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When North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un insults you, you must be doing something right. From The Denver Post:

Last week on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, [Sen. Cory] Gardner [R-Colo.] said “most people agree” that Kim is a “whack job.”

“This is a crazed maniac at the helm of one of the world’s nuclear regimes, trying to become a nuclear regime,” he said. “We shouldn’t be in the position of flattery.”

Days later, Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency responded, saying the Republican senator had “perpetrated wicked blasphemy” against Kim, according to a translation by UPI.

“For a psychopath like the [expletive] Gardner, to hurl evil accusations at our highest dignity, is a serious problem…That a man mixed in with human dirt like Gardner, who has lost basic judgment and body hair, could only spell misfortune for the United States.”

But Gardner responded again Monday, digging his heels in and calling Kim a “madman.”

Kim is a madman, and this native Coloradan has never been more proud. Keep it up, Gardner!

Hey girl, it's Antonio Sabato Jr....

Because why not?

Sabato apparently filed SEC paperwork to run against Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village). The D+7 district covers the southern central coast of California and most of Ventura County. The LA Times gushes (or is quick to point out, I'm not sure which) that "Sabato is a longtime actor best known for roles in “General Hospital” and “Melrose Place” and as a model for Calvin Klein underwear."

They also chart out what is increasingly becoming a successful template for those with political aspirations:

In recent years he has appeared in several reality television shows, including starring in “My Antonio,” a VH1 contest for which women competed for his affection, and “Dancing With the Stars.”

“Being a Republican and with proximity to the White House and Republican leadership, [Sabato's] going to be able to get more done — being in the majority, with his notoriety, for the residents of the 26th [Congressional] District,” said Charles Moran, who will be Sabato's fundraiser.

Sabato, a vocal supporter of the president, spoke on Trump's behalf at the Republican National Convention last year, insisting in an interview that President Obama was a Muslim.

How to deal with protesters in one easy (rural) lesson:

For my urbanista friends who may not be familiar with this piece of farm equipment, it's a manure spreader. Trust me when I say this would be a highly effective way to send protesters running for their safe spaces.

Adam Gopnik, the New Yorker's critic-at-large, wrote a fascinating essay for the May 15 issue that the editors apparently couldn't wait to post online.

The title, "We Could Have Been Canada," really doesn't convey the essence of what Gopnik is trying to say. The tease is a little more revealing:

Was the American Revolution such a good idea?

He follows that up with what must be a new record for distortion, ignorance, and vile representations of what the Revolution meant, and how Americans have accepted its "myths."

The Revolution remains the last bulwark of national myth. Academics write on the growth of the Founding Father biographical genre in our time; the rule for any new writer should be that if you want a Pulitzer and a best-seller you must find a Founding Father and fetishize him. While no longer reverential, these accounts are always heroic in the core sense of showing us men, and now, occasionally, women, who transcend their flaws with spirit (though these flaws may include little things like holding other human beings as property, dividing their families, and selling off their children). The phenomenon of “Hamilton,” the hip-hop musical that is, contrary to one’s expectations, wholly faithful to a heroic view of American independence, reinforces the sanctity of the American Revolution in American life.

Academic histories of the Revolution, though, have been peeping over the parapets, joining scholarly scruples to contemporary polemic. One new take insists that we misunderstand the Revolution if we make what was an intramural and fratricidal battle of ideas in the English-speaking Empire look like a modern colonial rebellion. Another insists that the Revolution was a piece of great-power politics, fought in unimaginably brutal terms, and no more connected to ideas or principles than any other piece of great-power politics: America was essentially a Third World country that became the battlefield for two First World powers. Stirred into the larger pot of recent revisionism, these arguments leave us with a big question: was it really worth it, and are we better off for its having happened? In plain American, is Donald Trump a bug or a feature of the American heritage?

Gopnik believes that Canada avoided all this nonsense because, well, they're Canadians:

As it happened, my own childhood was neatly divided between what I learned to call “the States” and Canada. In my Philadelphia grade school, we paraded with flags, singing “The Marines’ Hymn” and “Here Comes the Flag!” (“Fathers shall bless it / Children caress it / All shall maintain it / No one shall stain it.”) We were taught that the brave Americans hid behind trees to fight the redcoats—though why this made them brave was left unexplained. In Canada, ninth grade disclosed a history of uneasy compromise duality, and the constant search for temporary nonviolent solutions to intractable divides. The world wars, in which Canadians had played a large part, passed by mostly in solemn sadness. (That the Canadians had marched beyond their beach on D Day with aplomb while the Americans struggled on Omaha was never boasted about.) Patriotic pageantry arose only from actual accomplishments: when Team Canada won its eight-game series against the Russians, in 1972, the entire nation sang “O Canada”—but they sang it as a hockey anthem as much as a nationalist hymn.

Heh. Canada wouldn't be "bragging" about a walkover at Juno Beach. The Canucks suffered 50% casualties in the first hour of the battle -- hardly "marching with aplomb." And why would they brag about the fact that Omaha Beach was far better defended than Juno? How could the manner in which the Germans deployed their forces along the Normandy coast be a reason to brag about anything?


The piece is too long and tries too hard to get people upset to spend any time in response. Just read the whole thing and stand back in awe observing its majestic stupidity in all its glory.

If Hillary Clinton had issued the exact same executive order as Donald Trump did on immigration, that would have been constitutional. Or so this ACLU lawyer said. From NTK Network:

ACLU Lawyer Omar Jadwat, arguing against President Trump’s travel ban before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, admitted that the same exact travel ban “could be” constitutional if it were enacted by Hillary Clinton.

Jadwat argued that Trump’s campaign animus motivated the order, making it illegitimate. This claim was challenged by the Fourth Circuit’s Judge Paul Niemeyer. ...

“We have a candidate who won the presidency, some candidate other than President Trump won the presidency and then chose to issue this particular order, with whatever counsel he took,” Niemeyer said. “Do I understand that just in that circumstance, the executive order should be honored?”

“Yes, your honor, I think in that case, it could be constitutional,” Jadwat admitted.

Wow. Double standard much?

To quote Instapundit, "They told me if Donald Trump were elected, fascism would stalk American campuses...And they were right!"

Steve, out of curiosity I looked at real estate comps in my area (Wayne County, Ohio) and only found four homes priced over $500,000. The most expensive is this one at $614k. For $549k you can get this 5175 sq. ft. home (4 bedrooms, 5 baths) on 7.29 acres. And with this included, why would anyone even consider Seattle?

A guest on a recent episode of Netflix’s "Chelsea," starring Chelsea Handler, featured a celebrity guest who thinks that America would be okay with slavery coming back.  Yes, really.

Via Newsbusters:

The episode was of a dinner party at her home, a format Ms. Handler occasionally used in season one, and the celebrity guests around her dinner table were Jim Parsons, Rashida Jones, Gaby Hoffman, and Mary McCormack. The subject of conversation was celebrating teachers who have impacted their lives for Teacher Appreciation Week, but it quickly turned into a an attack on America.

Actress Rashida Jones at one point actually claimed that the U.S. is "okay" with slavery happening again.

Handler noted that in Germany the history of the Holocaust is known by all Germans and monuments are everywhere to remind the people that it must never happen again. Contrasting that to America, the comic indignantly said the Holocaust happened over five years while slavery lasted for 400 years and only now has a national museum on slavery. Rashida piped in that “America is okay with it happening again and it is still happening.” Huh? Mary took a shot by saying, “Clearly we’re okay with it, look what’s happening.”

think Newsbusters means "took a shot," figuratively -- not literally. Sadly, Handler and co.'s delirium might be more excusable if they were all three sheets to the wind.

Stop me if you think you've heard this one before.

Anti-Trump hysterics have egg on their face today for swallowing the veracity of a video that purported to show a young girl saying "You're a disgrace to the world" to Trump's face.

Have you seen that video of a young girl telling President Trump that he’s “a disgrace to the world”? It’s a satisfying clip for those who believe the president needs to be called out to his face. But the video is completely fake.

The clip went viral on Twitter yesterday, with countless people believing it was a young girl speaking truth to the most powerful man in the world. But the clip is actually from a Comedy Central series called “The President Show” starring Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik. The show debuted last month and airs on Thursdays after the Daily Show.

Oooops! Never mind.