December 14, 2019

IS THE DNC-MSM REALLY GOING TO DO THIS AGAIN? #WhitePower trends after cadet at Army/Navy game flashes ‘circle game’ symbol.


I DUNNO, THERE’S SOMETHING TO BE SAID FOR MAMMOTH LUXURY SEDANS: The 2020 Genesis G90 is the Luxury Sedan for Eisenhower Voters. “For the right person it’s exactly the sort of large sedan they want. The problem is, the youngest person who voted for Eisenhower in 1956 is now 84 years old.”

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NEW JERSEY: “U-Haul full of guns and bomb-making materials, they get cornered by the cops, and their first response is to shoot the cop, then drive to the nearest Kosher supermarket, popping a Hasidic pedestrian along the way, and run in and start shooting Jewish shoppers? This pretty much narrows it down to Jihadis or Nazis and, frankly, if it were Nazis, their names and faces would be all over the news while the talking heads wrung their hands about the dangers of white supremacy. So if I were going to place a bet right now…”

I DON’T KNOW WHO DECIDED THAT SLEEP-DEPRIVED MEDICAL STAFF WERE A GOOD IDEA: Sleepy nurses could affect patient care. Personally, I want everyone who’s taking care of me to be rested and refreshed.

THIS IS MORE LIKE THE 21st CENTURY I WAS PROMISED: The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How To Lower Your Biological Age.


I blame George Soros.


I’m pretty sure Anthony Burgess and Stanley Kubrick didn’t intend for A Clockwork Orange to be a how-to guide:

NO THEY WON’T. Honda Will Sell You a Civic Type R Race Car for $90,000.

HMMMM: Democratic impeachment holdout Jeff Van Drew planning to switch parties. “Van Drew flipped his GOP district in southern New Jersey, helping deliver Democrats the House majority. The district, which still leans Republican, voted for Trump in 2016.”

NEW CIVILITY WATCH: Greta Thunberg tells cheering crowd ‘we will make sure we put world leaders against the wall’ if they do not tackle global warming as she attends climate protest in Turin.

Who is “We?” In any case, I eagerly await Paul Krugman’s forthright denunciation of this hateful eliminationist rhetoric. And as Glenn noted last week, “The mask sure has been slipping a lot.”


I LOVE HOW THIS TROPE IS EVERYWHERE NOW: Britain’s Labour Party Got Woke—And Now It’s Broke.


From the Babylon Bee, America’s Newspaper of Record.

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WELL, GOOD: Scientists develop superbug-resistant, self-cleaning plastic wrap.

DON SURBER: Peggy Noonan struggles with reality.

What struck her is no one is talking about the impeachment.

She wrote, “On my way to Waterloo I realized: We’re about to have the third impeachment of a president in American history, and the day it happens it’s not going to be Topic A in America. It will barely be mentioned at the dinner table. It is a coastal elite story, not a mainland story.”

Why would people in Iowa care? Impeachment is an elitist wet dream to turn the clock back to 2016. Hillary came so close. So close, and yet so far away.

People move on.

Heh. All the most sophisticated people were so eager to move on from impeachment in 1998, they even created an organization with that name.



I MEAN, IT’S NOT LIKE BERNIE HIRED PROMINENT ANTISEMITE LINDA SARSOUR AS A CAMPAIGN SURROGATE OR ANYTHING! OH, WAIT. And can’t Bernie’s speechwriter be more… articulate? [UPDATE: Turns out this is the same guy who waxed poetic a few years back about Venezuela’s “economic miracle.”]

AND YOU THOUGHT THE SCIENCE WAS SETTLED: “The ongoing debate about postmenopausal hormone therapy and breast cancer risk may have turned even more muddy: A large, new study suggests that two different types of hormone therapy have opposite effects on women’s long-term risk of the disease. The researchers found that combined hormone replacement therapy — with estrogen and progestin — increases the risk of breast cancer, with effects that last for years after women discontinue the therapy. On the other hand, women who take estrogen alone appear to have an equally long-lasting decrease in their breast cancer risk.”

What I find interesting is that there’s far more expressed concern about the side effects of hormone therapy — for both men and women — that’s designed to help them feel normal, but virtually none about the much less natural doses of hormones used in sex transition treatments.

BOBBY EWING AND BOB NEWHART COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: JJ Abrams Reveals Whole Sequel Trilogy Was Just A Dream Rey Had While On Some Kind Of Island In Purgatory.

From America’s Newspaper of Record, the Babylon Bee. 

DAME MARY BARRACO:  A heroine has died at age 96 in Virginia Beach.  May the heavens receive her joyfully.

ALL THIS AND WORLD WAR II: Old and Busted: Can Greeks Become Germans? (As asked by Thomas Friedman when, “unexpectedly,” Greece needed a major financial bailout in 2011.)

The New Hotness, via WaPo? Analysis: If Britain had Germany’s electoral system, Boris Johnson may have lost the election.

I’m pretty sure that the period of 1939 through 1945, which the Times’ Paul Krugman defines as the economic “miracle of the 1940s,” and the EU as “the European Civil War,” helped to ensure that Britain avoided having Germany’s electoral system.

(Classical reference in headline.)

ROD DREHER: Why Boris Won — And How the GOP Might:

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I have no idea why the Republicans are so damned silent on wokeness, including the transgender madness. No doubt about it, the American people have accepted gay marriage and gay rights, broadly. But the Left will not accept this victory in the culture war. They cannot help bouncing the rubble, and driving people farther than they are willing to go, or that they should have to go. It’s the elites — and not just academic elites. Every week I get at least two e-mails from readers sending me examples of transgender wokeness taking over their professions — especially big business. People hate this pronoun crap, but nobody dares to speak out against it, because they are afraid of being doxxed, cancelled, or at least marginalized in the workplace. Surely there is a big common-sense vote to be energized here. Boris Johnson is not a cultural conservative in any meaningful sense that I can see, but he’s not that lunatic Jo Swinson, and he’s not like these militant cultural Jacobins of the left-liberal elites that despise as bigots anyone and everyone who doesn’t affirm their rancid orthodoxies, and who want to persecute all dissenters.

Read the whole thing.


CLEANUP: Judge orders 234,000 purged from Wisconsin voter rolls.

REMY: FULL HOUSE (San Francisco Real Estate Edition): New video from Reason TV. “You can’t watch Full House reruns without getting nostalgic (for the good old days when a San Francisco townhouse wasn’t $6 million):”

WHO DOES HE THINK HE’S FOOLING? Mike Bloomberg’s decision to lopsidedly cover only Trump (and no Democrats)  has my old friends in the newsroom pretty ticked off. But leaving his own name off of the “Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index” is just dumb.

Not that I’m cheering for anyone of these people, but he’s giving Fauxcohoantas and Grumpy Socialist a stick with which to hit him over the head.

LEFTIST HATE IS EVERYWHERE: Semester of violence: physical attacks on conservative college students keep piling up.

On the one hand this makes me angry. On the other it’s just an in-kind contribution to the Trump2020 get-out-the-vote operation.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: FBI: UNM student from Saudi Arabia had kill list.

WHEN FACULTY ATTACK THEIR OWN STUDENTS: The faculty association at California State University-Chico released a statement slamming the College Republicans group on campus. The statement called their ideas “white supremacist” while also calling Trump re-election signs a “racist provocation.”

Keep this stuff up and people are going to conclude that higher education isn’t worth supporting with taxpayer dollars.

OUT ON A LIMB: Corbyn the main reason Labour didn’t retain 2017 voters, poll shows.

I’M NOT SURE I’D CALL THIS LOOK “MORE YOUTHFUL.” What is the secret of Hillary Clinton’s strangely plumped-up-cheeks? Fillers could be behind more youthful look. Besides, to be more youthful, don’t you have to be at least a little bit youthful to start?

But this cosmetic work, ill-advised as it is, suggests that Hillary’s thinking about running — or at least wants people to think she is. You’d think she could afford better, though.


Al Gore: 2020 Democrats Should Run on the Green New Deal.

Michael Bloomberg would shut down coal plants if elected president.

In addition to advancing Putin’s goals, Gore is also advancing the goals of the ultimate example of Big Oil, Qatar, which bought the former radical environmentalist off in 2013.

As Walter Russell Mead wrote in 2017:

If Trump were the Manchurian candidate that people keep wanting to believe that he is, here are some of the things he’d be doing:

Limiting fracking as much as he possibly could
Blocking oil and gas pipelines
Opening negotiations for major nuclear arms reductions
Cutting U.S. military spending
Trying to tamp down tensions with Russia’s ally Iran.

“Yep,” Glenn added at the start of the month. “You know who did do these things? Obama. You know who supports these things now? Democrats.”

SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS IS LITERALLY THE STATE MOTTO OF VIRGINIA: VA National Guard Issues Statement Over Calls To Enforce Gun Control. “If you read between the lines of the adjutant general’s statement, it’s clear that McEachin’s comment is already causing a stir within the Guard itself. The men and women of the Virginia National Guard signed up to defend freedom, not establish a police state on American soil where soldiers search for scofflaws who refuse to register their rifles with the Virginia State Police.”

“HAS BOOMERANGED?” CNBC SPELLED “IS WORKING AS DESIGNED” WRONG: California’s new employment law has boomeranged and is starting to crush freelancers.

Why, it’s as if California’s “Progressive” policies hurt the working-class and middle-class or something.

BECAUSE THEY’RE MORE LOYAL TO LEFTY POLITICS THAN TO JUDAISM: Caroline Glick: Why Leftist Jews Slander President Trump.

In its Twitter feed, the New York Times reported Trump’s action thus: “President Trump will sign an executive order defining Judaism as a nationality, not just a religion, thus bolstering the Education Department’s efforts to stamp out “Boycott Israel” movements on college campuses.”

This tweet was so off-base that it is impossible to view it as a mere misunderstanding by the paper of record for the liberal establishment. The assertion that Trump’s move “defined Judaism” smacks of cultural appropriation, and as such, it sounds like an act of aggression against Jews.

By falsely claiming Trump defined Judaism as a nationality, the Times made it sound like Trump was saying that Jews aren’t American nationals.

And by writing the purpose of the effort was to “stamp out ‘Boycott Israel’ movements on college campuses,” rather than protect Jewish students from anti-Semitic harassment, the Times made the order seem like a political ploy rather than a civil rights action long supported by Democrats and Republicans alike.

Liberal Jews pounced on the message and ran with it. Halie Soifer, the executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America accused Trump of being “partially responsible” for the rise of anti-Semitism in America.

“If President Trump truly wanted to combat anti-Semitism,” she said, “he would accept responsibility for his role in perpetuating anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and emboldening white nationalism.”

“We said it before and we’ll say it again – Donald Trump is the biggest threat to American Jews,” she added.

J-Street’s executive director Jeremy Ben-Ami echoed the criticism of BDS advocates in Congress and on campuses by claiming that the executive order harms the free speech rights of anti-Israel activists. In his words, “The executive order, like the stalled congressional legislation it is based on, appears designed less to combat anti-Semitism than to have a chilling effect on free speech and to crack down on campus critics of Israel.”

Undoubtedly, Soifer and Ben Ami were directing their statements towards the “a-political” Jewish establishment in the hopes of mobilizing them against the pro-Jewish executive order.

In the event, they failed. The Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee both applauded Trump’s executive order.

But Soifer and Ben Ami had grounds to think the ADL and AJC would join them in characterizing Trump’s friendliness and support for Jewish people as anti-Semitism. Earlier this week they did.

Which ties into Ken Stern’s (below) bogus comments about Trump’s use of “anti-semitic” tropes.

VIRGINIA DEM MAKES SURPRISE IN-KIND CONTRIBUTION TO TRUMP 2020 CAMPAIGN: Virginia Dem Says May Have To Call Out National Guard To Enforce Gun Bans.

WHAT A TOOL: In which lefty Ken Stern complains that right-leaning Jews are turning his definition of anti-semitism into a campus speech code that can stifle dissent. Welcome to the party, pal.

It’s not that this isn’t, at some level, a legitimate complaint. But if anti-Israel speech is the only kind of speech you’re worried about stifling, I don’t give you much credit.

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IT’S ONLY “DEMOCRACY” IF THE LEFT WINS: “Tonight there was a rather large demonstration against Boris Johnson and the Tories in central London, I believe near Downing Street. Of course, Johnson hasn’t done anything since yesterday to justify the angry demonstration. Basically, the leftists were protesting the fact that they lost the election. Any outcome other than a left-wing victory is, to them, unacceptable.” Just like here. It’s amazing how bourgeois liberalism is unable to admit a political defeat.

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THE HEXAGON PATTERN IS INTERESTING: NASA Spacecraft Spies Huge New Storm on Jupiter After Death-Dodging Maneuver.


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After Tuesday’s massacre in Jersey City, New Jersey’s Jews are still in shock, just like the Jews in Pittsburgh last year. When our Shabbat services ended the day of that shooting, I left the sanctuary to be greeted by a fleet of police cars surrounding our synagogue. As I learned what happened 350 miles to the west I thought of Sinclair Lewis’ ironically titled 1935 novel, “It Can’t Happen Here.” What he meant, of course, was it can happen here. And it just did. . . .

And, perhaps, this latest massacre will increase the momentum for the serious and effective gun policies this country so obviously needs.

All of which is well and good. But, If antisemitic incidents are on the rise, we Jews have to figure out what we do next. Then, I thought, who better to ask than a Muslim?

Who, indeed?

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Historian: America’s Homeschooling Mothers Are Leading Our Next Revolution.

All is proceeding as I have foreseen.

THE NEW YORK TIMES IS STILL DISHONEST, AND WATER IS STILL WET: The New York Times Continues its Dishonest Assault on the Trump Executive Order on Antisemitism.

TRUMP JUST SAID IT: Wait ‘Til There’s a Democrat in White House.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Taylor Swift Says Soros Family Funded Deal to Buy Her Music.

“This just happened to me without my approval, consultation, or consent,” Swift said. “After I was denied the chance to purchase my music outright, my entire catalog was sold to Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings in a deal that I’m told was funded by the Soros family, 23 Capital, and that Carlyle Group.”

The House of Stephanopoulos assured me on Wednesday that merely mentioning Soros’ name runs the risk of anti-Semitism; I can’t wait for them to ask Swift what her motives are here.

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DRIVING SAFETY: A Cop Who Runs Cannonballs Explains Why Speed Alone Doesn’t Kill.


RIP: Danny Aiello, of Do the Right Thing fame, dead at 86.

While Do the Right Thing’s fatally flawed ending (violent looters — led by the character played by Spike Lee — destroying their favorite neighborhood pizza restaurant after a minor character in the film was killed by the police) garnered plenty of controversy for Lee, it was Aiello’s performance that gave the film its heft and made it watchable.

According to IMDB, Aiello “was a bus driver and the president of the Greyhound Bus union in his 30s before he pursued acting,” and quotes him as saying, “I was 40 when I did my first movie. I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. My interpretation of acting at the time, because I didn’t know how to build a character, was pure energy. People call me an instinctive actor. I used to consider that an insult early on, only because I had never studied. Now… I love it.”

TAKING SIDES WITH TYRANTS: Scoop: The World Bank told Taiwanese staff to get Chinese passports. “This year, the World Bank told current and prospective employees of Taiwanese nationality they must present Chinese travel documents in order to maintain or pursue employment. Why it matters: China has recently ramped up its campaign to systematically force Taiwan and its citizens out of the international community. But forcing out its own staff in this way violates World Bank employment principles.”

UNEXPECTED HEADLINES: Someone Is Putting Cowboy Hats on Pigeons in Las Vegas.

MARK ELLIS: I Was There the Day the ‘Hippie Dream’ Died at Altamont.

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WELL, JOE SAYS A LOT OF THINGS: Joe Biden warns that Boris Johnson’s victory shows dangers of parties leaning too far left.

“Boris Johnson is winning in a walk,” Biden, a leading Democratic presidential candidate, told attendees of a campaign fundraiser in San Francisco. The prime minister’s Conservative Party captured an overwhelming parliamentary majority in Thursday’s election, taking dozens of seats in Britain’s House of Commons from opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.

Predicting news headlines reporting the thumping by Johnson’s Tories, Biden said: “Look what happens when the Labour Party moves so, so far to the left. It comes up with ideas that are not able to be contained within a rational basis quickly.”

That’s nice. But back in September, this happened: Joe Biden Just Lost Any Claim to Being a Moderate With His Embrace of the Green New Deal. As Brandon Morse warned at Red State, “At this point, America has two options in 2020. It’s either Donald Trump or socialism. There doesn’t seem to be an option outside of these two.”

COLORADO: Forced wolf introduction debate really about cattle.

The proposed ballot measure forcing introduction of wolves into Western Colorado has touched off another debate pitting ranchers and livestock advocates against proponents (primarily the Sierra Club and a coalition of outside environmental organizations calling themselves the Southern Rockies Wolf Restoration Project.) They argue the supposed benefits, and the dangers, of bringing in wolves. But it seems clear to me that this debate is not about wolves – it is about cattle.

This has almost nothing to do with wildlife. The canine predators are merely the latest tool in a generation-long campaign to stop ranchers from raising cattle, and Americans from eating beef.

Seems plausible. The Left does have a history, when they can’t reduce demand for something they don’t like, of going after the supply.

DO TELL: ‘Alarmist’ vaping bans lack nuance, may do more harm than good: Report. “Traditional cigarettes still kill about 10,000 times as many people annually.” You can tell the media agenda by which risks they magnify and which they minimize.

A GOOD GUY TO TAKE CAMPING, SO LONG AS YOU DON’T HAVE TO SHARE A TENT: Man whose deadly farts ‘can kill mosquitoes hired to create Mosquito Repellent made from his intestinal gas.’

KITTEN’S GOT CLAWS: TaxProf Paul Caron reports that the ABA has found Louisville Law School out of compliance with its accreditation standards. The ABA has been a lot busier enforcing its standards in the last few years, but this latest move is especially notable. First, Louisville is not one of the usual suspects. Founded in 1846, Louisville is the oldest law school in Kentucky and one of the oldest in the country. It’s named after the great Justice Louis Brandeis and is a top-100 law school. Worse yet, Louisville has been dinged under ABA Standard 202, because “its current financial condition” may have “a negative and material effect” on the school’s ability to operate. YIKES! If the flood waters have reached Louisville, there’s likely an awful lot of law schools in financial trouble. On a related topic, Fixing Law Schools explains how this has happened and what law schools should do about it. Hint: the answer ISN’T higher tuition or more debt.

READER BOOK PLUG: From Cat Glass, Rough Ride to Runnymede: On a Quest to Stop a Bully.

SKYNET SMILES: Japanese Researchers Teaching Robots to Repair Themselves.

IT’S ON! Scientists Say They’re Sick of Quantum Computing’s Hype. “A Twitter account called Quantum Bullshit Detector reflects some researchers’ angst about overhyped claims and other troubling trends.”


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CHANGE: FCC approves 988 as new U.S. suicide prevention hotline number.

HUFFPO: Republican Group Hits Donald Trump With Scathing New Billboard Campaign. “A conservative group is targeting House Republicans with a digital billboard campaign that is heavily critical of President Donald Trump.”


The big names behind the group are Bill Kristol, Mona Charen, Linda Chavez, Sarah Longwell, and Andy Zwick. Or as the group’s Wikipedia page notes, “Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin calls the ads ‘devastating’ to Trump’s credibility.”

Someone’s credibility is devastated, that’s for sure.

BILL DE BLASIO SEEMS DETERMINED TO RETURN NEW YORK TO THE DEATH WISH ERA: A 13-year-old has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of a Barnard student, source says.

Police officials and de Blasio faced questions Thursday about the pattern of crimes in and around the park. The NYPD had identified issues and implemented different strategies to combat the problem, Harrison said. The department also is stepping up patrols in and around the park and at the nearby schools, including Barnard.

“The idea that a college freshman at Barnard was murdered in cold blood is absolutely not only painful to me as a parent, it’s terrifying to think that that could happen anywhere,” de Blasio said at the news conference.

“It’s unbelievable to me that that could happen here, next to one of our great college campuses,” he added. “It’s an unacceptable reality.”

Curiously, it’s becoming increasingly “believable” that it could happen in de Blasio’s New York.

SAY ‘TURN ON THE LIGHTS’ ONE MORE TIME, M—— F——, I DARE YOU: You can now hear Samuel L. Jackson’s voice on your Amazon Echo. “Yes, there’s an explicit option.”

UNEXPECTEDLY: House Judiciary Committee Votes to Impeach Trump. “The articles of impeachment will move to the full House, with two days to consider them. The House of Representatives is likely to impeach Trump on partisan lines next week.”

DON’T LET THIS GET PASSED OVER BY EVENTS: Pensacola Terror Attack Exposes Navy Failures.

CRIME IN THE BIG APPLE:  According to this, murder is up 8.7% in New York City this year.  That’s a lot.  Robbery, felony assault, “shooting incidents,” and “housing crime” are also up.  But rape, burglary, grand larceny, auto theft and “transit crime” are down, so the overall crime rate is said to be down. I wonder how much of this is the failure to report (or the failure to record reports of) more minor crimes.   I’ve written about some of my worries on the topic of criminal law enforcement here.  I worry a lot ….

BORIS JOHNSON HAS CRACKED THE CODE OF REAGAN COALITION FOR THE UK: Not sure I completely agree with this case, but it’s well worth reading.

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