October 27, 2014

FEELING THE HOPE AND CHANGE: 2014 on Pace for Record Number of Americans to Renounce Their U.S. Citizenship.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): When female teachers prey on male students, it’s no teenage fantasy.

But notice by the time Post columnist Petula Dvorak is done, the real victims are women.

YEAH, BUT THEY’RE NOT JOURNALISTS NOW, THEY’RE DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES: Bob Woodward: Today’s Journalists Should Investigate The IRS Scandal Like Watergate.

October 26, 2014


Once upon a time, feminist writers at Salon and Washington City Paper were pushing a study that found women weren’t being given date-rape drugs in large quantities, and requesting the myth be put to rest.

But that was so 2009.

Now, when scholar Caroline Kitchens of the conservative American Enterprise Institute posts a video citing exactly the same study, she’s excoriated as a rape apologist — even by writers at Salon.

Single women must be motivated to vote for Democrats in November, so it’s not permissible to undercut the victimization storyline now.

SOCIALISM ALWAYS ENDS THE SAME WAY: Venezuela seizes warehouses packed with medical goods, food. It always starts with hope, change and social justice, and it ends with assaults on the “hoarders and wreckers.”

MY USA TODAY COLUMN FOR TOMORROW: How We Won In Vietnam, And How We’re Losing At Home.

“A VERY GRACEFUL MOMENT” on Justice Alito’s part.

ALSO TO READERS: Gawker Is Toxic To Brands Who Partner With Them.

POLITICO: Team of Bumblers? Are Susan Rice and Chuck Hagel equal to today’s new national-security challenges? No, they’re not. Next question?

IT’S COME TO THIS: Watch New York voters laugh at a female Democrat for invoking the ‘War on Women.’

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Former NC Teacher In Sex Offense Case Has Tattoo Of Victim’s Name.

A former Durham teacher charged with having sex with a high school student had a tattoo of the student’s name and initials, according to a search warrant obtained by CBS Affiliate WRAL-TV Friday.

37-year-old Michelle Smith White was charged in July with taking indecent liberties with a student and engaging in a sex offense with a student.

According to the documents, White formed a friendship with the female student in 2012, when the girl was 15, and it later evolved into a sexual relationship.

Remember, one reason male teachers are so scarce is that people fear they might be sexual predators.

KYLE SMITH: Ex-CBS reporter’s book reveals how liberal media protects Obama.

Now that she’s no longer on the CBS payroll, this pit bull is off the leash and tearing flesh off the behinds of senior media and government officials. In her new memoir/exposé “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington” (Harper), Attkisson unloads on her colleagues in big-time TV news for their cowardice and cheerleading for the Obama administration while unmasking the corruption, misdirection and outright lying of today’s Washington political machine. . . .

Reporters on the ground aren’t necessarily ideological, Attkisson says, but the major network news decisions get made by a handful of New York execs who read the same papers and think the same thoughts.

Often they dream up stories beforehand and turn the reporters into “casting agents,” told “we need to find someone who will say . . .” that a given policy is good or bad. “We’re asked to create a reality that fits their New York image of what they believe,” she writes.

Reporting on the many green-energy firms such as Solyndra that went belly-up after burning through hundreds of millions in Washington handouts, Attkisson ran into increasing difficulty getting her stories on the air. A colleague told her about the following exchange: “[The stories] are pretty significant,” said a news exec. “Maybe we should be airing some of them on the ‘Evening News?’ ” Replied the program’s chief Pat Shevlin, “What’s the matter, don’t you support green energy?”

Says Attkisson: That’s like saying you’re anti-medicine if you point out pharmaceutical company fraud. . . .

“Many in the media,” she writes, “are wrestling with their own souls: They know that ObamaCare is in serious trouble, but they’re conflicted about reporting that. Some worry that the news coverage will hurt a cause that they personally believe in. They’re all too eager to dismiss damaging documentary evidence while embracing, sometimes unquestioningly, the Obama administration’s ever-evolving and unproven explanations.”

One of her bosses had a rule that conservative analysts must always be labeled conservatives, but liberal analysts were simply “analysts.” “And if a conservative analyst’s opinion really rubbed the supervisor the wrong way,” says Attkisson, “she might rewrite the script to label him a ‘right-wing’ analyst.”

In mid-October 2012, with the presidential election coming up, Attkisson says CBS suddenly lost interest in airing her reporting on the Benghazi attacks. “The light switch turns off,” she writes. “Most of my Benghazi stories from that point on would be reported not on television, but on the Web.”

Two expressions that became especially popular with CBS News brass, she says, were “incremental” and “piling on.” These are code for “excuses for stories they really don’t want, even as we observe that developments on stories they like are aired in the tiniest of increments.”

Many outside the media have observed this, but it’s nice to hear it reported from the inside.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Boston Globe endorses Republican Charlie Baker over Democrat Martha Coakley.

CHARLES MURRAY: ‘The Bell Curve’ 20 years later: A Q&A.

AGING AS a state of mind.

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CATO: GOVERNMENT GOLD-PLATING. “In addition to supporting members of Congress and civil servants, U.S. taxpayers support welfare recipients. And they support them lavishly, too. Hawaii, Massachusetts, and D.C. residents receive sizeable welfare payments (read: salaries). Indeed, the magnitude of these payments exceeds the average salary of an American teacher, as well as a soldier deployed in Afghanistan, by at least $10,000 per year.”


HMM: New U.S. operation flies thousands of U.S. soldiers and civilians to Liberia to fight the Ebola outbreak but the difficult mission may be too little too late.

Meanwhile, reader T.J. Linzy writes:

Remember all those gleeful reports of the military missing its recruiting targets, because no one wanted to go to Iraq or Afghanistan?

I have a terrible feeling the Ebola deployments really are going to cause a drop in recruitment.

As a volunteer veteran, the people I know were / are glad to go fight for the nation, but to be sent to fight an infectious disease when my government won’t even take the basic steps to stop the disease from entering the country? And being supported by an obviously distracted agency like the CDC?

Watch for an “unexpected” drop in military recruitment.

Hmm. Well, on the upside, the civilian economy isn’t hiring, so we’ve got that going for us.

KATHY SHAIDLE: Why you should read Mark Steyn’s new book.

“Every time someone buys a copy of The (Un)documented Mark Steyn, Michael Mann gets a (metaphorical) poke in the eye.”

THE DOJ’S VAUGHN INDEX provides a detailed road map to the Fast & Furious coverup.


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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ASU discourages face painting over racism concerns.


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16 THINGS Every Driver Should Carry in the Trunk.

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 535.

THE ERASED BORDERS of the Middle East.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon gave a wide-ranging and provocative interview to NPR earlier this week. Of particular interest was his recognition that the national borders that were created after World War I are dissolving. . . .

Ya’alon is right. As our own Adam Garfinkle concluded in June about Iraq: “The Iraqi state in its historic territorial configuration is gone—solid gone, and it ain’t coming back.” The region’s other “artificial nation-states” aren’t going to return to the status quo ante bellum either. Whatever comes out of the current war, it won’t look like the old landscape, and we shouldn’t imagine that there are natural nations waiting to be created out of the ethno-tribal-religious anarchy that the Middle East is witnessing.

It’s an area that has never really been stable or peaceful for long, and then only under a peace imposed by an outside party.

NO GADGETS ALLOWED: NYU Technology Prof Bans Student Use of Technology in His Classroom.


A prominent Democratic pollster is warning that the election looks to be “a disaster” for Democrats because younger, so-called millennial voters, are abandoning President Obama’s party.

“Millennials could have the definitive impact on the election, and that impact could be from them not showing up,” warned Celinda Lake.

“They look to have the lowest turnout rates right now which would be a disaster for progressive candidates,” she added in an online interview for Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Lake, one of the Washington’s top pollsters, said that younger voters are frustrated with the Democrats and feel abandoned by politics.

The solution, obviously, is to quash any voices that might encourage that.

UPDATE: Austin Bay emails:

Over the last two years I have met dozens (scores?) of 20 somethings who are disgusted with their economic prospects. In the last year I noticed many of these young people were beginning to connect their disappointment to Obama. Who knows — are they finally connecting them to statist/socialist (crony( economic policies as pursued by the Democratic Party?

Conservatives need to start discussing America’s “economic generation gap” — and put the blame where it belongs: on statist and crony politics, to include an insanely complex tax code that begs for seeking favors.


THE HILL: Squadrons form for voter ID fight. “The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has state directors stationed across the country for its Voter Expansion Project. They help train poll workers, and work with local election officials to clarify how laws will be implemented.”

I wonder how many of those voters will be non-citizens? Answer: As many as they can manage.

CHANGE: Scandal-Plagued Ex-White House counsel withdraws from AG race.

Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler is withdrawing her name from consideration to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder after President Obama approached her about the job.

“We can confirm the president asked Kathy to consider this, and she was among those the president had been looking at,” a White House official said Friday.

“Kathy took this step this week on her own volition, as she always has done, putting the president and administration first.”

Ruemmler, who for years played a central advisory and policy role at the White House, was thought to be Obama’s favorite for the job.

But her nomination could have sparked a tough confirmation battle, especially after a recent Washington Post story raised questions about how thoroughly she investigated allegations a White House volunteer may have solicited a prostitute ahead of a presidential trip to Colombia.

The White House has defended her investigation as thorough and the volunteer maintains his innocence, but the issue would likely draw attention in a potential confirmation hearing.

We will undoubtedly get an AG nominee inclined to protect insiders and donors at the expense of working stiffs, but it’s better to get one who’s not quite so obviously about that.

THE CHILD I didn’t adopt.

October 25, 2014

CHANGE: Ebola Quarantines Seen As Barrier To Volunteers.

Yeah, well, this is kind of a barrier, too: Bellevue staffers call in ‘sick’ after Ebola arrives.

An extraordinary number of Bellevue Hospital staffers called in sick on Friday rather than treat the city’s first Ebola patient — and those who showed up were terrified to enter his isolation chamber, sources told The Post.

“The nurses on the floor are miserable with a ‘why me?’ attitude, scared to death and overworked because all their co-workers called out sick,” one source said.

“One nurse even went as far as to pretend she was having a stroke to get out of working there, but once they cleared her in the ER they sent her back up,” the source added.

Dr. Craig Spencer is being treated by nurses working in teams of two, “with one serving as a buddy watching the other,” said Health and Hospitals Corporation spokeswoman Ana Marengo, who denied there was a sickout.

The Doctors Without Borders volunteer — who is in stable condition — has even been putting his medical skills to use, lecturing the staff about proper treatment.

Well, I’d take his safety advice with a grain of salt. . . .

HOLMAN JENKINS: The Ebola Anti-Hysteria Hysteria: The average American is safe, but the choices may get ugly in the coming months.

People are irrational in their assessment of risks, blah, blah. Yes, we can find here and there examples of Americans overreacting to Ebola. But more in evidence has been media’s own anti-hysteria hysteria. This week a Bloomberg Radio host rudely and repeatedly (and uncharacteristically) hushed a Wall Street analyst for suggesting we still have things to learn about how the virus is transmitted. Guess what? This is true. What’s more the virus is subject to forces of natural selection, so even our broadly reliable generalizations about transmissibility are hardly written in stone.

The media, as if citing an iron law, keep telling us that (to use the New York Times formulation) “people infected with Ebola cannot spread the disease until they begin to display symptoms, and it cannot be spread through the air.”

Sorry, each clause of that sentence is subject to caveat, and the whole thought needs to be preceded with the words “government scientists believe . . . .”

A lack of plausibility of official explanations doesn’t help matters.

You want to encourage panic? Make it sound like your top priority is fighting panic, instead of Ebola.

#WINNING: Guns OK in Nebraska Senior Photos If ‘Tasteful.’

EXTRA RESPECT FOR CANADA: Ottawa attack: MPs fashioned spears out of flags. “After they heard gunfire outside their meeting room door Wednesday, members of Parliament snapped close to 15 flagpoles to make weapons. Some positioned themselves on risers that flanked doors, ready to attack an assailant.”

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A GUN-CONTROL POLITICAL CALCULATION GONE AWRY: “The calculation when it was passed was people were going to get mad for a little while and then get over it. I don’t think people are getting over it.”

From the comments: “Sounds like ObamaCare.”

IT’S NOT ABOUT TRUTH, IT’S ABOUT DESPERATION AND TURNOUT-BOOSTING RACE-BAITING: Democrats Join The Ferguson Lynch Mob Right As The Case Against Officer Wilson Collapses.

Related: Democrat Ad Blames Thom Tillis For Trayvon Martin Shooting.

GOOD: San Francisco rebuked for ‘fundamental’ abuse of property rights.

WHAT THEY DON’T TELL YOU ABOUT EGG-FREEZING: “I am a former patient of three clinics in the Bay area, all of which were happy to sell me services as long as I could pay the bill. I had multiple fresh and frozen embryo transfers. Instead of taking home a baby, I came away with tremendous heartache. And my experience is not unique. Around the world, there are an estimated 1.5 million IVF procedures each year, and 1.2 million fail.”

Related: “Women are now using technology to try to make themselves seem as much like man as possible…”

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EUROPE’S MOMENT OF blinding strategic clarity. “What truth about Europe has now become undeniable? That Europe, with all its wealth and resources, remains strategically inert.”

WISCONSIN’S DEEP STATE VS. SCOTT WALKER: More Dirty Tactics in Wisconsin Governor’s Race.

Related: George Will: In Wisconsin, Done In By John Doe.

The early-morning paramilitary-style raids on citizens’ homes were conducted by law enforcement officers, sometimes wearing bulletproof vests and lugging battering rams, pounding on doors and issuing threats. Spouses were separated as the police seized computers, including those of children still in pajamas. Clothes drawers, including the children’s, were ransacked, cellphones were confiscated and the citizens were told that it would be a crime to tell anyone of the raids.

Some raids were precursors of, others were parts of, the nastiest episode of this unlovely political season, an episode that has occurred in an unlikely place. This attempted criminalization of politics to silence people occupying just one portion of the political spectrum has happened in Wisconsin, which often has conducted robust political arguments with Midwestern civility. . . .

Chisholm’s aim — to have a chilling effect on conservative speech — has been achieved by bombarding Walker supporters with raids and subpoenas: Instead of raising money to disseminate their political speech, conservative individuals and groups, harassed and intimidated, have gone into a defensive crouch, raising little money and spending much money on defensive litigation. Liberal groups have not been targeted for their activities that are indistinguishable from those of their conservative counterparts.

Such misbehavior takes a toll on something that already is in short supply: belief in government’s legitimacy. The federal government’s most intrusive and potentially punitive institution, the IRS, unquestionably worked for Barack Obama’s reelection by suppressing activities by conservative groups. Would he have won if the government he heads had not impeded political participation by many opposition groups? We will never know.

An illegitimate government is no better than a band of thieves with superior firepower. If that.

THEY WEREN’T EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: Police Say Three Armed Men Invaded Home and Attempted to Gang Rape 19-Year-Old — but They Didn’t Come Prepared for Grandpa.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, EXPLOITED WORKERS WOULD GET THIRD-WORLD WAGES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Bay Area tech company caught paying imported workers $1.21 per hour. But hey, the company got a $3,500 fine.

SCIENCE: Rolling, Tumbling Tiny Bots Could Target Tumors.

WAR ON WOMEN: Nikki Haley’s Democratic Opponent: “Escort whore out the door.”

CHANGE: Universities respond to Ebola with travel restrictions, quarantines. Funny, just last week advocating precautions of this sort was racist or something.

BILL MAHER: Michael Brown “Was Not A Gentle Giant,” “He Was Acting Like A Thug.”

TAXPROF: The IRS Scandal, Day 534.

THEY ALWAYS SHOW YOU WHAT THEY’RE AFRAID OF, AND WHAT THEY’RE AFRAID OF IS FREE SPEECH: Dems on FEC move to regulate Internet campaigns, blogs, Drudge.

In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report.

Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on Internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules. “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due,” she said.

Translation: Even near-total control of the legacy media isn’t enough to ensure Democrats’ dominance.

WAIT, WHAT? You Can’t Cure Ebola With Money.

I support government spending on basic research. But I really do not support the wrongheaded idea that medical research is like ordering groceries from Peapod: Just dial up what you want, and if you’re willing to pay the cost, you can have the goodies. In fact, it’s more like a lottery: if you don’t play, you can’t win, but at best, you still lose an awful lot. An Ebola vaccine is entering trials right now, and if it succeeds, that will be incredible news. But it could fail in many ways, and acting as if it’s a guarantee is grossly irresponsible.

Francis Collins is smarter than I am, and he has dedicated his life to furthering the advancement of human knowledge, one of the noblest causes there is. He’s also a Washington bureaucrat, and while he’s wearing that hat, his job is to get more money for his agency. I suspect he let his good judgment get a bit carried away in the zealous pursuit of that mission. Raising unreasonable expectations very likely to be dashed is bad for public policy, and ultimately, bad for the scientific research that Collins has done so much to promote.

That’s putting it kindly.

CHANGE: New York, New Jersey to start high-risk Ebola quarantine.

INSPECTOR GENERAL: DHS ‘mismanaged’ funds to address Ebola. “A recent inspector general’s audit of DHS purchases shows the agency hasn’t conducted a needs assessment on funds dedicated to plan, train and prepare for a potential pandemic. Therefore ‘we could not determine the basis for DHS’ decisions regarding how much or what types of pandemic supplies to purchase, store or distribute,’ he said.” In the absence of more information, I’m gonna go with graft.

PROGRESSIVE: A “little housewife or a Latino” too dumb to get voter ID. But she’s dumb enough that she thinks an out-of-state driver’s license is proof of residency. . . .

Plus, a glorious MSNBC correction: “*Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that it was not illegal to drive in Texas with a California driver’s license. In fact, it is illegal to drive in Texas on another state’s driver license 90 days after moving into the state.”

VOTER FRAUD: I guess, per @DonnaBrazile, the Washington Post must be “big ass liars.”

TRUE: Pro Due Process Does Not Equate to Pro Rape.

Mr. Miltenberg insists his decision to sue a number of universities on behalf of male students who have been suspended or expelled following sexual assault accusations is not inconsistent with any of the above. He’s already filed four lawsuits—against Vassar College, Columbia University, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Drew University—will file several more before month’s end, and is consulting on 20 or so appeals at the college disciplinary level. In each, he is suing the schools for violations of the Title IX gender-parity law of 1972, contractual claims, unfair trade practices, as well as a number of tort claims.

If you feel like you’ve been reading more about campus rape of late, that’s because you have—most recently in a New York magazine cover story in September. The trend has been gathering steam since the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights sent a letter to colleges nationwide on April 4, 2011, mandating policy changes in the way schools handle sexual assault complaints, including a lowering of the burden of proof from “clear and convincing” evidence to a “preponderance” of evidence. Not surprisingly, there has been a marked increase in women coming forward with such complaints.

That doesn’t bother Mr. Miltenberg at all. The man is not pro-rape, for God’s sake. What does bother him is the way that many schools have handled the complaints.

Every single one of the men he’s representing, Mr. Miltenberg argues, has suffered egregious due process violations in closed-door college hearings. (He also believes that his clients are innocent of the charges against them.) And that is how he has found himself in the decidedly impolitic position of not only defending those accused of rape, but also suing on their behalf.

Impolitic, perhaps, but he’s also in good company. Twenty-eight current and retired Harvard Law School professors recently sent a letter to the university asking it to abandon its new sexual misconduct policy, arguing, as Mr. Miltenberg has more generally, that the new rules violate the due process rights of the accused. “This is an issue of political correctness run amok,” Alan Dershowitz, an emeritus professor, told a Boston Globe reporter.

Yes, it is.


THIS SEEMS ABOUT RIGHT: Liberals are more likely to unfriend you over politics — online and off.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO SET MEN ON FIRE! A Florida woman set her roommate on fire after he tossed her dinner leftovers in the trash.

October 24, 2014

JONAH GOLDBERG: The Enduring Power Of A Story:

For much of the summer, large numbers of Americans insisted that the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., was one kind of story. It was a tale of institutional racism in which the police are the villains and young African-American men the innocent victims. This was the storyline many in the media wanted, and it was one they were determined to get.

Now, as a grand jury goes about prying fact from fiction, the story is falling apart as a matter of legal reality. But you can be sure the story will live on for decades to come. That’s in no small part because many decent Americans have locked themselves into the belief that the heroic chapter of the civil-rights movement can never end. The story must go on so they can continue to cast themselves as the heroes.

Conveniently enough, heroes of whom no particular sacrifice is required.

WELL, THEY’D BETTER BE: It turns out millennials are actually really good at saving money.

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HMM: Vitamin D levels predicted neurologic outcomes after sudden cardiac arrest. What’s amazing is how low the mean Vitamin D level was for the sample. I’d like to see this study repeated, but it’s interesting.

PROBABLY NOT: Are U.S. Hospitals Prepared For The Next Ebola Case?

[CDC director Thomas] Frieden was on the news saying any hospital in the U.S. should be able to manage an Ebola patient. That struck me as odd, because managing an infectious disease in a hospital is not as straightforward as it may seem. Infectious diseases like C. diff [Clostridium difficile] and MRSA [methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus] have presented significant challenges for hospitals for years. Why did the CDC think that managing Ebola would be straightforward?

I think hospitals 50 or 60 years ago were better at that.

IF THE DEMOCRATS GET THEIR WAY, SURE: Washington Post: Could Non-Citizens Decide The November Election? “How many non-citizens participate in U.S. elections? More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. Furthermore, some of these non-citizens voted. Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010. Because non-citizens tended to favor Democrats (Obama won more than 80 percent of the votes of non-citizens in the 2008 CCES sample), we find that this participation was large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections. Non-citizen votes could have given Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health-care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) won election in 2008 with a victory margin of 312 votes. Votes cast by just 0.65 percent of Minnesota non-citizens could account for this margin. It is also possible that non-citizen votes were responsible for Obama’s 2008 victory in North Carolina. Obama won the state by 14,177 votes, so a turnout by 5.1 percent of North Carolina’s adult non-citizens would have provided this victory margin.”

DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES — AND CLOWN SHOES. Hit On Georgia Republican Perdue Blows up In BuzzFeed’s Face. “Perdue wasn’t signing a ‘woman’s torso,’ as BuzzFeed claimed. The truth is that he was signing a woman’s diabetic pump at the request of the woman as a way to raise awareness for juvenile diabetes. Rather than own up to and correct the error, BuzzFeed merely blame-shifted by changing the headline to: Tracker Fail: Dems Miss Insulin Pump In Video Of Perdue Signing Young Woman.”

When you take pre-digested hit pieces from political hit men. . . .

IT’S NOT HER FAULT, IT’S THE CONCUSSION TALKING: Hillary Clinton: Business Don’t Create Jobs!

EBOLA: The Hacklash. “I’m much less worried about contracting Ebola than I am about the dismissive reaction to it. Hacklash appears to be a cyclical problem, and as an indicator of the health of our Republic, I don’t see how this ends well.” We have the worst political class in our nation’s history, and the journalists are just another part of that.

PRICE TRUMPS EVERYTHING: Dodge Viper’s $15,000 Price Cut Boosts Monthly Sales by Nearly 200 Percent—to 108 Cars.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Another Honor Student Expelled over “Zero-Tolerance” Idiocy.

REMEMBER, HE DOESN’T DO PHOTO OPS: Obama Hugs Ebola-Free Nurse: ‘Let’s Give a Hug for the Cameras.’

IT’S COME TO THIS: PhotoMath uses your phone’s camera to solve equations. Soon, you won’t have to know how to do anything!

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CHESTER FINN: The State Of Education Reform.

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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.”


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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