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  • Archive for April, 2006

    Who Would You Hire?

    Posted by Shannon Love on 6th April 2006 (All posts by )

    All other things being equal, who would you rather hire?:

    (1) A 17-year-old, with no work history who just seems to be looking to pick up a little extra money for the luxuries of modern life.

    Or

    (2) A 30-year-old with a decade or more of work under their belt and a family to support.

    If you were a small-business person would the fact that the number 2 was possibly an illegal alien really matter to you?
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    Posted in Uncategorized | 29 Comments »

    Yet Another Reason I’m Glad to be an American

    Posted by James R. Rummel on 6th April 2006 (All posts by )

    The headline reads Let Burglars Off With Caution, Police Told. It refers to new guidelines for the police in Great Britain that have just been handed down.

    Burglars will be allowed to escape without punishment under new instructions sent to all police forces. Police have been told they can let them off the threat of a court appearance and instead allow them to go with a caution.
    The same leniency will be shown to criminals responsible for more than 60 other different offences, ranging from arson through vandalism to sex with underage girls.

    Its important to note that these new rules are only iron clad when dealing with new criminals and are up to the officers discretion after that. A perp can walk if it is a first offense, while a repeat offender can go home only if he can sweet talk the officer who caught him. But it is also important to note that the Home Office has actually stated that a fair number of serious crimes should be dealt with in this way.

    What blows my mind is that a few of the crimes that will get you a Get Out of Jail Free card are violent in nature. The author mentions threatening to kill, common assault, threatening behavior, and even crimes which result in actual bodily harm.
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    Posted in Law Enforcement | 10 Comments »

    Catch the Buzz

    Posted by Jonathan on 6th April 2006 (All posts by )

    Dan gets a haircut.

    Posted in Diversions | Comments Off

    Missed Opportunities

    Posted by David Foster on 5th April 2006 (All posts by )

    Writing in The Washington Times, Oliver North quotes a representative of the Disabled American Veterans about high unemployment among veterans of the Iraq war. North thought initially that he was talking about those who had been wounded, but the DAV rep disabused him: “You don’t have to have been wounded in action to be ‘unemployable.’ Just to have served in this war makes it tougher to get a job.”

    North goes on to tell about a recent experience on an airline flight. His seatmate, a corporate CEO, asked if “all the troops coming back from over there were ‘screwed up,’” and went on to cite a study alleging that more than a third of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan needed psychological treatment.” (There is apparently an AMA study that cites a number of 35 percent.)

    Seems to me that when members of a profession publish studies showing an increased need for the services of that profession, one should be a little cautious in accepting the conclusions…just as you should assume your dog is not totally disinterested if he shows a preference for T-bone steak for your dinner choice. But whatever the methodology and threshold used for the study…is it really likely that the need for “psychological treatment” among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is greater than among veterans of, say, D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, and Iwo Jima? And yet clearly, history has shown that large numbers of the latter category have done very well in their careers.
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    Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

    Stats That May Be Important in 20 Years – Or Not

    Posted by Ginny on 5th April 2006 (All posts by )

    My Election Analysis breaks down some information from Brookings; he warns it may mean much or it may mean little – the track record is still short. But it is a pattern over the last five months, the trends are all going one way, and Brookings is not generally considered a neocon haven. They do seem under-publicized. In the extended section are selections from both a cautionary editorial and links to stats.

    Update: Wretchard at Belmont Club, with his usual wide-ranging discussion, analyzes these statistics. He also notes discussions that warn the insurgents are merely resting, waiting quietly for America to leave. (Surely only Wretchard would weave these two articles with another on the fining of Carlos the Jackal for “hate speech” and concluding with Lennon/McCartney’s “He’s a Real Nowhere Man.”)
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    Better investing through clichés

    Posted by Mitch Townsend on 5th April 2006 (All posts by )

    Every dog has its day (trendy sectors)

    The popular financial magazines each have an article that they publish at the end of every year. This article lists the best and worst performing funds, and if you weren’t smart enough to put your money into it, that’s just too bad. But if you want to be really stupid with your money, buy into one of these funds as soon as you see the new list.

    The problem with many of these lists is that they are dominated by sector funds. These are funds that invest in a particular set of industries, such as health care and pharmaceuticals, precious metals, natural resources, real estate, utilities, and energy. What the list doesn’t tell you is how much of these spectacular gains were due to those industries’ performance and how much was attributable to the fund managers’ skill and insight.

    If you compare one year’s list to another’s, you will often find that there is a completely different list every year for the shorter periods (past year, past six months, past quarter). Events outside the fund managers’ control are responsible for much of the funds’ performance. For example, funds specializing in public utilities performed poorly in 2005 because of the increase in oil prices; funds investing in oil stocks obviously have done quite well in the same year.

    Even funds that are not explicitly described as sector funds may be heavily invested in a sector that did well for a brief time. Fund managers often have their favorite investments, and if this was the lucky year for that type of investment, the fund may have done well. Of course, fund managers may take credit for anticipating events and taking advantage of their insight. Long term, though, it is difficult to find any money manager who can consistently anticipate the market in which he invests.

    It may be true that every dog has its day; but when that day is over, it’s still a dog.

    This is part of an occasional series on investing. It is meant for the beginning investor and contains only general advice, not recommendations for any specific investment. Terms and conditions apply. Actual mileage may vary. May cause nausea, vomiting, hair loss, and a nasty rash. See program details for blackout dates, lease terms, and all-purpose weasling.

    Posted in Economics & Finance | 1 Comment »

    Hump Day Humor

    Posted by Ginny on 5th April 2006 (All posts by )

    Since it already seems like the week should be over:

    Chris Muir is dissecting the Demo’s slogan – helpfully suggesting: “Vote Democrat Because Your Betters Can Do America.”

    The misogynist Hutton admits “Looking back on my career, I think I can honestly say that none of my students has ever learnt to speak English, and fewer than 10% of them have made any detectable progress at all.” This leads him to his new slogan: The Hutton School of English – Wasting Your Time and Money. Maybe it’s just the people I knew, but ESL always seemed more an adventure than a discipline – one of my daughter’s bridesmaids spent the fall in Colombia – never finding the right school for her well-honed ESL talents. She did, however, return unscathed from various hitchhiking adventures around the country – which either shows a competence or luck. Further adventures this spring are making some of the fittings difficult.

    Iowahawk doesn’t scale the heights of his discussion of the defaming of the Saint of the Packers, but, then, he remains pretty great. He’s been discussing the Democrat’s plan:

    HARRY: That’s right, Nancy. That’s why our tough, no-nonsense emails to the generals will include pictures of Osama bin Laden, so they will know who to get.

    NANCY: But whats about disguises?

    HARRY: Way ahead of you Nancy! Using state-of-the-art PhotoShop smart computers, we will create simulated pictures of Osama bin Laden wearing a mustache, soul patch, trucker hat, and so on, and these will also be included in our emails. Then, the generals will distribute the pictures to the soldiers, and they can then make a surprise attack at Pakistan and get Osama bin Laden, no matter his latest look. Imagine the looks on the terrorists’ faces!

    On the other hand, if you want an oldy but goody & go for timeless culture, you might check out Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Hazardous Dukes’

    And for yet another rousing Republican hymn (just as third parties are appearing on the horizon – likely to take out any chances of Republican future presidents, check out the music video.

    A charming reader notes my mistake (now changed): “I assume your “daughter’s bridesmaid” was teaching ESL and hiking in the country of Colombia, not the District of Columbia. Although it would be an interesting study to determine which is more dangerous and in need of proper English language training. Sorry, as a former resident in, and fan of, the country, this misspelling usually provokes a response.”

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    We Love the MSM!

    Posted by Jonathan on 5th April 2006 (All posts by )

    White House Press Corps

    Here’s another installment in our occasional photo series on the mainstream press, an institution for which we have the utmost respect.

    Remember, these people have editors!

    Previous posts:
    The Allegations Are False

    Posted in Humor | Comments Off

    No Virgin, No Dynamo

    Posted by Ginny on 3rd April 2006 (All posts by )

    Dr. Sanity quotes Dr. Muhammad Wahdan: “Reality is a mistake, we must rectify it.” Especially the reality of, well, the fertile woman.

    Update: Further discussion of cliterectomies on Dean’s World and Neo-neocon.
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    Posted in Islam | 2 Comments »

    ABC Punishes Producer

    Posted by Ginny on 3rd April 2006 (All posts by )

    All whistleblowers are not altruistic. “It is widely believed at ABC News that the e-mails were leaked by a former employee who has a vendetta against Green.” The ABC producer has apologized to the White House (which made him puke) and Madeleine Albright (who has “Jew shame” and besides, well, he didn’t like her). Nonetheless, he’s given a month without pay to think it over.

    On the other hand, I’d prefer the transparency of free & open speech. I suspect we might more easily talk out problems & reach solutions if the bullshit factor were a bit lower.

    Posted in Media | 2 Comments »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 3rd April 2006 (All posts by )

    My idea of an assimilated immigrant is someone with a strong commitment to the Bill of Rights, separation of powers, and federalism.

    -Arnold Kling

    Posted in Immigration | 6 Comments »

    Review of a Review

    Posted by Ginny on 3rd April 2006 (All posts by )

    Harvey Mansfield’s Manliness is reviewed by Christina Hoff Summers in the Weekly Standard. His discussion with Naomi Wolf on last week’s C-Span left me irritated. I assumed the book was not as flimsy as her accusations & his defenses implied. And, indeed, Summers’ grasp is more sure:

    But one forgives Mansfield his imprecision and hyperbole because so much of what he says is profoundly true. Not all of contemporary feminism is a playing out of Nietzschean themes, but a great deal of it is. He is also right when he points out that many feminist leaders emulate some of the cruder and unappealing qualities of manliness.

    . . .

    Mansfield’s analysis of women’s nihilism gives us the lens to understand these developments as caricatures of the feminist will to “empowerment.” It is a form of manly assertiveness unmoderated by Aristotelian ideals. Here we have an example of women imitating masculinity in its lower range. It is the dark side of the “gender neutral society” in which we now live.

    (Probably more about this in the summer, but for now, Summers’ summary might interest our readers.)

    Posted in Book Notes | 1 Comment »

    I got yer Jacksonian right here.

    Posted by Jonathan on 2nd April 2006 (All posts by )

    Genius, thy name is Google Video.

    Posted in Society | 7 Comments »

    Green and Gold…

    Posted by Helen on 1st April 2006 (All posts by )

    …does not necessarily mean the Green Bay Packers. I previously wrote about how some millionaires with million-dollar water views were using the language and the tactics of the environmental movement to stop (wait for it…) a clean energy project. Windmills off Cape Code, to be specific, set up in the Nantucket Shoals.

    Now their fund-raising manual has been leaked to the Boston Globe. Unfortunately, the text of their manual is not available online, but the excerpts are very funny. If you want a reliable guide to shmoozing people with fat wallets and heads, you owe it to yourself to look. Some highlights:

    • Gifts of $5,000 are considered “tokens”; fundraisers are instructed to regard $250,000 as the minimum.
    • 94% of the group’s funds came from donations of $20,000 or more. If that’s grass roots, the grass is pretty darn tall.
    • The driving force and source of funding is Bill Koch, investor, sportsman, and bon vivant. He does not want his view spoiled, and neither do his neighbors.

    You have already heard about NIMBYs. How about BANANAs: Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything.

    Posted in Environment | 2 Comments »