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I'm just going to leave this here:

Actor Jussie Smollett takes a selfie with a fan outside the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, after prosecutors dropped all charges against him. Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs. (Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

The denial is strong in this one.

When Barack Obama is the fiscal conservative in your party, you've got a big problem. WaPo:

Former president Barack Obama gently warned a group of freshman House Democrats Monday evening about the costs associated with some liberal ideas popular in their ranks, encouraging members to look at price tags, according to people in the room.

Obama didn’t name specific policies. And to be sure, he encouraged the lawmakers — about half-dozen of whom worked in his own administration — to continue to pursue “bold” ideas as they shaped legislation during their first year in the House.

But some people in the room took his words as a cautionary note about Medicare-for-All and the ambitious Green New Deal, two liberal ideas popularized by a few of the more famous House freshmen, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

Jazz Shaw points out the obvious at Hot Air:

Of course, it’s a bit rich to hear this advice coming from the guy who pushed the “stimulus” bill shortly after coming into office, along with Cash for Clunkers and a pile of other very expensive programs. But at least the price tags for those were still in the range of numbers voters have grown used to seeing in government spending plans. And there was always talk about how those programs would be paid for, or if they might “pay for themselves” through a strongly rebounding economy.

And PJM's Matt Margolis details the enormity of the budget deficit under Obama:

When adjusted for inflation, Obama owns the seven highest deficits in history—surpassing the deficits incurred during World War II. Obama’s smallest deficit was still higher than the last deficit before he took office. While many try to argue that 2009’s spending should not count towards Obama’s spending record, 2009 was not actually constrained by the budget approved by President Bush. In fact, only three of FY2009’s 12 appropriations bills passed under Bush because the Democrats in Congress waited until Obama took office before going on a spending binge. So most of the spending that took place in 2009 was, in fact, approved by President Obama. This spending, which included Obama’s failed stimulus and bailouts, resulted in a 17.9 percent increase in spending over FY2008 compared to the 3 percent increase proposed by George W. Bush. This increase in spending was the highest annual spending increase since the Korean War.

And the loons in the Democratic Party are scaring even Obama? Michael Ledeen might be right when he says Dems have essentially already morphed into a third party. 

That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works.

A little reminder for Chait, from an old-timey document he may never have read, but clearly despises:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

The burden -- the genius of our justice system -- rests entirely on the state to conduct an investigation, press charges if enough evidence of wrongdoing is found, and convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt of a citizen's guilt.

There is no burden on the citizen, except to comply with warrants, show up to court as ordered, and, if necessary, to invoke the Fifth when the authorities overstep these strict limitations.

Anything less inexorably leads to a system of midnight knocks on the door and brief appearances before a kangaroo court.

In light of the charges against Jussie Smollett being dropped, I think it's time we have a serious discussion about white privilege.

I love Mike Lee, too.

#NTTAWWT

Oy.

Progressivism is the Terminator of politics. Listen, and understand. It can't be bargained with, it can't be reasoned with, it doesn't feel pity or remorse or fear, and it absolutely will not stop... EVER, until you are dead.

It's the Chicago Way.

I want you to think long and hard about this: We've reached a point where Ann Coulter is the voice of sanity.

I'm not saying she's always wrong, but I am saying that even when she's right, she's never been exactly the most stable news commenter.

Yet here we are.

More on the Smollett investigation head-fake:

Sure seems like it. But let's not forget this context:

You're gonna need a bigger bowl of popcorn to get through this week.

THREAD:

Click over and read the whole thing, which is just devastating -- mostly because of how easy it was for Scott Adams to demolish the "fine people" lie which the media (and its hangers-on in antisocial media) have perpetuated ad nauseam.