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Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Embarrassing American Parenting Fail | RealClearPolitics

A friend of mine who teaches at an affluent, competitive high school on Chicago’s North Shore says that many parents have simply checked out. “These kids act like they’re 23, but they have the emotional intelligence of a 12-year-old. They can hold doors open for people, but they can’t cope with even minimal conflict in their life. Their parents have made sure that they don’t feel any awkwardness, ever.” When it comes to things like SAT scores, he notes, parents are on top of it like Yogi Bear with a stolen picnic basket. When it comes to moral questions, they’re happy to let technology—like, say, the $600 phone with unlimited access to porn—take the lead.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

We don't know any parents like this. Perhaps because we live in the less affluent part of town.

October 23, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Beastly Sunspot Amazes, Heightens Eclipse Excitement

Properly shielded, it was very easy to see with the naked eye. Unlike some other naked eye sunspots, this one showed structure. The eastern end was darker, the western half grayer and more extended.

via www.universetoday.com

October 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Goats are SHRINKING because of climate change, researchers find | Daily Mail Online

Goats are shrinking as a result of climate change, researchers have claimed.

They say Alpine goats now weigh about 25 per cent less than animals of the same age in the 1980s.

Researchers say it is a stark indication of how quickly climate change can affect animals. 

via www.dailymail.co.uk

October 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pew survey: “Consistent liberals” most likely to block others on social media for disagreeing with them politically « Hot Air

The ostensible takeaway from this Pew mega-poll is that left- and right-wing partisans are alarmingly self-segregating in their media consumption, leading to bitterness, suspicion, and political paralysis.

via hotair.com

October 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

James O’Keefe Strikes Again | National Review Online

The video of O’Keefe’s encounters with other operatives is equally disturbing.  He has a conversation with Greenpeace employee Christina Topping, and suggests he might have access to unused ballots from people who have recently moved out of college fraternity houses. “I mean it is putting the votes to good use,” she responds. “So really, truly, like yeah, that is awesome.”

via www.nationalreview.com

October 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder. - The Daily Beast

The next message, sent moments later, is supposedly her warning friends and family not to make the same mistake she did, using social media to report on organized crime, because “there is no point.” The message after that is a warning to her followers and to three prominent citizen journalists that the cartels “are closer to us than you think.” The last message sent from Felina’s account is not written but rather consists of two photos: in the first, a middle-aged woman keeps her hands folded in front of her and looks directly at the camera; in the second the same woman is lying on a dirty floor with a coup de grace bullet wound in the face. The founder of Valor por Tamaulipas confirmed that the photos are of Felina. Twitter has since shut down her account.

via www.thedailybeast.com

Mexico.

October 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

California Orders Churches To Fund Abortions—Or Else

The State of California is now calling their bluff. California’s Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all insurance plans in the state to immediately begin covering elective abortion. Not Plan B. Not contraceptives. Elective surgical dismemberment abortion.

via thefederalist.com

October 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

'Not Sure' When He Became a Doctor: Young CBS Producer Deletes Tweet Mocking Rand Paul's Medical Opinion

Katy Conrad is a booker and producer with CBS This Morning, but conservatives quickly made fun of her on Twitter when she mocked Rand Paul's medical opinion, as if he was a doctor. (Oops, he is -- an opthalmologist, to be precise.)

via newsbusters.org

She's a lot cuter than Rand Paul.

October 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Marriage Is an Abduction - The New Yorker

Both books restage marriage as a violent crime—an abduction. An independent, expressive single woman is taken from New York; her beautiful body is disfigured, or threatened with disfigurement; and her accomplishments are systematically taken away or negated, rendered worthless by comparison to that all-trumping colossus of meaning, childbirth. (Clearly, many women find happiness in much this way; but, equally clearly, many of them don’t and can’t.) These narratives speak less to the specific challenges of having a sociopath for a child or a spouse than to the pathology of the unstated assumptions that we all pass along and receive. They speak to the revelation lying in wait for women when they hit the ages of marriageability and childbirth: that their carefully created and manicured identities were never the point; the point was for it all to be sacrificed to children and to men.

via www.newyorker.com

So don't get married. Geez. Also, I'd be willing to bet not that many former NYC resident, now married women feel like they've been abducted and betrayed.

October 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Larry O. Fischer Obituary: View Larry Fischer's Obituary by Idaho Statesman

Larry O. Fischer, husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, mentor, friend and business partner, set up hunting camp in Heaven's backcountry, on the afternoon of October 18, 2014. He was sent on his journey surrounded by his entire family at home, after an undaunted and often humor-filled 14 month battle with pancreatic cancer.

via www.legacy.com

October 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

VIRGINIA POSTREL: Oscar de la Renta’s Last Stand Against Slobs. “Once liberating, the drive toward…

VIRGINIA POSTREL: Oscar de la Renta’s Last Stand Against Slobs. “Once liberating, the drive toward informal attire, exemplified by hoodies in Silicon Valley, flip flops in Los Angeles, and sweaters on state visits, has become a new form of oppressive conformity. Dressing down is de rigueur. De la Renta stood against that trend. Now that he’s gone, perhaps there’s an opportunity for a transgressive young designer to do something really daring: Get us to dress up again.”

via pjmedia.com

I think there's a lot to be said for a niceish shirt and khakis. Some of my students seem to be enjoying my Hawaiian shirts. It's a nice thing not to have to think about.

October 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The incredible cost savings that are possible when patients can actually shop around - The Washington Post

Researchers looked specifically at how pricing information influenced consumer behavior for advanced imaging services (like MRIs), CT scans and clinician office visits. Consumers had access to prices through Castlight's transparency platform, so they could see out-of-pocket costs for services based on the design of their health plan and their deductible status — eliminating the guess work of what they might have to pay. The Castlight researchers then compared spending habits of those who did and didn't use the platform.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Laugh or cry, your choice.

October 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Evidence of a Struggle in Michael Brown's Death - The Atlantic

A new report on Michael Brown's official autopsy results appear to support Officer Darren Wilson's version of the events on August 9, according to two medical experts.

via www.theatlantic.com

The man.

October 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ancient human skulls reveal when Europeans could drink milk | Fox News

This research unexpectedly revealed that ancient Europeans started dairying thousands of years before they evolved genes to make the most of milk in adulthood, investigators added.

via www.foxnews.com

I love milk. That's probably my ancestor you're looking at.

October 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Era of Political Disruption - NationalJournal.com

I ask you, how long until Americans recognized they're no less equipped to disrupt politics and government? How soon before we stop settling for an inferior product in Washington and at statehouses? When do we demand more and better from the Democratic and Republican parties—or create new political organizations that usurp the old?

via www.nationaljournal.com

It would suit me.

October 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Obama Endorses ‘Chicago Way’ of Voting—Making the Rules Up As You Go | National Review Online

But what Obama and his fellow Illinois Democrats love most is voting “the Chicago Way.” That involves bending every rule in the book, appointing compliant election judges, and looking the other way when some of Chicago s notorious voter fraud occurs behind the curtain.

via www.nationalreview.com

October 21, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pastors Are Now Being Threatened With Jail Time Over Gay Marriage

So it’s official: a new religious orthodoxy is sweeping across the nation, imposed by government and backed by force. It’s a religious orthodoxy required by secular authorities for a secular purpose, but no matter. Heretics will be found out and forced to recant.

No one ever expects the Secular Inquisition.

via thefederalist.com

October 21, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Designer vaginas: Why young women are searching for porn star perfection - Telegraph

He feels that labiaplasty should be freely available on the NHS to those who suffer a loss to their quality of life, and are psychologically affected by the size of their labia. “Why should women feel victims of their own anatomy?” he says.

via www.telegraph.co.uk

I guess I'm not sure what normal is.

October 21, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Teen convicted as 'armed clowns' spread panic in French towns - Yahoo News

Whether brandishing a rubber chicken at a children's party or starring as the evil protagonist in a horror film, clowns have long had both the ability to entertain and terrify.

via news.yahoo.com

October 21, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Yes, this is a tree full of penises and, no, it's not a joke | Metro News

But, what’s that unusual fruit?

Oh, ok, I’ve spoiled it with the headline.

Yes, it’s penises.

via metro.co.uk

October 21, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Obama giftwraps another sound bite for Republicans - The Washington Post

"The bottom line is, though, these are are all folks who vote with me; they have supported my agenda in Congress," Obama said.

He continued: "So this isn't about my feelings being hurt. These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me. I tell them -- I said, you do what you need to do to win. I will be responsible for making sure that our voters turn out."

via www.washingtonpost.com

ok then.

October 21, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The CIA's Real Drone Queens | RealClearPolitics

When President Barack Obama went to the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia, to be briefed on drone operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, he was taken aback by the number of female spies directing the agency’s secret killing programme.

A week later, the CIA’s top expert on Pakistan was summoned to the Oval Office. She was strikingly attractive in her stiletto heels. “You don’t look like a Pakistan expert,” the president told her, breaking into a grin.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

October 21, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dark Sites and the Bill of Rights

The Hernandez family appealed, and, this June, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit handed down its decision in Hernandez v. United States. Building upon the Supreme Court's reasoning in Boumediene v. Bush, which held that foreign nationals detained at the Guantánamo Bay naval base are entitled, under the U.S. Constitution, to challenge the legality of their detention in U.S. courts, the 5th Circuit considered how far the Constitution might extend in this particular scenario. But this was no Boumediene.

via www.foreignpolicy.com

Interesting.

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Coming Swarm: Robotics on the Battlefield | RealClearDefense

Uninhabited vehicles, like the Predator aircraft or the Packbot ground robot, have already proven invaluable in today’s conflicts. As uninhabited vehicles incorporate increasing automation and become true robotic systems, they will have tremendous value in future military operations.

via www.realcleardefense.com

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Why deflation is so scary - Yahoo Finance

Deflation was a concern back in 2010 and it’s a fresh worry now as oil prices plunge, the stock market wavers and consumers put spending plans on hold.

via finance.yahoo.com

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Republicans chances of winning the Senate keep getting better - The Washington Post

Two of the three models have moved in Republicans' direction over the past week.  FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver's model, gives Republicans a 62 percent chance at the majority, which is up from 58 percent last week, while LEO, the New York Times Senate model, now shows a 69 percent probability of a GOP win -- up from 64 percent last week.  (The Washington Post's Election Lab model show Republicans with a 94 percent chance at the majority last Monday and a 93 percent chance today.)

via www.washingtonpost.com

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Federal Housing Finance Agency Unveils Plan to Loosen Mortgage Rules - NYTimes.com

A federal housing regulator on Monday announced a plan that could ease tight credit and allow more people to qualify for mortgages in an attempt to put the nation’s housing market back on track.

via www.nytimes.com

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Up to 34 MILLION blank 'green cards' and work permits to be ordered ahead of Obama illegal immigrant 'amnesty' | Daily Mail Online

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to seek a vendor to produce as many as 34 million blank work permits and 'green cards' – the paperwork that authorizes illegal immigrants to live and work in the United States – as the White House prepares to issue an executive order after the Nov. 4 midterm elections.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

This is a little worrisome.

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The absurd claim that only Republicans are to blame for cuts to Ebola research - The Washington Post

There’s no doubt that spending has been cut, or at least failed to keep pace with inflation, but the fingerprints of both parties are on the knives. This blame game earns Four Pinocchios.

via www.washingtonpost.com

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wendy Davis: Would Greg Abbott, who, by the way, is in an interracial marriage, defend a ban on interracial marriage? « Hot Air

It’s no secret, in other words, that he and his wife are of different races. On the contrary, it’s a message broadcast repeatedly by the Abbott campaign itself to appeal to the state’s growing Latino population. Team Wendy is surely aware of that.

And yet:

via hotair.com

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Obama Doesn't Want to Be Supreme Court Justice: 'Too Monastic For Me' | The Weekly Standard

President Obama does not want to be a Supreme Court justice. He calls it "too monastic" for his own personality. Besides, in an interview with the New Yorker, President Obama acknowledges that he needs to get out of the "bubble" after what will be eight years as president of the United States.

via www.weeklystandard.com

plus the pay's lousy.

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Okla. teen allegedly murdered family to inherit estate | Fox News Video

Oct. 16, 2014 - 3:53 - 19-year-old told police he killed family due to money he owed

via video.foxnews.com

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Does Justice Thomas support the Supreme Court’s notorious Korematsu decision? - The Washington Post

In an interesting recent article, and a post at Prawfsblawg, legal scholar Mark Kende argues that Justice Clarence Thomas approves of Korematsu v. United States, the notorious 1944 Supreme Court decision that upheld the internment of over 100,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II.

via www.washingtonpost.com

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

How Ayn Rand Captured The Magic Of American Life

Ayn Rand never dwelt on her Russian childhood, preferring to think of herself as wholly American. Rightly so. The huge truths she apprehended and expressed were as American as apple pie. I suppose hardcore Objectivists will consider what I’m about to say heresy, but hardcore Objectivists are not competent to judge. The novels are what make Ayn Rand important. Better than any other American novelist, she captured the magic of what life in America is supposed to be. The utopia of her novels is not a utopia of greed. It is not a utopia of Nietzschean supermen. It is a utopia of human beings living together in Jeffersonian freedom.

via thefederalist.com

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

City threatens to arrest ministers who refuse to perform same-sex weddings | Fox News

Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to a $1,000 fine, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court.

Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene.

“Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted,” their ADF attorney, Jeremy Tedesco, told me. “The threat of enforcement is more than just credible.”

via www.foxnews.com

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Toys R Us ‘Breaks Bad’ with New Crystal Meth Toys | Money.com

Even so, she thinks it’s not such a great idea to sell action figures based on the show’s notorious crystal meth dealers Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in a store where the customer base is families with young children. So last week Schrivjer launched a Change.org petition criticizing Toys R Us for selling “a Breaking Bad doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children’s toys [as] a dangerous deviation from the [company's] family friendly values.”

via time.com

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tutankhamun had girlish hips, a club foot and buck teeth according to a 'virtual autopsy' | Daily Mail Online

With strong features cast in burnished gold, Tutankhamun’s burial mask projects an image of majestic beauty and royal power.

But in the flesh, King Tut had buck teeth, a club foot and girlish hips, according to the most detailed examination ever of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh’s remains.

And rather than being a boy king with a love of chariot racing, Tut relied on walking sticks to get around during his rule in the 14th century BC, researchers said.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The myth of Russian humiliation - The Washington Post

But one Western policy stands out as a phenomenal success, particularly when measured against the low expectations with which it began: the integration of Central Europe and the Baltic States into the European Union and NATO. Thanks to this double project, more than 90 million people have enjoyed relative safety and relative prosperity for more than two decades in a region whose historic instability helped launch two world wars.

via www.washingtonpost.com

read the whole thing.

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

On Revolutions, Earthquakes, and the Kingdom of Christ | William Doino Jr. | First Things

In the months leading up to the synod, both progressives and traditionalists, and even some seasoned Vatican reporters, were assuring us of the momentous events about to take place: And sure enough, after the synod commenced, as if to fulfill their own prophecies, words and phrases like “revolution,” “earthquake,” and “seismic shifts,” filled their commentaries. Yet when the synod finally closed, there were no such upheavals. The final message of the synod repeats essential Catholic teaching on the family, calls for further reflection—but not fundamental changes—on how to pastor the divorced and remarried, and clarifies some ambiguous language of the synod’s initial draft-report, particularly regarding homosexuality (though even the imperfect original draft was widely misrepresented).

via www.firstthings.com

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Welcome to Oculus XXX: In-Your-Face 3D is the Future of Porn - The Daily Beast

The future of porn will be a lot more personal.

via www.thedailybeast.com

great

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

This is inevitable and reveals the true nature of the Court

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hitching Post Wedding Chapel ordered to perform same sex marriages « Hot Air

City officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho have informed two ordained ministers that they must perform same sex marriages or face jail time and a fine.

via hotair.com

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

The Federalist Society Caves to “Rape Culture” Orthodoxy | Minding The Campus

I know that this isn’t a free speech issue. The Federalist Society, like any other organization, is within its rights to decide what speakers to sponsor. There was no breach of contract, only of basic courtesy. Yet, given that the society’s mission statement says it is “dedicated to fostering balanced and open debate about the fundamental principles of freedom, federalism, and the role of the judiciary,” its willingness to cave to those who would stifle debate is distressing—all the more so when the subject of that debate is an assault on the fundamental principles of freedom and justice.

via www.mindingthecampus.com

I have a theory what this is about. Via http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (2)

How Obama Transformed the Federal Judiciary

he transformation of the D.C. Circuit has been replicated in federal courts around the country. Obama has had two hundred and eighty judges confirmed, which represents about a third of the federal judiciary. Two of his choices, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, were nominated to the Supreme Court; fifty-three were named to the circuit courts of appeals, two hundred and twenty-three to the district courts, and two to the Court of International Trade. When Obama took office, Republican appointees controlled ten of the thirteen circuit courts of appeals; Democratic appointees now constitute a majority in nine circuits. Because federal judges have life tenure, nearly all of Obama’s judges will continue serving well after he leaves office.

via www.newyorker.com

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

How Obama Transformed the Federal Judiciary

he transformation of the D.C. Circuit has been replicated in federal courts around the country. Obama has had two hundred and eighty judges confirmed, which represents about a third of the federal judiciary. Two of his choices, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, were nominated to the Supreme Court; fifty-three were named to the circuit courts of appeals, two hundred and twenty-three to the district courts, and two to the Court of International Trade. When Obama took office, Republican appointees controlled ten of the thirteen circuit courts of appeals; Democratic appointees now constitute a majority in nine circuits. Because federal judges have life tenure, nearly all of Obama’s judges will continue serving well after he leaves office.

via www.newyorker.com

October 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

'Dragon's Egg': Marines who guarded Saddam's mysterious bunker fear weapons unleashed | Fox News

The U.S. Marines who guarded the sprawling complex in northwest Iraq where Saddam Hussein’s 1980s war machine churned out some of the most deadly chemical and biological weapons known to man had a name for one especially mysterious bunker: The Dragon’s Egg.

via www.foxnews.com

October 19, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The soda wars move to Berkeley « Hot Air

The progressive War on Soda may have failed in New York, despite the best efforts of the Deplorable Nanny State Mayor, but this is a multi-front battle which will clearly rage on for some time. As any good battle commander will tell you, when fighting an opponent with numerical superiority, it’s best to drag them into a skirmish on your home turf. In the effort to save people from their own ignorant, evil selves, the fight to make soda more expensive – and thereby modify public behavior through tax policy – has moved to Berkeley.

via hotair.com

October 19, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Federal Judges Fed Up With Government Misconduct | New York Observer

In perhaps the most stunning documentation yet of abuses by Eric Holder’s Justice Department, two former Assistant United States Attorneys spoke to defense attorneys and revealed appalling deceit and corruption of justice. This latest litigation time bomb has exploded from multi-million dollar litigation originally brought by the Department of Justice against Sierra Pacific based on allegations that the lumber company and related defendants were responsible for a wildfire that destroyed 65,000 acres in California.

via observer.com

Geeze!

October 19, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Synod’s Final Report Lacks Bishops’ Consensus on Controversial Topics |Blogs | NCRegister.com

VATICAN — In an electronic vote this afternoon, the synod fathers approved the final report — relatio synodi — of the synod of bishops, with two paragraphs on administering holy Communion to divorced and “remarried” couples and one on welcoming homosexuals failing to reach a two-thirds majority.

via www.ncregister.com

But both received substantial majorities.

October 19, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Ebola fears spur travel bans in Latin America, Caribbean | The Miami Herald

Amid growing fears over the spread of the world’s worst Ebola outbreak, several Latin America health ministers will meet in Havana, Cuba on Monday to agree on joint measures to confront the deadly virus that has infected 9,216 people and killed 4,555, according to the World Health Organization.

via www.miamiherald.com

I guess if Cuba does it, so can we.

October 19, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)