Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Fascist AG wants to criminalize climate debate

From Lachlan Markay reporting in the FreeBeacon:

The attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands is targeting dozens of conservative and libertarian organizations in a racketeering lawsuit against climate change skeptics that has been widely described as an effort to silence political opponents.

link:  fascist AG.


More proof this country is being degraded to the status of a third world fascist banana republic: the push to criminalize those who don't conform to the climate alarmist narrative.~~YOSSARIAN.

Here is Claude Walker, the fascist A.G. of the U.S. Virgin Islands:

Monday, April 25, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Solar-powered airplane flies from Hawaii to California

                                                                          The Piccard

link:  Solar-powered flight

Good news: a gun-toting black Republican will be replacing a slave-owning Democrat on the $20.

Shakespeare still a force 400 years later

Remembering Shakespeare 400 years after his death, this from the WSJournal's Review and Outlook:

Why the enduring, global popularity? The answer is simple. Though Shakespeare was a man who lived in England at a particular time, so well do his plays and poems capture the human condition that they speak to all people at all times. Which makes him as relevant in our world as he was in his own. We’d even go so far as to predict that Shakespeare will survive this era’s progressive academic attempts to purge him for the sin of being the wrong race and gender.

Where most political promises go

The Climate Alarmist's push to criminalize debate

George Will writing in the Washington Post:

Authoritarianism, always latent in progressivism, is becoming explicit. Progressivism’s determination to regulate thought by regulating speech is apparent in the campaign by 16 states’ attorneys general and those of the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, none Republican, to criminalize skepticism about the supposedly “settled” conclusions of climate science.

Four core tenets of progressivism are: First, history has a destination. Second, progressives uniquely discern it. (Barack Obama frequently declares things to be on or opposed to “the right side of history.”) Third, politics should be democratic but peripheral to governance, which is the responsibility of experts scientifically administering the regulatory state. Fourth, enlightened progressives should enforce limits on speech (witness IRS suppression of conservative advocacy groups) in order to prevent thinking unhelpful to history’s progressive unfolding.

Progressivism is already enforced on campuses by restrictions on speech that might produce what progressives consider retrograde intellectual diversity. Now, from the so-called party of science, a.k.a. Democrats, comes a campaign to criminalize debate about science.

link: criminalization of climate debate

                             Galileo in court defending his science

Smug liberals taken to task by another liberal

VOX is a VERY liberal online magazine. With a small degree of shock I discovered an op-ed in
VOX with this opening paragraph:

"There is a smug style in American liberalism. It has been growing these past decades. It is a way of conducting politics, predicated on the belief that American life is not divided by moral difference or policy divergence — not really — but by the failure of half the country to know what's good for them".

Read it before they take it down: Smug

Monday, March 28, 2016

Ignorance is not bliss

I am sure of few things during this presidential nomination cycle--but I am sure of one thing: ignorance of economic systems is of epic proportions in this country and our current president is one of the most ignorant. Bernie Sanders is the pied piper of economic stupidity.~~YOSSARIAN

Advice for the wise

Monday, March 21, 2016

Will you take us back, England?

Yo, England! We're sorry about that whole Declaration thing and that war for independence we waged against you. Somehow, we lost the ability to come up with appropriate leadership over the last decade and I think we need to live under the boot of the monarchy for awhile to get motivated to get our act together. We don't seem to use the Constitution much anymore so don't worry about the paperwork. So, can you subjugate us again?~~your soon to be loyal subject, Yossarian.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Appreciate what other's have done

From author C├ęsar Hidalgo’s “Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economics” (Basic Books, 2015):

In my talks I often ask the attendees to raise their hands if they have used toothpaste that morning. [Then] I ask audience members to keep their hands up only if they know how to synthesize sodium fluoride. As you can imagine, all hands go down. . . .

When we are buying toothpaste we are not simply buying paste in a tube. Instead we are buying access to the practical uses of the creativity of the person who invented toothpaste, the scientific knowledge informing the chemical synthesis that is required to make toothpaste, the knowhow required to synthesize sodium fluoride, put it inside a tube, and make it available across the planet, and the knowledge that fluoride makes our teeth stronger and has beneficial effects on our health. Something as simple as toothpaste gives us indirect access to the practical uses of the imagination, knowledge, and knowhow that exist, or existed, in the nervous systems of people we have probably never met.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Income inequality increases under presidents who are Democrats

Lawrence Lindsey writing in the WSJournal:

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are promising all types of programs to make America a more equal country. That’s no surprise. But when you look at performance and not rhetoric, the administrations of political progressives have made the distribution of income more unequal than their adversaries, who supposedly favor the wealthy.

The Census Bureau releases annual updates on income distribution in the U.S., publishing three technical statistical measures—the Gini index, the mean logarithmic deviation of income (mean log deviation for short), and the Theil index—each of which represents inequality levels on a scale of 0 to 1 (zero signifies perfect equality and 1 indicates perfect inequality). By all three measures, inequality rose more under Bill Clinton than under Ronald Reagan. And it wasn’t even close. While the inequality increase as measured by the Gini index was only slightly more during Clinton’s two terms, the Theil index and mean log deviation increased two and three times as much, respectively.

Barack Obama’s administration follows this pattern, despite the complaints he and his supporters have made about his predecessor. The mean log deviation increased 37% more under Mr. Obama than under President George W. Bush, although when this statistic was released, Mr. Obama had only six years as president compared with Mr. Bush’s eight. The Gini index rose more than three times as much under Mr. Obama than under Mr. Bush. The Theil index increased sharply during the Obama administration, while it fell slightly under Bush 43.

link:  income inequality up under Democrats

The age we live in...

Trump and Rubio warming up for the next GOP debate


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Yeah, there was a time...

Obama's greatest legacy as president

"Since Obama’s election in 2008, Democratic losses at all other levels have been staggering: 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats, 910 state legislative seats, 30 state legislative chambers and 11 governorships. Democrats are at their weakest position in state capitols in nearly a century; they have unified control of only 11 legislatures, while Republicans control 30 (31 if you include nominally nonpartisan Nebraska)."

~~from uber liberal Washington Post writer Dana Milbank

Monday, February 15, 2016

Don't let Karma bite you on the ass

It is within Obama's presidential responsibilities to nominate a replacement for Justice Scalia. He may be a lame duck, but he is still president until next January. It is worth noting, however, that Obama joined a Democratic filibuster of Samuel Alito (who now sits on the court).

As for a call by Republicans to let the next president choose the SCOTUS nominee, it is not without precedent. In
...2007, during the Bush administration, Democrat Senator Charles Schumer called for President Bush to hold off and let the next president choose a nominee.

Obama's announcement of his chosen Court nominee is not likely to happen until early Summer. His administrative style for 7+ years has been that of "it's my way or the highway"; so, don't expect GOP senators to fall in line–especially Cruz. Cruz has filibustered before, and I expect him to lead one against Obama's nominee. Mr. Obama: it's called karma.


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Wonder why Trump has so much support?

CHARLES MURRAY writing in the WSJ:

But the central truth of Trumpism as a phenomenon is that the entire American working class has legitimate reasons to be angry at the ruling class. During the past half-century of economic growth, virtually none of the rewards have gone to the working class. The economists can supply caveats and refinements to that statement, but the bottom line is stark: The real family income of people in the bottom half of the income distribution hasn’t increased since the late 1960s.

During the same half-century, American corporations exported millions of manufacturing jobs, which were among the best-paying working-class jobs. They were and are predominantly men’s jobs. In both 1968 and 2015, 70% of manufacturing jobs were held by males.

During the same half-century, the federal government allowed the immigration, legal and illegal, of tens of millions of competitors for the remaining working-class jobs. Apart from agriculture, many of those jobs involve the construction trades or crafts. They too were and are predominantly men’s jobs: 77% in 1968 and 84% in 2015.

Economists still argue about the net effect of these events on the American job market. But for someone living in a town where the big company has shut the factory and moved the jobs to China, or for a roofer who has watched a contractor hire illegal immigrants because they are cheaper, anger and frustration are rational.

Add to this the fact that white working-class men are looked down upon by the elites and get little validation in their own communities for being good providers, fathers and spouses—and that life in their communities is falling apart. To top it off, the party they have voted for in recent decades, the Republicans, hasn’t done a damn thing to help them. Who wouldn’t be angry?