Sunday, February 15, 2015

Wonder if the "Get big money out of politics!" people

will be as upset with Steyer as they are with the Kochs?
Top advisers to the billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer helped run a green group, financed in part by Steyer himself, that is at the center of a corruption scandal that could force the Democratic governor of Oregon to resign.
An executive at one of Steyer’s nonprofit groups and a political vendor who has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the hedge fund manager’s political operations helped run the group, which is accused of influencing state energy policy through undisclosed payments to Oregon’s first lady.

I don't doubt that, if(probably when) a US plane goes down, the S&R guys will do everything possible to get the pilot(and aircrew for some) out; however, questions come to mind:
Will they get the support?  If they call for air or artillery, will they get it or will they be under the same idiot ROE that cost lives and body parts in Afghanistan?
And if the enemy grabs someone, can they trust Obama to ok missions to get them back?  Or will he play 'smart diplomat' until the end, and then sternly insist the people who murdered our guys will be 'brought to justice'?
I'd bet a bunch of pilots are just a bit worried about that.

Wirecutter has had a bunch of posts about drought conditions in Californicated, and just how the enviroweenies have screwed things up.   More on the subject from Hanson.

Ok, even for a modern Institute of Higher Education, this example of prize-winning stupidity is friggin' amazing:
...None of the Facebook posts came from Barnett’s account; the statements were posted by his husband, who either tagged Barnett or posted them directly to Barnett’s Facebook page. Barnett’s husband later submitted a sworn affidavit attesting to his sole authorship of the posts. Nevertheless, shortly after TU professor Susan Barrett filed a complaint against Barnett arguing that Barnett could not “avoid responsibility” because someone else was responsible for the posts, TU Senior Vice Provost Winona Tanaka imposed eight restrictive interim measures against Barnett. The sanctions included suspending his participation in certain courses and activities and even barring him from speaking about certain individuals.
There's even more, which I'll let you read directly.  And then we come to this:
TU has also threatened the expressive rights of the staff of its independent student newspaper, The Collegian, which this week reported on Barnett’s suspension and criticized his treatment. The Collegian reports that after contacting TU administrators for comment, student reporters were told by TU’s director of marketing and communications that if “anything that the university deems to be confidential” is “published or shared, (that) could violate university policies.” The university refused to explain what might constitute “confidential” information and, come press time, the journalists were unsure what action the university might take against them.
Isn't that just bloody wonderful?

I'm going to close this with what a nation that once produced some of the boldest traders and pirates and soldiers ever is going to hell of its own volition.  In the name of PC At Any cost:
...Forty years later the dramatic consequences of this experiment emerge: violent crime has increased by 300%.

If one looks at the number of rapes, however, the increase is even worse. In 1975, 421 rapes were reported to the police; in 2014, it was 6,620. That is an increase of 1,472%.
That makes Sweden the rape capital of the West, second globally to only Lesotho in Southern Africa in the number of rapes it suffers.
What's that got to do with PC?
Note that conspicuous by its absence is any mention of who it is who is committing the rapes. Gatestone quotes Michael Hess, a local politician from the Sweden Democrat Party: “When will you journalists realize that it is deeply rooted in Islam’s culture to rape and brutalize women who refuse to comply with Islamic teachings. There is a strong connection between rapes in Sweden and the number of immigrants from MENA-countries [Middle East and North Africa].”

For that bit of plain speaking, Hess was handed a fine and a suspended jail sentence by a Swedish court. Was what he said untrue? Truth was not something the court cared about: “The Court [Tingsr√§tten] notes that the question of whether or not Michael Hess’s pronouncement is true, or appeared to be true to Michael Hess, has no bearing on the case. Michael Hess’s statement must be judged based on its timing and context.”
Speak the Truth We Don't Want To Hear, and it's jail and fines for you.  Barring a miracle, the place is screwed.


Samuel Gonzalez said...

I think the grassroots have to pool their resources against the donor class.

Blog roll exchange maybe?

Anonymous said...

Just had a flash in the pan sized brain I've got....what would happen if we conservatives funded a group of "greenies". Not a group to disrupt the world like the greenies do....but a group to scientifically scrutinize the greenies claims. I would love to donate money to a group that would run scientific tests regarding global warming/climate change, GMO food, etc. I mean it would be scientific man, and you can't disagree with science right!?!??!?


markm said...

England might well beat Sweden for the "rape capital of the west", except that the cops in some areas were systematically throwing out rape reports where the rapists were Muslim. Of course, England held that title before - about 1200 years ago, when the rapists were Scandinavian. But the Scandinavians became civilized, and then they (along with the English) overdid it...