July 21, 2019

WEIRD, THEY JUST SIGNED A BIG DEAL WITH BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA: Netflix Stock Implodes, Subscriber Exodus Ignites 12% Plunge.

DAMAGE DONE: John McWhorter: The Origins of the ‘Acting White’ Charge: School integration yielded a disturbing by-product: a psychological association between scholastic achievement and whiteness. “Certainly, the underfunded one-room schoolhouses in the old South had to go. Something else that has to go too, though: the idea that any black student is only being properly served if white kids are studying next to him. That misimpression, fostered by the school-integration movement, has yielded a disturbing by-product: a harmful psychological association between scholastic achievement and whiteness.”

IT’S DEJA ‘BAM ALL OVER AGAIN! Biden won’t promise Americans they’ll keep their doctor under his healthcare plan.

Curiously, Joe has forgotten what even Democrat house organ Politifact dubbed “the lie of the year” in 2013, after Obama uttered these words at least 36 times on the way to what Biden dubbed “a big f**king deal:”

As Reason notes: Biden’s New Health Care Plan Is an Admission that Obamacare Doesn’t Work.

But as another Obama staffer would say in an exasperated tone, really, at this point, what difference does it make? Perhaps Joe is taking the words of the new socialist “It Girl” to heart: AOC: Nobody is ‘heartbroken’ at the prospect of losing their private health insurance.

#FIGHTFOR15: Bernie Sanders Is Finally Guaranteeing His Workers $15/Hr Minimum Wage…By Cutting Hours.

Buried lede: socialist discovers how economics works. Or as Karol Markowicz tweets, “Bernie raising his staff’s pay but cutting their hours sums up life under socialism much better than I ever could.”

I’M EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: The .450 SMC: A Potent & Practical Defensive Cartridge.

DAVID BROOKS THEN: You know, this Trump fellow isn’t really quite the thing, what with his flashy patriotism and crass insults.

David Brooks Now: “Donald Trump Hates America.”

Related: How David Brooks Created Donald Trump.

ONCE HE WAS THE MESSIAH. NOW HE’S JUST A VERY NAUGHTY BOY. 2020 Democrats Are Starting to Turn Obama’s Legacy Against Biden.

IN THE WASHINGTON BLADE, A GAY MAGAZINE: Trump supporters are gay, trans, urban — and tired of being insulted. “Many LGBT Republicans had serious misgivings about Trump in 2016, and some still do. What I can tell you for sure is that many more gays in the DMV support him today because of the relentlessly hostile and unfair treatment he’s received in the media from day one.”

HOW A VEHICLE BECOMES A “THING.”

GUESS WHO’S NOT AT THE TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN AFER ALL: Scientists Capture Spectacularly Rare Footage of a Deep-Sea Fish Eating a Whole Shark.

QUESTIONS NOBODY IS ASKING: “What is masculinity? How can we challenge it?”

HURRAY FOR DEFIBRILLATORS: Two Larrys, two cardiac arrests, two survivors thanks to AEDs. We have cabinets with AEDs, and bleed control kits, in my law school now.

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I’M GLAD TO HAVE MY GENERATOR: Severe storms cut power to 365,000 amid sweltering heat.

BECAUSE HE COULD: Buzz Aldrin: Why I Walked on the Moon.

CLARICE FELDMAN: Mogadishu Mon Amour.

The French movie Hiroshima Mon Amour is based on human memory and forgetfulness as recounted by two lovers. The tale of the congresswoman who calls herself Ilhan Omar is a tale of an anti-Semite bred-in-the-bone corruptocrat whose rise in political power rests very largely on complicity by the media’s airbrushing of her history because they thought this physically attractive African Moslem “refugee” was just the ticket to defeat Donald Trump. The media counts on our forgetfulness and ignorance.

Hard work by independent media, however, has exposed her and her media apologists and the Democrats have little choice: Condemn her and remove her from her committee assignments or suffer the consequences. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s repeated defense of her, (doubtless for fear of being targeted by the leftist nutjobs in her ranks) has placed her party’s continued majority in serious jeopardy.

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The President succeeded this week in nailing the Democratic Party to its four anti-American female harpies. As for Omar, I’d be astonished if the FBI hasn’t finally opened an investigative file on her. Voters have had more than their fill of political figures breaking the laws without consequences. It’s your party, Pelosi, you can cry if you want to.

Read the whole thing.

Related: Omar Refuses To Denounce Al-Qaeda, Islamic Terrorism.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Here are 18 ridiculous bias complaints filed on college campuses.

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IN THE #METOO ERA, IT’S TIME TO REVISIT TED KENNEDY’S LEGACY:

Only one of the most grievous miscarriages of justice, one of the grossest abuses of wealth and political power, and one of the most ill-deserved second acts in modern American history: July 18, 1969, the night a probably-drunk Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge at Chappaquiddick and left a young, adoring campaign aide named Mary Jo Kopechne to die in about three feet of water, her horrific death a slow agony — one that took hours — as she doubtless waited for her hero, the young and virile Ted, to run for help.

Instead, he stumbled back to his hotel room, called down to the front desk to complain about noisy guests, and went to sleep.

Chappaquiddick: Never forget.

If that sounds overly dramatic, consider this: The screenwriters of last year’s excellent film of the same name said they had never heard of it — any of it — until 2008.

“I only found out about it five years ago,” said writer/producer Andrew Logan, “because the Texas public school system does not teach things like Chappaquiddick.” Up till then, Logan said, Ted Kennedy had been among his heroes.

How many other school systems don’t teach Chappaquiddick?

Jim Treacher’s evergreen tweet about journalism also applies equally well to the education system:

And as Treacher wrote on Friday: After 50 Years, the Press Is Still Whitewashing Chappaquiddick.

FLASHBACK 2001: Before Donald Trump The Left Accused Conservatives of Being “racist,” “homophobe,” “sexist,” “mean-spirited,” “insensitive” and much more.

Related:Years Before Trump Ran, Democrats Labeled Republicans As Sub-Human Haters.

The above two links only go back to 2001 through 2017, but FDR was retroactively insinuating that Calvin Coolidge was a Nazi in 1944, and Walter Cronkite was doing the same to Barry Goldwater 20 years later. A lie repeated for a three-quarters of a century by the side of the aisle that controls the culture just might gain a bit of traction eventually…

NOW OUT FROM FRANK J. FLEMING: Hellbender.

CHANGE: Trump approval rating jumps, just shy of locking in reelection.

HAS ANYONE ASKED TOM FRIEDMAN FOR COMMENT? How China Turned a City Into a Prison.

TURNABOUT IS FAIR PLAY: Russia’s Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: ‘Largest Data Breach In Its History.’

Or maybe it’s a fake hack, and what comes out will be disinformation.

FROM 2009, TOM WOLFE ON APOLLO 11 AT 40: “One Giant Leap to Nowhere.”

How could such a thing happen? In hindsight, the answer is obvious. NASA had neglected to recruit a corps of philosophers.

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Kennedy made his famous oration before Congress: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth.” He neglected to mention Dryden.

INTUITIVELY, not consciously, Kennedy had chosen another form of military contest, an oddly ancient and archaic one. It was called “single combat.”

The best known of all single combats was David versus Goliath. Before opposing armies clashed in all-out combat, each would send forth its “champion,” and the two would fight to the death, usually with swords. The victor would cut off the head of the loser and brandish it aloft by its hair.

The deadly duel didn’t take the place of the all-out battle. It was regarded as a sign of which way the gods were leaning. The two armies then had it out on the battlefield … unless one army fled in terror upon seeing its champion slaughtered. There you have the Philistines when Little David killed their giant, Goliath … and cut his head off and brandished it aloft by its hair (1 Samuel 17:1-58). They were overcome by a mad desire to be somewhere else. (The Israelites pursued and destroyed them.)

Exit question: “At this point, the mental atmospheres of the rocket-powered space race of the 1960s and the sword-clanking single combat of ancient days became so similar you had to ask: Does the human beast ever really change — or merely his artifacts?”

Needless to say, read the whole thing.

27 YEAR OLDS WHO KNOW NOTHING? WELL, IT’S VOX.

SPREADING ANTISEMITISM: Raskin Salutes Anti-Israel Actor Danny Glover at Rally.

A BARREN POLITY: The Future of the City Is Childless: America’s urban rebirth is missing something key—actual births.

Related: Birth rates hit record low for women in teens and 20s: ‘That’s a lot of empty kindergarten rooms.’

Until the 1960s, pretty much every successful society actively pressured people to have kids, and rewarded them for it. Since then, we’ve reversed the incentives. It’s not clear that this has made people happier. One of my colleagues, who has a bunch of kids, said that when he and his wife were first married they asked a lot of older couples what they liked and didn’t like after years of marriage. Nearly all of them said their biggest regret was not having more kids.

Related: The Parent Trap.

QUESTION ASKED: So Why Have Democrat Leaders Defended the Squad?

STEVE HAYWARD ON THE MOON AT 50:

But we shouldn’t underestimate how dramatically liberals turned against the Apollo project at the moment of its triumph—a sign of the larger collapse of liberalism in the 1960s.  The moon landing had been set out as a lofty goal by the liberals’ hero, John F. Kennedy, and the moon landing was an occasion of national pride and celebration for most Americans. Here, amidst the rubble and gloom of the 1960s, was something that had gone splendidly right.  Many leading liberals, however, could only sniff that while the moon landing was undeniably impressive, the money for the moon landing would have been better spent on social problems on Earth.  The popular cliché of the time went: “Any nation that can land a man on the moon can [fill in the blank].”  (The total cost of the decade-long moon landing project was less than three months’ worth of federal spending for social programs in 1969.)

Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield said that “The needs of the people on earth, and especially in this country, should have priority.  When we solve these problems, we can consider space efforts.” Even the brother of the man who issued the call to go to the moon, Sen. Ted Kennedy, expressed weariness with the space program: “I think after [the moon landing] the space program ought to fit into our other national priorities.”

This may have been the moment when liberalism certified that it had become a crabbed and negative force in American life. It has never recovered.

It’s no coincidence that even as JFK’s vision was being made a reality in 1969, that the left were morphing into Progressives Against Progress: “Crankery, in short, became respectable. In 1972, Sir John Maddox, editor of the British journal Nature, noted that though it had once been usual to see maniacs wearing sandwich boards that proclaimed the imminent end of the Earth, they had been replaced by a growing number of frenzied activists and politicized scientists making precisely the same claim. In the years since then, liberalism has seen recurring waves of such end-of-days hysteria. These waves have shared not only a common pattern but often the same cast of characters. Strangely, the promised despoliations are most likely to be presented as imminent when Republicans are in the White House. In each case, liberals have argued that the threat of catastrophe can be averted only through drastic actions in which the ordinary political mechanisms of democracy are suspended and power is turned over to a body of experts and supermen.”

July 20, 2019

OPEN THREAD: Go.

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: Stand-Up Comedian Gets #Cancelled for Making Joke About Dead Rapper XXXTentacion.

You might think that in 2019, only white males like Louis CK and Johnny Depp can get #cancelled. But a young stand-up comic named Dina Hashem is proving that women of color can also be targeted by the roaming outrage mob. And she didn’t even sexually harass anybody. She just told a joke that hurt some people’s feelings.

Recently she made this joke about the rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed last year:

“Is anyone still mourning XXXTentacion? He’s a rapper who was murdered. He’s dead now. He was shot. He was on his way to buy a car with $50,000 in cash and somebody shot him and took the money. Which is very tragic… but I also think it would be a very good Venmo commercial. That’s the first thing I thought when I heard that. Like, ‘I don’t have Venmo, I should get Venmo.'”

Now XXXTentacion’s fans and colleagues are angry, and they’re doxing Hashem and sending her death threats.

All comedy is conservative, to coin a phrase.

LIKE A LOT OF COLD WAR ERA SOVIET PROPAGANDA, IT’S WELL-CRAFTED: Moon Landing Hoax Conspiracy Theory Lives On. Why?

It’s all Gramscian Damage. And by the way, if you’ve never followed the link and actually read the Gramscian Damage piece, you really should. It explains so much.

IT’S PARODY, OR IS IT REALLY? Least Masculine Society In Human History Decides Masculinity Is A Growing Threat.

THOSE WHO ARE NO LONGER OUR COUNTRYMEN.

GROUND GAME: Trump campaign, RNC training army of volunteers in key 2020 states.

EVERGREEN HEADLINE: Good economic news is awkward for Democratic candidates.

RADICAL CHIC: THE GERITOL YEARS. Why is the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture honoring Angela Davis?

HEALTH: Space research helps patients on Earth with low blood pressure condition.

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SHE’S A NEW AGE ZELIG: That time Marianne Williamson officiated Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding.

As People magazine noted, Michael Jackson attended; Larry Fortensky’s best man “was Taylor’s hairdresser, José Eber.”

TAR, FEATHERS. School district warns parents their kids could be put in foster care unless lunch debt paid. People are amazingly docile — or, if you prefer, law-abiding — given that threats like this almost never get the threatener killed or beaten to within an inch of their life.

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Who Is Boris Johnson?

GREAT MOMENTS IN VIRTUE SIGNALLING: Elizabeth Warren Announces Her Pronouns.

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SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Caffeine may cause problems for people with anxiety.

‘HOPE DEMS RUN ON THIS!’ California Democratic Party regional director says rural white Americans are just ‘not grateful enough’ in lengthy Twitter rant.

To paraphrase another famous California leftist, they hate us. They really hate us.

A TRIUMPH OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: Celebrating 117 years of air conditioning thanks to Willis Carrier and his 1902 invention.

COME AND SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERENT IN THE LEFTISM: Patti LuPone defends violent attack on Rand Paul:

Sen. Paul suffered six broken ribs and damaged lungs after Rene Boucher, his neighbor, tackled him from behind in 2017. Paul also endured pneumonia following the attack. The Senator successfully sued Boucher, earning more than half million dollars as a result.

Then again, according to LuPone, maybe Boucher had a point.

She wasn’t the only showbiz legend to mock, if not egg on, the Paul attack. Bette Midler, whose Twitter feed is increasingly unhinged, didvirtually the same last year. Midler didn’t suffer any career repercussions for her messaging.

Earlier: Broadway Star Patti LuPone Gets Slammed Online Over ‘Homophobic’ Tweet About U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.

THIS SHOULD WORK:

Seems to me Jentleson stopped talking about Wisconsin. He talked about a guy in a diner in rural Michigan. It’s just mythology, these flyover people. Once upon a time in a faraway land — Michigan, Wisconsin — what’s the difference?

The point is, apparently, Democrats are sick of thinking about that guy, the “guy in a diner in rural” whatever. Once they were safely stowed in a basket — a basket of deplorables — and that worked out so disastrously that the reaction could be to obsess over these imaginary people. Are Democratic Party candidates expected to actually venture into the hinterlands? No, they’ll just worry about those people, and then they come to Madison (where I live) or Milwaukee to try to score enough votes to outnumber those diner people. That’s what Democrats do to win Wisconsin.

Good luck with that.

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ROGER SIMON: New York Times Goes Pro-Soviet for Moon Landing Anniversary.

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SNOWFALLS ARE NOW JUST A THING OF THE PAST: The New York Times Says Heat Waves Are Getting Worse. The National Climate Assessment Disagrees.

(Classical reference in headline.)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Oberlin ordered to pay $6.5 million in attorney’s fees and expenses to bakery it defamed.

ASYMMETRICAL MULTICULTURALISM: “Thinkers and commentators on the left decry white identity, while their counterparts on the right respond by rejecting identity politics of all kinds… They do this in part because they are trying to maintain moral symmetry: if it’s wrong for white people to identify with their race, and to pursue political policies based on what’s good for their race, then it must also be wrong for every ethnic group to behave that way. The problem with this, says Kaufmann, is that it’s unnatural and just plain wrong.”

Read the whole thing.

Flashback: As John Podhoretz tweeted in November of 2016, “Liberals spent 40 years disaggregating [the] U.S., until finally the largest cohort in the country chose to vote as though it were an ethnic group.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Tufts ‘art project’ aims to help illegals evade law enforcement.

JEFF DUNETZ: Apollo 11’s Most Significant Achievement Wasn’t Scientific.

BLUE ON BLUE: House Democrats Prepare for Civil War as Challengers Plot Primary Battles: Several entrenched New York representatives will face progressive hopefuls seeking to replicate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s success.

Related:

It’s all Gramscian Damage. The dead hand of the old Soviet Union’s ideological-warfare effort continues to wreak destruction, as the toxic ideas it released continue to survive, mutate, and reproduce in the wild.

IT’S HARD, THOUGH, WHEN YOUR PARTY’S LEADERSHIP IS COMMITTED TO FEELING SUPERIOR TO ITS BEDROCK SUPPORTERS: ‘Labour will be in serious peril if it loses its working-class voters.’ “There could be between five or six million, possibly more, Labour voters who voted to Leave. The opinion polls show that 80 per cent of Labour Leavers are more loyal to the idea of the United Kingdom leaving the EU than they are to the Labour Party. They are mainly traditional, white, working-class voters. The Labour Party is in serious peril if it loses the people who have made up the bedrock of its support since the party was formed at the beginning of the 20th century.”

Related: When Rulers Despise The Ruled. “If the rulers feel neither loyalty nor empathy toward the ruled, the ruled can be expected to return the favor.”

VIOLENT, HATEFUL RHETORIC: MSNBC: Trump Supporters Must Be ‘Confronted and Destroyed.’

Related: 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.

Flashback: John Dickerson, the host of Face the Nation and the “political director” for CBS, wrote an article for Slate in 2013 charmingly titled “Go for the Throat! Why if he wants to transform American politics, Obama must declare war on the Republican Party.”

BUT DON’T YOU DARE QUESTION THEIR PATRIOTISM: 6th Grade Project Claims State Flag Is ‘Violent’ Against Native Americans, SPLC Awards $10K.

ANDREA MITCHELL MESSES UP AGAIN, AND COINCIDENTALLY, IT’S IN DEFENSE OF DEMOCRATS:

The story is not simply that NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent is so often wrong about so many things. The story is that she always seems to favor Democrats.

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell marveled this week that anyone would use the word “socialist” to refer to the freshmen Democratic women, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley.

“First of all, none of these members of Congress are socialists,” Mitchell said during a discussion regarding House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s defense of President Trump’s rally this week in North Carolina, “but that is the way the Republican leadership wants to frame this election. They don’t have a Democrat to run against, they’re not running against Bernie Sanders per se yet.”

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As it turns out, both Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib are members of a group called the Democratic Socialists of America, which claims to be the “largest socialist organization in the United States.” Ocasio-Cortez herself once said in an interview, “Call me a socialist. I don’t give a damn.” Further, as the Washington Free Beacon notes, an Omar staffer told a DSA representative in 2018 that “[Omar] is proud to call herself a democratic socialist, she’s very excited about this. So I hope you guys endorse us, too.”

For someone who has held herself out as a political journalist for over 50 years, Mitchell has an “unexpectedly” great difficulty in determining the ideology of those she reports on, those who work with her, and even her own. Such as this example from 2007, when interviewed by Bill O’Reilly:

Mitchell on Chris Matthews: “I don’t think he’s a liberal thinker.”

And later: “I don’t feel there is bias in what we do at NBC News. And I don’t think there’s bias in CBS or ABC.”

In 2012, when she attempted to play the race card on GOP opposition to Obama flack Susan Rice, Mitchell responded to the push back that she has no idea what her own politics are!

This POLITICO post as well as the Fox & Friends comment is so out of context I honestly don’t know how to respond to it. It ignores my reporting on all of the political ramifications as well as the sources I cite. I categorically reject Dylan Byers conclusion that over a 40-year career I am associated with any point of view and stand on my reputation.

It must take a serious effort to report on the news without having any bearings whatsoever, but if anybody can, it’s Andrea Mitchell.

STANDING UP AGAINST 21ST CENTURY RACISM. Which is, naturally, perpetrated by higher education. Idaho lawmakers call on Boise State to ditch segregation by race, sexual orientation.

FLASHBACK: 1 small shirt for a man, 1 giant leap backward for women. “So how are things going for feminism? Well, last week, some feminists took one of the great achievements of human history — landing a probe from Earth on a comet hundreds of millions of miles away — and made it all about the clothes.”

July 19, 2019

WELL, THEY’RE CHEERING NOW: Liberals cheer as antifa violence escalates. But stay tuned.

HEROES: Maryville man becomes part of human chain, saves swimmers at Panama City Beach. “Dozens locked arms, creating a human chain to save two swimmers caught in rip currents at Panama City Beach over the weekend. An East Tennessee man said no one knew each other, but they worked together quickly to save lives.”

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HEH: The Democrats’ ‘Ultimate Nightmare Scenario’: Trump Loses By 5 Million Votes…. And Still Wins Re-Election.

Actually, I think their ultimate nightmare is where Trump wins the popular vote, but would lose the Electoral College . . . except for that dumb National Popular Vote Compact that delivers the electoral votes of states like Colorado to him anyway. Of course, Dems would then sue to overturn the compact they promoted, and pretend that they were defending the Constitution by doing so.

OPEN THREAD: Ring in the weekend.

CLASSY OPERATION YOU HAD THERE, BOB: Mueller witness George Nader charged with transporting 14-year-old boy for sex, child porn. And with these credentials, obviously super-reliable, carefully-vetted witnesses. . . .

IN HER DEFENSE, HE WAS AN IMPORTANT DEMOCRAT: Plea deal by Kamala Harris AG office for sexual-harassing San Diego mayor was too lenient, critics say.

SPACE: Investors don’t see Virgin Galactic deal as model for space industry.

“WHAT ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF MARS DIRECT?” Trump repeatedly asks NASA administrator why we can’t go straight to Mars. He’s on the same page as Michael Collins. More on Mars Direct here.

WHAT DE BLASIO HASN’T BEEN WORKING ON: Subway snafu shuts down numbered lines in three boroughs, traps riders in tunnels.

HE PERSISTED: Netanyahu Becomes Longest-Serving Prime Minister. “He has proven to be not only a skilled and charismatic political operator, but also a remarkably effective steward of Israel’s prosperity and safety.”

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