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The cause which must not be named

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 02:52 PM PDT

(Scott Johnson)

To She Who Must Be Obeyed we add The Cause Which Must Not Be Named:

The White House website has censored a video of French Pres. Francois Hollande saying that “Islamist terrorism” is at the “roots of terrorism.”

The White House briefly pulled video of a press event on terrorism with Pres. Obama, and when it reappeared on the WhiteHouse.gov website and YouTube, the audio of Hollande’s translator goes silent, beginning with the words “Islamist terrorism,” then begins again at the end of his sentence.

Even the audio of Hollande saying the words “Islamist terrorism” in French have, apparently, been edited from the video.

Orwell! thou shoulds’t be living at this hour.

Whole thing here (more here, video below).

Europe Goes Back to Sleep

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 11:59 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)

Back in late February I reported (“Be Like France”) how the French appeared to be taking the problem of Islamic terrorism seriously, as opposed to Obama, who thinks it a risk somewhere not far above infection from hangnails.

You can call it all off. Europe is going back to sleep. From yesterday’s WSJ:

Hollande Retreats from Plan to Change French Constitution

PARIS—French President François Hollande abandoned a plan to strengthen his hand in fighting terrorism by amending France’s constitution, showing how political pressure at home is undermining his law-and-order response to the Nov. 13 attacks.

Mr. Hollande said Wednesday he would no longer seek to pass two constitutional amendments that would have enshrined the government’s power to declare a state of emergency and to strip some convicted terrorists of their French citizenship. . .

The groundswell of public support that buoyed Mr. Hollande in the immediate aftermath of the Paris attacks is fading. . .

Meanwhile, Belgium, whose interior minister admitted Wednesday that the government has cut security forces “too much,” is planning to respond to the terrorist threat with a new $448 million effort at . . . outreach:

After the Paris attacks, the Belgian government announced a €400 million ($448 million) investment in counterterrorism measures, which include significantly increasing counterradicalization efforts in Brussels’s most sensitive neighborhoods.

Good luck with that.

Like France, Belgium seems unable to pass its own version of the Patriot Act:

Four months ago, the Belgian government also announced other legal measures to fight terrorism more efficiently, such as creating a better database of foreign terrorist fighters and allowing house searches 24 hours a day, and not just between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. as under current law.

Belgium’s parliament is still in the process of making the necessary legal changes needed to put those measures into effect.

The interior minister also said, “We will not change the rule of law in this country to be able to interrogate terrorists in a different way.”

Paging Donald Trump.

Hillary Blows a Gasket

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 09:30 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)

The stories of Hillary Clinton’s foul-mouthed bad temper in private are legendary, and have been widely reported. Yesterday on the campaign trail, she blew a gasket at a Greenpeace provocateur who asked Hillary about “fossil fuel” donations while Hillary was working the rope line. She says she is “sick of the attacks from the Sanders campaign.” Just 18 seconds long:

Two observations: I would think when you work a rope line shaking hands, you should just smile and move on rather than lash out at some nobody.

Second, “sick of attacks from the Sanders campaign”? It’s like she’s never been through politics before.  I think her frustration that Democrats don’t want to simply crown her, Because Hillary, is starting to get to her.

And I think it’s about time we re-run our “Grimacing Hillary” gallery:

The Stanford Review Is Going to Get in Trouble. . .

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 08:54 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)

It’s April Fool’s Day, of course, but when colleges are dominated by humorless fools (and knaves, but knaves don’t have a Day dedicated to them, unless it is April 15), it is doubtful the obvious satire of the mighty Stanford Review today will go unpunished. This is just too good not to reprint in full here:

Stanford University has repeatedly failed to address systematic issues on campus. We, the Students of the Stanford Review, have seen our voices silenced, our rights trampled, and our experiences ignored. Not once has an administrator inquired as to the relative health of our feelings – the system is broken! We, the Students of the Stanford ReviewDEMAND change.

1.     WE DEMAND that Stanford builds a wall around El Centro Chicano, and makes MEChA pay for it.

2.     WE DEMAND that Stanford expels Panda Express from campus, since its food is culturally appropriative, and celebrates the harvesting of the endangered panda bear.

3.     WE DEMAND that Stanford renames White Plaza to Black Plaza. Naming a central plaza after a race is hateful.

4.     WE DEMAND that Stanford recognizes that half-lives matter, and establishes a committee to fund the Chemistry and Physics Departments accordingly.

5.     WE DEMAND that Stanford’s Classics Department end its disgusting and exploitative profiteering off the lived experiences of ancient Greeks and Romans.

6.     WE DEMAND that swimming pools be abolished at Stanford, since their blueness shows implicit support for the Israeli flag, further dehumanizing the Palestinian people.

7.     We DEMAND that Stanford ends its use of European languages, since they are inherently colonialist. We recommend Xhosa, Zulu, and interpretive dance as alternatives for person-to-person communication.

8.     WE DEMAND that Stanford’s Applied Quantitative Reasoning requirement not be fulfilled by cis-linear algebra. The experiences of marginalized matrices have been ignored for too long.

9.     WE DEMAND the banning of the Stanford Federal Credit Union from campus, since all debt is alienating and shackles people to the capitalist machine. Also, people use their SFCU debit cards to purchase food from the aforementioned, oppressive Panda Express.

10.  WE DEMAND that Hoover Tower be removed, since its phallic symbolism is not countered by a suitably feminist building on campus.

11.  WE DEMAND that the Math Department immediately cease reducing fractions, each having their own unique identities and experiences, to their lowest common denominators.

12.  WE DEMAND that Stanford base grades only on attendance records in class, since all other measures are discriminatory, as SAL already nobly recognizes.

13.  WE DEMAND that Stanford remove the clearly ageist language in “Old” Union. From now on, the Review will meet in Union 215 on Monday nights.

14.  WE DEMAND that Stanford bans hard alcohol in dorms.

15.  WE DEMAND that the Administration immediately accepts the aforementioned demands, and that a statement of acceptance, a timetable of implementation for each demand, and an administrative point person for each demand be presented to the Review at 3 PM on Friday April 8, in open forum at Buffalo Wild Wings, San Jose.

Well done, brave sirs! Meanwhile, cue the outrage in three, two. . .

A Weak Force vs. An Easily Movable Object

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 08:11 AM PDT

(John Hinderaker)

According to the Washington Post-ABC News Poll, Donald Trump shapes up as the most unpopular person nominated for president in modern times:

If Donald Trump secures the Republican presidential nomination, he would start the general election campaign as the least-popular candidate to represent either party in modern times.

Three-quarters of women view him unfavorably. So do nearly two-thirds of independents, 80 percent of young adults, 85 percent of Hispanics and nearly half of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

Those findings, tallied from Washington Post-ABC News polling, fuel Trump’s overall 67 percent unfavorable rating — making Trump more disliked than any major-party nominee in the 32 years the survey has been tracking candidates.

It is hard to see how a candidate who starts in such a deep hole can possibly win. On the other hand, I am on record as saying that Hillary Clinton is such a terrible candidate that she will never be president. Is she the one Democrat Trump might be able to beat?

A silver lining for Trump is that voters overall also feel antipathy for Clinton, the Democratic front-runner. The distaste for Clinton is not as strong as it is for Trump — 52 percent of voters see her unfavorably — but Clinton’s vulnerabilities, combined with Trump’s unpredictability, haunt many Democrats.

Who knows? Maybe Hillary will be indicted after all. Or maybe voters will warm up to Trump as they see more of him. Or, better yet, maybe Trump won’t get the nomination.

These are all imponderables, but one thing is certain: the steady accretion of power in the federal government, mostly through the growth of the administrative state, has made the presidency a much more powerful office than, under the Constitution, it should be. If we had a more conservative framework of governance, the convergence of two bad presidential candidates wouldn’t be a threat to the Republic.



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