Archive for February 18th, 2009

February 18, 2009

Allen Barton is not stupid

You want to book an economist on your PJTV show, how about Michelle Lee Muccio?

Allen, you are a genius. A little nervous and tongue-tied, perhaps, but still a genius.
February 18, 2009

Marriage at 10? All-righty then!

Pundette confesses herself “speechless” over some news we missed over Valentine’s Day weekend:

Saudi Arabia’s most senior cleric was quoted Wednesday as saying it is permissible for 10-year-old girls to marry and those who think they’re too young are doing the girls an injustice.
The mufti’s comments showed the conservative clergy’s opposition to a drive by Saudi rights groups, including government ones, to define the age of marriage and put an end to the phenomenon of child marriages.
“It is wrong to say it’s not permitted to marry off girls who are 15 and younger,” Sheik Abdul-Aziz Al Sheikh, the country’s grand mufti, was quoted as saying.
“A female who is 10 or 12 is marriageable and those who think she’s too young are wrong and are being unfair to her,” he said during a Monday lecture, according to the pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper.

Right. You’re being “unfair to her.” And that doesn’t even begin to address the injustice to the elderly sheik, whom these so-called “rights groups” want to deprive of his 10-year-old fourth wife.

After all, who are we to judge? Let’s see what the progressive feminist womyn have to say about this:

(Crickets chirping.)

Thank you, progressive feminist womyn!
February 18, 2009

Why we can’t talk about race

“[T]he need to confront our racial past and to understand our racial present, and to understand the history of African people in this country — that all endures. . . . Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about things racial.”
Eric Holder

Let’s start with the fact that some “talk . . . about things racial” is privileged and celebrated, whereas other “talk . . . about things racial” is streng verboten. Also, let’s talk about the fact that liberals are absolutely humorless and vindictive douchebags. Or better yet, let’s don’t talk about it at all, because I’m tired of talking about it, and would never introduce the topic except that it seems to be just about the only thing that liberals want to talk about while they hand each other million-dollar “genius” grants and congratulate themselves on how morally superior they are.

Bite me, Eric Holder, you corrupt thug.

Michelle Malkin has more.

UPDATE: “. . . aside from the occasional insinuation that McCain’s a bigot . . .” No, not me — this time.

UPDATE II: Lorie Byrd has an interesting reaction. She also has an interesting photo of Beyonce. NTTATWWT. (Wait a minute — is that Beyonce or Mariah? Eh, who cares? You’ve seen one diva, you’ve seen ’em all.)

UPDATE III: Linked by Kathy Shaidle, who informs me that her “tolerant” enemies consider her very existence a human-rights violation.

UPDATE IV: Eric Holder slanders America

UPDATE V: More courageous conversation!

February 18, 2009

Atheist tedium

The boring irrationality of pure reason:

Atheists claim to value reason above blind faith and individuality above the lock-step certitude of religion. My own rejection of faith, I hoped, would allow me to indulge in wicked thoughts and pork-based dishes. I hoped I could, forever, avoid hallelujah get-togethers, groupthinky organizations and constraining labels.
Yet, these days, atheists are organized. They’re activists. They will probably sue you. They have become exasperatingly earnest, hopelessly serious and unnecessarily pushy.
They have, in other words, become as tedious as Joel Osteen. And there are few greater sins.

Ouch. Read the whole thing by David Harsanyi in the Denver Post.

February 18, 2009

He takes it, and dishes it out

Andrew Sargus Klein, notorious douchebag, decides he’s ready to play ad hominem with the Ninja Master of Ad Hominem.

Uh, Andrew, maybe you missed the part where I explained that it was a joke. (Rule 4) Tell Russ to buy you a beer and talk things over. No hard feelings on my part. If you ever generate a million visits a year with a crappy Blogspot page, buddy, let me know. (Rule 2)

February 18, 2009

You can’t spell ‘liberal’ without L-I-E

Via NewsAlert:

As you know, a few years back, as a gag, the [Massachusetts] Legislature passed a bill allowing the state’s pony-tailed, trust-funded liberals to voluntarily pay at the old 5.85 percent income tax rate, rather than at the reduced 5.3 percent rate.
Considering that in 2000, 40 percent of the electorate voted against cutting the state income tax, you might have expected hundreds of thousands of the blow-in drifters now squatting in Cambridge and Brookline and Amherst to voluntarily ante up.
But no. The state, it appears, is teeming with Leona Helmsleys. Taxes are for the little people, not the Beautiful People.
Here are the latest DOR numbers. As of yesterday, 640,783 individual taxpayers had filed their 2008 returns. Of those 640,783, exactly 293 opted to pay at the higher 5.85 percent rate.

Read the whole thing by Howie Carr of the Boston Herald.

February 18, 2009

Obama announces bailouts for deadbeats

I just hope I can get my check before the finance company comes to repossess my car. Let’s face it: I’m a victim of “predatory lending.” Everybody should feel sorry for me, so I don’t have to make my car payments.

UPDATE: John Berlau of CEI:

The new $75 billion foreclosure avoidance plan to be unveiled today by President Obama, from initial reports, continues the misguided efforts of the Bush administration and Congress to “keep people in their homes” at all costs. Such policies only end up disserving taxpayers, the economy, and frequently troubled borrowers themselves.

Read the whole thing, my fellow deadbeats. And my creditors, too: Honest, I’m gonna pay you next week, guys.

February 18, 2009

Thomas Marier, worthless scum

Trying to generate some traffic for his latest post at The New Majority, Thomas J. Marier sent me an e-mail: “I humbly request that you denounce me by name in the strongest terms possible.” In my efforts at mentoring young intellectuals, I’m always happy to help a vicious Trotskyite douchebag who deserves to be shipped off to Gitmo in chains.

February 18, 2009

Theory vs. knowledge

“Grad students in the humanities, who ought to be studying [history and literature], instead spend a lot of time reading 20th-century theorists whose long-term relevance is doubtful at best. The amount of reading time spent on theory rather than primary source texts is just way out of proportion to any possible use or importance that the theorists might have. Trotsky? Important. Foucault? Important to the academy. There’s a difference. Isn’t there a whiff of self-esteem-ism in declaring — to academics — the enduring importance of academics?”

February 18, 2009

Hobo teen rape menace

No one is safe from the “homeless” criminals:

Indianapolis – Police arrested a man wanted in connection with a robbery and attempted rape of a 17-year-old on January 4th. . . .
Police got a break when officers arrested [41-year-old hobo Louis] McCoin on a shoplifting charge. At that point they realized McCoin was wanted on the other charges.
McCoin faces charges of Criminal Deviate Conduct, A Felony, and Criminal Confinement, B Felony with a $100,000 bond. He was arrested on those charges and transported to the Arrestee Processing Center.

It’s more common than you think.

UPDATE: What did I tell you?

BERKELEY, CA — A homeless man who recently was released from state prison has been arrested on suspicion of peeping, prowling, burglary, sexual battery and a parole violation in connection with a prowling incident in Berkeley last Thursday night, police spokesman Andrew Frankel said today.
Frankel said 46-year-old James Beldin, who was released from state prison early this month, allegedly peered into a residence in the 2000 block of Parker Street on Thursday night.
Frankel said one of the alleged victims discovered a prowler who was using a ladder to peep into his girlfriend’s second floor apartment window.

Ever since the 1980s, when liberals seized on “homelessness” as a tactic to portray the Reagan administration as the second coming of Herbert Hoover, the media have been trying to brainwash Americans to believe that every bum and wino is an innocent victim of circumstance. It’s not true.

Many of those we call “homeless” are psychotics who have been set loose on the streets by the Carter-era policy of “deinstitutionalizing” the mentally ill. Others are recently-paroled criminals who are so anti-social — drug-addicted, violent or just plain obnoxious — that their own families won’t have anything to do with them.

Liberals who yammer on about the “root causes” of the problem completely miss the point that, whatever the cause of the problem in the past tense, the present-tense reality is that you’ve got crazies, dopeheads and felons wandering the streets, protected by the cloak of victimhood that liberals have draped around them. And when you call to their attention this reality — hobo sex offenders who threaten the safety of innocent citizens — you’re accused of “blaming the victim,” as if the dopehead criminal bum were more of a victim than his actual victims.

Homelessness is not a “poverty” problem. Poverty alone does not cause homelessness. If you want to understand why this is so, you should read Adam Shephard’s excellent new book, Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream. Seeking to refute Barbara Ehrenreich’s thesis in Nickel and Dimed — that the poor were structurally prevented from escaping poverty by the inherent unfairness of capitalism — Shephard set out with $25 in his pocket, relocated to a town he’d never been to, moved into a homeless shelter, and took work as a day laborer. Within a matter of months, by hard work and thrift, he had saved up enough money to rent his own apartment, buy a used truck, and had thousands of dollars in the bank.

You should read that book, and also read Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy, which explains exactly what’s wrong with the liberal mentality that conceives of drug-addicted sociopathic criminals as homeless “victims.”

UPDATE II: Linked by noted hobophobe Kathy Shaidle.