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Monday, September 1, 2014

Henry Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World Order - WSJ

For the U.S., this will require thinking on two seemingly contradictory levels. The celebration of universal principles needs to be paired with recognition of the reality of other regions' histories, cultures and views of their security. Even as the lessons of challenging decades are examined, the affirmation of America's exceptional nature must be sustained. History offers no respite to countries that set aside their sense of identity in favor of a seemingly less arduous course. But nor does it assure success for the most elevated convictions in the absence of a comprehensive geopolitical strategy.

via online.wsj.com

And failing that, you can spin up the B-52's.

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Bari Weiss: How to Survive—and Maybe Enjoy—PC University - WSJ

Sure, you've crossed your t's and dotted your i's, but you haven't yet learned to "check your privilege." That's what orientation is for. Perhaps you're only now learning that white is a synonym for racist. Brace yourselves for lectures all week on how to spot diversity and workshops about how to ensure your room is a safe space.

Here are some tips for surviving PCU, the politically correct university of your choice:

via online.wsj.com

This might help out my monosyllabic, jazz playing guitarist son, and maybe yours too.

September 1, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Men outpacing women in job gains

Men have outpaced women since the jobs recovery began in 2010. That's largely because they were hit much harder by job losses in manufacturing and construction during the 2007-09 Great Recession and benefited more as those sectors bounced back.

via www.usatoday.com

You go men.

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The Secret World of Finders, Venture Capital Article | Inc.com

Bill Mccready scoped out stars for a living, back when he ran a space observatory. Today he scopes out investment dollars for fledgling companies. The consultant, who runs Venture Planners in Carlsbad, Calif., is a "finder." His is a little-known profession, yet one that is playing an increasingly important role in the start-up world. And one that's steeped in controversy.

via www.inc.com

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Amid crises, Obama's busy social schedule means double duty for Air Force One | WashingtonExaminer.com

Of course, no one should begrudge presidential travel; it's part of the job. And it is necessarily expensive for a President of the United States to move from place to place. But in recent days, the combination of Obama's frenetic travel, for less-than-urgent reasons, and his admitted lack of a strategy for dealing with pressing national security issues, has underscored the impression of a president who is constantly in motion, but doesn't know where he is going.

via washingtonexaminer.com

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Feminists’ Failure on Rotherham | National Review Online

In Rotherham there is a real-life “rape culture.” But you will not learn anything new about it from Salon, the Daily Beast, Jezebel, or Slate. It has gone unmentioned at Feministing, Bitch Media, or the Feminist Majority Foundation. There have been no outraged op-eds from Jenny Kutner, Jessica Valenti, or Samantha Leigh Allen.

These are, apparently, not the rapes they are looking for.

via www.nationalreview.com

Such an appalling story I am temporarily speechless about it. This is just a commentary on the feminists. About the PC culture in the UK that made this possible and much else, just google "Rotherham".

August 31, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

After Ferguson, Race Deserves More Attention, Not Less - NYTimes.com

MANY white Americans say they are fed up with the coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. A plurality of whites in a recent Pew survey said that the issue of race is getting more attention than it deserves.

Bill O’Reilly of Fox News reflected that weariness, saying: “All you hear is grievance, grievance, grievance, money, money, money.”

Indeed, a 2011 study by scholars at Harvard and Tufts found that whites, on average, believed that anti-white racism was a bigger problem than anti-black racism.

Yes, you read that right!

via www.nytimes.com

August 31, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

President Obama on ISIS: 'Fetch Me My Brown Pants!'

It wasn’t the suit that screamed “brown pants” to me so much as everything else that happened Thursday.

via thefederalist.com

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Can Feminists Do Anything On Their Own?

Sometimes I wonder if modern feminists are really a bunch of fun-loving, hyper-aware pranksters, conspiring to hoist an elaborate hoax upon the world. “Oh, Amanda, be real,” someone might type in a secret feminist chat room, chortling over a Diet Coke. “Isn’t this piece calling babies ‘time-sucking monsters’ that should die so you can freely watch “True Detective” a little over the top?” Another chat participant, reviewing a call for legalized abortion until birth, would type swiftly and frantically: “Jessica, come on, seriously? Don’t publish this—they’ll finally figure out that it’s all a joke!”

via thefederalist.com

This isn't funny.

August 30, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Marines’ Chesty XIV Promoted to Corporal, Despite Taste for Snacks - Washington Wire - WSJ

The current Chesty was introduced to the Marine Barracks in February 2013, and this year had solo responsibility for the evening parades. Partisans of the current mascot, suggest Cpl. Chesty is better around other animals and less focused on sleeping than his predecessor.

via blogs.wsj.com

August 30, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Reminded me

Of this classic SNL skit. I obviously meant mom jeans in the more general sense.

August 30, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tongues wag over Obama's audacity to wear taupe

"Yes, we tan," says a third.

via bigstory.ap.org

Obama wears taupe. Finally, I know what taupe is. I would have guessed something else. I think I will defend this fashion choice. I would, but I lack the energy unfortunately. Additionally, I resent this criticism of "mom jeans." Anybody who is a little broad in the beam and who makes the rational election to be comfortable gets panned for wearing mom jeans. I say wearing tight jeans is just obviously sacrificing comfort for what? For making some sort of fashion statement I guess.

August 30, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Burton G. Malkiel: Are Stock Prices Headed for a Fall? - WSJ

There is a disagreement about the sustainability of current lofty stock market valuations.

via online.wsj.com

August 29, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Why Obama’s ‘we don’t have a strategy’ gaffe stings - The Washington Post

By now, President Obama's remark that "we don't have a strategy yet" has made the rounds. Republicans were quick to pounce on it, as well they should have.

But while the White House went into damage-control mode, emphasizing that it was a reference to the lack of decisions about increasing military action in Iraq and/or Syria and not a lack of a broader strategy there, the damage was already done.

via www.washingtonpost.com

snicker snicker

August 29, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Why You Need Not Fear the Poor, Misunderstood Brown Recluse Spider | Science | WIRED

It’s hard to think of a critter that inspires as much hyperbolic hysteria as the brown recluse spider. They’re pretty much universally hated. If you believe the tales, these small arachnids are biting people all day, every day, producing massive, stinking flesh-craters that require months of intensive care and perhaps a prosthetic appendage. Sometimes, it seems these spiders have nothing better to do than hunker down in dark corners throughout North America, waiting for tender human skin to present itself.

Though there are strands of truth in the hype, on the whole, it’s bunk.

via www.wired.com

Yeah, right. And great whites are just exploring their world they only they know how, by eating it.

August 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Creators of New Fed-Proof Bitcoin Marketplace Swear It’s Not for Drugs | Threat Level | WIRED

When the recording industry smashed Napster with a $20 billion lawsuit more than a decade ago, filesharing morphed into Bittorrent, a fully peer-to-peer system with no central server for law enforcement to attack. Now the developers behind one software project are trying to pull off a similar trick with the anarchic model of bitcoin e-commerce pioneered by the billion-dollar Silk Road black market. And just as with Bittorrent, their new system may be so decentralized that not even its creators can control exactly how it will be used.

via www.wired.com

Good idea.

August 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

How We Can Get Submarines to Travel at Supersonic Speed | Autopia | WIRED

Details on the new developments are scarce, however. “It’s a quantum leap to making a supersonic submarine,” says Arndt. “What they’re showing doesn’t give an inkling of what technology they’ve got.”

via www.wired.com

Those darn Chinese. Lots of military sci-fi submarine novels (cheap on Kindle!) have dastardly Chinese armed with these supercavitating torpedos and such. It's a caution.

August 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

TaxProf Blog: How Northeastern University Gamed the U.S. News Rankings to Rise From #162 to #49

[Richard] Freeland swept into Northeastern [in 1996] with a brand-new mantra: recalibrate the school to climb up the ranks [from #162 in U.S. News]. “There’s no question that the system invites gaming,” Freeland tells me. “We made a systematic effort to influence [the outcome].” He directed university researchers to break the U.S. News code and replicate its formulas. He spoke about the rankings all the time—in hallways and at board meetings, illustrating his points with charts. He spent his days trying to figure out how to get the biggest bump up the charts for his buck. He worked the goal into the school’s strategic plan. “We had to get into the top 100,” Freeland says. “That was a life-or-death matter for Northeastern.” ...

via taxprof.typepad.com

US News has established something close to a monopoly on rankings. Rankings would appear to be a good with strong network externalities. US News isn't a magazine or even a website anymore, at least in terms of profits. Just about all their income comes from the sale of premium subscriptions to their rankings of colleges and grad schools. It's a strange business and hardly unambiguously good for education.

August 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Billionaires

This is an interesting paper. I have mixed feelings about billionaires.  You have the Koch brothers but you also have George Soros.

I was really surprized by the paper's observation that actually it is countries with onerous regulatory regimes that have the most entrepreneurs, defined as self-employed persons.  This connected with something a student told me of her visit to Vietnam -- she said it seemed everybody had a little noodle shop or store, too many, she said.  How could this be? I thought.  Wouldn't a communist regime repress all of that entrepreneurial activity?  The paper points out that this is evasive entrepreneurialism.  You enter into business for yourself because there are not enough big enterprises to employ you, and enterprises cannot get too big because they have to fly under the radar and not attract the gentle ministrations of the state. Counter-intuitive in a way, but it makes sense.  There is a not so transparent ceiling.  

But as to billionaires, they exist most abundantly in countries that protect personal property and are not onerous in terms of their regulation, and they are most abundant the wealthiest countries as well.  If I recall correctly, the top entrepreneurial countries were Hong Kong, Israel and the US, in that order.  This sheds some light, I'm thinking, on the debate over wealth distribution as well. There has been a lot of talk lately about how a "maldistribution" of wealth reduces wealth overall. I'm not sure this is the case.  If the richest countries also have the most billionaires, this suggests that they create more wealth for everybody. Obviously, it's only suggestive.

August 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hello Kitty is not a cat. Everything is a lie. - The Washington Post

If you were wondering whether everything is a lie, the answer is: yes. Everything is a lie.

via www.washingtonpost.com

August 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

English woman discovers 5,000 wasps in her guest room  - NY Daily News

An English woman had no idea her home was so popular among wasps until she opened the door to her guest room and found thousands of the insects inside.

via www.nydailynews.com

Wasp update.

August 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Finally! Secret of Death Valley's 'Sailing Stones' Is Revealed - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com

Years ago, researchers traveled to the Racetrack Playa with plenty of instruments in tow. They first installed a weather station and several time-lapse cameras around the playa. They also placed 15 GPS-embedded limestone rocks of various sizes throughout the playa. Then, it was time to wait.

via blogs.discovermagazine.com

Not ETs.

August 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Poll: Parents uncomfortable with youth football - Parents - TODAY.com

Only five percent, though, said they have discouraged their child from playing in the last two years as concern over head injuries has increased at all levels of the game.

via www.today.com

LWJ and I aren't going to let our 10 year old play football. It's soccer for him. I'd probably have a Nobel Prize by now if I hadn't bashed my head so much in high school. Not really, but I do wonder if it's made a difference.

August 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Most Ingenious Weapons Throughout History - Business Insider

A recent Quora thread posed the question of "what are some of the most ingenious weapons throughout history?" The answers span a wide spectrum of inventiveness, while providing insights into some of the truly remarkable — seemingly batty — ways humans have waged war. 

via www.businessinsider.com

Some of these I didn't know about.

August 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ukraine Fighting In One GIF - Business Insider

Here's a GIF that shows the progression of the fighting and the control of the border areas over the past week.  You can see the date in the upper left-hand corner of the map:

via www.businessinsider.com

The power of the interwebs.

August 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Get Married - Speakeasy - WSJ

The Associated Press reports that the two wed in Correns, France this past weekend at a small chapel in Chateau Miraval. The ceremony was said to be attended by friends and family, and their children helped out with the family affair as well. Sons Maddox and Pax walked her down the aisle, daughters Zahara and Vivienne were flower girls, and Shiloh and Knox were ring bearers.

via blogs.wsj.com

This is so exciting. Maddox and Shiloh are OK, but Pax and the others have weird names. I guess Knox is ok if it's a family name.

August 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

At College Football Games, Student Sections Likely to Have Empty Seats - WSJ

Football stadiums will be packed this weekend for the kickoff of the college season. But many of the student sections are likely to have empty seats.

Average student attendance at college football games is down 7.1% since 2009, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal of stadium turnstile records from about 50 public colleges with top-division football teams. The decline was 5.6% at colleges in the five richest conferences.

via online.wsj.com

I don't think students as a group are that into football, yet in the population at large, plenty of people are so that stadiums can be filled. I suspect many of these people are not the sort that send kids to the colleges in question or alums. If football doesn't just wither, this is going to lead to odder and odder situtations.

August 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Don’t Want Me to Recline My Airline Seat? You Can Pay Me - NYTimes.com

I bring this up because of a dispute you may have heard about: On Sunday, a United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver made an unscheduled stop in Chicago to discharge two passengers who had a dispute over seat reclining. According to The Associated Press, a man in a middle seat installed the Knee Defender, a $21.95 device that keeps a seat upright, on the seatback in front of him.

A flight attendant asked him to remove the device. He refused. The woman seated in front of him turned around and threw water at him. The pilot landed the plane and booted both passengers off the flight.

via www.nytimes.com

I see this as a property rights question. Granted, the rights are defined by the airline in question, or possibly by the airline and its regulator(s). But I take it the seats can and will recline and the passenger seated in them has a right to recline, even though this occupies space that could otherwise be enjoyed by the person behind you.

On some cross country trip, my young son reclined his seat and the woman behind him violently pushed his seat back up. After several tries, he informed me and I turned around and asked the woman what she was doing. She informed me that my son could not recline his seat and wasn't too polite about it. I didn't argue with her. I just called the steward-person and informed her of the problem and she immediately told the woman that my child could indeed recline his seat and she just had to put up with it. She left, my son reclined his seat and I smugly enjoyed my adult beverage. So much is mere justice. Obviously installing a "Knee Defender" ups the ante. Airlines will probably have to ban them.

August 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Over 1,000 Russian Soldiers Join Fight, NATO Says - NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — NATO released photographs on Thursday that it said shows Russian artillery units operating in Ukraine, and asserted that more than 1,000 Russian soldiers had now joined the separatists fighting there against the Ukrainian armed forces.

via www.nytimes.com

Can't say this is unexpected. I do feel uneasy about the consequences this will have for our President. Will he be able to focus on his drives? What about his short game? It's how well you perform under pressure that defines a true player.

August 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Rand Paul carefully takes a bold stand sort of

Those wanting a U.S. war in Syria could not clearly show a U.S. national interest then, and they have been proven foolish now. A more realistic foreign policy would recognize that there are evil people and tyrannical regimes in this world, but also that America cannot police or solve every problem across the globe. Only after recognizing the practical limits of our foreign policy can we pursue policies that are in the best interest of the U.S.

 This is from Rand Paul in the Wall Street Journal.  So I take it he's against intervening in Syria. But the big point is whether is was a good idea to crash into Iraq, which President Bush the Younger did. It's beginning look like his dad has the better of that particular intergenerational debate. Saddam may be evil but ISIS and Assad, and maybe even Saddam's successors, look eviler. In any event, it's not clear that the Iraq intervention was such a hot idea. I was for it at the time, but that was because I believed that Iraq had and was developing WMDs as fast as they could.  Where did I get that idea? In any event, Rand Paul attempts to contextualize this debate but does so by cutting off the context of our intervention in Iraq. Not quite fair that.

August 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

TaxProf Blog: Prof Tells Students: Don't Email Me

Inside Higher Ed, Don't Email Me:

Email SyllabusA Salem College faculty member last semester took an uncompromising approach to curbing syllabus and inbox bloat: Why not ban most student emails?

via taxprof.typepad.com

I don't find this to be a problem. Students rarely or only occassionally email me and when they do, they have some reason to do so, about three-quarters of the time. But these are law students, who have already survived an important cut. I suppose this could be annoying for undergraduate professors.

August 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Montana Home on the Bitterroot River - WSJ

This farm comes with views, a pond and a tree nursery.

via online.wsj.com

Anyone who wishes to donate this house to me and my family is welcome to contact me at this address. I would be very grateful. I guess you would have to pay the income taxes as well.

August 27, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

San Diego ISIS Jihadist Has Family in Spring Valley | NBC 7 San Diego

The former San Diego City College student turned guerilla fighter for the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) last lived in Spring Valley with his family, NBC 7 has learned.

via www.nbcsandiego.com

Of course he did. And that's where one (or two?) of the 9/11 highjackers lived as well. It's really very nice. Ha. Just kidding. Though it is the site of the Catholic academy where my ten year old attends and other offspring attended school, though that is in the nicer part of Spring Valley, I guess. Though it's not that nice. It's at the base of Mt. Helix, which has some big nice houses on it, including the compound of the Spanos clan, which owns the Chargers, peace be upon them. I guess back when they built it, they didn't let Greeks live in La Jolla.

August 27, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Even Children Get More Outraged at 'Them' Than at 'Us' - WSJ

Plausible, but somebody has to look at how good these studies are.

August 27, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

A 9-Year-Old at a Shooting Range, a Spraying Uzi and Outrage - NYTimes.com

But on Monday, one family’s adventure went horribly wrong: A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun while he stood to her side, trying to guide her. A video of the shooting, which her parents recorded by cellphone, suggests that the girl, in pink shorts and with a braided ponytail, was unable to control the gun’s recoil; the instructor, Charles Vacca, 39, was rushed to a hospital in Las Vegas, where he died Monday night.

via www.nytimes.com

Obviously, Uzis should be banned, these sorts of tours should be banned, 9 year olds should be banned and Arizona should be outlawed.

August 27, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Bloody Brawl Breaks Out During Military Training -- at a Chinese High School

The bloody Aug. 24 incident, which landed 40 freshmen in the hospital with bone fractures and gashes, is being parsed on China's active social web as either evidence of the wholesale corruption of the Chinese military, or the hopeless degeneration of China's youth.

via www.foreignpolicy.com

August 27, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Government to Track 'False, Misleading' Ideas on Twitter | Ricochet

One G-man’s “social pollution” is another free man’s First Amendment right. The very term sounds like something out of a 1920s Italian fascist tract. And why is the federal government even deciding which ideas are “false and misleading,” let alone tracking them?

via ricochet.com

H/t GB.

August 27, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Women's Hips Could Influence Whether They Hit It + Quit It | Acumen | OZY

That’s according to scientists at the University of Leeds, who report that a woman’s figure could play a crucial role in her decision to have sex. Specifically, women with wider hips are more likely to hit it and quit it, and to have more sexual partners in general. Less-hippy women, on the other hand, tend to take a more prudent approach to sex.

via www.ozy.com

This via instapundit, which I repeat I can't link to on this lame typepad app. I bet this is one of those irrepoducable results but it's still kinda fun.

August 27, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

IRS scandal: Obama administration strategy = delay, derail, deceive | Fox News

After being told repeatedly by a number of administration officials -- including the IRS Commissioner -- that former top IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer problems resulted in the destruction of thousands of her key emails, we have now been told that those emails actually exist - backed up by an emergency system in the event of a catastrophe.

Justice Department officials have now told a federal court that the problem was not that the Lerner emails couldn't be found, but that the back-up system was “too onerous to search.”

via www.foxnews.com

The too onerous to search defense. Hmmm.

August 27, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

George Will on IRS: "It Is Off The Rails And It Is Now Thoroughly Corrupted" | Video | RealClearPolitics

GEORGE WILL: I can just hardly wait until the IRS lawyers go into that courtroom and tell the judge that it would be too onerous to stop obstructing justice in this case. That's a really interesting defense. You know, Lily Tomlin, the comedian, used to have a character, the Bag Lady, who said, 'no matter how cynical you get you, just can't keep up.' And that's the way it was with the IRS.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

It's really bad. I can't see it going away. If it does, it's time to start looking for overseas properties.

August 27, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Nicholas Eberstadt: How the World Is Becoming More Equal - WSJ

Is the human condition becoming more unequal? Many assert it is, but their focus is almost exclusively on economic inequality. This is problematic for two key reasons.

First, even in data-rich America, statistics on wealth distribution are at best rudimentary. Measured economic equality differs dramatically depending on whether one looks at income (pre- or post-tax? by the year or over a lifetime?), or at personal consumption, which seems to be distributed much more equally.

More crucially, income is not the only important measure of human well-being and life chances. Consider two global revolutions that are improving the human condition and making it more equal.

via online.wsj.com

Smart guy Eberstadt.

August 27, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Taxpayers to Subsidize 'Ministry of Truthiness'; Will Track 'Misleading Ideas', 'Hate Speech' - Liberty Unyielding

The Washington Free Beacon reported yesterday that:

The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.

via libertyunyielding.com

Groan.

August 26, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Lost in America - NYTimes.com

Americans are apprehensive about where they are and even more so about where they’re going. But they don’t see anything or anyone to lead them into the light. They’re sour on the president, on the Democratic Party and on Republicans most of all. They’re hungry for hope but don’t spot it on the menu. Where that tension leaves us is anybody’s guess.

via mobile.nytimes.com

This reads like the reflections of a middle aged man who, having led his young friend into a life of dissipation, now reflects on that friend's aimlessness, resentment and fatigue.

August 26, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Beyonce's VMA Performance: Feminism's Most Powerful Pop-Culture Moment | New Republic

On Monday morning I woke to images of Beyoncé, striking a dramatic posedressed as the world’s most beautiful disco ballin front of the word “FEMINIST” and felt like an excited kid all over again. Or rather, an excited kid in a far more thrilling pop culture universe than the one I was an actual kid in.

via www.newrepublic.com

Beyonce link added, to those of you who don't know.

I guess we have to keep up with this. Except for this being posted on TNR, I would be, I'm afraid, completely unaware of it. Not keeping up with VMA, I've got to say (that's Video Music Awards, not Virginia Military Academy). Anyway, it seems Beyonce has made a musical statement on Feminism. Without making too much of a thing about it, I would like to go down as not a feminist, not because I don't regard women as equals. I do. Rather it is because feminism means, and I think it always has, such a lot of nonsense. The social construction of sexual differences, just to begin with. No big deal. Just sayin. Oh, and if we are all even rhetorically feminist, what's with all the dancing around in your underwear about? I mean, I sorta like it, but that's because I like women in their underwear and as I said, I'm not a feminist. It just doesn't seem consistent.

I expect this will lead to some sort of shattering of sexual norms, to the extent it has not already, rather than anything more organized than that.

August 26, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Episcopal chaplain at Yale: Jews are to blame for anti-Semitism for not making peace with genocidal enemy (UPDATED with statement from Yale’s Center for Jewish Life) - The Washington Post

To the Editor:

Deborah E. Lipstadt makes far too little of the relationship between Israel’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza and growing anti-Semitism in Europe and beyond.

The trend to which she alludes parallels the carnage in Gaza over the last five years, not to mention the perpetually stalled peace talks and the continuing occupation of the West Bank.

As hope for a two-state solution fades and Palestinian casualties continue to mount, the best antidote to anti-Semitism would be for Israel’s patrons abroad to press the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for final-status resolution to the Palestinian question.

(Rev.) BRUCE M. SHIPMAN
Groton, Conn., Aug. 21, 2014

The writer is the Episcopal chaplain at Yale.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Surely the *best* antidote to anti-Semitism would be for the anti-Semites to stop being anti-Semitic. Or am I missing something? Of course, I have my own issues with not liking it when Jews are anti-Israel; not sure whether that makes me anti-Semitic or not. But that's not an issue with the Rev. Bruce M. Shipwainwrightgotagreatpriceonthoseslaveswhatwhat. OK, that was uncalled for. I'm sorry.

August 26, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The New Face of Evil | RealClearPolitics

As Hannah Arendt foresaw, we are once again up against the question of evil. An American photojournalist, James Foley, was presented to the camera and methodically decapitated. The instrument was not the ax reserved for royalty or the whooshing blade prompted by that reformer Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, but an ordinary looking knife. Death would be neither swift nor painless. This, somewhere in the bleached desert, was pure evil.

I used to not believe in evil. When Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union "the evil empire," I thought it was a dandy phrase but also a confession of ignorance. The word itself connotes something or someone diabolical -- bad for the sake of bad. The Soviet Union was bad, I conceded, but not for no reason. It was bad because it was insecure, occupying the flat, inviting, Eurasian plain, and because it had a different system of government that it dearly wanted to protect. Reagan had it right, though. The Soviet Union was evil.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

Richard Cohen thought the Soviet Union wasn't evil? I thought they weren't evil, but I changed my mind within two years of graduating from college. I was young and foolish but figured it out. I'll spare you the story. Sounds like Cohen is admitting he was older. Anyway, liberal columnists seem to be racing to see who can provide the most outraged, Nazi-invoking and extreme denunciation of the decapitating Islamists. Where have these people been? Did they not notice the gap in the NYC skyline? Is ISIS really more evil than al Qaeda? I figure it's battle space preparation for Obama's forthcoming move to bomb Syria and thereby indirectly support President Assad. When the MSM begins to appear so predictably in the pocket of the regime, it's unseemly and bad for the republic.

August 26, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

A Decent Lawyer Should Tell Liberals They're Damned Fools and Ought to Stop | RealClearPolitics

The Supreme Court is likely to take up the issue and, if it follows the D.C. Circuit's Halbig v. Burwell decision, would end subsidies in the 36 states that chose not to set up exchanges -- a deathblow to Obamacare. A decent lawyer yelling "stop" would have prevented such a debacle. 

via www.realclearpolitics.com

Not a great column, but the central idea is true.

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More British Muslims fight for Islamic State than Britain

Britain's Ministry of Defense confirmed to USA TODAY that there are approximately 600 British Muslim servicemembers in its armed forces of almost 200,000 people. Official government estimates put the number of British Islamic State fighters operating in Syria and Iraq at up to 800. The Foreign Office cautioned Thursday that it is difficult to provide precise numbers.

via www.usatoday.com

An internet factoid gone viral.

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Educating young revolutionaries

Speaking of Cal, two weeks ago this book arrived for freshman son with rather terse instructions, I thought, to read it. It was sent out to all humanities majors or something.  Must be thousands of copies. Not that it's a short book; more like a door stop with more detail than you would ever want about the micro-politics of the free speech movement.  All this so the kids can participate in something like a giant teach-in the point of which is, wouldn't it be great if you all could be like Mario Savio. I thought of writing a letter objecting to the President of the University, but really, what would be the point in California? Maybe I'll publish an open letter on this blog. Still, I got to find out who Mario Savio was -- I can't honestly say I had ever heard of him before.

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Helicopter parents make their way into dorm rooms — at least in the decorating - The Washington Post

“She wanted something special,” says Karen Zuckerman. “She wanted a home away from home that reflected her style.” The mother and daughter cobbled together a cute-enough room, then did what any creative, enterprising family would do: Founded Dormify, an online dorm design business based in Rockville.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Uh, this is not what LWJ and I did with two sons at Cal. It was more like minimizing the downside, so to speak. But we're probably not the target audience.

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