Saturday, March 25, 2017

Pics from Khe Sanh


Health Crisis

Health-Care Reform Won’t Fix What Really Hurts American Health
Excerpt: The public-health crisis we’re facing won’t be solved by access to health insurance. In 2016, two truths were revealed at once. First, the percentage of uninsured Americans hit a record low — a mere 8.6 percent. In 2010, almost 50 million Americans lacked health insurance. By the beginning of 2016 that number had plunged to 27.3 million. This is, truth be told, the fruit of Obamacare and indeed is the very reason why the GOP is having so much difficulty in its struggle to repeal and replace it. People like having health insurance, and health insurance makes us healthier, right? But that brings us to the second truth that was revealed in 2016. Even though Americans allegedly enjoyed unprecedented access to insured health care, the nation’s death rate in 2015 actually increased. More Americans were insured, but more Americans died. Why?


Will the West Please Stop Siding with Criminals? by Khadija Khan

Friday, March 24, 2017

Good news

What’s happening with Colin Kaepernick? Kaepernick remains unsigned for reasons that likely have nothing to do with his play behind center.
Good news. ~Bob

Trump by an Obama appointee

From Rod: Several times in years past I was impressed by this guy, unlike a lot of dopey Obama appointees who spoke before thinking or maybe they were dopey after thinking, while watching him appear before Congress Judge him and his comments about Trump and other issues for yourself:

Lifetime Achievement

Excerpt: Chelsea Clinton has spent her youthful but impactful live in the shadow of her illustrious parents, Presidents Bill and Hillary Clinton. It is altogether fitting, therefore, that Vanity Fair has recognized her contributions with a Lifetime Achievement award. The accomplishments of such a young person require close and admiring examination. Her influence became first manifest during her father's administration, as leader of the intern selection committee. Her youth allowed her to connect with candidates, while her judgement produced an intern corps with unprecedented talents.


400 new jobs, low unemployment bad news for Walker-hating left


Double amputee who served in Afghanistan joins Suffolk police

Woman's March


Liberals: What is the liberal position you have the most trouble getting on board with?

Thursday, March 23, 2017


UW-La Crosse parent says chancellor dismissed concerns about ‘orgasm’ emailer

London Killer

UK Parliament attacker was Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old British man with criminal convictions, police announce. 

Gender Equality

Iran’s Supreme Leader: ‘Gender Equality’ Is A ‘Zionist Plot’

London Correction

Radical Muslim cleric mistakenly named as London attacker
Excerpt: A report that identified the knife-wielding attacker who killed at least three people during a rampage in central London as Abu Izzadeen has been withdrawn. The UK’s Channel 4 News and The Independent initially named Izaadeen as the suspect, but several sources told BBC News that the radical Muslim cleric is still in jail and not responsible for the attack. In January 2016, Izzadeen and another Islamist militant were sentenced to two years in prison for breaching the Terrorism Act by leaving the UK without notifying the police, the BBC reported.



Real Talk: Day Without a Woman by Vanessa Brown Calder
Excerpt: An impartial observer would likely believe that women’s prospects must be quite depressing, given the missed work, public school closures, and street protests that occurred in some U.S. cities. Luckily, American women’s social welfare and economic prospects are better than many strikers realize. Take female leadership, for example: it would probably surprise Day Without a Woman strikers that 42% of legislators, senior officials, and managers in America are female. This figure is higher than comparable places like Canada, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe. According to World Bank data, the U.S. is at the top of the pack and has been for at least the last decade.


Law takes a holiday By Victor Davis Hanson March 23, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Guest post: Potty Room Thoughts

Potty-room Thoughts


Ronald G. Pittenger

It has been a while since I last used a school bathroom. After combing my memory carefully, I cannot recall even one instance where an inspector checked to see if I was trying to use the right restroom. Perhaps I’m just not special enough to rate an inspector. More likely, we all knew using one that didn’t match up with our general appearance would’ve gotten our butts kicked by the seven other people already in there tending to business. Somehow, I doubt any school district will hire a bathroom inspector to enforce any laws other than "no smoking or drugs"–and few even bother to do that.

The urinals in men’s rooms offer little in the way of privacy, so had one lacked the correct equipment to use a urinal, it would’ve become immediately obvious. Please notice that in those places that freely allow access by both sexes, there are seldom any urinals, only closed stalls. Even old fashioned Men’s and Ladies’ rooms have stalls. If everybody used them, there would be little to argue about. There is a simple, though expensive, solution.

Build a lot of one-person-at-a-time-restrooms. As an interim measure, bring in a bunch of Port-a-potties and line the school corridors with enough to satisfy the school’s needs. Going to void one’s waste shouldn’t be a social occasion anyway. It was merely more efficient and cost-effective to build "group bathrooms" than to build 15 or 20 times as many one-person jobs. And, just think of how that cost would be passed on in taxes (for schools and such), rents (for office buildings restaurants, and stores), ticket prices (for public venues). Oh, yeah, I’m sure everyone will welcome the doubling–or more–of movie/show/concert ticket prices that would contribute only to the building trades and taxes.

Since privacy is merely more expensive, who but the very poor could object?

The real problem isn’t places to void waste. It’s locker rooms, showers, and other places–think of gyms and country clubs among others–where people have every expectation of exposing themselves down to the bare skin in a group setting. Do we really want people playing "I dropped the soap" in showers used by naked people of all sexes? It might work for willing adults who are over the legal age of consent, but must we include minors? Almost all school students are minors, after all. (At this point, someone is certain to point out the communal bathing in Japan. Fine. Move to Japan, if that’s what you’d like. There are probably places there where you can still find separate doors for Men’s and Ladies’ rooms that open into the same undivided space where the waste goes down a single drain in the center of the floor–yes, they do it side by side. It takes many generations to breed that sort of indifference to nakedness and bodily function.) Grownups can, perhaps deal with this stuff on a case by case basis, but children are stuck making do with what we give them. And, we can only give them what we can afford.

Of course: if you really want to break the public school unions, this is just the issue to push hard. So many children will suddenly be enrolled in private schools that a lot of public school teachers will be unemployed for lack of students.

Conclusion: this issue isn’t really about bathrooms as places to void one’s waste. The issue is about control and who gets to be so special they can use whatever facility they feel like using today, and possibly tomorrow, they’ll feel differently. Those who have actually completed the surgical process to change genders should go where they fit in. Those with tender feelings that might be hurt are just going to have to tough it out until they decide what they want to be if they grow up.


Speech & Women

Women Aren’t Free Until Speech Is

Rape culture

Officials: Rockville High Rape Suspects Didn't Share Classes With Freshman Girl
Excerpt: The two accused students—Henry Sanchez-Milian, 18, and Jose Montano, 17,—had arrived from Central America within the past year, and their arrest has set off a firestorm of debate about immigration and county education policy. In an address to the media, Smith pleaded passionately against using sweeping generalizations and denounced the surge of racism that he's seen since the arrests. (County citizens have since learned that an illegal immigrant can be 18 years old, enroll in the public schools, undergo no background check, and because they have no verifiable high-school credits, automatically be enrolled as a freshman, putting them in the same classes as 14 and 15-year-olds. Under the law, the school cannot ask about the student’s immigration status; the school system chooses not to perform background checks on incoming students. --Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt.)


The Alt-Right Is What Happens When Society Marginalizes Men

London Terror Attack

UK Parliament terror attack: Two people killed, cop stabbed -- more than a dozen injured

Satan Club

IRS Gives “After School Satan Club” Tax-Exempt Status in 10 Days


Gun Safety

Gun safety best ever, accidental deaths at new low, 0.3% of all in 2015
Excerpt: Despite gun sales reaching record numbers in the last two years, accidental gun shootings are at an all-time low, a surprising finding by the National Safety Council. In its annual "Injury Facts" report, the group put accidental gun deaths in 2015 at 489. That is the lowest since 1903, when record-keeping began and a 17 percent one-year drop. (Apparently more people die from falling down stairs or other household accidents than from mistakes made with loaded guns. Nice to know, and it of course will never be mentioned in any major media since it goes against the grain of the anti-gun arguments. Del)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Ex-N.C. Police Chief Says He Faced ‘Unreasonable Detention’ at JFK

Brownshirts at Middlebury

Reflections on the revolution in Middlebury
Excerpt: A few months ago, AEI’s student group at Middlebury College invited me to speak on the themes in Coming Apart and how they relate to the recent presidential election. Professor Allison Stanger of the Political Science Department agreed to serve as moderator of the Q&A and to ask the first three questions herself. About a week before the event, plans for protests began to emerge, encouraged by several faculty members. Their logic was that since I am a racist, a white supremacist, a white nationalist, a pseudoscientist whose work has been discredited, a sexist, a eugenicist, and (this is a new one) anti-gay, I did not deserve a platform for my hate speech, and hence it was appropriate to keep me from speaking. (Below is the account of a distinguished author of how utter and total thuggery took over a campus, prevented him from speaking to the audience, mounted a prolonged assault that injured one of the professors accompanying him, and even continued to where some of the mob left the campus to follow him and his companions into town where they were having dinner. At one point several of the assailants in the mob showed up wearing ski masks, which should have immediately brought out a major response in security officers and police, but that didn't happen. Now the question remains as to what, if anything, the college will do to find and seriously discipline those students involved in this violence. If they don't do anything meaningful, it will, as the writer below says, be a fatal blow to civilized discourse on campuses and represent a great victory for thugs and those who encourage them. --Del)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Tiny Homeless

Portland offers free “tiny home” to residents… if they let homeless people live in them
Excerpt: Out in the Northwest there’s been a movement for some time known as Keep Portland Weird. It’s an attitude which seems to infect not only the highly liberal population, but their elected officials as well. That appears to be on display yet again as the city seeks new ways to combat its skyrocketing problem of homelessness. With thousands of indigent residents sleeping each night either on the streets or in makeshift, crime infested tent cities, a new solution is clearly needed. I suppose that’s what led to the current proposal which is being rolled out this summer. The city will pay for “tiny houses” which residents can put in their backyards, provided they allow the homeless to live in them for the next five years. (Daily Mail)

Never the kids of the elites

Five ‘Arab migrants’ gang-rape little girl, SEVEN, at refugee centre


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Meals on Wheels

From Facebook:

The outrage over the fact that Trump is planning to “end Meals on Wheels,” thus directly causing the death and starvation of our nation’s senior citizens. Social media exploded, and is still exploding, with millions of tweets and lengthy Facebook diatribes castigating Trump and the evil Republicans for de-funding the program. Dozens of articles were written with headlines like “Trump Just Announced Plan to End ‘Meals on Wheels’ for Seniors,” which, if you didn’t know any better, would make you think Trump just announced a plan to end Meals on Wheels for seniors.
The only problem with all of this is that it’s total nonsense. Trump did not end Meals on Wheels. He didn’t do anything close to ending Meals on Wheels. His budget doesn’t mention Meals on Wheels. Instead, his budget cuts a program called the Community Development Block Grant. This program, which is often abused, partially funds Meals on Wheels. But the funds it gets from the CDBG are small in comparison to the funds it gets from sources like the Older Americans Act, which remains unscathed by Trump’s budget. Meals on Wheels also subsists largely on private donations. So, it’s not close to accurate to say that Meals on Wheels is “ended.” It’s not even accurate to say that government funding of Meals on Wheels is ended. Rather, one single source of government funding to the program is ended, while may other sources, including private ones, will continue.......Matt Walsh



Drain the swamp?

McMaster Tried to Bring in CIA Official Who Lied About Benghazi "Protest" By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: The house needs to be cleaned. Instead McMaster and Mattis have put themselves in charge of bringing in some of Obama's worst people. Mattis' attempt to move in Anne Patterson, the Muslim Brotherhood's greatest American ally in Egypt, is so mindboggling in its inappropriateness that you have to conclude that someone else is calling the shots on that network. (I would have thought the very last people Trump would want within ten miles of his working team would be any of the Obama people who were clearly involved in some of the slimy/stupid actions of that Administration. Yet some of them were proposed, and others have actually made it to positions of power. This really makes me wonder about how smart and careful the process of staffing up is. --Del)