August 28, 2016

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Anaphylactic Political Shock: Sorry, Hillary. The feds are to blame for Mylan’s EpiPen monopoly.

EpiPen should be open to generic competition, which cuts prices dramatically for most other old medicines. Competitors have been trying for years to challenge Mylan’s EpiPen franchise with low-cost alternatives—only to become entangled in the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory afflatus.

Approving a generic copy that is biologically equivalent to a branded drug is simple, but the FDA maintains no clear and consistent principles for generic drug-delivery devices like auto injectors or asthma inhalers. How does a company prove that a generic device is the same as the original product if there are notional differences, even if the differences don’t matter to the end result? In this case, that means immediately injecting a kid in anaphylactic shock with epinephrine—which is not complex medical engineering.

But no company has been able to do so to the FDA’s satisfaction. Last year Sanofi withdrew an EpiPen rival called Auvi-Q that was introduced in 2013, after merely 26 cases in which the device malfunctioned and delivered an inaccurate dose. Though the recall was voluntary and the FDA process is not transparent, such extraordinary actions are never done without agency involvement. This suggests a regulatory motive other than patient safety.

Then in February the FDA rejected Teva’s generic EpiPen application. In June the FDA required a San Diego-based company called Adamis to expand patient trials and reliability studies for still another auto-injector rival.

Mrs. Clinton claims the EpiPen price hikes show the need for price controls, and she says she’ll require drug makers to “prove that any additional costs are linked to additional patient benefits and better value.” Somebody in Congress should require the FDA to justify how its delays are advancing the same goals.

Requiring bureaucrats to justify their actions is anathema.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Rational improvement of DNA nanodevice function.

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ANNALS OF “BAD LUCK:” ‘No One Is Safe’: Zimbabwe Threatens to Seize Farms of Party Defectors.

Hey, it was over a decade ago when Nick Kristof reported that Zimbabweans were nostalgic for the days of white rule:

An elderly peasant in another village, Makupila Muzamba, said that hunger today is worse than ever before in his seven decades or so, and said: “I want the white man’s government to come back. Even if whites were oppressing us, we could get jobs and things were cheap compared to today.”

His wife, Mugombo Mudenda, remembered that as a younger woman she used to eat meat, drink tea, use sugar and buy soap. But now she cannot even afford corn gruel. “I miss the days of white rule,” she said.

And things have only gotten worse since. But they’re right to be nostalgic: International opinion would never stand for a white government that treated blacks so badly. For Mugabe, though, it just yawns.

DEVASTATING: JAKE TAPPER SHARES A GOLD STAR MOTHER’S TAKEDOWN OF COLIN KAEPERNICK:

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It’s the Twitter version of this 49ers fan’s understandable reaction, setting alight his Kaepernick jersey in a Drudge-lanched video.

In contrast, ESPN continues its descent into MSNBC land: ESPN Writer Pablo S. Torre Thinks Only Trump Backers Offended by Kaepernick Protest.

Speaking of contrast, James Woods neatly sums up the current state of the “fundamentally transformed” NFL:

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And of course, as Jon Gabriel would say:

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EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM:

IF YOU’RE MYSTIFIED ABOUT WHY INEQUALITY STARTED GROWING IN THE EARLY 1970S, you might want to note that that was when the so-called “regulatory explosion” took place, with the creation of the EPA, OSHA, etc. That’s also when the “golden quarter-century” of innovation came to an end. Coincidence?

IF YOU CAN MATCH VELOCITIES WITH SOMETHING GOING THIS FAST, DO YOU EVEN NEED TO? Meet the ‘space train’ concept that can get to Mars in 2 days. Either the idea is dumb, or the description doesn’t make sense. If I can go from the surface of the earth to matching velocities with something traveling fast enough to reach Mars in two days, I can reach Mars in two days without the rendezvous.

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WHEN BELIEF FADES, CIVILIZATIONS MAY FADE, TOO.

When a man ceases to believe in God, he doesn’t believe in nothing. He believes in anything, as Chesterton, alas, never said.

Earlier: Dear Social Justice Warriors: Your Religion Is Progressivism, Not Judaism.

As I mentioned when linking to that article, all of “Progressivism” is largely an exercise in building a substitute religion minus God.

THAT SEEMS PRUDENT: All Donated Blood in U.S. Should Be Tested for Zika, F.D.A. Says. “The recommendations are an acknowledgment that sexual transmission may facilitate the spread of Zika even in areas where mosquitoes carrying the virus are not present. Officials also want to prepare for the possibility that clusters of local infection will continue to pop up in parts of the United States for years to come.”

A FORMER COP REVIEWS HEATHER MAC DONALD’S NEW BOOK, THE WAR ON COPS:

The unavoidable reality is this: The police are the only part of the government that is authorized to kill Americans on the spot, and make the decision to kill in an instant. This is not true of Special Forces, the CIA, the NSA, NASA, Congress, the president, the IRS, the Department of the Interior, Exterior, or somewhere in between.

They are also the people called to respond to every single problem in poor, mostly minority communities. Noise complaint? Cops. Kids hanging out on the corner? Cops. Someone is hungry or drunk? Cops. Your kids won’t obey you? Cops. Your cousin is suicidal? Cops. Your neighbor is schizophrenic? Cops. Your landlord is a jerk? Cops. After all the rhetoric and nonsense, poor, urban neighborhoods call for police services more than anywhere else.

I don’t know if this is evidence that the Black Lives Matter movement is totally disconnected from normal urban culture, or if this is evidence of an astounding lack of self-awareness. Remember that the defining quality of the role of police, versus all other social and governmental support, is that they are expected to be obeyed or they can, will, and often are required to use force. Police are government power in its plainest form.

This is a concept called “The law of the instrument,” coined by Abraham Maslow to describe the over-reliance on familiar tools. “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail,” Maslow said. For our social decline in the inner city, all we have is police, and we are amazed that everyone has started to look like a criminal to them.

Read the whole thing.

YELLOWSTONE, in the age of the Helicopter Parent.

THIS ISN’T THE 21st CENTURY SINGULARITY I WAS PROMISED: Alt-Right and Black Lives Matter are One and the Same, writes Andrew Klavan.

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CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Clinton Global Initiative Moderator Describes Group’s Events As ‘Creepy,’ ‘Disgusting,’ ‘Gross.’ Well, to be fair, Bill’s involved.

HMM: Clinton’s lead halved in new national poll. I’d be interested to see an overlay of how Trump’s polling against Clinton vs. how McCain and Romney did against Obama.

WHY ISN’T IT ‘THE ECONOMY, STUPID’ THIS TIME AROUND?

In 1992, Bill Clinton announced that “It’s the economy, stupid.” That was pretty much the sole theme of his campaign. He ludicrously claimed that the country was then experiencing “the worst economy since the Great Depression,” a lie that the press, to its everlasting shame, not just allowed but often endorsed. So what was the level of GDP growth that Clinton relentlessly denigrated?

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the quarterly growth numbers for 1992, in chained 2009 dollars, were 4.8%, 4.5%, 3.9% and 4.1%. That’s right–the growth that Bill Clinton derided as the “worst economy since the Great Depression” was around four times what we are now seeing under Barack Obama. And Hillary Clinton promises to continue Obama’s anti-growth policies.

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“I would have thought that the economy would be at the center of the presidential campaign. Instead we’re hearing about which candidate is more racist. It’s crazy. It’s sad.”

Read the whole thing.

BILL MCKIBBEN: We Need The Moral Equivalent Of War On Climate Change.

I agree, and as my first act of wartime sacrifice, I vote to ban air-conditioning in Washington, DC.

For my second act of wartime sacrifice, I vote to raise taxes on coastal cities.

And I don’t want to hear any backtalk. This is war, boys!

ACE OF SPADES: TRUMP ISN’T THE REAL POPULIST — IT’S THE ELITES RUNNING OUR INSTITUTIONS, Relentlessly Undermining Our Institutions (Which They Hold to be Corrupt and Racist), Who are the Real Populists. And the Dangerous Ones.

Read the whole thing.

Related: Why The Elites Are Really Populists At Heart.

Flashback from Glenn in USA Today: When rulers despise the ruled: It’s like The Hunger Games: the Capital City, and its hangers-on, flourish, while the provinces starve.

FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED: Ray Mabus’ Social Experiment Navy is Steaming Ahead to Disaster.

Almost ready for the big expedition to Lake Pahoe!

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BYRON YORK: HILLARY CLINTON BLEACHBITS HER PAST.

1984 – a warning for the rest of us, a how-to guide for elite totalitarian leftists.

JUST NBC THE CASUAL RACISM: Did NBC News slip some racism into this love letter to Obama date movie? NBC’s “review” (gee, did you think Obama’s favorite network was going to trash cinematic hagioraphy about him?) contains this curious passage:

The film is not a revealing exposé or a glimpse into the president’s dark side. Despite some digs at Barack’s ego and allusions to a past proclivity for dating white women exclusively, Tanne’s years of research presented hims [sic] with a largely flattering, admirable portrait of these now iconic figures.

As David Rutz of the Washington Free Beacon asks in a pair of tweets, “According to MSNBC, Obama’s ‘dark side’ in his youth included that he dated white women. Seriously though, isn’t this kind of a racist, backwards thing to write?”

Well, it’s certainly on par with CNN acquainting blacks with felons last week:

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Related exit question: What About the Alt-Left?

THE BLUE MODEL IN A NUTSHELL: Robbing the New (Uber) to Subsidize the Old (Taxis).

Ronald Reagan famously summed up the logic of government thusly: “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

Uber and Lyft move, so naturally, the state of Massachusetts wants to tax them. And since taxis aren’t moving nearly as much as they used to, the state wants to hand about a quarter of the tax — five cents out of a 20-cent per-ride levy — to the taxi industry.

This is … words fail. No, literally. I have just spent 20 minutes staring at my screen, trying to come up with something to say other than the blindingly obvious: This is a shamelessly unjustifiable giveaway to a special interest, paid for by taxing a competitor that’s eating their lunch. If our 19th-century forbears had tried to run the economy this way, I would be writing out this column longhand, by the light of a whale-oil lamp.

This is why politicians shouldn’t be given so much power.

GREAT MOMENTS IN OBJECTIVE JOURNALISM: NYT Looking To Hire A “Climate Change Editor” To Make Global Warming Story “More Appealing.”

Flashback: Industry house organ Editor & Publisher demanded in 2007, “Climate Change: Get Over Objectivity, Newspapers.”

A decade later, it’s safe to say that there are few, if any issues left, that the DNC-MSM covers “objectively,” though they get curiously tense when actually called on their myriad biases.

Related: New York Times Seeking ‘Gender Editor:’ “America’s ’Paper of Record,’ which recently lamented mankind humankind’s discovery of fire because of its role in creating the patriarchy, is advertising for a new editor to cover ‘gender issues.’” Heh, indeed.™

DON’T EVER CHANGE, NATION MAGAZINE: ‘The Nation’ Takes Today’s ‘Political Pilgrims’ to Two Anti-American Regimes.

As P.J. O’Rourke famously wrote in 1982 after signing up for the Nation’s “Volga Peace Cruise,” “These were people who believed everything about the Soviet Union was perfect, but they were bringing their own toilet paper.”

AS USUAL, VOX GETS IT WRONG. All the stuff about “trigger warnings,” etc. on campus isn’t a power struggle between faculty and students, so much as it’s a power struggle between faculty and “student life” educrats.

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DAN MARKEL UPDATE: The Dan Markel Case: A Notable New Document. “Earlier this week, we reported on prosecution efforts to find out who paid for the 2014 breast augmentation of Katherine Magbanua. If you’ve been following the investigation into the 2014 murder of law professor Dan Markel, you’ll recall that Magbanua is a key figure in the case. She is the mother of two children with Sigfredo Garcia, one of the two alleged hit men, and she is the ex-girlfriend of Charlie Adelson, the former brother-in-law of Dan Markel. At the time of his death, Dan was litigating against Charlie’s sister, Wendi Adelson, regarding various matters arising out of their divorce. We previously outlined some possible theories for the relevance of Charlie Adelson reportedly paying for half the cost of Katherine Magbanua’s $6,000 to $7,000 procedure.”

HOW CAN YOU TELL WHEN A CAMPAIGN IS WAY BEHIND? Neo-Neocon spots the four key signs.

JOHN LOTT: Sorry, Hillary: Trump’s policies are clearly better for blacks.

It’s been said that “Trump Would be the First Real Black President,” after all.

LIFE IN THE ERA OF HOPE AND CHANGE: In reversal of trend, percentage of gun-owning homes rises.

But the numbers still seem low to me. The way things are going, you’d be crazy not to own guns — though maybe you’d be almost as crazy to tell people you do.

EVERGREEN HEADLINE: Huffington Post Displays Stupidity At Its Finest.

AS JAMES TARANTO WOULD SAY, GREAT ORATORS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY:

  • “One man with courage makes a majority.”—attributed to Andrew Jackson
  • “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “The buck stops here.”—Harry S. Truman
  • “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”—John F. Kennedy
  • “It’s like Ghostbusters, man. When there’s a problem anywhere else, call Ghostbusters. We’re Ghostbusters; so it makes sense that we are there to help them because it helps us.”—Joe Biden, as quoted by the Atlantic on Friday.

And just like Ghostbusters*, the EPA will be the death of us all.

* We’re going to assume that this year’s remake didn’t happen. It’s best that way.

OH, THEY’LL KEEP PROPPING OBAMA UP UNTIL JANUARY. AND IF HILLARY WINS, THEY’LL TRY TO PROP HER UP, TOO: Barney Frank to Fed: Don’t raise rates before election.

HEADLINES FROM 1945: Six reasons why Berlin is now known as ‘the failed city.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: What I Learned In My Women’s Studies Classes.

When I first discovered women’s studies, I was lulled into a comforting sense that I had discovered the “truth.” It was as if my veil of ignorance had been yanked away, and I was blissfully seeing the world for what it really was.

I have taken seven women’s studies classes; initially at a nondescript state university and later at a women’s college in Manhattan. After taking those classes, I realize that not only was I deluded, but I was led into an absurd intellectual alcove where objective truth is subordinate to academic theories used as political propaganda.

Indeed, since knowledge itself is considered a patriarchal construct, feminist theories are the organizing principles of classes.

The theoretical backbone of women’s studies is grounded in three main conjectures: that of the patriarchy, intersectional oppression, and social constructionism.

None of these contentions can be proven or falsified. Yet, as a student, good grades are contingent on agreeing with them. So what do they actually represent?

Indoctrination, and cushy sinecures for SJW troops.

WOULDN’T IT BE EASIER FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO DISSOLVE THE PEOPLE AND ELECT ANOTHER? Europe: The Substitution of a Population.

(Classical reference in headline.)

ALL SHAM, NO WOW: ABC: Obama Hasn’t Kept Promise to Make Donation to ISIS Victim’s Foundation.

Nearly a year-and-a-half after President Obama promised Islamic State terrorism victim Kayla Mueller’s family he would contribute to a foundation set up in her memory, no such donation has been made, ABC News reported Friday.

On March 13, 2015, Obama told Carl and Marsha Mueller he would contribute to the foundation set up in her name, but, in an interview airing on Good Morning America, the parents said with disappointment that it had not occurred.

Kayla Mueller was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria in 2013 when she was snatched by ISIS, the fanatical Islamic terrorist organization bent on establishing a global caliphate. While ISIS videotaped the beheadings of three American men, the plight of “the girl left behind” was, according to ABC reporter Brian Ross, a closely kept secret.

Mueller’s parents did behind-the-scenes work to try to free Mueller, trading 27 emails and sending the group videos pleading for her release. Ultimately, ISIS gave them an ultimatum: pay the $6.2 million ransom or receive pictures of their daughter’s dead body.

The White House, the Muellers said, threatened them with prosecution if they did pay the ransom. In the end, she was killed.

“Later, when the president came to Arizona to console them, the Muellers say he made a promise to help the donation they set up in Kayla’s name, and then broke it,” Ross said.

Carl Mueller said Obama told them it would be an anonymous donation, but he would do it.

“I’m still waiting,” he said.

“There hasn’t been such a donation?” Ross asked.

“No. I’m still waiting for that donation, Mr. President,” Mueller said. “You see the flag at my driveway. It’s not something I take lightly, talking about our president that way, but that’s what he said.”

To be fair, he says a lot of things.

August 27, 2016

UNEXPECTEDLY! I dumped my fiancé for a Jamaican lover but he fleeced me of £10k and turned out to be a love rat: Louise Chesney, 24, was set to marry her perfect man when a local hotel worker caught her eye on holiday. The “perfect man” dodged a bullet, I’d say, especially after seeing photos of her pale, tubby, and tattooed self. And I love the “I can’t believe this happened” bit, as if it was something that just happened, instead of something stupid that she did.

WELL, THAT’S TRUE: “And look at him. He’s hypermasculinized — more muscular definition than any manly labor or team sport would ever produce. But he’s delivering the kind of lines that were — for propagandistic purposes — traditionally assigned to women. Who talks about becoming a ‘much more sexual person’? It sounds so silly next to ‘being jacked,’ which sounds silly anyway.”

Compare to these WWII Okinawa Marines. But remember, it’s only women who have to deal with society’s expectations regarding appearance.

SOON, THEY WILL BE REPLACED BY ROBOTS: ‘Truthfully, I’m over it and a bit bored’: Women who are struggling with a loss of libido candidly confess the reasons they stopped having sex with the men they insist they still love.

And stories like this certainly help explain why so many men are going on strike.

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THE GREATEST PRESIDENTIAL COMEBACKS: Could Donald Trump be one of the lucky ones?

It’s an interesting roundup of political history, but a very selective one: the piece fails to mention one of the key mile markers on the way to Harry Truman’s legendary “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment – smearing Thomas Dewey as a Nazi during the relentlessly dark last days of Truman’s campaign.

BEYOND THE FRINGE:

Shot: Six Chilling Facts About the Alt-Right.

—Walter Hudson, PJ Media, yesterday.

Chaser: What About the Alt-Left?

—The New York Sun, yesterday.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Berkeley Suspends Its ‘Global Campus’ Because of Budget Deficit.

All is proceeding as I have foretold.

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ACTUALLY, IF PEOPLE ON THE RIGHT ARE SMART THEY’LL ENCOURAGE THIS: Graduate Students Can Unionize at Private Colleges, U.S. Labor Panel Rules.

THE INTERNET — IS THAT THING STILL AROUND? 25 years on, here are the worst ever predictions about the Internet.

(Classical reference in headline.)

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YES, A MIGHTY WIND’S A BLOWIN’ ‘CROSS THE LAND AND ‘CROSS THE SEA: Hundreds Of Drunk Americans Washed Ashore In Canada Because Of Strong Winds.

(Classical reference in headline.)

STEPHEN KRUISER: Dads And The Empty Nest.

COLIN KAEPERNICK EXPLAINS WHY HE SAT DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM:

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly immersed himself into controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.

His latest refusal to stand for the anthem — he has done this in at least one other preseason game — came before the 49ers’ preseason loss to Green Bay at Levi’s Stadium on Friday night.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Speaking of getting away with murder, Kaepernick’s salary last year was nearly 20 million dollars, when the 49ers went 5-11.

I really miss the days when football served as an escape from politics instead of just another front line for the reactionary left.

SCIENCE CONFIRMS: MILLENNIAL MEN HAVE PANSY HANDSHAKES. Gosh, that bit of news has arrived so “unexpectedly.”

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TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 1206.

IS TED CRUZ FINISHED? New poll shows him losing Senate seat to Rick Perry in ’18.

MERKEL’S DEBACLE: Orban Doubles Down on Migrant Hard Line.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban is doubling down on his preferred solution to dealing with the floods of human misery that could easily once again overwhelm the Balkan corridor should the migrant deal with Turkey fall apart. His solution? To build a second fence along Hungary’s border with Serbia. . . .

The remarks came ahead of a meeting between Angela Merkel and the heads of the Visegrad countries—Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland—where, notably, both Orban and the Czech Republic’s Bohuslav Sobotka pressed the German Chancellor on the creation of a European army to help maintain border security for the continent.
Hungary is due to hold a referendum on EU migrant policy on October 2. The question—”Do you want the European Union to be able to mandate the obligatory resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens into Hungary even without the approval of the National Assembly?”—is giving many in Brussels the vapors. The referendum itself is not legally binding, but a strong popular rejection of any Europe-wide relocation scheme will be hard to ignore, especially since similar such sentiments appear to be widespread across eastern Europe.

In response, voices in Brussels are threatening to deprive the stubborn Eastern Europeans of funding if they refuse the migrant quota diktat, even as Merkel continues to plead for calm—”I think we will continue to discuss this issue,” she said at today’s meeting. No one in the east is yet seriously mulling some kind of Brexit option, but they certainly are watching carefully how the UK fares as it distances itself from Brussels.

As is often the case in the EU, a slow-motion tragedy is well under way. Unlike other tragedies, which involve complicated and difficult technical questions stemming from economic integration, the sticking point here is more one of ideology: commitment to a pure kind of universal liberalism on the side of Brussels and Germany, and a growing skepticism among the continent’s peripheral countries.

To us, it seems obvious which side ought to yield for the greater good. As Adam Garfinkle argued in his incredibly prescient piece from September of last year, sticking to the universal principles on the question of immigration is a suicidal gambit, and playing holier-than-thou with dissenters will only deepen divisions on the continent.

Holier-than-thou seems to be the default mode for our Western ruling class.

DOES ANYBODY REMEMBER LAUGHTER? What would Richard Pryor make of today’s left and how they kill comedy with their obsessions over “trigger warnings,” “microagressions” and “safe spaces?” Roger Simon, who wrote the screenplay to Pryor’s Bustin’ Loose reviews Can We Take a Joke?, whose executive producer is Greg Lukianoff, fellow Insta-contributor, and president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE):

Richard Pryor, genius though he was, would not be able to function. (He had a hard enough time functioning when he did, alas.)

I thought of that last night while viewing the riveting new documentary Can We Take a Joke? directed by Ted Balaker and featuring such comics as Penn Jillette, Adam Carolla and Gilbert Gottfried, not to mention vintage footage of the great Lenny Bruce. The film is about the wave of censorship of edgy comics sweeping our society in the name of “sensitivity.” In other words, as mentioned above, shut up.

More than anywhere else this affects our campuses, which have been turned into “safe spaces” for the so-called “snowflakes.” No Richard Pryors or Lenny Bruces for these sensitive souls, heaven forfend.  No jokes are allowed by these “social justice warriors” or whatever they choose to call themselves, at least not jokes they have not previously vetted.

Read the whole thing.

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UNEXPECTEDLY! The U.S. Economy Isn’t Growing as Quickly as People Thought.

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MY LATEST NY OBSERVER ESSAY: The Clinton State-Foundation’s Global Bribery and Crony Access Scam. No wonder she started calling Trump a racist. Hillary had to get the media to change the subject. (Bumped from yesterday).

GREAT MOMENTS IN POLITICAL AMNESIA: “Trump’s greatest and most pernicious offense against democracy, hands down, has been his suggestion that if he loses the general election, it would mean that the political system is ‘rigged.’”

Control-F “Diebold” brings back zero results, oddly enough.

ASHE SCHOW: Where Feminism Went Wrong:

No one suggests men and women shouldn’t have equal rights. So by the textbook definition, we should all be feminists.

Why then, do so many women — especially young women — refuse the label?

Feminism has gotten a reputation in the past few decades of being less about equal rights and more about crushing men in order to raise women up. A new report from the Heritage Foundation (a conservative think-tank and my former employer) suggests modern feminism (and some of second-wave feminism from the 1960s) no longer views the movement as being about erasing inequalities in opportunity, but about enforced parity. . . .

This is in contrast to first-wave feminists, Villegas wrote, who referred to the Constitution in their bid for equal rights. They also approached their movement from a limited-government stance.

But modern feminists request government assistance at every step of their quest to overturn perceived inequality. No longer are feminists devoted to equality — because men and women do have equal rights under the law (although Janet Bloomfield has pointed out five legal rights women have that men don’t). The focus now is on parity, and the refusal to accept that men and women might just be different enough on aggregate that they have different priorities in life.

“A system focused on group achievement, in contrast, actually requires unequal, preferential treatment of some individuals over others based solely on their membership in a particular group or class,” Villegas wrote.

That’s right, this sort of thinking is what’s driving the current feminist movement’s claims of sexism while at the same time engaging in sexism against men.

Like Walter Reuther, when asked what they want, the only answer is “more.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE. Exercises in Unreality: The Decline in Teaching Western Civilization.

MAYBE HE THINKS SHE’LL BE THE MOST UNCOMPROMISING WARTIME PRESIDENT IN UNITED STATES HISTORY OR SOMETHING: Paul Wolfowitz, a neocon and strong supporter of Iraq war, says he’ll vote for Clinton.

I wonder how the Bernie folks feel about their nominee?

THIS BRILLIANT RESPONSE TO OBAMA’S ‘DON’T DISCRIMINATE’ WARNING TO LOUISIANA IS PURE AMERICAN GOLD.

Definitely read the whole thing.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Watchdogs warn of ‘serious’ conflicts of interest for Clinton Foundation.

Donald Trump is not the only voice sounding the alarm over conflicts of interest surrounding Hillary Clinton’s namesake nonprofit.

Government watchdog groups — all of them champions of heightened transparency, campaign finance reform and other Democratic priorities — are also warning of potentially “very serious” conflicts of interest if the Clinton Foundation continues as business as usual with Clinton in the White House.

The transparency advocates are not calling for the foundation to shut its doors, as Trump has done from the campaign trail. But they are urging the adoption of tough new firewalls to eliminate any perception that Clinton Foundation donors could use their wallets to gain undue access to a Hillary Clinton White House.

“The Clinton Foundation has posed a very serious conflict of interest for the entire time that it’s existed,” Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, said Thursday. “The conflicts of interest are very real, and that gives Trump some ammunition to throw at it, and we’re going to hear about it [until the campaign ends].”

Holman said Clinton’s recent vow to bar all foreign and corporate donations to the Clinton Foundation if she wins the presidency is “a big, big step in the right direction.” But, he quickly added, that alone is not enough to eliminate the “pay to play” perceptions now dogging the Clinton campaign following revelations that top State Department aides acted on the foundation’s behalf when Clinton headed the agency.

To do that, he said, the Clintons will have to snip all family ties to the foundation, including the removal of Chelsea Clinton from the group’s board — a step the Clinton team said it’s not ready to take.

They’ll do nothing, because they can get away with anything. And rubbing your noses in it is half the fun.

NYT’s CHARLES BLOW EXPLODES ON PRO-TRUMP CNN GUEST: ‘THIS GUY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED’ ON TV.

Perhaps even more so than their readers, Timesmen just can’t handle having their liberal cocoon pierced.

DEAR SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS: Your Religion Is Progressivism, Not Judaism.

All of “Progressivism” is largely an exercise in building a religion without God.

SOCIALISTS AS “SCARCITY DENIERS.” Actually, I think they create scarcity, as a means of control.

FLASHBACK: Me on Europe’s immigration problems, from a year ago. “No country can accept and assimilate an unlimited number of outsiders, and when the number exceeds a threshold, a backlash is certain. Thresholds are being exceeded, and backlashes are building, all over the world.”

RIGGED: C. Boyden Gray & Elise Passamani: How the media nearly stole the 2000 election for Al Gore.

To hear the mainstream news media retell the story of the contentious 2000 presidential election, one would think that it all boils down to Bush v. Gore. The Supreme Court decision created huge controversy and poisons public life to this day. But this focus on the decision serves to obscure an act of great duplicity on the part of the media that dwarfs the impact of that case: namely, that if it hadn’t been for actions they took on television on Election Night, November 7, 2000, there never would have been a Bush v. Gore or a Florida recount in the first place.

It is a story of voter suppression. As it turns out, most of what we think was important about that election—hanging chads, butterfly ballots, 36 days of legal jousting—is unimportant. And by 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Election Night, a cover-up had already begun. . . .

The northwesternmost part of Florida is the Panhandle, which stretches along the Gulf of Mexico to Alabama. Often called the “Redneck Riviera,” it is the most Republican part of Florida, regularly giving Republicans big margins in state and national elections. The nine Panhandle counties that are farthest west—Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Washington—are in the Central Time Zone, and one additional county, Gulf, is split between Central and Eastern Time. According to the Miami Herald, “It is only a few miles to the Alabama border from anywhere in the western Panhandle, but more than five hundred miles and a cultural light-year to Miami.”

On Election Night, between 6:30 and 7:50 p.m. Eastern, anchors on all the major networks and cable channels reported over and over again that the polls in all of Florida closed at 7 p.m. Eastern. Not once did anyone on ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, NBC, or MSNBC inform the audience that Florida has two time zones and two poll closing times. During that hour and 20 minutes, 13 journalists asserted a total of 39 times that there was only one poll-closing time throughout the entire state of Florida.

There were five anchors who handed out this misinformation more than once—Cokie Roberts on ABC, Brian Williams on MSNBC, Judy Woodruff on CNN, Tom Brokaw on NBC, and Dan Rather on CBS. Their words are slight variations on the same theme, interwoven with trivia and banter.

For instance, Tom Brokaw said, “we want to point out to our viewers that in half an hour, at 7 o’clock Eastern Time, we have a group of critical states that will be closing their polls, including the state of Florida.” A few minutes later, he repeated himself, saying, “the polls will close in Florida, as we said just a few moments ago, at 7 Eastern Time tonight.” Brian Williams said, “Just a reminder that we are minutes away from the 7 o’clock hour here in the East when several major states close down the polls. Biggest of them all: Florida.” Minutes later, Williams said: “Seven o’clock here in the East. The polls in six new states have just closed and the lead story at this hour is the state of Florida is too close to call. The state everyone said yesterday would be the story here today and, thus, tonight. It is at this hour too close to call, even though the polls there have closed.”

But the polls there had not closed. Voters in the 10 counties in the Central Time Zone still had an hour left to vote.

They never make mistakes like this in the GOP’s favor, do they?

IF YOU ARE A SCIENCE FICTION FAN, CONSIDER REGISTERING TO VOTE IN THE DRAGON AWARDS: It’s free and you have till Sunday to register.  Register here.

MY FRIEND STEPHANIE OSBORN WON THE SILVER FALCHION AWARD: This is the book she did it with.  And today she has a post at my blog, too, about space weather which is one of her specialties.

IT IS NEEDED: Teaching American Government.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION AGENCY: EPA spills again in Colorado.

HOW WE’VE COME SO FAR, SO FAST: The Mote in Gernsback’s Eye.

OF COURSE IT DOES: Clinton campaign finds legal loophole to collect big donations.

MORE OF HAVING ILL-FITTING BRAS:Men at bra company forced to feel the pain of having boobs.

FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMING AMERICA: Howard Johnson’s restaurant to close in Maine, leaving only 1 more.

I DON’T THINK THERE IS ENOUGH HAY TO HIDE THAT ELEPHANT: Covering up the $1.3 billion payoff to Iran.

OF COURSE SHE DOES: Hillary’s worst scandal is that she really thinks she’s clean.

August 26, 2016

MERKEL’S DEBACLE: ‘We’re not a MIGRANT WAITING ROOM’ Austria blasts Merkel and demands ‘deportation summit.’

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NEWS YOU CAN USE: A Reminder For Clueless Jerks: Don’t Drive Slow In the Left Lane. Though InstaPundit readers, who aren’t clueless jerks, will mostly use it by passing it on to people who need it. . . .

JOHN SCHINDLER: The Truth About Trump.

I knew from the moment Mitt Romney lost an election in 2012 that he shouldn’t have that the Republican Party would take all the wrong lessons from that needless defeat. As I predicted, rather than refocus to win more votes from demographics that felt unloved by Romney — especially working class whites — the GOP establishment would jump through great intellectual hoops to reach any other conclusion. And so they did.

Right-leaning pundits and the GOP’s donor class, which between them pretty much call the shots on what’s acceptable Republican discourse, wanted nothing to do with any outreach to downmarket whites, whom they despise. So it’s safe to say we wouldn’t be talking about out of control illegal immigration or job losses to China if it weren’t for Trump, who sashayed and tweeted his way into the campaign and shifted the GOP’s Overton window in a stunning fashion.

There will be much for future historians to ponder in this year’s remarkable Republican primary race, which left the party’s “stars” gasping for breath, not sure exactly what hit them when the vaunted Trump train barreled through their ranks. Like pretty much every other pundit in America, I got it wrong when I said last summer that Trump stood no chance of getting the Republican nomination, much less winding up in the White House. Otherwise I stick by most of what I said about Trump and his candidacy when this strange saga kicked off.

That said, I always had doubts about Trump, enormous ones. How not? This, after all, is a reality TV star whose all-over-the-map business dealings can charitably be called dodgy. In a field like national politics that attracts narcissists like schoolyards beckon pedophiles, Trump is a standout for his rank, tacky self-absorption. His inability to admit ever being wrong, his incessant need to double, then triple-down on any issue, however small, was impossible to miss. Warning signs were large and neon-lit for anyone caring to see.

Nevertheless, I had hopes that, eventually, professional handlers would get a hold of Trump and moderate his rough edges. Once he secured the GOP nomination a more focused Trump — one not needing to respond to every imagined slight with an incendiary tweet — had to arrive. Surely if he expected to be competitive in the general election, Trump knew he would have to refocus, stop pandering to his narrow but fervent base, and start talking like, well….a president.

Alas, I was wrong. Wise friends of mine like Tom Nichols and Rick Wilson were right all along. There is no better Trump. There is no responsible Trump. There is no balanced Trump. There is no presidential Trump. There is only Trump.

Well, 70-year-old men don’t change much. And it’s worked pretty well for him so far.

DIVIDER-IN-CHIEF: Who Made America Hate Again?

SO ALL BLUE-EYED PEOPLE share a common ancestor? Of course, brown-eyed people with a recessive blue-eye gene do too, it just doesn’t show.