Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The United States' most influential musician, Beyonce, has weighed into the fuming debate over a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
Artist, bodacious booty meister, oracle of justice.
Have you ever wondered why cats never slobber when they drink while dogs attack their water dish like it’s a swimming pool? In short: Why cats rule and dogs drool? Well, wonder no longer. According to the findings of study presented at a meeting of the American Physical Society in San Francisco on Nov 24, scientists have now figured exactly why cats are able to hold their drink and why dogs simply can't.
A rising tide of products flavored with pumpkin pie spice has flooded grocery store shelves and restaurant menus, and not just near her home in Deltona, Fla. Friends tease the 34-year-old stay-at-home mother with gleeful photos and text messages about pumpkin lattes, coffee creamers and pies. Relatives mock her, she says, at Thanksgiving dinner for shunning pumpkin in all its forms.
The other day at Starbucks, a hip barrista asked me if I would like to sample a pumpkin spice latte. No, I said. Just like that: no. This whole pumpkin thing has got to stop.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky blames politicians for the outbreak of violence in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of a grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in the death of an unarmed black teen, Michael Brown.
“In the search for culpability for the tragedy in Ferguson, I mostly blame politicians. Michael Brown’s death and the suffocation of Eric Garner in New York for selling untaxed cigarettes indicate something is wrong with criminal justice in America. The War on Drugs has created a culture of violence and put police in a nearly impossible situation,” Paul wrote in an op-ed published Tuesday afternoon in Time magazine.
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Sex doesn't sell, so forget the boudoir shot. Blondes don't work. Props distract. Couches are fine. Playing with hair is ideal.
Those are some of the insights the lingerie company Adore Me has learned from testing the photos of models wearing its sexy products online. For each bra, Adore Me shoots multiple versions of images to run on its website. The distinctions between the pictures might include different models wearing the same set in the exact same position, or the same model in the same set in a different position, for example. Then, like any good tech company, it tests the options to find out which one sells better.
Obama, immigration, and the rule of law [updated with additional material on precedents for Obama's action, and a response to Timothy Sandefur] - The Washington Post
Opponents of President Obama’s recently announced plan to defer the deportation of up to 5 million undocumented immigrants argue that it undermines the rule of law. After all, they contend, the president is required to enforce federal law as written, not pick and choose which violators to go after and which to exempt. But, in reality, all modern presidents inevitably make policy choices about which violations of federal law to prosecute. Obama’s decision to defer deportation is in line with those of past presidents, and well within the scope of his authority.
Missed this earlier.
The Michael Brown grand jury has spoken, declining to return charges against Officer Darren Wilson. The evidence that the grand jury reviewed has made available to the public and can be found here. Since I haven’t yet had an opportunity to review the voluminous testimony, in this post I discuss not substance, but procedure. Contrary to the complaints of some critics, the grand jury process was clearly fair.
Professor Cassell should be in my house tomorrow.
Let me guess. When you read the title, you thought this was going to be about either Berkeley or San Franciso, right? I’ll confess, I thought the same thing. Who in the world would want to ban the single most useful technological advancement in travel comfort since the invention of the 50 milliliter liquor bottle? Well, relax. It’s not California (yet) and, in fact, it’s not even in the United States. Fortunately for us, this brilliant idea is thus far only taking root in Italy.
And yet, when a reporter asked whether I was surprised that this happened in Georgetown, I immediately answered: “Not at all.” It was so clear to me that we live in the most privileged neighborhood within a city that has historically been, and continues to be, harshly unequal. While we aren’t often confronted by this stark reality west of Rock Creek Park, the economic inequality is very real.
The writer is something of a dork.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A woman appears to have accidentally fatally shot herself in the head with a gun bought to prepare for possible Ferguson-related unrest, according to sources briefed on the police investigation.
Guns don't kill people; stupid people kill themselves.
According to a translation commissioned by the Observer, Mr. Kerry advised Mr. Lavrov to “just ignore Obama’s statements.” Google translator phrases the nuance slightly differently: “Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says US Secretary of State John Kerry called on him to ‘pay no mind’ to a statement by President Obama.” But the take-home message is clearly the same.
Even if many of your grievances are legitimate, “justice” doesn’t exist to soothe your anger. In the end, there wasn’t probable cause to file charges against Wilson. And after all the intense coverage and build-up the predictable happened. Even taking a cursory look at the grand jury evidence, the details of Brown’s death were far more complex than what we heard when the incident first broke over the summer. Lawyers will, no doubt, analyze every morsel of evidence in the coming days. But if Wilson’s testimony is corroborated by forensic evidence, and much of it seems to be, it seems unlikely that any jury would be able to convict him.
Democrats made a strategic mistake by passing the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership, said Tuesday.
Schumer says Democrats “blew the opportunity the American people gave them” in the 2008 elections, a Democratic landslide, by focusing on healthcare reform instead of legislation to boost the middle class.ADVERTISEMENT
“After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus,” he said.
Sounds about right. Who woulda thunk it?
Seldom in Barack Obama’s presidency has he looked quite so impotent as he did last night, pleading from a podium in the White House for calm while the cable news split screens showed clouds of tear gas enveloping the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. He repeated the same themes as every time he has spoken about this subject — people have legitimate grievances but there’s no excuse for violence, we’ve come a long way but we have a ways to go, and so on. It never rang more hollow.
He sounds hollow because he is hollow. It's not all bunnies and unicorns out there.
As the president assured the nation that we could overcome the divisions on display in Ferguson, Mo., networks ran a split-screen image of looters burning part of the city to the ground.
This was basically a dirty trick. O learns what it's like to have the MSM against you.
Treasury: 2,500 documents 'potentially' show IRS sharing taxpayer data with White House | WashingtonExaminer.com
In a shocking revelation, the Treasury Inspector General has identified some 2,500 documents that “potentially” show taxpayer information held by the Internal Revenue Service being shared with President Obama’s White House.
Does it matter what sort of deal—or further extension, or non-deal—ultimately emerges from the endless parleys over Iran’s nuclear program? Probably not. Iran came to the table cheating on its nuclear commitments. It continued to cheat on them throughout the interim agreement it agreed to last year. And it will cheat on any undertakings it signs.
We knew this, know it and will come to know it all over again. But what’s at stake in these negotiations isn’t their outcome, assuming there ever is an outcome. It’s the extent to which the outcome facilitates, or obstructs, our willingness to continue to fool ourselves about the consequences of an Iran with a nuclear weapon.
Ferguson decision: Grand jury decides not to charge police officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown shooting - CBS News
CLAYTON, Mo. -- Protests quickly turned violent in the Ferguson, Missouri area Monday night after it was announced that a St. Louis County grand jury had decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the August 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Monday, November 24, 2014
As early as two months ago, the buzz coming from administration insiders was that Hagel might become a sacrificial lamb on that front. His relations with the White House were not great. He was not seen as a strong secretary of defense. And he was seen, in the words of one former senior Obama aide, as having "gone native." This meant he was becoming a conduit for the growing frustrations of the military leadership in the Department of Defense toward the reactive, strategically incoherent responses of the president and his White House team, particularly regarding the growing threat posed by the Islamic State spreading chaos in Iraq and Syria.
The feminist revolution is today failing because it is trying though force and sheer coercion to reshape human nature. The damage that will be done to interpersonal relationships in the time in which it takes for their revolution to collapse is, however, nothing to take lightly.
The PJ Tatler » Hagel Unchained: Departing Defense Secretary Fires Parting Shots in Interview Last Week
“I am worried about it, I am concerned about it, Chairman Dempsey is, the chiefs are, every leader of this institution,” Hagel said, including Pentagon leadership but leaving both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s names out of his list of officials who are worried about the U.S. military’s declining capability. Hagel said that the Congress and the American people need to know what while the U.S. military remains the strongest, best trained and most motivated in the world, its lead is being threatened because of policies being implemented now.
The New York Times published information about the address of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Monday in a move that has generated controversy. Tensions are running high in Ferguson, Missouri, as the world awaits a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision on whether to indict the white policeman for the Aug. 9 shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.
School kids around the country are tweeting rather unfortunate pictures of the meals they're being served at lunchtime, and thanking first lady and healthy school food advocate Michelle Obama for their bowls of mush and mystery proteins.
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel handed in his resignation under pressure on Monday, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team to respond to an onslaught of global crises.
The amazing story of a stray dog that followed an extreme adventure team through miles of Amazon jungle - The Washington Post
They offered the pathetic-looking animal, mud-splattered and bleeding, a Swedish meatball. The dog lapped it up. And from that moment on, the dog wouldn’t leave the team’s side. They thought he would disappear back into the jungle. But he didn’t.
I know the numbers are big, but the argument that Harold Hamm had little to do with the increase in the couple’s household net worth and thus shouldn’t have to share more with his former wife is unfair. If people think Sue Ann Hamm should be satisfied with $1 billion, why isn’t the reverse true? Why shouldn’t the ex-husband be able to live on half of the $18 billion the stock is worth?
HELSINKI — Wedged hard against Russia’s northwestern border, peaceable Finland has long gone out of its way to avoid prodding the nuclear-armed bear next door.
But now the bear is provoking Finland, repeatedly guiding military planes into Finnish airspace and deploying submarines and helicopters to chase after Finnish research vessels in international waters.
Russia's not big enough?
Val Rust’s dissertation-prep class had devolved into a highly charged arena of competing victim ideologies, impenetrable to anyone outside academia. For example: Were white feminists who use “standpoint theory”—a feminist critique of allegedly male-centered epistemology—illegitimately appropriating the “testimonial” genre used by Chicana feminists to narrate their stories of oppression? Rust took little part in these “methodological” disputes—if one can describe “Chicana testimonials” as a scholarly “method”—but let the more theoretically up-to-date students hash it out among themselves. Other debates centered on the political implications of punctuation. Rust had changed a student’s capitalization of the word “indigenous” in her dissertation proposal to the lowercase, thus allegedly showing disrespect for the student’s ideological point of view. Tensions arose over Rust’s insistence that students use the more academic Chicago Manual of Style for citation format; some students felt that the less formal American Psychological Association conventions better reflected their political commitments. During one of these heated discussions, Rust reached over and patted the arm of the class’s most vociferous critical race–theory advocate to try to calm him down—a gesture typical of the physically demonstrative Rust, who is prone to hugs. The student, Kenjus Watson, dramatically jerked his arm away, as a burst of nervous energy coursed through the room.
Microaggression! You microaggressed me! Good lord.
With a decision from the Michael Brown case grand jury expected any day, the question of what actually happened during the shooting seems to be receding into the background, replaced by the symbolism and political narrative. This was the point I was making several days ago, when I ended a post about the case with the line that “sadly, it appears that the facts are not really of interest to at least some of Michael Brown’s supporters.” A number commenters criticized me for failing to offer proof of this point. But with every passing day, it is becoming clearer and clearer that many people have already confidently made up their minds about what the (still-secret) grand jury evidence really shows.
As an InformationWeek staffer recently assigned to this beat after only occasionally covering health IT in the past, I was surprised how unanimously and passionately dissatisfied most doctors are with the usability of this software, which they see as draining rather than enhancing their productivity. I'm sure there are exceptions where doctors are more enthusiastic about technology, the software they are using is higher quality, or a little of both. But if you open the door to a conversation about how horrible medical records software is, you'll get an earful.
This is from 2013, but there are lots of stories. Just google it. But if Docs hate the software so much, then why the heck do they use it? Think about it. Jeopardy song. That's right. Because the federal guvment requires them to use it, thus wasting what has got to billions of dollars and making every practicing medico except perhaps a few plastic surgeons who don't have to worry about it, miserable. And making their families miserable too. Thanks a lot, guvment.
Impeachment, moreover, would tend to normalize its use as a political weapon, even though the framers intended that it be used only in extreme cases that endanger the republic. Only inveterate Obama haters think that is true here.
Peter Schuck is a pretty reasonable guy. He must be uncomfortable at the YLS.
Now the Asian students are suing. In a lawsuit against Harvard, they are claiming that Harvard demands higher qualifications from Asian students than from others, and that it uses "racial classifications to engage in the same brand of invidious discrimination against Asian Americans that it formerly used to limit the number of Jewish students in its student body."
Sunday, November 23, 2014
But there is a fifth recourse, which the new Republican Congress might consider in view of President Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal immigrants: the power to censure. In fact, censure could work in tandem with Congress’s other powers, helping the legislature make the moral case for responding to the president’s lawlessness.
How about a tax on tees?
(CNN) -- What makes a woman want to have sex isn't totally hormonal, as it can be with men.
Instead, women need a lot more to be turned on, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
This is news.
Obama: ‘Absolutely Not’ Legitimate for Future Presidents to Apply My Logic on Executive Actions | National Review Online
Vatican’s new top prosecutor of abusive priests implicated in past failure to stop notorious abuser, Donald McGuire - Metro - The Boston Globe
A prominent American Jesuit recently named by Pope Francis to prosecute priests accused of sexually abusing minors under church law was himself one of several Catholic officials who allowed a notorious abusive priest to remain in ministry for years after learning of his long history of sexual abuses, legal documents show.
President Obama in an interview broadcast Sunday didn’t rule out visiting Ferguson, Mo. after a grand jury reveals whether they decide to indict the police officer involved in the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
Conservative expert on immigration law to pursue suit against executive action - The Washington Post
He has devoted his career to an immigration fight he always believed would be incremental. First he sued states for offering in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants. Then he wrote tough immigration enforcement laws for Arizona and Alabama. Then he counseled Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on the legality of using the National Guard to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. He has been playing the long game, hoping to build a consensus case against amnesty over the course of his career, but now, listening on the phone, it sounds to him as if Obama is saying the case is over and the ruling is in. If so, his life’s work is unraveling, and a last stand will have to come now.
You don’t have to be Hari Seldon to figure out what the next two waves of Conventional Wisdom will be regarding President Obama’s just-announced
unilateral amnesty“Immigration Accountability Executive Action”:
MK is more cynical than I am. Maybe he's right though. Via instapundit.