September 20, 2019

SOUTH AFRICA’S TRANSITION TO ZIMBABWE CONTINUES: Pregnant mom hacked to death in front of son at luxury South African resort.

IF I RAN FEDEX, I’D SUSPEND ALL SERVICE TO AND FROM CHINA: China ramps up ‘hostage-taking binge’ by detaining FedEx pilot.

UH OH: CNN Discovers Minnesota Is ‘Turning to Trump.’ I credit Ilhan Omar.

FLASHBACK: Politico: Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire: Kiev officials are scrambling to make amends with the president-elect after quietly working to boost Clinton. “Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.”

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FLASHBACK: Why the Demand for Fake News is a Far More Serious Problem than the Supply. “The fake news generated by Russian and other foreign plants is trivial compared to that produced by our own political parties and their homegrown partisan and activist allies.”

Just look at the Kavanaugh accusations, or the entire “Russian collusion” story arc.

GOOD, THAT ARREST WAS CLEARLY ILLEGAL: Appeals Court Rejects Qualified Immunity Claim by Dallas Transit Cop Who Arrested a Photographer for Taking Pictures.

WELL, LET ME JUST SAY THAT JUDGE RACHEL RANCILIO IS AN ASSHOLE: A Michigan Man Has Been Acquitted by a Jury for Criticizing a County Judge on Facebook. Trying to imprison a man for criticizing a judge whose decision may have led to the death of his child seems pretty assholeish. But there are a lot of nasty, entitled government employees out there, and some of them are on the bench.

Juries are an important protection for liberty, but this should never have gotten that far. Judge Sebastian Lucido also seems unfit for the bench.

EXCEPT YOU ARE A JOKE.

And Trump isn’t exercising presidential power here, so much as speaking truth to media power.

UPDATE: For example.

OPEN THREAD: It’s Friday!

GOVERNMENT THAT WANTS YOU TO TAKE CLIMATE CHANGE SERIOUSLY INVITES FOREIGN HIGH SCHOOL KID TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS.

I’m so old, I can remember when the Babylon Bee was still churning out satire, before morphing into America’s Paper of Record.

Found via Ace of Spades, who has a tweet from Greta Thurnberg with a photo of her wearing an Antifa T-shirt, and the statement:

“Yesterday I posted a photo wearing a borrowed T-shirt that says I’m against fascism. That T-shirt can apparently to some be linked to a violent movement. I don’t support any form of violence and to avoid misunderstandings I’ve deleted the post. And of course I am against fascism.”

Says the girl (perhaps via a ghostwriter) who is being used by a mascot of the anointed by the those who want to rearrange and control every aspect of your life.

Meanwhile, as Scott Whitlock of NewsBusters notes, “MSNBC Hypes Simulated Hangings By Climate Protesters:”

No climate protest is too extreme for MSNBC. The network has been pushing global warming activism all week and on Friday featured, without any critical commentary, a simulated hanging. The network also touted the climate protests featuring far-left Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, anti-Semite Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Senator Bernie Sanders.

In the 2PM hour, guest co-host Yasmin Vossoughian approvingly hyped pictures of hangings, “Millions of young people are taking to the streets to call for action on climate change. The global march includes events in 150 countries. What started this morning in Australia, Asia and Africa is now surging across Europe and the Americas. In Berlin, protesters used a striking visual message to push for action. Standing on ice blocks with nooses around their necks. A stark call for change before it’s too late.”

With all the mental health issues and suicide prevention issues, it’s irresponsible to promote simulated hangings.

In January of 2011, in the immediate wake of the Tucson massacre, MSNBC had a guest on who demanded “a moral sanction against gun metaphors similar to the ‘N’ word,” as the Daily Caller reported at the time:

National Journal’s Michael Hirsh wants to raise the bar on decorum to an entirely new level. On Thursday’s MSNBC airing of “Hardball,” Hirsh told host Chris Matthews certain “gun” terms should be stricken from political discourse and referred to instances where Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Republican Nevada senatorial candidate Sharon Angle used such off-limits language.

“Well we don’t want any more duels and thankfully that was the last one,” Hirsh said. “[B]ut the point I was trying to make is you can draw a line particularly in the use of certain kinds of metaphors. The use of gun metaphors – killing, murdering, taking out, which was another metaphor for a – Michele Bachmann used in one of her statements, Sharon Angle – the Nevada Senate candidate’s now infamous comment about quote, unquote, ‘second amendment remedies’ to deal with the problem Harry Reid, her opponent.”

His proposal? Make such language inappropriate in the same racial slurs are inappropriate.

That’s the kind of language I think we got to have a hard think about now,” Hirsh said. “Do we really want to continue to use that kind of language at these levels? Or, should there be kind of a social sanction, not a legal one, but a moral sanction in the way that we’ve stopped using certain epithets like the ‘n’-word public forums. Stop using that kind of language, those kinds of metaphors.”

But simulated hangings on the same network? That’s fair game, because, hey, Gaia.

Related:

More: Child Hostages Obey Their Climate Captors. The emotional, physical, and intellectual damage wrought by the climate change movement now is coming into clear view. It’s an outcome that should enrage every parent.

AD ASTRA REVIEW: Brad Pitt Goes Interplanetary in a Stunning Space Epic.

AIDE WHO CARRIED NUCLEAR FOOTBALL WARNS TRUMP ABOUT ‘CIVIL SERVANTS,’ ‘OBAMA HOLDOVERS: Former presidential military aide Buzz Patterson carried the bag with the big red button for President Bill Clinton for three years. He lived and worked in the White House throughout those years and when everybody else left for the day, he was the guy who screened incoming calls from all over the world.

Patterson told The Epoch Times’ Patrick Howley President Donald Trump should be especially wary of two classes of officials around him: “There are a lot of Obama holdovers who are still working in the State Department, White House, Pentagon. They’re not happy their team didn’t work. I was a commander for civil service people in 20 years.

“It is really hard to root out civil servants. Hard to root out people who are counter-productive. I think Trump has a lot of people still that don’t want him to last, or be successful in 2020. That’s how DC works,” Patterson said. As Glenn says, read the whole thing.

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: The Long Civil War.

Computers, airplanes, population levels — nothing is off limits. But the downside of this militance is it engenders its mirror image. As Megan McArdle pointed out, in a zero sum game there are no points for second place. “Democrats who think court packing is justified by Garland forget that [Whispers] Garland was justified by Bork. In this game, you don’t move last.” When one side attacks the other must counterattack. The first side to falter loses. That fear, as Victor Davis Hanson notes, is what keeps the weary populists together. They will stand fast because for them the alternative to Trump is the abyss.

Read the whole thing.

ANDY NGO ON TODAY’S LEFT: ‘Political violence has been normalised.’

WELL, THE PRESS AND MANY POLITICIANS HAVE BEEN DELIBERATELY DIVIDING AMERICA FOR HALF A CENTURY: No Matter Who Wins In 2020, There Will Be Blood. I actually doubt this. When you get off of Twitter and out of a few deep-blue fever swamps, people seem pretty mellow.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Penn Law student government holds a “town hall” featuring Dean Ted Ruger to discuss “the Amy Wax situation.” (The “Amy Wax situation” is that law professor Amy Wax has expressed unpopular-at-Penn beliefs on race and immigration.) Yet somehow, local expert on Amy Wax-ian beliefs Amy Wax was not invited or even told about the event. Classy.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A SMALLER BLOG: Farewell to Bill de Blasio, 2020’s least consequential candidate.

VIA ONE OF MY COUSINS WHO’S GOING THROUGH THIS VERY THING: A Letter To My Younger Self: A Navy Wife’s Reflection.

QUESTION ASKED: What Do “Progressives” Have against Vaporous Substances? “It’s weird how science and harm reduction are important lodestars for progressives, except when they aren’t.”

Related: Walmart, Sam’s Club will halt e-cigarette sales amid string of vaping deaths.

PATRIOTS RELEASE WR ANTONIO BROWN AMID ALLEGATIONS.

HEADLINES FROM 1969: Democrats and Republicans Aren’t Just Divided. They Live in Different Worlds.

At the end of 1969, Time magazine named “The American Middle Class” its collective “Man of the Year,” and with Henry Luce having left the building a few years prior, the magazine wondered just who are these strange conservative people in flyover country — the people our magazine was originally created to serve.

HMM: Did Mark Judge’s Memoir Cause Christine Blasey Ford to Revise Her Assault Story?

Good stuff from Matt Margolis.

COOL: 2019 Tesla Model 3 Named IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.

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RACISM, STRAIGHT UP: Trump’s Approval Rating Better Than Obama’s Eight Years Ago.

DEMOCRACY DIES IN IMMANENTIZING THE ESCHATON: “Yes, God cancels people, and we can, too,” threatens a young writer at the Washington Post.  

(Classical reference in headline.)

SKYNET SMILES: Engineers build robot fish that keeps pace with yellowfin tuna.

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Florida Man Friday: DUI Couple Gets It On in Backseat of Police Cruiser.

SNOWFALLS ARE NOW JUST A THING OF THE PAST: Homework for the climate strikers.

(Classical reference in headline.)

JONATHAN KAY: Conservatives shouldn’t unleash cancel-culture insanity on the wounded Trudeau.

Oh, hell no. The right needs to collect scalps the way the left has done for years, until they decide to start playing by the old rules again.

DEMOCRATS: VOTE FOR US AND WE’LL TAKE AWAY YOUR CARS, YOUR GUNS, AND YOUR MEAT. Yang: Climate Change May Require Elimination of Car Ownership.

DISGRACEFUL ACTION BY THE KNOXVILLE CITY COUNCIL: Gun show owner calls potential Knoxville ban ‘discrimination.’ “Barring gun shows on city-owned property is ultimately enacted by the mayor. Mayor Madeline Rogero and both of the mayoral candidates to replace her in November expressed support for the resolution.”

I hope they get some pushback on this.

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THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE IN AND AROUND NASA WHO ARE BETTER AT KILLING OTHER PEOPLE’S PROJECTS THAN AT ADVANCING THEIR OWN: Some NASA contractors appear to be trying to kill the Lunar Gateway.

“POSSIBLY THE MOST EMBARRASSINGLY AIRHEADED WAPO HEADLINE EVER. MAYBE WE SHOULD JUST WALK AWAY.” But here it is: “Frederick Douglass photos smashed stereotypes. Could Elizabeth Warren selfies do the same?”

THE FUTURE LOOKS LIKE SALT REACTORS.

YES: Censure Vote Against Kyrsten Sinema Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things. “Democrats’ very public reprimand of Sinema is not about addressing dissatisfaction among the electorate. It’s about shaming someone for not prioritizing uniformity over the interests of voters.”

I WONDER WHAT THEY’LL USE TO DEFLECT FROM HIS CHINA SCANDAL: Deep state deflecting Biden’s Ukraine scandal with whistleblower complaint.

WELL, YEAH: ‘I just wanted the day off’: School children admit they used climate change protests as an excuse to skip class – as Melbourne crowd hits 100,000 during mass ‘save the planet’ strike.

Everybody knows this, even the organizers. The real message being sent isn’t to the viewers, but to the young participants: “Mouth our platitudes and we’ll cut you some slack.”

BOTTOM STORY OF THE DAY: Bill De Blasio Ends Presidential Bid.

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN: Elon Musk’s SpaceX Offers to Buy Out an Entire Texas Village for Triple the Value.

FIVE CASES EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW FROM THE WAITE COURTU.S. v. Cruikshank (1876)Strauder v. West Virginia (1880)The Civil Rights Cases (1883), and Yick Wo v. Hopkins (1886).

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HMM: Colt to Stop Manufacturing AR-15 Rifles for Consumer Market… for Now?

Colt’s been in trouble for a while now, and this is just a market retrenchment — nothing political.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Critics Say ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ Is Racist Call for Trump Wall.

Easy call: It won’t turn out to be nearly as intolerant as “Knives Out.”

WHY IS HIGHER EDUCATION SO RACIST? Virginia public colleges make Asian Americans work harder to get in, study finds.

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? D.C. approves law to allow licensed students to consume medical marijuana at school.

Just don’t show up at school with tobacco products or, heaven forbid, a vape pen.

QUADRENNIAL QUESTION: Did Joe Biden Get a Facelift?

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Catherine O’Hara, ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ and Comedy Brilliance.

Having spent most of my adult life in the comedy business, I’m a bit picky when it comes to sitcoms and whatever else is put forth as humor on television, especially in recent years. Veep bores me. The Big Bang Theory was painful. Modern Family has its moments, I will admit. I do like The Good Place.

Schitt’s Creek, however, is the funniest non-animated thing I’ve seen on television in a long time, and I’m afraid I may never see anything this good again. O’Hara is absolutely unreal. The show was created by her old SCTV colleague Eugene Levy and his son Daniel. If Levy didn’t write this part for his old friend, she immediately made it look as if it were written for her.

Great show.

HARDLY A SURPRISE: NYU prof’s ‘lack of professionalism’ is ‘worst idea’ conservatives have of liberals. “A New York University ‘feminist’ journalism course taught by Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca was reportedly such a misfire that her students collectively filed a complaint with the university. Duca’s students claim that her course had no practical structure, that her classroom behavior was inappropriate, and that she ‘consistently targeted’ a foreign exchange student.”

This is exactly what anyone who has paid any attention at all to her would have expected. And yet. . .

DAN MARKEL UPDATE: In Advance Of Monday’s Jury Selection In Dan Markel Murder Case, Magbanua Seeks Separate Trial. Hmm.

HEINLEIN’S CRAZY YEARS (CONT’D): Genetic Modification of Crops Is ‘Rape,’ Botanist Says.

METAPHOR ALERT: Democratic donor Ed Buck paid at least 10 men to use drugs for his own pleasure, prosecutors say.

What’s huge is that both the LA Times, above, and the Washington Post, yesterday, describe him as a “Democratic donor” in the headlines.

IMAGINING A WORLD WITHOUT QUALIFIED IMMUNITY.

THIS DOESN’T GET MUCH PLAY IN THE PRESS; WHY IS HARDLY A MYSTERY: Trump’s economic advantage within the Democratic base.

While those figures wrote the headlines, overlooked ones told the broader economic story. The unemployment rate stayed at historically low levels of just 3.7 percent. Simultaneously, labor force participation continued to rise, reaching 63.2 percent, while average hourly earnings have increased by 3.2 percent over the last year.

For the large majority of Americans, these are the real economic variables, the DJIA or GDP being relevant only in so far as they affect these basic household ones. The reason is simple: For a prolonged period, having a job has been a dicey question for too many.

It is through that prism, and particularly in comparison with this recent past, that the current economy looks so good for Trump.

At the same point during the Obama administration, and almost two years (Q3 of 2009) after the economy had begun growing again, August 2011 unemployment stood at 9.1 percent. There were 14 million unemployed then, compared to today’s 6 million.

Even comparing August 2016, President Obama’s eighth year in office, Trump’s economy looks strong. Just three years ago, unemployment was 4.9 percent, the number of unemployed were 7.8 million — almost 2 million more than today.

Additionally, those higher figures came despite a lower labor force participation rate: 62.8 percent versus 63.2 percent today. This resulted in 6.3 million fewer Americans working then: 151.6 million versus 157.9 million today. To cap it, in August 2016, hourly wages had increased just 2.4 percent over the previous year, compared to 3.2 percent today.

The secondary comparisons are just as telling.

Lots of good data — read the whole thing.

Related, from yesterday: Trump’s 2020 Game Plan Preview.

OUT: NO JOBS FOR BURLY MEN.

IN: Hammer time: US construction index at record high, more work than workers.

GLOBEMASTER DEPARTS SYRIA: A USAF C-17 Globemaster takesoff from a coalition airfield in Northeast Syria. Photo snapped June 26, 2018. Given the dust, it’s a good bet the field is what the Pentagon euphemistically calls “austere.” Two years ago I wrote a column about the Pentagon’s airlift and sealift deficits. The mainstream media recently rediscovered the sealift shortage.

But here’s an excerpt focusing on the C-17:

Many people thought ending C-17 production was foolish. The plane has admirers around the globe, and not just in military circles. It can land on primitive airfields and has earned a stellar reputation for delivering aid in natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

Would Congress be willing to fund more? That is not a likely prospect, unless more international buyers appear. There are reports of renewed international interest. Several nations fly C-17s, including India, Australia, Canada, Qatar and Britain. Note McDew and McCain mulled the combat loss of U.S. strategic transports. U.S. adversaries have developed extended range anti-air defenses, and that is evident in Asia. Replacing C-17 combat losses requires a “reserve” of some size. If the U.S. “pivot” to Asia is for real, America and its allies will need more C-17s.

A decade ago I spoke with a several logisticians who said the U.S. needed another 60 or so C-17s. At that time the USAF had about 200 C-17s. I understood the additional 60 they wanted to mean in addition to aircraft already on order. Per the 2017 column, the Pentagon has approximately 220 now, so the supply guys wanted 280. In 2017 I spoke with an Australian defense adviser. Australia had eight C-17s (and still does). He said considering Australia’s location (Pacific Ocean distances as well as continental size) Australia needed six to eight more C-17s. He lamented the fact the production line shutdown in 2015. The UAE bought the last two C-17s built before Boeing ceased production. Here’s a photo showing a low-level formation of C-17s. Final photo: 25th Infantry Division paratroopers jump from a C-17 near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

PEGGY NOONAN: Why They’ll Never Stop Targeting Kavanaugh: The continuing assault reflects both a fixation and an effort to deprive the court of its legitimacy.

Here are the reasons, in no certain order, that the accusations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh will never stop and his foes on the progressive left never let up.

Because progressives have to prove they were right to advance the sexual-assault accusations of Christine Blasey Ford. They lost that battle; Justice Kavanaugh sits on the court. They won’t stop the assault until they can prove they were right to launch it.

Because people become fixated on their targets. Because #MeToo continues as a potent cultural force. Because as the court assumes an ever more powerful role in American life, confirmation hearings and their aftermath will become more brutal and never-ending.

Because the authority and legitimacy of future rulings that are not pleasing to progressives (most prominently, perhaps, on Roe v. Wade) can be undermined through footnotes that say “the 5-4 decision was joined by a justice credibly accused of sexual assault.”

Because the steady drum of allegations diminishes not only Justice Kavanaugh’s stature but that of the court itself, which will be helpful when Democrats attempt to pack it.

Because the crazier parts of the progressive left increasingly see politics as public theater, with heroes and villains, cheers and hisses from the audience, and costumes, such as outfits from “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Because modern politics is, for the lonely and strange on all sides, entertainment and diversion. And one’s people must be entertained.

Because many progressives believe deep in their hearts that conservative men are both sexually obsessed and repressed, that conservatism is a way of looking at the world in which women are lesser, mere prey. They think this is behind everything, including conservative reservations about or opposition to abortion. In this view, conservative jurists who say things like “60% of my clerks were women” and “I coach the girls’ soccer and debate teams” are engaged in an elaborate cover. They hate the modern world. Behind closed doors they’re always swinging caveman’s clubs.

Because where there’s smoke there must be fire. There was Ms. Ford, then the Yale rumors. There’s no way there isn’t something to it.

So it will never end.

For Democrats, it is not “good politics,” and most of them know it. What was done to Justice Kavanaugh had a positive impact on 2018 Senate outcomes—for Republicans. There was a backlash. Women worried their sons and husbands would be targeted in a prosecutorial atmosphere that had abandoned due process.

But they can’t help themselves. Because all they had to do was not be crazy, and they couldn’t manage that.

Bottom line: “The charges will probably never stop, but at this point many of us, having seen what Justice Kavanaugh was put through because of ideology and politics, will never find them believable.”

NIFTY: Lockheed Martin Skunk Works ‘Project Riot’ demos F-35 multi-domain ops. “During the demonstration, called Project Riot, an F-35 detected a long-range missile launch with its onboard sensors and shared the information through the U-2 to the air defense commander on the ground, enabling the commander to quickly make the decision to target the threat.”

DOWNSIDE FOR NEW YORKERS — NOW HE’LL HAVE MORE TIME FOR MAYORING: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ends 2020 presidential bid.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: 2020 Dems Rally Around Union Amid Corruption Probe.

NOT A GOOD LOOK FOR BEIJING: Hong Kong cancels National Day fireworks on Oct 1 as protests continue. “The upcoming National Day celebrations⁠ which include a flag-raising event⁠ will mark 70 years of the People’s Republic of China.”

GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK ARE SO UNPOPULAR THAT EVEN THE CHIVE IS DISSING THEM: Facebook and Google are currently playing their toxic Endgame.

Last week Bob Ferguson the State’s attorney general for Washington launched an anti-trust probe into Google and Facebook. Amongst the many allegations, he claimed that the Duopoly had not only formed an unfair monopoly to squeeze publishers and “squash competition”, but also that Google and Facebook had gone one step further by, “actively seeking to harm consumers.”

How and why? I’ll explain why below but to put it succinctly – it is in their best interest to do so. Once complete they will have succeeded in creating a platform-based internet, keeping you in their walled garden and removing your freedom of choice. You will see whatever they want you to see. Adios free will.

This is tearing at the fabric of our society. They create filter bubbles, fuel hate, and narrow our worldview. They are invading our privacy. Have you ever talked about something and then seen an ad for it? Yes, they’re listening in on every device.

They are doing all of this while also crushing free enterprise on the internet. Which brings us to this post today.

They’re increasingly unpopular.

NOT A SONIC ATTACK THEN: Neurotoxin may have caused diplomats’ illness in Cuba.

The study was the first to include diplomats for whom there was baseline medical testing from before their postings in Havana, so as to better compare with the tests from afterwards. Canada started implementing the practice after diplomats first started complaining of sickness.

The researchers said they had detected different levels of brain damage in an area that causes symptoms reported by the diplomats and which is susceptible to neurotoxins. They then concluded that cholinesterase, a key enzyme required for the proper functioning of the nervous system, was being blocked there.

Some pesticides work by inhibiting cholinesterase, the report said, and during the 2016-2018 period when diplomats became ill normal fumigation in Cuba was stepped up due to the Zika epidemic in the Caribbean.

Bad, but if true it’s easier to deal with going forward than some mystery weapon.

SHOCKER: Government Employees Think People Hate Them. Increasingly, They’re Right. “One retired IRS agent told reporters that ‘throughout his career, he dealt with antigovernment tax avoiders in Arizona, but once the Tea Party scandal broke, his encounters with otherwise law-abiding ranchers became more hostile.'”

Flashback: When Rulers Despise The Ruled. “If the rulers feel neither loyalty nor empathy toward the ruled, the ruled can be expected to return the favor.”

JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S FACE:

The front for the Liberal campaign has been Trudeau making a frankly listless and uninteresting argument about good governance and affordability. The bulk of it has been a country-wide values argument from which the leader was carefully insulated, but executed on his behalf, and its message has been: These are bad people we are running against. They don’t deserve your vote.

Where does that campaign stand now? “If everyone who is going to be standing for office needs to demonstrate that they’ve been perfect every step of their lives, there’s going to be a shortage of people running for office,” Trudeau said tonight. Yet another idea that doesn’t seem to have occurred to him until just after somebody at Time hit PUBLISH.

Well, hypocrites gonna hypocrite.

OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY: Sanders Shrugs Off Projected ‘Green New Deal’ Job Losses.

Bernie wants an omelet, and you’re the egg.

FLASHBACK: Give Bankers Skin In The Game.

SPEAKING OF INDIE BOOK PUBLISHING: I’ve actually read this one. If you or someone you love like traditional regency romances — think Georgette Heyer — this one is good.  FROM BLAKE SMITH:  A Small and Inconvenient Disaster.

Everywhere she goes, Maria Mason is plagued by little catastrophes. Getting caught in the rain, running from the friendliness of a muddy dog, tripping over her own feet at the worst possible moment- she has been subject to all manner of accidents, and to fend off the worst of them, she has learned to be silent and still.

Until she accompanies her friend Miss Gordon to London for a season of gaiety and pleasure. Life in Town is full of wonder, and soon Maria has new clothes, new friends, and the attention of the amusing and clever Mr. James Callahan. She begins to wonder if she has outgrown her propensity for falling into disaster, only to find herself embroiled in the worst sort of catastrophe when she is obliged to mediate between her feuding friends. One wrong word, one false step, and she might lose the regard of her friends- or worse, the love of a good man.

ADVENTURES IN INDIE BOOK PUBLISHING:  Training Wheels.

MEH, IN PORTUGAL (UNLESS THE EU PASTEURIZED THAT TOO) THERE IS STILL A VILLAGE DEDICATED TO MAKING VARIOUS PHALLIC THINGS. THEY USED TO BE A CENTER OF THE CULT OF PRIAPUS:  Mystery penis statue found buried at ‘ancient animal sacrifice site used for fertility rituals’.

Oh, sorry.  Sorry. What am I thinking. That should be “Reeeee! Patriarchy!”

DON’T WRAP YOUR FISH IN THE NEW YORK TIMES. IT WILL BE CONTAMINATED:  Reporters haven’t kept their story straight about Brett Kavanaugh asking them to lie.

OH, DEAR LORD:  Hollywood’s latest obsession is aging action stars.

OH, NO, TRUMP ADMITS TO COMMON HUMANITY!  Trump says he keeps cash on hand so he can leave tips.

SHE’S LIKE A HORROR MOVIE VILLAIN, WHO JUST WON’T STAY GONE: Hillary Clinton: How to Lose 2020.   Still working indefatigably (and without realizing it) for the Donald Trump campaign, too.

CLIMATE IS NOT MY GOD.  IT’S NOT SENTIENT. I CAN’T SIN AGAINST IT. I HOIST MY MIDDLE FINGERS UP AT ANYONE WHO DEMANDS THIS KIND OF INSANITY. VERY NO. MUCH F*CK THEM. THEY’RE THE ONES COMMITTING CLIMATE SINS. SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD A PLANT IS LABORING MIGHTILY TO PRODUCE OXYGEN FOR THESE LACK-BRAINS. THEY SHOULD FIND IT AND APOLOGIZE TO IT:  Confess Your Climate Change Bad Self!

FROM THE WOKE RANKS OF “IT’S ALL RIGHT WHEN WE DO IT BECAUSE OUR HEARTS ARE PURE”:  Trudeau is Another Woke Member of Team Face Paint.

THIS TYPE OF THINKING ALWAYS ENDS IN CATTLE CARS:  Andrew Yang’s Climate Change Solution: Eliminate Cattle And Cars.

Also, I have a climate-change solution. It’s climate. It changes. Stop yapping about it.

THOSE OF US WHO LIVED IN EUROPE DURING THE COLD WAR ARE RIGHT NOW THINKING THAT NO, THE SITUATION ISN’T CONTROLLED; THIS IS A LOT WORSE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE, AND NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE WHAT PRECAUTIONS YOU CAN: 

September 19, 2019

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE:

BAN ALL THE THINGS! Elizabeth Warren Calls for Ending the Electoral College.

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