DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

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Happy Bunker Hill Day

17th June 2016

Some of us remember.

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

17th June 2016

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Police in Regina, Saskatchewan, have come up with a nifty way to raise money. They pose an undercover officer as a homeless person next to an intersection holding a sign. When drivers stopped at the intersection try to give him money, they have to take off their seat belts to reach across the seat. A few minutes later, another officer pulls the drivers over and hands each a $175 ticket for a seat belt violation.

That’ll teach ’em.

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

17th June 2016

Lawmakers call for defunding UN schools after film shows Palestinian kids praising ISIS

ISIS committing genocide against Yazidis, UN panel finds

Dozens of US officials call for military action against Syria’s Assad

The Media’s Apologetic Coverage of Islamic Terror

Family of American killed in Paris attacks sues social media firms for ‘profiting’ from terror

Germany to end unofficial tolerance of polygamy

Egyptian TV show tricks woman into thinking she’s been kidnapped by terrorist group

Iraqi refugee who raped 10-year-old boy at swimming pool in Austria jailed for six years

Islamists Tighten Grip in Africa

German MPs who voted to recognise Armenia ‘genocide’ given full police protection

Paris stabbing: Attacker had drawn up a list of targets, including ‘rappers, journalists, police and public figures’. The only thing to do is to ban knives. For the children!

Isis shoots outspoken Syrian newspaper editor three times during drive-by in assassination attempt

British Islamic scholar faces ban from Australia for preaching ‘death is the sentence’ for homosexuality

British pair may face firing squad during new ‘wave’ of executions in Indonesia

Electronic Weapons: Islamic Terrorists Discover The Mesh

Police officer and wife killed in ‘Isis-inspired’ knife attack in Paris suburb before officers shoot dead suspect

Afghanistan’s Taliban Push Into New Media

Ramadan 2016: Elderly Hindu man beaten up in Pakistan for eating during Muslim holy month

Robert Hall: Canadian hostage beheaded by Abu Sayyaf Islamist group in Philippines

Isis militant shoots own brother in the head after accusing him of spying

Muslim villagers donate money to build church for Christian community in Pakistan

Beirut bombing: Powerful blast in Lebanon capital destroys cars and damages major bank. Happy Ramadan.

Syrian civil war: At least 27 killed in Idlib air strikes, activists say

The untold story of the deaths at Hajj

Taliban ‘skins man alive’ in Afghanistan as war takes increasingly brutal turn

Al Qaeda leader appears to pledge allegiance to Taliban in Afghanistan

Israel demolishes home of Palestinian killer of mother of 6

Bangladesh Says It Now Knows Who’s Killing the Bloggers

Iranian women’s clothing ‘causing rivers to run dry’, says senior cleric. Sounds like a hit Broadway musical.

Amal Clooney to represent Yazidi women kept as sex slaves by Isis

Dutch woman held in Qatar on adultery charges after reporting she was raped

Bangladesh attacks: Police detain 1,600 suspects in crackdown after murders claimed by ISIS and al-Qaeda

Syrian women pictured throwing off niqabs after their village was freed from ISIS

Damascus bombings: At least 20 killed as twin blasts hit Syrian capital suburb

Isis in Libya: Government forces ‘capture key port of Sirte’ as battles to drive out jihadists continue

Father sings Happy Birthday to toddler daughter trapped in Iran after her mother is detained without charge

Brussels attacks: New suspect arrested on suspicion of ‘terrorist murders’ in Isis massacre

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Anti-Gentrification: Another Misguided Solution

17th June 2016

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New York City politician Adriano Espaillat has proposed that the federal government create “anti-gentrification” zones “where vulnerable tenants could form cooperatives to purchase their apartment buildings away from predatory landlords [and a] ruthless market.” As a rule of thumb, any time a politician proposes a new government program to save people from the “ruthless market,” it is worth looking to see what other government programs are really causing the problem.

First of all, gentrification is a local problem, so why should the federal government get involved? Espaillat’s answer is “the federal level . . . is really where the money is.” The real answer is that Espaillat is running for Congress, so he has to propose a federal solution to get people to vote for him. Considering that the federal government is nearly $20 trillion in debt, the Antiplanner suggests that people should be skeptical of politicians who think the federal government is made of money.

Good lick with that.

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Woman Runs Over Boyfriend After Finding Out He’s HIV-Positive

17th June 2016

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Misty Lee Wilke, who was charged with attempting to commit second-degree murder in the April 29 incident, slammed her red Mustang into the cyclist after finding out he was HIV-positive. Surveillance video shows Wilke hitting the man with such force that he flips over the car. After she hits the man, she continues to drive away.

Can’t say that I blame her.

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The War on Stupid People

17th June 2016

The Atlantic is the first on its block to identify a new victim class.

The 2010s, in contrast, are a terrible time to not be brainy. Those who consider themselves bright openly mock others for being less so. Even in this age of rampant concern over microaggressions and victimization, we maintain open season on the nonsmart. People who’d swerve off a cliff rather than use a pejorative for race, religion, physical appearance, or disability are all too happy to drop the s?bomb: Indeed, degrading others for being “stupid” has become nearly automatic in all forms of disagreement.

It’s popular entertainment, too. The so-called Darwin Awards celebrate incidents in which poor judgment and comprehension, among other supposedly genetic mental limitations, have led to gruesome and more or less self-inflicted fatalities. An evening of otherwise hate-speech-free TV-watching typically features at least one of a long list of humorous slurs on the unintelligent (“not the sharpest tool in the shed”; “a few fries short of a Happy Meal”; “dumber than a bag of hammers”; and so forth). Reddit regularly has threads on favorite ways to insult the stupid, and fun-stuff-to-do.com dedicates a page to the topic amid its party-decor ideas and drink recipes.

Let’s all celebrate stupid people because diversity! Or not.

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CBS News: ‘Look How Easy It Is to Buy an Assault Rifle’

16th June 2016

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CBS thinks it amazing that an American citizen could — again, legally — purchase a semi-automatic rifle in the state of Virginia (not a machine gun, bazooka, or fully automatic Uzi) after . . . well, after doing everything you’re supposed to do in order to legally buy a semi-automatic rifle in the state of Virginia.

“Throughout most of America, you could go into a gun store and buy an AR-15, just like you’d go into a Starbucks and buy a cup of coffee,” UCLA law professor Adam Winkler told CBS.

Actually, no. By CBS’s own account, the producer 1) provided two forms of identification to prove state residency, 2) a passport to prove U.S. citizenship, 3) filled out the required state and federal forms reporting her name, date of birth, social-security number, and past criminal convictions or restraining orders (if any), and finally 4) passed a federal background check.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had to do any of that when buying a cuppa joe at Starbucks.

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Ships Have Gotten Too Big

16th June 2016

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In December, the quarter-mile-long Benjamin Franklin became the largest cargo ship ever to dock at a U.S. port. Five more mega-vessels were supposed to follow, creating a trans-Pacific shipping juggernaut by the end of May. But thanks to a massive miscalculation on the part of the fleet’s owner — there’s not enough demand for all that shipping — the Benjamin Franklin made its last U.S. port visit a few weeks ago.

It was an ignominious end to an overly ambitious plan. But it shouldn’t have been a surprise. The shipping industry is struggling through its worst recession in half a century, and that icon of globalization — the mega-container ship — is a major part of the problem. With global growth and trade still sluggish, and the benefits of sailing and docking big boats diminishing with each new generation, ship owners are belatedly realizing that bigger isn’t better.

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Former ACLU President: Targeting Global Warming Skeptics Is ‘Pure Harassment’

16th June 2016

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Harvey Silverglate, a renowned civil rights attorney and former president of the American Civil Liberties Union in Massachusetts, called investigations of global warming skeptics by state attorneys general “pure harassment.”

No shit.

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Job-Killing Red Tape for Thee, Not for Me

16th June 2016

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If you think that all members of Congress have to comply with all of the laws that we common citizens have to obey, think again. Over the years, Congress has passed thousands of bills and statutes that dictate how we should or shouldn’t live our lives, but its members often fail to comply with these rules. In many instances, they actually exempt themselves from those burdensome constraints.

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‘Guns Are a Public Health Issue’ Is Not an Argument

16th June 2016

Jason Richwine speaks truth to sleaze.

Do you have a political opinion that you wish would get more traction? Here’s some cynical advice: Call it a “public-health issue.” It’s the quickest way to seize the mantle of Science, which these days is the ultimate moral high ground. Remember, you’re not a political activist — you’re just a scientifically informed citizen with a concern about public health.

Yeah, right.

The American Medical Association (AMA) upped the ante on Tuesday by formally declaring gun violence a “public-health crisis” [my emphasis] and reiterating its support for various gun control measures. Unfortunately for the AMA, affixing the “public health” label on an issue adds no value to the debate. Most political issues have some relationship to people’s health, but that doesn’t mean that Science automatically comes down on one side or another. The AMA’s declaration is another exercise in science-gilding, which is the covering of one’s political beliefs with the veneer of scientific objectivity.

I looked for their calls for further research into cars, airplanes, and motorcycles, not to mention alligators in Florida, but (oddly enough) didn’t find any.

Supporting waiting periods and background checks, as the AMA does, is not a “medical” position. It’s a political one, and it remains a political position even when an organization with a fancy professional name adopts it.

I’ll say it: More junk science from the modern clerisy

If the AMA politicizes guns, on what issues can it be trusted at all?

Hint: Damned few; and only those that (surprise!) deal with actual medical matters.

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The Road to Orlando

16th June 2016

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The enormity of that death toll at Pulse nightclub has something to do with the fact that Orlando police waited until 5 a.m. to send in their SWAT team to save hostages—a decision that was at odds with normal police procedures in active shooter situations and appears to have been an error that cost lives.

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In 21st-century America, we have created a perverse incentive structure where fear of accusations of Islamophobia and/or racism takes priority over anything else, even preventing violence. While nobody could have foreseen the exact attack that Omar Mateen perpetrated, it’s abundantly clear that he was on track to do something awful, including murder. Yet nothing was done, even though warnings were abundant. Simply put, any American today who is accused of Islamophobia faces a ruined life with loss of employment and social stigma. Whereas the cost of not preventing mass murder is merely hurt feelings and regret.

Whose turn is it to be the victim?

It’s hardly a big secret that President Obama from the moment he arrived at the White House put the kibosh on any discussion of radical Islam as a security problem, even in classified channels. In 2009, the administration banned politically loaded words like “jihad” even in classified Intelligence Community assessments discussing terrorism – a message that was received loud and clear in the counterterrorism community. Missing the next 9/11 could be survived, career-wise, while accusations of Islamophobia would not be with Barack Obama in the White House.

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How Not to Fight Islamic Terrorism

16th June 2016

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There is the seductive belief that if only we go “over there” to destroy ISIS, that the threat of homegrown radicalism will be solved. It will not. If we make this attempt with renewed vigor as both candidates are calling for, the result will almost certainly be the increase in the threat of domestic terrorism, not its diminution. It’s not hard to understand why.

I have spent considerable time on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq over a 25-year period in both a military and civilian capacity. I can categorically state that short of a Nazi-like genocidal wiping out of entire populations, it is militarily impossible to go to these overseas locations and destroy the ideology of violent jihadism. Our attempts to do so since 2001 in Afghanistan, 2003 in Iraq, and the numerous places we’ve used special forces and drone strikes to kill Islamic radicals of various stripes since then has succeeded only in expanding the threat.

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Low-Hanging Fruit

16th June 2016

David Cole has had about enough.

LGBTs (at least those who lean left) seem incapable of coming to terms with the fact that dark-skinned non-Christians are the ones who want them dead. Rather than face the uncomfortable reality that the most oppressively anti-gay force on earth at the moment is Islam, LGBTs seek refuge in the safety of a past that no longer exists, if it ever did, a past in which it’s gays and “people of color” on one side, united against evil white Christians seeking their collective demise. Just as Trump supporters yearn to bring back an idyllic past in which America was great, LGBTs pine for the days in which America was oppressive. How much easier everything was when the villains were so easy for leftists to hate and oppose.

It’s all about the Narrative, Larry.

Frankly, it astounded me that a Canadian could react to the Orlando massacre by completely dismissing the beliefs of the gunman. Isn’t Canada all about combating beliefs? What’s the point of hate-speech laws and human rights tribunals that punish “bad” speech if not to root out “bad” beliefs? Hateful beliefs lead to hateful acts…I thought that was the whole bullshit rationalization behind why the Canucks have gone full Orwell.

Consistency has never been a virtue with the Left.

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SLATE Goes All In on Second Amendment Trutherism

16th June 2016

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

In the past four days, no fewer than three of that site’s main writers have offered up a bizarre, revisionist version of the Second Amendment, and done so with all the nonchalance of a man who is proposing that two plus two is four. On Monday, Mark Joseph Stern informed his readers that “he disagree[s] that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms.” A few hours later, Dahlia Lithwick presented for public consumption one of the most historically illiterate essays that I have ever read, the gist of which was that the “Standard Model” interpretation of the provision was a “hoax” that has little purchase “outside of the GOP”; ”for most of U.S. history,” Lithwick claims, “the freedom guaranteed by the Second Amendment was . . . the right of the people of each state to maintain a well-regulated militia.” And yesterday, citing Lithwick, Jamelle Bouie ruined what was otherwise an excellent and insightful piece by proposing that the recent D.C. v. Heller ruling represented the transmutation of “a fringe right-wing vision of the Second Amendment — an individual right to bear arms” into “the dominant one.”

Such claims, to put it impolitely, represent the legal equivalent of Moon landing trutherism. Leaving aside that the plain meaning of the Second Amendment has been abundantly clear from the first moment a Bill of Rights was demanded — it is clear in the writings of those who demanded the measure; it is clear in the descriptions of all the republic’s early legal minds, among them William Rawle, Joseph Story, St. George Tucker, and Tenche Coxe; it is clear in the debates over the Fourteenth Amendment’s “privileges and immunities” clause, and in the unlovely legal decision that prompted that change; and it is clear in the legal commentary that came after the Civil War — it is simply not true that the “individual rights” understanding was the product of “right-wing” or “GOP” pressure. In fact, as Adam Liptak noted back in 2007, it was leftward-leaning professors who did a great deal of the legwork in ridding the legal profession of the “collective rights” lie — and it is a lie — that had become so disgracefully popular by the mid-to-late twentieth century. In a piece titled “A Liberal Case for Gun Rights Sways Judiciary,” Liptak correctly recorded that the restoration of the right to keep and bear was “thanks largely to the work over the last 20 years of several leading liberal law professors, who have come to embrace the view that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own guns.”

Slate is a reliable Voice of the Crust and will preach the Narrative to the choir even when it’s obvious bullshit.

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Iran Prevails In Iraq

16th June 2016

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After a year of strenuous and expensive effort the American military advisors and trainers sent to Iraq to retrain and reform the Iraqi Army have admitted that a similar Iranian effort has crippled the U.S. plan to expand the Iraqi army and improve the quality of officers and troops. The basic problem was that most men the army wanted to recruit referred to join one of the Shia militias organized and trained by Iranians. It was all a matter of trust. Potential Shia recruits (in a country where Shia are over 60 percent of the population) did not believe the Iraqi Army could be reformed and rebuilt and felt the paramilitary Shia militias would be better led and more effective even though the Iraqi Army had better weapons and was more likely to get American air support. American military leaders were disappointed, but not surprised. Unfortunately many of the Shia militias are led by men known to have been members of pro-Iran militias that, before 2008, attacked American troops as well as Sunni Islamic terrorists. These militias were disbanded by 2010 but after 2014 were allowed to reform again.

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Ignoring the Reality of Growth Constraints

16th June 2016

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The young people who have moved to Portlandia like to eat out a lot, and as a result the Portland has more restaurants per capita than all but five other metropolitan areas in the country. However, the cost of eating out is rising because inexpensive restaurants are getting pushed out by more expensive ones that can afford to pay the rising rents required to stay in Portland.

Cooking for yourself is just so last century.

This is just one more symptom of Portland’s growing affordability problem. In May, median home sale prices in the Portland area exceeded $350,000 for the first time. This is 4.8 times median family incomes, the worst Portland has yet seen. While sale prices might not perfectly reflect the entire housing market, they are probably pretty close, as Zillow estimates that the median value of Portland-area homes in April was facing eviction as the owner wants to sell the land to a developer who will no doubt build dense, but much-more expensive, housing on the site. The residents are trying to raise $2 million to buy the park themselves, but this seems unlikely. At least four other mobile-home parks are also facing sale and redevelopment.

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Feminists Embrace Sharia: The Liberated Woman Covers Up

16th June 2016

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The following op-ed from a German news magazine discusses the banning of sexy advertising by London Mayor Sadiq Khan (as described here on Monday by Paul Weston) and the trend towards the same restrictions in Germany. The merger of feminism and Shariah is happening before our eyes: in order to avoid becoming “objects”, women are covering up.

You’ve come a long way, baby — all the way to purdah!

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Why Islam Is an Exception

16th June 2016

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Many Western analysts of terrorism, and of Middle Eastern politics, are bad at religion. They prefer empirical explanations for individual and group actions, and so they’d rather avoid wrestling with God. They’re also likely to see religion as infinitely adaptable, an “epiphenomenal” cover for political or economic grievance—or fertile ground for the mentally unhinged.

Many in the secular West cannot imagine that a religion can meaningfully differ from privatized, post-Enlightenment Protestantism, which usually serves as their template for all public religion. Since Islam and Islamism today behave differently from Christianity in the West, these Westerners assume God’s obstinate presence in Middle Eastern politics is the result of some other process. Whether this stems from a lack of imagination, or from a belief that examining Islam’s theological particulars constitutes bigotry, the consequence is a refusal to consider religion on its own terms whenever it bleeds into the news.

In other words, they fail to think like jihadis.

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Double-digit ObamaCare premium hikes projected in 2017

16th June 2016

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That’s why they called it the ‘Affordable Care Act’, because it would make health care unaffordable.

Like most government programs, the name is the exact opposite of what it does.

And we pay the people who create this crap.

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Obama and ‘Radical Islam’

16th June 2016

The Wall Street Journal nails it.

Since the President asked, allow us to answer. We’re unaware of any previous American war fought against an enemy it was considered indecorous or counterproductive to name. Dwight Eisenhower routinely spoke of “international Communism” as an enemy. FDR said “Japan” or “Japanese” 15 times in his 506-word declaration of war after Pearl Harbor. If the U.S. is under attack, Americans deserve to hear their President say exactly who is attacking us and why. You cannot effectively wage war, much less gauge an enemy’s strengths, without a clear idea of who you are fighting.

Mr. Obama’s refusal to speak of “radical Islam” leads to other analytical failures, such as his description of the Orlando terrorist as “homegrown.” The Islamic State threat is less a matter of geography than of belief, which is why it doesn’t matter whether Islamic State directly ordered or coordinated Sunday’s attack so long as it inspired it. This, too, is a reminder of the centrality of religion to Islamic State’s effectiveness.

No wonder the Administration seemed surprised by the Islamic State’s initial success in taking Mosul in 2014—soldiers of faith tend to fight harder than soldiers of fortune—and by its durability despite the U.S.-led air campaign. Last November Mr. Obama boasted that Islamic State was “contained” a day before its agents slaughtered 130 people in Paris. Days later, White House factotum Ben Rhodes insisted “there’s no credible threat to the homeland at this time.” Then came San Bernardino.

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Avocado Shortage in New Zealand Triggers Crime Wave

15th June 2016

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Trouble in Middle Earth.

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Groups of ISIS Extremists ‘Have Left Syria and Are Heading for Belgium and France’

15th June 2016

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Belgian intelligence services sent a note to French counterparts about the possible groups, and it was sent to police and anti-terrorism forces across France on Tuesday, a French security official said on Wednesday.

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Blue Voyagers

15th June 2016

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What is it about blue states that makes people so eager to leave them? That’s a question worth pondering after seeing the results of Gallup’s latest State of the State poll, which, for the first time in eight years, found that more states lean Republican than Democratic. Only 14 states, the survey determined, are either solidly Democratic or trending that way, while in 20 states, the majority of residents are either solidly Republican or leaning right. Gallup deemed the rest toss-ups, with no clear advantage for either party.

The poll revealed other trends. Blue-state residents were far more likely to report that they wished to relocate. Seven of the eight states that residents are keenest to flee are solidly blue—led by Connecticut, where 46 percent of people want to follow the state’s leading employer, GE, to the exits. Also near the top of the list: New Jersey, Illinois, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, and New York. The only state in the Top Eight not predominantly Democratic is Ohio, which Gallup considers “competitive” (neither Republican nor Democratic). Rounding out the Top Ten are Republican-leaning Indiana and Nevada.

The flip side of those results—that is, the list of states that people are least anxious to leave—is also suggestive. Of the 11 states leading in this category (two tied for tenth place), just three are Democratic, led by blue-leaning Oregon and Washington. Six are Republican, led by Montana and including Texas and North Dakota. The others are toss-up states.

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How Beijing Turned Koreans Into Chinese

15th June 2016

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Of the approximately two million Chinese Koreans living in China, about half reside in Jilin Province, one of the country’s three northeastern provinces. Jilin comprises most of China’s border with North Korea and includes the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture — one of 30 administrative districts within the People’s Republic of China that are ruled, to some degree, independently of the central state. Given such a strong Korean influence on the region, it may seem logical that of Jilin’s ethnic Korean population many (if not most) would identify with one or both of the Koreas. Ethnic Koreans are, after all, described in Korean as tongpo; brethren abroad, compatriots borne of one ethnicity but living beyond the borders of their native land.

However, while this characterization generally holds true for older Chinese Koreans, in particular those who fled across the border to North Korea during the famine years of the Great Leap Forward and the mayhem of the Cultural Revolution, it is by no means applicable to the youngest generation. For them, the contemporary connection with South Korea is little more than functional, while that with North Korea barely exists at all.

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Persuasion Think-ahead

15th June 2016

Scott Adams continues his masterly analysis.

As I have said several times in this blog, Trump often uses confirmation bias in his influence. He creates a mental framework for us to view our world and then waits for future events to fill in the details.

How powerful is this method of persuasion? I recently turned a Trump-hating Muslim into a Trump-liker in about two weeks. It took ten minutes of conversation in person, followed by two weeks of confirmation bias that happened on its own. That’s purely anecdotal, but consistent with what I expected from the persuasion method I used.

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Thought for the Day

15th June 2016

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Gun Sales Surge Among Gays, Lesbians After Orlando Shooting

15th June 2016

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And who could blame them? The government, of course, wants them defenseless.

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Dear Anti-Gun Liberals, Don’t Tell Me Which Gun I ‘Need’ for Self-Defense

15th June 2016

David French vents a bit.

Any person who breaks into my house or who threatens my family on my property will very soon find themselves staring at the business end of an AR-15 — specifically this one, made by the DoubleStar Corporation, a Winchester, Ky., arms manufacturer. It’s light, maneuverable, accurate, and highly reliable. While self-defense experts can and do disagree on the optimal weapon for home defense, large numbers choose AR-style rifles for exactly the reasons I do. It provides more firepower — with greater accuracy — than the alternatives.

But now I’m told — largely by people who don’t know the first thing about firearms — that no American “needs” an AR-style rifle. But when your life is on the line, what do you want? More accuracy or less? More firepower or less? More recoil or less? More reliability or less? It’s always interesting to take a relatively inexperienced shooter to a range, let them first shoot a handgun (where the bullets generally scatter all over the target), and then hand them an AR. Even rookies will shoot far more accurately with far less recoil. It’s just easier to use.

But not — in general — for criminals. For the average criminal, concealment is key. So they use handguns. Moreover, the average criminal isn’t spending $1,000 (or sometimes more) on their weapon. Rarely (very rarely) extraordinary criminals will use AR-type rifles, but most mass shootings are committed with handguns.

Funny how a lot of people who don’t know anything about guns are all of a sudden keen to tell the rest of us what we need and don’t need.

In reality, jihadists are the class of criminal least likely to be deterred by gestures like assault-weapons bans. In a nation with millions of AR-style rifles, is it really the case that a determined jihadist would have any real challenge getting his hands on the rifle he wants? In France and Belgium, jihadists often possess fully automatic AK-47s — a true “military weapon” — in spite of gun controls far more draconian than any proposed in the U.S. If you want to stop jihad, gun control is the least effective mechanism.

When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. Still as true today as it ever was.

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College Race Activists Derail Vigil for Orlando Victims, Hate on White People

15th June 2016

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Activists associated with the Black Lives Matter movement at the University of Missouri spoke at a vigil for victims of the Orlando Pulse Shooting, refocusing the event onto their own personal grievances.

Many people, including a gay couple, were offended by student-activist Tiffany Melecio’s remarks, which explicitly condemned white people. Melecio also expressed frustration that more people would show up for a vigil for LGBT victims than a Black Lives Matter event. Video footage is available below, courtesy of The College Fix.

It is, after all, All About Them.

Millenial Narcissism + Racial Special Snowflake = Black Lives Matter

Melecio’s truly offensive comments—and I don’t say that lightly, but they were—provoked the ire of some members of the crowd. Carl and Daniel Brizendine later told The College Fix, “Right here on this stage, they are segregating us as a community. They are making it a racial issue.”

The police questioned the Brizendines for interrupting Melecio, but took no further action. The vigil happened on Monday.

Melecio was flanked by two other activists—one of whom is a Mizzou administrator and coordinator of the campus’s multicultural center.

God help you if you aren’t one of the Official Victim Groups.

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California’s Plastic Bag Ban May Be Aiding an Increase in the Greenhouse Gas Ethane

15th June 2016

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Junk Science + Political Posturing = Unintended Consequences

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NYT: Why You Republicans Are Guilty of Murdering All Those People in Orlando

15th June 2016

Steve Sailer reads crap so that you don’t have to.

If I do text searches on the NYT Editorial, I come up with:

“Muslim” — zero

“Islam” — zero

“immigra” — zero

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Anarchy in the U.S.A.

15th June 2016

Steve Sailer understands the dialectic.

The latest Muslim massacre has driven the mainstream media absolutely berserk with fear and loathing…but not, though, of the Muslim terrorist who murdered 49 Latino gays in Florida. Instead, the bad guy is Donald Trump for having been demonstrated to be right about immigration policy.

Of course, Trump’s pragmatism was also calibrated to drive mad with rage the bipartisan Washington establishment that has grown rich off the conventional wisdom of Invade the World/Invite the World.

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Murphy’s Law: What You Ignore Will Kill You

15th June 2016

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In the United States the June 12th mass shooting in Orlando Florida illustrates a problem the West in general and the U.S. in particular has in dealing with terrorist events. This problem transcends local politics and goes to the heart of the strategy used against Islamic extremists. How can the West fight against Islamic terrorist acts if so many political leaders will not even publicly identify the culprits as Islamic extremists. To deny the existence of an adversary’s religion and ideology ignores their prime motivating force. This willful denial of religious differences clearly clashes with the world view of the 21st Century secular West, where Political Correctness has become a form of secular inquisition. Current Western secular ideology ignores the power of religion, reducing conflict causes to mere economic and political differences. Religious and cultural aspects of conflict are ignored as inconvenient truths. The roots of this ignorance go back to the end of the Cold War.

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Leadership: The Popular Americans

15th June 2016

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Poland and the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) have asked for some American troops. Not enough to halt a Russian invasion, just enough to ensure that the Americans and their NATO allies (or at least some of them) will intervene if Russia does attack. These four nations already have a mutual defense guarantee from NATO in the form of NATO membership. But that is not enough and what has been asked for, and granted, are some American troops in each of these nations. Not many, there will only be one reinforced battalion per country. That means about 4,000 troops overall.

These four East European countries join a growing list of nations who, threatened by dangerous neighbors, have agreed (and often asked) to host American troops. The first and most obvious examples of this are South Korea, Japan and Germany, where the host nations even pay for some of the costs for the foreign troops to be there. This form of defense has been quietly followed by a number of nations in the Middle East, like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the UAE (United Arab Emirates). All of these Persian Gulf nations want the Americans around to keep the Iranians out. But it is not just the Iranians. Inside Iraq there have been American troops in northern Iraq to protect the autonomous Kurdish majority up there from the Arab majority.

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Orlando — The End of the Rainbow Coalition

15th June 2016

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But now the bloodbath in Orlando could blow the rainbow coalition of the Democrats apart. One minority (Muslims) massacres another (LGBT) out of hate for the latter. Many of the victims were moreover Latinos, another group for whom liberals demand protection, for it was “Latin Night” at the Pulse. The perpetrator, Omar Mateen, is a second-generation Afghan immigrant with American citizenship. Clinton faces an unparalleled political balancing act. How can she relieve the growing anxiety of the gays over the importation of Islamic homophobia, when at the same time she supports the mass immigration of Muslims to America?

Liberals hasten to sidetrack the narrative; in his short statement, Obama attempts to draw a connection to gun laws. But did the strict European gun laws prevent the Islamic attacks in Paris and Brussels? What commercially available weapon runs around shooting or bombing while shouting “Allahu Akbar”? That the common denominator of San Bernardino, Bataclan and Maalbeek is the Islamic religious ideology common to the assassins, is becoming ever more difficult for the liberal deniers of reality to gainsay.

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HAPPY FLAG DAY

15th June 2016

Some of us remember.

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Mongolia Is Changing All Its Addresses to Three-Word Phrases

14th June 2016

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English three-word phrases. How cool is that?

The new system is devised by a British startup called What3Words, which has assigned a three-word phrase to every point on the globe. The system is designed to solve the an often-ignored problem of 75% of the earth’s population, an estimated 4 billion people, who have no address for mailing purposes, making it difficult to open a bank account, get a delivery, or be reached in an emergency. In What3Words’ system, the idea is that a series of words is easier to remember than the strings of number that make up GPS coordinates. Each unique phrase corresponds to a specific 9-square-meter spot on the map.

For example, the White House, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, becomes sulk.held.raves; the Tokyo Tower is located at fans.helpless.collects; and the Stade de France is at reporter.smoked.received.

Mongolians will be the first to use the system for government mail delivery, but organizations including the United Nations, courier companies, and mapping firms like Navmii already use What3Words’ system.

 

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2000-year-old lump of butter pulled from Irish bog

14th June 2016

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Bog butter is just that: butter made from cow’s milk that’s been buried in a bog, though, after thousands of years, it often has the consistency of cheese.

It’s actually not that uncommon of a find for turf cutters in Ireland, either. As Smithsonian magazine noted, a 3000-year-old, one-metre wide barrel stuffed with 35kg of bog butter was found in 2009. Even more shocking, turf cutters found a 5000-year-old wooden “keg” containing 45kg of the butter in 2013.

People have actually been stumbling upon bog butter for at least two centuries. In the 1892 edition of The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Reverend James O’Laverty recounts finding a lump “which still retains the marks of the hand and fingers of the ancient dame who pressed it into its present shape,” and which he noted “tastes somewhat like cheese.”

Cue Irish jokes.

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Hillary Clinton Oversaw US Arms Deals to Clinton Foundation Donors

14th June 2016

Mother Jones must be part of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

In 2011, the State Department cleared an enormous arms deal: Led by Boeing, a consortium of American defense contractors would deliver $29 billion worth of advanced fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, despite concerns over the kingdom’s troublesome human rights record. In the years before Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, Saudi Arabia had contributed $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, and just two months before the jet deal was finalized, Boeing donated $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation, according to an International Business Times investigation released Tuesday.

They have a pair of nice charts laying it all out.

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He Hasn’t Kept Us Safe

14th June 2016

Rich Lowry blows the whistle.

The fundamental duties of government are to keep people safe and keep people honest. Obama hasn’t done either.

President Barack Obama desperately wanted to be a peacetime president, yet is ending his second term with Islamic terror attacks looming larger than at any time since 9/11.

The tide of war isn’t receding, as he famously contended in a speech on the Afghan drawdown in 2011; it is lapping onto our shores. The Left hates the notion that George W. Bush “kept us safe,” but after September 11 — a plot set in motion before he took office — Bush prevented another significant attack the rest of his presidency, at a time when a follow-on strike here at home seemed all but inevitable.

It was easy to take this achievement for granted, especially given that Bush’s success itself diminished the urgency people felt about the terror threat. But with two domestic terror attacks in the past six months killing more than 60 people and wounding more than 70, the long stretch of safety at home is harder to dismiss.

Hey, that’s right. Obama has given up blaming all of this on George Bush. Well, he must be too busy.

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Obama: ‘Be Tough on Terrorism’ With Gun Control

14th June 2016

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“Enough talking about being tough on terrorism; actually be tough on terrorism. Stop making it as easy as possible for terrorists to buy assault weapons,” Obama said.

Obviously, Obama has never tried to buy an ‘assault weapon’. (Not that anybody would sell him one.) Besides, he wouldn’t pass the background check.

None of his proposals would make it more difficult for terrorists to get (not buy) ‘assault weapons’; they would just make it more difficult for normal Americans to buy such weapons to defend themselves.

‘Actually be tough on terrorism’ means getting rid of potential terrorists, who overwhelmingly happen to be (wait for it) Muslims.

(Student loonies who shoot up schools and movie theaters aren’t ‘terrorists’ — they have no political agenda, and aren’t trying to terrorize people — they’re just loonies.)

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Dems: GOP ‘Complicit’ in Mass Shootings

14th June 2016

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It was a race to see which Democrat politician could say it first.

Republicans’ refusal to consider tougher gun laws makes them “complicit” in the nation’s mass shootings, Democratic leaders charge in the wake of the shooting in Orlando.

“These 49 victims joined a long list of victims and families that are hurting because their Congress will stand for a moment of silence but do absolutely nothing,” Rep. Joe Crowley (N.Y.), vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said Tuesday morning after a closed-door meeting of the group in the Capitol.

“They would rather these events just continue to happen, I guess. I don’t know what the answer is,” Crowley added.

I do. Get rid of the Muslims who are actually committing these crimes.

Donald Trump does, too. That’s why they hate him.

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Saudi Arabia Has Funded 20% Of Hillary’s Presidential Campaign, Saudi Crown Prince Claims

14th June 2016

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As MEE notes, the Petra News Agency published on Sunday what it described as exclusive comments from Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman which included a claim that Riyadh has provided 20 percent of the total funding to the prospective Democratic candidate’s campaign.

Which is illegal, of course, not that Hillary cares.

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Reminder: Guns Helped Secure the Freedom and Civil Rights of Black Americans

14th June 2016

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“I’m alive today because of the Second Amendment and the natural right to keep and bear arms.” So declared John R. Salter Jr., the civil rights leader who helped organize the legendary non-violent sit-ins against segregated lunch counters in Jackson, Mississippi, in the 1960s. As Salter recalled it, he always “traveled armed” while doing civil rights work in the Jim Crow South. “Like a martyred friend of mine, NAACP staffer Medgar W. Evers, I, too, was on many Klan death lists and I, too, traveled armed: a .38 special Smith and Wesson revolver and a 44/40 Winchester carbine,” Salter wrote. “The knowledge that I had these weapons and was willing to use them kept enemies at bay.”

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Gun Nuttery in Slate

14th June 2016

Ramesh Ponnuru does some easy fisking.

Dahlia Lithwick claims that the individual-rights reading of the Second Amendment is a “hoax,” a “fib,” and a “lie.” So, of course, she has to reckon with the evidence and arguments that led even liberal constitutional scholars to embrace that reading. Ha ha, no. We do get to learn a lot about Lithwick’s feelings.

In the fifth paragraph, we also learn that “outside of the GOP,” it is “widely understood” that the individual-rights view is a hoax. In the ninth paragraph, we learn that the individual-rights reading has managed to sucker 76 percent of Americans. I guess Trump is right and the Republican party really is growing.

Dahlia Lithwick — isn’t that just a perfect Yale B.A. in English name?

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Ex-wife’s Bombshell Claim: Club Shooter Was Gay

14th June 2016

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That would certainly explain reports that he was a known regular at the club.

Sitora Yusufiy, who was married to Mateen in 2009 for three months, made the shocking claim on Brazilian television station SBT Brazil.

Her fiancé, Marco Dias, speaking in Portuguese on her behalf, said Yusufiy believed that Mateen had “gay tendencies” and that his father had called him gay in front of her. Dias also claimed “the FBI asked her not to tell this to the American media.”

Why the FBI would request that is left as an exercise for the reader. Take a wild guess.

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Guns and Muslims

14th June 2016

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Donald Trump says Orlando proves that we ought to ban Muslims.

Hillary Clinton says Orlando proves that we ought to ban guns.

I suggest that we’d be safer with guns and no Muslims than with Muslims and no guns. But that’s me.

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What do we know about the guy who killed all those people in Orlando?

14th June 2016

He wasn’t a Christian.

He wasn’t a Republican.

He wasn’t an NRA member.

He wasn’t ‘white’ as the Left understands the term.

He wasn’t Donald Trump.

He wasn’t Rush Limbaugh.

He wasn’t one of the Koch brothers.

He wasn’t an ‘Islamophobe’.

He wasn’t a member of any of the ‘hate groups’ identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

So who was he?

He was a Democrat.

He was a Muslim.

He was an Afghan ‘anchor baby’, a U.S. citizen only by virtue of our insane citizenship laws.

He had complied with all of the ‘gun control’ laws that Democrats have been pushing all these years.

He would have been able to purchase his guns legally under any of the laws now being pushed by Democrats.

 

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Orlando shooting: Shares in US Gun Manufacturers Jump After Massacre Amid Calls for New Weapons Controls

14th June 2016

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And if Democrats introduce legislation to that effect, expect gun purchases to spike yet again.

I ought to have bought gun-maker stocks when Obama became President; I could have retired sooner.

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