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August 25, 2014

"IRS E-mails: The Perfect Storm"

I doubt it will play out as Mr. Walker predicts, but one can hope . . . 

What all this means is that when these records appear – and with a federal judge threatening IRS employees with jail time, these records will appear – then the whole sordid mess will implode like a deck of cards.  The depth of corruption, like the depth of corruption in the VA scandal, will be impossible to fob off as rogue employees acting badly.  Heads will have to roll, and this grim knowledge will move those who know the truth – very likely people we have not heard of yet – to come out of the shadows and to spill their guts to save themselves.  It is the perfect storm, and it is coming up fast.

UPDATE: he's already at least partly correct. "Lois Lerner's emails aren't missing after all, lawyers say". And ya gotta love this:

According to Fitton, the attorneys told him the backup system would be “too onerous to search,” but acknowledged that Treasury Department inspectors were investigating it.

A backup system that is too "onerous" to use. That's our federal government, folks.

"Getting to 2017"

John Podhoretz keeps the faith. I think it would be smart to follow him.

Has the nation that produced the Greatest Generation now become the nation that produces the Lives of Julia instead?

I don’t think so. Pessimists in the late 1970s learned a lesson they might be in danger of forgetting now: It never makes sense to bet against the American ability to bounce back, to reconstitute the nation’s strength and ingenuity after a period of retrenchment and a grave failure of national confidence. We’re not Julia yet. Even eight full years of Obama won’t be enough to rewrite the American character.

"Is China disguising itself as Belgium to buy US government bonds?"

At the margin, the who-owns-U.S.-debt figures seem to be suspect.

"Randi Goes Rogue: Three Secrets About Teacher Tenure And Seniority"

Amazing. But then I should expect it from the leader of the AFT.

On August 6, Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, was a guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” offering up the darndest faux factoid: “Most teachers right now in America have less than two years of experience.” You can watch it yourself: . . . 

In a 2011 report by the National Center for Education information titled, “Profile of Teachers in the U.S.” on page 19 they report that 74 percent of teachers have over five years experience. Meanwhile, data from the National Center for Education Statistics says that in the 2011-12 school year, only 9 percent had less than three years experience (the top data line). Or you could just think about the schools your children attend.

August 22, 2014

Late scratch in the mother-of-the-year contest

"Pageant mom fed her teenager daughter TAPEWORMS so she could lose weight".

August 21, 2014

"Washington is divided because it has abandoned federalism"

As somebody--maybe George Will?--once remarked, one of the biggest harms of the Southern fight against civil rights is that it forever smeared the good name of federalism.

Federalism should be--in the absence of egregious violations of political rights--defended and fought for.

"What Kind Of Home You Can Buy For $300,000 Around The Country"

Cross-sectional differences in the cost of living very graphically illustrated.

August 20, 2014

"Campus Activism: The Fight for Imaginary Victories"

Peter Wood, so right:

Campus activism is, by and large, the world of make-believe.  Whenever students occupy a president’s office, Tinkerbell is not far away. . . . 

The premise behind campus activism is always the same.  The college campus is a microcosm of the larger world.  What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens at Oberlin or Sweet Briar is imagined to rock the foundations of the old order.  Patriarchy trembles.  The Zionist Entity is called to account.  The coal-breathing capitalist Earth warmers feel the chill of a generation walking on their graves.

That premise, of course, is always mistaken.

"Cigars, But Not Close"

Mark Steyn argues forcefully that all police cars should have dashcams:

The most basic problem is that we will never know for certain what happened. Why? Because the Ferguson cruiser did not have a camera recording the incident. That's simply not credible. "Law" "enforcement" in Ferguson apparently has at its disposal tear gas, riot gear, armored vehicles and machine guns ...but not a dashcam. That's ridiculous. I remember a few years ago when my one-man police department in New Hampshire purchased a camera for its cruiser. It's about as cheap and basic a police expense as there is.

August 19, 2014

"We should only adopt government programs that work well with real-world politicians and ignorant voters in charge"

Amen. Amen!

Many people are tempted to resist this insight, because they hope that we can elect better and more virtuous political leaders. But politicians who prioritize principle over staying in power are not likely to stay in power for long – or even get there in the first place. For that reason, most successful political leaders are people who are willing to sacrifice the public interest when it conflicts with their own interesting in seeking power.

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