April 29, 2016

Open Thread

—Ace

A NYTimes article on "monotasking," that is, actually paying attention to one thing we are doing rather than annihilating our concentration with a barrage of multiple sources of stimulation.

I wrote about this last month, when I reviewed a book called Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. (Don't comment on old post; the site autobans IPs posting in old threads because it thinks they're spammers.)

Been a month and a half, maybe, since I became a proud Twitter Quitter and several aspects of my life have improved. Less distraction = more actual time. Distracted time is crap time -- neither doing one thin nor the other; neither really working, nor really relaxing, either. The attempt to cheat work hours by mixing in zero-calorie non-entertainments (Twitter, Facebook. clickbait articles with pictures of large breasts (gets me every time) just winds up making you feel guilty about not working, and then you cheat your actual downtime by mixing in light crap that you can pretend is sort of work related (like "building your brand on Twitter") when it's really nothing of the sort.

Just leads to a bad habit of wasting work hours by doing low-quality, distracted work, and then "making up for it" by wasting leisure hours by doing low-quality, distracted leisure.

Here's another NYT article that's (sort of) vaguely about the idea of defeating a bad habit by changing your every day environments and patterns. Actually, it's about a woman who lost weight by leaving the city she had grown fat in and moving permanently to a place she had gotten thin in (in fat camp), but I think one can take it more broadly as an endorsement of the idea that bad habits need to be dehabituated.

I guess that's kind of obvious. But I read a good point, somewhere: No one can make any change by willpower. People's reservoirs of willpower are limited. The only way to make changes is to do things as a habit until they become a habit. Then just try to maintain the habit.

I guess that's not such a big distinction but I think there's something to it.

I'm taking an early night. Everyone, have a nice weekend. Go somewhere new!

Posted by Ace at 05:25 PM Comments



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—Andy

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Education or Indoctrination? [Mis. Hum]

—Open Blogger

I am not a teacher. Ooops, my bad, I mean educator. My direct personal experience with secondary education recently has been limited. I did attend the graduation ceremony of my two youngest daughters in May of 2015. They graduated from a University of Wisconsin system school. The only thing I remember from that ceremony is that they received diplomas and portions of the address given by the chancellor.


The address went something like this, "These students have faced adversity as our school has had significant budget cuts." Now, he did not come out and say Scott Walker was to blame. You could read that between the lines. Mrs. MH elbowed me in the ribs when I let out an audible groan. So as the one year anniversary of this address approaches I've been thinking about his speech and other exemplary actions of colleges and universities in the news. Basically, the thoughts have been, WTF is wrong with our education system?


Hillary Clinton once famously said it takes a village to raise a child. Does the village teach manners and courtesy? It's quite obvious the the village, her parents and schooling from K-12 failed. Budget cuts in MA or any other state have nothing to do with this behavior. The President once chimed in about the private sector not building their business. OK, with that philosophy and Hillary's village beliefs, then the Public Education System is 100% responsible for this creature. Not too mention her parents who obviously taught her eating was fine but manners/courtesy were no-nos.


Now you might say, give her a break, she's an immature adult who needs further guidance. (OK play along here) This poor misguided soul will encounter educators who will teach her the value of open thought, differing ideas and free expression/discussion of topics. Not only will she be exposed to critical and independent thinking she will be exposed to how to play well with others. And finally she and other students will learn the lesson of accepting the truth, no matter if it is different than their original belief yes immature adult, a secondary education will give you all of these life lessons. You will graduate and be a well rounded person. (In her case in more ways than one)


The left preaches diversity. They shout it from the roof tops. But, it appears the only diversity they want is color, unless you are white gender, gender identity and sexual preference. Diversity of thought and political beliefs are not welcomed. When do they add Re-education to their name? For example, The Re-education University of fill-in-the-blank-state.


These kids don't come to a college or a university blank slates. The K-12 public school systems are failing miserably as well. Don't believe me if this comes out of a teacher who represents teachers what are we to expect in the classroom? In 2011 thousands of protesters marched on Madison, WI in response to Scott Walker's Act 10 legislation. This legislation addressed public unions, school teachers hardest hit. Teachers taught their students valuable lessons by "striking" although school strikes in WI are illegal. We won't get into the fake "Sick Excuse Notes" written by UW Doctors for the striking teachers.


So the public school system is corrupted, what do we do? There are no simple answers. Pushing for school vouchers is one step. Pushing for charter schools free of the teacher union's grip is another. Better vetting of school board candidates at local election time. Supporting governors such as Scott Walker who reigned in the WI teachers union. These are all steps in the right direction. These institutions didn't change for the worse overnight and will not change for the better overnight either. It will require work, diligence and exposure of their corrupt ways and means.

Posted by Open Blogger at 03:47 PM Comments

Mike Pence's Terrible Nondorsement Of Ted Cruz

—Ace

I think Allah's right here -- including about the Establishment types who will pretend-endorse Cruz to satisfy their conservative voters, but doing so so weakly they usher Trump into the nomination.

Meanwhile, Byron York says GOP bigwigs -- i.e., the establishment Trump is allegedly fighting, and Cruz is allegedly part of -- are making peace with the idea of the disaster candidate Trump.

I've heard a lot of RINOs openly talking about Trump being preferable, because his catastrophic loss will teach these Tea Partiers and uppity conservatives that they had better listen to the Cool Reason of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell in the future.

So we have not one but two wings of this party looking to teach the other a Lesson that will echo in the decades to come.

Both want the other destroyed completely so that they might rule alone.

It will end in tears. And Hillary. But mostly Hillary. And also, tears.

Posted by Ace at 02:29 PM Comments

I Want the Benefits of Maternity Leave Without Bothering to Have Children, Says Stupid Fat Whore

—Ace

Ah yes. I'm in a bad mood.

Insomnia struck again.

To be honest, I'm not sure if this warrants the level of outrage (and insult) I'm giving it. It's a novel -- and it's a chiclit comedy, with a misunderstanding and a pretend pregnancy suit to scam her company.

I'm not sure how seriously she intends the idea of "me-ternity." I think maybe she does mean it a little.

It's extraordinary that feminists claim they want the right to work, then when they get the right to work like men do -- meaning, you show up at your job and work and no, you can't just take a sabbatical (me-battical?) when you feel like you Just Can't Even -- they begin bitching and moaning and claiming they need society to reconform itself yet again to accommodate their ever-growing list of vital needs and demands.

If you don't want to work, fine -- get married, be a housewife.

But what is this shit with the claims that they want to work, and then the constant whining about what work actually entails?

Meghann Foye, 38, was jealous of co-workers clocking out for maternity leave, and decided she needed a break of her own. Here, the author of the novel "Meternity" (Mira, out now), tells The Post’s Anna Davies why she believes every woman deserves mandated "me time."

I was 31 years old in 2009, and I loved my career. As an editor at a popular magazine, I got to work on big stories, attend cool events, and meet famous celebs all the time.

And yet, after 10 years of working in a job where I was always on deadline, I couldn't help but feel envious when parents on staff left the office at 6 p.m. to tend to their children, while it was assumed co-workers without kids would stay behind to pick up the slack.

"You know, I need a maternity leave!" I told one of my pregnant friends...

[T]he more I thought about it, the more I came to believe in the value of a "meternity" leave -- which is, to me, a sabbatical-like break that allows women and, to a lesser degree, men to shift their focus to the part of their lives that doesn't revolve around their jobs.

"To a lesser degree, men" -- because while women are luminous creatures full of creative energies for things besides their jobs, men are expected to be workbrute labordrudges who show up every day to punch the clock while their female co-"workers" (quotes heavily sarcastic) are galavanting around on some much-unearned me-time.

The strongest possible arguments against the equality of the sexes are the stupid self-serving indulgent indolent things that come pouring out of feminists' mouths every damn day.

Feminism is a cult, and one of the cult beliefs of feminism is that women must work, for working is empowering. But it's quite clear that many women simply do not want to work -- yet they feel for maximum "empowerment" they must pretend at work.

Many men don't want to work, either. But we call them "bums." We do not make up cutesy neologisms like "me-ternity" to explain why some lazy men take months and years "figuring themselves out" going on a "Personal Journey to the Heart of the Unexplored Continent Known As Me."

We just say they're broke-ass layabouts.

But feminism says you cannot say anything about a feminist woman that is not positive. So we need to create new words to describe people who want a paycheck without having to actually work.

Just for them. Not for anyone else.

I can't help but notice that all the truly pernicious ideologies seem to posit that the believers in the ideology no longer have to sully themselves with dirty work. Islamists feel work is beneath them; they are Warrior Princes of Allah, who are to be served by slaves. Their "work" is only murder and thinking about Allah's lists of people to be hit.

Communists don't believe in work; they believe in elevating a Revolutionary Vanguard which will Think Big Thoughts while the proles work their benefit. (Communism simply seeks to displace one overcaste for another -- the incoming overcaste being the communists. Go figure!)

And some feminists, despite their religious conviction that work is "empowering" (read: a holy catechism) for women, seem to agitate endlessly for time off.

Work is tough. That's why they call it work.

And some people are simply too lazy or feel too entitled to work.

So they subscribe to ideologies that call their utter unwillingness to make themselves economically productive (or usefully reproductive) seem somehow noble.

Every asshole's dream: To be paid for doing nothing.*

Thus a thousand ideologies breeding rent-seekers and pressure-politics pirates, looting others' hard-won wealth.


* A commenter points out, rightly, that this is everyone else's dream too.

Quite right.

I should have said the asshole move comes in when you begin dreaming up ideological dogmas that claim that you don't have to work, but may seize the wealth of another to support you in your super-urgent Religious Work (whether for Black Lives Matter, communism, "democratic socialism," feminism, or Islamism).

Posted by Ace at 01:32 PM Comments

Anti-Trump Protesters Get Violent In California Because Of Course They Do

—Ace

The media frets and worries about the Bundy standoff, yet never seems to notice the unending violence from the left.

They have successfully normalized this behavior -- on the left only.

ndreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Donald Trump held a rally Thursday night, stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition to the Republican presidential candidate.

Traffic came to a halt as a boisterous crowd walked in the roadway, some waving American and Mexican flags. Protesters smashed a window on at least one police cruiser, punctured the tires of a police sport utility vehicle, and at one point tried to flip a police car.

Boisterous -- like a mischievous 11 year old with a slingshot and a frog in his pocket.

About five police cars were damaged in total, police said, adding that some will require thousands of dollars' worth of repairs.

...

"I'm protesting because I want equal rights for everybody, and I want peaceful protest," said 19-year-old Daniel Lujan, one of hundreds in a crowd that appeared to be mostly Latinos in their late teens and 20s.

...he said as he smashed a police car with a rock.

"I knew this was going to happen," Lujan added. "It was going to be a riot. He deserves what he gets."

He just said, two seconds ago, he wanted "peace."

He seems to want "peace" like the Palestinian Knife Activists want "peace."

Video footage showed some anti-Trump demonstrators hurling debris at a passing pickup truck.

Nearly attempted murder. Let's just call it Aggravated Boisterousness With Intent to Commit Hijinks.


Posted by Ace at 12:40 PM Comments

Indiana Governor Mike Pence to Endorse Ted Cruz

—Ace

Should help him, as Walker helped him.

Of course, Trump already locked down what may be an even more important endorsement in Indiana -- Hoosiers coach and freeform chair motion artist Bobby Knight.

Posted by Ace at 10:56 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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Girl Braiding Her Hair
Pierre-August Renoir

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Overnight Open Thread (4-28-2016)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

Yale University President Peter Salovey solemnly addressed "the Yale community" by email in the early evening hours last night. He had a portentous announcement. Among other things, Yale has reached a decision on whether to retain the title "master" to refer to the teachers taking up the mantle at Yale's residential colleges. You can feel the brain cells sloughing off as you read the deliberation that went into taking the long way around to arrive at the wrong conclusion in the current fashion. It's the tribute that knowledge pays to ignorance.

-- Scott Johnson of PowerLine

Quote of the Day II

In fact, over the years, Mr. Gross has consistently asked one question of prospective employees: What drives you?

The twist is that they must pick one of three answers: money, power or fame.

Strangely to him, no one has ever picked fame.

"It is the one thing I have always wanted," he said. "When I was starting out at Pimco in 1972, I told my mother and father that I was going to become the most famous bond manager in the world."

If

If you can keep your head when all about you  

    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,  

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

    But make allowance for their doubting too;  

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,

Or being hated, don't give way to hating,

    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream-and not make dreams your master;  

    If you can think-and not make thoughts your aim;  

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

    And treat those two impostors just the same;  

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken

    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

    And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

    To serve your turn long after they are gone,  

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

    Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,  

    Or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

    If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,  

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,  

     And-which is more-you'll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling published this poem in 1910 and Ernest Shackleton already had a framed copy of it in the ship's library on his ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic in 1914.

Related: Only a PC Killjoy Could Hate the New 'Jungle Book'

And the SJW Scolds never let you down: Reminder: Rudyard Kipling Was a Racist F*ck and The Jungle Book Is Imperialist Garbage

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Posted by Maetenloch at 11:37 PM Comments

Is ESPN a Hotbed of Over Racists?

—Ace

Yes it is, says fired former ESPN analyst Curt Schilling.


"Some of the most racist things that I've ever heard come out of people that are on the air at ESPN. There are some of the biggest racists in sports commentating, and you take it for what it is. You know who they are. You know what they are. I like that they are openly because then you know who they are. You know that they exist."

He needs to name names. If we're living in a Purge The Heretics Society now, all the Heretics must be Purged.

All. Not just the ones the left doesn't like.

Open thread.


Posted by Ace at 08:01 PM Comments

Is Millennials' Dislike of Capitalism Rooted in the Same Psychological Weakness That Causes Them to Want #SafeSpaces?

—Ace

I think David French is right -- we can see this broadly as a soft generation with no toughness or grit which is strongly adverse to any kind of challenge or competition.

They're very big on Reward, not so much on Risk.

We need a #SafeSpace in the economy.

[T]here is still startlingly broad opposition to capitalism, and I can't help but wonder if part of it springs from the same well-spring of risk aversion that gives us safe spaces, micro-aggressions, and trigger-warnings.

Actual free markets are risky. Companies can fail. Entire industries can vanish. Entrepreneurial dreams are crushed every single day. Free markets don't care for your feelings, your ethnicity, or your gender identity.

Is it any surprise that when millions of people demonstrate an extraordinarily low tolerance for emotional risk that they’d be hostile to an economic system that can so callously disregard their wants and needs?

When a generation of weak, soft imbeciles decides it is too #EmotionallyUnsafe to ever lose in a footrace, we see the end of Track and Field as a sport.

And when these same coddled weaklings and runts decide they can't stand to lose in the competition for innovation and hard work, we'll see the end of all competition in innovation a d hard work.

Economic Participation Trophies for Everybody!

Posted by Ace at 06:55 PM Comments

Eight Minute Abs
Seven Minute Abs
Six Minute Abs
Are You Ready for... One Minute Abs?

—Ace

It is now put forward that one minute of all-out exercise may deliver the benefits of 45 minutes of lower-intensity conditioning.

You know what I call one minute of intense exercise? Sex twice a day.

For many of us, the most pressing question about exercise is: How little can I get away with? The answer, according to a sophisticated new study of interval training, may be very, very little. In this new experiment, in fact, 60 seconds of strenuous exertion proved to be as successful at improving health and fitness as three-quarters of an hour of moderate exercise.

Let me repeat that finding: One minute of arduous exercise was comparable in its physiological effects to 45 minutes of gentler sweating.

They tested three groups: the control group, who did nothing; the typical conditioning regimen group, doing 45 minutes of moderate/high cardio; and a last group, which did 10 seconds warm up, 20 seconds all-out-intensity bike pedaling, ten seconds cool down, 20 seconds all-out-intensity pedaling.

Total workout time: 60 seconds. I guess maybe they did a short cooldown after.


[W]hen the scientists retested the men's aerobic fitness, muscles and blood-sugar control now, they found that the exercisers showed virtually identical gains, whether they had completed the long endurance workouts or the short, grueling intervals. In both groups, endurance had increased by nearly 20 percent, insulin resistance likewise had improved significantly, and there were significant increases in the number and function of certain microscopic structures in the men’s muscles that are related to energy production and oxygen consumption.

No but seriously: Sex takes care of that. You just have to do it once per day.

I need to find someone willing to let me put my shame inside them. For 20 seconds, then a ten second change-up slow-down, then 20 seconds to the fast finish.

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Posted by Ace at 06:01 PM Comments

Economy Grows an Enormous Zero Point Five Percent In First Quater

—Ace

I knew they wouldn't let the number fall below zero -- they would fight that. Because two quarters of negative growth in a row is a recession, and they absolutely will not permit that before Obama's Legacy Election.

So they're making sure that can't happen. Even if we go negative next quarter -- and we may well might -- we can't have an official recession as we go to the polls.

So here's your Green Shoots: zero point five. Half of a percent.

Just enough to not be negative, and that's all that matters.

Gateway Pundit says that Obama now belongs to a very exclusive club: he is the only president in history, since we've been measuring economic growth, to not see a single year of (just better than the rate of population expansion) 3% growth.

What a guy.

What a god.

All hail King Obama, first of his name, the FOTUS -- Failure of the United States.

Or even FUOTUS.

Posted by Ace at 04:50 PM Comments

Cruz: The Alliance With the Idiot Prick John Kasich Is Dead

—Ace

Kasich needed Cruz to win Indiana as much as Cruz needed that -- both men's only hope relies on a contested convention, and a contested convention requires someone other than Trump to win Indiana.

But Kasich immediately repudiated their alliance and began making noises that he was competing there as hard as ever.

For some reason. Probably because he's a prick, and he's dumb, and has an ego more bloated than his stomach after all that disgusting eating.

Now Cruz acknowledges the reality of the situation: You can't trust the son of a federally-employed mailman to deliver anything.

Alliance is over.

Posted by Ace at 03:43 PM Comments

John Boehner: Cruz is "Lucifer in the Flesh;" Donald Trump Is My Texting Buddy

—Ace

Well!

I'd say that puts Cruz up over Trump 1-0.

"Anti-establishment."

Please.

"Lucifer in the flesh," the former speaker said [of Ted Cruz]. "I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life."

Boehner described other Republican candidates as friends. In particular, the former speaker said he has played golf with Donald Trump for years and that they were "texting buddies."

Most important endorsement Cruz has had so far.

But I'm sure the pretend anti-establisment stalwart Trump will say this just shows how Cruz "can't get along with people" to "make great deals."

Posted by Ace at 02:20 PM Comments

Vice: Here's What It's Really Like to Fight For ISIS

—Ace

Evil death-worshipping clowns -- they would be laughable, if their black hearts were not so set on murder.

They took this propaganda video using a head-mounted camera (which is always looking in the wrong place -- canted too far down -- because they're fuck-ups) and meant to show the world their might as they cruised around murdering people in their "improvised broke-ass Fat Albert Delta Deathmobile," as spongeworthy calls it. (Well, I added broke-ass and Fat Albert.)

Then they ran into the Peshmega.

If only more of them were killed it would be a great video.

Posted by Ace at 11:52 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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The Anatomy Lesson
Rembrandt van Rijn

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Overnight Open Thread (4-27-2016)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I - Because Attackers Like Have Rights Man Edition

The main problem with the notion of self-defense is it imposes on justice, for everyone has the right for a fair trial. Therefore, using a firearm to defend oneself is not legal because if the attacker is killed, he or she is devoid of his or her rights.

-- Justin Cormi in the Huffington Post which apparently does not have a drug testing policy

Quote of the Day II

In June 1893, nine cowboys raced across a thousand miles of American prairie to the Chicago World's Fair. For two weeks they thundered past angry sheriffs, governors, and Humane Society inspectors intent on halting their race. Waiting for them at the finish line was Buffalo Bill Cody, who had set up his Wild West Show right next to the World's Fair that had refused to allow his exhibition at the fair.

The Great Cowboy Race occurred at a pivotal moment in our nation's history: many believed the frontier was settled and the West was no more. The Chicago World's Fair represented the triumph of modernity and the end of the cowboy age. Except no one told the cowboys. Racing toward Buffalo Bill Cody and the gold-plated Colt revolver he promised to the first to reach his arena, nine men went on a Wild West stampede from tiny Chadron, Nebraska, to bustling Chicago. But at the first thud of hooves pounding on Chicago's brick pavement, the race devolved into chaos. Some of the cowboys shipped their horses part of the way by rail, or hired private buggies. One had the unfair advantage of having helped plan the route map in the first place. It took three days, numerous allegations, and a good old Western showdown to sort out who was first to Chicago, and who won the Great Cowboy Race.

-- from a review of American Endurance: The Great Cowboy Race and the Vanishing Wild West

Quote of the Day III

We're told although Prince hired and fired a slew of professionals, his most trusted advisers were "beautiful, 20-something women, all models with no experience in anything." It caused chaos in his life ... especially in the financial department.

-- from a TMZ article on Prince's lack of a will

Quote of the Day IV - Superfluous Masculinity Edition

The Turner prize-winning artist has turned his sights on the survivalist [Bear Grylls] and his exceptionally rugged version of masculinity, arguing that it isn't fit for the 21st century. "He celebrates a masculinity that is useless," [Grayson ] Perry said. Perry said that the masculine ideal presented by shows such as The Island, in which Grylls is currently putting a third group of hapless contestants through survivalist hell, is making it harder for men to successfully negotiate modern life. "Men might be good at taking the risk of stabbing someone or driving a car very fast, but when it comes to opening up, men are useless," Perry told the Radio Times in an interview to promote his new series, All Man.

Note that Grayson Perry's interests include pottery, writing, opening up emotionally along with the occasional transvestism.

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Security Guards Stop Kids From Singing The National Anthem At the 9/11 Memorial

Because the rules say that you must have a required $35 permit to be allowed to sing at the site. Otherwise the terrorists have won.

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Posted by Maetenloch at 10:59 PM Comments

Feds: The Economy Has Slowed

—Ace

Obama's Miracle Economy of super-fast growth has slowed???!!

Well, when you're performing at this high a level, there's really no place to go but down.

Posted by Ace at 07:28 PM Comments

Guardian: Correcting Grammar is Racist

—Ace

I just saw this on The Five.

Apparently speaking non-grammatically is a treasured trope of minorities.

Boy, progressives sure have a low opinion of minorities, don't they?

Oh, I forgot to mention: Lena Dunham vows she will absolutely move to Vancouver if Donald Trump wins the presidency.

Speaking of obnoxious hefty gals:

I mentioned the Crowder/Milo/Hoff Summers panel earlier, and the disruptors at it.

Below you will see why they couldn't talk - the audio in the tape was skewed so you mostly hear Crowder et al. But below you will see an... interestingly shaped woman (???) screaming incoherent obscenities from a few yards away.

When I say "interestingly shaped," I mean that the way bean bag furniture with flapping armfat arms is interestingly shaped.

And of course she keeps drinking from her sippie cup. Must be water in that cup. I figure an active gal like her has to keep herself hydrated.


Are you sure you're angry about racism, sweetie? Because I can barely make out your race. It's rather buried beneath walrusian layers of flab.

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Posted by Ace at 06:10 PM Comments

Will Ferrell to Play "Reagan" as Demented Basket-Case

—Ace

The script postulates that Reagan had dementia in office and was so out of it that an intern has to keep him on script by convincing him he's an actor playing the president in a movie.

Well, there you go.

It's interesting that their hate never diminishes.

Oh, Ferrell is also working on a movie with John C. Reilly where they will play, assumedly, misguided nativists who go on their own down the border to protect it.

So Ferrell is officially out of his making-profitable-films phase and deep into his low-budget vanity project phase.

Posted by Ace at 05:23 PM Comments

Ted Cruz to Make His Big Announcement Within Minutes

—Ace

In the meantime we can talk about Trump's foreign policy speech. Jonah Goldberg calls it "okay," but also wonders if Trump has any idea what some of the claims put into his mouth by writers might mean.

The major theme was "America First," which few can disagree with in broad strokes. Trouble is, most people say they're America first, even if they're not. Even Barack Obama, had you asked him in 2008, would have claimed to have been most interested in advancing American interests.

The trouble is, people define "American interests" differently. Obama, obviously, thinks America will somehow benefit by being weak and passive. (He also thinks the world will benefit from this -- which is his real motivation. But he thinks America will benefit too. Just less than everyone else.)

I suppose the general reminder that America should act in her own self-interests -- even if ruthlessly on occasion -- is a worthwhile thing to re-state.

Trump opened his speech Wednesday vowing to "shake the rust off America's foreign policy" and said he would outline a vision for a U.S. foreign policy "that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy and chaos with peace."

He added, "My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security first."

Very platitudey, though I have to say, every platitude is somewhat different and appeals to a different mentality. Obama's "Smart Diplomacy" and "community of nations" is a platitude.

But these two platitudes are obviously different, and signal, platitudinously, different things.

I prefer Trump's platitudes, at least.

...

He panned the Iran nuclear deal, a centerpiece of Obama's foreign policy, and claimed the President has "weakened our military by weakening our economy."
And he sought to wrap former secretary of state Clinton in his criticism of the Obama administration, referring to the "legacy of the Obama-Clinton interventions" as one of "weakness, confusion and disarray."

...


"We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism," Trump said, explaining that he is skeptical of international agreements "that tie us up and bring America down."

Okay, read the whole article at CNN if you want more. He also said that Muslim-American cooperation "must be a two-way street," suggesting that it's not at the current moment.

Meanwhile, I'm waiting to see the new tandem of Cruz and Fiorina.

Posted by Ace at 04:09 PM Comments

Former Speaker of the House and Serial Pedophile Child Molester Denny Hastert Sentenced to Fifteen Months in Prison

—Ace

The problem with his sentence is that he seems to be accused of an action which ought to not be a crime -- hiding one's transactions from the government by making them in increments below the level at which a bank must report them.

Which is insane. It's insane first of all that there's a law that says anyone has to report to the government any size transaction to make. And then it becomes positively Lovecraftian that that isn't enough -- no, now it's a crime to "structure" transactions below that threshold as well.

At some point, they'll expand the law to criminalize making transactions just below the phantom threshold to avoid being charged for the that.

First, it was illegal to cross the threshold without reporting.

Then, it was illegal to flirt with the threshold without reporting.

Soon it will be illegal to flirt with the threshold of flirting with the threshold without reporting.

As they often say: A government wants nothing more than to criminalize all behaviors. That puts all power of discretion into their hands, and makes the citizens scared and compliant.


His crimes against his victims are serious. But the "crime" he's being sentenced for today is no crime at all -- except on the government's part.

The statute of limitations ran out on his real crimes.

The AP article is about his actual crimes, and barely mentions the non-crime he's actually going to jail for.

Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.

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In explaining his punishment, the judge called Hastert a "serial child molester" and described as "unconscionable" his attempt to accuse one of the victims of extortion.

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Earlier in the hearing, a former athlete who said he was molested by Hastert decades ago told the courtroom that he was "devastated" by the abuse.

The man, now in his 50s, said Hastert abused him while they were alone in a locker room. He struggled to hold back tears as he described the incident in detail. In the years since, he said, he sought professional help and had trouble sleeping. He said the memory still causes him pain.

He said he trusted and looked up to Hastert.

In his own statement, Hastert admitted that he "mistreated" some of his athletes and said he was "deeply ashamed."

"I am sorry to those I hurt and misled," he said. "What I did was wrong and I regret it."

This article provides more grim details about Individual A and other victims.

Individual A was 14 when Hastert abused him, according to court documents filed by the government earlier this month. Hastert would have been in his 20s or 30s.

The teenager was one of around a dozen boys returning to Yorkville from a wrestling camp. Stopping at a motel, Hastert, the only adult on the trip, told Individual A to stay with him in one room. The other boys stayed in another room.

Hastert said he wanted to check a groin pull the boy suffered, ordering him onto a bed and telling him to take off his underwear. When the teen realized Hastert "was touching him in an inappropriate sexual way," he jumped up, ran across the room and sat in a chair, the court papers said.

Later, he walked back and apologized to Hastert, who then told the boy to give him a back message. Confused and embarrassed, the boy complied.

Hastert's attorneys questioned whether Hastert's actions legally constituted sexual abuse. Prosecutors hit back in their filing: "There is no ambiguity; defendant sexually abused Individual A."

Individual A confronted Hastert in 2010. At a prearranged meeting, he asked why Hastert had abused him. Hastert, the filing said, responded that it had been "a confusing and difficult time in his life."

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INDIVIDUAL B

Individual B was also 14 when he says Hastert abused him. It happened when he was alone in the locker room with Hastert after a workout. He told prosecutors Hastert offered him a massage, telling him it would help "loosen him up." Hastert then "performed a sexual act" on him, the court documents said.

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INDIVIDUAL C

Individual C had just stepped out of a locker room shower when Hastert offered him a massage. He didn't think it strange at first. But when his towel came off, Hastert brushed his hand against the boy's genitals. "Individual C recalls that it was 'very weird' and made him uncomfortable," according to the court papers. But Individual C wasn't sure the touching was intentional.

You get the pattern.

The guy Republicans called "Coach" for years.

"Coach."

The Flair Principle of Law: If the government will throw people in jail for not wearing 37 pieces of flair, they should at least make 37 the official legal requirement -- not tell them 15 is the minimum, but they'll encourage them (through prison sentences) to do more than the minimum.

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Steven Crowder Gives The Social Justice Warriors A Piece of His Mind

—Ace

The social justice warriors began the communal satanic chants, and acting like the assholes they are, and Steven Crowder tells them what useless assholes they are.

"You androgynous little amoeba."

A couple minutes in, I came.

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Cruz to Make "Major Announcement" at 4pm
Update: Carly Fiorina Will be His VP Running Mate

—Ace


Given that Trump exceeded his path-to-1237 pace yesterday, winning a luxurious 200 delegates, and that Trump is either tied or ahead in Cruz's absolutely-must-win state Indiana, Cruz is certainly looking for something that shakes up the dynamic of the race in his favor.

He let it be known that he was vetting Carly Fiorina for his VP running mate, and that she was on his short-list for that job. She could bring some strengths to the ticket, though warm-and-fuzzy likability isn't one of them.

Maybe we're past that kind of thinking, though.

Anyway, Cruz is going to announce something major. It might be that Kasich has agreed to a more tangible form of their deal -- though, in that case, I would imagine this would be a Cruz and Kasich statement.

He could also announce and end of the deal, given that it appears to have played badly in the public, and Kasich isn't even really honoring it.

It's hard to think what kind of big announcement Cruz could make at this point that isn't a VP pick or something to do with the deal with Kasich.


Update: Carly Fiorina scores a second huge win this election cycle.

First she was a guest on the Ace of Spades podcast. She probably thought it could get no better than that.

But it did.


Posted by Ace at 11:27 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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Spring In Town
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Overnight Open Thread (4-26-2016)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I - Leftism in a Nutshell Edition

"We obviously have to do a whole lot more to avoid what they call the 'school to prison pipeline' and replace it with a 'cradle to college pipeline' and that really starts early, and it starts early with working with families, working with kids, building up community resources. I'm very supportive of the mayor's proposal to tax soda to get universal preschool for kids. I mean I don't, you know, we need universal preschool, and if that's a way to do it, that's how we should do it."

-- Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in Philadelphia

Quote of the Day II - Euphemism Edition

I'm not sure, but I suspect that once upon a time "juvenile delinquent" was a liberal euphemism for "young criminal." As often happens, however, eventually even the euphemism is thought to be too harsh, and so a better one has to be found. And so one has: This Obama-administration press release yesterday talked a lot about "justice-involved youth."

-- Roger Clegg

Quote of the Day III

Some of my nurses were great - concerned about my comfort and stress - but other hospital workers were indifferent. When the customer doesn't pay, customer service rarely matters.

-- John Stossel on his treatment for lung cancer

What economic lessons can we learn about the $15 minimum wage law from an $8 per pound minimum beef price law'?

Despite what we hear from labor unions and the "Fight for $15" crowd, employees compete not against employers for higher wages, but against other employees. And it's also the case that employers compete against other employers for the best employees. It's like that in every market: buyers (employers) always compete against other buyers (employers), and sellers (employees) always compete against other sellers (employees).
Economist Walter E. Williams has used the following example to illustrate the competition described above between unskilled and skilled workers by looking at the market for different qualities of beef (see examples here, here, and here). Suppose that hamburger sells for $4 per pound and sirloin steak sells for $8 per pound. Hamburger is a much lower quality variety of beef compared to sirloin steak, but can attract a significant number of buyers who choose hamburger over the higher quality option for the 50% savings in price. Likewise, many employers may choose lower quality, unskilled workers over higher skilled employees for the significant savings in labor costs.

But now suppose the government imposes a "$8 per pound minimum beef price law." In that case, most shoppers who buy beef will then purchase more sirloin steak and less hamburger because the lower quality meat has lost it main weapon to successfully compete against higher quality sirloin steak - a significantly lower price that compensates for the lower quality. Result? Hamburger sales will suffer due to the "minimum beef price law" and sirloin steak sales will increase. Just like in the labor market, a $15 an hour minimum wage will remove the most effective weapon that unskilled workers currently have to compete against skilled workers - the ability to work for a lower wage. Result? Employment opportunities for unskilled and limited-experience workers will contract, while employment opportunities for skilled workers will increase.

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What Actually Happens When You Raise the Minimum Wage

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Late Deciders Splitting Between Trump and Kasich in I-95 Primary

—Ace

So the conservative doesn't play well in the liberal northeast. Ah, to be expected.

Polls close at 8 pm. It will likely be Trump down the line.

Here's Chris Stirewalt's tip-sheet for the so-called I-95 Primary.

Decision Desk will be covering all the elections, or, as I call them, "primary elections."

Meanwhile, noted asshole and buffoon John Kasich can't manage to honor the deal he struck with Cruz.

The deal announced late Sunday [for Kasich to concede Indiana to Cruz, and Cruz to concede NM and Oregon to Kasich] night started to show cracks by Monday morning. Kasich declined to direct Indiana voters away from him and toward Cruz. "I've never told them not to vote for me -- they ought to vote for me," he told reporters while campaigning in Pennsylvania, which hosts its primary on Tuesday. "But I'm not over there campaigning and spending resources; we have limited resources."

The Mailman's Son has trouble delivering an intact message -- go figure!

Open Thread. Apologies for the crap blogging today.

Posted by Ace at 07:11 PM Comments

Skullduggery: Did Hillary Clinton Supporters Get Bernie Sanders Supporters' FaceBook Pages Taken Down by Porn-Bombing Them?

—Ace

I'm not sure to be outraged or just shrug this off as the cyber world's equivalent of pulling down an opponent's yard-signs.

But the porn angle does make this seem a bit more seemly than routine vandalism.

As does the resort to the Crybully Culture tactics -- create a hoax, then whine to the authorities that you #SafeSpace is being #ButtHurt.

This site suggests, without proving, that this might have been the work of internet trolls hired by one of David Brock's endless slimey tentacles.

I don't know about that -- people look for some Prime Mover behind these things but the fact is that political passions are high enough, and people like being vandals and creeps enough, that most of this sort of stuff is initiated by Self-Radicalized Leftist Lone Wolves.

Who, like other Self-Radicalized Lone Wolves, act in concert and imitate each other to achieve the same ends.

Posted by Ace at 04:46 PM Comments

Desperate Blogger Posts Story He Doesn't Think You Care About Because He Can't Find Anything Else: the Megyn/Trump Interview

—Ace

I honestly cannot find anything I care about today.

But the rules say I have to crap one of these pieces of crap out of my craphole every hour.

The special event I don't care about will occur May 17.

Open thread, obviously.

Oh, I guess this is an amusing Trump story: Trump's happy that loud, obnoxious celebrities (besides him) will leave the country if he's elected president.

Admittedly, that's a selling point.

In a phone interview with Fox News on Tuesday morning, host Brian Kilmeade mentioned that O'Donnell, a sometime nemesis of Trump, was on a growing list of celebrities who have said that they would leave the country if he won the White House.

"We'll get rid of Rosie?" Trump said. "Oh, I love it."

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Another Fox host, Steve Doocy, listed other celebrities who have said that they would leave the country if Trump was elected, including comedian Jon Stewart and "The View" host Whoopi Goldberg.

"Now, I have to get elected," Trump said, "because I'll be doing a great service to our country. I have to. Now, it's much more important. In fact, I'll immediately get off this call and start campaigning right now."

Posted by Ace at 03:18 PM Comments

The Minimum Wage: How To Prove It Is Bad For Our Economy (CBD)

—Open Blogger

Don Beaudroux over at Cafe Hayek suggests an interesting minimum wage experiment. I am not sure that he has designed it perfectly, and some of the commenters suggest modifications, but the premise is interesting, if completely unworkable in today's childish political environment.

Readers urge me: "Why not regard minimum wages as social experiments? If they succeed, great. If not, they can be undone." The more intelligent of these readers understand that real-world minimum-wage legislation is instituted for political and not objectively scientific reasons. But these readers hold out hope that the political zebras who alone can inflict minimum wages on workers will lose their stripes and begin to be more "scientific" about enacting minimum wages.

It's an interesting thought experiment, and it also exposes the lack of intellectual rigor on the Left. Or more precisely, the conscious rejection of empiricism in the form of clear economic axioms. It is the minimum wage more than any other progressive shibboleth that convinces me that they are uninterested in reform, and very interested in power. That their power comes at the expense of real people is unimportant to them.

Here is a 10+ year old blog post from Coyote Blog describing his own experience with the minimum wage, but this time from the other end of the age spectrum. We mostly see the minimum wage as a hindrance to hiring teenagers and people entering the work force for the first time (i.e. no experience), but he hires retired folks with lots of life experience. The numbers are dated, but the points he makes are valid, since Obama has been unable to repeal the law of supply and demand.

Addendum Because apparently nobody is reading the linked article....

Here's a scientific experiment that I propose: abolish the minimum wage completely and for a long stretch of time and then see what happens over time.

And there's more!

If minimum-wage opponents (such as me) are correct, we'll see over time that elimination of the minimum wage increases the employment of low-skilled workers, as well as eliminates or greatly reduces the differences between the unemployment rates of black and Hispanic low-skilled workers and the unemployment rates of white low-skilled workers. We'll see a slight reduction in the incomes of middle-class households and increases in the incomes of lower-income households. We'll see also fewer people in their 20s and 30s who have never gained on-the-job experience and skills.

Of course, if minimum-wage opponents (such as me) are incorrect, then we'll not see these consequences. A much-more-solid scientific basis than what we have today will thereby be created upon which to found the case for minimum wages.

Posted by Open Blogger at 01:48 PM Comments

In Wake of Panama Papers Scandal, It's Revealed that John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Have Millions "Invested" in Overseas Tax Shelters, Because of Course They Do

—Ace

Socialism is for little people.

Secretary of State John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz have invested millions of U.S. dollars through family trusts in at least 11 offshore tax havens, according to an analysis by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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Since the release of the papers, no American politician has been identified as using the secretive offshore accounts.

Posted by Ace at 11:49 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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Marie Antoinette in Court Dress
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Overnight Open Thread (4-25-2016)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

Over the course of three decades in public life Hillary Clinton has misspoken and misled the public and mismanaged herself and her team to such a degree that voters cannot help noticing. Yes, many of her falsehoods are white lies. But white lies accumulate. They matter. Not only do they harm the truth. They are turning Clinton into one of the least popular candidates in history.

Since 1998 Clinton has blamed her poor reputation on the vast right-wing conspiracy. Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate, the health-care disaster - it was all the fault of the Republicans. What's forgotten is that Clinton has been lying in the service of her ambitions - most notably by protecting her husband from the truth of his infidelities - since long before Bill ran for president. Nor can she blame conservatives for her failure to win the Democratic nomination eight years ago. Hillary can't help being secretive and deceptive. It's her nature.

-- Matthew Continetti in White Lies Matter

Hillary Clinton has been secretive and dishonest the entirety of her adult life. And the existence of generic 'enemies' or the 'VRWC' has always been just an excuse/justification for her to indulge her secretive and dishonest nature.

Quote of the Day II

"Drones are the new UFOs."

-- from the article That drone that hit a British Airways plane might have been a plastic bag

Quote of the Day III

PAGLIA: Yes, I've been in a rut on lamb vindaloo.
COWEN: A rut, tell us.
PAGLIA: It's a horrible rut.
COWEN: It's not a horrible rut, it may be a rut.
PAGLIA: No, it's a horrible rut. It's a 40-year rut. Every time I go to an Indian restaurant, I say "Now, I'm going to try something new." But, no, I must go back to the lamb vindaloo. All I know is it's like an ecstasy for me, the lamb vindaloo.
COWEN: Like De Quincey, tell us, what are the effects of lamb vindaloo?
PAGLIA: What can I say? I attain nirvana.

-- Conversation between Tyler Cowen and Camile Paglia who once described Indian food as her substitute for LSD

Question: Who is the last living head of state to have worn their country's uniform in WWII?

Answer: This one

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She turned 90 years old last week making her the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

Queen to Obama: You May Only Bring 3 Helicopters During Your Visit

Apparently she's still upset over the damage he did to her gardens back in 2011.

The Queen called Obama's bevy of choppers "over the top", meaning the Secret Service had to rethink their plans to land about six aircraft in the 300-year-old gardens of her main residence.

..."She rarely imposes her will but when she does people listen - it just took the US Secret Service agents a little time to realise that," the source said.

The Queen, whose 90th birthday was celebrated recently, said there was no chance Obama's extensive security backup would be accompanying him to Windsor Castle.
Her insistence came after Obama's helicopters damaged the grass when half a dozen of them landed during his last visit in 2011.

The engines' heat scorched the grounds and the wheels left divots in one of the UK's oldest lawns, planted during the reign of Queen Anne in the early 1700s.

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Reposting: The Vicious Cycle of Third-Party Punishment

—Ace

Note: I wrote this Thursday or Friday, but I included with it more topical news which seemed to be what people talked about. I'm reposting this without the topical hook so the main point gets noticed.

That doesn't mean you have to talk about this -- this is officially an open thread. I just would like to give the broader point a second exposure.

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I've been talking about this for about two years now, I think -- we did a podcast on the subject with John Sexton (another convert to the cause after I recommended Trial by Fury to him).

Vox now Voxspalains altruistic punishment, which they call "third party punishment."

The two terms describe the same phenomenon, which is that people take pleasure in punishing people for wronging others.

That's the third-party part, or the "altruistic" part -- apes punish other apes for wronging themselves, but apes don't care if you harm another ape.

Humans -- possibly uniquely -- do.

This is an altruistic impulse and it underlies our sense of fairness in society generally.

But there is a dark side to it. Because humans are hard-wired to really, really enjoy punishing others for their alleged sins against other people -- we derive actual pleasure from it; it's that feeling of angry righteous fury political partisans feel -- and sometimes we go deliberately looking for slights to others, which could be entirely imaginary, to righteously punish.

One point the Vox article makes which I haven't made myself is that people are willing to use more vicious punishments when defending the alleged wrongs inflicted on others than they are to avenge wrongs perpetrated on themselves.

This may be because people are naturally more tough than they credit others with being.

And so if you say "You're an asshole" to someone, he just shrugs it off -- who cares?

But if you say "You're an asshole" to one of his designated victim cohorts he is honor-bound to defend and avenge, he assumes a bunch of things about his victim cohort -- that they're weak; that they're excessively sensitive and can be wounded by trivial things; and that they are utterly incapable of standing up for themselves -- and permits himself to engage in cruelty he would never consider indulging in on his own behalf to avenge the wronged third party.

This could be why furious liberals are so furious and nasty about the Washington Redskins team name, but if you ask the actual Indians about it, they shrug and say "What's the big deal? Isn't it a compliment?" and actually name their own high school teams the "Redskins" and other Indian-themed names.

But when you're coming in to defend these Indians -- well, you assume a level of offense on their behalf that really doesn't exist, then you assume they're weak and need a White Knight (usually an actual caucasian White Knight, actually) and you get nastier defending the Poor Indians than you'd ever be defending anyone apart from your own children.

And that's why the internet is so terrible.

This isn't an impulse to be completely suppressed -- as I said, it is this sense of what is "fair" to others that informs the most rudimentary sense of morality and ethics people feel. (Feel, not think.)

Third-party or altruistic punishment is the neurobiological impulse at the root of morality itself.

But it should be restrained. And people need to think deeply: Are these poor souls are being so cruel in defending really so weak that they cannot defend themselves? Are they really this sensitive that they are wounded and scarred by the most trivial verbal gaffe?

Is the imagined cruelty one seeks to avenge actually greater than the deliberate and calculated cruelty the avenger seeks to visit upon the supposed original wrongdoer?

Is the cruelty one is about to deliberately add to the world really likely to make the world a less cruel place? Or just a crueler one?

And one needs to ask -- am I really doing this to save my poor victim cohort, or am I just doing it because cruelty feels good and this is the only socially-permissible outlet for behaving cruelly?

It's this cycle -- imagining a minor slight to be a major one, then escalating this minor alleged cruelty into a major bout of intentional, coordinated group cruelty (group shaming, viral punishment, etc.) -- that is turning the internet, and the society that it shapes, into a never-ending Vicious Circle.

It's time to start letting some things go, and start letting the alleged third-party victims maybe do some complaining and self-defending first before the world jumps in to make every minor squabble a major cultural battle.

Open Thread. Had insomnia. Crazy tired.

Posted by Ace at 08:00 PM Comments

SCOTUS Refuses To Consider Overturning A Takings Clause Case (CBD)

—Open Blogger

I'm not a lawyer, and I didn't even stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night, but it seems to me that limiting access to the federal court system in cases where the question is a clear Constitutional issue seems...odd.

The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires the government to pay just compensation when it takes private property for public use. Yet in the 1985 case of Williamson County Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank of Johnson City, the U.S. Supreme Court significantly undercut the protections from government abuse offered by that constitutional provision, holding that plaintiffs may not file a just compensation lawsuit in federal court until they have first exhausted their compensation claims in state court.

But the court declined to hear Arrigoni Enterprises, LLC v. Durham, a clear challenge to Williamson County, and Justices Thomas and Kennedy(!) were not pleased. Clarence Thomas Faults SCOTUS for Enabling Government Abuse and Undermining the 5th Amendment, and his logic seems unassailable.

In response to the Court's rejection of that petition, Justice Thomas, joined by Justice Anthony Kennedy, filed a pointed dissent, accusing the Court of undermining a core constitutional provision while simultaneously enabling government abuse of property rights. "Both the text of the Takings Clause and the historical evidence cast doubt on Williamson County," Thomas noted. According to Thomas, Arrigoni Enterprises offered a welcome opportunity "to consider whether there are any justifications for the ahistorical, atextual, and anomalous state-litigation rule, and if not, to overrule Williamson County."

The default position of the writers of the Constitution was that government power is dangerous and must be limited. The Takings Clause is one of those portions of the Amendments that seem never to be read, yet are obviously rather important. Ask every a few high school kids what the Fifth Amendment is, and they will tell you that it protects us against self incrimination. But Eminent Domain is a very big deal, as we learned to our dismay in Kelo v. City of New London. Is this SCOTUS consolidating its decision in Kelo, or just one more erosion of our rights?

This is one of the topics that pull me back to Reason. I like that they are immediately suspicious of any limitations on our rights. Yeah, they are mostly nuts, but maybe they are the canary in the coal mine?

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