September 15, 2019

SKYNET SMILES: How drones are dramatically changing warfare. The attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facility that Glenn linked to yesterday is a reminder that “Within a very few years, every vulnerable public building, sports stadium or city center will have to install some kind of drone defense,” James Adams writes at Spectator USA.

Adams notes that Heathrow Airport dodged a protest by radical environmentalists intending to disrupt the airport via a massed drone strike “because Heathrow – unlike the Saudis – has installed a sophisticated jamming system that is specifically designed to prevent drones flying inside a five kilometer exclusion zone. Such jammers are part of a huge new industry that has grown up with, on the one hand, enthusiasts able to buy drones in any electronics store and the defense industry selling systems to prevent drones flying over vulnerable targets around the world.”

Read the whole thing.

SO I FINALLY READ GREG PACKER’S ATLANTIC PIECE, When the Culture War Comes for the Kids. Two points: (1) The underlying problem here regarding his “meritocracy” complaints is that the New York public schools, under Democrats for decades suck, and they suck more under DeBlasio and his “woke” schools director; and (2) Despite his reflexive passing slaps at Trump, the wokescold mobs who started ruining his experience in 2013 are the reason Trump got elected. Want more Trump? This is how you get more Trump.

ANNALS OF OIKOPHOBIA: Jamele Hill Says Trump’s Made White Democratic Voters Unlikely To Vote For Anyone But Biden.

It’s the quadrennial return of the blue-on-blue bitter clingers argument!


There’s also a crucial bit of information in the book not included in the article, “The book notes, quietly, that the woman Max Stier named as having been supposedly victimized by Kavanaugh and friends denies any memory of the alleged event. Seems, I don’t know, significant.”

So, Max Stier named the alleged victim of the incident, but she denies the story. Wow. Why are we even talking about this?

Exit question from Sean Davis of the Federalist: “Is that the same Max Stier who was one of Clinton’s defense attorneys? Yes, yes it is.”

Related: “The NY Times Never Disappoints,” Steve Hayward of Power Line writes, noting that they published and then deleted this tweet:

“And yet liberals wonder why public trust in the media has plummeted.”


● Shot: What Happened to Joe Biden’s Teeth at Democratic Debates?

Mediaite, Thursday night.

● Chaser: Democrats still lack chops to beat Donald Trump.

The Washington Times, yesterday.

SO MUCH FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION: Dartmouth College Republicans told to ‘f*** right off’ for ‘racist’ pro-ICE statement.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: American Jews Are in Total Denial about the Democratic Party.

Although as Dennis Prager wrote years ago, “Despite their secularism, Jews may be the most religious ethnic group in the world. The problem is that their religion is rarely Judaism; rather it is every ‘ism’ of the Left. These include liberalism, socialism, feminism, Marxism and environmentalism. Jews involved in these movements believe in them with the same ideological fervor and same suspension of critical reason with which many religious people believe in their religion. It is therefore usually as hard to shake a liberal Jew’s belief in the Left and in the Democratic Party as it is to shake an evangelical Christian’s belief in Christianity. The big difference, however, is that the Christian believer acknowledges his Christianity is a belief, whereas the believer in liberalism views his belief as entirely the product of rational inquiry.”

Related: Bari Weiss Explains How To Fight The Rise Of Anti-Semitism.

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FASTER, PLEASE: America’s next oil bonanza.

PETER WOOD ON THE NYT’S 1619 PROJECT:  Teaching that America Is Hopelessly Racist.

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I HAD NEVER BEFORE HEARD CLAIMS THAT James Forrestal was assassinated.

JULIAN CASTRO  IS THE LATEST CANDIDATE TO LASH OUT AT  “ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM”:  Interestingly, when the Commission on Civil Rights went looking for evidence of racism in the location of coal ash dumps, it found that they were disproportionately located near whites.  It’s funny how the world is more complicated than our political slogans.

PALADIN NIGHT FIRE EXERCISE IN JORDANIAN DESERT: Artillery at night. A remarkable photo.

LIBERAL GETS MUGGED BY REALITY: Getting an education in the Big Apple: George Packer’s honesty, a parent’s dilemma.

PROGRESSIVISM WITHOUT GUARD RAILS: California’s Legislature embraces far-ranging measures that will disrupt the gig economy, depress housing markets, and destroy school discipline.

(Via Maggie’s Farm.)

September 14, 2019

OPEN THREAD: Make it a good one.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Christina Hoff Sommers Explains on Bill Maher: Women Aren’t Oppressed.

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21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Guys Are Reporting Women on Tinder for the Crime of Not Being Into Them.

DEPRESSION LUST: Larry Elder: Media Bad-Mouths the Economy Like It Did in 1992.

(Classical reference in headline.)

THE MILLION GENDER MARCH: Back in September of 2017, when I wrote a review of Mark Lilla’s The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, over at Ed, I noted:

As Lilla writes, the old left, including FDR and LBJ, believed in an inclusive worldview; LBJ had his “Great Society” after all. But starting in the 1960s, the New Left preached the notion of an atomized society – a hyphenated society: African-Americans, gay-Americans, transgendered-Americans, and on and on to the point of absurdity. As one wag quipped a couple of years ago about Facebook offering 70+ gender options for its members to click on, why so few choices?

Flash-forward to Tyler O’Neil at the PJ Mothership today: BBC Tells Kids ‘People Can Go to Prison’ For Disrespecting ‘More Than 100’ Gender Identities.

How many more choices will there be in another couple of years?

ANOTHER CRAZY GOSNELL-TYPE? Thousands of fetal remains found at home of former South Bend abortion doctor.


Atwood has been hailed for prophesying the terrifying totalitarian age of Trump. Actress Elisabeth Moss, who plays Offred, said that she couldn’t help but recognize the similarities between Trump’s America and the brutal regime in the story. Wait, has Donald really frozen women’s bank accounts and enacted laws so they could be compulsorily raped and forced to give up their babies to the ruling class? Well, maybe not exactly, but, you know, ‘chilling parallels’, ‘frighteningly relevant’, blah blah. With no greater self-awareness than Kylie Jenner, feminists in the US co-opted the handmaid’s penitential costume of scarlet robe and white head-dress as a symbol of the #MeToo movement and of protest against the threat to reproductive rights. ‘I wish Handmaid’s Tale was insane Game of Thrones shit and pure fantasy,’ lamented Moss. ‘I wish that were true. But it’s not.’

She’s right, of course — just not in the way she thinks. For females in Saudi Arabia, Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and Islamic communities much closer to home, Gilead is not a reading at the National Theatre that makes you feel pleasantly indignant before you pick up an avocado and herb salad wrap at Pret a Manger. It’s the hateful, oppressive place where they live.

Also, interesting choice casting an actress who is a Scientologist to star in an anti-cult TV series.

WHO/WHAT? Singer Sam Smith Chooses His Pronouns.

SKYNET SMILES: Watch This Robot Dog Explore an Underground Tunnel Autonomously.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Democrats hated John Bolton until Trump fired him.

VIVE LA FRANCE: A French Worker Died After Sex on a Business Trip. His Company Is Liable.

LOTS OF ONGOING HONG KONG COVERAGE FROM MICHAEL YON. Plus, he offers this observation from a friend, about the pork-tariff item noted here yesterday:

”There is a tiny, tiny notice in the news today that China has backed off on its tariffs on US soy and pork.

Ya don’t say…

First of all, soy and pork are protein, which is a chronic problem in all national food chains, but more so in China. Between their traditional plant based diet and the cultural prestige of eating pork (the middle class literally measures its affluence by how many nights a week they eat pork and the lower classes and villages use pork as a celebratory meal), China’s protein consumption is very narrowly restricted to soy and pork (fish is common, but not nearly as available as soy and pork).

Second, by lifting the tariffs, China has just admitted it cannot produce enough protein for national consumption, both as a staple or as a preferred meat. Imagine a US shortage of wheat and chicken, with no real access to corn or beef, and a couple dozen urban areas of 20 millions or more with just a third arable land as now. That’s China.

So, what’s the problem with China’s agricultural industry? Basically, they simply do not have enough land to grow the volume of soy they need; and, their pork production is highly diffused and is ravaged by a massive and seemingly uncontrollable swine flu epidemic. In fact, it is estimated that up to 60% of China’s pigs are infected with the flu.

To compound a bad situation to worse, Chinese officials are both incapable of enforcing a quarantine and too corrupt to stop the spread of the flu.

While this seems to have little to do with defense or military matters, I would suggest it is a huge red shift event offering insights into both the underlying economic and organizational civilian support system of the Red Army and suggestive of a wider indigenous structural and organizational condition of the military and government writ large.

I believe we can draw significant conclusions from closely studying China’s responses to this food supply crisis and extrapolating our observations to the military to understand what they do under stressful conditions, what resources they deploy, and how they organize their response. Not to mention, how the civilian population responds to the military’s demands.

“Stipulated: The food supply chain is in fact a national security issue and it is a function of the military’s most basic needs. A lot can be learned by studying this issue.”

Indeed. Plus, from the comments to the earlier InstaPundit post: “Buy crazy amounts of pork and bacon, and drive the prices up for China anyway. Lets see how the Chinese can fight against that sort of 4GW action.”

Wait, so I can kill communism by buying more bacon? This is the most awesome timeline of all!

UPDATE: From the comments:

Michael Yon also observed, and it’s pretty clear if you monitor the Chinese and Hong Kong media, that in the past day or so, that Beijing has ramped up the violence in Hong Kong. Pro-Beijing agitators are attacking random passers-by and fomenting brawls and riots in the shopping malls where pro-democracy demonstrators gather to sing. The Hong Kong police are cooperating with the pro-Beijing agitators, arresting pro-democracy demonstrators, but leaving the pro-Beijing agitators alone. Probably some of the pro-Beijing agitators are triad gang members, and it’s possible that some are mainland China People’s Armed Police agents embedded in the Hong Kong police force. This isn’t random; someone in the Hong Kong government, likely controlled from Beijing is orchestrating this. It leaves me wondering if the Hong Kong police force is being directly controlled from Beijing now and is no longer effectively the “Hong Kong” police. The police appear not to be concerned with following HK law at all and are more and more violent – beating and arresting people anyone they think might be associated with the pro-democracy movement.

Yes, we had a report from a longtime InstaPundit reader who’s also a longtime Hong Kong resident on just that.

GOOD THING WE HAVE FRACKERS: Saudi Arabia Shuts Down About Half Its Oil Output After Drone Strikes: Shutdown amounts to a loss of some five million barrels a day, roughly 5% of the world’s daily production of crude. “Coordinated drone strikes on the heart of the Saudi oil industry forced the kingdom to shut down half its crude production on Saturday, people familiar with the matter said, potentially roiling petroleum prices and demonstrating the power of Iran’s proxies. Yemen’s Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels claimed credit for the attack, saying they sent 10 drones to strike at important facilities in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. The production shutdown amounts to a loss of about five million barrels a day, the people said, roughly 5% of the world’s daily production of crude oil. Officials said they hoped to restore production to its regular level of 9.8 million barrels a day by Monday.”

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? UVA abandons aggressive debt collection, suspends 12 lawsuits against patients.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Don’t Move to Austin. It’s Rotting from Within.

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HEALTH: Sleep apnea, resistant hypertension poses highest risk for heart attack.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Washington Post stands by bogus report claiming North Carolina GOP held vote while Democrats were at 9/11 ceremony. “You may want to sit down for this one: A major newsroom published a bogus story this week casting Republicans as villains and Democrats as noble victims. Big, I know.”

IS YOUR BRAIN IDENTICAL TO YOUR MIND? Something to cogitate about over the weekend, from NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace.

ROCK IS DEAD THEY SAY? LONG LIVE ROCK: Don’t Bury Rock Just Yet: The Legacy Will Survive the Legends.

THE THIRD SEASON OF STAR TREK: Into the Black Hole. My review of the edition of screenwriter/television historian Marc Cushman’s look at the original series’ disastrous third season is now online.


A Trilogy of Books Tackles the Tumultuous History of the Original Star Trek.

The Second Season of Star Trek: At the Apogee of the Orbit.



DECEASED INDIANA DOC DID ABORTIONS ON 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL: Dr. Ulrich Klopfer died September 3 and, following a call from his attorney, authorities shortly thereafter found more than 2,200 medically preserved parts of aborted babies in his home. The Epoch Times reports today he also performed abortions on girls as young as 10.

“Board members also said they were disturbed that Klopfer didn’t give pain medication to all women, only automatically to those under the age of 16 and then to adults who could pay him extra money. When he did give the medication to women, his staff weren’t qualified to follow best practices for the drugs,” The Epoch Times continued.

This case illustrates why at least some states are considering laws allowing abortions to be performed only in facilities that meet health standards equivalent to those applied to hospitals. A search of the Planned Parenthood media relations web site found no references to Klopfer.

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What could go wrong?


WE’VE DESCENDED INTO SOME SORT OF BIZARRE HELL-WORLD IN WHICH ANDREW SULLIVAN IS A VOICE OF SANITY: With the “1619 Project” the New York Times Has Abandoned Liberalism for Activism.

But the NYT chose a neo-Marxist rather than liberal path to make a very specific claim: that slavery is not one of many things that describe America’s founding and culture, it is the definitive one. Arguing that the “true founding” was the arrival of African slaves on the continent, period, is a bitter rebuke to the actual founders and Lincoln. America is not a messy, evolving, multicultural, religiously infused, Enlightenment-based, racist, liberating, wealth-generating kaleidoscope of a society. It’s white supremacy, which started in 1619, and that’s the key to understand all of it. America’s only virtue, in this telling, belongs to those who have attempted and still attempt to end this malign manifestation of white supremacy.

I don’t believe most African-Americans believe this, outside the elites. They’re much less doctrinaire than elite white leftists on a whole range of subjects. I don’t buy it either — alongside, I suspect, most immigrants, including most immigrants of color. Who would ever want to immigrate to such a vile and oppressive place? But it is extremely telling that this is not merely aired in the paper of record (as it should be), but that it is aggressively presented as objective reality. That’s propaganda, directed, as we now know, from the very top — and now being marched through the entire educational system to achieve a specific end. To present a truth as the truth is, in fact, a deception. And it is hard to trust a paper engaged in trying to deceive its readers in order for its radical reporters and weak editors to transform the world.

To be fair, it’s been “Gray Lady Down” for quite some time now.

COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT IS BANNED BY THE GENEVA CONVENTION: University threatens to punish ‘the community’ for possible ‘bias-motivated discrimination.’

JOE BIDEN GETS THE LAST LAUGH: Vinyl set to outsell CDs for first time since 1986.

SNOWFALLS ARE NOW JUST A THING OF THE PAST: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Miami Will Not Exist in a ‘Few Years.’

Florida Man hardest hit.

(Classical reference in headline.)

LAWS? WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ LAWS: Bernie promises prosecutions of enemies of the people. Underlying violations of the law optional at best. Once a Bolshie always a Bolshie, I guess.

TO BE FAIR, FEMINISTS ARE ALWAYS UNHAPPY ABOUT SOMETHING, AS A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE: Feminist commentators have hissy fits when Dem candidates don’t mention their very favorite topic of conversation: abortion.

WAIT, THEY’RE PUTTING UP A BUILDING FOR TRUMP SUPPORTERS? University dedicates space to ‘marginalized social identities.’

AYN RAND DIDN’T WRITE THE RETURN OF THE PRIMITIVE AS A HOW-TO GUIDE: Anti-vaccine protester attacks California legislature with menstrual blood (There was evidence).

OLYMPIA AT PEARL: The fast-attack submarine USS Olympia returns home to Pearl Harbor following a seven-month deployment.

WE CAN HOPE: Will McCabe Bring the FBI Down with Him?

HE’S NOT WRONG: Blame academia for the insanity at Thursday’s Dem debate. “The longer I watched the debate, the more it started to sound like a stage full of radicalized college professors trying to impress their radicalized students.”

That’s how far the Gramscian Damage has spread.

WELL, HE’S THE LEAST CRAZY GUY ON THE CLOWN CAR: Andrew Yang No. 1 on Google, searches 171% higher than Biden.

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As weird as the record player remark was, it’s probably not going to hurt Biden much, if at all. The fact that he’s decades behind the times is baked into the cake of public opinion about the former vice president.

In fact, it may be beneficial to Biden that he made the record player reference. Why? Because it diverts attention from a potentially more harmful portion of his statement, which some are claiming is racist.

Ed Morrissey directs our attention to the claim of Time Magazine editor-at-large Anand Giridharadas that Biden’s insinuation that Black parents don’t know how to raise their kids is “appalling — and disqualifying.” Giridharadas says that Biden may have set a new low for racism in a Democratic presidential debate.

As unfashionable as it might be, perhaps before hollering “racism” we should consider whether it’s true that kids coming from a very poor background will hear 4 million fewer spoken words before attending school then kids from a more prosperous background — and more generally, whether it’s true that they show up at school in a disadvantaged position.

I don’t know whether the claim about 4 million words is true, but it has currency. Actually, the usual claim is that there’s a 30 million word gap. Researchers have said this figure is way too high (which it surely is), and put the gap at around 4 million. I’ve heard liberal friends cite both figures.

They do so as an explanation for why poor Black students tend to be outperformed at school from the get-go. They do so, as Biden did, in support of calls for liberal programs to help poor Black kids get a head start before they begin kindergarten.

Biden didn’t pick up this theme at a KKK meeting. He picked at up in the liberal circles he (or maybe his handlers) frequents.

Nor should Biden’s statement be construed as an attack on poor Black parents. A young child will probably hear more spoken words in a two-parent home than in a home with just one parent. A young child will probably hear more spoken words in a home where a parent isn’t working two jobs or a night shift to make ends meet.

It certainly freaked out the ultra-woke brigade on Twitter including the aforementioned Giridharadas, but as Glenn has written (including in his new book), the wokescolds don’t represent the majority of the Democratic Party. As Ed Morrissey wrote yesterday at Hot Air:

Is this the way African-American voters will take this, though? Biden has a good relationship with this “beating heart of his party,” which is of course why his competitors have taken shots at his record on issues like busing and reparations. He has a long track record of relative goodwill on which to rely when interpreting stream-of-consciousness ramblings like this one. Giridharadas imputes racism when simple ignorance might be a better explanation. Or Biden just being the crazy-but-benign grandpa that Biden has been for a very long time.

If those voters do share Giridharadas’ interpretation of this answer, watch out.

We’ll know soon enough how the polls break for Biden — clearly the far left is willing to throw everything at him to knock him out of the race, but as Jonah Goldberg noted earlier this month, “black voters, particularly black women — the king- or queen-makers of the Democratic primaries — are pragmatically focused on defeating Trump rather than on making the perfect the enemy of the good. And that’s a big reason that Biden commands such a large share of the black vote, particularly among older voters.”

“WE SHOULDN’T LET BOYS RUN FOR OFFICE ANYMORE.” New DCCC Chief Wants to Cancel Male Candidates. Good, run with that.

Plus: “It is unclear if two male Democrats that supported the hiring of Guinn, Reps. Tony Cardenas (D., Calif.) and Scott Peters (D., Calif.), are aware of Guinn’s potential ban of male candidates. Neither returned requests for comment. Guinn’s hiring comes at a time of turmoil within the DCCC. Former executive director Allison Jaslow, a gay combat veteran, resigned after the Washington Free Beacon discovered anti-gay and racist tweets sent by recently promoted staffer Tayhlor Coleman.”

All they have to do is not be crazy, and yet . . . .


In many ways, [Exorcist author William Peter Blatty] was a man of his times, and those times were confusing. In the summer of 1969 (the summer of Woodstock and the Tate-LoBianca murders), as he was holed up in a Lake Tahoe cabin, hammering out the first draft of The Exorcist on an IBM Selectric typewriter, America was in the midst of cultural and political upheaval—the arrival of the Pill, the rise and demise of the hippie counterculture, the Stonewall riots and the beginnings of the gay rights movement, the Women’s Liberation movement, and the rejection of puritanical attitudes towards sex and marriage. The liberalization of abortion laws by the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe vs. Wade would follow the publication of The Exorcist by two years—the same year William Friedkin’s film appeared in US theaters.

By that time, Blatty had already spent about a decade toiling in that most godless of trades, the Hollywood film industry, where he wrote screenplays, most of them sex farces, which is hardly the kind of work you’d associate with a devout Catholic. His second marriage was already on the rocks, and he was writing a novel that would soon become a film that earned the condemnation of the Catholic Church. Clearly, he wasn’t anybody’s idea of a family-values conservative. But if his id was in charge of his Hollywood playboy lifestyle, his superego seems to have been firmly in control of his literary imagination as he cranked out The Exorcist over nine months.

Notwithstanding the Church’s reflexive condemnation, The Exorcist is a deeply religious novel in which Catholic priests play the most heroic roles, martyring themselves to save the life of a little girl who isn’t even Catholic. (In 2011, the publisher brought out a 40th anniversary edition that had been lightly revised by Blatty to, among other things, make it more Catholic-friendly; if you plan to read The Exorcist, I recommend finding the original.) And, although the book is a cautionary tale about the harm that divorce can do to children, it is not a call for an end to all divorce, nor is it an argument against women in the workplace.

Although the demon inside of Regan accuses Chris of bringing about the divorce by putting her career ahead of her marriage, Blatty indicates that this isn’t the case. He portrays Chris as a loving mother and wife, who still hopes to reconcile with her husband. The divorce is clearly the result of Howard’s fragile ego and his inability to handle his wife’s success. Just before they begin the exorcism, Father Merrin reminds Father Karras not to speak with the demon, warning him, “Especially, do not listen to anything he says. The demon is a liar.”

Nevertheless, it is Merrin who makes the clearest plea for Americans to reconsider the idea of ending their troubled marriages.

Read the whole thing.


In a NYT town hall recently leaked to the press, a reporter asked the executive editor, Dean Baquet, why the Times doesn’t integrate the message of the 1619 Project into every single subject the paper covers: “I’m wondering to what extent you think that the fact of racism and white supremacy being sort of the foundation of this country should play into our reporting … I just feel like racism is in everything. It should be considered in our science reporting, in our culture reporting, in our national reporting. And so, to me, it’s less about the individual instances of racism, and sort of how we’re thinking about racism and white supremacy as the foundation of all of the systems in the country.”

It’s a good point, isn’t it? If you don’t believe in a liberal view of the world, if you hold the doctrines of critical race theory, and believe that “all of the systems in the country” whatever they may be, are defined by a belief in the sub-humanity of black Americans, why isn’t every issue covered that way? Baquet had no answer to this contradiction, except to say that the 1619 Project was a good start: “One reason we all signed off on the 1619 Project and made it so ambitious and expansive was to teach our readers to think a little bit more like that.” In other words, the objective was to get liberal readers to think a little bit more like neo-Marxists.

The New York Times, by its executive editor’s own admission, is increasingly engaged in a project of reporting everything through the prism of white supremacy and critical race theory, in order to “teach” its readers to think in these crudely reductionist and racial terms. That’s why this issue wasn’t called, say, “special issue”, but a “project”. It’s as much activism as journalism. And that’s the reason I’m dwelling on this a few weeks later. I’m constantly told that critical race theory is secluded on college campuses, and has no impact outside of them … and yet the newspaper of record, in a dizzyingly short space of time, is now captive to it. Its magazine covers the legacy of slavery not with a variety of scholars, or a diversity of views, but with critical race theory, espoused almost exclusively by black writers, as its sole interpretative mechanism.

They’re vicious, somewhat crazy, hacks, doing their best to expand the Gramscian Damage.

CHARLES C.W. COOKE: Beto Is a Disaster for the Gun-Control Movement.

He almost certainly doesn’t realize it, but Beto O’Rourke is likely to be the worst thing to happen to the gun-control movement in decades — and, if he continues in this mode, he may turn out to be the worst thing to happen to the Democratic party in a long time, too. In Houston last night, O’Rourke abandoned his cloying euphemisms (“mandatory buybacks”) and delivered a deliberate, carefully scripted endorsement of gun confiscation, which, within minutes, his campaign began to sell on t-shirts. “Hell yes,” Beto said, “we’re going to take your AR-15.”
​​Thus, upon the instant, did two decades’ worth of Democratic rhetoric go up in a puff of smoke.

’That clip will be played for years at Second Amendment rallies,’ said Dem Sen. Chris Coons to CNN this morning of O’Rourke’s vow to confiscate assault weapons.”

Add that the Democrats’ “ban all the things” rhetoric at the CNN “climate change town hall” from last week, and it begs the question: what’s left that they don’t want to ban? (And Biden has signed off on his support for the Green New Deal. So much for his posing as the moderate among the candidates.) As Bryan Preston wrote afterwards, “If you like Venezuela, voting for any of them will bring you a whole lot of Venezuela. Thank you, CNN, just for letting these people talk. Do it again next week? Please?”

Surprisingly, the House of Stephanopoulos was eager to comply.

WELL, BUT TO BE FAIR, HE DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THEM: Cuomo’s war on pipelines means pain for little people.

THE BABYLON BEE BECAME THE PAPER OF RECORD SO GRADUALLY I BARELY NOTICED: Beto: ‘Hell Yes I’m Going To Violate My Oath To Defend The Constitution.’

SO I SAID I WAS IN A LOT OF ANTHOLOGIES, LATELY.  HERE’S ANOTHER ONE:  To Slip the Surly Bonds (The Phases of Mars Book 2).

Throughout the human experience, historians have wondered, “What if?” What if Americans had fought on the side of Germany in World War I? What if Germany had invested in naval aviation in World War II? What if Russia had started World War III?

Wonder no more, for these questions, along with many others, are answered within the pages of this book. Told by a variety of award-winning authors, like Sarah Hoyt, the 2018 Dragon Award Winner for Alternate History, Richard Fox, the 2017 Dragon Award Winner for Best Military Science Fiction, and Kacey Ezell, the winner of the 2018 Baen Reader’s Choice Award, “To Slip the Surly Bonds,” deals with aviation warfare that never happened in our world…but easily could have.

The second book in the exciting new “Phases of Mars” anthology series, there is something for everyone inside! From fighting alongside the Red Baron, to flying a P-38 Lightning, to present day air warfare, “To Slip the Surly Bonds” traces a century of aviation warfare…that wasn’t. From learning how the PBY got to the new world in Taylor Anderson’s “The Destroyermen” series…to fighting the French in a very different Vietnam, this book has it, so come aboard and find out “what if” all of these things had changed history…just a little. You’ll be glad you did!

THEY ALSO DISSENT ON REALITY:  Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor Dissent On Trump Immigration.

MIND YOU, IT WASN’T A VERY GOOD MASK:  Joe Biden Unmasks Comrade Bernie Sanders.

HE COULD DO IT IN WORSE WAYS, LIKE BY THREATENING TO VIOLATE OUR SECOND AMMENDMENTS:  Lamborghini driver doing 131 mph tells cops he was ‘just showing off’.

ALSO, DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO GIVE A RAT A VASECTOMY?  Earth to animal activists: New Yorkers don’t care about rats’ ‘rights’.


DUE PROCESS IS FOR CRIMINALS, NOT LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS SUBJECTS:  Democrats frown on targeting gang databases with ‘red flag’ laws.

THAT A GROWN ASS WOMAN NEEDED TO “REALIZE” THAT TELLS YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LEFT:  ‘Did it work, Mommy?’’: Top Obama aide describes moment she realized reality was more important than rhetoric.




REMEMBER THEM ALL:  9/11 survivors: We were saved by the man with the red bandanna.

September 13, 2019

RUB THEIR NOSES IN IT: Ted Cruz reminds PolitiFact of prior ‘False’ ruling on ‘Beto wants to take our guns’ claim.

DON’T EXPECT ME TO OBJECT WHEN THEY DO THE WORK THE TEA PARTY IS NO LONGER AROUND TO DO: Climate Activists Plan To Bring Traffic To A Standstill In D.C. Hey, as far as I’m concerned you can shut down all the air conditioning in the capital, too.

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THEY’RE UPSET BECAUSE ONLY LEFTISTS ARE SUPPOSED TO THREATEN VIOLENCE IF THEY DON’T GET THEIR WAY: New Republic: Conservatives: We’ll Spill Blood to Keep Our Guns. “‘There would be violence’ neatly elides what’s actually being claimed: Some gun-rights activists would murder government officials who try to enforce a duly passed law. This isn’t an extreme viewpoint among such gun enthusiasts. If anything, it’s one of their central tenets.”

What part of Molon Labe don’t you get? Well, probably all of it, given today’s dismal education system.

And a law that violates the Constitution — which gun confiscation absolutely would — isn’t a “duly passed law.” It’s a usurpation of authority. Funny that all these people who have been yammering about #Resistance and punching Nazis seem okay with the idea of laws that violate the Constitution, laws that are — of course — themselves enforced with guns and violence.

But should it come to that, which I doubt, I suspect it wouldn’t be the cops and troops enforcing this who would be targeted first.

UPDATE: A friend on Facebook comments:

Oh, good, you finally understand. I thought we were going to have to explain it to you using small words and simple pictograms.

It’s so tedious trying to explain the facts of life to the sort of dumbasses who think “shall not be infringed” means “maybe you could have a duck gun. If your doctor, your wife, and three of your neighbors agree.”

Harsh, but fair.

SECOND AMENDMENT FLASHBACK: The LA riots were a rude awakening for Korean-Americans.

OPEN THREAD: You made it to the weekend. Congrats!

HOW TO SUCCEED IN TENNIS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING: A review of Roger Simon’s The GOAT in RealClearBooks.

If you read Roger Simon’s latest novel, “The Goat,” avoid reading it on an airplane. I burst out laughing enough to alarm everyone else in the cabin. Simon has cooked up a frolicking, comic fantasy with lots to say. . . .

Through all the comedy and hilarity, Simon has something to say. Call it wisdom, call it the complexity of experience. Call it a backwards glance at the self-absorbed cultural transformation that occurred in the United States in the sixties and seventies. Whatever it is, “The Goat” lets you live the dream and laugh along the way, and still laugh when you reach that dark inevitable place that avarice, lies, deception and greed take you, even if Simon has the mercy to set you down gently in a soft warm place.

It’s a great book. Highly recommended. (Bumped).

THAT’S BECAUSE MODERN DEMOCRATS ASSUME THAT WHENEVER THEY DON’T GET THEIR WAY, THE SYSTEM IS “BROKEN.” Kamala Harris Does Not Understand Why the Constitution Should Get in the Way of Her Gun Control Agenda.

Related: Coming for your AR-15? O’Rourke scrambles Dems’ gun message. Well, if by “scrambles,” you mean, “reveals it to have been a lie all along,” then yeah.

REMINDER: Records Found in Dusty Basement Undermine Decades of Dietary Advice: Raw data from a 40-year-old study raises new questions about fats. “Ramsden, of the National Institutes of Health, unearthed raw data from a 40-year-old study, which challenges the dogma that eating vegetable fats instead of animal fats is good for the heart. The study, the largest gold-standard experiment testing that idea, found the opposite, Ramsden and his colleagues reported on Tuesday in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal). . . . Analyzing the reams of old records, Ramsden and his team found, in line with the “diet-heart hypothesis,” that substituting vegetable oils lowered total blood cholesterol levels, by an average of 14 percent. But that lowered cholesterol did not help people live longer. Instead, the lower cholesterol fell, the higher the risk of dying: 22 percent higher for every 30-point fall. Nor did the corn-oil group have less atherosclerosis or fewer heart attacks.”

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: General Flynn Goes On Offense Against the Deep State. I like the request for “Any and all evidence that during a senior-attended FBI meeting or video conference, Andrew McCabe said, ‘First we fuck Flynn, then we fuck Trump,’ or words to that effect.”

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