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Major Democratic Donor Indicted Over Campaign Contributions

18th April 2014

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

Hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser Sant Singh Chatwal pleaded guilty on Thursday in New York to witness tampering and conspiracy to evade campaign finance laws, the Associated Press reports.

Democrats — the party of foreigners.

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Decrying “Extreme” Behavior at Dartmouth

18th April 2014

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Step back and note something obviously out of whack with this whole controversy.  It is said that college campuses are the prime venue of “rape culture.”  But most college campuses are run by liberals, and liberalism and its correlates—maximum individual liberation in all things sexual—is the dominant orthodoxy.  Why is this problem ostensibly most severe where liberalism reigns?  Perhaps for the same reason that poverty and social dysfunction are worst where liberalism reigns supreme (Detroit).  Hanlon notes a rising number of reported rapes at Dartmouth.  He should be embarrassed by this.  But he ought to ponder this question: is sexual assault a problem at conservative colleges like Hillsdale, Patrick Henry, Liberty University, or Regent University?  I wonder why not.  Actually I don’t.  Hillsdale and other conservative colleges actually take seriously their role as moral instructors of young adults, and extend this responsibility to enforcing the alcohol laws, basic behavior and manners, and even dress codes.  Liberal universities like Dartmouth might want to borrow a clue, but don’t hold your breath.

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New Study Shows One-Third of Vegetative Patients May Be Conscious

18th April 2014

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A new study published in the Lancet shows that as many as one-third of vegetative patients are misdiagnosed.

Researchers used brain-imaging techniques and found minimal consciousness in 13 of 42 patients it studied.

The study revealed that those patients with minimal consciousness have emotions and may feel pain.

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TurboTax Maker Funnels Millions to Lobby Against Easier Tax Returns

17th April 2014

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

Those who hate lobbyists and their influence ought to reflect on the fact that if they hadn’t given the government all of this power over the economy then nobody would be hiring lobbyists to get the government to exercise that power in the service of special interests. Own Damned Fault, as my wife likes to say.

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Jerry Pournelle on Income Inequality and Public Education

17th April 2014

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When you contemplate income inequalities, think on the fact that we spend enormous a mounts of money on a school system which the rich – and most of the teachers – make considerable sacrifices so that they can keep their children out of it. One of the main hereditary advantages one can have is to be born to parents whose wealth or status or both entitle them to educate you without resorting to the public school system; just as one of the main advantages you can give your children is to free them from public education.

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Check Your Victimhood

16th April 2014

Sarah Hoyt turns over a rock.

One of my friends posted a result of a Facebook quiz about “your privilege.” He did it with acerbic comments – even though he’s a much nicer person than I – because he’s not stupid or a pudding head and the quiz made him almost as foamy at the mouth as I got.

For instance, I’m fairly sure when she (okay, might be an he, but if I had to bet. And I hate “they” as a singular pronoun. Yes, I know Elizabethans used it, but NOT for politically correct reasons) wrote the test and asked “Have you ever been derided and called names for your religion” what she was thinking of was some poor huddled Muslim female being called names by stereotypical white menTM, not an European high school student in the magnet school and the selective “advanced” form being called things because she refused to say she didn’t believe in G-d. Or, when she said “Did you ever have to hide your orientation” she probably didn’t mean at the Broad Universe tea at a convention. Or when she said “did you ever get called names because of your sexual orientation” she probably wasn’t thinking of “Breeder!” hurled from passing car as I pushed a baby carriage down the road. Nor… and this I’m absolutely sure of, did this precious flower ever think that “Did you ever have to hide who you are” could refer to my ten years of hiding my political beliefs, so I could earn a living in a liberal-dominated field.

In fact, what this very bizarre “quiz” revealed more than anything else was the quiz writers assumptions. I have no idea how someone could come by such an odd set of them, except that I think it’s a group thing – I think where she lives everyone repeats this, so, “if everyone believes it must be right.” And also, I think this person has never looked outside her position of extreme privilege, and therefore thinks that everyone’s lives must be BETTER than hers, because, surely, she can’t be privileged. I mean, she’s female. (And possibly gay or of color.)

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Is Film the End of the Road for Small Cinemas?

16th April 2014

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Hollywood’s major studios are in the final days of distributing movies on film reels and moving to digital distribution sent via hard drives or satellite, a method that is cheaper for studios but requires significant investment by theaters in new equipment. The conversion means theaters like Mrs. DiAugustine-Bower’s Berwick Theater could fade out for good.

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Diversity and Dishonesty

15th April 2014

Ross Douthat takes a look behind the curtain.

The defect, crucially, is not this culture’s bias against social conservatives, or its discomfort with stinging attacks on non-Western religions. Rather, it’s the refusal to admit — to others, and to itself — that these biases fundamentally trump the commitment to “free expression” or “diversity” affirmed in mission statements and news releases.

This refusal, this self-deception, means that we have far too many powerful communities (corporate, academic, journalistic) that are simultaneously dogmatic and dishonest about it — that promise diversity but only as the left defines it, that fill their ranks with ideologues and then claim to stand athwart bias and misinformation, that speak the language of pluralism while presiding over communities that resemble the beau ideal of Sandra Y. L. Korn.

Harvard itself is a perfect example of this pattern: As Patrick Deneen of Notre Dame pointed out when the column was making waves, Korn could only come up with one contemporary example of a Harvardian voice that ought to be silenced — “a single conservative octogenarian,” the political philosophy professor Harvey Mansfield. Her call for censorship, Deneen concluded, “is at this point almost wholly unnecessary, since there are nearly no conservatives to be found at Harvard.”

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Repeating the Big Lies About Sprawl

14th April 2014

The Antiplanner discovers that his Bullshit Detector has gone off.

Those crazy planners at Smart Growth America are at it again: issuing another report all about how urban sprawl is bad and people are better off living in compact communities. Most news reports take it for granted that sprawl is evil and something ought to be done about it. But the report does devote all of three out of 51 pages to repeating claims about how sprawl makes housing unaffordable, transportation expensive, people fat, and lives shorter.

Almost all of these claims cite another report written back in 2010. Most of the claims are readily dismissed for several reasons.

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Progressives Promote Inequality

14th April 2014

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Why is it that cities that consider themselves most progressive also tend to have the most segregated schools and the greatest income inequality?

The Progressive obsession with getting people out of their cars isn’t satisfied with improving bus service, which supposedly only poor people would use. Instead, they want a transit system for the middle class, and that means trains. This makes transportation expensive, keeping the poor immobilized.

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Our Psychodramatic Campuses

14th April 2014

Victor Davis Hanson doesn’t much like modern college students.

But why do very liberal universities do very illiberal things like raise their costs consistently above the rate of inflation, for which, in similar circumstances, food markets or gas stations would be chastised? And why do very liberal professors over the last three decades insist on teaching fewer classes for more money, in a world where nurses do not serve fewer patients for greater salaries? And why do universities in general depend on graduate teachers, part-time lecturers and adjunct faculty to teach many courses that are identical to those taught by full, tenured faculty at rates of compensation three times higher — in an exploitative way that Target or Costco would be fined for? And why, if students are suffering from such micro-aggressions, do they have dorms and student unions and recreation centers that have metamorphosized from the motel like conditions of the past into Club Med resorts, with indoor pools, rock-climbing walls, and Starbucks latte bars?

The point is that the Dartmouth students themselves are creations of the very exploitation they project onto others. They and their faculties enjoy privileges undreamed up by 99.9% of the population. DeVry and Phoenix trade schools cannot afford to offer Dartmouth-like race, class, and gender courses to contextualize their accounting, computer programming and nursing programs because none of their students have the cash for such psychodramatic indulgences. Our aggrieved .01% can play act that they are embattled, precisely because free market capitalism gave them those dramatic opportunities in a way unknown in Mexico or the Congo.

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Dartmouth Occupier Refers to Himself and Company as ‘Victims of Hate’

13th April 2014

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Oh boo-hoo. I’m a victim of hate who just happens to go to one of the most exclusive universities in the world.

The assumption here is that hate is never justified; certainly the hateful will think so.

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Transgender Lesbian Dana McCallum Accused of Raping Lesbian Ex-Wife

12th April 2014

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Really, you can’t make this stuff up.

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Divorce Beltway Style

11th April 2014

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As government expands, extending its reach to every aspect of business, every sector of the economy, private citizens and corporations require sherpas to lead them through the mountains of regulations and tax provisions, to discover exemptions and special favors and other forms of relief or favoritism to improve the bottom line. And who better to act as sherpas than the relatives of the Democrats who impose the regulations and tax provisions in the first place, who better than the lively proprietors of a family business operating in the luxurious and morally uncomplicated world of the caste of limousine liberals who dominate politics, culture, news, and finance.

Corporations give to Democratic politicians, avoiding the scrutiny of liberal attack dogs in the media and nonprofit sectors, and enjoying the ego boost that comes with being on the “right side of history.” Then those corporations hire the Podestas to get them out of the Rube Goldberg traps the Democrats have enacted into law. John’s innovation was to establish a corporate-funded think tank where the burdensome policies would be concocted, and whose staff would go on to man the regulatory agencies that put their wool-headed ideas into practice. And to whom do the corporations turn when they find themselves on the receiving end of all this uplift, all this do-goodery, all this progress, hope, and change? Why, to the man in the red Prada loafers, and to his flamboyantly patterned wife.

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Thought Police on Patrol

11th April 2014

Charles Krauthammer really doesn’t love Big Brother.

Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to The Post, demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. The petition arrived the day before publication of my column, which consisted of precisely that heresy.

The column ran as usual. But I was gratified by the show of intolerance because it perfectly illustrated my argument that the left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation — no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition.

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A California Car Dealer Helped A Mexican Billionaire Fund American Elections

11th April 2014

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Democrats, of course.

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Is Venice Going to Secede?

8th April 2014

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If something is going to happen in Veneto, it won’t be an uprise of micro-nationalism: but rather, a tax revolt. You could describe Italy as a country where the North pays taxes and the South consumes taxes. This picture is painted with a wide brush, but it is not incorrect. The gap between the two parts of the country has been there for ages, and it did not narrow, in spite of the fluxes of transfers. It is only natural that economic stagnation exacerbates the problem.

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Softly Wiping the Chalk From the Blackboard

6th April 2014

Jim Goad finds that his Bullshit Detector has gone off.

The 15th annual White Privilege Conference ended on Saturday in Madison, WI. As is usually the case with the locales for such public displays of white ethnomasochism, Madison’s quotient of blacks is roughly half the national average. In contrast, presumably ignorant and “prejudiced” white Southerners—the kind of people most despised by bourgeois-yet-Marxist whites who believe in fairy tales such as “white privilege”—have for centuries lived in the blackest part of the nation. It is typically whites with the least amount of experience living alongside blacks that tend to idolize colored folks beyond all reason.

According to conference founder Eddie Moore, Jr., “white supremacy, white privilege, racism and other forms of oppression are designed for your destruction—designed to kill you.” If that’s the case, privileged whites are doing a piss-poor job, seeing as how the 400,000 or so Africans who were transported to the New World in slave ships have—through the noxious evils of white privilege, white technology, and living amid a predominantly white culture—blossomed into around 40 million modern American blacks. That’s an increase of 100-1 and truly the most inept genocide in world history.

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Free Speech for Me, but Not for Thee

6th April 2014

Freeberg hears his Bullshit Detector go off.

It isn’t just the lefties anymore. We see it everywhere now, don’t we? A&E “fired” Phil Robertson, patriarch of Duck Dynasty — now, what was the point of that? I never did hear of anyone taking the extra time or trouble to teach or counsel Mr. Robertson into having the correct opinions about gay people, so it wasn’t about Robertson’s opinions. As always seems to be the case with actions like this, it was about influence. The rule seems to be that you can think whatever you want, but you’re not allowed to have influence unless you think the right things. If you don’t think the right things then you are to be driven out of whatever position you have. Once that’s done, you can go on thinking it, but the important goal is that we have to get our society properly arranged, with these good thoughts entirely saturating the tallest spires, and the bad thoughts entirely relegated down there in the dark alleyways, among the plebes. That is, from all I have seen and all I can figure out about it, the ultimate objective. The shrieking I hear is all about these exceptions: Someone in a position has a bad thought, let’s get him defrocked of the position so he can keep his bad thought — but, down there, not up where he is. Those people up there are all supposed to think the same, good, things.

 

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

6th April 2014

Your Love

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The New Torquemadas

6th April 2014

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One could be forgiven for throwing one’s hands up in despair at the sheer audacity of it all. A fortnight ago, as the federal government took to the courts to defend a rule that deliberately burdens the consciences of America’s more religiously devout entrepreneurs, the professional Left adopted the position that companies do not have consciences, griped that a harsh separation of the public and the private spheres was a recipe for the suffering of unpopular or put-upon individuals, and insisted that any links between the activities of an employee and the deeply held beliefs of his boss should be thoroughly shattered. Today, the opposite case is regnant. Defending the appalling hounding of Brendan Eich, progressives seem to have suddenly got the message: reminding critics that there exists no legal right to be the CEO of a non-profit; insisting correctly that this sordid and alarming little affair does not in any way implicate the First Amendment; and acknowledging that, the doctrine of at-will employment being what it is, a man may resign from his job for whatever reason — up to and including harassment.

Well, comrades — which is it to be?

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Downer of the Day: Green Hot Chocolate

5th April 2014

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I am not making this up.

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Afghans Go to the Polls: The Bitter Fruits of Western “Victory”

5th April 2014

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Because of these demographic factors, electoral fraud, no matter how widespread, is of limited relevance as Afghanis never vote as Afghanis. In fact it could be said that no such thing as an Afghani exists. Instead the citizens of Afghanistan vote as Pashtuns, Tajiks (27%), Uzbeks (9%), and Hazaras (9%).

These are all unique racial groups with their own languages, cultures, identities, and traditions, and are only tentatively united by the universalist religion of Islam. Within these ethnic groups, politics breaks down into complex clan and tribal patterns.

Even though suits and ties will sometimes be donned, and high-sounding jargon spouted about women’s rights and democracy to impress Western observers and paymasters, this is a country with a strong culture of its own that is—and always will be—deeply resistant to Western influence and European ways.

Afghanistan is one of those cobbled-together states that, like the Habsburg monarchy, arise because of a series of historical accidents and are held together by people whose worship of the status quo verges on the pathological.

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Is Islam a Race? Birmingham Trial Will Tell

5th April 2014

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Burton’s trial is very worrying for anyone who holds dear freedom of speech and other basic civil liberties. One of the worrisome aspects is the conflating of “religion” with “race”. Islam is clearly not a race and Muslims belong to all races, including whites. Furthermore, the Crown Prosecution Service considers those two charges (racially- and religiously-aggravated crimes) as distinct ones.

But, despite officially paying lip service to this distinction, in Tim Burton’s case the CPS is trying to combine and confuse the two because it does not have sufficient ground to get a conviction on the “religiously aggravated” charge — which requires stronger evidence -, so decides to prosecute using the easier “racially aggravated” one.

As the CPS’s own website says, “So it will be more difficult to prosecute for inciting religious hatred as opposed to racial hatred”.

You might think this a silly question — which it is — but modern politics, and (sadly) modern law, wrestles with such silly questions all the time, with seemingly absurd results more often than most people would find comfortable.

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Top American Official Charges U.N. Patent Organization Chief With ‘Serious Violations of National and International Law’

5th April 2014

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

I guess this is payback for top U.N. officials charging American organization chiefs with serious violations of national and international law. Tit for tat.

He must be made to suffer, as were those U.N. ‘peacekeepers’ that brought the cholera epidemic to Haiti. (Oh, wait….)

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Woman, 73, Accused of Operating Drug Tunnel Uncovered Under Mexican Border

5th April 2014

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Tucked inside one of a string of warehouses, hidden behind boxes of televisions and plastic three-wheel toys, under a concrete slab and down a 70-foot shaft, is a tunnel Mexican drug dealers hoped to use to move hundreds of pounds of marijuana and cocaine into the U.S.

Hey, you gotta go where the customers are. It’s not as if Mexicans could afford a heavy drug habit.

“Here we are again, foiling cartel plans to sneak millions of dollars of illegal drugs through secret passageways that cost millions of dollars to build,” said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy. “Going underground is not a good business plan. We have promised to locate these super tunnels and keep powerful drug cartels from taking their business underground and out of sight, and once again, we have delivered on that promise.”

And you’ve been so successful that drug dealers have just thrown up their hands and ceased trying to compete. Sure, I believe that.

Arrested Tuesday, Rodriguez told agents she owns a business that provides immigration services and prepares taxes and attempted to hide her connection to the warehouse, despite surveillance evidence to contrary. She is charged in a criminal complaint with conspiring with others to maintain a drug involved premises. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California is prosecuting the case.

“Immigration services”, eh? I guess pot and crack weren’t the only things traveling along those tunnels.

I guess she just couldn’t make it on Social Security. Barry, could you fix that?

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Mob Attacks Detroit Driver After He Tries To Help Accident Victim

4th April 2014

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The fact that the story goes out of its way to avoid mentioning race suggests that the driver was white and the beaters were black. Note that the driver was characterized as ‘suburban’ and the neighborhood was an ‘east side’ neighborhood.

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Obama ‘Champion of Change’ Amnesty Advocate Indicted for Immigration Fraud

4th April 2014

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That’s not Change, that’s Business As Usual.

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Zoning’s Racist Roots Still Bear Fruit

2nd April 2014

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“Blacks,” said Mayor Barry Mahool, “should be quarantined in isolated slums in order to reduce the incidents of civil disturbance, to prevent the spread of communicable disease into the nearby White neighborhoods, and to protect property values among the White majority.”

Mahool was the mayor of Baltimore who, in 1910, signed into law a racial zoning ordinance. According to Christopher Silver’s The Racial Origins of Zoning in American Cities, he was also “a nationally recognized member of the ‘social justice’ wing of the Progressive movement.”

One of the problems with Low-Information Voters is that anything that happened before about, oh, last week, is off their radar. Democrats depend on this to sweep under the rug that their party has been the Party of Racism since the Civil War.  Judging by the voting statistics, it’s worked, too — wonder why nobody cites that when they talk about racial disparity in IQ.

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You Aren’t Invited

2nd April 2014

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Officials with the Olathe, Kansas, school system have apologized after inviting only black students on a field trip that included visits to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and an exhibit on the Civil Rights movement at a local museum. Well, actually, they say it was all a “misunderstanding” and that the invitation mistakenly “suggested” the trip was open only to blacks. But the actual invitation specified that it was for “our African-American sophomores and juniors.”

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Judge Rejects Drug Court Judge’s 1.5 Year Plea Deal, Demands 2 Years Instead

31st March 2014

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That’s it, throw the book at ‘im. (Snicker)

Perhaps an appropriate sentence would be to average the sentences that he has handed out to his birds of a feather.

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NYT: Mexican-American “Disinterest” in Voting

31st March 2014

Steve Sailer limns the decline of a once-great journalistic institution.

 I’m not a stickler about proper usage of the English language (mote, log, own eye, etc.), but still, the decline of the word “disinterested” represents a decline in moral as well as literary standards….

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Ideologies Without Consequences

31st March 2014

Victor Davis Hanson chronicles our slide into the abyss.

If only people had to live in the world that they dreamed of for others.

Endangered species everywhere are supposed to be at risk — except birds of prey shredded by wind turbine farms, or reptilian habitats harmed by massive solar farms. High-speed rail is great for utopian visionaries — except don’t dare start it in the Bay Area, when there are yokels aplenty down in Hanford to experiment on. Let’s raise power bills to the highest levels in the country with all sorts of green mandates — given that we live in 70-degree year-round temperatures, while “they” who are stupid enough to dwell in 105-degree Bakersfield deserve the resulting high power bills. We need cheap labor, open borders, multiculturalism, and identity politics, but not too near my kids’ Santa Monica or Atherton prep schools. I like my beamer in La Jolla and my Mercedes in Menlo Park, but not the fracking that might provide cheaper gas for Juan and Jose who drive a used 10-year-old Yukon 40 miles to work in Mendota.

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West Nile Virus May Have Met Its Match: Tobacco

30th March 2014

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Everything bad is good for you.

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Identity Politics

30th March 2014

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

30th March 2014

I Only Want to Be With You

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When Hell Was in Session

29th March 2014

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Admiral Jeremiah Denton died yesterday at the age of 89. Admiral Denton served seven-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi during the Vietnam War. Denton’s is a story that should be known by all Americans. In captivity Admiral Denton gave something beyond the last full measure of devotion. His is a story of almost unbelievable endurance, courage and patriotism.

And a reminder that for about a decade we were at war with a government that paid no attention to any Geneva Convention and treated our military about the same way that the S.S. treated Jews in concentration camps — and we buy shit from that country, under that government, today. That is the saddest thing about history that has happened in our lifetime.

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Arizona Teachers Union Fights Educational Opportunity for Disabled Children

28th March 2014

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The Arizona Supreme Court last week declined to hear the appeal of the teacher’s union to rule the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Account Program (ESA) as unconstitutional. The appeals court’s ruling now stands, paving the way for more children to enroll in the program.

The ESA currently allows families of disabled students to attend the school of their choosing. They are allotted 90 percent of the funding that would have been spent for their education at a public school.

The state’s unions have opposed the ESA since it was introduced three years ago. The Arizona Federation of Teachers  (AFT) claims the program guts funding from public schools and diverts taxpayer funds to private schools. They called the program a “boondoggle” and said it is “unconscionable” that legislators would approve of it.

Look for … the Union label….

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Maniac Feminist

28th March 2014

The Other McCain turns over a rock.

The problem with trying to keep up with feminist insanity is, while you’re distracted by one deranged nutjob — say, Amanda Marcotte, or that fat chick with paranoid rape fears — another one is likely to go off her meds and completely melt down while you’re not looking.

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The Criminality and Psychopathy of Statism

28th March 2014

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… most of the state’s minions don’t think of themselves as criminals. That’s because (a) they don’t think deeply, they just do what they’re paid to do, and (b) they’ve been brain-washed into believing that the state (as long as it’s their state) can do no wrong. (Well, it can do no wrong today, though its past wrongs are sometimes perceived through the lens of hindsight.) If the “criminal” label applies to anyone, it applies to the politicians whose wishes are their minions’ commands. Criminality is a manifestation of psychopathy: a common trait among leftist politicians and the pundits and academicians whose facile rationalizations for statism give aid and comfort to leftist causes.

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6 Arrested After Police Raid LAX in Passenger Luggage Theft Case

28th March 2014

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Yet another good reason not to fly.

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Liberal Fascism Revisited

27th March 2014

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Williamson observes: “It is a perversion of the English language that our so-called liberals are the least liberal faction in our polity. American liberalism is the creed that you are entitled to think as you like and entitled to do as you are commanded.”

But liberals want to control our thoughts too. They seek to stigmatize heterodox thought as bigoted or criminal or otherwise beyond the pale. They seek to destroy those with whom they disagree.

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Philadelphia Teens Charged With Beating Student With Brick

27th March 2014

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I guess we’re all Trayvon Martin now — except for white people, of course.

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Not Really News: More Sleazy Harry Reid Payments to Granddaughter

27th March 2014

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Tuesday, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reimbursed his campaign for nearly $17,000 in payments made in late 2013 to his granddaughter for “holiday gifts.”

But new payments are surfacing bringing the total to $31,000.

One $9,064 payment in December 2012, on page 51 of in Reid’s Jan. 31, 2013 Federal Election Commission filing, was made to “Ryan Elisabeth,” a jewelry brand his granddaughter, Ryan Elisabeth Reid, uses.

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PSA: Don’t Kill Yourself, Literally, Over BS Ransomware

26th March 2014

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We’ve talked about ransomware in the past, the process by which criminals pose as either rights holders or law enforcement to convince people that they must pay large sums of money for transgressions in order to avoid serious jail time.

The ugliest face of this particular problem isn’t even addressed in the article, which is: Would these threats have any effect if it weren’t for the fact that people are aware of what sort of Orwellian power that the current morass of government law/regulation affords those who know how to work the system? We even have a word for it — ‘lawfare’. We increasingly live in a world where one can impose financially crippling costs on someone merely by taking them to court, especially if one is a public official (ponder how ‘plea bargains’ work) or a business enterprise with deeper pockets than most ordinary individuals possess. News reports are full of instances where some poor guys gets a letter from a lawyer (or sounding as if it came from a lawyer) indulging in what is fairly obvious extortion.

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Gay Firefox Developers Boycott Mozilla to Protest CEO Hire

26th March 2014

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Totalitarianism advances in America.

Yesterday, after nearly a year of searching, the Mozilla Foundation announced the hiring of longtime CTO Brendan Eich as its new CEO. The internal hire looks like Mozilla opted for a technological leader to head up the front office as opposed to a business school expert, though at this point, Eich’s coding chops (inventing JavaScript, co-founding Mozilla) have possibly been outpaced by his past nine years of Mozilla leadership work.

But much of the public reaction to his promotion skipped past that “can a coder run a company” question, focusing squarely on another financial issue. In 2008, Eich donated $1,000 in support of California’s Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that sought to ban gay marriage in the state. So shortly after the announcement of Eich’s hiring, the reaction came swiftly. In particular, developers came forward with a mix of boycotts and reluctant acceptance.

App developer Rarebit ignited the conversation by announcing that it pulled its apps from the Firefox Marketplace. In a statement, Rarebit CEO Hampton Catlin recalled the story of his own gay marriage experience in California, which allowed him to marry Rarebit co-founder Michael Catlin. Catlin called Eich out for both his Prop 8 donation and his choice not to apologize.

“We morally cannot support a foundation that would not only leave someone with hateful views in power but will give them a promotion and put them in charge of the entire organization,” he wrote.

It is certainly (in a properly-ordered world) the right of anyone to refuse to use a product for whatever reason they think best, but this tendency of the supposed proponents of tolerance to characterize legitimate differences of opinion as ‘hateful views’ is the sort of thing that, in the modern era of Identity Politics, eventually gets turned into legislation, regulations, and prosecutions.

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Al Sharpton Hugs Poll Worker Convicted of Voter Fraud at Voting Rights Rally

24th March 2014

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Crooks of a feather flock together.

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Obama to Kill Tomahawk, Hellfire Missile Programs

24th March 2014

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President Barack Obama is seeking to abolish two highly successful missile programs that experts say have helped the U.S. Navy maintain military superiority for the past several decades.

The Tomahawk missile program—known as “the world’s most advanced cruise missile”—is set to be cut by $128 million under Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal and completely eliminated by fiscal year 2016, according to budget documents released by the Navy.

In addition to the monetary cuts to the program, the number of actual Tomahawk missiles acquired by the United States would drop significantly—from 196 last year to just 100 in 2015. The number will then drop to zero in 2016.

The Navy will also be forced to cancel its acquisition of the well-regarded and highly effective Hellfire missiles in 2015, according to Obama’s proposal.

I’m not sayin’ that Obama is a secret Muslim — but if he were, what would he be doing differently?

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Middle England’s Allotments Become Metric Battlefield

24th March 2014

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Imperial traditionalists have expressed dismay that allotments will henceforth be measured in metres, thereby ending a 600-year-old system of staking out municipal veg patches in poles.

According to the Daily Mail, shocked gardeners have received rent renewal notices from their town halls reclassifying the standard “10 pole” allotment as 253 square metres.

The swine.

However, the powers that be further up the administrative food chain denied they had mandated the metric allotment. A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government insisted: “There is no central government requirement for town halls to measure up the size of their allotments. This sounds like the work of over-zealous municipal officials.”

Oh, we know all about over-zealous municipal officials.

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The Brutal Ageism of Tech

24th March 2014

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Silicon Valley has become one of the most ageist places in America. Tech luminaries who otherwise pride themselves on their dedication to meritocracy don’t think twice about deriding the not-actually-old. “Young people are just smarter,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told an audience at Stanford back in 2007. As I write, the website of ServiceNow, a large Santa Clara–based I.T. services company, features the following advisory in large letters atop its “careers” page: “We Want People Who Have Their Best Work Ahead of Them, Not Behind Them.”

And that’s just what gets said in public. An engineer in his forties recently told me about meeting a tech CEO who was trying to acquire his company. “You must be the token graybeard,” said the CEO, who was in his late twenties or early thirties. “I looked at him and said, ‘No, I’m the token grown-up.’ ”

Apparently this is great news for the cosmetic surgery field.

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