October 17, 2019

PORK CRISIS: A terrible pandemic is killing pigs around the world, and US pork producers fear they could be hit next. “There is insufficient American organic soy, so hog farmers wishing to feed their animals organic soy often import it from China. And there are feed ingredients — B vitamins and trace minerals — that are manufactured only in China. The virus can survive for up to a month on these products, so they must be quarantined and heated to kill the virus.” Maybe we shouldn’t let important things be sole-sourced in China.

Maybe it’s time to beef up my strategic bacon reserve.

JOHN HINDERAKER ON THE MINNEAPOLIS ANTI-TRUMP RIOT: How Evil Is the Left? This Evil. Video at the link. “Trump supporters were assaulted, their vehicles were blocked, police officers and police horses were attacked, and so on. This video, filmed by Alpha News, shows how violent and disgusting the ‘protest’ by liberal Democrats was. . . . While not a single Democrat has condemned the lawless violence that liberals perpetrated in the streets of Minneapolis, they have heaped vicious vituperation on the Trump supporters who peacefully and happily participated in the Target Center rally. Which leads one to wonder: is there, anymore, any such thing as a moderate Democrat?”

Hinderaker emails: “Some of the injured people are trying to identify perpetrators they may be able to sue. We have a public interest firm here that is ready to take such cases, and then use discovery to try to identify and sue the organizers of the riot.”

Meanwhile, hours ahead of time, there’s a huge crowd already waiting for the Trump rally in Dallas. Maybe Trump should repeat his Minneapolis rally, and invite some Texans up, too.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Whatever You Do, Don’t Send Your Kids To J-School.

Jay Rosen has had it up to here with CNN moderators asking front-running Democratic Party primary candidates to explain their signature policy positions. “The ‘make Elizabeth Warren say she would raise taxes on the middle class’ question should be a credibility killer. For the journalists who keep asking it,” Rosen tweeted.

Not long ago, any person arguing that reporters should shun politically inconvenient questions of their favored candidates would be struggling to maintain credibility. Rosen, though, is a professor of journalism—it says “I teach journalism” right there on his Twitter bio.

The gist of Rosen’s case—always wrapped in a patina of academic earnestness —is that mainstream political media skews coverage towards the framing Republican desire. And so the professor busies himself browbeating outlets into adopting more ideological constructive coverage and rhetoric—use “climate emergency” or “climate crisis” to be used instead of “climate change;” that sort of Orwellian thing.

For example, on the Warren question, Rosen embraces Margaret Sullivan’s formulation: “Of course, it’s legitimate to dig into the costs [of ‘Medicare for All’], but not in a way that creates a nice GOP campaign ad, and misses the larger lens of overall costs. (Warren, notably, refused to take the bait.)”

Of course, long ago, Rosen had it up here with any ideology other than the left reporting and opining on the news:

While it would be great to still have Andrew here to call them out, old media — and those who teach future Democratic Party Operatives with bylines — have continued to do an excellent job imploding in the years since his passing.

SECURITY: Anyone’s thumbprint can unlock Galaxy S10 phone.

The issue was spotted by a British woman whose husband was able to unlock her phone with his thumbprint when it was stored in a cheap case.

When the S10 was launched, in March, Samsung described the fingerprint authentication system as “revolutionary”.

The scanner sends ultrasounds to detect 3D ridges of fingerprints in order to recognise users.

Samsung said it was “aware of the case of S10’s malfunctioning fingerprint recognition and will soon issue a software patch”.

South Korea’s online-only KaKao Bank told customers to switch off the fingerprint-recognition option to log in to its services until the issue was fixed.

I would hope a software patch will fix the issue.

LEFT-WING TRIANGULATION: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backing Bernie Sanders could help Elizabeth Warren. “‘At some point everybody’s got to reach out to the independents and the moderate Republicans’ Zogby said — as well as more moderate Democrats. ‘Arguably one way not to do that is to get an endorsement from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar.’ Philadelphia-based Democratic strategist Neil Oxman said, ‘If I were running her campaign, I would have thought, ‘We dodged a bullet.’’”


UNEXPECTEDLY: New Border Wall In San Diego Is Helping Drive Border Crossings Down.

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Since the early days of the network, I don’t think viewers needed Columbo or Hercule Poirot-level detective skills to be able to deduce CNN’s ideology.

FIXING HISTORY: Warrior in iconic Iwo Jima flag-raising photo was misidentified, Marines Corps acknowledges. “Historians determined that Cpl. Harold ‘Pie’ Keller was one of the six men who raised the flag.”


JON GABRIEL: The Fog of Impeachment.

“If it’s a mist in the pulpit, it’s a fog in the pew.” An old Baptist preacher said that years ago and it always stuck with me. Translated into secular-speak, if the speaker doesn’t present a simple, direct, crystal-clear message, the audience will never retain it.

Speaker Pelosi apparently never heard this advice.

Read the whole thing.

WHEN THE TRUTH HURTS: Display stating socialism killed 100 million-plus people abruptly taken down at UNC Charlotte.

I SAID THIS AFTER THE FIRST DEBATE: Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate.

WHY JOE AND BERNIE LOOK SO SPRY: The More Active Your Brain, the Shorter Your Lifespan May Be, a New Study Says.

RIDDLE ME THIS: What’s an Organism With No Brain, 720 Sexes?

THE JOURNOLIST IS HOPPING: No More Pretense: Journalists, Dems Use Identical Talking Points on Impeachment (Video).

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with Chyrons, and their lockstep phraseology all makes sense.

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CRACKING DOWN: US to require Chinese officials to report American contacts. “The Trump administration said Wednesday that it will soon require Chinese officials in the U.S. to notify the State Department ahead of any contacts they plan to have with American educators, researchers and local and state governments. The release of the new rules was accompanied by notices to American educational and research institutions and local governments informing them of the reporting requirement. The change is effective Wednesday.”

YOU’D GET STRONGER? Here’s what would happen if you worked out like a strongman.

CORNERING THE MAN-HATING VOTE: At Commentary, Christine Rosen asks, “What does Elizabeth Warren think of men?”

[A]t a recent CNN-sponsored town hall on LGBTQ issues, she let slip an emotion that she hasn’t previously shown toward men: contempt. Answering a question (which turned out to be planted) about how she would talk to someone who is opposed to gay marriage, Warren responded, “Well, I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that.” She then added, “And I’m going to say, ‘Then just marry one woman—I’m cool with that.’” Then came her contemptuous “zinger”: “Assuming you can find one.” As the Washington Post described, “Warren turned, took a few steps and smiled broadly as the room exploded in laughter.” Soon her campaign team “was crowing that the clip had garnered more than 12 million views on Twitter.”

If this is what Warren’s campaign team thinks is worth crowing about, then they clearly haven’t learned anything since Hillary Clinton dismissed a large swath of the country as “deplorables.”

Casual misandry might play well on Twitter (and among the Democratic base), but it’s insulting to a large number of voters Warren will need to persuade in a general election if she secures the Democratic nomination.

In keeping with the gentle treatment Warren has experienced from the media, few mainstream outlets (with the exception of the Post) even bothered to question whether her remarks were offensive or point out the irony that she was calling out intolerance by being intolerant herself.

Down With the Clapback,” adds Matt Purple at the American Conservative:

[C]lapbacks don’t even have to be clever anymore. All they need to do is invoke the trendy left-wing wisdom of the moment, especially if it can be encapsulated in a single term: “mansplain,” “gaslight,” “toxic masculinity”—“you mad, bro?” Everything you need is there, except, of course, a point. Call it the Daily Show method of discourse, and indeed, when it comes to clapback culture, Jon Stewart may be a more primordial forbear even than Twitter. Once upon a time, his smackdowns of suspiciously edited Fox News clips were considered entertainment; today his method of grab, sass, and discard is widespread and serves more as cultural enforcement. The purpose of the clapback is to signal that debate ends here, that one needs think no further. Is it possible that Maduro might be both a socialist and a murderous thug, that one might even enable the other? That doesn’t matter. Rand Paul has been “destroyed” and this meeting is adjourned.

Is it any wonder that Joe Rogan has become a minor celebrity? The comedian and YouTube host is a lefty of a sort, but he also prizes probing conversation over brusque dismissals, and on today’s Internet, that feels like a novelty. As for Elizabeth Warren, I don’t mean to pick on her. She really is one of the deeper Democratic candidates, even if she can’t seem to figure out how she’s going to pay for any of her proposals. Still, there lingers the problem of that stubborn third of the country that refuses to embrace same-sex marriage. And Senator, not to mansplain, but you never answered the question. How do you respond to those who say that the definition of marriage is set and must remain between one man and one woman?

As Rosen concludes, “Like many politicians, Warren uses her personal stories and personal history to try to connect with voters. By making half those voters the butt of a contemptuous joke, she signaled that not only does she place honesty about her personal history on a sliding scale, but the dignity of voters she dislikes as well.”

PREDICTION: SF developer joins California high-speed rail board to get it ‘back on track.’

Not sure if congratulations or condolences are in order, but longtime Bay Area housing developer Jim Ghielmetti of San Francisco, has been appointed to the California High-Speed Rail Authority board of directors.

Ghielmetti is the founder Signature Homes, which since 1983 and has been a major player Bay Area housing market. Ghielmetti was a member of the California Transportation Commission until last week.

As for why he took the job, Ghielmetti said, “I’d like to see the train get back on track.”

Prediction: It won’t be.

Yogi Berra was wrong: Some predictions are easy, even about the future.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Study: Testosterone may help women run faster, longer.

PROGRESSIVISM IS CARING ABOUT THE LITTLE PEOPLE ‘I’m Starting Not To Care That She Is Brutal To Her Staff.’ “I thought every candidate had a good moment or two, though my memory is blurred by the unrelenting pace produced by too many topics and the tug-of-war for control of the conversation. Klobuchar had some smart answers. I’m starting not to care that she is brutal to her staff. (Why do we care so much about that? 99.9 percent of us will never work for her.)”

That’s Larry Sabato from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

CHANGE: Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff says it’s time to break up Facebook. “It’s addictive, it’s not good for you, they’re after your kids, they’re running political ads that aren’t true … and they’re also acquiring other companies and co-mingling [data those companies have on their users] into theirs.”

Do tell.

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: The age of belated realization.

Problems that were once papered over have burst into the open. . . . The old world order is in shambles. By October 31 the EU will lose one of its most powerful members. In Washington the political class is paralyzed, unable to adapt to changing circumstances. Even Democratic candidates can’t agree on what constitutes a vital American interest in the Middle East. This implies that the trouble in Kurdistan is only symptomatic of greater geopolitical shifts, a small part of a larger fracture. If Turkey was willing to bomb US positions, menace Incirlik’s nukes and threaten the EU the tripwire of US lives was not the sure shield it was assumed to be.

The last few years have been one of belated realization. The cans which for decades had been kicked down the road now constitute a giant metal wall. The realities of the 21st century have outrun the politics of the 20th.

Yeah, pretty much.

BREAKING THE LAST MILE MONOPOLISTS: SpaceX says 12,000 satellites isn’t enough, so it might launch another 30,000. “SpaceX is facing competition in the nascent low-Earth satellite broadband market from OneWeb, Space Norway, Telesat, and Amazon. Broadband delivered by low-Earth satellites should provide faster speeds and lower latencies than traditional satellites, which orbit at much higher altitudes. SpaceX has said it intends to provide gigabit speeds and latency as low as 25ms, but the company hasn’t revealed how much the service will cost.”

IT’S PROBLEMATIC BECAUSE IT’S “WHITENESS MANIFEST.” Kamala Harris Staffer Berates BuzzFeed Editor by Text Over ‘Problematic’ Joke Tweet. Mediaite changed the headline, which was about the staffer “whining,” to “berates” — you can still see the original in the URL — but the original seems more accurate. Also, you should never hire a staffer who sends no-capitalization messages.

The editor’s (it’s Ben Smith) response was, basically, sod off, swampy: “Do you seriously not have real problems? This text makes me think you are totally, totally unready for an actual presidential campaign.”

TO BE TRUSTED, IT HELPS TO BE TRUSTWORTHY: Poynter: Don’t let ABC’s mistake fuel distrust of the media.

As politicians continue to attack the credibility of the press, ABC News suffered a self-inflicted wound that is feeding cynical, misguided notions about how news media operate.

On Sunday evening, in a report about violence in northern Syria, ABC’s “World News Tonight“ included a video clip of a nighttime machine gun exhibition at a Kentucky shooting range, with weekend anchor Tom Llamas describing it as “appearing to show Turkey’s military bombing Kurd civilians.” Early Monday morning, shortly before the video was shown again on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Wojciech Pawelczyk, a conservative political activist, debunked it on Twitter. By midday — after the incident was further investigated by Beckett Adams (no relation), a columnist at The Washington Examiner — ABC News had issued a statement saying it had removed the video and “regrets the error.”

ABC News has declined to comment on how the error occurred.

Into that vacuum of non-information rushed a familiar barrage of cynical accusations.

“Cynical?” This sort of “mistake” happens with disturbing frequency and the “mistakes” lean heavily in one direction. Then when they’re caught, they get stealth corrections, deletions, or in this case, a stonewall. Why should people trust a media that acts this way? The Poynter crowd wouldn’t give any other big corporations the benefit of the doubt we’re seeing here.

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Kim Jong-Un Propaganda Photo Essay Goes Hysterically Wrong. “And… um… we’re not sure what happened to Kim’s legs in this next photo, but we’re certainly very sure for certain that there was no State-level photoshopping going on here at all.”

HEINLEIN’S CRAZY YEARS: College Professor Says SpongeBob Is an Evil, Racist, Colonial Monster.

JOHN MCGINNIS: Reviving the Contract Clause: An Acid Test for Originalism.

IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE… Near-infinite specific thrust from drive that ignores physics.

The basic idea of the Helical Drive, according to the author of that link, is simple. Imagine that you have a mass in a cylinder that is oscillating back and forth. Every time the mass hits the end of the cylinder, it will impart some momentum, accelerating it. Because the mass sequentially collides with each end of the cylinder, the net force is zero, and the only outcome is that the cylinder gets a massive headache.

But, what if—you’re going to love this—you could magically increase the size of the mass when it was traveling in one direction and decrease the mass when it was traveling in the other direction? If the velocity of the mass is kept the same, the force imparted at one end would be greater than at the other. You would have a net force: the cylinder would continuously accelerate in one direction.

Now we just have to fill in the magic part: how do we magically change the mass? The answer here is special relativity. If something is moving at close to the speed of light, its mass will increase. Indeed, the closer the object is to the speed of light, the larger its mass.

So, the answer, apparently, is simple. If we use a very strong magnetic field along the length of the cylinder, then alpha particles (helium atoms with the electrons stripped off) will start to corkscrew around the field. An accelerator in one section can accelerate the ions to as close to the speed of light as possible, while in a different section a countering accelerator will slow them back down. At each end, the ions reflect, imparting momentum to the cylinder.

Even better, the energy lost in accelerating the ions can be recovered when you slow them down, so it’s nearly free acceleration.

There’s just one problem:

Even though the author does a very nice simulation, he has left out the fields that do the accelerating. When we accelerate ions using a magnetic or electric field, the ions push back on the field. There is an equal and opposite force exerted on the electrodes and coils that produce the fields, and those just happen to be in the spaceship, too.


WAR ON SCIENCE: Harvard says masculinity and testosterone are not ‘connected.’

KURT SCHLICHTER: Bad Gaslighting Epidemic Sweeps The Elite. “There are three questions that our terrible, terrible ruling class raises whenever it opens its collective kale-hole to lecture us: 1) Does the elite think we are really, really stupid, or 2) Is the elite really, really stupid, or 3) Is the elite all of the above? The last week has been eventful, even by Age O’ Trump standards, and the one enduring takeaway is just how bad these people are at gaslighting us with inept lies that demand we disbelieve what’s happening right in front of us. But it should come as no surprise that our alleged betters are no good at gaslighting because they have proven themselves to be no good at anything.”

Plus: “Here’s a fun test: can you name something – anything – major in the last two decades that our best and brightest have not screwed up? I’ll wait. . . . So, because they have no other way to deal with the damning evidence of their utter incompetence, our elite instead tries to convince us that we are crazy for noticing just how lame they are.”

COME SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERENT IN THE COMMUNISM: Jimmy Sham, leader of Hong Kong democracy group Civil Human Rights Front, attacked on Mong Kok street. “Sham is smashed in the head with hammers and spanners by at least four assailants who then flee in a car.”

IF YOU GIVE ME A WEEK, I MIGHT THINK OF SOMETHING: Biden touts ‘really big’ accomplishments at debate…but Dem voters can’t name any. Well, there’s the punitive bankruptcy bill that he passed for MBNA while his son got a paycheck from them. Or the RAVE Act . . . .

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: No Trumpian Dark Horse Will Save the 2020 Dems. “There is no personality lurking over there that is going to lay waste to the field by providing a fighting alternative. They pretended they loved Biden because he was the most electable, but now the two raving socialists are raking in all of the money in what could be the Mother of All Ironies.”

LYING LIARS WHO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO LIE: Rep. Schiff (D-CA) Tried To Get Kurt Volker To Lie About Trump/Ukraine.

SOD OFF, SWAMPY! Extinction Rebellion face massive backlash after comparing protesters who climbed onto Tube trains and were roughed up by angry commuters to civil rights activist Rosa Parks and they are forced to cancel Gatwick demo.

Furious London commuters dragged Extinction Rebellion protesters down from the top of a Tube train after demonstrators tried to cause travel chaos this morning.

As their eco-protest enters its 11th day XR activists launched a co-ordinated strike on three London Underground stations, clambering on top of carriages and glueing themselves to doors despite Monday’s city-wide ban issued by the Met Police.

But their efforts to disrupt public transport were met with a furious backlash from commuters, industry groups and politicians leading one XR spokesman to admit the move had been a ‘huge own goal’.

A hastily-deleted tweet comparing themselves to icon of the nonviolent black civil rights movement, Rosa Parks, was also met with opprobrium from social media users.

Video surfaced from Canning Town station of a protester seemingly being beaten and kicked by angry workers on the station platform having been dragged bodily from the top of a train.

The normals have lost patience with the self-indulgent antics of hysterical overprivileged white people.

WITNESS INTIMIDATION? Schiff pressed Volker to say Ukraine felt pressure from Trump.

In a secret interview, Rep. Adam Schiff, leader of the House Democratic effort to impeach President Trump, pressed former U.S. special representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker to testify that Ukrainian officials felt pressured to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter as a result of Trump withholding U.S. military aid to Ukraine.

Volker denied that was the case, noting that Ukrainian leaders did not even know the aid was being withheld, and that they believed their relationship with the United States was moving along satisfactorily, without them having done anything Trump mentioned in his notorious July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

When Volker repeatedly declined to agree to Schiff’s characterization of events, Schiff said, “Ambassador, you’re making this much more complicated than it has to be.”


CHANGE: Venezuela Ditches Cuba-Style Controls, Helping Companies Survive. “By design or disarray, economic freedom benefits survivors.”


GET WOKE, GO BROKE BECOME SLAVES TO THE CHINESE WHILE LOSING ALL CREDIBILITY: Hollywood’s New Self-Censorship Mess in China. “From Mulan actress Crystal Liu to the Lakers’ LeBron James, most top stars are taking no chances and are lining up to either side with the Chinese regime or denounce any criticism of its authoritarian tactics. Similarly, companies like ESPN (which used a controversial map on SportsCenter that indicated the self ruled island of Taiwan was part of China) and Apple (which removed from its online stores the so-called Hong Kong protest app and quietly dropped the Gere series Bastards, despite picking it up straight to series late last year) appear to be toeing the party line. All the while, observers say an overt self-censorship has begun to creep into the entertainment industry. Inside Hollywood, the film industry faces the greatest risk in rocking the China boat.”

I’m sure Trump could impose some trade sanctions that would sharply reduce China’s ability to financially influence Hollywood and the sports world. The Democrats at Tuesday night’s debate repeatedly accused him of sucking up to dictators, so I’m sure they’d be pleased to see such firm action.

GOOD: CNN’s Anderson Cooper faces scrutiny for invoking Hunter Biden in Democratic debate.

In 2016, Biden called for the firing of Ukraine’s top prosecutor, who was seen by the Obama administration, western governments and organizations like the International Monetary Fund as not aggressively investigating corruption. Trump and his allies have alleged without evidence that Biden intervened to support his son’s business interests.

Cooper notably framed the Hunter Biden question by stating outright that Trump has “falsely accused” Biden’s son of “doing something wrong while serving on a company board if Ukraine” and noted “there’s no evidence of wrongdoing by either one of you.”

Some prominent Republicans, including the president’s son, blasted Cooper’s handling of the question about the former vice president’s son.

Cooper didn’t ask a question; he framed an issue in such a way that Biden could easily dismiss it, while also playing the victim card.

It’s the shoddy partisan hackery we’ve come to expect from Cooper.

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PROGRESS: South Korea just unveiled a mock-up of its cheaper alternative to the F-35, but the program is still facing problems.

South Korea has displayed the first full-size mock-up of the KF-X fighter jet it is developing with Indonesia, after officials said the program passed key design reviews in September.

The next-generation aircraft being developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is designed to be a cheaper, less-stealthy alternative to the US-built F-35, and the plan is to eventually replace most of South Korea’s older fighter jets and produce more for export.

The mock-up was displayed on Monday at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX).

South Korea has ordered 40 of the advanced F-35A aircraft from the United States, the first of which arrived this year. North Korea has condemned South Korea’s purchase of the F-35s, as well as the development of other advanced weapons.

Well, that’s because most of North Korea’s technical prowess is dedicated to nuclear and missile technologies which are virtually ancient compared to fifth-generation jet fighters.

FLASHBACK: “The problem is that today’s elites aren’t really the better sorts of people. As Richard Fernandez notes, today we have a principal-agent problem. Those happen when the agent (a lawyer, say, or a public official, or a journalist) cuts deals for himself instead of for the benefit of the people he’s representing. Our elites seem to be doing that now — looking after themselves, rather than after the country, with traditional limits on self-dealing having vanished.”

HEH: RNC Raising Money To Help Democrats Televise Five Debates A Week. Personally, I thought the Dems were crazy to lead Tuesday night’s debate with the impeachment issue, because the discussion made them look insane and bloodthirsty right at the point where uncommitted/moderate voters were most likely to be watching. Then they ended on a conciliatory note three hours later, when only the hard core would still be paying attention.

ALSO, THIS IS WHY THE BEE IS NOW AMERICA’S PAPER OF RECORD:  ABC News Airs Authentic Footage Of 164-Foot-Tall Godzilla Rampaging Through Syria.

CHANGE: New Nashville mayor is reversing predecessor on immigration. “The new mayor of Nashville is rescinding an executive order by his predecessor discouraging Tennessee’s capital city from cooperating with immigration officials. . . . The state had given Nashville until Friday to address the order or risk losing grants totaling more than $1 million.”



“A generation that doesn’t know history has no past; and no future.”  Robert A. Heinlein.  Renaming Places, Revising History.

US OUT OF THE UN, UN OUT OF THE US:  Slave State Honored by United Nations.

BECAUSE WHY WOULDN’T HE?  DNC Chair Tom Perez Cheers For The Deep State Whistleblowers.


CHASER:  AOC’s unfavorability rating now rivals Trump and Pelosi levels.

SHOT: IT’S A CAMPAIGN FUND-RAISING STUNT, NOT COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is becoming a ‘kickass action figure’.  Not complete unless it comes with a recorder that says things like “Communism has killed 100 million people. Let’s give it another try” and “Democratic Socialism has happy fun death camps.” And “Green New Deal. A new way to kill 100 million! Give me power!”*

*At least as authentic as Adam Schiff’s reinterpretation of the Ukraine call!

YET THEY LECTURE US ON CLIMATE ACCORDS:  Air pollution caused 400,000 premature European deaths in 2016: EU agency.

WAIT? THIS NEEDED A STUDY?  Sugar babies have ‘genuine connections’ with daddies: study.

SHE WAS ONLY THIRTEEN WHEN SHE WAS DRUGGED AND SOLD:  Houston teen dies by suicide after she was rescued from sex trafficking.

IN THE MAIL: The Knock at the Door: Three Gold Star Families Bonded by Grief and Purpose.

October 16, 2019

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I WOULD HAVE BERATED HER HARDER, BUT IT WAS A GOOD EFFORT: Dem Politicians Walk Out After Trump Calls Pelosi A ‘Third-Rate Politician.’ She should be demeaned. She’s a failure as a Speaker, and more importantly a failure as an American.

HE’S SO AWFUL: Trump Blamed For Causing Violence In Typically Peaceful Middle East.

OPEN THREAD: Who do you like better: Buttigieg or Castro?

QUESTION ASKED: Powerful Debate Ad: ‘Can You Afford the Green New Deal?’

THE PRC WILL NOT LIKE THIS: Hongkongers nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.

IF YOU GET THE CLOUDFLARE “CHECKING YOUR BROWSER” POPUP, it’s because we’re under some sort of DDOS attack. I blame the Chinese.

FLASHBACK: Biden Lied for Years About the Driver Involved in His Wife & Daughter’s Death.

From Steve Green, at the PJ Mothership.


Beto is so far over his skis that this happened today: Leftist CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota actually invokes gun-rights argument with Beto O’Rourke who dodges her questions about his gun confiscation proposal. ‘You expect mass shooters to follow the law?’

As Dana Loesch tweeted in response, “Wherein CNN finally admits gun control laws won’t work, 18 months after I said the same thing on their network to which they vehemently disagreed.”

UPDATE: Jeff Dunetz asks, “Is Beto O’Rourke Really That Naïve, Or Is He Just Stupid?”

Two possibilities beyond the latter half of Jeff’s question: As Stephen Miller tweeted last week, “He’s not trying to be president anymore. He knows that’s over. He’s being told to hang it all out there and move the Overton window.” To which Jim Treacher replied, “I wonder what his MSNBC show will be called?

CHANGE: Federal judge overturns ObamaCare transgender protections.

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BIDEN IN DECLINE: “Joe Biden didn’t do anything wrong? A time-honored method of taking bribes is having them paid to a family member, usually in exchange for nominal or nonexistent services. It is comical to watch ‘reporters’ pretend not to understand this.”

NO ENEMIES TO THE LEFT: Obama endorses Justin Trudeau despite his history of blackface.

As good as Justin must feel today, this has to be causing Joe Biden to flinch a bit. Biden is struggling to raise money and last night’s debate showed that the other candidates now see Elizabeth Warren as the leader of the pack. So where is the Obama endorsement for Uncle Joe? Biden claimed months ago that he had asked Obama not to endorse him but I bet he’d welcome a surprise endorsement now. It’s true that Biden has made some odd and awkward statements but at least he hasn’t worn blackface.

Read the whole thing.

GOING BROKE, WENT WOKE: GQ is a holy text of woke capital.

GQ embracing all things ‘woke’ was predictable. Since 1932, this storied institution has published articles and photographs related to men’s fashion and culture. Once a port and cigars kind of publication, in the 1990s it became associated with the ‘metrosexual’ trend. GQ, Mark Simpson wrote, was:

‘…filled…with images of narcissistic young men sporting fashionable clothes and accessories. And they persuaded other young men to study them with a mixture of envy and desire.’

Being narcissistically obsessed with fashion and status naturally led the owners and staff of GQ to adopt a fashionable, high-status ideology. Like Rolex watches, ‘woke’ opinions are positional goods, too arcane, counter-intuitive and amorphous for anyone except an ideological elite. As with clothes, ‘woke’ fashions offer endless content as different social phenomena are humorlessly deconstructed. It is, in other words, a perfect fit.

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Sometimes the messaging is more obvious. Pharrell Williams appears to say ‘the dominant force on this planet right now is the older straight white male,’ and ask, ‘Man, what would the world be like if women held all of the highest positions worldwide?’ I too am disgusted by old straight white males putting down protesters in Hong Kong and imprisoning Uighurs, but am also curious what the world would be like if it was ruled by Marion Le Pen and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarowic.

Exit quote, via Twitchy:


OH, THE HUMANITY! Model spends $25K on surgery to increase breast size to N cup.

(Classical reference in headline.)

SELF-HERDING: Journalism professor tells journalists not to ask questions.

Plus, harsh but fair:

FIGHT THE POWER: Toronto Raptors Fans To Give Away Thousands of Pro-Hong Kong T-Shirts on Opening Night. “A group of local basketball fans who support Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement raised more than $32,000 to produce and give away enough t-shirts to cover roughly a third of the Scotiabank Arena’s audience. The Raptors have not officially endorsed this giveaway, nor is the team involved in the political movement — but a strong faction of Raptors Nation is ready to make a statement.”

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