September 27, 2020

“STALINIST TACTICS MANDATE IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL OF THIS CASE.” New Flynn Document Dump Poses Huge Trouble for Dems.

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SHOCKER: Black Lives Matter Activist Arrested for Using $200,000 in Donations to Buy a House.

OPEN THREAD: There are others like it, but this one is yours.

DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY: But the important thing to Alyssa Milano is that someone is paying attention to Alyssa Milano.

BIG SCOOP FOR THE NYT:

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SILICON VALLEY’S PSYCHOPATH PROBLEM.

OMG WE’RE TOTALLY LIVING THE HANDMAID’S TALE YOU GUYS:

I couldn’t manage this very full life without the unwavering support of my husband Jesse, at the start of our marriage, I imagined that we would run our household as partners, as it has turned out. Jesse does far more than his share of the work. To my chagrin, I learned at dinner recently that my children consider him to be the better cook. For 21 years, Jesse has asked me every single morning what he can do for me that day. And though I almost always say, ‘Nothing,’ he still finds ways to take things off my plate. And that’s not because he has a lot of free time, he has a busy law practice. It’s because he is a superb and generous husband.And I am very fortunate.

I’m beginning to suspect that the feminists’ unrelenting obsession with The Handmaid’s Tale has an erotic component.

I DON’T TRUST THE INTERNET OF THINGS: This Hacked Coffee Maker Demands Ransom and Demonstrates a Terrifying Implication About the IoT.

U.S. PLANS ‘FULL WITHDRAWAL’ FROM IRAQI EMBASSY:

“The Americans aren’t just angry. They’re really, really, really angry,” said one Iraqi official after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed the Iraqi government that the U.S. was planning a full withdrawal from the U.S. Embassy unless attacks on American personnel and the embassy by pro-Iranian militias ceased.

Pompeo gave the ultimatum to Iraqi President Barham Saleh on Saturday night.

Read the whole thing.

JOE ROGAN VS. NPR WORLD.

‘HE’S SORT OF LIKE GOEBBELS:’ Biden compares Trump to Nazi propagandist.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Saturday compared Donald Trump to a German Nazi propagandist for the president’s barrage of attacks against him on the campaign trail.

When Biden was asked during an interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle how he would combat Trump’s repeated claim that he was pushing a socialist agenda, the former vice president didn’t mince words.

Trump is “sort of like Goebbels,” Biden said, invoking the name of Joseph Goebbels, the mastermind of Nazi Germany’s propaganda machine. “You say the lie long enough, keep repeating it, repeating it, repeating it, it becomes common knowledge” among voters.

“The Big Lie,” you say? Joe’s former boss received the “Lie of the Year” award in 2013 from his fellow Democrats at “Politifact:”

In other Godwinized news, Dana Milbank is partying like it’s 1934:

Related: Fascism: the most abused term in America.

UPDATE: Republican Jewish Coalition Calls on Biden to Apologize for “Goebbels” Comment.

MORE: Jeff Dunetz: Biden “owes an apology to the people who suffered at the hands of Hitler. their families, and the entire Jewish people. Making Biden’s insensitivity worse is that Yom Kippur is Monday.”

Nearly every Republican president or presidential candidate has been called a Nazi by Democrats since 1940. When does a political playbook from the leather helmet era get tossed out?

(Updated and bumped.)

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IT’S A TREATMENT THAT’S IN CLINICAL TRIALS: Florida doctors found a coronavirus cure that’s nearly 100% effective. It doesn’t involve hydroxychloroquine, though, about which this story is overly dismissive.

SO WHAT? Aviation company says it flew aircraft with hydrogen fuel cell. These are only interesting or useful in a world where hydrogen is cheap and plentiful. Right now we generally make it via steam reformation of natural gas, which means you’re still working from fossil fuels. You can also split it from water via electrolysis, which you could do if you had lots of nice clean nuclear plants, or plentiful orbital solar power, neither of which is available or scheduled. That doesn’t make this research worthless, but . . .

THAT’S NOT REALLY NEWS, SINCE THE SPACE STATION IS WITHIN EARTH’S MAGNETIC FIELD: Radiation levels on moon more than double those on space station. Cover a lunar base with a foot of soil, which you’d want to do anyway for insulation and micrometeoroid protection, and you’ll be fine.

25 YEARS AGO TODAY: Quote of the 1990s? ‘If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,’ 25 years on.

WELL, GOOD: Routine blood test may identify patients at risk for severe COVID-19. “The analysis revealed that patients with red cell distribution width, or RDW, above the normal range were nearly three times as likely to die from the disease, the data showed.”

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Democrats Prepare To Give Republicans Free Ad Footage Of Them Attacking Successful, Religious Mother Of Seven.

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ROGER KIMBALL: Barrett Will Sail. “The Left is going to find Amy Coney Barrett a tough nut to attack. She is smart, pleasant, and competent. Her personal history is an open book of service and commitment.”

IN THE MAIL: Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music.

ROGER SIMON: Basta! Time to Dismantle the FBI.

Fox’s Sean Hannity—Lord love him—has long been in the forefront of the fight to expose the Trump-Russia probe which, we learn increasingly virtually every day, was even more immoral, seditious, and anti-American than we had imagined.

Most recently, it has been revealed the sub-source for the Steele Dossier—the guy Christopher Steele relied upon for his vile lies—had already been investigated by the FBI as, of all things, a Russian agent, making the Dossier itself likely deliberate Russian disinformation that was accepted by the FBI anyway because… well… by any means necessary. (The shameless liars at Mueller’s operation claimed the Russians favored Trump, which is ludicrous given this revelation plus the content of the Dossier.)

It’s amazing it took three years for us to learn this.

But Sean H. evidently made one, I regret to say serious, mistake, probably because he’s basically a nice guy from a law enforcement family. He insisted all along that the problems in the FBI were only at the top, the so-called “Seventh Floor,” the domain of Comey, Strzok, McCabe, and the others.

Unfortunately, no. Also just revealed after three years are 302s (near-contemporaneous notes made after an interview) and texts that show lower-ranking FBI agents too were aware of the malfeasances that were occurring in the early stages of the Michael Flynn case.

In fact these agents were so alarmed they were considering professional liability insurance lest they be sued for the dishonest—one could even say treasonous— activities in which they were being forced to participate.

Frankly, I never imagined a FBI agent could even buy such insurance. The implications are unpatriotic on their face. But live and learn.

Related: ‘Get Trump’: FBI Whistleblower On Mueller Team Details Real Reason Flynn Was Targeted.

OBVIOUSLY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION NEEDS TO LOOK AT CUTTING OFF FUNDING FOR ITHACA COLLEGE AND STUDENT LOANS FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING THIS RACIST, HATE-FILLED INSTITUTION: Ithaca College theatre students threaten to out ‘white supremacist’ faculty.

HOW DO YOU DO, FELLOW KIDS? Vice Presidential Nominee Kamala Harris Names 2Pac as the ‘Best Rapper Alive.’

People are once again asking: Does Kamala Harris actually know who 2Pac is?

During the NAACP’s virtual convention Friday, the vice presidential nominee was asked who she believed was the “best rapper alive.”

“2Pac,” Harris said. CNN commentator Angela Rye, who moderated the event, quickly corrected the California senator, reminding her Pac has been dead for over two decades. “He’s not alive! You said, ‘He lives on…,’ Rye responded.

“I keep doing that,” Harris said with laugh. “Listen, West Coast girls think 2Pac lives on. I’m with you,” Rye added. “So 2Pac, keep going.”

As Mark Steyn writes, pandering to pop culture has a tendency to backfire on leftists:

Tucker and I started with Joe Biden playing “Despacito” on his cellphone to an Hispanic audience and then mulled more generally the desperate relationship between politicians and pop stars over recent decades:

The incident Steyn called ‘the gold standard’ of pandering was a 1998 encounter between Gore and grunge artist Courtney Love in which the Tennessee Democrat claimed to be a ‘big fan’ of hers.

To her credit, Courtney, the founder and lead singer of Hole, was having none of it. “Yeah, right,” she sneered. “Name a song.”

As any campaign consultant can tell you, the Politician’s First Rule of Holes is: When you’re in one, stop digging. Al Gore introduced us to a Second Rule: When you’re with one, stop pretending to dig her.

Heh, indeed.™

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Biden Claims He Was Elected to the Senate ‘180 Years Ago.’

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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Frequent guest at leading universities says that ‘violence is the only way’ to support BLM. Student activity fees, laundered into speaking fees for lefty speakers, are an important part of the leftist ecosystem.

CALIFORNIA SCHEMING: Berkeley just banned candy from supermarket checkout aisles.

JOIN? I THINK THEY’VE BEEN MEMBERS ALL ALONG: NY Times News Columns Join Anti-Trump Resistance.