February 22, 2018

WHEN IS BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF SCOTT ISRAEL GOING TO RESIGN?

HERE’S THE TRAILER FOR LITTLE PINK HOUSE, a movie about the Kelo case.

Here’s the film’s website.

WELL, I TAKE ARGININE AS A BODYBUILDING SUPPLEMENT, AND I’M PRETTY CHEERFUL: Depression linked to reduced levels of amino acid: study. “The body uses the amino acid arginine to produce nitric oxide, which is a mediator for the nervous system and immune defender, and plays a role in vascular regulation. Reduced arginine is also a known risk factor of cardiovascular diseases.” Be aware, though, that if you have any form of herpes it may make a recurrence more likely.

On supplements, generally, here are a few I take that I have had good luck with:

1. Coenzyme Q10. I feel much better — and in particular, my afternoon fatigue has vanished — since I started taking this. I’ve persuaded the InstaWife and InstaDaughter and several other family members to do the same, and they report similar results. Also, it seems to prevent migraines.

2. Vitamin D: Not only is this good for you in many ways, but my irritable bowel syndrome has been much reduced since I started regular Vitamin D supplementation, and now there’s research supporting that as a benefit. (And when I posted that, several readers reported similar experiences in the comments). I’m currently taking a Vitamin D & K supplement.

3. Citrulline and Arginine:. When I take these I get a better “pump” during workouts, and stay that way longer. They’re also supposed to be myostatin inhibitors (as is Vitamin D), modestly improving muscle gains in theory.

4. Resveratrol: I still take the Biotivia Transmax. I stopped for a while in favor of pterostilbene but now I’m back.

5. Quercetin: Seems to help significantly with my allergies. In larger doses it’s supposed to kill off senescent cells. I’ve done that larger-dose thing once; no side effects, not the sort of thing that provides obvious immediate benefits so who knows?

I also took a phosphatidic acid supplement for a while that really seemed to work, but then they quit making it. As always, your results may vary, but people often ask about my supplements, so here you are.

WE DON’T SEE MUCH FROM CNN THAT ISN’T SHAMEFUL THESE DAYS: David Harsanyi: CNN’s Shameful Town Hall Is A Clarifying Moment On Guns.

CAN THE BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT GET ANY MORE SAD AND USELESS AND PATHETIC? YES, YES IT CAN. Sheriff: Armed officer at school never entered building during shooting.

Two thoughts: (1). So much for “only the police should have guns.” (2). If an armed teacher had had a gun, he/she would have already been in the building. So even if he/she was as big a coward as this officer, he/she might have still done something.

Oh, and (3): Now we see why the Broward Sheriff has been so eager to blame the NRA instead of his pathetic department.

Plus, this question: “When does the incompetent sheriff resign?”

And a friend on Facebook comments:

Let’s get this straight: the FBI failed to follow its own procedure when warned of the Florida school killer, which might have prevented the massacre; and now we learn that the armed sheriff’s deputy assigned to the school failed to execute his duty, which also might have prevented the massacre.

It should be no wonder Americans don’t trust their institutions — nor that they want the ability to protect themselves when those institutions show themselves incompetent to do the job. Instead of new laws and procedures administered by these same inept bureaucracies, either reform those bureaucracies and their personnel to enforce the existing laws, or allow American citizens to do for themselves what the institutions do not.

The present political moment for gun control will shortly fade without having achieved its major objectives, as all its predecessors have. The reason it will fail is not the NRA nor its money: it’s this.

Indeed. Or as another friend notes: “Government failed repeatedly and catastrophically at all levels. And the solution is more government?”

And:

UPDATE: FIRE THE SHERIFF: Coral Springs police officers — and not Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies — were the first ones to try to help save students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: As Obama Presidential Center comes closer to reality, tensions on race, class surface.

When Bronwyn Nichols Lodato began pushing to prevent a portion of Chicago’s Midway Plaisance from being developed into a parking garage by the Obama Foundation, she never expected to be criticized as anti-black.

After all, she is an African-American woman who has lived in Hyde Park for more than a decade and is sensitive to both the city’s racial tensions and the needs of her neighbors.

“All I wanted to do was make sure my kids could play with no garage in their park,” she said. “I have three young children and we live in a condo and the Midway is our yard. My story is simply, how can we keep the park so our kids could play there?”

But soon after taking up her campaign, Lodato, who believes the South Side deserves what she calls “jewels” of open space, found herself under fire by people who believed that the garage would foster business in the area. Some accused her of siding with her well-off white neighbors and taking a stance that hurts the struggling communities around hers.

But of course — any action that might prevent Mr. Obama from achieving a desired goal is by its very nature automatically racist. Additionally, I’m told by reliable media figures that merely uttering the word “Chicago” is doubly racist.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Worst Roommate Ever.

ADVICE FOR THE MIDTERMS: Make the Deep State Pay — It’s the Only Way.

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: Journalists Hate Conspiracy Theories and Fake News, Except When They Don’t.

Read the whole thing. Between Newsweek’s “Bots took down Al Franken” and CNN yesterday, the MSM have really been covering themselves in glory recently.

KURT SCHLICHTER: 7 Terrible Liberal Gun Control Arguments … And How To Beat Them.

CNN MIGHT NOT LIKE WHAT THEIR TOWN HALL IS LIKELY TO ACCOMPLISH:

Articles from CNN, The Hill, and more are currently trumpeting last night’s town hall as a victory, and releasing article after article of various moments that lend to the impression that gun control is winning. The chances that McCulloch is about to see a boost in sales is definitely high if the news cycle continues down this road for too long.

In the long run, 2018 CNN may have replaced 2009-2016 Obama as the nation’s greatest gun salesman if history is to be believed.

It’s a textbook example of How Progressive Radicals Move the Country Left, and Right.

TAMARA KEEL ON GUN NERDS: “A gun that allows you to yell down a dark hallway ‘You’d better leave! I’ve called the cops and I have a gun!’ and not be lying will put you ahead of the game in probably eight out of ten private citizen defensive gun usages. If the gun will make a loud noise, there’s a better than even chance it will solve the ninth. It’s only on that unlucky tenth incident that things like capacity, caliber, reliability, bullet selection and other angels we gun nerds like to set to dancing on the heads of pins come into play.”

WILLIAM SHATNER DEMANDS TEXAS DEMOCRAT REMOVE PHOTO WITH HIM. “Shatner replied with his demand the picture be destroyed. He tweeted to [Brandy Chambers, candidate for the Texas House of Representatives] saying, ‘using a convention picture in a political ad is NOT ALLOWED!! That implies endorsement which never will happen. Please remove my photo and destroy all copies of whatever this is immediately. Am I clear?’”

JORDAN PETERSON TAKES ON VICE NEWS (Video):

It’s fascinating watching his interviewer interrogator, Jay Caspian Kang, alternate between full-on Cathy Newmanisms (to the point where near the interview, Kang utters something like “I’ve really tried not to be like Cathy Newman here”) and acting incredibly naïve regarding Hollywood, despite writing for a Website named, err, Vice.

Since much of the segment is devoted to topic of workplace relations, here’s a flashback to a December New York Times article headlined, “At Vice, Cutting-Edge Media and Allegations of Old-School Sexual Harassment: A media company built on subversion and outlandishness was unable to create ‘a safe and inclusive workplace’ for women, two of its founders acknowledge:

People worked long hours and partied together afterward. And that’s where the lines often blurred. Multiple women said that after a night of drinking, they wound up fending off touching, kissing and other advances from their superiors.

The name of the Website they decided to work for might have been their first clue.

GIBSON CREDITORS WANT NEW CEO BEFORE RESCUE DEAL:

The company is facing a $375 million bond maturity in August, and a springing lien that could cause $185 million of debt to become current in July if the bond maturity isn’t addressed by that month. Gibson’s August 2018 bonds fell as much as 2.5 cents on the dollar Tuesday to 79 cents.

Talks are underway, but there’s not yet a deal in hand or firm pricing, [Gibson Brands Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer Henry Juszkiewicz] said. “We’re really trying to get the pricing right and get the best deal.”

Juszkiewicz bought Gibson from Norlin Corp. in 1986 with two of his former Harvard Business School classmates. According to his biography on the company website, he paid his way through school playing guitar in various rock bands — a Gibson, of course.

In the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, Juszkiewicz and his team did an excellent job of rebuilding Gibson, restoring the quality and the heritage of the venerable brand after Norlin lost its way in the 1970s, issuing quirky guitars that seemed to be better press release fodder than musical instruments. However, in recent years, Gibson has returned to the Norlin-style of questionable instrument designs. In addition, Juszkiewicz’s acquisition of home and pro audio companies in recent years may have saddled the company with an enormous amount of unsustainable debt, and the bill is rapidly coming due. Check out the comments at the end of this recent Nashville Post article headlined “Gibson ‘running out of time — rapidly’” to get a sense of the damage.

IS THERE ANYTHING IT CAN’T DO? Study: Red Wine Prevents Tooth Decay, Gum Disease.

HAITI SUSPENDS OXFAM OPERATIONS PENDING SEX SCANDAL PROBE:

Haiti on Thursday suspended the operations of British charity Oxfam pending the outcome of its investigation into allegations that its staff sexually exploited Haitians after a devastating 2010 earthquake.

The country’s ministry of planning and foreign aid said Oxfam GB had made a “serious error” by failing to inform Haitian authorities of the actions by their staff at the time they occurred.

“These reprehensible acts, alleged crimes, acknowledged by the perpetrators as well as the NGO, are a serious violation of the dignity of the Haitian people,” a government statement said.

It said the charity was suspended for two months pending an internal Haitian investigation into the matter.

At NRO last week, Kyle Smith explored how “The End Justifies the Obscene:”

When a devastating earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, Oxfam workers remembered Rahm Emanuel’s maxim that, in the progressive dictionary, one definition of crisis is “party time.” I’m paraphrasing.

But I’m quoting directly when I note that Oxfam execs set up brothels in Port-au-Prince that they called “pink apartments.” They took advantage of the economic dislocation and desperation (1.5 million homeless in a land of 10 million) to surround themselves with prostitutes, some perhaps under the age of consent, according to a recent exposé in the British paper the Times. Recalls an observer: “They were throwing big parties with prostitutes. These girls were wearing Oxfam T-shirts, running around half-naked, it was a like a full-on Caligula orgy. It was unbelievable. It was crazy. At one party there were at least five girls and two of them had Oxfam white T-shirts on. These men used to talk about holding ‘young meat barbecues.’”

Drivers in Haiti who wished to earn cash driving Oxfam employees around were told that their contracts were contingent on whether they could help with the, er, meat supply. “If you want your contract to be extended,” they were told, according to the Times, “we need girls and you need to pick them up.”

* * * * * * * *

How did we get to a point where relentlessly idealistic and progressive feminist women cover for men who turn girls from some of the poorest corners of the world into their sexual functionaries? Oxfam reminds us that a core feature of the Left is its happy-face Machiavellianism: The overall mission is so vital, so meaningful, so just, that the end justifies the obscene.

Harvey Weinstein and the Clinton family could not be reached for comment.

IT’S COME TO THIS: San Francisco Man Has Spent 4 Years and $1 Million Trying to Get Approval to Turn His Own Laundromat Into an Apartment Building. Now the city wants the laundromat studied to see if it is a historic resource.

Because, San Francisco.

Found via Virginia Postrel, who tweets, “This is why only rich people can afford to live in [San Francisco].”

SARAH HOYT: From The Mouths of Babes Comes a Great Deal of Nonsense.

CNN FAILED TO DISCLOSE THAT JAKE TAPPER WAS A FORMER HANDGUN CONTROL, INC. SPOKESMAN DURING LAST NIGHT’S PARKLAND SCHOOL SHOOTING TOWN HALL.

SCOUT KNIVES and lessons learned.

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Rethinking Watergate.

For liberals in 1973, the status quo was considered right-wing and dangerous—and it was therefore to be opposed at all costs to find the truth about Nixon. In 2016, Clinton was part of a status quo that extended eight years back through Barack Obama’s tenure and was considered the favored candidate by the permanent bureaucracy, the mainstream media, and the legal establishment, many of whom sought to help her defeat Trump.

Think about changing the roles in 2016. Imagine a Trump-funded anti-Clinton dossier drawing on Russian gossip about Secretary Clinton, peddled by the FBI, rubber-stamped by FISA courts, and used to monitor Clinton campaign operatives to find dirt on Clinton and to leak such information to the press—in the last days of a presidential campaign. Would we not then see a true progressive reenactment of Watergate, with all of the concerned parties repeating their 1973 roles—the press especially frenzied rather than somnolent?

FISA-gate is not just an upside-down Watergate. It also forces us to rethink Watergate itself. The facts, of course, that led to Nixon’s 1974 resignation are unchanged and condemnatory. But the relative eagerness to uncover them can be recalibrated by the contrast with FISA-gate.

In other words, was it really principle and concern for the transparent and blind administration of justice that drove the original and necessary official and media investigation of Nixon? Or, in some measure, did the furor over Nixon arise over his seemingly odious politics and person that for decades had enraged his enemies?

FISA-gate, and the media’s response to it, is not so much another Watergate as an anti-Watergate. The disconnect with the past begs us to redefine the story of Watergate itself 45 years later: Was it what Richard Nixon did, or who Richard Nixon was, that ignited the scandal?

The answer to that question can be found at Commentary, where Andrew Ferguson explores The Post, the new bookend to Redford and Hoffman’s All the President’s Men, in an essay titled “Mr. Spielberg Goes to Washington:”

Capra intended his movie to be a hymn to those ideals, and for nearly 80 years that’s what audiences have taken it to be. It is no such thing. Mr. Smith seethes with contempt for the raw materials of democracy: debate, quid pro quo deal-making, back-scratching compromise—all the tedious, unsightly mechanics that turn democratic ideals into functioning self-government. In Capra’s telling, democracy can be rescued only by anti-democratic means. An appointed charismatic savior (he’s not even elected!) uses a filibuster (favorite parliamentary trick of bullies and autocrats) to release the volatile pressure of a disenfranchised mob (the great fear of every democratic theorist since Aristotle). From Mr. Smith to Legally Blonde 2, the point of the Washington movie is clear: Left to its own devices, without an outside agent to penetrate it and cleanse it of its sins, self-government sinks into corruption and despotism.

Steven Spielberg is the closest thing we have to Capra’s successor. Like all his movies, The Post has many charms: a running visual joke about Bradlee’s daughter making a killing with her lemonade stand threads in and out of the heavier moments like a rope light. On the other hand, his painstaking obsession with period detail often fails: A hippie demonstration against the Vietnam War looks as if it’s been staged by the cast of Hair. The set-piece speeches are insufferable, an icky glue of sanctimony and sentimentality. What we call the Pentagon Papers was a classified history of the lies, misjudgments, and incompetence of four presidents, from Harry Truman to Lyndon Johnson, ending in 1968. Sometimes the speechifying is directed at the malfeasance of these men, as when Bradlee bellows: “The way they lied—those days have to be over!”

Weirdly, though, the full force of the movie’s indignation is aimed at Richard Nixon.

Which seems odd, considering the strange new respect the man has gotten from the left in recent years.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Did NYU serve a racist dinner to celebrate Black History Month? The black students complain, and two black dining-service employees lose their jobs. From the comments: “She got 2 low level black workers fired. Her tuition is probably more than their annual wages (used to be). I hope she’s proud.”

Diversity and inclusion!

THERE COULD BE A MARKET FOR THIS: Some Black Holes Erase Your Past.

TET OFFENSIVE ROCKET ATTACK AFTERMATH: Smoke and dust rise after a barrage strikes Khe Sanh, February 21, 1968.

THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER BILLY GRAHAM, BECAUSE THE WORLD THAT MADE HIM POSSIBLE IS GONE:

“The America that emerged from World War II and the Great Depression was exceptionally unified and cohesive, and possessed of an unusual confidence in large institutions,” Yuval Levin wrote in his 2016 book, “The Fractured Republic.”

“But almost immediately after the war, [America] began a long process of unwinding and fragmenting,” Levin wrote.

And so, the fact that American Christianity hasn’t given rise to a leader like Graham over the last two or three decades isn’t just a result of the fracturing of evangelicalism into different factions — the slick prosperity gospel of Joel Osteen, the strident right-wing triumphalism of Graham’s son Franklin and the theologically precise new Calvinists, to name just a few.

It’s also a story about the fragmentation of American life — arguably a reversion to the norm in American history rather than a departure from it.

Read the whole thing.

(Via Jon Gabriel.)

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WORTHWHILE CANADIAN INITIATIVE: Canada reviewing ten small nuclear reactor designs including eVinci solid state microreactor.

JOURNALISM: CNN’s Tapper sits back as student equates Rubio to school shooter. That’s the standard lefty line: If you don’t support my policy preferences, you’re literally a murderer! Which, conveniently, also serves to justify actual violence against people who don’t support your policy preferences.

Related: Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History.

Plus: Shooting Survivor: CNN Gave Me “Scripted Question” After Denying Question About Armed Guards. Fake news.

CNN HOST VAN JONES RETWEETS CONSPIRACY THEORY CLAIMING MASS SHOOTINGS ARE COMMITTED BY REPUBLICANS.

Van Jones? Conspiracy theories? Impossible.

AT AMAZON, save on Vitamins.

PARKLAND STUDENT TO RUBIO: IT’S HARD TO LOOK AT YOU AND NOT SEE YOU FIRING THAT AR-15 AT MY CLASSMATES. “A lefty friend conceded to me that it was vicious and unfair, and doesn’t represent how most liberals feel about gun-rights supporters. Doesn’t it? Does anyone there seem perturbed by it?… Tapper could have said something in the name of keeping the event civil. Bill Nelson, who praised Rubio for showing up to face what everyone knew would be a hostile audience, didn’t say anything. On the contrary, Dana Loesch was heckled once or twice by the crowd with cries of ‘murderer’ when she came out to speak.”

This is CNN.

SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: Presidential Electors and the Brief of the Legal Historians in CREW v. Trump. “The Legal Historians claim regarding presidential electors is perplexing. They cite no authority for this position. More troubling is that there is a substantial body of authority taking the position that presidential electors are state positions, not federal positions, and so entirely beyond the scope of the Foreign Emoluments Clause and its Office… under the United States-language. The Legal Historians did not discuss this line of authority.”

Ever since the Bellesiles scandal, I’ve viewed legal historians’ legal arguments with some skepticism.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: “It’s almost as if the dominant culture and its institutions are radically dehumanizing teenagers, and are mystified as to why some of those teenagers don’t see others as human beings worthy of respect and care,” Rod Dreher writes. “Yes, maybe Stella Morabito is right, and Wendell Berry is right, and the form of our schooling has to do with this dehumanization. I think they are correct, to a great degree. But that’s only part of the story. The other part of the story is the culture itself present in these schools, among the children who have been raised like embourgeoised animals, and utterly failed by their parents and all the rest of us.”

Read the whole thing.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Gallup: Only 23% Of Law School Grads Say Their Education Was Worth the Cost. But none of the degrees measured, which include PhDs, MDs, MBAs, etc., do very well.

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DROVE MSM MAD: It doesn’t take much coming from the lips of President Donald Trump to drive the people playing television journalism up the wall.

IN THE MAIL: From and Kevin J. Anderson & Sarah Hoyt, Uncharted (Arcane America).

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RUSSIAN COVERT INFLUENCE OPERATIONS: They target more than U.S. elections.

I’D SAY IT HAS THE DESIRED EFFECT, IF YOU ASSUME PEOPLE DESIRE THE NATURAL AND OBVIOUS CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTION: What effect does this kind of news coverage have on those who are thinking of becoming the next school shooter?

WHY SHOULD IT TREAT THEM DIFFERENTLY THAN IT TREATS THE REST OF US? The Media Is Lying To The Parkland Survivors.

WHEN WORDS LOSE THEIR MEANING: UChicago criticized for promoting ‘white supremacy ideology.’

JUST FOR THE RECORD, if you think Mars colonization is “just another example of male entitlement,” you’re mentally defective and should get help. But this does serve as a clear illustration of Camille Paglia’s observation that if women ran the world, we’d still be living in grass huts. Well, if feminist women ran the world, anyway.

AT AMAZON, still at #1, Jordan Peterson’s book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.

EARLIER REPORTS HAD SAID HE WAS EXPELLED, BUT THAT TURNS OUT NOT TO BE THE CASE: Parkland shooter always in trouble, never expelled. Could school system have done more?

No wonder the school and the sheriff are so eager to blame the gun.

REALLY, IS ANYONE SURPRISED TO HEAR THIS? Warren Neglected Harvard Native American Group As Faculty Member. “Dr. Gavin Clarkson, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation who received both a doctorate and a law degree from Harvard while Warren was a professor, says he ‘personally invited’ her three times to visit with Harvard’s Native American Law Student Association (NALSA), which he headed while attaining his dual degree. Warren, who had identified as a minority in law professor directories and was touted by Harvard as a Native American hire, never accepted his invites.”

MICHAEL BARONE: Justice Ginsburg and Secretary DeVos agree.

Guess who is in agreement that the Obama administration Education Department Title IX “guidance” needs to be changed? Two women who have raised families, done distinguished work in the nonprofit sector and now hold important jobs in the federal government: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Well, unlike today’s Tumblr feminists, they’ve seen the real world.

FAKE NEWS: Shooting Survivor: CNN Gave Me “Scripted Question” After Denying Question About Armed Guards.

I didn’t see the CNN show, but the reviews don’t make it sound like much:

Forget it, Greg, it’s CNN.

But there was a bright side: NRA Spokeswoman Dana Loesch receives MAD KUDOS from BOTH sides of the gun debate.

Related: WATCH: Student Emma Gonzalez is dumbfounded when Dana Loesch explains NICS reporting guidelines. “It was obvious from Gonzalez’s facial expressions that she had no idea about this information.”

I have an idea: Trump should propose legislation that exactly replicates existing gun laws. Most people, including the vast majority of vocal gun-control supporters, would think he was proposing something new and draconian.

YES. NEXT QUESTION? Is there a double standard for Nashville’s adulteress liberal mayor? “The irony in this story, too, is the ethical bona fides the two claim. Barry was ethics and compliance officer at Premier Ethics and Compliance. Forrest signed an ethics agreement to keep his private life as ‘an example to all’ and pledged not to discredit the agency. Oops.”

REALCLEARINVESTIGATIONS: Mueller Still Relying on Discredited Steele Dossier. That hardly seems professional. Plus:

And a detail previously reported last fall – that Mueller’s investigators traveled overseas last year to debrief the dossier’s London-based author, Christopher Steele, a former British spy – takes on a new cast with the disclosure this month that FBI agents abruptly stopped using Steele as an informant in late 2016 after concluding that he had lied to them.

“The FBI’s reliance on Steele’s past credibility was misplaced, since he concealed from the FBI unauthorized media contacts with numerous outlets and his anti-Trump bias,” according to an addendum to the so-called FISA memo released Feb. 2 by the Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee.

Special Counsel’s Office spokesman Peter Carr told RealClearInvestigations, “We will decline to comment” on Steele and the dossier.

Mueller’s use of the dossier – opposition research described by former FBI Director James Comey as largely “salacious and unverified” – was reported by several news outlets last year. But word that Mueller has continued relying on it despite the House memo and other disclosures raise new questions about the special counsel’s investigation as it expands beyond indictments last week of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies.

While those charges highlighted an ineffective operation to spread fake news stories on social media platforms, the dossier, largely based on unconfirmed reports from Russians with suspected ties to the Kremlin, may have been a far more consequential tactic for sowing American national discord.

Ya think?

ROGER KIMBALL: Never mind Russia – the real threat to the US is China.

TOM FITTON: Why Is The FBI Trying So Hard To Protect James Comey?

IT’S THREE-QUESTION THURSDAY!!! Click the links on this trio of inquiries and you will know three times as much as your buddies. Or at least you will have the answers to three more questions that will enable you to dazzle and befuddle them. Okay, would you believe knowledge is its own reward? So start clickin,’ folks:

1.) True or False? Rev. Billy Graham helped integrate the American South in the 1950s and 1960s?

2.) Is France one of the multiple governments investigating Clinton Foundation corruption?

3.) Who said Jeff Sessions is “a small man in a big moment in history”?

A. Mary Blackshear Sessions

B. GOP Attorney John Jordan

C. Critical Theory Professor Elmer Fudd

 

GLAD TO SEE PEOPLE TAKING A COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO GUN VIOLENCE: Kentucky Moves To Add Guns To Schools After School Shooting.

Related: People Don’t Stop Killers. People With Guns Do.

CURING A COLD WITH CYANIDE: My Op/Ed on government attempts to restrict/control political speech, at The Daily Caller.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: U.S. Colleges Are Separating Into Winners and Losers: Schools that struggle to prepare students for success losing ground; ‘The shake-out is coming.’

For generations, a swelling population of college-age students, rising enrollment rates and generous student loans helped all schools, even mediocre ones, to flourish. Those days are ending.

According to an analysis of 20 years of freshman-enrollment data at 1,040 of the 1,052 schools listed in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking, U.S. not-for-profit colleges and universities are segregating into winners and losers—with winners growing and expanding and losers seeing the first signs of a death spiral.

The Journal ranking, which includes most major public and private colleges with more than 1,000 students, focused on how well a college prepares students for life after graduation. The analysis found that the closer to the bottom of the ranking a school was, the more likely its enrollment was shrinking. . . .

“In the same way the bookstores fell when Amazon took over, now it’s higher education’s turn and it’s been coming for a while,” said Charles Becker, Concord’s vice president for business and finance. “The shake-out is coming. It’s already here.”

Demographics and geography have some influence on which side of the fault line a school lands, but quality is also a big factor. The Journal uses 15 metrics to determine quality and rank. They include return on investment, student engagement and academic resources.

At Clemson University, the Journal found, graduates on average earn $50,000 a year 10 years after entering college and the default rate on student loans is 3%; the average Concord graduate earned $32,000 and the default rate is 15%.

Richard Vedder, the director of Center for College Affordability and Productivity and a teacher at Ohio University, believes dark days are ahead for the nation’s poorest ranked schools.

And it will be no picnic for those higher up, except perhaps for the very top.

All is proceeding as I have foreseen.

WEIRD, I WONDER IF IT’S BECAUSE THE “CALLS” ARE BASED IN DUMB EMOTIONAL BULLYING: The Hill: Calls for new gun laws are falling on deaf ears.

Renewed calls for stricter gun controls following a school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead are falling on deaf ears.

Legislators in states across the country have delayed, defeated or refused to take up new measures to prevent more gun violence — despite the impassioned calls of victims from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

In Florida’s legislature, House Republicans blocked a Democratic effort to revive debate on a measure to ban assault weapons with student survivors from Parkland watching in the gallery. . . .’

Students from Parkland who have blanketed the media to call for gun reforms have expressed incredulity at the lack of action.

I think it’s more that the media has blanketed them, in yet another effort to generate the political results the media wants.

BUT I THOUGHT THE SCIENCE WAS SETTLED!  Plants are 100 million years older than we thought.

THE INEVITABLE AND GLORIOUS PEOPLE’S PARADISE:  Venezuelans with transplants live in fear as medicine runs out.

WAY TO ENCOURAGE TRUST IN LAW ENFORCEMENT:  NYPD Faces Civil Rights Case in ‘Collars for Dollars’ Claim.

HOW COULD TEACHING ENVY AND DISCONTENT BENEFIT ANYONE?  A social justice curriculum that benefited no one.

TOUGH. LEARN THE LANGUAGE OF THE LAND:  Student Op-Ed Complains That School’s English-Only Alert System Hurts Feelings.

AND YET, TRUMP IS RIGHT: Once upon a time in America and Once upon a time in America, Part Two.

IT’S NOT JUST THE VISUAL ARTS:  MUSIC: Remodernism Resonates with Composer George Pepper.

YES, THEY ARE DELIBERATELY TRYING TO SPLIT THE US:  Never Let A Tragedy Go To Waste.

YEAH, ABOUT THAT:  Newsweek: Definitely Believe All Women, But, By the Way, Al Franken Was Taken Out by RUSSIAN Bots Who Lie.

NANCY “CRUMBLES” FAILS TO GET IT:  Pelosi Heckled, Sidesteps Questions.

STAY CLASSY LEFT:  Teen Vogue Columnist Tells Billy Graham to “Burn in Hell”.

KILLING MAN AND BEAST FOR 2500 YEARS:  The reason why people suddenly died near ancient ‘portal to hell’.

February 21, 2018

HECKUVA JOB TODAY, CNN:

CNN’s Tapper Sits Back as Student Equates Rubio to School Shooter.

Good talk: Someone in CNN’s town hall audience yells, ‘You’re a murderer!’ at Dana Loesch.

CNN confronts female Trump supporter to tell her she was part of Russia’s election meddling.

All of which is why Ben Shapiro explains why CNN’s ‘show trial’ won’t play out as gun control advocates think.

QED:

UPDATE: At Hot Air, Allahpundit explores “The very fair and balanced ‘students stand up to evil gun owners’ CNN town hall:”

Think I’m being snarky with the headline? The actual network-approved title of tonight’s event is “Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action.” This is an advocacy event, not a “news program,” and they’re making no bones about it. I did some cursory googling this morning to see if CNN has ever hosted something so overtly biased towards one side’s position on a hot-button issue and came up empty.

It’s the flip-side to 2009, when CNN employed a children’s choir to shill for Obamacare and heckled Tea Party members.

DEVELOPING: US Embassy ‘under attack’ by grenade throwing assailant in Montenegro.

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COMMON-SENSE GUN POLICY: Trump’s solution to school shootings: arm teachers with guns.

IT’S LIKE “THE SHOOTING OF BUCKWHEAT” ALL OVER AGAIN: School board knew of Parkland shooter’s obsession with guns and violence, documents show. “Exclusive documents obtained by Local 10 News show the education plan for school shooter Nikolas Cruz; a plan that left clear signals that should have alerted officials of the danger he posed to the community, according to a former Broward County ESE specialist who reviewed the information at the station’s request. . . . Provenzano said that in 42 years of dealing with exceptional students she never saw a document with such obvious signs that a student might resort to violence.”

WAIT, THAT’S NOT THE NARRATIVE: Shooting Survivors Thank Trump For ‘Leadership.’

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, OUR MORAL GUIDES: “Madison high schools are erupting in chaos. Three high schools in one day, Monday, February 19, over the noon hour.” “Bad enough for the cop on duty to call for reinforcements. Police responded to melees at Madison West, Madison Memorial, and Madison East high schools. From what we can determine, the misbehaving students were not peacefully protesting for gun control, social justice, or better cafeteria food. They were just fighting.”

Plus:

My son said this was a very loud and aggressive happening involving a subset of the student population that he cannot help but notice and comment has also coincidentally been involved in all other altercations (including not just “verbal altercations” but also actual physical assaults and various melees including ones with torn-off hair strewn on the floor and a vast crowd of students teeming at the edges, filled with adrenaline, watching and getting thrills from the witnessing thereof).

… These altercations are seen as the NORM because students engaging in them are coddled and the peaceful majority of students are the real victims— living in constant awareness that for reasons unknown to them and that can and will never make sense to them — West High and the District are engaging in experimental, ill-advised, and dangerous tactics to essentially bend over backwards to not “offend” the OFFENDERS.

My son is also aware of and afraid, as are most students, that at any given moment, the PARENTS of the violent pupils can and HAVE enjoined the fray themselves, coming upon school grounds….

I blame the NRA.

TRUMP BUMP! YOU’D THINK LAW FACULTIES WOULD LIKE HIM BETTER SINCE HE’S SAVING THEM: LSAT Test-Takers Surge 29.7% In December; 19.2% Yearly Rise Would Be Highest In 16 Years.

And no, I’m not kidding.

WELL, HER AND OBAMA: Bernie Sanders blames Hillary for allowing Russian interference.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: Exclusive: Not A Single Lawyer Known To Work For Mueller Is A Republican.

THE HILL: Poll: Trump job approval gains as voters warm to tax bill.

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MICHAEL TOTTEN: The Russian Attack Against America You Didn’t Hear About.

You probably didn’t hear this because few media organizations have even mentioned it, but Russia committed an act of war against the United States a little more than a week ago. No, this is not about more social media and election shenanigans. Russia mounted an armed assault against American soldiers and our allies in Syria, including Kurdish security forces affiliated with the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, at a military base in the city of Deir Ezzor, the largest in eastern Syria. Russian combatants fought alongside Assad regime fighters and Shia militias armed, funded and directed by Iran.

Both the Pentagon and the Kremlin are going out of their way to keep this as quiet as possible. If you only read the New York Times story about the incident on February 13, you’d have to squint and zero in on the subtext. After the United States used air and drone strikes to obliterate incoming assailants, including dozens of Russians, American military spokespeople assured the press in calm tones that there was never any chance that Russian and American forces would clash directly in Deir Ezzor or anywhere else. The Kremlin, for its part, said any Russians who might have participated in the assault were mercenaries unaffiliated with the Russian armed forces.

The problem with the Kremlin statement is that Russian mercenaries in Syria are employed by the Wagner Group, which works for the Russian government, and specifically for Russia’s Ministry of Defense, not for the Syrian or Iranian governments. And the problem with the American statement is that the Pentagon is asking us to assume that dozens of Russians were killed not by the bombs it had just dropped but by somebody else…or perhaps by spontaneous heart attacks or a catastrophic series of vehicle accidents.

Read the whole thing.

FAKE NEWS ABOUT FAKE NEWS: Newsweek: Retracted: How An Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken.

UPDATE: Link was bad before. Fixed now. Sorry!

THIS IS WHAT THE ROBOTS WANT YOU TO THINK: We’re told to fear robots. But why do we think they’ll turn on us? The robot uprising is a myth.

Luckily, I’ve got robot insurance from the Old Glory Insurance Company against just such an eventuality.

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON ON Trump’s Unlikely Populism.

CAN SOMEONE TELL SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND $133M IS MORE THAN $54.4M? The numbers are significant because the New York Democrat — who is expected to mount a bid for her party’s 2020 presidential nomination — thinks the NRA has a “chokehold” on Congress that blocks gun control.

In fact, as LifeZette’s Kathryn Blackhurst explains, the NRA spent “only” $54.4 million in contributions to, mostly, Republican congressional incumbents and challengers, while Priorities USA, the liberal PAC created and run by two former Obama campaign veterans, spent $133 million on Democrats, especially Hillary Clinton.

Add the spending totals by three other liberal PACs and NRA was outspent in 2016 $393 million to $54.4 million. So tell us Mrs. Gillibrand, how does $54.4 million buy more of a chokehold in the nation’s capitol than $393 million???

THE ABOLITION OF BRITAIN, PART 1,237,324: London Police tell chicken lovers to stop calling them to report the KFC crisis.

(Classical reference in headline.)

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC: We’re People In Severe Pain. “The prescribing of opioids has dropped every year since 2012 and is at 10 year low — and yet drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed. Meanwhile, our public policy looks backward in time, intruding on the doctor patient relationship and burdening patient care. . . . Long-term, legitimate pain patients who have relied on opioid analgesics can no longer fill their prescriptions in the many states that set maximum dosage and supply limits, often of three to seven days. Even in states that contain exceptions for long-term pain care, insurance companies and pharmacy policies use such laws as a reason to deny coverage or fills. Pain patients are being denied treatment and involuntarily tapered off of opioid medications, even if they’ve never shown any risks of abuse.”

Flashback: Opiophobia.

Clinicians and researchers have long remarked on the link between opiophobia and undertreatment of pain. In a 1966 pharmacology textbook, the psychiatrist Jerome H. Jaffe, who later became Richard Nixon’s drug czar, noted that patients who take narcotics long enough develop tolerance (a need for larger doses to achieve the same effect) and physical dependence (resulting in withdrawal symptoms). But he cautioned that “such considerations should not in any way prevent the physician from fulfilling his primary obligation to ease the patient’s discomfort. The physician should not wait until the pain becomes agonizing; no patient should ever wish for death because of his physician’s reluctance to use adequate amounts of potent narcotics.”

Jaffe’s admonition suggests that undertreatment of pain was common, an impression confirmed in the early 1970s by two psychiatrists at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in New York. Assigned to handle “difficult” patients, Richard M. Marks and Edward J. Sachar discovered a very good reason why so many continued to complain even after being treated with narcotics: They were still in pain. “To our surprise,” they wrote in the February 1973 Annals of Internal Medicine, “instead of the primary issue being personality problems in the patient, in virtually every case it was found that the patient was not being adequately treated with analgesics and, further, the house staff for various reasons was hesitant to prescribe more.”

We need sensible prescribing, not over- and under-treatment fads.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-DOMINATED INDUSTRIES SUCH CESSPITS OF SEXUAL ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION? “How common is sexual misconduct in Hollywood? A USA Today survey of 843 women in the entertainment industry found 94% say they’ve experienced harassment or assault.”

In October when the Weinstein story broke, Steve Hayward wrote, “Why is it, Glenn Reynolds likes to ask, that liberal-run cities and institutions all seem to be hotbeds of sexism and racism? To adapt this slightly, maybe there’s a reason the left is so obsessed with sexual harassment and racism, because it is practiced so much in their communities and institutions.”

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VICTOR DAVIS HANSON ON KILL CHIC: In Art, Progressives Murder Republican Presidents & Other Enemies.

3) Metaphorically assassinating a Bush or Trump has no real-life ramifications. Lowering the bar of what is culturally acceptable has nothing to do with violence such as a Bernie Sanders supporter shooting Representative Steven Scalise and fellow Republican congressmen. But in the case of progressive targets, lowering the bar just might have real consequences, given the Right’s innate propensity for hate and violence.

Translated, that means that the sober and mellifluous Obama can engage his culturally explorative side — and in his usual judicious tones — while not being especially bothered by the killing chic of Kendrick Lamar or Kehinde Wiley whom he patronizes. All that is a welcomed edgy expression of authenticity and presidential versatility.

And perhaps in the same warped manner, so is the art of ritually killing Bush or Trump in film, art, and literature, through knife, bullet, and bomb: artistically pushing the envelope — and all for a noble cause.

Read the whole thing; as Kurt Schlichter writes, “Progressives Must Stop Using Terror To Try And Intimidate Conservatives.”