It’s wise to always mind your tongue and be certain that you mean what you say. Fate sometimes has a cruel way of forcing one to confront one’s own words in unexpected ways:

“That young men succeed in suicide more often than girls isn’t really the point. Indeed, the more callous among us would say that it was quite nice for young men finally to find something that they’re better at than girls….

 “The last time I suggested that suicides should be left to get on with it, I received a small number of letters from people whose sons had killed themselves. All of them demanded an apology. I’d advise them this time to save their stamps because, you see, I don’t care. I don’t care because most nights of the week I still dream of my dad, who I saw waste away almost to nothing, eaten alive by the tumours that were his retirement gift for working with asbestos. Every day, as his legs went, as his sight went, my dad would declare that tomorrow he would be taking the dog out; he clung to life like a dog playing tug-of-war for the biggest, juiciest raw steak in the world.

“To ask me to feel sympathy with suicides after witnessing this is, I suggest, just as unfeeling and ignorant as my callousness must appear to you – like asking a starving African to sympathise with an anorexic. In a society still beset with the most vicious social deprivation and rampant cruelty to the very young, the very old and the very weak, the voluntary exits of a few hundred able-bodied young men each year are best dealt with as private tragedies rather than a public concern. Let them go.
– Julie Burchill, 16 October, 1999

This week writer Julie Burchill felt the full force of that hurt when her son, Jack, committed suicide aged just 29. Ms Burchill 55, announced the news on her Facebook page yesterday in an emotional tribute in which she blamed herself for failing him.
1 July 2015

It might be tempting to feel a sense of schadenfreude at Ms Burchill experiencing the full force of the pain that she derided and dismissed so cruelly in others. But it’s much better to learn from her example rather than repeat it.

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Climate Data Rigged by U.S. Government?

Yet another smoking gun in the fraud-filled field of “climate science”
has been discovered and this one appears to be even more damning than
the hockey-stick chart, “hide the decline,” and the attempt by U.K.
government scientists to prevent others from replicating their work.

Bipartisan Renegade Bureaucracy

Republicans will be tempted to blame the recent IRS and NSA scandals on the Obama Administration. After all, Obama is closely and personally tied to both of them. The IRS audits of the Tea Party and other organizations and individuals followed Obama’s imitation of Henry II calling for the murder of Thomas Becket: “Will no one audit these turbulent critics?” That’s taking considerable liberties with the paraphrasing, but I don’t recall many previous presidents “joking” about siccing the IRS on their political opponents.

Granted, Bill Clinton used to do it too, but at least he didn’t single out the targets in public beforehand.

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30 Years of Gun Control Denial

Left-liberals often declare themselves to be on the side of fact and
reason. And yet, they show almost no interest whatsoever in the actual
facts when presented with them, especially when those facts contradict
liberal reasoning.

 The Clueless Kluwe

I am, for my sins, a Minnesota Vikings fan. As one, I am more than a
little familiar with the ex-Vikings punter named Chris Kluwe, who in addition to giving up four punt returns for a
touchdown one season, has been an outspoken advocate of perverting the
sacrament of marriage. One year after being cut by the team and replaced
by a rookie punter at one-fourth the cost, Mr. Kluwe has penned an
outraged screed in which he claimed that he had unfairly lost his job
due to the actions of “two cowards and a bigot”.

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Finding Climate Change

There are some who doubt that God exists. They obviously haven’t been
paying much attention to the events at the South Pole, where the MV
Akademik Schokalskiy was carrying a group of true believers in the
gospel of Al Gore to document environmental changes there. For we now
know beyond any shadow of a doubt that God not only exists, but has a
rather puckish sense of humor.

Racism in the Obama Regime

So it appears that despite my doubts, the so-called “Knockout Game”
exists after all. It turns out that it is a game of hate crime in which
young white thugs attempt to knock out innocent elderly black men.

Do-It-Yourself Police

It should surprise no one that a county government would prefer to see
people hand them money and permit them to oversee the spending of it
than take matters, and responsibility, into their own hands. The entire
concept of “big government” is a socialistic one that depends entirely
on the idea that centralizing decision-making will inevitably lead to
better societal outcomes. The fact that this is much more often false
than it is true never even slows down those who benefit materially from
the structure from shamelessly attempting to push it on everyone.

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No More Backing Down

Have you noticed something has changed recently in the way the
political Right now responds to public criticism and personal attacks?
It used to be that when faced with charges of racism, bigotry, or even
being insufficiently polite to the Left, right wingers who found
themselves in the media cross hairs fell all over themselves
apologizing, denying their previous statements, and rejecting their
previously held beliefs.

Not that this cowardly behavior often saved their jobs or their
reputations, and yet one public figure after another persisted in
responding to criticism by cringing and assuming the fetal position.

Not anymore.

Shots in the Culture War

There could hardly be two men more different in appearance than Phil
Robertson and Ethan Krupp. Phil is a bearded Louisiana backwoodsman, a
self-made millionaire, a former collegiate quarterback talented enough
to keep Terry Bradshaw on the bench, and an outspoken Christian. Ethan
Krupp is a bespectacled Jewish man-boy, an Organizing For Action
political activist who stars as the effete, onesie-wearing, hot
chocolate-sipping douche in the latest Obama ad debacle.

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An Approaching Earthquake in Economics

Recently, two fascinating admissions were made by two of America’s
most well-known economists. The first was made by Paul Krugman, the New
York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winner, who has, as a good
Neo-Keynesian, resolutely denied any possible link between the amount of
debt in the economy and the level of demand for goods and services. As
recently as March 2012, he was following Paul Samuelson’s literally
textbook lead concerning the economically innocuous nature of debt and
admitting “I guess I don’t get that at all.” But two weeks ago, he suddenly began singing a completely different tune.

Desperate Measures and the National Debt

In the fall of 2002, I observed the housing bubble and noted its
likely consequences for the future. In the spring of 2008, I warned my
readers that the consequences of that bubble were about to erupt, which
duly happened six months later, in October. What was it that concerned
me about the situation? And how was I able to see the problem coming
when so many mainstream economists did not?
The reason is simple. Mainstream economists, whether of the neo-Keynesian or the Monetarist variety, believe that debt is, in their words, “exogenous to the system”.

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Put Not Your Trust in Men

The late Nelson Mandela possessed a perceived moral authority in the
eyes of the world that few men have ever known. His terrorist past
notwithstanding, his subsequent commitment to peace and reconciliation
as well as his gracious refusal to give in to despair and hatred made
him an icon of hope to many. Even his enemies came to admire him over
time, as he answered the perfectly reasonable doubts they harbored by
his steadfast adherence to that commitment.

The Un-American President

After five years of his occupation of the Oval Office, it is abundantly
clear that wherever Obama’s true sympathies happen to be, they are most
certainly not with America or America’s national symbols.

A Mockery of Mandela

If there is a better cure for the collection of preening gasbags who
call themselves world leaders and assembled themselves in South Africa
in order to be seen pretending to mourn for the late Nelson Mandela, it
is hard to imagine one.

Absolute summary

The New American Aristocracy
Perhaps as a result of the Italian and German experiences, dictatorships
have been the great fear of democracies for the last six decades.
Aristocracy sounds like something out of the 18th century; a legally
privileged class of people sounds positively medieval to the modern ear.
And yet, increasingly, that is exactly what we are seeing develop in
21st century America.

 The Scientists Who Cried Wolf
It’s freezing outside. Hundreds of historic low temperatures have been
set in recent weeks around the country. Every single computer model
that predicted the globe would be warmer over the last decade has been
shown to be wrong. And now this.

Antarctic sea ice has grown to a record large extent for a second
straight year, baffling scientists seeking to understand why this ice
is expanding rather than shrinking in a warming world. On Saturday, the
ice extent reached 19.51 million square kilometers, according to data
posted on the National Snow and Ice Data Center Web site. That number
bested record high levels set earlier this month and in 2012 (of 19.48
million square kilometers). Records date back to October 1978.”

At this rate, instead of mourning the drowning polar bears, we’re
going to find ourselves fleeing for our lives from rampaging packs of

Lies, Damned Lies, and the Left
 If you happen to notice a no-guns sticker at a place of business, be
sure to ask if it is actually the policy of the business or not before
assuming it is there legitimately. Because it is entirely possible that
the business’s owner didn’t put it there.

Racism in a Post-Racial Society
One of the interesting things about living in Europe is the vast gulf
between the way Europeans actually behave and the way most Americans
believe they do. As a general rule, Americans tend to think of Europe as a little more than a continental socialist camp, which either inspires their admiration or their
pity depending upon whether they are liberal or conservative. Liberals,
in particular, seem to regard Europe as some sort of New York City on
steroids where all the things for which they labor so passionately, like
gun control, abortion, racial equality and gay marriage, are embraced
as a matter of course.

These assumptions tend to be vastly amusing to anyone who has actually spent time living among Europeans.

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In case you’ve missed my recent posts at Absolute Rights, here is a summary of them. And you won’t want to miss my next one there, which reveals how totally I am in touch with the young people of America today and even features an up-to-date pop cultural reference to the rock star Kate Perry.

Kill Immigration Reform or Kill America

The problem is that immigrants and Americans alike want to live in
the America that was the result of 1950s America, but most immigrants
and many Americans have proven themselves completely incapable of doing
so without destroying it. If passed, Obama’s immigration reform will
transform the entire nation in much the same way that his health care
reform has transformed the health care industry. In other words, it will
prove to be an expensive and poorly-managed blunder that will destroy
what it purports to be saving without benefitting the very people it was
supposed to help.

It is long past time for Americans to grow up and realize that there
is nothing magical about American geography. It will not transform
peasants into productive middle-class businessmen and it will not
convert barbarians into civilized men and women.

The Game of Race Hate

The Civil Rights Movement has failed. Forced integration has failed.
Martin Luther King’s dream has become a nightmare, in which men are
neither judged by the content of their character or the color of their
skin. And where there is no judgment, no civilization is possible.

It’s Still the Economy, Stupid

It might seem strange to the non-economist that it never occurs to the professional economists that household debt, relative to income, might be a root cause of the problem rather than a symptom. After all, it’s hard to buy more consumer goods when most of your income is already going to paying off your mortage, your credit card, your student loan, and your manufacturer-financed car.

But the obvious is the impossible to the mainstream economists, because their Neo-Keynesian economic models consider debt exogenous to the system and therefore ruled out as a potential cause by definition.

The stagflation of the 1970s blew up conventional Keynesian economy theory. It is now looking increasingly likely that the debt disinflation of the 2010s will destroy the Neo-Keynesian theory that resulted from that previous failure.

Economics needs new and better models.

Accounting for the Unaccountable

Does the Rule of Law survive in America circa 2013? What happens when no one is watching the watchers? We’re about to find out, as House Republicans are reportedly getting serious about trying to hold Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder accountable for some of his many alleged crimes.

From Reuters: “Republicans in the House of Representatives plan to introduce articles of impeachment against Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, in the hopes of removing a cabinet member they say has lied to Congress as well as failed to uphold federal law…. According to an outline, the first article is based on “Operation Fast and Furious” a bungled attempt to build cases against major gun traffickers who supplied firearms to Mexican drug cartels, while electing not to immediately prosecute low-level traffickers even as they bought 2,000 potentially illegal guns.”

Read the rest at Absolute Rights. Also on the topic of the Obama administration, you may be interested in a previous post there concerning Obama’s Strategic Retreat from Obamacare, in which I conclude:

Obama is not backing down. In fact, Republicans would have been much
wiser to force Americans to live with the law imposed upon them by the
incompetent Obama administration; a year of complete chaos in the health
care system, complete with millions of policy cancellations, would have
likely led to a Republican takeover of the Senate and a powerful
majority in the House.

Instead, they have bought Obama another year to work the media and
sell its lies to the American people. By staving off the collapse of
Obamacare, Republicans are helping ensure that they will have to refight
the battle in a year’s time against an enemy who will presumably have
learned a few lessons from the initial failure.