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Monday, May 18. 2015
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Have Hostile Governments Stolen Hillary’s Emails?
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"Have Hostile Governments Stolen Hillary’s Emails?"
Any country with the capability of getting her emails would be negligent if it didn't.
It's just good intelligence work.
"Administrative complaint filed against Harvard for anti-Asian discrimination."
This needs to be done every time, everywhere government racism/discrimination happens. It is incredibly insane that we mandate racism as some kind of "reparations" for discrimination by someone unknown and unidentifiable at some point in the dim past to someone unknown and perhaps not even still alive today. This is more and more undefensible every day.
"Have Hostile Governments Stolen Hillary’s Emails?"
Of course they have. Friendly governments too. If conservatives want to find them, that would be the place to look. I'm sure there are operatives for friendly powers who do not want to see four more years of Obama-style foreign policy.
Re: economy returning to normal
Very refreshing to read an article from the NYT that does not tow the leftist line but takes a more sober view.
The positive experience of Germany and the negative experience of France are not unique. One of the reasons our economy has been generally resilient is because of the flexibility of our labor market. In the depression of 1920, the government did nothing about the labor market. It didn't 'encourage' businesses to keep wages high during its devastating deflationary period so they fell. The result was that the economy bounced back in about a year. However, Hoover and Roosevelt tried to keep wages from falling (deflation was causing things to be too cheap so their fix was to work to make things more expensive). That was one of the things that made the Great Depression Great.
Or it could be like this, from American Thinker:
"At the Iowa National Security Action Summit on Saturday, co-hosted by the Center for Security Policy and the Family Leader Foundation, Admiral James “Ace” Lyons (U.S. Navy, Ret.) -- a four-star admiral and former Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Senior U.S. Military Representative to the United Nations, and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations -- was speaking in the context of Hillary Clinton’s infamous e-mails when he made the following statement about Russia potentially blackmailing Bill Clinton over his affair with Monica Lewinsky:
One more thing I want to cover. Hillary's e-mails. Hillary, the pathological liar. Now, you gotta understand, you heard all about cyber warfare and so forth. Every one of our enemies, Russia, China, Cuba, Iran, everybody. They've hacked in to that unsecured server. She's totally compromised. She's damaged goods. There's no way she can be allowed to get in that White House.
I'll tell you one other thing. You know the Russians are the best in the world at this. They tapped in to Bill Clinton's phone lines and they knew about Monica long before you did. Now let me tell you the way they used it. Russia was in desperate financial shape. They needed 26 billion dollars out of the IMF. Larry Summers of our National Archives fame was our Treasury Secretary, dead set against it, everybody was set against it, until suddenly -- through Strobe Talbott -- who the Russians let Strobe know that they knew about Monica, Bill Clinton found it within himself to approve the transfer, and what got transferred was 4.6 billion dollars in hard cash that disappeared."
A foreign power holding Shrillary Rotten's emails will have a lot of options. I shudder to think about worst case scenarios.
The latest lunatic postmodern target: Motherhood
I knew two things from the headline. First, we're supposed to hate Kathleen McCartney and second, that John Podhoretz instinctively knew that he could distort KM's opinion piece in the Boston Globe because all of his readers at the NYPost were too lazy to read what she actually said.
The distortion is, as usual, taking a quote out of context, deleting the explanation of what a controversial phrase meant to KM, and leaving the phrase to be defined by the reader, who is already predisposed to hate KM by the reference to the Sokol hoax.
This is what Podhoretz says KM said:
Motherhood is a cultural invention.
This is what KM actually said:
Motherhood is a cultural invention. It reflects a belief adopted by society that is passed down from one generation to the next. In US culture, we hold to the idea that young children are better off when cared for exclusively by their mothers. Mothers are bombarded by this message in the media, especially in programming directed to them. Only after five seasons does Claire Dunphy, the iconic mother of “Modern Family,” return to the workplace.
Anthropologists have attempted to disavow us of this view. Specifically they have demonstrated that child-rearing patterns are driven by economic considerations. In foraging societies, mothers stay in close proximity with their babies, while in agricultural societies mothers share child-rearing responsibilities with those less able to be productive in the fields, like grandmothers and young girls. Shared child-rearing has been and continues to be the norm across cultures..
she's actually talking about child rearing patterns, not the idea of motherhood itself. Podhoretz's distortion is childish intellectual dishonesty.
KM is actually calling for:
There is some encouraging news. In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama called attention to the need for paid family leave and affordable child care, framing attention to working families “not as a side issue or a women’s issue,” but as a “national economic priority.” Numerous analyses have demonstrated the benefits of parental leave policies to workers and employers. Parents have time to bond with their children; health care costs go down; and fewer families are pushed to rely on public assistance. On the employer side, turnover is reduced, while morale and productivity increase.
yeah, I know, I know, splitting is in vogue here, so because Little Barry said it, must be Wrong.
KM's article is here
for a truly psychotic mom, see, the Little Mother letter, from WW1, in which a brain damaged mother (or, more likely, the government propagandists) explains why mothers support the slaughter.
Dumbing down juries
Dumbing down legal writers.
another horrendously written and intellectually dishonest article. while its entirely possible that Ilya Somin does not understand how peremptory challenges or challenges for cause work, or even know that they exist, its more likely that he's using the readership's unfamiliarity with the concepts to promote his hobby horse of doing away with juries altogether.
put further limits on peremptory challenges or tighten up challenge for cause standards if the normal tactic of how juries are picked is actually a problem.
the guy -- professor of law or not -- is a moron.
re Dumbing Down the Juries
Ilya Somin's article is spot on. It's a problem that is likely as old as the Republic. With regard to science and technology verdicts, there have been countless miscarriages of justice because the jury didn't know what they were doing. And lawyers have an incentive to pick the uneducated, stupid and ignorant because it is so much easier to baffle them with BS. IOW it makes it easier to win.
Having said all that I would posit that the problem extends past juries to include judges and the lawyers themselves. They can be as woefully ignorant of science and technology as the juries. Indeed, lawyers may not even know what questions to ask. My Dad has seen it. He has been called as an expert witness.
I don't see a solution to the problem other than limiting damage awards through tort reform. Nobody is an expert on everything.
I've tried civil and criminal cases in federal and state courts, and picking juries because they're stupid or feebleminded is beyond asshatted cartoonish. the vast majority of cases that are filed aren't tried, and those that are tried by juries are inevitably more complex and balanced in terms what what the facts are or show. there's a shi'ite load of considerations in picking a jury, not least of which are some empathy with the trial lawyer or client or client's representative. None of these strategies involve being picking stupid people. that said, with some panels, you don't have enough peremptory challenges to do that.
Regarding expert witnesses... in the legal profession, your dad is known as a whore -- no offense intended, that's just a fact, they're called whores. he's called a whore because he's hired to say what the lawyer wants him to say (or he's not hired and some other whore is found). I can buy any expert opinion I want to, the most important thing I expect from an expert, other than he's saying what he's paid to say, is that he or she looks good to the jury.
So, Matlock, what juries have you picked? How do you use and preserve your peremptory challenges? Let's assume that you're not really feebleminded enough to believe that every trial is a tort claim.
"Have Hostile Governments Stolen Hillary’s Emails?"
I sure hope so.
At this point I think the following individuals have also been compromised and are being blackmailed by one entity or another, which is the only thing that explains their irrational and bizarre behavior:
Barack Obama (Iran)
John Kerry (Iran)
John Boehner (Everything)
Mitch McConnell (Everything)
Chief Justice John Roberts (Obamacare decision; more to come?)