May 25, 2014

CNN: Dems Have Been Privately Uttering ‘Scathing’ Criticisms of President Obama For Some Time

At the Weekly Standard this morning, Daniel Halper noted a CNN panel discussion wherein the network’s John King and guest Maggie Haberman of the Politico discussed how furious many Democrats are with President Barack Obama’s leadership, especially in connection with the Veterans administration scandal. The broadcast also reveals that the Beltway press corps has been aware of Democrats’ misgivings about Obama’s leadership for some time. We sure haven’t heard much about it, have we?

This is noteworthy because the press eagerly broadcasts evidence of disagreements among Republicans and conservatives, and rarely does so when there is disunity on the left. The odds that we’ll see much more of what aired this morning on CNN are therefore quite low. Video and a transcript follow the jump:


Today’s Economic History Lesson

Brilliant (HT NewsAlert):

You want a real “hockey stick”? I’ll give you a real hockey stick:


The world meandered along for millennia with the average person earning $3 a day.

Then in the early 1800s, it began to shoot up.

Innovation is responsible.

According to the video’s presenter, Deirdre McCloskey, a Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois-Chicago, the rise in innovation which created upward, hock stick-shaped trajectory occurred because of the rise of economic liberty and and the evolution of a cultural position of social honor for inventors, merchants, and manufacturers.

That is, free markets and capitalism are responsible.

Unfortunately, the U.S. is moving away from what has worked. It is being supplanted by regulatory tyranny and the government-crony complex, a fancy term which really means “exploitation of those who aren’t connected by those who are.”

Related: “Big Green wants to repeal the Industrial Revolution.” Occasionally, you actually hear them say this.

Whether stated or not, their agenda would take the world back to $3 a day.

But the world as they envision it could NOT support its current population of 7-plus billion. Billions would necessarily have to die to get to their “one with nature” utopia. Some of them even acknowledge this, and don’t seem to mind.

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052514)

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

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Catholic scholar calls graduates to ‘new moral movement’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington:

May 22, 2014 / 12:03 pm

Each human person bears the face of Christ and plays a unique role in history, said Catholic scholar Mary Eberstadt, calling a crowd of new college graduates to embrace Pope Francis’ desire for a “new moral movement.”

Noting Pope Francis’ call “to see in every individual before us the face of Jesus Christ or God,” she emphasized to the young men and women graduating that they “are more important than you know.”

An author and Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., Eberstadt has written numerous books and articles exploring topics including American culture, secularization, and the consequences of the sexual revolution.

On May 19, she delivered the commencement address to the 2014 graduates of the Catholic institution Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.

Monsignor C. Anthony Ziccardi, Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Seton Hall, told CNA that Eberstadt gave a “thoughtful and inspiring speech to the baccalaureate graduates.” In his introduction to her speech, he told graduates that she would “not fail to inspire us all to dedicate ourselves more fully to the intelligent and moral shaping of our future.”

In her address, Eberstadt stressed the important place the graduates hold within their families, as well as their important task as “ambassadors of the Judeo-Christian tradition of service to others.”

The 2014 graduates also have an important role to play in the communities they now join after graduation, especially in their call to “see God in every human being,” she said.

In addition, they are part of the broader American society, and have the possibility to contribute to diversity of thought, she added, warning that an “insidious new intolerance now snakes its way into classrooms, boardrooms, newsrooms, and other places vital to the exercise of free speech.” …

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