Friday, February 05, 2016

The PC Song Team

So now Adele has become politically incorrect:
Kathy Moxley, Director of the Gender + Equality Center, explained the song was chosen in order to direct the attention of students during “Stalking Awareness Month” to an issue they may have otherwise ignored.

“To begin a much needed conversation about harassment on college campuses, the University of Oklahoma Gender + Equality Center used popular songs that students listen to, to attract students’ attention and to bring awareness to subtle messages in popular song lyrics," Moxley told FOX411. "The music examples were used to demonstrate how aspects of popular media could be interpreted to normalize unhealthy relationship behaviors."
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According to the organization’s Facebook, “the mission of the OU Gender + Equality Center is to foster social justice by advocating for the rights of women and LGBTQ students, empowering those without a voice, and challenging inequality.”

Moxley said the program "is funded by the University's education and general budget. Title IX law requires on-going campus education surrounding the topic of sexual misconduct." She added, "This was a joint venture program between the Sexual Misconduct Office and the Gender + Equality Center designed to help address the issues of sexual misconduct on campus. The University funds these offices, which promotes the University's commitment to prohibit discrimination on our campus."
Young women must do all they can to protect themselves from the horrors of pop hits...

Doctor's Orders

Listen to your Doctor:
“We do have a generation that, I think, we have raised with a great deal of entitlement,” Dr. Phil said, pointing to a guest scheduled to be on his television show Friday.

Dr. Phil shared that the scheduled guest, Kris, has been chasing his dream of being a famous rock and roll star his whole life. The 43-year-old whom Dr. Phil referred to as a “poser” explained that he’s “addicted to fame” in the literal sense.

Just like a drug addiction, pursuing his unrealistic dream has taken a severe emotional and financial toll on him and his loved ones.

“He has basically tried to buy fame, has bled his family – his mother and father – for $1.7 million,” Dr. Phil said.

Kelly asked Dr. Phil how to get people like Kris out of this “dark place”?

“This is the greatest country in the world, this is the greatest people in the world, but sometimes we forget common sense,” Dr. Phil said. “We’ve got to stop rewarding bad behavior in America. When people don’t work and produce, then they need to get kicked to the curb.”

“Get a damn job. Carry your own weight,” he added.
Posing is no way to g through life, son...

Thursday, February 04, 2016

The Cost Of Social Justice Outrage

Game over:
Announcing the news on her personal blog. Alexander insisted that she is happy: “Even though you all know these years have been at times heartbreaking and very difficult for me, I can be mostly happy with it all in the end … I can be really happy with Offworld and everything else I’ve done until now.”

“What I’m saying is that I can be finished with this, and be really happy,” she repeats.

However, elsewhere in the post Alexander writes of the “unrelenting spiritual cost” of her work, adding that being a games journalist was “at times hearbreaking and very difficult for me.”

Once a rising star of games journalism with bylines at respected publications like The Escapist and Paste Magazine, Leigh Alexander suffered a rapid fall from grace in September 2014, when she antagonised the gamers who made up her readership.
Making false claims about their culture tends to do that to people...

Watering Down The Response

No money, no bill:
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Republican, said it was premature to “write a multi-hundred million-dollar blank check” for Flint when state officials have not fully assessed their needs.

Flint is under a public health emergency after its drinking water became tainted when the city switched from the Detroit system and began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014 to save money. The city was under state management at the time.

Water was not properly treated to keep lead from pipes from leaching into the supply. Some children’s blood has tested positive for lead, a potent neurotoxin linked to learning disabilities, lower IQ and behavioral problems.

Michigan has approved $37 million in emergency Flint funding for the current fiscal year. Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to propose an additional $30 million in state funding to help Flint residents pay their water bills.

President Barack Obama has said that about $80 million in federal funding is being made available to Michigan for investment in water system upgrades. It’s not clear how much money would go to Flint.

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., said the crisis in Flint demands immediate action.

“If any of my colleagues here saw a tragedy like this in their home state, they would be standing here doing everything in their power to deliver assistance, whether the crisis was natural or man-made,” Peters said in an impassioned speech on the Senate floor.

Lawmakers approved emergency aid for Texas and South Carolina in a massive spending bill approved in December, Peters and other Democrats said.
Yeah, but those situations weren't caused by EPA negligence...

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Reality Bites On The Left Coast

Even Oregon gets it:
Facing concerns from the right and the left that her minimum wage proposal was an obvious job killer in Oregon, Gov. Brown blinked on January 28 and has scaled back her proposal to only a $.50 raise per hour statewide July increase, from $9.25 to $9.75-per-hour. The Portland metro area would see an increase in July 2017 to $11.25 an hour, with the rest of the state’s minimum wages rising to $10.25 an hour.
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It is unclear if the governor’s legislation can head off a statewide ballot measure titled, “Oregon $15 Minimum Wage Initiative.” The initiative is being spearheaded and funded by SEIU Local 503, which represents 55,000 mostly government employees, as well as the Oregon Schools Employees Association, which represents 19,000 unionized teachers.
I'm guessing she won't be very popular with them...

The Worst Defense

Howard Dean gets called out over Hillary's speaking fees:
“Howard, it’s a matter of record!” Scarborough barked. “Alex, Google it and we’ll give him the answer in 10 seconds.”

As Dean went on to continue to defend Clinton, getting the rest of the panel to agree that she has a likable personality, he eventually argued that if Clinton were a man, she wouldn’t be getting the same criticism for her lavish speaking prices.

But executive producer Alex Korman was quick to interject, explaining, “UNLV in October of 2014, she got $225,000. Then a month later, UCLA, she got $300,000.”

Being proved wrong, Dean manned up. ”I stand corrected,” he said. “I will humbly eat crow, Joe. Do you have a serving of crow?”
Sometimes even Mad How can have a moment of clarity...

Ryan's Lost Hope

They're not that big on Paul Ryan's budget:
Ryan reportedly met with a group of about 25 members of the conservative caucus in the speaker’s office over beer, chips, soda and “all the normal kinds of bagged munchies that you’re not supposed to eat.” The newly elected GOP leader told the members that if they want to pass appropriations bills this year, then they have to accept next year’s proposed spending plan.

But Brooks said that’s not going to happen because the plan isn’t “fiscally responsible” enough.

“What we’re doing is like getting a squirt bottle and thinking that’s going to stop the Titanic from sinking,” Brooks said after listening to Ryan make his case.

Congress voted in October to raise the 2017 debt ceiling by $30 billion. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, meanwhile, predicts that annual spending will be about $1.4 trillion more than annual revenue by 2026.
Ryan would say that it's only money-but it's our money, too...

This Is Your Jihad On Drugs

It's the drug of choice for fanatics:
ISIS chemists are producing millions of the cheap, easy-to-make amphetamine pills that help keep fanatics awake for days, turning them into wide-eyed Jihadi junkies.

The small tablets, named Captagon, are produced in Syria and are widely available across the Middle East.

It is thought that the trade of the drugs brings in millions in revenue for ISIS, providing funding for weapons and ammunition.
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The drug was first produced in the West in the 60s to treat hyperactivity, narcolepsy and depression, but by the 80s was banned in most countries because of its addictive properties and no longer has a legitimate medical use.
Got speed?

This Election Bought To You By...

Are we just pawns in their game?
The Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll taken before the Iowa caucuses asked respondents if they thought the "system works reasonably well for those who work hard to get ahead, or do you think the system is rigged against all but the very rich and powerful?"

The answers revealed a lot about the voters' state of mind this year: 67 percent of Democrats said the system is rigged, and 38 percent of Republicans did.

Yes, voters in both parties have always expressed suspicions that the game is stacked against them in one way or another. But in 2016, it seems the party that owns the "R" word could own the election.
I guess it's better to be a pawn, than to be a paid pawn.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Crime Pays Off

Washington D.C. has a new idea for combating crime:
The D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill that includes a proposal to pay residents a stipend not to commit crimes. It's based on a program in Richmond, California, that advocates say has contributed to deep reductions in crime there.

Under the bill, city officials would identify up to 200 people a year who are considered at risk of either committing or becoming victims of violent crime. Those people would be directed to participate in behavioral therapy and other programs. If they fulfill those obligations and stay out of trouble, they would be paid.

The bill doesn't specify the value of the stipends, but participants in the California program receive up to $9,000 per year.
How much for the mugging?

By The Content Of Their Correctness

When did Martin Luther effing King become...politically incorrect?
The left’s love of intersectionality, the theory that different kinds of “isms”—i.e. racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.—are inextricably linked, may have something do with it. A King quote that condemns racism isn’t enough, this thinking goes, if it has nothing to say about sexism.
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I’m old enough to remember (and I’m only 27) when supporters of gay rights were eager and excited to accept support from people who had a wide-range of views on other issues—recall that the successful lawsuit against California’s gay marriage ban was organized by Ted Olson, a conservative Republican and former U.S. Solicitor General under George W. Bush. That’s how coalitions organized around a single issue succeed: by uniting people who otherwise disagree.

But the modern campus left is an intersectionality ouroboros: the snake from Greek mythology that devours its own tale. It does not tolerate dissent, and it considers differences of opinion to be unbridgeable. Agreeing with Dr. King that racism is bad is insufficient. Standing with pro-LGBT+ group that includes Jews is unacceptable. And even adopting all the correct liberal views is no guarantee of avoiding the angry mob, because these views must always be expressed in hypersensitive, politically-correct language.
All is sensitivity...

Heads Or Tails

It all came down to the toss:
The race between the Democrat presidential hopefuls was so tight in the Iowa caucus Monday that in at least six precincts, the decision on awarding a county delegate came down to a coin toss. And Clinton won all six, media reports said.

The situation came about in precincts where Sanders and Clinton were running neck-and-neck, but there were an odd number of delegates, so they couldn’t be evenly split between the two. That was the case in precincts in Ames, Newton, West Branch, Davenport and two in Des Moines, the Des Moines Register reported.
Maybe we should decide the election itself this way...

Monday, February 01, 2016

The Trillion Dollar Debt

It's sort of a milestone:
Though the national debt has been a hot-button issue for Republicans, and reduction in spending has been a cornerstone of many GOP presidential candidates’ campaigns, spending does not seem to be on the decline. In fact, over the last few years, the federal government has been free to borrow as much as needed.

Several years ago, Congress passed legislation to increase the debt ceiling to a certain level, which required spending to stop once that threshold was reached. But, rather than reign in spending, Congress has instead suspended the debt ceiling, allowing for more borrowing until that suspension ends.
Who suspends the spenders?

The Ones Nobody Wanted

Everyone dislikes them equally:
It is possible, perhaps even probable, that this fall’s election will be contested between two of three most disliked presidential candidates of at least the past quarter century.

And it is possible, perhaps even probable, that this is not a coincidence.

A Gallup survey released Saturday shows that Donald Trump has the highest unfavorability rating (60 percent) of any presidential candidate since the polling firm started tracking the figure in 1992. For her part, Hillary Clinton ranks third (52 percent) with the no-new-taxes-breaking George H.W. Bush of 1992 at No. 2.

In other words, the 2016 presidential election could be decided between two people that the majority of Americans, according to Gallup, don’t like politically.
Somebody does have to win, unfortunately...

Missing, Presumed Fundraising

Whatever happened to John Boehner?
John Boehner has faded behind the scenes since he resigned. Splitting his time between Ohio, D.C. and Florida, the former speaker has avoided television, been spotted periodically around Capitol Hill and downtown Washington and given private speeches to make money.

But Boehner is quietly beginning to rev up his post-speakership political operation, dishing money from his campaign coffers to the party and planning a swing of fundraisers this year to bolster the House GOP.

In December, two months after leaving the speakership, Boehner transferred $1.2 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee; that brought the total amount he funneled to the campaign arm in 2015 to a whopping $8 million.
Everybody needs something to tide them over in retirement...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Emptying The NEST

What happens when everything is connected?
Just imagine what could go wrong with connected devices that turn on your oven before you arrive home, start your car by itself, automatically fill your pool, or remotely unlock your door. When you buy a product so vital, like the Nest, you need to understand whether the product has a safe mode that maintains its functionality in the event the software crashes or the battery runs out.
Nests are typically places to leave, not get trapped in...

Electric Speed

Would an electric race car work? Maybe not:
It may be easy for Nye to imagine a superior electric car because he's a fantasist. But the reality is far more prosaic. Any comparison between an electric car and a NASCAR car is stupid. Even if Tesla fulfilled Nye's wet dream and constructed a vehicle capable of racing, it would take far more than three years to get it to the track. Where NASCAR cars can increase speed by increasing the rate of fuel being burned, the current state of technology for electric cars is limited by the amount of power in the batteries. And no one would watch a race where the cars had to have their batteries changed every few laps.
Speed and efficiency go together. Science!

No Safe Spaces For You

Sorry, snowflakes:
Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov said he will not respond to 14 pages of demands submitted by black students.

Krislov posted a statement Wednesday about the petition, which was submitted last month before students went on winter break.

The detailed petition includes general goals of increasing the number of black students, faculty and administrators and more controversial proposals including creating “exclusive Black safe spaces,” curriculum changes, firing of specific employees, and renaming academic buildings.

The petition says “Failure to meet them [demands] will result in a full and forceful response from the community you fail to support.”
You mean like, more protests and name calling?

In His Name

Yeah, this doesn't look good:
Asked Saturday evening by THE WEEKLY STANDARD for his reaction to Pate’s rebuke, Cruz defended the mailer. “Matt Schultz is a former secretary of state, he’s the chairman of our campaign, [he] put out a statement saying these mailers are routine,” Cruz said. “The Iowa Republican party has done so in the past in past elections. And I will apologize to nobody for using every tool we can to encourage Iowa voters to come out and vote.”

These type of “voter grade” mailers have been used by party organizations and political action committees, and political scientists have found they are effective in increasing turnout.

Cruz, who is appearing at a rally in Sioux City, also spoke to reporters about his challenge to Iowa frontrunner Donald Trump to debate him before the February 1 caucuses. The Texas senator criticized Trump for skipping Thursday’s Fox News debate in Des Moines.

“I believe anyone hoping to win the state of Iowa has to show the respect to the voters of this state,” Cruz said.
Including you, Ted...

Public Relief

For those times when the sidewalk isn't available:
San Francisco has installed an outdoor urinal in Dolores Park near the Mission District as part of the more than $20 million renovation of the recreation area in an attempt to combat a “rampant” public urination issue.

“The more options we can give them to relieve themselves, the better for the parkgoers,” San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener told the Associated Press.

Last summer, the city’s public works division made headlines by experimenting with coating some walls with a paint that causes fluid to splash back onto public urinators.
By their stink you shall know them...

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Last Big Spending Frontier

The price of expansionism:
As Alaska’s legislative session begins, Walker is proposing serious cuts to Medicaid.

Significant reductions in Medicaid are being made. Between reductions made by the Governor and the Legislature in the FY16 budget and the proposed reductions in the Governor’s proposed FY17 budget we will reduce the Medicaid budget by over $90 million in general fund reductions. Medicaid expansion-related reductions in other state programs are bringing us another $10 million.
That’s $100 million in budget cuts related to Medicaid. And remember: the Walker administration has already proposed slashing funding for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

But this isn’t the only problem that Alaska’s poor have to face. Walker is also proposing a 1.5 percent personal income tax for Alaskans – something the state has not had since 1980. The proposal could squeeze the taxpayers for $200 million each year.

If that’s not enough, the governor is also proposing to “reduce the size of annual Permanent Fund dividend checks to an initial amount of about $1,000.” In Alaska, the Permanent Fund pays each Alaskan who has lived in the state for a full calendar year. It’s essentially a thank you for living in the largest, coldest state in the Union, but it’s something that many Alaskans do rely on.

Walker admits that “There’s no one who isn’t going to be impacted in some way, by what we’re going to propose.”

He is also proposing a tax increase on mining, fishing, tourism, and oil and gas – all industries that are critical to Alaska’s economy; industries that may be forced to make job cuts to absorb higher taxes.
If you like your Medicaid, you can keep your Medicaid. Just not anything else.

Flint Follies

As always, Democrats know who to blame:
“If Flint were 57 percent white and not 57 percent black, you wonder whether or not the kind of callous indifference that’s being shown – not just by our state government but by Republican candidates who won’t even speak up for a whole population of 100,000 people who are facing a serious crisis. You wonder if they are prepared to be national leaders if they can’t speak up for the people of Flint and you wonder why they won’t,” he added.

In Iowa on Jan. 18, Rubio said he had not been briefed on the crisis but he commented on the issue in New Hampshire on Jan. 21.

“There was a significant government breakdown in terms of when they switched the power – the water source to a lake that was known to be polluted and unfortunately now we have people that are facing this terrible situation with potential lead poisoning and all sorts of things,” he said. “It's a very – a systemic and ugly breakdown at the local and state level. The governor has acknowledged that.”
It's just too bad Democrats won't acknowledge the EPA's role...

The Cool Spenders

What do hipsters buy?
Nick Fereday, a senior analyst at Rabobank, says: “People are making a choice about how they spend their money. Are millennials spending more of their income on food compared to the previous generation? Anecdotal evidence suggests they are.”

Growing demand by younger consumers for craft beer demonstrates their rejection of big commercial food and drinks companies.

Despite commanding a significant premium over mainstream lager, sales of craft beer have risen exponentially over the past decade to account for 19 per cent of the value of the overall US beer market, taking share away from industry giants, Budweiser and Miller Lite.

The trend has spread to the spirits industry, where craft gin and vodka and American whiskies are enjoying a resurgence thanks, in part to bars and clubs where, often bearded, mixologists serve up cocktails.
The rest of us just spend our filthy lucre on things like clothing, food and bills. Maybe we need to be more cool...

Who Are You Going To Vote For?

It's the Richard Pryor option:
Sheldon Bergson, 46, had his name legally changed to Above Znoneofthe and is now a candidate for the Ontario legislature, the CBC reports. The election is Feb. 11.

The ballot lists candidates in alphabetical order by surname so his name will be the 10th of the 10 candidates as Znoneofthe Above, according to CBC.

“I’m aiming for all of the people who don’t normally vote,” Znoneofthe said. “I thought one of these days we should get ‘none of the above’ on the ballot.
The choice is yours: