The Democratic National Committee issued an apology Tuesday after a bus it chartered was seen dumping raw sewage in Gwinnett County.
Friday, October 21, 2016
No serious person can deny this in any meaningful way. The only response that the pro-abortion movement can muster is to lapse into confused quack philosophy regarding the matter of “personhood.” For all practical legal purposes, pro-choicers generally put forth the same legal argument as did the majority in Dred Scott v. Sandford. Quite a legacy.
That's why I suspect the pro-abortion movement will eventually collapse into making the honest but deplorable argument that some lives are just worth more than others, to wit, the mother's life is worth more than her baby's. And it might be, but we usually don't let people be the judge of these matters in their own cases. So that means some sort of bureaucratic tribunal to decide whether some woman gets her abortion or not. Naturally, this decision will be political, so that means if you have the right political connections you can get your abortion, and otherwise, well, we'll think about it. That's just how I see things working out. Libertarians should not support abortion for this reason even if they don't imagine the infants killed don't have rights, just like animals do.
On the presidential level, every committed conservative today faces a terrible choice: do you support the depraved clown holding the Republican party hostage, or Hillary Clinton, who–leaving aside her liberal ideology–has a clear record of poor judgment and at least the appearance of self-dealing? Or do you “throw your vote away” by voting for a third-party or write-in candidate?
Whatever individual Republicans decide, we all recognize this is a situation with no good options, and–despite the rhetoric in the heat of the moment–there is some level of respect and understanding for our friends who have made different choices. Obviously, some public Trump supporters have be-clowned themselves in a manner that will permanently stain their reputation. That, I expect, will be neither forgiven nor forgotten. But, assuming Trump loses, I think most conservatives will quickly rally to oppose President Clinton’s agenda, and–just as importantly–to develop and advocate conservative solutions to the very real problems facing the American people.
GODOGODO, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed more than 40 Christians in an attack in this town in northern Nigeria on Saturday (Oct. 15) and left another eight dead in an assault three weeks earlier, area leaders said.
Yale University’s motto is Lux et Veritas, light and truth. But at Yale today, bureaucrats charged with investigating and punishing alleged sexual misconduct seem less interested in truth or fairness than in scoring political points.
Yale should be ashamed of itself. Where is the YLS on this issue? I could guess but I get a nasty feeling.
Donald Trump is no legal scholar, but at Wednesday’s presidential debate he showed a superior grasp of the U.S. Constitution than did Hillary Clinton. Amid the overwrought liberal fainting about Mr. Trump’s bluster over accepting the election result (see below), Mrs. Clinton revealed a view of the Supreme Court that is far more threatening to American liberty.
This is really upsetting. I think it's one of the few reasons one could legitimately have for voting for Trump. It assumes that he won't also be terrible for liberty too, of course. But he might. I guess we will just have to rely on the courts to stand between us and Hillary's hellish plans to gnaw away at the first and second amendments, among other things she plans to feast upon. That will last a few years probably. Republics don't last.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clashed Wednesday night about partial-birth and late-term abortion. Judging by the media coverage of that exchange, there seems to be a fair amount of confusion about these subjects. I’ll try to dispel some of it.
The other possibility is a massive polling failure. There aren’t really any direct precedents for a candidate coming back from this far down to win an American presidential election, although you can make a few loose analogies. Harry Truman’s comeback over Thomas Dewey in 1948 almost works as a comparison, but Truman wasn’t coming from as far behind as Trump is, and there was much less polling in 1948. Ronald Reagan had a significant late surge against Jimmy Carter in 1980, but he was ahead beforehand — and the surge came in large part because of a debate that occurred just one week before the election, whose impact was too late to be fully reflected in the polls. If Trump was going to have a Reaganesque surge, in other words, it probably would have started with a commanding performance in last night’s debate — and not another loss.
Winter is coming, dude.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
According to the correspondence between the author and the WKCR producer, Sarah Courville, Stone was scheduled to read excerpts from her latest work My Life as an Animal, Stories on October 9. Three hours before the show aired, Ms. Courville emailed Ms. Stone to say that although “freedom of speech and expression are important for all writers…some particular lines in your selections do not reflect our station’s values and more importantly our university’s values.” Specifically, she objected to sections of Ms. Stone’s reading that argued “women who live in secular countries and conform to religious dress codes make the lives of all women less free and less safe.” Courville told Stone that “we can continue this evening with the lines explicitly censored, but there is no wiggle room on the censorship.”
Ms. Stone refused, however, and cancelled her appearance. She proceeded to publicly post the email exchange on her Facebook page. WKCR’s Arts Department Head, Danielle Fox, then emailed Ms. Stone demanding that she remove the Facebook post on the grounds it contained “personal information” and “harassing comments.” In the Facebook post, Stone claimed Courville treated her like a “antichrist bitch."
Part of the reason for this concentration on severe, existential threats from AI comes from misplaced attention on the possibility that such technology could develop consciousness. Recent headlines suggest that respected thinkers such as Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking are concerned about machines becoming self-aware. At some point, a piece of software will ‘wake up’, prioritize its desires above ours and threaten humanity’s existence.
But, when we worry about AI, machine consciousness is not as important as people think. In fact, careful reading of the warnings from Gates, Hawking and others show that they never actually mention consciousness. Furthermore, the fear of self-awareness distorts public debate. AI becomes defined as dangerous or not purely on the basis of whether it is conscious or not. We must realize that stopping an AI from developing consciousness is not the same as stopping it from developing the capacity to cause harm.
The problem with consciousness is not that it's harmful. It's that conscious AI would presumably have to have some sort of rights. As AI's get more capable they will be able to exercise those rights in harmful ways. That's the problem.
Yet the antipathy to Mrs Clinton is not merely a right-wing hate fantasy: she is also mistrusted within her party. Almost a third of Democrats said they disagreed with the FBI’s recent decision not to prosecute her—their presidential candidate—over her e-mail arrangements. It is hard to think of another politician whose public image is so at odds with the judgment of her peers.
Last night, Donald Trump argued that Vladimir Putin had “outsmarted” both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the Middle East — and it looks like they may be doing so again in Europe. Last month, the Russian military began moving missile systems capable of launching nuclear warheads into Kaliningrad, their last outpost in Europe, but claimed it was just for training. Today, they conducted live run-throughs on the Iskander-M launchers just 60 miles from Estonia:
When farmers plow their land, it produces grooves called "furrows," bordered by small ridges of dirt.
But in pursuit of new regulatory powers, federal agencies refer to the little dirt mounds by another term: “mini mountain ranges.” That seemingly absurd distinction is being used to impose more federal control over private land use decisions made by U.S. farmers.
The impetus for the new move was set in motion when Queen Elizabeth II pardoned pioneering mathematician Alan Turing three years ago. Turing, who is considered one of the founding fathers of computer science, was a brilliant cryptographer who helped Britain win the war against Germany by cracking codes that were created by Germany's Enigma machine.
And a good thing too. Turing was a hero of the first order.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The love story between giant panda Bao Bao and D.C. is coming to an end in just a few months.
Giant panda Bao Bao is leaving the Smithsonian's National Zoo for China in 2017.
I hate those f*&%ing things. Oh all right. I just hate what they represent. As bears, they're fine. Prefer grizzlies though.
In Delaware resident Charles William's case, it's the latter; his neighbors are suing him over a decently sized garage he built on his property. While he appears to be in the right legally, he's been dragged through an incredibly costly, years-long legal battle that he claims has ruined him fiancially. If you've ever had to deal with a neighborhood vendetta before, this is exactly the kind of case that will get your blood boiling. If you haven't, it will reaffirm your decision to live in a shack in the woods miles from civilization.
I had a conflict something like this that fortunately did not come to the lawsuits actually being filed. Believe me, it was bad enough. And then, after more than ten years of mutual despisement, the Evil Neighbor moved away, moved away, moved away! So for me, it was unqualified VICTORY. Not to put too fine a point on it. Oh yeah, baby. Yessiree bobcat. Now a nice family with two small children live next door. They come over to our property and steal rocks sometime and they're welcome to them.
But the symbolism doesn't stop there. “The colors adopted by the union are purple, white and gold, selected for the significance they bear in the work the union has undertaken. Purple is the color of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause. White, the emblem of purity, symbolizes the quality of our purpose," reads a mission statement for the
Congressional Union for Woman Suffragein a passage cited by The New York Times.
Or, maybe it's this: https://www.chick.com/ask/articles/lucifer.asp
Victor Davis Hanson lives on a small family farm in rural California, at the sharp end of the artificial and lawless demographic transformation of a once Golden State. With respect to my former colleagues in the New York and Washington commentariat, I don't think they have any idea of how bleak life is in many parts of this country. And I don't mean Jimmy Carter-like "malaise" - a brief blip after three decades of post-war prosperity - but bleakness as a permanent feature of life. Perhaps I'm touchy about the corruption because I'm a foreigner and I've lived in countries with clean government. Perhaps I'm sensitive to the contempt in which a put-upon middle-class is held because I've spent much of the last year in wealthy first-world countries (France, Sweden, Germany) that are on the verge of implosion over their delusional immigration policies. But the indifference from influential conservatives to both the despair and the naked corruption is deeply disturbing.
A more or less random paragraph. RTWT. I'm deeply disturbed. So disturbed I'm not supporting either candidate, but then I have to vote in California, so I don't matter anyway. I think Steyn's assessment of the degree of corruption in the federal government (and many states too I should think) is roughly accurate. That's berry, berry bad.
The team plans to test whether, by adjusting the placement of electrodes, it is possible to enhance people’s perception of beauty. Kawabata also raised the ethical dimension of being able to manipulate a person’s subjective experiences using brain stimulation.
I wasn't sure she was for me, until I stuck my finger in the light socket.
Using another data set for Japanese male workers and their matched firms he also discovered that long hours is a product of a rational strategy by Japanese companies to maintain a skilled workforce2. Companies value and honor the lifetime commitment and skill accumulation of their employees, and to avoid the need for layoffs during downturns, they tend to understaff, resulting in chronic overwork of incumbents — the downside of lifetime employment.
Yet with long hours comes an inevitable drop in human productivity. “Japanese employees are now working so long that the labor productivity is among the lowest of the developed countries,” notes Yamamoto.
Researchers have found evidence that modern genital warts – otherwise known as the human papillomavirus (HPV) – were sexually transmitted to Homo sapiens after our ancestors slept with Neanderthals and Denisovans roughly around 100,000 years ago.
This via Glenn at Instapundit. I am far too innocent to come up with something like this by myself.
"Big banks, powerful corporations and billionaires -- people who can afford to hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers -- have amassed more and more wealth," she wrote in a CNN op-ed last spring. "Meanwhile, the foundations of our once strong middle class have begun to crumble, and families have been caught in a terrible squeeze."
All I have to say is this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6E98ZRaU1s
After King Henry VIII broke ties with the Catholic Church because of a dispute over marriage, Catholics were treated very badly. Bishops were locked up. Monasteries were closed. Tens of thousands were executed in the bloody turmoil of the English Reformation.
All of which raises an interesting point: If the church wouldn’t change its doctrine for the king of England, what makes Hillary Clinton think she can change it?
Oh dear, oh dear!
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
What are we to make of Nat Turner’s determination to attack whites “without regard to age or sex”?3 It is possible that it was simply a byproduct of indiscriminate rage at all those who were a part of the race that had enslaved him and his people for generations. The choice to disregard the personhood of white children may have arisen from sheer vindictiveness against those who had long ignored the humanity of black children. It may have been—to employ the religious framework that was of central importance to Nat Turner—a manifestation of the Biblical injunction, “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”4 On the other hand, there may have been an ideology behind this decision, a message Turner wanted to send. Perhaps he intended to demonstrate his conviction that slavery should come to an end even if it meant wiping out all future generations of slaveholders. There may, however, have also been a tactical reason for the decision to include white children among the rebels’ victims. Killing all whites, adults and children alike, could have represented, in other words, a calculated, rational strategy implemented as a means of giving the revolt its best chance of succeeding.
It certainly made a deeply unfavorable impression on white Southerners at the time. More than almost anything else, the prospect of a slave rebellion inspired Southern resistance to the abolition movement, or so I have read.
MEXICO CITY — The Mexican judge who handled several legal challenges filed by lawyers for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, as well as other high-profile drug cases, has been fatally shot, Reuters reports.
Judge Vicente Bermudez was shot in the head outside his home Monday, dying soon after. He presided over several cases involving drug kingpins, including recent legal challenges filed by Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, who has filed appeals seeking to prevent his extradition to the United States, where he faces drug-trafficking, money-laundering, weapons and murder charges.
The infamous neutron bomb was designed to melt human flesh without damaging infrastructure.
Something like it has blown up lots of people in the 2016 election and left behind empty institutions.
This is V.D. Hanson. He's being hyperbolic here, I hope. The neutron bomb did not "melt human flesh;" it killed by radiation poisoning, arguably just as bad a way to go, if not worse. And our institutions will not be hollow husks, just badly damaged, after the upcoming fiasco. I won't insult the readership of the RC by saying "it's up to us to make the US of A a better place!!" But things could get better, or worse, then better. They often do. It must be noted though, sometimes they don't.
Transgender Bathrooms Department of Education Supreme Court Case: Gloucester County School District v G G | National Review
But there isn’t much of that going on these days. Instead we’re getting something that Americans should resist at least as forcefully: Bureaucratic edicts that create legal obligations out of thin air. A particularly egregious example is the Department of Education’s transgender locker-room policy.
The authoress is our own Gail Heriot.
I read Emily Witt’s “Future Sex” over the course of three days in Provincetown, an eccentric beach town and art colony on Cape Cod — and a fitting place to delve into a book about polyamory, kink, group sex and orgasmic meditation. As I read Witt’s thoughtful and deeply personal exploration of “the possibilities of free love” in 21st-century America, some of her themes played out around me.
distinguished Berkeley sociologist, Hochschild is a woman of the left, but her mission is empathy, not polemics. She takes seriously the Tea Partiers’ complaints that they have become the “strangers” of the title — triply marginalized by flat or falling wages, rapid demographic change, and liberal culture that mocks their faith and patriotism. Her affection for her characters is palpable.
But the resentments she finds are as toxic as the pollutants in the marsh and metastasizing throughout politics. What unites her subjects is the powerful feeling that others are “cutting in line” and that the federal government is supporting people on the dole — “taking money from the workers and giving it to the idle.” Income is flowing up, but the anger points down.
I think the author of this review is married to the woman who was the sort of chief traffic cop of the Obamacare effort. I didn't read the whole thing. I'm not that much of a masochist. I soooooo glad Hochschild is so empathetic with us troglodytes however.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
A new report by a think tank at Georgetown University calls for greater oversight in the use of emerging facial recognition software that makes the images of more than 117 million Americans — a disproportionate number of them black — searchable by law enforcement agencies.
While the agencies, including the F.B.I., have historically created fingerprint and DNA databases primarily from criminal investigations, many of the photographs scattered among agencies at all levels of government are of law-abiding Americans, according to the report released Tuesday.
This is odd. We have an expectation of privacy in our faces? Some of us are blessed with unmemorable faces, I suppose.
TOKYO — Matsuri Takahashi was just 24 years old and a graduate of prestigious
TokyoUniversity when she leaped to her death from her company dormitory on Christmas Day last year.
Tokyo Labor Bureau investigators ruled her suicide karoshi — death by overwork.
They’ve thrown the kitchen sink at him–whether it’s the entirety of the Washington Post editorial page or the New York Times, whether it’s CNN or MSNBC, whether it’s the mainstream culture that sneers and smirks at those who support him, whether it’s his tax returns, or his “hot mic” comments of yore. The clear cultural and political theology of the day is to be anti-Trump or NeverTrump. And yet.
The font of this American Greatness blog is so skinny, it's hard to read. Not to mention that Helvetica is a communist-progressive sort of font. They should use something American, like Times New Roman. As to the substance, well, it strikes me a mostly baloney. Unless the polls are way off, or change a lot, Trump is going to lose big. That's one of the two bad things that could happen.
“This is the future -- the border is a very dangerous place,” an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) official told FoxNews.com, citing the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), snipers, anti-tank missiles and terrorist tunnels. “Sending unmanned vehicles to do these patrols means that troops lives’ are not at risk.”
Lilla, a professor of the humanities at Columbia, skillfully untangles the apocalyptic “mytho-histories,” “just-so narratives,” and “political bedtime stories” favored by the modern right, in Europe and America. For him “reactionary” is not an insult. It is a taxonomic term. It describes an organic response to political and social revolution, and the quite sensible fear that the shared common life of a people has been wrenched out of its cherished patterns. Nor is the phenomenon limited to the ideological right. The left has reactionaries, too—including progressives in the nineteen-nineties who, Lilla wrote at the time, were convinced that Americans did not grasp the disastrous truth about the Reagan Revolution, “since if they did, they would overturn it.” But reactionaries on the right far outnumber those on the left. “The enduring vitality of the reactionary spirit even in the absence of a revolutionary political program,” he writes, arises from the feeling that “to live a modern life anywhere in the world today, subject to perpetual social and technological changes, is to experience the psychological equivalent of permanent revolution.”
This looks interesting to me, even though it's by Sam Tanenhaus, who's, oh hell, you've probably heard of him.
But, these revelations pertaining to Clinton’s treatment of her security detail feed into a larger narrative of Clinton as an angry elitist prone to viewing career military and law enforcement officials as her personal servants obliged to cater to her demands and endure her disdain.
I really dislike people like that, angry elitists. Don't they know who I am?
Three weeks out from Election Day, the Never Trump argument has been neatly summed up by Bill Maher. Not only is Donald Trump coarse and boorish, anyone who supports the man is as revolting as he is.
On his show last month, Mr. Maher put it this way to Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway: “You are enabling pure evil.” The HBO comedian went on to amuse himself by adding that “Hillary was right when she called a lot of his supporters deplorable.”
The country is highly divided, polarized, not getting along with each other. Mostly not killing each other, though, at least not for political reasons. That is, at least not entirely for political reasons.
Tailed by controversy from New York to L.A., this Cookie Monster lives far from Sesame Street - LA Times
But none of the other costumed characters is likely to carry a weight greater than Sandler. The 52-year-old has been dubbed a serial troublemaker from New York to San Francisco, and now L.A. He has been caught on video making anti-Semitic rants, got caught up in an extortion case involving the Girl Scouts and was accused of threatening to beat up another Cookie Monster.
All of this has made him one notorious faux Muppet.
“Just here in the last six months, we’ve had quite a few problems with him,” said L.A. police Det. Jeana Franco. “This guy is like a national nuisance.”
While these lower dose products often cost more per milligram of THC in the dispensary, they aim to make users' lives less complicated. If you've ever purchased a pot brownie from a legal shop or in a back alley, you might be familiar with the ritual of cutting the treat into 16 pieces — less you want a Grade A night-in to turn into a paranoia-wracked nightmare of an evening.
While there are no recorded cases of people fatally overdosing on marijuana, it can make you incredibly uncomfortable. Your heart starts to race and, sometimes, anxiety strikes.
This has led to a bit of an image problem for the edibles industry.
That doesn't sound good.
Catholic Bishop Blasts Tim Kaine: He's Just a "Cafeteria Catholic" Because He Supports Abortion | LifeNews.com
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas doesn’t mince any words in a new editorial he posted on the web site of the Catholic archdiocese he heads. He says Hillary Clinton’s running mate Time Kaine is just a “cafeteria Catholic” because he supports abortion.
And today the cafeteria is serving up . . . dead babies! Ok, I guess that's not funny. But Mr. Kaine is a lot worse than a cafeteria Catholic. I'm a cafeteria Catholic, and I'm again' abortion. It just ain't rat.
A move by the state of Iowa to classify churches as “public accommodations” and require them to allow men who say they are women to use women’s restrooms is causing an “objectively reasonable” fear that they will be prosecuted, a federal judge has ruled.
U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose refused to dismiss a case brought by the Fort Des Moines Church of Christ against the state’s Civil Rights Commission, finding that the church already was self-censoring its statements because of a fear of prosecution.
“The court concludes the chilling of plaintiff’s speech constitutes an injury in fact for the purpose of standing,” she wrote.
And not to be outdone by their terrestrial counterparts, specially trained mine-hunting dolphins discovered a nineteenth-century Howell torpedo off the coast of San Diego. Only 50 Howells were made, and only two had previously been found.
“Early in Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, she and her staff were observed removing lamps and furniture from the State Department which were transported to her residence in Washington, DC,” an agent on the detail told the FBI.
The agent “does not know whether these items were ever returned to the government,” according to FBI notes.
Everybody does it, only it's office supplies rather than furniture.