#ROTHERHAM FOLLOWUP FROM BREITBART LONDON: Muslim Gang Rapists are Springing Up Everywhere. Why Can’t We Be Honest About It? Because it would blow the narrative. As honesty typically does. . . . “It is difficult to overstate how awful these crimes were, nor how completely victims were failed by the authorities. One girl was doused in petrol and told she would be set on fire if she didn’t comply. Others were forced to watch rapes and told they would be next if they spoke out. The police regarded these girls with as much contempt as the rapists. . . . The political Left shrieks blue murder over the slightest indication of overbearing male behaviour when it’s a white man. The tone-deaf ‘Everyday Sexism’ project is a weapon wielded almost exclusively at white middle-class men by white middle-class women. But it makes excuses for rapists and even child abusers when the criminals are black, or, especially, from a Muslim community.”
JOHN HINDERAKER: Across the Country, the Federal Government Fights For Muslim Worship Spaces. “If an administration could be shown to consistently favor one religion over others, would that constitute a violation of the First Amendment? Of course. But, as with so many other Obama administration scandals, long before the judicial system could even begin to address the issue on its merits, the malefactors will be long gone.”
IT’S COME TO THIS: Hello Kitty is not a cat. Everything is a lie. “Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.”
RESEARCH: OFFICIAL UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS UNDERSTATE UNEMPLOYMENT.
What the researchers found was that, for whatever reason, unemployed workers, who are surveyed multiple times are most likely to respond to the survey when they are first given it and ignore the survey later on.
The report notes, “It is possible that unemployed respondents who have already been interviewed are more likely to change their responses to the labor force question, for example, if they want to minimize the length of the interview (now that they know the interview questions) or because they don’t want to admit that they are still unemployed.”
This ends up inaccurately weighting the later responses and skewing the unemployment rate downward. It also seems to have increased the number of people who once would have been designated as officially unemployed but today are labeled as out of the labor force, which means they are neither working nor looking for work.
I know, shocking news.
I’M BEGINNING TO WONDER IF WE SHOULDN’T BE A BIT PICKIER ABOUT WHO WE LET INTO THE COUNTRY: Tsarnaev sister arrested for alleged bomb threat.
21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Drive-thru BROTHEL launched where prostitutes take clients to ‘sex boxes.’ “The publicly funded cubicles are open all night and are located away from the city centre and include bathrooms, laundry facilities and panic buttons.”
SHIKHA DALMIA: Why Obama Can’t Lead On Racial Justice. “The cause of racial justice might need not a black Democrat but a white Republican—just as normalization with China required not a liberal peacenik but a security hawk like Richard Nixon.”
JIM TREACHER: My Knee Deal Is Finally Over, I Hope. “Yesterday, I finally received my settlement from the U.S. State Department for crippling me with one of their heavily armored security vehicles as I crossed a DC street legally back in Feb. 2010. It has put me in a reflective mood.”
BEWARE: You May Suffer From Sleep-Drunkenness. “Ohayon explains that while researchers aren’t exactly sure what causes this confused behavior, animal studies give us a clue: Sudden awakenings seem to trigger the startle reflex, which allows animals (and, likely, us) to respond quickly to potential threats. To our poor, half-asleep brains, an abrupt awakening signals an emergency — a time for action, not reason. This is also, incidentally, a reason to reconsider your hilarious idea to wake up your sleeping buddy while wearing a terrifying mask; judging from the (slightly NSFW) evidence on YouTube, sleep-drunk individuals are likely to respond to the prank by punching you in the face.”
SCIENCE: The Kennewick Man Finally Freed to Share His Secrets: He’s the most important human skeleton ever found in North America—and here, for the first time, is his story.
As work progressed, a portrait of Kennewick Man emerged. He does not belong to any living human population. Who, then, are his closest living relatives? Judging from the shape of his skull and bones, his closest living relatives appear to be the Moriori people of the Chatham Islands, a remote archipelago 420 miles southeast of New Zealand, as well as the mysterious Ainu people of Japan. . . . Not that Kennewick Man himself was Polynesian. This is not Kon-Tiki in reverse; humans had not reached the Pacific Islands in his time period. Rather, he was descended from the same group of people who would later spread out over the Pacific and give rise to modern-day Polynesians. These people were maritime hunter-gatherers of the north Pacific coast; among them were the ancient Jōmon, the original inhabitants of the Japanese Islands. The present-day Ainu people of Japan are thought to be descendants of the Jōmon. Nineteenth-century photographs of the Ainu show individuals with light skin, heavy beards and sometimes light-colored eyes. . . . The discovery of Kennewick Man adds a major piece of evidence to an alternative view of the peopling of North America. It, along with other evidence, suggests that the Jōmon or related peoples were the original settlers of the New World. If correct, the conclusion upends the traditional view that the first Americans came through central Asia and walked across the Bering Land Bridge and down through an ice-free corridor into North America.
This is not as crazy a journey as it sounds. As long as the voyagers were hugging the coast, they would have plenty of fresh water and food. Cold-climate coasts furnish a variety of animals, from seals and birds to fish and shellfish, as well as driftwood, to make fires. The thousands of islands and their inlets would have provided security and shelter. To show that such a sea journey was possible, in 1999 and 2000 an American named Jon Turk paddled a kayak from Japan to Alaska following the route of the presumed Jōmon migration. Anthropologists have nicknamed this route the “Kelp Highway.”
“I believe these Asian coastal migrations were the first,” said Owsley. “Then you’ve got a later wave of the people who give rise to Indians as we know them today.”
The Army Corps of Engineers sure didn’t want this researched, and continues to interfere today. Why?
HAS ANYBODY ASKED OBAMA ABOUT THIS? ERIC HOLDER? Gaza in Manhattan: Individual Jews Held Guilty and Attacked. “So far, I have found only one brief article about this in the New York Post. Are there more such incidents that are not being covered?” Yes. Buy a gun.
READER BOOK PLUG: From reader Christopher Remy, Trophies of War.
SO IT’S NOT JUST A LOCAL PROBLEM: BBC: Child sexual exploitation is happening in a “number of towns” in different parts of the country, according to the author of a damning report into abuse in Rotherham. Are the perpetrators all Pakistani Muslims?
On Facebook, Jason van Steenwyk comments: “This doesn’t happen without some serious enabling. I would start rooting out people within the bureaucracy… public employees of whatever ethnicity… for being part of a ring set up to enable this.”
UPDATE: From the comments: ″Her Majesty’s subjects are surely observing that the more bloodthirsty and savage they are, the more respect they’ll be given. I hope Her Majesty’s Government takes a sober look at the incentive structure they’re putting together.” Yeah, I’ve made this point, too.
WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS? The thing is, the NRSC went all-in to deep-six Milt Wolf in favor of doddering nonresident Pat Roberts. Now Roberts faces a “tough re-election fight,” with this observation: “It’s difficult to see how Milton Wolf would have done appreciably worse in this case, and he might have held the Republican base together better.” Especially as the NRSC pissed off — and pissed on — the base in backing Roberts.
As with Mark Foley and Thad Cochran, a better-run party would have found quality replacements for these weak incumbents, instead of encouraging them to stay in and — in Cochran’s and Roberts’ cases — killing off primary challengers. But whatever the folks running the GOP, and in particular the NRSC, are getting paid, it’s too much.
ANDREW KLAVAN ON MY TAKE ON MILITARIZED POLICE. “The problem then is that the militarization of the police is only a symptom of the larger disease: public servants re-conceiving themselves as public masters who do not need to follow the laws they pass and aren’t accountable to the people who elect them. I guess we can expect to see Nancy Pelosi in a SWAT suit right soon!”
JACK DUNPHY: The Ferguson Debacle. No American institution has performed well here. But then, what American institutions are performing well, lately?
TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 475.
ANN ALTHOUSE: “I’d like to see more detail about this ‘fear of being thought as racist.’ It sounds like a confession of deliberate law enforcement paralysis, a choice to permit thousands of children to be raped for decades on end, because of befuddlement about how on earth to begin to do anything without looking bad or because of a sense that your community is already hopelessly overwhelmed by evil forces that will only become more aggressive and violent if opposed.”
Perhaps they need to consider the possibility that there are worse things than being thought racist. Of course, if that idea were to spread, a powerful tool of social control would vanish.
BURGER KING AND THE WHOPPER ON TAXES:
Let me explain. Or actually, in the case of Burger King’s planned acquisition of Tim Hortons, let my colleague Matt Levine explain, because he is smarter and funnier and a better writer than I am, and has already nicely summed things up:
The purpose of an inversion has never been, and never could be, and never will be, “ooh, Canada has a 15 percent tax rate, and the U.S. has a 35 percent tax rate, so we can save 20 points of taxes on all our income by moving.” Instead the main purpose is always: “If we’re incorporated in the U.S., we’ll pay 35 percent taxes on our income in the U.S. and Canada and Mexico and Ireland and Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, but if we’re incorporated in Canada, we’ll pay 35 percent on our income in the U.S. but 15 percent in Canada and 30 percent in Mexico and 12.5 percent in Ireland and zero percent in Bermuda and zero percent in the Cayman Islands.”
What is he talking about? The U.S., unlike most developed-world governments, insists on taxing the global income of its citizens and corporations that have U.S. headquarters. And because the U.S. has some of the highest tax rates in the world, especially on corporate income, this amounts to demanding that everyone who got their start here owes us taxes, forever, on anything they earn abroad.
This is a great deal for the U.S. government, which gets to collect income tax even though it’s not providing the companies sewers or roads or courts or no-knock raids on their abodes. On the other hand, it’s not a very good deal for said citizens and corporations, especially because our government has made increasingly obnoxious demands on foreign institutions to help them collect that tax. Both private citizens and corporations who have a lot of income abroad are deciding that they’d rather renounce their ties to the U.S. than deal with the expense and hassle of letting it tap into income that they have earned using some other country’s roads and sewers and police protection.
Taxing people on income earned elsewhere is a human rights violation. Someone should complain to the UN.
And no, I’m not exactly kidding. The United States has been able to get away with this kind of intrusiveness because we’re powerful. As Obama makes us less powerful, there’s increased incentive for other countries to band together against this practice. Though on the other hand, they may favor it as a way to get businesses to relocate outside the United States.
Here’s a crazy idea: Let’s have a business climate that would make people want to headquarter their businesses here.
UPDATE: From the comments: “The global community has spoken: don’t tax income earned overseas. That cowboy Obama is going it alone.”
I HOPE THAT COURTS GROW MORE SKEPTICAL OF QUALIFIED IMMUNITY CLAIMS: Court to Police: No Immunity Just Because You’re Cops.
MICHAEL BARONE ON THE NEW REPUBLIC’S NOAM SCHEIBER: Letting the cat out of the bag on the role of public employee unions.
Noam Scheiber makes a good case for the importance of the Wisconsin governor’s race at the New Republic. But the most interesting thing comes in what Scheiber, perhaps inadvertently, admits. Referring to the limitations on public employee union bargaining imposed by Governor Scott Walker and the Republican legislature, Scheiber writes, “He’s effectively defunded a key Democratic constituency.”
Let’s unpack that. Where do public employee unions get their money? Directly from dues paid by public employees, who in turn get that money from taxpayers. Where does that money go? Politically, almost entirely to the Democratic Party, as Scheiber admits. Public employee unions, whatever else they do, are (in almost all cases) a mechanism for mandatory taxpayer financing of one political party. Scheiber’s complaint is that Wisconsin Republicans have cut the amount of such public financing.
Hence the Wisconsin Deep State’s scorched-earth assault on Scott Walker.
GOVERNMENT SPYING IS FINE WITH THEM SO LONG AS IT’S AIMED AT REPUBLICANS AND TEA PARTY TYPES: Media curiously silent on “Truthy.”
DAVID ADESNIK: The Tea Party’s Surprisingly Hawkish Foreign Policy.
Two things: First, it’s not so much “hawkish” as Jacksonian, in Walter Russell Mead’s formulation. As Mead put it: “For the first Jacksonian rule of war is that wars must be fought with all available force. The use of limited force is deeply repugnant. Jacksonians see war as a switch that is either “on” or “off.” They do not like the idea of violence on a dimmer switch. Either the stakes are important enough to fight for—in which case you should fight with everything you have—or they are not, in which case you should mind your own business and stay home. . . . The second key concept in Jacksonian thought about war is that the strategic and tactical objective of American forces is to impose our will on the enemy with as few American casualties as possible. The Jacksonian code of military honor does not turn war into sport. It is a deadly and earnest business.”
Second, the Tea Party is about restricting the federal government to its constitutionally-defined roles. Defense of the nation is a constitutionally defined role.
NOEMIE EMERY: Nobody’s Fault: Liberals make excuses for Obama. “All of a sudden, people have noticed that we are in trouble, and many are saying it isn’t the president’s fault. All the bad news, from Iraq to Ukraine, from Libya and Syria to the Mexican border, just seems to have happened: Obama was standing there, golfing or shaking hands with donors, and, like a burst of bad weather, the winds blew, the skies opened, and things went to hell. Mysterious forces conspired against him, terrible setbacks occurred for no reason, and we were left with effects without a cause. His supporters commiserate with him and note his bad fortune at being in office at a time when events make his life difficult. Or they worry about the effect of all these misfortunes on his legacy.”
Why do bad things always happen to him?
ROGER KIMBALL: Obama Tries For Kyoto 2.0. Can we roll back the Presidential carbon footprint to 1992 levels?
Related: Climate Change To The Rescue? “Mostly, I’m sure he sees the ‘climate crisis’ as a distraction from the countless failures of his administration, not to mention the current global collapse, and yet another sop to his base that makes Lenin’s ‘useful idiots’ seem like the Caltech chess team.”
THE TEACHOUT CHALLENGE MAY OR MAY NOT SUCCEED, BUT IT’S CERTAINLY PUTTING A DENT IN CUOMO’S VIABILITY AS A NATIONAL CANDIDATE: New York Times snubs Andrew Cuomo with non-endorsement.
In 2010, the New York Times offered a ringing endorsement of Democrat Andrew Cuomo for governor, citing in particular his campaign promise to clean up corruption in the state’s capital and reform campaign finance rules.
“Mr. Cuomo acknowledges that his foremost task is restoring trust and transparency to Albany, and the sections on ethics reform are the most impressive in his briefing books,” the editorial board wrote.
But times have changed. In a major snub, the Times editorial board said Tuesday that it will not endorse Cuomo, now governor, for re-election in the state’s Democratic primary in two weeks, largely because he failed to act on the promises that enchanted the paper nearly four years ago. . . .
Looming over the Times’ non-endorsement is the controversy earlier this year over the Moreland Commission, an independent panel set up to investigate corruption that Cuomo’s administration blocked when it looked too closely into Cuomo’s allies. The New York Times published the seminal story on Cuomo’s interference with the commission.
Still, the Times declined to endorse Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham Law School professor challenging Cuomo in the primary, in spite of praise for many of Teachout’s proposals.
They’re afraid she might win.
UPDATE: From the comments: “Check out the comments by Times readers to the non-endorsement. I’ve yet to read a single one defending Cuomo. And they’re Cuomo’s natural constituency and the kind of people who vote in Democratic primaries. The Professor here might be on to something.” I occasionally am.
REP. STEVE COHEN GETS TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER: “A lot of people in America like guns.”
EXECUTIVE LAWMAKING: Obama Pressed To Take Executive Action On Immigration. “Immigration reform advocates, including many Democrats on Capitol Hill, argue that Obama has both the legal authority and a moral obligation to use his executive pen to halt deportations for millions of immigrants living in the country illegally.”
THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: Former HHS Cyber Security Director Convicted For Child Porn. “In addition to viewing and soliciting child pornography, reportedly asking another member of the site whether he’d share pictures of his son, he suggested meeting a fellow pedophile in person to violently rape and murder children together.”
SOUNDS LIKE PEOPLE SHOULD BE HANGING FROM LAMPPOSTS: Britain: Revealed: How fear of being seen as racist stopped social workers saving up to 1,400 children from sexual exploitation at the hands of Asian men in just one town. “In two cases, fathers had tracked down their daughters and tried to remove them from houses where they were being abused – only to be arrested themselves when police were called to the scene. . . . No council employees will face disciplinary action in a town where 1,400 children suffered sexual exploitation in a 16-year period, the local authority’s chief executive has said.”
IT’S COME TO THIS: The War On Bacon Is Real.
STEVEN HAYWARD: “Perlstein’s latest massive book has been generating more buzz than a turbine with bad ball bearings, with even some conservatives who ought to know better praising this malignant hit piece.”
STICK A FORK IN YOUR NEWSPAPER:
Print newspapers are going to die; at this point they’re living off coupons, on the print side, and old people, on the readership side. Newspaper circulation has fallen only a little bit among readers older than 65, but it has started low and fallen lower among the under-35 demographic. It doesn’t seem reasonable at this point to believe that those folks will ever pick up the newspaper habit. So as the readers die, and the advertising fades, the newspapers, too, will die one by one. The magazines, which already look anorexic compared with their earlier ad-stuffed selves, will undoubtedly follow.
POLL: Race Relations Were Better Under Bush.
According to one survey, not only have race relations in America worsened since 2009 when they improved greatly in the immediate wake of the election of the nation’s first African-American president, an eventuality which was to be expected, they are generally worse than in 2007 when George W. Bush (a man who we were told by figures of influence “doesn’t care about black people”) occupied the Oval Office.
The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake noted that a recent Pew Research Center poll indicates that faith among African-Americans in law enforcement to act fairly has plummeted. In 2007, only 31 percent of black respondents had “very little” faith in local police. Today, 46 percent said the same.
The survey also shows that 64 percent of African-Americans believe blacks and whites “get along very well” or “pretty well” today. In 2007, that figure was 69 percent rising to 76 percent in 2009. Pew’s latest results represent a 12 point shift backwards.
Everything he touches. . . .
A THOUSAND SCIENCE FICTION PLOTLINES SCREAMED IN HORROR: Radical New Theory Could Kill the Multiverse Hypothesis.
SPYING: NSA built “Google-like” interface to scan 850+ billion metadata records. “According to newly published documents, the National Security Agency has built a ‘Google-like’ search interface for its vast database of metadata, and the agency shares it with dozens of other American intelligence agencies. . . . The new search tool, called ICREACH, is described in an internal NSA presentation as a ‘large scale expansion of communications metadata shared with [intelligence community] partners.’ That same presentation shows that ICREACH has been operational since the pilot launched in May 2007. Not only is data being shared to more agencies, but there are more types of such data being shared—ICREACH searches over 850 billion records.”
Related: The Latest NSA Revelation Wouldn’t Be So Scary If Agency Hadn’t Gone Bonkers.
IS THERE A BETTER SOLUTION FOR SURPLUS MILITARY GEAR?
UPDATE: I say let’s not give them any more until they can take better care of what they’ve got. “184 state and local police departments have been suspended from the Pentagon’s “1033 program” for missing weapons or failure to comply with other guidelines. We uncovered a pattern of missing M14 and M16 assault rifles across the country, as well as instances of missing .45-caliber pistols, shotguns and 2 cases of missing Humvee vehicles.”
ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE IVY LEAGUE: Episcopal chaplain at Yale: Jews are to blame for anti-Semitism for not making peace with genocidal enemy. “Next on Rev. Shipman’s bucket list: blaming women who dress provocatively for rape, blaming blacks for racism because of high crime rates, and blaming gays for homophobia for being ‘flamboyant.’ If Rev. Shipman had made analogous comments about any other ‘ism,’ he’d be out of a job. And if it were any group but Jews, their student organization would be occupying his office and demanding it.”
He won’t be occupied because those occupations are in service to the academic establishment, and the establishment is on his side. Take note.
LAW SCHOOL: Columbia vs. NYU.
TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 474. It’s a big one, today.
IT WAS AN ENGINEERED SORT OF MADNESS, I THINK: Victor Davis Hanson: The Madness of 2008.
Related: Lost in America. “It’s about fear. It’s about impotence. We can’t calm the world in the way we’d like to, can’t find common ground and peace at home, can’t pass needed laws, can’t build necessary infrastructure, can’t, can’t, can’t.” Fundamentally transformed.
MEGAN MCARDLE: Fareed Zakaria And The Mysteries Of Plagiarism.
Journalism has only a few “capital crimes” — offenses where a single instance can kill your career. In fact, plagiarizing and making up quotes or facts are the only two I can think of. They often get lumped in together, but as I’ve been reading and thinking about the accusations of plagiarism against Fareed Zakaria, the differences between them have loomed large.
Making up facts or quotes is pretty clearly a crime against the reader, and possibly against the subject, depending on whether the quotes make them sound bad. The journalist is using the credibility of his or her position to get people to believe something that isn’t true. That untrue thing may be trivial — what’s possibly most remarkable about Jonah Lehrer’s fabrications is how minor and unnecessary they often were — but that doesn’t alter the fact that you have deliberately gotten someone to believe a lie.
Plagiarism is a completely different sort of crime, but we often treat it as similar. When someone is caught plagiarizing, the editors often write solemn notes, apologizing to the reader. And yet, in most of these cases, the overwhelming majority of readers don’t care.
And, probably, neither will anyone else if you hold the right connections and views. “There is something to see here, but we’re not sure what it is. And maybe — because it is Zakaria, and not some young unknown — we don’t want to look too closely.”
INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Rev. Al Sharpton: Obama’s New Jeremiah Wright. To be fair, as far as I know Jeremiah Wright never actually got anyone killed.
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OUR JUNIOR VARSITY ADMINISTRATION: Adriana Cohen: Foreign Policy Inexperience Proving Costly. “The truth is, Obama is worse at foreign policy than Jimmy Carter.” Hey, I warned everybody that a Carter rerun was a best-case scenario. . . .