Wednesday, October 22, 2014

When All You Have Is the Race Card . . . | National Review Online

When All You Have Is the Race Card . . . | National Review Online: "I certainly believe that some of the hype has been overdone. But you know what I think is primarily driving the fear of Ebola? It’s just a hunch, mind you. And, please, don’t hold me to this. But here’s my guess: It’s the horrifyingly lethal disease that kills most of its victims by liquidating their organs. Another major factor contributing to the climate of fear: The worry that the people who brought us the ObamaCare website are running the fight against Ebola as well. Fear of African immigrants is way, way, way down the list. If it’s on the list at all. 

Okay, call me crazy."



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Wendy Davis vs. Principle | National Review Online

Wendy Davis vs. Principle | National Review Online: "Perilously, we are starting to see this attitude more and more frequently. When Salon’s Katie McDonough asks bitterly, when will “women’s lives . . . matter more than abstractions,” this is precisely what she means: that we should ignore the principles and strictures of republican government in the name of our preferred outcomes. In this manner, too, have we come to discuss the ever-diminishing scope of private property rights, our debates centering nowadays not on whether individuals should have a general right to decide whom they will serve, but on why anybody would be asking these questions in the first instance. Think you should be able to decide who comes into your bar? Drop the act, Bubba, you must be in the Klan. Grotesque as it is to watch a woman running for public office in 2014 attempt to convince her fans that her opponent is George Wallace, Davis’s real crime was not hyperbole. Instead, it was to have contributed willfully to the metastasizing civic ignorance of those she seeks to serve. Davis saw an opportunity to add a couple of points to her tally at the expense of the republic in which she lives, and, unashamedly and repeatedly, she took it. Rarely has a crushing loss been so richly deserved."



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What to Do about ‘Inequality’ | National Review Online

What to Do about ‘Inequality’ | National Review Online: "The Right has spent about 40 years working to liberate resources available for the education of young children through vouchers and other school-choice measures, and in recent years have paid a great deal of attention to attempting to put a brake on the ridiculous inflation of college expenses. But it’s tough to get a handle on costs when you’re paying Professor Krugman a couple hundred grand a year to not teach a course on inequality and helping Professor Warren pay the mortgage on her million-dollar mansion. Imitating Democrats of yore, those same people stand in the schoolhouse door when it comes to getting poor and largely minority children out of terrible schools. Start a business? “You didn’t build that!” insists President Obama. George W. Bush thought it might be wise to help people save real money for their own retirements — money that could have been left to their children, helping to build intergenerational wealth, something that is crucially lacking in the permanent underclass. Democrats compared him to Adolf Hitler."



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Kochs’ next dastardly deed: Creating good public defenders for low-income accused « Hot Air

Kochs’ next dastardly deed: Creating good public defenders for low-income accused « Hot Air: "The story goes on to quote the head of this organization acknowledging, a bit sheepishly, that Koch support for highly trained public defenders for vulnerable poor people might prevent good liberals from supporting highly trained public defenders for vulnerable poor people. But it’s the Kochs who are irredeemably ideologically driven and heartless. Always remember that."



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Autopsy shows Michael Brown shot twice at close range « Hot Air

Autopsy shows Michael Brown shot twice at close range « Hot Air: "That’s true, as police officers (like private citizens) have to stop shooting when the threat is neutralized. But that will very much depend on what actually happened when Brown turned around on that street. If he had his hands up in a surrender pose as Ferguson protesters claim, then Wilson will still face prosecution for homicide in some form. If these autopsy results show Brown was charging after originally attempting to go for Wilson’s gun in the initial struggle, though, it will be impossible for courts to conclude that Wilson couldn’t have found that to be a reasonable threat to his safety, especially after being injured in the initial assault. Small wonder that the DoJ wants to wash its hands of the Brown case, and to do so as quietly as possible."



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Developers On 'Gamergate:' Misogyny Isn't A Gaming Problem, It's An Internet Problem

Developers On 'Gamergate:' Misogyny Isn't A Gaming Problem, It's An Internet Problem: "Dawe feels the best way to deal with online harassment is to ignore it. If someone feels her life is in danger, she should alert authorities but not give the online trolls any publicity, Dawe suggested. This is the opposite of what developer Zoe Quinn, Brianna Wu and feminist blogger Anita Sarkeesian did. All three women openly tweeted about their harassment, also alerting the online community that they were leaving their homes.

“The main thing is not to respond to it. The more you stoke the fires and argue with random trolls, the more they are going to come at you because they are getting visibility and satisfaction,” Dawe said. “It's also very dishonest to use something that regularly happens on the Internet and attribute it to a group, who just want game journalists to stop insulting them, by default.”

Robalik also believes it's unfair this type of negative behavior is automatically being attributed to the gamergate movement, when, in fact, this type of behavior happens all the time."



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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Male strippers on Ebola-infected nurse’s flight pretty appalled by CDC’s irresponsibility « Hot Air

Male strippers on Ebola-infected nurse’s flight pretty appalled by CDC’s irresponsibility « Hot Air: "“If a stripper can make a decision that’s more responsible than the CDC, then surely other people can make those decisions, too” Goode, who comes from a family of pharmacists, told the Daily News. “It’s not rocket science.”"



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