May 20, 2019

COCAINE DEALER ENJOYS LUXURY SPA BREAK HALF WAY THROUGH HIS NINE-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE.

Hey, when did Michael Dukakis move to England?

BYRON YORK: Mueller Changed Everything.

From now on, the Trump-Russia affair, the investigation that dominated the first years of Donald Trump’s presidency, will be divided into two parts: before and after the release of the Mueller report. Before the special counsel’s findings were made public last month, the president’s adversaries were on the offensive. Now, they are playing defense.

The change is due to one simple fact: Mueller could not establish that there was a conspiracy or coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign to fix the 2016 election. The special counsel’s office interviewed 500 witnesses, issued 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search-and-seizure warrants, and obtained nearly 300 records of electronic communications, and still could not establish the one thing that mattered most in the investigation.

Without a judgment that a conspiracy — or collusion, in the popular phrase — took place, everything else in the Trump-Russia affair began to shrink in significance. . . .

Of course, TV talking heads are still arguing over obstruction. But with the report’s release, the investigation moved from the legal realm to the political realm. And in the political realm, the president has a simple and effective case to make to the 99.6% of Americans who are not lawyers: They say I obstructed an investigation into something that didn’t happen? And they want to impeach me for that?

The ground has shifted in the month since the report became public. Before the release, many Democrats adopted a “wait for Mueller” stance, basing their anti-Trump strategy on the hope that Mueller would find the much-anticipated conspiracy.

Then Mueller did not deliver. And not only that, Mueller’s report stretched to 448 pages, with long stretches of minutia and arcane legal argument that the public would never read. Democrats searched for a way to convince Americans that the president was still guilty of something serious.

They devised a plan to turn the Mueller report into a TV show, accessible to millions of viewers who have not read even a page of the report itself. They would call key witnesses to give dramatic testimony in televised hearings that would build support for possible impeachment.

At the same time, they would insist that Attorney General William Barr, who has allowed top lawmakers to see the full Mueller report with the exception of a small amount of grand jury material, was hiding something, and that the hidden material might reveal presidential wrongdoing.

So far, the strategy has not worked. The White House, which provided Mueller testimony and documents that might easily have been withheld as privileged, has not been so forthcoming with Congress. We gave the criminal investigator, Mueller, what he needed, the White House said, but we are not obligated to do the same for Congress.

Nope.

ANN ALTHOUSE: “The failure of Congress to provide the statutory right to abortion isn’t a mere oversight. It’s a political choice.”

Plus: “I do not think Warren’s call will get that statute passed any time soon, but it will create the occasion for questioning abortion rights proponents in Congress about why they are not using their legislative power right now to secure the right. They are in default!”

May 19, 2019

AREN’T THE CRITICS ASSUMING THE ROBOT’S GENDER IDENTITY?:  Calvin Klein apologizes after critics argue he should have used a lesbian model instead of a heterosexual one in advertisement featuring a woman kissing a female-looking robot.

JOHN FUND ON THE AUSTRALIAN UPSET:  Hell hath no fury like a disappointed leftie.

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WHEN TURKEY DESTROYED ITS CHRISTIANS:

Between 1894 and 1924, the number of Christians in Asia Minor fell from some 3-4 million to just tens of thousands—from 20% of the area’s population to under 2%. Turkey has long attributed this decline to wars and the general chaos of the period, which claimed many Muslim lives as well. But the descendants of Turkey’s Christians, many of them dispersed around the world since the 1920s, maintain that the Turks murdered about half of their forebears and expelled the rest.

The Christians are correct. Our research verifies their claims: Turkey’s Armenian, Greek and Assyrian (or Syriac) communities disappeared as a result of a staggered campaign of genocide beginning in 1894, perpetrated against them by their Muslim neighbors. By 1924, the Christian communities of Turkey and its adjacent territories had been destroyed.

Over the past decade, we have sifted through the Turkish, U.S., British and French archives, as well as some Greek materials and the papers of the German and Austro-Hungarian foreign ministries. This research has made it possible to document a strikingly consistent pattern of ethno-religious atrocity over three decades, perpetrated by the Turkish government, army, police and populace.

The concentrated slaughter of Turkey’s Armenians in 1915-16, commonly known as the Armenian genocide, is well documented and acknowledged (outside of Turkey, which still bitterly objects to the charge). But the Armenian genocide was only a part, albeit the centerpiece, of a larger span of elimination that lasted some 30 years. Our work provides the first detailed description and analysis of the 1894-96 massacres and the destruction of the region’s Greek and remaining Armenian communities in 1919-24 by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish republic.

The bloodshed was importantly fueled throughout by religious animus. Muslim Turks—aided by fellow Muslims, including Kurds, Circassians, Chechens and Arabs—murdered about two million Christians in bouts of slaughter immediately before, during and after World War I. These massacres were organized by three successive governments, those of the Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II, the Young Turks and, finally, Atatürk. These governments also expelled between 1.5 and 2 million Christians, mostly to Greece.

The book is The Thirty-Year Genocide: Turkey’s Destruction of Its Christian Minorities, 1894–1924.

OPEN THREAD: Still a few hours of weekend left. Where better to spend them than here?

HMM: “I suppose that I chose to write out of a fear of handling more concrete and dangerous forms of power.”

I’m sure that, somehow, that fear is the fault of the patriarchy. Plus, from the comments: “You get the feeling that if the NYT cut out the ‘Women bitching about something’ articles they’d lose 25% of the newspaper.”

In her classic, Spin Sisters: How the Women of the Media Sell Unhappiness — and Liberalism — to the Women of America, Myrna Blyth notes that according to research, when women complain to each other their brains release the bonding chemical oxytocin, while men do not experience the same phenomenon. That explains a whole lot about women’s media.

UPDATE: Flashback to this piece by the late, and much-missed Cathy Seipp.

DON’T TRUST SILICON VALLEY: How tech companies are shaping the rules governing AI.

HOW DUMB IS THIS WASHINGTON POST REPORTER? This dumb: She repeats the canard that Trump was the “motivation” behind the tragic murders at the Capital Gazette, yet the very article she cites says expressly:

“Ramos held a long-standing grudge against the The Capital. It began with an article in the newspaper in 2011 that detailed a criminal harassment charge that a woman filed against Ramos, a former high school classmate of hers.”

Of course, this video game is objectionable, but no more so than the wildly popular “Grand Theft Auto” series, which allows players to murder sex workers and homeless people.

TWO NYC WOMEN FLEW ALL THE WAY TO IOWA SO MAYOR DE BLASIO WOULD FINALLY ANSWER THEIR QUESTIONS: “Tita Concepcion lives in public housing in New York and came all the way to Sioux City to confront Mayor de Blasio about the problems at [the New York City Housing Authority]. New Yorkers, if you want some face time with your mayor, he’ll be in South Carolina today and tomorrow morning.”

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: The truth about sex: we are not getting enough.

How comforting this sex-positive vision is. How sophisticated and liberal we are.

Except. A paper in a recent issue of the British Medical Journal summed up the findings of three huge national surveys into sexual attitudes, called Natsal, the latest of which was in 2012. Natsal is British in focus, but some of its findings are reflected globally: worldwide, we are having less sex less frequently and are more upset about it. In Britain, most of the decline in sexual frequency is in people aged over 25 and in long-term relationships. In the US, the over-50s reported the largest decline in how often they had sex, though Finnish middle-aged men reported they were getting sex more frequently. In Japan, the most sexual inactivity was in young single people. Millennials are having less sex than their parents; young people, we are told, are in a “sex drought”.

We have reordered our customs in order to satisfy a noisy minority, and it seems to have made the majority less happy.

BLOGGING HAS BEEN LIGHT because I spent the weekend in the mountains with my crowd of high school friends. When we gathered at our friend Joel’s funeral last fall we vowed not to wait until someone else died to get together again. We hiked in the mountains, drank beer, and — thanks to the generosity of a former student who owns it — got a VIP tour and tasting session at the Sugarlands Distillery in Gatlinburg. A good time was had by all.

ANALYSIS: TRUE.

The “have you no decency?” schtick, and the concern-trolling about “divisiveness” and “name-calling” and “undermining institutions” only goes one way. Because it’s all partisan schtick.

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CHANGE: Volvo to Start Using Electrically Driven Superchargers. It’s amazing to me that these can perform competitively with gear- or belt-driven superchargers.

RUN ALL THE CANDIDATES, SMASH ALL THE STATUES: Pete Buttigieg wants Thomas Jefferson events and buildings renamed.

PROGRESSIVE COLONIALISM, SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT:

I’m so sorry. Really, just very sorry. Here entitled Yankees like the NYT’s Ginia Bellafante thought the American South existed to give Millennial Brooklynites a place to reproduce Park Slope, but more affordably, and now we’ve gone and ruined it for them with our deplorable social and religious views.

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I concede that it’s interesting to talk to progressive Northerners who moved South, thinking that the Grand March of Progress would inevitably make the benighted (but cheap) metropolises of Dixie into non-deplorable locales — but who are learning that they, in fact, live in the South.

What chaps my butt about the piece is the assumption by the author (and those she writes about) that the South ought to assimilate to the dominant progressive culture. The message of this piece is, If you Christianist troglodytes don’t let us progressives have our abortions, we’re not going to move there and contribute to your economies. 

I have an idea! All y’all could pack up your progressive colonialism ethic and go the hell back home.

Read the whole thing. Billionaire GOP contributors and libertarian-types like the Koch Brothers really need to get going on Glenn’s Welcome Wagon idea.

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21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: For Teens, Romances Where the Couple Never Meets Are Now Normal: A generation that lives online is redefining dating; ‘We only met for 20 minutes and that was the first and last time we ever saw each other.’

If we’re looking for an explanation of why today’s teens are having less sex than previous generations, there’s this: Many of them spend months or even years dating without ever meeting face to face.

When Nicole Nguyen was 16, she met her first serious boyfriend for the first and last time—after they’d broken up. They had 20 minutes. They hugged once. It only happened because that day, they just happened to find themselves in the same state.

Yet for an entire year, they spent almost every waking moment texting each other, talking on voice-chat apps, and even communicating over webcams through Skype and Oovoo. Ms. Nguyen, 24, is now a pre-kindergarten teaching assistant living in Brooklyn Park, Minn. To this day her parents have no idea they ever dated in the first place.

They might sound unusual: online relationships that bloom, reach a fever pitch of teenage intensity and—possibly—even wither before the two parties ever meet. But they’re becoming more common than ever. Ask any teenager—if they haven’t been in a relationship like this themselves, they can probably name friends who have.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this isn’t great.

DOCUMENTARY: ‘Cold Blue’ Shows the B-17 Bomber Like You’ve Never Seen It Before.

THE SELF-DRIVING THING WON’T BE A DEFENSE UNTIL IT’S A REAL SELF-DRIVING THING: Thanks Autopilot: Cops stop Tesla whose driver appears asleep and drunk.

PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION: Shoplifter finds Rachael Rollins’ no-prosecute list not at work in Norfolk County. “An admitted career crook who saw the news about Suffolk DA Rachael Rollins’ no-prosecute list on a jailhouse TV couldn’t believe it when cops in Weymouth slapped cuffs on him for shoplifting $126 worth of goods from a Stop & Shop. ‘It’s not a crime, I thought. I saw it on TV when I was in prison,’ Glenn Kerivan griped to the Herald on Thursday.”

IT’S NOT AN “OPEN AIR CONCENTRATION CAMP” IF YOU CAN’T BLAME ISRAEL: Hamas said to impose restrictions after young, educated Gazans exited for ‘vacations’ through reopened Rafah Crossing to escape and seek better lives in Europe.

What percentage of those who complain about Israel imposing restrictions on Gaza for security reasons are going to complain about Hamas imposing further restrictions to prevent people from escaping Hamas rule? An initial estimate of “zero” seems right.

FRUITS OF #METOO: Sad survey: 60% of male managers are “uncomfortable” working around women.

LeanIn.org and SurveyMonkey just released the results of a survey on the state of men and women interacting in the workplace in the age of #MeToo. The results are frustrating. The data reveals that 60% of male managers say they are uncomfortable performing common workplace activities such as mentoring, working one on one, or socializing with a woman. That’s a 32% increase over last year.

To add insult to insult, senior-level men who were surveyed are now far more hesitant to spend time with junior female colleagues than junior male ones, across a range of basic work activities. The men were 12 times more likely to hesitate to have one-on-one meetings, nine times more likely to hesitate to travel with a junior woman for work, and six times more likely to hesitate to have a work dinner with a junior woman.

Unexpectedly! More here:

But the steady stream of stories of harassment over the past few years seems to be confusing workers about how often harassment really happens. Equal numbers say that the frequency of harassment is increasing (22%) and decreasing (21%), and even more workers don’t know which way it’s going (24%).

On top of that, women feel less safe at work than they did before. Only 85% said they feel safe on the job, down from 91% last year. Media coverage that is intended to hold aggressors accountable also seems to create a sense of threat, and people don’t seem to feel like aggressors are held accountable.

Also unexpectedly.

NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS: DC Comics Sends Cease & Desist Order Over Superhero Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Wonder Woman Comic Book.

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ROGER SIMON: Biden Was Projecting When He Called Trump “Divider-in-Chief.”

As is becoming increasingly evident, the previous Democrat administration, of which Joe was a significant member, was up to its eyeballs in skullduggery, working through allies in the Department of Justice and the FBI (and the CIA and the State Department, apparently), to undermine the Trump presidency before it got started.  This gave rise to the Mueller probe that tarnished Trump with outrageous accusations of non-existent Russia collusion for over two years, an act of sabotage unprecedented in our history. Again not a word from Joe.

This was divisiveness taken to the nth power.  Yet Biden is advertising himself as the decent man of moderation, our new uniter-in-chief, who will cure all this  As if.

They’re gonna put you all back in chains!

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: The Australian Labor Party’s Surprise Defeat Echoes Hillary, Brexit.

LEFTISTS ALWAYS WANT TO SILENCE THEIR CLASS ENEMIES. ONLY THE EXCUSES AND METHODS CHANGE. To Fight ‘Extremism,’ Journalists Are Praising Online Censorship.

SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: Polls Wrong Again: Is There Any Pattern Here?

EMERALD TRASH HEAP: Seattle is overwhelmed by garbage and filth, but the city’s leaders won’t admit it.

Seattle’s last Republican mayor left office in 1969.

PREFERENCE FALSIFICATION: Are polls wrong because people are concealing their true feelings from the Woke vigilantes?

NYC SCHOOLS CHANCELLOR RICHARD CARRANZA HAS MADE WHITENESS ‘TOXIC’, DOE INSIDERS CLAIM:

“Racial tensions appear to be one manifestation of these internal battles.”

Meanwhile, the DOE has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on consultants to coach supervisors on how to “disrupt the power structure and dismantle institutional racism,” a supervisor said.

“There’s been a lot of discussion of white supremacy and how it manifests in the workplace, conversations about race, and looking at how the white culture behaves,” said a white executive who received the training.

“White supremacy is characterized by perfectionism, a belief in meritocracy, and the Protestant work ethic,” the exec said, adding that whites who object when accused of deep-rooted bias are called “fragile” and “defensive.”

“Can you imagine if we scrutinized blackness or brownness? We’re being trained in anti-bias not to stereotype blacks, but they’re fostering a stereotyping of whites.”

It’s like the mainstream left is the mirror image of the alt-right or something.

A TRUMP-SUPPORTING CONSERVATIVE PRIME MINISTER PULLED OFF A SURPRISE WIN IN AUSTRALIA: “In essence, the left-leaning party was running on the Green New Deal and Morrison won by pointing out that could damage the economy. It remains to be seen whether those results are transferrable to the United States, but you do have some of the same elements in play.”

OUT ON TUESDAY: Mark Levin’s Unfreedom of the Press.

TEXAS ASSERTS SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY AGAINST CONGRESS.

NEW YORK TIMES ON NEW ABORTION LAWS: RALPH NORTHAM WHO? 

Mr. Trump is using the issue to rouse his base, including the crucial voting bloc of Christian conservatives for whom abortion is an overarching issue. His false statements that Democrats would “execute” newborn babies — which he has repeated on his Twitter feed, during his State of the Union address and at campaign rallies, sometimes as he mimics swaddling a baby — are being picked up and repeated by conservatives all over the country.”

Catch that description? That the President is making “false statements that Democrats would ‘execute’ newborn babies.”

And right there this story becomes a jewel of an example of left-wing journalism by omission, in this case from the New York Times.

Missing entirely from the article was the name of Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam. It was Northam, appearing on a radio show, who stirred the hornets nest by saying this about aborting babies when the mother is in labor. The direct quote was this, as reported here at National Review Online:

“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” he continued. “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

Here’s video of Northam uttering those words shortly before his medical school era blackface scandal erupted.

Speaking of the latter, as a Times headline noted in early April: ‘‘It Just Went Poof’: The Strange Aftermath of Virginia’s Cascade of Political Scandals.

The passive tense in the headline is telling. The Times can keep a story alive when it wants to, such as when the Gray Lady ran nearly 100 stories on the Augusta National Golf Club between 2001 and mid-2003. Similarly, the paper in Northam’s backyard ran approximately 100 stories in the fall of 2006 on George Allen’s “macaca” gaffe. The media’s selective amnesia on Northam’s blackface and endorsement of infanticide might lead a cynical person to conclude that they’re Democratic Party operatives with bylines, or something.

ROGER KIMBALL: Notes on the Great Realignment.

REBUILDING A CHURCH: “The rebuilding of Notre-Dame promises at least a decade of public battles, likely to polarize both sides in a battlefield that regards it as a historic monument of touristic significance on one side, and as a sacred place on the other. I am not an optimist, so I do not imagine either side being satisfied with the outcome.”

Read the whole thing.

JEFF CARTER: Big Tech’s Tragedy of the Commons. “As the onion is peeled, there are certain practices that tech companies engage in that would make any free market libertarian with no political ideology squeamish.”

May 18, 2019

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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, FOREIGN EDITION: Canadian Government Imposes ‘Social Justice’ on All Universities.

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“REMEMBERING NOTHING, LEARNING NOTHING:” How the FBI Broke the Rules Using Christopher Steele.

LIFE CHANGE: This Guy Changed His Diet and Workout Routine and Lost 50 Pounds in 10 Months.

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YOUR DAILY TREACHER: Fran Lebowitz: ‘We Should Turn Trump Over to the Saudis’ Who Killed Khashoggi.

Look, I’m fine with people joking about whatever they want to joke about. But if I’m “inciting violence” by merely criticizing a Democrat — hi, Ilhan! — then something like this is definitely “inciting violence.” And if you say it, just own it. Don’t claim you were “misinterpreted.” You weren’t.

Earlier: 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.

THE GOOGLE CITY THAT HAS ANGERED TORONTO:

It was meant to be a vision of how we will all live in future — a smart city built from the internet up — offering citizens the chance to experience the very latest technology.

That would include autonomous cars, innovative ways to collect rubbish and shared spaces for communities to come together in new ways.

Sidewalk Labs, a sister company to Google, had acquired disused land in Toronto, Canada for this bold urban experiment, which it hoped would become a model for other cities around the world.

The fact that it would be collecting a lot of data from sensors placed all around the harbourside development unsettled some.

Now many are asking whether a private firm should take charge of urban improvement at all.

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“We have not been talking about the fact that it is normalising massive data collection or even asking whether anyone wants this thing at all. No-one here has asked for a sensor-laden neighbourhood,” she said.

“Our waterfront must be developed for the benefit of the citizens of Toronto, not the shareholders of a Google-affiliate.”

Related: Alphabet’s smart neighborhood could have shape-shifting ‘superblocks.’

Too many cities are built around cars rather than people. Sidewalk Labs, an offshoot of Google’s parent company Alphabet, wants its smart neighborhood in Toronto to be different. It’s considering a so-called superblock concept, modeled after Barcelona’s, that bundles smaller streets together and limits vehicles to the perimeter. The smaller lanes inside each superblock would then become safer, quieter spaces for pedestrians and cyclists. Sidewalk Labs wants to go a step further, though, with real-time traffic monitoring and movable street furniture. These would allow the company to create smart, dynamic superblocks that subtly change with the time of day and needs of its residents.

So it’s the spying and data collection of 1984 meets the urban “tuning” of the 1998 film Dark City. That’s not creepy at all.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Onion editor regrets portraying Joe Biden as skeevy yet loveable uncle.

RIP: The famous architect I.M. Pei has died at the age of 102.

To get a sense of what Pei’s architecture could do to an American city, check out the early 1970s video of an Oklahoma City urban renewal project embedded in this 2016 Bleat by James Lileks: “Rah-rah as you’d expect. A local booster takes a money-man and his wife around town to show what they’re doing, and when he mentioned ‘The Pei Plan’ I stopped the video. That would be I. M. Pei. That would be the last guy I wanted designing my downtown.” As Lileks writes, “This is about building things, yes. But more about destroying them.”

GERMAN CROSSBOW VICTIMS WERE PART OF MEDIEVAL SEX CULT.

Ayn Rand beabsichtigte nicht, dass die Rückkehr des Primitiven eine Anleitung sein sollte.

INSTANT KARMA’S GONNA GET YOU: College Student Shocked to be Arrested for Stealing Pro-Life Sign (Video).

HUGH HEWITT: Sorry, Mr. Vice President, it’s Kamala Harris’s race to lose in 2020.

UGH: Colon cancer striking the young in increasing number worldwide.

PRIVACY IS NOT A PRIORITY: 33 Linksys router models leak full historic record of every device ever connected.

JULIETTE “BALDILOCKS” OCHIENG COULD USE SOME HELP. I donated.

FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CALIFORNIA BULLET TRAIN BOONDOGGLE FORMALLY CANCELED: “The Federal Railroad Administration yesterday formally terminated a $929 million grant to help pay for the construction of a high-speed rail line that was originally supposed to link Los Angeles and San Francisco… The feds are also still seriously considering trying to force California to pay back $2.5 billion of federal funds that have already been spent. So the skyrocketing costs of this trainwreck may eventually include repaying $2.5 billion to Washington.”

Earlier: California’s High-Speed Rail Disaster Is a ‘Shot Across the Bow for the Green New Deal.’

CHANGE: Feds Announce They Will Stop Regulating the Number of Cherries in Cherry Pies.

UPDATE: Link was bad before. Fixed now. Sorry!

WHY ARE LEFTIST-DOMINATED INSTITUTIONS SUCH CESSPITS OF ABUSE? Ohio State Finds 177 Cases of Abuse of Former Students: Report finds that university employees knew about the abuse by a doctor and failed to act.

QUESTION ASKED: Why progressive anti-Semitism and why now?

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BREAKING: BIG ELECTION UPSET IN AUSTRALIA: “Already I’m seeing the left blame their defeat on Rupert Murdoch. But maybe the ‘message to the world’ should be that climate change is not a vote winner. Let’s see whether this augurs any change in the left’s fanaticism for the ‘green nude eel’ here at home, not to mention the upcoming European parliamentary elections, and a prospective general election in Britain.”

THE POWER LINE WEEK IN PICTURES: Train Wreck Edition.

‘IDEOLOGICAL ENFORCEMENT:’ Twitter Blocks Heritage Foundation Director Over Trans Sports Tweet.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Journos from Prominent News Publications Found to Have Working Relationships With Antifa.

And to think, a decade ago, Iowahawk’s “Media Violence Project: Journo-politico Violence: Deadly Threat or Menacing Trend?” was originally satire.

STANLEY BLACK & DECKER INVESTING $90M TO SHIFT MORE CRAFTSMAN PRODUCTION BACK TO U.S.: “Stanley Black & Decker announced on Wednesday that it was investing $90 million in a plant in Texas – a move aimed at continuing its effort to shift production of a range of Craftsman products back to the U.S. The new 425,000-square-foot facility will be located in Fort Worth, where tools ranging from sockets, ratchets, wrenches to general sets will be produced.”

GOD BLESS AMERICA:

The song is a kind of prayer, asking for God’s blessing and guidance, while giving thanks for the beauty and sweetness of this our continental home. Those surrounding oceans were not wide enough to prevent world war from finding America again. And through World War II, as it had through the Great Depression, Kate Smith’s voice “cheered her countrymen through the darkest days,” to quote the Los Angeles Times’s obituary of her. She traveled more than 500,000 miles to entertain troops and sold more War Bonds than any other show-business figure—$600 million worth in the course of the war.

But in the 21st Century gratitude has gone out of style, along with all sense of proportion. Of the almost 3,000 songs she recorded, and the 1,000 or so she herself introduced, the P.C. detectives have found two that must be condemned for indulging racial stereotypes. Fine. Yet somehow as a result, the New York Yankees have tossed her classic version of “God Bless America,” which they used to play in the seventh-inning stretch. They believe in “erring on the side of sensitivity,” they explained.

The Philadelphia Flyers have banned the patriotic tune from the beginning of their hockey games, where they put it (supplanting “The Star-Spangled Banner,” incidentally) decades ago in a desperate quest for victory. When they played it, they tended to win. After Miss Smith sang it in person, they won the Stanley Cup in 1974, and repeated in 1975. The grateful Flyers erected a statue to her outside their arena. The ungrateful Flyers have now removed her statue.

It’s not as though she ever donned blackface or a Klan robe, offenses which we know would shame even the most hardened Democratic politicians into instantly resigning their office.

Heh — Ralph Northam could not be reached for comment.

TWITTER IS A VIRUS OF THE MIND: An excerpt from Glenn’s upcoming book, The Social Media Upheaval.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: The Coming Democrat Civil War.

WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY: NYT Sees Fascism in Europe: ‘Nihilism,’ ‘Meanness,’ Opposing Food Cops.

As George Orwell wrote in 1944, “It will be seen that, as used, the word ‘Fascism’ is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, of course, it is used even more wildly than in print. I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, the 1922 Committee, the 1941 Committee, Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Shek, homosexuality, Priestley’s broadcasts, Youth Hostels, astrology, women, dogs and I do not know what else.”

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

● Shot:

The Grauniad, yesterday.

● Chaser: “President Obama ‘has four years to save Earth.’”

—Headline, The Grauniad, January 18, 2009.

● Hangover:

The “Siberian” climate was predicted just four years after the London Independent assured its readers that “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.”

ATTACKS ON SCHOOLS AREN’T NEW: On this day in 1927, at approximately 8:45 a.m., in Bath, Michigan, Andrew Kehoe, a 55-year-old school board treasurer, remotely detonated the dynamite he had hidden in the basement of the Bath Consolidated School. The explosion killed 38, mostly elementary schoolchildren. Little bodies were torn apart.

Frantic parents converged on the school, searching through the rubble for their children. Many lost more than one child.

Kehoe was on a rampage. Earlier that day he had blown up his own house and farm. And at some time earlier that day or the day before he had murdered his wife Nellie.

The rampage ended about a half hour after the school explosion when Kehoe drove back to the school grounds. After beckoning to the school superintendent to come near, he detonated the dynamite in his truck. The resulting explosion killed Kehoe himself, the superintendent, two other adults and eight-year-old Cleo Clayton, who had survived the school explosion.

I have a hard time asking why Kehoe acted as he did. It seems like a senseless question. The best that the townspeople could say was that Kehoe had always been a difficult man and that lately he had been angered by his defeat in the election for township clerk. Oh … and he was upset by a recent tax increase.

He was a loon … just like the rash of more recent killers.

LIFE UNDER LATE SOCIALISM: Venezuela’s Collapse Is the Worst Outside of War in Decades, Economists Say.

But look what’s missing from the NYT report:

BOLD, INDEPENDENT LEADERSHIP: Buttigieg Backs Out Of Dave Rubin Interview After Media Backlash.

As Rubin tweets, “My invite for @PeteButtigieg remains. If he caves to Media Matters, Vox and HuffPo that isn’t a good sign for a presidential candidate. Doing what’s right often means standing up to the mob.”

To be fair, I can certainly understand why Democratic Party operatives with bylines want to limit Buttigieg’s exposure to interviewers: “Buttigieg compared Christianity to radical Islam on Friday during a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt.”

Buttigieg made the remarks when Hewitt asked him which form of Islamic extremism he thought posed the greatest overall threat.

“Do you find Iranians’ variant of Shia extremism to be more dangerous to the world than the Sunni variant that we see in the Taliban and perhaps in Hamas and some of the more radical elements of Wahhabism?” Hewitt asked.

“Well, you know, not unlike Christianity when it is motivating someone to do something extreme,” Buttigieg responded. “It can have a thousand different flavors.”

Deplorable, as Hillary would say.

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DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Amy Klobuchar Claims She Has Not Heard Northam’s Late-Term Abortion Comments.

‘I HATE ALL OF YOU’: JUNO WRITER REGRETS THAT HER MOVIE WAS PRO-LIFE.

Chiu writes that “having her breakout movie be associated with antiabortion messaging is a regret that has troubled [Diablo Cody] for years.”

And who could blame her? You try sleeping at night with all those live babies haunting your conscience.

“In a way I feel like I had a responsibility to maybe be more explicitly pro-choice, and I wasn’t,” Cody said during a Planned Parenthood benefit event in 2017 marking the film’s 10th anniversary, Vanity Fair reported. “I think I took the right to choose for granted at the time.”

“I didn’t think it was ever going to get made,” she said. “I wasn’t thinking as an activist. I wasn’t thinking politically at all.”

And if we take no other lesson from this sad story, let it be that — a good progressive is always an activist. She thinks politically 100% of the time and is always on guard against incursions of normal human feeling and thought.

According to Chiu, Cody quickly saw the error of her ways when she got “A letter from her Catholic high school thanking her for “writing a pro-life movie,” she said, describing it as the “most horrifying thing.” The piece added:

“I was like, I … hate all of you, and I’m as pro-choice as a person can possibly be,” she said.

“I … hate all of you.” Clearly, Cody’s once again a progressive in good standing.

Why is leftism such a cesspit of oikophobia?

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