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Visit Portland, stay for the riots

This is epic!

Posted by Muddling Through | Mon Nov 26, 2018, 09:25 PM (8 replies)

PRAGER: Even Astronauts Fear The Left

Good article. Prager is a true gem.

"There are many reasons I pity today's younger generation of Americans.

Among them are:

—The unconscionable debt we are leaving them.

—The obliteration of male and female as separate and distinct categories — and the sexual confusion that is left in its wake.

—The emasculation of men and the de-feminization of women.

—The undermining of the value of marriage.

—The lack of God and religion in their lives — and the consequent search for meaning in the wrong places.

—The receiving of indoctrination, rather than education, in most schools from elementary through graduate.

—The inability to celebrate being American.

Tragically and ironically, each one of these was brought on by the very group many young people identify with: the left.

You can add the left's tearing down of heroes to the list.

This came to mind this past month, when world-famous astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year on board the International Space Station, among other space-related achievements, tweeted the following message in commenting on the deep divisions in American politics: "One of the greatest leaders of modern times, Sir Winston Churchill, said, 'In victory, magnanimity.' I guess those days are over."

He was then widely attacked on social media — for quoting former British Prime Minister Churchill and deeming him a great leader. According to the trolls, Kelly is now in league with the hateful, racist Winston Churchill.

As I repeatedly point out, if you do not understand the left is a wholly destructive force whose primary mission is to tear down the leading institutions and individuals of the Western world, you do not understand the left."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Nov 24, 2018, 09:03 PM (7 replies)

The poisonous double standard over stolen election complaints

Good article from Golberg, who is no fan of Trump.

"Now that all of the controversial elections, recounts and re-recounts are over, let us review some of our lessons learned.

Florida is the Jaguar of vote-counting, and I’m not referring to the animal or the Jacksonville NFL franchise. I mean the car. For decades, part of the “charm” of having a Jaguar was how often it broke down. (That’s no longer the case.) It was the kind of conspicuous consumption that economist Thorstein Veblen used to write about, with owners bragging about how much they paid for repairs.

The spectacle of sweaty election officials poring over provisional ballots — 18 years after the state became infamous for such things — has now cemented election incompetence into the montage of images we associate with the Sunshine State: beaches, rocket launches, Mickey Mouse and the human menagerie of freaks, weirdos, moperers, villains and perverts that fall under the omnibus internet meme “Florida Man.”

We learned (relearned, actually) that a lot of people are very, very tense about politics and quick to jump the gun. President Trump, no doubt a bit insecure that his “red wave” failed to materialize, immediately claimed that voter fraud was rampant and that elections in Arizona and Florida were being “stolen.” Florida Gov. Rick Scott followed Trump’s lead and made similar allegations, as did a host of Republican pundits.

Meanwhile, in Georgia, Democrats led by Stacey Abrams and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, as well as a chorus of liberal pundits, insisted that the governor’s race there had been “stolen” by Georgia’s Republican secretary of state (and gubernatorial candidate), Brian Kemp."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Nov 24, 2018, 11:56 AM (3 replies)

Stop pretending you dont love Thanksgiving. You get to tell your whole family that they're fascist

OMG, this is hilarious!

"Is there anything better than the sound of a bustling kitchen, the scent of turkey roasting in the air and children laughing, free from the burdens of gender identity?

At least that what’s I tell my sister-in-law, as I urge her to let my nephew, Cody, watch Dora the Explorer instead of giving into the gender stereotypes permeating Go Diego Go. It seems obvious she should use the show as a tool for teaching Cody about the ‘explorers’ bravely making their way from South America in the migrant caravan — the people our racist president wants to kill.

Many Americans watch football on this national holiday, but with the culturally insensitive Redskins not on yet, my opportunities to bring some social justice perspective on the toxically masculine game are limited.

Still, the lack of racist football teams on TV can’t deter me from enjoying the one day of the year I get to inform my cis-family about who they really are from the safe space of my virtuous stance against Native American genocide.

As I walk into the family room the players have just gotten on to the field. I anxiously await the national anthem. Black lives will matter in this home today."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Wed Nov 21, 2018, 06:22 PM (1 replies)

Activists, Democrats, and the Media Keep Smearing Betsy DeVos Over New Title IX Rules

Misleading reporting makes due process sound like a bad thing.

It's interesting that those opposed to due process have to lie about the position others take.

"With an eye toward restoring a measure of fairness to adjudicating campus sexual misconduct, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced new standards for such procedures on Friday.

Some in the media seemed determine to misrepresent these changes, and are uncritically parroting claims from victims' advocacy groups who think any attempt to reform Title IX—the federal statute that forbids sex discrimination—is an attack on sexual assault survivors.

The worst example is an article from Abbey Crain, whose article at makes several significant errors.

"Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' proposed changes for how schools handle Title IX cases would allow students accused of sexual assault to cross-examine their victim," writes Crain.

This is simply untrue. The new rules specify that an accused student's lawyer or support person must conduct the cross-examination.

"The rules would create a higher burden of proof for victims of sexual assault to prove a Title IX violation occurred," Crain continues, "removing Obama-era regulations that required a 'preponderance of the evidence.'"

This isn't quite right either: Colleges may use a higher burden of proof than the preponderance of the evidence, but it's not mandatory."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Tue Nov 20, 2018, 11:11 AM (4 replies)

The Social-Justice Injustice. What Brett Kavanaughs trial by fire was really all about

Excellent article dissecting the Kavanaugh "Hearing" (AKA Shit-Show).

"The national uproar that rose against Judge Brett Kavanaugh following Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault decades earlier was a travesty of justice—in large measure because justice was never really the issue. The uproar was not about righting a past wrong. It was designed to influence a political body that was in the middle of making a political decision. It was supposed to tip the scales against Kavanaugh in a process that Democrats, discomfited by their roles as mock criminal prosecutors, took to describing as a “job interview.”

From the start, the lack of hard evidence in the case presented a problem. How could anyone arbitrate the competing claims of Ford and Kavanaugh when claims were all there were? The solution seized by some of those who wanted the charge to stick was to use their own personal experiences as a peculiar form of supporting circumstantial evidence. In a powerful essay entitled “I Believe Her,” the Atlantic’s Caitlin Flanagan revealed the occasion on which she, too, had been assaulted as a young girl in high school. CNN political contributor Symone Sanders confessed that she had also been the victim of a sexual assault in college—and because of what had happened to her, she argued, “there is no debate” about Kavanaugh’s guilt.

Something snapped in the media psyche. A torrent of influential reporters, columnists, politicians, and celebrities began exposing their most cherished belief systems to the public. They turned a political melodrama into a morality play. Those who jeered at Kavanaugh were certain that he was guilty not because of Ford’s account; rather, they knew because of his physical, familial, and genetic features. He was “white,” “male,” “angry,” “rich,” or some combination of these characteristics.

They believed these traits undermined the legitimacy of his efforts to defend himself from career-killing accusations of violent misconduct. And they were shocked beyond measure when their certitude did not carry the day. When did it become acceptable for a critical mass of influential and respected figures to express the kind of unenlightened chauvinism we associate with prejudice as openly as the anti-Kavanaugh chorus did? How did the choristers know there would be no repercussions for them if they did so? At what point did a popular culture obsessed with stigmatizing monoculturalism adopt a form of it—against white males—to try to take down a Supreme Court nominee?"

Cue the usual attacks on the "source" of the article.....3, 2, 1......................................

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Posted by Muddling Through | Tue Nov 20, 2018, 11:00 AM (3 replies)

Who made key mistakes in Parkland school shooting? Nine months later, no one held accountable

"Despite an extraordinary series of governmental failures leading to the bloodshed in Parkland, just a few low-level employees have faced consequences over errors that may have cost lives.

But not the school administrators who failed to act on warnings of weak security at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, or the ones who mismanaged gunman Nikolas Cruz’s special education needs when he was a student there. Not the sheriff’s deputies who took cover while children were shot, or their supervisors. And, by all indications, no one at the FBI, which fumbled compelling, back-to-back tips about Cruz in the months before his rampage.

“There were so many mistakes,” said Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine, whose district includes Stoneman Douglas. “I don’t feel there’s been sufficient accountability. But more importantly, the people that live in northwest Broward, my neighbors and friends, don’t feel there’s been accountability.”

Cruz, who has confessed, clearly deserves the most blame for the Feb. 14 shooting. And the easy availability of firearms in Florida played a role in an attack in which the gunman stalked the halls with a high-capacity rifle and fired into classrooms, killing 17 and wounding 17.

But at the agencies charged with keeping Broward County’s schools safe, where leaders have been quick to pat themselves on the back for their work, few people have suffered consequences for multiple errors that have come to light since the shooting."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Mon Nov 19, 2018, 09:10 AM (2 replies)

Byron York: As world moves on, the Brett Kavanaugh fight continues

Seems Lefty can't admit the whole shit-show was nothing but a frame-up.

"With his investiture ceremony Thursday, Brett Kavanaugh is finally, formally Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. But the fight over his nomination goes on.

The battle is not being fought by Democratic dead-enders who cannot accept that Kavanaugh won confirmation despite the sexual misconduct allegations against him. Instead, the fight is being led by Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who is still angry at the way those unverified and in some cases evidence-free allegations sidetracked his committee's work, and nearly the nomination itself.

Grassley's unhappiness comes through in every page of a new 28-page report, accompanied by 386 pages of supporting documents, outlining the committee's handling of the Kavanaugh case. One key point that comes out in the report is that Grassley and his staff investigators on the Republican side took each allegation against Kavanaugh seriously, no matter how far-fetched. That's how the confirmation process almost ground to a halt.

The allegations covered in the report start with Christine Blasey Ford, who came forward just before the committee's scheduled vote on Kavanaugh to say that 36 years ago, when she was 15 years old, a drunken 17 year-old Kavanaugh forced her onto a bed, tried to undress her, and, when she tried to scream, covered her mouth with his hand.

"Committee investigators found no verifiable evidence that supported Dr. Ford's allegation against Justice Kavanaugh," Grassley wrote. "

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Nov 10, 2018, 08:40 AM (10 replies)

Federal Judge Says It's Plausible That Andrew Cuomo Violated the First Amendment

by Pressuring Banks and Insurers to Shun the NRA.

Interesting read. It's been clear for some time that Cuomo has no use for the First Amendment.

"Last night a federal judge said the National Rifle Association may proceed with a lawsuit that claims New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is violating the First Amendment by pressuring banks and insurers to shun the NRA and "similar gun promotion organizations." U.S. District Judge Thomas McAvoy questioned Cuomo's claim that his messages about the wisdom and propriety of providing financial services to the NRA amount to nothing but legitimate regulatory oversight and protected government speech.

As I explained in my column today, and as McAvoy describes in his decision, there is strong evidence that Cuomo and Maria Vullo, superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), are in fact threatening banks and insurers that dare to do business with organizations that oppose the governor's gun control agenda.

In a press release last April, Cuomo said he was "directing the Department of Financial Services to urge insurers and bankers statewide to determine whether any relationship they may have with the NRA or similar organizations sends the wrong message to their clients and their communities." Vullo was more explicit, saying "DFS urges all insurance companies and banks doing business in New York to join the companies that have already discontinued their arrangements with the NRA."

Guidance memos that Vullo sent to banks and insurance companies that day communicated the same message, warning that "reputational risks...may arise from their dealings with the NRA or similar gun promotion organizations" and urging "prompt actions to manage these risks." The next day, Cuomo tweeted: "The NRA is an extremist organization. I urge companies in New York State to revisit any ties they have to the NRA and consider their reputations, and responsibility to the public."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Nov 10, 2018, 07:52 AM (8 replies)

UCSB ruined an innocent students life with a shoddy Title IX investigation.

It got a slap on the wrist.

This is the face of the Progressive Left.

"The University of California-Santa Barbara suspended an accused student based on physical abuse claims that his non-student accuser recanted before the Title IX investigation started.

It did not lift the “interim” suspension, which prevented “John Doe” from starting his freshman year, until a judge ordered it to let him back on campus with no restrictions in spring 2017.

Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Thomas Anderle said the university’s conduct through the process was “arbitrary and unreasonable.” UCSB fully exonerated Doe more than a year later.

Yet the public university will pay Doe less than $5,000 for the trouble it has caused him since fall 2016.

In an Oct. 23 order, Anderle flatly rejected a motion by Doe’s attorney for nearly $465,000 in “private attorney general fees” under California law. The statute is intended to reward plaintiffs who enforce “an important right affecting the public interest” that helps a “broad class of citizens,” as if they were acting as attorney general.

In Doe’s case, that class was accused students whose institutions deprive them of due process in disciplinary proceedings. But Anderle said even though Doe’s lawsuit “affects the public interest,” his victory did not bring a “significant pecuniary or nonpecuniary benefit on the general public or a large class of persons.”

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Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Nov 9, 2018, 12:07 PM (5 replies)
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