Archive for March 2015

Traits of a sociopath

Sociopath is now a retired term in psychology and has been replaced by psychopath. I disagree with that because I think the word psychopath is most commonly associated with mental illness. Sociopath better connotes personality defects which are distinct from illness. I am also suspicious that the psychology profession desperately wants to depict serial killers…

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Global warming will turn women into prostitutes?

Well, that’s what Democrat Congresswoman Barbara Lee says. There hasn’t seemed to be any global warming going on for the last 17 years, but put that aside for now. The amount of warming predicted in future due to human existence is about 1° C, from a doubling of CO2. The warmers have another argument that…

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Wisdom and history in 15 minutes

From Powerline Blog, Steven Hayward listens to Fred Siegel in the two videos below. The first is 8 minutes and the second is 7 minutes long. I can’t think of a better way to spend 15 minutes. Fred Siegel has written several books on political history. The two I’ve read are The Revolt Against the…

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Brooklyn Law School unhappy with its bar passage rate

Graduates of the Brooklyn Law School (BLS) have traditionally done well on the Multi-state Bar Exam (MBE).  In July 2013, 94% of its first-time exam takers passed the MBE. In July 2014 the BLS passage rate fell to 84%, still respectable by national standards.  Not good enough though, according to Dean Nicholas W. Allard.  Dean…

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France doesn’t like Obama’s Iran deal

Obama Administration Threatens U.S. Allies for Disagreeing with Iran Nuke Deal. Western policy analysts who spoke to the Free Beacon, including some with close ties to the French political establishment, were dismayed over what they saw as the White House’s willingness to sacrifice its relationship with Paris as talks with Iran reach their final stages. A…

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Putting Fascism in proper perspective

Democrats have fostered the notion that Fascisim is a right-wing ideology.  That’s always been hard for me to swallow given that the three Fasicst governments in history never seemed very right-winged to me. The three Fascist regimes were Nazi Germany, Italy under Mussolini, and the longest lasting of the three being Francisco Franco’s Spain from…

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Americans not buying what whacko environmentalists selling

Two recent Gallup polls are bad news for the environmental alarmists. Americans Rating of Environment Inches Up to Record High In U.S., Concern About Environmental Threats Eases The graph below shows the percentage of Americans who rate the quality of the environment as excellent, fair and poor. The latest results show that 50% rate the…

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Norman Borlaug (1914-2009) and the Green Revolution

What he did 50 years ago was called the Green Revolution. It saved a billion lives. If he hadn’t done it then, nobody would be allowed to do it today. Liberals would fight to stop it. Don Surber explains what Borlaug understood: The way to fight diseases that attack wheat and other cereals was not…

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Tell him what he should be told

“There are twenty-seven specific complaints against the British Crown set forth in the Declaration of Independence. To modern ears they still sound reasonable, in large part because so many of them can be leveled against the federal government of the United States.” —P. J. O’Rourke

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Francis Fukuyama on the Modern State

Where did the modern state come from? What makes it different from the Republics of Classical Greece and Rome? In the video below, the latest episode of The American Mind, Charles Kesler and Francis Fukuyama discuss the nature and origins of the modern nation-state. Mr. Fukuyama’s latest book is, Political Order and Political Decay: From…

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Starbucks’ coming public relations train wreck

Starbucks founder Howard Schultz has ordered the baristas — that’s what Starbucks calls its store clerks — to begin serving coffee with a spoonful of social enlightenment. It’s called “Race Together.” Starting last Friday, baristas will be encouraged to write “Race Together” on coffee cups “to facilitate a conversation between you and our customers” about…

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