Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Blowing in the wind

After years spent studying the dust that blows across the southern Great Plains, Phil Smith no longer looks at the dark haboobs that routinely rise over Lubbock without a healthy dose of apprehension.

In a study slated for publication next month, he and Texas Tech University colleague Greg Mayer may have made their biggest discovery yet: DNA from antibiotic-resistant bacteria in cattle feedlots is airborne.

For years, scientists have known that humans can contract antibiotic-resistant bacteria by consuming contaminated meat or water. The findings by Smith and Mayer indicate that humans could also be exposed to "super bugs" or "super bacteria" traveling through the air.

"This is the first test to open our eyes to the fact that we could be breathing these things," said Smith, an environmental toxicologist at Texas Tech.

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...and yet he continues

In the roughly ten years since I helped found PJ Media, I have been back and forth between LA and DC a fair amount of times. I am on a plane at this moment, returning to my California home once again, but never have I been more disturbed by my trip. Our nation’s capital has become strange, surreal and disquieting. It’s hard to have a lot of hope.

Long gone, thankfully, are the endless booths selling Obamabilia. But replacing that falsely optimistic atmosphere is an empty, bleak feeling. Yes, Washington is still the capital of posh, with celebrity chefs aplenty and ever-escalating real estate, the money having drained from the rest of the country down to Foggy Bottom, but nobody seems to be having much fun from it anymore, not even the Democrats.

Obama and his minions are huddled wherever they’re huddled, busy destroying the Western World with their bizarre policies and eagerness to make a deal with Iran that is so desperate it makes the word pathetic seem pathetic. The results of this desperation have been wretched, a fascistic new Persian Empire emerging from Libya to Yemen with Obama auditioning for the role of Cyrus the Great or is it Ahmadinejad Junior? Whatever the case, it’s horrible Even those same Democrats know it. They’re embarrassed and they should be. But for the most part they don’t have the guts to say anything. This is the kind of administration that exchanges a creepy sociopath like Bergdahl for five Islamic homicidal maniacs and expects praise for being humanitarian. And everyone walks away shaking their heads.

It’s hard to know why Obama is doing it all. I know it sounds like a rude overstatement but in a way he reminds me of that crazy German pilot flying that plane into that alpine cliff, only the plane is us (America and the West). Does he hate us all that much or is it just Netanyahu? Whatever the explanation, it’s mighty peculiar. At this point almost no one in the Congress appears to be backing him up and yet he continues. Who knows what will happen next?

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L.O.S.T.

It’s the year before a presidential election, so it must be time to debate the Law of the Sea Treaty ("LOST") again. As recently as last Thursday the Chief of Naval Operations pleaded for the U.S. to join the treaty. The Obama Administration has supported Senate action on LOST since at least May 2009 when it released its Treaty Priority List.

The last time LOST came up was in 2007 when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, then chaired by Sen. Joe Biden, held hearings. But the treaty was never brought to the floor for a vote. 2011 is beginning to feel a lot like 2007.

Sen. John McCain recently spoke at the Center for Strategic Studies regarding U.S. interests in the South China Sea. He called on the Senate to "decide whether it is finally time to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty." McCain accused China of "working within the Convention to advance fringe views that aim to deny access to international waters." The United States, he lamented, lacks "a seat at the table" since it has not acceded to LOST.

This charge is overblown, to say the least. When it comes to LOST, there is neither a table nor chairs to sit on.

LOST is much more than the navigational provisions that McCain supports. The freedom-of-navigation provisionsrelating to the high seas, territorial waters, international straits and archipelagic watersrepresent the proverbial "baby in the bathwater." LOST cannot be judged solely on the positive navigational provisions without regard to the negative "bathwater" provisions.

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Quote of the day

Quote from a story on the Lufthansa Airline crash...

"Expect more psychotic incidents as the West grows increasingly unmoored from any coherent social paradigm."

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Cicada 3301

We live in the age of the Internet. Virtually every aspect of our lives is tied in some shape or form to cyberspace, and the net has become a sprawling, lawless cyber jungle. And just like a jungle, there are things that move in the shadows and stalk about the wilderness here in the ether. In some cases it’s hard to know if what is prowling out there in the dark is harmless, a predator, a mere illusion caused by the play of light on the leaves, or something else. It is from this cyber wilderness that creeps one of the weirdest unsolved technological mysteries of the modern age; a puzzle put forth from some mysterious cabal whose agenda and identity remain unknown to this day, and which has spiraled into perhaps the most legendary and baffling conundrums of the Internet.

On January 5, 2012, a cryptic message in simple white text on a black background mysteriously appeared on the Internet stating:
Hello. We are looking for highly intelligent individuals. To find them, we have devised a test. There is a message hidden in the image. Find it, and it will lead you on the road to finding us. We look forward to meeting the few who will make it all the way through. Good luck.
The message was signed "3301," and was accompanied by cicada imagery and an image in which the first clue was hidden. Thus started the weird, sometimes creepy story of what would prove to be one of the most elaborate and complex puzzles ever devised by man. What would come to be known as the Cicada 3301 puzzle is massively complex, involving a staggering array of elements including references to poetry, artwork, music, speculative fiction, obscure 18th century literary works, Mayan calendars, philosophy, mathematics, cryptography, numerology, technology, data security, steganography, and ancient manuscripts, among others. It spans continents, requires enormous reserves of willpower, knowledge, and technical skill, and has often been referred to as "the most elaborate and mysterious puzzle of the internet age."

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How time changes

A deeply divided Supreme Court dealt a blow Wednesday to a Republican redistricting plan in Alabama that packed black voters into urban districts to dilute their impact elsewhere.

By a 5-4 vote and over the vigorous objection of its lone black member, the justices upheld the objections raised by Democratic and black lawmakers and sent the case back for further review by a lower court.

The decision represented a legal reversal of sorts from earlier decades, when the federal government forced mostly Southern states to create what are considered "majority-minority" districts more likely to elect black lawmakers. Now, the justices are saying it may be illegal to have too many blacks clustered in one district, at the expense of others.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

We need to have a conversation...

You know just how scholarly a policy paper is when it is studded with a clich├ęd expression like "We need to have a conversation about . . ." The pop-phrase is familiar from these farcical usages:

"We need to have a conversation about race"when, in reality, we do nothing but subject ourselves to a one-way browbeating about imagined slights committed against the pigmentally burdened.

"We need to have a conversation about immigration"when such a "conversation" is strictly confined to a lecture on how to adapt to the program of Third World mass immigration. This particular "conversation" involves learning to live with a lower quality of life, poorer education, environmental degradation, less safety and security, more taxation and alienation.

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How to stifle FOIA requests

Eric Worrall writes: It looks like NOAA have found a new way to stifle FOIA inquiries from the public. According to Steve Goddard, NOAA have just demanded a $262,000 administrative fee for zipping up a few raw data files.

Steve Goddard has published a scan of the outrageous fee demand he and fellow FOIA requestor Kent Clizbe received from NOAA administrator Maria S Williams. The letter, sent on March 17th, demands $262,000 by March 24th, or further communication otherwise Maria says they will consider the matter closed.

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Quote of the day

Like Communism, Nazism was a form of socialism. Unlike Soviet Communism, which, at least theoretically, depended on shared ownership of capital to direct the economy, in Nazi Germany the shops, farms, and factories remained, nominally, in private hands. Yet the outcome was basically the same in both Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany: total control over the economy by the Leader and the Party.

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Taqiyya in action

Father who blamed police for not stopping his daughter joining ISIS screams 'burn USA' - and stands just feet from Lee Rigby's killer - at Muslim demo

Father of one of three schoolgirl 'jihadi brides' captured on camera at rally

Abase Hussen blamed police for placing a 'heavy burden' on his daughter

But he can be seen chanting at fanatic protest alongside Lee Rigby killer

Footage shows him next to Michael Adebowale as a US flag is burned

Among the rabble-rousers was notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary

Hussen's daughter Amira Abase fled the UK last month to join ISIS

He addressed Home Affairs Select Committee in wake of her disappearance

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Harry Reid and the mob?

A friend of mine was in Las Vegas a week or two ago. He talked to a number of people there about Reid’s accident, and didn’t find anyone who believed the elastic exercise band story. The common assumption was that the incident resulted, in some fashion, from Reid’s relationship with organized crime. The principal rumor my friend heard was that Reid had promised to obtain some benefit for a group of mobsters. He met with them on New Year’s Day, and broke the bad news that he hadn’t been able to deliver what he promised. When the mobsters complained, Reid (according to the rumor) made a comment that they considered disrespectful, and one of them beat him up.

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Native American vice president of the U.S.

Charles Curtis (January 25, 1860 February 8, 1936) was the 31st Vice President of the United States (19291933).

After serving as a United States Representative, and then a longtime United States Senator from Kansas, Curtis was chosen as Senate Majority Leader by his Republican colleagues. A Kaw Nation Native American Indian, he was the first person with significant acknowledged Native American ancestry and the first person with significant acknowledged non-European ancestry to reach either of the two highest offices in the United States government's executive branch.

As an attorney, Curtis entered political life at the age of 32, winning multiple terms from his district in Topeka, Kansas, starting in 1892 as a Republican to the US House of Representatives. He was elected to the US Senate first by the Kansas Legislature (in 1906), and then by popular vote (in 1914, 1920 and 1926), serving one six-year term from 1907 to 1913, and then most of three terms from 1915 to 1929 (when he became Vice President). His long popularity and connections in Kansas and national politics helped make Curtis a strong leader in the Senate; he marshaled support to be elected as Senate Minority Whip from 1915 to 1925 and then as Senate Majority Leader from 1925 to 1929. In these positions, he was instrumental in managing legislation and accomplishing Republican national goals.

Curtis ran for Vice President with Herbert Hoover as President in 1928. They won a landslide victory. Although they ran again in 1932, the population saw Hoover as failing to alleviate the Great Depression, and they were defeated by Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Nance Garner.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ted Cruz

From the left-leaning Texas Tribune....

A political nobody just three years ago, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is the first official candidate vying for the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. His was a noisy entrance into government, marked by outspokenness and partisanship that clearly delighted part of the public even as they irritated many of his colleagues. In a remarkably short period, Cruz has become a national figure and one who is often misunderstood. Here are five myths about Ted Cruz.

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Yes, it's election time in Britain, false promises abound

Illegal immigrants would be put on a plane before they get the chance to appeal under Conservative plans to rip up deportation laws.

Home Secretary Theresa May wants to implement a new regime of 'deport first, appeal later'.

The rules, to be brought in if the Tories are re-elected, would apply to anyone with an expired visa or those living in Britain without permission.

The only exceptions would be asylum-seekers or migrants who could suffer 'irreversible' harm if sent back to a dangerous country. The move seeks to end the racket of thousands of illegal immigrants being able to prolong their stay in Britain for months or even years by lodging a string of appeals and judicial reviews.

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Quote of the day

"This, then, is the great white paradox: Whites claim to adore "diversity," but they make every effort to avoid it. They make every important decision in their lives where to live, whom to marry, where to send their children to school, whom to choose as friends, which church to attend as if it were made for racial reasons, but deny that race had anything to do with it. As one wag put it, in their mating and migratory habits, liberals are no different from members of the Ku Klux Klan."

Jared Taylor, A Race Against Time: Racial Heresies for the 21st Century (p. 325)
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Assimilation much?

Norwegian police have revealed the gruesome clips they have discovered on the phones of new arrivals, but have admitted proving whether the asylum seekers have a hidden evil intent is prohibitively difficult.

The films found while making inspections of the tens of thousands of new arrivals included clips of executions, torture, and mutilations. Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen reported this week the police intelligence service harboured concerns about many of the asylum seekers, with members of IS in Syria, Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al-Shabaab in Somalia seeking refuge under false pretences.

A police spokesman said: "It’s correct that we have concerns about some people who have arrived here [in Norway] as asylum seekers… There is great uncertainty around several who are currently in Norway". Norway’s police believe that as many as two percent of arrivals are terrorists, yet in the past seven years only a fraction of the thousands of asylum seekers who arrived have been denied refuge. TheLocal.no reports the number sent back could be as low as 90 or 100.

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ISIS is welcome at Cornell

This guy is either the dumbest Ivy League bigwig ever or politically correct to a fault for welcoming offers to bring ISIS and Hamas to Cornell University.

A video sting operation shows Cornell’s assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, agreeing to everything suggested by an undercover muckraker posing as a Moroccan student.

Scaffido casually endorses inviting an ISIS "freedom fighter’’ to conduct a "training camp" for students at the upstate Ithaca campus bizarrely likening the activity to a sports camp.

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Mystery of the day

Nearly 14 years have passed since the anthrax attacks that followed in the wake of September 11, 2001. A great deal of medical attention, public hysteria, and national expenditure resulted from the 22 cases of bioterrorism-related anthrax that resulted in 5 deaths. Since autumn 2001, there have been no additional cases of domestic bioterrorism, other than scores of hoaxes, usually involving white powder.
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Peak Oil


Friday, March 27, 2015

Women drivers

Abandon all hope, ye who happen to park anywhere near geometrically challenged-motorist Eleanor Holmes Norton.

A HOH tipster watched in horror Wednesday as the D.C. delegate, 77, awkwardly forced her way into a wide-open spot in the carefully controlled corridor of New Jersey Avenue Southeast sandwiched between the Longworth and Cannon House Office buildings.

"If she parks like that she should not be a member of Congress anymore," one mystified observer who wisely recorded more than a minute of the automotive travesty said as the video was being captured. The tipster said Norton rubbed the correctly positioned, red sports utility vehicle to her immediate left with her improperly angled silver sedan.

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A controversial cleric, indeed

A controversial Dearborn cleric, on probation for fraud, and on the U.S. government’s radar for his extreme views, must tell the feds where and from whom his income is coming from.

They believe he is hiding assets and information.

Ahmad Jebril has failed to pay the majority of the nearly $250,000 in restitution he owes after facing 42 charges of financial fraud, they say.

Jebril’s probation is set to come to an end in mere days. He has refused to answer the U.S. Attorney’s questions, they claim. His attorney was fighting the call that he be forced to testify to his financials. Its believed he may have lied to his probation officer, and testifying could lead to new charges.

Judge Rosen said todaytoo bad. He wants Jebril to testify, but with some protections. That’s to be discussed tomorrow in further detail.

Jebril, who was reading what appeared to be a copy of the Quran in court, refused to comment, and walked away from 7 Action News cameras after court.

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Immigration losing popularity in the UK

Voters in every ethnic group want the number of migrants coming to Britain to be cut, reveals a report out today.

Overall, the survey found that 79 per cent of respondents thought immigration levels should be reduced with 59 per cent wanting a big drop.

This support for stricter border controls was shared by people from all ethnic groups, according to analysis by campaign group Migration Watch.

Some 60 per cent of Asian respondents wish to see immigration reduced, with 38 per cent wanting it down by a lot.

The same is true of black respondents with 57 per cent thinking it should be curbed and 32 per cent wanting a large cut. For those of mixed origin, 60 per cent wanted a decrease with 30 per cent wanting a big fall.

Of those classed as ‘other’ ethnicities, 56 per cent wanted a drop with 32 per cent believing there should be a large reduction.

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France shifting to the right

Final results in the first round of French local elections on Monday confirmed a move to the right, prompting Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls to plead for left-leaning parties to unite ahead of the second round.

The Socialist Party and its allies took 21.85% of the vote, behind former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s resurgent conservative UMP party and its centrist allies with 29.4%. The anti-immigration, anti-European National Front took 25.19%; an almost 10 point improvement on a comparable poll in 2011.

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Sister wives

Polygamy is widely practiced in Gazaand the women (or "sister wives") are not happy about it.

So says Asmaa Al-Ghoul, who has just exposed this practice in an article for Al Monitor. Al-Ghoul is a heroic feminist Palestinian journalist who, in 2009, was fired for her work in which she exposed honor killings on the West Bank and in Gaza; she was harassed, threatened, and nearly arrested by Hamas for this work. I interviewed her at the time by phone and published a series of articles about her.

Now, she reports that polygamy is practiced by both rich and poor in Gaza. Anecdotally, she describes "hostility" and "hatred" between a pair of "sister-wives" who visited a beauty parlor together. She also quotes a financially independent and professionally successful woman who chose to become a second wife but who now says....

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Mark Cuban is channeling Ayn Rand

Billionaire investor Mark Cuban recently commented, about a push for new regulations on the Internet, that "In my adult life I have never seen a situation that paralleled what I read in Ayn Rand’s books until now with Net Neutrality." He continued, "If Ayn Rand were an up-and-coming author today, she wouldn’t write about steel or railroads, it would be Net Neutrality."

She certainly would, but if he thinks this is the first time real life has imitated Ayn Rand’s fiction, he needs to be paying a little more attention. Atlas has been shrugging for a long, long time.

Let’s begin by looking at the case of net neutrality. The Washington Post‘s economics columnist, Robert Samuelson, makes it easier for us by comparing net neutrality toyou guessed itregulations on railroads.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lawlessness breeds more lawlessness

The lesson from the last 20 years of immigration policy is that lawlessness breeds more lawlessness. Once a people or a government decides to normalize one form of lawbreaking, other forms of lawlessness will follow until finally the rule of law itself is in profound jeopardy. Today, we have a constitutional crisis on our hands. President Obama has decided that because Congress has not granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens living in the U.S., he will do so himself. Let us ponder for a moment just how shameless this assertion of power is.

Article 2, Section 3, of the Constitution mandates that the president "shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed." This provision assumes that there is a law for the president to execute. But in this case, the "problem" that Obama is purporting to fix is the absence of a law granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. Rather than executing a law, Obama is making one uparrogating to himself a function that the Constitution explicitly allocates to Congress. Should this unconstitutional power grab stand, we will have moved very far in the direction of rule by dictator. Pace Obama, the absence of a congressional law granting amnesty is not evidence of political failure that must somehow be corrected by unilateral executive action; it is evidence of the lack of popular consensus regarding amnesty. There has been no amnesty statute to date because the political will for such an amnesty is lacking.

On February 16, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen halted President Obama’s illegal amnesty with a temporary injunction. The proposed amnesty program, Judge Hanen found, went far beyond mere prosecutorial discretion not to enforce the law against individuals. Instead, the Department of Homeland Security proposed to confer on illegal aliens a new legal status known as "legal presence." But Congress has not granted DHS the power to create and bestow legal status. The amnesty program represented a "complete abdication" of DHS’s responsibility to enforce the law, Judge Hanen declared. Indeed, DHS was actively thwarting the express will of Congress.

Pursuant to traditional canons of judicial interpretation, Judge Hanen ruled against the Obama administration on the narrowest possible grounds in order to avoid reaching the constitutional question. He based his decision on the law governing agency rulemaking, rather than on separation of powers grounds. But his rebuke was just as scathing.

The administration will likely fight the ruling through the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and, if necessary, all the way to the Supreme Court. Democrats should hope that the administration loses. They are assiduously pretending that Obama’s executive amnesty is merely an innocuous exercise of prosecutorial discretion. But if Obama’s power grab is upheld, they will rue the day that they acceded to this travesty when a Republican president decides, say, to privatize Social Security because Congress has failed to do so.

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Giant plastic island

Have you heard of the giant plastic island in the Pacific Ocean? Several times in casual conversation, I've been told that mankind is ruining the oceans to such an extent that there are now entire islands of plastic waste. Daily Kos tells us that this "island" is twice the size of Texas!

This struck me as incredible, in the most literal sense of the word, so I decided to look into the claim.

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The Bush dynasty (or curse)

The Bush family has been on something of a roll for the past five generations.

If we trace the lineage back to the mid-19th century, we see that the dynasty came to dominate in railroad, finance, and oil industries before seating two of its members in the Oval Office.

The Bushes are potentially looking to accomplish a presidential hat trick with Jeb Bush son of George H.W. Bush and younger brother of George W. Bush running for election in 2016.

While the later generations of the Bush family are the most well known, W. and Jeb have their grandfather, Prescott S. Bush, to thank for turning the family name into a dynasty.

We decided to look back at how his influence shaped the Bushes' legacy. This retrospective includes insights from Jacob Weisberg's exhaustive biography, "The Bush Tragedy," and vintage photos.

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NPR is clueless

"Israel is the biggest applause line at an evangelical Christian university?" …asks the "Lead Editor for Politics and Digital Audience" for National Public Radio. I actually don’t want to whale too badly on Domenico Montanaro: for all I know he’s kind to his mother, helps old ladies across the street, and mentors orphans. But this is a remarkably pure example of what the Left used to call ‘epistemic closure,’ before they realized that we could throw that comment right back at them, and with considerably greater impact.

You see, in the real world it’s been known for decades that Evangelical Christians in America have been rock-solid boosters of Israel. It’s partially due to theology*, partially due to an appreciation of Israel as a functional democracy and economic powerhouse in a region not really known for either, and not a little because all of Israel’s wars end with them surrounded by a circle of dead enemies**. Whatever the reason, it’s one of those things that is. That this is not known at NPR is startling. And again, probably more an indictment of the system than the people who work for it.

Some of the people who listen to it, on the other hand… hoo, boy. That link above will provide you with some real winners, when it comes to casual anti-Christian bigotry. And the worse part? They think that they’re as tolerant as they are educated… which, hey! That might even be true.

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Incentives to remain poor

Verde Point is a self-described "luxury apartment" complex with a rooftop pool and "personal wine storage" that is currently accepting public housing assistance recipients who will live there practically for free, courtesy of the taxpayers at least until they become gainfully employed and their incomes rise. That's when the pool parties and wine tastings end and they will have to downgrade to a more middle-class abode.

The Gramercy is another luxury apartment, also in Arlington, Va., where holders of the federal vouchers formerly known as Section 8 can live, taking advantage of its "massage room and sauna" and "clubroom with bar." Also included, according to its promotional materials, are a "first-class sports club," "theater/screening room," and computer room.

"Someone will actually come and do a manicure right in your home," its promotional video says, adding that the units have "Berber carpet, GE stainless steel appliances, granite countertops." There are 20 residences at the Gramercy set aside as "affordable," and where Section 8 can be used. ...

Parc Rosslyn has a whopping 101 units set aside. It also has a rooftop pool and other amenities common in luxury buildings. In exchange for government subsidies, its operators rent the 101 units at lower-than-normal rates, which can still reach as high as $1,000 a month.

Those units can also be filled, however, by the vouchers wherein the federal government picks up most of the tab. Recipients pay 30 percent of their income, and lose their vouchers if their income increases too much.

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Freshers

Queen Mary University knows how to put the ‘fresh’ into freshers. As part of a welcome to new Drama students, their lecturer screened a graphic video of her (ahem) vagina, an act described by the show’s creator Lauren Barri-Holstein as "feminist performance art concerned with the female body."

That’s easy for her to say. The shocked students were not so sure.

According to the national university student site The Tab, Barri-Holstein took the opportunity of treating her captive audience to a full tour of the biological wonders and possibilities of her lady parts.

Students who stayed through the entire show were given examples of their lecturer inserting a knife handle into her vagina and throwing tomatoes at the blade. There was a birth sequence that involved a plastic Bambi figurine and a condom blowing out of her vagina all to a background of Happy by Leona Lewis and Poison by Nicole Scherzinger.

The Tab’s art critic Matt McDonald was impressed. Or not. Seems he is sitting firmly on the fence.

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Change


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Liberal Harvard professor says Cruz is "off the charts brilliant"

Ted Cruz, who announced his presidential candidacy today, will be the subject of much vitriol in the press. But he won’t receive the epithet most coveted by liberals when they go after conservatives: They can’t say he’s stupid.

"Off the charts brilliant," is what legendary liberal Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said of his former student in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer a year ago.

Dershowitz had trouble rating another former Harvard student, Barack Obama, who despite multiple attempts couldn’t get into Dershowitz’s class.

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Hispanics want immigration enforcement

Pedro Rivera is 53 years old, Hispanic, and a retired military man. He's also part of a growing number of Hispanic Texans pushing for stronger immigration enforcement, including the passage of SB 185, which would stop cities from implementing policies banning local cops from asking immigration-related questions.

"I'm an American citizen and I believe in the rule of law," Rivera said. "And being Hispanic, I should not be granted special privilege in avoiding the law. We need officers to have all the tools available to them to keep us safe. That includes asking the question, when you're being detained for a crime or being arrested for an offense, ‘ are you here illegally? Are you a US citizen?'"

Rivera is working with Maria Espinoza, director of the Remembrance Project. Espinoza's Houston-based organization works with families of Americans killed by people in the United States illegally.

"This is a new initiative," Espinoza said, of an effort to recruit Hispanic conservatives to speak out in support of SB 185.

Espinoza's new group, which isn't exclusive to people of Hispanic origin, traveled to Austin last week and asked lawmakers to stop Texas cities, like Houston , from adopting their own immigration related policies. It's not a new fight. The Texas Senate actually passed a similar measure in 2011. It prompted protests, then stalled before becoming state law. Espinoza says a lot has changed in four years.

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Black brunch protestors

Some sort of tipping point seems to have been reached, with Sunday morning brunch patrons no longer willing to sit passively as noisy protesters attempt to guilt-trip them about being white, or having the disposable income to go out for a nice brunch, or something (in my view, mostly anger about being such losers). Gateway Pundit reports on the pushback in Atlanta and Minneapolis eateries yesterday. In Atlanta:

Black Brunch protesters invaded several Decatur, Georgia restaurants on Sunday. Protesters report two establishments called police, with managers from Sweet Melissa’s trying unsuccessfully to throw them out.


"Sweet Melissa’s staff attempts to get out #BlackBrunchATL, calls cops. @Ellevation_ like: "don’t touch me!"
"Some customers at Sweet Melissa’s reportedly pushed and talked back against the protes "#BlackBrunchATL received a number of threats/shoves at Sweet Melissa’s. "Our breakfast matters" erupted from a table."

One white man sitting at a table with Black friends was filmed vocally objecting to the protest, repeatedly saying, "You’re stirring up conflict", and at one point telling the protesters to "go home".

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Exclusively for white people

An Austin lawyer is claiming responsibility for several stickers placed on East Austin businesses that claimed they were "exclusively for white people."

Adam Reposa posted the video on YouTube and made a statement on Facebook saying he was trying promote the issue of gentrification in East Austin.

"They’re getting pushed out, and pretty quick. This area of town is turning into white’s only," Reposa said in the clip. "Not by law like it used to be, and everyone’s going to jump on, ‘that’s racist!’ ‘that’s racist!’ Man, this town, the way **** works is racist! And I knew I could just bait all of y’all into being as stupid as you are."

Reposa went on to blast people for not getting the message.

The sticker showed up on storefronts of El Chilito, Sugar Mama’s Bakery, Ingredients Grocery Store and Windmill Bicycles all on Manor Road.

The sticker reads: "Exclusively for white people. Maximum of 5 colored customers, colored BOH (Back of House) staff accepted." The sticker also includes the City of Austin logo and says the message is "sponsored by the City of Austin Contemporary Partition and Restoration Program."

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No Starbucks in mostly black cities

If Starbucks wants us to talk about race, let’s start with why they don’t have Starbucks Coffee Houses in some of America’s cities that are mostly black, or have had a racially charged history?

My friend looked up various cities, and found that there are no Starbucks Coffee Houses in many of them.

Places like Highland Park, Michigan, which is at the center of Detroit, is inhabited by a population that is 94 percent African-American. Or in Benton Harbor, Michigan, which is almost 90 percent African-American. There is not a Starbucks in either town.

There is not a Starbucks in East St. Louis, Illinois, in which 98 percent of the population is African-American. Nor is there one in Gary, Indiana, whose population is 85 percent African-American.

The recent remembrance of the march on Selma, Alabama, had the president walking down the street with many people who fought for civil rights, but once again, Selma doesn’t have a Starbucks. Neither does Ferguson, Missouri.

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Marriage privilege

Much has been written about privilege in academic settings over the past few decades. There’s the privilege of wealth, and the advantages wealth confers if a baby is lucky enough to be born into it. Much too has been written about the advantages of being born into this world as a Caucasian known in academia as "white privilege."

But not enough has been written about the most important advantage a baby can have in America: the advantage of being born with a mother and father who happen to be married. Call it "the marriage privilege" the advantages are startling.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Is Ted Cruz eligible to be president?

As Ted Cruz announces his White House candidacy, let me forestall a new round of birtherism prompted by the discovery that the Texas senator was actually born in a different oil patch: Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I looked at the whole "natural-born citizen" requirement a couple of years ago and concluded that Cruz’s eligibility for the presidency is an easy legal call. Here’s the heart of the matter:

So the one remaining question is whether Ted Cruz was a citizen at birth. That’s an easy one. The Nationality Act of 1940 outlines which children become "nationals and citizens of the United States at birth." In addition to those who are born in the United States or born outside the country to parents who were both citizens … citizenship goes to babies born to one American parent who has spent a certain number of years here.

That single-parent requirement has been amended several times, but under the law in effect between 1952 and 1986 Cruz was born in 1970 someone must have a citizen parent who resided in the United States for at least 10 years, including five after the age of 14, in order to be considered a natural-born citizen. Cruz’s mother, Eleanor Darragh, was born in Delaware, lived most of her life in the United States, and gave birth to little Rafael Edward Cruz in her 30s.

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Quote of the day

Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.

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Revolts are commonplace, rulers don't like them

The history of every group of men who ever obeyed a living Authority is a history of revolts against all forms of that Government.

Look at any available records of any people, living anywhere at any time in the whole history of the Old World.

They revolt against their King, and replace him by another King; they revolt against him, and set up another King. In time they revolt against monarchy; they set up another kind of living Authority. For generations or centuries, they revolt and change these rulers; then they revolt against that kind of Authority, and set up another kind.

From Nebuchadnezzar to Hitler, history is one long record of revolts against certain living rulers, and revolt against kinds of living Authority.

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Moonbeam speaks

California Governor Jerry Brown has declared senator Ted Cruz is "unfit for office", because Cruz doesn’t believe that global warming is the cause of the extreme cold in America’s North East.

According to CNN;
"What he said is absolutely false," Brown said. "Over 90% of the scientists who deal with climate are absolutely convinced that the humans’ activity, industrial activity … are building up in the atmosphere, they’re heat trapping, and they’re causing not just one drought in California but severe storms and cold on the East Coast."
What can I say without experts like Jerry to explain the science to us, some of us might have wondered whether extreme cold in the North East, even after 30 years of "dangerous" global warming, and 18 years of no rise in global temperature, and record busting growth of Antarctic sea ice, might mean that someone made a mistake.

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Ending subsidies

Thousands of wind turbines have sprung up across West Texas and up and down the Gulf Coast. Companies as diverse as Google and Dow Chemical are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in Texas in a race to lower their carbon emissions. With almost 20 percent of the country’s total capacity, Texas has become the undisputed king of wind energy.

With so much success, state politicians are asking whether it’s time for Texas to end its support for the renewable power industry.

State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, the chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, has filed legislation to end the very renewable energy program he championed a decade ago, when wind power was still in its infancy.

What began as a goal of 2,000 megawatts of renewable energy in 1999 was eventually increased to 10,000 megawatts, to be met by 2025. But wind boomed far beyond estimates. Texas passed that 2025 goal five years ago and now counts 12,800 megawatts of wind power at times supplying more than a quarter of the electricity on the grid.

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