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Omaha Police Officer Killed in Shootout Just Hours Before Going on Maternity Leave

22nd May 2015

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Kerrie Orozco, the first female officer from Omaha’s police department to die in the line of duty, had only recently given birth to a daughter, and also was stepmother to two children ages 6 and 7, according to authorities. She was pronounced dead at Creighton University Medical Center shortly after the 1 p.m. shooting, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said at a hospital news conference. Schmaderer said the suspect, 26-year-old Marcus Wheeler, also died at the hospital.

Marcus Wheeler is, of course, black, but apparently White Lives Don’t Matter if they’re police officers.

Mother of Marcus Wheeler: ‘My son was not violent’

Of course not, which is why he was killed in a shootout with police.

Fugitive killed in shootout was known gang member with a violent record

Oops.

 

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Emails Reportedly Show Confidant Told Clinton Benghazi Attack Planned by Fighters Tied to Al Qaeda

22nd May 2015

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So Hillary lied. This is news?

Waiting for the furious op-eds in the New York Times and Washington Post … waiting … waiting….

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Nye Lied, I Sighed

21st May 2015

John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, does what he does best.

Bill Nye the Science Guy gave a commencement speech at Rutgers on Sunday. Reading the speech left me thinking that if this is America’s designated Science Guy, I can be the nation’s designated swimsuit model.

What did the Science Guy have to say to the Rutgers graduates? Well, he warned them of the horrors of climate change, which he linked to global inequality.

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The Joys of Britain’s Single-Payer Health Care

20th May 2015

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Something is rotten in the NHS: Julie Mellor, the UK’s Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, has released a report finding that “hundreds of thousands” die in miserable circumstances because the NHS’s end-of-life care can be “appalling.” The report, which draws on the complaints of family members, describes a system in which palliative care is neglected, medication administered incorrectly, and the dying go unserved because of state mandated limits on working hours.

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Why Does the Left Kowtow to Islam?

20th May 2015

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The American left has spent the past few weeks trying to tell us that they believe in free speech, but…—and the “but” is that anything that offends the sensibilities of Islamic fanatics is unnecessarily provocative, hateful, and possibly racist. Therefore, such “hate speech” shouldn’t be allowed.

Now they’ve gotten a taste of their own medicine.

An anti-censorship benefit scheduled for next month in New York City has been cancelled after the managers of the venue, the Sheen Center, “suggested that we alter the title of Neil LaBute’s play”—charmingly titled Mohammed Gets a Boner—”and alter the content of some of our panelists’ speeches.”

That’s right, folks. They tried to censor an anti-censorship event.

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The Green Behind California’s Greens

19th May 2015

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The riches of two Silicon Valley pioneers, David Packard and William Hewlett, have flowed heavily into California environmental causes—though not because the men themselves directed much money that way. The Stanford engineering students famously started Hewlett-Packard in 1939 out of a Palo Alto garage, with an initial investment of just $538. By the time Packard resigned as chairman of the board in 1993, ending active management by either of the cofounders, their respective stock holdings were worth billions. The pair poured lots of that money into philanthropy. Packard, who served as Richard Nixon’s deputy secretary of defense, spent philanthropic dollars on scientific fellowships, children’s health care, and family and youth problems. His giving also supported conservative policy nonprofits, including the American Enterprise Institute. When he died in 1996, the Packard Foundation received some $4 billion of his estate; it now has $6 billion in assets. Hewlett’s charitable dollars helped pay for scientific research, efforts to solve urban woes, and the arts. His modest contributions to the environmental cause focused mostly on the philanthropic work of his wife, Flora, who had spent some of her youth in the Sierra Nevada and wanted to protect the area’s beauty. Hewlett died in 2001; today, his foundation’s assets approach $8 billion.

Since the deaths of HP’s cofounders, their heirs have pushed the two foundations’ philanthropy ever-leftward, and activist environmentalism is a prime beneficiary. Under the direction of Packard’s three daughters, the conservative Republican’s philanthropic wealth has gone to the National Abortion Rights Action League Foundation, the Feminist Majority Foundation, and the very green Earth Action Network. This liberal giving has prompted Packard’s son, David, whose political views are closer to his father’s, to withdraw his money from the foundation and form his own nonprofit, which gives to more traditional and nonpolitical causes.

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Race Riots and the Expansion of Anarcho-Tyranny

19th May 2015

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Anarcho-tyranny is a term coined by the late conservative thinker and author Samuel Francis—and an idea since adopted as a staple of the intellectual Right. What anarcho-tyranny describes is the state of governance in contemporary America and Europe.

The “anarcho” portion refers to how the powers that be afford the lowest strata of society a loose rein to be lawless and/or violent. It refers to government-sanctioned anarchy. Many of our inner cities, often accurately described as “war zones,” fit the bill with their constant drug trafficking and gang shootouts. The insides of American prisons (which have been multiplying to accommodate the rate at which our cities produce criminals) also it the bill. A failed city like Detroit personifies it. But so does the ongoing invasion of our southern border by hordes of illegal aliens. These are layers of anarchy in our nation, and our political elite refuses to take the measures necessary to impose order on them.

The “tyranny” portion, on the other hand, describes the tightening web of regulation, taxation, and surveillance that the (typically middle class) law-abiding citizens suffer, even as their criminal counterparts run-amok.

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Staff Quit Clinton Foundation Over Chelsea

19th May 2015

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Chelsea Clinton is so unpleasant to colleagues, she’s causing high turnover at the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, sources say.

Several top staffers have left the foundation since Chelsea came on board as vice chairman in 2011.

“A lot of people left because she was there. A lot of people left because she didn’t want them there,” an insider told me. “She is very difficult.”

Onetime CEO Bruce Lindsey was pushed upstairs to the position of chairman of the board two years ago, so that Chelsea could bring in her McKinsey colleague Eric Braverman.

“He [Braverman] was her boy, but he tried to hire his own communications professional and actually tried to run the place. He didn’t understand that that wasn’t what he was supposed to be doing,” said my source. “He was pushed out.”

Bill’s efficiency, Hillary’s charm.

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Extreme thlete Dean Potter Dies in BASE Jumping Accident

18th May 2015

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A Yosemite National Park spokesman says extreme athlete Dean Potter and another man have died in a BASE jumping accident.

The spokesman says Potter and Graham Hunt died late Saturday after attempting a wingsuit flight from a 7,500-foot promontory called Taft Point.

I guess ‘extreme athlete’ is journalese for ‘reckless idiot’.

Think of it as evolution in action.

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Air Force General Who Spoke of God in Talk Should Be Court-Martialed, Group Says

18th May 2015

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An Air Force general who recently spoke about how God has guided his career should be court-martialed, a civil liberties group is saying.

In a speech at a National Day of Prayer Task Force event on May 7, Maj. Gen. Craig Olson credits God for his accomplishments in the military, and refers to himself as a “redeemed believer in Christ.”

The Air Force Times reports that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has taken issue with Olson’s remarks, is calling for the two-star general to be court-martialed and “aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions.”

I’m curious as to what they think would serve as grounds for such a court-martial. You can’t just court-martial somebody because he does something you don’t like.

It’s people like this who cause unrest.

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War Against Human Nature: What Feminists Pay $47,030 a Year to Learn

17th May 2015

The Other McCain waxes philosophical.

It takes a lot of money to learn how to disregard — or condemn as “oppression” — ordinary common sense about human nature.

What nearly all of these books have in common is that they are either written or edited by Women’s Studies professors or else, as in the case of Adrienne Rich, are by authors whose works are included in the Women’s Studies curricula. As readers of Sex Trouble know, the book focuses on academia — the Feminist-Industrial Complex — because it is by institutionalizing their power in colleges and universities, with Women’s Studies departments as the engine of their influence, that radical feminists have gained hegemonic authority within elite culture.

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Uncovering Environmental Problems Could Get You a Year in a Wyoming Jail

16th May 2015

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Citizen scientists are playing an increasingly important role in experiments, but there may be a place where certain experiments are less than welcome: Wyoming.

The term ‘citizen scientists’ is, of course, a euphemism for ‘busybody enviro-Nazis who suspect you are doing something with your own property that they don’t like’.

A new law passed earlier this year criminalizes the collection of data on “open land” if the collector doesn’t receive permission in advance and eventually shares that data with the government.

If the enviro-Nazis don’t choose to pester you, the taxpayer-funded enviro-Nazis want to make sure they get their turn at the piñata.

As Slate points out, the move sounds like a modest proposal until almost any of those terms — “collection,” “data,” or “open land” — are defined. And although other states have passed similar laws, Wyoming’s seems especially broad: photographs are specifically covered by the law, while the land could mean any place outside of a town or city.

Privacy? What’s that?

One example: under the law, collection of data could mean taking soil samples to demonstrate an environmental problem in a state park — an act that could be seen as a violation of the law if shared with the government, and ultimately inadmissible in a lawsuit.

Oh, I’m sure somebody’s worried about ‘an environmental problem in a state park’ rather than some rancher or natural resources extraction company.

Why would the Wyoming government want that? At Slate, Justin Pidot, citing a recent case where citizen scientists found high levels of E. coli in streams, argues that it’s a way for the government to crack down on environmental dissent. You can either keep that information to yourself, or risk a year in jail.

Oh, I’m sure the worry is about ‘a way for the government to crack down on environmental dissent’, which it’s never shown any inclination to do.

If you believe that one, they’ll tell you another one.

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Happy Armed Forces Day

16th May 2015

I’ll be you didn’t know that it was Armed Forces Day, did you?

You wouldn’t know it from reading the ‘news’.

You wouldn’t know it from watching TV.

You wouldn’t know it from listening to the radio.

You wouldn’t know it from the special ‘doodle’ that Google uses for special days, since there isn’t one today, although they can celebrate every SWPL happening that pops up in the the fevered brains of the Chattering Class.

But we veterans remember — and celebrate.

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Hacker 3D Prints Device That Can Crack a Combo Lock in 30 Seconds

16th May 2015

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A California hacker who has become an expert in cracking locks has invented a 3D-printed machine that can crack a rotary combination lock in around 30 seconds – and he’s released the plans, 3D models, and code as open source.

Isn’t that special.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

16th May 2015

Single-Serve Food Pod machine.

 

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Obama Insults Christians, Apparently Out of Ignorance

16th May 2015

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Barack Obama says he is a Christian. The rest of us can only take him at his word, but for a believer, he seems remarkably ignorant of both Christians and Christianity. At the Weekly Standard, Mark Hemingway writes on “Obama’s Casual Slander of American Christians.”

Obama’s comments are odd. They certainly aren’t based on his own experience; the only church Obama has belonged to is the one run by Jeremiah Wright. Did Wright devote a lot of attention to abortion? I doubt it. To be fair, though, Wright’s congregation may not have done much about poverty, either, other than complain (“God damn America!”).

So Obama sounds like all he knows about Christianity is what he reads in the newspaper.

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Bibles Banned From University for ‘Not Being Multicultural Enough’

15th May 2015

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Students at Aberystwyth University, the former university of Prince Charles, voted to ban Bibles being automatically placed in their accommodation, ending a tradition going back generations.

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WATCH: Baby’s Hilariously Disgusted Reaction to Being Fed Avocado for the First Time

15th May 2015

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Confirms everything I’ve always known about avocado…. Out of the mouths of babes.

 

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Toast Heated Pillow provides comfort and heat during those cold and lonely nights

15th May 2015

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The perfect accessory for sitting around in your parents’ basement in your pajamas drinking hot chocolate and appreciating Obamacare.

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“Ode to Snowflakes” [Darleen Click]

15th May 2015

Check it out. Feel free to sing along.

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Men Cannot Be Feminists

14th May 2015

The Other McCain lays it out.

The oxymoronic phenomenon of the “male feminist” is an endless source of amusement. If groveling self-abasement were an Olympic sport, “male feminists” would win the gold medal every four years.

Modern feminism is basically about three things:

  1. Killing babies;
  2. Hating men;
    and
  3. Lying.

A common feminist lie is to deny that they hate men. This is exactly the kind of shameless dishonesty we must expect from fanatics who assert that killing babies is women’s most basic “right.”

Hateful bloodthirsty liars are not the kind of women that normal men find attractive, yet there are always enough abnormal men in the world that some of them actually want to have sex with feminists. Inspired by twisted masochistic neuroses or other perverse impulses, these pathetic males declare themselves feminists and, while not all “male feminists” end up in the lunatic ward like Professor Hugo Schwyzer, they always meet a sorry end, groveling for the approval of sadistic women whose raison d’etre is their contempt for men.

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Shameful Environmental Correctness Strikes Again

14th May 2015

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“Environmental Correctness” (EC) is just as authoritarian and mindless as standard-issue “political correctness,” and for the same reason. Leftist orthodoxy needs to suppress dissent, or it will collapse.

The latest example of EC in action comes from Australia, where the University of Western Australia has pulled the plug on a new research center at its business school because of its connection to Bjorn Lomborg.

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How Liberals Ruined College

12th May 2015

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The root of nearly every free-speech infringement on campuses across the country is that someone—almost always a liberal—has been offended or has sniffed out a potential offense in the making. Then, the silencing campaign begins. The offender must be punished, not just for justice’s sake, but also to send the message to anyone else on campus that should he or she stray off the leftist script, they too might find themselves investigated, harassed, ostracized, or even expelled. If the illiberal left can preemptively silence opposing speakers or opposing groups— such as getting a speech or event canceled, or denying campus recognition for a group—even better.

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New Balance Bought Its Own Commuter Rail Station

12th May 2015

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Still, the city of Boston is growing as Millennials and Boomers alike look for walkable, dense places to live. Boston needs more transit, but the state can’t help much: Governor Charlie Baker has proposed cutting $26 million from the state Department of Transportation and $14 million of MBTA funding.

So when athletic company New Balance decided to expand its headquarters and build retail, a hotel, a track, and skating rink in one Boston neighborhood not served by public transit, it didn’t wait for the city to agree to build new train stations or add bus routes, which could have taken years. Instead, it decided to build a commuter rail station itself.

Today, the company is breaking ground on the new Boston Landing station, starting a process that will add another stop on the commuter rail line between Boston and Worcester by the fall of 2016. New Balance is paying to build the station, which will cost between $14 million and $16 million, and will then pay for its maintenance costs for at least the first decade after the station opens.

And if you don’t think they’re going to get their money’s worth in government favors, you don’t know how politics works on the Other Left Coast.

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Greenpeace Banned From Flying Drones Near Arctic Oil Rigs

12th May 2015

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When Shell starts drilling in the Arctic this summer, they will do so free of harassment from robots, thanks to an injunction by an Alaskan district court. Greenpeace, which in April protested the opening of Shell’s Polar Pioneer oil rig by boarding its carrier ship, are now legally banned from the area surrounding the company’s Arctic rigs. The ban applies not just to human protesters, but to any unmanned vehicles they may bring along.

I have a question: When has Greenpeace ever worried about obeying the law?

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Regulation Run Amok—And How to Fight Back

11th May 2015

Charles Murray lays it out.

It was our boast that in America, unlike in any other country, you could live your life as you saw fit as long as you accorded the same liberty to everyone else. The “sum of good government,” as Thomas Jefferson put it in his first inaugural address, was one “which shall restrain men from injuring one another” and “shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement.” Americans were to live under a presumption of freedom.

That was then, this is now.

We now live under a presumption of constraint. Put aside all the ways in which city and state governments require us to march to their drummers and consider just the federal government. The number of federal crimes you could commit as of 2007 (the last year they were tallied) was about 4,450, a 50% increase since just 1980. A comparative handful of those crimes are “malum in se”—bad in themselves. The rest are “malum prohibitum”—crimes because the government disapproves.

A useful distinction that nobody remembers any more. The worst thing you can say about any activity in these degenerate modern times is that it is ‘unregulated’.

It gets worse. If a regulatory agency comes after you, forget about juries, proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, disinterested judges and other rights that are part of due process in ordinary courts. The “administrative courts” through which the regulatory agencies impose their will are run by the regulatory agencies themselves, much as if the police department could make up its own laws and then employ its own prosecutors, judges and courts of appeals.

And God help you if you don’t get with the current political program.

Workers in government offices are often governed by such strict job descriptions that chipping in to help out a co-worker or to take the initiative breaks the rules—and can even get them fired, as in the case of a Florida lifeguard who rescued a person who was drowning just outside the lifeguard’s assigned zone.

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Couple Forced to Sell Home After NHS Refuse to Fund Daughter’s Treatment for Rare Illness

11th May 2015

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How about that government-provided health care in Britain! Don’t you wish we had a system like that In the U.S.? Hillary Clinton does, as does Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama, and the other Usual Suspects.

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Dartmouth Students Demand Gay Black Student President Resign For Being Too Conservative

11th May 2015

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The nerve of that guy.

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Why Billionaires Don’t Pay Property Taxes in New York

11th May 2015

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Well, New York is run by Democrats, and billionaires tend to be Democrats, so that would appear to be the sweet spot for them.

Steamy eight- or nine-figure sales were always the dream of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “If we can find a bunch of billionaires around the world to move here, that would be a godsend,” then-Mayor Bloomberg told The New York Times back in 2013. “Because that’s where the revenue comes to take care of everybody else.”

Bloomberg was a rich Democrat before he was a RINO (which move was made so that he would have less competition for the Mayor’s office). Most rationales for giving rich people tax breaks are based on ‘we want them here rather than there so that their spending will boost our economy’ — which, when Reagan said it, was derided as ‘trickle-down economics’ — but apparently when Democrats say that it’s okay.

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The Other White Meat

11th May 2015

Jim Goad looks at the scandal du jour.

Despite the ceaseless yippety-yap one hears about “white privilege,” the glaringly obvious privilege currently denied to white Americans is the privilege to feel OK about their racial identity. Unless you wear your skin as if it were a guilt-laden hairshirt, and unless you frame white history as nothing more than one giant unpardonable sin against humanity, you will be hounded and mocked and derided and demonized. The way things stand in the modern mainstream narrative, there is no such thing as a “self-hating white person.” Instead, those are known as the “good” whites. The remaining whites—the ones who either take pride in their racial identity or really don’t give a fig about it either way—are witches in the process of being rounded up and burned at the stake.

White pride is the only sort of ethnic identity whose expression is all but legally forbidden. It’s certainly the biggest cultural sin you can currently commit.

This was all made howlingly clear last week after a Colorado barbecue joint announced that it had designated June 11 as a “White Appreciation Day” during which a 10% discount would be offered to all white customers.

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Saga of the Minimum Wage

11th May 2015

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Ritu Shah Burnham says she doesn’t want to close her pizza shop. But she says Seattle’s new $15 an hour minimum wage makes it impossible for her to make a profit. She’ll close the shop in August, leaving 12 employees without a job.

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Bubbaships and Double Standards

10th May 2015

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I know it’s a favorite saying around here that if liberals didn’t have double standards they wouldn’t have any standards at all.  But seriously—the Clintons really abuse the liberal privilege.

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Police Shooting in Mississippi

10th May 2015

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Two police officers, one white, one black, shot and killed by two black men and a black woman.

How does this fit into the meta-story about white cops keeping the black people down and preventing them from becoming medical doctors or college professors?

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In Britain’s Aftermath, a Voice From the Rubble…

10th May 2015

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“Britain First” is one of those groups found in any polity that finds itself in the throes of fracturing and breakdown. This sudden “unity” under Prime Minister Cameron may be surprising, but it is not the result of a vigorous electorate or a free public sphere.

We have groups like Britain First here in America, too, and for the same reasons. These are the disaffected who have had the temerity to speak up, only to find themselves kicked to the curb (kerb) or ejected into the outer darkness where they are supposed to stay and — above all — shut up. If I remember correctly, BF was one of those groups which grew out of the screws being turned on the British National Party until it finally cracked under the strain. Britain excels at these tactics; perhaps because all the ornery DNA has either left for colonial lands or has been killed off in two utterly ruinous “world” wars. Those who followed after them don’t appear to value the same things as those whose places they took. Remnants of England are merely that: remnants.

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Philosophers Say Reading to Your Kids is Bad for Social Equality

9th May 2015

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As ‘No Child Left Behind’ is achievable only by letting no child get ahead, so ‘social equality’ is only achievable by everybody being equally distressed. No surprises here. And of course the new clerisy are on the bleeding edge.

Perhaps the term ‘philomorons’ rather than ‘philosophers’ would be more appropriate.

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Will Austin Proposal to ‘Control’ Barbecue Cause Beloved Food Scene to Go Up in Smoke?

9th May 2015

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Austin is where everybody in Texas who wants to be in California but can’t afford it goes to live … plus it has the state University and the legislature, which just makes it worse.

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How Scientifically Objective Is Robert Reich?

9th May 2015

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Hint. Not.

Sorry, I’m just not used to seeing ‘objective’ and ‘Robert Reich’ in the same paragraph, much less the same sentence.

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Migrants Refusing Help From Maltese Patrol Boats

9th May 2015

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He explained that the migrants did not want to come to Malta because that would make it difficult for them to proceed to Northern Europe.

And that tells you everything you need to know about the ‘humanitarian crisis’ in the Med.

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Wendy Davis Fined $5,000 for Ethics Violation

9th May 2015

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

The saga of Abortion Barbie continues. Do a Google Search for ‘Democrat’ and ‘ethics’ and try to find a return that doesn’t include ‘violation’.

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Boston University Prof Flunks ‘White Masculinity’ in Controversial Tweets

9th May 2015

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Critics say a newly-hired Boston University professor has crossed the line with recent tweets bashing whites, but the school says it’s simply free speech.

As a ‘female of color’, of course, she gets a pass. Imagine what would have happened has a white woman said the same about ‘black masculinity’. Imagine what would have happened to a male professor who had disparaged ‘femininity’. The hypocrisy is so think you could cut it with a spoon.

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Record Number Give Up U.S. Citizenship

7th May 2015

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A record 1,335 people renounced their U.S. citizenship or long-term residency during the first quarter of 2015, according to a list released by the Treasury Department on Thursday.

The total is the highest quarterly number of expatriates since a law requiring the publication of their names was enacted in the 1990s, according to Andrew Mitchel, a lawyer in Centerbrook, Conn., who tallies the lists of names. The previous quarterly record was 1,130 for the second quarter of 2013, he says.

The new figure puts 2015 on pace to exceed the total of  3,415 renunciations in 2014, which was itself a record. That was up 14% from 2,999 individuals in 2013, the previous record.

Gee, I wonder why?

But the campaign has made the financial lives of more than seven million Americans living abroad more difficult, because the U.S. taxes nonresident citizens on income earned anywhere in the world, and U.S. tax liabilities can apply to the children born to Americans abroad. In many cases, there are only partial offsets available for double taxation.

A new survey conducted by a Hong Kong-based company that specializes in tax preparation for American expats found that 27% of the 1,840 Americans who responded were “seriously considering” renouncing their U.S. citizenship. That’s a jump from the 18% who said the same thing in the company’s 2014 survey.

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Chronicle of a Fiasco Foretold

7th May 2015

Steve Sailer can’t resist saying ‘I told you so’.

Remember when in 2002 George W. Bush and Teddy Kennedy got together and hammered out federal legislation mandating that every public school student in America test above average by 2014?

Hey, I just remembered, it’s 2015 now. Did the No Child Left Behind law work?

Similarly, in 2005, the Los Angeles School Board decreed that by 2017 every student in Los Angeles must rank in the top third.

And whatever happened with that War on Poverty thing? Have we gotten rid of poor people yet?

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California: The Nation’s Most Unequal State

7th May 2015

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Well, that’s what happens when you keep electing SWPL Democrats. You’d think people would learn after a while, but they never do.

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Proof: Rich People Vote Democratic

6th May 2015

Lion of the Blogosphere has the skinny.

I have been saying for a while that the moderately well off are Republican but the rich are Democratic. People didn’t believe me, but a new CNBC poll of Americans with a net worth of at least $1 million (which represents approximately the top 5% of the population) shows that 53% would vote for Hillary and 47% would vote for Jeb Bush, if they ran against each other.

Among millionaires 48 and younger, there is MASSIVE support for Hillary over Jeb with 70% supporting Hillary, while Jeb leads among millionaires 70 and older. You should note that millionaires tend to be older than the general population because it takes time to accumulate a million dollars, unless you are lucky enough to inherit it. The old guard still votes Republican, but the people who will be the rich of the future are very strongly Democratic.

We see that despite the Republicans presenting themselves as championing low taxes, Americans who are in the highest tax brackets prefer to vote Democratic. This makes you wonder why Republicans continue to go out on a limb to help people who vote for the other party and apparently who want to have their taxes raised.

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Welfare Is A ‘Job’

5th May 2015

Sonic Harm looks at Arnold Kling’s thoughts on the subject.

Arnold Kling struggles with the question, what is a job.

  • A job is a context for performing a particular small set of tasks that can be exchanged for the means to obtain goods and services produced by a far larger set of tasks.
  • By this definition, the stereotypical welfare-collector ‘has a job’. He/she indeed has a particular small set of tasks to perform:

Fill out some paperwork at the local Social Welfare Bureaucratic Place, or forms online, or whatever, to ‘sign up’, or whatever, for the welfare.
Vote straight (D)-party candidates in all elections. (The linkage here between performing the task & collecting the goods/services is admittedly stochastic rather than deterministic, but plenty of other jobs are like that too.)

Riot/crime/dysfunction/mayhem? (Perhaps only occasionally or fractionally, but at least with some critical-frequency that gives politicians sufficient talking-point fodder to make their demagogic pitches for the welfare, anyway.)

In return for performing these tasks (the latter two – arguably the most important – of which can be summarized as ’empower certain politicians’), the welfare-collector receives the means to obtain goods and services – i.e., money. Or he is given some such services in-kind – health care, for example. Either way, the transaction is there and the linkage fairly strong. (There are exceptions, like when Clinton defaulted on his implicit end of the bargain by ‘ending welfare as we know it’ – just as an employer can go bankrupt and default on employee pay/pensions – but those exceptions, I’d say, prove the rule.)

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1000-Year-Old Village Told to Stop Using Name Because of Trademark Claim From Hotel Chain Founded There

5th May 2015

Read it.

And the myth of ‘intellectual property’ descends into self-parody….

 

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Dave Goldberg Died After Falling From Treadmill

5th May 2015

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Dave Goldberg, SurveyMonkey chief executive and husband of Facebook operating chief Sheryl Sandberg, died Friday after falling from a treadmill at a gym at the Four Seasons Hotel in Punta Mita, Mexico, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office of Nayarit state said Monday.

The spokeswoman, who didn’t wish to be named, said Mr. Goldberg had gone to exercise alone at one of the hotel’s gyms around 4 p.m. Friday. He appears to have lost his balance and fallen, hitting the back of his head, the spokeswoman said.

This is God telling you not to exercise. Let that be a lesson to us all.

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‘CarlyFiorina.org’ Site Criticizes Fiorina’s Record at H-P

5th May 2015

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This is the sort of juvinilia that passes for political discussion in These Degenerate Modern Times.

If some Republican had bought ‘barackobama.com’ and loaded it up with anti-Obama stuff, there would be a non-stop media circus ranging from cries of RACISM! to calls for government action to seize it and return it to Its Rightful Owner.

Since the target is a nominal Republican, all our Chattering Class can do is notice what a Really Funny Joke it all is.

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The Left’s Ever-Shifting Goalposts

5th May 2015

David Cole gives us a peek behind the curtain.

I first encountered leftists using the goalpost shift technique while attending a majority-black public high school in L.A. in the early ‘80s. “They might let us have Eddie Murphy or Michael Jackson,” some of my angrier black friends would lament regarding how much territory “the man” was willing to cede, “but you’ll never see a black Miss America.” When Vanessa Williams was crowned Miss America in ‘83, the perpetually outraged moved the goalposts. “Well, okay, but she’s light-skinned. You’ll never see a dark beauty as Miss America.”

And then it happened, two dark-skinned Miss Americas, two times in a row (‘90 and ‘91). So of course that previously important goal was immediately superseded by a new one: “Miss America? That don’t mean nothing. Who cares? What you’ll never see is a black president!

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Why the Textile Industry Supports the White House on Trade

5th May 2015

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Not free trade, mind you, but trade favoritism.

The textile industry is suddenly very chummy with the White House on trade, thanks to a geeky concept known as “yarn forward.”

As part of negotiations over the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, which includes the U.S., Japan and South Vietnam, the U.S. is insisting that only fabric produced from yarn made by a TPP country would be eligible for duty-free trade.

Why does that matter?

Since China isn’t a TPP member, Chinese-made fabric wouldn’t qualify. That’s important because Vietnam, a clothing-export powerhouse, often uses Chinese-made fabric—and that clothing wouldn’t be eligible for lower tariffs in the U.S. Vietnam would either have to develop its own fabric industry or import cloth from another TPP country to reap TPP benefits.

U.S. textile makers figure the yarn-forward rule could help keep China and Vietnam at bay when it comes to the U.S. market. The rule could also make Vietnam a more attractive place for U.S. textile-industry investment.

Yarn-forward is a “great start” for a TPP deal, says Jeff Price, president of a textile division at Milliken & Co., a big U.S. textile maker. Mr. Price also is chairman of the National Council of Textile Organizations, the U.S. textile-industry trade association.

For years Milliken considered yarn forward to be insufficient protection. The rule was developed to garner textile-industry support for the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993. The company opposed Nafta and most every other trade agreement the U.S. proposed until its former CEO, Roger Milliken, died in 2010, as described in a page-one article in The Wall Street Journal.

“We wanted no Nafta,” says Milliken’s former chief Washington lobbyist, Jock Nash. “We didn’t see how we could benefit.”

This White House is all about cronyism, and American businesses are fine with that.

Next time you hear a Leftist wail about ‘corporate greed’, hold up a mirror.

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