July 23, 2019

I’LL SUPPORT THIS, SO LONG AS THE MAYOR HAS TO SPEND AN HOUR IN THE STOCKS IN CENTRAL PARK FOR EVERY HOUR THE POWER GOES OUT ON HIS WATCH: NYC Mayor Suggests ConEd Takeover After Heat Forces Shutdown. I love how the politicians who fight every new generating plant have the gall to complain when there’s no power during a heat wave.

OPEN THREAD: Play nice.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong police arrest six men over Yuen Long rampage by weapon-wielding mob, after unprecedented night of violence following extradition protests.

Six men were arrested on Monday night as Hong Kong police began hunting down the mob responsible for an unprecedented rampage at a train station in the northern town of Yuen Long that left 45 people injured the night before.

Sources told the Post more than 100 men in white T-shirts were involved in Sunday night’s bloody violence, including members of the notorious 14K and Wo Shing Wo triad gangs. The city’s embattled police force came under heavy fire for turning up too late to stop the shocking attacks on anti-government protesters, journalists and passers-by at the station, as well as terrified passengers on trains.

The six men – arrested for unlawful assembly – were aged 24-54. Some of them had triad backgrounds, while others were drivers, hawkers, renovation workers or unemployed.

The triads are an open secret, not a real secret. They can be held accountable if there’s the will. But they’re operating at the behest of the PRC government, which they expect will protect them.

THEY’RE BUILDING THEIR STRATEGIC PORK RESERVE: China June pork imports surge 62.8% from a year earlier.

And yes, China really does maintain a Strategic Pork Reserve.

IT’S LIKE THEY’RE READING INSTAPUNDIT: DOJ Opens Sweeping Anti-Trust Probe of Big Tech Firms.

I’M SO OLD, I CAN REMEMBER WHEN NOT ACCEPTING A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULT THREATENED AMERICA’S DEMOCRACY: Vogue Editor Anna Wintour Doesn’t Acknowledge Melania Trump Is First Lady.

ANALYSIS: TRUE.

THE SCIENCE WAS SETTLED: Millions should stop taking aspirin every day to prevent heart attacks, study says.

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AN IDEA SO GOOD IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN: How To Make Bar Exams Great Again: Require State Bar Officials To Take And Pass It Each Year. Of course, the real purpose of the bar exams is as a combination hazing ritual and barrier to entry. In that role they work just fine as currently constituted.

RESET THE VOX COUNTER: No, Amy Wax Is Not A White Supremacist For Wanting Immigrants Who Support American Norms.

THE SCARIEST TITLE IX STORY EVER TOLD:  I believe that women overwhelmingly know better than to get themselves into this kind of a situation.  But guys?  Some do not.

BOB MCMANUS ON THE CONTINUED DECLINE OF NEW YORK CITY UNDER BILL DE BLASIO.

FLASHBACK: Addressing the Killer Asteroid Threat.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Bonfire Of The Trannities. “I read this and thought, ‘Dreher couldn’t have made this up in his worst nightmare.’ I don’t know where to begin, but the story has it all — decadence in our elite institutions, erosion of due process, a bizarre transgender subplot, Modern Family-style living arrangements.”

SPARTACUS ROARS: Cory Booker Would Never Punch Trump, That Fat Old Body-Shamer.

Let’s take a moment to imagine any Republican going on national TV and saying something like this about a Democratic POTUS. And let’s take another moment to contemplate the amusing idea of Cory Booker possessing testosterone.

Anyway, Booker would never punch Trump. That would be beneath him. But what’s wrong with getting a round of applause from a liberal NYC audience, and a warm, friendly smile from Seth Meyers, for talking about punching Donald Trump?

Plus, Trump is old and out of shape. What does Booker look like, a body-shamer?

Meyers is a good little Democrat and teed that right up for him, and Booker still botched it. Fortunately for him, nobody watches late-night TV anymore.

Earlier: Joe Biden: I Want to ‘Beat the Hell Out of’ President Trump.

Related: 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.

AL SHARPTON’S NETWORK SAYS WHAT? MSNBC Panelist Says It’s Time To Start Calling Trump Supporters Racist.

And then there’s the man himself — there’s a Trump Tower in Chicago and he plays golf. That’s all the proof Chris Matthews needs.

TAMARA KEEL: Review: Zev Technologies O.Z-9.

BECAUSE “COLONEL JAMES T. KIRK” IS JUST WRONG: Why the Space Corps needs to use naval rank.

FBI TARGETS L.A.’S CITY HALL, DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER IN SCATHING INVESTIGATION:

FBI agents descended on Los Angeles’s City Hall and a public utilities agency Monday amid a wide-ranging federal probe into the local government, according to a new report.

Federal agents targeted City Hall, law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times, with an FBI van spotted outside the section that houses City Attorney Mike Feuer and several other government departments.

A rep for Feuer refused to say whether agents had come into the city attorney’s office, the Times said.

But the FBI publicly acknowledged that its investigators, armed with a search warrant, were at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Monday.

Related: “‘It looks bad,’ said Jaime Regalado, professor emeritus of political science at Cal State Los Angeles. ‘Nobody wants to believe that their city is going down a dark path. There is a point where the voting public will start to wonder, ‘What else will these investigations turn up?’’”

To be fair, Los Angeles has been “going down a dark path” for quite some time.

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THE MONOPOLY MONEY THEORY OF GOVERNMENT:

Print it, and they will spend.

Sadly, there’s nothing new or uncommon with this kind of thinking.

ASSEMBLING THE SQUAD WAS ROGER STONE’S GREATEST POLITICAL DIRTY TRICK EVER: Ilhan Omar Seems Determined to Make Minnesota Vote Republican.

Related: Omar is living the smug life: “So today, I forgot to condemn al Qaeda, so here’s the al Qaeda one. I forgot to condemn [female genital mutilation]. Here that goes. I forgot to condemn Hamas. Here that goes.”

More: Judicial Watch files ethics complaint on Omar.

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CHECK YOUR SOURCES: Pulitzer Columnist Cites SPLC in Branding the GOP a ‘Hate Group.’

MEDIA MYTH ALERT: ‘Johnson is said to have said’: Squishy attribution, thin documentation, and the ‘Cronkite Moment.’

A credulous reference to the “Cronkite Moment” appeared the other day in a column by the Los Angeles Times television critic, who waxed nostalgic about TV coverage of the first manned mission to the lunar surface 50 years ago this month. (“We went to the moon on television,” the column declared.)

The column also stated that in 1968, Cronkite “took time on the CBS Evening News to declare Vietnam ‘a stalemate,’ which some credit as turning the tide of public opinion against the war: ‘If I’ve lost Cronkite,’ President Johnson is said to have said, ‘I’ve lost Middle America.’”

There’s much to unpack in that sentence.

Read the whole thing.

EVERYTHING IS PROBLEMATICAL: Ivanka Trump’s New Dog Is Supposedly A Sign Of Her White Supremacism.

IMPORTANT NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: The First Major Review of Menstrual Cups Has Just Given Its Verdict.

HEH: Sanders Campaign Raises Pay To $700 Per Hour By Laying Off Everyone Except Bernie.

Note to Snopes: It’s the Babylon Bee, so this is satire — or is it?

GOOD CALL: Drug case to blame for Pence’s canceled NH trip.

The CEO of a New Hampshire drug treatment center Vice President Mike Pence was set to visit earlier this month said one of his staffers has been fired for pleading guilty to trafficking in fentanyl.

That staffer, a former offensive lineman for the New York Giants named Jeff Hatch, was reportedly the reason Pence never landed at the Granite Recovery Centers headquarters in Salem, N.H., according to Politico.

Granite Recovery Centers CEO Eric Spofford said in a statement to the Herald Monday night that he has taken immediate action.

“I am shocked and disappointed to learn today that Jeff Hatch has pled guilty to a drug offense. Granite Recovery Centers terminated Jeff’s employment today immediately upon learning about this matter,” Spofford said.

Politico reported Monday that Pence abruptly canceled his trip to Manchester, N.H., July 2 when he learned of Hatch’s drug case, with Air Force Two never leaving the ground.

No big conspiracy or secret crisis — just avoiding embarrassing optics.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Don’t kid yourself. This is just the cover story: We all know it was aliens.

HOT OFF THE PRESS!: Today, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is releasing a new report on school discipline at the intersection of race and disability. Just one example of its many errors: The report claims that students of different races misbehave at the same rates. That would be great if true it were true.  But it isn’t true.  And it isn’t doing students any favors to pretend.

If you prefer truth to the Commission’s many errors, please read my dissent.

Local control of schools is important.  The Commission’s majority is trying to justify federal control.  Don’t let them.

MICROBIOME NEWS: Gum Disease Bacteria a Novel Treatment Target for Alzheimer’s?

GOOD COP/BAD COP: Why Trump keeps Bolton. “Trump has a strongly held theory of Bolton’s value, according to senior administration officials and advisers to the president, including people who have privately recommended to Trump that he fire Bolton. Seven sources who have discussed Bolton with Trump told me the president says having Bolton on his team improves his bargaining position and gives him a psychological advantage over foes like Iran and North Korea.”

Some nice reporting from Axios, but this conclusion has been obvious since the beginning of their relationship, yes?

DE BLASIO SUGGESTS GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF CON-ED AFTER HEAT FORCES SHUTDOWN.

Socialist proposes seizing the means of energy production. That invariably ends up just swell.

SORRY, I CAN’T HANDLE BEING ANY MORE ATTRACTIVE. Men look more attractive, trustworthy after plastic surgery, study shows. I’d be a babe magnet, and I’m already so busy.

Related: ‘Daddy-do-overs’: Men increasingly getting plastic surgery.

UNCOOPERATIVE WITNESS: Ilhan Omar Marriage Flummoxes Media Fact-Checkers.

After reviewing the dearth of evidence collected by those suggesting that Elmi was Omar’s brother, Diaz assigned two reporters to come to a conclusion.

“We felt as journalists, if there was smoke, it’s our job to look behind it to see if there’s fire,” Diaz said.

The paper’s biggest impediment to finding the truth was Omar, Diaz added.

“What’s really made it hard is that she’s been unwilling to address any of these questions,” Diaz wrote. “That has fueled the controversy.”

“We’ve asked her these questions, and also asked her to make her father available. We’ve tried to reach Elmi. We’ve tried to reach her sisters. Her family could put this (the question of Elmi’s relationship to Omar) to rest easily. No one will talk to us. I wish we could send a reporter to Mogadishu (Somalia) but we don’t have the bandwidth.”

Diaz currently says there is “circumstantial evidence that begs for some kind of explanation from a member of Congress,” but his team is unable to reach a conclusion either way without more information from Omar. The Free Beacon has also been unable to come to a conclusion.

That’s an awful lot of smoke.

RIP: Chris Kraft, NASA Mission Control’s Founding Father, Dies at 95.

Perhaps the New York Times’ obit for Kraft was already written, as it curiously fails to explore the seething hotbed of sexism and white supremacy that was the early NASA, according to the latest reporting by the New York Times.

YES:

I hear this line of criticism fairly often from people who are not very bright or well-informed; in truth, I have never complained of “being silenced.” As I have written and said probably 200 times, the mob-mentality culture of conformism and homogeneity is a relatively minor problem for people like me — people who are in the controversy business, for whom this sort of thing is only a vexing professional hazard — but it is a very large problem for people who are not employed in writing and speaking about public affairs but nonetheless threatened with educational or employment sanctions for holding unpopular views. You hear about people like me because we are media figures, but the people who really have to worry about this sort of thing are Starbucks managers in Philadelphia and Silicon Valley nerds who are dumb enough to believe that the bosses at Google mean it when they ask them for their opinions.

Which brings us to the problem of trying to have a productive conversation with people who are caught up in the vast sprawling electronic apparatus of self-moronization. It does not matter what anybody actually has said or written. The rage-monkeys have an idea about what it is they want you to have said, or what people like you are supposed to think about x or y. . . .

The fundamental problem is that what’s going on in “conversations” such as these is not conversation at all but a juvenile status-adjustment ritual. These people do not care about ideas — they care about who sits at which cafeteria table in the vast junior high school of American popular culture.

Someone should write a book on this.

IT’LL BE A NICE TEST JAUNT FOR OUR FIRST OPERATIONAL ORION CRAFT: 6 Challenges We Need To Conquer on Our Way to Mars. The boom-boom one, not the boring space capsule one.

TO BE FAIR, IT ISN’T A VERY GOOD NEWS NETWORK: MSNBC Guests Keep Repeating False Claim That Fox News Isn’t Covering the Mueller Hearings.

Kudos to Mediaite for reporting this, though.

NEW YORK TIMES REPORTER becomes Food App deliveryman.. By the way, the NYT actually calls him a “deliveryman.” I’m surprised such gendered language got past the style editors.

“PROGRESSIVES ARE CONVINCED THAT TRUMP IS TOAST”:  That could hurt them.

POLITIFACT TAKES ONE FOR THE NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL:” Important Correction: AOC Was Weeping Over an Empty Road, Not an Empty Parking Lot.

UPDATE: ‘PolitiFact’ editor responds to Treacher, doubles down on those AOC photos. As Jim tweets back, “Are you familiar with the expression ‘Missing the forest for the trees’? Did you know that the person who came up with it wasn’t anywhere near a forest?”

WHY IS THE LEFT SUCH A CESSPIT OF RACISM? Presidential Candidate Julian Castro’s Mother Helped Found a Racist Hate Group.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘I’m Drowning’: Those Hit Hardest By Student Loan Debt Never Finished College.

THE WAGES OF SIN TAXES: Bootleg Alcohol Kills 23 as Heavy Taxes Prompt Turkish Home-Brew.

ONCE THEY’VE CALLED YOU HITLER, “OBNOXIOUS” IS COST-FREE:

THEM’S FIGHTIN’ WORDS: ‘Music in the ‘80s Sucked.’

Over at Ed Driscoll.com — with an assist from original MTV VJ Martha Quinnmy lengthy rebuttal to a recent American Greatness article.

(Bumped.)

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Facebook’s Kid-Safe Version of Messenger Let Kids Join Group Video Chats with Unauthorized Adults.

While Facebook has yet to make any public announcement regarding this security flaw, when contacted by The Verge the company did admit that “the alert had been sent to thousands of users in recent days,” and pinned the blame on a “technical error” which affected, so they say, “a small number of group chats.”

“Thousands” of group chats doesn’t sound like a small number to me, especially given that you have to multiply that vague figure by the number of kids involved in each one. Worse, Facebook has a bad history of slow-rolling the truth when it comes to its many security issues.

Much more at the link.

NOPE. I’VE BEEN SHOWN NO REASON TO TRUST THE FEDS ON THIS, AND PLENTY OF REASONS NOT TO. AG Barr Says Consumers Should Accept Security Risks of Encryption Backdoors.

THE BBC: “Boris Johnson has been elected new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members and will become the next UK prime minister.”

Meanwhile at Reuters: Boris Johnson promises to get Brexit done on October 31.

DIVERSITY OF EVERYTHING BUT THOUGHT: Lesbian Veteran Blocked on Facebook After Trans Activists Harass Her.

GREAT MOMENTS IN SELF-AWARENESS: Disgraced Dan Rather Insists That Liars Be Called Out as Liars.

YEAH, PRETTY MUCH: A Budget Disaster of Epic Proportions. It’s been one of those after another since the stimulus was basically made permanent through continuing resolutions. If you look at the spending charts, the Tea Party had an impact for a few years until it was killed by a bipartisan coalition of parasites. I’m sad to admit that I’ve been kind of desensitized to this, because it doesn’t seem like anything can or will be done until there’s a crisis.

DAVID HARSANYI: Unlike His Critics, Former New York Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera Is A Mensch. “The Hall of Fame pitcher supports a pluralistic nation with democratic institutions and free association.”

In a transcendently ridiculous column at The Daily Beast, readers are warned that MLB Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera has “served at the pleasure of a racist president, taken part in thinly veiled propaganda on behalf of a far-right government in Israel, and gotten chummy with outright bigots and apocalyptic loons.”

Mo Rivera? The greatest closer—perhaps the greatest pitcher—in Major League baseball history? Mo Rivera, the first player unanimously selected as a first-ballot Hall of Famer? As a longtime Yankees fan, and someone fortunate enough to see Rivera up close for a number of years, I can think of few greater pleasures in sports than watching him work. So I never thought I’d be able to admire him more. But here we are.

It’s not surprising that The Daily Beast, whose editor-in-chief blames Israeli Jews for white nationalism, would find Rivera’s support of Israel problematic (the original illustration for the piece, incidentally, had Rivera standing on a pitcher’s mound shaped like a yarmulke atop a Jewish star).

Come see the antisemitism inherent in the leftism.

IF YOU THINK OTHERWISE YOU’RE A BIGOT BECAUSE CRAZY PEOPLE SAY SO: Does inclusivity mean the Canadian state should compel women to handle a penis?

THEY TOLD ME IF DONALD TRUMP WERE PRESIDENT, MINORITY WOMEN WOULD SUFFER FROM IRRATIONAL PREJUDICE. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Trump-supporting Miss Michigan stripped of title over ‘racist’ tweets: ‘Yet another example of #Magaphobia.’

THE MOST VIP QUESTION REPUBLICANS MUST ASK MUELLER: When former Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears before the House judiciary and intelligence committees Wednesday, Democrats have made sure to make it as difficult as possible for Republicans to ask probing questions.

Even so, there is one question at the heart of Mueller’s two-year investigation that GOP congressmen must ask, according to Margot Cleveland, writing today on The Federalist. It has to do with whether Michael Flynn’s original lawyers and Mueller were given all of the evidence possessed by the U.S. intelligence community. It’s complicated but well worth following.

MUCH MORE FUN THAN WAITING FOR GODOT: Waiting for Boris Johnson.

EVEN THE DAILY BEAST HAS TAKEN NOTICE: Top Dem Think Tank Warns Party: You’re Losing Immigration Messaging War to Trump.

THEY ALWAYS HIDE THEIR TRUE NATURE: Young Democratic Socialists trained to recruit without using word ‘socialism.’

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Justice Dept. Tells Mueller to Stay in His Box. “Consistent with standard practice, Department witnesses should decline to address potentially privileged matters, thus affording the Department the full opportunity at a later date to consider particular questions and possible accommodations that may fulfill the committees’ legitimate need for information while protecting Executive Branch confidentiality interests.”

I’ll liveblog the hearing, and have already stockpiled plenty of Bloody Mary fixins.

FBI PROBES CORRUPTION IN LOS ANGELES CITY GOVERNMENT:

“It looks bad,” said Jaime Regalado, professor emeritus of political science at Cal State Los Angeles. “Nobody wants to believe that their city is going down a dark path. There is a point where the voting public will start to wonder, ‘What else will these investigations turn up?’”

The more they’re talking about “climate change” and “inclusion,” the less they’re doing their actual jobs. And, often as not, lining their pockets.

C-SPAN: Big Tech Will ‘Go All Out’ To Defeat Trump in 2020.

IT’S OFFICIAL: Boris anoints himself ‘The Dude’ to ‘deliver Brexit, unite the country, defeat Corbyn and energise’ as he thumps Hunt to be new Prime Minister.

UK politics just got fun again.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Boris used to be an American citizen, since he held dual citizenship until he renounced it in the face of IRS hounding. Background on the hounding, which also afflicts other U.S. citizens living abroad, here.

SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: Status of the 3 Emoluments Clauses Cases Against the President.. “Today is 38 weeks (over 8 months) since oral argument in CREW v. Trump (2d Circuit). A baby goes from conception to birth in that amount of time.”

A MEDIA SMEAR UNDONE: Roger Scruton Re-Appointed to Government.

WITH MALICE AFORETHOUGHT: How the Left Turned Words Into ‘Violence,’ and Violence Into ‘Justice.’

Responding to news that journalist Andy Ngo had been beaten by antifa protestors in Portland last month, a woman named Charlotte Clymer tweeted that “Ngo intentionally provokes people on the left to drive his content. Being attacked today on video taken by an actual journalist (because Ngo is definitely not) is the greatest thing that could have happened to his career. You know it. I know it. He knows it. We all know it. Violence is completely wrong, and I find it sad and weak to allow a sniveling weasel like Andy Ngo to get under one’s skin like this, but I’m also not going to pretend this wasn’t Ngo’s goal from the start. I mean, let’s cut the shit here. This is what they do.”

Who is Charlotte Clymer? She is an activist who works at the Human Rights Campaign, America’s “largest LGBTQ civil rights organization,” which supposedly “envision[s] a world where LGBTQ people are ensured equality at home, at work [and] in every community.” Andy Ngo, who has written for Quillette, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and other publications, happens to be gay.

Read the whole thing.

REALCLEARINVESTIGATIONS: The Shaky Standing of Mueller’s Footnotes. “Most of the citations are matter-of-fact support for claims made in the main text. But a close reading reveals that many of the footnotes raise more questions than they answer, especially regarding Mueller’s methods and intent. Some footnotes show that key allegations often rely on the flimsy say-so of media accounts; others show a willingness to accept the claims of anti-Trump critics at face value. Mueller and his team also used the footnotes as the place to include unsubstantiated gossip and speculation. . . . If Robert Mueller is going to defend his document, he will have to be prepared to defend the footnotes too. It is there where the strengths and weaknesses of the Mueller report are most clearly on display. Come Wednesday’s hearings, the advantage may go to the questioners who know where to look.”

THE GLOBAL THREAT of the Chinese Communist Party.

STEPHANIE GUTMANN: Turning The Tide Against Campus Kangaroo Courts.

JON GABRIEL: Democrats own the Obamacare mess. Can any presidential candidates fix it? “Conservatives didn’t create our ‘unjust and inefficient’ health-care system. You built that, Democrats.”

THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS OF ULYSSES S. GRANT: On this day in 1885, Ulysses Grant died at the age of 63, essentially penniless. Only a few days before he had completed his final task—writing his memoirs. Those memoirs would soon make his widow a wealthy woman. And that is exactly what he had been praying for.

Grant had been diagnosed with throat cancer not quite a year before his death. In order to run for President, he had forfeited his military pension, and a series of bad investments had left the Grant family in a dire financial condition. So he feverishly set about to write his memoirs so that his beloved Julia would be supported after his death. Mark Twain, an admirer of Grant, arranged for a book contract on very favorable terms to the former President.

The book was a hit, and Twain’s marketing strategy on behalf of Grant’s family was shrewd. Union army veterans flocked to buy it.

Historians, although enthusiastic about his literary talent, are sometimes surprised to find themselves praising Grant as possibly the best book-length author among the nation’s Presidents. They should not be. Those who knew Grant knew that he was a wonderful storyteller with a detailed memory for the events of the Civil War and much else. They weren’t in the least surprised at his ability to put it all down on paper.

Yes, the book is still available.

(p.s. these days former Presidents seem to do pretty well financially. There is no need to worry about penniless widows, widowers, or starving Presidential offspring.  Obama’s net worth has been estimated at $40 million. The Clintons have made $240 million since leaving the White House.  George W. Bush has been estimated to come in a little behind Obama, which may be surprising to some given that, unlike Obama and Clinton, he was born to wealth.)

HMM: Millions of Barrels of Iranian Oil Are Piled Up in China’s Ports. “Two and a half months after the White House banned the purchase of Iran’s oil, the nation’s crude is continuing to be sent to China where it’s being put into what’s known as “bonded storage,” say people familiar with operations at several Chinese ports. This supply doesn’t cross local customs or show up in the nation’s import data, and isn’t necessarily in breach of sanctions. While it remains out of circulation for now, its presence is looming over the market.”

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MODERN PROBLEMS: US Air Force Is Likely Getting The Weirdest Briefings About The Planned Raid On Area 51.

Given that the plan quickly went viral (which led to some incredible memes), somebody immediately pointed out that a US general was likely going to get a crash course on exactly what a Naruto run is. The Naruto run is a particular style of running, a reference to the manga and anime series whose protagonist Naruto Uzumaki runs with his arms stretched out behind its back. And while we don’t have evidence of the top brass in the pentagon getting this talk, there are pictures showing that some in the Air Force at least are getting a crash course on what a Naruto run is.

People on Reddit have pointed out that this might not be a serious exercise, but rather a training opportunity on how to give good briefs even on silly subjects. Although this is probably the case, many want to believe otherwise.

Whatever happens (or doesn’t) with the Area 51 raid, making plans for people doing dumb stuff inspired by social media is probably pretty smart.

WANNABE HEROINES DESPERATELY SEARCHING FOR VILLAINS: “I have written elsewhere about how contemporary feminism needs the idea of an oppressive patriarchy in order to define women as victims of oppression, and as such it seeks to attach to men a primal stain of (toxic) masculinity so that third-wave feminism is righteously justified in all its complaints against them. . . . In contemporary expressions of male predatory sexuality told from the perspective of women, such as Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, now a popular television show, men are viewed as powerful, threatening, and in a real sense empty of humanity, a kind of monolith of authority.”

PRINCIPLES ONLY MATTER IF THEY HELP DEMOCRATS: Al Franken’s sexual assault is what #MeToo was created to address and now liberals feel victimized by it.

PUT ME IN THAT LAST DORM:  UNLV provides separate dorms for African Americans, LGBT, and students who go to college to study.

KRUISER: Daily Beast Writer Irked That Mariano Rivera Is a Conservative Christian.

DAN MITCHELL: Trump’s a Big-Government Big Spender.

He’s right, notwithstanding Trump’s excellent deregulatory efforts, but that’s what the American people seem to want, and keep electing. As I’ve written before, it’s not that I don’t care or worry about the booming debt, it’s just that I don’t think anything will be done about it until there’s a crisis. And as the Insta-Dad said about the stimulus back in 2008, the bad news is, that exercise convinced the federal government that it could borrow a lot more money than it had previously thought it could.

YEAH. I’VE BEEN ACCUSED OF THIS TOO. BECAUSE IN THE LEFT’S CRAZY, SCRAMBLED MINDS, AMERICAN=WHITE. IT COULD BE THEY’RE THE ONES WHO ARE RACIST, AND PROJECTING LIKE IMAX:   No, Amy Wax Is Not A White Supremacist For Wanting Immigrants Who Support American Norms.

YEAH, WELL, THEY MIGHT STILL BE SMARTER THAN THE GATEKEEPERS OF WIKIPEDIA WHO ARE TRYING TO REMOVE AS NON-RELEVANT A BUNCH OF BAEN AUTHORS’ PAGES (SO FAR, TOM KRATMAN, MIKE WILLIAMSON, JOHN RINGO… AND ME.):  The Gatekeepers of Facebook.

SO, STANDARD LEFTISTS, THEN?  ‘View’ Hosts Take Bold Stand Against … Free Speech.

HOW TO REALLY CHANGE THE WORLD:  Some thoughts on Apollo 11, and the American landing on the moon.

SOMETHING ALL OF US NEED TO LEARN HOW TO DO, FRANKLY:  These Conservative Artists Defied Liberal Gatekeepers.

AND HE’S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. TAKE FOR INSTANCE THAT ONE OF THEM (REP. PRESSLEY) WANTS PEOPLE TO ONLY HAVE THE POLITICAL OPINIONS MARXISTS ASCRIBE TO THEIR GROUPS: Trump Intensifies War With the Squad: ‘Very Racist Group of Troublemakers’.

As for troublemakers… Well. Consider they want to impeach a president for the crime of disagreeing with them.

AND THERE’S MY SHOCKED FACE, YET AGAIN:  Report: Comey lied to, spied on, Trump.

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