Sunday, May 1, 2016


(08:14 PM)

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Illness and Permanent Injuries in Roleplaying Games: …Why?


(08:01 PM)

FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED: In rural Ohio, a call to ‘arm yourself.’


(07:00 PM)

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(06:50 PM)

THE DEATH OF A NATION, as charted by Richard Fernandez:  “It can’t happen in the West?  Well that’s what they said about wealthy Venezuela.”

Read the whole thing.


(06:30 PM)

HOW GOVERNMENT WORKS: Washington Metro sank into crisis despite decades of warnings.

Metro’s failure-prone subway — once considered a transportation jewel — is mired in disrepair because the transit agency neglected to heed warnings that its aging equipment and poor safety culture would someday lead to chronic breakdowns and calamities.

For nearly half a century, almost since construction of the subway system began, federal experts, civic and business groups, private transit organizations, and some Metro general managers and directors have raised red flags.

The alarms came repeatedly, at public hearings and Metro board meetings, in crash investigations and published studies, including 14 reports reviewed for this article: The agency lacked a robust institutional safety consciousness, its maintenance regime was close to negligent, and the system desperately needed a steadier, more dependable source of financing.

But generations of executives and government-appointed Metro board members, along with Washington-area politicians who ultimately dictated Metro’s spending and direction, steered the agency on a different course.

One that offered better opportunities for graft, no doubt. Just remember: Washington, DC can’t run a subway, but wants to run, well, everything.


(06:06 PM)

TO BE FAIR, THE WHOLE “ORGANIC” THING IS BASICALLY A FRAUD ANYWAY: Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Sued Over Organic Infant Formula. “The Honest Co. is falsely representing its Premium Infant Formula as ‘organic’ even though this product contains 11 synthetic substances prohibited under federal law in organic products.”


(05:14 PM)

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Who Needs To Be Vaccinated Against Measles?


(04:14 PM)

TODAY IS MAY 1st, ALSO KNOWN AS VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM DAY.

And Russia seems determined to keep partying like it’s 1917: “Thousands march in Moscow’s Red Square for May Day rally,” AP reports.


(04:05 PM)

OF COURSE IT DOES: The FBI Gets Creative to Avoid Disclosing Its $1M iPhone Hack.


(03:00 PM)

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Winter’s over. What with all the Zika news, I’m guessing that the mosquito control stuff will be a big item this year.


(02:40 PM)

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Matthew McConaughey explains why Knoxville, Tennessee has the most beautiful women.


(02:30 PM)

21ST CENTURY HEADLINES: Movidius Puts Neural Network on a USB Stick.


(02:00 PM)

THIS IS WHY PARENTS WHO LOVE THEIR KIDS TRY NOT TO GO TO JAIL: When Parents Are in Prison, Children Suffer.


(01:44 PM)

VIACOM SPOKESMAN LARRY WILMORE SMEARS FOX NEWS AS RACIST, HAILS OBAMA AS ‘MY N*GGA.’

In 2010, Jon Stewart warned Wilmore that his race card was maxed out; advice he sadly never heeded.


(01:35 PM)

ZIKA WORRIES GROWING? Amazon’s pushing mosquito netting for babies in my recommendations.


(01:30 PM)

RELATIONSHIPS AND NEUROLOGY: Your Brain Limits You to Just Five BFFs.


(01:28 PM)

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE UPDATE: Iraq Parliament Collapses, Lawmakers Flee Baghdad. “Baghdad teetered on the edge of political chaos Sunday. The city is in a state of emergency, protesters have occupied parts of the once-secure International Zone (IZ), lawmakers have run away and the military is on high alert.”

The White House, as usual, was caught by surprise. And Joe Biden displayed his usual golden touch:

Biden’s meetings Thursday with Abadi and other senior Iraqi officials focused primarily on making sure that the political strife in Baghdad was not interfering with military preparations to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, from the Islamic State.

“We talked about the plans that are in store for Mosul and the coordination that’s going on with all of our friends here,” Biden told reporters after his meeting with the Iraqi prime minister. “And so, I’m very optimistic.”

As he spoke, the vice president was standing next to Salim al-Jubouri, the Iraqi parliament speaker. He pointed to Jubouri and noted that they last talked in Biden’s office in Washington. “This is an old friend,” Biden said.

Less than 36 hours later, the protesters were dancing and stomping on Jubouri’s desk in front of the parliament chamber. Jubouri had fled the building.

Jeez.


(01:23 PM)

SOMEBODY VIOLATED THE FIRST RULE OF #NERDPROM FIGHT CLUB… Fighting after WHCA Dinner Between Fox News Reporter and HuffPo Editor.


(01:17 PM)

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Lebanese journalist: ‘Aleppo would have been safe like the Golan were it annexed by Israel.’


(01:00 PM)

SPACE: 3 Reasons Why 2018 Will Be the Make-Or-Break Year for SpaceX.


(12:57 PM)

STACY MCCAIN: “We know who Cora Segal is and we know what Cora Segal believes because Cora Segal has told us these things. Cora Segal is an activist, and when an activist goes to a public event and disrupts it by shouting obscenities — ‘F–k you! . . . Keep your hate speech off this campus!’ — her public activism is newsworthy. Identifying her is not ‘doxing.’”

But, really, she seems like somebody a right-wing parody site would make up. But then, most social-justice-warriorism seems that way.


(12:48 PM)

MUSLIM LABOUR LEADER FAVORED TO WIN LONDON MAYORAL RACE:

Sadiq Khan, the son of a London bus driver, has had a remarkable rise into the upper echelons of British politics. He grew up with seven siblings in a three-bedroom home in public housing and attended state schools before becoming a human-rights lawyer and then a senior government minister.

Now Khan, 45, a lawmaker and former transport minister for the opposition Labour Party, is the favorite in the battle to become the next mayor of London. He would succeed Boris Johnson, the extroverted Conservative who has held the post since 2008 and is a leading figure in the campaign for Britain’s departure from the European Union.

A victory Thursday would make Khan the first Muslim to lead the city, where 1 in 8 residents adheres to that faith, and when Britain is struggling to integrate minorities and combat radicalization.

Reuters adds that Kahn will be “the first Muslim to head a major Western capital.” He’s pledged to be “a Muslim Mayor that stands up for Jewish rights,” and I hope that works out well, but he’s got his job cut out for him; as Nick Cohen writes in the Guardian (of all places), “I saw the darkness of Labour’s antisemitism, but I never thought it would get this dark.”

Because of its small size when compared to America, England’s fundamental transformation occurred much more quickly than America’s. In the late 1990s, some were warning it was a preview of what was to come here, and for things to continue getting worse there.


(12:44 PM)

EMINENCE FRONT — IT’S A PUT ON:  Really successful people who were caught lying on their CVs.

Curiously, one of the worst liars about his salad days (certainly at least, during his salad days) and his would-be successor aren’t even mentioned.

As Glenn likes to say, we have the worst political class in our history — but the rot extends far beyond the world of politics.

Perhaps that explains why elites hold the middle class in such contempt; as Ace of Spades noted in 2011, “Our elites are fixated on how disappointed they are with the tawdry public precisely because that allows them to avoid examining their own colossal failures.”


(12:18 PM)

JERRY POURNELLE: Noonan on Trump; Trump and America First; Conservatism; On immigration; and other matters.


(12:14 PM)

EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT TY COBB IS WRONG.

Which seems only fair, as everything you know about the 20th century is wrong.


(12:06 PM)

OBAMA TO PRESS: YOU HAVE ‘RESPONSIBILITY’ ‘TO QUESTION,’ THANKS FOR WORKING ‘SIDE-BY-SIDE’ WITH ME.

Last night’s “Nerd Prom” marks the final days of, as former CBS executive Bernie Goldberg dubbed it in 2009, A Slobbering Love Affair between the media and Obama, which had begun in earnest the previous year:

Prom season means that graduation is soon to follow, and much like the bittersweet coda of American Graffiti, a very different relationship could be in store between the next president and, as Andrew Breitbart dubbed them “the Democrat-Media Complex,” which has chosen the form of its destructor. If so, a large swatch of the public won’t be very sympathetic to their plight; Andrew Klavan explores “The Media Corruption that Helped Spawn The Donald.”


(12:01 PM)

FASTER, PLEASE: Sony files to patent new contact lenses that can record video, store it, play it back – and adjust zoom and focus automatically.

Well, this is the 21st century you know, to coin an Insta-phrase.


(11:00 AM)

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(10:46 AM)

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 1088.


(10:36 AM)

BOB MCMANUS: Cuomo has reason to worry as Bharara zeroes in on inner circle.


(10:30 AM)

YEAH, PRETTY MUCH: McClatchy: Obama’s legacy: Politics of anger, fights, division.

Fist fights at campaign rallies. A major presidential candidate called a bigot and bully by members of his own party. Gridlock in Washington. And Americans downright pessimistic.

This is America’s politics today, seven years after Barack Obama was elected president with a promise to change it all.

The political change he predicted never appeared. Instead, partisanship and dysfunction have grown worse. His legacy on policies is more mixed. He did accomplish things, notably the Affordable Care Act. But his legacy on politics is another story.

Republicans and Democrats refuse to compromise, sometimes even talk. Congress has become more unproductive with lawmakers failing to pass budgets or even consider presidential appointments. And most Americans have little to no confidence in the federal government to tackle the problems facing the nation in 2016, according to a poll released in January.

Just Thursday, about 20 people were arrested after hundreds of protesters blocked an intersection and vandalized a police car outside a rally for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump at the Orange County Fairgrounds in California. Several fights broke out.

“It’s fair to say that President Obama entered office as chief executive of a divided country, and he’s done nothing noticeable to heal those divisions in his seven years,” said William Galston, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton and now a senior fellow at the center-left Brookings Institution.

Well, yes, it’s fair to say that because it’s true. In fact, that’s actually putting it pretty mildly.


(10:00 AM)

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(09:00 AM)

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(08:50 AM)

THIS IS CNN: After ‘Alleged Journalist’ White House Correspondents Dinner Joke, Don Lemon Gives Larry Wilmore the Finger.

To be fair, CNN has been giving its viewers the finger for at least two decades now. It’s only fair that they start flipping off their fellow Democrat operatives with lavaliers as well.


(08:40 AM)

IDIOCRACY WASN’T MEANT TO BE A DOCUMENTARY: Larry Wilmore Reflects on Obama’s Legacy at White House Correspondents Dinner: ‘You Did It, My N*gga.’


(08:30 AM)

ASHE SCHOW: Connecticut could become next state to adopt affirmative consent.

Connecticut could soon become the fourth state to adopt an affirmative consent or “yes means yes” policy for sexual conduct at its colleges and universities.

So far, California, Hawaii and New York have made affirmative consent the standard on college campuses. Affirmative consent requires each student involved in sexual activity to request ongoing consent for every action in the encounter. It essentially turns sex into a question-and-answer session dictated by the government, and if you deviate from that at all, then you’re a rapist.

Affirmative consent is unnatural in passionate moments such as sexual activity. While nonverbal communication is allowed under the policy, it is often more difficult to determine someone’s intent with just a moan or a head movement. In this way, affirmative consent leans more toward actually asking someone: “May I touch you here?” “May I kiss you here?” etc.

People don’t have sex that way, and they damn sure don’t want the government telling them how to have sex.

It’s all part of the ongoing war on college men. But the ultimate losers will be the colleges themselves, as they become finishing schools for girls.


(08:22 AM)

TRUMP THUMPS THE RULING CLASS:

Last Christmas I ran into Newt Gingrich after Mass in Washington, D.C., and for the heck of it said to him, “So what job do you want in the Trump administration?” He looked at me with utter disbelief. Now I see him on TV bemoaning the slowness with which pundits grasped the Trump phenomenon. He was one of them.

Up in New York City I noticed that none of the anti-Trump outrage of the ruling class had trickled down to the peasants. They either didn’t care about Trump’s politically incorrect brashness or kind of liked it. While lavishly paid, “brilliantly perceptive” reporters and editors like David Remnick and James Fallows were saying that Trump had “zero chance” of winning the nomination, anybody who bothered to speak to ordinary folks walking the streets below the suites of The New Yorker could see that Trump had a huge opening. The George Wills, who spend more time tinkering with their cuff links than talking to people, also pronounced Trump an unelectable clown who would soon disappear back into the buffoonery from which he came.

Such inept punditry and incompetent reporting is the journalistic equivalent of a surgeon killing a patient on the operating table. Yet all these reporters and pundits keep working, often failing upwards to six-figure jobs, provided that they attend all the right parties and know all the right people.

The public’s exhaustion with, and at times hatred of, the corrupt ruling class, for which this naysaying anti-Trump media complex served as a constant advertisement, largely explains the rise of Trump. He fit the temper of the times and had the charisma to channel it toward a bust-up of the GOP establishment.

Choose the form of your destructor.

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(08:11 AM)

COMEDIAN D.L. HUGHLEY: Don’t Compare Civil Rights Movement to Transgenders’ Bowel Movements.

Hughley is so far to the left that in 2009 he told then-Republican National Party Chairman Michael Steele that Republicans ‘literally look like Nazi Germany.’ (An odd thing to say to a fellow African-American.) Pass the popcorn if he’s now forced into one of the left’s mandatory reeducation camps to maintain his career.


(08:01 AM)

THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: ICE Director Admits ‘Sanctuary’ Policies Put Agents At Risk, But Refuses To Force Cities To Scrap Them.


(07:52 AM)

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: ‘Ban the Box’ Goes to College — When schools ask applicants about their criminal histories, a veneer of campus safety may come at the expense of educational opportunity.

What could go wrong?


(07:41 AM)

NIKKI HALEY ON MOVING GITMO DETAINEES TO U.S.: ‘Do Not Bring Them to My Home.’


(07:30 AM)

WHY TRUMP’S WINNING: It’s Still The Economy, Stupid.


(07:19 AM)

DATA: How Foursquare knew before almost anyone how bad things were for Chipotle.

Chipotle announced its first loss as a public company Tuesday. But two weeks earlier, an unlikely source —the social media app Foursquare — had beat Chipotle to the punch, predicting in a blog post that the burrito maker’s sales would drop nearly 30 percent. Chipotle made it official Tuesday afternoon — reporting a drop of 29.7 percent.

The remarkably accurate prediction from a company consumers know for restaurant tips and the ability to check in at locations highlights the emerging power of the gobs of data our smartphones collect and the opportunity for savvy companies to convert that information into piles of cash.

“In biology the microscope changed the world. In physics and astronomy, the telescope,” said University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor Lav Varshney. “These data sets give a very detailed view of human behavior. It’s a really powerful instrument in all kinds of settings.”

Foursquare has spent seven years collecting data and has 85 million places in its database. It describes its data trove as the “biggest foot traffic panel in the world.” Clients that buy Foursquare’s data to glean insights include retailers, real estate developers, Wall Street traders and consumer package-goods companies.

They’re monetizing people’s egos.


(07:11 AM)

FASTER, PLEASE: Blue Lives Matter: Cop Killing Could Become a Hate Crime.

 


(07:00 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Mike Bloomberg’s University of Michigan Commencement Address:

The most useful knowledge that you leave here with today has nothing to do with your major. It’s about how to study, cooperate, listen carefully, think critically and resolve conflicts through reason. Those are the most important skills in the working world, and it’s why colleges have always exposed students to challenging and uncomfortable ideas.

The fact that some university boards and administrations now bow to pressure and shield students from these ideas through “safe spaces,” “code words” and “trigger warnings” is, in my view, a terrible mistake.

The whole purpose of college is to learn how to deal with difficult situations — not run away from them. A microaggression is exactly that: micro. And one of the most dangerous places on a college campus is a safe space, because it creates the false impression that we can insulate ourselves from those who hold different views.

We can’t do this, and we shouldn’t try — not in politics or in the workplace. In the global economy, and in a democratic society, an open mind is the most valuable asset you can possess.

Sadly, higher education is run by people who no longer believe this. It will not end well.


(04:07 AM)

AS ANY PARENT WILL TELL YOU: The Truth About Parental Leave.


(03:42 AM)

GOVERNMENT LIKE IT’S THE 19th CENTURY: SSA Putting Millions of Americans at Risk for Identity Theft.


(03:10 AM)

I DON’T KNOW.  HAS HELL FROZEN OVER?  Then she might get what she wants. Hillary Wants to Make It Illegal to Criticize Her.


(02:32 AM)

THERE’S SEVERAL STORIES IN THIS: Astronomers have discovered a super-fast star system that breaks current physics models.


(01:57 AM)

SOMETIMES THE GOOD GUYS WIN ONE: History Has Been Made. Female Genital Mutilation Banned In Nigeria.


(01:32 AM)

SHOCKED, SHOCKED, SHOCKED: Poll: Not a Single White House Reporter Is a Republican


(01:00 AM)

SHOCKED FACE TIME: Yet Another Study Confirms The Vaccine/Autism Connection Is — Wait For It — Nonexistent.


(12:39 AM)

THAT HUGO THING: The Hugos BURNING IN THE FLAMES OF CONTROVERSY! (Geek Gab, Episode 51!) — audio.


Saturday, April 30, 2016


(09:05 PM)

MATH IN THE ABSENCE OF DATA IS JUST NUMBERS: Physicists have calculated that we’re *probably* not the only advanced civilisation ever in the Universe.


(08:03 PM)

HATCHET-THROWING AND BEER: A Can’t Miss Venture?


(07:00 PM)

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(06:20 PM)

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: White House reporters hoard $500 swag bags at “Nerd Prom.”


(06:05 PM)

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: First U.S. Death Tied to Zika Is Reported in Puerto Rico.

The victim, a man in his 70s, died in February from internal bleeding as a result of a rare immune reaction to an earlier Zika infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Puerto Rico now has 683 confirmed Zika infections in its outbreak, which began in December; 89 are in pregnant women, according to Dr. Ana Ríus, the territory’s health secretary. Fourteen of those women have given birth, and all their babies are healthy, she said.

Seventeen patients have been hospitalized for Zika-related causes in Puerto Rico. Of those, seven had Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare form of paralysis that strikes about two weeks after an infection and, although frightening, is usually temporary.

I wonder how long before spraying for mosquitoes and draining swamps comes back?


(05:11 PM)

WELL, THAT WON’T DO MUCH TO BOOST THAT ANEMIC GROWTH: The Coming Tax Increase. “The debt held by the public has approximately doubled since President Obama took office and is now equal to 74% of gross domestic product. It is true that with the right policy mix, economic growth—stuck at just over 2% during the Obama “recovery”—will help close federal deficits and pay down the debt. At the end of World War II, for example, the debt-to-GDP ratio was at 104% and shrank to a low of 23% by 1974. But letting growth or future belt-tightening close the gap is the exception, not the rule. More often, higher taxes are the result.”

Well, if that’s how it’s going to be, I’ve got some revenue enhancement suggestions of my own.


(04:48 PM)

THINGS ARE REALLY GETTING EMBARRASSING AT HARVARD LAW: New video of Harvard race protesters interrupting Law School dean honored for … race relations.


(04:00 PM)

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Molasky Junior High math teacher arrested for sex charges.


(03:00 PM)

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(02:30 PM)

TEACH MEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT BEARS: Man admits he lied about bear attack.

Interestingly, he was punished more harshly than many women who file false reports of being attacked by men.


(02:29 PM)

THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD SOMETHING MORE DIVERSE, LIKE AN ALL-FEMALE PANEL: “America’s premier game-design program canceled an all-star industry panel last week for the sole reason that the lineup was all-male.”

Cost of attending the University of Southern California: $67,212.


(02:00 PM)

GOT A SUITCASE AND A GUN, GONNA LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND: Don’t Kill The Candidate. Maybe I’m a pessimist, but this post seems more like information on timing for potential assassins. I certainly had never given this particular issue any thought, and I’m pretty knowledgeable about this stuff.


(01:35 PM)

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(01:30 PM)

NEWS YOU CAN USE: 10 reasons older men make the best boyfriends.


(01:00 PM)

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Teens enter vocational school, come out with jobs, no debt.


(12:55 PM)

DIVERSITY PROBLEM: Poll: Not a Single White House Reporter Is a Republican.


(12:31 PM)

THANKS TO MERKEL’S PRIORITIZATION OF VIRTUE-SIGNALING OVER POLICY, THIS MAY WELL BE THE FUTURE OF GERMAN POLITICS: A Guide To Germany’s “Far-Right” AfD Party.


(12:14 PM)

DISPATCHES FROM THE JUNIOR ANTI-SEX LEAGUE, AIRSTRIP ONE DIVISION: U.K. Considering Regulating Ads to Make Sure the Women In Them Aren’t Too Hot.


(12:01 PM)

BLOOMBERG: ‘Yahoo, when looked at in a certain way, is worth approximately -$8 billion. The minus sign above isn’t a typo.”


(12:01 PM)

IS THIS THE ONLY FEDERALLY SUBSIDIZED HOUSING PROGRAM THAT ACTUALLY WORKS? It’s in Delaware and it turns hundreds of subsidy receivers into independent, working, productive citizens. It’s called “Moving to Work” and Katie Watson of the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group found it.

“’Before we started Moving to Work, we had people who were on their third or fourth generation of the same family who were at the same site,’ Rebecca Kauffman, social service senior administrator at the Delaware Housing Authority’s Moving to Work program, told The Daily Caller News Foundation,” Watson reports.

“More than 850 families have completed the program to enter assistance-free living, and 30 percent of program participants became homeowners when they left,” according to Watson. Key to the program’s success is putting a time-limit on how long people can live in subsidized housing, and requiring them to work an increasing number of hours during their tenure.

The Delaware program is one of only 39 pubic housing authorities in the country that doesn’t allow tenants to remain in subsidized housing permanently. There are more than 3,000 pubic housing authorities in the country. Moving to Work was created as an experiment during the Clinton administration. Ya think it might be time to expand it?


(11:00 AM)

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(10:59 AM)

ELIANA JOHNSON: The Path To Mike Pence’s Halfhearted Endorsement.


(10:55 AM)

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 1087.


(10:44 AM)

EGGY McEGGFACE:

To gauge from the suggested names, the British public does not share the scientific community’s enthusiasm for this latest bout of government spending. True, some 2,400 voted to name the vessel RRS Henry Worsley, after a British explorer who died in January attempting the first unaided solo crossing of the Antarctic. And RRS David Attenborough, after the celebrated British naturalist, also made the short list.

However, both were blown away by the flood of votes for RRS Boaty McBoatface, which garnered 124,000 votes, four times that of the next-closest contender.

Related: Austin School Asks for New Name, the Internet Answers ‘Schoolie McSchoolface.’


(10:30 AM)

WHAT HATH MERKEL WROUGHT: German Right-Wing Party to Adopt Anti-Islam Manifesto.

Germany’s growing far-right party is likely to adopt a platform that calls for the banning of Islamic practices from public life. . . .

There are obvious parallels in the 2009 Swiss decision to ban minarets and the 2010 French ban on the veil. However, taken together, this is one of the more full-throated rejections of Islam to emerge from European politics. And unlike, for example, the French decision, it does not appear to be part of a broader, equally enforced tradition of laïcité in public life; this appears to be a forthrightly anti-Islamic manifesto.

To paraphrase Joseph Fouché (Napoleon’s chief of police), adopting this wouldn’t just be wrong, it would be a blunder. It’s hard to think of a series of steps that would more antagonize and alienate the refugee/migrant population, however you feel about the circumstances in which they arrived, from their new homeland, while delivering little practical gain.

Yet when responsible politicians fail to take responsible steps to keep immigration and integration within the bounds of public opinion, inevitably irresponsible people will advocate irresponsible measures. And while the AfD is not challenging the centrist parties in Germany for dominance yet, in other places in Europe that’s not true.

Stay tuned.


(10:14 AM)

WHAT’S REALLY DRIVING THE LEFT’S WAR ON BATHROOMS:

Again and again, progressives find the realities of the human body unbearable and demand that we collectively stick our heads in the sand rather than acknowledge truths that have been obvious for centuries. They seem desperate to free themselves from this mortal coil. Of course, they’d prefer to do it in a way that doesn’t involve dying.

Why do liberals hate bodies so much? It’s understandable when we consider how ill-suited the body is to progressive ideology. In the first place, bodies are dreadfully inegalitarian. However energetically we promote genetic counseling and prenatal vitamins, the reality remains that some people are born healthy, strong, and beautiful, while others are sickly, weak, and unattractive. Men on balance are taller, stronger, and faster than women. White men can’t jump. Liberals might ardently desire a “level playing field,” but in their efforts to realize it, they continually butt heads with the warm, fleshy reality that is the human body.

Having to constantly wage war against reality is exhausting, which helps to explain why liberals are so insecure and miserable, to slightly invert the headline on a new post by Steve Hayward at Power Line. Hayward quotes a 1972 essay by the Claremont Institute’s Harry Jaffa:

But that the laws of nature do exist, and that we are bound by them because they are, not the ideals of men, but the reality of a purposeful universe, and that human freedom is a freedom to disregard such laws only at our cost, seems to be taken seriously almost nowhere. The emancipation of Western man by technology from the necessities of nature has led to a loss of consciousness of the goodness that those necessities serve. As the old struggle for survival has, through the equivocal beneficence of technology, receded into the background of daily existence, the uses of leisure have become mysterious. Never has a whole society enjoyed such wealth as has the United States, and this wealth has increasingly become the share of Western Europe, Great Britain and the Commonwealth, Japan, and to a degree even some of the communist states. Wealth, properly understood, is the instrument of freedom and of happiness, and in the past freedom has always been seen as an oasis in the desert of necessity. But as the desert blooms, we do not see the enlargement of the oasis. Instead, as the desert disappears, so does the oasis, and we fail to comprehend the uses of the garden that blooms in their place. Apparently, if you do not worry about surviving, then you do worry about whether it is worth surviving*. And so, what is perhaps the most privileged class in the entire history of the human race, that of the Harvard College student, is among the most miserable!

The left has always been looking to engineer “The New Man” ever since the days of Nietzsche, followed by Hitler and Stalin. But the next phase in evolution may have finally arrived. Behold what a century of “Progressivism” has wrought:

* That sentence, in an era when it’s never been easier to create, via today’s powerful software, may also answer a recent query by the far left London Guardian: “Why are we so bored?”


(10:01 AM)

EPA STASHING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN OBSCURE SLUSH FUND-LIKE ACCOUNTS: What happens when federal bureaucrats take billions of dollars collected for one purpose and squirrel them away in hundreds of obscure accounts to spend on whatever they decide? Does this help explain why EPA so often acts like it answers to no one?

The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group’s Ethan Barton confirmed the existence of 1,308 “special accounts” and his next objective is to expose how they have been used during both Republican and Democrat presidential administrations. That won’t be easy, considering it’s been seven years since either GAO or the Inspector General at EPA reviewed the accounts.

“The ‘special accounts’ are financed by legal settlements between the agency and parties responsible for polluting Superfund sites. Funds are deposited and spent without prior congressional approval,” Barton reports. The accounts aren’t technically secret because EPA admits their existence, but the agency makes it all-but-impossible to learn anything about the accounts or how they are used.

Next question: Will Congress do anything about this? If not, the constitutional principles of separate-but-equal branches and separation of powers will be officially dead, to say nothing of congressional oversight. And Congress will have only itself to blame for the bad joke it becomes.


(10:00 AM)

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE WAY 2016 IS GOING, IT MAY NOT BE THAT UNWELCOME: Human Extinction Isn’t That Unlikely.


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(08:55 AM)

WILL RIOTERS HAND THE ELECTION TO TRUMP?


(08:48 AM)

VDH DIDN’T TITLE HIS BOOK ‘MEXIFORNIA’ FOR NOTHING: “That was not the easiest entrance I’ve ever made,” Trump said when he arrived at the California Republican Party Convention at the Hyatt Regency near SFO yesterday via its back entrance, after hopping a fence to dodge protestors waving Mexican flags. “It felt like I was crossing the border actually. I was crossing the border, but I got here.”

Here’s who was in front of the hotel:

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Related: ‘Captain Mexico’ burns Donald Trump effigy at protest in Calif. [photos, video].

Earlier: Dear Mainstream Media, Don’t You Dare Whitewash Anti-Trump Violence.


(08:30 AM)

THEY TOLD ME IF DONALD TRUMP BECAME THE FRONTRUNNER MISOGYNY WOULD BE EVERYWHERE. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Maryland Democrats Have A Woman Problem.

For the first time since 1971, Maryland might have an all-male congressional delegation after the 2016 elections — and it will be the fault of Democrats.

This is the party that constantly accuses Republicans of being “anti-woman” and brags that they have more women in Congress. Now here they are, not even nominating any women in Maryland.

It’s made all the more alarming by the fact that Sen. Barabara Mikulski, D-Md., the longest-serving woman in Congress, who has spent her time advocating for more women in politics, is retiring. Two well-known Democrats were vying for Mikulski’s open seat — Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards. Van Hollen won the primary by 14 points. His campaign also outraised Edwards by a 2-to-1 margin.

Outside groups boosted Edwards more, however, including the well-known EMILY’s List. But the group’s influence has waned significantly in recent years.

Why do the Democrats hate women?


(08:20 AM)

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED: Are 1 in 5 Women Raped at College?

New video from Prager University hosted by Caroline Kitchens, Senior Research Associate at the American Enterprise Institute.

Earlier: College more dangerous than prison for women AND men when it comes to sexual assault, says Obama admin.


(08:11 AM)

THE SIMPLEST WAY TO EXPLAIN THE BEHAVIOR OF ANY BUREAUCRATIC ORGANIZATION IS TO ASSUME THAT IT IS CONTROLLED BY A CABAL OF ITS ENEMIES: Is Jerry Brown California’s Savior?

(Classical reference in headline.)


(08:00 AM)

OH, GOD, THEY’RE GOING TO START YAMMERING ABOUT “NERD PROM” AGAIN: Best White House Correspondents Dinner Party Is At The Renwick, Roll Call Readers Say.

Reminder: Reporters aren’t smart enough to be nerds, and this isn’t a prom.


(07:55 AM)

QUESTION ASKED: What Would Happen if Colbert Called Hillary Clinton ‘Wicked Stepmother’ Like He Did Carly Fiorina?

2008 Flashback: MSNBC anchor David Shuster suspended for ‘pimping’ comment about Chelsea Clinton.


(07:55 AM)

WHEELBARROW SALES INCREASE.”


(07:50 AM)

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Speaker Disinvited from College Event after ‘Disrespecting’ Obama:

Students at King’s College in London no-platformed Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, after he criticized Obama’s decision to remove a bust of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill from the White House. Johnson had been scheduled to participate in a debate on the merits of the European Union, according to The Telegraph. 

Johnson accused Obama of having an “ancestral dislike of the British Empire” because of his Kenyan heritage. The event’s organizers deemed Johnson’s remarks unacceptable.

Of course it is. As a former resident of London once said, in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.


(07:40 AM)

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED: Why does the Left hate the Jews?

Related: Shocked, shocked! Who Could Possibly Have Expected This Anti-Semitism in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party?


(07:30 AM)

GUTSY OF HER TO BRING UP HER DISGRACED, ACCUSED-RAPIST HUSBAND: Hillary: I can handle men who go ‘off the reservation.’

Well, if by “handle,” you mean “cover for.”


(07:24 AM)

BECAUSE THE RACE CARD IS SO 2009: Clinton offers donors their own ‘woman card.’

Huh — I can remember just last week when gender was still fluid and entirely a social construct. Very edgy of Hillary to push back against the worldview driving her own party’s war on ladies rooms!


(07:21 AM)

WHY PRO-TRUMP CONSERVATIVE MEDIA SHOULD WORRY: “When I see the newspaper on our front lawn, cocooned in its pristine orange wrapper, I just keep on walking. I’ll pick it up later. Maybe,” Christian Toto writes. “What day is recycling again? Consider that a warning to conservative media outlets serving as Donald Trump’s de facto campaign arm. You’re destroying habits that have been in places for years. In some cases, decades.”

Read the whole thing.

Related: “In the era of Trump, it is interesting and dismaying to see who thinks the limelight — by which I mean ratings, popularity, celebrity, and relevance — is more important than long-held principles, or basic truth-telling.”


(07:10 AM)

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: A.N.S.W.E.R. PROTESTS DONALD TRUMP. The sign being held by an anti-Trump protestor in this AP photo taken yesterday outside of the Hyatt Regency Hotel near SFO hosting the California Republican Party Convention is largely in Spanish, but notice the URL underneath it — it’s our old friends A.N.S.W.E.R.

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(AP Photo/Michael Blood.)

As Wikipedia notes, ANSWERcoalition.org is the URL of…

Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), also known as International A.N.S.W.E.R. and the ANSWER Coalition, is a United States-based protest umbrella group consisting of many antiwar and civil rights organizations. Formed in the wake of the September 11th attacks, ANSWER has since helped to organize many of the largest anti-war demonstrations in the United States, including demonstrations of hundreds of thousands against the Iraq War.

Longtime readers of Instapundit will remember A.N.S.W.E.R. behind seemingly every anti-Iraq War protest during the early naughts, which made perfect sense in a way — of course Iraq’s Ba’ath Socialist Party, which Saddam led, would be propped by another group of avoid socialists. Back in October of 2002, Glenn linked to this L.A. Weekly article by David Corn, with some background on A.N.S.W.E.R.’s roots:

If public-opinion polls are correct, 33 percent to 40 percent of the public opposes an Iraq war; even more are against a unilateral action. This means the burgeoning anti-war movement has a large recruiting pool, yet the demo was not intended to persuade doubters. Nor did it speak to Americans who oppose the war but who don‘t consider the United States a force of unequaled imperialist evil and who don’t yearn to smash global capitalism.

This was no accident, for the demonstration was essentially organized by the Workers World Party, a small political sect that years ago split from the Socialist Workers Party to support the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956. The party advocates socialist revolution and abolishing private property. It is a fan of Fidel Castro‘s regime in Cuba, and it hails North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il for preserving his country’s ”socialist system,“ which, according to the party‘s newspaper, has kept North Korea ”from falling under the sway of the transnational banks and corporations that dictate to most of the world.“ The WWP has campaigned against the war-crimes trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. A recent Workers World editorial declared, ”Iraq has done absolutely nothing wrong.“

Officially, the organizer of the Washington demonstration was International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism). But ANSWER is run by WWP activists, to such an extent that it seems fair to dub it a WWP front. Several key ANSWER officials — including spokesperson Brian Becker — are WWP members. Many local offices for ANSWER’s protest were housed in WWP offices. Earlier this year, when ANSWER conducted a press briefing, at least five of the 13 speakers were WWP activists. They were each identified, though, in other ways, including as members of the International Action Center.

The IAC, another WWP offshoot, was a key partner with ANSWER in promoting the protest. It was founded by Ramsey Clark, attorney general for President Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s. For years, Clark has been on a bizarre political odyssey, much of the time in sync with the Workers World Party. As an attorney, he has represented Lyndon LaRouche, the leader of a political cult. He has defended Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic and Pastor Elizaphan Ntakirutimana, who was accused of participating in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Clark is also a member of the International Committee To Defend Slobodan Milosevic. The international war-crimes tribunal, he explains, ”is war by other means“ — that is, a tool of the West to crush those who stand in the way of U.S. imperialism, like Milosevic. A critic of the ongoing sanctions against Iraq, Clark has appeared on talking-head shows and refused to concede any wrongdoing on Saddam‘s part. There is no reason to send weapons inspectors to Iraq, he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: ”After 12 years of brutalization with sanctions and bombing they‘d like to be a country again. They’d like to have sovereignty again. They‘d like to be left alone.“

It is not redbaiting to note the WWP’s not-too-hidden hand in the nascent anti-war movement. It explains the tone and message of Saturday‘s rally. Take the question of inspections. According to Workers World, at a party conference in September, Sara Flounders, a WWP activist, reported war opponents were using the slogan ”inspections, not war.“ Flounders, the paper says, ”pointed out that ’inspections ARE war‘ in another form,“ and that she had ”prepared party activists to struggle within the movement on this question.“ Translation: The WWP would do whatever it could to smother the ”inspections, not war“ cry. Inspections-before-invasion is an effective argument against the dash to war. But it conflicts with WWP support for opponents of U.S. imperialism. At the Washington event, the WWP succeeded in blocking out that line — while promoting anti-war messages more simpatico with its dogma.

To bring things more up to date, in November of 2014, Lee Cary of the American Thinker provided additional and more up to date information on their history in an article titled, “A.N.S.W.E.R.Coalition not letting Ferguson crisis go to waste.”

And in 2016, they’re not letting the presidential election go to waste, either. As David French of NRO wrote yesterday, “We know leftist radicals aren’t shy about taking so-called ‘direct action’ to intimidate opponents. We also know that at least some Trump supporters are spoiling for a fight. Trump himself has been spoiling for a fight. We risk the worst political violence in a generation. Am I wrong to believe that some in the media are thrilled at the prospect — so long as the Left is leading the charge?”

Well, that was certainly the case in Ferguson and Baltimore. French’s article was memorably headlined, “Dear Mainstream Media, Don’t You Dare Whitewash Anti-Trump Violence,” but longtime Instapundit readers will remember that’s precisely what most of the MSM (with a few notable exceptions, such as Corn’s article above) did with A.N.S.W.E.R. Don’t hold your breath watching for them connect the dots in 2016.


(07:05 AM)

ROGER SIMON: Can Trump Stop the Return of the Sixties?

Read the whole thing.


(07:00 AM)

NO MORE MRS. NICE GUY: Clinton to take hard line with Sanders, say allies.

Hillary Clinton won’t bow to many demands from Bernie Sanders, according to her supporters.

Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee after a dominating performance in Tuesday’s primaries. She holds a huge delegate lead over Sanders and is focused more than ever on the general election.

Sanders says he’ll stay in the primary fight, but has also signaled a change in his campaign by laying off campaign staffers and talking about the importance of the party platform to be written at the Democratic National Convention.

The signals are the early moves and machinations of a negotiation typical in Democratic contests.

Clinton will want Sanders’s help in winning over his diehard supporters and unifying the party — and Sanders will want something in return.

It’s like it’s all just dirty politics or something.


(06:50 AM)

JAY-VEE SHOOTS NEW YEARBOOK PHOTOS: New ISIS Threat in French Shows All Child Jihadis, Obama Images.


Friday, April 29, 2016


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