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´Parity´ or Parody?
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 1/9/2014 5:15:21 PM

Good news: "We can stop panicking. Things are generally getting better." That´s the word from Danish political scientist Bjørn Lomborg, best known for his efforts to counter global-warmist hysteria (though he himself insists that "climate change is real and man-made"). He has a new "scorecard" out based on 21 economists´ studies of "10 of the world´s most bedeviling problems" from 1900 through last year and projecting ahead to 2050. The trend lines on all are favorable or flat. One of them, though, is a bit of a head-scratcher, "6. Gender Equality." Here´s Lomborg´s explanation: In 2012, women´s lower salaries and exclusion from

      


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´Parity´ or Parody?
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/9/2014 5:15:21 PM     Post Reply
Good news: "We can stop panicking. Things are generally getting better." That´s the word from Danish political scientist Bjørn Lomborg, best known for his efforts to counter global-warmist hysteria (though he himself insists that "climate change is real and man-made"). He has a new "scorecard" out based on 21 economists´ studies of "10 of the world´s most bedeviling problems" from 1900 through last year and projecting ahead to 2050. The trend lines on all are favorable or flat. One of them, though, is a bit of a head-scratcher, "6. Gender Equality." Here´s Lomborg´s explanation: In 2012, women´s lower salaries and exclusion from

   

 

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Obama, Christie and Big Government
Punishment of the American People
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/9/2014 5:13:49 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Yeah, I´m going through the audio sound bite roster here that Cookie gave me. Did you know that I am part of the Christie story? I was. I was part of the Christie story on the cable news networks all night last night. Yeah. Yeah. Wait ´til you hear it. I spent three minutes on it yesterday. Anyway, greetings, my good friends, welcome, and Rush Limbaugh back at you, three hours of broadcast excellence from the distinguished and prestigious Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies. The telephone number is 800-282-2882. The e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com. So Christie´s fired a couple people now.

It´s Colder? Hotter?
Blame Climate Change
American Thinker, by Robert Babcock    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/9/2014 6:38:42 AM     Post Reply
When Fargo is 25 below zero, Baton Rouge 24 above, and nearly the entire nation is in the grip of a record-breaking frigid spell, one´s thoughts naturally turn to global warming -- or, rather, make that climate change. The former term -- "global warming" -- as it turned out, was too specific; to believe that global warming was a real threat required...well, that global warming actually occur. That did not happen, as the data have proven, and for once Al Gore was right: truth can be so inconvenient, because the fact that the globe failed to heat up as advertised not

Putting the Chill on Discipline
American Thinker, by J. Robert Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/9/2014 6:34:12 AM     Post Reply
The Associated Press, via Breitbart, reports that Attorney General Eric Holder wants public schools to back off zero tolerance policies that he alleges discriminates against minority students. Putting a chill on discipline and stymieing schools from ousting miscreants means lots of public schools -- particularly inner-city ones -- will do even less educating. Holder ´s guidelines aim at halting "targeting minorities," but, practically, will accomplish defining deviancy downward yet again in urban minority-dominated schools -- that´s mostly black and Hispanic kids from broken families and single-parent households. The A.G.´s guidelines are another tacit admission that there are enormous dysfunctions in poorer minority

Does the Constitution
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American Thinker, by Jim Yardley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/9/2014 6:27:51 AM     Post Reply
Several recent court cases have resulted in small business owners, who create the wares and services that they sell, being ordered by a judge to sell their custom-made products (e.g., wedding cakes and floral arrangements) or services (e.g., wedding photography) to gay couples despite the small business owners´ refusal to do so based on their religious principles. If the business in question sold standard, mass-produced items, such as rings, then denying gay couples the right to purchase such things would be clearly discriminatory in the same way that a realtor would be discriminating if they refused to show a house that

Eco-warriors stranded in the
Antarctic! It’s too good to be true
The Spectator (U,K.), by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 11:11:21 PM     Post Reply
Yes, yes, just to get the obligatory ‘of courses’ out of the way up front: of course ‘weather’ is not the same as ‘climate’; and of course the thickest iciest ice on record could well be evidence of ‘global warming’, just as 40-and-sunny and a 35-below blizzard and 12 degrees and partly cloudy with occasional showers are all apparently manifestations of ‘climate change’; and of course the global warm-mongers are entirely sincere in their belief that the massive carbon footprint of their rescue operation can be offset by the planting of wall-to-wall trees the length and breadth of Australia, Britain,

   

 

  


 
Christie’s Waterloo
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 9:33:50 PM     Post Reply
In the best possible light, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie built a top staff of lying thugs who threatened lives and safety to serve his political ends. If not, Christie is a lying thug himself. Emails and text messages among his close aides made public Wednesday documented that in September they gleefully engineered George Washington Bridge lane closures to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for failing to endorse their boss’ reelection. Local officials say the gridlock they caused delayed ambulances in responding to four calls, including one involving an unconscious 91-year-old woman who later died. Christie’s presidential ambitions are all but

U.S. Benghazi compound
lease renewed without security
CBS News, by Sharyl Attkisson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 9:23:47 PM     Post Reply
The State Department renewed the lease for the U.S. compound in Benghazi two months before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks without requiring the facility to meet normal security standards. That news comes from an interview Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., conducted with a survivor of the attacks. The survivor, a State Department diplomatic security agent whose name isn´t being disclosed, spoke behind closed doors in late November to Senators Graham, Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J. The previously-undisclosed existence of the year-long lease calls into question the State Department´s designation of the compound as "temporary" and therefore exempt from

House Republicans Eye
Unemployment Reforms
National Review Online, by Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 8:45:02 PM     Post Reply
Following the unexpected win for the unemployment-insurance extension in the Senate yesterday, House Republicans convened for the first time in 2014, engaging in a spirited internal debate about how the party should proceed on the issue as Democrats press for political advantage on income inequality. GOP lawmakers are brimming with ideas for how to reform unemployment insurance, but they are without a single, clear voice on how to proceed. Speaker John Boehner privately told lawmakers he doubts whether the Senate bill, despite advancing yesterday, will pass the upper chamber, leading some to consider the issue dead. Other Republicans are interested in proposing

Rubio on Poverty and
the Welfare State
National Review Online, by Yuval Levin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 8:26:57 PM     Post Reply
This speech, which Senator Marco Rubio delivered today, is well worth your while. Rubio offers a great example of how conservatives should be thinking about poverty in America, and about the conceptual perversity and (resulting) practical inadequacy of our vast array of anti-poverty programs. And he helps us also to see how the Democrats’ misguided emphasis on inequality as the core of that problem opens up real opportunities for Republicans to lay out for the country their vision of the American Dream, and their agenda for helping more Americans achieve it. Rubio also essentially endorses (and apparently plans to propose in legislative

50 Years Later, The War
On Poverty Is Lost
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 8:19:59 PM     Post Reply
Poverty: President Obama is so obsessed with income inequality that he´ll make yet another speech on it Thursday. But he´ll do nothing about it. After all, the poor are still with us, only there are more of them than ever. Wednesday marked 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson asked Congress to wage "all-out war on human poverty and unemployment" — a war that´s seen no end, let alone victory, to celebrate. A record 46.5 million Americans are still counted as poor, and the share of those living in poverty — 15% and rising today vs. 19% and falling in 1964 — is

   

 

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U.S. Naivete Could Turn Iran
Into Regional Superpower
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 8:17:53 PM     Post Reply
Mideast: The Obama administration actually thinks Islamofascist Iran could broker peace with its terrorist ally Syria. Of course, Tehran immediately took advantage of this latest example of dangerously naive U.S. appeasement. When Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that there might be "ways" Iran could "contribute from the sidelines," "weigh in," or "help the process" in the Syrian peace conference in Montreux, Switzerland, to begin later this month, he apparently thought the mullahs would be flattered. Predictably, Tehran responded with more contempt of the Great Satan, complaining that "the Islamic Republic of Iran will not accept any proposal which does not



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