Happy Easter (2014)

     The News of the Week will be late due to various obligations, and won’t be up until late Monday/early Tuesday.

     In the meantime, here is a bunny kickin’-back & taking a relaxing bath.


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Teacher Bullied for Questioning Common Core

     A Missouri elementary school teacher testified before the Missouri Senate education Committee on how she and others were bullied and threatened for daring to question the Common Core curricula being imposed.


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The Left’s Mark for Modern Sinners

     Searchlight’s dim bulb, Senator Harry Reid, went on yet another rant about the Koch Bros.:

“NASCAR fans can easily find their favorite drivers by simply looking at the cars as they fly because there are corporate emblems on the hood of the car. In fact, they’re all over the in fact, they’re all over the car. For our clothing here in the for our clothing here in the Senate we don’t bear commercial. Many Republican senators might as well wear Koch industries insignias.”

     The marking of enemies is not Reid’s desire alone.  Attorney General Eric Holder wants to force so-called “smart gun” technology that would require the owner of a gun wear a special ring or bracelet in order to operate the gun, despite the fact that such technology is far less reliable than most guns:

“‘One of the things we learned when we were trying to pass those common sense reforms last year, Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology people and talked about how guns can be made more safe by making them either though fingerprint identification, the gun talks to a bracelet that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon,’ said Holder, referring to so-called ‘smart gun’ technology.”

     While these two instances of marking come from different origins, they do show a common worldview: To mark their enemies.

     Since yellow stars and pink triangles have already been used, then perhaps, a new symbol of shame would be applied?

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Hayek on Social Justice

     From Firing Line, William F Buckley Jr hosts a discussion on social justice with George Roche III (Hillsdale College) and Noble Laureate economist F. A. Hayek.

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Progressive Education: Teaching Facts is Out; Teaching THEIR Values is In

     Sometimes the Left is so self-assured of their power that they let their mask slip.  Candidate for Toronto District School Board John Furr is one such example.

     Furr writes:

“However, I believe one of the greatest strength’s our educational system is its formal contribution to the enculturation of our children; the deliberate socialization process by which our children learn the obligations of Canadian culture and acquire the values and behaviours appropriate and necessary to broader Canadian society.

“While informal enculturation may have Canadians identifying closely with Molson’s ‘I am Canadian’ rant, hockey and Tim Hortons, it’s the formal enculturation through our educational system that have the majority of Canadians identifying closely with the higher ideals of multiculturalism, diversity, and equality. “

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Quick Takes – “Green” Lies, Voter Fraud, and “Because I’m a Democrat”

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: Lying liars who lie.

     Ah, the “truth” of catastrophic climate doom prognosticated by the eminent scientists pursuing said “truth.”  Their super-science and absolute understanding of a complex and chaotic climate stands on its own merits — and by “own merits” it is meant “manipulating information” to trick people into buying alarmist nonsense because such alarmist would “enhance global welfare”

     From the abstract of the peer-reviewed article:

“It appears that news media and some pro-environmental organizations have the tendency to accentuate or even exaggerate the damage caused by climate change. This article provides a rationale for this tendency by using a modified International Environmental Agreement (IEA) model with asymmetric information. We find that the information manipulation has an instrumental value, as it ex post induces more countries to participate in an IEA, which will eventually enhance global welfare. From the ex ante perspective, however, the impact that manipulating information has on the level of participation in an IEA and on welfare is ambiguous.”

     It seams that some people don’t really get this “science” thing…

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Barack Obama’s Adventures Through Space and Time

Meanwhile inside the White Houst

     Obama has apparently revealed that he has the capacity to not only travel forward in time like us mere mortals, but to go backwards and even sideways!

     He is clearly not the only one who can grok the concept of backwards flowing time:

     So, clearly, Democrats like Obama and Kate Marshall should be in charge because they understand how causality can be temporally reversed… along with the polarity of the neutron flow, presumably.

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News of the Week (April 13th, 2014)

 

News of the Week for April 13th, 2014


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Gun Nuts?

     Ever heard that ”Your 2nd Amendment is Outdated!”

     Ever tried apply that to the rest of the Bill of Rights?

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Capitalism and a Free Society

     Margaret Thatcher chats with William F. Buckley about economic incentives, minimum wage and redistribution of wealth:


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