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July 27, 2016
This has already been foreseen.
IT’S LIKE HIS WHOLE “CONVERSION” WAS JUST OPPORTUNISTIC: Bernie Sanders Leaves the Democratic Party.
THEY TOLD ME IF TRUMP GOT THE NOMINATION, SEGREGATION WOULD MAKE A COMEBACK. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Video: Black Lives Matter Segregates Reporters by Race.
AN ALMOST BREITBARTIAN ESCALATION: WikiLeaks releases hacked DNC voicemails. “The very fact the DNC voicemail system has been hacked is embarrassing and could augur the release of far more damaging material later.”
FUNNY, THAT’S NOT WHAT THE ANTI-GUN PEOPLE SAID WOULD HAPPEN: Woopsies, gunplay didn’t disrupt Republican convention. “Last week’s Republican convention proved that the Second Amendment works. A major push to limit gun rights failed, and citizens carried arms openly in Cleveland outside the convention — including at protests — with no problems.”
YOU DIDN’T “RETIRE,” PUTZ — YOU RESIGNED IN DISGRACE: Anthony Weiner: I’d Come Out Of Retirement To Beat Trump, Jr. For NYC Mayor.
WHEN TO GET SCREENED FOR SKIN CANCER. Personally, I see a dermatologist once a year. And call me a cynic, but I’m suspicious that the emphasis switched overnight from “early detection” to “screenings are unnecessary” right after ObamaCare became law.
MATT DRUDGE IS ON THE CASE:
Funny, they didn’t seem to lose too much sleep over John McCain or Mitt Romney.
THE NEW YORK TIMES THE LAST TIME THERE WAS A BIG POLITICAL EMAIL RELEASE: Help Us Review the Sarah Palin E-Mail Records.
And as James Taranto notes, in 2011 Palin wasn’t even a candidate, just a former governor and liberal hate object.
UPDATE: I had the first story confused with this Sarah Palin hacking incident. Edited to reflect that.
Read the whole thing.
SO MANY WHO NEED TO BE OFFENDED, SO LITTLE TIME: Milo Yiannopoulos: I will continue to be as offensive as possible.
BILL CLINTON’S SPEECH: A WASTED OPPORTUNITY. “Oh, and let’s return to the fact that Bill needed to humanize Hillary Clinton. The woman has been in public life for three decades and the highest best use of her former president husband is to spend an entire convention speech trying to convince voters that she’s human.”
Actually, based on rumors of the military-grade exoskeleton, one could say that she’s more machine now than human. Twisted and evil.
COMING OUT FROM OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS: My colleague Maurice Stucke’s book, coauthored with Alan Grunes: Big Data and Competition Policy.
NAILED IT! THE FEDERALIST’S SEAN DAVIS PERFECTLY SUMS UP EVOLUTION OF DEMS’ SPUTTERING SPIN ON RUSSIA:
Regarding the tweet below it, details here: Ted Kennedy Secretly Asked The Soviets To Intervene In The 1984 Elections.
IN THEORY, PRICING MECHANISMS ACCOUNT FOR THIS ANYWAY: No One Knows How Much Oil Is Being Stored Around the World.
DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: “I started giving quizzes to my juniors and seniors. I gave them a ten-question American history test… just to see where they are. The vast majority of my students – I’m talking nine out of ten, in every single class, for seven consecutive years – they have no idea that slavery existed anywhere in the world before the United States. Moses, Pharaoh, they know none of it. They’re 100% convinced that slavery is a uniquely American invention… How do you give an adequate view of history and culture to kids when that’s what they think of their own country – that America invented slavery? That’s all they know.”
CALL IT THE BOLO MARK I: The U.S. Military Is Patrolling Djibouti With Robot Golf Carts. I’d like a Mark XXXIV for home defense.
BECAUSE NUCLEAR-FREE ZONES ARE SO 1985: San Francisco Area Bans Fracking, Even Though It Doesn’t Actually Frack.
“San Francisco had the highest average gas price in country last month at $3 per gallon, according to the latest report by the American Automobile Association,” the San Francisco Examiner reported earlier this month.
A vision? Hasn’t that been the reality since January of 2009?
CHANGE: LA Times tracking poll has Trump out to his biggest lead of the year. Six and a half points. “That’s up from a dead heat on the last day of the GOP convention. Safe to say that Trump got a bounce from Cleveland, no? If you’re unconvinced, here’s what the last seven polls that RCP is following look like: Five of the seven lean red, amounting to a narrow but seemingly reliable lead of 1.1 points for Trump. To put that in perspective, over the past 12 months he had led Clinton for exactly three days, in late May of this year — and that was a lead of just 0.2 points, fueled by the fact that he’d already become presumptive nominee at that point while Hillary was still busy trying to tamp down Berniemania. Maybe the polls revert to form next week when Hillary gets a convention bounce of her own. Or maybe not: I’m all-in on predicting that she won’t get a bounce. For some Americans, last week was their first real introduction to Trump the politician. There’s no new introduction to a pol as familiar as Clinton, no matter how hard the DNC strains to manufacture one.”
Plus: “What happened smack dab in the middle of mid-June and mid-July? Right, Jim Comey’s press conference on July 5th accusing her of ‘extreme carelessness’ in how she handled classified information. Even now, with her ratings in the toilet, she’s no more unpopular than Trump is, but that’s a bad place for a well-worn political commodity like Clinton to be in a populist climate. Voters might be willing to back an establishmentarian whom they personally like much more than the ‘change agent’ from the other party. When they dislike her as much as they dislike him, though, why not roll the dice on something different?”
IN THE MAIL: From Glenn Beck, Liars: How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control.
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ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT:
Shot: How to find books in authoritarian states: head for dark, dusty corners — Censorship and intimidation can make life hard for academic researchers. You need to know where to look for hidden truths.
—Headline, the London Guardian, April 19, 2016.
- Arthur Ransome wrote from Russia for The Guardian and other publications. He knew and supported Lenin, Trotsky and the Bolsheviks. He was a friend of the butcher Dzerzhinsky.
- The Guardian supported Stalin, and sacked the brave Malcolm Muggeridge for telling the West about the genocidal Ukrainian Famine (when perhaps 7 million people were deliberately starved to death by Stalin).
- Today, The Guardian opposes the war on Islamic fascism and calls for appeasement.
- The Guardian and Left-wing mass murderers: a love story, Sean Thomas, 3 Oct 2013. – Lenin, Milosevic, Mao, the Soviet Union, the KGB. And that’s without getting started on the Islamists.
—“The left’s historical support for tyranny and terrorism,” MarkHumphrys.com.
Related: “How To Lose Money In Very Large Quantities:” David Thompson on the Grauniad’s current “business” model.
(Via Maggie’s Farm.)
FERGUSON EFFECT: Murder Rates Still Rising:
Donald Trump’s apocalyptic tone on crime in his braying convention address set off a flurry of media “fact checks“—many of which were far more misleading than anything the candidate himself said. The most dishonest pieces failed to even note that the violent crime rate had increased at all, instead suggesting that Trump was inventing the narrative out of whole cloth. Others pieces reluctantly noted that the crime rate had risen in 2015 in many urban centers, but suggested that this was normal variation, not a cause for alarm.
But new data suggests that we might be looking at something more sustained and worrisome than many of the “nothing-to-see-here” voices would have us believe. As the researchers Sean Kennedy and Parker Abt note in RealClearPolicy (click through to see the chart) the 2014 to 2015 increase persisted into the first months of 2016. . . .
To be absolutely clear: America’s murder rate is still low by post-1960s standards. Americans are less likely to be murdered than they were even eight years ago. And Trump’s bluster does not amount to a plan to help reduce crime rates. But there is no escaping the fact that we are in the midst of an alarming uptick in violent crime in our biggest cities. The fact that Trump would seize on this fact does not mean that it isn’t true. And merely denying reality is not a sustainable response.
They only need to sustain it until November.
“What is going to happen with America? That is a good question that I don’t have an immediate answer to, only that I am worried. I think we’ve lost civility. I think we’ve lost a certain degree of passion. I think passion unfortunately is directed into negative areas. I think it would be nice if we could switch back to positive areas. There’s a lot to be positive about. We’re very lucky to be in this country considering where the world is.”
Dude. You made a film three years ago praising the Weather Underground, and while promoting it, after fellow Democrat George Stephanopoulos threw you a lifeline during an interview and asked if you were still sympathetic to their cause, “Even when you read about bombings,” you still gushed, “All of it. I knew that it was extreme and I guess movements have to be extreme to some degree.”
Oooohkaaaaay. But you don’t get to play the civility card after you’ve praised a group of terrorists who killed cops, firebombed judges’ homes, and bombed the Pentagon.
IT’S NOT EASY KEEPING ALL OF THE LEFT’S DISPARATE FACTIONS HAPPY: Bill Clinton Upsets Some Muslims with DNC Call to Aid Terror Fight.
CROOKED HILLARY: 1,100 donors to a Canadian charity tied to Clinton Foundation remain secret. “A charity affiliated with the Clinton Foundation failed to reveal the identities of its 1,100 donors, creating a broad exception to the foundation’s promise to disclose funding sources as part of an ethics agreement with the Obama administration. The number of undisclosed contributors to the charity, the Canada-based Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, signals a larger zone of secrecy around foundation donors than was previously known.”
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THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: DNC disarray is the foreshadowing of a Clinton administration.
THE WORD THAT HAUNTS MEXICO’S PRESIDENT PENA: Impunity…if you thought it was Trump you’re misguided. See this site for a good summary of the new National Anti-Corruption System. The implementing legislation was passed on July 18.
WELL, WHEN EVERY GOP NOMINEE EVERY FOUR YEARS IS LITERALLY HITLER, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS: Media Have a ‘Cry Wolf’ Problem with Trump.
OF COURSE NOT: Slate: No, Bill Clinton’s Speech About Hillary Didn’t Address the Elephant in the Room. But, you know, the cheating and the rape accusations and Hillary’s efforts to destroy women who spoke out didn’t really fit his theme for the evening.
Related: Bill Clinton leaves us wondering how he could have been such a louse to Hillary. “Much of America knows how Bill repeatedly cheated on Hillary during the allegedly blissful years he depicted tonight. His cheating isn’t a serious issue in this year’s race, but it provides an unfortunate gloss on his testimony about the marriage. Stated differently, for many Americans, it may have been the 800 pound gorilla in the convention hall. How does one square Bill’s love story with his serial adultery and predatory behavior towards women? It can, perhaps, be done. But only at a psychological level that neither Bill nor Hillary wants us to get anywhere near.”
WELL, A CERTAIN FLAVOR OF THEM, ANYWAY: Democratic Youth Council shows why we dislike millennials.
If you were wondering why so many people dislike millennials today, look no further than the Orwellian-sounding “Youth Council” of the Democratic Party.
When Sarah Audelo, Millennial Vote Director for Hillary for America, took the podium, she began her remarks with a bunch of rules, a tactic that has become typical of snowflakes on college campuses protesting everyone’s free speech except their own.
“I open this space, perhaps, with a couple of ground rules,” she said. The first two rules were about working beyond the election and recognizing that everyone came for “good reasons.” But the third rule was, well, typical millennial.
“One of the ground rules that I do in a lot of my trainings, maybe you all have heard this before. I love it, but it is ‘don’t yuck my yum,'” she said “For some of us, there are some things that are very yummy and it hurts when people ‘yuck’ on us. So for example, if one issue is my core issue and it’s not yours, that’s cool, it’s my core issue, don’t yuck my yum, that’s cool.”
The phrase “yuck my yum” basically means not to tell someone that what they like is bad simply because you don’t like it. It can sometimes refer to food (quite literally, don’t tell me my food is gross), but also to sexuality.
Audelo went on to talk about the “space” she wanted to create for millennials in the room, something that didn’t need to be said and came off as insolent and not very inclusive. It reminded me of campus protesters who barred allies from helping with their cause simply because they were not black or of the LGBT community.
The anti-racists are always the most racist, the anti-sexists the most sexist, etc.
IMAGINE IT? I’VE LIVED THROUGH IT. Hillary: Can you imagine electing a vindictive man who might … send the IRS after his critics?
The difference is that if President Trump tried to do that, the civil service would bravely resist. Under Obama — and under Hillary, I suspect — it’s all eager cooperation.
FROM CLAIRE’S LIPS TO THE AMERICAN VOTERS’ EARS: Dem Senator Claire McCaskill: DNC employees ‘should all be fired.’
Better fire their bosses as well, just to be sure.
JOHN KASS: Hillary Thought Police and the Bernie kids.
Hillary Clinton’s most effective TV ad focuses on the faces of young children who sit quietly, staring wide-eyed at screens, watching Republican Donald Trump shout wild, angry and violent words.
It’s a powerful TV commercial, masterfully done, evoking child abuse while asking: “Our children are watching. What example will we set for them?” It is an ad designed to terrify parents and have them run into the warm, loving and omniscient embrace of Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Because with Hillary, it’s all about the kids.
Unless, of course, the kids are those thousands of idealistic young people — many of them college age or just older — who dared support the truly progressive Bernie Sanders for president against Clinton, the establishment candidate.
They felt the Bern and gave everything they had — their time, their energy, their spirit — to battle what they thought was wrong with America, the oligarchy, the political corruption, the control of the political process by the insiders with the money to buy politicians.
Those Sanders kids are angry. They aren’t quite ready to behave. Hillary knows this. And even Sanders, a tired old man prattling on about Wall Street, knows it as he bows to his Establishment Queen who sits on all that Wall Street cash.
So now it’s time for Hillary’s Thought Police — of Democratic Party operatives, political show ponies, and pro-Hillary pundits and talking heads — to begin the hard work of grinding those kids down. . . .
So the idea is to turn those kids into useful political beings by using their own slogans and reference points against them. First, though, they must be softened up by shaming. And the pro-Hillary media (and most of the media is decidedly pro-Hillary) has been relentless at shaming them to keep them in line since that DNC leaks story broke.
Shaming has been going on relentlessly on social media since these kids first touched a keyboard. They know how it works, they understand its conventions, if not its real purpose, which is to herd stubborn political ideas.
TRUMP POSTS BRUTAL NEW VIDEO ATTACKING HILLARY USING BARACK OBAMA’S OWN WORDS:
Since the Democrats went hammer and tongs against Hillary in 2008 to toss her under the Obama bus, 2008 is a treasure trove of archives waiting to be used again. Glad to see Trump’s video makers putting it to use.
QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED:
—Reason TV, yesterday.
David Harsanyi, the Federalist, yesterday.
Why, it’s like the guy is a toxic blend of nationalism and socialism or something.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is bracing for the possibility of more damaging emails being leaked to the public as the presidential campaign enters its home stretch.
Jennifer Palmieri, communications director for Hillary for America, said it’s possible that more emails will be released at a time designed to inflict maximum political pain on Democrats.
“The WikiLeaks leak was obviously designed to hurt our convention,” she told reporters. “I don’t think they’re done. That’s how they operate.
“We can’t know, but it’s part of the reason that we wanted people to understand our belief that the Russians are behind this,” she said. “People need to understand — when these leaks happen — what they’re designed to do.”
Palmieri added that the Clinton campaign was not worried about its own email security.
That sounds ominous. . . .
GREAT MOMENTS IN CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENTS. Jerry Springer on Hillary Sticking by Wasserman Schultz: ‘I Trust Her Judgment’
July 26, 2016
I BLAME THE MEDIA: Mass Killings May Have Created Contagion, Feeding on Itself. “The horrifying rash of massacres during this violent summer suggests that public, widely covered rampage killings have led to a kind of contagion, prompting a small number of people with strong personal grievances and scant political ideology to mine previous attacks for both methods and potential targets to express their lethal anger and despair.”
It’s called the Copycat Effect.
TRUMP’S IMMUNITY: “The point here is not that Trump is guaranteed to win. Clinton maintains a large advertising and organizational advantage over Trump. But she has already dumped $50 million in unanswered advertising on his head, with little movement in the polls.”
Plus: “What scandal can Clinton use to dissuade his voters from crawling over broken glass and going to the polls this fall? Divorce? He’s had two. Bankruptcy? Four. DUI? He doesn’t drink and besides, he has a chauffeur. He gave money to a crooked politician? Yes, and her name is Clinton.”
SO MUCH FOR THE BUCK STOPS HERE:
AFTER OBSERVING DEM CONVENTION AND PHILLY STREET ACTION: I think this modified post is worth a bump. These two essays serve as quick references for combating red fascism. You can read them on your mobile device. First, Dr. Tom Sowell’s analytic summary. Next, you can use my take down of three red left icons. The essay includes other useful info perhaps one in a thousand red lefty fascists know…maybe…
THIS ISN’T THE 21st CENTURY I WAS PROMISED: White Bernie Bro Calls Black Trump Supporter ‘Insane’ at the DNC.
IT WAS FINE WHEN SHE WAS THE SUBJECT OF ALL THOSE “YOU GO GIRL!” PROFILES: Marissa Mayer Lashes Out at ‘Gender-Charged’ Reporting.
YOU CAME IN THAT THING? YOU’RE BRAVER THAN I THOUGHT: The Smithsonian’s 3D virtual model of the Apollo 11 Command Module, fully explorable right in your browser.
SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Study Finds Sharp Increase in Marijuana Exposure Among Colorado Children.
COULD THE WIKILEAKS ATTACKS BE A FALSE FLAG OPERATION? Michael Ledeen ponders Who’s Hillary’s Hacker and Why?
BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTORS IN PHILADELPHIA’S STREETS: They claim they’re sending a message to the Democrats. They oppose Bill Clinton’s 1994 crime bill. One spokesman said Hillary’s “husband created a bill that generationally continues to harm black and brown families.” OK– a Clinton did it. But then the spokesman — no doubt saving his job– called Donald Trump a “racist bigot.” The man’s free to express his opinions, and express them forcefully. The Constitution’s First Amendment guarantees citizens the right to free political speech (though Hillary wants to restrict it). But after the Dallas massacre, the Black Lives Matter organization and those who speak in its name no longer receive free pass privileges from media. The outfit’s members went too far when they scorned the phrase Blue Lives Matter as racist. The Dallas tragedy showed why their angry scorn was a mistake.
THE 21ST CENTURY ISN’T TURNING OUT AS I’D HOPED: Scientists think cockroach milk could be the superfood of the future.
NOT EXACTLY LOVIN’ IT: McDonalds discounts hurting franchisees.
“We are discounting heavily, against my will, so sales should be up and profits down,” a franchisee wrote in response to a more recent survey by Nomura.
Another wrote: “I am very alarmed about the discounting push. I have never seen the corporation be so aggressive with discounts. The regional marketing teams are adding numerous other discounts to the McPick 2, primarily breakfast items. They are encouraging, quite literally, everything being on sale. This is a very hard cultural adjustment for me.”
Saunders said McDonald’s needed to invest more in automation to lower labor costs and offset the impact of customers buying cheaper food.
“The solution to all of this [is] in more automation — something that McDonald’s has started but is still a long way off perfecting,” Saunders wrote.
The chain seems to be falling into the same permanent discounts trap which has bedeviled Jos A Bank in recent years.
“Thus the question of whether Europe is helpless,” Bret Stephens writes in the Wall Street Journal:
At its 1980s peak, under François Mitterrand and Helmut Kohl, the European project combined German economic strength and French confidence in power politics. Today, it mixes French political weakness with German moral solipsism. This is a formula for rapid civilizational decline, however many economic or military resources the EU may have at its disposal.
Can the decline be stopped? Yes, but that would require a great unlearning of the political mythologies on which modern Europe was built.
Among those mythologies: that the European Union is the result of a postwar moral commitment to peace; that Christianity is of merely historical importance to European identity; that there’s no such thing as a military solution; that one’s country isn’t worth fighting for; that honor is atavistic and tolerance is the supreme value. People who believe in nothing, including themselves, will ultimately submit to anything.
Which brings us to Mr. Obama’s nihilism, as this recent profile by administration mouthpiece Jeffrey Goldberg chillingly describes:
Later, the president would say that he had failed to fully appreciate the fear many Americans were experiencing about the possibility of a Paris-style attack in the U.S. Great distance, a frantic schedule, and the jet-lag haze that envelops a globe-spanning presidential trip were working against him. But he has never believed that terrorism poses a threat to America commensurate with the fear it generates. Even during the period in 2014 when isis was executing its American captives in Syria, his emotions were in check. Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s closest adviser, told him people were worried that the group would soon take its beheading campaign to the U.S. “They’re not coming here to chop our heads off,” he reassured her. Obama frequently reminds his staff that terrorism takes far fewer lives in America than handguns, car accidents, and falls in bathtubs do. Several years ago, he expressed to me his admiration for Israelis’ “resilience” in the face of constant terrorism, and it is clear that he would like to see resilience replace panic in American society. Nevertheless, his advisers are fighting a constant rearguard action to keep Obama from placing terrorism in what he considers its “proper” perspective, out of concern that he will seem insensitive to the fears of the American people.
Something tells me that whatever his other baggage, a President Trump wouldn’t be so passive and distant on the topic.
TEXAS D.A. WITHDRAWS ALL REMAINING CHARGES AGAINST CMP’S DALEIDEN OVER PLANNED PARENTHOOD VIDEOS:
It’s clear enough that Harris County’s prosecutors were running interference for Planned Parenthood. Perhaps the state of Texas should look into the conduct of these prosecutors, who took a regular investigative-journalism technique and attempted to criminalize it. This looks like a clear abuse of power — certainly more clear than the supposed felonies committed by CMP.
As Mark Steyn is wont to say, the process is the punishment.
FLASHBACK: “As the Democrats struggle to turn the story of the DNC hacks into an attack on Trump by arguing that the Russians are behind the hack and that Putin is trying to help Trump get elected, let’s remember when a prominent Democrat actually went to the Soviets for help in defeating Reagan.”
WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED INSTITUTIONS SUCH CESSPITS OF RAMPANT ANTI-IMMIGRANT XENOPHOBIA? Atlantic Writer: Emigrant Melania Trump ‘Has Not Lived the Story of America.’
RICHARD FERNANDEZ: On the eve of Hillary’s coronation, her courtiers are suddenly waking up to the fact that she cannot protect them:
The shock may be intentional. If Putin was indeed behind the hacking he is only doing what underdogs through history have done to even the odds. Unable to match the foe in weight, he went for the king, or in this case the queen. Recall how in ancient Gaugamela, the outnumbered Alexander staked everything on a thrust at Darius.
Darius fled in fear. When the mass of the Persian army saw this, they scattered in dismay. By demonstrating the impotence of Darius, Alexander broke the Persian monarch’s aura and with it his majesty. Alexander knew that for a king to rule he must be regarded as more than mortal by the masses. Once the king is humiliated and put to flight he becomes psychologically no better than his subjects and the greater part of his power vanishes.
By striking at Hillary’s aura the Russian may be attempting the same thing. Democratic voters looked up to her to protect and defend the nation because that’s what presidents do. By hacking Hillary and humiliating her Putin has sent the message that she cannot even defend herself — and what’s the use of a president who can’t defend herself? This is why the Taliban target the chiefs of police and the district headmen to show the populace that their leaders are vulnerable and that no protection can be expected from them. The same threat logic is being applied by Putin.
Amazingly the DNC has compounded the blow by turning it into a talking point, acting as if Hillary were a child needing sympathy because her lollipop has been stolen by a bully, rather than as a competent person in firmly command. In so doing they’re actually admitting that Hillary cannot hold her own with the hard men of Putin’s caliber.
And we all knew (but none in the MSM dare say) what happened on September 11th 2012 when Hillary’s vaunted three am phone call actually came in.