Dec
21
2014
0

…It’s a pity when a post refuses to gel.

I tried my best, but it just wasn’t working as a post and I couldn’t make reality come out the way that I wanted it to. Best to just throw it away and start over. Or, in this case, just throw it away.

Moe Lane

Dec
21
2014
0

Anti-Semitism isn’t ‘back’ at Harvard: it apparently just never went away.

There’s a problem with this article in the Harvard Crimson (“The Case Against Boycotting SodaStream“): it assumes that there’s a legitimate case for boycotting Sodastream. There, of course, is not. Harvard University Dining Services decided to unilaterally remove Sodastream from its cafeterias simply because the company is run by Jews. Oh, dear, excuse me: “Israelis.” I understand that Alan Dershowitz may have a problem with bringing up this awkward fact, and I even sympathize. But I’m under no obligation to pretend that that fact doesn’t exist.

Especially since Harvard University’s historical animus towards Jews is well known, as is indeed most of the Ivy League’s.  They’ve gotten a pass on it largely because Ivy League alumnae are over-represented in top government and media positions.  If we saw this kind of historical discrimination take place in institutions not beloved of Northeastern elites then we’d never hear the end of the complaining.

Moe Lane

Dec
21
2014
0

So, it looks like *just* a pulled muscle.

And not a kidney stone, bladder stone, gallstone*, and/or appendicitis.  You can imagine my relief, although I spent most of the day snoozing in bed because it didn’t hurt when I was lying down.  I figure that regular holiday posting can resume tomorrow.

Moe Lane

*Apparently you can still get something like that even if you’ve had your gallbladder removed.  Which hardly seems fair.

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Dec
20
2014
7

Not feeling well, folks.

I don’t know what this is, but it hurts like the dickens.  Early night for me.

Dec
20
2014
4

Oh, hey, major storm on the East Coast for Christmas Eve.

I hope that you weren’t planning to travel:

A major storm centered on Christmas Eve will affect the Midwest and East with areas of strong winds, heavy snow, torrential rain and thunderstorms.

A storm forecast to develop over the lower Mississippi Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 23, is likely to strengthen dramatically, while it races northeastward toward the eastern Great Lakes on Christmas Eve.

The most far-reaching impact from the storm will be strong winds that develop and that have the potential to cause substantial flight delays along the Interstate-95 corridor, parts of the South and the Midwest. Turbulence could be an issue for some flights.

Joy.

Dec
20
2014
1

Hey, here’s what’s going to be the false equivalence argument on the Brooklyn cop shooting.

Before we go any further: @lee_ritz isn’t the one making the false equivalence: she’s merely the one pointing it out.

I’m already seeing people – who, hopefully, are internally a little sick to their stomachs for having to make this argument – try the time-honored tradition of appealing to the very better nature of the Right that the Left routinely denies, every single day. Those people can do us all a favor, actually: they can frankly shut up and instead try to think about why they’ve placed themselves in this awful head-space right now. That’d be marvelous, thanks.

Moe Lane

Dec
20
2014
8

Again: Mountain lions do not belong in human-settled areas.

Oy: “A mountain lion creeping alongside a Southern California woman’s backyard wall forced road closures as wildlife officials tried to capture it.” For apparently 90 minutes. Do Ventura County police not carry guns? …because if this was a large dog causing this much trouble they’d have simply shot it*. A mountain lion, on the other hand… sure, isolate it, catch it, and release it out in the wild.  Whereupon it will simply come back to where all he tasty, slow-moving food is.

Shoot the lion.  Keep shooting them.  They’ll eventually take the hint.  Heck, it’s not like they’re even endangered in California.

Via @MelissaTweets.

Moe Lane

PS: I know that the cops are prohibited from shooting them, sure.  But they shouldn’t be.

*Local cops actually did shoot a dog in my town house complex a while back.  Something like five, six times. And no, I’m not sure why actual wild predators get more consideration than somebody’s ill-tempered, yet theoretically domesticated, pet.

Dec
20
2014
6

The nature of this tweet requires that I not snark at my political opponents.

So I’ll just say that this was nice.

Dec
19
2014
6

Buried lead: Barack Obama comes out in favor of Citizens United!

Dear God but this man is unaware of the universe.

Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they’d start doing if they see a documentary that they don’t like…

Actually, we don’t have to imagine what they’d start doing.  You see, in 2008 a federal court decided that a documentary called Hillary: the Movie was in violation of the infamous McCain-Feingold campaign finance ‘reform’ law. The group that put that documentary together insisted that it was instead, you know, free speech and thus absolutely protected… which, oddly enough, was an argument that the federal government didn’t like.  Which is why the federal government argued against it in the Supreme Court – and lost, thank God.  But not before the FEC actually argued with a straight face that McCain-Feingold allowed for banning books.  No.  Really. (more…)

Dec
19
2014
1

Vermont abandons single-payer plan. As we told you they would.

No, seriously.  Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont (Democrat, mind you) finally gave his state’s proposed single-payer health care system the axe because there was no way to pay for it.  Well, OK, there was: “Tax hikes required to pay for the system would include a 11.5 percent payroll tax as well as an additional income tax ranging all the way up to 9.5 percent. ”  But there was no way that that would fly among Vermont voters.

…which is what Megan McArdle and I both said last spring. It’s the perennial problem Obamacare (and state exchange) supporters face: if they were upfront about the costs, they’d never have gotten the various laws passed.  But the problem with kicking the can down the road is that eventually you run out of road.  There isn’t the money for single-payer, and there’s the only the interest in getting it when single-payer supporters don’t talk about the money.  And, as you can see from the Daily Carter article: the second you do start talking about the money politicians start to back right up.

Last note.  Peter Shumlin is not yet officially won his governor’s race: since there wasn’t a majority, the results are going to get tossed into the state legislature.  I’m sure that Shumlin doesn’t think that trying to push ahead with double-digit tax hikes would have said legislature ready to give his opponent the election. And neither do I.  But I also think that Shumlin doesn’t know that a sufficiently infuriated legislature wouldn’t do that, either.  …And neither do I.

Via Battleswarm Blog.

Dec
19
2014
3

University of Virginia not letting a good (and false) crisis go to waste.

The answers to these questions are depressingly easy to surmise:

In order: (more…)

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