Obamacare guts the pay of yet more of its strongest supporters

January 22, 2013
"But at least we won the election! Obama!!"

“But at least we won the election! Obama!!”

We’ve seen this before: state and community colleges cutting the hours of its part-time faculty to avoid the increased financial burdens of Obamacare. Well, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, here we go again:

In Ohio, instructor Robert Balla faces a new cap on the number of hours he can teach at Stark State College. In a Dec. 6 letter, the North Canton school told him that “in order to avoid penalties under the Affordable Care Act… employees with part-time or adjunct status will not be assigned more than an average of 29 hours per week.”

Mr. Balla, a 41-year-old father of two, had taught seven English composition classes last semester, split between Stark State and two other area schools. This semester, his course load at Stark State is down to one instead of two as a result of the school’s new limit on hours, cutting his salary by about a total of $2,000.

Stark State’s move came as a blow to Mr. Balla, who said he earns about $40,000 a year and cannot afford health insurance.

“I think it goes against the spirit of the [health-care] law,” Mr. Balla said. “In education, we’re working for the public good, we are public employees at a public institution; we should be the first ones to uphold the law, to set the example.”

Cry me a river, Robert. Stark State is upholding the law — to the letter. Obamacare, which you evidently support, redefined full-time as as average of 30 or more hours per week and, with the expansion in required coverage, greatly increased the college’s financial burden. It’s not their fault that progressive, statist Democrats, in their rush to ram an unpopular, unwanted bill down the throats of Americans, created perverse incentives that your employers found irresistible. You had your chance to reverse this last November, but, I’m willing to bet, you chose Hope and Change, instead.

You got what you voted for, dude.

Be sure to read the rest of WR Mead’s article for a good discussion of the exploitation of part-time academics in higher education. I’ve done the grad school gig myself, and what he describes is all too common. For being towers of liberal sanctimony, universities and colleges are some of the worst exploiters of labor.

via Bryan Preston, whom I quote: “Hahahahahahahahahahahaha.”

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Did the Democrats accidentally reveal their #guncontrol agenda? — Updated

January 21, 2013

Interesting. Via Bryan Preston, a New York assemblyman posted a wish-list of things they wanted to include in the worse than useless gun control bill rammed through last week. Is this also the national Democrats’ goal?

1. Confiscation of “assault weapons”
2. Confiscation of ten round clips
3. Statewide database for ALL Guns
4. Continue to allow pistol permit holder’s information to be replaced (1) to the public
5. Label semiautomatic shotguns with more than 5 rounds or pistol grips as “assault weapons”
6. Limit the number of rounds in a magazine to 5 and confiscation and forfeiture of banned magazines
7. Limit possession to no more than two (2) magazines
8. Limit purchase of guns to one gun per person per month
9. Require re-licensing of all pistol permit owners
10. Require renewal of all pistol permits every five years
11. State issued pistol permits
12. Micro-stamping of all guns in New York State
13. Require licensing of all gun ammo dealers
14. Mandatory locking of guns at home
15. Fee for licensing, registering weapons

Meanwhile, the New York Constitution specifies the following oath in article 13, section 1:

Members of the legislature, and all officers, executive and judicial, except such inferior officers as shall be by law exempted, shall, before they enter on the duties of their respective offices, take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the constitution of the United States, and the constitution of the State of New York, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of ……, according to the best of my ability;”

Last I checked, the US Constitution included an amendment regarding the right to keep and bear arms, and it seems to me the law-abiding gun owners of New York have good reason to ask why their elected representatives seem so eager to violate it and their oaths, and why they apparently have such contempt for their voters and their rights.

Footnote:
(1) I think he meant “revealed,” as in garbage pulled by that sanctimonious, asinine newspaper in New York and the execrable web site Gawker.

UPDATE: Gayle in the comments provides a link to a Post article about efforts to organize a boycott of New York’s new registration requirements. Go for it, people! Meanwhile, toward the end of the article is an interesting mention of the Empire State’s equivalent to the Second Amendment — its much more strongly worded equivalent:

The organizers point to a little-known guarantee of gun ownership contained in New York’s own “Civil Rights Law,” which was ratified the same year as the Constitution .

The state statute says the right to keep and bear arms “cannot be infringed” — stronger than the Second Amendment, which says it “shall not be infringed.’’

Now, that’s a statute, not a part of the state’s constitution, but it seems to me that gun-rights defenders in New York have a strong basis for a court case at both the state and federal levels. (Also makes one wonder how NYC gets away with its near-total ban.)

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


January 19, 2013

I understand New York’s courageous Governor Cuomo will soon be asking for –no, demanding legislation that bans high-capacity bubble guns, limiting them to no more than seven bubbles. It is well past time that we had a national conversation on this dangerous threat.

International Liberty

It appears that my contest between the United States and United Kingdom for the most inane government policy how has to be augmented by a new contest between Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Just yesterday, I mocked Maryland officials for suspending two little boys for the horrific crime of playing cops and robbers (and noted that this is not the first time such stupidity has been displayed by Maryland school officials).

Apparently, the pencil-neck bureaucrats in Pennsylvania are jealous that their neighbors are getting a lot of attention, so they’ve branded a five-year old girl as a terrorist threat for talking about her pink toy gun that shoots bubbles.

Yes, bubbles.

Here are some of the absurd details from a local news report.

Talking with a friend about a pink toy bubble gun got a five-year-old kindergarten girl in the Mount Carmel Area School District labeled as a terrorist threat, according to an attorney.The…

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High-ranking CBS staffer calls for destruction of Republican party

January 19, 2013

Well, at least he’s being honest about his biases:

The president who came into office speaking in lofty terms about bipartisanship and cooperation can only cement his legacy if he destroys the GOP. If he wants to transform American politics, he must go for the throat.

(…)

Obama’s only remaining option is to pulverize. Whether he succeeds in passing legislation or not, given his ambitions, his goal should be to delegitimize his opponents. Through a series of clarifying fights over controversial issues, he can force Republicans to either side with their coalition’s most extreme elements or cause a rift in the party that will leave it, at least temporarily, in disarray.

New tone?

That’s John Dickerson writing at Slate.  But he’s not just a frothing, nigh-ecstatic fan of Obama writing for a lefty web-zine.  As John Nolte points out at Breitbart, he’s also CBS’ political director:

Dickerson is merely being Dickerson, and  there’s no doubt he speaks for legions upon legions of those in the media today.

What is worthy of note, though, is that a CBS News’ political director is now comfortable openly calling for the destruction of the Republican Party. He obviously fears no admonitions from his colleagues or his employer. And why should he? Earlier this week, Bob Schieffer, a CBS News “living legend,” was perfectly comfortable publicly comparing the NRA to Nazis.

Ladies and gentlemen, your neutral, thoughtful Fourth Estate.

“Media bias?” What’s that?

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


If you’re ever taken prisoner by jihadi terrorists…

January 18, 2013

Pray that it’s the Americans who come to your rescue, not the Algerians:

Dozens of foreign hostages may still be held by Islamist extremists who have defied demands to surrender in a besieged Algerian gas-field complex, Algeria’s state-run news agency reported Friday, and the United States said for the first time that American citizens were among them.

Twelve Algerian and foreign workers have been killed since Algerian special forces began an assault against the kidnappers, the state news agency reported, citing an unnamed security official. It was the highest civilian death toll Algerian officials have provided in the aftermath of the assault, which freed captives and killed kidnappers but also left some hostages dead.

Previous unofficial estimates of the foreign casualties have ranged from 4 to 35.

(…)

On Thursday, despite requests for communication and pleas to consider the safety of their abducted citizens, the United States, Britain and Japan said they had not been told in advance about the military assault, stirring frustration that the Algerians might have been overly aggressive and caused needless casualties. But the Algerian government, which has a history of violent suppression of Islamist militancy, stood by its decision to deal forcefully with the kidnappers.

“Those who think we will negotiate with terrorists are delusional,” said the communications minister, Mohand Saïd Oublaïd. “Those who think we will surrender to their blackmail are delusional.”

And “those who think we’re at all competent are sadly mistaken!”

At Contentions, Max Boot compares the Algerian scorched-earth rescue missions to Russian blunders in their own hostage crises:

The Algerians, by contrast, appear to have blundered in, guns blazing. This should not be particularly surprising since (a) Algeria is not a democracy and (b) it has long cultivated a ruthless style of counterinsurgency. During the war pitting Algerian security forces against Muslim militants (including the predecessors of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) in the 1990s, an estimated 100,000 or more people died as a result of the indiscriminate and heavy-handed tactics employed by both sides.

The Algerian way of fighting Islamist militants is eerily similar to that of the Russians who have pursued a similar scorched-earth approach in Chechnya. When confronted with Islamist hostage-takers, Russian security forces also rushed in–and the result was hundreds of dead hostages in a Moscow theater in 2002 and a Beslan school in 2004. In all these cases the assaults went so wrong partly because of a lack of skill on the part of the attackers and partly because their superiors simply didn’t care that much about who lived and died.

Of course there was no accountability for the Russian forces because their government is not democratic. The same undoubtedly will be the case in Algeria.

The point about how the armies of Western democracies operate in similar circumstances is important; officers and enlisted men are held accountable, both to their nations’ military laws and to democratic audit by the civilian government, a tradition stretching back nearly 2,700 years to our ancestors in Ancient Greece. The historian Victor Davis Hanson has often written of this.

There’s also the value placed on the worth of the individual, an inheritance from our Judeo-Christian heritage: life, a gift from God, is neither to be lightly spent nor casually taken. If a life can be saved without causing a greater evil, then every effort must be taken to save it. Finally, there is the very nature of the Western militaries, that they are largely volunteers, as opposed to a levy drafted by a monarch or dictator. The self-image of the volunteer is that of warrior, defender, and protector, making them largely sympathetic toward civilians held hostage.

The same cannot be often said for the troops of a dictatorship (which, except for a brief moment in the 90s, is what Russia really is) and, I think especially, soldiers of Islamic countries. A deep fatalism pervades Islam: all that happens is done by Allah’s will — in fact, absolutely nothing happens without Allah willing it to happen. Nothing. If you are to live, it is because Allah wills it. If you are to die, it is again because Allah has willed it. Thus the soldiers mounting the so-called rescue mission had no need for concern for the hostage’s safety; their fate was in Allah’s hands, alone. In fact, excessive concern for the hostages’ safety could even be seen as trampling on Allah’s prerogatives, a mighty sin. (1)

Thus I say: If you’re ever taken hostage by jihadist terrorists, pray it’s the West that comes riding to your rescue.

Footnote:
(1) The same can be said for the Islamist revulsion at democracy: Allah is all-powerful, the only source of law, the Sharia. For Man to presume to make laws is to set himself up as a god, which is blasphemy.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


The fool’s errand of #Guncontrol – regulations can’t keep up with technology

January 17, 2013

One of the truisms of investing is that you have to watch out for the “discontinuous innovation” — the unexpected development or invention that renders your investing plan worthless. The classic example is the “buggy whip industry” after the development of automobiles.

Something similar can be said of the statist need to control everything via regulation: it’s a fool’s errand, because you can’t predict the discontinuous innovation that will render the regulations meaningless; you can’t regulate human ingenuity.

In this case, the mirage the statists are chasing is “gun control” and its ultimate goal, near or total prohibition. Yesterday saw President Obama stage a dog-and-pony show of a press conference to sign three vapid memos, while the New York legislature a day or so before  rammed through worse-than-meaningless legislation that trammeled the rights of law-abiding citizens while doing nothing to prevent another of the mass-shootings that supposedly inspired the law.  Included in the bill was a regulation limiting magazines to a seven-shot capacity, rather than ten, meaning that you’ll no longer be able to buy them in New York gun shops. (1)

No problem! With a 3D printer, you can just make them at home!

Five months ago, the group of homemade gun enthusiasts known as Defense Distributed set out to create a lethal firearm that could be downloaded and 3D-printed entirely from scratch, circumventing all gun control laws. But as new gun bills have been proposed in the wake of recent shootings, creating a bootleg weapon with digital pieces may soon be far easier: As simple as printing a spring-loaded plastic box.

Over the past weekend, Defense Distributed successfully 3D-printed and tested an ammunition magazine for an AR semi-automatic rifle, loading and firing 86 rounds from the 30-round clip.

That homemade chunk of curved plastic holds special significance: Between 1994 and 2004, so-called “high capacity magazines” capable of holding more than 10 bullets were banned from sale. And a new gun control bill proposed by California Senator Diane Feinstein would ban those larger ammo clips again. President Obama has also voiced support for the magazine restrictions.

But Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson says he hopes the group’s recent work demonstrates the futility of that proposed ban in the age of cheap 3D printing.

It doesn’t just demonstrate it: it cranks the truth up to 20 and blasts it from the rooftops. Here’s a video demonstration from last year of how the 3D printer works for making tools:

When I first saw this video, my thought, like the narrator’s, was for its application to space travel and eventual colonization of other worlds. Neat, right? The Star Trek replicator isn’t a pipe-dream.

But now think about the effect on gun control: this is the discontinuous innovation. Statists and gun-banners and those standing on the graves of children can scream as loud as they want for ever more laws controlling firearms, maybe even get them, but, as long as you can download the plans and have access to a printer… All those laws are useless. They’re the modern buggy-whips.

Sure, these units are big right now and the materials (I’d guess) cost a fair bit, but that’s no bar to mobsters and cartels. (2) And think about the advances in computer printers: from hulking, crude units that took up lots of floor space to small desktop lasers the output of which is almost indistinguishable from print shop quality. The same will happen with these 3D printers; at some point not too far off, you’ll be able to make your own 30-shot semi-automatic rifle from the comfort of your own home.

At some point, of course, some statist will think of tightly regulating 3D printers, themselves. Good luck with that. It didn’t work with the Soviet Union and photocopiers, and it won’t work now. You’ll just wind up with a samizdat gun industry.

And this is one reason I assert that most gun regulations, done in haste, based on emotion, and exploiting a tragedy, are useless self-delusions. The give the sound and fury of effective action while really doing nothing and, in the case of the violently mentally ill, ignoring the real problem.

They’re about as effective as using  a buggy whip on a Camaro.

via Jim Geraghty and WR Mead.

Footnote:
(1) But criminals will be able to get all they need, and larger, on the black market. Like I said: meaningless.
(2) Man, is this going to put a dent in the ATF’s foreign sales…

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


#GunControl : Photo of the Day

January 16, 2013

In honor of the Biden commission’s “report” and the President’s signing of 23 executive orders in front of his human shields a group of children:

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You’ll find many more at the PJM Tatler.

By the way, these children couldn’t attend, nor were they even mentioned.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Hospital stops infant deliveries, citing Obamacare

January 16, 2013

Wait, wasn’t the PPACA supposed to lower medical costs? Why yes, yes it was:

Congress and the President have enacted a historic health care reform law that will help ensure that all families are able to get the care they need, as well as financial security and relief from rising premiums. The legislation is a significant first step toward bending the health care cost curve for the federal government and families, and it will yield real economic benefits.

Apparently, one Pennsylvania hospital didn’t get the memo, citing rising costs due to Obamacare as the reason to stop delivering babies:

A southwestern Pennsylvania hospital will stop delivering babies after March 31 because its obstetricians are either leaving or refocusing their practices, and because hospital officials believe they can’t afford it based on projected reimbursements under looming federal health care reforms.

Two are leaving obstetrics altogether, it seems, while two others are focusing more on gynecology. No word on how much further mothers ready to deliver will have to travel, or what this will do to the load on other hospitals.

Expect it to get much worse, much more annoying as the years go on, folks.

Elections, consequences, and all that.

via Liberty Unyielding

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


#GunControl : Seriously, don’t annoy Mary Katharine Ham

January 15, 2013

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) made that mistake, flip-flopping repeatedly on 2nd Amendment issues (running for office as pro-guns, now talking about what to ban), and Ms. Ham has had quite enough. An excerpt from right after Manchin proudly proclaims he doesn’t have an “assault weapon:”

Well, as long as Sen. Manchin doesn’t have an “assault weapon” why not just ban them? Because “things the junior senator from West Virginia owns” is the historical guideline our Founders used to determine what products a free people would retain access to. Manchin was the governor of the state of West Virginia, but his home state thankfully escaped his reign without major gun control. The state earns an admirable 4 of a possible 100 points from the Brady Campaign on the gun control scale. I guess Manchin’s conscience couldn’t operate fully on the issue of guns until after he’d used the NRA’s endorsement to get elected, found a national tragedy to demagogue, and found out the Beltway had his back.

Sarcasm and scorn. Because calling someone a “hypocritical opportunist” just doesn’t quite cut to the bone.

(Of course, it would help if I spelled her name right the first time… D’oh!)


Arab Spring: Egypt imprisons family for conversion to Christianity

January 15, 2013

That new government we helped to power is sure turning out fine, isn’t it? I mean, under Islamic Law, they could have been sentenced to death. Instead, for merely exercising the right of conscience inherent in all persons, a mother and her sons get “only” fifteen years in prison:

The criminal court of Beni Suef (115 km south of Cairo) has sentenced an entire family to prison for converting to Christianity. Nadia Mohamed Ali and her children Mohab, Maged, Sherif, Amira, Amir, and Nancy Ahmed Mohamed abdel-Wahab will spend 15 years in prison. Seven other people involved in the case were sentenced to five years in prison.

(…)

An individuals religious faith is listed in Egyptian identity cards. Christians, converted to Islam for various reasons that attempt to return to the religion to which they belong have enormous difficulty in correcting their names on the documents. This leads many people to forge them, risking prison. The reverse process, ie the transition from Christianity to Islam is not hindered, and in many cases is favored by the very Registry officials.

The woman had converted to Islam from Christianity on marrying her husband, but, after he died, she wanted to convert back. And she tried to convince her sons to join her. Under Islam, this is a huge sin.

I’m sure the Obama administration will be right on this, reminding the Egyptians that we did not facilitate their revolution so religious minorities could be persecuted. And they’ll listen and shape up, because the Hundred Acre Wood foreign policy is working out so well, isn’t it?

via Jihad Watch

RELATED: It’s the foreign policy, stupid!

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


January 15, 2013

If we’re ever to get the regulatory state under control, we have to start thinking about regulations as a form of tax or imposed cost and, as Mitchell argues, subjecting them to a cost-benefit analysis.

International Liberty

Obama imposed a big tax hike last year.

But I’m not talking about the fiscal cliff and the President’s class-warfare trophy of higher tax rates on those evil rich people. That happened this year.

Instead, I’m referring to the increase in the regulatory burden.

Here are some excerpts from a report in The Hill.

The Obama administration issued $236 billion worth of new regulations last year… The analysis from the American Action Forum, led by former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, found that the administration added $216 billion in rules and more than $20 billion in regulatory proposals in 2012. Complying with those rules will require an additional 87 million hours of paperwork, the report said. The group put the total price tag from regulations during Obama’s first term at more than $518 billion. …The Environmental Protection Agency racked up the most in regulatory costs last year…

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January 14, 2013

Gosh, who could have foreseen this happening? Anyone with a lick of sense, that’s who. This paper should be held liable in civil court for endangering people exposed by their idiotic map.


Marco Rubio tells Colin Powell to stop being a tool

January 14, 2013
Marco Rubio

Victim of Republican intolerance?

Well, not in so many words, but that was the gist of the Florida senator’s remarks during an interview this morning, when asked about former-Secretary of State Powell’s assertions of hidden racism in the Republican party:

I disagree with General Powell’s assessment of the Republican Party today,” Rubio said.

“The Republican Party is the party that [has] placed two Hispanics in the U.S. Senate,” Rubio told Tantros, “and we have an African-American senator in the United States Senate.”

Republican intolerance is so bad that, not only do we include two Hispanics (Rubio, Cruz) and one Black (Scott), but also two governors of Indian descent (Haley, Jindal) and two of Latin origin (Martinez, Sandoval). Much as I loathe ethnic bean-counting (1), if the Democrats are going to trot out their useful idiots to smear Republicans and conservatives with the race card, then it’s fair to ask where are the Democrats’ high-level minority leaders?

They might find the answer “embarrassing as Hell:”

Inclusive?

Inclusive?

And let’s not forget Colin Powell, himself, who was made Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State under Republican administrations, and has at times almost been begged to be that party’s candidate for president.

Yeah, that’s “intolerant,” all right. Everyone knows that appointment to the senior-most position in the president’s cabinet, fourth in line from the Oval Office,  is just another demeaning form of tokenism.

What a shnook.

RELATED: “Dark vein of intolerance,” Mr. Secretary? Perhaps you need a little lesson about the Democrats’ dirty history.

PS: Funny how Powell was trotted out to play the race card right after the storm broke over the photo above. Almost as if the administration needed a distraction…

UPDATE: I want everyone reading this to look at these two pictures and tell me which administration seems more genuinely “diverse and inclusive.”

Footnote:
(1) As a conservative, I care about a person’s principles and the content of their character, not irrelevancies such as skin color, ethnicity, or gender. I’ll leave that insulting game to Democrats and their willing dupes.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


January 14, 2013

Obviously the result of global warming brought about by all those cars and heavy industry brought by the prisoners… long before they were invented. Remember: “weather is not climate.”

Watts Up With That?

Australia has recently experienced a hot summer leading to calls of “global warming did”, but its actually been cooler than the time when the first convicts arrived in Australia back in 1790

Guest post by Craig Kelly MP

It’s been a scorcher. With the mercury soaring to 42.3 C in Sydney last week and the city in meltdown, the papers screamed, “This is climate change. It is here. It is real.” Even the taxpayer funded Climate Commission could not hide their excitement declaring, “it was hotter than before” and that “climate change” was responsible for the “unprecedented” extreme heat Sydneysiders were experiencing.

And with the satellites unable to detect any global warming for the last 16 years, and the IPCC computer modelled predictions failing to come to fruition, Labor Government ministers were quick to exploit the situation to claim the “extreme heat” was evidence of why the Carbon Tax was…

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January 13, 2013

And to think I once (back in the 90s) greatly admired Powell was seriously willing to vote for him for president. Such a sad thing, to see what a hack and a tool he’s become for the Democrats and the race-grievance industry.


#GunControl : Five things liberals hate, aka “facts”

January 11, 2013

From Reason.TV, Libertarian Nick Gillespie presents five facts the Biden Task Force and Congress need to remember, as they consider what to do about guns and gun violence:

And if you can’t listen to the video, here’s a partial transcript:

1. Violent crime – including violent crime using guns – has dropped massively over the past 20 years.

The violent crime rate – which includes murder, rape, and beatings – is half of what it was in the early 1990s. And the violent crime rate involving the use of weapons has also declined at a similar pace.

2. Mass shootings have not increased in recent years.

Despite terrifying events like Sandy Hook or last summer’s theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, mass shootings are not becoming more frequent. “There is no pattern, there is no increase,” says criminologist James Allen Fox of Northeastern University, who studies the issue. Other data shows that mass killings peaked in 1929.

3. Schools are getting safer.

Across the board, schools are less dangerous than they used be. Over the past 20 years, the rate of theft per 1,000 students dropped from 101 to 18. For violent crime, the victimization rate per 1,000 students dropped from 53 to 14.

4. There Are More Guns in Circulation Than Ever Before.

Over the past 20 years, virtually every state in the country has liberalized gunownership rules and many states have expanded concealed carry laws that allow more people to carry weapons in more places. There around 300 million guns in the United States and at least one gun in about 45 percent of all households. Yet the rate of gun-related crime continues to drop.

5. “Assault Weapons Bans” Are Generally Ineffective.

While many people are calling for reinstating the federal ban on assault weapons – an arbitrary category of guns that has no clear definition – research shows it would have no effect on crime and violence. “Should it be renewed,” concludes a definitive study, “the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.”

Setting aside the somewhat gratuitous shots (1) at the Patriot Act and the Iraq war at the end, Gillespie has an excellent point: laws made solely out of emotion are likely to be bad laws, and we should wait, stop, and think before doing anything drastic, particularly something that curtails constitutional liberties.

Trouble is, I think the Left has another goal in mind.

Footnote:
(1) Even Libertarian knees can jerk now and then…

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Your tax dollars in action: feds fund computer game to fight global warming

January 11, 2013

AKA, “A problem that does not exist.” But, hey, it’s only $100,000 of our money:

A new video game featuring a black alien female superhero delivered to Earth to fight global warming is about to hit the market thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Obama administration.

The National Endowment for the Arts is funding the Spelman College of Atlanta, Ga.’s multi-episode game called “HERadventure.” In the grant announcement made last year, the NEA said the story “focuses on a young female superhero sent to Earth to save her own planet from devastation because of climate changes caused by social issues impacting women and girls.”

So, since they can’t prove man-produced CO2 causes climate change, it’s now the result of the Republican “War on women?” It was inevitable, I suppose, conflating two myths into one. I’m surprised they haven’t blamed climate change on racism, too.

Oh, wait. They have.

Meanwhile, it looks like Senator Coburn has another item for his “Waste Book.”

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Cynical minds think alike, @jimgeraghty edition

January 11, 2013

Writing in today’s issue of his Morning Jolt newsletter (1), National Review reporter Jim Geraghty gave his impression of the deeper meaning of Vice President Biden’s task force on gun violence and its likely recommendations:

If I were truly cynical, I would think that the Obama White House would prefer to put forth a package of reforms that was rejected by House Republicans (and a few Democrats) so that every high-profile shooting between now and November 2014 can be blamed on John Boehner and those unreasonable, uncompromising House Republicans.

Nah, they wouldn’t be so callous as to exploit human deaths that way, would they?

Like the sun rises in the East.

Footnote:
(1) Sorry, it’s an email newsletter, so no direct link. But you can subscribe for free! And you should, otherwise the cool kids will all laugh at you.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


January 11, 2013

If you want to see what’s in store for us under Obamacare, just look across the Atlantic.

International Liberty

During the Obamacare debate, Paul Krugman told us we could ignore stories about what was happening across the ocean, writing that “In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We’ve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.”

Every so often, I wonder how Krugman would define a “scare story.” How about starving babies to death, as I wrote about last month? Would he say that’s “false,” or simply not a “scare story”?

Let’s look at some new information from the U.K.’s government-run system and see whether we can expect our healthcare to improve or deteriorate now that Obamacare’s beginning to get implemented.

We’ll start with a look at how the overall British system is performing, including the remarkable and depressing fact that more than 1 in 10 patients are victimized by “basic errors,” leading to 5.2 percent…

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Governor Jindal shows President Obama how tax reform is really done

January 10, 2013

Get rid of the income tax for both persons and corporations, and replace it with a sales tax. Boom:

Gov. Bobby Jindal is proposing to eliminate Louisiana’s income and corporate taxes and pay for those cuts with increased sales taxes, the governor’s office confirmed Thursday. The governor’s office has not yet provided the details of the plan.

“The bottom line is that for too long, Louisiana’s workers and small businesses have suffered from having a state tax structure that is too complex and that holds back economic prosperity,” Jindal said in a statement released by his office. “It’s time to change that so people can keep more of their own money and foster an environment where businesses want to invest and create good-paying jobs.”

(…)

“Eliminating personal income taxes will put more money back into the pockets of Louisiana families and will change a complex tax code into a more simple system that will make Louisiana more attractive to companies who want to invest here and create jobs.

That would make Louisiana the latest in a series of states considering the elimination of their income taxes in order to spur growth. I think it’s a darned smart idea, particularly as businesses look to flee high-tax jurisdictions, such as Illinois and (I weep) California. It’s the principle of tax competition in action, and a recognition that it’s bad policy to punish desirable behaviors, such as earning and saving. I hope (forlorn, I know) that Governor Brown is taking notes.

It’s also politically well-timed, coming on the heels of the worse than useless tax increase recently passed in D.C. If, as I suspect, Governor Jindal harbors presidential ambitions in 2016, a successful tax overhaul will put him in good standing as a conservative reformer when the primary race begins again.

via Ben Domenech

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)