Tuesday, 11 November 2014

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Clipfile - November 11, 2014

‘‘When... elected officials, and those who advise them, deliberately construct policies to hide value choices that would be unpopular were they transparent and explicit, we end up with two terrible outcomes:  We get policies that do not reflect our values, and we re-elect representatives who are lying to us.’’ - Keith Hennessey

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The Press

...but not surprising...


‘‘It’s terrifying that the guy in his mom’s basement is finding his stuff, and nobody else is,’’ he says.  ‘‘I really do find this disturbing.’’
(Via Ace)

UPDATE (141113): Besieged by stupid Americans, Media circles the wagons around Gruber

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Wednesday, 05 November 2014

In Passing

Progressives just can’t help themselves.

The Mission Isn’t The Mission  Dept
Brendan Bordelon:
As last month’s Ebola hysteria tightened its grip on the United States, National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins publicly blamed a lack of congressional funding for the global health crisis.  "Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready.”
and then, just as I predicted...
[On October 22nd] ...the NIH announced that it will grant $31 million to "enhance diversity in the medical research workforce.”
...
"The biomedical research enterprise must engage all sectors of the population...,” Collins said in a statement.
...because ‘‘engaging’’ all those ‘‘sectors’’ is just as important as maybe doing some genuine research, right?

Zero their g*dd*mn budget!

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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Clipfile - November 1, 2014

‘‘...The culture of the academy is one where groupthink is enforced and reinforced through vicious rhetoric.  ...Opponents can’t be merely wrong.  Instead they are racist, bigoted, homophobic, or — despite professed love of the disabled — ‘Aspergery.’  The arrogance is overwhelming, and the fake tough-guy posture of name-calling elitists is laughable to everyone but themselves.’’ - David French

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Meta

Hoist the Bat Signal!


...or some such:

Wanna meet up at the Broad Ripple Brewpub at 3:00 PM on Sunday after you finish perusing the Indy 1500?
I think so.

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Clipfile - October 18, 2014

‘‘The Progressive myth is that we ought to have a government of experts... to handle the nation’s problems in a calm, deliberative manner.  The reality is that we have a [government] of unscrupulous lawyers, amoral apparatchiks and political hacks whose only area of expertise is manipulating the electoral and governmental systems and getting rich by doing so.’’ - Michael Walsh

(Via Instapundit.)

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Friday, 17 October 2014

In Passing

They’re called ‘‘fronts’’ for a reason

We’re Marching Through the Institutions  Dept
Glenn Reynolds:
When students go on about social justice, the proper response is to tell them you don’t care what they think, because they don’t know enough to have an intelligent opinion yet.  If universities were run on this principle, the 3% of students responsible for 98% of the idiocy would no longer have their destructive impact.
Unfortunately, that 3% is backed by 98% of the faculty.

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In Passing

Plenty of opponents


‘‘AML’’ comments at Instapundit:

If I were going to run for President in 2016, my pitch would be to go through each government agency and excise everything that they do that is not ‘‘core’’ to the agency.  No more lesbian obesity work at CDC, no more gun control at NIH, no more global warming at DoD.  You effectively get to shrink government massively without appearing to be shrinking government -- who could be against getting CDC and DoD back on mission?
Okay, I’ll play:
[1] The boodlers, whose only mission is that they get their cut.
[2] The social justice progressives, for whom lesbian obesity, gun control, and global warming are ‘‘the mission.’’

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

In Passing

God knows, they wouldn’t want to work any overtime!


USA Today:

The drums [of ebola-contaminated household goods] needed to be driven to an incinerator 400 miles away, where they would be destroyed.  But getting the appropriate permits from the Department of Transportation took a few days, because the agency needed to draw up permits specifically for Ebola transport, McCallum said.  ‘‘There was no DoT permitting out there because this had never happened before in this country...’’
So much for all that ‘‘emergency preparedness.’’

Elsewhere:
Glenn wants to know where the money went.  Silly Glenn: It’s the federal government!  And at this point, what difference does it make?

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

In Passing

That’s ‘‘FUNDAMENTAL Transformation’’ to you!

You’ve gotta have Priorities  Dept
Politico:
...The Prevention and Public Health Fund, [is] a new series of annual mandatory appropriations created by Obamacare.  Over the past five years, the CDC has received just under $3 billion in transfers from the fund.  Yet only 6 percent—$180 million—of that $3 billion went toward building epidemiology and laboratory capacity...

Instead, the Obama administration has focused the CDC on other priorities.  While protecting Americans from infectious diseases received only $180 million from the Prevention Fund, the community transformation grant program received nearly three times as much money—$517.3 million over the same five-year period.
...cause who cares about disease when there’s transformation to be done! boodle to be passed out.

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