Daily Archives: November 11, 2015

Another conspiracy by Sean Penn to bring down Venezuela

I was only pretending to be your friend

I was only pretending to be your friend

Two of Venezuela’s president’s kin arrested for smuggling cocaine

WASHINGTON—U.S. agents arrested two relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on charges they conspired to transport 800 kilograms of cocaine to the U.S., according to two people familiar with the matter, a potentially explosive incident that comes amid U.S. accusations that the top echelon of Venezuela’s government is involved in the narcotics trade.

The two men, Efraín Antonio Campo Flores and Francisco Flores de Freitas, were first arrested in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Tuesday by local police, turned over to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and flown the same day to New York in a DEA jet, these people said. The two were scheduled to go before a federal judge in New York on Thursday, they said. A spokesman for the federal district court declined to comment.

The arrests come as prosecutors in New York, Washington and Miami are pursuing numerous investigations into alleged drug-trafficking and money-laundering activities of top Venezuelan military, police and government officials, according to U.S. officials.

U.S. officials have long said Venezuela is the main transit point for cocaine from next door Colombia. Caracas routinely denies allegations that it is involved in drug trafficking, characterizing them as efforts to destabilize its leftist government.

The two men contacted a DEA confidential informant in Honduras in October and asked for help in trafficking 800 kilograms of cocaine through the airport in the country’s Caribbean island of Roatán, according to one of the two people familiar with the case.

In subsequent meetings in Venezuela, this person said, the two Venezuelans brought a kilogram of cocaine to a confidential informant to show the quality of the promised drug, which was to be sold in New York. Agents filmed and taped the meetings with the Venezuelans, this person added.

The arrests come as Mr. Maduro’s government faces legislative elections in December amid a collapsing economy marked by 200% inflation and the widespread scarcity of essential medicines and food.

Polls of American college students show overwhelming support for socialist Bernie Sanders, presumably because they hope he can do for this country what Chavez and his successors have done to theirs.

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When is a treaty not a treaty? When an oligarchy wants it that way. Paris accord being drafted to avoid requiring Congressional ratification

That's what we think of the Constitution, and that's where you can put it

That’s what we think of the Constitution, and that’s where you can put it

John Kerry has just admitted it.

Delegates from 195 countries are due to finalise a new global climate accord in Paris that will replace the Kyoto treaty, which failed to stop emissions rising. The US signed but failed to ratify that treaty, largely because it did not cover China, now the world’s largest carbon polluter.

A European Commission spokeswoman on Wednesday said the commission and many nations “would like the Paris agreement to be in the form of a protocol or a treaty” which would represent “the strongest expression of political will and also for the future it provides predictability and durability”.

Privately, EU officials acknowledge the Obama administration is eager for a deal in Paris, but not one containing new, legally binding measures because these would strengthen arguments that the agreement needs approval from a hostile US Senate, which must ratify all treaties.

To that end, negotiators are trying to craft an agreement that satisfies all sides, possibly by making its rules and procedures legally binding, but not the actual targets in many of the climate pledges that nearly 160 countries have made this year for the deal.

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Glenn Reynolds: After Yale, Mizzou, raise voting age to 25

Yale student shrieks at prof

Yale student shrieks at prof

This has been pointed out here, often, but as usual, Reynolds says it better.

In 1971, the United States ratified the 26th Amendment, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. In retrospect, that may have been a mistake.

The idea, in those Vietnam years, was that 18-year-olds, being old enough to be drafted, to marry and to serve on juries, deserved a vote. It seemed plausible at the time, and I myself have argued in the past that we should set the drinking age at 18 for the same reasons.

But now I’m starting to reconsider. To be a voter, one must be able to participate in adult political discussions. It’s necessary to be able to listen to opposing arguments and even — as I’m doing right here in this column — to change your mind in response to new evidence.

But now the evidence suggests that, whatever one might say about the 18-year-olds of 1971, the 18-year-olds of today aren’t up to that task. And even the 21-year-olds aren’t looking so good.

Consider Yale University, where a disagreement over what to do about — theoretically — offensive Halloween costumes devolved into a screaming fit by a Yale senior (old enough to vote, thanks to the 26th Amendment), who assaulted a professor with a profane tirade because the professor’s failure to agree with her made her feel . . . unsafe.

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This isn’t the behavior of people who are capable of weighing opposing ideas, or of changing their minds when they are confronted with evidence that suggests that they are wrong. It’s the behavior of spoiled children — a characterization that Friedersdorf, perhaps unconsciously, underscores by not reporting the students’ names because, he implies, they are too young to be responsible for their actions. And spoiled children shouldn’t vote.

And this is at Yale, where — alarmingly — the students are supposed to represent America’s leaders of tomorrow.  But the problem isn’t just at Yale, as the University of Missouri recently saw student protests oust a president for . . . well, it’s not entirely clear what he did, but it had something to do with not being sensitive enough to students’ feelings. Nor, sadly, are such events unique; campus craziness has become a standard story line, with new examples appearing almost daily.

As Reason’s Robby Soave notes, student demands for “safe spaces” boil down to a demand that universities fulfill the role of Mommy and Daddy. In the old days — this practice, interestingly, ended about 1971, too — colleges stood in loco parentis (in the place of parents) and, as Soave noted, exercised extensive and detailed control over students’ social lives, sleeping hours, organizing and speaking. Now, he observes, the students are “desperate to be treated like children again.”

Well, okay, I guess. But children don’t vote. Those too fragile to handle different opinions are too fragile to participate in politics. So maybe we should raise the voting age to 25, an age at which, one fervently hopes, some degree of maturity will have set in. It’s bad enough to have to treat college students like children. But it’s intolerable to be governed by spoiled children. People who can’t discuss Halloween costumes rationally don’t deserve to play a role in running a great nation.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor, is the author of The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself, and a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors.

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Missouri hunger striker son of privilege

I feel your pain

I feel your pain

I’m sure the super rich can identify with victims of discrimination, but it must be harder when you’re the son of a railroad executive making $8 million a year.

He is a member of a prominent Omaha family. The newspaper says that Butler’s father is Eric L. Butler, executive vice president for sales and marketing for the Union Pacific Railroad. His 2014 compensation was $8.4 million, according to regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Eric L. Butler and his wife, Cynthia Butler, serve as pastors of Joy of Life Ministries, the newspaper reported. Along with Jonathan Butler, the couple has two other children.

Butler, who was seen walking on the Mizzou campus on Tuesday, has declined to be interviewed by the Post-Dispatch, other than to say he was feeling better.

So let’s see: so far, the poopstika incident has been demonstrated to have never happened, the “racial threat” was phoned in by a (black) non-student, and there’s no evidence, either way, that the passenger in a car who yelled nasty racal epithets at two 6’5″ linemen was a student at Missouri U.

When can we expect Obama to visit?

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This is getting so complicated

person-labyrinth-maze-holding-help-sign-23724075Over-40-year-old black teacher with Christian beliefs sues daycare employer for firing her after she refuses to address 6-year-old girl by her new boy’s name.

Attorney Andy Taylor pointed to Kirksey’s protected class as a black female over 40 who holds religious convictions. “All of those rights were not vindicated but destroyed,” Taylor said.

Taylor stressed that the child had been attending school since the start of classes as a “little girl.”

Using fake names, Taylor said that the child left school Friday as “Sally” and returned on Monday going by “Johnny.”

“They had a real issue on their hands,” Taylor said of the school staff.

Taylor maintained the child’s gender identity wasn’t set in stone. He said the child continued to use the girls’ bathroom. The 6-year-old also played football with the boys and, when hit hard, cried and said, “I’m really not a little boy.”

Taylor likened the imposition of such a decision over gender on a child to “child abuse.” At such a young age, he said, kids haven’t even decided what ice cream or cereal they prefer.

The attorney praised Kirksey for standing up to protect the child from ridicule, as well as keeping the other children at the school in mind who would have been “mightily” confused.

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If they keep working on it, they can probably get it down to a high school graduate’s level

Hot air escapes into atmosphere at Yale, spewing CO2 and ruining the earth

Hot air escapes into atmosphere at Yale, spewing CO2 and ruining the earth

Computer learns to speak like a child: Artificial intelligence software develops the language skills of a four-year-old

“Can we go lower? Of course we can,” Professor Willy Wonka told FWIW. “The real challenge though, will be reducing its cognitive powers to that of a Yale graduate. These damn computers just insist on thinking for themselves.”

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And the insanity intensifies

But at least her rent would be affordable, if she had a place to rent

But at least her rent would be affordable, if she had a place to rent

A reader sends along this happy story: City Councilman introduces bill to prohibit landlords from checking tenants’  FICO scores 

As if rent control weren’t causing enough destruction to the NYC housing stock.

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If love means never having to say you’re sorry, I guess this means he doesn’t love her

and really true love means never dragging your boyfriend to sappy movies

And really true love means never dragging your boyfriend to horrible, sappy movies

Man tells wife he’s sorry for having tried to murder her three times.

Fred Wortman — who admitted to attempting to poison his wife’s toothpaste, then trying to hire a hitman, and later asking an inmate to do the job — told his wife and three kids on Tuesday he was sorry for the failed murder attempts, reports said.

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With this work ethic, do you wonder why she’s paid so little?

Can you spot the Yale students?

Can you spot the Yale students?

Or even complaining about it, when she clearly deserves so much less?

UPS workers march on McDonalds (go figure) to demand $15 an hour and a union to make sure they “get their rights”.

“Working part-time at UPS is like modern day slavery,” said Kioma Forero, who made $11 an hour as a part-time employee before recently applying to be a UPS driver. “That’s the only way I can describe it. You’re unloading a truck, you’re scanning boxes. And they want you to rush, and they want you to bust your ass.”

If these people actually got what they deserve, as they demand, they’d be on the street, stamped as surplus population.

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Greenwich MLS shut down today

Though I’m not aware of a single veteran on their staff (or a married one). Oh well, I’ll just look around for real estate related stuff and put that up here.

Like this: The Greenwich Houlihan Lawrence Christmas post card:

Thinking outside the boxers

Thinking outside the boxers

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But D.C. is a gun-free zone; how could this be happening?

Flanked by his armed bodyguards, Dick Blumenthal demands that citizens be disarmed

Flanked by his armed bodyguards, Dick Blumenthal demands that citizens be disarmed

Washington, home to the strictest gun laws in the nation, witnesses surge of armed robberies in Capital Hill district.

Absolutely no sympathy here; D.C. residents voted in these laws, and are doubtless still chortling at the naiveté of that old NRA slogan, “when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns”.

Oh, we’re so sophisticated!

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I can’t vouch for the average earnings of the panhandlers in Portland, but they’re some of the most well nourished beggars I’ve seen

With Starbuc's tip cup! Gotta love it

With a Starbuck’s tip cup, no less. Gotta love it

NY bums claim they take in $200 per hour.

Neither money nor food from me I give. If stand upright on street corner you can, get a fucking job.

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Our future is in their hands – we’re doomed

College students support Bernie Sanders and his “Democratic Socialism, but have no idea what socialism entails.

Of course they don’t; that would require some basic knowledge beyond “the rich have too much money”. They don’t even understand that the same system that will cripple the economy will redistribute their money to those “less fortunate” (the lazy, the greedy, the loafers). To our modern educated class, the country should give them lots of cool free stuff, like a college education [sic] and subsidized dope. Beyond that, they’re clueless.

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I certainly hope to make it so

Chrissie does Pinetum

Chrissie does Pinetum

Deadly Deer Season is Upon us

Did you know that deer kill more people than bears, sharks and wolves combined? So next time you see me in the woods, please give me a cheerful wave, and thank me for saving your children, your pets and your fragile little Prius.

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In language even an Eli can understand

The Liberty Zone disses entitled Yale snowflakes, and illustrates the essay with this:

yoda-wisdom-feminism-sjws

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