WILL BAUDE: Constitutional Officers: A Very Close Reading.
July 28, 2016
“POLITICAL CORRECTNESS KIND OF CUTS US OFF AT THE KNEES AND DOESN’T ALLOW US TO BE OUR AUTHENTIC SELVES,” says Rain Pryor, daughter of Richard Pryor, in a brand new FIRE exclusive interview with the daughters of comedy godfathers Pryor, George Carlin and Lenny Bruce. Check out the podcast here or the video below.
And don’t forget that if you are in New York City or Los Angeles between this Friday, July 29 and August 4, you can see the new movie about comedy and free speech, Can We Take a Joke?, on the big screen. You can also see it with a beer at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse just outside of Washington, D.C. This is before it will be released all over the country on August 2 via iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and virtually every cable company in the U.S. and Canada.
THE SEVEN STAGES OF BERNIE’S SUCKERS: “You poor saps. You went to bed with Bernie, and woke up with Hillary.”
IN THE MAIL: From John R. Lott, Jr., The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies.
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MY BIG FAT AMERICAVERSARY: “Every July, my family celebrates our ‘Americaversary.’ It marks the dates my family arrived in the United States from the Soviet Union. I arrived on July 20, 1978 with my mom, when I was just 1-year old. My father had arrived a year earlier, on July 7.”
Read the whole thing.
See, when your infrastructure is vulnerable — and that includes politico-social infrastructure — there are all kinds of ways things can go wrong. And while most of them never wind up happening, sooner or later, some do.
WHEN YOU HAVE A PLATFORM THAT CAN SWING AN ELECTION, YOU TEND TO THINK OF YOURSELF AS ABOVE THE LAW: Facebook Ignores Seven Summonses From The IRS Demanding Documents On Its Offshore Tax Strategies.
The refugee who blew himself up outside a music festival in Ansbach, Germany after declaring his loyalty to ISIS on a cell phone video was supposed to have been deported twice. . . .
The Ansbach attack followed on the heels of an ax attack on a train in Würzburg by a 17 year old Afghan refugee that left five wounded and the assailant dead. There was also the refugee/migrant who killed a pregnant woman with a machete on Sunday in Reutlingen, and the killing of nine people by a second-generation Iranian immigrant in Munich. So far, neither of these appear to be terrorism in the same sense as the Würzburg or Ansbach attacks—the first appears to be personal and the latter appears not to have professed any loyalties—but that may not matter in the mind of the public, which at a minimum will likely connect them with what leftists in other situations now call “a culture of violence.” . . .
The position of the refugees/migrants in German society is more precarious than many liberal admirers of the “welcome culture” often realize. This is the age of the hybrid refugee-migrant: people like the Ansbach attacker are refugees insofar as they’re fleeing war zones in places like Syria, but migrants insofar as they’re then traveling from safe countries like Bulgaria (or Turkey or Greece) to other safe countries in search of better economic opportunities. They have been allowed to stay only because Angela Merkel essentially abrogated the Dublin Agreement and allowed them to—which in turn has been upheld only because public opinion at first embraced it, and then hasn’t changed so much against it as to oust the chancellor or force her hand.
But that may now be shifting. If more attacks do come, it will likely shift even more. And when or if the Germans want to change their approach to the refugees, there will be at least arguable legal grounds on which to do it.
The result: as attacks go up, there are likely to be, as the Open Europe report suggests, more deportations—perhaps many more. And there will be less hand-wringing stories about it—or perhaps more, but fewer will care.
WORLD’S DEEPEST BLUE HOLE: Is in the South China Sea — one of the world’s most dangerous geo-political flashpoints. No, Chinese contractors didn’t dig it to mine dirt and rocks for their man-made islands. The hole is natural. But Xinhua is touting it and claims the hole is mentioned in a novel written during the Ming dynasty.
I’M SO OLD, I CAN REMEMBER WHEN IT WAS THE RNC THAT WAS GOING TO BE MARKED BY VIOLENCE AND UNREST: As Obama speaks, chaos and arrests outside DNC.
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NORTH KOREA SAYS US HAS CROSSED A RED LINE: Seems Kim Jong Un’s “supreme dignity” has been challenged. Still, the choice of “red line” is ironic. Will the Kim regime’s Red fascist “red line” on the Korean peninsula prove to be as non-existent as Obama’s “red line” in Syria?
HOW THE MEDIA’S HISTORY OF SMEARING REPUBLICANS NOW HELPS TRUMP: “Already, editorial boards are preparing their indictments of what they believe to be Donald Trump’s incompetence, bigotry, and authoritarianism. Trump operatives will undoubtedly respond: ‘That’s what they always say about Republicans.’ And they’ll be right.”
All the way back to the days of FDR and Truman.
Well, that’s one way to be declared Man of the Year by Time magazine.
END OF THE 747? Boeing considers ending production of the iconic jumbo. “The world’s most recognizable airplane is coming in for a landing.”
I CAN SEE RUSSIA FROM THE DEMOCRATS’ HOUSE: Russian ships displayed at DNC tribute to vets.
UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Sorry, this is old.
AUSTIN BAY ON THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN’S DEFLECTION EFFORTS: Tailgunner Hillary and the Putin Hack: What Robby Mook did is pure McCarthyism.
Mook did not want to discuss the emails’ contents. The authentic emails prove the DNC sought to stymie Bernie Sanders’ campaign. The system was rigged. The angry reaction of Bernie Sanders-supporting Democrats had shaken the Democratic Party. A split was emerging that threatened Hillary’s coronation.
That was Mook’s immediate political problem—the threat to the convention. He had to deflect from the damaging content. Attacking Trump was a deflection, but implying Trump was in league with a foreign enemy was a sensational deflection.
Robby Mook’s decision to go for sensational deflection tells me he’s from that class of political operatives who believe everything is political. No Robby, everything ain’t political—not in the self-serving, personal and tactical sense of the word your “This Week” shenanigans displayed.
The hack and the calculated timing of the documents release are a serious national security problem—a major political threat in the grand sense of threat to the body politic. The problem they represent is in the same serious league as Hillary’s rogue email server and her grossly negligent mishandling of classified national security information.
So, Robby, those of us fighting for truth insist on revisiting that issue.
Poor security may have permitted the DNC hack—a form of gross negligence. Will you overlook your staff’s gross communication security negligence as blithely as Jim Comey ignored Hillary’s criminal negligence?
Think about it. Mook’s smear of Trump all but admits motivated American enemies hacked Hillary’s server and obtained classified information.
Ivanka Trump, daughter of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, is constantly asked about her father’s treatment of and statements about women. The same cannot be said of Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Ivanka has been grilled by CBS, criticized by the Atlantic and asked by many more outlets to defend her father. On Wednesday, CBS published an article about Chelsea calling on Ivanka to ask her father about equal pay.
Here’s an article you won’t see from the mainstream media: Chelsea Clinton being asked to defend her father’s treatment of women, including accusations against him of rape.
The closest anyone came was Comospolitan, who framed the question to Chelsea as an attack from Donald Trump. “Donald Trump has called your dad an abuser of women, and your mom his enabler. What do you think of his attacks on your parents?”
The phrasing of the question allowed Cosmo to pretend they asked a tough question, while really allowing Chelsea to criticize Donald Trump. And that’s exactly what she did.
The obvious reason behind this is that political journalists tend to be extremely liberal. They love Bill Clinton so much, they overlook the serious allegations against him (and his settlement with one of his accusers). So while Chelsea Clinton is allowed to attack Ivanka’s father without consequence, she herself is given a pass on her own father’s actions.
Plus: “Bill Clinton simply receives special treatment because he has a “D” next to his name. He continues to enjoy broad support from Democrats and is invited to speak at numerous high-profile events and paid lavish speaking fees. No other man accused of rape and sexual assault would be allowed anywhere near a Democratic event.”
Just ask that other Bill, Bill Cosby.
BILL DE BLASIO CAN SEE SAN FRANCISCO FROM HIS HOUSE: Homeless Encampments Worry Commuters At Penn Station.
Of course, it’s not as though the current Penn Station is all that aesthetically pleasing to begin with – I explored its sad history in a lengthy-ish post back at Ed Driscoll.com in 2009 after Mad Men name-dropped it in a episode, with Sterling-Cooper to be involved in advertising the post demolition version in the early-1960s.
HILLARY COMMISSIONS HER OWN DISASTER MOVIE, and gets James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sigourney Weaver to issue an ominous warning about global warming.
Related: Hillary Clinton Really Likes Private Jets; as of the end of February, her campaign spent more than $2 million on them. “While it is not clear which jet Clinton prefers on the campaign trail, or if they routinely switch between the jets they use, Clinton has been pinned on Executive Fliteways’ Falcon 900B ‘heavy jet’ in the past, according to a media reports. Hillary boarded the plane, which burns 347 gallons of fuel per hour, shortly after laying out her campaign’s plan to combat global warming…Clinton’s love of private travel was also made apparent through the Clinton Foundation, which spent more than $50 million on travel between 2003 and 2012.”
I REMEMBER WHEN THAT SORT OF THING WAS CONSIDERED BEYOND-THE-PALE MCCARTHYISM: Former CIA director questions Trump’s loyalty to the US.
Now the Democrats are all Rooskis! Rooskis under my bed!
DID AUSSIE GOVERNMENT GIVE CLINTON FOUNDATION $20M, $50M OR $88M? The disclosures are all over the map on this question and the confusion reflects the apparent impossibility of knowing who gave how much when to Bill and Hillary’s favorite “charity.” Or into whose pocket the money was deposited after it was given.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who led the House effort that prompted the IRS to investigate the Clinton Foundation, told the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group that the foundation “has failed to accurately report tens of millions of dollars in foreign government grants, including some while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.” Such reporting failure is a federal crime and also under multiple state charitable laws and regulations.
And the drip, drip, drip continues.
VERIZON BUYS YAHOO FOR $4.8 BILLION, WILL KATIE COURIC KEEP HER JOB? “Now that Verizon is purchasing Yahoo’s ‘core assets’ including its news programming, it’s unclear if Couric’s new bosses will want this expensive and damaged asset as the face of ‘America’s number one wireless network.’ And as for Couric’s next act, it’s not clear if there’s anyone left to hire her to fail again for an eight figure salary. But she’ll always have the Hamptons.”
DEMOCRATIC FAITH COUNCIL MEMBER: WHITE CHRISTIAN MEN, NOT MUSLIMS, SHOULD APOLOGIZE FOR TERRORISM.
Perhaps that explains why, as NewsBusters notes, “Networks Fail to Focus on DNC Gaffe: ISIS Went Unsaid on First Night.”
Just don’t mention the war!
THEY’RE SOCIALISTS – WHY WOULD THEY BE UPSET WITH THEIR PROPERTY BEING CONFISCATED VIA FORCE? Bernie Fans’ Signs Confiscated at Dem Convention.
This has already been foreseen.
IT’S LIKE HIS WHOLE “CONVERSION” WAS JUST OPPORTUNISTIC: Bernie Sanders Leaves the Democratic Party.
THEY TOLD ME IF TRUMP GOT THE NOMINATION, SEGREGATION WOULD MAKE A COMEBACK. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Video: Black Lives Matter Segregates Reporters by Race.
AN ALMOST BREITBARTIAN ESCALATION: WikiLeaks releases hacked DNC voicemails. “The very fact the DNC voicemail system has been hacked is embarrassing and could augur the release of far more damaging material later.”
FUNNY, THAT’S NOT WHAT THE ANTI-GUN PEOPLE SAID WOULD HAPPEN: Woopsies, gunplay didn’t disrupt Republican convention. “Last week’s Republican convention proved that the Second Amendment works. A major push to limit gun rights failed, and citizens carried arms openly in Cleveland outside the convention — including at protests — with no problems.”
YOU DIDN’T “RETIRE,” PUTZ — YOU RESIGNED IN DISGRACE: Anthony Weiner: I’d Come Out Of Retirement To Beat Trump, Jr. For NYC Mayor.
WHEN TO GET SCREENED FOR SKIN CANCER. Personally, I see a dermatologist once a year. And call me a cynic, but I’m suspicious that the emphasis switched overnight from “early detection” to “screenings are unnecessary” right after ObamaCare became law.
MATT DRUDGE IS ON THE CASE:
Funny, they didn’t seem to lose too much sleep over John McCain or Mitt Romney.
THE NEW YORK TIMES THE LAST TIME THERE WAS A BIG POLITICAL EMAIL RELEASE: Help Us Review the Sarah Palin E-Mail Records.
And as James Taranto notes, in 2011 Palin wasn’t even a candidate, just a former governor and liberal hate object.
UPDATE: I had the first story confused with this Sarah Palin hacking incident. Edited to reflect that.
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SO MANY WHO NEED TO BE OFFENDED, SO LITTLE TIME: Milo Yiannopoulos: I will continue to be as offensive as possible.
BILL CLINTON’S SPEECH: A WASTED OPPORTUNITY. “Oh, and let’s return to the fact that Bill needed to humanize Hillary Clinton. The woman has been in public life for three decades and the highest best use of her former president husband is to spend an entire convention speech trying to convince voters that she’s human.”
Actually, based on rumors of the military-grade exoskeleton, one could say that she’s more machine now than human. Twisted and evil.
COMING OUT FROM OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS: My colleague Maurice Stucke’s book, coauthored with Alan Grunes: Big Data and Competition Policy.
NAILED IT! THE FEDERALIST’S SEAN DAVIS PERFECTLY SUMS UP EVOLUTION OF DEMS’ SPUTTERING SPIN ON RUSSIA:
Regarding the tweet below it, details here: Ted Kennedy Secretly Asked The Soviets To Intervene In The 1984 Elections.
IN THEORY, PRICING MECHANISMS ACCOUNT FOR THIS ANYWAY: No One Knows How Much Oil Is Being Stored Around the World.
DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: “I started giving quizzes to my juniors and seniors. I gave them a ten-question American history test… just to see where they are. The vast majority of my students – I’m talking nine out of ten, in every single class, for seven consecutive years – they have no idea that slavery existed anywhere in the world before the United States. Moses, Pharaoh, they know none of it. They’re 100% convinced that slavery is a uniquely American invention… How do you give an adequate view of history and culture to kids when that’s what they think of their own country – that America invented slavery? That’s all they know.”
CALL IT THE BOLO MARK I: The U.S. Military Is Patrolling Djibouti With Robot Golf Carts. I’d like a Mark XXXIV for home defense.
BECAUSE NUCLEAR-FREE ZONES ARE SO 1985: San Francisco Area Bans Fracking, Even Though It Doesn’t Actually Frack.
“San Francisco had the highest average gas price in country last month at $3 per gallon, according to the latest report by the American Automobile Association,” the San Francisco Examiner reported earlier this month.
A vision? Hasn’t that been the reality since January of 2009?
CHANGE: LA Times tracking poll has Trump out to his biggest lead of the year. Six and a half points. “That’s up from a dead heat on the last day of the GOP convention. Safe to say that Trump got a bounce from Cleveland, no? If you’re unconvinced, here’s what the last seven polls that RCP is following look like: Five of the seven lean red, amounting to a narrow but seemingly reliable lead of 1.1 points for Trump. To put that in perspective, over the past 12 months he had led Clinton for exactly three days, in late May of this year — and that was a lead of just 0.2 points, fueled by the fact that he’d already become presumptive nominee at that point while Hillary was still busy trying to tamp down Berniemania. Maybe the polls revert to form next week when Hillary gets a convention bounce of her own. Or maybe not: I’m all-in on predicting that she won’t get a bounce. For some Americans, last week was their first real introduction to Trump the politician. There’s no new introduction to a pol as familiar as Clinton, no matter how hard the DNC strains to manufacture one.”
Plus: “What happened smack dab in the middle of mid-June and mid-July? Right, Jim Comey’s press conference on July 5th accusing her of ‘extreme carelessness’ in how she handled classified information. Even now, with her ratings in the toilet, she’s no more unpopular than Trump is, but that’s a bad place for a well-worn political commodity like Clinton to be in a populist climate. Voters might be willing to back an establishmentarian whom they personally like much more than the ‘change agent’ from the other party. When they dislike her as much as they dislike him, though, why not roll the dice on something different?”
IN THE MAIL: From Glenn Beck, Liars: How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control.
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ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT:
Shot: How to find books in authoritarian states: head for dark, dusty corners — Censorship and intimidation can make life hard for academic researchers. You need to know where to look for hidden truths.
—Headline, the London Guardian, April 19, 2016.
- Arthur Ransome wrote from Russia for The Guardian and other publications. He knew and supported Lenin, Trotsky and the Bolsheviks. He was a friend of the butcher Dzerzhinsky.
- The Guardian supported Stalin, and sacked the brave Malcolm Muggeridge for telling the West about the genocidal Ukrainian Famine (when perhaps 7 million people were deliberately starved to death by Stalin).
- Today, The Guardian opposes the war on Islamic fascism and calls for appeasement.
- The Guardian and Left-wing mass murderers: a love story, Sean Thomas, 3 Oct 2013. – Lenin, Milosevic, Mao, the Soviet Union, the KGB. And that’s without getting started on the Islamists.
—“The left’s historical support for tyranny and terrorism,” MarkHumphrys.com.
Related: “How To Lose Money In Very Large Quantities:” David Thompson on the Grauniad’s current “business” model.
(Via Maggie’s Farm.)
FERGUSON EFFECT: Murder Rates Still Rising:
Donald Trump’s apocalyptic tone on crime in his braying convention address set off a flurry of media “fact checks“—many of which were far more misleading than anything the candidate himself said. The most dishonest pieces failed to even note that the violent crime rate had increased at all, instead suggesting that Trump was inventing the narrative out of whole cloth. Others pieces reluctantly noted that the crime rate had risen in 2015 in many urban centers, but suggested that this was normal variation, not a cause for alarm.
But new data suggests that we might be looking at something more sustained and worrisome than many of the “nothing-to-see-here” voices would have us believe. As the researchers Sean Kennedy and Parker Abt note in RealClearPolicy (click through to see the chart) the 2014 to 2015 increase persisted into the first months of 2016. . . .
To be absolutely clear: America’s murder rate is still low by post-1960s standards. Americans are less likely to be murdered than they were even eight years ago. And Trump’s bluster does not amount to a plan to help reduce crime rates. But there is no escaping the fact that we are in the midst of an alarming uptick in violent crime in our biggest cities. The fact that Trump would seize on this fact does not mean that it isn’t true. And merely denying reality is not a sustainable response.
They only need to sustain it until November.
“What is going to happen with America? That is a good question that I don’t have an immediate answer to, only that I am worried. I think we’ve lost civility. I think we’ve lost a certain degree of passion. I think passion unfortunately is directed into negative areas. I think it would be nice if we could switch back to positive areas. There’s a lot to be positive about. We’re very lucky to be in this country considering where the world is.”
Dude. You made a film three years ago praising the Weather Underground, and while promoting it, after fellow Democrat George Stephanopoulos threw you a lifeline during an interview and asked if you were still sympathetic to their cause, “Even when you read about bombings,” you still gushed, “All of it. I knew that it was extreme and I guess movements have to be extreme to some degree.”
Oooohkaaaaay. But you don’t get to play the civility card after you’ve praised a group of terrorists who killed cops, firebombed judges’ homes, and bombed the Pentagon.
IT’S NOT EASY KEEPING ALL OF THE LEFT’S DISPARATE FACTIONS HAPPY: Bill Clinton Upsets Some Muslims with DNC Call to Aid Terror Fight.
CROOKED HILLARY: 1,100 donors to a Canadian charity tied to Clinton Foundation remain secret. “A charity affiliated with the Clinton Foundation failed to reveal the identities of its 1,100 donors, creating a broad exception to the foundation’s promise to disclose funding sources as part of an ethics agreement with the Obama administration. The number of undisclosed contributors to the charity, the Canada-based Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, signals a larger zone of secrecy around foundation donors than was previously known.”
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THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: DNC disarray is the foreshadowing of a Clinton administration.
THE WORD THAT HAUNTS MEXICO’S PRESIDENT PENA: Impunity…if you thought it was Trump you’re misguided. See this site for a good summary of the new National Anti-Corruption System. The implementing legislation was passed on July 18.
WELL, WHEN EVERY GOP NOMINEE EVERY FOUR YEARS IS LITERALLY HITLER, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS: Media Have a ‘Cry Wolf’ Problem with Trump.