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 30, 2014

Higher Collusion, Higher Corruption and Higher Cost

Not to mention the cloned applicants. 

Higher rankings can mean new buildings, added perks and expanded departments from increases in tuition. Ironically, Media rankings work much as Nielson Ratings do for Advertising rates from the Media.
The College rankings are about as accurate and politicized as Arthur Schlesinger's annual presidents rankings. m/r

Lies, Damned Lies, and College Admissions by Steve Cohen, City Journal 29 October 2014

STEVE COHEN  10-29-14

The media should stop ranking schools.

College-application season is shifting into high gear, and with it comes anxiety and abuses—on both sides of the admissions desk. Some wealthy parents will pay private counselors more than $40,000 for “tweaking” their kids’ essays, on the implicit promise that these consultants have connections inside admissions offices, where many once worked. For their part, admissions directors want more applications so that they can reject a higher percentage of qualified kids. By boosting their rejection rates, they improve their school’s position in most rankings. While the current admissions system works well for a small number of colleges and over-achieving kids, for everyone else, the process is broken. Colleges, government, and the media all share in the blame.
Recently, Inside Higher Education, with Gallup’s help, published its annual survey of college- admissions officers. The report was sobering: 93 percent of the college-admissions officers surveyed said they believed colleges lie about key data they report, such as average SAT scores of admitted students. Why? It makes their schools appear more selective, which attracts more applicants. Sixty-five percent of admissions officers said that their institution did not meet its enrollment goals last year.
Over the last few years, some highly respected, competitive colleges have been caught fudging their admissions data in an effort to enhance perceived selectivity and improve their rankings. The consequences of this misbehavior were minimal: a mid-level administrator might lose his job, and the institution might receive a “not ranked” designation in the nextU.S. News & World Report listing. But applications remained steady and, when the schools reappeared on the U.S. News list, they usually approximated their prior position.
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Illegitimate Democrats - Massive Non-Citizen Voting Uncovered in Maryland

Illegal Aliens and Non-Citizens vote illegally for Democrats at least 80% of the time. Wonder Why? m/r

The PJ Tatler » Massive Non-Citizen Voting Uncovered in Maryland

By Bryan Preston On October 29, 2014  In Election Fraud,News,Politics 
An election integrity watchdog group is suing the state of Maryland, alleging that it has discovered massive and ongoing fraudulent voting by non-U.S. citizens in one county. But because of the way that the non-citizens are able to cast votes in elections, the fraud is likely happening in every single county and subdivision across the state. The group believes that the illegal voting has been happening for years.
The group, Virginia Voters Alliance, says that it compared how voters in Frederick County filled out jury duty statements compared with their voting records. The group’s investigation found that thousands of people in Frederick County who stated that they are not U.S. citizens on jury duty forms went on to cast votes in elections. Either they failed to tell the truth when they were summoned for jury duty, or they cast illegal votes. Both are crimes. The same group previously found that about 40,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland.
It is a federal crime to cast votes if you are not legally eligible to vote. Non-citizens, whether in the country legally or not, are prohibited from voting in most local and all state and federal elections. Yet the VVA investigation found that hundreds of non-citizens have been voting in Frederick County, Maryland. One in seven Maryland residents are non-U.S. citizens.
“The lawsuit is the equivalent of the lookout spotting the iceberg ahead of the Titanic,” state Del. Pat McDonough told the Tatler. He added that the group’s investigation found a voter fraud “smoking gun.”
Maryland state law makes it easier for non-citizens, both those present legally and those in the country against the law, to vote. Maryland issues drivers licenses to legal and illegal aliens. Driver’s licenses in turn make it easier under the Motor Voter law to register to vote. Maryland also offers copious taxpayer-funded social programs to non-citizens in the state.
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We Don't Need No Stinking Facts - Immigration Politics: Where Facts and Commonsense Are Ignored

Illegal Aliens, Where Facts and Commonsense Are Ignored
The Big Lie: If told often enough it becomes the … m/r

Immigration Politics: Where Facts and Commonsense Are Ignored | FrontPage Magazine

Posted By Michael Cutler On October 30, 2014   In Daily Mailer,FrontPage 

On October 22, 2014 CBS News, New York posted a brief report, “City Council Votes For Bills To Protect Jailed Immigrants From Feds.” This report illustrates the unholy alliance forged between many politicians and news agencies to skew the truth about immigration. The article begins with this excerpt:
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bills passed by the City Council Wednesday aim to keep detained immigrants from being deported by the federal government.
The City Council voted in favor of the legislation 41-6 Wednesday.
As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, the measures, supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio, would prohibit correction officials and police from handing over detainees to immigration officials.
The report went on to note:
The law will only allow the city to honor the detainer if the subject has been convicted of a violent or serious felony in the last five years or if the person is a possible match on the federal terrorist watchlist,” she said.
The bill would also shutter the federal immigration office on Rikers Island.
First of all, let’s consider that the title of the CBS article incorporates the phrase, “Protect the Jailed Immigrants From the Feds.” There are two key words that paint a deceptive image and both evoke a strong emotional response and virtually create the illusion that the efforts to impede the effective enforcement of our immigration laws against aliens who have been arrested for allegedly committing crimes is no less than heroic.
The term “protect” is a term that engenders a sense of an appropriate action taken to make certain that no harm comes to someone, especially an innocent person. Police departments around the United States adopted the phrase “to protect and serve” as their mission statement. In considering this infuriating news report, the question that must be asked is: “Who is being protected and who is being served?”
Our nation’s borders and our immigration laws are America’s first line of defense and last line of defense to protect America and Americans from aliens whose presence poses a threat to the safety and well-being of our nation and our citizens. 
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This Looks Familiar, Doesn't It?

Where is this? Could be our Southern Border
Le Pen: Illegal Immigrants Trying to Reach Britain Have Turned Calais into a ‘Lawless Jungle’ | American Renaissance

Julian Robinson, Daily Mail, October 25, 2014
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"Progressive" Masters of Invention-Deception (BS)

Don't forget the one of the biggest lies: "Roots" 

Our Make-It-Up World | National Review Online

by Victor Davis Hanson  10-30-14

Facts now pale in comparison with the higher truths of progressivism.

Do bothersome facts matter anymore?
Not really. This is an age when Americans were assured that the Affordable Care Act lowered our premiums. It cut deductibles. Obamacare allowed us to keep our doctors and health plans, and lowered the deficit. Those fantasies were both demonstrably untrue and did not matter, given the supposedly noble aims of health care reform.
The Islamic State is at times dubbed jayvee, a manageable problem, and a dangerous enemy — or anything the administration wishes it to be, depending on the political climate of any given week.
Some days Americans are told there is no reason to restrict connecting flights from Ebola-ravaged countries. Then, suddenly, entry from those countries is curtailed to five designated U.S. airports. Quarantines are both necessary and not so critical, as the administration weighs public concern versus politically correct worries over isolating a Third World African country.
Ebola is so hard to catch that there is no reason to worry about causal exposures to those without clear symptoms. But then why do health authorities still try to hunt down anyone who had even a brief encounter with supposedly asymptomatic carriers?
The deaths of four Americans in Benghazi were caused by a video that sparked a riot, and then apparently not. Various narratives about corruption and incompetence at the VA, IRS, NSA, GSA and Secret Service are raised and then dropped. The larger truth is that these scandals must be quarantined from infecting the president’s progressive agenda.
Laws used to be real, not abstract. Again, not anymore … 
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Hay fraude electoral - "Mexicana Race" Promotes WaPo Guide To Voting Without an ID

La Raza Promotes WaPo Guide To Voting Without an ID | The Daily Caller

A-Bombs - Axis of Charm Offensives: Iran, North Korea…Who’s Next?

Atomic Bombs in the hands of Muslim Fanatics, who want to die for Allah and want to take as many infidels with them as possible, dwell in the dark resources of our minds.

The ultimate terror threat lurks. m/r

The Rosett Report » Axis of Charm Offensives: Iran, North Korea…Who’s Next?

By Claudia Rosett On October 27, 2014
Every aggressive, internationally sanctioned despotism with nuclear ambitions needs a few tricks in its diplomatic tool kit, and one of these — when the going gets rough — is the so-called “diplomatic charm offensive.”

This season, as anointed last week by the New York Times, the big charmer is North Korea. Not that there’s anything in this “charm offensive” that’s actually charming. But North Korea — with its record of rogue missile and nuclear tests, abductions, counterfeiting, threats to destroy its enemies with “seas of fire,” generally taciturn diplomats and whatnot — has set the bar so low that anything remotely resembling normal diplomatic activity (in form, if not function) tends to be hailed abroad as a promising sign. So, when North Korea sent a high-level delegation to South Korea earlier this month, freed one of the three Americans it has most recently been holding in prison, and sent forth some diplomats from its United Nations mission in New York to field questions from policy makers and the press, this outreach inspired such headlines as the Times’s “The Latest North Korean Mystery: A Diplomatic Charm Offensive. [1]

What’s North Korea up to? The obvious guess is that Pyongyang is trying to deflect criticism of its atrocious human rights record, as laid out in a detailed and damning report released this past March by a special UN Commission of Inquiry [2], led by Australian jurist Michael Kirby. This commission accused North Korea’s government, at the highest levels, of crimes against humanity, and warned North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un that he could be held responsible and referred to the international justice system. There is now a push at the UN by the European Union and Japan to urge the Security Council to refer Kim himself to the International Criminal Court. Kim evidently does not like this idea, and his diplomatic envoys have been deployed in a campaign to stop any such referral. If you’d like to sample some of this North Korean “charm,” here’s a link to a debate this past week at a UN side event in New York, hosted by the Jacob Blaustein Institute and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea — in which Kirby goes toe-to-toe with a North Korean diplomat [3] over the issue of the Kim regime’s crimes against humanity. …

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No Sense of Humanity for Americans - Who Cares About the People of the US?

What's in it for her?
There in no praise for "self-sacrifice" for caring about the safety of Americans.  m/r

Maine, attorneys could be headed for showdown over Ebola-negative nurse - Central Maine

State officials say they will seek a court order if Kaci Hickox does not comply with a quarantine.

FORT KENT — Top Maine health officials say the nurse who has returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa must abide by a quarantine or the state will get a court order compelling her to do so. Her attorneys say she isn’t under quarantine and they will fight any efforts to place her in one.
Tuesday’s events appear to set up a showdown between the state and nurse Kaci Hickox, who this week fueled the debate over state Ebola protocols by criticizing mandatory quarantine procedures in New Jersey, where she was held against her will. Hickox apparently is in Maine, but not at her Fort Kent home.
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Obama the Racist - Why No Ebola Travel Ban? Politics

"… somewhere a leftwing blogger might accuse the administration of racial profiling."
Holman Jenkins: Why No Ebola Travel Ban? Politics - WSJ - WSJ

By Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.  Updated Oct. 29, 2014

… West Africans are learning too: how and when transmission is likely
to occur; that a 10-day window exists before symptoms become observable;
that their survival chances are much greater in a Western hospital;
that they would be unwise to mention any contact with Ebola patients
until safely in the arms of Western medicine.

So far the only cure for Ebola comes from the patient’s own immune system, and there’s
hope infection rates are slowing as the virus works through those in
poor immune health or whose genetic make-up renders them vulnerable.
There’s a related dynamic in politics. Liberals whose attitudes are
generally a minority taste (as surveys tell us) are especially
vulnerable at election time, and, sure enough, nature has sought out
that vulnerability repeatedly in the case of Team Obama.

The Benghazi attack came just before the 2012 election. Ebola arrived just
before this year’s midterm, which in the minds of the administration and
perhaps nobody else means that any travel ban on West Africans is
unacceptable because somewhere a leftwing blogger might accuse the
administration of racial profiling.

The only evidence we have for
this theory, admittedly, is the pre-emptive ranting about a “racist”
response to Ebola in blogs and publications the administration cares
about, including the New York Times. We also have the administration’s
wholly unpersuasive arguments for why it won’t block private West
African arrivals from the most afflicted countries.

Politicians are experts at camouflage …

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Did Obama Consider the Beheading Justifiable Homicide? Obama Official Praises Mosque Of Oklahoma Beheader

He is not named Barack Hussein Obama for nothing! 
You can't make this stuff up. m/r

Obama Official Praises Mosque Of Oklahoma Beheader | The Daily Caller

Chuck Ross from 10-5-14

An Obama administration official traveled to Oklahoma City Saturday to offer words of praise to congregants at the mosque attended by Alton Nolen, the recent Muslim convert who beheaded a co-worker last month.
David Myers, the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, spoke at the Greater Islamic Society of Oklahoma City’s Eid al-Adha celebration, according to KFOR.
“Your service is a powerful example of the shared roots of the Abrahamic faiths and how our communities can come together in shared peace with dignity and a sense of justice,” said Myers, reading from a letter penned by President Barack Obama.
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