October 24, 2014

CHESTER FINN: The State Of Education Reform.

HIPSTER TECH: The Old-School Cassette Player That’s Connected to Spotify.

IN THE MAIL: From John Scalzi, Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome.

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TAXPROF: The IRS Scandal, Day 533.

GAZPROBLEMS: Europe’s Energy Supplies Are Anything But Secure. “Nuclear energy is an attractive option, but in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster many in Europe are reluctant to move forward with new plants, and indeed Germany is in the process of phasing out the zero-carbon energy source. Commercial production of domestic reserves of shale gas hasn’t yet taken off, due to a mix of geologic complexity, bureaucratic red tape, and staunch local opposition. Starry-eyed greens will point to renewables as an option for diversifying away from Russian hydrocarbons—Putin has no hold on the sun or wind, they’ll be quick to point out—but these sources can only serve as peak supplies. That is, due to the intermittency of wind and solar energy production, they can’t be relied upon to consistently provide a baseload amount of power, and until more effective storage technologies become available, renewables won’t be able to replace fossil fuels like-for-like. LNG is another oft-touted option for Europe, but with Asian buyers paying a hefty premium for the ship-carried energy source these days, Europe will have to pay out the nose for the privilege—something the continent’s struggling economies won’t be happy to do.”

IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD A HOUSE, DON’T BUY ONE:

When legislators and activists say that we need low-down-payment loans because most people couldn’t possibly save up for a 20 percent down payment, what they’re really saying is that people can’t actually afford to buy a house. Helping them to go buy one anyway is not a great idea; it will work out well for some, to be sure, but it will have tragic consequences for others, and for the housing market as a whole if there’s another downturn. We just spent six years learning, the very hard way, that you can’t borrow yourself rich. That knowledge is too expensive to throw away so easily.

Our government hasn’t learned that yet.

MICHAEL GERSON: The world is in denial about Ebola’s true threat. “The Ebola virus has multiplied in a medium of denial. There was the initial denial that a rural disease, causing isolated outbreaks that burned out quickly, could become a sustained, urban killer. There is the (understandable) denial of patients in West Africa, who convince themselves that they have flu or malaria (the symptoms are similar to Ebola) and remain in communities. And there is the form of denial now practiced by Western governments — a misguided belief that an incremental response can get ahead of an exponentially growing threat.”

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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE:

One of my first papers in college was about Gertrude Stein’s “Three Lives.” I happened not to enjoy the book, and so focused my paper on its failings. When I received the paper back, I was completely horrified to discover that I’d gotten an F. The professor’s comments filled the margins—things like “you write like a conservative,” comparisons to Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, and the (still absurd) statement that “an intellectual reads with sympathy for the protagonist.”

Um.

STEPHEN L. CARTER: Obama’s White House Can’t Take A Joke.

Well, I remember when Barack Obama “joked” about auditing his enemies, so maybe they know something about his sense of humor that we don’t.

RON FOURNIER: Obama needs to ‘fire himself.’

AFTER CANADA, A QUESTION FOR THE U.S.: Do the Capitol’s Sergeants-at-Arms Carry Guns?

ED MORRISSEY: Why a GOP Wave Election Will Surprise the Media. Just remember, it’s not enough to win: You have to win outside the margin of fraud.

ORIN KERR: Tips For First-Year Law Professors.

OOPS: DNC head stumbles on Obama question. “The head of the Democrats’ campaign arm is insisting this week that President Obama is campaigning for threatened Senate Democrats in purple districts. But Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who heads the Democratic National Committee (DNC), couldn’t come up with even one example to back her claim.”

BILL MCMORRIS: How The Supreme Court Created The Student Loan Bubble: It all starts with Griggs v. Duke Power Co.

The lie that props up our Big Education regime is that the GI Bill, which paid for World War II veterans to attend college, produced the upward mobility and economic boom of the postwar period. It’s a heartwarming story, the veteran who would have been a dust farmer but for the grace of government generosity. But it just isn’t true. Only one out of every eight returning veterans attended college. The rest, the vast majority, benefited from something even more egalitarian: aptitude testing. The format favors raw talent above all else, allowing companies to hire high-potential candidates from any background and groom them to fit the company’s needs.

These tactics came to commerce from a familiar source.The armed services were forced to process hundreds of thousands of recruits during the war, and in order to filter and assign soldiers, the government developed aptitude tests. Businesses witnessed the U.S. defeat the two most efficient peoples known to man, thought there must be something to this whole testing thing, and followed suit. The chief hiring metric in the postwar era was not whether someone had a degree, but whether he had the aptitude that would enable him to succeed. Every industry from blue-blooded high finance to immigrant-heavy manufacturing employed testing to determine who would rise through the ranks, regardless of lineage, heritage, or education. Testing enabled men who set out to be blue-collar workers to ascend based solely on their ability. . . .

Two years ago I interviewed Den Black, a former automotive engineer at GM supplier Delphi whose pension was slashed to speed up the auto bailout. His backstory interested me nearly as much as his grievance with the Obama administration. A few years before the Supreme Court issued the Griggs decision, he set out to join his brother as a line-worker at General Motors. He hadn’t been the best student, didn’t care much for school, but submitted to the hiring exam. The test revealed that he had an advanced understanding of physics and mathematics. Within a few years, he was given the opportunity to take the entrance exam to General Motors University. After two years at GMU, where he combined shiftwork with education, he emerged an engineer in management. It’s no bachelor’s degree, but judging by the patents he helped generate, it was a worthy investment.

The Griggs decision has made that organic rise through the ranks impossible, as disparate impact left businesses liable for those who failed to pass hiring tests.

“Most legitimate job selection practices, including those that predict productivity better than alternatives, will routinely trigger liability under the current rule,” Wax wrote in a 2011 paper titled “Disparate Impact Realism.”

The solution for businesses post-Griggs was obvious: outsource screening to colleges, which are allowed to weed out poor candidates based on test scores. The bachelor’s degree, previously reserved for academics, doctors, and lawyers, became the de facto credential required for any white-collar job.

Read the whole thing.

RESET: Russia Now Has More Deployed Nuclear Warheads than the U.S.

BYRON YORK: Who says Obamacare isn’t a major factor in midterms? “Some Democrats and their advocates in the press believe Obamacare, a year into implementation, is no longer much of a factor in the midterm elections. But no one has told Republican candidates, who are still pounding away at the Affordable Care Act on the stump. And no one has told voters, especially those in states with closely contested Senate races, who regularly place it among the top issues of the campaign.”

Related: Stephen Green: Wargaming The Midterms.

ROGER SIMON: Could It Possibly Get Any Worse?… It Already Did!

Today, in my birth city of New York, within hours of each other, we had a doctor come down with Ebola and another quasi-Islamo-lunatic bash a cop in the head with a hatchet, only a day after a similar event in Canada.

The most amazing part of the cop attack was, at approximately 7PM West Coast time, after millions of people had been hearing about it on cable television for hours, according to Ed Henry on Fox, an administration spokesperson didn’t even know it had happened. They’re probably waiting to make sure it’s “workplace violence.”

Meanwhile, the infected doctor, who had just returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea, had been riding the subway only hours before being diagnosed. He had also gone bowling. . . .

Okay, no more Mr. Nice Blogger. Anyone who doesn’t realize our country is being governed by incompetents somewhere between Caligula and Nero (with golf replacing the violin) hasn’t been paying the slightest attention.

It’s pathetic. Related: Well, I feel safer.

I THINK WE SHOULD BE PAYING MORE ATTENTION TO NIGERIAN KNOW-HOW: Ebola crisis: How Nigeria’s Dr Adadevoh fought the virus.

As Nigeria heaves a collective sigh of relief after being declared free of Ebola, one woman is being widely praised for helping to ensure a more devastating outbreak was avoided.

Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh raised a red flag when attending to a Liberian patient at the First Consultant Hospital in Nigeria’s main city, Lagos, in July.

Patrick Sawyer had just flown into the country, already sick – he should never have been allowed on the plane.

Nigeria had never had an Ebola case before so it was an impressive piece of diagnostic work.

Whilst caring for Mr Sawyer and protecting the nation from the virus, Dr Adadevoh and her colleagues were themselves at great risk.

“From the day the index patient arrived in Nigeria, my father and I were constantly asking my mother and making sure she was OK. We were aware of what could come,” says Bankole Cardoso, Dr Adadevoh’s only son. . . .

During those early days caring for Mr Sawyer whilst awaiting the result of the blood test, Dr Adadevo came under intense pressure to let him leave – a move that could have had catastrophic consequences.

“The Liberian ambassador started calling Dr Adadevo, putting pressure on her and the institution. He felt we were kidnapping the gentleman and said it was a denial of his fundamental rights and we could face further actions,” says Dr Ohiaeri, adding that the hospital trusted Dr Adadevo’s judgment.

It’s good that they did. As I say, maybe we should pay more attention to how they’ve done things. We seem to be a bit less serious about it.

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EBOLA IN NEW YORK CITY? Doctors Without Borders physician tested for Ebola in NYC. “The 33-year-old physician, employed at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, developed a fever, nausea, pain and fatigue Wednesday night, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter told CNN. On Thursday morning, he was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for testing. The doctor, who returned from West Africa about 10 days ago, has been identified as Craig Spencer, according to law enforcement officials.”

UPDATE: Patient at New York City hospital tests positive for Ebola, reports say. “A doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus in New York City, according to multiple reports.” As someone says in the comments, shit just got real. Let’s hope he hasn’t infected anyone else in NYC.

And the wisdom of the doctor from Morristown, Tennessee who self-quarantined after returning from treating Ebola patients in Africa is quite clear now. I don’t think anyone who’s worked with Ebola patients should be out and about in the community until after a quarantine period.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Girlfriend now quarantined. Plus: “On his Facebook page, Spencer posted a photo of himself in protective gear. The page indicates he went to Guinea around September 18 and later to Brussels in mid October. . . . nvestigators took the case seriously from the outset because it appeared the doctor didn’t quarantine himself following his return, the law enforcement official said. The doctor traveled to Brooklyn and then back to Manhattan on Wednesday night, the official said. . . . The doctor began feeling sluggish a couple of days ago, but it wasn’t until Thursday, when he developed 103-degree fever, that he contacted Doctors Without Borders, authorities said.”

It seems quite clear that the public health people aren’t taking this disease seriously enough. Plus: “Mark Levine, a city councilman who represents the doctor’s Manhattan neighborhood, said earlier Thursday that city health department workers were canvassing the area, distributing information on the disease door-to-door, according to CNN affiliate WABC. ‘The goal right now is to make sure people don’t panic,’ he said.” Yeah, that’s been the goal all along. I suggest prioritizing this goal: Making sure people don’t get or spread Ebola. Yeah, crazy idea, I know.

KEVIN WILLIAMSON: Meet The New Serfs: You. Accountability is only for the little people.

In a sane world, the New Haven authorities would have shown up at Adams’s house with a check, flowers, and an apology, and a certificate exempting him from taxes for the rest of his life. In this world, people in his situation get treated by the government like they are the ones who have screwed up. And of course they’d say they had no record of the episode — getting information about your situation from any government agency, especially from one that is persecuting you, requires an agonizing effort. Keeping people in the dark is part of how they maintain their power. For fun sometime, call the comical New York State tax department and note the intentionally garbled phone numbers on the recording about how to get in touch with a tax agent’s superior to complain or ask a question.

The strange flip-side — the second half of Samuel Francis’s “anarcho-tyranny” — is that the brunt of government abuse falls on the law-abiding. Illinois, for example, makes it difficult for an ordinary citizen to legally carry a gun for self defense — up until a couple of years ago, doing so was categorically prohibited. But Illinois police seize thousands of illegal guns from criminals each year, and the state prosecutes practically none of those weapons cases. The law-abiding — by definition law-abiding — citizens applying for concealed-carry permits get treated like criminals, and the actual criminals do not. If you follow the law and inform Illinois authorities that you have a gun in the home, you invite all sorts of intrusion and oversight. If you don’t, nobody’s really looking. Meanwhile, the streets of Chicago are full of blood, going on 1,600 shootings this year and it’s not even Halloween. Nobody is held responsible for that carnage, but if you put an eleventh round in your legally owned rifle in Oak Park, you’re looking at jail time.

A return to tar and feathers looks more appealing all the time.

TRANSPARENCY: Justice Dept. List of Withheld Fast & Furious Docs is 1,323 Pages Long.

SO IS THE IRS JUST ROTTEN ALL THE WAY THROUGH? Whistleblowers: IRS Officials Behind ‘Fraudulent’ Multi-Billion Dollar Corporate Tax Giveaways. “In a letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, IRS commissioner John A. Koskinen, and IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, Jane J. Kim, an attorney in the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel in New York, accused IRS executives of “deliberately” facilitating multi-billion dollar tax giveaways. The letter, dated October 19, will add further pressure on the agency, which is under fire for allegedly targeting conservative and Tea Party groups.”

FASTER, PLEASE: Tractor Beams Are Becoming Real.

TRYING TO SHRINK THE “MARGIN OF FRAUD:” Christie wants GOP control over ‘voting mechanisms.’ “Christie stressed the need to keep Republicans in charge of states – and overseeing state-level voting regulations – ahead of the next presidential election.”

Dems are predictably apoplectic, even though they had their own “Secretary of State Project” to do the same thing.

NOW OUT: From Dana Loesch, Hands Off My Gun: Defeating The Plot To Disarm America. You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I think this cover will sell quite a few books. (Bumped).

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL for drones.

YEAH, THAT’S A CRAPPY THING TO DO: Man sentenced for lasering plane with 118 passengers aboard.

IN LIGHT OF ALL THE BEN BRADLEE WATERGATE HOOPLA, I should note two things: First, this Watergate mythbusting by Prof. Joseph Campbell, and second, that I doubt Bradlee would have done the same to a Democratic President.

ASTRONOMY: Hundreds of Comets Seen Orbiting Distant Solar System.

READER BOOK PLUG: From Lloyd Tackitt, Giants (A Distant Eden Book 6).

HOW THE NATIONAL GUARD tracks ISIS from here.

GOOD: Testing For Ebola Vaccines To Start Soon.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Olga Roche, the disgraced former child welfare chief ousted in April amid a firestorm of criticism, quietly retired as a state employee last Friday — right after she turned 60 — scoring a potentially hefty pension bump in the process, the Herald has learned. “Roche came under fire when a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy, Jeremiah Oliver, went missing for months while under the Department of Children and Families’ watch, before he was found dead, the first of several high-profile deaths of children under state care.”

ASHE SCHOW: CNN anchor, liberals give grins and thumbs up to violence against the ‘Right’ women.

Wednesday afternoon, CNN anchor Carol Costello hyped newly released audio of Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol tearfully recounting her being physically assaulted during a fight the family was involved in last month by saying it was “quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across.” She grinned during the entire setup.

The anchor went on to say “sit back and enjoy,” before playing the audio, in which Bristol says she confronted a man who had allegedly pushed her little sister, only to have him shove her to the ground, then drag her by her feet while calling her an obscene name I cannot republish here that refers to the female anatomy.

Costello commented, still grinning, after the audio that “the long bleep” was her favorite part. She ended the segment by saying “you can thank me later.”

Costello is the same anchor who was enraged by the NFL’s apparent lack of concern for the wife of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, who was punched by the football player in an Atlantic City elevator in February.

Obviously Costello should be fired for her misogyny and approval of violence against women. Perhaps if people are angry about this, they might call their local airport authority and demand that it take off the nonstop CNN monitors. Nobody likes it, and it’s probably CNN’s main viewership these days. . .

SARAH HOYT ON ELECTION FRAUD IN COLORADO: Will You Also Tolerate This?

BOY, RON KLAIN JUST STARTED YESTERDAY AND THEY’RE ALREADY TALKING ABOUT EBOLA DEATH PANELS: Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients.

KATHY SHAIDLE: Two Fatal Jihadist Attacks In Canada In 48 Hours. “It was harder to explain to Americans that the guy who took down the terrorist, the sergeant-at-arms, is best known for wearing a funny, archaic getup during government ceremonies. It’s a fancy-pants job given to a distinguished older fellow — Kevin Vickers is 58 — as a kind of pre-retirement honor. Luckily, yesterday, Vickers had a handgun in his desk drawer…”

PAUL RAHE: The African-American Answer To George Wallace.

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NEWS FROM THE CORRUPT OLIGARCHY: The Hunter Biden Chronicles. This is just brutal.

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 532.

MAYBE SHE’S JUST NOT THAT GOOD A CANDIDATE: Democrat Martha Coakley struggles again on Massachusetts campaign trail. “One of the most famous losers in recent U.S. politics is back on the campaign trail in Massachusetts. It is not going as well as she had hoped.” When the WaPo writes that way about a Democrat, it’s not going well at all.

EBOLA MONITORING IN THE U.S.: More Citizens Under Watch Per CDC Policy.

WHO COULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING? Democrats Losing Public Trust on Health Care.

The Democrats’ historic advantage on the health issue continues to weaken, and the GOP advantage on foreign policy is growing. In 2007, 50 percent of respondents to a WSJ poll said they trusted the Democratic Party to improve the U.S. health care system, compared to 28 percent who trusted Republicans. By March of this year, those numbers had shifted to 44 percent and 36 percent, still in the Democrats’ favor. Now that gap is even smaller, according to a WSJ write-up of a new a AP Poll. . . .

It’s no wonder that, with numbers like these, many are now predicting that GOP will re-take the Senate in the November midterms. But it’s remarkable that not only foreign policy but also health care issues could help get them there, given how dominant the Democratic Party has been on the latter for so long. The botched ACA rollout took a toll, but more damaging has been the law’s perceived failure to noticeably lessen the burden of health care costs and access for the average American. The issue remains hugely important to U.S voters who think the country’s health care system remains deeply dysfunctional, and they are increasingly turning away from Democratic leadership regarding solutions. This, so far, is the legacy of Obama’s number one domestic achievement.

It’s a train wreck.

ASHE SCHOW: Why 15 Minutes Of Fame Should Have Been Enough For Wendy Davis. But it never is.

NEWS FROM THE EGALITARIAN WORKERS’ PARADISE: Hong Kong Leader: Popular Vote Would Give Poor Too Much Power.

LIFE IS FAT IN CAPITAL CITY: Wealth of Congress Jumps $150 Million.

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NAT HENTOFF ON OBAMA: “The most dictatorial president we have ever had.”

HMM: Insurers Writing “Ebola Exceptions” Into New Policies. Doesn’t sound like they think the problem is behind us.

TINA BROWN’S ATTITUDE HAS CHANGED: Former Newsweek Editor Gives 4 Solid Reasons Why Women No Longer Feel Safe Under President Obama.

I WONDER IF THOSE REUSABLE BAGS COULD SPREAD EBOLA? California Outlaws Plastic Bags And Ignores The Scientific Evidence.

ELIANA JOHNSON: Rand Paul’s Non-Isolationism.

NICE POLLS, KID. DON’T GET COCKY. Things are looking better and better for Republicans in Colorado.

The survey of 500 likely Colorado voters shows that 46 percent prefer Gardner, while only 39 percent say they’re going to go for Udall.

“The findings in the state, which President Obama carried in 2008 and 2012, signal an electorate that seems to be tipping toward the GOP. The poll … comes as voting centers opened this week in Colorado and thousands of the state’s distinctive mail-in ballots have been cast,” USA Today reported.

The poll also had good news for GOP members of the Centennial State’s House delegation, especially vulnerable Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo. “Those surveyed now support the Republican candidate for Congress in their district over the Democrat by 51%-39%, doubling the GOP’s advantage in September on the so-called generic congressional ballot and well outside the poll’s margin of error,” the report added.

The survey reveals that many voters in the Centennial State have turned on Udall for supposedly running an ugly and negative campaign.

“Supposedly?” But remember, you have to beat the margin of fraud.

INFECTED BY POLITICS: The public-health profession is more committed to “social justice” than to sound science.

I SUPPOSE AN EMAIL TELLING BLUENOSES TO FUCK OFF IS OUT OF THE QUESTION: University tells students to dress ‘respectfully’ for Halloween festivities.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Whistleblowers say USAID’s IG removed critical details from public reports. “The auditors said the office has increasingly become a defender of the agency under acting inspector general Michael G. Carroll. Some auditors said Carroll did not want to create controversy as he awaited Senate confirmation to become the permanent inspector general.”

THE HILL: CDC shifts into overdrive on Ebola.

Health officials at the center of nation’s Ebola crisis are moving into overdrive to tame widespread public fears about the disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced three new protocols in the three days as it looks to assert control over the deadly virus that infected two Americans this month.

“The bottom line here is that we have to keep up our guard against Ebola,” Frieden told reporters Wednesday as he announced a three-week mandatory monitoring period for anyone traveling into the United States from West Africa.

The new protocols come after a week of brutal headlines for the CDC, which has been accused of falling down on the job once the first Ebola case was diagnosed in Dallas. The barrage of criticism prompted President Obama to cancel two days of campaign travel and appoint a special Ebola coordinator to direct the federal response.

CDC Director Tom Frieden said last week that the agency’s initial response in Dallas was not strong enough. He said the agency should have kept a closer eye on the nurses who treated that patient instead of letting them self-monitor for symptoms, which allowed them to travel publicly.

He also said the two nurses who became infected in Dallas may have been exposed to the virus because CDC’s protocols for hospital gear initially exposed some skin.

But even as the agency is conceding mistakes, the public storm over the agency’s response appears to be ebbing.

Well, maybe.

ROGER KIMBALL: Dem Panic According to the NY Times.

Remember, you don’t just have to beat them. You have to beat them beyond the margin of fraud.

WHAT WOMEN WANT:

Democrats are running against monsters. They are running to protect American women from the hostile, patriarchal, domineering men of the Republican Party. (Chivalry is not dead!) In the Democrats’ ghoulish caricature, Republicans are not just wrong on the issues that women care about, but are barely above criminals. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, used rhetoric only slightly more florid than the Democratic norm when she said of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, “What Republican Tea Party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back.”

Republicans who think they can avoid women’s issues, or blunt their power by talk of entrepreneurship or free markets, are rewarding the Democrats’ tactics. Silence gives consent. Moreover, they are conveying their fear that the Democrats’ interpretation of women’s wants is correct. They may even believe it more sincerely than Democrats themselves.

They should try looking at the polls.

October 22, 2014

OTTAWA SHOOTER: Son of a jihadist and a Social Justice Warrior:

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the slain 32-year-old suspected killer of a Canadian Forces soldier near Parliament Hill, was a labourer and small-time criminal – a man who had had a religious awakening and seemed to have become mentally unstable.

Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau was born in 1982 and was the son of Bulgasem Zehaf, a Quebec businessman who appears to have fought in 2011 in Libya, and Susan Bibeau, the deputy chairperson of a division of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board. The two were divorced in 1999.

That’s a toxic blend.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, UNPOPULAR RELIGIOUS MINORITIES WOULD BE CRUSHED. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Couer d’Alene City Attorney confirms: conservative Christian ministers’ wedding chapel business must provide same-sex marriage ceremonies. “The government can’t require the employees or owners of a for-profit newspaper or motivational speaker service to say the Pledge of Allegiance as a condition of staying in business, just as it can’t require noncommercially minded schoolchildren to say the Pledge. The government can’t require such for-profit businesses to display ‘Live Free or Die’ on their company cars. It can’t require for-profit newspapers to publish things they don’t want to publish. Likewise, it can’t require for-profit officiants of verbal ceremonies (especially religious ceremonies, but secular ones as well) to say things they choose not to say.”

ROGER SIMON: The Great ‘Workplace Violence’ Epidemic.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Homegrown Radicals Like Ottawa Gunman ‘New Face of Terror.’ They should be mocked and shamed like the pathetic, gullible losers that they are.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Coach Megan Mahoney Charged With 30 Counts of Statutory Rape. And didn’t even have to post bail. I doubt a male coach would have received such a courtesy.

THIS TIME, THEY RELEASED THE HOUNDS: Another Man Jumps White House Fence. “Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Md., was arrested tackled and apprehended by security officers about 20 yards past the fence after he entered the lawn at 7:16 p.m., a Secret Service official said. Adesanya was unarmed, and he was taken to a hospital for treatment. Charges are pending. . . . On Sept. 19, Omar Gonzalez, 42, allegedly breached the secure grounds of the White House in an incident that drew criticism to security procedures that led to the resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.”

CHANGE: U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors. “The move announced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) marked the latest precautions put in place by the U.S. government to stop the spread of the virus, but stopped short of a ban on travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as demanded by some lawmakers. The CDC said that, beginning on Monday, travelers from those countries will be directed to check in with health officials every day and report their temperatures and any Ebola symptoms for 21 days, the period of incubation for the virus.”

ANNALS OF CRONY CAPITALISM: Unplugged: Michigan Governor Signs GM-Supported “Anti-Tesla” Bill Into Law.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Fall Slow-Cooker Recipes.

Also, here’s my recipe for Lamb & Guinness Stew. And here’s the old reliable Insta-Chicken recipe. And a lot of people liked the slow cooker salsa chicken recipe I posted a while back.

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IN LIGHT OF POPEHAT CLARK’S THOUGHTS ON GAMERGATE, and of this piece, perhaps men’s groups on college campuses should take a lesson: Target donors to colleges. Contact them, tell them that the university is unfairly stigmatizing all men as rapists, encourage them not to donate until that changes. It’s easy to find out who the big donors are — the schools tell you as they brag — and they’re easy enough to get in touch with. They don’t hear from many students, so your message won’t be lost in the shuffle.

You could add some street-theater when prospective freshmen tour the campus by putting up posters and passing out leaflets telling them that the campus is a “rights-free zone” for men or some such, too. And maybe demand that the admissions people warn admitted men that they won’t have due process, and then making a big stink when they won’t.

AS LONG AS THE DOOR STAYS CLOSED, WE WON’T KNOW IF HIS PRESIDENCY IS DEAD OR ALIVE: Aide invokes ‘Heisenberg principle’ on Obama meetings. Plus, this amusing observation in the story: “When it comes to pop culture, Heisenberg is an alias used by Walter White, the teacher-turned-meth-dealer on the television series Breaking Bad.” Trying to tell us something?

MONSTER SOLAR FLARE: First of many? “AR 2192 has been pointing away from Earth, so its outbursts to date have not affected the planet much. But that could change soon; the sunspot is now rotating around toward Earth.”

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AT POPEHAT: GamerGate as Kulturkampf. “The entryism is of the usual type: people with blue/pink ideals join red / gray groups and try to achieve social status with in those groups, then use that social status to push for the admission of – and promotion of – more blue/pink members. Once the blue/pink members achieve a majority they then change the rules of admission to create a lock on their new conquest (in the case of academia, for example, even blue researchers in the Netherlands of all places, were shocked by how blatant the process was).”

ASHE SCHOW: Two White House statistics on campus sexual assault that can’t both be true. Maybe both can’t be true, but I’m putting my money on “neither.”

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IT’S LIKE WE WERE SOLD A FALSE NARRATIVE BY A MEDIA EAGER TO ENABLE DEMOCRATS’ ELECTION-YEAR RACE-BAITING OR SOMETHING: WaPo: Evidence supports officer’s account of shooting in Ferguson. “Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post. Some of the physical evidence — including blood spatter analysis, shell casings and ballistics tests — also supports Wilson’s account of the shooting, The Post’s sources said, which cast Brown as an aggressor who threatened the officer’s life.”

Plus: “Seven or eight African American eyewitnesses have provided testimony consistent with Wilson’s account, but none of them have spoken publicly out of fear for their safety, The Washington Post’s sources said.” Sad when racial terror makes witnesses unwilling to come forward to serve justice.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, STORE SHELVES WOULD BE FLOODED WITH DANGEROUS, UNAPPROVED DRUGS. And they were right!

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How To Raise A Pig That Tastes Like Whiskey. “Whiskey-flavored bacon? Look, it was only a matter of time before someone tried this.”

Result, unsurprisingly: “It was hands down the best-tasting pig I’ve ever eaten.”

THOUGHTS ON HOW TO BE CREATIVE, from Isaac Asimov.

ESCAPE FROM FREEDOM: More Hispanics turning to Islam, majority women.

“When people see you with the hijab, they respect you first. Second, it’s the emotion you feel because you are different. You believe in something. It’s amazing.” Londono said.

“It defines their world on a clear grid of what’s permitted or ‘halal,’ and what’s prohibited which is ‘haram’. So they know exactly where they stand. So the Qur’an becomes this guidebook that tells you exactly what to wear, what to eat, how to wash, how to behave, when to pray.”

Like Karl Rove keeps telling us, these Latin immigrants are “natural social conservatives” all right. . . .

CHICKS DIG BAD BOYS: Why the Teenage Girls of Europe Are Joining ISIS.

JAMES O’KEEFE STRIKES AGAIN: The guerrilla filmmaker has exposed how voter fraud is both easy and condoned in Colorado.

When he raised the issue of filling out some of the unused ballots that are mailed to every household in the state this month, he was told by Meredith Hicks, the director of Work for Progress, a liberal group funded by Democratic Super PACS.: “That is not even like lying or something, if someone throws out a ballot, like if you want to fill it out you should do it.” She then brazenly offered O’Keefe, disguised as a middle-aged college instructor, a job with her group.

The video of O’Keefe’s encounters with other operatives is equally disturbing. He has a conversation with Greenpeace employee Christina Topping, and suggests he might have access to unused ballots from people who have recently moved out of college fraternity houses. “I mean it is putting the votes to good use,” she responds. “So really, truly, like yeah, that is awesome.”

Colorado secretary of state Scott Gessler, along with several county election clerks, have raised warning flags that a new state law that automatically mails a ballot to everyone is an engraved invitation to commit fraud. “Sending ballots to people who did not even ask for them or have moved out of state is asking for trouble” he told me. For example, little can stop someone who collects discarded ballots from trash cans, fills out the ballots, and mails them in. Election workers are supposed to compare signatures on registration records with signed ballots. But if a person has a “witness” who signs the ballot on the witness line, then the signatures do not have to match and the vote is counted.

Secretary of State Gessler had futile arguments with Democratic state legislators last year who insisted on ramming a bill through that mandated Colorado become the only state in the nation with both all-mail balloting and same-day registration.

The only reason for these changes is to enable fraud.

FROM THE CBC: Ottawa Parliament Hill Shootings; Live Updates.

UPDATE: Looks like Islamic terrorism: “Canada’s government is tracking today’s violence as a terrorist incident, and will reportedly continue treating it as such until evidence suggesting that it is not terrorism comes to light. That is in sharp contrast to how the Obama administration handles suspected terrorist attacks in the US. The FBI and other government agencies in the US default to something other than terrorism first, and still considers Nidal Hasan’s 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hoot, Texas an incident of ‘workplace violence.’”

But stay tuned. Early reports are often unreliable.

WHO COULD HAVE IMAGINED THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS WAS POSSIBLE? The incredible cost savings that are possible when patients can actually shop around.

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 531.