Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cruising the Web

So Obama is yet again going to "pivot" to talking about the economy. But the funny thing about this pivot that the White House is trumpeting and Obama is gearing up to do by meeting with Organizing for America doesn't involve any new proposals. He's mobilizing his bully pulpit to try to convince Americans that his policies have really turned around the economy. Tell that to all those working part-time who can't get full-time jobs since their employers are worried about Obamacare.

When looking at how Detroit came to the situation it is facing today, remember that it has been controlled by the Democrats since the 1950s and the unions since the 1940s. It is an example of what happens when Democratic one-party rule is combined with union dominance can do to a polity.

Researchers have found a connection between adding iodine to salt and increases in our nation's average IQ.

Ron Fournier looks at the lessons that Detroit's collapse has for other cities.

Yet another flip-flop for Obama for political reasons: as much as he is trumpeting his dislike of stand-you-ground laws, he voted to expand such a law when he was int he Illinois state senate.

John Mauldin explains how the unintended consequences of Obamacare are falling on young people.

Byron York explains how the Republicans are being overly optimistic when they think that Obamacare will fail before its major provisions go into effect. It's going to face major difficulties, but it will still go on.

Heh. Cornel West isn't impressed with what he sees as the "rent a Negro phenomenon on MSNBC."

Congress is going to debate repealing the ethanol mandate. Good. That law has been a major mistake ever since it was implemented in 2005.

New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly defends the NYPD's record in fighting crime and answering those who argue that the department is targeting minorities.

Shelby Steele really lays it out for how civil rights leaders have declined into a joke since the great battles of the 1960s.
The purpose of today's civil-rights establishment is not to seek justice, but to seek power for blacks in American life based on the presumption that they are still, in a thousand subtle ways, victimized by white racism. This idea of victimization is an example of what I call a "poetic truth." Like poetic license, it bends the actual truth in order to put forward a larger and more essential truth—one that, of course, serves one's cause. Poetic truths succeed by casting themselves as perfectly obvious: "America is a racist nation"; "the immigration debate is driven by racism"; "Zimmerman racially stereotyped Trayvon." And we say, "Yes, of course," lest we seem to be racist. Poetic truths work by moral intimidation, not reason.

In the Zimmerman/Martin case the civil-rights establishment is fighting for the poetic truth that white animus toward blacks is still such that a black teenager—Skittles and ice tea in hand—can be shot dead simply for walking home. But actually this establishment is fighting to maintain its authority to wield poetic truth—the authority to tell the larger society how it must think about blacks, how it must respond to them, what it owes them and, then, to brook no argument.

British satire paper has the winning headline for yesterday's big news.