September 19, 2019

MACKUBIN OWENS: Slandering the American Founding.

The left is always telling us that good is evil, evil is good, ugly is beautiful and beautiful is ugly.

JUSTIN TRUDEAU WORE BROWNFACE AT 2001 ‘ARABIAN NIGHTS’ PARTY WHILE HE TAUGHT AT A PRIVATE SCHOOL, CANADA’S LIBERAL PARTY ADMITS.

Somebody’s angling to be governor of Virginia when he’s done being prime minister.

(And note that Time pulls its punch — calling it “brownface” instead of “blackface.” But still.)

September 18, 2019

IT’S LIKE THE PEOPLE RUNNING OUR INSTITUTIONS DON’T MUCH CARE ABOUT OUR COUNTRY:

UNDERMINING PREFERENCE FALSIFICATION: New Survey: Half Of Britons (And Most Europeans) Are Climate Sceptics. “Despite blanket coverage of the antics of Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion on the BBC and elsewhere in the media, just 51% of Britons think that mankind is the main cause of climate change. And as the poll reveals, a majority of Europeans, including two thirds of Scandinavians, are dissenters from the climate ‘consensus’.”

It’s a YouGov poll.

THIS KEEPS HAPPENING: MSNBC’s Online Poll On Guns Didn’t Go How It Expected.

HMM. IS IT THE MARKETS, OR IS IT CHINA? For a second day, the New York Fed spent billions to calm the financial market. “For the second straight day, the New York Federal Reserve injected a huge sum of money into the financial system in a bid to calm stress in the overnight lending market. The Fed on Wednesday poured another $75 billion into the market following a $53 billion rescue by the NY Fed on Tuesday. Overnight lending rates have suddenly spiked, and the Fed is acting to bring them back down to keep markets functioning smoothly.”

I’M NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY UNTIL A MAJORITY OF THE WORLD’S GUNS ARE OWNED BY AMERICAN CIVILIANS: Gun Sales Jump 15.5 Percent in August as Dems Renew Push for Regulations.

SARAH HOYT: Stop The Slavers!

SHE REALLY IS HILLARY 2.0, ISN’T SHE?

BIG CHANGE FROM BOLTON. OR IS IT? Trump Names Robert O’Brien National Security Adviser: “In selecting Mr. O’Brien, the president opted for an outspoken advocate of tough policies toward Iran and powers like Russia and China, leaving it unclear how his advice may differ from that of Mr. Bolton, an ally with whom Mr. O’Brien has worked in the past.”

Trump’s position on Iran at the moment seems to be that the value of the sword of Damocles is that it hangs, not that it falls. Oh, and also that Iran’s latest action is hurting the Chinese a lot more than it’s hurting us.

WHO COULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING?

OPEN THREAD: It’s your turn.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

● Shot: Obama says presidents shouldn’t watch TV or read social media.

—CNN, today.

● Chaser: President Barack Obama Reveals His Favorite TV Shows.

TV Guide, October 30, 2012.

Hangover: The bazillion more “What are Barack Obama’s favorite TV shows” headlines prior to 2017 at Google.

CHANGE: Study: U.S. abortion rate falls to lowest level since 1973 legalization.

SO I ASKED MYSELF, CAN THIS WEEK GET ANY BETTER? AND THEN I SAW THIS: Ilhan Omar Tweeted To Her Father, Nur Said, Who Just Happens to Also Be Her Ex-Husband’s Father. Then She Deleted The Tweet.

WILE E. COYOTE JUST LOOKED DOWN AND NOTICED HE’S RUN OFF THE CLIFF: In Whiplash Moment, Democrats Are Now Backing Away From Kavanaugh Allegations.

UPDATE: From the comments: “It’s kind of impressive watching them turn this into a ‘Republicans Pounce’ story.” Actually, that was pretty much inevitable.

PRESS: EPSTEIN WHO? Woman Accuses Epstein of Repeated Rapes and Assaults in New Lawsuit. “A woman at the center of sex-trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the former financier’s estate, describing in graphic detail for the first time her alleged recruitment at age 14 to perform sex acts for him. Since Mr. Epstein’s suicide in August, at least six women have filed lawsuits seeking compensation for what they allege are damages sustained from years of sexual abuse. The suit filed in federal court in Manhattan by “Jane Doe” appears to be the first brought by one of the three unidentified minor victims featured in the criminal indictment charging Mr. Epstein in July.”

GRAY LADY’S WEEK FROM HELL CONTINUES: New York Times Shuts Down Spanish-Language Platform.

“BECOMES?” OR “IS REVEALED AS?” With Kavanaugh Debacle, New York Times Becomes a Dangerous Misinformation Tool For The Left.

BREAKING: 2001 Photo of Trudeau in Brownface Makeup Roils Canada Election. Weird how those SJW torpedoes keep circling back around.

REGULAR MSNBC GUEST FANTASIZES ABOUT DRIVING CAR INTO TRUMP BUILDING:

Elie Mystal, an MSNBC regular who once called for a majority of white people in America to be destroyed on air, tweeted Wednesday that he regularly fantasizes about ramming his car into the lobby of a Trump Organization luxury apartment complex in a New York City suburb.

“Real talk: When you come out of the parking lot of this mall/movie theater, you have to sit a red light staring right into this lobby,” Mystal wrote on Twitter, linking to an article about a recent incident in which his fantasy became a reality in Westchester. “I’ve thought about driving my car through it EVERY TIME. Basic humanity keeps me from doing it, but JUST.”

I have to go now Elie, because I’m due back on the Planet Earth.

THANKS TO FRACKING, IT’S NOW CHINA THAT DEPENDS ON THE FREE FLOW OF MIDEAST OIL: China Losing $97 Million a Day Due to Attacks on Saudi Arabia Oil Facilities. “China became the world’s largest oil importer in 2017 and imports hit a record 9.85 million barrels per day (bpd) in August, up 9.6 percent from the prior year.”

Plus, the U.S. Navy used to have to keep the straits of Hormuz open. Now it only has to be able to close them.

Related: Saudi oil attacks didn’t spark a U.S. fuel crisis. Thank Texas.

THIS IS ONLY BECAUSE NEGATIVE NUMBERS AREN’T ALLOWED: Bill de Blasio’s presidential run gets 0 percent support in brutal New York City poll.

Related (From Ed): Do Jewish lives matter to Bill de Blasio?

Also related: De Blasio defends Al Sharpton amidst Trump attacks.

GEORGE PACKER GETS MUGGED BY REALITY:

Few journalists are as respected by, and respectable to, liberals as The Atlantic’s George Packer. The author of The Assassin’s Gate (2005), The Unwinding (2013), and a recently published biography of Richard Holbrooke, Our Man, Packer has written for bastions of liberal thought from the New York Times Magazine to The New Yorker in a distinguished, decades-long career. His latest piece for The Atlantic, “When the Culture War Comes for the Kids,” is essential reading.

Why? Because it relates, in Packer’s haunted and sympathetic style, the experience of having a child enrolled in a New York City school system corrupted by politics. For anyone who believes in individualism, the freedoms of speech and conscience, and the equal dignity of human beings, the experience sounds like a nightmare.

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Packer’s family was distraught by Donald Trump’s election. He found, however, that the school had deprived his son of a vocabulary to understand and oppose Trump on the basis of liberal principles: “By age 10 he had studied the civilizations of ancient China, Africa, the early Dutch in New Amsterdam, and the Mayans. He learned about the genocide of Native Americans and slavery. But he was never taught about the founding of the republic.” Packer notes that Richard Carranza, the far-left chancellor of New York City schools, mandated anti-bias instruction for school employees that categorized “perfectionism,” “individualism,” “objectivity,” and “worship of the written word” as hallmarks of “white supremacy culture.”

Packer’s article vividly describes the “progress” critical race theory has made as it percolates through American public education. He is a man of the left disturbed by a rising generation of left-wing ideology and activism. It has happened before. When the New Left politics of Tom Hayden began appearing on university campuses in the 1960s, social democrats and anti-Communist liberals found themselves appalled. Irving Howe debated Hayden for hours. Norman Podhoretz, shocked by the anti-Americanism of “the Movement,” moved right. “A neoconservative,” Irving Kristol quipped, “is a liberal who has been mugged by reality.”

Read the whole thing.

Earlier: Does the Left Suffer from ODS (Obama Disappointment Syndrome)?

THE SILENCING CONTINUES: Twitter Suspends Second Amendment Foundation Account on Eve of Gun Rights Policy Conference. Twitter is garbage, which is why I quit.

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MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW: Teens are anxious and depressed after three hours a day on social media.

Why, it’s like social media is a virus of the mind or something — somebody should write a book about that.

(Via my former Tech Central Station editor, Nick Schulz.)

WELL, YES: The Southern Slave Economy Was Anti-Capitalistic. In fact, there’s an eerie resemblance between today’s woke critiques of capitalism and the slaveowners’ own criticisms of the North. But then, socialism is just another flavor of slavery, one in which the state owns your labor rather than some individual.

AMERICAN AIRLINES MECHANIC HAS POSSIBLE ISIS TIES, PROSECUTORS SAY: “Prosecutors presented evidence in court that defendant Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani has a brother in Iraq with potential ties to ISIS and lied about visiting him in the country in March. A search of Alani’s phone by prosecutors turned up a “disturbing” ISIS video of someone being shot in the head. Alani allegedly sent the video to someone along with a message that Allah should take revenge against non-Muslims, but it’s unclear if the video was texted, emailed or transmitted by another electronic method.”

At the beginning of the month, the story was framed as Alani being arrested “on a sabotage charge accusing him of disabling a navigation system on a flight with 150 people aboard before it was scheduled to take off from Miami International Airport earlier this summer. The reason, according to a criminal complaint affidavit filed in Miami federal court: Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, a veteran employee, was upset over stalled union contract negotiations.”

JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: Ted Cruz Says NY Times Kavanaugh Story Was Not ‘Accidental’ Because ‘They Want to Intimidate the Court.’

Not least of which, the asterisk strategy, to coin a phrase.

SNOWFALLS ARE NOW JUST A THING OF THE PAST: Doomsdays that didn’t happen: Think tank compiles decades’ worth of dire climate predictions.

(Classical reference in headline.)

TUMBLING DICE: Truck Carrying Gaming Dice Spills Onto Atlanta Highway, Rolls A Perfect 756,000.

BYRON YORK: Democrats, stuck in Watergate mode, bungle Lewandowski testimony.

The bottom line is that Trump has flummoxed Watergate-fixated Democrats with a simple strategy: cooperate with the special counsel. In not cooperating with the Judiciary Committee leadership, he is in effect arguing that he has already cooperated with the important investigation and does not have to cooperate with a political investigation on Capitol Hill, especially when the House leadership cannot decide whether it is a formal impeachment proceeding or not.

Read the whole thing.

WELL, I IMAGINE MOST PEOPLE FIGURED THIS WAS THE CASE WHEN THEY SAW HIS NAME: American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging flight has ties to ISIS, prosecutors say. “An American Airlines mechanic accused of disabling a navigation system on a flight scheduled to take off from Miami International Airport appeared in federal court Wednesday morning, at which time he was denied bond. According to federal prosecutors, Islamic State group propaganda video showing graphic murders was discovered on Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani’s cellphone.”

CHINA SYNDROME: Carcinogens Have Infiltrated the Generic Drug Supply in the U.S.

DON’T IMMANENTIZE THE ESCHATON: In 2011, then-Czech President Vaclav Klaus noted:

“I’m convinced that after years of studying the phenomenon, global warming is not the real issue of temperature,” said Klaus, an economist by training. “That is the issue of a new ideology or a new religion. A religion of climate change or a religion of global warming. This is a religion which tells us that the people are responsible for the current, very small increase in temperatures. And they should be punished.”

Or at least made to confess!

As Jim Treacher writes: It’s a Cult: NBC News Wants You to Confess Your Climate Sins.

Do you ever get the feeling that climate change is a cult? Does it ever seem like its adherents are immune to reason as they vindictively lash out at anyone who questions their beliefs? Wouldn’t it be nice if they just left you alone and let you live your life?

Well, too bad. You live in 2019 and you use modern technology and conveniences. You eat food that actually tastes good. You’re guilty and you need to confess. Repent, sinner!

Treacher adds, “I submitted my own confession: ‘I work in an air-conditioned newsroom at NBC.’ They haven’t published it yet, but I feel better already.” Heh, indeed.™

Elsewhere at the intersection of confession and Gaia, ‘Absolute theological bankruptcy:’ NYC’s Union Theological Seminary students pray to plants:

“We are in the throes of a climate emergency, a crisis created by humanity’s arrogance, our disregard for Creation,” the statement continued. “Far too often, we see the natural world only as resources to be extracted for our use, not divinely created in their own right—worthy of honor, thanks and care. We need to unlearn habits of sin and death. And part of that work must be building new bridges to the natural world. And that means creating new spiritual and intellectual frameworks by which we understand and relate to the plants and animals with whom we share the planet.”

Encouraging churches to turn from “theologies that encourage humans to dominate and master the Earth have played a deplorable role in degrading God’s creation,” Union asserted that “we must birth new theology, new liturgy to heal and sow, replacing ones that reap and destroy.”

Read on for a pointed take on Union Seminary from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who taught there briefly in 1939 before returning to Germany to fight the Nazis, to discover that very little has changed at the Seminary since Bonhoeffer’s stay. Curiously, while both NBC and Union Seminary appear to be reading Ayn Rand’s The Return of the Primitive as a how to guide for life, neither organization is in any hurry to give up their own television broadcasting facilities and iPhones, respectively, and, as Treacher referenced, their air conditioning.

And finally, an exit question from Steve Hayward at Power Line that might explain both of the above stories, as well as the article we’ve mentioned several times here in the past week on New York’s increasingly insane education system by George Packer of the Atlantic: Does the Left Suffer from ODS (Obama Disappointment Syndrome)? 

(Classical reference in headline.)

THE OBAMA RULE: Acting DNI Is Refusing to Comply with House Subpoena Over Whistleblower Complaint.

‘RATS, ALL OF YOU!’ Comedians Bill Burr, Spade, Schneider Slam Cancel Culture:

Jeffries, host of his own Comedy Central program The Jim Jeffries Show, called it as he saw it. “This is just cancel culture,” he affirmed, elaborating that, “This guy shouldn’t have been fired. It was just a couple things back in his history.”

“We’re gonna go through everyone’s history?” he added incredulously. Well it sure as heck seems like it.

Comedian Bill Burr asked, “Do they go back and also try to look at things the person might’ve done, or are they just looking for the bad stuff? he asked, adding, “I mean you could honestly do that to anybody. We’re not running for office, when is this gonna fucking end?”

He also directed some ire at the Twitter warriors and activists calling for [Shane] Gillis’ career execution [after SNL announced he was a member]. saying, “You millennials, you’re a bunch of rats, all of you! None of them care. All they want to do is get people in trouble.” Burr, whose Netflix stand up special Paper Tiger just made waves for smashing PC culture and roasting hysterical groups like 4th wave feminists, is probably worried this could very well happen to him and his colleagues.

Speaking of “Twitter warriors and activists calling for Gillis’ career execution” or at least worried much about it, until cancel culture came for her:

As Chris Barron tweeted in response to Cherelus’ apology when called out last night:

THE GUILD PROTECTS ITS OWN: Blackout: ABC, NBC Ignore Pro-Kavanaugh Bombshell; CBS Gives Scant 36 Seconds.

ABC and NBC, you say? Nice consistency at least, given that Tom Brokaw and the later Peter Jennings defended Dan Rather in the fall of 2004.

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UNLESS YOU BELIEVE AS HE DOES, THAT JIM ACOSTA IS THE COUNTRY: It’s Been Six Months Since Trump Ended the White House Press Briefings—and the Country Is Fine.

OF COURSE THEY DO: Arizona Dems to Censure Senator Sinema for Not Being Crazy Enough.

#FIGHTFORFIFTEEN: San Francisco Restaurant Leaders Meet with City Hall to Discuss Industry Crisis.

PRIVACY: Millions of Americans’ medical records are out in the open on the internet. “Some servers with medical data in the US aren’t even protected by a password.”

SMASH THE POOTRIARCHY! “Poop shame is real — and it disproportionately affects women.”

I dunno, I remember Marshall in How I Met Your Mother.

DOING PHYSICS WHILE BLACK:  John Rosenberg tells us about Stanford’s efforts to “diversify” physics.

THAT WOULD EXPLAIN A LOT, ACTUALLY: Just Admit It, Democrats: You Want to Lose Next Year.

JUST WHAT WE NEED: A TV Sequel to ‘Hogan’s Heroes.’ “The new show isn’t a cynical attempt at rebooting a classic. It isn’t even a cynical attempt at making a sequel. The new ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ seems more like a cynical attempt at stretching a beloved brand thin enough to cover something almost entirely unrelated. Boomers are probably getting too old now to care about this stuff, so I think what’s going on here is an attempt to tug at Gen X nostalgia for the reruns we watched as kids. Sheesh, we couldn’t even get a ‘Family Ties II: Family Tighter’.”

NEWS YOU CAN (MAYBE) USE: Select people may still benefit from daily low-dose aspirin, study suggests.

MEET THE NEW BOSS, SAME AS THE OLD BOSS: New Women’s March Board Member Hates Israel, Claims FBI Recruits For ISIS.

STILL A FEW BUGS IN THE SYSTEM: A Trial That Gene-Hacked Mosquitoes to Stop Breeding Has Backfired Spectacularly. “The genetically-altered mosquitoes did mix with the wild population, and for a brief period the number of mosquitoes in Jacobino, Brazil did plummet, according to research published in Nature Scientific Reports last week. But 18 months later the population bounced right back up, New Atlas reports – and even worse, the new genetic hybrids may be even more resilient to future attempts to quell their numbers.”

HAVING CHILDREN IS THE ULTIMATE CONFIDENCE VOTE ON THE FUTURE: Number of abortions in US falls to lowest since 1973.

MARC THIESSEN: The NYT Kavanaugh smear shows why the press is the least-trusted institution in America.

Robin Pogrebin is currently blaming her woes on (checks rolodex) Fox News:

Joliet Jake Blues could not be reached for comment on Pogrebin ripping off his shtick:

UPDATE: “Pogrebin seems determined to humiliate her newsroom at every turn — and all for the sake of selling her new book:” Don’t believe the victim, says New York Times reporter — she was probably drunk!

WATCH THE LEFT SHOW A NEWFOUND APPRECIATION OF FEDERALISM THAT WILL LAST UNTIL THEY GET BACK IN POWER: Trump administration sideswipes California efforts to set strict auto emission standard.

AND IN THE PARTY OF DIVERSITY, BOTH TRAIL WAY BEHIND REALLY OLD WHITE PEOPLE: New poll shows Andrew Yang beating Kamala Harris in California.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Hollywood Ignores Avalanche of Pro-Kavanaugh Facts.

There’s been a lot of that going on, hasn’t there?

#JOURNALISM: NY Times editors removed fact that Kavanaugh ‘victim’ doesn’t recall incident.

But don’t worry, NYT. Even CBS is busting you for journalistic malfeasance, but the “fact-checking” hacks at Politifact are still swinging in your defense: No, the New York Times has not admitted to peddling ‘fake news’ about most recent Kavanaugh claim. See, they’ve just admitted to things that make it clear that the story was fake news, they haven’t admitted to the story being fake news. So there.

UPDATE: The New York Times’s travesty of journalistic ethics.

MATT VESPA ON COREY LEWANDOWSKI’S RESPONSE TO IMPEACHMENT THEATER: “I mean that’s brutal. But this is how we’re going to win. We can’t take their crap anymore. And frankly, they all deserved to be slapped around a little. No more with losing with dignity. No more accepting defeat. Fight back, frustrate, and waste these Democrats’ time because they’ve sure done a pretty solid job doing that with everyone else’s concerning this farce investigation. Even CNN noted that Lewandowski straight-up owned the Democrats today.”

Yep. If they want to be taken seriously, they need to act seriously. And they’re certainly not doing that.

THE COLUMN KRUISER WAS BORN TO WRITE: NY Times Completes Its Long Journey Down the Toilet With ‘Women Poop’ Article.

WEIRD, HUH? Snopes Fact-Checkers Strangely Silent on NY Times’ Kavanaugh Smear.

Then again, why bother fact-checking a party organ like the NYT, when there are weightier publications to dissect like the Babylon Bee?

DAVID MASTIO: Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer kept thousands of dead babies but inspires little curiosity. “It is a story out of a horror movie: A garage full of baby parts, a sketchy rural abortionist and a culture that avoids hard questions.”

Well, Rule #1 in our culture is that you can’t make women feel bad about their life choices. And as for Rule #2, well:

MASCOTS OF THE ANOINTED: The ‘Climate Strike’ is a crock that exploits kids.

(Classical reference in headline.)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student says professor nearly flunked her after she made pro-life brochure for pregnant men. “Brianna Mangat made a brochure for people who are ‘transgender and pregnant,’ or trans men, for her Queer Studies class at the University of California-Davis.”

OH, I THINK THEY TOTALLY UNDERSTOOD: The New York Times Still Doesn’t Understand What It Did: It had blockbuster new evidence exonerating Kavanaugh but instead emphasized a flimsy allegation.

John Kass gets it: The latest smear against Justice Brett Kavanaugh part of left’s scorched-earth strategy. “The strategy of the left is undeniable and clear. It is about the use of force, about relentless pressure and shame, using media as both handmaiden and the lash. . . . The left’s end game is the delegitimization of the Supreme Court, if justices don’t give them the political outcomes they can’t achieve through legislation.”

I do think this may make the Supreme Court more sympathetic to my proposals — law review article coming soon! — for reforming libel law.

YOU CAN’T CONTROL PEOPLE WITHOUT VIOLENCE: Phil Magness: Even Swedish Socialism was Violent.

But there’s also a neglected dark side to the Swedish welfare model that its “democratic socialist” admirers seldom mention. That same welfare system developed in explicit conjunction with a violent and coercive eugenics policy, intended to ensure its fiscal solvency and prevent abuses of its programs by persons who were deemed genetically “unfit” by the state.

REALLY, HE’S FINE: Joe Biden says his child care tax credit would put 720 million women back into the workforce.

Video at the link.

My favorite part might be where he follows that up with, “I don’t want to sound like a wonk here.”

Trust me, Mr. Biden, you don’t.

HOW THE NEW YORK TIMES DISTORTS AMERICAN HISTORY: Commentary Magazine relies on logic and facts to resist the NYT‘s distorted “1619 Project.”

Considered strictly as an exercise in historical understanding, and in deepening the public’s understanding of a profound issue in our national past, the Project represents a giant missed opportunity. It passes over the complex truth in favor of an exaggeration bordering on travesty. And if it has any influence, that influence will be as likely as not to damage the nation and distort its self-understanding in truly harmful ways—ways that will perhaps be most harmful of all to Americans of African descent, who do not need to be supplied with yet another reason to feel cut off from the promise of American life.

MORE:

…what we are to make of the New York Times’ decision to take on this project in the way that it has. Is it the proper role of a journalistic organization, especially one as powerful as the Times, to promote and advocate for a particular interpretation of American history? Do such actions constitute responsible journalism? Do they contribute to the solution of our current problems through the introduction of honest, unflinching, and fair-minded consideration of the issues raised by the American experience with slavery?

Or are they doing something far less creditable, less balanced, and more polemical, using a distorted and one-sided account of our history to intervene in our current political wars, in ways that can only broaden and deepen those conflicts, and turn them into far worse forms of warfare?

MORE:

It seems fairly clear that, to the extent that the Times’ assessment draws upon slavery scholarship, its sources have been scholars associated with the so-called new history of capitalism. They seek to link the alleged productivity of slavery to the triumph of capitalism in America—and thereby seek to transfer the stain of slavery to every malady of present-day American life, from income inequality to climate change to the decline of unions to the Great Recession of 2008.

Far from downplaying the effects of the legacy, these scholars play it up, finding it to be massive and all-determinative. In the process, as economic historian Philip Magness has brilliantly pointed out, they have virtually rehabilitated the claims of antebellum Southern planters that “Cotton is king,” and that slavery was the true source of the bulk of the nation’s wealth. For example, Cornell historian Edward Baptist’s 2014 book The Half Has Never Been Told argues that the wealth piled up by the minutely managed institutions of slavery was the source of all subsequent American wealth. Baptist asserts that almost half of the economic activity of the United States by the year 1836 was a product of slavery. That stunning statistic was cited recently by the journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates in his testimony before Congress, in favor of reparations for slavery.

The only problem is that Baptist’s statistic is demonstrably wrong…

The article, written by Wilfred M. McClay (a professor at Oklahoma University), absolutely eviscerates the NYT‘s 1619 Project. At one point McClay says the it is part of the “Times’ journalistic battlefield preparation for the 2020 election.” So perhaps we should call it the Desperate Democrats’ 2020 Political Propaganda Project?

75 YEARS SINCE PELELIU: U.S. Marines in 1st Marine Division assaulted the small Pacific island on September 15, 1944. Senior officers thought the island would be secured within four days. But Japan had fortified the island. In late September the U.S. Army’s 81st Infantry Division landed on Peleliu to reinforce the Marines. The battle ended on November 27 — with almost 2,400 American dead.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Hillary Gets Drunker, Dems Try to Cancel God. “The most galling aspect of Hillary’s post-2016 political wandering in the desert isn’t that she keeps offering untruthful versions of why she isn’t president, it’s that she does it completely unchallenged by anyone in our brave media.”

EVERYTHING SEEMINGLY IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL: Fire sparks mass explosion of semen at cattle breeding center.

(Classical reference in headline.)

ANALYZING THE DRONE AND CRUISE MISSILE ATTACKS ON SAUDI OIL FACILITIES:

Two previous Iranian-proxy drone attacks on Saudi Arabian petro-targets look suspiciously like rehearsals for the Sept. 14 attacks on the Abqaiq oil production complex and Khurais oil field.

The attacks, on May 14 and Aug. 17, 2019, would have provided Iran with intelligence regarding Saudi air surveillance operations while combat-testing the strike and guidance capabilities of its armed drones and cruise missiles. Those attacks should have alerted the Saudis to quickly improve the local air defenses of key oil shipment “chokepoints” like Abqaiq.

…Clarifying labels helps define key military and technological issues in all three attacks. Drone is slang for an unmanned aerial vehicle. A UAV might be autonomous (self-guided and controlled) or remotely piloted (RPV) with digital links connecting UAV and pilot. Three decades ago, UAVs and cruise missiles were distinct species, but technology has blurred some differences. An Iranian “suicide drone” that hits a target is functionally a slow, cheap cruise missile; the term Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) has emerged.

Read the entire column.

FUEL FOR A FLUTTER TEST: An F-16 assigned to Eglin Air Force Base’s 40th Flight Test Squadron refuels during flutter testing. The caption explains: “Flutter testing evaluates the vibration characteristics of the airplane at certain speeds to assess the impact on the plane and identify potential structural weaknesses.”

BUY IN BULK AND SAVE: Extra-Long Sustainment Contracts Are Lockheed’s Latest Bid to Cut F-35 Costs.

MADURO’S NEW ECONOMIC POLICY: Venezuela Quietly Loosens Grip on Market, Tempering Economic Crisis. “The easing of controls is a risky move for a government that has publicly championed its state-led, socialist economic model as the country’s only salvation from greedy capitalists. But the measures are giving some life, even if limited, to the economy Mr. Maduro controls, despite a raft of U.S.-led financial sanctions and dozens of nations deeming his leadership illegitimate.”

A little bit of capitalism can pay for a whole lot of socialism, but the capitalists are always suckers in the end for thinking the controls won’t come back just as soon as the regime thinks it can get away with it.

(Classical reference in the headline.)

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: 2020 Democrats should look to Andrew Yang. Nuclear power is the way to go. “Climate change is a major talking point in the Democratic presidential primaries. When will they pay attention to the solution that actually works?”

THAT WOULD BE NICE: The Navy Wants 3 New Virginia-Class Submarines Every Year.

The previous status quo had been for the Navy to drop from building two Virginia-Class boats per year to one in the early 2020s when construction of the new Columbia-Class nuclear armed submarines begins. The service then moved to a plan to build two Virginia-class submarines and one Columbia-class submarine concurrently, according to findings from a Navy assessment.

The proposed idea now, currently being explored by the Navy, is to jump up to three Virginia-class per year when Columbia-class production hits a lull in “off years.”

“I do believe there is a capacity to get to three a year in the off years for Columbia construction. We have gotten up to two per year and that is sustainable. There is capacity in the yard and as we negotiate this upcoming multI-year, we will look at pulling options in to add more submarines,” James Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition, told lawmakers at a Congressional House Armed Services Committee Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.

As things stand now, the older Los Angeles-class attack subs are being retired faster than the Virginia-class boats can be brought into service, leading soon to a years-long “submarine gap” between service requirements and fleet size.

MICHAEL YON ON THE JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW: Hong Kong Police lose their discipline and edge.

AND THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING: New York Times Fact Checker Used Racist, Homophobic Slurs on Twitter.

A researcher and fact checker for the New York Times has a history of using racist and homophobic slurs on Twitter, according to a journalist for Newsmax.

Gina Cherelus — who on her LinkedIn page describes herself as “a researcher and fact-checker for The New York Times’ Opinion section”–  appears to have deleted the offensive Tweets on Tuesday. But some were still accessible on her Twitter account.

But Newsmax host John Cardillo has posted screen hots of tweets apparently from Cherelus’ account in which she used words like “faggots” and “dykes” while also referring disparagingly to Asians, Latinos, and “white people.”

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The revelation represents the latest public embarrassment for the Times. Last week, the newspaper issued a major correction to an Opinion article it ran claiming someone witnessed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh commit an act of sexual misconduct as a freshman at Yale University.

Breitbart News revealed in August that Times political editor Tom Wright-Piersanti has a years-long history of antisemitic and racist comments on Twitter.

The Times has also faced criticism over its appointment of Sarah Jeong to its editorial board, after it was revealed that Jeong has repeatedly made disparaging remarks about white people on social media.

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BOB ZUBRIN: The Real Robot Threat.

In the fall of 1989, the peoples of Eastern Europe rose up against their Communist oppressors. The tyrants ruling these nations had no moral compunction about shooting their subjects down, but fortunately, they couldn’t count on their armed forces to do it. So the Iron Curtain fell, and two years later, even the mighty Soviet Union was brought down when the Red Army, sent into Moscow, refused the orders of those attempting to brutally reinstate Stalinist rule.

But imagine what might have occurred had those soldiers been not human beings but robots, lacking in any sympathy or humanity, ready, willing, and able to reliably massacre anyone the authorities chose to be their targets.

This is the threat posed by the emerging technology known as “autonomous weapons.”

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