Friday, April 09, 2010

"My profession has a shameful history of beating up on conservatives."

IronShrink debunks another biased study against conservatives:

It happens like clockwork. Every few years, researchers contrive yet another study to prove that conservatives are mentally deficient. This time, the attack comes from evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa in his current paper, Why Liberals and Atheists Are More Intelligent. To be fair, gunning for conservatives does not appear to be his primary motive. Instead, he seems to have tied himself in knots trying affirm a pet theory. Either way, he has recklessly disparaged millions. The methodology is atrocious.

Sorry IronShrink, but anyone with such a biased title for a paper is obviously gunning for conservatives. But I very much agree, the methodology is atrocious.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

"We have 50 percent of people who are getting something for nothing,..."

This is just wrong: "Nearly Half of US Households Escape Fed Income Tax":

The bottom 40 percent, on average, make a profit from the federal income tax, meaning they get more money in tax credits than they would otherwise owe in taxes. For those people, the government sends them a payment.

"We have 50 percent of people who are getting something for nothing," said Curtis Dubay, senior tax policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation.

It's no wonder so many are dependent on the government. If we have an income tax, it's important that all citizens have some skin in the game.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Will Stroock, military historian and author of A Line through the Desert: The First Gulf War emailed to let me know he will be on Blog Talk Radio tonight. You can find out more here.


"...perceived power differentials may create an unintentional atmosphere of coercion."

I received an email today from Robert L. Shibley, the Vice President of FIRE about a press release warning of a new Duke University policy that can make you a rapist without you even knowing it:

DURHAM, N.C., April 7, 2010—Duke University has instituted a new "sexual misconduct" policy that can render a student guilty of non-consensual sex simply because he or she is considered "powerful" on campus. The policy claims that "perceived power differentials may create an unintentional atmosphere of coercion." Duke's new policy transforms students of both sexes into unwitting rapists simply because of the "atmosphere" or because one or more students are "intoxicated," no matter the degree. The policy also establishes unfair rules for judging sexual misconduct accusations. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is challenging the policy.

It seems to me that the most powerful group on Duke's campus is the group of feminists that got this policy passed. If you have sex with one of them, you have obviously been raped and need to file charges.

If you would like to let Richard H. Brodhead, President of Duke University, know how you feel about this new policy, you can send him an email here. I just sent an email and I hope you will too.

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Women march topless in Portland. I love this part:

Ty McDowell, who organized the march, said she was "enraged" by the turnout of men attracted to the demonstration. The purpose, she said, was for society to have the same reaction to a woman walking around topless as it does to men without shirts on.

However, McDowell said she plans to organize similar demonstrations in the future and said she would be more "aggressive" in discouraging oglers.

Why have a march if not to attract attention? I think this woman was just "enraged" because her march was making men happy, or at least interested. Maybe the men should have just looked bored. Would that make her feel better? Probably not. I assume that whatever reaction the men had, it would be the wrong one for this organizer. And honestly, if a large group of men were walking around Portland topless, I dare say that many women would stop and stare, or at least wonder what was going on.

Sunday, April 04, 2010