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Americans Love Paying Taxes

17th April 2015

The Atlantic, Voice of the Crust, tries to pull an Obama.

And if you believe that one, they’ll tell you another one.

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San Antonio Gave a Woman a $2,000 Ticket for Feeding the Homeless

17th April 2015

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‘All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.’ — Benito Mussolini

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WW II Wreck Gives Up Millions in Silver

17th April 2015

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The SS City of Cairo was carrying 100 tons of silver rupees from India in November 1942 when it was hit by a torpedo from a German U-boat and sank nearly 17,000 feet to the bottom of the Atlantic, reports CNN.

Underwater recovery company Deep Ocean Search, working under a contract from the British government, brought up coins worth millions from the record-breaking depth. The 100 tons would be worth about $50 million today, and the salvage team’s leader tells the BBC a “large percentage” of the coins were reclaimed.

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Big Fast Food Chains Think People Still Really Love Bacon on Burgers

17th April 2015

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Which, of course, they do.

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Mississippi Backs Off Harassing Doctor Making House Calls

17th April 2015

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“If I don’t help these people, they won’t be able to get medical care at all, and they could lose their jobs or their home. I can’t let that happen,” says Dr. Landrum, who at times drives as far as 50 miles to see as many as three patients a day in their homes.

But a bureaucrat with the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure, apparently seeking to justify his or her position, thought house calls violate some arcane state law that few likely read, and demanded that Dr. Landrum not only stop seeing patients, but also that he forfeit his medical license. When he stood up, the board, of course, made a formal inquiry into his practice.

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Security Expert Pulled Off Flight by FBI After Exposing Airline Tech Vulnerabilities

17th April 2015

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One of the world’s foremost experts on counter-threat intelligence within the cybersecurity industry, who blew the whistle on vulnerabilities in airplane technology systems in a series of recent Fox News reports, has become the target of an FBI investigation himself.

Chris Roberts of the Colorado-based One World Labs, a security intelligence firm that identifies risks before they’re exploited, said two FBI agents and two uniformed police officers pulled him off a United Airlines Boeing 737-800 commercial flight Wednesday night just after it landed in Syracuse, and spent the next four hours questioning him about cyberhacking of planes.

The FBI interrogation came just hours after Fox News published a report on Roberts’ research, in which he said: “We can still take planes out of the sky thanks to the flaws in the in-flight entertainment systems. Quite simply put, we can theorize on how to turn the engines off at 35,000 feet and not have any of those damn flashing lights go off in the cockpit.”

No good deed goes unpunished.

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Muslim Migrants Arrested for Allegedly Throwing Christians Into Sea After Brawl

17th April 2015

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Italian police said Thursday that 15 African Muslim migrants have been arrested after witnesses said the refugees threw 12 Christians into the Mediterranean following a brawl.

Palermo police told the Associated Press that they had learned of the assault while interviewing tearful survivors from Nigeria and Ghana who had arrived in the city Wednesday morning after being rescued at sea by the ship Ellensborg.

The survivors said they had boarded a rubber boat April 14 on the Libyan coast with 105 passengers aboard, part of the wave of migrants taking advantage of calm seas and warm weather to make the risky crossing from Libya, where most smuggling operations originate.

During the crossing, the migrants from Nigeria and Ghana — believed to be Christians — were threatened with being abandoned at sea by some 15 other passengers from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea Bissau.

Eventually the threat was carried out and 12 were pushed overboard. The statement said the motive was that the victims “professed the Christian faith while the aggressors were Muslim.”

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Local Governments, Continuing to Bar Us From Feeding the Homeless

16th April 2015

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And you know why. ‘All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.’ — Benito Mussolini

 

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Obama Removes Cuba From Terror Sponsor List, Cuban Supported Terror Group Kills 10

16th April 2015

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On Tuesday, President Obama announced that the U.S. is removing Cuba from its state sponsors of terror list. Hours later, FARC, a terrorist group long supported by Cuba, murdered 10 Colombian soldiers and wounded 17 others in a terror attack on a military base.

Just another fine day in Obama-land.

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Tax Take Keeps Growing—But Good Luck Catching Up With Government Spending

16th April 2015

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The federal government took in $1,477,901,000,000 in federal tax deposits between October 1, 2014 and April 14 of this year—the fiscal year to date. That number comes courtesy of the U.S. government’s Daily Treasury Statement. The good folks at CNSNews.com did the math so that I don’t have to and found that this is “an all-time record for the amount of inflation-adjusted tax revenue brought into the federal Treasury from the beginning of the fiscal year through the April 15 tax-filing deadline.”

That same Daily Treasury Statement revealed a total public debt outstanding of $18,152,014,000,000. That’s $18 trillion give or take. Unlike tax deposits, it’s not a record number. It’s close enough though, since federal debt hit $18 trillion for the first time last November. Don’t expect it to drop much. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) anticipates expenditures to outstrip revenue, requiring more borrowing, into the foreseeable future. “[B]udget deficits are projected to rise steadily and, by 2039, to push federal debt held by the public up to a percentage of GDP seen only once before in U.S. history (just after World War II),” warned the CBO last summer.

No growth of wealth can match the spending prowess of a bureaucrat with his snout in the trough.

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The World Is Bigger Than You Think

16th April 2015

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A lot people think that rising human population poses a threat to society because, logically, there is a limited amount of dry land on earth, and so living space and farmland must “run out” eventually.

Obvious, intuitive, and wrong. It’s wrong because, while it’s true that Earth is not growing, the supply of land is not fixed. From an economic perspective, the resource “land” doesn’t mean “dirt above sea level.” Land’s capacity can change and expand in all sorts of ways, depending on its use and value.

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What’s the True Cost of Wind Power?

16th April 2015

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Hint: More than it’s worth.

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Students Renounce Their Citizenship to Save $100,000 Over Four Years

16th April 2015

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As recently as 2014, illegal immigrants in 22 states are eligible for lower-cost, in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.

While students residing legally or illegally in states such as California, Texas, Maryland, and Virginia are eligible for in-state tuition, legal immigrants, international students, and U.S. citizens from out of state continue to pay out-of-state tuition, often costing several thousand dollars more.

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One-Third of Americans Living Abroad Have Thought Actively About Renouncing Citizenship Due to Tax-Filing Requirements

15th April 2015

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I’m surprised it’s that low.

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Ten Outrageous Items the IRS Purchased With Taxpayer’s Money

15th April 2015

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A Tax Day special.

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What LeBron Can Teach You About Economics

15th April 2015

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In his first chapter, Tamny argues that taxes are merely “a price placed on work” by the government. To demonstrate how, he doesn’t start with an economist or a chart, but instead with Keith Richards, the lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones. Richards explained that the band decided to leave England because of the high taxes: “We didn’t know if we would make it, but if we didn’t try, what would we do? Sit in England and they’d give us a penny out of every pound we earned.”

Progressive taxes (in England, the United States, and everywhere) are more of an impediment to people who are trying to become wealthy than to those who are already wealthy.

And what happens with all the money the government rakes in? Largely, it is squandered by politicians who want to buy popularity. Rock musicians make wiser use of money — the money they’ve earned — than do politicians who dip into the vast pot of tax dollars taken by force.

Emphasis added – what I’ve been saying for years. The reason why rich people are always saying that their taxes are too low is an attempt to persuade you that the taxes of people who are not yet as rich as they are (but are trying to be) are too low – after all, if a rich person thinks that the government deserves more of his money, nothing stops him from just writing a check … which, of course, the never do.

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The Valley and the Upstarts: The Cities Creating the Most Tech Jobs

15th April 2015

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At the top of our list is a group of cities that have long been identified with tech growth. Our No. 1 city, Austin, Texas, boasts the strongest expansion in tech sector employment of any of the nation’s 52 largest metropolitan areas from 2004 to 2014, 73.9%,  as well as 36.4% growth in STEM jobs, the fourth-highest growth rate in the country. Coming in a close second is Raleigh, N.C.,  part of the renowned Research Triangle region, home to outposts of multinationals like Bayer, BASF, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM and Cisco. The Raleigh metro area posted a 39% increase in STEM jobs from 2004-14, the fastest growth in the nation, albeit from a smaller base than many of the other biggest metro areas.

This is what happens when geeks have adult supervision, i.e. a state government that refuses to enact their groovy-granola fetishes into law and restricts them to what they do well.

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A Troll Down Memory Lane

15th April 2015

David Cole walks us through a typical incident in Obama’s America.

By the time you read this, the Memories Pizza “gay wedding” story will have gone the way of every overhyped, outrage-inducing Internet meme, relegated to the “you’re still talking about this after two weeks?” graveyard of planned obsolescence. The story has completed its arc: ABC affiliate makes national news out of totally random small-town pizza shop owner’s hypothetical statement that she wouldn’t cater a gay wedding if asked; gays go nuts and pummel pizza shop; Christians and conservatives rally around pizza shop, raising nearly a million dollars through a crowdfunding campaign; gays decide that all of a sudden the story isn’t as important as they thought it was 24 hours earlier; people move on and balance is restored to the universe.

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Brickbat: Victim Impact

15th April 2015

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Gregory Wallace and another man burst into the Kentucky home of Jordan and Tommy Gray and robbed them and their three-year-old daughter at gunpoint. But at Wallace’s sentencing hearing Judge Olu Stevens singled out the Grays, not Wallace, for criticism. Wallace and his partner are black, and the Grays noted in their impact statement their daughter still reacts in fear to black men. Stevens said those remarks offended him and accused the parents of fostering racist behavior in their daughter. He sentenced Wallace to five years probation.

And there you have Obama’s America.

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The Green Party Manifesto Reads Like a Pamphlet for a Religious Sect

15th April 2015

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Because that is, essentially, what it is.

They’re having an election in Britain. Their elections are more entertaining than ours.

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Thought for the Day

15th April 2015

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Judge Rules Woman Who Recorded Ex-Clippers Owner Sterling’s Racist Rant Owes His Wife $2.6M

15th April 2015

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The wife of former Clippers owner Donald Sterling is owed $2.6 million by a woman her husband showered with gifts, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Judge Richard Fruin Jr. awarded Shelly Sterling most of the nearly $3 million she had sought.

Sterling had claimed that money used to buy V. Stiviano a house, luxury cars and expensive gifts was her community property.

Heh.

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Mountain Lion in Crawlspace Causes Commotion in Los Angeles Neighborhood

15th April 2015

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I’d heard that L.A. was full of cougars but I hadn’t realized it was this bad.

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Texas DPS Officials Reportedly Monitored Cartel Targets South of Mexican Border

15th April 2015

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Well, I should certainly hope so.

An elite reconnaissance team formed by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry in 2009 may have pushed the boundaries of international law, according to a published report.

Oh, cry me a river.

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Hamas, PA Could Be Next Pawns in Saudi-Iranian Proxy War

15th April 2015

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Top Palestinian Authority officials are appealing to Saudi Arabia to use an “iron hand” toward Iranian-backed rival Hamas, a development that underscores the ill will within the so-called unity government and could become the latest front for the proxy war between the Middle East powers.

With the Saudis indirectly engaging Iran in Yemen, where the Kingdom is trying to help the government put down the rebellion by the Iranian-supported Houthis, PA officials are asking the Saudis to do the same to Hamas. The PA, which claims to represent all Palestinians, governs the West Bank, while Hamas controls Gaza. The uneasy alliance between the two has degenerated into rancor in recent months, especially after Hamas declared in November that their unity government had ended.

“The Arab nation has to attack any illegal side in the Arab region with an iron hand,” Mahmoud Al-Habbash, religious advisor and close confidante of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, told worshippers in Ramallah recently. “It has to start from Palestine,” said Al-Habbash, adding that Hamas “must be attacked with an iron hand.”

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How The IRS Repeatedly Rewrites Obamacare Tax Credit Provisions

14th April 2015

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The plaintiffs in King v. Burwell argue that an IRS regulation unlawfully extends tax credit eligibility beyond what is expressly authorized under Section 1401 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  It appears that this sort of administrative rewrite of the PPACA may be more the rule than the exception, as there are at least two other instances of the IRS rewriting the PPACA’s tax credit eligibility requirements.

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

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Grand Theft Lincoln

14th April 2015

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On this 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, the Wall Street Journal’s William McGurn performs a public service today rebutting the relentless liberal/“Progressive” attempts to pry Lincoln from the Republican Party and claim that Lincoln, were he alive today, would surely be a Progressive Democrat:

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Is ‘Social Justice Warrior’ a Pejorative?

14th April 2015

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If it isn’t, it ought to be. (Roper: “That’s an ugly word.” More: “It’s an ugly thing.”)

While the “war on women” is a lie, “social justice warrior” describes the average leftie exactly, and it deftly exposes their most egregious conceit, that they are all non-violent activists that just want peace and justice.

I can understand that the average social justice warrior would prefer to be called a “social justice advocate” or maybe just an “activist,” losing the “social justice” part. That’s because “social justice” has an odor to it.

This is nothing new. Once upon a time “communist” was a wonder word. Then it got a bad odor, and lefties started to call themselves “socialist,” and when socialist went bad they became “social democrats.” In the U.S., the bright young things of the 1890s called themselves “Progressives.” But by 1920 the word had a bad odor and so Progressives rebranded themselves as “liberals.” That lasted for about half a century until the day that Republican politicians discovered that an easy way to win elections was to chant “liberal, liberal, liberal” at their Democratic opponents. So the Soros-funded lefties of the 2000s called themselves “progressives.”

This is such a wuss-fest.

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More Anti-Libertarian Nonsense from the Left-Wing Center for American Progress

14th April 2015

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In 2010 the left-wing Center for American Progress published a monograph titled “The Progressive Intellectual Tradition in America.” Its purpose was to shine an admiring spotlight on the Progressive activists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, men and women who used government power to “promote true economic and social opportunity for all people.” The problem with that monograph, as I noted at the time, was that it failed to mention the Progressive movement’s widespread support for racist Jim Crow laws, sexist labor laws, and eugenics laws. It was, I concluded, “a fairy tale version of history, one that highlights what the authors see as the accomplishments of progressivism while totally ignoring anything that might detract from their lopsided narrative.”

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The Good Life – How a 70s Sitcom Became a Tory Lodestar

14th April 2015

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It’s that niceness which made The Good Life the comedic Aunt Sally of the 1980s (you wouldn’t be seen dead watching it during the Thatcher years — not in my university hall of residence, at least), yet it’s that same unaffected warmth which makes it so watchable today. The Young Ones, so of its time, now feels terribly dated. Conversely, as Bob Larbey observed, the only thing in The Good Life that’s dated is Paul Eddington’s trousers. I came round to The Good Life in the end (it’s called growing up) and so did a few million po-faced students like me. My wife watched it on DVD through both her pregnancies. It kept her sane and happy. Maybe we should have called our children Tom and Barbara (or maybe Margo and Jerry).

It was one of the most delightful shows on TV in any era. Paul Eddington went on to Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister, Dame Penelope Keith went on to To The Manor Born, Richard Briers was hanged for looting in Branagh’s Henry V, and Felicity Kendal remained the Platonic Ideal of scrumptious — so everything turned out for the best.

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200,000 Desperate Britons Go ABROAD for Medical Care as NHS Waiting Lists Spiral

14th April 2015

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The rush, for everything from cardiology to cosmetic surgery, could be as much as three times Government estimates, a report will reveal this month.

Official figures put the number at 63,000 but a medical group found that vast numbers are so frustrated by NHS waiting lists they are scouring Europe for faster treatments.

 

How about that great free government-provided health care, hey? Don’t you just wish that we had a system like that in the United States.

Well, hold on, it’s coming….

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Yup, It’s Vegans Who Have Caused the California Drought

14th April 2015

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I always suspected as much.

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Aluminum Battery Charges in 1 Minute

14th April 2015

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Lithium-ion batteries have been a boon for the modern world — they’ve replaced the heavier, single-use alkaline type in everything from wristwatches to jumbo jets. Unfortunately, these rechargeable cells are already struggling to keep up with our ever-increasing energy needs. But a new type of aluminum-ion battery developed at Stanford University is not only less explode-y than lithium, but also can be built at a fraction of the price and recharges completely in just over a minute. Best of all, “Our new battery won’t catch fire, even if you drill through it,” Stanford chemistry professor Dai Hongjie boasted in a recent release.

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The Future of Identity Politics

14th April 2015

Richard Fernandez looks at the craziness of modern life.

As a child I saw an ad for movie — which I never watched — titled “Japanese Tank Versus American Armored Car”.  All these years I’ve wondered what I missed by not viewing that extraordinary confrontation. But there was no need to worry as more bizarre spectacles awaited. Decades later Twitter is alive with matchups for the next presidential like “Two White Histpanics Versus One Elderly Woman” or “Elderly White Woman Versus White-Looking Native American”.

If it sounds weirder than Nipponese Tank vs Detroit Armored Car it is because identity politics is being driven by the American kaleidoscope of identities into a kind of reductio ad absurdum. One Tweet captures how strange things look through the traditional liberal identity politics viewport now that Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have declared their candidacy for president.

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Not Your Father’s Liberal Professor: The Triumph of the Left on Campus

14th April 2015

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In April of 2012, the National Association of Scholars released a report titled “A Crisis of Competence,” which they had prepared for the board of regents of the University of California. The report, as the title suggests, argues that the politicization of higher education has had devastating effects on the quality of that education.

The National Association of Scholars describes itself as “a network of scholars and citizens united by our commitment to academic freedom, disinterested scholarship, and excellence in American higher education,” while their detractors characterize them as a right-wing or conservative think tank. This fact, of course, supports their thesis about the politics of contemporary academia, but it’s important to keep in mind the objectives of the NAS while reading the report. The language therein is assertive, often even polemical, but the quantity of the evidence they gather with which to support their thesis ought to convince all but the most partisan that this isn’t a crassly partisan report.

The entire document deserves a read, because it discusses in detail how the takeover of American schools by the Left has resulted in a “crisis of competence” in education. One of the most interesting sections, however, details the nature and extent of the Left’s triumph:

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Sure, Just Give A Robot A Sword

13th April 2015

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What could go wrong?

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The State of the Nation

13th April 2015

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Why Is Hillary Clinton Even Running?

13th April 2015

Victor Davis Hanson does the big reveal.

Both Bill and Hillary have an uncanny insight into the very wealthy of Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Wall Street, the Upper West Side, and the Florida coast. They understand the formula: when many of the rich become very rich they no longer worry about high tax rates, either on the assurance that they have the capital and know-how to avoid them, or in the belief that that a 50% federal and state rate could hardly eat away much of their enormous pile. Huge federal redistributionist policies may fail and hurt the minorities and poor, but for now they are felt to be about the only insurance that the gates of the rich will not be stormed or their private schools and neighborhoods flooded.

The Clintons rightly sense that the one-percenters in certain fleeting moments feel awfully bad about their privilege. Thus they will feel much better about indulging their endless material appetites, if they give large tax-deductible contributions to the spread-the-wealth, help-the-helpless shtick of elite Democrats. The lifestyles of Hill and Bill over the last two decades reassure wealthy liberals that it is OK to wallow in the material good life as long as you pay occasional penance for such indulgence — and there is no better atonement than helping Hillary Clinton out in 2016 to speak truth to power. After all, with students facing $1 trillion in aggregate debt, Clinton marched into UCLA, check-listed some liberal nostrums for 30 minutes and walked away with $300,000 without a complaint — or about $165 in scarce university dollars for each second of her pieties. In other words, Hillary is running because she has invested enough in the past that the money will be harvested as never before in a presidential race.

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Deeply Indebted Pension Systems Continue to Dole Out Bonuses.

12th April 2015

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As the city of Detroit’s financial condition deteriorated, its employee-pension funds made hundreds of millions of dollars in bonus payments to retirees. Those extra checks swelled the city’s retirement debt and played a role in the Motor City’s eventual bankruptcy. Yet Detroit’s struggles haven’t stopped the retirement systems of other cities and states—including some with severely underfunded pensions—from continuing to dole out bonuses.

The Philadelphia school system, with less than half the assets it needs to meet its future obligations, is set to hand out $62 million in bonuses, sometimes referred to as 13th checks, to its retirees this year. The payments are authorized by 2007 legislation that grants the extra checks when the pension system exceeds its investment projections, regardless of the system’s debt. Rising retirement costs—up from $55 million in 2011 to $154 million last year—have aggravated a financial crisis in the city’s schools. Despite a state-approved $60 million boost in cigarette taxes last year to bolster their finances, Philly schools project an $80 million deficit next year, partly because of another $34 million spike in pension costs. Still, the Philadelphia city council has refused to rescind the 2007 bonus law, arguing that the extra retiree payments this year will be only a small component of the system’s $5 billion in debt. Mayor Michael Nutter, by contrast, has called the payments irresponsible and tried to stop them.

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The Advent of the Chinese Imperium

12th April 2015

Gates of Vienna is rather dyspeptic this day.

The more I watch our Western culture deteriorate, the more I am convinced of the Arab Effect. I’m sure you’re aware of the glorification of homosexuality here and in Europe. It is unfortunate particularly because it has led to a new plague of modern pedophilia every bit as bad as the old Roman Imperium permitted its children to suffer. Always, we must begin by protecting the children.

My prediction is that western culture will go the way of Japan, that the next logical step after homosexuality is asexuality. I am seeiing an increase in this movement toward asexuality in the generation coming up. The children imbibe culture’s strengths and weaknesses, and when they process them via their sexuality, we are given a clear and obvious reflection of what’s going on in the culture’s collective unconscious, which is where our past and future are contained. (The collective unconscious is not tied to temporality in the same way we think of time.) What is occurring now is a kind of die-out via asexuality.

Despite our concerns, it is probable that the Arabs will not prevail. They’re not intelligent enough; sheer brutality isn’t enough. But I do think the Chinese will prevail eventually. They are buying up much of European and North American and South African real estate. Heck, they own the Panama Canal and a lot of port space on both sides of the North American continent. It’s likely that if ‘hostilities’ ever break out it will be the Chinese who win the whole enchilada.

Why? Because their very old culture is also very adaptable — for example, a state-controlled version of Christianity already exists since Christian doctrine and practices placed within a Chinese framework ensures the productivity and usefulness of its adherents. And there is the educational edict that children must learn Western musical notation and play the piano.Again, for utilitarian reasons: internalize Bach and Mozart at a young age and math intelligence increases. Yes, the Chinese are great cultural borrowers and they’re not borrowing anything from the Arabs, are they?

So get out your Chinese syllabary and start practicing. Just imagine the many varieties of patois that will develop (though I think they will be like the Romans and leave local customs in place). In the hierarchy of inherited intelligence the Asians are above the Negro and Caucasian. Only Ashkenazi Jews are ahead of them.

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How High Taxes and Regulation Are Killing One of the Most Prosperous States in the Nation

12th April 2015

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Upstate New York is becoming Detroit with grass.

Plenty of room for you guys in Texas. Remember, nobody ever retires and moves North.

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Court Sides With Baker Who Denied a Christian Customer Bible Verses Be Written on Cakes

12th April 2015

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It’s all about the Narrative, and the Crust continues to rule.

Better learn to love Big Brother or it’s down the Memory Hole with you.

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Writing Perl in Latin

12th April 2015

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Compared to other languages (both modern and ancient), English has a comparatively weak lexical structure. Much of the grammatical load of an English sentence is carried by positional cues. A statement such as “The boy gave the dog the food” only makes sense because of the convention that the subject precedes the verb, which precedes the indirect object, which precedes the direct object. Changing the order — “The food gave the boy the dog” — changes the meaning.

Most programming languages use similar positional grammatical cues. The operation $maximum = $next is very different in meaning from $next = $maximum. Likewise, the function call push @my_assets, @your_money is not the same as push @your_money, @my_assets.

Generally speaking, older natural languages have richer lexical structures (such as inflexions for noun number and case) and therefore rely less on word order. For example, in Latin the statements Puer dedit cani escam and Escam dedit puer cani both mean “The boy gave the dog the food”. Indeed, the more usual word order would be reverse Polish, with the verb coming last: Puer cani escam dedit.

This flexibility is possible because Latin uses inflexion, not position, to denote lexical roles. The lack of a suffix denotes that the boy (puer) is the subject; the -i ending indicates that the dog (cani) is the indirect object; whilst the -am ending indicates that the food (escam) is the direct object.

To say “The food gave the boy the dog”, one might write: Puero canem esca dedit. Here, the -o ending denotes that the boy is now the indirect object, the -em ending indicates that the dog has become the direct object, whilst the -a ending indicates that the food is the subject.

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Scientists Seek Ban on Method of Editing the Human Genome

12th April 2015

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So much for the myth of the socially-irresponsible mad scientist.

Welcome to the Brave New World, where all the Chicken Littles gather together to petition the government to stop the sky from falling.

“But that trick never works!”

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How To Grow Your Own Furniture

12th April 2015

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An ingenious British designer has come up with the ultimate environmentally-friendly way to create stunning household furniture – by letting Mother Nature do all the hard work.

Gavin Munro grows young trees into specially-designed plastic moulds, pruning and guiding the branches into shape before grafting them together to form ultra-tough joints.

Using this method he’s already created several prototype pieces and has a field in Derbyshire where he’s currently tending a crop of 400 tables, chairs and lampshades which he hopes to harvest next year.

British landlords used to do this, in a more primitive fashion, during the 17th and 18th centuries with their oak trees so that the branches would be the right shape for the knee frames used in building warships.

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NJ Teacher Suspended After Having Class Send ‘Get Well’ Cards to Cop Killer

12th April 2015

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What kind of class activity is this for elementary students?

Not hard to tell. I wager that the teacher, if not the class, is black, and is so steeped in Identity Politics that any black man who kills a cop, regardless of circumstance, is a victim of the Racism Inherent In The System and deserving of their support.

 

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DARVO

12th April 2015

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Have you ever marveled at how your abusive wife, girlfriend or ex is able to do and say the most hurtful, underhanded and contemptible things and then portray herself as the innocent victim? Have you ever wondered how she is able to convincingly accuse others, usually her victims, of the abusive behaviors and attitudes of which she is actually guilty? Wonder no more, the answer may be DARVO.

Dr Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD of the University of Oregon identified DARVO in the 1990s at the tail end of the repressed sexual abuse memories hysteria. In spite of its dubious origins, DARVO is a helpful concept with broader applications than Dr Freyd seems to have originally intended. Freyd writes about DARVO in conjunction with her work on betrayal trauma, which I discuss on the original Shrink4Men blog. According to Dr Freyd’s webpage:

“DARVO refers to a reaction that perpetrators of wrong doing, particularly sexual offenders, may display in response to being held accountable for their behavior. The perpetrator or offender may Deny the behavior, Attack the individual doing the confronting, and Reverse the roles of Victim and Offender such that the perpetrator assumes the victim role and turns the true victim into an alleged offender. This occurs, for instance, when an actually guilty perpetrator assumes the role of “falsely accused” and attacks the accuser’s credibility or even blames the accuser of being the perpetrator of a false accusation.”

DARVO seems to be a combination of projection, denial, lying, blame shifting and gaslighting. Dr Freyd notes that other observers have identified the same phenomena using different terms. My male clients experience this behavior when they try to hold the abusive women in their lives accountable. It also seems to be common behavior in most predators, bullies, high-conflict individuals and/or abusive personality-disordered individuals. DARVO especially seems to occur in high-conflict divorce and/or custody cases.

A better description of the ‘progressive’ mentality I’ve never seen.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

12th April 2015

Christos Anesti

 

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The Case Against Gay Marriage: Top Law Firms Won’t Touch It

12th April 2015

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Of course not.

In dozens of interviews, lawyers and law professors said the imbalance in legal firepower in the same-sex marriage cases resulted from a conviction among many lawyers that opposition to such unions is bigotry akin to racism.

In other words, they’ve been successfully brainwashed by their elite schooling to believe what the Cool Kids believe.

But there were economic calculations, too. Law firms that defend traditional marriage may lose clients and find themselves at a disadvantage in hiring new lawyers.

In other words, as the cream of the new ruling class, Servants of the Crust and its Narrative, they know on which side their bread is buttered.

Representing unpopular clients has a long and proud tradition in American justice, one that experts in legal ethics say is central to the adversarial system. John Adams, the future president, agreed to represent British soldiers accused of murder in the 1770 Boston Massacre. Clarence Darrow defended two union activists who dynamited the Los Angeles Times building in 1910, killing 21 workers. Leading law firms today have lined up to defend detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, some accused of ties to Al Qaeda.

The Supreme Court has said criminal defendants are entitled to a lawyer. There is no right to counsel in civil cases, but most lawyers do not lightly turn away paying clients. Some lawyers, though, have been forced out of their firms for agreeing to take on clients opposed to same-sex marriage.

For all their prating about ‘tolerance’, ‘progressives’ are the chief bigots of the Western world.

Evan Wolfson, mentioned in the Times article, was a classmate of mine at Yale. He was a slimy little weasel then, and he’s a slimy little weasel now.

Be careful not to step in the diversity.

Steve Sailer has a more thorough fisking here.

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The Insiders: The Democratic Whackjob Survey

12th April 2015

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Sometimes someone from the Filling sneaks into the Washington Post.

Yesterday, in a somewhat useful exercise, my Democratic friend and sometimes sparring partner Carter Eskew compiled a “Republican Nutcase Check List” for Republican presidential candidates to take. (If you want to see how you’d rank, you can take that survey here.) With his quiz as motivation, and in the same spirit, I wrote a corresponding checklist for Democrats in general, given that their presidential candidate bench is so weak.

In order to slant his test and present Republicans as Democrats want them to be, Carter had to scour some remote corners of the country in search of narrow positions and specific incidents. Here, I’ll stick pretty close to what passes for “mainstream” Democratic positions in our nation’s capital.

This is called the Democratic Whackjob Survey, and I propose that all Democrats take it. There are eight questions and the answers will be tallied to give you a score on the whack-o-meter.

If you answered “yes” to 8 out of the above, you’re a whackjob who’s probably permanently in a purple haze, camped out in a public park with a Unibomber-inspired protest sign nearby. And if you are not currently working for the Obama administration, working on a Democratic voter-registration campaign or doing commentary on MSNBC, you should look into those opportunities.

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