Victor Davis Hanson on #RESISTANCE

In his latest article, The Circus of Resistance, Victor Davis Hanson writes of the theory that Trump has no guiding principles.

Certainly, there are principles behind such Trump moves, but they are not always those of the Washington establishment, whose agendas the writer [of the anonymous screed in the New York Times] reflects. Trump’s initiatives are often long overdue moves that would never have happened in either a “sober and judicious” Democratic or Republican administration, however much they might have been polled and discussed.

Trump has mostly one principle: he was elected to pursue a conservative populist agenda without too much worry what the Washington establishment said or did, whose record on the economic front since 2008 and in foreign policy was not especially stellar. In that sense, he is far more principled in carrying out his promises than many past presidents whose stump speeches on taxes, illegal immigration, trade, educational reform and a host of other issues were either never reified or flat out broken.

So far, for all the crudity and Twitter antics, we have not had a “read my lips” or “you can keep your doctor” moment in the sense of a deliberate effort to break a campaign promise.


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Why Socialism? Explain

Blue Lines = prices subject to free market forces, i.e., no government subsidies
Red Lines = prices subject to regulatory capture by government

Question: Why does the chart for textbooks drop slightly over the last two years of the chart:
Answer: Increased competition from alternatives like OpenStax (offers free textbooks).

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Is Judge Kavanaugh Scientifically Illiterate?

I have a PhD in a closely related field1)Immunology – a field of study that, among other observations, sometimes models mammalian fetuses as akin to tumors or organ grafts whose maternal host is rendered tolerant – much in the same way that real tumors  are able to escape destruction by their host’s immune system. In any case, no immunology student is not awarded a degree in this field without a thorough grounding in, say, the role of the fetal antigen or the pathology and immunology of graft versus host disease so I feel completely qualified to assess the scientific merits of Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony in the meme on the right.

The issue at question in Kavanaugh’s testimony are the kinds of birth control drugs known as abortifacients because2)Their are two main kinds of birth control drugs. Those that prevent pregnancy (contraceptives) and those that abort an a placentally attached fetus (abortifacients). they cause the mother to expel her baby prior to birth. For example, among the ways3)Plan B works in either of two ways – it prevents implantation, but if implantation occurs it will cause the zygote to detach from the placenta and be expelled. in which the Plan B abortifacient (the “morning after pill”), works is to prevent the implantation and subsequent expulsion of a zygote, i.e., a fertilized egg or, in other words, a human embryo). This is a very effective method of preventing the birth of a human child already within its mother’s Uterus.

Just for completeness, there are two other, more common pharmaceutical abortifacients, Mifepristone and Misoprostol These are birth control drugs that are used to induce miscarriages in women as late as the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Causing miscarriages has proven to be a 100% effective way of preventing the birth of a human child.

But just to point out how utterly ignorant is this meme and those who choose to propagate it, note for a drug to be categorized as a “birth control” drug, its primary effect must be to prevent birth. Birth control methods (drugs, devices, and procedures) include, but are not limited to. preventing ovulation, insemination, implantation, or corrupting the uterine wall. IUDs, abstinence, and abortions (including dismembering the human child in utero) are all classified as birth control.

Judge Kavanaugh was right and NARAL and their supporters are just ignorant of the basic concept that while all abortifacients are indeed classified as “birth control”, not all birth control pills are abortifacients.

Finally, I suspect that Lefties interpret Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony as extremist because they live in a world where euphemism and reason are indistinguishable. It’s not abortion. It’s a woman’s “right to choose.”

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What “Brothers In Arms” Really Means

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