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Bringing the U.S. Tax System Into the 21st Century Will Stop Inversions

29th February 2016

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The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing last week on the international tax competition in 2016. Various distinguished witnesses revealed severe consequences on small businesses and community structures when a corporation moves overseas. Under the present global tax laws, American businesses are not able to compete in the global economy.

The problems with double taxation and corporate inversions are not confined solely to the federal government and large corporations- the ripple effects are seen in our neighborhoods and communities.  International tax reform is being recognized as a bipartisan effort.

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Student Loans Account for Alarming Portion of Government Assets

29th February 2016

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When the higher ed bubble bursts, it’s going to make the last housing bubble look small.

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Trump’s VP Options (Master Persuader Filter)

29th February 2016

Scott Adams continues his masterly analysis.

Just for fun, let’s say Trump has five options for VP.

  • John Kasich
  • Some other white male governor
  • Superstar woman or minority governor
  • Mark Cuban
  • Chris Christie

I’ll break down the choices for you and run them through the Master Persuader filter for a prediction.

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Nobody Cares About Your Feelings, College Kids

29th February 2016

Matt Walsh lays out some Inconvenient Truth.

The primary lesson kids learn in college and in our culture is that they, personally, individually, are primary. Their thoughts, ideas, and (especially) feelings are the most important things in existence, and all of existence ought to bend to their whim. If they feel sad, the world must make them happy. If they say something, the world must listen. If they believe something to be true, the world must play along.

We could spend all day talking about the lies kids are taught in college and in society at large, but this, the primacy of their own emotions and beliefs, is the most damaging. I thought, then, it might be a good idea to run down a list of three basic, uncomfortable, common sense truths, for the benefit of these college students (and everyone else). One day I hope to put these in a speech and deliver them at a college graduation ceremony, but I haven’t been invited to do that, so for now I’ll just leave them here:

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Last Night’s Oscars Was The Biggest Gathering Of Smug, Self-Important Asses In Living Memory

29th February 2016

Brendan O’Neill of The Spectator is delightfully dyspeptic today.

The American comic Toby Muresianu put it best: last night’s Oscars felt like ‘three hours of being told to eat your vegetables’. If there has ever been a more grating gathering of smug, self-important asses keen to educate the TV-watching blob about Serious Stuff, then I’m struggling to remember it. Hollywood has clearly forgotten what its job is: to make us squeal and swoon, not raise our awareness about rape and paedophilia and the heat death of the planet and all the other misanthropic bilge the beautiful people spouted last night.

Black people must have been counting their blessings. Sure, being shunned by the 2016 Oscars might have seemed a bit iffy at first, but what a stroke of luck it turned out to be to be left out of a political freakshow in which Lady Gaga sang a ditty about campus rape and Leonardo DiCaprio did his best impression of an earnest but dim sixth-former in his infantile speech about evil polluters plotting against poor Mother Earth. That he did this while accepting the Best Actor gong for a film that is literally all about how mental Mother Nature is — The Revenant — confirmed that he really is just a pretty face.

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Come to Athens, Visit the Acropolis, Buy a Fake Passport!

29th February 2016

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The following video from German TV investigates the black market in passports that flourishes in Athens. If you have €300, you can become a “refugee” from any country you prefer. And for €3,000 you can get a chipped passport plus ID card that can pass through the scanners at the border checks without any problem.

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Beaten for Reading the Bible: “In the refugee homes only one religion has a say, and that is Islam”

29th February 2016

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The following video discusses the plight of Christians in German “refugee” accommodations, which are dominated by Muslims. Christian residents are persecuted — harassed, beaten, and threatened with death — for wearing crosses or otherwise practicing their faith. Some of them have been forced to leave the asylum centers and find refuge in churches.

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That Word “Solidarity” — I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.

29th February 2016

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There’s a scene in an old Pogo book in which Owl and Pogo are playing the parts of comrades living under Soviet rule. Pogo is a peasant, and Owl is a minor functionary, an apparatchik. Owl tells Pogo he once yelled “Down with the government!” — into a paper bag. To prove his story, he fetches the paper bag and opens it. Out of the paper bag bursts a speech balloon that says: “Hooray for the government!”

Owl says sheepishly, “I disguised it a li’l bit.”

That’s what the video below reminds me of. It was recorded during Hijab Day last week in Ottawa, which was one of those festive feminist occasions when right-thinking Canadian wymyn show their solidarity with their Muslim sisters by wearing the hijab in a defiant gesture against male domination and the oppressive patriarchy.

The Afghan woman featured in the video was asked if she would also show solidarity with the young Syrian woman in a Flemish asylum center who refused to wear a hijab, which resulted in a violent brawl between the Syrians and the other culture-enrichers in the camp. The Afghan woman said that yes, she would show solidarity — by wearing her hijab.

Freedom is slavery, baby!

 

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Countering Progressives’ Assault on Suburbia

28th February 2016

Joel Kotkin raises the alarm.

The next culture war will not be about issues like gay marriage or abortion, but about something more fundamental: how Americans choose to live. In the crosshairs now will not be just recalcitrant Christians or crazed billionaire racists, but the vast majority of Americans who either live in suburban-style housing or aspire to do so in the future. Roughly four in five home buyers prefer a single-family home, but much of the political class increasingly wants them to live differently.

Theoretically, the suburbs should be the dominant politically force in America. Some 44 million Americans live in the core cities of America’s 51 major metropolitan areas, while nearly 122 million Americans live in the suburbs. In other words, nearly three-quarters of metropolitan Americans live in suburbs.

Yet it has been decided, mostly by self-described progressives, that suburban living is too unecological, not mention too uncool, and even too white for their future America. Density is their new holy grail, for both the world and the U.S. Across the country efforts are now being mounted—through HUD, the EPA, and scores of local agencies—to impede suburban home-building, or to raise its cost. Notably in coastal California, but other places, too, suburban housing is increasingly relegated to the affluent.

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Woman Dismembered by Imam for Wearing a Bathing Suit

28th February 2016

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An imam named Muhammad Zulkifal is on trial in Italy for murdering two of his fellow Pakistanis for the crime of wearing bathing suits at the beach. At least one of the victims, a woman, was dismembered.

The case has a Mohammed Coefficient of 100%.

One of the chilling side-notes in this article from Il Giornale is the fact that Mr. Zulkifal’s terror cell, which is based in Italy, has significant influence in Pakistan — the opposite of what you’d normally expect. Does this mean that AQO (Al Qaeda in Olbia) will use their Italian stronghold as a base from which to launch terror attacks in Pakistan?

Allahu akbar, y’all.

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This Week’s Cavalcade of Campus Crazy

28th February 2016

Steven Hayward at PowerLine dishes it up.

Some times one thing leads to another, and you end up going down a rabbit hole of campus crazy. Wait—isn’t “rabbit hole” a speciesist metaphor? I’m sure it is somewhere. Will Rogers used to say that it’s no trouble being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you; my paraphrase is that who needs joke writers when you have most of the professoriate working for you.

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Someone Can’t Wait

28th February 2016

Freeberg nails it again.

What is the implied plan, with turning your shopping receptacle into a projectile, possibly hurting someone? Someone is supposed to notice you’re upset? Who? For an explanation, all I can think of is a chemical imbalance in the brain, or poor upbringing. It’s not just him. Something is just a bit off today. One of these days, I need to learn to do my shopping here when the professionals do it; seems when they’re there, I have a lot of trouble parking, but when everybody else is there I have problems with everything else. People don’t understand what they’re there to get, which is excusable, but they also don’t seem to understand how to move around other people. Which is not. C’mon, you’re not five anymore. High traffic areas, low traffic areas, these things are not the same. You need to check your bearings, figure out what’s next on your list, have a quick conference with your spouse…where do you do that? In the way, or out of the way? You should have to pass a test like this before being allowed entrance.

Here’s the fascinating part. I would bet good money that this is an Obama voter. But there’s no use heading over to Social Media to say so, it would just start needless arguments, butt hurt, and a LOT of rebuttal. That’s the advantage of having taken the time to argue with liberals, you learn things. And the fascinating part is, Obama voters, while being seen in this light by normal people, look at normal people this way too. No really. They think when normal people think about high taxes the way normal people think about high taxes — high, therefore questionable at least, and certainly very taxing — we’re being the asshole who gives a cart a mighty shove, thereby contributing to the congestion problem that he is simultaneously announcing to the world is too much for him to tolerate. They think that guy is us. You hear them say so all the time. Who among us has not heard the endless litanies about how we have to have a tax system so we can pay for police departments, fire departments, park benches, et al. They’re so cute when they work so hard to avoid saying anything good about the military. Also, traffic lights are like this. Part of the price we have to pay to live in a civilized society is that we have to follow rules, much like stopping for a red light and waiting for it to turn green. Yes, that must be the problem. I’m opposed to more public debt because I’m a red-light runner.

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Video Shows Syrian Rebels Fire US-made Missile at Russian Tank

28th February 2016

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A good shot, right on the turret — not a great shot, which would have aimed for the junction of the turret and the hull; but perhaps they wanted the guys inside to escape, as you see one do in the final frames.

I doubt that it did much damage, since TOWs have shaped charges and a jet of red-hot copper that actually penetrated would have made it impossible for that guy to get out less than a minute later — but it probably scared the shit out of the crew and they bailed. So, mission accomplished.

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Making Progressive Ideas Mandatory.

28th February 2016

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Approximately thirty faculty, staff, and members of the Intercultural Center (IC) at Swarthmore College met last week to discuss new course requirements dedicated to, get this — gender, race, class, and sexuality.

That’s right — requirements. Who would have guessed, eh?

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EU-Funded Project Plans Huge Tourist Trail From Middle East to Europe to Show Umayyad Dynasty’s Legacy

28th February 2016

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Most of that legacy was invading Christian countries and reducing them to slavery.

Are they going to have a similar ‘tourist trail’ to celebrate Hitler’s romp through Eastern Europe?

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The Left Half – Right Half Divide in Human Brains Is a Myth, Scientist Says

28th February 2016

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But the science was settled!

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

28th February 2016

Wheel in the Sky

 

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Thought for the Day

27th February 2016

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The Next Syrian Refugee Crisis: Child Brides

27th February 2016

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While the West debates the humanitarian problem of Syrian refugees flooding across its borders, the discussions repeatedly turn to the dangers they might pose: what if there are terrorists among them? How can we be sure? How can we save those in need of saving and still be safe ourselves?

Yet for many of these refugees, married off against their will, the terror has already begun. They are 11 and 13 and 14 years old. Some of them are pregnant. Some are already mothers at 14. Their husbands are 25 or 38 or 40. And there is no escape.

And the feminists say: [chirp] … [chirp] … [chirp] ….

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Artificial Intelligence Could Leave Half the World Unemployed in Just 30 Years

27th February 2016

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Current technologies already have the potential to automate a surprisingly large percentage of most tasks performed by human workers today, and advances in the field could have devastating effects on occupations across the board.

Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi believes that we are rapidly approaching a point where machines, and artificial intelligence, will be able to perform virtually any task just as well as, or even better than, a human.

According to a press release available from Phys.org, Vardi has postulated that, within 30 years, advances in artificial intelligence could leave more than 50 percent of the world unemployed.

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We Are Hopelessly Hooked

27th February 2016

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“As smoking gives us something to do with our hands when we aren’t using them, Time gives us something to do with our minds when we aren’t thinking,” Dwight Macdonald wrote in 1957. With smartphones, the issue never arises. Hands and mind are continuously occupied texting, e-mailing, liking, tweeting, watching YouTube videos, and playing Candy Crush.

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Trumps America

27th February 2016

Charles Murray speaks truth to power.

If you are dismayed by Trumpism, don’t kid yourself that it will fade away if Donald Trump fails to win the Republican nomination. Trumpism is an expression of the legitimate anger that many Americans feel about the course that the country has taken, and its appearance was predictable. It is the endgame of a process that has been going on for a half-century: America’s divestment of its historic national identity.

What does this ideology—Huntington called it the “American creed”—consist of? Its three core values may be summarized as egalitarianism, liberty and individualism. From these flow other familiar aspects of the national creed that observers have long identified: equality before the law, equality of opportunity, freedom of speech and association, self-reliance, limited government, free-market economics, decentralized and devolved political authority.

Today, the creed has lost its authority and its substance. What happened? Many of the dynamics of the reversal can be found in developments across the whole of American society: in the emergence of a new upper class and a new lower class, and in the plight of the working class caught in between.

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Iraq: The Real Story

27th February 2016

Victor Davis Hanson conducts a review before the test.

We need to recall a few facts. Bill Clinton bombed Iraq (Operation Desert Fox) on December 16 to 19, 1998, without prior congressional or U.N. approval. As Clinton put it at the time, our armed forces wanted “to attack Iraq’s nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors. Their purpose is to protect the national interest of the United States, and indeed the interests of people throughout the Middle East and around the world. Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas, or biological weapons.” At the time of Clinton’s warning about Iraq’s WMD capability, George W. Bush was a relatively obscure Texas governor.

Just weeks earlier, Clinton had signed the Iraq Liberation Act into law, after the legislation passed Congress on a House vote of 360 to 38 and the Senate unanimously. The act formally called for the removal of Saddam Hussein, a transition to democracy for Iraq, and a forced end to Saddam’s WMD program. As President Clinton had also warned when signing the act — long before the left-wing construction of neo-con bogeymen and “Bush lied, thousands died” sloganeering — without such an act, Saddam Hussein “will then conclude that he can go right on and do more to rebuild an arsenal of devastating destruction. And some day, some way, I guarantee you he’ll use the arsenal.” Clinton’s secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, often voiced warnings about Saddam’s aggression and his possession of deadly stocks of WMD (e.g., “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face”). Indeed, most felt that the U.S. had been too lax in allowing Saddam to gas the Kurds when it might have prevented such mass murdering.

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NY Moves to Allow Illegal Immigrants to Teach in Public Schools

27th February 2016

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Paid by American taxpayers, of course.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

27th February 2016

Multipurpose tables.

 

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Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected

27th February 2016

Peggy Noonan speaks truth to power.

We’re in a funny moment. Those who do politics for a living, some of them quite brilliant, are struggling to comprehend the central fact of the Republican primary race, while regular people have already absorbed what has happened and is happening. Journalists and politicos have been sharing schemes for how Marco parlays a victory out of winning nowhere, or Ted roars back, or Kasich has to finish second in Ohio. But in my experience any nonpolitical person on the street, when asked who will win, not only knows but gets a look as if you’re teasing him. Trump, they say.

I had such a conversation again Tuesday with a friend who repairs shoes in a shop on Lexington Avenue. Jimmy asked me, conversationally, what was going to happen. I deflected and asked who he thinks is going to win. “Troomp!” He’s a very nice man, an elderly, old-school Italian-American, but I saw impatience flick across his face: Aren’t you supposed to know these things?

In America now only normal people are capable of seeing the obvious.

‘Normal’ people, of course, have no access to the corridors of power; no Congressmen in their Contacts list, no children at Sidwell Friends School, no pundit gigs on MSNBC, no pixel-inches in Slate or the Huffington Post, no gangs of kids hanging out on their street-corners whose first language comes from another continent.

There are the protected and the unprotected. The protected make public policy. The unprotected live in it. The unprotected are starting to push back, powerfully.

The protected are the accomplished, the secure, the successful—those who have power or access to it. They are protected from much of the roughness of the world. More to the point, they are protected from the world they have created. Again, they make public policy and have for some time.

I want to call them the elite to load the rhetorical dice, but let’s stick with the protected.

The ‘protected’, of course, include fashionable minorities — and those who ‘identify’ with the new Ruling Victims.

They are figures in government, politics and media. They live in nice neighborhoods, safe ones. Their families function, their kids go to good schools, they’ve got some money. All of these things tend to isolate them, or provide buffers. Some of them—in Washington it is important officials in the executive branch or on the Hill; in Brussels, significant figures in the European Union—literally have their own security details.

Because they are protected they feel they can do pretty much anything, impose any reality. They’re insulated from many of the effects of their own decisions.

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Is Margarine Dead?

26th February 2016

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The reign of margarine is almost over. Sales of margarine—a plant-based spread that was once immensely popular because of its purported health benefits—have been rapidly declining and is now a cause of huge concern for Unilever, the world’s largest margarine producer and the parent company of brands that include Promise, Imperial, and Country Crock. The butter-substitute has a long history at Unilever—the company was founded through a merger between a soap maker and a Dutch company that began making margarine in 1872.

But, the truth is that butter has made a comeback: new reports argue that it’s not as unhealthy and artery-clogging as once thought, which has pushed margarine into quick decline. In response, Unilever last year created a separate business unit for its margarine operations, a move that its chief executive compared to “putting a sick child in a separate room from siblings, and showering extra care on them.” But the results have remained the same.

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8 of 11 Remaining Obamacare Co-ops on Verge of Collapse

26th February 2016

My, what a surprise!

Of the 11 remaining health insurance co-ops created under Obamacare, eight of them could collapse in less than a year. Moreover, the 11 remaining are less than half of the original twenty-three that were established in 2012 to compete with for-profit, private insurance companies. This from Mandy Cohen, one of the top federal health officials in charge of overseeing the implementation of Obamacare. As COO of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Cohen’s responsibilities not only cover the physical presence of Obamacare throughout the country but its disastrous virtual presence in the form of healthcare.gov.

In addition to the possible collapse of the healthcare co-ops, Cohen hinted that there was much more at stake than just the loss of insurance for consumers.

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Why We Are Unknowingly Attracted to People Who Look Like Our Parents

26th February 2016

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Now THAT’s a scary thought.

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Kansas Shooting: Gunman Who Killed Three at Factory Before Being Shot Dead By Police ‘Was Mellow Guy’, Friend Says

26th February 2016

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But of course Obama’s background check can figure out that he’s actually a wacko.

He is, after all, the Magic Negro.

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Iranian Media Pledges $600,000 to Murder Salman Rushdie

26th February 2016

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As reported by Reuters, 40 Iranian news outlets have kicked in roughly $600,000 to add to the millions of dollars already pledged to the 27-year-old bounty on Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie’s head.

The fatwa, or religious ruling, was originally decreed by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who deemed Rushdie’s novel “blasphemous” in 1989. Though a previous reform-minded Iranian president declared the fatwa “completely finished” in 1998, Khomeini’s successor, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reasserted the standing death sentence on the British author in 2005.

I wonder what the reaction would be if the U.S. government put up a bounty for killing Edward Snowden, and the New York Times, Washington Post, and L.A. Times kicked in another half-mil?

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Facebook Staffers Under Fire for Replacing ‘Black Lives Matter’ With ‘All Lives Matter’

26th February 2016

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ThoughtCrime is always punished, even in the Brave New World.

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New Jersey Woman Who Threw Neighbor’s Dog Into Traffic Gets Four Years in Prison

26th February 2016

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Barnes kicked in Nazirah Bey’s front door during a parking dispute in 2011 and grabbed Honey Bey, a 2-year-old Shih Tzu, by the throat, carried her outside and threw the dog into oncoming traffic, killing her. A nearby police officer saw Barnes throw Honey Bey into traffic.

#DogLivesMatter?

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Climate Change Benefits the Rich at the Expense of the Poor, Study Finds

26th February 2016

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Women and minorities hardest hit, of course.

[Okay, that ties junk science in with class warfare — if we can only get racism or homophobia into the mix as well, we’ll have the perfect progressive platform.]

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Why Many Millennials Don’t Eat cereal

26th February 2016

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Almost 40 percent of the millennials surveyed by Mintel for its 2015 report said cereal was an inconvenient breakfast choice because they had to clean up after eating it.

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Why Millennials Hate Tax-Season More Than Others

26th February 2016

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Political irony is the best irony: while many millennials are flocking to vote for Bernie Sanders, a man who brashly argues in favor of raising taxes, the same constituency seems to fear tax-season.

USA Today reports “a survey of 1,600 U.S. adults found that 80% of taxpayers’ ages 18-34 (the millennial generation) who filed taxes last year and plan to file this year say they’re fearful about some aspect of preparing their taxes. That’s the highest of all the age groups.

Perhaps it’s because millennials have never learned basic If-This-Then-That in school.

There are some serious reasons why millennials fear tax-season, as the USA Today continues: “Almost a quarter (22%) of those nervous Millennials say their biggest worry is making a mistake on their returns.” As they should, one mistake on your tax forms and you could be audited, jailed, or labeled as a good-for-nothing-tax-dodging-cheat who should be burned at the stake in one of Sanders’ next stump speeches. Who can handle that type of pressure?

Well, I can, but then I’m an MBA.

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ISLAMOCOPIA FRIDAY: What’s New in the Religion of Peace

26th February 2016

Isis making deadly suicide bombs and IEDs using freely available civilian components from around the world

Isis in Mosul: Brutal metal instrument used to clip women’s flesh shows increasing barbarity within ‘caliphate’s’ own walls

‘He Chose Christ and He Was Beheaded’: Will John Kerry Insist the Christian Genocide Be Named?

6 States Sue Obama Administration Over Affordable Care Act

Australia warns of possible Indonesia terror attack

ISIS reportedly threatens Facebook, Twitter founders in video. Tell the truth: Who hasn’t wanted to do that?

Woman found guilty of not revealing husband’s Isis plans

Rotherham child sex ring: Six found guilty of sexually exploiting teenage girls. And they were all Presbyterians! Just kidding.

Swedish teenager Marilyn Nevalainen says she was tricked into joining Isis by her 19-year-old boyfriend

Cologne attacks: Most New Year’s Eve sexual assault suspects ‘may never be caught’, says city’s police chief

In Gaza, Bicycles Are a Battleground for Women Who Dare to Ride

Syria civil war: On the front line with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards battling outside Aleppo

Radical Canadian Imam: “Rome Will Be Conquered”

Egyptian four-year-old’s life sentence ‘a mistake – 16-year-old should have been sentenced instead,’ says army colonel. Hey, these things happen.

Swedish 16-year-old ‘rescued from Isis in Kurdish special forces raid’

Refugee crisis: Concern over ‘unprecedented’ arrivals in Greece and Italy after 2016 total passes 100,000

Fewer foreign fighters are joining Isis – and it’s making them more dangerous

Syria peace talks: Opposition agrees to ceasefire after temporary truce negotiated by US and Russia

Syria civil war: The untold story of the siege of two small Shia villages – and how the world turned a blind eye

Syria ceasefire: Putin vows to put pressure on Assad regime as date for US-Russia brokered deal is confirmed

Six-year-old girl with learning difficulties forced into child marriage

Saudi Arabia puts dozens of Shia Muslims on trial accused of spying for Iran

Iraqi PM’s Plan to Include Shiite Militias in Mosul Offensive Underscores Iranian Influence

Young Saudis See Cushy Jobs Vanish Along With Nation’s Oil Wealth

Anti-Israel Protester Threatens Palestinian Activist During College Lecture

Troops Withdrawing in Afghanistan—Afghan Troops

Muslim countries should play primary role fighting terrorism, says Saudi prince. Kinda late to the party….

Egyptian author Ahmed Naji jailed for two years over sexually explicit novel

Isis claims responsibility for Damascus and Homs bombs that left at least 130 dead as world leaders hail Syria ceasefire deal

Palestinian envoy dismisses UK approach to resolving Israeli occupation as ‘charade’

Kashmir standoff between Indian forces and rebels sees six dead

Syrian terror blasts kill 87 as US heralds a ‘provisional’ ceasefire

More than 400 Palestinians displaced from the West Bank by Israel in six weeks

The story of a teacher evicted from Raqqa illustrates so much about the conflict in Syria

Damascus bombings: At least 30 killed in four bomb attacks

A Girl in the River: Oscar-nominated ‘honour killing’ film to be screened by Pakistan’s prime mininster

‘Missing’ radioactive material that sparked Isis bomb fears has been found, Iraqi officials say

American businessman held in Iran reportedly denied access to lawyer

Onlookers cheer as fire damages refugee center in Germany

At least 130 dead after blasts rock Syrian cities

Russia guilty of ‘egregious’ war crimes in Syria, human rights group says. As if the Russians paid any attention to ‘human rights groups’.

Turkey’s increasingly desperate predicament poses real dangers

How Iran’s Political Dynamics Conflict With Hype Over Elections’ Influence

America Is Now Fighting A Proxy War With Itself In Syria

Hindu priest Jogeshwar Roy hacked to death in Bangladesh temple attack

Bashar al-Assad: ‘Remember me as the man who saved Syria’

Russia committing war crimes by deliberately bombing civilians and aid workers, says Amnesty International

At least 14 killed after 2 blasts rock Syrian city

Syria conflict: Turkish threats of intervention after Ankara bombing taken seriously by Barack Obama

Morocco Isis terror cell ‘had been preparing chemical weapons attack’

Saudi Arabia recommends giving surface-to-air missiles to Syrian rebels to ‘change balance of power’

Calais Jungle: French authorities issue expulsion order for migrants and refugees

Isis: Up to 5,000 jihadists could be in Europe after returning from terror training camps abroad

Rape victims in Pakistan are risking everything for justice

Kurdish-led force seizes Isis stronghold in northeast Syria

Somalia: All Problem, Not Much Solution

US confirms death of American citizen in West Bank

Kurdish group claims responsibility for Ankara attack

Syrian peace talks hit roadblocks after ceasefire deadline as ISIS loses ground

2 kidnapped Serbian embassy staffers killed in US airstrike in Libya

Europol warns up to 5,000 Europeans have returned from terror training

Refugees weep as they are welcomed in Germany by mob shouting ‘go home’

Suicide bombers target market and school, killing at least 19 in northern Cameroon

Isis suspects secretly monitored Belgian nuclear scientist, raising dirty bomb fears

Four-year-old sentenced to life in prison for murder in Egypt

Dispute Over Kurds Threatens U.S.-Turkey Alliance. Given that choice, I’d pick the Kurds.

 

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Utah Senate Pushes for Repeal of 17th Amendment

26th February 2016

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It was just over a century ago when the nation changed the process for selecting U.S. senators. The 17th Amendment gave voters the power to elect senators, who had previously been elected by their state legislatures.

Regret for that constitutional amendment has lingered with some Americans, particularly among conservatives. Among its critics was the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. And in Utah on Wednesday, a debate that may seem obscure or obsolete was live on the state legislative floor.

The Utah Senate passed a resolution urging the state’s congressional delegation and “all the members of the United States Congress” to propose a repeal of the 17th Amendment.

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Watchdog Says IG Dropped Ball on VA Probe, Tried to ‘Discredit’ Whistleblowers

26th February 2016

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A top government watchdog on Thursday accused the central agency tasked with holding Veterans Affairs accountable of dropping the ball — by failing to properly investigate whistleblower claims of secret wait lists at Shreveport, La., and Chicago hospitals where thousands of veterans languished up to 15 months without care.

Further, Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner said the VA’s Office of Inspector General even tried to “discredit the whistleblowers” who brought the allegations by focusing on a narrow aspect of the case.

The VA has not responded to multiple requests for comment on Thursday’s letter.

Prediction: Nobody will get fired, nobody will go to jail.

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University of Albany Students Who Claimed to Be Victims of Racist Attack Charged

26th February 2016

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Three black female college students who claimed to be victims of an assault by a group of white men and women have been charged themselves.

Officials at the University of Albany announced Thursday that two of the women, Ariel Agudio and Asha Burwell, have been charged with misdemeanor assault and falsely reporting an incident. The third woman, Alexis Briggs, has been charged with misdemeanor assault.

The women, all 20 years old, claimed they were attacked early on the morning of Jan. 30 while riding a bus. They claimed that they were called racial slurs and were physically attacked while bystanders looked on.

Investigators say a review of multiple videos of the incident showed no evidence the women were victims of a crime or subjected to racial slurs. In fact, police said the women were the aggressors, assaulting a 19-year-old white woman.

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Mizzou Fires Melissa Click, Oppressor of Student Journalist

25th February 2016

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And took their own sweet time about it.

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Can Politically Correct Puppetry Win the War on Islamic Extremism?

25th February 2016

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On February 8, 2016, the FBI launched its “Don’t Be a Puppet” website. Designed to resemble a video game, the website is an interactive tool for the nation’s schools to prevent susceptible youth from getting recruited online by terrorists. Unfortunately, the released version appears to have suffered from politically-correct retooling that blunts its original purpose of protecting teens from Islamist recruitment.

The website had been scheduled for release last November, but was delayed by complaints from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and others. By asking about participants’ religious beliefs, according to CAIR, the program reinforced anti-Muslim stereotypes and promoted bullying of Muslims students. CAIR’s subtext, which it has repeated many times, is that Islam has nothing to do with ISIS/Islamist violence.

So we are attempting to keep Muslims from being recruited as terrorists but can’t refer to Muslims or Islam.

Your tax dollars at work.

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Thought for the Day

25th February 2016

Yeah, it’s been that kind of a day.

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Question Insanity: What to Ask Progressives

25th February 2016

Oleg Atbashian survived the Soviet Union only to have progressive ducks attempt to nibble him to death.

The two women who showed up early for my book signing at a small bookstore in Houston, TX, never even bothered to open my book. Wearing knowing smiles, they engaged me in a bizarre discussion that wound up leaping all around the known and unknown universe. They hadn’t the slightest curiosity about my ideas as an ex-Soviet immigrant in America, or what I had to say about my experience working inside the two ideologically opposed systems. As it turned out, they had spotted my flyer in the store window the day before, and the book’s title — Shakedown Socialism — had enraged them so much that they decided to return the following day and give me a piece of their collective mind.

Their act almost made me feel as if I were back in the USSR, where the harassment of people with my opinions was the norm. The shorter, pudgier woman was the soloist bully, while her skinnier, older comrade provided backup vocals and noise effects. The duo’s repertoire was an eclectic collection of unoriginal talking points, each branded with an almost legible label: NPR, Air America, MSNBC, and so on. Not only were those mental fragments mismatched in key and rhythm; the very existence of harmony seemed an unfamiliar concept to them. But compared to the hard-core screaming I used to hear from card-carrying Soviet bullies, this was almost elevator music. If I had survived the original cast, I could certainly handle a watered-down remake.

I can see it in my mind’s eye, having undergone similar situations myself.

Some heads contain an enormous number of facts that never bind with one another to form a fertile soil from which original ideas will grow. Each piece of information exists independently from the others, all of them continuously shifting and rolling around like grains of sand, forming ephemeral dunes in the lifeless deserts of their minds. The “open-minded” owners of such heads like to open their minds in the company of peers and admire each other’s fanciful sandy mindscapes. Every new whiff of wind or shaking of the head tosses the sand in more quirky patterns, forming new whimsical outlines. As previously covered facts are exposed and facts once exposed are concealed, a semblance of new ideas will emerge without any true change in content.

Well said.

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The Futility

25th February 2016

Freeberg has some thoughts.

Second thing is what has happened to the liberals. They still want to get even for the “Florida debacle” of 2000. Before that, they were about ending prejudices, and feeding and clothing the hungry. True, a lot of their measures achieved the opposite of these things and the liberals didn’t very much care. But afterward, getting even with conservatives is an objective that has stolen the limelight. The shift is subtle, but it is there. There’s a difference between — “I want to get these people health insurance, and I must defeat conservatives because they’re getting in my way of doing that” — and — “I want to make these conservatives look bad in the public view, and to do that I can get the word out that they, for some reason, don’t want these people to get health insurance.” Those are actually two different things. One is overly simplistic but determined, like a dog chasing a car that wouldn’t know what to do if it caught the car. The other is just plain vengeful.

And the third thing is what’s happened to conservatives. They still don’t have time for all this fighting-about-politics stuff. They have work to do. In fact, very often The Futility sets in, and they say to themselves…well, fuck this, this dime-store idiot liberal guy has all the time in the world to throw his cherry-picked statistics at me, his Mother Jones articles, maybe troll conservative blogs all day, but I have customers counting on me and I have to get back to work. And then after awhile the other thought enters the conservative cranium, yet again…I’m doing this to set up my retirement, get my kids headed to a brighter future, not be a burden to my family when I’m older. If only the liberal dipshits have influence on our politics, they get to shape our politics, and that will render these local efforts of mine entirely futile. The Counter-Futility. Back and forth the conservative goes, like a ping pong ball..it’s futile to do this, it is futile not to do this…

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A Radical Idea to Rebuild a Shattered Libya: Restore the Monarchy

25th February 2016

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Not the sort of thing you expect to see in the New York Times.

Colonel Qaddafi overthrew King Idris, the country’s founding leader, in a 1969 coup, but that was not all. He also abolished the monarchy; scrapped the royal flag; banished or jailed the king’s relatives; and turned the gold-domed palace into office space, a library, and after 2009, a lavish private museum for classical antiquities.

Yet the popular memory of King Idris, who died in Cairo in 1983, has quietly endured in Libya. And now, after Colonel Qaddafi’s own fall and the years of violent turmoil that have followed, the country’s closet royalists have emerged with a radical suggestion: Restore a form of monarchy, at least temporarily, to let Libyans rally behind a respected father figure and begin to rebuild their splintered nation.

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Apple’s Involuntary Servitude

25th February 2016

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The DOJ has persuaded a judge to issue a search warrant for a thing that does not exist, by forcing Apple to create a key that the FBI is incapable of creating..

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Black Panthers Redux: When Will They Ever Learn?

25th February 2016

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BLUF: The Black Panthers were a criminal gang, thugs, rapists, and murderers (listen to the tape).

The University of Minnesota and several affiliated Usual Suspects are presenting something called “The Black Panthers: A Love Story”, at which the people who tortured and murdered Alex Rackley will be honored guests.

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When You’re a Big Enough Bully, You Don’t Have to Comply With the Law

25th February 2016

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Earlier this year, Oklahoma Republican Senator James Lankford took a much-needed stand against the Department of Education, sending a letter demanding to know the legal basis for the DOE’s infamous 2010 and 2011 “Dear Colleague” letters. These letters together imposed on colleges a number of legal requirements, including the now-infamous “preponderance of the evidence” legal standard for adjudicating campus sexual assault cases and a sweeping definition of sexual harassment — a definition that encompasses a wide range of First Amendment-protected expression.

As Senator Lankford notes, before an agency promulgates new regulatory policy, the proposed regulations are supposed to go through the Administrative Procedure Act’s required notice-and-comment rulemaking process. This process — though inferior to statutory lawmaking — at least gives the public an opportunity to comment on proposed rules and to offer legal critiques before they’re formally adopted by the agency. In this case, however, the Obama administration tried to change the law merely by writing a memo — the same kind of maneuver it used to accomplish executive amnesty.

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Five Reasons to Impeach IRS Chief John Koskinen

25th February 2016

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Taxpayers deserve a transparent, accountable government, starting with Commissioner John Koskinen’s complacency in uncovering the truth in the Lois Lerner conservative targeting scandal. The agency has continually displayed extraordinary lack of responsibility.

Koskinen has also proven to be incapable of correctly handling taxpayer dollars, protecting them from identity theft, fraud, and even lied to the American people and Congress. Clearly, the agency is in desperate need of reform and new leadership.

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