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Monday, March 21, 2011

LIbs have yet another pair of studies that confirms they are not biased, just smarter!

As usual, we have another study that proves that academia is inundated by leftists, but yet again, these leftists have nothing but excuses as to why that’s the case. The tripe is getting deep. It’s because smarter people are leftists! It’s because leftists care more about education! It’s because leftists are better suited to the academic world. And now we get: It’s because of self selection!

Two studies being released today provide more evidence that bias is not the cause—and the studies provide some additional evidence to back the theory (put forward last year by one of the authors of the new work) that “self-selection" is the primary reason so many academics are liberal. In brief, the self-selection idea holds that some professions have become “typed” in American society in various ways that may relate to gender or class but could also relate to politics. Academe is seen as more liberal, so liberals are more likely to identify being an academic as something to which they aspire. The argument is significant because it does not contest the lopsided political nature of many faculties, but also suggests that higher education is open to those conservative scholars who want careers there.

What a load of crock. No you moron. The reason academia outside of the hard sciences is replete with collectivists is because they have spent the last 5 decades crowding out everyone else that wasn’t one of them. I have friends that would have loved to pursued an academic career that bolted as soon as they realized they would have to compromise their beliefs and kiss the ass of collectivist idiots in order to even stand a chance to make it through the gauntlet. These shitheads don’t tolerate any kind of diversity of opinions, and they certainly do not tolerate anyone that says they are a conservative. Especially one that ends up running circles around them.

Read this article. Peruse the study link. It’s one giant joke of a circle jerk with some leftists trying to make like the problem is of course with everyone else for not being as smart as they are. Puh-leeze!

Posted by AlexinCT on 03/21/11 at 02:00 PM in Fun and Humor   Left Wing Idiocy   Life & Culture   The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Say it ain’t so!

Well, I have always suspected that Ted Kennedy was a scumbag and I am not surprised to find out that the FBI had proof of that:

Posted by AlexinCT on 03/01/11 at 06:53 AM in Decline of Western Civilization   Deep Thoughts   Left Wing Idiocy   Life & Culture   The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Friday, February 25, 2011

Narcissistic hubris, or what?

There really is no shame:

When the DNC’s Resolutions Committee brought up a resolution commemorating Pelosi’s years as speaker of the House, Pelosi’s daughter sought to alter the proposal at her mother’s behest, adding some of the accomplishments that the elder Pelosi felt the committee had overlooked. “I have some friendly amendments,” said Christine Pelosi, a political strategist, at the committee’s session during the DNC Winter Meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel Thursday afternoon. She is a member of the committee.

“You think I’m kidding,” Christine Pelosi added, to surprised laughter from the room. The proposed changes, she indicated, came out of a discussion with her mother. First, Pelosi wanted to add a mention of her fight against HIV and AIDS, because it was “why she went to Congress.” Then, she wanted to insert a paragraph on her “accomplishments for equality,” mentioning the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” in December.

Pad that résumé Nancy! Meaningless bullshit tripe all of it, but she is so full of herself she can’t even just show up and thank the DNC for trying to resurrect her corpse after the pasting she caused the donkeys to take in the last election. Come to think of it, this attitude is standard with the democrat leadership right now, starting at the top: a bunch of whiney pissants, full of themselves, with little good accomplished or to be accomplished, that think their destructive actions have done good. Pfeh to the lot of them.

Posted by AlexinCT on 02/25/11 at 09:15 AM in Celebrity Idiots   Elections   Election 2010   Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Friday, January 14, 2011

A bit of prespective

This is why the MSM is so fixated on Palin and Arizona despite being show to be shills for the left. Not a coincidence, mind you…

Posted by AlexinCT on 01/14/11 at 02:19 PM in Decline of Western Civilization   Deep Thoughts   Elections   Election 2010   Left Wing Idiocy   Life & Culture   Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Let’s get back to rolling back Obamacare.

Now that the distraction of the whole unfortunate and despicable Arizona killings, the subsequent MSM and leftosphere’s even more disgusting and opportunist immediate factless reaction, and the following beat down based on facts, logic, and reason that it finally incited from everyone that was not a collectivist Tea Party/Sarah Palin hating moron, is finally dying down, let’s get to something else: Obamacare and the fact it must die.  It now looks like half of the states in this Union are going to court to end this mess, and that’s music to my ears. I hope even more join up to kill this travesty.

If it is allowed to be implemented, Obamacare will eventually do deep and irreparable harm to our nation’s budget deficit. But while Obamacare is more of a long-term threat to fiscal health at the federal level, it is a clear and present danger to the states. Of the 34 million Americans who gain health insurance through Obamacare, over half (18 million) will receive it through Medicaid.

While Obamacare will pay for all of the benefit expansion for the first three years of the law, and 90% of it after that, Obamacare never pays for any of the state administrative costs for adding those 18 million Americans to their welfare rolls. That amounts to billions in unfunded federal mandates for states to absorb. That is why 33 Republican governors signed a letter to the White House and Congress making an emphatic appeal that Obamacare’s Medicaid provisions be repealed.

Make sure you read that again (emphasis mine):

While Obamacare will pay for all of the benefit expansion for the first three years of the law, and 90% of it after that, Obamacare never pays for any of the state administrative costs for adding those 18 million Americans to their welfare rolls. That amounts to billions in unfunded federal mandates for states to absorb.

Remember things like that the next time some factually challenged, KOS talking point spouting, liberal twit tells you Obamacare will save money or, brings up the even more ludicrous notion that without Obamacare the deficit will be larger. If you understand the gimmickry used to have the CBO give them the dubious claim that this government takeover of healthcare would somehow save us $132 billion during the first decade, and now are armed with these facts about the unfunded costs passed on to the states, you shouldn’t have any problems tearing this thing apart.

Let us hope Congress stops grandstanding about taking away more of our first our second rights, to protect us from ourselves of course, and actually goes to work rolling this horrible thing back ASAP.

Posted by AlexinCT on 01/13/11 at 11:35 AM in Decline of Western Civilization   Deep Thoughts   Elections   Election 2008   Election 2010   Health Care   Left Wing Idiocy   Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

A Steroid Rant

If you’re a baseball fan at all and interesting in tomorrow’s Hall of Fame vote, I’ve written a very long and rambling post at my own site about baseball, the media, steroids and the Hall of Fame.  I get quite exercised:

The players did not choose their legacy — baseball did by not taking the [steroid] issue seriously until an unpopular player started breaking records. The players were the largest part of that, obviously. But they played in an environment in which the only negative impact of steroid use was long term health risk — something many would trade for success. What Verducci and others are trying to apply is an ex post facto judgement. They looked the other way when steroid use was happening. Now that it blew up in their faces, they suddenly want to start issuing retroactive penalties.

I probably come across as more forgiving of steroid use than I actually am.  I think it’s terrible that they infected the game.  But I also think their use was not only tolerating but tacitly encouraged by a league and a media that now want to absolve themselves of any responsibility for what happened. (The Mitchell Report made it clear that the teams had a pretty good idea of who was juicing and who wasn’t.)

Discuss if the subject interest you; ignore if it doesn’t.  If we get at least one beer mug thrown in the sports bar that is the RTFLC comment section, I’ll consider this a job well done.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/04/11 at 08:47 PM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Monday, January 03, 2011

They tuk or JBSZ!

The NYT has a longwinded article dealing with how Europe’s young are growing agitated over future job prospects. It looks gloomy for them, even when the number of young trying to join the workforce has drastically declined due to ridiculous low birth rates amongst the locals, and as more people join the ranks of the retired. No matter the skill set, paying jobs are scarce. Security is fleeting. The percentages of those permanently employed are staggeringly low. The numbers are frightening. And yet, I think the NYT, even though it mentions some of the problems, seems to have missed the boat on the real reason behind this situation: government interference in the job market, to make it meet the social all those haughty justice standards the left so pines for, destroyed the entry job market and made if virtually impossible for the young to become gainfully employed, no matter their skill set.

If you will allow it, I should point out that this travesty is a clear example of the “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” principle. The real scary thing is that there is no way of reversing this damage with the entitled rioting whenever they are told that the system has become unsustainable. If this isn’t a prime example of the failures of collectivism, I don’t know what would dissuade one from these practices. Remember this the next time you hear some idiot talking about increasing the minimum wage or demanding European style benefits and vacation for people here. If we are looking to get employment numbers below 40% – best case scenarios – and as low as 25% otherwise, for our young, we should do more like the Europeans. There is no such thing as a free lunch people. In the end someone pays for it.

Posted by AlexinCT on 01/03/11 at 09:50 AM in Decline of Western Civilization   Deep Thoughts   Left Wing Idiocy   Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Sunday, January 02, 2011

And Now, A Brief Interlude

I’m going to be MIA for a while here--I’ve been tasked for a deployment to the sandbox (don’t worry, it’s nowhere I or anyone else in the military would consider “dangerous"), and my duties over there are going to keep me extremely busy.

In the meantime, I leave you a fury-inducing blast from the housing bubble past.  Try telling me that pop culture hasn’t made the emasculation of the American male a full-time effort after watching this one:

Men, for those of you with good, reasonable, supportive, economically-literate wives, thank your lucky stars you aren’t married to a harridan like this. 

See you all in a few months.

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Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy 2011!

May it be better than the last year.

Posted by AlexinCT on 01/01/11 at 10:12 AM in Blegging   Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Malemployment: The Choice of a New Generation

I’m LOLing so hard at this.  Found here.

You all really need to watch this video that aired on PBS recently, regarding what they are calling the “malemployment” of recent college grads.  The transcript really doesn’t do the video justice, as each of the individuals profiled demonstrates unique facets of cluelessness, but here’s a taste of each, emphasis mine:

PAUL SOLMAN:  David Cook got a B.A. in anthropology in 2008.  Unable to find work in his native Atlanta, he moved his wife and young son to Fort Collins, Colorado, earlier this year for a government job which looked like a sure thing, but:

DAVID COOK, college graduate: They said that they were considering hiring college students, local college students, to fill the positions as interns for free. So…

Translation: “So, not having a steady job already in hand, I uprooted my debt-ridden family to a completely different state on the mere hope that I would be hired.”

PAUL SOLMAN:  After Abigail Lunetta got her B.A. in creative writing two years ago, she worked in New Orleans as a part-time copywriter, then moved to New York to find a real job.

ABIGAIL LUNETTA, college graduate: I just sort of assumed that I would become an assistant editor somewhere for some publication, and just work my way up. It’s definitely no walk in the park.

You dumb fucking striver.  You quit an actual paying job in your field to move to one of the most expensive cities, and the most competitive market, in the entire country, because you ASSUMED that your utter lack of experience wouldn’t matter and that publishing houses would shower you with job offers.  Now you’re stuck picking up dog crap for the city’s actual achievers.  Serves you right for believing your teachers when they said “get your degree!  It doesn’t matter what it’s in!”

Unsurprisingly, that’s not the most ignorant or snotty thing she says.  She actually believes it’s Wall Street’s fault that her lack of skills and pointless humanities degree from a state school haven’t gotten her the job of her dreams, and she can’t live like the Sex and the City whores.

Evan Melillo is a history major who minored in political science and graduated last year $40,000 in debtHe hoped to land a local government job after an internship at the town manager’s office in nearby Sandwich, Massachusetts.

EVAN MELILLO, college graduate: I really had to give up on that after a couple of months, because the positions just weren’t there, and who I’m competing with are far more experienced people than me.

People like this tend to go into law school or get an MBA, and take on even more debt, royally screwing themselves even further.  That’s not even the most LOL moment for Evan, though:

LAUREN MELILLO, mother of Evan Melillo: Evan’s brother was—has not been to college and has had just about as much success finding work, making the same amount of money as Evan has.

Yeah, and I bet Evan’s brother doesn’t have 40 Gs in debt either.  They don’t show his bro in the feature, but I would bet a Franklin that he rubs that fact in Evan’s face every chance he gets. 

PBS, bless their hearts, saves the best for last:

GC, college graduate: I have applied for 400 jobs, at least, probably closer to 500.

PAUL SOLMAN: GC graduated from Brown in 2009, $80,000 in the hole. A comp lit major, she hoped to work at a nonprofit for at-risk youth. But 18 months have yet to produce a full-time job.

Gee, what’s wrong with this picture?  Oh yeah, you could have used that high IQ of yours to get a chem engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines (she lives in Denver), and put yourself in a position to actually pay off the tuition after graduation if you knew how to hustle.  Instead, you went $80k in the hole to get a fucking comp-lit degree in the hopes you’d get a job at a non-profit after college.  Did you ever think how in the BLUE HELL you were going to pay that debt back working for a non-profit?

As I said, each of these chumps shows a unique level of cluelessness, not too mention an exaggerated sense of entitlement.  I DESERVE TO GET THE JOB OF MY DREAMS, I HAVE A DEGREE AND MUST BE COMPENSATED FOR MY EFFORTS.  As tough as this depression has been for a lot of people, I have to admit a special sense of glee at seeing a bunch of self-involved douchebags from the Millennial generation being brought low by real life.  Hopefully they’ll take the right lessons from this (there’s hope, I think, for Evan; Abigail will go on thinking she’s special and wondering why Houghton Mifflin won’t put her in charge of the whole operation).

This is just another symptom of the disease I wrote about a few months ago.  This country has absolutely got to stop acting as if getting a blue collar job is something only “those people” do.  It’s been a steadily growing cultural malaise ever since the 1960s, this attitude that if one doesn’t get a college degree and join the paper-pushing managerial class by any means necessary, then one has utterly failed at life.  It’s created at least two generations of debt slaves (in some cases, these people will be paying for their college education literally for the rest of their lives) in an economy that is way over-saturated with people just like them, with not enough jobs to go around.  Our technocratic wonderland has finally reached a scale where it cannot sustain the workforce it has.  We will either have to ramp back, or see the whole structure come tumbling down.

In January 2012, GC requested that her name be removed from this article. She expressed regret at giving the interview and has since moved on professionally. As per her request, her name has been reduced to initials, and we wish her the best as she is currently, in her words, “networking heavily and trying to change career fields.” - JimK

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Good Luck, We’re All Counting On You

Surely, you must be joking.  Unfortunately, he’s not. And we can’t call him Shirley anymore.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 11/28/10 at 09:23 PM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Friday, November 12, 2010

This is what’s destroying our future..

This news, that government is bleeding us dry, growing out of control, and now the best place to work for the most freebees, comes as no surprise to those of us that have been paying attention to what’s happening. If you want to know which jobs the collectivists are talking about when they say the near $1 trillion dollar stimuluspatronage bill saved, it is these ones.

Here’s where the real pay dirt is. In the last five years, the number of federal employees making $150,000 or more per year increased tenfold, according to an investigation by USA Today. Those high wages increased by twofold under the Obama administration. “The biggest pay hikes have gone to employees who have been with the government for 15 to 24 years,” the paper reports. “Since 2005, average salaries for this group climbed 25% compared with a 9% inflation rate.”

Yes, the middle class is being destroyed by the rich elites, but the rich elites destroying this country are not the people the left conveniently blames, but them and their masters. I have yet to find anyone in government I don’t think is drastically overpaid, horribly underworked, full of their own self importance and yet more often than not easily done without, and hard at work fleecing the hard working citizen that isn’t part of that inner circle, with the exception of the military. Spending cuts NOW!

Posted by AlexinCT on 11/12/10 at 11:58 AM in Deep Thoughts   Left Wing Idiocy   Life & Culture   Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Thursday, November 11, 2010

This was not me!

I don’t need my dad to drive me around, I don’t live in New Haven, and while I love me a great sammich, know how bad the emergency services at our hospitals are, and believe in being prepared, this was just a bit too much.

Posted by AlexinCT on 11/11/10 at 12:05 PM in Deep Thoughts   Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Let Me In--Go See It

During college, I worked in a movie theater, and I remember what this time of year was typically like--the studios tend to put out maybe one or two decent films, with the rest being largely forgettable crap. 

I still have a soft spot for the movie-theater experience that a home theater system just won’t be able to match, but since Hollywood’s putting out so much awful material, I usually don’t go as much as I’d like unless something about the subject or story really grabs me, just due to the cost alone. 

Not much has changed in the last 15 years, but this fall there might be some gems.  The Social Network is getting a lot of rave reviews, as is Secretariat, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see both films pick up some Oscar nominations between them.

However, I’m going to recommend a film I saw last weekend that ended up being much better than I expected--Let Me In.  This is a remake of a 2008 Swedish film, Let the Right One In, which was a movie about a bullied 12-year-old boy who befriends a vampire that looks like a 12-year-old girl.  The Swedish version was such a critical hit that it became an instant classic among the usual suspects, i.e. the college undergrad liberal arts crowd that tends to affect a pretentious “love” of foreign films; naturally quite a few of them chimped out when they discovered this American remake would be made so soon after the release of the original.  I’m actually going to see it again this weekend, which I haven’t done for a movie in years

Let me make something clear--I absolutely HATE horror movies, and I wasn’t planning on seeing Let Me In, either, until I read a little bit further about the plot.  What intrigued me is that it’s not really a horror or thriller film--this a coming-of-age story with some very subtle themes on the nature of relationships, which uses the “vampire” hook as a plot device to move the story along.  And the traditionally “bloody” parts of the standard horror film are toned way down, in comparison to the “torture porn” style that’s infected the genre since the mid-1980s.  In fact, the tone of the film reminded me a lot of Hitchcock’s work.

However, that hasn’t been to its advantage in these more culturally decadent times.  It’s not a gorefest, so none of the high school/college frat boy crowd will likely go to see this film; because of the age of the kids in the starring roles, the “Twilight” demographic won’t want to see it; and a lot of adults will find the creepy storyline and implied subtexts to be way too uncomfortable to digest. It’s already getting stomped at the box office and probably won’t be around for too much longer.

But I’d encourage the Right-Thinking audience to give this one a shot and go see it in the theater this weekend.  The kids, Chloe Moretz from Kick-Ass and Kodi Smit-McPhee from The Road are absolutely fantastic and create an excellent chemistry, while Richard Jenkins puts on a clinic in how to properly execute a supporting role, despite having only about 15 minutes of screen time.  The cast as a whole plays their parts well, and the music and cinematography are also top-notch.

Give it a chance--I think you’ll be surprised at how good this movie is. 

Posted by on 10/07/10 at 08:34 PM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Obama’s wars, and the fallout

The big news today is Bob Woodward’s book, which doesn’t paint a very rosy picture about Obama and Afghanistan. Woodward, surprisingly, paints a brutal picture of a terribly dysfunctional administration. I am left wondering how much worse things really were if the WH actually thought giving Woodward access to the discussions about Afghanistan would help them out as I read these teasers. There isn’t much that can be spun in a positive way here, despite the WaPo’s best attempt to do so. We now get confirmation that Obama didn’t mean it when he said we took our eye off the ball in the only good fight – Afghanistan – when we went to Iraq:

Posted by AlexinCT on 09/22/10 at 09:15 AM in Deep Thoughts   Elections   Election 2010   Left Wing Idiocy   Life & Culture   The Press Machine   War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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