Sunday, September 28, 2014

Speak with candor

Roger Kimball: "The fate of free speech."  "What are the major threats to free speech today? Perhaps the overarching condition that threatens free speech is the spread of political correctness. This has sharply curtailed candor about all manner of contentious subjects.  It is no longer possible, in polite society, to speak frankly about race, about differences between the sexes, or a hundred other topics — so-called “climate change,” for example, or the relationship between Islam and free speech."

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Backward caps everywhere

We were in Amherst tonight for dinner, unaware that it was homecoming at the University of Massachusetts.  (The football team lost again to go 0-5 on the season.)  I immediately thought of this Simpsons episode:
Thai Man: You quitter!  [sing-song:] Quitter boy!  Quitter boy!
Bart:     I'm sorry.
Thai Man: Now restaurant fail.  Children go to state college.  Serious
          students powerless against drunken jockocracy.  Baseball hats
          everywhere.
And the language...the Algonquin Round Table it was not.  Even with little kids within earshot, you'd think there was only one adjective in the whole world.

Friday, September 26, 2014

BAM! You're getting an IRS audit

PJ Tatler: "Famed Chef Emeril Lagasse Says Obama May Drive Him Broke."

Because war on women

Ace has a recap on the actions of Kathy Rummler whose name has been floated as a potential replacement for Eric Holder: "Surprise! Name Floated as Possible Holder Replacement Has Prior History of Slow-Walking Information."  Just like Holder, Rummler acted as a "heat shield" to the Boy President who had to find about stuff on TV.

I believe the Rummler whispers.  Some think that Holder is making a fast and furious exit so that the Democratic Senate can make an appointment before that chamber flips to the Republicans.  But I think it's just the latest chapter in the "war on woman" narrative.  Cause she's a woman and those old men are going to attack her.  So prediction time: Obama will nominate a woman.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

American deadbeat

Zero Hedge: "Meet the world's largest subprime debtor."  "Do you have a friend who consistently borrows 30% of his income each year, is currently in debt about six times her annual income, and wanted to take advantage of short-term interest rates so that he needs to renegotiate with his banker about once every six years? Well, if Uncle Sam is your friend you do!"

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, the paper of record

Neo-Neocon: "The surprise is not that the Times got it so wrong...the surprise is that it ever issued the correction."

This correction from the NY Times comes only a day after an AP reporter dropped the mask on Twitter and a week after it was demonstrated that the media is burying Obama's bad poll numbers like they never did for Dubya.

This raises a question about the media: are they actively lying or merely ignorant?  Is the bubble on Eighth Avenue so impenetrable that it took ten days for the Times to correct a clearly erroneous statement?  Or was there a debate in the Times' newsroom as to whether admitting the mistake would encourage the "wrong" people?

What separates a writer from a "journalist?"  I would guess the perfessers at Columbia would say something about objectivity or the ability to present facts without bias - apparently too much to ask.  Because the Tea Party and Sarah Palin.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The underachievers of the Kennedy clan

Now that winter is approaching, Joe Kennedy will be running commercials in Massachusetts whoring himself out to Venezuela for cheap oil.  At least he's doing something that can be considered constructive (if you're willing to sell out).  Then there's environmental wacko Robert Kennedy Jr., a deluded half-wit who - in the well-worn habit of the Far Left - wants to throw climate deniers in jail:
Kennedy saved his most venomous comments for the Koch Brothers, accusing them of “treason” for “polluting our atmosphere.”
“I think it’s treason. Do I think the Koch Brothers are treasonous, yes I do,” Kennedy explained.
“They are enjoying making themselves billionaires by impoverishing the rest of us. Do I think they should be in jail, I think they should be enjoying three hots and a cot at the Hague with all the other war criminals,” Kennedy declared.
Clearly, this is a man of rational thought.

Extra - Via Maggie's Farm and Power Line.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

You had one job

This WashPost article is unintentionally hilarious: "Secret Service reviews White House security after fence-jumper enters mansion."
The Secret Service on Saturday launched a security review to learn how a man carrying a knife was able to get inside the front door of the White House Friday night after jumping a fence and sprinting more than 70 yards across the North Lawn — the first time that has ever happened.
Conclusion of security review: the Secret Service sucks.  Everybody start counterfeiting: nobody's on guard.

Side note: jumping a fence + 70 yards!  Unless this was Usain Bolt, this was an embarrassingly long time to respond to an intruder.

Another viewpoint

Hit and Run: "3 reasons to NOT fight ISIS."

I don't know: maybe they're a JV team after all but they're a JV team pulling in over $1 million a day in boosted oil.  With that kind of inflow, they'll be major league soon enough.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The wrong medicine

Hit and Run: "America's Self-Inflicted Economic Wounds -  "But it's a lousy recovery, and one that most people find unconvincing as hell. Whatever else the sort-of recovery, not really recession may be, it's strong evidence of self-inflicted economic wounds. America may be limping along, but we did it to ourselves."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Stone of Destiny

It's funny but just a couple months ago, on a whim, I rented "Stone of Destiny" from Netflix about a group of Scottish college students who boosted the Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey in 1951.  I have a funny feeling that Scots are going to vote for independence tomorrow.  Why?  Because the pro-independence Scots are full of passion while the pro-Unity are just holding on to the familiar.

Extra - Seems like there's a lot of "yes" voters here on Reddit.

A heartbeat away

Hot Air: "Joe Biden: Jewish outreach edition" calls bankers a bunch of Shylocks.

Jesse Jackson empathizes.