That “Romney Was Well Qualified” Bullshit
Bill Quick

Mitt Romney bows out of GOP presidential race over potential for political injury – The Washington Post

But by the end of last weekend, Romney had made the call, according to those familiar with the deliberations. He sat on it for a few days to assure himself that not running was the right thing to do for himself and his party before making his announcement Friday. He bowed out in a call to supporters still convinced he was as well-qualified as anyone in the party to be president.

Now comes the maudlin crocodile tears for Mittens Romneycare, whose “great qualifications” consisted of being the son of another national politician and former Presidential candidate, and one (1) four year term as governor of Massachusetts, during which he signed Romneycare into law.

If that’s the best that the GOP can do, then it deserves to die.

The latest Anybody-But-Cruz mantra on the right is that Cruz is unqualified because he was never a governor.

You mean like Romney himself? Bill Clinton? Jimmy Carter? And, from my POV, George W. Bush?

All were horrible failures either as candidates or, in the case of the last three, Presidents.

Doting Daddies Behind the Rape Hysteria?
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Institutionalized victim blaming is making a comeback | WashingtonExaminer.com

First, sorority women at the University of Virginia were banned from attending parties with boys this weekend by their own National Panhellenic Conference. The reason for the ban, which carries undisclosed sanctions if broken, was “safety concerns,” due to sexual assault allegations in the past.

False sexual assault allegations. So bogus, in fact, that they were exploded almost immediately by discerning observers.

The more I think about the fact that these draconian tyrannies designed to “protect women” aren’t overturned, the more I believe that doting daddies seeking to “protect” their precious little flowers are perfectly happy with them. Hell, if they could get away with it, they’d probably put them all in chastity belts and burkhas.

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According to Mark Rippetoe, real men weigh at least 200 pounds. Could be….  At any rate, tough clothes here for big, tough men.

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Ah, That Good Old Bullshit Conventional Wisdom
Bill Quick

Breakfast: the most important meal of the day. Or is it?

And, as Newby points out, we already know what makes a healthy meal at any time of day: put vegetables at the center of the plate, accompanied by whole grains, beans, nuts, and healthy fats.

Actually, we don’t “know” any such thing:

High fat bacon and eggs breakfast ‘could be healthiest start to the day’ | Daily Mail Online

 

Let Me Count the Ways
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Obama: ‘There Is NO Economic Metric by Which We Are Not Better Off’ Under Me | MRCTV

“There is no economic metric by which we are not better off than when I took office. And that is because of the extraordinary will and dedication of the American people, but also because all of you have done a terrific job.”

But, a quick fact check shows at least these four important metrics have worsened under Obama:

Let me add a fifth:

Labor Force Participation Rate September 2014 – Business Insider

Okay?

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You may not have been aware, but Amazon offers gift cards for other venues than Amazon itself. You can get cards here for restaurants, department stores, clothing, groceries, you name it. And you can get them in every format – the traditional plastic card, gift boxed, e-mail instant delivery – perfect for that forgotten special occasion at long distance.

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Twice As Hard
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Jordan ‘says it will hang its ISIS captives’ if airman hostage is dead  | Daily Mail Online

Jordan has threatened to fast-track the execution of a would-be suicide bomber the Islamic State is trying to free if the terror group kills its captured pilot, it was reported today.

The government has apparently warned that Sajida al-Rishawi and other jailed ISIS commanders would be ‘quickly judged and sentenced’ in revenge for Muath al-Kaseasbeh’s death.

It comes after a deadline for a possible prisoner swap allegedly set by ISIS passed yesterday with no clue over the fate of al-Kaseasbeh or fellow Japanese hostage Kenji Goto.

Intelligence sources said ISIS’s refusal to prove that al-Kaseasbeh was alive meant any deal with the militants was doomed.

Hang them?

I suppose that means beheading one with a rusty knife, throwing another off a tall building, crucifying a third, stoning a fourth, and burning the fifth one alive is right out, then?

Jordan has always had a refreshing directness in dealing with terrorist threats. 

See No Evil, Speak No Evil
Bill Quick

Taliban Claims Responsibility For Attack Which Killed 3 Americans, As White House Denies Fighters Are Terrorists – Tea Party News

(Daily Caller) – A spokesman for the Taliban claimed responsibility for a shooting at a military airport in Kabul on Thursday which left three American contractors dead.

The attack comes as the White House is refusing to call the Taliban a terrorist organization, opting instead for the softer label of “armed insurgency.” 

And why would anybody be surprised?  Obama wouldn’t even call the attack that murdered an American ambassador terrorism.

Progressives – They Don’t Doubt Science…Until They Doubt Science
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Some doctors won’t see patients with anti-vaccine views – Yahoo News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won’t get them vaccinated.

“Parents who choose not to give measles shots, they’re not just putting their kids at risk, but they’re also putting other kids at risk — especially kids in my waiting room,” the Los Angeles pediatrician said.

It’s a sentiment echoed by a small number of doctors who in recent years have “fired” patients who continue to believe debunked research linking vaccines to autism. They hope the strategy will lead parents to change their minds; if that fails, they hope it will at least reduce the risk to other children in the office.

The tough-love approach — which comes amid the nation’s second-biggest measles outbreak in at least 15 years, with at least 98 cases reported since last month — raises questions about doctors’ ethical responsibilities.

Their ethical responsibilities are encompassed in the words, “First, do no harm.”

Encouraging parents not to get their kids vaccinated is harmful all around.  No doctor should support it, or expose their responsible patients to harm from the irresponsible.

 

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Democracy – Now It’s Rocket Science
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A brokered GOP convention is even more likely than you think — thanks to Mitt Romney « Hot Air

Romney tried to rig the primary process in 2012.

Now it takes 10,000 densely packed words to even begin to explain the GOPs bastardized nomination process.

Giving even more power to the wonks who actually go in for this sort of stuff.

Great.

The GOP Is Not a Conservative Party, Nor Is It a Party For Conservatives
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To All the Fuckheads Screaming For Us to Munch Shit Sandwiches:

If the following screed was too difficult – or vile – for you to wrap your noggins around constant readers, then please, allow Alexander Hamilton to drive the point home in a less vitriolic manner:

“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”

- Alexander Hamilton

Better to let the Marxist Prog-Nazi’s push the nation into open warfare than acquiesce to the death-by-inches delivered courtesy of the Statist RePubics and their liars-brigade.

Remember:

They.

Will.

Cave.

On.

Everything.

The ‘Pubics will surrender, and then craft insulting sham-proceedings, farcical-trials and engage in mock-worthy grandstanding to hide the betrayal. These snake-oil productions are – by design – incapable of accomplishing anything. It’s all mugging for the camera, hoodwinking the stupid, and insulting the intelligence of any person with the fortitude to watch this galactic joke unfurl. Fuck them. Destroy them. Abandon the Republicans at the ballot box, strangle their funds – make them further whore themselves before the Chamber of Commerce – refuse their minions every shilling they beg for. De-legitimize them.

The GOP is a disgrace.  Time we faced up to that, and acted accordingly.

The Race War Media
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Enjoying the Race Wars? Thank the Media. – Taki’s Magazine

I blame the media. They created this tension.

The media love hate crimes because they seem to explain everything that’s wrong with America and put the blame on someone who can handle it: white people. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough hate crimes against blacks to go around, and journalists are forced to invent them. What they don’t realize is that the biggest hate crime hoax is the press itself.

By creating an imaginary reality where blacks are constantly under siege, they are all but daring them to attack and murder whites. The media have created the racial tension they were going for, only they got everything backwards. In an attempt to create a fictional world where whites hate blacks, they accidentally created a real one where blacks hate whites.

The only quibble I have with this analysis is the use of the word “accidentally.”

Finding a Truffle
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McCain Calls Protesters ‘Low-Life Scum’ At Senate Hearing

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., lashed out at anti-war demonstrators protesting the presence of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at a Senate hearing, calling them “low-life scum.”

Several news outlets covered this at least briefly. I chose the NPR link because it was obviously left-leaning, painting McCain as an irritable man, without being completely around the bend and therefore being immediately dismissed by anyone with a brain in his skull. Know your enemy and show him off in all his glory and all that.

What the NPR blurb didn’t mention (though the photo at the top shows it) was that the “protestors” were Code Pinko fanatics. What the blurb also didn’t mention was that the pinkos were so loud no one else could be heard, and they wouldn’t shut up despite McCain repeatedly telling them to shut up or get out.

I don’t have a whole lot of use for John McCain, but he was completely in the right, from what I heard in three or four minutes of audio. Even the imprecation “low-life scum” was nothing but accurately descriptive. If anyone took it as an insult, well, perhaps they themselves are scum.

If She Was Hillary Smith, We Wouldn’t Be Having This Conversation
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Exclusive: Hillary Clinton may delay campaign – Mike Allen – POLITICO

A huge advantage to waiting would be that Clinton postpones the time when she goes before the public as a politician rather than as a former secretary of state. Polling by both Democrats and Republicans shows that one of her biggest vulnerabilities is looking political.

So the Clinton camp has enjoyed watching her recede from the headlines in recent weeks as Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have amped up their potential candidacies.

What sort of writer thinks that people regard Hillary Clinton as a former secretary of state rather than a politician?

Frankly, most people regard her as Bill Clinton’s wife.  And if BJ dropped dead tomorrow, they would bury her campaign in the same coffin with him.

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Baby, it’s cold outside.  Or it will be (winter is always coming, except when its’ here).  And you want to be warm for it, don’t you?  So why not save some money while doing it?

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Back to the Future – For Real
Bill Quick

German Government Is Using Typewriters to Avoid the NSA’s Gaze

Speaking on German TV, Patrick Sensburg, chairman of the German parliament’s National Security Agency investigative committee, explained that he was taking operational security “very seriously.” He added that, “in fact, we already have [a typewriter], and it’s even a non-electronic typewriter.”

At some point this sort of strategy becomes counter-productive.  Although it might be kind of fun to watch a modern government try to function with nothing other than quill pens and paper.

Progressives: Any Enemy of Our Enemy (America) Is Our Friend
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PHOTOS: Female Leaders Besides Michelle Obama Who Didn’t Wear A Headscarf In Saudi Arabia | ThinkProgress

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) praised Michelle Obama on Twitter for “standing up for women” by not wearing what he called, a “Sharia-mandated head-scarf in Saudi Arabia.” But, as The Hill pointed out, the AP article he linked to in his tweet clearly stated that the headscarf is not a requirement for foreign women visiting the country.

Uh huh.  Not a requirement as long as you’re protected from howling Muslim savages by heavily armed secret service agents:

Foreign women, however, are not legally required to wear the abaya or headscarf. Still, the U.S. State Department advises American women against going with them. “Women who choose not to conform to this dress code face a risk of confrontation by Mutawwa [Saudi Arabia’s religious police] and possible detention/arrest,” it cautions.

Saudi Arabia – American-hating Muslim shithole.

Eyes Firmly Fixed on the Single Issue
Bill Quick

Thank You, Governor Romney | National Review Online

That and I actually am not as cold on a Jeb Bush run as some others, so I was not delighting in Mitt and Jeb cancelling one another out. I don’t think he should be crowned GOP nominee tomorrow or anything, but Jeb’s a serious person, with executive experience, and real policy knowledge. A conservative and a Catholic convert, I’d hope his campaign might help challenge the GOP to always see the human person in politics and lawmaking.

K-Lo and Maggie Gallagher. It’s always about the religion, because that’s the absolute most important thing about any Republican candidate.

These women would vote for Joe Stalin if he outlawed abortion.

Such A Smack….
Bill Quick

Andrea Mitchell: White House ‘Furious’ Netanyahu Speaking to Congress; ‘A Really Bad Idea’

On her Thursday MSNBC show, host Andrea Mitchell was aghast at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreeing to speak before a joint session of Congress during an upcoming U.S. visit without consulting the Obama administration: “The White House is furious, furious at Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu and also a little bit angry at Speaker Boehner for inviting Netanyahu to speak before Congress, to a joint meeting of Congress without even consulting the administration – protocol would dictate that.”

Hey, spoiled brat in the White House – try not to pee your panties while you’re throwing your infantile temper tantrum….

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Down to Cruz and Bush Now?
Bill Quick

Romney Jabs Jeb on the Way Out | National Review Online

With Mitt getting out it does not appear that there’s any frontrunner at this time. What I’m hearing from Romney bundlers reflects the wide open field. Several have indicated that they will be signing up immediately with Jeb. I’ve heard from several others who are going to be supporting Ted Cruz. I heard from others who expressed an interest in Governor Kasich if he runs.

The establishment GOP media keeps trying to ignore Ted Cruz, but he keeps popping up where it counts – in the hearts and wallets of the moneymen.

Kasich is a non-starter, by the way, so of the viable candidates, this big Romney moneybags mentions Bush and Cruz right off the top of his head. I hope that’s what it comes down to.

The More Things Change
Bill Quick

Inside the Beltway: Baby boomers turn conservative – Washington Times

The hippies of yore would never believe it. A jumbo-sized Gallup poll now reveals that baby boomers — who once espoused free love, flower power and took to the streets to protest most anything — now constitute a conservative stronghold. Among those born between 1946 and 1964, a sizable 44 percent say they are conservative; a third describe themselves as moderates, and 21 percent are liberal. In comparison, 38 percent of Americans overall are conservative, 36 percent are moderates and a quarter are liberals.

Hate to tell you, but the hippies were always a minority of all Boomers.  I know.  I was a part of that minority.  And you know what?  I don’t think these numbers they’re citing today are all that much different than they were in 1968 for my generation.

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Hunting knives, folders, craft and utility blades, everything with sharp edges. Everybody needs a knife – or six. Here are a bunch of good ones. Buy in bulk. You can’t have too many.

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Breaking: Romney Not Running
Bill Quick

The Romney Statement: Not Running. “I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee.” « The Hugh Hewitt Show

I’ve been emailed this text of remarks Mitt Romney will be making to his supporters shortly:

Let me begin by letting you know who else is on this call, besides Ann and me. There are a large number of people who signed on to be leaders of our 2016 finance effort. In addition, state political leadership from several of the early primary states are on the line. And here in New York City, and on the phone, are people who have been helping me think through how to build a new team, as well as supporters from the past who have all been kind enough to volunteer their time during this deliberation stage. Welcome, and thank you. Your loyalty and friendship, and your desire to see the country with new, competent and conservative leadership warms my heart.

After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee.

So the Bush family muscle wins out, and Jeb will be the Gentry GOP champion.  I wonder if they’ll be able to squeeze Crispy Creme out, too?

UPDATE:  The Mitturbator is having a farewell field day:

The dream is over: Romney says he’s not running after all « Hot Air

The Blogs Are Dead Meme Is Pretty Burnt Out, Too
Bill Quick

Andrew’s Burnt Out? Blogs Are, Too – The Daily Beast

He’s a terrific writer; he often says interesting things. It’s just that in the past decade or so, there’s been so much of his writing to wade through. And as I gather from quickly skimming his post, there’s so much more to life! I have been doing those things instead of reading Sullivan’s blog. Instead of reading most blogs, actually. I am excited to read the more substantive stuff he apparently plans on writing, because as a reader I want the writing I read to reflect the value of the time I spend on it.

That’s why I gave up reading blogs.

Well, I’ve been at it going on fifteen years now, and I have no plans to either stop writing Daily Pundit, or stop reading other blogs.

For some reason, I don’t read much Ana Marie Cox, though.

Rod McKuen Dead At 81
Bill Quick

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81 – Yahoo News

NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

 

McKuen died Thursday morning at a rehabilitation center in Beverly Hills, California, where he had been treated for pneumonia and had been ill for several weeks and was unable to digest food, his half-brother Edward McKuen Habib said.

Until his sabbatical in 1981, McKuen was an astonishingly successful and prolific force in popular culture, turning out hundreds of songs, poems and records. Sentimental, earnest and unashamed, he conjured a New Age spirit world that captivated those who didn’t ordinarily like “poetry” and those who craved relief from the war, assassinations and riots of the time.

“I think it’s a reaction people are having against so much insanity in the world,” he once said. “I mean, people are really all we’ve got. You know it sounds kind of corny, and I suppose it’s a cliche, but it’s really true; that’s just the way it is.”

His best-known songs, some written with the Belgian composer Jacques Brel, include “Birthday Boy,” ”A Man Alone,” ”If You Go Away” and “Seasons In the Sun,” a chart-topper in 1974 for Terry Jacks. He was nominated for Oscars for “Jean” from “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” and for “A Boy Named Charlie Brown,” the title track from the beloved Peanuts movie.

Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Dolly Parton and Chet Baker were among the many artists who recorded his material, although McKuen often handled the job himself, in a hushed, throaty style he honed after an early life as a rock singer cracked his natural tenor.

McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums — dozens of which went gold or platinum — and more than 30 collections of poetry. Worldwide sales for his music top 100 million units while his book sales exceed 60 million copies.

He was especially productive from 1968 to 1969, releasing four poetry collections, eight songbooks, the soundtracks to “Miss Jean Brodie” and “A Boy Named Charlie Brown” and at least 10 other albums. Around the same time, his “Lonesome Cities” album won a Grammy for best spoken word recording and Sinatra commissioned him to write material for “A Man Alone: The Words and Music of Rod McKuen.”

Whatever you think of him, he was an integral part of the whole Sixties Thing.  And yes, much as it pains me to admit it now, there was a time I owned my own copy of Stanyan Street and Other Sorrows.

The Stupid, Vicious Tyranny of Bedford, NH School Superintendant Chip McGee
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Bedford reprimands students for tweets critical of superintendent for not cancelling school Wednesday | New Hampshire

“It’s been a really good exercise in issues of students’ right to speech, on the one hand, and students’ and teachers’ rights to an educational environment that’s conducive to learning,” McGee said. “Kids have the right to say whatever they want about me.”

However, this does not mean students should expect to be able to make inappropriate comments on social media without consequences, McGee said — even though the tweets were sent outside of school.

This has become the mantra of the ruling class:  You can say whatever you want, as long as you follow the rules about what we permit you to say.

Only very stupid, or very frightened people don’t see the cognitive dissonance here.

This guy shouldn’t be in education.  He’s far more dangerous to students than an army of pedophiles.

Tar, feathers, nooses, lamp posts.

How you like them apples, supe?  You want to try to discipline me for saying that?

UPDATE:  The comment thread at Insty’s joint is full of people trying hard to find excuses or justifications for this guy.  Most of them display intense ignorance of the constitution and its history.  I can only assume they are products of this same kind of educational system.

In Local News…
Bill Quick

Horror, and a hunt for clues, in S.F. body parts case – SFGate

The discovery of chopped-up body parts outside a Goodwill store in San Francisco’s South of Market sent shock and horror through the neighborhood Thursday as police worked to find a person of interest captured on surveillance camera footage around the time of the grisly dumping.

In San Francisco, people will donate anything to the Goodwill.

 

 

Dumbo Fuxx Up Again
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Obama Urges Democrats to ‘Stand Up Straight,’ Mocks GOP – NationalJournal.com

Obama implored his Hill allies to defend their values, reminding them of their accomplishments and jabbing Republicans in the process. He told the caucus that Democrats can’t win “when we’re shy about what we care about, when we’re defensive about what we’ve accomplished, when we don’t stand up straight and proud.”

This is actually a jab at Sarah Palin:

No, Conservatives Aren’t Really Turning on Sarah Palin – Bloomberg Politics

“One line that stood out: ‘GOP leaders, by the way, you know, ‘The Man,’ can only ride ya when your back is bent. So strengthen it. Then The Man can’t ride ya.'” On the Daily Show, Palin’s “the man can old ride ya” line was slotted into a parody of Matthew McConaughey’s dada car commercials, because it was obviously gibberish.

And, of course, Obama got it wrong, cracked a couple of eggs across his face, and would have looked like a total idiot if any in the media had the guts to call him on it:

No, Conservatives Aren’t Really Turning on Sarah Palin – Bloomberg Politics

It wasn’t [gibberish]. The jarring line was actually a reference to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final speech, delivered right before his 1968 assassination. “Whenever men and women straighten their backs up, they are going somewhere,” said King, “because a man can’t ride your back unless it is bent.” 

In other words, Palin knew what she was doing.

Unlike the current occupant of the White House.

Deals on Stuff for Your Home, Garden, and Kitchen
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The Dead Days of the Classics In American Education
Bill Quick

Remembering a Few Great Classicists | Works and Days

Few pay much attention to scholars of Latin and Greek. They master languages that are not spoken. They learn to write them only to read them better. They slap your hands when you write a Latin word common in Sallust or Livy, rather than in Cicero.-

Classicists learn European languages not so much to appreciate Voltaire or Goethe but to scan dry esoteric articles by 19th-century Frenchmen and Germans on the Athenian banking system or Demosthenes’ use of praeteritio and apophasis.

In our short lives, devoting so much time to philology can result in a life mostly missed. By 21, I could cite passage numbers in Greek texts of what Thucydides and Plutarch thought of Nicias, but not really why exactly Nicias was a mediocre general, the George McClellan or Mark Clark of the Peloponnesian War — the point of reading Thucydides and Plutarch about Nicias in the first place. Classicists can become the proverbial dogs who can dance on two legs, but for what purpose?

Still, I was blessed, if sometimes only for a few hours, by having a few great scholars as teachers who saw their classical educations as the beginning of inquiry, not an end in itself. At 61, I am remembering just how lucky I was to have met them — and how rare their like is now.

Pay attention, kiddies.  This is the sort of thing you could do back in the day.  Nemo and I were both able to avail ourselves of this sort of education well before going to college.  I don’t think that happens much these days, though

Not Only Is This Stupid, It’s Futile
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Instapundit » Blog Archive »

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD PRESSURE COLLEGES INTO BECOMING ISLANDS OF JOYLESS PURITANISM. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Dartmouth To Establish New Sex Rules, Ban Liquor On Campus Even For Those Of Legal Drinking Age.

Uh huh.  Liquor was banned on campus for underage drinkers at Indiana University when I attended there back in the middle sixties.

So, of course, none of us drank, or partied, or had access to alcohol.

I do wonder how students and parents looking at schools will balance the power of the Dartmouth Brand against four or more years locked in a prudish prison, though.

A lot of this bullshit is driven by the ever growing imbalance between the numbers of men and women attending college, with the numbers tilting ever more sharply in favor of the women.  And daddies want to send their little girls to places where they are reassured that their girlish hymens are utterly protected from the depredations of guys who they were just like when they were that age.

 

No, the Future Is Not Palin – But It Includes Her
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No, Conservatives Aren’t Really Turning on Sarah Palin – Bloomberg Politics

The question isn’t really whether a post-Iowa Freedom Summit Palin is a credible presidential candidate. She isn’t. The question’s whether she remains influential with conservative activists, and useful for conservatives in culture war fights. She is.

I think this is probably right.  Palin remains a conservative asset – when she’s pushing conservative causes rather than John McCain and his ilk – but her time as a presidential contender has gone the way of 2012.

She’s still a big draw, her endorsement still usually means something, and she is still able to exert a certain amount of influence.  And, of course, she still draws big fees as a speaker.

She’s found her metier as a bona fide member of the conservative/Tea Party establishment.  I expect to see her there for years to come.

Boehner: We Have Always Been At War With The Tea Party
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John Boehner: ‘I was the tea party before there was a tea party’ – Washington Times

Speaker John Boehner claimed in a Fox News interview with Bret Baier that before there was a tea party, there was John Boehner — and the two are one and the same.

“I was the tea party before there was a tea party,” he said, in context of discussing the schism in the Republican Party and how he would unite the conflicting factions, The Blaze reported.

You were a lying sack of Gentry GOP shit before there was a sack of Gentry GOP shit.

Oh, wait.  That would be never.

Never mind.

At Amazon: The Digital Dime Store
Bill Quick

Remember, you can buy and give digital gifts like music and books on the same day, even on Christmas day itself!

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Burgers, Inflation, and the Volatile Meanings of Volatility
Bill Quick

Quarter Pounder Blues | VodkaPundit

The justification we are given for not including food and energy in the inflation calculations is that both are just “too volatile,” that is, swing too much up and down and throw off the rest of the calculations.

Does that chart look “volatile” to you?  From my perspective, the “volatility” looks pretty much one way – upwards.

Steve’s piece is about something else, so do go read it.  I’m just riffing here.

Which reminds me:  In stock market terms, “volatility” always means “down.”  “Expect further major volatility” means “expect a crash.”

What’s up with that?

Songs In The Key of Huh?
nemo paradise

At the recent funeral of a noted gospel singer, Stevie Wonder’s eulogy wandered a bit into the political:

“We live in a time where I believe we have a president that truly wanted to see the world come together, to see this nation come together, but yet too much, too many people are judging their dislike of him based on the color of his skin. And I know there are some who say, ‘No that’s not true,’ but I’m telling you what I see.” [Emphasis mine]

I know, I know. But still.