December 12, 2019

IN THE MAIL: Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey.

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YOU HAD ONE JOB: Snopes Fact-Checkers Demand White House Explain Trump’s Babylon Bee Tweet.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: The most expensive new Mac Pro configuration costs $52,599. “That’s not a typo…But the real stunner is adding 1.5TB of RAM to the equation. That’s 12 128GB chips of DDR4 EEC memory, and it costs a cool $25,000.”

Related! Five Things You Could Do With 1TB of RAM.

OOPS: Shooting his mouth off, Iranian official admits the truth about Lebanon.

Speaking on Monday, retired Gen. Morteza Qorbani told an Iranian news outlet that Iran did not need to use ballistic missiles in Iran to effectively attack Israel. Instead, Qorbani said, if “the Zionist regime makes the smallest mistake toward Iran, we will reduce Tel Aviv to ashes from Lebanon.”

That sparked quick pushback in Lebanon, even from Iran’s allies there. On Wednesday, a top Revolutionary Guard spokesperson blamed the media for misrepresenting the adviser’s clear words. Qorbani, the spokesman added, “meant to speak of response to Israel by possible various means and capacities.” In addition, in an amusing attempt to distance themselves from Qorbani, the Revolutionary Guard claimed that he “is not an adviser to the IRGC commander at present.”

If that’s not rowing back, I don’t know what is.

Obama’s old pals aren’t very bright, are they?

Anyway, just keep clamping down with sanctions, and for God’s sake keep on frackin’.

IT’S NOT OKAY TO BE WHITE: Student expelled by law school after posting ‘It’s OK to be white’ flyers: report. “Some have questioned whether ‘It’s OK to be white’ falls under free speech.”

You want more white nationalists? Because this is how you get more white nationalists.

HMM: New video makes clear Jersey City shooting was targeted attack. “New surveillance video published Wednesday showing the beginning of the shooting in Jersey City that killed six makes clear that the assailants specifically targeted the kosher deli where they carried out their attack. In the video, the killers can be seen slowly pulling up in a stolen van and parking across the street from the Jewish store before exiting the vehicle, walking directly to the store, and opening fire into it.”

Meanwhile, even as this was going on, the blue-check journo crowd was telling us Trump was Hitler for wanting to protect Jews.

IF THE FBI WAS WILLING TO BE THIS SHADY WHILE INVESTIGATING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, WHAT DOES IT GET AWAY WITH IN LOWER-PROFILE CASES? We Just Got a Rare Look at National Security Surveillance. It Was Ugly.

SHAMPEACHMENT: Impeachment needle not moving as majority of voters oppose removing Trump.

ABOUT TIME: Meet the ‘Conservative Squad’ vowing to fight socialism in Washington. Weirdly, they’re attractive and seem normal.

HALF A MILLION FOIAS TO HHS FROM 2008 TO 2017: Here’s your crowd datapoint stumper for those Christmas party convos. Turns out that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its constituent agencies received 530,094 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in the years between 2007 and 2018, according to a study by the Research Integrity Journal.

Nearly 70 percent of the total went to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), while another nearly 19 percent were submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FOIA requires federal officials to provide copies of all government documents requested by any individual as long as it isn’t covered by exemptions for factors like personal privacy, national security, commercial secrecy and on-going law enforcement investigations.

IT’S THE SAME AS SUPPORTING THE KKK, BUT WITH BETTER MEDIA COVER: Former Antifa supporter: Leftist profs who support group ‘effectively condone’ violence.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Mixed Bag and the Media Is Still Lying to You Thursday. “The past couple of days have provided new opportunities for members of the American news media to remind discerning, honest Americans why we despise them.”

Do you really need to be that discerning or even honest to despise the news media?

AMERICA’S PAPER OF RECORD: Trump’s Popularity Surges After Nation Learns He May Have Obstructed Congress. Heh.

EVERGREEN HEADLINE: Democrats can’t wait to raise your taxes, and take your job, too.

As Bryan Preston wrote after the Democratic presidential candidates’ apocalyptic-themed “climate change” town hall on CNN in September, “If you like Venezuela, voting for any of them will bring you a whole lot of Venezuela. Thank you, CNN, just for letting these people talk. Do it again next week? Please?”

WELL, JOURNALISTS ARE ALSO TELLING US THAT REPORTERS NEVER SLEEP WITH SOURCES, AND THAT TRUMP IS HITLER FOR PROTECTING JEWS: Black Nationalist Hate Group Praised by Media Shot Up Kosher Market. So maybe the media’s take on things isn’t worth much.

WELL, IT IS THEIR ELECTION: Judge: South Carolina GOP can cancel its 2020 primary.

AWAKENING A SLEEPING GIANT: Gun sanctuary movement explodes as background checks near record high.

Am I exaggerating? Well, there’s this: Virginia Dems on gun confiscation: Never mind.

SINKING A HAZARD TO NAVIGATION: Is one of China’s fake islets in the South China Sea going down? Well, not yet. The USS Detroit sinks a vessel that has been declared a hazard to navigation in the Atlantic Ocean. Photo taken Nov. 23, 2019.

AYATOLLAH IRAN’S BLOODY DECEMBER

WHY IS EVERYONE PRETENDING REPORTERS NEVER SLEEP WITH SOURCES?

Creative license is always taken in biographical films. This isn’t breaking news. But because this time the character at the heart of the controversy is a journalist, all stops must be taken to stop Eastwood from telling his story, from his point of view, and journalists must be made to be the real victims of the Jewell saga and the film. It’s a recipe for a guaranteed box office hit for Eastwood, just as Joker was.

I for one would like to believe this plot decision was made on purpose by Eastwood to give the AJC a hint of the medicine they attempted to give Richard Jewell, or that the Washington Post, New York Times and CNN gave Nicholas Sandmann.

The AJC was the only news outlet who refused to apologize for their coverage of Jewell, and instead of settling with him, waited him out until his death in 2007. When the Atlanta-Journal Constitution apologizes to the family of Richard Jewell, perhaps only then should Eastwood offer his own concession.

Read the whole thing.

 

CHINA: Fissures in the Facade. “The anger on social media was also indicative of new insecurity among members of China’s middle class, who have never experienced an economic downturn and have always thought they had more protections than lower-paid migrant workers. People said they could see themselves in Mr. Li.” Plus:

The most subversive, explosive message you tell the Chinese people is something different. It goes like this:

The Party is a racket. The guys at the top are not any different from the ones you deal with at the bottom. The Party exists to make sure their kids have a spot at the front of the line no matter how much more your kids deserve it. You are not forced to call Xi all these fancy titles because it will help him restore China to its ancestral glory: you are forced to do all of that so Xi Jinping’s daughter gets into Harvard and his family racks up homes in Hong Kong. All of the taxes, the censorship, the ridiculous rules and regulations, the blustering about war, the hero-worship and the propaganda, the detention centers and the cameras—it is all a racket. You live a slave so that someone else’s children can get ahead.

That is the fissure in the facade. It is whispered of. It is wondered at. Sooner or later, it will explode.

Well, that’s because it’s the truth. Though the anxieties of the middle class vs. the professional class in China sound awfully familiar. . .

CHILDREN’S CRUSADE: Trump Jr. blasts Time for choosing Greta Thunberg as Person of the Year.

Flashback: It’s Disgusting What the Climate Panic Brigade Is Doing to Greta Thunberg.

The Swedish teenager is not some science prodigy who graduated young from an Ivy League school with an advanced agree in physics or anything like that. Rather, the daughter (and granddaughter) of famous actors and opera singers suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and selective mutism. I’m no medical professional, but these things might have been brought on when (according to public sources), starting at the age of eight, Thunberg was subjected to such a barrage of climate panic that she eventually became depressed and lethargic, and also developed an eating disorder.

Now Thunberg is paraded around the globe as the voice of sanity on climate change.

How dare they.

THE FIRST THING WE DO, LET’S KILL ALL THE PAKISTANI LAWYERS: Three die as marauding Pakistan lawyers rampage through cardiac hospital. “Lahore government official Kamran Ali told Reuters the lawyers were enraged by an earlier incident where doctors allegedly beat a lawyer at the hospital over his refusal to get in a queue of patients. The lawyers were particularly angry that the doctors filmed and shared the beating on social media, he said.”

Well, this will repair the reputation of the bar, no doubt.

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE:  The EEOC continues to go after employers who aren’t sufficiently enthusiastic about hiring felons.  The agency considers it race discrimination.  Here is why all this is wrongheaded and probably unconstitutional.

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TYLER O’NEIL: Trump Protects Jews. Therefore, He Must Be Hitler.

THE PRESS WANTS US TO BELIEVE THE WORST OF OTHERS, BUT ONLY THE BEST ABOUT ITSELF: Why is everyone pretending reporters never sleep with sources? The Twitter reaction to Richard Jewell is completely expected and completely contrived.

The excuse for going after Eastwood this time is the portrayal of Kathy Scruggs, the reporter for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution whose work targeted Jewell for the bombing. In the film, there’s a scene apparently (I say apparently because, much like Joker, a swath of journalists are jumping to conclusions on the content of the film rather than waiting to see it, of course) where the Scruggs character, played by Olivia Wilde, hints at offering sexual favors to an FBI source in return for details regarding Jewell and the case. The current editors of the AJC are even threatening Warner Brothers with a lawsuit citing defamation unless a disclaimer is added to the front title cards of the film: something that already exists, and has already existed in the credits of just about every single biographical film ever made. But that’s not good enough.

This plot device of course has Twitter journalists raging mad about something they describe as a ‘sexist trope’, which ‘doesn’t even happen at all’. Except it has happened, and as recently as two months ago. Jeffrey Young, senior reporter for HuffPost tweeted ‘The lazy, offensive, shitty way screenwriters so often treat female journalists infuriates me. Depicting women using sex to get stories is disgusting and disrespectful. It’s also hacky as hell. I was planning to see this movie but not anymore.’ Melissa Gomez of the Los Angeles Times wrote ‘Hollywood has, for a long time, portrayed female journalists as sleeping with sources to do their job. It’s so deeply wrong, yet they continue to do it. Disappointing that they would apply this tired and sexist trope about Kathy Scruggs, a real reporter.’ Susan Fowler, an opinion editor at the New York Times tweeted ‘The whole “female journalist sleeps with a source for a scoop” trope doesn’t even make any sense tbh like what does Hollywood think journalism is???’ By the end of the night on Monday, ‘Eastwood’ was the top trend in the United States.

Susan Fowler apparently doesn’t read her own newspaper, which just last year reported on the three-year affair between (surprise), New York Times reporter Ali Watkins and James Wolfe, a senior aide to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and a frequent source for her stories. In October of this year, an employee of the United States Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested for leaking classified material to two reporters, one of which he was involved in a romantic relationship with (this was allegedly CNBC reporter Amanda Macias.) It should be noted that both Watkins and Macias are still employed by the Times and CNBC. Not only does it appear the practice of sleeping with sources for information is more than a mere trope, it seems it’s something not punished by newsrooms.

That’s different because shut up.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Republican lawmaker asks Lindsey Graham to ‘rethink’ Senate’s impeachment strategy.

While Trump and his conservative allies in the House are pushing for an aggressive defense in the Senate impeachment trial — which they view as a chance to go on offense and clear the president’s name — Senate GOP leaders are taking a different approach. They’ve made clear that they don’t want the trial to turn into a spectacle, increasing the likelihood that long-simmering tensions between the House and Senate GOP could boil over.

“It is urgent we fight fire with fire and tell them enough is enough,” Banks said in the letter, obtained by POLITICO. “House Republicans have done all they can to push back and expose their motives to the American people, soon it will be at your doorstep.”

Banks also asked Graham to reconsider his position on conducting a speedy trial.

“We need to take our time and figure out exactly how Congress found itself in the current situation: poised to impeach a president on a completely partisan vote with no evidence and flimsy charges just before his re-election bid,” he wrote.

If the Senate could turn impeachment back on House Dems, it would be quite the feat of political jujitsu.

AS ALWAYS LIFE IMITATES THE EARLIER, FUNNIER EPISODES OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE:

Shot: Official: Cruise ship could house 1,000 Oakland homeless.

A San Francisco Bay Area city official wants to explore the possibility of using a cruise ship to house up to 1,000 homeless people in the region with a high cost of living and a shortage of affordable housing.

Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan told a council meeting Tuesday that the ship would be brought to the Port of Oakland, but port officials said Wednesday the move would be “untenable.”

“We respect President Kaplan’s desire to address homelessness but Port of Oakland docks are designed to work cargo ships, there isn’t the infrastructure to berth a cruise ship,” port spokesman Mike Zampa said.

—AP, yesterday.

Chaser:

Michael Dukakis: There’s my friend Leroy Neiman. Let’s go see what Leroy’s doing. [ approaches Leroy, who’s painting a mural ] Hello, Leroy. That’s great. It’s great. What do you call it?

Leroy Neiman: Governor, I call this “What Might Have Been”. It shows the nuclear aircraft carrier Niemitz after its conversion into a floating shelter for the homeless.

Michael Dukakis: Well, it’s beautiful, Leroy.

Leroy Neiman: Thank you.

“Dukakis After Dark,” Saturday Night Live, November 5th, 1988.

MUSTN’T DISRUPT THE NARRATIVE, DEAR: CNN, MSNBC Cut Away From Horowitz Hearing Into Obama FISA Abuses.

I ALWAYS GET MY BIOLOGICAL INSIGHTS FROM CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGISTS: Katrina Karkazis: ‘You can’t use testosterone levels to divide people into male or female’: The cultural anthropologist on why our view of testosterone as the male sex hormone skews both science and society. “Science isn’t the only way to understand how to think about who’s a man and who’s a woman.”

Some of her work is actually interesting, but in today’s biology-is-a-fiction gender fad, it’s hard to take seriously.

December 11, 2019

WHY IS HIGHER EDUCATION SUCH A CESSPIT OF CORRUPTION? Dept. of Ed. Investigation Uncovers Over a Billion in Unreported Foreign University Funding.

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WELL, GOOD: NAS Pensacola Pilot to Bosses: ‘Our Message is Simple: Arm Us.’

WHY ARE BLUE STATES SUCH CESSPITS OF ANTISEMITISM? WATCH: Ranting Residents Blame Jews for Antisemitic Terror in Jersey City. Spoiler: None of these people is wearing a MAGA cap.

AS ONE DOES: Armed Pizza Delivery Driver Shoots Two Robbers, Killing One.

WORST. HITLER. EVER. Getcher Trump Yarmulke Right Here.

WHEN MEDIA COVERAGE BECOMES MEDIA COVER: CNN, MSNBC Cut Away From Horowitz Hearing Into Obama FISA Abuses.

Related:

If your takeaway from today’s events on several fronts is that the news media are garbage, well, you’re being unfair to garbage.

DEEP STATE UPDATE: Career Officials Thwart Aid to Christian, Yazidi Genocide Victims.

PRO TIP — CLASSIFICATION IS A PRESIDENTAL POWER: How Were the Impeachment Transcripts Classified?

OPEN THREAD: Because I care about you and want you to be happy.

JESUS CRITICIZED FOR CULTURALLY APPROPRIATING HUMAN NATURE.

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

THE JOURNALISTIC LEFT IS COMPOSED OF IGNORANT, HYSTERICAL CHILDREN: The ridiculous storm over Trump’s latest move against anti-Semitism.

Heck, even one of my fellow lawprofs (not one from Tennessee I hasten to add) was calling Trump Hitler over this until I shot him down. But to its credit, Vox has a decent piece — yes, that’s right, the NYT coverage is so bad it’s being debunked by Vox –which contains this jewel-like line given the Hitler comparisons: “The draft executive order largely restates the Obama administration’s position.” The main thing Trump is doing is turning it from nonbinding “guidance” into an Executive Order.

UPDATE: Twitter blue-checks did not cover themselves in glory in the first 24 hours after the Times tweet. This is a good explainer by Ted Frank. It’s also proof that if you start from the axiom that Trump is Hitler, every fact becomes evidence that Trump is Hitler. Of course, only an idiot would start with that axiom, but idiots abound. “The refusal to apply Occam’s razor was astonishing. What was more likely: That someone without legal training was misunderstanding an executive order they hadn’t seen, or that a bipartisan coalition of Jewish policymakers persuaded Jared Kushner to convince Trump to issue the preliminary groundwork for a 21st century version of the Nuremberg Laws in America? You can guess which tack got the most retweets and likes. With real anti-Semitism on the march and on a day when gunmen targeted a Jersey City Kosher Supermarket, murdering four people (three of whom were Jewish), a chorus instead rose up against Jewish allies engaging in a largely symbolic legal exercise.”

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JERSEY CITY SHOOTER WAS ONE-TIME BLACK HEBREW ISRAELITE:

If the name Black Hebrew Israelites sounds familiar, that’s because members of that group were the ones who screamed bigotry at Nick Sandmann and the rest of the Covington Catholic kids at the Lincoln Memorial back in January… As Sandmann noted a few days later:

“They called us ‘racists,’ ‘bigots,’ ‘white crackers,’ ‘f*gg*ts’ and ‘incest kids.’ They also taunted an African-American student from my school by telling him that we would ‘harvest his organs.’ I have no idea what that insult means, but it was startling to hear,” Sandmann wrote.

Nice guys. And then, of course, 99% of the news outlets in the entire world tried to ruin Sandmann’s life because he was wearing a MAGA hat as he smiled awkwardly at a Native American man who was banging a drum in his face.* The Black Hebrew Israelites who started the whole thing were almost entirely ignored. They didn’t fit the narrative.

I suspect that’s what will happen with this shooting, too.

As Ace writes, “Enjoy the last few moments you’ll ever hear of this story… they’re black, not white, and affiliated with leftwing politics, not Trump, so we won’t hear about this any more, and the only thing we will hear about is not hate, but GUNS. Ben Shapiro made that point last week — whenever the killer is someone associated with part of the Democrat coalition, or expresses leftwing sentiments online, suddenly the media doesn’t want to talk about hatred or political rhetoric inspiring violence, but only Deadly Demon-Guns.”

Which isn’t too far off from Jon Gabriel’s 2015 chart on how the DNC-MSM covers shootings:

Oh, and incidentally: Jersey City shooters are also suspects in murder of NJ Uber driver.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. The Person Of The Year Is Not Greta Thunberg. It’s The Hong Kong Protester.

TIME magazine has named its Person of the Year, a teenager who skipped school to travel around the world telling people that they are horrible and the planet is doomed. It’s a living. Perhaps her Malthusian visions will be fulfilled by future experience. But it’s not very likely.

In fact, her position is at odds with what we know: that a more responsible approach to climate requires action from China and India, not the West. But that makes for less convenient judgmental events, what with having to ride a catamaran across the Pacific instead of the Atlantic. She sticks to challenges with less risk, like speaking to groups of people who entirely agree with her.

Henry Luce’s 1920s prospectus for TIME magazine included this “list of prejudices”:

-A belief that the world is round and an admiration of the statesman’s view of all the world.
-A general distrust of the present tendency toward increasing interference by government.
-A prejudice against the rising cost of government.
-Faith in the things which money cannot buy.
-A respect for the old, particularly in manners.
-An interest in the new, particularly in ideas.

In keeping with that mission, the Person of the Year we ought to hail is the protester in Hong Kong.

Time founder Henry Luce (1888-1967), whose parents were Presbyterian missionaries to China — Luce was born in Tengchow, China — used Time magazine to push back against communist China in the postwar 1940s and ‘50s. But his worldview hasn’t been part of Time since the Kennedy era.  Like the NBA not wishing to anger their Chinese masters, perhaps today’s “woke” Time staffers were worried that celebrating the Hong Kong protestors would be too embarrassingly close to the magazine’s roots as a center-right anti-socialist publication.

FASTER, PLEASE: The Ninth Circus show is about to fold.

GREAT MOMENTS IN BRAND SYNERGY: Good Morning America Corporate Shills Hail ‘Great Leader’ of Disney Being Named ‘Businessperson of the Year.’

On December 3, GMA devoted a nearly five-minute segment to promoting a new book and corresponding Disney+ documentary called One Day at Disney, which amounted to nothing more than free advertising for the company.

On November 12, the morning show turned from a supposed news program into an infomercial for the launch of Disney+, with a stunning 17 minutes of air time devoted to the new corporate product.

At what point do the journalists at ABC express some shame at having to constantly act like ticket takers at the entrance to Disney World?

Shame is not an emotion that’s naturally occurring inside the House of Stephanopoulos.

ONCE COULD BE AN HONEST MISTAKE; TWICE IS EITHER GROSS INCOMPETENCE, GROSS DISHONESTY, OR BOTH: The New York Times Continues to Misreport the Trump Executive Order on Antisemitism:

After causing the freakout, the Times improved but didn’t really correct its piece, and was pilloried on Twitter, including by liberals, for its bad reporting.

Unfortunately, this didn’t dissuade the Times, which tonight posted a hit piece on Ken Marcus, head of the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, for his role in the executive order. You will not learn from this piece that the executive order originated in language from a bill sponsored by Democrats, nor that it has direct antecedents in Obama and Bush II administration policy. Instead, the reporter, Erica Green, asserts that Marcus “has asserted a Jewish ‘national origin’ by fiat,” as if it didn’t reflect policy established in the Bush administration and adhered to by the Obama administration.

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THAT LEFTISTS, LIKE ORCS, INSTINCTIVELY HATE ALL THINGS GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL, IT MAKES SENSE: The Absurd Crusade Against The Salvation Army. See also most modern art, “fat acceptance,” Jessica Yaniv, and the enthusiasm for pooping in streets.

MORE ON THE NY TIMES-INSPIRED FREAKOUT OVER TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON ANTISEMITISM: Not only is there nothing sinister about the order, there is nothing novel; the Bush Administration’s and Obama Administration’s Department of Educations had both stated that Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects Jews from discrimination based on race/national origin, if the perpetrator is basing his discrimination on perceptions of race or national origin rather than hostility to the Jewish religion. The only thing new in the Trump definition is that it’s official policy via executive order, rather than the subject of informal guidance from the Office of Civil Rights.

BUT REMEMBER, ALL THE BEST PEOPLE KEEP TELLING US THAT TRUMP HAS UNDERMINED THE CONSTITUTION AND OUR INSTITUTIONS:

IT’S NOT A “LOOPHOLE.” FBI warned six months ago about loophole Pensacola shooter used to obtain a gun.

The law in question was drafted so as to grant the hunting privileges of gentlemen to foreign visitors, on the assumption that the real threat to safety and order came from ill-bred American yahoos. Here’s a summary:

Under U.S.code, foreign nationals who have been lawfully admitted to the USA can purchase and possess a gun under a few conditions:

If they were admitted to the USA for lawful hunting or sporting purposes, or if they are in possession of a U.S.-issued hunting license or permit.

If they are an official representative of a foreign government who is accredited with the U.S. government; if they are accredited with a government-partnered international organization headquartered in the USA; or if they are in transit to or from a country where they are accredited.

If they are an official of a foreign government or a distinguished foreign visitor as designated by the U.S. Department of State.

If they are a foreign law enforcement officer of a friendly foreign government entering the USA on official law enforcement business.

A “loophole” is an accidental omission. This is a policy choice, one that maybe made more sense before some of our foreign visitors or representatives of friendly governments turned out to be Islamist terrorists.

#JOURNALISM: RICHARD JEWELL WAS TOO EASY ON ‘EM. NY Times story on Trump’s executive order set off a major freak-out about fascism, but the story was wrong.

WASN’T THERE A GILLIGAN’S ISLAND EPISODE LIKE THIS, WHERE IT WAS JUST GILLIGAN MESSING UP THE PROFESSOR’S TIDE GAUGE AND THEY THOUGHT THE ISLAND WAS SINKING? Tidalgate: Climate Alarmists Caught Faking Sea Level Rise.

Why yes, yes there was: Quick, Before It Sinks. “The Professor, relying solely on a measuring stick (while ignoring the unchanging shoreline) to conclude that the island is sinking, displays astoundingly poor deductive skills and a questionable knowledge of geology.”

WHEN VOLCANOES ATTACK. “No active volcano is safe. Neither are dormant volcanoes. White Island was exceptionally unsafe.”

THAT’S PUTTING IT MILDLY: With Corbyn’s rise, election marks an “uncomfortable moment” for Britain’s Jews. “The dilemma British Jews face is an increasingly common one across Europe. Britain’s Jews may not much like Boris Johnson, as they opposed Brexit by a factor of two-to-one, but many, in the words of the former Chief rabbi Jonathan Sacks, see the prospect of Corbyn’s election as “an existential crisis.” Polls suggest that just six percent of UK Jews plan to vote Labour. What is occurring in Britain, and much of Europe, reflects changes in the nature of antisemitism.” Yep. It comes from the Left now, and their armies of imported anti-semites, which they fervently hope to enlarge.

NO. GO AWAY. Knoxville Mayor Rogero Pleads to Take in More Refugees. She only has a week or two left in office, so this is mostly some final-period virtue signaling: “Rogero signed a letter making her case alongside other mayors including Bill de Blasio of New York City, Lori Lightfoot of Chicago, and LaToya Cantrell of New Orleans, among many others.”

Plus, “No other Tennessee mayors, including Democratic Mayor John Cooper of Nashville, signed the letter.”

Like I said. But no.

GOOD: DeSantis announces civics requirements for High School seniors. I’d say that every state needs this, but given what godawful dreck they’d probably teach in a lot of blue states, maybe not.

KILL ME. KILL ME NOW. Michelle Obama Says She And Barack Will Stay Involved in Politics Forever.

THAT’S NICE: Fourth-grader’s UT shirt raises nearly $1 million for anti-bullying group.

IMPEACHUS INTERRUPTUS: Key swing-district Dem who led the charge on impeachment: I’m undecided.

LAWRENCE PERSON: Handicapping the 2020 Texas Senate Race.

I had no idea so many Democrats — and even a few Republicans — were vying to be rid of John Cornyn.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: Five Times Obama Abused His Power and Democrats Didn’t Care.

I’VE BEEN HOLDING OFF ON METFORMIN DESPITE THE GOOD PRESS AND NOW I THINK I’M GLAD: Late life metformin treatment limits cell survival and shortens lifespan by triggering an aging-associated failure of energy metabolism. That’s the trouble with the life extension stuff — everything is very complex.

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WITH HELP FROM A COMPLIANT PRESS: How Joe Biden Gets Away With Calling A Voter A Fat, Dumb, Liar. “Much of the political Twitterati responded with praise because Biden was ‘feisty’.”

Tellingly, one of Biden’s more brazen insults produced almost no reaction: Biden said, “I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do, I suspect,” and challenged the voter to an IQ test.

Perhaps this wouldn’t have largely have escaped notice if Sen. Elizabeth Warren or Mayor Pete Buttigieg decided to employ a similar insult. She’s a Harvard prof and he’s a Rhodes scholar, so maybe people would consider it unforgivably patronizing if they lorded their credentials over a normal voter.

But I think it’s fair to say Biden’s intellectual reputation is such that most people would think publicly offering to take an IQ test would be inadvisable. Yet he seems to skate whenever he says outrageous things that question his competence, such as when he plays into racial stereotypes or encourages people to brandish shotguns. It gets laughed off as Uncle Joe’s monkeyshines or whatever.

Biden punches down, way down, and gets praised for being “feisty.” That doesn’t bode well for how Biden would behave as POTUS, or the press during a Biden Administration, either.

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TRUANTS REJOICE: Greta Thunberg Wins ‘Person of the Year’ as Kamala Harris Flames Out.

If Harris managed to run a minimally competent and coherent presidential campaign, she might have been able to wield the considerable powers of the presidency in order to eradicate truancy from the face of the earth, beginning with the arrest and prosecution of Thunberg. Alas, she could not.

As a result, Thunberg’s recognition as “Person of the Year” comes at a time when she no longer has reason to fear punishment for her crimes. The remaining Democratic candidates for president have expressed no interest in bringing truants to justice. A day of reckoning may yet come for Thunberg and her fellow child scofflaws. But it is not this day.

Heh, indeed.™

CHRISTIAN TOTO: ‘Star Wars’ Mocks Conservatives at Worst Possible Time. “‘Rise of Skywalker’ star Daisy Ridley’s crude attack on Trump voters is part of multi-pronged insult to half the country.”

Get woke, go broke.

WAR ON MEN: A Professor Tried to End a Flirty Email Exchange With a Young Woman. Then She Threatened to Blackmail Him. “When the grad student threatened to publicize their embarrassing correspondence, he reported her. But the university decided he was the villain.”

HEH:

Usually, I don’t care much for reruns, but this one might be even more entertaining the second time around.

SLEEPY JOE BIDEN SIGNALS TO AIDES: Don’t Worry About Me Being Old and Confused, I’ll Only Serve One Term!

That’s an ominous sign for Joe; recall the articles from mid-2008, when another older man with a long history in DC ran for the White House, such as this one in the New York Times headlined, “McCain a One-Term President?”

Curiously, back in April of this year, USA Today had the headline, “Joe Biden, 76, says he has no plans to limit himself to one-term in the White House.” But then, over the decades, Joe has always said plenty of malarkey.

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THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT? ‘Bombshell’ Movie About Fox News Looks as Terrible as You Would Expect.

STILL A WONDER DRUG: High dose of aspirin effective against migraines for some. I dunno, I’m sure I’ve taken that much for a migraine in the past without effect. A big dose of ibuprofen, on the other hand, generally works like a charm.

THOSE IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES WILL MAKE GREAT STUMP PROPS FOR TRUMP:

But whether it’s two articles or 20, the outcome seems certain to be the same thing — acquittal in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The House’s impeachment hearings did nothing to convince voters or GOP lawmakers to support Trump’s removal from office.

And there’s a good chance that Trump will now be waving those articles of impeachment at his campaign rallies in a bid to fire up his base.

Trump wants a full-out impeachment spectacle, and that’s just what Democrats are giving him.

It dovetails perfectly with his “no more mister nice guy” re-election campaign theme. He can hold the impeachment articles up during campaign speeches, and say, “I’m a tough guy – but if they can do this to me, imagine what they can do to you. This is why I want to drain the swamp and reform Washington.”

OH: Uploaded Ring footage reportedly provides location to the square inch. “Neighbors data proves extra-revealing as Amazon police partnerships accelerate.”

HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE SOMEONE ACCUSES LOW-DOSE ASPIRIN OF BEING RACIST?:  New study finds low-dose aspirin helps prevent cardiovascular events in whites, but not blacks.

CHANGE: The Bot Decade: How AI Took Over Our Lives in the 2010s: There’s no turning back. The Butlerian Jihad begs to differ.

MORE LEFIST THUGGERY: Masked moviegoers interrupt showing of ‘No Safe Spaces’ documentary, police called. “Police officers responded to a call on Friday when Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager’s free speech film, “No Safe Spaces,” was allegedly interrupted by two masked men who some customers felt were looking to intimidate moviegoers. The filmmakers are chalking up the incident to evidence as to why the movie is important in the first place.”

As with others who disrupt events, they should be sued for damages, both as a civil rights violation and as a simple tort inflicting financial losses. Being sued is unpleasant, tedious, expensive, and gives you a higher profile than masked thugs generally want. And it’s an easy winner.

On the other hand, I suppose we should just thank them for their Trump2020 get-out-the-vote work.

COLORADO: Decreasing oil and gas permits impacting Weld County businesses, local governments.

According to an analysis by FOX31, in 2017-2018, state regulators approved around 350 permits each month.

However, since the passage of SB 181 in April 2019, permits have been averaging around 148 a month — a decrease of more than 50 percent.

Weld County is seeing the impact.

In 2017, 2,466 new permits were approved by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

By comparison, through October of this year, 1,470 new permits were approved for Weld County, with 880 being approved before SB 181 was signed into law.

Some in the area are concerned about the impact on the local economy.

“Some” apparently doesn’t include the Democrats who passed SB19-181 on a strict party-line vote.

Weld County produces about 90% of the state’s oil and gas.

GOOD QUESTION:  Mother Jones channels Charles Murray:  Why do we pretend that one-parent families are no big deal?

THEY TAKE CRITICISM . . . POORLY. The Clint Eastwood Film ‘Richard Jewel’ is an Indictment of the Media, and They are not Happy About It.

MASCOT, ANOINTED: Time Magazine Selects Exploited Child Greta Thunberg as ‘Person of the Year.’

During WWII, Henry Luce, the centrist Republican who created Time magazine in 1923, dubbed the 20th century “The American Century.” During the Mercury missions, he signed the astronauts to exclusive contracts to tell their stories to sister publication Life, because he knew the future when it arrived. In sharp contrast, his successors are reactionary Luddites who lack the guts to smash their own machinery. (Ironically, market forces have done a superb job of lowering Time’s carbon footprint in recent decades.)

As for Greta and her handlers, Dominic Green of Spectator USA wrote that “the Thunberg phenomenon is apocalyptic religion for rich whites.” She’s yet another example of what Thomas Sowell dubbed “Mascots of the Anointed,” from his 1995 book, The Vision of the Anointed. And likely with a similar shelf life; as Glenn wrote in September, “Poor kid — she’s just a younger, more vulnerable Cindy Sheehan, and like Sheehan will be discarded as soon as she’s no longer of use. In the meantime, her moral theatrics have grown tedious.”

No wonder Trump trolled her after her UN visit with this:

JEFF JACOBY:  The “Brezhnev Doctrine” as applied to the American welfare state. 

THEY’RE FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND THEY’RE HERE TO HELP: US senators on encryption back doors: “We will impose our will” on Apple and Facebook.

A decades-old debate: Government officials have long argued that encryption makes criminal investigations too hard. Companies, they say, should build in special access that law enforcement could use with a court’s permission. Technologists say creating these back doors would weaken digital security for everyone.

But the heat is on: “My advice to you is to get on with it,” Senator Lindsey Graham told the Silicon Valley giants at today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “Because this time next year, if we haven’t found a way that you can live with, we will impose our will on you.” Apple and Facebook representatives at the hearing came under fire from senators in both parties, while Manhattan district attorney Cy Vance, one of the biggest advocates of back doors, was treated as a star witness.

Sod off, all of you.

WHY ARE “WOKE” CORPORATIONS SUCH CESSPITS OF MISOGYNY AND ABUSE? Nike’s Dark Alliance With a Man Accused of Terrorizing Women Athletes.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER LIST: These Reporters All Lied About the Steele Dossier, Carter Page and FISA Warrants.

THE BLACK HEBREW ISRAELITES WERE THE GROUP THAT INITIATED THE COVINGTON HIGH CONFRONTATION: Gunmen who stormed kosher store in Jersey City identified as David Anderson and Francine Graham. Anderson was a follower of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement. There were postings connected to Anderson’s social page with anti-police and anti-Jewish writings – WNBC.

Flashback (From Ed): NY Times Goes Easy On Racist Black Israelites: Less ‘Alarming’ Than ‘White Guy In Maga Hat.’

UDPATE (FROM GLENN): From the comments: “Ahh, I wondered why there was a mass shooting and it wasn’t all over NPR.”

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