Truth leaks into the New York Times

I blame the editors. Somebody is allowing pieces to mention things contrary to the Approved Narrative.

Example #1:

She [Tara Houska, a tribal lawyer and a member of the Couchiching First Nation in Canada] also said that those who clung to family lore — of, say, being part Cherokee on their mother’s side — had experiences profoundly different from those who actually lived the Native American life, whether on or off a reservation.

Do my eyes deceive me or this a little dig at Elizabeth Warren?

Example #2:

. . . Ms. Zeisler fears, is that the revolution has become privatized: In her view, feminists today are all about the right to make individual choices — any choices, choices that may be wholly estranged from the original objectives of feminism, which once meant collective action to change whole systems.

Really? Really? Feminism wasn't about empowering women to make their own choices? You could have fooled me.

"Maddog's Lair"

You might want to check it out:

The point of this blog is to watch, and analyze the death of the progressive model using the lens of classical liberalism. . . .

Maddog is trained as a pipe fitter, welder, a paper maker, wilderness medical technician, equipment operator, historian, and attorney with specialty in administrative, appellate, construction, medical, and workers' compensation.

And that doesn't consider the awesome list of activities and accomplishments of Maddog's wife.

(Full disclosure: Maddog has been reading the Door for a while and has linked to, and commented on, entries here.)


"The New Old Economics of Trade"

A terrific--especially for a journalist (although the author does have a degree from the LSE)--article on recent commentaries questioning the value of free trade

But the prevailing mood of expert disenchantment with free trade is still disappointing. It misconstrues important new research, directs attention to the wrong questions, and supports the adoption of bad policies. It does the country a grave disservice.

"Raising Income Taxes Won't Fix Wealth Inequality"

Summary of a recent academic study, "The Dynamics of Wealth Inequality and the Effect of Income Distribution".

The researchers then used their model to predict the future. What would happen, they wondered, if income inequality was varied? In their model, income inequality was tied to a metric called the Gini index, a statistical measure of inequality used for decades. They found that altering income inequality to a Gini index of 0.1 (very low inequality) resulted in the top 10% controlling 78.6% of wealth in 2030, while raising income inequality to a Gini index of 0.9 (very high inequality) resulted in the top 10% controlling 79.3% of wealth in 2030, hardly a significant difference.

"The Many Ages of Adulthood in the Nanny State"

This is so true.

Liberals have blurred the lines much further. Girls of any age can elect to have an abortion in California, but they can’t get a tattoo without parental consent until they are 18. Liberals construct fancy arguments to justify the differences, but we know that they are using age as a pretext to trample on the rights of free adults to do things they do not like. If you fit their politics, they want to expand your franchise. If you do not, they feel free to tell you what you cannot do. Next stop: You have to be 21 to buy a gun to protect yourself.

"$25 grocery rebate when you spend $50"

This puzzles me.

There are 2 new online rebates available for $25 off a $50 grocery purchase!

These rebates are issued by Coors and Miller and are valid for North Carolina residents who are at least 21.

The rebate is for $25 when you buy $50 worth of groceries ($50 must be pre-tax and cannot include tobacco, pharmacy prescription or lottery).

This offer is valid May 16-30 and must be submitted by 6/29/16.

I applied for mine and in a few minutes I got an e-mail confirming they had received the information. I had to send them a scan of a cash register tape and my contact information. I didn't have to answer any other questions and I didn't have to buy any beer.

"Why are so many celebrities dying in 2016?"

The Telegraph offers six theories and actually chooses a couple.

It certainly seems the case. The death of the musician Prince, at the age of 57, just a day after Victoria Wood died from cancer, aged 62, has shocked their millions of fans. But it also appears to prove that 2016 is cursed in some way.  The two entertainers are the latest in a long line of celebrities to die in 2016, following Ronnie Corbett, Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Sir Terry Wogan, Harper Lee,David Gest, Garry Shandling, Johan Cruyff among others.