KURT SCHLICHTER: The Coming (And Hilarious) Democrat Implosion.
July 28, 2016
21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Guys are still picking up the tab, while some women offer but don’t really mean it.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS TO COMMEMORATE 1966 SNIPER ATTACK: 50 years ago on August 1. This will be a memorial service for the victims and survivors of the massacre.
OVER AT POLITICO: “Sunny, edgy” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook continues his ugly Joe McCarthy reanimation. Robby sounds a bit desperate. Hey, Joe McCarthy was edgy and desperate. But, yeah, Robby admits that Hillary is a hard sell. Politico’s Glenn Thrush says the whole Democratic convention was a “Rube Goldberg contraption built for the sole purpose of making a skeptical America trust Hillary Clinton.” Robby was the convention’s Rube — according to Thrush, not me. But I won’t disagree, I’d just employ a lower case “r.” Indeed, Robby, your boss has got a trust problem. For so very many reasons. But let me give you three, with documentation: (1) Loretta Lynch’s compromising encounter; (2) Jim Comey’s sell out of the rule of law; (3) Hillary’s criminal compromise of US national security. We’ll get to Clinton Foundation corruption and her Benghazi fiasco later. I promise.
SOONER OR LATER, THIS STATEMENT WILL BE TRUE, BUT IT’S BEEN MADE, AND THEN BEEN WRONG, AN AWFUL LOT THIS YEAR: Schumer: Trump has ‘reached his high-water mark.’
SAVING YOUR AUDIENCE, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG, HOLLYWOOD:
On Tuesday, film industry house organ Variety ran the headline, “Box Office Meltdown: Hollywood Races to Win Back Summer Crowds.”
Apparently by alienating half their audience, as Heat Street notes: The Internet Is Furious Over Ghostbusters’ Hillary Clinton Endorsement.
In a world of hundreds of TV channels and somewhere in the (very crowded) neighborhood of a billion Websites, Hollywood is the last mass media left – but a crappy hyper-politicized product and insulting its potential consumers doesn’t sound like a very good strategy to preserve its existence.
IRANIAN CLERIC IN KOSOVO ARRESTED FOR FINANCING TERRORISM: Kosovo has an Islamist radicalization problem and Obama’s Iran deal gives the ayatollahs the bomb.
DEMOCRATS FALL FOR TRUMP’S RUSSIAN-HACK TROLLING: Sorry, Hillary: Friday’s Headlines Will Be About Trump.
One of Trump’s great skills is his ability to lure people into making complete fools of themselves. Like Larry Tribe, here: Former Obama mentor: Trump’s Russian hack ‘jokes’ could ‘constitute treason.’
But after all the wolf-crying, smears, and nastiness aimed at inoffensive GOP candidates, they deserve Trump.
UPDATE: Trump The DNC:
Donald Trump owned the news media on Day Three of Hillary’s Coronation. He even topped President Obama, who gave a wonderful speech that rallied Democrats behind Her Royal Clintoness. Nevertheless, Trump owned the news cycle.
He did so by holding a press conference. The press conference is now his favorite format. He is sharp, funny, spontaneous, and quick on the uptake. As is usually the case, at the press conference he fielded more hostile questions from the media in one hour than Hillary has in her entire pampered, Ivy League, first lady life.
Think about that for a moment. Has any journalist ever confronted her about all those real scandals? The Whitewater swampland real estate deals. Her covering up rapes and sexual harassment by her husband. Her stealing White House furniture. Not once has anyone in the press pressed her for an answer.
Meanwhile, Trump has to explain why two lines in his wife’s 20-minute speech were similar to a speech Michelle Obama gave eight years ago.
Throughout her life, the press gave Hillary a pass. Now she pays for that lifelong free ride by being unprepared for this campaign.
Don Surber wrote the book on this stuff.
THE CENTER CANNOT HOLD:
—PJ Media, today.
Chaser: “Supposedly we don’t have a state religion. Such a thing is forbidden by the Constitution. But increasingly, we do have a de facto state religion — Islam.”
—Ace of Spades, 2007.
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO MAKE EXCUSES FOR RAPE: It’s the school’s fault I had sex with teen, teacher says.
When you listen to Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech tonight — seriously, America, why? — expect to hear a lot of compassionate talk aimed at working Americans. Specifically, about the Democratic Party’s plans to raise the national minimum wage to $12/hour, force companies to offer paid parental leave, double-down on ObamaCare, expand Medicaid, and push for greater education subsidies.
Then, ask yourself: Are these policies going to make life less or more expensive for Americans?
As I wrote at the beginning of 2009 after watching DNC operatives with bylines infected with a serious case of what Virginia Postrel dubbed “Depression Lust,” and Tom Brokaw begging Obama for higher gas prices, you and I have a rendezvous with scarcity.
Or as Hillary warned us over a decade ago, “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”
And she has a very good chance of making her will a reality next year.
KURT SCHLICHTER: DEMOCRATS GET MAD AT THE RUSSIANS; IN OTHER NEWS, A DOG MARRIES A CAT.
To paraphrase Austin Bay in the New York Observer, Hillary Clinton turned into Joseph McCarthy so slowly, I hardly even noticed. But behind her campaign’s “have you no shame, sir?” faux-outrage at Trump, as Roger Simon asks, Who Is Putin’s Real Ally?
THIS ISN’T THE 21st CENTURY I WAS PROMISED: Gay “oil sands ambassador” under fire — for posting PRO gay meme on Facebook.
And for purely expository reasons, here’s a reminder of the “controversial” ad in question:
Trump is sarcastic. He’s easily exercised. And when he starts in on a subject and the room temperature rises, you get more of that. The media loves to act offended and point to this as a reason why he must not be qualified to lead America. But the fact is that sarcasm and the occasional expletive are part and parcel of how much of the nation actually speaks. This has left the media completely flummoxed, leading to the headlines about how Trump is going to sell out our national security to Russia.
Do you honestly believe he’s that daft? If so, then you’re ready to believe anything about him. Trump’s not a politician and he doesn’t talk like a politician. Sooner or later cable news is going to have to come to terms with that.
In an outrage culture, it pays to be outrageous. Even if it invites the death glare from CNN. Especially if it invites the death glare from CNN.
BOY, WITH THE ELECTION LOOKING CLOSE AND AMID FEARS THAT SHE MIGHT SIPHON OFF VOTES FROM HILLARY, Jill Stein is really getting hammered by the Democratic Media Complex.
MILO ON CNN: I WILL CONTINUE TO BE AS OFFENSIVE AS POSSIBLE:
[CNN’s Alison Kosik] presented Yiannopoulos with a log of his tweets about the Ghostbusters remake and its cast.
“Yeah, I said the women in it were fat and ugly and ugly and fat, and they are, and I’ll tell you why I find this problematic,” he declared.
“We’ve started to marginalize traditional beauty standards,” he explained. “Now what we’re expected to do is celebrate body positivity, and that it’s okay to abuse your bodies, and run the risk of horrible diseases, and awful chronic conditions, and to die sooner. That’s horrible. What I’m trying to do is draw attention to a critique of what’s happening in mainstream beauty culture, and that comes from compassion, about the messages we’re sending to young girls”.
While Milo’s answers are his usual “in an outrage culture it pays to be outrageous” responses, what I found fascinating about the interview wasn’t what Milo was saying, but instead, the contemptuous death glaze stare he was receiving from CNN’s Alison Kosik whenever they cut away from him.
Kosik has been with CNN for nearly a decade; so presumably, she’s well marinated in its corporate culture. The network’s founders and former executives have admitted to being in bed with some of the worst, murderous dictators on the planet, including Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro. In more recent years, the network’s commentators have filed glowing reports on North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il.
But when faced with a gay British conservative whose weapons of mass destruction are strictly rhetorical, the death glare:
This is CNN. And this is the media culture they helped birth. As James S. Robbins wrote earlier this week in USA Today, America isn’t literally Weimar, but our culture and theirs have far too much in common.
UPDATE: Took me a while, but now I remember where I’ve seen that expression before!
(Artwork by Jon Gabriel of Ricochet.)
AT THE BOSTON GLOBE, worries that Jill Stein might cost Hillary votes. So they chose a really unattractive photo of Stein, who’s actually a pretty handsome woman, to illustrate it.
SEE, THIS JUST SUPPORTS MY ARGUMENT FOR BANNING AIR CONDITIONING IN FEDERAL BUILDINGS: Fed Workers Told to Work From Home Due to Summer Heat.
THIS ISN’T THE 21st CENTURY I WAS PROMISED: Vegans Rip Doughnut Shop for Expecting Employees to Be Able to Eat Doughnuts. “It’s funny that the vegans and vegetarians are in a hissy over this, though. The paleo crowd — who are also not likely to eat doughnuts for pretty much any reason — has been silent. Then again, maybe the paleo diet eaters aren’t the kind of folks who expect the world to conform to them?”
“POLITICAL CORRECTNESS KIND OF CUTS US OFF AT THE KNEES AND DOESN’T ALLOW US TO BE OUR AUTHENTIC SELVES,” says Rain Pryor, daughter of Richard Pryor, in a brand new FIRE exclusive interview with the daughters of comedy godfathers Pryor, George Carlin and Lenny Bruce. Check out the podcast here or the video below.
And don’t forget that if you are in New York City or Los Angeles between this Friday, July 29 and August 4, you can see the new movie about comedy and free speech, Can We Take a Joke?, on the big screen. You can also see it with a beer at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse just outside of Washington, D.C. This is before it will be released all over the country on August 2 via iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and virtually every cable company in the U.S. and Canada.
THE SEVEN STAGES OF BERNIE’S SUCKERS: “You poor saps. You went to bed with Bernie, and woke up with Hillary.”
IN THE MAIL: From John R. Lott, Jr., The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies.
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MY BIG FAT AMERICAVERSARY: “Every July, my family celebrates our ‘Americaversary.’ It marks the dates my family arrived in the United States from the Soviet Union. I arrived on July 20, 1978 with my mom, when I was just 1-year old. My father had arrived a year earlier, on July 7.”
Read the whole thing.
See, when your infrastructure is vulnerable — and that includes politico-social infrastructure — there are all kinds of ways things can go wrong. And while most of them never wind up happening, sooner or later, some do.
WHEN YOU HAVE A PLATFORM THAT CAN SWING AN ELECTION, YOU TEND TO THINK OF YOURSELF AS ABOVE THE LAW: Facebook Ignores Seven Summonses From The IRS Demanding Documents On Its Offshore Tax Strategies.
The refugee who blew himself up outside a music festival in Ansbach, Germany after declaring his loyalty to ISIS on a cell phone video was supposed to have been deported twice. . . .
The Ansbach attack followed on the heels of an ax attack on a train in Würzburg by a 17 year old Afghan refugee that left five wounded and the assailant dead. There was also the refugee/migrant who killed a pregnant woman with a machete on Sunday in Reutlingen, and the killing of nine people by a second-generation Iranian immigrant in Munich. So far, neither of these appear to be terrorism in the same sense as the Würzburg or Ansbach attacks—the first appears to be personal and the latter appears not to have professed any loyalties—but that may not matter in the mind of the public, which at a minimum will likely connect them with what leftists in other situations now call “a culture of violence.” . . .
The position of the refugees/migrants in German society is more precarious than many liberal admirers of the “welcome culture” often realize. This is the age of the hybrid refugee-migrant: people like the Ansbach attacker are refugees insofar as they’re fleeing war zones in places like Syria, but migrants insofar as they’re then traveling from safe countries like Bulgaria (or Turkey or Greece) to other safe countries in search of better economic opportunities. They have been allowed to stay only because Angela Merkel essentially abrogated the Dublin Agreement and allowed them to—which in turn has been upheld only because public opinion at first embraced it, and then hasn’t changed so much against it as to oust the chancellor or force her hand.
But that may now be shifting. If more attacks do come, it will likely shift even more. And when or if the Germans want to change their approach to the refugees, there will be at least arguable legal grounds on which to do it.
The result: as attacks go up, there are likely to be, as the Open Europe report suggests, more deportations—perhaps many more. And there will be less hand-wringing stories about it—or perhaps more, but fewer will care.
WORLD’S DEEPEST BLUE HOLE: Is in the South China Sea — one of the world’s most dangerous geo-political flashpoints. No, Chinese contractors didn’t dig it to mine dirt and rocks for their man-made islands. The hole is natural. But Xinhua is touting it and claims the hole is mentioned in a novel written during the Ming dynasty.
I’M SO OLD, I CAN REMEMBER WHEN IT WAS THE RNC THAT WAS GOING TO BE MARKED BY VIOLENCE AND UNREST: As Obama speaks, chaos and arrests outside DNC.
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NORTH KOREA SAYS US HAS CROSSED A RED LINE: Seems Kim Jong Un’s “supreme dignity” has been challenged. Still, the choice of “red line” is ironic. Will the Kim regime’s Red fascist “red line” on the Korean peninsula prove to be as non-existent as Obama’s “red line” in Syria?
HOW THE MEDIA’S HISTORY OF SMEARING REPUBLICANS NOW HELPS TRUMP: “Already, editorial boards are preparing their indictments of what they believe to be Donald Trump’s incompetence, bigotry, and authoritarianism. Trump operatives will undoubtedly respond: ‘That’s what they always say about Republicans.’ And they’ll be right.”
All the way back to the days of FDR and Truman.
Well, that’s one way to be declared Man of the Year by Time magazine.
END OF THE 747? Boeing considers ending production of the iconic jumbo. “The world’s most recognizable airplane is coming in for a landing.”
I CAN SEE RUSSIA FROM THE DEMOCRATS’ HOUSE: Russian ships displayed at DNC tribute to vets.
UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Sorry, this is old.
AUSTIN BAY ON THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN’S DEFLECTION EFFORTS: Tailgunner Hillary and the Putin Hack: What Robby Mook did is pure McCarthyism.
Mook did not want to discuss the emails’ contents. The authentic emails prove the DNC sought to stymie Bernie Sanders’ campaign. The system was rigged. The angry reaction of Bernie Sanders-supporting Democrats had shaken the Democratic Party. A split was emerging that threatened Hillary’s coronation.
That was Mook’s immediate political problem—the threat to the convention. He had to deflect from the damaging content. Attacking Trump was a deflection, but implying Trump was in league with a foreign enemy was a sensational deflection.
Robby Mook’s decision to go for sensational deflection tells me he’s from that class of political operatives who believe everything is political. No Robby, everything ain’t political—not in the self-serving, personal and tactical sense of the word your “This Week” shenanigans displayed.
The hack and the calculated timing of the documents release are a serious national security problem—a major political threat in the grand sense of threat to the body politic. The problem they represent is in the same serious league as Hillary’s rogue email server and her grossly negligent mishandling of classified national security information.
So, Robby, those of us fighting for truth insist on revisiting that issue.
Poor security may have permitted the DNC hack—a form of gross negligence. Will you overlook your staff’s gross communication security negligence as blithely as Jim Comey ignored Hillary’s criminal negligence?
Think about it. Mook’s smear of Trump all but admits motivated American enemies hacked Hillary’s server and obtained classified information.
Ivanka Trump, daughter of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, is constantly asked about her father’s treatment of and statements about women. The same cannot be said of Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Ivanka has been grilled by CBS, criticized by the Atlantic and asked by many more outlets to defend her father. On Wednesday, CBS published an article about Chelsea calling on Ivanka to ask her father about equal pay.
Here’s an article you won’t see from the mainstream media: Chelsea Clinton being asked to defend her father’s treatment of women, including accusations against him of rape.
The closest anyone came was Comospolitan, who framed the question to Chelsea as an attack from Donald Trump. “Donald Trump has called your dad an abuser of women, and your mom his enabler. What do you think of his attacks on your parents?”
The phrasing of the question allowed Cosmo to pretend they asked a tough question, while really allowing Chelsea to criticize Donald Trump. And that’s exactly what she did.
The obvious reason behind this is that political journalists tend to be extremely liberal. They love Bill Clinton so much, they overlook the serious allegations against him (and his settlement with one of his accusers). So while Chelsea Clinton is allowed to attack Ivanka’s father without consequence, she herself is given a pass on her own father’s actions.
Plus: “Bill Clinton simply receives special treatment because he has a “D” next to his name. He continues to enjoy broad support from Democrats and is invited to speak at numerous high-profile events and paid lavish speaking fees. No other man accused of rape and sexual assault would be allowed anywhere near a Democratic event.”
Just ask that other Bill, Bill Cosby.
BILL DE BLASIO CAN SEE SAN FRANCISCO FROM HIS HOUSE: Homeless Encampments Worry Commuters At Penn Station.
Of course, it’s not as though the current Penn Station is all that aesthetically pleasing to begin with – I explored its sad history in a lengthy-ish post back at Ed Driscoll.com in 2009 after Mad Men name-dropped it in a episode, with Sterling-Cooper to be involved in advertising the post demolition version in the early-1960s.
HILLARY COMMISSIONS HER OWN DISASTER MOVIE, and gets James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sigourney Weaver to issue an ominous warning about global warming.
Related: Hillary Clinton Really Likes Private Jets; as of the end of February, her campaign spent more than $2 million on them. “While it is not clear which jet Clinton prefers on the campaign trail, or if they routinely switch between the jets they use, Clinton has been pinned on Executive Fliteways’ Falcon 900B ‘heavy jet’ in the past, according to a media reports. Hillary boarded the plane, which burns 347 gallons of fuel per hour, shortly after laying out her campaign’s plan to combat global warming…Clinton’s love of private travel was also made apparent through the Clinton Foundation, which spent more than $50 million on travel between 2003 and 2012.”
I REMEMBER WHEN THAT SORT OF THING WAS CONSIDERED BEYOND-THE-PALE MCCARTHYISM: Former CIA director questions Trump’s loyalty to the US.
Now the Democrats are all Rooskis! Rooskis under my bed!
DID AUSSIE GOVERNMENT GIVE CLINTON FOUNDATION $20M, $50M OR $88M? The disclosures are all over the map on this question and the confusion reflects the apparent impossibility of knowing who gave how much when to Bill and Hillary’s favorite “charity.” Or into whose pocket the money was deposited after it was given.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who led the House effort that prompted the IRS to investigate the Clinton Foundation, told the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group that the foundation “has failed to accurately report tens of millions of dollars in foreign government grants, including some while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.” Such reporting failure is a federal crime and also under multiple state charitable laws and regulations.
And the drip, drip, drip continues.
VERIZON BUYS YAHOO FOR $4.8 BILLION, WILL KATIE COURIC KEEP HER JOB? “Now that Verizon is purchasing Yahoo’s ‘core assets’ including its news programming, it’s unclear if Couric’s new bosses will want this expensive and damaged asset as the face of ‘America’s number one wireless network.’ And as for Couric’s next act, it’s not clear if there’s anyone left to hire her to fail again for an eight figure salary. But she’ll always have the Hamptons.”
DEMOCRATIC FAITH COUNCIL MEMBER: WHITE CHRISTIAN MEN, NOT MUSLIMS, SHOULD APOLOGIZE FOR TERRORISM.
Perhaps that explains why, as NewsBusters notes, “Networks Fail to Focus on DNC Gaffe: ISIS Went Unsaid on First Night.”
Just don’t mention the war!
THEY’RE SOCIALISTS – WHY WOULD THEY BE UPSET WITH THEIR PROPERTY BEING CONFISCATED VIA FORCE? Bernie Fans’ Signs Confiscated at Dem Convention.
This has already been foreseen.
IT’S LIKE HIS WHOLE “CONVERSION” WAS JUST OPPORTUNISTIC: Bernie Sanders Leaves the Democratic Party.
THEY TOLD ME IF TRUMP GOT THE NOMINATION, SEGREGATION WOULD MAKE A COMEBACK. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Video: Black Lives Matter Segregates Reporters by Race.
AN ALMOST BREITBARTIAN ESCALATION: WikiLeaks releases hacked DNC voicemails. “The very fact the DNC voicemail system has been hacked is embarrassing and could augur the release of far more damaging material later.”
FUNNY, THAT’S NOT WHAT THE ANTI-GUN PEOPLE SAID WOULD HAPPEN: Woopsies, gunplay didn’t disrupt Republican convention. “Last week’s Republican convention proved that the Second Amendment works. A major push to limit gun rights failed, and citizens carried arms openly in Cleveland outside the convention — including at protests — with no problems.”
YOU DIDN’T “RETIRE,” PUTZ — YOU RESIGNED IN DISGRACE: Anthony Weiner: I’d Come Out Of Retirement To Beat Trump, Jr. For NYC Mayor.
WHEN TO GET SCREENED FOR SKIN CANCER. Personally, I see a dermatologist once a year. And call me a cynic, but I’m suspicious that the emphasis switched overnight from “early detection” to “screenings are unnecessary” right after ObamaCare became law.