Enviros to Africa: Stay Poor and Die Early

Featured image Further to the point of Scott’s post earlier about the shallow-mindedness of environmentalists, I’ve recently obtained a leaked copy of a draft letter from the usual gang of pecksniffs (Oxfam, Sierra Club, etc) to the U.S. Senate demanding changes to the Electrify Africa Act of 2015, and it is an even worse parody than the witless Sierra Club president before Sen. Cruz. The facsimile here is a little small and »

AP Documents Four Attempts to Sell Nuclear Material to ISIS

Featured imageAn Associated Press investigation has documented at least four attempts by criminal gangs to sell nuclear materials to ISIS. All of these attempts occurred in Moldava, and likely are not the only ones to have taken place in recent years. The AP article is long and worth reading in its entirety. An excerpt: The previously unpublicized case is one of at least four attempts in five years in which criminal »

“Covering up some shady s–t”

Featured imageIn the adjacent post, Paul considers the news that Madam Hillary reduced her email storage maintained by Platte River in late 2014 and early 2015, after she had turned over printed out paper copies of the emails to The State Department. Her team twice instructed Platte River to reduce the amount of email data stored during each server backup by decreasing the backup time period for email retention. The change »

Joy of cooking

Featured imageThe video below shows Senator Cruz questioning Sierra Club President Aaron Mair on the alleged phenomenon formerly known as global warming. The video runs a highly entertaining nine minutes or so. It may make you curious about Mair’s background. The Sierra Club has posted a profile of Mair here. My impression, possibly mistaken, is that Mair doesn’t know what he’s talking about — that he is unfamiliar with the terms »

Report: Team Hillary asked Platte River to reduce email data storage

Featured imageIn 2013, Hillary Clinton hired Platte River to manage her private email network. Thereafter, according to a letter written by Sen. Ron Johnson and obtained by the Daily Caller, the Clinton Executive Services Corp. — a Clinton family company — twice instructed Platte River to reduce the amount of email data being stored during each server backup by decreasing the backup time period for email retention. The change caused the »

Crime rate soars; Republicans join leftists in seeking release of felons

Featured imageAs ideological leftists and misguided conservatives rush to have felons released from prison, the crime rate continues to soar. It’s certainly soaring in Baltimore, where the recently-fired police chief says that cops are “taking a knee” in response to lack of support from city officials. According to Fox News: For September, homicides were up 39 percent and non-fatal shootings nearly doubled over the same month in 2014, continuing a disturbing »

Inspector Clouseau could not be reached for comment

Featured imageReading the page-one story (accessible here via Google) by Adam Entous in today’s Wall Street Journal, I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry. The Obama administration appears to be shocked, shocked that Vladimir Putin has not been entirely straightforward with them about Russian intentions in Syria. Entous reports: Russia has targeted Syrian rebel groups backed by the Central Intelligence Agency in a string of airstrikes running for days, leading »

Hide the women and children, the Supreme Court is back in session

Featured imageThe Supreme Court is back in session, and the mainstream media has coalesced around the narrative that this term will see sweeping victories for conservatives. This theme is being peddled by the Washington Post, CNN, and NPR. I found NPR’s coverage especially nauseating: ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: They’re back. The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court opened a new term today with subjects on the docket as diverse and contentious as »

The Washington Nationals’ horribly disappointing season, what went wrong?

Featured imageThe regular baseball season ended yesterday, which means the end of the line for the disappointing 2015 Washington Nationals. The bookmakers pre-season favorites to make the World Series limped home in second place in their division, 7 games behind the New York Mets, with a record of 83-79. Today they fired manager Matt Williams. Washington fans are debating whether the Nats’ season represents the biggest disappointment by a Washington team »

The Klobuchar kludge, cont’d

Featured imageMinnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar specializes in avoiding outspoken stands on important issues. She looks for opportunities to lead the way on trivialities calculated to garner broad public support, such as her crusade against the threat to life and limb posed by “The crisis of the detergent pod.” Senator Klobuchar is a reliable vote for the Democratic Party line, but she is quiet about it. She doesn’t want to upset anybody. »

Iowa Can’t Stand Hillary

Featured imageThis NBC/Wall St. Journal/Marist poll of Iowa residents came out today. There are a number of interesting numbers, but what jumps out at the reader is that Iowans can’t stand Hillary Clinton. These are the numbers for registered voters: Favorable: 35% Unfavorable: 59% Not sure: 5% That’s brutal. It is noteworthy that President Obama is just about as unpopular in Iowa, at 38%/55%/8%. Who are the 8% that can’t make »

Barry Diller: I’ll Leave the Country If Trump Wins!

Featured imageAn election must be in the offing, as liberals are threatening to leave the country. As we used to say as kids: is that a threat, or a promise? This time it is Hollywood’s Barry Diller. Diller says: If Donald Trump doesn’t fall, I’ll either move out of the country or join the resistance. A Democratic Party resistance movement? They’d better hold off on confiscating those guns. These threats are »

Assimilation? Who Needs to Assimilate?

Featured imageToday the Center for Immigration Studies released some shocking data from the Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey (ACS), which came out late last month. CIS headlines: “One in Five U.S. Residents Speaks Foreign Language at Home.” Some highlights: * In 2014, a record 63.2 million U.S. residents (native-born, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants) spoke a language other than English at home. * Taking a longer view, since 1990 the »

The meaning of “Australia” [Updated With Chart: How Successful Was Australia?]

Featured imageIn his rush to capitalize on the mass shooting deaths in Roseburg, Oregon, last week, President Obama made a statement including this observation: We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings. Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it. What does this »

Modest Proposals On Gun Violence

Featured imageWhite House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked several questions about gun control during his press briefing today. Breitbart summarizes his responses, which were more of the same: endless references to “common sense” reforms which are never specified. Earnest wants to keep firearms out of the hands of “criminals and others who shouldn’t have them”; so do we all, but how? To state the blindingly obvious, mass murder is, and always »

Best Academic Abstract Ever [With Comments By John and Paul]

Featured imageAppearing right now on the SSRN bulletin board is the following abstract; it’s going to make me reconsider some of my prejudices about Harvard: Can Philosophy Be Justified in a Time of Crisis? Nathan J Robinson Harvard University September 3, 2015 Abstract: In this paper, I take the position that a large portion of contemporary academic work is an appalling waste of human intelligence that cannot be justified under any »

Reliving the 1930s In France?

Featured imageIn France, private sector unions are still strong and the law makes it difficult to fire or lay off employees. (Which, of course, also depresses hiring.) Air France has lost money for the last few years and has been trying to downsize; it recently announced that pilots, flight attendants and ground crews would be be laid off unless unions agreed to productivity improvements. That led to a demonstration outside a »