May 26, 2019


So naturally, it’s deja deep state all over again: EU fraud watchdog considering Nigel Farage investigation.

COLLUSION IN NEW ZEALAND: China’s communists fund Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party: What the United States Congress was told.

Weird that that party supports censorship, disarming citizens, etc.

REPORT: DECLASSIFIED DOCS WILL SHOW THAT SAMANTHA POWER’S 2016 UNMASKING EFFORTS WERE RELATED TO ISRAEL: “According to a December 2015 Politico report: ‘One senior U.S. official described the discovery of the swept-up communication as an ‘Oh s— moment’ and feared that the executive branch would be accused of spying on Congress.’ Gee, ya think?”

OUT ON TUESDAY: My The Social Media Upheaval.

AS ANDREW SULLIVAN SAYS, THE POPULIST RIGHT IS WINNING EVERYWHERE THESE DAYS: Massive Victory for Conservative Nationalists in European Elections.

A #METOO PROBLEM for Martin Luther King? This is David Garrow’s research: “King’s philandering has long been suspected, however Garrow, who spent several months digging through the archive material, said he had no idea of the scale or the ugliness of it and his apparent indifference to rape until he saw the files.”

On the other hand, the FBI has lately shown itself willing to accept extremely thin stories that support its desire to smear popular leaders it dislikes.

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WHO IS BORIS JOHNSON, THE MAN POISED TO BE THE NEXT BRITISH LEADER? NBC dubs him “one of the most divisive political figures in the United Kingdom,” (as if the same thing couldn’t be written about Jeremy Corbyn), which means he’s angering all the right (read: left) people.

He also posted a pretty good time during his turn on Top Gear’s “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” segment, so he’s got that going for him as well, which is nice.

ARE YOUNG AMERICAN JEWS MORE SUPPORTIVE OF TRUMP THAN YOUNG AMERICANS IN GENERAL?: Some surprising news from the world of politics: An outfit called the Jewish Electorate Institute conducted a survey of American Jews’ attitudes on politics. The resulting headline was that American Jews prioritize domestic issues over Israel, which wasn’t a surprise to anyone who pays attention to such things.

Much more surprising, and not in the headlines, was that the survey found that 31% of Jews under 30 (and at least 18) approve of President Trump, higher than any other Jewish age demographic except for slightly higher approval among millenials. But wait, there’s more.

The summary published by the JEI mysteriously excludes Orthodox Jews from its data on Trump approval by age group, but only from the younger cohorts. Thanks to high Orthodox birth rates, Orthodox outreach efforts, and widespread assimilation among the non-Orthodox, Orthodox Jews are a much larger percentage of the younger Jewish cohort than of older Jewish cohorts. 20% is a reasonable estimate of the percentage of American Jews under 30 who are Orthodox. And 57% of Orthodox Jews approve of Trump, but let’s round that up to 60% for the younger cohort, since younger Jews in general are more approving of Trump. That means approximately 37% of American Jews under 30 approve of Trump. By contrast, a recent poll showed that only 33% of Americans ages 15-34 approve of Trump.

If true, this would be especially remarkable because young American Jews tend to not be “religious” and live in coastal urban areas, two demographic indicators that strongly predict hostility to Trump.

Of course, the JEI poll needs to be confirmed by other data. But I should note that JEI hired the Greenberg firm, a liberal Democratic polling outfit, to do its polling, so there was no incentive to exaggerate support for Trump.


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THE 21st CENTURY ISN’T TURNING OUT AS I HAD HOPED: “Gaming Disorder” Now A Recognized Illness According To World Health Organization.

“THAT SOUNDS AN AWFUL LOT LIKE A COUP AND IT COULD WELL BE TREASON:”  Liz Cheney defends AG Barr investigation at the House of Stephanopoulos.

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: German government warns Jews not to wear skullcaps for their own safety.

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THE EUROPEAN ELECTION RESULTS ARE A HUMILIATION FOR MACRON: “Today, after six months of civil disorder, with a president seemingly incapable of communicating with ordinary voters, Macron is humiliated, although his tame media will try to spin it was less bad than it might have been. The bottom line though is that he has failed to renew his mandate and that fewer than a quarter of French voters support him. Macron is now is a world of pain. His clumsy national debate in which he never stopped talking, his ham-fisted response to the Gilets Jaunes, his failure to address the national economic crisis, his estrangement from Germany, his aggression towards the UK, have left him practically friendless.”

GREAT MOMENTS IN ECO-HYPOCRISY: Canadian Green Party Leader Elizabeth May parades in a gas-guzzling 1994 Dodge Viper but wants Canadians to switch to electric vehicles.

As Glenn likes to say, I’ll believe that global warming is a crisis when the people who tell me it’s a crisis start to act like it’s a crisis themselves.

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ROGER KIMBALL: Let’s Call the Russian Collusion ‘Hoax’ What it Really Is.

Perhaps the best way of summarizing my disagreement is by suggesting an alternative to the word “hoax.” It’s not a novel suggestion.

On the contrary, it’s often been used in concert with or as a synonym for “hoax.” But I think it is a better word in this context because it expresses the malign intention behind the multifarious activities directed against candidate Trump and then President Trump. The word I have in mind is “coup.”

Again, I know that that is a dramatic, maybe a melodramatic, word. But I think it accurately expresses the deliberate effort by actors in the Obama Administration, including by President Obama himself, to assure Hillary Clinton’s victory by destroying the reputation of Donald Trump. “Most Presidents leave office,” the commentator L. J. Keith recently wrote, “and essentially step back from public life. Not Barack Obama. Shellshocked by Hillary Clinton’s loss, Obama, Brennan, Clapper, Comey, and Clinton set in motion a series of events that will forever tar his presidency, and decimate the concept of a peaceful transition of power.”

Read the whole thing.

BIAS BY OMISSION. Impeachment Obsessed: Chuck Todd Fails to Grill Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) on Her Anti-Semitism.

Speaking of NBC and the dog that didn’t bark: WashPost’s Hypocrisy on Pete Buttigieg and Condemning Racism:

What did The Washington Post reporter not bring up to Mayor Buttigieg in response to that answer? After all, “If you do racist things, and say racist things”, according to the mayor, well —  it’s almost academic to note that you are a racist.

Strangely unmentioned was this story from last month in another Post, The New York Post. The headline: “Pete Buttigieg, Al Sharpton talk politics during lunch in Harlem.”

Not only did Buttigieg dine with Sharpton, saying afterwards how much he “valued the conversation” but he also went out of his way to speak at Sharpton’s National Action Network conference.

Now recall that this would be the very same Al Sharpton who…

Veteran followers of Sharpton will know some of the things that are coming next, as the Corbynization of the Democratic Party continues apace.

WHEN SATIRE IS TOO OVER-THE-TOP TO BE BELIEVABLE: Obamas Promise To Donate All Proceeds From Multimillion-Dollar Book, Netflix Deals To Combat Wealth Inequality.


Time Magazine columnist Ian Bremmer on Sunday tweeted a quote from President Donald Trump about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un that quickly went viral but it wasn’t real.

“President Trump in Tokyo: ‘Kim Jong Un is smarter and would make a better President than Sleepy Joe Biden.’” Bremmer wrote on Twitter.

While Trump did praise the North Korean dictator’s insult of former Vice President Joe Biden, the president never said what Bremmer quoted him saying because Bremmer made it up.

Bremmer left the false post up for several hours before conceding he made up the quote and deleting the tweet, which he defended as “plausible.”

Bremmer’s tweet was retweeted (and eventually deleted) by both CNN’s faux-Republican Ana Navarro and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), among others. Bremmer is also a “Global Research Professor” at NYU.

YOU’D PREFER NOT TO, OF COURSE, BUT THAT MAY NOT BE A CHOICE: Considerations for Fighting With a Little One at Your Side.

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Sex robots to spark ’synthetic sexual revolution BIGGER than the 60s.’ Of course, vibrators have already done that for half of humanity, but somehow that wasn’t as big a story.

FASTER, PLEASE: Nerve stimulation may help curb stroke damage.

IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE: Harvard’s dismissal of Roland Sullivan et ux. still bothers me [clarification:  they were dismissed as “faculty deans” at Winthrop, not from Harvard altogether]. There have been a lot of craven actions to satisfy crybullies lately, but the l’affaire Sullivan may be the worst.

I can’t help thinking about the Twilight Zone episode, It’s a Good Life. In it, the adults will do anything to please Anthony, a child with god-like powers to read minds and to punish wrongthink by turning people into unpleasant objects. Once someone is so punished, the other adults beg Anthony to banish him “to the cornfield” to spare themselves the horror of being reminded of his fate. The difference—and it’s an important one—is that at least Anthony really was powerful. Harvard crybullies are only powerful because others respond to their demands.

Here’s a heavily edited version of the episode. Here’s the jack-in-the-box scene, and here’s a radio version.

SCOTT JOHNSON: 17 thoughts on Power Line turning 17 years old this weekend. Including:

10. Andrew Heyward was president of CBS News at the time of Rathergate. He hadn’t spoken much about the scandal for public consumption, but he talked about Truth [in which Robert Redford(!) played Dan Rather — Ed] to the New York Times when the Times celebrated the film at a TimesTalks event with Redford, Blanchett, Rather and Mapes. Heyward told the Times that the film “takes people responsible for the worst embarrassment in the history of CBS News, and what was at the time a grievous blow to the credibility of a proud news organization, and turns them into martyrs and heroes. Only Hollywood could come up with that.”

One might say that truer words were never spoken.

Needless to say, read the whole thing.

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DON’T GET COCKY, KID: SpaceX Starlink Will Equal Launch Revenue in 2020 and Will Make Elon the World’s Richest Person by 2023. But actually, I hope this is true. If it is, there’ll be lots of other people investing in space development.

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: Another California Gun Policy Doesn’t Survive Federal Court.

THE 21st CENTURY IS NOT WORKING OUT AS I HAD HOPED: Trump and John Brennan fight over Legal Insurrection cartoon.

I’ll take “Headlines I never thought I’d be seeing for $500,” Alex.

WHAT HATH MERKEL WROUGHT? German Jews warned not to wear kippas after rise in anti-Semitism. Import a bunch of violent anti-semites, get a lot more anti-semitic violence. Unexpectedly!

PHONY BETO MANIA HAS BITTEN THE DUST: MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace Lobs Softballs to Beto: “What can we do better as those of us trying to cover your candidacies from very far away from where the first votes will be cast in Iowa and New Hampshire? Don’t hold back.”

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with lavalieres and Chyrons, and Wallace’s fawning interview makes perfect sense.

(Classical reference in headline.)

RIP: Bart Starr, legendary Packers quarterback, dead at 85.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Portland State rejects ‘Conservative Political Thought’ course because it’s not inclusive.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: ABA legal ed section’s council adopts tighter bar pass standard; clock for compliance starts now.

Following multiple years of discussion, and two rejections from the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar adopted a proposed revision to tighten an accreditation standard regarding bar passage Friday.

To be in compliance with the revised version of Standard 316, at least 75% of a law school’s graduates who sat for a bar exam must pass within two years of graduation. Under the previous rule, there were various ways to meet the standard, and no law school had been found to be out of compliance with it.

Those ways include:

• Having a 75% pass rate for all graduates over the five most recent calendar years;

• Having a 75% pass rate for at least three of those five years;

• And having at least 70% of its graduates pass the bar at a rate within 15 percentage points of the average first-time bar pass rate for ABA-approved law school graduates in the same jurisdiction for three out of the five most recently completed calendar years.

Under ABA rules, the House of Delegates can send a proposed revision back to the section’s council twice, but the council has the final decision on matters related to law school education. The House of Delegates voted against the proposed revision in February 2017 and this past January.

This is going to hurt some places.

BUT SINCE THE PRESS BLAMES HIM FOR HILLARY’S LOSS, THERE AREN’T MANY COMPLAINTS: Theory of Revised Julian Assange Indictment Could Apply to Ordinary Reporters.

ANN ALTHOUSE busts the hypocrites.

First, I’m tired — and was tired long ago — of the Hillary Clinton theory that every attack on a woman is “sexist.” Women in high positions need to be attackable or I don’t want them in high positions. So that theory will perversely push me into the sexist position that women should not hold high positions.

Second, the video Trump tweeted is not the video of Pelosi that was determined to have been “doctored.”

Much, much more at the link.

PETER BERKOWITZ: Harvard’s Latest Enfeeblement of Liberal Education.

MICHAEL MCCONNELL: What Should Free Speech Mean In College?

TRULY BASED ON A TRUE STORY:  McAleer’s ‘FBI Lovebirds’ Will Shame Media, Hollywood (Again).


THEY’RE NOT WRONG:   Crossfit quits Facebook, Instagram: “utopian socialists”.


Which finally and for good disproves that canard about two heads thinking better than one.

OH, DEAR LORD:  Racism: Is There Anything It Can’t Do?


THE END OF AN ERA:  Rolling Thunder Motorcycles Will Ride In D.C. For The Last Time.

WEIRD. I’M SURE THERE’S MORE DEATHS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HARVARD GRADUATES: Why becoming a Wienermobile driver is harder than getting into Harvard.

BUT I THOUGHT THE SCIENCE WAS SETTLED: Discovery of billion-year-old fungi changes our understanding of life on Earth.

DEAR COLORADO, PLEASE STOP IMPORTING THESE POLICIES:  Open Letter to Gavin Newsom: Your Policies Are Tearing My Family Apart.

THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE. BEHOLD HOW SHOCKED IT IS:  Scientists discover China has been secretly emitting banned ozone-depleting gas.

GREAT AGAIN: Average US salaries on the rise thanks to booming economy.

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OUR IMPARTIAL JUDICIARY: Utah State Trial Judge Disciplined for Anti-Trump Remarks in Courtroom.


WELL, GOOD: CDC: Flu season wraps up as a few cases linger.

GREAT MOMENTS IN SELF-AWARENESS: Socialist Bernie Sanders at Rally: Trump Trying to Turn U.S. Into ‘Authoritarian Form of Government.’


There’s just one problem. The video not manipulated. It is not doctored or altered or fake. Whatever word you want to use, it doesn’t matter. It wasn’t even deceptively edited. No matter what Trump’s opponents claim, one thing is undeniable: Nancy’s speech is not altered in the video. The video is a series of clips made into a montage—a common method for saving time. The video Trump shared is a clip from Lou Dobbs Tonight on Fox Business from the same day. Greg Jarrett (filling in for Lou Dobbs) aired the montage from her press conference and discussed it with his guest, former Reagan White House political director and Fox Business political analyst Ed Rollins.

You can watch the segment by clicking here and scrubbing over to 6:55 (cable subscription and login required) to see the portion of the segment that Trump tweeted.

Despite the fact that Trump did not share a video that deceptively altered Pelosi’s speech, social media was buzzing over this false narrative, from the left and Never Trump right.

Shades of the media’s old “selectively edited” trope. So does this mean anytime the media uses a montage, we can call the video “doctored” or “manipulated?” Team America has had it!

SOMEWHERE, PHILIP K. DICK SMILES: Proof it’s possible to enhance or suppress memories.

MICROBIOME NEWS: Possible link between infant gut microbiome and development of allergies.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Why Hollywood Is Weaponizing Nostalgia Against Trump—from ‘Laugh-In’ to “All in the Family’ to ‘The Jeffersons.’

Today’s stars leverage everything in their arsenal against President Donald Trump. They flex their social media accounts, incorporate anti-Trump rants into films and TV shows, and turn awards shows into Democratic pep rallies.

Robert De Niro alone spends more time cursing out President Trump than starring in movies worthy of his talent.

So it’s only natural to look to the past to hit Trump anew. The “Laugh-In” special allowed progressive stars to do just that. The sitcom recreations, though, offered a more subtle approach to the same model. The shows leaned on the original scripts with only minor modifications.

Laugh-In was so long ago it had what is now that rarest of Hollywood Unicorns: a Republican comedy writer/producer.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): We watched the first 15 minutes of this and had to turn it off. It was just terrible. Woody Harrelson was nonstop smarmy mugging as Archie, Marisa Tomei had the screechy Edith voice, but that was all, and the rest of the acting was pedestrian at best. The script was the original, but honestly, if you watch the original show it doesn’t hold up very well either. All those “timely” shows from the 1970s have aged much worse than the silly non-topical shows from the 1960s.

NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS: Ocasio-Cortez Denies Science in Nonsensical Rant About Colonialism, Yucca, and ‘Cauliflower or Something.’

As another distaff socialist would say, really, at this point, what difference does it make? AOC Was Wrong, We Actually Have Only 5 Years Left.


Macron has talked of creating networks of European universities, schools and cultural institutions to ensure that “every European recognizes their destiny in the figures adorning a Greek temple or in Mona Lisa’s smile,” as well as similar networks of European police forces and militaries to keep Europeans safe in an era of radical Islamist terrorism, Russian espionage and U.S. disinterest.

In other words, counter nationalism with a kind of super-nationalism and throw in a dose of anti-Islamist rhetoric. Mimic the caricature you have developed of your opponents, and beat them at their own game.

It’s a clever response. However, there are problems with it. First, staffing a network of universities that preaches a European destiny and extols Greek temples and Mona Lisa’s smile won’t be easy.

To be fair, this wasn’t the EU’s first attempt at a version of Whig history, where, instead of all of history being a prelude to the classically liberal England of the 19th and early 20th century, all of European history leads to the glorious founding of the transnational “progressive” EU. Recall the outrage in 2012 when the EU opened a museum focused on “The European Civil War,” or as sane people like call it, World War II. As Bryan Preston wrote at the time:

That’s a rather provincial attitude to take, regarding a conflict that saw action from Guam to Alaska and the Philippines to North Africa. For a continental civil war, it was a very far-flung conflict. I’ve personally stood atop Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima, and walked the streets of Paris, France. They’re…pretty far apart.

If this is to be Europe’s revisionist attitude going forward, then on behalf of everyone outside Europe, I ask the continentals from now on to keep their “civil wars” to themselves.

Indeed. In the meantime though, if Macron wants to shift how European history is taught in the classrooms of EU nations after decades of academics teaching victimhood-steeped “black armband history,” have fun storming the castle.

HOW’S THAT SPACE PROGRAM GOING? Mile-wide asteroid with its own moon will fly by Earth on Saturday.

THAT’S DUMB BECAUSE SHUT UP: Rep. Massie: Why Do the Dem Sponsors of Green New Deal Not Have Solar Panels in Their Houses?

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21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Sex robot threat: AI girlfriends ‘indistinguishable from humans’ after major 5G upgrade.

If they’re good enough to fool notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias™, it’s a reminder that this is the year 2019, after all.

ANDREW SULLIVAN: Good-bye, Theresa. Hello, Boris?

But there’s no sign yet that the center has been able to marshal arguments anywhere nearly as potent as the nationalist right’s. In fact, some of the Brussels plutocrats and Eurocrats seem intent on making things worse. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, and hate-figure in Britain, declared to CNN this week: “These populist, nationalists, stupid nationalists, they are in love with their own countries. They don’t like those coming from far away, I like those coming from far away … we have to act in solidarity with those who are in a worse situation than we are in.” He somehow avoided calling them all deplorables.

But he’s right of course. People do tend to be in love with their own countries, just as they love the borders that allow their countries to exist. Those who turned the E.U. into a kind of megastate incapable of summoning real patriotism never quite grasped this, and still don’t.

If you want to know why neo-fascism is resurgent in Europe, this is why. The European project overreached, and has never recovered from the financial crisis a decade ago. Europeans have always been more attached to their own national identities than to some abstract edifice like the E.U.

Read the whole thing. To be fair though, this isn’t the first time that Andrew has seen neo-fascism resurgent somewhere in the world.

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: Medicinal Herbs Used in The US Civil War Could Help Us Kill Drug-Resistant Bacteria.

CHANGE: “Now that the Russia collusion allegations have evaporated, the long knives are out and the president’s antagonists are watching their backs. They have moved from accusing President Trump of treason to pushing revisionist narratives that try to shift the blame for the debunked probe onto others.”

Ultimate conspiracy theory: It was actually Trump who caused the Steele Dossier to be commissioned, as a poison pill that his Deep State adversaries would be unable to resist, ensuring their destruction and his eventual ascendancy.

Wilford Brimley voice: “Mr. Trump, are you that smart? . . . Never mind, you ain’t gonna tell us, are you?”

NOBODY GOES THERE ANYMORE, IT’S TOO CROWDED: Overcrowding On Mount Everest Leads To Two More Deaths.

SO I MENTIONED OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING THE OTHER DAY, BUT LET ME GO A STEP FARTHER: I don’t think even driver’s licenses should be issued by the state. Instead, you should just have to show proof of insurance. The insurance companies have a better incentive to monitor your driving than the state does, since they have skin in the game. And they won’t be tempted — as legislatures constantly are — to revoke your driving privileges because of unrelated items like unpaid student loans or child support.

INDIAN OCEAN NAVY POWER PHOTO FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence sails with ships from the Royal Australian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the French Navy aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle and its escort ships through the Gulf of Bengal. The caption says the allied fleet was participating in an anti-submarine exercise and enhancing interoperability between the U.S. and French navies.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO CHICK-FIL-A BANS: “The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on Friday that it will investigate whether two airports violated federal law or transportation regulations by denying a contract to Chick-fil-A on religious grounds.”

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