Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Wages of Liberalism Is Death

The Wages of Liberalism Is Death: (John Hinderaker)
The Left’s ceaseless attacks on law enforcement are having the predictable effect: elevated homicide rates in the cities where policemen have come under attack.
It is really quite extraordinary. Violent crime rose until the mid-1990s, when the public demanded a widespread police crackdown that proved immensely successful. Homicide rates declined nationwide by around 50%, and there were similar drops in robbery, rape, aggravated assault and other violent crimes. QED: America had learned how to combat violent crime. But now that lesson has been unlearned, as liberals have concluded that police forces are to blame for the ills of inner-city America. The resulting attack on law enforcement has crippled multiple police forces’ ability to fight crime aggressively. So, what has happened? In areas where liberals have seized control and attacked the police, violent crime appears to be returning to its mid-1990s level.
Will liberals ever learn? Don’t hold your breath.

America took a bite of the poisonous fruit of liberalism and now people are dying for it

America took a bite of the poisonous fruit of liberalism and now people are dying for it | Flopping Aces: "Police are afraid- afraid for their lives and afraid to do their jobs because they’re being attacked while the a**holes in the White House and in the state offices don’t have their backs but they do have the backs of those who need “space to destroy.”

The violence, the killings- these are the poisonous fruits of liberalism. Hate cops? Great. Enjoy living without them. Watch as the social fabric of these cities is torn asunder. America has bitten into the poisonous fruit of liberalism and now we all see the consequences.

Don’t forget to thank a liberal on your way out of town"


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Marco Rubio: We’re at the water’s edge of mainstream Christian teachings being branded “hate speech”

Marco Rubio: We’re at the water’s edge of mainstream Christian teachings being branded “hate speech” « Hot Air: "Via the Brody File, hard to believe a country that’s 70 percent Christian would acquiesce in a legal regime like that, but then I look at this poll and remember we’ve already reached the point where Christian-owned businesses can be effectively shuttered by the state for politely declining to participate in a gay wedding. It’d be more accurate to say that the effort to brand Christian teachings that undermine progressivism as “hate speech” has already begun in the public sphere, with the fate of the private sphere still undetermined. Based on early indications, though, merely entertaining an opponent of same-sex marriage in your home has already risen to the level of a felony thoughtcrime, provided that he’s famous enough.

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John Bolton underestimates Obama

Blog: John Bolton underestimates Obama: "Bolton is underestimating the very real possibility that is even more horrifying than a president in denial, which is this: Obama’s actions and inactions are all by design.  And while Obama is indeed driven by his ideology, the ideology is one that is simpatico with Islam.  As a result, of course, we are losing to ISIS, to Islamic terror, to jihad, to the growing caliphate, to a Middle East spiraling out of control, and to Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon.

What we see unfolding is not because Obama is unwilling to understand the reality on the ground or because he’s paralyzed as to what to do.  Quite the opposite.  I would suggest that Obama understands the situation quite well.  And he’s all on board.  There’s no paralysis, much as we might like to think so, giving ourselves a shred of hope that the country didn’t really elect a person to be president of the United States who aligns himself with evil forces that are plotting and acting against us.

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Disasters at Home and Abroad

Disasters at Home and Abroad | National Review Online: "Whatever liberalism is, it is not working. Our country’s policies overseas are falling apart, while at home our society stagnates and turns tribal — with a growing and embittered underclass, a shrinking and angry middle class, and a plutocratic and apartheid elite who, as absolution for their privilege, are desperate to praise in the abstract what they so studiously avoid in the concrete.

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At Sea in an Alien Culture, Where ‘Normal’ Is Defined as ‘Deviant’

At Sea in an Alien Culture, Where ‘Normal’ Is Defined as ‘Deviant’ | National Review Online: "In short, we’re told that so much of what we know is good and normal is actually bad, while so much that’s objectively awful is actually no big deal or even something worth admiring.

Nothing looks the same. The values, the culture, the standards, the frames of reference: All are skewed, tumped over, deconstructed, disorienting. We feel like we’re in a phantasmagoria, a Moody Blues lament in which “red is gray and yellow, white” — except that, unlike in the song, we are actually powerless “to decide which is right,” and the new cultural construct, unfortunately, is no illusion.

This isn’t only modernization we’re experiencing; it’s a veritable inversion of values and decency, and of the very nature of truth.

Among us relics of a bygone age, the debate is not whether the current state of affairs is atrocious; the debate is whether we’re only at a tipping point or instead already beyond it. The rough beast slouches ever closer, and we don’t know if we can stop him. We know, though, that we must try.

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Fed’s Lacker says letting banks fail will restore market discipline

Fed’s Lacker says letting banks fail will restore market discipline | One America News Network: "Policymakers must ensure that financial industry creditors do not expect government bailouts and must be willing to let firms fail in order to restore market discipline, a top Federal Reserve official said on Tuesday.

The remarks by Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank, repeated much of what he has previously said about what regulators need to do to make the financial system safer. Lacker, a voting member this year on the Fed’s policy-setting committee, did not discuss monetary policy.

The long-term solution to ending too-big-to-fail banks is restoring market discipline “so that financial firms and their creditors have an incentive to avoid fragile funding arrangements,” Lacker said in remarks prepared for delivery at the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking.

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Social Security A Success? It's The Worst Deal Of Your Life

Social Security A Success? It's The Worst Deal Of Your Life - Investors.com: "The bigger problem is that Social Security promises to pay benefits that are pitiful compared with what workers today could make if they invested the money rather than put it in a sink hole where politicians control the funds.

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Why Does the Left Kowtow to Islam?

Why Does the Left Kowtow to Islam?: "The point is that the left doesn’t kowtow to Islam because they actually love Islam, but rather because they hate our own culture. They have been steeped in a narrative about how American and Western culture is racist and “imperialist,” and they’ve been trained to see anyone with a dark complexion and a non-Western origin as the victim of our crimes. When they see criticism of Islam, or deliberate attempts to defy Islam, they filter it through that narrative. They see it as: there go those bigoted right-wing Christians, demeaning dark-skinned foreigners again. So they reflexively oppose it.

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Contemporary Western Society Is The Real Suicide Cult

Contemporary Western Society Is The Real Suicide Cult - The Rebel: "On the other hand, we in the West, as a matter of cultural norm, have adopted institutional practices designed to belittle ourselves, denigrate our highest achievements, disparage our military strength and service, curse our cultural values, and appease anyone who finds us offensive.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

"Climatologist Dr. Judith Curry rips ‘manufactured consensus’ – Human influence is NOT ‘dominant over natural climate variability’"

"Climatologist Dr. Judith Curry rips ‘manufactured consensus’ – Human influence is NOT ‘dominant over natural climate variability’":

I especially like this bit:

[If you have seen] the collapse of the consensus on cholesterol and heart disease– that one collapsed overnight. I can only hope that sanity will eventually prevail with the climate problem as well.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Welfare expansion is killing the American work ethic

Welfare expansion is killing the American work ethic: "Is there a correlation between the growth of welfare reception and the decline in the willingness of people to work? It would seem contrary to common sense to argue that there isn’t one. And indeed, the lessons of history and the present seem to bear this out. The expansiveness of the availability of welfare has a dragging effect on the growth of employment, and the willingness of people to seek it."


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Friday, May 22, 2015

Krauthammer: Hillary Email Dump Is ‘Farce,’ We Saw What She Wanted Us to See

Krauthammer: Hillary Email Dump Is ‘Farce,’ We Saw What She Wanted Us to See | Mediaite: "Hundreds of Hillary Clinton‘s emails were released today, something Clinton herself said she wants, but Charles Krauthammer doesn’t really buy this is some great victory for transparency and disclosure.

“There isn’t a shred of evidence,” he said, “because she shredded the evidence. This whole release is a farce.”

He pointed out that it’s not like every little email Clinton ever sent will be released to the public, only the ones ‘scrubbed and cleansed and decided upon, chosen by her own people, acting in her own interest.”"


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Amtrak's Disaster Comes After Long History of Reckless Investment

Amtrak's Disaster Comes After Long History of Reckless Investment: "Let’s start with the facts. The train attempted to take a bend going more than twice the 50 mile-per-hour speed limit for that section of track. That’s like a tractor-trailer doing 100 in a 50 mile-per-hour zone. If this isn’t a wake up call, then I don’t know what is! Why was the driver going so fast? This is clearly an issue of human error; not the result of government neglect.

To claim that more than $1 billion a year in Amtrak subsidies was insufficient to prevent this tragedy is insane. The last thing we need is for Congress to dump more money into this raggedy burden on tax-payers.
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Predictions of polar ice retreat were wrong

Predictions of polar ice retreat were wrong | PrairiePundit: "Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede."


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The roots of radical Islam not found in poverty or discrimination

The roots of radical Islam not found in poverty or discrimination | PrairiePundit: "So how did Tsarnaev become a jihadist? Because he was radicalized in the United States, the usual factors used to explain jihadist behavior — poverty, illiteracy, discrimination — do not seem to apply. The answer lies instead in the method developed by the Muslim Brotherhood to advance Islam in the West.
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"One by One, Our Freedom Does Get Murdered".

End of your arm: Mark Steyn: "One by One, Our Freedom Does Get Murdered".: ""Once they started killing people for drawing Mohammed it became necessary for everyone to draw Mohammed - to show that there are too many to kill, and thus to teach Islam that, whatever its own proscriptions, they do not and will never apply to non-believers. Once you make drawing Mohammed a capital crime, it is necessary to make drawing Mohammed so universal that it's no crime at all. If you claim the right to kill because you're offended, then it is necessary to offend you all the time - until you accept the messy norms of pluralistic societies."

Read that paragraph over and over again, send it to your "leaders".

Repeat it out loud. 

Live it, if you want to be free. "


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End of your arm: Behold: The Dumbest Most Sinister and Anti-American President in American History

End of your arm: Behold: The Dumbest Most Sinister and Anti-American President in American History: "America is being led by an imbecilic, evil socialist who wants to cripple America and destroy the Western world. 

It's hard to imagine a more blindingly stupid speech to American warriors than this.
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They’re Not ‘Minnesotans,’ They’re Somali Muslims, Working for the Enemy

They’re Not ‘Minnesotans,’ They’re Somali Muslims, Working for the Enemy | PJ Tatler: "It’s become a quaint fiction among the feel-gooders of the MSM that nationality and citizenship are nothing more than which passport you hold. Thus, we read about “Swedish” rapists, “French” terrorists and “Minnesotan” members of ISIS. This is the result:

Two of the Twin Cities men accused of trying to join ISIS are now charged with student loan fraud. Investigators say both Hamza Ahmed, 19, and Hanad Musse, 19, used more than $1,000 from federal student loan accounts for plane tickets to Turkey and Greece. Prosecutors say they were really going to Syria to join ISIS.

On Tuesday, prosecutors combined two separate cases, meaning that seven young Minnesota friends will eventually be tried together for allegedly trying to join the terror group. Prosecutors combined the case of Ahmed, who was arrested and charged in February, with that of six young men who were arrested in April. Prosecutors say Ahmed’s arrest should have served as a warning to the others.

Yeah, right: more like a how-to manual. Step one: obtain American asylum from your rathole “country” (where, by the way, American soldiers were murdered and desecrated). Step two: Cash in. Step three: use the suckers’ money to finance your personal jihad against the very civilization that rescued you. Oh, yes — one more:

Also on Tuesday, Abdurahman Daud, one of the two members of the group who the government says went to California to pick up fake passports, made his first court appearance in Minnesota. Supporters of the young men argue that the fake passports were the idea of a confidential informant, and that all of the men are victims of government entrapment. The informant was a close friend of all of the accused. Prosecutors say the informant was once part of the plot and at one point tried to join ISIS, too.

Step four: blame the cops. Ain’t “multiculturalism” grand?"


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