September 17, 2019

ADULT SUPERVISION: ‘Get real’: Senior Democrats shut down Kavanaugh impeachment push.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Cancel Culture Update-Richard Pryor Weeps. “Of the myriad assaults on free speech — most of which are coming from politically correct leftist scolds — the assault on stand-up comedy is the most ominous. And I’m not just saying that because I’m a comic.”

To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to laugh at.

OH, DEAR LORD:  DC = DemocRat Comics.

IF YOU SHOW THIS ARTICLE TO BERNIE AND OCCASIONAL CORTEX, DO THEY EXPLODE?  Capital and Delayed Gratification.

NOW, I KNOW ELECTRONIC PUBLICATIONS DON’T NEED TO HAVE CERTAIN NUMBERS OF COLUMN INCHES, BUT HOW MUCH CAN YOU WRITE, WHEN THE ANSWER IS “EVERYTHING?”  What the 1619 Project Gets Wrong about Slavery and Economics.

LOOK HOW SHOCKED MY FACE IS!  The Environmental Costs of Renewable Energy Are Staggering.

OF COURSE SHE DID. OTHERWISE THE LEFT WILL DESTROY HER:  Marianne Williamson Walks Back Comment That Conservatives Treat Her ‘Nicer’ .

SHE NEEDS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THAT CONSTITUTION IS SHE PROMISED TO OBEY.  YOU KNOW, RIGHT TO A FAIR TRIAL, ETC? ALSO IF I REMEMBER THIS IS THE ASS WHO THINK CATHOLICS CAN’T SERVE IN PUBLIC POSTS:  Hirono (D) Calls For Kavanaugh Impeachment .  Senator Hirono, I invite you to contemplate my middle fingers. I have a matched set.

I AM SO SHOCKED. LOOK AT MY SHOCKED FACE:  Women’s March Replaces Anti-Semitic Board Members With Anti-Semites .

BECAUSE “DEPLORABLES” WORKED SO WELL FOR THEM:  Aide to freshman Virginia congresswoman Abigail Spanberger calls Trump-supporters ‘irreedeemable, white trash pieces of s—‘.

WHY DO YOU THINK THEY’RE BRINGING IN AN ARMY OF ILLEGAL INVADERS?  Liberals Want to Grab Guns…but Who Will Do the Grabbing?

HE’S STARTING TO REMIND ME OF THE DRUNK GUY DRIVING A TRACTOR ON COLFAX IN DENVER AT RUSH HOUR, CONVINCED HE’S GOING TO ESCAPE THE POLICE…  Beto Insists On Saying Quiet Part Very Loudly.

Or perhaps the bear who used to barhop our neighborhood when we lived we west Colorado Springs. Big *ss drunken bear, stumbling from bar dumpster to bar dumpster and thinking he’s totally unnoticeable….

September 16, 2019

ANALYSIS: TRUE. The media has officially lost its damn mind:

Remember the dunking-kid meme from a couple of years ago? Little kid runs up to his tiny basketball hoop, dunks the ball, turns around to flex and holler. Meanwhile he doesn’t see that the whole backboard is wobbling and about to collapse on his head. When it does, he looks confused.

Congrats, New York Times! And Politico. And CNN. You’re all the Dunking Kids. You keep throwing down on the Trump administration. The backboard of truth keeps falling on your head. The rest of us laugh.

The New York Times just issued its most spectacular correction since my personal favorite, from Nov. 7, 2012: “An earlier version of this article misspelled the singer’s surname in a number of places. He is Bruce Springsteen, not Springstein.”

This Sunday’s correction cut the legs out from under its big Saturday scoop about a supposed new sex scandal about Brett Kavanaugh involving a woman who supposedly had Kavanaugh’s penis shoved into her hand when they were both at Yale. The Times’ gobsmacking correction noted that in the book from which its Saturday report was derived, “the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident. That information has been added to the article.”

Backboard of truth meets skull.

And these two tweets tonight from Trump will keep the feedback loop alive:

Given the symbiotic relationship between the politicians of the Democratic Party and their operatives with bylines, Steve’s question earlier today takes on added meaning: Are the Democrats Committing Electoral Suicide?

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TRANSPARENCY: NYT Insider Reveals Who Drafted And Sent The Vile Tweet About Kavanaugh. It was Robin Pogrebin. That boosts the “reckless disregard” angle, since the book makes clear there was no basis.

DAVID BARON, CALL YOUR OFFICE: Mountain lion takes advantage of Sonora family who opened house to enjoy cool night. Don’t do that.

This is a long-running tagline on InstaPundit, but David Baron’s book, The Beast In The Garden, remains terrific. And mountain lions that encounter humans should be shot, to encourage them to be as shy and nonaggressive as the propaganda claims.

NOT SUCH A SHOCKER, REALLY: Poll: Majority of Hispanics Support Ending Welfare-Dependent Immigration.

WELL, GOOD: The Best News in a Long Time: The Far Side Is Coming Back.

INSERT BLONDE JOKE HERE: Woman complained about her shoes hurting all night only to discover she’d been wearing them on the wrong FEET. At least it’s an easy fix.

NICE: Trump honors Yankees great Mariano Rivera with Medal of Freedom.

“I was the happiest man in baseball,” Rivera said at the White House Monday. Rivera touched on one of the president’s favorite topics — immigration.

“Learning English is the first thing that we should do,” Rivera said of immigrants.

Good advice.

OPEN THREAD: Monday, Monday.

BRINGING NEW MEANING TO “THE MILE-HIGH CLUB:” Florida man and woman had sex in back of police car after DUI arrest, cops say.

YEAH, PRETTY MUCH:

I WONDER WHAT BAD NEWS THEY’RE TRYING TO GET AHEAD OF? Three Leaders of Women’s March Group Step Down After Controversies. “Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American activist; Tamika Mallory, an African-American gun control activist; and Bob Bland, a white fashion designer, are moving on to other commitments, the organization announced in a news release on Monday.”

KYLE SMITH: The Real Reason for That Kavanaugh Smear.

CENSORSHIP: Trump rally livestream broadcaster banned from streaming on YouTube. ““They have given us no reason why we can’t live stream, we received no communication or correspondence from them whatsoever. We want to know why…why are we not allowed to live stream anymore. All we do here at RSBN is cover the President of the United States… We worked with his campaign, helped him amass three-hundred plus million views.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF REDNECK NATION AND THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Whites need not apply: Campus sci-tech symposium to only feature scholars of color.

As Matt Margolis noted at the PJ Mothership in June, Democrats Were the Party of Segregation Years Ago, and they Still Are Today.

JAMES LILEKS ON THE DEATH OF THE CARS’ RIC OCASEK:

I wonder if the death of the Cars’ Ric Ocasek is a shock because he was from my youth, not the youth of the Boomers who came before. There was a great article a fortnight ago — can’t find it at the moment, sorry — about the coming tsunami of deaths that will take all the late-60s / early 70s GODS OF RAWK. It’ll be dismaying to lose them, but these things come to all generations.

But. Perhaps it’s because the 80s live in perpetuity on the satellite channel, the bands introduced by the same VeeJays who appeared on the early days of MTV, the between-the-song chatter discussing the latest tour of a band that had one album with one hit, and still does the circuit. It’s as if time folded in on itself and created a pocket where it’s always 1985. There are pockets for every year, and they don’t age.We do, but the past is now always with us, pretending it’s not the past at all. When someone from the pocket perishes, it’s as if the pocket was punctured and decompressed, and the ageless are dessiccated in an instant.

I’m pretty sure this is the article that James is referencing: Damon Linker of The Week on “The coming death of just about every rock legend,” and here’s an excerpt from my take on it at Ed Driscoll.com, from the start of the month:

This is what happens when a genre is exhausted, and there aren’t any new stars of an equal stature arriving to take the place of the departed. As I wrote at Instapundit back in 2016, shortly after David Bowie, Lemmy of Motorhead and Glen Frey all trundled off to the place Pink Floyd dubbed “The Great Gig in the Sky.” Growing up in the 1970s with a father who had an enormous collection of Big Band records, I would semi-regularly see him a bit morose in the morning, after the Today Show announced that another swing era superstar had died. Louis Armstrong in 1971. Gene Krupa in 1973. Duke Ellington in 1974. Ozzie Nelson in 1975. And Bing Crosby in 1977 (the big one, as my dad worshiped Crosby).

Jazz died off as a mass genre for two reasons. First, as Mark Gauvreau Judge wrote in his fun 2000 book, If It Ain’t Got That Swing, postwar economics and the rise of bebop as a counterforce in jazz greatly killed off the big bands of the 1930s and ‘40s, but the complexities of bop led many teenagers in the 1950s to seek out rock and roll as a simpler music style to dance along with. Capitol Records putting the full force of their PR team behind The Beatles when they arrived in America in early 1964 cemented rock and roll as the dominant musical genre for teenage whites, as Nat “King” Cole, who helped make Capitol a dominant force in America in the 1950s, discovered to his horror when he called their flagship Los Angeles office that year and the receptionist answered “Capitol Records – home of The Beatles!” (My dad shared his pain, as reflected in the very few new titles in his record collection after 1964.)

I believe when Lileks writes above that “the 80s live in perpetuity on the satellite channel, the bands introduced by the same VeeJays who appeared on the early days of MTV,” he’s referring to Sirius-XM satellite radio, where most of the surviving MTV VJs have shows. But last week, I was going through some old DVD-Rs I cut about ten years ago to archive my videotapes of MTV-era video collections and concerts before they disintegrated. While the jazz artists passing away in the 1970s made their mark decades prior in an era of scratchy 78s and black & white films, the rock videos of the ‘80s are still accessible in full (albeit NTSC) color and anytime on YouTube. Comparing any of the stars of MTV in their perfectly lit, costumed and made-up appearances in ‘80s rock videos to how they look today is a reminder that, as Pete Townshend once said (when he was 29, incidentally), “Rock ‘n’ roll doesn’t just age you in time, it ages you quicker than time.”

QED.

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WARNING: THE FDA IS HAZARDOUS TO PUBLIC HEALTH: A Bad Case of the Vapors. By exploiting a bogus nicotine-vaping scare that they fomented (with the help of alarmist journalists), federal and state officials are adopting policies that could shorten the lives of millions of Americans. My piece in City Journal discusses the hype and the harm from the vaping panic — the deadliest example yet of how progressivism has corrupted the public-health profession in America. 

QUESTIONS NOBODY IS ASKING: Would You Pay $4,200 to Listen to Michelle Obama Scold You?

A WOMAN TO ADMIRE: Arizona woman eats two 72-ounce steaks in an hour at Big Texan in Amarillo. “You might think Sudo is too trim-looking to polish off the Big Texan’s gargantuan meal. However, a longtime employee told me years ago the ones who can most easily accomplish it are not the big, beefy eaters, but the wiry ones. In addition to the 72-ounce steak, the Big Texan challenge includes a salad, a shrimp cocktail, a baked potato and a roll. You get the meal for free if you consume it all in an hour.”

CANCEL CULTURE COLLECTS ANOTHER SCALP: Shane Gillis fired from Saturday Night Live after racist jokes resurface.

Comic Shane Gillis has been axed from “Saturday Night Live” over racist and homophobic comments — just days after he was named as a new cast member, Page Six has learned.

Gillis was announced as the latest addition to its 45th season on Thursday, along with openly gay Asian comic Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman.

However, both NBC and Gillis came under fire after the comedian’s racist and homophobic remarks he made within the last year on his podcast resurfaced.

And in a statement, an “SNL” spokesperson on behalf of “SNL” boss Lorne Michaels, told Page Six: “After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining ‘SNL.’

“We want ‘SNL’ to have a variety of voices and points of view within the show, and we hired Shane on the strength of his talent as comedian and his impressive audition for ‘SNL.’ We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable. We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard.”

I can’t wait until the Saturday Night Live spokesman discovers that he works for Saturday Night Live.

BIDEN AND CORN POP, KAVANAUGH AND PORN COP: This composite is the true image of American politics today.

The Kavanaugh and Corn Pop stories must at all times be considered separately, for two reasons. First, if taken together, these stories show the extent to which pro-Democratic media, even the upmarket kind which advertises its fact-checking, will go in order to slander its enemies and support its team — and that the obvious cognitive decline of the Democratic frontrunner might not be as alarming as the obvious ethical decline in the press, because a party can find a better candidate, but the Times, it isn’t a-changin’.

Second, there’s the risk that the two stories will merge into a single image in which Joe Biden’s friends push his penis into Corn Pop’s hand in order to prove his tolerance, while Brett Kavanaugh the Porn Cop stands pink and proud for family values. This composite is the true image of American politics today, so is best not considered at all, let along pushed into anyone’s face as part of a presidential nomination strategy.

Heh. Read the whole thing.™

THEY WANT TO BE LIKE HITLER? Why So Many White Supremacists Are into Veganism.

Related: Jerry Bowyer: Campaign 2020: Is it Dems v. Trump or Dems v. Beef? “After the recent CNN ‘Climate Change Townhall,’ one gets the impression that the candidates are no longer running against Trump but instead running against beef. Kamala Harris and Andrew Yang both called for either cutting back meat consumption dramatically or even nudging most of the world to go vegetarian completely. Beto O’Rourke says people who eat meat are part of the problem—and Cory Booker went full veggie a long time ago.”

NEWS YOU CAN USE? Eleven Things You Need to Know About Vaping.

WELL, GOOD: The Arizona Supreme Court Strikes a Powerful Blow for Free Speech and Religious Freedom. “Free speech and religious liberty are on a winning streak. Last month the Eighth Circuit Court of appeals ruled that Christian wedding photographers could not be compelled to use their artistic talents to help celebrate same-sex weddings. Today, the Arizona Supreme Court reached a similar holding, this time on behalf of Christian calligraphers and painters Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski. The case, brought by my friends and former colleagues at the Alliance Defending Freedom, is similar to multiple other wedding vendor cases. The plaintiffs do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation (they happily serve gay customers). They merely refuse to produce art that advances ideas they find objectionable.”

The opinion is here. Interestingly, this is based on the Arizona Constitution, as well as a state religious freedom statute.

LIKE A BOSS: Trump Greets Mariano Rivera to ‘Enter Sandman.’

CRAZY PEOPLE MAKE CRAZY DEMANDS: Anti-Car Groups Call for an SUV Ban.

Sod off, swampy.

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OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY: Ocasio-Cortez: Free Public College Should Be Passed at Same Time as Student Loan Forgiveness.

SURELY THE CHINESE HAVE A WORD FOR GLEICHSCHALTUNG: In Hong Kong, Employees Hide Their Political Leanings as Beijing Forces Companies to Take Sides.

“Any company that gets most of its revenue from the mainland is in a pickle,” Alexander Zwagerman, Senior Lecturer at Arnhem Business School, tells TIME. “Beijing clearly demands that [companies] disavow any semblance of an allegiance to the Hong Kong people and even punishes workers with links to the protesters.”

In the wake of what Zwagerman calls “Beijing’s most heavy-handed use of its economic clout to date,” Cathay Pacific quickly capitulated. Several employees were fired for protest-related reasons, and a few senior staff members, including the CEO and the chairman, have since stepped down.

Cathay has now warned employees that it will take a zero-tolerance approach to “any support for or participation in illegal protests, violent activities or overly radical behavior.” But employees like Lucy say they have no plans to stop. “The company has no right to control our minds or our speech when we’re not working,” she tells TIME.

Lucy has nevertheless taken steps to make sure she’s not found out, like setting her Instagram profile to private. When she worked a flight to Beijing last month, she left her phone at home for fear of having it searched by mainland officials.

It’s important to note that while she’s doing what she can to protect herself, she hasn’t given up on protesting.

CHANGE: New York City Is Ending a Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy. Here’s Why. “The City Council fears that if a federal lawsuit challenging the ban were to reach the Supreme Court, the panel could issue a ruling that protected the practice.”

TELL THEM TO FINISH THE ENTIRE PRESCRIPTION — WAIT, WHAT? Antibiotic resistance surges in dolphins, mirroring humans.

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Are the Democrats Committing Electoral Suicide? “I’m not sure Marianne Williamson and I watched the same debate, the debate in which the term ‘white supremacist’ was freely thrown down at Trump by Joe Biden, the supposed moderate in the Dems’ crowded field. Trump, who not only has Jewish grandkids but has worked closely with Don King and even with Al Sharpton, was called just about the worst possible thing in American politics, with zero evidence. And the rest of the candidates joined in the Bizarro World accusation. It isn’t so much that the Democrats are bringing a knives to a gunfight, as Williamson worries; it’s more like they’re bringing kazoos to the symphony.”

SADLY PLAUSIBLE: New York Times Reveals Source On Kavanaugh Allegations Was Reputable Nigerian Prince.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: American kids with money and privilege are more likely to binge drink.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: Democratic Presidential Clown Car Update for September 16, 2019. “Biden threatens a black man with a chain, Beto wants to take your guns, and Democrats don’t want to govern America, they want to punish it.”

YOU DON’T SAY: The assault on ‘contract employees’ isn’t about helping workers at all.

CHRISTINE ROSEN: Impeaching the New York Times Kavanaugh Story.

As Pogrebin and Kelly describe, Ramirez and some classmates “had been drinking heavily when, she says, a freshman named Brett Kavanaugh pulled down his pants and thrust his penis at her, prompting her to swat it away and inadvertently touch it. Some of the onlookers, who had been passing around a fake penis earlier in the evening, laughed.” Ramirez didn’t think it was funny and goes on to claim that this single episode scarred her for life. “I had gone through high school, I’m the good girl, and now, in one evening, it was all ripped away,” she told the Times. “By preying upon her in this way, she added, Kavanaugh and his friends ‘make it clear I’m not smart.’”

At the very least this is an overreaction. It’s also probably not true. When Ramirez initially made allegations about Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings, the Times acknowledged that it couldn’t verify the story she was telling. This acknowledgment came after Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer at the New Yorker published a highly speculative bit of rumor-mongering about Kavanaugh based on what Ramirez herself admitted were drunken recollections and “significant gaps in her memories.”

Pogrebin and Kelly imply that the FBI did not thoroughly investigate Ms. Ramirez’s claims. “Ms. Ramirez’s legal team gave the FBI a list of at least 25 individuals who may have had corroborating evidence. But the bureau—in its supplemental background investigation—interviewed none of them, though we learned many of these potential witnesses tried in vain to reach the FBI on their own,” Pogrebin and Kelly claim.

Shameful, from top to bottom. And do read the whole thing.

CHEAT AND RETREAT: New York Times Admits Alleged ‘Victim’ Of Kavanaugh Incident Has No Recollection Of It. “A correction was added to the end of the article late Sunday night, after a full day of histrionic media coverage.”

MEANWHILE, AT THE NATION’S COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AGENCY: Russia carried out a ‘stunning’ breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on U.S. soil.

“MALPRACTICE” IS KIND, SINCE THAT SUGGESTS A DEGREE OF INADVERTENCE: Kurtz calls Kavanaugh story ‘journalistic malpractice’ by The New York Times.

Related: Another spurious Kavanaugh smear proves the depravity of the left.

To paraphrase Niels Bohr the media isn’t just worse than we imagine, it’s worse than we can imagine.

UPDATE: Yep:

ANOTHER UPDATE:

BECAUSE OF COURSE SHE DOES: Ilhan Omar Thinks That She Was the Real Victim on 9/11.

ROGER SIMON: Trump Must Punish the Mullahs for the Raid on the Saudi Oil Fields Severely.

YES: Cruz Warns GOP Not To ‘Abandon’ the Second Amendment.

RELATED:

HMM: Meet the Quds 1. “Is Iran secretly designing, testing and producing missile systems for exclusive use by its proxies?”

On September 14, several explosions rocked the Khurais oilfield as well as the Abqaiq refinery, one of Saudi Arabia’s most vital petrochemical installations. Several hours later, the Houthis claimed that they had targeted both facilities with ten drones as part of their “Balance of Deterrence” campaign.

What made this attack different from other recorded Houthi drone attacks was not only the unprecedented amount of material damage caused but also lingering doubt about the nature and the attribution of the attack. First, a video allegedly showing flying objects entering Kuwaiti airspace led to speculation that like a previous “Houthi” drone attack this strike might actually have originated in Iraq or even Iran. While the video remains unverified, the fact that the Kuwaiti government launched a probe into the issue lends some credence to the idea that something might have happened over Kuwait that day. Speculation about the origins of the attack was further fueled by a tweet by Mike Pompeo in which he claimed that there was no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.

Then the question arose whether drones had been used at all, or whether the attack might in fact have been a missile strike.

Much more at the link.

SHE’S VERY SMART: An Interview with Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Economics and of History, UIC. Taxation as “slavery to government.” Plus:

Calling it “modern liberalism” has always been an abuse of language. And it was an abuse of people to implement it.

It still is. Statism, being the partial enslavement of people to others by way of the government, may or may not be a good idea. But it is anyway not liberal, whether exercised by kings or by Congress.

Or even by what The New Republic calls a “duly passed law.”

BILL GERTZ: Xi Jinping Has Created a ‘Communist Nightmare.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: 46 Law Schools Accept The GRE For Admissions, And 5 Accept The GMAT.

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THE LEFT’S PERSECUTION FETISH: It’s Never Over, Is It? This is why they must be systematically stripped of power, in and out of government, unless and until they change. They are unfit to exercise any. Ironically, the blowback to their overreach here is moving things in that direction.

FRITZ X BOMB HIT AT SALERNO, 9/11/43: From the historical photo gallery – the light cruiser USS Savannah is struck by a German radio-controlled bomb, while supporting Allied forces ashore during the Salerno amphibious operation, September 11, 1943. Thanks to the damage control skills of U.S. Navy sailors, the ship survived what should have been a fatal hit. After repair the cruiser returned to duty.

VERY RELATED: Remembering Salerno. “Salerno wasn’t supposed to be a slugfest.”

BRIANA ROSENBAUM: The Legislative Role in Procedural Rulemaking Through Incremental Reform.

LATE-STAGE SOCIALISM: Cuba’s acute fuel shortage begins to bite.

ARE YOU TIRED YET? Trump’s starting to win big on controlling the southern border.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled to permit the administration to go on refusing to accept applications for asylum from migrants who have passed through another country without being denied asylum there, while a case challenging this common-sense policy works its way through the courts.

That comes on the heels of the court’s decision in July to allow Trump to use money from the defense budget to build the border wall. It was yet another significant victory for the administration’s initiatives and a sign that the left’s judicial guerrilla war that had been stymieing the president is starting to crumble.

Expect liberal efforts to prevent Trump from overturning President Barack Obama’s executive orders that effectively granted amnesty to millions of illegals to meet the same fate.

Fact is, despite the beating Trump has continued to take from the media about government tactics aimed at stemming the surge of illegal immigrants over the southern border, his policies have started to show signs of success.

While no one expects Mexico to pay for Trump’s wall, it is doing something more important: using its resources to stop its people from crossing over into the United States illegally. It has, for example, reinforced security on its southern border and set up checkpoints on highways leading north, dispatching 21,600 police and troops across the nation in the effort.

So far in 2019, the US Border Patrol has arrested more than 400,000 migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras for crossing the border illegally. But only 4,300 Mexicans were caught doing so.
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It’s all strong evidence that, far from ignoring or rejecting Trump’s efforts to jawbone them into doing something to stop the flood of illegals, America’s most important southern neighbor is listening to him. Recall that Mexico stepped up actions to control the migrants in a bid to avoid tariffs Trump had threatened to impose.

The message has also gotten through to those seeking to come to the United States illegally.

Well, stay tuned.

SAY NO IF SOMEBODY FROM QATAR OFFERS YOUR SCHOOL MILLIONS: Andrew Kerr of the Daily Caller News Foundation explains the deadly strings that come with saying yes.

 

IF YOU’RE NOT FAMILIAR WITH LAWFARE: Sundance at the Last Refuge explains why you should be if you want to understand some key characteristics of the anti-Trump jihad, including why they just can’t give up on Kavanaugh’s destruction.

#JOURNALISM:

TL;DR: BECAUSE OUR ELITES KEEP DROPPING THE BALL. Why populism is back in full force.

THE IMPORTANCE OF PUNCHING BACK:

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Trumped Out? “After nearly four years of ceaseless attacks by Democrats and the press, the strange thing is not that Trump can be occasionally wearisome, but that he is even still breathing.”

IF IT WEREN’T FOR FAKE HATE CRIMES, HOW MANY HATE CRIMES WOULD WE HAVE? Ex-NFL player accused of trashing his 2 businesses to make it look like a hate crime.

JONATHAN CHAIT: What If the Only Democrat Who Isn’t Too Radical to Win Is Too Old?

What if all [Biden’s] major competition raced to the left, succumbing to the fashionable delusion that the party rank and file demanded a Bernie-like nominee? And what if the only self-styled moderates in the race (Michael Bennet, Amy Klobuchar, John Hickenlooper, and so on) lacked the name recognition to mount a credible challenge?

Indeed, two candidates seem to have realized this problem. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have dropped out of the left-wing arms race and begun positioning themselves as heirs to the Obama style of optimism and uplift. But it’s already getting late, and each candidate has already devoted most of the time between their launch and the Iowa caucuses trying to avoid getting dragged on Twitter. What’s more, the fact that both Harris and Booker are trying to squeeze into the same political space increases the probability that neither will achieve escape velocity.

Meanwhile, Biden looks like a candidate hoping to somehow stagger across the finish line. He has campaigned at a leisurely pace. His first debate performance was disastrous. The next two started out vigorous, but saw him slowly flag as the evening wore on. Thursday night included a rambling answer in which he urged parents to “make sure you have the record player on at night.” Biden’s lack of awareness of Twitter may be to his benefit, but it’s more disturbing if he lacks a working knowledge of such innovations as the compact disc player.

Plus: “If Biden isn’t up to this, he needs to collapse soon enough for another mainstream liberal Democrat like Booker or Harris to take his place.”

I’m not getting cocky, but neither Booker not Harris seems like much for moderate Dems to pin their hopes on.

THEY ONLY EVER FAVORED FREE EXPRESSION BECAUSE IT COULD BE USED TO DEFEND COMMUNISTS: Hollywood’s Great Leap Backward on Free Expression: Beijing moves to co-opt the American film industry as it seeks to penetrate the world’s largest market.

LIKELY: Is Dianne Feinstein out to kill off Kamala Harris’s presidential bid? “It’s also been known for close to a year that Feinstein considers Harris a wretched parvenu who hasn’t paid her dues.”

WHY THERE WAS NO MENTION OF THE ECONOMY AT THE DEMOCRATS’ DEBATE: Over a Million Households Climbed to Middle Class Under Trump, Census Data Shows.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Media Whiffs Another Attempt to Smear Kavanaugh. “In unison now: The American Left has lost its mind. Sure, we’ve been saying that for a while now, but — and this is almost impressive — it keeps getting worse.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “Students aren’t showing up. And it’s only going to get worse. …” Plus: “Consider this comment from May 2019 by Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive: ‘I don’t think a four-year degree is necessary to be proficient in coding. I think that is an old, traditional view.'”

If only there had been some sort of warning.

AND THERE’S THAT:  Wind Power’s Other Secret.

DEAR BABYLON BEE, YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO REPORT STRAIGHT UP NEWS:  Beto: ‘Hell Yes I’m Going To Violate My Oath To Defend The Constitution’.

ONE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT’S MORE NAUSEATING, THE LACK OF ORIGINALITY OR THE NOSTALGIE DE LA BOUE:  “Bill Wants To Be The Bad Boy:” A Me-Too’d Art “Maven” and the Postmodern Abuse of Art.

FIRST, WHAT DOES HE THINK MERITOCRACY IS? SECOND, WHY DOES HE THINK PEOPLE SHOULD IN ANY WAY REBEL AGAINST IT? THIRD… DOES HE OWN A DICTIONARY? BECAUSE MERITOCRACY IS RIGHT THERE:  Getting an education in the Big Apple: George Packer’s honesty, a parent’s dilemma.

Also, someone send this man an history of the French revolution. And the Black Book of Communism. PLEASE.

WELL, THE MORE DESPERATE OF THEIR MEDIA FOOT SOLDIERS ARE SAYING WE’RE ALREADY IN A RECESSION. THIS IS SORT OF LIKE THE SUMMERS OF RECOVERY: THEY EXIST ONLY IN THE MSM UNIVERSE:  Why Democrats Don’t Talk About the Economy.

BRONTOSAURI DIDN’T WANT THE RETURN OF A PHILOSOPHY THAT KILLED 100 MILLION HUMAN BEINGS IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY?  What’s the Difference Between a Brontosaurus and Bernie Sanders?

AND CREATE RELIABLE FOREVER CLIENTS. LET’S NOT FORGET THAT!  Social services used to build character — now they blame society.

BECAUSE 100 MILLION DEAD AREN’T ENOUGH, AND OCCASIONAL CORTEX WANTS TO GIVE IT ANOTHER TRY:  AOC, Socialism, And The New Faces GOP Ad.

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