Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Liberal bravely comes out against political correctness

Liberal writer Jonathan Chiat is NOT so happy with political correctness:

"That the new political correctness has bludgeoned even many of its own supporters into despondent silence is a triumph, but one of limited use. Politics in a democracy is still based on getting people to agree with you, not making them afraid to disagree. The historical record of political movements that sought to expand freedom for the oppressed by eliminating it for their enemies is dismal. The historical record of American liberalism, which has extended social freedoms to blacks, Jews, gays, and women, is glorious. And that glory rests in its confidence in the ultimate power of reason, not coercion, to triumph".

Chiat's op-ed:  here

Over-hyped storm of the century (so far)

From the satirical website The Onion:

As a major winter storm continued its advance toward New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio advised residents Monday to make peace with whatever higher power they call God, for all shall meet their death in the coming tempest. “The furious hoarfrost bearing down upon us knows neither mercy nor reason, and all within the five boroughs will perish, cowering in their brittle dwellings,” said de Blasio, adding that none would find succor from the gale save those favored by providence to pass quietly in their sleep. “This shall be a tempest the likes of which has never been glimpsed by man or beast. Clutch your babes close to your breast and take small comfort in knowing that they will howl for but a few hours before death becalms them forever.” De Blasio added that, barring an unexpected intensification in the storm, normal subway and bus service would resume Wednesday.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Davos Hypocrisy Convention

KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON in the National Review:

convening to ring the alarm about global warming, our putative betters and would-be rulers convened inDavos, Switzerland, filling the local general-aviation hangars with some 1,700 private jets. Taking an international commercial flight is one of the most carbon-intensive things the typical person does in his life, but if you’re comparing carbon footprints between your average traveler squeezed into coach on American and Davos Man quaffing Pol Roger in his cashmere-carpeted intercontinental air limousine, you’re talking Smurfette vs. Sasquatch. The Bombardier’s Global 6000 may be a technical marvel, but it still runs on antique plankton juice. The emissions from heating all those sprawling hotel suites in the Alps in winter surely makes baby polar bears weep bitter and copious baby-polar-bear tears.

The stories add up: Jeff Greene brings multiple nannies on his private jet to Davos, and the rest of the guys gathered to talk past each other about the plight of the working man scarf down couture hot-dogs that cost forty bucks. Bill Clinton makes the case for wealth-redistribution while sporting a $60,000 platinum Rolex.  LINK:  DAVOS

Brazil wants a 180,000 carat emerald back

Stephen Ceasar reporting for the LATimes:

The bizarre, tortuous journey of the Bahia Emerald began in the depths of a Brazilian mine and eventually landed it in a Los Angeles County sheriff's evidence locker, where it remains today.
Since 2009, the 180,000-carat, 840-pound behemoth of a gem has been the subject of a contentious court battle among a colorful crowd of gem traders, miners and a real estate tycoon all vying for the prized jewel — once valued at $372 million.
And just as the court saga appeared to be nearing a conclusion in recent months, a new party stepped up to stake its own claim to the stone.
The country that birthed it: Brazil.
"We're trying to get back what belongs to us," said Marconi Costa Melo, an attorney in Brazil's attorney general's office. "The emerald belongs to Brazil."

Friday, January 16, 2015

A majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty

LYNDSEY LAYTON reporting in the Washington Post:
For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation.
The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade were eligible under the federal program for free and reduced-price lunches in the 2012-2013 school year. The lunch program is a rough proxy for poverty, but the explosion in the number of needy children in the nation’s public classrooms is a recent phenomenon that has been gaining attention among educators, public officials and researchers.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Best op-ed I've read on climate change in many years.

RICHARD TOL writing in The American Interest:

Just as there is no logical or scientific basis for thinking that climate change is new, there is no self-evident reason to assume that the climate of the past is “better” than the climate of the future. With just as little logic, we might assume that women’s rights, health care, or education were necessarily better in the past. Any such judgment also contradicts Hume’s Law and, perhaps worse, is grounded in a fallacious appeal to nature understood in a very slanted way. There is no prima facie reason to assume that any given past climate was better than the prospective one.There is noprima facie reason to assume that any given past climate was better than the prospective one. The climate of the 21stcentury may well be unprecedented in the history of human civilization; the number of people living in countries with free and fair elections is unprecedented, too. So what? “Unprecedented” is not a synonym for “bad.”

Tol's op-ed here:  Hot Stuff, Cold Logic

Ten present warning signs for a market tumble in 2015

JOHN FICENEC's list of the ten warning signs:

Vix fear gauge rising

Rising US Treasury yields

Credit insurance expense going up

Rising US credit risk

Rising UK bank risk

Interest rate shock inevitable

Bull market third longest on record (the other two:  1929, and the dot.

com bubble bursting in early 2000's)

Overvalued US market

Commodity collapse

Professional investors exiting

[Read his analysis in its entirety here:  TOP TEN

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The true meaning of Christmas

SHEILA LIAUGMINAS writing in the National review

Chesterton called it the “beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.” It’s the paradox that “a deity born like an outcast or even an outlaw” changed our “whole conception of law and its duties to the poor and outcast.” God broke through time and space to be one of us as a child in the womb, born as “the God in the cave,” as Chesterton observed with astonishment over the Incarnation that is Christmas, Christ with us, showing us the height of dignity in our humanity.

The whole of the Social Gospel, the Golden Rule, all that is true, good, and beautiful was manifest in the Christ Child and spread in His life, teaching, and witness — spread “to all the world” through His followers — to change the world forever. He taught and showed that love is stronger than death, that evil can be vanquished, that humility, forgiveness, self-sacrifice, service to others, and unshakeable faith in God constitute a force more powerful than any other, and leads to the greatest freedom and ultimate peace and happiness.

That radical “priest, prophet, and king” came, on Christmas Day.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The titular head of the Democratic Party.

Hollywood just folded like a cheap tent to this jerk

Obama swaps good guys for shitheads with Cuba

While we're swapping individuals diplomatically, could we get Sofia Vergara, Nikolas Sarkozy, and Cristiano Renaldo in a straight trade for Obama, Pelosi and Reid? Is that asking too much? We gain aesthetically, politically, and athletically and give up NOTHING.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Thirty-five federal agencies to get your health information soon

JERYL BIER reporting for the Weekly Standard:

Along with the primary goal of expanding the availability of health insurance, the Affordable Care Act aims to make the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) universal. This plan actually began with the 2009 stimulus (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), which included the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Doctors and other health providers have been offered incentives to convert patient information and health histories to a compatible and transferable electronic format, and as of June 2014, 75 percent of eligible doctors and 92 percent of eligible hospitals had received payments under the program.

link;  Big Government will share your health records with just about everybody

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Global-warming fad has harmed lower and middle class Americans


So, in the end, what was global warming? It seems to have grown up largely as a late-20th-century critique of global market capitalism by elites who had done so well by it that they had won the luxury of caricaturing the very source of their privilege. Global warming proved a near secular religion that filled a deep psychological longing for some sort of transcendent meaning among mostly secular Western grandees. In reality, the global-warming creed had scant effect on the lifestyles of the high priests who promulgated it. Al Gore did not cut back on his jet-fueled and lucrative proselytizing. Obama did not become the first president who, on principle, traveled with a reduced and green entourage. Solyndra did not run a model transparent company as proof of the nobility of the cause. As in the case of illegal immigration, the losers from the global-warming fad are the working and middle classes, who do not have the capital to be unharmed by the restrictions on cheap, carbon-based fuels.

link:  Victor Davis Hanson

Monday, November 24, 2014

China's stealth fighter has a smoking problem

China's newly unveiled J-31 stealth fighter has received bad reviews at home and abroad after making its first public demonstration flight during the biennial Zhuhai Airshow in the southern province of Guangdong.
The criticism of J-31, China's second fifth-generation fighter jet, mainly stems from the dark exhaust emitting from the jet's engine, which indicates the engine's poor efficiency in burning fuel.
There are two types of engines used on the J-31 jets — the RD-93 used by Russia's MiG-29 fighters will be fitted to those intended for foreign clients, while the ones deployed by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) will have the WS-13 engine developed from the RD-93.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Napoleon Obamaparte

[political cartoon by MICHAEL RAMIREZ]

Wednesday, November 19, 2014