December 8, 2019

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BULLYING: “I wonder how many people are like me and sympathize with Trump because he is bullied. I never liked Trump and I didn’t vote for him, but the continual attacks on him make me sympathetic. If this were a movie, he would be the hero, and the attackers are the smug ‘cool’ kids who will do anything and everything to humiliate him.”

A SHEPHERD MUST TEND HIS FLOCK. And at times, fight off the wolves.

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HE LOOKS AMAZING FOR 100: Tuskegee Airman celebrates 100th birthday with flight.

DEMOCRACY DIES IN DARKNESS AT NOON:

I remember when McCarthyism was supposed to be bad.

DON SURBER: Democrats’ Race Politics Backfire. “Democrats offer diversity, not competence. But Booker has a point. The experienced white senators are even worse than him and Harris. One’s a crook, one’s a liar, and one’s a commie. They are all socialists, which means they are willing to give you the shirt off your back.”

ALSO AFTER TOMORROW’S BOMBING: Here We Go Again: Pensacola Muslims Fear ‘Backlash’ After Jihad Massacre.

IT’S NOT “VANDALISM,” IT’S “PEOPLE’S ART.” Wall of banana exhibit vandalized with lipstick at Art Basel: ‘Epstein didn’t kill himself.’ “This is the gallery where anyone can do art, right? . . . If someone can eat the $120,000 banana and not get arrested, why can’t I write on the wall?”

OPEN THREAD: Ring out the weekend in style.

ONE AMERICA NEWS (OAN) GOES WHERE MSM WON’T: Former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko tells OAN all about former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovich’s “untouchables” list. If OAN can go to Ukraine and interview principals in the impeachment scandal, why can’t ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post, New York Times, etc. etc.?

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Answer: Because they’re not interested in knowing what actually happened.

ANOTHER UPDATE (FROM GLENN): I’m bumping this up because it’s very important, undercutting the thesis of the whole impeachment endeavor. And this is the evidence that the House prosecutors will be confronted with if there’s a trial in the Senate.

RIP: Rene Auberjonois, Star Trek and Boston Legal Actor, Dies at 79. “Auberjonois was a prolific television actor, appearing as Paul Lewiston in 71 episodes of ‘Boston Legal’ and as Clayton Runnymede Endicott III in ABC’s long-running sitcom ‘Benson.’ He played Odo in ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,’ and carried that role into video games, voicing the same role in ‘Harbinger’ and ‘The Fallen.’ He appeared in the movie ‘MASH’ as Father Mulcahy in the first of several collaborations with Robert Altman. Other film credits include Roy Balgey in 1976’s ‘King Kong’ and Reverend Oliver in ‘The Patriot,’ as well as parts in ‘McCabe & Mrs. Miller,’ ‘Eyes of Laura Mars’ and ‘Walker.’”

OLD AND BUSTED: “The Buck Stops Here.”

The New Hotness?

At what point does Biden go full Joliet Jake?

 

THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU WAS A WARNING, NOT A HOW-TO GUIDE: Monkey-pig hybrids created by Chinese scientists.

WHY IS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY SUCH A CESSPIT OF RACISM? David Brooks on White Dem Primary: Democrats Think Other People Are Racist And Won’t Vote For An African-American.

HE WASN’T A VICTIM, HE WAS A HERO WHO RAN TOWARD DANGER: Father: Navy victim shot standing watch fresh from boot camp. “Fresh out of boot camp, Cameron Walters proudly told his father in Georgia during their nightly video chat that he had passed the exam qualifying him to stand watch and help secure building entrances at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. When news broke the next morning of shots being fired on the base, Shane Walters called his son’s cellphone repeatedly throughout the day. There was no answer. The 21-year-old airmen apprentice from Richmond Hill had been killed along with two other sailors by a gunman authorities later identified as a military aviation student from Saudi Arabia.”

UPDATE: In response to discussion in the comments, yes, it’s absurd to expect people to stand watch and secure a building unarmed. If you’re unarmed, you’re not a guard, you’re a hall monitor.

THE BULL SEES THE CAPE, NOT THE SWORD: This week federal judiciary became one-fifth Trump-appointed, while media focused on Jerry Nadler.

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WHITE CHRISTMAS: Walmart apologizes for sweater featuring Santa with cocaine.

To boldly go where Cheech & Chong went before.

KURT SCHLICHTER: The Democrats’ Massive Impeachment Fail. “To the surprise of no one who isn’t a blue city pol, a media hack, or an insufferable Fredocon sissy, the American people are not particularly impressed by the genius idea of replacing our president a year before an election because he allegedly expressed curiosity about why the coke-sniffing, stripper-impregnating, dead brother’s wife-trifling, Navy-rejected loser son of Vice President Gropey O’Definitelynotsenile scored a $50K+ a month gig on a Ukrainian gas board. And it’s just dawning on some of them they maybe this impeachment brainstorm was not the bestest idea there ever was.”

FAKE NEWS: Nikki Haley Did Not Just Defend the Confederate Flag.

I DOUBT I’D FIT IN IT, BUT THIS LOOKS COOL: WW2 Ball Turret with Twin .50 Cals at the Big Sandy Shoot. I love that this was new old stock, fresh out of the crate, just needing hydraulic fluid and a power connection.

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TO BE FAIR, IT’S STILL SAFER THAN GAS STATION SUSHI: Kratom is widely available in gas stations, despite experts’ warnings of addiction, risks.

MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL REPEATS DEBUNKED ANTI-SEMITISM SMEAR AGAINST PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY:

“When Schlafly spoke of the Eastern Establishment and the kingmakers within the Republican Party, she was referring to people like Ogden Reid, publisher of The New York Herald; Thomas Lamont, senior partner of J. P. Morgan; and Nelson Rockefeller, heir to the Rockefeller fortune. They were WASP’s,” Critchlow explained. As it turns out, Schlafly was attacking white Anglo-Saxon Protestants, not Jews.

“Warner asserts that everybody knows that ‘Wall Street and the Trilateral Commission’ are code words for world domination by an international Jewish conspiracy. Schlafly never spoke of world domination by the Trilateral Commission. She has opposed such international treaties as Kyoto, the Law of the Sea, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Her views are arguable, but it is unfair to say that she is anti-Semitic,” Critchlow explained. “Are those unionists, environmentalists and anti-Wall Street, anti-Trilateralist types who protest at international meetings of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund or G-8 using anti-Semitic code words?”

The historian also noted that real anti-Semites do not use “code words.”

As Mark Steyn wrote in 2012, “On the matter of those racist dog whistles all these middle-age white liberals keep hearing, the Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto put it very well: ‘The thing we adore about these dog-whistle kerfuffles is that the people who react to the whistle always assume it’s intended for somebody else,’ he wrote. ‘The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you’re the dog.’”

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: [VIDEO] Bernie Sanders Opposed Amnesty for Illegals, Guest Worker Programs in 2007.

OUT ON A LIMB: Elizabeth Warren: ‘I Shouldn’t Have’ Claimed to be Native American.

Warren, 70, apologized in public for the first time in August about her claim of Native American heritage, saying she regretted “the harm that I have caused.”

Asked about the issue at a New Hampshire town hall on Dec. 6, Warren said she’s not a Native American.

“I grew up in Oklahoma and my three older brothers and I learned about our family the same way most people do, from our mom and our dad. My family is very important to me and that’s why, many years ago, I sometimes identify as Native American,” she said, claiming that the identity “never had anything to do with any job that I got, or any benefit.”

Warren wrote “American Indian” on one of her job applications and was described as Harvard Law School’s “first woman of color.”

“But even so, I shouldn’t have done it. I am not a person of color, I am not a citizen of a tribe. And I have apologized for confusion I have caused on tribal citizenship, on tribal sovereignty, and for any harm that I’ve caused,” Warren added on Friday.

Having ticked this box off, presumably, Warren is both assuming that the DNC-MSM will never mention it again, and if they do, she’ll play the Clinton-esque “that’s old news” game.

CRYING WOLF: Linda Ronstadt to Mike Pompeo: Stop ‘Enabling’ Donald Trump.

Ronstadt has probably forgotten the minor role she played in enabling Trump, including her telling the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2004, “It’s a real conflict for me when I go to a concert and find out somebody in the audience is a Republican or fundamental Christian. It can cloud my enjoyment. I’d rather not know.”

Pauline Kael could not be reached for comment.

UPDATE: Also from 2004: Casino gives Ronstadt the boot: “Singer Linda Ronstadt not only got booed, she got the boot after praising filmmaker Michael Moore and his new movie ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ during a performance. Before singing ‘Desperado’ for an encore Saturday night, Ronstadt called Moore a ‘great American patriot’ and ‘someone who is spreading the truth.’ She also encouraged the audience at the Aladdin hotel-casino to see the documentary about President Bush. Ronstadt’s comments drew loud boos, and some of the 4,500 people in attendance stormed out of the theater. People also tore down concert posters and tossed cocktails into the air.”

HORSE GONE, BARN DOOR CLOSED: Defense secretary orders review of security and vetting procedures following Pensacola shooting.

WELL, THEY’VE SUPPORTED HIGHER TAXES FOR A LONG TIME: Harvard To Pay $50 Million Tax Due To Trump Tax Reform. Of course, that’s chump change for the hedge-fund-disguised-as-a-university that is Harvard. “Despite the new tax bill, Harvard’s net operating surplus rose almost 52 percent to $297.9 million in 2019. Total operating revenue rose nearly 6 percent to $5.5 billion as total student revenue rose 7 percent to $1.2 billion.”

MAY GOD FAVOR THE BOLD AND THE FREE: Hong Kong Protest, Largest in Weeks, Stretches Several Miles.

OUT ON A LIMB: Anthony Hopkins on Why He Doesn’t Talk About Politics: ‘Actors Are Pretty Stupid.’

And they’re supposed to inhabit a character, not be activists. Knowing that you’re watching a screen full of Deplorable-hating actors is a surefire way of taking the viewer out of the film or TV show.

ROGER KIMBALL: Impeachment really is a pathetic clown show.

UPSIDE OF PRODUCING A SAD GENERATION: Carjackers’ Plan Foiled Because They Can’t Drive a Stick Shift.

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#JOURNALISM: CNN’s S.E. Cupp Loses It, Says Trump Will Demand a ‘Third Term’ as President. This sort of pronouncement might alarm the public, but since no one watches CNN except Republican pundits looking for material there’s not much danger.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: ‘Cuddlists’ hug and spoon clients in nonsexual sessions. “A lot of people have touch deprivation, skin hunger.”

WAUSAU, WISCONSIN BANNED THROWING SNOWBALLS: The Wussification Of Our Kids Continues.

As a wise woman once wrote, “There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them.”

DEFECTIVE AND UNREASONABLY DANGEROUS? Our cellphones are causing more head and neck injuries, study shows.

WE LIVE IN A GOLDEN AGE OF MUSCLE CARS: Hennessey Will Now Build You A 1,200HP Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray.

NO. GO AWAY. Flu season comes early this year due to unexpected virus. I’ve had my shots — who knows if they’ll work this year — and taken my Vitamin D. Lots of hand sanitization, too. After that, it’s mostly luck.

THE NYT “1619 PROJECT” REVISITED:  Katherine Kersten offers some perspective.

GREAT NEWS: The Peloton Wife Is Safe, She’s Leaving Her Husband, And She’s Drunk As Hell.

Imagine a Peloton wife ad multiverse across 10 different brands tracing her path to freedom. In the final ad she’s on trial for his murder because he reacted … badly to their break-up, of course. She’s nervously sipping a White Claw at the defense table when the jury comes in. Verdict: Not guilty, says the foreman, because “ain’t no laws when you’re drinking Claws.”

Dynamite. I’m willing to write the whole series for a modest fee.

The Aviation [Gin] ad is titled “The Gift That Doesn’t Give Back,” by the way, a direct reply to the title of the Peloton ad. At the rate she’s drinking in the clip, I feel like this gift actually might give back before the night’s over.

Heh, indeed. Read the whole thing.™

CHINA SYNDROME: FDA testing levels of carcinogens in diabetes drug metformin.

WELL, IT’S BEEN DECADES SINCE THE “EXPERTS” HAVE LOOKED LIKE THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING: Twilight of the Technocrats: How Bernie and Biden both channel an exhaustion with the experts.

But it’s not just Bernie and Biden. Trump is the biggest example of all. Related: The Suicide of Expertise.

Also related: Trump and the Crisis of the Meritocracy.

DISPATCHES FROM GROUND ZERO OF THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: On the Passing of Oberlin Plaintiff David Gibson.

As I reported at the time, David Gibson testified that the school had offered to allow the bakery’s food back in the university cafeteria on two conditions: that Gibson’s drop the shoplifting charges, and agree to report all future instances of theft by students to the university and not the police. Gibson refused. “They didn’t want to move forward until we agreed to special treatment for students shoplifting,” he told the jury. “But I kept telling them that we have to be consistent and call the police no matter who is stealing.” Only later did he realize that the school administrators might be using the controversy to launder their own reputations. “[The school administration] had been accused of being racists by students in the previous year,” he testified, “and I think they used us to deflect from that problem they had. I believe they were using us as a target so that their racial problems with their students would go away.”

In December 2015, Oberlin College’s black student union had published a 14-page, 58-point list of demands, in which they accused the university of “anti-blackness” following four separate race-based controversies in a single year. At the end of May, the New Yorker published a long essay about Oberlin College entitled “The Big Uneasy,” examining unrest at the college, in which one student interviewee complained, “I literally am so tired of learning about Marx, when he did not include race in his discussion of the market!” When Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton on November 8, 2016, the students thought their world was ending. “Part of the inconceivable quality of the election is, I don’t know a Trump voter personally, and I can’t imagine someone voting for Trump,” an Oberlin College senior told the campus newspaper. “I don’t know how to reach across that line. I don’t even know who they are.”

When three African American students attempted to steal three bottles of wine the following day, the protests against the Gibson family’s allegedly racist decision to call the police became a vehicle for election anxiety. David Gibson knew immediately that the timing was going to bring trouble. “They’re going to be trashing us,” he told police an hour after the crime occurred. The row which ensnared the small family business was a proxy for national and college political battles in which it had no part, and over which it had no control.

Read the whole thing.

SHOCKER: Saudi Airman May Have Become Radicalized Before US Navy Base Attack.

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THE DOCTOR IS IN: Theodore Dalrymple on Britain’s Vanishing Culture & Character (Video).

Exit quote: “Where everyone is a bohemian, no one is a bohemian.”

JEEZ, WHERE YA BEEN, HOMER? THE WHOLE STEEL INDUSTRY’S GAY: Italian mob open to gay members, as long as they don’t ‘parade it in public.’

(Classical reference in headline.)

YOU DON’T HAVE TO FALL IN LOVE, YOU JUST HAVE TO FALL IN LINE:

You know you’re not legally required to like Jeremy Corbyn in order to vote for him right?

—Headline, the London Grauniad, December 2nd.

Don’t vote Tory because you don’t like Jeremy Corbyn – nobody is asking you to go on holiday with him.

—Headline, the London Independent, December 4th.

As Kate writes at Small Dead Animals,If You Can’t Convince, Then Try Begging.”

(Classical reference in headline.)

ROGER SIMON: Suppose They Threw an Impeachment and Nobody Came?

RED YELLOW JOURNALISM: When it comes to covering Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism, mainstream outlets are having a hard time telling the truth.

According to a report published earlier this month, 84% of British Jews feel that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is a “threat specifically to Jews.” Two-thirds of Labour supporters hold at least one anti-Semitic view, the frequent, public expression of which since Corbyn’s ascension four years ago has caused the party to come under investigation by Britain’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission (making Labour the only political party, after the avowedly racist British National Party, to face such an inquiry). Most chilling is a poll commissioned by the Jewish News finding that half of British Jews would “seriously consider” leaving the country if Corbyn becomes prime minister after next week’s general election. In the words of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism’s Gideon Falter, “British Jews are considering leaving the country on a scale unprecedented since medieval times.” This is a very disturbing moment for British Jewry, but it is also, I might argue, an even more threatening moment for Britain itself.

Which is why I am baffled that The New York Times, which prides itself on fearlessly reporting the truth, would in this case overtly and obviously obfuscate it.

Why? Just substitute Labour for Democrats, and the Gray Lady’s bias makes perfect sense.

DIVERSITY IS AS SCIENTIFIC AS CHIROPRACTY: Physiology instructor booted from chiropractic college after ridiculing diversity. Okay, actually, probably not.

OUT SOON FROM MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE BEN BARTON: Fixing Law Schools: From Collapse to the Trump Bump and Beyond.

AMID MEDIA’S RECESSION PANIC, US ENDS DECADE WITH ROBUST, BOOMING JOBS NUMBERS:

The final jobs report released in the 2010s shows the economy is both vibrant and growing.

This may or may not come as an unwelcome surprise to those who have spent the last several months warning that a recession is right around the corner.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that employers added an astounding 266,000 jobs in November, pushing the unemployment rate down to 3.5%, its lowest point since the year astronauts first walked on the moon.

The U6 unemployment rate, which is a broader measure of real unemployment, registered at 7.2% in November, which is on par with numbers reported over the summer. The labor force participation rate meanwhile held steady at about 63.2%, while wage growth actually increased by 3.1% over the last year.

In other words, it is an excellent report that “crushes” all earlier expectations, especially in the “jobs added” category. In fact, to put Friday’s numbers in perspective, Bloomberg News’s rosiest estimates predicted 180,000 new jobs. The actual number surpasses even those expectations.

This is good news for everyone — everyone, that is, except for the people who have cheered both explicitly and implicitly for a recession as a means to oust President Trump from office.

Democratic Party operatives with bylines typically get a case of what Virginia Postrel dubbed “Depression lust” in 2008 when there’s a Republican in the White House, and an election is coming up. Sure, it’s battlefield preparation for their presidential candidate, but their economic gloom is also driven by the contractions of their own industry: Media layoffs: 7,700 jobs cut this year at CNN, BuzzFeed, newspapers, and more.

IT CONTINUES: Hong Kong sees biggest protests since democrats’ election boost.

STANDING UP TO BIGOTRY: DOE launches investigation into Georgetown for alleged anti-male discrimination. “The Department of Education is investigating Georgetown University after allegations of sex discrimination made in an official inquiry by the National Coalition for Men. Allegations include, but aren’t limited to; unfair preferences for women in hiring processes and endorsement of clubs and initiatives that exclude men.”

IS INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY EVEN POSSIBLE IF WE’RE ALL JUST A BUNCH OF DOMINOES? Dominoes have no choice about how or when they fall, they just react. Without free will, we’re kidding ourselves about preserving individual freedom because we’re merely matter in motion, acting and reacting according to material forces.

This is the fundamental dividing line separating Right and Left. As with its Marxism root, identity politics makes us all slaves of our group, based on ethnicity, gender, income level, etc. Conservatives and libertarians know individuals have free will, and make choices for which they are responsible. But making choices requires reasoning, which is an attribute of agency. See where this is going?

 

 

TIGHTENING THE SCREWS: Trump calls for World Bank to stop loaning to China.

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REP. AYANNA PRESSLEY WANTS TO MAKE A FEDERAL CASE OUT OF SCHOOL DISCIPLINE (AGAIN):  New bill seeks to re-establish federal control over school discipline policy.  This is a battle I have already fought (and I thought I’d won when Education Secretary DeVos withdrew the Obama-Era “Dear Colleague” Letter on school discipline). Please let’s not do this again.

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Bernie Sanders Campaign Wishes “Best” to BDS “Jew Money” Staffer.

HOW WEIGHT TRAINING Changes The Brain.

HMMMM: Maybe Democrats don’t want an impeachment.

SOMETIMES, MOST OF THE TIME, WHATEVER: Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell is a seething reminder that sometimes the “fake news” label is accurate.

IT WAS A BAD TWEET, BUT IT WASN’T $190 MILLION BAD: Tesla boss Elon Musk wins defamation trial over his ‘pedo guy’ tweet. “During the course of the trial, Musk testified under oath that his use of the term ‘pedo guy’ – slang for pedophile – was never meant to be taken literally, and he apologized to Unsworth for the comment from the witness stand. . . . But the jury was apparently swayed by the arguments put forth by Musk’s attorney, Alex Spiro, who said the tweets in question amounted to an off-hand insult in the midst of an argument, which no one could be expected to take seriously.”

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Variety asks, “TV Ratings: Why Is the NBA Shooting Air Balls?”

CTL-F “China?” Zero returns, until the comments section. But then, given that Variety is primarily the house organ of the film industry, perhaps they don’t wish to rock the boat either.

FLASHBACK: US vice-president Joe Biden pushes energy cooperation in visit to Cyprus. I hear this is going to be relevant again soon.

PATIENCE, YOUNG ONE. ROME WASN’T DESTROYED IN A DAY: Defeated Greta Whines Climate Strikes Have ‘Achieved Nothing,’ Claims People Are ‘Dying Today.’

ME: HEY, HOW ABOUT THAT RECORD LOW UNEMPLOYMENT, RECORD HIGH STOCK MARKET, AND NO NEW FOREIGN WARS? The Press: Trump’s salt and pepper shakers tower over everyone else’s. Obama, Bush, and Clinton used the same size shakers as their guests. “These photos show how much bigger Trump’s White House salt and pepper shakers usually are than everyone else’s, and how they compare to those of Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.”

UPDATE: In the comments:

December 7, 2019

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#JOURNALISM: MSNBC and CNN use a well-known deceptively edited video to discredit Trump. The reason they’re always accusing the right of “doctored video” is that it’s what they do themselves.

OPEN THREAD: Saturday Night’s Alright for Talkin’.

ED MENTIONED THIS EARLIER, BUT THIS IS FUNNY ENOUGH TO MENTION AGAIN: ‘Peloton Girl’ Stars as Herself in the Greatest Sequel Ever: An Aviation Gin Ad. (YouTube version here.)

Meanwhile, one of my Facebook friends has composed “Peloton Girl,” to the tune of Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl,” and it’s a boss hitbound single:

I wanna live with a Peloton girl
I’ll be athletic the rest of my life
With a Peloton girl

We ride in the daytime, we run in the night
Getting our cardio under the moonlight
My Peloton girl.

Well, you get the idea. Hey, she’s more popular than the impeachment hearings. So she’s got that going for her, which is nice.

CHANGE: Love It or Hate It, Tesla Cybertruck Is Revolutionary.

ONE OF OUR SAUDIS IS MISSING: FBI hunt for missing Saudi servicemen as it’s revealed Pensacola Naval base killer hosted dinner party to watch mass shooting videos and visited New York to see Rockefeller Christmas tree lights turned on just two days before. “Authorities have not revealed the number of Saudi students they are still looking for, and it’s unclear why they have not come forward to police.” Oh, I have some ideas.

I should note, by the way, that if Saudi citizens perpetrated another 9/11 style attack, the Saudis would fare much worse than they did in 2001. Back then they had a president who was very close to the Saudi royal family, and the United States desperately needed their oil to flow. Now the U.S. is a net exporter, with the ability to bring much more supply online. There’s value to the US in using the Saudis to help corral other mideast countries into an anti-Iran alliance, but the fact is that the mideast just doesn’t matter to us nearly as much as it used to. And instead of trying to keep the oil flowing and the straits of Hormuz open, now we only have to be able to close them.

AL SHARPTON: House Democrats Proceeding with Impeachment ‘Not Partisan, It’s Patriotic.’

Related: Photo of Sharpton on the platform with Jesse Jackson at a “Rainbow Push Coalition anti-impeachment rally in support of President Bill Clinton at the US Capitol West Lawn in Washington DC on Friday afternoon, 17 December 1998.”

DOG INGESTS MIX OF DRUGS DURING WALK AT CRISSY FIELD BEACH IN SAN FRANCISCO:

It was a regular walk at the park that almost ended in tragedy for three-year-old Lido.

“His temperature peaked to 108 degrees. He was shaking and drooling and was out of control and we were concerned that he was going to have a heart attack or that we were going to lose him,” described Lido’s guardian Jennifer McHugh.

McHugh says Lido began to spin minutes after ingesting a substance during their morning walk at Crissy Field Beach.

“Clearly the drug use in San Francisco has hit epidemic levels if we are concerned about walking our dogs and them interacting or coming in contact with drug paraphernalia,” said McHugh.

The drugs found inside Lido’s system were methamphetamine and oxycodone.

The use of the phrase pet “guardian” in the article is an appropriately Orwellian Bay Area touch. I’m only surprised that the ABC affiliate didn’t refer to Lido as being one of the area’s “fur children.”

UPDATE: Bay Area blogger Bookworm emailed me:

Re the story about the poor dog that almost died on the streets of SF, the “guardian” language comes right out of the San Francisco Municipal Code:

The Code now refers to guardian or owner, but I have a vague memory that the word “owner” was fiercely contested at one time.
Well, that jibes with the 2004 Slate article on the G-word I linked to above.

BETTER DEAD THAN RUDE: Pensacola Jihad Massacre Proves We’ve Learned Nothing Since the Fort Hood Attack.

(Classical reference in headline.)

UNLIKE BERNIE, SOCIALIST EUGENE V. DEBS WAS A GUN-RIGHTS SUPPORTER: “Recollect that in arming yourselves, as you are bound to do unless you are willing to be forced into abject slavery, you are safely within the spirit and letter of the law. The constitution of the United States guarantees to you the right to bear arms, as it does to every other citizen.”

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FLASHBACK: COVERING THE IMPORTANT STORIES: Is Hamlet Fat? A Slate investigation.

IS THERE ANYTHING IT CAN’T DO? Alcohol may have saved humanity from extinction, scientists claim.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How to Cope With Your Prof’s Left-wing Bias.

NOW THERE’S A RINGING ENDORSEMENT. Or, question asked and answered:

● Shot: “Is Jeremy Corbyn a ‘threat’ to British Jews?”

Headline, Al Jazeera(!) yesterday.

 ● Chaser: “’Zio Scum’: Leaked Labour Document Reveals Dozens of anti-Semitic Incidents.”

Headline, Haaretz today.

JOSH BLACKMAN AND SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: Defining a Theory of ‘Bribery’ for Impeachment. “We disagree with this framework for analyzing bribery in the political context. Indeed, this theory, if adopted by the House, could have consequences for the separation of powers. The executive branch could come to view routine political compromises and horse-trading as illegal, and subject members of Congress to investigation and indictment. This theory would also make it effectively impossible for the president to exercise his personal constitutional authority to investigate wrongdoing by anyone, including those closely affiliated with his opponents, lest he be charged with a quid pro quo. The better theory, we contend, is that President Trump made a lawful request to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to begin an investigation of Hunter Biden, just as he could regarding any other Americans for that matter.”

All I know is that if a Democratic president had done the exact same thing regarding a Republican, we’d be hearing “politics ain’t beanbag.”

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