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Links with remarks?

  1. My, uninformed guess, would be that this liberal disaproves. Alas, he’s only half right. “Hate crime” are apparently committed when you do a criminal act and the jury decides you have ideological motives. Seems to me that a crime against police may very well fit into this category. Alas, after all, turnabout is fair play, which in this case means if the ideology is one you approve it still makes it a “hate crime”. And the scare quotes are intentional, for the real way clear out of this mess is to remove all traces of “hate crime” from the books.
  2. So. Are you the kind of person to laugh at the misfortune of someone young, inexperienced and clumsy? I certainly am.
  3. The west coast liberal anti-vaccine crowd gets a wonderfully apt acronymic sendoff. (HT)
  4. Look, when you read some statistical result you have don’t have to google for opposing studies. The first thing to do is the Fermi test, do a back of the envelope estimation of the numbers and figure out if you think it is a reasonable quantity. 1 in 30 homeless. No freaking way.
  5. So with Ferguson, the kerfuffle (I don’t recall names) in New York and the movie Selma, much ado has been made about how nothing has changed and things are still horribly racist and wicked in America. Alas, this isn’t actually true. As this post points out, things in the 50s were very very bad, but guess what?  Things are very very very different now. Why does lying about the current state of affairs help? Everybody actually knows they are lying. How does it help to destroy your credibility on the outset.

And … Ant-man? Is it too late to change the name?

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8 comments

  1. Boonton says:

    Clicking thru the # seems correct. First 1 in 30 is 3.3%. Second the study says ‘homeless at some point in the year’. So it doesn’t necessarily mean 1 in 30 kids is sleeping in a subway station for the whole year. A single day or week at a homeless shelter or sleeping in a car would count as much as spending the entire year homeless.

  2. Boonton says:

    5.So with Ferguson, the kerfuffle (I don’t recall names) in New York and the movie Selma, much ado has been made about how nothing has changed and things are still horribly racist and wicked in America

    Who exactly has made this claim?

  3. Boonton says:

    Re #1, you are aware that blacks are actually arrested for hate crimes at a higher rate than whites? (http://www.wnd.com/2001/03/8380/#!). I’d have more sympathy for your argument against hate crimes laws if you actually had evidence it was all about political correctness (i.e. charging any white guy who attacks a black guy on the assumption it was a racism thing while ignoring blacks who attack whites).

  4. Mark says:

    Boonton,
    The argument against hate crimes is that the thing is a crime. Just because it may be construed, rightly or wrongly, to insult a particular ideology or group doesn’t matter.

    The litmus test of its stupidity is that the reaction by the left winger linked, who (implicitly) disagreed that the crime should be hate crime, because although it fit the letter of the definition the “hate” wasn’t against a group he felt needed protecting. Turnabout, alas, is fair play, as noted.

  5. Mark says:

    Boonton,
    So, my family took the train between Chicago and Trenton. We slept on the train. Were my kids homeless? By your apparently definition they were. Yet, that isn’t true.

    And yes, I realize 1 in 30 is 3%. I think that number is way too large. Sorry. Doesn’t scan. You’d see homeless kids everywhere all the time. Doesn’t happen.

  6. Mark says:

    Boonton,
    Are you saying no left wing writer you can find who talked about either the Ferguson or New York incidents ever referred and compared the current situation to lynchings, riots, killings, disenfrachisment? Hmm. Well, let’s see. We can go so far as the suggested link in the linked article which notes (quote)

    The actor who plays Martin Luther King Jr., David Oyelowo, calls the parallels with Ferguson “indisputable,” and the rapper Common, who plays activist James Bevel, pronounces, “Obviously, the story took place in 1965, which is almost 50 years ago, but we know that it’s happening now.”

    Who indeed.

  7. Boonton says:

    So, my family took the train between Chicago and Trenton. We slept on the train. Were my kids homeless? By your apparently definition they were. Yet, that isn’t true.

    The moment you were sleeping, you had an address the US Post Office could legally deliever mail to you at, no? An address that you could sleep at (i.e. not a PO Box) if you were there. I would say if the answer to that question was yes then no you would not be counted as 1 in the 30.

    Are you saying no left wing writer you can find who talked about either the Ferguson or New York incidents ever referred and compared the current situation to lynchings, riots, killings, disenfrachisment?

    Even if you did consider Ferguson and NYC as lynchings, how would that support your assertion about nothing changing since Selma?

    Hmm. Well, let’s see…

    “parallels” is the best you can do? Really?

  8. Boonton says:

    http://www.homelesschildrenamerica.org/mediadocs/280.pdf is where the report can be found. From page 11 you can read how they define homelessness, essentially lacking a ‘fixed, permanent address’. That would include living in a motel. It would not include sleeping on a train during vacation, sleeping at a friends house for a party, staying at a hotel while on vacation etc.