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November 15, 2018

NEW, FROM MY FRIEND LAURA MONTGOMERY:  Like a Continental Soldier.

The starship Valerie Hall failed to reach the terraformed world of its original destination. Instead, it found a habitable substitute where the settlers split into two factions. First Landing devolved into a rude replica of medieval despotism. Seccon might promise more.

Or so hope Gilead Tan and his companions.

Gilead spent three centuries in cold sleep, held there by a First Landing custom that decreed only one sleeper could be awakened every fifty years. Once awake, Gilead freed two dozen of his fellows—all soldiers like himself—and led them into the wilderness.

Close to two hundred civilians still lie trapped in the decaying cryo-cells of First Landing. Their captive slumber haunts him.

But despite its vaunted freedom, Seccon has one rule. No one goes back to First Landing.

THIS IS MY NAUSEATED FACE: ‘Woke’ Kimmel Lets Borat Sexualize Melania.

THIS IS ALSO MY FEELING:  Matt Gaetz: Democrats ‘Are Testing What They Can Get Away With’ to ‘Steal 2020’.  They need their snouts smacked with a rolled up newspaper, but most of all, people, we MUST true the vote.  This time for real.

SPEAKING OF NATIONALISM, THAT INVASION, MARCHING UNDER FOREIGN FLAGS WHILE WEARING UNIFORMS [SOCCER UNIFORMS HAVE STRONG NATIONAL AND REGIONAL TIES EVERYWHERE BUT IN THE US] IS STILL ON THE WAY: Filmmaker Ami Horowitz Embedded Himself In The Migrant Caravan.

NO. LET’S GO FURTHER: IN DEFENSE OF ALL NATIONALISM.  WWI WAS NOT CAUSED BY NATIONALISM, IT WAS CAUSED BY STUPID INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCES.  A WORLD WITH NO BORDERS WOULD BE JUST LIKE THAT. EVERYTHING WOULD BE A WORLD WAR. AND WORLD WAR II WAS THE SECOND EPISODE OF WORLD WAR I AND NATIONALISM WAS INCIDENTAL TO THE SOCIALISM. RAISING CHILDREN TO HATE THEIR OWN COUNTRIES IS KILLING THE WEST. LET’S STOP THAT MESS NOW. PEOPLE FEEL THEY NEED TO BE PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER.  I’D RATHER THE SOMETHING BIGGER BE THEIR OWN COUNTRY THAN “SOCIAL JUSTICE” OR “INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM” OR OTHER THINGS THAT ALLOW THE BOOT TO STOMP ON THE HUMAN FACE FOREVER:  In defense of American nationalism.

We stop running from nationalism right now, right here.  Of course we, in America, have the best country in the world to love, but if other people want to be proud of their countries and think they’re wonderful, good on them.  Has to be better than being proud of how they’re being invaded or hating on their own history. Heaven knows, it would be better for even the French to find love of country, rather than elect people like Macron. Sure, Napoleon. But if they get another one of those we put him down again. Still better than international socialism.

LIVING IN THE AGE OF EMILY LITELLA:  The Oceans Are Boiling! Oh, Wait—Never Mind.

… EXCEPT FOR THE FACT THE DEMS ARE DESPERATE AND HAVE LOST THE PLOT: Florida Recounts Are Going Nowhere.

OH, GOOD LORD:  Señor Leprechaun Beto O’Rourke: Squeals for 2020.

DUH!  Ted Olson Is Wrong, It’s About Acosta’s Behavior NOT The First Amendment.

November 14, 2018

AVENATTI UPDATE: Avenatti Arrested: Suspicion of Felony Domestic Violence, Includes Leaving Jail Video.

(Bumped.)

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jeff Rohrer comes out as gay, set to marry Sunday.

JUSTICE:

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Bob Woodward Is Right: The Press Is ‘Emotionally Unhinged’ About Trump.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Photo shows “Nazi Salutes” from the White House Press Corps.

THIS IS COOL: “High Noon” Remake Deal Signed With Classical Entertainment.

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YOUR DAILY TREACHER: Hillary Clinton Is History.

Apparently, it was Republican members of [The Texas Board of Education] who decided Hillary should be cut from the curriculum. Which makes sense. If kids aren’t taught about the massive, entirely avoidable blunder the Democrats made in 2016, those kids might grow up to make the same mistake all over again. Decades from now, they might nominate another Hillary Clinton-type figure. And that would be good for the Republicans.

So I’m glad these guys aren’t being allowed to erase Hillary’s astonishing failure from our shared history. Teach our children, and our children’s children, for generations to come. Tell them what happened to Hillary, and to the people who trusted her. Let the name “Hillary” become synonymous with “shameful, agonizing defeat.”

Heh, indeed.™ It’s Jim Treacher, so read the whole thing.

WHO’S GRATEFUL? Kyle Smith reviews Roger Daltrey’s Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: “Who Singer’s Delightful New Autobiography:”

[Keith Moon’s antics] weren’t so hilarious “when you think about it soberly,” Daltrey says. “The pranks, the explosions, the general devastation, there was usually someone at the other end of it having a pretty miserable time.” After an early TV appearance, Daltrey recalls, Moon set off a smoke bomb so large that it knocked him several feet forward and ensured that Townshend’s hearing was “never 100 percent again.” That same U.S. tour, Daltrey carefully rationed his spending, limiting himself to one hamburger a day, only to be told upon return to the U.K. that there were no profits to be shared. “I’d hardly spent anything,” Daltrey says. “Yes, but do you know what Keith spent?” his agent replied. Daltrey had to borrow money for his flight home.

It’s not hard to see how rock can create a conservative. These days the singer of the No. 1 conservative rock song of all time detests Jeremy Corbyn (whom he, not without cause, calls a “communist”), supports Brexit, and says of the Labour party, “It pains me to say it, but in my life a Labour government comes in with incredible optimism and leaves the country in the sh*t.” His abiding conservative feature, however, is the gratitude that resounds through this book. He gives thanks for his wife, Heather, who has stood by him since 1971, and for his other life partner, too: “I made the conscious decision that if my job was going to be the singer of Pete’s songs, and if Pete’s songs were genius, which they were, then I would be happy with my lot, thank you very much.”

Read the whole thing – and check it my own review, if you missed it last week: Roger Daltrey’s New Autobiography Explains How The Punk Became the Godfather.

 

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THE DEMOCRATS MUST HAVE TOLD HER THEY COULDN’T PROTECT HER ANYMORE: Embattled Broward Election Supervisor Announces Possible Retirement.

Flashback: Andrea Mitchell tries to convince us Sipes is a Republican.

Related: Federal prosecutors reviewing altered election documents tied to Florida Democrats.

Also: Federal Judge Rebuked Broward Supervisor for Hiding ‘Mystery’ Voter Roll Manual. “She refused to cough up documents during a trial about the voter rolls in her county last year.”

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CHANGE: Trump Endorses Criminal Justice Bill, Giving Momentum to Long-Delayed Reforms.

Trump’s statements today were the culmination of months of battle between criminal justice reform supporters and law-and-order conservatives to sway the president’s opinion on the issue.

Trump announced his support for better reentry programs for inmates in his 2017 State of the Union speech, but it was never clear if he would stomach the sentencing reforms that Senate leaders demanded.

On one side, supporting the bill, was Trump son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, celebrities like Kim Kardashian, and conservative criminal justice advocates, such as Mark Holden, the general counsel of Koch Industries and the chairman of Freedom Partners.

On the other side were recently resigned Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Sen. Tom Cotton (R–Ark.), who once complained that America has “an under-incarceration problem.”

Well, in fact, serious violent criminals are under-incarcerated, which is in part a consequence of filling the prisons with others.

UPDATE: Well.

ANOTHER FAILURE FOR WESTERN INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES: Iran Was Closer to a Nuclear Bomb Than Intelligence Agencies Thought.

WELL: Michael Avenatti is arrested for domestic violence after ‘swollen and bruised’ estranged wife filed felony report.

Tiana Lowe tweets, “There’s already more evidence against Michael Avenatti than there is against Brett Kavanaugh.”

The Left projects, always.

NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL WINNING: Americans are pigging out on bacon as Trump’s trade war cuts chicken demand.

MODERN ACADEMIA IS SO CENSORIOUS, a new journal will allow authors to publish under pseudonyms to avoid the PC mob.

SHOT:

Chaser:

FASTER, PLEASE. MUCH FASTER. SERIOUSLY, YOU’VE HAD MORE THAN 160 YEARS. Scalise on Needing to Do ‘a Lot Better’ at Articulating Conservatism: ‘We’re Going to Get There.’

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How To Teach Someone To Drive A Stick. I taught my daughter to drive a stick — on the Mazda RX-8, whose lack of low-end grunt made it a bit tricky — but I wonder if she’ll ever use it again.

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OH FER CRYIN’ OUT LOUD: Federal Judge Rebuked Broward Supervisor for Hiding ‘Mystery’ Voter Roll Manual. “She refused to cough up documents during a trial about the voter rolls in her county last year.”

I’M EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: Air Force Fast-Tracks New A2K “More Penetrating” Deep Strike Bunker Buster Bomb.

THIS IS TROUBLING: CDC: More cases of polio-like illness in children emerge.

KEEP COUNTING UNTIL THE DESIRED RESULT IS REACHED: Abrams gains ground as judges order more Georgia votes to be counted.

SAFETY, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG: Indonesia 737 crash caused by “safety” feature change pilots weren’t told of.

CRIME OF THE CENTURY: Drunk Mississippi man drove truck into courthouse to report his drugs were stolen.

IT ISN’T BRIBERY WHEN THE RIGHT PEOPLE DO IT: Amazon is getting more than $2 billion for NYC and Virginia expansions.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Facebook’s conservative problem is something Big Tech must answer for. “We don’t really know what motivates their decisions about what is and isn’t acceptable speech both inside their organizations and, more important, on their platforms. All we know is that they are the ever-more-powerful arbiters of who gets to say what to the massive audiences within social media’s reach. Conservatives have good reason to be suspicious about how all internet giants, but particularly Facebook and Twitter, control and monitor what is said on their platforms.”

HMM: ISIS Group Claims California Wildfires Are Retribution, Vows ‘You Will See More Fires.’ “The terror group has previously suggested both wildland and commercial or residential arson as an attack tactic.”

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THE MASK SLIPS: Democrats’ top issues are socialized medicine, repealing the 2nd Amendment.

A 2020 primary survey conducted by TargetPoint Consulting revealed voter fatigue among Democrats with the two-time failed presidential candidate. The poll is the first to include Clinton among 2020 hopefuls, just as her former aides suggest she is gearing up for another presidential campaign.

The survey also reveals the top two most important issues to Democratic voters—securing single-payer health care and repeal of the Second Amendment.

After the Second comes the First.

Plus: “Former vice president Joe Biden leads the field, but with just 29 percent of the vote. Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders is the only other candidate to crack 20 percent, while Clinton shares a distant fourth place with just 8 percent of likely voters saying they would support her in 2020.”

MORE: Fox News backs CNN in lawsuit against Trump, wants Acosta reinstated.

In its complaint filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, CNN argued that the revocation of Acosta’s access was “the culmination of years of hostility by President Trump against CNN and Acosta” based on its reporting and “an unabashed attempt to censor the press and exclude reporters from the White House who challenge and dispute the President’s point of view.”

In response, the Justice Department argued in a court filing that Trump has “broad discretion to regulate access to the White House for journalists.”

Wallace said Fox News intended to file an amicus brief in support of CNN with the court ahead of an afternoon hearing.

Fox News is alienating its core audience in support of a deeply flawed lawsuit.

Dumb.

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VIDEO: How ZTE helps Venezuela create social control. “Venezuela’s Fatherland Card is troubling citizens and human-rights groups who believe it is a tool for Maduro to monitor the populace and allocate scarce resources to people his government deems most loyal.”

Background on the “Fatherland Card” here.

SCIENCE, UNSETTLED: Climate contrarian uncovers scientific error, upends major ocean warming study. “The findings of the … paper were peer reviewed and published in the world’s premier scientific journal and were given wide coverage in the English-speaking media. Despite this, a quick review of the first page of the paper was sufficient to raise doubts as to the accuracy of its results.”

AMERICA: Wisconsin company buys employees firearms for Christmas. “Giving employees their choice of revolver as a gift is part of an effort to promote personal safety and team building, the company’s co-owner said.”

OR LEADING HISPANIC SENATOR TED CRUZ, FOR THAT MATTER:

CORPORATISM: PayPal suspends the accounts of UKIP supporters without explanation.

IN THE MAIL: From Tim Wu, The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age.

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SHOCKER: Valerie Jarrett Writes Op-Ed Supporting Pelosi for Speaker. “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?”

WHEN YOU HATE AMERICA: A Massachusetts college’s library shared an article about “Decolonizing Thanksgiving,” using the hashtag “#NationalDayOfMourning.”

The Pilgrims were just immigrants looking for a better life. How dare you Thanksgiving-shame them.

ED MORRISSEY: Republicans’ Arizona debacle.

The loss in Arizona highlights their tenuous hold on the key states necessary to winning the Electoral College. The losses in the “blue wall” states show that normal or higher Democratic turnout will block Trump from that path to victory, unless Clinton tries running again. Without those states, Republicans can only get to 260 votes using the 2016 election results as a template. Republicans would have to make a big push in Virginia, or perhaps some combination of Colorado, Nevada, and New Hampshire in order to get the 10 electors necessary to win without the Midwestern flips that made Trump president.

If Sinema’s win means Arizona is in play — and Trump’s 49 percent in 2016 already suggested it might be — then there is almost no place to make up the loss of those 11 electors. On top of that, the close election in Georgia’s gubernatorial race also potentially puts that state in bubble status as well, with another 16 electors at risk in a state Trump won with only 51 percent of the vote. Suddenly, Trump has gone from 306 electors to just 249 or even 233.

Arizona turning purple should have Republicans wringing their hands for the next two years.

Given all the ticket-splitting in Arizona between the gubernatorial and senate candidates, I’m not yet certain there’s a larger lesson to draw here, as Ed has done. McSally wasn’t as strong on the campaign trail as she could or should have been, and Sinema ran a smart (if fundamentally dishonest) campaign, and enjoyed serious media tailwinds. So Arizona seems to me like less of a referendum on Trump, and more of a case of all politics being local. But we’ll see.

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: DC Carry Permits Jump Over 1440 Percent Since District Went ‘Shall Issue.’

The Metropolitan Police Department confirmed to The Daily Caller Tuesday that 1,896 concealed carry permits were issued by MPD for the calendar year to date 2018.

MPD noted that several hundred approvals came from applications submitted in late 2017. These were included in the current 2018 approval number, which is why the total number of 2018 applications for DC concealed carry permits to date is 1508 — a number lower than the 2018 approval number.

Prior the court ruling, according to The Washington Post, only 123 people had active D.C. concealed carry permits and MPD previously denied 77 percent of applicants for not providing the once-mandated “good reason” to carry.

Excellent.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ORWELL EDITION: Loyalty Oaths, Diversity Mandates, Faculty ‘Training’ at San Diego State.

A RIGHT SMART WONK TO RUN HOUSE GOP POLICY? Quin Hillyer, who, like the insurance commercial, knows a thing or three about what makes effective congressmen, has a solid piece this morning in the American Spectator on why Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) should be the next chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee.

“In the political world that congressmen inhabit, the head of the policy committee must be able to promote policy that works both in action and in the court of popular opinion. Palmer understands this,” according to Hillyer. Exactly.

 

DUSTY RIDE: Soldiers assigned to Bandit Troop, 1st Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment exit a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a training exercise in Iraq.

TRADE: This Year, Ironically, First U.S. Deficit Record In 12 Years.

According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, the U.S. trade deficit will almost certainly set a record in 2018 for the first time in 12 years , new data suggests for the first time.

It’s been a remarkable run without a deficit. To provide context, prior to 2006, the last record-setting year, the United States had set a record 11 of the previous 12 years.

It is also not without irony that the run of years without a deficit would come to an end under President Trump.

There’s nothing ironic about it. The economy and the dollar are both strong under Trump, meaning we can afford to buy more stuff.

I REMEMBER WHEN MONEY IN POLITICS WAS BAD: NeverTrump’s Billionaire Leftist Benefactors. But this explains some things.

VERONIQUE DE RUGY: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Right about Amazon’s Corporate Welfare. “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Ocasio-Cortez is mostly correct on this matter, and her conservative critics are wrong. Handouts like this to Amazon and other prominent companies are appalling in their cronyism, pure and simple. I agree that she doesn’t understand economics and that her socialist ideal is a recipe for fiscal and economic disaster. But her conservative critics reveal their own economic misunderstanding when they support targeted tax breaks as a means of creating jobs.”

Tax rates should be uniform. Special tax breaks, not generally available, should be taxed as income to the recipient.

INDIA JOINS THE NUCLEAR TRIAD CLUB.

MARTA HERNANDEZ: Gun Grabber Blood Dance.

ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE? Exclusive: 72 percent say media ‘dividing Americans,’ spreading ‘hate’. Trump gets blamed too, but the press gets blamed more.

FASTER, PLEASE: A superstar ex-Facebook and Google exec is trying to upend a $6 billion industry with devices that spot disease sooner — and she’s already testing it on animals.

The health and insurance industries are ripe for disruption.

“ARE WE THE BADDIES?” Facebook Morale Takes A Tumble Along With Stock Price.

Related: Did Facebook fire an executive for supporting Trump?

DAYS OF HYSTERIA OVER THIS AND IT WAS ALL FAKE NEWS: Wisconsin boys’ Nazi salute was actually a wave to their parents, photographer says.

THE ECONOMY IS BOOMING but the Sex Recession is here. Sad!

NO. NEXT QUESTION? CNN v. Trump: Is There a Constitutional Right to a Press Pass?

Acosta has the Constitutional right to be a self-centered jerk, but that doesn’t entitle him a White House press pass.

YOU DON’T SAY: Union of Concerned Scientists For Nukes! Activist group finally recognizes that it can’t achieve its energy and climate goals without nuclear power.

In its new report, The Nuclear Power Dilemma, the UCS now recognizes that nuclear power plays an important role in addressing the problem of man-made global warming by helping to keep U.S. carbon dioxide emissions considerably lower than they would otherwise be. The UCS notes that there has been a 28 percent reduction in U.S. power-sector emissions of carbon dioxide below 2005 levels. This is largely due to the switch from coal to cheap fracked natural gas, to increased energy efficiency, and to the deployment of some solar and wind generation capacity.

The UCS fears that this trend toward lower carbon dioxide emissions will be derailed because many of the currently operating nuclear power plants will close because they are being outcompeted by generation facilities fueled by cheap natural gas and subsidized renewable power generation. “More than one-third of existing plants, representing 22 percent of total U.S. nuclear capacity, are unprofitable or scheduled to close,” notes the report. “The possibility that the nation will replace existing nuclear plants with natural gas and coal rather than low-carbon sources raises serious concerns about our ability to achieve the deep cuts in carbon emissions needed to limit the worst impacts of climate change.” The UCS has evidently come to realize that closing down nuclear power plants will perversely “lock-in” fossil fuels and thus make it harder and more expensive to “save the climate.”

How about a crash program to develop safe and standardized thorium reactors?

ASHE SCHOW: 462 Financial Journalists Were Asked Their Political Leanings. Guess How Many Said They Were Conservative.

Less than five percent. But there’s also this:

“First, financial journalists have stronger incentives to produce original information and analysis than to disseminate information already in the public domain, and they rely heavily on private communication with company management for information. Second, sell-side analysts play an important role in informing financial journalists, many of whom lack financial sophistication. Third, the incentives for sensationalism in the business press assumed in prior research are dominated by incentives for accurate, timely, in-depth, and informative reporting, while the quid pro quo incentives assumed in prior literature (e.g., putting a positive spin on company news to maintain access to inside sources) are substantial.”

Get that? Journalists covering the financial industry don’t know the industry and give favorable coverage to keep access. Sounds like pretty much every other type of journalist.

Journalists often present themselves as vital gatekeepers of news and information, but not in the direction you’d hope.

UGH: Drug Resistance Could Soon Kill More People Each Year Than Cancer, UN Warns. “CDC last month reported that an outbreak of salmonella in raw chicken products was a strain resistant to multiple antibiotics.”

AND NOW, FOR AMERICA’S PAPER OF RECORD:  CNN Unveils New Slogan: ‘Orange Man Bad’.

THE LEFT DOES HAVE A TODDLER’S FASCINATION WITH POO! Again With The Feces: The Establishment Art World Soils  its Credibility.

But, but… but… they’re edgy, daring, and those little old ladies now dead for over fifty years will totes be shocked at their amazing creativity.  Oh, my sore feet. The west is dying of a generation’s puerile refusal to grow up.  And it ain’t the millenials.

OF COURSE, THE WAY IT CHANGES MIGHT NOT BE WHAT ANYONE WANTS:  Lack of sunspots to bring record cold, warns NASA scientist.

I have a vague memory of reading a sample of his book a way back, and that I gave up after a few pages (no longer remember why, but it could just be I don’t like alarmism.) If it is what I remember it opens with “What if one day the snow just doesn’t stop?” Which is a grabbing opening, you must admit.

ON THE INTERNET EVERYONE KNOWS IF YOU’RE A DOG:  Google Dorks Kill Spies.

WAIT, WAIT, DOES THIS MEAN CNN IS GOLLUM? DOES IT ALL END WITH ACOSTA THROWN INTO A VOLCANO?  POPCORN. I NEED POPCORN:  CNN Decides Jim Acosta Is Their Precious, Files Lawsuit.

OH, PLEASE.  OF COURSE IT IS. IF CALIFORNIA HAD BEEN SUBMERGED OR UNDER ICE (NOTE I HAVE NO IDEA IF EITHER EVER HAPPENED IN GEOLOGIC HISTORY, SO EITHER THE CLIMATE CHANGED OR FAILED TO CHANGE.  SAME DIF) IT WOULDN’T BE ON FIRE:  Climate Change Is Not To Blame For California Fires.

All in favor of submerging California, after sending out rescue missions for our friends (and my host mother, from when I was an exchange student) embedded behind enemy lines, say aye.

THE DEMS CLAIM THE METHLAB OF DEMOCRACY. HOW NICE:  Flake Flipped: Arizona Senate Race Called for Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.

NOW WITH MORE BLOOD AND FEWER ETHICS:  Gun Grabber Blood Dance.

INDEED:  Trump’s Greatest Political Sin.

And yet, it moves.

November 13, 2018

YOU WENT FULL INFO-WARS, DONNY. NEVER GO FULL INFO-WARS: Donny Deutsch Implies Trump Will Order Military Coup if Loses in 2020.

Perhaps Donny was simply attempting a tacit plug for Glenn’s paper on military coups.

NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS: Occasional-Cortex claims she can’t afford DC apartment, but records show she has at least $15,000 in savings.

OPEN THREAD: Turn it up to 11.