Thursday, November 26, 2015

Screening Refugees and Following Up

For John, BLUFThere are reasons people are nervous about refugees.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the Telegraph, by Reporters Matthew Holehouse, and Henry Samuel in Paris, in Brussels.  "Terrorist ringleader got into EU as 'refugee'".  The sub-headline is "Thousands of jihadists not being monitored".  Interesting.

The lede is:

The mastermind of the Paris attacks was able to slip into Europe among Syrian migrants, it emerged last night, as police on the continent admitted they are unable to monitor thousands of suspected jihadists.
This is different from the idea that he was a "home grown" terrorist.

And, it brings us to Republican Candidate Marco Rubio, who noted today that maybe we should prioritize those coming from Syria in terms of the threat to their lives, Christians, etc being at most threat.

Regards  —  Cliff

Cultural Appropriation

TRIGGER WARNING:  Discusses Cultural Appropriation.
For John, BLUFCan you ever be too cynical?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

"If Westerners can't do yoga and Cinco de Mayo parties, can we have our polio vaccines back?".

Tongue in cheek, but still an interesting question.  Where is Mr Harry Lime when you need him to explain these things?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Obscure Lowell connection?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Climate Change a Problem for 75 Years

For John, BLUFNothing ever changes.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Over at Powerline Mr Steve Hayward links us up with Mr Steven Goddard’s Real Science, and the fact that there was early analysis showing that "CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSED HITLER!".

This is from the 27 March 1941 edition of The Mason City Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa).

So, maybe Senator Bernie Sanders isn't so off the beaten track when he blames climate change for Daesh.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Princeton University and President Wilson

For John, BLUFYour friends who are Democrat have some apologizing to do.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Mr Michael van der Galien, and Pajamas Media, yesterday, we have "'Black Lives Matter' Gets One Right:  Woodrow Wilson Was a Terrible Racist"
The Black Lives Matter movement has frequently been criticized by conservatives, and for good reason.  The organization is undeniably radical and practices race-based intimidation.  For instance, slightly less than two weeks ago, activists attacked white students studying in a library at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.  Their "sin," apparently, was their skin -- the white students were born racists and criminals per the eyes of Black Lives Matter.  The innocent students were slammed against the walls, cursed at, and berated for their supposed racial privilege.

Having said that, even a broken [analogue] clock is right twice a day.  In subject matter, if not tactics, Black Lives Matter got it right for once:

Black Lives Matter activists at Princeton University have taken over the president’s office and say they won’t leave until the school acknowledges former U.S. president Woodrow Wilson as a racist and renames all buildings currently honoring him on campus.

Then the article goes on to detail how President Wilson reversed racial progress in the United States and notes that Mr Glenn Beck was correct in...
...claiming that Wilson "was part of the Margaret Sanger, 'let's kill off the inferior race'" movement.
But, here is the twist, and you knew there was a twist:
But to be consistent, the university must also make an effort to explain to the Black Lives Matter students that Wilson's racism was intrinsically linked to his Progressivism. The dangerous political ideology believes all individuals are servants to the state; I don't expect that correcting this side of the Wilson story will be prioritized over there anytime soon.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Reusable Rocket

For John, BLUFNow this is a big deal.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Writers Dave Mosher and Kelly Dickerson tell us "Jeff Bezos just made history with a reusable rocket test".  Yes, Mr Jeff Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post (and of Amazon).

The story has accompanying video.

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket lifts off on Nov. 23, 2015.

Blue Origin, the commercial spaceflight company founded by Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, claims to have flown and landed the world's first truly reusable suborbital rocket.

"Rockets have always been expendable.  Not anymore," Bezos wrote in a blog post.  "Now safely tucked away at our launch site in West Texas is the rarest of beasts, a used rocket."

The New Shepard rocket lifted off from Blue Origin's launch facility in Van Horn, Texas, on Nov. 23, 2015, flew about 2,800 mph, and soared to more than 62 miles above the Earth, the company said in a press release.

After deploying a space capsule, the rocket then plummeted back toward the ground, reignited its booster, and — in a world first — gently and safely touched down in the middle of a landing target.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

College Students Not Learning

For John, BLUFNothing good will come of this kind of thinking.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Reporter Bobby Soave, of The Daily Beast, "College Students Say Remembering 9/11 Is Offensive to Muslims".  The sub-headline is "How a proposed moment of silence to honor 9/11 victims became the latest victim of the would-be despots of America’s campuses."

And the lede:

The everything-is-offensive brand of campus activism has struck a new low:  Students at the University of Minnesota killed a proposed moment of silence for 9/11 victims due to concerns—insulting, childish concerns—that Muslim students would be offended.
So, it looks like the war is basically over, and the West—Western Civilization—has lost.  We seem to be moving to "submission".

But, as this rolls on, one wonders what these students are learning in college.  Heck, what did they learn in High School?

But, this is not new.  This is something from 2006.  From World Net Daily, a report on the University of Washington student senate which...

...rejected a memorial for alumnus Gregory “Pappy” Boyington of “Black Sheep Squadron” fame amid concerns a military hero who shot down enemy planes was not the right kind of person to represent the school.
Regards  —  Cliff

  Pappy Boyington's son enuciated the academic law that "All points pro[ficient] are points wasted".  If that is too complicated, think of it this easy.  You only have to do well enough to go on to the next level.  Anything more is just distracting you from other important activities.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Defending Israel

For John, BLUFThe leading edge of hatred and voices should be raised.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Someone sent this to me this evening and it seems appropriate.
Blood libel against Jews has a long and ugly history.  Sadly, it continues in many forms.  Incitement against Jews is reaching new heights in the Middle East and in Europe.  Jews are being assaulted, stabbed and murdered.  Here in Boston the MBTA, bullied by the ACLU, has joined in that incitement by accepting and posting vicious ads which accuse Jews of killing Palestinian children.

The purpose of the ad is not to inform Bostonians about the complex conflict in the Middle East; it’s to demonize Israelis and Jews.  This is a shameful act by the MBTA - a direct incitement to hate Israelis and the Jews of Boston who overwhelmingly support the Jewish state.

Attempts to place countering ads have been rejected by the MBTA with no reason given. MBTA’s double standard and bigotry must end.  The public officials responsible for permitting these hateful ads in MBTA properties must be held accountable.

The Boston Jewish community will not be silenced.  Our voices will be heard.

Please come to the MBTA board meeting at the MBTA November 23, 2015 1:00 pm MassDOT Boardroom 10 Park Plaza, Suite 3830, Boston, MA

This is the United States and the First Amendment protects all forms of stupidity.  But that doesn't mean voices can't be raised in response, proclaiming the truth.

Regards  —  Cliff