Saturday, September 20, 2014

If only women teachers could marry...

Female teacher, two 17 year old boys, New York.

If you have a large enough population, you can run these stories every day, because crazies are everywhere.

But you still have to wonder what's wrong with these ladies.

If only women teachers could marry...

Female teacher, female student, Utah.

It is a good thing we have that smart Nobel Prize winner as president instead of that stupid cowboy!

Leon Panetta blames Obama's total withdrawal of America troops as reason for rise of ISIS.

Friday, September 19, 2014

It would take a person with a heart of stone not to enjoy the destruction of Debbie Wasserman Schultz by the leftist machine.

And kudos to the Hillary Clinton machine for such early pay-back and battle space preparation!


That's really the only way to describe Politico's piece on DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

(I hereby nominate her for Worst Week in Washington.) (Editor's note: Three words -- Joseph. Robinette. Biden.)

Based on interviews with DNC staffers -- both former and current -- the piece described Wasserman Schultz as something of a modern-day Tracy Flick: over-eager, disloyal and not shy about promoting her ambitions. It would be fair to say that she sounds like, well, a lot like other politicians. And this would be accurate. But the wholesale bashing of Wasserman Schultz at every level of the party -- White House, Congress, donors, aides in her own shop -- is especially rough, even given the reality of Beltway politics.

She comes across as a woman without a party, holding a job that could be a stepping stone, but now seems more like a trap door. (As Philip Bump notes, it might be a stepping stone no matter how it ends.) This is a public firing, Washington-style.//

Buh-bye, DWS.

Enjoy your brief guest-hosting stint on MSNBC.

America - Now with even more Hope and Change.

Minnesota's biggest Obamacare insurer leaves Obamacare exchange.

A statement from the company indicated that support costs for the exchange plan were too high. "Continuing on MNsure [the state exchange] was not sustainable," the statement said
The basic health plans were supposed to mitigate "churn" in the health insurance market, where income changes throughout the year often mean that low-income individuals end up switching back and forth between various forms of insurance as their incomes move up and down across eligibility borders. But they may end up turning off insurers from participating by limiting the number of people who end up looking to buy private insurance. 

But is there a connection between Obama and federal shutdown of highways and federal facilities during the government shutdown?


Federal report on bridge scandal finds no connection to Christie.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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

...and we don't have to be disturbed by all the self-righteous uproar when the Vice President tosses of casual bigoted statements from time to time.

Biden uses "shylock" to refer to lending practices.

Biden pulls off gaffe trifecta.

Biden is a Bozo.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This makes sense because the Obama administration has a firm policy of not dealing with terrorists...

...unless it involves a pro-terrorist deserter.

Obama administration bullies Sotloff family.

Rules are Rules.

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

...such as constant reports about boring subjects like how inflation is destroying the middle class.

//HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): New Record: Pound of Ground Beef Tops $4 for First Time. “Just five years ago, in August 2009, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $2.134, according to the BLS. The price has since climbed by $1.879 per pound—or 88.1 percent.”

Inflation is basically nonexistent, though, so long as you don’t eat, drive, or heat and cool your home.//

If only female nurses could marry...

There is a lot more of this kind of thing in the news lately.

//Lawsuit: Female Nurse Had Sex With Medicated Patient


Historians as Whores.

Sure it's misinformation, but it fits the politically correct narrative.

In a post titled "We need to talk about Cosmos...," historian of scienceJoseph Martin (pictured at left), who teaches at Colby College, refers to the falsehoods promoted by Cosmos about the history of science.Cosmos, as our readers will know, has persistently offered a false version of history where religion never positively influences the development of science. Martin writes:
I've been watching with interest as the history of science community, particularly on Twitter, has reacted with consternation to the historical components of Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos reboot. To a large extent I agree with these criticisms. It is troubling that the forums in which the public gets the most exposure to history of science also tend to be those in which it is the least responsibly represented.
But part of me also wants to play devil's advocate. First, Cosmos is a fantastic artifact of scientific myth making and as such provides a superb teaching tool when paired with more responsible historical presentations and perhaps some anthropological treatments of similar issues like Sharon Traweek's Beamtimes and Lifetimes.
Second, I don't know that we, as a community, have adequately made the case that the scholarly view of history we advance is, in fact, more useful for current cultural and political discourse than the naïve view scientists advance. One thing we often see in our research, and parallel work in philosophy of science, is that "right" is often not the same thing as "useful." I'm interested in generating some discussion in why and how, if at all, we can make the case that "useful" and "right" are and should be the same thing in this case for reasons other than internal professional ones.
Let me translate. First, he acknowledges that Cosmos has been legitimately criticized for itsinaccurate portrayal of the history of science. But he wants to defend Cosmos, playing the "devil's advocate." Why? Because the "naïve view scientists advance" -- that science is always good, and religion is always getting in the way -- might be more "useful" when talking to the public, even if it isn't "right." But what does he mean by "useful"? And is he really suggesting it might be OK to lie in the service of defending the prestige of science? Yes he is, and that becomes clear in his next comment:

There has been a lot of this "selling out the principles of scholarship for political reasons" thing going on recently.

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

...such as the re-assembly of the Russian Empire and the defeat of a pro-Western country.

//Make no mistake about this. The settlement is a deeply damaging blow to our values, to our prestige and to our geopolitical interests. The foolish and distracted Western policies that encouraged Ukraine into a confrontation with Russia in which the West was unwilling to back it; the shameful and feckless mix of triumphalist rhetoric and minimalist action; the cluelessness in the face of Putin’s skillful mastery of Western psychology and divisions; the miserable consequences of all this for the Ukrainian state: every country, every leader in the world has been paying close attention.

Historians, by the way, will also pay attention; the Obama legacy has been permanently tarnished. Unless some real changes take place, neither this President nor his close associates will cut an impressive figure when the accounts are drawn up.

The West may yet get its act together and come up with a coherent response to a war of naked aggression by an ugly despotism on its doorstep, but it would take more determination and imagination than is currently on display.

In the meantime, the Ukrainians are doing the only thing they can; like Hitler’s victims in the 1930s they are signing away territory and rights that they cannot defend and reflecting on the value of all those inspiring promises of support they received from their Western friends back when times were good and the bear was far away.//

But, you know, apres 2016, le deluge.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a lying jackass.

Tyson claims that George W Bush uttered a phrase in a speech in the days immediately after 9/11 in order to distance American religion from that practiced by radical Muslims that demonstrated his scientific illiteracy.

The problem is that none of what Tyson says is true.

He's entitled to his opinion, but not to his facts, and not to spread lies under the name of education.

Thanks to this kind of jackassery, I'm going to have to be rebutting this lie for the next 40 years.
Bottom line - people are going to bully because it creates esprit de corps...

...and if society says that one group is off-limits, then a new group will be nominated for the role of common people we can feel superior to. 

//Older people will tell you that anti-ginger malice is a strange and new thing in Britain, or that in Italy, for instance, having red hair is considered rather attractive. Perhaps it’s because the prejudices of older generations – racism and sexism – have become unfashionable and strictly penalised that these new ‘prejudices’ have emerged. Teasing gingers is possibly the new means of establishing a pecking order in schools, of establishing group cohesion among bullies. Unfair prejudice is indeed hydra-headed.//

Monday, September 15, 2014

Scandals - Not as much fun when they involve your people....

...and the joys of balkanized victim group politics keeps on giving.

//What has gone wrong in Rotherham, and what is wrong with its Pakistani community, are questions much asked in recent weeks: How could this small, run-down town in northern England have been the center of sexual abuse of children on such an epic and horrifying scale?

According to the official report published in August, there were an estimated 1,400 victims. And they were, in the main, poor and vulnerable white girls, while the great majority of perpetrators were men, mainly young men, from the town’s Pakistani community. Shaun Wright, the police commissioner who was responsible for children’s services in Rotherham, appeared before Parliament after his refusal to resign over the scandal. The scandal has cost both the chief executive and the leader of the council their jobs, and four Labour Party town councilors have been suspended.

A popular explanation for what Home Secretary Theresa May has described as “a complete dereliction of duty” by Rotherham’s public officials is that the Labour-controlled council was, for reasons of political expediency and ideology, unwilling to confront the fact that the abusers were of Pakistani heritage. Proper investigation, it is said, was obstructed by political correctness — or, in the words of a former local M.P., a culture of “not wanting to rock the multicultural boat.”//


//The Pakistani community in Rotherham, and elsewhere in Britain, has not followed the usual immigrant narrative arc of intermarriage and integration. The custom of first-cousin marriages to spouses from back home in Pakistan meant that the patriarchal village mentality was continually refreshed.

Britain’s Pakistani community often seems frozen in time; it has progressed little and remains strikingly impoverished. The unemployment rate for the least educated young Muslims is close to 40 percent, and more than two-thirds of Pakistani households are below the poverty line.//

Sounds like Detroit or Washington D.C.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

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