Thursday, November 26, 2015

Flacking for Stalin; flacking for Hitler and Stalin; but flacking for Stalin mostly.


//Trumbo was no defender of free speech. He was a serious Communist and a defender of Stalin and the Soviet Union. Trumbo used his power in the film community to prevent proposed anti-Communist films from being made. “Whenever a book or play or film is produced which is harmful to the best interests of the working class,” Trumbo wrote to another blacklisted writer, “that work and its author should and must be attacked in the sharpest possible terms.” Calling Stalin “one of the democratic leaders of the world,” Trumbo moved to prevent a film being made that was to be based on Leon Trotsky’s biography of the Soviet leader. He also claimed to have stopped movies being made by anti-Communist authors such as James T. Farrell, Victor Kravchenko and Arthur Koestler, whose works he called “untrue and reactionary.”

He could not have claimed innocence of Stalin’s crimes. In 1956, after Nikita Khrushchev’s speech about Stalin to a Party Congress, he told an old friend of his that he was not surprised, because he had read George Orwell, Koestler, James Burnham, Eugene Lyons and Isaac Don Levine, authors who told the truth about Soviet totalitarianism. In other words, Trumbo supported Stalin while knowing at the time that “Uncle Joe” was a monster and murderer.

In the movie, there are many scenes of the Hollywood Ten meeting and planning what to do when they received subpoenas to testify before HUAC. They decide that the only honest course was to invoke the First Amendment, which would allow them to hoodwink the liberal community about their actual beliefs, while appearing as defenders of America’s basic principle of free speech.

One of the ten, the director Edward Dmytryk, later broke with his comrades and appeared as a friendly witness before the Committee, and as he recounts in his book Odd Man Out: A Memoir of the Hollywood Blacklist, the Communist Party controlled the entire strategy employed before the Committee. Instead of a free speech defense, the Communist Party dictated that they should not answer the Committee’s questions, never reveal their true affiliations to anyone, and appear rowdy and contemptuous at their testimony.

Even the left-leaning historian Larry Ceplair, writing with Steven Englund in their book The Inquisition in Hollywood, could not help but acknowledge the truth. The Hollywood Communists, they wrote, “defended the Stalinist regime, accepted the Comintern’s policies and about-faces, and criticized enemies and allies alike with infuriating self-righteousness, superiority, and selective memory which eventually alienated all but the staunchest fellow travelers.” It should not be a surprise that you don’t learn this from watching Trumbo.

If true, it really may be August 1914 as America can't afford to let Saudi Arabia fall to ISIS.

Maybe it's not ridiculous theories about "global warming."

So, crazy it might be true.

//In booting ISIS out of Syria, Russian military planners most certainly will use a strategy called "funneling". Quite simply, with the assistance of allied Iran to the east, Russia will attack ISIS troops anywhere but south, forcing a retreat in that direction, thus "funneling" ISIS fighter south into rival Saudi Arabia. ISIS may find grassroot support within the kingdom and their natural target will first be -as always- oil fields. The resulting shortfall in oil and gas production will enable Russia and Iran to incease military spending and extend their strategical influence on the region, much like the US did.

An unintended consequence of the Saudi attempts to overthrow the government of Syria, may be the overthrow of the government of Saudi Arabia with its own medicine. Should ISIS be pushed into Saudi Arabia, expect oil prices to surge.//
Liberal Fascism - Junior Varsity

Too many examples to choose from:

//Some Johns Hopkins University students proclaimed themselves microaggressed by the possibility of a Chick-fil-A restaurant on campus. (Chick-fil-A’s chief executive defines marriage as Barack Obama did until 2012.) Mount Holyoke College canceled its annual production of “The Vagina Monologues” because it is insufficiently inclusive regarding women without vaginas and men who, as the saying goes, “self-identify” as women. “Gender,” said a student, “is a wide and varied experience, one that cannot simply be reduced to biological or anatomical distinctions,” and the show “is inherently reductionist and exclusive.”
Writing in the University of California at Berkeley paper, two geographically challenged students objected to a class featuring Plato and Aristotle and other “economically privileged white males from five imperial countries (England, France, Germany, Italy and the United States).” A branch of the University of California at Irvine’s student government passed a resolution against the display of flags. Written by a student in the School of Social Ecology ( “transformative research to alleviate social inequality and human suffering”), the resolution said flags are “weapons for nationalism” and “construct” dangerous “cultural mythologies and narratives” and “paradigms of conformity” and “homogenized standards” and interfere with “designing a culturally inclusive space.”
Students on Columbia University’s Multicultural Affairs Advisory Boardsuggested trigger warnings for persons who might be traumatized by reading, say, Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” wherein some myths portray bad sexual behavior. But a feminist blog warned that the phrase “trigger warning” itself needs a warning attached to it because it might remind people of guns. But, then, the word “warning” might [substitute word for “trigger”] fright.

To Lovers of Freedom everywhere...

...Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Democrat Operatives with Press Clearance.

Press lets Clinton campaign write their tweets...and other stuff.

Debunking Global Warming Hysteria.

By a Geologist.

Two questions:

1.  Isn't science about sharing information?

2.  Why is it unlawful for the public to see the emails of work done by publicly paid scientists about publicly-funded science?

Government scientists refuse to reveal emails in order to show why they magically reversed their position on global warming.

//A top House lawmaker’s confrontation with government researchers over a groundbreaking climate change study is provoking a national backlash from scientists, who say his campaign represents the most serious threat Congress has posed to scientific freedom.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, has subpoenaed scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and demanded that they turn over internal e-mails related to their research. Their findings contradicted earlier work showing that global warming had paused, and Smith, a climate change skeptic, has accused them of altering global temperature data and rushing to publish their research in the June issue of the journal Science.

[NOAA chief tells lawmaker: No one will ‘coerce the scientists who work for me’]

So far, NOAA officials have resisted Smith’s demands, and the showdown has escalated.

The lawmaker has threatened to subpoena Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, while scientists have rallied in solidarity with the researchers.

On Tuesday, seven scientific organizations representing hundreds of thousands of scientists sent an unsparing letter to Smith, warning that his efforts are “establishing a practice of inquests” that will have a chilling effect.

[Congressman now threatens to subpoena commerce secretary over global warming report ]

“The repercussions of the committee’s actions could go well beyond climate science, setting a precedent to question other topics such as genetically modified organisms and vaccines that have controversial regulatory and policy implications,” the letter said.//

When Turkey and Russia are fighting, it is good to know that we have a Nobel Prize winner as our leader!

Obama is not going to be distracted by an international conspiracy to commit mass murder or a NATO ally shooting down planes of a nuclear power....

We are so boned.
Surviving your Obama-prepared grownchildren this Thanksgiving.

Some tips:

//Fake Statistics. It was my old friend Boston Irish who alerted me to this ticklish little trope, when he observed that no matter how absurd the statistic you proposed to a progressive, if that statistic seemed to call attention to whatever bugaboos xhe was excited about, xhe would respond with a gushing "I know, right?!"

He demonstrated this to me at a party by interrupting a couple of liberals talking, and announcing to them:

"You know, based on current statistics, in ten years, the entire state of California will be homeless."

"Right! I know!" came the response.

By the way, that is not schtick. That is not a joke written for this blogpost. I was really there, he really said that, that really happened.

After having secured the agreement to his obviously-crank "statistics," he turned to me with a slightly arched eyebrow and sipped his beer in quiet triumph.//

Reminds me of the time, Jim Druley​ and I were listening to a post-op transgender at a book  club explain that a woman's normal attraction to a man had "nothing' to do with gender.

Jim: "So you're saying that a woman's attraction to a man has nothing to do with her gender?"

P-O TG: "Yes, that's right."

Woman in book club audience: "Oh, that's so interesting!  I'm learning so much!"

Neither P-O TG or the woman in the audience picked up on Jim's philosophically-informed essentialist sarcasm.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

More fun with cognitive dissonance.

The Atir-Rosenzweig-Dunning Effect.

Weaponized fact-checking.

AP uses unreliable ideological hack to grade candidates on whether they accept his unreliable, ideological hack science.

//For anyone following the debates over climate change, the fact AP would highlight Michael Mann's opinions tells you everything you need to know. Mann's currently suing a number of conservative critics, including National Review, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Mark Steyn, and a handful of individuals for pointing out that Mann's own climate science has been far from reliable. A number of people and organizations who are neither conservative nor necessarily disagree with Mann on climate science think his lawsuit is both friviolous and an attack on free speech. Even if that weren't the case, Mann's obvious hostility and ridiculous hyperbole are discrediting as it is. Cruz's opinions on global warming mean that he knows less about science in general than a kindergartner? Please.

It's insulting that the Associated Press would use someone as obnoxious and biased as Mann as a blatant appeal to authority. In fact, when challenged on this point by The Federalist's David Harsanyi, the AP's Seth Borenstein responded with a somewhat snotty and transparently fallacious dismissal about expertise://


The nice thing about having a Democrat in the White House is that there is never any bad news....

Can you imagine how this would have led to media hyperventilation if it had happened in 2006?

But now.....easy-peasy.

Glenn Reynolds writes:


Related: Vladimir Putin says shooting down of Russian jet by Turkey was ‘stab in the back.’ Turkey is a crappy NATO ally these days, but it’s still a NATO member. If not for that, I’d sit back and buy popcorn for the Putin/Erdogan pissing match. But. . .//

Hey!  They don't give Nobel Peace Prizes out to just anyone!

Monday, November 23, 2015

An "atta boy" for Richard Dawkins...

...but remember it takes five "atta boys" to erase one "don't be a knucklehead" as my father always liked to point out.

This does seem to be against his policy of mercilessly mocking religion rather than engaging it.

//The decision prompted an angry response from the church, which warned of a chilling effect on free speech. Many expressed support for its position including Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist best known for excoriating religions.

He told the Guardian: “My immediate response was to tweet that it was a violation of freedom of speech. But I deleted it when respondents convinced me that it was a matter of commercial judgment on the part of the cinemas, not so much a free speech issue. I still strongly object to suppressing the ads on the grounds that they might ‘offend’ people. If anybody is ‘offended’ by something so trivial as a prayer, they deserve to be offended.”//

A surprising show of free-thinking from a "free-thinker."

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Remember "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism"?

That was so pre-Hope and Change. 

Apparently, John Hickenlooper, the Democratic governor of Colorado, thinks the United States is a dictatorship where everyone must support the president on certain issues.  And he apparently thinks you’re not an American if you disagree.
“If you are an American — at least I’ve always felt this my whole life growing up — (and) your president decides something, you’ve got to support him if it’s an issue of national security,” he said. “That is just the way it works.”
Who's laughing now?

Press mocked Romney for Mali warnings.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Undeniable truth number 11 - a person can survive if they are arrogant and they can survive if they are incompetent...

...but they can't survive if they are both incompetent and arrogant.

//We all know people of towering arrogance and we all know people of staggering incompetence, but Barack Obama is quite possibly the perfect package. No one on the scene today combines these two qualities in quite the same way as Mr. Obama.

On the incompetence side, and sticking just with the president’s policies and record in the greater Middle East, there is Mr. Obama’s mishandling of the rise of the Islamic State, which just last year he referred to as the “jayvee team” and just last week declared was “contained.” Recall his threat to Syrian President Assad that if Assad used chemical weapons on his own people it would constitute crossing a “red line” (Assad did and Obama did nothing), and his stop-start-stop support for opposition forces in Syria.

Then there is the president’s decision to pull out all American troops from Iraq, which had disastrous consequences; his failures in Afghanistan (including announcing a withdrawal date even as he was announcing a surge in troops); his bungled relations with Egypt; his failure to support the Green Revolution in Iran in 2009 and his nuclear deal with Iran in 2015, which Charles Krauthammer called “the worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history.” Add to that Mr. Obama declaring his policies in Libya, Yemen and Somalia to be models of success before things collapses in all three countries, his alienation and mistreatment of Israel, and his botched handling of relations with our Arab allies – not to mention policies that have allowed Russia a presence in the Middle East unlike any its had since Anwar Sadat expelled the Soviet Union from Egypt in the early 1970s – and you have a catastrophic foreign policy record. It was only in the summer of last year that the Wall Street Journal reported, “The breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn’t been seen since the late 1970s” – and things are more disordered, chaotic and violent now then it was then. Things are so bad that the president has even lost CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.//

Government is the word we use to describe how we do things together...

...such as making health insurance expensive and impossible for poor people and the middle class to actually use because of high premiums/high deductibles.

Yay, us!!!!

//You might have noticed that just in the last few days, there have been several major stories about how ♡bamaCare!!!'s own beneficiaries can't afford to use their coverage. Well, there's not much new here, but Michael Cannon has done a fine job of putting together exactly why ♡bamaCare!!! causes higher deductibles and higher premiums, so I encourage you to share this one.


For decades, government has encouraged more comprehensive health insurance than Americans would demand if they were spending their own money. This has led to a lot of wasteful spending on low-value health insurance and low-value medical care.
Free-market advocates have proposed getting government out of Americans’ health insurance decisions. Ending government encouragement of comprehensive coverage would cause people to gravitate toward less-comprehensive coverage–either coverage with more cost-sharing, such as high deductibles, or health plans where the insurer helps consumers to avoid low-value medical care, also known as managed care. One of the main benefits of high-deductible health insurance in a market system is that consumers who choose high deductibles save money on their premiums and therefore have more resources to pay their out-of-pocket expenses.

That is not what happens under Obamacare. Obamacare’s community-rating price controls and other regulations jack up people’s premiums considerably. Those folks then gravitate to high-deductible plans because buying less insurance helps them minimize those hidden taxes. ObamaCare often leaves those people worse off: they face either higher premiums, or higher deductibles, or both.

You might want to add that people receiving subsidies for their high premiums -- you and your friend on the hook for those subsidies, out of your incomes taxes.//

If only 31 year old women teachers in Austria could marry....

When will the oppression end?

//The 31-year-old confessed to sexual assault and admitted that she had taken advantage of her position of authority.

She took videos and photos with her mobile phone of her having sex with the children, who were boys and girls aged between 13 and 14.

The abuse took place between January and May in Spielberg. It started after some of the students went to the teacher’s house after school for extra tuition, and she later invited them to stay the night. It only came to light after one of the student’s told her parents what had been happening.

In her defence the teacher's lawyer said that she had suffered a three month ‘psychotic’ episode when the abuse took place, and had not been in her right mind.

The woman was also accused of giving the children sweets that had been laced with date rape drugs, but due to a lack of evidence was never charged with this.//

If only 30 year old female teaching assistants could marry....

When will a movie about the massive cover-up of pedophilia by female teachers be made?

//A teaching assistant who had sex with a 15-year-old student has had her suspended sentence replaced with an immediate two-year jail term by the Court of Appeal.

Caroline Berriman, 30, admitted that she had penetrative and oral sex with the teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, while working at Abraham Moss Community School in Manchester.

At Manchester Crown Court in September, she was given a two-year suspended sentence but that was referred by Attorney General Jeremy Wright as being unduly lenient.//

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Empty Suit Presidency.

Ending as it began, by assuming that his narrow set of assumptions, carefully nurtured among the feverswamp left as a community organizer, run the world.

2. Obama used racist attacks against minority Republican presidential candidates to justify an open border policy for Muslim refugees. After praising the religion of peace in a sermon that would make the local mullah blush, Obama directed his scorn at Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio. When asked about the Muslim refugee crisis, Obama exploited the family history of the two Cuban-American candidates, calling the second-generation immigrants un-American. “When some of those [Republicans} themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution -- that’s shameful. That’s not American,” wallowed Obama. Rather than addressing the security concerns of Republicans on the other side of the aisle, the commander-in-chief decided to dismiss and define the experiences of one immigrant population to bolster his reckless policy of accepting Muslim refugees without appropriate screening procedures.
Why do liberal Democrats hate Free Speech?

John Kerry's Freudian Slip:

//As Charles Cooke puts it:

In essence, the American Secretary of State just announced before the world that he could grasp why the woman in the short skirt was raped but that he had been left scratching his head by the attack on the woman in the pantsuit and the overcoat. “Sure,” he said, “I get why they knocked off the hate speakers, but why would they go after progressive kids at a concert? Now things are really serious.”

Kerry would have been off-base even if he had said only that there was a rationale for the Hebdo attack but not the ones last weeks. The rationale for both is essentially the same — the radical Islamists want to undermine our freedoms and impose their ideology on us. They are at war with those who reject their religion/ideology, whether or not they draw cartoons of “the Islamic Prophet.”

Kerry acknowledges this at the end of his rant. What’s criminally stupid is his apparent amazement at this state of affairs, which has been evident since at least 9/11. What’s intolerable is the certainty that Kerry will promptly go back into denial within days, if not hours.//
America - Now with even more Hope and Change.

NY Obamacare coop goes broke:

//Things have gotten bad enough that state regulators have actually told Health Republic to stop making payments to the health care providers in order to facilitate “an orderly shutdown.” To say that doctors and hospital administrators who are already operating under strained budgets are in a bit of a panic is an understatement.
The big questions running around the state government at this point seem to have nothing to do with the fact that the Obamacare model as fallen flat on its face as it has in so many other states. Right now they’re scrambling to figure out who is going to wind up paying for this mess. The hospitals and health care provider networks have sent an urgent request for the state government to set up a “special guarantee fund” which would pay all the claims which Health Republic won’t be making good on. The insurance industry is opposing that, since none of the other providers who remain in the private market are being offered any such protection.
And yet, the costs are going to have to be covered someplace. That means one of two things when looked at from the ten thousand foot level. Either the state will reimburse all the costs or the hospitals will have to eat them and make up the difference from their future customers. Either way the result is the same: the taxpayers and consumers are going to foot the bill for this, and they’re talking about a tab that adds up to more than $160M, not counting any new receipts which come in for the month of November. Even for a fairly wide spread of territory across a single state, that’s one heck of a bite.
Yes, citizens, it’s another glorious tale of success for Obamacare. The one thing we can all rest assured of is that there is a big bill coming due when the wreckage from this program has to be cleaned up. I’ll give you three guesses as to who will be paying it and the first two don’t count.//
What was this idiot thinking?

Obviously, John Kerry wasn't thinking:

//There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, okay, they’re really angry because of this and that.


//When I first saw the key line here — “there was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, but a rationale” — I thought that Kerry had likely been misquoted. Alas, he had not. In fact, his words are even worse in context. 

There really is no way of reading these comments other than as a craven ranking of outrages. Forget Kerry’s brief flirtation with the word “legitimacy” and assume that he said “rationale” from the start. That changes precisely nothing. The top diplomat in the United States just publicly argued that because the victims at Charlie Hebdo had spoken risqué words but the victims at the Bataclan had not, the violence against the former was more comprehensible than the violence against the latter. Has he lost his mind? 

Even if Kerry’s assumptions were all correct, the moral problem here would be obvious. We hear a great deal about “blaming the victim” in our domestic debates, especially as it relates to sexual assault. Does this not apply to other realms? In essence, the American Secretary of State just announced before the world that he could grasp why the woman in the short skirt was raped but that he had been left scratching his head by the attack on the woman in the pantsuit and the overcoat. “Sure,” he said, “I get why they knocked off the hate speakers, but why would they go after progressive kids at a concert? Now things are really serious.” 

In and of itself, this assessment is abhorrent. But he also screwed up the facts. Implicit in Kerry’s reasoning is the assumption that the perpetrators of the attacks against Charlie Hebdo had a clear purpose whereas the perpetrators of last week’s abomination did not. Or, as he put it, that in one case the killers were “really angry because of this and that,” but that in the other they were not. But this isn’t true. In fact, both set of attackers gave reasons. With Charlie Hebdo, the killers’ purported motive was revenge against ”blasphemous” expression; in Paris last week, it was disgust at Paris’s reputation for “obscenity.” In consequence, there are only two choices here: Option 1) That John Kerry believes that killing people for speaking rudely is more understandable than killing them for being secular; or Option 2) That John Kerry doesn’t actually know what the most recent attackers used as their justification (and also doesn’t remember that at the same time as the Charlie Hebdo assassinations, associated gunmen targeted a market simply because its owners were Jews). 

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