November 18, 2019

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ROGER KIMBALL: Peter Collier, 1939–2019.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: 9 in 10 people who think they are allergic to penicillin may not be. “People must get tested by an allergist to confirm their allergy status.”

ANOTHER APOLOGY TOUR: Bloomberg Renounces. He apologizes for his stop-and-frisk strategy  in New York. But what happened when police in Chicago and Baltimore abandoned that strategy?

SO “SOUP SOCKS” ARE A THING. Live and learn.

GOOD, BECAUSE THAT CROWD IS MUCH SANER THAN THE FDA: “We Vape, We Vote” Crowd Got Through to Donald Trump, Advisors Say. The Washington establishment is portraying Trump’s refusal to approve the FDA’s vaping-flavor ban as a victory of politics over science, but the public-health bureaucrats and journalists are wrong. Trump is the one heeding science and protecting the public health, while the FDA and journalists are the ones fomenting a deadly moral panic.

 

TERRY TEACHOUT: 25 Record Albums That Changed My Life.

CAMPUS SEPARATISM:  Syracuse University students occupy building, demand that they be able to choose same-race roommates in student housing.

SHE MEANS IT WILL END WHEN IT IS POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT, NO SOONER AND NO LATER: Nancy Pelosi Has ‘No Idea’ When Impeachment Inquiry Will End.

“WHAT DO YOU MEAN, I’M THE OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY?”: Not Even Democrats Want to Pay for Medicare for All.

WAIT, I THOUGHT HE WAS A PUTIN PUPPET: 25 Times Trump Has Been Dangerously Hawkish On Russia.

VIDEO: Hilarious Adam Schiff Posters Popping Up All Over Los Angeles.

OH: Mayor of Muncie, Indiana arrested by the FBI amid corruption probe. “Dennis Tyler, the Democratic mayor of Muncie, Indiana, was arrested at his home on Monday morning, according to the FBI.”

Credit to CNN for mentioning his party affiliation in the lede.

JOANNE JACOBS: Making School Scary. “Active-shooter drills are terrifying students — but not making them any safer in school.”

THEY DON’T CARE MUCH WHAT THE WORLD THINKS: China defends Xinjiang crackdown after massive document leak.

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NEW YORK SUN: Nikki Haley on Jerusalem: ‘All Due Respect.’

It is just amazing that in such a context, any secretary of state — in the event it was Secretary Tillerson — would fetch up in the new administration plumping to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv. Yet that is what Ambassador Haley reports was the case. Within six months of becoming ambassador, she writes, Jerusalem emerged as a point of contention within the cabinet, with dissenters asserting that the move would beget violence.

Ms. Haley writes that “one White House official” attempted to “enlist” her “in convincing the president to back off his promise.” Writes she: “I refused, because I wanted the president to go ahead with it.” Resistance continued. “In every meeting of the president’s cabinet and national security advisors, there was a faction that seemed to think they, not the president, should make the final decision when it came to policy.”

“They thought they could team up and spin the president — and they tried. Some, like Secretary of State Tillerson, seemed to be thinking primarily about how the decision would affect their reputations. He declared in the middle of the meeting that he wanted to be on record opposing the move.” He ended up on the same side of the issue as Al-Qaeda and Hamas, as well as President Macron, Prime Minister May, and Chancellor Merkel.

Tillerson was a perfect reflection of most of official Washington: Unimaginative and wrong.

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That’s my free daily column for the PJ mothership. But VIP members also get this one: Buttigieg Campaign Rocked by Embarrassing Lie About Black Endorsements.

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In this case “forgot” actually means: “Was too busy chatting and drinking with Glenn and Helen to get around to it.”

THAT’S MEANINGLESS BECAUSE REASONS: Of 27 Deadliest Mass Shooters, 26 of Them Were Fatherless. The main reason being that you’re not allowed to make women feel bad about their life choices.

FREEDOM OF THE SEAS FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE: China Demands US Stop “Flexing Muscles” After Its New Carrier Sails Across Taiwan Strait.

THAT SHOULD THRILL THEM IN IOWA: Pete Buttigieg says he’s open to sending U.S. troops to Mexico.

CAVES OF DOOM: Microsoft is Storing Source Code in an Arctic Cave.

BILL MAHER: “We Are Going To Have To Learn To Live With Each Other Or There Will Be Blood.”

Wrong in many of the particulars, but correct in his conclusion.

THE CHICK-FIL-A SAGA CONTINUES:  Under pressure from LGBT protestors, Chick-Fil-A states that it will no longer donate to the Salvation Army and several other Christian charities.

RELIGION OF PEACE UPDATE: ISIS Tells Lone Wolves: Pose As Reporters To Assassinate World Leaders.

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER: Mamelukes, from Jerry Pournelle. He was nearly done when he died, and it’s being finished up by his son Phillip and David Weber.

MAJOR FAIL:

More here.

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: The Media Are Missing the Biggest Story Since the Fall of the Soviet Union. “Bloomberg editors have noticed that the world is on fire. There are demonstrations and unrest in Lebanon, Chile, Spain, Iraq, Sudan, Russia, Uganda, Peru, Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, Venezuela and others. That ‘other’ is Iran, where the Internet has been shut down and rampaging protesters are burning down the Central Bank. Hong Kong at least deserves a separate mention.”

HEINLEIN’S CRAZY YEARS (CONT’D): Bernie Sanders Goes Full AOC: ‘Time for Us to Become the Party that Fights for Queer Liberation.’

PROCUREMENT: Zumwalt-class stealth destroyer gun dead, vessel mission being redefined.

Even as the second-in-class USS Michael Monsoor departs from Guantanamo Bay for San Diego to receive commissioning and combat testing, the Navy is only starting to figure out what they will do with the troubled multi-billion dollar Zumwalt-class destroyer.

The Zumwalt has been billed as the most advanced destroyer ever built, with stealth capabilities and a gun system that could provide precision fire support deep inland ahead of advancing amphibious forces.

But the Zumwalt’s gun system has been put on the backburner — if it will ever be activated at all — its stealth features may be degrading and out of an originally planned 32, only two have been built, with one more on the way. Of those three, only one is considered active and none are yet deployable despite years of delays.

Keelhauling would be too kind for every- and anyone to blame for this mess.

TO BE FAIR, THEY MISSED THAT ONE, TOO. Richard Fernandez: The Media Are Missing the Biggest Story Since the Fall of the Soviet Union.

WE NEED TO GET IN FRONT OF THIS YESTERDAY: US power grid attack points surge with proliferating DERs: A hacker ‘will eventually get in.’ “As the United States’ electric system becomes more distributed, security experts say the growing array of internet-connected sensors and industrial control systems presents a potential vulnerability that is not clearly understood and could be exploited to cause blackouts.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: SHOCK VIDEO: Aggressive, frenzied mob attacks conservative students, destroys their display.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Inevitable-Everyone Hates Kaepernick Now. “One thing that gets lost in all of the noise that Kaepernick deliberately creates around himself is that his quarterback skills had been in a bit of a freefall throughout most of his last season in the NFL. He’d been benched, and that had nothing to do with his kneeling. A few years away from the game certainly haven’t made any of that better, no matter how hard he’s been working out.”

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THE THING TO REMEMBER IS, THESE “SPEECH BULLIES” ARE DOING THE BIDDING OF ADMINISTRATORS: Education secretary: 200 colleges use ‘speech bullies’ to prevent ‘hurt feelings.’ I’ve been disappointed that Betsy DeVos hasn’t been more aggressive.

HOUSE MINORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY demands ABC explain Epstein coverup.

Letter here.

JIGGERY-POKERY: Report: Google influences search results by blacklisting sites, curating autocomplete.

Related: Report: Google Manipulates Search Results to Control Outcomes. “This is a huge problem for Google. Not only is it bad PR, but some Google executives may have perjured themselves in testimony before congressional committees.”

Meh. “Lying to Congress” is only a crime if the wrong Republicans do it.

DEMOCRATS TO ISRAEL: GO TO HELL!

THIRD WORLD MAN: PG&E may shut off power Wednesday to 180,000 homes, businesses.

FAKE NEWS: FedEx’s Fred Smith Punches Back Twice As Hard.

The New York Times published a distorted and factually incorrect story on the front page of the Sunday, November 17 edition concerning FedEx and our billions of dollars of tax payments and billions of dollars of investments in the U.S. economy. Pertinent to this outrageous distortion of the truth is the fact that unlike FedEx, the New York Times paid zero federal income tax in 2017 on earnings of $111 million, and only $30 million in 2018 – 18% of their pretax book income. Also in 2018 the New York Times cut their capital investments nearly in half to $57 million, which equates to a rounding error when compared to the $6 billion of capital that FedEx invested in the U.S. economy during that same year.

I hereby challenge A.G. Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times and the business section editor to a public debate in Washington, DC with me and the FedEx corporate vice president of tax. The focus of the debate should be federal tax policy and the relative societal benefits of business investments and the enormous intended benefits to the United States economy, especially lower and middle class wage earners.

I look forward to promptly hearing from Mr. Sulzberger and scheduling this open event to bring further public awareness of the facts related to these important issues.

I doubt he’ll show. Based on experience to date, Pinch is neither articulate nor brave.

COURT STANDS UP TO TYRANNY: Anti-mask law to quell Hong Kong protests ruled unconstitutional by High Court.

JOHN FUND:  Bloomberg panders to his audience.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Justice Gorsuch is the most libertarian justice.

When Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court in January 2017, Demand Progress warned that the judge was “an extremist” who would “rubber stamp Trump’s assaults on Americans’ freedoms.” People for the American Way likewise described Gorsuch as “an ideological warrior who puts his own right-wing politics above the Constitution, the law and the rights of everyday people.” During Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings that March, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D–Hawaii) worried that “you rarely seem to find in favor of the little guy.”

Even before Gorsuch heard his first case as a Supreme Court justice in April 2017, it was clear from his decade on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit that such attacks were unwarranted. Far from screwing over “the little guy” at every opportunity, he had shown unusual sensitivity to the predicament of vulnerable people confronted by implacable and frequently inscrutable agents of the state. “Among the folks that Trump had on his short list,” observes the Ohio State University law professor Douglas Berman, “Gorsuch seemed more defendant-friendly than most of the others,” and “that’s carried over to the Supreme Court.”

It’s as if you can’t believe the stuff that alarmist lefties peddle during confirmation battles.

DECADES OF OFFICIAL CORRUPTION, MISMANAGEMENT, AND PISSING OFF MOST EVERY DECENT TRADING PARTNER IN THE WORLD HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT: Khamenei blames counter-revolution, enemies for ‘sabotage’ in Iran gasoline price protests.

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Democrats to Israel: Go to Hell.

IT’S DIFFERENT WHEN THE LIGHTBRINGER DOES IT: Obama Granted Clemency to Terrorists and Traitors, But We’re Supposed to be Angry at Trump’s Pardons.

FLASHBACK: McCain’s office urged IRS to use audits as weapons to destroy political advocacy groups.

A good second-term swamp-draining operation would be to establish Truth & Reconciliation Commissions for Justice, IRS, etc. and trawl through their records and release information on political misconduct. They should be empowered to fire people, too.

THIS. SO MUCH AND ABSOLUTELY THIS:  If Gun Control Stops School Shootings, There Wouldn’t Be A Santa Clarita.

ALL THE COURAGE IN THE WORLD WILL NOT KEEP YOU SAFE WHEN YOU HAVE NO WEAPONS:  Hong Kong Protestors Reportedly Using Arrows When They Need Guns. 

YES, IT IS A COUP:  Victor Davis Hanson on the impeachment inquiry/coup.

BORING AND STUPID IS NO WAY TO GO THROUGH LIFE:  Impeachment Hearings Are Boring. No One Cares. Get Over It.

SURE. BECAUSE NOTHING SAYS TOLERANT AS HAVING OUR ENTIRE, VAST LAND BEING GOVERNED FROM NYC AND CALIFORNIA:  Abrams: ‘The Electoral College Is Racist’ .

IF YOU’RE IN COLORADO, PAY ATTENTION. THEY WILL PULL ALL THE STOPS TO DEPRIVE YOU OF YOUR RIGHT TO A REPRESENTATIVE REPUBLIC. CALIFORNIA CAN MANUFACTURE ENOUGH VOTES TO STEAL THOSE OF EVERY OTHER STATE. TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT SAN FRANCISCO. IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT: California Dems Flood Colorado With Cash Ahead of National Popular Vote Referendum.

GOOD. DO NOT GO QUIETLY INTO THT GOOD NIGHT:  The Democrats Aren’t Fooling Anyone.

AND SEE, THERE’S MILITARY AND THERE’S MILITARY:  A military coup and Trump’s the good guy in all this.

TURNS OUT SHE KNEW THAT AMBASSADOR WAS NOT A LIFE-LONG SINECURE. HOW ODD… ISN’T IT? IT’S ALMOST LIKE THIS WHOLE CASE IS A LIE:  Did You Know This About Marie Yovanovitch?

CALL HIM BY HIS NAME. TURNS OUT ASTERISKING IT LIKE A SWEAR WORD WORKS:  Democracy Dies in Darkness — Speak the Whistleblower’s Name.

AND THIS IS HOW HE BECAME VOLDEMORT, WHO MUST NOT BE NAMED:  The Radicalizing of Eric C*aramella.

THE HOUSE CAN IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT FOR BREATHING. THEY’RE ALLOWED TO. WHICH DOESN’T MAKE THIS NOT MALICIOUS. IT IS CHOPPING AWAY AT THE ROOTS OF THE PEOPLE’S BELIEF THAT THEY CAN ELECT WHOMEVER THEY PLEASE. WE CAN ALL SEE THE ELITE FLEXING ITS MUSCLES. NANCY GREY GOOSE PELOSI MIGHT NOT BE STUPID, BUT SHE IS VERY, VERY DRUNK:  Is the impeachment inquiry legitimate?

November 17, 2019

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#NARRATIVEFAIL: Brooklyn: Man Arrested for Egging Synagogue Turns Out Not to Be a White Supremacist. “The young activist’s name turns out to be Mohib Hoque.”

OPEN THREAD: Commenters, take the wheel.

DISPATCHES FROM THE LUXURY BELIEF CLASS:

The economist and social theorist Thomas Sowell once said that activism is “a way for useless people to feel important, even if the consequences of their activism are counterproductive for those they claim to be helping and damaging to the fabric of society as a whole.” The same could be said for luxury beliefs. They are similar to luxury goods, but present new problems. Attaching status to luxury goods or financial standing meant there were limits to how much harm the leisure class could do when it came to their conspicuous displays. For example, fashion is constrained by the speed with which people could adopt a new look. But with beliefs, this status cycle accelerates. A rich person flaunts her new belief. It then becomes fashionable among her peers, so she abandons it. Then a new stylish belief arises, while the old luxury belief trickles down the social hierarchy and wreaks havoc.

Read the whole thing.

BEWARE: Officials warn about the dangers of using public USB charging stations. “Travelers should use only AC charging ports, use USB no-data cables, or ‘USB condom’ devices.”

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: NPR Strikes Different Tone When Writing About Matt Bevin’s Election Fraud Claims Than Stacey Abrams.’

As Tim Graham of NewsBusters adds, “NPR’s online story was headlined ‘Skeptics Urge Bevin To Show Proof Of Fraud Claims, Warning Of Corrosive Effects’…NPR’s online headline last year on this story was ‘Georgia’s Stacey Abrams Admits Defeat, Says Kemp Used ‘Deliberate’ Suppression To Win.’”

I know I’m getting way over my skis for saying this, but just think of NPR as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

I WONDER IF WILLIE SUTTON’S LAW* APPLIES? Why Is the ‘Impeachment Inquiry’ Focusing on Ukraine?.

* Sutton’s Law

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HOW DARE YOU! Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Heads To Spain On Yacht Made From And Powered By Petroleum Products. “‘The irony of protesting capitalism and oil on board a carbon-fiber (petrochemical) yacht owned by European royals who made billions operating Monaco as a tax haven was rich,’ CFACT President Craig Rucker said, The [Washington] Times reported.”

THIS IS CNN: CNN Contributor Claims Doctored Pic of Elise Stefanik Is ‘Fake,’ but ‘Believable.’

And the original Mister “Fake But Accurate,” whose producer inadvertently gave PJ Media its first nom de Web, is himself is a regular on the network: As irony is laid to rest, Dan Rather appears on CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources.’ 

SELF-AWARENESS DEFICIENCY ALERT: Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social-media website called WT: Social. The platform aims to compete with Facebook and Twitter, except instead of funding it using advertising, Wales is taking a page from the Wikipedia playbook and financing it through user donations.

Says Wales:

“The business model of social media companies, of pure advertising, is problematic,” Wales told Financial Times. “It turns out the huge winner is low-quality content.”

If there is any human being in the known universe who truly understands “low-quality content”, it is Jimmy Wales. Wikipedia might be the go-to site for cretins like Soledad O’Brien and Alexandria Occasional Cortex  but for the rest of the literate world…

SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: The Old School.

FASTER, PLEASE: Iowa wind farm sending many giant blades to landfills.

VISITING THE UNCANNY VALLEY OF THE DOLLS.

SO WE’RE IN DFW, where our CRJ75 is grounded after the pin securing the door cable failed when they tried to close the door, forcing them to deplane us while they try to figure out what to do. This is the second time I’ve experienced this exact failure, suggesting that it’s a not-uncommon issue, though the airline folks seem flummoxed. Canadair, you may want to look into this. Meanwhile, waiting to see if they’ll fix it, or get us another plane. It was Delta last time, this time it’s American.

UPDATE: What were we doing? It was the PJ Media reunion in California.

With Stephen & Melissa Green.

Sell the website, but keep the Orb Of Power! With Gerard van Der Leun.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Well, give American Airlines credit — they had us on a new plane in 30 minutes and got us home only a half-hour late.

And here’s Insta-co-blogger Austin Bay with Richard Fernandez. They had extensive and lengthy discussions about the strategery of what’s going on both domestically and internationally.

And since people are talking fitness in the comments, I’ll note that Col. Bay can still do handstands.

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE AND THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY: A New Strategy on Campus: Blame the Jews.

EYES WIDE SHUT: Prince Andrew’s Epstein-Related BBC Interview Was “Catastrophic Mistake.”

During the interview, the Duke of York was also asked about Virginia Giuffre, who was pictured with and claimed she had sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17-years-old.

“I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever,” said the Duke.

“You don’t remember meeting her?” he was then asked.

“No,” responded Prince Andrew.

During his answer, the Duke blinked no less than 10 times in the space of just 10 seconds…

Earlier: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN Have Corporate Parents; What Will They Do About Cover-up of Epstein Story?

OUT ON A LIMB: Most Say Media Working With Democrats to Impeach Trump.

KEVIN WILLIAMSON: Northwestern’s bungling student journalists were just copying the professionals.

On and on it goes: NPR fired a movie critic, David Edelstein, for making a joke about an infamous movie scene (that butter in “Last Tango in Paris”). ESPN hired the controversial commentator Rush Limbaugh and then fired the controversial commentator for producing controversial commentary, i.e. that a black quarterback had been overestimated for reasons of racial politics.

The strange thing is that while doing real journalism will get you fired or produce a groveling apology, inept journalism generally will not: Nobody actually got fired when Rolling Stone published a hard-hitting story in 2014 about a horrifying rape at the University of Virginia that turned out to be an utter fiction; managing editor Will Dana was permitted to make a graceful exit some months later without the stigma of being given the boot. The New York Times published a hit piece during the 2008 presidential campaign suggesting John McCain was having an affair with a lobbyist based on precisely squat (the paper’s own ombudsman confessed as much) and later published an absurd non-retraction retraction — after the election, in the face of litigation. Jim Rutenberg, the lead author on that article, still writes for the Times.

Read the whole thing, as needless to say, Kevin knows a thing or two firsthand about “professional” journalism’s cowardice in the face of the mob. Thinking of the MSM as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, does help to make a bit more sense of it all, however.

MAYBE LOUISIANA GUV WAS MORE PRO-LIFE WIN, LESS TRUMP LOSS: Rod Dreher, who knows a thing or seven about Louisiana politics, offers a number of observations about why Gov. John Bel Edwards won re-election, including the fact his GOP opponent had no platform. That’s right, no platform.

 

NEW DOCUMENTS ALLEGE MILLIONS WENT TO BIDEN’S AND KERRY’S FIRM.

UPDATE: As Ambassador De Sadesky would say, our source was the New York Times…

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THE CORBYNIZATION OF JEREMY CORBYN’S PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Labour Election candidate ran secret Facebook group which advises party ‘Holocaust deniers’ how to beat charges of antisemitism.

Related: New letter supporting Jeremy Corbyn signed by Roger Waters, Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky and more. The signatories “describe Corbyn as a ‘life-long committed anti-racist’ and claim that ‘no political party or political leader has done more to address [antisemitism] than Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.’”

YOU’RE DEFINITELY GOING TO NEED A BIGGER BLOG: Why the Public Hates the Press.

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