July 26, 2016

“IF WE JUST KEEP REINTRODUCING HER, EVENTUALLY SHE’LL BE LIKEABLE ENOUGH!” Democratic National Convention: Supporters hope to reintroduce Clinton to skeptical voters.

LESSON FROM THE DNC HACK: Forget About Internet Voting.

Paper ballots are the way to go!


More from the Daily Mail:

One of the terrorists, a 19-year-old Frenchman who lived close to the church, is said to have left for Syria in 2015 to try and join Islamic State, but he was arrested.

He was jailed for terrorist offences following a short trial in France, before being released on March 2 this year.

The Tribune de Geneve reports he tried travelling to Syria via Turkey, but was kicked out of the country and arrested at Geneva airport on May 14 last year.

It was the second time he tried to reach Syria, the first time via Munich unsuccessfully, before he tried through Switzerland.

He was jailed for a few days in in the prison of Champ-Dollon before being extradited to France and convicted of conspiracy to prepare acts of terrorism.

His conditions included returning to live with his parents, wearing an electronic tag, and reporting to his local police station.

But this did not stop him becoming involved in today’s atrocity, in which Father Jacques Hamel, 86, had his throat cut.

According to his bail conditions, the electronically tagged terrorist was allowed out unsupervised between 8.30am and 12.30pm.


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SCHADENFREUDE IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD: Five Times Liberals Mocked Mitt Romney For Warning About Russia.

As Iowahawk tweets, “It’s kind of entertaining to watch Democrats suddenly gripped by Reds-under-the-bed anti-Russia paranoia. #TailgunnerHillary.”


Vaping is right out as well. So much for “Vapin’ in the Omnisexual Restroom,” the update to the ‘70s trashrock hit that nobody’s asking for.

DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH: Elderly priest, 86, is ‘beheaded’ by two ISIS knifemen shouting ‘Daesh’ after they took nuns and worshippers hostage at French church: Police shoot both attackers dead then search for bombs.

DEBBIE KNOWS TOO MUCH TO SIMPLY DISCARD: Clinton hiring DWS: ‘Thank you’ or damage control?

Shortly after Debbie Wasserman Schultz abruptly resigned from the Democratic National Committee, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton named the Florida congresswoman to her campaign team.

Wasserman Schultz will serve as the “honorary chair” of Clinton’s campaign, a move the candidate announced in a short letter to supporters.

“I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid — because as president, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people,” Clinton wrote.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters have been stalking and booing Wasserman Schultz at all of her appearances at events surrounding the Democratic National Convention today. So Clinton’s decision to immediately bring her into her campaign looks a bit tone-deaf. In fact, it looks like a slobbery wet kiss and “thank you” for Wasserman Schultz’s role in rigging the primary process for Clinton. Especially since she named Wasserman Schultz to her campaign so quickly.

But is it a “thank you”? The initial optics look that way, but what if this was done to keep Wasserman Schultz from going ballistic?

Back in 2013, President Obama and other Democrats were quietly grumbling about Wasserman Schultz and wanted her out as chair of the DNC. When Wasserman Schultz “sensed” there would be a push to have her ousted, she prepared to call the leader of her party, Obama, anti-Semitic and anti-woman. That would be a heavy accusation coming from a Democratic Jewish woman against her own party (and a president whom Democrats adore), especially since her 2012 messaging was so heavy with accusations that Republicans were waging a “war on women.”

Perhaps Clinton and other Democratic officials wanted to blunt any outrage from Wasserman Schultz after she was actually forced to resign. If Wasserman Schultz was prepared to accuse the president of the United States and leader of her own party of anti-Semitism and being anti-woman out of anger — undoing all the work Democrats have done building themselves as the pro-woman and non-bigoted party — what would she have done had she not been granted a Clinton olive branch?

Something wonderful.

21ST CENTURY HEADLINES: Gunman gets shot in Las Vegas by Pokemon GO player he tried to rob.

JUST NBC THEIR BAGHDAD BOB MOMENT! MSNBC Claims DNC Chair ‘Receives Cheers’…As She’s Booed Relentlessly.

I FAIL TO SEE THE DOWNSIDE: The Double Edge of Cheap Gasoline — and It’s Getting Even Cheaper.

Analysts say there’s simply too much gasoline and too much oil, and prices fell early this week amid crude supply concerns. West Texas Intermediate oil futures dropped 2.4 percent to $43.13 per barrel. According to AAA, the national average for unleaded gasoline is down 15 cents in a month.

“These are the cheapest gasoline prices for the end of July since 2004. There’s 36 states where you see gas less than $2 a gallon. The really cheap prices will be between Labor Day and Election Day,” said Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis at Oil Price Information Services. Kloza expects the national average to fall below $2 per gallon, and said another 10 percent decline could easily be in store.

Have you hugged a fracker today?


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FLASHBACK: As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap:

Brooks is, of course, horrified at Trump and his supporters, whom he finds childish, thuggish and contemptuous of the things that David Brooks likes about today’s America. It’s clear that he’d like a social/political revolution that was more refined, better-mannered, more focused on the Constitution and, well, more bourgeois as opposed to in-your-face and working class.

The thing is, we had that movement. It was the Tea Party movement. Unlike Brooks, I actually ventured out to “intermingle” with Tea Partiers at various events that I covered for PJTV.com, contributing commentary to the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Examiner. As I reported from one event in Nashville, “Pundits claim the tea partiers are angry — and they are — but the most striking thing about the atmosphere in Nashville was how cheerful everyone seemed to be. I spoke with dozens of people, and the responses were surprisingly similar. Hardly any had ever been involved in politics before. Having gotten started, they were finding it to be not just worthwhile, but actually fun. Laughter rang out frequently, and when new-media mogul Andrew Breitbart held forth on a TV interview, a crowd gathered and broke into spontaneous applause. A year ago (2009), many told me, they were depressed about the future of America. Watching television pundits talk about President Obama’s transformative plans for big government, they felt alone, isolated and helpless. That changed when protests, organized by bloggers, met Mr. Obama a year ago in Denver, Colo., Mesa, Ariz., and Seattle, Wash. Then came CNBC talker Rick Santelli’s famous on-air rant on Feb. 19, 2009, which gave the tea-party movement its name. Tea partiers are still angry at federal deficits, at Washington’s habit of rewarding failure with handouts and punishing success with taxes and regulation, and the general incompetence that has marked the first year of the Obama presidency. But they’re no longer depressed.”

One of the most famous things about the Tea Partiers was that — as befits a relentlessly bourgeois protest movement — they left things cleaner than they found them. Rich Lowry reported from Washington, DC: “Just as stunning as the tableaux of the massive throngs lining the reflecting pool were the images of the spotless grounds afterward. If someone had told attendees they were expected to mow the grass before they left, surely some of them would have hitched flatbed trailers to their vehicles for the trip to Washington and gladly brought mowers along with them. This was the revolt of the bourgeois, of the responsible, of the orderly, of people profoundly at peace with the traditional mores of American society. . . .

Yet the tea party movement was smeared as racist, denounced as fascist, harassed with impunity by the IRS and generally treated with contempt by the political establishment — and by pundits like Brooks, who declared “I’m not a fan of this movement.” After handing the GOP big legislative victories in 2010 and 2014, it was largely betrayed by the Republicans in Congress, who broke their promises to shrink government and block Obama’s initiatives.

So now we have Trump instead, who tells people to punch counterprotesters instead of picking up their trash.

When politeness and orderliness are met with contempt and betrayal, do not be surprised if the response is something less polite, and less orderly. Brooks closes his Trump column with Psalm 73, but a more appropriate verse is Hosea 8:7 “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” Trump’s ascendance is a symptom of a colossal failure among America’s political leaders, of which Brooks’ mean-spirited insularity is only a tiny part. God help us all.


People who are unhappy with the things Trump is saying need to understand that he’s only getting so much traction because he’s filling a void. If the responsible people would talk about these issues, and take action, Trump wouldn’t take up so much space.

And there’s a lesson for our ruling class there: Calling Trump a fascist is a bit much (fascism, as Tom Wolfe once reported, is forever descending upon the United States, but somehow it always lands on Europe), but movements like fascism and communism get their start because the mechanisms of liberal democracy seem weak and ineffectual and dishonest. If you don’t want Trump — or, perhaps, some post-Trump figure who really is a fascist — to dominate things, you need to stop being weak and ineffectual and dishonest. . . .

Likewise, it’s a bit hard to take people seriously about Trump’s threat to civil liberties when President Obama was just endorsing an unconstitutional gun ban, when his attorney general was threatening to prosecute people for anti-Muslim speech (a threat later walked back, thankfully) and when universities and political leaders around the country are making clear their belief that free speech is obsolete.

Hearing that Yale professor Erika Christakis won’t be teaching at Yale because of the abuse she received over a respectful but non-PC email, former DNC chair Howard Dean tweeted: “Free speech is good. Respecting others is better.” To his credit, CNN’s Jake Tapper responded: “Of course only one of them is enshrined in the Constitution.”

But Twitter humorist IowaHawk had the last word: ”With the exception of POTUS, the Atty General, both leading presidential candidates, the media, and universities, Americans love free speech.”

If you wish to hold fascism, or even just Trumpism, at bay, then we need elites who are trustworthy, who can be counted on to protect the country, and who respect the Constitution even when it gets in the way of doing something they want to do. By failing to live up to these standards, they have chosen their “Destructor.” Let’s hope that they haven’t chosen ours, as well.

Okay, I have to admit, so far it’s not looking great.

TURKISH RESET: Putin, Erdogan Mend Ties as Post-Coup Turkey Turns Toward Russia.

Russia “isn’t just our close and friendly neighbor, but also a strategic partner,” Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek, who announced the Aug. 9 visit, said at talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Arkady Dvorkovich on Tuesday. “Today, we are here to normalize the situation and our relations as soon as possible and at an accelerated pace since they were disrupted on November 24,” when Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, he said.

There’ll be no shortage of things to discuss at the summit between Putin and Erdogan, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call Tuesday as he confirmed the Aug. 9 meeting in St. Petersburg.

The attempt by elements of the military to oust Erdogan has turbo-charged efforts to restore ties between Turkey and Russia that were already under way after the crisis over the downing of the warplane. The rapprochement may even lead to a political realignment in the region.

A week or so ago I admitted I was getting “paranoid enough to wonder if we shouldn’t be looking for Vladimir Putin’s fingerprints” somewhere on the coup or post-coup purge. Today it seems that “paranoid enough” might not be paranoid enough.

There is also now a non-zero chance that Putin will accomplish what none of his Soviet predecessors could, and knock NATO’s southern tier out from under it.


Valerie Jarrett Scolds Americans For Drinking Beer During A Heat Wave

And instead recommends staying inside with the air conditioning cranked up. Except….

John Kerry: Air Conditioners Are As Big A Threat As ISIS

Ride the Mommy Party Mobius Loop! (And don’t forget to sign the petition reminding John Kerry to keep his word: Remove air conditioning from all US State Department property.)

CHANGE: For the second time in her adult life, Michelle Obama is proud of her country! ‘This country IS great’: Michelle Obama jabs at Trump; heralds progress that means she can ‘wake up in a White House built by slaves’ and says ‘I’m with her’ in rousing speech backing Hillary.


“For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country,” [Michelle Obama] told a Milwaukee crowd today, “because it feels like hope is making a comeback.”

Hot Air, February 18, 2008.

And in the prior month, the London Telegraph reported that Mrs. Obama launched a “scathing attack” on Hillary, stating she represents ‘the same old thing over and over again:'”

Though she never mentioned her by name, Mrs Obama pointedly argued that Mrs Clinton represented a status quo that had done nothing for ordinary people.”I get confused when people say there are a lot of choices in this race,” she said. “There are so many more experienced candidates. My response is, no, that’s not true. You’ve got two choices in this race.

“You’ve got the same old thing over and over again that hasn’t worked for regular folks in my lifetime. And then we have Barack Obama.”

At a rally the same night, Mr Obama seemed to take a leaf out of his wife’s book after she had introduced him, drawing a sharp contrast with Mrs Clinton, suggesting she was not truthful and was “willing to say anything to get elected”.

I’m certainly glad no one could ever accuse Mr. Obama of such shameless duplicity…

YET ANOTHER AWFUL ATTACK IN FRANCE: Attackers Storm French Church and Take Hostages, Killing a Priest.

The Paris prosecutor’s office, which handles counterterrorism investigations in France, announced that it was taking charge of the case, indicating that officials were treating it as a terrorist attack.

Officials announced that President François Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve would travel to the town where the church is located, St.-Étienne-du-Rouvray, a suburb of Rouen that has about 29,000 inhabitants, about 65 miles northwest of Paris.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls expressed horror at what he called “a barbaric attack on a church,” adding: “The whole of France and all Catholics are wounded. We will stand together.”

The Interior Ministry confirmed the death of one man and said that another person had been critically injured.

Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen, in a statement from Krakow, Poland, where he and other Roman Catholic leaders were gathered for the World Youth Day event, identified the victim as the Rev. Jacques Hamel, 86, the auxiliary priest at the church.

Reached on his cellphone, the parish priest, the Rev. Auguste Moanda-Phuati, 50, said that he was rushing back to the church from a vacation near Paris and that Father Hamel was assigned to celebrate Mass on Tuesday.

The Rev. Federico Lombardi, a spokesman for the Vatican, said that Pope Francis was horrified at the “barbaric killing” of a priest and issued “the most severe condemnation of all forms of hatred.”

The attack in France, and the ensuing police response, unfolded rapidly.

At 10:56 a.m., the National Police urged residents via Twitter to keep away from the scene and not enter the perimeter around the church. At 11:15 a.m., the police said that the crisis was over, with two hostage-takers “neutralized” by the police.

That last part is a relief.

JOURNALISM: Politico reporter sent story to Dem committee for pre-publication review.

A massive dump of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails via Wikileaks has revealed that Politico reporter Ken Vogel sent an advance copy of a story — in its entirety — to top DNC communication officials to review before it was published.

After being harshly criticized on social media and in conservative circles, Politico now calls Vogel’s email a “mistake” and says it was a violation of the publication’s policy.

“POLITICO’s policy is to not share editorial content pre-publication except as approved by editors,” says spokesman Brad Dayspring. “In this case, the reporter was attempting to check some very technical language and figures involving the DNC’s joint fundraising agreement with the Clinton campaign.”

“Checking the relevant passages for accuracy was responsible and consistent with our standards,” the statement continues. “Sharing the full piece was a mistake and not consistent with our policies. There were no substantive changes to the piece.”

I’m sure they do this for Republicans all the time.

Related: Erik Wemple: A Mistake, Not A Misdemeanor.

“THEIR RULES:” Media too burned out on Nazi salutes to notice Elizabeth Warren’s at DNC.

WELL, I’VE BEEN ON TOP OF THIS STORY FOR QUITE A WHILE: Knife Rights: The Unseen Side of the Second Amendment.

While congressional Democrats and Republicans go head-to-head over gun control, proponents of a smaller, often overlooked facet of the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms pursue a battle of their own—the right to carry a knife.

Knife Rights, an Arizona-based advocacy group aimed at ridding states of existing bans on specific types of knives, is leading the fight against restrictive knife laws across the U.S.

“Protecting knife rights is the second front in the defense of the Second Amendment,” Todd Rathner, director of legislative affairs at Knife Rights, told The Daily Signal.

The group also seeks passage of “knife law preemption,” which essentially removes local and county restrictions that conflict with state laws on using and carrying knives.

Doug Ritter, founder and chairman of Knife Rights, noted an “interesting contrast between our fight versus the gun rights fight because we generally receive a significant amount of bipartisan support for our bills.”

“We have had a number of NRA F-rated members supporting our bills,” Ritter said, referring to lawmakers in Congress and state legislatures with low scores on gun rights from the National Rifle Association.

That support, he said, made it possible for the group to successfully pass 21 bills in 15 states, all in the past seven years.

The Knife Rights leaders say they’re finding more and more Democrats advocating the group’s mission, a stark contrast between knife rights and gun rights.

“There’s a large group of traditional Democrats saying people shouldn’t get arrested for using a pocketknife as an everyday tool,” Rathner said. “To put it simply, we’ve got to stop arresting people for using a tool.”

That’s what we think in Tennessee, which is why we passed one of the most liberal knife laws in the country this year.

July 25, 2016

HMM: ‘Hillary’s America’ documentary cracks top 10 at box office.

LIFE IN THE ERA OF HOPE AND CHANGE: Millennials Are Obsessed With Side Hustles Because ‘They’re All’ They’ve Got.

SO THIS IS GOING WELL: Elizabeth Warren Heckled With Chants of ‘We Trusted You!’ During DNC Speech.

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THE ROLE OF COMEDIANS TODAY IS TO FORCE PEOPLE INTO LINE FOR THE POWERS THAT BE: Sarah Silverman: ‘To the Bernie or Bust People, You Are Being Ridiculous:’ Comedian called for Democratic Party unity.

PROBABLY A FEW MEXICAN ONES THOUGH: No Visible American Flags Present At The Democrat Convention.


FLASHBACK: Michelle Obama launches attack on Clinton.

Michelle Obama, who could become America’s first black First Lady, has launched a scathing attack on her husband’s opponent Hillary Clinton, stating she represents “the same old thing over and over again”.

Whereas Barack Obama preaches a message of hope and transcending differences that is more kumbaya than combative, his wife, like him a lawyer and a Harvard graduate, did not hesitate to take his main opponent on in an appearance at a Las Vegas.

On her 44th birthday, and less than 48 hours before today’s crucial Nevada caucuses, Mrs Obama spoke passionately about racial slurs against her husband and the symbolism of having a black family in the White House.

In a fiery comparison between his 2004 Senate campaign and this year’s presidential race, she said: “You know what they were saying about him then? They said he was too young. They said he was too inexperienced. They said he should wait his turn.

Well, he was too young and inexperienced. But Hillary the racist had to be stopped.

RON FOURNIER: All Hell Breaks Loose at the Democratic Convention.

GLENN POSTED ON EARTHQUAKES: Here’s an article on super volcanoes. “Hulking geological behemoths.” One quarter of the world’s super volcanoes are in the US. When they erupt they erupt fast. Guess they feel the…burn…

IT’S A RIDDLE, WRAPPED IN A MYSTERY, INSIDE AN ENIGMA: Facebook Quickly Admits to Censoring WikiLeaks DNC Links, Doesn’t Say Why.

Meanwhile, #DNCLeaks is pulled by Twitter from trending topics.

And finally, as of the time of this post, Yahoo’s Tech page has plenty of references to Trump and even Twitter banning Milo. But nothing on Wikileaks. I wonder why?

IT’S THE 21ST CENTURY. MY BATTERY SHOULD BE NUCLEAR. Here’s how you should be charging your phone, according to science.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO HYPERGAMIZE: Prankster teaches ‘gold digger’ a lesson after she ditches boyfriend for his private jet.

WE ARE GROOT: Marvel’s Groot and Rocket Raccoon To Be Put On NASA’s New Mission Patch.


HEY, IT’S PHILADELPHIA, WHERE THEY EVEN BOO SANTA CLAUS: The DNC has fallen into a Bernie vs. Hillary chaos… it’s so extreme that they booed the Pastor conducting the invocation! (Video.)

(Classical reference in headline.)

RESURRECTION: 75 years after it was first deployed, will US Army bring back the ‘jeep’?

Earlier this year the U.S. Army had negotiations with Hendrick Dynamics, which developed a modified light off-road vehicle built on the Jeep Wrangler with a modified JP-8 diesel engine. This Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) vehicle was dubbed the Commando and is now officially designated the Grand Mobility Vehicle (GMV).

“We’re right in the transition to light mobility for our military,” Marshall Carlson, Hendrick Dynamics’ general manager, told FoxNews.com. “This is much lighter than the JLTV, and it won’t be armored – it is what is being called a ‘better boot.’ The GMV is for those light infantry and airborne infantry that can only move across the battlefield by walking at 3mph. This is literally a people mover that can go anywhere.”

What also makes the GMV program notable is that Hendrick Dynamics is contracting the Jeeps from Chrysler, which is bringing the iconic vehicle back to the battlefield.

A certain segment of Jeep Wrangler fans has clamored for years for a diesel option. Hendrick Dynamics would have a license to print money if someday they’re able to make the Commando available for civilian sale. But for now at least, the Commando is sold only to “government agencies and commercial clients.”

I’d take one in green.

SAUL ALINSKY SMILES: There’s some outrageous anti-Hillary swag at the DNC.

AT LAST: The Smithsonian is Hiring a Beer Historian.

HISTORY: How a Champagne-Laden Steamship Ended Up in a Kansas Cornfield.


Pennsylvania is known for its restrictive alcohol laws — venues cannot sell alcohol after 2 a.m. or provide happy hour specials, and all drinks must be purchased at vendors run by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). But the state gave a special dispensation for the Democratic National Convention this week.

State legislators in Harrisburg have implemented temporary “national event permits” allowing bars to circumvent these restrictive rules, but only for DNC events. This raises the puzzling question of why outside visitors for the Democratic convention can be trusted with alcohol, while native Pennsylvanians cannot.

Know your place, Pennsylvania peasant!

MICHAEL JORDAN WEIGHS IN ON POLICE SHOOTINGS AND RACIAL TURMOIL: He weighs in with prestige, eloquence and a two million dollar donation.

I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported

Thank you, sir. Decent people know all lives matter.


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IN SOVIET PHILADELPHIA, BERN FEELS YOU! Even Bernie Gets Booed for Continuing Endorsement of Hillary

FASTER, PLEASE: Faster Than The Speed Of Light. “Dr. White believes that advances he and others have made render warp speed less implausible. Among other things, he has redesigned the theoretical warp-traveling spacecraft — and in particular a ring around it that is key to its propulsion system — in a way that he believes will greatly reduce the energy requirements. . . . Theoretically, a warp drive could cut the travel time between stars from tens of thousands of years to weeks or months. But we should probably not book reservations anytime soon.”


All medications have side effects, and numerous studies have shown that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are linked to a small increase in the risk of Type 2 diabetes, even as they reduce the risk of heart attacks.

The higher the dose of a statin, the greater the diabetes risk, said Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and chief academic officer at Scripps Health. But many heart doctors, including Dr. Mary Norine Walsh, president-elect of the American College of Cardiology, say concern about diabetes should not deter patients from taking statins “if you fall into the higher risk category” for heart disease.

On the other hand, someone who has never had heart disease and who has high cholesterol but no other risk factors is less likely to derive benefit from a statin drug while still facing the risk of diabetes, Dr. Topol said, adding, “There you have a very tight benefit-to-risk ratio.”


HERE’S YOUR OFFICIAL DNC DRINKING GAME: And why I, the VodkaPundit, will not be playing.


At the beginning of the Republican National Convention last week, NBC Today co-host Matt Lauer confronted presidential nominee Donald Trump about dialing down the intensity of the passions percolating at the event. “Would you be willing to make a pledge to speak to everyone involved in this convention and say, ‘Please tone down the rhetoric’?” Lauer urged. “Can you say to the people who are going to take to that podium this week, ‘No personal attacks, no vitriol, keep it civil?”

The irony there is that political journalists themselves, Lauer included, have become as inflammatory as the politicians they lecture about incivility. In the aftermath of last month’s Orlando terrorist massacre at a gay nightclub, for example, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper badgered the increasingly offended Attorney General of Florida interminably about her stance on gay marriage. More recently, Fox News’ Shepherd Smith berated Gov. Bobby Jindal for using the “divisive” phrase “All lives matter.” CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, who wears her biases as openly as her keffiyeh, hammered away contentiously at British MP Daniel Hannan for nine minutes over the recent Brexit vote.

Choose the form of your destructor.


ANTICIPATING STREET DEMONSTRATIONS IN PHILADELPHIA: So far there hasn’t been an eruption of violence. But a lot of angry people are milling around Philly. The rigged primaries burn Sanders supporters. The Revolutionary Communist Party promises to appear. Another lefty group will hold a fart-in –after serving beans. (I’m not making this up.) Which leads to that still relevant question: who are the fascists in 2016? I’m bumping links from a two week-old post. Dr. Tom Sowell nailed the red fascists in early June. My essay took down three red left icons and addressed the anti-Trump street violence in San Jose (and elsewhere).

FEEL THE BERN: Sanders Invites Spain’s Anti-Semitic, Anti-Israel Party Leader to Democratic Convention.

RELATED: Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA): Jewish Settlers Are Like Termites:

“There has been a steady [stream], almost like termites can get into a residence and eat before you know that you’ve been eaten up and you fall in on yourself, there has been settlement activity that has marched forward with impunity and at an ever increasing rate to the point where it has become alarming,” Johnson said during an event sponsored by the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, an anti-Israel organization that galvanizes supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS.

“Johnson, who in 2010 voiced his fears that Guam would tip over and capsize if too many people resided on the island, said that ‘Jewish people’ routinely steal land and property from Palestinians.”


NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Silicon Nanoparticles Provide Biocompatible Solution to Cancer Detection and Treatment.

WELL, THIS IS THE 21st CENTURY, YOU KNOW. End of an Era: Last VCR Ever to Be Manufactured This Month.


MARNI NIXON, THE VOICE BEHIND THE SCREEN, DIES AT 86: “The cause was breast cancer, said Randy Banner, a student and friend. Classically trained, Ms. Nixon was throughout the 1950s and ’60s the unseen — and usually uncredited — singing voice of the stars in a spate of celebrated Hollywood films. She dubbed Deborah Kerr in ‘The King and I,’ Natalie Wood in ‘West Side Story’ and Audrey Hepburn in ‘My Fair Lady,’ among many others. Her other covert outings included singing for Jeanne Crain in ‘Cheaper by the Dozen,’ Janet Leigh in ‘Pepe’ and Ida Lupino in ‘Jennifer.’ ‘The ghostess with the mostest,’ the newspapers called her, a description that eventually began to rankle.”

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MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Putin 2016! “So it seems possible, and maybe even likely, that our two main choices in November will be a woman who’s subject to blackmail by the Russians, and a man who generally sympathizes with the Russians.”

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE UPDATE: North Korea Is Building Bigger Pens For Its Submarines.

SPOILER ALERT: Someone might have been “careless.”


Well, rickets is back.

WAS HE GOING TO BUILD A WALL? As City Councilman, Kaine Proposed Banning Outside Drug Offenders From Entering Richmond.

IT’S THE LURE OF EASY MONEY, IT’S GOT A VERY STRONG APPEAL. Smuggler’s Blues: Moe Lane on the Possible Uses of Smuggling in Roleplaying Games.


AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Thousands of Turkey coup prisoners ‘raped, starved and hogtied’

Two lawyers in Ankara working on behalf of detainees told Amnesty International that detainees said they witnessed senior military officers in detention being raped with a truncheon or finger by police officers.

A person on duty at the Ankara Police Headquarters sports hall saw a detainee with severe wounds consistent with having been beaten, including a large swelling on his head.

The detainee could not stand up or focus his eyes and he eventually lost consciousness.

While in some cases detainees were afforded limited medical assistance, police refused to allow this detainee essential medical treatment despite his severe injuries.

The interviewee heard one police doctor on duty say: “Let him die. We will say he came to us dead.”

Erdogan’s anti-democratic purge seems worse than a successful military coup would have been.

IT WASN’T A FAILED COUP; IT’S A SUCCESSFUL PURGE: Retired U.S. General Dismisses Allegations He Masterminded Turkey Coup.

John Campbell, a retired four-star general who oversaw the U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan until May, told The Wall Street Journal that the story “doesn’t even warrant a response.”

“It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Mr. Campbell said of the front-page article in Yeni Safak, a pro-government Turkish newspaper.

On July 15, a small group of Turkish generals unsuccessfully tried to topple the government in a coup attempt that was thwarted after thousands of Turkish citizens heeded President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ’s call to take to the streets and resist.

Within hours, the coup crumbled. Mr. Erdogan has responded to the attempted military coup with a sweeping crackdown and a three-month state of emergency.

In the days since the failed military coup, some members of the Turkish government and newspapers supporting Mr. Erdogan have accused the U.S. of secretly backing the plot.

The U.S. government has categorically dismissed the allegations, which have helped stoke anti-American sentiment in Turkey.

Why would members of the Turkish government and pro-government outlets accuse the US of masterminding the “coup,” when the Obama Administration has been and still is a strong backer of the Erdogan regime?

NEWS YOU CAN ABUSE: A Guide to Buying Access at the Democratic National Convention — Hacked documents reveal perks of big-money DNC donations.

FRED BARNES WARNS TED CRUZ: This is interesting editorial on a topic that’s still hot. Bill Kristol has fiercely opposed Donald Trump’s nomination. Once again The Weekly Standard shows it’s a good place where good people disagree. Fred’s right: “Divided parties are vulnerable.” Last week I used humor to send the same serious message.


Meanwhile at the American Thinker, “In short, [Greg] Sargent is a DNC-Clinton shill on the payroll of the Washington Post.”

Flashback to the Post’s then-ombudswoman in mid-November of 2008: “Journalism naturally draws liberals; we like to change the world. I’ll bet that most Post journalists voted for Obama. I did. There are centrists at The Post as well. But the conservatives I know here feel so outnumbered that they don’t even want to be quoted by name in a memo.”

Back in 2010, I wrote a lengthy post rounding up the myriad woes at the Post over the previous five years, with a headline that now seems prophetic in light of who is driving Wikileaks: Through a Gimlet Eye: Studying the Washington Post Kremlinologist-Style.

BUT OF COURSE: IS Claims Responsibility for Ansbach Attack.

Also this:

A European Union spokesman has acknowledged “serious loopholes” in the bloc’s current rules on the acquisition and possession of firearms, but said the EU’s executive has submitted proposals for tighter regulation.

Germany’s vice-chancellor called for tightened gun laws following last Friday’s shooting spree in Munich in which an 18-year-old gunman who is believed to have purchased his firearm illegally on the internet killed nine people as well as himself.

If adopted, the EU Commission’s package of proposals will “make it more difficult to acquire firearms in the European Union, allow to better track legally held firearms and strengthen the cooperation between all member states,” EU spokesman Ricardo Cardoso said Monday.

Next on the EU’s agenda, strict controls on axes and metal splinters.


—Headline, The Hill, yesterday.

—Headline, CNN, January 28th.

Any word on how Bernie comes down on the whole air conditioning is as deadly as ISIS question?

Related: And in case you missed it earlier, Sign Petition: ‘Remove air conditioning from all US State Department property’ – Prompted By Kerry’s comments.

CHANGE MORE OF THE SAME: Castro floated to replace resigning DNC Chairwoman.

This is the same HUD Secretary Julian Castro who flouted the Hatch Act last month without so much as a shrug from the Justice Department, so he’d fit right in.

HEY, I REMEMBER SEEING HEADLINES LIKE THIS BACK IN 2008: How Hillary Lost the Democrats’ Traditional Base.

Related: What Hillary Clinton Got Wrong About The World.

STUPID IS AS STUPID PARTY DOES: Official GOP Site’s Response to Kaine Choice Is Stunningly Awful.

TRACING EMPIRE IN RURAL ROMANIA: This is a personal essay with a lot of angles– a contemporary travelogue, an informed appreciation of history, an assessment of current geo-political tensions. It’s personal but definitely not a polemic. Essayist Antonia Colibasanu takes the time to sort through her own thoughts and impressions — and many of them are uncomfortable. “…cohesion stands on the infrastructure built on a common feeling of security” she says, reflecting on a current NATO exercise but also Roman and Byzantine history.


I hear a middle-aged gentleman from a group of tourists commenting, in front of a map highlighting the borders of the Roman Empire, on the Balkans’ natural belonging to the EU family. In a sense, he was comparing the European Union to an empire. I didn’t dare challenge him, but the comparison made me realize something else. If the EU had built itself as an empire, it would have probably been more effective. After Trajan’s expansionary leadership, his successor Hadrian, after traveling throughout the Empire, decided to renounce the Empire’s enlargement and even some of the lands conquered late by Trajan, focusing instead on improving the Empire’s administration and security. Hadrian decided to reinforce borders by building up limes (walls) wherever needed — ironically for today’s EU troubles, he built the first limes separating England, then under the Roman occupation, from Scotland.

BUSINESS AS USUAL: Leaked DNC Documents Show Plans To Reward Big Donors With Federal Appointments.

The documents, which were circulated among top DNC officials in April, could raise legal questions for the party, says Ken Boehm, the chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group.

“The disclosed DNC emails sure look like the potential Clinton Administration has intertwined the appointments to federal government boards and commissions with the political and fund raising operations of the Democratic Party,” Boehm told The Daily Caller.

“That is unethical, if not illegal.”

Why are Democrat-run institutions — in this case the Democrat Party itself — such cesspits of official corruption?

H-BOMB DEPLOYED: Democrat National Finance Director Uses Homophobic Slur in Leaked Email.

File under, “Imagine MSM Outrage if This Had Been a Republican, Part 2,323,927.”

QUESTION ASKED: “Commentators already pondering: We said Trump speech was so dark, un-American. How come post-convention bounce?


UPDATE: Link fixed. Sorry about that. Yes, the post is on StrategyPage. FWIW, in a chapter in my second novel, Prism (HarperCollins 1996), an ad hoc commando team uses a large, radio-controlled model airplane as an explosives-laden kamikaze attacking a pinpoint target. I heard the concept discussed at war games in the 1980s. People would chuckle, say yeah yeah, they can’t carry a lot of explosive, but the pros knew it could be done.

DON’T EVER CHANGE, CBS: CBS’s John Dickerson to Obama Yesterday: ‘Is Honesty Overrated as a Prez Quality?’

CBS’s Charlie Rose sat with two of Obama’s speechwriters in May as all three men laughed about the Big Lie of ObamaCare — the over 36 times Obama told Americans, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

CBS’s Dan Rather told Bill O’Reilly in 2001: “I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things:”


Click on screen cap to be taken to video.

What’s fascinating is how many “journalists” (read: Democrat operatives with bylines) are openly willing to admit that lying is perfectly fine with them.

And just as a reminder, John Dickerson, Host of Face the Nation, Advised Obama in 2013 to ‘Destroy the GOP.’

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 1173.

CNN/ORC: Trump up after con bump.


The DNC email leak has legs.

GINNIE MAE HIRED A FAKE CPA TO RUN A $1.5 TRILLION MORTGAGE PORTFOLIO: No, Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group is not making this one up. Officials at the Government National Mortgage Association — aka Ginnie Mae – hired David Fender as vice president and chief financial officer in April 2014.

They did this despite a background check that revealed Fender’s highly dubious credentials, including falsely claiming to be a registered CPA, being fired from his previous job for working for another company on company time, and much, much more.

“Fender was hired as Ginnie Mae’s CFO despite an undistinguished resume of failed business deals in Japan and jobs with U.S. companies he didn’t keep for long. His pet project was Cold Energy Systems, which sells steel tanks to governments,” Rosiak reports.

“The reference check done during Fender’s Ginnie Mae background investigation revealed his penchant for taking and neglecting corporate jobs to pay the bills while he brokered big-dollar side deals.” And then there was that $128 million tax deficiency he claimed not to know about. Sleep tight tonight, folks, because your Government Sponsored Entities are in the best of hands.





“NATIONAL SERVICE” — THE DUMB IDEA THAT WON’T DIE: Gen. McChrystal: ‘You Don’t Have to Wear a Military Uniform to Serve Your Country.’ A service year would teach young Americans tolerance and restore civic responsibility. In the process, it would help heal a wounded nation.

Tensions and violence in cities across America are reminders of how quickly communities can erupt with an absence of social trust. Dallas, St. Paul, Baton Rouge, and Orlando, following on the heels of Ferguson, Baltimore, and Chicago illustrate a disheartening reality.

Political campaigns offer Americans an opportunity to adjust direction, reaffirm values, and recommit to the covenant that binds them together. But politics can also summon the smaller side of America’s national character, offering final glimpses of desperately needed big ideas and real solutions before they go up in political smoke, disappearing in favor of what’s popular or easy.

As the presidential candidates head to their national conventions, they should advance ideas to help restore social trust in the United States—practical solutions, such as engaging young Americans in a year or more of national service.

Imagine for a moment a large-scale commitment to offering young Americans who are black and white, rich and poor, Republican and Democrat, and Christian, Jewish, and Muslim opportunities to work side by side, serving their country together. The focus of their service year would be teaching, tutoring, and mentoring disadvantaged students; cleaning neighborhoods in need of renewal; renovating homes in blighted areas; and helping veterans reintegrate into their communities.

Young Americans could be paid a modest living stipend, work in teams, and build relationships with one another by solving problems together. Beyond the valuable work they would do to improve their country, young Americans would develop the powerful habits of citizenship as well as the leadership and professional skills that help them grow and stand out with their future employers.

I’d settle for getting the military back onto warfighting skills and away from social-justice indoctrination.

P.T. BARNUM IN THE POLITICAL CIRCUS: Yes, the P. T. Barnum of Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey had a political career. Unfortunately the essay’s behind the Wall St Journal paywall. That’s too bad. It’s a fun read about an interesting American. The Journal ought to put a chink in the wall.

UPDATE (From Ed): Going in through Google might get you past the paywall.



JOHN SCHINDLER: Wikileaks Dismantling of DNC Is Clear Attack by Putin on Clinton.

RESET: Russians suspected of hacking Democratic National Committee emails.

Maybe Putin is concerned that Hillary Clinton isn’t the honest type of politician who stays bought.