January 28, 2015

I AM STRONG, I AM — AUGGHH! TRIGGER WARNING! Women Are Helpless Victims, Say National Sororities. “It’s not enough to punish men for things they haven’t done. Women must be kept away from men, for their own good, because of the crimes those men haven’t committed. This isn’t happening in Saudi Arabia or some other third-world hellhole. This is happening right here. . . . All because of a fraudulent story in a pathetic, outdated music magazine.”

ACE: “It is becoming impossible to avoid the conclusion that Obama has a visceral hatred of America and its middle class which has largely (and positively) shaped its civic culture for 200+ years.”

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PAGING DR. FREUD: Neurasthenic Woman Panicked By Sight Of Man’s “Bulge.”

CHARLIE MARTIN: Be The Boojum!

I think Charlie can pull it off. Me, I’m too snarky. . . .

THIS IS SMART: So I’m watching Rand Paul, DVR’ed from last night on Kennedy’s new show on Fox Business, talking about the debacle of “Hillary’s war in Libya,” which he calls “a huge disaster.” We talked Qaddafi into giving up his nuclear program, he notes, and then we invaded his country and killed him, which doesn’t help negotiations with Iran.

I think we’ll be hearing more about Hillary’s failed war in Libya. It was a war of choice, we were promised a quick and easy victory, and it left a country in shambles that’s now full of Islamists and a growing terrorist threat.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Prynt Wants To Be A Polaroid For The Smartphone Age. “Prynt is a case that incorporates a little inkless photo printer and connects to your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy smartphone, thanks to a modular system that lets you swap out connectors. Pick a shot from your camera roll, or shoot it with the Prynt app, and you can instantly print out a two-by-three inch photo. Up to 10 pieces of paper fit in the case, which has a battery designed to let you print out 20 prints, each in about 30 seconds. . . . There’s also a nifty, if somewhat gimmicky, augmented reality feature. Take a video while you’re taking your photo, and Prynt can link the clip to your photo. Later on, when you point the app at the printed out version of the photo, it can play back the video on your phone, letting you relive the moment; and since the video is stored in the cloud, anybody you give the photo to can use the Prynt app to view it.”

HEH: Reaction to Jonathan Chait’s Essay on Political Correctness Instantly Proves Chait’s Thesis Correct. It’s interesting how all these critics respond by invoking their minority- or female-privilege rather than engaging his claims.

HOPEY-CHANGEY: CBO Projects Tepid Economic Growth, Rising Deficits Despite Rising Revenues. Yeah, too much spending and regulation will get you that.

COMMUNIST COUNTRIES TRADITIONALLY HAVE BIGGER ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS: Dystopian Reality of China’s Smog Captured in ‘Airpocalypse’ App.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Man’s Desert Sex Costs Him $250K. He says it was worth it.

IN JOHN CARTER’S WORDS, I STILL LIVE: Andrew Sullivan is going to stop blogging. No, blogging isn’t dead. And InstaPundit gets more pageviews than pretty much everyone who’s calling blogging dead. But I can understand Andrew quitting. For me, the real strain isn’t the blogging, but having to pay close attention to the news all the time. The news is usually depressing, when it’s not angering, and that’s doubly true for the Obama years. But I’m not going anywhere anytime soon.

ablogalypseUPDATE: A commenter points out that I’m the last of the Four Horsemen Of The Ablogalypse still riding. My, how time flies. Oh, well. Giddyup!

AN INTERESTING NOTE BY ALEXANDER KASNER IN THE STANFORD LAW REVIEW: National Security Leaks and Constitutional Duty. The argument that the Oath Clause protects leakers who expose illegal or unconstitutional conduct is interesting. I wish I’d thought of that for my Don’t Fear The Leaker piece. (Bumped).

VIDEO: Watch Dodge prove the Charger Hellcat’s 204 mph top speed. “Yes, an American family sedan, recognizably similar to the ones populating rental fleets across the country, and priced within reach of folks who don’t decorate their houses with exotic animal furs, will willingly cannonball you and four other humans well and truly past the 200 mph mark. These are terrifyingly good times to be alive.”

UPDATE: Some people in the comments say the video’s not working for them, but it’s working for me. Try again.

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JERRY POURNELLE: Abolish The Air Force. “The purpose of military forces is to win wars. The purpose of the Air Force is—well, they no longer know. When we had SAC we knew – ‘Our profession is peace’ was not just a slogan – but that too is neglected in the Modern Air Force. . . . As to the rest of the Air Force, it is more interested in the Air Force than winning wars, and considers supporting the field army as beneath contempt. A slow old Warthog does a much better job, but there is no glory in that.”

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Swarms of DNA nanorobots execute complex tasks in living animal.

I WANTED FLYING CARS, but what do I get? Flying selfie-bot drones. “Plenty of people—sports enthusiasts in particular—are ravenous for selfies taken by aerial robots. And start-ups everywhere are now scrambling to develop this technology for them.”

ANTI-AGING NEWS: Telomere Lengthening RNA Treatment Lets Cells Divide More.

SPACE: Here’s What a SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Will Look Like.

JOURNALISM: Politico invents nasty Mike Huckabee quote, mocks it.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: The Tick-Tock Begins for Andrew Cuomo.

AUSTIN BAY: Time for Obama and Ambassador Power to Account for Their Darfur Failure.

IN THE MAIL: Senate Proof.

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NATIONAL JOURNAL: Democrats Not Giving Up On “War On Women” Tactic Yet:

Democrats are far from finished with their “war on women” campaign strategy, midterm losses be damned.

Critics said Democrats’ focus on topics such as abortion rights and access to contraception proved to be a losing strategy in 2014. But leading Senate Democratic strategists aren’t backing away from the message just yet. They don’t necessarily defend the way the strategy was executed, but they do think a focus on female voters and the subjects they care about will resonate in next year’s races—especially as Republicans on Capitol Hill debate new abortion legislation. . . .

Democrats once considered Sen. Mark Udall’s Colorado race against Republican Cory Gardner an ideal place to emphasize abortion rights and contraception, hoping it would carry Colorado’s cosmopolitan, socially liberal electorate. It had worked there in 2010, when Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet won reelection after successfully characterizing his opponent (now-Rep. Ken Buck) as too extreme.

But by the late summer, with polls showing a close race, Democrats began to worry that Udall—who was saddled with the moniker “Senator Uterus”—had too narrowly focused on abortion rights, at the expense of a more well-rounded message. The criticism crystalized by October when The Denver Post, in an endorsement for Gardner, castigated Udall for running an “obnoxious single-issue campaign.” Udall lost the race, the first Democratic gubernatorial or Senate candidate to do so in Colorado since 2002.

Despite the criticism, Democrats insisted that although the campaign made mistakes, focusing heavily on something like access to contraception was the right thing to do. Their polling backed it up: According to sources close to the Udall campaign, every time the senator wavered from that message, Gardner’s lead would increase. (Lopach, for his part, said that because he just joined the DSCC he wasn’t equipped to assess whether the Udall campaign had focused too heavily on abortion rights.)

To some of them, the message was right—it just wasn’t enough to overcome an unpopular president and strong Republican candidate like Gardner.

My sense is that men are going from indifferent, to seriously turned-off by all this gynocentric rhetoric. So what will the Dems do when their war on women schtick costs them more male votes than it gains them female votes?

LIZ PEEK: Why Elites Think ‘Pro-America’ Is So Last Century.

HOW THE FIRE PHONE FIZZLED. “Understanding Amazon’s journey to create a smartphone, and why it failed, is perhaps the best way to understand the company’s evolving mission and values as it struggles to unearth its next gusher of revenue.” Steve Jobs had the Lisa before he had the Mac.

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“SMART DIPLOMACY” MARCHES ON: Muslim Brotherhood-Aligned Leaders Hosted at State Department; Brotherhood seeks to rally anti-Sisi support.

ROLL CALL: House Democrats Brace for Potentially Tense Retreat. “For House Democrats, the months since the demoralizing midterm elections have been characterized by several public episodes of party infighting — about the culture of the caucus, the ‘brand’ and the perceived lack of opportunities for younger members to climb the ranks.”

ED DRISCOLL: Sorry, Jonathan Chait, But Political Correctness Is The Essence of Liberalism.

JOURNALISM: Media “Blows” Coverage Of Menendez Iran Sanctions Delay.

WELL, LOOK AT HOW THEY TREAT THE TEA PARTY, WHICH IS A VERY MIDDLE-CLASS MOVEMENT: Why are Republicans so weirdly hesitant to talk about America’s middle class?

The paucity of “middle” mentions is bizarre. The story of this anemic economic recovery — and really of the entire 2000s — is how poorly America’s broad middle has done. Countless news stories and research reports have highlighted the middle class’ financial struggles. Clearly, Democrats have gone long on “middle class” for 2016. In his recent State of the Union speech, President Obama coined a new term for his policy agenda: “middle-class economics.” And the Center for American Progress, the “ready for Hillary” think tank, recently produced a lengthy report devoted to solutions for middle-class woes.

But weirdly, much of the GOP is reluctant to explicitly target the middle, either with rhetoric or ideas. It’s not necessarily that Republicans don’t care about the 99 percent. They just think their way is better than the Democrats’ way, even if it’s less obviously and directly helpful to the middle class. This is the party that believes “a rising tide lifts all boats,” that faster economic growth is the best path to shared prosperity. To concede otherwise is to challenge one of the modern party’s first principles. Moreover, many think mentioning the “middle class” by name — much less pushing policies to directly help it — smacks of “class warfare” and uses the language of Karl Marx. As Rick Santorum, one GOPer who has actually focused on the middle, has put it, “since when in America do we have classes? Since when in America are people stuck in areas or defined places called a class? That’s Marxism talk.”

Neither party in this country really wants the middle class to wake up and seize control. Dems can talk about it because they know they won’t rouse it. Republicans can’t talk about it for fear that they will.

K.C. JOHNSON AT MINDING THE CAMPUS: A Slight Nod To Due Process. “Fifty-nine times the document uses the word ‘victim’ to describe a student who has alleged being sexually assaulted; fifty-nine times the document doesn’t couple that description with an ‘alleged,’ even as the document makes clear it’s dealing with procedures that occur before any adjudication.”

GOOD: Sharyl Attkisson leads Loretta Lynch witness list as Senate Republicans plan tough hearing.

Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson leads the list of witnesses who will testify at the confirmation hearing. Attkisson is suing the Justice Department, accusing it of tapping her phones and computer while she worked as a correspondent for CBS News.

Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke will also testify. Clarke accused Holder of race-baiting following the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo.

Senate Republicans have also invited Catherine Engelbrecht, who was subjected to numerous federal investigations and repeated questioning by the Internal Revenue Service after she sought tax-exempt status for her voter ID advocacy group, True the Vote, in 2010.

Among the agencies who began suddenly probing Engelbrecht’s business were the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, which are part of the Justice Department.

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley will also testify. He authored a critical column in USA Today entitled “Fire Eric Holder.” Turley said Holder’s Justice Department had violated civil liberties and the free press by snooping into the computers and phones of reporters.

I assume C-SPAN, CNN, MSNBC and Fox will all be covering live.

A MODEL FOR GOVERNMENT ENTITIES EVERYWHERE: Portsmouth regulators vote to eliminate taxi regulations.

In response to Uber ride-sharing drivers now working in the city, the Taxi Commission on Wednesday recommended the elimination of taxi medallions, regulation of taxi fares, city taxi inspections and the Taxi Commission itself.

The commission voted unanimously to send a memo to the City Council outlining its recommendations to lift many regulations currently imposed on drivers-for-hire. . . .

“I think the public is probably better served if we also have ride-sharing,” Cataldo said, explaining that ride-share drivers help get intoxicated people home safely.

Cataldo said the Uber model dispatches more drivers to certain locations when demand peaks and that cab drivers have not been available to transport all of the people who need rides all of the time. He said he’s most concerned about bar patrons having rides between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. because ensuring impaired people don’t drive is “a blessing to the city.”

Cataldo said if drivers are smoking, or offering rides in unkempt vehicles, consumers will decide if they want to hire them. Under the proposal, police would continue to conduct background checks of registered drivers who would also have to provide proof that their passengers are insured for a minimum of $300,000 under a commercial policy.

Several commissioners compared the proposed deregulation of taxi fares to the fact that someone can buy a glass of beer for $4 at a downtown pub and pay $8 for a glass of the same beer at a nearby restaurant.

“I guess it’s going to come down to what consumers want to do,” said Lt. Chris Cummings, the Police Department’s liaison to the Taxi Commission.

What a novel approach. What if it spreads?

DO TELL: Obama drops proposal to cut tax benefits of 529 college savings plans.

And just one day after my USA Today column blasting that policy came out. Coincidence? I think not.

UPDATE: First link was bad before. Fixed now. Sorry!

YES. NEXT QUESTION? Is Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Grandstanding At The Expense of Due Process? “By inviting Ms Sulkowicz to accompany her, Senator Gillibrand undoubtedly wanted to send Congress the message that passage of her proposed Campus Accountability and Safety Act is necessary to protect students in their college environments. However, in her effort to push through the bill, Senator Gillibrand not only is willing to use a dubious victim, Gillibrand is also willing to use discredited and out of date statistics and unsubstantiated data.”

January 27, 2015

BYRON YORK: Will Jeb Bush deport four million illegal immigrants?

That’s hardly unthinkable. Obama deported 2 million in slightly more than one term.

WELL, THIS MAKES SENSE: Why Marine Le Pen Is So Popular With France’s Gays:

An insight into the phenomenon comes from Patrick McCarthy, a young gay blogger who lives in Bordeaux. ‘Up until 2005, Bordeaux was a very gay-friendly city,’ he says. ‘Same-sex couples could openly walk down the street holding hands without any problems. However, in the space of two months, five gay men were murdered in the city. The blame was put on Bordeaux’s Muslim community since some of these hate crimes were carried out by people of Arabic origins.’ . . .

The Front National now offers a welcoming home to gay people who feel judged by Muslims and share wider concerns about immigration and the loss of French identity.

That gay men now feel comfortable with the Front National is the result of a deliberate effort by its leader, Marine Le Pen, who has pursued a programme of detoxification (the French term is ‘de-diabolisation’) ever since she took control of the party in 2011.

So the GOP should encourage Muslim immigration so as to pick up gay support! And it’s not just gays: “In the 2012 presidential elections, Le Pen won 13.5 per cent of the Jewish vote. A surprising enough statistic, but her appeal to gay activists has created even more waves.”

WELL, TO BE FAIR, THAT WOULD HAVE SPOILED THE NARRATIVE AND COST HIM CLICKS: N.Y. Times’ Charles Blow cried racism, said nothing about cop who arrested his son being black. “Blow did not return a request for comment on why he omitted the race of the officer in his column or whether the race of the officer matters.” But we all know, don’t we?

UPDATE: On Twitter: “What Charles Blow was upset about was a slight against his son’s class. Not his race.”

HISTORY: Take a Tour of a 1964 Underground Fallout Home.

LAMB AND GUINNESS STEW: Reader Merrill Guice emails: “Decided this was a good week to try this recipe I’d saved. Just wow! I feel like I under seasoned, though. What rough measures did you use for the Rosemary, turmeric, paprika, red pepper, and garlic?”

You know, it’s just “to taste,” and it’s been a while since I’ve made it so I’m not sure the measures. My advice: When in doubt, more! Here’s the recipe. Good for a cold winter night.

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SPACE: Hoping to Set Sail on Sunlight. “The Planetary Society, a nonprofit that promotes space exploration, announced Monday that it would send the first of two small craft testing the technology of solar sails into orbit this May, tagging along with other small satellites on an Atlas 5 rocket. . . . When photons — particles of light — bounce off a shiny surface, they impart a tiny bit of momentum, an effect that comes directly from the equations of electromagnetism published by the physicist James Clerk Maxwell in the 1860s. In his 1865 novel, ‘From the Earth to the Moon,’ Jules Verne appears to have been the first to realize that this force could be harnessed for space travel. The bombardment of sunlight over a large area can gradually but continuously accelerate a spacecraft.”

WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS: A Turbo-Diesel Snow Blower. Well, maybe not everyone.

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: 3-D Transistors Made with Molecular Self-Assembly.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE ERA OF HOPE AND CHANGE: The DEA Is Spying on Millions of Cars All Over the U.S. “The primary goal of the license-plate tracking program, run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is to seize cars, cash and other assets to combat drug trafficking, according to one government document. But the database’s use has expanded to hunt for vehicles associated with numerous other potential crimes, from kidnappings to killings to rape suspects, say people familiar with the matter.” Also, one suspects, Tea Party members and law enforcement critics.

SPYING: Feds Spied On Wikileaks’ Journalists’ Emails.

WHY SHOULD POLICE, IN PUBLIC, HAVE A RIGHT OF PRIVACY WHEN CITIZENS DON’T? Cops decry Waze traffic app as a “police stalker.” “The app, used by some 50 million people in 200 countries, is a free service that provides real-time traffic data about accidents, congestion, traffic cameras, and weather among other information. It also allows Waze users to report a police presence, which then appears on a traffic map for others to see. The app provides no other data about the police’s public presence.”

MONEY FOR LAWYERS! YAY! Here come the settlements over lack of due process in campus sexual assault hearings.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Cutbacks Are Looming for Law School Income-Based Repayment Programs. I certainly would not borrow money for law school — or any education — in the expectation that the income-based repayment plans will be there later. They are likely to run out of other people’s money.

I’M NOT INSURING THEM: These Guys Drove A 2000 Horsepower Lamborghini Into A Lake.

HMM: Romney, ahead of 2016 run, now calls Utah home, talks openly about Mormon influence. Prediction: The presidential talk is a headfake, he’ll actually pivot and run against Mike Lee for Senate.

GOOD: Scott Walker forms committee in preparation for 2016 presidential bid.

WAIT, I THOUGHT AL QAEDA WAS ON THE RUN: General Tells Senators al-Qaeda Has ‘Grown Fourfold in Last Five Years.’

INDIANA HAS ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH EASTASIA: Governor proposes his own media coverage. Though to be fair, “professional” journalism is so in-the-tank for its favored party that there’s not much difference.

RICHARD EPSTEIN: The Sad State Of The Union. Hopey-Changey!

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PUSHBACK: Russia Threatens SWIFT.

It is important not to underestimate the amount of bluster and bluff in Russian talk about its friendship with China and its turn to the east. Repeated failures to build an effective Russia-China partnership date back to the era of the Soviet Union and Mao. But both countries, and they are not alone, are deeply and seriously concerned about what they see as the excessive power that the present day SWIFT system gives the U.S. and its Western allies; essentially, the ability to cut a country’s banks off from the global financial system. These are the sanctions that have been so effective against Iran. Russia and China, and a number of other countries, would like very much to break this weapon, something they see as one of the chief props of American world power.

It isn’t easy to build an alternative, and countries like China which depend on large flows of both investment and trade with the rest of the world, and whose financial systems are pointed toward greater rather than less integration with the global system are somewhat less eager about building an alternative than countries like Russia. Furthermore, lots of ne’er-do-wells like Venezuela, Argentina, or perhaps a Syriza-led Greece would love to join an alternative system thinking that it offers them new chances to stiff a new set of creditors.

Still, the more powerful the sanctions weapon becomes, and the more we try to use it, the greater the incentive we create for other people to challenge it. This should at the least cause the West to think twice before slamming sanctions down when somebody jaywalks; this is a tool that should be reserved for great dangers, not pesky annoyances. Yet there’s a longstanding tendency in the West to use sanctions as a substitute for military action—public opinion demands action, politicians don’t want to send troops (and think the public demand for action will cool rapidly when the body bags start coming home), so sanctions become the way to look tough while staying cool.

Which calls for courage and self-discipline among politicians, both, alas, in short supply these days.

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Obama’s 529 Tax Plan Is Just The Beginning.

HISTORY: Remembering Auschwitz: 70 Years After Liberation. Fortunately, it’s impossible to imagine that kind of murderous antisemitism in Europe today.

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CHANGE: S&P cuts Russia’s credit rating to junk.

ON PJTV, I TALK WITH BILL WHITTLE AND DAVE SWINDLE: What If Everything Were Cheap? A Post-Singularity Look.

U.S. ANTI-FRACKING INTERESTS: SHILLS FOR RUSSIAN OIL. Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company. “A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. . . . No one knows where that firm’s money comes from. Its only publicly documented activities have been transfers of $23 million to U.S. environmentalist groups that push policies that would hamstring surging American oil and gas production, which has hurt Russia’s energy-reliant economy.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: U.C. Berkeley Students Complain About Having To Read Aristotle, Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Weber and Foucault. In course on classic social theory. And if that makes it hard for you to focus on the course material, cupcakes, you don’t belong in college.

THOUGH, APPARENTLY, WITHOUT ENOUGH GAME TO PULL IT OFF: Russians charged with plotting to recruit NYC co-eds as spies. But an excuse to run pics of the sexy Anna Chapman, who has nothing to do with this story!

WAPO: Drone incident at White House highlights long-studied, still-unsolved security gap. “The intrusion by a recreational drone early Monday onto the White House lawn exposed a security gap at the compound that the Secret Service has spent years studying but has so far been unable to fix, according to several officials familiar with the concern.”

Meanwhile, InstaPundit’s crack investigative team has produced this photo of the incident as it happened:

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ASHE SCHOW: The Left is still looking for a modern ‘rape culture’ poster child.

The term “rape culture” entered the English lexicon in the mid-1970s, but has never really found a poster child, a name that could be pointed to as an example of this supposed epidemic of sexual violence toward women on college campuses.

Liz Seccuro should be the best example of this, although hers was a gang rape by a stranger who (20 years later) would go to prison for his act of violence. Since rape culture has come to more generally refer to a new, blurry definition of rape that involves he-said/she-said situations, non-strangers and usually alcohol, Seccuro’s case does not fit.

But today’s activists have needed someone that proves police and school officials still don’t do anything about sexual assault accusations, even after decades of information campaigns. Even better if the alleged rape was perpetrated by white athletes or fraternity members who came from wealthy families.

And they have so far failed to find their poster child.

If there were really a problem, you’d think they could find a victim who wasn’t, you know, made up. Meanwhile:

As activists search for the perfect victim, due process advocates already have several. One doesn’t need to know the names of the Duke lacrosse men charged with rape to know their story and remind people of what mob justice can do to innocent lives. And thanks to Jackie, members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity have also become victims of false allegations and political pressure.

And if one needs actual names, look no further than Patrick Witt or Brian Banks. Witt was a star athlete and potential Rhodes Scholar who was smeared as a rapist and struggled for years to create a new future for himself outside of the opportunities taken from him due to a false accusation.

Banks, another star athlete, spent more than five years in prison for an accusation that was later recanted. He did have a brief stint as an inside linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons, though he was cut several months after signing.

The problem rape culture activists have in finding a perfect victim is the trouble with defining rape in he-said/she-said situations, when the lines are blurred and there’s rarely any evidence for either side. That is a tough situation in which to find a sympathetic character.

But the narrative demands it.

CHANGE: Saudi Succession Hints at Shift in Foreign Role. “Analysts and diplomats who know him say Prince Mohammed embodies Saudi Arabia’s shift to a more assertive foreign policy, propping up allies and dismantling perceived foes. Inside the kingdom, he has been a driving force in defeating extremist networks and in stifling and punishing political dissent.” That last doesn’t seem like much of a change.

PRAGER UNIVERSITY: How Dark Were The Dark Ages?

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): California mom busted for having sex with teen daughter’s ex-boyfriend.

THE NEW YORK TIMES, LESS THAN A YEAR AGO: The End Of Snow?

PROFILES IN HYPOCRISY: Obama Films Anti-Oil-Drilling Video . . . From A Jet With A 53,000 Gallon Fuel Tank. “On Saturday, Obama flew Air Force One over 8,000+ miles to India to discuss global warming and other issues.”

January 26, 2015

NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SPORT: NFL wife launches obscene diatribe against ‘greedy,’ women-hating NFL. You know, I have no sympathy for these PC-addled losers.

LARRY CORREIA HAS A SCHEME, and you’re invited.

ROGER SIMON: PLAY REVIEW: Barton Disconnects.

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IT’S COME TO THIS: Semi-retired president gonna enjoy his gum during major photo op with important ally. “Two points. One: Is it Nicorette he’s chewing? That would explain, at least, why he couldn’t refrain from smacking away despite knowing he’d be on camera for hours with India’s PM during a formal state parade. How bad is this guy’s smoking habit, though, if he couldn’t make it through an afternoon without a hit of nicotine? Remember, this isn’t the first time recently that he’s been criticized overseas for chewing gum at an international summit. Indian media obviously noticed his ‘ungainly’ display, as you’ll see below. Either he was jonesing awfully hard for a smoke or today’s the day he moved officially from the YOLO phase of his presidency to the WGAF phase.”

DANIEL HANNAN: What’s the Eurocrats’ real fear? Greece quits and thrives.

Meanwhile, Jim Bennett emails: “Just thinking…if I were the newly-elected leader of Greece, and I were considering taking Greece out of the Euro, I would be talking exactly like Tsirpas. That is to say, I would be categorically denying that I was even considering doing such a thing. First, because I would try taking a run at the European leaders and see whether I could get forgiveness on the debts (fat chance), and second, because if you switch currencies you want to give absolutely no advance warning of it, to prevent bank runs and capital flights. You do it Friday evening after bank closing time, and after the capital control decrees have been drafted and are ready to implement.”

ED DRISCOLL: American Sniper Finally Breaks Hollywood’s Anti-Military Omertà.

IF IT’S ONLY VIABLE WHEN SUBSIDIZED, YOUR TECHNOLOGY ISN’T REALLY VIABLE: Worry for Solar Projects After End of Tax Credits. “Ken Johnson, chief spokesman for the Solar Energy Industries Association, the main solar trade group, said that his group planned to lobby Congress to extend the credit beyond 2016. ‘That’s our top priority for this session of Congress,’ he said, adding that developers across the solar industry were ‘trying to do as much as possible before it drops to 10 percent in 2017.’”

WHY EXPERTS ARE WORRIED about a measles outbreak. “‘It is one of the most contagious infectious diseases we know of,’ Shust says. ‘If you’re not immune, you have about a nine in 10 chance of getting it through close contact.’ This might mean sneezing, coughing, or even from germs on a surface.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Belen High School employee arrested, accused of rape.

An Educational Assistant at Belen High School has been arrested on multiple charges including criminal sexual penetration.

New Mexico State Police say agents from the NMSP Investigations Bureau arrested Victoria Baker, 34, Friday after allegedly being sexually invovled with a student. . . .

According to the Valencia County Detention Center, Baker is charged with two counts of child neglect, six counts of criminal sexual penetration, eight counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count with tampering with evidence.

Remember, one reason there are so few male teachers is that people are afraid they might be sexual predators.

Related: Sex ed teacher admits to having sex with student in teacher’s lounge. “Daresa Deann Poe, 32, is charged with second-degree rape. . . . Poe teaches seventh grade and high school classes on marriage, child care and family, and consumer sciences, school officials said. She’s also the district’s student advisor for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, and a married mother of two.”

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CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Law Firm at Center of Silver Scandal Donated Huge Sums to Dems. “The plaintiffs law firm Weitz and Luxenberg, which employed Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, is said to have provided Mr. Silver with $5.3 million in referral fees, despite his having ‘never performed any legal work whatsoever,’ according to the prosecutors. If millions of cash for no work sounds like a generous arrangement, it’s not the first time the firm has shown its generosity.”

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