davidl on April 23rd, 2014 (48 minutes ago)

Evidently the Boston Globe is in need an text ediyor:

Teich, who lives in Newton, started the nonprofit camp in Connecticut in 2010. A transgender male, he had a personal interest in providing a safe, fun place for kids who live on the outskirts of society. Teich loved the camp in Maine he had attended as a girl. He was there for 13 years, as a camper, counselor in training, counselor, and finally, member of the leadership team.

Hat tip: R.S. McCain

If Teich, what’s her name, was born a girl, she still is a girl.   That is a fact, and there is nothing she can do about it.

Eric Florack on April 23rd, 2014 (12 hours ago)

I note with interest, the ruling handed down from the USSC yesterday.
When we first saw this case come to the fore, I commented on it.
Those comments hold… you can’t fight racism by being racist.

Eric Florack on April 21st, 2014


A bit of brilliance at the link.
The article is lengthy and a little geeky, given it draws geavily on an old ‘Twightlight Zone’ episode.  The author, however, draws a point in a fashion I’ve never quite seen before, so it is worthwhile.

Note particularly the following…

Imagine protesters agitating against a policy or law being considered in Congress.

Abortion rights activists: Hands off my body you sexist males!
Gun rights supporters: Let us have our guns back!
Gay marriage advocates: Please let have equality with heterosexuals and have our marriages subsidized and recognized by you!

As TLP pointed out, see the problem developing here? The problem isn’t whether the government should do X, Y or Z, it is that we inherently accede to the framework the state is all-powerful and we need to petition the government for rights. Instead of wondering, “Why does the government decide who is or isn’t married?,” we demand equality in the sense that all of our relationships are judged by the state. It is a victory if you are a fan of narcissistic authoritarianism.

What the government gets wrong, we ignore everything it does that we agree with. In The Obsolete Man, would you have been upset if the Chancellor deemed a doctor relevant because he was an expert at heart surgery? You wouldn’t even blink an eye probably. That is the problem, we have been taught to ignore authoritarianism when we agree with or if it suits our needs. We only get angry and agitate for superficial change we it does not.

Recall, please, that this set of events is exactly what I mentioned as the goal of Obamacare… that it didn’t matter if the thing worked to solve supposed issues with healthcare. What mattered was that it was accepted that healthcare was unquestioned  as the province of government. Why do you suppose Obama and company are spending so much spittle saying “conversation over”?

Notice also, please, where the remaining arguments have descended to…. when the GOP complains about Obamacare, and its overt failures, they say to the GOP… “where’s YOUR healthcare plan?” And the GOP dutifully: puts out a plan with government at its center.
No matter what happens, government takes over healthcare. No wonder the Obamaflunkies consider it a success.

I made the point several weeks ago that who marries who should not now and should never have been, the purview of government.  The above passage makes reference to that issue.

At what point do we as Americans believe in freedom enough to countenance the idea that government does not belong in control of some things, instead of running to government as the first solution to every issue?

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davidl on April 21st, 2014

Liberalism for dummies.   All you need to know in three pictures, from William A. Jacobson, Legal Insurrection.   As Cliven Bundy can attest, the only crime that need be prosecuted in opposing the regime.

davidl on April 20th, 2014

snark2.jpgSnark of the Day by Dick Gregory:

“[I]ntegration” as the period of time between when the first black family moves into a neighborhood and the last white family moves out.

Source. It is snide quip in a serious article.

davidl on April 20th, 2014

There is no crying in baseball and and there is no royalty in the United States, unless, from a love struck WaPo:

America is not a hereditary monarchy. However entertaining it is to speculate, the news seems unlikely to have any real impact on the 2016 presidential election. So why did I find myself caring so much when Chelsea Clinton rannounced on Thursday that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, were expecting their first child later this year?

Reax from a less than adoring fan, Cripes Suzette:

Mrs. Mezvinsky’s Baby. Here are the notes:

  • HRC run for prez
  • only thing missing is grandmotherhood
  • chelsea pregnant in 2014 then miscarrage
  • real baby in 2015. elderly mother. prenatal care.
  • Taking back healthcare. Out with Obamacare. In with “Chelsea’s Law”.

The senior Clinton’s, both B.J. and the Missus, are not royalty. They lack the elegance of royalty. They do have the air of Arkansas white trash.

Bonus, when will the word noted maternity expert  Miss Andrea Sullivan weigh in on Mrs. Mezvinsky’s baby?

davidl on April 18th, 2014
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Just how dumb is Mayor Dumberg a/k/a former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, frmo the New York Times:

But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

Reax,:Meryl Yourish

First, the man is supposedly a Jew, yet he is envisioning the Christian heaven, complete with an unmentioned St. Peter waiting at the gate. Because gee, that’s what they teach you when you go to synagogue regularly. Oh. Wait. No it isn’t.

Da Mayor’s understanding of his Jewish Heaven is as muddled as his understanding of gun safety, from Chuck Anesi:

Ten years ago, during a routine checkup, my doctor asked me if I had a gun in the house. He thought that having a gun in the house was a serious hazard to my young children. What a dufus. Since my children were not safe crackers, I didn’t worry about it. Besides, according to economist Steven D. Levitt, yearly in the U.S. “there is 1 child killed by a gun for every 1 million-plus guns.” Levitt also observes that yearly there is one drowning of a child for every 11,000 residential swimming pools.

Guns are safe. A supposedly Jewish former mayor trying to find his Ez-Pass into Heaven is not.

davidl on April 17th, 2014

Kill thirteen soldiers, and the regime calls is work place violence.   Peacefully confront armeed federal jack-booted thugs, and the senior senator from Nevada calls you a “domestic terrorist”, from  Laura Myers,  Las Vegas Journal-Review:

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid on Thursday called supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” because they defended him against a Bureau of Land Management cattle roundup with guns and put their children in harm’s way.

“Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,” Reid said during an appearance at a Las Vegas Review-Journal “Hashtags & Headlines” event at the Paris. “… I repeat: what went on up there was domestic terrorism.”

Reax, from Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars:

Despite Reid’s characterization of Bundy supporters as “domestic terrorists,” the only violence metered out during the dispute was when BLM agents tasered and assaulted Bundy supporters during an incident on April 9.

No matter where you stand on the Bundy issue, Reid’s characterization of American protesters as “domestic terrorists” is chilling and a massive backlash is almost certain to follow.

Say yes to beef and say no to solar farms.   Dirty Harry Reid wants to sacrifice Cliven Bundy ranch so that his son can put in a solar farm.   Bundy loses, and Dirty Harry gets even richer.

davidl on April 15th, 2014

Phyllis Schlafly opposes the Pay Check Fairness Act, for good reason, but liberals, for their own strange reasons, support it. One woman versus the entire liberal establishment. This not even a fair fight. Mrs. Schlafly already battled and beat the Equal Rights Amendment.

So how many oranges does it take to equal a bushel of apples?   Answer it is impossible to say because an   orange is not an apple.  Like the irate feminists who argue for yet more legislation to make women equal to men miss the barrel.   A man and a women are not equal.   Just as a orange can not be made equal to an apple neither can a man and a woman be made equal.   Men and women are different*.

Men and women make different decisions, and do different work, from Mark J. Penn, AEI:

In 2012 (most recent year available) 4,045 men died on the job (92.3% of the total) compared to only 338 women (7.7% of the total). Almost 12 men died on the job for every woman who died while working in 2012 because a disproportionate number of men work in higher-risk, but higher-paid occupations like coal mining and oil and gas roustabouts (almost 100 % male), fire fighters (96.5% male), police officers (86.6% male), correctional officers (72.8% male), farming, fishing, and forestry (78.3% male), roofers (99.3% male) and construction (97.4% male); BLS data here for 2013. On the other hand, a disproportionate number of women work in relatively low-risk industries, often with lower pay to partially compensate for the safer, more comfortable indoor office environments in occupations like office and administrative support (77.3% female), education, training, and library occupations (73.8% female), and healthcare practitioners (74.4% female). The higher concentrations of men in riskier occupations with greater occurrences of workplace injuries and fatalities suggest that more men than women are willing to expose themselves to work-related injury or death in exchange for higher wages. In contrast, women more than men prefer lower risk occupations with greater workplace safety, and are frequently willing to accept lower wages for the reduced probability of work-related injury or death.

So why is the left so obsessed with trying to pretend that oranges are the same as apples, from Kyle Mantyla, Right Wing Watch:

As [Phyllis] Schlafly sees it, women want to marry a man who makes more money than they do.  As such, if women and men make the same amount, then women will be less likely to get married because they will be “unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate.”

The solution, obviously, is to increase the pay gap so that men will earn more than women so that women, in turn, will have a better opportunity to find husbands

No Mrs   Schlafly, is not arguing the that pay gap should be increased.   Rather she is arguing that the so-called pay gap does not exist in the first place.

[*]  Get back to me when fifty-three percent of plumbers are female.

davidl on April 14th, 2014

The patriots confronted the BLM under the Bundy bridge, video:

Hat tip:   De. Kyla,  Small Dead Animals

I think a lesson to take to heart ts never confronted an armed federal thug without a video camera running.   Government thugs have had a history of being trigger happy.

Eric Florack on April 13th, 2014

I’ve been watching the business out in California as regards that crash between a Fed-Ex Double pup, and the bus. I have to tell you that I’m not impressed with how this investigation is going this far. I suppose the reasons for this are bit less than obvious, so let me explain a little and perhaps help you understand.

I used to drive for US Xpress years ago, during that time in California were not unusual.  Usually, interstate 40 was the preferred path.  During that time frame one of the things I learned was that there are a number of trucking companies that tend to run faster on the highway. See if you can notice a pattern among them…. UPS, Fed-Ex, Yellow/Roadway and a few others. I could have my foot bolted to floor doing to truck would allow in terms of speed and still get blown into the weeds by these guys and their Double Pup trailer configs, such as the one that hit the bus the other day.

Since switching to a local and then a regional status with my current carrier, Ive seen a lot of the same symptoms with a lot of the dedicated route types, Fed-Ex among them.

While not fully convinced that the driver of that truck is at fault here,  it does seem logical based on that previous experience to wonder if speed wasn’t a factor here.  If that assumption is correct, the driver still isn’t necessarily the bad guy, and this leads me to my point… The government may well be the issue.

I’d like you to consider, here, the ever stiffer regulations faced by trucking companies, involving allowable drive time, duty time and so on. Those FMCSA rules cause freight scheduling to be unrealistically tight. Drivers are caught between the companies who are trying to survive the added regulatory burdens imposed by the federal government, and the rules themselves. This tends to cause them to drive faster in situations that don’t really support such driving.

As in this case, I suspect. You will doubtless see speed listed as a factor for the cause of this crash, assuming such information ever comes to light.  What you will NOT see, however, is a serious and open examination of what effect the current FMCSA regs had on that driver’s choices.. And that, in my view, is what is seriously needed here.

Once again, the actual result of even well-meaning laws can be and are devastating on a number of levels.  And far from well-meaning, some of the stuff we’ve been seeing coming out of the FMCSA seems at best arbitrary and spiteful. What is worse, since the FMCA is not accountable to the American people, they make and enforce laws that are never approved by Congress, or voted on by the people… there is no challenging them on this.

Eric Florack on April 13th, 2014


Ross Douthat nails it so well, one wonders how me manages to keep himself employed at at the little leftist propaganda factory in Queens.


Perhaps someone can explain how the description at the link, doesn’t match what I suggested such a replacement would be;

Second, let us postulate for a moment on her replacement. The position of HHS Secretary under Obama going…. (Leaning?)…. Forward, is rather like handing over the captaincy of the Titanic AFTER it has struck the iceberg. The person assuming command knows the whole thing is going under, and they’ll be taking at least part of the blame.   One must assume that only a true apparatchik would assume such a position. One imagines easily the kind of cold fish needed to take on such an assignment. No matter how many people get hurt or die, the political goal must be achieved, “for the greater good”.

Not even a smidgen of corruption, Obama has said.
Hard to believe when clearly our new HHS director was chosen for her position based on her historical and well documented ability to be corrupt for the cause of advancing the left and its agenda.

davidl on April 13th, 2014

snark2.jpgSnark of the Day from Cliven Bundy:

“I was paying grazing fees for management and that’s what BLM was supposed to be, land managers and they were managing my ranch out of business, so I refused to pay.”

Hat tip: Robert Stacy McCain.


Is there any doubt at all why Jay Carney works for Obama?

Imagine Nazi posters up in the home of any GOP staffer with the status of Carney, and tell me there wouldn’t be hell to pay for it.

Now explain why this is any different.

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