February 8, 2016


Giuliani blasts Beyoncé for ‘attack’ on cops.

America’s sheriffs turn back on Beyonce Super Bowl ‘Formation’ performance.

● Michelle Malkin tweets: “A bloody history lesson for Beyoncé and her Black Panther-glorifying dancers.”

Monday’s CBS Good Morning Uses Beyonce Super Bowl Performance to Cheer Her Black Lives Matter Activism.

So, why did the NFL think that politicizing the halftime show in an election year would be a good thing – second look at “Up With People?”

BRR: Cosmic icebergs bob atop frozen nitrogen sea in Pluto’s heart.

JUDITH CURRY: Violating The Norms And Ethos Of Science. Well, when the opportunities for graft are sufficient, the temptation is nigh-irresistible.

ARMY OF DAVIDS, STATISTICS DIVISION: My latest Bloomberg View column looks at a startup using more than 30,000 smart-phone-wielding contractors to collect economic data, “peering into hard-to-reach places, identifying emerging trends and providing a check on official numbers. Particularly useful in developing countries, this grassroots data collection may, like the phones themselves, allow formerly lagging countries to leapfrog 20th-century approaches and establish flexible, nuanced and decentralized ways of answering economic questions.” Read the whole thing here.

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NANNY STATERS GOTTA NANNY: 2016 “may be the sweet spot” for sugar taxes.

Scandinavian countries have had such taxes, with varying degrees of success, for many years, and in 2012, France and Hungary joined the list, followed by Mexico in 2014.

But some public policy experts see them becoming more widespread, as nations seek to bolster their finances in an uncertain global economy and a new generation of savvy consumers is more concerned about health and less trusting of big corporations.

“This puts political leaders in a stronger position to enact policies such as taxes because the companies aren’t considered unbreakable,” said Kelly Brownell, dean of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy in North Carolina.

Now India, the Philippines and Indonesia have said they are studying similar levies while Britain debated the issue in parliament late last year and Prime Minister David Cameron said in January that he would not rule out a sugar tax.

How about a tax on all new tax proposals, to be paid for by their proponents? Such a tax might work as a disincentive to bad taxation, and give legislators an incentive to spend their limited energies and incomes on only the good taxes.

KEEPING AMERICA SAFE, OBAMA EDITION: Pentagon Orders Commanders to Prioritize Climate Change in All Military Actions.

The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies. . . .

The directive, “Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience,” is in line with President Obama’s view that global warming is the country’s foremost national security threat, or close to it.

. . .

Climate change must be integrated in:

• Weapons buying and testing “across the life cycle of weapons systems, platforms and equipment.”

• Training ranges and capabilities.

• Defense intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance.

• Defense education and training.

• Combatant commander joint training with allies to “assess the risks to U.S. security interests posed by climate change.”

• Joint Chiefs of Staff collaboration “with allies and partners to optimize joint exercises and war games including factors contributing to geopolitical and socioeconomic instability.”

Yes, this makes sense. I can see why the President of the United States would direct our military to prioritize climate change, since all those military exercises, training, weapons tests, humvees and other military vehicles–not to mention actual weapons use–add to our carbon footprint, maybe as much as Air Force One or Obama’s limousine-and-SUV motorcade.

I mean, really, since climate change is a bigger threat than radical Islamic terrorism, we probably ought to just eliminate the military entirely. And the President should use a bicycle or sailboat to travel. The safety of the planet depends on it!

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MY USA TODAY COLUMN, OCCASIONED BY THE 1000th DAY OF THE IRS SCANDAL: Washington’s culture of corruption rots on: When bureaucrats are above the law, ordinary Americans may want to follow suit.

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 1005.

THE ABOLITION OF BRITAIN: If these really are “The 10 greatest living Englishmen,” as chosen by the London Telegraph, no wonder England seems so culturally exhausted.

We know the once-conservative Telegraph certainly is.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Vassar faculty-sponsored anti-Israel event erupts in controversy: Invited speaker accuses Israel of scientific experiment in “stunting” growth of Palestinian bodies.

Two observations: (1) The most observable stunting of Palestinians is moral, not physical, and their supporters are more to blame for this than their enemies. (2) Whenever you hear someone, usually an academic or hanger-on, invoke the “bodies” trope — e.g., “black bodies,” “brown bodies,” “Palestinian bodies,” that’s a strong indicator that the speaker is an idiot.

KEVIN WILLIAMSON: Mrs. Clinton’s Ode To Serfdom.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is not qualified to be president of the United States of America, because she doesn’t know what the United States of America are.

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.”

There is a very old English word for people who are required to perform service as a rent for their existence, and that word is serf. Serfdom is a form of bondage. Americans are not serfs. We are not sharecroppers on Herself’s farm or in vassalage to that smear of thieving nincompoopery in Washington that purports to rule us. We don’t owe you any damned rent.

The American proposition is precisely the opposite of what Herself imagines: The U.S. government exists at our sufferance, not the other way around.

Analysis: True. But our erstwhile ruling class needs to be reminded of this rather forcefully. Plus:

Herself’s invocation of serfdom is the logical extension of “You Didn’t Build That”-ism, the backward philosophy under which the free citizen is obliged to justify his life and his prosperity to the state, in order to satisfy the economic self-interest, status-seeking, and power-lust of such lamentable specimens as Elizabeth Warren, a ridiculous little scold who has never done a single useful thing in her entire public life.

The American model is precisely the opposite: Government has to justify itself to us. . . . They owe us service: services they routinely fail to perform.

We’ve got jihadis shooting up California while the government doesn’t even bother to track visa overstays or properly scan entrants from Pakistan by way of Saudi Arabia (because what could possibly go wrong in that scenario?) in spite of being legally obliged to do so. Instead, the powers that be in Washington are literally masturbating the day away when they aren’t busy poisoning veterans to death with dope. These people—these people—are going to lecture us on citizenship? How about you skip the homilies and do your damned jobs?

Or just go home, and trouble us no more.



Cam Newton may be the best player in football, but as a man he has a lot of learning to do. He needs to study the virtue called humility.

Newton is a braggart, a showboat and a clown. He says things like, “Hear me out. I’m just saying that so much of my talents have not been seen in one person.” (“Just”!) He does elaborate end-zone dances right in the faces of opposing players. (“If you don’t like it, keep me out of the end zone,” he later said.) Even getting a simple first down inspires him to strike a pose. He named his son “Chosen,” he says, because he didn’t want the kid to carry the awful burden of being known as Cam Newton Jr. Apparently those were the only two options. “Saint” was already taken.

After Sunday’s game, win or lose, a remarkable event will occur in the vicinity of Peyton Manning: Opposing players will line up to shake hands with him. That’s the respect that comes with not only being a legendary player but a good man. Manning never humiliated his opponents, never trash-talked them, never forgot the value of sportsmanship. He is the only player ever to win five MVP awards and the only one to beat Tom Brady three times in the postseason. Yet he never acts like he is The Man because he never forgets that he is a man. No one calls him arrogant.

Manning knows the importance of humility.

Humility is good sportsmanship. It increases your value as a celebrity endorser, and it is simply a smart move in the rough-justice subculture of the NFL, in which a respected player simply gets pushed out of bounds but one who has angered the other team can find his knees being taken out instead. Ex-Chicago Bears defensive end Richard Dent, a Hall of Famer and MVP of Super Bowl XX, said if he was playing against Newton today, “I’m going to knock your ass out of the game. That would’ve been my approach.”

—“Cam Newton, Donald Trump and the lost virtue of humility,” Kyle Smith, the New York Post, Saturday, February 6th.



[On losing the Super Bowl]: They just played better than us. I don’t know what you want me to say. They made more plays than us, and that’s what it came down to. We had our opportunities.

There wasn’t nothing special that they did. We dropped balls. We turned the ball over, gave up sacks, threw errant passes. That’s it. They scored more points than we did.

[His message to fans]: We’ll be back.

[On the difference in Panther's playing style]: They outplayed us.

[On the halftime talk from Coach Rivera]: He told us a lot of things.

[Asked if Denver did anything different defensively]: Nothing different.

[Asked if he can put his disappointment into words]: We lost.

[Asked if the Panthers did anything different to stop Denver running the ball]: No.

—“‘Sore loser’ Cam Newton comes under fire for STORMING OUT of press conference after losing the Super Bowl and throwing on-field tantrums once he realized he would lose,”  the London Daily Mail, today.

Related: “An MVP coaching performance: Wade Phillips finally kicks down that door.”

CHANGE: Frauke Petry: smiling face of Germany’s resurgent right. “Her youthful looks have helped her stand out among German politicians, as has her talk of shooting refugees trying to enter the country illegally.”

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SO IN CASE YOU’RE WONDERING, here in Knoxville I’ve already heard (1) a proposal for a statue of Peyton Manning on the UT campus; (2) a proposal to make him the new UT football coach; (3) a suggestion that he should run for Senate.

ANSWER TO QUESTION NO ONE IS ASKING: Why Jewish Socialism Is So Damned Hot.

Related: Bernie’s Adventures on a Stalinist Kibbutz –It’s time for an explanation.

DEAD BROKE: “Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign last spring, a CNN analysis shows.”


The applicants were an impressive lot. A girl wrote a brilliant feminist essay — worthy of Harper’s, really — about gender and socialization, revealing that she was a phantom serial farter in public and yet no one ever suspected because of her gender.

An aspiring art major sent in a dazzling, poster-size pen-and-ink drawing of himself suspended high over the campus on a pair of gymnastic rings, his body forming a perfect Y for Yale. A Vietnamese refugee wrote about finding solace in a school in Nebraska after a near-death experience as a “boat person” when she was 6 years old. They all waltzed into the freshman class.

Being too clever could backfire.

A self-saboteur from Chicago wrote her essay about her fear of going to the dentist — in backward letters, colored pen, and a spiral “Yellow Brick Road” pattern; not the kind of thing you want to tackle in a mirror at midnight.

* * * * * * *

It was the kiss of death when the daughter of a prominent alum from Columbus, Ohio, “discovered” she was one-sixteenth American Indian and checked the box for Native American.

Yeah, that’s strictly a Harvard stunt.

GOSH, WITH SUCH FRAGILE DECISION-MAKING SKILLS, MAYBE IT WAS A MISTAKE TO GIVE THEM THE VOTE: Feminist Gloria Steinem says young women support Bernie because they want attention from boys.

Related: Steinem: Women Only Like Trump For His Money.

NEW YORK POST DUBS DE BLASIO “MAYOR PUTZ:” “New Yorkers see a deterioration in public spaces, an explosion of disheveled vagrants and have a growing belief that the mayor isn’t as committed to fixing those things as he should be. After last week, it is impossible to argue that they are wrong.”


At this point, what difference does it make?



For weeks, former president Bill Clinton has been the doomsday device of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign — a mighty weapon capable of doing great good or harm to her campaign — so held in reserve until absolutely needed.

Now, as Hillary Clinton — who barely won the Iowa caucus last week — seeks to seize momentum from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in his own backyard days ahead of the New Hampshire primary, that moment of truth has come. The former president, uncharacteristically quiet in recent weeks even as Republican contender Donald Trump called him “an abuser,” struck out at Sanders Sunday, according to reports from Bloomberg, Politico and the New York Times, while campaigning for his wife in New Hampshire, leveling charges that the senator is hypocritical and that some of his followers are sexist.

The former president appeared to get the most mileage out of his criticism of “Bernie Bros” — the name given to some supposed young male supporters of the Vermont senator. Bill Clinton did not use the term — but he offered quite the critique. As Politico noted, Clinton accused these people, some of whom have been denounced by Sanders, of sexist behavior online.

That last line is rich with irony — but so is the entire story. Bill Clinton never wavered in his support of President Obama, even as Obama moved their party hard to the left, undoing virtually all of Clinton’s policies from the ’90s. Hillary has been forced to embrace those policies, but not even she can move far enough left to thwart the avowed socialist, Bernie Sanders.

The Sanders candidacy is the inevitable result of the Obama presidency, which the Clintons helped to advance every step of the way since Obama’s coronation in Denver eight years ago.

Much like Hillary has always enabled Bill’s sexual appetites, Hillary now risks being denied her own coronation — after spending eight years enabling the machinations of a far-left President.


European privacy regulators are putting U.S. surveillance practices under the microscope, this time with a crucial transatlantic data deal hanging in the balance.

Legal and privacy advocates say European nations are poised to strike down the deal if they decide the U.S. hasn’t done enough to reform its spying programs.

The new test comes after the European Commission and the Commerce Department — after months of tense negotiations — reached a deal this week permitting Facebook, Google and thousands of other companies to continue legally handling Europeans’ personal data.

Critics though have long warned that unless the U.S. overhauls its privacy and national security laws, there is no legal framework that can stand up in European court, where privacy is considered a fundamental right under the EU Charter.

The joke, of course, is that the Euros are doing just as much spying.

FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED: Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize climate change in all military actions.

Earlier: Obama Spares ISIS Oil Facilities to Save the Earth.

As Glenn suggested last week, “Republicans should add a rider cutting limiting Presidential use of Air Force One to a single trip per month, effective immediately. For the environment!”

Yes, help save Gaia by breaking the president’s painful addiction to binge flying!

WHY RAND PAUL SUPPORTERS SHOULD RESIST THE #FEELTHEBERN CALLS: “Granted, he wants free health care, free day care, free college tuition, and free scoops of Ben and Jerry’s. But hey, nobody’s perfect.”

JUST NBC THE DOUBLE STANDARD: SNL Mocks Ted Cruz’s 5-Year-Old Daughter.

Earlier: In a 1992 “Wayne’s World” sketch on Saturday Night Live, “the characters Wayne and Garth (portrayed by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, respectively) made fun of Chelsea Clinton (the then 12-year-old daughter of the then President-elect Bill Clinton), implying that Chelsea was incapable of causing males to ‘Schwing!’. This joke was subsequently edited out of all repeats and syndication rebroadcasts of this sketch, and Myers even wrote an apology letter to the White House.”

And in 2008, then-MSNBC anchor David Shuster was suspended “for suggesting the Clinton campaign had ‘pimped out’” then-27-year old Chelsea Clinton “by having her place phone calls to celebrities and Democratic Party ‘superdelegates’ on her mother’s behalf,” as the New York Daily News reported in 2008.

THIS IS SOMETHING TO WORRY ABOUT, ACTUALLY, NOT JUST TO DERIDE: Joel Kotkin: Millennials heed the siren call of socialism.

The biggest story this election season is not Donald Trump or the fortunes of the two winners in Iowa, the unattractive tag team of Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton. For all their attempts to seem current and contemporary, these candidates – and Trump as well – represent older, more established elements in American life, such as evangelicals, nativists and, in Hillary’s case, the ranks of middle-age women, seniors and public-sector unions.

The biggest and most important development has been the massive support among the new generation of voters for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his open embrace of socialism. In Iowa’s Democratic caucuses, which ended with Clinton and Sanders in a virtual tie, young people opted for Sanders at an almost inconceivable rate of 84-14. In 2008, Barack Obama won this segment, claiming only a 57 percent majority.

So we are seeing the embrace of an openly socialist septuagenarian by a generation that, within a decade, will dominate our electorate and outnumber baby boomers as soon as 2020. That should put more conventional politicians, and business, on notice. Whether you are a Republican, a free-marketer or, even a Democratic-leaning crony capitalist, be afraid – be very afraid.

For the first time since labor leader and presidential candidate Eugene Debs in the early 20th century, Americans are flocking in big numbers to a politician who rejects the efficacy of capitalism and seeks to create a new, notionally fairer, system. Now, as then, the reason to support socialist ideas – some of which were implemented during the New Deal – lies with the palpable failures of capitalism. Polls of millennials show consistently that economic issues, such as jobs and college debt, are their dominant concerns.

Well, decades of long-marching through the institutions are bearing fruit for the left. Time for a counterassault.

CNN-WMUR POLL: Sanders up in New Hampshire by eight points – with female voters.

While many older women’s rights advocates see the election of Clinton as the next logical step in a broader movement, some younger activists have expressed resentment at the notion that they should feel obligated to vote for Clinton simply because she’s a woman. Some have argued in recent months that Sanders, with his calls to end income inequality and make college free, is arguably the more feminist candidate.

Strong, independent women looking for free stuff from an old white man.


Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign last spring, a CNN analysis shows.

In total, the two gave 729 speeches from February 2001 until May, receiving an average payday of $210,795 for each address. The two also reported at least $7.7 million for at least 39 speeches to big banks, including Goldman Sachs and UBS, with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic 2016 front-runner, collecting at least $1.8 million for at least eight speeches to big banks.

Scott Johnson comments: “There’s a joke in there somewhere — probably more than one — but I am afraid the big joke is on us.”


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.


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.)”


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


“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.


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. . . .

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