October 20, 2019

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MORE TOOTH, LESS TAIL: ‘We have to go on a diet’ — the Marine Corps is slimming down to successfully fight China and Russia, commandant says.

21ST CENTURY PROBLEMS: Chemsex Addiction.

PETER HITCHENS DIDN’T INTEND FOR THE ABOLITION OF BRITAIN TO BE A HOW-TO GUIDE: Police forces let rapists record their gender as female.

(Classical reference in headline.)

YEAH, PRETTY MUCH: Liberals Smash All Norms of Civility. I hope to teach them to regret it.

UPDATE: Maine Columnist Suggests Sen. Susan Collins Deserves Death Threats. Columnist Bill Nemitz looks exactly as you’d expect.

WASHINGTON STATE VOTERS GET TO DECIDE … AGAIN: Twenty-one years ago, voters in Washington State adopted Initiative 200. Modeled after California’s Proposition 209, its operative clause was as follows:

The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.

The initiative thus outlawed both “affirmative action style” preferences as well as the more traditional kind of discrimination. The vote wasn’t close: 58.22 % of voters supported it.

Unlike Proposition 209, however, Initiative 200 merely created a statute. It did not amend the Washington State Constitution. Some folks has been trying to get the legislature to repeal it ever since. Recently, they got their way. The new legislation is called Initiative 1000.  Adopted on a party-line vote, it purports merely to amend Initiative 200, but in fact it completely guts it.

Fortunately, through the hard work of Washington Asians for Equality, the issue has been forced into a referendum, now titled Referendum 88.  It’s on the ballot for November.

To Washington State Voters: Please vote to reject Initiative 1000’s effort to gut the original Initiative 200 by voting “NO” on Referendum 88 (There are many reasons to vote no, but here some reasons that are less well known.)

To Everyone: The heroic little organization that forced this to a vote—Washington Asians for Equality—is being vastly outspent by the opposition. If you have some extra money, please consider sending it their way. I have dug pretty deep into my pockets. This is important. If we lose this referendum, the MSM will treat it as gospel that public opinion has shifted on this. It won’t matter how much polling evidence there is to the contrary (and there is plenty).

(BUMPED FROM FRIDAY:  Thanks to everyone who already contributed!)

FOUR WAYS PELOSI’S IMPEACHMENT FAILS HILLARY’S WATERGATE TESTS: There was a time a little more than a year ago when Clinton actually had some sensible observations about her role in the 1974 Watergate impeachment, the one against her husband in 1998 and the mockery now hurtling to its denouement.

VICTORY IN THE PARKING GAME: ParKam Is Waze for Parking and Can Get You the Perfect Spot.

Of course, you’ll need the parking app if you’re renting out your garage for storage using the Stache app.

WHY IS CNN SUCH A CESSPIT OF SEXISM? White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Hits Back At CNN’s Anderson Cooper For Mocking Her.

Cooper, who portrays himself as an unbiased news anchor, repeatedly mocked Grisham, saying: “Ooh, Stephanie. You got to increase your vocabulary, I mean, your criticism. Theater now has been used twice. I mean, Grisham clearly doesn’t get to Broadway enough if she, you know, thinks those press conferences are theater.”

“I am a single mom who (proudly) holds three roles in the White House, and I am doing the very best I can,” Grisham said in response. “But I definitely don’t get to Broadway enough.”

Cooper’s segment attacking Grisham came shortly after Grisham hit CNN over the network’s extreme left-wing bias, which was further revealed this last week after James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released more undercover sting videos on CNN.

“America needs real journalism. Real journalists don’t have an agenda,” Grisham tweeted. “They gather and present the news in an unbiased manner. They report the facts – and let the citizens decide. But audio of @CNN meetings, captured by @Project_Veritas, expose a very real agenda.”

I disagree slightly with Grisham: real journalists can have an agenda — as long as they disclose it. As John Nolte wrote last week when Shepard Smith abruptly vacated Fox News:

You might not agree with, or even like, Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity, Lawrence O’Donnell, or Tucker Carlson, but at least they have the personal integrity, professional maturity, and moral courage to say This is my opinion. This is what I believe personally. Come at me, bro. At least they have enough respect for their audience, for themselves, and for their profession not to shiver like a punk inside the armor of an Objective Journalist Just Telling the Objective Truth as a means to avoid challenge and criticism.

Fox and MSNBC are pretty open about the worldviews they represent. In contrast, as O’Keefe reported last week: Field Ops Manager At CNN: Zucker’s 9am Calls Are ‘Bulls***;’ “We’re Totally Left-Leaning…(But) We Don’t Want To Admit It.”

BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER: Apple under fire from AOC and Ted Cruz for censoring App Store in China.

BLUE ON BLUE UP NORTH: Justin Trudeau Exploited the Culture of the ‘Woke.’ “A former member of the prime minister’s foreign-policy staff encourages Canadian progressives to consider other candidates.”

Holding Trudeau up as a progressive paragon, Marche then lays down the pragmatist’s verdict: “Canadian progressives, like progressives all over the world, must decide whether they care more about the pursuit of social and cultural change, through the eradication of racist and sexist imagery, or the pursuit of transformative policies.” Notice the false dichotomy presented here as inevitability. Framing the progressive dilemma as a choice between “style” (wokeness) and “substance” (policy) is too simplistic. An officeholder’s style—in my opinion, their character, judgment, reasons for seeking power, and the story they tell and persuade you to believe in—is a perfectly legitimate area for investigation and critique. And if anyone benefited from and exploited the culture of the “woke,” it was Trudeau himself.

Voters were drawn to Trudeau in the first place because of his style as well as his substance. It is a mark of deep lament that Trudeau bears the distinction of getting so many young people excited about politics for the first time and then disappointing them within a single term. “I wasn’t cynical before Trudeau,” a Palestinian Canadian friend remarked to me last month. He was resigned, not even angry. It is a sentiment that could be echoed by many people in the vital suburbs outside Toronto where the upcoming election will be decided.

A little cynicism towards politics, politicians, and government itself is a healthy outlook, so by that measure Trudeau did wonders to improve the health of his fellow Canadians.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: The End of Men’s Magazines. Great piece by Brian Patrick Eha explaining how men’s magazines lost faith in men — and lost their readers.

EsquireDetailsMen’s JournalMaximPlayboy—it would be easier to list the men’s titles that haven’t shut down, cut issues, changed owners, blown up their editorial strategies, or become all but unrecognizable since 2015. In a tough media environment, men’s magazines are suffering more than most. Some—notably, Playboy and Esquire—appear to have decided that appealing primarily to men is no longer the best way forward. Their recent issues serve as signposts toward the future that, we are told over and over these days, is female—or, better yet, divorced from the gender binary altogether. What we stand to lose from their cultural eclipse is a certain ballast and guidance just as men need it most.

Read the whole thing.

MICROBIOME NEWS: Gut microbiota may ‘prevent and cure’ rotavirus. “This discovery was serendipitous. We were breeding mice and realized that some of them were completely resistant to rotavirus, whereas others were highly susceptible. We investigated why and found that the resistant mice carried distinct microbiota. Fecal microbiota transplant transferred rotavirus resistance to new hosts.”

DOG DAY AFTERNOON: San Francisco 49ers become first NFL team to adopt a “‘specifically designated’ emotional support animal, a 49ers spokesperson told CNN.”

Somewhere, the late Bill Walsh, who was a boxer in college, in addition to playing multiple football positions, must be shaking his head and wondering what’s going on with the current incarnation of the team he built.

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CHANGE: Physicists discover new stable form of plutonium.

PREENING INTERRUPTUS: “Acts of planned and gratuitous aggression, including narcissistic aggression — which is what these ‘protests’ are — should be treated accordingly. It’s important that these cossetted pinheads, so gorged on their own sense of entitlement, learn to fear those on whom they recreationally impose themselves. Their expectations of impunity should be shattered.”

Read the whole thing.

WE LIVE IN SOFT TIMES: Mental health days for students: An increasingly accepted reason to stay home from school.

HEATHER MAC DONALD ON THE DEFENESTRATION OF PLACIDO DOMINGO:

The AP had spent two years trying to get sources to talk about Domingo; a feminist music critic had also been on the hunt but abandoned the project for lack of cooperating witnesses. After the AP’s persistence finally paid off, other outlets scrambled to catch up. NPR was particularly aggressive but the well of complainants with first-hand experience of Domingo’s womanizing had apparently run dry. Nevertheless, on Friday, September 20, NPR ran a story headlined “Met Opera Faces ‘One More Catastrophic Crisis’ As Employees Must Work With Domingo.” The piece was based on four anonymous sources at the Metropolitan Opera, where the Domingo-starring Macbeth was set to open in a few days.

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There are three possible justifications for Domingo’s scourging, each more unpersuasive than the last. The first is to punish his past behavior. But his alleged infractions occurred decades ago, making punishment too belated to be just or meaningful. None of his accusers brought their objections to anyone in authority. If they wanted to punish him, that would have been the time to do so. Now, the overwhelmingly anonymous nature of the accusations and the passage of time prevent Domingo from mounting a defense. Some of the alleged incidents were undoubtedly more ambiguous than the accusers are disclosing. But without a known accuser, Domingo cannot establish the facts of these incidents, even if he could remember what may have been a fleeting and misunderstood gesture.

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This idea that Domingo poses a current risk to females even in his immediate orbit is pure hysteria. Domingo is a near-octogenarian. The most recent allegations against him, even if they constituted an actual danger at the time, date from over 15 years ago. After those allegations belatedly surfaced, his every movement would have been under a microscope. Were Domingo still inclined at his age to make advances, it would have taken a suicidal recklessness to engage in any behavior that could be massaged into a harassment incident. But, for the sake of argument, let us assume that he let slip, even now, an appreciative glance or ambiguous compliment. Are we supposed to believe, in this era of “strong women,” that a female chorister is so vulnerable and weak that, faced with someone who is operating under a potential death sentence, she can’t simply rebuff an advance? Domingo’s 20 accusers somehow survived the trauma of being propositioned by one of the opera world’s most charismatic stars. Why would the trauma today be so much more lethal to require proleptically snuffing out a still fertile career?

Read the whole thing.

Now that AP has devoted its considerable resources to destroy a — checking notes — 78 year old opera legend, and CNN its own efforts to gin up a moral panic around a comic book movie, when does the left’s new Moral Majority come for what Matthew Walther, writing in The Week in the fall of 2017, the peak of the #MeToo movement, dubbed “The sexual predators everyone still worships:” the world of rock and rap music? As Kay Hymowitz wrote in the LA Times in the following year, “#MeToo feminists may not realize it, but their other target is sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” Doesn’t AP now have to aim their guns there, to prove that they’re not simply shooting down the easy targets that are elderly men who would be nearing the ends of their careers anyway, even without a push from what Heather Mac Donald dubs “the brittle rigidity of contemporary feminism… Drunk on its own power, it is turning its massive armamentarium of narcissistic grievance on male success with an ever more neurotic standard of transgression?”

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I’VE ENCOURAGED HIM TO DO SO: ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author JD Vance on running for office: ‘You never say never.’

THE MEDIA’S JOKER PANIC WAS ALL GINNED-UP NONSENSE:

Then there is CNN, which went big reporting on all things Joker.

“’Joker breaks records despite warnings about violence,” read one headline.

Other CNN headlines read, Joker premiere sparks security concerns,” Joker hits movie theaters with controversy and extra security,” “Aurora victim’s family upset over Joker storyline,” Joker spurs security precautions from the US Army and the Los Angeles police,” Joker expected to break box office records as controversy and anxiety swirls,” Joker shatters box office records despite its controversial depiction of violence,” and Joker uses a song by convicted pedophile Gary Glitter. He’s probably making money off it.”

Now is a good time to remind you that CNN is a subsidiary of Warner Media, which also owns Warner Bros. In other words, these CNN headlines are what we in the news and entertainment business call “cross-promotion.”

The B-movie horror director William Castle was famous for building up a moral panic around his movies in the late 1950s to gin-up plenty of PR. And of course, being known as “Banned in Boston” did nothing but generate additional sales for dozens of lurid novels and movies from the late 19th century until the 1970s. As with Disney’s recent efforts to generate controversy over a black Little Mermaid, Warner Brothers and CNN are apparently simply bringing those promotional efforts into the 21st century.

IOWANS TO BE DECLARED RACIST SHORTLY: Latest Polling Indicates Kamala Harris’ Campaign Has Cratered in Iowa.

DON SURBER ON CHINA: Xi May Face A Coup. “The Taiwan News reported that even though she graduated five years ago, Chairman Xi’s daughter has returned to Harvard for graduate studies. The newspaper speculates that Xi sent her to protect her safety.”

MARK STEYN REVIEWS THE DOWNTON ABBEY MOVIE:

A week ago I was having a conversation in the Fox News green room about the Downton Abbey movie with …well, go on, guess: Tucker? Kilmeade? No, it was Tyrus. A hulking ex-professional wrestler who could crush the average effete English earl between his toes doesn’t seem the most obvious fan of Downton’s doings, and we disagreed on Lady Mary, for whom he has an intense loathing and to whose icy bitchery I’ve warmed up over the years. But it does suggest the broad appeal of Julian Fellowes’ “franchise”, and helps explain why, franchise-wise, Downton Abbey clobbered the latest Rambo at the box office: Stallone’s swan song cost three times as much and its box-office take is less than half.

To be sure, if you’ve never seen the earlier capers, it will be largely meaningless as a stand-alone movie — but then that’s true of the new Rambo and X-Men and Ant-Man and everything else at the multiplex. Perhaps, in the manner of The Avengers, they should have subtitled it Downton: Endgame, or Infinity Tea or Age of Carson. Strung around a visit to the Abbey by George V and Queen Mary, the plot hinges on a broken boiler and the servants’ resentment at a toffee-nosed Page of the Back Stairs from Buckingham Palace — so it makes a nice change from the Incredible Hulk ripping yet another hole in the space-time continuum.

Indeed it does, and I can say that as someone who’s watched the movie after only having seen about 15 minutes of the original TV series. Read the whole thing.

FOSSILS VERSUS FOSSIL FUEL: ‘Fossil Fuels Have Got to Go’: Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston Arrested at Climate Change Protest.

THERE IS NO FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO MOCK — OH, WAIT: Cal Poly investigates Instagram photo ‘mocking’ illegal immigrants. Not only is the university powerless to stop students from mocking illegal immigrants, which is just speech, even investigating students who do so is a First Amendment violation.

NOT THE BABYLON BEE: Beto O’Rourke Announces Support for Menstrual Equity Act on National Period Day.

The 21st century is not turning out as I had hoped, to coin an Insta-phrase.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Millennials should avoid the socialism trap.

WHAT EVERY COOK NEEDS: Beef Tallow. For when you don’t want to use bacon grease.

KAMALA THE COP STRIKES AGAIN: Harris Claims Giuliani Has ‘Broken Many Laws’, Can’t Name Any.

When your campaign can’t handle Democratic Party operatives with bylines such as CNN’s Anderson Cooper (in the above link), BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith, and sucks at Photoshop memes, it’s officially not ready for primetime. Time for an upgrade?

UNEXPECTEDLY: “Germany’s attempt to create a multicultural society has ‘utterly failed,’ Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, adding fuel to a debate over immigration and Islam.”

Okay, Angie, now that you’ve admitted the obvious, you want to apologize for calling the people who warned you that it would turn out this way racist xenophobe bigots?

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

Shot:

When you heard the terrible news from Arizona, were you completely surprised? Or were you, at some level, expecting something like this atrocity to happen?

Put me in the latter category. I’ve had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach ever since the final stages of the 2008 campaign. I remembered the upsurge in political hatred after Bill Clinton’s election in 1992 — an upsurge that culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing. And you could see, just by watching the crowds at McCain-Palin rallies, that it was ready to happen again. The Department of Homeland Security reached the same conclusion: in April 2009 an internal report warned that right-wing extremism was on the rise, with a growing potential for violence.

Conservatives denounced that report. But there has, in fact, been a rising tide of threats and vandalism aimed at elected officials, including both Judge John Roll, who was killed Saturday, and Representative Gabrielle Giffords. One of these days, someone was bound to take it to the next level. And now someone has.

It’s true that the shooter in Arizona appears to have been mentally troubled. But that doesn’t mean that his act can or should be treated as an isolated event, having nothing to do with the national climate.

—Paul Krugman, “Climate of Hate,” January 20th, 2011, as quoted at Barbara Streisand’s official Website, barbrastreisand.com.

Chaser:


“‘Wow, this is still up, huh?’ Barbra Streisand posts cartoon of Trump impaled by Pelosi’s high heel,” as spotted by Twitchy, yesterday, who notes, “We know that Jack and Twitter want to elevate the discourse on the platform, and flagging this for removal would be a good start — actually a good continuation, following the deletion of Tom Arnold’s unhinged tweet bringing up JFK during Trump’s visit to Dallas this week.” Twitchy also quotes one Twitter who notes, “I’m guessing the @nytimes won’t be doing a 23 page article on how this incites violence.” One that, if the ideologies were reversed, would likely be quoted by Streisand to her followers on her personal Website.

Flashback: Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History. And additional examples of leftist violence and eliminationist rhetoric at the link.

SALENA ZITO: Why Mark Zuckerberg wants to recruit outside the Ivy League liberal bubble. So Zuck has a lot of access to information, and he’s really changed his tune lately. Would he be doing that if he expected a Democratic win in 2020?

YES, IT’S BECOME CLEAR THAT WAS NEVER THE CASE: Trump didn’t sell out the Kurds by pulling out of Syria.

NO FALAFEL FOR YOU! San Francisco Falafel Shop Owner Says Neighborhood Has Enough Falafel, Asks City to Block Rival Falafel Shop Next Door. San Francisco gives its Planning Commission nearly unlimited discretion to deny or condition permits, making life hell for business owners.

Kafka’s The Trial – a warning for the rest of us, a how-to guide for leftist bureaucrats.

CLEAN OUT THIS CESSPIT OF ABUSE: It’s time to pluck some peacock and clean house at NBC News.

THE CHINA PROBLEM: China’s Rivers Are the Major Source of Plastic Entering the Oceans.

MISERABLE FAILURE: The dirty bottom line on de Blasio’s pathetic presidential bid.

HE’S INCREASINGLY RESEMBLING BRIAN STELTER, IN A NUMBER OF UNFORTUNATE WAYS: ABC’s Matthew Dowd attacks Megyn Kelly, makes a fool of himself (repeatedly).

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I SPOKE AT PRINCETON’S JAMES MADISON PROGRAM ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA UPHEAVAL A FEW WEEKS BACK, and you can see the video here. My part starts at about 18:40. Note that I was not paid $54,000.

SOD OFF, SWAMPY! NOW AN INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT: Greta Thunberg’s rally in Canada met by energy worker counter-protests. “First, we had Londoners bringing a rapid end to the underground train demonstrations. Then, there are the continuing protests by the Dutch farmers, as their government wants to cut both nitrogen and carbon emissions. Now, child climate alarmist Greta Thunberg’s climate change rally has been crashed by counter-protest led by truck convoy of oil and gas workers in Canada.”

ANOTHER AED SUCCESS STORY:

M.J. Crumity was just an ordinary eighth-grade boy playing dodgeball in his gym class in Florida on October 1 when his pacemaker quit working. What happened next was extraordinary.

M.J. collapsed on the floor and went into cardiac arrest. A coach called Madison County Central School’s school resource officer, Sgt. Joey Knight, for help.

“I bolted to my truck or my patrol vehicle and drove down to the gym to find him unresponsive lying on the gym floor,” Knight told CNN affiliate WCTV.

Knight, a trained emergency medical technician, immediately began CPR. School nurse Annie Dyke arrived with an automatic external defibrillator.

“They are saying, ‘He is not breathing,’ and you are just saying, ‘I got to get there, got to get there, got to get there,'” Dyke said.

They applied the defibrillator, and Knight “did more compressions.” He noted that the school principal was there standing off to the side praying. M.J. became responsive and was taken to the hospital.

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YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP: Beto O’Rourke Announces Support for Menstrual Equity Act on National Period Day.

THE LEAD/VIOLENCE CONNECTION: UWM study finds over half of gun violence perpetrators and victims had elevated blood lead levels as children. “The study follows a consistent vein of prior research connecting lead exposure and violence.”

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Gay Breakfasts, Indignant Crime, and Rebellious Broccoli: Are We Doomed?

As they say at the rigorously objective Associated Press, everything seemingly is spinning out of control!

15 MINUTES INTO THE FUTURE: “Tulsi Gabbard, conservative crush,” was a headline at Spectator USA, in a column dated September 17th.

That was a month before this:

Advantage: Spectator.

UPDATE: Linking to his Friday column, “Put Up or Shut Up on These Accusations, Hillary,” Jim Geraghty makes a great observation on Twitter about her seeing Russians under all the beds: “Oh, by the way, if Tulsi has all these Russian Bots behind her and promoting her… and she’s still only at 2% in most polls… that doesn’t paint a picture of a particularly powerful or influential Russian propaganda and disinformation campaign.”

CHINA SYNDROME: Zantac OTC recalled over cancer-causing chemical.

WELL, GOOD: Amazon Is Spending Big to Oust Seattle’s Socialist Council Member.

C’MON, IT’S NO WHERE NEAR AS COOL: Time magazine owner slams Facebook as ‘the new cigarette.’

Related: Who else misses smoking in a bar?

HE’S NOT WRONG: Michigan Congressman Calls Hillary Clinton a ‘Trump Asset’ After Gabbard Comments.

In a follow-up tweet issued shortly after 1 a.m., the congressman wrote: “Hillary does—and did—drive many people into the arms of Donald Trump. Her attack on Tulsi does likewise. In my district, Trump did worse than any Republican in modern times and still beat Clinton by a fair margin. Many Ds in the Midwest rejected her. I didn’t vote for either one.”

Right after I saw this, I saw the following declaration from one of my libertarian Facebook friends:

I’ve given up potentially lucrative media gigs because I would not stump for Trump. I’ve limited the places and people I would work for because of him.

I deeply disdain his rhetoric, immigration positions, trade policies, and nationalist instincts.

But after witnessing the behavior, policies, and hot air of the democrats over the past week, I think I’m going to really revel in his victory next year.

I keep seeing stuff like this.

GOOD: Protesters at Barclays Center wear ‘Stand with Hong Kong’ shirts.

Related: NBA China Woes Refuse To Die, As Tibet Protesters Demonstrate At Brooklyn Nets Game.

More, please. There also need to be protests at Chinese consulates and embassies, and at the offices of Chinese companies.

BREXIT UPDATE: Boris Johnson has 72 hours to win over 12 MPs.

SOD OFF, SWAMPY! German voters repudiate Greens, retain speed-limit-free autobahns.

MICHAEL YON ON HONG KONG: “Big Protest will start today in about 11 hours. My guess is that violence will unfold today, Sunday. I will be there live-streaming. The latest apparent terrorist attack happened just hours ago when a Chinese mainlander stabbed a pro-democracy Hong Konger who was peacefully handing out fliers about today’s march.”

21ST CENTURY HEADLINES: Tennessee researchers join call for responsible development of synthetic biology.

HOW DARE YOU! Greta Thunberg meets first real resistance during Alberta demonstration.

UGH: Fat collects in lungs of overweight people, raising asthma risk.

HILLARY CLINTON ASKED TO LEAVE COSTCO AFTER REPEATEDLY ACCUSING SAMPLE LADY OF BEING A RUSSIAN ASSET.

I’m so old, I can remember when the Babylon Bee was still a satiric Website, before morphing into America’s Paper of Record.

SO AM I: Congress Is Skeptical That NASA Can Return To The Moon By 2024. Unless they buy a ride from SpaceX. Then probably.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: CA Rep. Katie Hill Allegedly Involved Female Staffer In 2-Yr ‘Throuple’ Relationship.

THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS: SEMA files lawsuit against NHTSA over failure to implement replica car rules.

“Companies have not hired workers, businesses have lost money, and consumers have been denied their rights to purchase replica cars,” SEMA [Specialty Equipment Market Association] President Chris Kersting said in the press release.

Earlier this year, Craig Corbell scuttled his plans to build a Cord replica and put the Cord trademark up for sale in part because of the NHTSA’s [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s] delay. “Until we get all the information from the government, I don’t want to get a long way toward getting stuff made and then have to do something different,” he said.

Former race team owner Charley Strickland hasn’t yet given up on his plans to build a replica Lamborghini Countach – one that’s already designed, prototyped, and ready for production – but said he has lost funding for the project entirely due to the NHTSA’s delays.

“I’ve done the proof of concept, but without further funding it will not exist, and I won’t get the funding as long as people are clueless about the Low Volume act and whether I can build it,” he said. “I’m the only one whose eat, breathed, and lived the Low Volume act for the last three years, and I’m the only one who it’s life or death to.”

Other companies interested in building replica cars under the act have found it difficult to keep suppliers on hold as well. Jim Espey, vice president of the De Lorean Motor Company, noted two years ago that he’d already missed windows for long-lead tooling necessary to begin production of replica DeLoreans. “The supplier said ‘Are you real, or are you jerking us around?’” he said.

It’s possible to buy near-perfect replicas of 1957 Fender Telecasters and Stratocasters, and reissues of vintage German tube microphones from the 1960s. But if you’ve ever wondered why you can’t buy a modern clone of a classic 1957 Chevy Nomad or ‘65 Ford Mustang, read the whole thing.

THE POWER LINE WEEK IN PICTURES: LeBron 2020 Edition.

IN THE MAIL: From Michael Barone, How America’s Political Parties Change (and How They Don’t).

NEWS YOU CAN USE: New report ranks the most dangerous cities to drive in.

NEW CIVILITY WATCH: Times Square Athleisure Wear Billboard Depicts Trump Getting Hogtied.

It hasn’t even been a week since journos all lost their minds over a dumb Trump meme. They’re still #literallyshaking at the looming threat posed by an amateurishly edited video based on a scene from the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service, which was playing in an empty room in a Trump building when somebody took a cameraphone video of it, and the NYT thought it was important national news. I wonder how they would’ve reacted if that video had been playing on a giant billboard in Times Square?

Flashback: Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History. And additional examples of leftist violence and eliminationist rhetoric at the link.

HEH: Justin Trudeau Met By Protesters In Blackface. “The demonstrators also had signs reading, ‘We’re Aladdin Too! Orillia Blackface Club Welcomes Trudeau.'”

People should start doing this with Ralph Northam, too.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CULTURE OF HATE EDITION: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Leftist student arrested for battery after confrontation with conservative activist.

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TULSI GABBARD gets some backup.

HILLARY’S TRS-80-ERA FIRMWARE IS IN DESPERATE NEED FOR AN UPGRADE: More Hillary: Trump’s Game Plan Is To Never Leave Office.

Related exit question: Is Hillary Drunk-podcasting?

Earlier: ‘The queen of warmongers’: Tulsi Gabbard just responded to Hillary Clinton and it’s AMAZING.

PARTISAN HARASSMENT IS THEIR JOB, AT LEAST DURING ELECTION SEASON. AND IT’S ALWAYS ELECTION SEASON NOW. Allies of Transportation’s Elaine Chao rip New York Times ‘partisan harassment.’

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