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About twenty-four hours after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did it, Speaker Paul Ryan finally got around to condemning Antifa.

“Speaker Ryan believes, as is obvious, these individuals are left-wing thugs, and those who are committing violence need to be arrested and prosecuted. Antifa is a scourge on our country,” Ryan’s spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement provided exclusively to The Daily Caller.

"As is obvious?"

No, based on Ryan's prior statements, it was obvious he was doing everything he could to avoid mentioning the fact that, in addition to white supremacist groups, Antifa was present in Charlottesville instigating violence. He only stated the obvious after he was outflanked by his uber-lefty colleague San Fran Nan.

Better late than never. I guess.

A follow-up to my global warming-Harvey post earlier, this from the climate skeptic blog "Watts Up With That": 

Because of the lack of any real evidence but a desperate need for it to be true, the global warming/hurricane increase issue has become a field of double-talk. Consider this quote from Allison Wing, a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University and supposed hurricane expert:

“Unfortunately for society, it does seem like a fairly confident projection that hurricanes will get stronger in the future. There is less evidence that they have gotten stronger thus far because of complicated factors, some which oppose that increase and some which favor it in the current climate, as well as limitations from our observational record. We simply don’t have that many years of reliable data. But all of that is consistent with our expectations, and as the climate becomes even warmer we expect that … the increase in intensity will get larger, and it will be unfortunately even easier to see that the hurricanes are going to get more intense.”

If you think that makes any sense, you too can be a climate scientist these days.

The bottom line to the global warming/hurricane increase issue is what I wrote before and have been quoted as saying:

“It is a fundamental fact, although increasingly conveniently ignored, that no single climate event or location can be attributed to global warming. There is simply no valid way to prove a connection and correlation is not causation. If it were, the following would be true: As global warming has supposedly been occurring, the average human lifespan has significantly increased. Therefore, global warming causes increased human lifespans and is a good thing.”

Even climate change supporters in the rest of the scientific community are a lot more circumspect about hurricanes and the effect of global warming on their severity:

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory:

  • It is premature to conclude that human activities–and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming–have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity. That said, human activities may have already caused changes that are not yet detectable due to the small magnitude of the changes or observational limitations, or are not yet confidently modeled (e.g., aerosol effects on regional climate).

Somehow, I don't think 50 inches of rain falls in the category "small magnitude of the changes."

There is no such thing as a "science press" anymore. Instead we have Bill Nye and his marvelous magical gender machine and other charlatans who make money by scaring the people of earth by claiming we're all going to die a horrible death unless we listen to them.

Science journalism used to be the toughest gig because it is extraordinarily difficult to take mind-bending concepts and explain them so that the average American can understand at least some of it. They don't even try anymore. What we get now are lectures about how ignorant we are for not accepting them at their word and constant hectoring about our "carbon footprint."

The drivel that's published today might as well be placed in the comics section.



After seeing this tweet:

I recorded this:

Speaking of Fox News, it just made its least surprising new contributor hire in perhaps ever:

From Variety:

Conservative media host Tomi Lahren has joined Fox News in a contributor role, the cable news network announced Wednesday.

She will make her debut as a contributor on tonight’s edition of “Hannity” at 10 p.m. ET/PT. According to FNC, Lahren will have a signature role on the network’s upcoming digital lineup and will also offer political commentary to the network’s opinion programming, primarily “Hannity.”

Lahren is best known for her time at Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze, where she hosted the self-titled show “Tomi.” She would end each show with her “Final Thoughts” segment, in which she would expound on political and pop culture topics. She was suspended by TheBlaze earlier this year after expressing her support for abortion on “The View,” leading to a lawsuit against her former employer that was settled in May.

Both the Tomi fans and haters thought that this would happen. It's just surprising that it took them so long to bring her on board.

Make Fox News Blonde Again doesn't really fit on a hat well but Tomi should give it a try anyway.

Amid much fanfare Monday, an army of SJWs set off on an epic 10-day march from Charlottesville to Washington, D.C., to "confront white supremacy."

According to a press release from the group, the march started with nearly 200 participants.

By Tuesday morning, though, their numbers had dwindled to only 35 marchers.

Today, it looks like their numbers decreased even more to around 25 marchers. (I'm being generous.)

Here, you can see an organizer lead the group in a chant, "Hey-hey! Ho-ho! White supremacy has got to go!"

Is it possible, based on these paltry numbers, that there just aren't that many people out there who really believe in their gut that "white supremacy" is such a huge problem and they need to march and chant about it for ten days straight?

As I noted in my piece, Coalition of Leftists to March From Charlottesville to D.C. to "Confront White Supremacy,"  the vast majority of Americans on both sides of the political spectrum -- including the president -- already condemn racism, Nazis and white supremacist groups.  This entire exercise is just an excuse to virtue signal and push a far-left political agenda.



A longtime ESPN football analyst is walking away because he says that football isn't "safe for the brain."

New York Times:

But Cunningham, 48, resigned from one of the top jobs in sports broadcasting because of his growing discomfort with the damage being inflicted on the players he was watching each week. The hits kept coming, right in front of him, until Cunningham said he could not, in good conscience, continue his supporting role in football’s multibillion-dollar apparatus.

“I take full ownership of my alignment with the sport,” he said. “I can just no longer be in that cheerleader’s spot.”

Football has seen high-profile N.F.L. players retire early, even pre-emptively, out of concern about their long-term health, with particular worry for the brain. But Cunningham may be the first leading broadcaster to step away from football for a related reason — because it felt wrong to be such a close witness to the carnage, profiting from a sport that he knows is killing some of its participants.

“In its current state, there are some real dangers: broken limbs, wear and tear,” Cunningham said. “But the real crux of this is that I just don’t think the game is safe for the brain. To me, it’s unacceptable.”

Cunningham says he has shown none of the symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE -- the brain disease that has caused several former players to kill themselves or die a horrible death. Cunningham mentions a former teammate, Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson:

I’ve had teammates who have killed themselves. Dave Duerson put a shotgun to his chest so we could study his brain…

“This is as personal as it gets,” Cunningham said. “I’m not hypothesizing here.”

Football, boxing, soccer, rugby, field hockey, lacrosse -- all players who participate in these sports are at risk for serious brain injury later in life. How many players develop CTE? No one knows. How many concussions can the human brain withstand before injury is permanent? No one knows.

And many times have we heard a pro football player say that even with all of his aches and pains -- the artificial knees and hips, the constant pain making it nearly impossible to sleep - he wouldn't change a thing and that if he had a chance, he'd go back and do it all over again?

But that attitude may be changing. A couple of dozen of high-profile players have retired while still in their mid-20s because of concussions and other injuries. The untold story is that thousands -- perhaps tens of thousands -- of high school and college players will also develop CTE.

It makes you wonder if tackle football as a competitive sport will be around in 10 years.

Deb, the Thought Police made Feinstein "clarify" her remarks. CNN posted this about an hour ago:

A day after she was jeered at a town hall for suggesting President Donald Trump could become a "good president" if he would "change," Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein issued a statement saying she is "under no illusion" he will.

"Look, this man is going to be President most likely for the rest of this term," Feinstein said Tuesday at the town hall meeting at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club. "I just hope he has the ability to learn and to change and if he does he can be a good president. And that's my hope."

But right-wing rhetoric divides us or something.

In case anyone was in doubt of what the basement-dwelling ruffians who make up Antifa actually want (besides checks from George Soros), this should clear it up. I highly recommend the Democrats make this their 2018 campaign slogan!

Looks like President Trump was right with his "blame both sides" approach, eh? (Unless you think "NO USA AT ALL" is somehow patriotic). I wonder if Mitt Romney wants to update his virtue-signaling tweet? I won't hold my breath. But for a person who claims to love the United States to endorse a group that wants there to be "NO USA AT ALL" seems contradictory.

But while our Republican betters are busy praising violent anarchists who want to beat our heads in with bats, at least The Onion gets it. Must read:

Antifa Organizers Announce Plans to Disrupt Neo-Nazi Rally or Whatever Else Going On That Day




Megyn Kelly's grass doesn't seem to be getting any greener at NBC:

The Daily Beast has more:

Four weeks before the Sept. 25 debut of Megyn Kelly Today—the 9 a.m. replacement for the venerable morning show’s third hour, Today’s Take—some NBC insiders are expressing doubts, and even worries, about the network news division’s plan to scrap a reliable long-running program in order to morph the former Fox News anchor and Donald Trump nemesis into an accessible, female-friendly personality for an ethnically diverse daytime viewership.

Officially, of course, NBC News is excited and upbeat about the new show, which will feature a live audience in a specially built studio at 30 Rock.

This is really more about the tolerance of the "ethnically diverse daytime viewership" that NBC caters to than Kelly's talent. The average NBC viewer isn't big on intellectual or political diversity, which is how people like Matt Lauer and Brian Williams become stars there.

There is also the fact the Kelly's claim to fame as far as NBC was concerned isn't very unique lo these many months after her hiring. She was one of the first media personalities to engage in a protracted war of words with then-candidate Trump. When NBC lured her away from Fox News she was still one of the most prominent anti-Trump types. The media landscape in America is polluted with them now.

Within the NBCUniversal  ranks alone, Morning Joe and his Mika have carved out quite a niche for themselves bashing the president over at MSNBC.

It does appear that, at the very least, NBC is giving Kelly the resources to succeed. It is a risky move, but Kelly is still talented might be able to pull it off.

Anyone see this one coming?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., surprised a San Francisco crowd when she expressed optimism for President Trump during a town hall Tuesday evening.

California's senior senator drew audible jeers from the crowd when she said she believed President Trump had the potential to be a "good president."

"The question is whether he can learn and change," Feinstein told the audience. "If so, I believe he can be a good president."

She drew hisses, jeers, and yells of "no," when she told the crowd she doesn't think President Trump should be impeached, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.


Feinstein sits on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Judiciary Committee -- both of which have been investigating the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russia.

If ever there was a signal that there is simply no there there -- this is it.