Saturday, February 28, 2015

Academics, in general, – and like politicians – ought not be taken seriously

 Academics, in general, – and like politicians – ought not be taken seriously
Most academics are out of touch with the real world and have little useful to say about it.
(This view, of course, is not conventional among academics, most of whom fancy themselves as possessing deep insight into, and special knowledge of, the workings of the economy and society.  In addition to these absurd fancies, most academics also believe – even more absurdly – that they are of nobler and purer character than are the icky likes of entrepreneurs, investors, and other profit-seeking business people – people who are actually willing and able to be productive in ways judged as such by real-world consumers; ways that not one academic in 500 could possibly pull off.  Academics, in general, – and like politicians – ought not be taken seriously.  A shockingly large number of them are ignorant and officious fools.)

Also, because she hates it

NANCY PELOSI: Congress Is Living Paycheck To Paycheck. “So you think you’ve got it bad? Try being in Congress. Those poor bastards are practically homeless. . . . Hell, Pelosi is so down on her luck these days, she had to burn the Constitution just to keep warm. Also, because she hates it.”

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Wesleyan University’s residential life division’s “Open House” at 154 Church Street boasts, according to the university’s website: “a safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderfuck, Polyamourous, Bondage/Disciple, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism (LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM) communities and for people of sexually or gender dissident communities. The goals of Open House include generating interest in a celebration of queer life from the social to the political to the academic. Open House works to create a Wesleyan community that appreciates the variety and vivacity of gender, sex and sexuality.”

WesleyanThe Christian Post also had a few words to say about it, noting “LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM? Housing for 15 Alternative Sexualities Is OK, but Men-Only Fraternities Are Not”?



RICH LOWRY: The Science Is Settled: Yes, Liberals Are Less Patriotic. …….“A Pew Research survey last year found that 46 percent of ‘steadfast conservatives’ believed that the U.S. stands above all other countries; only 11 percent of ‘solid liberals’ believed the same. Seventy-two percent of steadfast conservatives said they often feel proud to be an American; only 40 percent of solid liberals said they do.”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


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TRUST GOVERNMENT Whatever it touches turns to mayhem

Whatever it touches turns to mayhem

The two parties usually attempt to one-up each other when it comes to reckless overseas intervention. Yet Uncle Sam has demonstrated that he possesses the reverse Midas Touch. Whatever he touches turns to mayhem.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Obama enjoys the taste of his own shoes and socks

Obama enjoys the taste of his own shoes and socks. That's why he puts his foot into his mouth so often.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

DHS JOB IS TO “give voice to the plight of Muslims living in this country

DHS JOB IS TO “give voice to the plight of Muslims living in this country “.
Mark Steyn
But President Obama knows better than you. So he organized a summit dedicated to creating and promoting a self-invented phantom enemy. Conveniently enough, the main problem with "violent extremists" is that its principal victims are Muslims. No, no, I don't mean the thousands of Muslims being slaughtered, beheaded, burned alive, raped, sold into sex slavery, etc, etc, in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, and so on. The Muslims most at risk are right here in America. Just ask Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson:
We in the administration and the government should give voice to the plight of Muslims living in this country and the discrimination that they face. And so I personally have committed to speak out about the situation that very often people in the Muslim community in this country face. The fact that there are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world and the Islamic faith is one about peace and brotherhood.
I opposed the creation of the Department of Homeland Security on the basic Thatcherite principle that if you create a government bureaucracy in order to deal with a problem you'll never be rid of the problem. But I underestimated the creativity of our rulers: The DHS was set up because 19 Muslims flew planes into skyscrapers and killed thousands of people. Thirteen years later, the head of the DHS thinks his department's priority should be to "give voice to the plight of Muslims" who have the misfortune to live in America.

How about "the plight of Muslims" who live in Muslim countries?

John Kerry, Sec. of State, spouting Obama party line

John Kerry, Sec. of State, spouting Obama party line:
“Success requires offering a vision that is positive and proactive: a world with more concrete alternatives to the nihilistic worldview of violent extremists...
We have to devote ourselves not just to combating violent extremism, but to preventing it...
We've combated violent extremism before...
The 20th century was defined by the struggle to overcome depression, slavery, fascism and totalitarianism. Now it's our turn. The rise of violent extremism challenges every one of us...”

Comments Mark Steyn:  By now you may be saying, "Oh, 'violent extremism', I get it. You mean..." Whoa, don't go there, girlfriend. "This is not true Islam," insists President Obama.


"Violent extremism" may have nothing to do with Islam, yet Obama's summit on "violent extremism" was oddly preoccupied with Islam, to the extent of according it a special deference:
A Muslim prayer was recited at the start of the second day of the White House summit on "Countering Violent Extremism," but no other religious text was presented during the portion of the event that was open to the press.
Imam Sheikh Sa'ad Musse Roble, president of the World Peace Organization in Minneapolis, Minn., recited a "verse from the Quran" following remarks by Obama administration officials and Democratic members of Congress.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I guess to progressives the Constitution is only a piece of paper

I guess to progressives the Constitution is only a piece of paper:
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 26% of Likely U.S. Voters think the president should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if they are standing in the way of actions he feels are important for the country…
But perhaps more unsettling to supporters of constitutional checks and balances is the finding that 43% of Democrats believe the president should have the right to ignore the courts. Only 35% of voters in President Obama’s party disagree, compared to 81% of Republicans and 67% of voters not affiliated with either major party…
[W]hile 72% of GOP voters and 63% of unaffiliateds believe it is more important to preserve our constitutional system of checks and balances than for the federal government to operate efficiently, Democrats are evenly divided

Women and younger voters feel more strongly than men and those 40 and older that the president should have the right to ignore federal court rulings. Black voters believe that more than whites and other minority voters do.

Friday, February 20, 2015

great geyser of cronyism

Politicians are hoarders. Instead of filling up their homes with junk and refusing to throw any of it away, they surround themselves with bloated government programs and come up with excuses to not get rid of any of them. Proposing “reform” is one of their favorite tactics to save rotting government programs that should be set out by the curb.

Thursday, February 19, 2015


…from page 188 of David Mamet’s 2011 book, The Secret Knowledge (original emphasis):
Government is only a business.  Past the roads, defense, and sewers, it sells excitement and self-satisfaction to the masses, and charges them an entertainment tax, exacted in wealth and misery.  It cannot make cars, or develop medicines.  How can it “abolish poverty” (at home or abroad), or Bring About an End to Greed or Exploitation?  It can only sell the illusion, and put itself in a position where it is free from judgment of its efforts.  It does this, first of all, by stating inchoate goals, “change, hope, fairness, peace,” and then indicting those who question them as traitors or ogres; finally, it explains its lack of success by reference to persistent if magical forces put in play by its predecessors and yet uneradicated because of insufficient fundin


Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Politicians are mainly in the business of winning popularity contests called “elections” and not in the business of seriously studying the causes and effects of various real and imagined social ills.  ……. They are generally and strongly committed to furthering their own careers, to accumulating power, and to achieving the cheap prominence and unjustified respect that the public stupidly accords to people who succeed at winning political elections.

“The Political Order of a Free People,” 1979) of Hayek’s Law, Legislation, and Liberty:

Government is now of course not a human being one can trust, as the inherited ideal of the good ruler still suggests to the naive mind.  Nor is it the result of the joint wisdom of trusted representatives the majority of whom can agree on what is best.  It is a machinery directed by ‘political necessities’ which are only remotely affected by the opinions of the majority.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Before the Danes get on their high horse let’s recall the many Viking atrocities.

President Obama is in Palm Springs for the weekend and was on the golf course as the day’s events unfolded.
Rumor is Obama’s 1st reaction was “Before the Danes get on their high horse let’s recall the many Viking atrocities.”  But he was reminded he already used ‘high horse’ line in condemning Christians with provoking Muslims with the Crusades and Inquisition 800 years ago that resulted with last weeks attacks on Jews in Paris.  
"... President Obama ... was on the golf course ..."
Natch. In 150 years we've gone from "Four score and seven years ago" to "FORE!"

Strange how many Jews get caught up in random European violence.

Friday, February 13, 2015

the Tea Party never did anything like this

WELL, IF YOU DEPORT THE ILLEGALS AMONG THEM, THAT MIGHT HELP: Roll Call: Immigration Protests in Capitol Offices Strain Police.
Notice that the Tea Party never did anything like this, but was always portrayed as a dangerous, unruly mob. Of course, to be fair, these people aren’t really “unruly,” as they are thoroughly under the control of accredited Democratic interest groups.

Posted at 8:00 am by Glenn Reynolds 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

voters’ ignorance

Politicians build their careers on voters’ ignorance about supply and demand curves.

Posted at 9:30 pm by Glenn Reynold

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


DAVID AXELROD: Obama Misled On Gay Marriage For Political Reasons. “Axelrod writes that he knew Obama was in favor of same-sex marriages during the first presidential campaign, even Obama publicly said he only supported civil unions, not full marriages. Axelrod also admits to counseling Obama to conceal that position for political reasons.”
It’s liars all the way down in this administration

Monday, February 09, 2015


Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany & by default Leader of the Free World, meets with Pres. Obama today to discuss crisis in Ukraine.  Pres. 'Lead from Behind'  Obama will pretend to listen and daydream about golf.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

I name no names

I name no names:

These societies are barbaric because of their false religion, as C.S. Lewis stated:

You can put this another way by saying that while in other sciences the instruments you use are things external to yourself (things like microscopes and telescopes), the instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred — like the Moon seen through a dirty telescope. That is why horrible nations have horrible religions: they have been looking at God through a dirty lens.

“unethical practices”

In 1825 Gideon Wells abandoned law because of “unethical practices” that were “commonplace.” What’s new?  

Real America

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Obama the Aloof


Friday, February 06, 2015


Don Boudreaux:
“What is Washington, DC, but a nest of such megalomaniacs who suffer incurably from foolish and presumptuous delusions of their own superiority and magnificence?”

 Ludwig von Mises‘s 1944 volume, Bureaucracy:
“The bureaucrat is not only a government employee.  He is, under a democratic constitution, at the same time a voter and as such a part of the sovereign, his employer.  He is in a peculiar position: he is both employer and employee.  And his pecuniary interest as employee towers above his interest as employer, as he gets much more from the public funds than he contributes to them.

This double relationship becomes more important as the people on the government’s payroll increase.  The bureaucrat as voter is more eager to get a raise than to keep the budget balanced.  His main concern is to swell the payroll.”


Addressing the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, Fearless Leader President Obama admonished his audience not to get on a “high horse” about Islamic terrorists (of course he did not name them) since atrocities had been committed in the name of many religions or, as he put it more specifically, “Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Hmm!  Weren’t the Crusades, a thousand years ago, a response to Muslims attacking and capturing the Holy Land?  And didn’t the Inquisition, 800 years ago, encompass about 300 deaths over a hundred years?  And, when was the last Muslim atrocity?  Couple hours ago I think.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

WHICH SIDE IS MILITARY BRASS ON? (Or brownnosing for Obama)

(Or brownnosing for Obama)

Dempsey Sponsors Essay Competition to Honor Saudi King

By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has established a research and essay competition in honor of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz hosted by the National Defense University.

The king, who died Jan. 23 at age 90, oversaw the modernization of his country’s military during the time he spent as commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, a position he held from 1963 until he became king in 2005.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said the essay competition is a fitting tribute to the life and leadership of the Saudi Arabian monarch.

Lifetime Supporter of U.S.-Saudi Alliance
The king was a lifetime supporter of his country’s alliance with the United States. Abdullah ruled Saudi Arabia from 2005 to his death, and served as regent of the country from 1995. He is succeeded by King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz.

“This is an important opportunity to honor the memory of the king, while also fostering scholarly research on the Arab-Muslim world, and I can think of no better home for such an initiative than NDU,” Dempsey said in a statement announcing the competition.

The competition will focus on issues related to the Arab-Muslim world and is designed to encourage strategic thinking and meaningful research on a crucial part of the world. The program will be in place at NDU for the next academic year, officials said.

‘A Man of Remarkable Character and Courage’
Dempsey first met Abdullah in 2001, when he was a brigadier general serving as the U.S. advisor to the Saudi Arabian National Guard. “In my job to train and advise his military forces, and in our relationship since, I found the king to be a man of remarkable character and courage,” Dempsey said.

Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Frederick M. Padilla, the president of the National Defense University, welcomed the opportunity to challenge future students while honoring the late king.
“This scholarly research competition presents NDU students with a unique opportunity to focus their research and writing efforts on relevant issues at the intersection of U.S. security interests and the Arab-Muslim world,” he said.

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