The Slant on the Redskins and Other Offensive Names

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Deal with them. Good news for free speech: the Supreme Court rules against arbitrary and capricious bureaucrats and in favor of the First Amendment.

In a decision likely to bolster the Washington Redskins’ efforts to protect their trademarks, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the government may not refuse to register potentially offensive names. A law denying protection to disparaging trademarks, the court said, violated the First Amendment.

The decision was unanimous, but the justices were divided on the reasoning.

The decision, concerning an Asian-American dance-rock band called the Slants, was viewed by a lawyer for the Washington Redskins as a strong indication that the football team will win its fight to retain federal trademark protection.

Lisa S. Blatt, a lawyer for the team, said the decision “resolves the Redskins’ longstanding dispute with the government.”

“The Supreme Court vindicated the team’s position that the First Amendment blocks the government from denying or canceling a trademark registration based on the government’s opinion,” she said.

Like me, you may have never heard of The Slants and you may have forgotten that Washington has a football team. This is still a win for freedom.

The OPINION.

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U.S. Supreme Court.

Back to Brussels: Seven Thoughts on the Latest Terror Attack

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“Aloha Snackbar!” So said the “soldier of the Caliphate” as he detonated his homicide vest and was simultaneously shot down by soldiers of failing Christendom.

A suspected suicide bomber who allegedly shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ before triggering an explosive vest at Brussels Central Station has been gunned down and killed by soldiers.

Shots rang out soon after 9pm as police and soldiers moved in ‘to neutralise a suspect who was threatening civilians,’ in what is being considered a terrorist incident.

Initial reports suggested the suspect, described as being ‘tanned and well-built’, was wearing a rucksack packed with explosives – while witnesses later claimed he tried to blow up a trolley or a suitcase.

Terrified passengers inside the station ran towards the tracks as they tried to avoid the blast. There were no other casualties reported and police quickly said the situation was ‘under control’.

Tourists were among those who fled in panic, and within a few minutes the busy nearby shops and restaurants were shut down.

The Grand Place, the city’s most popular tourist spot, was completely evacuated alongside the station 650 metres away because of fears that the man might not be acting alone.

I’m going to leave the story at that. Now I want to make a few observations:

1. This comes on the heels of the truck ramming in Paris yesterday. I wasn’t going to even mention that one. There, did it.

2. I didn’t bother to investigate who the terrorist was. However, we know that he was already known to authorities. Why? Why do we know that? Come on, we always know. That’s because the terrorist invaders ARE ALWAYS KNOWN in advance. It’s completely possible he had already been arrested and released for previous terror issues.

3. “…fears that the man might not be acting alone.” He wasn’t.

4. It seems (early) that the Jihadist was the only casualty. I get the feeling his bomb malfunctioned. That makes me think the bomb making is proliferating. There is already a widespread network of ISIS munition experts in Europe. Their products usually go off with a big, concert-shattering bang. This guy was probably a DIY novice, branching out on his own. Not a good thing, except that no one else, here, was affected. Might not be so lucky next time (soon).

5. They said he appeared “tan and well built.” Muscular, healthy, tanned even – just like all pitiful, emaciated “refugees,” you know. Fleeing one war just to fight another one.

6. He was shot by soldiers before detonating himself. Shot by soldiers. The soldiers were already on scene to do the shooting because they are permanently stationed in the city just as they are in France and England. Two kinds of places have soldiers on the streets like that: banana republics and nations under siege. That your pick.

7. Finally, just take a look at the following picture: a city cop, two armed soldiers in full combat gear, and a beautiful native woman crouching in terror:

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Rick Steves should update his Brussels guide. AFP/Getty/Daily Mail.

This photograph sums up instantly where we are, friends and neighbors of the West. How’s the view from your end?

Valediction 2017

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The news from government schools and the standardized “education” industry grows worse by the month.

“Valediction,” as used above, means saying farewell.

Valedictoria: a student, typically having the highest academic achievements of the class, who delivers the valedictory at a graduation ceremony.

The Valedictorian, with the highest academic achievement, gets to say farewell to the school on behalf of the graduating class. And we now bid farewell to valedictorians in American government high schools.

Unfortunately, as the AP points out today, that is exactly what seems to be happening at high schools all around the country as the title of “valedictorian” is being eliminated and/or bestowed upon so many kids in each graduating class that it’s rendered meaningless.

“More and more schools are moving toward a more holistic process. They look deeper into the transcript,” Gottlieb said.

Wisconsin’s Elmbrook School District has for several years ranked only the valedictorian and salutatorian, and only then because the state awards scholarships to schools’ top two graduates, according to Assistant Superintendent Dana Monogue. The change has been accepted by colleges and community alike, Monogue said.

“We are encouraged by any movement that helps students understand that they’re more than a score, that they’re more than a rank,” she said.

One school in Tennessee awarded the “valedictorian” title to 48 kids or roughly 25% of the entire graduating class.

Tennessee’s Rutherford County schools give the valedictorian title to every student who meets requirements that include a 4.0 grade-point average and at least 12 honors courses. Its highly ranked Central Magnet School had 48 valedictorians this year, about a quarter of its graduating class.

At another school in Maryland, the AP highlights the woes of a concerned mother who wonders how ranking might affect her teenager’s confidence.

The day rankings came out at Hammond High School in Columbia, Maryland, students were privately told their number — but things didn’t stay private for long.

“That was the only thing everyone was talking about,” said Mikey Peterson, 18, who shrugged off his bottom-third finish and will attend West Virginia University in the fall.

A spokesman for the Howard County, Maryland, district said schools recognize their top 5 percent so students can include it on college applications and hasn’t considered changing.

“There was a big emphasis on where you landed,” said Peterson’s classmate Vicki Howard, 18. “It made everything 10 times more competitive.”

Peterson’s mother, Elizabeth Goshorn, said she can’t walk into his school without hearing good things about her affable son, but worries about how rankings can affect a teenager’s confidence.

“It has such an impact on them as to how they perceive themselves if you’re putting rankings on them,” she said.

Try as you might, ignoring the principles of basic mathematics does not mean that they cease to exist. And while your enabling parents, high schools and colleges may share your view that ranking people on the basis achievement is racist, sexist and/or any other number of adjectives you may wish to throw out there….again, we assure you that the real world does not care.

Life is competitive and your relative performance versus your peers will ultimately determine your success in life irrespective of how “triggering” that fact may be. The sooner you realize that fact, the sooner you’ll be able to move out of mom’s basement.

The feelings of the snowflakes and the incessant demands of the SJWs destroy another tradition.

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I was not, if I recall ancient history correctly, valedictorian at “my” government high school. We had some very smart kids and very industrious. I’m confident my IQ placed at or very near the top. But my efforts*, while better than average, fell far short of the top slot. I can’t remember who received the honor, and honor it is (was), but I wasn’t the least bit upset about it. I’m happy when people succeed.

Now it’s gone – or going. Maybe it’s time to bid farewell to the schools. A class of valedictorians probably will require remedial education in college and, later, in life. What’s the point?

* My efforts continued to slide in college, as my IQ also surely declined… I rebounded in law school; still not top spot but with honors. I also got a shout out by name, from the faculty speaker, for my achievement. That, I think was rebel-rousing… Hmmm…

Perrin Lovett Coming to Patreon

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My Patreon page is under development. That, for those of you who don’t know, is a venue for the sharing of new and innovative information. Consider it the place (other than Amazon and B&N) where you’ll find the best of Old Perrin – all for a low, low price. Pricing structure and all else is being ironed out now.

So far, I’ve got this:

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I plan to use this as a launch pad for new ideas and projects. Some of those may be well outside my current wheelhouse. One word: “novel.” Maybe “novella.” Short story. Some kind of fiction. Something…

You will be invited soon (I hope) to join this exciting project. It’s an evolving concept. Developing… Stay tuned…

 

PS: I may also make a return to Twitter… Not so excited about that but it may be necessary…

For What It’s Worth: The Alex Jones/Megyn Kelly Files

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I’m not really sure what this is worth. I have tried to watch but haven’t made it through. Kinda like watching a movie after having read the book. Here’s the whole interview, as narrated by AJ and Mike Cernovich:

Info Wars.

I think everyone knew or should have known how this would go. AJ was very clever to record the event and play gotcha with the gotcha artists themselves. Not sure this changes anyone’s thinking about anything.

Politico has some transcripts,etc. HERE.

I’ve been a fan of Jones for a long time. A few years back I was tentatively supposed to be on his show with a story about government corruption of something… That didn’t work out. Anyway, I also like Megyn; this may (likely does) have something to do with her looks more than reporting.

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Cerno is at Info Wars now, btw. Megyn still has the leg factor.

Make of this, all of it,what you will. Or not. Your call.

 

 

10 Injured in London Vehicular Terror Attack (Yes, Another One)

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Developing story… This incident looks to be very similar to the others.

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There are, however, certain abnormalities with the narrative. The attack took place in front of a Mosque as worshipers were exiting services. And the initial reports are that the subject van was driven by a “clean-shaven white man,” who has been arrested. Of course, these initial reports frequently change.

There are a number of white men who are Muslims. Or, this could be a George Zimmerman-style white man. Or it could be an angry Brit with a Breivik-esque vendetta. The ISIS boys are none to fond of being taken alive and they usually exit the vehicle to start shooting or stabbing. No word on the usual “Allahu Akbar!”

If this is not a rinse and repeat, and is a reprisal, then Vox put it best:

Looks like reprisal. “Images on Twitter appeared to show a clean-shaven white man with black hair being detained by police officers behind a van.”

The media will be so happy. Only 16 years after 9/11, they finally have their long-awaited backlash.

We’ll find out soon enough.

Jon, you got anything across the pond???

ISIS in Israel

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Some have speculated as to why ISIS never seems to target Israel despite the Jewish State being right there in the middle of the Middle East. Let’s now put that speculation to rest. ISIS claimed responsibility for the murder of a policewoman Friday night in Jerusalem. The only people doubting the claim are Israeli officials (to their credit, they do have more than one terror group to worry about).

The Islamic State on Friday night claimed responsibility for a coordinated shooting and stabbing terror attack in Jerusalem that killed an Israeli police officer, Hadas Malka, 23, in what the jihadist group vowed would be the first of many attacks.

The jihadist group in an online statement said three IS fighters had targeted “a gathering of Jews” in an operation Friday, and warned that “this attack will not be the last.”

“With God’s help, we succeeded in carrying out an attack in the heart of Jerusalem,” the group said.

This was the first time that the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack in Israel, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist organizations.

By my reckoning this is not the first ISIS sponsored attack there though I will defer to The Times story and SITE. The attack came in the middle of Ramadan, when the Israelis kindly (foolishly) gave permission for Palestinians to enter Jerusalem to visit relatives. The permission is now revoked.

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They use ceramic knives, here and in London, etc., because they are super sharp. These animals mean business. The Times / Israeli Police.

As ALWAYS, the attackers were previously known to the police:

The attackers were from Deir Abu-Mashal, a village near Ramallah, and had previously been arrested for or involved in “terrorist activity,” a Shin Bet statement said. Security forces late Friday night surrounded Deir Abu-Mash’al, and were preparing to raid the assailants’ homes to question their family members regarding the attack.

Known after being arrested for prior “terrorist activity.” ALWAYS.

Not that you’ll read much (if any) of this in the worthless American press, but it will be interesting to see the Israeli response. They’re known to be a little intolerant when it comes to terrorism.

One wonders if or when they will host a candlelight vigil to express solidarity with the people trying to kill them. Is Ariana available?

Death Panel: The Spectacle of Obama-TrumpCare Continues to Disappoint – Everyone and in the Most Ridiculous Ways

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I suppose “fund it so we can kill it” ranks up there with “pass it so we can find out what’s in it.” It’s no cause to hunt them down on the diamond, but the current GOP crop has to be the most ridiculous bunch of idiot losers in legislative history. Has anyone any idea where the ObamaCare repeal/replace/repeal and replace/amend/screw up is possibly going? It seems the GOP doesn’t:

Top congressional Republicans have delivered a surprising plea to the Trump administration: Don’t sabotage the Affordable Care Act while we try to repeal it.

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander on Thursday became the second GOP committee chairmen in as many weeks to urge the administration to continue payments of subsidies to insurance companies that are considered crucial to stabilizing the individual market and preventing sharp premium increases.

Under President Trump’s direction, the administration has refused to guarantee that it will pay the subsidies, which are known as “cost-sharing reduction payments” and help insurers keep down deductibles for low-income customers while still making a profit. The decision has infuriated Democrats and insurers alike, and several companies have cited the uncertainty caused by the administration as the reason for exiting Obamacare exchanges in certain states and counties.

In an unusual alliance, Republicans in Congress are now joining the effort to pressure Trump to make the payments even after they sued the Obama administration over their legality three years ago. “These payments will help to avoid the real possibility that millions of Americans will literally have zero options for insurance in the individual market in 2018,” Alexander told Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services, at a hearing on Thursday. “We have a collapsing individual market as a result of the Affordable Care Act, and as part of a transition from a collapsing market to a stable market in which Americans have more choices of insurance at a lower-cost, I believe Republicans will need to temporarily support some things we don’t want to do in the long term, and I would hope Democrats would do that as well.”

You, our man, do what we sued the other guy to stop a few years ago. In the meanwhile, we’ll busy ourselves doing nothing.

These fools could have: 1) fixed the current system; 2) replaced it with … anything, or; 3) just plain repealed it. They could have done this already. The same crowd rammed a full and complete repeal through Congress a few years back when Obama was in the White House. Naturally, he vetoed the Bill. They could do the exact same thing now, with Trump ithcing to sign off on it. A Bill to do that is ready right now and has been in the House hopper since January. Instead they dally and posture in the most pitiful manner possible.

And people vote for this?! Some pay money to support this?

Obama and Co. gave America a failed policy from the start. Just about everyone with an IQ north of room temperature knew that. They still know it. The Democrats, the media, and the medical/insurance scam industry are already starting to shift the blame for the systemic failures of the doomed-from-the-start law to the GOP and even Trump. Congressional Republicans are moving Heaven and Earth to help justify the shift.

Again, the healthcare options are, in order of best to worst:

  1. Free market system (never again in the USA);
  2. Universal coverage through private distribution (the Swiss system – also not likely);
  3. Universal socialist coverage (the Soviet system – possible and better than:);
  4. Continuing to prop up the ObamaCare tax and obscure system (where we are);
  5. The let’s drag our feet while everything goes to hell, start a repeal and yank it, again and again, Republican approach – prop up what we once sued to stop; let it all fall apart; get people good and shooting angry; stop the mandates but keep the taxes; etc., etc., etc.; and
  6. Outlaw healthcare and put everyone on arsenic…

It’s amazing, given the comparison, that numbers 3 and 6 actually seem somewhat attractive.

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The Daily Hatch.

Please, please remember this come November of 2018 and 2020.

Four More Good Reasons to Reconsider the College Experience

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And anymore, it’s an experience more than an education. I suppose the following does not apply to STEMs (maybe and for now), many professional tracks, and broad-spectrum education sought out by those with both the aptitude and the existing financial abilities. This is for the other 90% of students and potential applicants. It is time to think long and hard about paying (financing) a fortune for four, five, or ten years of increasingly useless drivel.

From Jonathan Newman at Mises:

Students are running out of reasons to pursue higher education. Here are four trends documented in recent articles:

[1] Graduates have little to no improvement in critical thinking skills

The Wall Street Journal reported on the troubling results of the College Learning Assessment Plus test (CLA+), administered in over 200 colleges across the US.

According to the WSJ, “At more than half of schools, at least a third of seniors were unable to make a cohesive argument, assess the quality of evidence in a document or interpret data in a table”. The outcomes were the worst in large, flagship schools: “At some of the most prestigious flagship universities, test results indicate the average graduate shows little or no improvement in critical thinking over four years.”

There is extensive literature on two mechanisms by which college graduates earn higher wages: actually learning new skills or by merely holding a degree for the world to see (signaling). The CLA+ results indicate that many students aren’t really learning valuable skills in college.

As these graduates enter the workforce and reveal that they do not have the required skills to excel in their jobs, employers are beginning to discount the degree signal as well. Google, for example, doesn’t care if potential hires have a college degree. They look past academic credentials for other characteristics that better predict job performance.

[2] Shouting matches have invaded campuses across the country [SJW mayhem]

It seems that developing critical thinking skills has taken a backseat to shouting matches in many US colleges. At Evergreen State College in Washington, student protests have hijacked classrooms and administration. Protesters took over the administration offices last month, and have disrupted classes as well. It has come to the point where enrollment has fallen so dramatically that government funding is now on the line.

The chaos at Evergreen resulted in “anonymous threats of mass murder, resulting in the campus being closed for three days.” One wonders if some of these students are just trying to get out of class work and studying by staging a campus takeover in the name of identity politics and thinly-veiled racism.

The shouting match epidemic hit Auburn University last semester when certain alt-right and Antifa groups (who are more similar than either side would admit) came from out of town to stir up trouble. Neither outside group offered anything of substance for discourse, just empty platitudes and shouting. I was happy to see that the general response from Auburn students was to mock both sides or to ignore the event altogether. Perhaps the Auburn Young Americans for Liberty group chose the best course of action: hosting a concert elsewhere on campus to pull attention and attendance away from both groups of loud but empty-headed out-of-towners. Of the students who chose not to ignore the event, my favorite Auburn student response was a guy dressed as a carrot holding a sign that read, “I Don’t CARROT ALL About Your Outrage.”

The other two reasons are:

[3] More efficient alternatives;

[4] Tuitions are Up; Incomes are Down.

All of these are telling and alarming. Any one by itself would be worrisome. For me, perhaps the worst is the lack of learning – especially considering the ridiculous costs imposed.

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Moon Prep.

What is the point of spending the better part of a decade (I think I was the last four-year degree man to actually finish in four years) at school, when there are no measurable increases in knowledge or critical thinking? To go through this, mortgaging ten to thirty years of one’s life in debt without the prospect of decent employment is ludicrous.

These are but four reasons. Look around and I’ll bet you can come up with another four – or forty. Google: “James Altucher college” for some extreme insight into better options.

If you’re in college or thinking about it, or if you know someone who is: seriously consider the many and increasing downsides. One can watch football and drink beer for a lot less and without the increased stress.