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Obama’s Foreign Policy

6th September 2014

Hu on First copy

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Thought for the Day

6th September 2014

Startegery copy

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The Islamic Frankenstate: What Did Obama Know, and When Did He Know It?

6th September 2014

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Which is a different question from “What ought he to have known, and when ought he to have known it?” We are, after all, talking about a clueless slacker here.

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Wendy Davis Memoir: I Had 2 Abortions During 2nd Marriage

6th September 2014

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I find the idea of her defective genes not being propagated into the next generation strangely appealing.

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The Decline of the West, From Henry to Hillary

6th September 2014

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If you want to see the epitome of jejunosity at work (as Woody Allen put it in Love and Death) look no further than Hillary Clinton’s Washington Post review of Henry Kissinger’s new book, World Order. I almost wonder whether the Post published this as a deliberate act of cruelty to Hillary, who is obviously not ready for prime time.

The review begins with this profound gem: “When Americans look around the world today, we see one crisis after another.” When you see a lede like this, you can be sure you are in the presence of no ordinary mind. And sure enough, the rarified judgments just come tumbling one after another in a display of virtuoso brilliance not seen since Thomas Jefferson dined alone:

When I walked into the State Department in January 2009, everyone knew that it was a time of dizzying changes, but no one could agree on what they all meant. . .

Wait, this is supposed to be a review of a Kissinger book, right? Yes, but what book review by a Clinton wouldn’t turn into a vehicle for Clinton self-promotion and self-satisfaction? (And no jokes, please, about waiting for Bill Clinton’s self-satisfying review of Fifty Shades of Gray.)

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

6th September 2014

Toastabags.

Flashlight Grilling Spatula.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Soda. I am not making this up.

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Ancient ‘Last Supper’ Papyrus Gives Glimpse Into Early Christianity

6th September 2014

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The fragment formed part of an amulet, according to academics at the University of Manchester, making it the earliest surviving document to use the Christian Eucharist liturgy as a protective charm. Wearing amulets to protect against dangers was an ancient Egyptian practice adopted by Christians.

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FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics AS Spies, Influence Agents

6th September 2014

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Cuban intelligence services “have perfected the work of placing agents, that includes aggressively targeting U.S. universities under the assumption that a percentage of students will eventually move on to positions within the U.S. government that can provide access to information of use to the [Cuban intelligence service],” the five-page unclassified FBI report says. It notes that the Cubans “devote a significant amount of resources to targeting and exploiting U.S. academia.”

“Academia has been and remains a key target of foreign intelligence services, including the [Cuban intelligence service],” the report concludes.

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

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Author’s Quest to Prove Anglo-Saxon Monarch Died 30 Years After Battle of Hastings and Is Buried in Essex Churchyard

6th September 2014

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The project will be charted by Oval Films, which also helped to find Richard III’s remains in a car park in Leicester.

It will follow amateur historian Peter Burke, who has written two historical novels on the times of Harold, and claims the king was wounded but survived.

He believes he died 30 years later and was buried near the east wall of the former abbey that dates to the late 11th century.

And if he can get a best-selling book out of it, that’s good too.

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A Foreign Legion for Losers

5th September 2014

Jonah Goldberg cuts through the crap.

Though I’m perfectly comfortable with YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and similar platforms doing what they can to undermine the PR campaigns of fanatical murderers, my point here isn’t necessarily that such things should be banned or censored (even if that were technologically feasible). I weary of reflexive responses to barbarism that involve curtailing the freedoms of Americans in order to avoid offending savages.

Rather, my point is that to a considerable extent, the Islamic State — and groups like it — is a modern Foreign Legion for losers. When discussing people who openly boast of rape, murder, and torture, “loser” is hardly too harsh. But invective is not my intent when I call them losers. These men — and a few women, too — are losers in a more significant sense. They are losers at Western civilization.

Many of the Westerners flocking to Syria and Iraq for “jihad tourism” don’t have any of the usual excuses one hears for terrorism. Just like the 9/11 hijackers, they are often middle-class, educated, and technologically adept.

What they are not is assimilated. They may have passports identifying them as American, French, or British, but they are not American, French, or British in their hearts. These labels do not give them the meaning and mission in life they crave. And Western democratic capitalism bores them. Often the children of immigrants, they are literally misfits; they don’t fit in with their parents’ native culture, but they also haven’t connected to the society in which they now live.

 

 

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IKEA Catalog Video Spoofs Apple, Goes Viral

5th September 2014

Read it. And watch the video, for sure.

This is one of the most beautiful mockeries I’ve ever seen.

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

5th September 2014

The Muslim Rape of Christian Nuns

Catholic, Orthodox Patriarchs Call for Islamic State’s Destruction

Online posts show ISIS eyeing Mexican border, says law enforcement bulletin

Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

Qatar’s role as US ally at odds with claims it sponsors terror

West will be next ISIS target unless there is ‘rapid’ action, Saudi King warns, as jihadists now behead a Lebanese soldier

Pakistan protesters storm state TV station, push toward prime minister’s house

Syria rebels clash with government forces in Golan Heights

Syria rebels issue demands in exchange for release of Fijian peacekeepers

White House confirms authenticity of ISIS video showing beheading of reporter

Raped and Slaughtered: Muslim Persecution of Christians, April, 2014

Iranian Grand Ayatollah Issues Fatwa Against ‘Immoral’ High-Speed Internet Connections

Rights group accuses ISIS militants of mass killing up to 770 Iraqi soldiers

Christians arm as Middle East perils mount

‘Frustration and confusion’ among US troops over mixed message on ISIS

ISIS using sophisticated network to attract foreign fighters

Jihad Interrupted: Feds Grab ISIS ‘Wannabes’ Before They Reach Syria

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What the Hell ISIS Going On?

5th September 2014

Gavin McInnes blows the whistle.

If we were to take today’s culture and graft it onto 1940s America, we’d have Nazis driving our cabs and refusing to take Jews. Instead of “loose lips sink ships” we’d have open borders where any Nazi can simply walk across. We’d have Nazi schools in Michigan where students can practice their doctrine freely and even train to fight against America. Being a Nazi would become the “in thing.”

This would be true all over the Western World. In the real here and now, the Boston Bombers were radicalized on our soil. The boy who decapitated James Foley learned to hate in London. He was taught by a particularly annoying cleric named Anjem Choudary, who recently made headlines for saying “Terrorizing the enemy is part of Islam.” This is after he was linked to the Foley decapitation.

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Doctor Loo: Where Doctor Who Goes to Poo

5th September 2014

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This is for my wife, who is a big Dr Who fan.

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Hate on the March

5th September 2014

Taki turns over a rock.

An American friend who is very well connected in Washington, D.C. was telling me he’s worried about Europe. So what else is new, I said. “No, I really mean it, future generations could grow up under Islamic rule.” It was a John McEnroe moment, as in you can’t be serious. He assured me he was. Let’s see, anything is possible, but an Islamic Europe? Well, Brussels is 40 percent Muslim, and there are 5.5 million Muslims in France alone, with no-go areas in Paris and other major cities. Britain has close to 4 million Allah followers, with thousands of imams teaching hate of the infidel to young and old alike while pusillanimous politicians and human rights lobbies ensure any dissenting Christian voices are stillborn. Would-be jihadists are free to come and go while European border controls subject middle-aged Europeans to stringent body searches, especially if Grandma is in a wheelchair.

How have we come to this? Easy. Step forward, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, along with Bahrain, the UAE, and other such crappy so-called states. Although the Saudis and Qataris are at odds, it was those two corrupt, illegitimate, and dictatorial regimes, both swimming in oil and gas money, that have for the past 25 years been the official sponsors of terrorism in Europe and the Middle East. (The Saudi backing of radical Islam goes back 50 years.)

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What Every High School Junior Should Know About Going to College

5th September 2014

Bryan Caplan pulls back the curtain.

Going to college definitely sounds better.  Almost every authority figure in your life – educators and family alike – recommend it to each and every student.  But as you may have noticed, authority figures are often untrustworthy.  Indeed, they usually bend the truth whenever honesty makes them look bad.  This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go to college, but it is a reason to second-guess the party line, to seek out ugly facts parents and educators would rather ignore.

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Twin Cities Green Line Claims First Fatality

5th September 2014

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Last Sunday, a pedestrian was struck and killed by the Twin Cities new Green light-rail line, which opened for operation in June. Shannon Buchanan was apparently crossing a pedestrian way over the tracks and was hit by a train going about 30 mph.

The FTA no longer includes fatality data in the National Transit Database, but the last time data were available, light rail was involved in about 12 fatalities per billion passenger miles carried while buses were involved in only about 4 fatalities per billion. Apparently, it’s a lot safer to get hit by a 50,000-pound bus than a 300,000-pound train.

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Chicago Hospital Training, Preparing Navy Doctors for Battle Conditions

5th September 2014

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The U.S. Navy is using Chicago’s Stoger Hospital to train and prepare doctors, medics, and nurses for battlefield conditions.

As with so many of the experiences awaiting military medical personnel once overseas, “Stoger Hospital… stands in the middle of a war zone… in its own way.”

Every cloud has a silver lining, if that’s what you can call the fact that the war zone into which each Democrat-machine-run city descends provide a domestic training ground for combat surgeons.

According to the AP, “the Navy doesn’t have any trauma training facilities in the U.S., [so] military medical teams” have to be sent elsewhere for “experience dealing with penetrating wounds.” And these teams have found that bullet wounds–“even a single bullet wound”–“[unleash] the same kind of massive infection inflicted by roadside bombs in Afghanistan.”

There are plenty of bullet wounds to learn from in Chicago, where Stoger Hospital has “one of the busiest… trauma units” in the country. In 2013 alone, Stoger Hospital “treated nearly 600 gunshot victims,” over 260 stab victims, “and almost 900 people injured in traffic [accidents].”

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ISIS Raises the Stakes of a Porous Border

5th September 2014

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During his Labor Day speech on Monday, President Obama attempted to invent a new constitutional right – one that should alarm all conservatives, especially during this time of grave national security concerns. As he ticked off his litany of principle rights he supports, such as “women’s rights and civil rights,” he added an item to the list – “immigration rights.”

It is with this oblivious utopian ideology that the Obama administration plans to grant amnesty to illegal aliens, including those who overstayed their visas, offering legal protection to thousands of individuals who pose as a security threat. He is also threatening to expand immigrant and non-immigrant visas without the support of Congress.

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Every One Should Go to College, but Not Everyone Should Go to College

5th September 2014

Rhymes with Cars and Girls explains it all to you.

The NY Fed is releasing a series of posts (Part 1 here) about the returns to a college degree. The lede you may have heard from this work is something like: the NPV of a college degree is ~$300k, which is an all-time high; the years it takes to pay off a college degree is at an all-time low of ~10. So yay college!

But if you ask me, this is the real lede, down near the bottom of the post:

Why has the value of a college degree remained so high even while tuition has been rising and the wages for college graduates have been falling? The primary reason is that the wages of high school graduates have also been falling…

‘Also’. As if, by some sort of coincidence. In other words, it’s less that going to college gives you a bunch of extra money, than that not going to college gives you less money than ever before. But why is that? Because fricking everyone is going to college! Because of studies like this!

The broader trend is pretty clear. A good sizable chunk of people who would have been non- or marginal-college candidates back in 1970 the first year graphed at that link, most of whom would have fallen into the HS Diploma-Only bucket, now fall into the College Degree bucket. But (aside from being 4-5 years older) do they really know any more actual things, or have more skills, than their 1970 counterparts?

What I dispute is the conclusion we should draw. The national drive to send everyone to college has clearly led to degree-inflation. A college degree today just doesn’t mean what it did 40 years ago. It merely means, at minimum, that you kept up with the others in your cohort who got one. You might basically just have a 1970-equivalent high-school diploma in your hands, but you wasted** 4 non-earning years of your life (and spent possibly tens of thousands) getting it.

**well ok, not wasted. Those years are usually fun; such people may partake of a bunch of neat drugs, play computer games, enjoy a bunch of hookups, meet future spouses, generally consume a lot of valuable leisure, etc.

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Star Wars 7 Whiteness Update

4th September 2014

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When an initial casting list was announced for the upcoming Star Wars 7 movie, right-thinking Smart People reacted the only possible way they could: by complaining it was so disproportionately dominated by white males!

This was clearly the first thing we all noticed about the cast list. There was nothing else to even notice, really. It goes without saying that what proportion of the human-like characters in this long-ago galaxy far, far away are ‘white’ (=have skin hues similar to those found in European descendents here on earth), and female, is pretty much the only important fact to be adduced about a Star Wars movie, entertainment-wise.

You have been warned.

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Apple Invents Method of Hardening Sapphire Screens to Reduce Cracking

4th September 2014

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Can interstellar travel be far behind?

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16 Inventors Who Were Killed by Their Inventions

4th September 2014

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Nurse Union Chief’s Communist Past

3rd September 2014

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When Ms. Furillo was 25, she was an active member of the Young Workers Liberation League, a youth arm affiliate of the Communist Party USA, and an editor of its Young Worker publication. She wrote in 1975: “It is clear that for youth today, there is no real and meaningful future under capitalism. Capitalism means joblessness, racism and degeneracy.”…

After Crain’s asked Ms. Furillo about her YWLL membership, a NYSNA spokeswoman said Ms. Furillo would no longer participate in an article and accused Crain’s of “red baiting” organized labor….

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

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Disney Theme Parks Are Serving Mac ‘n’ Cheese Cones

3rd September 2014

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Hate Crime Exposed as Hoax: Student Hung ‘White’ and ‘Colored’ Signs to ‘Make a Point’

3rd September 2014

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Yep, barely a week into the fall 2014 semester, and we’ve already got our first official hate crime hoax of the school year.

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SimCity Progressives

3rd September 2014

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MyPlate serves as a good example of the sort of thinking I like to call “SimCity” progressivism. On this view, the government’s purpose is not necessarily to provide any particular goods or services, and not even (or only) the ones found in the Constitution.

No, the government’s purpose is to carefully curate the lives of the citizens—adjusting here, pruning there, maybe not necessarily forbidding, but managing, down to the last exquisite detail. Rather like one might do in a government simulator, only in real life.

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Left-Wing Enviro Elite Pours Millions Into Michigan Senate Race

3rd September 2014

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Liberal environmentalists, including billionaire Tom Steyer, are pumping cash into the Wolverine State to back up struggling Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI), opponent Terri Lynn Land (R) says.

That can’t be right — Democrats don’t have very many billionaires; Harry Reid told us so.

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Study: Typical Illegal Resident in U.S. for More Than 12 Years

3rd September 2014

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“Green card? We don’t need no steenkin’ green card!”

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“We need a national conversation…”

3rd September 2014

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The Oxford Dictionaries comes out each winter and give an award to the Word of the Year. Others expand the WoTY concept to include a phrase of the year. Lately, however, I’ve been finding that there’s something missing from this system of honorifics. We need some sort of Deleted Phrase of the Year, letting everyone know that a phrase has simply been beaten to death, jumped the shark and reached the end of the line. And the first phrase we need to do away with is, we need to have a national conversation.

When Robin Williams took his own life, we needed a national conversation on depression. In the wake of the Ferguson riots we had to have a national conversation on race, not to mention the pressing need for a national conversation on police brutality. There are even calls for a national conversation on airline seats. (What we really need is somebody to invent a teleportation device.) And, of course, every tragic accident involving a weapon requires a national conversation on getting rid of guns.

The funny thing about this grossly overused and exhausted snippet of language is that it inevitably comes from politicians and televised talking heads… precisely the people who are not in a position to have a conversation with anyone. You see, the entire concept behind a “conversation” is the back and forth aspect of it, with multiple people contributing to the discussion. But the people barking at you from podiums and news set desks are broadcasting, not conversing. What they really mean is that they don’t like the way that far too many of the hoi polloi are thinking and they want to correct you.

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When A 6-Pack Of Beer Isn’t Enough, There’s A 99-Pack

3rd September 2014

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Austin Beerworks is selling a 99-pack of beer called the Peacemaker, and it’s going for $99. Our math skills put that at $1 a beer, which isn’t too shabby a price. The monstrosity weighs 82 lbs., is 7 feet long and presents logistical nightmares that are of little significance to people who are just looking to get hammered, we suppose. It won’t fit in your fridge for instance. And you won’t be able to carry it alone, for another instance. But hey, it’s a 99-pack of beer, and how often do you come across that?

It’s all about priorities.

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Ten Ways Colleges Work You Over

3rd September 2014

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High school students who are inundated with personalized letters and emails (and even partially filled-out applications) from colleges urging them to apply may mistakenly think that the institutions contacting them are intending to admit them. In reality, schools often encourage students to apply so that they can reject them.

The aim of the game for colleges is to boost the number of students who apply and can be rejected. By doing this, the schools see their acceptance rates fall, making them appear to be more selective—which helps them rise up the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

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Cost of Educating New Class of Illegal Immigrant Minors Estimated at Over $760M

3rd September 2014

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And it’s coming out of YOUR pocket. Aren’t you proud?

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Chicago School Year to Begin With More Safety Guards

2nd September 2014

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Thanks to an infusion of $1 million from the city, another 100 “Safe Passage” workers will be on routes that students walk through crime-ridden neighborhoods to get to school when classes resume on Tuesday. And after Gov. Pat Quinn pledged $10 million, officials said another 600 of the workers would be hired and on the streets over the next several weeks.

When they’re all in place, said Jadine Chou, the chief safety and security officer for the Chicago Public Schools, more workers will be assigned along existing routes and some routes will be extended farther from schools. The district has added 27 schools to the 93 for which there will be Safe Passage workers.

Yeah, a hundred years of Democrat rule pretty much shoots the social contract right in the ass.

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Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls

2nd September 2014

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To show what the CryptoPhone can do that less expensive competitors cannot, he points me to a map that he and his customers have created, indicating 17 different phony cell towers known as “interceptors,” detected by the CryptoPhone 500 around the United States during the month of July alone.  Interceptors look to a typical phone like an ordinary tower.  Once the phone connects with the interceptor, a variety of “over-the-air” attacks become possible, from eavesdropping on calls and texts to pushing spyware to the device.

“Interceptor use in the U.S. is much higher than people had anticipated,” Goldsmith says.  “One of our customers took a road trip from Florida to North Carolina and he found 8 different interceptors on that trip.  We even found one at South Point Casino in Las Vegas.”

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“Immigration Rights”–What Are They?

2nd September 2014

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What are those “immigration rights”? Legally, of course, no one has a right to violate our immigration laws, whether the Obama administration enforces them or not. So what does the president have in mind here? It seems clear that Obama isn’t suggesting that immigrants are somehow being denied their actual rights under American law. Certainly he made no such explicit claim. Rather, his point appears to be that some people–not everyone in the world presumably, but some unspecified group of people–have a “right” to enter the United States, or stay here, even though it is illegal to do so under U.S. law, as long as Barack Obama opposes the law in question.

No coherent theory of law or justice supports such a proposition, but when has that ever stopped Barack Obama? “Immigration rights,” implying the right to violate others’ actual, legal rights, has now become liberal dogma. Who in the Democratic Party news media will point out the absurdity of the president’s position? No one, I suspect.

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The Day After Labor

1st September 2014

Mark Steyn chronicles our slide into the abyss.

n Ferguson, Missouri, the “conversation”, as they say on MSNBC, is between the dependent class and the governing class that ministers to them and keeps them in line. If you’re a convenience store owner, your low-skilled service jobs are the only labor on offer, and, for your pains, you get burned and looted by the dependent class while your 911 calls go unanswered by the governing class, both of which you fund.

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Why We Procrastinate

1st September 2014

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The British philosopher Derek Parfit espoused a severely reductionist view of personal identity in his seminal book, Reasons and Persons: It does not exist, at least not in the way we usually consider it. We humans, Parfit argued, are not a consistent identity moving through time, but a chain of successive selves, each tangentially linked to, and yet distinct from, the previous and subsequent ones. The boy who begins to smoke despite knowing that he may suffer from the habit decades later should not be judged harshly: “This boy does not identify with his future self,” Parfit wrote. “His attitude towards this future self is in some ways like his attitude to other people.”

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Why Do We Have Blood Types?

1st September 2014

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In 1900 the Austrian physician Karl Landsteiner first discovered blood types, winning the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research in 1930. Since then scientists have developed ever more powerful tools for probing the biology of blood types. They’ve found some intriguing clues about them – tracing their deep ancestry, for example, and detecting influences of blood types on our health. And yet I found that in many ways blood types remain strangely mysterious. Scientists have yet to come up with a good explanation for their very existence.

Inquiring minds want to know.

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As Labor Day Weekend Starts, 3 Lie Dead and 33 Are Wounded in Chicago Violence

1st September 2014

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Thank God for those strict gun control laws, or the place would look like Texas.

(Extra credit: How many of the victims were black? And how many news stories did you read about them?)

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Why Can’t the Media Talk About the Ivy League Without Freaking Out?

1st September 2014

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For the same reason that rich people can talk about money without freaking out — guilt and envy. (This is the sort of article you will only find in a Voice of the Crust.)

But that’s fairly typical of the convoluted, shamefaced, defensive way we talk about class in America: An Ivy Leaguer mocking another Ivy Leaguer because his denunciation of the Ivy League is just so Ivy League.

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An Experimental Investigation of the Functional Hypothesis and Evolutionary Advantage of Stone-Tipped Spears

1st September 2014

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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People Getting Dumber? Human Intelligence Has Declined Since Victorian Era, Research Suggests

1st September 2014

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Our technology may be getting smarter, but a provocative new study suggests human intelligence is on the decline. In fact, it indicates that Westerners have lost 14 I.Q. points on average since the Victorian Era.

And socialism is more popular now than it was then. Coincidence? I think not.

What exactly explains this decline? Study co-author Dr. Jan te Nijenhuis, professor of work and organizational psychology at the University of Amsterdam, points to the fact that women of high intelligence tend to have fewer children than do women of lower intelligence. This negative association between I.Q. and fertility has been demonstrated time and again in research over the last century.

That’s it, blame it on women….

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In Government, Every Day Is Labor Day

1st September 2014

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The numbers tell the story. Among private sector employees — the ones who work for for-profit companies or non-profit organizations that are not part of the government — the percentage who belong to labor unions plummeted to a mere 7.5 percent last year, from 23.3 percent in 1977, according to UnionStats.com. By the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ more restrictive accounting, a mere 6.7 percent of private sector workers were in unions in 2013.

Among government workers, it’s a whole different story: 40.8 percent of local government workers — teachers, police, firefighters, librarians — belong to unions, according to the BLS numbers. The public sector rate drops to 35.3 percent (38.7 percent by the UnionStats.com numbers) if you include state and federal employees — postal workers, corrections officers. That’s so much higher than the private sector that it’s almost a tale of two labor movements — one, in the private sector, that is diminishing to irrelevance, and another, in the public sector, that retains substantial clout.

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s Feminism Sexist?

1st September 2014

Scott Adams understands the dialectic.

Note to Jezebel, Gawker, and Huffington Post: When you quote this post out of context be sure to leave out the text that doesn’t support your misleading headlines.

To answer your question, Scott: Yes, feminism is sexist, almost by definition, just as the NAACP and La Raza are racist organizations, also almost by definition.

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Which States Are in the Midwest?

1st September 2014

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Actually, the question ought to be phrased ‘Which states other than Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan are in the Midwest?’

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A Free Society Must Give Up Empire

1st September 2014

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If Americans want a free society at home, then they must convince the U.S. government to give up its global empire. The militarized police recently on display in Ferguson was no freak coincidence: Antiwar activists and other civil libertarians have been warning for decades that an aggressive US foreign policy would eventually destroy domestic liberties. Americans can’t ask their government to subjugate foreigners with bombs but bow to their own wishes at the ballot box.

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What Is the Blue Light From our Screens Really Doing to Our Eyes?

1st September 2014

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“I discovered that using light at night is bad for people’s health and interferes with their sleep. I felt a moral obligation to do something about it, particularly when I learned it’s the blue component in ordinary white light that is suppressing the production of melatonin. And melatonin not only helps you sleep but is a marvelous material that has a very big influence on health in general; specifically, if you don’t have enough you may develop diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and even a couple kinds of cancer.” [emphasis added]

Sky is falling. Film at 11. Meanwhile, on the Kardashian front….

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Myth of Arctic Meltdown

1st September 2014

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The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’

Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change.

But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012.

Oh, gee, AlGore was wrong? What news!

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The Dead Billionaire’s Club That Runs the Environmental Movement

31st August 2014

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The report uses the unfortunate term “Billionaire’s Club” to describe the funders who give groups like the Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Sierra Club Foundation millions of dollars a year. In fact, in most cases it would be more accurate to describe it as the “Dead Billionaire’s Club,” as most of the money comes from foundations set up by wealthy people who were often fairly conservative, but their foundations are now run by their liberal children and/or left-wing staffs.

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