October 18, 2019

BULLIES: China Secretly Ordered NBA Commissioner To Fire Rockets’ GM Over Hong Kong Tweet.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver revealed on Thursday that the Chinese government insisted the league fire Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over a now-deleted October 4 tweet supporting the protesters in Hong Kong, according to Time.

“We made clear that we were being asked to fire him, by the Chinese government, by the parties we dealt with, government and business,” Silver said in his first US interview about the league’s ongoing free speech scandal. “We said there’s no chance that’s happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him.”

Speaking at the TIME 100 Health Summit, Silver noted that “The losses have already been substantial,” adding “Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we’ll see what happens next.”

Maybe decoupling from China is what happens next, or at least ought to.

IF TRUMP DOES BETTER AT THE POLLS THAN IN THE POLLS, THIS FROM OHIO IS WHY:

Many of my family, friends, former teachers, coaches, classmates and church congregates — and all their friends — in this county of 30,000 people are Trump supporters, and I didn’t want to put them out there, by name, for the trolls to feast on.

I love my hometown and its people too much.

These folks already get made fun of enough for being from Appalachia. They’re good, respectful people who are focused on taking care of their families. They want to be left alone. They don’t care about stupid Twitter wars, and I don’t want to be responsible for thrusting them into the vicious rhetorical crossfire between leftist activists and Trump sycophants.

I quickly came to the realization that this was going to be a challenge soon after arriving for my 2½-day stay in early September. I found that a lot of folks didn’t want to talk about Trump. They didn’t want to put themselves out there for fear of being verbally bludgeoned on Facebook and Twitter or in the grocery store or even at church.

And those who did want to talk, well, they seemed to speak for those who wanted to remain silent: They’re tired of certain cable news networks and the leftist political class stereotyping them as a bunch of toothless, racist, backwoods rubes.

“I don’t want to talk about it because you can’t have an opinion unless it’s their opinion,” an African American Trump supporter said about the left. “Either you believe the way they believe, or you’re a racist or a homophobe. The reason I’m working is because of what Trump’s done. I just want to put my hard hat on and go to work every day.”

The man, who added he’s a registered Democrat, talked to Enquirer photographer Albert Cesare and me for nearly an hour on his front porch on a hot evening. He said a lady at his church had given him grief for supporting “racist” Trump, but the man said he’s seen no hard evidence that’s true.

The man then abruptly said he wanted no part of the story, stepped inside his house and closed the front door, leaving us sitting on the porch dumbfounded.

I didn’t blame him one bit.

So yeah, sure, he’s going to tell a stranger on the phone how he plans to vote.

DEMS HAVE CHAMPAGNE SPENDING TASTE, WATERED DOWN BEER BUDGETS: Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Brian Riedl looked at the numbers for the many new spending programs like Medicare for All and free college and found a gross imbalance: $40 trillion to spend, but less than $4 trillion in new taxes on the wealthy. No, I didn’t just do a forehead slap.

FAKE NEWS: Liberal Media Falsely Claims White House Admitted to Quid Pro Quo with Ukraine.

THEY’RE NOT VERY BRIGHT, BUT THEY’RE PRONE TO HYSTERIA: Impeachment Becomes A Psychodrama Of the Press.

WHY IS NBC SUCH A CESSPIT OF SEXUAL ABUSE: Megyn Kelly demands NBC release Matt Lauer accusers from their NDAs.

IT’S NOT JUST YOUR ACQUAINTANCES ON FACEBOOK:  How the Universe Stopped Making Sense.

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW:  This makeup artist is blowing minds with her stunning lip art.

SOME PEOPLE DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. RARELY POLITICIANS:  Virginia Walden Ford.

IT’S IMPORTANT NOW AND THEN TO CHECK OUR STANDING. IT’S VERY EASY TO GO OUT OF TRUE WITHOUT NOTICING. AS SO MANY PEOPLE ARE DEMONSTRATING DAILY:  Tilting.

AND IT’S A DANGEROUS GAME BESIDES:  Why Gun Confiscation Really Wouldn’t Work In The U.S..

AND ALL THE OTHER AMENDMENTS TOO:  Continued Court-Packing Rhetoric A Threat To Second Amendment.

NONE DARE CALL IT:  “Not True Communism/Socialism”.

MAYBE INSTEAD OF WORRYING ABOUT WHAT CRIMES “THE JOKER” MIGHT INSPIRE THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE CONCERNED OVER JLO’S “HUSTLERS”?  Female duo spikes gambler’s drink, robs him of Rolex and cash: video.

ONLY IF THE LEFT GETS THEIR WAY. THEY’VE ALWAYS BEEN ENAMORED WITH THE IDEA OF PEASANTS HAVING TO EAT BUGS, WHILE THEY FEAST ON YAGU BEEF:  Most pizzas will be made from crushed BUGS ‘in 20 years’, expert claims.

SOME PEOPLE WOULD SELL OUT THEIR OWN MOTHERS FOR LUCRE:  Chinese Chequers and Other Spectator Games.

WHAT IS OVER THERE CAN COME OVER HERE:  Cuomo orders utility to pump imaginary natural gas.

FOR THE TIMES THEY ARE ACHANGING:  Furious Farmers Defy Army Roadblocks in Dutch Anti-Green Protest.

THEY’D BETTER LEARN TO SWIM, OR THEY’LL SINK LIKE A STONE:  VIDEO: Fed-Up Working-Class London Commuters Drag Extinction Rebellion Protesters Off Trains.

HMMMM: Gunman in Full Body Armor Arrested at Trump Rally in Dallas.

October 17, 2019

#JOURNALISM: FAKE NEWS: Liberal Media Falsely Claims White House Admitted to Quid Pro Quo with Ukraine.

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AS ALWAYS, LIFE IMITATES THE BABYLON BEE:

Shot: All The Other States Beg California To Add Them To Travel Ban.

—Headline, the (satiric) Babylon Bee, September 17th.

Chaser: San Francisco Expands Travel Ban to 22 Pro-Life States.

—Headline, American Greatness, today.

ROGER SIMON: Mifsud’s Cellphones Mean Barr Investigation Heating Up.

ALSO, TRUMP WOULD CLOBBER THEM WITH SANCTIONS: Why China fears sending the tanks into Hong Kong. They know this, and Trump knows this, which is why the trade talks are “ongoing” and why they haven’t sent tanks in.

RIGHT-WING RADICALISM: Trump defends Columbus Day, praises Mother Cabrini during event celebrating Italian heritage.

ALSO, A LOT OF GOP POLITICIANS: Don Surber: How the media blew the Syria story.

This morning at 8, BBC posted a story, “Turkey’s Erdogan ‘threw Trump’s Syria letter in bin.'” It was Fake News.

This afternoon at 2, President Donald John Trump announced Erdogan agreed to a cease-fire along the Syrian border.

Once again, the press got the story all wrong. President Trump knew what he was doing and succeeded where his predecessors had failed. He removed American troops in order to bring peace to a section of the Middle East. He used tariffs, not soldiers, to force the issue.

The Washington press corps covering President Trump is incompetent and corrupt as it violates the public trust by deliberately trying to sabotage the man the American people elected president.

President Trump’s mediation of the Kurd-Turk dispute is award-worthy. The press blew the story by attacking our president. Amid all the false reports of coming calamity and impending genocide, I advised readers to Trust Trump. He earned it.

And of course I was right because getting President Trump right is the easiest thing in the world to do. Just accept that he is better informed than the press, and he knows what he is doing.

But the media is a bunch of garbage peddlers. You have your garbage collectors who help keep America clean and safe, and then you have your garbage producers at CNN and the like.

The fog of war expelled by the American media was a historic embarrassment to anyone who is now or has ever been a member of the Fourth Estate. Obamanauts — including generals — were allowed to say whatever they wanted to try to undermine President Trump’s peace efforts without bothering (in most cases) to allow the Trump administration to respond.

Crazy talk of genocide filled the cable airwaves.

ABC was caught using training footage from Kentucky top depict a non-existent “Slaughter in Syria.”

Has it issued an on-air apology or correction yet?

Last I heard ABC was stonewalling. But do follow the link as he recaps the press coverage. Note that quite a few GOP pols were snookered into joining a resolution condemning Trump here. But as Surber notes, that worked to Trump’s benefit, too:

Lindsey Graham and a comically bad House resolution demanding war in Syria were an unexpected gift to President Donald John Trump in his talks with Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Or maybe the Great Deal Maker figured his enemies (Democrats and the media) and his hawk friends (Senator Graham) would squawk about withdrawing U.S. troops from the battlefield, which we would give the president leverage in peace negotiations.

President Trump can tell his NATO ally, look, I want to stay out of this mess but if you fail me, the chicken hawks and Graham will force me to take military action. . . . The press is getting President Trump’s deal-making wrong, just as it has every past deal.

Really, read it all.

Related: Congress Claims Situation In Syria Is Bad But Not Bad Enough For Them To Actually Declare War.

“It’s really bad over there and Trump is really evil for not sending more troops and fighting Turkey,” said Senator Mitt Romney. “I mean, just to clarify, it’s not bad enough for Congress to actually do its job and declare war. But still, it’s pretty bad.”

I remember when the Babylon Bee was just a satirical news site, not America’s paper of record.

UPDATE: James Carafano: Syria cease-fire follows completely appropriate actions by Trump – Avoids needless bloodshed. I’m sorry, but all the best people told me there would be needless bloodshed.

REMY: HORRIFYING TWEETS RESURFACE! New video from Reason TV:

SO HOW WAS MY DAY? Well, I got some writing done, but most importantly I discovered that you can sing the Gilligan’s Island theme to the tune of Ghost Riders In The Sky, and it’s actually kind of awesome.

OPEN THREAD: Sod off, swampy!

LOUISIANA ELECTION: New poll shows incumbent Democrat, GOP challenger tied in Louisiana governor race. “Mr. Edwards and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone are tied at 47% support, according to the poll, which will be made public Friday by We Ask America. The result shows that Mr. Rispone has quickly consolidated the Republican vote in the Pelican State, a development that should make him a more formidable opponent as Mr. Edwards seeks re-election Nov. 16.”

THIS IS WHO THE NBA IS IN BED WITH: Did a Muslim Slave Make Your Chinese Shirt? A look inside the ‘cotton gulag’ in Xinjiang province.

SOME IMPROVE MEETINGS BY THEIR PRESENCE. OTHERS IMPROVE THEM BY THEIR ABSENCE. Scalise: White House Meeting Went Well Once Pelosi, Schumer “Stormed Out.”

BRENDAN O’NEILL: Finally, A Rebellion Against Extinction Rebellion. “The people are rising up against the elites. No, I don’t mean Extinction Rebellion. I mean the Rebellion against Extinction Rebellion. Today’s clashes on the Tube between the commuting working classes and the time-rich, bourgeois fearmongers of the XR cult is a wonderful illustration of the elitist nature of eco-politics and of rising public fury with the eco-agenda. For more than a week now the XR elitists have been disrupting everyday life. They’ve stopped flights from taking off, preventing people from going on well-earned holidays or visiting loved ones abroad. They’ve clogged up roads in city centres, irritating cab drivers and people on buses. And they’ve stormed Smithfield meat market and Billingsgate fish market – smug middle-class vegans lecturing hard-working traders about the correct way to think and live.”

We need an end to the lefty privilege that lets well-off white people feel good about ruining the days of ordinary working people. “Some leftists and greens have been shocked by today’s rebellion against Extinction Rebellion. They’re saying XR should change tactics. But the problem here isn’t tactics – no, this ugly, elitist inconveniencing of ordinary people represents the actual content of XR’s outlook. It captures the fundamentals of this movement, which is a backward-looking, anti-progress, anti-people outfit. Today’s XR sneering at working people wasn’t a mistaken tactic – it was the essence of environmentalism.”

MEXICO SEEMS TO HAVE BECOME MUCH MORE COOPERATIVE LATELY FOR SOME REASON: In a first, Mexico deports 311 Indians trying to sneak into the United States. Shipped ’em back to Delhi. This story is from the Times Of India; not much coverage here in the U.S.

THE PRC IS POWERFUL, BUT I’M BEGINNING TO THINK THEY OVERESTIMATE THEIR POWER: N.B.A. Commissioner: China Asked Us to Fire Daryl Morey. Though when you’re used to dealing with toadies like LeBron, it’s easy to see how that overestimation might happen.

THIS IS CNN: “Gerald Sisnette, a [CNN] Field Production Supervisor, who said that he thought it would only get better when Trump was dead, which he hoped was soon. ‘This is a story that’s not gonna go away,’ Sisnette said, referring to Trump coverage in general. ‘The only way this will go away is when he dies. Hopefully, soon.’”

James O’Keefe strikes again.

‘SUCH HYPOCRITES!’: FORMER GOV. JAN BREWER (R-AZ) SLAMS MEDIA RESPONSE TO PELOSI FINGER-WAGGING.

Brewer was photographed poking her finger in President Barack Obama’s face when he visited Arizona in January 2012. She claimed that after giving him a written invitation to inspect the crisis on the Arizona border, the two engaged in a heated discussion about a passage in her book, Scorpions for Breakfast, which depicted Obama as condescending and dismissive.

Brewer took flak for her finger-pointing from both the media and the public, who accused her of disrespecting the presidency. More than 12,000 letters flooded her office in the ensuing days, most of which condemned her, calling her “trashy” and “tasteless.” Likening the act to belching at the president, a writer for the Washington Post scolded her, “If a thing is frowned upon in general, it’s even worse to do it to the president in particular.”

By contrast, Pelosi has met with adulation and gratitude from liberals after President Trump tweeted an image of her standing up during a meeting and wagging her finger at him.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines (and DNC talking points) and it all makes sense.

WORST WHITE SUPREMACIST PRESIDENT EVER: Black unemployment stays at a record low for September 2019.

WHY IS HARVARD SUCH A CESSPIT OF RACISM? Harvard students mocked Asian applicants who received lower personality scores.

WEIRD, MONEY-LAUNDERING FOR IRAN, 2012-2016. Turkish Bank Charged In Manhattan Federal Court For Its Participation In A Multibillion-Dollar Iranian Sanctions Evasion Scheme.

SO, NANCY, HOW’S THAT IMPEACHMENT THING GOING?

THE END IS COMING, BUT I’LL KEEP CASHING THOSE (RATHER MEAGER) PAYCHECKS: Is USA Today’s print edition headed for the sunset as GateHouse and Gannett merge? Signs point to yes.

FLAILING CAMPAIGN FLAILS: Kamala Harris campaign’s ‘time for an upgrade’ Pelosi meme backfires.

On Thursday, the Kamala Harris campaign altered the image and replaced President Trump with the California senator and 2020 hopeful, this also backfired.

Harris campaign national press secretary Ian Sams tweeted the edited image with the caption “Time for an upgrade,” but many were left scratching their heads.

Some wondered why Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, would be standing up and berating a Democratic president. Others wondered why President Harris would retain Trump cabinet officials such as Stephen Mnuchin. Harris and Mnuchin have a complicated history dating back to 2012, when she was attorney general of California and he was the CEO of OneWest Bank.

Furthermore, others pointed out that the blue “crop line” wasn’t properly removed, and Harris resembled a Force Ghost from the Star Wars franchise. From there, others started making their own “time for an upgrade” memes, swapping out President Trump for just about anyone, whether it be Danny DeVito or Cersei Lannister.

Sams later deleted the tweet, and told SFGate he was targeted by “rightwing trolls.”

“When I tried to make the point that we needed more than one strong woman leading a branch of government, rightwing trolls spammed my account,” he said in an email.

Considering the preseason hype, courtesy of endless beatific articles by her PR flacks at the DNC-MSM (and a piece in the Washington Post in March from Hugh Hewitt headlined, “Sorry, Mr. Vice President, it’s Harris’s race to lose in 2020,”)  I’m really surprised at how inept the Kamala campaign has been thus far.

Here’s Sams’ “upgrade” tweet, which he later deleted:

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: “Outrage was growing among members of [Madison Wisconsin’s] black community Thursday, a day after a black West High School security guard was fired for what he said was explicitly telling a student not to call him the N-word after the student repeatedly called him the slur.”

PORK CRISIS: A terrible pandemic is killing pigs around the world, and US pork producers fear they could be hit next. “There is insufficient American organic soy, so hog farmers wishing to feed their animals organic soy often import it from China. And there are feed ingredients — B vitamins and trace minerals — that are manufactured only in China. The virus can survive for up to a month on these products, so they must be quarantined and heated to kill the virus.” Maybe we shouldn’t let important things be sole-sourced in China.

Maybe it’s time to beef up my strategic bacon reserve.

JOHN HINDERAKER ON THE MINNEAPOLIS ANTI-TRUMP RIOT: How Evil Is the Left? This Evil. Video at the link. “Trump supporters were assaulted, their vehicles were blocked, police officers and police horses were attacked, and so on. This video, filmed by Alpha News, shows how violent and disgusting the ‘protest’ by liberal Democrats was. . . . While not a single Democrat has condemned the lawless violence that liberals perpetrated in the streets of Minneapolis, they have heaped vicious vituperation on the Trump supporters who peacefully and happily participated in the Target Center rally. Which leads one to wonder: is there, anymore, any such thing as a moderate Democrat?”

Hinderaker emails: “Some of the injured people are trying to identify perpetrators they may be able to sue. We have a public interest firm here that is ready to take such cases, and then use discovery to try to identify and sue the organizers of the riot.”

Meanwhile, hours ahead of time, there’s a huge crowd already waiting for the Trump rally in Dallas. Maybe Trump should repeat his Minneapolis rally, and invite some Texans up, too.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Whatever You Do, Don’t Send Your Kids To J-School.

Jay Rosen has had it up to here with CNN moderators asking front-running Democratic Party primary candidates to explain their signature policy positions. “The ‘make Elizabeth Warren say she would raise taxes on the middle class’ question should be a credibility killer. For the journalists who keep asking it,” Rosen tweeted.

Not long ago, any person arguing that reporters should shun politically inconvenient questions of their favored candidates would be struggling to maintain credibility. Rosen, though, is a professor of journalism—it says “I teach journalism” right there on his Twitter bio.

The gist of Rosen’s case—always wrapped in a patina of academic earnestness —is that mainstream political media skews coverage towards the framing Republican desire. And so the professor busies himself browbeating outlets into adopting more ideological constructive coverage and rhetoric—use “climate emergency” or “climate crisis” to be used instead of “climate change;” that sort of Orwellian thing.

For example, on the Warren question, Rosen embraces Margaret Sullivan’s formulation: “Of course, it’s legitimate to dig into the costs [of ‘Medicare for All’], but not in a way that creates a nice GOP campaign ad, and misses the larger lens of overall costs. (Warren, notably, refused to take the bait.)”

Of course, long ago, Rosen had it up here with any ideology other than the left reporting and opining on the news:

While it would be great to still have Andrew here to call them out, old media — and those who teach future Democratic Party Operatives with bylines — have continued to do an excellent job imploding in the years since his passing.

SECURITY: Anyone’s thumbprint can unlock Galaxy S10 phone.

The issue was spotted by a British woman whose husband was able to unlock her phone with his thumbprint when it was stored in a cheap case.

When the S10 was launched, in March, Samsung described the fingerprint authentication system as “revolutionary”.

The scanner sends ultrasounds to detect 3D ridges of fingerprints in order to recognise users.

Samsung said it was “aware of the case of S10’s malfunctioning fingerprint recognition and will soon issue a software patch”.

South Korea’s online-only KaKao Bank told customers to switch off the fingerprint-recognition option to log in to its services until the issue was fixed.

I would hope a software patch will fix the issue.

LEFT-WING TRIANGULATION: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backing Bernie Sanders could help Elizabeth Warren. “‘At some point everybody’s got to reach out to the independents and the moderate Republicans’ Zogby said — as well as more moderate Democrats. ‘Arguably one way not to do that is to get an endorsement from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar.’ Philadelphia-based Democratic strategist Neil Oxman said, ‘If I were running her campaign, I would have thought, ‘We dodged a bullet.’’”

 

UNEXPECTEDLY: New Border Wall In San Diego Is Helping Drive Border Crossings Down.

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PROJECT VERITAS: PART 3: FIELD OPS MANAGER AT CNN: ZUCKER’S 9AM CALLS ARE ‘BULLS***;’ “WE’RE TOTALLY LEFT-LEANING…(BUT) WE DON’T WANT TO ADMIT IT.”

Since the early days of the network, I don’t think viewers needed Columbo or Hercule Poirot-level detective skills to be able to deduce CNN’s ideology.

FIXING HISTORY: Warrior in iconic Iwo Jima flag-raising photo was misidentified, Marines Corps acknowledges. “Historians determined that Cpl. Harold ‘Pie’ Keller was one of the six men who raised the flag.”

THAT’S BECAUSE THE BEHAVIOR TRAITS THAT CORRELATE WITH POVERTY — LIKE POOR IMPULSE CONTROL — ALSO CORRELATE WITH POOR HEALTH, INDEPENDENT OF HEALTH CARE: Poor People Are Still Sicker Than The Rich In Germany, Despite Universal Health Care.

JON GABRIEL: The Fog of Impeachment.

“If it’s a mist in the pulpit, it’s a fog in the pew.” An old Baptist preacher said that years ago and it always stuck with me. Translated into secular-speak, if the speaker doesn’t present a simple, direct, crystal-clear message, the audience will never retain it.

Speaker Pelosi apparently never heard this advice.

Read the whole thing.

WHEN THE TRUTH HURTS: Display stating socialism killed 100 million-plus people abruptly taken down at UNC Charlotte.

I SAID THIS AFTER THE FIRST DEBATE: Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate.

WHY JOE AND BERNIE LOOK SO SPRY: The More Active Your Brain, the Shorter Your Lifespan May Be, a New Study Says.

RIDDLE ME THIS: What’s an Organism With No Brain, 720 Sexes?

THE JOURNOLIST IS HOPPING: No More Pretense: Journalists, Dems Use Identical Talking Points on Impeachment (Video).

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with Chyrons, and their lockstep phraseology all makes sense.

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CRACKING DOWN: US to require Chinese officials to report American contacts. “The Trump administration said Wednesday that it will soon require Chinese officials in the U.S. to notify the State Department ahead of any contacts they plan to have with American educators, researchers and local and state governments. The release of the new rules was accompanied by notices to American educational and research institutions and local governments informing them of the reporting requirement. The change is effective Wednesday.”

YOU’D GET STRONGER? Here’s what would happen if you worked out like a strongman.

CORNERING THE MAN-HATING VOTE: At Commentary, Christine Rosen asks, “What does Elizabeth Warren think of men?”

[A]t a recent CNN-sponsored town hall on LGBTQ issues, she let slip an emotion that she hasn’t previously shown toward men: contempt. Answering a question (which turned out to be planted) about how she would talk to someone who is opposed to gay marriage, Warren responded, “Well, I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that.” She then added, “And I’m going to say, ‘Then just marry one woman—I’m cool with that.’” Then came her contemptuous “zinger”: “Assuming you can find one.” As the Washington Post described, “Warren turned, took a few steps and smiled broadly as the room exploded in laughter.” Soon her campaign team “was crowing that the clip had garnered more than 12 million views on Twitter.”

If this is what Warren’s campaign team thinks is worth crowing about, then they clearly haven’t learned anything since Hillary Clinton dismissed a large swath of the country as “deplorables.”

Casual misandry might play well on Twitter (and among the Democratic base), but it’s insulting to a large number of voters Warren will need to persuade in a general election if she secures the Democratic nomination.

In keeping with the gentle treatment Warren has experienced from the media, few mainstream outlets (with the exception of the Post) even bothered to question whether her remarks were offensive or point out the irony that she was calling out intolerance by being intolerant herself.

Down With the Clapback,” adds Matt Purple at the American Conservative:

[C]lapbacks don’t even have to be clever anymore. All they need to do is invoke the trendy left-wing wisdom of the moment, especially if it can be encapsulated in a single term: “mansplain,” “gaslight,” “toxic masculinity”—“you mad, bro?” Everything you need is there, except, of course, a point. Call it the Daily Show method of discourse, and indeed, when it comes to clapback culture, Jon Stewart may be a more primordial forbear even than Twitter. Once upon a time, his smackdowns of suspiciously edited Fox News clips were considered entertainment; today his method of grab, sass, and discard is widespread and serves more as cultural enforcement. The purpose of the clapback is to signal that debate ends here, that one needs think no further. Is it possible that Maduro might be both a socialist and a murderous thug, that one might even enable the other? That doesn’t matter. Rand Paul has been “destroyed” and this meeting is adjourned.

Is it any wonder that Joe Rogan has become a minor celebrity? The comedian and YouTube host is a lefty of a sort, but he also prizes probing conversation over brusque dismissals, and on today’s Internet, that feels like a novelty. As for Elizabeth Warren, I don’t mean to pick on her. She really is one of the deeper Democratic candidates, even if she can’t seem to figure out how she’s going to pay for any of her proposals. Still, there lingers the problem of that stubborn third of the country that refuses to embrace same-sex marriage. And Senator, not to mansplain, but you never answered the question. How do you respond to those who say that the definition of marriage is set and must remain between one man and one woman?

As Rosen concludes, “Like many politicians, Warren uses her personal stories and personal history to try to connect with voters. By making half those voters the butt of a contemptuous joke, she signaled that not only does she place honesty about her personal history on a sliding scale, but the dignity of voters she dislikes as well.”

PREDICTION: SF developer joins California high-speed rail board to get it ‘back on track.’

Not sure if congratulations or condolences are in order, but longtime Bay Area housing developer Jim Ghielmetti of San Francisco, has been appointed to the California High-Speed Rail Authority board of directors.

Ghielmetti is the founder Signature Homes, which since 1983 and has been a major player Bay Area housing market. Ghielmetti was a member of the California Transportation Commission until last week.

As for why he took the job, Ghielmetti said, “I’d like to see the train get back on track.”

Prediction: It won’t be.

Yogi Berra was wrong: Some predictions are easy, even about the future.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Study: Testosterone may help women run faster, longer.

PROGRESSIVISM IS CARING ABOUT THE LITTLE PEOPLE ‘I’m Starting Not To Care That She Is Brutal To Her Staff.’ “I thought every candidate had a good moment or two, though my memory is blurred by the unrelenting pace produced by too many topics and the tug-of-war for control of the conversation. Klobuchar had some smart answers. I’m starting not to care that she is brutal to her staff. (Why do we care so much about that? 99.9 percent of us will never work for her.)”

That’s Larry Sabato from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

CHANGE: Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff says it’s time to break up Facebook. “It’s addictive, it’s not good for you, they’re after your kids, they’re running political ads that aren’t true … and they’re also acquiring other companies and co-mingling [data those companies have on their users] into theirs.”

Do tell.

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: The age of belated realization.

Problems that were once papered over have burst into the open. . . . The old world order is in shambles. By October 31 the EU will lose one of its most powerful members. In Washington the political class is paralyzed, unable to adapt to changing circumstances. Even Democratic candidates can’t agree on what constitutes a vital American interest in the Middle East. This implies that the trouble in Kurdistan is only symptomatic of greater geopolitical shifts, a small part of a larger fracture. If Turkey was willing to bomb US positions, menace Incirlik’s nukes and threaten the EU the tripwire of US lives was not the sure shield it was assumed to be.

The last few years have been one of belated realization. The cans which for decades had been kicked down the road now constitute a giant metal wall. The realities of the 21st century have outrun the politics of the 20th.

Yeah, pretty much.

BREAKING THE LAST MILE MONOPOLISTS: SpaceX says 12,000 satellites isn’t enough, so it might launch another 30,000. “SpaceX is facing competition in the nascent low-Earth satellite broadband market from OneWeb, Space Norway, Telesat, and Amazon. Broadband delivered by low-Earth satellites should provide faster speeds and lower latencies than traditional satellites, which orbit at much higher altitudes. SpaceX has said it intends to provide gigabit speeds and latency as low as 25ms, but the company hasn’t revealed how much the service will cost.”

IT’S PROBLEMATIC BECAUSE IT’S “WHITENESS MANIFEST.” Kamala Harris Staffer Berates BuzzFeed Editor by Text Over ‘Problematic’ Joke Tweet. Mediaite changed the headline, which was about the staffer “whining,” to “berates” — you can still see the original in the URL — but the original seems more accurate. Also, you should never hire a staffer who sends no-capitalization messages.

The editor’s (it’s Ben Smith) response was, basically, sod off, swampy: “Do you seriously not have real problems? This text makes me think you are totally, totally unready for an actual presidential campaign.”

TO BE TRUSTED, IT HELPS TO BE TRUSTWORTHY: Poynter: Don’t let ABC’s mistake fuel distrust of the media.

As politicians continue to attack the credibility of the press, ABC News suffered a self-inflicted wound that is feeding cynical, misguided notions about how news media operate.

On Sunday evening, in a report about violence in northern Syria, ABC’s “World News Tonight“ included a video clip of a nighttime machine gun exhibition at a Kentucky shooting range, with weekend anchor Tom Llamas describing it as “appearing to show Turkey’s military bombing Kurd civilians.” Early Monday morning, shortly before the video was shown again on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Wojciech Pawelczyk, a conservative political activist, debunked it on Twitter. By midday — after the incident was further investigated by Beckett Adams (no relation), a columnist at The Washington Examiner — ABC News had issued a statement saying it had removed the video and “regrets the error.”

ABC News has declined to comment on how the error occurred.

Into that vacuum of non-information rushed a familiar barrage of cynical accusations.

“Cynical?” This sort of “mistake” happens with disturbing frequency and the “mistakes” lean heavily in one direction. Then when they’re caught, they get stealth corrections, deletions, or in this case, a stonewall. Why should people trust a media that acts this way? The Poynter crowd wouldn’t give any other big corporations the benefit of the doubt we’re seeing here.

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Kim Jong-Un Propaganda Photo Essay Goes Hysterically Wrong. “And… um… we’re not sure what happened to Kim’s legs in this next photo, but we’re certainly very sure for certain that there was no State-level photoshopping going on here at all.”

HEINLEIN’S CRAZY YEARS: College Professor Says SpongeBob Is an Evil, Racist, Colonial Monster.

JOHN MCGINNIS: Reviving the Contract Clause: An Acid Test for Originalism.

IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE… Near-infinite specific thrust from drive that ignores physics.

The basic idea of the Helical Drive, according to the author of that link, is simple. Imagine that you have a mass in a cylinder that is oscillating back and forth. Every time the mass hits the end of the cylinder, it will impart some momentum, accelerating it. Because the mass sequentially collides with each end of the cylinder, the net force is zero, and the only outcome is that the cylinder gets a massive headache.

But, what if—you’re going to love this—you could magically increase the size of the mass when it was traveling in one direction and decrease the mass when it was traveling in the other direction? If the velocity of the mass is kept the same, the force imparted at one end would be greater than at the other. You would have a net force: the cylinder would continuously accelerate in one direction.

Now we just have to fill in the magic part: how do we magically change the mass? The answer here is special relativity. If something is moving at close to the speed of light, its mass will increase. Indeed, the closer the object is to the speed of light, the larger its mass.

So, the answer, apparently, is simple. If we use a very strong magnetic field along the length of the cylinder, then alpha particles (helium atoms with the electrons stripped off) will start to corkscrew around the field. An accelerator in one section can accelerate the ions to as close to the speed of light as possible, while in a different section a countering accelerator will slow them back down. At each end, the ions reflect, imparting momentum to the cylinder.

Even better, the energy lost in accelerating the ions can be recovered when you slow them down, so it’s nearly free acceleration.

There’s just one problem:

Even though the author does a very nice simulation, he has left out the fields that do the accelerating. When we accelerate ions using a magnetic or electric field, the ions push back on the field. There is an equal and opposite force exerted on the electrodes and coils that produce the fields, and those just happen to be in the spaceship, too.

Oops.

WAR ON SCIENCE: Harvard says masculinity and testosterone are not ‘connected.’

KURT SCHLICHTER: Bad Gaslighting Epidemic Sweeps The Elite. “There are three questions that our terrible, terrible ruling class raises whenever it opens its collective kale-hole to lecture us: 1) Does the elite think we are really, really stupid, or 2) Is the elite really, really stupid, or 3) Is the elite all of the above? The last week has been eventful, even by Age O’ Trump standards, and the one enduring takeaway is just how bad these people are at gaslighting us with inept lies that demand we disbelieve what’s happening right in front of us. But it should come as no surprise that our alleged betters are no good at gaslighting because they have proven themselves to be no good at anything.”

Plus: “Here’s a fun test: can you name something – anything – major in the last two decades that our best and brightest have not screwed up? I’ll wait. . . . So, because they have no other way to deal with the damning evidence of their utter incompetence, our elite instead tries to convince us that we are crazy for noticing just how lame they are.”

COME SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERENT IN THE COMMUNISM: Jimmy Sham, leader of Hong Kong democracy group Civil Human Rights Front, attacked on Mong Kok street. “Sham is smashed in the head with hammers and spanners by at least four assailants who then flee in a car.”

IF YOU GIVE ME A WEEK, I MIGHT THINK OF SOMETHING: Biden touts ‘really big’ accomplishments at debate…but Dem voters can’t name any. Well, there’s the punitive bankruptcy bill that he passed for MBNA while his son got a paycheck from them. Or the RAVE Act . . . .

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: No Trumpian Dark Horse Will Save the 2020 Dems. “There is no personality lurking over there that is going to lay waste to the field by providing a fighting alternative. They pretended they loved Biden because he was the most electable, but now the two raving socialists are raking in all of the money in what could be the Mother of All Ironies.”

LYING LIARS WHO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO LIE: Rep. Schiff (D-CA) Tried To Get Kurt Volker To Lie About Trump/Ukraine.

SOD OFF, SWAMPY! Extinction Rebellion face massive backlash after comparing protesters who climbed onto Tube trains and were roughed up by angry commuters to civil rights activist Rosa Parks and they are forced to cancel Gatwick demo.

Furious London commuters dragged Extinction Rebellion protesters down from the top of a Tube train after demonstrators tried to cause travel chaos this morning.

As their eco-protest enters its 11th day XR activists launched a co-ordinated strike on three London Underground stations, clambering on top of carriages and glueing themselves to doors despite Monday’s city-wide ban issued by the Met Police.

But their efforts to disrupt public transport were met with a furious backlash from commuters, industry groups and politicians leading one XR spokesman to admit the move had been a ‘huge own goal’.

A hastily-deleted tweet comparing themselves to icon of the nonviolent black civil rights movement, Rosa Parks, was also met with opprobrium from social media users.

Video surfaced from Canning Town station of a protester seemingly being beaten and kicked by angry workers on the station platform having been dragged bodily from the top of a train.

The normals have lost patience with the self-indulgent antics of hysterical overprivileged white people.

WITNESS INTIMIDATION? Schiff pressed Volker to say Ukraine felt pressure from Trump.

In a secret interview, Rep. Adam Schiff, leader of the House Democratic effort to impeach President Trump, pressed former U.S. special representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker to testify that Ukrainian officials felt pressured to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter as a result of Trump withholding U.S. military aid to Ukraine.

Volker denied that was the case, noting that Ukrainian leaders did not even know the aid was being withheld, and that they believed their relationship with the United States was moving along satisfactorily, without them having done anything Trump mentioned in his notorious July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

When Volker repeatedly declined to agree to Schiff’s characterization of events, Schiff said, “Ambassador, you’re making this much more complicated than it has to be.”

Pathetic.

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