February 11, 2016

INDEED: Russia’s Big Worry Is Not What the Pentagon Thinks but What Shale Frackers Will Do to Oil Prices . The frackers are saving Western Civilization, despite the best efforts of its political and intellectual “leaders” to flush it down the toilet.

WELL, IT COULD BE: Top U.S. Intelligence Official Calls Gene Editing a WMD Threat: Easy to use. Hard to control.

Well, we’re pretty much halfway between when Vernor Vinge wrote Rainbows End and when it was set. Key bit:

Every year, the civilized world grew and the reach of lawlessness and poverty shrank. Many people thought that the world was becoming a safer place . . . Nowadays Grand Terror technology was so cheap that cults and criminal gangs could acquire it. . . . In all innocence, the marvelous creativity of humankind continued to generate unintended consequences. There were a dozen research trends that could ultimately put world-killer weapons in the hands of anyone having a bad hair day.

Also, the civilized world doesn’t seem to be growing, and lawlessness doesn’t seem to be shrinking. Poverty continues to decline, but the politicians may manage to turn that one around too. . . .

REALLY, IS THERE NOTHING IT CAN’T DO? Climate Change Causes Cats.

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NOW THAT’S MY KIND OF FEMINISM: “Former ISIS sex slaves now army of ‘Sun Ladies’ ready to defeat terror group

Some 2,000 Yazidi women who were captured in the brutal August 2014 attack on their mountain stronghold have escaped and have taken up arms against their former tormentors. Driven by the fresh memories of unspeakable atrocities and the survival of their people, hundreds have signed up to fight the black-clad terrorist army.

“Now we are defending ourselves from the evil; we are defending all the minorities in the region,” Capt. Khatoon Khider told FoxNews.com from the unit’s makeshift base in Duhok, Iraq. “We will do whatever is asked of us.”

Godspeed, ladies.

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THE NYT FILES A DUMB SUIT AGAINST A CRITIC: It’s the subject of my latest Bloomberg View column.

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 1008.


The NFL allowing a halftime tribute, no matter how oblique, to a group whose leaders brazenly raped women surely ranks at least on par to its mishandling of the Ray Rice domestic-violence assault in its offensiveness. No number of pink flags thrown by referees, or ads touting a “Vikings family” that morphed into an NFL family when one son moved to Cincinnati and had “Bengals babies” and another ate “Roethlis-burgers,” absolves this.

“Rape was an insurrectionary act,” Eldridge Cleaver wrote in Soul on Ice of transitioning from sexual assaults on black women to whites. “It delighted me that I was defying and trampling upon the white man’s law, upon his system of values, and that I was defiling his women—and this point, I believe, was the most satisfying to me because I was very resentful over the historical fact of how the white man has used the black woman.”

Whereas Black Panthers Supreme Servant Newton broke his pistol grips by beating four fractures into the skull of African American tailor Preston Callins in 1973 and killed black prostitute Kathleen Smith by shooting her in the face—both for the crime of calling Huey “baby”— in 1974, Black Panthers Minister of Information Cleaver allegedly murdered a fellow African American activist in exile in Algeria.

File the league-endorsed Super Bowl 50 halftime tribute to the Black Panthers away for some perspective this fall, when the pink shoes come out and the anti-domestic violence PSAs begin running once again during Sunday’s NFL games.

Oh, and to get a sense of how fundamentally the culture has been changed by a generation of the far left making, as Roger Kimball would say, the long march through its institutions, who were performers at Super Bowl I? “The halftime show featured trumpeter Al Hirt, the marching bands from the University of Arizona and Grambling State University, 300 pigeons, 10,000 balloons and a flying demonstration by the hydrogen-peroxide-propelled Bell Rocket Air Men.”

Related: #BoycottBeyonce Movement Gains Momentum.

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE UPDATE: Islamism Spreads In Africa:

The fundamentalist forms of Islam spreading in Africa, as well as the slow-simmering religious war between Christians and Muslims on the continent, are big stories. Sub-Saharan African Muslims are traditionally Sufi, a form of Islam that emphasizes individual spirituality and incorporates traditional African culture. However, as the WSJ reports, Wahhabism, funded and promoted by the Saudis, has increasingly come to Africa. And when you mix jihadist ideology with other factors in Africa—”weak states, poorly policed frontiers, rapid population growth and large pools of underemployed young men to the mix,” as we once wrote—the situation will likely worse before it gets better.

Over 20 years ago you could see Saudi money turning once-mellow Muslims into radicals throughout northern Nigeria. Now we have Boko Haram. Want to stop this? Cut it off at the source.

WHY ARE THEY AFRAID OF A STRONG BLACK WOMAN? Racist Democrats Target Mia Love For Defeat.

HOW IT MUST BURN THE GOPe: They couldn’t figure this out by themselves, so the voters are giving them a little remedial lesson. Stephen Moore explains, “America Trumped: Trump is the Anti-Obama in Every Way.”

It is striking that Trump is the anti-Obama in every way. Obama blames America first for every problem on the earth, from global warming to terrorism. Trump emanates love for America and pledges to “make America great again.”

Obama hates business. Trump runs businesses.

Obama is a pessimist. Trump is an optimist.

Obama is an elitist. Trump is a populist.

Obama ‎is a college professor and a community organizer. Trump is a job creator and a profit maker.

Obama is incompetent. Trump is a professional — he exudes competence. . . .

In February 1980 the Republican establishment said that a staunch conservative Hollywood actor could never be president ‎and he won two landslide elections. Trump isn’t Reagan — but he’s one of the most talented retail politicians in modern times. For nine months everyone has been underestimating this man, saying that he was surely going to go away. He’s not going away. He’s rising and proving his critics on the left and right dead wrong. That’s Reaganesque.

Cruz has many of these qualities, too, but may have narrower appeal than Trump. Both are populists, running on a long-overdue theme of patriotism. With either candidate, the GOPe is getting a long-overdue spanking.

WHAT IS SEEN CANNOT BE UNSEEN: Your next president could look as old as this by 2025.


CHANGE: “Bernie Sanders Intrigues a South Carolina Town That Loves Hillary Clinton

SHOCKER: Anti-Gunners’ Predictions of Chaos, Mass Death Wrong Again. “For the first time since 1871, Texans are permitted to openly carry their firearms. Beginning January 1, Texas joined the majority of the country by allowing open carry, reports The Star-Telegram. Some predicted that the law would lead to a surge of 911 calls, but according to Cpl. Tracey Knight, spokeswoman for the Fort Worth Police Department, not much has occurred.”

Best quote, from Texas Sheriff Dee Anderson: “I said before this became law that I thought it was going to be much ado about nothing, but I didn’t know it was going to be this much nothing.”

IS IT SNOWING IN HADES THIS MORNING? How else to explain the fact the number two man at the Department of Veterans Affairs just asked Congress to get serious about cutting the bureaucrat protections that prevent firing incompetent managers in the federal civil service. The Merit Systems Protection Board – which recently reversed three VA firings of bad hospital directors – is one of the biggest of many such roadblocks.

Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson wants to strip VA members of the Senior Executive Service and the department’s doctors of the right to appeal adverse personnel actions to the MSPB, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s Luke Rosiak. If Congress goes along, which seems likely, Gibson could become the guy behind the most significant and positive civil service reform since, well, the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 that created the MSPB. Once it happens at VA, which federal department will be next?

DOWN WITH WHITE PRIVILEGE: Stop Calling The Babylonians Scientists!

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I DUNNO, THERE ARE SOME CONSULTANTS WHO ARE LICKING THEIR CHOPS: Who Wants Michael Bloomberg To Run For President? Practically Nobody.

UPDATE: Tom Maguire thinks that Bloomberg serves as a valuable anesthetic for disaffected Dems.

DISPATCHES FROM THE LAND OF THE SCREAMING CAMPUS GARBAGE BABIES: Student at UC-Santa Barbara faces stabbing threat after writing conservative op-ed.


HILLARY CLINTON WAS A NATIONAL SECURITY DISASTER AS SECRETARY OF STATE: That seems to be the emerging consensus among military intelligence experts willing to go on the record about the damage done to national security by Clinton’s use of an unsecured home-brew email server to do official business. Calling for Clinton to “step down” from the presidential race is Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (Ret.), who was President Obama’s head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s Richard Pollock:

“Flynn and other high-ranking former intelligence officials told TheDCNF they are alarmed that some of the nation’s most highly classified documents contained in a secretive program called the Special Access Program (SAP) were transferred to Clinton’s unclassified home server.

“The documents ‘had to be moved off electronically or removed out of the secure site physically, then it had to be put onto an unclassified email system,’ Flynn said. ‘Someone who does this is completely irresponsible, but totally unaccountable and shows a streak of arrogance to the American public that is unworthy of anyone thinking they can run for President of the United States.’

“’This is unbelievable,’ Flynn said. ‘I don’t think anybody should be talking about her being potentially the next President of the United States.’”

PAGLIA: “Sexism has nothing to do with it

Despite emergency efforts by Gloria Steinem, the crafty dowager empress of feminism, to push a faltering Hillary over the finish line, Sanders overwhelmingly won women’s votes in every category except senior citizens. Last week, when she told TV host Bill Maher that young women supporting the Sanders campaign are just in it to meet boys, Steinem managed not only to insult the intelligence and idealism of the young but to vaporize every lesbian Sanders fan into a spectral non-person.

Steinem’s polished humanitarian mask had slipped, revealing the mummified fascist within. I’m sure that my delight was shared by other dissident feminists everywhere. Never before has the general public, here or abroad, more clearly seen the arrogance and amoral manipulativeness of the power elite who hijacked and stunted second-wave feminism.

Read the whole thing.

EVERYTHING OLD IS OLD AGAIN: Clinton has a major honesty problem after New Hampshire.

(Via Steve Green, who tweets, “Headlines from 1992.”)

ACADEMICS LOVE HIGH TAXES FOR OTHERS: NY Times: The Academic Support For Bernie Sanders’ Proposed 73% Top Tax Rate.

Meanwhile, I have an “open borders” proposal for the GOP Congress: Crowd-pleasing legislation requiring state schools to offer in-state tuition to any student who declares residency in their state. Because borders are just arbitrary lines. People first!

WATERGATE’S CARL BERNSTEIN ON HILLARY: “The vast right-wing conspiracy didn’t put the server in her damn closet. She’s going to have to get by this thing, and she’s going to have to acknowledge a terrible misjudgment it seems to be here.”

Related: Spillage: Up to 30 accounts on Hillary server interacted with top-secret data.

More: “When Hillary accidentally hits Reply All, she doesn’t muck around.”

BEN SHAPIRO on How Attitude Trumped Conservative Thought:

On Monday, grassroots Republican favorite Donald Trump repeated the phrase when an audience member called Ted Cruz a “p—-.” He came to this conclusion after determining that Cruz wasn’t sufficiently gung-ho about waterboarding possible terrorists. Asked to define conservatism at the last Republican debate, Trump stated, “I think it’s a person who doesn’t want to take overly risks. I think that’s a good thing.”

On Tuesday, establishment Republican favorite columnist David Brooks of The New York Times wrote a column called “I Miss Barack Obama.” In it, he pilloried Senators Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and lamented that Obama “radiates an ethos of integrity, humanity, good manners and elegance that I’m beginning to miss.” In October, Brooks defined conservatism thusly: “conservatism stands for intellectual humility, a belief in steady, incremental change, a preference for reform rather than revolution, a respect for hierarchy, precedence, balance and order, and a tone of voice that is prudent, measured and responsible.”

Neither of these definitions are correct, of course. But the fact that Trump and Brooks largely agree on the definition of conservatism while fighting each other tooth and nail demonstrates why conservatism is losing.

Read the whole thing, though missing from the article is the damage done by George W. Bush; as good a man as he personally is, the notion of “compassionate conservatism” (read: “big government conservatism”) and statements such as  “We have a responsibility that when somebody hurts, government has got to move” (ditto) did much to damage the brand of conservatism. They led inexorably — or perhaps sprang from — what Shapiro describes as the idea that “At some point, Republicans forgot that their job was to determine the best face for a conservative philosophy, and instead substituted the face for the philosophy. The conservatism simply fell away.”

ONE ANCIENT COMMUNIST DESERVES ANOTHER: ‘Berned’: NBC Says Harry Belafonte Will Endorse Sanders.

Belafonte is 88, Sanders is 74; Hillary is 68. Democrat politics is just one big youth movement these days.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, IVY LEAGUE RACISM EDITION: Harvard med students demand diversity, but no more Asians please.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Ex-school lunch lady admits raping 15-year-old.

ROGER SIMON: Past Time for the GOP to Go Hard for the Black Vote.

“I’m talking to you, Donald Trump,” Roger adds.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. GOP establishment incompetent in fighting for ITS OWN SURVIVAL.


There’s another sexual assault accusation in Liberal Land, this time against someone who trains college administrators on how to handle sexual assault accusations.

Jason Casares, the deputy Title IX director at Indiana University and current president-elect of the Association for Student Conduct Administration, was accused of sexual assault by fellow ASCA board member Jill Creighton. Creighton was elected president of the group for the 2016-2017 term.

Creighton wrote in a lengthy letter last Wednesday that Casares “took advantage of me after I had had too much to drink” during a conference in Texas. She filed a criminal complaint with local police back in December.

“I also could not stand the hypocrisy of Jason parading his expertise on Title IX, knowing how he had behaved with me,” Creighton wrote. . . .

Casares is still being investigated by the police over Creighton’s accusations, but an independent investigation performed for the ASCA cleared him of wrongdoing. And this is where some of the real hypocrisy comes into play.

The ASCA hired an independent investigator from a Texas law firm to conduct an investigation into Creighton’s claims. The investigator who was selected had “experience in investigating allegations of misconduct of non-profit board members as well as experience investigating the nature of the allegations in the received complaint,” according to a letter the ASCA sent to its members on Thursday.

The investigator “determined that Ms. Creighton’s claims could not be substantiated,” so the complaint was resolved in Executive Session.

This investigation was fairer than what accused students get at colleges and universities across the country. Most schools have someone like Casares — a university employee — conduct the investigation. These employees are under pressure from the federal government to find students responsible for sexual assault, no matter what the evidence suggests.

The standards are always different for the nobility than for the serfs.

PIVOT TO ASIA UPDATE: “North Korea Orders South Out of Kaesong Border Factory, Seizes Assets

North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland — part of Kim Jong Un’s ruling Workers’ Party — said in a televised statement that Pyongyang “will deport all South Korean workers as of 5 p.m. [3:30 a.m. ET]. We will freeze all South Korean assets including factory facilities, goods and all others and those being deported may only take their personal belongings.”

The fiery statement also called the South’s shutdown of the plant a “dangerous declaration of war” and contained crude insults against South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye, calling her a “confrontational wicked woman” who lives upon “the groin of her American boss,” according to The Associated Press.

Say what you will about Kim Jong-un, but at least he makes an entertaining press release.

NEW HAMPSHIRE WINNERS AND LOSERS: “Nationalism and socialism: two great tastes that go great together! Honestly, I can’t see what the issue is in having a populist insurgency driven by anger over perceived national humiliation and economic insecurity. Indeed, if only you could combine these two movements into one uber-political party that could just blitz right through the primaries and the general, then we’d see some real change.”

Heh, ineed. ™

IS OUR CHILDREN LEARNING? Democrat Russ Feingold “shares our commitment to high-quality pubic education from pre-kindgergarten through college and our serious concern about America’s student loan debt crisis,” read Feingold’s endorsement by the American Federation of Teachers’ Wisconsin chapter, as it was originally quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Roll Call leans towards blaming the errors on the original AFT press release; the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has since corrected both typos without a note that the post had been updated. But then, both organizations long ago abdicated their original functions to go full-on socialist justice warrior in an effort to prop up the leftwing establishment in Wisconsin.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Berkeley Plans For “New Normal.” You know it’s serious because they’re cutting back on staff hiring as well as faculty! “Controlling staffing levels and adopting staff hiring ‘discipline’ that mirrors that for faculty positions.”

Plus: “Due to declining state funding and other factors, Berkeley expects an operating budget deficit of 6 percent this year, or about $150 million. Officials say that while that is manageable in the short term, trend lines call for proactive sustainability measures.”

One way to enhance your sustainability — quit spending money on your Campus Sustainability Program.

AN IDEA SO CRAZY, IT JUST MIGHT WORK: How to Win the White House and Save the World: Don’t Talk of Reagan. Talk Like Reagan.



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AND WE’LL CALL IT A NIGHT, WITH MY SHOCKED FACE: Syria’s bleeding even more thanks to John Kerry’s peace ploy.

THE SEVENTIES CALLED: Great Power Pivot: U.S. Shifts Focus to War With China and Russia.

YOU MESSED UP, YOU TRUSTED THEM: Yellen: Persistent economic weakness could slow rate hikes.  Summer of recovery #8 coming up!  The future  present   mirage is so bright I got to wear shades.

IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN BLOOMBUG’S NEIGHBORHOOD: Bloomberg May See Opening in New Hampshire Primary Results.  I can see his campaign platform “No more Big Gulps!” or perhaps “I can see gun confiscation from here.”  And the worst part?  He’s better than the two already in the race.


OUTSOURCING QUALITY TIME: Finally! The Babysitting Robot We’ve All Been Waiting For.

SHUT UP AND SING: Beyoncé’s Black Panther Posturing at the Super Bowl.

OF COURSE THE PARTIES COULD PAY ATTENTION TO THE VOTERS!  WAIT, THAT’S CRAZY TALK: The New Hampshire primaries were a bipartisan revolt.

RUMOR HAS IT SHE WAS AS CLOSE TO THEM AS BILL TO INTERNS: Why Hillary wants to bury her ‘rah-rah’ Goldman speeches.

CAUGHT BETWEEN THE SCYLLA OF ANDROPHOBIA AND THE CHARYBDIS OF MULTI-CULTURALISM: Just like the vile-prog patsies they are.  Euro-feminists in meltdown over immigrant rape.

WITH FOLDED HANDS: The Dream—Or Is It a Nightmare?—of No Work.


AH THERE IS THE SHOCKED FACE, AGAIN:  Apparently speak loudly and carry no stick doesn’t work.  Who knew? The latest in nuclear cheating, from Iran to North Korea.


MEET THE NEW LEFT, SAME AS THE OLD LEFT: On health care, Bernie betrayed vets to protect unions.

PUT YOUR BEST SHOCKED FACE ON: Left Wing Bias in Publishing: Your Wrongthink Will Be Punished!  Shocked, I tel you.  SO shocked.

February 10, 2016

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: When Threatening Violence Against Women Is Allowed On Twitter. And on campus. I’m predicting silence from Anita Sarkeesian et al. on this one.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The presidential diversity myth at Stanford.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Purdue Univ. investigating staff member’s alleged threat to rape pro-life women.

TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S, EAT FISH. Well, maybe. But there’s a catch: “Eating seafood is linked to a reduced risk of dementia-associated brain changes in people who carry the ApoE4 gene variation, which increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Eating seafood was not linked to similar changes in those who carried other forms of the ApoE gene.”

I notice that “eat more fish” is a default headline trope, even when the evidence is sketchy.


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HMM: ABA Asks States To Adopt Uniform Bar Exam ‘Expeditiously.’ This has been a good idea for decades; why is it suddenly getting traction now?

SO DOES THIS MEAN HE ALWAYS WINS HIS AGE CLASS? Meet The World’s Oldest Competitive Powerlifter.

At Yale Law School they used to have — and maybe still do, I don’t know — a 5K race called the “Race Judicata.” (Slogans: “A Parade of Horribles,” “With All Deliberate Speed,” etc., etc.) I remember Charlie Black used to run in it, and always won his division: “Medicare Eligible.”


To young girls and women across the country, I say: do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you’re a woman. That is not feminism. Feminism doesn’t shut down conversations or threaten women. It is not about ideology. It is not a weapon to wield against your political opponent. A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts. And always remember that a leader is not born, but made. Choose leadership.

Carly Fiorina Suspends Her Campaign, Blasts ‘Feminism’ In Farewell Statement.

Curiously though, no fire-and-brimstone eschatological statements that women would be going to Hell for not supporting her, or for choosing a different ideological path.

SO WEIRD. FIRST TWITTER CRAPS ALL OVER ITS USERS, NOW THIS: Twitter shares fall on user decline. Who could have seen this coming?

CHART OF THE DAY: Don’t Tell Bernie, But Capitalism Has Made Human Life Fantastically Better:

Back in 1995, now-Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said, “I personally happen not to be a great believer in the free enterprise system for many reasons.”

And having watched Sanders during this primary season, it doesn’t appear to me that the self-described democratic socialist has much changed his opinion of capitalism. Which is both amazing and appalling. The single greatest story of human achievement of the past 2,000 years is the dramatic rise in living standards of the past 200 years. It’s an astounding ascent — see above chart — driven by innovative, entrepreneurial capitalism. Free enterprise. Economic freedom.

And to turn a Bernie-esque argument on its head, look at how much it’s accomplished while having to drag the parasite of socialism alongside it for well over a century. Imagine what it could to do if it was really unleashed.


WELL, THAT’S ENCOURAGING: Birth defects linked to Zika may be more serious than they appear.

SORRY, I STILL DON’T REALLY TRUST THE “INTERNET OF THINGS.” How to Make Nest’s Thermostat Your Smart-Home Hub.

OH, THAT HIGHER EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Transgender Activist Tells Gay Students Their Kinky Tumblr Posts Are ‘Triggering.’

Or at the very least so highly, highly problematic — but isn’t everything?

ANALYSIS: TRUE (Any way you slice it): Socialist New Hampshire women choose hell over Hillary Clinton.

BUILDING A BRIDGE TO 1995: Hillary Reaches Base With AOL Login Page Ad.

Earlier: Hillary Clinton Puzzled by the Phrase ‘Went Viral,’ and “Like with a cloth or something?”

If Hillary had an (R) after her name, these gaffes would be framed as her supermarket scanner moment, or her inability to use email. (If only.) We’ll know the media is as serious as they were in 2008 about taking her out when they start painting her as out of touch. Or as Stephen Miller recently wrote, “As painful a sight as it is to see a media that sold Obama as the essence of youthful charismatic hope reduced to selling what’s left of their integrity out to make the most uncool and aged candidates palatable, it works if there’s no pushback to it.”

In the meantime, as John Nolte of Big Hollywood likes to say, “Democrats sure got it good.”

THE NATION: BILL AND HILLARY “DECIMATED BLACK AMERICA,” trumpets socialist house organ in piece titled “Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote.”

Related: Bernie Sanders meets with legendary NBC journalist and Comcast spokesman Al Sharpton for breakfast in Harlem today. As one wag quipped on Twitter today, “Breakfast lasts 6 hrs ['cause] neither of them will make a move for the check.”

UPDATE: This just in from Hillary’s private airplane:





CARLY FIORINA SUSPENDS CAMPAIGN, Promises to ‘Not Sit Down and Be Quiet:’

“This campaign was always about citizenship—taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected,” Fiorina posted minutes ago on her Facebook page. “Election after election, the same empty promises are made and the same poll-tested stump speeches are given, but nothing changes. I’ve said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet. I’m not going to start now.”

“While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them.”

Read the whole thing.

EVERLASTING LOVE: “American World War II veteran reunites with wartime girlfriend in Australia

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REPORT: Chris Christie to Suspend Campaign.

Related: Is Rubio done?

Which inexorably leads to…How John Kasich Plans to Win the Nomination.

Everything seemingly is spinning out of control!

Or perhaps it’s simply: Armageddon for the GOPe.

Update: James Pethokoukis tweets, “Christie: ‘Tell Marco it was only business. I always liked him.’”

ANALYSIS: TRUE. This Man Wore The Worst T-Shirt Ever to Jail.

HEALTH: Unraveling The Mysterious Function Of The Microbiome. “What function does your microbiome play in your health? The answer is still a mystery, but emerging scientific evidence suggests it could have implications for treating many chronic diseases. A new class of microbiome drugs in development could eventually be effective against a range of hard-to-treat disorders, including gastrointestinal, metabolic, immunologic, and even neurologic problems. . . . Most of the initial drugs in development are aimed at the gut microbiome, which is due to ‘some combination of its importance to key diseases and sampling ease,’ says Peter DiLaura, CEO of San Francisco-based Second Genome. Tissue biopsies taken during colonoscopies and fecal samples are rich sources of information about the differences between the microbiomes of healthy and sick people.”

YOU DON’T SAY: “Hillary Clinton has an honesty problem,” according to Chris Cillizza.

That point is driven home hard in the exit poll following Clinton’s 22-point drubbing at the hands of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. More than one in three (34 percent) of all New Hampshire Democratic primary voters said that honesty was the most important trait in their decision on which candidate to support. Of that bloc, Sanders won 92 percent of their votes as compared to just 6 percent for Clinton.

Ninety two to six. That is absolutely unbelievable — even given the size of Sanders’s overall victory in the state.

“Unbelievable?” Really?

ROGER KIMBALL: Thoughts on the Meaning of the 2016 New Hampshire Primary.

CHANGE: Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization announces big cuts to climate change programs in order to focus on “commercializing good ideas and collaborating with industry.”

RELAX: Antiperspirants Aren’t Dangerous. “Sweat glands do play a major role in eliminating potentially harmful substances, even excess prescription drugs, as well as in controlling temperature, Dr. Khorasani said. The glands are distributed all over the body, not just under the arms.”

YOU DON’T HAVE TO FALL IN LOVE, YOU JUST HAVE TO FALL IN LINE: “After Crushing Defeat, DNC Quirk* Still Gives Hillary More New Hampshire Delegates Than Sanders.”

* “That’s some catch, that Catch-22,” Yossarian observed. “It’s the best there is!”

YOU WENT FULL PROGRESSIVE CHRIS MATTHEWS — NEVER GO FULL PROGRESSIVE: Ted Cruz “operates below the level of human life,” Matthews tells his fellow MSNBC denizens on Morning Joe today:

Matthews remarked Cruz had a “troll-like quality” that was “below the level of human life,” said there was a “darkness“ to Cruz’s character that frightened him, and suggested that Cruz, a Cuban-American, is a “theocrat” who views President Obama like Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

“The thing about—there’s a troll-like quality to Ted Cruz,” Matthews said. “He operates below the level of human life.”

“OK, Chris, that’s a little tough,” host Joe Scarborough said. “You have not gotten sleep.”

“Am I allowed to have an opinion?” Matthews asked. “I think he appeals to people’s negativity rather than their joy. I don’t think people feel good about voting for Cruz. I don’t know what it is he appeals to.”

Well, driving crazed establishment lefties such as Matthews utterly insane is certainly a good start. In late January, Matthews was forced to apologize for his racist crack “wondering who would want to watch a Donald Trump-less debate with ‘two Cubans’ — Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz,” as Buzzfeed reported, adding this unintentionally ironic passage:

The remarks are the second time Matthews has been criticized for comments he made about Rubio and Cruz. In November, he questioned whether they are truly Hispanic, calling them “Cuban nationals.”

“People have been going to management, not just Latino employees, but people have been going to management and complaining sort of like ‘What the f**k? Did that really happen on our air?’” an NBC employee said.

Many of the people at NBC that spoke with BuzzFeed News posed the hypothetical of what would have happened had Matthews been talking about someone else. “Can you imagine if someone said what’s up with two old white people debating among the Democrats? Or two Jewish people or two black people?” a second staffer said.

The remarks come amid MSNBC’s long-running attempts to keep its talent and voice in line with its diverse, progressive brand.

Well, considering how deeply racism was baked into the brand of “Progressivism” right from the start, Matthews is certainly behaving well in-line. Almost to the point where his language at MSNBC “reminds me of the ’30s in another country” — as a legendary broadcaster might say.

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HIDING A MOTOR IN YOUR BIKE WILL ONLY GET EASIER: “Mechanical doping” made its way into the popular culture last week when a professional bike racer got caught.​

ASHE SCHOW RESPONDS TO MADAMS STEINEM & ALBRIGHT: Women Can Support Whomever They Want. And did, as yesterday’s results show.

MICHAEL HIGDON: State Misdemeanant, Federal Felon: Adolescent Sexual Offenders and the INA.

MILO YIANNOPOULOS FACED BY HURTFUL GENDERED PERFORMANCES: Rutgers students smear themselves with fake blood to protest ‘Most Dangerous Faggot.’ Plus the inevitable: “’[Rutgers groups] should not be inviting anyone like Yiannopoulos because what we stand for is inclusion and diversity,’ student activist Nyuma Waggeh told The Daily Targum. ‘If a speaker makes someone feel unsafe or uncomfortable, then they should not come to campus.’”

Why so homophobic, Nyuma? And really, trying to protest a homosexual man by invoking the tired anti-gay cliche that they’re repulsed by menstruation? Pathetic.


“The strangest thing, however, was that when the floor was opened up for questions, I didn’t see any of the protesters behind me raise their hand,” the student continued. “Yiannopoulos and others were clearly open to hear the position of the left, and when someone with an opposing view DID have a question, it was respectfully answered with a libertarian perspective.”

“The purpose of university is to interrogate new ideas, discover ourselves, meet new people, and explore the world. What it ought to be is a free space without trigger warnings. In my view, anyone who asks for a trigger warning should be expelled. What they’ve demonstrated is that they are incapable of being exposed to new ideas,” Yiannopoulos said.

As Milo often says, to survive in an outrage culture, it pays to be outrageous. Video here. The protesters certainly lived up to IowaHawk’s description as “screaming campus garbage babies.” You could run excerpts in a Trump ad. . . .