March 11, 2014

Ben Shapiro Rips UCLA a New One For Its Anti-Israel Resolution

Filed under: Activism,Education,National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:38 pm

Watch (Via TruthRevolt):


Money quote:

… for us to sit here and pretend that Israel is somehow on a lower moral plane is a direct manifestation of anti-Semitism. And to hold Jews to a different moral standard than any other country or group on the face of the earth represents nothing but an age-old and historic hatred for the Jewish people.

AP Already Starting to Downplay David Jolly’s Victory in FL-13

We all know that if Democrat Alex Sink had defeated David Jolly in FL-13′s special Congressional election tonight, the morning news shows would have been all over the story, crowing that her victory represented a convincing verdict in favor of Obamacare.

Well, that didn’t happen. David Jolly won, despite being badly outspent and forced to survive a bruising January primary. He also had to deal with running against Sink, a former Sunshine State gubernatorial candidate with far greater name recognition, and a libertarian candidate who siphoned off almost 5 percent of the vote. Though the Associated Press has a fairly balanced and lengthy story on the outcome, it somehow wasn’t important enough to be carried as one of its Top 10 U.S. stories at 10:13 PM tonight. One story which did make the “Top 10″ cut was (not kidding) about “Oregon owners of a 22-pound housecat that trapped them in their bedroom after attacking their baby.” The AP story itself also didn’t present the result as quite the referendum on Obamacare the left was predicting when they thought their candidate would prevail.


Feb. Employment Report’s Raw Numbers Were Miserable; As Usual, Press Ignored

Filed under: Business Moves,Lucid Links,Marvels,Stock Schlock — Tom @ 9:33 pm

On Friday, the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy created 175,000 seasonally adjusted jobs in February, with 162,000 of the additions occurring in the private sector.

That result exceeded expectations of roughly 150,000, and caused the business press to sing odes of high praise to an economy that was amazingly overcoming this year’s difficult winter weather. Unfortunately, as readers will see after the jump, February’s raw results demonstrate that it was all an illusion.


NewsBusted (031114)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 7:00 am

Here we go:

– President Obama
– Vladimir Putin
– Obamacare
– Obama Misspells RESPECT
– Edward Snowden
– Niagara Falls Frozen
– Al Gore
– Los Angeles Marathon

Best Line: “We here at NewsBusted have some advice for President Obama. If he wants to drive Putin out of the Ukraine, he should threaten to enroll him in Obamacare unless he leaves.”

Graphic of the Day: Socialism and Capitalism

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:55 am

So true (HT Dan Mitchell):


Also, an FYI about the original creator: “In 1985, the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) was founded to promote a positive voice on environment and development issues. Its co-founders, David Rothbard and Craig Rucker, believed very strongly that the power of the market combined with the applications of safe technologies could offer humanity practical solutions to many of the world’s pressing concerns. A number of leading scientists, academics, and policy leaders would also agree with them and soon joined their effort, along with thousands of citizens from around the country.”

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031114)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here.

This continues a two-week catch-up effort, where I am mostly getting to items which may be a bit dated but which many readers might have missed. Other topics are also fair game.


Feb. 25 — Bethany Mandel at PJ Media: “7 Famous Supporters of the Chavez Regime”


Feb. 25 — The near silence from the left on this is deafening: “Supreme Court Strikes Blow To 4th Amendment With Homeowner Consent Ruling”


Feb. 24 — The rule of law has officially ended: “‘Truly disturbing’: Eric Holder says state AGs not obligated to defend laws they disagree with”


Feb. 24 — I think it’s an open question as to whether the Comcast’s attempt to buy Time Warner Cable is neutral or good for the economy and Internet users. Paul Venezia’s opinion at Infoworld mostly deserves consideration:

The broadband barbarians will soon control the gates

The massive advancement we saw in the first 10 years of our Internet consciousness is being destroyed by the deregulation and lobbying of the past nine.

We only have to look at the reaction of the big ISPs to Google Fiber to see a crystal-clear example of this in action. Where Google has shown up and delivered extremely high-speed, high-quality data and television service for extremely reasonable rates, the incumbent carriers have been forced to step up their game to where it should have been years ago. For example, Time Warner is now offering speeds up to 300Mbps/20Mbps in Austin, Texas — not coincidentally, where Google Fiber has set up shop.

The only disagrement I have is with Venezia’s characterization of the problem.

It isn’t “deregulation.” It’s “rent-seeking behavior by those who are regulated.” In other words, if the cable companies didn’t have regulatory friends, or if we were in a truly deregulated situation, new carriers and concepts could enter the market without existing providers having any recourse but to get better themselves.


Feb. 24“Soon, the Supreme Court will rule on “if and/or how far the EPA has the Constitutional prerogative to use the Clean Air Act of 1960 — which does not include carbon as a pollutant under the regulatory jurisdiction of the EPA — as legal authority to regulate so-called greenhouse gasses.”

The EPA clearly has no legal authority, and the Court would have to invent it out of thin air for the EPA to prevail.


Feb. 23 – While the left distracts attention by flogging the relatively insignificant Koch Brothers, “Unions Are Using $300 Million to Eliminate Five GOP Governors”


March 4 – Judith Curry, chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology:

For the past 15+ years, there has been no increase in global average surface temperature, which has been referred to as a ‘hiatus’ in global warming. By contrast, estimates of expected warming in the first several decades of 21st century made by the IPCC AR4 were 0.2C/decade. This talk summarizes the recent CMIP5 climate model simulation results and comparisons with observational data. The most recent climate model simulations used in the AR5 indicate that the warming stagnation since 1998 is no longer consistent with model projections even at the 2% confidence level.

In other words, Curry says there’s an over 98% chance that the global warming models are full of globaloney.


March 6 — Debo Adegbile’s nomination to be the next head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights division failed because seven Democrats voted against it. Obama and Harry Reid apparently thought they had it in the bag, and went into intimidation mode:

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid warned Republicans just before the vote that if Adegbile lost there would have to be a “broad discussion” of civil rights in America.

Pat Toomey and Seth Williams made the compelling argument several days before the vote:

… it is one thing to provide legal representation and quite another to seize on a case and turn it into a political platform from which to launch an extreme attack on the justice system. When a lawyer chooses that course, it is appropriate to ask whether he should be singled out for a high-level national position in, of all things, law enforcement.

Even seven Dems wouldn’t go there. Even the lack of a filibuster couldn’t save Adegbile.


March 6 — At the Fiscal Times“Military Gateway to the Middle Class Is Vanishing”


Feb. 24 — “Paul Krugman doesn’t think there are any Obamacare horror stories.”

Krugman and Harry Reid want us to believe that all of these people liars. Nope. They’re obviously the liars.

Positivity: Abducted Orthodox nuns released by Syrian rebel group

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Damascus, Syria:

Mar 10, 2014 / 03:40 pm

A group of Greek Orthodox nuns in Syria, as well as women from their convent’s orphanage, were returned safely Sunday, following their kidnapping by the rebel al-Nusra Front.

“God did not leave us,” said Mother Pelagia Sayyaf of the convent of St. Thekla, when they arrived in Damascus Monday, March 10.

One dozen nuns and three workers were abducted from St. Thekla convent in Ma’loula, located 35 miles north of Damascus, when the town was seized by al-Nusra Front Dec. 2. They had been held three months in the nearby town of Yabrud.

The abductees were brought through a rebel-held border crossing to Arsal, a Lebanese border town, where they were given to Lebanese officials, and then driven to Syria, where they have been taken to the Greek Orthodox patriarchate in Damascus.

“As God is my witness, I tell you the al-Nusra Front treated us well,” one of the nuns told the press.

They explained that they were not forced to remove their crosses, but Mother Sayyaf said they did so “because we were in the wrong place to wear them.”

The nuns’ abduction had prompted objections and concerns from around the world. Pope Francis called for prayers for the nuns in his Dec. 4 general audience. They appeared in a video broadcast on Al Jazeera in December.

Gregorios III, Melkite Greek Patriarch of Antioch, said the nuns’ release was “a sign of hope in this time of crisis.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.