May 30, 2012

California Police Want to Be Secret Police, and the Assembly Agrees


I don't expect this to stay restricted to CA. Nor to police.

Down, down, down. The trend is down.

May 28, 2012

UN Eyes the Internet, Again

Pam Geller.


Another route to SOPA? Watch for Hollywood extolling internationalism (more than usual).

In fairness, America's ongoing attempts to impose SOPA on the rest of the world create skepticism that we can be trusted as an honest steward of the Internet. However, IMHO the UN proposal would take us out of the frying pan into the fire.

May 27, 2012

A Contemporary Conundrum

When an industry supports a politician who turns around and proposes raising their tax rate from 15% to 35%, they get upset. How can this be? We need to unleash the full power of postmodern insight on the question. Answer: it's their childish egos.

(The industry is the hedge fund business. Moreover, the administration is proposing to tax the sale of a hedge fund as ordinary income, not as capital gain.)

May 26, 2012

"There’s really no problem we can’t fix with more incarceration."

The title is a quote from Radley Balko. An honor student with divorced absentee parents, who is working two jobs and caring for siblings, has been sentenced to a night in jail for truancy: here and here. The judge should think about the American flag on his tie stands for.

But how did the case get to court? Was the judge told about the obviously extenuating situation? The administrators at Diane Tran's high school deserve as close a look as the judge does. My first reaction: they are at best stupid or gutless; at worst, bigoted and malicious.

Riehl Stupid

This is enough to bar one from polite society, but it's nothing compared to this:
Mitt leaned in close and said, "Man that Chuckles Johnson really takes it in the azz, doesn't he?"
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new record! Unlikely to be broken any time soon.

The implication is that Romney said this in a manner that could not be overheard. Anyone can post a revolting smear, but it takes riehl genius to involve your Presidential candidate in a manner that cannot be refuted. Not surprisingly, they're already having a field day at LGF.

May 25, 2012

Chiming In... Kimberlin.

I threw this together as an expression of solidarity and will clean it up later. I'll start with the person whom perhaps I respect most in the blogosphere, Radley Balko. Also: The Blaze. Memeorandum. Legal Insurrection. Instapundit.

Little Green Footballs. Just kidding! Your search - kimberlin - did not match any documents. Hey, look over there. A racist! Added later: Now there are some hits. Charles Johnson identifies Kimberlim as a "pile-on target" and claims, without providing evidence, that he (CJ) is being lumped in with Kimberlin.

Addendum 20120609. Such tactics are nor restricted to the Left. In fact, afaik the radical Left has not killed one of their targets.

A plague on both their houses.

May 21, 2012

Good for Them

Gay activists urge against prison time for Dharun Ravi, the student who taped a sexual encounter of a gay roommate who thereafter killed himself.

This kind of behavior earns my respect for their opinions more than any amount of screeching about supposed second-class citizenship.

The suicide was very unfortunate, but being a putz is not a sufficient reason for jail time.

May 15, 2012

National Gay Marriage

Five days ago, I remarked:
That said, I’m pretty sure the Left plans to use the judicial system to impose gay marriage on the country. It may take a Constitutional amendment to preserve the right of the states to decide.
That didn't take long (HT: Althouse):
Rep. James Clyburn, the House Democrats’ third-ranking leader, said on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown Monday that the question of legal recognition of marriage between same-sex couples should not be left to state laws, but instead ought to be decided at the national level, a position that puts him at odds with President Barack Obama....

If DOMA were repealed or struck down, then there could be two possible ways to pass a national policy of recognition of same-sex marriages:
  • Enactment of an amendment to the United States Constitution...
  • A ruling by the Supreme Court which would find in the text of the Constitution a right for same-sex couples to marry.
Sure Clyburn is at odds with Obama. Surrrrre he is...

Gay marriage is a pressing issue! How has the country survived so long without it? We'd better deal with it right away and not take any more chances. America, ignore the bigots who are using the economy as a distraction.

May 9, 2012

Freeman Dyson and Climate

I knew he is a skeptic about anthropogenic global warming (AGW). I hadn't known that he worked in the field.

May 6, 2012

sigh Only in America (Alas, Babylon?)

It's been a long time since I posted an image. Here's one:

Jack Welch Tells Women to Rely On Merit For Advancement. Fury Ensues.

As of this writing, the WSJ article is here; Google cache is here. An extract is here.

I'm not sure who I have less sympathy for: Welch or the executive wymyn. I felt the same way when Larry Summers shot his mouth off.

Imagine if Welch had criticized the "disproportionate" numbers of females enrolled in higher education.

May 2, 2012

The Economy and the Election

I want Obama to lose in November. The economy will probably determine the election, but I don't wish for bad economic news. I wish for economic news that accurately reflects the long-term effects of his policies.

If veridical economic news indicates that my assessment of Obama is incorrect, so be it.

Addendum 20120528. Forbes' Joel Kotkin notes that private-sector job growth has begun outpacing the public sector, and gives lists of cities with favorable employment climates (none in New England, iirc).

The Norfolk Racial Attack

A white couple, newspaper reporters out on a date, was beaten by a black mob: see here and here. It took two weeks for their own paper to report the attack. A cynic might note the publisher holds a post in the Obama administration. That cynic might also note that the publisher, Maurice Jones, is black.

A bigger cynic might note that had the couple followed John Derbyshire's much pilloried, with some justification, advice, the attack would not have happened.

May 1, 2012

yawn More Hype From Singularity "University"

Instapundit links to this.

That place has been open for almost three years.

If technology is accelerating like they claim, where are the profit-making transformational spin-offs? Where are the IPOs?