February 11, 2016

ANALYSIS: TRUE. GOP establishment incompetent in fighting for ITS OWN SURVIVAL.


There’s another sexual assault accusation in Liberal Land, this time against someone who trains college administrators on how to handle sexual assault accusations.

Jason Casares, the deputy Title IX director at Indiana University and current president-elect of the Association for Student Conduct Administration, was accused of sexual assault by fellow ASCA board member Jill Creighton. Creighton was elected president of the group for the 2016-2017 term.

Creighton wrote in a lengthy letter last Wednesday that Casares “took advantage of me after I had had too much to drink” during a conference in Texas. She filed a criminal complaint with local police back in December.

“I also could not stand the hypocrisy of Jason parading his expertise on Title IX, knowing how he had behaved with me,” Creighton wrote. . . .

Casares is still being investigated by the police over Creighton’s accusations, but an independent investigation performed for the ASCA cleared him of wrongdoing. And this is where some of the real hypocrisy comes into play.

The ASCA hired an independent investigator from a Texas law firm to conduct an investigation into Creighton’s claims. The investigator who was selected had “experience in investigating allegations of misconduct of non-profit board members as well as experience investigating the nature of the allegations in the received complaint,” according to a letter the ASCA sent to its members on Thursday.

The investigator “determined that Ms. Creighton’s claims could not be substantiated,” so the complaint was resolved in Executive Session.

This investigation was fairer than what accused students get at colleges and universities across the country. Most schools have someone like Casares — a university employee — conduct the investigation. These employees are under pressure from the federal government to find students responsible for sexual assault, no matter what the evidence suggests.

The standards are always different for the nobility than for the serfs.

PIVOT TO ASIA UPDATE: “North Korea Orders South Out of Kaesong Border Factory, Seizes Assets

North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland — part of Kim Jong Un’s ruling Workers’ Party — said in a televised statement that Pyongyang “will deport all South Korean workers as of 5 p.m. [3:30 a.m. ET]. We will freeze all South Korean assets including factory facilities, goods and all others and those being deported may only take their personal belongings.”

The fiery statement also called the South’s shutdown of the plant a “dangerous declaration of war” and contained crude insults against South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye, calling her a “confrontational wicked woman” who lives upon “the groin of her American boss,” according to The Associated Press.

Say what you will about Kim Jong-un, but at least he makes an entertaining press release.

NEW HAMPSHIRE WINNERS AND LOSERS: “Nationalism and socialism: two great tastes that go great together! Honestly, I can’t see what the issue is in having a populist insurgency driven by anger over perceived national humiliation and economic insecurity. Indeed, if only you could combine these two movements into one uber-political party that could just blitz right through the primaries and the general, then we’d see some real change.”

Heh, ineed. ™

IS OUR CHILDREN LEARNING? Democrat Russ Feingold “shares our commitment to high-quality pubic education from pre-kindgergarten through college and our serious concern about America’s student loan debt crisis,” read Feingold’s endorsement by the American Federation of Teachers’ Wisconsin chapter, as it was originally quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Roll Call leans towards blaming the errors on the original AFT press release; the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has since corrected both typos without a note that the post had been updated. But then, both organizations long ago abdicated their original functions to go full-on socialist justice warrior in an effort to prop up the leftwing establishment in Wisconsin.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Berkeley Plans For “New Normal.” You know it’s serious because they’re cutting back on staff hiring as well as faculty! “Controlling staffing levels and adopting staff hiring ‘discipline’ that mirrors that for faculty positions.”

Plus: “Due to declining state funding and other factors, Berkeley expects an operating budget deficit of 6 percent this year, or about $150 million. Officials say that while that is manageable in the short term, trend lines call for proactive sustainability measures.”

One way to enhance your sustainability — quit spending money on your Campus Sustainability Program.

AN IDEA SO CRAZY, IT JUST MIGHT WORK: How to Win the White House and Save the World: Don’t Talk of Reagan. Talk Like Reagan.



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AND WE’LL CALL IT A NIGHT, WITH MY SHOCKED FACE: Syria’s bleeding even more thanks to John Kerry’s peace ploy.

THE SEVENTIES CALLED: Great Power Pivot: U.S. Shifts Focus to War With China and Russia.

YOU MESSED UP, YOU TRUSTED THEM: Yellen: Persistent economic weakness could slow rate hikes.  Summer of recovery #8 coming up!  The future  present   mirage is so bright I got to wear shades.

IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN BLOOMBUG’S NEIGHBORHOOD: Bloomberg May See Opening in New Hampshire Primary Results.  I can see his campaign platform “No more Big Gulps!” or perhaps “I can see gun confiscation from here.”  And the worst part?  He’s better than the two already in the race.


OUTSOURCING QUALITY TIME: Finally! The Babysitting Robot We’ve All Been Waiting For.

SHUT UP AND SING: Beyoncé’s Black Panther Posturing at the Super Bowl.

OF COURSE THE PARTIES COULD PAY ATTENTION TO THE VOTERS!  WAIT, THAT’S CRAZY TALK: The New Hampshire primaries were a bipartisan revolt.

RUMOR HAS IT SHE WAS AS CLOSE TO THEM AS BILL TO INTERNS: Why Hillary wants to bury her ‘rah-rah’ Goldman speeches.

CAUGHT BETWEEN THE SCYLLA OF ANDROPHOBIA AND THE CHARYBDIS OF MULTI-CULTURALISM: Just like the vile-prog patsies they are.  Euro-feminists in meltdown over immigrant rape.

WITH FOLDED HANDS: The Dream—Or Is It a Nightmare?—of No Work.


AH THERE IS THE SHOCKED FACE, AGAIN:  Apparently speak loudly and carry no stick doesn’t work.  Who knew? The latest in nuclear cheating, from Iran to North Korea.


MEET THE NEW LEFT, SAME AS THE OLD LEFT: On health care, Bernie betrayed vets to protect unions.

PUT YOUR BEST SHOCKED FACE ON: Left Wing Bias in Publishing: Your Wrongthink Will Be Punished!  Shocked, I tel you.  SO shocked.

February 10, 2016

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: When Threatening Violence Against Women Is Allowed On Twitter. And on campus. I’m predicting silence from Anita Sarkeesian et al. on this one.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The presidential diversity myth at Stanford.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Purdue Univ. investigating staff member’s alleged threat to rape pro-life women.

TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S, EAT FISH. Well, maybe. But there’s a catch: “Eating seafood is linked to a reduced risk of dementia-associated brain changes in people who carry the ApoE4 gene variation, which increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Eating seafood was not linked to similar changes in those who carried other forms of the ApoE gene.”

I notice that “eat more fish” is a default headline trope, even when the evidence is sketchy.


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HMM: ABA Asks States To Adopt Uniform Bar Exam ‘Expeditiously.’ This has been a good idea for decades; why is it suddenly getting traction now?

SO DOES THIS MEAN HE ALWAYS WINS HIS AGE CLASS? Meet The World’s Oldest Competitive Powerlifter.

At Yale Law School they used to have — and maybe still do, I don’t know — a 5K race called the “Race Judicata.” (Slogans: “A Parade of Horribles,” “With All Deliberate Speed,” etc., etc.) I remember Charlie Black used to run in it, and always won his division: “Medicare Eligible.”


To young girls and women across the country, I say: do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you’re a woman. That is not feminism. Feminism doesn’t shut down conversations or threaten women. It is not about ideology. It is not a weapon to wield against your political opponent. A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts. And always remember that a leader is not born, but made. Choose leadership.

Carly Fiorina Suspends Her Campaign, Blasts ‘Feminism’ In Farewell Statement.

Curiously though, no fire-and-brimstone eschatological statements that women would be going to Hell for not supporting her, or for choosing a different ideological path.

SO WEIRD. FIRST TWITTER CRAPS ALL OVER ITS USERS, NOW THIS: Twitter shares fall on user decline. Who could have seen this coming?

CHART OF THE DAY: Don’t Tell Bernie, But Capitalism Has Made Human Life Fantastically Better:

Back in 1995, now-Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said, “I personally happen not to be a great believer in the free enterprise system for many reasons.”

And having watched Sanders during this primary season, it doesn’t appear to me that the self-described democratic socialist has much changed his opinion of capitalism. Which is both amazing and appalling. The single greatest story of human achievement of the past 2,000 years is the dramatic rise in living standards of the past 200 years. It’s an astounding ascent — see above chart — driven by innovative, entrepreneurial capitalism. Free enterprise. Economic freedom.

And to turn a Bernie-esque argument on its head, look at how much it’s accomplished while having to drag the parasite of socialism alongside it for well over a century. Imagine what it could to do if it was really unleashed.


WELL, THAT’S ENCOURAGING: Birth defects linked to Zika may be more serious than they appear.

SORRY, I STILL DON’T REALLY TRUST THE “INTERNET OF THINGS.” How to Make Nest’s Thermostat Your Smart-Home Hub.

OH, THAT HIGHER EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Transgender Activist Tells Gay Students Their Kinky Tumblr Posts Are ‘Triggering.’

Or at the very least so highly, highly problematic — but isn’t everything?

ANALYSIS: TRUE (Any way you slice it): Socialist New Hampshire women choose hell over Hillary Clinton.

BUILDING A BRIDGE TO 1995: Hillary Reaches Base With AOL Login Page Ad.

Earlier: Hillary Clinton Puzzled by the Phrase ‘Went Viral,’ and “Like with a cloth or something?”

If Hillary had an (R) after her name, these gaffes would be framed as her supermarket scanner moment, or her inability to use email. (If only.) We’ll know the media is as serious as they were in 2008 about taking her out when they start painting her as out of touch. Or as Stephen Miller recently wrote, “As painful a sight as it is to see a media that sold Obama as the essence of youthful charismatic hope reduced to selling what’s left of their integrity out to make the most uncool and aged candidates palatable, it works if there’s no pushback to it.”

In the meantime, as John Nolte of Big Hollywood likes to say, “Democrats sure got it good.”

THE NATION: BILL AND HILLARY “DECIMATED BLACK AMERICA,” trumpets socialist house organ in piece titled “Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote.”

Related: Bernie Sanders meets with legendary NBC journalist and Comcast spokesman Al Sharpton for breakfast in Harlem today. As one wag quipped on Twitter today, “Breakfast lasts 6 hrs ['cause] neither of them will make a move for the check.”

UPDATE: This just in from Hillary’s private airplane:





CARLY FIORINA SUSPENDS CAMPAIGN, Promises to ‘Not Sit Down and Be Quiet:’

“This campaign was always about citizenship—taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected,” Fiorina posted minutes ago on her Facebook page. “Election after election, the same empty promises are made and the same poll-tested stump speeches are given, but nothing changes. I’ve said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet. I’m not going to start now.”

“While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them.”

Read the whole thing.

EVERLASTING LOVE: “American World War II veteran reunites with wartime girlfriend in Australia

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REPORT: Chris Christie to Suspend Campaign.

Related: Is Rubio done?

Which inexorably leads to…How John Kasich Plans to Win the Nomination.

Everything seemingly is spinning out of control!

Or perhaps it’s simply: Armageddon for the GOPe.

Update: James Pethokoukis tweets, “Christie: ‘Tell Marco it was only business. I always liked him.’”

ANALYSIS: TRUE. This Man Wore The Worst T-Shirt Ever to Jail.

HEALTH: Unraveling The Mysterious Function Of The Microbiome. “What function does your microbiome play in your health? The answer is still a mystery, but emerging scientific evidence suggests it could have implications for treating many chronic diseases. A new class of microbiome drugs in development could eventually be effective against a range of hard-to-treat disorders, including gastrointestinal, metabolic, immunologic, and even neurologic problems. . . . Most of the initial drugs in development are aimed at the gut microbiome, which is due to ‘some combination of its importance to key diseases and sampling ease,’ says Peter DiLaura, CEO of San Francisco-based Second Genome. Tissue biopsies taken during colonoscopies and fecal samples are rich sources of information about the differences between the microbiomes of healthy and sick people.”

YOU DON’T SAY: “Hillary Clinton has an honesty problem,” according to Chris Cillizza.

That point is driven home hard in the exit poll following Clinton’s 22-point drubbing at the hands of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. More than one in three (34 percent) of all New Hampshire Democratic primary voters said that honesty was the most important trait in their decision on which candidate to support. Of that bloc, Sanders won 92 percent of their votes as compared to just 6 percent for Clinton.

Ninety two to six. That is absolutely unbelievable — even given the size of Sanders’s overall victory in the state.

“Unbelievable?” Really?

ROGER KIMBALL: Thoughts on the Meaning of the 2016 New Hampshire Primary.

CHANGE: Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization announces big cuts to climate change programs in order to focus on “commercializing good ideas and collaborating with industry.”

RELAX: Antiperspirants Aren’t Dangerous. “Sweat glands do play a major role in eliminating potentially harmful substances, even excess prescription drugs, as well as in controlling temperature, Dr. Khorasani said. The glands are distributed all over the body, not just under the arms.”

YOU DON’T HAVE TO FALL IN LOVE, YOU JUST HAVE TO FALL IN LINE: “After Crushing Defeat, DNC Quirk* Still Gives Hillary More New Hampshire Delegates Than Sanders.”

* “That’s some catch, that Catch-22,” Yossarian observed. “It’s the best there is!”

YOU WENT FULL PROGRESSIVE CHRIS MATTHEWS — NEVER GO FULL PROGRESSIVE: Ted Cruz “operates below the level of human life,” Matthews tells his fellow MSNBC denizens on Morning Joe today:

Matthews remarked Cruz had a “troll-like quality” that was “below the level of human life,” said there was a “darkness“ to Cruz’s character that frightened him, and suggested that Cruz, a Cuban-American, is a “theocrat” who views President Obama like Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

“The thing about—there’s a troll-like quality to Ted Cruz,” Matthews said. “He operates below the level of human life.”

“OK, Chris, that’s a little tough,” host Joe Scarborough said. “You have not gotten sleep.”

“Am I allowed to have an opinion?” Matthews asked. “I think he appeals to people’s negativity rather than their joy. I don’t think people feel good about voting for Cruz. I don’t know what it is he appeals to.”

Well, driving crazed establishment lefties such as Matthews utterly insane is certainly a good start. In late January, Matthews was forced to apologize for his racist crack “wondering who would want to watch a Donald Trump-less debate with ‘two Cubans’ — Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz,” as Buzzfeed reported, adding this unintentionally ironic passage:

The remarks are the second time Matthews has been criticized for comments he made about Rubio and Cruz. In November, he questioned whether they are truly Hispanic, calling them “Cuban nationals.”

“People have been going to management, not just Latino employees, but people have been going to management and complaining sort of like ‘What the f**k? Did that really happen on our air?’” an NBC employee said.

Many of the people at NBC that spoke with BuzzFeed News posed the hypothetical of what would have happened had Matthews been talking about someone else. “Can you imagine if someone said what’s up with two old white people debating among the Democrats? Or two Jewish people or two black people?” a second staffer said.

The remarks come amid MSNBC’s long-running attempts to keep its talent and voice in line with its diverse, progressive brand.

Well, considering how deeply racism was baked into the brand of “Progressivism” right from the start, Matthews is certainly behaving well in-line. Almost to the point where his language at MSNBC “reminds me of the ’30s in another country” — as a legendary broadcaster might say.

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HIDING A MOTOR IN YOUR BIKE WILL ONLY GET EASIER: “Mechanical doping” made its way into the popular culture last week when a professional bike racer got caught.​

ASHE SCHOW RESPONDS TO MADAMS STEINEM & ALBRIGHT: Women Can Support Whomever They Want. And did, as yesterday’s results show.

MICHAEL HIGDON: State Misdemeanant, Federal Felon: Adolescent Sexual Offenders and the INA.

MILO YIANNOPOULOS FACED BY HURTFUL GENDERED PERFORMANCES: Rutgers students smear themselves with fake blood to protest ‘Most Dangerous Faggot.’ Plus the inevitable: “’[Rutgers groups] should not be inviting anyone like Yiannopoulos because what we stand for is inclusion and diversity,’ student activist Nyuma Waggeh told The Daily Targum. ‘If a speaker makes someone feel unsafe or uncomfortable, then they should not come to campus.’”

Why so homophobic, Nyuma? And really, trying to protest a homosexual man by invoking the tired anti-gay cliche that they’re repulsed by menstruation? Pathetic.


“The strangest thing, however, was that when the floor was opened up for questions, I didn’t see any of the protesters behind me raise their hand,” the student continued. “Yiannopoulos and others were clearly open to hear the position of the left, and when someone with an opposing view DID have a question, it was respectfully answered with a libertarian perspective.”

“The purpose of university is to interrogate new ideas, discover ourselves, meet new people, and explore the world. What it ought to be is a free space without trigger warnings. In my view, anyone who asks for a trigger warning should be expelled. What they’ve demonstrated is that they are incapable of being exposed to new ideas,” Yiannopoulos said.

As Milo often says, to survive in an outrage culture, it pays to be outrageous. Video here. The protesters certainly lived up to IowaHawk’s description as “screaming campus garbage babies.” You could run excerpts in a Trump ad. . . .

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 1007.

JOE PAPPALARDO: Ross Perot’s Former Campaign Manager’s Advice to Presidential Candidate Bloomberg.


President Barack Obama’s proposal to levy a $10-a-barrel tax on oil reminds me of an eternal truth that applies to almost all working humans: Once you know you are on short time, about to be transferred or discharged, a certain puckish insouciance seeps into the performance of your daily duties.

Presidential budgets are always more wish list than “To Do,” of course. Assumptions are made, hopeful suggestions offered, and then Congress chuckles and says “Good one, chief” before returning to whatever they were doing before. This is especially true when the opposition controls both legislative houses. And it is most very especially true during the last year of a presidency, when a lonely nation’s eyes turn toward the folks vying to replace you. . . .

After almost eight years of minimal economic growth, the fall in oil prices has brought some welcome relief to strained household budgets. Many U.S. oil companies are losing money, particularly the shale oil folks, making the workers and local economies that depend upon them anxious. Jacking up the price of gas and home heating oil is going to upset all those people, who will in turn do their best to upset any legislators who propose such a thing. Congressional Republicans are certainly not going to stick out their necks for an opposition-party president with whom relations have never been warmer than “testy.”

The administration has made some gestures toward mitigating this opposition, notably by claiming that the tax will be paid by oil companies. But this is obvious nonsense. Oil companies currently have few profits from which to pay the tax. Whoever is responsible for filing the paperwork, the cost will be paid by consumers in higher fuel prices, and the administration surely knows this.

They know, but when have they ever cared that something they said was untrue?

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE UPDATE: More US troops to be sent to Helmand, military says.

HMM: Majority of NY Jews View Hillary Unfavorably, Would Vote GOP. Well, NYC Jews have been trending more conservative for years, because that’s who’s having kids.

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And while democracy is a pretty lousy tool for making specific decisions, it is a decent reset-button for a system that isn’t working — and there aren’t many alternatives given that, for the establishment, the system is always working.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: European banking’s slow-motion crisis is picking up speed — and it’s all a lot simpler and scarier than you think. “You know it’s bad when the finance minister of Germany has to publicly state he has ‘no concerns’ about his country’s biggest lender – Deutsche Bank – as Wolfgang Schauble did on Tuesday while bank shares plummeted. It’s been brewing for a while. The business models available to European banks, the methods by which they make money on a consistent basis, are disappearing fast and investors are taking flight.”


DESPERATION: Hillary Hires Ex-Obama Aide In Bid for Youth Vote.

OPPORTUNITY MISSED. Republicans fail to scream at the lunacy of drafting women:

A proposal from the chief of staff of the Army and the commandant of the Marine Corps to require that women register with the Selective Service seemed at first like an effort to highlight the absurd end point of the rush to put women in combat, but top Republicans duly saluted and fell in line.

Asked about the proposal at the recent Republican debate, Marco Rubio said that “Selective Service should be opened up for both men and women in case a draft is ever instituted.” He makes it sound as though women would completely miss out should a large-scale conventional war break out and they not be compelled to fight in it through the coercive power of the state.

Chris Christie agreed. So did Jeb Bush, who gamely — and cluelessly — added that “we should not impose any kind of political agenda on the military.”

Of course, a political agenda — namely the insistence there is no meaningful difference between men and women, even when it comes to military combat — is the entire point.

This would have been an excellent moment for the GOP debaters to challenge the assumptions of the moderators as vigorously as they did during the infamous CNBC debate in October and present Americans with the opportunity to vote for a choice, not an echo, to coin a phrase.

MORE TRUMP VOTERS CREATED: Controversial film shown at VA high school slammed as ‘White guilt’ video.

A 25% EXCISE TAX ON REMITTANCES WOULD BUILD A PRETTY GOOD WALL: “Last week, Mexico’s central bank reported that for the first time since statistics have been kept, the $24.8 billion in immigrant remittances received have surpassed Mexico’s $23.4 billion in oil earnings, meaning that the government of Mexico is more dependent than ever on the earnings of maids and gardeners in the U.S. to keep itself afloat.”

THE ABOLITION OF BRITAIN: Thousands of Britain’s curry houses face closure because of immigration rules.

What a multicultural train wreck; as Kathy Shaidle writes, the “But what about all the great restaurants?!” cliche takes quite a turn.


ANALYSIS: CONDITIONALLY TRUE. New Hampshire proves Americans hate politicians.

But given that Sanders is an outright socialist, and Trump is no believer in small government, Americans may hate politicians, but ultimately, far too many have learned to stop worrying and love an ever-expanding government.

MARK JUDGE: China Wants Male Teachers, and We Should Too.

Worried that a shortage of male teachers has produced a generation of timid, self-centered and effeminate boys, Chinese educators are working to reinforce traditional gender roles and values in the classroom.

In Zhengzhou, a city on the Yellow River, schools have asked boys to sign pledges to act like “real men.” In Shanghai, principals are trying boys-only classes with courses like martial arts, computer repair and physics. In Hangzhou, in eastern China, educators have started a summer camp called West Point Boys, complete with taekwondo classes and the motto, “We bring out the men in boys.”

I love that they name it after West Point, which itself meanwhile is feminizing as fast as it can.


Read the whole thing.


BRYCE COVERT: “Of course Hillary Clinton is a victim of sexism

Of course.

Clinton’s staggering loss in New Hampshire has nothing to do with her party’s hard leftward shift under Barack Obama, youthful enthusiasm for an anti-establishment opponent in a season of anti-establishment fever in both parties, voter preference for a local candidate, misgivings about her handling of Top Secret information as Secretary of State, her lack of accomplishments as SecState or as a Senator, or her own poorly managed campaign.

No, the voters of New Hampshire — largely the same voters who saved Clinton’s campaign with a convincing win over Obama in 2008 — suddenly noticed the Clinton is a woman and decided “We can’t have that!”

Of course.


There’s little argument that inequality, and the depressed prospects for the middle class, will be a dominant issue this year’s election. Yet the most powerful force shaping this reality—the rising cost of housing—has barely emerged as political issue.

As demonstrated in a recent report (PDF) from Chapman University’s Center for Demographics and Policy, housing now takes the largest share of family costs, while expenditures on food, apparel, and transportation have dropped or stayed about the same. In 2015, the rise in housing costs essentially swallowed savings gains made elsewhere, notably, savings on the cost of energy. The real estate consultancy Zillow predicts housing inflation will only worsen this year.

Driven in part by potential buyers being forced into the apartment market, rents have risen to a point that they now compose the largest share of income in modern U.S. history. Since 1990, renters’ income has been stagnant, while inflation-adjusted rents have soared 14.7 percent. Given the large shortfall in housing production—down not only since the 2007 recession but also by almost a quarter between 2011 and 2015—the trend toward ever higher prices and greater levels of unaffordability seems all but inevitable.

The connection between growing inequality and rising property prices is fairly direct. Thomas Piketty, the French economist, recently described the extent to which inequality in 20 nations has ramped up in recent decades, erasing the hard-earned progress of previous years in the earlier part of the 20th century. After examining Piketty’s groundbreaking research, Matthew Rognlie of MIT concluded (PDF) that much of the observed inequality is from redistribution of housing wealth away from the middle class.

Rognlie concluded that much of this was due to land regulation, and suggested the need to expand the housing supply and reexamine the land-use regulation that he associates with the loss of middle-class wealth. Yet in much of the country, housing has become so expensive as to cap upward mobility, forcing many people to give up on buying a house and driving many—particularly young families—to leave high-priced coastal regions for less expensive, usually less regulated markets in the country’s interior.

It’s as if Blue areas are all about feudalism, despite all the talk about ending inequality.


ANALYSIS: TRUE. It’s time we stopped treating all men as sex pests.

Pearson, a 51-year-old artist, was tried for a sex crime simply because he brushed past a 61-year-old female film star during rush hour at Waterloo Tube station without even breaking his stride.

His accuser (who shall remain anonymous for life) claimed Pearson penetrated her with three fingers for “two or three seconds”.

CCTV of the footage irrefutably backs Pearson’s account; it took a jury of nine women and three men just 90 minutes to unanimously reject the accuser’s version of events and find Pearson innocent.

After the case, Mr Pearson, who still suffers anxiety attacks, said, “This could have happened to anyone. For me, half a second turned into a year of hell. I feel I have undergone a form of mental torture sanctioned by the state. Why couldn’t the CPS have used common sense?”

Which begs the bigger question: why, despite having seen the CCTV evidence (there were also no witnesses nor forensic evidence), did the Crown Prosecution Service still see fit to push for prosecution?

Pearson’s acquittal topped off a bad week for the CPS – and a terrible one for men – following a damning report in which HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate concluded that “poor” decision-making in London rape cases was leading to innocent suspects being wrongly charged in an attempt to raise the number of convictions.

So why is what’s been described as a CPS “witch hunt” against men happening?

Increasingly, there is a sense that the courts are becoming the judicial hammer for the anvil of the CPS’s Violence Against Women And Girls strategy. It’s also hard to avoid the argument that innocent men like Mark Pearson are seeing their day in court because the most prolific and evil sex offender of them all – Jimmy Savile – escaped his.

Meanwhile, of course, the Rotherham rape gangs were covered up by officialdom for fear of being called racist. So it’s not actually a war against all men.

The accuser’s name should be widely publicized, and the officials here should be tarred and feathered.

February 9, 2016

MEET THE BEATLES: 73 million Americans met the Fab Four on the Ed Sullivan Show on this day in 1964.

However, the birth of American Beatlemania wasn’t quite the “spontaneous, instantaneous, organic happening” as it’s since been mythologized in boomer history.

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THAT’S BECAUSE THEIR DEFINITION OF “WORK” IS “CREATE MORE DEMOCRAT-VOTING GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES,” NOT “HELP CHILDREN.” Democrats love universal pre-K — and don’t seem to care that it may not work.

MICHAEL WALSH: Breaking: Supes Put Obama’s ‘Global Warming’ Regs on Ice –Huge blow to EPA gremlins, klimate-change kooks.

ENDORSED: A New Advocacy Group Is Lobbying for the Right to Repair Everything.

I think you should own the gadgets that you, you know, buy.

TRUMP AND SANDERS called to win in New Hampshire.

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