Tuesday, August 7, 2018
USA Today has an article about sexual assaults on college campuses, starting off with the estimates range from one in four to one in five, and then of course going on from there as if those were hard, statistically solid facts.
Apparently nobody there bothers to do the slightest research, since the article below was published in September 2016, almost two full years ago, and deals with the matter in some detail. It quotes the actual authors of the original report on campus assaults chastising media for using those figures as if they were valid and precise, when the conditions of the survey and the kinds of answers they got guaranteed they could not be so.
Common sense says that if one in four young women in college were subject to rape or anything close to it, the newspapers would be full of it, since at least some large fraction of them would be reporting it, complaining about it, forming protest groups every week, and their parents would be suing the schools, and all kinds of stuff would be going on.
And the definition of "sexual assault" turns out to be whatever any woman says, which ranges from perceived harassment (like getting looked at) to stupid comments by a guy to the slightest touch to more serious touch to real groping to actual rape.
Bottom line, it was a very limited study of small groups and had a low participation rate, all of which only demonstrates that at least some fraction of women in college have been or feel they have been sexually harassed or assaulted in some way. Is this still a problem? Of course it is, but throwing out numbers like that is seriously misinforming, it's not remotely responsible journalism, and it just feeds into more negativity in a society already oversupplied with negativity and divisiveness. When a national newspaper descends to this, we know more than ever how little we can trust the media.
Posted by TartanMarine at 6:08 AM
Monday, August 6, 2018
Afghan migrant who sexually abused seven children in Germany released after only 7 months
Excerpt: An Afghan migrant who sexually abused at least seven children in Germany is released after only seven months in prison, the newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine reports.
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:12 AM
Iraqi immigrant accused of shooting Colorado Springs cop remained in U.S. despite series of crimes
Not PC to deport him. Tough for the cop, who at last report was in critical condition. ~Bob
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:09 AM
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Man convicted of attempted homicide in girlfriend's miscarriage
Excerpt: A man accused of drugging a woman to kill her unborn child has been found guilty of an attempted homicide charge. On Aug. 1, Manish Patel pleaded "no contest" to a charge of Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide - Unborn Child. (Since when is killing an unborn child a crime. The charge should have been "Impersonating Planned Parenthood"! ~Bob)
Posted by TartanMarine at 9:34 AM
Saturday, August 4, 2018
The Next Ice Age By S. Fred Singer
Excerpt: While most people still worry about global warming, I am more concerned about the next Ice Age. A glaciation would present a serious problem for survival of our present civilization, akin to a nuclear winter that many worried about 30 years ago. Nuclear winter is all fantasy, of course; but ice ages are for real. Natural warming of the Earth reached a peak 65 million years ago. The climate has been generally cooling ever since. Antarctic ice sheets started growing 25 million years ago. In the last 2.5 million years, the Earth entered the period of Ice Ages [the geological name is The Pleistocene] and has been experiencing periodic glaciations where much of the land was covered by miles-thick ice sheets. There have been about 17 glaciations, each lasting approx. 100,000 years, separated by short inter-glacials lasting about 10,000 years. We are approaching the likely end of the present warm inter-glacial, called The Holocene. It’s time to prepare for the next glaciation to see how we can overcome it – or at least postpone its onset. (Warming has some winners. Increased food production, for example. In the medieval warm period, there were Norse farms with vineyards in Greenland, and grapes grew in northern Britain. Cooling has no winners. ~Bob)
Posted by TartanMarine at 3:16 PM
What are Palestinian suicide bombers thinking?
These are chilling interviews with Palestinians who tried to blow themselves up in terrorist attacks or even succeeded and survived. “I will not feel sorry for any Israeli child, and I will not regret even if it is a nursery full of kids. It is enough that I will be a martyr and I will go in front of God representing my family – 70 people, my wife, my children, my sisters and all my friends – 70 people will go to Paradise on my merit. This is a big honor for me,” says one. “It is written in the Koran: when a martyr blows himself up it’s beautiful, it feels so good, he doesn’t feel any pain, only pleasure,” shares another. “I advise my fighting brothers to continue killing the Jews to the last one.”
Posted by TartanMarine at 1:05 PM
On the Constant Hunt for Fresh Outrage. By JONAH GOLDBERG
Excerpt: This will leave everyone bald and bloodied. It’s a perfect mess befitting our imperfect age. The New York Times announced it was hiring Sarah Jeong to join its editorial board. A respected reporter on technology and the Internet, Jeong is Asian American. Nanoseconds later, a number of her objectively racist tweets emerged. “Oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men,” reads one. “Are white people genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun, thus logically being only fit to live underground like groveling goblins,” she mused in another. Jeong issued a statement explaining that she was satirically “counter-trolling” at racists who attacked her. She says her comments were not intended for a “general audience.” As someone who’s been subjected to vicious anti-Semitism from trolls, I’m inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt. Meanwhile, the New York Times issued its own statement saying it would stand by its decision to hire her, but that this “type of rhetoric was not acceptable” at the Times. One reason this episode is difficult to look at in isolation is that it is just one episode in a long-running series, with any number of spin-offs. Roseanne Barr lost her hit TV show for posting something racist on Twitter. One of the people who led, or at least joined in, the virtual mob was Hollywood director James Gunn, who tweeted during that controversy: “Roseanne is allowed to say whatever she wants. It doesn’t mean @ABCNetwork needs to continue funding her show if her words are considered abhorrent.” Two months later, Gunn’s own past offensive tweets were unearthed and he lost his job directing the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
Posted by TartanMarine at 11:27 AM
Friday, August 3, 2018
Forest Mismanagement Causing Increasingly Catastrophic Wildfires
Cal Fire Chief Blames Wildfires on Mismanaged Forests
Forest Managers: We're Just Making Wildfires Worse
Federal land management to blame for out-of-control fires, say critics
Past Forest Mismanagement Helps Spawn Megafires
Western Wildfires: Seeing the Forest Through Dense, Dead, and Diseased Trees
Devastating Fires Show Forest Management Reforms Are Badly Needed
Burning Up the West: Feds, Greens Cause Catastrophic Fires
Posted by TartanMarine at 6:23 PM
Ben Shapiro and the future of American conservatism
EXCERPT: The rise of Ben Shapiro points to a conservatism that embraces the communications technologies of the internet age, emphasizes the rights of life and speech and religion and self-defense, is familiar with and comfortable in the crazy blender of American popular culture, and is caustic in its opposition to socialism and bureaucratic control. A critic of Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, Shapiro has nonetheless come to occupy something of a middle position within the universe of conservative opinion: critical of President Trump's behavior, but also willing to applaud Trump when his policies advance constitutional freedom. Shapiro is someone that both Trump's right-leaning opponents and right-minded friends respect. Even a few liberals are willing to entertain his ideas—until they are shamed into denouncing him, of course.
Posted by TartanMarine at 6:15 PM
Susan B. Anthony List Lobbying Red-State Dems to Vote for Kavanaugh
Posted by TartanMarine at 5:51 PM
DAMN RIGHT YOU ARE!
Posted by TartanMarine at 12:58 PM
There Are a Lot of Reasons to Feel Optimistic about America’s Future. By JIM GERAGHTY
Excerpt: We groan that we’re governed by crooks, incompetents, and morons, but we’ve actually done a pretty good job of solving the problems that faced this country a generation ago. Crime rates? Way down from the 1990s. Drunk-driving rates? They hit a new all-time low a few years ago. Air travel keeps getting safer and cheaper. Teen-pregnancy rates? Steadily declining. The abortion rate? The lowest since Roe v. Wade passed. Our infant-mortality rate is low and getting even lower. High-school graduation rates? Highest level ever. With the exception of marijuana, teen drug use is down dramatically. Very few teenagers are succumbing to the national opioid-abuse epidemic. Teenage binge drinking is way lower than in the 1990s. Slightly more than a third of American adults have a four-year college degree, the highest level ever measured by the U.S. Census Bureau. College enrollment has dropped by 2.4 million since 2011 . . . but one might interpret that as a customer base rejecting an overpriced product. You’ve heard about the low unemployment rate. When Vice President Mike Pence boasts that more Americans are working than ever before, skeptics scoff that it simply reflects that the American population is larger than ever before. But there are now more job openings than unemployed workers. The all-time high in the employment-to-population ratio was 64.7 percent in April 2000; we’re currently at 60.4 percent. It got as low as 58.2 in 2010. (Census Bureau figures indicate that 4.4 percent of those 85 or older are still working!)
Posted by TartanMarine at 11:28 AM
O'Keefe catches antifa teaching activists to inflict pain
They have to be carefully taught.... Barb
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:39 AM
I’m a Liberal Feminist Lawyer. Here’s Why Democrats Should Support Judge Kavanaugh.
Excerpt: Sometimes a superstar is just a superstar. That is the case with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who had long been considered the most qualified nominee for the Supreme Court if Republicans secured the White House. The Senate should confirm him. I have argued 35 cases before the Supreme Court, more than any other woman. I worked in the Solicitor General’s Office for 13 years during the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations. Because I am a liberal Democrat and feminist, I expect my friends on the left will criticize me for speaking up for Kavanaugh. But we all benefit from having smart, qualified and engaged judges on our highest court, regardless of the administration that nominates them. What happened to Merrick Garland was a disgrace. His nomination was the Democratic equivalent of Kavanaugh’s. Garland, too, is brilliant, admired, experienced, sober and humane. Indeed, Kavanaugh himself called Garland “supremely qualified” for the Supreme Court. That he made that statement while Garland’s nomination was pending—and was the subject of intense partisan warfare—says a great deal about Kavanaugh’s character. (This is the kind of thing that keeps me hoping for better times. Here is a person who can rise above the super hot emotions of the current times, and stick with good principles. And I admire her courage, because this will get her flak by the ton. This is what we need, people on both sides of the aisle who can break away from the blind opposition and nastiness, and think about what's really best for the nation. I pray that her example will inspire people across the full political spectrum. --Del)
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:08 AM
Details Surface About Chinese Spy Who Worked For Sen. Feinstein
OK, how about "collusion" with Beijing? I love this. Not that it'll get a lot of attention or screaming for an investigation..... Del
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:57 AM
Pro-Migrant Group Withdraws Aid From ‘Dangerous’ Paris Migrant Camp, Claims Operation too Risky
Excerpt: The pro-migrant association Solidarité Migrants Wilson will halt all operations in La Chapelle, Paris, in August due to their staff being subjected to rising levels of violence from illegals.
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:22 AM
Visas for men who forced girls into marriage. Women and girls raped after being sent abroad, then Home Office lets illegal husbands settle in UK
Visas for men who forced girls into marriage. Women and girls raped after being sent abroad, then Home Office lets illegal husbands settle in UK
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:15 AM
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Random Thoughts for August, 2018.
By Robert A. Hall
Feel free to post or forward.
Political correctness or Freedom of Speech. Pick the one you are for.
Some people believe “The Right Not to Be Offended” is in the constitution.
An old military axiom is, “Take the high ground, or they will bury you in the valley.” Politicians of both parties should remember it.
Muslim shoots at Jew, Jew ducks. Islamophobia! Jew shoots back…attempted genocide!
Everybody has an agenda. Everybody’s a partisan. When you can’t trust the partisans of either side, including the media, to give you all the facts, and facts without spin, then it becomes impossible to make an objective decision about an issue, except by your own visceral partisan reaction. And the public grows ever more cynical of politicians, pundits and the media.
Saw a tee shirt: “Honesty is the best policy. Unless you’re guilty.”
People say, “It’s the exception that proves the rule,” as though the exception makes the rule true, which is inane. Back when the slogan was coined, “prove” meant to test. So, it really means that the exception tests the rule.
If the US is like Nazi Germany as progressives say, why are so many trying to get in instead of out?
Education for poor black and Hispanic kids will never improve until schools have the will and the power to permanently expel the disruptive, the violent and the drug pushers, despite the fact that many of them are also minorities.
Tee shirt at the VA: “Some people just need a high five. In the face.”
If you have to resort to insults and name calling, your arguments are pretty week. I know this has been said before, but with this type of anti-civil behavior increasing on both sides, it needs to be repeated often.
Many people are still slaves. The greedy are slaves to greed. Druggies to their drug. Alcoholics to their booze. Smokers to tobacco. And smart phone or video game addicts to their screens.
The more government grows, the more private organizations (churches, clubs, local associations, etc.) shrink. Ask a liberal what is the right size for government to be, when it will need to expand no more? Government is now 24% of GDP. Imaging when it is 50%? 75%? 98%? Of course, the collapse will come first.
I won’t be here, but I bet in 30-40 years all those wind turbines will be abandoned. The economics don’t work.
This must be tee shirt month. Saw a teen girl in a restaurant wearing what I think was a sports tee shirt, maybe soccer: “Everyone must under-go one of two pains. The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.” Very true.
If someone steals our girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse away, you should be grateful and thank them for getting someone unworthy out of your life.
From my Marine buddy Bill: "Life is not the way it's supposed to be - it's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."
What’s the difference between legal abortion and infanticide? About five minutes.
Long ago I learned the old law: “Hard times make strong men. Strong men make good times. Good times make weak men. Weak men make hard times.” Look around. The strong men who won WWI, WWI and Korea are mostly gone. They gave us the good times we have enjoyed for 60 years. Strong men fought in Vietnam, but they were a minority. Strong men have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, but they are a tiny minority. Look at the majority of weak men. And Women. And tell me that hard times are not coming.
When I rest and think, I feel 35, maybe 40. Then I get up and walk and I’m suddenly aware that I’m 72.
If you are young, you may think that time is your friend. It’s a lie.
People are entitled to their own opinions. My opinion is that most of them should sit down and shut up.
Nothing is as annoying as super-rich Hollywood celebs, who have mansions bigger than 20 of our homes combined, preaching that we need to take in more immigrants, when they haven’t invited even one to live in all their wasted space.
Trump reportedly said that Montenegro (with it’s 2000-member military) is strong and aggressive and might start WWIII. The Montenegrins responded with how peaceful and friendly they are. It would have been funnier if they had given Trump five days to surrender!
If you are driving and trying to keep a safe distance from the car in front of you, someone is sure to cut in.
Trump’s top advisors after things like the recent summit must feel like the guy with the shovel and rolling barrel following the elephants in the parade.
Scriptures say man is made in the image of God. I suspect, however, that many of them are actually cheap knockoffs.
In the 50s and 60s, the John Birch Society was raving about Russian Communists (like Putin who wants to restore the USSR) infiltrating and undermining the USA. Now the progressives are raving about Russian Communists (Like Putin) infiltrating and undermining the USA. Maybe they should join the John Birch Society. If it’s still around.
Good habits make life easier. Bad habits…
Sign on local liquor store: “Beer as cold as your ex’s heart.”
I was thinking again today of how many things you could say in the office 30 years ago they couldn’t say on TV and how much they can discuss on TV now that you can’t say in the office.
Years ago, “Man” was generic and meant both genders. So, they put a stop to that at the expense of convoluted and inelegant language. But now the young women say to other women, “You guys want to have lunch?” Women have made “guy,” which used to be exclusively masculine, into a generic word for both genders.
When I see signs that say, “Speed lime 20 MPH when children are present,” I wonder what if you have a couple of kids in the back seat?
What they really need are signs that say, “Traffic doing the speed limit, keep right.”
Note to Millennials: Life is not a video game, bad decisions have real consequences. Often irretrievable consequences.
Would the world be poorer without you? Or better?
Since Joan Baez sang a hit song, “The Night They Drove Old Dixey Down,” bemoaning the fall of the Confederacy (or “The slave Power,” as my New England ancestors called it), does that make her an Alt-Right racist?
Get the collection! My “Random Thoughts” from 2008 through July, 2013 are collected in this book: The Old Jarhead's Journal: Random Thoughts on Life,
, and Leadership
by Robert A. Hall Liberty
The Old Jarhead’s Journal is a collection of Random Thoughts on politics and life and Conservative Political Essays, mostly published on the author’s blog, including the essay “I’m Tired” which went viral on the Internet in 2009, “The Hall Platform,” “This I Believe,” and “Why I’m a Republican.” While they will be of interest to conservative thinkers, they are collected here in book form as a service to readers who wish to give a copy to favorite liberals and watch their heads explode. All royalties are donated to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=booksandie=UTF8andqid=1304815980andsr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s eleven books are listed here: http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/07/new-book-published.html. His blog of political news and conservative comment is www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com. He currently works part-time as a writer-editor in the My Life, My Story program as the Madison VA hospital, interviewing vets and writing up their life histories.
Posted by TartanMarine at 6:19 PM
Yes, Anti-White Racism Exists. By DAVID FRENCH
Excerpt: Earlier today, the New York Times announced that it had hired Sarah Jeong to join its editorial board, and — like clockwork — controversial old tweets promptly surfaced. In them, Jeong expressed some rather interesting views of “[dumba** f***ing] white people,” musing about how much joy she gets “out of being cruel to old white men” and how “white men are [bullsh**].” For good measure she also compared white people to “groveling goblins” and questioned why they’re “genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun.” In a statement, Jeong expressed her regret and explained that she was engaging in “counter-trolling” designed to mimic the language of racists who harassed her online.
Posted by TartanMarine at 4:43 PM
Badghis Husband Kills 9-Year-Old Wife
Excerpt: A Badghis man allegedly beat and strangled his nine-year-old wife to death on Sunday night, provincial officials confirmed on Monday. The incident took place in Kadanak village of Qads district of the province due to “family issues,” a spokesman for the provincial governor Naqibullah Amini confirmed. He said the child "named Samia had been married to (the suspect) Sharafuddin for two years.” “The man fled the area after the incident,” Amini said. The girl’s father has meanwhile been arrested by police “for forcing his daughter to marry the man,” Amini added. Amini said the husband is about 35 years old and has another wife. He said the child had been given to Sharafuddin as "Bad" (as payment to settle a dispute).
Posted by TartanMarine at 3:05 PM
Look Who Else Was Making Ten Grand a Day Working for a Ukrainian Politician! By Jim Geraghty
Posted by TartanMarine at 2:56 PM
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Germany: Antifa “anti-racism” soccer tournament cancelled after brawl between two refugee teams
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:36 PM
Nice article that should be required reading in colleges. -Del
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:14 PM