February 8, 2016

BRENDAN O’NEILL ON THE TROUBLE WITH ‘RACIAL AWARENESS’ ON CAMPUS:

Ultimately I find these new campus movements profoundly pessimistic. They’ve accepted the reactionary view that it’s not only possible but desirable to categorize people by color and — as a corollary — that genuine integration is futile.

And thus, a century later, “Progressivism” returns to its roots. Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson would approve.

WAR ON COLLEGE MEN, WASHINGTON & LEE UNIVERSITY EDITION: W&L settles lawsuit by student expelled for alleged sexual assault.

Both sides are asking Judge Norman Moon to dismiss the case. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Last April, Moon denied a motion by the university to throw the case out, saying that the allegations made in the lawsuit, if “taken as true, suggest that W&L’s disciplinary procedures, at least when it comes to charges of sexual misconduct, amount to a practice of railroading accused students.”

In a statement posted Friday on its website, W&L defended its in-house judicial system as “fair and equitable.”

Doe’s lawsuit asserted that the odds were stacked against him during a hearing before the Student Faculty Hearing Board — a process that he argued was slanted to favor female accusers over male defendants.

For one thing, he claimed, a university administrator who handled the investigation in November 2014 recently had given a talk on campus about “regret equals rape,” or the argument that what first passes for a consensual sexual experience later can be called a rape by a woman who has second thoughts.

Doe’s alleged victim heard those comments, the lawsuit alleged, and was influenced by them in her decision to bring charges seven months after their sexual encounter.

And in alleging a rush to judgment by the disciplinary board, Doe pointed out that the decision to expel him was made one day after the publication of a Rolling Stone story — since discredited — about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house. The article prompted a national outcry against what it portrayed as UVa’s culture of indifference to rape victims.

“The negative impact of the Rolling Stone article on UVa influenced W&L’s decision to find the plaintiff responsible for sexual assault so as to avoid a similar fate,” the lawsuit alleged.

My advice to young men: Avoid Washington & Lee University, which can’t be trusted to treat you fairly.

SHE ONLY HAS TO DO IT NINE MORE MONTHS: Hillary can’t dodge Goldman Sachs questions forever.

IT’S TIME FOR DC TO: Rep. Dave Brat: ‘The American people are waking up’.

OH, HAI SHOCKED FACE, I HADN’T SEEN YOU TODAY YET: Obama bullied bank to pay racial settlement without proof: report.

WINNING THE FUTURE, OSCARS? This year’s Oscars swag bag includes $275 toilet paper.

WHEN HILLARY GIVES THOSE SPEECHES TO GOLDMAN-SACHS, DOES SHE ADDRESS SEXISM? Trader exposes sexist horrors of the Wall Street ‘frat house’.

MORE DOUBLE STANDARDS: Did Amy Schumer Get a Pass for Stealing Jokes because She’s a Woman?

HOW THIS ADMINISTRATION PLAYS THE NUMBERS: Why January is always a bad month for job growth.

What did the seasonal adjustments do to the January gain? If you look at the raw data provided deep inside the Labor Department’s Web site, you’ll see that there were 141.123 million jobs in the US in January compared with 144.112 million in December.

LAURA MONTGOMERY: No Longer A Mystery.

RED DIAPERS: Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists by David Aaronovitch, review: ‘gripping’.

J. M. NEY-GRIMM: Winter Glory.

AND THEY DON’T EVEN WAIT TILL 3 AM: Obama’s foreign-policy hell: The 1980s just won’t stop calling.

WE’RE NOT RENTERS.  THIS LAND IS MY LAND: Mrs. Clinton’s Ode to Serfdom.

Terry Shumaker, former U.S. ambassador to Trinidad (I wonder what that gig cost him) and current abject minion in the service of Mrs. Clinton, quotes Herself telling an audience in New Hampshire: “Service is the rent we pay for living in this great country.”

SOMETHING NICE AROUND HERE: Denver Celebrates Broncos’ win.  (And no, I’m not out in the middle of that.  I’m not that young, if indeed I ever was.)

HE SHOULD HAVE CLAIMED HE WAS MUSLIM AND ALL CHARGES WOULD HAVE BEEN DROPPED AND THE COMPLAINT COVERED UP: Commuter who walked past actress at Waterloo station cleared of ‘bizarre’ sex assault claim: Mark Pearson may not even have made physical contact with woman in her 60s on busy concourse – but CPS approved sex assault charge.

A commuter has been cleared of sexually assaulting a well-known actress after a jury rejected claims the crime could have taken place in a brief half-second contact in a busy railway station.

Mark Pearson, a 51-year-old artist and picture framer, was accused of brushing against the actress, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in a mass of train passengers at London’s Waterloo station.

CCTV footage showed Mr Pearson, who was a complete stranger to the alleged victim, did not break his stride as he walked past the woman, who was heading to a rehearsal.

The defendant, who said he had endured a year-long “Kafkaesque nightmare” as a result of the complaint, blamed the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for forcing him to endure “mental torture” as a result of the charge.

A jury at Blackfriars Crown Court took 90 minutes to clear Mr Pearson of the charge of “sexual assault by penetration”, the Mail on Sunday newspaper said. . . .

There were no witnesses, no forensic evidence and the actress failed to pick out Mr Pearson in an identity parade of video images following the alleged incident in December 2014.

The actress was wearing a coat and jacket and a thin dress over “training pants” following a yoga class, the jury heard.

Mr Pearson, who was traced by police from his Oyster travel card records, told the newspaper: “‘One of the many frightening aspects is that this could have happened to anyone.

“For me, half a second turned into a year of hell. I feel I have undergone a form of mental torture sanctioned by the state.

The proper response to this is tar and feathers.

OF COURSE NOT. WOMEN HAVE REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS; MEN HAVE REPRODUCTIVE RESPONSIBILITIES. Will Reproductive Rights Advocates Stand Up for Men?

YOU WILL ONLY EXPRESS ACCEPTABLE SENTIMENTS, CITIZEN! Twitter, CNN, and Reuters don’t want to read your opinions about race, immigration, or Islam.

CHANGE: France restricts blood transfusions over Zika virus.

FLASHBACK: How Federal Workers Became Obama’s Private Army.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF RACISM AND SEGREGATION? “Sixty-two years after Brown v. Board of Education, New York City still has one of the most ethnically segregated school systems in the nation.”

A NON-FAN’S GUIDE TO SUPER BOWL 50. (BECAUSE: NACHOS.) “I’m not saying a roll of Mentos could provide better analysis than Phil Simms of CBS. I’m not saying it—however, I am typing it in a magazine and placing it on a long banner pulled by a biplane. Listen for yourself: When someone makes a great play, Simms will say: ‘Whoa, that’s a great play!’ He is the perfect analyst for football viewers who can’t figure out how to face their television screen. (To be fair, that does account for roughly 40 per cent of Cleveland Browns fans.)”

Ouch.

FROM JOEL KOTKIN: Happy Super Bowl Super Subsidy Sunday.

ROGER SIMON IN NEW HAMPSHIRE: Cruz Cruises in Americana Setting.

STANDING UP AGAINST sexist attacks on Bernie Sanders.

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R.I.P. DAN HICKS. And this song goes out to Jeb Bush.

SHOULD DANGEROUS SPORTS BE BANNED?

Curiously, they seem to be the one thing that California doesn’t want to ban.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Chicago Is Falling Apart.

If only there was something different the city could be doing; a change it could make. But what?

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FASTER, PLEASE: In New Anti-Aging Strategy, Clearing Out Old Cells Increases Lifespan Of Mice By 25 Percent. “The results, reported today in Nature, outline a possible new tactic for treating diseases including glaucoma, arthritis, and heart disease, and potentially extending human life, according to lead author Jan van Deursen, a molecular biologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. . . . Nathaniel David, CEO of the startup, says the company has identified drugs able to kill senescent cells in lab animals and would try to develop drugs for age-related disease and eventually hopes to create treatments to postpone aging. This study isn’t the first to make mice live longer, although it does appear to be the first time the effect was achieved by targeting senescent cells.”

Quercetin can do that, though in much bigger doses than the one I take. Bill Quick experimented with that, but I can’t find any updates on how it went. Bill, if you read this, please post a report in the comments.

UPDATE: Bill responds in the comments.

PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Carly Fiorina Unleashes Tweet Smackdown on New Hampshire #GOPDebate.

OUT: BERNIEBROS. IN: HILLARYCRONES: Old Women Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright Scold Young Women Backing Bernie Sanders.

CHANGE: Franklin Pierce-Herald poll: Clinton, Sanders just 7 points apart.

WELL, THIS SUCKS: Whooping Cough Booster Shot May Offer Only Short-Term Protection. “The rapidly fading effectiveness of the pertussis booster vaccine may help explain recent widespread outbreaks of whooping cough. The United States stopped using a whole-cell pertussis vaccine in the 1990s and began using an acellular version called DTaP. Five vaccinations are given during childhood, and a booster vaccine, called the Tdap, is given to adolescents and adults. Researchers looked at 1,207 pertussis cases among children who had had the acellular vaccine in childhood. The study, in Pediatrics, found that when these children got the Tdap booster, it was 69 percent effective after the first year, then dropped to less than 9 percent two to three years later.” Not mentioned in this story — the option of going back to the old vaccine. Why not? It seems to have worked better.

BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS:

Football Is Coming Back to Los Angeles, But Should Taxpayers Be Cheering?

—Headline, Reason last month.

Your City Will Never Get Rich Hosting the Super Bowl.

—Headline, Mother Jones, last week.

Buried lede: far left Mother Jones magazine suddenly finds something (other than defense) it doesn’t want government to spend money on.

Speaking of cities not getting rich, our waitress and the manager of our (ordinarily crowded) local San Jose restaurant were complaining last night that the place was dead all week, because San Francisco so heavily promoted itself as “Super Bowl City,” despite the game being held 40 miles south in Santa Clara. How did the city of San Jose’s marketing team drop the ball (pardon the pun) when it’s so much closer to the stadium?

MICHAEL KINSLEY: How the Internet will disrupt higher education’s most valuable asset: Prestige.

All is proceeding as I have foretold.

CIRCLING THE WAGONS FOR HILLARY: Press finds sexism in Dems who support Sanders.

Well, as they say, Nobody circles the wagons like the “liberal” media.

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 1004.

CLAUDIA ROSETT: Lobbing Words at North Korea’s ‘Unacceptable’ Nuclear Missile Program.

HEY, IT’S JUST A CASE OF “DOMESTIC ABUSE,” RIGHT? Italian wife risks six years in jail for not doing housework.

A man from Lazio is taking his wife to court for “mistreatment of the family” because she did not cook or clean enough, Italian media reported on Thursday.

The 40-year-old woman from the town of Sonnino has been charged with “mistreatment of the family” due to what her husband describes as “poor management of the household chores”.

The charge could result in a jail sentence of up to six years.

In his statement, the husband, who is seven years his wife’s senior, claimed he had been “insulted” for over two years by his wife’s negligence.

According to Il Fatto Quotidiano, he said that on occasion his wife has kicked him out of their bedroom and that he has been “forced to live in conditions with poor hygiene”.

She’s lucky he brought this case now. Once ISIS takes over, the penalty will be death by stoning.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Here’s how to sound Super Bowl smart at your big football party.

(Via Jon Gabriel.)

EVERYTHING HE’S DONE ON GUN CONTROL MAKES SENSE NOW: “Barack Obama might seem an unlikely investor in the firearms industry. But the U.S. president, a fierce advocate for gun regulation, has money in a pension fund that holds stock in gun and ammunition companies.”

I wish I’d bought Ruger and S&W stock in 2009.

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NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: North Korea launches ‘satellite,’ sparks fears about long-range missile program.

HYPOTHESIS: THE MORE AN INDUSTRY OR A COMPANY TALKS ABOUT ITS COMMITMENT TO “SOCIAL JUSTICE,” THE WORSE ITS FUNDAMENTALS ARE DOING: ‘Diversity and inclusion’ take center stage at American Bar Association this year.

Forget prison reform and police brutality. The real struggle that must be addressed by lawyers in this country is the lack of diversity inside and outside the legal profession.

The American Bar Association will focus on “diversity and inclusion” at its midyear meeting on Thursday in San Diego. The organization will discuss at least three resolutions that promote these policies, including one that would urge public companies “to adopt plans, politics and practices to diversify their boards and to include board composition in public disclosure materials.”

The ABA wants public boards to “more closely reflect the diversity of society and the workforce in the United States.” Having fewer old white men might not seem like such a bad idea, but such systems smack of quotas and shaming. Who can honestly say that a company publicly disclosing the composition of its board isn’t just opening itself up to hostile attacks from the diversity-outrage brigade?

The resolution breaks down the population of the U.S. — which is 50.8 percent women and 49.2 percent men. Along racial lines, the population is 77 percent white, 17.1 percent Hispanic, 13.2 percent African American, 5.3 percent Asian, 0.2 percent native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. (Yes, I realize that comes to 112.8 percent, but that’s because “Hispanics” can be white or black.)

The resolution is further complicated by its demand for inclusion of persons with disabilities. It might sound good to say public boards should reflect America, but in practice, it would be impossible for every public board to have the correct percentage of non-white members, including an adequate number of LGBTQ and disabled individuals. Such impossibility will lead either to the hiring of under-qualified persons to fill a diversity quota or public shaming of companies that considered all candidates fairly but couldn’t find the right number of appropriate candidates in each “diversity” category.

Naturally, the resolution brings up equal pay for women, ignoring the realities that women often leave the workforce in the prime of their career to care for families or choose to work fewer hours or take less demanding work.

Well, it’s easier to talk about this stuff than about the fact that lawyers are increasingly facing declining salaries and unemployment.

WOW, JEB BUSH MORPHED INTO BILL CLINTON SO SLOWLY, I HARDLY EVEN NOTICED:

“I could drop my pants,” [Jeb] said in an interview. “Moon the whole crowd. Everybody would be aghast, except the press guys would never notice.”

Jeb’s gone from being GOPe all the way towards being the Man from Hope. Maybe he’d have better luck shooting a guy on Fifth Avenue, instead.

 

ROLL CALL: Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Marijuana, Women in Politics and GOP Agenda.

TWEET OF THE DAY, NEW HAMPSHIRE IS NOW IN PLAY EDITION: “This should send up warning signs for the Trump campaign.”

Celebrity alone won’t win primaries without a solid ground game, as Rudy Giuliani and the late Fred Thompson discovered the hard way in 2008. Or as I wrote a few years ago, “Rudy did the impossible in the 1990s — make New York livable again after the Dinkins years, capped off by a brilliant job on 9/11 and its immediate aftermath. But as with Fred Thompson (another fine man as well), their belief that they were above the GOP primary system killed their chances in 2008, unlike McCain (John, not Stacy) who at least showed up to play.”

JUST ANOTHER DAY IN EUROPE: “Europe was once the world’s most boring continent. Not any more. Here’s a selection of just one day of stories.”

Europe’s stability was never inherent, but the result of extensive and committed US efforts to keep Europe stable. Now our feckless commander-in-chief has abandoned that, and Europe’s equally-feckless leaders aren’t able to pick up the slack. The result will be unfortunate for all concerned.

FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED: Obama Spares ISIS Oil Facilities to Save the Earth.

CHANGE: Wanted in China: More Male Teachers, to Make Boys Men. “Worried that a shortage of male teachers has produced a generation of timid, self-centered and effeminate boys, Chinese educators are working to reinforce traditional gender roles and values in the classroom.”

Well, Thomas Friedman, is this another way we should be emulating China?

Related item here. Maybe the Chinese read it.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Howard Dean: ‘Labor unions are super-PACs Democrats like.’

All campaign finance “reform” talk is just about keeping out “bad” Republican money while protecting and enhancing “good” Democratic money. Everything else is just sloganeering for the rubes.

INSOMNIA THEATER (INTERNATIONAL CENSORSHIP EDITION): This week’s video features my interview of Index on Censorship CEO Jodie Ginsberg, which I conducted while I was visiting London in 2015. In addition to giving an insightful overview of the state of free expression and censorship efforts across the globe, Jodie covers a variety of other topics, including her former work as a journalist and the political power of music and comedy. Watch the full video below, and make sure to also check out the Index on Censorship.

February 6, 2016

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DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH: Five migrants among seven young men who ‘laughed, danced and sang in Arabic as they gang raped unconscious girl of 17.’

HORRIFIC footage has emerged of a group of young men, including five migrants, laughing, dancing and singing in Arabic as they gang rape an unconscious 17-year-old girl.

It is believed the attack happened after the girl passed out after drinking at a party.

One of the rapists later told police: “She can’t complain. Women must obey men.”

The shocking assault happened in November but was only discovered this week by a teacher at a school in Ostend, Belgium.

A police probe was launched after a 14-year-old boy at the Ostend Technical Institute bragged about a photo of himself dressed in military fatigues and holding a sub-machine gun.

Funny how you never hear anything from feminists about this actual rape culture. I guess it’s all about the feminist hierarchy of values.

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UPDATE: Rick Moran emails that the photo above is photoshopped, and that the original is to be found here. Though you can debate about how different the message is between the original and the photoshopped version. . . .

MUSIC: Aux 88 Member Keith Tucker’s Guide To Detroit Electro. (Via the Detroit Techno Militia on Facebook).

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TONIGHT’S GOP DEBATE IS ON ABC — THE ANYBODY BUT CARLY NETWORK:


Why does the House of Stephanopoulos hate women not named Hillary Clinton so much?

HE’S STEVE GREEN, AND YOU’RE NOT:* Live From New Hampshire, It’s Saturday Night G.O.P!

* And your liver says thanks.

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WAIT, I THOUGHT DIVERSITY WAS OUR STRENGTH: White Flight: German Families Abandoning ‘Diverse’ Schools. In a virtue-signaling, preference-falsification environment, people will say all the right things. But what they do when their kids are at stake is more revealing.

THANKS TO FRACKING, THAT TSUNAMI SHOULD BE DRYING UP SOON: ‘Tsunami of money’ from Saudi Arabia funding 24,000 Pakistan madrassas.

While other people talk, the frackers are doing more to save Western Civilization than those allegedly charged with its preservation. And all despite the hostility of the Obama Administration, and many other Western governments.

UH OH: COLBERT KING IN THE WASHINGTON POST: Clinton email scandal: Why it might be time for Democrats to draft Joe Biden.

Kinda destroys Hillary’s claim that this is just a bunch of VRWC FUD.

Meanwhile, Joe’s tanned, rested, and ready.

ROGER SIMON AT GOP DEBATE HQ: It’s a Google Debate — We Just Live in It.

If you prefer your debate coverage a little less formal — and a lot less PC — than Google’s presentation, Steve Green and his trititanium* liver will be drunkblogging it tonight.

* Classical reference.

MY BROTHER DOES A SONG TO THE TUNE OF “COCAINE,” ENTITLED “ROGAINE:” Researchers making progress on understanding why people lose their hair as they age.

Something like this:

When it’s hair you lack and it ain’t comin’ back, Rogaine,
When you’re not quite bald, but you’re not wall-to-wall, Rogaine.
Rub it on, rub it on, rub it on — Rogaine.

Not sure how J.J. Cale would react. . . .

THE 21ST CENTURY ISN’T TURNING OUT AS I HAD HOPED: Unicef Report Finds Female Genital Cutting to Be Common in Indonesia.

DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH: Iraqi migrant rapes a 10-year-old boy at a swimming pool in Vienna and tells police it was a ‘sexual emergency’ because he hadn’t had sex in months.

All the talk about “rape culture” seems to exclude the one the West’s leaders are eagerly importing.

I’M SO OLD, I REMEMBER WHEN DEMOCRATS ONCE BELIEVED IN THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. Madeline Albright: ‘There’s a special place in hell’ for women who don’t back Clinton:

“A lot of the younger women don’t think — that think it’s been done. It’s not done. And you have to help. Hillary Clinton will always be there for you,” Albright said. “And just remember — there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”

Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Gennifer Flowers all likely agree with that last sentence.

ROGER SIMON: Fear, Loathing and the Secret Service on the Campaign Trail.

The mad voter checks in from deep in the heart of media ground zero in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE: Five Questions Women Should Ask Before They Get a Gun.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: PUERTO RICO ATTEMPTS TO PLUNDER WASHINGTON. “The economic giveaways and corrupt political cronyism allowed Puerto Rico to live beyond its means for decades. But the day of reckoning has finally arrived and Puerto Rico’s booty has been squandered. As viewed from the economic crow’s nest, financial ruin lays ahead…Puerto Rico has a small population of only 3.6 million people, nearly eleven times smaller than California. Yet, with $72 billion in debt, Puerto Rico nearly matches the Golden State’s state-funded debt of $97 billion. Walt Disney’s beloved pirate, Jack Sparrow, from Pirates of the Caribbean, said it best: ‘The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.’”

Be savvy and read the whole thing, mateys.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: De novo protein design space extends far beyond biology.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED: Why Are There New Editions of Tabletop Roleplaying Games?

Sometimes it is kind of about the money. But not always, Moe Lane writes.

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OF COURSE, INSTAPUNDIT READERS HAVE KNOWN FOR YEARS THAT BMI IS A BOGUS MEASUREMENT WHEN APPLIED TO INDIVIDUALS: Some 54 million ‘overweight’ or ‘obese’ Americans are actually healthy, say scientists.

Watch the Mr. Olympia, and every one of those ripped bodybuilders with 3% bodyfat is “obese” according to BMI.

WELL, HILLARY DID TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS OFF: New research shows why rest after a concussion is critical.

PLEASE CLAP: Is New Hampshire the End of the Road for Jeb?, Roger Simon asks.

Related: Jeb’s Super PAC May Have Hinted the End Is Nigh.

THE DANGERS OF HAIR TOURNIQUET SYNDROME.

FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED: America’s Economic Freedom Has Rapidly Declined Under Obama.

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 1003.

THEIR POLICIES DON’T BEAR DETAILED ANALYSIS: Sanders and Clinton Get Substantive. That’s Where They Go Wrong.

In previous debates, we got bogged down in the need for a new Glass-Steagall. Since the old Glass-Steagall hadn’t actually gone away, and no specific aspects of the theoretical new one were described, this had the ethereal, almost theological flavor of monks discussing how many angels could dance on the head of a pin. To put it in math-esque terms: The possible set of policies included in the phrase “new Glass-Steagall” was so large as to include nearly all possible outcomes, good and bad.

Last night, on the other hand, Clinton decided to stop mucking about with vague promises to bring Wall Street to heel. Instead, she claimed that she was a financial regulator of rare foresight and rarer steely will, hated and feared by the denizens of New York’s financial district. Presumably we are supposed to see that $675,000 she was paid by Goldman Sachs to make three speeches less as a warm gesture between close friends, than as the bags of gold left outside the city gates for the Visigoth king who is threatening to sack the place.

“But what I want people to know,” said Clinton, “is I went to Wall Street before the crash. I was the one saying you’re going to wreck the economy because of these shenanigans with mortgages. I called to end the carried interest loophole that hedge fund managers enjoy. I proposed changes in CEO compensation.”

Finally, specifics! And yet — this was a somewhat surprising claim. Those of us who were writing about financial regulation in 2007 do not recall Hillary Clinton as a fiery crusader against the financial industry. We remember her as being — like all New York senators — rather friendly to the place.

So I went looking for the support for this remarkable statement. Politifact rated a similar statement as true, based on some speeches she gave in 2007, and a plan she put forward in 2008. It is hard, however, to read this collection as a “warning that Wall Street is going to wreck the economy.” It would be more properly termed “Grousing about consumers who can’t afford their bubblicious subprime mortgages,” and vague remarks about transparency and oversight.

Well, Politifact.

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HOMELAND SECURITY IS A JOKE: The Hill: DHS ordered me to scrub records of Muslims with terror ties.

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HOW MUCH WORSE COULD IT BE RIGHT NOW? Bernie Sanders will ‘absolutely’ change US-UK defence relationship if elected president. Sanders campaign says US tired of ‘defending the rest of the world’ as surging candidate closes gap with Hillary Clinton in national polls.

Imagining the very worst, immediately after entering the Oval Office, I could see him taking a bust of Winston Churchill that’s been in the White House for years, and mailing it back, just to symbolically flip England the bird. Then just to childishly pour salt in the wound, he’ll give the queen an iPod full of his speeches. He’ll claim he’s too exhausted to host the prime minister. Then he’ll declare that in reality, France is our strongest ally, and keep up the socialist virtue signalling by constantly referring to the Falklands as “the Maldives.”

Oh wait

BLUE ON BLUE. Reminder: Bernie Madoff Donated Mostly to Democrats.

And it was mostly Democrats* who donated to Madoff, thus completing the circle.

* While feeling oh-so-superior to the naive rubes in the big empty space in the middle of  Saul Steinberg’s “View of the World from 9th Avenue” New Yorker cover.

ASHE SCHOW: Yes, Hillary Clinton, you are part of the establishment.

During Thursday night’s Democratic debate in New Hampshire, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont told the audience that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton represents “the establishment.”

His evidence for this was the backing she had gotten from some major political figures in Vermont.

“She has the entire establishment or almost the entire establishment behind her,” Sanders said. “That’s a fact. I don’t deny it.”

Not such a big deal, but Clinton’s response should have floored the audience. Not only did she, yet again, play the gender card and remind the audience (seriously, does she think her voters are stupid?) that she is a woman, but she claimed her gender meant she was not part of the establishment.

So vagina-Americans can’t be part of the establishment now? Who knew?

NEWS YOU CAN USE. Dear Rand Paul Supporters: Here’s Why Your Guy Didn’t Win.