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News from across the pond

28th June 2011

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One of the best I’ve ever encountered.

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Bachmann Says Eliminating Minimum Wage May Spur Growth

28th June 2011

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I’m really starting to like Michele Bachmann.

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Across Europe, Irking Drivers Is Urban Policy

28th June 2011

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While American cities are synchronizing green lights to improve traffic flow and offering apps to help drivers find parking, many European cities are doing the opposite: creating environments openly hostile to cars. The methods vary, but the mission is clear — to make car use expensive and just plain miserable enough to tilt drivers toward more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.

I guess they regret having invented automobiles. Forward into the past!

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Obama Proposes $600 Billion In Tax Hikes

28th June 2011

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But only on ‘the rich’, of course.

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U.N. Leader Ban Ki-moon Slammed for Secretive Hiring Practices and Stonewalling

28th June 2011

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In a remarkably harsh report, a special U.N. investigative unit has charged that the way Ban chooses his most important managers is shrouded in excessive secrecy, that he keeps U.N. member states in the dark about top job vacancies, that he has created elaborate and arcane titles and functions, and skimps on detailed reference checks that could determine whether top officeholders are qualified to do their jobs.

So that’s why he was elected to another term.

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Muslim Woman Sues Abercrombie & Fitch Over Hijab

28th June 2011

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A former stockroom worker for Abercrombie & Fitch Co. sued the clothing retailer in federal court Monday, saying she was illegally fired after refusing to remove her Muslim headscarf while on the job.

Looking at Abercrombie & Fitch advertisements, I’m surprised they let her wear any clothing at all.

This is just stupid. She works in the fargin stockroom. There’s no reason on this earth why she shouldn’t be able to wear what she likes as long as it doesn’t interfere with her duties.

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Billionaire George Soros Trying To Stack the Courts, Critics Say

28th June 2011

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Most non-federal judges around the country are selected by voters in elections. But some states use a process called “merit selection” in which a committee – often made up of lawyers – appoints judges to the bench instead.

Soros has spent several million dollars in the past decade in an attempt to get more states to scrap elections and adopt the merit method. Supporters say it would allow judges to focus on interpreting the law rather than on raising campaign funds and winning elections.

Soros isn’t the only Magnate of the Crust doing this sort of thing; he’s just more open about it than most. The Crust hates democracy (although they love Democrats).

 

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‘Project Gunrunner’ Whistleblower Says ATF Sent Him Termination Notice

28th June 2011

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is being accused of retaliating against an agent who helped publicize the agency’s role in allowing thousands of guns to cross the U.S. border and fall into the hands of Mexican drug gangs.

The agent, Vince Cefalu, who has spoken out about the ATF’s so-called “Project Gunrunner” scandal, says he was served with termination papers just last week, and he calls the move politically motivated.

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

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Iran Unveils Underground Missile Silos

28th June 2011

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Iran on Monday unveiled underground silos that can carry missiles capable of hitting Israel and U.S. bases in the Gulf as it kicked off 10 days of war games, the country’s latest show of military force amid a standoff with the West over its disputed nuclear program.

Well, that makes me feel better. Doesn’t that make you feel better?

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Pythagoras Solar windows and energy breakthrough

27th June 2011

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Pythagoras Solar in San Mateo has developed a window laced with solar cells, a window that generates and saves electricity at the same time.

Thin horizontal rows of silicon cells embedded between dual panes of glass catch light from above. And through a trick of optics, the window blocks direct sunlight from entering the building, cutting the amount of power needed for air conditioning.

“Instead of heating the room, the light generates clean solar power,” said Gonen Fink, chief executive officer of Pythagoras. “It’s relatively simple and straightforward optics. The challenge is making everything work together.”

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The Stupidity of High-Speed Rail

27th June 2011

Jonah Goldberg lays it out.

With today’s low-speed rail, it would cost a family of four a thousand dollars to take a round-trip train ride to NYC and back from Washington, D.C., for the weekend. Meanwhile, a car ride would cost, with gas and tolls, about a tenth as much. Yes, I know that the real point of trains is to diminish commuter-drivers, not weekend vacationers. But how is high-speed rail supposed to do that, exactly? Obviously high-speed rail is going to be more expensive than the N.E. regional. Its competition won’t be cars, but planes, which will still be able to get places faster and, often, cheaper — that is, unless high-speed rail is absurdly subsidized. And subsidies mean business travelers would have their travel costs underwritten by working-class folks, because low- and middle-income people are never going to find high-speed rail to be cheaper than driving, are they? So why should normal Americans pay for Joe Biden to take the train?

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Breeding unusually coloured animals condemned by wildlife experts

27th June 2011

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And, if we listened to such experts, progress would never happen.

They claim the practice simply propagates artificial colourings which in the wild, could leave the animals vulnerable to the harsh climate and predators and struggling to hunt.

Yeah, like there’s a lot of wild left in South Africa. Let’s get real.

He said there was no conservation benefit to breeding purely white lions and the money would be better spent protecting natural lions.

Dude, they aren’t doing it for ‘conservation benefit’. They’re doing it because white lions are fargin cool. You want to spend somebody’s money on protecting natural lions, go spend your own.

“What visitors to South Africa should ask themselves is do they want a genuine experience of seeing an African lion, or do they want to see an inbred, domestic one?”

Yeah, do you want to see the same lion you could see in the local zoo, or do you want to see a creature out of legend? The question answers itself.

He now wants the South African government to invest more in monitoring the growth in “colour morph” populations and establishing their chances of surviving in the wild.

Aha, it’s not his own money he wants to spend, but that of the taxpayers. Why am I not surprised….

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Russian double-agent found guilty of selling out Anna Chapman sleeper cell

27th June 2011

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The Russian double agent who betrayed Anna Chapman and nine other Kremlin spies to the CIA last summer has been found guilty of state treason as a Moscow military court revealed a poignant final message he wrote to his wife.

A poignant reminder that just because the Russians are no longer Communist doesn’t mean they aren’t still our enemy.

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Greenmarket Vendors Say Cheese Slicing Ban Stinks

27th June 2011

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Under rules now being enforced by the state’s Department of Agriculture and Markets, farmers are no longer allowed to slice and wrap their cheese wheels at markets in New York unless they have a license to process food. They can only get that license if they have, for instance, a three-basin sink and hot water heater.

A persistent problem with government regulations is that they’re geared toward large corporate operations, and are nevertheless applied to small boutique operations where it’s obviously ridiculous. And yet even when the people in charge of enforcing the regulations aren’t just mind-numbed bureaucrats following The Book even when it’s stupid, they have little flexibility — the law is the law. Hence the application of regulations designed for PepsiCo to a corner lemonade stand run by Girl Scouts.

 

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San Francisco mulls ban on all pet sales, including goldfish and hamsters

27th June 2011

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The nanny state run wild.

Actually, we ought to be grateful to San Francisco — they do all the stupid things so we don’t have to.

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Iraq: Jihad-martyrdom suicide bomber in wheelchair murders two, wounds 17

27th June 2011

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That’s some fine Religion o’ Peace™ you got there, Mohammed.

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Study: Being Leaner Not Always Healthier

27th June 2011

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Being slim may not always lead to a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes, scientists said Sunday after they identified a gene linked both to having a lean body and to a higher risk of metabolic diseases.

Researchers from Britain’s Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit said that while a so-called “lean gene” was linked to having less body fat, it was also linked to an increased risk of heart disease and Type-2 diabetes — illnesses normally associated with being overweight.

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“Steal This Country”

27th June 2011

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There seems to be a deliberateness to the chaos, a purpose to the ever-increasing exclamation points, as in crisis (!), catastrophe (!!), act now or else (!!!), … we’re on the verge of (!!!!). An attempt to keep so many parts moving so quickly that by the time we realize what has happened, we will have an economic and political system based on punishing achievement in the name of fairness, redistributing goods and services in the name of equality, and above all, dependence on a government which controls everything by endlessly proclaiming that only it has good intentions.

 

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Swedish School Bans “Him” and “Her” to Avoid Stereotypes

27th June 2011

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I am not making this up.

No doubt it never occurred to them that, in their attempt to avoid stereotypes, they’re actually confirming a really big one.

 

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“90% of your users are idiots”

27th June 2011

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Good advice for life.

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It’s the BA, Stupid

27th June 2011

Charles Murray is a smart guy, and he asks the right questions, but he doesn’t have a lot of answers.

The New York Times’s David Leonhardt has weighed in with a defense of college-for-all. Arnold Kling dissects some of its obvious flaws on econlog. But the larger problem is that Leonhardt misses the point. The choice should not be framed in terms of college or no college. Almost everyone needs more education after high school. The problem is a piece of paper called the bachelor’s degree that has become both the requirement for first class citizenship in this country (being “just a high school graduate” makes you distinctly second class) and at the same time has become meaningless as an indication of what you have learned. End the BA, stop requiring four years worth of courses, stop glorifying the residential campus, and create a post-high-school educational system that takes advantage of all the ways that technology offers to let high school graduates tailor their post-secondary education to what they need to realize their abilities. Forget about the percentage of people going to college and focus instead on how antiquated, inefficient, and punitive the BA system is.

Easy to say; harder to do. The problem is that, when applying for a job, it’s not enough to say ‘I know Kung Fu!’; you have to demonstrate it somehow. And an employer isn’t going to give a prospective engineer a comprehensive set of exams to verify that he is, actually, qualified to be an engineer; that’s why they ask for a bachelor’s degree. (Actually, these days, with the degeneration of the educational system, employers are more than likely asking for a bachelor’s degree to make sure that applicants have what would in the Good Old Days have been considered a decent high-school education.)

We know what the problem is. What’s the solution?

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Jim Leach, RINO

27th June 2011

Former Congressman Jim Leach is Obama’s head of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a poster-child for the proposition that the Federal government in the modern era has abandoned any pretext to be a government of derived and strictly limited powers.

Jim Leach was allegedly a Republican Congressman from Iowa for 30 years. In that time, according to Wikipedia, his accomplishments were:

  • the creation of an international AIDS Trust Fund,
  • debt relief for the world’s poorest countries,
  • authorization of an International Monetary Fund quota increase,
  • making the Peace Corps an independent federal agency,
  • requiring the federal government to use soy ink,
  • prohibiting Internet gambling,
  • restraining federal employee growth, and
  • redressing certain Holocaust asset losses.

Eight bullet points — of which only 25% are even plausibly Republican. Chop off the last two, and Barney Frank would be hard put to beat it.

This is the challenge for the Republican party: Develop a program that differs from the Democrats, and stick to it; not running candidates who are merely ‘Democrat light’. Unless and until it does that, it is doomed to failure.

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Gay rights, religious liberty and silence

27th June 2011

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A look at how little protection is afforded in New York for those who choose not to embrace same-sex ‘marriage’.

(There are no protections in New York for vendors who are not clergy or religious institutions.)

So if you refuse to sell something that is to be used in a same-sex ‘marriage’, or rent property, or publish notices, or whatever — unless you’re clergy or a religious institution, you get whacked with the Discrimination Bat.

But that’s really only the tip of the iceberg — and probably the easiest conflicts to resolve — when it comes to discussions of religious liberty and gay rights. Will same-sex marriage laws impact the rights of religious organizations to place children for adoption as they see fit? What about Lutheran parochial schools that have faced civil rights lawsuits over their honor code? Will Muslim doctors have the right to refuse to do in vitro fertilization treatment on a woman in a lesbian marriage? Will an evangelical referring a patient to someone without religious qualms over same-sex marriage lose her job or license? What about the civil servants who have religious objections to same-sex marriage? Apart from wedding vendors, there are all sorts of other lines of work where individual religious liberty and religiously-motivated objections to same-sex marriage where the questions persist. What about adoption services, for instance? How might public school curriculum change? Will that pose a challenge for any public school teachers who are Muslim, Jewish or Christian?

 

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Justices strike down taxpayer-supported campaign spending law

27th June 2011

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A conservative 5-4 majority of justices on Monday said the law violated free speech, concluding the state was impermissibly trying to “level the playing field” through a public finance system.

Would that every elected official had as nice an appreciation that ‘conservative’ meant ‘opposed to taxpayer funding of political campaigns’ as this Voice of the Crust at CNN.

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‘This Week’ Transcript: Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. James Clyburn

27th June 2011

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Congressman Clyburn is a deep-dyed black Democrat career politician, so we look to him to give us the Party Line; and he does not disappoint:

The fact of the matter is, we have on the table all kinds of revenue raises that they keep calling tax increases. How do you call closing loopholes to oil companies that are making billions of dollars in profits, closing up these loopholes that would generate $40 to $50 billion in revenue, how do you call that a tax hike? That is no tax hike. You only hike taxes when you raise rates. We are not asking anybody to raise anybody’s rates. We want us to have an effective tax collection and close these loopholes, stop giving billions of dollars in breaks to millionaires and billionaires.

‘You only hike taxes when you raise rates.’ Uh, no, Congressman, you hike taxes when the amount of tax you pay after a change is more than what you pay before the change. That’s what ‘hike taxes’ means. (I always knew that black people didn’t always speak the same brand of English as the rest of us, but I never suspected that they didn’t necessarily understand standard English, either. But here’s proof.)

The sad truth that goes unspoken here is that most of those ‘loopholes’ that give ‘billions of dollars in breaks to millionaires and billionaires’ were put in place in the tax code by Democrat Congressmen JUST LIKE YOU for ‘millionaires and billionaires’ who are OVERWHELMINGLY DEMOCRAT. Warren Buffet. Bill Gates Sr. George Soros. Al Gore. Pick a Kennedy. Pick a Rockefeller. The reason why the Koch brothers are catching such shit from the Left is that they refuse to stay on the Democrats’ Rich People Plantation. (And don’t get me started on what happens to people, like Clarence Thomas, who refuse to stay on the Democrats’ Black People Plantation.)

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Libya: ICC issues arrest warrant for Colonel Gaddafi

27th June 2011

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Can Dick Cheney be far behind? Stay tuned.

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TSA Obergropinfuhrer of the Day

27th June 2011

Mark Steyn has a way with words that just cannot be beat.

At a small airport the other day, I saw a passenger with a popular attitudinal T-shirt slogan patiently submitting to an enhanced gropedown from the TSA. It was a poignant image of the republic at twilight: a man in a “Don’t Tread On Me” T-shirt being trod all over

I think that everyone going through a TSA pat-down ought to responde “Jawohl, Herr Gropinfuehrer!”.

I’ll say only this: George III wouldn’t have done this to you.

Indeed.

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‘Gay Marriage,’ Libertarians, and Civil Rights

27th June 2011

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Every time I feel the urge to write about a political topic, I find that someone else has already done the work.

The nice thing about a blog is that I can just point to ‘what he said’.

There is a curious rhetorical fact that has usually gone unremarked in these debates, but which is worth pointing out. That what the New York state legislature approved has to be described, not as marriage, but as “gay marriage” or “same-sex marriage” is itself a verbal indicator that what is being done here is counterintuitive. We all know, or thought we knew, what marriage is, and to add the qualifier “gay” or “same-sex” is a tacit admission by the proponents of the practice that it requires an appeal to authority to enforce what seems strange, odd, not right. The verbal tic of “gay marriage” or “same-sex” marriage is thus itself a rhetorical warning sign that what was done in Albany was an exercise in raw state power, the state’s asserting that it can do X simply because it claims that it has the power to do so.

I like that: ‘verbal tic’. The whole point of the ‘gay marriage’ movement is not to get gays ‘equal rights’ (they already have the same rights as anybody else — to marry someone of the opposite sex — but they want the special privilege of marrying someone of the same sex, a right that nobody has; in order to make that fly rhetorically, however, they have to fudge the rules and create a sophistry about ‘equal rights’) but to hijack the respect that real marriage has in the greater society. This is the same prestidigitation that the Left uses when it characterizes attacking one’s country as ‘the highest form of patriotism’; it’s not, of course, but they want to confuse the dimwitted into thinking that it just might be, and thereby create the impression that they’re not wrong, just a different kind of right.

Marriage, as both religious and secular thinkers have acknowledged for millennia, is a social institution that is older than the state and that precedes the state. The task of a just state is to recognize and support this older, prior social institution; it is not to attempt its redefinition. To do the latter involves indulging the totalitarian temptation that lurks within all modern states: the temptation to remanufacture reality. The American civil-rights movement was a call to recognize moral reality; the call for gay marriage is a call to reinvent reality to fit an agenda of personal willfulness. The gay-marriage movement is thus not the heir of the civil-rights movement; it is the heir of Bull Connor and others who tried to impose their false idea of moral reality on others by coercive state power.

And that is the inconvenient truth that they want to obscure. Sophistry, straight up.

 

 

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Google fined by Taipei over app refund

27th June 2011

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TAIPEI said on Monday it has fined Google Tw$1,000,000 (S$42,842) for refusing to grant customers a seven-day trial period when they download apps for their cell phones.

How unfriendly.

‘Google refused to change its rules,’ Betty Chen, the head of a consumer protection at the city government, said. Apple changed its rules.

Imagine that. A company that thinks it knows better than the government how to conduct its business. Doesn’t it know who they are?

In reaction, Google suspended the sale of its paid apps to Taiwan consumers, according to Ms Chen, who described the move as ‘unfriendly’.

What a coincidence.

Yet another example of government bureaucrats blind to the fact that when they smack the guy with the ball, he can take his ball and go home — and then the game stops for everybody. I guess ‘government’ is just another synonym for ‘stupid’.

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Egypt: More Christian girls abducted, forced to convert to Islam

27th June 2011

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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Muqtada al-Sadr thanks followers for pledging to attack U.S. troops in Iraq

27th June 2011

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He didn’t say, “absolutely not.” He didn’t even say, “thanks, but no thanks.” He thanked them and asked that Allah watch over them.

Why is this guy still alive? Do we not kill enemies any more? (I guess not….)

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Genetic code ‘edited’ by scientists in hereditary disease breakthrough

27th June 2011

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The genetic code has been “edited” by scientists in a breakthrough that could lead to new treatments for some hereditary diseases.

The researchers managed to persuade cells in mice to repair a faulty gene but, instead of recreating the flawed piece, the cells generated a healthy one.

And, once again, mice get all the good stuff.

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UK: Cream of officers bail out of RAF

27th June 2011

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RAF chiefs fear that the “cream” of the air force is leaving after a dozen group captains resigned or asked for voluntary redundancy in the past month, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.

One of the officers had been earmarked to become a future head of the RAF and three others were in line to become at least air vice-marshals.

And, really, who could blame them? There is no ‘career’ available in the British military any more.

Senior RAF sources have said that the officers decided to quit after they had “seen the writing on the wall” with reductions in equipment and personnel.

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Immigration/Invasion/Demographic News Funnier If You Get The Joke—Which Is ALWAYS On America

27th June 2011

Steve Sailer looks at the wacky world of immigration.

On Wednesday, the prestige press went nuts over a New York Times Magazine sob story entitled My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant (June 22) by a Huffington Post reporter, now funded by George Soros, named Jose Antonio Vargas.

There are multiple layers of irony here, although the MainStream Media is too obtuse to notice it.

Obviously, there is a huge demand for this kind of autobiographical story from illegal aliens. So why don’t we get more of them?

One key reason: despite the vast numbers of illegal aliens, they don’t comprise much writing talent.

And that lack of competition makes illegal immigrants popular among American journalists. Nobody from Chiapas is going to take their jobs.

The broad lack of white collar talent among illegal immigrants (and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren) is a massive problem for America in the long-run. But it’s not a short-run problem for people who work in media, so they can’t understand what everybody else is complaining about

But the single biggest joke: Jose Antonio Vargas, the self-proclaimed poster boy for illegal immigration, isn’t even Hispanic. He’s Asian. He’s from the Philippines. After decades of trying, the MSM couldn’t up with a real Mexican!

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What does the Capital One acquisition mean for ING Direct?

27th June 2011

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There are companies that are pure pieces of shit.

Companies that I go out of my way to avoid, and warn everyone else about.

Capital One is one of those companies.

Very refreshing to see a finance blogger actually name names and cite facts. Most major banks are pieces of shit and treat their customers the way Totenkopf units treated Jewish prisoners with gold teeth.

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U.S. Veteran Faces Legal Action for Flying American Flag

27th June 2011

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A retired U.S. Army chaplain is being threatened with legal action for flying the American flag in his front yard, the Daily Mail reports.

Fred Quigley, 77, of Macedonia, Ohio, a minister who served active duty during the Vietnam War, has been told by the homeowners’ association that his flag violates the property rules.

And, once again, a fascist homeowners’ association attempts to sqelch somebody who wants to fly the American flag.

Migliorini said: “We just want the rules and regulations followed. “

‘Ve vas chust followink orders.’ Let that be a lesson to us all.

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TSA stands by officers after pat-down of elderly woman in Florida

26th June 2011

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I’m really curious as to how long the American people will put up with this Gestapo bullshit.

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Beyond the Welfare State

26th June 2011

Yuval Levin tries to get things back on track.

All over the developed world, nations are coming to terms with the fact that the social-democratic welfare state is turning out to be untenable. The reason is partly institutional: The administrative state is dismally inefficient and unresponsive, and therefore ill-suited to our age of endless choice and variety. The reason is also partly cultural and moral: The attempt to rescue the citizen from the burdens of responsibility has undermined the family, self-reliance, and self-government. But, in practice, it is above all fiscal: The welfare state has turned out to be unaffordable, dependent as it is upon dubious economics and the demographic model of a bygone era. Sustaining existing programs of social insurance, let alone continuing to build new ones on the social-democratic model, has become increasingly difficult in recent years, and projections for the coming decades paint an impossibly grim and baleful picture. There is simply no way that Europe, Japan, or America can actually go where the economists’ long-term charts now point — to debts that utterly overwhelm their productive capacities, governments that do almost nothing but support the elderly, and economies with no room for dynamism, for growth, or for youth. Some change must come, and so it will.

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More Social Justice

26th June 2011

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‘Social justice’ is one of the great shibboleths of American political mythology.

And who should be in charge of measuring welfare, summing it, and weighing the gains and losses in order to arrive at a socially “just” distribution of income, whatever that is? Well, we know the answer to that question: It has to be the state — or more accurately — elected officials and bureaucrats: people not known for their perspicacity, objectivity, and even-handedness.

In the alternative, a just society could be one where individuals engage in voluntary, cooperative exchanges of goods and services for their mutual betterment, and from the fruits of which they voluntarily aid those whom they know to be in need of aid.

The alternative is inevitably attacked as “unjust.” But it should be noted that such attacks come from individuals (philosophers, politicians, do-gooders, etc.) who would impose their own views of “social justice” on everyone. How any such imposition can be considered more “just” than a regime of voluntary, cooperative, mutually beneficial behavior is beyond me.

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Nigeria: Jihadists open fire, hurl bombs at beer garden, killing at least 25

26th June 2011

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That’s some fine Religion o’ Peace™ you got there, Mohammed.

 

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Senegal: “Hundreds of Muslim youth” burn church, destroy bar

26th June 2011

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Further illustrating the potential erosion of the vaunted tolerance of Senegal, the association of local imams said the head imam had asked the youth to “march” for some reason not named below, and that they “did not endorse the destruction, ‘but they do think that the youth had reason’.” Such indifference to violence against unbelievers is endemic in other purportedly “moderate” nations, even among those not taking up arms themselves, and it enables those who do.

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Wife of Seattle jihad mass-murder plotter: “He just good Muslim. Perfect Muslim. He pray five times a day.”

26th June 2011

Read it. And watch the video.

If the mainstream media had any interest in anything resembling actual journalism, there would be stories all over about why jihad terror plotters are always observant and knowledgeable Muslims. Instead of the inevitable handwringing over a non-existent “backlash,” journalists should be challenging the leaders of the local mosque where Abdul-Latif’s wife says he met fellow jihad mass-murder plotter Walli Mujahidh, asking them what exactly is being taught there.

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Brady Bunch mom got crabs in affair with NY mayor

26th June 2011

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Florence Henderson, the actress who played perky mom Carol Brady in the beloved family sitcom, says she once got crabs after a one-night-stand with career politician John Lindsay, who was the mayor of New York City at the time.

Henderson, now 77, recounts in her upcoming memoir that she was cheating on her husband during the 1960s, and gave in to her better judgment when her married and unattractive friend put the moves on her over drinks at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

All of my suspicions about the Brady Bunch — and John Lindsay — are thus confirmed.

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Major Nidal Hasan and the Fort Hood Tragedy: Implications for the U.S. Armed Forces

26th June 2011

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Note the verbal fancy-dancing:

Unfortunately, Hasan’s violence against fellow soldiers and fellow Americans is not unique. Recent history offers repeated examples of current or former military members conducting violent attacks in support of many different extremist causes.

I doubt that the author will be able to provide any examples of ‘many different extremist causes’; the only ‘violent attacks’ by current military members are by Muslims. (I suppose he included ‘former military members’ so he could squeeze Timothy McVeigh in there for ‘balance’.) What he really ought to be saying is HEY! MUSLIMS IN THE AMERICAN ARMED FORCES CAN’T BE TRUSTED NOT TO KILL THEIR COMRADES WITHOUT WARNING! DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT! But of course he won’t, because nobody would listen.

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Burqa-clad Taliban kill 10 police in Pakistan siege

26th June 2011

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At least 10 policemen were killed Saturday when Taliban militants in suicide vests, some of them clad in burqas, laid siege to a police station in northwest Pakistan, officials said.

“Police have taken the control of the police station and 10 of our policemen were martyred in the attack and six attackers were killed,” Mian Iftikhar Hussain, information minister of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, told AFP.

‘Martyred’? I guess they all have to talk like that, don’t they? Reminds me of the old Soviet Union.

But this is why France banned the burqa, and why every country with Muslims ought to consider doing the same. If Muslims don’t like it, they can go someplace where Muslims can do that sort of thing. (Oh, I forgot — those places are hellholes where random people try to blow you up … like Pakistan.)

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Why Google Health Really Failed—It’s About The Money

26th June 2011

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To understand the impact, I’ll exaggerate to make a point—your healthcare provider doesn’t care about you unless they can see the whites of your eyes. Why is that? Today’s flawed reimbursement scheme only compensates the healthcare provider for a face to face visit. It’s hard to fault the primary care physician who has been put on a hamster wheel of 30-40 appointments per day and can’t even give their practice away upon retirement (that was once their retirement plan) for not wanting to deal with their patients sending email or sharing information from their personal health record.

My doctor will allow me to e-mail him questions and concerns — if I sign up for a paid subscription plan. Which I won’t do, because my medical insurance doesn’t cover it.

 

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Family Physician Can’t Give Away Solo Practice

26th June 2011

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A former president of the Maryland State Medical Society, Dr. Sroka has practiced family medicine for 32 years in a small, red-brick building just six miles from his childhood home, treating fishing buddies, neighbors and even his elementary school principal much the way doctors have practiced medicine for centuries. He likes to chat, but with costs going up and reimbursements down, that extra time has hurt his income. So Dr. Sroka, 62, thought about retiring.

He tried to sell his once highly profitable practice. No luck. He tried giving it away. No luck.

Considering the way the government and the insurance companies (under the lash of the goverment) treat doctors these days, it’s a surprise anybody wants to go to med school.

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Afghanistan: Eight-year-old girl ‘used in attack’

26th June 2011

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An eight-year-old girl has been killed after insurgents used her in a bomb attack on police in southern Afghanistan, the government has said.

The interior ministry said insurgents gave the girl a package and told her to take it to a police vehicle, detonating it as she approached.

But they’re not terrorists, of course; they’re insurgents.

That’s some fine Religion o’ Peace™ you got there, Mohammed.

 

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Textbooks that are Fun to Read

26th June 2011

David Friedman is always worth reading.

Textbooks are notoriously boring, in part perhaps because they are selected by the professor who assigns them not the students who read them, and some have the reputation of being seriously dumbed down in intellectual level while unusably broad in coverage. What books are there that are used as textbooks but also bought and read in significant numbers by people who are reading them because they want to?

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UK: War dead to be driven down side streets to avoid the public

26th June 2011

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The bodies of soldiers killed in Afghanistan will no longer be honoured with a public parade but will be driven through back streets to avoid upset, it has emerged.

“I am not sure taking coffins in hearses past schools, past families, past married quarters is necessarily the thing that everybody would wish to see … the focus must be on the families of the dead service personnel. They are the people who care most. That is where our focus is.”

Not Churchill’s Britain any more, is it?

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