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November 17, 2018

WHEN REPUBLICANS WIN IT’S CHEATING.  WHEN DEMOCRATS CHEAT IS WINNING. HOW LONG WILL WE TOLERATE THIS?  Hillary Clinton yells ‘fraud’ in Georgia after the vote recount doesn’t go Abrams’s way.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE CANNIBAL FEAST OF THE LEFTIST CLIENTS:  A Cold Winter for White Women.

YOU KNOW, IF THEY JUST DITCH THE LITTLE RED BOOK SOMEONE CONVINCED THEM WAS THE REAL GOSPEL, THINGS WILL BECOME MUCH CLEARER:  The Bishops In Their Labyrinth.

ER. SO THE DATES WERE THAT BAD IN THAT BAR?  One of the oldest lesbian bars on the East Coast is to be demolished. The city wants to put in a dog park.

Hey, at least it’s not a paper bag distribution center.

EWWWWWW:  Celine Dion’s Video Of New Clothing Line For Kids Is Orwellian.

YOU KNOW, THIS GAVE ME ONE OF THOSE SCARY FEELINGS LIKE “AND HERE?”  I DON’T LIKE WHERE WE’RE HEADED AND I’M HAVING TROUBLE SEEING A WAY OUT. AND NO, I DON’T MEAN TRUMP. I MEAN THE PARTY WHO HATES HUMANS BUT PARTICULARLY AMERICANS:  Eerily prescient 1907 poem by Stefan George: “Der Widerchrist”.

WHEN THE MASKS ARE DOWN, EVERYTHING BECOMES SO CLEAR:  True Colors.

THE BEATLES’ WHITE ALBUM AT 50: WHEN THEY WAS FAB.

In 1963, recording their first album in a day, the Beatles had nailed “Twist and Shout” in one take. Six years later, they recorded 102 takes of George Harrison’s “Not Guilty,” only to leave it off The White Album. Meanwhile, as the embellishment and overdubbing grew more complicated, the band spread out into two studios, with George Martin’s aides Geoff Emerick and Chris Thomas at the controls. The result was the polarization of the Lennon-McCartney collaboration into parallel tracks. Instead of complementing each other by refining each other’s compositions, they now wrote antagonistically. The harsher Lennon became, the more sweetly McCartney responded. The result was the kaleidoscopic disorder and variable quality of The White Album.

Apparently, “Not Guilty” didn’t make the cut because of its jibes at the family business, which is too bad, as it might just be the best song ever left off a major pop/rock album.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

● Shot: Snowstorm causes havoc in NYC – what went wrong?

—CBS News, today.

● Chaser: And That’s the Way It Was: In 1972, CBS’s Walter Cronkite Warned of ‘New Ice Age.’

NewsBusters, March 5, 2015.

And if you missed Glenn’s link earlier, A mini ice age could be on the way and it’s going to get very, very cold.

Of course, to more seriously answer CBS’s question today, what went wrong was electing Bill de Blasio.

Update: “If only there were some… external factor that could account for the variations in global temperature. Such a hypothetical external factor would have to be very large, though — on the order of magnitude of our own Sun.”

INCONCEIVABLE: William Goldman, writer of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, dies at 87.

Related: Four Essential William Goldman Screenplays.

Only four? You’re gonna need a bigger blog.

(Classical reference in headline.)

OPEN THREAD: Chat responsibly.

JONAH GOLDBERG: Basta La Vista, Baby!

IF YOUR SCHADENFREUDE LASTS MORE THAN FOUR HOURS, SAVOR IT: Michael Avenatti’s law practice evicted from offices.

ANN ALTHOUSE: How Trump Won The Acosta Lawsuit:

The judge framed it as a matter of process, which justifies Trump issuing a set of rules of decorum. I assume the rules will include a requirement that a reporter who has received a response (whether it’s to his liking or not) must relinquish the microphone, that there can be no physical interference with a staff member who reaches out to take the microphone, and that one much stop talking once the President (or press secretary) has moved on to the next questioner.

Any complaints about these rules and the prescribed consequences of violating them can be met with pieties about adhering to the judge’s ruling. Things must be done in an orderly way — in the press room and in a system of due process. Any complaints premised on freedom of the press will be met with statements like “We want total freedom of the press” and we want perfect due process. So here you are, here’s notice of our rules of decorum. And that should be the end of the kind of questioning Acosta has become famous for. Trump wins.

The process will be the punishment.

THE DEMOCRATS ARE HAVING QUITE A WEEK:

TRUMP, ACOSTA AND THE PRESS: My interview on the “Lawyer 2 Lawyer” podcast, where I predicted that the matter would turn on “due process.”

You know, that thing CNN et als didn’t apply to Kavanaugh.

NASHVILLE LYNCHBURG SKYLINE: About to embark on the (really fascinating) tour of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, TN. Tour responsibly!

QUESTION ASKED:

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

WHY ARE BLUE-STATE POLITICS SO VICIOUS? Christopher Rufo ends campaign for city council after harassment, threats. ““I was prepared to take the heat, but unfortunately, they have focused their hatred on my wife and children. . . . They’ve made vile racist attacks against my wife, attempted to get her fired from Microsoft, and threatened sexual violence. They’ve even posted hateful comments on our 8-year-old son’s school Facebook page. I know that as the race progresses, the activists will ratchet up their hate-machine and these attacks will intensify significantly.”

Related: “Basically, the activists have won. The worst elements of Seattle — those who want to bully and oppress anyone who disagrees with them — win by making sure that people will not have actual choices in the campaign.”

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YOUR DAILY TREACHER: The White House Should Give Jim Acosta What He Wants. And More. That’s How to Beat Him.

Plus a quote from Jon Gabriel of Ricochet: “Only call on Acosta until the rest of the reporters demand his press pass is seized.”

Much like Helen Thomas and earlier Republican press secretaries, Acosta exists for Sarah Sanders to dunk on. As Jim writes, turning White House pressers into The Jim Acosta Show would quickly empower the rest of the DNC-MSM White House press corps into a Full Metal Jacket-style blanket party for Acosta.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: UC Administrators: ‘Masculinity Is Not Attached to a Gender.’

But I thought gender was a social construct. Foucault, coordinate! Foucault, coordinate!

IT’S CERTAINLY FELT LIKE IT: A mini ice age could be on the way and it’s going to get very, very cold.

Two words: Wool socks.

HE’S LUCKY PEOPLE ON THE RIGHT AREN’T AS VIOLENT AS HE SAYS THEY ARE: Dem Rep. Eric Swalwell: If we confiscate your guns and you fight back, we will nuke you.

MASCULINITY GURU: Stop Being So Nice To Women.

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CHRIS QUEEN: The 10 Most Interesting One-Hit Wonders in Pop Music History.

A good blend of songs you love and love to hate.

RACHEL DOLEZAL WAS A TRAILBLAZER: White Women Trying To Look Black.

ROGER KIMBALL: Just Brexit! The UK’s Future Is With the Anglosphere.

#VANLIFE, the Bohemian Social Media Movement. “Scroll through the images tagged #vanlife on Instagram and you’ll see plenty of photos that don’t have much to do with vehicles: starry skies, campfires, women in leggings doing yoga by the ocean. Like the best marketing terms, ‘vanlife’ is both highly specific and expansive. It’s a one-word life-style signifier that has come to evoke a number of contemporary trends: a renewed interest in the American road trip, a culture of hippie-inflected outdoorsiness, and a life free from the tyranny of a nine-to-five office job. Vanlife is an aesthetic and a mentality and, people kept telling me, a ‘movement.'”

Plus: “With every mechanical breakdown, Smith became more confident handling repairs. He also developed a repertoire of meals suited to the van’s two-burner kitchen. His specialty was a dish he called huevos vancheros: eggs fried in coconut oil, seasoned with turmeric, served over buckwheat with salsa and sauerkraut. The couple bought things to make the van homier and more comfortable: a fruit basket, a travel bidet.”

IT LOOMS LIKE A SHADOW OVER EVERYTHING WE’VE BUILT HERE: Can a Man Be Too Handsome?

TURKEY TIPS: 5 food safety tips to remember before you start cooking.

BRAVELY TACKLING THE IMPORTANT ISSUES: DC Bans Churches From Handing Out Straws With Free Coffee.

IS THERE ANYTHING IT CAN’T DO? Can Protein Keep You Healthier Longer? “Over five years of follow-up, the participants who ate more protein at the study’s start were less likely to become disabled than those who ate less protein, the study found.”

HOT OFF THE PRESS:  The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights just released a report entitled “Police Use of Force:  An Examination of Modern Policing Practices.”  My individual Commissioner Statement is here.

My main point:  In the Jim Crow South, the biggest problem was that many in law enforcement didn’t take crime in African American neighborhoods seriously.  We’ve come a long way since then.  But if modern reformers aren’t careful, their actions will end up encouraging police officers to offer less protection to African Americans.

READY MONEY: Most ATMs vulnerable to hackers.

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NEW TITLE IX/SEXUAL HARASSMENT REGULATIONS INTRODUCED: And they look pretty good, from FIRE’s perspective. Kudos to the Department of Education for moving to the Supreme Court standard for sexual harassment instead of using one that “just happens” to silence a lot of protected, but unpopular, speech.

TO ASK THE QUESTION IS TO ANSWER IT: Why Is Media Ignoring Two ‘Hezbollah in the U.S.’ Indictments?

HMM: Love of coffee may be genetic, study says.

YOU REALLY HAVE TO BOOK BUSINESS CLASS FOR THIS ONE: Odysseus, the Solar-Powered Aircraft That Can Fly for Months.

FAILED STATE: ELN Now Present in Half of Venezuela. “Recent ELN attacks against the Venezuela military in the state of Amazonas and civilian miners in the state of Bolívar reflect the Colombian guerrilla group’s growing power and add to a series of events during 2018 that demonstrate its presence in at least half of the country.”

SHOCKER: Pentagon fails first-ever audit.

“We never thought we were going to pass an audit, everyone was betting against us that we wouldn’t even do the audit,” he added.

But Shanahan also made it clear the agency intended to take the audit seriously, saying he was concerned about the effect on future Pentagon funding if the agency was unable to resolve the issues identified.

“If I’m a taxpayer what I want to see is, ‘that’s great, you did the audit and you have all these findings – how long is it going to take for you to fix those?’ ” Shanahan said.

“And then show me next year that it takes less to audit and you have fewer findings. That’s what I’d want to see.”

This should have been done decades ago.

CHANGE: Key N.J. senator, once opposed to legalizing marijuana, is ‘leaning yes.’

Political insiders have said the “adult use” marijuana legislation has enough support in the 80-member Assembly to pass, but the reluctance of a handful of Democratic senators has stalled negotiations all year.

Sen. Joseph Vitale, D-Middlesex and a prime sponsor of a companion bill to expand the state’s medicinal marijuana program, said he is likely to vote yes to legalizing weed for people 21 and older.

“In the end, the pros will outweigh the cons,” Vitale told NJ Advance Media.

I still prefer cocktails.

SNOWFALLS ARE NOW JUST A THING OF THE PAST:

● Shot: Exhausted commuters point fingers after crippling snowstorm.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The first snowfall of the season lingered Friday in the Northeast as thousands of exhausted commuters pointed their fingers at politicians and meteorologists for leaving them creeping along highways or stuck in mass transit hubs because of a storm that left seven dead as it moved through the Midwest and South.

Some students in West Orange, New Jersey, were forced to sleep at their schools after their buses turned back, while others were taken to a diner to eat because snow-covered roads were clogged with traffic Thursday.

—The Associated Press, today.

● Chaser: U.N. Predicts Disaster if Global Warming Not Checked.

A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.

Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of “eco- refugees,” threatening political chaos, said Noel Brown, director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program, or UNEP.

He said governments have a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect before it goes beyond human control.

—The Associated Press, June 29, 1989.

(Classical reference in headline.)

GOOD: Haley Announces Flip from Longstanding U.S. Abstention on Golan Heights Resolution to ‘No.’ “UN ambassador says ‘the resolution is plainly biased against Israel’ and ‘the atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone’.”

That should cause all the right heads to explode. Again.

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VIDEO: Kamala Harris Grills ICE Nominee About Parallels Between ICE and KKK. “Are you aware that there’s a perception?”

BOOK REVIEW: The Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Empire. Yes, the Habsburgs had one. For several centuries the Austrian Habsburgs managed to create “a great European power out of a rather inchoate conglomeration of states and statelets.” A short review of an interesting book.

JAVELIN LIVE FIRE: 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment troopers in Iraq fire a Javelin anti-tank missile during a training exercise.

CHANGE: Mattis, Polish leaders talk possibility of ‘Fort Trump.’

The details of Poland’s offer are still being worked out, Mattis said. He noted that officials are looking at what can best contribute to the NATO alliance’s unity and security, not just the U.S.-Poland bilateral relationship.

“We strongly appreciate the U.S. forces’ presence in Poland, strengthening deterrence and defense of Poland and the whole NATO alliance,” Blaszczak said after meeting with Mattis. “I hope it will transform in the coming years into an even more robust and long-term commitment.”

Trump showed interest in the idea of a permanent U.S. base in September, particularly because of Poland’s financial contribution to it.

It isn’t a bad idea.

RICHARD VEDDER: Can Public Universities Compete With The Ivies?

Related: To Reduce Inequality, Abolish The Ivy League.

HERE’S HOW THE FORD FAMILY LOST CONTROL OF THE FOUNDATION BEARING ITS NAME: Can you guess which member of the Ford family said this? “I was young, inexperienced, and stupid. I just muffed it. It got out of control and stayed out of control. And now it’s gone, of course.”

Those words were spoken by Henry Ford II in the 1980s, according to Ken Braun, writing in an excellent analysis of the Ford Foundation recently published by the Capital Research Center.

Old Henry Ford put middle America on affordable, versatile wheels. Sadly, the foundation he began as a hospital has in the decades since devoted hundreds of millions of dollars from his enterprise’s profits to putting Middle America into the poor house. Braun’s analysis is part of the essential background for knowing why we are where are as a nation.

 

SMART: Girl, 10, Stopped Her Potential Kidnapping by Asking for ‘Code Word.’

Arizona-based mom Brenda James and her daughter Maddison Raines opened up to Good Morning America Tuesday about the incident that transpired last week, when Maddison and a friend were walking near a park and a stranger approached the duo in a white SUV.

According to the little girl, the man shielded his face while telling Maddison that her brother had “been in a serious accident” and he had been instructed to come pick her up. Maddison immediately asked him what the family’s code word was.

When the stranger didn’t know the answer, he blanked and immediately drove away, prompting Maddison to run home immediately and tell her grandmother what had happened.

I’m surprised neither my wife or I thought to do this with our kids, but we’ll be talking to them about picking a code word at dinner tonight.

WOW, WHO SAW THIS COMING? Man Who Shouted ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump’ at Play Actually an Anti-Trump Activist.

HOSTILE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT ON ACCOUNT OF GENDER: Texas university: ‘Toxic masculinity’ ‘plagues’ society. “I definitely think that this was an attack on men.”

Related: Title IX enforcers need to fix the toxic environment they have created for men.

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Counting ‘Til They Turn Blue and Much, Much More. “I don’t even know what is going on in Florida it’s such a hot mess.”

They don’t know in Florida. They just know to keep counting until they get the desired result.

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DEMOGRAPHICS: New population research shows half the world’s countries are disappearing.

MICHAEL BARONE: Amid Your Complaints, A Reason To Give Thanks. “In many ways, today’s troubles look like miniature versions of the woes of the 20th century.”

THE PROBLEM ISN’T REVENUE, IT’S SPENDING: Feds Collect Record Taxes in October; Still Run $100B Deficit.

HE’S FLAILING: Zuckerberg says he learned of Definers through NYT story.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that he was unaware that his company hired a right-leaning political consulting firm to stave off its opponents while voicing his respect for Democratic mega-donor George Soros.

Zuckerberg spoke hours after the tech giant cut ties with Definers Public Affairs, a political consulting firm that The New York Times reported Wednesday had accused Soros of funding a group of Facebook’s progressive opponents.

The Facebook chief said during a conference call with reporters that he learned about Facebook’s relationship with the firm through the Times report the previous day.

“I have tremendous respect for George Soros,” Zuckerberg said, adding that he would not want his company to be associated with a firm that deploys those tactics.

“This type of firm might be normal in Washington but it’s not the kind of thing that I want Facebook associated with, which is why we’re no longer going to be working with them,” Zuckerberg said during the call.

What’s really interesting is that even the once much-more-respectable The Hill frames it as some kind of sin to hire a right-leaning firm.

ACCUSATIONS WITHOUT EVIDENCE: Burned to death because of a rumour on WhatsApp.

Sighted near an elementary school in a nearby community called San Vicente Boqueron, Ricardo and Alberto became the child abductors conjured up by collective fear, and news of their arrest spread just as the rumours of the child abductors had.

The crowd that descended on the police station was whipped up in part by Francisco Martinez, a long-time resident of Acatlán known as “El Tecuanito”. According to police, Martinez was among those who spread messages on Facebook and Whatsapp accusing Ricardo and Alberto. Outside the police station, he began to livestream events on Facebook via his phone.

“People of Acatlán de Osorio, Puebla, please come give your support, give your support,” he said into the camera. “Believe me, the kidnappers are now here.”

As Martinez attempted to rally the town, another man, identified by the police only as Manuel, climbed up onto the roof of the colonial-style town hall building next to the police station, and rang the bells of the government office to alert locals that the police were planning to release Ricardo and Alberto.

A third man, Petronilo Castelan — “El Paisa” — used a loudspeaker to call on the citizens to contribute money to buy petrol to set the two men on fire, and he walked through the crowd to collect it.

Related: Social Media As Social Disease.

SHOCKER: After Winning Election, Democrat Ilhan Omar Now Says She ‘Supports BDS Movement.’

Omar, a Muslim Somali-American elected last week to replace outgoing Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) in the House, fought accusations that she held anti-Israel views during her campaign. As part of that effort, she told a group of Jewish voters in the state that she opposed the economic boycott of Israel, calling it “counteractive” and “not helpful in getting that two-state solution.”

But Omar’s tune has changed since winning the election. In an interview published Sunday by MuslimGirl, Omar said she “supports the BDS movement.”

“Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized,” her campaign told MuslimGirl, which said Omar had been criticized for coming out against BDS. Omar’s campaign also pointed MuslimGirl to her vote against an anti-BDS bill in Minnesota’s state legislature and her argument that boycott movements were successful in South Africa.

The comment is seen as a complete reversal by members of the Jewish community in her district.

Well, they were suckers.

FRAUD: GoFundMe campaign to help homeless vet was ‘predicated on a lie,’ prosecutor says.

Every shred of the trio’s story, including the part that Bobbitt used his last $20 to help McClure out of a roadside jam when she ran out of gas, was all bogus, Coffina said.

“The entire campaign was predicated on a lie,” Coffina said. “Less than an hour after the GoFundMe campaign went live McClure, in a text exchange with a friend, stated that the story about Bobbitt assisting her was fake.”

In one of the texts read by Coffina, McClure allegedly wrote to a friend, “Ok, so wait, the gas part is completely made up but the guy isn’t. I had to make something up to make people feel bad. So, shush about the made up stuff.”

Caveat emptor. And if you are conspiring to commit a crime, don’t do it on your smartphone.

JIM TREACHER: What’s the Italian word for schadenfreude? I’m pretty sure it’s “Avenatti.”

Throughout the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation debacle, anybody who presumed the man was innocent until proven guilty in the court of public opinion was branded a “rape apologist” by angry feminists and other Democrats. We were supposed to take the accusations at face value, even though there was absolutely no evidence to support them. The mere presence of the accusations was enough to decide the matter. Guilty until proven innocent, that was the new standard.

One man who did a lot to promote that point of view was cable-news fixture and purported attorney Michael Avenatti. He trotted out a woman named Julie Swetnick to accuse Kavanaugh of being part of some sort of gang-rape ring. Her accusation was completely unsupported by any evidence whatsoever, but it was good enough for the people who wanted to bring down Kavanaugh by any means necessary. And her attorney insisted we believe the tale, because it was told by a woman. If you’re skeptical of a woman’s accusation, that means you hate women. That’s what we were told.

Avenatti is singing a different tune today, isn’t he?

Heh.

FLORIDA, MAN: Officer in Parkland shooting fights subpoena and refuses to testify. “The school resource officer, criticized for not entering the building to confront the Parkland shooter, will not testify in an investigation of the shooting. Scot Peterson’s lawyer, Joseph DiRuzzo III, told CNN that the former resource officer was subpoenaed to testify before a state commission investigating the February school shooting that left 17 people dead. DiRuzzo filed a three-point suit on Thursday to fight that subpoena and keep his client from having to appear at this week’s hearings.”

GOOD, BECAUSE EVEN FILING THESE CHARGES WAS INEXCUSABLY STUPID: Jury acquits Sevier County man accused of causing then-deputy’s panic attack.

A Sevier County jury has acquitted a man in the state’s first ever assault by panic attack case.

Jurors in Sevier County Circuit Court deliberated roughly three hours before acquitting Brian Mullinax, 41, of assault, on Thursday evening.

Mullinax was unarmed, brandishing a cellphone and saying he was recording with it when now-former Sevier County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Justin Johnson opened fire without warning and — four minutes later — suffered a panic attack.

Mullinax was 20 yards away from Johnson and face down on the ground when Johnson, his gun still in hand, began suffering a panic attack. . . .

The incident, which occurred in a mobile home neighborhood on Sharp Road in December 2016, was captured on Johnson’s body camera. That footage was repeatedly played for jurors during the two day trial. It captured Mullinax saying he was “recording” when he brandished the cellphone, contradicting an initial claim by Johnson and testimony from two paramedics that Mullinax threatened Johnson.

Really, that these charges were brought is just embarrassing. Sevier County — a major tourist destination — needs deputies who don’t panic at the drop of a hat, and prosecutors who know the difference between recording and assault. Of course, the deputy had already been fired elsewhere for misconduct:

Johnson is no longer with the sheriff’s office. He was forced to resign earlier this year after USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee revealed he failed to list his 2013 employment with the Johnson City Police Department on his Sevier County job application.

Records obtained by the news organization showed Johnson was fired from that agency for misconduct, including fanning his gun over an officer’s head and lying to his chief.

Johnson admitted in testimony Thursday that he hid that past record from the Newport Police Department when he took a job there after being forced to resign from the Johnson City agency and from SCSO when he applied there in June 2016.

“The reason I omitted it was I did not want to disclose that I resigned from there in lieu of termination,” Johnson testified.

But justice hasn’t been done: “Mullinax and Cody spent 42 days in jail on felony aggravated assault charges filed against them by SCSO and directly accusing them of causing Johnson’s panic attack.” They deserve compensation for that. Charged with causing a panic attack on the part of a man licensed to carry a gun in the name of the state. This was disgraceful.

WHY ARE LEFTY-DOMINATED INSTITUTIONS SUCH CESSPITS OF ABUSE? Lawsuit: ‘Predatory’ Dartmouth professors plied students with alcohol and raped them.

NOT EXACTLY AN EXCULPATORY STATEMENT: Michael Avenatti Blames Pro-Trumper for Arrest: ‘I Am Coming for You Jacob Wohl aka Surefire.’

ILYA SOMIN: Is Originalism a Theory? Is Living Constitutionalism? “Legal scholar Eric Segall argues originalism doesn’t qualify as a constitutional theory because originalists disagree on too many things. His case is overstated. But if it’s correct, the same criticisms applies to living constitutionalism.”

Give Trump two more Supreme Court appointments, and Segall will be all-in for preserving the Framers’ intent.

Flashback: A Living Constitution On The Right? Be careful what you wish for, lefties.

UPDATE: I have some thoughts on what originalism is, and isn’t, here.

MAKE THEM LIVE UP TO THEIR OWN BOOK OF RULES: UPenn Facing Title IX Investigation.

The National Coalition for Men (NCFM) has filed a Title IX federal civil rights complaint against the University of Pennsylvania. The complaint lists twenty-two groups at Penn as being discriminatory towards men. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the Department of Education is reviewing the complaint. If it believes there is enough evidence suggesting possible sex discrimination by any of these groups, it will launch a full investigation into the groups that allegedly violate Title IX provisions.

The NCFM believes that “[t]he University of Pennsylvania is in violation of Title IX because it offers resources, funding, fellowships, and scholarships that are available to women only, even though men are a minority both nationwide [42%] and at the University of Pennsylvania [47%, incoming class of 2021].”

The first group listed is the Center for Research on Reproduction and Women’s Health. Kursat Christoff Pekgoz, who helped the NCFM draft the complaint against Penn and has previously filed successful complaints against Yale and the University of Southern California, told The UPenn Statesman that the Center’s “asymmetry in terms of funding medical research on the basis of sex was a significant factor” in choosing to file a complaint against groups at Penn. The complaint suggests either creating an equivalent center for men or changing the name of this center to a gender-neutral title.

The University of Pennsylvania Women’s Center was also targeted in the complaint. The NCFM alleges the Women’s Center is discriminatory in its “overall effect.” They assert the Center has a discriminatory name, offers resources only to women, and has only female participants and administrators. These different features combine to create a “hostile environment against men.” Further the NCFM claims the Women’s Center’s anti-discrimination clause is “hollow and illusory.”

The NCFM also believes that Penn’s funding of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) department constitutes a Title IX violation. In addition to the GSWS department having a discriminatory name, the NCFM believes that women are overrepresented in the department, that they offer certain resources only to women, and that “all classes taught by the program involve issues which impact women and LGBT groups, but not men.”

Wharton Women in Business was also listed in the complaint for reasons similar to the previous groups. Notably, the NCFM claims they have a student willing to testify against Wharton Women in Business if the OCR elects to launch a full investigation into the group.

Stay tuned.

Related: Title IX enforcers need to fix the toxic environment they have created for men.

AND YES, STAY IN YOUR LANE ALSO GOES FOR ACTORS, AND SCIENTISTS WHO RUN THEIR MOUTHS ON POLITICS, REVEALING TOTAL IGNORANCE OF POLITICS AND ECONOMICS*: “This is my lane”.

*As for Occluded Cortex, who claims a graduate degree in economics and thinks that money comes from the tooth fairy… we’ve got nothing.  We think her lane is posing for socialist-glamour photos.  Oh, and starring in really funny memes on the right. Though we don’t oppose her annoying Nancy Pelosi either. Karma is a right b*tch, you know?

SERIOUSLY?  Are we looking at some real DHS incompetence at the Tijuana line?

AND BY HER STUFF, WE MEAN THE MARXIST FECALITHS IN HER BRAIN:  A Democratic Contender Shows Her Stuff.

DID I MENTION HOW SHOCKED MY FACE IS:  High snobbery from the Washington Post.

Mr. Bezos, tear down this derpery.

THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE:  Fox News Gulps the Stupid.

THERE ARE NAZIS IN THE LEFT’S BRAINS:  Virtue Signalers Swoop Down on Baraboo, WI.

OUR LOUD, BRASH, AMERICAN PRESIDENT:  Another damn analysis of Trump.

NO. IT’S LIKE A CURSE:  Were people with Trump Derangement Syndrome always this foolish?

AS GLENN NOTES BELOW, the guy shouting “Heil Hitler, Heil Trump” during intermission at a production of Fiddler on the Roof, which was reported nationwide as yet another symptom of anti-Semitism run amok thanks to Trump, tuned out to be a drunk guy who hates Trump and was therefore comparing him to Hitler. This is exactly what I expected. If you are actually a Hitler fan, would you (a) buy a ticket to Fiddler on the Roof; (b) sit quietly through the first act; and (c) make your pro-Hitler remark during intermission, rather than disrupting the show? Besides, there are way more Americans who think Trump is like Hitler in a negative way than in a positive way.  The question is, why couldn’t the New York Time, Washington Post, etc., (a) figure out that this was unlikely to be an actual pro-Nazi guy; or (b) at least consider the possibility that the guy might actually be anti-Trump and anti-Nazi, and not rush to breathlessly report nonsense?

November 15, 2018

SHOCKER: Guy who yelled “Heil Hitler, Heil Trump” wasn’t Trump supporter, but Trump-hater.

IF IT’S NOT CLOSE, THEY CAN’T CHEAT: Dems in Florida Will Keep Counting Votes Until They Get the Result They Want.

(Classical reference in headline.)

ROGER KIMBALL: In Democratic circles, anti-Semitism is becoming normal. “As people scramble to explain the sudden resurgence of socialism not only on America’s college campuses but also in the corridors of political power, it is worth noting the concomitant resurgence of anti-Semitism in those redoubts. The coincidence is not, as the Marxists like to say, an accident. The truth is that unfettered socialism, though based primarily on a demand for the abolition of private property, always comes riding on a current of anti-Semitism.”

OPEN THREAD: Ad Astra per Ardua.

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: A Decade of Commercial Space Travel — What’s Next?

RATS, SHIPS, SINKING…YOU KNOW THE REST: The Vermont Democratic party on Wednesday cancelled Michael Avenatti’s previously scheduled speaking appearances just hours after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. The National Review reports that:

Avenatti, who is also facing potential criminal charges related to his handling of false sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh, also denied having assaulted his ex-wife.

Maybe Julie Swetnick can be a character witness for him.

SAD MILLENNIAL SELF-REASSURANCE: “I’d argue that while old people might’ve had more sex, young people are making better jokes online.”

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