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Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Friday, August 28. 2015
It is expected to be a model regulatory system for the whole country: In the nation’s capital, a new business to regulate: D.C.’s personal trainers
Like so many regulations (manicurists? barbers?), I understand that part of the impetus comes from protection of existing guilds, but why can't government just leave people alone to pursue their honest trades?
Study finds women turn to lesbians due to lack of boyfriends
Liberals can try to ruin anything… even the E Street Band
Many scientific studies can’t be replicated. That’s a problem.
Ten years after Katrina: let’s learn from those predictions of more & bigger hurricanes
Ten years later, extent of Katrina fraud still unknown
Texas Top Destination for Migrating Taxpayers in 2013, New York Biggest Loser
A Nation Divided - Northeast Happiest In 8 Years As MidWest Comfort Collapses
Uber and the Great Taxicab Collapse - Should taxpayers bailout bankrupt medallion owners?
"You black people, my black people, you are the fucking most violent mother*****rs I have ever seen in my life.”
Charlie Daniels to Congress (in essence) 'Fuck you spineless maggots.'
The havoc that Trump wreaks — on his own party
President Obama Is Rebuked By a Better Man
Confirmation Bias - NH Primary Version
Hillary Clinton Compares Republican Candidates to Terrorists
Hillary Clinton’s laughable email defenses — a compendium
Jeb: Hey let’s do “free tuition” and pay back students who don’t graduate in four years
Europe's immigration drama has nothing to do with Donald Trump: Glenn Reynolds
America’s Dangerous Bargain With Turkey
The Alfred E. Neumann "What, Me Worry?" School of Nuclear Deterrence
Retired generals and admirals urge Congress to reject Iran nuclear deal
What he got:
Thursday, August 27. 2015
No double moon in 2015, or ever
The Sidewalk Shed, a Ubiquitous New York Eyesore, Gets a Makeover
Bottom Story of the Day: Lion Kills Man
Gay black guy kills 2 happy white people
Bottom Story of the Day: Lion Kills Man
"On its own terms, the logic of the same-sex marriage movement inexorably
Is America one country?
Well, you can say it was assembled and held together by wars - not voluntarily
Donald Trump Gets Earful in Spanish as Latino Outlets Air Disdain
Houston’s Proposed Bathroom Ordinance for Transgenders ‘Endangers Women and Girls,’ Group Says
Forget Criminals, Police Now Fear Activists and the Media
Community-Based Chaos - The de Blasio administration has all the wrong answers on the homeless mentally ill.
Illinois Towns Drowning in Pension Debt From Hundreds of Funds
Public pension shocker: Shutting a pension plan actually costs taxpayers money
The Economic Effects of Adopting the Corporate Tax Rates of the OECD, the UK, and Canada
How to put some teeth into the nuclear deal with Iran
Shortsighted on Cuba
Wednesday, August 26. 2015
New England has moose coming out of our ears
Stockholm Environment Institute: Carbon credits undercut climate change action
Call off the bee-pocalypse: U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high
How Much Yiddish Do You Know?
If you live in NYC for a while, you pick up quite a bit of Yiddish slang
The kids are not all right: The bleak future of the millennial generation
McArdle: You Can't Time the Market
Sure can. Buy low, sell high.
China government buying stocks to prop markets
Right Move for the Fed Is Hike in Interest Rates So Markets Come Alive
Homeland Security Raids Rentboy.com - DHS "will use its unique authorities to disrupt and dismantle" gay escort sites, says special investigator.
Homeland Security? What a joke. Protecting me from gay prostitutes? Expensive joke.
Hitler has grasped the falsity of the hedonistic attitude to life.
So, Lois Lerner Had a Second Secret Email, Using the Name "Toby
How many criminals in Washington?
Our hyperactive, grasping federal government has inserted its wasteful, probing fingers into just about everything these days.
Economic Freedom in America Is Declining Mostly Because of Creeping
TNR: What If Stalin Had Computers? A new book contemplates the end of capitalism (again)—it's a nice story, but a terrible plan
Gee, if only...
The Very Real Economic Costs of Birthright Citizenship
Anchor Baby Delivered Every 93 Seconds
How I Became a Social Conservative by Default - I didn't become a social conservative, social conservatism came toward me.
Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costume Sparks Internet Outrage: ‘Disgraceful,’ ‘Transphobic’
What is so special about trannies? Aren't they sort of strange?
Al Sharpton Reacts to the Concept That Working Harder Produces More Wealth
Hillary vs. Biden Would Get Ugly Fast
Give Up Already: Almost Half Of Americans Say Hillary Should Halt Presidential Campaign
Ben Carson: #BlackLivesMatter misfire
Why does the only black presidential candidate insist the US is post-racial?
Because it is
"A newspaper that wasn’t emotionally invested in peddling racial narratives would have seen another story here..."
Salon: Bernie Sanders is wrong about the Koch brothers: They’re even more dangerous than he thinks
Voters Can’t Stand Hillary
Greenfield: Mohammed Was a Pig
Sharpton Reacts to the Concept That Working Harder Produces More Wealth
- See more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=62266#sthash.1Zw0TiA2.dpuf
Tuesday, August 25. 2015
It's the inner totalitarianism of the worldwide Left. There is always an excuse to control and oppress the people, and to take their money. For the Greater Good, of course.
Food fetishists: Orthorexia
This is correct: China stock market panic shows what happens when stimulants wear off
Same in the US, altho China is more obvious about its attempts to control markets. In the US, ZIRP and QE were errors in the beginning, and led to a bubble stock market which needs a meaningful correction, a high colonic enema. Central banks distort markets, distort reality.
That's why Summers is wrong: The Fed looks set to make a dangerous mistake
Rates should have inched up years ago
The Long Rise of the Secular Faith - The threat to religious liberty has its roots in a progressivist faith that has been steadily gaining momentum in America for at least a century and a half.
Is it time to regulate personal trainers?
Good grief. Let's regulate everybody and every thing. Zero freedom.
Times Square is packed because people like to go see the spectacle — topless ladies, Elmos, and all.
It's a circus
Crazy Like a Visionary - Elon Musk’s remarkable career reminds us that individuals matter.
Is it time to regulate personal trainers?
Congressmen Push for Food Freedom, Drink Unregulated Raw Milk
Atheists Warn Football Coaches and Chaplains Not to ´Instill Christianity in Vulnerable Young Men´
The education mess is a lot like the health care mess
University of Maryland scholar: Ban the ‘Southern belle’
Boys being sophomorically-incorrect
Democrat Utopia Is Coming to a City Near You
Dem Rep.: Scott Walker ‘Tightening the Noose, Literally, Around African-Americans’
White House Throws Hillary Under the Bus=> Says Picking Biden Was Obama’s Best Decision Ever
An ominous precedent for Hillary Clinton
Obama Gets Low Marks for His Handling of Iran
Monday, August 24. 2015
Glad my kids don't go here. It's unfortunate that this is in my home state of NJ. It's unfortunate this is the prevailing viewpoint at many universities. I am not aware of any notifications like this at Syracuse, or Miami (OH), where my boys are. However, I know this pattern of thinking is common at both schools.
Conservatives sure do hate women: The War on Women Is Real
Devastating. One quote:
There has been some strange collateral damage in the Republican War on Women. We taught them that cooking and cleaning are for squares and they shouldn’t know how to do either. This has left young women today with apartments that are complete pigsties. There is nothing in the fridge and a mountain of clothes in one corner and a futon on the floor. This means millennial males end up having to do the cooking and cleaning themselves. Oh well, you can’t win them all.
Leonardo's To-Do List
Yale's Robert Shiller: Market 'Aftershocks' Are Coming
Deutsche Bank Sums It Up "The Fragility Of This Artificially Manipulated Financial System Was Finally Exposed"
From Whitewater to Email: David Kendall, the Clintons’ Dogged Lawyer
I guess he works full-time for the Clintons
Go Ahead and Pile Up Those Student Loans….
Realities Of Climate Change, Politics And Public Knowledge.
To the new culture cops, everything is appropriation
Very offensive song
Thomas Sowell: No More GOP Excuses On Immigration
Republican Elites: You Can’t Secure The Border, You can’t Deport, You Can’t Stop Illegal Aliens,….
The Quiet Revolution: How the New Left Took Over the Democratic Party:
Donald Trump: Warrior male extraordinaire
Is Trump worse than that?
WaPo columnist to Hillary: Stop digging
Intel Ops: Hillary broke “So many” laws
Terrorist Is ‘Dumbfounded’ That He’s Taken for a Terrorist
I have always wants to see Palmyra
3,000 migrants rescued off Italy in single day, tensions rise
The IKEA Murders: Sweden in Crisis
Leader of the Free World in Martha's Vineyard:
Sunday, August 23. 2015
Taking the Scenic Route to a Ph.D
growing importance of social skills in the labor market - See more at:
Saturday, August 22. 2015
The Suicide of the Liberal Arts - Indoctrinating students isn’t the same as teaching them. Homer and Shakespeare have much to tell us about how to think and how to live.
3 Americans praised for subduing gunman on European train
If you’re going to cheat, cheat smart.
How Many Families Were Broken This Week After the Ashley Madison Hack?
U. of Wisconsin official: Don’t treat shoplifting as a crime, community should decide what laws to enforce
Ten Things You Didn’t Know Were Racist
NY Times Races to the Bottom on Immigration
Hillary -- Don't Look Down!
The birds circling over Hillary Clinton
The Clintons stand where money, influence, and celebrity form a nexus.
Why is Trump holding a mega-rally in Alabama?
Countermoonbat Alliance: Trump + Cruz
Countermoonbat Alliance: Trump + Cruz
Macedonian police fire stun grenades to disperse migrants
Ten New Reasons to Worry About the Iran Deal
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps Plans Massive Ballistic Missile Test
Friday, August 21. 2015
Fallen firefighters remembered as heroes as thousands battle blazes across west
Like most conservationists, I believe that Smokey The Bear is obsolete. He was, in fact, an agent of the lumber industry as administered and subsidized by the US Forest Service. Lives and money should not be spent to combat a necessary natural process. As that article notes:
Government fire-suppression policies, like so many government policies, have unintended consequences which are worse than the original problem. If you must have a house in the woods or fire zone, get fire insurance and hope for the best. Or don't. Monitoring fires from the air is a worthwhile government - or private -warning service, same as storms.
And let the trees burn. That restarts the natural succession which produces an abundance of wildlife and biodiversity. Brave as they are, these firefighters die horribly for no good reason at all.
Molecular scientists unexpectedly produce new type of glass
Wolf Pups in Northern California
When Jesus Said The Shema
Safeguards for Economic Liberty 'Spook the American Left' - Liberal hysterics in defense of occupational licensing and property seizures.
It's beginning to pinch in many ways
Gov’t to creamery: Your milk is entirely too natural to not be labeled “imitation”
Germany fact of the day, will support for immigration collapse?
It's A Divorce Lawyer Orgy: "Ashley Madison Hack Is The Best Thing To Happen Since Moses"
Union-owned government agency
All my bags are packed - Corporate America’s tax-driven exodus continues
Highest business taxes in the developed world
Panopticon Jeb: NSA Needs Broader Powers
Hillary Spokeswoman on Private Server: 'She Didn't Really Think It Through'
Half of Jerusalem Arabs want to be Israelis
U.S. concerned about Russian arms sales to Iran
fact of the day, will support for immigration collapse? - See more at:
scientists unexpectedly produce new type of glass - See more at:
Thursday, August 20. 2015
I am agin' it. It's illegal. Generally speaking, I oppose breaking most laws, however stupid. Five Serious Truths About Illegal Immigration That GOP Candidates Have To Accept.
If you want to see what unlimited immigration (against the consent of the people) looks like, take a look at Europe. Mezzican immigrants now amount to what had been 1/3 of the Mexican population. That is an invasion, and it is without our consent. If we want to consent to that, then fine. However, I can say that there is not a single job I had while growing up which is not occupied by immigrants. What work would I do today as a 13 or 15 year-old eager beaver?
Cardio Vs Weight Training: Which is Better For Weight Loss?
Neither, it seems. It's mainly diet.
5 reasons to be skeptical of the new "female Viagra"
McArdle on Ashley Madison
10 School Signs That Will Worry You Immensely
After 6 Years Of QE, And A $4.5 Trillion Balance Sheet, St. Louis Fed Admits QE Was A Mistake
“She gave me the scissors and told me that I had to cut down the middle
Rachel Dolezal 2.0? Shaun King, activist for the Black Lives Matter movement, outed as a white man
Vast majority of low-income students want to go to college; few ready to succeed
Amusing piece: BNY Mellon Had Some Very Special Interns
With a bonus vocab word: Litotes
Of course not. The $ goes to rent-seekers.
Bobby Jindal causes chlamydia
Harsanyi: Trump’s Immigration Plan Is Hardcore Porn For Nativists - The billionaire's immigration positions are as ludicrous as they are destructive.
For once, Harsanyi is wrong. Legal immigration is fine with me, for example. Invasion is not ok.
No More Politicians: The Presidency Is Trump’s to Lose
Trump is non-ideological
The Donald Trump Conversation: Murdoch, Ailes, NBC and the Rush of Being TV's "Ratings Machine"
The 3 a.m. phone call just came in — quick, hide the emails
The greed of higher ed. Why feed the greed?
Last year, Yale paid about $480 million to private equity fund managers as compensation
Tel Aviv University’s Egyptian Valedictorian: ‘We Must Always Question Our Assumptions’
Why Istanbul Should Be Called Catstantinople
What Are Palestinians Doing With U.S. Money?
Wednesday, August 19. 2015
It's not the $ that is the excess. Politicians get loads of $. The wretched excess is that Bill and Hill will have to pretend to be married.
Obama drives down coal company stocks, and Soros buys them on the cheap
Uh oh. I guess their server wasn't secure.
Ashley Madison hack: Live updates as 'UK Government email addresses' in data of 32 million dumped online
Uh oh. Lots of naughty gummint employees.
Two Women Make History by Passing Army's Elite Ranger School
Corporate Inversions: Obama Fiddles While the Corporate Tax Burns U.S. Competitiveness
No one showed up for California's green jobs rush
The recurrent problem of green scares that don’t live up to the hype (fixed)
Why Aren’t We at War Yet over Climate Change?
CO2-induced Greening of the Earth: Benefiting the Biosphere While Lifting the Poor out of Poverty
Obama Seeks $1 Billion for Library, Post Presidency
What is the point of these stupid presidential libraries?
The Head Start CARES Demonstration: Another Failed Federal Early Childhood Education Program
Every Year 400,000 Children Born to Illegal Immigrants – 1 in 10 Births in US
Are they kidding?
Black Woman Rips Council over Illegal Aliens
Mark Levin: ‘Nobody Talks About OUR Kids as Dreamers’
Maybe Hillary Clinton just isn’t a very good candidate
A raw deal for Iran’s dissidents
Tuesday, August 18. 2015
Citizen government was the original idea, not professional careerists looking for an easy unskilled government job for life. Thank God she's not a lefty. Quick as a whip, compelling and highly likable. I do not agree with her on everything, but so what?
She is an effective spokesperson, which is what she is running for.
Story gets increasingly Nixonian (but Nixon was just about ordinary political tricks, nothing important). Or, should I say, increasingly Clintonian?
Related, The Hillary Horror Movie, a Sequel
It's widely known that college football and basketball are de facto minor leagues for the NBA and NFL. But they are not true minor leagues, and while the athletes are not paid in the same fashion as professionals (they are 'amateurs', after all), they are actually paid quite a bit of money. Most of these payments are utilized at their own discretion, such as getting an education and not just taking Underwater Pottery 101.
At any major school, the education itself carries a cost of $18,000-50,000 a year. At some elite schools, it could be substantially more. Very few people in the 18-24 age range earn this much money, let alone are given the opportunity to supplement that 'payment' through the use of educational facilities.
There are other payments as well. 'Free' food (the players eat substantial portions at the school cafeterias), 'free' living facilities (not always 5-star quality, but I liked my college digs), 'free' health care and fitness facilities, travel to and from games, and the likelihood of a free meal at a host of local bars and restaurants (if you're the big star).
My neighbor's son is currently playing Wide Receiver at a major northeastern university. I've spoken with him many times since he's been up there, and he works hard. His freshman year was a bust, due to pulled hamstring (he tells me the workouts for injured players are harder than for those who are healthy, but you work on other muscle groups that usually go ignored). To hear his stories, however, you come to realize these young people have a very good lifestyle, even if they are not the rock-star QB.
The NCAA needs reform, no doubt. College athletics (and education - but that's a completely different matter), in general, needs reform. I don't think unionization will solve any of these issues, nor will any kind of governmental interference. It's fair to say these are well-compensated student/athletes (emphasis on athlete) for the level of play they are engaged in. If the players want to unionize, I really don't have a problem with that. I suppose if they did and pushed for more 'stuff', they'd find out just how important or unimportant they are (I'm thinking unimportant, at many schools, though not the big-sports ones).
It's also fair to say that, if some people have their way, and these athletes get paid, the Title IX athletics will disappear. The wide-ranging effects of unionization and paid student-athletes has never truly been investigated. My guess is the only logical end to this will be to turn major college sports into a true minor league. For now, however, the NCAA continues to hold sway.
6 Things You Should Know About Lab-Grown Diamonds
Wolves, Resurgent and Protected, Vex Swedish Farmers
“They Thirst for Cocaine: Soda Fountain Fiends Multiplying”
New book: Thoughts on ‘The Devil’s Pleasure Palace’ - Subversion is Michael Walsh’s primary focus and the battle he describes is nothing less than a battle between good and evil
The Trigger Warning Myth - Coddled students aren't the cause of a mental health crisis on campus. They're just pawns in the culture wars.
The Wall Street Ponzi At Work——The Stock Pumping Swindle Behind Four Retail Zombies
Do We Deserve a Service as Awesome as Uber? Today's "progressives" would have protested the horseless carriage.
Charities on the Dole - Dependence on government funding destroyed FEGS and threatens other once-great philanthropic organizations.
Obama, the Left downsizing the American Dream
From the UNEXPECTEDLY!!! Files: In the Wake of Proposition 47, California Sees a Crime Wave
the UNEXPECTEDLY!!! Files: In the Wake of Proposition 47, California
Sees a Crime Wave - See more at:
Donald Trump’s Immigration Proposals: Mainstream and Popular
Republicans Could Win Votes by Opposing Guest-Worker Programs
The movement to surrender on amnesty is well underway
Marco Rubio wants to kill your Granny
The GOP’s Trump-Carson 1-2 Punch in the Nuts The ‘stupid party’ goes nukular
The collected (nit)wit and (un)wisdom of Bernie Sanders
David Brooks "Stunned" By "Egregious" Clinton Foundation: "I Thought There Were Donations And People Were Giving Money"
Ex-officials prosecuted for mishandling gov’t info see ‘double standard’ in Clinton case
Some good links at Carpe
‘I Am Strange Here’: Conversations With the Syrians in Calais
What Will the Iran Deal Mean for NATO Missile Defense?
Monday, August 17. 2015
Normal and cheerful is today's counterculture.
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