April 25, 2019

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: “Joe Biden’s Career Is A Testament To The Hard Left Turn Of The Democratic Party. The number of stances a former moderate has to reject to be accepted by his party’s base is amazing,” David Harsanyi writes at the Federalist. Although to be fair, that hard left base isn’t cozying up to Ol’ Joe just yet:

Shades of the twists and turns Hillary had to make in 2016 to be both nostalgic of the 1990s, while rejecting virtually all of Bill’s policies.

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THE TROUBLE WITH DENTISTRY: It’s much less scientific—and more prone to gratuitous procedures—than you may think. I much prefer it to the alternative.


“We have a president who actually, when you think about it, Wolf, he has the chops with his base,” Friedman continued. “If he were to sit down, call Nancy Pelosi up, say, ‘We’re going up to Camp David. You bring your immigration team, I’ll bring mine. I’ll leave Stephen Miller at home, and we will actually sort out a compromise here.’ … Democrats were ready to fund more border security, but at the same time we’re going to create a legal pathway for people here, limits the number of ICE arrests and we’re going to have a rational inflow of people.”

As David Martosko of London Daily Mail quips on Twitter, “First Cher, and now Thomas Friedman. These things happen in threes, so it’s your move [Kathy Griffin].”

FIVE WAYS MUELLER TEAM BROKE THE RULES: Ever heard of Rule 3.8? If you have, you are likely a lawyer or somebody who regularly works with lawyers. Rule 3.8 is the ABA’s directive to prosecutors that, among much else, they “refrain from making extrajudicial comments that have a substantial likelihood of heightening public condemnation of the accused …”

Adam Mill, writing in today’s edition of The Federalist, cites Rule 3.8 in his analysis of “Five Times The Mueller Probe Broke Prosecutorial Rules That Ensure Justice.” The third of the five cited by Mill is, at least IYTSHO, especially egregious as it points to the intrinsically partisan nature of the Mueller enterprise.

WELCOME TO DOUG HENNING’S WORLD OF DELUSION: Joy Behar tells Kirsten Gillibrand she doesn’t believe Democrats are on even ground because they won’t ‘play dirty.’

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Japan Is Testing Earth’s Asteroid Defense System.

OUCH: Tesla Posts $700 Million First-Quarter Loss as CEO Elon Musk Says It Will Offer Insurance.

Analysts expected that Tesla would lose in the neighborhood of 69 cents per share in the first quarter, but Tesla’s real numbers, released today, were much, much worse than that. Tesla lost $2.90 a share, or $702.1 million in the quarter, according to CNBC, almost as much as they lost in the same quarter last year, mostly because of falling demand. Things still aren’t looking up.

The falling demand, much more than the financial loss, is what will worry Tesla the most. That’s because Tesla always positioned the Model 3 to be the mass-market car that would drive profit at the company. But the $7,500 federal tax credit for Tesla started phasing out on January 1, and while the company still sold 63,000 cars this quarter, that was also below analysts’ expectations.

Tesla doesn’t have much time to waste in its effort to grow from boutique carmaker to mass producer, as the bigs here and overseas move big into electric over the next two to five years.

ANOTHER ‘NON-PARTISAN’ LIBERAL DARK MONEY GROUP EXPOSED: The Washington Free Beacon’s Joe Schoffstall is a smart, young investigative journalist worth following closely. Today he shines light on the lefty Trump impeachment activity of the Six Thirty Fund. 


During the April 12 “Holding Megabanks Accountable: A Review of Global Systemically Important Banks 10 years after the Financial Crisis” hearing, Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat basically said imposing the institution’s ant-gun policy is a higher priority than wisely managing investors’ money.

In an April 18 Town Hall column, National Shooting Sports Foundation [NSSF] Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and General Counsel Larry Keane applauded National Center Public Policy Research and Free Enterprise Project attorney Justin Danhof’s questioning of Corbat during the hearing.

It was gratifying to see Corbat and other banking executives “getting asked some hard questions about fiscal sanity of their decision to discriminate against firearms businesses” especially since “their answers aren’t likely to soothe investors,” Keane writes.

During the hearing, Danhof asked Corbat, “Can you tell us—your investors—exactly how much money we stand to lose because of this decision, and explain why you have this right while Warren Buffet has this wrong?”

He’s got some ‘splainin to do.

IN RESPONSE TO YESTERDAY’S POST ON THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE, reader Bart Hall recommends The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia–and How It Died.

FINALLY: NYC To Ban Hot Dogs and Processed Meats To Improve Climate. “Mayor Bill de Blasio approved an ambitious $14 billion Green New Deal on Monday, April 22, to combat climate change. The plan will cut purchases of red meat by 50 percent in its city-controlled facilities such as hospitals, schools, and correctional facilities. The new commitment builds off of the Meatless Mondays campaign that was adopted by all NYC schools in 2017.”

THE ORIGINAL CHILDREN’S CRUSADES WERE CREEPY: Their modern incarnation is no different.

It’s hard to separate truth from legend when it comes to the 13th century. But there does seem to be a kernel of truth to the story of the Children’s Crusades.

Stephen of Cloyes was evidently a real person.  And he appears to have been really 12 years old when he claimed to have received a message from God commanding him to lead a peaceful crusade to the Holy Land to convert Muslims to Roman Catholicism.

Stephen is said to have led an army of 30,000 children to Paris, where he demanded and received an audience with King Philip II. But Philip was not impressed with the little squirt. He declined to back Stephen’s grandiose plans. Stephen therefore decided to act without royal backing. Believing that the waters of the Mediterranean would part and that his followers could thus walk to the Holy Land, he led his army to Marseille.

There, the movement came to no good. The waters didn’t part. Legend has it that many were tricked into securing passage on a ship that took them to North Africa instead of the Holy Land, where they were promptly sold into slavery. Tough break, kids.

A similar movement appears to have been led by a boy named Nicholas of Cologne in Germany. There is even less known about it. But it was certainly no more successful.

Today we have Greta Thunberg, a now-16-year-old teenager with Asberger’s syndrome who lectures world leaders about climate change at Davos and at the European Parliament. Her parents really ought to be ashamed.

This week Greta did the British Parliament. And she helped lead traffic-disrupting protests in the London streets.  There is a Greta Thunberg cult out there today.

The only good news is that Theresa May did not show up for Greta’s meeting with British leaders. On other issues, the news about May has not been good lately. But so far at least, she, like King Philip II, is not taking her orders on climate change from a child.

FBI AND IRS AGENTS RAID BALTIMORE’S CITY HALL AND THE HOME OF MAYOR CATHERINE PUGH: “Baltimore residents may find the scene this morning reminiscent of a similar story from roughly ten years ago. That was when the FBI also busted in the doors of City Hall and then-Mayor Sheila Dixon. She was later convicted of embezzlement and forced to resign. History seems to be repeating itself in Baltimore.”

Baltimore’s last Republican mayor left office at the start of 1967.

BIDEN’S ANNOUNCEMENT UNPACKED: A 21st Century version of Warren G. Harding’s 1920 appeal for a “return to normalcy.”

HERITAGE FLIGHT SKYRAIDER OVER FLORIDA: An A-1 Skyraider flies in formation with an F-16. The Skyraider’s nicknamed the Spad (after the WW1 aircraft) and as this post notes was one of the Vietnam War’s most potent ground support planes. It’s still an impressive airplane and the USAF is still looking for a high quality “light attack aircraft” for close air support. (The post at the last link has a lot of data on the A-1.) In 1999 I was at a small airfield in southern California. A Skyraider rolled onto the landing strip then sat there for about five minutes. The pilot slowly increased rpm until the sound split ears 250 meters away. Then he took off with a rush and climbed quickly. The Skyraider was originally a carrier aircraft. I thought the pilot might be emulating a carrier launch. If not, he was still having fun. Several observers, including me, clapped after the takeoff.

THE INVESTIGATION SHOE IS ON THE OTHER FOOT: Democrats Get A Taste Of Their Own Medicine.

In the circumstances, it need hardly be emphasized that the entire Trump–Russia collusion gambit, based on the infamous Steele dossier’s pastiche of lies and defamations, was the dirtiest political trick in American history and is in the process of transmogrification into one of the greatest fiascos in the history of American political skullduggery. (One of the most rabid Trump-hating Democratic congressmen, Eric Swalwell, still professes to believe all of the Steele dossier, as if it were a catechism.) Though there is an elaborate psychopolitical effort underway to pretend otherwise, investigations already taking place by the inspector general of the Justice Department, a special counsel, and the attorney general of the United States, about to be joined by the Senate Judiciary Committee, will call upon the chief intelligence and law officers of the Obama administration, along with Hillary Clinton and members of her campaign staff, to account for their conduct. These include lies under oath to congressional committees, lies to federal officials, and misleading the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court. This is a series of dishonest statements and illegal acts that can only, at least provisionally, be seen as a coordinated campaign to influence the results of the presidential election and then to compromise the unwished-for outcome of that election. It will not be long before we hear the still familiar words, in reference to President Obama: “What did the president know and when did he know it?”

Flashback, March 2017: “Hypothesis: The spying-on-Trump thing is worse than we even imagine, and once it was clear Hillary had lost and it would inevitably come out, the Trump/Russia collusion talking point was created as a distraction.”

JULIE KELLY & LIZ SHELD: 25 Questions for Robert Mueller.

OBAMA WAS OBAMA WITHOUT HOPE: Joe Biden is Obama without hope. “Joe Biden’s inevitable 2020 presidential candidacy is a strange, strange thing. Biden has longed to be president all his political life: he first ran in 1988; he ran again 20 years later. Now we’re more than a decade past his last grab for power, and Biden, as he nears 80, thinks his day has come once more.”

I was a college freshman the first time Biden ran for President. I’m about to turn 50.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Seen on Facebook:

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University hosts no-whites-allowed faculty and staff listening sessions — to promote inclusivity.

They told me if Donald Trump became President, illegal race discrimination would be normalized. And they were right!

NICE: Fukushima agricultural exports bounce back from nuclear disaster to hit record high.

I’d been looking forward to trying the giant mutant tomatoes, but it turns out everything is normal-sized.

BOOM TIMES: Typical Worker’s Pay Nears $200,000 at Oil Refiner.

Oil and gas drillers and refiners had some of the highest-paid median workers in the energy and utility sectors in 2018, according to The Wall Street Journal analysis of annual pay disclosures by hundreds of big U.S. companies.

Houston-based Phillips 66 paid its median worker $196,407, the highest of any company in the sector. Phillips was followed by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. APC +11.60% at $183,445. Oil giant Exxon Mobil, which has roughly 72,600 employees, according to its latest proxy, had the third-highest median worker pay with $171,375.

Phillips 66 and Anadarko both boosted their 2018 median pay by about 15% in 2018 compared with 2017. Exxon raised its median pay about 6%. Oil-and-gas companies typically pay their workers better than many other sectors because they have fewer low-paid retail jobs and must compete in a tight labor market driven in part by the shale-oil boom.

Turns out we can drill our way to lower prices and our way out of wage stagnation.

PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR: Man With Gas Cans in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Planned to Burn It Down, Prosecutor Says.

OBAMA’S LEGACY: NORMALIZING ANTI-SEMITISM. Former Obama official lends a hand to anti-Israel Harvard students.

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Joe’s Big Day. “Biden is very popular among the Democrats but he will face resistance from the radical elements in the party who care mostly about skin color, gender and sexual preference. And free stuff. The sad fact is Joe is an old, white guy. He also likes to touch people.”

MATT TAIBBI: The Press Will Learn Nothing From the Russiagate Fiasco: The inability to face the enormity of the last few years of errors will cost the news media its credibility, even with blue-state audiences.

You know what was fake news? Most of the Russiagate story. There was no Trump-Russia conspiracy, that thing we just spent three years chasing. The Mueller Report is crystal clear on this.

He didn’t just “fail to establish” evidence of crime. His report is full of incredibly damning passages, like one about Russian officialdom’s efforts to reach the Trump campaign after the election: “They appeared not to have preexisting contacts and struggled to connect with senior officials around the President-Elect.”

Not only was there no “collusion,” the two camps didn’t even have each others’ phone numbers!

In March of 2017, in one of the first of what would become a mountain of mafia-hierarchy-style “Trump-Russia contacts” graphics in major newspapers, the Washington Post described an email Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sent to Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov. They called it “the most direct interaction yet of a top Trump aide and a senior member of Putin’s government.”

The report shows the whole episode was a joke. In order to further the Trump Tower project-that-never-was, Cohen literally cold-emailed the Kremlin. More than that, he entered the email incorrectly, so the letter initially didn’t even arrive. When he finally fixed the mistake, Peskov didn’t answer back.

That was “the most direct interaction yet of a top Trump aide and a senior member of Putin’s government”!

But it generated clicks and viewers and made them feel like bold warriors against the bad orange man.

Related: Mueller report: Donald Trump collusion conspiracy theories are now exposed. Will they end? “After two years of mass hysteria afflicting a huge portion of our political class, the cognitive dissonance after the Mueller report is painful.” (Bumped).

PERHAPS WE SHOULD BRING BACK DUELING: The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job.

JAMES PINKERTON: When Tech Elites Lose Their Religion. If they no longer have faith in the digital empire they’ve created, who will?

Speaking of centurions and imperiums, one can’t help but compare the digital status quo to the Roman Empire of yore. Yes, at its geographic peak, Rome dominated much of the known world, and yet there was a hollowness to its value system. As Edward Gibbon explained in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, long before the Empire actually fell, its guiding faith had fallen. “The wisest among the Pagans,” Gibbon wrote, “had already disclaimed its usurped authority.”

And then, seemingly out of nowhere, came a new faith. As doctors of the Christian church once said, back in the days when they were sure of themselves, sine auctoritate nulla vita—“nothing lives without authority.”

So who, or what, will provide the new authority? That we don’t yet know. All we know is that it’s coming, because vacuums are always to be abhorred.

Read the whole thing.

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy Wants To Raise Gun Permit Fees by 2,000 Percent.

Democrats believe only the rich and powerful are entitled to defend themselves, but you knew that already.

HE CAN’T HELP HIMSELF: Romney The Pious. “He can’t help himself. He’s trying to fill the shoes of John McCain, while at the same time pandering to the Sister Bertha Better-Than-Yous of the nation.”


Here we are after the Mueller report, full of the knowledge that the Democrats and their media sycophants have tried and failed to pull off a coup, and former losing presidential candidate Mitt Romney once again poked his head up, taking the Democrats’ side.

Perhaps Romney thinks since his personal life has been lived with high approval ratings on morality from the amen pews in America, he is the perfect foil for President Trump, with his widely publicized moral failings in his personal life.

But there’s a hell of a lot more to picking the right man for the job than counting divorces as a score.


THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Cory Booker Defends Ilhan Omar’s Anti-Semitism, Calls Criticism Of Her ‘Reprehensible.’

(Classical reference in headline.)

EVEN MORE BLUE ON BLUE: How the Intercept Is Fueling the Democratic Civil War. “The national security site has found fresh energy as a savvy, progressive attack dog in national politics. But is it undermining its own side?”

FLASHBACK: Donald Trump is a response to PC bullying culture.

CAN’T HARDLY WAIT: Marvel President Says Movies Will Go ‘Inclusive,’ Adding ‘Gay’ and ‘Body Positive’ Heroes.

Disney seems determined to kill another valuable franchise, and I hope their shareholders sit up and take notice.

THEY’LL TURN US ALL INTO BEGGARS ‘CAUSE THEY’RE EASIER TO PLEASE: California Politicians Hiked Gas Tax, Now Demand Investigation Into State’s $4 Per Gallon Gas Prices.

IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK: Hillary Clinton dishes on her ‘weird personal history’ with impeachment.

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, however, was referring to her time as a staff attorney serving on the impeachment inquiry for former President Richard Nixon two decades earlier in 1974.

“I was one of the young lawyers who actually drafted the memo about what is a high crime and misdemeanor, and it was truly meant by our founders to describe actions that undermine the integrity of our government that placed the personal or political interest in a president over the interest of the nation,” she said. “So, I know what it looks like, and I know what is required to do it in a way that wins the trust and confidence, not only of the Congress but of the American people. But I certainly think that the roadmap, as some call it, of the Mueller report raises so many serious questions in part one about what the Russians did, which is beyond debate, and in part two about all of the evidence about obstruction.”

Clinton somehow neglected to mention the part Democrat Jerry Zeifman, counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee back then, wrote that she “engaged in a variety of self-serving unethical practices in violation of House rules.”

RUN ALL THE CANDIDATES! Former Vice President Joe Biden Announces 2020 Presidential Run.

#WALKAWAY: I Used to Work for Google. I Am a Conscientious Objector.

Jack Poulson:

“We can forgive your politics and focus on your technical contributions as long as you don’t do something unforgivable, like speaking to the press.”

This was the parting advice given to me during my exit interview from Google after spending a month internally arguing, resignation letter in hand, for the company to clarify its ethical red lines around Project Dragonfly, the effort to modify Search to meet the censorship and surveillance demands of the Chinese Communist Party.

When a prototype circulated internally of a system that would ostensibly allow the Chinese government to surveil Chinese users’ queries by their phone numbers, Google executives argued that it was within existing norms. Governments, after all, make law enforcement demands of the company all the time. Where, they asked their employees, was the demonstrable harm?

But the time has passed when tech companies can simply build tools, write algorithms and amass data without regard to who uses the technology and for what purpose.

Complaints from a single rank-and-file engineer aren’t going to lead a company to act against its significant financial interests. But history shows that dissenters — aided by courts or the court of public opinion — can sometimes make a difference. Even if that difference is just alerting the public to what these companies are up to.

Read the whole thing.

THE 21st CENTURY IS NOT WORKING OUT AS I HAD HOPED: Saudi prisoner ‘executed and crucified.’


JOEL KOTKIN: America needs more sex, not more immigrants.

With a historically low unemployment rate, America is running low on workers in everything from high-tech to construction, manufacturing and services as Donald Trump’s stronger immigration policies help raise wages for existing US workers, from the lowest paid to well-paid construction workers, for the first time in decades.

President Trump’s much criticized claim that America is “full” may have been taken out of context, since it referred to the immigration system, but it has also ignited interest in demographics. More immigration, and even higher salaries won’t solve our impending demographic crisis, and there are already many more jobs here than workers to fill them, and that gap is growing. There are over six million open positions, more than five times the annual supply of migrants, documented or otherwise. This could be addressed in part by opening the border—something only one in five Americans favor, although such calls have become popular on the political left, including over a third of all Democrats—or, more workably, by making immigration policy more responsive to our labor needs.

The most direct path to a potent economy doesn’t run through the border, however, but into the bedroom, with critical steps, particularly on housing, that could lift sagging domestic birthrates.

America expects every man, and woman, to do their duty.

IMAO.US NEEDS TO BE MORE LIKE THE BABYLON BEE, AMERICA’S PAPER OF RECORD, WHO REPORTS THIS ENTIRELY PLAUSIBLE DEVELOPMENT:  In Controversial Conclusion To ‘Avengers’ Saga, Captain Marvel Slays Thanos With Incredibly Irritating Gender Inequality Lecture.  Having moved in literary circles, which are Hollywood for ugly people, I can tell you that this is very, very likely.  (No disparagement of IMAO implied or intended. They’re up there with the Babylon Bee, normally. I just doubt they really found a liberal who made it through an entire day un-offended.)

I DON’T KNOW.  DID THEY CHECK SOURCES? THIS SEEMS HIGHLY UNLIKELY:  Liberal Makes It Through Entire Day Without Being Offended.



WHEN YOU STEP OUT OF THE CHOIR:  Alan Dershowitz and the Mueller Report.

FROM THE “TOO STUPID TO LIVE” FILES:  Putting garlic in your vagina won’t cure your yeast infection.


HEADDESK HEADDESK HEADDESK:  Palestinian Jesus? Please.

HAVING (LIKE A RESPONSIBLE PARENT) READ ALL OF MY KIDS TEXTBOOKS, ALL I CAN SAY IS “THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE. SHOCKED, SHOCKED, SHOCKED.”:  The ideologue who wrote the textbook calling Trump and his supporters “racists”.

If you don’t read your kids’ textbooks, and don’t have other books and evidence ready to refute this sort of thing — and please note this stuff goes on in both public and private schools — you’re falling down on your job. You might have your reasons, but you should also be aware you’re failing your kids.

April 24, 2019

RUN ALL THE CANDIDATES! Joe Biden Will Be Number 21: Here’s the State of the 2020 Democratic Primary.

THE BABYLON BEE: Ocasio-Cortez Calls For Boycott Of Sesame Street After Discovering Show Is Sponsored By Numbers.

Reminder to Snopes: It’s the Babylon Bee, so it’s satire — or is it?

BUT THE DAY ISN’T OVER YET: Never Mind, Now Kamala Doesn’t Think the Boston Marathon Bomber Should Be Able to Vote.

OPEN THREAD: Make it special.

WASHINGTON POST: “SRI LANKA’S MUSLIMS FEAR RETALIATION AFTER EASTER ATTACKS ON CHRISTIANS”: Yes, of course, I sympathize with innocent Sri Lankan Muslims who fear that they will be associated and hence blamed for the sins of their ISIS co-religionists. But I’m not sure this is the most newsworthy angle on the Sri Lankan murders today. The victims are not even all in their graves. Shouldn’t we hear a bit more about them? Or about the royal screw-up of the Sri Lankan government, which had been warned that such an attack was being planned?

This appears to me to be another example of left-leaning journalists’ political usefulness bias. I suppose we all have such a bias, but given the disproportionate number of leftists in the media, it gets a little tedious.

You’d think that after the Washington Post’s howler of a headline (“Christianity under attack? Sri Lanka bombings stoke far-right anger in the West”) earlier in the week that it would want to avoid such criticism … but I guess not.


Flashback to 2000: “[T]he media silence so far is deafening over the new ad campaign by the NAACP (see box). Over black and white video of a truck dragging a chain, James Byrd’s daughter suggests George W. Bush killed her father all over again. Floyd Brown’s media-pulverized 1988 ad never found the family of Horton’s murder victim and said when Dukakis released him for the weekend, it was like Dukakis was stabbing him all over again… The NAACP’s candidate, Al Gore, tells black audiences about Republicans: ‘They use colorblind the way duck hunters use their duck blind. They hide behind it and hope the ducks won’t figure out what they’re up to.’ (On today’s Good Morning America, ABC’s Charles Gibson didn’t ask Gore about the NAACP.)”

HMM: Skills Check: Empty-Chamber Carry Drill. If you’re carrying with an empty chamber you should definitely practice chambering a round. But . . .

IT’S ALWAYS IN THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK: California Politicians Hiked Gas Tax, Now Demand Investigation Into State’s $4 Per Gallon Gas Prices.

Related: Will Newsom end oil drilling in California? Many environmentalists are betting yes.

That should do wonders for lowering California’s gas prices, as California’s Potemkin environmentalism rolls on.

RECOMMENDED READING: So I read Andrew Wareham’s Nobody’s Child and liked it very much. I had previously enjoyed his China Station books, but this is quite different, and also different from the usual run of Napoleonic-Era Royal Navy sea stories: Nobody’s Child takes place mostly in the Far East, and Louis XVI is still King, while the protagonist ships out on a privateer. Very entertaining.

MORE OF THIS, PLEASE: Revolutionary: Oklahoma Has Just Put a Ban in Effect – Banning Bans on Plastic Bags.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: The ideologue who wrote the textbook calling Trump and his supporters “racists.”

WITH DNC IN MIND, CITY BANS CARRYING URINE, FECES: Ancient urine details hunting-to-herding transition 10,000 years ago.

Original source of this recurring joke here.

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LYNNE LECHTER: Trump’s army of ‘the uncovered.’

A funny thing happened on the way to the 2016 presidential election. The unelectable, uncouth, unintelligent, unpolitical, unlikeable, and utterly unthinkable guy won. Clearly, the “deplorables” assisted, as did the “bitter clingers” — owners of guns and Bibles — and the so-called uneducated, unsophisticated, and ridiculed patriotic swath of the American people.

But it took more. The uncovereds carried President Trump over the finish line to unbelievable victory.

Who and what are the uncovereds? They are the silent army who are passionately pro-Trump but wouldn’t and still won’t admit it. Why? one might ask. Were they cowards?

In the months leading up to the 2016 election, the reasons for secrecy were very different from and far more benign than those dictating secrecy today. In 2015, Trump’s inner circle was aware of the phenomenon, as were the ancillary Trump campaign volunteers who walked the streets, knocking on doors, and toiling for hours at phone banks.

What did they collectively discover? Diverse but large groups of people were committed to voting for Trump. However, while they would admit their pro-Trump predilection to anonymous pollsters or door-knockers or phone surveyors, they would not tell their family, friends, co-workers, bosses, or teachers. Universally, their response would be “I’m voting for Trump, but I’m not telling my spouse, or anyone else.” In 2015, it just wasn’t worth the hassle and ridicule to them. They didn’t want to argue with friends and relatives, teachers and students. And they didn’t want to be perceived as dumb. . . .

In 2019, going into the upcoming presidential election cycle, the uncovereds’ reticence stems from far more profound fears. There is a fear of violence. There is a fear of being fired. There is a fear of grade retribution. There is a fear of a car with a pro-Trump bumper sticker being vandalized. This fear radiates in America. Incredibly, the Democratic Party has created an atmosphere of free speech suppression — “if you disagree with us, we will silence you.”

The Democrats, with their anarchistic thug minions, blackmail serial con artists, and monolithic control of public education and social and print media, have terrorized many Trump aficionados into diving underground and undercover. By doing so, they have perpetuated the inevitability of their second and seemingly more comprehensive demise. That is because, by pushing more uncovereds underground, they don’t know how many uncovereds exist.

Yet despite massive intimidation, another funny thing is happening on the way to the 2020 presidential election: Many of the heretofore uncovereds are banning together and openly bursting forth from the Trump closet. These include the Jewish groups Jexit and Jexodus and the ever-expanding black American and Caucasian movement #walkaway.

The groundswell of Jewish appreciation for President Trump, in some Jewish enclaves, is so overwhelming that it has permeated the 2019 Jewish celebration of Passover.

Read the whole thing.

ON ARMENIAN GENOCIDE DAY, revisiting Islam’s greatest slaughter of Christians.

I HAD WOMEN TELL ME THEY WERE ON BIRTH CONTROL WHEN THEY WEREN’T. WAS I RAPED? Is Sex by Deception a Form of Rape? Note that the examples in this article all have men in the offender slot.

Flashback: A rape epidemic — by women? New CDC report reveals troubling equality when it comes to sexual assault rates.

Related: When Rape Matters and When It Doesn’t: In the eyes of the media, all rapes are equal. But some rapes are more equal than others.

Also: The Understudied Female Predator.

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IF YOU LIKE YOUR PLAN, YOU CAN KEEP YOUR PLAN: CBO Report: 1.4 Million Lost Health Insurance Since 2016 — And Obamacare Is To Blame.

JUST ANOTHER DAY IN ILLINOIS: Feds Probe Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, First Lady For Property Tax Appeals On Gold Coast Mansion.

ROB LONG: The Moguls Who Couldn’t Deliver the Goods.

This is not at all like the old-timey ways of, say, Harry Cohn of Columbia Studios. It is part of Hollywood lore—unconfirmed Hollywood lore, but still—that Cohn would often demand sexual favors from actresses in exchange for movie roles. You’re shocked, I know. But here’s the crucial difference: Harry Cohn could deliver. When Harry Cohn whispered promises to an actress on the sofa with many cushions, you can bet he kept them. It is part of Hollywood lore—again, unconfirmed Hollywood lore—that one time Harry Cohn pressed the button under his desk, and a few days later Kim Novak was a movie star.

Sure, Moonves could have called someone up and asked for a favor. Trust me as someone who had many television series on CBS in the intervening years between Moonves’s pressing the button on Bobbie Phillips in 1996 and the publication of Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker articles in 2018. If he had given me a jingle and asked me for a favor, I absolutely 100 percent without question would have done it.

But then he would have owed me a favor back. And as someone who had many television series on CBS between 1996 and 2018—all of which were cancelled—that was probably something he wanted to avoid.

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The modern Hollywood mogul—like the modern executive in pretty much every other business—has just enough power to get into serious trouble, but not enough to make it go away. He can press the button, but he cannot deliver the goods. One strange by-product of the #MeToo scandal is how it revealed that two of the most powerful men in Hollywood were actually impotent.

Read the whole thing.

DON’T GET COCKY: Donald Trump’s 2020 Election Victory Chances are Very Real.

THE COWARD OF BROWARD: Florida Supreme Court blocks former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel from getting his job back.

NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS: The Green New Deal Will Hit the Poor With Higher Energy Costs.

I’m pretty sure that when Rush Limbaugh was doing his “tax the poor” gags in the early 1990s, he didn’t intend for them to be a how-to guide.

21 CENTURY HEADLINES: NASA just detected the first “marsquake” on the red planet.


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OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY: Bernie Sanders is now telling supporters his average donation is too small.

NEW CIVILITY WATCH: CBS Turns to Samantha Bee, Who Called Ivanka a ‘C**t’, for Civility Advice.

CBS really needs to get its own house in order before it dares lecture others.

THEY HOST BOTH KINDS OF SPEAKERS: LEFTWING AND RADICAL LEFTWING. Middlebury administrators apologize to students, pledge to try and prevent right-wing guest speakers.

WELL, GOOD NEWS FOR ME: Having Type O Blood Can Shield You From Malaria. But I’m still taking my meds when I go to Africa to visit family there. My brother spent years there, and was the only person he knew who never got it, due to sheer diligence with meds, DDT-impregnated mosquito nets, etc.

THAT’S BECAUSE IT HAS FEWER OF THE CARBS THAT MAKE PEOPLE HUNGRY: Mediterranean diet tamps down overeating, study says.

REFRESHING HONESTY…FROM ROLLING STONE? I’d imagine Matt Taibbi isn’t being invited to the “right” parties anymore after his second story about The Hoax That Was Russiagate. A remarkably clear-headed read, he calls out the clueless who are actually convinced they did a good job:

[I]t’s shocking to see national media voices after the release of Robert Mueller’s report patting each other on the back, congratulating themselves for a three-year faceplant they must know will haunt the whole business for a long time.

Then Taibbi goes on to deflate the “conventional wisdom” the MSM is selling each other in terms of what the Mueller Report actually says:

You know what was fake news? Most of the Russiagate story. There was no Trump-Russia conspiracy, that thing we just spent three years chasing. The Mueller Report is crystal clear on this.

He didn’t just “fail to establish” evidence of crime. His report is full of incredibly damning passages, like one about Russian officialdom’s efforts to reach the Trump campaign after the election: “They appeared not to have preexisting contacts and struggled to connect with senior officials around the President-Elect.”

As the Good Professor says, “Read The Whole Thing.”™️

WAPO: The Far Right Opposes Suicide Bombings.

I’m so old, I can remember when this was (more or less) a bipartisan issue.

(Link safe, goes to Power Line.)

IT’S ALL ABOUT “OTHERING” GUN OWNERS: Former WA Bump Stock Owners Alarmed at Effort to Reveal Identities.

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THEY SHOULD HAVE INCLUDED A CLAUSE OUTLAWING UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: CBO Report: 1.4 Million Lost Health Insurance Since 2016 — And Obamacare Is To Blame.

The data in that report — which was released on the same day the Mueller report came out and largely ignored — tells an entirely different story.

All of the increase in the uninsured over the past two years — all of it — is the result of the massive rate increases Obamacare’s mandates and regulations caused. According to the Health and Human Services Dept., premiums in the individual insurance market doubled from 2013 to 2017. They shot up again in 2018.

For those eligible for Obamacare subsidies, the rate increases were meaningless. The amount they had to pay didn’t change much, and in many cases went down.

But for the millions of middle-class Americans who buy insurance coverage on the individual market and aren’t eligible for Obamacare subsidies, the result has been financially devastating.

The rich have plenty of options and the poor have nothing to take, so it’s always the middle class that pays.


NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS: AOC’s Chief of Staff Backs the Boston Bomber Voting Brigade, Wants Those Affected by ‘Unjust Laws’ to Vote. And goes all the way with his argument, as Jim Treacher spots:

All the Democrats have to do is not be crazy, and they can’t even do that.™