Ted Cruz to Obama: ‘Insult me to my face’

(NBC NEWS) Sen. Ted Cruz had sharp words for President Barack Obama over his comments regarding Republican rhetoric on Syrian refugees, saying his statement “is utterly unbefitting of a president.”

“If you want to insult me, you can do it overseas, you can do it in Turkey, you can do it in foreign countries, but I would encourage you, mister president, come back and insult me to my face,” the Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate said this on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

President Obama had harsh words for Republicans calling for a stop of Syrian refugees to the United States, saying such calls are just “political posturing.”

Odd Defenders of China’s One-Child Policy

“Before I had my first child, I was hoping for the relaxation of the one-child policy,” Chen Feng told the New York Times. But, she adds, “I changed my mind after I gave birth to my daughter.”

What changed her opinion of the Chinese government’s coercive family planning?

“It takes a lot of energy to take care of a child, and you want to make sure the child will have a good future,” she said. “So my husband and I have decided not to have a second child.”

Families are perfectly aware of the trade-offs involved when deciding to have additional children.

Does Feng believe, as the Times quotation seems to indicate, that the right “policy” for her family should be imposed on everybody else? If so, she fails to appreciate the beauty of freedom. If the government had no policy regarding family size, then couples who wanted multiple children could embark on that path, while those who only wanted one child could stop at one. Presumably, Feng and her husband are not the only parents to realize that the first kid can be exhausting.

Perhaps Feng can be forgiven for this blind spot. She has never known a system that respects individual choice or appreciates the practical benefits a community will enjoy from the diversity of choices its members freely pursue.

The average American can appreciate the horror of state-imposed family planning, but the “planning” mentality violates more than individual rights; it violates economic principles as well. But even professional economists can forget the importance of subjectivism when it comes to dry cost-benefit analyses. Just as the Communist Party officials measure their policies from a collectivist perspective, so, too, do many Western intellectuals.

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Disproportionate coverage of Paris attacks is not just the media’s fault

The horrendous terrorist attacks in Paris and the resulting blanket media coverage have once again raised questions about the proportionality of news coverage when it comes to reporting deadly events.The argument goes that the Paris attacks are unfairly given more coverage than similar events in other places around the world – such as last Thursday’s bombings in Beirut, which killed 44 people, or the shooting of 147 people at a university in Kenya in April, to name just two examples.

Woman attacked at Walmart for ‘cutting in line’

GREENVILLE, Ohio (WRGT) — A violent attack was caught on camera in the Greenville, Ohio, Walmart store, and police say it happened when a customer became angry about another customer she thought cut her in line.

“She grabbed me and she was like wham!” the victim, Deanne Kenworthy, told FOX 45. “I mean she slammed me hard.”

Kenworthy said the attack happened Friday afternoon (Nov. 13), and that she never expected to leave the store with bruises and scratches from an assault, that was caught on a store security camera.

Supergirl Needs a Mentor

I can take or leave the new Supergirl. As played by Melissa Benoist, Supergirl is a fledgling hero. She struggles with defining herself in the shadow of her famous cousin, Superman, and with balancing her secret identity with her other life as Kara Danvers, a standard-issue chick-flick heroine. The feigned geekiness that throws Superman’s heroics into high relief seems, in Supergirl, to relegate her to the kind of rom-com klutzy-but-cute role that we’ve all seen enough of by now. She drops things, daydreams in meetings, and gets tongue-tied around cute guys. It was a clever innovation for Superman. It’s just another stereotype for Supergirl.

But that’s okay.

Because Supergirl is clearly not the hero of the series Supergirl. Cat Grant is.

Power and influence are about actions and character, not about job title.

Grant is played by Calista Flockhart. I’m sure it’s no coincidence that Flockhart became famous playing Ally MacBeal, the same sort of hapless romantic female lead Kara Danvers reminds me of.

In Supergirl, though, Flockhart is all grown up. She’s “the most powerful woman in National City,” the head of her own media conglomerate, and generally recognizable as a clone of Miranda Priestly — the Meryl Streep character in The Devil Wears Prada. Her first entrance tracks her impeccably clad walk through the office as she complains about being forced to use the public elevator, an employee’s oppressive cologne, and the temperature of her latte, while instructing Kara to handwrite a series of termination letters for the employees of the National City newspaper, the Tribune.

There is obviously nothing to like about her.

And yet, I like Cat Grant.

I like her because she is precisely as irritated by Kara Danvers’s meek and awkward schtick as many of us are by the countless female characters we have seen presented the same way. (And what…