May 24, 2018

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MICHAEL WALSH: Naked is the Best Disguise: the Bipartisan Deep State.

The deep state looks after its own. And this is why—whether “Republicans” or “Democrats”—the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party hates Donald J. Trump.

Read the whole thing.

I WAS GOING TO DO A POST ON THE WHOLE NFL-KNEELING THING, BUT THEN I SAW THIS:

So there’s the First Amendment, which limits what government can do, and there’s the broader social norm of “free speech,” which traditionally said things like it was wrong to go after people’s jobs for their political and social views. But there’s been a concerted effort to weaken the latter (and, really, the former) and now some people are unhappy with the result. Too bad nobody warned them this might happen. Sometimes, it’s you being shown the door, and in fact the “woke” and their views constitute a minority in our society, so they’re more likely to experience this than, say, people who want to stand for the national anthem. If you live in a media bubble, it’s easy to get the relative numbers wrong and think that the woke have the bigger battalions. I assure you this is not the case, and you should address issues like free speech with that in mind.

UPDATE: Some related game-theoretical insights.

WELL, GOOD: Good News: Sitting All Day Isn’t As Bad For You If You’re Fit.

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! My weekly column is up at The Daily Caller. This week we take a look into the reporting out of Gaza, and find it’s much more complicated than you might think:

Many of the scenes propagated by mainstream media range from selective editing to outright falsity. It seems to me that the real question is whether such deception is a function of inherent bias, a conspiracy of sorts, or instead, the attention-grabbing motive best described as “if it bleeds, it leads.”

*Bumped from this morning* (NB: Some thoughtful commentators suggested I use the word “and” instead of “or” in the above graf. Point well taken

JUSTICE: Harvey Weinstein to Be Arrested on Friday in New York.

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STICKING IT TO THE MAN: Convenience stores work around cold beer prohibition by offering ‘Chill Indiana bags.’

Gas stations will be selling reusable “Chill Indiana bags” that will make beer cold “by the time that customer reaches their destination.”

For years, gas stations have been pushing for lawmakers to update Indiana’s code, allowing them to sell cold beer with their alcohol licenses. And for years, they have been thwarted by liquor stores unwilling to share their cold beer profits.

Currently gas stations and grocery stores can only serve room temperature beer.

What a stupid law.

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THAT’S WHAT SKYNET TOLD HIM TO SAY: Mark Zuckerberg Warns Elon Musk: More People Will Die if We ‘Slow Down Progress’ on AI.

NOBODY EXPECTS THE KENTUCKY INQUISITION: But they probably should. Fox News reports on the University of Kentucky’s Bias Incident Response Team, whose rules FIRE declared to be the Speech Code of the Month for May. Mock the wrong person, even unintentionally, and a panel (including police) may be having a word with you. And before people complain about my comparison (yes, I know UK doesn’t kill anyone), give a listen to Episode 8 of the excellent podcast Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech, where Danish free speech advocate Jacob Mchangama reminds us that the Inquisition was first and foremost dedicated to “correcting” “errors” of belief and speech. Punishment was for the stubborn and recalcitrant.

GOOD NEWS FOR DRUGMAKERS: One-third of adults may need blood pressure drugs under new guidelines.

J.E. DYER: When The Obama Administration Became The Deep State.

In early January 2017, then-President Barack Obama, SHMOTUS Joe Biden, and a small sub-group of the national security team began their transition to what’s commonly called the “Deep State.” Based on the footprints they left behind we can tell that they took time from their real jobs of running the country, this proto-deep state planned, coordinated, and leaked a timed media burst of articles about Trump and Russia. Each of the stories was leaked to different outlets. Each story was published between the 10th and 12th of January. This was the turning point when the Obama Administration became the deep state.

At NRO on Tuesday, Andrew McCarthy came to an important conclusion about the Trump-Russia investigation. It has been increasingly clear that the investigation – to the extent we may call it that – started quite a while before 31 July 2016, the date long given for its formal launch. McCarthy suggests it began in the early spring, probably around the end of March.

Read the whole thing.

IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TAKEN A CENTURY FOR A PRESIDENT TO DO THIS, BUT GOOD FOR HIM. ALSO, THE MANN ACT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Jack Johnson, Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Pardoned by Trump.

President Trump on Thursday pardoned Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, who was convicted in 1913 of transporting a white woman across state lines.

Mr. Trump signed the pardon for Johnson during an Oval Office ceremony, sitting at the Resolute Desk and flanked by Sylvester Stallone, Lennox Lewis and other fighters.

The president called Johnson “a truly great fighter, had a tough life,” but served 10 months in federal prison “for what many view as a racially-motivated injustice.” Mr. Trump said the conviction took place during a “period of tremendous racial tension in the United States.”

Decades after Johnson was convicted under the Mann Act, his case drew significant attention as a gross miscarriage of justice and a symbol of the depths of racism in the American justice system. . . .

The president noted that bipartisan requests for the pardon for Johnson had been made for years, but that despite that, no previous president had been willing to sign one. He noted — with a glancing reference to former President Barack Obama — that the last resolution in Congress calling for the pardon was in 2015.

Indeed.

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REARMAMENT: House rejects limit on new nuclear warhead.

The rejected amendment would have fenced half the 2019 funding for low-yield nuclear warhead development in lieu of an assessment of its impact on strategic stability and options to reduce the risk of miscalculation. Reps. Jim Garamendi, D-Calif., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., sponsored it.

The amendment was defeated 188-226 largely along party lines, with seven Democrats voting “no” with Republicans and five Republicans voting “yes” with Democrats.

The Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review, released in February, called for the creation of two new nuclear designs — a low-yield variant of the W76 nuclear warhead on Trident II missiles aboard America’s nuclear submarines, as well as a potential new sea-launched nuclear cruise missile.

Tactical nukes are a smart choice for added deterrence.

FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS SKIP LEG DAY: Leg exercise is critical to brain and nervous system health.

MICHAEL CAPUTO: A 2nd Possible Mole Approached Me in May of 2016 and Mueller Was Very Interested in Hearing About That. “Somebody who I believe was organized by the investigators.”

RIP: Philip Roth’s pitiless take on the Sexual Revolution.

YOUR GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: What’s wrong with the Democratic Party? Just look at California.

And in a few years, we may look back on the current insanity as a golden age for the once-Golden State: California Lurches Left As Jerry Brown Heads Into the Sunset. For all his obvious flaws, Brown governed the state like an adult. What comes next is likely to be worse.

Après Monsieur Jerry, le déluge.

THEY HIDE LOTS OF STUFF FROM CONGRESS, APPARENTLY: Andrew McCabe Spent $70,000 On A Table. The FBI Hid It From Congress.

#GODTOO? Morgan Freeman accused of inappropriate behavior by eight women.

On the Weinstein-Polanski scale of Hollywood depravity, what the article at The Hill describes Freeman of doing is pretty small beans (mostly being a jerk on film sets), but as Richard Fernandez has said, the torpedoes the left fired to sink Trump keep circling back on them.

FLASHBACK: Watch accused sexual harasser Morgan Freeman narrate a campaign video for Hillary Clinton.

As David French recently wrote, “The steady drumbeat of sexual scandal is eroding the Left’s moral authority.

(Via SDA.)

THIS IS HOW THE MOVIE STARTS, RIGHT? 2 Ebola patients escape from treatment in Congo, raising fears virus could spread.

ACCESS: Cohen Got $400,000 From Ukraine To Broker Trump Meeting, Says BBC.

TEXAS A.G. KEN PAXTON: To stop school shootings, use Israel’s approach to fighting terror: After Santa Fe and Parkland, gun control is a waste of time. Gun control is only a “waste of time” if your goal is saving lives. If your goal is keeping the flyover people in their place, then it’s still a prime policy.

WELL, GOOD: China Disinvited from Participating in 2018 RIMPAC Exercise.

Citing actions in the South China Sea that run counter to international norms and a pursuit of free and open seas, Department of Defense spokesman Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Logan said the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) would not be participating in the exercise despite its participation in submarine safety and other non-warfighting components of the exercise in previous years.

“The United States is committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific. China’s continued militarization of disputed features in the South China Sea only serve to raise tensions and destabilize the region. As an initial response to China’s continued militarization of the South China Sea we have disinvited the PLA Navy from the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise. China’s behavior is inconsistent with the principles and purposes of the RIMPAC exercise,” Logan said.

“We have strong evidence that China has deployed anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, and electronic jammers to contested features in the Spratly Islands region of the South China Sea. China’s landing of bomber aircraft at Woody Island has also raised tensions,” he continued.

“We believe these recent deployments and the continued militarization of these features is a violation of the promise that President Xi made to the United States and the World not to militarize the Spratly Islands.”

There’s no reason to share naval experience and knowhow with China while they refuse to recognize international law and norms concerning freedom of the seas.

EXACTLY RIGHT: Hold administrators accountable for campus free speech crisis, First Amendment advocates tell Congress.

College administrators must accept blame for the severe restrictions on free speech seen on campuses and should be held accountable by Congress so First Amendment rights in higher education can be protected, several pro-free speech panelists told Congress on Tuesday.

“Make them fess up,” Princeton University Professor Robert George told members of the subcommittees on healthcare, benefits and administrative rules and intergovernmental affairs during a joint hearing on “Challenges to the freedom of speech on college campuses.”

George referred to college presidents who seem to pretend as if there’s no free speech crisis on campuses. “Give them a grilling like I’ve seen here,” George said, referring to the sometimes heated hearing that aimed to tackle what many agree is a huge problem on college campuses today.

Professor Bret Weinstein, who left his biology post at Evergreen State College after a mob of angry students aggressively confronted him for refusing to participate in an anti-white “Day of Absence” last year — eventually forcing him to move his class to a park — told lawmakers that the school’s president, George Bridges, sided with the militant students and gave into all their demands instead of telling them what they were doing was wrong.

Weinstein, who was referred to as the “professor in-exile” during the hearing, seemed to argue that leadership can play a strong role in what is allowed to transpire on campus.

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer told the representatives that if campus administrators would simply enforce free speech policies on the books and tell rowdy students, “Look, you can’t block access to this door,” things would start to improve.

I think they should be held personally liable for failing to protect students’ rights.

NOTE THE HIGHLY DIPLOMATIC LANGUAGE IN THE LETTER, AND NO, I’M NOT KIDDING: Trump Responds To Kim Threats By Cancelling Singapore Meeting.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, HOSTILE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT EDITION: College course explores ‘feminist critique of masculinity.’

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Big Meeting at WH Today and Much, Much More. “Ok, let’s get this straight right now, there will be no production of documents. I am positive of this. This will be another feckless attempt by Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to hide whatever parlor games were machinating against the Trump campaign. What started the investigation? When did it start? What aother evidence was used to obtain the FISA warrants? Congress cannot get straight answers out of these jokers.”

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: My latest Creators Syndicate column, Israeli Air Force bombs send Iran an unambiguous message. (bumped)

RELATED: Iran’s corrupt and brittle regime faces maximum pressure.

#TIMESUP: Three women accuse Democratic Iowa governor candidate of sexual misconduct.

FROM PROF. STEPHEN CALABRESI: Opinion on the Constitutionality of Robert Mueller’s Appointment. “I argue in this Legal Opinion that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Robert Mueller is unconstitutional both under the test for officer inferiority set forth in Justice Scalia’s opinion in Edmond v. United States, which is cited as good authority in Free Enterprise Fund v. PCAOB and also under the test for officer inferiority set forth in Chief Justice Rehnquist’s majority opinion in Morrison v. Olson. Under both tests, Mueller is acting as a principal officer even though he has not been nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Mueller’s appointment is therefore unconstitutional.”

THIS IS NOT THE 21ST CENTURY I WAS HOPING FOR: With death rate up, US life expectancy is likely down again.

REPEAT AFTER ME: “We do not have a right to not be offended.” An Oregon high school student is suing his school, saying it violated his First Amendment rights when it suspended him for wearing a Trump T-shirt. The very terrible and horrifically offensive T-shirt can be seen here. I warn you, sit down before viewing because you might faint.

This is why they need to start teaching civics in elementary schools again.

UNMANNED NAVY COAST WATCHER: A USN petty officer aboard a Mark VI patrol boat launches an unmanned aerial vehicle –somewhere in the Pacific.

MORE EVIDENCE RUSSIA SHOT DOWN FLIGHT MH-17 OVER UKRAINE: The attack occurred in July 17, 2014.

The missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine in 2014 belonged to a Russian brigade, international investigators say.

For the first time, the Dutch-led team said the missile had come from a unit based in western Russia.

All 298 people on board the Boeing 777 died when it broke apart in mid-air flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

It was hit by a missile fired from rebel-held territory in Ukraine. Russia says none of its weapons was used.

But on Thursday Wilbert Paulissen, a Dutch official from the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), told reporters: “All the vehicles in a convoy carrying the missile were part of the Russian armed forces.”

He restated the JIT’s conclusion that the plane had been destroyed by a Russian-made Buk missile, adding that it had been supplied by the country’s 53rd anti-aircraft brigade in Kursk.

Everyone knew this was what happened. Forensic analysis in the immediate aftermath of the incident proved it was a Buk surface to air missile, but the Kremlin first said a Ukrainian aircraft downed the commercial jet then claimed the missile came from Ukrainian sources. Now investigators have traced the missile that shot down MH-17 to Russian military stocks.

Here’s what StrategyPage reported on July 23, 2014:

The Ukraine situation got a lot worse a week ago when pro-Russian rebels shot down a Malaysian airliner that was passing through. The official Russian line is that the destruction of the Malaysian airliner was all a CIA plot to discredit Russia and justify NATO expansion. Russia claims a Ukrainian fighter shot down the airliner, which may be why the rebels kept international investigators away from the crash site for so long. Russian aviation experts know that when the wreckage is carefully examined parts of the missile that brought down the airliner will probably be found and identified. Photos of the wreckage already show damage characteristic of what a BUK (SA-11) missile warhead would inflict. The missile has a 70 kg (154 kg) warhead and a proximity fuze that detonates the warhead close to the target and sprays the target with a unique form of metal fragments.

Like I said, the evidence was there, despite the Kremlin agitprop cover story. The StrategyPage report has more background.

ALEX GRISWOLD: Democrats Resurrect the Worst Talking Point in Politics.

JOHN HINDERAKER: James Comey In Panic Mode.

SPY GAMES: U.S. Government Can’t Get Controversial Kaspersky Lab Software Off Its Networks.

“It’s messy, and it’s going to take way longer than a year,” said one U.S. official. “Congress didn’t give anyone money to replace these devices, and the budget had no wiggle-room to begin with.”

At issue is a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) enacted last December that requires the government to fully purge itself of “any hardware, software, or services developed or provided, in whole or in part,” by Kaspersky Lab. The law was a dramatic expansion of an earlier DHS directive that only outlawed “Kaspersky-branded” products. Both measures came after months of saber rattling by the U.S., which has grown increasingly anxious about Kaspersky’s presence in federal networks in the wake of Russia’s 2016 election interference campaign.

America’s intelligence chiefs have, too, issued public warnings about Kaspersky software. When asked by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) at an intelligence committee hearing last year whether they would be comfortable using Kaspersky software on their computers, all six of the top intelligence leaders—from the Central Intelligence Agency chief to the director of National Intelligence—had the same answer: No.

Plus:

The company works so closely with Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, that agents are sometimes embedded in the firm’s Moscow headquarters. And like virtually all anti-virus products, Kaspersky’s has complete access to any computer on which it’s running, including the ability to riffle through files and, depending on the configuration, upload them to Kaspersky’s servers in Russia. It can also execute arbitrary instructions transmitted from the company’s headquarters.

What a mess.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! My weekly column is up at The Daily Caller. This week we take a look into the reporting out of Gaza, and find it’s much more complicated than you might think:

Many of the scenes propagated by mainstream media range from selective editing to outright falsity. It seems to me that the real question is whether such deception is a function of inherent bias, a conspiracy of sorts, or instead, the attention-grabbing motive best described as “if it bleeds, it leads.”

LEGAL INSURRECTION: Amazon demonetizes conservative website (us). This is very disturbing. I’ve never had any trouble with them, but I suppose that could change. I never saw any sign that Legal Insurrection was violating any of the rules, and the Amazon folks apparently won’t give any specifics.

UPDATE: I believe Walmart.com has an affiliate program now. Perhaps Prof. Jacobson should check it out.

POWER PROJECTION: China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier finishes maiden sea trial amid speculation Asia’s most advanced destroyer will be next.

Launched in April last year, the Type 001 carrier sailed out of the northeastern port of Dalian on Sunday.

Xinhua said that the main purpose of the trial was to test its domestically developed propulsion systems.

Engineers from the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation and PLA Navy will now assess the test results of the first sea trial, said Song Zhongping, a Hong Kong-based military expert.

The next trial would focus on a number of systems, including the ship’s electronics and radars, and would involve much more detailed tests, he said.

Tests on the new carrier will continue for the next six to 12 months in different waters and varied ocean conditions before it is delivered to the PLA navy.

“Engineers from the builder will work together with the PLA Navy for the tests until it is handed over to the PLA Navy,” Song said.

Related: Chinese J-20 stealth fighter jets carry out first sea training mission.

COMPLICATING THE NARRATIVE: Moses Farrow defends Woody Allen, details Mia’s alleged abuse.

Full report here.

BLUE STATE BLUES: Checking the math on California’s cap and trade, some experts say it’s not adding up.

Far more troubling are red flags highlighted in reports from academia, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, independent market experts and other major carbon markets, all concluding that California has a serious problem with too many unused pollution credits.

In the cap-and-trade system, major polluters must either produce fewer greenhouse gases to comply with California’s emissions caps or buy credits to offset their excess emissions from companies that pollute less. Credits are traded at state-sanctioned auctions and on secondary markets. And the state gives some free to utilities, natural-gas suppliers and industries that are vulnerable to out-of-state competition.

Some companies have not yet needed to use up the allowances to stay within state emissions limits and probably won’t have to in the next couple of years, according to some analysts, who estimate there are hundreds of millions of unused credits in the system.

The result is a glut of credits that could allow businesses to keep polluting past state limits in later years, after the overall cap becomes more restrictive. Unless the oversupply is addressed, experts say, polluters will have no incentive to cut emissions to required levels by 2030; instead, industries could continue polluting and use banked allowances to offset their emissions and technically keep them under the cap.

The state Legislative Analyst’s Office foresees a reckoning, estimating that because of excess allowances, actual emissions could be as much as 30 percent over the statewide target by 2030.

Positive spin: Sacramento finally produced a surplus of something.

DAVID HARSANYI: The Media’s Defense Of Obama Administration Spying Defies Logic: You don’t have to be a Donald Trump fan to be concerned about the abuses of intelligence agencies.”

Think of them as Democratic Party operatives with bylines and the logic is plain.

CHANGE: Tunisians Protest For the Right to Eat in Public During Ramadan. “Tunisia is a civil state and not an Islamic state.”

CHANGE: The Collapse Of The Collusion Narrative.

YALE, USC, AND NOW MICHIGAN: ‘Girls Code Camp’ and other gender-specific programs under fire at University of Michigan for potential Title IX violations.

After receiving a complaint from an economics professor, University of Michigan school officials are currently reviewing 11 separate university programs that may be in violation of Title IX, the Michigan State Constitution, and UM’s own nondiscrimination policy by specifically favoring female students and female hospital patients over males.

According to professor Mark J. Perry, an American Enterprise Institute scholar and professor of economics at the UM-Flint campus, programs such as “Girls Code Camp” and “The Och Initiative for Women in Finance, Math and Sciences” may possibly be in violation of Title IX guidelines regarding gender discrimination because they appear to be “illegally granting preferential treatment for cis women and illegally discriminating against men and gender non-conforming students, faculty and patients.”

In his complaint, Perry highlighted 11 total campus programs or initiatives that appear to be in violation of the University of Michigan’s own guidelines of gender discrimination, as well as the “Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972, Section 681. Sex” policy that forbids gender discrimination “under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Perry also pointed out that the school may also be discriminating against their own medical patients as well by offering initiatives such as the “Women’s Respiratory Clinic” and the “Women’s Heart Program,” both of which are listed as offering medical treatments specifically tailored to “women.”

In conducting his research, Perry also found that before benefits, University of Michigan spends an astonishing $8.4 million dollars each year employing a diversity staff of 93 individuals, 23 of whom earn more than $100,000 each year. The top paid diversity officer is Robert Sellers, who serves as the vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer and takes home an annual salary of $396,550 per year.

Well, on the other hand, such employees provide reliable votes and ground troops for Democrats.

And congrats to Mark Perry for speaking up. I think we need more of this.

May 23, 2018

BOO! Huma email horror returns to haunt FBI brass, in IG report on Clinton case.

OPEN THREAD: The possibilities are endless.

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WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT EXPERTS? Pretending You’re in an Affair Can Spice Up Your Marriage, Relationship Expert Says.

ABOUT TIME: There’s Now A Drug That Prevents Migraines Instead Of Treating Them. That said, I’ve had very good luck with CoQ10, and so have quite a few members of my family.

WELL, THIS IS THE 58th CENTURY, YOU KNOW: The World’s First Kosher Cheeseburger Is Here.

(Classical reference in headline.)

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IF HALF THE EFFORT CURRENTLY PUT INTO COMING UP WITH CUTE ACRONYMS WERE PUT INTO COMING UP WITH GOOD POLICIES INSTEAD, WE MIGHT BE IN MUCH BETTER SHAPE:  The House Committee on the Judiciary recently approved the proposed “Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act”  “FIRST STEP Act.”  I’d really like to wring the neck of the folks who come up with these acronyms, but … well … if I did I’d end up in prison, so I guess I won’t.

Like most “nice sounding” stuff that comes out of Congress, this one should be looked at with a critical eye.  Paul Mirengoff talks about some of the downsides.

Meanwhile, here’s an interesting statistic from the new Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report on prisoner recidivism:  “An estimated 68% of released prisoners were arrested within 3 years, 79% within 6 years, and 83% within 9 years.”  Yes, it’s a complicated subject.  But make sure your eyes are wide open, before you start thinking that de-incarceration is the answer to our problems.

ISRAELI AIR FORCE BOMBS SEND AN UNAMBIGUOUS MESSAGE TO IRAN: My latest Creators Syndicate column. (bumped)

Tehran can no longer kill Israelis using proxy fighters; terrorists and criminal syndicates then deny responsibility and avoid reprisals.

Think of it as additional pressure on the ayatollah regime. Iranian special forces no longer have the privilege of “gray zone” deniability on the Israeli border.

VERY RELATED: Iran’s brittle regime confronts maximum pressure.

JORDAN PETERSON AND THE FAILURE OF THE LEFT:

I’ve read and listened to enough Peterson to make up my own mind and that’s not how I see him at all. Rather than being forthright about this, though, I’ve tended to cower silently in my alienated corner, fearful that revealing my rejection of the stock anti-Peterson narrative will cause my progressive friends to denounce me and the social media mobs to swarm.

It’s not that I’m an uncritical Peterson devotee. Although I find both his work and the furor surrounding him quite fascinating, I don’t share his way of thinking about the political issues (such as socio-economic inequality) that most concern me at all. That said, I would never look to someone like him, who I see as a classical conservative, to provide thought leadership on such matters. That’s the role of the Left. And in my view, the Left is doing an abysmal job on that front.

‘The Left’ is admittedly an overly broad and imprecise term. Still, it’s certainly possible to identify a dominant leftwing discourse in the U.S. and Canada today. And within that discourse, a stock anti-Peterson line indisputably exists. The Left faces many challenges, and the issues surrounding Peterson only represent one. Still, it’s important. The anti-Peterson crusade is an instructive example of a larger dynamic that needs to be named, discussed, and hopefully, addressed.

The hyperbolic uniformity of the leftist attack on Peterson is emblematic of the growing tendency to reduce left-of-center thought to the status of a rigidly simplistic ideology. Increasingly, what passes for progressive political thought today offers little more than a scripted set of weaponized hashtags (you must be pro- #metoo and anti-patriarchy, no further thought required). This narrowing of our public discourse is disturbing, and worrisome on multiple, mutually reinforcing levels.

Leftist politics is basically Mean Girls.

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: No, Don’t Throw Stuff at Tomi Lahren (Or Anybody Else). “If you don’t like Tomi Lahren, do what I do: Nothing. Leave her alone.”

WELL, HOW ABOUT COMING UP WITH ONE THAT WILL? I MEAN, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: A pill to protect you from the sun may not work, FDA Says.

DEVELOPING: FBI Agents Raid Home of Former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger.

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Trump Administration Weighs New Tariffs on Imported Vehicles.

President Donald Trump has already used a legal provision known as Section 232 to impose global tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, and now the administration is considering starting a probe of imported cars under the same law, possibly applying tariffs at the end, the people said.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly floated the idea of tariffs on auto imports in meetings. The plan remains in its early stages, and is likely to face significant opposition from a number of interest groups, from foreign trading partners to domestic dealers of imported cars.

Applying the tariffs under Section 232, meanwhile, would require a lengthy investigation and report from the U.S. Commerce Department. The administration is currently considering tariffs of up to 25%, according to those briefed on the plan.

Nothing official out of the White House so far, so who knows.

DISTRICT COURT HOLDS THAT IT’S A FIRST AMENDMENT VIOLATION FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BLOCK PEOPLE: Eugene Volokh comments. I assume this would apply to any other government official as well. Twitter should probably just disable the “block” function on their accounts.

HMM: Garrett in turmoil, might quit Congress.

Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.) has abruptly parted ways with his chief of staff and is considering not seeking reelection in November, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Garrett, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, split with his chief of staff Jimmy Keady on Tuesday evening, according to the sources.

That’s all we know so far.

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TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE: Texas Trooper falsely accused of rape by Shaun King cleared by body cam footage .

IT DROPPED THE BOMB IN SOME OLD MOVIE, BUT I FORGET WHICH ONE: The U.S. Air Force’s First Flying Wing Jet Flew Way Back in 1949.

BREAKING: Judge Rules Trump Violates First Amendment by Blocking Critics on Twitter.

TACKLING SCIENCE’S MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Could the Large Hadron Collider Collide a Sandwich?

Skip the rest of the sandwich and just aim the beam at the cheddar. I want my Cheddite projector, and I want it now!

J. CHRISTIAN ADAMS: Left Transforms America By Transforming the Rules.

Read the whole thing.

OUR LONG NATIONAL NIGHTMARE MAY SOON BE OVER: NFL Teams Will Be Fined If Players Kneel During National Anthem.

NFL owners agreed Wednesday to a new policy governing player’s behavior during the pre-game national anthem ceremony. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the owners voted to fine teams if their players are on the field or sideline during the national anthem but refuse to stand. Players will be allowed to remain in the locker room if they so choose.

“This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem,” Goodell said in a statement. “Personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room until after the anthem has been performed.”

Related: “The NFL players’ union is reviewing the policy to see if it violates the collective bargaining agreement, but they’re not happy about it… And as you might expect, SJW Twitter is not happy.”

The NFL Players’ Association is led by DeMaurice Smith, who served “as counsel to Attorney General Eric Holder and was a member of Barack Obama’s transition team,” as the American Thinker reported in 2009, after Smith helped to blow up Rush Limbaugh’s effort to be part of the team purchasing the St. Louis Rams.

NEWSBUSTERS: What Changed? The Same Media Who Excuse Bob Mueller Abused Ken Starr.

I’m guessing the “What changed?” is purely rhetorical.

WEIRD, AND JUST A FEW YEARS AFTER THEY DE-EMPHASIZED PSA SCREENING: Cancer deaths in U.S. decline again, but prostate cancer death rate creeping up.

THIS IS NOT A GOOD LOOK FOR HOUSTON’S POLICE CHIEF: Remember Who Works for Whom, Chief Acevedo — Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo ‘Is Not Interested in Your Views’ on Gun Control.

After the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, Houston police chief Art Acevedo took to Facebook to share his thoughts.

“I know some have strong feelings about gun rights,” he wrote, “but I want you to know I’ve hit rock bottom and I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue.”

I’ve met Chief Acevedo, and he seems to me a good guy with a tough job, but he’s out of bounds here. Like a great many police chiefs and other civil servants in this ailing republic, he could stand being reminded of who works for whom.

Police chiefs are not lawmakers. It is not Chief Acevedo’s job to decide what kind of gun laws Texas—or the United States—has or does not have. Like any citizen, Chief Acevedo is entitled to his opinion, but he doesn’t have any special competence or standing to speak on the issue of gun control. What he has is only a point of view.

Of course, he doesn’t have to be interested in anybody’s views on the issue. That’s one of the nice things about being an appointed official rather than an elected one. But what Chief Acevedo is engaged in here isn’t law enforcement—it’s politics. He went on Face the Nation and insisted: “We need to start using the ballot box and ballot initiatives to take the matters out of the hands of people that are doing nothing that are elected into the hands of the people to see that the will of the people in this country is actually carried out.”

When reminded of “who works for whom,” Acevedo lashed out on Twitter: Dana Loesch fires back at Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo after legal threat.

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