Friday, March 16, 2018
The economy has responded well to the tax cuts that became law in January. Growth is up, as is take-home pay. But there was a glaring omission in the tax bill that President Trump signed into law: there was no cut in the capital gains tax rates that act as a brake on more jobs and investment.
President Trump’s appointment Wednesday of supply-side economist Larry Kudlow as head of the National Economic Council could change that. There is no more passionate advocate of having the president issue an executive order to index capital gains for inflation. Unlocking frozen assets and stimulating investment, such a move would further turbocharge the U.S. economy.
These new Chinese-Americans want a strictly meritocratic, race-neutral admissions schema to be imposed by the Supreme Court onto the nation’s elite colleges. They want this because it is the schema that will result in higher rates of acceptance for their children. The sharp-elbowed ethnic lobby of Chinese immigrants doesn’t care about the other parts of the multicultural coalition of which the Asian-Americans feel themselves to be a part. It’s not concerned to preserve the tense compromises around affirmative action that black and Hispanic elites have made with white elites to preserve a space for the white scions of privilege to avail themselves of legacy and donor preferences, or the preferences for the country club sports of squash and fencing in exchange for minority set-asides. They don’t want to preserve this consensus because it is this consensus that has kept the Asian-American population at Ivy League colleges frozen in place, even as the Asian-American population has exploded. They want a system in which applicants are rank ordered according to transparent, quantifiable criteria with no racial gerrymandering.
No squash for Chip! No fencing for Buffy! Instead another Chou from LA!
Newly discovered text messages obtained by The Federalist reveal two key federal law enforcement officials conspired to meet with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) judge who presided over the federal case against Michael Flynn. The judge, Rudolph Contreras, was recused from handling the case just days after accepting the guilty plea of President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser who was charged with making false statements to federal investigators.
Ai yi yi chihuahua!
One of the great legislative challenges of history, from the Hittite abominations to the regulation of internet porn, has been anticipating the latent evils unleashed by man’s ingenuity. Now, child sex dolls—robots engineered to warm to the human touch and disturbingly lifelike in their prepubescent features—are being marketed to pedophiles. Made overseas, they’re increasingly prevalent stateside.
Republican Dan Donovan of Staten Island, a federal prosecutor for 20 years before his election to the House in 2015, has made it his mission to sound the warning about child sex dolls. “When I saw articles on the issues of child sex dolls abroad, I knew I had to act immediately to stop the proliferation of them within the United States,” Donovan said in an email to THE WEEKLY STANDARD. (They’re already illegal in the United Kingdom and hotly debated in Canada.)
But the real target of the steel and aluminum tariffs is China. The Chinese government has promised for years to reduce excess steel capacity, thereby cutting the surplus output that is sold to the United States at subsidized prices. Chinese policymakers have postponed doing so as a result of domestic pressure to protect China’s own steel and aluminum jobs. The US tariffs will balance those domestic pressures and increase the likelihood that China will accelerate the reduction in subsidized excess capacity.
Marty Feldstein. There's a correct way to pronounce his name, but I can't remember it.
(CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for business documents -- some of which are related to Russia, according to The New York Times -- a move that represents the latest evidence that the probe seems to have widened to include far more than simply Russia's attempts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.The details of the subpoena are not available. That fact makes it hard to know exactly what Mueller is looking for, what it has to do with Russia or the Trump Organization's business in the country and why he needed to subpoena the documents as opposed to simply asking for them.But what we do know is that President Donald Trump -- and his lawyers -- have warned Mueller against a widening of the probe to include things that happened before Trump became a candidate or having to do with his real estate business.
Stephen Hawking Wrote a Popular Book About Physics and Spent the Rest of His Life Crusading for Awful Causes
After the celebrity he earned from A Brief History of Time, Hawking grew into that special kind of scold—think Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye—who trades on his reputation as an impartial man of facts and logic in order to condescend to ordinary people.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
“And so I just kind of used the example, which I know it’s really controversial, but I know it was the best example I thought of at the time — a group of students nationwide, or even locally, decided ‘I want to walk out of school for 17 minutes’ and go in the quad area and protest abortion, would that be allowed by our administration?" she told the television station.
“If you’re going to allow students to walk up and get out of class without penalty then you have to allow any group of students that wants to protest,” she said.
The teacher said she did not hear any backlash from students prior to being put on leave as they understood the larger point that a "double standard" was not acceptable.
Utterly to be expected. I don't think it's a double standard. There is no standard.
The nature of Schlichter’s article could be considered a call to violence…by anyone who didn’t read it with a comprehension level past grade 3. What Schlichter wrote about, in no uncertain terms, is that in the midst of leftist groups feeling completely free to resort to violence and attempt to limit our free speech, any attempt to come to blows would end badly for everyone involved, but specifically so for blue America, currently living in a carefully temperature controlled bubble.
The left went so far as to call Schlichter crazy for this article. They wrote it off as nonsense, or the ramblings of a macho-conservative type trying to flex his muscles. Odd that for all their minimization of Schlichter and his article, they felt the need to restrict its distribution.
Do I think there will be a civil war? No, but there could be. This is the Age of Black Swans, and anything is possible – we could easily see the country split into red and blue. Civil war is unlikely, but never underestimate Democrat stupidity and hatred. The Schlichter family learned that lesson a century and half ago, the last time the Democrats decided to try to impose their hatred of basic human rights on the rest of the country, when an army of Democrats burned our family hometown.
Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish. The world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade occurred on March 17, 1762, in New York City, featuring Irish soldiers serving in the English military. This parade became an annual event, with President Truman attending in 1948.
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May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full moon on a dark night,
and the road downhill all the way to your door.
May your neighbors respect you,
Troubles neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And Heaven accept you.
May happiness often enter your gate and stay very late.
May pleasure walk with you;
May luck smile upon you; and
May joy be at home in your heart.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
The legendary creature known as Bigfoot could be in California, North Carolina or any number of places it's been reportedly sighted over the years. But the people of Wampum, Pa., which has a population of 717, are going out on a hunt on a St. Patrick's Day Sasquatch search.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP/CBS) — United Airlines says it’s investigating after mistakenly flying a Kansas family’s dog to Japan.
KCTV reports that Kara Swindle and her two children flew from Oregon to Kansas City, Missouri, Tuesday on a United flight.
They went to a cargo facility to pick up 10-year-old Irgo, a German shepherd, but were instead given a Great Dane.
“At this point, all I can do is be hopeful that my dog is going to return safely,” Swindle said. “I don’t know what else to do at this point. I can’t cry anymore. I’ve cried too much.”
Swindle, of Wichita, Kansas, learned Irgo had been put on a flight to Japan, where the Great Dane was supposed to go.
About a year ago, United was criticized after a giant bunny, which was expected to be named the world’s largest rabbit, died in its cargo area.
The Transportation Department numbers indicate how United shapes up with its competitors ― and the comparison doesn’t look good. The airline flew the most pets of any airline in 2017 through the PetSafe cargo program ― 138,178. Eighteen pets died and 13 suffered injuries. Clearly the vast majority of animals that flew reached their destinations without incident.
What United has against giant bunnies, I don't know. But they killed one anyway.
Controversial Law Professor's Comments on Affirmative Action Get Her Banned From Teaching First-Year Classes - Hit & Run : Reason.com
A professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School whose outspoken views on race and culture have drawn intense criticism from students and colleagues will no longer be allowed to teach a mandatory class for first-year law students, Penn Law Dean Theodore Ruger announced yesterday.
The ban is the latest escalation of a months-long feud between the law school and conservative professor Amy Wax.
Here at this small but undeniably cute university, Amy's co-author Larry Alexander was asked by the Women's Law Caucus to donate to their annual fund raising event, to which he had generously contributed in the past. This in spite of their (to put it charitably) unfair attacks on Larry only a few months ago. Larry was very polite in his demurral. The Women's Law Caucus hasn't asked me in ten years or more. I think we have agreed to disagree.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
With nearly all the votes counted, NBC says Democrat Conor Lamb will win the special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th district over Republican, Rick Saccone. For those who don’t remember this district was represented by Republican Tim Murphy, who resigned after news broke that the pro-life member of Congress urged his mistress to get an abortion. It’s possible Saccone could win but that doesn’t change the dynamics of the 2018 election season.
Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman, just might be a graduate of Yale Law School. On page 16 of Detective Comics no. 439 (March 1974), one can see a framed “Diploma of Law” from Yale University on the wall of Bruce Wayne’s study, on the right side of the panel:
This is believable. Bruce Wayne never practiced. H/t instapundit.
Will Democrats decide to be the party of
Conor Lamb, whose moderate message seems to have won over a Trump district in Pennsylvania? Or will Democrats define themselves as the activists who mount a “resistance” against our duly-elected President but still struggle to resist the charms of Louis Farrakhan?
Today’s news brings this question into sharp relief. Mr. Lamb appears to have won a congressional seat in a district that
Donald Trumpcarried by 19 points in 2016. Meanwhile, the radical Women’s March organization beloved by so many Democrats has rolled out its latest production.
A convicted serial killer known as the “Stocking Strangler” for terrorizing a Georgia city in the late 1970s isn’t interested in a special last meal before he’s scheduled to die — opting instead for a standard hamburger and hotdog, authorities said.
Sounds like it's ok food and at least he knows it won't upset his stomach.
“There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel,” passenger June Lara writes in a Facebook post. “There was no movement as his family called his name. I held her baby as the mother attempted to resuscitate their 10 month old puppy.”
Barring probably some third world airlines, United is the worst airline ever. I never fly United unless I really, really have to, and that's rare. It's not that the people who work for United are bad. They're terrible. Awful, sadistic and sometimes dangerous. They'd stuff you in an overhead compartment if you'd fit.
In a study carried out by Loughborough University in England, 14 men were sent out on a one-hour bicycle ride and also given a one-hour soak at 104F.
The research found that the bike ride, as predicted, burned more calories.
However, the bath soak still managed to burn a whopping 130 calories — the same as a 30-minute walk.
Researchers believe it was the rise in core temperature which caused the calories to burn off.
I knew there was a reason I love my spa.
Legendary scientist Stephen Hawking, who explained the complex workings of the universe to the masses in his writings as he hunted for the elusive “theory of everything,” died early Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England, his family said. He was 76.
The physicist, who suffered from a debilitating neurological disorder, became one of the most famous voices in the sciences even as he communicated via a synthesized-speech box.
“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” his children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said in a statement.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
“Mom, you just shot him,” cried bail officer Chasity Carey’s teenage son, after witnessing the Aug. 9, 2017, fatal shooting of suspect Brandon Williams. A jury in Payne County, Oklahoma, watched the shocking video and found Carey not guilty of first-degree murder. Prosecutors have since released the GoPro footage, which shows Williams refusing to comply with custody, and attempting to flee out the window, before being shot in the back.
Do what Mom says.
Last month, The Post dared her to take a DNA test to prove her story and now a Bay State paper (The Berkshire Eagle) has issued the same challenge. The test results would either compel critics like President Donald Trump to stop calling her “Pocahontas” or force her to admit it was all a lie.
But while Warren won’t take the test, she also won’t shut up about being a Native American. On the Sunday shows, she repeated the story she’s been telling for years about her parents’ epic romance in which her father’s family opposed the match because of her mother’s supposed Indian ancestry.
It’s a sweet tale — but, given that no member of her family has ever shown up on a list of tribe members or any other birth, marriage or death records dating back to the early 19th century — it’s hard to imagine why the blonde-haired, blue-eyed senator’s grandparents would have rejected her mother on those grounds.
Amid a political earthquake in Washington following the sudden firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, President Trump has arrived in California where he'll review several design prototypes for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
San Diego! In the news!
So on a cold morning in March 2014, she piled into a car with her family and sped south for six hours and 400 miles from Little Rock, Iowa, near the Minnesota border, to get to the one state that possesses the most lenient law in the nation allowing 15-year-olds to wed:
The laboratory of federalism.
The Chinese aren’t going to like having to conform to these new rules, but what alternative will they have? The steel and aluminum tariffs will hit their bottom line for sure, but any tit for tat retaliation will hurt them far more than us.
Since all majors require four years of coursework and four years of tuition, the payoff for the average graduate with a low-earning major is unimpressive. And the payoff for below-average graduates in such fields is terrible; many end up working in jobs like waiter, cashier and cook that they could have easily done with no college at all.
Monday, March 12, 2018
With Supreme Court challenge, tech billionaire could dismantle beach access rights — and a landmark coastal law
Unwilling to back down, Khosla is now appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court over his right to shut out the public. His latest argument not only challenges the constitutionality of the Coastal Act — if taken up by the nation's highest court, it would put into question long-established land use procedures and any state's power to regulate development anywhere.
"It's bold, it's arrogant, it wants to strike at the core of our society," said Joe Cotchett, lead attorney for the Surfrider Foundation, which sued Khosla in its fight for public coastal access. "This is so much bigger than a little beach in San Mateo County. It's a steppingstone to every coastline in the United States."
What kind of name is Khosla? Durn ferriners.
The type of nerve agent used to poison a former Russian spy and his daughter in the U.K. was developed in a top-secret laboratory in Moscow and was once a closely held secret of the Russian government.
The Brits definitely have us beat in the cool CSI-style suit department.
A U.S. national-security panel suggested it soon could recommend against Broadcom Ltd.’s $117 billion hostile bid for Qualcomm Inc. and said that the Singapore-based company had repeatedly violated one of its orders during its pursuit of the proposed deal.
Well, I'm cool with this as I'm sceeerd of the PRC.
Buddhism may be touted in the West as an inherently peaceful philosophy, but a surge in violent rhetoric from small but increasingly influential groups of hardline monks in parts of Asia is upending the religion's tolerant image.
Om mani padmi hum, now bash 'em!
Trump's tariffs show that the Globalists are out and the Nationalists have taken over. | The Weekly Standard
Accompanying the president during his announcement, in addition to several steel workers, hard hats tucked under their arms, were Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin, Commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, assistant to the president Peter Navarro, and U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer. With the exception of Mnuchin, who is said to have wavered before signing on to these tariffs, this is the triumphant nationalist wing of the White House staff, long-time protectionists, all. They have routed Gary Cohn’s globalists, won the war for Trump’s ear, and plan more protectionist measures, not least among them a 7 percent fee on all imports.
So let me tell you the story of my family. My mother and daddy were born and raised in Oklahoma. My daddy first saw my mother when they were both teenagers. He fell in love with this tall, quiet girl who played the piano. Head over heels. But his family was bitterly opposed to their relationship because she was part Native American.They eventually eloped.They survived the Great Depression. The Dust Bowl. A lot of knocks. They raised my three brothers, all of whom headed off to the military, and me. And they fought. They loved each other. And most of all they hung together for 63 years. And that’s the story that my brothers and I all learned from our mom and our dad, from our grandparents, from all of our aunts and uncles. It’s a part of me, and nobody’s going to take that part of me away.
Sadly a lot of these family legends just ain't so. Senator Warren has probably already done a test and gotten negative results. Otherwise, she would be playing it up.
Liberal discrimination against white men is nothing new, but many people are caught by surprise to see such explicit discrimination against Asian males in the name of diversity from one of the most progressive companies in one of the most liberal zip codes. After all, don’t liberals always define diversity in terms of external traits such skin colors?
Asian men are the most discriminated against minority by all the top schools. If these schools admitted on the basis of test scores and grades, there would be "too many Asians."
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — The Japanese surprise air attack of Dec. 7, 1941, on Hawaii was a staggering military triumph that decimated the Pacific Fleet’s battleships in Pearl Harbor and wiped out most of Oahu’s air defenses.
Three months later, the Japanese Imperial Navy sought to repeat a surprise bombing raid on the island using its newest long-range aircraft, the “flying boat” Kawanishi H8K.
While the two H8Ks successfully flew the 4,800-mile roundtrip from the Marshall Islands to Hawaii, the March 4, 1942, bombing raid was a tactical flop.
I didn't know this. H/t BJ.
Aside from value judgments about a lack of rule of law in the Asian country, as well as the authoritarian nature of the Chinese regime, Xi’s elevation as the most powerful ruler after Communist China’s founder Mao Zedong will pose two risks. The first is a quite likely messy transition of power down the line. The other is Xi’s possible use of military initiatives as weapons of mass distraction in a time of internal crisis.
Almost five months after Philippine troops flushed out Islamic State-aligned militants in the southern city of Marawi, fierce clashes erupted anew in restive Maguindanao province, leaving 44 Islamic militants killed, according to the military.
While the world economy stagnates, the model projects, cold countries will achieve almost unimaginable wealth. Iceland supposedly will achieve annual per capita income of $1.5 million by 2100, more than double that of any other country except Finland ($860,000). Mongolia, which currently ranks 118th in per capita income, is supposed to rise to seventh, at which point the average Mongolian will earn four times as much as the average American. Canada’s economy becomes seven times as large as China’s.
The technical term to describe this analysis is “silly.” Obviously, the relationship posited between temperature and growth has little to do with reality.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Aristotle offers the key of wisdom, wrote one despairing 13th-century scholar, but he hid that key in so many books. From that period on, for two centuries, to become a reputable teacher of theology, you needed to produce hundreds and hundreds of pages of densely argued commentary on the Sentences, a 12th-century compendium by Peter Lombard. Tens of thousands of these commentaries weigh down the shelves of European manuscript libraries, many of them very likely unread in the 700-odd years since they were written. Master-of- arts candidates wrote commentaries on Aristotle that number in the thousands. There are so many that we do not even know how many still exist, much less what they actually say. Charles Lohr’s magisterial Latin Aristotle Commentaries, which simply provides a list of authors, works, and manuscripts, is in five hefty volumes. This is the period in which the university was born.
Earlier this week, I went to a lecture given by Steven Pinker on his latest book, Enlightenment Now. I’m a huge and longtime fan of Pinker’s, and his book The Blank Slate was, for me, a revelation. He’s become a deep and important critic of the visceral hostility to nature and science now so sadly prevalent on the left and right, a defender of reason and the Enlightenment against the “social justice” movements on campus, and his new book is a near-relentless defense of modernity. I sat there for an hour slowly being buried in a fast-accumulating snowdrift of irrefutable statistics showing human progress: the decline of violence and war, the rise and rise of democracy, the astonishing gains against poverty of the last couple of decades, the rise of tolerance and erosion of cruelty, lengthening lifespans, revolutions in health, huge increases in safety, and on and on. It was one emphatic graph after another that bludgeoned my current depression into a kind of forced rational cheeriness. There were no real trade-offs here; our gloom is largely self-imposed; and is entirely a function of our media and news diets.
I think the causes of my misery are unrelated to the world at large. And truthfully, I'm not that miserable.
The Threats, Real and Imagined, of Mexico’s Election | by Mark Weisbrot | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
In less than five months, Mexico will have a presidential election that is mostly being described by US and international media commentators as a perilous undertaking. For some, it is part of a “perfect storm” that could wreak havoc on the Mexican economy (together with Trump’s tax reform and threats to NAFTA); for the business press, there is a threat to foreign investment, especially in the state-owned oil industry, which has had an unprecedented opening to such investment since 2013; and for other observers, it is a threat to the “security”—that is, foreign policy—of the United States.
The problem, according to the pundits and the Trump administration, is that the leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (often known by his initials, AMLO) holds a sizable lead in the polls, and could well be Mexico’s next president. But is his possible election as president really the threat it’s made out to be?