November 19, 2017

WELL, ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES IT WAS ELIMINATED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION: Whatever happened to the presumption of innocence?

The great liberal English barrister John Mortimer called this presumption the “golden thread” running through any progressive idea of justice. And it’s a thread that is being weakened in the febrile post-Weinstein climate.

It is now astonishingly easy to ruin a celebrity or near-celebrity. You can do it with a social media post. Spend five minutes writing a Facebook entry about how so-and-so in Hollywood once did something bad to you and — boom — that person is done for. You can dispatch him from polite society with a press of a button on your cellphone.

Some big hitters, including Weinsten, Toback and Kevin Spacey, have been brought low by numerous similar accusations. Few would doubt that these men deserve the “predator” brand, or lament the fact that they likely won’t find work in Hollywood ever again. Spacey is being erased from Ridley Scott’s “All The Money In The World,” replaced with Christopher Plummer like an out-of-favor commissar airbrushed from a group photo with Stalin. But not all accusations are equally well-substantiated.

In a few hours, George Takei went from a hero of the liberal Twittersphere to a “pervert,” from cultural icon to the object of chortling and finger-pointing. His downfall was authored by a single accuser regarding a single incident in 1981. That someone can be so tarnished on the basis of an allegation older than half of the people on Earth is astounding. In the U.K., the situation is darker still.

Well, I don’t think George ever said a nice word about the presumption of innocence in sex-abuse cases before. Maybe he appreciates it now.

THAT’S NOT AN ACCIDENT: Andrea Peyser: #MeToo has lumped trivial stuff in with legitimate sexual assault.

Conflating these serves two agendas: It dilutes genuine assaults by powerful Democrats, while supporting the feminist agenda that all men are abusers.

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TEACH WOMEN NOT TO . . . OH, HELL, I GIVE UP: Married cheerleading coach busted for having sex with student.

MSNBC PANELIST: WHITE MEN ‘POSE THE BIGGEST THREAT TO AMERICANS’ [VIDEO].

Yes, on the surface, this quote by Jamira Burley, the former “National Deputy Millennial Vote Director” for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign sounds remarkably racist. But considering she’s working in the same building with Chris Matthews, Lawrence O’Donnell, Joe Scarborough, Brian Williams, and Chuck Todd, I could easily see how that would distort her view.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Yale School of Art Launches New Art and Social Justice Initiative.

BUT OF COURSE: Hillary Clinton Does Complete 180 on Questioning 2016 Election’s Legitimacy.

RIP: Country music legend Mel Tillis has died at 85.

SEN. FLAKE, CAUGHT ON HOT MIC, SAYS GOP IS ‘TOAST’ IF THEY’RE DEFINED BY MOORE, TRUMP.

PUT DOWN THE CHARDONNAY, GRANDMA: Hillary Brags That Bill Clinton ‘Didn’t Tweet About’ Challenges As President.

BERNIE SMILES: Socialists Saw 75 Percent Increase in U.S. Elected Officials on Nov. 7.

LIFE IN THE BLUE ZONES: The house that sold for nearly $800,000 over asking price speaks to the inequity of California.

Dave Clark, a Keller Williams agent who’s been in the business for 30 years, said the house had only one owner prior to this year’s sale. A couple bought it brand new in 1963, raised two kids and held onto the house until recently, when the gentleman followed his wife in death and their son and daughter sold it.

“I think they paid around $25,000,” said Clark. “So it went up in value about 100 times.”

That’s astounding. But median incomes, unfortunately, have gone up only about 10 times over the same period.

Incomes at the top of the pay scale, meanwhile, have exploded. An op-ed in the L.A. Times last week said Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have more wealth than the bottom half of the country combined. The op-ed, by Chuck Collins and Josh Hoxie, said today’s 400 richest Americans are 10 times richer than 1983’s richest people were, but median family income has declined in that time.

Weird that we’re in a populist moment.

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ROLLING STONE BLAMES THEIR VICTIMS:

Rolling Stone is defending itself against a defamation lawsuit over a discredited article about a University of Virginia gang rape by arguing that members of a school fraternity knew about discrepancies in the woman’s claims weeks before the article was published and should have warned the magazine.

Lawyers for Rolling Stone argue in court documents that the fraternity and its members withheld that information from the magazine and its reporter, “at a time when disclosing such information would have prevented publication” of the woman’s allegations.

Ashe Schow of the Federalist tweets that Sabrina Erdely, the author of the now discredited article,  “gave them no details about the incident she wanted information for when she reached out to the fraternity.”

Brooklyn College’s K.C. Johnson tweets, “Suggestion that the burden was on the frat to disprove Jackie’s tale (rather than on Erdely to prove it) is quite remarkable.” He describes Rolling Stone’s response as an “Amazing [argument]…frat deliberately misled Erdely to make frat seem guilty (even as Erdely didn’t provide them w/details),” adding that their response “portrays frat as somehow involved in the magazine’s editorial process, as if it were shown a draft of Erdely’s article. (It wasn’t.)”

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BYRON YORK: How pundits got key part of Trump-Russia story all wrong.

Just think of the media as Democratic operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.™

SALENA ZITO: Why no one is talking about Trump’s game-changing deal.

Bad news travels fast. Good news, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to travel at all.

Last weekend in Beijing, as part of his 12-day trip to Asia, President Trump announced that the US and China had signed an $83.7 billion deal to create a number of petrochemical projects in West Virginia over the next 20 years.

If the agreement holds tight, it is an economic game changer for the state.

And yet, speaking to the locals here, you wouldn’t even know it had happened.

“I am surprised I heard nothing about it on the national news, nor in my local paper and newscasts,” said Jerald Stephens, 67, a West Virginia native and union rep, who has been a keen observer of local politics for as long as he can remember.

Weird, huh?

DISPATCHES FROM THE K-12 IMPLOSION: NYC’s high school equivalency program is a complete boondoggle.

Unexpectedly.

JOURNALISM:

AL FRANKEN’S 2008 VICTORY: When 1,099 felons vote in race won by 312 ballots.

Speaking of which, at Power Line, John Hinderaker asks: Did Leeann Tweeden’s Reticence Cost Norm Coleman His Senate Seat?

SHALL WE DANCE, AL FRANKEN? “I didn’t laugh. I kept waiting for a punchline, as though the ass grab was a setup. But it wasn’t a setup. Fondling the fanny was the whole point.”

See, the point Franken was making is that when you’re famous, they let you do it. It was a trenchant commentary on female responses, in comedic form.

You laugh, but the WaPo would totally publish this defense. And you know what, it wouldn’t be wrong:

After the show I introduced myself to Franken and Davis. It was a casual atmosphere on the ballroom floor after a gig in Nowhere, Montana; they were friendly and approachable. The discussion was about to tick up a notch when, surprise, the two girls (the fondlees, shall we say) approached. All smiles and giggles. All starry-eyed and excited. Again I metaphorically scratched my head.

They invited Franken and Davis to a party.

A small party in the town of Logan, some twenty miles away. I assumed it was a small party because at the time there were maybe four, maybe five houses in Logan. And I also assumed, judging from their starry eyes, that Franken and Davis would have thought they had a good chance of perfecting their Fanny Fondle routine that night. I would have thought that. I’d have bet money on it, if I had been the recipient of such gazes and smiles.

That Franken and his trenchant commentary.

THIS MUST BE PLAYING WELL IN MANHATTAN TODAY. Ross Douthat in the New York Times: What if Ken Starr Was Right?

Related: How Anita Hill betrayed feminism.

As Zhou Enlai never said, the outcome of the French Revolution? Too soon to tell.

WHY ARE DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGNS SUCH CESSPITS OF MISOGYNY AND SEXUAL PREDATION? Women On Clinton And Sanders Campaigns Allege Sexual Harassment.

November 18, 2017

I’M SO OLD, I CAN REMEMBER WHEN APPLE’S SLOGAN WAS “THINK DIFFERENT:” “Apple fires Diversity Chief for suggesting that intellectual diversity is important too. Wrongthink has no place in Silicon Valley.”

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F.H. BUCKLEY: No, Trump’s not a populist – he’s a breed all by himself.

LIFE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Air Force to discuss ‘unusual and compelling urgency’ for new missile-warning satellites.

SHOULD’VE DONE IT IN CALIFORNIA, WHERE THEY’VE MADE THE LAW MORE “PROGRESSIVE:” UK man found guilty of knowingly spreading HIV: Daryll Rowe, 27, intentionally infected five men with HIV and attempted to infect five others, a U.K. court ruled.

AL FRANKEN’S DEFENDERS ENTER THE “SHE SHOULDN’T HAVE WORN THAT SHORT SKIRT” PHASE. More victim-blaming: Leeann Tweeden didn’t wear glasses when touring with Al Franken, see?

Meanwhile, “The Establishment’s Howard Fineman Defends The Tongue In The Mouth Against Your Wishes.”

The media’s ability to pivot on a dime in the same week from throwing a dissipated Bill Clinton overboard and attacking Roy Moore to granting Franken a very ‘90s-era one free grope rule is amazing to watch. Decades of these sort of power politics by the left (see also: supporters of Kennedy, Ted) explain why many continue to circle the wagons around Moore. Or as Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics tweeted on Tuesday, “I don’t think you can underestimate the degree to which many conservatives have this attitude: (a) we fought a battle over whether character counts, and got our asses handed to us and (b) liberal leaders always circle the wagons around their guys, and ours always cave.”

HEH: As A Male Feminist, I Really Think I’d Absolutely Crush It If I Ever Had To Publicly Apologize For Sexual Misconduct.

Seriously. It would be an absolute slam dunk.

First off, I would immediately admit to the charges leveled against me. Whatever I was accused of doing, whether it was lewd comments, groping, public masturbation, coercing female employees into sex for promotions, or something even worse, I would own up to it because, as a progressive, I do not want to contribute to a culture that discredits women for speaking up. I read enough feminist think-pieces to know that it’s important to believe women, and in my apology, there wouldn’t be any half-assed claims about misconstruing signals or consent, no fucking way. I would own that shit.

Also, I wouldn’t wait until a Cosby-sized crowd of victims stepped forward. The moment one woman accused me of spiking her drink, boom, I’d post a full confession about what I did to her and also any other women I had traumatized. I would get the ball rolling on my public disgrace ASAP, without dilly-dallying until after a New York Times exposé forced my hand.

I would be held so goddamn accountable, you wouldn’t believe it. I’m seriously getting amped just thinking about it.

Sigh.

ROBERT TAFT HARDEST HIT: Ohio Democratic candidate for governor William O’Neill deletes Facebook post boasting of his sexual history.

A little too late for that, as the alternate headline is: “Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate about to get a harsh reminder that the Internet is forever.” The money shot of his boasts can be found here.

(Via Newsalert.)

WEIRD. OBAMA PROMISED US THAT WE’D ALL SAVE $2500. Middle-Class Families Confront Soaring Health Insurance Costs.

NOT A GOOD SATURDAY FOR BOOMER-ERA POP MUSIC: David Cassidy In Critical Condition After Organ Failure.

Earlier: AC/DC guitarist and rock legend Malcolm Young dead at 64.

WELL, GOOD: Baby boomers avoiding macular degeneration better than previous generations.

FASTER, PLEASE: For The Good Of The Country, Roger Goodell Must Fail Against Jerry Jones.

Amazing how Goodell has made much-hated sports figures such as Jones and Tom Brady seem like good guys by comparison.

SCIENCE: First Ever Anti-Ageing Gene Discovered in a Secluded Amish Family.

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JEFF BEZOS’ VIDEO DEPARTMENT IS REALLY KNOCKING IT OUT OF THE PARK: ‘Transparent’ Plots Future Without Star Jeffrey Tambor Amid Harassment Allegations.

Earlier: “Amazon and Bezos knew of the allegations against [then-Amazon Studios chief Roy Price] for two years but took no public disciplinary action against him until last week, when producer Isa Hackett told her full story to The Hollywood Reporter’s Kim Masters. Amazon acted only after the combination of the THR article and the revelations about Harvey Weinstein made Price’s continued employment politically untenable.”

I THINK THERE’S MORE TO FREAK OUT ABOUT IN THE WORLD: People are freaking out about this couple’s 34-year age gap.

“ASTONISHING:” It’s Astonishing That It Took This Long for the Bill Clinton Moment of Reckoning to Arrive.

—Headline at Slate on Thursday. Slate is one of the last journalistic redoubts of the Graham family, who previously owned the Washington Post and Newsweek.

Flashback:

Newsweek’s top editors, after a day of frenetic meetings, sought yesterday to explain why they failed to publish the story that stunned the nation, an exclusive piece about allegations that President Clinton encouraged a 24-year-old former White House intern to lie about whether they had an affair.

* * * * * * * *

There are few secrets in the modern media world, however, and word of Isikoff’s suppressed scoop leaked out through an increasingly familiar route: Matt Drudge’s Internet gossip column. Reporters across Washington, some of whom were already pursuing the story, kept scrambling for confirmation.

— “Newsweek’s Melted Scoop,” Howard Kurtz on January 22, 1998, reporting about the then-Graham-owned magazine Newsweek in the then-Graham-owned Washington Post.

Drudge has been reviled by the DNC-MSM ever since for being the first to break their monopoly on news.

WEIRD HOW THEY SUDDENLY CARE: ‘Then What Happens?’: Congress Questions the President’s Authority to Wage Nuclear War. “It was a raw, existential exercise in something that has become routine in Washington since Donald Trump’s election: unearthing and scrutinizing long-buried assumptions about U.S. foreign policy.”

As I’ve said before, the Trump presidency is about the re-negotiation of a whole bunch of post-World War II institutional arrangements.

CAN’T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME? Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets.

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CHANGE: Apple’s Diversity Chief Is Leaving After Only 6 Months.

She had irked some critics in May when she commented during a conference, “There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blonde men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.” Her comments were seen by some as insensitive to people of color, women, and members of the LGBT community, who have long faced an uphill battle in the workplace.

Denise Young Smith later apologized for her comments, saying that they “were not representative of how I think about diversity or how Apple sees it.”

“For that, I’m sorry,” she said in a staff email. “More importantly, I want to assure you Apple’s view and our dedication to diversity has not changed.”

Her sin was being honest that there’s more to diversity than skin color or sexual orientation.

UPDATE (From Ed): I’m so old, I can remember when Apple’s marketing slogan was “Think Different.”

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Biohackers are using CRISPR on their DNA and we can’t stop it.

MAD DOG MATTIS: Military Aiming to ‘Buy Time for the Diplomats to Resolve’ North Korea.

RIP: AC/DC guitarist and rock legend Malcolm Young dead at 64.

NEW YORK TIMES REPORTER: Obama Administration Misled on al Qaeda.

“The overall narrative that I think was being pushed to the press, and if you look back at the editorials that were done when that trove came out, was an image of bin Laden isolated, he had lost control of this group,” Rukmini Callimachi said during an event at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, referring to the 17 hand-picked documents released by the Obama administration in May of 2012.

Her remarks triggered the following question from Kim Dozier, a former top correspondent for the Associated Press and CBS, and current executive editor of the Cipher Brief: “Do you think that was something that was kept from the public’s view because it revealed that there had to be reams of communication going back and forth, which means U.S. intelligence, Western intelligence, was missing this?”

“Think back to when bin Laden was killed. It was 2011, it was right before a major campaign season. I don’t want to underplay the role that the killing of Osama bin Laden had,” said Callimachi. “But I think that that was theorized into something much bigger.”

And the press was willing to play along, so that Obama could declare “victory” in Iraq — and make way for the rise of ISIS.

OHIO PLAYER: Ohio supreme court justice: Leave Al Franken alone because, just fyi, I’ve probably boinked 50 chicks myself.

And possibly Robert Taft, if you read his Facebook post too quickly.

It’s certainly one way to push back against today’s PC culture. And speaking of anti-PC, Ace of Spades has a great, if (not surprisingly) R-rated take on The Ohio State* Justice Bill O’Neill: “American politics are getting Trumpy in the most unexpected places, and I’m not sure that’s all bad. I didn’t really need to know about this self-conceived Lothario’s cocksmanship, but then, I also didn’t really need the pretend-virginal sanctimony about everything having to do with sex.”

* Classical reference.

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HEH: Democrats: It’s No Fair When Republicans Sink as Low as Us!

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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: White inventor of ‘white fragility’ tells University of Texas: Whites must stop becoming teachers.

THE WORKERS’ PARADISE: North Korean defector found to have ‘enormous parasites.’

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my 20 years as a physician,” South Korean doctor Lee Cook-jong told journalists, explaining that the longest worm removed from the patient’s intestines was 27cm (11in) long.

“North Korea is a very poor country and like any other poor country it has serious health problems,” Prof Andrei Lankov of Kookmin University in Seoul told the BBC.

“North Korea does not have the resources to have a modern medical system,” he says.

“Its doctors are relatively poorly trained and have to work with primitive equipment.”

In 2015 South Korean researchers studied the health records of North Korean defectors who had visited a hospital in Cheonan between 2006 and 2014.

They found that they showed higher rates of chronic hepatitis B, chronic hepatitis C, tuberculosis and parasite infections, compared to South Koreans.

“I don’t know what is happening in North Korea, but I found many parasites when examining other defectors,” Professor Seong Min of Dankook University Medical School was quoted by the Korea Biomedical Review as saying.

It takes a willful ignorance for a South Korean to not have at least some idea of what is happening in North Korea.

ELIMINATIONIST RHETORIC: Student op-ed: Outdoor clubs are too white.

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TRUMP VERSUS THE DEEP REGULATORY STATE: Unfortunately the Wall Street Journal op-ed by Christopher DeMuth is behind the pay wall. But it’s a fine essay and worth quoting at length.

Federal regulation has been growing mightily since the early 1970s, powered by statutes that delegate Congress’s lawmaking authority to mission-driven executive agencies. Beginning in 2008, the executive state achieved autonomy. The Bush administration during the financial crisis, and the Obama administration in normal times, decreed major policies on their own, without congressional authorization and sometimes even in defiance of statutory law.

President Trump might have been expected to continue the trend. As a candidate, he had railed against imperious Washington and promised to clear regulatory impediments to energy development and job creation. Yet he also was an avid protectionist, sounded sometimes like an antitrust populist, and had little to say about regulatory programs like those of the Federal Communications Commission and the Food and Drug Administration. He was contemptuous of Congress and admiring of President Obama’s unilateral methods. Clearly, this was to be a results-oriented, personality-centered presidency.

The record so far has been radically different. With some exceptions (such as business as usual on ethanol), and putting aside a few heavy-handed tweets (such as raising the idea of revoking broadcast licenses from purveyors of “fake news”), President Trump has proved to be a full-spectrum deregulator. His administration has been punctilious about the institutional prerogatives of Congress and the courts. Today there is a serious prospect of restoring the constitutional status quo ante and reversing what seemed to be an inexorable regulatory expansion…

The essay goes on to say Trump has appointed qualified, reform-oriented agency leaders (a first indicator that he’s serious). He has turned away from “unilateral lawmaking” (a second indicator). Unilateral lawmaking is a diplomatic term for Obama’s questionable or blatantly unconstitutional executive orders (like spending “billions without a congressional appropriation to subsidize insurance plans on the ObamaCare exchanges”).

Finally:

A third indicator is the introduction of regulatory budgeting, which sounds tedious but is potentially revolutionary. The idea goes back to the late 1970s, when the new health, safety and environmental agencies were first issuing rules that required private businesses and individuals to spend tens of millions of dollars or more. It seemed anomalous that this should be free of the disciplines of taxing, appropriating and budgeting that applied to direct expenditures. Jimmy Carter’s commerce secretary, Juanita Kreps, proposed a regulatory budget as a good-government measure; Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D., Texas) introduced legislation; and several academics (myself included) worked out the theory and practicalities in congressional reports and journal articles.

The idea never went anywhere.

Well, it never went anywhere until now.

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PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

● “Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump is acting like a dictator.”

Tweet by Newsweek yesterday plugging this article.

Newsweek on the president as dictator in November of 2012? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Choose the form of your destructor, to coin an Insta-phrase.

IT’S 1998 ALL OVER AGAIN:

Flashback: “Not that being an environmentalist makes a guy a saint, but Gore seemed almost desperate to have us see him as more moral than the average Al. . . . The greenest of the green people I talked to felt betrayed. Gore was their leader and the movement is now, um, stained. The woman even said, according to the transcript of her interview with Portland, Ore., police made public on the Internet, that her ‘Birkenstock Tribe’ friends told her to ‘suck it up’ and not tell anyone or the ‘world’s going to be destroyed from global warming.’”

CNN’S BRIAN STELTER FRETS ‘STUPID’ MISTAKES IN MEDIA ARE ‘AMPLIFIED’ TO HARM THEM.

Of course, in Soviet America, media harms you! CNN threatened to dox an anti-CNN gif-maker this past Fourth of July, and a month later, former Time-Warner-CNN-HBO employee Lena Dunham threatened to dox American Airlines stewardesses for an allegedly politically incorrect conversation she overheard (or imagined she overheard) in an airport. Back in May (also at the second link above), leftwing academician Freddie deBoer wrote a post in which he suggests that everyone, on both sides of the aisle, is a cop these days. “Give me a few hours and 800 words. I’ll get you your indictments. That’s what liberalism is, now — the search for baddies doing bad things, like little offense archaeologists, digging deeper and deeper to find out who’s Good and who’s Bad. I wonder why people run away from establishment progressivism in droves.”

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE UNDERAGE-DOMINICAN-PROSTITUTES ANGLE? Senate ethics panel resumes Menendez probe after judge declares mistrial.

CALIFORNIA SCHEMING: Minor Violations Lead to Massive Prosecution Fees in Two California Desert Towns.

I don’t think we’ve seen an enforcement mechanism as nasty and cruel as the one the Desert Sun has uncovered out in California’s Inland Empire. The cities of Indio and Coachella partnered up with a private law firm, Silver & Wright, to prosecute citizens in criminal court for violations of city ordinances that call for nothing more than small fines—things like having a mess in your yard or selling food without a business license.

Those cited for these violations fix the problems and pay the fines, a typical code enforcement story. The kicker comes a few weeks or months later when citizens get a bill in the mail for thousands of dollars from the law firm that prosecuted them. They are forcing citizens to pay for the private lawyers used to take them to court in the first place. So a fine for a couple of hundred dollars suddenly becomes a bill for $3,000 or $20,000 or even more.

In Coachella, a man was fined $900 for expanding his living room without getting a permit. He paid his fine. Then more than a year later he got a bill in the mail from Silver & Wright for $26,000. They told him that he had to pay the cost of prosecuting him, and if he didn’t, they could put a lien on his house and the city could sell it against his will. When he appealed the bill they charged him even more for the cost of defending against the appeal. The bill went from $26,000 to $31,000.

Brett Kelman of the Desert Sun found 18 cases in Indio and Coachella where people received inordinately high legal bills for small-time violations. A woman fined for hanging Halloween decorations across a city street received legal bill for $2,700. When she challenged it, the bill jumped to $4,200.

Kelman notes that these thousands of dollars in fees came from a single court hearing that lasted minutes.

As Glenn would say, “tar, feathers.” And as Kate of Small Dead Animals titles her recurring posts on California craziness, “O, Sweet Saint Of San Andreas, Hear My Prayer.”

TRUMP HASN’T DRAINED THE SWAMP, BUT HE’S DISCREDITED IT. Or maybe it’s discredited itself. We need a new elite.

If we’re going to get a new “elite,” could we make sure this time that it’s actually, you know, elite?

PARTY LIKE IT’S 1983: Democrats Revive the ‘Trickle Down’ Smear.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: After 86% Enrollment Decline, Valparaiso Law School Stops Admitting Students And Will Likely Close. “When it hit us, it came fast.” That’s how it works.

WELL, NEW TO THEM:  Scientists discover ‘new species’ of dinosaur.

PFUI:  Female psychologist says PMS is a myth.  Female psychologist is fortunate in her hormones, is all.

THEY’RE ECONOMIC ILLITERATES:  Democrats Revive the “Trickle Down” Smear.

BOTH DONOR AND PATIENT WERE DEAD, BUT OTHER THAN THAT …  World’s first human head transplant a success, professor says.

MICHELLE OBAMA ENDORSES THIS STUDY, SO SHUT UP AND EAT YOUR VEGGIES:  90% of Americans eat garbage.

AHAHAHAHAHAH!  OH, WAIT, THEY’RE SERIOUS:  Democrats Set Five Articles of Impeachment Against Trump.  Let me laugh even harder.

ABOUT TIME:  Orrin Hatch Shuts Down Sherrod Brown Original Gangsta Style.

UNFORTUNATELY NOT WHAT HAPPENED IN ROMANIA IN 1989.  MUGABE COULD USE A CEAUSESCU MOMENT:  What’s going on in Zimbabwe?

YOU EXPECTED DIFFERENT FROM COMMUNIST NEWS NETWORK?  THERE IS NO TRUTH (OR SHAME) IN PRAVDA:  CNN Partisan Shills Spin Clownishly For Molesting Clown Al Franken.

SPEAKING OF HILLARY: Look, I told my friend not to go on reading Hillary’s book.  I told her it would have Necronomicon-like effects.  She was warned.  She was told to watch her liver damage.  And yet she persisted.  You might as well enjoy the results.  HRC: A New Deal, A Square Deal or How She Wanted to be the Next Roosevelt.  Also, wait, I THOUGHT Obama was the new Roosevelt.  Progressives.  Living in the past. Again.

TO BE FOUND SOON HAVING COMMITTED SUICIDE WITH THREE BULLETS TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD:  Here’s The FBI Informant Who Says He Has Evidence On the Uranium One Deal.

November 17, 2017

FRONT-RUNNER: Joe Biden 2020 Is A Terrible Idea In A Post-Weinstein America.

Related: Top Dem Presidential Prospects: A Septuagenarian, a Radical and a Comedian. The comedian’s not looking so hot right now. . .

A WOMAN’S DEFENSE OF THE ALPHA MALE. “The thing is that there is a real danger that as we attack this nebulous concept of ‘toxic masculinity,’ we will throw out the metaphorical baby with the bathwater, and discredit the things about traditional masculinity that are absolutely worth celebrating. Most specifically – say it with me now, ladies – the Alpha Male.”

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I’M SO OLD, I CAN REMEMBER WHEN THE LEFT EXTOLLED THE VIRTUES OF NON-JUDGMENTALISM: “Twitter says it will judge verified users’ offline behavior.”

So be good for goodness sake! Note however that curiously, while white supremacist Richard Spencer was de-certified, Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Clinton, Al Franken, Dan Rather, and Louis Farrakhan all still have their blue checkmarks.

Regarding that last fellow, as Liel Leibovitz of Tablet asks, if Twitter is judging verified users’ offline behavior, “Why Is Twitter Endorsing Anti-Semitic, Homophobic Hate-Monger Louis Farrakhan?”

I TALK ABOUT STUDENT DEBT AND ALTERNATIVES TO COLLEGE on the Old Row Podcast.

The mic/preamp setup really makes it sound like I was in the studio.

SHOSHANNA WEISSMAN: Al Franken Doesn’t Get the Joke: The Senate grills a judicial nominee, Don Willett, about his corny tweets. “Only Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana showed any interest in how Justice Willett would conduct himself as a federal judge. Whereas Mr. Kennedy asked about his views on fundamental rights, the Democrats were content to grill him about bacon.”

FASTER, PLEASE: FDA OKs new therapy for some hemophilia patients.

AL FRANKEN EXCEPTED: The InstaWife: Is a Lack of Touch Destroying Men?

LOUIS FARRAKHAN: America ‘Became Great Enslaving Us,’ So Trump Won’t ‘Make America Great Again.’

Nobody tell Louis, but the slaveholding South was an economic backwater, and wasn’t able to seriously start catching up with the rest of the country until after Jim Crow was ended.

Freedom works.

NO. Ladies and gentlemen, we have spaghetti burritos now.

SKY PENIS AND THE WORLD OF 2017: Navy Admits to Being Involved in Obscene Skydrawings Spotted in Okanogan Co.

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