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  • Obama threatens to pounce on Trump

    01/19/2017 7:16:27 AM PST · by rktman · 50 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 1/18/2017 | Chelsea Schilling
    In his final news conference as president Wednesday, Barack Obama vowed to step off the political sidelines if incoming President Donald Trump dares to “round up” children of illegal immigrants, “roll back voting rights” or otherwise engage in “systemic discrimination.” Obama offered hints about his post-White House plans when he indicated he would take a more activist role to defend “core values that may be at stake” under a Trump administration. “If I saw systematic discrimination [is] being ratified in some fashion. I put in that category explicit or functional obstacles to people being able to vote, to exercise their...
  • Are You Not Alarmed? (Liberal Putz alert)

    01/19/2017 7:06:15 AM PST · by pabianice · 14 replies
    NY Times Fishwrap ^ | 1/19/17 | Blow
    I continue to be astonished that not enough Americans are sufficiently alarmed and abashed by the dangerous idiocies that continue to usher forth from the mouth of the man who will on Friday be inaugurated as president of the United States. Toss ideology out of the window. This is about democracy and fascism, war and peace, life and death. I wish that I could write those words with the callous commercialism with which some will no doubt read them, as overheated rhetoric simply designed to stir agitation, provoke controversy and garner clicks. But alas, they are not. These words are...
  • Self-Driving Cars Will Decide Who Lives & Who Dies

    01/18/2017 10:09:45 AM PST · by fishtank · 102 replies
    Industrial Equipment News ^ | 1-18-2017 | Matt O'Brien
    Self-Driving Cars Will Decide Who Lives & Who Dies But how will they make that decision? Contributor: Matt O'Brien BOSTON (AP) — Imagine you're behind the wheel when your brakes fail. As you speed toward a crowded crosswalk, you're confronted with an impossible choice: veer right and mow down a large group of elderly people, or veer left into a woman pushing a stroller. Now imagine you're riding in the back of a self-driving car. How would it decide?
  • The Phony ‘Public-Health Crisis’ of Gun Violence

    01/18/2017 9:46:00 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 1/16/2017 | Vik Khanna
    Two major medical journals have decided to renew the academic medical establishment’s assault on gun owners. The first shot across the bow appeared in the November 8 Journal of the American Medical Association, where esteemed Stanford University health economist Victor Fuchs published a paper on the problem of life expectancy in the black community. Near the end of his lamentation, Fuchs asserts that increasing life expectancy in the black community “depends more on public health measures such as gun control than on medical care.” The second shot came with the release of the January issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, which...
  • ‘Heteropatriarchy’ is a Phrase Used in Academia

    01/18/2017 7:40:17 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 22 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 18, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    One of the many ironies in academe is the degree to which academics invert reality. This tendency is usually on full display at the Modern Language Association (MLA) annual convention at which thousands of English professors from around the world gather to see and hear previews of the latest courses and "studies" that proliferate in academe. For example, at the latest gab fest in Philadelphia, GerShun Avilez of the Department of Sexual Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill quoted at length from a poem nearly three decades old by a noted, at least at the MLA,...
  • The Obamas’ post-presidency money machine

    01/18/2017 7:32:57 AM PST · by rktman · 21 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/18/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    How greedy will the Obamas be, once they are free to start making deals with speakers’ bureaus, book publishers, television broadcasters, movie producers, boards of directors, and other providers of part time and episodic employment of the most lucrative sort? Most unfortunately for the plucky couple, the last Democrats to leave the White House gave a bad name to the shameless pursuit of wealth from megarich interests. So a man in his early fifties vitally concerned over his historical legacy might want to think twice about cashing in. But the Obamas have demonstrated a love of luxury, perhaps the product...
  • Davos Elite Fret About Inequality Over Vintage Wine and Canapés

    01/18/2017 7:21:59 AM PST · by pabianice · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/18/17 | Goodman
    Same as every other year, Davos is again plastered with the slogan of the World Economic Forum: “Committed to Improving the State of the World.” But whatever improvements are supposed to be made, one can safely assume they will not conflict with those in attendance continuing to enjoy the state of the world as it is now, with canapés and aged Bordeaux and private jets at the ready.
  • Governor's grab of cash for roads risks fight in legislature

    01/17/2017 11:14:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 17, 2017 | Bob Christie, Associated Press
    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's decision to again take for other uses state gas tax money intended to help cities and counties build and repair roads is getting a cold reception from some in the Legislature. The Republican governor's budget proposal for the year starting July 1 eliminates $86.5 million in highway spending in the current year, a decision likely to spur a fight with lawmakers from both parties who have been seeking a permanent stop to shifts of cash for road work to other uses. Legislation that would bar the practice and require gas tax money only...
  • New Veritas Video (#2) Exposes Far Left's Plan to Use Violence and Terrorism During Inauguration

    01/17/2017 2:48:15 PM PST · by Maceman · 57 replies
    Mrc TV ^ | 1/17/27
    As if yesterday’s Project Veritas video wasn’t enough to prove just how crazy the left is over the election of President-elect Donald Trump, James O’Keefe's organization has come out with the second part of their undercover series on the inner-workings of the organizations planning to disrupt Trump inauguration on Friday. O’Keefe begins his video by talking about a group known as DisruptJ20. J20 stands for Jan. 20, which is the date of the inauguration. It’s as if these yo-yos think that by shortening the date to J20, all of the non-hipsters won’t catch onto them. The video shows how these...
  • 2017 – “No Fear”… (Brietbart pic - McNaughton)

    01/17/2017 10:47:53 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | January 17, 2017 | by sundance
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  • How to Talk Trump With Your Terrified Progressive Adult Children

    01/17/2017 10:39:33 AM PST · by tekrat · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1/16/2017 | Mark Ellis
    If you’re like most American citizens, you’ve probably already personally confronted the place on the President Donald Trump love-hate spectrum that is opposite of yours. It may involve friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers. The singular characteristic of this dichotomy—though there are many points on the spectrum that are not absolute--is a polarized opinion of our new commander in chief. Possibly the prickliest dynamic will be the interface between conservative parents and progressive-minded young adult children who have been steeped in a milieu of academic and cultural anti-conservatism. Such children—whether in public or private schools—have been propagandized by subtle or...
  • Conservative Professors at Wake Forest Speak Out

    01/17/2017 7:56:51 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 1/16/2017 | Tom Knighton
    While so much of what we hear about academia has a extreme leftist bent to it, it's important to remember that there are a number of conservative professors floating around. They simply tend to remain silent for obvious reasons. The Wake Forest Review decided to take a look at the situation, and found that -- according to North Carolina's Public Voter Search -- about 11 percent of tenured, tenure-track, and teaching professors vote conservative. They then spoke with some of the professors about their experiences: “ Politics has replaced the pursuit of truth,” said a professor in the social sciences....
  • Texas may snuff out smoking for anyone younger than 21

    01/17/2017 7:08:00 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies
    dallasnews.com ^ | 1/16/2017 | unknown
    Raising the minimum legal age to buy products like cigarettes and chewing tobacco has been the goal of Texas Democrats for at least a decade. But with Republicans decrying the effort as an infringement on personal liberty that could cost the state millions of dollars in lost tax revenue, the wish went up in smoke every time it was proposed. Five times, Uresti has tried to convince fellow lawmakers that hiking the smoking age will save lives and reduce the state’s health care costs in the long term. He started small in 2007, proposing Texas raise the tobacco purchase age...
  • Ads in two dozen cities offer protesters up to $2,500 to agitate at Trump inaugural

    01/17/2017 7:00:42 AM PST · by rktman · 89 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 1/17/2017 | Valerie Richardson
    Donald Trump may have a point about paid protesters: Job ads running in more than 20 cities offer $2,500 per month for agitators to demonstrate at this week’s presidential inauguration events. Demand Protest, a San Francisco company that bills itself as the “largest private grassroots support organization in the United States,” posted identical ads Jan. 12 in multiple cities on Backpage.com seeking “operatives.” “Get paid fighting against Trump!” says the ad.
  • The Definitive Field Guide to Black Bloc Terrorists Who Want to Shut Down Trump Inauguration

    01/17/2017 6:51:51 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/17/2017 | Lee Stranahan
    With the inauguration of Donald Trump just days away, droves of his supporters are preparing to meet in Washington D.C. to welcome the new President. But there are also darker forces assembling; a gathering of at least 75 anarchist, socialist and communist groups preparing for an event called #DisruptJ20 that has officially called for violent Black Bloc protesters to gather at 10:00 am on Friday, January 20th in Washington D.C. at the Logan Circle and the Francis Scott Key Memorial. The group’s call-to-arms is blunt: Wear all black | January 20th, 10 AM | Logan Circle, DC We are calling...
  • State Department Held Stress Workshops After Trump’s Win

    01/17/2017 6:48:06 AM PST · by pabianice · 17 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/17/17 | Follow
    The State Department held stress management sessions following Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, providing employees tips for how to cope with change so they do not “become paralyzed by fear.” The workshops, titled “The Emotional Transition: Managing the Stress of Change,” were held by the State Department’s Bureau of Medical Services on Dec. 8 and 14, just one month after the department’s former boss, Hillary Clinton, was defeated.
  • Ex-Black Panther GRILLS ‘Illegitimate Congressman’ John Lewis — ‘A Little Girl (T)

    01/17/2017 6:43:48 AM PST · by rktman · 29 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/16/2017 | Christian Datoc
    Mason Weaver told Tucker Carlson Monday night that Georgia Democrat John Lewis is an “illegitimate congressman.” “He has done nothing,” the former Black Panther told Carlson on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “John Lewis, bless his heart — it took courage to do what he did in his early life. What he has done now, he has turned himself to his enemy.” Weaver compared Lewis to “a little girl being beaten by Daddy and joins Daddy,” and “a woman beaten by her husband who joins the husband.” “He has joined the enemy.” John Lewis (D-GA), Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Weaver proclaimed...
  • What Comes After Repeal? How to Fix American Health Care, Part 2

    01/16/2017 8:57:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 13, 2017 | Jim DeMint
    Thursday, I laid out the case for why Obamacare should be repealed, instead of propped up and tinkered on by additional top-down, boardroom thinking. It’s clear that whatever replaces Obamacare must focus on quality and incremental local solutions, not one-size-fits-all government mandates.In this respect, the federal government’s biggest task for replacing Obamacare is to get out of the way and let state policymakers and health care providers innovate.First off, let’s get clear what Americans want: They’d like many choices of affordable health insurance plans that allow them to choose their doctors. They want to buy a plan when they are...
  • These eight US states have shrunk in 2016

    01/16/2017 11:55:05 AM PST · by fwdude · 71 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | Jan 16, 2017 | Shannon Roberts
    New York, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Connecticut, Vermont, Illinois, and West Virginia all experienced shrinking populations in 2015-2016 according to figures recently released by the United States Census Bureau. This was in part due to internal migration by people seeking new employment opportunities, warmer weather or retirement in other states. Despite some states benefitting from migration and higher birth rates (Utah was the fastest growing state with a 2 percent gain), the overall growth rate of the United States population reached its lowest point since the Depression era. The annual growth rate of below 0.7 per cent was the lowest since...
  • Trump May Pick A Prominent Global Warming Skeptic As His Science Czar(yes please)

    01/16/2017 8:43:21 AM PST · by rktman · 37 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/16/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    President-elect Donald Trump met with a Princeton University physicist and skeptic of man-made global warming who observers believe could be the next White House science czar. Trump met with Dr. Will Happer in New York City Friday. Happer didn’t take any questions entering or leaving Trump Tower last week, so it’s hard to say what the meetings were about. Trump has yet to fill key energy and science roles in his administration. Happer served as the director of the Office of Energy Research at the Energy Department under former President George H.W. Bush. Trump could ask Happer to head the...
  • Race Offender HUD $1M, Lied On Resume To Get Job With Minority Status Contractor(buckwheat)

    01/16/2017 8:32:04 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/15/2017 | Luke Rosiak
    Mary Kinney quietly retired last year as Ginnie Mae’s chief operating officer after officials there paid $900,000 to settle a subordinate’s racism complaint against her, then cashed in on her public service experience to land a position in a firm that uses minority status to win non-competitive government contracts. Kinney — who is caucasian — also claimed the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) picked her for its most prestigious employee award in 2015, after it found out about conduct it called “utterly humiliating” and “race denigrating” toward blacks and determined that “discriminatory malice permeated her mindset.” But HUD...
  • Could Western Civilization Be Saved If Most Europeans Converted to Judaism?

    01/16/2017 6:57:13 AM PST · by pinochet · 80 replies
    Israel is the only country in the Western world, where birth rates are above the replacement level of 2 children per woman. Of all Western nations, Israel shows the greatest resistance to cultural suicide. If Europeans do not increase their birth rates, the future of Europe will be Muslim. Judaism is one of the founding cultures of Western civilization, alongside the Ancient Greek and the Ancient Roman cultures. Jews have lived in Europe since 300 BC. The Ancient Greek and Roman cultures died out, but Judaism still survives. Judaism is the longest-lasting culture of Western civilization, having been around for...
  • When the ‘Enlightened’ Left Doesn’t Get Its Way, Expect Riots and Death Threats

    01/16/2017 5:31:56 AM PST · by rktman · 29 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/16/2017 | Mike Brown
    After many hours of hard work, I’ve put together an exhaustive list of the prominent celebrities who chose not to perform at President Obama’s inaugural ceremonies in 2009 and 2013 because they were threatened with death, boycotts, or ostracism. The grand total, to my knowledge, is zero, despite the right’s deep antipathy of Barack Obama. But when it comes to the inauguration of Donald Trump, Andrea Bocelli, the wonderfully gifted, blind operatic tenor, has decided not to perform, despite being a friend of the president-elect. And reports indicate that it was not just because he was threatened with a boycott;...
  • Obama Fades Away As Trump Laughs At His Enemies

    01/16/2017 5:21:39 AM PST · by rktman · 41 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/16/2017 | Kurt Schlichter
    America’s Nobody-in-Chief is finally going away, his last spasm of rhetorical onanism completely overshadowed by Donald Trump neatly turning the tables on the media purveyors of that fake dossier that tried and failed to paint the PEOTUS as the second coming of Bob Crane. Good riddance. And welcome President Trump. I have a simple two-word request for you: Avenge us! The last two months have been hysterically funny as President Faily McWorsethancarter desperately tried to remain relevant. He’s taken leading from behind to a whole new level – he’s actually now behind behind. No one is listening to him. No...
  • How Barack Obama Fundamentally Transformed the United States

    01/16/2017 4:15:42 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 15, 2017 | Paul Kengor
    It was a bold statement, revolutionary even, surpassed only by the response of those in attendance, who, rather than pausing to reflect upon such an audacious assertion, wildly applauded. To be sure, these Obama enthusiasts would have ecstatically cheered anything he said at that moment. There was a full-fledged personality cult in motion at that time. The new president could have promised anything and received a giddy reaction. Obama himself admitted to serving as a kind of “blank screen” upon which Americans desiring some warm-and-fuzzy “hope and change” could project whatever they wanted. But even then, the words “fundamentally transform”...
  • College Professors Organize National ‘Teach-In’ to Challenge ‘Trumpism'

    01/16/2017 2:10:39 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/15/17 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Some 25 colleges and universities – many of them public – have answered a call by professors at UCLA to use their regular class time to “teach, organize, and resist” what they view as the discriminatory political agenda of President-elect Donald Trump. Slated for Wednesday, January 18, the teach-in, dubbed #J18, is taking place between the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and Trump’s inauguration. The event’s planners say: Let it be known that on #J18 and beyond, universities, colleges, and high schools refused to bear silent witness to the politics of hate and fear; that in these times, these places...
  • The Synagogues Are Burning Again in Germany

    01/15/2017 4:11:32 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Stream ^ | January 13, 2017 | The Synagogues Are Burning Again in Germany
    There is shocking news this week from Germany. Three Palestinian Muslims who torched a synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany have been given suspended sentences because their actions allegedly represented a justified criticism of Israel. A regional court has upheld the decision of a lower court, also agreeing that the actions of these Muslim men were not antisemitic. And to think that this happened in Germany, a nation that still bears the shame of the Holocaust.According to many historians, the Holocaust began on the evening of Nov. 9, 1938, known today as Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. On that fateful...
  • Pope Francis meets with Mahmoud Abbas as the Palestinian Embassy to the Holy See is inaugurated

    01/15/2017 12:24:38 PM PST · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Asia News ^ | January 14, 2017 | unknown
    Pope Francis met this morning with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in a private audience at the Vatican. The meeting, which began at 10.12, lasted 20 minutes in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, some sources report. During the tęte-ŕ-tęte, the Palestinian president said that the "Pope loves the Palestinian people and loves peace." Mahmoud Abbas told the press afterwards that "The Holy See has recognised Palestine as an independent state, and I hope other countries will follow the Vatican’s example and recognise the Palestinian state." In a cordial atmosphere, Pope Francis embraced President Abbas and told him “It is a pleasure...
  • France Warns Trump: Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem A ‘Provocation’(uh oh!)

    01/15/2017 7:13:03 AM PST · by rktman · 62 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/15/2017 | Deborah Danan
    Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem as per President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promise is a “provocation” that would result in “serious consequences,” France warned at Sunday’s peace summit in Paris. Foreign ministers from around 70 nations gathered in Paris Sunday in an attempt to urge Israeli and Palestinian leaders to recommit to the so-called two-state solution. Representatives from the United Nations, European Union, Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation were also in attendance. However, neither Israel nor the Palestinians had any representation at the conference.
  • Clinton Global Initiative shutting down

    01/15/2017 7:02:00 AM PST · by rktman · 20 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/15/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Nobody pays bribes to people unable to deliver favors. Thus, we learn that the Clinton Global Initiative will be shutting down and heartlessly laying off 22 workers. New York State is so concerned that it has issued a WARN Notice:
  • Singer Pulls Out of Inauguration Concert; Writes Apology Letter to The LGBT Community

    01/15/2017 6:50:48 AM PST · by rktman · 48 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/15/2017 | Christine Rousselle
    Just days after it was announced that Jennifer Holliday would be performing at the Make America Great Again! concert welcoming people to the inauguration, the singer has backed out from the event. Holliday cited backlash from her LGBT fans as for why she will no longer be partaking in the festivities.
  • ThinkProgress Senior Editor Is Scared of His Plumber

    01/15/2017 6:25:13 AM PST · by pabianice · 101 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/15/17 | Follow
    A visit from a plumber left ThinkProgress senior editor Ned Resnikoff “rattled” due to fear that the plumber may have voted for Donald Trump. Resnikoff said his fear was rooted in the chance that the plumber knew he was Jewish. “While I had him in the apartment, I couldn’t stop thinking about whether he had voted for Trump, whether he knew my last name is Jewish, and how that knowledge might change the interaction we were having inside my own home,” he said. The “uncertainty” of the situation left Resnikoff “rattled for some time.” “I have no real reason to...
  • The Slants will finally have their day in court

    01/14/2017 9:49:21 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 1/14/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    On Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the trademark denial case of The Slants, a band which is far more famous for their ostensibly offensive name than any of their hits on the Billboard charts. (If you read the linked article you will learn that The Slants have gained the coveted endorsement of Dykes on Bikes.) This case has been brewing for a while and potentially has a direct impact on the Washington Redskins team name debate because both involve the approval of trademarked names by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Slants were turned down...
  • Latest ‘Why She Lost’ Clinton Conspiracy Theory Is About People Seeing Tabloids In Grocery Lines

    01/14/2017 9:31:12 AM PST · by rktman · 73 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/13/2017 | Phillip Stucky
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost the presidential race against President-elect Donald Trump in November, and a Friday report from Politico asserts supermarket tabloids are to blame. Media reporter Jack Shafer asserts that the sheer volume of anti-Clinton reporting from tabloids, Fox News and Breitbart was just too much for Democrats to fight effectively during the course of the campaign. Shafer acknowledges that no one really reads tabloids like The National Enquirer and The Globe, citing the fact that Enquirer only has a weekly circulation of 342,071 issues, down significantly from the publication’s height of 5.9 million issues during...
  • Samantha Power Warns Against Cutting US Funding to UN

    01/14/2017 7:38:41 AM PST · by rktman · 87 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/14/2017 | Breitbart Jerusalem
    US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power on Friday warned that cutting US funding to the United Nations would be “extremely detrimental” to American interests, one week before Donald Trump’s administration takes office. Addressing her final news conference, Power told reporters that “countries like Russia and China” would benefit from Washington’s reduced standing at the United Nations if funding were withdrawn. “We lead the world, in part, by leading at the UN,” said Power, who is stepping down next week after four years as President Barack Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations.
  • Thousands of protesters already descending on DC for inauguration

    01/14/2017 7:14:55 AM PST · by pabianice · 63 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/14/17 | Lovelace
    Anarchists Plan Mass Disruptions at Trump Inaugueration Thousands of anti-Trump protesters are preparing to descend on the nation's capital for Inauguration Day, setting up a combustible situation opposite the large gatherings of the president-elect's fans... The "Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparation" also will hold a rally and march on Saturday at Freedom Plaza, according to a permit issued by the National Park Service that has allotted space for 600 people... The Westboro Baptist Church has a permit to demonstrate at John Marshall Park located along the parade route on Inauguration Day, the same site where...
  • Scare Pollution: A Review

    01/14/2017 6:55:27 AM PST · by rktman · 2 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/14/2017 | Charles Battig
    Steve Milloy is one persistent gentleman. Combining his legal and statistical education, he has spent most of his years ferreting out the false use of statistical techniques in the field of epidemiology. He continues the same quest in his latest book Scare Pollution: Why and How to Fix the EPA (2016) Bench Press. This is his sixth such book since Science-Based Risk Assessment: A Piece of the Superfund Puzzle (1995). .... EPA as an all-powerful federal agency lacking cabinet-level status continues to the present. It has developed itself into a self-perpetuating rogue agency which defies congressional oversight attempts, as Milloy...
  • Inequality and Skin in the Game

    01/14/2017 3:03:02 AM PST · by oblomov · 14 replies
    Medium ^ | 27 Dec 2016 | Nassim N. Taleb
    There is inequality and inequality. The first is the inequality people tolerate, such as one’s understanding compared to that of people deemed heroes, say Einstein, Michelangelo, or the recluse mathematician Grisha Perelman, in comparison to whom one has no difficulty acknowledging a large surplus. This applies to entrepreneurs, artists, soldiers, heroes, the singer Bob Dylan, Socrates, the current local celebrity chef, some Roman Emperor of good repute, say Marcus Aurelius; in short those for whom one can naturally be a “fan”. You may like to imitate them, you may aspire to be like them; but you don’t resent them. The...
  • The Bush Sisters Wrote the Obama Girls A Letter(barf alert!)

    01/13/2017 8:29:53 AM PST · by rktman · 63 replies
    time.com ^ | 1/12/2017 | barbara bush
    In eight years, you have done so much. Seen so much. You stood at the gates of the Robben Island cell where South Africa’s Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for decades, your arms around your father. You traveled to Liberia and Morocco with your mom to talk with girls about the importance of education—girls who saw themselves in you, saw themselves in your parents, saw who they could become if they continued to study and learn. You attended state dinners, hiked in national parks, met international leaders and managed to laugh at your dad’s jokes during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon,...
  • Marxism: The Real Reason the Far-Left Provokes Racial Conflict

    01/12/2017 1:36:34 PM PST · by DavidThomas · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 1/12/2017 | David Byrne
    The end of Obama presidency and Martin Luther King Day day provide an opportunity to analyze race relations after eight years of the first (half) black president. From one perspective, it hasn’t been successful. That racial tension has increased since 2008 is undeniable. One poll finds that 55% of Americans believe race relations have deteriorated under Obama, while only 8% feel they have improved. The New York Times writes 60% of Americans (including the majority of blacks and whites) feel that race relations are generally bad, much higher than 2008. Riots have recently rocked communities like Ferguson, Milwaukee and Charlotte....
  • Civil Rights History, MLA-style

    01/12/2017 11:11:29 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 12, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Occasionally, professors at the Modern Language Association (MLA) have good points to make. Unfortunately, they soon get buried in the MLA's favorite themes and concepts. "Chicago remains one of the most deeply segregated cities in the United States," Soyica Diggs Colbert of Georgetown said at this year's MLA convention in Philadelphia. She then went on to explore "theories of white gender as a performative," "white gender problems," "white supremacist desire to control black people," and "misapprehension" of "vertices of domination." Colbert spoke at "a special session" of the MLA conference on "Queering the Civil Rights Movement." Actually, Colbert and her...
  • Mark Levin: Time Patriots Stand Our Ground In Defense Of Donald Trump

    01/12/2017 7:39:25 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 167 replies
    Rick Wells ^ | 01/12/17 | Rick Wells
    Mark Levin wants to once and for all put the difficult election behind the American patriots, be they Republican or of other persuasions, avid Trump supporters or reluctant, whole-hearted or less so. He says, “It is time. It is time that we stand our ground in defending Donald Trump’s legitimacy and the fact that he is the President-elect and to become the president.” Levin, who it’s better to have arriving late to the party than out driving around lost in the wrong neighborhood, says, “Because I’m telling you right now and I’ve told you before, the media, the Praetorian Guard...
  • EXCLUSIVE: HUD Spent Almost $1M To Cover Up Accusation Against Top Exec

    01/12/2017 7:07:30 AM PST · by rktman · 20 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/11/2017 | Luke Rosiak
    Taxpayers wrote a $900,000 settlement check to a federal employee to compensate her for once being likened to a “Little Rascals” character by her boss, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group (TheDCNF) has learned. The secret settlement appears to be one of the largest-ever discrimination settlement payouts to an individual federal employee. The payment came after an Equal Opportunity Employment office ruled that the remark was racist and accepted without challenge the claim that it caused nearly a million dollars worth of emotional harm. The offending boss was Mary K. Kinney, then-executive vice president of Ginnie Mae, which is...
  • Black Democrat: Going Last at Sessions Hearing Like Being Sent to ‘Back of the Bus’

    01/12/2017 6:16:31 AM PST · by rktman · 57 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/11/2017 | Adelle Nazarian
    On Wednesday, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) — head of the Congressional Black Caucus — blasted the Senate Judiciary Committee’s decision to have three black members of Congress testify last at Sen. Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) Tuesday confirmation hearing for attorney general, saying it was the equivalent of being sent to the “back of the bus.” “First I want to address my concerns about being made to testify at the end of the witness panels,” Richmond said, according to The Hill. “To have a senator, a House member, and living civil rights legend testify at the end of all of this is...
  • Exclusive–Khizr Khan: ‘I Really Have No Animosity Towards’ President-Elect Trump(Whew!)

    01/12/2017 5:17:15 AM PST · by rktman · 38 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/11/2017 | Neil W. McCabe
    The Gold Star father of Capt. Humayun Khan, who blasted President-elect Donald J. Trump at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, told Breitbart News that he has “no animosity” towards Trump, though he still opposes Trump’s policies. “I really have no animosity towards him, but towards his policies? Yes,” said Khizr Khan, a attorney and supporter of Hillary R. Clinton in the last presidential election. “If he says: ‘We must reconcile. We will treat all citizens equally in all of this and there is no discrimination based on religion or race and all that’ I will support him,” Khan said. “My...
  • The one act that defined President Barack Obama

    01/12/2017 4:59:39 AM PST · by NYer · 67 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 12, 2017 | Peter Heck
    It is fitting that presidents give farewell messages.  But given the venue and setting President Obama had chosen, it was fairly easy to surmise that this would be a final political rally and national lecture. I will simply recount the one lasting legacy of Barack Obama that will always be emblazoned in my memory.  When I think of him, I will think of this.  When I reflect on his promised era of hope and change, I will be drawn to this image.  Despite your personal feelings on his coolness, his character, his charisma, or his competence, Barack Obama will forever...
  • They’re Better Than You

    01/12/2017 4:59:16 AM PST · by rktman · 5 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/12/2017 | Derek Hunter
    Be honest. You know the people in Hollywood are better than you are. I’d be willing to bet Leonardo DiCaprio has slept with way more Victoria’s Secret models than you have, and Natalie Portman has a much more impressive stock portfolio. You fly coach? Gross. You think George Clooney flies coach? Or even first class? Private, baby. And that makes actors better AND smarter than you are. That’s why people who hear the word “no” only when it’s in a script or their agent is yelling it at a studio head until they add another zero to your check are...
  • Obama's farewell address longer than Reagan's, Clinton's and George W. Bush's combined

    01/11/2017 3:20:29 PM PST · by yoe · 29 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 10, 2017 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Video. Clinton spoke for 7 minutes, 25 seconds; Reagan spoke for 20 minutes, 42 seconds; and George W. Bush spoke for 13 minutes, 7 seconds. Obama spoke for 51 minutes, 10 seconds, nearly 10 minutes longer than the other three put together. Obama also broke from the tradition of delivering his final speech from the White House. Clinton and Reagan both spoke from the Oval Office, and George W. Bush spoke in front of a small audience in the White House East Room; the Obama administration distributed public tickets for his speech at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago....
  • Right-Wing People are Better Looking than Those on the Left, Study Claims

    01/11/2017 11:49:32 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 57 replies
    Research has found that being attractive influences many things in a person's life -- their salary, their popularity and grades in school, even the prison sentences they receive. So why not their politics? A recently published study in the Journal of Public Economics concludes that the attractiveness of a candidate does correlate with their politics. They find that politicians on the right are more good looking in Europe, the United States and Australia. The research also suggests that voters correctly see candidates who are more good looking as more likely to be conservative.
  • Mugging Melville

    01/11/2017 7:07:45 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 26 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 11, 2017, | Malcolm A. Kline
    One of the speakers at this year’s Modern Language Association (MLA) meeting brought up a fascinating quote by William Wordsworth that may well be an indictment of the annual conclave of English professors: "To dissect is to murder." If that is so, much of the professoriat at the MLA meeting could be up on assault charges. If he hadn't already passed away, Herman Melville might want to file such a complaint. Melville, of course, is the author of Moby Dick. Many will probably recognize this as the one about a one-legged sea captain pursuing a great big whale. Yet and...