Interesting Bits

04/30/2017 1:32

Academic Malfeasance: U. Of Arkansas Disinvites Phyllis Chesler

That bigotry triumphed in Fayetteville last week. Chesler’s scholarship exposing the horrific crimes of honor killings and forced marriages sank her invitation not because she’s “Islamophobic,” but precisely because her work undermines the Wahhabi-funded cult of victimology. By its tenets, because all Muslims are victims of Western colonialism and prejudice, no exposure of systemic social problems in Muslim societies—including the brutal slaughter of women—can be allowed, much less supported.

An iron triangle of politicized professors, pusillanimous deans, and petrodollars won the day in Arkansas, a triangle that must be broken for freewheeling debate to be restored at American universities.

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04/30/2017 6:50

Isn't Diversity Great...

British experts say Knife crime up 14% because gang warfare is becoming 'embedded in our culture'

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04/30/2017 6:40

When Science Becomes a Religion

Which brings us to an article Bret Stephens wrote in his new venue, the NY Times. It was really a rather modest suggestion that people listen to both sides of the issue—not so much on AGW (which he himself seems to believe is true) as on whether we know enough to accurately predict the future of AGW and/or to fix the problems it may cause.

The Twitter storm this caused has been virulent. But if AGW (and intervention to halt or slow its effects) is your religion, then someone like Stephens becomes the AGW devil. Then this sort of response seems perfectly reasonable (if crass):

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04/30/2017 6:38

Think That's Been Made Clear

Study Finds Democrats Least Tolerant of Opposing Views (This is not a surprise)

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04/29/2017 8:33

What a Shocker

Yesterday, police in London arrested a man who was carrying two knives near the Parliament building on suspicion of planning an attack. Today police revealed he is 27-year-old Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali. According to the Guardian, just a few years ago Ali was a “humanitarian activist” who participated in an aid convoy to Gaza.

(I'm shocked, shocked that gambling is going on in this casino.)

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04/28/2017 1:16

Diversity is our Strehgh

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04/28/2017 8:40

Your Daily Crime Report

Police say an Ohio man called 911 to request a police dog to help track down heroin allegedly stolen from him. (That's why we have 911)

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04/28/2017 7:26

This Is No Surprise

In the new poll, roughly half (51 percent) of Americans said the national political media “is out of touch with everyday Americans,” compared with 28 percent who said it “understand the issues everyday Americans are facing.”

President Donald Trump, a frequent public antagonist of the press and the first president in 36 years to skip the confab, is also slightly more trusted than the national political media. Thirty-seven percent of Americans said they trusted Trump’s White House to tell the truth, while 29 percent opted for the media.

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04/28/2017 7:12

Trump Supporters Have Staying Power

The re­cent ugly fights over con­ser­vat­ive speak­ers be­ing banned or threatened at col­lege cam­puses is front-and-cen­ter in many Trump voters’ minds. Giv­en four choices as to why Trump voters backed him, a clear 48 per­cent plur­al­ity said it was his “will­ing­ness to tell it like it is in­stead of be­ing polit­ic­ally cor­rect.” That ranked much high­er than his “fo­cus on bring­ing change to Wash­ing­ton” (21 per­cent), the fact he’s a busi­ness­man not a politi­cian (18 per­cent), or his spe­cif­ic is­sue po­s­i­tions (12 per­cent).

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04/28/2017 7:00

Trump's Tax Plan Would Hit Blue State Hardest

Most states have tied their tax codes closely to the federal code. Since the federal income tax was first levied in 1913, taxpayers have been able to deduct the state and local taxes they pay from their federal taxable income. Taxpayers who live in states with higher tax rates are able to deduct more from their federal taxes than those who live in states with lower rates

Those deductions cost the federal government more than $60 billion a year, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

Trump has proposed ending that state and local tax deduction. Experts who reviewed Trump’s outline, issued Wednesday, said that will mean higher taxes for those who live in states with more progressive tax codes, like California, New York, Oregon and New Jersey.

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04/27/2017 11:39

We Need Another Reagan

Here's What Ronald Reagan Did When College Kids Went Ape at UC-Berkeley. (He callled out the National Guard)

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04/27/2017 11:36

Leftist Thugs Win Another One

One of the staples of Portland, Oregon—”Portlandia” to TV viewers— is the annual Rose Festival and it has for several years now featured a kickoff parade akin to the Rose Parade in Pasadena on January 1 every year. But this year’s parade, scheduled for this weekend, has been canceled. The reason: It was going to include—gasp—Republicans! And this is too much for the hardened left, which threatens to shutdown the parade by violent means if it includes Republicans. And the city of Portland has caved.

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04/27/2017 6:56

Doesn't This Seem Questionable

Judge who ruled against sanctuary cities order was an Obama campaign bundler. (I'm guessing the plaintiffs knew that and judge-shopped.)

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04/26/2017 11:21

Great News

President Trump will sign an executive order Wednesday to start pulling the federal government out of K-12 education, following through on a campaign promise to return schools to state and local control.

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04/26/2017 8:50

ESPN to lay off about 100 employees today,

This is another cause of employees losing their jobs because management screwed up. ESPN execs went full Social Justice Meatheads (I refuse to use the term warriors) and the result was massive drop in ratings and a huge financial lost.

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04/26/2017 7:57

Appoint Federal Judges...Quickly

I'm glad to see President Trump is moving to appoint solid, conservative judges to the federal bench, The constitution has basically been shredded by radical leftists on the bench. First up is Judge Amul R. Thapar, whom Mr. Trump has tapped to sit on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and who will sit for his confirmation hearing in the Senate on Wednesday.

If Trump can reshape the federal judiciary, it will be a huge benefit for the nation,

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04/26/2017 6:59

Another Reason We Need Govt. Reform

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