July 20, 2019

THOSE WHO ARE NO LONGER OUR COUNTRYMEN.

GROUND GAME: Trump campaign, RNC training army of volunteers in key 2020 states.

EVERGREEN HEADLINE: Good economic news is awkward for Democratic candidates.

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RADICAL CHIC: THE GERITOL YEARS. Why is the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture honoring Angela Davis?

HEALTH: Space research helps patients on Earth with low blood pressure condition.

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SHE’S A NEW AGE ZELIG: That time Marianne Williamson officiated Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding.

As People magazine noted, Michael Jackson attended; Larry Fortensky’s best man “was Taylor’s hairdresser, José Eber.”

TAR, FEATHERS. School district warns parents their kids could be put in foster care unless lunch debt paid. People are amazingly docile — or, if you prefer, law-abiding — given that threats like this almost never get the threatener killed or beaten to within an inch of their life.

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Who Is Boris Johnson?

GREAT MOMENTS IN VIRTUE SIGNALLING: Elizabeth Warren Announces Her Pronouns.

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SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Caffeine may cause problems for people with anxiety.

‘HOPE DEMS RUN ON THIS!’ California Democratic Party regional director says rural white Americans are just ‘not grateful enough’ in lengthy Twitter rant.

To paraphrase another famous California leftist, they hate us. They really hate us.

A TRIUMPH OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: Celebrating 117 years of air conditioning thanks to Willis Carrier and his 1902 invention.

COME AND SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERENT IN THE LEFTISM: Patti LuPone defends violent attack on Rand Paul:

Sen. Paul suffered six broken ribs and damaged lungs after Rene Boucher, his neighbor, tackled him from behind in 2017. Paul also endured pneumonia following the attack. The Senator successfully sued Boucher, earning more than half million dollars as a result.

Then again, according to LuPone, maybe Boucher had a point.

She wasn’t the only showbiz legend to mock, if not egg on, the Paul attack. Bette Midler, whose Twitter feed is increasingly unhinged, didvirtually the same last year. Midler didn’t suffer any career repercussions for her messaging.

Earlier: Broadway Star Patti LuPone Gets Slammed Online Over ‘Homophobic’ Tweet About U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.

THIS SHOULD WORK:

Seems to me Jentleson stopped talking about Wisconsin. He talked about a guy in a diner in rural Michigan. It’s just mythology, these flyover people. Once upon a time in a faraway land — Michigan, Wisconsin — what’s the difference?

The point is, apparently, Democrats are sick of thinking about that guy, the “guy in a diner in rural” whatever. Once they were safely stowed in a basket — a basket of deplorables — and that worked out so disastrously that the reaction could be to obsess over these imaginary people. Are Democratic Party candidates expected to actually venture into the hinterlands? No, they’ll just worry about those people, and then they come to Madison (where I live) or Milwaukee to try to score enough votes to outnumber those diner people. That’s what Democrats do to win Wisconsin.

Good luck with that.

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ROGER SIMON: New York Times Goes Pro-Soviet for Moon Landing Anniversary.

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SNOWFALLS ARE NOW JUST A THING OF THE PAST: The New York Times Says Heat Waves Are Getting Worse. The National Climate Assessment Disagrees.

(Classical reference in headline.)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Oberlin ordered to pay $6.5 million in attorney’s fees and expenses to bakery it defamed.

ASYMMETRICAL MULTICULTURALISM: “Thinkers and commentators on the left decry white identity, while their counterparts on the right respond by rejecting identity politics of all kinds… They do this in part because they are trying to maintain moral symmetry: if it’s wrong for white people to identify with their race, and to pursue political policies based on what’s good for their race, then it must also be wrong for every ethnic group to behave that way. The problem with this, says Kaufmann, is that it’s unnatural and just plain wrong.”

Read the whole thing.

Flashback: As John Podhoretz tweeted in November of 2016, “Liberals spent 40 years disaggregating [the] U.S., until finally the largest cohort in the country chose to vote as though it were an ethnic group.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Tufts ‘art project’ aims to help illegals evade law enforcement.

JEFF DUNETZ: Apollo 11’s Most Significant Achievement Wasn’t Scientific.

BLUE ON BLUE: House Democrats Prepare for Civil War as Challengers Plot Primary Battles: Several entrenched New York representatives will face progressive hopefuls seeking to replicate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s success.

Related:

It’s all Gramscian Damage. The dead hand of the old Soviet Union’s ideological-warfare effort continues to wreak destruction, as the toxic ideas it released continue to survive, mutate, and reproduce in the wild.

IT’S HARD, THOUGH, WHEN YOUR PARTY’S LEADERSHIP IS COMMITTED TO FEELING SUPERIOR TO ITS BEDROCK SUPPORTERS: ‘Labour will be in serious peril if it loses its working-class voters.’ “There could be between five or six million, possibly more, Labour voters who voted to Leave. The opinion polls show that 80 per cent of Labour Leavers are more loyal to the idea of the United Kingdom leaving the EU than they are to the Labour Party. They are mainly traditional, white, working-class voters. The Labour Party is in serious peril if it loses the people who have made up the bedrock of its support since the party was formed at the beginning of the 20th century.”

Related: When Rulers Despise The Ruled. “If the rulers feel neither loyalty nor empathy toward the ruled, the ruled can be expected to return the favor.”

VIOLENT, HATEFUL RHETORIC: MSNBC: Trump Supporters Must Be ‘Confronted and Destroyed.’

Related: Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History. And additional examples of leftist violence and eliminationist rhetoric at the link.

Flashback: John Dickerson, the host of Face the Nation and the “political director” for CBS, wrote an article for Slate in 2013 charmingly titled “Go for the Throat! Why if he wants to transform American politics, Obama must declare war on the Republican Party.”

BUT DON’T YOU DARE QUESTION THEIR PATRIOTISM: 6th Grade Project Claims State Flag Is ‘Violent’ Against Native Americans, SPLC Awards $10K.

ANDREA MITCHELL MESSES UP AGAIN, AND COINCIDENTALLY, IT’S IN DEFENSE OF DEMOCRATS:

The story is not simply that NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent is so often wrong about so many things. The story is that she always seems to favor Democrats.

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell marveled this week that anyone would use the word “socialist” to refer to the freshmen Democratic women, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley.

“First of all, none of these members of Congress are socialists,” Mitchell said during a discussion regarding House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s defense of President Trump’s rally this week in North Carolina, “but that is the way the Republican leadership wants to frame this election. They don’t have a Democrat to run against, they’re not running against Bernie Sanders per se yet.”

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As it turns out, both Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib are members of a group called the Democratic Socialists of America, which claims to be the “largest socialist organization in the United States.” Ocasio-Cortez herself once said in an interview, “Call me a socialist. I don’t give a damn.” Further, as the Washington Free Beacon notes, an Omar staffer told a DSA representative in 2018 that “[Omar] is proud to call herself a democratic socialist, she’s very excited about this. So I hope you guys endorse us, too.”

For someone who has held herself out as a political journalist for over 50 years, Mitchell has an “unexpectedly” great difficulty in determining the ideology of those she reports on, those who work with her, and even her own. Such as this example from 2007, when interviewed by Bill O’Reilly:

Mitchell on Chris Matthews: “I don’t think he’s a liberal thinker.”

And later: “I don’t feel there is bias in what we do at NBC News. And I don’t think there’s bias in CBS or ABC.”

In 2012, when she attempted to play the race card on GOP opposition to Obama flack Susan Rice, Mitchell responded to the push back that she has no idea what her own politics are!

This POLITICO post as well as the Fox & Friends comment is so out of context I honestly don’t know how to respond to it. It ignores my reporting on all of the political ramifications as well as the sources I cite. I categorically reject Dylan Byers conclusion that over a 40-year career I am associated with any point of view and stand on my reputation.

It must take a serious effort to report on the news without having any bearings whatsoever, but if anybody can, it’s Andrea Mitchell.

STANDING UP AGAINST 21ST CENTURY RACISM. Which is, naturally, perpetrated by higher education. Idaho lawmakers call on Boise State to ditch segregation by race, sexual orientation.

FLASHBACK: 1 small shirt for a man, 1 giant leap backward for women. “So how are things going for feminism? Well, last week, some feminists took one of the great achievements of human history — landing a probe from Earth on a comet hundreds of millions of miles away — and made it all about the clothes.”

July 19, 2019

WELL, THEY’RE CHEERING NOW: Liberals cheer as antifa violence escalates. But stay tuned.

HEROES: Maryville man becomes part of human chain, saves swimmers at Panama City Beach. “Dozens locked arms, creating a human chain to save two swimmers caught in rip currents at Panama City Beach over the weekend. An East Tennessee man said no one knew each other, but they worked together quickly to save lives.”

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HEH: The Democrats’ ‘Ultimate Nightmare Scenario’: Trump Loses By 5 Million Votes…. And Still Wins Re-Election.

Actually, I think their ultimate nightmare is where Trump wins the popular vote, but would lose the Electoral College . . . except for that dumb National Popular Vote Compact that delivers the electoral votes of states like Colorado to him anyway. Of course, Dems would then sue to overturn the compact they promoted, and pretend that they were defending the Constitution by doing so.

OPEN THREAD: Ring in the weekend.

CLASSY OPERATION YOU HAD THERE, BOB: Mueller witness George Nader charged with transporting 14-year-old boy for sex, child porn. And with these credentials, obviously super-reliable, carefully-vetted witnesses. . . .

IN HER DEFENSE, HE WAS AN IMPORTANT DEMOCRAT: Plea deal by Kamala Harris AG office for sexual-harassing San Diego mayor was too lenient, critics say.

SPACE: Investors don’t see Virgin Galactic deal as model for space industry.

“WHAT ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF MARS DIRECT?” Trump repeatedly asks NASA administrator why we can’t go straight to Mars. He’s on the same page as Michael Collins. More on Mars Direct here.

WHAT DE BLASIO HASN’T BEEN WORKING ON: Subway snafu shuts down numbered lines in three boroughs, traps riders in tunnels.

HE PERSISTED: Netanyahu Becomes Longest-Serving Prime Minister. “He has proven to be not only a skilled and charismatic political operator, but also a remarkably effective steward of Israel’s prosperity and safety.”

TRUTH, FROM THE COMMENTS TO THIS POST: “THAT’s America for you. In the event of disaster, you will be way better off with the random people stuck in a two hour traffic jam on the interstate highway somewhere than with the entire faculty of Harvard University.”

UM: The Lexus GXOR Concept Is for Overlanders Who Want a Bit of Luxury. “The GXOR looks much more rugged and ready for adventure than the standard GX, which is a luxed-up version of the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado that isn’t sold in the United States. The GXOR is lifted on an Icon suspension system, there are frame sliders from CBI and a full ‘underbody armor’ kit, and the stock F Sport wheels are wrapped in General all-terrain tires sized 275/70-18. A custom ‘stealth’ front bumper houses a Warn winch, and there’s a safari snorkel to provide the engine with air while wading through water. Lexus painted the GXOR in a matte gray to give it a more sinister look. . . . The GXOR is towing an intense-looking X1H off-road trailer from Patriot Campers, which costs upward of $50,000. The trailer contains an electrically operated pop-up tent, a slide-out kitchen, a hot-water system, and a lot more.”

WELL, THAT DOESN’T FIT THE NARRATIVE: In Trump’s First Two Years, Border Deaths Declined.

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YOUR DAILY TREACHER: After 50 Years, the Press Is Still Whitewashing Chappaquiddick.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with airbrushes, and it all makes sense.

THE LEFT DUMPS ON APOLLO 11 AS A WHITE, MALE ENTERPRISE.

As Patrick Poole tweets, “Gadsden flags. Betsy Ross flags. Apollo 11. Sure is interesting watching everything authentically American get deemed ‘racist’ by our brave firefighting media.”

Fortunately, as Paul Mirengoff wrote at Power Line when Nike attacked the Betsy Ross flag during the Fourth of July week to improve its stock price, “I don’t think the culture wars are over. I think we have just begun to fight.” Let’s hope so.

I QUESTION THE MENTAL STATE OF PSYCHIATRISTS WHO DIAGNOSE PATIENTS THEY’VE NEVER MET: Yale Psychiatrist Claims Trump’s Racism Is a Coping Mechanism for His Deteriorating Mental State.

RELATED? Psychiatric diagnoses are ‘useless,’ experts say.

HUMAN BEINGS: Born to walk barefoot.

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FLORIDA MAN FRIDAY VII: When Methagators Attack.

WHY IS THE LEFT SUCH A CESSPIT OF HOMOPHOBIA? Broadway Star Patti LuPone Gets Slammed Online Over ‘Homophobic’ Tweet About U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.

APOLLO 11: The Complete Descent.

This is quite good.

ATTITUDE PROBLEMS: The way Americans think about blue-collar manufacturing work is a bigger threat than robots. “People view these jobs as welders or mechanics as the consolation jobs of our society. These jobs are not a consolation prize.”

Plus:

He said that for many Americans, the view of manufacturing that persists comes from 19th-century novels about industrialization. “What we need to do is convince people that when they enlist in a factory or garage … it is not dark, dumb and dirty, but bright and smart and you have to be pretty capable to work there.”

Indeed.

MILLENNIAL HORRIFIED AS OLD AGE FILTER SHOWS HIM LIVING ON HIS OWN, WORKING STEADY JOB.

Note to Snopes: This is the Babylon Bee, so it’s satire. (Or is it?)

INSURANCE FRAUD:

This is one of the craziest Twitter threads I’ve ever seen, and it’s the true story of how “Dr. Dave” bilked insurers out of millions… as a personal fitness trainer.

FLASHBACK: Perhaps we should require reading “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” in journalism schools.. “No one is listening anymore. When mild-mannered technocrat Mitt Romney was running for president, Clinton’s obscure Obama-administration colleague Joe Biden told a black audience that Republicans ‘are going to put ya’ll back in chains.’ If you listen to Democrats, every Republican who has run for anything in my lifetime has Klan robes in their closet and secret Confederate memorabilia collection.”

BOOK REVIEW: The 12 Lessons of ‘Guns and Self-Defense’ by Robert A. Waters.

COME AND SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERENT IN THE LEFTISM: Ted Cruz Asks U.S. to Designate Antifa a Terrorist Organization.

Related: CNN Host Palled Around with, Promoted ICE Firebomber’s Antifa Group.

United Shades host W. Kamau Bell spent the May 5 edition of his show “hanging out” (his words) with a number of Antifa groups, including the JBGC, whom he dubbed the “good guy[s].” Quillette journalist Andy Ngo (who himself was recently hospitalized by a mob of Antifa members) discovered on Sunday that the man who attempted to burn down a Tacoma detention center was even visible on-screen in CNN’s trailer for the episode.

A week after the episode aired, Bell had not yet tired of praising the JBGC and “the good work they are doing,” even going so far as to encourage his viewers to “do what you can to support them.”

This is CNN.

OH FER CRYIN’ OUT LOUD: Trump Supporter Stripped of Miss Michigan Title for Hijab Tweet.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Study: Top, bottom blood pressure numbers each predict cardiovascular risk.

#JOURNALISM: A Poster Boy for the Long-Sentenced, Non-Violent Drug Offender? “The government’s evidence at trial showed that from the 1970’s until his arrest in late 1988, Underwood supervised and controlled an extensive and extremely violent narcotics trafficking operation involving a number of murders and conspiracies to murder, a highly organized network for the street-level distribution of heroin and the importation of large quantities of heroin from Europe to the United States. The government presented the testimony of more than 50 witnesses, including a number of former members of Underwood’s street-level distribution organization, and introduced more than 250 exhibits.”

Plus:

So let’s compare what we know (and NBC could have known with minimal effort) with Ms. Caldwell’s description of the case: ” a nonviolent drug-related crime … his first felony ….”

“Nonviolent”? The racketeering and continuing criminal enterprise crimes are not inherently violent or nonviolent. They could be either, depending on the predicate acts. The court of appeals says the operation was “extremely violent.” False.

“Drug-related”? Yes, but so what? His drug offenses were accompanied by violent offenses. Calling the convictions “drug-related” in conjunction with the false “nonviolent” gives the reader a very wrong impression. Literally true but misleading in context.

“A … crime”? Singular. He was convicted of multiple crimes. False.

“His first felony”? The singular again is false. “First felon[ies]” would be literally true if it referred to his first felony convictions and completely false if it referred to the first felonies he committed. The predicate acts establish a long string of felonies. Ambiguous, with the false meaning being the one the viewer is most likely to take.

“But in the middle of the tough-on-crime era, the judge showed no leniency”? Given the judge’s finding of fact that Underwood’s continuing crimes extended past the Guideline’s effective date, the life sentence was mandatory under the then-binding Guidelines. The implication that the judge had discretion under the law but chose not to use it because of the “tough-on-crime” zeitgeist is false.

To call this shoddy journalism would be an understatement. What will NBC and its affiliate MSNBC do? Issue a retraction and apology? Pull the segment off the website? Fire the reporter? All of the above? None of the above?

How did a story like this ever get through? Once upon a time editors were supposed to catch sloppy work like this. Are there any Perry Whites left in American journalism? Now confirmation bias runs the show. If the story fits the approved narrative, fact-checking is optional.

Remember, Perry White was a fictional character, like Superman.

LIFE IN THE “PROGRESSIVE” AGE:

BILL GERTZ: China Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Tests a Signal to US, World.

The four-star admiral noted that Wei, the Chinese defense minister, spoke at a security conference in Singapore in early June in remarks he described as “quite chilling.”

“Not only did [Wei] make it clear that he didn’t think Asia and the Western Pacific was any place for America, he said Asia wasn’t even for Asians—it was for the Chinese,” Davidson said.

“Within 24 hours of that they tested a new nuclear ballistic missile, not in nuclear mode necessarily.”

The admiral was referring to China’s test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile known as the JL-3

Then on July 8, Wei spoke to a forum of defense ministers from Latin America and Pacific island nations in China and admitted that China’s global development program known as Belt and Road Initiative was indeed a basis for future military expansion.

Chinese officials previously insisted there was no military component to the multitrillion-dollar initiative.

And who believed that?

WAIT, WHAT? Stun Gun Used Offensively Charged as Deadly Weapon.

NEW YORK’S OTHER NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS: Democratic socialist Julia Salazar dipped into massive trust fund during campaign.

A working class hero is something to be pose as.

SHOULDN’T HE ALSO APOLOGIZE TO TRUMP? Lin-Manuel Miranda joins rally against Puerto Rico governor. “A leaked series of chat messages has compounded outrage over corruption. The messages show the governor and key aides mocking women, the disabled and Hurricane Maria victims. Miranda said the alleged corruption surrounding the governor of the U.S. territory ‘is the last straw and Puerto Ricans are standing up against it.”

When Trump pointed out the corruption and ineptitude of the Puerto Rican leadership, people called him racist.

IT ISN’T A SUPERCAR FOR THE MASSES, BUT IT’S VERY CLOSE: The Mid-Engined 2020 Chevy Corvette Is Here.

PREPPING FOR CYBERATTACKS: Field artillery back to emphasizing ‘charts and darts.’

With the growing threat of cyberattacks, the U.S. Army Field Artillery School has placed a renewed emphasis on learning manual methods of fire direction and gunnery.

“Bringing back the charts is a big deal,” said Staff Sgt. Chad Payne, an instructor for the 13J fire control specialist course. “If you don’t understand the chart, you won’t actually understand what the automated system is doing for you.”

About a decade ago, the school began reducing its emphasis on teaching manual methods, said Col. Samuel Saine, assistant commandant. That’s because improvements to the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System enabled AFATADS to be used effectively in all situations, he said, and it dramatically sped up the firing process.

Then electronic warfare in Crimea and Ukraine shut systems down there, and at the same time, cyberattacks began disabling automation systems at civilian firms. These attacks “woke some people up,” Saine said.

Over the past year, the Field Artillery School commandant has made it a priority to reinsert manual or degraded operations back into the program of instruction for all courses, Saine said.

The Navy’s back to teaching sextant navigation, too. Smart.

Plus, a benefit: “What we found along the way is that we actually were increasing the proficiency of our Soldiers and our leaders. . . because it helped them understand to a higher degree how everything worked together.”

IT’S DEAD, JIM: Trump Administration & Pelosi Negotiate $2 Trillion Budget Deal Over the Corpse of Fiscal Conservatism. “Trump’s proposal to cap some domestic spending was DOA in the Democrat-held House, and there’s a deadline coming to raise the debt ceiling or risk default — a chance Mnuchin reportedly doesn’t want to take. Pelosi on the other hand isn’t afraid to play chicken with the debt ceiling. When Republicans hold the House and the there’s a government shutdown, that’s the Republicans’ fault. When Democrats hold the House and there’s a government shutdown, that’s the Republicans’ fault, too. You can thank the Democrat-Media Complex for this impossible situation.”

Much more at the link.

THIS IS HOW THEY TOOK OVER PORTLAND: John Glynn, writing at The American Thinker, lays out the process by which the “City of Roses” (which also used to have a great Indy car race) became Antifa’s favorite American city. Coming soon to your city?

JAMES LILEKS ON THE PASSING OF HIS FATHER AT AGE 93:

The Funeral the next day was —

Is there any word that can possibly rise to the moment? Perhaps it’s enough to say the Funeral was, and leave it at that.

Except no, it’s not enough.

Read the whole thing.

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RHETORIC IS ONLY DANGEROUS WHEN IT COMES FROM THE RIGHT, BECAUSE THE LEFT IS AFRAID IT WILL INSPIRE PEOPLE ON THE RIGHT TO ACT LIKE LEFTISTS DO:

VIOLENT, HATEFUL RHETORIC: Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) to 2020 Dems: Don’t Run Away from Trump — ‘Punch Him in the Face.’

Related: Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History. And additional examples of leftist violence and eliminationist rhetoric at the link.

TAMMY BRUCE: Trump vs. AOC and ‘the squad’ – What bare-knuckle fight means for 2020.

Trump’s comments may be blunt, but they’re not “racist,” an accusation now thrown about by the Democrats as casually as saying hello. That, in fact, is the cold, hard strategy.

As Clay noted in his comments about Ocasio-Cortez accusing Pelosi of racism: “You’re getting push back so you resort to using the race card? Unbelievable.”

Unfortunately, it’s all too believable when smearing your opponents is the only card you have.

Still, after years of lies about his character and intention, USA Today reported the president’s approval rating among Republicans is now at 93 percent and the GOP’s approval rating among Americans is at 51 percent.

Trump is shoring up his base while at the same time turning Democrats against one another.

I’m not getting cocky, but this tumultuous week has nevertheless been a good week.

UPDATE: Link was missing — fixed now. Sorry!

APPARENTLY, THIS ISN’T ABOUT SHOPPING AT BROOKS BROTHERS AND WATCHING WHIT STILLMAN MOVIES: What Is Wasping? What You Need to Know About This Dangerous Form of Substance Abuse.

I COULD HAVE TOLD YOU THIS: Dropping F-Bomb Increases Pain Tolerance By A Third, Study Finds.

DOUBLE STANDARDS: VIDEO: Students say Obama immigration quote racist. . .when they think it’s from Trump.

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