September 2, 2015

HEADLINES FROM 1973: What the Times Square Topless Girls Will Teach My Son.

“We knew DeBlasio would return New York to the 70′s. We just didn’t think that return would involve topless women shaking it for tourists’ tips…I’ve been to Times Square since DeBlasio took over. Its a hole. The fact that women willfully parade around half naked with their pimps lording over them does not surprise me. Its a behavior that gels with the seedy vibe. I felt cleaner after watching Midnight Cowboy than I did after walking that sorry neck of Midtown.”

SEE, I LOVE RAMIREZ, BUT I THINK THIS CARTOON GETS IT EXACTLY BACKWARD. Police don’t actually protect law-abiding citizens from criminals so much as they protect criminals from the much-rougher justice they’d get in the absence of a legal system.

Burglars would be hung from lampposts, and shoplifters would be beaten and tossed into the gutter if there were no police, as in fact happens in countries where there isn’t a reliable justice system and a civil-society culture that restrains vigilantism. Reminder to the criminal class: Ultimately, we’re not stuck in this country with you. You’re stuck in this country with us.

IS THERE NOTHING HE CAN’T DO? NOT THE ONION: The Associated Press Claims Obama STARED DOWN A GLACIER in Alaska.

No word yet how the pathetic humiliated glacier held up under the pressure of the president’s intense, withering gaze.

THIS IS GOOD, BUT IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HIT THEM, PASS THESE OUT AT THE “ROAD SHOW” EVENTS FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS: Due process group distributes warning flyers to campus men.

AT AMAZON, fresh deals on bestselling products, updated every hour.

Also, coupons galore in Grocery & Gourmet Food.

Plus, Kindle Daily Deals.

And, Today’s Featured Digital Deal. The deals are brand new every day, so browse and save!

IS IT 1968 AGAIN? CRIME RISING “UNEXPECTEDLY:” How bad is it? So bad that as Steve Hayward writes at Power Line, even the New York Times has noticed – and of course, the Times passage that Steve quotes listing the cities of Baltimore, New Orleans, Washington DC and St. Louis is a classic “Name that Party” moment.

I was about to make a cheap Fox Butterfield joke goofing on his series of unintentionally hilarious late-1990s Times headlines culminating in “Number in Prison Grows Despite Crime Reduction” from 2000, but it’s worth noting that Hillary is openly running against all of her husband’s successful law and order related policies of the 1990s.

THIS WILL TURN OUT WELL: Disturbing Graffiti of Police Officer at Gunpoint Appears Around Houston. Meanwhile, a message to the law enforcement community: A lot of you supported Obama in spite of all the obvious reasons not to because he’s a Democrat and you’re, well, government employees. How’s that workin’ out for ya?

VIDEO: Ted Cruz schools two separate Climate Change activists who were trying to work him over:

Cruz- “Can I ask you Kaity, is there a single issue on any public policy issue whatsoever that you disagree with the standard liberal position?”

Kaity- “Probably.”

Cruz- “Can you name one?”

Kaity- “I’d rather not right now.

Transcript of both botched leftwing “gotcha” moments at link.

THE OLD BRITISH INVASION WAS MORE FUN THAN THIS ONE: Screaming passengers threatened to smash windows of Eurostar after being trapped in dark and sweltering carriages FIVE HOURS after migrants climbed on train roof. “At least four UK-bound trains were delayed for several hours, with two of them sent back to Paris, as police attempted to remove the trespassers from the tops of carriages in Calais. With no lighting, no air conditioning or no way to communicate with Eurostar staff, conditions on board one of the sweltering trains deteriorated to the point that passengers threatened to smash the windows, the Telegraph reported.”

CRONIES GONNA CRONY: Julian Castro Helps Wall Street Criminals Dodge Accountability.

Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase appeared to score a significant victory Tuesday after the Department of Housing and Urban Development suggested it won’t punish lenders for major crimes committed by their corporate parents.

The announcement concerns a requirement that lenders in HUD’s mortgage insurance program certify they haven’t been convicted of violating federal antitrust laws or other serious crimes. Citi and JPMorgan in May pleaded guilty to felony charges that they broke federal antitrust laws for their traders’ participation in a yearslong scheme to manipulate currency markets for profit. Both companies own banks that make mortgages that are later insured by the HUD-overseen Federal Housing Administration.

But on Tuesday, Secretary Julián Castro’s housing agency proposed modifying the required certification in a way that would apply only to HUD-registered lenders. The lenders’ parent companies wouldn’t be on the hook, thus seemingly enabling Citi and JPMorgan’s HUD-registered units to continue certifying that they haven’t pleaded guilty to federal antitrust charges.

Laws are for the little, unconnected people.

IS THE GROUND BEING PREPARED TO CRY FOUL IN OHIO’S VOTING? Betsy Newmark spots this story in the Politico:

Meanwhile, Ohio leaders are largely ignoring what a bipartisan federal panel called an “impending crisis:” voting equipment that’s at least a decade old and in need of replacement. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted sounded the alarm two years ago in testimony before President Obama’s bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration. “The next time we go to the polls to elect a president, these machines will be 12 years old,” he said. “That’s a lifetime when it comes to technology.”

As the Professor might note, perhaps Ohio’s solution lies in a well-proven, long-lasting technology that has best served the test of time.

ALTERNATE HEADLINE: Jeb Bush Trails In Key White-Voter Demographic: “Bush does worse than your average Republican among whites and notably better among Hispanics. While 39 percent of whites report a positive impression of him, that number is 43 percent for Hispanics. It’s almost unthinkable that a national GOP figure would face such a dichotomy these days.” White people don’t trust him. He needs a white-voter outreach program, maybe focusing on issues that this important-but-misunderstood sector of the electorate cares about.

WALL STREET JOURNAL: The Off-Grid Administration: The Many Ways Obama Officials Have Ducked Public Accountability.

Since the 1960s the government has been subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), giving citizens the right to view those records. In 2009 the National Archives issued rules requiring agencies to preserve employee work on nonofficial accounts in a government record-keeping system.

Then came the Obama Administration, whose modus operandi has been to hide from this legal regime. This year the world learned that Hillary Clinton conducted most of her correspondence as Secretary of State on a private, homemade email system that she failed to disclose and kept away from the federal government.

We have since learned that at least one of her aides, Huma Abedin, also had an account on that private system. When the press exposed the system, Mrs. Clinton deemed herself the arbiter of what she would allow the American people to see. Mrs. Abedin still hasn’t bothered to deliver her government records to State. In late July another Clinton aide, Philippe Reines, gave State 20 boxes of work-related emails, taken in part from his private email account.

In August the Competitive Enterprise Institute filed a motion in court to gain access to the private email account of White House science czar John Holdren, who may have used it for government work. Some years ago CEI helped bring to light that then-EPA Chief Lisa Jackson used a secret alias, “ Richard Windsor,” when emailing on the EPA system. This seemed designed to thwart FOIA requests for her conversations, since “Lisa Jackson” appeared nowhere on her emails.

In 2013 an Associated Press report revealed the practice was rampant among Administration officials, including the Secretaries of Agriculture, Labor, and Health & Human Services. All had secret government email accounts that neither Congress nor the public knew about.

Last Monday the IRS was forced to acknowledge to a federal court that it recently discovered that Lois Lerner (of political targeting fame) used a second, private email to conduct government work. The account was set up under the name “ Toby Miles,” and the IRS still can’t account for its contents.

It has been two years since Congress first subpoenaed Ms. Lerner’s emails. In 2013 when Mrs. Lerner was still directing the IRS’s Exempt Organizations unit, she cautioned colleagues to be careful what they said on email; then she inquired whether the agency’s instant-messaging system was archived. Told it wasn’t, she responded by email: “Perfect.”

Last week a federal court subpoenaed former EPA official Phillip North after a complaint by a mining concern called the Pebble Partnership. Mr. North worked from inside the EPA with outside activists to scuttle Pebble’s proposed Alaskan mining project, and he did so on private email.

Think of this administration as an ongoing criminal enterprise and you won’t be far wrong.

BERNIE SANDERS: VIETNAM CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR:

Somehow I’m not really sure that this is a disqualifier among Democrats these days, assuming it ever was. Hillary supporters seem to be getting desperate enough to lob some actual shots across Bernie Sanders’ bow now, and one of them was an accusation that he tried to secure conscientious objector status to keep himself out of the Vietnam war.

So is the insinuation that in the 1960s, Sanders, to coin a phrase, loathed the military? Why would Hillary supporters of all people think that story would hurt his chances of securing the Democratic nomination?

THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE. SHE EXPLICITLY DENIED DOING THIS. Washington Post: Clinton Used Private Server To Send And Receive Classified Emails.

I’M HAPPY TO SEE THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF LAW ON THIS LIST AGAIN THIS YEAR: 10 Law Schools That Leave Grads With the Least Debt.

QUOTES OF THE MORNING: BEFORE & AFTER THE 1929 CRASH.

My favorite is John Maynard Keynes promising in 1927, “We will not have any more crashes in our time.”

Similarly, the before and after quotes of 2008-era Obama supporting journalists will be fun to collate as well.

(Via SDA.)

JACK DUNPHY: LAPD URGES OFFICERS TO BE COMMUNITY GUARDIANS, NOT WARRIORS ON CRIME: “We can be grateful that assassinations of police officers are rare events.  So are shark attacks, but it doesn’t take many before people think twice about swimming in the ocean.  After years of decline, crime is on the rise again in cities all over the country.  Only good police work will bring it down again.  Will good cops be there to do it?”

Not if the left can help it.

ANDREW KLAVAN ON THE FIRST RULE OF AMERICAN MSM NEWS COVERAGE: “Whenever the prejudices and illusions of left-wingers are confirmed by an individual incident, the incident is treated as representative; when those prejudices and illusions are contradicted, the incident is considered an aberration — and treating it as representative is deemed hateful.”

Because, as Jim Treacher sagely observed last year on Twitter, “Modern journalism is all about deciding which facts the public shouldn’t know because they might reflect badly on Democrats.”

HYPOTHESIS: LEFTIES FAVOR GUN CONTROL BECAUSE THEY LACK SELF-CONTROL. White House staffer indicted on assault charges.

A White House staffer has been indicted on assault charges stemming from a dispute in which she allegedly fired a gun at her U.S. Capitol Police boyfriend.

Police say Barvetta Singletary texted her boyfriend to meet at her home in suburban Maryland on Aug. 7, where she confronted him about another woman.

Singletary then allegedly grabbed her boyfriend’s gun and phone out of his bag. Demanding the phone’s password, she pointed the gun at her boyfriend.

“Don’t think I won’t use it,” she allegedly said, firing it at a sofa 10 feet away.

Plus: “Singletary has served as a special assistant to the president since 2014.” Some quality people we’ve got working in this White House.

PAULINE KAEL, CALL YOUR OFFICE: MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle: I Want To Live As Far Away From Anti-Establishment Voters As Possible:

JOHN HEILEMANN: Trump, Carson, Cruz and Fiorina add up to 53% in Iowa.

MIKE BARNICLE: 53%? So that means that if I lived in Iowa, I would want to know where each of those members of that 53% lived, and I would want to live as far away from them as possible, because there is something seriously wrong with the Republican party if those people combined have a majority of the voters.

Those people? Blow that racist dog-whistle!

THEY CLAIM THEY’RE AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE, THEN TRY TO GET THEIR POLITICAL OPPONENTS SHOT: Gun control groups accused of ‘swatting’ open-carry permit holders, putting lives at risk.

As more states relax rules about open-carrying of guns, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has taken to social media to urge the public to assume gun-toters are trouble, and to call the cops on anyone they feel may be a threat.

“If you see someone carrying a firearm in public—openly or concealed—and have ANY doubts about their intent, call 911 immediately and ask police to come to the scene,” the group wrote on its widely followed Facebook page. “Never put your safety, or the safety of your loved ones, at the mercy of weak gun laws that arm individuals in public with little or no criminal and/or mental health screening.”

That approach, according to a blog post by Ohio-based Buckeye Firearms Association, could give rise to needless, tense confrontations between police and gun owners. The association and other similar groups liken the tactic to “swatting,” or the act of tricking an emergency service into dispatching responders based on a false report. Many online harassment campaigns have been known to participate in the practice.

“This practice is exactly what they [Coalition to Stop Gun Violence] are doing,” said Erich Pratt, spokesman for Virginia-based Gun Owners of America. “It’s one thing if someone is using a gun in an illegal or unlawful manner. No one is questioning that. But this clearly sounds like swatting.”

Lefties don’t oppose gun ownership because they’re anti-violence. They oppose gun ownership because they’re pro-control.

“KEEP J STREET OFF MY STREET:” Iran Nuclear Deal Opponents Pack Maryland Synagogue.

September 1, 2015

IT’S FAIRER THAN BLAMING SARAH PALIN FOR CLIP ART. Cruz lays blame on Obama for inciting killing of Texas deputy.

LEON WOLF: President Obama, Commute Sharanda Jones’ Sentence. “Sharanda Jones is currently serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole at Carswell Federal Prison in Texas. Life without the possibility of parole is the second-harshest sentence our justice system can mete out, short only of the death penalty, and that not by much. What, you might ask yourself, did Sharanda Jones do to merit this sentence? She was convicted of a single, non-violent drug offense involving crack cocaine. This conviction stemmed from her first ever arrest, and she was not even caught with crack in her possession.”

They told me if I voted Republican, black women would get the shaft from an harsh and merciless Department Of Justice. And they were right!

Oh, well. She may be getting hammered by the Obama Administration, but at least she’s got the folks at RedState going to bat for her. . . .

AT AMAZON, Hot Deals On Music.

Plus, save up to 25% on select Osprey backpacks.

THIS WAS INEVITABLE: EU may bring back border controls, Angela Merkel suggests. “The German Chancellor says for the first time that the Schengen zone, which allows passport-free travel across mainland Europe, cannot continue in its current form unless other EU countries accept their share of migrants.” Europe will turn ugly in response to this flood. The longer it’s allowed to go on, the uglier the turn will be.

NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT: Freaky A.I. Android Tells Reporter He’ll Keep Him In ‘A People Zoo.’

DEBATES: CNN Lets Carly Fiorina In.

JENNY NORTH: Diversity Lesson for Today: Gender Neutral Pronouns.

I have to say, though, that while the University of Tennessee is taking a lot of lawmaker flak over the pronoun thing, that’s just a website post. The university’s new sexual assault policy, which it adopted despite acknowledging that multiple courts have already found it illegal and “ridiculous,” is a much more serious problem and is much more deserving of legislative attention.

OVER AT AMERICAN THINKER, a review of SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police.

WE USED TO HAVE STEELY-EYED CIVIL ENGINEERS RUNNING THIS STUFF. NOW IT’S THE DOMAIN OF CLUELESS POLITICAL HACKS. California’s Katrina Is Coming.

Most of the state’s water is drawn from the Delta, protected by levees that pretty much amount to mounds of dirt, even when compared to infrastructure that infamously failed New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Hurricanes don’t hit NorCal, but these levees are alarmingly susceptible to disaster. If enough were to breach—in an earthquake perhaps, or severe El Niño storm—sea water from San Francisco Bay could rush in, tainting the water supply serving two-thirds of the state. The worst-case scenario could cause up to three years of severely curtailed water for most Californians.

Even if you’re not a California dreamer, this affects you. Delta water keeps Hollywood in the movie business, Silicon Valley in the tech business, and 750,000 acres of farmland in the business of producing half of America’s veggies, fruits, and nuts. If the levees go, so goes the water for 25 million residents of the world’s seventh largest economy.

The Delta is a singular place, even in California’s varied geography. Most of California’s interior water flows into two river systems—the Sacramento from the north, and the San Joaquin from the south. Where they meet, just east of the San Francisco Bay, they form a muggy tidal marsh with more than 70 inhabited islands. Most of these islands sit below sea level, due to groundwater pumping and natural compaction, and are ringed by tall, earthen levees. “An island in the Delta is really a bowl surrounded by a levee,” says Dave Mraz, chief levee engineer for the state Department of Water Resources. “If that levee goes, then that bowl is filled with water.”

Since 1900, over 160 levees have breached in the Delta. Several breached islands were never reclaimed, and now exist only as levee-top lagoons.

Don’t worry. Now that that dumb cowboy Bush is gone, we don’t have to worry about government incompetence anymore.

NEW SAN FRANCISCO RESTAURANT REPLACES HUMANS WITH IPADS: Eatsa in the city’s financial district offers iPad-based ordering, with meals prepared by people whom customers never have to see:

Not far from San Francisco, a hotel in Sunnyvale, the Aloft Cupertino, recently began testing a robot that assists its human colleagues with daily tasks such as changing linens and towels and delivering amenities to guests.

Riley Thomas, a San Francisco resident who works near Eatsa, was one of the few patrons who questioned the concept at a time when more and more families are struggling to survive in the city. “I like the food and love the price,” he said. “Still, it worries me that people will begin to think that this is how all restaurants should be run and it could really hurt jobs that are needed right now.”

Co-founder Scott Drummond said: “There is a fast food business model that we need to hit and we’re looking at ways that technology can increase efficiency … That way we can get the price down.”

Gee, what could have inspired these San Francisco restaurateurs so “unexpectedly?”

POLITICALLY INCORRECT SCIENCE: More Evidence That Brains Are Not Gender Neutral. “However much we’d like to think of gender as a social construct, science suggests that real differences do exist between female and male brains. The latest evidence: a first-of-its-kind European study that finds that the female brain can be drastically reshaped by treating it with testosterone over time.”

DISPATCHES FROM ICE STATION BARRY:

As the United States and Russia eye new shipping routes in the melting Arctic, political and military leaders in Washington are pointing to a crucial gap in the one type of vessel that can turn frozen waters into reliable lanes for commerce or national defense.

Icebreakers — the ships that smash through sea ice, opening routes for other craft and rescuing trapped vessels — are increasingly important to navigating in the far north. Russia has 40 of them, including nuclear-powered craft painted an intimidating red and black.

Meanwhile, the U.S. icebreaker fleet? Two.

But hey, we finally got that old dead white guy’s name off of an Alaskan mountain. Priorities, people — priorities!

“I AM NOT AN EMAIL CROOK!” The server fracas isn’t Watergate, yet, but the Democratic front-runner is starting to sound a little like Richard Nixon. More than a little, I’d say.

MSNBC GUEST: HILLARY ‘IS ON A TRAJECTORY THAT IS DRAMATICALLY DOWNWARD.’

On the other hand, Piers Morgan shouts, “Put a fork in her, because Hillary’s done. Nobody will ever trust her again” — which is a safe bet that Hillary’s got it in the bag.

NINTH PLANNED PARENTHOOD VIDEO: BABY PARTS VENDOR PAYS OFF CLINICS: And sometimes fully intact fetuses “just fell out,” implying they were born alive.

BLUMENTHAL URGES CLINTON TO SUPPORT IMPEACHMENT OF JUSTICE THOMAS: According to the Daily Caller, the latest batch of released Hillary Clinton emails reveals a telling one: Clinton’s top confidant, Sid Blumenthal, urged Clinton to support the impeachment of Justice Clarence Thomas, forwarding to her a 7-page “memorandum” penned by David Brock, the founder of Media Matters, and a self-proclaimed defender of Hillary Clinton.

The political left’s hatred of Justice Thomas is legendary, with the only black Supreme Court Justice routinely being called an “Uncle Tom” for holding conservative/libertarian views. But Blumenthal’s email to Clinton in October 2010 shows that the left was still actively scheming to ruin Thomas, trying to build a case for impeachment.

The utter ridiculousness of the effort is patent. Thomas’s impeachable “high crime and misdemeanor” offenses? According to New York Times and Washington Post hit pieces relied upon by Brock, women (including a former girlfriend) who were interviewed indicated that Thomas had an apparent interest–prior to being confirmed as a Justice–in pornography, and a healthy sexual interest in the opposite gender.

Um, so basically the left wanted to impeach Thomas because he was a red-blooded American male? Well, I guess that’s in keeping with the left’s utter hostility to all things male. But please, this is all you’ve got on Thomas? Yawn.

FASTER, PLEASE: Why a “universal” flu vaccine may soon be a reality.

AT AMAZON, 20% off Yakima racks, carriers & accessories.

Also, Save Up To 25% On Select CamelBak Packs.

SHOCKER: French Minister: Hey, that 35-hour work week isn’t working out so well.

His comments, which echoed similar sentiments from an interview almost exactly a year ago – made a splash across front pages of French newspapers on Friday.

“The left was wrong to think that France would improve if people worked less. It was a false idea,” he said during his closing statement at the conference.

He added that “one shouldn’t ask what your country can do for you, rather what you can do for your country’s economy”.

Supporters say the flagship policy of the French left creates jobs by limiting the amount of time employees are allowed to work, thereby encouraging companies to take on more staff.

But critics at home and abroad say it is an inflexible law that hampers business and creates a bloated workforce.

Yeah, I’m going with #2 here.

FASTER, PLEASE: Stanford’s Low-Carbon Water Splitter Produces Hydrogen 24-7.

ALBANY HAS BEEN TAKING THE SHORT BUS TO SCHOOL FOR A VERY LONG TIME: Small business owners give New York a ‘D’ For business friendliness.

WELL, THAT LASTED LONG:

● Shot: “Stephen Colbert to Time: I Didn’t Want to Be a Political Champion (?)”

– Melissa Mullins, NewsBusters, August 29, 2015.

● Chaser: “Stephen Colbert Gets Political, Booking Supreme Court Justice, UN Secretary-General, Bernie Sanders.”

Deadline, August 31st.

Did anyone doubt that Colbert would turn Letterman’s former time slot into a late night version of his old Comedy Central series? (Not that Letterman wasn’t hyper-politicized by the end of his run as well, which greatly reduced his potential audience. But then, to paraphrase Santayana, those who failed to learn the lessons of HBO’s The Late Shift are doomed to repeat their mistakes all over again.)

THE JOY OF SAYING “I’m too old for this.”

WOULDN’T YOU EXPECT MOST NORTH DAKOTANS TO KNOW A RIFLE WHEN THEY SEE IT? Police Mistake Telescope For Gun.

BECAUSE TO LEFTISTS, RACISM IS A SIN COMMITTED ONLY BY WHITES: Dennis Prager, “The Left Only Sees White Evil.”

In the past week, two television reporters in Roanoke, Va. — Alison Parker and Adam Ward — were murdered by a black man who hated whites, and a white police officer in Houston — Darren Goforth — was murdered by a black man. Neither crime has been labeled a hate crime. And no mainstream media reporting of the murders attributes either to race-based hate.

For the mainstream media, the Roanoke murders were committed by “a disgruntled former employee,” and regarding the Houston policeman, the media report that, in the words of The New York Times, “a motive for the shooting remained unclear.”

The disregard of anti-white hatred as the motive for blacks who murder whites even when the murder is obviously racially motivated comes from the same people who denied that the Islamist Nidal Hasan’s murder of 13 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood was religiously motivated. These people — all on the left — have an agenda: to deny black racism and Islamist-based violence whenever possible. Only white police and other white violence against non-whites is clearly racist — even when not. . . .

So, too, the mainstream media depicted the black murderer of eight white people at a Connecticut beer warehouse in 2010 as a man who had been angered by white racism, not as the white-hater he was. Under the headline “Troubles Preceded Connecticut Workplace Killing,” a New York Times article reported: “He might also have had cause to be angry: He had complained to his girlfriend of being racially harassed at work, the woman’s mother said, and lamented that his grievances had gone unaddressed.”

And a Washington Post headline read: “Beer warehouse shooter long complained of racism.”

The fact was that the man was fired for stealing beer from his workplace, and there was a video of him doing so.

The left denies black racism in another way. When a white racist murdered nine blacks in a Charleston, S.C., church this past June, the left and the media correctly stressed the murderer’s racism. Indeed, whenever blacks are killed by whites — which, it is worth noting, is many times less likely than a white being murdered by a black — and especially by white police officers, the left attributes the killings to racism. But when blacks kill whites, the left attributes the killings to guns. This is all reinforced by the left’s position that only whites can be racist, because only the powerful can be racist, and whites have all the power. . . .

The left has been supplying both victimhood and lies to black America. The lies are that America is a racist society — as the president of the United States himself has said, racism is “still part of (America’s) DNA” — that the greatest problem facing young blacks is racism, and that white (and even black) police routinely kill blacks for no reason other than racism. . . .

Those lies in turn produce the anger-inducing victimhood that pervades too much of black life. Just this past weekend at the Minneapolis State Fair, a “Black Lives Matter” group chanted, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon.”

Some blacks — as in Houston this past weekend and in Louisiana two weeks earlier when a black man murdered another white policeman — are taking this message literally and randomly murdering police officers. And some other blacks just want to kill whites, whether or not they are police. Such is the power of victimhood and lies.

There is a lot of blood on the left’s hands. And there will be more.

The far left notion that only whites can be racist has been part of Critical Race Theory (of which Obama has long been a proponent), which is a key component of Critical Legal Theory. CRT/CLT’s core philosophy is that whites have all the “power,” and design laws to keep minorities from getting any “power,” thus perpetually victimizing those minorities.  The far left needs hatred of whites and victimhood like fire needs oxygen; without them, its distorted view of law and society withers and dies.

The inherent evil of this far left philosophy should be obvious, as one of the founding fathers of the movement, Saul Alinsky–whose devotees include both Barack Obama and Hillary Clintonincluded in the beginning of his book, Rules for Radicals, the following statement of admiration for the community organizing talents of the devil:

“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history… the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”

The devil works in obvious ways sometimes. Hating other individuals simply because of the color of their skin–even if you think that brings them “power” or “privilege”–is racism. But at least two generations of Americans have been taught the opposite, thanks to the far left dominance of the academy. Prager is sadly correct when he ascribes growing black-on-white racial hate crimes to the far left’s “victimhood” narrative, as well as his conclusion that more bloodshed is likely to come.

A REMINDER:

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 11.25.01 AM

RICHARD EPSTEIN: How Democrats Stifle Labor Markets.

TACKLING THE IMPORTANT ISSUES: Here’s a PHENOMENAL Way to Explain Donald Trump to Your Kids…Dr. Seuss Style.

IN THE MAIL: From Dick and Liz Cheney, Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America.

Plus, today only at Amazon: FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System with Starter Kit, $86.50 (38% off).

And, also today only: Up to 45% Off Select PC Gaming Gear.

Plus: 50% or More Off Jeans for Women and Men.

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 845.

REFORM YES, CHANGE NO: Defying the EU the Italian Way.

Laws are passed, prime ministers take bows for the camera, and then…nothing.
Why? For one thing, even after parliament passes a bill and the president signs it into law, it isn’t quite law yet. The bureaucrats still have to issue an implementation decree that defines how, exactly, the law will be carried out. This can take months, years, even forever—and by the time the implementation protocols emerge from the bowels of the bureaucracy, they have often been amended and weakened to the point that they change little or nothing.

And the bureaucrats have an easy time of it; Italian reform laws tend to be thought through poorly and drafted poorly, and they are then amended in a complicated legislative process that usually both weakens the intent of the law and complicates its execution. All of that provides plenty of grounds for the bureaucrats to “interpret” what’s left into something bland and ineffective.

The second big reason is that the Italian state is weak—it is not very good at making people do what they don’t want to do, especially in the South. After all, the Mafia and other organized crime associations have been defying governments since the Middle Ages. They are still at it today, and Italy is a prime case. The politicians and even the bureaucrats in far away Rome may have decreed reforms, say, in the trash hauling business, but what matters much, much more to the officials on the ground in South Italy is what Tony Soprano thinks about the reforms.

Beyond that, Italy has far too many local governments. It has twice as many municipalities and towns, for example, as the much larger and more populous United States. The central government doesn’t have enough inspectors and overseers to keep them all in line, and even if it did, the inspectors and the overseers would often sympathize more with their fellow bureaucrats than with the grandstanding politicians in parliament. Beyond that, firing a tenured civil servant in Italy is virtually impossible, meaning that bureaucrats can pretty much run their offices to suit themselves.

Italy is far more sophisticated and clever, that is, than the hot-headed Greeks. Syriza is a party of naifs who made the mistake of attacking Germany and Brussels head-on. Italy is savvier than that: it knows how to say “yes” and look busy while doing little or nothing. Italy has a long history of using that strategy. The Goths conquered Rome and did a lot of damage—but they didn’t change Italy much. German emperors strutted through the halls of Italy’s palaces and issued decrees to both princes and popes—and Italy kept on being Italian all the same.

Perhaps we Americans should deal with our own ruling class the same way.

GLAD I PUT IN A GENERATOR, I GUESS: Electric Grid Reliability Fears Remain in Wake of Climate Rule.

COMMIES GONNA COMMIE: How Hugo Chavez Trashed Latin America’s Richest Economy. Note, however, that he left his daughter the richest person in Venezuela. That’s “socialist equality” for you!

AT AMAZON, fresh deals on bestselling products, updated every hour.

Also, coupons galore in Grocery & Gourmet Food.

Plus, Kindle Daily Deals.

And, Today’s Featured Digital Deal. The deals are brand new every day, so browse and save!

TIME TO DEFUSE CAMPUS RAPE HYSTERIA: Serial predator in your campus closet? Not likely: Research showing serial predators commit most campus rape includes just 1 flimsy study.

The truth is that there is no campus rape “crisis.” Instead, rape rates on campus are plummeting, just as they are everywhere else. What there is instead is a war on male students, and a power grab by campus educrats.

TODAY IN IMMIGRATION CRISIS NEWS: Hungary halts rail traffic in bid to stop migrants.

ONE TAKEAWAY FROM LAST NIGHT’S HILLARY EMAIL RELEASE:

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.28.45 AM

THE FEDS DIDN’T MAKE HER TREAT AN ENTIRE FRATERNITY AS GUILTY BASED ON A FALSE ACCUSATION AGAINST A FEW MEMBERS, OR LEAD A LYNCH MOB AGAINST IT. U.Va. president blames feds for response to Rolling Stone debacle.

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan blamed federal privacy regulations for her school’s failure to debunk the Rolling Stone gang-rape story.

Those regulations did not stop her from treating innocent people as rapists, however.

Sullivan, speaking to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, said the school couldn’t counter the Rolling Stone article about a now discredited accusation of a brutal gang rape because of a law known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

“The university couldn’t say it wasn’t true because of FERPA,” said Sullivan, referring to federal student privacy law. “And the only reason I can say it to you now is because there’s a police chief’s report, which is not FERPA-protected.”

But in the wake of the Rolling Stone hoax, Sullivan, despite now admitting the school knew all along that the claims were false, spent little time suggesting evidence be collected before punishment meted out. Two days after the article was published, the Inter-Fraternity Council decided to suspend social activities for one weekend. Sullivan immediately expanded that suspension to two months, and only allowed fraternities and sororities to resume social activities after signing new agreements with the university.

Sullivan told the Times-Dispatch that universities should not “run roughshod over student privacy,” but that schools “are put into a position in which we cannot defend ourselves.”

Sullivan did try to defend her school – by placing blame on the fraternities when she and her administration had access to the reports made by the Rolling Stone accuser, Jackie, that did not line up with the magazine article.

Sullivan also said that the rector who apologized to Jackie during a board meeting did so due to “emotion” and “pressure.”

Her behavior has been disgraceful, a complete breach of the duty of fairness she owes to all students, even fraternity guys accused (falsely) of rape. She should resign — or be fired.

WAPO: Glenn Beck got 20,000 people to turn out for an ‘All Lives Matter’ rally. But the national media “was largely absent.”

WAYNE W. DYER HAS DIED. The king of ’70s self-help, in many ways. I read his Pulling Your Own Strings in college — my psychologist-stepmother liked it — and as I recall it was actually quite good.

IF YOU THINK KANYE’S GOT NO CHANCE, THEN YOU HAVEN’T BEEN PAYING ATTENTION FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. A 24-year-old black Republican has launched a ‘Ready for Kanye’ PAC.

On Sunday night, Kanye West got a five-year jump on the next presidential election. “I have decided in 2020 to run for president,” he said, after accepting a lifetime achievement prize at the MTV Video Music Awards. “It ain’t about me, it’s about new ideas, bro, new ideas. People with ideas, people who believe in truth.”

West, at 38, is both old enough to meet the constitutional requirements of the presidency, and slightly young to be receiving recognition for “lifetime achievement.” His announcement moved Eugene Craig, a black Republican activist from Maryland, to create a new PAC: Ready for Kanye.

“If Mr. West is to seek the presidency in 2020, and if there is no incumbent Republican president, I would absolutely encourage him to run,” said Craig, 24, who has already created a Facebook group for the cause. “I think he will bring an interesting dialogue to our party, and he’ll find a lot of people who want that dialogue. He’s pointed out the crippling racial disparities in the law and the economy. He’s talked about the pipeline of private prisons. He’s a genuine entrepreneur. Oh, not to mention that his first big single was ‘Jesus Walks.’”

Craig also runs the Young Minority Republicans Fund, but said his filing was totally separate from his work for Maryland’s GOP. He was a fan on a mission. His favorite Kanye album was My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy; his favorite Kanye song was “Never Let You Down.” And his favorite cause was introducing the Republican Party to skeptics.

Well, this will get some attention.

DAVID SOLWAY SPOTS NINE SIGNS OF THE IMPENDING AMERICAN COLLAPSE. Nonsense — as President Obama and/or legendary Faber College ROTC man Chip Diller would calmly declare, remain calm, all is well!

THE DIOGENES FACTOR: WILL SUCCESS SPOIL BEN CARSON? As Roger Simon writes, “The country, as we know from the immense success of Trump, is fed up with the political class:”

Diogenes of Sinope, it will be recalled, was the ascetic ancient Greek philosopher famed for spending his life, or a good part of it, looking for an honest man. Carson, at least to some degree, is the man Diogenes, and a significant part of today’s Republican electorate, was and is searching for.  Given the other side has as its leading candidate someone who is quite literally the poster child for total political and ethical dishonesty, with a complaisant media doing cartwheels to ignore her behavior, it’s no wonder such a person as Carson is attractive.  And this is not even counting the serial prevarications of the incumbent, from “you can keep your doctor” to we will have “anytime, anywhere” inspections of Iran, among a host of others.  Most of us are up to our eyes in lies and are in desperate search, like Diogenes, of an “honest man.”

Read the whole thing.

ben_carson_diogenes_8-31-15-1

HEADLINE OF THE DAY: Lindsey Graham Questions New Hampshire Man’s Virility.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: “Yes, ‘Hillary Clinton Really Is Coming For Your Guns,’ the Daily Beast’s Jackie Kucinich reported Monday. ‘Clinton has been pushing to curb firearms for decades,’ added the subheadline.”

Keep that in mind, when, if like Kerry in 2004 and Obama in 2008, Clinton tries to pretend she’s pro-Second Amendment.

Perhaps someone might ask her point blank if she’s up for amending the Constitution. As Charles Cooke wrote last week in his “Open Rant Aimed at Those Who Would Repeal the Second Amendment:”

And remember, you can’t half-ass it this time. You’re not going out there to tell these people that you want “reform” or that “enough is enough.” You’re going there to solicit their support for removing one of the articles within the Bill of Rights. Make no mistake: It’ll be unpleasant strolling into Pittsburgh or Youngstown or Pueblo and telling blue-collar Democrat after blue-collar Democrat that he only has his guns because he’s not as well endowed as he’d like to be. It’ll be tough explaining to suburban families that their established conception of American liberty is wrong. You might even suffer at the polls because of it. But that’s what it’s going to take. So do it. Start now. Off you go.

How ‘bout it, Hillary?

“THE SILENT MAJORITY:” “I’ve suggested before that 2016 is beginning to look more and more like 1968,” Bill Kristol writes at the Weekly Standard. “This is true in terms of the presidential contests—on the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders is Eugene McCarthy, Hillary Clinton is Lyndon Johnson, Joe Biden will be Hubert Humphrey, and (the big question!) Elizabeth Warren could be Bobby Kennedy; and on the Republican side, where Donald Trump is ‘a kind of cartoon version of Richard Nixon.’”

Nixon won in ’68 in part by promoting himself as the “law & order” candidate, just as Trump is doing on the issue of illegal immigration. But the hangover from Johnson’s Great Society era and the left’s concomitant love of “Radical Chic” terrorism and economic and environmental Malthusianism lasted throughout the rest of the following decade, culminating in Carter’s infamous “Malaise” era.

Assuming a candidate with an (R) after his or her name wins next year, the hangover from the Obama era will be tremendous – as with the ‘70s, so will the punitive anger of the American left; don’t expect it to be “Morning in America” again for quite some time.

RELATED: “It’s GOP’s Race to Lose,” Ron Radosh writes. “Anything can happen, but Democratic prospects are weak no matter the candidate.”

C’mon – if anybody can blow it in 2016, it’s the Stupid Party.

WHY DOES THE EPA HATE NATIVE AMERICANS? Navajo Nation preps lawsuit against EPA over mine spill.

The Navajo Nation is preparing for a legal battle against President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The tribe contends that the EPA’s Aug. 5 accident in Colorado, which made national headlines after turning portions of the Animas River bright yellow, also leaked hazardous substances into the San Juan River — one of the Navajo Nation’s primary water sources.

Now, they’ve hired law firm Hueston Hennigan LLP to represent them in what some are predicting could be a multibillion-dollar lawsuit expected to be filed in the coming weeks, as lawmakers on Capitol Hill prepare for a round of hearings examining the issue.

And heading their legal team is powerhouse attorney John Hueston, who was the lead prosecutor in the 2006 case against former Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, who were found guilty of fraud and conspiracy.

Russell Begaye — president of Navajo Nation, which totals roughly 300,000 people — also sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials on Monday, calling on them to appoint a FEMA official to coordinate their efforts in the response to the spill.

“This expansion into Navajo lands via the San Juan River has critically impacted the River and its dependent ecosystems including wildlife, fish populations, and the land base adjacent to the River,” Begaye wrote in the letter, first obtained by The Hill.

He said that “the nature of this toxic chemical spill will acutely and chronically impact the River and dependent ecosystem if immediate and effective corrective actions and remedies are not taken.”

Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch said in a statement that the hazardous-material spill “has been devastating to our culture and economy, as well as to the peace of mind of our people.

If an Evil Corporation had done this, Obama would be talking about putting his boot on their neck.

A FRIEND’S BOOK: Sword of Arelion.

SO, WHAT IS ESPN’S PERSPECTIVE: ESPN punished Schilling for telling truth about Nazis and extremist Muslims.

WHO IS TAKING THEM? ‘Hillary for Prison’ signs keep getting stolen in the Hamptons.

SHAME ABOUT NY CITY SCHOOLS: How civic innovation helped New Orleans roar back.

August 31, 2015

AND OUR LITTLE DOGS TOO: Did Dog-Human Alliance Drive Out the Neanderthals?

TO BE FAIR, HILLARY’S PANTSUIT WAS IMPERFECTLY CREASED: How Your New York Times Op-Ed Sausage Gets Made.

brookssuckup

THE CAMP OF THE SAINTS IS NOT JUST A NOVEL: Migrant trains reach Germany as EU asylum system creaks. “Thank God nobody asked for a passport … No police, no problem.”

DO TELL: Slate: Obama Is a Climate Hypocrite. His Trip to Alaska Proves It. Taking your own jet 4,200 miles to talk about people’s carbon footprint. Par for the course.

TO BE FAIR, IT’S IN SHORT SUPPLY ALL OVER: “It’s uncomfortable watching a grown man doing this in public. There is no virtus there.”

AT AMAZON, most wished-for items in Movies & TV.

Plus, Beautiful Things For Men, updated daily.

I THOUGHT I’D ALREADY BLOGGED THIS STORY, BUT APPARENTLY I JUST MEANT TO: YouTube-taught javelin thrower Julius Yego wins gold at world championships. “The 26-year-old does not have a coach, and learned how to throw by watching YouTube video of the sport’s greats. . . . ‘I watched YouTube and it really paid off for me, to see the training techniques and skills they are using.’”

OF COURSE THEY DO: New York’s Taxi Cartel Is Collapsing. Now They Want a Bailout.

BILL QUICK DOESN’T MINCE WORDS: “Chickenshit Charlie Manson wannabes.”

A POST ABOUT ELIZABETH WARREN, but not about politics.

IT’S ALL ABOUT CONTROL: The Latest Frontier In Total Regulation? Exercise. “If you think about this for a moment, it appears that the regulators have their eye on CrossFit, just as they want to strangle Uber.”

THIS WILL CAUSE SOME HEADS TO EXPLODE: Gluten-free GM wheat can help celiac patients.

AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: Blast Seen in Chemical Industry Zone in Shandong, Daily Reports.

FEDERAL RESERVE INCOMPETENCE: The Sleeper Campaign Issue of 2016?

Since the Great Recession ended in 2009, the recovery has been slow and painful. Wages have been so stagnant that the average American family earns $1,000 a year less in income than it did in 2008. That’s why some two-thirds of people believe that their children won’t be better off than they were — a reversal of the American Dream. A growing number of people believe the Federal Reserve has hurt rather than helped the recovery. It has pursued zero-interest-rate policies that have perversely made it impossible for many businesses to get credit to expand. The Fed and other central banks have injected trillions of dollars into the global economy; according to the New York Sun, the result is that “the world is now afflicted by a public-sector debt bubble that could rupture in any of a number of countries.” The Fed’s blatant attempt to prop up asset prices has fueled inequality. The Fed’s low-interest-rate policies have “exacerbated the wealth gap between the poor and the rich, because the rich have assets,” former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg recently said. “And that is what is being hiked here because of low interest rates, whether they own stocks or whatever the case may be.”

Plus:

Jeff Bell, a former adviser to Ronald Reagan and now the director of policy at the American Principles Project, told the conference he was excited by a new poll his group commissioned from pollster McLaughlin and Associates. It asked 1,000 likely voters whether they supported a gold standard, while recognizing that many people would be unfamiliar with the concept. But a surprising 39 percent agreed that the country would be better off with one, with only 15 percent disagreeing. The remaining 46 percent did not know. Surprisingly, support for a fixed monetary rule crossed demographic divides. While 45 percent of Republicans backed gold, so too did 37 percent of Democrats. A surprising 39 percent of African Americans favored a gold standard, the same number as the general population. Hispanics, at 45 percent, and Asians, at 61 percent, were significantly more in favor of the concept. By age, 38 percent of those younger than 30 wanted a gold standard, while only 34 percent of those over 65 agreed.

That is surprising. At least, I’m surprised.

WHEN “FIND” MEANS, BASICALLY, “SWAM RIGHT INTO IT:” Researchers find sunken military vessel missing for decades.

HOPE THE VACCINE IS BETTER TARGETED THIS YEAR: Flu Season Just Around the Corner.

AT AMAZON, save up to 25% on Select Dyson Machines.

Plus, deals in Luxury Hair Care.

MISSING FROM THIS STORY IS ANY FOCUS ON THE FACT THAT THE KILLER WAS HIMSELF A NEWSMAN: Virginia TV Shooting Leaves News Crews Rattled. But it’s true that changes in technology — and budget cuts — make situational awareness tough. Used to be you’d have at least 3 people on a shoot. Now you’ve got the on air talent — who has to look at the camera — and maybe a cameraman — who has to look through the camera — and no producer or production assistant or anyone who can keep an eye on surroundings.

AT 20, SHE’S TOO YOUNG TO HAVE VOTED FOR OBAMA: Woman Who Can’t Spell “Whore” Allegedly Keyed Her “Wore” Friend’s Car.

“VESTER FLANAGAN, POSTER BOY FOR LEFTIST ‘MICROAGGRESSION’ CULTURE:” At Big Government, Ben Shapiro writes:

According to The New York Post, Williams took nearly everything as a racial insult. Trevor Fair, a cameraman at WDBJ, said Parker would say, “The reporter’s out in the field,” and Williams would respond, “What are you saying, cotton fields? That’s racist.” When a manager brought in watermelon for employees, Williams reportedly said, “You’re doing that because of me… You guys are calling me out because I’m black.” He even accused 7-Eleven of racism for selling watermelon-flavored Slurpees.

Bryce Williams may have been mentally ill. But he was the ultimate product of the left’s microaggression society, seeking offense everywhere and then lashing out at others based on a perceived sense of victimization. Some victimization is objectively true, but that doesn’t mean that all claims of victimization are. The notion that subjective self-assessment of victimization should take precedence over objective fact is deeply dangerous.

Jim Geraghty dubbed Flanagan a “Grievance Collector:”

There are disturbing ramifications if media discussions are indeed driving us to become a more grievance-minded society. Willard Gaylin, one of the world’s preeminent psychology professors, writes about the dangers of “grievance collecting” in his book Hatred: The Psychological Descent into Violence:

Grievance collecting is a step on the journey to a full-blown paranoid psychosis. A grievance collector will move from the passive assumption of deprivation and low expectancy common to most paranoid personalities to a more aggressive mode. He will not endure passively his deprived state; he will occupy himself with accumulating evidence of his misfortunes and locating the sources. Grievance collectors are distrustful and provocative, convinced that they are always taken advantage of and given less than their fair share. . . .

Underlying this philosophy is an undeviating comparative and competitive view of life. Everything is part of a zero-sum game. Deprivation can be felt in another person’s abundance of good fortune.

At the heart of the grievance collector’s worldview is that he is not responsible for the condition of his life; a vast conspiracy of malevolent individuals and forces is entirely at fault. There is always someone else to blame, and the Virginia shooter quickly finds ways to excuse his actions and deflect the responsibility to others.

For decades, the media has given “grievance collectors” plenty of fuel for their paranoia. In a fawning 1990 profile of Bryant Gumbel, then co-host of NBC’s Today Show, a New York Times journalist off-handedly wrote:

The writer-producer Allison Davis, who is also black, notes that Gumbel does many subtle things on the air to help change images. One example, she says: “Bryant Gumbel does not say ‘Black Monday’ when talking about the stock market. He’s constantly qualifying and looking at stories where the issue of race may or may not be germane.”

And every November, like clockwork, someone in the media sees racism in the phrase “Black Friday.” In 2012, the words “golf” and “Chicago” were deemed racist by a division of NBC.

In 2011, Democrats in the media instantaneously seized on Sarah Palin’s clip art as a cause for the shooting in Tucson. When it was obvious that the shooter never saw Palin’s clip art or its concurrent use by Democrats (it’s the nature of elections that everyone is being “targeted” for defeat by someone) this was followed by lots of trolling leftist articles demanding a new civility from politicians and the media on both sides of the aisle.

Naturally, nothing changed; don’t look for the media to stop providing rhetorical ammo to grievance collectors anytime soon, either.

(Of course, as long as the violence is merely rhetorical, it’s fascinating to watch the grievance collectors devour each other — such as the left turning against leftist house organ Salon for describing Trinidadian-born American rap star Nicki Minaj as “savage” in a tweet.)

UPDATE: Joe Scarborough: Cable news has put lives at risk, including MSNBC, for “a few ratings points.”

ALSO, A MILITARY BUILDUP: Fear of Russia Drives High-Voltage Power Projects in the Baltics.

THERE IS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS RESPONSIBLE. THAT INDIVIDUAL IS KNOWN. THAT INDIVIDUAL WILL EVENTUALLY TALK. Mystery deepens into how classified emails got onto Clinton’s unclassified server. “It is hard to move classified documents into the non-classified system. You couldn’t move a document by mistake.”

GOP OUTSIDERS SURGE IN LATEST IOWA POLL: The Monmouth University poll, conducted Aug. 27-30, now has Trump and Carson tied in Iowa at 23%, with Carly Fiorina third at 10%. Jeb Bush is far behind, at 5% support (pretty horrific for someone with such broad name recognition), and his unfavorables are higher than any other candidate, at an astonishing 51%.

It’s definitely the year of the anti-establishment candidate.

READER BOOK PLUG: From Dr. Michael Kennedy, War Stories: 50 Years in Medicine.

This isn’t his first book: He’s also the author of A Brief History of Science, Disease and Medicine.