LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Ilhan Omar Says Boycotting Israel Is Like Boycotting Nazi Germany. “David Steinberg is doing the heavy lifting the Pulitzer-winning, corporate, “news” industry is not. Over at Powerline, Steinberg has the receipts on Omar’s marriage to her brother. Did you know Omar isn’t really her last name? Interesting stuff, go check it out. It’s not just that Omar married her brother, which is gross, but she did it (allegedly) to commit fraud. I wonder what the consequences will be?”

NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE PRAISES SOVIET UNION FOR DIVERSITY IN LOSING SPACE RACE:

The New York Times published an article detailing “How the Soviets Won the Space Race for Equality” Tuesday, highlighting how socialism allowed people of “the humblest origins” to become successful.

The article, published under the “Past Tense” section, compared the “segregated United States” to the Soviet Union during the space race. While America put the first man on the moon, the Soviets sent the first man into space in 1961, before the U.S., and then sent “the first woman, the first Asian man, and the first black man into orbit – all years before the Americans would follow suit,” the article read.

It’s straight out of the Howell Raines school of group identity politics. As Raines’ classic Freudian slip went in 2001, a couple of years before Jayson Blair became a household name for all the wrong reasons, the Times’ hiring campaign “has made our staff better and, more importantly, more diverse.” Similarly, the Soviets lost the space race, but their hearts were purer. (Except they most certainly weren’t.)

PRIVACY: How extensions slurped up browsing histories from 4M users. “Have your tax returns, Nest videos, and medical info been made public?”

WHAT THEY CHOOSE NOT TO COVER IS AS REVEALING AS WHAT THEY CHOOSE TO DISCUSS: Ignored by media bigs, book on Kavanaugh fight debuts No. 3 in New York Times.

The book is Mollie Hemingway & Carrie Severino’s Justice on Trial.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Labor fight roils Bernie Sanders campaign, as workers demand the $15 hourly pay the candidate has proposed for employees nationwide.

As legendary Moonbase Alpha-Beta Commander Buck Murdock likes to say, irony can be pretty ironic sometimes.

DAN MARKEL UPDATE: Five Years After Dan Markel’s Murder, Journey To Justice Continues.

WHEN YOU SLAG THE U.S. SPACE PROGRAM FOR INSUFFICIENT DIVERSITY — AND YOU CAN’T EVEN GET THAT RIGHT:

Give the Soviet Union credit though — one place where it excelled was in getting good propaganda value from the New York Times. And that remains true even when it’s dead and gone.

PAUL CURRY: The Squad to Re-Elect President Trump. “Donald Trump, by injecting himself into the Democrat’s civil war and compelling the Pelosi establishment to embrace the Squad, may have just pulled off a classic Tom Sawyer move. Rather than allowing the Democrats to reign in their extreme left flank and quell the temper-tantrum-like calls for impeachment, he has gotten the left to embrace their darker demons and make the Squad the face of the party. In doing so, he has made four freshman Congresswomen the Squad to Re-elect the President.”

It might be a Grand Master-level trolling event if Trump were to send them all campaign donations in the maximum amount.

DO YOU EVEN CONSTITUTION, SIS? Joy Behar on Trump: ‘Why can’t he be brought up on charges of hate speech?’

“Hate speech” is a legally meaningless term. In nonlegal contexts, it just means speech lefties hate, mostly because they hate the speaker.

FASTER, PLEASE: Number of US overdose deaths appears to be falling.

ANSWER: BECAUSE PHONY BETO-MANIA HAS BITTEN THE DUST: How Beto Made Himself into White-Privilege Guy.

In his almost certainly ill-fated pursuit of the 2020 Democratic nomination, O’Rourke is no longer on the warpath to oust the media-loathed incumbent like Ted Cruz. He’s now in a crowded field with other Democrats, many of whom are actual minorities (and one who tried her damnedest). The media no longer view him as the adorable, skateboard-riding, honorary Hispanic who would supplant a creepy religious senator from Texas, but instead a privileged white male standing in the way of some minority candidate poised deliver a symbolic rebuke to Donald Trump (and, by fiat, the no-good-very-bad racists who elected him.)

The Daily Beast writes of “The Unbearable White Privilege of Beto O’Rourke;” CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson said that Beto’s careerism “drips with white male privilege” and insisted that “O’Rourke, tall, handsome, white and male, has this latitude, to be and do anything. His privilege even allows him to turn a loss to the most despised candidate of the cycle into a launching pad for a White House run. Stacey Abrams, a Yale-trained lawyer, couldn’t do this.”

Beto, meet Robert Francis.

O’Rourke soon realized he must drag himself through that tired rubric of public self-flagellation and self-loathing expected of white progressive men who deign to challenge visible minorities for a chance at power. It has, as of this writing, been an abject disaster:

“As a white man who has had privileges that others could not depend on, or take for granted,” a fallen, emasculated Beto said on Meet the Press, clearly penitent for the accidents of his birth, “I’ve clearly had advantages over the course of my life.” And he is obliged to report that he, and the society that afforded him these ill-gotten gains, are irredeemable to at their very core. He told immigrants and refugees gathered at a campaign in Nashville that “this country was founded on white supremacy, and every single institution and structure that we have in this country still reflects the legacy of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow and suppression, even in our democracy.”

Nia-Malika Henderson was right — look at what happened to Stacey Abrams!

Heh. One way or another, it’s only a matter of time before Elizabeth Warren faces a similar reckoning.

KIRA DAVIS: The Term “People Of Color” Hijacks Black America’s Hard-Earned Legacy And I’m Sick Of It.

I’m fine if other minority groups want to lump themselves in with each other with this whole POC thing. There’s a shorthand in it all that’s valuable and I get that. I just don’t think Black Americans want or deserve to be tied to their watered-down version of “the struggle.”

Because that’s what this is – a naked attempt to hijack the unique civil rights struggles of Black America in order to hitch a ride to Victim Town. When women like Pressley are forced to lump her heritage and American experience in with those who are not “African-American/Black” she is being forced to pour water into her ancestral soup. She is forced to be brown instead of Black.

There is so much power in blackness that these women and others like them on the Left are desperate to pretend they know the struggle to siphon off even a little bit of that power.

They have no right, and I won’t participate in it.

One of my favorite things about Kira is her sunny disposition, but I think I like her when she’s angry.

SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS ARE GARBAGE PEOPLE: Karol Markowicz: The Times’ obscene attacks on the Apollo program. “‘Cosmonaut diversity was key for the Soviet message to the rest of the globe,’ the writer, Sophie Pinkham, wrote. Her piece reads like something from an old issue of the Soviet newspaper Pravda boasting of the achievements of the Soviet space program.”

Or maybe she’s a closet alt-right operative, comparing the failed-but-diverse Soviet program with the white-male-dominated American program that actually landed men (!) on the Moon. Best to un-person her just in case.

Related:

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Far Left Prepares To Throw Barack Obama Into The Dustbin Of History.

That’s already begun, as I mentioned in March, when Ilhan Omar attacked Obama’s policies both at the border and in the Middle East. Bernie was trashing the economy of the Obama era while Obama was still in office. AOC’s “Green New Deal” is premised on the notion that Obama’s own green-obsessed “New New Deal” (as Time magazine dubbed it) accomplished nothing. And since Joe Biden is running on Obama-era nostalgia, that encourages all of his opponents to point out all that went wrong during “the most scandal-free administration in history.” (Just ask them.)

ILHAN OMAR: Tying Up Loose Threads In The Curious Case.

THIS WEEK IN CALI MADNESS: Saving the Planet from Natural Gas. “Are you tired of paying too little for clean-burning energy that reduces carbon emissions? Then has Berkeley got a deal for you!”

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. SHUDDER:  Tick lodged on Kentucky man’s eyeball made ‘popping’ noise when doctor pulled it off.

AT LEAST A THIRD OF MEN ARE SEEING THIS AND THINKING, “SHE LOOKS KINDA HOT.” AND SOME WOMEN WILL THINK SHE LOOKS EMPOWERED OR STRONG OR SOMETHING:  Chloe Haines’ Jet2 meltdown caused hijack scare, $105K bill.

C’MON JOHN – YOU’RE ENGLISH; YOU KNOW SOME OF THOSE KNIGHTS WERE VERY NAUGHTY INDEED:  John Cleese: I’m ‘too naughty’ for knighthood.  Stop having delusions of badness….

FASTER, PLEASE:  Scientists discover new way to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes.

GIVEN THE MEDIA PORTRAYAL OF MEN IT WOULD BE HARD TO SEEM LESS COMPETENT. THANKS, MEDIA!  Women seen as more competent but less ambitious than men.

WHY MICKEY, WHAT BIG EARS YOU HAVE!  Disney uses apps, ‘MagicBands’ to spy on guests: report.

MALTHUS IS DEAD, PAUL EHRLICH WAS WRONG, AND EVEN THE VERY FUNNY COMMENTERS ARE ASSUMING THAT CENSUSES IN AFRICA ARE REAL AND THE POPULATION IS EXPLODING THERE: I don’t know whether to pat them on the head for their trust in governments that are net recipients of aid per-capita, or be in awe of their confidence that tribal, screwed up Africa could get an accurate count if they wanted to (note, we don’t, and pad the censuses with all sorts of “uncountable” people).  And that’s before I ARGH at the fact they don’t seem to notice the massive deaths from AIDS (which was actually an heterosexual disease there, for various cultural reasons and an epidemic) were never shown in the count.  But overall, their hearts are in the right place.  You can have our burgers when you pry them out of our cold, dead hands.

THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE:  5 Things House Democrats Are Ignoring in Favor of Condemnation, Impeachment, & Contempt.

ONE STAND TOO FAR:  No, I Won’t Stand With Ilhan Omar … EVER.

AT LEAST NO ONE HAS TO EXPLAIN TO THEIR LITTLE KIDS — NOW — WHY ALL ADULTS BLUSH AT THE MENTION OF CIGARS AND BLUE DRESSES:  Trump is Teaching Our Children All the Bad Things.

Note that the presidents I used (and only parts of their bios) as role models for my kids were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the more expurgated parts of Benjamin Franklin (Until they got old enough to savor double entendres.)  And that as a libertarian my response to the Clinton mess was “Aye, very good. It’s only sex. And if the president submits to his private life being on pay-perview he can just sex as much as he wants. And we can pay the national debt.” It’s the hypocrisy that annoys me.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Ilhan Omar Happened Because Media Chose to Lie to You. “Three years ago, most American newsrooms picked Ilhan Omar — despite her crawling Jew-hatred and evidence of an extensive criminal past — to be the transcendent face America needed to fight bigotry and federal corruption. Reporters apparently chose to lie about Omar to help birth a more trusting country.”

Just click over already.

OPEN THREAD: Knock yourselves out.

MORE ENTITLED LEFTIST VIOLENCE: Forget ‘Punch a Nazi,’ Get Ready for ‘Violently Shove a Priest.’

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: “Gendered Language Like ‘Manhole’ Will Soon Be Banned From Berkeley’s City Codes,” CBS’s Sacramento affiliate reports.

The city voted Tuesday night to replace gendered terms in its municipal codes, like “manhole” and “manpower,” with gender-neutral ones like “maintenance hole” and “human effort.”

The item passed without discussion or comments and was not controversial, said Berkeley City Council member Rigel Robinson, the bill’s primary author.

“There’s power in language,” Robinson said. “This is a small move, but it matters.”

The revised city documents also will replace instances of gendered pronouns, such as “he” and “she” with “they,” according to the ordinance.

Berkeley’s municipal code currently contains mostly masculine pronouns, the office of the city manager said in a letter to the mayor and city council.

“Having a male-centric municipal code is inaccurate and not reflective of our reality,” Robinson said. “Women and non-binary individuals are just as entitled to accurate representation. Our laws are for everyone, and our municipal code should reflect that.”

That topic was mentioned in passing during Ronald Reagan’s very last radio address before announcing his candidacy for the White House way back in 1979:

In Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the City Council has ruled that from now on those metal-covered holes in our streets we’ve long called manholes will henceforth be known as person holes.

And in Missoula, Montana, a Peeping Tom ordinance is now a `Peeping Person’ law.

No one will benefit from Berkeley’s dip into the Newspeak Dictionary, except for the city’s uber-woke bureaucrats. They’ll now have yet another reason to chastise the blue collar workers who have to go down what will now be called “maintenance holes” to help keep the city’s infrastructure running. And Gaia forbid that a sewer worker slip and call them manhole covers when dealing with his boss, who is more interested in pronouns than keeping the city’s plumbing working.

Or as Victor Davis Hanson wrote a few years ago when asking why Sacramento was increasingly beguiled with high-speed rail, even as its own highways were crumbling, “It is almost as if California answers back: ‘I am too bewildered by your premodern challenges, so I will take psychological refuge in my postmodern fantasies.'”

BECAUSE IT’S NOT THE UN: Why Won’t the UN Say What Really Reduces Poverty?

POLITICAL WIRE: Trump Averaged Highest Approval Last Quarter.

SURVIVALBLOG FOUNDER M.D. CREEKMORE has a new site.

WAR ON SCIENCE: Protesters continue to block telescope construction in Hawaii. “The number of protesters daily blocking access to Mauna Kea in Hawaii and thus prevent the start of construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) grew to more than 2,000 yesterday. The police arrested 33 people, but did nothing else to clear the road. Meanwhile, Democratic governor David Ige finally took some action, albeit mild.”

UPDATE: From the comments: “So on the 50th anniversary of the manned moon landing, we have pagans protesting an astronomical observatory on land sacred to a volcano god. Stupid people. They’re everywhere.”

This didn’t happen in 1969 because it would have been mocked and punished. It happens now because it is indulged. But it’s just some grifter angling for a payoff.

IRAN: “Defensive action”: We took down an Iranian drone, says Trump. “This isn’t Trump in boastful rally mode, spiking the football after a show of American military strength. This is Trump sounding subdued because he knows that incidents like this might draw a response that will change the course of his presidency in an instant. He doesn’t want war — he’s made that clear and there’s every reason to think he’s telling the truth.”

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THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Omar: Now That I’ve Filed My Boycott-Israel Motion, I’ll Go To … Israel.

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO: Stiffening the Backbone of the Right.

THEY’D NEVER DO THIS TO MUSLIMS: Church volunteers no longer allowed to lead library playgroup after singing about God.

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: NYT: Yeah, Well, the Soviets Sent Women and Minorities into Space First.

GET THAT MAN AN UMBRELLA AND A GATORADE, STAT: Can’t Stand the Heat? Biden Looks & Sounds Terrible on the Trail Today.

FLASHBACK: We used to get rockets to the Moon. Now we get Facebook.

SO THEY WANTED TO “SEND HIM BACK,” IN OTHER WORDS? Enough Games, Democrats: We Know You Wanted To Deport Sebastian Gorka.

BOTTOM STORY OF THE DAY: Booker says he felt disrespected in his verbal tussle with Biden.

TAMARA KEEL: Hobbyists vs. Hardcore Enthusiasts: The Gun-Community Divide. I think we can all be friends.

THE LEFT IS BIG ON INFLATING CURRENCY, WHETHER MORAL OR FINANCIAL, UNTIL IT’S WORTHLESS: “RACISM”: IT’S NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE. “The idea that politicians may or may not be subject to criticism or disagreement depending on their skin color is so un-American, and so profoundly stupid, that it is hard to imagine that anyone could assert it. Yet we live in such degraded times that one-third of Democrats are willing to tell pollsters that is what they believe.”

Related: The Sordid History of Liberals Calling Republicans Racists.

WHO KNOWS THIS? TRUMP KNOWS THIS. The backlash is growing against Xi Jinping in China and around the world.

20 MINUTES INTO THE FUTURE: The Nightmare Of An America Ruled By AOC And Her Socialist Pals.

PRIVACY: Read this before using FaceApp — you give up more personal data than you realize on this Russian-made app.

FaceApp, a smartphone app that allows users to apply filters onto selfies they upload, has grown in popularity again thanks to a feature that allows users to make themselves look older.

But cybersecurity experts have raised several red flags about FaceApp. It’s made by a Wireless Lab, a small company based in Russia and, according to its terms and conditions, your photos could be used in unexpected ways.

FaceApp’s privacy policy notes its affiliates and service providers “may transfer information that we collect about you, including personal information across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world.”

FaceApp essentially owns images uploaded to its service and can use them in any way it wants. That could include anything from splashing your photo across a billboard to using it in the development of facial recognition technology.

Machine learning requires tons of data, which users have been happily uploading in droves in exchange for “free” apps and services.

WELL, GOOD: Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. appear to be falling, CDC data show.

TROLL LEVEL, PRESIDENTIAL:  Trump: What’s This About Ilhan Omar and Her Brother?

IN THE SOVIET UNION, THE FUTURE IS ALWAYS CERTAIN; IT’S THE PAST THAT’S ALWAYS CHANGING: The War over America’s Past Is Really about Its Future.

(Classical reference in headline.)

 

NOAH ROTHMAN: The Outrage Economy.

The commodification of outrage has become a business model. Nike’s sales surged after it joined forces with its controversial spokesman and his campaign against standing for the singing of the national anthem. The carmaker Audi, too, enjoyed a sales bump when it advanced in a Super Bowl spot the flawed notion that women only make a fraction of what men make for the same work. The razor-maker Gillette’s two-minute-long web-based advertisement appealing to stereotypes to imply that conventional male socialization was transforming young men into abusers and sexual harassers generated a firestorm of controversy and a 6 percent increase in Procter & Gamble’s stock price.

Surveys routinely show that consumers will patronize firms based not on the products they produce but the “social or political issues” they embrace. People want to (literally) wear their politics on their sleeves. The controversies around which brands organize their outrage campaigns are, however, often chimerical.

“I think a lot of people in today’s day and age want to know, ‘What are we supposed to be outraged about,’” said a former employee of the anger-stoking Millennial media company Mic.com. The site specialized in controversies you didn’t even know you should be mad about. It advised its readers that they should be outraged over the sexism evident in the BBC’s description of one of its anchors as a “mother of three” and the racism in the television industry exposed by an African-American comedian’s decision to leave NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

What horrible people.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Genetic factors are primary cause of autism, study finds.

SKYNET SMILES: Brains scale better than CPUs. So Intel is building brains. “Neuromorphic hardware is proving able to handle tasks organic brains excel at much more efficiently than conventional processors or GPUs can. Visual object recognition is perhaps the most widely realized task where neural networks excel, but other examples include playing foosball, adding kinesthetic intelligence to prosthetic limbs, and even understanding skin touch in ways similar to how a human or animal might understand it.”

YEP: Axelrod: Trump “Forcing” Democrats To Embrace AOC’s Squad, Accept They Run The Party.

InstaPundit readers have known this since early Sunday evening. “All the Democrats have to do is not be crazy, and Trump’s making it impossible for them to do that.”

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: Tying Up Loose Threads In The Curious Case Of Ilhan Omar.

 

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TYLER O’NEIL: Hidden Motives Behind the Huge 2020 Democratic Primary.

Every presidential candidate receives free hours of TV, radio, and internet attention, with the promise of bigger things to come. “Even if you lose, you exponentially increase your marketability,” aa Republican consultant said in 2015. How much more true is this for Democrats, whose liberal ideology dominates Hollywood, most of the mainstream media, and universities?

As in 2016 with Republicans, the cashing in has already begun. Kamala Harris received a $446,875 advance for her political memoir The Truths We Hold, along with an additional $49,9000 for a young reader’s edition, POLITICO reported. She also got $60,000 for her children’s book Superheroes Are Everywhere. She reported gaining $320,000 for books in her 2018 tax return submitted in April.

Bernie Sanders reported $391,000 in book royalties between 2018 and spring 2019. Ironically, Sanders became one of those “millionaihrs” he loves to hate — by running for president. Amy Klobuchar received a $27,000 advance for an upcoming book, and took in less than $200 in royalties for her 2015 memoir The Senator Next Door.

It’s all about the money, honey.

QUESTION ASKED: Is Boris Johnson wrong to claim Islam set the Muslim world back?

HEALTH: Ebola Epidemic in Congo Declared a Global Health Emergency. “World Health Organization says outbreak has infected more than 2,500 people and killed nearly 1,700 of them.”

BUT: Measles is killing more people in the DRC than Ebola — and faster. “‘Frankly, I am embarrassed to talk only about Ebola,’ WHO director-general says.”

SPACE: 17 Original Sketches That Reveal How the Apollo Missions Worked.

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

ANOTHER MUCH-HOPED-FOR TRUMP “INVESTIGATION” bites the dust.

CBS “NEWS”: These are the Republicans who voted to condemn President Trump’s racist tweets.

That’s an OK (if incorrect) headline for an opinion piece, but Jason Silverstein’s brief item is written up and presented as straight news. But as Glenn noted last night, there’s a lot of that going on.

NOW OUT FROM FRANK J. FLEMING: Hellbender.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Democrats Can’t Take Their Own Medicine.

I can imagine Trump at some point next year getting up and saying, “Never before in all our history have these forces [the media and the opposition party] been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred.”

Actually those are the words of President Franklin Roosevelt in his last major campaign speech before the 1936 election. FDR didn’t refer to the media outlets that opposed him (like the Chicago Tribune) as “the enemy of the people.” Instead, he called them “the Tory press.” And what did he mean by the term “Tory”? Subtle, perhaps, but it meant they were anti-American.

Read the whole thing for additional examples.

OOPS: Bill Gates accidentally makes the case to regulate the hell out of platform companies.

I want to focus on what Gates said next, because it is incredibly relevant to the current conversation about platforms, regulation, and antitrust. Here it is, with my emphasis in bold:

It’s very tricky for platforms… these are winner-take-all markets. It really is winner-take-all. If you’re there with half as many apps or 90 percent as many apps, you’re on your way to complete doom. There’s room for exactly one non-Apple operating system and what’s that worth? $400 billion that would be transferred from company G to company M.

What Gates is describing is commonly referred to as the network effect, which says that the value of the platform to users is really created by all the other people on that network. There’s been a lot of great work exploring how this plays out over the past few years — you might be familiar with Ben Thompson, who has laid out a very refined argument about the network effect called “Aggregation Theory.”

The important thing to know is that it’s well-established that the network effect enables the winning platforms to achieve massive scale and preclude competition. It’s a devastating combination that Gates calls “complete doom.” There’s a reason so many tech markets tend toward monopoly or duopoly, like Android and iOS, or Google search, or Facebook, or Uber and Lyft — the network effect makes it basically impossible to build a competitor because you can’t populate the network. And you can’t buy your way out of this problem: Microsoft famously paid app developers to write Windows Phone apps when there weren’t enough users to otherwise draw developer attention, and… it didn’t work.

This is actually from three weeks ago, but I missed it then. Libertarian/conservative economic theory is sadly out of date when it comes to network effects, but maybe that’s changing.

GRAY LADY CONTINUES TO DIMINISH THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 11:

And unlike those uptight Americans, those hard-partying Soviets did it with the swingingest culture in the world!

Earlier: Apollo Shrugs.

THE GREY EMINENCES WARN THE DEMOCRATS: Democrats’ Far-Left Lean Risks More Than the Presidency.

Other dire scenarios await if the party keeps heading left, responding to its liberal base and the pressure of TV debates. One possible outcome is that Democrats will lose what slim chance they have of retaking the Senate. Then Trump will be able to nominate and confirm probably at least one more and possibly two more conservative Supreme Court justices, plus lower court justices and executive branch officials who’ll carry out his will.

It gets worse. Democrats recaptured the House in 2018 because 40 moderates took seats Republicans won in 2016. If the party is deemed far-left in 2020, Democrats could lose control of the House and Trump could once again operate without any serious congressional oversight.

No one seems to realize the danger more than Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has been resisting liberal pressure to begin impeachment proceedings that would inflame Trump’s base.

Yeah, but she’s a well-known racist.

UNEXPECTEDLY! Commentary: The unexpected effectiveness of US President Donald Trump. “It is dry stuff, this, but it matters. Mr Trump has been a trooper for the anti-government right. It is a particular effort to keep up with the environmental rules he has either scrapped or loosened. Even if he had pulled off none of these domestic ruptures, his foreign policy would be enough to mark him out as a consequential leader. To harden the US line on China is no feat by itself. . . . Political, diplomatic and corporate elites now countenance a lasting struggle with China. This was not just unforeseeable in 2016. It was unforeseeable at the start of 2018. And its implications include nothing less than the gumming up of the globalisation that Mr Trump defines himself against. . . . To say this is not to credit the president with a bureaucratic guile that is somehow lost on other observers. What he does have is an obsession with a few priorities — which is strategic behaviour of a kind — and a personal force that is difficult to thwart. . . Better President Trump than President Mike Pence, Democrats used to say, reasoning that the vice-president would chase rightwing aims more successfully. You hear less of that now. It is not clear that a more seasoned politician would have achieved a great deal more.”

We’re now squarely in Scott Adams Stage Three.

AND DON’T QUESTION HER PATRIOTISM: AOC Silent After Antifa Terrorist Echoes Her ‘Concentration Camps’ Rhetoric on ICE Centers.

IN THE MAIL: The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World.

GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME: Ben Carson Says Trump and His Tweets Aren’t Racist.

VIOLENT, HATEFUL RHETORIC: The Left’s Demonization of Conservatives Becomes Dangerous.

Related: Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History. And additional examples of leftist violence and eliminationist rhetoric at the link.

YOU THINK THEY’LL LET HER IN? Ilhan Omar introduces pro-boycott resolution, announces visit to Israel.

Omar’s resolution revealed on Wednesday, cosponsored by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) and Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), seeks to oppose “unconstitutional legislative efforts to limit the use of boycotts to further civil rights at home and abroad,” and “urges Congress, States, and civil rights leaders from all communities to endeavor to preserve the freedom of advocacy for all by opposing anti-boycott resolutions and legislation.”

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-California) told The Jerusalem Post that Omar’s resolution should not be taken seriously.

“I can’t imagine that any committee is going to mark up or take seriously any pro-BDS resolution,” Sherman said. “Am I worried about the overall BDS movement worldwide as an economic matter? No. As an effort to delegitimize Israel, of course. The comments here today are a tiny part of that delegitimizing effort.”

Honestly, I hope they do let her in, and require her to be questioned by Israeli airport security in the way the American press won’t.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Senator pledges to ‘break up the higher education monopoly’ with new laws.

Josh Hawley, a Republican senator from Missouri, “is introducing two pieces of legislation this week that will expand federal aid for people pursuing vocational education and will put higher education institutions on the hook for students unable to repay student loans,” his office stated in a press release.

“[W]e have a system that preferences students who want to attend a four-year college over Americans who want to learn a skill,” Hawley stated, claiming that the current system “protects higher education institutions that have been padding their endowments with taxpayer money while they raise tuition.”

Hawley’s two proposed bills would address these purported defects. One would “make more job-training and certification programs, like employer-based apprenticeships and digital boot camps, eligible to receive Pell Grants through an alternative accreditation process.” This policy would “reduce reliance on debt and maximize opportunities for students to pursue their dreams.”

The second, more significant bill would force colleges to foot the bill for students who default on their loans.

Good ideas, both. I wonder where he got them?

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UGH: American cancels more flights as Boeing’s 737 Max fleet may stay grounded for longer than expected. “It said it ‘remains confident’ that the Boeing plane will be recertified this year. But some airline executives are growing doubtful about that timetable.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CULTURE OF HATE EDITION: Colorado State University lists “America” and “American” as words to avoid.

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Crowd at Trump Rally Wants to Send Ilhan Omar Back. “The media was freaking out (I know, how can you tell?) because Trump was dragging Congress’s four intersectional princesses (THE SQUAD) at his North Carolina rally. Was anyone surprised? The crowd chanted “send her back” when Trump mentioned Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) which I thought was exciting because I knew I would see all the woke, Pulitzer-winning corporate cable media heads explode like in that movie ‘Scanners’.”

CHANGE: Surge in voters who say race card used against Trump ‘for political gain’

The survey found, for example, that more voters than before believe Trump critics are using race to pound him.

And the percentage of those who think he’s a racist have shrunk.

People aren’t as stupid as Democrats — and the media, but I repeat myself — think. Nobody’s that stupid.

ELI LAKE: China’s Campaign Against the Uighurs Demands a Response. “The evidence is mounting of China’s despicable strategy of cultural persecution in Xinjiang Province.”

This week the Washington Free Beacon reported that a separatist Uighur organization known as the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement has identified a network of 124 re-education camps in the province, almost all of them built since 2016. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute has identified 28 such camps, noting that media reports have identified up to 180.

Last summer, United Nations investigators estimated that 1 million Uighurs were in the camps. In May, Randall Schriver, the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security, estimated that at least 3 million Uighurs are being detained. (Other U.S. officials tell me this larger estimate includes people who are compelled to visit a re-education facility but still live in their homes.)

The Chinese claim the new centers are for vocational training. Survivors describe something closer to concentration camps. One, Mihrigul Tursun, told Congress last fall that she was forced to sit for hours in a chair where she suffered electric shocks and sleep deprivation.

This is, in effect, a campaign of mass child abduction. The grim details are laid bare in a study published this month by researcher Adrian Zenz in the Journal of Political Risk. Citing official documents, he writes that the government plan is “designed to systematically boost the ability of the state to house children of all ages in increasingly centralized and highly securitized educational boarding facilities.”

Might I suggest export controls on the Western technology (primarily from Google) being used to run China’s ever-growing surveillance/social-control state? The business they do with Beijing is the high-tech version of selling guns and barbed wire to Stalin’s GULAG, or genetic testing kits to Hitler’s SS.

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