Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Odds and ends 12/24/2014

This doesn’t sound real but I like it.

Dear Ms. Pretty,

I have read your post with great interest. Guess there are lots of girls out there who have similar questions like yours. Please allow me to analyse your situation as a professional investor.

My annual income is more than $500k, which meets your requirement, so I hope everyone believes that I’m not wasting time here.

From the standpoint of a business person, it is a bad decision to marry you. The answer is very simple, so let me explain.

Put the details aside, what you’re trying to do is an exchange of “beauty” and “money” : Person A provides beauty, and Person B pays for it, fair and square.

However, there’s a deadly problem here, your beauty will fade, but my money will not be gone without any good reason. The fact is, my income might increase from year to year, but you can’t be prettier year after year.

Hence from the viewpoint of economics, I am an appreciation asset, and you are a depreciation asset. It’s not just normal depreciation, but exponential depreciation. If that is your only asset, your value will be much worse 10 years later.

Lucky for us the Christian tradition teaches marriage is not merely a transaction of money for sex and vice versa.

That tradition is no longer operative, you say? Well, then, never mind.


Liberal Bob Somerby is unimpressed with his colleague Brittney Cooper.

Someone moved the professor’s bag so he could sit down on a crowded train. In this utterly trivial matter, Cooper is somehow able to see the breadth of that battle against racism.

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It’s hard to capture the dumbness of this essay. It’s hard to capture the small-mindedness and the self-involvement of its overwrought author.


An anecdote about the quest for self-perfection, from The End Time.


You know thieves are targeting your house. You wait up for them and shoot them as they invade your home. A Montana jury calls this murder.

Kaarma could face between 10 years and 100 years in prison. His lawyers plan to appeal.

The Missoula man shot Diren Dede in the early hours of April 27 after being alerted to an intruder by motion sensors. Witnesses testified Kaarma fired four shotgun blasts at the teen, who was unarmed.

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Kaarma’s attorneys argued that he feared for his life, didn’t know if the intruder was armed and was on edge because his garage was burglarized at least once in the weeks before the shooting. They said Kaarma feared for his family’s safety.

It’s open season for thieves in Missoula.


Try to follow along. Feminist rag Jezebel reacted to anti-Christmas revelers with self-righteous scorn for not joining in a Michael Brown/Eric Garner protest. Given Jezebel’s own predilections towards intemperate exercise of freedom, this appears to be a classic case of Pharisaism.

Matthew Schmitz of First Things reflects:

I don’t mind the brief the new Puritans carry for good taste, much less their passion for justice. What’s lacking is a sense that righteousness might be the highest and most humanizing ideal. Perhaps, then, we should not decry the new Puritanism so much as demand that it become more truly Puritanical. Say what you will about the original Puritans, but they were nowhere near as narrow as the ones we’re stuck with today.

“Did Ted Cruz really bungle the lame-duck session for Republicans?” Byron York asks. No.

“The other dynamic at play is that now that Cruz has been firmly established as the goat of the lame duck session, Senate Republicans have cover to bail,” the aide wrote before the session ended. “They can give us consents more easily now because they know Cruz will be blamed. There is less pressure on them to hold out and actually force us to run clocks. So that's why I say it is certain that we will walk away with more nominees confirmed than if Cruz had not done what he did.”

That is why we saw Democrats extravagantly “thanking” Cruz for his action. They wanted to establish the storyline that Cruz had blundered into giving Democrats what they wanted, because that would give Republicans the opportunity to point fingers at Cruz — even as they gave Democrats what they wanted.


Abu Zubaydah thanked his interrogators for waterboarding him, Flopping Aces reminds us.


A social liberal is a liberal.

Reclusive billionaire David Koch, a powerful donor in American conservative politics, says he’s a “social liberal.”

“I’m basically a libertarian, and I’m a conservative on economic matters, and I’m a social liberal,” Koch told ABC News’ Barbara Walters during an interview for her special “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014” that airs at 9 p.m. ET Sunday on ABC.


Albert Mohler reviews Exodus.


People are fleeing San Antonio, and Bexar County judge Nelson Wolff wants to force them back in.

The city only can annex areas where it can afford to provide adequate services without cutting revenues to existing parts of the city.

Although Wolff called the city’s latest annexation plan a step forward, he challenged the city to do more and absorb larger swaths of the county; allow areas of the county more freedom to incorporate if they so choose; or else give the county more revenue sources to help provide better services in unincorporated Bexar County.

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The city adopted an annexation policy last year that it will discourage the incorporation of “competing” cities around its edges. That, Wolff said, puts county residents between a rock and a hard place, leaving them in a virtual “no man’s zone.”

“They have no control over their destiny,” said Wolff, who directed assistant to the county manager Seth Mitchell to look at crafting legislation that might adjust the current state law that gives the city power over the ETJ.

They do have recourse: It’s the democratic process, which Wolff is trying to subvert by appealing to state authorities.


“Lebron James again demonstrates social conscience with ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirt” is the USA Today headline. What it “again” demonstrates is James’ attraction to racial fads, since that’s what this has in common with the Trayvon Martin’s death.

I didn’t jump on the Martin bandwagon because I was suspicious of the circumstances, and rightly so. Martin, who was high, and trying to get higher, attacked George Zimmerman and bashed his head in before Zimmerman shot him dead. Eric Garner was hurting no one when a cop choked him to death. Let’s not confuse compassion based on fact with compassion based on race.


In my opinion, we should leave public education to the dogs. Let the system sink into its moral waste as it wishes, then evangelize the victims. Fox News reports:

Acalanes Union School District officials told the institute the [sex education] class was not taught by teachers but rather the staff from a local Planned Parenthood in nearby Walnut Creek.

Included in the materials provided to students were documents and worksheets that included a checklist entitled, “Sex Check! Are You Ready For Sex?” in which the 13 and 14-year-old students are asked questions such as if they have water–based lubricants and condoms and if they could handle a possible infection or pregnancy. Another worksheet reads like a how-to on obtaining consent from a possible sexual partner and offers possible statements like “Do you want to go back to my place?” and “Is it OK if I take my pants off?”

Sounds like the new “yes means yes” consent requirements.

Students at Acalanes High School in Northern California were given this gender identity chart in a sex ed class conducted by the local Planned Parenthood chapter.

They were also taught about gender identity with the “Genderbread Person,” a play on the name of the holiday cookie, to teach them on how to identify themselves as either, “agender,” “bigender,” and “two spirit” to name a few.

There’ no end to this nonsense.

On Thursday, US Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new interpretation of the Civil Rights Act meant to prevent employers from discriminating against people who claim the status of a transgendered person.

Holder announced in a memo that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars discrimination on the basis of sex, also applies to the transgendered.

“This important shift will ensure that the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are extended to those who suffer discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status,” Holder said in the announcement. “This will help to foster fair and consistent treatment for all claimants. And it reaffirms the Justice Department’s commitment to protecting the civil rights of all Americans.”

This is the same stupid 1964 law that precludes store owners from throwing customers out for acting out of order. If libertarian Senator Rand Paul were still talking about repealing it, I’d take him seriously as a presidential candidate. But he’s not, so I’m not.

I’ve documented gender confusion in California, Massachusetts, Maine, and New York. Now it’s on the move in the heartland. World Net Daily reports:

Come August of next year, high-school students in Minnesota will be permitted to play sports on teams with whatever gender they “identify” with, rather than what their biological gender would dictate, and a leading Christian family group believes this is a recipe for disaster.

On Thursday, the Minnesota State High School League, or MSHSL, officially adopted new policies that would require all public, private and even some religious high schools to accommodate transgender students, effective Aug. 1, 2015. The decision came in the face of fierce opposition that delayed the decision by months.

“They passed a policy that will allow students who identify as transgender to play on teams opposite their birth sex, which will almost certainly lead to them also accessing the locker rooms, bathrooms, even hotel rooms of the opposite biological sex. This is very problematic for many students, parents and even schools around the state,” said Autumn Leva, director of policy and communications at the Minnesota Family Council.

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She said the clear public opinion on the matter didn’t sway the league, either.

“Even though we brought forward a petition with close to 7,000 Minnesotans who prefer our solution to what the league is doing. Even public and private schools have signed on, saying this is what they wanted and the league didn’t even give it any air time. So it’s really been a pretty one-sided discussion,” Leva said.

That’s because there’s a political “in” crowd and a political “out” crowd. Which crowd do you think those bigoted Christian parents belong to? Which crowd do you think the gay mafia belong to?


Pat Buchanan considers Jonathan Gruber and the seeming democratic irreversibility of the progressive/technocratic state:

What is it that pushes the nation leftward even when conservatives win at the ballot box? The permanent powers and the deep state. While there are conservative enclaves within the major media, they are few. Our mammoth bureaucracy—22 million municipal, county, state, and federal employees—has a vital interest in the preservation and growth of government.

Add up the beneficiaries of all social programs, and the number now approaches 100 million. They don’t tend to stay committed to folks who will take away what they have come to depend upon.

Higher education is dominated by tenured leftists and radicals. The Ivy League is “No Conservative Need Apply” country. Our popular culture, from movies to music to TV, is dominated by the left. Conservatives in Hollywood meet in catacombs.

There are conservative judges and justices on the courts, but few counter-revolutionaries. The decisions that come down either advance or confirm decisions handed down half a century ago by the Warren Court.

If it happened in America before 1960, it may as well have happened in another country. The conditions in that time are far removed from our cultural memory. We are like a trauma victim subconsciously blocking it from our collective conscious. That is the extent to which liberals have stigmatized the time before they rose to power.

If we’re going to make it, we’re going to have to rebuke most of the political, cultural developments since the ’60s.


It’s been a crazy year. I look forward to taking it easy in 2015. (Yeah, right.)

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