Thursday, April 23, 2015

What Matters? Black Lives or Our Nanny State Laws?

This is the best example of the irrationality at the heart of modern leftism - they purport to care (and care extremely, it seems at times to the exclusion of all else) about minorities.

Eric Garner - dead because he was selling black market cigarettes, which were "black market" to avoid the onerous taxes imposed on them by nanny-state politicians that want you to smoke less.

Freddie Gray - dead because nanny-state politicians want to prohibit the carrying of knives in belief that they are eliminating heinous crimes.

Don't enact laws that you aren't prepared to enforce with the, sometimes deadly, full weight of law enforcement.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Barf-Inducing Hillary Hypocrisy of the Day, Day 3

Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Epstein can apparently write this article with a straight face...
Hillary Clinton Comes Out Swinging at CEOs and Hedge Fund Managers
She needn't have even gone outside of the building to do any research.  Bloomberg did a whole spread on Clinton mega-funder and mega-buddy Mark  Lasry (he hired Chelsea at his hedge to give a nice start in the working world).

And he's just the hedgie that comes immediately to mind...there are dozens of others that the Clintons have funding the Clinton Machine.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Greece. You Heard It Here First

Well, the WSJ is now making the case that we should just let Greece go...fail, Grexit, whatever.

As always folks, you heard it here first, as in four years ago.  Good to see the conventional wisdom moving in my direction.

Sorry We're Fresh Out of Outrage

This Walter Scott thing in South Carolina is truly an outrage...but guess what?  The outrage tanks seem to be empty after exhausting it all on the phony at worst, morally ambiguous at best Michael Brown situation. 

Sharpton & Co., not to mention our incandescently brilliant POTUS, seem to have not even internalized Aesop fable-level wisdom...boy who cried wolf and all that...

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Mock. Feminist. Ridiculousness.

In the same vein that we responded in the clearly appropriate fashion to "Ban Bossy"...

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Headline: Voters of Broke City Set to Re-Elect Incumbent

Here is one of those unironic headlines that encapsulates American government and politics.
"Emanuel Leads Garcia in Polls as Chicago Veers Toward Insolvency"
Of course.  Translation:  'We're broke, so let's re-elect the incumbent!'  Hey, worked for the federal government, look how much awesomer life is under Obama 2.0!

Monday, April 06, 2015

Euroweenies Miss GWB?

I was "early and often" in telling the Euroweenies to stop their bitching about Obama. They helped foist this dickhead on the world and they stupidly never considered how good they had it with the pre-Obama Era USA.

The bitching continues and I continue to be unsympathetic to their cries and their problems.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Ho Hum...Another Muslim Slaughter

With all that important news out there - from Harvey Weinstein, The Final Four, and Obama's capitulation to Iran (OK, that's important news, bad news, but important news) - it is easy to let slip past that Islamic terrorists just slaughtered another 150 people.  Apparently, they were methodically separating out Christians for extermination.

Ho hum, Kenya is, like, so far away...and what's another 150 dead...back to sleep America, go watch some basketball..

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Connect The Dots? Fine, How About THIS Dot...?

In the WSJ today Max Boot asks us to connect the dots...
Let’s connect the dots.
Data point No. 1: President Obama withdrew U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011 and is preparing to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2016, even while keeping a few more troops there this year and next than originally planned.
Point No. 2: The Obama administration keeps largely silent about Iran’s power grab in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, even going so far now as to assist Iranian forces in Tikrit, while attempting to negotiate a nuclear deal with Tehran that would allow it to maintain thousands of centrifuges.
Point No. 3: Mr. Obama berates Benjamin Netanyahu for allegedly “racist” campaign rhetoric, refuses to accept his apologies, and says the U.S. may now “re-assess options,” code words for allowing the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state over Israeli objections.
Further dots are that we are now Iran's air force in Iraq and Iran is looting our intelligence files in Yemen, and, of course, we all know that Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett is Dear Leader's maximum Svengali...

but, one more dot that seems to be lost in the wind, that I would like to have connected to all this...remember all those clearly illegal credit card campaign donations that Obama received?  It was never reported by the mainstream media, but if you were paying attention during both campaigns, the Obama camp turned off the identifying mechanism that would have blocked foreign, and thus illegal, campaign contributions coming in via credit card.  These amounted to tens, maybe hundreds, of millions of dollars. 

THAT is the dot I want connected.  We are tossing decades of friendship with Israel, we are similarly tossing decades of justifiable wariness over Iran and we've created space for Islamists all over the Middle East.

Someday we are likely to have the dots between Obama's foreign policy and all those illegal credit card donations connected, and it is likely to be shocking and awful to contemplate.

Orwellian Onslaught From Hillary Camp Begins

Hmmm, suddenly all of the words that aptly describe Hillary's distasteful personal and political characteristics are somehow now "coded sexism."

Funny how that works.

If you need a primer on the whats, hows and whys of this tyranny of language, please go back and read, re-read, or re-re-read this.

Of course, the only response to this is something along the lines of "Take your f##king coded sexism and ..."

Monday, March 23, 2015

Drippiest, Most Viscous Irony of the Day

The irony here is dripping heavy, wit a fierce viscosity...
Teaching kids takes so much effort, staffers at John Dewey High School in Brooklyn have found a quicker way to fix persistent failure rates, sources said: Just let them pass.
Investigators are probing accusations of a massive grade-fixing scheme by educators desperate to boost the graduation rate at Dewey, The Post has learned.
Multiple sources claim Dewey is cutting corners by passing kids with the help of a shady “credit recovery” program that students sarcastically call “Easy Pass.”
Academic fraud in public education is nothing new, but this school is named after that saint of "progressive education," John Dewey.  And it about sums it up.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Poles Fear Putin, Arm Up

The Poles took a beating in WWII.  Roughly 2.7 million ethnic Poles and 3.0 million Polish Jews perished at the hands of Hitler's Nazis.  The Soviets, for their part, contributed tens of thousands of additional murders.  Those Poles that were spared got decades worth of effective slavery under an authoritarian communist government.  Lots of fun.

So, what was the one lesson that they - or any people - would take away from such a bitter history?

Guns.  You need them.  And lots of 'em.  And you need to know how to use them.

Even the New York Times can figure this much out.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

President Putz Strikes Again

I will never cease to be amazed that we gave Mitt Romney the Heisman in favor of this petulant dickhead...

...funny in that depressing sort of way, Mitt Romney was right about everything except one thing..."

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Irish in America

From "No Irish Need Apply" to "Check Your Privilege" in two generations...not bad.

If you told my immigrant grandparents that their grandchildren would be so successful and integral to society that they would constantly be hectored to reflect on their good fortune, they would have done the sign of the cross and danced a jig!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Again, Socialism Is Not Compassionate

I made this point in the context of Greece's woes, that collectivist, statist, socialist systems are the least compassionate because they blow up, leaving everybody in the lurch without any alternatives.
Leftists are constantly telling us that government run healthcare is compassionate. What is compassionate about a system that breaks down catastrophically with no incentives to get people what they need? Take out the central-planning of the Greek healthcare system you might have a chance to get treatments to patients, albeit at higher costs. What is more compassionate, meeting patients' needs at higher cost or having them go without needed medicines altogether?
Now it's Venezuela's turn to make the point.  (Although I find the rich first world's obsession with healthcare a bit off-putting, it's a nice problem.  When there is no food to eat, that is a first order problem.)

The most compassionate system is the system that is sustainable, that will persist and be there when it is needed, theoretically in perpetuity.  Socialist systems are not those kind of systems, they break down all the time, thus they are NOT compassionate.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Canadian Media Repeat Obvious Anti-Gun Myth

In Barack Obama's last two years - his unleashed years - gun control is on the docket.  However, a first gambit had not gone too well as a proposed ban on M855 ammo was beaten back.  Still, the show must go on and the media has to do it's part.  As gun blogging gurus at TTAG like to point out, it is a conscious MSM strategy to minimize gun ownership so that gun owners can be depicted as 1) a crazed minority and 2) a tedious barrier to legislation that Americans overwhelmingly support.

And it's always good to get a little assist from foreign media to add a little bit of that "Hey look, foreigners think we're crazy" sneer to the campaign.  Today, it is the Canucks with the assist, furthering the obvious falsehood that gun ownership in America is declining.  This has been debunked over and over...the facts are:
- Gun sales are way up
- Background checks (to be able to buy a gun) are way up
- Permits to own or carry a gun are way up
- Instructional attendance is way up
- NRA membership is up
- Pro 2nd Amendment sentiment is way up
and yet we keep hearing that it is a small group of yahoos taking their gun collections from 1 to 47 guns that is driving all this.  Um, no.  To get a taste of the strong evidence debunking this myth, go here.

BTW, another statistic you'll hear in support of this theme is that gun ownership per household is declining.  That stat likely suffers from one of the same flaws that drives the declining ownership myth - there is a difference between people who own guns and people who own guns and will tell a pollster about it.  But it also suffers from a flaw that economists have pinpointed regarding "household" data.  The sharp rise in divorce and the decline of the nuclear family has severely distorted household data.  For instance, a married couple where the man earns $50,000 and the woman is a homemaker is one household with a household income of $50,000 naturally.  They get divorced and now the woman is forced to get a job, and she earns $30,000.  Now we have two households with an average household income of $40,000, a decline of 20%.  Same with guns.  That married household, if they owned a gun and got a divorce, becomes two households with one not owning a gun, a decline of 50%.  One of the divorcees would have to go out and immediately purchase a gun to preserve the household gun ownership ratio created by the divorce.

Bottom line.  Don't believe that gun ownership is on the wane or getting concentrated among a fringe element in society.  Gun ownership is exploding.  Barack Obama has not been called the Greatest Gun Salesman of All-Time for no reason.

David Brooks Tells His Readers They've Fucked America Up

I don't read David Brooks any more, but I happened onto this via Instapundit (and without warning, damn that Reynolds character!).  Here's a nugget for you...
But it’s increasingly clear that sympathy is not enough. It’s not only money and better policy that are missing in these circles; it’s norms. The health of society is primarily determined by the habits and virtues of its citizens. In many parts of America there are no minimally agreed upon standards for what it means to be a father. There are no basic codes and rules woven into daily life, which people can absorb unconsciously and follow automatically.

Reintroducing norms will require, first, a moral vocabulary. These norms weren’t destroyed because of people with bad values. They were destroyed by a plague of nonjudgmentalism, which refused to assert that one way of behaving was better than another. People got out of the habit of setting standards or understanding how they were set.
Truer words have not been spoken or written.  Funny though, the relativism has been unleashed and the norms have been destroyed by the very type of people who employ Brooks at the Crimes and the people who read it.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Teachers Who Hate to Teach Is A Failed Business Model

We all know about the Higher Education Bubble, right?  If you read Instapundit you do.  Well, here is another in the long list of Cassandras warning us of the impending explosion.  It doesn't break new ground, but I got a chuckle out of this line...
Law schools are run by the faculty for the faculty. A former colleague once put it like this: “If we could run this law school without students, this place would be perfect.”
You don't have to be on the inside to know that this attitude is pervasive.  I bought my first house from a college professor, and, while attempting to make small talk with him, I asked him what he taught.  His verbatim reply, "Teach?  Oh my, I don't teach!"

Any business where you hate your customers will ultimately fail.

World Historical, Above The Fray Leader Laments New Local Law

Watching Dear Leader whine like a child is a beauteous thing. 

First there is the Iran letter.  As Byron York correctly points out - he can dish it out, but can't take it.  He's crapped all over congressional powers for years now, but moans when his powers get crapped on in return.

Second, there is this, which is more amazing than the Iran example.  To begin with, it's small ball.  One law, one state.  I don't recall the Lightworker moaning too much when Michigan or Indiana recently passed a similar law.  Not a peep about the same law on the books in 24 other states.  Finally, this is so clearly a state issue, he looks, once again, out of touch and/or hostile to our federalist system.  Hostile is my take.

Of course, this is raw politics, Walker is emerging quite smartly as a GOP contender for 2016, and there is no level that Lightworker won't stoop to play a little politics.  Ironic that the guy fancies himself an above-it-all, world-historical mover of great forces of history, and yet he voluntarily, consistently, chooses to play small ball.

DeBlasio's NYC: Homeless At the Airports

Rent control and massive subsidies for the homeless, and guess what?  Record homeless, who have to take shelter in the airports.

Gotta love that progressive governance.