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Can we no longer call a spade a spade?

A sheriff was gunned down in Houston and, according to local media, the police are looking for a “dark-complexioned man”.

We report, you decide: does this look like a man with a deep tan?

And isn't it exclusionary to even refer to Xre as a

And isn’t it exclusionary to even refer to Xre as a “man”?

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Reflections on Portland’s demand that its shoppers use reusable grocery bags

the fewer people living, the greener the earth

the fewer people living, the greener the earth

I’ve pointed this out here before, but the sight of so many deluded Portlandites dutifully carrying armloads of reusable bags into supermarkets inspired me to repeat the warning: Unlike the paper and plastic bags Portland no longer allows, These things can kill you.

A research paper published last year by professors at the University of Pennsylvania and George Mason University found San Francisco’s ban on plastic bags has had significant negative repercussions on public health.

The study, released in August, found a spike in San Francisco hospital emergency room treatment due to E. coli infections and a 46 percent increase in deaths from foodborne illness in the three months after the bag ban went into effect in 2007. E. coli bacteria, common in the human intestine and frequent suspects in food poisoning, can range from harmless to lethal.

Laws against plastic bags often encourage the use of reusable totes to transport groceries. But as people tend to neglect washing those bags, increased food contamination becomes likely.

“Using standard estimates of the statistical value of life,” the study’s authors point out dryly, “we show that the health costs associated with the San Francisco ban swamp any budgetary savings from reduced litter.”

I spoke with a couple of checkers at Trader Joe’s about this issue, and they both told me they won’t touch the things, and insist that shoppers using them place their groceries in the bags themselves. “Absolutely disgusting,” one said. “Unbelievably filthy”, added the other.

I myself pay the cash penalty for doing so and use clean, recyclable plastic.

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If possible, Hillary’s getting even more desperate

First the came for the wetbacks, but I did not speak out ....

First the came for the wetbacks, but I did not speak out ….

Her opponents are Nazis of the worst sort: Republicans intend to round up illegals and put them in boxcars.

And Republicans, of course, are terrorists.

Hillary, is proving that Godwin’s Law which posits that, “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1—​ that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler or Nazism.” has jumped from the Internet to the physical world of politics.

As she was spewing all this hatred, by the way, word leaked out from her secret email stash that hubby Bill’s (repeated) requests for permission from the State Department to give (lucrative) speeches in North Korea and  Congo had been denied, despite his offer to donate the proceeds to his personal “charity”. At least he tried.

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Well that’s the point of it, after all

Solar panels on the Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen  residence (Mr. Brady's Tesla is out of sight, being recharged by the chauffeur).

Solar panels on the Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen residence (Mr. Brady’s Tesla is out of sight, being recharged by the chauffeur).

Powerline: Berkley study: clean energy credits go to the rich.

The Energy Institute at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley has posted a working paper entitled “The Distributional Effects of U.S. Clean Energy Tax Credits.” The paper is a devastating indictment of who’s getting Cecil the Lion’s share of the tax credits. If this were any other cause than “green energy,” the Left would be screaming about the redistribution of income from the middle class to the upper class.

Here’s the complete abstract:

Since 2006, U.S. households have received more than $18 billion in federal income tax credits for weatherizing their homes, installing solar panels, buying hybrid and electric vehicles, and other “clean energy” investments. We use tax return data to examine the socioeconomic characteristics of program recipients. We find that these tax expenditures have gone predominantly to higher-income Americans. The bottom three income quintiles have received about 10% of all credits, while the top quintile has received about 60%. The most extreme is the program aimed at electric vehicles, where we find that the top income quintile has received about 90% of all credits. By comparing to previous work on the distributional consequences of pricing greenhouse gas emissions, we conclude that tax credits are likely to be much less attractive on distributional grounds than market mechanisms to reduce GHGs.

Market forces? Let the little people decide? Harold, get me another martini – I’m feeling faint.

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More potential Starbucks employees

They make enough noise so that you might think they are, but actually they're less than 3% of the population

They make enough noise so that you might think they are, but actually they’re less than 3% of the population

University of Tennessee tells students, professors to stop using offensive terms like “she” and “he”.

The University of Tennessee has told its staff and students to stop calling each other ‘he’, ‘she’, ‘him’ and ‘her’ – and to start referring to one another with terms like ‘xe’, ‘zir’ and ‘xyr’ instead.

The Knoxville branch of the public university, which has 27,400 students, sent a memo round to its members filled with unusual new parts of speech to avoid referring to anybody’s gender.

According to a gay rights official at the university, the new language regime will make the university ‘welcoming and inclusive’ and stop people feeling ‘marginalized’.

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Why Putin so loves Obama

Shut up and let me drive

Shut up and let me drive

Charles Krauthammer explains. The only thing I disagree with Mr. Krauthammer here is that he attributes Obama’s acquiescence to naiveté and ambivalence towards Russia. I used to think that; now I don’t.

On September 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years.

The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The Nato secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did anything. The European Union said it was too early to discuss any possible action.

The timing of this brazen violation of Nato territory — two days after President Obama visited Estonia to symbolize America’s commitment to its security — is testimony to Vladimir Putin’s contempt for the American president. He knows Obama will do nothing. Why should he think otherwise?

  • Putin breaks the arms embargo to Iran by lifting the hold on selling it S-300 missiles. Obama responds by excusing him, saying it wasn’t technically illegal and adding, with a tip of the hat to Putin’s patience: “I’m frankly surprised that it held this long.”
  • Russia mousetraps Obama at the eleventh hour of the Iran negotiations, joining Iran in demanding that the conventional weapons and ballistic missile embargos be dropped. Obama caves.
  • Putin invades Ukraine, annexes Crimea, breaks two Minsk cease-fire agreements and erases the Russia-Ukraine border. Obama’s response? Pinprick sanctions, empty threats and a continuing refusal to supply Ukraine with defensive weaponry, lest he provoke Putin.

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It is true that Putin’s resentment over Russia’s lost empire long predates Obama. But for resentment to turn into revanchism — an active policy of reconquest — requires opportunity. Which is exactly what Obama’s “reset” policy has offered over the past six and a half years.

Since the end of World War II, Russia has known that what stands in the way of westward expansion was not Europe, living happily in decadent repose, but the United States as guarantor of Western security. Obama’s naivete and ambivalence have put those guarantees in question.

It began with the reset button, ostentatiously offered less than two months after Obama’s swearing-in. Followed six months later by the unilateral American cancellation of the missile shield the Poles and the Czechs had agreed to install on their territory. Again, lest Putin be upset.

By 2012, a still clueless Obama mocked Mitt Romney for saying that Russia is “without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe,” quipping oh so cleverly: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.” After all, he explained, “the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

Turned out it was 2015 calling. Obama’s own top officials have been retroactively vindicating Romney. Last month, Obama’s choice for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff declared that “Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security.” Two weeks ago, the retiring Army chief of staff, Raymond Odierno, called Russia our “most dangerous” military threat. Obama’s own secretary of defense has gone one better: “Russia poses an existential threat to the United States.”

Turns out the Cold War is not over either. Putin is intent on reviving it. Helped immensely by Obama’s epic misjudgment of Russian intentions, the balance of power has shifted — and America’s allies feel it.

And not just the East Europeans. The president of Egypt, a country estranged from Russia for 40 years and our mainstay Arab ally in the Middle East, has twice visited Moscow within the last four months.

The Saudis, congenitally wary of Russia but shell-shocked by Obama’s grand nuclear capitulation to Iran that will make it the regional hegemon, are searching for alternatives, too. At a recent economic conference in St Petersburg, the Saudis invited Putin to Riyadh and the Russians reciprocated by inviting the new King Salman to visit Czar Vladimir in Moscow.

Even Pakistan, a traditional Chinese ally and Russian adversary, is buying Mi-35 helicopters from Russia, which is building a natural gas pipeline between Karachi and Lahore.

As John Kerry awaits his upcoming Nobel and Obama plans his presidential library (my suggestion: Havana), Putin is deciding how to best exploit the final 17 months of his Obama bonanza.

The world sees it. Obama doesn’t.

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Polo this Sunday, 3:00 PM

Last one in's a rotten egg!

Last one in’s a rotten egg!

There’s a polo game scheduled up at White Birch this weekend (game, 3:00, gates open @1), and if you’ve never been to such an event, I recommend it. While the game is no longer played with severed heads of enemies, it’s still fun to watch, because the sight and sound of these mounted teams thundering down a 300-yard-field is rally exciting and beautiful at the same time.

They used to charge ten bucks per car load for the great unwashed; it’s up to $40 now, but that’s for the car and all its passengers, so it’s still a very affordable treat – kids love it and so, too, do adults. I met a very nice, older lawyer in the courthouse once who told me how his family always made the trip up from NYC to Greenwich to watch the games: “who’d think it, a nice Jewish family from Brooklyn, having such fun? We have a great time.”

I’d skip all the baloney garb that many of the participants, mostly, it appears to me, Westchester County and north-Stamford residents all Greenwich wannabes, wear, and just enjoy it. You don’t need to know the rules, because what’s to know? The ball goes between the goal posts, it’s a point. If not, not.

Bring a lunch and refreshments if you want. I’m pretty sure refreshments aren’t served to the carload people like us, but who cares?

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