December 10, 2017

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ANN ALTHOUSE ON TRUMP, TWITTER, AND THE CRITICS:. “I don’t need 60 insiders to explain that to me. It’s an accurate picture of the media. Now, you may say, he just shouldn’t watch the TV, shouldn’t pay attention to media, should let media do its thing and stick to what’s conventionally presidential — ignore what’s being said about him. . . . Don’t fight back. Be above it all. Remember how well that worked for George W. Bush? But that’s not Trump. I can see why he uses Twitter. He’s a master at Twitter, keeping the media honest (or at least looking as dishonest as it is (or might be)).”

If George W. Bush — or Mitt Romney — had pushed back against the media 1/10 as hard as Trump does, there wouldn’t be a President Trump. For that matter, there wouldn’t be a President Trump if the media had pushed back against Barack Obama 1/10 as hard as they pushed against Bush, Romney, or Trump.

ANOTHER OPEN THREAD. Because people seem to like these.

ANN ALTHOUSE: David Brooks gets awfully grandiose and contemptuous. “If Roy Moore’s opponent wins, I would expect Democrats to exult at the fabulous new political opportunity and even to laugh openly at the Alabamans (who will be on the receiving end of contempt no matter what they do). And I do not believe that after this election there’s going to be any great shift to voting based on which candidate is more moral. I watched the Sunday shows this morning. All that cheesy emoting in the Theater of Sanctimony. Such scenery chewing! Especially by Brooks. Isn’t he too a sinner?”

Weird how none of these paragons of moral leadership got all upset about reports of underage prostitutes and Senator Menendez (D-NJ), when Menendez would be replaced by a Republican governor. . . .

Related: How David Brooks Created Donald Trump.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: How To Get Out Of An Unwanted Threesome. The solution to this problem is found in the old adage: Inside every threesome is a twosome and a onesome.

WELL, YES: Liberals Hate Being Held to Their Own Standards.


HOW KIM KARDASHIAN has ruined butts.

EVEN THOUGH SHE PURPORTS TO COMPLETELY AGREE WITH HIM Sen. Warren critical of Trump decision on Jerusalem.

Warren told a Reform Jewish convention, “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and diplomacy between Israelis and Palestinians should determine the final status of Jerusalem for all parties.” Trump’s critics claim their criticism is over “timing” or the “absence of a comprehensive peace plan.” In reality, there are two types of critics among those who purport to support recognizing that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital: those who agree with Trump’s decision, but won’t give him credit for anything, and those who pretend to agree with the substance of Trump’s decision, but in fact want to deny Israel the legitimacy of having its capital recognized by the international community, indefinitely. The Jewish left is mostly in the former camp, the rest of the left, likely including Warren, in the latter.

CLARIFYING BOY SCOUT KNIFE POLICY: “Such a wonderful sentence, and policy for that matter.”

YES. OUR SOURCE WAS THE NEW YORK TIMES: An Abomination. A Monster. That’s Me?


It used to be that when someone called me an abomination, I was in the presence of a homophobe.

But a recent opinion column in Texas State University’s main newspaper damned me for a different reason. I’m abominable because I’m white.

The column wasn’t aimed at me personally but at my kind, and the Hispanic student who wrote it began by saying that “of all the white people” he had ever encountered, there were a dozen or so who rose to the level of “decent.”

The allowance that 12 of us passed muster was perhaps the most generous passage in a screed that had an unambiguous message for white people, be they “good-hearted liberals” or “right-wing extremists.”

“I hate you,” he wrote, “because you shouldn’t exist. You are both the dominant apparatus on the planet and the void in which all other cultures, upon meeting you, die.”

The headline: “Your DNA Is an Abomination.”

Yes, this was deliberate provocation. By a college student. And he’s obviously right that people of color have been systematically oppressed.

But what college newspaper would have published a column by a white student telling his black peers that they’re a wretched lot? What, beyond catharsis, did the column’s author accomplish?

—“An Abomination. A Monster. That’s Me?,” Frank Bruni, the New York Times, yesterday.

“What, beyond catharsis, did the column’s author accomplish?” Well, a shot at working for the Times, or at least greatly increasing the odds that his resume will be read there.


Not long ago, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the 41-year old publisher of the New York Times, was greeting people at a party in the Metropolitan Museum when a dignified older man confronted him. He told Sulzberger that he was unhappy about the jazzy, irreverent new “Styles of the Times” Sunday section. “It’s very”—the man—paused—“un-Times-ian”

“Thank you,” Sulzberger replied. He later told a crowd of people that alienating older white male readers means “we’re doing something right.”

—“Tumult at the Times,” New York magazine, November 16, 1991. It was during that era that former Timesman Peter Boyer described the atmosphere in Pinch’s newsroom as “moderate white men should die,” according to William McGowan in his exceptional 2010 book Gray Lady Down.

As with Jonathan Chait’s memorable 2015 freakout from the left over the corrosive nature of political correctness, Bruni’s mostly angry that a young fellow leftist thinks of him in the same way he and most other Timespeople dismiss half the country as unpersons. QED: Here’s NewsBusters from last year spotting “Anti-Trump NYT Columnist [Frank Bruni]: My Goal’s to Avoid the Truth About Trump Voters Until Election Day.”

Found via Christina Hoff Sommers‏, who tweets today, “Great article by [Bruni in the Times.] Just one thing he missed: Much of the current campus viciousness is inspired by a theory called intersectionality. Explained here:”

Earlier: Lorde of the Flies: Why College Students Reject Reason. Meet the poet who championed subjectivity and what is now called ‘intersectionality.’

CHRIS MATTHEWS ON THE FALLOUT FROM FORMER NBC CO-WORKER AL FRANKEN: “The worst you can say about Democrats is they’re too pure. That’s a stupid thing to say, but that’s the worst thing you can say about them, these guys set too high a standard for public office. How’s that for an argument?”

As typical for Chris, not a very good one.

I’m so old, I can remember when Chris Matthews guest-hosted for Rush Limbaugh in the late 1990s, in-part because at the time, he was the rare Democrat who was publicly disgusted by Bill Clinton’s behavior. However, last month, Matthews claimed on air that he was “‘too tough on Bill Clinton’ during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Matthews apparently still views Clinton as the victim and forgot that the college intern was painted as the aggressor and villain in the situation,” as Rachel Mullen wrote at Hot Air.

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America is in the middle of a political awakening of sorts with all kinds of moving parts. Franken did not survive because he was caught in the storm, he left because he was part of the storm that swept out our culture’s moral compass a generation ago.

When we decided 40 years ago — at the beginning of the ‘me’ generation — to drop societal norms and boundaries, we gave people the OK to behave badly; especially men. It was cool to be naughty, uncool to be respectful and gentlemanly.

It appears that storm is fading fast in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal in both our culture and our politics. And politicians and aspiring politicians who had the wink, wink, nod, nod OK to do this, while polite society looked the other way, don’t get any more winks or nods anymore.

Maybe the best test of all for our country would have been that Franken didn’t resign, but stayed to face the people who put him in office in the first place. It would be in that moment we would know if voters would bargain their values away in favor tribal of politics.

Well, Franken hasn’t resigned-resigned yet (as Polanski-apologist Whoopi Goldberg would say), and depending upon what happens in the Roy Moore election, Minnesota voters might still be put to that test.

But in the meantime, isn’t it curious that Lorne Michaels, who created Saturday Night Live in 1975 and still produces it, and infused its “nothing is true; everything is permitted*” style throughout the NBC culture, has yet to be asked about Franken, whose career he launched and employed for decades, or this current cultural moment? Considering Michaels works in the same office building with them, he shouldn’t be all that difficult for NBC “reporters” to track down, if they actually wanted to bother.

* SNL’s first lead writer, former National Lampoon co-founder Michael O’Donoghue, idolized William S. Burroughs, the heroin-addicted beat generation writer, and frequently quoted Burroughs’ motto as his comedy goal.

SO ON MY LAST CAYMAN TRIP, I got a GoPro Hero5 with a dive case (and extra batteries) and shot a fair amount of underwater footage. But on return, the chip got left at Doug Weinstein’s and I kept forgetting to get it and post video. But now he’s put up some video on YouTube and you can see that it does a really good job. It’s amazing even to me just how great digital cameras and video cameras are today. Doug shot this clip; I appear at about the 8:30 mark.

Next trip, I think I’ll shoot video of the storm-damaged Kittiwake, which you’ll be able to contrast with my earlier Kittiwake footage.



President Trump blasted the left-wing Washington Post’s Dave Weigel after the reporter taunted him with a fake photograph that falsely depicted a mostly empty auditorium at the president’s Friday night rally. After receiving an apology, the president said Weigel “should be fired”… Naturally, the elite media responded — not by admonishing Weigel over his inexcusably inaccurate trolling — but with their favorite claim that Trump is the one man in America who does not have the First Amendment right to criticize the media.

Fake news from a guy on the JournoList who began his career at the Post posing as a fake conservative? Inconceivable!

Related: Spokesman from network who threatens to doxx viewers defends Weigel:

“Gang up” means Weigel could receive mean tweets. They’re really taking this juicebox mafia concept far too literally.


So far, it’s proven to be a foolproof test as to whether the person viewing it truly believes in tolerance and ideological diversity.


CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, BERNIE: Sen. Sanders on sexual harassment: “we need a cultural revolution.” Maybe not the best turn of phrase, especially from Bernie. . . .

REX MURPHY: Endless sex scandals expose hypocrisy of Hollywood and media industry.

By way of an abrupt conclusion, there are really only two points to make, neither novel.

The first: the fact that these “icons” held such sway for so long, and injured or intimidated so many, strips Hollywood and the news business of all their pretentiousness and virtue display—their preening, preaching righteousness—not only on matters concerning women, but also on other causes to which they delight to add their hypocritical names.

The second: the catchphrase of the moment—“we all knew”—undercuts and demolishes the idea of celebrities as brave watchmen and defenders of truth. Almost all of these have painted Donald Trump as a wild, sexist boor, some making a semi-career out of being Trump’s superior, morally and intellectually. Well, following these revelations, with whom would you prefer to spend an evening: Charlie Rose or The Donald?

Our moral and intellectual superiors are neither.

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ED ROGERS: Robert Mueller Has Some Explaining To Do. “Enough has been disclosed in recent weeks that would create doubts about the objectivity and honesty of Mueller’s Russia investigation. Specifically, recent reports suggest that Peter Strzok, the deputy head of counterintelligence at the FBI, was working on Mueller’s investigation until he was removed during the summer, after Mueller discovered he had exchanged text messages critical of Trump with a lawyer assigned to the probe, with whom he was involved romantically. Strzok, it turns out, was also responsible for editing then-FBI Director James B. Comey’s description of Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified emails, reportedly softening the language from describing Clinton’s actions as ‘grossly negligent’ to ‘extremely careless.’ Oh and by the way, several of the attorneys on Mueller’s team have collectively given over $62,000 in political contributions to Democrats. Are we supposed to pretend that this doesn’t show any bias? One attorney in particular, Jeannie Rhee, has donated more than $16,000 to Democrats since 2008 and even defended the Clinton Foundation in a racketeering lawsuit.” (Bumped).

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GLENN GREENWALD: The U.S. Media Yesterday Suffered its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened.. “Friday was one of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with countless pundits, commentators and operatives joining the party throughout the day. By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nation’s largest and most influential news outlets had spread an explosive but completely false news story to millions of people, while refusing to provide any explanation of how it happened.”

In attempting to “denormalize” Trump, they’ve denormalized themselves. If they simply reported fairly and accurately, without their screamingly obvious bias, they’d be able to do him much more damage. But they can’t help themselves.

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT A FEDERAL JUDGE IMPEACHED FOR CORRUPTION WOULD MISBEHAVE IF ELECTED TO CONGRESS? Another Congressional Victim Comes Forward – This Time With A $200,000 Settlement.. “It just won’t stop. The latest congressional harassment case to hit the news involves Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and a former staff member of a congressional commission. The twist in this story is that the woman wasn’t a congressional staffer but congressional employee. She was a member of the Helsinki Commission – a congressional commission that promotes international human rights. Oh, the irony. . . . Her settlement wasn’t included in the payments released by the Office of Compliance, interestingly enough.”

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: David Brock May Be Illegally Funding An Effort To Impeach Trump.


Related: Yemen, Not Syria or Iraq, Is Obama’s Worst Foreign Policy Mistake.. I dunno, what about Libya? There are so many choices . . .

BLOOMBERG: Trump Teaches Palestinians About the New Middle East: The rest of the Arab world is far more concerned about Iran than about the West Bank.

One of the amusing things about the Jerusalem move announcement is that so much of the press treated it as some sort of impulsive spasm, when it’s obviously something that’s been worked out over weeks and months as part of Trump’s extensive discussions with the Arabs.

Plus: “Trump likes winners, and the Palestinians aren’t winning.”

And the Europeans are now too busy to keep propping them up as a way of preventing American dominance in the region.

PATRICK BEDARD: White House Report Card: Trump puts big points on the board.

It helped him that his media opponents shot themselves in the foot repeatedly, with help from Gloria Allred’s astounding incompetence.

FOR THE TIMES, THEY ARE ACHANGING:  It is No Longer the “Normal World” of Publishing.

OH, YEAH, MY FRIEND IS STILL DISSECTING HILLARY’S BOOK:  HRC: Idealism and Realism – by Amanda S. Green.



WHY NOT BOTH?  Fake News: Media bias or simply ineptitude?

THEN ALL THE ASTRONAUTS END UP IN WEST VIRGINIA’S “COUNTRY ROADS”:  New spacesuits have ‘take me home’ button.

I THINK SHE’S USING IT!  Women really want Meghan Markle’s nose.

WELL, THAT EXPLAINS WHY IT’S SO HARD TO GET A RESERVATION:  London’s top-rated restaurant on TripAdvisor doesn’t exist.

FASTER, PLEASE:  Degenerative diseases could soon be a thing of the past.

AT LEAST BOOSTS THE CHANCES WE’LL BE ABLE TO COLONIZE:  New discovery boosts possibility of life on Jupiter’s moon.

December 9, 2017

EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON IS NOT HAPPY: Sadly, Trump Is Winning: Despite his widespread unpopularity, Trump has delivered on specific promises to wealthy donors and the far right.

George Washington Shrinks Incoming Class Size To Stop Rankings Slide.

SO A WHILE BACK, the Knoxville Blues Society had a benefit concert in memory of the late Sara Jordan, and I went and took the Nikon D500. These are some pics, just as they came out of the camera.

All shot with the 18-200 VR Zoom, which is an awesome lens.

WHAT COULD ACCOUNT FOR THIS? “The IQ gains of the 20th century have faltered.” I’m tempted to blame Twitter and Facebook, but that doesn’t really fit the data. Fairer to say that they just make the problem plain. . . .

HEADLINES I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE: Parker Posey is the Perfect Dr. Smith for Netflix’s Lost In Space. 

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ANDREW KLAVAN: I’m Done With the Sex Scandals.

MICHAEL WALSH: The End of Media History and the Last Honest Man.

What can journalism do to repair its tattered reputation? For one thing, it needs to stop responding like this:

A CNN spokesperson  previously told POLITICO that the reporters involved in the latest correction, Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb, would not be disciplined. “There will not be any disciplinary action taken because every procedure put in place as part of the editorial process was followed,” the spokesperson said. “People don’t get fired at CNN for making a mistake. They get fired when they don’t follow editorial procedures.”

If that’s its”editorial process,” then CNN has a bigger problem than it thinks. Reporters learned many lessons from Watergate, almost all of them bad, and one of the worst was the “two-source” rule that allowed Woodward and Bernstein to get information into print that wouldn’t have otherwise passed muster.

Read the whole thing.

GARRISON KEILLOR? WHO HE? Rod Dreher links to a column by David Vossbrink of the San Jose Mercury, who notes “Erasing Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion is a ‘1984’-like excess:”

Garrison Keillor has been disappeared into the Memory Hole. If you look for his biography or the archived shows from a half century of “A Prairie Home Companion” on the website of Minnesota Public Radio since his fall from grace, you’ll now find only this: “Sorry, but there’s no page here.”

Keillor and his entire body of work from “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Writer’s Almanac” have been effectively erased from the archives of MPR, along with the work of all the other storytellers, singers, poets and production staff who made the shows successful.

In these tumultuous days of unceasing revelations of sexual scandals in media, politics and business, media enterprises especially face a new ethical challenge with their fallen stars: What do you do with history and art?

As Dreher writes:

If you only chose to partake of art, music, and literature created by morally upstanding persons, you’d quickly come to the end of what’s available. Museums would empty out. Concert halls would fall silent. Bookstores would have to be repurposed as yoga studios, and movie theaters as hipster churches. The unfortunate truth is that bad, or at least deeply flawed, people often make the best art.

Assuming the worst about Garrison Keillor’s private behavior does not negate the decades of pleasure — wholesome pleasure, let it be noted; my kids and I used to listen to his show together — that his quality radio program provided. If we grant MPR and content-owners like them the right to erase the artistic legacy of creators like Keillor, where does it stop? Who will be next?

Indeed. Meanwhile, a former Martin O’Malley 2016 presidential campaign state coordinator and DNC organizer named Race Hochdorf explores “Garrison Keillor & The Dark Side Of #MeToo:”

One defense of assuming guilt is “Why would a woman lie about harassment or assault?” This is irritating for two reasons: 1) It presents women as saintly creatures, come down from heaven above, who would never ever have the desire to lie about abuse for any social or material benefit whatsoever (though this actually happens frequently in child custody cases, and despite the fact that several false rape allegations have made headlines in the past decade: The Rolling Stone/UVA case, the Duke Lacrosse case, and the Columbia University/“Mattress Girl” case to name just a few), and 2) It suggests that if no clear motive for lying about an incident can be immediately discerned, then automatic belief should be chosen over neutral investigation.

Another defense of assuming guilt of the alleged perpetrator is that the approach isn’t meant to be applied to the legal system, only applied in a social context. And what reassurance that is! Don’t worry men. If you ever find yourself among the 2-10% of persons falsely accused of rape, you can sleep easy knowing that even if a court of law finds you not guilty, society will loathe and ostracize you regardless. But this doesn’t matter to mainstream feminist writers and activists. In fact, they’re ecstatic about the possibility of innocent men being concerned and worried.

Emily Lindin, a columnist for Teen Vogue, tweeted: “Sorry. If some innocent men’s reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay.”

But note how the article begins:

But it was the second work of Keillor’s that I read, his nonfiction Homegrown Democrat, which proved to have the greatest impact, convincing me to ditch my naive and juvenile libertarianism for a practical and caring liberalism that stressed a balance between heart and mind. It was not this book alone, mind you. My transition from libertarianism to liberalism was more of a journey than just one book or thinker. But nevertheless, Homegrown Democrat was the “straw that broke the camel’s back.” It was a book that was able to present a set of political ideas not as a set of political ideas, but as a deeply personal reminiscence of community and citizenship. It was democracy as a story told by a village elder near a fire, rather than a lecture delivered by an overly-polished plastic hack.

In short, while Garrison Keillor isn’t necessarily one I would consider an “intellectual influence,” his work has always managed to bring a smile to my face, as it no doubt has done for millions of other people. He is a warm old man with a tender voice who — up until recently — had found his life’s purpose in public radio broadcasting and in writing. He was the face of a kind, humble, rural liberalism; a liberalism, I should add, that is far too rare in American political discourse today.

Keillor is “the face of a kind, humble, rural liberalism; a liberalism, I should add, that is far too rare in American political discourse today”? It’s much rarer that Hochdorf thinks — evidently he missed Keillor, then about 74, telling the New York Times last year just how kind, humble and a man of the rural people he is:

Curiously, Mr. Keillor has always found it difficult spending so much time with the strong, good-looking, above average people of Lake Wobegon, which he based on his relatives, past and present.

In “The Keillor Reader” (2014), he complained bitterly about “their industriousness, their infernal humility, their schoolmarmish sincerity, their earnest interest in you, their clichés falling like clockwork — it can be tiring to be around.”

Speaking on his porch, Mr. Keillor said of Lake Wobegonians, i.e., his relatives, “I am frustrated by them in real life.” They were too controlled by good manners, he said, and “have a very hard time breaking through.”

So why devote so much of his professional life ruminating about them? “It’s the people I think I know,” he replied.

Will he miss them, and the weekly jolt of the show?

“No,” he replied. “No.”

Or Keillor, who “has made roughly $400,000 worth of political contributions to Democratic candidates and groups over the past 30 years,” according to the Washington Free Beacon, describing Trump’s Christian supporters in January, in the Washington Post:

And so the Boy President heads for Washington to be sworn into office, pumping his fist, mooning the media, giving the stinky finger to whomever irks him, doing his end-zone dance, promising to build the wall, cut taxes, create jobs, provide great health insurance for EVERYONE and send his son-in-law to the Middle East to solve that little problem, and the rest of us will sit in a barn and keep ourselves warm and hide our heads under our wings, poor things. Discouraging.

So I’ve been shopping around for a new religion to see me through the next four years. Too many of my fellow Christians voted for selfishness and for degradation of the beautiful world God created. I guess they figured that by the time the planet was a smoky wasteland, they’d be nice and comfy in heaven, so wotthehell. Anyhow, I’m looking around for other options.

Which was pretty much his reaction to George W. Bush’s supporters in 2004:

 The party of Lincoln and Liberty was transmogrified into the party of hairy-backed swamp developers and corporate shills, faith-based economists, fundamentalist bullies with Bibles, Christians of convenience, freelance racists, misanthropic frat boys, shrieking midgets of AM radio, tax cheats, nihilists in golf pants, brownshirts in pinstripes, sweatshop tycoons, hacks, fakirs, aggressive dorks, Lamborghini libertarians, people who believe Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk was filmed in Roswell, New Mexico, little honkers out to diminish the rest of us, Newt’s evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man suspicious of the free flow of information and of secular institutions, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk.


Funny how “kind, humble, rural liberalism” sounds quite a lot like angry, smug, punitive* urban leftism, the type practiced by those who are busy airbrushing Keillor out of Minnesota history. As Dreher writes, “Unpersoning the accused ‘Prairie Home Companion’ host is a totalitarian act.” Similarly, Keillor himself had no problem making unpersons out of anyone whose political views he disagreed with – pretty much, based on the quotes above, half the country — to ally himself with those who smash the statues and stoke the memory hole.

* And don’t get the Hillary and Obama supporting Keillor started on gays raising children.

UNSURPRISINGLY, THE ANSWER TURNS OUT TO BE NO: The Root: Is the South More Racist Than Other Parts of the US?

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LOTS OF ROTTEN FRUIT READY TO FALL? The dance world and sexual harassment. “Company directors (the heterosexual ones, that is; I know less about the habits of the gay directors, but I’m assuming the story is not too different) often sleep with their dancers. They even sometimes marry them; Balanchine, for example, was famous for this, having married (and divorced) a whole series of them. So the idea in ballet is not to eliminate the sex or the touching—I think that would be impossible—but to eliminate the harassment.” Well, that probably worked better before the witch hunts.

DON’T FORGET THE SECURITY ADVANTAGES: Spread the swamp? Trump administration wants to move government offices out of Washington

Advocates for this idea neglect perhaps its most important aspect, the way it would make the federal government much more resilient in the aftermath of a catastrophic terrorist attack on Washington, D.C., such as a dirty bomb or biological attack on the Metro. Why would you want all of the most important government offices and officials to be concentrated within a few square miles?

THE RAGE OF A PRIVILEGED CLASS: “The Democrats are acting crazy thanks to racial politics—specifically, the angry racial politics of upper-middle-class white liberals.” “Many liberal whites wanted to be rid of the culturally conservative, economically liberal, working-class white voters whom Democrats had courted in the previous decade. Upper-middle-class whites were embarrassed by these people.”

APPLES, BANANAS, CRACKERS AND NUTS: 18 Questions CNN Needs To Answer After Getting Busted For Fake News.


(Classical allusion in headline.)

THE MEDIA KEEPS OWNING ITSELF: WaPo writer apologizes to President Trump for posting ‘phony photo of empty arena.’

It’s weird:

SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS ARE HORRIBLE PEOPLE: “White Women Tears”—Critical Theory on Lindsay Shepherd.. “Two weeks ago, I analysed an incident at Wilfrid Laurier University, where teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd was reprimanded for playing a video clip from a televised debate on the compelled use of gender pronouns, and I connected it to the influence of Critical Theory in academia. Last week, I defended Jordan B. Peterson—a Canadian psychology professor who was part of the debate Shepherd played and who became a central figure in the Laurier media coverage—against criticism that he’s a far-right ideologue who misunderstands what he’s criticising. In this article, the final one in the series, I examine what I perceive to be two important flaws in Critical Theory, and show that understanding these flaws helps make sense of the seemingly inexplicable reactions to the Laurier incident by some students and faculty.”

Well, I think it’s pretty well explained by the fact that Social Justice Warriors are horrible people.


One set of images she remembered was of college-age students at a party where ‘some people were inexplicably naked while everyone else was clothed.’ Another was a sort of digital flip book that allowed users to mix and match heads, torsos and legs to create an image of a naked woman.”

The “pornography” wasn’t related to any legal case. I’m putting “pornography” in quotes because I don’t think of photographs of a naked person is “pornography.” Is this Renoir painting pornography?

It’s bad — it’s atrocious! — but it’s not pornography. If I ask you whether you find those Renoir women sexually attractive, am I sexually harassing you? Is the workplace hostile if X lets you see that he’s looking at a picture of a naked person and asks if you find that naked person sexually attractive? I mean, anybody can see from the vantage point of today that it’s a bad idea to interact like that in the workplace, but I think a proportionate reaction would be to agree that we shouldn’t be doing that and move forward.

The Weinstein/Spacey type stuff is one thing, but we’re now down to the level of stuff that trivializes the problem. And lots of male judges (and others) will look at this and say well, I’m never going to act like Weinstein, but who knows what some female clerk or employee will decide was offensive years later, and want a non-proportionate reaction, so the only safe thing to do is not hire female clerks or employees.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Lorde of the Flies: Why College Students Reject Reason. Meet the poet who championed subjectivity and what is now called ‘intersectionality.’


AS SARAH SAYS, DON’T TRUST AND ALWAYS VERIFY: After Another CNN Trump-Russia Debacle, Should ‘Fake News’ Get Benefit of the Doubt?

GREAT MOMENTS IN DISPASSIONATE MEDIA OBJECTIVITY: “Hillary, please don’t reject romance novels — you are a romance novel heroine” states a headline that actually ran in the Washington Post yesterday.

Shades of the embarrassing Dear Leader fanfic published by the New York Times in early 2009 and headlined “Sometimes a President Is Just a President,” written by author Judith Warner. Warner began her column by imagining Obama emerging from her shower, before noting that “Many women — not too surprisingly — were dreaming about sex with the president.”

In May of last year, a parody “Man Enough for Hillary” campaign ad featuring a brawny-looking Shutterstock model went viral; it was realistic looking enough to fool those ace fact-checkers at, err, GQ. Iowahawk challenged his Twitter followers to produce a Photoshopped Harlequin romance novel cover based on it, so I quickly slammed the image below together. But as Muggeridge’s Law states, there is no way a satirist can keep up with real life for its pure absurdity.

I LOVE BUZZ ALDRIN: Now he has a new “Astral” fashion line.. I loved his wife Lois, too, but I kinda understand why she, wanting a quiet retirement, left him a few years ago. He’s 87 and hasn’t slowed down.

Meanwhile, one might hope that a New York Times writer, even for the fashion section, would know the difference between “interplanetary” and “interstellar.” But such hope would be in vain.

WELL, OF COURSE: Some Older Smokers Turn to Vaping. That May Not Be a Bad Idea. The failure to recognize that vaping is vastly preferable to smoking is just another manifestation of Neo-puritanism.

ANDREW SULLIVAN: The Case for the Baker in the Gay-Wedding Culture War.

Well, now that women are bullied to death for not wanting to have sex with a gay man it seems like Sullivan’s argument should have extra force. “Apparently, it wasn’t her body, her choice.”

WEIRD THAT ANYBODY EVEN BOTHERED TO STUDY THIS: Study: Dads stress out when premature babies come home.

CHEESEHEAD STASI: Here’s the full report on Wisconsin’s awful John Doe “investigation.”

ALL IT TAKES IS A FACULTY MEETING: There’s a Reason Time Seems to Speed Up as You Age – But It’s Possible to Slow It Down.

MERRY, QUEEN OF ARKANSAS: Merry ‘Resist-mas!’ You Can Now Get A Hillary Clinton Angel Christmas Tree Topper.

Don’t forget to put a Bernie Sanders action figure under the tree!

(Classical allusion in headline.)

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: Delaware Supreme Court strikes down broad restrictions on gun possession in state parks and forests. Under the Delaware Constitution’s right to arms.

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STICKY FINGERS: A New Biography Explores the Seedier Side of Jann Wenner.

My (lengthy) review of Joe Hagan’s controversial new book is online over at Ed While there’s no way Hagan could have anticipated the Harvey Weinstein scandal when he began writing his bio of Wenner, he perfectly describes Wenner as the linchpin between the sexual revolution of the 1960s and its current French Revolution-esque aftermath.


Although in a way Trump is managing it, by driving them crazy simply by existing.

SPENGLER: Who’s Following Trump’s Lead on Jerusalem?

PREDICTION: THE CHIEF RESULT WILL BE FEWER WOMEN HIRED. Congress reeling from sexual harassment deluge. When every accusation is believed, and when an accusation can ruin a career, why run the risk?

AND RIGHTLY SO: Harvard student scorns casual communism of classmates.

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MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: 18 Questions CNN Needs To Answer After Getting Busted For Fake News.

I know the answer to this one: “15. How will editorial processes on Russia conspiracy stories change going forward to avoid similar errors?” The answer is: Not at all.




NOW THERE’S A SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT AGAINST ALEX KOZINSKI, though it doesn’t even rise to the Franken level. Note Kozinski’s unfazed reaction.

MARK PULLIAM: When Cronyism Met Political Correctness at the University of Texas.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Exclusive: Taxpayers Paid $220K to Settle Case Involving Rep. Alcee Hastings.