August 16, 2018

SCRAPPLEFACE: Trump Silences Ex-CIA Boss, Times Op-Ed Claims.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE: Florida Woman Fined, Sentenced To Community Service For False Rape Accusation.

WAIT, WHAT? New Mexico compound mysteriously destroyed by authorities.

POLL: Majority of Millennial Women Do Not Identify as Feminist. “There is a whole country full of regular people that the media doesn’t even know is there.”

Sergeant Schultzism isn’t a pretty look for those who profess to be our eyes and ears.

FREE MEDIA FOR TRUMP 2020: CNN commentator: Andrew Cuomo’s right, America has never been great.

I MENTIONED A WHILE BACK HOW MUCH I LIKED “LITTLE PINK HOUSE,” THE KELO MOVIE. Now you can get it on DVD.

BUZZKILL: Hiker Lost in Wilderness Survived by Eating Bees.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Overweight people who lost 5 to 10 percent of their weight lowered their risk for metabolic syndrome by 22 percent. Those who lost 20 percent cut their risk by over 50 percent.

J. CHRISTIAN ADAMS: Grotesque Grand Jury Report on Abusive Priests: Questions and Answers.

AT AMAZON, Honda EU2200i 2200-Watt 120-Volt Super Quiet Portable Inverter Generator.

CHANGE: A New Home for $90,000? Manufactured Housing Is Making a Comeback.

The hope is that more Americans will see the factory units not only as a more-affordable alternative to a traditional single-family house, but also an appealing one, without the old trailer-park stigma. It helps that they’ve been getting fancier.

Scott Richards, a salesman for Rona Homes in Pataskala, Ohio, said that when shoppers come to his lot, he can dazzle them with customization options like hickory cabinets, rainforest showers and built-in entertainment systems coupled with electric fireplaces.

“We’ve got linoleum floors that look just like hardwood floors,” said Richards, who got back into selling factory-made houses after leaving the industry in 2012. “You don’t think about solid granite being in a manufactured home, but we have that as well.”

Rona Homes revamped its display lot in March in response to growing demand. Where there once sat three models for customers to see, there are now 13 — “a whole arsenal” Richards can use to sell buyers on the idea.

I’d like to see modern manufacturing techniques used to bring down the prices of site-built homes as well.

DAS KAPITALISM: Elizabeth Warren has a plan for capitalism, and it’s terrifying:

Warren’s “Accountable Capitalism Act” would require that corporations that earn more than $1 billion in revenue a year (note “revenue,” not “profits”) would need a federal “charter” in order to operate. This charter would obligate these companies to consider all “stakeholders,” not just shareholders, when making decisions. The bill would also require these corporations to permit employees to elect 40 percent of the company’s board of directors; a super majority of 75 percent of directors and shareholders would have to approve political donations. (Gee, I wonder if somebody will propose something similar for unions?) Shareholders would be permitted to sue the company if they felt its actions were driven purely by profit and did not reflect the desires of its many “stakeholders.”

Eat your heart out, Ralph Nader.

SKYNET SMILES: Why the Pursuit of a “Killer App” for Home Robots Is Fraught With Peril.

BETHANY MANDEL: How The Angry Left Turned Me Into A Nazi.

The fact that ADL found me to be one of the worst victims of Nazi harassment doesn’t matter, because progressives have decided that posting the headline of my column is the perfect virtue signal to indicate how terrible conservatives are, even if doing so is a complete misrepresentation of me, my arguments and my beliefs.

This internet pile-on isn’t just shameful for those involved; it also totally misses the point of the original column, thereby losing an opportunity to root out the hatred they claim to abhor.

They don’t abhor hate any more than a fish abhors water.

ROLLING STONE: Censorship Does Not End Well: How America learned to stop worrying and put Mark Zuckerberg in charge of everything.

I didn’t celebrate when Jones was banned. Collectively, all these stories represent a revolutionary moment in media. Jones is an incidental player in a much larger narrative.

Both the Jones situation and the Facebook-Atlantic Council deletions seem an effort to fulfill a request made last year by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Last October, Facebook, Google and Twitter were asked by Hawaii Senator Mazie Hizono to draw up a “mission statement” to “prevent the foment of discord.”

Companies like Facebook might have balked before. They have long taken a position that’s very Star Trek, very Prime-Directive: We do not interfere. Mark Zuckerberg, as late as 2016, was saying, “editing content… that’s not us.”

But now all stops are being pulled out, and all principles overturned, because #RESISTANCE!!!!

Related: Shopify CEO Deletes Free Speech Commitment as Company Purges Gun-Related Retailers.

The CEO of major online retailing platform Shopify deleted a post detailing the company’s commitment to free speech this week as the company began purging gun-related retailers.

Tobias Lutke, founder and CEO of Shopify, deleted a 2017 post titled “In Support of Free Speech” and republished it with an addendum in a new post, “In Support of Free Speech (Updated).” In the new post, Lutke declared the company’s previous commitment to allowing retailers to use the platform so long as they did not violate any laws because of the brand’s dedication to the principle of free speech “too idealistic and functionally unworkable on the fast moving internet.”

Our woke #Resistance ruling class compares itself to the WWII undergrounds, but lacks the courage, or even the inclination, to resist shaming by its fellows. It’s more like Mean Girls than the Resistance.

VIDEO: Watch a Massive C-5M Super Galaxy Land Without Its Nose Gear.

GOOD LORD: Horrified Onlookers Watch as 71 Drug Users Collapse in Connecticut Park… IN ONE DAY. “Paramedics would treat one and ‘see another immediately fall down, right there’.”

THE PROPER RESPONSE TO THESE COORDINATED EDITORIALS IS TO LAUGH AT THEM: Thoughts on First Amendment theater:

The media misdirect attention to the First Amendment rather than hold themselves accountable for reporting often wrong, misleading, or incomplete. They choose loaded words, add phrases, insert catty remarks, and bury ledes.

We know. We edit such copy every day. The president doesn’t “slap” on tariffs; he imposes them. He doesn’t “slash” budgets; he reduces them. We edit out Improvised Editorial Devices (IEDs) that have no place in journalism, like the clause “Ever the showman” designed to shape the mental battlefield. We rearrange copy to focus on what is significant, not salacious. We ignore petty subjects they favor and request coverage of significant ones they overlook.

A journalist is only as good as the last story written, and journalists should approach subjects with a full set of skills and little baggage. That’s hard to do when some are paid by news sources, fed rumors by unnamed sources, or personally involved with those about whom they report.

Quality news articles should be as accurate and complete as a nautical chart. To navigate into port, no sea captain would trust a chart that inserted non-existent shoals or omitted real ones.

ANDREW MALCOLM: A Journalist Reflects On His Profession’s Anti-Trump Collusion.

Had those elites of both parties paid genuine attention to flyover country’s concerns, frustrations and fears, as silly and stupid as they seem to disconnected Beltway know-it-all’s, they would not be in today’s baffling, powerless position. There would have been no need for a Trump. And by the way, isn’t it strange how a billionaire from a New York high-rise could detect the heartland’s hurt better than those elected from that region?

Trump did not invent many Americans’ visceral dislike of the media. He’s using it, exactly as these 100+ newspapers will use their readers’ visceral dislike of Trump to influence a large audience on this day. It’s all fair game in a free society, even one as bitterly splintered as ours these days.

Many silent Americans see a Washington paper, for example, chronicling in excess of 4,000 Trump exaggerations and lies. Fair enough.

Where was that passion for lie detection during Obama’s endless reign of error when he spewed serial untruths about, among others, Solyndra, Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, Benghazi’s video roots and how Americans could keep their insurance, doctor and about $2,500 in savings under Obamacare?

Now, some realities: When’s the last time you read a newspaper editorial, online or in print, and thought, “You know, that anonymous writer is right and I’ve been wrong all these years!”

Today’s media “collusion” won’t move the needle one tick, but it will be regarded as a success within the DNC-Media Complex echo chamber because it will suddenly seem so much louder in there. Everyone else will yawn.

Ego drives the media to overplay its hand, every time, for the same reason the scorpion stings the frog.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Prof Claims ‘Responsible Fatherhood’ Reinforces ‘Patriarchy.’ Giving poor dads a leg up supports “hegemonic masculinity.”

I’m pretty sure I saw Hegemonic Masculinity open up for the Clash at the TLA in Philadelphia back in 1982.

WHEN YOU PUT IT THAT WAY…: Newspapers team up to tell Trump they aren’t colluding against him

IN THE MAIL: From RG Ainslee, The Ethiopian Intercept: A Ross Brannan Thriller (The Secret Cold War).

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THE DEEP STATE WHINES BACK: Brennan, Colleagues Say Security Clearance Revocation Intended to ‘Intimidate and Suppress Any Criticism’ of Trump.

What do you suppose would have happened to dissent if the presidential candidate Brennan voted for in 1976 had actually won?

Update: Second link was wrong before. Fixed now — sorry!

RIP: Aretha Franklin has died.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UMich in trouble with appeals court for not letting students cross-examine rape accusers.

THERESE SHAHEEN: The Belt and Road Illusion. “China’s international-development project reflects its global ambitions but masks problems at home.”

LATE-STAGE SOCIALISM: Venezuela’s taps run dry. “Water cuts are the latest addition to a long list of woes for Venezuelans hurting from a fifth year of an economic crisis that has sparked malnutrition, hyperinflation and emigration. Malfunctions in the capital’s water network due to lack of maintenance have taken a turn for the worst in recent months, depriving many in this city of 3 million people of regular running water.”

This is a moving photo essay from Reuters.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Harvard prof: Universities should not ‘respect’ Trump officials.

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Brennan Security Clearance Yanked and Much, Much More. “Farewell, cushy consulting jobs that require a security clearance.”

THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN HIGH TREASON FROM 2009-2016: Pearl Jam shares poster depicting Trump’s corpse and a burning White House.

TANK LIVE FIRE IN GEORGIA: The country, not the state.

RELATED: Ten years ago Putin launched a tsar-war against Georgia. Two columns I wrote at the time provide historical background, there first dated August 13, 2008 and the second dated August 26, 2008.

From the second column:

Personalizing Russia 2008 as Vladimir Putin strikes me as a stretch. Putin runs an oligarchy, not a totalitarian dictatorship, but Putin is clearly at the nucleus of the oligarchy, with ex-KGB pals, friendly billionaires and useful mafiya in close orbits. But dub the pals and billionaires “new royalty,”and Putin might be an emerging “pop Tsar” — a savvy 21st century autocrat leveraging Russian nationalist demands. Orchestrating a domestically popular military ventures fits this frame.

But recall in 2008 the Obama-Clinton Democrats and their media cronies blamed George W. Bush for lousy U.S.-Russia relations. And in 2009 Obama and Hillary “reset” U.S.-Russia relations. How? From September 22, 2009: by giving Putin a “sphere of influence” and cashing in missile defenses in Eastern Europe.

Seizing Crimea in 2014 — on Obama’s watch– was initially a “domestically popular” military venture in Russia.

Obama, Clinton, Clapper, Brennan, Lynch, Comey, McCabe, The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN — they want you to forget this sorry history.

WE NEED THE SPACE FORCE TO LOOK INTO THIS: US concerned by Russian satellite’s ‘very abnormal behavior.’

RECOVERY SUMMER, THE UN-IRONIC EDITION: Retail Sales and Manufacturing Are Powering U.S. Growth This Summer.

Retail sales—a measure of spending at U.S. stores, websites and restaurants—rose a seasonally adjusted 0.5% in July from the prior month, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That was well ahead of economists’ forecasts for a 0.1% increase.

Compared with a year earlier, they grew 6.4% in July. That’s more than double the pace of inflation, which increased 2.9% in the year to July, as measured by the Labor Department’s consumer-price index.

Robust hiring and low unemployment mean more households have income to spend. That is being amplified by tax cuts, which have resulted in less paycheck withholding.

With demand strong, production is also up. U.S. factory output rose 0.3% in July, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, and was up 2.8% from a year earlier, largely on higher auto and computer production.

Nice.

CLAIMING INDEPENDENCE, ACTING LIKE A HERD: Jack Shafer: America’s Newspapers Just Played Right Into Trump’s Hands.

MICHAEL BARONE: Either Trump is delivering on his economic promises, or he’s very lucky.

Is President Trump fulfilling candidate Trump’s promises?

You can make a case that he is, based on some surprising and widely unexpected economic developments. Vice President Mike Pence, writing in the Des Moines Register, put it succinctly: “The evidence is clear: America is back.” He adds, “It’s not an accident.”

Pence and other Trump enthusiasts can point to increasing macroeconomic growth. GDP growth ran at a hot annualized 4.1 percent in the second quarter, and for the year it’s up more than 3 percent. Unemployment was down to 3.9 percent in July. The S&P 500 stock index is up 6 percent during the Trump presidency while the rest of the world’s stock markets are down 6 percent. These are numbers any recent administration would boast about.

More notable are positive trends among subgroups who weren’t doing so well before Trump took office. Obama administration chief economic adviser Jason Furman, writing at Vox.com, notes that in the past three years “recent wage growth … at the lower end of the wage scale has been stronger” than among those higher paid. Similarly, Bloomberg columnist and portfolio manager Conor Sen makes the point that job growth has been greatest among “goods-producing workers and the least-educated workers.”

Both Furman and Sen contrast current trends with those in the 1998-2001 period of torrid economic growth, when income gains were concentrated at the top of the economic spectrum and employment gains were concentrated in office jobs and “meds and eds” — the government-financed or heavily regulated healthcare and education sectors.

So maybe growing income inequality isn’t inevitable after all. And maybe the economic prospects of groups clustered at the low end of the economic scale are not as dire as has long been assumed.

Go figure.

TRACKING EARTH’S MINI-MOONS: There could be many minis in orbit.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Andrew Cuomo Was Never That Great. But who would have figured that Chris Cuomo would turn out the be the smarter Cuomo brother?

HMM: How Bruce Ohr Could Implicate High-Ranking Obama Officials In Spygate.

We don’t know what Yates knew about Ohr’s role. When Yates testified before Congress in May 2017 about the Russia investigation, Ohr’s involvement was still secret, leading the Senate Judiciary Committee to focus instead on her role in instigating the firing of Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael Flynn.

Once again, Ohr and Steele’s exchanges detailed by Solomon provide a hint: The day after Yate’s firing, Steele contacted Ohr, texting “doubtless a sad and crazy day for you re-SY,” a clear reference to Sally Yates. “Just wanted to check you are OK, still in situ and able to help locally as discussed, along with your Bureau colleagues,” Steele added. Then, after Ohr confirmed “I’m still here and able to help as discussed,” Steele stressed that if Ohr was out at DOJ, he needed another “(Bureau?)” contact.

This exchange suggests Yates’ removal concerned Steele and left him worried that without Yates at the helm, Ohr’s continued role as a DOJ liaison for Steele was at risk, and that without Yates or Ohr, he would need to work directly with the FBI.

Was that because Yates approved of Ohr acting as a dossier courier for Steele and the FBI? If so, the Spygate scandal reaches into even higher echelons of the Deep State than previously known.

You’ll want to read the whole thing about our previous, remarkably scandal-free Administration.

SMART. VERY SMART. Ben Carson Calls Out Zoning Regulations for Driving Up Housing Costs.

Ben Carson, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), wants to pare back Obama-era housing regulations that he says do not do enough to address the real driver of housing costs: zoning regulations.

On Monday, Carson announced that he was looking to revise the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, which sought to combat housing segregation by requiring local governments to perform extensive (and expensive) reviews on how concentrated their neighborhoods were along class and racial lines, and then to develop action plans to create more “balanced and integrated living patterns.” Local governments that failed to fulfill either requirement would be cut off from a number of federal housing grant programs.

Carson said on Monday that he wants to replace the 2015 AFFH with new rules that focus on increasing the overall supply of housing.

“I want to encourage the development of mixed-income multifamily dwellings all over the place,” Carson told The Wall Street Journal, saying, “I would incentivize people who really would like to get a nice juicy government grant” to reform their zoning codes.

According to the Journal, Carson specifically called out Los Angeles for its strict single-family zoning rules that limit the number of housing units that can be built in the city. “Of course you’re going to have skyrocketing prices that no one can afford,” he said.

It’s as if increasing supply to meet demand might lower prices or something.

VOX: Elizabeth Warren has a plan to save capitalism.

From what, having to bail out socialists?

Related: Payment seen unlikely on $1.1 billion in maturing Venezuela bonds.

NO MATTER THE REASON, IT’S A GOOD THING: NATO’s East Is Rearming, But It’s Because of Putin, Not Trump.

The jump in acquisitions behind the former Iron Curtain of aircraft, ships and armored vehicles began when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, well before Trump’s 2016 election victory, according to analysts including Tomas Valasek, director of Carnegie Europe in Brussels. While the median defense expenditure of NATO members is 1.36 percent of gross domestic product, below the alliance’s requirement of 2 percent, eastern members comprise seven of the 13 members that are paying above that level.

“Countries on NATO’s eastern border do not need Donald Trump to boost defense spending,” Valasek said. “They decided this long before he came to power. The spending boost was because of a president, but it was Vladimir Putin, not the U.S. President.”

Constant overflights by Russian aircraft into NATO airspace, cyberattacks on government and military installations, wargames on the borders of the Baltic states and accusations that Russia was behind a failed coup in newest member Montenegro have put NATO’s eastern quadrant on alert for what it says is an increasingly expansionist Russia. Of the 15 members exceeding the bloc’s guideline that 20 percent of total defense spending should go to equipment, six are from eastern Europe.

I’m old enough to remember when Donald Rumsfeld was mocked for saying the eastern NATO countries of “new Europe” were taking defense more seriously than the traditional western NATO allies.

DOWN BUT NOT OUT: US-led coalition fight against ISIS in Syria, Iraq ‘far from over.’

“There is still a lot of work to be done both militarily and on civilian stabilization efforts in both countries,” said Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led coalition fight against ISIS. “Make no mistake — the coalition is not talking victory or taking our foot off the gas in working with our partners.”

Ryan said that partner forces are working to stabilize areas in Iraq and Syria where ISIS has been driven out, including rebuilding detention centers and training new guards. In some areas like Manbij in northern Syria, electricity is being restored and some children are going to school for the first time in five years, he said.

In other areas, the fighting continues. In eastern Syria, the coalition-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are preparing for an assault on the ISIS stronghold of Hajin, a Euphrates River Valley town.

There, he said, the SDF has set up checkpoints to vet fleeing civilians and weed out ISIS fighters trying to escape. Some have been captured, he said.

It’s certainly no time to go all wobbly, but the ISIS threat might have been eliminated already with the initial American response hadn’t been to ignore it, and then dismiss them as the “jayvee.”

TONI AIRAKSINEN: Prof Claims ‘Responsible Fatherhood’ Reinforces ‘Patriarchy.’ “Giving poor dads a leg up supports ‘hegemonic masculinity’.”

Responsible fatherhood might reinforce the patriarchy and hegemonic masculinity, if that’s what you want to call it. But it is also proven to reduce poverty, criminality, and multigenerational social pathologies. So there’s that.

MINE IS THE SAME:  The Inner Voice.

AND IT’S PROBABLY NOT ALONE:  U.S. Says Small Russian Satellite A Space Weapon .

WE NEED A COLUMN ON HOW TO CURE NEW YORK TIMES PRIVILEGE:  Not a joke: The New York Times has an advice column about how to ‘cure’ white skin privilege.

THE MIERDAS TOUCH OF THE LEFT:  San Francisco wheels out its new ‘poop patrol’.

THEY HATE US, THEY REALLY HATE US:  Let the Bad Times Roll.

A DEMOCRAT? WOULD ANYONE NOTICE IF SHE WERE? Is Nancy Pelosi Losing Her Mind?

WHY NOT? THEY THINK LOTS OF CRAZY THINGS: Dems Think Trump Can Make Racism Just Disappear.

August 15, 2018

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COLLUSION: The Weekly Standard’s Ties To Fusion GPS.

NOW OUT: Knoxville lawyer Michael J. Stanuszek’s first book: Don’t Get Fat, Kids! 100 Quips about Life from a Middle-Aged Husband and Father.

IT’S COMPLETELY UNPRECEDENTED FOR TRUMP TO PULL A CLEARANCE: Or maybe not.

A Trump-supporting Pentagon analyst was stripped of his security clearance by Obama-appointed officials after he complained of questionable government contracts to Stefan Halper, the FBI informant who spied on the Trump presidential campaign.

Adam Lovinger, a 12-year strategist in the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment, complained to his bosses about Halper contracts in the fall of 2016, his attorney, Sean M. Bigley, told The Washington Times.

On May 1, 2017, his superiors yanked his security clearance and relegated him to clerical chores.

Read the whole thing. There are some — familiar names.

TOP GRIEVANCE SCIENTISTS HARD AT WORK: Researchers identify 31 types of anti-atheist microaggressions.

Three researchers recently created a psychological survey to help therapists gauge how often atheist clients may suffer from microaggressions.

The Microaggressions Against Non-Religious Individuals Scale (MANIRS) was created by researchers Louis Pagano, Azim Shariff, and Zhen Cheng, and published for the first time last week in a journal run by the American Psychological Association.

According to the MANIRS scale, there are 31 microaggressions that are unique to atheists, many of which involve incidents during which an atheist is accidently assumed to be religious, or when an atheist overhears stereotypes.

Couldn’t they have chosen a more easily remembered number?

WITH THE GLOBE ORGANIZING A “FREE PRESS” EDITORIAL CAMPAIGN FOR TOMORROW, A REMINDER: The Globe conducted own ‘dirty war’ on free press.

Boston had seven daily newspapers when I started out as a newspaper reporter in the early sixties. Now there are two.

Those papers were the old Boston Herald, the p.m. Boston Traveler, The Boston Globe, Boston Evening Globe, Boston American, Boston Record and Christian Science Monitor.

In between then and now, five failing newspapers folded or were merged. And President Trump had nothing to do with killing any of them.

The same thing happened during the same period in New York, which lost the New York Mirror, The Herald Tribune, The World-Telegram & Sun and Journal-American. Now New York is down to three newspapers. And there is still no evidence that Trump had anything to do with the demise of the other four.

Neither Boston nor New York has seen a single newspaper fold since Trump became president and launched his “dirty war” (a Boston Globe phrase) against the press.

As a matter of fact, the media seems to be thriving under Trump’s unorthodox presidency. . . .

The dictionary definition of “dirty war” is: “A war conducted by the military or secret police of a regime against revolutionary and terrorist insurgents and marked by the regime’s use of kidnapping, torture and murder, with the civilian population often the victims.”

If the Globe believes this, it has become as unhinged as CNN.

This recalls a real “dirty war” against a free press that was conducted by the Globe in Boston a generation ago.

This took place when the Boston Herald Traveler (the papers merged in 1967) sought to renew its license to continue operation of the original WHDH-TV.

Back in the 1960s the conservative Herald Traveler and the liberal Globe were locked in serious competition for circulation and advertising, while the merged Hearst-owned Record American looked on.

It was no secret that revenue from the television station kept the Herald Traveler alive, which the Globe resented.

Working behind the scenes, the Globe supported a group of liberal investors who formed Boston Broadcasters Inc. to compete for the license before the Federal Communications Commission. It promised more public interest broadcasting, which never materialized.

So confident were they that they would strip the Herald Traveler of its license, Boston Broadcasters began building a television facility in Needham even before the issue was adjudicated. The fix was in.

The Globe went to work in Washington to defeat the Herald Traveler.

The back story was that the Globe covertly used its political columnists and reporters to pressure future House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill of Cambridge and other Massachusetts political figures to persuade the FCC to deny the Herald Traveler the license.

It worked. . . . The Globe has shut down more newspapers in Boston than Donald Trump.

That’s different because shut up. More at the link.

BREAKING: ISIS KILLER CAUGHT IN SACRAMENTO.

An Iraqi national who entered the U.S. as a refugee was arrested this afternoon on charges he participated in ISIS killings in Iraq in 2014.

The arrest of Omar Abdulsattar Ameen comes after an arrest warrant was issued by an Iraqi court in May.

According to the Justice Department press release, Ameen is accused of involvement in ISIS killings in Anbar province, Iraq.

A side note that Sacramento is a declared “sanctuary city.”

Read the whole thing.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Undercover Researchers Quizzed School Administrators On Sex Assault Policies. What They Found Is Disturbing.

Cost of attending schools with these administrators? Too damn high.

OPEN THREAD: As per usual.

JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE A CONSPIRACY THEORIST DOESN’T MEAN THEY’RE NOT OUT TO GET YOU: FCC Shuts Down Liberty Radio, Alex Jones’ Pirate Flagship Radio Station.

FASTER, PLEASE: FDA Advisors Like Novel Tetracycline Analogue.

HARSH BUT FAIR: The Catholic Church’s Rotherham.

TRUMP 2020 CAMPAIGN ROLLS ON: N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo: America ‘was never that great.’

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Men have better sex with emotionally unstable women.

AT AMAZON, end of summer savings in Patio, Lawn, and Garden.

Plus, deals on Power and Hand Tools.

‘MERICA: America’s hottest export? Sperm.

THIS IS SWEET: Conjoined Twins Lexi and Sydney Stark Who Were Separated As Infants Are Now 17.

When the two share a bed, their bodies have a way of ending up in the same position they were when they were conjoined at the spines. “Yeah we call it the ‘conjoined-twin position,’” Lexi quipped. Added Emily: “It’s usually when they’re stressed.”

According to Lexi, Sydney’s touch has a way of soothing her. “Just being by her, putting my head on her,” she revealed, “it’s so calming.”

Adorable.

NOT ENOUGH TO EAT THEM, PRESUMABLY: Brian Williams Investigates: Does Trump Hate Dogs?

THIS IS WHY I’VE EXECUTED AN ADVANCE SEXUAL DIRECTIVE TO GIVE THE INSTA-WIFE FULL ACCESS TO ME IF I’M IN A COMA: Study Shows 40% of Patients Supposedly in a “Vegetative State” are Actually Fully Aware.

VIDEO: Transgender Dem. Endorsed by Bernie Sanders Admits: ‘I’m Not Sure I Even Know What Socialism Is.’ “I’m not a person that’s big on labels.”

I’d wager Christine Hallquist would get big on labels in a big hurry if you addressed the candidate by the incorrect personal pronoun.

DON’T MAKE US ANGRY. YOU WON’T LIKE US WHEN WE’RE ANGRY: Sarah Hoyt Silencing the Opposition is Like Tamping Down a Powder Keg

TODAY STRAWS, TOMORROW BALLOONS?

Did you think leftist do-gooders would stop after getting plastic straws banned in a variety of locations? Of course not! Next up, balloons:

Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans’ love of balloons be deflated?

The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat them.

I think the real offender here might be “joyous celebration,” where dour environmentalists are concerned. As the AP notes near the top of its story, balloons are “a very small part of environmental pollution.”

Long before they stumbled onto the catch-all word “woke,” the left have been using radical environmentalism as an excuse to  curb everyone’s enthusiasm at their kids’ parties. Back in July of 2008, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a column headlined “Throwing less-is-more birthday parties:”

Forget the twisty straws, Tootsie rolls and Dora the Explorer plates with matching cups, hats and tablecloth. There are signs that more parents would like to.

Anxious about the economy, global warming and our national image as people who would rent a limo for a kid’s party while a polar bear’s ice floe melts, many are toning down the trappings of that classic annual ritual, the blowout birthday party. They are saying no to plastic toys and water bottles, paper plates, gift wrap and new toys. There is even a modest backlash against the goody bag, the sack of candy and plastic knickknacks usually thrust into each sticky hand at the end of parties.

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“There is nothing more bacchanalian than a kid’s birthday party,” said Sarah Lane, a founder of Washington state’s Progressive Kid, which has a Web site with suggestions on how to raise kids with good values. “You should see what gets thrown away. It’s disgusting.”

I love the fact that an editor allowed the sentence “There is nothing more bacchanalian than a kid’s birthday party,” to be published in a newspaper published in San Francisco. They must lead very sheltered lives at the Chronicle.

ANDREW CUOMO SAYS ‘AMERICA WAS NEVER THAT GREAT’ IN JAB AT TRUMP SLOGAN:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo mocked President Trump’s ubiquitous “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan on Wednesday, quickly drawing the ire of Republicans for saying that America “was never that great.”

“We are not going to make America great, America. It was never that great,” Mr. Cuomo said. “We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged.”

Welcome back my friends, to the malaise that never ends.

Related: “Cuomo’s remarks slamming America starkly contrasted with those delivered by his father, former three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, to the Democratic National Convention in 1984. In that address, Mario Cuomo praised America as the greatest country on earth and said he learned about America’s greatness by watching and learning from his parents, Andrew Cuomo’s grandparents, as they built their lives together in New York.”

Naturally, Cuomo’s office quickly issued a statement backtracking on the New York Democrat’s remarks, but not before, as the Times notes in the first link:

The clip was quickly packaged by Republicans, and Marcus Molinaro, the Republican candidate for governor, said that Mr. Cuomo owed the nation an apology. “America, with its imperfections, has always been great,” Mr. Molinaro said.

Republicans pounce!

BOOM TOWN: Retail sales easily beat expectations in July.

NEWS YOU CAN USE? For Sale: A Hat Made of Woolly Mammoth Hair “An expert confirmed its authenticity.”

BREAKING: The White House has revoked the security clearance of John Brennan.

WELL, THAT SEEMS REASONABLE: Restoring blood flow better option than amputation, study says.

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BILL GERTZ: U.S. Says Small Russian Satellite A Space Weapon.

OH, GOODY: WHO: Current Ebola Outbreak Poses New Problems.

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: Criticizing Omarosa Suddenly Racist, Sexist. Ever since she started saying things that Democrats want her to say, criticizing her has become racist. And sexist!

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CHANGE: US Internet Speed Has Gone From 12th To 6th Fastest Since End Of Net Neutrality. This is not what all the best people told me to expect.

PHIL BAKER: Virginia Senator Ups the Ante with Big Tech Regulation Proposals. “One proposal—requiring platforms to put a monetary value on our data—should have them worried.”

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