Be fruitful and multiply

My biggest regret too. But you have to have perfect children like we did.

CULTURE: Many Parents Are Happier Than Non-Parents — But Not in the U.S.

One of my colleagues, who has a bunch of kids, said that when he and his wife were first married they asked a lot of older couples what they liked and didn’t like after years of marriage. Nearly all of them said their biggest regret was not having more kids.

Related: The Parent Trap.

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Via Instapundit

No pasaran

“A choice between right and wrong.”

Speech begins at 6:00.

THE CHUCK ‘N NANCY (I.E. CNN) RESPONSE Via Powerline but everyone (on our side) is saying the same. They have no answer, and everyone knows they have no answer, including them.

The Democrats’ response was delivered by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. They came off poorly, I thought. First, they looked ridiculous:

Schumer and Pelosi totally missed the mark, talking not about the border crisis, but about the partial “shutdown” which hardly anyone cares about. They came across as petty and partisan.

Our country is being invaded, as President Trump and most Americans understand. It is far past time to defend ourselves. President Trump wins this one, hands down.

Medgate macroaggression

This was a comment on a previous thread that I have brought to the surface. There are so many similar stories that in the end the left gets you through weight of numbers. The woman at the centre of this needs to be fired, as well as others like her, if these kinds of things are to be contained.

The mainstream media is finally starting to run the article about the Trump supporter college student who got kicked out of medical school at the University of Virginia for publicly debating with a far-left SJW communist professor. Here are two new ones:

College Student Suspended For “Antagonizing” SJW Microaggression Lecture

Med Student Kicked Out of University After Questioning SJW Lecture

Someone also took the time to type up a transcript of the events

University of Virginia Star Chamber

Reddit is freaking out about the story too, of course. 1000s of comments on these threads:

4chan red piller gets kicked out of med school

Comments on above

MS1 suspended after challenging “microaggressions” lecturer

University Of Virginia Med Student Receives 1-Year Suspension For Exhibiting “Antagonistic And Disrespectful” Behavior During “Microaggressions” Lecture – The Clover Chronicle

Med student receives one-year suspension

Medical student burns every bridge past, present, and future because UVa made him sit through a lecture on microaggressions

This story, known as MedGate, has the potential to create a mass public outcry against our far left college system, and thus cause real damage to the student debt loan bubble.

A day at the beach

Via Tim Blair under the heading, Spot the Difference.

Sharp-eyed readers may note one or two points of distinction between pre-New Year’s Eve coverage in the Daily Telegraph and the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Herald’s photo caption:

Keeping cool: A woman in traditional Islamic dress beats the heat at Little Bay Cove

She’s already been denied freedom of clothing and a face, and now the Herald even denies her a name. The gal’s basically a non-being. Well done, Riyadh Morning Herald.

It takes all kinds, it is said, but what exactly is “it” that all kinds are taken by?

How to find balance in an unbalanced world

In part their value is in having things explained from a conservative perspective and partly it is to correct the lies that are never ending in the traditional media, and given how frequent and relentless they are, seem to be deliberate. This is therefore a useful guide to where to look among American websites to balance the phenomenal media distortions: Top 50 Conservative Websites for 2018. In Oz, there are only Catallaxy and Quadrant Online unattached to media organisations.

On the American list, the top spot goes to Drudge, but in the comments at Instapudit many do notice that Drudge has moved to the dark side. A sample:

I dispute that Drudge Report is any longer a “conservative” website…if it ever was. It was always more populist/libertarian/anti-establishment than it was “conservative”. But more than that, the Drudge flavor from even a few years has clearly been subverted. Whether Drudge has changed, or, as rumor has it, he has semi-retired and essentially sold his name to another management team is unclear. What is clear is that Drudge has moved leftward. There is an arguably anti-Trump tone, sly though it may be, to the headlines and the stories linked. This is doubly surprising because Drudge in 2015 was a Trump early adopter, strongly behind his anti-Washington campaign. Something is going on, and I suspect it is the slow, leftward move of the site, incrementally, which readers, like the frog in the slowly warned pot of water, will not notice until too late. Today there seems to be less support of Trump, with more attention paid to anti-Trump articles. There is considerably less vitriol against Democrat positions in general, although the antipathy to Hillary still seems strong. This rating as a “conservative” site strikes me as a kneejerk reaction, made out of habit, without real thought and attention to what is happening there today.

The quality certainly deteriorated in the last few years, and it wasn’t updated very often, but it was still worth a daily visit. However, Drudge seemed to take a severe leftward tilt right around the time of the midterms this year. In a couple of months, he went from a daily read, to a click occasionally, to an un-bookmark for me.

Also left off the list was Ace of Spades which is the site I send people to if they want to read a hardline conservative blog. And while it is not quite a blog in the same sense as the others, there is great value in going to Steyn Online.

But with the media as consistently far left as it is, there are not many places you can go to set the record straight.

Harry Potter and the anti-semitic left

It is hard to work out whether the left is more vile than it is insane, or whether it’s the other way round, but here we have more evidence that it is one or the other: Harry Potter and the Half-Wit Dunces: The lunatic left takes on J.K. Rowling for opposing anti-Semitism. It begins:

Measured by its impact, the BDS campaign to isolate Israel has been about as successful as the Charge of the Light Brigade, say, or the theatrical run of Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, or any other cataclysmic failure that still inspires us, decades later, to ponder the bottomless depths of human ineptitude. And now, not content with their floundering boycotts, the champions of the anti-Israeli left have found a new villain: J.K. Rowling.

Why? Because Rowling is an outspoken critic of the anti-Semitic Jeremy Corbyn and his anti-Semitic Labour Party, a thought crime among those moral and intellectual degenerates who refuse to condemn hatred of Jews when it comes, as it so frequently does these days, from their side of the aisle.

National Socialists were not just socialists, which they were, but also vile and murderous anti-semites. It is obviously a thought process that is easily replicated in an entirely new era with entirely new circumstances. Socialist and anti-semitism seem to be a twin-set that will just never end.

Crossword puzzle knowledge and Donald Trump

There are two kinds of knowledge in the world, Crossword Puzzle Knowledge and then there is Knowing How Things are Done. As an intellectual with a social sciences background, I have the first kind of knowledge, where just about nothing I know or know how to do would be of any use to someone living either a hundred years ago, a thousand years ago or at any time besides the present. And then there are the genuine kinds of knowledge, which are based on the development of our scientific understanding of the natural world that surrounds us, the kinds of people who not only know “germs” cause disease, but are able to turn that knowledge into practical outcomes in real time for real people. Which brings me to this, whose title I have amended to this: Why Intellectuals Hate Trump. Here the focus is on why going even beyond the demented socialists of the left, even among those on the right there is a disdain for the American President.

The anti-Trump right-wing intellectual bristles at a political system that does not “appropriately” value their “expertise” and “superior” knowledge and which, consequently, elevates a “buffoon” like Trump to the presidency—and on the shoulders of millions of those “deplorables,” no less. Anti-Trump right-wing intellectuals traffic in information, the gold standard in today’s world, something upon which we are ever-more reliant. Yet, in this arena, the American electorate defied them and their harebrained “proposals,” offered coercively, not through persuasion. Brazenly so. Thus, they resent the man who smashed their pretensions of politics-as-white-paper-drafting-session and roundly repudiated their perceived “right to rule.

These people are the Crossword Puzzle (CWP) brigade, who know a million things like what’s the capital of Morocco, but not how to actually get things done. The President, who in fact knows quite a lot of CWP forms of knowledge, also knows how things work and knows how to get things done. And the resentment of the CWP types for those who know how to get things done is immense. But sickening.

The only hope for young socialists is that they will grow out of it, dimwits that they are

Such a sanctimonious fool. If she were really willing to be unpopular she would oppose the stupidities she is mouthing in relation to the facts she is so ignorant about. Disgusting and beyond idiotic. Knows nothing about anything she needs to know. A 15-year nitwit who knows only how to get approval from the semi-adults she is surrounded by at every turn. Could she even repeat a single argument actually made by those who disagree with her, not the empty phrases she mouths that will turn her life upside down if they actually become policy. Repulsive in every way one can think. Our crisis is the crisis of socialism and ignorance.

Posted with approval by Nicholas Gruen with the following comment:

Cross posted at Equality by Lot.

Democracy For Young People is, in my opinion a very compelling analysis of the ills of our democracy. It’s a very simple idea – which is that electoral democracy massively underrepresents three classes of people whose influence on democracy the great anti-democrats of the ancient world (i.e. all the thinkers whose work has come down to us in any substantial form) were most hostile to. The young, the poorly educated and the poor.

I thought the ‘solutions’ section would end up at selection by lot, but it moved right along from that to lowering the voting age (dramatically!). But then the conclusion on what to do was an afterthought, and not really the focus of the podcast. The analysis was compelling. It’s good points are that the ideas are very simple, clearly important. They’re also clearly right to some extent, though of course there could be very wide reasonable disagreement on that extent.

So I recommend it.

I recommend it too, in the sense of know thine enemy.

Hallelujah

Christmas at an Irish school for kids with severe autism…. the primary singer could barely converse when she started at the school. And then this:

There are people even there who have never heard choral singing beyond three guitars and a drum.