News of the Week for August 17th, 2014
- Election 2014
- Obama Scandals
- Gun Rights
- Hide the Decline
- War & Terror
- National News
- Economy & Taxes
- International News
A Look at the 2014 Gubernatorial Landscape
Thirty-six statehouses are up for grabs, with a baker’s dozen very competitive.
2006 Charlie Crist viciously attacks 2014 Charlie Crist in new attack ad!
This was, of course, inevitable.
California campaign finance measure booted off ballot
The California Supreme Court on Monday effectively blocked a November advisory ballot measure on the merits of unlimited independent campaign spending, dashing some Democrats’ hopes that the measure would boost voter turnout in what could be an otherwise staid election.
Dems’ feud deepens with Hawaii re-vote set
Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, remains in peril today as Hawaii elections officials have called for a re-vote in some precincts that were closed due to a tropical storm during Saturday’s primary. Schatz, backed by President Obama in a bitter primary battle with Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, leads by just 1,635 votes. Worse still for the incumbent Democrat, Hanabusa said the re-vote may not be enough to keep her from mounting a legal challenge over the contested returns. Unlike the disputed GOP Senate primary in Mississippi, the result in Hawaii is close enough that, depending on how Friday’s results turn out, contested ballots and other challenges might reverse the initial outcome. With Hanabusa talking openly of ““irregularities,” it’s clear that this race isn’t over yet.
Hollywood turns out big to rescue Reid, Senate Dems
Ashley Judd didn’t run for a Senate seat in Kentucky, but that doesn’t mean that Hollywood hasn’t propped up a candidate in the race. The Dude may not be abiding in Montana’s Senate race, but The Babs is abiding in Oregon, Colorado, New Hampshire, and even Alaska. Hollywood has provided Democrats with a ton of cash for the midterm elections in an attempt to keep control of the Senate, and Alison Lundergan Grimes has been their biggest beneficiary
The Dude Will Not Abide in the US Senate
Some Montana-based Jeff Bridges fans recently launched a petition to get the Big Lebowski star to run for the U.S. Senate. But Bridges doesn’t think he’s the man for the job—or at least, his wife doesn’t think he is.
How Democrats Sound When They Are Losing Badly
“Losing badly” was the subject line on yesterday’s email from MoveOn.org. It’s a real day-brightener, if you’re a Republican
Sen. Mary Landrieu’s campaign flight was charged to taxpayers
Sen. Mary Landrieu made headlines last November when she hitched a ride home on Air Force One with President Obama, but chose not to attend his event in New Orleans. Another lesser-known flight Landrieu took that same day mistakenly cost taxpayers more than $3,000.
Is Minnesota’s Senate Seat In Play?
On paper, Al Franken is a vulnerable incumbent: he has served one undistinguished term in the Senate, trying mostly to stay out of trouble; his re-elect percentage is under 50; and President Obama is unpopular in Minnesota. So some observers are optimistic that Minnesota can be added to the list of potential GOP takeaways. Earlier today, I discussed the Minnesota Senate race on Wall Street Journal Live with host Mary Kissel.
Possible recount averted for Republican lieutenant gubernatorial contest
The outcome of the August 12 Republican primary for Connecticut Lieutenant Governor remained unknown until Wednesday afternoon after election day, when state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi conceded the tight race to Groton Town Council Member and former-Mayor Heather Somers.
McConnell Challenger: Fatty Food Eaters Need Obamacare
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has been uncomfortable with supporting Obamacare during her bid to unseat Senator Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.,) but she thinks she’s found an argument she can make for the law.
Hanabusa to sue Office of Elections to push back Puna election date
With power and communications still out in some Puna neighborhoods, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa says that now is not the time to hold an election.
The chickens that could flip the Senate
The strange tale of one fierce Iowa political contest and four chickens who won’t stop pecking at Bruce Braley
Democrats Panicked in NC Senate Race (#NCSEN)
The North Carolina Senate race has taken an unexpectedly good turn for the GOP
Prop 45: CA Doubles Down On Obamacare With New ‘Health Care Czar’
If you like Obamacare, you’re going to love Proposition 45, the ballot initiative that would give one politician– liberal Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones–complete authority over health care costs and benefits for individuals and small businesses in California.
Under Oath: IRS officials detail Lerner computer crash in declarations to court
The IRS has submitted several sworn declarations to a federal district court in an attempt to explain the missing emails of former agency official Lois Lerner, as part of a case brought against the agency by a conservative watchdog group.
American Bar Assoc Ups Ante on “Preventing Gun Violence”
Their definition of “preventing gun violence” sounds an awful lot like, “getting guns out of the home.”
Federal judge upholds key parts of Maryland gun control law
A federal judge on Tuesday upheld a Maryland ban on 45 assault weapons and a limit on gun magazines to 10 rounds, two key parts of a sweeping gun-control law that were challenged shortly before the law went into effect last year.
Hide the Decline
Steyn’s scorching new legal brief on the Michael Mann ‘defamation’ case
Mark Steyn has submitted an amicus curiae brief in the CEI/National Review -vs- Mann and it has some interesting language. Unfortunately, since it is a scan of printed document, rather than a PDF conversion, I can’t excerpt as easily, so I have to use screencaps.
SNAP: ‘Data says global cooling, physical model says it has to be warming’
A global temperature conundrum: Cooling or warming climate?
China’s Shale Gas Bust
China is betting long-term on unconventional gas, but it is running into problems developing its vast shale resources.
Government in Healthcare
War & Terror
Iraq says Islamic State killed 500 Yazidis, buried some victims alive
ISIS militants were responsible for the deaths during their recent brutal offensive in the northern part of the country. Many Yazidi families were given the choice of converting to Islam or being killed.
Military Coup Rocks Iraq
Iraq’s parliament just chose a new President who refused to rename Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki to a third term. Maliki declared the move unconstitutional and his own State of Law Party pulled support from him. Now his forces are seizing government buildings in Iraq, have closed the airport, and are surrounding the Green Zone.
Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki Orders Troops To Guard Baghdad Amid ‘Coup’ Talk
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki indicated that he will not drop his bid for a third term and accused the president of violating the constitution in a tough televised speech likely to deepen political tensions as a Sunni insurgency rages.
Exodus of the Yazidis: Refugee crisis steps up with thousands fleeing into Syria as Obama arms Kurdish forces against ISIS
Senior U.S. officials say arms being sent directly to peshmerga forces in sign of growing concern about ISIS gains
U.S. airdrops to stranded Yazidis lacked parachutes, exploded on impact
Fun fact, per Michael Warren: The Jonathan Krohn who wrote this piece for the Telegraph appears to be the same Jonathan Krohn who spoke at CPAC five years ago as a 13-year-old conservative firebrand. Five years later, he’s a fellow for a Kurdish media company and eyewitness to ISIS’s most visible atrocity (so far).
ISIS Buries 500 Yazidis Alive, Orders Others to Convert to Islam or Die
Not every Yazidi resident in northern Iraq escaped before the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, captured towns in the region. The terrorist group told the people to convert to Islam or die, killed 500 of them, buried some alive, and took hundreds of girls as slaves.
“Death Valley” for Yazidis in Northern Iraq
Trapped Yazidis die by the thousands.
Helicopter rescue of Yazidis on Mount Sinjar, Iraq
“The helicopter was returning fire from ISIS on the return trip.”
Egypt Asks Russia for Anti-Tank Missiles, Warplanes
Request comes after Saudis gave Egypt $2 billion for Russian weapons
China Continuing to Weaponize Space with Latest Anti-Satellite Missile Shot
July 23 test ‘concerning,’ ‘problematic’
Reporters witness Russian vehicles “slipping across the border into Ukraine”
Earlier, a convoy of Russian vehicles was spotted on its way toward the Ukrainian border. Reporters now claim to have witnessed at least some Russian vehicles crossing into Ukraine
Ukraine Says It Destroyed Part of Armed Convoy From Russia
Ukraine said its troops attacked and partially destroyed a column of armed vehicles that had crossed the border from Russian territory, while Russia said it was concerned about an attack on another convoy carrying aid.
Kiev says its forces clashed with Russian troops inside Ukraine
Ukraine said its forces had attacked and partly destroyed a Russian armoured column that entered Ukrainian territory overnight, a firefight which if confirmed would mark a dramatic worsening of the conflict.
All-women battalion ready to fight jihadists terrorizing Iraq
Hundreds of mothers, sisters and daughters have taken up arms and devoted their lives to protecting Iraq’s Kurdish population against the threat of the Islamic State.
James O’Keefe Crosses The US-Mexico Border Dressed As Osama Bin Laden
Investigative filmmaker James O’Keefe exposes the U.S.-Mexico border’s vulnerability to terrorism in his latest undercover project, obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller.
As Obama Golfs, Tanks Roll in Baghdad and a Country Unravels
President Obama can’t catch a break. With the world melting down and leading Democrats and ex-officials in his own administration criticizing key decisions he’s made, the President must have hoped that he’d get some rest and a chance to unwind on Martha’s Vineyard.
Senate report: Caltrans ‘gagged and banished’ Bay Bridge critics
A California Senate report released Thursday said that Department of Transportation managers “gagged and banished” at least nine top experts for the new $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after they complained about substandard work by the Shanghai, China, firm that built much of the span.
CA Planning to Regulate Groundwater
The Los Angeles Times reports that the state may try to capitalize on the current drought by taking the unprecedented step of regulating groundwater use. Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), one of the creators of the legislation, said of its new chances for passage: “This falls under the category of: Never let a crisis go to waste.”
Riots, Looting Erupt in Suburban St. Louis
Late Sunday night in a suburban St. Louis neighborhood, multiple businesses were looted and vandalized according to reports. Police have moved on the scene and have attempted to disperse these protesters which are reportedly tied to vigil for an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by police.
Democrats Pay Black Staffers 30% Less
Campaign staffers who are people of color routinely get paid less than their white counterparts, and are often given less glamorous jobs. How an antiquated understanding of race relations results in minority staffers getting the short shrift.
40,000 Unaccompanied Alien Children Mysteriously Vanish
Border Patrol and Executive Office Of Immigration Review’s Numbers Don’t Match…
More Hispanics tell Census Bureau they’re ‘white’
Over the past 10 years, a growing number of Hispanics have changed their race and origin to “white,” according to top Census officials.
‘Rape culture’ leads to manhunts on campus
Ethan Peloe swears he just did what comes naturally to any red-blooded American male university student. He says he had a threesome. And it cost him, big time.
Texas Tribune CEO Compares Texas Senate to USSR’s Communist Politburo
Evan Smith is the CEO and editor-in-chief of the avowedly non-partisan Texas Tribune.
Protest planned after LAPD officer shoots, kills man during struggle
A protest is being planned for Sunday in front of Los Angeles police headquarters in downtown after a man was shot and killed by an officer this week in Florence.
Police in Ferguson Fire Tear Gas on Protesters Standing in Their Own Backyard
Last night police in riot gear marched down West Florissant Avenue, ordering people to leave the area and firing tear gas onto the streets. Police even fired tear gas into the backyard of a home where several people held their “hands up” in what’s become a symbol of protest over the shooting of Michael Brown.
Washington Redskins Defend Name With Help From Native AmericansLaura Stampler
The Washington Redskins premiered a video Monday in which Native Americans explain why they don’t think the team’s hot-button name is offensive.
Simon & Schuster imprint rejected book about Bergdahl because it might hurt Obama
Via the Daily Caller, you would think an eyewitness account of the disappearance of the last American POW in Afghanistan would be easy money for a publisher.
Vox: Obama can’t govern, so let’s repeal the 22nd Amendment
It is a recurring theme among liberal opinion writers when Democratic presidents appear unable to effectively govern: It’s not them, but the unwieldy structure of the American political system which is to blame.
Planned Parenthood sex ed: Whip it? Whip it good
Welts across the back for an underage girl? “I wouldn’t call it abuse,” a Planned Parenthood sex-education counselor tells a Live Action undercover activist posing as a 15-year-old, “as long as it’s consensual.” This advice, given in a clinic in the tony Minneapolis suburb of Eden Prairie, matches up closely to that given in other Planned Parenthood clinics investigated by Live Action — including the suggestion that underaged teens read 50 Shades of Grey and browse through sex shops, which would be illegal
Chicago Teachers Union Prez, Who Rails Against ‘The Rich,’ Owns Three Homes — Including One In Hawaii
Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis is known for being a socialist who rails against the rich.
Gamescom: Shoot Racist Tea Partiers in ‘Battlefield Hardline’
In the upcoming first-person shooter Battlefield Hardline, players will shoot and kill racist anti-government Tea Party types, Gadsden flag and all.
Ghost of Jack Abramoff Dogs Ross Miller’s Campaign
If you want to know how to protect your home from a break-in, consult a burglar. If you want to know how to stop influence peddling and corruption in government, consult America’s most notorious lobbyist.
Congressman Pushing Legislation to Demilitarize Federal Regulatory Agencies
Congressman Chris Stewart (R., Utah) is pushing legislation to lessen the number of federal agencies who have or are developing SWAT-like teams. The Regulatory Agency De-militarization Act prevents federal agencies that have not traditionally been tasked with enforcing federal law from purchasing machine guns, grenades, and other weaponry, according to a statement from Stewart’s office.
Nixon to relieve St. Louis County PD in Ferguson
Allahpundit mentioned this in his preview post on statements from both Barack Obama and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, but it’s a development that stands on its own as well. After the nation watched the militarized police response in Ferguson, the firing of teargas at non-violent protesters as well as media camera crews, and the arrests of two journalists at a McDonald’s, Nixon has had enough. He has relieved the St. Louis County police of authority over Ferguson
Pentagon weaponry in St. Louis County
Department of Defense provided surplus military vehicles, rifles, pistols to local police departments.
Judge Upholds Tennessee’s Gay Marriage Ban
In a decision that has broken a chain of judicial losses for those who support marriage between one man and one woman, a judge has ruled that Tennessee’s amendment banning legal recognition of same-sex marriage is constitutional.
Gene Simmons Wins Argument with HuffPo Host over Speaking ‘Goddamn English’
This week, KISS rocker Gene Simmons not only embraced assimilation and the importance of English for immigrants to succeed, he gave a textbook example of how to successfully–and forcefully–do so on hostile turf.
Political Payback: Rick Perry Indicted in Power Struggle with Democrat-Controlled DA Office
A grand jury indicted Governor Rick Perry Friday for his attempts to remove Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg from office after she was arrested for driving while intoxicated last year in a case that made national headlines.
Even Liberals Think The Indictment Of Rick Perry Looks Weak
Although some Democrats are calling for Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) resignation after he was indicted by a grand jury on Friday, a number of left-leaning observers immediately panned the allegations as unimpressive.
Battleground Texas Fundraises Off of the Perry Indictment
More evidence that the indictment of Gov. Perry is a coordinated Democratic political strike at a potential Republican presidential contender.
New Police Tactic in Ferguson: Betray Local Business Owners
We’ve been told for days now that that the reason there was rioting in Ferguson is because protesters were “provoked” by militarized police. I agree with some of my colleagues that cops should look like cops (see Kevin’s excellent piece here), and it is deeply unsettling to see police atop armored vehicles training weapons on protesters. On the other hand, there is no justification to throw projectiles at police, no matter what kind of uniforms they are wearing or what kind of vehicles they have, nor is there any justification for destroying or stealing other people’s property.
Soros, Unions and Radicals Behind Action to Fuel the Flames in Missouri
In an attempt to link immigration issues to the ongoing Mike Brown incident in Ferguson, Missouri, NDLON (National Day Laborer Organizing Network) posted the following, linked from Twitter
Angelic Michael Brown Not So Angelic After All
So, it seems the witness, who claimed Brown had his hands in the air and was running away from the police officer, helped Brown rob a store moments before.
L.A. Ethics Panel Wants to Use Cash Prizes to Boost Voter Turnout
The Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles Ethics Commission has a wonderful, tax-friendly idea to draw more voters to the polls: pay them.
Jonathan Chait Is Correct: “This Indictment Of Rick Perry Is Unbelievably Ridiculous” (With Bonus Detailed Legal Analysis!)
Jonathan Chait — lefty leftist Jonathan Chait, I say! — admits today that the indictment of Rick Perry is absurd. Don’t believe me? In a post titled This Indictment Of Rick Perry Is Unbelievably Ridiculous (yes, that is really the title)
Ferguson Business Owner: Police Prevented Me From Returning to My Store While It was being Looted and Did Nothing to Stop the Crime
Sonny Dayan, owner of St. Louis Cordless Communications, tells National Review Online police prevented him from returning to his business while it was being looted and the police did nothing to stop the crime.
Economy & Taxes
Brazil Markets Whipsawed After Candidate’s Plane Crash
Brazilian stocks and the real whipsawed higher and lower while the Ibovespa’s trading volume surged after presidential candidate Eduardo Campos died in a plane crash.
Japan suffers biggest economic slump since 2011 quake as tax hike bites
A sales tax hike last quarter drove Japan’s economy into its biggest contraction since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Cabinet Office data showed on Wednesday, keeping policymakers under pressure to expand fiscal and monetary stimulus should recovery falter again.
German economy contracts unexpectedly in second quarter as trade, investment weigh
The German economy suffered a surprise contraction in the second quarter, its first in more than a year, as foreign trade and investment, particularly in the construction sector, weighed on growth in Europe’s largest economy.
The Nanny State May Crush the E-Cigarette Industry — Knowingly
My AEI colleagues Sally Satel and Alan D. Viard have a sobering op-ed discussing the FDA’s proposed regulation of the e-cigarette industry.
Economic Lessons Unlearnt
Everybody loved Abenomics until five minutes ago.
Euro-Zone Economy Stalls in Second Quarter as German GDP Slips
Weak Quarter Raises Fears Europe’s Recovery Has Faltered as Tensions With Russia Add New Challenges
Does George Soros know something we don’t about the S&P 500?
Oh, goody. It’s 13F time, when mere mortals like us get to see how the big boys rolled the dice in the last quarter.
Garcetti Expects $400 Million In Hollywood Corporate Welfare
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti returned from a trip to Sacramento and announced that he expects somewhere around $400 in corporate welfare for Hollywood to be approved by the state legislature. Currently, Hollywood enjoys $100 in million corporate welfare.
My night on the mountain of hell with dying Yazidi refugees
Exclusive Telegraph dispatch by the first Western journalist at Mount Sinjar, where exhausted, starving Yazidis are struggling to survive after fleeing Islamic State
It Begins: Russia Sends ‘Humanitarian’ Force Into Ukraine
Putin has been threatening to send in a “humanitarian” force into Ukraine over the past week or two. Now, according to the AP, he has done it.
Brazilian Presidential Candidate Campos Dies in Plane Crash
Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos died today in an airplane crash in the southeastern city of Santos. He was 49.
Organ Harvesting New Form of Execution in China
New book reveals practice of targeting political prisoners
Modi accuses Pakistan of proxy war against India
In his first direct attack on Pakistan after coming to power, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday accused Islamabad of indulging in a proxy war killing innocent people in India and said the number of army casualties is bigger this way than in a conventional battle.
Narendra Modi’s Quiet Beginning Dims India’s Hopes for Swift Change
During the months leading up to the spring parliamentary elections, Indians looked at Narendra Modi and saw what they wanted to see.
Using a Tactic Unseen in a Century, Countries Cordon Off Ebola-Racked Areas
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is so out of control that governments there have revived a disease-fighting tactic not used in nearly a century: the “cordon sanitaire,” in which a line is drawn around the infected area and no one is allowed out.
Tony Abbott visits troops involved in Iraq humanitarian drops at Al Minhad Air Base
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has paid an unannounced visit to Al Minhad Air Base in the Middle East as Australian forces began air dropping aid to stranded refugees in northern Iraq.
Five-year-old girl ‘banned from eating chicken sandwich by nursery staff because it wasn’t halal’
Yasmin Jackson says her daughter Amari was ‘starved’ by the end of the day
Iraq’s Prime Minister Agrees to Relinquish Power
Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki on Thursday night said he agreed to relinquish power, state television reported, a move that came after days of crisis in which Mr. Maliki’s deployment of extra security forces around the capital raised worries of a military coup.
Muhammed Is Britain’s Most Popular Boys Name
As exclusively reported by Breitbart London last week, Muhammed has been crowned Britain’s most popular boys name in figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today. The name of the Muslim prophet beat Oliver as the most popular boys name chosen by parents in Britain in 2013.
Moscow Freaks Out About Federalization Rally…In Siberia
Here’s an Internet search test that will both show Moscow’s increasing control over the Russian Internet and how its favored policy for its neighbor does not necessarily reflect its stance at home.
How to Prevent Coups
Readin’, Writin’ and Social Justice Agitatin’
It’s back-to-school season across the country. But in an increasing number of districts, “back to school” doesn’t mean back to learning. Under the reign of social justice indoctrinators, academics are secondary to political agitation. Activism trumps achievement.
The Cycles—or Stages—of Chinese History
The logic of strategy and all that comes from it, including the idea of the “balance of power,” for example, is inherently universal, transcendental, and timeless, but each clan, tribe, nation, and state has its own peculiar political constructs—that is why seemingly homogeneous systems, for example parliamentary democracy, function in ways so radically different from country to country.
The Racism of the Left
Liberty GB leader Paul Weston on the anti-white racism of left-liberals.
Lament of a Legal Alien
If I had come here illegally and married my wife, a U.S. citizen, I’d have a green card by now.
The Right’s Wrong Reaction to the Missouri Shooting
Many conservatives are giving off the impression that they want to talk about something else.
Campus Activism: the Fight for Imaginary Victories
Campus activism is, by and large, the world of make-believe. Whenever students occupy a president’s office, Tinkerbell is not far away. Whenever faculty demand a boycott, Professor Dumbledore winks at Professor Snape.
This Is The Terrifying Result Of The Militarization Of Police
While serving as a U.S. Marine on patrol in Afghanistan, we wore desert camouflage to blend in with our surroundings, carried rifles to shoot back when under enemy attack, and drove around in armored vehicles to ward off roadside bombs.
Paramilitary Police Are Changing Law Enforcement in the Suburbs
SWAT teams, riot gear, armored vehicles, and other super-sized police equipment and tactics are spreading into smaller spaces and conflicts.
‘This Isn’t Mexico … This Is America…’
It’s a free country, so free you can fly the Mexican Red, White and Green and show your disrespect to Americans each and everyday.
Yes, Katy Perry, Babies Need Daddies
There is a real, organic, and irreplaceable relationship between a father and a child that is essential to the child’s development and happiness.
Can Feminists Do Anything On Their Own?
Feminists insist they need men, if only to hate them.
Ferguson Is Big Government
The images out of Ferguson, Mo., have shaken many. On one side, an angry community demanded answers to the suspicious killing of a young man by police. On the other, a military-style show of force complete with armored vehicles, snipers, and policemen dressed more for Kabul than middle America.
America’s Selective Libertarianism
Sure, Americans today are more libertarian — except when they’re not.
Rick Perry indictment looks, walks and quacks like political power play
The criminalization of routine politics only seems to apply to Republicans.
So this past week Avik Roy came out with a “conservative” alternative to Obamacare. If you haven’t read it, it’s the same old RINO garbage: “Hey, we can tweek Obamacre here, here, and here, and then when we run it it’ll really work!” Such nonsense. Just for shits and giggles I decided to demonstrate what true conservative reform of the current system would look like, and for the hell of it I saved Medicare from financial collapse too, along with Social Security. This is long, but worth a read if you are interested in this stuff. There are a few questions I don’t have the answer to at 9PM on a Friday, I’ve bolded them in the text below.
Our higher education system fails leftist students.
Too often, American college students face a one-question test, one based not on facts, but on ideology. The test: “Are you a liberal, or conservative?”
Los Angeles Is Officially a Third World City
Low voter turnout is one of the only good trends in L.A., but now the City Council wants to go and ruin that by bribing low information idiots to vote.
The Struggle for Stupidity
Sci-Fi Author Jerry Pournelle recently re-published a sixth grade reader from 1914. In his latest FIREWALL, Bill Whittle explains how full comprehension of a single paragraph from that hundred-year-old elementary school textbook eludes virtually all of today’s college graduates; shows why it is such a sin, and reveals the Progressive Struggle for Stupidity in all of its undeniable venality.