Excerpt: Editor’s note: This Charles Krauthammer column was originally published on July 26, 2002. Krauthammer died Thursday at age 68. Find additional memorial content at go.madison.com/Krauthammer. To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.
Excerpt: Amid all the immigration hoo-ha, maybe you missed the uncritical mainstream media reports of a United Nations study faulting President Trump for poverty in America. Turns out, it's just more fake news. An uncritical Reuters headline says it all: "America's poor becoming more destitute under Trump: U.N. expert". The Hill's equally blase headline: "UN poverty official: Trump exacerbating inequality." The report — really a first-person narrative — released earlier this month, ripped President Trump for his "contempt" and "hatred of the poor." The report cited 18.5 million Americans who live in extreme policy, and massive U.S. defense spending at the expense of social programs. Only one problem: As Chuck DeVore, vice president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, points out, the data on which the study was based came from 2016. (Wow, this is almost funny. A scathing report on how bad things are in the USA, all blamed on Trump, based on data from the Obama years? How stupid can these "reporters" be? Oops, it's not about stupid, it's about a heavily biased agenda that says to use anything at all in the attack. But this incident is nice in a way, it reveals beyond doubt the agenda. What's really stupid (in my opinion) is that there are plenty of things about Mr. Trump that people can legitimately criticize, but no, that's not dramatic enough, he has to be not just somehow objectionable in some things, he has to be Satan himself in all things. --Del)
Excerpt: political-science journal that published an oft-cited study claiming conservatives were more likely to show traits associated with “psychoticism” now says it got it wrong. Very wrong.
The American Journal of Political Science published a correction this year saying that the 2012 paper has “an error” — and that liberal political beliefs, not conservative ones, are actually linked to psychoticism.
“The interpretation of the coding of the political attitude items in the descriptive and preliminary analyses portion of the manuscript was exactly reversed,” the journal said in the startling correction.
“The descriptive analyses report that those higher in Eysenck’s psychoticism are more conservative, but they are actually more liberal; and where the original manuscript reports those higher in neuroticism and social desirability are more liberal, they are, in fact, more conservative.”
stolen, all kinds of important rules and laws broken. But so far, no one has been indicted and it's getting close to zero coverage. The "collusion" investigation has found nothing but wisps of smoke after many millions spent and a whole raft of various investigators running far and wide, up and down, to dig up any scrap of what might be evidence. And the only things we're sure of are that the Dems paid for the manufactured "dossier", and there were and are still lots of people in federal offices who had no trouble at all inserting their own personal political biases into their work. But this glaring mess with a family running around Congress with access to all kinds of stuff and collecting big bucks while really being incompetent at what they were supposed to be doing somehow gets a pass? Again, if it weren't for double standards the Left and most of the media would have no standards at all. Del
Ever since I heard that a huge, slow container ship had smashed into a US Navy warship, I have been waiting to find out how this could possibly happen. On ships like that one there are almost always four people on the bridge, four in CIC, and four on watch. And electronic equipment that could spot a scull miles away, much less a monster ship. So how in hell could a monster come out of the darkness and collide with the ship with that many people awake whose one main thing to do was to make sure such a thing did not happen? I still don't have a complete answer, but some things are showing up, bit by painful, embarassing, and infuriating bit. Here's part of the story. Some will jump up and say it's just male nastiness to point out these facts, but I think it may well be something more than just that. We know all too well that starting over 6 years ago, maybe 10, the priority at the Naval Academy was "diversity" and the PC push to get women and minorities commissioned went into high gear. It's not unreasonable to suspect that some of today's problems stem from all that. --Del
Excerpt: Government security forces in Venezuela carry out unjustified killings without any apparent consequences as the rule of law in the country quickly vanishes, a United Nations report charged Friday. The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said Venezuelan officers accused in some 500 questionable killings appear to be evading any charges. That is a sign that checks and balances have been chiseled away, leaving state authorities unaccountable, said Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the high commissioner. (Remember when Bernie Sanders said, "These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina... [8/5/11]. Socialism ends in coercion. Always. ~Bob)
Excerpt: Mr. Hansen’s testimony described three possible scenarios for the future of carbon dioxide emissions. He called Scenario A “business as usual,” as it maintained the accelerating emissions growth typical of the 1970s and ’80s. This scenario predicted the earth would warm 1 degree Celsius by 2018. Scenario B set emissions lower, rising at the same rate today as in 1988. Mr. Hansen called this outcome the “most plausible,” and predicted it would lead to about 0.7 degree of warming by this year. He added a final projection, Scenario C, which he deemed highly unlikely: constant emissions beginning in 2000. In that forecast, temperatures would rise a few tenths of a degree before flatlining after 2000. Thirty years of data have been collected since Mr. Hansen outlined his scenarios—enough to determine which was closest to reality. And the winner is Scenario C. Global surface temperature has not increased significantly since 2000, discounting the larger-than-usual El Niño of 2015-16. Assessed by Mr. Hansen’s model, surface temperatures are behaving as if we had capped 18 years ago the carbon-dioxide emissions responsible for the enhanced greenhouse effect. But we didn’t. And it isn’t just Mr. Hansen who got it wrong. Models devised by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have, on average, predicted about twice as much warming as has been observed since global satellite temperature monitoring began 40 years ago. (Gee, once again it seems any objective analysis of the real data shows a huge misfit between the dire predictions of impending horrific disaster and the reality that's unfolded over decades. Pass on to your super worried friends....Del)
Excerpt: The couple - Alex lovine and Emma Pichl - were travelling from Brooklyn to Manhattan on Saturday when they exchanged what they described as a "peck" on the lips. They claimed the driver, Ahmad el Boutari, then booted them out of the car - sparking an argument in the street.
Excerpt: Authorities have seized more than 550 guns at two Southern California homes and made one arrest after getting a tip that a convicted felon was storing an arsenal. Sixty-year-old Manuel Fernandez was arrested last week after Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and state and federal investigators raided his Agua Dulce home. (Ex-felon, not supposed to own guns, but "a collector." Some collection.--Barb Enforcing existing laws sometimes works. ~Bob)
The group was founded in 1971 to help poor people who'd suffered discrimination or been attacked by racists. It did a lot of good work back then. But in the last 25 years or so it's drifted further and further Left, and has now become a tool of super Social Justice Warriors, for whom the slightest connection to the Right side of the aisle makes you a total fascist. Their list of "hate groups" does contain some such, but its definition has expanded like a loose rubber band and now includes all kinds of groups or people who simply don't toe the PC line perfectly. They are coasting on the reputation they earned back in the '70s, but they are not that group at all now, and they need to be recognized for what they have become. --Del
Excerpt: The Obama White House’s chief cyber official testified Wednesday that proposals he was developing to counter Russia’s attack on the U.S. presidential election were put on a “back burner” after he was ordered to “stand down” his efforts in the summer of 2016. (...) The view that the Obama administration failed to adequately piece together intelligence about the Russian campaign and develop a forceful response has clearly gained traction with the intelligence committee. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the ranking Democrat on the panel, said in an opening statement that “we were caught flat-footed at the outset and our collective response was inadequate to meet Russia’s escalation.” That conclusion was reinforced Wednesday by another witness, Victoria Nuland, who served as assistant secretary of state for Europe during the Obama administration. She told the panel that she had been briefed as early as December 2015 about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee — long before senior DNC officials were aware of it — and that the intrusion had all the hallmarks of a Russian operation. (I added emphasis; the link may not be live. Ron P.)
Canadians are one in a million -- while waiting for medical treatment. Americans shouldn't fall for rosy promises. As Canadians know all too well, when the government foots the bill for healthcare, patients are the ones who pay the biggest price.
Just in case anyone missed the key truthful report that Walter Cronkite made from Viet Nam on Feb 14, '68, check out the video link below. This is the report that never got seen, but the report he made a week and half later, when back in New York, is the one that rocked the country, utterly depressed LBJ, and gave huge impetus to the antiwar movement. Interesting to think how history would have changed if it was the first report that everyone saw, not the second. But that started the legitimization of slanted news reporting that took off fast and has been with us ever since. It's not so much that we are always given truly "fake" news, things that are all outright total lies, but that we are inundated with news that's slanted seriously, coming from heavenly biased reporters and editors. This becomes a form of propaganda, and enough of it twists everyone's understanding and thinking, so the vision of the world they have is seriously inaccurate and they end up thinking what doesn't really work is somehow the smart thing to do, and the kinds of actions that really do work are bad for any of a bevy of reasons. All of this is very counterproductive for the society and the nation. --Del
One of the major idiocies of the VA... phony POWs. Jug Burkett outed all this many years ago, but no one in Congress or the VA or anywhere else has ever even started to work on what should be done, find and kick out and recover money from phony POWs. But a law got passed by Congress, with McCain and Kerry involved, that basically forbids rechecking people once they've been qualified without prior problems in the process. This is nuts, totally nuts, and the numbers of phonies doing this is way too high to just let go. But this article is 9 years old and things haven't changed. What would it take? --Del
"... We also learned new details about Clinton's recklessness and willful misconduct in using her private email. The final version of Comey's statement did note that Clinton "used her personal e-mail extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries." But we did not know at the time that the original draft included one more sentence: "That use included an email exchange with the President while Secretary Clinton was on the territory of such an adversary." According to the inspector general, "This reference later was changed to 'another senior government official,' and ultimately was omitted." When I worked in the George W. Bush White House, and traveled to certain foreign countries with the president, we were required by the Secret Service to remove the batteries from our BlackBerrys, place them in a sealed plastic bag, and leave them on Air Force One for the duration of our visit to prevent foreign adversaries from hacking into the White House email system. But Clinton was so cavalier that she actually used not her government communications device, but her unsecured private email to communicate directly with the president of the United States from the territory of a foreign adversary. By emailing Obama directly from hostile territory, she put both her own email system and the president's at risk of foreign intrusion." (And yet,. Trump says having his cell phones regularly swept is "too inconvenient." ~Bob)