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The Parade of Tyrants continues:

(I wonder if POTUS has the White House chef brushing up on N. Korean recipes for when Kim Jong-un visits...a nice stone soup, maybe some mud pies...)

Thanks, Party of Outrage. Studies show politics is causing couples to break up. From Fox Business:

New data from Wakefield Research, an Arlington, Virginia-based polling firm, one in 10 couples (married or unmarried) ended their relationships over political disagreements, with millennials parting ways at a particularly high rate of 22%. ...

The survey, which was conducted nationwide with 1,000 participants from April 12 to April 18, also found that 22% of Americans know a couple whose marriage or relationship “has been negatively impacted specifically due to President Trump’s election.”

In fact, Wakefield says that 24% of Americans in a relationship or married report that since Trump was elected, “they and their partner have disagreed or argued about politics more than ever.”

If it helps, my wife and I have agreed about politics more than ever. (Well, maybe not more than ever, but we certainly agree more now than we did when we voted for different people last November — neither of whom were named "Trump" or "Clinton.")

Can't people be satisfied or dissatisfied (or some mix of the two) together? Is politics really worth breaking up over?

There's a Kasich for Senate website and you're gonna love it. Unless you're a fan of ObamaCare's biggest Republican evangelist, that is.


Dean tells students to stop booing the Secretary of Education, but they continue.

Why do these kids seem to think Betsy DeVos is Hitler? Because liberals have peddled lies about her for months.

Regarding Michael's post about the laptop ban on all flights from Europe to the USA. Since "all politics are local," I concur. This stinks.  I'll be flying back from Oslo to L.A. during the endless day on July 14 and that's a helluva shlep without my laptop.  Of course, there's always the bright side.  I'll finally be able to get to volume two of Remembrance of Things Past, if I can only remember what happened in volume one.  It's been a while (plus/minus thirty years).

This one will never get old:


Why anybody thinks Colbert is funny is beyond me. Like most leftist "comedians" he's a bitter, nasty little man, throwing crap before swine.

The ineffable Ace of Spades has more here:

This is exactly what he should have expected, and perhaps did expect -- the left has been ginning up a Hate Comey campaign for six months, recently reinforced by Hillary Clinton's assertion that she would be president if not for Comey's October 28th information to Congress that was reviewing the emails found on Anthony Weiner's computer for possible relevance to the Hillary Clinton case.

So when they heard he'd been fired, of course they cheered.

However, they were on line to get into the show and sitting in the audience for a half hour. Many of them probably did not have time to be properly Socialized by "influencers" on the liberal side of things on Twitter, FaceBook, and Instagram.

So many probably did not know that the Party Leadershp had declared that Emmanuel Goldstein was no longer a Traitor, but in fact a Martyr, a 180 degree reversal reached by a Consensus of Twitter Scientists in just ten minutes of primal screaming and digital animal noises.

Sick of the Baby Boomers? Who isn't? Our tendency to frame everything in terms of, well, us is incredibly annoying, as is our refusal to get off the political stage, slink into a cave somewhere and conveniently die so we won't destroy the Social Security system. But guess what -- not gonna happen!


Which occasioned this exchange with Jack Shafer at Slate:


Trump (b. 1946) vs. Warren (b. 1949) in 2020, anybody?

It looks like we're about to see how serious President Trump is about stopping the North Korean nuclear program.

Observers who have viewed satellite photos of North Korea's main nuclear testing site report that a test may be "imminent." Meanwhile, the new North Korean ambassador to the UK had this to say.


North Korean envoy Choe Il revealed Pyongyang's ambitions to conduct another nuclear test during his first interview since being appointed to the position in November, soon after his predecessor defected. Echoing the official stance of his government, Choe asserted North Korea's right to maintain and develop nuclear weapons as a deterrent to foreign invasion. Though he said he was unaware of a specific date for another nuclear weapons test, he stated that one would be conducted on leader Kim Jong Un's terms regardless of U.S. pressure.

"I can say that the nuclear test will be conducted at the place and time as decided by our supreme leader, Kim Jong Un," Choe told U.K.-based media agency Sky News.

Reports emerged last month claiming the reclusive, militarized state was planning a nuclear test on North Korea's "Day of the Sun," which commemorates the birthday of North Korea's founder and Kim Jong Un's grandfather, Kim Jong Il. President Donald Trump responded by sending a naval strike group to the region alongside vows to prevent Pyongyang from going through with such a test. The nuclear weapons test never occurred, but North Korea has publicly disavowed any foreign opposition to its nuclear program, even from its traditional ally, China, which also has criticized North Korea's possession of weapons of mass destruction.

Trump has never declared a red line for North Korea's nuclear tests, but he hasn't been shy about hinting at a US response if Kim goes ahead and conducts another.

Will Kim try to call Trump's bluff? Or is it a bluff? Stay tuned.


Confessions of a Lousy Headline Writer: I'm proud (perhaps too proud) to say my PJM columns have now been picked up by Real Clear Politics well over a hundred times since about Jan 1, 2015, including today's.  But a good percentage of the time they change my headline and I suspect they're (mostly) right.  Today what appears here as "Comey's Out.  Who's Next for Rosenstein?" has popped up on RCP as "Draining the FBI Swamp is Bad News for Schumer (& Clinton)."  Better?  Possibly. It seems they're aiming for dramatic juxtaposition, as is Drudge.  This time I'm listed between David Frum and Juan Williams.  Best of all was when I was up against Paul Krugman. Who could ask  for more?

Well, this stinks:

The Department of Homeland Security plans to ban laptops in the cabins of all flights from Europe to the United States, European security officials told The Daily Beast. The announcement is expected Thursday.

Initially a ban on laptops and tablets was applied only to U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports in North Africa and the Middle East. The ban was based on U.S. fears that terrorists have found a way to convert laptops into bombs capable of bringing down an airplane. It is unclear if the European ban will also apply to tablets.

DHS said in a statement to The Daily Beast: “No final decisions have been made on expanding the restriction on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins; however, it is under consideration. DHS continues to evaluate the threat environment and will make changes when necessary to keep air travelers safe.”

The way to keep air travelers safe is to keep unsafe air travelers off international flights to and from the United States. Expect this ban to be vociferously opposed by legions of business travelers whose livelihoods depend on carrying their mobile offices with them. The sooner the feds start screening out hostiles and leave real Americans and others alone, the better.