative and more local government, and that ultimately will end up being better for all of Californians,” said Roger Salazar, a spokesman for the campaign. “The idea … is to create six states with responsive local governments – states that are more representative and accountable to their constituents.”

 

Most important of all, however, it will give the Democrat Party twelve Senators in place of two. This guy must be one of the billionaires that the Democrats allegedly don’t have.

Proponents say the division would help create a more business-friendly environment, solve the state’s water issues, and ease traffic congestion.

 

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

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Are the Authoritarians Winning?

13th July 2014

Michael Ignatieff is afraid that the answer is ‘Yes’.

For the first time since the end of the cold war, the advance of democratic constitutionalism has stopped. The army has staged a coup in Thailand and it’s unclear whether the generals will allow democracy to take root in Burma. For every African state, like Ghana, where democratic institutions seem secure, there is a Mali, a Côte d’Ivoire, and a Zimbabwe, where democracy is in trouble.

In Latin America, democracy has sunk solid roots in Chile, but in Mexico and Colombia it is threatened by violence, while in Argentina it struggles to shake off the dead weight of Peronism. In Brazil, the millions who took to the streets last June to protest corruption seem to have had no impact on the cronyism in Brasília. In the Middle East, democracy has a foothold in Tunisia, but in Syria there is chaos; in Egypt, plebiscitary authoritarianism rules; and in the monarchies, absolutism is ascendant.

In Europe, the policy elites keep insisting that the remedy for their continent’s woes is “more Europe” while a third of their electorate is saying they want less of it. From Hungary to Holland, including in France and the UK, the anti-European right gains ground by opposing the European Union generally and immigration in particular. In Russia the democratic moment of the 1990s now seems as distant as the brief constitutional interlude between 1905 and 1914 under the tsar.

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Why Jobs Are Scarce, Wages Low, and Government Can’t Help

13th July 2014

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Older enterprises like Ford and younger ones like Google that form the manufacturing and technology economy of the 21st century need more tech-savvy workers than universities and community colleges provide. However, even if enough liberal arts and business programs could retool to produce all the science, math, technology, and engineering graduates needed, the remaining programs would still produce many more non-STEM graduates than the economy could absorb.

Similarly innovators often don’t need a lot of money to create valuable new enterprises or expand established businesses. Consider that many young people create profitable apps and marketing platforms on their laptops, and major corporations are flush with billions in cash and too few opportunities to deploy it.

Consequently, established companies and individual investors bid up prices for young enterprises, whose owners wish to cash in on their initial success, and pay astronomical sums for the initial public offerings of companies like Facebook. They bid up prices for stocks, bonds, and collectables, and drive down yields on dividend-paying stocks and interest rates on bonds and CDs.

To generate enough jobs, the economy must create lots of service businesses beyond the ecosystems of manufacturing and technology — everything from restaurants to retirement homes, but government regulations dictating wages, sick leave, and health benefits drive many services offshore. That’s why credit card call centers and even some back office legal services are in Asia.

Modern businesses increasingly need highly intelligent, highly educated workers. Government regulations act as a tariff on employing domestic workers who are less intelligent and less educated, which is why domestic businesses are outsourcing such work overseas where such workers don’t cost more than they’re actually worth economically. Government attempts to make sure that the Underclass make a ‘living wage’ merely ensure that they don’t have any jobs at all.

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Government Union Drops Black Interns Because of Koch Relationship

13th July 2014

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AFSCME’s relationship with the UNCF revolved around their Union Scholars Program, in which sophomore- and junior-year college students could work with AFSCME during the summer and receive scholarship support aftwerward [sic].

That program will cease on Sept. 1.

“We must hold ourselves to the same standards that we promote through the Union Scholars Program,” [union president Lee] Saunders wrote. “To practice what we preach, to fight for social justice, and to stand up for what we beleive [sic]. I cannot in good conscience face these students or AFSCME’s members if I looked the other way and ignored your actions.”

I’m sure Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton will get right on that. (snort)

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The Crisis on the Border

12th July 2014

Peggy Noonan sees through the man behind the curtain.

Meanwhile some in the conservative press call the president incapable, unable to handle the situation. But he is not so stupid he doesn’t know this is a crisis. He knows his poll numbers are going to go even lower next month because of it. He scrambled Wednesday to hold a news conference to control a little of the damage, but said nothing new.

There is every sign he let the crisis on the border build to put heat on Republicans and make them pass his idea of good immigration reform. It would be “comprehensive,” meaning huge, impenetrable and probably full of mischief. His base wants it. It would no doubt benefit the Democratic Party in the long term.

The little children in great danger, holding hands, staring blankly ahead, are pawns in a larger game. That game is run by adults. How cold do you have to be to use children in this way?

That’s the best summation of the essentially hollow character of Barack Obama that I’ve yet read.

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Virginia Dem Offers $100,000 for Nude Photo of Texas Tech Cheerleader Kendall Jones

12th July 2014

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Congressional candidate Mike Dickinson (D-VA) is offering $100,000 to anyone who can provide him with a nude photograph of Texas Tech Cheerleader Kendall Jones.

On July 5 Breitbart News reported Jones was receiving death threats and had become the object of a “Kill Kendall Jones” Facebook page because of photos she posted from African hunts. On July 9, Facebook removed all Jones hunting photos and later that day, after public outcry, also shut down the “Kill Kendall Jones” page.

And the feminist say … [chirp] … [chirp] … [chirp] ….

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The “War on Meat” Will Make the “War on Coal” Look Tame.

11th July 2014

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Put down that burger you irresponsible carnivores! Why? Because munching steaks, burgers, and chops significantly increases the carbon footprint of meat-eaters and thus their contribution to man-made global warming. So says a new study, “Dietary greenhouse gas emissions of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the UK,” in the journal Climatic Change.

Oh noes!

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Everything Is Wrong

11th July 2014

Gavin McInnes has the scoop.

When Nicolas Sarkozy banned the burqa, the feminist reaction was “How dare he?” To the left, multiculturalism trumps all other -isms, so if nonwhites insist that women walk around in black polyester bags all summer, all the girl power to them.

A not uncommon reaction when something like this happens is to say, “Well, we’re just as bad.” In this case it was the Daily Show drawing parallels between Muslim garb and high-heeled shoes. They’re just as sexist, all right? The fact that women wear them on girls’ night out, when they rent a karaoke room with the gals and no boys are allowed, is irrelevant. So is the part where we don’t cane or beat women who refuse to wear them. We just sigh. Chuck Taylors may not be racist but high heels are definitely sexist.

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Facebook Deletes ‘Kill Kendall Jones’ Page Under Grassroots Pressure

11th July 2014

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On July 9, Facebook deleted the hunting photos from Texas Tech Cheerleader Kendall Jones’ page. Outrage ensued because the Facebook page “Kill Kendall Jones” was allowed to stand. After a tsunami of complaints, Facebook was forced to delete the “Kill Kendall Jones” page too.

Mark Zuckerberg and the people he’s recruited at Facebook are very bright people technically but socially and politically still products of the Crustian education they’ve received; much the same can be said of Silicon Valley denizens in general.

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Anthony Cumia and the Inverted Samurai of the American Ghetto

11th July 2014

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In old Japan, it was illegal to be an asshole to a samurai if you weren’t a samurai. In modern-day America, it’s technically illegal for anyone to attack anyone—even for Blacks to attack Whites—and it’s legal for Whites to say bad things about individual Blacks, but the former goes unpunished and the latter does not. De jure is not always de facto: it doesn’t matter whether something is legal if you’ll still lose your job for it.

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The New Old Europe

11th July 2014

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As Wergin wrote in a New York Times op-ed on July 8, he found himself increasingly unable to distinguish the rhetoric of Washington, D.C., from the rhetoric of Brussels. Last year, when the United States threatened military action against Syria, only to reverse itself overnight and become partners with the Assad government in the destruction of the tyrant’s declared stocks of chemical weapons, Wergin was struck by an insight. “I suddenly understood the problem with this American president and his foreign policy,” he wrote. “He sounded just like a German politician: all moral outrage, but little else to help end one of the most devastating civil wars of our age.” The recognition left him with a feeling not of elation but of disappointment. “President Obama, I thought with a sigh, has become a European.”

Dude, he always was a European. He was raised to be a European, offspring of a white Leftist and a Third World parasite.

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Union Cuts Ties With United Negro College Fund Over Kochs

11th July 2014

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One of the largest U.S. labor unions cut ties with the United Negro College Fund this week, accusing the organization of “betrayal” after it accepted a $25 million grant from the billionaire Koch brothers, the union said Thursday.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, said President Lee Saunders wrote to UNCF President Michael Lomax Tuesday, saying in the letter that he was “deeply troubled” by the grant and then “stunned” when Mr. Lomax later spoke at a Koch brothers summit in California.

I guess supporting the Democrat political agenda is more important than educating black kids. Glad we got that cleared up.

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Atheist Progressive Makes Rape Threat About Conservative’s Teen Daughter

11th July 2014

The Other McCain is on the case.

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

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‘Death Train’ Strands 1,300 Migrants Making Trip to US Border

11th July 2014

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Reuters reported that “a cargo train” nicknamed “the Beast,” which is “used by Mexicans and Central Americans to travel toward the U.S. border,” derailed on Wednesday in Oaxaca, Mexico.”

About 1,300 migrants, many of whom were “young people,” were reportedly stranded but not injured while riding what others have referred to as “El Tren de la Muerte,” or Death Train.

As Breitbart Texas has reported, “children who travel via Death Train must jump onto a moving freight car” and “minors who cannot successfully pull themselves onto the traveling cars fall onto the tracks” and “many are left with extreme injuries,” like losing arms and legs.

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Many Children Crossing US border Illegally Will Get to Stay, Data Suggests

11th July 2014

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

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Two Robberies at Target Since Chain Asked Law-Abiding Citizens to Shop Unarmed

10th July 2014

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On July 2 Breitbart News reported that interim Target CEO John Mulligan “respectfully” asked law-abiding citizens not to bring their guns in Target stores.

Since then, Gainesville, Georgia, police have arrested three over a Target parking lot robbery and are looking for another man who punched a woman and stole her Mercedes at a Decatur, Georgia, Target as well.

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

Within two weeks of asking law-abiding citizens to leave their guns home, two Jack in the Box stores were robbed, and a shooting took place at a third.

Boy, the world is just full of surprises.

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Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10 Years for Bribery, Money Laundering

10th July 2014

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.

Nagin was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Nagin’s support for various projects. The bribes came in the form of money, free vacations and truckloads of free granite for his family business.

Yet Another Crooked Democrat Politician.

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A Window Opens Onto the Left-Wing Conspiracy

9th July 2014

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The Democracy Alliance is not a famous organization, but it deserves to be. The Alliance consists of approximately 100 rich liberals who have taken upon themselves the task of coordinating America’s many left-wing organizations to promote a single radical agenda. The Alliance does not publicize the names of its members, but it held a conference for its “partners” and membership prospects in April, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel (naturally) in Chicago. Someone who attended the conference unfortunately (heh) left his or her copy of the documents passed out by the Democracy Alliance behind, and they eventually fell into the wrong hands. Ours.

What do you know — there actually is a vast Left-wing conspiracy. No wonder they keep accusing the Right of being one.

There is always a certain dissociation when leftists gather at a Ritz Carlton hotel to discuss their commitment to the poor. It is impossible not to laugh at this invitation to a dinner with Katrina vanden Heuvel, the heiress who bought and now runs the Nation magazine, a Communist publication, and New York’s newly-elected mayor Bill de Blasio. They will discuss “New York’s path to social and economic equality.” Sure: in the world to come, the hedge fund manager will share his income equally with the doorman, and Miss vanden Heuvel will divide her inheritance with New York’s poor.

Politicians like Harry Reid have denounced Charles and David Koch and others who contribute to conservative causes as “shadowy,” “secretive” people who infest politics with “dark money.” In that context, it is worth noting that most of the groups to which the Alliance and its elite liberal members contribute are 501(c)(4)s that do not disclose their donors. In fact, this question is addressed in a “FAQ” in one of the DA documents:

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Man Chokes to Death at South Dakota Hot Dog Eating Contest

9th July 2014

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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‘Academically Adrift’

8th July 2014

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If the purpose of a college education is for students to learn, academe is failing, according to Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, a book being released today by University of Chicago Press.

The book cites data from student surveys and transcript analysis to show that many college students have minimal classwork expectations — and then it tracks the academic gains (or stagnation) of 2,300 students of traditional college age enrolled at a range of four-year colleges and universities. The students took the Collegiate Learning Assessment (which is designed to measure gains in critical thinking, analytic reasoning and other “higher level” skills taught at college) at various points before and during their college educations, and the results are not encouraging….

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Former Government Officials Find Lucrative New work in Higher Education

8th July 2014

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To the list of defense contractors recruiting retiring Pentagon officials, corporate law firms hiring former SEC and Justice Department officials, and trade associations signing up former senators, add another new hot recruiting field for the private sector. Universities are snapping up employees with experience related to the federal Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, which is in charge of enforcing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

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Illegal Immigrants Sending Billions Back to Home Countries

8th July 2014

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Central American nations may have no incentive to prevent migrants from flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border because of the billions of dollars of remittances that illegal immigrants who are able to stay in the United States are sending back home.

The report estimates that remittances to El Salvador from those in the United States totaled $3 billion in 2010 but ballooned to an estimated $4.2 billion in 2013, which is 16% of El Salvador’s GDP.

Remittances to Guatemala from those in the United States totaled $3.76 billion in 2010 and increased to $4.4 billion in 2012, which is 10% of Guatemala’s GDP.

And remittances to Honduras from those in the United States totaled $2.3 billion in 2010 and increased to $3.2 billion in 2013, which equaled 20% of Honduras’s GDP.

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Bill of Sale

8th July 2014

Mark Steyn follows the money.

Toronto Dominion is a Canadian bank which also operates south of the border under the amusing name of “TD – America’s Most Convenient Bank®”. It’s certainly proved remarkably convenient for Bill Clinton. TD has paid millions to the future first First Gentleman of the United States, during his wife’s tenure as Secretary of State and in her ongoing role as designated President-in-Waiting.

What exactly are they paying for? Speeches? He’s less dull a public speaker than the average politician, or average former president (Gerald Ford, say). But nothing he says would seem to merit, for example, the $525,000 TD paid Bill in one 24-hour period alone, which convenience-wise is about as good as it gets. So again: what exactly are TD getting for their shareholders by putting all this money in the Clintons’ pockets?

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Robert Mugabe Says No Whites May Own Land in Zimbabwe

8th July 2014

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Speaking to farmers in Mhangura, a small mining town about 120 miles north of the capital Harare, Mr. Mugabe said all remaining white farmers should leave – and closed the door even on white families renting farms from black owners, as some several hundred have been doing since most were violently chased away a decade ago.

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Bled Dry by the New Class

7th July 2014

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Life is hard. It’s harder still when an entire class of people with their hands out stands between you and success.

Unfortunately, that’s increasingly the problem, all around the world. A recent New York Times piece tells the story of a Greek woman’s efforts to survive that country’s financial collapse. After losing her job, she tried to start a pastry business, only to find the regulatory environment impossible. Among other things, they wanted her to pay the business’s first two years of taxes up front, before it had taken in a cent. When the business failed, her lesson was this: “I, like thousands of others trying to start businesses, learned that I would be at the mercy of public employees who interpreted the laws so they could profit themselves.”

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Report: 82 Shot, 14 Fatally, Over Holiday Weekend in Chicago

7th July 2014

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Thank God for those strict gun control laws, or the place would be as bad as Texas.

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Batman Bow Tie

7th July 2014

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I am not making this up.

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Feminist Attacked by Feminists After Telling the Truth About Birth Control

6th July 2014

The Other McCain has the skinny.

Holly Grigg-Spall (@hollygriggspall) is a British feminist who last year published a book called Sweetening the Pill: or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control. The term “hormonal birth control” includes not only The Pill, but also Depo-Provera and Yasmin/Yaz, the latter of which is the target of lawsuits that blame side effects of the drug for causing nearly two dozen deaths.

Liberal feminists have called her book “dangerous” and use name-calling techniques in attempts to push Griggs-Spall to the margins of feminist discourse. As many of us know, being insulted and told to keep quiet are tools used to keep us away from discovering truths and maintain the status quo. Grigg-Spall is referred to as a “crank” (how feminist!), and potential readers of her book are warned that discussing female biology and women’s experiences is inherently “essentialist”. . . . There are several critiques of this book that have similar tones and I found the pro-pill apologism quite transparent.

So the radical feminist believes that the arguments of “sex-positive/mainstream feminism” are just coincidentally aligned with the interests of the pharmaceutical industry that promotes hormonal birth control. I’d bet that if a diligent researcher looked closely at the financing behind institutional feminism, they would discover that this alignment is not entirely coincidental, like how “mainstream feminism” sold out to the porn industry in the 1980s. People need to be more skeptical. Not everybody who says they’re your friend is actually your friend.

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Homeless Shower Bus Launches in San Francisco

6th July 2014

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Sandoval explained that Lava Mae was created to provide a comfort to those without a stable residence, but she also hopes to see social impact. “As we begin to see people over and over again, we’re hoping we’re developing a relationship and building some trust,” she said. “And maybe they can sit down with us outside and share what actually taking this shower has meant to them and if it translated into any changes in their lives, and begin to document that.”

Institutionalization of the Underclass. That’s ‘progress’ for you.

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Berkeley to Force Marijuana Dispensaries to Provide Free Weed for Low-Income Patients

5th July 2014

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“We think this is the responsible thing to do for those less fortunate in our community,” said Moore.

You can’t make this stuff up.

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The New Aristocracy

5th July 2014

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In recent years we in America have lived through a disturbing reversal of our concept of the citizen and our foundational rejection of the hereditary model.

Despite the fact that we are more than three hundred million strong, when it comes to political power, we seem intent on reestablishing the old hereditary aristocracy rejected, dismissed and dissolved by our ancestors.

Unlike the contemporary British model, with the Queen cozily ensconced in Buckingham Palace where she can do no harm, we Americans seem to be succumbing to the lure of a neo-aristocracy, one in which we endow our neo-aristocrats, our “royal families,” with full and unfettered political power and all that that entails.

The photographs of Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are not accidental.

If Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush were to become president of the United States it would mean the power and influence of the presidency remained in the hands of the Clinton family for possibly sixteen years, and that’s not even counting the princess in waiting, Chelsea; and in the case of the Bush family, possibly twenty years, and that’s not counting the heir apparent, George Prescott Bush.

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Divorce and Social Science

5th July 2014

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I do have one hunch about what will happen: social science research in to gay marriage will be discouraged, when it is not suppressed or demonized because any finding that might deviate from the current triumphalism will be politically incorrect. Just as most graduate students in social science stay away from certain aspects of research on minorities (see Jason Richwine for what can happen when you try it), this will become another area marked off limits.

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