February 2014

Babies Born With Sense of Morality

The UK Daily Mail reports that researchers at Yale University devised several tests that they say showed that babies under a year old had an innate sense of "naëve morality," as opposed to a blank mental slate that would be formed by their interactions with older members and their experiences.

Winter Weather

The flue is assaulting my immune system so probably no blogging today.

Horrified by the bloodshed in Venezuela

Here are seven people (plus the Nation magazine) to thank for it. Seven people who supported Chavez and his goons while they were oppressing and killing people.

And on the Crime Beat

A man who escaped from DeSoto police custody is now in jail after calling 911 to complain his handcuffs were too tight.

Muslim Music Critics

Muslims Worldwide Sign Petition To Ban Katy Perry's New Video from YouTube.

The Conflict Between Progessives' Values and Their Lives

MIT professor Noam Chomsky, for example, one of the most prominent left-wing critics of America, has called capitalism a “grotesque catastrophe,” one “crafted to induce hopelessness, resignation, and despair.” Yet Chomsky, Schweitzer writes, is “himself a shrewd capitalist, worth millions, with money in the dreaded and evil stock market, and at least one tax haven to cut down on those pesky inheritance taxes that he says are so important.” Chomsky has set up an irrevocable trust to shelter his money, with his tax attorney and his daughter as trustees. Fans of redistributing wealth via the income tax like Chomsky are careful to make sure that somebody else pays for their political idealism.

The Idiocy of the New York Times

A NYT editorial: It was the United States that supplied the insatiable demand for (drug lord) Mr. Guzmán’s products, along with the money and the guns. Responsibility for the continuing tragedy that spawned criminals like Mr. Guzmán belongs on both sides of our shared border.

(This is utter nonsense. The U.S. did not supply the guns for Mexican drug gangs, unless the NYT means fast and furious. Drug Lords had the money to buy submarines to transport their product. Their guns did not come from second-rate gun shops on the Arizona border. There is an appetite for drugs in the U.S. but the NYT should be editorilizing against taking drugs if this bothers them, and it should. The responsibility for Guzman's murderious reign is Guzman's.)

The Most Dangerous Woman in America

  She is the prominent Washington attorney who represents several clients victimized by the criminal misconduct of the IRS over the past four years. She speaks with authority when she asserts that the Obama administration is responsible for “lies upon lies” covering up the multifarious, politically inspired wrongdoing of the IRS.

They Left Out Chocolate and Barbecue Ribs

Seven foods that were supposed to be incredibly unhealthy but are anything but.

Why We Lost The War on Poverty

From the end of World War II until 1964 the poverty rate in this country was cut in half. Further, 94% of the change in the poverty rate over this period can be explained by changes in per capita income alone. Economic growth is clearly the most effective antipoverty weapon ever devised by man....But we didn’t continue the trend. In 1965 we launched a War on Poverty. And as the graph shows, in the years that followed the portion of Americans living in poverty barely budged