November 1, 2014
HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Child poverty in U.S. is at highest point in 20 years, report finds.
WELL, OBAMA’S BEEN ANTIGUN, BUT HIS POLICIES ALL SEEM TO MAKE PEOPLE WANT TO BUY ONE: Gallup: Public support for stricter gun laws drops 11 points in less than two years. “Note too that support for making gun laws less strict is now the highest it’s been in 15 years, higher even than in the anxious days after 9/11.”
And now we’ve got Dana Loesch’s new book to really put the boot in.
You can’t judge a book by its cover, but I’ll bet this cover sells some books.
ISRAELIS FIGURE OUT THAT APPEASING OBAMA HAS BEEN A WASTE OF TIME:
First, the unbridled attacks against Israel’s democratically elected – and popular – prime minister show us that when we are faced with an inherently hostile administration, the wages of appeasement are contempt.
No Israel leader has done more to appease a US administration than Netanyahu has done to appease Obama. Against the opposition of his party and the general public, Netanyahu in 2009 bowed to Obama’s demand to embrace the goal of establishing a Palestinian state.
Against the opposition of his party and the general public, in 2010 Netanyahu bowed to Obama’s demand and enacted an official 10-month moratorium on Jewish property rights in lands beyond the 1949 armistice lines, and later enacted an unofficial moratorium on those rights.
And Netanyahu bowed to Obama’s pressure, released murderers from prison and conducted negotiations with Abbas that only empowered Abbas and his political war to delegitimize and isolate Israel.
And for all his efforts to appease Obama, today the administration abets Palestinian terrorism and political warfare.
Appeasement never works.
THIS IS HOW THEY ROLL: Yeah, you won our video contest, but we’re changing the rules. “This MoveOn/Mayday video contest, lame though it was, was revealing. When liberals say they want to get money out of politics, they aren’t serious. What they mean is, they want to get conservative money out of politics.”
They’d want to get libertarian money out, too, if there were enough to matter. But there’s also this:
Why is that? The answer is simple: liberals command the culture. They control virtually all universities, virtually all public schools, virtually all newspapers, virtually all of Hollywood and the entertainment industry, almost the entire apparatus of the news. That control, added to the corruption of crony government, gives liberals access to enormous amounts of money, so that in almost every contested election, the liberal candidate has more money than the conservative candidate.
And yet…liberals have a problem. Their arguments are terrible, and their theories are contradicted at nearly every turn by the facts. Which means that they can’t withstand criticism. They can’t take competition; they need a monopoly. Which, in turn, means that they must prevent voters from hearing conservative ideas and arguments. They can do that in the schools and in the culture, and they don’t have to worry about newspapers or broadcast television. But there is a loophole of sorts: during election seasons, conservatives can buy time on television and on the radio to broadcast messages that liberals are otherwise able to blockade. This is intolerable! Because when people hear conservative ideas, unfiltered by the liberal press, they tend to find them persuasive.
So “money in politics” must be denounced. Most money in politics is liberal, from labor unions, crony billionaires like Tom Steyer, and so on. But that isn’t the money the Democrats mean: they want to silence conservative voices, so their monopoly can be preserved and threats to their rule–democracy, one might say–can be eliminated. The MoveOn/Mayday contest was a microcosm of one of the central political conflicts of our time.
Yeah, pretty much.
IT’S SAD THAT SOMETHING SO OBVIOUS COUNTS AS A VICTORY, BUT IT DOES: Due process win: Washington Supreme Court rules burden of proof lies on accuser. “The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that those accused of rape are not responsible for proving they obtained consent. In a 6-3 ruling, the court said that requiring the accused to provide such proof to the preponderance of evidence standard violated constitutional rights.”
October 31, 2014
ON THE ACE OF SPADES HQ PODCAST, a discussion of GamerGate with Clark from Popehat.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! ‘Vampire therapy’ could reverse ageing, scientists find: A transfusion of youthful blood may halt or even reverse the ageing process as two studies find that the chemical make-up of younger blood has surprising health benefits.
Finally, gainful employment for 18-25-year-old layabouts!
YES, BUT IN NEW YORK CITY THERE ARE WOMEN WHO ARE BEING SPOKEN TO WITHOUT PERMISSION: How ISIS Wages a Brutal and Hideous War on Women.
AND JUST BEFORE THE ELECTION, TOO. HOW NICE! Mexico Grants Humanitarian Release to Marine Held on Gun Charges.
THAT’S SETTING THE BAR PRETTY HIGH. ER, LOW? WHATEVER: Wendy Davis Launches What Has to Be Her Most Dishonest and Desperate Attack Yet. She’s going to lose anyway. This just ensures that her memory will be uglier.
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO ABUSE THE ELDERLY! “Two Winter Haven nursing assistants were charged with battery of an elderly person after police say they were captured on video tormenting and hitting a 76-year-old Alzheimer’s patient. On Wednesday, Winter Haven Police arrested Yashika Zenobiaha Jones, 28, and Rose Dorlean Blaise, 35, who work at Palm Gardens Nursing Home located at 1120 Cypress Gardens Blvd. S.E. in Winter Haven. Police say an investigation uncovered the abuse on three separate occasions in October.”
CANADA JOINS THE INCREASINGLY LONG LIST OF COUNTRIES GONE RACIST AND ANTI-SCIENCE: Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare.
WHY WOULD ANYONE BE SURPRISED BY THIS? Individual genetic differences may affect Ebola survival – study.
Testing spaceships, like testing aircraft decades ago, is a risky business. It’s still worth doing.
UPDATE: From Doug Messier, what Rand Simberg calls a “long and prescient post” from last night.
EUROPEANS: A diverse population in and of themselves? “Europeans today have genes from three very different populations. The oldest of these populations were the first Europeans, who appear to have lived as hunter-gatherers. The second were farmers who expanded into Europe about 8,500 years ago from the Near East. But most living Europeans also carry genes from a third population, which appears to have arrived more recently.”
BOURBON WORKS, TOO: Treating emotional heartache with OTC pain relievers.
In college I was feeling bad about a breakup, and then, two Jack Daniel’s later, I felt fine. This was actually therapeutic, as I figured that anything that could be dispelled by two drinks couldn’t be all that bad. The realization was still there the next day, and in fact has served me well in general. Once you know that whatever upset you’re feeling can be dispelled by a couple of stiff drinks, you don’t even need the drinks to take it less seriously.
HMM: Link seen between seizures and migraines in the brain. I used to get migraines a lot, and they were always headaches. Now they are much less common, but when they come they often manifest as visual disturbances — usually pretty subtle, but noticeable — or even just an overall feeling of wrongness that’s hard to describe. So this doesn’t entirely surprise me.
SO WHEN MARY LANDRIEU SAYS HER CAMPAIGN IS HAVING TROUBLE BECAUSE LOUISIANA VOTERS ARE RACIST AND SEXIST, she’s clearly not aiming that statement at the Louisianans whose votes she needs. The only way it makes sense is if she figures she’s going to lose no matter what, and she needs a why-she-lost narrative that will play with her next employers, inside-the-beltway types who’ll buy that sort of thing.
BTW, hasn’t Louisiana elected women and minorities to statewide positions rather frequently in the past? Why yes, yes it has.
ROGER SIMON: Welcome To Berlin, 1937. “I have never in my increasingly long life felt vulnerable as a Jew in America. I never even dreamed it would happen. But it has now — with the Obama administration. Something is seriously wrong.”
Buy a gun.
HE ALWAYS HAS BEEN: Buzz Aldrin’s Reddit AMA Proves He’s Still Pretty Badass.
UPDATE: ‘I am sceptical humans are causing global warming’: Buzz Aldrin says more research – and less politics – is needed. It takes a badass to say that these days.
IN THE MAIL: The Witch’s Promise.
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CAMPUS SEX PANIC UPDATE: Feminist lawyer denounces handling of campus sexual assault cases. “Shatz describes what some of us already know: That school disciplinary panels handling sexual assault cases are throwing out due process in order to appease the Obama administration, which has demanded that college administrators crack down on the offense. . . . ‘As feminists, we should demand better than knee-jerk reactions from the government intended to appease anti-sexual assault activists without truly addressing their demands, and poorly designed university policies intended merely to protect the school’s federal funding at the expense of our core democratic values of fairness, due process, and the presumption of innocence.’”
In doing this — let me be clear, as they say — schools and their administrators are betraying their duty to their students in the service of lucre. It’s cowardly, self-serving, and a repudiation of what higher education is supposed to stand for. Naturally, they are rushing to submit with barely a word of protest.
AS ELSEWHERE, COMMUNISM’S UGLY LEGACY IN THE EAST WILL TAKE GENERATIONS TO OVERCOME: The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago — but Germany is still divided.
WAR ON WOMEN: GOP Video Highlights Dems’ Sexist Comments. “The video, titled ‘Democrats degrade women,’ features clips — many of which are from just the past week — of Democratic men making sexist comments toward Republican women.”
Like Ed Morrissey says, the whole “war on women” thing has played out.
TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 540. Amusing to see people who participated in this scandal worried about their privacy. Shoulda thought of that before you started abusing your power against ordinary Americans.
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO FRAME BOYS! Woman sentenced to 3 years in TDCJ for planting gun in child’s backpack, reporting him to school.
A 28-year-old woman was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for planting a pistol in a child’s backpack and anonymously reporting him to the school.
Heather Hodges, who pleaded guilty to unlawful carrying of a weapon on restricted premises in exchange for the dismissal of two lesser charges, was the live-in girlfriend of the boy’s father but they had struggled as a blended family.
Hodges wanted to teach 13-year-old James Bailey McKeegan a lesson for what she considered to be the mistreatment of her own children, ages seven and four.
So she took her boyfriend’s 9-millimeter Smith and Wesson handgun, replaced the child’s cologne and deodorant in his backpack, and then called Magnolia Junior High School from a nearby payphone to report him by name.
District Court Judge Kelly Case echoed lead prosecutor Vince Santini’s statement that Hodges was “evil,” and said he thought it was ironic how Hodges’ motivation was wanting to protect her children.
NOTHING SAYS “OUR POLICY IS SCIENCE-DRIVEN” LIKE SCRUBBING YOUR WEBSITE OF POLITICALLY INCONVENIENT FACTS: CDC Removed Info On Coughing And Sneezing From Ebola Q&A.
HOW PETTY AND IMAGE-OBSESSED IS THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE? THIS PETTY AND IMAGE-OBSESSED: Attkisson exposes C-SPAN-White House dispute. Congratulations to C-SPAN for not allowing itself to be bullied. I suspect most news organizations would have shown less backbone.
“PEACE” ACTIVISTS: Pennsylvania Peace Activists Charged in Vicious Attack. ” Two ‘Stop the Violence’ organizers allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition. Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, both 30, accused their former roommate of stealing their property, and allegedly punched and kicked him in the street until he had seizures.”
That “all property is theft” stuff? That’s for other people’s property.
MICHAEL BARONE: Democratic Dogs That Aren’t Barking.
The stimulus package, for example, is not mentioned much. Nor are proposals by serious Democrats like Clinton administration veteran William Galston for a national infrastructure bank. These dogs aren’t barking.
The reasons are obvious. The stimulus didn’t stimulate the economy the way the Reagan tax cuts did in the 1980s. As for infrastructure, as Obama sheepishly admitted, there is no such thing — given environmental reviews and bureaucratic torpor—as a shovel-ready project.
Nor have Democrats been talking much, except when questioned at debates, about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. This is by far the most consequential legislative achievement of the Obama Democrats. But the consequences, most voters continue to believe, are mostly negative.
One hears even less, from either side, about Democrats’ success at imposing higher tax rates on high earners. You might expect Republicans to avoid the subject, as they do. But so do Democrats. Soaking the rich evidently doesn’t win votes.
All of this matters because the Obama Democrats expected their policies to be popular. They thought voters would appreciate being showered with what Mitt Romney infelicitously called “free stuff.” The New Deal historians assured us that in times of economic distress voters would have a hearty appetite for big government.
Liberal bloggers have been claiming that opinion on Obamcare is turning around and that Republicans are shunning the issue. But there has been no turnaround since the law was passed in March 2010. Republicans in the most recent week have run 12,000 ads on Obamacare — more than on any other issue, according to the 2017 Project’s Jeffrey Anderson.
As Holmes might deduce, the solution to the clue of the non-barking Democratic dogs is that most voters lack faith in government to solve problems, to make their lives better or even to perform with minimal competence.
And with reason.
NEWS FOR THE WHITE HOUSE: Yes, “Aspergery” Is A Slur.
Despite the fact that it is incredibly offensive to people on the autism spectrum and the disability community to use the word “Aspergery,” no one on the right or left has criticized the Obama administration for reportedly using the term. While pundits scramble to analyze international implications, no one seems especially perturbed that the highest executive office allegedly throws around a “disability diagnosis as a pejorative,” as Ari Ne’eman, president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, puts it.
No major figure from either party has mustered such seemingly obvious denouncement. Ne’eman is not surprised by the relative radio silence on both sides of the aisle, nor does he specifically blame Obama or the Democrats.
Well, of course not.
Harry Reid’s strategy of blocking amendments all year was intended with one clear objective in mind — protecting his majority.
Republicans have complained vociferously about the Senate majority leader shutting down amendments — but behind the scenes, the Nevada Democrat’s senators asked him to do so for a very simple reason: Nobody wants to give an opponent fodder for 30-second ads in a tough election year. . . .
Here are some of the subjects — and TV attack lines — Reid’s strategy sought to avoid.
We’ll see how that works out for him. It’s not a strategy born of confidence in the rightness of his positions. . . .
NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT. BUT I WISH MY GENERATOR WAS ALREADY INSTALLED. There’s a giant spot on the sun, and it’s acting weird.
EUGENE KONTOROVICH: Paying People For Quarantines. “Aside from being fair – spreading the costs across taxpayers rather than letting them fall entirely on innocent individuals – compensation offers several practical advantages. First, it reduces avoidance and hiding from quarantines. Given that those needing to be quarantined have the best knowledge of whether they fit the profile, promoting voluntary compliance is a major, life-saving benefit. Second, decreasing the hardship of quarantine should reduce the political reluctance to impose such measures at the appropriate time – early, before things have gotten out of hand.”
THE HILL: Nurses to hold Ebola protests in 13 states. “The largest U.S. nurses union is planning a day of action in mid-November to protest the lack of federally enforced safety precautions against Ebola.”
So now the nurses’ union is racist and anti-science?
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE: Texas woman broke into husband’s friend’s home, sexually assaulted him: police. “Megan Davis Hoelting, 31, allegedly snuck into the sleeping man’s bedroom in only a nightgown and began to perform fellatio, according to a felony criminal complaint. Her arrest Monday was her fourth this month.”
Outside the hyper-politicized precincts where feminist orthodoxy exercises hegemonic control, however, there are still males who have not yet been properly indoctrinated. They dropped out of high school or they couldn’t afford to go college. Maybe they joined the Army or got a muscle-and-sweat job where Doing the Work mattered more than Having the Correct Attitude. Or maybe, as seems to be the case of the lower-class New York City men featured in the viral video, they just accepted their liberal-endorsed status as Authentic Victims and haven’t bothered to wonder if there is anything wrong with their way of life.
One way or another, these men are not invested in the bureaucratic system within which feminist orthodoxy is uncontested. So when they see a good-looking woman, they react.
They are not repressed. They are not ashamed to be male. Their basic animal sexuality doesn’t cause them any psychic conflict.
They must be destroyed.
DESPITE DEMOCRATS’ FONDEST HOPES, Texas Isn’t Turning Purple. “There’s a perception that Wendy Davis is pro-abortion, and that’s hard to overcome with us Latinos.”
YEAH, BIG DEAL — IN NEW YORK CITY, WOMEN ARE BEING SPOKEN TO WITHOUT PERMISSION! ‘Treated like cattle’: Yazidi women sold, raped, enslaved by ISIS.
BAD GOVERNMENT DIETARY ADVICE MAKING PEOPLE FAT, DIE PREMATURELY. “By the turn of the millennium, however, clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) were showing that a low-fat regime neither improved our health nor slimmed our waistlines. Consequently, in 2000 the Dietary Guidelines committee started to tiptoe away from the low-fat diet, and by 2010 its members had backed off any mention of limits on total fat. Yet most Americans are still actively trying to avoid fat, according to a recent Gallup poll. They are not aware of the USDA’s crucial about-face because the agency hasn’t publicized the changes. Perhaps it did not want to be held responsible for the consequences of a quarter-century of misguided advice, especially since many experts now believe the increase in carbohydrates that authorities recommended has contributed to our obesity and diabetes epidemics.”
VITAMIN D UPDATE: Study suggests vitamin D may prevent prostate tumor growth. “New evidence suggests spending more time in the sun could make things brighter for men with prostate cancer. Researchers have found that vitamin D can help block a protein that causes prostate cancer tumors to grow. . . . A University of Colorado Cancer Center study recently published in the journal Prostate presents new evidence that vitamin D may help reduce cancer-causing inflammation. Scientists found that the gene GDF-15 – known to be up-regulated by vitamin D – can help block a protein which stimulates tumor growth. . . . Low vitamin D levels can pose certain health risks including cancer, increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment in older adults.”
How many people have died unnecessarily because of bad medical advice about keeping out of the sun?
KANSAS: Milton Wolf To Tea Partiers: Let’s Set Aside Our Differences And Elect Pat Roberts Next Week. I had dinner with him in Kansas City a couple of weeks ago and he was struggling with this. I think he did the right thing. I’d much rather have seen Wolf nominated than Roberts, but I’d much rather see Roberts in the Senate than Greg Orman. The difference between a majority-Republican Senate and a majority-Democrat Senate will be huge over the next two years.
SO WHY IS STEPHANOPOULOS MODERATING THE DEBATE? Rand Paul: Stephanopoulos ‘Originated’ War on Women Attack, Scott Brown Right to Have Concerns.
IT’S COME TO THIS: NARAL: If Cory Gardner Wins, Stock Up on Condoms. In case you wondered what desperation looks like. . . .
THE BRITAIN OF 2014: Child sex exploitation ‘social norm’ in Greater Manchester. But what’s missing from this story?
THE SCIENCE OF CHARISMATIC VOICES. “Probing the vocal presence of charisma across cultural divides, the scientists found speakers with a wide range of frequency variation in their voices were more likely to be perceived as dominant. They also found that speakers with a low fundamental rate of vocal fold vibration, called fundamental frequency or F0, are perceived as more dominant than speakers with a high fundamental frequency.”
Can we fake it with an autotune app?
With Colorado Republican Bob Beauprez up by 21 points among men, the “war on women” stuff may be generating some blowback.
MARK RIPPETOE: The 3 Most Effective Ways To Waste Time In The Gym. From my own experience, I have to disagree with him on stretching, with this proviso: I don’t think stretching helps my workouts so much as it helps me deal with the consequences of spending a lot of time at the computer. But it most definitely helps with that.
IN THE MAIL: From David Weber & Timothy Zahn, A Call to Duty (Manticore Ascendant).
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NICK GILLESPIE: This One Picture of Telly Savalas Refutes All Fears That Progress Has Ended. Not sure I’m buying this analysis. . . .
JUST GET THEM VOTING REPUBLICAN AND THE PRESS WILL BE TELLING US HOW THIS TRAVESTY MUST BE STOPPED RIGHT AWAY! John Fund: Non-Citizens Are Voting: James O’Keefe documents the problem in North Carolina, where the Senate race is close. “O’Keefe had a Brazilian-born immigrant investigator of his pose as someone who wanted to vote but was not a citizen. Greg Amick, the campaign manager for the Democrat running for sheriff in Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), was only too happy to help. . . . It’s no wonder that the two Old Dominion professors concluded that non-citizen votes may have been responsible for Obama’s 2008 victory in North Carolina.”
BETTER IDEA: GET NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND SHARE THEM WITH THE POLES. Nervous Swedes Eye NATO Membership.
Russia’s repeated little “visits” with subs and planes might finally be enough for famously neutral Sweden. For the first time, an opinion poll has found that the majority of respondents want to join the NATO alliance. . . .
Sweden’s new center-left government came into office having made anti-NATO pledges, but the conversation seems to have shifted significantly since then. Not only have the Russians been (supposedly) poking around in Swedish waters; they’ve also entered Swedish airspace. As a similar incident over Estonia makes clear, the Russians are testing how much leeway they have in the Baltic after an easy win in Ukraine—but it appears they are finally getting some pushback. . . .
But even if Sweden did join NATO, its military weakness would leave it vulnerable. Meanwhile, NATO’s European members are historically weak, even on paper, and even more so in the field. And above all, American posturing and retreat over the Ukraine crisis has called into question the alliance’s ability to deter Putin from further aggression in the Baltics.
It’s good to see some of the Europeans start taking this threat seriously. But Putin is bringing hard-power realities back to the fore, and should not be underestimated.
For two more years, at least, NATO probably won’t do much.
AMAZING WHAT HAPPENS WITHOUT THE INFLUENCE OF THE NATIONAL MEDIA: Election could tip historic number of legislatures into Republican hands.
TO OIKOPHOBIC LEFTIES, THAT’S NOT A BUG, IT’S A FEATURE: Why Middle-Class Americans Can’t Afford to Live in Liberal Cities.
EVERYTHING SEEMINGLY IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL: NATO says Russian jets, bombers circle Europe in unusual incidents.
CDC: Well, yes, actually droplets from a sneeze could spread Ebola. “Dr. Rossi Hassad, a professor of epidemiology at Mercy College, said droplets could remain active for up to a day.”
TO BE FAIR, WARREN’S FROM MASSACHUSETTS, WHICH IS NOWHERE NEAR EITHER VERMONT OR NEW HAMPSHIRE: Elizabeth Warren: Jeanne Shaheen “out there working for the people of Vermont.”