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The Internet Executioner

20th December 2017

Victor Davis Hanson doesn’t like what he sees.

In the pre-Internet age, newspaper and television reporters would need clearance from their nosy managing editors to investigate a breaking scandal or firing. Additional journalists then would go to work uncovering facts and details. There were, to be sure, feeding frenzies and misinformation in the zeal to get a scoop or ensure an exclusive story. But the pursuit of a scandal was braked by both professional fears about the consequences of shoddy or biased reporting, and the absence of instantaneous electronic messaging and posting.

Suggestions of wrongdoing would be digested, debated, and disseminated for days or weeks within a larger cycle of warring op-ed columns and radio and television debate and commentary. In this often deliberate process, federal or local district attorneys and/or a grand jury, then, could monitor the public story, while conducting preliminary investigations to determine whether a criminal indictment was necessary. A court trial might follow.

Not now. The Internet and social media have either compressed—or pruned away entirely—such adjudication, which once ensured to the accused some presumption of innocence and constitutional due process. Well-meant and needed efforts—from calling to account sexual harassers to stopping Russian interference in U.S. politics to questioning the commemoration of Confederate-era racist slave-holders—can accelerate quickly out of control to the point where rumor, innuendo, or frenzy replace reason, fact, and fair adjudication. How ironic—or rather predictable—it is that the more rapid the transmission of a story, the more likely it is to be inaccurate or untrue.

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Mika Brzezinski Says She Knows ‘Men Who Won’t Hire Women Now’ Because of the #MeToo Movement

19th December 2017

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Told You So.

Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

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Listen for the Noise

19th December 2017

Taki looks back in anger.

Rose-colored glasses conceded, the ’50s were still the best decade ever. Uncle Sam was propping up recovering Europe, our borders were not being overrun, the French Riviera was not covered by cement and inhabited by oligarchs and oil-rich camel drivers, tennis players played for love, and Mickey Mantle hit balls way out of the park without the aid of steroids. And pro football had suddenly caught on. The pros ran onto the field wearing those capes that made them look like ancient warriors, and once the game began we heard the noise—unheard-of until then—of bodies hitting bodies at great speed. That wonderful novelist Irwin Shaw once took me to the Giants’ training camp and told me to just listen: for the noise. I was hooked. There was the great Sam Huff, a nice boy from the South, whom Time magazine had put on its cover when Time was the No. 1 weekly in America. The story was called “The Violent World of Sam Huff.” There was the all-American boy hero, clean and handsome Frank Gifford; the Texan Kyle Rote; the two grizzly, beaten-up quarterbacks Chuck Conerly and Y.A. Tittle; the two Roosevelts, Grier and Brown; and Arnie Weinmeister; and Andy Robustelli; and many more. The present winless Cleveland Browns had not lost a game throughout the ’50s, or so it seemed, as they won the NFL championship year in and year out. Their quarterback was Otto Graham, their fullback Marion Motley; and coach Paul Brown had given his name to the team. There were other great stars of other teams—too many to mention, but names like Unitas, Bednarik (last pro to play both offense and defense), Van Buren, Waterfield, and Ameche stand out.

But that was then. And this is now: cheap shots, head shots, blindside shots, tackles designed to disable, unsportsmanlike conduct as routine, post-play trash talk, taunting of fallen opponents, and, of course, exploitation of the national anthem to show the rest of us that NFL players are righteous, socially concerned young men. Oh yes, I almost forgot. Once upon a time a touchdown was celebrated not at all, the player simply putting the ball on the ground and returning to the bench to be congratulated by his teammates.

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The Danger of Race-Based Politics

17th December 2017

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Overall, perceptions of worsening racial relations have been building since the Obama years. And now, with everything from the Kate Steinle murder verdict to President Trump’s dog-whistling Muslim tweets, they see destined to worsen further.

Ironically the strongest demand for racial exclusion comes mostly not from traditional racists — still not extinct — but from a campus left determined to address the evils of “whiteness” through policies of racial separation not seen since Jim Crow days. At some campuses, events are held that whites are excluded from and racially separate dorms are being developed. Even at the high school level, there are attempts to be “racially conscious” towards students, essentially teaching them to their racial “profile,” with dubious educational benefits.

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Western Derangement Syndrome

17th December 2017

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One of the most disturbing features of current discourse is the increasing level on both sides of the political aisle of utter irrationality and loss of any sense of proportion. This seems to be manifesting itself in particular over three issues.

On Britain’s departure from the EU, the Remainers seemed to lose the plot from the referendum result onwards. They have consistently stated that, as a result of Brexit, the British economy would collapse. Today, faced with evidence that the economy is in fact doing quite well they state the economy has now collapsed. It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to Britain. Oh, and don’t forget also that, according to No 10’s wine supplier among others, we’re all going to starve to death.

This hysteria over Brexit is matched, if not exceeded, by the wild, indeed maniacal, exaggerations, distortions and misrepresentations of the words and deeds of President Donald Trump. It is being stated as established fact, for example, that he has admitted assaulting women, that he colluded with Russia and that so far he has achieved absolutely nothing whatsoever.

These claims are all untrue. In his infamous (and revolting) remarks about grabbing women, he was in fact boasting that women were throwing themselves at him; there is still not one shred of evidence that he or his campaign team had inappropriate ties with Russia; and his record of achievements so far, including stimulating the economy, rolling back regulations and tackling illegal immigration, exceeds that of many if not all his predecessors in their first year of office.

The third issue, after Brexit and Trump Derangement Syndromes, is Islamism. For large swathes of the left, any claim that Islamist extremism and terrorism are rooted in any problematic features of Islamic religion and culture is regarded as evidence of bigotry and “Islamophobia”.

With thanks to Debby Witt, a kindred soul.

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Men Need Not Apply

17th December 2017

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“In Boston, the leader of a businesswomen’s group said that some women were so angry about the wave of sexual harassment revelations that they no longer wanted to hire more men.” That’s the opening line in a recent article in the New York Times. The woman is 32-year-old Kristina Tsipouras, and the group she founded and heads is Boston Business Women.

At first glance, the idea of not hiring men seems and probably is, legally, quite discriminatory. But think about it. Aside from its unfairness to good men, from a practical point of view, it does appear to be the easiest solution to all the gender difficulties we’re now witnessing. Writing in the Times in early October, following the Harvey Weinstein allegations, Claire Cain Miller wrote of the uneasiness a lot of men now had in having one-on-one interactions with women, and how this can be detrimental to women’s advancement. Miller went on to say, “In interviews, women in companies with many female or gay executives were more likely to say one-on-one relationships had never been an issue for them.”

The implication is clear: Companies will do better with one-on-one interactions if they show a preference for putting women and gay men in executive positions. But that was before revelations about Kevin Spacey and James Levine, which showed that gay men can be, at the very least, inappropriate too—though in this case, with other men.

One important thing is true as of today: All of the people thus far publicly accused of sexual harassment are male. So why take chances? Why not simply hire women? And only nominate women for public office?

Alternatively, why hire women? In areas like tech where the numbers of competent women are almost negligible, there’s a good chance that your shop is either all men or vastly majority men. Hiring a woman would be like installing an IED in the break room.

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Children Are Starving Under Socialism

17th December 2017

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

Without eternal vigilance, it can happen here.

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The Truth About Racial Profiling Is That Everyone Does It, Especially Leftists

13th December 2017

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My black brother who lives in Baltimore said something that has stuck with me. He said, “I am tired of having to show people (whites) that I am not like them (black thugs).” His comment was made to convince me that NFL players have valid reasons for protesting our country.

I told my brother it is not white America’s fault that blacks commit more crimes than any other race except whites. Blacks are only 13% of the population.

White Americans did not burden my brother with constantly having to show he is not a thug, blacks did. Like our dad, Dr. Rev. Lloyd E. Marcus, my brother is highly respected in his community; awarded for his service as commissioner of his county’s youth football league. However, my brother does dress urban style — the causal attire typical of inner city blacks. No, he does not wear his pants below his butt.

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Another Kind of Bubble

13th December 2017

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The most valued skill in this town is the ability to navigate the structure and processes of federal legislation, litigation, regulation, grant-making, and enforcement. These are legitimate skills with a market value for persons and groups with interests to be protected or advanced. Don’t knock it. Lobbyists protect you from most of the steady stream of cosmic stupidity that flows from the Good Idea Elves on Capitol Hill and within the agencies.

The problem is that these insider skills do not easily translate into useful tools for dealing with problems, issues, and realities outside of the federal processes. And people who are really good at these intra-Washington processes are often promoted to positions where the dominant tasks and issues are literally outside the box where their expertise and experience resides.

The reason lobbyists get rich is because they are much in demand. The reason they are much in demand is because the government can royally screw you over and will if you don’t defend yourself against it. Microsoft found this out in the 1990s and their Washington presence went from a few simple sales offices to a huge lobbying force as a result.

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Man Beaten to Near Death by Left-Wing Extremists for Wearing Flag Suspenders

12th December 2017

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How come the anti-fascist crowd keeps acting like, well, fascists?

The German term for ‘anti-semitism’ is judenhasse, jew-hatred. There ought to be a corresponding term for America-hatred.

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Another Massachusetts Democrat Facing Massive Scandal

11th December 2017

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Yet another crooked politician from the party that gave us Tammany Hall.

Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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Take a look at the Luttrell Psalter

11th December 2017

Read it.  And watch the video.

The Luttrell Psalter is one of the most famous relics of medieval illumination.

It is, shall we say, very pretty.

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Garrison Keillor Flushed Down the Memory Hole

11th December 2017

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I have alway considered Garrison Keillor to be an odious proglodyte toad, but many people loved and were entertained by his work for public radio, and his Stalinesque erasure from Minneapolis Public Radio ought to serve as a stark warning of what progs and their front-men in the Democrat party are capable.

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Teacher Who Was Fired for ‘Misgendering’ a Student Slaps School With Lawsuit

11th December 2017

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And the pushback begins.

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Navy: Black Sailor Staged Racist Graffiti Against Himself

8th December 2017

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Yet Another Hate Hoax.

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Canadian Health Care Wait Times More Than Double in 25 Years, Report Finds

8th December 2017

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How about that government-provided health care? Don’t you wish America had a system like that?

You could always vote for Bernie….

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15-Year-Old Pro-Life Student Punched in the Face, Sent to Hospital

6th December 2017

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Thomas was praying and speaking with women in front of a Planned Parenthood facility when a woman started threatening to beat and “f—” her up, according to Students for Life of America. The woman reportedly then stole a sign reading, “All people are made in the image of God,” at which point the students started to record the incident.

The woman returned, tried to steal another sign, and subsequently punched Thomas in the face.

Haters gotta hate.

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John Conyers’ Son And Appointed Successor: ‘My N***as’ Deal Drugs, ‘Dad Is A F***ing Player’

5th December 2017

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Apparently the acorn doesn’t fall very far from the tree.

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Green Card Holder Arrested For Planning To Shoot Up Islamic Center

5th December 2017

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Florida police arrested a Filipino green card holder for planning a mass shooting at an Islamic center to give Muslims “a taste of their own medicine.”

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Primum Non Nocere

4th December 2017

Used to be, in the Good Old Days, there was this thing called the Hippocratic Oath.

Although not actually part of the classical Hippocratic Oath, the phrase Primum Non Nocere has traditionally been associated with in conventional understandings of medical ethics.

It means ‘First, to do no harm’. That this is the essence of the ethical standard to which medical practitioners are to be held used to be unquestioned. But these days … not so much.

‘Want me to kill your baby? Want me to kill your grandmother? Hey, so long as I won’t go to jail for it, I’m good.’ appears to be the new medical ethical standard.

I do not consider this progress.

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Former Dem Congresswoman Sentenced To Five Years In Prison On Corruption Charges

4th December 2017

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Yet Another Corrupt Black Female Politician hits the skids. How many does that make so far?

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Family Friendly

4th December 2017

ZMan blows the whistle.

If science suddenly noticed that birds were laying fewer eggs, they would ring the alarm and warn of a coming bird-pocalypse. The assumption would be that humans were doing soemthing to make the birds unable to reproduce. The same would be true of any species that saw its fertility decline. The starting assumption of biology is that all living things are built primarily to reproduce. That is the biological imperative. With one exception, a drop in an animal’s fertility must be due to some exogenous factor. That exception is humans.

In the West, human fertility rates have steadily fallen for over a half century. This is celebrated by our betters as the hallmark of human progress. Anytime the subject of fertility rates is raised, the knee-jerk response is to start hooting about women being more educated and having more options. The underlying assumption is that stupid people have lots of kids while smart people have few children. The implication of this is that the people who built Western Civilization were stupid, because they had high fertility rates.

It really is an odd thing that has happened in America over the last fifty years. Starting in the 1960’s, motherhood became something close to a badge of shame with our cognitive elites. This rather quickly oozed into the the upper classes and then the middle class. As a result, public policy has been altered to discourage childbearing. Just look at the hysterics from Progressive women anytime they don’t get their way. They immediately start howling about how they will not get easy access to abortions and free prophylactics.

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The Downside of Full Pay Transparency

4th December 2017

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Such pay transparency has many proponents, who argue that it can help motivate employees, close the gender pay gap, and attract new talent by providing a clear picture of how achievement in the company is rewarded.

But it can also have the opposite effect, demoralizing employees and driving valuable talent away, especially when it isn’t clear why some people are paid more than others.

Note that the heart of the problem is not transparency per se but the arbitrary and capricious way some companies pay their employees — a classic ‘shoot the messenger’ scenario. Employees are only ‘demoralized’ when they learn that there is no rhyme or reason to the way the company pays certain people. If that ‘drives valuable talent away’, that’s because said ‘valuable talent’ would otherwise be paid less-than-market rates. Keeping pay rates secret is merely another tool in a company’s kit for cheating employees.

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Wall Street Big Killed by Shark While Diving in Costa Rica

3rd December 2017

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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The Boomtown That Shouldn’t Exist

3rd December 2017

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Politico is a rock-solid Voice of the Crust, so the amount of what Scott Adams calls ‘cognitive dissonance’ exhibited in this article should come as no surprise.

Cape Coral may be the best place to gauge the future of the dream—and to see whether Florida has any hope of overcoming its zany developmental, political and environmental history—because Cape Coral is the ultimate microcosm of Florida. It’s literally a peninsula jutting off the peninsula, the least natural, worst-planned, craziest-growing piece of an unnatural, badly planned, crazy-growing state. Man has sculpted it into an almost comically artificial landscape, with a Seven Islands section featuring seven perfectly rectangular islands and an Eight Lakes neighborhood featuring eight perfectly square lakes. And while much of Florida now yo-yos between routine droughts and routine floods, Cape Coral’s fluctuations are particularly wild. This spring, the city faced a water shortage so dire that its fire department feared it couldn’t rely on its hydrants, yet this summer, the city endured a record-breaking flood. And that “50-year rain event” came two weeks before Irma, which was also supposedly a 50-year event.v

Note the distinguishing characteristics of proglodyte dogma: ‘least natural’ (natural good, artificial bad), worst-planned (planned good, unplanned bad), ‘craziest-growing’ (growth is somehow crazy). Statists just can’t comprehend how a people working together without some overall plan by an overarching public authority can somehow come together and make it all work.

As climate change has ushered in a new era of higher seas and deadlier storms, pre-written obituaries keep appearing in magazines like the New Yorker and Rolling Stone, portraying southern Florida as the next Atlantis. As Irma approached, I wrote my own requiem in this magazine, portraying South Florida as an unsustainable paradise. But life does go on.

Note what Scott Adams calls ‘magical thinking’: the ‘new era of higher seas and deadlier storms’ have been ushered in by ‘climate change’, even though there is absolutely no concrete evidence that seas are higher or storms are deadlier or even that ‘climate change’ has anything to do with either. But proglodytes see it when they believe it. (If it’s in the New Yorker and Rolling Stone, then it HAS to be true!)

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Cape Wind Offshore Power Project Is Dead in the Water

3rd December 2017

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Once again, hipster ‘clean energy’ stumbles and falls.

Will people learn from this? Probably not.

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Grad Students Protest GOP’s Tax Hike and Prepare to Fight About Tuition

3rd December 2017

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One of the Left’s tools in its March Through the Institutions that doesn’t get a lot of attention is the push for everybody to go to college. This takes young people out of the job market during a period of life when it’s easiest for them to get used to the requirements of adulthood like Showing Up Every Day, continues them in adolescent bad habits like expecting somebody else to fund their living expenses, and eventually dumps them on the market with a degree that isn’t worth shit so that they spend the rest of their days full of resentment that somebody somewhere cheated them out of the golden lifestyle that they had been promised.

One of the chief warts developed in this process is the reverence for the magic word Funding. Just as adolescents grow accustomed to whining to their parents for money to do whatever it is they want to do, academics and prot0-academics like grad students are engaged in a constant search for Funding, which essentially means finding somebody else to give them money. The tech boom has mitigated this somewhat by providing entrepreneurial opportunities outside of the Magic Funding System, but only for the brightest, i.e. those that would be successful anyway. The mediocre (which is most of them) are still hunting for Funding. This makes them prime candidates for the Left’s sweet song about dependency on government benefits, like government-provided health care.

This is also why the Left is so hostile to vocational training, because vocational training produces people who can actually get a job and support themselves, as well as people who are exposed in the real world and realize that there is no Santa Claus, i.e. Republicans. This is why high schools are always evaluated on how many of their graduates get into college rather than how many of their graduates can actually support themselves. (Lucky for the high schools, most of which these days don’t produce graduates who have been taught skills that will help them actually support themselves.)

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Report: Charlottesville Police Feared Antifa Would Attack Them With Cement, Fentanyl

2nd December 2017

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Seems credible to me.

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Elderly Woman Makes Ricin Then Tests It on Fellow Retirement Home Residents

2nd December 2017

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Tell the truth: We’ve all wanted to do that.

I have a little list….

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The Last Strawman

2nd December 2017

If you have been following the news you will have noticed that every day some DemLegHump Media outlet will have a story (or stories) along the lines of ‘This is the last straw!’ or ‘Trump has gone too far this time!’

There appears to be a sentiment among Trump opponents that they are of superior perspecuity to the Great Unwashed and that they can pierce the veil of ignorance to see that Trump is a racist/sexist/whatver-you-goti-st homophobe/tranophobe/whatever-you-got-ophobe, and it’s just a matter of waiting for the Great Unwashed to get it through their thick skulls that Trump Is Actually Hitler and get with the program. Hence they are always on the lookout for that Last Little Bit of Evidence that will prove the tipping point in that (to their minds inevitable) process.

Couple this search (a collateral duty with the search for Heretics and Sinners) with the reflexive urge to see any criticism of women as based on deep-seated sexism (sometimes so deep that the offender himself is not aware of it; that’s a whole academic department these days) and any criticism of somebody who isn’t a white male Christian is based on deep-seated racism (never mind that Mexican isn’t a race and Muslim isn’t a race; race just means Fashionable Minority these days, and there’s another whole six-pack of academic departments based on that delusion), and you get the BREAKING NEWS stories from people who are convinced that the most recent outrage by Trump or somebody plausibly (or even implausibly) connected to Trump is the Holy Last Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back.

The problem is that it never is. It really never is. In most cases it’s just Trump being Trump, and everybody in the Great Unwashed has finally cottoned to the fact that a lot of what Trump does is straight Republican stuff, and almost all of what Trump says is just Trump jerking the chains of the simpletons who inhabit the DemLegHump Media (which he does whenever he feels the urge to entertain himself).

The accuracy of the term The Last Strawman proceeds from the fact that in many of these cases the underlying supposed offense by Trump (or one of his people) is just imaginary on the part of the poor True Believer reporting (or commenting on) the incident.

Consider the notorious Access Hollywood tape that is the cornerstone of the widespread leftist belief that Trump Hates Women and Trump Is a Sexual Harasser. Yes, he did say ‘Grab ’em by the pussy!’ But if you actually watch the tape, he said that in the course of a conversation about how women will put up with some amazing shit from powerful men; this wasn’t a recommendation on his part, but more in the nature of a complaint. Nevertheless, everyone on the Left is convinced that this is Actual Evidence of Sexual Harassment on the part of Trump, and that he ought to be sent to the Gulag in the same train as Harvey Weinstein. But it’s totally bogus; a classic Straw Man.

A similar reflex operates with respect to Muslim terrorism. If somebody points out an incident where a Muslim extremist blows people up or shoots people down because they think their religion requires it (the famous ‘Allahu Akbar!’ shout is key), then a proglodyte will immediately go ape: ‘OMG! You think all Muslims are terrorists! You’re an Islamophobe! Unclean! Unclean!’. Well, no. The fact that Muslim extremists blow people up or shoot people down is just a fact, available to everyone through a simple internet search. I do a weekly post, Islamocopia Friday, that collects the numerous news items every week that document this very thing. Does this reflect a problem with Islam and mass murder? I think it’s pretty obvious that it does, and that’s independent of how one feels about Islam. But the proglodyte search for Heretics and Sinners doesn’t admit of nuance — anything that isn’t a bare recitation of The Party Line is beyond the pale and a sign of deep and ineradicable corruption.

So there it is. Look for it on a TV channel or in a newspaper near you.

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Report: ‘Counter-Protester’ Started Infamous Charlottesville Parking Garage Fight

1st December 2017

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So it was the left-wing fascists, not the right-wing fascists, who started it.

Good to know.

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Jimmy Kimmel Sends Redneck ‘Republican’ Prankster to AL Church to Taunt Moore Voters

1st December 2017

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Proglodytes never really grow up.

If Republicans had done this to a Democrat candidate, they’d be the first to clutch their pearls about the depravity of it all. But when Democrats do it to Republicans it’s Just Good Clean Fun.

 

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NHS Radiology to be Reviewed After Hospital Causes ‘Significant Harm’ to Cancer Patients

1st December 2017

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How about that government-provided health care! Don’t you wish we had a system like that in America?

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Roy Moore Blames LGBTQ People and ‘Socialists’ for Child Sex Abuse Allegations Against Him

1st December 2017

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A credible accusation which, under modern rules, must therefore be assumed to be true.

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Reverend Says Brits Should Pray Prince George Turns Out Gay

1st December 2017

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The Church of England has given up any presence of being a Christian organization.

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Science is Not ‘What Scientists Do’

1st December 2017

Wesley J. Smith blows the whistle.

Science is a method for determining facts about the natural world. As the dictionary definition has it, it is “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.”

But too often science is hijacked by “the scientists,” who actually do something else–or make ideological or ethical assertions–and call it “science.” And when they are criticized or their findings are challenged, they wield the “anti-science” canard like a cudgel to shut their critics up–a phenomenon about which I wrote in more detail here.

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Emmanuel Macron Vows to Make French the World’s First Language

1st December 2017

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Good luck with that.

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As the Pervnado Turns

1st December 2017

Eric Raymond is getting fed up.

As a tribune of the people Trump is deeply flawed. Some of his policy ideas are toxic. His personal style is tacky, ugly, and awful. But increasingly I am wondering if any of that matters. Because if he is good for nothing else, he is good for exposing the corruption, incompetence, and fecklessness of the elites – or, rather, in their desperation to take him down before he breaks their rice bowls, they expose themselves.

Yeah. Is there anyone who thinks all these rocks would be turning over if Hillary the serial rape enabler were in the White House? Nope. With her, or any establishment Republican, it’d be cronyism all they way down, because they’d feel a need to keep the corrupt elites on side. Not Trump – his great virtue, perhaps overriding every flaw, is that he doesn’t give a fuck for elite approval.

Which sums up my attitude as well very nicely.

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Woman Charged After Biting Flight Attendants on Plane

30th November 2017

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Tell the truth, we’ve all wanted to do that.

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Democrats Bring the H8: Net Neutrality Supporter Charged for Allegedly Threatening to Kill US Rep Katko

30th November 2017

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These kids today.

‘Net neutrality’ is one of those political euphemisms that disguise rather than reveal to what they refer. If they’d called it ‘Government control of the Internet’, people would be less eager to support it.

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Purging the Progs: 6 People Who Were Literally Erased From History

30th November 2017

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Old-line Communists had this down to an art, so we have the technology.

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Celebrity Elephant Crushes Owner to Death at Thailand Zoo

29th November 2017

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If I were a celebrity elephant, I’d have done the same thing.

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Powerful Mexican Drug Cartel Leaves a Gruesome Package Outside TV Office

29th November 2017

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One of Mexico’s most violent and powerful drug trafficking organizations left a bloody message at the offices of a major television broadcaster, Mexican officials said Tuesday.

Authorities discovered a cooler containing two severed human heads outside the Guadalajara offices of Televisa, the largest media company in Latin America, reports Reuters.

On the cooler was a threatening note signed “CJNG,” the Spanish initials of rising powerhouse drug gang Jalisco New Generation Cartel. In another part of the city, police discovered a second cooler marked with threats, as well as a bag filled with what appeared to be human remains.

Sure, open up the borders! Let ’em all in! What could possibly go wrong?

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People Across the Internet Are Unleashing Extremely Vile, Racist Attacks Against the FCC Chairman

29th November 2017

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Funny how the Left is all down on racism — unless they want to do it.

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Government Oversight Failings Allowed ‘Staggering Mishandling’ of Confidential NHS Patient Information, Say MPs

29th November 2017

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How about that great government-provided health care! Don’t you wish we had a system like that in America?

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Russian Man Dies After Posing for Photo With Hand Grenade

29th November 2017

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Darwin Awards — goin’ strong.

No doubt this is part of the Trump-Putin collusion.

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Almost Every Graduate of DC High School Was Truant, Yet All of Them Were Accepted to College

29th November 2017

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The majority of graduating students at a Washington, D.C. high school did not attend more than six weeks of high school, but still managed to get into college, an investigation into the students’ records found.

NPR and WAMU looked into the seniors who graduated from Ballou High School in 2017, a school located in a poverty stricken area of the nation’s capital, to see how much school the graduating students missed. Ballou High School was previously heavily praised for all students in its senior class getting into college.

Almost half of the graduates had unexcused absences that totaled to more than three months of missed school, documents obtained by NPR and WAMU reveal. About 20 percent of the high school graduates were absent more times than they were present for classes, emails and records also show.

The District of Columbia Public Schools system policy states that students who misses a class more than 30 times should fail that class, according to WAMU.

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The Science Is in – Why Gluten Sensitivity Is Probably Fake

28th November 2017

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Your gluten sensitivity may not be caused by gluten. A recent study shows that the real culprit could be fructan. Fructan is a type of carbohydrate. You can find it in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. But it’s also in gluten-free foods like agave, artichokes, asparagus, garlic, leeks, and onion.

On the other hand, it may be a simple desire to claim Fashionable Victimhood.

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The Shadows Grow

28th November 2017

ZMan looks into the dark.

On election night last year, Fox News rolled out Britt Hume to editorialize on the results and what it meant for conservatism. Hume went through the list of things that he said defined conservatism over the last number of decades. He then pointed out how Trump rejected these items, in full or in part, to win the GOP nomination and then the general election. Hume’s definition of conservatism sounded like a lunch order. It it was just a list of policy goals, like cutting taxes, reducing regulation and free trade.

That’s because over the last several decades, Official Conservatism has been reduced to a soulless list of agenda items, based on the same assumptions about the human condition as Progressivism. In many cases, the official Left and the official Right agree on the same goals, but disagree on tactics. Tax policy is a great example. Both sides agree that tax policy is about social engineering, by rewarding certain behaviors and punishing others. The debate, such as there is, is about which behaviors to prioritize.

The critique of Official Conservatism from the Right is rooted in the observation that Conservatives now agree with Progressives on base assumptions about the human condition and human organization. Humans are infinitely malleable and human society has no organic, natural form. As a result, both Left and Right now share a moral code, which is a Progressive moral code. This has reduced conservatism to an assistant’s role, where its primary job is to police the Right and purge those who threaten the moral order.

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The Wrong Way to Save Academia

28th November 2017

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Someone once said, “Just when you think things can’t get any worse, they don’t.” We’re supposed to think that life is self-correcting, that it’s darkest before the dawn.

That’s a comforting thought. Problem is, it encourages a false optimism, especially about our universities. Go back 50 years, and liberals outnumbered conservatives in the academy by 3 to 1. Now it’s 12 to 1. In some departments, like history, it’s 30 to 1.

So if you think things are self-righting, you might expect that we’d snap back to a 3-to-1 ratio. But that’s not going to happen.

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