Thursday, May 17, 2018

Who’s An Animal?

" You likely are already aware of one of today’s dustups, the press’s false claim that President Trump described illegal immigrants as “animals.” This lie has cropped up in so many places that there is no point in trying to catalog them all, but the New York Times, as usual, was one of the malefactors:"

[Power Line]

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Tortured Logic of Kamala Harris

" The question of whether torture is immoral does not have quite the yes or no answer that California Senator and posturing Democratic presidential wannabe Kamala Harris implied it had during the questioning of CIA nominee Gina Haspel. Classic torture is the intentional infliction of excruciating pain and permanent injury. Merely pouring water down the nostrils of a terrorist does not meet that classic definition.

One wonders what Harris would recommend if a terrorist planted a nuke set to go off in an hour in Washington, D.C. Would we tell him (or her): “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be held against you. You have the right to an attorney. Now, please, tell us where you planted the nuke.”"

[American Thinker] 

Friday, May 4, 2018

A Reality Check for Those Who Deplore the Nuking of Japan

"In the decades immediately following World War II, American public opinion generally supported President Truman's historic decision to unleash nuclear weapons on Japan.  Everyone accepted that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was an unfortunate necessity brought on by the unwillingness of Japan to surrender.  Those two bombs, which killed over 140,000 civilians, were viewed as a way to avoid the obscene costs in men and materiel associated with invading the Japanese homeland.
Nowadays, many question whether those bombs were necessary.  Given that they killed almost exclusively civilians and that the second of the two was dropped only two days after the first, many people have concluded that the attack was immoral.  Today, the typical American is likely to react to the words "Hiroshima" and "Nagasaki" with a vague sense that our country did something wrong."

[American Thinker}

Thursday, May 3, 2018

..... and for which these parents and/or our government (you and I) will pay around $75,000 per year.

(Harvard Univ)

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Green Weenie of the Week: Batteries!

"In a recent debate with a Kommitted Klimatista, my interlocutor remarked proudly on a hotel he had invested in whose energy is completely supplied by solar power. Knowing that the sun actually goes down and stops supplying electrons, I asked the obvious question:

“So, is the hotel disconnected from the grid?”

You don’t need to guess what the answer was, and why the claim that any building is “100 percent powered by renewables” (like Apple) is the epitome of fake news. Whereupon this Klimatista explained that before long we’ll have these terrific batteries that we can charge up during the daytime to supply our electricity over night. Problem solved! The planet is saved!

Although electricity is indeed the best and most efficient form of power in the abstract, I’m always amazed that no one bothers to ask a simple question: assuming we can get the cost of better batteries down, and increase their functionality (charging time, etc), has anyone‚ Bueller? Bueller?—bothered to do the materials calculations of increasing our battery production at least 1000-fold (just for the United States)? Ever seen what a lithium mine looks like, let alone all of the other materials required for batteries? How many new lithium, cobalt, and copper mines are we going to need to scale up 1,000x? Anyone bothered to take into account the carbon footprint of the materials supply chain and energy-intensive manufacturing process for this much new battery capacity? It is a non-trivial amount. (This is why some life-cycle studies conclude that a Tesla has a larger total carbon footprint than a gasoline-powered car depending on the electricity mix where it is operated.)"

[Power Line]
Hmmmmmmm .......

Friday, April 27, 2018

House panel’s Russia report finds 'no evidence' of collusion, Trump says probe ‘MUST END NOW’

" The House Intelligence Committee on Friday declared that it found “no evidence” of collusion between the Russian government and Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, releasing a heavily redacted final report on its yearlong Russia investigation."

[Fox News]

Monday, April 23, 2018

" Colleges are now big padded dens tending to the emotional "safety" of students -- protecting them from that evil fucker Plato and anything and everything else the little fragile dears might deem "triggering.""

[Advice Goddess]

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Invisible Victims of Gun Control

"At 2 A.M. on October 31st, the lights went out.  “She knew she’d paid the electric bill,” according to DiCosmo.  And she knew “something wasn’t right.”

DiCosmo continues, “She got her gun.  Growing nervous, she opened the blinds, sat down in a chair, and waited.”  When Preyer came crashing through the door, she fired, striking her assailant in the chest and killing him.

Police had been making rounds to her home after the first encounter with her rapist.  But they weren’t there in that fateful moment when she had to defend herself with a gun that had been purchased for her by her landlord.  The gun was the difference between her being raped again and/or killed and surviving unmolested.  The gun preserved her life and liberty in spite of another person who looked to rob her of one or both of those things.  Not the cops, and not the good intentions of lawmakers who wish violent sexual predators like Preyer did not exist.

A modern CDC study has concluded that guns are used in cases of individual self-defense anywhere between 500,000 and 3,000,000 times annually.""

[American Thinker] 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Which Gender Differences Are “Disparities?”

"I wrote recently that you can measure any two things, and in all likelihood they will be different. If you have an agenda, you can call this difference a “gap” or a “disparity” and demand remedial actions by government. Whether differences between demographic groups are deemed significant depends on politics, not logic. Thus, to take one of countless examples, no one protests the fact that Asian-Americans earn, on average, significantly more than whites, and no one demands government programs to help whites narrow the “gap.” Why not, if all gaps are the result of discrimination?

At the Washington Examiner, a young woman named Madison Breshears articulates these and similar points beautifully, drawing on her own experience as a ballet dancer, a female-dominated field."  
[Power Line]

Thursday, April 5, 2018

More Than 1 Million Illegal Aliens Have Received California Driver’s Licenses

"More than 1 million illegal aliens have received California driver’s licences, the California DMV announced Wednesday.

This is precisely why Democrats fiercely fight to protect and expand on Bill Clinton’s ‘motor voter act.’

Motor voter laws allow people to register to vote during a visit to the DMV with a valid driver’s license.

These laws also make it harder to purge names from voter rolls.

California just began to auto-register drivers to vote which of course will open the doors wide open to illegal aliens voting."
[Gateway Pundit]