News of the Week (June 28th, 2015)


News of the Week for June 28th, 2015


Obama Scandals


FBI Files Document Communism in Valerie Jarrett’s Family
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files obtained by Judicial Watch reveal that the dad, maternal grandpa and father-in-law of President Obama’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, were hardcore Communists under investigation by the U.S. government.

Obama IRS Erased 422 Computer Backup Tapes Related to Tea Party Scandal
The IRS erased the tapes after the agency came under investigation in the massive criminal investigation.


Gun Rights


Manchin, Toomey both interested in reviving gun control push
In the wake of the Charleston shooting, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are considering ways to renew their failed push to pass meaningful gun-control legislation.

Elena Kagan 2009: “There is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage”
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision clears the way.

Defiant Scott Walker rolls back handgun wait in Wisconsin in first gun-control legislation since church massacre
The likely Republican presidential candidate planned to sign a pair of bills that would loosen Wisconsin’s guns laws Wednesday

The Australia Gun Control Fallacy
When someone says the United States ought to adopt Australia’s gun laws, he is really saying that gun control is worth risking violent insurrection.

Did Liberal SCOTUS Justices Just Box Themselves Into Taking a Gun Case?
Today’s ruling by SCOTUS on same sex marriage has the left jumping for joy and many on the right disparaging the Court. People of the gun should take solace in today’s ruling. Today, all 50 states must allow for the legal marriage of two individuals of the same sex. They must also recognize those marriages that were performed outside their state. While the opinion tries to zero in on the Court’s previous discussions of the issue, it seems they spent much more time looking at marriage than the Second Amendment over the years, they have given us some nuggets to pull from

Same Sex Ruling Sets Up National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry
When the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled that every state must recognize same sex marriages, they used a basis for judgement that will not easily stop at same sex marriage. In fact, it is a basis for judgement that should offer itself to national reciprocity of concealed carry permits and permit holders.


Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”


The Scientific Pantheist Who Advises Pope Francis
The scientist who influenced Laudato Si, and who serves at the Vatican’s science office, seems to believe in Gaia, but not in God.

Soviet Union 2.0 – The Environmental Protection Agency
Former President Richard Nixon is an ancestral RINO – Republican In Name Only. The wobbly GOP wing that insists on delivering us Diet Democrat policies.

Northern Greenland warmer 1000 years ago, warmer in the 1920s too
Thanks to the Hockeyschtick for pointing us at a new study of Greenland ice cores. For the first time, 12 ice cores drilled in the northern section of Greenland have been “stacked” and published. Curiously, these 12 ice cores were drilled from 1993 to 1995, so this is not new data– but it’s the first time that all 12 oxygen isotope records, which are a proxy for temperature, have been published together. The area represents about 10% of Greenland, and seems to behave differently to the southern part. The warm event in 1420 is described as a local effect. The researchers acknowledge that solar activity is important and solar activity correlates with temperatures. It must be growing more and more obvious to climate researchers that their models have to include the long term solar cycles.



Government in Healthcare


Report: Gruber had larger role in ObamaCare
The ObamaCare consultant who once mocked the “stupidity of the American voter” had a bigger impact on the healthcare law than previously known, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.

Supreme Court Upholds Tax Subsidies Under Obamacare
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

The Roberts Court: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss
For all the liberal bloviating about the new direction of SCOTUS under CJ Roberts, today’s opinion in King v. Burwell demonstrates that essentially, nothing has changed. The court is still forced into feckless pragmatism whenever a conservative principle is at stake, but is perfectly willing to venture beyond the expressed will of Congress in order to advance liberal agenda items on their own initiative.

From Justice Scalia’s dissent
Justice Scalia dissented vigorously from the Supreme Court’s decision upholding Obamacare subsidies on the federal exchange. Justices Thomas and Alito joined in that dissent.

“We Should Start Calling This Law SCOTUScare” And 20 Other Epic Scalia Burns
Last sane man argues against an age of madness.

Chief Justice Roberts Has Officially Gone Native in WashingtonShare article on Facebook
With today’s Obamacare decision, John Roberts confirms that he has completely jettisoned all pretense of textualism. He is a results-oriented judge, period, ruling on big cases based on what he thinks the policy result should be or what the political stakes are for the court itself. He is a disgrace. That is all.

The Supreme Court On The Rule Of Law: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
According to SCOTUS we can make up laws as we go along. As long as our intentions are good.


War & Terror


Turkey: Men arrested carrying nuclear material at border
Turkish news agencies say that authorities have arrested two Georgian citizens who tried to enter the Turkey with radioactive material, including cesium.

ISIS Giving Away Young Girls as Prizes in Qur’an Competition
A beautiful young girl is the grand prize in the ISIS Ramadan Koran contest. A teenage girl is the prize for 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Tunisia shooter: A dedicated student who enjoyed breakdancing
Armed with a Kalashnikov concealed inside an umbrella, Saif Rezgui killed 39 people on a beach resort, targeting tourists; ……he shouted out ‘Get out of the way’ and shot at foreigners,’ resort employee says.




Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth
Yesterday, news broke that Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome somewhere, without any kind of consent from the people eavesdropped on. In official statements, Google shrugged off the practice with what amounts to “we can do that”.

Google Chrome May Have Stealthily Downloaded An Audio Listener To Your Computer That Listens To Your Room [Report]
In an article published on the website Privacy Online News, Rick Falkvinge, founder of the first Pirate Party, makes the claim that Google is stealthily downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome. The software is able to transmit audio data back to Google, meaning that Google can eavesdrop on conversations in your bedroom when your computer is running Chrome. According to Falkvinge, Google is doing this without user consent.

Raisin the Bar
California farmers win a property-rights victory.

A Big Day for Liberty at SCOTUS
While most conservatives are disappointed today that the Supreme Court did not issue decisions on SSM or King v. Burwell, today’s Supreme Court opinions were nonetheless monumental and, for proponents of liberty, were almost unqualified wins. The Court issued four opinions, three of which will all serve as meaningful checks against abuses of government authority.

Rawlings-Blake to call for America’s mayors to create “Baltimore Compact”
In her inaugural address as the new president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Monday plans to discuss the Freddie Gray case and the subsequent unrest in Baltimore.

ANGRY RACISTS Wave Black Nationalist Flag While Burning US Flag
Not everyone was promoting love and forgiveness in Charleston, South Carolina this weekend.

Kasich reportedly getting testy as he fails to attract donors
Ohio Governor John Kasich is still officially unofficially running for President, at least until next month when he plans on making it officially official. But in the intervening time, it seems that he’s running into some headwinds when it comes to donors who have long since committed their resources to one of the candidates who got into the starting blocks early. (In the case of Kasich, he’s looking mostly to tap Jeb Bush’s donor pool.) And with the lack of results has come what appears to be a sense of desperation.

Study: Scant evidence that medical pot helps many illnesses
Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits.

Networks Omit How Democratic Governor in South Carolina Raised Confederate Flag in 1962
In their coverage on Monday night of the calls by South Carolina officials to remove the Confederate flag from the State Capitol’s grounds, the major broadcast networks failed to note the full context of the flag’s history in the Palmetto State and how it was a Democratic Governor who first hoisted it above the Capitol dome in 1962.

JP Morgan Chase Tells Employees “Wife” Insults Gays and Transgenders
A document provided to Breitbart News shows the investment banking behemoth JP Morgan Chase has joined a long line of major corporations in putting pressure on employees to sign up for the cause of gay rights. And they have not-so-subtly let each employee know not signing up will be noted.

“African Americans in the Confederate Army”
By the end of 1863, with the Confederate army lacking resources, funds, and manpower, it had become clear to Confederate General Patrick Cleburne that the south desperately needed to find ways to recruit new soldiers for the rebel cause. Calling it “a plan which we believe will save our country,” in January 1864, he called upon the leaders of the Army of the Tennessee and proposed the emancipation of slaves in order to enlist them in the Confederate war effort. In Episode 24 we explore the role of African Americans in the Confederate States Army.

Amazon, eBay Ban Confederate Flag Merchandise
As the public outcry continues over the existence of the Confederate Flag, prominent online retailers Amazon and eBay announced Tuesday afternoon that they would ban merchandise that depicted the flag.

Jim Webb Stands Up For People Who Memorialize The Confederacy
Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, a southern Democrat contemplating a run for president, encouraged people on Wednesday to understand the “complicated history of the Civil War” when calling for the removal of the Confederate flag across the country.

Amazon Bans Confederate Flags, Still Sells Nazi Merchandise
Online retail giant Amazon’s Monday decision to ban the sale of merchandise depicting the Confederate flag has many Americans scratching their heads, as a quick review of Amazon’s site reveals the company still sells Nazi flags.

Clinton Aide Worked on UAE Project While at State Department
Experts suggest activity could violate conflict of interest provisions

War: Boehner Moving Against Conservatives Who Oppose His Chummy Relationship With Obama
The GOP leadership has found a hill to die on…Obama’s legacy enhancing trade authority.

Tweet of the Day, People Who Believe In The Southern Strategy Meme Are Just DUMB edition.
Pretty much that’s what it comes down to. Being dumb. Note, by the way, that Reagan still won all the states there in the map below except Georgia and West Virginia. Then again, he was in a winning state of mind that election cycle, which is why he wracked up 489 Electoral Votes in 1980.

GOP Battle Brewing in Mississippi Over the Confederate Flag
The Mississippi state senator who unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) last fall lashed out today at calls to remove the Confederate flag from his state’s flag.

Bernie Sanders’s Soviet Honeymoon
What is it about worn-out socialist “worker paradises” like the old Soviet Union and Cuba that bring out the romantic in American radical politicians?

Dusting Off Nixon Tactics? GOP Establishment Darling Darin LaHood Appears to Be Push-Polling Voters Against Conservative Candidate Mike Flynn
This is a national race now: GOP leadership appears to again be trying to smear a conservative opponent of John Boehner out of a primary.

When Anti-Racists Adopted the Confederate Battle Flag
Beyond heritage and hate

Law Professor: Freddie Gray autopsy is “very, very helpful to the defense”
The autopsy conducted on Freddie Gray helps the case of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the 25-year-old’s death, a law professor tells The Daily Caller.

An Illustrated Guide to Civil Asset Forfeiture
This cheerfully drawn comic from the Daily Signal does an excellent job highlighting the insanity of civil asset forfeiture. It begins with a quintessentially American premise: a young person setting out on his own, all wordly possessions in hand, to start a new life as an adult.

Iconic “Dukes of Hazzard” Car to Lose its Confederate Flag
As lawmakers squabble and major retailers pull the Confederate flag from store shelves and websites, Warner Bros. has essentially announced the death of a cultural icon.

Elena Kagan 2009: “There is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage”
That was then, this is now.

California profs “unequivocally” endorse American flag ban
An online letter supporting students at UC Irvine who wanted to ban national flags, including the American flag, from their organization’s lobby, has over 1,200 signatures.

Supreme Court finds disparate impact claims cognizable in housing cases
The Supreme Court has just affirmed the Fifth Circuit’s ruling that the Fair Housing Act allows lawsuits based on disparate impact – that is, an allegation that a law or practice has a discriminatory effect, even if it wasn’t based on a discriminatory purpose. The case is Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project.

House Republicans Considering IMPEACHMENT of Partisan IRS Commissioner
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress last year that Lerner emails were lost and could not be found – The agency then later destroyed the email files.

Freddie Gray Autopsy Released => Death Was “Accident” Not Murder
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged six local police officers with murder and manslaughter in the death of serial criminal Freddie Gray on May 1.

Apple pulls Civil War games from App Store
Ban ALL the history!

It is done.

It’s Already Starting: Top Clinton Advisor Won’t Commit to Protecting Churches’ Tax Exempt Status, Given Gay Marriage Ruling
I mean, just ten years ago they swore Lawrence would not lead to gay marriage, and then two years ago swore that gay marriage would not lead to you being forced to bake them a cake.

Why Four Justices Were Against the Supreme Court’s Huge Gay-Marriage Decision
Highlights from the Court’s dissents.

Here Are The 11 Most Devastating Quotes From John Roberts’ Gay Marriage Dissent
The Supreme Court this morning by a vote of 5-4 declared that the 14th Amendment guarantees a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage, notwithstanding the fact that the amendment mentions neither sexual preference nor marriage.

Barack Obama Had His Own 2012 Confederate Flag Pin
Many of the nation’s largest retailers abruptly decided this week to stop selling merchandise tied to the Confederate battle flag. Walmart, Sears, Kmart, eBay, Amazon and Etsy removed Confederate flag items from their online stores.

Ivy League Prof: Female Faculty Should Receive an Automatic Bonus on their Evaluation Scores
Writing in the Conversation, Sara B. Pritchard, an Associate Professor of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University, writes about the pervasiveness of “gender bias” that she claims is harming female professors in the United States.

From Justice Scalia’s dissent
Justice Scalia’s dissent in today’s gay marriage diktat is all must reading. Short of posting the whole thing, let me offer these pointed excerpts (to which I have added some paragraphing in the interest of readability)

ACLU: We’re only interested in protecting some civil rights
Come on. How many will truly be surprised to see the American Civil Liberties Union backpedal away from an enumerated civil right in the Constitution, now that the cognoscenti considers it a form of bigotry?

Alabama Counties Stop Issuing Marriage Licenses Indefinitely
Pike County officials haven’t issued marriage licenses in months, and today Probate Judge Wes Allen announced that his office is now permanently out of the marriage business.

Study claims 1 in 4 cancer research papers contains faked data
A closer look at the results suggests things are bad, but not quite that bad.

Dad cleans up pack of ferals
Daughter getting assaulted. Father comes in and cleans house

Post-SCOTUS Gay Marriage: Religious institution tax exemptions at risk
Definitely in progressive crosshairs, as the government warned during oral argument.

Social Justice Warrior Gets Taste of Her Own Medicine
Live by the Tweet, Die by the Tweet!


Economy & Taxes


Mexico to Overtake Russia by 2050 as U.S. Slides
China, the U.S. and India will be top three economies, according to forecasts by the Economist Intelligence Unit




33 Dead, 130 Injured in China Knife-Wielding Spree
A group of knife-wielding men attacked a train station in southwestern China on Saturday, killing at least 29 people and injuring more than 130 others in what Chinese officials called a terrorist strike, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The Right Takes Denmark
Here is some more pleasant international news to add to the Conservative Party’s success in Britain alongside the success of the center-right coalition in Finland this year. After being out of power since 2011, the right wing bloc led by Lars Løkke Rasmussen has again captured a majority of seats in Denmark’s Folketing (Parliament).

London Jews should prepare for a mayoral campaign of hate
George Galloway’s race to be mayor spells an uneasy 11 months for the capital’s 250,000 Jews.

Labour’s Hamas connection
An admirer of Islamist extremists could win his campaign to lead Britain’s main opposition party.

Fired After Refusing To Abort Her Baby: Woman Wins Case For Unfair Dismissal
A pregnant Glaswegian charity worker was sacked by the fundraising company where she worked after her manager told her to have an abortion and she refused. An employment tribunal has now awarded £12,000 to 22-year-old Teri Cumlin having found her former employer, Engage Fundraising, guilty of unfair dismissal and sex and pregnancy discrimination.

Japan Lifts 67-Year-Old Ban on Dancing After Midnight
Japan has finally lifted a 67-year-old ban on dancing in bars and clubs after midnight. The now-nullified law prohibited dancing in public spaces, unless the venue had a license. Even then, bars and clubs had to stop dancing at midnight.

Swedish School Bans the Swedish Flag
The Swedish flag has now been banned at a primary school in Sweden. The reason is that the flag may be offensive to certain groups and breaking the law “offensive against ethnic groups.”

Belgian doctors give healthy woman, 24, green light to die by euthanasia because of “suicidal thoughts”
Laura, 24, does not suffer from any terminal disease or physical illness

The bride wore white and the groom wore out his batteries: First robot wedding in Japan takes place and even ends with a kiss
Frois and Yukirin wore traditional outfits for the event in Tokyo on Saturday




Oppressive Biology
Feminist Tumblr attracts strange people with strange ideas, which they feel compelled to share with the world. Megan is 20 years old and her Tumblr profile begins by telling your her Myers Briggs personality type: INTP — introversion, intuition, thinking, perceiving. Why do so many Tumblr feminists list their Myers Briggs type? I don’t know. It’s a thing.

The Dangers Of Civil Asset Forfeiture
A Florida man entered the airport with $11,000 dollars and a ticket home, but after a confrontation with the police, he left without his life savings.

Seven Liberal Pieties That Only the Right Still Believes
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve increasingly had the experience of saying things that would have been considered pieties in the liberal catechism when I was young—and which now will get you labeled as a howling reactionary.

Home Before Dark
25 things we did as kids that would get someone arrested today

America: One Nation, Indivisible
The Confederate battle flag is far from the only worrisome symbol in America today.

Politics In the Era of Symbolic Liberalism
I am old enough to remember when liberals actually thought liberalism was a good idea. Long ago, liberals like Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey fought for programs that they thought would improve the lives of Americans. True, many of their ideas turned out to be bad–I would argue that most were–but at least they had ideas, and they made an impact.

Why Do Progressives Resent Reality So Much?
Progressives seek to be “hypersexual” or “pansexual” because they never quite understood what it meant to be “sexual.”

We Have Officially Reached Peak Leftism
A progressive panic attack begins as the Obama era wanes.

You will be made to care… about the Confederate Battle Flag
By this time everyone has seen the news that the political correctness army has scored another victory and gotten Republicans from Nikki Haley to Lindsey Graham to call for the removal of the Stars and Bars from public grounds at the state house.

Today’s college students have an “expectation of confirmation”
Have college students gone from believing they have a “right not to be offended” to demanding they have a right to have their views confirmed?

A Dangerous Precedent
The rush to ban display and sale of the Confederate flag in the wake of last week’s shooting in Charleston should cause concern for any person intelligent enough to understand how such precedents, once established, are often used to justify further aggression by Cultural Marxists.

Blowing Up History: The ISIS Tendencies of the American Left
As Republicans everywhere ran for cover this week over the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol grounds, the left moved onto its next agenda items even as the right rushed to acquiesce: removal of monuments to Thomas Jefferson thanks to his slaveholding, removal of monuments to Confederate figures from government buildings, removal of Confederate gear for sale from Amazon, Ebay, Etsy, and other private sellers.

Another Racist To Be Evicted From American History: Woodrow Wilson
If our public life is going to be all race all the time, with a view toward expunging all traces of racists from honored positions in American history, then Woodrow Wilson is a prime candidate for the memory hole.

Unabomber or Pope Francis?
Colby Cosh has a little quiz with lines from the pope’s climate change encyclical. It’s great fun.

Political Offices Are Not Meant to Be Family Heirlooms
Ace of Spades, making his case for his friend Mike Flynn in the special House election in Illinois’ 18th Congressional District, made an interesting point in an aside

Music is sexist. This caring five-point plan will eradicate rock’s gender bias
This weekend sees arguably the high point of the music festival year – Glastonbury – and naturally one of the main things that is exercising the liberal media is the disgracefully small proportion of female artistes on the bill.

Cultural Tyrants
Not only won’t it stop with the Confederate flag, it isn’t even slowing down.

From Free Speech Movement to This: Anything You Say May Create a Hostile Environment
A war on microaggression the latest PC at UC.

Why Conservatives Should Rejoice at the Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, and Then Do This…
Perhaps it will finally spark us to reclaim our heritage of individual liberty.

Fahrenheit 2015
But Wouldn’t Mississippi Burning Lead To Global Warming?

Thoughts about the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision and an open thread
As you all know, the Supreme Court this morning issued a 5-4 decision, authored by Anthony Kennedy, finding a hitherto hidden right to same-sex marriage in the American Constitution. I have not yet read the decision, but nevertheless a few points to make regardless of the reasoning that necessitated 103 pages to explain.

The Humpty Dumpty Court of King v. Burwell
Which is to be master — that’s all.

SCOTUS Declares Itself God, Redefines Marriage and Rights
The day after declaring Obamacare magically rewritten and that the lawsuits against discrimination in housing require no proof of actual discrimination, the Supreme Court found a unicorn in the 14th Amendment.

Feminist Tumblr: Spot the Error
Hint: Collectivism!

Let’s Bring Back Guilt and Shame
“I was twelve when I discovered porn.”

Same-Sex Marriage Won’t Bring Us Peace
The last ten years of same-sex marriage laws in Canada and other nations shows redefining marriage undermines freedom of speech and conscience, parent rights, and good home lives for children.

15 Reasons “Marriage Equality” Is About Neither Marriage Nor Equality
Don’t fall for the ‘marriage equality’ sales pitch. It’s a deception.

Canada legalized gay marriage ten years ago — Here’s what to expect next, America
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. But the truth is, this fight was lost a while ago.

Fundamental Concepts – Game Over
Ever since SCOTUS decided King V Burwell, I’ve been in a bit of a daze. Yesterday morning I realized I was just sitting on the edge of my bed, one sock on, my toes tucked into the other, just…staring out the window. My wife was behind me calling my name.”Dave?….Dave?….Dave?..”. I shook it off, but in truth I feel quite a bit like Private Hudson.

Justice John Roberts’s Obamacare Decision Is an Orwellian Mess
Roberts combined two unholy strains of judicial agency: liberal activism and conservative pacifism

A Question For Those Who Celebrate the Gay Marriage Decision
What would you think if the Court had decided the opposite? That is, if the Court had held that same sex marriage is unconstitutional, so that all state laws approving such unions are void, and all court decisions establishing same sex marriage are overruled. Would you then think it appropriate for “five lawyers,” as Chief Justice Roberts put it, to remove this issue from the democratic process and purport to resolve it by judicial fiat?

Something peculiar about that #LoveWins hashtag
Am I the only one who keeps thinking “Do you really need the Supreme Court’s and the United States Government’s permission to love?” That certainly seems to be the message implicit in the #LoveWins hashtag. While marriage at the personal level is aided by love, at both the civil and religious level it’s never been about love. It’s always been about pragmatic things such as procreation, child support, wealth distribution, and religious imperatives. Love has nothing to do with marriage — except for the married couple’s own emotions, which exist irrespective of church and state.

The quest for ideological purity in Supreme Court Justices
In our podcast last week, we tried to explain why Democratic-appointed Supreme Court Justices march in lockstep in the big, closely divided Supreme Court cases, while one Republican-appointed Justice (Anthony Kennedy) cannot be counted on at all to vote with his more reliably conservative brethren and a second (John Roberts) has parted company in two of most important cases decided in his tenure.

About that “polygamy is inevitable” thing…
On Friday, shortly after the Gaypocolypse began raining down on the media landscape like an ELE comet strike, I had already begun musing on Twitter about the no longer hypothetical slippery slope which had just opened up.

Our precious little snowflakes
The other day a proud father showed me a photo of his son’s graduation. There was the beaming scholar, diploma in hand, tasselled mortarboard on head, ready to take on the world.

Toward the Feminist Dystopia
@JanetheActuary is an outside-the-box thinker you should follow on Twitter, and her musing today on Patheos deserves notice.

The rules are precisely what the court says they are on any given day due to any given whim
Cato’s Michael Cannon accused the Supreme Court of playing Calvinball in its decision upholding ObamaCare.

The Politeness Trap
A few weeks ago I was reading Ace of Spades, which most of the time does not raise my blood pressure, when I came across this dismissive, gloaty type of post about how we’re done as a free people, because look at how people go through airport security: they eagerly, quickly, get all their trays and lay out their everything, etc.

38 ways college students enjoy “Left-wing Privilege” on campus
Among the great ironies surrounding the state of academia is the continued insistence on hearing more and more “marginalized voices” and increasing “diversity” on campus, as if there is some kind of archaic conservative establishment making that difficult to do.

Shakespeare and the decline of America
There are moments when I want to weep for America. They often come, now that I think of it, when I read the Washington Post. Last week, that newspaper ran an article by a long-serving English teacher in Sacramento called Dana Dusbiber, who dislikes Shakespeare so much that she has decided to ignore the curriculum and stop teaching his works.

You’re Still Not Married.
“If you call a dog’s tail a leg, how many legs does it have?”

“It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.”

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