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Archive for August, 2011

Suicide bombing near Pakistani mosque kills 11

31st August 2011

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When there aren’t any Jews or Americans handy, Muslims will quite cheerfully blow each other up.

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

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‘Gov. Perry Teaches Me To Shoot’

31st August 2011

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We need to get up a match between Perry and the Governor of New Mexico.

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Climber killed by rock knocked loose by girlfriend

31st August 2011

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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UK: Teacher defends double life as a porn film star

31st August 2011

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A secondary school teacher who also worked as an adult film star and stripper has defended his double life, saying that many of his colleagues spend their spare time drinking and smoking.

Oh, yeah, those are totally equivalent.

There’ll always be an England, but it’s quickly getting to look a lot like California.

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Chicago: Local ice cream makers face shutdown by state

31st August 2011

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Your tax dollars at work.

She says that a couple of weeks ago a representative from the Illinois Department of Public Health came to Logan Square Kitchen and informed her she’d have to shut down if she did not get something called  “a dairy license.”

Swanberg and others in her field had operated for years now without ever hearing of such a thing and, indeed, they say, the City’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, to whom they applied for business licenses, never informed them they would need one to operate.

To get this license Swanberg wrote, in an email, she would have to:

  1. “Work out of our own space. Currently we work out of the Logan Square Kitchen.”
  2. “Have our product tested once a month for bacterial levels.”
  3. “Change all of our packaging and labels to meet state standards.”
  4. “Purchase a pasteurizer, which from what the state tells me will be about $40,000 or use a pre-made ice cream mix.”

Swanberg says that the IDPH officer who visited told her that her ice cream probably wouldn’t pass the bacteria tests if she continued to use fresh strawberries. Instead the officer suggested she use “strawberry syrup,” Swanberg said.

IDPH spokesperson Melanie Arnold said that it isn’t illegal to use real strawberries but that IDPH “does not encourage it simply because when you try and clean a strawberry to make sure it doesn’t have any bacteria, it kind of deteriorates.”

So-called ‘small farmers’ have to run a similar gauntlet to sell their produce — comply with regulations deliberately crafted by lobbyists and their paid-for legislators such that ADM and Tyson Foods can afford to comply, but Yasger’s Farm has no hope.

‘We’re from the government, and we’re here to help … ourselves.’

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Yes, It Is a Ponzi Scheme

31st August 2011

Michael Tanner knows that, Rick Perry knows that, anybody with a brain and ten fingers knows that.

As with Ponzi’s scheme, this turns out to be a very good deal for those who got in early. The very first Social Security recipient, Ida Mae Fuller of Vermont, paid just $44 in Social Security taxes, but the long-lived Mrs. Fuller collected $20,993 in benefits. Such high returns were possible because there were many workers paying into the system and only a few retirees taking benefits out of it. In 1950, for instance, there were 16 workers supporting every retiree. Today, there are just over three. By around 2030, we will be down to just two.

But liberals can’t afford to admit it, because then it stands revealed that there is no functional difference between the Federal government and Bernie Madoff, except that you can’t send the government to jail. Pity, that.

 

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‘Profits Before Environment’

31st August 2011

More whining from the New York Times.

I wasn’t surprised when the administration of George W. Bush sacrificed the environment for corporate profits. But when the same thing happens under a Democratic administration, it’s depressing. With little or no public input, policies that benefit corporations regardless of the consequences continue to be enacted.

This guy’s beat is food, so of course he’s bitching about capitalism and the environment; I guess that comes under ‘all things related’. (What doesn’t? NASA?)

The ‘environment’ in question is, of course, non-gene-mod crops, which are about as ‘natural’ as a Ford Focus; every plant we eat has been tweaked by selective breeding for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. And these are the guys who proclaim their devotion to science; God forbid we should use that science to improve our lives.

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Wind Power Is Dying

31st August 2011

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While the U.S. is dumping billions of dollars into wind farms and onshore and offshore wind turbines, this energy source is being cast aside as a failure elsewhere in the world.

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Affirmative Action Baby

31st August 2011

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Cashill now turns his attention to a 1990 letter Obama wrote as president of the Harvard Law Review in defense of affirmative action. Cashill accurately characterizes the letter as “patronizing, dishonest, syntactically muddled, and grammatically challenged.”

Obama’s response as the Harvard Law Review’s first black president is interesting, to say the least. The letter reflects a substantial gap between Obama’s office and his abilities. It also reveals his way with a threat, in this case to any employer who might harbor guilty thoughts about the presumed beneficiaries of affirmative action, a class in which Obama places Dean Chen as well as himself. Let’s just say, as one of Shakespeare’s characters holds, what’s past is prologue.

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A Vineyard Too Far

31st August 2011

Victor Davis Hanson looks at the Obama, Smartest Guy in the Room.

The president’s latest Martha’s Vineyard vacation was a public-relations disaster, wholly unnecessary, and in part responsible for Obama’s most recent slide in the polls. Part of the problem was purely coincidental and no one’s fault: Who could have expected that while the president of the United States was resting on an exclusive private beach on a tony island on a calm August day, millions of Eastern Seaboarders around him would be engaged in a media-driven frenzy of emergency preparation and evacuation?

Yet most of the negative perception was the president’s own doing. For nearly three years, there has been something strange about the First Family’s ritzy getaway tastes. The annual Martha’s Vineyard rentals were bookended by First Family junkets to Vail, Costa del Sol, and Hawaii. The choice of venues spawned at least three problems for the president that have nothing to do with the First Family’s right, and indeed duty, to enjoy a little well-earned vacation time — or with the fact that other presidents have vacationed in nice places.

Yet some photos inevitably leaked out of the “redistributive change” statist at his $50,000-a-week rented estate, surrounded by “millionaires and billionaires” who could alone afford such rental prices, many of whom flew in on “corporate jets.” That disconnect appears to the American public as abjectly hypocritical. We all know that for the president to keep pushing his agenda of higher taxes, he will soon inevitably get back to bashing the rich. But we also assume that this time the public has seen the flip side of a one-eyed Jack and wonders, when the president hits up his Vineyard neighbors for campaign cash at his $20 million rented estate, whether he will first make sure that they are not “fat cats” and owners of “corporate jets.”

Even right-wing presidents, even in good times, know enough not to rub in too much the perks of being president. George W. Bush was pilloried for chain-sawing at “the ranch,” as if he were a counterfeit outdoorsman; but he still knew that his media critics suffered far more in his beloved nowheresville of Crawford than did he. The “Reagan Ranch” in the Santa Barbara Mountains was not really a ranch at all, but a rustic hovel, and the videos of Reagan in his early seventies, chopping wood amid burrs and stickers, with sweat spots under his arms, were not faked. In contrast, the elder Bush liked boating off his family estate in Maine — and was flayed for being a bit too happy with his seaside, preppie-sounding Kennebunkport mansion.

Obama spends his vacations playing golf with rich people. George W Bush spent his vacations on a ranch in Texas clearing brush in 100-degree heat. Which one do you want in charge of the government?

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Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico Requalifies for Concealed Carry License

31st August 2011

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I’m sure Rick Perry already has one. Let’s have a contest.

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New, convincing evidence indicates global warming is caused by cosmic rays and the sun — not humans

31st August 2011

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The research, published with little fanfare this week in the prestigious journal Nature, comes from über-prestigious CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world’s largest centres for scientific research involving 60 countries and 8,000 scientists at more than 600 universities and national laboratories. CERN is the organization that invented the World Wide Web, that built the multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider, and that has now built a pristinely clean stainless steel chamber that precisely recreated the Earth’s atmosphere.

Not that any of the Global Warming Alarmists will actually look at the evidence. Their minds are made up — don’t confuse them with the facts.

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New Blue Nightmare: Clarence Thomas and the Amendment of Doom

31st August 2011

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Jeffrey Toobin’s gripping, must-read profile of Clarence and Virginia Thomas in the New Yorker gives readers new insight into what Sauron must have felt: Toobin argues that the only Black man in public life that liberals could safely mock and despise may be on the point of bringing the Blue Empire down.

In the ‘progressive’ mythology of Identity Politics, your identity is a matter of creed rather than of objective observed fact.

For example, ‘black’ means ‘black leftist’; doesn’t matter what your skin color, you can’t be black unless you support the leftist agenda. Hence Jesse Jackson can say of Congressman Artur Davis (whose skin is actually blacker than Jackson’s, not that it’s important), “You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.”

Similarly, being a woman is more about supporting the Feminist Party LOine than about those tacky things called genes. Thus Washington Post columnist Wendy Doniger (whose area of expertise is Hindu mythology, no doubt a perfect profession for a feminist) can say of Sarah Palin, “Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman.”

This willing suspension of belief in reality has been the distinguishing characteristic of ‘progressives’ since the 19th century, so much so that it has even become a joke: “Conservatives believe something when they see it; liberals see something when they believe it.” So much for the ‘reality-based community’.

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Being Obama

31st August 2011

Jonathan Last puts the boot in.

Bill Clinton’s vanity was that he wished he could have been at the center of a world historical event. Barack Obama’s vanity is that he believes he is a world historical event. And the greatness of his being dwarfs any necessity to establish greatness through action. That’s why, despite his passivity as president, we’re likely to see a much more vigorous Obama in the coming months as he switches from governing to campaigning. However ambivalent he may be about leading the country, arguing for the indispensability of Barack Obama is the one project that has always commanded his full attention.

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Convert to Islam arrested with bomb-making guides and al-Qaeda propaganda; Spiegel says his “motivations remain a mystery”

31st August 2011

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Everyone knows that Islam is a Religion of Peace™ and that only greasy Islamophobes pause from raking in the bucks long enough to suggest otherwise, so Abdul Hakiim’s conversion to Islam couldn’t have anything to do with his sudden interest in setting off bombs. This one is, a Pamela Geller says, “a real headscratcher”!

Perhaps he was a disgruntled employee. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

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Labor Rules Thwarting ‘Green Jobs’ Agenda

31st August 2011

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It turns out that President Obama much-exalted “green” jobs initiative is having a hard time getting off the ground in large part due to the federal government’s own extensive regime of regulatory red tape. Investor’s Business Daily reports that a number of internal reports have shown that certain federal regulations, many of them championed by labor and environmental groups, are thwarting efforts at the state level to create these “clean tech” jobs. (Ironically, these groups are some of the biggest supporters of Obama’s green agenda.)

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

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‘We Expect These Effects to Be Negligible’

31st August 2011

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hat’s what an analysis from Macroeconomic Advisers — the economic consulting firm founded by former (Clinton-nominated) Federal Reserve governor Larry Meyer — has to say about the jobs plan President Obama is expected to unveil in a speech next week. The analysis examines the potential impact of the various policies that, according to unofficial reports, the president is likely to recommend.

The only job Obama is really interested in saving is his own.

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TROPICAL STORM IRENE: Overview of Federal Family’s Preparations and Response

31st August 2011

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Bet you didn’t know you were part of the ‘Federal Family’, did you? Well, FEMA is taking the government’s role as Deadbeat Relative to the next level.

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Obama Administration: Lost in Space

31st August 2011

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With President Obama allowing the Space Shuttle program to die and laying off thousands who worked lifetimes solidifying its success, we had to turn to our old rivals – the Russians. This week, the Russians launched a Soyuz rocket filled with supplies bound for the space station. The rocket exploded scattering smoldering debris for miles. The Soyuz is the world’s last chance to travel into space. Yes, a rocket designed in 1966 is our last modern operating manned space vehicle. Pathetic.

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The Left: still quite unhinged about Dick Cheney.

31st August 2011

Moe Lane is having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have.

The shrieking is highly amusing, not least for the reason that most of the poor schmucks doing it are fairly transparently trying to avoid thinking about the fact that the current administration is more or less doing a Cargo Cult imitation of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice’s foreign policy.  Which is to say, if you look at it from a distance and squint then it kind of looks like the previous administration’s foreign policy… but get up close and you realize that it’s all bamboo and palm fronds where steel should be.  Not to mention all the people standing around and scratching their heads over why the magic spells weren’t working.

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The Anti-Science Smear

31st August 2011

Jonah Goldberg points out some inconvenient truth.

Why does the Left get to pick which issues are the benchmarks for “science”? Why can’t the measure of being pro-science be the question of heritability of intelligence? Or the existence of fetal pain? Or the distribution of cognitive abilities among the sexes at the extreme right tail of the bell curve? Or if that’s too upsetting, how about dividing the line between those who are pro- and anti-science along the lines of support for geoengineering? Or — coming soon — the role cosmic rays play in cloud formation? Why not make it about support for nuclear power? Or Yucca Mountain? Why not deride the idiots who oppose genetically modified crops, even when they might prevent blindness in children?

The point is that the Left considers itself the undisputed champion of “science,” but there are scads of issues where they take un-scientific points of view.

And they feel free to ignore it totally when it doesn’t fit the Narrative, e.g. the undeniable scientific fact that homosexuality is abnormal.

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ATF Director Reassigned; U.S. Attorney Out Amid ‘Fast and Furious’ Uproar

31st August 2011

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Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson has been reassigned to a lesser post in the Justice Department and the U.S. attorney for Arizona was also pushed out Tuesday as fallout from Operation Fast and Furious reached new heights.

Melson’s step down from his role as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to the position of senior adviser on forensic science in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Programs is effective by close of business Tuesday, administration officials announced. U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota B. Todd Jones will replace Melson.

Another reason to get a government job: If these guys were private citizens, they’d be looking at jail time. But when you work for the government and you cause people to be killed, you merely get ‘reassigned’.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has a more extensive list of those doing the Potomac Two-Step.

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When Liberals Attack

30th August 2011

Scott Adams wakes up and smells the coffee.

Consider Rick Perry. He called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme.” As analogies go, that’s a good one. I believe I have used it myself. It’s a colorful way of saying the math doesn’t work well when the population of retired people greatly increases and the number of workers funding Social Security does not. Literally no one on Earth disagrees with the central point of Perry’s analogy. But I keep seeing Perry’s Ponzi scheme quote reported as if it were some sort of idiot misunderstanding or conspiracy theory or foreshadowing of evil. WTF?

Here’s the deal, Scott: Liberals, regardless of their position on any particular issue, are a bunch of deranged, hypocritical, intellectually dishonest haters. That’s what they do, and they’re very good at it; practice makes perfect.

Consider Mitt Romney’s quote in the context of taxes that corporations are people too. That quote was reported as if Romney is so out of touch with ordinary humans that he doesn’t know the difference between an artificial legal structure and a living person. Only a robot could say such a thing! But of course his point is one that 100% of real humans agree with: Corporate profits flow into the pockets of employees and shareholders. I remember a time when a gaffe meant you were wrong. But apparently being 100% right isn’t a defense if you’re also a conservative.

Now you understand the dialectic. Welcome to the neighborhood.

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Flaming raccoon starts grass fire

30th August 2011

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Well, they do that sometimes.

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Father charged after throwing crying son overboard on tour boat

30th August 2011

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I’d say something about California but it’s happening all over.

Briles, who’s divorced, was on the tour boat Sunday afternoon with his two sons, ages 6 and 7, when he got into an argument with his current girlfriend, said sheriff’s office spokesman Jim Amormino.

And there you have it. Welcome to the behavioral sink that is modern America.

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Motorcycle Gang Sues Over ‘My Boyfriend’s A Hell’s Angel’ T-Shirt

30th August 2011

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Now that’s comedy.

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On Company Taxes, U.S. Should Follow World Down

30th August 2011

Ramesh Ponnuru speaks some inconvenient truth.

Earlier this year, Kevin Hassett and Aparna Mathur — economists affiliated with the American Enterprise Institute — calculated the effective average corporate tax rate for all advanced economies. That’s the rate that, according to an earlier study, has the most impact on where companies decide to invest. Their results: Our rate in 2010 was 29.5 percent, while other members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development averaged 20.5 percent. (A similar calculation by the World Bank reached a similar conclusion.)

Controversy over whether our corporate taxes are high or low is matched by controversy over who pays them in the first place. This issue recently made the news when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney informed a heckler that people pay the corporate income tax. But which people? The Congressional Budget Office and the Treasury Department have traditionally assumed that owners of capital pay the tax. More recent models, though, emphasize that if capital can cross borders, it’s labor that gets stuck paying the tax. Capital moves to countries where it is taxed less. Less capital investment here leaves Americans with lower-wage jobs.

Empirical work on the subject has yielded a wide range of outcomes. At the low end of estimates, three economists led by Mihir Desai have found that 45 percent of the corporate income tax falls on labor. The high-end estimate comes from R. Alison Felix, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, who concluded that labor pays 420 percent of the burden: For every dollar of revenue the tax raises, wages fall by $4.20. A study by the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank, split the difference, finding that wages drop $2.50 for every dollar raised.

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NYC plans “interventions” with diabetics

30th August 2011

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Nanny Bloomberg strikes again.

More scary paternalism in the name of public health from the Bloomberg crew: the New York City government has begun “legally requiring laboratories that do medical testing to report to the Health Department the results of blood-sugar tests for city residents with diabetes — along with the names, ages, and contact information on those patients. City officials are not only analyzing these data to assess patterns and changes in diabetes prevalence in the city, but are planning ‘interventions.’ … If you wish to keep your medical data confidential, you cannot.” Coercive public-health techniques originally seen as needed to combat communicable and infectious disease will now be deployed in hopes of correcting less-than-healthy individual behavior.

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Degeneration Watch

30th August 2011

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Rigorous training in the rules of grammar and linguistic nicety was the basis of all education for the literate elite in the ancient world, and until recently the same could be said of modern times as well. So thoroughly have the tables been turned against grammar in the United States that it has virtually disappeared from American primary schools. No less a body than the National Council of Teachers of English has adopted resolutions and issued reports arguing that the study of traditional school grammar does students a “gross disservice”; so it is only symptomatic of a wider cultural trend  that recent American Presidents are known for their grammatical gaffes as the Roman emperors were for their meticulous correctness.’

Yaz, we be real ‘n’ shit, don’t need nonna them grammar bitches on da street, yo.

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Obama Aide to Join Growth Debate

30th August 2011

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Just what we need — another ‘cook’ pissing in the soup. You’d think they would learn.

Alan Krueger, President Barack Obama’s pick to head the White House Council of Economic Advisers, will likely serve as an administration advocate for more aggressive government intervention to revive job growth.

Oh, yeah, that’s worked so very well up to now; let’s have some more. ‘Thank you sir, may I have another?’

He served as assistant Treasury secretary for economic policy in the first two years of the Obama administration, where he helped design the “cash for clunkers” program to boost auto purchases.

A notable disaster that didn’t stimulate the economy, merely shifted car purchases forward a few months. But I guess that’s the story of government service: Come up with a disaster, get rewarded with a better job. Parkinson was wrong: People who work for the government don’t get promoted to their level of incompetence, they get promoted far beyond their level of incompetence.

Mr. Mankiw said Mr. Krueger’s previous stint in the Obama administration means he is already familiar with most of the players and policies. “I think this is a continuity appointment not a change-direction appointment,” Mr. Mankiw said.

Well, yeah. More of the same job-killing interventionism. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

A White House spokeswoman said Mr. Krueger wouldn’t be available for interviews with the confirmation process under way.

Yeah, God forbid the taxpayers should actually find out what he really thinks.

Mr. Krueger, 50 years old, earned his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard in 1987 and has been on Princeton’s faculty ever since. He worked as chief economist at the Labor Department during the Clinton administration.

So he’s never actually been in a position to, you know, create a job. That’s surely just the sort of expertise we need.

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Fear, Inc.: The Business of Saving Jihad From ‘Islamophobia’

30th August 2011

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Ten Job-Destroying Regulations

30th August 2011

Andrew Stiles is on the case.

When Congress returns from recess next week, the political conversation is going to be all about jobs. As President Obama prepares to outline his “very specific” jobs proposal in a speech, House Republicans are readying a plan of their own. A key element to the GOP jobs agenda will be identifying and eliminating federal regulations that are needlessly burdening business owners and in many cases preventing them from hiring new employees. To that end, House committee chairmen have put together a list of “the 10 most harmful job-destroying regulations,” and plan to take action over the coming weeks and months to repeal or forestall these restrictive measures.

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Indonesia: Fatwa issued against movie that “pollutes the morality” of Muslims by promoting tolerance and dialogue

30th August 2011

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Hey, can’t have any of that in the Dar al-Islam. What would people think?

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UK Riots: Sony warehouse raid ‘was professional heist’

30th August 2011

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One of the most dramatic looting and burning sprees during the London riots may have been orchestrated by a gang of professional robbers using the disorder as cover, it has emerged.

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

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‘Administrators Ate My Tuition’

30th August 2011

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Apparently, as colleges and universities have had more money to spend, they have not chosen to spend it on expanding their instructional resources—that is, on paying faculty. They have chosen, instead, to enhance their administrative and staff resources. A comprehensive study published by the Delta Cost Project in 2010 reported that between 1998 and 2008, America’s private colleges increased spending on instruction by 22 percent while increasing spending on administration and staff support by 36 percent. Parents who wonder why college tuition is so high and why it increases so much each year may be less than pleased to learn that their sons and daughters will have an opportunity to interact with more administrators and staffers— but not more professors. Well, you can’t have everything.

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Losing Immigration Distinctions

30th August 2011

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I have never met a legal immigrant from a country other than Mexico who does not strenuously oppose illegal immigration (and indeed I know at least one naturalized Mexican resident of California who is just as vociferously against the illegal flow across the southern border). Are such legal immigrants “anti-immigrant”? Or are they against illegal immigration — a distinction which the illegal-alien lobby works incessantly to erase. If anyone would know what this country stands for, it should be legal immigrants, who have gone through the demanding process of gaining legal residency here. And they understand that what sets the U.S. apart is the rule of law — as well as how fragile that rule of law is. Legal Iranians, Egyptians, Columbians, and Nigerians oppose illegal entry not because they are xenophobic; they oppose illegal aliens because of their behavior — deliberately breaking the law as their first act upon entering the country.

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S&P 500 at Reagan Recession Values After $2.3 Trillion Drop

30th August 2011

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Thank you, President Obama, for wiping out 30 years of economic progress.

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Republicans Barred From Wisconsin Town’s Labor Day Parade

30th August 2011

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“It should come as no surprise that organizers choose not to invite elected officials who have openly attacked worker’s rights or stood idly by while their political party fought to strip public workers of their right to collectively bargain,” Radtke said.

I guess that means Texas can ban Democrats from the Independence Day parade, they being supporters of dependency and fighters against individual rights.

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California City Councilman Killed After Finding Marijuana Field

30th August 2011

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A well-respected California community leader who was gunned down after finding a remote illegal marijuana operation was a two-term mayor whose fundraising and goodwill helped build firehouses and a first-class high school football stadium.

The city of Fort Bragg was reeling Monday after the death of longtime Councilman Jere Melo, a forest land manager who was fatally shot Saturday while he and a co-worker were walking through a rugged area of timber land just outside town.

One of the dangers of living in a blue state, I guess.

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Senior official of Egyptian Islamic Jihad: Once we gain power in Egypt, “we will launch a campaign of Islamic conquest, throughout the world”

29th August 2011

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Except for the peace-loving people of Dearborn, of course. They’re the Different Kind of Muslims.

He also says that Christians in Egypt will have to submit and pay the jizya in a state of humiliation. And that there will be no art or tourism in the Egyptian Sharia State. Sheikh ‘Adel Shehato is a severe Misunderstander of Islam. He says things that I get branded with “Islamophobia” for saying in America. If only the Center for American Progress or the SPLC or Hamas-linked CAIR would explain how it is that so many imams and Islamic leaders like Sheikh ‘Adel Shehato keep misunderstanding Islam in the exact same way that greasy Islamophobes do.

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

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Mexicans Kill Mexicans, and They Blame America

29th August 2011

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

A terrible attack on a casino in Monterrey, Mexico, killed at least 52 people last week. Mexican President Calderon naturally blamed the United States for the attack, specifically our demand for drugs and supply of guns — even though the attack had nothing to do with drugs (the perpetrators were with a protection racket) and nothing to do with guns (they used gasoline bombs).

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Episcopal Diocese of NY nominates five for bishop, including married lesbian priest

29th August 2011

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It’s like watching a snowman melt in the sun.

I’m waiting for them to give up on this whole ‘Christian’ thing as being insufficiently inclusive.

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Iraq: Suicide bomber dressed as beggar kills 24 at mosque

29th August 2011

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When there aren’t any Jews or Americans handy, Muslims will quite cheerfully blow each other up.

If they’re that willing to blow each other up, what makes you think they’ll hesitate to blow you up? Think about that one.

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

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It’s Wrong to Steal … Even When the Government Does It

29th August 2011

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As a grumpy libertarian, I routinely get agitated about taxes, spending, and regulation. As far as I’m concerned, much of government is a racket that uses coercion to reward interest groups with unearned wealth.

Preach it, brother.

Asset forfeiture occurs when government seizes property that is associated with a crime. That sounds reasonable – and it is reasonable if someone is convicted of, say, bank robbery and the government confiscates the stolen cash and any loot purchased with that money.

But it is not reasonable (or moral, or just, or appropriate) when government seizes assets without a conviction. And it is downright disgusting when the government steals (and I use that word deliberately) the assets of innocent parties.

‘We’re from the government, and we’re here to help … ourselves.’

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Rich Jews for Tax Hikes

29th August 2011

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One of my favorite sayings has always been ‘Jews breed for intelligence’. This article is causing me to re-evaluate that notion.

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The Top 10 Apocalypse Movies

29th August 2011

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In light of the devastation to our civilization directly resulting from the collectivist policies of our ruling elite, there’s probably never been a better time to look at one of Hollywood’s best-loved genres – the end-of-the-world movie.

I suspect that the popularity of such movies is a combination of people wondering how they would do in such situations — the same impulse that leads people to do role-playing and strategy games — and a celebration of how much better our lives are than what they could be (rather like sitting comfortably inside while watching a rip-roaring thunderstorm outside).

It’s hard to pin down exactly what films qualify for this category – one list of doomsday movies includes dozens of very different films, with plots ranging from the world blowing up to society suddenly changing dramatically into something unfamiliar, dystopian, and creepy.  A documentary about the last two-and-a-half years would qualify as the latter.

Indeed.

Sometimes society is teetering – think California – and sometimes it has fallen completely into the abyss – think Detroit.

And in such scenarios, the latent fascism never far below the surface of the ‘progressive’ movement usually comes to the fore.

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Feds Raid Gibson; Musicians Now Worried The Gov’t Will Take Their Guitars Away

29th August 2011

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It’s not enough to know that the body of your old guitar is made of spruce and maple: What’s the bridge made of? If it’s ebony, do you have the paperwork to show when and where that wood was harvested and when and where it was made into a bridge? Is the nut holding the strings at the guitar’s headstock bone, or could it be ivory? “Even if you have no knowledge—despite Herculean efforts to obtain it—that some piece of your guitar, no matter how small, was obtained illegally, you lose your guitar forever,” Prof. Thomas has written. “Oh, and you’ll be fined $250 for that false (or missing) information in your Lacey Act Import Declaration.”

I’m all for not destroying the environment — and if Gibson is really doing something bad, then that should be dealt with. But some of these other situations just seem flat out ridiculous. Don’t the feds have more important things to do?

In short, no. To the bureaucrat in these degenerate modern times, all offenses are equally offensive; there is no proportionality. And, with the pervasive modern state, not all offenses can be addressed, so the bureaucrat will address those that give optimal return, i.e. the maximum amount of ‘See, I’m doing something to justify my salary!’ with minimal effort. Hence shutting down kids’ lemonade stands is more important than keeping Mexican drug cartel mules from crossing the border.

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Israel: Palestinian rams police checkpoint with taxi, stabs passers-by while shouting “Allahu akbar”

29th August 2011

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“Allah is greatest,” he shouted. Sure, nothing shows the world your utter moral superiority like ramming people with your cab and then stabbing them.

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

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World’s biggest startup launches in Silicon Valley

29th August 2011

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Among the startups tucked between restaurants, squeezed into office buildings and squatting in storefronts near Mountain View’s main drag is one that might stop you cold: @WalmartLabs.

Yes, Wal-Mart — the behemoth of Bentonville, Ark., the fount of falling prices, the beyond-gigantic retailer — has established an outpost here in its search for startup mojo.

What do you mean, nothing with Walmart in its name could be a startup?

@WalmartLabs talks like a startup. “It’s a great place to come and change the world,” says Anand Rajaraman, who runs the place.

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Some Kentucky Agencies Pay for Employee Exercise Breaks

29th August 2011

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Some state agencies in Kentucky allow their workers to have paid exercise breaks.

‘Get a government job!’ — John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia

Department of Financial Institutions employee Lisa Clark said being able to extend her lunch break to work out has been so beneficial she hasn’t had to visit her doctor for low back pain and fibromyalgia, which causes body-wide pain, in a year.

“Nothing has helped me like exercise has,” said Clark, an administrative coordinator. “For me to be able to incorporate it into my lunch hour, motivates me to go to the gym.”

No, sweetie, what motivates you to go to the gym is that you’re doing it on the taxpayer’s dime. If you won’t do it without being paid, your ‘body-wide pain’ isn’t all that bad.

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