Life is a Bungling process...

"Fascism and communism both promise "social welfare," "social justice," and "fairness" to justify authoritarian means and extensive arbitrary and discretionary governmental powers." - F. A. Hayek
"What do you most value in your friends? Their continued existence." — Christopher Hitchens (Hitch-22: A Memoir)
"Life is a Bungling process and in no way educational." in James M. Cain

Jean Giraudoux who first said, “Only the mediocre are always at their best.”

"the difference between a negotiation and an argument ... an argument being something you can win." Christopher Buckley (Thank You For Smoking)

If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law. Sir Winston Churchill

"summum ius summa iniuria" ("More laws, more injustice.") Cicero

As Christopher Hitchens once put it, “The essence of tyranny is not iron law; it is capricious law.”

"Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Ronald Reagan

"Law is where you buy it." Raymond Chandler

"Why did God make so many damn fools and Democrats?" Clarence Day

“You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.” Stan Laurel – “Brats”

"If I feel like feeding squirrels to the nuts, this is the place for it." - Cluny Brown

"Oh, pshaw! When yu' can't have what you choose, yu' just choose what you have." Owen Wister "The Virginian"

Oscar Wilde said about the death scene in Little Nell, you would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.

"Half the World spends its time laughing at the other half, and both are fools." from Think Fast Mr. Moto

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wages of Political Correctness and Ignorance - Scrutiny in Texas to Detect Whether Ebola Has Spread


Ebola Carrier went to hospital days before he was hospitalized. Told them of his symptoms and the he was from Liberia! He was sent home with prescriptions for antibiotics (that do nothing to viruses).

The protective systems, supposedly in place, are totally incompetent. m/r

Scrutiny in Texas to Detect Whether Ebola Has Spread -

DALLAS — The man who has become the first Ebola patient to develop symptoms in the United States told officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital last Friday that he had just arrived from West Africa but was not admitted that day because that information was not passed along at the hospital, officials acknowledged Wednesday.

The man, Thomas E. Duncan, was sent home under the mistaken belief that he had only a mild fever, a hospital administrator said; the information that he had traveled from Liberia, one of the nations at the heart of the Ebola epidemic, was overlooked.

Mr. Duncan came back to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday and was admitted for treatment, but in those two days in between, his contacts with a number of people — including five schoolchildren and the medics who helped transport him to the hospital — potentially exposed them to Ebola, forcing officials to monitor and isolate them in their homes and to begin a thorough cleaning of the schools the students attended. Mr. Duncan is now in serious but stable condition.

Mr. Duncan’s case began with him playing the part of good Samaritan on another continent. Mr. Duncan — a Liberian national in his mid-40s who had come to America to visit relatives in Dallas — had direct contact with a woman stricken by Ebola in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, on Sept. 15, days before he left Liberia for the United States, the woman’s parents and Mr. Duncan’s neighbors said.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What Fresh Hell is This - Four Billion Africans

An overflowing basket for the world's basket case continent. m/r

Four Billion Africans - Taki's Magazine

by John Derbyshire  September 25, 2014

A new study on world population trends came out last week from the University of Washington in Seattle. If you’re one of those people who worry about an overpopulated world, the news is bad: total human population, currently a tad over seven billion, will likely be eleven billion by the end of the century and still rising. This is contrary to previous estimates that numbers would peak at nine billion.
The researchers claim to have used more punctiliously rigorous statistical methods than their predecessors in the field. They have in fact applied the wonderfully sexy, thrilling, and bang up-to-date theories of the Rev. Thos. Bayes, who died in 1761. To state their conclusions a bit more carefully: There is an 80 percent chance that world population in 2100 will be between 9 billion and 13.2 billion.
Most of the boom in numbers will come from Africa. As the second of the graphs in that news story shows, Europe and the Americas will pretty much flatline to 2100. Asian numbers will rise at a decreasing rate until about 2050, then level off or fall. It will be Africa—most especially sub-Saharan Africa—driving up this latest estimate.
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How about retuning to Clerking on the Job, then Taking the Bar Exam

Clarence Darrow never went to Law School! 

Much of the time there is a great disconnect from what is taught in school and the practical education gained on the job. m/r

Thomas Jefferson's Folly by Mark Pulliam, City Journal 1 October 2014

California’s worst-performing law school illustrates the moral hazard of federal student loans.

Investors can make bad decisions, and businesses sometimes fail due to unforeseeable market conditions. But Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s impending default on $133 million in tax-exempt bonds was predictable, perhaps even inevitable. The American Bar Association accredited the private law school in San Diego in 1996, but U.S. News & World Reportnever rated it; the magazine cuts off its ranking at 145 of the 203 ABA-accredited schools. Undaunted, Thomas Jefferson moved into a lavish new building in January 2011, just a few years after the Great Recession devastated demand for legal services and created a glut of law school graduates seeking employment. Law schools generally, and bottom-tier schools such as Thomas Jefferson in particular, have been in free fall ever since. From 2007 to 2013, Thomas Jefferson raised its acceptance rate from 45 percent to 81 percent—essentially open admissions—but enrollment still declined.
Steadily declining job prospects have cut into law school applications, resulting in lower enrollments and depressed tuition revenue. Many expenses associated with running a law school—such as faculty payroll, rent, and debt service on the physical plant— are fixed. Even sharp tuition increases cannot make up the revenue loss from slashed enrollments. Public law schools can subsist on legislative largesse, but private law schools—especially stand-alone schools without an endowment cushion to ease restricted cash flow—face financial crisis.
It doesn’t help when the school is the target of a class action lawsuit by graduates claiming they were defrauded into attending based on misleading job-placement statistics. Thomas Jefferson faced those charges in May 2011, just months after moving into its fancy eight-story digs in San Diego’s trendy downtown East Village. A 2008 Thomas Jefferson graduate who borrowed more than $150,000 to attend alleged that the school had misrepresented its post-graduation employment. The school said that its employment rates were between 80 and 90 percent, when in fact those statistics included part-time and non-legal jobs. The actual placement rate for Thomas Jefferson graduates in full-time legal positions within nine months of graduation is closer to 25 percent. Combine toxic publicity with high tuition, the highest average student-loan debt in the nation, poor academic ratings, an abysmal job market, and the lowest bar-exam pass rate among California’s 21 accredited law schools, and it’s no wonder that applications plummeted and enrollment plunged.
Notwithstanding some faculty and staff layoffs (even as the new dean gets paid more than $500,000 a year) …
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Carry an Umbrella! Hong Kong protests: Five things you need to know

Hong Kong protesters fight back against mainland China with umbrellas and work around IT connections. m/r

Hong Kong protests: Five things you need to know: As Hong Kong is braced for a day of national demonstrations, we take a look at five things you need to know about the pro-democracy protests.
Oct. 1, 2014

If it doesn't serve Obama's Narcissism or think it helps him politically, then you don't exist

Just Ask Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, the U.S. Marine who has been held prisoner in Mexico. m/r

▶ Wife Of U.S. Pastor Jailed In Iran Says Obama's Never Called Her - YouTube

Oct 1, 2014
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of American pastor Saeed Abedini who has been jailed for two years in Iran for his Christian faith, says she has yet to receive a phone call from either President Obama or Secretary of State John Kerry. “I feel like he’s been abandoned by my government,” Naghmeh said at the Values Voters Summit gala on Saturday in Washington, D.C. “I hope to meet Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama but I haven’t even received a call to say ‘We’re with you, this is an important issue to us.’ And that breaks my heart.”

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Al Sharpton is Pres. Advisor and Amazon Slaps Racist Warning Label on Tom and Jerry Cartoons

No one ever said the PC Police were very bright. m/r 
So who's smoking?

Amazon Slaps Racist Warning Label on Tom and Jerry Cartoons | National Review Online

By Katherine Timpf 10-1-14    full short post

Disclaimer will also warn about on-screen smoking, but not on-screen stuffing of a swarm of bees down a cat's throat.

Amazon Prime has placed a warning label on episodes of Tom and Jerry on its instant video service telling viewers that the cartoon contains “ethnic and racial prejudices.”
The warning states that these prejudices were “once commonplace in American society,” but they “were wrong then and they are wrong today.”
The cat-and-mouse cartoon first played in movie theaters from the 1940s until 1957.
Much of the discussion of potential racial prejudice surrounds a black-maid character named “Mammy Two Shoes.” 
Other controversial elements include the portrayal of female characters and instances where cigarette smoking is “condoned or glamorized.”
Academics have argued that cartoons created more than 70 years ago should not be judged by modern standards. 
Commentator and University of Kent sociology professor Frank Furedi called the caution label “empty-headed” and an example of the “false piousness” that has become common.

“We’re reading history backwards, judging people in the past by our values,”​ Furedi, a columnist for Spiked Online, told the BBC.

So what else is new?

The pattern is to blame others and lie. That is Obama! m/r

Pentagon Official: The President Is Lying To America | The Daily Caller

Even Chris Matthews on Ebola: "Obama Said It Was Unlikely. It Has Happened. It's Here"

 Ezekiel Emanuel is a Commie loon. Proof is that he is the liar and fool who was the Obamacare architect. m/r

Chris Matthews vs. Ezekiel Emanuel on Ebola: "Obama Said It Was Unlikely. It Has Happened. It's Here" | Video | RealClearPolitics

September 30, 2014
On MSNBC's Hardball tonight, host Chris Matthews tussled with Obamacare architect Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel over the how serious a threat Ebola is to Americans. Matthews and Emanuel also spar over President Obama saying it was "unlikely" that an Ebola case would strike the U.S. 

"Obama said it was unlikely. It has happened. It's here," Matthews said.

Dr. Emanuel said there is some "fear mongering" going on here, but Matthews said he was just quoting the president and stating facts. Here's a bit of the argument that lasted nearly ten minutes:

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Always interesting to read, if not a bit tedious with some Victorian translations. m/r

Ancient to Modern | The Weekly Standard

The Loeb Classical Library goes digital

OCT 6, 2014, VOL. 20, NO. 04 • by  Susan Kristol

“Chemistry and Physics Get Million from Loeb,” blared the Harvard Crimson headline. “Funds will modernize laboratory facilities and establish chemistry chairs.” The donor: scientist Morris Loeb ’83. A million dollars is indeed generous. But on the Harvard scale, did it really warrant a Crimson headline?

“Chemistry and Physics Get Million from Loeb,” blared the Harvard Crimson headline. “Funds will modernize laboratory facilities and establish chemistry chairs.” The donor: scientist Morris Loeb ’83. A million dollars is indeed generous. But on the Harvard scale, did it really warrant a Crimson headline?

The answer is yes—given that Morris Loeb graduated not in 1983 but in 1883. In today’s dollars, his gift (received in 1953, upon the death of his widow) would be worth almost $9 million. A distinguished chemist and scion of a wealthy New York banking family, he was a philanthropist of both Jewish and non-Jewish institutions. Although wildly generous, he had some odd habits, such as hiding thousand-dollar bills under the wallpaper. Sadly, he died at 49 of typhoid, contracted from an oyster he ate at a chemical society convention. Reform Jews—especially of this period, and especially those born in Cincinnati—had no restrictions against eating shellfish. 
What is the connection between Morris Loeb, the eccentric but brilliant scientist, and the Loeb Classical Library, a collection of more than 520 Greek and Latin volumes published by Harvard University Press and now entering its digital age? Morris’s strong-willed decision to go into chemistry instead of joining the family investment-banking business reportedly led to increased pressure on his younger brother James (Harvard ’88) to become part of Kuhn, Loeb & Co. with their father, Solomon. James, a sensitive lover of literature and music and a gifted cellist, reluctantly gave up a potential career as an archaeologist or a classicist to join the family business. But he never lost his love of Greek and Latin. And one result of his thwarted passion for antiquity was his decision to create the Loeb Classical Library in 1911.  
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What if White voters voted by race as do Black voters?

But about half of Whites do vote for another race, based on their "White Guilt." m/r

The Democrats’ Biggest Worry: Obama’s Fall From Grace With His Base | The American Spectator