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Lenient Drug Policy Yields Bad Result

Posted on | January 3, 2014 | 20 Comments

David Brooks confessed in a New York Times column that he was a high-school stoner, by way of arguing against the legalization of marijuana. One of his erstwhile dope buddies replied with a column recalling how they got away with it in Radnor, Illinois:

[H]ere all along I thought he quit because of that time we got pulled over by the Radnor cops in senior year right after we’d clambaked his Mom’s Vista Cruiser, and first thing the cop does after the smoke clears is look him right in his red, red eyes, and said, “I don’t suppose it would go over so good if I went over to 632 Haverford Road and told Mr and Mrs Brooks their boy was out here with his clique smoking pot.” I was so impressed with the way Dave pulled himself together then. He didn’t beg for mercy or fight with the cop. Somehow he knew exactly how to go all bar mitzvah boy, how to talk to authority, how to flatter and impress and toady, even stoned to the gills, like his inner Eddie Haskell was deeper down than the pot could get. And it worked. The cop let us go, told us we were lucky he knew Dave and that we were white kids from Radnor, and later on, at the pizza house taking care of our munchies, chattering and cackling over our good luck and trying to figure out how Dave and the cop knew each other, busting on him for being a narc, Dave was quiet and pale and barely touched his hoagie, and I think that was the last time he smoked pot, at least with us.

Brooks’s ex-buddy Gary Greenberg is pro-legalization, whereas I think his anecdote proves quite the opposite point: We need a drastic crackdown on teenage dopeheads because if we don’t put these freaks in prison, they might grow up to be David Brooks.

 


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In The Mailbox: 01.03.14

Posted on | January 3, 2014 | 2 Comments

– compiled by Wombat-socho


OVER THE TRANSOM
Leather Penguin: WABC Throws Down The Gauntlet In NYC Talk Radio War
Proof Positive: You Pays Your Money And You Takes Your Chances!
Doug Powers: Latest Scapegoats For Obamacare Disaster – “Southern White Radicals”
Twitchy: Actress Rose McGowan Witnesses “Knockout Game” Attack
Virginia Postrel: Two Cheers For First World Problems
Jeffrey Lord: Phil Robertson, American Hero


RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
American Power: Oregon Mother – I Can’t Afford #Obamacare For Myself, 1-Year-Old Son
American Thinker: Obama’s Other Big Lie
Blackfive: Not From The Duffle Blog – Admiral McRaven Wants An Iron Man Suit
Blackmailers Don’t Shoot: Happy Belated New Year Linkfest
The Necropolitan Sentinel: Don’t Worry, CAIR Is On The Case!
Jammie Wearing Fools: Michael Moore – Let’s Face It, Obamacare Is Awful
JustOneMinute: Obamacare’s War On Marriage, Oregon Edition
Pat Dollard: Marines Delay Female Fitness Test After Half Fail Pullup Test
Shot In The Dark: The Last Five Years Have Felt A Bit Like A Biblical Plague…
The Jawa Report: New Year, Same Ol’ Sh*t
The Lonely Conservative: Liberals Wish Death On Barbara Bush
This Ain’t Hell: USA Today – Cut Military Pensions
Megan McArdle: Another Problem Obamacare Won’t Solve – Health Costs


Live At Five will resume Monday.
In the meantime, deadline to submit links for the FMJRA is noon tomorrow, and the deadline for Rule 5 Sunday is midnight tomorrow.
DO IT.


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Florida: The Crazy State

Posted on | January 3, 2014 | 14 Comments

News from our national lunatic asylum:

A man who shot a trucker to death in 1992 but was judged to be criminally insane seemed nervous Saturday when stopped for speeding east of Gainesville, a deputy reported.
David Harris Dunaway, 58, was wanted by federal authorities, the deputy learned. A grand jury in Tampa had indicted him on a gun charge Dec. 18, alleging that he had a pistol and 50 rounds of ammunition, illegal for someone with Dunaway’s medical history.
But in a search of his green Honda van, the deputy found more — 36 guns, 4,629 rounds.

How many criminally insane people are running around loose in Florida? Well, Obama got 4,235,270 votes there in 2012.

 

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Matt Yglesias: Solving Non-Problems

Posted on | January 3, 2014 | 88 Comments

Slate.com has become a journalistic ghetto, an “Amateur Online Webzine Specializing in Hit-Trolling and Outrage-Fishing,” as Ace calls it, and their “business and economics correspondent” (?) Matt Yglesias gets in the spirit with a 415-word item under this headline:

Why Taxing the Rich Is Great

Yglesias quotes one sentence from a New York Times article:

Matt Hlavin, an entrepreneur in Cleveland who owns seven businesses, mostly in manufacturing, bought three Mercedes last year: a $237,000 SLS AMG and a $165,000 S63 AMG for himself, and a $97,000 GL550 sport utility vehicle for his wife.

Yglesias then proceeds to argue — I’m sure you’re surprised — that it is a bad thing for Matt Hlavin to have three Mercedes.

That’s it. That’s all he’s got.

And when I say that Yglesias “argues” that it’s a bad thing for Hlavin to have three Mercedes, of course, I mean Yglesias just assumes this, and also assumes Slate.com’s readers share his contempt for Hlavin’s wealth and thus are eager to applaud Yglesias’s plan to expropriate and re-distribute Hlavin’s wealth:

[I]f you managed to give it to the truly needy in the United States, you’d create a huge surge in well-being. And of course if you were able to use it to reduce severe third-world poverty, the gains would be incredible. . . .
The kind of conspicuous consumption that drives people to buy a $165,000 S63 AMG is basically zero sum, whereas the kind of consumption that a family in the bottom half of the income distribution would finance with more money is not.

The assumptions embedded in Yglesias’s “argument” (which is not actually an argument at all) are enormous. He assumes, for example, that Hlavin and other wealthy people are fixed targets, whose economic behavior will not be modified by higher taxes. They’re supposed to keep earning at the same rate, no matter how steeply you increase the progressive taxes on their income. And, at a second degree of causation, Yglesias evidently never considers whether changes in the economic activity of the “rich” (however you define this) produced by higher taxation might also result in greater hardship for the poor.

The best anti-poverty program in the world is a job, after all, and if higher taxation of the rich results in less capital investment in business, there will be fewer jobs created. You can’t make capitalism work without capital, and Yglesias’s judgment that someone with three Mercedes has too much capital — too much wealth –requires a belief that excess wealth is an economic problem.

Why? Yglesias never adequately explains this. He simply assumes that Hlavin’s wealth is a problem and then proceeds to “solve” it, without any real consideration of obstacles to implementing his redistributionist policy, or the potential harms of such a policy:

 I’d say the taxation should focus on Hlavin’s consumption spending more than his income per se, and should be designed to especially hit activities with substantial environmental impacts. But the point is that taking the money Matt Hlavin is spending at the Mercedes dealership and giving it to other people is a huge winner.

Alternative proposal: If there were a tax on bullshit, Matt Yglesias could pay off the national debt by the end of the year.

 

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Gas Leak Suspected Cause of Minneapolis ‘Little Mogadishu’ Explosion, Fire

Posted on | January 2, 2014 | 54 Comments

Lee Stranahan pointed out that the Minneapolis neighborhood where there was an explosion and fire Wednesday is known as “Little Mogadishu” because of its largely Somali population. The building where the blast happened is next door to a mosque. Concern about a possible terror connection seems logical, but officials tell the Minneapolis Star-Tribune they believe the explosion was an accident:

Investigators believe that the fire that tore through a three-story apartment building in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on New Year’s Day was caused by a natural gas leak, according to sources familiar with the probe.
While no final determination has been made, a source close to the law enforcement investigation said that it is believed that the initial explosion occurred at the ground level of the building.
Homeland Security personnel were on the scene in the aftermath of the fire that sent 14 people to hospitals, six in critical condition.
They were there to determine if there was anything suspicious about the explosion. But investigators believe that the description of a fireball and early evidence at the scene match what typically happens in a gas explosion, investigators believe, the source said.

(The involvement of DHS investigators shows how obvious it was to suspect this might have been a terror-related incident.)

In addition to trying to determine the cause, authorities searched the late-1800s building for the handful of residents still unaccounted for a day later. . . .
At least 14 people were injured, six critically in the explosion and fire about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday that destroyed an immigrant-owned grocery store and the 10 apartments above it in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. . . .
Family members and friends reported that three or four others known to have lived in the apartments have not been located and were feared dead. . . .
The building housed the Otanga grocery store. The apartments above it were apparently all occupied by single men, most of them East African immigrants, a resident said.

So far, then, this seems to be merely an accident.

 


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New Ads Target Senators: ‘It’s Time to Be Honest: ObamaCare Doesn’t Work’

Posted on | January 2, 2014 | 23 Comments

Three vulnerable incumbent Democrat senators are the targets of a new advertising campaign by Americans for Prosperity (AFP) that takes aim at the unpopular ObamaCare program. “It’s the ‘Lie of the Year,’ and Senator Shaheen kept telling it,” says the AFP ad targeting New Hampshire Sen. Jane Shaheen. “The truth is, thousands have already had their insurance canceled. Families are paying more for expensive health plans and facing hour-long drives just to see a doctor. . . . Tell Senator Shaheen: It’s time to be honest. ObamaCare doesn’t work.”

Similar ads are airing against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) and Sen. Kay Hagen (D-North Carolina) in a three-week campaign.

“President Obama repeatedly promised Americans that they could keep their current health care plans and doctors if they chose, but millions have found out the hard way that this was the Lie of the Year,” said AFP president Tim Phillips. “We’re putting pressure on senators who repeated that lie and doubled down on ObamaCare even as it became obvious that the law was hurting millions of Americans. The story of ObamaCare is one of less choice, rising premiums, and broken promises. AFP is committed to a long-term effort to stop this law.”

You can learn more at AmericansForProsperity.org or follow them on Twitter at @AFPhq.

 

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In The Mailbox, 01.02.14

Posted on | January 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

– compiled by Wombat-socho


OVER THE TRANSOM
First Street Journal: Syria – We Never Had Control
Doug Powers: Heh – Obama’s Pollster Suggests Reporters Avoid Citing Polling Data In 2014
Twitchy: Attention, Parents – It’s No Longer Safe To Let The Kids Stay Up To Watch The Ball Drop
Ann Coulter: The Anus Monologues


RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
American Power: Obama’s Philosophy Seeks To Destroy Life, Liberty, Property, And The Pursuit Of Happiness
American Thinker: The Roberts Trap Is Sprung
The Necropolitan Sentinel: Brain Escapes Open Mind
Don Surber: 2013 – The Year Of People Living Stupidly
Jammie Wearing Fools: Survey Shows Of NY Businesses Shows That Not A Single One Now Has Lower Obamacare Costs
JustOneMinute: When Your Name Is Your Destiny
Pat Dollard: Huckabee – Lindsey Graham Is “A Conservative Champion Of Peace Through Strength”
Protein Wisdom: 2014 Inaugural Fundraiser – Give, Don’t Give, Whatever
Shot In The Dark: Geneology
The Lonely Conservative: Hollywood – Capitalism For Me But Not For Thee!
This Ain’t Hell: The IG Gets One Right – And Gets Ignored


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Bill Schmalfeldt’s Poor Judgment

Posted on | January 1, 2014 | 36 Comments

Kimberlin Unmasked called attention to a bizarre recent post in which Bill Schmalfeldt indulged in a violent revenge fantasy:

If two shitheads like Aaron Walker and John Hoge did what they did to Tetyana Kimberlin, they would have been visited at their homes by the Schmalfeldt brothers. It would have been one on one, with fists, and it would not be pretty. The three brothers would have stood by while I gave the shithead the beating of his life. Then, we would go to the other shithead’s house and repeat, lather, rinse and repeat.

That snippet inspired me to investigate further, and I discovered this weird interpretation of events by Schmalfeldt (no link):

To come between a man and his wife, to work SO HARD to entice the wife into leaving her husband and run off with a PIZZA BOY! To EXCUSE his theft of a car. To PAY HER LEGAL FEES as long as she tells the lies they wanted her to tell. I thank God that she came to her senses.  . . .
You fucked with a man’s family, boys. You did it, and there’s no denying it. Tonya spilled the beans. And when you couldn’t have HER lie for you, you just went ahead and lied on your own.

It would appear that Bill Schmalfeldt is relying on Brett Kimberlin’s version of events for this counterfactual narrative, which can be disproven quite easily. No one had to “entice” Tetyana Kimberlin to “run off with a PIZZA BOY” — why all-caps, Bill? — because she did that before Aaron Walker or John Hoge ever met her. You can read this from the court documents filed by Brett Kimberlin, Tetyana Kimberlin and Tetyana’s boyfriend Jay Elliott:

B. Kimberlin v. Elliot Petition for Peace Order 7.9.13 (OCR) by AaronWorthing

Elliot v. B. Kimberlin Petition for Peace Order 7.9.13 (OCR) by AaronWorthing

T. Kimberlin v. B. Kimberlin Petition for Protective Order 7.9.13 (OCR) by AaronWorthing

All of these documents were filed by the parties themselves, without any influence by Walker, Hoge or anyone else.

Schmalfeldt’s belief in Brett Kimberlin’s assertions to the contrary — which are the burden of the million-dollar Maryland lawsuit Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. — evidences a foolish trust in Brett Kimberlin. And as to Schmalfeldt’s claim that Tetyana “spilled the beans,” what does Schmalfeldt mean by this? Does he mean (as I suspect) that he is relying on hearsay from Brett Kimberlin?

Does Bill Schmalfeldt even bother to paying attention to facts to determine the sequence of events? Look here:

  1. Brett Kimberlin v. Jay Elliot — filed July 6.
  2. Jay Elliott v. Brett Kimberlin — filed July 7.
  3. Tetyana Kimberlin v. Brett Kimberlin — filed July 7.

In other words, Brett Kimberlin himself started this, by filing a petition for a peace order against Tetyana’s boyfriend. It was Brett Kimberlin who decided to make his wife’s estrangement a matter of public record. Jay and Tetyana then responded the next day to Brett’s court action, and all of this took place July 6-7.

As to what happened after that, I suppose Bill Schmalfeldt is relying on the false allegations in Brett Kimberlin’s lawsuit and/or misrepresentations of Tetyana’s words and actions that Brett makes during “Team Kimberlin” conversations with Schmalfeldt.

Here’s a tiny little clue for Bill Schmalfeldt: I take notes.

Your ridiculous threats and phony expressions of chivalrous umbrage on behalf of Tetyana Kimberlin — a person whom you were quite willing to defame as mentally ill in July — neither deceive me nor intimidate me, Bill Schmalfeldt, and your poor judgment in trusting Brett Kimberlin is further proof that you are an utter fool.

As if further proof were needed . . .

 

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