Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Religious cult bans free speech at American university

Watts up with that: "Intolerance by the Climate Thought Police at University of Colorado."  "Three professors co-teaching an online course called “Medical Humanities in the Digital Age” at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs recently told their students via email that man-made climate change is not open for debate, and those who think otherwise have no place in their course."

Monday, August 29, 2016

Rest in peace, Gene Wilder

He was Willy Wonka but I'll always remember him from "Stir Crazy":

Sunday, August 28, 2016

What's the big secret?

I have a question about this article from ABC News: "Clinton Foundation Official Requests State Lunch Invitation, Special Seating for Foundation Allies, Emails Show."  Quote:
The State Department said it could not provide a list of attendees.
What?  The visit in question is a State affair for Chinese President Hu Jintao in January 2011.  Why can't we know who attended this official government event?  I find it interesting that the Chinese probably have all of Hillary's emails but we can't know who shared a butter dish with the Chinese delegation.

"Far short" = less than half

WashPost: "Health-care exchange sign-ups fall far short of forecasts."  "Enrollment in the insurance exchanges for President Obama’s signature health-care law is at less than half the initial forecast, pushing several major insurance companies to stop offering health plans in certain markets because of significant financial losses."

Bad quarterbacks don't matter

Hit and Run: "Is 49ers' QB Colin Kaepernick Right To Sit During the National Anthem?"

My feeling is: go ahead and ride the pine, buddy.  That's your right to free speech.  And if the endorsement deals dry up and the 49ers attendance starts to resemble the University of Missouri then, oh well, gotta break some eggs to make that omelette.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

That's our narrative and we're sticking to it

The New York Times had a problem.  Omar Mateen had killed 49 people at a gay nightclub, but they couldn't blame a Muslim, so it's time for the ol' standby:
Evidently, an Eighth Avenue blamestorming session was convened to alleviate liberal cognitive dissonance. The result was this postulate: if a) Islamophobia is evil, and b) homophobia is evil, but c) Islam is homophobic, then d) it’s all the Republicans’ fault. The news must be made to do its duty. When a story undermines, complicates, or merely fails to support the master narrative about the more and less privileged, facts in evidence are ignored, and ones not in evidence are assumed. The epistemological humility that led the Times to express uncertainty about Mateen’s precise motivations waxes and wanes at the paper. Columnist Paul Krugman, for example, needed mere hours after a lunatic shot an Arizona congresswoman to conclude that the crime was no “isolated event,” but the result of a “national climate” rendered “toxic” by conservatives’ “eliminationist rhetoric.”
The NY Times editorial page is an embarrassment.  Even their own public editor knows the paper has no integrity.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bernie sells out

Minuteman: "The man who would be President."  Bernie Sanders is starting a new political group and half his senior staff resigned when they found out he would be accepting the "dark money" he railed against during his campaign.

John Oliver's sloppy and slippery schtick

I enjoy some of John Oliver's bits on "Last Week Tonight."  This commentary on sub-prime car loans was pretty eye-opening and I literally LOL'd at the lobster trying to sell the "devil car" to an unsuspecting fluke.

But his recent bit on charter schools was a litany of logical fallacies and sub-prime rhetoric.  Over at Ricochet, Jon Gabriel details the argument against charter schools that wasn't:
His argument, if you can call it that, is basically, “Here’s a bad charter school, therefore all charter schools are bad.” If he was truly interested in not taking a side on whether the model is good or bad, he would have spent at least as much time promoting the good examples.
Yes, that was the argument against charter schools, wrapped in incredulous f-bombs for maximum audience reaction.  Oliver found some charter schools behaving badly.  Guess what: there are public schools out there that are worse.  Furthermore, Oliver didn't deign to do an actual comparison of outcomes in the aggregate, almost certainly because the results didn't fit his narrative.

Influence-peddling at low, low prices

David Harsanyi: "New revelations show a nation for sale under Hillary Clinton."  "The Democratic Party often warns us that mixing big money and politics will corrupt democracy. They must have nominated Hillary Clinton to prove it."

Monday, August 22, 2016

I don't think those were all yoga routines

Hot Air: "State Dept: FBI uncovered 15,000 previously deleted Hillary e-mails during probe."  You're not going to believe this, but they don't appear to be chit-chat about Chelsea's wedding.  It's almost like Hillary was trying to hide evidence of her State-department shakedown operation:
Included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange revealing that when Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain requested a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, he was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation for an appointment. Abedin advised Band that when she went through “normal channels” at State, Clinton declined to meet. After Band intervened, however, the meeting was set up within forty-eight hours
You'll never guess what happened next.  Go on, and try to gue$$.
According to the Clinton Foundation website, in 2005, Salman committed to establishing the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) for the Clinton Global Initiative. And by 2010, it had contributed $32 million to CGI. The Kingdom of Bahrain reportedly gave between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. And Bahrain Petroleum also gave an additional $25,000 to $50,000.
Coming right on the heels of this story is this report from Fox News: "Clinton Foundation executive left 148 phone messages for Hillary Clinton's top aide."
A review of State Department call logs for Cheryl Mills, the longtime Clinton confidant who served as chief of staff for the entirety of Clinton’s four-year tenure as America’s top diplomat, reflects at least 148 messages from Laura Graham – then the Clinton Foundation’s chief operating officer – between 2010 and 2012. No other individual or non-profit appears in the logs with anything like that frequency or volume, the review found.
As the NY Post would say: Quid Pro Dough.  It's too bad other people in the State Department didn't have this kind of access.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Hillary has NOT admitted a mistake

This is from the conclusion of Chris Cillizza's column in the WashPost: "Hillary Clinton’s ‘Colin Powell did it’ defense of her email practices is just plain wrong"
For whatever reason — and despite the fact that Clinton has said on several occasions that she knows she made a mistake — she seems incapable of accepting that responsibility and moving on.
Like a blind journalist, has Cillizza stumbled upon the truth here?  Hillary "admits a mistake" in the sense that you, America, fail to understand that the rules were clarified later, or Colin Powell told her it was kosher, or other people in the State department knew she was using the private email account, etc.

But it's never her fault and she accepts no responsibility except in the sense that it affects her campaign.  Just once, I'd like to hear a journalist ask Hillary just what was her personal mistake.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

These laws apply to everyone

Hit and Run: "Against Special Tax Breaks for Olympians - Politicians would be better off just lowering everyone's taxes, rather than picking and choosing a few already lucky Olympic athletes to reward with tax cuts."

Sunday, August 14, 2016

They are who we thought they were

Here we go again with this loser talk.  Hot Air: "Trump is now running against the crooked media."

Really?  The unskewed polls can't be far behind.  Study after study has shown that the American media is irredeemably liberal yet every four years this comes as a surprise to national candidates.  (For example: OMG, I can't believe Candy Crowley injected herself into this debate!)  A Republican candidate needs to run against the Democrat and the media.  But, for heaven's sake, don't start whining about it like it's something new.  Trump needed to walk a fine line.  He didn't need to reinforce the narratives that Hillary is throwing out there.  The media is who they are, right Dennis?

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Go for broke

Contra Corner: "Funny Money Accounting—-Why Social Security Will Be Bankrupt In 10 Years."

Yeah, screw you, Bob

Every obituary should be like this one:
William Ziegler escaped this mortal realm on Friday, July 29, 2016 at the age of 69. We think he did it on purpose to avoid having to make a decision in the pending presidential election.

William stated that there was no better group of morons and mental patients than those he had the privilege of serving with (except Bob, he never liked you, Bob).

Unlike previous times, this is not a ploy to avoid creditors or old girlfriends.

What story did the NYT bury in the Saturday edition today?

If it's Saturday, it's time for the New York Times to reluctantly reveal some bad news about a left-wing shibboleth.  Via the Minuteman, here's "Cost, Not Choice, Is Top Concern of Health Insurance Customers."
The unexpected laser focus on price has contributed to hundreds of millions of dollars in losses among the country’s top insurers, as fewer healthy people than expected have signed up. And that has created two vexing questions: Will the major insurance companies stay in the marketplaces? And if they do, will the public have a wide array of plans to choose from — a central tenet of the 2010 Affordable Care Act?

“The marketplace has been and continues to be unsustainable,” said Joseph R. Swedish, chief executive of Anthem, one of the nation’s largest insurers.
Any minute now, we'll stop calling it Obamacare.

Demographics is destiny

Bloomberg: "More Old Than Young: A Demographic Shock Sweeps the Globe - By 2030, 56 countries will have more people aged 65 and over than children under 15."

Mark Steyn wrote extensively about the demographic shift in "America Alone" and how Europe needs to import immigrants to prop up the Socialist state because the native birthrate is so low.  And if these immigrants don't assimilate and there's the occasional bombing, well, that's the price you gotta pay to keep the trains running on time.

Thursday, August 11, 2016


All I know about Fiji is that Truman wanted to go there to find his old girlfriend.

Sydney Morning Herald: "Wild celebrations across Fiji as rugby sevens team wins gold at Rio Olympics."

It's Fiji's first-ever medal of any kind and it's gold.  Wow.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Clock boy becomes a pawn

PowerLine: "Clock Boy's family brings dubious lawsuit."  At first this kid annoyed me for capitalizing on his self-victimization after taking apart a Radio Shack digital clock and presenting it as his own.  Now I think he's just being manipulated by his family for financial gain.  This is a silly attempt at a shakedown.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

A shameless slush fund for Hillary

Via Maggie's Farm, here's "Shut it down: The Clinton Foundation is too corrupt to exist."
During Secretary Clinton’s tenure, at least 181 individuals, companies, and foreign governments gave money to the Clinton Foundation while officially lobbying the State Department.

From 2001 to 2015, the Clinton Foundation raised over $2 billion in donations. From February 2001 to May 2015, Bill Clinton gave 637 speeches and made $132,021,691 in speaking fees alone. Hillary gave 92 speeches from February 2013 to March 2015. She was paid $21,648,000. While the Clintons made speeches to Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, it was the foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation that were the most disturbing.
Hey, where did all our uranium go?

You voted for it, Chicago

Hot Air: "In Chicago, Rahm Emanuel finds a typically Democratic solution to his pension fund problems."  You like your water and sewer utilities, right Chicago?  Well pay up.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Time for the "Seven Days in May" maneuver

Politico: "Insiders to Trump: Drop out".  I agree with this guy:
“I’d rather take our chances with nearly anyone else than continue with this certain loser who will likely cost the Senate and much more,” said a New Hampshire Republican — who, like all respondents, completed the survey anonymously.
I said from the get-go that this was a fool's errand and now Trump is behind in Georgia.  Georgia!  That's not just a firebell in the night; that's the foreshadowing of a Reagan-Mondale beatdown.

There was a movie in 1964 called "Seven Days in May" about a planned coup d'etat in America and, if I remember correctly, one scene involved the Vice President and a majority of the cabinet signing a declaration that the President was unfit which gave the imprimatur for a military takeover.  (It might have been the 1994 remake that had this scene).  This scene invokes section 4 of the 25th Amendment where, if a majority of the Cabinet says the President is a nutcase, he can be removed.

Surely the RNC has some kind of proviso or codicil in their charter to remove the Mad Hatter.  Call it whatever you want, although I prefer the "Torricelli switcheroo."  Hillary stole the nomination from a decrepit socialist by colluding with the DNC and using her charity as a slush fund.  Invoke a sanity clause and install someone who, as a minimum, will not embarrass the Republican party by losing Utah.

You mean the one they never signed?

Zero Hedge: "Iran is cheating on the nuclear deal.  Now what?"

Nothing, that's what.  Because it's a fantastic, legacy-building achievement of foreign policy, so shut up.

Flashback - We got these sweet magic beans, tho.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

This Iranian deal is great stuff

MassLive: "Obama denies $400M shipped to Iran was ransom, says it wasn't 'nefarious deal'."
Obama allowed that the one piece of new information, first reported this week by The Wall Street Journal, was that the $400 million was paid in cash. It was delivered to Iran on palettes aboard an unmarked plane.

"The only bit of news is that we paid cash," he said. "The reason is because we couldn't send them a check and we couldn't wire the money. We don't have a banking relationship with Iran which is part of the pressure we applied on them."
That sounds perfectly normal to send an unmarked cargo plane into Tehran with a pallet full of Euros because we "don't have a banking relationship."  I mean, you have to open an account, then fill out one of those signature cards - oh, it's a hassle.

Also, "we do not pay ransom for hostages."  Just because the hostages were released on the exact same day and the Iranians were waiting for their payoff, well that's a coincidence.

We all know this obvious lie will never be challenged by the mainstream media, so why bother?'s old news.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Dang, these kids are dumb

Phi Beta Cons has a letter from a Kansas professor: "I taught at a college in the ’50s and then again 40 years later, and the downward slide in the typical student’s learning capability was alarming. So when we see that most jobs today go to folks with a college degree, it means the employer is, probably knowingly, hiring someone with the ability—and performance prospects—of yesterday’s high-school grad."

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Placeholder post because I don't want to discuss politics

Hey, how about rookie Chris Buescher winning the fog-shortened (!) Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway yesterday?  He took a big gamble on fuel mileage and stayed out on the track while everybody pitted, just as the fog and rain rolled in to red flag the race.  It's his first Sprint Cup win.  Good for Chris.

Monday, August 01, 2016

The Left hates free speech, continuing

Hit and Run: "DePaul Bans Ben Shapiro Over Safety Concerns Caused by Liberals - The heckler's veto in action."
If DePaul can't stomach allowing students to hear from a conservative, it has no business touting itself as an institution where free inquiry is valued.
Protect the snowflakes from unpleasant thoughts.