July 19, 2019

HE PERSISTED: Netanyahu Becomes Longest-Serving Prime Minister. “He has proven to be not only a skilled and charismatic political operator, but also a remarkably effective steward of Israel’s prosperity and safety.”

TRUTH, FROM THE COMMENTS TO THIS POST: “THAT’s America for you. In the event of disaster, you will be way better off with the random people stuck in a two hour traffic jam on the interstate highway somewhere than with the entire faculty of Harvard University.”

UM: The Lexus GXOR Concept Is for Overlanders Who Want a Bit of Luxury. “The GXOR looks much more rugged and ready for adventure than the standard GX, which is a luxed-up version of the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado that isn’t sold in the United States. The GXOR is lifted on an Icon suspension system, there are frame sliders from CBI and a full ‘underbody armor’ kit, and the stock F Sport wheels are wrapped in General all-terrain tires sized 275/70-18. A custom ‘stealth’ front bumper houses a Warn winch, and there’s a safari snorkel to provide the engine with air while wading through water. Lexus painted the GXOR in a matte gray to give it a more sinister look. . . . The GXOR is towing an intense-looking X1H off-road trailer from Patriot Campers, which costs upward of $50,000. The trailer contains an electrically operated pop-up tent, a slide-out kitchen, a hot-water system, and a lot more.”

WELL, THAT DOESN’T FIT THE NARRATIVE: In Trump’s First Two Years, Border Deaths Declined.

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Do You Really Need to Poop Every Day? Doctors Explain.

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: After 50 Years, the Press Is Still Whitewashing Chappaquiddick.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with airbrushes, and it all makes sense.


As Patrick Poole tweets, “Gadsden flags. Betsy Ross flags. Apollo 11. Sure is interesting watching everything authentically American get deemed ‘racist’ by our brave firefighting media.”

Fortunately, as Paul Mirengoff wrote at Power Line when Nike attacked the Betsy Ross flag during the Fourth of July week to improve its stock price, “I don’t think the culture wars are over. I think we have just begun to fight.” Let’s hope so.

BUSTED: Twitchy Uncovers #DeportMelania Used by Known Democrats and Journalists.

I QUESTION THE MENTAL STATE OF PSYCHIATRISTS WHO DIAGNOSE PATIENTS THEY’VE NEVER MET: Yale Psychiatrist Claims Trump’s Racism Is a Coping Mechanism for His Deteriorating Mental State.

RELATED? Psychiatric diagnoses are ‘useless,’ experts say.

HUMAN BEINGS: Born to walk barefoot.

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FLORIDA MAN FRIDAY VII: When Methagators Attack.

WHY IS THE LEFT SUCH A CESSPIT OF HOMOPHOBIA? Broadway Star Patti LuPone Gets Slammed Online Over ‘Homophobic’ Tweet About U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.

APOLLO 11: The Complete Descent.

This is quite good.

ATTITUDE PROBLEMS: The way Americans think about blue-collar manufacturing work is a bigger threat than robots. “People view these jobs as welders or mechanics as the consolation jobs of our society. These jobs are not a consolation prize.”


He said that for many Americans, the view of manufacturing that persists comes from 19th-century novels about industrialization. “What we need to do is convince people that when they enlist in a factory or garage … it is not dark, dumb and dirty, but bright and smart and you have to be pretty capable to work there.”



Note to Snopes: This is the Babylon Bee, so it’s satire. (Or is it?)


This is one of the craziest Twitter threads I’ve ever seen, and it’s the true story of how “Dr. Dave” bilked insurers out of millions… as a personal fitness trainer.

FLASHBACK: Perhaps we should require reading “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” in journalism schools.. “No one is listening anymore. When mild-mannered technocrat Mitt Romney was running for president, Clinton’s obscure Obama-administration colleague Joe Biden told a black audience that Republicans ‘are going to put ya’ll back in chains.’ If you listen to Democrats, every Republican who has run for anything in my lifetime has Klan robes in their closet and secret Confederate memorabilia collection.”

BOOK REVIEW: The 12 Lessons of ‘Guns and Self-Defense’ by Robert A. Waters.

COME AND SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERENT IN THE LEFTISM: Ted Cruz Asks U.S. to Designate Antifa a Terrorist Organization.

Related: CNN Host Palled Around with, Promoted ICE Firebomber’s Antifa Group.

United Shades host W. Kamau Bell spent the May 5 edition of his show “hanging out” (his words) with a number of Antifa groups, including the JBGC, whom he dubbed the “good guy[s].” Quillette journalist Andy Ngo (who himself was recently hospitalized by a mob of Antifa members) discovered on Sunday that the man who attempted to burn down a Tacoma detention center was even visible on-screen in CNN’s trailer for the episode.

A week after the episode aired, Bell had not yet tired of praising the JBGC and “the good work they are doing,” even going so far as to encourage his viewers to “do what you can to support them.”

This is CNN.

OH FER CRYIN’ OUT LOUD: Trump Supporter Stripped of Miss Michigan Title for Hijab Tweet.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Study: Top, bottom blood pressure numbers each predict cardiovascular risk.

#JOURNALISM: A Poster Boy for the Long-Sentenced, Non-Violent Drug Offender? “The government’s evidence at trial showed that from the 1970’s until his arrest in late 1988, Underwood supervised and controlled an extensive and extremely violent narcotics trafficking operation involving a number of murders and conspiracies to murder, a highly organized network for the street-level distribution of heroin and the importation of large quantities of heroin from Europe to the United States. The government presented the testimony of more than 50 witnesses, including a number of former members of Underwood’s street-level distribution organization, and introduced more than 250 exhibits.”


So let’s compare what we know (and NBC could have known with minimal effort) with Ms. Caldwell’s description of the case: ” a nonviolent drug-related crime … his first felony ….”

“Nonviolent”? The racketeering and continuing criminal enterprise crimes are not inherently violent or nonviolent. They could be either, depending on the predicate acts. The court of appeals says the operation was “extremely violent.” False.

“Drug-related”? Yes, but so what? His drug offenses were accompanied by violent offenses. Calling the convictions “drug-related” in conjunction with the false “nonviolent” gives the reader a very wrong impression. Literally true but misleading in context.

“A … crime”? Singular. He was convicted of multiple crimes. False.

“His first felony”? The singular again is false. “First felon[ies]” would be literally true if it referred to his first felony convictions and completely false if it referred to the first felonies he committed. The predicate acts establish a long string of felonies. Ambiguous, with the false meaning being the one the viewer is most likely to take.

“But in the middle of the tough-on-crime era, the judge showed no leniency”? Given the judge’s finding of fact that Underwood’s continuing crimes extended past the Guideline’s effective date, the life sentence was mandatory under the then-binding Guidelines. The implication that the judge had discretion under the law but chose not to use it because of the “tough-on-crime” zeitgeist is false.

To call this shoddy journalism would be an understatement. What will NBC and its affiliate MSNBC do? Issue a retraction and apology? Pull the segment off the website? Fire the reporter? All of the above? None of the above?

How did a story like this ever get through? Once upon a time editors were supposed to catch sloppy work like this. Are there any Perry Whites left in American journalism? Now confirmation bias runs the show. If the story fits the approved narrative, fact-checking is optional.

Remember, Perry White was a fictional character, like Superman.


BILL GERTZ: China Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Tests a Signal to US, World.

The four-star admiral noted that Wei, the Chinese defense minister, spoke at a security conference in Singapore in early June in remarks he described as “quite chilling.”

“Not only did [Wei] make it clear that he didn’t think Asia and the Western Pacific was any place for America, he said Asia wasn’t even for Asians—it was for the Chinese,” Davidson said.

“Within 24 hours of that they tested a new nuclear ballistic missile, not in nuclear mode necessarily.”

The admiral was referring to China’s test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile known as the JL-3

Then on July 8, Wei spoke to a forum of defense ministers from Latin America and Pacific island nations in China and admitted that China’s global development program known as Belt and Road Initiative was indeed a basis for future military expansion.

Chinese officials previously insisted there was no military component to the multitrillion-dollar initiative.

And who believed that?

WAIT, WHAT? Stun Gun Used Offensively Charged as Deadly Weapon.

NEW YORK’S OTHER NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS: Democratic socialist Julia Salazar dipped into massive trust fund during campaign.

A working class hero is something to be pose as.

SHOULDN’T HE ALSO APOLOGIZE TO TRUMP? Lin-Manuel Miranda joins rally against Puerto Rico governor. “A leaked series of chat messages has compounded outrage over corruption. The messages show the governor and key aides mocking women, the disabled and Hurricane Maria victims. Miranda said the alleged corruption surrounding the governor of the U.S. territory ‘is the last straw and Puerto Ricans are standing up against it.”

When Trump pointed out the corruption and ineptitude of the Puerto Rican leadership, people called him racist.

IT ISN’T A SUPERCAR FOR THE MASSES, BUT IT’S VERY CLOSE: The Mid-Engined 2020 Chevy Corvette Is Here.

PREPPING FOR CYBERATTACKS: Field artillery back to emphasizing ‘charts and darts.’

With the growing threat of cyberattacks, the U.S. Army Field Artillery School has placed a renewed emphasis on learning manual methods of fire direction and gunnery.

“Bringing back the charts is a big deal,” said Staff Sgt. Chad Payne, an instructor for the 13J fire control specialist course. “If you don’t understand the chart, you won’t actually understand what the automated system is doing for you.”

About a decade ago, the school began reducing its emphasis on teaching manual methods, said Col. Samuel Saine, assistant commandant. That’s because improvements to the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System enabled AFATADS to be used effectively in all situations, he said, and it dramatically sped up the firing process.

Then electronic warfare in Crimea and Ukraine shut systems down there, and at the same time, cyberattacks began disabling automation systems at civilian firms. These attacks “woke some people up,” Saine said.

Over the past year, the Field Artillery School commandant has made it a priority to reinsert manual or degraded operations back into the program of instruction for all courses, Saine said.

The Navy’s back to teaching sextant navigation, too. Smart.

Plus, a benefit: “What we found along the way is that we actually were increasing the proficiency of our Soldiers and our leaders. . . because it helped them understand to a higher degree how everything worked together.”

IT’S DEAD, JIM: Trump Administration & Pelosi Negotiate $2 Trillion Budget Deal Over the Corpse of Fiscal Conservatism. “Trump’s proposal to cap some domestic spending was DOA in the Democrat-held House, and there’s a deadline coming to raise the debt ceiling or risk default — a chance Mnuchin reportedly doesn’t want to take. Pelosi on the other hand isn’t afraid to play chicken with the debt ceiling. When Republicans hold the House and the there’s a government shutdown, that’s the Republicans’ fault. When Democrats hold the House and there’s a government shutdown, that’s the Republicans’ fault, too. You can thank the Democrat-Media Complex for this impossible situation.”

Much more at the link.

THIS IS HOW THEY TOOK OVER PORTLAND: John Glynn, writing at The American Thinker, lays out the process by which the “City of Roses” (which also used to have a great Indy car race) became Antifa’s favorite American city. Coming soon to your city?


The Funeral the next day was —

Is there any word that can possibly rise to the moment? Perhaps it’s enough to say the Funeral was, and leave it at that.

Except no, it’s not enough.

Read the whole thing.

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VIOLENT, HATEFUL RHETORIC: Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) to 2020 Dems: Don’t Run Away from Trump — ‘Punch Him in the Face.’

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.

TAMMY BRUCE: Trump vs. AOC and ‘the squad’ – What bare-knuckle fight means for 2020.

Trump’s comments may be blunt, but they’re not “racist,” an accusation now thrown about by the Democrats as casually as saying hello. That, in fact, is the cold, hard strategy.

As Clay noted in his comments about Ocasio-Cortez accusing Pelosi of racism: “You’re getting push back so you resort to using the race card? Unbelievable.”

Unfortunately, it’s all too believable when smearing your opponents is the only card you have.

Still, after years of lies about his character and intention, USA Today reported the president’s approval rating among Republicans is now at 93 percent and the GOP’s approval rating among Americans is at 51 percent.

Trump is shoring up his base while at the same time turning Democrats against one another.

I’m not getting cocky, but this tumultuous week has nevertheless been a good week.

UPDATE: Link was missing — fixed now. Sorry!


I COULD HAVE TOLD YOU THIS: Dropping F-Bomb Increases Pain Tolerance By A Third, Study Finds.

DOUBLE STANDARDS: VIDEO: Students say Obama immigration quote racist. . .when they think it’s from Trump.

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Ilhan Omar Says Boycotting Israel Is Like Boycotting Nazi Germany. “David Steinberg is doing the heavy lifting the Pulitzer-winning, corporate, “news” industry is not. Over at Powerline, Steinberg has the receipts on Omar’s marriage to her brother. Did you know Omar isn’t really her last name? Interesting stuff, go check it out. It’s not just that Omar married her brother, which is gross, but she did it (allegedly) to commit fraud. I wonder what the consequences will be?”


The New York Times published an article detailing “How the Soviets Won the Space Race for Equality” Tuesday, highlighting how socialism allowed people of “the humblest origins” to become successful.

The article, published under the “Past Tense” section, compared the “segregated United States” to the Soviet Union during the space race. While America put the first man on the moon, the Soviets sent the first man into space in 1961, before the U.S., and then sent “the first woman, the first Asian man, and the first black man into orbit – all years before the Americans would follow suit,” the article read.

It’s straight out of the Howell Raines school of group identity politics. As Raines’ classic Freudian slip went in 2001, a couple of years before Jayson Blair became a household name for all the wrong reasons, the Times’ hiring campaign “has made our staff better and, more importantly, more diverse.” Similarly, the Soviets lost the space race, but their hearts were purer. (Except they most certainly weren’t.)

PRIVACY: How extensions slurped up browsing histories from 4M users. “Have your tax returns, Nest videos, and medical info been made public?”

WHAT THEY CHOOSE NOT TO COVER IS AS REVEALING AS WHAT THEY CHOOSE TO DISCUSS: Ignored by media bigs, book on Kavanaugh fight debuts No. 3 in New York Times.

The book is Mollie Hemingway & Carrie Severino’s Justice on Trial.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Labor fight roils Bernie Sanders campaign, as workers demand the $15 hourly pay the candidate has proposed for employees nationwide.

As legendary Moonbase Alpha-Beta Commander Buck Murdock likes to say, irony can be pretty ironic sometimes.

DAN MARKEL UPDATE: Five Years After Dan Markel’s Murder, Journey To Justice Continues.


Give the Soviet Union credit though — one place where it excelled was in getting good propaganda value from the New York Times. And that remains true even when it’s dead and gone.

PAUL CURRY: The Squad to Re-Elect President Trump. “Donald Trump, by injecting himself into the Democrat’s civil war and compelling the Pelosi establishment to embrace the Squad, may have just pulled off a classic Tom Sawyer move. Rather than allowing the Democrats to reign in their extreme left flank and quell the temper-tantrum-like calls for impeachment, he has gotten the left to embrace their darker demons and make the Squad the face of the party. In doing so, he has made four freshman Congresswomen the Squad to Re-elect the President.”

It might be a Grand Master-level trolling event if Trump were to send them all campaign donations in the maximum amount.

DO YOU EVEN CONSTITUTION, SIS? Joy Behar on Trump: ‘Why can’t he be brought up on charges of hate speech?’

“Hate speech” is a legally meaningless term. In nonlegal contexts, it just means speech lefties hate, mostly because they hate the speaker.

FASTER, PLEASE: Number of US overdose deaths appears to be falling.

ANSWER: BECAUSE PHONY BETO-MANIA HAS BITTEN THE DUST: How Beto Made Himself into White-Privilege Guy.

In his almost certainly ill-fated pursuit of the 2020 Democratic nomination, O’Rourke is no longer on the warpath to oust the media-loathed incumbent like Ted Cruz. He’s now in a crowded field with other Democrats, many of whom are actual minorities (and one who tried her damnedest). The media no longer view him as the adorable, skateboard-riding, honorary Hispanic who would supplant a creepy religious senator from Texas, but instead a privileged white male standing in the way of some minority candidate poised deliver a symbolic rebuke to Donald Trump (and, by fiat, the no-good-very-bad racists who elected him.)

The Daily Beast writes of “The Unbearable White Privilege of Beto O’Rourke;” CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson said that Beto’s careerism “drips with white male privilege” and insisted that “O’Rourke, tall, handsome, white and male, has this latitude, to be and do anything. His privilege even allows him to turn a loss to the most despised candidate of the cycle into a launching pad for a White House run. Stacey Abrams, a Yale-trained lawyer, couldn’t do this.”

Beto, meet Robert Francis.

O’Rourke soon realized he must drag himself through that tired rubric of public self-flagellation and self-loathing expected of white progressive men who deign to challenge visible minorities for a chance at power. It has, as of this writing, been an abject disaster:

“As a white man who has had privileges that others could not depend on, or take for granted,” a fallen, emasculated Beto said on Meet the Press, clearly penitent for the accidents of his birth, “I’ve clearly had advantages over the course of my life.” And he is obliged to report that he, and the society that afforded him these ill-gotten gains, are irredeemable to at their very core. He told immigrants and refugees gathered at a campaign in Nashville that “this country was founded on white supremacy, and every single institution and structure that we have in this country still reflects the legacy of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow and suppression, even in our democracy.”

Nia-Malika Henderson was right — look at what happened to Stacey Abrams!

Heh. One way or another, it’s only a matter of time before Elizabeth Warren faces a similar reckoning.

KIRA DAVIS: The Term “People Of Color” Hijacks Black America’s Hard-Earned Legacy And I’m Sick Of It.

I’m fine if other minority groups want to lump themselves in with each other with this whole POC thing. There’s a shorthand in it all that’s valuable and I get that. I just don’t think Black Americans want or deserve to be tied to their watered-down version of “the struggle.”

Because that’s what this is – a naked attempt to hijack the unique civil rights struggles of Black America in order to hitch a ride to Victim Town. When women like Pressley are forced to lump her heritage and American experience in with those who are not “African-American/Black” she is being forced to pour water into her ancestral soup. She is forced to be brown instead of Black.

There is so much power in blackness that these women and others like them on the Left are desperate to pretend they know the struggle to siphon off even a little bit of that power.

They have no right, and I won’t participate in it.

One of my favorite things about Kira is her sunny disposition, but I think I like her when she’s angry.

SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS ARE GARBAGE PEOPLE: Karol Markowicz: The Times’ obscene attacks on the Apollo program. “‘Cosmonaut diversity was key for the Soviet message to the rest of the globe,’ the writer, Sophie Pinkham, wrote. Her piece reads like something from an old issue of the Soviet newspaper Pravda boasting of the achievements of the Soviet space program.”

Or maybe she’s a closet alt-right operative, comparing the failed-but-diverse Soviet program with the white-male-dominated American program that actually landed men (!) on the Moon. Best to un-person her just in case.


ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Far Left Prepares To Throw Barack Obama Into The Dustbin Of History.

That’s already begun, as I mentioned in March, when Ilhan Omar attacked Obama’s policies both at the border and in the Middle East. Bernie was trashing the economy of the Obama era while Obama was still in office. AOC’s “Green New Deal” is premised on the notion that Obama’s own green-obsessed “New New Deal” (as Time magazine dubbed it) accomplished nothing. And since Joe Biden is running on Obama-era nostalgia, that encourages all of his opponents to point out all that went wrong during “the most scandal-free administration in history.” (Just ask them.)

ILHAN OMAR: Tying Up Loose Threads In The Curious Case.

THIS WEEK IN CALI MADNESS: Saving the Planet from Natural Gas. “Are you tired of paying too little for clean-burning energy that reduces carbon emissions? Then has Berkeley got a deal for you!”

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. SHUDDER:  Tick lodged on Kentucky man’s eyeball made ‘popping’ noise when doctor pulled it off.


C’MON JOHN – YOU’RE ENGLISH; YOU KNOW SOME OF THOSE KNIGHTS WERE VERY NAUGHTY INDEED:  John Cleese: I’m ‘too naughty’ for knighthood.  Stop having delusions of badness….

FASTER, PLEASE:  Scientists discover new way to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes.

GIVEN THE MEDIA PORTRAYAL OF MEN IT WOULD BE HARD TO SEEM LESS COMPETENT. THANKS, MEDIA!  Women seen as more competent but less ambitious than men.

WHY MICKEY, WHAT BIG EARS YOU HAVE!  Disney uses apps, ‘MagicBands’ to spy on guests: report.

MALTHUS IS DEAD, PAUL EHRLICH WAS WRONG, AND EVEN THE VERY FUNNY COMMENTERS ARE ASSUMING THAT CENSUSES IN AFRICA ARE REAL AND THE POPULATION IS EXPLODING THERE: I don’t know whether to pat them on the head for their trust in governments that are net recipients of aid per-capita, or be in awe of their confidence that tribal, screwed up Africa could get an accurate count if they wanted to (note, we don’t, and pad the censuses with all sorts of “uncountable” people).  And that’s before I ARGH at the fact they don’t seem to notice the massive deaths from AIDS (which was actually an heterosexual disease there, for various cultural reasons and an epidemic) were never shown in the count.  But overall, their hearts are in the right place.  You can have our burgers when you pry them out of our cold, dead hands.

THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE:  5 Things House Democrats Are Ignoring in Favor of Condemnation, Impeachment, & Contempt.

ONE STAND TOO FAR:  No, I Won’t Stand With Ilhan Omar … EVER.


Note that the presidents I used (and only parts of their bios) as role models for my kids were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the more expurgated parts of Benjamin Franklin (Until they got old enough to savor double entendres.)  And that as a libertarian my response to the Clinton mess was “Aye, very good. It’s only sex. And if the president submits to his private life being on pay-perview he can just sex as much as he wants. And we can pay the national debt.” It’s the hypocrisy that annoys me.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Ilhan Omar Happened Because Media Chose to Lie to You. “Three years ago, most American newsrooms picked Ilhan Omar — despite her crawling Jew-hatred and evidence of an extensive criminal past — to be the transcendent face America needed to fight bigotry and federal corruption. Reporters apparently chose to lie about Omar to help birth a more trusting country.”

Just click over already.

OPEN THREAD: Knock yourselves out.

MORE ENTITLED LEFTIST VIOLENCE: Forget ‘Punch a Nazi,’ Get Ready for ‘Violently Shove a Priest.’

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: “Gendered Language Like ‘Manhole’ Will Soon Be Banned From Berkeley’s City Codes,” CBS’s Sacramento affiliate reports.

The city voted Tuesday night to replace gendered terms in its municipal codes, like “manhole” and “manpower,” with gender-neutral ones like “maintenance hole” and “human effort.”

The item passed without discussion or comments and was not controversial, said Berkeley City Council member Rigel Robinson, the bill’s primary author.

“There’s power in language,” Robinson said. “This is a small move, but it matters.”

The revised city documents also will replace instances of gendered pronouns, such as “he” and “she” with “they,” according to the ordinance.

Berkeley’s municipal code currently contains mostly masculine pronouns, the office of the city manager said in a letter to the mayor and city council.

“Having a male-centric municipal code is inaccurate and not reflective of our reality,” Robinson said. “Women and non-binary individuals are just as entitled to accurate representation. Our laws are for everyone, and our municipal code should reflect that.”

That topic was mentioned in passing during Ronald Reagan’s very last radio address before announcing his candidacy for the White House way back in 1979:

In Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the City Council has ruled that from now on those metal-covered holes in our streets we’ve long called manholes will henceforth be known as person holes.

And in Missoula, Montana, a Peeping Tom ordinance is now a `Peeping Person’ law.

No one will benefit from Berkeley’s dip into the Newspeak Dictionary, except for the city’s uber-woke bureaucrats. They’ll now have yet another reason to chastise the blue collar workers who have to go down what will now be called “maintenance holes” to help keep the city’s infrastructure running. And Gaia forbid that a sewer worker slip and call them manhole covers when dealing with his boss, who is more interested in pronouns than keeping the city’s plumbing working.

Or as Victor Davis Hanson wrote a few years ago when asking why Sacramento was increasingly beguiled with high-speed rail, even as its own highways were crumbling, “It is almost as if California answers back: ‘I am too bewildered by your premodern challenges, so I will take psychological refuge in my postmodern fantasies.'”

BECAUSE IT’S NOT THE UN: Why Won’t the UN Say What Really Reduces Poverty?

POLITICAL WIRE: Trump Averaged Highest Approval Last Quarter.


WAR ON SCIENCE: Protesters continue to block telescope construction in Hawaii. “The number of protesters daily blocking access to Mauna Kea in Hawaii and thus prevent the start of construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) grew to more than 2,000 yesterday. The police arrested 33 people, but did nothing else to clear the road. Meanwhile, Democratic governor David Ige finally took some action, albeit mild.”

UPDATE: From the comments: “So on the 50th anniversary of the manned moon landing, we have pagans protesting an astronomical observatory on land sacred to a volcano god. Stupid people. They’re everywhere.”

This didn’t happen in 1969 because it would have been mocked and punished. It happens now because it is indulged. But it’s just some grifter angling for a payoff.

IRAN: “Defensive action”: We took down an Iranian drone, says Trump. “This isn’t Trump in boastful rally mode, spiking the football after a show of American military strength. This is Trump sounding subdued because he knows that incidents like this might draw a response that will change the course of his presidency in an instant. He doesn’t want war — he’s made that clear and there’s every reason to think he’s telling the truth.”

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THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Omar: Now That I’ve Filed My Boycott-Israel Motion, I’ll Go To … Israel.

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO: Stiffening the Backbone of the Right.

THEY’D NEVER DO THIS TO MUSLIMS: Church volunteers no longer allowed to lead library playgroup after singing about God.

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: NYT: Yeah, Well, the Soviets Sent Women and Minorities into Space First.

GET THAT MAN AN UMBRELLA AND A GATORADE, STAT: Can’t Stand the Heat? Biden Looks & Sounds Terrible on the Trail Today.

FLASHBACK: We used to get rockets to the Moon. Now we get Facebook.

SO THEY WANTED TO “SEND HIM BACK,” IN OTHER WORDS? Enough Games, Democrats: We Know You Wanted To Deport Sebastian Gorka.

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