April 18, 2019

BOB BARR, the adult in the room.

HARSH, BUT FAIR:

JUST NBC THE PROJECTION! Well Known Liar Brian Williams Smears AG Barr as ‘Baghdad Bill.’

Why on earth would Brian Williams of all people reference someone who famously lied his head off about the Iraq War?

LOL, MAX BOOT:

Max, it was Bill Clinton who was impeached.

100 YEARS AGO TODAY, Sergeant Alvin C. York received the Medal of Honor.

SAW RIC GRENELL ON FOX A FEW MINUTES AGO, calling Pete Buttigieg’s attacks on Mike Pence a “hate hoax.” Well said.

TOOLS: Using the Leupold LTO Tracker for Personal Defense.

It’s cool, but not cheap. Though it would have been top-secret and expensive not that long ago.

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OUR SOURCE WAS THE NEW YORK TIMES: A Priest Saved ‘The Body of Christ’ From Notre Dame, and NY Times Thought He Meant a Statue.

Hooooo boy. I figured this was common knowledge, but Christians do this thing once a week where, as one modern-day saint put it, we drink our little wine and eat our little cracker. We call the bread the “Body of Christ” and the wine the “Blood of Christ,” a ceremony that dates back to the example Jesus himself set the night before he was crucified. Catholics in particular assign more importance to communion than most Protestants do, teaching that the bread becomes the literal body of Jesus Christ.

There’s the possibility of some sort of translation error, but the Times reporter in question appears to be fluent in French. No, something was lost in translation alright, but I suspect that it was just a case of good-old fashioned religious illiteracy. The guy assigned to report on the biggest religion story of the day was really that ignorant of one of the most important ceremonies in the dominant religion on both sides of the Atlantic.

The New York Times’ layers and layers of fact checkers and editors have a long history of inexcusable gaffes when it comes to reporting on religious issues.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Flashback: The Associated Press Thinks Jews In Mourning ‘Sit And Shiver.’

ROGER KIMBALL: THE BARR IS RAISED. Many will be furious at the Mueller report’s findings. That’s a big problem for America:

But here is the existential issue that the report confronts us with. William Barr observed at one point that ‘all Americans can and should be grateful to have [the president’s innocence] confirmed.’ And yet many people, far from being grateful, will be enraged. And that is a huge problem for the Republic.

What has happened over the past two-plus years is a fundamental attack on the legitimacy of our democratic republic. Tactical partisan maneuvering has overwhelmed the institution of presidential elections. Note that this is a one-party party. It probably started in earnest with the election of George W. Bush in 2000. Al Gore withdrew his concession and put the country through months on legal wrangling. Republicans were unhappy when Barack Obama was elected in 2008 and again in 2012. But there was no question of his legitimacy. But when Donald Trump won in 2016, the sort of antidemocratic forces that beset George Bush had mutated from an angry squad of activists into an army of deniers.

Read the whole thing.

Related: ‘The look on their faces’! Watch Mary Katharine Ham torch media for ‘gaslighting’ with their evolving ‘collusion’ narrative.

Exit quote: “I hope nobody missed leg day because carrying these goal posts are going to be very heavy.”

Heh, indeed.™

SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: “I think Professor BBB believes the EEC/EU has kept the peace (or helped to do so) in Europe. Some believe it was NATO. Maybe it was Nuremberg and its executions? It is a question I don’t claim to know the answer to. But I would be hesitant to say the Allied authorities, judges, and prosecutors at the IMTs were wrong based on my personal experience as a lawyer (and citizen) during peacetime in the United States.”

SPACE: Lunar Gateway, or Moon Direct? It’s easy to see where Bob Zubrin comes down. For the record, I think he’s right.

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT SHE’S TRYING TO SAY HERE: AOC Blames Fox News for Flood of Calls to Her Office: ‘Like They Do It with Their Breakfast or Something.’

TROLL LEVEL: SCHLICHTER.

I’m not sure they actually need the encouragement, but it sure is fun.

NERD HEAVEN: You can now download the source code for all Infocom text adventure classics.

The code was uploaded by Jason Scott, an archivist who is the proprietor of textfiles.com. His website describes itself as “a glimpse into the history of writers and artists bound by the 128 characters that the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) allowed them”—in particular those of the 1980s. He announced the GitHub uploads on Twitter earlier this week.

The games were written in the LISP-esque “Zork Implementation Language,” or ZIL, which you could be forgiven for not being intimately familiar with already. Fortunately, Scott also tweeted a link to a helpful manual for the language on archive.org.

Dive in and you’ll find that things are very different now than they were then. At the time Infocom was active, personal computers did not have a widely shared architecture, so the path ZIL’s architects took was to allow game creators to write instructions for a virtual machine called the Z-machine, which was then brought to the various platforms of the day. There are interpreters available today for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android, among other platforms.

After 30-plus years, it sure would be nice to finally beat “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

WE DON’T. WE REALLY DON’T. 2020 Candidate Andrew Yang Says U.S. Needs a Value Added Tax (VAT).

METFORMIN UPDATE: Diabetes drug Metformin may fight heart disease, study says. “Metformin could reverse left ventricular hypertrophy, thickening of the heart muscle, which can cause heart disease, according to research published Tuesday in the European Heart Journal. . . . ‘The findings from our study reinforce the notion that metformin has the potential to improve cardiovascular health, offering the possibility of improving life expectancy of patients,’ Lang said. ‘From the standpoint of clinical practice, this drug is already approved and well tolerated with minimal side effect.'”

MICHAEL LEDEEN: Is Notre Dame a Bad Omen or a Sign of the Strength of Western Civilization?

IT DEPENDS WHO YOU ARE EXPOSING: The pro-life activists who filmed a Planned Parenthood staffer negotiating the price of fetal body parts in a crowded restaurant will soon find out if they have to face trial:

First Amendment attorney Matthew Strugar predicted a liberal San Francisco jury will convict Daleiden and Merritt even if the evidence comes out in their favor – greenlighting judges to chip away at the investigative tools available to journalists. “CMP to me are despicable actors who seem to be grossly misstating what happened,” Strugar, who is not affiliated with the case, said by phone from Los Angeles. But he said the group’s undercover methods “are tried-and-true investigative techniques” long used by journalists in the United States to gather evidence of misconduct, from animal abuse on farms to auto mechanics ripping off customers.

The sad part is that the mainstream media and their lawyers — who have a lot to lose here — are avoiding fighting for the right to do this kind of undercover filming because of their liberal pro-Planned Parenthood agenda. If you’re looking for honesty and commitment to principles, the media bar ain’t what it used to be. But secret film of Mitt Romney talking about the 47% who won’t vote for him? No problem.

GOOD NEWS: Brittany Hunter: The Financial State of Unions After Janus. “While it was initially unclear how exactly this ruling would affect agency fees and union membership, new numbers reported to the Labor Department have shed some light on its impact so far. According to the numbers disclosed, the AFSCME and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) lost a combined total of 210,000 agency fee payers during 2018, showing just how big of a role coercion plays in their revenue stream.”

THIS PRETTY MUCH SUMS THINGS UP: Keep Digging Dems! You’ll Find that Pony Somewhere in the Manure Pile Known as the Mueller Report.

JOHN HINDERAKER on the ongoing collusion meme: “One of the Democrats’ basic problems is that ‘attempting’ to obstruct the investigation doesn’t make a lot of sense. If Trump had really wanted to obstruct the investigation, he could simply have terminated it. And Mueller acknowledges that the administration fully cooperated with the investigation in every way. So the ‘attempts to obstruct’ come down to Trump expressing outrage at the fact that a baseless, partisan investigation was hampering his administration. Arguably Trump should have brought the Mueller farce to an end, but he didn’t.”

SO LONG AS IT’S NOT FROM THERANOS: Fingerprick PSA Test Has In-Office Results in 12 Minutes.

WELL, THAT’S A TAKE: MSNBC’S Nicolle D Wallace says, “We know it wasn’t a criminal conspiracy with the Russians, but then what was it? Because Robert Mueller spent 22 months looking at it, and if there was nothing, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have taken 22 months to say nothing.”

Keep digging, there’s must be a pony under there somewhere.

Video at the Twitter link.

A REASONABLE MISTAKE: ‘Patient zero’ of Michigan measles outbreak thought he was immune because he had it before: Doctor. “He was told he was immune because he had the measles [when he was younger], that’s why initially he completely discounted his [the doctor’s] suggestion.”

BLUE CITY BLUES: New York City’s Population Dips for First Time in Over a Decade.

International migration into New York City’s five boroughs tapered off, as more residents left, shrinking the city’s population in 2017 and 2018, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers released Thursday.

New York’s population dropped 0.47% to 8.4 million by July 2018, compared with the previous year. Census officials previously estimated that New York’s population grew by about 7,000 in 2017, but revised figures show it actually dipped by about 38,000, a 0.45% decline from the prior year.

The city isn’t run as well as it once was, to say the least.

HATRED OF JOURNALISTS TURNING TO VIOLENCE, WATCHDOG WARNS. This Agence France Presse article at Yahoo has a photo of Trump at a presser atop it for the obligatory “Orange Man Bad” vibe, but note this:

The period since President Donald Trump’s election in 2016 has been one of the “American journalism community’s darkest moments”, the report added.

It linked the president’s “notorious anti-press rhetoric” with “terrifying harassment” aimed particularly at women and journalists of colour.

– Murder and threats –

“Never before have US journalists been subjected to so many death threats or turned so often to private security firms for protection,” it added.

“Hatred of the media is now such that a gunman walked into the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, in June and killed four journalists and one other staff member,” the report added.

As Insta-co-blogger Charles Glasser noted at the beginning of the month, “That’s all fine and dandy…except it’s a strawman: The shooter had in fact targeted the staff members over a long-running feud with the newspaper that stemmed over a 2012 defamation lawsuit. Even Reuters was forced to discipline an editor who repeated the talking point.”

Charles’ post was headlined, “Repeat a Lie Often Enough.” And the lie goes on.

A NEW LEATHERMAN MULTITOOL with magnetic locking.

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Robert Francis O’Rourke Hates America (But Wants to Be President Anyway).

WHATCHOO THINK OF ME NOW? Bendgate 2.0: Samsung’s $2,000 foldable phone is already breaking. “There are numerous reports of Samsung’s $2,000 device breaking after a single day, sometimes due to poor durability, other times due to user error.”

NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS: Ocasio-Cortez Makes A ‘How My Green New Deal Saved The World’ Video.

Is there a cameo appearance by (either Obama’s or Orwell’s) Julia?

TO BE FAIR, IT’S BUZZFEED:

OKAY, I WROTE THIS FOR USA TODAY right after the Barr press conference, but they don’t want to run it because it doesn’t incorporate the Mueller Report. Since I don’t have time to read and digest the report this afternoon (I’m teaching two 2-hour classes back to back), I’m just posting it here. Enjoy!

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BILL BARR: ADULT IN THE ROOM

Glenn Harlan Reynolds

Bill Barr’s press conference regarding the Mueller Report release was notable for both style and substance.

On style, he reminded us that in an age of shrieking media hysteria and out-of-control twitter-pols, there is still a place for stolid, stodgy, rule-following bureaucrats. Standing at the lectern with his lieutenants behind him, he calmly and carefully explained what was in the report, what had been redacted and why, and what the applicable laws and rules were. He didn’t play to the media, or to the social media. In tone and manner he was, well, boring.

It was refreshing.

On substance, he made clear that, after two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and endless media speculation, the “Russian collusion” story was, as some of us had noted all along, a story about nothing. No member of Trump’s campaign — and in fact, no American anywhere — colluded with the Russians to influence the campaign.

In Barr’s words: “As the Special Counsel’s report makes clear, the Russian government sought to interfere in our election. But thanks to the Special Counsel’s thorough investigation, we now know that the Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have the cooperation of President Trump or the Trump campaign – or the knowing assistance of any other Americans for that matter. That is something that all Americans can and should be grateful to have confirmed. “

Nor do fallback claims of “obstruction” hold water: “In assessing the President’s actions discussed in the report, it is important to bear in mind the context. President Trump faced an unprecedented situation. As he entered into office, and sought to perform his responsibilities as President, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office, and the conduct of some of his associates. At the same time, there was relentless speculation in the news media about the President’s personal culpability. Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was in fact no collusion. And as the Special Counsel’s report acknowledges, there is substantial evidence to show that the President was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks. Nonetheless, the White House fully cooperated with the Special Counsel’s investigation, providing unfettered access to campaign and White House documents, directing senior aides to testify freely, and asserting no privilege claims. And at the same time, the President took no act that in fact deprived the Special Counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete his investigation. Apart from whether the acts were obstructive, this evidence of non-corrupt motives weighs heavily against any allegation that the President had a corrupt intent to obstruct the investigation.”

Barr also noted that the White House did not ask for any redactions in the report, and President Trump chose not to exert Executive Privilege, even though, in Barr’s words, “he would have been well within his rights to do so.” What redactions were made in the report were made by the Department of Justice attorneys and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s staff, and were designed to protect ongoing investigations and prosecutions, and some national security matters.

So no collusion, and no obstruction, and no serious grounds for complaining about the redactions. No doubt some politicians, eager to keep their base heated up, will try to pretend otherwise, and some cable news channels and media outlets, desperate for viewers and clicks, will go along.

But normal people should be pleased and relieved that there was no collusion, even as they should be angry that a huge chunk of our political class seriously maintained that the President of the United States was a Russian puppet. That claim, based more on a desire to undo the 2016 election than on any actual evidence, was a poisonous corruption of our political discourse, and those involved should be — but won’t be — ashamed.

They should, however, be ignored in the future.

THE TANK IN EMPIRE OF THE EAST HAD THIS: All-Seeing HD Cameras Could Solve Tanks’ Biggest Weakness. As I recall, though, it was somewhat vulnerable to fire-extinguisher foam.

GOOD: Students accused of sexual assault are suing colleges — and winning most of the time. We need to add a zero or two to the damage awards, though.

NO, IT WAS DRIVEN BY HATRED FOR ALL THINGS REPUBLICAN: Was Mueller probe driven by political bias against Trump?

WHOA: Prosecutors Ask To Present Evidence That NXIVM Sex Cult Leaders Illegally Bundled Money For Hillary Clinton Campaign. “Prosecutors have asked to present evidence in the NXIVM sex cult racketeering trial showing that NXIVM leaders including Nancy Salzman and Clare Bronfman illegally bundled money for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign by compelling members to donate to Clinton and then reimbursing the members.”

Developing…

SPIN, SPIN, SPIN: ‘Propaganda,’ ‘a Farce,’ and ‘a Disgrace’: 2020 Dems Slam AG Barr’s Press Conference.

I’m so old I can remember when we were told we must accept the results of the Mueller investigation.

HERE’S A SEARCHABLE PDF OF THE MUELLER REPORT.

IN THE MAIL: From Bret Easton Ellis, White.

Also, browse today’s Lightning Deals and Deals Of The Day.

JIM TREACHER: Seattle Man Punches Priest After Asking, ‘How’s Trump?’ “Now that CBS is normalizing political violence, it’s open season on anybody the left doesn’t like. It’s okay to punch Nazis, and a Nazi can be anybody you want. Even a priest.”

WELL, THAT’S PRETTY CLEAR: No Collusion, No Obstruction, AG Barr Confirms in Press Conference. “‘The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government and its election interference activities,’ Barr quoted from the Mueller report.”

PLUS: Andy McCarthy on Fox just now: “The special counsel did not resolve the prosecutorial decision on obstruction, so this is a decision for Barr to make.”

Anything else is just spin, spin, spin.

FROM LESLIE EASTMAN AT LEGAL INSURRECTION, A REVIEW of Megan Fox’s new book, Believe Evidence: The Death of Due Process from Salome to #MeToo.

FLASHBACK: Russians! Under my bed!

UPDATE: Seen on Facebook:

JAMES P. PINKERTON: The Democrats’ Coming Sister Souljah Moment. “Sooner or later, they’ll need to distance themselves from the radicalism of Ilhan Omar.”

Given the current Corbynization of the party, is that still a possibility? Bill Clinton — he of the famous Sister Souljah moment — is too centrist for today’s Democrats.

STANDING UP TO THE CRYBULLIES: George Mason law school senior associate dean: Justice Kavanaugh will not be fired despite demands.

ANTISOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter blocks EFF tweet that criticized bogus takedown of a previous tweet. “Starz filed bogus takedown requests—Twitter eventually restored blocked tweets.”

WHY ARE LEFTIES SO RACIST? Socialist students: Don’t let ‘war criminal’ Condoleezza Rice speak.

YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO WATCH THE BARR PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE HERE.

UPDATE: Bob Barr is the adult in the room here, explaining why there’s nothing there with no collusion and no obstruction and unprecedented cooperation from the White House, including a White House decision not to exert executive privilege even though the President would have been well within his rights to do so. Expect the press to ignore that as much as possible in favor of the usual Schiff.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Here’s the transcript.

MORE: Seen on Facebook:

I loved Barr’s response to some reporterette who asked why he called President Trump’s situation at the beginning of his presidency, with him, his family, and associates under intense scrutiny and investigation “unprecedented.”
Reporter: “Why do you say that is unprecedented?”
Barr: “Has it happened before?”
Reporter: “No.”
Barr: “Then it’s unprecedented.”

Heh.

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Special Mueller Report Edition and Much, Much More. “All the major media outlets have ‘guides’ about how to read/what it means/what you need to know about the Mueller Report. You don’t need to read anything those clowns have prepared because they don’t know what the [redacted] they are talking about.”

Solid advice.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): In the coming weeks, I think the big story will be the investigation into how we got here, and the political weaponization of the intelligence and criminal-justice against Trump under the Obama Administration.

SPENGLER: ‘Reservoir Dems’ Prepare for a Trump 2020 Landslide. “Let’s see if I did my intersectional sums correctly: Feminists like Pelosi are Islamophobes, gays like Buttigieg are racists, blacks are homophobic, and white men like Biden and Sanders are misogynist and classist, as the case may be. Beto O’Rourke is a misogynist, although his ode to cows may win him the bovine vote. I suppose the Democrats will have to nominate Cory Booker, who says he isn’t gay but might be, and whose net worth might be as low as $600,000. No goofier notion ever invaded American political thinking than the idea of a coalition based on entitled victimhood and invented identity.”

Plus: “The great debate in antiquity on the character of a republic opposed Cicero to St. Augustine. Cicero argued that a republic was founded on common interest, to which Augustine replied that it depended on a common love. The Reservoir Democrats are united by hatred of a third party, namely the American republic itself, as well as hatred of each other and often of themselves.”

Related: Ilhan Omar, Harbinger of Democratic Decline? With political power comes rhetorical responsibility.

SOCIALIST STARVATION IN VENEZUELA: Socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro and his government ought to resign in shame, but caudillos and their cronies inevitably attempt to cling to power, no matter the suffering they inflict.

RELATED: China’s Venezuela venture.

LIGHTNING DOWN UNDER: An F-35 makes a pass over the Melbourne Air and Space Show.

SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL:

I almost feel sorry for the TV news people. They have to put on a show, but they’ll have to talk about the report without reading it. It’s 400 pages. What can they do except roll out some pre-written material?

William Barr is doing a press conference on the report at 9:30, and the report won’t be available until 11. That pretty much forces everyone to give immense priority to Barr’s presentation, and not just for the 1 1/2 hours between 9:30 and 11. They’ll have to keep talking about that, because they’ll only be getting started reading the material.

What can they do, once 11 rolls around, to avoid continuing to analyze the Barr presentation (which will include denouncing his decision to do a press conference and dominate the news in advance of the release of the text)? You can be cynical and say the text won’t affect the media, and everyone will keep saying what they were already saying, and that is, in fact, my baseline assumption. The TV news is awful.

Plus some suggestions on how to not be awful, suggestions that will almost certainly be ignored.

GOOD QUESTION: Will Tocqueville’s Dilemma Crash America?

Tocqueville insisted that old regime aristocrats felt compelled by laws and customs to take some care of their servants, that they were bound, however distantly, to their peasants by the land they shared and their regular interactions. The new industrial oligarchs would find themselves free of even these weak bonds. Tocqueville was not arguing for a return to feudalism; he was trying to show just how bad the new oligarchs would be. Workers and masters would see one another only at the factory and otherwise have no point of contact and certainly no sense of responsibility. “The manufacturing aristocracy of our day,” remarked Tocqueville, “after having impoverished and brutalized the men whom it uses, leaves them to be nourished by public charity in times of crisis. This results naturally from what precedes. Between worker and master relations are frequent, but there is no genuine association.”

Perhaps the state, by reducing material insecurity and regulating industry, could offer a partial escape from the logic of Tocqueville’s argument. But it would not fully counter the dynamic that concerned him unless it also somehow brought into existence the “genuine association” that he thought was necessary for true freedom. The more pessimistic second volume of Democracy in America presses us to worry, however, that a state powerful and centralized enough to effectively regulate the industrial economy would also, by virtue of its power and centralization, crowd out the local politics most conducive to the arts of association.

Federalism was the Founders’ attempt to balance local politics with a national government, but progressivism tipped the balance far in Washington’s favor, and seeks to tip it even further.

Still, an interesting piece and worth your time.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Big Money, No Debt: The Blunt New Pitch for Blue-Collar Workers.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Court Docs: Prosecutors Ask To Present Evidence That NXIVM Sex Cult Leaders Illegally Bundled Money For Hillary Clinton Campaign. “Prosecutors have asked to present evidence in the NXIVM sex cult racketeering trial showing that NXIVM leaders including Nancy Salzman and Clare Bronfman illegally bundled money for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign by compelling members to donate to Clinton and then reimbursing the members.”

Dinesh D’Souza got jail time for that, and he wasn’t using sex slaves.

JON CALDERA: The Colorado legislature snatched your Trump tax cut.

Your Colorado income tax is based solely on your “taxable income” from your federal 1040 form. For your Colorado state income tax form you take your federal taxable income and multiply by our flat income tax rate, 4.63 percent.

But, for most folks, that federal taxable income actually goes up because there are now fewer allowed itemized deductions. For instance, you can only deduct so much interest from a home loan. This larger taxable income isn’t an issue because the new income tax rates are so much lower, your overall federal tax bill goes down.

But when you use that same, now larger, federal taxable income number for your state taxes, your state tax bill goes up because, wait for it, the Colorado state legislature didn’t lower the state tax rate to adjust for the new Trump Bump. A bill to do so passed out of last year’s Republican controlled Senate to, of course, die in the Democrat controlled House.

So, this year you get to pay for yet another tax increase you didn’t get to vote for.

Fortunately, there is a safety valve in our Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) to make sure excess revenue, like that coming from the Trump Bump, goes back to you the taxpayer in a refund. When the state takes in more revenue than what it did the previous year, plus inflation and population growth, it has to refund that money back to you.

So, the Trump Bump should still be refunded back to you. But, wait for it, it won’t.

Because Democrats.

And do read the whole thing.

FLASHBACK: IRS Apologizes For Aggressive Scrutiny Of Conservative Groups.

JULIE KELLY: Adam Schiff: The Media’s Pin-Up Doll. “There are times that even The Onion—the popular satirical newspaper—can’t compete with the outlandish coverage produced by allegedly legitimate news publications. Newsweek magazine’s front-cover swoon over Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) this week is one such example.”

KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON: Ilhan Omar: A Hostage Situation.

The Democrats are in a political pickle. They would very much prefer that the Jew-hating caucus shut up, and they are not crazy about the fact that the public face of the Democratic party is, at the moment, risible and demented amateurs such as Representative Omar and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, i.e., the people who are even crazier than Senator Sanders. But intersectionality is a jealous god, and they cannot simply tell Representative Omar et al. to sit down and clam up. All they can really do is to try to raise the price of criticizing the nut cutlets on the Democrats’ menu by insisting that criticism of Representative Omar is an attack on Muslims as such, that criticism of Representative Ocasio-Cortez is an attack on Latinas who don’t know how a bill becomes a law, that criticism of Robert Francis O’Rourke is an attack on . . . whatever it is that “Beto” is pretending to be this week. The New York Times et al. are reliable allies on that front.

This is, incidentally, what all those fake hate crimes are really about: Redefining criticism of Democratic politicians and constituencies as violence. When there isn’t enough violence to make that case in a sufficiently dramatic fashion, then violence can simply be invented — and, if the case of Jussie Smollett is anything to go by, the cost of doing so is pretty low. When’s the last time you heard of a prosecutor dropping a 16-felony indictment in exchange for a firm handshake?

That’s a neat trick, really: to be the hostage and the hostage-taker at the same time.

All is proceeding exactly as Mel Brooks has foreseen.

THINK OF THEM AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES AND YOU WON’T GO FAR WRONG:

IT’S JUST A FRIENDLY LOBBYING ORGANIZATION FOUNDED TO FIGHT ANTI-ISLAM SENTIMENT AFTER 9/11: CAIR Official Said He Wished Hitler Was Still Around To Murder Jewish People.

‘MERICA: FOIA Request Confirms Zero Standard Capacity Magazines Turned In to NJ State Police.

When New Jersey passed a law making these magazines illegal in 2018, there was a debate on whether the gun owners of the state would hand in their magazines. When the law went into effect at the end of last year, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal celebrated it as a victory against gun rights advocates.

AmmoLand news reached out to departments across the Garden State and the New Jersey State Police to see how many magazines were turned in for destruction. Local departments were quick to confirm that they did not receive any magazines turned in by the citizens of New Jersey. The State Police would not comment on the record on the number of magazines turned in by residents.

Their silence speaks volumes.

ADRIAN VERMEULE: Liturgy of Liberalism.

BECAUSE SHUT UP, PROLE: Transgender Privilege: Why Must We All Be Forced to Bow to It? “People do not get to be something just by saying so.”

It’s true. I’m still not George Hamilton.

I’M JUST GOING TO GET AHEAD OF THE SPIN AND ANNOUNCE THAT THE MUELLER REPORT SUPPORTS EVERYTHING I ALREADY THOUGHT. And if the redactions were removed, it would support everything I already thought even more.

AMERICA’S PAPER OF RECORD! WITH BONUS UNHINGED-EYES PICTURE OF GREY-GOOSE PELOSI (IT’S LIKE THE CRAZY FOLLOWS YOU AROUND THE ROOM!):  Leftists Demand That All Criticisms Of Trump Cease Until He Stops Getting Death Threats.

TO BE FAIR I ALSO CAN’T STAND TO SEE CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. HUMANS (ADULTS AT LEAST) HAVE SOME UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT’S GOING ON. ANIMALS JUST SUFFER.  OTOH I CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY THE LEFT IS ALWAYS MORE WORRIED ABOUT CRUELTY TO ANIMALS THAN CRUELTY TO PEOPLE. WOULD THEY LOVE THEMSELVES BETTER IF THEY WORE LITTLE BUNNY EARS OR SOMETHING? BECAUSE I’D CONTRIBUTE TO THAT FUNDRAISER.  BUNNY AND KITTEN EARS TO END THE SELF-HATRED AND LOATHSOME DUPLICITY OF THE LEFT. COME ON. WHO’S WITH ME (BESIDES IT WILL MAKE THEM LOOK FUNNY):  North Korea mean to animals! [sob!]

YEAH. I’D SAY AT SOME POINT THEY’VE OBFUSCATED ENOUGH:  Omar’s ‘some people did something’ echoes Obama.

FACTORIES OF INDOCTRINATED ILLITERATES:  Our Expensive, Manipulated Public High Schools.

OH, DEAR LORD:  Snopes: Fact-Checker of Jokes.

WHY DO YOU THINK THEY’RE FINANCED THROUGH COMMUNIST ORGANIZATIONS:  How illegal aliens arrive here as ready-made Democrats.

TO BE FAIR, SHE ONLY BELIEVES WHAT MY KIDS’ BOOKS SAID:  What Genocide? [Updated].

A) IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIM BEING GAY. (OR HILLARY BEING A WOMAN) IT HAS TO DO WITH HIM BEING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, A PHONY ECONOMIC ILLITERATE (AND HILLARY BEING A SEWER OF CORRUPTION)  B) WHEN TELLING CHRISTIANS TO DO LIKE JESUS, IT WOULD BEHOOVE THE MSM TO REMEMBER THAT WEAVING ROPES INTO A SCOURGE AND CHASING THEM OUT OF THE SPACES THEY PROFANE IS A POSSIBILITY:  MSNBC Political Analyst: ‘If Jesus Is So Great, Why Aren’t You Nicer?’

THIS SURE IS MY SHOCKED FACE:  DHS Panel Calls for Urgent Action to Address the Border Crisis.

OH, DEAR LORD:  Mayor Pete Will Make You Bake the Cake .

DOES THIS INVOLVE US TAKING THE BETO DONATION AND SELLING HIM AT HALF OFF AT THE NATIONAL THRIFT STORE ON SALE SATURDAY?  Beto Says Running For President Is A Charitable Donation.

SPEAKING OF RED FLAGS, BOY THEY DO WAVE:  Sol Pais, the FBI and Columbine.

April 17, 2019

NOT MUCH DETAIL ON THIS “NEW JERSEY MAN:” Man with gas cans arrested at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

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LAURENCE JARVIK ON the burning of Notre Dame.

SAD: Storm Clouds Over Tulsa: Inside the academic destruction of a proud private university.

A Harvard Business School professor recently predicted that up to half of all American colleges and universities will go bankrupt in the next ten to 15 years. While this may be a worst-case scenario, universities have for years been offering an increasingly inferior product at unsustainably high prices to an ever-more skeptical group of prospective students. Many institutions below the top tier are scrambling to respond to the collapse of the higher-education bubble by jettisoning the liberal arts and pumping up the practical ones: health care, computer science, business, and other technical fields that promise to yield jobs immediately after graduation. This approach has been employed in a particularly crude and short-sighted manner at the University of Tulsa, where a new administration has turned a once-vibrant academic institution with a $1.1 billion endowment and a national reputation in core liberal arts subjects into a glorified trade school with a social-justice agenda. Our story is worth telling, because we have been hit by a perfect storm of trends currently tearing through the American academy: the confident ignorance of administrators, the infantilization of students, the policing of faculty, the replacement of thinking with ideological jargon, and the corporatization of education.

There’s a lot of that going around. But if you’re going to be a trade school be a real one, without a social justice agenda.

TO BE FAIR, POWERPOINT IS AN INVENTION OF SATAN: Death By Powerpoint: The Slide That Killed Seven People.

VENEZUELA’S MADURO STARVES HIS OWN PEOPLE: It’s socialism, all the way down.

OPEN THREAD: Disport yourselves in the comments.

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