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August 23, 2016 • 09:53 am

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On University Freedom of Expression, Not Shelter From Expression:
 
 

"Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to the College at the University of Chicago. Earning a place in our community of scholars is no small achievement and we are delighted that you selected Chicago to continue your intellectual journey.

Once here you will discover that one of the University of Chicago's defining characteristics is our commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression. This is captured in the University's faculty report on freedom of expression. Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn, without fear of censorship. Civility and mutual respect are vital to all of us, and freedom of expression does not mean the freedom to harass or threaten others. You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.

Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called 'trigger warnings,' we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual 'safe spaces' where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.

Fostering the free exchange of ideas reinforces a related University priority -- building a campus that welcomes people of all backgrounds. Diversity of opinion and background is a fundamental strength of our community. The members of our community must have the freedom to espouse and explore a wide range of ideas."

 
 
— University of Chicago Freshman Welcome Letter
— University of Chicago Freshman Welcome Letter
Posted August 25, 2016 • 08:06 am
 
 
On Mrs. Clinton and Her Fixer:
 
 

"Huma Abedin must be a remarkable woman: She has held down four of the worst jobs in politics, several of them simultaneously: right hand to Hillary Rodham Clinton, fixer and patron-patronizer for the Clinton Foundation, an editor of a journal spawned by a major al-Qaeda financier, and wife to Anthony Weiner.

"Mrs. Carlos Danger has some explaining to do.

"So does Mrs. Clinton. More, in fact.

"Mrs. Clinton plainly has lied about her e-mails, repeatedly, and then lied about lying about them. The new e-mails released in response to ongoing litigation from Judicial Watch include 20 previously unseen exchanges between Mrs. Clinton and her chief aide, Ms. Abedin, which now brings the total number of official, work-related e-mails Mrs. Clinton failed to turn over to investigators to just shy of 200 -- so much for those claims that these were private communications about yoga classes and Chelsea's wedding plans."

 
 
— The Editors, National Review
— The Editors, National Review
Posted August 24, 2016 • 08:09 am
 
 
On 2016's 'Outsider' Candidates for Elected Office:
 
 

"In 2016, voters are fed up with career politicians. This year, both Democratic and Republican congressional candidates are striving to cast themselves in opposition to the Washington establishment.

"Ironically, the majority of 'outsider' candidates on the ballot in November will have a background in the military, which falls within the long list of government institutions that are the very core of the 'establishment.' ...

"In fact, 37 of the 72 House candidates nationwide who are espousing an anti-establishment campaign heading into the general election have a military or law-enforcement background, no political experience, and an anti-establishment message.

"It's not hard to explain this apparent contradiction: According to a Gallup poll from June, 73 percent of people have a 'great deal' or 'quite a lot' of confidence in the military, while a mere 6 percent have any confidence in Congress. It seems that not every establishment institution is feeling the public's wrath."

 
 
— Austin Yack, National Review Institute William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism
— Austin Yack, National Review Institute William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism
Posted August 23, 2016 • 08:07 am
 
 
On the Demographics of Marijuana Users:
 
 

"Pot for the poor! That could be the new slogan of marijuana-legalization advocates. ...

"A recent study by Steven Davenport of RAND and Jonathan Caulkins of Carnegie Mellon notes that 'despite the popular stereotype of marijuana users as well-off and well-educated ... they lag behind national averages' on both income and schooling.

"For instance, people who have a household income of less than $20,000 a year comprise 19 percent of the population but make up 28 percent of marijuana users. And even though those who earn more than $75,000 make up 33 percent of the population, 25 percent of them are marijuana users. Having more education also seems to make it less likely that you are a user. College graduates make up 27 percent of the population but only 19 percent of marijuana users.

"The middle and upper classes have been the ones out there pushing for decriminalization and legalization measures, and they have also tried to demolish the cultural taboo against smoking pot. But they themselves have chosen not to partake very much. Which is not surprising. Middle-class men and women who have jobs and families know that this is not a habit they want to take up with any regularity because it will interfere with their ability to do their jobs and take care of their families."


Read entire article here.

 
 
— Naomi Schaefer Riley, New York Post
— Naomi Schaefer Riley, New York Post
Posted August 22, 2016 • 08:16 am
 
 
On Obama's Iran Hostage Ransom:
 
 

"'We do not pay ransom. We didn't here, and we won't in the future.'

"Barack Obama might like to have that one back this morning, to stick a pin in the moving finger that writes. But the finger done writ, and it won't come back to cancel a single line of the president's fatuous fib that the United States didn't pay $400 million to ransom four hostages taken by the president's friends in Tehran.

"Perhaps the president can take some solace, thin as it is, in the fact that nobody believed him, anyway.

"The lie fell apart Thursday when The Wall Street Journal reported that the money was withheld until the hostages were actually free, and provided details of how the swap took place. Rarely has a president been caught in such a big and brazen lie."

 
 
— Wesley Pruden, The Washington Times Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
— Wesley Pruden, The Washington Times Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
Posted August 19, 2016 • 07:44 am
 
 
On ObamaCare and the 2016 Campaign:
 
 

"Perverse incentives, cost shifting, increasing deductibles and co-pays, hurtful tax increases and consumer frustration define Obamacare. It just doesn't work very well -- a fact that should be front and center in the fall campaign."

 
 
— Former Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich (R)
— Former Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich (R)
Posted August 18, 2016 • 08:51 am
 
 
On Wyoming's GOP Primary Results:
 
 

"Liz Cheney won the GOP primary for Wyoming's at-large House seat Tuesday, clearing the biggest hurdle to Congress for the national security hawk and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

"Cheney had 40 percent of the vote to state Sen. Leland Christensen's 23 percent when The Associated Press called the race with 73 percent of precincts reporting. State House Speaker Pro Tempore Tim Stubson took 18 percent and five other Republicans split the remainder of the vote."

 
 
— Maggie Severns, POLITICO
— Maggie Severns, POLITICO
Posted August 17, 2016 • 08:06 am
 
 
On the Deeper Question on the Milwaukee Shooting and Resulting Riots:
 
 

"Burning down neighborhood business establishments, throwing bricks at cops, trashing police cars, and chasing white people -- all features of the Milwaukee riots -- may feel good, but they are simply more symptoms of the social breakdown that police are asked to respond to every day. Even if the cops conduct themselves perfectly in such communities, there will inevitably be tensions and tragedies that don't occur in more orderly places where young men aren't so often the perpetrators -- and victims -- of crime.

"The deeper question in the debate over policing is how we can keep the lives of so many young men like Sylville Smith from sliding off the rails. But trying to answer it doesn't hold the satisfaction of smashing windows, or provide ready fodder for cable-TV debates. And so the beat, drearily, goes on."

 
 
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
Posted August 16, 2016 • 08:02 am
 
 
On Hillary Clinton's Economic Flirting with Recession:
 
 

"She's a real nowhere girl. Sitting in her nowhere world. Making all her nowhere plans for nobody.

"Poor Hillary Clinton. She's trying so fervently to come up with at least one new, inspiring idea to jump-start a moribund economy and help the financially stressed-out middle class. She's like the economics professor in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off': 'Anyone? Anyone?' But the left'€™s idea cupboard is pitifully empty. They literally, not figuratively, have nothing to offer except tax, spend, spin and then hit the button again. ...

"The Tax Foundation says that the Clinton tax and economic plan will actually reduce jobs by 300,000 and subtract from our already weakling economic growth rate. That means we will be flirting with recession.

"In short, this nowhere girl has a nowhere plan -- for nobody."

 
 
— Stephen Moore, Freedom Works Economic Consultant and Trump Campaign Senior Economic Adviser
— Stephen Moore, Freedom Works Economic Consultant and Trump Campaign Senior Economic Adviser
Posted August 15, 2016 • 08:11 am
 
 
On Hillary Clinton's Growth Plan:
 
 

"So, how does Mrs. Clinton diagnose and suggest to cure the country'€™s stagnation? Her central pro-growth proposal is 'infrastructure' spending, $275 billion over five years, financed in part by some sharply higher taxes.

"Sure, America's roads and bridges could use patching. But how does this fix the growth problem? Nobody thinks that stagnant growth is centrally the fault of bad roads and bridges. No, the economic argument behind Mrs. Clinton's proposal is simply the endless drumbeat of fiscal stimulus: Spend taxed or borrowed money on anything, and the 'multiplier' will increase 'demand.'

"We've been at this since 2008. But the caution that stimulus should be 'timely, targeted, and temporary' has now been forgotten. Japan's massive 'infrastructure' spending and weak growth to show for it are forgotten. And if U.S. growth hasn't been kick-started by the trillions of stimulus so far -- the government has accumulated $8 trillion of debt since the recession began -- how will another $50 billion a year help?"

 
 
— John H. Cochrane, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow
— John H. Cochrane, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow
Posted August 12, 2016 • 07:32 am
 
Question of the Week   
Which of the following pairs are the two longest rivers in the United States?
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Quote of the Day   
 
"Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to the College at the University of Chicago. Earning a place in our community of scholars is no small achievement and we are delighted that you selected Chicago to continue your intellectual journey. Once here you will discover that one of the University of Chicago's defining characteristics is our commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression. This…[more]
 
 
—University of Chicago Freshman Welcome Letter
— University of Chicago Freshman Welcome Letter
 
Liberty Poll   

Now that the $400 million in cash paid to Iran has been virtually confirmed as ransom for release of hostages, almost certainly in violation of law, do you believe anyone will be held accountable?