August 21, 2019

THANKS TO POE’S LAW, IT’S NOW AMERICA’S PAPER OF RECORD: Trump’s Loyalty To Republican Values Questioned After He Actually Does Something To Defund Planned Parenthood.

DAVID BARON, CALL YOUR OFFICE: Mountain lion attacks Colorado hunter armed with just a pocket knife, officials say. I dunno why a mountain lion would bother to arm himself with a pocket knife.

OH, GOOD GRIEF: Gwyneth Paltrow Hired a Personal Book Curator—Here’s What He Chose For Her Shelves.

ON THIS DAY IN 1959, HAWAII OFFICIALLY BECAME A STATE: There was dancing in the streets that day.

Some members of Congress were especially keen to bring Hawaii into the union, because it was seen as a successful multi-racial society. Alas, things haven’t looked quite as good on that front in the last 15 years or so.  The link is to some testimony I gave 10 years ago.  There have been some twists and turns since then, but the basic story discussed in the testimony is still worth knowing about.

DEEP-SPACE DUO: SpaceX’s Starman and Elon Musk’s Tesla Have Made a Lap Around the Sun.

JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES* AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: The Press in Iowa Caught by Surprise they Were Participating in a Bernie Sanders Fundraiser.

It was recently announced that Major League Baseball will be playing a regular season game at the famed Field Of Dreams stadium, in Dubuque Iowa. This is the now famous landmark location where the titular baseball motion picture was filmed, and the Sanders campaign officials were struck with an idea to hold a softball game at the location. Not much of a problem so far; these are just the kind of photo-ops campaigns stage to get publicity, and to raise more money.

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It is that last detail that emerged, much to the surprise of the journalists covering the Sanders campaign. See, it turned out the game being played for the Sanders campaign was a contest between his staffers, and members of the media on the opposing team. It was only “at the last minute”, according to Politico, that members off the CNN and ABC News organizations who were going to play in the game backed out. This was due to a fundraising email the Sanders team sent out regarding the game.

Baseball seems a little too on-point for Bernie. Flashback: Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History. And additional examples of leftist violence and eliminationist rhetoric at the link.

SPACE: Space Council recommendations address exploration and management concerns.

GIVE ME YOUR VOTE, HATERS: A Political Party Stupid Enough to Call You a Racist Is Too Stupid to Govern.

THE WASTE OF NOW:

The New York Times is going to devote itself to radicalizing the United States along racial lines. It will propagate the narrative that the engine driving American life is the efforts of white people to maintain supremacy, and the resistance of People of Color, and their allies, to white supremacy. Everything the paper reports will theoretically be filtered through that distorting lens, because the leadership of The New York Times believes it to be true. I don’t know this for a fact, but knowing newspapers as I do, I’d bet that there are professional journalists within that news organization who do not share these beliefs, and who in fact are worried about the direction of the newspaper. Not conservatives, but old-school liberals. And I bet they are now afraid to speak out, afraid that they will be denounced as fellow travelers of white supremacy if they do.

This isn’t, ultimately, about slavery. Not at all. This is about a great and vital American journalism institution surrendering its integrity and its reputation to the radical left. What has started at the Times will not remain at the Times. You need to understand that. Within the relatively small world of American journalism, senior newsroom leaders, in print and broadcast, are looking at what the Times is doing with this project with admiration, even envy. As usual in American journalism, where the Times leads, its acolytes around the country will follow.

Including television news readers, outside of Fox News. As CBS and HBO journalist Bernard Goldberg wrote in his 2003 book Arrogance: Rescuing America from the Media Elite:

But powerful as print is in general, and as powerful as the wire services are in particular, nothing—absolutely nothing —carries nearly as much weight in network television newsrooms as the New York Times. There are too many examples to count where television reporters appropriated (read stole) story ideas from local newspapers in their region and pitched them to their bosses, the executive producers of the network evening newscasts in New York, who turned the stories down, until . . . until they ran in the New York Times, the wall scratcher of record. 

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“Once the Times runs a story on page one,” that veteran cameraman told me, “we’re told to run out and do it!” If the Times decrees a story important, by definition it is important. And when the Times ignores a story— or a book or a social trend or an idea—then it is invisible. As the syndicated columnist Deroy Murdock puts it, “The cult of the New York Times . . . holds journalists, politicians, and other opinion makers in a Svengali-like trance. If the Times says the sun will rise in the west, then by golly it will!”

On a typical morning, this is how assignment editors and producers at the network news divisions begin their day. Step one: They open up the New York Times. Step two: They scan the paper for stories to put on their nightly newscasts. Step three: They get one of their high-priced reporters (who is in his or her own office also reading the New York Times) on the phone— a reporter who may not have come up with even one original story idea in his entire network career (I mean that literally)— and tell him or her to go out and do the New York Times story. Step four: He or she does, and that evening a video version of the Times story is on the air.

And Dean Baquet, A.G. Sulzberger, and the rest of Times ozone layer of management knows this, which is why the sea change in how the founding of America is viewed likely won’t remain bottled up in its own editorial bullpen for long.

CHANGE: I got my hip replaced at 39. Here’s why that might get more common. “Ultimately, everyone is trapped in their body until they die. But when body parts start to fail, if it’s the right part, you can get a new one: Doctors can also swap out knees, shoulders, elbows, ankles, wrists, even the discs in your spine.”

NEWS YOU CAN USE? Every Noise at Once.

Every Noise at Once is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 3,330 genre-shaped distinctions by Spotify as of 2019-08-21. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier.

Click anything to hear an example of what it sounds like.

Click the » on a genre to see a map of its artists.

This is maybe the biggest and best soundboard ever, and easy to get lost in.

#HERTOO? What if #MeToo takes down powerful women?

(Via Doug Ross.)

WHY ARE YOU TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY? DEAN BAQUET OPENLY SAID THEY’RE JUST GOING TO YAMMER ABOUT RACISM FOR THE NEXT YEAR IN THE HOPES OF BEATING TRUMP. THAT’S LITERALLY ALL THIS IS. The Atoning Sacrifice of the Union Soldiers Means Nothing to the New York Times’ 1619 Project.

YOUTUBE IS RUN BY IDIOTS: YouTube Removes Robot Fighting Videos After Declaring Them ‘Cruelty to Animals.’

BUT THE TECHNOCRATS PRAISED THE “ONE CHILD” POLICY AS A BRILLIANT SOLUTION TO THE “POPULATION BOMB:” Bride prices in China have shot up, bending the country’s society out of shape.

Related: The marriage marketplace connection to China’s ghost cities. “There is a strong speculative component to the phenomenon, as the apartments in the empty buildings are being purchased for astronomical prices by highly leveraged chinese citizens, especially chinese men who are looking to signal their suitability to marry by owning ‘property’.”

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RE-RE-ENTER THE MATRIX: Keanu and Carrie-Anne Are Back for Four.

Can they turn it around after the twin disasters which were “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions?” Hell, I don’t even know what Moss is doing back for a fourth installment, after her prolonged death scene in the third movie.

True story. Trinity’s death was so drawn out, so over-the-top, and so speechified by both Moss and Reeves, that when I went to see it theaters in 2003, someone shouted at the screen, “JUST DIE ALREADY!” And then the entire theater erupted in cheers and applause for the shouter.

No, it wasn’t me.

But I still kind of regret that it wasn’t me.

TUCKER TACKLES BIDEN’S ‘EMBELLISHED’ BIOGRAPHY: “He’s got a million stories like that and he’s the hero of every single one of them. Take a seat and he’ll tell you. And as you listen, remember that this man, this former coal miner and civil rights leader is the single sanest person running for president as a Democrat this year. Meditate on that for the minute.”

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MEN ARE LISTENING TO JOE ROGAN. “Why is he connecting so deeply with so many men, for such long stretches of time, at a moment when no one else can seem to hold anyone’s attention for more than two minutes?” I don’t know but I’m sure it’s problematic.

MYSTERY SOLVED: WHY EVANGELICALS SUPPORT TRUMP. From Bryan Preston at the PJ Mothership:

Trump has been strongly pro-life, strongly pro-American, strongly pro-Israel, strongly pro-capitalism, and he has pushed back against the freedom-robbing regulatory state. He cut taxes and he left evangelicals alone. He didn’t sue the nuns. He doesn’t want our guns.

Voting for Trump is not “trading Christian values for political power.” It’s voting in self-defense against the radical, evangelical-hating left and hoping for the best – and getting more than expected.

Read the whole thing.

BUT THE JUST-ESTABLISHED NARRATIVE! US existing-home sales spike to a 5-month high, bucking signs of an impending recession.

BEWARE THE RISKS OF LOSING WEIGHT TOO QUICKLY.

“BUDGET.” YOU KEEP USING THAT WORD. I DO NOT THINK IT MEANS WHAT YOU THINK IT MEANS: Trump-Pelosi budget deal sends deficit soaring.

GRAMSCIAN DAMAGE: Minnesota Star Tribune Editorial Paints Mt. Rushmore as Monument to White Supremacy.

As Patrick Poole tweeted last month, “Gadsden flags. Betsy Ross flags. Apollo 11. Sure is interesting watching everything authentically American get deemed ‘racist’ by our brave firefighting media.”

(Classical reference in headline.)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: WSJ: The Great Student Loan Scam.

Defaults have fallen for most forms of consumer debt as the economic expansion continues. Mortgage delinquencies last quarter hit a historic low. But severely delinquent student loans have soared since 2012 and are now 35% of “severe derogatories”—more than credit cards (23%), auto loans (21%) and mortgages (11%).

About 10% of the $1.5 trillion federal student-loan portfolio is 30 days or more past due. Another 20% is in deferment or forbearance, and about 30% is in income-based repayment plans that allow most borrowers to cap monthly payments at 10% of discretionary income and discharge the remaining balance after 20 years or 10 for folks in “public service.” . . .

Income-based repayment plans have also encouraged schools to raise prices and enroll students who probably won’t earn enough to pay off their loans. Someone with a master’s degree in dance from New York University shoulders on average $96,000 in debt, according to government data. Imagine if the government created income-based repayment plans for mortgages. . . .

But many loans will be written off long before then due to the Obama repayment plans. “We are running a big experiment here: No generation before has carried student debt burdens anything like what today’s students are carrying,” former Obama higher-education adviser James Kvaal told Bloomberg. “There will be substantial amounts of student debt that will never be repaid.” Now he tells us, though he should have done so in 2010.

The student loan program isn’t a subsidy for students. It’s a subsidy for a vital Democrat-supporting industry. Understand that and a lot of other things make sense.

If only there had been some sort of warning.

TELL, DON’T ASK: Facebook to stop stalking you off-site – but only if asked.

AND IF YOU’RE NOT ON SOCIAL MEDIA AT ALL, I GUESS THAT MAKES YOU A “LONER” AND HENCE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS TOO: The Government Wants a ‘Red Flag’ Social Media Tool. That’s a Terrible Idea. They’re idiots who couldn’t even keep Jeffrey Epstein alive. I don’t trust them with the tools they have, much less with any new ones.

THEY’LL NEVER INVITE HIM BACK ON CNBC: Bank of America’s CEO has one simple reason why he doesn’t see a recession looming.

WHEN YOU’VE LOST THE WEEK: The New York Times surrenders to the left on race. “There’s no denying that the much-lauded ‘1619 Project’ at The New York Times is a remarkable achievement. Whether it’s an achievement that the paper and its staff should be proud of is another matter.”

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Why are fewer Frenchwomen sunbathing topless?

YOU DON’T HAVE TO FALL IN LOVE, YOU JUST HAVE TO FALL IN LINE: Team Biden to Dems: Sorry, You’re Stuck with Joe.

(Classical reference in headline.)

THIS IS BY DESIGN: Governors Are Losing the Space to Govern. “As the bulk of state spending shifts toward mandatory programs, experimentation is grinding to a halt in the laboratories of democracy.”

GOOD GUY WITH A GUN: Man stops what deputies said would otherwise have likely been a mass public shooting.

CHINA’S WARNING TO GLOBAL CEOS: Toe The Party Line On Hong Kong.

TYLER O’NEIL CONTINUES HIS EXCELLENT COVERAGE OF THE SPLC: 5 Reasons the SPLC Is Profoundly Wrong About Two Notorious Christian ‘Hate Groups.’

THAT’S NICE, BUT DON’T GET COCKY, KIDS. A ‘recession dashboard’ from Credit Suisse indicates the economy is nowhere near a recession.

THE THRILL IS GONE? Dems Seem Bored with Their Presidential Candidates.

JAMES LILEKS ON THE PROS AND CONS OF ‘80S NOSTALGIA:

The problem with nostalgia is the way you burnish and polish the past, until you’ve a curio that bears little resemblance to your actual experience. The question isn’t whether things were somehow Better when there were post-modern geometric patterns at Taco Bell; the question is why in the NAME OF GOD you would even begin think things were better. Because they weren’t, and I know it. Some things were, but there was an underlying dread of an existential sort that today’s climate-emergency hyperbole can’t touch.

Let me put it this way: we were, at any time, a few hours away from a series of mistakes or overreactions which would result in the destruction of our civilization.

If that didn’t happen, we would all get SEX CANCER.

On the other hand, glass blocks made a comeback in architecture, and that was cool.

For everyone who lived through the 1970s, with one disaster after another (the Penn Central bankruptcy, Watergate, the oil crisis, the disastrous last days of the Vietnam War, leisure suits, the Iranian hostage crisis, sky-high unemployment, inflation and interest rates, nuclear winter, Super Train, and Hello Larry, etc., etc.) that mid-1980s period of Miami Vice, MTV and the last vestiges of modern architecture and cool European design really did seem like “Morning in America,” and helped George H.W. Bush get elected in the hopes the good times would continue. (Until the DNC-MSM convinced voters that they wouldn’t.) Read the whole thing.

NIGHT RICOCHETS, CAPE COD: Soldiers from the 1058th Transportation Company, Massachusetts National Guard, conduct a night base defense live-fire exercise under the illumination of a green flare. Photo taken August 1st, 2019.

HIS WORDS WERE ILL-ADVISED, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE MAKEUP OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE: Vice chancellor resigns after receiving criticism for calling Republicans rednecks, neo-Nazis.

HONG KONG CRISIS CONTINUES: Demonstrators confront Beijing’s disinformation campaign –including fake tweets. Remember, all the demonstrators ask is that Beijing honor the Sino-British Declaration of 1984 which guaranteed a distinct system of rule until 2047.

BREAKING NEWS: Check out Michael Yon’s website for his video updates. He posted his latest video today, a report on the civil unrest at Yuen Long train station.

RELATED: A recent StrategyPage.com podcast which analyzes the Hong Kong demonstrations and provides background on the crisis.

SNAPSHOT FROM 2008: The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk anchors in Victoria Harbor, preparing for a port call in Hong Kong. Good photo — it caught the city in in the background.

WE’VE DESCENDED INTO SOME SORT OF BIZARRE HELL-WORLD IN WHICH PIERS MORGAN IS A VOICE OF SANITY: Piers Morgan: Today’s Liberals Are ‘Unbearable.’

And nobody knows “unbearable” like Piers Morgan.

WHAT WOULD COTTON MATHER DO? Six of America’s 10 most “post-Christian cities” are in New England, once the “City on a Hill” of the Puritans, and all 10 are in deep blue states, according to The Barna Group’s latest annual survey results for the top 100.

Not surprisingly, perhaps, seven of the 10 least post-Christian are in the states of the old Confederacy or border states that were culturally attached to the South. All of those, of course, are today either mostly or deeply red.

THIS THEORETICAL PHYSICIST SAYS ‘MULTIVERSE’ IS RELIGION: Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder doesn’t beat around the bush: “Believing in the multiverse is logically equivalent to believing in god, therefore it’s religion, not science.” She isn’t denying the possibility of multiverses, only that much of the advocacy for the concept isn’t based on actual science.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ivy League school urges ‘resistance’ to ‘mean and small-minded’ Trump’s ‘moronic’ policies.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Trump Triggers the Israel Haters. “He is at his absolute best when he is saying things that other Republicans won’t say, even though they desperately need to be said.”

Yes.

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BACK AND TO THE LEFT. BACK AND TO THE LEFT. Victor Davis Hanson: Progressive Democratic Candidates Renounce Former Centrist Views.

SOD OFF, SWAMPY: Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher in the summer, federal agency recommends.

OVER AT THE VICTORY GIRLS, they’re blogging about my The Education Apocalypse.

BYRON YORK: What We Need To Know From The Horowitz Report.

There will be much to learn in Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s upcoming report on the Trump-Russia investigation, but most of it will likely boil down to just two questions. One, how much did the Obama Justice Department spy on the Trump campaign? And two, was it justified?

Many Democrats would immediately protest the word “spying.” But the public already knows the FBI secured a warrant to wiretap low-level Trump adviser Carter Page a few months after Page left the campaign. The public also knows the FBI used informant Stefan Halper to gather information on other Trump campaign figures. And the public knows the FBI sent an undercover agent who went by the alias “Azra Turk” to London to tease information out of another low-level Trump adviser, George Papadopoulos.

Was that all? Were there more? Horowitz should give definitive answers.

And what did the spying involve? In such intelligence work, wiretaps are recorded; transcripts are made. The same can be true for person-to-person conversations between FBI informants and Trump campaign figures. In May, Trey Gowdy, the former Republican congressman who read deeply into Trump-Russia materials when he was in the House, strongly implied that the FBI had transcripts of informant communications.

“If the bureau is going to send an informant in, the informant is going to be wired,” Gowdy told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo. “And if the bureau is monitoring telephone calls, there’s going to be a transcript of that.”

“Where are the transcripts, if any exist,” Gowdy continued, “between the informants and the telephone calls to George Papadopoulos?”

The “if any exist” was Gowdy’s way of casting his statements as a hypothetical, but there was no doubt he was speaking from the knowledge he gained as a congressional investigator. . . .

Here is why Republicans are skeptical. Special counsel Robert Mueller had access to the results of the FBI’s spying, and Mueller could not establish that there was any conspiracy or coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. After a two-year investigation with full law enforcement powers, Mueller never alleged that any American took part in any such conspiracy or coordination.

So Republicans know the end result of the investigation, but they don’t know how it began. Yes, they know the official story of the start of what the FBI called Crossfire Hurricane — that it began with a foreign intelligence service (Australia) telling U.S. officials that Papadopoulos appeared to have foreknowledge of a Russian plan to release damaging information about Hillary Clinton. But they don’t think it’s the whole story.

That’s where Horowitz comes in.

Stay tuned.

CHANGE: GOP sets another 2020 money record, 1,900% increase in online fundraising. “Of special note, said the party, the Republican National Committee has $46.6 million in the bank and no debt. . . . Officials said that much of the money is being used to build out the party’s organizations in 16-20 states seen as key to President Trump’s reelection.”

Related: Poll: 63% expect Trump reelection, up from 43%.

But see: New polls show that Trump should be afraid. Very afraid.

WE’RE FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND WE’RE HERE TO HELP: $700K for an apartment? The cost to solve the homeless crisis is soaring in Los Angeles. “Projected per-unit cost of apartments for homeless ($700K) is greater than the county’s median sales price for a home ($618K).”

THIS. IS. CNN. New witness claims he saw Don Lemon sexually assault man in Hamptons.

In accusation of assault against CNN host Don Lemon in the Hamptons last summer has been corroborated by a second man.

Lemon was accused by Dustin Hice, who worked as a bartender at the time, of grabbing his own genitals and making sexually explicit comments to him. Hice filed suit against Lemon last week seeking unspecified damages resulting from the encounter.

“He put his hands down his pants, inside his board shorts, grabbed his [genitals],” George Gounelas, Hice’s former boss who claims to have seen the whole encounter, told Fox News on Thursday. “[Lemon] then came out with two fingers and, like, clipped Dustin’s nose up and down with two fingers asking, ‘Do you like p—y or d–k?’”

A confusing question, since Lemon’s one of each.

LATE-STAGE SOCIALISM: ‘Failed state’: Venezuelan displacement and starvation multiply. “Less than a decade after major strides addressed malnourishment, Caracas now faces massive refugee and hunger crises.”

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THE GHOST OF JOHN C. CALHOUN HAUNTS TODAY’S AMERICAN LEFT: The irony of the New York Times’ 1619 Project is that it embraces the critique of the American Founding espoused by the leading defender of Southern slavery, Sen. John C. Calhoun.

As Victor Davis Hanson has written, that’s also true of the left’s see-no-evil view of illegal immigration:

The apparent principle of sanctuary cities is akin to roulette. The odds suggest that most illegal aliens detained by officials are not career felons and thus supposedly need not be turned over to ICE for deportation. On the chance that some of their 10,000 released criminals will go on to commit further crimes in the manner of Juan Lopez-Sanchez, officials then shrug that the public outcry will be episodic and quickly die down, or will at least not pose political problems as great as would come from deporting aliens.

Yet the idea of a sanctuary city is Confederate to the core, reminiscent of antebellum Southern states picking and choosing which federal statutes they would abide by or reject. Even before the Civil War, the Nullification Crisis of 1832-33 pitted South Carolina against a fellow southerner, President Andrew Jackson, as the state declared that federal tariff laws were not applicable within its confines. Jackson understood the threat to the union, and promised to send in federal troops before South Carolina backed down.

Why are coastal Democrats partying like it’s 1859?

A NEW LOW FOR SHELDON WHITEHOUSE (D-RI): “Senator Whitehouse is violating basic legal ethics in threatening the Supreme Court while engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.”

Plus: “Sen. Whitehouse gained national notoriety during the confirmation hearings for Justice Kavanaugh when he used his time to grill the judge over a fart joke in his high school year book.”

HMM: U.K. Government ‘Extremely Concerned’ by Reports of China Detaining Hong Kong Consulate Employee.

PLUS: Crew Describe Climate of Fear at Cathay After Hong Kong Sackings.

Cathay, founded by an American and an Australian during British rule in 1946, was caught in the middle of the crisis 11 days ago, when China demanded it suspend staff involved in the protest movement.

The firm agreed, firing two pilots, but has since been plunged into turmoil after CEO Rupert Hogg was replaced last week.

Another pilot, Jeremy Tam, who is also a pro-democracy lawmaker, said on Tuesday that he and others had quit the airline as the internal political pressure was intolerable.

“That (China’s aviation regulator) has reached into Hong Kong and directly pressured a local airline is undoubtedly ‘white terror’,” he wrote on his Facebook page, using a popular Hong Kong expression used to describe anonymous acts that create a climate of fear.

“There have been resignations from frontline staff to the company’s CEO because of this political trial.”

The airline confirmed Tam was no longer an employee and said it could not comment on internal staff matters. China’s aviation regulator has not responded to Reuters’ requests for comment.

It looks like Beijing is trying to make examples of a few, trying to scare the rest of Hong Kong back into line. But the protests — already more than four months old — are probably too big for that.

Beijing can’t cave to Hong Kong without risking increased dissent on the mainland, but can’t pull off another blacked-out Tiananmen massacre because a few million smartphones would record the carnage.

It’s a helluva fix they’re in, and it couldn’t be happening to a nicer bunch of thugs.

KEITH WHITTINGTON: The Partisan Split On Higher Ed. “A new Pew survey reveals that the partisan split that became visible a couple of years ago in public perceptions of American higher education has continued. In the long term, this cannot be good for American colleges and universities.”

Flashback: ‘Tolerant’ educators exile Trump voters from campus. “One of the more amusing bits of fallout from last week’s election has been the safe-space response of many colleges and universities to the election of the ‘wrong’ candidate. But on closer examination, this response isn’t really amusing. In fact, it’s downright mean. . . . But when you treat an election in which the ‘wrong’ candidate wins as a traumatic event on a par with the 9/11 attacks, calling for counseling and safe spaces, you’re implicitly saying that everyone who supported that ‘wrong’ candidate is, well, unsafe. Despite the talk about diversity and inclusion, this is really sending the signal that people who supported Trump — and Trump is leading the state of Michigan, so there are probably quite a few on campus — aren’t really included in acceptable campus culture. It’s not promoting diversity; it’s enforcing uniformity. It’s not promoting inclusion; it’s practicing exclusion. And though it pretends to be about nurturing, it’s actually about being mean to those who don’t fall in the nurtured class.”

People have noticed.

USA TODAY: Guns are a huge part of American society; taking them away won’t help.

ILHAN OMAR: U.S. Should Reevaluate Aid to Israel After Netanyahu Denied Her and Tlaib Entry.

Pretty sure she’d cut them off regardless.

FROM SUZANNE VENKER, A WARNING: Don’t Be An Overly-Accommodating Male.

AND SPEAKING OF MAKING MY HEAD HURT:  Portland Police: ‘We Wish There Were Some Kind Of Organized, Armed Force That Could Fight Back Against Antifa’.  America’s paper of record!

OKAY, OKAY, IT’S FUNNY, BUT SOMETIMES IMAO MAKES MY HEAD HURT:  Trump Truths: Failed.

EH. MY HUSBAND FINALLY GOT THE STEINWAY HE LEARNED TO PLAY ON, AS HIS MOM NO LONGER PLAYS:  I Can’t Imagine Being the Guy Who Invented Any One of Those Steps, Much Less the Whole Thing.

Even I, with my tin ear can tell the difference between it and our old piano.

YOU BELIEVE THAT, I’LL SELL YOU SOME SWAMP LAND IN FLORIDA. AND THROW IN FLORIDA MAN AS COUNTERWEIGHT:  Flashback: That Obamas-Netflix Deal Isn’t Political at All!

NO:  Can Facebook Be Saved?

GOOD:  Poll: Kamala Harris is sinking.

IT’S THE CRAZY YEARS. HOW INSANE CAN THEY GO?  The “only the silly stuff makes sense” illustrated edition.

THE US IS NOT A CHARITY. NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO COME IN SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY COME FROM A SH*THOLE:  Harsh Words for the Soft-Hearted.

HELP HELP THEY’RE OPPRESSING HER (BUT OBVIOUSLY NOT ENOUGH):  Ilhan Omar: Palestinian Authority’s LGBTQ Ban Distracts From Israel’s Oppressive Regime.

SHE’S A POOR EXCUSE… FOR EVERYTHING:  Warren Can’t Explain Her Own Apology.

August 20, 2019

NOW OUT FROM TODD HENDERSON: The Trust Revolution: How the Digitization of Trust Will Revolutionize Business and Government.

JOHN HINDERAKER: The Washington Post twists in the wind. “I wrote last night about the Washington Post’s drive-by smear of Katherine Kersten, a respected Minnesota journalist who writes for Center of the American Experiment. In an article that broadly covered pushes toward ‘equity’ in various local government units around the country, reporter Rebecca Tan misrepresented Kathy’s work on race quotas in school discipline. . . . In last night’s post, I reproduced the email that the Center’s Communications Director wrote to the Post, pointing out that its description of Kersten’s work was false, and demanding a correction. That drew a response from the Post’s local government and politics editor, Debbi Wilgoren, who made after-the-fact changes to the Post’s story but did not issue a correction. . . . Why won’t the Post stop misrepresenting Kersten’s work, and issue a correction to its false article? Because if it acknowledged what Kathy actually wrote, it would be obvious that its reference to her was a gratuitous smear that had no proper place in the Post’s story at all.”

MORE ON THE NEW YORK TIMES’ AHISTORICAL HISTORY OF RACE.

Look guys, you flat out told us that after failing on the Russian collusion BS, you were going to smear Trump and his supporters as racists in the hopes of swinging the election to a Democrat. But that wasn’t enough, you have to smear the whole country. Meanwhile, a look at the record of the New York Times wouldn’t be very flattering.

KURT SCHLICHTER: Ignorant Liberals Need To Go Visit America. “My recent travels through parts of the country that aren’t populated and controlled almost exclusively by liberal nimrods gave me some hope for the future. America as a whole does not appear eager to become Scat Francisco. The problem is the people who want to transform our entire country into a socialist open sewer know nothing of this country outside their reeking pinko enclaves. It’s a very different country when you get between I-5 and I-95. People are generally nice. They smile and attempt to assist you, even when you display the insanity inherent in your blue homeland. If you go to a restaurant and ask if they have a vegan, gluten-free keto alternative, they try to help you and bring you a glass of water.”

OPEN THREAD: Don’t waste this opportunity.

THERE IS NO WAY ANY SATIRIST CAN IMPROVE UPON REAL LIFE FOR ITS PURE ABSURDITY:

Shot: Portland Police: ‘We Wish There Were Some Kind Of Organized, Armed Force That Could Fight Back Against Antifa.’

—The Babylon Bee today.

Chaser: Democratic presidential candidates Kirsten Gillibrand and Jay Inslee: Who or what is this Antifa you speak of?

—The Daily Wire, yesterday.

SUPER GAFFE-O-MATIC ’76! Joe Biden Falsely Says RFK, MLK Were “Assassinated in The ‘70’s, Late 70.”

Which makes a nice bookend for Biden’s look back at President Roosevelt on television in 1929 when the stock market crashed:

Related! Joe Biden’s brain surgeon is defending Joe Biden’s brain.

Update: In the clip above, after the talk of RFK and MLK being assassinated “in the late ’70,” as Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire tweets in a nice catch, “Biden, then appearing to talk about political activism in the 1960s, claims ‘none of you women would know this.'”

WHY IS THE FAR LEFT SUCH A CESSPIT OF RACIALISM? The New York Times surrenders to the left on race.

Related: What The 1619 Project Leaves Out of Black History in America.

You’re gonna need a much bigger blog.

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: Andrew Cuomo: ‘Don’t You Dare Liken My Family’ to The Godfather.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is in an unenviable position. Once again, a powerful man from a powerful family is being forced to clean up after the clumsy mistakes of his weak, stupid, useless brother. And if that reminds you of an old movie, you’d better keep it to yourself.

Read the whole thing — but don’t be a jamook and violate the omerta, capisce?

IT IS UNSURPRISING THAT AS WOMEN LIVE MORE LIKE MEN, THEY ACQUIRE THE VICES ASSOCIATED WITH MEN: Why Are More Women Drinking More?

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A STEP TOWARD SPACE FORCE: New US Space Command Will Launch Next Week, VP Pence Says.

ON THIS DAY IN 1996: The Inter-Ethnic Adoption Act was signed into law.   That statute prohibited federally-funded adoption agencies from requiring that the race of adoptive parents match the child they wish to adopt. This was particularly significant in speeding up the adoption of African American children who otherwise tended to languish in foster care longer than white children. Curiously, it was the National Association of Black Social Workers who most opposed this approach. A few years before the statute was passed the NABSW president testified before Congress that its members viewed “placement of Black children in white homes” as “a blatant form of racial and cultural genocide.”

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