Friday, April 18, 2014

Headline of the Day

Poor Little Rich Man; How to become a millionaire by lamenting income inequality.
Without many exceptions, Leftists are moral at the mouth only. They are notoriously generous, not with their own money, but with the money of the Other. And when it comes to "income inequality", that is soundbite stuff only, mouth moralizing to appeal to their envious, entitled constituents, who are used to the Democrat dole and are easily convinced that they should have what "those people" have. And if they can't have it, then it should be taken away from those who do. After all, isn't that what politicians and tax codes are for?

Addendum:
From instapundit:
IN WHICH VIRGINIA POSTREL compares Paul Krugman to Kim Kardashian. That’s unfair. Kim Kardashian owes her success to her ass. Paul Krugman owes being an ass to his success.
And he doesn't have to do anything for his huge salary.

Warmists Move The Goalposts Again

The AGW Chicken Littles have been undaunted in their business of giving deadlines for the doom of planet earth, none of which have been met so far. But lucky for planet earth, they have extended the doom date another 15 years. There have been many, many deadlines for death and destruction like unto a nuclear holocaust, but slacker planet earth has not cooperated so far, and has missed them all.

Nonetheless, if you might be skeptical of this continuous failure to accurately predict, Al Gore has an argument to convince you: Skeptics are "Immoral, Unethical, and Despicable". I wonder: if I claim to be convinced by that argument, would Al give me a ride around the world in his private jet? Would he let me stay with him in his gigajoule mansion? That Al. He's a case!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Harry Reid to Americans Supporting Bundy: You Are Domestic Terrorists

Harry (King George) Reid has called the supporters of Cliven Bundy "domestic terrorists".

Apparently this means that the war is on.

Like many Democrats, Reid thinks that he IS the law. This has been amply demonstrated during the past 5 1/2 years as the Democrats have been emboldened to flaunt laws and to make laws no one wants but the leftists. Reid used the nuclear option to remove opposition from the ObamaCare law passage. Reid has no scruples. He is a political animal, stress on 'animal'.

It appears that Reid is in complete command of the BLM through his toady who now is the czar running the BLM to Reid's profit. The Reid dictatorship includes an army, maybe even several armies, who knows - every bureaucracy now is an army on its own right.

The left owns the bureaucrats and their armies; they own the courts; they own the entire government except for the House. When Harry Reid decides to go to war, there will be nothing to stop him.

Krauthammer's Law Is A Little Off

Krauthammer's Law is this:
Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.
I think that is not the exact case regarding how conservatives view liberals. I suspect that most conservatives view liberals as emotionally impaired, morally values-free, and demented in pursuit of self-justification of their eliteness and superiority. They are not stupid; they are focused on their own salvation through their own secular messiahism. They are their own gods. This article at PJ Media demonstrates how cloistered and out of touch with actual people that liberals remain.

The US is an Oligarchy? Of Course it is.

From the Telegraph, a study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities concludes the obvious:
"The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded.

"The report, entitled Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, used extensive policy data collected from between the years of 1981 and 2002 to empirically determine the state of the US political system.

"After sifting through nearly 1,800 US policies enacted in that period and comparing them to the expressed preferences of average Americans (50th percentile of income), affluent Americans (90th percentile) and large special interests groups, researchers concluded that the United States is dominated by its economic elite."
One long look at Harry Reid could have told them the same thing.

New Data On Lerner's Involvement In the IRS Attack On The Right

From USN, the money quotes:
"The particular mention by Fish of the idea that “the next election cycle is around the corner” seems to any reasonable person to confirm or at least suggest higher-ups at the IRS including Lerner knew exactly what they were doing, had used their positions for partisan political purposes, and were continuing to do so even though the word about what they were doing had leaked out.

“The David Fish email proves the IRS originated and fed to Senate Democrats the idea of threatening conservatives with criminal prosecution for engaging in political speech – specifically with an eye towards the 2014 cycle. It’s the strongest proof yet that there should indeed be criminal prosecutions, not of conservatives but of the IRS bureaucrats who conspired to suppress them," said Phil Kerpen, the president of American Commitment and one who has followed this issue closely since it first become public knowledge.

"Interestingly, sources close to the House Committee on Ways and Means, one of the congressional panels looking into the issue, is not at all certain the document containing the Fish email was given to the panel subsequent to a rather broad, comprehensive subpoena of the IRS.

"There is also this message from Lerner, also made public as a result of the Judicial Watch FOIA. In it she writes, "As I mentioned yesterday – there are several groups of folks from the FEC world that are pushing tax fraud prosecution for c4s who report that are not conducting political activity when they are (or these folks think they are). One is my ex-boss Larry Noble (former General Counsel at the FEC), who is now president of Americans for Campaign Reform. This is their latest push to shut these down. One IRS prosecution would make an impact and they wouldn’t fell so comfortable doing the stuff. ... So don’t be fooled about how this is being articulated – it is ALL about 501(c)(4) orgs and political activity.”
They're totally uninterested in the revamped ACORN shell orgs, or any of the Soros proliferation of political activity orgs, or Harry Reid's wealth as a public servant. still, it might take a while, but I think maybe, just maybe, Lerner and her minions might get some jail time down the pike somewhere. And it could lead up to Obama, too.

The US Census Bureau: Democrat Statistic Generator

It was transparently obvious that, when Obama transferred the Census Bureau to the White House, the census data would be no good for anything ever again. For more depth, there is this article at WSJ, and here are the summary quotes:

From NYT:
"The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama's health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said."
From Megan McArdle:
"For several months now, whenever the topic of enrollment in the Affordable Care Act came up, I've been saying that it was too soon to tell its ultimate effects. We don't know how many people have paid for their new insurance policies, or how many of those who bought policies were previously uninsured. For that, I said, we will have to wait for Census Bureau data, which offer the best assessment of the insurance status of the whole population. Other surveys are available, but the samples are smaller, so they're not as good; the census is the gold standard. Unfortunately, as I invariably noted, these data won't be available until 2015.

I stand corrected: These data won't be available at all. Ever."
And,
"Why, dear God, oh, why, would you change it in the one year in the entire history of the republic that it is most important for policy makers, researchers and voters to be able to compare the number of uninsured to those in prior years?"
Well, the answer is right there in the question, isn't it?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Greta Christina Has a New Book Out.

Greta Christina is all about hating religion and the religious and anyone not just like her, so she has a plan to get more people to be like her. Hemant Mehta "the Friendly Atheist" has printed a blurb from Christina's new book, "Coming Out Atheist". Christina's entire point is to "combat religion", as Hemant says, by denying yourself to religion. Here's Greta:
"Religion perpetuates itself through social consent.

And coming out atheist denies it that consent.

This, in my opinion, is one of the best reasons for atheists to come out. You don’t have to argue with people about their beliefs. If all you do is tell people “I’m an atheist,” you’re denying religion your social consent.

And as the years and decades roll on, this will have a snowball effect. The more of us there are who deny consent to religion, the harder it’ll be to ignore difficult questions about it, or to ignore the option of atheism. And as it gets harder to ignore difficult questions about religion, more people will become atheists… and as more people become atheists and come out about it… oh, you get the picture."
Sorta like a pyramid scheme, she thinks. But she lives in an atheist bubble, where she can't see the normal reaction to atheists:
"Oh, another person who has no fixed moral principles. Great."
Christina's atheism is functional and practical: she can't stand any criticism of her lesbian lifestyle, and she never neglects to use the term homophobia as often as she can. This time it's "faith healing and homophobia and stoning adulterers" which she connects to her opposition.

I am actually all for theists looking deeply and inquiringly into their beliefs. There is no need for believing blindly. That's for atheists, who cannot provide either any disciplined deductive logic or experimental empirical data which supports their claim of logic and evidence for their beliefs. Atheism starts with a void, empty of both logic and evidence as well as moral principles. From there, they make it up as they go. It's the Darwinian, inferential, story telling, inductive logic type of personal bias as truth. And that is all there is to Atheism.