Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yale Needs Remedial English | National Review Online

Yale Needs Remedial English | National Review Online: "Not to belabor the obvious but always-worth-reiterating point: If Dick Cheney had deployed a defamatory ethnic stereotype in the course of denouncing some political enemies, the media’s pound of flesh would have been extracted with a degree of giddiness and brutality not seen since Trent Lott had the bad sense to say something nice about some decrepit old Dixiecrat coot on the occasion of his 100th birthday. One suspects that the exquisitely sensitive ladies and gentlemen of the Times would be rather less baffled, too."



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Obama’s Reluctant Rush to War | National Review Online

Obama’s Reluctant Rush to War | National Review Online: "We are through the looking glass when it is okay to say that opposition to requiring elderly nuns to pay for birth control is part of a “war on women” but airstrikes and coordinated ground attacks by allied militias aren’t like a “war” on terrorists."



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MTV Uncovers Incredible, Inexplicable 'Paradox' | National Review Online

MTV Uncovers Incredible, Inexplicable 'Paradox' | National Review Online: "A survey conducted by MTV asked 3,000 Millennials ages 14 to 24 their thoughts on race-related issues, including affirmative action for college acceptance, in May. And what it found was seemingly paradoxical: 90 percent of Millennials surveyed “believe that everyone should be treated the same regardless of race,” yet 88 percent opposed affirmative action."



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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Raise the Minimum Wage, Raise it Now «

Raise the Minimum Wage, Raise it Now «: "When I first started writing here at TUW in earnest nearly a decade ago, I actually used to spend time writing up the very simple economic arguments, rooted in price theory and the empirical literature, regarding the minimum wage and many other proposed policies. There was once a time that I persuaded myself that a good dose of pure logic was enough to “win” an argument. Certainly a lot has changed. I don’t try to “win” arguments anymore – I probably spend a lot of energy just evading them now."



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Ian Paisley, R.I.P. | National Review Online

Ian Paisley, R.I.P. | National Review Online: "I suppose that Paisley will have to spend a fair tranche of eternity in Purgatory for his sins. As we have established, however, he would say exactly the same about me."



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Friday, September 5, 2014

REVIEW: ‘Mr. Go,’ The Korean Movie About A Home-Run-Hitting Gorilla

REVIEW: ‘Mr. Go,’ The Korean Movie About A Home-Run-Hitting Gorilla: "Are gorillas even allowed to play professional baseball?

Excellent question. The answer is yes, apparently, as we find out during some sort of sports roundtable show that starts with the host saying “It doesn’t say anywhere that a baseball team has to be made up of nine humans” and features the agent saying “Man is his own worst enemy. A trained animal is much safer than an irrational man.”

CASE CLOSED."



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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Vladimir Putin’s Hitlerian Mind | National Review Online

Vladimir Putin’s Hitlerian Mind | National Review Online: "On the evening of August 31, 1939, Nazi SS personnel pretending to be Polish partisans seized the station, which was about four miles inside Germany (Gliwice is now in Poland), proclaiming that Poland was invading Germany to achieve “our just [territorial] claims,” and shot a German prisoner dressed in a stolen Polish uniform, giving Hitler his pretext for declaring war the next day."



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Vladimir Putin’s Hitlerian Mind | National Review Online

Vladimir Putin’s Hitlerian Mind | National Review Online: "The Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. Vladimir Putin’s fascist revival is a crisis that tests the West’s capacity to decide.



Putin’s serial amputations of portions of Ukraine, which began with his fait accompli in Crimea, will proceed, and succeed, until his appetite is satiated. Then the real danger will begin."



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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Domestic Policy Archives - If You're Paying, I'll Have Top Sirloin by Russell Roberts

Domestic Policy Archives - If You're Paying, I'll Have Top Sirloin by Russell Roberts: "I left her alone, but I wanted to say, no it doesn't even out. If it "evened out" for everybody, then government spending would really be depressing: all that money shuffled around, all those people working at the IRS, all those marginal tax rates discouraging work effort just to get everybody to get the same deal."



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Friday, August 29, 2014

Althouse: The President of the United States in a light-colored suit.

Althouse: The President of the United States in a light-colored suit.: "And it should be noted that President William H. Taft (1909-1913) tried to get the White House air conditioned with a system of "electric fans [that] blew over great bins of ice in the attic, cooling the air, which was forced through the air ducts of the heating system." Like many presidential projects, it didn't work."



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Althouse

Althouse: "It is emphatically the province and duty of pop culture icons to say what the law is."



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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How To Shrink Your Church In One Easy Step

How To Shrink Your Church In One Easy Step: "But a number of Christian denominations have already taken significant steps towards liberalizing their stances on homosexuality and marriage, and the evidence so far seems to indicate that affirming homosexuality is hardly a cure for membership woes. On the contrary, every major American church that has taken steps towards liberalization of sexual issues has seen a steep decline in membership."



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David Gregory Wasn’t the Real Problem with NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ | Variety

David Gregory Wasn’t the Real Problem with NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ | Variety: "Even Gregory’s harshest critics should have some sympathy for the guy. He had some bumps in the road but for the most part proved himself just as tough an interviewer as his peerless predecessor, Tim Russert. Perhaps Russert was really the problem here: When a legend casts a shadow that long, no one underneath it really has a shot at shining through.

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I don't think this is true. The problem was Gregory didn't have bona fides with conservatives. Although Russert was liberal, conservatives trusted him to ask tough questions from their perspective. Also he was a jolly fellow. In contrast,  I will always remember David Gregory as the guy in the White House press room whining about how Scott McClellan wasn't really answering questions.




Monday, August 25, 2014

Judicial Watch Statement on Discovery of Backups for “Missing” Lois Lerner IRS Emails - Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch Statement on Discovery of Backups for “Missing” Lois Lerner IRS Emails - Judicial Watch: "Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner’s emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe.  The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search.  The DOJ attorneys also acknowledged that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is investigating this back-up system."



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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Theory vs. Evidence

A recent comment on this thread:

I wonder how we ever come to any sort of real knowledge about whether the police systematically get away with abuse, when each case is so fact dependent.
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton (I assume that most the people in the media) certainly have an incentive to find legitimate black victims of unjustified police brutality. And yet it seems like more often than not, they pick losers. Maybe my memory is selective, but the biggest examples I can think of are Tawana Brawley, Rodney King, Treyvon Martin (Police-like violence) and now Michael Brown. Of these,  only the Rodney King beating was truly unjustified. Tawana Brawley rapes didn't happen. Zimmerman shot Martin in self defense. We don't know the facts yet on Brown, but it's looking like he was shot in self-defense, too.
I'm prepared to believe that police are regularly abusing their authority. But if it happens so regularly, why can't Sharpton et al find a better class of martyr?