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Government to monitor truth


The feds are planning to track lies on the Internet. I suggest the name the tracking organization the Ministry of Truth.

The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.

The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.

The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.”

The university has received $919,917 so far for the project.

“The project stands to benefit both the research community and the public significantly,” the grant states. “Our data will be made available via [application programming interfaces] APIs and include information on meme propagation networks, statistical data, and relevant user and content features.”

There is much misinformation and many lies on the Internet. Hell, I can get their project off to a quick start right here…


Colleges pass costs of Obamacare on to the covered

There is a cost associated with casting your lot with political hucksters.

Institutions say complying with the Affordable Care Act has caused them to pass on some costs to employees, according to a new survey from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

Since the act began to take effect, some 20 percent of institutions have made changes to benefits in an effort to control associated costs, the survey says. About the same percentage of colleges are considering making changes, or making further changes, in the year ahead. Of those institutions that have made changes so far, 41 percent have increased employees’ share of premium costs. Some 27 percent have increased out-of-pocket limits, while about one-quarter increased in-network deductibles or dependent coverage costs, or both. Some 20 percent increased employees’ share of prescription drug costs.

And now they know.

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Warmists down under cook the books

As I have said over and over, climatology has become so polluted with political corruption, it is near impossible for a lay person to discern the truth. The warmists have an agenda and have been caught falsifying data so often, they have no credibility whatsoever.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has been caught red-handed manipulating temperature data to show “global warming” where none actually exists.

At Amberley, Queensland, for example, the data at a weather station showing 1 degree Celsius cooling per century was “homogenized” (adjusted) by the Bureau so that it instead showed a 2.5 degrees warming per century.

At Rutherglen, Victoria, a cooling trend of -0.35 degrees C per century was magically transformed at the stroke of an Australian meteorologist’s pen into a warming trend of 1.73 degrees C per century.

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The New York Times said Michael Brown was ‘no angel’…

Now they are in big trouble. The paper of record is apologizing like mad.

Two words — “no angel” — have become a flash point for many of the difficult, contentious, entrenched issues that have arisen in Ferguson, Mo. On Twitter, in my email queue and across the Internet, many Times readers are angry and disappointed about the use of those words, which have become yet another Ferguson-related hashtag.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: That choice of words was a regrettable mistake. In saying that the 18-year-old Michael Brown was “no angel” in the fifth paragraph of Monday’s front-page profile, The Times seems to suggest that this was, altogether, a bad kid.

Some people take their protests further; they say that The Times is suggesting a truly repellent idea — that Mr. Brown deserved to die because he acted like many a normal teenager.

This is what it has come to. A man who engages in a strong arm robbery of a convenience store cannot be described as “not an angel”. In other words, it is inappropriate to define him as something other than angelic.

In fact, it is axiomatic that Brown was not an angel. If we are speaking literally, no human is. If we are speaking figuratively, Brown was far from angelic in his behavior.

If Michael Brown cannot be referred to as “not an angel” without those who do so being forced to issue apologies, truth is dead. Reality is meaningless and we have become a manifestly unserious people.


Petty Thief vs The Iron Lady

To which funeral did the Obama White House send more delegates? The funeral of Margaret Thatcher or the funeral of strong arm robber Michael Brown? You know the answer don’t you?

The White House sent three officials to attend Monday’s funeral for Michael Brown in St. Louis — three more than it sent for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral last year.

The administration’s handling of the Brown funeral already has started to raise comparisons between the two.

For Monday’s funeral, the White House sent two officials with the White House Office of Public Engagement as well as Broderick Johnson, chairman of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.

No White House officials, though, were part of the presidential delegation sent last year to Thatcher’s funeral.



Government has all of Lois Lerner’s emails…

They just don’t want to turn them over. Too much bother…

A Justice Department official admitted that former IRS official Lois Lerner’s apparently missing e-mails actually exist on a backup server, but the government doesn’t plan to retrieve them.

“A Department of Justice attorney told a Judicial Watch attorney on Friday that it turns out the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington and there’s a catastrophe, so the government can continue operating,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told Fox News’s Shannon Bream.

“But it would be too hard to go get Lois Lerner’s e-mails from that backup system,” Fitton continued, paraphrasing the DOJ official. “So, everything we’ve been hearing about scratched hard drives, about missing e-mails of Lois Lerner, other IRS officials, other officials in the Obama administration, it’s all been a pack of malarkey. They could get these records, but they don’t want to.”

I suggest the House Leadership prepare and submit a “Writ of What the Fuck?!” immediately.

Now would be a fine time for a ambitious IT worker who works a the IRS and is a Snowden admirer to download those emails onto a 100 Gbyte thumb-drive and make a name for himself.


Evidently this pissed off some folks

The perennially outraged were, unsurprisingly, outraged.

Despite the passage of two centuries, many Twitter users were less than amused. As Yossi Gestetner put it: “WWHHAATT??? Is this suppose to be funny?”

Given the thawing of relations that have occurred between the two countries since the White House was set ablaze on 24 August 1814 as part of the 1812 war, US diplomatic forces swiftly came to the British embassy’s assistance. A senior US state department official retweeted the photo of the cake, saying: “The difference 200 years can make in foreign relations”.

Americans who weren’t pissed off said, “FAIL! War of 1812? Yeah, right. Totally fake.”


California’s ten day waiting period deemed unconstitutional

A big Second Amendment win in the land of the gun grabbers.

California’s 10-day waiting period for gun purchases was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge this morning in a significant victory for Second Amendment civil rights. The laws were challenged by California gun owners Jeffrey Silvester and Brandon Combs, as well as two gun rights groups, The Calguns Foundation and Second Amendment Foundation.

In the decision released this morning, Federal Eastern District of California Senior Judge Anthony W. Ishii, appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton, found that “the 10-day waiting periods of Penal Code [sections 26815(a) and 27540(a)] violate the Second Amendment” as applied to members of certain classifications, like Silvester and Combs, and “burdens the Second Amendment rights of the Plaintiffs.”

“This is a great win for Second Amendment civil rights and common sense,” said Jeff Silvester, the named individual plaintiff. “I couldn’t be happier with how this case turned out.”


This happened in Europe this weekend…

Inside the borders of Ukraine, armed pro-Russian guerrillas, in violation to the Law of Land Warfare, paraded a group of Ukrainian prisoners of war across central Donetsk.

An armed pro-Russian separatist escorts a group of Ukrainian prisoners of war as they walk across central Donetsk

This is in Europe in 2014, not 1942. The world is in a strange and unstable place right now. In fact, it is reminiscent of a summer 100 years ago.

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Look who is open carrying in Dallas…

So much for the leftist argument that a black man who open carries will be arrested immediately.

This isn’t getting as much attention as when others came to “protect Clive Bundy from the police”, is it?

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Hey Lois Learner! How do you like us now?

Things kind of backfired on you, huh?

Budget pressures at the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division are cutting the number of investigators there to the lowest level in four decades, and officials say the changes are forcing the division to scale back its fight of financial crime.

It will also hurt government coffers, they add, since IRS probes can bring in hefty fines.

The rise of the Tea Party movement, which professes minimalist government, and an IRS scandal, has made the agency’s life tougher.

The IRS saw its budget cut by about $600 million last year as a result of the sequester, the automatic spending cuts that were triggered when congressional negotiators failed to reach a budget deal. Koskinen said most other agencies saw their budgets return to pre-sequester levels in the 2014 federal budget, but not the IRS.

The IRS also last year revealed that it gave extra scrutiny to conservative “Tea Party” groups applying for nonprofit status. Republicans responded with a storm of criticism and budget cuts, saying the agency was using its budget improperly.

Last month, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut the IRS’ enforcement budget in 2015 by over $1 billion.

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ISIS captures Syrian airbase

Shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles among the loot acquired.

Islamic State militants stormed an air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing it from government forces after days of fighting that cost more than 500 lives, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 346 Islamic State fighters were killed and more than 170 members of government forces had died since Tuesday in the fight over Tabqa base, making it one of the deadliest confrontations between the two groups since the start of Syria’s war.

The Observatory, which monitors violence in Syria through sources on the ground, said fighting raged inside the air base on Sunday. It was the Syrian army’s last foothold in an area otherwise controlled by Islamic State, which has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq.

That seems like an airbase that would benefit from about a dozen B-52s passing over head… sooner rather than later.


Shooter at Ft. Lee, Virginia

What will it be this time?

An active shooter has been reported at the Fort Lee Army base in central Virginia.

According to Fort Lee’s verified Twitter account, the base has been put on lockdown and personnel there have been told to enact active shooter protocols.

“Active shooter incident reported at CASCOM HQ, Bldg. 5020,” said a tweet posted by the base around 9:30 a.m.

The four-story building involved is the headquarters for the Army’s Combined Arms Support Command.

No other details were immediately available.

This will be another chance for Americans to learn the shocking and counter-intuitive truth that military bases are largely ‘gun free zones’.

H/T to BrunDawg


Montana Democrats replace plagiarist with socialist…

They probably should have stuck with the plagiarist.

Democratic U.S. Senator John Walsh brazenly plagiarized nearly the entire thesis that got him an unearned master’s degree. When this fact came to light, he withdrew from his campaign for reelection (although he remains in the Senate). Good. But Montana Democrats nominated in his stead State Rep. Amanda Curtis, a member of the radical, revolutionary socialist group Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Rep. Curtis was nominated for the United Stated Senate by the Montana Democratic Party on August 16, 2014. Less than two weeks earlier, on August 4, she tagged herself in this photograph featuring IWW banners and identifying Curtis as an FW, or “Fellow Worker,” the term used in IWW for group members…

What’s the goal of IWW in Montana?

The Two Rivers General Membership Branch consists of members of the Industrial Workers of the World, a.k.a. Wobblies, from across the state of Montana (Missoula, Hamilton, Butte, and Billings). We are working to organize the people of Montana into the One Big Union to end wage slavery and eventually end the capitalist system.

I think the GOP can count Montana in the bag.


Everybody is religious

Take environmentalists, for example…

Why do people recycle and buy organic foods? According to Marijn Meijers and Bastiaan Rutjens, a couple of social scientists at the University of Amsterdam, they do it to realize a sense of personal control stemming from their fear that disorder is increasing in the world. Technological optimists, meanwhile, are more likely to eschew the comfort of such rituals.

A reasonable reading of these results is that a lot of environmentalists experience many aspects of the modern world as chaotic and thus seek to compensate for their perceptions of disorder by engaging in ritual behaviors that make them feel like they are exerting more personal control. It is not much of a leap to conclude that by imposing those rituals on others, some environmentalists seek to reduce their dread of disorder even more.

Why call them rituals? Because it is not all that clear that they actually do anything much for the natural environment. For example, the costs of curbside recycling often outweigh purported benefits, and lower organic crop yields mean more land taken from nature. But as Meijers and Rutjens have shown, partaking in such rites is much like reciting the Rosary, in that they, too, reduce participant anxiety.

Everyone has a place in their lives for faith. It’s a need, really. If you don’t fill that place with God, you are very likely to fill it with the faith equivalent of junk food.

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Cornel West has Obama’s problem figured out…

Obama just isn’t liberal enough.

…he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair. And that’s a very sad moment in the history of the nation because we are—we’re an empire in decline. Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life. You would think that we needed somebody—a Lincoln-like figure who could revive some democratic spirit and democratic possibility.

That’s it Cornel. It is doubtless that, come November Americans will flock to the polls to elect representatives far to the left of Barack Obama.


Burning and looting the businesses of Ferguson…

…so the businesses of Ferguson will create more jobs in Ferguson.

Guys, I don’t think it works that way.


Scared Scientist Diary


Some scientists are very sad and scared that you are not following their political and economic dictates. They have made a website to showcase their sadness and fear. After all, nothing says ‘science’ like political propaganda and media campaigns designed to drive politically correct social behavior.

We all grew up learning that ‘science’ means emotionalism, guilt and agitprop. Where would science be, after all, without its key components: indoctrination, fear and proselytism?

Science also means gorging yourself at the public trough and agitating for a general sense of public unease so the gravy train never ends, right?

Yes, that’s what I love about science; the emotionalism, the propaganda, the greed and the evangelism.

Now, take off your thinking caps, put on your brown shirts and enjoy, Scared Scientists dot com.

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Sunday Night Cool Down

Too harsh around here. Cool down with this. Martha Quinn would approve.

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Normally I don’t support this sort of thing…

…but in this case I am making an exception. It is the ISIS flag, after all.

A well known Egyptian social activist and blogger posted a photo to Facebook Saturday of herself and another unidentified women defecating and menstruating on an Islamic State flag while in the nude, in what appears to be a protest against the Islamist terror group’s recent advances in northern Iraq and Syria.

Want to see it? You know you do. Here is censored version that is still probably NSFW.


Obama, Inc.

The rise of the Obama lobbyists…

Call it “Obama Inc.”

The presidency of Barack Obama has catapulted a network of former advisers into lucrative positions.

Members of the president’s brain trust have steadily moved outside the administration in recent years, capitalizing on their association with the Obama brand to launch careers as advisers, consultants and hired guns.

“You see people not only serving as representatives of a lobbying firm but taking these very high-profile corporate jobs. I think that is becoming more common,” said Julian Zelizer, a political historian at Princeton University. “Businesses understand that this is a great opportunity for them.”

This isn’t just a feature of the Obama Administration. This is a feature of every administration. When government is in the business of controlling buying and selling, the first thing that gets bought and sold is the government. There is absolutely, positively no cure for this except to reduce the size and scope of the government.

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The West’s new BFF?


The enemy of our enemy is our friend, right? Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is certainly the enemy of ISIS.

Islamist forces are fighting their way into western Syria from bases further east, bringing forward the prospect of US military intervention to stop their advance. If Isis, which styles itself Islamic State, threatens to take all or part of Aleppo, establishing complete dominance over the anti-government rebels, the US may be compelled to act publicly or secretly in concert with President Bashar al-Assad, whom it has been trying to displace.

The US has already covertly assisted the Assad government by passing on intelligence about the exact location of jihadi leaders through the BND, the German intelligence service, a source has told The Independent. This may explain why Syrian aircraft and artillery have been able on occasion to target accurately rebel commanders and headquarters.

For the record, ISIS is also the enemy of Iran.

The Middle East is a tangled web.


Texas police chief gunned down in street

This isn’t a rare occurrence. Just a reminder that police in America do a dangerous job.

Elmendorf chief of police Michael Pimentel died Saturday as a result of gunshot wounds he suffered in the far southeast part of Bexar County.

A witness told KENS 5 she saw Pimentel go down in the middle of the street after being shot by a young resident of the small city. The woman, named Jennifer, said the pair got into some sort of altercation before three shots were fired.

The officer, who was in his 60s, was eventually transported to University Hospital via AirLIFE. The witness said the officer did not look good.

Deputies arrived on scene and took the 24-year-old suspect into custody. He’s been identified as Joshua Manuel Lopez, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

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Solar Generating Plant Requires Natural Gas Burners


The Ivanpah generating station in the Mohave Desert southwest of Las Vegas isn’t producing enough energy. Cloudy weather has kept the station from producing enough steam to turn turbines and generate electricity. The plant’s management has another plan, however. Produce steam by burning a fossil fuel.

Bright Source Energy, the company operating the plant, is petitioning the California government, requesting permission to burn more natural gas and to emit 94,749 more tons of carbon dioxide per year. That’s the equivalent of emissions from about 16,500 automobiles. (See full story at the Hockey Schtick) If the permit is approved, then this “solar” plant will produce about 35 percent of its electricity from fossil fuels.

Natural gas recovered with fracking. That’s okay, neither the gas nor the fracking kills wildlife. The Ivanpah plant can’t make that claim now.

The project uses more than 300,000 huge mirrors, called heliostats, which reflect sunlight to water boilers atop 459-foot towers to generate enough electricity to power 140,000 homes.

But redirecting the power of the sun has come at a sizable cost in terms of bird life. The Associated Press reports that environmentalists estimate that “about a thousand… to 28,000” birds are incinerated by heliostats every year.

Last year, federal regulators discovered that Ivanpah was incinerating birds hunting for insects over the solar facility. A report by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) investigators described the plant as a “mega-trap” that attracts “insect-eating birds, which are incapacitated by solar flux injury, thus attracting predators and creating an entire food chain vulnerable to injury and death.”

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Studying Economic and Political Thinking of Great Philosophers

Note: I thought I would pull this out of the archives for those of you who haven’t seen it. This was first posted on June 12, 2009. It is the birth of my libertarianism.


In 1981 I joined the Army, became a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne, engaged in a brushfire battle or two and, always seeing myself as a citizen soldier, opted for honorable discharge when my tour ended. I went on to college with majors in economics and political science.

Attending a small private college as an undergraduate, I was fortunate enough to actually receive an education in the classics. I read Adam Smith, John Locke, Richard Cobden, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich von Hayek, and Milton Friedman. I read the Federalist Papers and the works of the Founders. In those works I learned the intellectual proofs supporting a philosophy and worldview I understood intuitively. In my bones I knew what I had studied represented the best way to organize society and civilization. A college education helped me to better understand what I, somehow, already understood. But where did that understanding come from?

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