UNEXPECTEDLY! I dumped my fiancé for a Jamaican lover but he fleeced me of £10k and turned out to be a love rat: Louise Chesney, 24, was set to marry her perfect man when a local hotel worker caught her eye on holiday. The “perfect man” dodged a bullet, I’d say, especially after seeing photos of her pale, tubby, and tattooed self. And I love the “I can’t believe this happened” bit, as if it was something that just happened, instead of something stupid that she did.
August 27, 2016
WELL, THAT’S TRUE: “And look at him. He’s hypermasculinized — more muscular definition than any manly labor or team sport would ever produce. But he’s delivering the kind of lines that were — for propagandistic purposes — traditionally assigned to women. Who talks about becoming a ‘much more sexual person’? It sounds so silly next to ‘being jacked,’ which sounds silly anyway.”
Compare to these WWII Okinawa Marines. But remember, it’s only women who have to deal with society’s expectations regarding appearance.
SOON, THEY WILL BE REPLACED BY ROBOTS: ‘Truthfully, I’m over it and a bit bored’: Women who are struggling with a loss of libido candidly confess the reasons they stopped having sex with the men they insist they still love.
And stories like this certainly help explain why so many men are going on strike.
THE GREATEST PRESIDENTIAL COMEBACKS: Could Donald Trump be one of the lucky ones?
It’s an interesting roundup of political history, but a very selective one: the piece fails to mention one of the key mile markers on the way to Harry Truman’s legendary “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment – smearing Thomas Dewey as a Nazi during the relentlessly dark last days of Truman’s campaign.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Berkeley Suspends Its ‘Global Campus’ Because of Budget Deficit.
All is proceeding as I have foretold.
NEWS YOU CAN USE: How to write a four chord song:
DEPENDING ON YOUR DEFINITION OF “YESTERDAY’S,” TODAY’S STREET CARS ARE FASTER THAN YESTERDAY’S RACE CARS, TOO: Yesterday’s Race Tire vs. Today’s Street Tire: Which Is Faster?
ACTUALLY, IF PEOPLE ON THE RIGHT ARE SMART THEY’LL ENCOURAGE THIS: Graduate Students Can Unionize at Private Colleges, U.S. Labor Panel Rules.
THE INTERNET — IS THAT THING STILL AROUND? 25 years on, here are the worst ever predictions about the Internet.
(Classical reference in headline.)
YES, A MIGHTY WIND’S A BLOWIN’ ‘CROSS THE LAND AND ‘CROSS THE SEA: Hundreds Of Drunk Americans Washed Ashore In Canada Because Of Strong Winds.
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COLIN KAEPERNICK EXPLAINS WHY HE SAT DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM:
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly immersed himself into controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.
His latest refusal to stand for the anthem — he has done this in at least one other preseason game — came before the 49ers’ preseason loss to Green Bay at Levi’s Stadium on Friday night.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Speaking of getting away with murder, Kaepernick’s salary last year was nearly 20 million dollars, when the 49ers went 5-11.
I really miss the days when football served as an escape from politics instead of just another front line for the reactionary left.
SCIENCE CONFIRMS: MILLENNIAL MEN HAVE PANSY HANDSHAKES. Gosh, that bit of news has arrived so “unexpectedly.”
IN THE MAIL: From Alberto R. Gonzales, True Faith and Allegiance: A Story of Service and Sacrifice in War and Peace.
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MERKEL’S DEBACLE: Orban Doubles Down on Migrant Hard Line.
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban is doubling down on his preferred solution to dealing with the floods of human misery that could easily once again overwhelm the Balkan corridor should the migrant deal with Turkey fall apart. His solution? To build a second fence along Hungary’s border with Serbia. . . .
The remarks came ahead of a meeting between Angela Merkel and the heads of the Visegrad countries—Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland—where, notably, both Orban and the Czech Republic’s Bohuslav Sobotka pressed the German Chancellor on the creation of a European army to help maintain border security for the continent.
Hungary is due to hold a referendum on EU migrant policy on October 2. The question—”Do you want the European Union to be able to mandate the obligatory resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens into Hungary even without the approval of the National Assembly?”—is giving many in Brussels the vapors. The referendum itself is not legally binding, but a strong popular rejection of any Europe-wide relocation scheme will be hard to ignore, especially since similar such sentiments appear to be widespread across eastern Europe.
In response, voices in Brussels are threatening to deprive the stubborn Eastern Europeans of funding if they refuse the migrant quota diktat, even as Merkel continues to plead for calm—”I think we will continue to discuss this issue,” she said at today’s meeting. No one in the east is yet seriously mulling some kind of Brexit option, but they certainly are watching carefully how the UK fares as it distances itself from Brussels.
As is often the case in the EU, a slow-motion tragedy is well under way. Unlike other tragedies, which involve complicated and difficult technical questions stemming from economic integration, the sticking point here is more one of ideology: commitment to a pure kind of universal liberalism on the side of Brussels and Germany, and a growing skepticism among the continent’s peripheral countries.
To us, it seems obvious which side ought to yield for the greater good. As Adam Garfinkle argued in his incredibly prescient piece from September of last year, sticking to the universal principles on the question of immigration is a suicidal gambit, and playing holier-than-thou with dissenters will only deepen divisions on the continent.
Holier-than-thou seems to be the default mode for our Western ruling class.
DOES ANYBODY REMEMBER LAUGHTER? What would Richard Pryor make of today’s left and how they kill comedy with their obsessions over “trigger warnings,” “microagressions” and “safe spaces?” Roger Simon, who wrote the screenplay to Pryor’s Bustin’ Loose reviews Can We Take a Joke?, whose executive producer is Greg Lukianoff, fellow Insta-contributor, and president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE):
Richard Pryor, genius though he was, would not be able to function. (He had a hard enough time functioning when he did, alas.)
I thought of that last night while viewing the riveting new documentary Can We Take a Joke? directed by Ted Balaker and featuring such comics as Penn Jillette, Adam Carolla and Gilbert Gottfried, not to mention vintage footage of the great Lenny Bruce. The film is about the wave of censorship of edgy comics sweeping our society in the name of “sensitivity.” In other words, as mentioned above, shut up.
More than anywhere else this affects our campuses, which have been turned into “safe spaces” for the so-called “snowflakes.” No Richard Pryors or Lenny Bruces for these sensitive souls, heaven forfend. No jokes are allowed by these “social justice warriors” or whatever they choose to call themselves, at least not jokes they have not previously vetted.
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MY LATEST NY OBSERVER ESSAY: The Clinton State-Foundation’s Global Bribery and Crony Access Scam. No wonder she started calling Trump a racist. Hillary had to get the media to change the subject. (Bumped from yesterday).
GREAT MOMENTS IN POLITICAL AMNESIA: “Trump’s greatest and most pernicious offense against democracy, hands down, has been his suggestion that if he loses the general election, it would mean that the political system is ‘rigged.’”
Control-F “Diebold” brings back zero results, oddly enough.
ASHE SCHOW: Where Feminism Went Wrong:
No one suggests men and women shouldn’t have equal rights. So by the textbook definition, we should all be feminists.
Why then, do so many women — especially young women — refuse the label?
Feminism has gotten a reputation in the past few decades of being less about equal rights and more about crushing men in order to raise women up. A new report from the Heritage Foundation (a conservative think-tank and my former employer) suggests modern feminism (and some of second-wave feminism from the 1960s) no longer views the movement as being about erasing inequalities in opportunity, but about enforced parity. . . .
This is in contrast to first-wave feminists, Villegas wrote, who referred to the Constitution in their bid for equal rights. They also approached their movement from a limited-government stance.
But modern feminists request government assistance at every step of their quest to overturn perceived inequality. No longer are feminists devoted to equality — because men and women do have equal rights under the law (although Janet Bloomfield has pointed out five legal rights women have that men don’t). The focus now is on parity, and the refusal to accept that men and women might just be different enough on aggregate that they have different priorities in life.
“A system focused on group achievement, in contrast, actually requires unequal, preferential treatment of some individuals over others based solely on their membership in a particular group or class,” Villegas wrote.
That’s right, this sort of thinking is what’s driving the current feminist movement’s claims of sexism while at the same time engaging in sexism against men.
Like Walter Reuther, when asked what they want, the only answer is “more.”
DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE. Exercises in Unreality: The Decline in Teaching Western Civilization.
MAYBE HE THINKS SHE’LL BE THE MOST UNCOMPROMISING WARTIME PRESIDENT IN UNITED STATES HISTORY OR SOMETHING: Paul Wolfowitz, a neocon and strong supporter of Iraq war, says he’ll vote for Clinton.
I wonder how the Bernie folks feel about their nominee?
Definitely read the whole thing.
CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Watchdogs warn of ‘serious’ conflicts of interest for Clinton Foundation.
Donald Trump is not the only voice sounding the alarm over conflicts of interest surrounding Hillary Clinton’s namesake nonprofit.
Government watchdog groups — all of them champions of heightened transparency, campaign finance reform and other Democratic priorities — are also warning of potentially “very serious” conflicts of interest if the Clinton Foundation continues as business as usual with Clinton in the White House.
The transparency advocates are not calling for the foundation to shut its doors, as Trump has done from the campaign trail. But they are urging the adoption of tough new firewalls to eliminate any perception that Clinton Foundation donors could use their wallets to gain undue access to a Hillary Clinton White House.
“The Clinton Foundation has posed a very serious conflict of interest for the entire time that it’s existed,” Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, said Thursday. “The conflicts of interest are very real, and that gives Trump some ammunition to throw at it, and we’re going to hear about it [until the campaign ends].”
Holman said Clinton’s recent vow to bar all foreign and corporate donations to the Clinton Foundation if she wins the presidency is “a big, big step in the right direction.” But, he quickly added, that alone is not enough to eliminate the “pay to play” perceptions now dogging the Clinton campaign following revelations that top State Department aides acted on the foundation’s behalf when Clinton headed the agency.
To do that, he said, the Clintons will have to snip all family ties to the foundation, including the removal of Chelsea Clinton from the group’s board — a step the Clinton team said it’s not ready to take.
They’ll do nothing, because they can get away with anything. And rubbing your noses in it is half the fun.
For what it’s worth, even Newt Gingrich didn’t play that card in 1998.
FLASHBACK: Me on Europe’s immigration problems, from a year ago. “No country can accept and assimilate an unlimited number of outsiders, and when the number exceeds a threshold, a backlash is certain. Thresholds are being exceeded, and backlashes are building, all over the world.”
To hear the mainstream news media retell the story of the contentious 2000 presidential election, one would think that it all boils down to Bush v. Gore. The Supreme Court decision created huge controversy and poisons public life to this day. But this focus on the decision serves to obscure an act of great duplicity on the part of the media that dwarfs the impact of that case: namely, that if it hadn’t been for actions they took on television on Election Night, November 7, 2000, there never would have been a Bush v. Gore or a Florida recount in the first place.
It is a story of voter suppression. As it turns out, most of what we think was important about that election—hanging chads, butterfly ballots, 36 days of legal jousting—is unimportant. And by 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Election Night, a cover-up had already begun. . . .
The northwesternmost part of Florida is the Panhandle, which stretches along the Gulf of Mexico to Alabama. Often called the “Redneck Riviera,” it is the most Republican part of Florida, regularly giving Republicans big margins in state and national elections. The nine Panhandle counties that are farthest west—Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Washington—are in the Central Time Zone, and one additional county, Gulf, is split between Central and Eastern Time. According to the Miami Herald, “It is only a few miles to the Alabama border from anywhere in the western Panhandle, but more than five hundred miles and a cultural light-year to Miami.”
On Election Night, between 6:30 and 7:50 p.m. Eastern, anchors on all the major networks and cable channels reported over and over again that the polls in all of Florida closed at 7 p.m. Eastern. Not once did anyone on ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, NBC, or MSNBC inform the audience that Florida has two time zones and two poll closing times. During that hour and 20 minutes, 13 journalists asserted a total of 39 times that there was only one poll-closing time throughout the entire state of Florida.
There were five anchors who handed out this misinformation more than once—Cokie Roberts on ABC, Brian Williams on MSNBC, Judy Woodruff on CNN, Tom Brokaw on NBC, and Dan Rather on CBS. Their words are slight variations on the same theme, interwoven with trivia and banter.
For instance, Tom Brokaw said, “we want to point out to our viewers that in half an hour, at 7 o’clock Eastern Time, we have a group of critical states that will be closing their polls, including the state of Florida.” A few minutes later, he repeated himself, saying, “the polls will close in Florida, as we said just a few moments ago, at 7 Eastern Time tonight.” Brian Williams said, “Just a reminder that we are minutes away from the 7 o’clock hour here in the East when several major states close down the polls. Biggest of them all: Florida.” Minutes later, Williams said: “Seven o’clock here in the East. The polls in six new states have just closed and the lead story at this hour is the state of Florida is too close to call. The state everyone said yesterday would be the story here today and, thus, tonight. It is at this hour too close to call, even though the polls there have closed.”
But the polls there had not closed. Voters in the 10 counties in the Central Time Zone still had an hour left to vote.
They never make mistakes like this in the GOP’s favor, do they?
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MY FRIEND STEPHANIE OSBORN WON THE SILVER FALCHION AWARD: This is the book she did it with. And today she has a post at my blog, too, about space weather which is one of her specialties.
FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMING AMERICA: Howard Johnson’s restaurant to close in Maine, leaving only 1 more.
I DON’T THINK THERE IS ENOUGH HAY TO HIDE THAT ELEPHANT: Covering up the $1.3 billion payoff to Iran.
August 26, 2016
NEWS YOU CAN USE: A Reminder For Clueless Jerks: Don’t Drive Slow In the Left Lane. Though InstaPundit readers, who aren’t clueless jerks, will mostly use it by passing it on to people who need it. . . .
JOHN SCHINDLER: The Truth About Trump.
I knew from the moment Mitt Romney lost an election in 2012 that he shouldn’t have that the Republican Party would take all the wrong lessons from that needless defeat. As I predicted, rather than refocus to win more votes from demographics that felt unloved by Romney — especially working class whites — the GOP establishment would jump through great intellectual hoops to reach any other conclusion. And so they did.
Right-leaning pundits and the GOP’s donor class, which between them pretty much call the shots on what’s acceptable Republican discourse, wanted nothing to do with any outreach to downmarket whites, whom they despise. So it’s safe to say we wouldn’t be talking about out of control illegal immigration or job losses to China if it weren’t for Trump, who sashayed and tweeted his way into the campaign and shifted the GOP’s Overton window in a stunning fashion.
There will be much for future historians to ponder in this year’s remarkable Republican primary race, which left the party’s “stars” gasping for breath, not sure exactly what hit them when the vaunted Trump train barreled through their ranks. Like pretty much every other pundit in America, I got it wrong when I said last summer that Trump stood no chance of getting the Republican nomination, much less winding up in the White House. Otherwise I stick by most of what I said about Trump and his candidacy when this strange saga kicked off.
That said, I always had doubts about Trump, enormous ones. How not? This, after all, is a reality TV star whose all-over-the-map business dealings can charitably be called dodgy. In a field like national politics that attracts narcissists like schoolyards beckon pedophiles, Trump is a standout for his rank, tacky self-absorption. His inability to admit ever being wrong, his incessant need to double, then triple-down on any issue, however small, was impossible to miss. Warning signs were large and neon-lit for anyone caring to see.
Nevertheless, I had hopes that, eventually, professional handlers would get a hold of Trump and moderate his rough edges. Once he secured the GOP nomination a more focused Trump — one not needing to respond to every imagined slight with an incendiary tweet — had to arrive. Surely if he expected to be competitive in the general election, Trump knew he would have to refocus, stop pandering to his narrow but fervent base, and start talking like, well….a president.
Alas, I was wrong. Wise friends of mine like Tom Nichols and Rick Wilson were right all along. There is no better Trump. There is no responsible Trump. There is no balanced Trump. There is no presidential Trump. There is only Trump.
Well, 70-year-old men don’t change much. And it’s worked pretty well for him so far.
SO ALL BLUE-EYED PEOPLE share a common ancestor? Of course, brown-eyed people with a recessive blue-eye gene do too, it just doesn’t show.
WHEN NANNY-STATE INTERVENTIONS FAIL: Digital baby dolls encouraged teen pregnancy.
Digital baby dolls that wake up crying in the middle of the night and need feeding, rocking and nappy changes are supposed to deter teenagers from falling pregnant.
But in an ironic twist, researchers have found they have the opposite effect.
The findings of a 10-year program and study involving more than 1250 girls and costing more than $1.5 million has found the dolls are actually more likely to encourage motherhood.
The study’s author, Sally Brinkman, from the Telethon Kids Institute, said the program to give babies mimicking the behaviours of a six-week-old to more than 1250 girls aged 14 and 15 had turned popular thinking on its head by proving they encouraged teenagers to fall pregnant.
“The most alarming figure is girls are 1.36 times more likely to have pregnancies if they were exposed to the babies,” Dr Brinkman said.
Oops. I thought the behavioral science was settled.
YEAH, SHUT UP YOU STUPID WHITE PEOPLE. This Funny And Awkward Video Reminds Self-Righteous White Allies To Watch Their Hypocritical Asses.
GREAT MOMENTS IN SOCIALIZED MEDICINE: Canadian Health Care System Forcing Couple Married 62 Years to Live Apart.
MY LATEST NY OBSERVER ESSAY: The Clinton State-Foundation’s Global Bribery and Crony Access Scam. (bumped from yesterday).
THE DEBATE OVER THE WORLD’S LARGEST PYRAMID: A real pyramid, not a crooked scheme-type pyramid. The largest pyramid, in terms of the size of the pyramid’s base, is located just outside the city of Puebla, Mexico. Here’s more detailed information on The Great Pyramid of Cholula.
MORE TECHNOLOGY IS BETTER FOR THE PLANET THAN LESS, LUDDITES NOTWITHSTANDING: The human impact on the natural environment is actually slowing down.
Related: “The report, titled ‘Between Iron Man and Aqua Man: Exosuit Opportunities in Maritime Operations,’ notes that the potential value of exosuit technology ‘extends beyond the land environment,’ something that has been ‘largely neglected’ by existing programs and analyses. The authors predict that exosuits could ‘take up a meaningful role in maritime operations’ within the next five years…Conventional exosuit technology, of course, would ensure that Clinton does not require canine assistance to walk along a sandy shore. New maritime exosuits, as described in the CNAS report, could help Clinton expand her horizons and make that crucial leap from shore to sea.”
BACK TO THE FUTURE: No refrigerator? Try an evaporative cooler. They work well where it’s dry, not so well where it’s humid.
PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:
—The London Daily Mail today.
Chaser: “CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, whom President-elect Barack Obama has reportedly asked to take an administration post as Surgeon General and top health policy adviser, last year thought it noteworthy that the release of John McCain’s medical records ignored the Senator’s ‘mental health,’ any ‘mention of post-traumatic stress disorder’ or of ‘substance abuse.’”
—NewsBusters, January 7th, 2009.
NBC REPORTEDLY UPSET WITH AL ROKER’S OUTBURST OVER RYAN LOCHTE’S LIES:
“He lied to you, he lied to Matt Lauer, he lied to his mom,” Roker said to co-host Billy Bush on the “Today” show last week. “He left his teammates hanging while he skedaddled. There was no robbery, there was no pull over. He lied.”
Roker wasn’t wrong, but according to Page Six, “Today” show executives and on-air talent are unhappy with the way things went down.
Yes, you really don’t want to be discussing lying at a network that counts as its employees Brian Williams, Andrea Mitchell and Al Sharpton, and is tasked with helping shove Hillary’s military-grade exoskeleton over the finish line in November.
I WAS JUST WATCHING AN EMPTY KAT BUS GO BY AND THINKING ABOUT THIS: Uber & Lyft As Extensions/Replacements For Public Transit.
DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Back To Campus, Where Due Process Is a Myth. “As your kids head off to school, they should be aware that sexual assault isn’t the only situation where college officials now figure silly things like due process should be completely ignored.”
What could go wrong?
WHY ARE LEFTY INDUSTRIES SUCH CESSPITS OF RACISM? “Silicon Valley is hostile to diversity,” says Slack Director of Engineering Leslie Miley.
MINNEAPOLIS POLICE HELD BACK WHILE VIOLENT MOB ASSAULTED TRUMP FUNDRAISER ATTENDEES? “Henry said the next day he went down to the First Precinct to file a report, and an officer there told him that they had been told to stand down. And the officer allegedly said that the order to not do anything ‘came from the top.’”
Well, that sounds very much like what happened when the San Jose police let the far left protestors at the Trump Rally in June run wild. Read the whole thing.
ALL-TOO-OPEN CARRY: Texas students fight new campus gun law with sex toys.
Let the hand-wringing begin:
To my European-born mind, the idea of putting guns into the hands of the immature, excitable and perhaps alcohol-addled borders on madness.
Imagine a professor who gives a student an F and is confronted by an irate individual who might be packing a pistol.
It seems not everyone in Texas is in favor of the idea.
On Wednesday, some students organized an imaginative protest by asking their fellow students to make love not war.
The campaign name is a touch imaginative: Cocks Not Glocks. As the campaign’s website explains, this is all about “Open (Dildo) Carry.”
The tagline is “Fighting Absurdity With Absurdity.” Might it also be, in quite an artistic thrust, a way of confronting America’s tight embrace of guns and tightly wound skittishness toward sex?
I’d guess the Venn overlap between people who embrace guns and those who are tightly wound about sex is slim indeed.
For what it’s worth, concealed carry has been permitted on all the campuses of all 37 Colorado state schools since 2003, with nary a single incident involving a licensed carrier.
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FRENCH BURKINI BAN UPDATE: France’s top administrative court has overturned a lower court ruling that upheld banning burkinis. The report notes that the court decision addresses the ban in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet “but the binding decision is expected to set a legal precedent for all municipalities that have issued similar decrees.”
ANALYSIS: TRUE. Clinton Is Making Her Trust Problem Worse.
Bloomberg’s left-leaning Al Hunt:
Her inadequate response to the conflicts of interest inherent in the Clinton Foundation,” the influential liberal columnist Jonathan Chait wrote last week in New York magazine, shows she “has not fully grasped the severity of her reputational problem.” He added, “If the Clinton Foundation is not leveraging the Clinton name, it has no purpose.”
At the same time, I spoke with a prominent Clinton insider, a person of integrity and high ethical standards. He said shutting the Clinton Foundation would hurt millions of people around the world and would be giving in to right-wing critics who will find something else to seize on.
I agree that right-wingers like Representative Jason Chaffetz, Senator Tom Cotton or former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani — who seemed to grant himself a medical degree last week when he ludicrously diagnosed Clinton with health problems — will find something. Much of it will be phony.
That is no reason to give them ammunition. Politifact and Jonathan Chait are not part of what Clinton once famously called the “vast right wing conspiracy.”
It’s a safe prediction that Clinton will continue to hand out ammunition.
ANALYSIS: TRUE. Kurt Schlichter: Everything About Hollywood Is Terrible.
As the late Andrew Breitbart once reminded the other media wing of the Democrat party, “it’s not your business model that sucks – it’s you that sucks.”
THE GREAT WHITE HOUSE VACATION HYPOCRISY, as explored by Jonah Goldberg, who notes, “Hurricane Katrina was undoubtedly a huge story, and investigating the federal response to it was squarely in the fourth estate’s wheelhouse. But there’s simply no denying that the news media used that disaster as a partisan cudgel against a Republican president it detested. Worse, the media congratulated themselves endlessly for their Katrina coverage despite the fact that they collectively did a terrible job.”
That depends on how you define their job. Just think of them as Democratic operatives with bylines, and from the MSM’s point of view, their coverage of Katrina was a spectacular success, paying huge dividends in 2006 and 2008, ultimately giving Obama one party control of the House and Senate for his first two years, and allowing him to pass Obamacare. As one of the people who issued the media’s marching orders during that period said shortly before Obama took office, “You never want a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
WELL, YES: Health Care Is A Business, Not A Right:
“The health of Americans should not be a profit center. Health care is a right. Full stop.”
That comes from the Twitter feed of personal finance writer Helaine Olen. But it could have issued straight from the heart of any progressive in the land. Subjecting health care to the sordid whims of the marketplace strikes many people as simply immoral. Nor is this feeling confined to the left. Conservatives may be less enthusiastic about socialized medicine, but talk to one about the health care system, and there’s a good chance you’ll get a rant about greedy insurers nickel-and-diming hardworking consumers when they’re sick. Almost everyone feels that there is something fundamentally wrong about making money off of someone else’s illness.
Why do we feel this way? No, don’t sputter and tell me that it’s obvious, that people need health care. People need a lot of things. You’ll die without food long before you’ll die without health care, and yet few people say we need to “take the profit motive out of farming”. (There are some, to be sure, but this was never a widespread sentiment even when food was a lot scarcer and more expensive). Why is health care special?
Well, in part because politicians can make hay by pretending that it is. But the evolutionary psychology point that comes next is probably valid. But it’s just another one of those aspects of paleolithic-era tribal morality that don’t really work in a modern society — but that politicians eagerly exploit. And the denial can run deep:
Pointing out something the British health system can do that the American system can’t, and doing so in dryly factual tones, seemed like a good way to endear myself to the British audience.
The other guest, a British health official, interrupted to basically accuse me of lying; the British health system, he said, did no such thing.
Now I reiterate: I had not called NICE a death panel, or said that it was bad; I had simply described what NICE does, which is keep the NHS from blowing its budget on very expensive treatments that deliver relatively little value per pound spent. You can read NICE describing what NICE does on its website; the description is not significantly different from the one I gave. Being told that this was flat out wrong was surreal. Things got even more surreal when I began again to explain what NICE does, thinking that perhaps I had been unclear, and the host interrupted me and said something like “As you know, that’s false.”
Why such a strong emotional reaction to a boring factual statement? My conclusion, having read Hanson, was that people don’t want to think their health care system might let them die because it’s too expensive to keep them alive. They don’t like it any better when the government does it than when an insurer does — and so the government is at pains to suggest that cost is not a factor in their calculations.
But, you know, it is. Give Obama credit for some honesty saying that Grandma would just have to take a pain pill.
Krauthammer’s Law defines the left’s Manichean worldview thusly: “To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil,” Charles Krauthammer wrote in 2002. And viewing someone of a differing ideology as being evil is a very different stance than viewing him as simply uninformed or otherwise somehow misguided.
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JAY COST ASKS, ARE THE POLLS BIASED AGAINST TRUMP?
It’s also important to keep in mind the perspective of scale. Barack Obama’s rallies filled whole stadiums in 2008, but he still won a smaller share of the vote than George H.W. Bush in 1988 and even Warren G. Harding in 1920. Approximately 130 million Americans will participate in the November election—a number that dwarfs even the largest political rally, a thousand of times over. Using crowd sizes to gauge general election support is like using a twelve-inch ruler to measure the height of the Empire State building; it’s a bad tool.
Read the whole thing.
IT WOULD HAVE HELPED HIM IN THE GOP PRIMARIES IF HE’D DONE THIS LAST YEAR: Chris Christie proposes making N.J. a “shall issue” state in latest gun control veto. Quoth Christie: ”I continue to oppose the relentless campaign by the Democratic legislature to make New Jersey as inhospitable as possible to lawful gun ownership and sales. Instead of remaining an outlier with overly burdensome restrictions of questionable constitutionality, New Jersey should follow the lead of the vast majority of states across the country and simplify, not complicate, the ability of responsible citizens, dealers and retailers, to buy, sell and possess firearms as protected by the Second Amendment.”
Say, maybe we can get national carry even under Hillary, if the NRA just makes a big donation to the Clinton Foundation. . . .