Wednesday, May 04, 2016

You will be made to care

Inside Higher Ed: "From Suppressing to Compelling - The diversity requirements at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst demonstrate a troubling shift from proscription of speech to prescription of political attitudes."

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Western Massachusetts Snowflake alert

This story is unintentionally hilarious.  MassLive: "Hampshire College, which couldn't get BeyoncĂ©, President Obama or Bernie Sanders, replaces commencement speaker to address student gripes."

They invited every politically-correct person under the sun and settled on Dr. Emily Wong who worked on infectious diseases in Africa.  But that just wasn't good enough for the kids.  So they dis-invited the doctor and invited Reina Gossett, a filmmaker who made a movie about the Stonewall riots.

Graduation is Saturday, May 14th.  The competition among Gender Studies majors at Applebees will be intense on Sunday.

Monday, May 02, 2016

All for Clinton

Here's Politico: "Clinton fundraising leaves little for state parties - The Democratic front-runner says she's raising big checks to help state committees, but they've gotten to keep only 1 percent of the $60 million raised."

So the "Hillary Victory Fund" operates under the same guidelines as the Clinton Foundation: "Government Watchdog Calls The Clinton Foundation "A Slush Fund"."

What? No!

Hot Air: "CNN president: You know, we may have been “a little too liberal” in the past."  And now ratings are rising.  Funny that.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Does it matter who's President?

Charles Lane says no, since the federal government is going to be on autopilot: "Entitlements reform, RIP."
Seventy-five percent of planned federal spending between now and the end of the next two presidential terms is mandatory: Social Security, Medicare and other entitlement programs, plus interest on the national debt, according to Congressional Budget Office forecasts. That money is going out the door no matter who’s president.
Neither Trump or Clinton are proposing anything to stop the bleeding from these programs and super-panderer Clinton is talking about expanding them.  Let's double that national debt again.

We'll always have Canada

NY Post: "Ted Cruz is crumbling before our very eyes."  He coulda been a contender.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

White hat/black hat

I just finished Season 2 of "Silicon Valley" and it reminded me of this clever puzzle:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Bizarro world of Obamacare

The Chosen One, perfect in every way, said this recently:
WALLACE:  Best day in the White House?

OBAMA: The day that we passed health care reform.
Here's Marc Thiessen in the WashPost laying bare how Obamacare has done exactly opposite of what was promised: "Obamacare disaster will be Obama’s enduring domestic legacy."
The president promised Obamacare would provide “more choice, more competition, lower costs.” Instead, Americans have less choice, less competition and higher costs.
. . . . .
The president promised “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” But commercial insurers who stay in Obamacare are responding to massive losses by narrowing provider networks, with fewer doctors and hospitals to choose from. And those that quit are being replaced by Medicaid HMOs with even less doctor choice.
The president promised Obamacare would “lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year.” But insurers are raising premiums instead to cover the massive losses, and even Marilyn Tavenner — the former Obama administration official who ran Obamacare — has predicted premiums will rise even further next year.
Soon, very soon, we'll stop calling it Obamacare.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Using the State department as an ATM

Legal Insurrection: "Hillary's paid speech problem just got worse"  From the AP report:
The AP’s review of federal records, regulatory filings and correspondence showed that almost all the 82 corporations, trade associations and other groups that paid for or sponsored Clinton’s speeches have actively sought to sway the government — lobbying, bidding for contracts, commenting on federal policy and in some cases contacting State Department officials or Clinton herself during her tenure as secretary of state.
Which is why those speeches will never be released due to the moral and legal impact.  There will be a shifting and evolving series of new excuses to keep them out of the public eye.  Of course, that doesn't mean the FBI hasn't been looking into public corruption charges.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Let it go belly-up

Federalist: "How We’ll Fix Social Security By Not Fixing It - Doing nothing about Social Security is the overwhelmingly popular position. And it may well constitute its own kind of reform."

One quibble: this author believes that once Americans see their promised benefits cut by 21%, it will spur them to take control of their own retirement by maxing out 401(k)s or other savings plans.  I'm not so sure, given that almost half of America can't muster up $400 to pay for a sudden expense.