You’re one of the loudest, most provocative voices at Breitbart News, and you’re currently on a speaking tour of college campuses, railing against “P.C. culture.” You once admitted in a profile that your public persona started out as a comedy character that you created because “I didn’t like me very much.” What didn’t you like about yourself?
I’ve wrestled with being religious and being conservative and being gay, but the reason I felt like that is because of other gay people. The only real shaming I’ve ever experienced has been from other gay people when I reveal my politics or my religion.
THE ANCHORESS FROM 2005: The Art Of The Painless Coup. “Believing that the rest of us, now disillusioned, are no longer clinging to romantic ideals of honor, or truth or nobility, these always-restless First Children, devoted to deconstruction, believe they are about to take down the presidency, the churches, the ‘old’ government and even the ‘old’ media. They expect to put into place something ‘brand new.’ But believe me when I tell you what they are building is older than dirt. And up from it. Which is why they will need their fortresses. Castro lives in one, too. They’ve been practicing all of this, by the way, perfecting the Art of the Painless Coup so thoroughly that most ordinary folks do not even realize what has occurred.”
Longtime Associated Press journalist Sonya Ross has sued the AP for race, sex and age discrimination and retaliation, alleging that she has worked under a “hostile and abusive” environment in the news service’s Washington bureau.
According to the suit, Ross was the first African American woman to permanently cover the president for AP, but her career stalled several years later under one supervisor, identified in the suit as Employee A, and others at the organization.
Ross claims that the AP created “a climate of hostility towards African American employees” and Employee A marginalized Ross.
No wonder lefties see the world this way. Their world is this way.
UPDATE: From the comments: “Trump was the Mule to Nate Silver’s Foundation.”
SCIENCE: Testosterone Makes You More Honest. Hmm. I suspect that a fair number of our ruling-class guys are supplementing with testosterone, but I’m not seeing any increase in honesty. On the other hand, I suppose you have to set that against a background of generally falling testosterone levels.
To rid their streams and rivers of invasive European carp crowding out native freshwater species, officials plan to begin introducing a strain of the herpes virus — Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3), or “carp herpes” — into fish populations.
In a statement released May 1, Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) officials described their National Carp Control Plan, which will be developed over the next two and a half years at a cost of approximately AU$15 million (about US$11.2 million) and potentially deployed by 2018.
Research by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has already determined that the virus kills European carp quickly, and that it does not develop in native fish, in other introduced fish species or in other animals — including humans.
Is that really such a bad thing? As Obama and Hillary’s mentor famously said, “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules..You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.”
DELIVER US FROM SCHLOCK: Reimagining Times Square, my City Journal proposal for liberating the Crossroads of the World from city bureaucrats, desnudas, costumed characters and rent-seeking vendors of schlock. Then we can liberate the rest of Broadway from cars and create the world’s greatest promenade. (Hear me out, car lovers. As the author of The Autonomist Manifesto, I share your affection for cars – everywhere except Manhattan.)
And building more robots to avoid minimum wage hikes. Who could have predicted such developments?!
WHY PEN CAPS have holes in them. “Turns out it’s not just us who love chewing on pen lids – a whole lot of people do it, and that can lead to lids getting accidentally swallowed and lodged in the wind pipe, with potentially fatal consequences. By simply adding a larger hole to the top of the lid, pen company BIC increased air flow and the chance that people would still be able to breathe even if that happens – a design feature that, quite literally, saves lives.”
Blair County, where I was raised and where my parents still live, overwhelmingly went for Trump in the recent Pennsylvania primary, giving him 61 percent of the vote. A few neighboring counties delivered even larger margins of victory.
And as it happens, I was traveling back to this part of Pennsylvania on Friday to visit my parents when I read David Brooks’s latest column, in which he confesses he was woefully unprepared to understand the rise of Trump. Or rather, he simply doesn’t know the kind of people Trump appeals to:
I was surprised by Trump’s success because I’ve slipped into a bad pattern, spending large chunks of my life in the bourgeois strata — in professional circles with people with similar status and demographics to my own. It takes an act of will to rip yourself out of that and go where you feel least comfortable. But this column is going to try to do that over the next months and years. We all have some responsibility to do one activity that leaps across the chasms of segmentation that afflict this country.
At first I thought Brooks deserved some credit for this, and maybe he does: there seems to be a measure of regret expressed in this passage—and shouldn’t he be admired for his intellectual curiosity, for wanting to learn about the “other”? Perhaps. But as I sat in my uncomfortable bus seat and we rumbled along on Interstate 80, the column grated on me more and more. By the time I reached home, it seemed to me not just a typical, mildly annoying Brooks column, but an emblem of why those searching for what to do about Trump—especially on the right—have proven so disastrously ineffective.
It’s rather disturbing that it took a vulgar, authoritarian demagogue being on the brink of the Republican nomination for Brooks to realize that he might have intellectual and political blindspots when it comes to working-class people and others straining under the post-recession economy. Could he really be serious? The column was written in the faux-innocent style Brooks has perfected, treating a banal observation as a breakthrough. It baffles me that someone paid to observe the American political and cultural scene didn’t realize before the last few months just how many Americans were struggling, or that the fallout from the 2008 recession might generate a populist-tinged backlash.
Manhattan Institute senior fellow Jason Riley was barred from Virginia Tech for doubleplusungoodthink:
The Obama presidency, high-profile police shootings, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and the national debate surrounding mass incarceration have led to more invitations from schools to offer my opinion on race relations. Many of the students I encounter tend to believe that white racism largely explains racial disparities in the U.S. I encourage them to consider other possible explanations given black history. Large parts of these speeches are devoted to what was happening in black America in the first half of the 20th century with respect to employment, schooling, crime and parenting and why so many positive black trends either slowed dramatically or reversed course beginning in the 1960s.
Students who disagree with my lectures don’t hesitate to speak out during the Q&A. The back-and-forth is spirited but civil, and I have never been shouted down or physically threatened.
Still, a disinvitation at some point may have been inevitable.
The stated reason for Riley’s disinvite? His presence might spark protests.
VIDEO: WHat’s the Right Angle on “meternity” leave? PJTV alums Bill Whittle, Scott Ott, and Steve Green discuss from their new home.
On Monday, Roger Simon asked “Who Will Be Trump’s VP?” Today, Ed Morrissey writes that Kasich could fit the bill quite well: “Well-versed in Washington politics? Check. Getting solutions through a legislature? Check, although sometimes to the dismay of conservatives. Kasich also holds the promise of winning Ohio, without which Republicans can kiss any hopes for the White House good-bye…We’ll see, but perhaps not soon. Team Trump might want to hold off on that media blitz until sometime in June, when they can use the pick to disrupt the ad attacks from Hillary Clinton’s PACs.”
Last week’s controversy is of course not really about the history of 1930s Germany, but about the much more recent history of the British Labour Party. Since the late 1960s — the era when both Ken Livingstone and the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joined the party — a significant element of the British left has aligned itself with the Palestine Liberation Organization and other groups hostile to the state of Israel. Close to half a century of anti-Zionist rhetoric lies behind Livingstone’s complaint that “there’s been a very well-orchestrated campaign by the Israel lobby to smear anybody who criticizes Israeli policy as anti-Semitic.”
Yet Livingstone and Corbyn are no longer the devious “entryists” of their early militant years. Rather, they have become the useful idiots of an entirely new generation of Labour infiltrators.
Remember: Livingstone’s comments were made in defense of two 2014 Facebook posts by Naseem (“Naz”) Shah, who became the Labour Party member of Parliament for the Bradford West constituency last year. One stated: “Solution for Israel-Palestine conflict — relocate Israel into United States. Problem solved.” The other explicitly equated “Apartheid Israel” with Hitler’s Germany.
Now, ask yourself why the MP for Bradford West was systematically using the Palestinian issue to mobilize voters.
It is not that Naz Shah is herself an Islamist. If she were, I doubt she would appear with her head uncovered in the House of Commons. It is just that bashing Israel appears to be an effective way of mobilizing Muslim voters, who account for roughly half the electorate in Bradford West.
Read the whole thing.
And try not to dwell on the fact that a place named “Bradford West” has a half-Islamic electorate.
ONCE AN ANTI-WAR HERO, ALWAYS AN ANTI-WAR HERO? Hundreds of veterans of 1971′s May Day civil disobedience in Washington, D.C. returned to the scene earlier this week for a nostalgic review of an event that saw more than 12,000 arrests, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group’s Richard Pollock. Among the highlights of the conference was a video presentation to the group by the Pentagon Papers’ Daniel Ellsberg.
It seems like a reasonable conjecture to think that former community organizer Barack Obama would have been among the May Day demonstrators had he been around, but now that he’s president and there is a war somewhere in the world involving U.S. troops, he’s an inviting target for anti-war heroes like Ellsberg, who warned that Obama will “furtively” escalate the Iraq conflict, just as Ike, JFK, LBJ and RMN did in Vietnam:
“’Right now, Marines are being furtively being sent into combat in Iraq in a hopeless operation as before,’ he said, adding that like the early days in Vietnam, there will be ‘gradually advisors calling in air support,’” Pollock reported. Somethings never change for the far Left. It’s always all about Vietnam and evil American presidents who can’t wait to send young Americans into combat.
FEDERAL REGULATIONS ADD $1.9 TRILLION TO THE COST OF GOVERNMENT EVERY YEAR: That’s the conclusion of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Wayne Crews in his annual update, “Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State,” according to the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group’s Ethan Barton.
Marshall McLuhan called this change a half-century ago; in 1967, he told Tom Wolfe, ”Of course, a city like New York is obsolete. People will no longer concentrate in great urban centers for the purpose of work. New York will become a Disneyland, a pleasure dome…”
German soldiers taking part in a four-week Nato exercise in Norway earlier this year had to leave after just 12 days because they had gone over their overtime limits, it has emerged.
Troops have complained to a parliamentary watchdog that they are being forced to spend entire days doing nothing under the new rules.
“It can’t be that we can’t fulfil our Nato obligations because of overtime,” Hans-Peter Bertels, the German parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces, told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.[..]
Under the latest reforms, in force since January, the military working week has been reduced to 41 hours and troops can no longer be paid for working overtime.
But wait, there’s more: “It sounds like the Germans have some work to do to get their defense affairs in order, no? And yet the government at the same time chose to release a grandiose white paper calling for the accelerated formation of a pan-EU army.”
IT’S OKAY, HONEY; THEY DIDN’T MEAN YOU: “‘Are you going to ruin it for all of us?’ one of my dog-fancying friends asked, when I told her that I was writing this article. I was surprised to learn how many of my acquaintances were the owners of so-called emotional-support animals….’People can’t ask about my disability,’ one friend told me. ‘But if I feel that I’m in a situation where I might have a struggle being let in somewhere with my dog, then I come up with a disorder that sounds like a nightmare. I like to be creative. I’ll say I lack a crucial neurotransmitter that prevents me from processing anxiety and that, without the dog, I’m likely to black out and urinate.’”
For all the criticism and outrage red states get for tightening restrictions on abortion leading to clinic closures, blue states are seeing their fair share of closures as well.
In California, where abortion laws are liberal, 12 clinics have closed since 2011. Three clinics have closed in Washington, along with several in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. In total, 162 abortion providers have shuttered their doors since 2011, while only have 21 opened, according to analysis from Bloomberg.
For every three abortion clinics associated with the Abortion Care Network that have closed in red states, two have closed in more liberal states in the past five years, according to ACN’s Executive Director Nikki Madsen.
Shauna Heckert, executive director of Women’s Health Specialists of California, told FiveThirtyEight that it’s not just anti-abortion legislation that has accounted for the drop in abortion facilities. It’s also a paucity of willing providers. “We are a dying breed,” Heckert said, adding that some of the closures are “because of economics.”
WARFIGHTING: It’s Time To Go Back To Basics. “Most modern military doctrine should be scrapped. The Pentagon would be far better served if our military thinkers got back to the basics and taught the principles of war—and little more.”
In the words of Curtis LeMay, “I’ll tell you what war is about, you’ve got to kill people, and when you’ve killed enough they stop fighting.”
Flashback: “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” Steven Chu to the Wall Street Journal, shortly before becoming Obama’s first “Energy” Secretary. And as Candidate Obama himself promised the San Francisco Chronicle in January of 2008, as though it was a feature, “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket… “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them.”
The protesters, many of them coal miners, shouted “Go home, Hillary!” and chanted Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s name as Clinton toured a health facility that treats coal miners with black lung disease.
Clinton is unpopular with many in coal-mining country in Appalachian states because of her positions on replacing coal with renewable energy, saying in March on a CNN town hall that “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”
As the motorcade passed through the protest after the event, the crowd gave Clinton the business.
“THE DEMOCRATIC ESTABLISHMENT IS WRITING A NEW CHAPTER IN THE SAGA OF LIBERAL FASCISM,” Scott Johnson writes at Power Line. “Democratic officeholders seem to be operating a conspiracy to stifle free speech and suppress heterodox thought. They’re on C.P. time, alright: Communist Party time.”
Read the whole thing.
Update: Wrong author listed previously; now fixed.
MICHAEL WALSH: Whither the no-Trumpers? “Do you really want four (or eight) more years of Democrats? Moral preening is one thing; defiant words of “Never!” have a nice ring to them. But what is their practical application? Their open contempt for Trump supporters will not be forgotten for a very, very long time.”
John Kasich’s presidential campaign announced Tuesday evening that the Ohio governor has no intention of dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination, despite the increasing likelihood that front-runner Donald Trump will secure the nomination before the party’s summer convention.
“Tonight’s results are not going to alter Gov. Kasich’s campaign plans,” Kasich’s chief strategist, John Weaver, said in a statement.
“Our strategy has been and continues to be one that involves winning the nomination at an open convention. The comments from Trump, on the verge of winning in Indiana, heighten the differences between Governor Kasich and his positive, inclusive approach and the disrespectful ramblings from Donald Trump.”
Trump won the Indiana primary easily Tuesday night, guaranteeing him at least 30 of the state’s 57 delegates and putting him within reach of the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination.
Well, if Kasich’s plans ever involved winning most of the primaries, I’m sure he’s moved on by now.
SCOTT ADAMS: Clinton Versus Trump — Persuasion Scores: “We’ll start with Clinton’s new campaign slogan: LOVE TRUMPS HATE… Spoken aloud, the slogan sounds like asking people to agree with Trump’s hate, as in “Love Trump’s hate (because Trump hates war, terrorism, and bad trade deals, same as you?). This is the sort of mistake you never see out of the Trump campaign. The slogan is pure amateur hour. It accomplishes the opposite of its intent, and you can’t fail harder than that. Now let’s look at the ‘woman card’ issue:”
You can’t make this up. When you saw that symbol, you thought of a restroom. it is automatic.
But the biggest mistake was putting a magnetic strip on the Woman Card. That makes you think of a credit card. And that makes you think of debt. Or perhaps it makes you think of a transit card that Clinton had trouble using at the subway in New York. All bad.
You might ask yourself why the campaign did not go with a playing card model instead of a credit card. After all, “deal me in” is not typically associated with a magnetic strip.
I’ll tell you why they didn’t use playing cards as their clever response. It’s because you would have to end up labeling Clinton the queen of – let’s say –hearts. And in cards, the queen is ranked below the king. That’s not so good if your opponent is a man…who lives in castles.
Read the whole thing. Arguably more likely though, is the fear of making Hillary the 21st century equivalent of Angela Lansbury’s infamous character in the Manchurian Candidate, which might hit a little too close to home, given Hillary’s Saul Alinsky connection and the various facets of her leftwing politics, which connect to her virtually all of the postwar strains of American politics in Liberal Fascism.
I BLAME THE MEDIA: Joel Kotkin: Politics Move Left, Americans Move Right. “This divergence between politics and how people choose to live has never been greater. As economist Jed Kolko has observed, the perceived “historic” shift back to the inner city has turned out to be a relatively brief phenomena. Since 2012, suburbs and exurbs, which have seven times as many people, again are growing faster than core cities. . . . Among America’s 53 largest metropolitan areas, nine of the 10 fastest-growing ones are in the Sunbelt: Austin, Orlando, Raleigh, Houston, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, Nashville and Tampa-St. Petersburg. The only outlier is Denver, which has become a destination for people and companies fleeing higher priced areas, particularly the West Coast. Perhaps even more revealing are the trends in domestic migration.”
Related: “PolitiFact’s facial recognition scan of Rafael Cruz hours too late to save campaign,” Twitchy notes. “As long as we’re taking conspiracy theories seriously, check out the timestamp on PolitiFact’s tweet, showing that it was posted after the first polls had closed in Indiana. Who knows how many votes could have been salvaged if this important information had been brought to light even a few hours earlier.”
GOP CHAIRMAN REINCE PRIEBUS: TRUMP IS NOW THE PRESUMPTIVE GOP NOMINEE. “Priebus tweeted out shortly before 9 p.m. that Trump will be the presumptive nominee, adding that the party needs ‘to unite and focus’ on toppling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in November.”
After this, it’s going to look even more difficult for Cruz. Next week Cruz is expected to win Nebraska’s 36 delegates (no polling as of yet), while Trump is expected to cruise to victory in West Virginia for its 34 delegates. After that, the primaries mostly return to the coasts, with Washington, Oregon, California, and New Jersey combining for 295 delegates in mostly winner-take-all hybrid configurations. If Trump even gets 40 delegates tonight, he’ll need about two-thirds of the 295 delegates in the coastal states, a very achievable outcome thanks to the GOP’s rules on delegate allocations. And don’t forget that Cruz supposedly conceded Oregon and New Mexico to Kasich, who has little chance of standing in the way of Trump’s momentum.
So yes, it won’t be literally over tonight, but a big win in Indiana for Trump tonight means that Trump can probably start measuring the drapes for the convention in Cleveland.
“We do not seek to make Russia an enemy. But make no mistake – we will defend our allies, the rules-based international order, and the positive future it affords us,” Carter said at the U.S. military’s European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.
Carter expressed a desire not to start a new Cold War with Russia – or a “hot” one.
But he said Russia seeks to “erode” the peaceful order Europe and the rest of the West have enjoyed since the end of the Cold War.
It’s nice to have a grownup like President Ash Carter running things again.
In a world overtaken by smartphones—72 percent of U.S. adults now have one, according to Pew Research Center data—Freeman sees the Punkt cell phone as a way to be less distracted, even if only for a little while. It doesn’t have access to the Internet, or any games or apps. To get a cab, Freeman, the founder and CEO of a coffee shop and roasting company called Blue Bottle Coffee, has to call one. And while he can text, he must go back to doing it with the T9 (that’s “text on 9 keys”) method by tapping the phone’s buttons.
Freeman says he puts away his iPhone to force him to focus, if only once a week, on the “million interesting things that happen that are quieter but much more profound than my Twitter stream.”