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Liberal Indulgences

29th October 2011

Victor Davis Hanson, being an historian, can’t help but realize that there is nothing new under the sun.

In a nutshell, our American elites, even if well-meaning with real concern for the less fortunate, have adopted the medieval practice of compartmentalization. Loud demonstrations of general progressive piety exempt one from consistency. Our medieval ancestors could practice usury if they helped repair a collapsed nave or joined a Crusade, as traditional Christianity tried to deal with an imperfect world of important Christians who did not wish to live by their doctrine.

Today, liberalism puts a comparable burden on its elites: can one occupy Wall Street and still enjoy the luxury of that iPhone 4s? Did the university professor in Zuccotti Park worry about Wall Street when his TIAA-Cref account used to return 8% plus per annum? Can we still jet to Tuscany and worry about carbon footprints? Can we live in Chevy Chase, Malibu, or Woodside and be stalwarts on the barricades of racial integration and multiculturalism? How can we make $200,000 a year as Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity Affairs, when a part-time lecturer gets 1/5 for the same class a full-time, top-step professor teaches?

Modern society is a conspiracy of the Overclass and the Undercass against the Middle Class, and has been ever since ‘progressives’ captured the government and popular culture a hundred years ago. The Crust think that, since they’re all than anybody every sees, they’re actually the filling rather than just the decoration.

Savvy wealthy people—whether the Kennedy Trust beneficiaries, a Bill Gates, or Warren Buffett—understand that minimizing tax exposure, trying to avoid federal inheritance taxes through foundations, or accumulating vast riches are, in the liberal sense of ethics, offset by progressive platitudes. In short, we are supposed to think differently of John Kerry trying to avoid taxes on his multimillion-dollar superfluous yacht than we do of a car dealer’s Lexus. Warren Buffett can praise big government and higher taxes as the indulgence necessary to feel OK about shorting the government billions of future inheritance taxes by giving his fortune to a privately-run foundation that apparently is felt to be more efficient than the Department of Human Services, who, after all, could use the cash in these times of mega-deficits.

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Occupy Wall Street: Too White

29th October 2011

Steve Sailer says what everybody knows but nobody admits.

Wow, that will definitely heighten awareness among Today’s Youth of Color: Harry Belafonte! Don’t let anybody tell you the NAACP is the National Association for the Advancement of Certain People resting on their laurels.

And it’s amazing how quickly recent immigrants latch on to the We Are Colored Victims trope.

How could they have forgotten America’s litany of historic crimes against Sikhs?

As I said, just an internal squabble among the Crust, using the underclass (and their own kids) as tools and dupes — a more-disorganized-than-usual bit of Street Theater.

So, they are organizing the logistics of their campout: How many different kinds of recycling bins should we have? That sort of thing. Middle class white people find this kind of self-organizing to be pretty fascinating. It also bores the heck out of most minorities and non-middle class whites, which has the salutary effect of driving away undesirables.

Heh.

The obvious model for this is the successful Burning Man campouts that take place each September on a godforsaken dry lake bed in Nevada. A bunch of naked white hippies do a pretty fine job of setting up a huge community for one week each year. (My cousin, the tough hippie, goes there every year, and now his octogenarian mother, a lifelong outdoorswoman, wants to go to Burning Man, too.)

Let’s them blow off steam and forget for a week that NOBODY ELSE GIVES A SHIT ABOUT THEIR PATHETIC ADOLESCENT WHINING.

Burning Man started out in San Francisco, but moved to the middle of nowhere for various reasons, one unmentionable one being: barriers to entry. Ticket prices are now a few hundred dollars for entry, plus the cost of travel and camping equipment. That keeps out the petty criminals, homeless guys, gang-bangers, and other predators, parasites, and losers. Old San Francisco hippies remember, even if they won’t mention it, what kept the Haight-Ashbury Summer of Love in 1967 from continuing: criminals, especially black criminals from the Fillmore district, discovered, to their delight, that drugged-up white hippie chicks were easy prey. So Haight Ashbury went from a utopian middle class scene to a dystopian underclass one in weeks. Hence, it’s really expensive to get to Burning Man now.

Reality always intrudes upon left-wing fantasy. If you own the country and its guns, you can stretch it out for a bit, as the old Marxist-Leninists found out, but eventually either it all comes apart, as the old Soviet Union discovered, or you hold the note and change the key, as the Chinese eventually decided.

Unlike some people, I remember the sixties and seventies, when such demonstrations were the social herpes of college campuses — they’d go into remission for months, only to break out in embarrassing sores when it was most inconvenient for the uninfected.

Read any of the hippy memoirs of the 1964-1974 period and you’ll find that the Voices of the People spent most of their time wrangling over political posturing while badmouthing the Judean People’s Front deviationists. It was very amusing if you were over for a visit but didn’t have to live there, and inexpressibly tedious if you had to step over the dogpiles while trying to get to work.

(I’ve always loved their use of the word ‘demonstration’ — it encapsulates the truth that these gatherings were only for show and didn’t represent an actual working version suitable for production.)

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Obama ‘Bundlers’ Sport Close Ties to Lobbies

29th October 2011

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

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Yemen: Jihadists murder head of counterterrorism unit with car bomb

28th October 2011

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

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Occupy Wall Street Struggles to Make ‘the 99%’ Look Like Everybody

28th October 2011

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Two weeks into Occupy Wall Street’s takeover of Zuccotti Park, a group of Bronx community organizers and friends rode the subway down to Lower Manhattan to check out a movement they supported in principle.

When they got there, they recalled, they found what they had suspected: a largely white and middle-class crowd that claimed to represent “the 99 percent” but bore little resemblance to most of the people in the group’s own community. That community, the South Bronx, is one of the poorest areas of the country and home almost exclusively to blacks and Hispanics.

“Nobody looked like us,” said Rodrigo Venegas, 31, co-founder of Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, a center for political activism and hip-hop run out of a warehouse in Mott Haven. “It was white, liberal, young people who for the first time in their life are feeling a small percentage of what black and brown communities have been feeling for hundreds of years.

One of the signal hypocrisies of progressivism is that they claim to speak for ‘the people’ but wind up speaking only for their own preconceptions.

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Remedial Economics

28th October 2011

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Nan Terrie learned an expensive lesson last week about the importance of property rights. “Stealing is our biggest problem at the moment,” the 18-year-old protester told the New York Post. “I had my Mac stolen—that was like $5,500.” Why? Because she left it in a public place, amid a crowd demanding the redistribution of wealth. Imagine that.

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Cold Fusion: Future of physics or phoney?

28th October 2011

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Jammu and Kashmir’s top Islamic cleric summons Christian priest to Sharia court over conversions of Muslims

28th October 2011

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 As far as Mufti Azaam Bashir-ud-din is concerned, CM Khanna has some ‘splainin’ to do. He has allegedly been converting young Muslims to Christianity, and you know what the prophet of the Religion of Peace said about that: “If anybody changes his religion, kill him.” Can you imagine the outcry if a Christian priest or minister in Europe or the U.S. summoned a Muslim cleric and demanded that he explain why Christians were converting to Islam?

A timely reminder that freedom of religion is not a Muslim value.

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Richmond Tea Party

28th October 2011

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Like other Tea Party groups, the Richmond (VA) Tea Party has played by the rules. They paid permit fees to hold their rallies, they paid for the extra police and portajohns that such rallies demand. In all, they’ve paid $10,000 for their rallies to the local government.

The occupiers? Not so much. In fact, they haven’t filed for any permits and they haven’t paid a dime.

So the Richmond Tea Party, seeking fair treatment, has invoiced the Richmond city government to get its costs reimbursed. This is a brilliant move that other Tea Party groups should follow, if for no other reason than to highlight how the so-called 99% continue to mooch off of law-abiding citizens.

Time for a little equality, it would seem.

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Up in Smoke: #OccupyPortland Misplaces $20k, Files for… Incorporation?

28th October 2011

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Organizers of Occupy Portland say they fear as much as $20,000 donated to the group through a PayPal account has disappeared.

They also say the group’s finance committee has hijacked the demonstration’s Internet domain name and filed for incorporation against the wishes of the group’s decision-making body.

The demonstrator who filed the papers with the state said Wednesday she did so to protect the protest, and she has received death threats as a result.

Ah, yes, the Left in action. The most disorganized fascists in history. It would be funny if it weren’t so pitiful.

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The High Brow Readers With a Taste for Low Brow E-books

28th October 2011

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But ebooks are also proving popular because they free readers from the embarrassment of being seen with the latest pulp fiction bestseller – or something more steamy – on the 8.30 train to work.

A quarter of ebook readers are too embarrassed to tell the truth about the ebooks they are reading, a poll of British readers has found.

And one in five say they would be so embarrassed by their collection that if they lost their gadget they wouldn’t claim it back.

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Boy Banned From Bringing a Saxophone on School Bus Because It’s a ‘Safety Hazard’

28th October 2011

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Hey, those things can turn on you.

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Make Your Own Candy Corn

28th October 2011

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Yes, Cathy, I’m looking at you.

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Samurai Underwear

28th October 2011

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Whether you’re a warrior in the boardroom or the bedroom, make your underwear match your samurai spirit with our world-exclusive Samurai Underwear. These-ultra premium briefs breathe like you wouldn’t believe, won’t itch, and feel silky-smooth against your skin. On top of that, have you ever seen a cooler or more manly-looking pair of underwear?

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Shredding Kathleen Sebelius

28th October 2011

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If a private health insurer had engaged in the kind of criminal obstruction that Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been tied to in her home state of Kansas, it would be a federal case. Instead, it’s a non-story in the Washington press. Nothing to see here. Move along.

On Monday, a district judge in the Sunflower State suspended court proceedings in a high-profile criminal case against the abortion racketeers of Planned Parenthood. World Magazine, a Christian news publication, reported on new bombshell court filings showing that Kansas health officials “shredded documents related to felony charges the abortion giant faces.” World Magazine reported: “The health department failed to disclose that fact for six years, until it was forced to do so in the current felony case over whether it manufactured client records.”

The records are at the heart of the fraud case against Planned Parenthood. Kansas health bureaucrats now shrug that the destruction of these key documents — which they sheepishly admitted had “certain idiosyncrasies” — was “routine.” Who oversaw the agency accused of destroying the evidence six years ago? Sebelius.

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Head-up Display Wins Top Navigation Prize in Munich

27th October 2011

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This is seriously cool.

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Lost Roman Camp That Protected Against Germanic Hordes Found

27th October 2011

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German archaeologists have unearthed “sensational” evidence of a lost Roman camp that formed a vital part of the frontier protecting Rome’s empire against the Germanic hordes.

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Computer Screen Activism

27th October 2011

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Mummy Had History’s Second-Oldest Prostate Cancer Case

27th October 2011

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There is nothing new under the sun.

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NBC Denver Station Pushes Colorado Girl Scouts Into Accepting Boys Who ‘Identify’ as Girls

27th October 2011

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“Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization and we accept all girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade as members. If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout. Our requests for support of transgender kids have grown, and Girl Scouts of Colorado is working to best support these children, their families and the volunteers who serve them. In this case, an associate delivering our program was not aware of our approach. She contacted her supervisor, who immediately began working with the family to get the child involved and supported in Girl Scouts. We are accelerating our support systems and training so that we’re better able to serve all girls, families and volunteers.”

That high-pitched noise you hear is Lady Baden-Powell screaming in torment from beyond the grave.

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UK: Pianist Dies After Drinking ‘Ecstasy Milkshake’

27th October 2011

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Think of it as evolution in action.

 

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Millionaires Support Warren Buffett’s Tax on the Rich

27th October 2011

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Well, not exactly.

A new survey from Spectrem Group found that 68% of millionaires (those with investments of $1 million or more)  support raising taxes on those with $1 million or more in income. Fully 61% of those with net worths of $5 million or more support the tax on million-plus earners.

So it’s actually semi-rich people supporting higher taxes — not on themselves — but rather people who are maybe twenty or thirty times richer than they are.

I see.

Still no word on why these public-spirited people don’t just send in a check to the Treasury. They could do that right now — if they really wanted to.

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Gay Service Members Sue Federal Government Over Gay Marriage

27th October 2011

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

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Occupiers and Accents

27th October 2011

Jay Nordlinger ponders occupations.

Toward the end of Impromptus today, I happen to mention Ann Arbor, Mich., my dear old lefty hometown. I’ve never done that before. Somehow, the spirit just moved me. Anyhow, here’s something I do not mention: Couple of days ago, I was conversatin’ with an Ann Arbor friend of mine. And he said, “Do you know there’s even an Occupy Ann Arbor? As though they haven’t been in charge of the place for as long as anyone can remember!”

Yeah — an Occupy Ann Arbor is like a special ballet company, set aside for thin people. (You can come up with your own, and better, analogies.)

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Crony Capitalism Comes Home

27th October 2011

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At last — somebody at the New York Times gets a clue.

It’s readership (as reflected in the comments), on the other hand, remain stuck in another universe.

But, in recent years, some financiers have chosen to live in a government-backed featherbed. Their platform seems to be socialism for tycoons and capitalism for the rest of us. They’re not evil at all. But when the system allows you more than your fair share, it’s human to grab. That’s what explains featherbedding by both unions and tycoons, and both are impediments to a well-functioning market economy.

And let’s ask how many of these folks are registered Democrats, shall we?

The upshot is that financial institutions boost leverage in search of supersize profits and bonuses. Banks pretend that risk is eliminated because it’s securitized. Rating agencies accept money to issue an imprimatur that turns out to be meaningless. The system teeters, and then the taxpayer rushes in to bail bankers out. Where’s the accountability?

There’s no room in the box — the ambiguity has put on weight.

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Home-made Spear Guns

27th October 2011

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It’s Not About the Money

27th October 2011

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The Democrats are pushing for more spending and more debt, emphasizing the supposed need to spend more on teachers and schools. In fact, however, this country has carried out a laboratory experiment over the past four decades, and we have conclusively proved that more spending on education has nothing to do with successfully educating our children.

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Help Wanted: The North Dakota Boom

27th October 2011

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In the remote, windswept state of North Dakota, job fairs often bustle with more recruiters than potential workers. The North Dakota unemployment rate hasn’t risen above five percent since 1987.  In the state’s oil country, unemployment hovers at around two percent, and pretty much everyone who wants a job—as long as they are old enough and not incarcerated—is employed.  North Dakota has either tied for or had the lowest unemployment in the country since 2008.

I’m sure they would even take people from Michigan.

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Freddie CEO Leaving Company: To Get $3.9 Million For Receiving $14.5 Billion In Bailout Cash Over His Tenure

27th October 2011

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If you are a CEO in America, what is the surest way to get at least $4 million in compensation in two years? Why to burn $14.5 billion of course. Such is the sad plight of mortgage zombie Freddie Mac CEO Ed Haldeman, who as Politico reports, is set to depart the company after just two years of joining. So what is Mr. Haldeman’s claim to fame over those 8 quarters? Why nothing short of collecting $14.5 billion in “Treasury Draws” over the two years. What is a draw? The technical definition: “Represents the draw requested based on Freddie Mac’s net worth deficit for the quarter presented. Commencing in 2Q 2011, the draw request represents the company’s net worth deficit at quarter end rounded up to the nearest $1 million.” In other words, this is the minimum amount of money that the Treasury had to donate to the nationalized mortgage giant for it to continue pretending it is viable. As the chart below demonstrates, the total “draws” received under Haldeman’s tenure amounts to $14.5 billion. This excludes the Q3 number which will be made clear next week. Something tells us with this abrupt departure, the number may be higher to quite higher than expected. But regardless: a job well done Ed. As Politico reports: “Haldeman joined Freddie Mac in 2009 and received $3.9 million in compensation last year, according to Forbes. He intends to remain as CEO until a succession plan is in place. “Ed Haldeman has brought strong leadership to Freddie Mac,” said FHFA acting director Edward DeMarco. “I appreciate his commitment to leadership stability during the upcoming transition.” And now you know how to make millions in America and be part of the 1%.

Yeah — as John Derbyshire (Patron Saint of Dyspepsia) says,  ‘Get a government job!’

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Report: Drone strikes more successful after U.S. withheld intel from Pakistan

27th October 2011

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

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Muslim students at Catholic University of America complain that Christian symbols make them uncomfortable when they pray in empty classrooms

27th October 2011

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I can totally understand how the symbols of a religion of love could make those who adhere to a religion of hate feel uncomfortable.

Nevertheless, they need to read the sign over the door and either cope or go someplace else.

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Taliban Chiefs Admit Close Links to Pakistan Intelligence, Military

27th October 2011

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Commanders of the Taliban told the BBC that they and thousands of other members of their groups were trained and armed by Pakistan’s military intelligence and security service.

They also said that Pakistan security services provided weapons to Taliban insurgents who are battling U.S., Afghan and western troops in Afghanistan.

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

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

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J.Crew Executive Who Featured Son in Controversial Ad Reportedly Divorcing Husband for Woman

27th October 2011

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The president and creative director J.Crew, who in April appeared in a controversial ad for the clothing company featuring her young son with his toenails painted hot-pink, is reportedly leaving her artist husband for another woman.

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

‘Artist husband’, eh? Well, that won’t be much of a change. Just another fine day in the Obamanation.

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Giant Waterworld Confirmed Around Naked Eye Star

26th October 2011

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Somebody call Kevin Costner.

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Aid Workers Kidnapped in Somalia ‘With Help of Their Own Security Staff’

26th October 2011

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The American woman, believed to be a former schoolteacher from Virginia, and her Danish colleague, who is in his 60s, were seized from the central Somali town of Galkayo on Tuesday.

Both were already said to be in the hands of pirate gangs in central Somalia close to the town of Haradhere.

Police on Wednesday arrested three men they claimed were members of the armed team contracted by the pair’s employers, the Danish Refugee Council, to guard their staff, who officers said were involved in the kidnapping.

 Who cares? They’re just kufrs.

Truly, you can’t make this stuff up.

Any non-Muslim who steps foot in Somalia except as an armed member of a military force is an idiot.

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UK: White Man Subjected to Race Attack by Gang of Yobs

26th October 2011

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Andrew Goodram, 31, suffered a punctured lung and two broken ribs after the gang of four yobs shouted: “white bastard” at him before subjecting him to a vicious assault.

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

Of course, if this had been white people beating on non-white people, the explosion in the media would have been heard round the world.

Note the term used: ‘yobs’. You’ll see why in a minute.

“I’m scared now and when I see groups of Asian people and this attack has changed how I feel about going out.

The attackers were Asian and aged between 20 and 30. One of the men has been described as Asian, in his early 30s, 6 ft 2 in, of heavy build, with a bald head and a thin ‘lined’ type beard.

‘Asian’, of course, is code for Pakistani Muslims. But they can’t say that, otherwise it couldn’t be printed.

“I do believe the attack was racially motivated because I am white but I don’t understand why. I thought we are supposed to live together in peace.”

Sure, just keep on thinking that until they cut your head off. After all, you obviously have no use for it.

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PETA Sues SeaWorld for ‘Enslaving’ Killer Whales

26th October 2011

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Organizations like PETA are a good free-market way of sorting out the left side of the bell curve.

Sea World ought to sue PETA for impersonating intelligent life forms.

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St Paul’s choristers fight back against Occupy London cathedral closure with singing flashmob

26th October 2011

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Relations between St Paul’s and the Occupy protests hit a low note last week when the cathedral was forced to close its doors to the public for the first time since World War II.

Yeah, peace & freedom & love & inconveniencing everybody else! That’s the ‘progressive’ creed!

The cathedral has now been closed for a fifth day over health and safety fears; the longest time it has been shut in living memory. At the height of the Blitz, German Luftwaffe bombers only managed to keep the cathedral closed for four days.

But the musical mob will be putting some cheer back into the place of worship with an Evensong service amid the tents of the anti-capitalist encampment.

‘They may have won all the battles, but we had all the good songs!’

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Zimbabwean Man Claims Prostitute Turned to Donkey

26th October 2011

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A Zimbabwean man has told a court that he hired a prostitute who during the night transformed into a donkey, and that he is now “seriously in love” with the animal, according to state media.

Tell him to go to California and wait a couple of weeks.

Sure, these people are ready for self-government….

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Population to hit seven billion: experts warn of ‘bachelor nations’

26th October 2011

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Many demographers believe the resulting shortage of adult women over the next 50 years will have as deep and pervasive an impact as climate change.

Actually, it’s worse than that, because we have no idea what the effect of ‘climate change’ (if it even exists) will be, whereas history teaches rather plainly that too many males with respect to females is always bad.

So where is AlGore? Where is Michael Moore? Where are all the tedious celebutards, environazis, international bureaucrats, and hand-wringing journos?

Demographers say that figure is now more than 160 million – women selected out of existence by the convergence of traditional preferences for sons, declining fertility and, most crucially, the prevalence of cheap prenatal sex-determination technology.

Oh, dear — free & easy abortion leads to demographic crisis. That old debbil Unintended Consequences, along with his Progressive sidekick Can’t-Be-Bothered-To-Think-Things-Though-Before-Turning-The-World-Upside-Down, takes another bow.

How that change might manifest itself is hotly debated, although nearly everyone agrees there is no foreseeable upside.

Oh, ya think?

A particularly alarmist note was sounded several years ago by political scientists Valerie Hudson and Andrea den Boer, who wrote that Asian countries with too many men posed a security threat to the West.

“High-sex-ratio societies are governable only by authoritarian regimes capable of suppressing violence at home and exporting it abroad through colonisation or war,” they said.

Oh, ya think? That flapping sound you hear … what could that be?

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Pro-Choicers Hate the “What if I Hadn’t Been Born” Question. Here’s Why.

26th October 2011

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The pro-choice movement relies on a carefully crafted image to make its position seem responsible and caring: that women should be allowed to abort their unplanned pregnancies because unwanted children grow up poor, neglected, abused or some combination thereof. It can’t allow for the possibility that some “unwanted” children actually grow up in loving homes and become responsible, even successful, adults; or that couples who take responsibility for unplanned children can be as good of parents as couples who wait until they’re ready to have a family.

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CDC Panel Recommends HPV Vaccine for Boys, Too

26th October 2011

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It’s really not clear to me why this is controversial, aside from the reflexive impulse on the part of some people to avoid anything that might have any prospect of a drawback.

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Are Twentysomethings Expecting Too Much?

26th October 2011

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Hint: Yes. And it’s not just them, it’s their parents (and sometimes their grandparents) as well.

As a friend recently mused, “I wish I could have had my kids at 22 when I was nothing in my career. Of course, I wasn’t married or financially secure then.” Now she’s 31 and married, and she recently got a big promotion. “It’s just a really inconvenient time to have kids.”

Poor baby.

Andrew and I have both chosen careers motivated more by our interests than by our paychecks—I’m a journalist, and he works on international climate-change policy at the State Department.

In other words, they’re both drones, leeching off the Crust. Nice work if you can get it, but it doesn’t produce anything that supports the rest of our civilization.

We want to see if we can make life work on our terms.

Some day they’ll learn that self-esteem is not a good substitute for useful skills.

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Will Cheap Energy Plus Cheaper Labor Power a U.S. Rebound?

26th October 2011

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Not if the Democrats have anything to say about it. Their ability to tax and regulate American labor into uncompetitiveness is without peer, and their ability to pander to let’s-cancel-the-2oth-century envirofascists is second to none. If it ever looks as if American labor is becoming competitive, or American sources of energy productive, the Obamanation will swing into action to return us to those thrilling days of yesteryear.

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MACKOWIAK: Makers, takers and occupiers

26th October 2011

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Indeed, two Americas do exist: the makers and the takers.

No one should prejudge the patriotism of any American, but your station in life informs your own political views.

Consider today’s economic reality. Last year, 47 percent of Americans paid no federal income tax. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that nearly half (48.5 percent) of all Americans received “some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2010,” according to census data, making American families “more dependent on government programs than ever.”

Those Americans – call them “takers,” a crude term but one that accurately describes them as receiving more from government than they contribute – do not have a direct personal interest in fiscal responsibility, limited government or reduced spending. In fact, their livelihoods depend on the “gravy train” continuing uninterrupted.

For the Americans whose income levels require them to pay income taxes – call them the “makers” – they have a discrete and clear interest in taxes remaining low and in government being made leaner and more efficient. This dynamic has been described in Patrick J. Buchanan’s new best-selling book, “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?”

Today, the top 1 percent of all income earners account for 40 percent of the federal taxes. If you confiscated every penny earned by the top 1 percent, you would gain about $1 trillion, wiping out these productive Americans and still not balancing the budget.

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‘What If Abortion Became a Non-Issue?’

26th October 2011

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What if David Frum quite pretending to be a conservative?

We may never know….

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How to Cherry-Pick Data

26th October 2011

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You, too, can be a liberal wonk.

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Saudi Cleric Offers $100,000 to Anyone Who Kidnaps Israeli Soldiers

26th October 2011

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In 2004, Awad al-Qarni was one of 26 Islamic scholars who signed a statement encouraging jihadist attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq, saying “A Muslim must not inflict harm on any resistance man or inform about them. Instead, they should be supported and protected.”

Now, on his Facebook page, he has said “any Palestinian who will jail an Israeli soldier and exchange him for prisoners will be rewarded with a $100,000 prize.”

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

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American Imperialism? Please

26th October 2011

Jonah Goldberg points out that there is a lot of stupid being written about American foreign policy.

Your typical empire invades countries to seize their resources, impose political control, and levy taxes. That was true of every empire from the ancient Romans to the Brits and the Soviets.

That was never the case with Iraq. For all the blood-for-oil nonsense, if America wanted Iraq’s oil it could have saved a lot of blood and simply bought it. Saddam Hussein would have been happy to cut a deal if we only lifted our sanctions. Indeed, the U.S. oil industry never lobbied for an invasion, but it did lobby for an end to sanctions. We never levied taxes in Iraq either. Indeed, we’re left holding the tab for the liberation.

And we most certainly are not in political control of Iraq. If we were, we wouldn’t have acquiesced to the Iraqi government’s desire for us to leave. Did Caesar ever cave to the popular will of Gaul?

Ah, but definitions and what words actually mean aren’t important any more. Just look at ‘gay marriage’.

Regime actually describes an entire system of government. And if the American regime is imperial only when Republicans are in power, then it’s not a serious claim, it’s just a convenient and partisan slander.

And there’s plenty of that to go around.

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NEA Foundation Gives Grant To Create Activists…Out Of 1st & 2nd Graders

26th October 2011

Read it.

Yet more reason not to send your kid to a government school.

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