Sunday, April 20, 2014

So are you asking all the Muslims to leave New York City, Councilman?

A New York City councilman has effectively told traditional marriage supporters they are “not welcome” in the Big Apple. In response to Chick-fil-A’s proposed plans to expand their business and set up restaurants in several locations, including New York City, Councilman Daniel Dromm told the Huffington Post that the fast-food chain would not be welcome in the most populous city in the country. Councilman Daniel Dromm “We don’t need bigots coming to New York City,” Dromm told HuffPost. “They are not welcome here unless they can embrace all of New York’s diverse community, including the LGBT community ...We don’t need bigoted people even keeping their opinions to themselves,” Dromm said. 
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"World War III, eh? Sounds like it's time for Europe to pretend to be the United States' best friend. Again." *

* Comment on Daily Mail, EDWARD LUCAS: I hope I'm wrong but historians may look back and say this was the start of World War III

Flashback: "American cowboy diplomacy is the only defense the world has against commissar diplomacy, cossack diplomacy and caliphate diplomacy."

More flashbacks:

Most of us listened in disbelief as we were lectured that veritable disarmament, subsidized windmills, reach outs to a Syria or Libya, easy anti-Americanism, and sermons about cradle-to-grave socialism were the way of the new Europe. And always came the grating condescension, that a self-appointed bureaucratic class in Brussels might lecture Neanderthals what was good for them, without worry over democratic checks and balances ... History’s antidote to a failed utopianism is not merely a return to nationalism, deterrence, balance-of-power alliances, and all the ancient methods of keeping the peace, but more to pandemic disgust and eventually to strife ... Europe is sick, ill with loud secular agnosticism and atheism, aging and shrinking, wedded to an unworkable redistributive socialism ... The next ten years are going to be scary ones for Europeans, as dreams shatter, fantasies dissipate, the “German problem” returns, energy becomes scarce, nationalism returns, issues of demography and immigration acerbate, Russia flexes in eastern Europe and its former republics, and the southern shore of the Mediterranean becomes Islamic— and as a different U.S. decides that its real interests and friends are in Asia.
Victor Davis Hanson, February, 2012, Europe in the Review Mirror


My seven-year-old daughter has a great lifestyle. She has all of her clothes and food bought for her. She goes on great vacations. She has plenty of leisure time. A day doesn’t go by where I don’t look at her and feel envious of how good she’s got it compared to me. But here’s the problem: If I decide to live like her, who’s going to take my place? Europe is a free-rider. It can only afford to be Europe because we can afford to be America. The most obvious and most cited illustration of this fact is national defense. Europe’s defense budgets have been miniscule because Europeans can count on Uncle Sam to protect them ... But that’s not the only way in which Europeans are free-riders. America invents a lot of stuff. . . . We nearly monopolize the Nobel Prize in medicine, and we create stuff at a rate Europe hasn’t seen since da Vinci was in his workshop. If America truly Europeanized, where would the innovations come from? . . . Americans are an innovative, economically driven people. That’s true. But so were the Europeans — once. Then they adopted the policies they have today and that liberals want us to have tomorrow.
Jonah Goldberg, April, 2010, If We Europeanize, Europe is in Trouble: We can't become Europe unless someone else is willing to become America.

My old colleague at The Daily Telegraph in London, the historian Sir John Keegan, likes to say that “without armed forces a state does not exist”. The European Union exists only because for half-a-century they’ve been under American military protection: Promoted as a counterweight to the US hegemon, the EU in fact exists only because of it.
Mark Steyn, May, 2009

President Obama will get his much-needed praise and adulation abroad, and Americans will finally be somewhat admired for a while. And thereafter, there will be real h**l to pay — either abject U.S. appeasement as the world heats up, or some sort of frantic eleventh-hour hyper-response to restore stability and lost deterrence. Just watch. 
Victor Davis Hanson, April, 2009, President of the World

In some sense, the Obama administration will bring a new honesty to European-American relations. For the last eight years, Europeans have had it both ways. Bush took out Saddam Hussein, removed the Taliban from power, hunted terrorists, offered firm security guarantees to the Europeans in their squabbles with the Russians, tried to box in Iran, and ran trade deficits with his free-trade policies. For his efforts, he was caricatured as a cowboy buffoon by European sophisticates. But now after welcoming Obama, the Europeans are beginning to discover that they must contend with a new administration to the left of themselves. ... So, it will be harder for Europeans to pull off the old two-step of quietly wanting the U.S. to deter threats while loudly deploring our Neanderthal reliance on brute force. 
Victor Davis Hanson, April, 2009, Europe Got Obama -- Now What?

A Modest Prediction ... Europeans will prefer George Bush to a “We are right behind you” Obama.
Victor Davis Hanson, July, 2008,  A Summer of War and Politics

Europe is in a classic paradox. Emotionally and culturally, Europeans are invested in a leftist such as Obama who reflects their soft socialist values and fuzzy multilateralism. But given their inherent military weakness and rough neighborhood, they have grown to count on an antithetical America — religious, conservative, militarily strong — that is not afraid to use force to fulfill its obligations to preserve the shared Western globalized system from its constant multifarious challenges ... Our response to this Euro-neuroticism? We are weary and tired of it. As our ancestors out West used to sing, “Yippy ti yi yo, get along little dogies, It's all your misfortune and none of my own…”
Victor Davis Hanson, February, 2008, Yippy Ti Yi Yo, Europe! 
 
Europeans gave President Obama a peace-prize, after all. So he has to live up to it now, and let Putin have his way with Europe, right? "Peace in our time!"

"The ‘safe space’ is where cultures go to die."

... a student at 60-grand-a-year Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, put it in her college newspaper the other day: ‘What really bothered me is the whole idea that at a liberal arts college we need to be hearing a diversity of opinion.’ Yeah, who needs that? There speaks the voice of a generation: celebrate diversity by enforcing conformity ... new blasphemy laws for progressive pieties. ... once you get a taste for shutting people up, it’s hard to stop. Why bother winning the debate when it’s easier to close it down? ... free speech is essential to a free society because, when you deny people ‘an opportunity to act like normal political parties’, there’s nothing left for them to do but punch your lights out ... if a Quebec separatist or an Australian republican can’t challenge the constitutional order through public advocacy, the only alternative is to put on a black ski-mask and skulk around after dark blowing stuff up. I’m opposed to the notion of official ideology — not just fascism, Communism and Baathism, but the fluffier ones, too, like ‘multiculturalism’ and ‘climate change’ and ‘marriage equality’. Because the more topics you rule out of discussion — immigration, Islam, ‘gender fluidity’ — the more you delegitimise the political system ... a world where real, primal, universal rights — like freedom of expression — come a distant second to the new tribalism of identity-group rights. Oh, don’t worry. There’ll still be plenty of ‘offending, insulting or humiliating’ in such a world, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the Mozilla CEO and Zionists and climate deniers and feminist ‘cis-women’ not quite au courant with transphobia can all tell you. And then comes the final, eerie silence ... So what’s to talk about? Universities are no longer institutions of inquiry but ‘safe spaces’ where delicate flowers of diversity of race, sex, orientation, ‘gender fluidity’ and everything else except diversity of thought have to be protected from exposure to any unsafe ideas. As it happens, the biggest ‘safe space’ on the planet is the Muslim world. For a millennium, Islamic scholars have insisted, as firmly as a climate scientist or an American sophomore, that there’s nothing to debate. And what happened? As the United Nations Human Development Programme’s famous 2002 report blandly noted, more books are translated in Spain in a single year than have been translated into Arabic in the last 1,000 years. Free speech and a dynamic, innovative society are intimately connected: a culture that can’t bear a dissenting word on race or religion or gender fluidity or carbon offsets is a society that will cease to innovate, and then stagnate, and then decline, very fast ... the ‘safe space’ is where cultures go to die.
Essence of Steyn: The Slow Death of Free Speech. Do read the whole thing.

Millions of illegal Iimmigrants? Meh. Cattle? Call in the Feds!!!!!

... the federal government’s fundamental responsibility, which is defending the physical security of the country, is handled with remarkable nonchalance: Millions upon millions upon millions of people have crossed our borders illegally and continue to reside within them. Cliven Bundy’s cattle are treated as trespassers, and federal agents have been dispatched to rectify that trespass; at the same time, millions of illegal aliens present within our borders are treated as an inevitability that must be accommodated. In practice, our national borders are a joke, but the borders of that arid haven upon which ambles the merry Mojave desert tortoise are sacrosanct. Strangely, many of the same people who insist that Mr. Bundy must be made an example of for the sake of the rule of law protest at the same time that it is not only impossible but positively undesirable for the federal government to deploy federal resources to rectify the federal crime of jumping the federal border ... what argument is there for taking a pass on actual federal responsibilities, among which defending the border looms large, while sending in the big guns against felonious specimens of beef on the hoof? The relevant facts are these: 1) Very powerful political interests in Washington insist upon the scrupulous enforcement of environmental laws, and if that diminishes the interests of private property owners, so much the better, in their view. 2) Very powerful political interests in Washington do not wish to see the scrupulous enforcement of immigration laws, and if that undercuts the bottom end of the labor market or boosts Democrats’ long-term chances in Texas, so much the better, in their view ... This isn’t the rule of law. This is the rule of narrow, parochial, self-interested political factions masquerading as the rule of law ... If we are to have the rule of law, then, by all means, let’s have the rule of law ... Let’s see Lois Lerner and a few hundred IRS employees thrown in the hole for their misappropriation of federal resources, lying to Congress, etc. — and let’s at least look into prosecuting some elected Democrats for suborning those actions. And if you want to get to the real problem with illegal immigration, let’s frog-march a few CEOs, restaurateurs, and small-time contractors off to prison for violating our immigration laws ... I have the strangest feeling that a great many residents of Washington would not fare especially well under any robust interpretation of the rule of law ... Harassing a tortoise is a federal offense. But harassing the country? That’s federal policy.
Kevin D. Williamson, The Rule of the Lawless

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Russia's Moving in on the Arctic

Russia planted her flag on the sea bed beneath the North Pole, years ago.

Russia's been testing Canada's airspace, too.

Canada has few resources to stop Ivan, only vast, empty acres and a small army.

NATO countries are starting to take note. "There are five countries with territories in the Arctic: Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the US ..." 

"... hype a supposed climate disaster and then offer remedies for it — with your profit margin based on the degree of hysteria you have whipped up ..."

Imagine the following liability and the sort of ideological insurance necessary to defend against it: First, you hype a supposed climate disaster and then offer remedies for it — with your profit margin based on the degree of hysteria you have whipped up. Second, as a big-government, green liberal guru, you sell a failed cable-television network to a carbon-spewing, Islamist Gulf sheikdom, and rush the sale to beat a new hike in the capital-gains tax rate. Third, you ignore questions about why something so worthless might be worth so much to a mostly homophobic, misogynist, and religiously intolerant Middle East monarchy. Gore’s insurance policies guarantee that he will never be shunned as a tax-dodging robber baron eager to grab petrodollars. 
Victor Davis Hanson, Progressive Insurance:  The right ideological credentials mean never having to say you’re sorry

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Word to My Potential Daughter-in-Law"

I have a new post up at Return of Queens.

Just don't blow up the Pyramids. Please, please, please don't blow up the Pyramids.

Al Arabiya, Ex-Egypt general wants UNESCO site demolished
Citing the supposed threat posed to national security, a retired Egyptian army general has filed a legal case in his efforts to see UNESCO-listed heritage site St. Catherine’s Monastery demolished, Ahram News website reported Sunday. Ahmed Ragai Attiya claimed the monastery, in south Sinai, was not historic but built in 2006, adding that the area had become a haven for “foreigners.” Attiya also urged for the deportation of the monastery’s Greek monks as he claimed they jeopardizing Egypt’s national security. The monastery’s lawyer, Ihab Ramzy, said that in May 2012 Attiya obtained 71 administrative orders to demolish the historic site’s multiple churches, monk living quarters, gardens and other places of interest in the grounds ... Egypt’s authorities have long treated the monastery as a historic site, adding that the abbot and monks were not even authorized to paint a wall without permission from Egypt’s antiquities ministry. He described the personnel on site as guards to protect the monastery. He added: “[It’s] one of the oldest, continuously inhabited, Christian monasteries, with a history that can be traced back over 17 centuries [pre-Islamic-invasion-of-Northern-Africa!!!], and is under the supervision of Egypt’s antiquities ministry and UNESCO.” 

via BCF


Flashback

 Some Salafi leaders have expressed disregard, and even hostility, toward Egypt’s pre-Islamic relics and monuments, which they consider pagan ... For now members of the Nour (The Light) Salafist party, which won 20 per cent of the vote in recent elections, are talking about putting an end to the 'idolatry' represented by the pyramids. This means destruction - along the lines essayed by the Afghan Taliban who blew up the Banyam Buddhas - or 'concealment' by covering them with wax. 

Flashback
Islamists are obliterating non-Muslim heritage in the Middle East. Their targets are Jewish shrines, Christian churches, monuments and cultural masterpieces.

Flashback

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Left wants Loki

The Federalist, Our Sick National Obsession with "Game of Thrones"
It’s as if our highbrow culture is trying to cultivate in us the esthetic taste of a sociopath ... why does this grim pantheon of anti-heroes seem to be the particular favorite of the left-leaning intellectual elite? After all, doesn’t “Game of Thrones” devote itself to portraying everything they are against? They demand gun control and zero-tolerance policies for 8-year-olds with Pop-Tart weaponry, and they impose priggish speech codes to guard against the most imperceptible “microagressions.” Then they tune in on Sunday nights for an orgy of crude sexism and blood-spattered killing ... Is modern liberalism merely seeking release for its repressed inner self? Or perhaps they watch “Game of Thrones” to reinforce their implicit view of humanity ... But the real giveaway is the absence of heroes, the lack of conspicuous private or public virtue, the way all of the show’s characters are compromised and besmirched. Put it this way: the people who inhabit the fictional world of “Game of Thrones” are not fit for self-government. You could not build a free society out of that rabble. And perhaps that’s why this world holds a special fascination for the left. If the natural state of humanity is a brutal war of all against all, then we need Leviathan to come in and repress our natural wickedness.



... to focus on the bloodshed and brutality is to miss the real story, which is the fact that it actually is possible to establish and maintain a decent, civilized society ... Ayn Rand ... Her idea of characters worth contemplating for their own sake was to cast as her heroes the businessmen, scientists, and inventors who build the world up and hold civilization on their shoulders. In the end, the point isn’t why so much talent and effort goes into “Game of Thrones.” The point is to take this as a challenge to do better, to make discovery, invention, production, and the quest for freedom and justice seem even more interesting and compelling—as they in fact are.

I love J.R.R. Tolkien's "ennobling fantasy;" such a contrast to George Martin's world:  

[Tolkien created] a world in which some sort of faith seems to be everywhere without a visible source, like light from an invisible lamp ... "I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend" [Faramir] ... Life, for all of its seemingly random evils and tragedies, is threaded with a great, majestic pattern that provides both comfort and the bracing sense of underlying reason ... [Tolkien] clearly anticipated the various attempts of today’s fallen fantasists to (d)evolve past The Lord of the Rings by making their stories “self-aware,” “quasi-historical,” “morally complex,” and (most laughably of all) “real.” Such authors, he felt, cultivate and cherish “sneer and cynicism” because it allows them to preen with the false belief that they are “freer from hypocrisy” than past generations, “since it does not ‘do’ to profess holiness or utter high sentiments.” Scaling hills of garbage and then gazing down on humanity as if from artistic or moral high ground didn’t impress Tolkien. “Inverted hypocrisy,” he called it ... "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." [Thorin Oakenshield]

"Jews are the canary in the coal mine of civilization."

“The sustained level of antisemitism in Canada when taking a ten year view which shows a 49 % jump should be of great concern to all Canadians” stated Frank Dimant, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada. “Jews of all ages are being targeted at home, work, school, and even at play. Notwithstanding Canada’s national and international efforts to counter antisemitism, a strong pattern of this prejudice continues to prevail across this country. The numbers are only part of the story. What we are hearing from callers is a growing sense of dread among Canadians. Although the numbers for this year are down slightly, hatred of Jews has veered so far into normative discourse that it is no longer seen as wrong. Antisemitism was seen by many in the Jewish community as a thing of the past. However, the de facto replacement of ‘The Jew’ with Israel, combined with the constant barrage of Holocaust imagery in relation to the Jewish state and Jews and its supporters create a visceral sense of apprehension. The fact that Europe with its Western society and similar socio-economic status to Canada is seeing dramatic increases in Jew-hatred and intolerance cannot help but awaken a tremendous feeling of communal unease. On campus, the problem is further exacerbated by unending streams of anti-Israel resolutions by student governments creating a situation where the once week-long Israeli Apartheid Week now spans the entire school year. At the same time, Jewish and pro-Israel students are derided as racists, Nazis and baby killers."
B'nai Brith, Antisemitism goes Mainstream in Canada

via BCF


Flashback: "Jews are the canary in the coal mine of civilization ... When they become the objects of savagery and hate, it means the air has been poisoned and an explosion is soon to come." (Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe, 2002)

America is losing Americans

Miley Cyrus (mentally disturbed/obscene), Beyoncé (b***y/materialistic) and Lorde (weird/unattractive) have taken up the feminist banner, and are much celebrated for doing so. Kirsten Dunst, on the other hand, who comes off as genuinely pleasant, attractive in a girl-next-door kind of way and inoffensive, says that femininity is undervalued, and being a wife and mother in the traditional sense isn’t all bad. She also says relationships work best when men can be men and women women. Is this such a terrible, awful thing to say? Something that should immediately be shouted down? Apparently so [her views are "shocking," no less!], despite the fact that people seem to instinctively agree with her, if all of history and global culture up to now is any indication of human norms. Our culture has gone so far off the deep end that I don’t think it’s worth taking it seriously anymore. America, the global joke, where a politician can’t promote anything but androgynous “gender equality” and a CEO can’t even say marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s getting close to time to call it quits on this political experiment. Frankly, if you were born in the US and don’t look at our flag with some combination of pity, sadness and contempt, there’s something wrong with you at this point. I feel bad for having to put it in those terms, but it’s true.
The Spearhead, Kirsten Dunst Offers Reasonable Opinions on Marriage, Sex Roles, is Immediately Attacked

Flashback: When True Patriots Lose their Love of Country and "The pro-family response consists of quietly withdrawing allegiance from a society that is attacking the family."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: "Brandeis University is stiffing someone who's black, feminist and from Somalia."

Which makes their decision the most explicit recognition yet that, in the hierarchy of identity-group politics, Islam trumps everything, including race and gender ... She and Theo van Gogh made a movie called Submission: He's dead, and the fellows who did it would like to kill her, too. But some tenured navel-gazing hacks and the prissy little trusty-fundy twerps they pretend to teach think she's the threat? As for Brandeis president Frederick Lawrence and the others who took this decision, nobody's asking them to be as brave as Ayaan Hirsi Ali. They will never know what it's like to have their associates murdered and to be forced into living under armed guard. They will never have to "share the risk" that Ms Hirsi Ali faces every day of her life. All that was required of President Lawrence & Co was that they not be total craven, jelly-spined squishes who fold like a cheap Bedouin tent at the first hint of pressure. But Lawrence couldn't even do that. Ayaan Hirsi Ali campaigns against female genital mutilation - that's to say, the barbarous practice by which Muslim men deny women sexual pleasure by having their clitorises cut off. Lawrence and the other fellows who run Brandeis are in no danger of any equivalent procedure since it seems clear they've nothing down there to chop off anyway. The eunuchs of the American academy are the beneficiaries of western liberty, of the spirit of openness and inquiry that is the principal difference between us and the intellectually stagnant Muslim world. But they will not lift a finger to defend that tradition ... getting an honorary degree at Brandeis, like serving on the board at Mozilla, is open only to those who make sure they never cross the Conformity Enforcers.
Mark Steyn

What was initially intended as an honor has now devolved into a moment of shaming. Yet the slur on my reputation is not the worst aspect of this episode. More deplorable is that an institution set up on the basis of religious freedom should today so deeply betray its own founding principles. The “spirit of free expression” referred to in the Brandeis statement has been stifled here, as my critics have achieved their objective of preventing me from addressing the graduating Class of 2014. Neither Brandeis nor my critics knew or even inquired as to what I might say. They simply wanted me to be silenced ... I can only wish the Class of 2014 the best of luck — and hope that they will go forth to be better advocates for free expression and free thought than their alma mater.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Flashback:  "Successful terrorism persuades the terror-stricken that he's conscience-stricken."
No one likes to think of himself as a coward. People resist admitting that they're afraid ... People prefer to think they end up yielding to what the terrorists demand, not because it's safer or more convenient, but because it's the right thing ... terrorists hit the jackpot when they manage to convince their targets that they haven't been swayed by fear of injury or inconvenience, but by a desire for justice ... Terror is victorious when it persuades the terror-stricken that they're motivated by a sense of equity. When victims meeting the terrorists' demands think they're acting out of an abundance of good will rather than an abundance of caution, terror is triumphant. . .Terrorism's great achievement isn't hijacking jetliners, but hijacking the debate. Successful terrorism persuades the terror-stricken that he's conscience-stricken. . . . Ultimately, terror triumphs when it allows perpetrators to masquerade as victims.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Since women make 23% less than men, its a wonder anyone ever hires a man." *

* Comment at Powerline: The 77 cents figure “does not account for differences in occupations, positions, education, job tenure, or hours worked per week,” as Christina Hoff Sommers put it on the occasion of Obama’s SOTU speech ...

“There is clearly a wage gap, but differences in the life choices of men and women… make it difficult to make simple comparisons.” [Washington Post] ... Much of the wage gap can be explained away by simply taking account of college majors. Early childhood educators and social workers can expect to earn around $36,000 and $39,000, respectively. By contrast, petroleum engineering and metallurgy degrees promise median earnings of $120,000 and $80,000. Not many aspiring early childhood educators would change course once they learn they can earn more in metallurgy or mining. The sexes, taken as a group, are somewhat different. Women, far more than men, appear to be drawn to jobs in the caring professions; and men are more likely to turn up in people-free zones. In the pursuit of happiness, men and women appear to take different paths.
Christina Hoff Sommers

If women were truly doing work equal to men's work, but being paid less for it, why wouldn't greedy capitalists hire only women?

The chief beneficiaries of the latest "equal pay" legislation would be lawyers and government bureaucrats; and the losers will be American workers — particularly American women — who will see their opportunities further constrained by this latest government overreach ... The first bill President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which at the time was touted as needed to make "equal pay for equal work" the law on the land. That law extended the time period during which an employee could sue for discrimination ... employees may sue businesses years, even decades, after the alleged discrimination took place. That means companies could face lawsuits long after the managers responsible for employment decisions have left, making justice difficult to obtain and creating significant new potential costs for business. Now we are told that women are still being denied equal pay for equal work, and another piece of legislation — the Paycheck Fairness Act — is the solution. Note that the legislation's champions avoid discussing what the bill will actually do, beyond platitudes about helping women and equal pay. That's because once again this legislation is about changing how discrimination lawsuits are conducted, dramatically increasing the potential payouts for plaintiffs and their lawyers, facilitating class action suits and making it much more difficult for employers to defend themselves. Few Americans would support the bill if they new that it was primarily about helping lawyers, not working women ... dramatically increases the motivation for both lawyers and employees to sue in hopes of a super-sized payout. Currently, businesses can justify differences in pay based on factors such as experience, job duties and business necessity. Yet under the Paycheck Fairness Act, employers would be exposed if an employee could demonstrate that "an alternative employment practice exists that would serve the same business purpose without producing such differential." No one knows what that ambiguous definition means, leaving employers open to potential lawsuits for essentially any compensation decision, whether that's making a counter-offer to retain a valued employee or offering an employee more flexible hours in exchange for reduced compensation. The Paycheck Fairness Act would also empower government bureaucrats to collect information about compensation practices and establish a national award for employers deemed best in advancing "pay equity." Companies hardly need more government red tape, but more disturbingly government "guidelines" collected today could easily become regulations and mandates in the future — undoubtedly justified as necessary for the cause of "equal pay." How would businesses react to the new legal risks and administrative burdens? Likely they would seek to reduce their exposure to lawsuits by limiting the number of employees and adopting more rigid, one-size-fits-all compensation practices. That's bad news for women who value flexible work arrangements and are looking for work today. Americans like the idea of equal pay, which is why those are the only words you hear from proponents of the Paycheck Fairness Act. They studiously avoid terms like "lawsuits" and "new government filing requirements," because the American people recognize these as enemies of job creation and economic growth. Yet Americans must look past the slogans and slick internet ads and recognize that the Paycheck Fairness Act isn't about equal pay and apple pie — it's a big payout to lawyers that would leave working women worse off.

USA Today

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mozilla: "A company that doesn't care about the information privacy of its own CEO sure the *** doesn't care about yours."

Boom.

"Keep your 'choice' off our taxes!"

Like it.

"Big deal! Now it will the Quebec Liberals in charge of shaking down the rest of Canada for money."

The separatist party lost the Quebec provincial election.

Like a commentator on the article, Wayne Allen, said: "Big deal."

Something tells me the Quebecois are too shrewd to actually want to separate, and the PQ's separatist rhetoric scared them. The Quebecois would much rather continue to milk Canada with the mere threat of separation.

They need the $ from Alberta's oil too much to actually get off the government teat.

I wish the province would just "go already," myself.

Sometimes Russia freaks me out and sometimes I think Russia will be the only G8 nation left standing in a few years.

Because Russians know danger when they see it ...

1. Russia to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir in Crimea.

2. Russia's non-European path should be marked by "the rejection of such principles as multiculturalism and tolerance," according to the draft. "No references to 'creative freedom' and 'national originality' can justify behavior considered unacceptable from the point of view of Russia's traditional value system." That, the document stresses, is not an infringement on basic freedoms but merely the withdrawal of government support from "projects imposing alien values on society." The draft goes on to explain that certain forms of modern art and liberal Western values in general are unacceptable and harmful to society's moral health.
Bloomberg, Putin's rejection of the West, in writing

Saturday, April 5, 2014

'Vote for Rob Ford. He's not a communist." *

*

Plus, it's such fun watching the Toronto Left lose its collective mind over him.

Considering all that’s happened since, how is it possible he is still a viable candidate in the race for mayor? ... By normal standards, Ford’s political career should be over by now ... Ford’s most loyal supporters don’t back him despite the things he’s done, but because of them ... If Ford lied to them about smoking crack, then, to the Ford Nation’s way of thinking, Wynne hasn’t been truthful about her role in the cancellation of the gas plants to save five Liberal seats in the last provincial election. Indeed, Ford Nation views Wynne’s sins as worse than Ford’s because his involve personal failings, while the Liberal government Wynne heads wasted their money ... Part of Ford’s attractiveness to his most loyal supporters ... is the fact that he ... angers the very people they are angry about.

Lorrie Goldstein, Ford’s fueled by anger: To his most loyal supporters, the best thing about Toronto’s mayor is that he enrages the people they hate

"Consequences are Coming: Barbarians vs Civilization"

I have a new post up at Clash Daily.

As the Global Warming hysteria fades, "We will need to find our next environment scare."

What ingredients constitute a proper eco-scare? What makes the big ones effective? A variety of elements, taken together, seem to bring it to critical mass. The one thing you do not want is a dull statistical problem. People, especially GROUPS of people respond poorly to ordinary facts, plainly stated. Even if your crisis is real, they’ll yawn it off. (Think “debt ceiling”.) Your biggest problem isn’t an information gap ... Your starting point, then, isn’t even the problem. It’s the emotion. You have to “frame the issue” in terms that will generate a specific, useful emotion. It is important that you trigger the right kind of emotion. Anger, defiance, love, contempt and moral indignation are good if they can be harnessed into action. Passive emotions — like ordinary sadness or happiness — are not. Now that you have your target emotion, look for issues that can leverage it. There are two elements that will be present in an optimal crisis. First, the crisis itself should exist as an abstraction. If you select something too specific and measurable, your rate of progress will be evident to all. 
Wes Walker, It's Easy! Steps to a Do-It-Yourself Eco-Crisis