Wednesday, January 28, 2015

(01:00 PM)

SPACE: Here’s What a SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Will Look Like.

(12:44 PM)

JOURNALISM: Politico invents nasty Mike Huckabee quote, mocks it.

(12:38 PM)

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: The Tick-Tock Begins for Andrew Cuomo.

(12:14 PM)

AUSTIN BAY: Time for Obama and Ambassador Power to Account for Their Darfur Failure.

(11:00 AM)

IN THE MAIL: Senate Proof.

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(10:54 AM)

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 629.

(10:30 AM)

NATIONAL JOURNAL: Democrats Not Giving Up On “War On Women” Tactic Yet:

Democrats are far from finished with their “war on women” campaign strategy, midterm losses be damned.

Critics said Democrats’ focus on topics such as abortion rights and access to contraception proved to be a losing strategy in 2014. But leading Senate Democratic strategists aren’t backing away from the message just yet. They don’t necessarily defend the way the strategy was executed, but they do think a focus on female voters and the subjects they care about will resonate in next year’s races—especially as Republicans on Capitol Hill debate new abortion legislation. . . .

Democrats once considered Sen. Mark Udall’s Colorado race against Republican Cory Gardner an ideal place to emphasize abortion rights and contraception, hoping it would carry Colorado’s cosmopolitan, socially liberal electorate. It had worked there in 2010, when Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet won reelection after successfully characterizing his opponent (now-Rep. Ken Buck) as too extreme.

But by the late summer, with polls showing a close race, Democrats began to worry that Udall—who was saddled with the moniker “Senator Uterus”—had too narrowly focused on abortion rights, at the expense of a more well-rounded message. The criticism crystalized by October when The Denver Post, in an endorsement for Gardner, castigated Udall for running an “obnoxious single-issue campaign.” Udall lost the race, the first Democratic gubernatorial or Senate candidate to do so in Colorado since 2002.

Despite the criticism, Democrats insisted that although the campaign made mistakes, focusing heavily on something like access to contraception was the right thing to do. Their polling backed it up: According to sources close to the Udall campaign, every time the senator wavered from that message, Gardner’s lead would increase. (Lopach, for his part, said that because he just joined the DSCC he wasn’t equipped to assess whether the Udall campaign had focused too heavily on abortion rights.)

To some of them, the message was right—it just wasn’t enough to overcome an unpopular president and strong Republican candidate like Gardner.

My sense is that men are going from indifferent, to seriously turned-off by all this gynocentric rhetoric. So what will the Dems do when their war on women schtick costs them more male votes than it gains them female votes?

(10:14 AM)

LIZ PEEK: Why Elites Think ‘Pro-America’ Is So Last Century.

(10:00 AM)

HOW THE FIRE PHONE FIZZLED. “Understanding Amazon’s journey to create a smartphone, and why it failed, is perhaps the best way to understand the company’s evolving mission and values as it struggles to unearth its next gusher of revenue.” Steve Jobs had the Lisa before he had the Mac.

(09:00 AM)

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(08:58 AM)

“SMART DIPLOMACY” MARCHES ON: Muslim Brotherhood-Aligned Leaders Hosted at State Department; Brotherhood seeks to rally anti-Sisi support.

(08:53 AM)

ROLL CALL: House Democrats Brace for Potentially Tense Retreat. “For House Democrats, the months since the demoralizing midterm elections have been characterized by several public episodes of party infighting — about the culture of the caucus, the ‘brand’ and the perceived lack of opportunities for younger members to climb the ranks.”

(08:44 AM)

ED DRISCOLL: Sorry, Jonathan Chait, But Political Correctness Is The Essence of Liberalism.

(08:43 AM)

JOURNALISM: Media “Blows” Coverage Of Menendez Iran Sanctions Delay.

(08:30 AM)

WELL, LOOK AT HOW THEY TREAT THE TEA PARTY, WHICH IS A VERY MIDDLE-CLASS MOVEMENT: Why are Republicans so weirdly hesitant to talk about America’s middle class?

The paucity of “middle” mentions is bizarre. The story of this anemic economic recovery — and really of the entire 2000s — is how poorly America’s broad middle has done. Countless news stories and research reports have highlighted the middle class’ financial struggles. Clearly, Democrats have gone long on “middle class” for 2016. In his recent State of the Union speech, President Obama coined a new term for his policy agenda: “middle-class economics.” And the Center for American Progress, the “ready for Hillary” think tank, recently produced a lengthy report devoted to solutions for middle-class woes.

But weirdly, much of the GOP is reluctant to explicitly target the middle, either with rhetoric or ideas. It’s not necessarily that Republicans don’t care about the 99 percent. They just think their way is better than the Democrats’ way, even if it’s less obviously and directly helpful to the middle class. This is the party that believes “a rising tide lifts all boats,” that faster economic growth is the best path to shared prosperity. To concede otherwise is to challenge one of the modern party’s first principles. Moreover, many think mentioning the “middle class” by name — much less pushing policies to directly help it — smacks of “class warfare” and uses the language of Karl Marx. As Rick Santorum, one GOPer who has actually focused on the middle, has put it, “since when in America do we have classes? Since when in America are people stuck in areas or defined places called a class? That’s Marxism talk.”

Neither party in this country really wants the middle class to wake up and seize control. Dems can talk about it because they know they won’t rouse it. Republicans can’t talk about it for fear that they will.

(08:08 AM)

K.C. JOHNSON AT MINDING THE CAMPUS: A Slight Nod To Due Process. “Fifty-nine times the document uses the word ‘victim’ to describe a student who has alleged being sexually assaulted; fifty-nine times the document doesn’t couple that description with an ‘alleged,’ even as the document makes clear it’s dealing with procedures that occur before any adjudication.”

(08:00 AM)

GOOD: Sharyl Attkisson leads Loretta Lynch witness list as Senate Republicans plan tough hearing.

Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson leads the list of witnesses who will testify at the confirmation hearing. Attkisson is suing the Justice Department, accusing it of tapping her phones and computer while she worked as a correspondent for CBS News.

Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke will also testify. Clarke accused Holder of race-baiting following the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo.

Senate Republicans have also invited Catherine Engelbrecht, who was subjected to numerous federal investigations and repeated questioning by the Internal Revenue Service after she sought tax-exempt status for her voter ID advocacy group, True the Vote, in 2010.

Among the agencies who began suddenly probing Engelbrecht’s business were the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, which are part of the Justice Department.

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley will also testify. He authored a critical column in USA Today entitled “Fire Eric Holder.” Turley said Holder’s Justice Department had violated civil liberties and the free press by snooping into the computers and phones of reporters.

I assume C-SPAN, CNN, MSNBC and Fox will all be covering live.

(07:41 AM)

A MODEL FOR GOVERNMENT ENTITIES EVERYWHERE: Portsmouth regulators vote to eliminate taxi regulations.

In response to Uber ride-sharing drivers now working in the city, the Taxi Commission on Wednesday recommended the elimination of taxi medallions, regulation of taxi fares, city taxi inspections and the Taxi Commission itself.

The commission voted unanimously to send a memo to the City Council outlining its recommendations to lift many regulations currently imposed on drivers-for-hire. . . .

“I think the public is probably better served if we also have ride-sharing,” Cataldo said, explaining that ride-share drivers help get intoxicated people home safely.

Cataldo said the Uber model dispatches more drivers to certain locations when demand peaks and that cab drivers have not been available to transport all of the people who need rides all of the time. He said he’s most concerned about bar patrons having rides between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. because ensuring impaired people don’t drive is “a blessing to the city.”

Cataldo said if drivers are smoking, or offering rides in unkempt vehicles, consumers will decide if they want to hire them. Under the proposal, police would continue to conduct background checks of registered drivers who would also have to provide proof that their passengers are insured for a minimum of $300,000 under a commercial policy.

Several commissioners compared the proposed deregulation of taxi fares to the fact that someone can buy a glass of beer for $4 at a downtown pub and pay $8 for a glass of the same beer at a nearby restaurant.

“I guess it’s going to come down to what consumers want to do,” said Lt. Chris Cummings, the Police Department’s liaison to the Taxi Commission.

What a novel approach. What if it spreads?

(07:30 AM)

DO TELL: Obama drops proposal to cut tax benefits of 529 college savings plans.

And just one day after my USA Today column blasting that policy came out. Coincidence? I think not.

UPDATE: First link was bad before. Fixed now. Sorry!

(07:15 AM)

YES. NEXT QUESTION? Is Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Grandstanding At The Expense of Due Process? “By inviting Ms Sulkowicz to accompany her, Senator Gillibrand undoubtedly wanted to send Congress the message that passage of her proposed Campus Accountability and Safety Act is necessary to protect students in their college environments. However, in her effort to push through the bill, Senator Gillibrand not only is willing to use a dubious victim, Gillibrand is also willing to use discredited and out of date statistics and unsubstantiated data.”

(07:00 AM)

AN INTERESTING NOTE BY ALEXANDER KASNER IN THE STANFORD LAW REVIEW: National Security Leaks and Constitutional Duty. The argument that the Oath Clause protects leakers who expose illegal or unconstitutional conduct is interesting. I wish I’d thought of that for my Don’t Fear The Leaker piece.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

(11:07 PM)

BYRON YORK: Will Jeb Bush deport four million illegal immigrants?

That’s hardly unthinkable. Obama deported 2 million in slightly more than one term.

(10:38 PM)

WELL, THIS MAKES SENSE: Why Marine Le Pen Is So Popular With France’s Gays:

An insight into the phenomenon comes from Patrick McCarthy, a young gay blogger who lives in Bordeaux. ‘Up until 2005, Bordeaux was a very gay-friendly city,’ he says. ‘Same-sex couples could openly walk down the street holding hands without any problems. However, in the space of two months, five gay men were murdered in the city. The blame was put on Bordeaux’s Muslim community since some of these hate crimes were carried out by people of Arabic origins.’ . . .

The Front National now offers a welcoming home to gay people who feel judged by Muslims and share wider concerns about immigration and the loss of French identity.

That gay men now feel comfortable with the Front National is the result of a deliberate effort by its leader, Marine Le Pen, who has pursued a programme of detoxification (the French term is ‘de-diabolisation’) ever since she took control of the party in 2011.

So the GOP should encourage Muslim immigration so as to pick up gay support! And it’s not just gays: “In the 2012 presidential elections, Le Pen won 13.5 per cent of the Jewish vote. A surprising enough statistic, but her appeal to gay activists has created even more waves.”

(09:28 PM)

WELL, TO BE FAIR, THAT WOULD HAVE SPOILED THE NARRATIVE AND COST HIM CLICKS: N.Y. Times’ Charles Blow cried racism, said nothing about cop who arrested his son being black. “Blow did not return a request for comment on why he omitted the race of the officer in his column or whether the race of the officer matters.” But we all know, don’t we?

UPDATE: On Twitter: “What Charles Blow was upset about was a slight against his son’s class. Not his race.”

(09:03 PM)

HISTORY: Take a Tour of a 1964 Underground Fallout Home.

(08:02 PM)

LAMB AND GUINNESS STEW: Reader Merrill Guice emails: “Decided this was a good week to try this recipe I’d saved. Just wow! I feel like I under seasoned, though. What rough measures did you use for the Rosemary, turmeric, paprika, red pepper, and garlic?”

You know, it’s just “to taste,” and it’s been a while since I’ve made it so I’m not sure the measures. My advice: When in doubt, more! Here’s the recipe. Good for a cold winter night.

(07:00 PM)

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(06:29 PM)

THEODORE DALRYMPLE: Looking Away from Europe’s Muslim Problem: It’s easier to condemn Steven Emerson than to confront issues of assimilation and culture.

(06:02 PM)

SPACE: Hoping to Set Sail on Sunlight. “The Planetary Society, a nonprofit that promotes space exploration, announced Monday that it would send the first of two small craft testing the technology of solar sails into orbit this May, tagging along with other small satellites on an Atlas 5 rocket. . . . When photons — particles of light — bounce off a shiny surface, they impart a tiny bit of momentum, an effect that comes directly from the equations of electromagnetism published by the physicist James Clerk Maxwell in the 1860s. In his 1865 novel, ‘From the Earth to the Moon,’ Jules Verne appears to have been the first to realize that this force could be harnessed for space travel. The bombardment of sunlight over a large area can gradually but continuously accelerate a spacecraft.”

(05:06 PM)

WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS: A Turbo-Diesel Snow Blower. Well, maybe not everyone.

(04:04 PM)

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: 3-D Transistors Made with Molecular Self-Assembly.

(03:00 PM)

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(02:41 PM)

LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE ERA OF HOPE AND CHANGE: The DEA Is Spying on Millions of Cars All Over the U.S. “The primary goal of the license-plate tracking program, run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is to seize cars, cash and other assets to combat drug trafficking, according to one government document. But the database’s use has expanded to hunt for vehicles associated with numerous other potential crimes, from kidnappings to killings to rape suspects, say people familiar with the matter.” Also, one suspects, Tea Party members and law enforcement critics.

(02:30 PM)

SPYING: Feds Spied On Wikileaks’ Journalists’ Emails.

(02:00 PM)

WHY SHOULD POLICE, IN PUBLIC, HAVE A RIGHT OF PRIVACY WHEN CITIZENS DON’T? Cops decry Waze traffic app as a “police stalker.” “The app, used by some 50 million people in 200 countries, is a free service that provides real-time traffic data about accidents, congestion, traffic cameras, and weather among other information. It also allows Waze users to report a police presence, which then appears on a traffic map for others to see. The app provides no other data about the police’s public presence.”

(01:42 PM)

MONEY FOR LAWYERS! YAY! Here come the settlements over lack of due process in campus sexual assault hearings.

(01:33 PM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Cutbacks Are Looming for Law School Income-Based Repayment Programs. I certainly would not borrow money for law school — or any education — in the expectation that the income-based repayment plans will be there later. They are likely to run out of other people’s money.

(01:30 PM)

I’M NOT INSURING THEM: These Guys Drove A 2000 Horsepower Lamborghini Into A Lake.

(01:22 PM)

HMM: Romney, ahead of 2016 run, now calls Utah home, talks openly about Mormon influence. Prediction: The presidential talk is a headfake, he’ll actually pivot and run against Mike Lee for Senate.

(01:21 PM)

GOOD: Scott Walker forms committee in preparation for 2016 presidential bid.

(01:19 PM)

JE SUIS UN HYPOCRITE: Two weeks after Zuckerberg said ‘je suis Charlie,’ Facebook begins censoring images of prophet Muhammad.

(01:17 PM)

WAIT, I THOUGHT AL QAEDA WAS ON THE RUN: General Tells Senators al-Qaeda Has ‘Grown Fourfold in Last Five Years.’

(01:00 PM)

INDIANA HAS ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH EASTASIA: Governor proposes his own media coverage. Though to be fair, “professional” journalism is so in-the-tank for its favored party that there’s not much difference.

(12:26 PM)

RICHARD EPSTEIN: The Sad State Of The Union. Hopey-Changey!

(11:00 AM)

IN THE MAIL: From Damon Root, Overruled: The Long War for Control of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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(10:57 AM)

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 628.

(10:44 AM)

CHANGE: Teachers Take Union Dues to Supreme Court: Teachers unions ‘have done more harm than good,’ one plaintiff says.

(10:30 AM)

PUSHBACK: Russia Threatens SWIFT.

It is important not to underestimate the amount of bluster and bluff in Russian talk about its friendship with China and its turn to the east. Repeated failures to build an effective Russia-China partnership date back to the era of the Soviet Union and Mao. But both countries, and they are not alone, are deeply and seriously concerned about what they see as the excessive power that the present day SWIFT system gives the U.S. and its Western allies; essentially, the ability to cut a country’s banks off from the global financial system. These are the sanctions that have been so effective against Iran. Russia and China, and a number of other countries, would like very much to break this weapon, something they see as one of the chief props of American world power.

It isn’t easy to build an alternative, and countries like China which depend on large flows of both investment and trade with the rest of the world, and whose financial systems are pointed toward greater rather than less integration with the global system are somewhat less eager about building an alternative than countries like Russia. Furthermore, lots of ne’er-do-wells like Venezuela, Argentina, or perhaps a Syriza-led Greece would love to join an alternative system thinking that it offers them new chances to stiff a new set of creditors.

Still, the more powerful the sanctions weapon becomes, and the more we try to use it, the greater the incentive we create for other people to challenge it. This should at the least cause the West to think twice before slamming sanctions down when somebody jaywalks; this is a tool that should be reserved for great dangers, not pesky annoyances. Yet there’s a longstanding tendency in the West to use sanctions as a substitute for military action—public opinion demands action, politicians don’t want to send troops (and think the public demand for action will cool rapidly when the body bags start coming home), so sanctions become the way to look tough while staying cool.

Which calls for courage and self-discipline among politicians, both, alas, in short supply these days.

(10:10 AM)

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Obama’s 529 Tax Plan Is Just The Beginning.

(10:00 AM)

HISTORY: Remembering Auschwitz: 70 Years After Liberation. Fortunately, it’s impossible to imagine that kind of murderous antisemitism in Europe today.

(09:00 AM)

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(08:56 AM)

CHANGE: S&P cuts Russia’s credit rating to junk.

(08:54 AM)

ON PJTV, I TALK WITH BILL WHITTLE AND DAVE SWINDLE: What If Everything Were Cheap? A Post-Singularity Look.

(08:46 AM)

U.S. ANTI-FRACKING INTERESTS: SHILLS FOR RUSSIAN OIL. Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company. “A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. . . . No one knows where that firm’s money comes from. Its only publicly documented activities have been transfers of $23 million to U.S. environmentalist groups that push policies that would hamstring surging American oil and gas production, which has hurt Russia’s energy-reliant economy.”

(08:42 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: U.C. Berkeley Students Complain About Having To Read Aristotle, Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Weber and Foucault. In course on classic social theory. And if that makes it hard for you to focus on the course material, cupcakes, you don’t belong in college.

(08:39 AM)

THOUGH, APPARENTLY, WITHOUT ENOUGH GAME TO PULL IT OFF: Russians charged with plotting to recruit NYC co-eds as spies. But an excuse to run pics of the sexy Anna Chapman, who has nothing to do with this story!

(08:35 AM)

WAPO: Drone incident at White House highlights long-studied, still-unsolved security gap. “The intrusion by a recreational drone early Monday onto the White House lawn exposed a security gap at the compound that the Secret Service has spent years studying but has so far been unable to fix, according to several officials familiar with the concern.”

Meanwhile, InstaPundit’s crack investigative team has produced this photo of the incident as it happened:

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(08:30 AM)

ASHE SCHOW: The Left is still looking for a modern ‘rape culture’ poster child.

The term “rape culture” entered the English lexicon in the mid-1970s, but has never really found a poster child, a name that could be pointed to as an example of this supposed epidemic of sexual violence toward women on college campuses.

Liz Seccuro should be the best example of this, although hers was a gang rape by a stranger who (20 years later) would go to prison for his act of violence. Since rape culture has come to more generally refer to a new, blurry definition of rape that involves he-said/she-said situations, non-strangers and usually alcohol, Seccuro’s case does not fit.

But today’s activists have needed someone that proves police and school officials still don’t do anything about sexual assault accusations, even after decades of information campaigns. Even better if the alleged rape was perpetrated by white athletes or fraternity members who came from wealthy families.

And they have so far failed to find their poster child.

If there were really a problem, you’d think they could find a victim who wasn’t, you know, made up. Meanwhile:

As activists search for the perfect victim, due process advocates already have several. One doesn’t need to know the names of the Duke lacrosse men charged with rape to know their story and remind people of what mob justice can do to innocent lives. And thanks to Jackie, members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity have also become victims of false allegations and political pressure.

And if one needs actual names, look no further than Patrick Witt or Brian Banks. Witt was a star athlete and potential Rhodes Scholar who was smeared as a rapist and struggled for years to create a new future for himself outside of the opportunities taken from him due to a false accusation.

Banks, another star athlete, spent more than five years in prison for an accusation that was later recanted. He did have a brief stint as an inside linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons, though he was cut several months after signing.

The problem rape culture activists have in finding a perfect victim is the trouble with defining rape in he-said/she-said situations, when the lines are blurred and there’s rarely any evidence for either side. That is a tough situation in which to find a sympathetic character.

But the narrative demands it.

(08:26 AM)

CHANGE: Saudi Succession Hints at Shift in Foreign Role. “Analysts and diplomats who know him say Prince Mohammed embodies Saudi Arabia’s shift to a more assertive foreign policy, propping up allies and dismantling perceived foes. Inside the kingdom, he has been a driving force in defeating extremist networks and in stifling and punishing political dissent.” That last doesn’t seem like much of a change.

(08:00 AM)

PRAGER UNIVERSITY: How Dark Were The Dark Ages?

(07:30 AM)

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): California mom busted for having sex with teen daughter’s ex-boyfriend.

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(07:00 AM)

PROFILES IN HYPOCRISY: Obama Films Anti-Oil-Drilling Video . . . From A Jet With A 53,000 Gallon Fuel Tank. “On Saturday, Obama flew Air Force One over 8,000+ miles to India to discuss global warming and other issues.”

Monday, January 26, 2015

(11:40 PM)

NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SPORT: NFL wife launches obscene diatribe against ‘greedy,’ women-hating NFL. You know, I have no sympathy for these PC-addled losers.

(11:19 PM)

LARRY CORREIA HAS A SCHEME, and you’re invited.

(11:15 PM)

ROGER SIMON: PLAY REVIEW: Barton Disconnects.

(11:00 PM)

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(10:30 PM)

IT’S COME TO THIS: Semi-retired president gonna enjoy his gum during major photo op with important ally. “Two points. One: Is it Nicorette he’s chewing? That would explain, at least, why he couldn’t refrain from smacking away despite knowing he’d be on camera for hours with India’s PM during a formal state parade. How bad is this guy’s smoking habit, though, if he couldn’t make it through an afternoon without a hit of nicotine? Remember, this isn’t the first time recently that he’s been criticized overseas for chewing gum at an international summit. Indian media obviously noticed his ‘ungainly’ display, as you’ll see below. Either he was jonesing awfully hard for a smoke or today’s the day he moved officially from the YOLO phase of his presidency to the WGAF phase.”

(09:47 PM)

DANIEL HANNAN: What’s the Eurocrats’ real fear? Greece quits and thrives.

Meanwhile, Jim Bennett emails: “Just thinking…if I were the newly-elected leader of Greece, and I were considering taking Greece out of the Euro, I would be talking exactly like Tsirpas. That is to say, I would be categorically denying that I was even considering doing such a thing. First, because I would try taking a run at the European leaders and see whether I could get forgiveness on the debts (fat chance), and second, because if you switch currencies you want to give absolutely no advance warning of it, to prevent bank runs and capital flights. You do it Friday evening after bank closing time, and after the capital control decrees have been drafted and are ready to implement.”

(09:32 PM)

ED DRISCOLL: American Sniper Finally Breaks Hollywood’s Anti-Military Omertà.

(09:02 PM)

IF IT’S ONLY VIABLE WHEN SUBSIDIZED, YOUR TECHNOLOGY ISN’T REALLY VIABLE: Worry for Solar Projects After End of Tax Credits. “Ken Johnson, chief spokesman for the Solar Energy Industries Association, the main solar trade group, said that his group planned to lobby Congress to extend the credit beyond 2016. ‘That’s our top priority for this session of Congress,’ he said, adding that developers across the solar industry were ‘trying to do as much as possible before it drops to 10 percent in 2017.’”

(08:00 PM)

WHY EXPERTS ARE WORRIED about a measles outbreak. “‘It is one of the most contagious infectious diseases we know of,’ Shust says. ‘If you’re not immune, you have about a nine in 10 chance of getting it through close contact.’ This might mean sneezing, coughing, or even from germs on a surface.”

(06:34 PM)

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Belen High School employee arrested, accused of rape.

An Educational Assistant at Belen High School has been arrested on multiple charges including criminal sexual penetration.

New Mexico State Police say agents from the NMSP Investigations Bureau arrested Victoria Baker, 34, Friday after allegedly being sexually invovled with a student. . . .

According to the Valencia County Detention Center, Baker is charged with two counts of child neglect, six counts of criminal sexual penetration, eight counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count with tampering with evidence.

Remember, one reason there are so few male teachers is that people are afraid they might be sexual predators.

Related: Sex ed teacher admits to having sex with student in teacher’s lounge. “Daresa Deann Poe, 32, is charged with second-degree rape. . . . Poe teaches seventh grade and high school classes on marriage, child care and family, and consumer sciences, school officials said. She’s also the district’s student advisor for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, and a married mother of two.”

(06:05 PM)

FASTER, PLEASE: Nanotechnology May Provide More Effective Cancer Treatment.

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CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Law Firm at Center of Silver Scandal Donated Huge Sums to Dems. “The plaintiffs law firm Weitz and Luxenberg, which employed Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, is said to have provided Mr. Silver with $5.3 million in referral fees, despite his having ‘never performed any legal work whatsoever,’ according to the prosecutors. If millions of cash for no work sounds like a generous arrangement, it’s not the first time the firm has shown its generosity.”

(04:04 PM)

DON SURBER: Charles Curtis, the Indian who became vice president.

(03:00 PM)

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(02:39 PM)

THE DEATH OF MUSIC SALES: If CDs are “dead,” so is iTunes.

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(01:52 PM)

HMM: Is the Noose Closing Around Andrew Cuomo? New York governor is “obsessed with fear” over feds’ investigation.

(01:42 PM)

READER BOOK PLUG: From Francis Owen Drewrey, Mascots.

(01:30 PM)

DISPLAYING ADAPTABILITY: Reverse Flows Shore Up Ukrainian Gas Supplies. “After the gas crisis of 2008 to 2009, during which Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine for nearly two weeks, Europe resolved to beef up its energy infrastructure to help prevent such an event in the future. By building out so-called ‘reverse flow’ capabilities, European countries could increase their ability to supply one another in the case of crisis. Now, as Reuters reports, Europe’s reverse flow capacity looks set to jump nearly 27 percent this weekend.”

(01:00 PM)

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Global Home Cleaning Robots Markets Worth $9 billion by 2020.

(12:52 PM)

FAMILIES ADVOCATING FOR CAMPUS EQUALITY: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Should Apologize To Student She Smeared.

(12:48 PM)

JOAN HEMINWAY: Women in the Crowd of Corporate Directors: Following, Walking Alone, and Meaningfully Contributing.

(12:10 PM)

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Obama Goes Where The Money Is: Middle Class Savings Like Blood In The Water.

(11:54 AM)

DREW CURTIS OF FARK.COM: So I’m running for Governor of Kentucky in 2015. Kentucky could do worse — and probably will, unless he’s elected.

(11:00 AM)

IN THE MAIL: From Mike Ritland, Team Dog: How to Train Your Dog–the Navy SEAL Way.

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(10:55 AM)

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 627.

(10:42 AM)

BLUE-ON-BLUE: Andrew Cuomo Rebukes Teachers Unions: ‘Don’t Say You Represent the Students.’ “The fact that this fiery anti-union tirade passed the lips of a blue state Democrat tells you everything you need to know about just how thoroughly teachers union have alienated many of their natural political allies. And this isn’t merely some quirk of New York politics, as the same thing has happened on a local scale in numerous cities such as Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles. Democratic politicians everywhere are more willing to take on teachers unions than ever before.”

It’s as if there’s some sort of K-12 Implosion going on or something.

(10:30 AM)

JAKUB GRYGIEL: Know Thy Enemy: The modern Western penchant for trusting in the equal rationality of all is strategic folly. Aeschylus understood this well.

Good strategy requires a sound understanding of one’s rivals. A rival in any walk of life is, in a sense, an interlocutor. To engage him effectively in debate one must understand his speech and reasoning patterns. Without that knowledge, conversation is at best pointless, at worst self-defeating. So it is in strategy. It is futile to engage in competition with a rival power without having at least an inkling about his thoughts, fears, and desires.

The modern Western penchant for trusting in the equal rationality of all suggests otherwise. According to this conceit, there is no reason to plumb the nature of an enemy’s thinking because it is no different in essence from one’s own. But this is wrong. A rival’s response to one’s strategy is not predictable as a simply rational and universal reaction that can be generalized and grasped with relative ease. Rival states or groups respond to similar actions in different ways based on their culture, worldview, history, and the proclivities of their leaders. Good strategy, as Bernard Brodie once put it, “presupposes good anthropology and good sociology.”

Despite their superficial attachment to multiculturalism, our elites don’t really want to think of other cultures as, you know, thinking differently, for fear that it might somehow be racist to take that into account.

(10:00 AM)

MARK HEMINGWAY: The American Sniper Freakout: Why The Left Can’t Tolerate This Movie. “The film is primarily about the heroism of soldiers who, thrust into battle by larger forces, do their best to protect each other and innocent Iraqis. Clint Eastwood, often described as one of the few prominent right-wingers in Hollywood, opposed the invasion of Iraq and questioned the invasion of Afghanistan. Even so, the film’s lack of left-wing politics has been treated in some quarters as an unpardonable sin.” Gleichschaltung!

(09:00 AM)

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(08:59 AM)

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Obama Goes Where The Money Is: Middle Class Savings Like Blood In The Water.

(08:54 AM)

WAR ON MEN: Amherst College settles suit filed after diploma withheld over rape allegation.

A lawsuit filed by an Amherst College student who argued the school unfairly held up his academic career over an old, unproven allegation of an on-campus rape has quietly settled. . . .

Doe filed the lawsuit last year after the college decided to revive a 2009 allegation a week before he was set to earn his diploma in 2014 – and after the college had disciplined him for excessive drinking and acting out sexually. His accuser, identified only as “Student A” in court records, said he complained to school officials at the time of his alleged encounter with Doe but never filed a formal complaint.

The original demand was for $2 million. Expect to see more lawsuits, as universities are terrible at handling these kinds of cases and — as with this case, it seems — are often more concerned with looking tough to their PC critics than with being fair to individual students.

UPDATE: Sunday Morning, When Facts Don’t Matter.

I admit it: I’m a sucker for a well-played French horn. And I’ve been a fan of CBS’ Sunday Morning since Charles Kuralt held the reins. That his fellow Charles, the Osgood one, wears a bow tie is a bit dated, but still, the French horn intro is magnificent. It’s very hard to blow a good French horn.

But a segment yesterday morning was shockingly bad. Not because it took an ideological position with which I disagree, but because it was factually vapid. The website write-up began with the discredited “According to the U.S. Justice Department, one in five college women will experience some kind of sexual assault while in school.” Would it be too much to expect that a news organization like CBS be aware that these numbers, which don’t come from the DoJ, have been so thoroughly and utterly debunked that not even the most radical feminist organization will use them anymore?

Apparently not.

It’s all about boosting Kirsten Gillibrand, and the “war on women” theme. Facts are optional.

Related: How To Lie And Mislead With Rape Statistics: Part 1. Zerlina Maxwell is mentioned.

ANOTHER UPDATE: A vital correction from reader Bob Strauss: “Sorry to email you at your academy, but the Sunday Morning fanfare is trumpet. Wikipedia has a whole explanation of the piece and who plays it (Wynton Marsalis, currently).”

(08:30 AM)


According to an analysis by Jerome Organ, a professor at the University of St. Thomas, 33 percent of law school entrants had median LSAT scores of 160 or higher in 2013, compared with 40.8 percent in 2010 (the LSAT is scored on a scale between 120 and 180). Conversely, first-year students with scores of 149 or lower rose from 14.2 percent to 22.5 percent.

“Not all law schools are lowering admission standards,” wrote Wendy Margolis of the Law School Admissions Council in an email. “If some of them are, you would need to ask them about their individual reasons. …

In recent years, some law schools have cut the number of people they admit and the ranks of faculty that teach them. Given the economics, experts expect some of the nation’s law schools to close and the quality of students to keep slipping.

It’s a shakeout.

(08:07 AM)

MICKEY KAUS: How Romney Can Come Back . . . Using This One Weird Trick!

(08:00 AM)

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Move over, humans, the robodocs are coming: Technology is going to significantly transform medicine, with sensors monitoring body functions.