THE 21ST CENTURY IS NOT TURNING OUT AS I’D HOPED: Dangerous, Filthy Homeless Encampments Force Closure of Hawaii Public Park Indefinitely.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: 25 Not Salon-Approved Conservatives Worth Following on Twitter.

COMING SOON FROM ROGER KIMBALL AND ENCOUNTER: Vox Populi: The Perils and Promises of Populism.

SMARTPHONES: “Weapons of Mass Manipulation?”

WHY IS SILICON VALLEY RUINING AMERICA FOR PROFIT? How Silicon Valley Divided Society and Made Everyone Raging Mad.

Oh, right, I guess it’s the for-profit part.

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THE SCIENCE IS NOT SETTLED: Body Odor and Sexual Attraction: How A Woman’s Scent Attracts Men. But there’s this: “Until then, here is what we do know about what men want. ‘Men are clearly attracted by cues of youth, health, body shapes associated with health, etc.,’ says Roney, ‘all of which supports attraction based on mating potential.'” Glad they’ve figured that out.

BEING ASPLENIC, I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS: New pneumonia vaccine protects against dozens of additional forms.

HOLLYWOOD: FLOP-A-RAMA.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Jimmy Carter: The media has been harder on Trump than predecessors.

Plus, he and Lillian voted for Bernie.

SALENA ZITO ON VIRGINIA: The Race Is Close. It Shouldn’t Be. Democrats Should Be Terrified.

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ANDREW KLAVAN: Trump’s a Big Mouth; Journalists are Villains.

SALENA ZITO: John James could be the future Republicans have been waiting for.

There’s a little irony there, his father and mother are both Democrats. In fact, his father donated to the very sitting U.S. Senator he would like to face next fall in a general election.

James smiles, “I have been a conservative and Republican all of my life. My parents I suspect will support me,” he says laughing.

James has been very successful in his post-military life, he became the president of the family company in 2014. “It’s an automotive logistics company that specializes in warehousing distribution manufacturing and assembly and supply chain information systems. When I started the company it was making 35 million. It was good, it was very good. Strong customer base. I bring a passion for service, and I am pretty much an energetic leader. With a clarity of vision, we were able to grow from 35 million to 137 million in less than five years and added a hundred jobs here in Michigan,” he said.

James says what people need at this time is pulling together instead of apart. That, he says, requires people to work together and get results so that the state and the country can succeed even in the toughest of environments. “I believe that I was needed, where I could do the most good. I want to continue my service to my country, continue my service to my community,” he said.

The last Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from Michigan was Spencer Abraham in 1994 – he lost his reelection bid in 2000 to current Democratic U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow who is up for reelection next year.

Michigan stunned the political class last year when it’s electoral votes favored Donald J. Trump over Hillary Clinton.

While strategists calculate name ID and Stabenow’s favorable ratings, and while the media focuses on whether musician Kid Rock — teasing a run for months — is actually going to jump in, James is about the business of winning.

He has already raised an impressive $300,000 in just under a month.

Read the whole thing.

TRUE: Gorsuch: Civility doesn’t mean suppressing disagreement.

IN ITALY, two regions, Lombardy and Veneto, vote on greater autonomy.

FIRST AUSTRIA, NOW THIS: Czech Election Won by Anti-Establishment Party Led by Billionaire.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: San Jose State University lecturer threatens to ‘beat the s**t out of’ pro-life protesters. Not sure this actually qualifies as a “threat,” but it’s the kind of thing that suggests all the talk about “diversity and inclusion” is pretty bogus.

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WAPO: Trump Has Already Largely Won His War Against The Media. “Consider the language used in this question. Marist didn’t ask people whom they trusted more between the media at large and Trump; it was a choice between the media outlet you like the best and the president. Presumably, the media outlet you like the best is the one you consider most reliable and informative, but even pitting a Trump supporter’s top pick of all of the media outlets against the president, the president wins. . . . This poll was released on the heels of another survey that adds still more context to the question of media trust. A Politico-Morning Consult survey conducted online found that nearly half of Americans, a plurality, thinks that the media makes up stories about the president out of whole cloth.”

Well, if you guys weren’t so obviously, rabidly eager to bring Trump down, maybe people would trust you more.

ROBERT EHRLICH: Chaotic White House aside, Trump is achieving Reaganesque policy wins.

The narrative includes criticisms that have grown familiar during Trump’s first year in office. Here, the president is viewed as a shoot-from-the-hip neophyte too undisciplined to govern and quite dangerous in a world populated by despots who wield nuclear weapons.

Sen. Bob Corker’s recent broadsides qualify here. The retiring Republican Senator from Tennessee sees an overmatched executive lacking in “competence” and “stability,” albeit surrounded by a competent senior group daily engaged in the task of keeping the leader of the free world from careening off the rails. (Whatever did happen to keeping family disputes within the family?)

Make no mistake, this is how today’s Washington views the president and his administration. Note that this particular indictment is distinguished from the “all hands on deck” Trump haters who continue to be transfixed by a Trump/Russian collusion conspiracy story that lacks credible supporting evidence after two years of exhaustive investigation and desperate mainstream media attention.

In striking contrast are a series of Trump administration policy initiatives that not only define Trump as the anti-Obama, but also as more Reaganesque than a “Never Trumper” could ever have imagined. How else to describe a president willing to buck the status quo, and a powerful establishment press, in pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accords and now refusing to recertify a notoriously deficient nuclear deal with the mullahs in Tehran.

As expected, these decisions have propelled the left (and numerous feckless allies) into yet additional anti-Trump tirades. But this president seems more intent on serving America’s long-term interests than attempting to curry favor with a hostile media or spiking his approval numbers in foreign countries. (That even President Obama never dared submit either agreement to Congress in the form of a treaty provides insight into how viable he viewed the respective agreements, but I digress…)

Trump’s aggressive contrariness is not confined to foreign policy initiatives. Witness his insistence on a return to the rule of law with respect to both DACA (undocumented children brought to the U.S. at a young age) and Obamacare. Here, the layman executive manifests a better understanding of executive restraint than his Constitutional law professor successor. How refreshing, and old school, to find an administration intending to operate within established Constitutional constraints. How stunning to see a president disinclined to unilateral executive action even when the stakes are extraordinarily high.

How revealing that most of the political class is appalled.

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SLATE: This Is Not Trump’s Benghazi: The deaths of U.S. troops in Niger were a tragedy, but there’s no need for conspiracy theories.

Weirdly, most of the people who are calling it Trump’s Benghazi are the same people who were telling us that Benghazi was a right-wing political fiction.

MEGYN KELLY’S SLIDING CAREER: “What a dismal slide for Kelly! Remember how high she was riding when she moderated that GOP debate? That was more than 2 years ago. She made a big leap that night, confronting Trump, and there was so much liberal hope for her when Trump went menstrual on her. But Trump went on to win, and what use is she now? No use to celebrities, and now she can’t get celebrities on her show, and what’s a daytime talk show without celebrities?”

As was commented here a few days back:

She was brilliant on FNC. She was like a cross-examining prosecutor with a witness in the box. Nothing got past her and she ran to ground every specious talking point the liberal flacks who went on her show tried to spout.

Then, she got that haircut and everything changed.

Yeah, that haircut did seem to mark a transition. I wonder what prompted it?

JOHN MCWHORTER: Educated liberals overuse the term ‘racist.’

No one can fail to be amazed by the courage of the people who protested segregation and bigotry in the 1950s and 1960s. Those who endured physical injury justifiably stick in our minds the most.

Today’s educated liberals lack the courage they admire in their forebears, at a time when it is needed more than ever. Namely, too many liberals in power lack the guts to sanction those dedicated to shouting down speakers from the right. Instead, they let pass a state of dialogue as choked as the one that Berkeley’s Free Speech movement resisted.

To hurl the N-word at someone is an attempt to shut down discussion. Today, the word “racist” serves the same function. Or, today’s fashionable new version is the now grievously overused “white supremacist.” Such that, for example, liberal man of letters and Columbia professor Mark Lilla is accused of making white supremacy “respectable” — for suggesting that Democrats emphasize identity politics less with the goal of winning the White House from Donald Trump. . . .

It has become clear over the past few years that the shouting students and their civilian accomplices (the latter of whom have sometimes outnumbered the former, as at Middlebury when Charles Murray was accosted) are a charismatic minority who do not represent general opinion, even among enlightened people on the left. The verdict is in: even those of us deeply committed to battling discrimination and inequality find this shutting down of speakers barbaric: unintellectual, uncivil, crude, counterproductive.

Crucially, however, these objections make not a dent in these happy warriors’ actions.

Nope. Only consequences will do that.

THOMAS FRANK: What Harvey Weinstein tells us about the liberal world: Harvey Weinstein seemed to fit right in. This is a form of liberalism that routinely blends self-righteousness with upper-class entitlement.

What explains Weinstein’s identification with progressive causes? Perhaps it was all about cozying up to power, the thrill of being a friend of Bill Clinton.

Perhaps it was all about moral absolution, in the same way that lists of corporations-that-care always turn out to be led by outfits like Walmart, Goldman Sachs and Exxon-Mobil. In the world of the wealthy, liberalism is something you do to offset your rapacious behavior in other spheres. It’s no coincidence that, in Weinstein’s desperate first response to the accusations against him, he thought to promise war against the National Rifle Association and to support scholarships for women.

But it’s also something deeper than that. Most people on the left think of themselves as resisters of authority, but for certain of their leaders, modern-day liberalism is a way of rationalizing and exercising class power. Specifically, the power of what some like to call the “creative class”, by which they mean well-heeled executives in industries like Wall Street, Silicon Valley and Hollywood.

Worshiping these very special people is the doctrine that has allowed Democrats to pull even with Republicans in fundraising and that has buoyed the party’s fortunes in every wealthy suburb in America.

That this strain of liberalism also attracts hypocrites like Harvey Weinstein, with his superlative fundraising powers and his reverence for “great artists”, should probably not surprise us. Remember, too, that Weinstein is the man who once wrote an essay demanding leniency for Roman Polanski, partially on the grounds that he too was a “great artist”.

Narcissism coupled with entitlement.

APPARENTLY FOOTLOOSE DOES NOT PRESENT AN ACCURATE DEPICTION OF FLYOVER AMERICA:  Former NPR CEO opens up about liberal media bias.  Shocked, shocked, shocked. This is my shocked face!

NEWS YOU CAN USE:  Senior-citizens should watch out for scammers.

YOUNG PEOPLE DOING SOMETHING STUPID AND ROMANTIC?  There’s my shocked face again.  Meet the pretentious millennials who romanticize living in vans.  The world will surely go to h*ll in their hands, as it’s been going to h*ll in the hands of the young since the third millennium.  BC!

ONLY HAVE IT TO GO RED FASCISM INSTEAD OF BLACK ONE, DECADES LATER:  How Hitler’s plan to take over LA was thwarted by a Jewish lawyer.

NOT SURPRISINGLY COMING FROM THE EAST:  The European Revolt Continues.

YEAH, I REMEMBER WHEN HE SENT HIS AIDES TO MORNING SHOWS TO SAY IT WAS ALL ABOUT A MOVIE AND THE WHOLE MEDIA COVERED FOR HIM:  Dems hope to spin Niger ambush as Trump’s Benghazi.  Also, Trump told potential rescuers to stand down, right?  Oh, wait, my bad.  All that was Obama.  Sorry Democrats. No Sale!

MADDOW IS STILL OUTSIDE A PADDED CELL?  Now, I truly am surprised.  I mean, I saw her on election night and all.  Conspiracy Theorist Rachel Maddow Puts Out a Conspiracy Theory So Insane Even the Huffington Post Is Calling Her Out.

WAIT, WAIT, THE DEMOCRATS MIGHT FIELD ANOTHER MARXIST FOR THE PRESIDENCY?  Who could have seen this coming?  I’m shocked, shocked….  Nah, same old dog, no new tricks.  Kamala Harris Doubles Campaign Cash to Media Firm That Boosted Bernie’s Profile.

DUMBER THAN SHEILA JACKSON? THE MIND BOGGLES:  Frederica Wilson: “Empty barrel is racissssst”.

WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH HOLLYWOOD? “What Harvey Weinstein tells us about the liberal world,” according to Thomas Frank, the lefty author of the 2004 book What’s the Matter with Kansas?

Harvey Weinstein seemed to fit right in. This is a form of liberalism that routinely blends self-righteousness with upper-class entitlement. That makes its great pronouncements from Martha’s Vineyard and the Hamptons. That routinely understands the relationship between the common people and showbiz celebrities to be one of trust and intimacy.

Countless people who should have known better are proclaiming their surprise at Harvey Weinstein’s alleged abuses. But in truth, their blindness is even more sweeping than that. They are lost these days in a hall of moral mirrors, weeping tears of admiration for their own virtue and good taste.

“Unexpectedly,” Bill Clinton only receives a passing mention in the article, but read the whole thing anyhow.

October 21, 2017

MEANWHILE, BACK IN KOREA: The military shows of force continue — and the information war also continues. USAF B-1Bs appear on radar screens throughout East Asia and in very cool photos with Japanese fighters and South Korean strike aircraft. There are lots of photos of U.S. and South Korean rocket artillery units that can suppress North Korean anti-aircraft systems, artillery pieces and missile sites (the ATACMs has the range to do it — scroll down to read the info). Missile subs show up in Busan — and show up so the NorKs can see them. Suddenly the press runs articles on South Korea’s “Frankenmissile.” Man, that oughtta scare North Korean Stalinist Commies ’cause it echoes the GMO “frankenfoods” that scare American and European Stalinist lefties. What’s a show of force? This’ll explain the operation.

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IN KNOXVILLE, a train derailment.

ELIMINATIONIST RHETORIC, AIRBRUSHED: YouTube deletes Maxine Waters promise to ‘go and take out Trump.’

FISH BEGS HELP FROM BICYCLES: Feminist who called for all-male curfew begs same men for money (car got towed!)

DON SURBER IS DISPLEASED WITH RICH LOWRY.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Disaster Preparedness for EMP Attacks and Solar Storms (Expanded Edition).

MORE ON HOW bicycling can kill your sex life. “Don’t worry, horseback riders or motorcycle riders: these aren’t as risky, because the seats are softer and wider.”

WONDER DRUG: Aspirin may reduce risk for liver cancer in hepatitis B patients, study says.

LIFE IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA: “People now get their kicks, and sometimes their profit, from destroying people they’ve never met.”

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MALE BREAST CANCER: ‘From silent to outspoken’: Why this man is speaking out about his breast cancer.

DUH. THAT’S WHY YOU DRINK SO MUCH ON JUNIOR YEAR ABROAD. Booze Might Make You Better at Foreign Languages.

FASTER, PLEASE: New neural network restores diaphragm function after spinal cord injury.

THE PURGES WILL CONTINUE UNTIL OUR MAJORITY IS ESTABLISHED! Democratic Party Drama Puts Deputy Chair Keith Ellison in a Tough Spot. But it’s all good: “Xochitl Hinojosa, a spokesperson for the DNC, said that none of the moves were made in retaliation or for any political purpose other than expanding diversity and unifying the party. . . . The public response from Perez to complaints from Ellison backers has only exacerbated the tensions, as Perez, like Hinojosa, has insisted that the changes were made only for the sake of ‘diversity.’ One paragraph in an NBC News story on the dustup was almost a parody of the tactic of cloaking ideological or political moves in liberal rhetoric about identity.”

IN THE MAIL: From Newt Gingrich & Peter Earley, Vengeance.

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THE INSTA-WIFE IS NOT IMPRESSED with “feminist” proposals to impose a curfew on men.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: White, male student under fire for defending diversity of thought: ‘punchable, drag him, expel him.’ “A white, male student at Chapman University has been maligned on social media after penning an op-ed for his school newspaper that argued campus diversity efforts, while seemingly offered with good intentions, actually breed radicalism and silence dissent.” Sounds like he’s got a point.

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ANDREW MCCARTHY: It’s Not Just The Clintons: The Obama Administration’s Uranium One Scandal. “The Clintons were just doing what the Clintons do: cashing in on their ‘public service.’ The Obama administration, with Secretary Clinton at the forefront but hardly alone, was knowingly compromising American national-security interests. The administration green-lighted the transfer of control over one-fifth of American uranium-mining capacity to Russia, a hostile regime — and specifically to Russia’s state-controlled nuclear-energy conglomerate, Rosatom. Worse, at the time the administration approved the transfer, it knew that Rosatom’s American subsidiary was engaged in a lucrative racketeering enterprise that had already committed felony, extortion, fraud, and money-laundering offenses.”

THE NEW YORKER does more marketing work for my paper on military coups.

But I thought all the woke lefties were hoping for a military coup. It’s hard to keep up.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: The Hill: Bill Clinton sought State’s permission to meet with Russian nuclear official during Obama uranium decision.

As he prepared to collect a $500,000 payday in Moscow in 2010, Bill Clinton sought clearance from the State Department to meet with a key board director of the Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom — which at the time needed the Obama administration’s approval for a controversial uranium deal, government records show.

Arkady Dvorkovich, a top aide to then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and one of the highest-ranking government officials to serve on Rosatom’s board of supervisors, was listed on a May 14, 2010, email as one of 15 Russians the former president wanted to meet during a late June 2010 trip, the documents show.

“In the context of a possible trip to Russia at the end of June, WJC is being asked to see the business/government folks below. Would State have concerns about WJC seeing any of these folks,” Clinton Foundation foreign policy adviser Amitabh Desai wrote the State Department on May 14, 2010, using the former president’s initials and forwarding the list of names to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s team.

The email went to two of Hillary Clinton’s most senior advisers, Jake Sullivan and Cheryl Mills.

And it sounds like even they were dubious:

Current and former Clinton aides told The Hill that the list of proposed business executives the former president planned to meet raised some sensitivities after Bill Clinton’s speaker bureau got the invite for the lucrative speech.

Hillary Clinton had just returned from Moscow and there were concerns about the appearance of her husband meeting with officials so soon after.

In addition, two of the Russians on the former president’s list had pending business that would be intersecting with State.

On a related note, a reader emails:

You know…when Hillary “fell on stairs” and “broke her toe” and then cancelled all the remaining interviews, I DID wonder if she was going into hiding b/c a story was about to break. Seems the uranium deal story is it. Yet she’s still being protected. I’m actually surprised at that. Figured if the DNC was really tired of her, they’d let it rip.

Yeah, the press hasn’t stopped covering for her the way it stopped covering for Harvey Weinstein. But I think that’s mostly because covering for her on this is a necessary part of covering for Obama.

UPDATE: And on that last note, see this from Andrew McCarthy. “The Uranium One scandal is not only, or even principally, a Clinton scandal. It is an Obama-administration scandal.”

TAKE OFF AND NUKE TWITTER FROM ORBIT. IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO BE SURE. Russia-linked Twitter account helped Drexel professor’s ‘White Genocide’ tweet go viral, prompting university investigation.

IT’S DEJA DINKINS ALL OVER AGAIN:

Shot:

It wasn’t so long ago that things were completely crazy, when guests at cocktail parties chatted about strategies for dealing with muggers (it was widely believed that you should always carry what we called ”mugger money” so as not to anger your attackers). Those who were brave enough to park cars on city streets made sure to remove the stereos when they parked, then place “No radio, nothing valuable in car” signs on their dashboards.

—“NYC, July 1993,” Kyle Smith, the New York Post, July 21, 2013.

Chaser:

In San Francisco, where no automobile parked on the street is immune from glass-smashing thieves, some people have taken to posting signs on car windows announcing that there are no valuables inside.

The hope, of course, is that a thief will read the notice and decide: “Huh. No valuables in this one.I guess I’ll break into some other car.”

On Tuesday, a Reddit user posted a photo of such a sign and posed the question “Do you think it works?” to the Reddit community. A lively debate ensued.

— “Does placing a ‘no valuables inside’ sign in a car window deter break-ins? Car burglaries are at epidemic levels in San Francisco,” the San Francisco Chronicle, yesterday.

Why are Democrat-controlled cities such cesspits of theft and destruction?

FIGHT TO WIN, AND QUICKLY? What We Can Learn From World War II.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Law School Responses To Speech Protests, From Best (Georgetown), To Worst (Seattle, Thurgood Marshall).

HE SHOULD STEP DOWN OR BE FIRED: Mueller team criticized by fellow attorneys for history of questionable tactics. Also, he’s hopelessly compromised by his relationships with Comey, the Clintons, and the Uranium One scandal.

Related: Harvey Silverglate: How Robert Mueller Tried To Entrap Me.

MICHAEL BARONE: “Administration lawyers made complex, sophisticated arguments that Obama’s clearly illegal actions were actually legal. I’m a graduate of Yale Law School; I know how this is done. Many Americans suspect that condescending elite law school graduates are contemptuous of them and their naive belief that words mean what they say. My experience is that those suspicions are well-founded. “

October 20, 2017

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SO WE’RE STILL RUNNING A HUGE DEFICIT. I don’t like that, but it’s because there’s no political constituency in either party sufficient to restrain spending. The Tea Party had a modest impact for a few years, but that was crushed by the bipartisan ruling party.

So what do we do? Well, if we’re going to overspend (which seems inevitable), it should be on stuff that would still be valuable after a financial collapse: Roads and other infrastructure. Maybe education, though that’s a pretty iffy area right now. Add your thoughts in the comments.

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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “Earlier this week someone vandalized the campus with grafitti about what a racist place Middlebury is.”

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YOU CAN’T BLAME THE ITALIANS. THEIR CULTURE IS JUST AS GOOD AS ANYONE ELSE’S. Asia Argento flees Italy after public condemns her for speaking out about Harvey Weinstein.

Merelli points out that the opinion writers have been remarkably bold in their condemnation of Argento and other actresses speaking out against sexual assault — former journalist and MP Renato Farina, for instance, has suggested that the assaults described by actresses are “prostitution, not rape.” Vittorio Feltri, editor in chief of Libero, a right wing populist newspaper, said that since Weinstein didn’t physically harm Argento that the sex must have been consensual — and that, if anything, Argento should be thankful to Weinstein for forcibly performing oral sex on her. Politician Vittorio Sgarbi went still further, arguing that Weinstein “was actually assaulted by her.”

Prominent Italian women have targeted Argento as well, questioning why she didn’t speak out earlier about the rape or claiming that she deserved what happened to her since she willingly visited Weinstein in his hotel room.

In wake of the public outcry against her, Argento has said that she is leaving Italy for Germany to escape the “climate of tension” and “victim blaming.”

“Italy,” Argento said, “is far behind the rest of the world in its view of women.”

Heresy. No culture is superior to any other.

HAVING WRECKED EVERY OTHER INSTITUTION FROM WITHIN OR WITHOUT, the left goes after the military. Of course, 8 years of Obama did enough damage there.

HURRICANE FALLOUT: Bumper Crop of Flood-damaged Vehicles Has NICB Worried About Your Next Car. Caveat emptor.

ANDREW KLAVAN: The New York Times Is Not Hitler, But…

As their ongoing pro-Communism series reminds readers, the Gray Lady simply prefers International Socialism over National Socialism. Close enough for totalitarian government work.

FRUGALITY IN THE WHITE HOUSE: Melania Trump cuts bloated first lady payroll from Michelle Obama days.

“A MOMENT OF NICENESS:” Weird how in this actual recording by a Gold Star wife, Trump sounds like a caring, decent person.

SARAH HOYT: America Has Built the Most Comfortable Civilization in the World.

No wonder the left wants to bring it all down.

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PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE STAY PRODUCTIVE; UNPRODUCTIVE PEOPLE SLACK OFF ONCE THEY CAN: Does A Professor’s Scholarly Productivity Decline With Age? “Conventional wisdom on faculty research productivity, backed by decades of studies, says that it’s all downhill after tenure. A new paper challenges that paradigm, suggesting great variability in peak research activity among individual scientists.”

In law, at least, I think more senior people care less about placement in the top law reviews. But that makes sense, because when you’re junior and unknown, you benefit from their brand, but when you’re senior and have your own reputation that doesn’t matter much.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: VIDEO: Students love Trump’s tax plan…when told it’s Bernie’s.

Their feelings are as strong as their ignorance.

ANGELO CODEVILLA: Migration: The Straw That’s Breaking Europe’s Back.

Increasingly, we have imitated that model, assuming that the decline would be slow and graceful. But Europe’s crisis, and ours, has always been far less socio-economic than civilizational. That is why mass migration into Euro-American civilization—especially people from the Muslim world who neither share in nor sympathize with that civilization—is accelerating the crisis. Confidence in the future is being replaced by the sense that living as before will be impossible.

More and more, people have reacted by voting against the elites responsible for socio-economic management and for migration. But elites on both sides of the Atlantic have not changed course. They justify their resistance to popular sentiment by applying invidious labels to the voters who reject them. Each side’s denial of the other’s legitimacy is collapsing the socio-political legitimacy of modern democracy. This ensures that whatever changes in Euro-American civilization may take hold will include revolutionary political events.

Our irresponsible ruling class is in denial.

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VIDEO: Tucker Grills Former Obama Lackey Over Uranium One Story.. “This is your Russia story.”

TO BE FAIR, ANDREA MITCHELL IS A SAD EXCUSE: Andrea Mitchell’s Sad Excuse For Not Covering The Clinton Uranium Story.

WELL, GOOD: The Majority of US Senators Now Endorse Beer Excise Tax Reform.

A majority of U.S. Senate members now support legislation that would reduce excise taxes on all brewers and importers.

According to a press release jointly produced by six beverage lobbying groups, including the Beer Institute and the Brewers Association, 51 senators have co-sponsored Senate Bill 236, known as the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA).

The legislation, which was introduced into the Senate on January 30 by Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), also has majority support from 281 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have backed a companion bill (H.R. 747).

“Beer is bipartisan, and I want to thank the broad coalition of Senators and House members from across the country for supporting this commonsense legislation that will provide critical tax relief to America’s brewers and beer importers,” Jim McGreevy, the CEO of the Beer Institute, which represents the interests of all brewers, importers and supply industries, said via a press release.

“I look forward to Congress taking up the bill and moving it to President Trump for his signature so that brewers and beer importers can continue to invest in their businesses to meet consumers’ demand for beer,” he added.

Beer is bipartisan.

AL DENTE, PLEASE: Italian researchers have created a pasta that could help us survive heart attacks.

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PROGRESS: Trump Tax Cut Plain Gains Momentum As Rand Paul Is “All-In.”