April 19, 2019

UNLIKE THE DEMOCRATS’ LEADING CANDIDATES, THIS STUFF NEVER GETS OLD:

OPEN THREAD: Make it memorable.

DO YOU HAVE YOUR Ka-Bar Tactical Spork yet?

OBVIOUSLY, THIS MUST BE BECAUSE HIGHER EDUCATION IS IRREDEEMABLY RACIST: In more than a dozen academic fields—largely STEM related—not a single black student earned a doctoral degree in 2017.

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SEEN ON FACEBOOK: “Democrats lost an election they rigged, and now Democrats have lost an investigation they rigged.”

SEEN ON FACEBOOK:

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Grenell: Buttigieg’s “pushing a hate hoax” like Jussie Smollett.

Grenell wondered where all the calls for tolerance from the gay community have gone. Grenell, himself in a same-sex marriage, laments that their goals used to be tolerance. That doesn’t mean enforcing sameness on everyone, Grenell argues, noting that he disagrees with people he admires but doesn’t expect them to conform to his point of view. “We were the ones saying everyone should be able to accept and love each other,” Grenell recalls. “Now, suddenly, there’s a whole community of people who are demanding that we all think alike. I think it’s outrageous.”

Grenell’s correct that tolerance has gone from its original meaning to an Orwellian term on the Left for enforcing groupthink and silencing any dissent.

Yes, he is.

Related (From Ed): The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler writes, “we conclude there is little evidence that Pence supported conversion therapy, especially given the discussion concerning the Ryan White bill at the time. Media citations on this issue should be more careful in how they reference it.”

As Stephen Miller tweets, “I mean what was the rush here? Why not just wait a few years and let a narrative take hold before checking something like this?”

YOU GOTTA HAVE A GIMMICK: Bacteria use viruses to differentiate themselves from their competitors. It’s interesting to see that as human microbiomes become more important, we’re discovering that bacteria have microbiomes of their own. “Smaller bugs to bite ’em,” indeed.

CHURCHILL’S THIN GREY LINE: A book review of Bernard Edwards’ Churchill’s Thin Grey Line: British Merchant Ships at War 1939–1945.

An excerpt from the review:

In this work, rather than giving us the “Big Picture”, Edwards tells the story of merchant mariners at was by through the experiences of nearly twenty ships, many of which failed to survive attacks by torpedo, shell and bomb. He uses these stories to throw light on the evolution of ship and convoy defense as well as the development of the tactics by enemy submarines, surface raiders, and air craft, while recounting some desperate fights under often terrible conditions. In the process of do so, Edwards also offers us brief glimpses at many heroic mariners, and even some enemy personnel.

Reviewer Dr. A. A. Nofi notes that Edwards is a retired merchant marine captain.

YOUR KID IS NEXT: Hans Bader breaks down why the criminal charges against an Ohio high school senior for ranking the appearances of female classmates on Twitter are unconstitutional. (The actual tweets, as per usual, have been memory-holed, but a few are listed here.) The level of totalitarianism in public high schools is bad enough already without the police piling on. But after the Internet hate machine gets done with this kid – or yours – will anyone, including the legal system, care?

CNN STOMPS THE COMPETITION! No, not in the ratings department of course. But CNN has progressed from threatening their viewers to also threatening the animal world: Watch: CNN reporter stomps Florida lizard during live report.

What will PETA say?

OR ARE YOU JUST HAPPY TO SEE ME? Watch: California Shoplifter Sticks Chainsaw Down His Pants.

SEEN ON TWITTER:

Heh™ and Indeed™.

Our intelligence community certainly has some ‘splainin to do, but this is the least of it.

DEMOCRACY DIES IN MONOMANIA. Terms of Impeachment: Media Mention The I-Word 309 Times in One Day.

I BLOW THROUGH MY DATA CAPS EVEN WITHOUT THIS: Humans May Have Search Engine Tech in Our Brains ‘Within Decades.’

I DON’T DO A LOT OF REVOLVER DRILLS SINCE I ONLY OWN A SINGLE REVOLVER: Skills Check: ‘New York Reload’ Revolver Drill.

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DAVID SOLWAY: Life in the Biodome: Capitalism for All Its Shortcomings Has Found a Way to Work with Human Nature. “I could not help reflecting that the biodome was in a certain sense a metaphorical surrogate for Western civilization, evolving through a long history of trial and error into a comparative haven for its cultural and national species. It provided a favorable environment for human flourishing, bestowing a degree of shelter, sustenance, leisure and freedom never before seen for those who would otherwise have found themselves in a state of nature where life, as Thomas Hobbes famously wrote in Leviathan, is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” The Greeks gave us the idea of the sovereign human mind and the Judeo-Christian nexus bequeathed the idea of the infinitely precious human soul. These gifts were the materials from which the biodome of the West was gradually assembled.”

Interesting piece, well worth your time.

I’ve always thought of capitalism as the non-system system, where people have enough political and economic elbow room to set up their own little systems inside of it.

WITH DNC IN MIND, CITY BANS CARRYING URINE, FECES: People are pooping more than ever on the streets of San Francisco.

(Classical reference in headline.)

MARK LEVIN: Volume 2 of the Mueller report is a 200-page op-ed that should never have been written.

Video at the link.

IF PUSHED, I BET SHE DOESN’T THINK MUCH OF FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTIONS, EITHER: Writer Thinks Our Rights Aren’t Good Reasons To Oppose Gun Laws.

THE 21ST CENTURY IS NOT TURNING OUT AS I’D HOPED: Orange County baby dies of whooping cough.

DISQUALIFYING: Mayor Pete would like Phish to play his presidential inauguration.

ON THE OTHER HAND, A SURVEY OF THE NEWS SUGGESTS THAT YOU CAN HARDLY BLAME THEM: Survey suggests middle-aged Americans drink too much.

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WASN’T THERE A STAR TREK TOS EPISODE ABOUT THIS? Brain Stimulation Gives New Hope For Treating Psychiatric Disorders.

OUR POLITICAL CLASS IS COMPOSED OF IDIOTS (CONT’D): Associated Press: Tourist mecca Notre Dame also revered as place of worship.

OUR POLITICAL CLASS IS COMPOSED OF IDIOTS (CONT’D): WaPo worries: Is the success of Notre Dame fundraising “white privilege”?

STACY McCAIN: Orange Man Bad!

The nearly 63 million Americans who voted for Trump seem to be sticking with him — his job approval numbers have gained about 7 points in the Real Clear Politics poll average since December 2017 — and the Democrat field for 2020 is a clown car full of left-wing crazies. Despite what his enemies in the media might believe, the end of the Mueller probe is a clear victory for Trump, and if the economy keeps roaring along like it is now, the odds of him being re-elected are quite good.

None of these facts matter to the 3 million who watch CNN and MSNBC, the cable-TV echo chamber defined by the anti-Trump cult mentality of Maddow and Matthews, Joe Scarborough and Erin Burnett, Chris Hayes and Chris Cuomo. The good news is that this alternative universe appears to be shrinking. Maddow has lost nearly a third of her audience since last April, and CNN recently recorded its worst ratings week of the year. It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results, and this is exactly what Trump’s media enemies seem to be doing. The more often the president mocks them as “fake news,” the more determined they become to destroy him, and the more they limit their audience to the most fanatically deranged Trump-haters. However, it never seems to occur to them that they might be mistaken, no matter how often they find themselves humiliated in the ratings. They know only one thing, and they are completely committed to it: “Orange Man Bad!”

Heh. Read the whole thing.™

OUR POLITICAL CLASS IS COMPOSED OF IDIOTS:

“Chief Legal Analyst” for CNN.

UPDATE: From the comments: “This is not stupid, and it is dangerous to see it that way. This is the deliberate and coordinated big lie, the latest attempt to keep this coup together. All the left united in the latest lie. It is aimed at people so ignorant of their own nation’s affairs they don’t even realize that the Obama Administration actually spied on an opponent’s campaign and Nixon never did.”

Flashback: Was Obama administration illegal spying worse than Watergate?

In 1972, some employees of President Nixon’s re-election committee were caught when they broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters to plant a bug. This led to Nixon’s resignation and probably would have led to his felony prosecution had he not been pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford.

But if a single bugging of the political opposition is enough to bring down a presidency — and maybe lead to an unprecedented criminal prosecution of a former president — then what are we to make of the recently unveiled Obama administration program of massively spying on political opponents in violation of clearly established law?

Because that’s what was unveiled last week.

It’s now become much clearer what happened. And yes, it was much worse than Watergate, since it involved the perversion of existing government agencies into political spying and persecution.

Plus:

Will the Justice Department investigate and prosecute former Obama officials? It seems hard to imagine. But then, so did Nixon’s resignation, when the Watergate burglary was first discovered.

This debacle also raises serious questions about the viability of our existing “intelligence community.” In the post-World War II era, we gave massive power to the national security apparatus. In part, that power was granted in the belief that professionalism and patriotism would lead people in those agencies to refuse to let their work be used for partisan political purposes.

It now seems apparent that we overestimated the patriotism and professionalism of the people in these agencies, who allowed them to be politically weaponized by the Obama administration. That being true, if we value democracy, can we permit them to exist in their current form?

Answer: No.

I HAD BEEN ASSURED ALL THE BEES HAD DIED ALREADY: 180,000 bees were living on top of Notre Dame when the fire broke out – and they survived.

This is news? Can’t they just fly away?

YES, PLEASE: Michael Barone: Stopping the campus-fication of American life.

SUZANNE VENKER: Michelle Obama is hopelessly out of touch with the reality of divorced families. “Obama just over-generalized divorced dads as frivolous parents who put their own selfish desires above their children’s health. Not only is that a malicious lie, implicit in the statement is the assumption that mothers, not fathers, are the ‘real’ parents who meet children’s needs.”

Yes, we can’t let that bigotry go unremarked.

NOT BUYING THIS STUDY EITHER: Marijuana users less likely to gain weight despite munchies, says Michigan State study.

‘YOU HAD ONE JOB!’ UK Labour Party’s Passover message suggests their Jewish outreach still needs some work:

Exit quote: “It’s the Pesach graphic you get when all the Jews leave your party.”

THE TRANSGENDER BATHROOM CONTROVERSY CONTINUES TO ROIL: In February of 2017, the Trump Administration (at the behest of Jeff Sessions) withdrew the Obama-Era guidance that required federally-funded schools to allow anatomical boys who psychologically identify as girls to use the girls’ bathrooms, showers and locker rooms (and vice versa). Sessions was right about the law (as I believe I explain here pretty thoroughly).

But people are still arguing about that issue. And even if the Supreme Court ultimately determines that Sessions was right, that only leaves each school district the discretion to choose a policy for itself. Here are links to some of the little and not-so-little battles being fought just in the last few weeks.

BYRON YORK: Mueller, Trump, and ‘two years of bullshit.’

At its heart, the Trump-Russia probe was about one question: Did the Trump campaign conspire, coordinate, or collude with Russia to influence the 2016 election? Mueller has concluded that did not happen.

Everything else in the Trump-Russia affair flowed from that one question. Paul Manafort’s shady finances would not have come under investigation were it not for that question. Carter Page would not have been wiretapped were it not for that question. Michael Flynn would not have been interviewed by the FBI were it not for that question. Zillions of hours on cable TV would not have been expended on Trump-Russia were it not for that question. And in the largest sense, there would have been no Mueller investigation were it not for that question.

And now Mueller has determined there was no collusion. Not that there was no criminal collusion. Or no prove-beyond-a-reasonable-doubt collusion. Just no collusion. Mueller’s report says it over and over and over again.

Hot take: Putin must have gotten to Mueller, too.

I can has CNN gig?

KIMBERLEY STRASSEL: Mueller’s Report Speaks Volumes: What’s in the special counsel’s findings is almost as revealing as what’s left out.

President Trump has every right to feel liberated. What the report shows is that he endured a special-counsel probe that was relentlessly, at times farcically, obsessed with taking him out. What stands out is just how diligently and creatively the special counsel’s legal minds worked to implicate someone in Trump World on something Russia- or obstruction-of-justice-related. And how—even with all its overweening power and aggressive tactics—it still struck out.

Volume I of the Mueller report, which deals with collusion, spends tens of thousands of words describing trivial interactions between Trump officials and various Russians. While it doubtless wasn’t Mr. Mueller’s intention, the sheer quantity and banality of details highlights the degree to which these contacts were random, haphazard and peripheral. By the end of Volume I, the notion that the Trump campaign engaged in some grand plot with Russia is a joke.

Yet jump to the section where the Mueller team lists its “prosecution and declination” decisions with regards the Russia question. And try not to picture Mueller “pit bull” prosecutor Andrew Weissmann collapsed under mountains of federal statutes after his two-year hunt to find one that applied. . . .

As for obstruction—Volume II—Attorney General Bill Barr noted Thursday that he disagreed with “some of the special counsel’s legal theories.” Maybe he had in mind Mr. Mueller’s proposition that he was entitled to pursue obstruction questions, even though that was not part of his initial mandate from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Or maybe it was Mr. Mueller’s long description of what a prosecution of the sitting president might look like—even though he acknowledged its legal impossibility. Or it could be Mr. Mueller’s theory that while “fairness” dictates that someone accused of crimes get a “speedy and public trial” to “clear his name,” Mr. Trump deserves no such courtesy with regard to the 200 pages of accusations Mr. Mueller lodges against him.

That was Mr. Mueller’s James Comey moment. Remember the July 2016 press conference in which the FBI director berated Hillary Clinton even as he didn’t bring charges? It was a firing offense. Here’s Mr. Mueller engaging in the same practice—only on a more inappropriate scale. At least this time the attorney general tried to clean up the mess by declaring he would not bring obstruction charges. Mr. Barr noted Thursday that we do not engage in grand-jury proceedings and probes with the purpose of generating innuendo.

Mr. Mueller may not care. His report suggests the actual goal of the obstruction volume is impeachment: “We concluded that Congress has the authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority.”

Note as well what isn’t in the report. It makes only passing, bland references to the genesis of so many of the accusations Mr. Mueller probed: the infamous dossier produced by opposition-research firm Fusion GPS and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign. How do you exonerate Mr. Page without delving into the scandalous Moscow deeds of which he was falsely accused? How do you narrate an entire section on the July 2016 Trump Tower meeting without noting that Ms. Veselnitskaya was working alongside Fusion? How do you detail every aspect of the Papadopoulos accusations while avoiding any detail of the curious and suspect ways that those accusations came back to the FBI via Australia’s Alexander Downer?

The report instead mostly reads as a lengthy defense of the FBI.

Good luck with that. I suspect accountability is on the way there.

ANDREW MCCARTHY: Mueller completely dropped the ball with obstruction punt.

There is evidence that cuts sharply against obstruction. The president could have shut down the investigation at any time, but he didn’t. He could have asserted executive privilege to deny the special counsel access to key White House witnesses, such as McGahn. To the contrary, numerous witnesses were made available voluntarily (there was no need to try to subpoena them to the grand jury), and well over a million documents were disclosed, including voluminous notes of meetings between the president and his White House counsel.

Most important, the special counsel found that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and that the president’s frustration wasn’t over fear of guilt — the typical motivation for obstruction — but that the investigation was undermining his ability to govern the country. The existence of such a motive is a strong counter to evidence of a corrupt intent, critical because corrupt intent must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt in an obstruction case.

In his report, Mueller didn’t resolve the issue. If he had been satisfied that there was no obstruction crime, he said, he would have so found. He claimed he wasn’t satisfied. Yet he was also not convinced that there was sufficient proof to charge. Therefore, he made no decision, leaving it to Attorney General William Barr to find that there was no obstruction.

This is unbecoming behavior for a prosecutor and an outrageous shifting of the burden of proof.

That was the whole point: In absence of any evidence of criminal wrongdoing, to hang an albatross of uncertainty around Trump’s neck. More than anything it’s an indication of just how desperate the Mueller team was to do something, anything to harm the Administration. The media’s willingness to go along with this obvious charade is just more proof that they’re no longer watchdogs against government overreach, but mere cogs in the Democrat-Media Complex.

EXCEPT FOR THE MUELLER-TRUTHERS, WHO WILL CONTINUE TO STEW IN THEIR OWN JUICES: Release of Mueller report finally sets Trump — and America — free.

RUN ALL THE CANDIDATES: Joe Biden Is Running For President, Will Announce Next Week.

ROGER SIMON: Democrats Continue to Destroy Themselves over Mueller Report.

LEAVING THE BEACH: A USMC amphibious assault vehicle slams into the surf as it leaves a beach in Hawaii. (Good action photo and one I missed. It’s been on StrategyPage for a week.)

VENEZUELA’S SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT STARVES ITS CITIZENS: The Soviet Union did it. Socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro and his government follow suit. It’s my latest Creators Syndicate column.

RELATED: China’s Venezuela venture.

PREPARING FOR ESCORT MISSION: A Bundeswehr Wiesel Armored Weapon Carrier prepares to escort a convoy during a NATO military exercise at Hohenfels, Germany.

JOHN SOLOMON: Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators.

The process of meting out accountability has begun.

Horowitz, my sources tell me, has interviewed between 50 and 100 witnesses in his exhaustive probe. Graham and his predecessor as Judiciary chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), laid out the most important investigative issues they saw in a letter last year. This month, former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) sent a letter to DOJ identifying eight potential criminal referrals. His committee last year also released a memo on abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that may have occurred during the Russia probe.

And President Trump reportedly is readying an order to declassify five key buckets of documents on alleged FBI abuses.

My sources agree these 10 questions are the most important to be answered in the forthcoming probes.

Click on over.

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT: The Hill: Time For Democrats To Accept Reality.

GOOD: Christina Hoff Sommers critiques rabid feminism, calls on students to embrace empirical data. But they’ve been trained to place their feelings above mere objective facts.

YES. It’s time to get the federal government out of education.

OH, CANADA: F-35 or Not: This Country Needs 88 New Fighter Jets Before Its Air Force Falls Apart.

Canada for the third time in a decade is trying to replace its aging F/A-18A/B Hornet fighter jets. With every year the acquisition effort drags on, the condition of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fast-jet fleet grows direr.

Saab, Airbus, Boeing and Lockheed Martin all are in the running, respectively offering the Gripen, Eurofighter, F/A-18E/F and F-35A. The manufacturers will have until the end of 2019 to submit bids, CBC News reported. But the RCAF hardly can wait.

The RCAF acquired 138 F/A-18A/Bs from McDonnell Douglas starting in 1982. In early 2019, 85 of the original Hornets, all more than 30 years old, comprise Canada’s entire fighter fleet. The Canadian Hornets are unreliable and lack modern systems.

Criminal neglect.

ABE GREENWALD: The Mueller report just left egg on Democrats’ faces.

THERE WASN’T A ‘TRIAL,’ THERE WERE HEARINGS WHERE IT BECAME CLEAR HE’D DONE NOTHING WRONG: Wellesley trumpets Anita Hill commencement speech ‘given…the Kavanaugh trial.’ But, as with Hill’s BS about Clarence Thomas, the left will pretend that Kavanaugh was found guilty of sexual assault.

SEEN ON FACEBOOK: “The only thing appearing more on my timeline than mentions of the Mueller Report is Democrats asking for money.”

#IGNORE: Russia Truther Eric Swalwell Calls on AG Barr to Resign.

STACY MCCAIN: “ORANGE MAN BAD!” “Living inside a media-generated echo chamber where everyone shares their simplistic worldview, the Trump-haters tune in nightly to their MSNBC/CNN religious revival and are catechized, so to speak, with the latest reiteration of the Orange Man Bad gospel.”

POST-MUELLER DEMS, GOP SAME AS PRE-MUELLER DEMS, GOP: Remarkable how nothing changed despite millions of tax dollars, thousands of interviews, hundreds of subpoenas, and 448 pages.

YEP. ALL THAT SPYING TOOK PLACE ON HIS WATCH: Mueller report takeaways: Trump didn’t collude but Obama blew it bigtime on Russia.

UPDATE: The New York Post front page today:

CONRAD BLACK: The Lies, Clichés, and Hypocrisy of Bernie Sanders.

MAYBE BECAUSE THEY’RE DEAD? Most people who die of natural causes do not seek medical help.

BUT OF COURSE: Venezuela skirts U.S. sanctions by funneling oil sales via Russia.

Under the scheme uncovered by Reuters, Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA has started passing invoices from its oil sales to Rosneft.

The Russian energy giant pays PDVSA immediately at a discount to the sale price – avoiding the usual 30-to-90 day timeframe for completing oil transactions – and collects the full amount later from the buyer, according to the documents and sources.

“PDVSA is delivering its accounts receivable to Rosneft,” said a source at the Venezuelan state firm with knowledge of the deals, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.

Major energy companies such as India’s Reliance Industries Ltd – PDVSA’s largest cash-paying client – have been asked to participate in the scheme by paying Rosneft for Venezuelan oil, the documents show.

Rosneft, which has heavily invested in Venezuela under President Vladimir Putin, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Venezuela’s oil ministry, its information ministry, which handles media for the government, and PDVSA did not respond to questions.

With the coming flood of exportable oil from Texas, I wonder how much longer it will still make sense to risk end-running the sanctions. Venezuela’s extraction is expensive and increasingly unreliable. The same isn’t true of Texas, or for that matter, most any OPEC state other the Venezuela.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: White House: Now probe Hillary email scandal, Clinton Foundation, Page, and Strzok.

The White House Thursday ripped the “breathless” media coverage of the Russia collusion “hoax” and said now that it’s over, journalists should turn their attention on Obama-era scandals.

“While the establishment media has breathlessly covered this partisan witch hunt for nearly two years, they refuse to cover the real scandals that plagued the previous Democrat administration,” said an official.

The campaign manager of the Trump 2020 reelection campaign, Brad Parscale, added, “Now that the collusion and obstruction conspiracy theories have been exposed for the pathetic hoaxes they always were, the Obama-era [Department of Justice] and FBI must answer for their misdeeds and the scam that they perpetrated against the American people. Justice will be served.”

I feel like what’s coming may have been prepared well in advance.

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PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Snopes Rates Babylon Bee World’s Most Accurate News Source.

CLAIRE LEHMANN: A College President Stands Up for Academic Freedom.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ohio State University Salaries Exposed: More Than 5,000 Employees Made Six-Figures or Higher While More Than a Dozen Top $1 Million. What’s really shocking is that the university has nearly 50,000 employees.

POLITICO: ‘Game Over’: Republicans Rejoice After Mueller Concludes.

I read the piece — it took three people to write it — and it turns out “Republicans rejoice” is just a variation on “Republicans pounce.”

Saved you a click.

#WALKAWAY: Jews have strong grounds for a new exodus — from the Democratic Party.

It’s not as outlandish as some may think. Just look to how British Jews have handled Jeremy Corbyn, who has brought a once-honorable and philo-Semitic Labour party into league with the likes of Hamas and Hezbollah.

This month, the Jewish Labour Movement passed a no-confidence motion against Corbyn’s leadership. As The Guardian newspaper reported, Labour and Corbyn both “were dealt a blow” when the acting general meeting of the JLM “voted to describe the party as ‘institutionally ­anti-Semitic.’ ”

Sad to say, but the US Democratic Party is sliding toward a similar fate. Soon, “institutionally anti-Semitic” could serve as an apt description for the Democrats, as well. Consider: Just this week, Pelosi, the most powerful Democrat in government, sat down with . . . none other than Corbyn.

ALSO: Pelosi defends Omar: ‘No taint’ of anti-Semitism in Democratic Party.

Run, don’t walk.

IT’S SATIRE, BUT IS IT REALLY? CNN: ‘God Allowed The Mueller Report To Test Our Unshakable Faith In Collusion.’

MUST-SEE TV: Bill Whittle on Notre Dame.

HIGHER EDUCATION AS MODERN-DAY FEUDALISM, COMPLETE WITH SERFS: The Death Of An Adjunct … And The University’s Soul. “Nearly 80 percent of faculty members were tenured or tenure-track in 1969. Now roughly three-quarters of faculty are nontenured. The jobs that are available—as an adjunct, or a visiting professor—rest on shaky foundations, as those who occupy them try to balance work and life, often without benefits.”

Flashback: Adjunct Serfs: Trump Should Target Worker Exploitation at American Universities. “A growing army of administrators, standing on the backs of underpaid and overworked adjunct professors, is the kind of exploitative two-tier system that people on the left typically denounce. But now, although there’s a bit of support for graduate students and adjuncts who want to unionize, there’s nothing like the ‘Fight for 15’ movement aimed at ending this unfairness. And, weirdly, no school is hiring ‘adjunct administrators.’”

He could split his opposition in higher ed, one of the left’s citadels, with an aggressive program for “adjunct rights.”

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Things That Can’t Go on Forever Simply Don’t.

For history’s rare multiracial and multiethnic republics, an “e pluribus unum” cohesion is essential. Each particular tribe must owe greater allegiance to the commonwealth than to those who superficially look or worship alike.

Yet over the last 20 years we have deprecated “unity” and championed “diversity.” Americans are being urged by popular culture, universities, schools and government to emphasize their innate differences rather than their common similarities.

Sometimes the strained effort turns comical. Some hyphenate or add accents or foreign pronunciations to their names. Others fabricate phony ethnic pedigrees in hopes of gaining an edge in job-seeking or admissions.

The common theme is to be anything other than just normal Americans for whom race, gender and ethnicity are incidental rather than essential to their character.

But unchecked tribalism historically leads to nihilism.

Needless to say, read the whole thing.

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF: DNC Bosses Contemplating a Superdelegate Coup if Bernie Sanders Leads in Delegates.

STANDING UP TO THE CRYBULLIES: Student activists tried to get Camille Paglia fired, her university said no.

AND ONE MORE FROM THE BABYLON BEE, AMERICA’S PAPER OF RECORD: Did Nick Cage Steal The Declaration? FALSE—Plus 5 More Shocking Snopes Reveals.  (I for one am shocked, shocked, shocked, face and all. Very face, very shocked.  And I fully expect to find Snopes at my door snapping a shot to prove I don’t have a shocked face, btw.)

Also, Dear Left, take note: you didn’t lose your sense of humor. It’s being held hostage by your self-righteousness.  Until you reclaim it, you’ll remain miserable, joyless scolds.

SOMETIMES ALL YOU CAN DO IS JUXTAPOSE:

Reporting on the Mueller Report.

CNN: ‘God Allowed The Mueller Report To Test Our Unshakable Faith In Collusion’.

JUST LIKE STAY-AT-HOME-MOMS ROUTINELY FIND THE SAME. LIKE SEX, IT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT EVERY GENERATION DISCOVERS ANEW: Stay-at-home dads are finding out parenting is hard.

TEACH WOMEN TO NOT TEST DRIVE THEIR DAUGHTERS’ BOYFRIENDS:  Mom allegedly had sex with both her daughters’ boyfriends.

GREAT – NOW I NEED TO LEARN SYRIAC?  Ancient Christian manuscripts digitized at Mount Sinai monastery.

 

BECAUSE IT IS:  AOC’s Green New Deal Movie Hailed As “Chilling, Dystopian Masterpiece”.

THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE:  Gillibrand Teams Up With Former Soviet Propaganda Outfit.

SO SHE WANTS US TO ABOLISH OUR COUNTRY — A LAND WITHOUT BORDERS ISN’T A COUNTRY — BECAUSE SHE’S GOING TO HUNGER-STRIKE?  GO AHEAD TLAIB(AN) STARVE. WHY SHOULD WE HAVE ANY TENDER MERCY FOR AN ENEMY OF THE CONSTITUTION?  Rashida Tlaib Calls for Hunger Strikes to ‘Shut Down ICE’.

IT’S OKAY. THEY ALSO CAN’T HANDLE REALITY:  #NoCollusion: Media Can’t Handle The Truth.

EMPHASIS ON “FANTASY”:  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Back From The Future’ Green New Deal Fantasy.

April 18, 2019

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CLIMATE CHANGE FAIL: Netflix Series Accused of Making Fake Claims About Walrus Deaths. “But whereas the Siberian Times and Gizmodo website, which also reported on the 2017 incident, were both quite clear that the walruses were driven over the cliffs by polar bears, Netflix makes no mention of their presence. Similarly, there is no mention of the fact that walrus haulouts are entirely normal. Instead, Attenborough tells his viewers that climate change is forcing the walruses on shore, where their poor eyesight leads them to plunge over the cliffs.”

When you’re less honest than Gizmodo and the Siberian Times. . . .

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT INFIDELITY: Bare-faced cheat: Women ‘better at hiding infidelity.’