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“Only when women are overrepresented on every educational metric will we have reached the goal of ‘full gender equity’?”

Monday, January 21st, 2013 - by Helen Smith

That is the question that Professor Mark Perry asks after looking at this data (via Newsalert):

In a “Data Snapshot” published last June, the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education “highlights several differences in educational outcomes between males and females from prekindergarten,” including these:

1. 57% of students in postsecondary education are women.

2. Girls enrolled in gifted and talented education programs outnumber boys enrolled, e.g., 8.1% of girls participated in gifted and talented education programs in 2009 compared to 7.4% of boys.

3. By a large margin, girls are much less likely than boys to be held back one year. In 2009-2010 across all grade levels, 61% of the students held back for academic reasons were boys and only 39% were girls.

4. A greater percentage of girls in 7th or 8th grade (20%) are taking Algebra I compared to boys (18%), and girls of every race/ethnicity are passing Algebra I at a higher rate than their male peers.

Many books and articles are written about why boys “fail” but our school system is failing them and no one cares.

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How Accurate are Polls on Consumer Behavior?

Friday, January 4th, 2013 - by Helen Smith

I often wonder if people tell the truth on polls that ask them for specific information related to finances or how they feel about their money. There are often discrepancies between what people say they will do and what they actually end up doing. For example, I was reading the poll done by the Harrison Group and American Express Publishing Corporation saying that affluent Americans would be increasing their spending for the 2012 holiday season. With tax increases in sight and little reason to celebrate, I found this hard to believe:

America as a whole is expected to spend less during this period in 2012, but the Top 10% – based on wealth – plan to spend over 20% more. “We’re predicting overall holiday gift spending to decline,” confirms Cara David, Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing & Integrated Media at American Express Publishing.

“But the top of the market will increase substantially. Luxury retailers can take comfort in the fact that 39% of the ‘Top 1%’ plan to splurge on gifts for their significant others to make the holiday season memorable. Women especially, are also looking to purchase gifts for themselves in categories like fashion, jewellery and accessories….”

The top 10% will account for nearly 29% of the total 2012 holiday spend, and will increase their gift giving spend 21.9% this year over 2011.

Today, I was reading over at Zero Hedge a post that seems to contradict this information:

Despite all the rancor about seasonally-adjusted ad hoc beats of holiday week retail sales (amid burgeoning discounts), the trend (post the Hurricane Sandy-driven surge) in GAFO (General Merchandise, Apparel and Accessories, Furniture and Other Sales) retail sales is most explicitly lower…

As Rich Yamarone concludes: it appears “You can’t spend what you don’t have.” It seems ‘tax-the-rich’ is also misfiring as those making over $90k per year report recent spending at its lowest for this time of year since 2008….

Although November marks the beginning of the holiday season — generally a time for spending and splurging — Americans did not spend any more than usual this November, and upper-income Americans appear to be spending less than usual.

It makes me wonder if affluent Americans try to say the right things at times such as “yes, I will be spending more to bolster the economy” or “yes, please tax me more!” to try to make themselves less of a target or to get kudos from their fellow man. People say a lot of things but they often don’t mean them. In this negative milieu against those with money, it kind of makes sense.

However, it could just be that certain pollsters look for support for their PC agendas– American Express Publishing and The Harrison Group also found that 67 percent of the top one percent of American earners support higher income taxes. Is this really true? Maybe as true as the affluent spending more this holiday season.

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Prayers for Dan Riehl

Friday, October 26th, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

Friend and blogger Dan Riehl is sick.

Sorry I didn’t write earlier. Thought you’d want to know that Dan went into the hospital last night with respiratory failure. They had to do pulmonary bypass because he couldn’t be intubated. The doctor gave him a 50-50 chance of living.

I talked to the nurse today, she thinks he’s doing better. They’re currently chasing his heart rate and trying to keep him oxygenated — he has a nasal canula now, which is not that big of a deal. They said they’d try to move him out of ICU tonight but weren’t sure.

He’s at the Fairfax County hospital.

Elizabeth Scalia suggested that I ask you to post a link to his website and maybe his tip jar. Not even sure if he has one.

Here is Riehl World News. His tip jar in over on the right, between the ads.

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Retraction and Apology to Mr. Lazaro Mendez

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

On Sept 11, 2012, I wrote and published a post in which I alleged that Lazaro Mendez, aka DJ Laz, had two criminal charges in Miami-Dade County, Florida on his record. I wrote the post in good faith, but I had the wrong man and was entirely mistaken.

I apologize to Mr. Mendez and to my colleagues here at PJ Media for my error. The post containing the error has been retracted in full.

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Some Thoughts on the Colorado Shooting Massacre

Saturday, July 21st, 2012 - by Helen Smith

We don’t know yet if the Colorado shooter is mentally ill, but the odds are good that he is.  His own mother wasn’t surprised when she was contacted about the shooting.  Clayton Craymer, author of the new book My Brother Ron: A Personal and Social History of the Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill, pointed out the article stating that  the shooter’s own mother wasn’t surprised at what happened:

San Diego woman identifying herself as James Holmes’s mother spoke briefly with ABC News this morning.
She had awoken unaware of the news of the shooting and had not been contacted by authorities. She immediately expressed concern that her son may have been involved.
“You have the right person,” she said.
“I need to call the police,” she added. “I need to fly out to Colorado.”

James Holmes dropped out of school recently — I wonder why. Was he having trouble or was he forced out? What kinds of symptoms was he having that led his mother not to be surprised that her son was involved? What have his parents dealt with that would lead his mother not to be surprised that her son would do this?

What gets me is that when something like this happens, people think that the parents are responsible and they tend to blame them. It’s easier than realizing the complexity of what is actually happening in this country as well as others. The mentally ill get little treatment, parents have nowhere to turn, and as a result, according to the Treatment Advocacy Center, “there are approximately 1,000 homicides – among the estimated 20,000 total homicides in the U.S. – committed each year by people with untreated schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.” Was James Holmes one of theses statistics? We don’t know for sure, but it is likely that he was mentally unstable.

In the course of my career, I have had many desperate parents call me, especially for their adult mentally ill children. They have nowhere to turn and few resources. Their child is often sick, angry, broken, and needs treatment but doesn’t get it. Or does get some, but stops taking the meds and is rarely monitored. The law doesn’t allow them much leeway in these cases and basically says that until someone commits a crime, they won’t do anything. No one really understands this system unless you live it with someone everyday or work in it and realize how hard it is to get help for the mentally ill. There are few mental hospitals open and private practitioners rarely want to take on someone like this. Community mental health centers are hit or miss, depending on their staff and resources.

If our society continues to ignore the issue of the mentally ill, then more of these tragedies will happen with no solution in sight.

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Disability: The New “Job” in Obama’s Economy

Friday, July 6th, 2012 - by Helen Smith

I was amazed (or maybe dismayed) when I saw the link on Drudge to an IBD article that reported 3.1 million workers joining the ranks of those on disability:

The economy created just 80,000 jobs in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. But that same month, 85,000 workers left the workforce entirely to enroll in the Social Security Disability Insurance program, according to the Social Security Administration.

The disability ranks have outpaced job growth throughout President Obama’s economic recovery. While the economy has created 2.6 million jobs since June 2009, fully 3.1 million workers signed up for disability benefits.

In other words, the number of new disability enrollees has climbed 19% faster than the number of new jobs created during the sluggish recovery.

What is also amazing, or depressing, I guess, is that “more than 99 percent of all SSDI beneficiaries remain in the program until retirement age.” One silver lining might be that there is a higher percentage of men on disability benefits than women. Frankly, if men are not entitled to WIC or many other benefits, they might as well get something.

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In Memoriam

Monday, May 28th, 2012 - by The Tatler

General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If our eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

II. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

III. Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.

By order of


Adjutant General


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Uncle Tim: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 - by Helen Smith

A reader (thanks!)  sent me a post by John Scalzi, the science fiction author of such books Old Man’s War and an upcoming book titled Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas.  Scalizi’s post is entitled: “Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is”:

I’ve been thinking of a way to explain to straight white men how life works for them, without invoking the dreaded word “privilege,” to which they react like vampires being fed a garlic tart at high noon. It’s not that the word “privilege” is incorrect, it’s that it’s not their word. When confronted with “privilege,” they fiddle with the word itself, and haul out the dictionaries and find every possible way to talk about the word but not any of the things the word signifies.

Scalzi gives some lame analogy about computers and being male in US society in which straight white men have it the easiest and minorities and women and all others are born into trouble:

So that’s “Straight White Male” for you in The Real World (and also, in the real world): The lowest difficulty setting there is. All things being equal, and even when they are not, if the computer — or life — assigns you the “Straight White Male” difficulty setting, then brother, you’ve caught a break.

I say “bullshit.”  Straight white men are today’s whipping boy. Scalzi’s fawning commenters start out telling him how brilliant his little essay is while this Uncle Tim and some (but not all–some  commenters fight back) of his sycophants eat it up.

In my upcoming book with Encounter Publishing entitled “Male Strike: Why Society’s War Against Men is Suicidal and What to Do About It,”  I discuss these Uncle Tim types (those who put down other men) whose life is made easier by pandering to women and other men who are either Uncle Tims themselves or White Knights trying to save a damsel in distress. There is always a benefit to putting down straight white males. What’s yours, Scalzi?

My question to readers is, what is the best way to handle an Uncle Tim who puts down other men, laughs at their misfortune and even gets ahead politically with this behavior?

Update: The Red Pill Room has a good discussion of Scalzi’s lame post.

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And Now, For Something A Little Lighter

Friday, February 10th, 2012 - by Conservative Wanderer

It seems a bit… intense on the Tatler today, so I’d like to lighten the mood a little bit.

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You can view all Simon’s Cat videos on YouTube or on his own website.

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Somehow I doubt that “this really happened” — or at least it didn’t happen in the last 60 years

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 - by Bookworm

My liberal friends tend to march in lockstep on the “real me” Facebook page, with all of them excitedly posting the same story or news report. Today, five of my friends posted the following, each time preceding it with the ALL CAPS announcement that “this is a true story”:

A 50-something year old white woman arrived at her seat and saw that the passenger next to her was a black man.

Visibly furious, she called the air hostess.

“What’s the problem, ma?” the hostess asked her

“Can’t you see?” the lady said – “I was given a seat next to a black man. I can’t seat here next to him. You have to change my seat”

- “Please, calm down, ma” – said the hostess “Unfortunately, all the seats are occupied, but I’m still going to check if we have any.”

The hostess left and returned some minutes later.

“Madam, as I told you, there isn’t any empty seat in this class- economy class. But I spoke to the captain and he confirmed that there isn’t any empty seats in the economy class. We only have seats in the first class.”

And before the woman said anything, the hostess continued

“Look, it is unusual for our company to allow a passenger from the economy class change to the first class. However, given the circumstances, the commandant thinks that it would be a scandal to make a passenger travel sat next to an unpleasant person.”

And turning to the black man, the hostess said:

“Which means, Sir, if you would be so nice to pack your handbag, we have reserved you a seat in the first class…”

And all the passengers nearby, who were shocked to see the scene started applauding, some standing on their feet.”


I’m against racism, but I do not feel compelled to share this story. As it happens, contrary to the ALL CAPS announcement at the head of the little essay, I do not believe that, in 2012, or 2011, or 20-anything, “a 50-something year old white woman” was “visibly furious” that she “was given a seat next to a black man.” Even Obama’s grandmother wouldn’t have done that. I mean, maybe, just maybe, back in 1954, on a short-hop flight from Mississippi to Alabama in 1954, it’s conceivable that a middle-aged white woman might have displayed the kind of open aggression. Except that black people weren’t welcome on planes back then. Never mind.

In the here and now, the likelihood of this story being true is, perhaps, 0.0001%. The only thing that’s true about this story is that it is racist, in that it is a surprisingly vicious attack against middle-aged white ladies. I take it personally, and am trying to figure out which government agency to approach so that I can file a formal complaint against Facebook for hosting blatantly false and racist material.  I’m sure the Eric Holder Justice Department will be behind me all the way.

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The Many Ironies of a “Modest Swimwear” Advertisement

Thursday, January 5th, 2012 - by Bookworm

I’m not a fan of extremely revealing or tight clothing. Even in my younger days, when I could get away with it, it wasn’t my style. There’s something to be said for a little mystery and a lot of class. Nevertheless, an ad for “modest swimwear” managed to make my eyeballs pop a little:

The first funny thing to strike me is the fact that, thanks to the way computer algorithms process words, an ad for full coverage swimwear — something aimed primarily at the Muslim market — ended up on a Commentary Magazine blog post that talks about the repression that too often goes with mandatory hijabs in Muslim countries.

The second funny thing is that the models used are remarkably non-Muslim looking. And yes, I know that “Muslim” is not a racial classification, but demographically it trends towards non-blondes.  These models, however, look as if they come from the little known Northern European Muslim demographic.

And the third funny thing is that the ad company went overboard with Photoshopping to make the models skinny. The women in the black suit has a right arm so skeletal she looks mortally ill, while the woman in the maroon suit has stick thighs and a bizarrely large head. We know that this type of digitized airbrushing is routinely done with models stripped down to their skivvies, but there’s something ludicrous about seeing the same tactic applied to models wearing clothes that could comfortably have appeared in a Victorian fashion magazine:

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Can Anybody Translate/Decode This Mysterious Note I Found While Walking Maura This Morning?

Monday, November 28th, 2011 - by Dave Swindle

Since starting full-time at PJM a few months ago I’ve had the opportunity to push the reset button on the daily routine and try and start getting into healthier habits. So far the life change that’s been showing some of the most dividends is my morning run with Maura, our 2 1/2 year-old Siberian Husky. Every day (minus when April and I take our DisneyLand Sabbaths) Maura and I leave the house around 6:30 or 7 just as the sun is rising. Here’s this morning’s Sunrise as shot with my cell phone:

I’ll have a longer slideshow over at PJ Lifestyle soon about the odd, abandoned objects Maura and I have found on our walks in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. But I thought I’d share one here at the Tatler that I found this morning. Is anyone capable of making out the language/symbols of this note I found on the ground? Consider it the day’s brain teaser. I don’t even know what the correct orientation of the page is but this is my best guess:

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Graphic of the Day: #OWS vs. The Tea Party

Thursday, October 27th, 2011 - by Duane Lester

I keep hearing about how the Occupy Wall Street folks are just like the Tea Party.

There’s a few minor differences:

Hat Tip: Wizbang

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Kids in California Can Get HPV Vaccinations Without Parental Consent, But Not Tans

Monday, October 10th, 2011 - by Bookworm

This is what Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed yesterday:

The governor signed a measure allowing children as young as 12 to seek prevention treatment, such as vaccinations, for sexually transmitted diseases such as HPV without parental consent.

And this is also what he signed yesterday:

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he had signed into law a bill that prevents children under 18 from using the popular tanning method. The law takes effect Jan. 1.

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Mother Earth now has legal standing in Bolivia

Thursday, September 8th, 2011 - by Bookworm

You’re thinking my post title is a joke, right? Wrong. It’s the God’s — er, I mean Gaia’s — honest truth:

With the cooperation of politicians and grassroots organizations, Bolivia is set to pass the Law of Mother Earth which will grant nature the same rights and protections as humans. The piece of legislation, called la Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra, is intended to encourage a radical shift in conservation attitudes and actions, to enforce new control measures on industry, and to reduce environmental destruction.

The law redefines natural resources as blessings and confers the same rights to nature as to human beings, including: the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered. Perhaps the most controversial point is the right “to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities”.

Once again, I’m at a standstill. I’d like to say something clever or insightful, but this reversion to a pre-Judeo-Christian primitivism has me absolutely hornswoggled.

I assume that the next law passed will be to authorize human sacrifice to assuage Mother Nature’s hunger. Any virgins in Bolivia might want to start sidling to the exit just about now.

Cross-posted at Bookworm Room

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Rapid City, South Dakota: Officer Down

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 - by Howard Nemerov

In my years of research, I have had the pleasure of interviewing police officers from around the country. I’ve also noticed that as I transformed from a California new-age liberal to—Liberty/Constitutionalist-but-not-Libertarian-by-affiliation?—my attitude towards cops has become much more positive.

The vast majority of concealed carry licensees are law-abiding citizens who just want to go home safely at the end of the day. The same is true for the vast majority of police officers. Which is why today is a sad day.

Yesterday in Rapid City, South Dakota, Officer James Ryan McCandless and two other officers– Nick Armstrong and Tim Doyle–were performing what began as a “routine” traffic stop on a car containing four people. After a few minutes, one of the occupants began shooting, killing McCandless and wounding Armstrong and Doyle.

As the call of “officer shot” screamed out over police radios, officers from many agencies rushed to secure the crime scene. The shooter was wounded and apprehended, and remains hospitalized, as do Officers Armstrong and Doyle. Armstrong remains in critical condition.

In 2009, the FBI reported Rapid City was a city of 66,170 population, with 127 full-time officers.

Our condolences go out to Rapid City PD and the officers’ families.

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Tatler 2.0

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

By now you’ve undoubtedly seen the Tatler’s new look, and several of you have taken the time to write in or comment and let us know what you think. We truly appreciate your feedback, even if you don’t like what we’ve done with the blog. In fact, constructive feedback can help us keep improving the site.

Now, about the changes themselves. We went to the two-column format for a few reasons. Under the previous format, readers had to scroll up and down to get around the site and past posts that might not be of interest. It was more difficult to see the broad range of content that we might have up, and check the site’s headlines at a glance. The new look puts more content up front at a glance, with about 10-15 posts and Scuttlebutt headlines on screen the second you enter the site. The new Tatler look is more of a news dashboard than a scrolling blog.

The word “awful” has been tossed around at the Tatler’s new look, but the fact is, the two-column format is a proven success. If our format is awful, so is that of Hot Air, The Blaze, Power Line, even our own front page and many many other news and opinion sites out there. Publishers use this format because it works. We adopted this format because it works both for readers and authors. Readers can see more content at a glance and can more easily select what you want to read; authors get to have their content displayed longer on the front page than the previous format allowed, giving it more time to catch on.

And let’s be candid: Web sites depend on traffic to survive. We’re no exception. When you click on a story in the new format, you’re rewarding the author with measurable hits that we could not see or measure in the old format. You’re helping us understand what you care about, both in clicks and comments.

Change is a hassle, especially when it hits without warning. As the editor around here who has put the past few months of my life into the Tatler, I hope you all stick around and help us keep growing the site. We’re nothing without our readers. Perhaps no one understands that or feels it more strongly than I do. So stick with us, and hopefully we’ll all get used to and come to appreciate the Tatler’s new look.

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The Barefoot Bandit on Biography

Thursday, July 7th, 2011 - by Helen Smith

I was interviewed for the “Barefoot Bandit” show for the Biography Channel which comes on tonight at 10pm and 11:00pm Eastern time. You might remember that the Barefoot Bandit was the teen, Colton Harris-Moore, who stole airplanes, boats etc. and eluded the police for months. If you like such shows, check it out tonight (Thurs. July 7th) on the Biography channel.

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Rockonomics on Earth Day

Friday, April 22nd, 2011 - by Patrick Poole

Jack Heald of Rockonomics offers some insightful thoughts on Earth Day:

Earth Day. Bleh.

I’m convinced Earth Day was conceived by tea-sipping western European elites who live in mild climates where nature is a devoted, loving and fertile servant to man. I know better. I spent my childhood in Oklahoma and half my adult life in Texas.

Oklahoma springtime meant tornadoes, thunderstorms, wicked unexpected heatwaves, late snowstorms and crop-crushing hail storms. Summer brought drought, searing heat, blowing dust and energy-sapping humidity. Fall was an explosion of allergens to make up for the relatively mild weather. Winter was tree-crushing ice storms. The ground was 90% limestone, so growing anything required dedication, hard work, sweat, perseverance and more than a bit of luck. We had poisonous snakes and venomous and/or biting bugs. In one 18 month stretch, my hometown of 35000 people suffered a devastating direct hit by a tornado and two “100 Year” floods. In other words, “Mother Nature” was mean, nasty, ill-tempered and downright murderous most all the time.

Texas was like Oklahoma only more so. Literally everything in nature was trying to kill you…

Read the whole thing.

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A lighter moment

Sunday, February 6th, 2011 - by Charlie Martin
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Big PIcture

Sunday, January 16th, 2011 - by Charlie Martin

And now for something completely different:

APOD Antarctic Eclipse

Click to see the big version at Astronomy Picture of the Day.

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Someone tell Steve Green

Friday, January 14th, 2011 - by Charlie Martin

Sometimes vodka isn’t the best choice. Scientists demonstrate the magical properties of red wine.

There was a series of old SF stories about a scientist who would get blind blackout drunk and invent things; the stories were about him trying to figure out — hung over — what the inventions did.

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RIP David Nelson

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 - by Charlie Martin

David Nelson — the “other” son of Ozzie and Harriett Nelson — has died.

If you don’t know who Ozzie and Harriet were, never mind. Just get the hell off my lawn.

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Bernanke

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 - by Stephen Green


It seems impolite to ask, what with employment growth sucking wind already. Companies added just around 100,000 jobs a month over the past year, a rate Fed chief Ben Bernanke dismissed Friday as “insufficient to materially reduce the unemployment rate.”

That’s the jobs picture right now, according to Fortune and the Fed. But wait — there’s less:

But it gets worse. Economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch say one key to a jobs recovery is an improvement in housing — because so much job creation is driven by new businesses that have in recent years been financed in part by home equity borrowing.

This is — er, that was — the “wealth effect” that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is purposely trying to recreate by pumping imaginary dollars into the equities markets. People will feel richer, just like they did with ever-increasing home prices. Until, of course, the air lets out or the bubble pops or the bottom drops out or whatever financial disaster metaphor you’re most uncomfortable with.

To put it more simply, the Fed plan is to save us from the housing bubble by giving us an equity bubble.

As with all economic news, there’s good and bad. The good news is, Americans are being smart and paying down debt; there’s less likely to be a wealth effect than a slightly-less-endebted effect. In other words, we might have gotten too wise to blow that bubble. The bad news is, the Fed might just try ever harder, leaving us with a very nasty inflation spike down the road.

But by all means, keep pushing that string, Ben.

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Last words on “blood libel”

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 - by Charlie Martin

Moe Lane has said pretty well what ought to be the last words on the manufactured fuss about “blood libel” — manufactured because everyone, everyone’s brother, and everyone’s brother’s dog used it as a more general metaphor before Palin said it; it wasn’t offensive, it was just another attempt at a political attack on Palin.

Since I didn’t say it myself, I’m going to do the next beat thing and steal it quote it:

For the record: yes, she undoubtedly meant it. And if anyone out there doesn’t like having their rhetoric being compared to hate-filled bigots trying to instigate violence by spreading deliberate inflammatory lies against another group, then STOP DOING IT.

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Islamic Leader Denies Muslim Link to Terror

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 - by Terror Tracker

Shaker Elsayed, the leader of influential Northern Virginia mosque Dar al-Hijrah, blamed the FBI for recent terrorism cases around the United States in an interview with Iran’s PressTV.  FBI agents “are not investigating to see if the individual is engaged, they are engaging the person in terrorist activities, in conspiracies, in plotting,” Elsayed told the Iranian English-language station. “Our experience here at al-Hijrah was very positive with the FBI leadership in Washington Field Office, until we found out that getting very close to the FBI came at a very serious price.” Elsayed must have missed the terror involvement of previous mosque leaders at Dar al-Hijrah, including the mosque’s employment of al-Qaeda ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki. For more information about Dar al-Hijrah’s double-speak on terror, see the Investigative Project on Terror’s article “Dar al-Hijrah Official’s Deception on Awlaki.”

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Lie back

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 - by Charlie Martin

Referring to Howard Kurtz and the piece Bryan links here, I think we can conclude that what Palin is really supposed to do, according to the Legacy media, is not fight back, but relax and enjoy the inevitable.

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Why Do They Hate Us?

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 - by Michael Ledeen

Roger Simon has a superb essay today, in which he reminds the many who have forgotten that we have a violent history, and that in fact there was a lot more violence in the sixties.  True, true.  And I have been saying for years that the lefties must frequently resort to vicious attacks on people with whom they disagree, because the lefties don’t win many debates on serious issues.  Their world view, which used to both explain the world and serve as a rational basis for policy making, doesn’t explain much of anything, and their policies, as we’ve seen in two short years, make things worse.  Fast.  It’s frustrating.  Maddening, even.  Ergo the Politics of Personal Destruction.

They have learned that a great way to try to destroy their critics is to accuse them of thinking or even doing what the lefties are planning to do themselves, or, as in the Tucson case, have done for a long time.  They have been using hateful speech, hoping to get some action, and so it is automatic for them to accuse the righties.

Freud called it projection.  Ace’s deconstruction of Howard Kurtz provides a good roadmap.  Or mindmap.

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Howard Kurtz is a silly man

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Howard Kurtz thinks Sarah Palin’s response to the blood libels against her — and yes, that’s what they are — was “unpresidential” and that she should have just gone along with the left’s assault — and yes, that’s also what she has endured — against her and the right generally.

As someone who has argued that linking her rhetoric to the hateful violence of Jared Loughner is unfair, I can imagine that the former governor was angry about how liberal detractors dragged her into this story. But after days of silence, she had a chance to speak to the country in a calmer, more inclusive way. She could have said that all of us, including her, needed to avoid excessively harsh or military-style language, without retreating one inch from her strongly held beliefs.

As many of us have been saying since the politicization of Tucson began, this isn’t 1995 anymore.  Those of under this insane and dishonest assault are under no obligation to accept our assailants’ terms.  And so we won’t, not now, not ever again. The sooner Kurtz and Mark Halperin and the rest of these ghouls get that, the better.

Personally, I think Kurtz has a deep seated issue dealing with strong conservative women.

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Columnist’s rush to judgment officially wrong

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 - by Christian Toto

Can a newspaper offer up a correction for an entire column?

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Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 - by Charlie Martin

Pelosi’s statement today:

“This resolution is a fitting tribute. It is a great resolution. Please read it again and again. Carry those names in your heart. Remember each of these people because, again, a tragic accident took lives, wounded people in the free expression of ideas.


I guess that means it’s not Palin’s fault after all.

(H/T to K-Lo)

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Saul Anuzis Letter supporting NPV to AK Leg

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 - by Christian Adams

I’ve received quite a bit of email regarding my Pajamas piece today about RNC Chair candidate Saul Anuzis.  It relates to his support of the anti-constitutional national popular vote effort to revolutionize the election of the President.  Some emails are from former supporters expressing shock that Anuzis was a proponent of the plan.  As I know next to nothing about him, I cannot be shocked.  Others have asked whether his support was a side issue or more formal.  To that end, I’ve posted a letter sent to at least one state legislator that should answer the question.  It would be reasonable to presume this might be a form letter sent to others.

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Blood Libel

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 - by Charlie Martin

I’m starting a contest for the person who finds the first use of the phrase “blood libel” in reference to the slurs directed against Palin and the Right, on a publication or widely-distributed blog.

There’s even a prize, as I am inventing the PJM Tatler No-Prize™  for the event.

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A Marianas Trench of hypocrisy

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Glenn Reynolds: The Democrats are diving into a Marianas Trench of hypocrisy regarding heated political rhetoric in the wake of Tucson.

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Together We Thrive?

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Charlie Martin found the Tuscon memorial service’s logo and title last night.  Yes, the memorial has a logo and a title — Together We Thrive: Tucson and America.  The WaPo’s 44 blog has posted a timeline of tonight’s memorial service.  It’s odd, to say the least.  It would be interesting to know who planned it, and who designed its logo.

Opening music
A Native American blessing
Welcome by University of Arizona President Robert N. Shelton
The playing of the National Anthem
Remarks by President Shelton
Remarks by a University of Arizona Student
Remarks by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R)
Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
Remarks by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
Remarks by President Obama
Moment of silence

As of the writing of that list, there is no prayer or minister involved, as is customary in America’s times of sorrow.  There is a “Native American blessing,” though.  Which tribe or tribes are involved is not disclosed.

It’s not at all clear why the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Attorney General are speaking, unless they are on hand to politicize the memorial.  Both are every bit as divisive figures as anyone in American life; Holder infamously called America a “nation of cowards” and tried moving the trials of major al Qaeda terrorists to the scene of their crimes, and Napolitano has helped politicize national security while doing nothing about TSA’s strip and grope regime at our airports.  Their presence makes little sense when weighed against the facts of the Tucson shooting: Loughner is neither a terrorist nor a political actor nor an interstate criminal.  He is alleged to be a troubled young man who committed heinous crimes.

Going by the list above, it would seem that the Democrats intend to politicize the memorial in a way that leaves the president, through his own remarks, above the fray.  If that is what takes place, it will be a disgrace and the president will be sullied whatever he says.

Update: In the comments, Charlie points out that at least Napolitano is a past AZ governor, which is true.  It’s also true that Holder is leading the lawsuit against Arizona’s immigration law, and Napolitano has done nothing to stop that or assist her state as it defends itself against the Obama administration she joined.  Seems to me it would have made more sense to let either of Arizona’s senators, or other congressmen, speak rather than Napolitano.

Update: I’ve been wondering why the mayor of Tucson isn’t on the speaker’s list, since this happened in his city.  Well, his party affiliation might be a clue.

Update: Come to think of it, we haven’t heard much from Tucson mayor Bob Walkup at all.  That speaks well of him, imho.

Update: Hm. According to the University of Arizona…I’m not making this up:

Concession stands will be open during the event.

For an hour-long memorial service?

Update: I am not going to offer any comment on this photo.  Yes, apparently it’s real.  This is the first memorial I’ve ever heard of with not only its own logo, but a sporty T-shirt as well.

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