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Divest UC of USA or Vice Versa?

By 2.16.15

The University of California Student Association has approved a resolution to direct UC regents to divest financially of the governments of Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Sri Lanka and the United States. “UC students did not give consent to invest in governments engaged in violence against others,” proclaimed the Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California, targeting the above countries for human rights violations. The motion — which passed with nine yes votes, one no vote, and five abstentions — faulted the U.S. government for conducting drone strikes abroad, as well as the nation’s high incarceration rate and deportation policies.

My suggestion to these students would be that if they truly want to cleanse themselves from dirty American tax dollars, then they should not go to a state university or accept any grubby federal student aid. But it seems the whole point of being a UC student activist is to abandon all thought of regulating one’s own behavior in furtherance of telling everyone else how they should live.

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Eminentoes

Episcopagans

By 2.16.15

On December 27, 2014, at 2:30 in the afternoon in suburban Baltimore, the inebriated Episcopal Bishop Heather E. Cook’s Suburu struck and killed a much loved 41-year-old married father of two, cyclist Thomas Palermo, shattering her front windshield. She drove away, a hit and run, returning about 30 minutes later.

Arrested and charged with driving under the influence, causing an accident due to texting while driving, and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, she was later released on $2.5 million bail. Now a grand jury has issued an indictment including manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Cook, 58, registered a shocking .22 breathalyzer reading shortly after the fatal collision, close to the .27 reading she registered in a 2010 arrest that Episcopalian leaders failed to reveal to the delegates who elected her last September to the high-ranking position.

Bishop Heather — in today’s Episcopal Church many bishops prefer the first-name address — and her enablers create a fascinating tableau of the sketchy contempo Episcopagans.

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A Bigger Perspective

Celebrating George Washington’s Entrepreneurship

By 2.16.15

This month, America celebrates the birthday of one of the country’s earliest business innovators and large-scale entrepreneurs.

During a time period of America’s existence as a British colony and then a young nation—when communication and transportation faced challenges, to put it mildly—this businessman built an enterprise with international reach. He opened a mill that ground 278,000 pounds of branded flour annually that was shipped throughout America and, unusual during colonial times, exported to Europe. And in the 1790s, late in his life, he built one of the new nation’s largest whiskey distilleries.

Don’t think you’ve heard of this early titan of industry? Well, you might know him from some of his political and military achievements. As commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, he led the nascent American nation to a hard-fought victory for independence. Then, a few years later, he became the new nation’s first president.

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Amelia’s Kitchen

RECIPE: Scott Walker Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup

By 2.16.15

Scott Walker has emerged as a popular contender for the GOP nominee in 2016. As governor of Wisconsin, he tamed the public employee unions, handily beating a recall to top off his victory. He has experience in the hot seat and knows how to get things done. Is this Wisconsinite the man for the top job? 

He’s hearty Midwestern fare, that’s for sure. Just like today’s recipe:

SCOTT WALKER WISCONSIN BEER CHEESE SOUP

What You’ll Need:

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The Obama Watch

You Lie!

By 2.13.15

To vouch for the president’s ethics, his chief political lieutenant touts a lie the president told to the American people for years about his position on gay marriage. His ends-justify-the-means mendacity on one of the most divisive issues of our times somehow makes him a more moral man. Beam me up, Scotty!

David Axelrod writes in his new book Believer, “Obama never felt comfortable with his compromise and, no doubt, compromised position. He routinely stumbled over the question when it came up in debates or interviews, ‘I’m just not very good at bulls——-,’ he said with a sigh after one such awkward exchange.”

The president was for gay marriage before he was against it before he was for it. Yet, he insists in the aftermath of Axelrod’s publicity tour that he never fibbed. To quote Congressman Joe Wilson, “You lie!”

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Spectator's Journal

Tyrrell Opens the Bartley Gala of 2015

By 2.13.15

Does anyone remember that classic of left-wing thought written back in 2009, The Death of Conservatism? This extended exercise in sophistry was written by Sam Tanenhaus, and naturally it was celebrated by all the mainstream media’s walking dead: the walking dead at the money-losing New York Times, the walking dead at the money-losing Washington Post, the cadavers at the major networks, led by NBC News and its drop-dead beautiful star, Brian Williams, whose mythical helicopter crash-landed just last week. Tanenhaus’s book actually came out just months before a disconcerting event took place. That disconcerting event would be the off-year elections of 2010. You will recall that the 2010 elections were what we now call a wave election in which conservatives sprang from their sepulchers and swept in the conservative House of Representatives and 29 governorships, and many state legislatures.

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Campus Scenes

Let’s Give Our Empty Pocket College Kids a Fighting Chance

By 2.13.15

What kind of a country have we become where a college graduate with empty pockets starts their working life burdened with a debt that will take them decades to pay off? If there was ever a reason to defrock politicians, it is for their inherent inability to remove the needless barrier of debt that impedes the best and the brightest, the most ambitious and creative among the lesser financially endowed.

I am viscerally offended by the fact that today’s students are stuck paying huge debts incurred getting a college degree and I keep wondering if my experience six decades ago is relevant to what college graduates have to look forward to in today’s world.

My College Days: A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Although I graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, which is one of the elite high schools in New York, my marks were not exactly stellar. I was rejected by most colleges until thankfully being admitted to New York University’s uptown campus when it was on University Avenue in the Bronx.

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Special Report

Federal Reserve in Deep Panic over ‘Audit the Fed’

By 2.13.15

The governors of the Federal Reserve are in a panic deeper than the ones they supposedly are protecting us from. This week, a few of the financial wizards at the Fed came out to tell the American public why they are against an audit of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decisions—and why you should be too.

Dallas Fed Chief Richard Fisher said on Monday that the Fed is already "audited out the wazoo.” He wasn’t, of course, referring to the kind of audits that proponents of the “Audit the Fed” bills (S. 264/H.R. 24) actually want—audits of the board’s monetary policy decisions. Rather, he was likely referring to the annual audits of the bank’s financial statements, which are conducted by the General Accountability Office. Philadelphia Fed Chief Charles Plosser went out of his way to slam the bill on Monday, too.

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The Nation's Pulse

A Valentine Wish: Could We Bring Back Romance and Dating?

By 2.13.15

Talk to college or young career woman and you’ll often hear the lament that dating is extinct and romance is a relic of 19th century novels. Instead of guys having the confidence to ask a girl out and “court” her, we have a $2 billion on-line industry with dozens of on-line “dating sites where mutual interests draw a couple together.

There are also plenty of “relationship coaches” to help jump start or streamline the process of getting young people off their phones to talk to each other face-to-face. Such coaching was prompted by the fact that young adult relationships are typically anchored in social media; about half of users check up on previous dates through social networking sites (SNS), about a third of them usually post details and pictures of their dates, and about a third of them use SNS to “check out” someone they are interested in dating.

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The Public Policy

Has Google Pushed the Communications Decency Act Too Far?

By 2.13.15

The cyber-attack on Sony Pictures has raised many serious questions for 2015—and some seemingly frivolous “concerns.” For example, Google has alleged that stolen Sony documents reveal that the Motion Picture Association of America is attempting to resurrect the Stop Online Piracy Act, which died in Congress two years ago. Google claims that the MPAA “led a secret, coordinated campaign to revive the failed SOPA legislation through other means.” Specifically, that the MPAA “helped manufacture legal arguments in connection with an investigation by Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood,” and that this amounts to its “trying to secretly censor the internet.”

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