Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Dead President-Elects

What happens if one of them dies?
The scenarios have been seriously considered by few outside of the legal community and likely are too morbid for polite discussion in politically mixed company. But prominent law professors have pondered the effects and possible ways to address a late-date vacancy.

“There’s nothing in the Constitution which requires a popular election for the electors serving in the Electoral College,” says John Nagle, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, meaning the body that officially elects presidents could convene without the general public voting.

“It’s up to each state legislature to decide how they want to choose the state’s electors,” Nagle says. “It may be a situation in which the fact that we have an Electoral College, rather than direct voting for presidential candidates, may prove to be helpful.”
May the surviving candidate win...

The Blue Bigots

The historical truth hurts:

Need To Know

Yes, they do. So why won't Hillary tell them?

Passing The Court Torch

Is the damage already done?
The tilt on the federal appeals courts – particularly as the Supreme Court, which takes relatively few cases as it is, remains split 4-4 – is a trend that worries conservatives.

“The Supreme Court takes very few cases, there's not an opportunity to correct every error made -- and when you have activist judges at the lower levels of the federal judiciary, that can have a damaging effect on [the] American system and rule of law,” said Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director at the Judicial Crisis Network.

The president has successfully seated a total of 329 federal judges during his two terms – all of them, lifetime appointments.

When Obama took office, only three appellate courts had more Democrat-appointed judges than Republican-appointed judges.

Now, nine of the 13 circuits do.
Obama may be leaving, but there will be plenty of his ideology left to go around...

No Debate For You

You will not question the orthodoxy:
“The point of departure for this course is based on the scientific premise that human induced climate change is valid and occurring. We will not, at any time, debate the science of climate change, nor will the ‘other side’ of the climate change debate be taught or discussed in this course,” states the email, a copy of which was provided to The College Fix by a student in the course.

Signed by the course’s professors Rebecca Laroche, Wendy Haggren and Eileen Skahill, it was sent after several students expressed concern for their success in the course after watching the first online lecture about the impacts of climate change.

“Opening up a debate that 98% of climate scientists unequivocally agree to be a non-debate would detract from the central concerns of environment and health addressed in this course,” the professors’ email continued.

“… If you believe this premise to be an issue for you, we respectfully ask that you do not take this course, as there are options within the Humanities program for face to face this semester and online next.”
Climate change is the law!

Don't Cry For Her, Brazilia

Brazil's Rousseff is out:
The vote to impeach Rousseff was 61 to 20. Two-thirds of senators — 54 out of 81 — were needed for impeachment to pass.

Senators broke into cheering and applause after the electronic voting was announced and sang the national anthem, concluding a process that was given the go-ahead in December.

But a second vote to strip Rousseff of her political rights for eight years fell well short of the required two-thirds supermajority, as 42 senators voted in favor of the penalty, with 36 opposed and three abstentions. However, a “clean slate” law could preclude her from running for office, though not from taking up a government position.
So she could be dog catcher, but the top job will be denied her. And her party will be out of power, too. A word of warning for other South American lefties?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Last Decree

Just because he's semi-retired, doesn't mean President Obama still can't rule by decree:
U.S. and Chinese officials said an announcement will likely be made Sept. 2, about two days before Obama meets with President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, sources told the Post.

If true, Obama will have ratified a major international agreement without Senate approval. Obama clearly hopes U.S. and Chinese ratification of the deal will help it come into force earlier than anticipated, making it politically harder for a future president to undo.

“There are still some uncertainties from the US side due to the complicated US system in ratifying such a treaty, but the announcement is still quite likely to be ready by Sept 2,” a source with knowledge of the announcement told the Post.

The White House, however, has refused to call the UN deal a “treaty” in order to bypass a hostile Congress. Other countries that have ratified the agreement have had to get legislative approval to join.
If it walks like a lame duck...

This Election Is Brought To You By...

Will Homeland Security take over?
"We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.

"There's a vital national interest in our election process, so I do think we need to consider whether it should be considered by my department and others critical infrastructure," he said at media conference earlier this month hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

DHS has a vital security role in 16 areas of critical infrastructure and they provide a model for what the department and Johnson could have in mind for the election.

DHS describes it this way on their website: "There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof."

A White House policy directive adds, "The federal government also has a responsibility to strengthen the security and resilience of its own critical infrastructure, for the continuity of national essential functions, and to organize itself to partner effectively with and add value to the security and resilience efforts of critical infrastructure owners and operators."
But what about disenfranchising dead voters?

The Green Wolf

They were robbed:
Earlier this month, DiCaprio’s environmental-focused charitable organization was the subject of news reports linking it to a $3 billion Malaysian embezzlement scheme. The Oscar winner’s foundation, which focuses on climate change initiatives, allegedly received major donations tied to money misappropriated from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB that had been earmarked for development in the Southeast Asian country.

Now, The Bruno Manser Funds, an environmental organization that focuses on Malaysian rainforest protection, is demanding the actor’s charity return what it claims is tainted money.

“We were appalled to see that a foundation that basically champions very similar causes to ours would accept corrupt funds,” Bruno Manser Funds’ executive director Lukas Straumann told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s double standards. It really damages his credibility and the credibility of the foundation. If he wants to be a role model, a U.N. ambassador for peace and for climate change, then he should also be an example in how he handles his role.”
Maybe Hillary Clinton could give him some tips...

The National Police?

Is George Soros planning for a government police force?
The document identifies an opportunity in the police killings of African-American men in Ferguson, Staten Island, North Charleston, and Baltimore. It relates that the U.S. contingent of Open Society held a planning meeting titled, “Police Reform: How to Take Advantage of the Crisis of the Moment and Drive Long-Term Institutional Change in Police-Community Practice.”

The extensive memo further documents that Soros-financed groups and personalities influenced President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which last May released a final report consisting of 60 recommendations providing guidance to localities on how to modify policing practices.

The information was contained in a 59-page report on an Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs board meeting in New York from May 7-9 of last year.
The government is just there to "help..."

The Hillary Hit List

Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean she isn't out to get you:

Cross Burners For Hillary

Hillary's hidden constituency?
On its face, the clip appears to be an effective example of hypocrisy. How can Clinton condemn Trump for all the racists he attracts when she has also been endorsed by a bigot?
But the Clinton “endorsement” may have a simple explanation: Will Quigg is full of it. He can’t provide any details about his alleged donations to her campaign, his beliefs don’t line up with a single one of her policy stances, and even fellow Klan members think he’s bluffing.
On Sept. 17, 2015—the same month he created his Twitter account—Quigg tweeted a supportive message to Trump, one that has been echoed by a number of white supremacists over the past year.
“@realDonaldTrump You Sir are the only hope we have of getting WHITE AMERICA BACK! WE all will be voting for you! CHURCH OF INVISABLE EMPIRE,” he wrote.
An equal opportunity hater?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Dining On The Dime

Activism once again meets reality:
In the first six months of 2016, leading up to a $11.50 per hour minimum wage, Washington, D.C., lost 1,400 restaurant jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a full 2.7 percent decline in food service jobs in two quarters, the largest such drop since the 2001 recession 15 years ago. In fact, this is the first time since 1991 that restaurants lost jobs in five of the first six months of a year. Even the 2008 recession pales in comparison to this loss of employment.

The new minimum wage took effect on July 1, a $1.00 increase from 2015. Further increases will continue in the future, as the minimum wage will be determined by the Consumer Price Index starting July 1, 2017. The $15 per hour minimum wage will be reached by 2020, according to a city council ordinance. That's more bad news for the restaurant service industry.

The decline in such jobs appears limited to the confines of the district. In the Maryland and Virginia suburbs surrounding D.C., restaurants added 2,900 jobs during the first six months of this year. In Virginia, the state minimum wage is only $7.25 per hour, 37 percent below D.C.'s, and in Maryland the state minimum wage is $8.75 per hour (although two counties, Montgomery County and Prince George's County, have scheduled increases to bring their local minimum wage up to $10.75 per hour).
If you want your job after $15 an hour, forget about it...


There is no sitting in football:
“To me, it’s a very personal thing because of my dad, his military background, knowing that his family and my mom’s family served in the military,” Rivera told Black and Blue Review.

“My view is [the anthem] is about honoring the people that served and made the commitment to our country, some who even made the ultimate sacrifice. When I stand, that's what I'm standing for. I'm standing for the people that came before my father and the people that came after him.”

Burgess Owens, a safety who played ten seasons in the NFL, said Kaepernick is “ignorant” about American history, and even black history.

“What this young man doesn’t understand is the very first martyr for freedom in our country was a black man, he doesn’t understand the Tuskegee airmen, who had hundreds of battles over the skies of Germany so he can sit and be ignorant as he wants to be today,” Owens told “Fox & Friends.”

“It’s not a racial crisis we’re at. At this point it’s an ideology crisis.”
Certain ideologies don't require a lot of brains...

Crazy Nation

It's the Hillary mental health plan:
The goal is to make mental health a regular part of healthcare, the plan says, so that by the end of Clinton’s term in office, “Americans will no longer separate mental health from physical health when it comes to access to care or quality of treatment.”

“The next generation must grow up knowing that mental health is a key component of overall health and there is no shame, stigma, or barriers to seeking out care,” the plan says.

In 2014, about 43.6 million adults in the United States had mental illness or about 1 in 5 adults age 18 and over, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. An estimated 17 million children under 18 in the United States experience mental health problems, including 1 in 5 college students, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Nearly 1 in 5 veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan experienced post-traumatic stress or depression, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
But if it worked, where would the Democratic Party get voters?

Anthony Out

Human dumps Weiner:
“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” she said in a statement. “Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy.”

The decision comes after new lewd photos of Weiner were leaked to the New York Post, one of which included his son.

In the past, Abedin repeatedly cited therapy, her Muslim faith, and personal forgiveness to try to put the scandal behind her, but Weiner repeatedly embarrassed her with revelations of his behavior splashed on the front pages of New York tabloids.
If Bill Clinton had a son...

Sunday, August 28, 2016

World Wide Web Control

Get ready for it:
The reason Icann can operate the entire World Wide Web root zone is that it has the status of a legal monopolist, stemming from its contract with the Commerce Department that makes Icann an “instrumentality” of government.

Antitrust rules don’t apply to governments or organizations operating under government control. In a 1999 case, the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the monopoly on internet domains because the Commerce Department had set “explicit terms” of the contract relating to the “government’s policies regarding the proper administration” of the domain system.

Without the U.S. contract, Icann would seek to be overseen by another governmental group so as to keep its antitrust exemption. Authoritarian regimes have already proposed Icann become part of the U.N. to make it easier for them to censor the internet globally.
Giving the dictatorships what they want...

Blogging In The Years: 1999

Jesse Jackson thanks Donald trump for his role in the black community:

Working Over The Workers

They're just not into her:
Now even one of the most reliably Democratic groups — union members — may be turning red, drawn by Trump’s free-trade bashing and resentful of Hillary Clinton’s past support for certain international trade agreements.

“I don’t know what Trump would do if he’s elected,” said Mark Glyptis, president of the United Steelworkers Local 2911 and a Trump supporter, who voted for Obama in the past two elections. “But I know what Hillary would do.”

If Trump wants to flip the electoral map and win in November, this may be his most promising strategy. His critique of trade deals may not only help him win Weirton and the rest of West Virginia, but also other, more critical industrial belt states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Telling them that she's going to get rid of their livelihood didn't help...

Court Rules

Why the laws of the land still matter:
Constitutional conservatives understand that our immigration laws are meaningless if they are not enforced. It will mean nothing if President Trump orders a wall built from Brownsville to San Diego if a lawsuit brought by a dozen leftist groups results in a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down that order as contrary to the Constitution.

The same is true for every single important issue you can name, from education choice to refugee admissions, from criminal justice reform to repeal of Obamacare. If Hillary Clinton is allowed to remake the entire Supreme Court for a generation in the image of Justices Ginsberg and Sotomayor, our Constitution is dead and salt poured on the gravesite.

What is most important — and most important by a factor of one hundred — is that the Scalia vacancy and every other vacancy that occurs be filled by a judge who respects the Constitution as a restraint on Congress and the President, not a blank slate for creating a socialist utopia of “transformative justice.”
If it ain't broken, don't transform it...

The Lost Weeks

Is it crazy, or just Clinton?

Hearts And Minds

A Black Panther explains why trump is right about the Democratic Party:

Who Still Wants Their Obamacare?

Obamacare continues to fall a bit short of expectations:
In February 2013, the Congressional Budget Office predicted that 24 million people would buy health coverage through the federally and state-operated online exchanges by this year. Just 11.1 million people were signed up as of late March.

Exchanges are marketplaces where people who do not receive health benefits through a job can buy private insurance, often with government subsidies.

“Enrollment is key, first and foremost,” said Sara R. Collins, a vice president at the Commonwealth Fund, a nonpartisan foundation that funds health-care research. “They have to have this critical mass of people so that, by the law of averages, you’re going to get a mix of healthy and less healthy people.”

A big reason the CBO projections were so far off is that the agency overestimated how many people would lose insurance through their employers, which would force them into the exchanges. But there have been challenges getting the uninsured to sign up, too.
If you don't want Obamacare, you still don't have to get Obamacare...

The Life And Times Of Baby Hugo

Venezuela is circling down the drain. The solution? Make a movie about the guy who made it that way:
Chávez’s life makes for good movie fodder. Growing up in a poor rural area, he rose through the ranks of the military and led a failed coup in 1992 only to win the presidency in 1999. When he died in power in 2013, from an undisclosed form of cancer, Maduro suggested El Comandante’s enemies (including the United States) might have “inoculated” him with the disease.

Chávez is still idolized by many and there have been university courses crafted and plays composed in his honor. Others, however, blame his trademark “21st Century Socialism” for leaving the once-rich nation in economic shambles.

“It’s outrageous,” Maduro said of the competing television production. “Those abusers are making a film about Hugo Chávez. And I know why … because they know the impact that Chávez has had on the 21st century.”
Reminding others of what went wrong in the 20th...

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Teachable Ignorance

Hey you bigots, leave those "confused" people alone:
The federal video fully endorses the transgender ideology, which insists that the government should force all Americans to accept and endorse each person’s claim about their sex, no matter what biology or logic or civic rules say. “Transgender people are just trying to be their true selves … we must make every effort to collaborate and learn from the transgender community,” claims the presenter, a D.C.-based policeman, Sgt. Brett Parson.

This federal demand for acceptance of the transgender ideology goes far beyond a request for good manners, for example, asking cops or the public to ignore transgender people quietly using a public bathroom or asking people to refer to transgender people by the names they choose.

That issue of manners and customer-service aspect is addressed in the video. For example, the video instructs officers to inquire how a suspect would like to be addressed.

But instead of asking for a name, the video says cops should ask for a sex-related title. “Do you prefer if I call you ma’am or sir?” an officer says in a segment of the video. Thus the video urges cops to let transgender people impose their claims to be a member of the opposite biological sex.
Actual identity not necessary...

No Longer Trending

Beware the false trends:
Facebook’s Trending News feature is supposed to present users with the most popular news topics being discussed across the platform. But a Gizmodo exposé in May revealed that Trending News operated much like a traditional newsroom, with a team of “curators” selecting stories they considered newsworthy.

It was later revealed that the team artificially injected stories that were not trending into the Trending News feed, and routinely suppressed topics that were of interest to conservatives. In response, Republican Senator John Thune, Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, sent a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding answers.

Eager to avoid further congressional action, Facebook launched an internal investigation, which found themselves not guilty. However, in their report they did acknowledge that the “unintentional biases” of its overwhelmingly progressive workforce might have led to bias in its Trending News curation.
Just a little bit...

Friday, August 26, 2016

Disorder In The Court

Whatever happened to Ed Schultz?
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit just scheduled for Oct. 25 oral arguments for Michael Queen’s appeal of the jury verdict against him. He contends that the trial judge, Beryl Howell, an Obama appointee and donor, stacked the decks against him from start to finish.

Howell gave the jury faulty instructions, improperly allowed a racially inflammatory closing argument by Schultz’s lawyer, ridiculed and berated Queen’s lawyer, failed to disqualify the jury foreman when he gave her strong evidence one of Schultz’s key witnesses was likely his neighbor, says his appeal for a new trial.
At least it'll be the most attention he's had in a while...

Her Last Line Of Defense

If she say so:
“Mika, I am sure and I am sure because I have a very strong foundation, understanding about the foundation … that the kind of work that the foundation has done, which attracted donors from around the world. It is work that went right in to providing services to people as we have said before. Neither my husband, my daughter nor I have ever taken a penny of salary from the foundation.”

“My work as secretary of state was not influenced by any outside forces,” she continued. “I made policy decisions based on what I thought was right – to keep Americans safe and protect our interests abroad. I believe my aides also acted appropriately. And we have gone above and beyond, most of the charities that I understand, beyond the legal requirements, beyond standards, to voluntarily disclose donors, and also to reduce sources of funding that raised any questions, not that we thought they were necessarily legitimate. But to avoid those questions. So we’re going to go at this I believe in the right way. I’m trying to make sure the good work continues as we wind it down."
And make sure everyone gets what they paid for?

Bring Your Own Vodka

Lindsay Lohan versus Vladimir Putin?
The Mean Girls actress’ lawyers sent a contract to the talk show’s network demanding a one-time fee of $860,000, “full and effective security” and a “fully paid suite at the Ritz Carlton” hotel, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter.

In response to Lohan’s demands, Let Them Talk host Andrei Malakhov said he hopes Lohan reconsiders and comes up with more reasonable ones.

“I don’t know what she wanted to discuss with [Putin], probably Amur tigers or issues of people suffering from drug abuse,” Malakhov reportedly said.
I don't know if Putin would want to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed person...

Who You Gonna Hack?

Blame it on Milo?
In a statement, the department said that it had launched an “open investigation” into the hacking, but added that “as a matter of agency policy and in order to protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation, [they] will not disclose any details.”

The investigation comes just a day after the release of the photos and the hacking of Jones’ personal site, which was taken down shortly after the images were published.

Jones is known to Breitbart readers after her complaints of harassment led to Milo Yiannopoulos being permanently banned from Twitter.

However, Yiannopoulos said in a statement yesterday he was “wishing her all the best during what must be a very traumatic experience.”

A revenge porn lawyer later suggested that the hack might have been carried out by one of Yiannopoulos’ fans, adding that “had Twitter not banned Milo Yiannopoulos, I bet it wouldn’t have happened.”
Apparently Milo has magical hacking superpowers...

College Is A Mental Disorder

Actually, this might explain the snowflake generation:

Grandma's Crazy Years

Just because she's paranoid-no, she's just paranoid:
Divisive rhetoric? Paranoia? Taking hate groups mainstream? Helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties? Disregard for the values that made America great?

Who is guilty of all of those things? She might as well have been describing herself and her own party.

It’s Hillary and the Democratic Party that has the long history of racial discrimination, not Donald Trump and the Republicans. It’s Hillary who has spent her entire public life trafficking in dark conspiracy theories. It is Hillary who should never run our government or command our military. It’s Hillary who doesn’t respect all Americans.
If you're not With Her, you're against her in her mind...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The What Vast Conspiracy?

What is the alt-right? Does Hillary even know?

Some Ethics Are More Important Than Others

Ethis are in the eye of the beholder:
Emails released by the watchdog group Citizens United on Tuesday show Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills were in regular contact with foundation officials on topics ranging from the programming at Clinton Global Initiative events to Bill Clinton's public remarks.

While Clinton signed an ethics agreement saying she would not be personally involved with State Department matters related to the Clinton Foundation, her closest staffers were bound by no such restrictions, according to the State Department.

'Secretary Clinton's ethics agreement at the time did not preclude other State Department officials from engaging with or having contact with the [Clinton] Foundation,' said spokesperson Mark Toner during the State Department press briefing on Monday.
Their own rules were made to be broken...

Are You Worse Off Now

So according to Team Hillary Trump's support apparently comes from the KKK, but who are the real bigots?
Mr. Trump’s pitch that black Americans have “nothing to lose” by voting for him is clearly irritating the White House, which tried but failed to muster much convincing evidence that life for blacks in America has improved much over the past eight years.
“I think you’d be very hard pressed to make the case that somehow the African-American population in the United States is somehow not better off,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.
The black unemployment rate in July was 8.4 percent, compared with 12.6 percent when Mr. Obama took office in January 2009. But the jobless rate for whites, now at 4.3 percent, has fallen slightly more than it has for blacks in the past eight years — down 37 percent for whites and 33 percent for blacks.
On a range of other government data, blacks are faring worse under Mr. Obama. The black labor force participation rate has fallen from 63.2 percent in 2009 to 61.2 percent last month — down 3.1 percent.
If you like your crime and poverty, you can keep your crime and poverty...

The Scary Bytes

How to scare a robot:

The World Next Door

Meet our newest neighbor:
Proxima b is at least 1.3 times the size of Earth. While it’s very close to the star it orbits, a red dwarf, that star is also much smaller and dimmer than our Sun, meaning that the temperature conditions on the planet could allow liquid water to exist on its surface. That puts it in the "habitable zone," or "temperate zone." But one important factor is whether or not it has an atmosphere, which scientists don’t yet know.

“Succeeding in the search for the nearest terrestrial planet beyond the solar system has been an experience of a lifetime, and has drawn on the dedication and passion of a number of international researchers,” Guillem Anglada-Escudé, the paper’s lead author and an astronomer at Queen Mary University of London, said in a statement. “We hope these findings inspire future generations to keep looking beyond the stars. The search for life on Proxima b comes next.”

There are distinct differences between Proxima b and Earth. For one, the exoplanet— as planets outside of our solar system are called— orbits its star about every 11 days. It also may orbit in such a way that one side is locked always facing the star, meaning that half the planet is always bright and hot and the other is always dark and cold. And it receives more radiation from the star than Earth does from the Sun.
So you might get a sunburn. But at least we now have somewhere to go.

Triggers Off

No safe spaces for them:
In a letter sent to the class of 2020, university officials said one of the defining characteristics of the school was its unwavering commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression. Civility and mutual respect are vital to the campus culture, the letter states, but not at the expense of shielding students from unpopular opinions or ideas.

“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called “trigger warnings,” we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual “safe spaces” where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own,” the letter states.

The University of Chicago is consistently ranked one of the top universities in the world, and also one of the most selective. Only about 8 percent of the more than 31,000 people who applied to enter the class of 2020 were accepted by the school.
At least someone is standing up to the snowflakes. Not that it's really that hard to do...

Bias Is Their Business

The mainstream media admits it:
Ezra Klein, the Vox writer who as a Washington Post staffer organized a secret society of left-wing reporters dubbed “JournoList” that was shut down after it was exposed in 2010, acknowledged that the press is not giving Trump traditional treatment.

“The media has felt increasingly free to cover Trump as an alien, dangerous, and dishonest phenomenon,” Klein wrote last week.

New York Times’ media critic Jim Rutenberg wrote that journalists who personally oppose Trump had an obligation to “throw out the textbook” when it came to coverage of The Donald.

“If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?” Rutenberg wondered in a front-page article earlier this month.

When it comes to covering Trump, it’s only fair to be unfair, according to The Atlantic.

“All things considered, the press has responded defensibly to the unusual challenges of covering a brazen, habitual liar,” Conor Friedersdorf wrote in a recent column titled, “The Exaggerated Claims of Media Bias Against Donald Trump.”
The same could be said for Hillary Clinton...

Grandma's Charity

Defending the Clinton Foundation isn't easy:

The Clinton Hate Machine

Hillary goes there:
The ad includes shots of men dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes followed by footage of crowded Trump rallies.

Last month, Breitbart News was read by a record 31 million people.

Hillary Clinton described KKK recruiter Robert Byrd as her “mentor.”

Pastor Mark Burns, who is black, from the Trump camp condemned the tactic:

Hillary Clinton and her campaign went to a disgusting new low today as they released a video tying the Trump Campaign with horrific racial images. This type of rhetoric and repulsive advertising is revolting and completely beyond the pale. I call on Hillary Clinton to disavow this video and her campaign for this sickening act that has no place in our world.
Unfortunately it does in hers...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pay For Peace

How do you stop crime? Pay them to leave your stuff alone?
The experiment known as “Advance Peace” is being conducted in Richmond, Calif., and works like this: The 18-month fellowship hires convicted felons to "court" troubled youth -- who so far have avoided arrest due to lack of evidence -- with offers of cash and out-of-town vacations if they mend their ways.

If, after six months, a “fellow” in the voluntary program begins to achieve specific goals, they can earn up to $1,000 a month.

That doesn't sit well with victims’ rights activist Lorrain Taylor, whose twin sons were gunned down in the nearby city of Oakland when they were just 22.

"If I were to find out that the guy who murdered my twin sons was getting a thousand dollars for a promise? I mean, how can you trust? ... I mean, if they kill somebody, they will lie," Taylor said, breaking down in tears.

But supporters say the money, which comes from private donations, is like an allowance that many American parents give their children as a reward for hard work -- and argue daily, intensive engagement is the only way to disrupt urban gun violence.
Prison can work, too...

No Thanks?

How do you say thank you?
Citigroup, the enormous investment bank, trademarked “THANKYOU” and subsequently sued AT&T, the telecommunications conglomerate, in June. Citigroup claims the way AT&T expresses gratitude to its customers is far too similar to its own, violates the bank’s trademark and constitutes “unlawful conduct,” according to Ars Technica.

U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York Katherine Forrest, who presided over the federal case, determined that she would not restrain AT&T from thanking it customers until the trial occurred. In her ruling, Forrest says she denied Citigroup’s request because its argument “does not suffice to meet its burden on this prong absent a demonstration of irreparable harm.”

Ars Technica acquired Citigroup’s trademark certificates, which lists its proprietary phrases, including “CITI THANKYOU.”

AT&T also trademarked “AT&T THANKS” and filed a counterclaim against Citigroup because the banking corporation was “attempting to monopolize for its own exclusive use the common English phrase ‘thank you.'”
What's the harm in saying thanks? Ask your lawyer...

Everything Is Just Fine

There's nothing wrong with her, honest:
Clinton’s health has been a hot topic in Washington after a series of photos seemed to show the candidate needing help just to climb stairs and after leaked emails from as far back as 2009 revealed Hillary herself telling aides she didn’t feel well. Even liberal medical talk show host Dr. Drew Pinsky recently insisted he is “gravely concerned” about Hillary’s health.

But during his Tuesday broadcast, CNN host Don Lemon and his panel insisted that talk of Hillary’s health was little else but “conspiracy theories” and that the letter issued by her physician is all Americans need to feel assured that she is at the peak of health.

CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a long time Democrat operative who was a key health advisor to Hillary Clinton in the late 1990s and who was approached by Obama to become the next Surgeon General, has been out attacking the doctor’s letter Trump has released saying it is filled with too much “hyperbole” to be believed.

Gupta has essentially indulged his own conspiracy theory that Trump’s letter may be trying to hide the GOP nominee’s medical history from the public.

Yet at the same time, CNN is willing to take Hillary’s doctor letter completely at face value while claiming Trump’s is suspect.
Pay no attention to the medical handler with the syringe...

About That Doctor Promise

Obamacare's architects may finally be acknowledging reality:
Ironically, the section in question was the first public (if indirect) admission by the Obama administration that the president's promise was less than a "guarantee." As THE WEEKLY STANDARD first reported in July 2013, the website told consumers that they "may be able to keep your current doctor," in contrast to the president's unequivocal statement: "Here is a guarantee that I've made. If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance. If you've got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor."

The original website contained a section entitled "Can I keep my own doctor?", later revised to "How to keep your doctor."

Just before open enrollment began last year, however, this section was dropped. Now the same link takes users to a section entitled "How to pick a health insurance plan."
You mean, kind of like the private sector?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Breaking The Three Laws

What do we do with robo-crooks?
In the future, robots will be able to learn from their experiences, potentially leaving them vulnerable to breaking the law.

If they do decide to become criminals, it will nigh on impossible to decide who to charge for the crimes they commit.

In an upcoming paper set to be published in the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law, Amitai Etzioni and Oren Etzioni used the example of driverless cars to demonstrate what could go wrong with “smart instruments” – their term for robots which have the ability to learn.

They wrote: “AI programs may stray considerably from the guidelines their programmers initially gave them. Indeed, smart instruments may counteract their makers’ and users’ instructions.

“A self-driving car may note that other cars exceed the speed limit by a few miles per hour without harm or consequences and increase its own speed accordingly – more and more.”

Google researchers previously warned that a similar phenomenon could see cleaning robots kill their owners if they get in the way, but the threat would be greatest in any machines specifically equipped with lethal – or life-saving – capabilities.
Some would say it's already begun...

If You Like Your Job

The private sector responds as predicted:
Due to Obamacare, about 14 percent of manufacturers and 18 percent of service firms indicated that more employees are now being covered by health insurance; 2 percent of manufacturers and 8 percent of service firms said that fewer employees are now being covered.

When asked if they were making specific changes to certain fundamental business measures, owing to effects of the Obamacare, “roughly 17 percent of service sector firms and 21 percent of manufacturers said they were reducing the number of workers in response to” Obamacare. The vast majority of respondents in both surveys said they were not changing the proportion of part-time workers that are ineligible for Obamacare.

Both manufacturing and service firms said wage and salary compensation and other benefits were not being affected by Obamacare. But “slightly less than a third of manufacturers and 21 percent of service sector panelists said they were raising the prices they charge to customers.”
Give them time...

Balance Of Truth Power

Fairness is a dirty word, according to a college professor:
In the column, titled “Balanced Presentation A Dishonest Exercise In Presidential Race,” Iannello admits that, “as a liberal, [she has] no problem extolling the virtues of Democrats.”

To prove her fairness, Iannello notes that she has assigned readings of moderate Republicans and has even offered praise for Ronald Reagan. But Trump is another story, she claimed.

“His harsh and distasteful commentary regarding religious and ethnic groups, as well as women, only serves as a lightning rod for promoting further hate,” Iannello wrote. “He displays neither a record of public service nor an understanding of the word statesmanship. In the history of our country, it is hard to recall anyone less prepared to take office.”

When asked by The College Fix if her stance would be fair to students who might not share her politics, Iannello said it would.

“I can assure you that all students will have a voice in my classes,” she told the site.
Just don't expect real balance...

Dead Man Missing

Vince who?
After filing a Freedom of Information request with the National Archives, Martha Murphy, the archives' public liaison, reported that she directed a senior archivist to conduct a more thorough review of the relevant FBI files, including those that had not been previously made public in response to FOIA requests.

'He examined all eight boxes but found no interviews by any investigator that detail either a meeting between Hillary Clinton and Vince Foster or the effects of a meeting between Hillary Clinton and Vince Foster on Vince Foster's state of mind,' Murphy reported in an email.

'We did not limit ourselves to interviews by the two individuals [FBI agents] you mention.'

While Murphy said the archives searched for 'the records that would be responsive to your request' and concluded that they could not be found, when asked for comment, John Valceanu, the archives' director of communications and marketing, said, 'We do not agree with your conclusion that the records you requested are missing from the National Archives simply because we were unable to locate any responsive records in response to your request.'
They know nothing of these records of which you speak...

Minister Without Common Sense

Silly Europeans, borders are for warmongers, or something:
Speaking at the Alpbach Media Academy this morning, Mr Juncker said: 'Borders are the worst invention ever made by politicians.'

The contentious remarks from the Brussels chief are the polar opposite of moves by elected leaders of EU member states who have tighten their borders over recent months after more than a million entered the bloc from Syria in less than a year.

Mr Juncker also said a stronger EU was the best way of beating the rising trend of nationalism cross Europe.

In another extraordinary remark, he appeared to warn of war on the continent if the EU disintegrates as he echoed the warning from the former French president Francois Mitterrand, who said nationalism added to nationalism would end in war.

'This is still true so we have to fight against nationalism,' Mr Juncker said.
You don't need that sovereignty...

No Lessons Necessary

Who needs homework?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Blues To The Right?

Is this really the era of Democratic conservatism?
Democrats have become the more conservative party because their voters are more optimistic about America’s long-term trajectory. They are more likely to believe that America is headed in the right direction and thus doesn’t require radical upheaval. A new Pew Research Center poll finds that 81 percent of Trump supporters say life in America is worse “for people like you” than it was 50 years ago. Only 19 percent of Clinton supporters agree. More than two-thirds of Trump supporters say the next generation will be worse off. Among Clinton supporters, it’s less than one-third.

African Americans and Latinos are particularly optimistic. The very demographic and cultural trends that make Republicans pessimistic about America’s long-term course—immigration, female empowerment, LGBT rights, growing secularism—make Democrats optimistic. Democrats feel less of a need to turn American politics upside down because they represent, in Ron Brownstein’s phrase, the “coalition of the ascendant.”

What’s odd about this is that while Democrats are more optimistic than Republicans, they’re also poorer. As Nate Silver has noted, the average Trump primary voter boasted a household income $11,000 higher than the average Clinton and Bernie Sanders voter. In states with large non-white populations, the gap was even greater. In Florida, the income gap between Trump and Clinton voters was $19,000. In South Carolina, it was $33,000.

By historical standards, this is odd. Conservative parties—parties that exude a greater comfort with the political, cultural, and economic status quo—generally represent the affluent. Democrats, by contrast, have become the more conservative party by representing less affluent constituencies––especially African Americans, Latinos, and the young—who are nonetheless optimistic about the future.
As long as they can get more "free stuff," I suppose...

Foundation's End

When you've lost Arianna Huffington:
The left-wing outlet’s front page banner linked to a New York Times article, which highlights, among other things, that Bill and Hillary Clinton’s billion dollar nonprofit has “accepted tens of millions of dollars from countries that the State Department — before, during and after Mrs. Clinton’s time as secretary — criticized for their records on sex discrimination and other human-rights issues.”
The Huffington Post is just the latest outlet to acknowledge that the explosive research, found first in Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer’s New York Times bestselling book Clinton Cash, has inspired a massive movement of journalists and political figures — on the left, right, and center — calling on the Clintons to dismantle their problematic nonprofit.
They were for the Foundation before they were against it...

Honestly Opinionated

They're not even pretending anymore:
The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.

Indeed, no foreign enemy, no terror group, no native criminal gang, suffers the daily beating that Trump does. The mad mullahs of Iran, who call America the Great Satan and vow to wipe Israel off the map, are treated gently by comparison.

By torching its remaining credibility in service of Clinton, the mainstream media’s reputations will likely never recover, nor will the standards. No future producer, editor, reporter or anchor can be expected to meet a test of fairness when that standard has been trashed in such willful and blatant fashion.
Bias is their business...

Planning Ahead

It's never too early:
Her campaign’s to-do list includes assembling a Cabinet that has women in roughly equal numbers to men and that otherwise reflects American diversity, and lobbying has intensified for those and scores of other jobs that Clinton would fill in her administration.

Some Clinton boosters remain concerned that, with an election focused so heavily on Trump’s deficiencies, she could enter the White House without a clear mandate. But Clinton’s team is hopeful that a trouncing of her Republican opponent in November could soften the ground for a robust set of proposals that could be implemented both with and without congressional action.
That's assuming she'd be healthy enough to do so...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Where Trolls Matter

In defense of trolling on campus:
This is the epicenter of the feelings-focused, danger-phobic, coddling culture described by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff in their viral Atlantic essay. This is where the disease starts, adopts its most virulent form, and then spreads itself out, diluted, to the rest of society. This is the place where the doctrine of political correctness is freshest, and also where its adherents are at their most fragile. This, more than anywhere else, is where we need to see frog memes.

So trolls, my message to you today is: once the election is over, get off your laptops and head down to your local campus. Some of you are probably students already, skiving off your assignments by browsing 4chan. Use your creativity — don’t trigger people a million miles away. Trigger people right where you are, and find other people who want to do the same.
The best way to attack the snowflake culture is to cause it to have a meltdown...

Me Mayor Speak Good

A Virginia mayor shows just how much quality there is in local education:
The grammar of the letter is so atrocious that at times it’s difficult to deduce what Myers actually wants to say. Some of the most baffling lines include:

“Our economic and financial development is in crisis and until this Council set aside the foolishness of one and Facebook cronies, we will not be able to move forward.”
“No one Council member does it alone as always regurgitated
I will as the representative of Ward 5 and as Mayor duly to my right hand, serve the Public without blemish and from scare tactics from a few racists and Republicansupporters.”
“Vote your conscious not your election. “
“Please be advised and understanding of the significant pressures we as Council Members are being adhered too, as well as being bullied and forced to make unlike leadership decisions.”
At the end of the letter, Myers declares in all caps “I AM PETERSBURG.”

Since the letter was published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Myers has refused to back down from the letter, or its oddball grammar.

“As a staunch member of the Democratic Party … I respect all people, however, I stand by the verbiage I submitted to Council,” he said Thursday, according to local WWBT News.

The same day, Petersburg had $390,000 in firefighting equipment repossessed because the city hadn’t paid for it, even though the city received a special grant from the federal government to purchase it.
"Me no pay, you all dumb!"

Doomsday 101

In North Korea, world ends you:
Exemplifying the type of teaching taking place within the secretive state, Yong Ran said it was the USA’s nuclear weapons which would ultimately lead to all-out war and the country's downfall.

He said: “The nuclear weapons were the foremost strength that helped the U.S. lord it over the world for a long time, stressing that now the nuclear weapons are no longer a monopoly of the US.

“It will clearly realise before long what is precipitating its doom. This is the absolute fate the US, the empire of evil, has to face.”

The chilling prediction highlights how deeply propaganda is embedded within North Korean society, with children, students and adults made to attend daily indoctrination classes.

Yong Ran’s editorial in the Pyongyang-based newspaper gives a rare glimpse at the exact content of education under Kim Jong-un’s.

However, South Korean spies and observers have reported a growing break-down of education in the country - and a subsequent growing anger at their crackpot leader’s leadership.
Dear Leader's apocalypse doesn't seem to have the appeal he wanted...

Debbie Does Court Time

Once the face of the Democratic establishment, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is facing the wrath of the losing side:
The suit includes six claims: fraud, negligent misrepresentation, deceptive conduct, monetary restitution for donors of Sanders, the DNC breaking its own fiduciary duties, and negligence for failing to protect sensitive donor information that was hacked. Beck & Lee noted the lawsuit was a way to give a voice to Sanders supporters who were silenced by the rigging of the primaries for Clinton. Attorneys Jared Beck, a Harvard Law graduate, and Elizabeth Beck, a Yale Law School graduate, have previously filed successful lawsuits against Yelp, Unilever, Korea Airlines, and fraudulent real estate investors.

The July WikiLeaks release provided further evidence that the DNC actively worked against Sanders, yet the Vermont senator’s supporters have received no recompense. The damage control used to divert from the content of these emails portrayed criticism of Clinton as a Russian conspiracy. While the mainstream media has devolved into an apparatus to funnel messaging and talking points directly from the DNC and Clinton campaign, the litigation for this class action lawsuit has been moving forward.
Whether or not there's any real merit to this, it's yet another reminder of how the establishment was put on notice this year, coronation or no coronation.

Friday, August 19, 2016

It Was Whose Fault?

When in doubt, blame it on the black man:
“Toward the end of the evening, over dessert, Albright asked all of the former secretaries to offer one salient bit of counsel to the nation’s next top diplomat,” Conason writes in the book, according to the NYT.

“Powell told her to use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications, which he had sent and received via a State Department computer.”

“Saying that his use of personal email had been transformative for the department,” Mr. Powell “thus confirmed a decision she had made months earlier — to keep her personal account and use it for most messages,” the extract continued.

The NYT’s report could not be independently verified by USA TODAY and Clinton's representatives could not immediately be reached. FBI Director James Comey recommended in July that that no criminal charges be brought against Clinton.

Powell's office said in a statement carried by Reuters late Thursday that he could not remember the dinner conversation, but "did write former Secretary Clinton an email memo describing his use of his personal AOL email account for unclassified messages and how it vastly improved communications within the State Department.”
It's always nice to have a scapegoat for your own scandal...

They Got The Memo

While he continues his extended vacay, President Obama sends the folks in Louisiana a reminder:
The guidance’s frameworks “highlight the importance of complying with nondiscrimination requirements of civil rights statutes, addressing the needs of the whole community, and ensuring equal opportunity to access recovery efforts.”
Needless to say, some Louisiana residents were offended, including the American Conservative’s Rod Dreher, who took umbrage at receiving an anti-discrimination lecture from Washington, D.C., as locals struggle to rescue, house and feed their neighbors.
“[E]verywhere you look you can find black folks and white folks loving on each other, helping each other through this crisis,” Mr. Dreher said in a Thursday post.
He referred to the guidance as a “long bureaucratic memo” issued by the “Department of Justice and many other agencies of the executive branch overseen by He Who Cannot Be Troubled to Leave Martha’s Vineyard.”
The President desperately wants to avoid his real water trap...

Death And Death Taxes

What Hillary doesn't understand about the death tax:
The Tax Foundation found that although the U.S. has one of the highest death taxes, it only makes up less than one percent of the federal revenue. Furthermore, 99.9 percent of estates don’t pay a federal estate tax and the most wealthy usually have tax advisors that help them escape paying the tax, sometimes by creating a trust.

“In 2014, the estate tax raised $19.3 billion according to the OMB, or 0.6 percent of total federal revenue of over $3 trillion,” reports the Tax Foundation. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities noted that the “estate tax will generate about $246 billion over 2016-2025 under current law, according to CBO.”

“We don’t just confiscate peoples’ wealth and the death tax, as high as Hillary wants it, is bordering on confiscation,” Moore charged.

“The death tax is the most un-American of all taxes because you pay your whole lifetime,” he argued. “You pay your taxes your whole life and then Hillary wants to take as much as half of that away from you when you die. That’s just contrary to the American dream. The American dream is being able to pass your assets to your kids… she doesn’t get that.”
Instead, she wants to pass the buck...

Bernie's Bills

He's a man of the people, or not:
Sanders and his campaign asked the Federal Election Commission for two 45-day extensions, in mid-May and late June, on filing the personal finance disclosures candidates are usually required to produce, and then decided not to file at all once he dropped out of the race and endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Jane Sanders confirmed Thursday.

“I guess our campaign just said ‘why bother’,” said the wife of the Vermont independent senator who challenged Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

FEC officials confirmed Sanders was excused from filing after dropping out of the race.

Jane Sanders said the disclosure would have been very similar to personal finance reports Sanders has filed annually as a U.S. senator. “There’s no new information,” she said.

Sanders, a champion of transparency in other realms, came under some criticism Thursday for not applying the same principle to himself.
Transparency for thee, not for me...

The Place Where Laughter Died

Welcome to Canada, where bad taste can cost you:
His joke was never televised, but after he talked about the bit in an interview, Gabriel’s parents found out and dragged the comedian to the human rights tribunal last month. He fought the fine, but lost in court.

Ward told Spiked that he plans to appeal the decision, and if that fails, will try to bring the case to the Supreme Court. “If I lose that I’ll just move to Syria or Saudi Arabia, or some other country that respects free speech as much as Canada does,” he said.
First, they came for the comedians...

His Game Goes On

Don't worry, he's paying attention-sort of:
“The President directed Administrator Fugate to utilize all resources available to assist in the response and recovery and asked to be regularly briefed on the ongoing response,” The White House said in a statement.

But instead of heading down to the damaged areas in Louisiana, Obama plans to remain on Martha’s Vineyard where he is scheduled to be until Sunday.

In his place, Obama decided to send Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and went out to play another round of golf later in the day, the Washington Times reported.

It was his eighth round of golf since he arrived at the island August 6.
Hitting the links while Louisiana sinks...

Only Good Money

Why wait?
Former President Bill Clinton informed foundation staffers of the decision Thursday during a meeting where he also announced that the Clinton Global Initiative will hold its final meeting in September, regardless of the election’s outcome in the fall, according to anonymous participants who spoke to The Associated Press.

If his wife becomes president in January, Bill Clinton said the family foundation will only accept donations from U.S. citizens and independent charities.

The foundation will continue its work, the former commander in chief said, but will be refocusing its efforts during a process that could take more than a year to complete.
Bill must be hoping she loses...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

When The Shirt Hits The Fan

If a Native American wears that team's shirt, is he a racist? Apparently so:

Made-Up Man

Bowe Bergdahl, gangster?
“He mentioned his plan would be to go through Pakistan and into India and join the Russian mob,” then-Pfc. Shane Cross, a fellow soldier of Bergdahl’s, told Army investigators in an affidavit. “Prior to the deployment he had claimed to speak Russian, that he had learned while working on a fishing boat that traveled to Europe. He also mentioned that he wouldn’t want any tattoos, because they would be identifiable marks on his body.”

Cross did not take Bergdahl’s mention of joining the mob seriously.

And then all of a sudden, Bergdahl disappeared on June 30, 2009, at about midnight. He had spilled his plan to Cross the morning before, San Antonio Express-News reports.

The Taliban captured him in mere hours and held him as a prisoner for five years before he was returned home to the U.S. in 2014 after a prisoner swap.

Prosecutors drew on the mob statement, as well as his attempt to join the French Foreign Legion and his time onboard a fishing boat in Alaska, to establish that his departure from his unit in eastern Afghanistan was intentional based on a psychological disposition towards adventure.
It was nothing personal...

Pay Now, Deny Later

It was ransom after all:
The mechanics of the exchange all but confirm accusations that the $400 million in cash was a ransom payment. Saeed Abedini, a former Iranian hostage told The Wall Street Journal, Iranian intelligence officials told him his plane could not take off until the movements of a second plane were confirmed. The second plane is like the U.S. cargo plane carrying $400 million in cash.
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps General Reza Naghdi further confirmed the ransom story in January, telling Iranian state media “Taking this much money back was in return for the release of the American spies.”
Obama administration officials dispute the ransom narrative, claiming the payment was part of a series of scheduled payments and happened to coincide with the hostage release. At the time, President Obama credited “strong American diplomacy,” and touted his deal with Iran for making the negotiations possible.
The cash helped, too...

A Government Transaction

Federal bathrooms will now be open to everyone:
BuzzFeed reports it obtained a draft notice of the rule that was sent to federal agencies. According to the report:

In addition to the estimated 1 million federal civilian workers employed in those spaces, GSA spokesperson Ashley Nash-Hahn told BuzzFeed News, the rule will cover anyone who enters the facilities — from people visiting courthouses to those stopping in at Social Security offices.

“This includes all kinds of Americans,” Nash-Hahn said. “We wanted to make clear that a person can use facilities that match their gender identity, and we think that’s a good thing.”

Chai Feldblum, a progressive member of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), said the rule is of “great significance,” adding, “This type of requirement can change the default for what life is like for those federal employees and people who enter federal buildings.”
It's hard for a transgender Fed...

Gawk No More

Gawker is dead:
The site, which developed a toxic reputation for gratuitous violations of privacy and wacky left-wing politics will be no more.
In the post made by Gawker reporter J.K. Trotter, they announced the beginning of Univision’s plans, after the company made a winning bid for Gawker Media earlier this week.

“After nearly fourteen years of operation, will be shutting down next week” announced Trotter in the post.

Gawker, along with its founder Nick Denton, was forced into bankruptcy after it was sued by former wrestler Hulk Hogan for the release of his sex tape in 2012. The lawsuit was funded by Peter Thiel, the billionaire PayPal founder who Gawker once outed as gay.
What are you gonna do, when Peter Thiel and Hulk Hogan run wild on you?

Away From The Flood

Obama golfs while Louisiana drowns:
“It’s time for President Barack Obama to visit the most anguished state in the union,” the Baton Rouge Advocate wrote in an editorial.

“Last week, as torrential rains brought death, destruction and misery to Louisiana, the president continued his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, a playground for the posh and well-connected,” the editorial continued.

Obama was reportedly briefed on the emergency situation in Louisiana, but then immediately went back to golfing, according to The Washington Times.

The editorial noted that during Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged the New Orleans area and surrounding parishes, President George W. Bush was lambasted by pundits and the national press for simply taking a “fly-over” of the flooded areas.

Obama was one of those critics, blasting Bush during a 2008 speech at Tulane University, as Breitbart News reported.

“We can talk about what happened for a few days in 2005 and we should,” Obama said. “We can talk about levees that could not hold … about a president who only saw the people from the window of an airplane instead of down here on the ground, trying to provide comfort and aid.”
At least he actually went...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Where Every Cop Is A Criminal

Welcome to Rio, robbery edition:
Lochte, Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger say they were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi Sunday morning as they returned to the Olympic Village from a party, several hours after the last Olympic swimming events were held.
Bentz and Conger, who were not named in the order to seize Lochte and Feigan's passports, were pulled from their flight in Rio, Lochte's attorney told NBC. A USOC spokesman confirmed that Brazilian authorities removed them from the plane.
"We can confirm that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities. We are gathering further information," USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement Wednesday night.
Well, they can't allow foreigners to make their government look more corrupt than it already is...

Cracking The Foundation

Who hacked Hillary?
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the U.S. officials said the hackers used the same techniques Russian intelligence agencies or their proxies employed against the Democratic Party groups, which suggests that Russians also attacked the foundation.

Kremlin officials dismissed as absurd the allegations of Moscow's involvement, which were made last month amid political party nominating conventions for the Nov. 8 election.

Neither former White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, the Clinton Foundation’s principal lawyer, nor a spokeswoman for the foundation responded to requests for comment on the hacking and the precautions the organization has taken.

Officials with FireEye said the company could not discuss its clients.
Sounds very Clinton-esque...

Red Tube

It's the super happy fun dictatorship tour:
Louis Cole is a 33-year-old vlogger from the U.K. with about 1.8 million subscribers on his FunForLouis YouTube channel. He’s a highly competent travel vlogger, part of a subset of daily YouTubers that also includes Ben Brown: British lads, many of them fans and acolytes of American vlogger Casey Neistat, obsessed with cameras and time-lapses and documenting their coffee habits. Cole’s videos are well-edited and engaging, and the sheer constancy of his travel—he’s forever on the go, it seems—ensures that his frequent videos are rarely dull or un-special, as so much on YouTube is. Cole, like his daily vlogger brethren, is relentlessly positive, projecting a chill-dude, laid-back, good-vibes vibe—sometimes to a pathological degree.

Which brings me to his travels in North Korea, a series of videos that he’s currently uploading. Cole and a bunch of other vloggers recently went on a trip through the reclusive, politically repressive nation, beaming back positive depictions of people and places that all seem . . . awfully tidy, judging from what we know—or, to be fair, what politicians and journalists tell us—about North Korea. It all seems highly suspicious, this vision of a country, a North Korean media tour similar to Vice’s fascinating documentary, only without any of the critical context and perspective.
Mini Me is always happy to get free propaganda...

Inside Hillary's Head

Hillary Clinton's "short circuit" may be a lot more serious:

The Wolf Of Malaysia

Leo the con man?
While the complaint does not target DiCaprio — he's referred to twice in the 136-page document and only as "Hollywood Actor 1" — the scandal shines an unfamiliar light on the charitable foundation of the most powerful actor in Hollywood thanks to the way the LDF has benefited directly from DiCaprio's relationship with key figures in the saga. And much like the gala in St. Tropez, with its expressions of one-percenter excess ostensibly in support of saving the environment (guests helicoptering in to dine on whole sea bass after watching a short film about the dangers of overfishing), a closer look at the LDF itself raises questions about its ties to the 1MDB players as well as the lack of transparency often required (or offered in this case) for the specific structure the actor has chosen for his endeavor.
Set up not as a nonprofit but instead as a donor-advised fund (DAF) attached to the California Community Foundation, which is a nonprofit, the LDF therefore is not required to file itemized public disclosures about its own revenue, expenditures and disbursements. "It's difficult to characterize the giving of the DiCaprio Foundation because its status as part of the CCF makes it impossible to look at its finances," industry trade journal Inside Philanthropy noted in 2015.
Liberal hypocrites and their money aren't so easily parted...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Troll Cops

Meet the troll police:
“The purpose of this programme is to strengthen the police and community response to this growing crime type” is was announced, and will “involv[e] a dedicated police team” backed by “volunteers”.

Mopac, to whom the Met answers to, has advertised a vacancy for a civilian programme manager, with a salary of £52,455, to support the five other police employees.

The measures will be “delivered in partnership with social media providers” who along with “specialist officers” will be “filtering and identification of online hate crimes” and “identifying the location of the crime and allocating to the appropriate force…”

In May this year, the EU announced that Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft had “committed” to working more closely with them and national governments and “their law enforcement agencies” to help “criminalise” perceived “illegal hate speech” online.

London’s Metropolitan police force said they welcomed the extra workload and wished to encourage offended people to report perceived hate crimes in ever increasing numbers.

“The Metropolitan police service is committed to working with our partners, including the mayor, to tackle all types of hate crime including offences committed online,” a spokesman for the Met said.
Thou shall not offend!

SNAP Decisions

How not to make convenience stores healthier:
The standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would require retailers that accept food stamps to stock more and fresher varieties of food. But many convenience stores won’t be able to meet the requirements and will be forced from the the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP, or food stamps, critics say.

Mary Braddock frets that could happen to the convenience stores run by her family near Kansas City, Missouri. Open from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., the Meiners Markets in Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs sell everything from bulk candy and beer to fresh fruit and vegetables. Attached to gas stations, they’re handy pit stops for early risers and late-night shift workers, some of whom rely on food stamps to grab groceries on the go.

But Meiners Markets don’t have the shelf space to display the mandatory number of items at all times, and it will be too costly to stock all the unprocessed and perishable foods required, Braddock said.

Her customers aren’t likely to buy kale, duck or lamb, she said, so such products “will just spoil on the shelves.”

Braddock and other critics of the USDA proposal – including Democratic and Republican lawmakers – complain the new standards will be impossible for many convenience stores and rural markets to meet.

As a result, they warn, tens of thousands of stores across the country could stop accepting food stamps.

“We don’t understand why USDA has drafted this proposed rule in a way that will make it so difficult for small stores to participate in SNAP and will make it harder for SNAP beneficiaries to get food,” Braddock said.
Because it's "good" for people...

The Challenge Of Change

How can Trump win? By reminding voters of who's really in charge:
“And I’ll tell you, you’re right about the media. So, therefore, what do you do about that? You must take it to the level of not whining about the media. It’s not about whining. It is about that they are playing a detailed role, and a conscious role, in terms of protecting the political class, because they are the political class.”

He cited polling data that showed the American people have lost faith in the media, arguing that “two-thirds of them believe their level of objectivity and bias is as high as ever — they’re the lowest they’ve ever been, in Gallup.”

“They need to be challenged institutionally,” he said of the press. “Remember what they’re trying to do. They’re not trying just to knock Trump off. They need to suppress that which they have not been able to do all year, this rebellion out in the hinterlands, in both parties — whether it’s the Democrats’ revolt with Sanders, the Republican revolt with Trump — to suppress this instinct of the American people, to take control back of their country.”

“That’s the issue: who runs America?” Caddell declared. “And I’ll tell you, when you start elevating to those seminal issues, then you have a campaign in which people will be fully engaged. They’re going to discount a lot of the attacks.”
The mainstream media doesn't want people paying attention, after all...

If You Like Your Premiums

Swing states feel the pain of Obamacare hikes:
The Heritage Foundation found dramatic increases on premiums in Wisconsin and Florida as well as Michigan, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina under the law in comparison to before Obamacare went into effect. Currently, insurers in the Obamacare marketplace in North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois are wanting double-digit hikes on premiums.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is reportedly requesting to increase rates by more than 18 percent, while in Ohio, the average requested hike is around 10 percent. In Pennsylvania, companies want hikes averaging 23.6 percent, according to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

The next president may face the meltdown of Obamacare, as Aetna announced on Tuesday that it’s pulling back coverage in 15 states and will only remain in four states due to a $200 million dollar loss.

The Obama administration argues that Aetna’s move isn’t a sign of trouble for Obamacare, according to The Hill.

“Aetna’s decision to alter its Marketplace participation does not change the fundamental fact that the Health Insurance Marketplace will continue to bring quality coverage to millions of Americans next year and every year after that,” stated Kevin Counihan, CEO of ObamaCare marketplace.
For as long as it lasts?

Three Times The Dishonesty

Well, is she or isn't she?

The Progressive Extremists

Yeah, this doesn't quite wash:
The liberal journalist claimed that many peaceful, “progressive Muslims” believe in Shariah law, the legal code that guides members of the Islamic faith and is strictly enforced in fundamentalist Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia.

Many have condemned Shariah as anti-American as it allows for violent forms of punishment and unequal treatment of women in a court of law. Few would call it “progressive.”

For example, according to a leading Shariah law manual, Reliance of the Traveller, the code also demands the killing of apostates, or those who once were Muslim but left the faith.
I'd hate to see what the radicals were like...

Monday, August 15, 2016

Bottom Of The Big Apple Barrel

No freedom for the failed state:
New York’s local tax burden is twice that of the average state: 7.8 percent of income in FY 2012. However, New Yorkers have ample choice in local government: 4.1 competing jurisdictions per 100 square miles of private land. The state tax burden, at a projected 6.7 percent of income in FY 2015, is also higher than the national average. The government spends almost four times what the average state does on subsidies to business. Debt is the highest in the country at 31.9 percent of income. Government employment, however, is slightly lower than average and has come down since 2010.
New York is also the worst state on regulatory policy, although here it is at least within striking distance of number 49. Land-use freedom is very low, primarily because of the economically devastating rent control law in New York City. Local zoning is actually fairly moderate compared with surrounding states not named “Pennsylvania.” Renewable portfolio standards are high. The state enacted a minimum wage in 2013–14 and also has a short-term disability insurance mandate. Cable and telecommunications are unreformed. Occupational freedom is a bit subpar, but nurse practitioners did gain some independence in 2013–14. Insurance freedom is a mixed bag (the state has stayed out of the IIPRC), but property and casualty insurers gained some freedom to set rates in 2013–14. The civil liability system looks poor, but we may underrate it slightly because of the state’s large legal sector.
At least New Yorkers are still free to move elsewhere...

They Don't Choose You

Where not to play the game:
In a country where 3,000 cellphones are stolen every day, walking around with a handheld device out does not seem like a good idea, least of all in the low-income area where Lider is located.

“I have only seen two or three people playing each day, and they try to do it as close to the mall entrance as possible. This is not a safe area,” said Daniel Hernandez, a mall cop.

“Playing a game like this one is a terrible idea in Venezuela,” added Luis Izquiel, a local lawyer and criminologist. “Many of the murders occur during robberies,” he told Fox News Latino.

According to the National Observatory of Violence, 27,875 people were killed in Venezuela in 2015. In 1999, the year Chavismo took power, the number was 4,550.

Understandably, a vast majority of Venezuelans live in fear these days. According to a Gallup poll conducted worldwide and released last week, only 14 percent of those surveyed said they felt safe walking alone at night. It was the lowest number in the world, even behind nations in war such as Syria and Afghanistan — both scored 32 percent.

Eleonora Silva, a 35-year-old Pokemon gamer, is one of those that feel insecure. Despite being an avid fan, her playing time is painfully limited because of safety concerns.

“It’s frustrating,” she told FNL, “but recently I was robbed and I still feel a little bit paranoid. I am playing only in closed areas and inside a car.”
Pokemon, don't go...

To Tell A Lie

Making the case for jail time:
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the chairs of Oversight and Judiciary, respectively, say that Clinton may have violated 18 U.S.C. § 1621 and § 1001, federal laws which govern perjury and false statements, respectively, during her Oct. 22, 2015 testimony in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

In a letter to U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips, the lawmakers point to four inconsistent statements Clinton made regarding her private email system during that hearing.

Clinton gave false testimony when she said she did not send or receive emails that were marked classified at the time they were originated, when she claimed that her attorneys reviewed all of the emails on her personal email system, when she said that she only operated one server, and when she claimed that she provided all of her work-related emails to the State Department, Chaffetz and Goodlatte argue.
For Hillary, it depends on what the meaning of "truth" is...

Running Red

Don't forget his running mate, some guy named Lenin:

Another Liberal Success Story

Why Milwaukee happened:
What causes riots are failed liberal urban policies in these ghettos like Milwaukee. Milwaukee has inescapable poverty. We are like the sixth poorest city in America. They have failing public schools. The K-12 public school system here – there is only two school systems that are worse, Cleveland and Detroit. You have massive black unemployment, I think the black unemployment rate in Milwaukee is 32 percent. You have dysfunctional families. You have father absent homes. You have questionable lifestyle choices. Those are the ingredients for a riot.
Add a healthy dose of propaganda, and you're all set...

Green Line

The line that wasn't there:
Camerota said, “[T]here is no evidence connecting that there was actually a pay to play scheme, but there’s also not the bright line here between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation that Hillary Clinton had said was going to exist, or certainly the Obama administration had insisted upon when she went to the State Department. If there are these emails and these conversations of, please do a favor for this person, or please grant access to this person, that’s not a bright line.”
Lines are for little people!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Method Men

Who killed method acting?
For the last few decades, particularly after Robert De Niro’s infamous body transformation for1980’s Raging Bull, which netted him an Oscar, method acting has become a critical factor in the campaigns of actors seeking trophies. Actors like Daniel Day-Lewis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christian Bale, and particularly Leonardo DiCaprio have spoken about how they lose themselves in roles—gaining weight, whittling themselves down, never breaking character, taking on accents and hobbies that affect their personal life. The underpinning of this strategy is the belief that to create great art one must suffer. But method acting has also become wrapped up in a brand of identity politics that tries to make the art form resemble more traditional forms of male labor, and by extension limiting the kinds of actors who receive praise.
If you don't look like you're working for a living, are you really working?

The Simple Science

The first cut isn't always the right one:
Occam’s razor is often stated as an injunction not to make more assumptions than you absolutely need. What William actually wrote (in his Summa Logicae, 1323) is close enough, and has a pleasing economy of its own: “It is futile to do with more what can be done with fewer.”

Isaac Newton more or less restated Ockham’s idea as the first rule of philosophical reasoning in his great work Principia Mathematica (1687): “We are to admit no more causes of natural things, than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances.” In other words, keep your theories and hypotheses as simple as they can be while still accounting for the observed facts.

But Occam’s razor is often fetishized and misapplied as a guiding beacon for scientific enquiry. It is invoked in the same spirit as that attested by Newton, who went on to claim that “Nature does nothing in vain, and more is in vain, when less will serve.” Here the implication is that the simplest theory isn’t just more convenient, but gets closer to how nature really works; in other words, it’s more probably the correct one.

There’s absolutely no reason to believe that. But it’s what Francis Crick was driving at when he warned that Occam’s razor (which he equated with advocating “simplicity and elegance”) might not be well suited to biology, where things can get very messy. While it’s true that “simple, elegant” theories have sometimes turned out to be wrong (a classical example being Alfred Kempe’s flawed 1879 proof of the “four-color theorem” in mathematics), it’s also true that simpler but less accurate theories can be more useful than complicated ones for clarifying the bare bones of an explanation.
One scientist's simplicity is another's search for complex meaning...

No Hackers Near Her

Joy Reid's story continues to fall apart: Cybersecurity expert Jason McNew, who spent 12 years working for the White House and Camp Davi...