Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The nice thing about having a Democrat in the White House is that there is never any bad news...

...such as you probably haven't even noticed the soaring inflation in food prices at all since the media is not covering that story.

To which I say: so what? None of those supposedly devastating critiques of the “inflation is real crowd” came even close to addressing the real problem for millions of American families: namely, that the prices of stuff they buy are growing a lot more quickly than the wages they use to buy that stuff. Yes, it’s nice that we spend a smaller percentage of our budgets on food than other nations do or than our grandparents did after World War II, but that’s cold comfort to a working mom trying to figure out how to buy $20 worth of meat with only $15 left in her pockets.
A lot has happened since Perry told us ten months ago to stop whining. Did events prove him right or wrong? Was his inexplicably bizarre method of averaging four years’ worth of inflation data actually an effective way of predicting future price growth? Let’s take a look:
Food Prices Since Sept. 2013
It turns out food prices have soared since he so confidently told us to shut up about them. The chart above shows the rapid disparity between food price growth and wage growth since Perry issued his “stop whining” directive. No joke: compared to less than a year ago, egg prices are up 13 percent. Beef is up 10 percent. Pork is up more than 9 percent. Fresh fruits are up over 7 percent. Overall, the prices of food at home are up 2.3 percent, while average hourly wages are up only 1.4 percent. In other words, food prices are growing 64 percent faster than wages.
The overall trend since the end of the recession in June of 2009 is no different. Food price growth is outstripping wage growth:
Federalist Food Price Time Series 07072014
"Ten Reasons Why I am No Longer a Leftist."

Read this article by Danusha V. Goska.

I've never been a leftist, but my reasons for not being a leftist are found on Danusha's list.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Have we reached the point where our government has such contempt for us that it is no longer even trying to make up plausible lies?

IRS lawyer: By the way, the hard drives of some other employees who dealt with Lois Lerner also crashed

WTF? Nation.

The cause of small government may be a matter of life and death.

Police officer who rousts crippled man will not be fired.

Here's the video:

WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Well, at least it wasn't "suspicion of untaxed cigarettes"

//This is not to say that the actual manner by which the police took Garner down should not be thoroughly explored. NYPD guidelines apparently forbid the use of chokeholds, yet The New York Times story notes that a review board has received more than 1,000 complaints of police using chokeholds going back to 2009. The Times also notes that one of the officers who has been plunked on desk duty has been sued twice in federal court for civil rights violations, including one case where he pulled over a vehicle for a broken taillight and then strip-searched its inhabitants on the side of the road.

We should be concerned that the reason why the police swarmed Garner in the first place is getting lost. He allegedly possessed "untaxed cigarettes." That is it. There is this press focus on how the police took Garner down, and the problem with that focus is the question, "Well, what do you do when a 400-pound man refuses to cooperate when you try to arrest him?" Or to put it another way: Would there be an objection to police using a chokehold to take down and subdue man who was engaged in violent activity harming others? Because you know that's going to be part of the defense of this behavior.//

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Great Moments in American History!!!!

This is great!!!

Buzz Aldrin punches Moon Landing Denier in the nose.

MSNBC is the new Comedy Central.

Host Krystal Ball follows up her observations that George Orwell's "Animal House" was about "capitalist greed" by getting pranked by a Howard Stern fan.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Free-thinking Orthodoxy of Political Science.

At least, the blogger wasn't put under house arrest.

Scientific American Fires Blogger Who Gave "Troublesome Inheritance" Good Review

Throughout its 169-year history, Scientific American has been an august and sober chronicler of the advance of human knowledge, from chemistry to physics to anthropology.
Lately, however, things have become kind of a mess.
A series of blog posts on the magazine’s Web site over the past few months has unleashed waves of criticism and claims that the publication was promoting racism, sexism and “genetic determinism.”
Late last week, the publication took down the latest alleged outrage, a post about the late physicist Richard Feynman and his notorious womanizing. Then it republished the post with an editor’s note explaining that it was restoring the article “in the interest of openness and transparency.”
And it fired the blogger who wrote it.The trouble started in April when a guest blogger, a doctoral student named Chris Martin, wrote about Lawrence H. Summers’ assertions when he was president of Harvard University about the paucity of women in some scientific fields. While acknowledging that discrimination played a role in holding back women, Martin also concluded, “the latest research suggests that discrimination has a weaker impact than people might think, and that innate sex differences explain quite a lot.”


The post drew a sharp pushback, particularly on social media, from readers who questioned Martin’s scientific and cultural bona fides. “This slovenly article above is so full of outdated information it is painful,” wrote one commenter.
The second land mine was a post in May by Ashutosh Jogalekar, which favorably reviewed a controversial book by Nicholas Wade, “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History.” Jogalekar praised the book, saying it confirms the need to “recognize a strong genetic component to [social and cognitive] differences” among racial groups.
This time, some social-media commenters accused Scientific American of promoting questionable racial theories. In early July, the reaction led the publication’s blog editor, Curtis Brainard, to post a note that read in part, “While we believe that [the racism and sexism] charges are excessive, we share readers’ concerns. Although we expect our bloggers to cover controversial topics from time to time, we also recognize that sensitive issues require extra care, and that did not happen here.”

Science explains that if you are white and you did not vote for Obama, you are racist, but that ...

....if you are white and you did vote for Obama, you are still racist.

It Was Racist to Elect Obama President Because Science

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

From the "We are so screwed as a culture" file.

Mom jailed for letting child play in the park:

//Just in case you thought you could parent whatever way you see fit in 2014 America:

A North Augusta mother is in jail after witnesses say she left her nine-year-old daughter at a nearby park, for hours at a time.
Hours at a time? At a park? In the summer? Gosh! That certainly sounds normal and fun like a reason to throw a mom in jail—and place the child in state custody.

Here are the facts: Debra Harrell works at McDonald's in North Augusta, South Carolina. For most of the summer, her daughter had stayed there with her, playing on a laptop that Harrell had scrounged up the money to purchase. (McDonald's has free WiFi.) Sadly, the Harrell home was robbed and the laptop stolen, so the girl asked her mother if she could be dropped off at the park to play instead.

Harrell said yes. She gave her daughter a cell phone. The girl went to the park—a place so popular that at any given time there are about 40 kids frolicking—two days in a row. There were swings, a "splash pad," and shade. On her third day at the park, an adult asked the girl where her mother was. At work, the daughter replied.

The shocked adult called the cops. Authorities declared the girl "abandoned" and proceeded to arrest the mother.

Watch the news: It sounds like Debra Harrell committed a serious, unconscionable crime. The reporter looks ready to burst with contempt. But what are the facts? She let her daughter play at the park for several hours at a time—like we did as kids. She gave her a daughter a phone if she needed to call. Any "danger" was not only theoretical, it was exceedingly unlikely.//

Eric Holder has thought hard about it and decided...

...he's right and his opponents are racist.

Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday he and President Obama have been targets of “a racial animus” by some of the administration’s political opponents.

“There's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There's a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there's a racial animus."
Holder said the nation is in “a fundamentally better place than we were 50 years ago.”

“We've made lots of progress,” he said. “I sit here as the first African-American attorney general, serving the first African-American president of the United States. And that has to show that we have made a great deal of progress.

“But there's still more we have to travel along this road so we get to the place that is consistent with our founding ideals,” he said.

He also stood by his controversial comments made during Obama’s first year in office, in which he said the U.S. was a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race.

“I wouldn't walk away from that speech,” Holder said. “I think we are still a nation that is too afraid to confront racial issues,” rarely engaging “one another across the color line [to] talk about racial issues.”

The President and the Attorney General are both Black.

What the hell is he talking about?

There will be no justice on this Earth, until gay white men are accorded the same victim status as black women!

Andrew Klavan writes:

//Well, when the important issues of our times are up for debate, Don Lemon is…  covering this. A debate between a college student who fears her status as an oppressed victim is being usurped by gay guys talking about their booties and a gay guy who thinks we’re all amazing because…  well, okay, I’m not sure why he thinks that, but I’m sure he’s got a reason. Maybe a drug experience he had while watching Fantasia.//

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Question - How can someone else's marriage affect yours?

Answer - No more husbands and wives in California.

If only Deputy Directors of the CDC could marry...

...if only women could be Deputy Directors of the CDC.

Who links to me?