October 4, 2015

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NOBEL PEACE PRIZE UPDATE: U.S. Navy Prepares Confrontation in the South China Sea.

The United States is preparing to maneuver naval warships and aircraft close to China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea, in what would be the Obama Administration’s toughest response yet to Beijing. Reportedly, the White House is readying plans to send warships within twelve nautical miles of several of the islands—a move that China claims would be an illegal violation of its sovereignty. Citing a U.N. treaty, the United States argues that man-made outposts cannot be construed as legitimate territory. . . .

President Obama has been under increasing pressure from, for example, Arizona Senator John McCain to be more assertive in the South China Sea, and in the run-up to last week’s summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the White House promised to address the South China Sea disputes. Yet although Obama and Xi made some headway toward resolving other issues, their meeting concluded without any agreement about this issue, and China expert Bill Bishop remarks that these Defense Department comments may indicate the Xi–Obama meeting didn’t go as well as Chinese media outlets (and some American journalists) have been reporting. If the U.S. follows through on sending the ships, that could very well open a new, and more aggressive, chapter in recent Sino-American relations.

It’s like we’re giving ground to our adversaries everywhere at once.

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Is ‘Game of Thrones’ Really ‘Progressive’?

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ASHE SCHOW: Overly broad definition of sex assault ensnares innocent students.

As I wrote in my column yesterday, not all accusations of campus sexual assault are black and white. Yet colleges are treating accusations as if the accused were a potential rapist, even when the accusation involves nothing more than requesting social media connections one too many times.

Kimberly Lau, a lawyer who has defended wrongly accused students in more than 40 cases, released a statement regarding a recent survey purporting to show that one-in-four women will be sexually assaulted while in college.

Lau notes what other critics of the survey, including me, have pointed out: that it relies on an overly broad definition of “sexual assault” in order to inflate its numbers for scary headlines. Lau has specific knowledge of the ways normal interactions, though possibly jerkish, have been elevated to the level of assault, warranting severe punishment.

One of Lau’s cases involved a male student who received a deferred suspension, was banned from his graduation and branded a sex offender on his transcript for stealing a kiss and exchanging inappropriate text messages that were later deemed harassment. Another case saw a male student suspended for a year because he sent multiple Instagram follow requests to a female student and once looked at her on campus.

Even a cat may look at a king. But apparently, males should keep their eyes averted at all times, in a proper show of subservience.

ROLL CALL: Senate Economist Warns Debt Limit Fight Could Raise Interest Rates.

The White House push for a debt limit hike got some ammunition Friday from the chief economist for the Senate Budget Committee, who warned failure to increase the limit soon could cause interest rates to rise on newly issued federal debt.

In a budget bulletin, economist William Beach, who formerly worked at the Heritage Foundation, warns the nation risks higher borrowing costs if it even gets close to exhausting the extraordinary measures used to avoid hitting the debt limit, now pegged by Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew as occurring on or about Nov. 5, about a month earlier than expected.

The new date has the effect of making it a must-do item for outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, as he goes about cleaning up a “dirty barn” for his successor. Options for Boehner include passing a straight-up debt limit hike, attaching it to a must-pass deal on transportation due by the end of the month, or some other combination. Tying it to anything opposed by President Barack Obama risks a default crisis given that Obama has repeatedly warned he will not pay a ransom again after agreeing to hand Boehner north of $2 trillion in spending cuts for a debt limit hike in 2011.

Even a momentary failure to pay the nation’s debts could cause long-term increases in borrowing costs, Beach said, warning a mere technical error in 1979 caused a 60-basis-point hike in interest rates that persisted for nearly a year.

I dunno, these days it seems as if nothing can increase interest rates. But if interest rates do go up, it’ll help relieve the Senior Squeeze.

THE HILL: Democrats’ Benghazi panel talking point proven false.

Democrats claimed this week that the House’s special committee investigating the 2012 violence in Benghazi, Libya, was the longest inquiry of its kind, but fact-checkers on Friday proved them wrong.

In fact, there have been at least four special congressional committees charged with investigating various incidents that have run longer than the Benghazi panel, Politifact discovered.

The claim that the Benghazi committee had been in existence longer than any other special investigation committee was incorrectly reported by The Hill as well as The New York Times, ABC News and other media outlets.

The existence of the former committees pokes a hole in a frequent talking point for critics of the Select Committee on Benghazi, including the campaign of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of State during the 2012 attack.

Honestly, at this point that’s the least of her problems. But yeah.

BON JOVI TO ROGER WATERS: DROP DEAD! “I have no idea whether Bon Jovi is a Christian, but he evidently shares the excitement that Christians, Jews and others feel at the prospect of visiting the Holy Land. Good for him. He evidently will not be deterred by a left-wing, has-been bully. Somehow, I am not surprised.”

AMERICA, BEFORE THE FUNDAMENTAL TRANSFORMATION: When Boris Yeltsin went grocery shopping in Houston:

It was September 16, 1989 and Yeltsin, then newly elected to the new Soviet parliament and the Supreme Soviet, had just visited Johnson Space Center.

At JSC, Yeltsin visited mission control and a mock-up of a space station. According to Houston Chronicle reporter Stefanie Asin, it wasn’t all the screens, dials, and wonder at NASA that blew up his skirt, it was the unscheduled trip inside a nearby Randall’s location.

Yeltsin, then 58, “roamed the aisles of Randall’s nodding his head in amazement,” wrote Asin. He told his fellow Russians in his entourage that if their people, who often must wait in line for most goods, saw the conditions of U.S. supermarkets, “there would be a revolution.”

Of course he was right — but alas, eventually there was a revolution in both countries. As one blogger warned in 2006, “Americans Hate Their Fabulous Economy.”

It was great — literally the envy of the world — while it lasted.

Related: With a hat tip to the Gipper, Mark Steyn writes, “There’s a Bear in the Sand:” “Obama isn’t leading from behind, he’s leaving from behind: America is departing the world stage.”

BULLIES BULLY BECAUSE THEY CAN: UCC Shooting: The Culture of Helplessness.

THE LEFT EMBRACES SHUNS DIVERSITY OF THOUGHT: Breitbart Editor Ejected From Amber Rose Slut Walk By Police.

ENGLAND’S NHS, THE TERRIBLE WARNING: NHS cancer bonuses ‘are abhorrent, risky and misguided’.

Leading doctors speak out amid a growing backlash against new schemes offering doctors payments to cut referrals.

INSOMNIA THEATER (DEPT. OF ED​. EDITION) – ​ICYMI, last week I posted a video of Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) challenging Department of Education (ED) Deputy Assistant Secretary Amy McIntosh about past statements made by Catherine Lhamon, the assistant secretary for ED’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Lhamon had testified that she expected colleges and universities to comply fully with OCR’s Title IX guidance, despite the fact that federal guidance is not binding. Huh?

McIntosh quickly backtracked from Lhamon’s comments, telling Alexander that “guidance that the Department issues does not have the force of law.” Then, in another congressional hearing just a week after this exchange, a second ED official, Under Secretary Ted Mitchell, also admitted that ED’s guidance “does not hold the force of law.”

I can tell you that after working on campuses for 15 years, I can’t think of one college that actually believes that following any ED ukase is optional, and I can’t believe that ED (which has power over federal funding of universities!) really believes that either.

This week FIRE’s Joe Cohn explained just how OCR’s actions both overstep its authority, violate the Administrative Procedure Act, and intimidate institutions into complying with its “non-binding” guidance.

You can watch the back-and-forth between Alexander and McIntosh in the video below or, for the hardcore issue fans, there’s also the full video of the hearing on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ website.

YEAH, THEY DO THAT: Feminists abused my mother’s suicide, says Sylvia Plath’s poet daughter.

IT IS THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY: Scientists Invent a New Steel as Strong as Titanium.

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: Well done, feminism. Now men are afraid to help women at work.

I’D WAKE UP SCREAMING: only it’s more like one of those dreams where the horror comes closer and you can’t move.  The Coming Defeat of NATO.

I’D SAY: Vassar College Says Ban on Israeli Foods ‘A Mistake’.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: Penn State vs. The State Penn?

ARTHUR CHU WANTS TO BE YOUR BIG BROTHER: Arthur Chu’s Grand Vision of Repressive Tolerance.

WELL, THAT’S COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: Gun Control: If Journalists Were Being Murdered Instead of School Children.

October 3, 2015

I THOUGHT EVERYONE KNEW THIS: Avril Lavigne died in 2003 and was replaced by an almost-identical double.

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MOORE’S LAW HASN’T GIVEN UP YET! IBM Scientists Find New Way to Shrink Transistors.

SELL YOUR CLOAK AND BUY A SWORD: Tennessee’s Lt. Gov: ‘Fellow Christians’ should consider handgun permits. “I would encourage my fellow Christians who are serious about their faith to think about getting a handgun carry permit. . . . I have always believed that it is better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it. Our enemies are armed. We must do likewise.”

IT’S NICE TO SEE PEOPLE RESISTING HYSTERIA: Still Strong Support for Gun Rights in Oregon Town Rocked by College Shooting.

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“INADVERTENTLY” IS THE NEW “UNEXPECTEDLY!” The Immigration Act That Inadvertently Changed America: Fifty years after its passage, it’s clear that the law’s ultimate effects are at odds with its original intent. “Seven out of every eight immigrants in 1960 were from Europe; by 2010, nine out of ten were coming from other parts of the world. The 1965 Immigration Act was largely responsible for that shift. No law passed in the 20th century altered the country’s demographic character quite so thoroughly.”

In academia, we say that personnel is policy. Does that hold for nations, too?


I’LL BELIEVE IT WHEN IT ACTUALLY HAPPENS: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH): Congress will impeach IRS’ John Koskinen:

This Congress will impeach Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, Rep. Jim Jordan, a member of the House Oversight Committee, told a group of students from the Young America’s Foundation Saturday.

“It is something that has to be done,” said the Ohio Republican. “If we don’t hold some people accountable in the executive branch for the executive overreach we’ve seen in [the Obama] administration, then they’ll never get the message.”

The audience applauded his call for removing Koskinen, the IRS chief presiding over the aftermath of the tax agency’s conservative targeting scandal.

The House is going to pursue impeachment because there needs to be consequences for the egregious behavior of the IRS and “we think it’s critical to preserving fundamental freedom, fundamental rights,” said Jordan.

As Glenn asked last month in USA Today (in an article focusing on Gina McCarthy of the EPA, the head of yet another out-of-control punitive federal bureaucracy), “Is impeachment the answer to lack of accountability in the executive branch? If it isn’t, what is?”

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Political stances have consequences: “Natural gas is so abundant and cheap in much of the U.S. that producers want to export it overseas. Except in New England, where gas is so hard to get that companies are importing it from as far away as Yemen.” In this particular case, the stance was we do not want any of those dirty, dirty fossil fuel pipelines in our backyards; and the consequences are soaring natural gas prices (2/3rds higher than the rest of the country) according to the WSJ, with the price probably continuing to skyrocket because of increased demand from consumers and what may be a really, really cold winter*. There’s also apparently the consequence that New England air pollution levels have been rising in the last year due to the need to burn stuff that’s less efficient than natural gas, but that’s a whole different issue**.

…Well. Loathe as I am to see a bunch of Americans pay through the nose for electric – and more importantly, heat – many, many people are going to not-really-nicely note that New Englanders have largely brought this fate down upon themselves by voting in Democrats.  And it’s true! New Englanders did, and they have.

But who could have seen this coming? Actually lots of people – including Nick Schulz, my editor back in the day at Tech Central Station, who warned:

For example, energy market analysts predict this winter will see steep rises in home heating bills as the demand for natural gas grows and supply remains tight. And yet, for years politicians have known of the need to bolster supply and yet obstructed efforts to help do so.

Consider the Bay State, where politicians are considering energy price controls. Massachusetts Sens. Kerry and Kennedy have opposed siting LNG terminals in their region. They also recently voted against an energy bill that would help get more natural gas to market. The Bay State political class has been blocking the surest way to decrease energy costs for their constituents by opposing measures to ease supply. And now it wants price controls? This makes no sense.

In the past 30 years, most people have learned critical lessons. The knee-jerk reaction of capping prices is seen as deeply imprudent by nearly every serious economist and by most political leaders. The basics of free-market dynamics are now pretty well engrained in the culture… but there are holdouts in bell bottoms.

Nick wrote that a decade ago – but then, time always stands still on the “Progressive” left.

SO GOD MADE A FARMER — AND HIS WIFE: To The Woman Riding In My Husband’s Combine:

I know when you set foot on the farm you’ll be nervous about the farmers taking you seriously.  I know you’ll struggle with being able to connect on a personal level, while not getting too personal.  You aren’t as free to joke and laugh with customers as the male competition is.

I know when you climb into the cab with my husband you are going to be nervous about getting your sales pitch right – about showing that you understand the farm and the industry.

I also know that you probably understand it better than the men in your role. I know you already had to prove yourself beyond them, to the men that you work for.

I know you are working your tail off, in an industry you love, that generally views you as less competent.  I know you face challenges every single day and I want you to know – as a fellow woman I will not be another challenge for you.

I want to say thank you.   Thank you for being audacious enough to get into the cab of a combine!

Read the whole thing.

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COPYRIGHT IDIOCY: Pokémon copyright lawyers demand $4,000 from party planner.


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INDEED: Why Conservatives Mistrust Even Modest Efforts at Gun Control: Liberals tend to blame the gun lobby for blocking new regulations, but they dismiss firearm owners’ fear of government at their own political peril.

While Obama has repeatedly called for new gun controls, those attempts have hit a wall in Congress. Furthermore, of the gun laws enacted at the state level since the Newtown massacre, more have actually loosened restrictions than tightened them. Firearm production and sales have also increased since Obama took office.

The common liberal explanation for why this has happened is the entrenched power of the gun lobby—the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers. This isn’t wrong. The NRA’s power is considerable and it is carefully and effectively wielded. But focusing exclusively on the lobbying angle overlooks the very real fear and distrust with which many gun owners regard the government that drives much of the opposition to gun laws. Many of them simply don’t believe that enhanced background checks—or whatever other modest changes are proposed—are what they appear to be.

Well, that’s because gun control has always been sold on lies, and enforced based on broken promises. People do catch on after a while.

THIS IS SOMETHING LESS THAN A SURPRISE: Clinton Runs on Obamacare Benefits, Not Costs.

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USA TODAY: Calculated killing of Christians in Roseburg?

WHY OBAMA WANTS US TALKING ABOUT GUNS, CONT’D: CIA pulls staff from Beijing following a cyber attack on government employees.

Related: OPM Says Way More Fingerprint Data Stolen than Reported.

WHY OBAMA WANTS US TALKING ABOUT GUNS, CONT’D: Record 94,610,000 Americans Not In Labor Force; Participation Rate Lowest In 38 Years.

HOW’S THAT “SMART DIPLOMACY” STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Top Obama Cyber Security Adviser Quietly Leaves Post at White House.

One of President Obama’s top cyber security advisers has left the White House after two years, a move that the administration has barely acknowledged.

The Federal Times reported that Ari Schwartz, who served as the National Security Council’s senior director for cybersecurity, left his post Wednesday after working in the Obama administration for a two-year term.

The White House has been quiet about his exit, but an Obama official said that Schwartz had planned on leaving after two years. The administration also confirmed Schwartz’s exit to The Hill.

Schwartz first served as Obama’s director for cybersecurity privacy, civil liberties, and policy when he joined the administration in 2013. In March of the following year, he ascended to his latest role.

The move comes as the United States endures increased cyber security risks, especially from attacks originating in China and Russia.

Chinese sources were responsible for the large cyber attack on the Office of Personnel Management computer systems that compromised personal data of about 22 million Americans. Russia recently launched a sophisticated cyber attack on the Pentagon’s unclassified email system used by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Sources in both countries have also waged cyber attacks on commercial targets.

While the Obama administration has hinted at sanctioning entities for the cyber attacks, no sanctions have been announced.

But wait, there’s more: Over the last 10 days, Obama’s top advisers on cyber-security, ISIS, and Russia have all resigned. Luckily for them, there are so many failures that that no single debacle really stands out.

MEDIA NARRATIVE: HALF-BLACK OREGON KILLER IS A “WHITE SUPREMACIST:” “One slight problem. Mercer identified as multi-racial. His mother was black. He doesn’t seem to have even known his father. He identified with black TV killer Vester Lee Flanagan. This doesn’t seem to have stopped the media with George Zimmerman who was labeled a white Hispanic, so maybe Chris Harper Mercer was a white Black? Was he a Half-White Supremacist?”

EUGENE VOLOKH: Guns And Alcohol.

After various highly publicized shootings, those of us who are skeptical about gun controls are often asked: So what are we suggesting should be done about the shootings? If we’re not suggesting gun controls (as opposed to proposals such as letting teachers or professors be armed, increasing concealed carry rights outside schools, providing school guards or trying to figure out, maintain and extend the remarkable fall in violent crime since the early 1990s) — the argument goes, we’re not taking gun tragedies seriously.

Now I generally don’t support the “don’t just stand there, do something” school of criminal law. When all the proposals seem likely not to work, or do more harm than good, implementing one of them for the sake of “doing something” strikes me as a mistake.

But let me offer a concrete analogy (recognizing that, as with all analogies, it’s analogous and not identical).

Every day, about 30 people are killed in the U.S. in gun homicides or gun accidents (not counting gun suicides or self-inflicted accidental shootings). And every day, likely about 30 people are killed in homicides where the killer was under the influence of alcohol, plus alcohol-related drunk driving accidents and alcohol-related accidents where the driver wasn’t drunk but the alcohol was likely a factor (again not including those who died in accidents caused by their own alcohol consumption). If you added in gun suicides on one side and those people whose alcohol consumption killed themselves on the other, the deaths would tilt much more on the side of alcohol use, but I generally like to segregate deaths of the user from deaths of others.

So what are we going to do about it? When are we going to ban alcohol? When are we going to institute more common-sense alcohol-control measures?

Well, we tried, and the conventional wisdom is that the cure was worse than the disease — which is why we went back to a system where alcohol is pretty freely available, despite the harm it causes (of which the deaths are only part). We now prohibit various kinds of reckless behavior while using alcohol. But we try to minimize the burden on responsible alcohol users by generally allowing alcohol purchase and possession, subject to fairly light regulations.

Read the whole thing.

CHECKMATE: THE ECONOMIC CHESS MASTERS PLAY A LOSING GAME: “Barack Obama & Co. represent the very freshest and most imaginative thinking of the 1930s,” Kevin D. Williamson writes. “Stimulus, public works, monkeying with the minimum wage, political favoritism for union constituencies, the ancient superstition that simply putting money in somebody’s pocket makes the nation richer through the miraculous power of the economic multiplier, etc.”

Hey, Time magazine promised voters that Obama would be the reincarnation of FDR in November of 2008 — curiously  though, they meant their comparison to be a compliment.

ACTUALLY, LET’S POLITICIZE MASS SHOOTINGS: “If you want to guarantee that Hillary Clinton loses, liberals, press her to call for stricter gun laws and hint that you want to take their Glocks from them. That’s about the only way you’re going to blow 2016.”

TO ASK THE QUESTION IS TO ANSWER IT: Why Do The Media Keep Helping Nancy Pelosi Avoid Abortion Questions?

CHANGE: Moore’s Law For CPU Speed Increases Coming To End. “The rate of computer processor power growth has slowed from doubling once every two years to once every 2.5 to 3 yeas. The doublings might stop entirely by about 2025.”

THE ETERNAL MIDDLE EAST: Why Outside Powers Can’t End the Destruction in Syria.

IT’S NOT SO MUCH LIKE SOLVING A PUZZLE: More like watching a train wreck, or one of those nightmares where you want to scream, but no sound comes out. Neo-neo con on Richard Fernandez and the puzzle of Barack Obama.


SPEAKING OF BAD TASTE: Why is everybody trying to dress little girls like skanks for Halloween? I guess they’ll be ready for those all important slut walks of pseudo adulthood, or something.

WHATEVER YOU THINK OF THE EMBARGO, THIS LEAVES A BAD TASTE: President Obama’s threatened UN vote against America.

A FRIEND OF MINE SELF-IDENTIFIES AS AN M1 ABRAMS TANK: We’re almost sure he’s joking.  This woman wasn’t.  And found people to indulge her insanity. Woman Fulfills Lifelong Wish To Be Blind, Now Happier Than Ever.

THEY CAME FOR THE MAD SCIENTISTS: I said nothing, because I wasn’t a mad scientist.

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SOMETHING TO LOOK AT: And remember that once upon a time we could do big things.  Thousands of Photos by Apollo Astronauts now on Flickr.

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PREDICTABLE RUSSIA IS PREDICTABLE: As Ted Cruz Predicted: PUTIN EYES ESTONIA – Signals Concern of Russian Minority.

THIS IS FUNNY: It’s dark humor, because I think this is how leftist think the world works, but it’s still funny.  Gun Free Zones.  (Video.)

October 2, 2015

WHY OBAMA WANTS US TALKING ABOUT GUNS, CONT’D: International monitors say they have spotted a deadly new Russian rocket system in Ukraine.

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WHY OBAMA WANTS US TALKING ABOUT GUNS: Iran reportedly sending ground troops to Syria. Welcome to the post-American world.

HEY, THAT’S FUNNY, OBAMA WAS JUST HOLDING AUSTRALIA UP AS AN EXAMPLE: Australian police say Sydney shooting ‘linked to terrorism’.

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Everyone you know will be able to rate you on the terrifying ‘Yelp for people’ — whether you want them to or not. “As two empathetic, female entrepreneurs in the tech space, we want to spread love and positivity.” Yeah, this’ll do that.

CONDO BOARD SOON TO DISCOVER WHAT THE TERM “STREISAND EFFECT” MEANS: Homeowner fined after condo board bans American flags.

WELL, TO BE FAIR, MODERN JOURNALISM IS BASICALLY JUNIOR HIGH, BUT WITHOUT THE INTELLECTUAL RIGOR: “That headline — in the NYT — reminds me of the junior high school taunt: Nobody likes you.”

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TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE: Teen’s suicide after false rape claim.

And yet they still don’t publish the name of the false-accuser. “He was a wonderful young man with a great love of history.”


AND YOU WONDER WHY PEOPLE DON’T TRUST GOVERNMENT: Secret Service director revises account of his role in leak case. “The director of the Secret Service knew that unflattering, private information about a congressman was circulating among agency staff members before it was leaked to the news media, contrary to an earlier statement made to federal investigators, according to two government officials briefed on the investigation.” Some people face criminal charges for that sort of thing. But he was attacking a Republican, so he may be safe. But when does the statute of limitations run out? . . .

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WHY? THE GOAL IS TO WRECK YOUR LIFESTYLE, NOT THEIRS: Oil Trade Group Challenges Environmentalists: Enough Talk, Try Actually Living Without Fossil Fuels:

Since announcing the Fossil Fuel Free Challenge two weeks ago, we’ve challenged numerous environmental groups to practice what they promote. We’ve called on companies like Starbucks, Nike, Walmart and others that have pledged to do away with fossil fuels to try going just one week without.

The reaction we get is people saying they’ll ride a bike to work or that they already drive a hybrid. However, those still use considerable amounts of fossil fuels and components that only come from oil and natural gas.

As Patrick Richardson writes, “The people protesting against fossil fuels don’t really want to live in a world without them. They just want to feel righteous, a problem even some within their ranks recognize they have.”

Related: Prominent Environmentalist Finally Discovers His Religion’s Catch-22.

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MILO YIANNOPOULOS: If You Want To Stop Mass Shootings, Try Treating Boys Better.

Masculinity isn’t fragile, as a spiteful, sociopathic feminist Twitter hashtag recently claimed. But — and here’s where some man-hating feminists almost get it right — it is powerful, and exciting, and it does have a flip-side if not properly respected. At its best, male competitiveness is the driving force behind most of society’s progress. We would be nowhere without the patriarchy, from the internet and space travel to the road under your feet and the roof on your house. The same thing that drives mass shooters inspires courage, too.

That doesn’t mean masculinity is “toxic.” What’s toxic is society’s attitudes towards men. Masculinity only becomes “toxic” when it is beaten down and suppressed and when men are told that what and who they are is defective. It becomes toxic when young boys are drugged in school because they don’t conform to feminine standards of behaviour.

What’s worse is that the media ridicules, criticises, punishes and demonises masculinity, then uses the product of its own hatred to justify more man-hating, in a Kafkaesque cycle of progressive insanity that has only one, inevitable consequence: more innocent dead people.

Progressives don’t see the irony in going after “straight white men.” But they are hypocritical bigots, hounding people for gender, skin colour and sexuality and saying that essential male characteristics are wrong. Men must be allowed to compete. To fight. To shoot things. Today’s man-punishing, feminised culture is creating killers by suppressing these urges. We have to stop it.

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CRIMINOLOGIST JAMES ALAN FOX: Umpqua shooting – a tragedy, not a trend. “I certainly don’t mean to minimize the suffering of the Oregon victims and their families, but the shooting spree is not a reflection of more deadly times. Consider the facts. According to a careful analysis of data on mass shootings (using the widely accepted definition of at least four killed), the Congressional Research Service found that there are, on average, just over 20 incidents annually. More important, the increase in cases, if there was one at all, is negligible. Indeed, the only genuine increase is in hype and hysteria.”

Hillary’s got an email scandal that won’t go away. Obama has a series of Mideast debacles of near-Bibilical proportions. Naturally, they — and their loyal allies in the press — would rather we be hysterical about something else.

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