July 27, 2016

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THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: DNC disarray is the foreshadowing of a Clinton administration.

THE WORD THAT HAUNTS MEXICO’S PRESIDENT PENA: Impunity…if you thought it was Trump you’re misguided. See this site for a good summary of the new National Anti-Corruption System. The implementing legislation was passed on July 18.


BLUE ON BLUE: Alan Grayson threatens to call police on Politico reporter.

OF COURSE NOT: Slate: No, Bill Clinton’s Speech About Hillary Didn’t Address the Elephant in the Room. But, you know, the cheating and the rape accusations and Hillary’s efforts to destroy women who spoke out didn’t really fit his theme for the evening.

Related: Bill Clinton leaves us wondering how he could have been such a louse to Hillary. “Much of America knows how Bill repeatedly cheated on Hillary during the allegedly blissful years he depicted tonight. His cheating isn’t a serious issue in this year’s race, but it provides an unfortunate gloss on his testimony about the marriage. Stated differently, for many Americans, it may have been the 800 pound gorilla in the convention hall. How does one square Bill’s love story with his serial adultery and predatory behavior towards women? It can, perhaps, be done. But only at a psychological level that neither Bill nor Hillary wants us to get anywhere near.”

WELL, A CERTAIN FLAVOR OF THEM, ANYWAY: Democratic Youth Council shows why we dislike millennials.

If you were wondering why so many people dislike millennials today, look no further than the Orwellian-sounding “Youth Council” of the Democratic Party.

When Sarah Audelo, Millennial Vote Director for Hillary for America, took the podium, she began her remarks with a bunch of rules, a tactic that has become typical of snowflakes on college campuses protesting everyone’s free speech except their own.

“I open this space, perhaps, with a couple of ground rules,” she said. The first two rules were about working beyond the election and recognizing that everyone came for “good reasons.” But the third rule was, well, typical millennial.

“One of the ground rules that I do in a lot of my trainings, maybe you all have heard this before. I love it, but it is ‘don’t yuck my yum,'” she said “For some of us, there are some things that are very yummy and it hurts when people ‘yuck’ on us. So for example, if one issue is my core issue and it’s not yours, that’s cool, it’s my core issue, don’t yuck my yum, that’s cool.”

The phrase “yuck my yum” basically means not to tell someone that what they like is bad simply because you don’t like it. It can sometimes refer to food (quite literally, don’t tell me my food is gross), but also to sexuality.

Audelo went on to talk about the “space” she wanted to create for millennials in the room, something that didn’t need to be said and came off as insolent and not very inclusive. It reminded me of campus protesters who barred allies from helping with their cause simply because they were not black or of the LGBT community.

The anti-racists are always the most racist, the anti-sexists the most sexist, etc.

IMAGINE IT? I’VE LIVED THROUGH IT. Hillary: Can you imagine electing a vindictive man who might … send the IRS after his critics?

The difference is that if President Trump tried to do that, the civil service would bravely resist. Under Obama — and under Hillary, I suspect — it’s all eager cooperation.

SOMETHING THAT CAN’T GO ON FOREVER WON’T: The California Pension Bomb Just Got More Explosive.

FROM CLAIRE’S LIPS TO THE AMERICAN VOTERS’ EARS: Dem Senator Claire McCaskill: DNC employees ‘should all be fired.’

Better fire their bosses as well, just to be sure.

JOHN KASS: Hillary Thought Police and the Bernie kids.

Hillary Clinton’s most effective TV ad focuses on the faces of young children who sit quietly, staring wide-eyed at screens, watching Republican Donald Trump shout wild, angry and violent words.

It’s a powerful TV commercial, masterfully done, evoking child abuse while asking: “Our children are watching. What example will we set for them?” It is an ad designed to terrify parents and have them run into the warm, loving and omniscient embrace of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Because with Hillary, it’s all about the kids.

Unless, of course, the kids are those thousands of idealistic young people — many of them college age or just older — who dared support the truly progressive Bernie Sanders for president against Clinton, the establishment candidate.

They felt the Bern and gave everything they had — their time, their energy, their spirit — to battle what they thought was wrong with America, the oligarchy, the political corruption, the control of the political process by the insiders with the money to buy politicians.

Those Sanders kids are angry. They aren’t quite ready to behave. Hillary knows this. And even Sanders, a tired old man prattling on about Wall Street, knows it as he bows to his Establishment Queen who sits on all that Wall Street cash.

So now it’s time for Hillary’s Thought Police — of Democratic Party operatives, political show ponies, and pro-Hillary pundits and talking heads — to begin the hard work of grinding those kids down. . . .

So the idea is to turn those kids into useful political beings by using their own slogans and reference points against them. First, though, they must be softened up by shaming. And the pro-Hillary media (and most of the media is decidedly pro-Hillary) has been relentless at shaming them to keep them in line since that DNC leaks story broke.

Shaming has been going on relentlessly on social media since these kids first touched a keyboard. They know how it works, they understand its conventions, if not its real purpose, which is to herd stubborn political ideas.




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Since the Democrats went hammer and tongs against Hillary in 2008 to toss her under the Obama bus, 2008 is a treasure trove of archives waiting to be used again. Glad to see Trump’s video makers putting it to use.


—Reason TV, yesterday.

David Harsanyi, the Federalist, yesterday.

Why, it’s like the guy is a toxic blend of nationalism and socialism or something.


UH OH: Clinton Camp Fears More Leaks Are Coming.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is bracing for the possibility of more damaging emails being leaked to the public as the presidential campaign enters its home stretch.

Jennifer Palmieri, communications director for Hillary for America, said it’s possible that more emails will be released at a time designed to inflict maximum political pain on Democrats.

“The WikiLeaks leak was obviously designed to hurt our convention,” she told reporters. “I don’t think they’re done. That’s how they operate.

“We can’t know, but it’s part of the reason that we wanted people to understand our belief that the Russians are behind this,” she said. “People need to understand — when these leaks happen — what they’re designed to do.”

Palmieri added that the Clinton campaign was not worried about its own email security.

That sounds ominous. . . .

GREAT MOMENTS IN CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENTS. Jerry Springer on Hillary Sticking by Wasserman Schultz: ‘I Trust Her Judgment’

July 26, 2016

FLASHBACK: NYT: Clintons Failed to Disclose $2.35M Donation from Russian-Owned Uranium Corp.

I BLAME THE MEDIA: Mass Killings May Have Created Contagion, Feeding on Itself. “The horrifying rash of massacres during this violent summer suggests that public, widely covered rampage killings have led to a kind of contagion, prompting a small number of people with strong personal grievances and scant political ideology to mine previous attacks for both methods and potential targets to express their lethal anger and despair.”

It’s called the Copycat Effect.

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TRUMP’S IMMUNITY: “The point here is not that Trump is guaranteed to win. Clinton maintains a large advertising and organizational advantage over Trump. But she has already dumped $50 million in unanswered advertising on his head, with little movement in the polls.”

Plus: “What scandal can Clinton use to dissuade his voters from crawling over broken glass and going to the polls this fall? Divorce? He’s had two. Bankruptcy? Four. DUI? He doesn’t drink and besides, he has a chauffeur. He gave money to a crooked politician? Yes, and her name is Clinton.”


Shot: Martin O’Malley: ‘Real Outrage’ Is Russia Hacked DNC to Help Trump.

Chaser: Note to DNC: Stop Blaming Putin, YOU Wrote the Emails.

AFTER OBSERVING DEM CONVENTION AND PHILLY STREET ACTION: I think this modified post is worth a bump. These two essays serve as quick references for combating red fascism. You can read them on your mobile device. First, Dr. Tom Sowell’s analytic summary. Next, you can use my take down of three red left icons. The essay includes other useful info perhaps one in a thousand red lefty fascists know…maybe…

THIS ISN’T THE 21st CENTURY I WAS PROMISED: White Bernie Bro Calls Black Trump Supporter ‘Insane’ at the DNC.


IT WAS FINE WHEN SHE WAS THE SUBJECT OF ALL THOSE “YOU GO GIRL!” PROFILES: Marissa Mayer Lashes Out at ‘Gender-Charged’ Reporting.

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SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Study Finds Sharp Increase in Marijuana Exposure Among Colorado Children.

COULD THE WIKILEAKS ATTACKS BE A FALSE FLAG OPERATION? Michael Ledeen ponders Who’s Hillary’s Hacker and Why?


BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTORS IN PHILADELPHIA’S STREETS: They claim they’re sending a message to the Democrats. They oppose Bill Clinton’s 1994 crime bill. One spokesman said Hillary’s “husband created a bill that generationally continues to harm black and brown families.” OK– a Clinton did it. But then the spokesman — no doubt saving his job– called Donald Trump a “racist bigot.” The man’s free to express his opinions, and express them forcefully. The Constitution’s First Amendment guarantees citizens the right to free political speech (though Hillary wants to restrict it). But after the Dallas massacre, the Black Lives Matter organization and those who speak in its name no longer receive free pass privileges from media. The outfit’s members went too far when they scorned the phrase Blue Lives Matter as racist. The Dallas tragedy showed why their angry scorn was a mistake.

THE 21ST CENTURY ISN’T TURNING OUT AS I’D HOPED: Scientists think cockroach milk could be the superfood of the future.

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NOT EXACTLY LOVIN’ IT: McDonalds discounts hurting franchisees.

“We are discounting heavily, against my will, so sales should be up and profits down,” a franchisee wrote in response to a more recent survey by Nomura.

Another wrote: “I am very alarmed about the discounting push. I have never seen the corporation be so aggressive with discounts. The regional marketing teams are adding numerous other discounts to the McPick 2, primarily breakfast items. They are encouraging, quite literally, everything being on sale. This is a very hard cultural adjustment for me.”

Saunders said McDonald’s needed to invest more in automation to lower labor costs and offset the impact of customers buying cheaper food.

“The solution to all of this [is] in more automation — something that McDonald’s has started but is still a long way off perfecting,” Saunders wrote.

The chain seems to be falling into the same permanent discounts trap which has bedeviled Jos A Bank in recent years.



LESS THAN ZERO: Twitter Plummets After Slashing Guidance.




“Thus the question of whether Europe is helpless,” Bret Stephens writes in the Wall Street Journal:

At its 1980s peak, under François Mitterrand and Helmut Kohl, the European project combined German economic strength and French confidence in power politics. Today, it mixes French political weakness with German moral solipsism. This is a formula for rapid civilizational decline, however many economic or military resources the EU may have at its disposal.

Can the decline be stopped? Yes, but that would require a great unlearning of the political mythologies on which modern Europe was built.

Among those mythologies: that the European Union is the result of a postwar moral commitment to peace; that Christianity is of merely historical importance to European identity; that there’s no such thing as a military solution; that one’s country isn’t worth fighting for; that honor is atavistic and tolerance is the supreme value. People who believe in nothing, including themselves, will ultimately submit to anything.

Which brings us to Mr. Obama’s nihilism, as this recent profile by administration mouthpiece Jeffrey Goldberg chillingly describes:

Later, the president would say that he had failed to fully appreciate the fear many Americans were experiencing about the possibility of a Paris-style attack in the U.S. Great distance, a frantic schedule, and the jet-lag haze that envelops a globe-spanning presidential trip were working against him. But he has never believed that terrorism poses a threat to America commensurate with the fear it generates. Even during the period in 2014 when isis was executing its American captives in Syria, his emotions were in check. Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s closest adviser, told him people were worried that the group would soon take its beheading campaign to the U.S. “They’re not coming here to chop our heads off,” he reassured her. Obama frequently reminds his staff that terrorism takes far fewer lives in America than handguns, car accidents, and falls in bathtubs do. Several years ago, he expressed to me his admiration for Israelis’ “resilience” in the face of constant terrorism, and it is clear that he would like to see resilience replace panic in American society. Nevertheless, his advisers are fighting a constant rearguard action to keep Obama from placing terrorism in what he considers its “proper” perspective, out of concern that he will seem insensitive to the fears of the American people.

Something tells me that whatever his other baggage, a President Trump wouldn’t be so passive and distant on the topic.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF Rock Stars Complaining About Politicians Using Their Songs.

THE PALACE GUARD DARE NOT INSULT THE QUEEN! TBS Apologies for Hillary Clinton Hyena Video.


It’s clear enough that Harris County’s prosecutors were running interference for Planned Parenthood. Perhaps the state of Texas should look into the conduct of these prosecutors, who took a regular investigative-journalism technique and attempted to criminalize it. This looks like a clear abuse of power — certainly more clear than the supposed felonies committed by CMP.

As Mark Steyn is wont to say, the process is the punishment.

WELL, OKAY THEN: Gwyneth Paltrow on Wellness and Vaginal Steaming.

FLASHBACK: “As the Democrats struggle to turn the story of the DNC hacks into an attack on Trump by arguing that the Russians are behind the hack and that Putin is trying to help Trump get elected, let’s remember when a prominent Democrat actually went to the Soviets for help in defeating Reagan.”

GOOD: EFF Sues U.S. Government Over DMCA.


RICHARD FERNANDEZ: On the eve of Hillary’s coronation, her courtiers are suddenly waking up to the fact that she cannot protect them:

The shock may be intentional.  If Putin was indeed behind the hacking he is only doing what underdogs through history have done to even the odds. Unable to match the foe in weight, he went for the king, or in this case the queen.  Recall how in ancient Gaugamela, the outnumbered Alexander staked everything on a thrust at Darius.

Darius fled in fear. When the mass of the Persian army saw this, they scattered in dismay. By demonstrating the impotence of Darius, Alexander broke the Persian monarch’s aura and with it his majesty. Alexander knew that for a king to rule he must be regarded as more than mortal by the masses. Once the king is humiliated and put to flight he becomes psychologically no better than his subjects and the greater part of his power vanishes.

By striking at Hillary’s aura the Russian may be attempting the same thing.  Democratic voters looked up to her to protect and defend the nation because that’s what presidents do.  By hacking Hillary and humiliating her Putin has sent the message that she cannot even defend herself — and what’s the use of a president who can’t defend herself? This is why the Taliban target the chiefs of police and the district headmen to show the populace that their leaders are vulnerable and that no protection can be expected from them. The same threat logic is being applied by Putin.

Amazingly the DNC has compounded the blow by turning it into a talking point, acting as if Hillary were a child needing sympathy because her lollipop has been stolen by a bully, rather than as a competent person in firmly command. In so doing they’re actually admitting that Hillary cannot hold her own with the hard men of Putin’s caliber.

And we all knew (but none in the MSM dare say) what happened on September 11th 2012 when Hillary’s vaunted three am phone call actually came in.

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JUST DON’T MENTION THE WAR: Roger Simon on ISIS Ignored: Moral Sickness at the Democratic Convention.


BRENDAN O’NEILL: BREXIT IS THE MOST PUNK THING TO HAVE HAPPENED IN YEARS. So why are British rock magazines have such a sad over it?

Read the whole thing.

(Via Kathy Shaidle.)


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Vermont Law School Seeks $15 Million Federal Loan To Restructure Its Debts Via Sale-Leaseback With Related LLC.


From Stephen Kruiser at PJM: ‘New York Magazine’ — Bernie Fans Dominate Day 1 of DNC, Also Kind of Scary.

And from Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit: DNC Convention 2016: Soviet Flags, Palestinian Flag – BUT NO US FLAGS.



UMM, DOESN’T THAT DEPEND ON WHAT HAPPENS IN NOVEMBER? Congressman: Republicans Not Endorsing Trump Will Lose in 2020


Shot: Violent crime rising in US cities, study finds.

—Headline, CNN, today.



Notice the text on the Chyron from December of 2014 while CNN editorializes about a moment that never happened in real life. Their headline today is the “Change” that Time-Warner-CNN-HBO wanted, right?

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EVER GET THE FEELING YOU’VE BEEN CHEATED? GOOD NIGHT! Warren Faces ‘We Trusted You’ Chants While Backing Hillary at DNC.




Before I go on, I should stop and say: this is not about whether Clinton would be a good president. This is about getting to the Oval Office in the first place. We are not living under a parliamentary system where the party leadership can decide, after a brief internecine squabble, who gets to sit in the big chair. In American politics, you have to actually get elected. It’s not enough to be effective at party politics, or even a wizard at policy. You have to actually be good at making people like you. Something that Clinton has never shown much aptitude for.

Being only middling likable myself, I’m certainly sympathetic. But you see, this is one reason that I am not running for president, and why, if I ever suggested such a daft thing, I would hope that the people around me would stage a tactful yet firm intervention. Instead, everyone around her rushed to enable her dream — and put the party in a position where it now has a real shot at making her the woman who lost the Oval Office, not just to Barack Obama, but also to Donald Trump, a man who clearly struggled over whether to distance himself from the Ku Klux Klan; a man who stage-managed his own convention into a series of own-goals, from his wife’s plagiarized speech to the sight of a primary rival getting booed off the stage; a man who started off his post-convention campaign by rambling about a theorized connection between said primary rival’s dad and the man who shot President Kennedy. Bill Clinton could have defeated Trump with one hand tied behind his back, a bag over his head, and a debilitating case of laryngitis. His wife is, at this point, struggling to hold even. I still think she’s a favorite to win. But it never should have been close enough for anyone to care about the size of Trump’s post-convention bounce.

Notice that I haven’t even gotten to the e-mails — a story that broke in March of last year, the point at which it was still, if barely, possible for someone to sit down and say “for the good of the party, I’m afraid you need to develop a serious health issue that will require you to drop out of the race.”

Actually, I believe that’s scheduled for September.

TURKEY’S COUP: Crackdown continues to widen. Yes, Erdogan has gone Full Ottoman.

CHANGE! Nate Silver Has Trump Ahead Now.

“IF WE JUST KEEP REINTRODUCING HER, EVENTUALLY SHE’LL BE LIKEABLE ENOUGH!” Democratic National Convention: Supporters hope to reintroduce Clinton to skeptical voters.

LESSON FROM THE DNC HACK: Forget About Internet Voting.

Paper ballots are the way to go!


More from the Daily Mail:

One of the terrorists, a 19-year-old Frenchman who lived close to the church, is said to have left for Syria in 2015 to try and join Islamic State, but he was arrested.

He was jailed for terrorist offences following a short trial in France, before being released on March 2 this year.

The Tribune de Geneve reports he tried travelling to Syria via Turkey, but was kicked out of the country and arrested at Geneva airport on May 14 last year.

It was the second time he tried to reach Syria, the first time via Munich unsuccessfully, before he tried through Switzerland.

He was jailed for a few days in in the prison of Champ-Dollon before being extradited to France and convicted of conspiracy to prepare acts of terrorism.

His conditions included returning to live with his parents, wearing an electronic tag, and reporting to his local police station.

But this did not stop him becoming involved in today’s atrocity, in which Father Jacques Hamel, 86, had his throat cut.

According to his bail conditions, the electronically tagged terrorist was allowed out unsupervised between 8.30am and 12.30pm.


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SCHADENFREUDE IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD: Five Times Liberals Mocked Mitt Romney For Warning About Russia.

As Iowahawk tweets, “It’s kind of entertaining to watch Democrats suddenly gripped by Reds-under-the-bed anti-Russia paranoia. #TailgunnerHillary.”


Vaping is right out as well. So much for “Vapin’ in the Omnisexual Restroom,” the update to the ‘70s trashrock hit that nobody’s asking for.

DEBBIE KNOWS TOO MUCH TO SIMPLY DISCARD: Clinton hiring DWS: ‘Thank you’ or damage control?

Shortly after Debbie Wasserman Schultz abruptly resigned from the Democratic National Committee, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton named the Florida congresswoman to her campaign team.

Wasserman Schultz will serve as the “honorary chair” of Clinton’s campaign, a move the candidate announced in a short letter to supporters.

“I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid — because as president, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people,” Clinton wrote.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters have been stalking and booing Wasserman Schultz at all of her appearances at events surrounding the Democratic National Convention today. So Clinton’s decision to immediately bring her into her campaign looks a bit tone-deaf. In fact, it looks like a slobbery wet kiss and “thank you” for Wasserman Schultz’s role in rigging the primary process for Clinton. Especially since she named Wasserman Schultz to her campaign so quickly.

But is it a “thank you”? The initial optics look that way, but what if this was done to keep Wasserman Schultz from going ballistic?

Back in 2013, President Obama and other Democrats were quietly grumbling about Wasserman Schultz and wanted her out as chair of the DNC. When Wasserman Schultz “sensed” there would be a push to have her ousted, she prepared to call the leader of her party, Obama, anti-Semitic and anti-woman. That would be a heavy accusation coming from a Democratic Jewish woman against her own party (and a president whom Democrats adore), especially since her 2012 messaging was so heavy with accusations that Republicans were waging a “war on women.”

Perhaps Clinton and other Democratic officials wanted to blunt any outrage from Wasserman Schultz after she was actually forced to resign. If Wasserman Schultz was prepared to accuse the president of the United States and leader of her own party of anti-Semitism and being anti-woman out of anger — undoing all the work Democrats have done building themselves as the pro-woman and non-bigoted party — what would she have done had she not been granted a Clinton olive branch?

Something wonderful.

21ST CENTURY HEADLINES: Gunman gets shot in Las Vegas by Pokemon GO player he tried to rob.

JUST NBC THEIR BAGHDAD BOB MOMENT! MSNBC Claims DNC Chair ‘Receives Cheers’…As She’s Booed Relentlessly.

I FAIL TO SEE THE DOWNSIDE: The Double Edge of Cheap Gasoline — and It’s Getting Even Cheaper.

Analysts say there’s simply too much gasoline and too much oil, and prices fell early this week amid crude supply concerns. West Texas Intermediate oil futures dropped 2.4 percent to $43.13 per barrel. According to AAA, the national average for unleaded gasoline is down 15 cents in a month.

“These are the cheapest gasoline prices for the end of July since 2004. There’s 36 states where you see gas less than $2 a gallon. The really cheap prices will be between Labor Day and Election Day,” said Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis at Oil Price Information Services. Kloza expects the national average to fall below $2 per gallon, and said another 10 percent decline could easily be in store.

Have you hugged a fracker today?


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FLASHBACK: As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap:

Brooks is, of course, horrified at Trump and his supporters, whom he finds childish, thuggish and contemptuous of the things that David Brooks likes about today’s America. It’s clear that he’d like a social/political revolution that was more refined, better-mannered, more focused on the Constitution and, well, more bourgeois as opposed to in-your-face and working class.

The thing is, we had that movement. It was the Tea Party movement. Unlike Brooks, I actually ventured out to “intermingle” with Tea Partiers at various events that I covered for PJTV.com, contributing commentary to the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Examiner. As I reported from one event in Nashville, “Pundits claim the tea partiers are angry — and they are — but the most striking thing about the atmosphere in Nashville was how cheerful everyone seemed to be. I spoke with dozens of people, and the responses were surprisingly similar. Hardly any had ever been involved in politics before. Having gotten started, they were finding it to be not just worthwhile, but actually fun. Laughter rang out frequently, and when new-media mogul Andrew Breitbart held forth on a TV interview, a crowd gathered and broke into spontaneous applause. A year ago (2009), many told me, they were depressed about the future of America. Watching television pundits talk about President Obama’s transformative plans for big government, they felt alone, isolated and helpless. That changed when protests, organized by bloggers, met Mr. Obama a year ago in Denver, Colo., Mesa, Ariz., and Seattle, Wash. Then came CNBC talker Rick Santelli’s famous on-air rant on Feb. 19, 2009, which gave the tea-party movement its name. Tea partiers are still angry at federal deficits, at Washington’s habit of rewarding failure with handouts and punishing success with taxes and regulation, and the general incompetence that has marked the first year of the Obama presidency. But they’re no longer depressed.”

One of the most famous things about the Tea Partiers was that — as befits a relentlessly bourgeois protest movement — they left things cleaner than they found them. Rich Lowry reported from Washington, DC: “Just as stunning as the tableaux of the massive throngs lining the reflecting pool were the images of the spotless grounds afterward. If someone had told attendees they were expected to mow the grass before they left, surely some of them would have hitched flatbed trailers to their vehicles for the trip to Washington and gladly brought mowers along with them. This was the revolt of the bourgeois, of the responsible, of the orderly, of people profoundly at peace with the traditional mores of American society. . . .

Yet the tea party movement was smeared as racist, denounced as fascist, harassed with impunity by the IRS and generally treated with contempt by the political establishment — and by pundits like Brooks, who declared “I’m not a fan of this movement.” After handing the GOP big legislative victories in 2010 and 2014, it was largely betrayed by the Republicans in Congress, who broke their promises to shrink government and block Obama’s initiatives.

So now we have Trump instead, who tells people to punch counterprotesters instead of picking up their trash.

When politeness and orderliness are met with contempt and betrayal, do not be surprised if the response is something less polite, and less orderly. Brooks closes his Trump column with Psalm 73, but a more appropriate verse is Hosea 8:7 “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” Trump’s ascendance is a symptom of a colossal failure among America’s political leaders, of which Brooks’ mean-spirited insularity is only a tiny part. God help us all.


People who are unhappy with the things Trump is saying need to understand that he’s only getting so much traction because he’s filling a void. If the responsible people would talk about these issues, and take action, Trump wouldn’t take up so much space.

And there’s a lesson for our ruling class there: Calling Trump a fascist is a bit much (fascism, as Tom Wolfe once reported, is forever descending upon the United States, but somehow it always lands on Europe), but movements like fascism and communism get their start because the mechanisms of liberal democracy seem weak and ineffectual and dishonest. If you don’t want Trump — or, perhaps, some post-Trump figure who really is a fascist — to dominate things, you need to stop being weak and ineffectual and dishonest. . . .

Likewise, it’s a bit hard to take people seriously about Trump’s threat to civil liberties when President Obama was just endorsing an unconstitutional gun ban, when his attorney general was threatening to prosecute people for anti-Muslim speech (a threat later walked back, thankfully) and when universities and political leaders around the country are making clear their belief that free speech is obsolete.

Hearing that Yale professor Erika Christakis won’t be teaching at Yale because of the abuse she received over a respectful but non-PC email, former DNC chair Howard Dean tweeted: “Free speech is good. Respecting others is better.” To his credit, CNN’s Jake Tapper responded: “Of course only one of them is enshrined in the Constitution.”

But Twitter humorist IowaHawk had the last word: ”With the exception of POTUS, the Atty General, both leading presidential candidates, the media, and universities, Americans love free speech.”

If you wish to hold fascism, or even just Trumpism, at bay, then we need elites who are trustworthy, who can be counted on to protect the country, and who respect the Constitution even when it gets in the way of doing something they want to do. By failing to live up to these standards, they have chosen their “Destructor.” Let’s hope that they haven’t chosen ours, as well.

Okay, I have to admit, so far it’s not looking great.

TURKISH RESET: Putin, Erdogan Mend Ties as Post-Coup Turkey Turns Toward Russia.

Russia “isn’t just our close and friendly neighbor, but also a strategic partner,” Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek, who announced the Aug. 9 visit, said at talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Arkady Dvorkovich on Tuesday. “Today, we are here to normalize the situation and our relations as soon as possible and at an accelerated pace since they were disrupted on November 24,” when Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, he said.

There’ll be no shortage of things to discuss at the summit between Putin and Erdogan, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call Tuesday as he confirmed the Aug. 9 meeting in St. Petersburg.

The attempt by elements of the military to oust Erdogan has turbo-charged efforts to restore ties between Turkey and Russia that were already under way after the crisis over the downing of the warplane. The rapprochement may even lead to a political realignment in the region.

A week or so ago I admitted I was getting “paranoid enough to wonder if we shouldn’t be looking for Vladimir Putin’s fingerprints” somewhere on the coup or post-coup purge. Today it seems that “paranoid enough” might not be paranoid enough.

There is also now a non-zero chance that Putin will accomplish what none of his Soviet predecessors could, and knock NATO’s southern tier out from under it.


Valerie Jarrett Scolds Americans For Drinking Beer During A Heat Wave

And instead recommends staying inside with the air conditioning cranked up. Except….

John Kerry: Air Conditioners Are As Big A Threat As ISIS

Ride the Mommy Party Mobius Loop! (And don’t forget to sign the petition reminding John Kerry to keep his word: Remove air conditioning from all US State Department property.)

CHANGE: For the second time in her adult life, Michelle Obama is proud of her country! ‘This country IS great’: Michelle Obama jabs at Trump; heralds progress that means she can ‘wake up in a White House built by slaves’ and says ‘I’m with her’ in rousing speech backing Hillary.


“For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country,” [Michelle Obama] told a Milwaukee crowd today, “because it feels like hope is making a comeback.”

Hot Air, February 18, 2008.

And in the prior month, the London Telegraph reported that Mrs. Obama launched a “scathing attack” on Hillary, stating she represents ‘the same old thing over and over again:'”

Though she never mentioned her by name, Mrs Obama pointedly argued that Mrs Clinton represented a status quo that had done nothing for ordinary people.”I get confused when people say there are a lot of choices in this race,” she said. “There are so many more experienced candidates. My response is, no, that’s not true. You’ve got two choices in this race.

“You’ve got the same old thing over and over again that hasn’t worked for regular folks in my lifetime. And then we have Barack Obama.”

At a rally the same night, Mr Obama seemed to take a leaf out of his wife’s book after she had introduced him, drawing a sharp contrast with Mrs Clinton, suggesting she was not truthful and was “willing to say anything to get elected”.

I’m certainly glad no one could ever accuse Mr. Obama of such shameless duplicity…

YET ANOTHER AWFUL ATTACK IN FRANCE: Attackers Storm French Church and Take Hostages, Killing a Priest.

The Paris prosecutor’s office, which handles counterterrorism investigations in France, announced that it was taking charge of the case, indicating that officials were treating it as a terrorist attack.

Officials announced that President François Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve would travel to the town where the church is located, St.-Étienne-du-Rouvray, a suburb of Rouen that has about 29,000 inhabitants, about 65 miles northwest of Paris.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls expressed horror at what he called “a barbaric attack on a church,” adding: “The whole of France and all Catholics are wounded. We will stand together.”

The Interior Ministry confirmed the death of one man and said that another person had been critically injured.

Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen, in a statement from Krakow, Poland, where he and other Roman Catholic leaders were gathered for the World Youth Day event, identified the victim as the Rev. Jacques Hamel, 86, the auxiliary priest at the church.

Reached on his cellphone, the parish priest, the Rev. Auguste Moanda-Phuati, 50, said that he was rushing back to the church from a vacation near Paris and that Father Hamel was assigned to celebrate Mass on Tuesday.

The Rev. Federico Lombardi, a spokesman for the Vatican, said that Pope Francis was horrified at the “barbaric killing” of a priest and issued “the most severe condemnation of all forms of hatred.”

The attack in France, and the ensuing police response, unfolded rapidly.

At 10:56 a.m., the National Police urged residents via Twitter to keep away from the scene and not enter the perimeter around the church. At 11:15 a.m., the police said that the crisis was over, with two hostage-takers “neutralized” by the police.

That last part is a relief.

JOURNALISM: Politico reporter sent story to Dem committee for pre-publication review.

A massive dump of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails via Wikileaks has revealed that Politico reporter Ken Vogel sent an advance copy of a story — in its entirety — to top DNC communication officials to review before it was published.

After being harshly criticized on social media and in conservative circles, Politico now calls Vogel’s email a “mistake” and says it was a violation of the publication’s policy.

“POLITICO’s policy is to not share editorial content pre-publication except as approved by editors,” says spokesman Brad Dayspring. “In this case, the reporter was attempting to check some very technical language and figures involving the DNC’s joint fundraising agreement with the Clinton campaign.”

“Checking the relevant passages for accuracy was responsible and consistent with our standards,” the statement continues. “Sharing the full piece was a mistake and not consistent with our policies. There were no substantive changes to the piece.”

I’m sure they do this for Republicans all the time.

Related: Erik Wemple: A Mistake, Not A Misdemeanor.

“THEIR RULES:” Media too burned out on Nazi salutes to notice Elizabeth Warren’s at DNC.

WELL, I’VE BEEN ON TOP OF THIS STORY FOR QUITE A WHILE: Knife Rights: The Unseen Side of the Second Amendment.

While congressional Democrats and Republicans go head-to-head over gun control, proponents of a smaller, often overlooked facet of the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms pursue a battle of their own—the right to carry a knife.

Knife Rights, an Arizona-based advocacy group aimed at ridding states of existing bans on specific types of knives, is leading the fight against restrictive knife laws across the U.S.

“Protecting knife rights is the second front in the defense of the Second Amendment,” Todd Rathner, director of legislative affairs at Knife Rights, told The Daily Signal.

The group also seeks passage of “knife law preemption,” which essentially removes local and county restrictions that conflict with state laws on using and carrying knives.

Doug Ritter, founder and chairman of Knife Rights, noted an “interesting contrast between our fight versus the gun rights fight because we generally receive a significant amount of bipartisan support for our bills.”

“We have had a number of NRA F-rated members supporting our bills,” Ritter said, referring to lawmakers in Congress and state legislatures with low scores on gun rights from the National Rifle Association.

That support, he said, made it possible for the group to successfully pass 21 bills in 15 states, all in the past seven years.

The Knife Rights leaders say they’re finding more and more Democrats advocating the group’s mission, a stark contrast between knife rights and gun rights.

“There’s a large group of traditional Democrats saying people shouldn’t get arrested for using a pocketknife as an everyday tool,” Rathner said. “To put it simply, we’ve got to stop arresting people for using a tool.”

That’s what we think in Tennessee, which is why we passed one of the most liberal knife laws in the country this year.

July 25, 2016

HMM: ‘Hillary’s America’ documentary cracks top 10 at box office.

LIFE IN THE ERA OF HOPE AND CHANGE: Millennials Are Obsessed With Side Hustles Because ‘They’re All’ They’ve Got.

SO THIS IS GOING WELL: Elizabeth Warren Heckled With Chants of ‘We Trusted You!’ During DNC Speech.

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THE ROLE OF COMEDIANS TODAY IS TO FORCE PEOPLE INTO LINE FOR THE POWERS THAT BE: Sarah Silverman: ‘To the Bernie or Bust People, You Are Being Ridiculous:’ Comedian called for Democratic Party unity.

PROBABLY A FEW MEXICAN ONES THOUGH: No Visible American Flags Present At The Democrat Convention.


FLASHBACK: Michelle Obama launches attack on Clinton.

Michelle Obama, who could become America’s first black First Lady, has launched a scathing attack on her husband’s opponent Hillary Clinton, stating she represents “the same old thing over and over again”.

Whereas Barack Obama preaches a message of hope and transcending differences that is more kumbaya than combative, his wife, like him a lawyer and a Harvard graduate, did not hesitate to take his main opponent on in an appearance at a Las Vegas.

On her 44th birthday, and less than 48 hours before today’s crucial Nevada caucuses, Mrs Obama spoke passionately about racial slurs against her husband and the symbolism of having a black family in the White House.

In a fiery comparison between his 2004 Senate campaign and this year’s presidential race, she said: “You know what they were saying about him then? They said he was too young. They said he was too inexperienced. They said he should wait his turn.

Well, he was too young and inexperienced. But Hillary the racist had to be stopped.