Interesting Bits

04/20/2015 12:03

The Exodus to Red States

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently appeared on one of the late night talk shows, beating the class warfare drum and arguing for billions of dollars in new social programs paid for with higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires. In recent years, though, blue states such as California, Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland and Minnesota adopted this very strategy, and they raised taxes on their wealthy residents. How did it work out? Almost all of these states lag behind the national average in growth of jobs and incomes.

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04/20/2015 9:28

Shootings return to New York City

Twenty people have been shot and one victim has died after shootings in NYC since Friday.  (Maybe stopping the stop and frisk program wasn't such a good idea after all.)

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04/20/2015 7:39

Gosh, I Wonder Why?

The number of voters who believe terrorists are winning the fight against the United States and its allies continues to grow, while views of Muslims in general and U.S. relations with the Islamic world have worsened. (Gosh, wonder why that is? Maybe the genocide of Christians and other minorities have something to do with it.)

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04/19/2015 12:21

About that "Punching down" Thing

Ross Douthat's insight is as brilliant as ever.

Trudeau did not exactly say they had it coming, but he passed judgment on their sins — not the sin of blasphemy, but the sin of picking a politically unsuitable target for their jabs.

But on the contemporary left, the theory’s simplicity is becoming a kind of intellectual straitjacket. The Hebdo massacre is just one of many cases in which today’s progressives, in the name of overthrowing hierarchies, end up assuming that lines of power are predictable, permanent and clear.

Which they are not, for several reasons.

First, while power flows from pre-existing privilege, it also grows from the barrel of a gun, and the willingness to deal out violence changes power dynamics, even when it doesn’t have a truly revolutionary outcome. The terrorist’s veto on portrayals of Islam is itself a very real form of power, and as long as journalists who challenge it end up dead, the idea that they are “up” and their targets are “down” reflects a denial of life-and-death reality.

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04/19/2015 12:14

Do these people call themselves Adults?

Christina Hoff Sommers gets "trigger warnings" at Georgetown. Students are afraid she might say something that challenges the leftist mindset. Then again, isn't this what feminism wanted? A woman so powerful students and professors cringe with fear when they walk on campus?

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04/18/2015 10:18

Obama's Pretend War on Terror

 However, as Hayes explains, “the senior DIA official who ran the project, Colonel Derek Harvey, says the intelligence community has fully analyzed less than 10 percent of the collection. Top DIA officials were told directly to stop providing analyses based on the bin Laden documents.” Why? This information refuted Obama’s boast that al-Qaeda was “on the run.” “The administration had decided to end the war on terror, and no amount of new intelligence about threats from al Qaeda was going to change their minds,” Hayes added. “So they chose ignorance.”

(If you realized from the first that Obama was and is a radical leftist, this is shocking but not surprising.)

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04/17/2015 7:47

In this case, the Good Guys were Rich

 In Fraudulent Suit Against Chevron, One Honest Judge Makes A Difference

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04/17/2015 7:26

Don't See any Protests About China

Even when China just announced they will stay in Tibet. (Wonder how college protests this will create. After all, students are protesting Israel "occupying" Palestine. Will they protest China occupying Tibet? Fat chance)

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George L. Duncan
George L. Duncan